January 2016 Around Town 2

Register Today for Gen-Real 

The Olathe Bible Church invites area women and teenage girls to register for their GenReal Conference being held February 26 and 27 at the church’s Olathe location (13700 W. 151st St.) The conference will take place on Friday from 7-11 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Genreal (genuine & real) is a multi-generational conference designed to give answers to female-specific issues from the Bible. The GenReal conference will be packed with energizing teaching of the Word, music, games, gifts, coffee bistro, brunch and hanging out together. Plus, every girl’s conference needs chocolate! Learn more at OlatheBible.org/GenReal.

Shawnee Mission Ed Foundation 
Among Top In Nation

The nation’s only annual study and ranking of K-12 education foundations has ranked Shawnee Mission Education Foundation fourth in its division and 42nd in the nation.

The study includes education foundations in the top 200 largest school districts in the nation (by student population), as well as other top-performing foundations in smaller school districts.

“Achieving this ranking is a testament to our community and shows the depth of commitment to quality education,” says Linda Roser, SMEF executive director. “We’re thrilled to make the Stepping Up list for the first time and that SMEF is the way for this community to say great education matters, district-wide.”

“The Shawnee Mission community is generous in its support of public education,” says Dean Davison, president, SMEF Board of Directors. “We’re proud our foundation is ranked among the best in the nation, and are committed to keeping the support growing for the next generation of students.”

WWI Museum Breaks Annual Attendance Record

The National World War I Museum and Memorial recently announced the Museum’s 2015 attendance reached 257,830, breaking the previous record of 235,271 set in 2014.

“We are extremely pleased to announce an attendance record for the second straight year,” says Museum and Memorial President and CEO Dr. Matthew Naylor. “Without question, the global community is embracing the centennial commemoration of the Great War, which is reflected in our attendance.”

In addition to breaking its attendance record, the Museum also set a record for public program attendance and for website traffic and social media traffic as well.

The Museum was ranked as one of the top 25 museums in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for the second consecutive year in 2015. The Museum is in the midst of the centennial commemoration of World War I (2014-19) and will offer special exhibitions, guest lectures, programs and other events during the next four years.

John Knox Village Expansion 
Takes Shape

John Knox Village, the Kansas City region’s premiere retirement lifestyle community, is undergoing a $90 million expansion that will redefine and transform its retirement living experience. John Knox Village President and CEO Dan Rexroth shared details about the project’s progress at a recent Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council’s advisory board luncheon.

“This expansion will redefine the Village experience, while enabling John Knox Village to continue to offer today’s seniors the lifestyle, freedom and convenience they demand and expect, for many years to come,” Rexroth says.

A centerpiece of the redevelopment project includes construction of The Meadows Apartments and The Meadows Commons, a $60 million multi-phase project located in the heart of John Knox Village. The apartments will include 112 units ranging in size from 760 to 1,350 square feet, with lake, golf course and Westminster Meadows park views. The Meadows commons will include an aquatics center and spa, as well as a fitness center and full-service restaurant. A number of unoccupied cottages and two apartment buildings are being prepared for demolition, to make way for The Meadows. This complex is expected to be complete in mid-2017.

KCPT’s Kuehl Elected to National PBS Board

Paula Kerger, PBS president and chief executive officer, recently announced that Kliff Kuehl, president and CEO of KCPT, and a resident of Leawood, was elected to a three-year term as a professional director of PBS.

“PBS is tremendously fortunate to have such a dedicated and talented group of professionals to guide our enterprise,” says Kerger. “The PBS Board and its officers play a vital role in setting our course and working at both the local and national level to move public media forward.”

The PBS Board of Directors is responsible for governing and setting policy for PBS.

“On behalf of the KCPT Board of Directors, I want to congratulate Kliff on his election to the PBS Board,” says KCPT Board President Becky Tilden. “This honor is a testament to the innovation and collaboration that are hallmarks of Kliff’s leadership.”

Kuehl joined KCPT in 2009. During his tenure, KCPT has built a strong digital and social media team. Also, he helped to secure a $3 million donation that created the news start up, The Hale Center for Journalism, and helped to acquire The Bridge AAA radio station.

Seminary Eliminates Student Loan Debt for Future Pastors

Saint Paul School of Theology, one seminary in two locations–Oklahoma City University and Church of the Resurrection in Leawood–will expand its groundbreaking full tuition and fellowship program in 2016. The three-year Fellows program offers candidates called to full-time ministry the opportunity to obtain a master of divinity degree and gain real-life pastoral experience without incurring student loan debt.

“Saint Paul is thrilled to be able to grow this one-of-a-kind fellowship program for students seeking a career in full-time ministry,” says H. Sharon Howell, Saint Paul president. “The average seminary student graduates with $45,000 in student loan debt. The opportunity for future church leaders to graduate free of seminary debt and begin serving is a tremendous gift made possible only through the generosity and vision of Saint Paul supporters and donors.”

The application deadline for prospective students is Feb. 1, 2016. Details and a link to the application can be found at SPST.edu/fellows.