USM to open new academic year with Tuesday ceremony
The University of Saint Mary will officially open the new academic year at 10 a.m. Tuesday with USM’s traditional Fall Matriculation Ceremony.
The event is designed as a welcoming ceremony for all new students, including freshmen and transfer students, and will take place in Annunciation Chapel on the university’s main campus in Leavenworth, 4100 S. Fourth St.
Matriculation culminates with the new students forming a ring around the chapel while holding candles to create a “Circle of Light” that speaks to the promise of the new academic year.

KCKCC-Leavenworth offering new option in criminal justice
The Kansas City Kansas Community College-Leavenworth Center has a new option available for students interested in a career in criminal justice.
CRJS 203 Criminal Law meets from 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays at KCKCC-Leavenworth Center, Aug. 19-Dec. 16. The cost for Kansas residents, active duty military and family members is $264.
The course provides an overview of the classification and components of crimes, with particular emphasis on common and Kansas criminal law. Students will be provided basic theories of substantive criminal law and will develop the ability to identify crimes and to ascertain lesser charges that may be appropriate.
Emphasis will also be placed on using examples based on actual court cases. The nature, sources and types of criminal law will be examined.
The course instructor is Terra Morehead. After graduating from Washburn University School of Law in 1986, she became a state court prosecutor, first as Kiowa County Attorney in Greensburg, and then as an Assistant District Attorney in the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office in Kansas City. As a state court prosecutor, she has handled violent crimes that include child abuse, sex crimes and homicides.
She has taught at KCKCC for approximately 17 years as an adjunct professor in criminal justice related courses.
For more information on how to register, contact the KCKCC-Leavenworth Center at (913) 651-2111.

KDOT requesting comments on STIP document
The Kansas Department of Transportation is requesting comments on the FFY 2015-18 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program draft document.
STIP is a project specific publication that lists all KDOT administered projects, regardless of funding source, and includes projects for counties and cities as well as projects on the State Highway System. The draft STIP document may be viewed at
STIP approval requires a public comment period of 30 days, which concludes Sept. 12. To make comments on the STIP, contact KDOT’s Bureau of Program and Project Management at (785) 296-2252.
This information is available in alternative accessible formats. To obtain an alternative format, contact the KDOT Office of Public Affairs, (785) 296-3585.

Local church to install new pastor
First Baptist Church, 340 N. 13th St., will host an installation service for Rev. Jerry Wells as the church's new pastor at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 24. A reception for Wells and his wife, Bonnie, will follow in the East Fellowship Hall.
The events are open to the public.