DashKCK Race to Highlight Area, Boost Local Economy

dash kck routeDonnelly College will partner with Downtown Shareholders of Kansas City, Kan. to present DashKCK, a family friendly 5K run/walk, on Saturday, Sept. 12.

“Downtown Shareholders is proud to team up with Donnelly College to host DashKCK,” said Chuck Schlittler, Director of Downtown Shareolders of Kansas City, Kan. “This 5K run/walk is the perfect way to see firsthand the vibrant transformation that’s happening throughout downtown KCK, including new businesses, streetscape improvements and building renovations.”

The race will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the JFK Community Center next to Big 11 Lake Park. Participants will enjoy a 3.1-mile route appropriate for all skill levels around the Kansas City, Kan. park.

“Part of partnering is being good stewards of the resources we’ve been given,” said Donnelly College Annual Fund Manager Craig Doty. “Working with Downtown Shareholders allows both groups to better serve the KCK community and reach a broader audience.”

Registration costs just $8 per person or $25 for a group of four or more; those interested can sign up online now or in person the morning of the event. Participants will receive snacks and prizes after the race. Proceeds benefit Donnelly College and Downtown Shareholders of Kansas City, Kan.

“We’re always trying to share our mission as widely as possible, and joining forces with a great organization like Downtown Shareholders allows us to do just that,” said Doty.

After DashKCK concludes, racers are encouraged to stay for Library in the Park, presented by the Kansas City Kansas Public Library. There will be live entertainment, food, activities and more until 3 p.m.

To learn more about DashKCK and register, visit dashkck.com or contact Craig Doty at (913) 621-8752 or cdoty@nulldonnelly.edu.

About Donnelly

Donnelly College, located in the heart of Kansas City, Kansas, is an independent, coeducational, Catholic institution founded by the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica and sponsored by the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. The College was established in 1949 to meet the needs of urban immigrants and the working class, with special focus on “those who might not otherwise be served.”

Today, Donnelly continues that tradition by providing access and affordable education within a culture that promotes student success and by serving as the region’s only federally designated Minority Serving Institution and Hispanic Serving Institution. Our community is proud of the rich racial and ethnic diversity of our students, staff and faculty and how that diversity supports our learning environment. Through a strong general education curriculum integrated with career-oriented majors, Donnelly College offers programs leading to bachelor and associate degrees and certificates. To find out more, please visit www.donnelly.edu.

About Downtown Shareholders of Kansas City, Kan.

Downtown Shareholders of Kansas City, Kan., is downtown KCK’s champion. From helping business owners find the property and resources to bring their business plans to life to introducing new visitors to the diversity, vibrancy and culture that downtown KCK has to offer, Downtown Shareholders is dedicated to revitalizing the area by not only showcasing the potential of KCK’s urban core, but also by fulfilling that potential. To learn more, visit www.downtownkck.org.


Kansas City, Kansas Public Library In the Process of Implementing New RFID Technology

kansas city kansas public library rfidKansas City, Kansas Public library is in the process of implementing RFID technology at all library locations. The Main Library, Mobile Library, South Branch Library, Turner Community Library, and Mr. & Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Library were all converted earlier this year and the final branch will be completed this month. West Wyandotte Library will be closed for conversions August 17-23.  They will reopen on August 24 at the regular time. Implementing RFID technology requires library branches to be closed to give staff time to tag all items with RFID tags and install the new RFID machines.

This new technology will improve many aspects of the library’s service.  It will create a new patron experience that allows for faster and easier checkout of items.  It will also allow staff to more easily inventory and manage the collection so they are better able to meet the information and entertainment needs of the community. Since staff will no longer have to spend a large portion of time managing the checkout of items, it will allow them more time to offer their skills and knowledge towards beneficial programs and services both in the library branches and in the community.

RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification.  It is a technology that uses radio waves to automatically identify certain items.  RFID is frequently used for a variety of purposes including store inventory, employee ID badges, pet ID tags, and much more.  In libraries, the RFID tag replaces the current barcode system.  Each library item receives a unique tag that allows staff to find, organize, and track the item. It will also allow patrons to check out items on their own, using RFID machines that can easily read multiple items at one time.

More information regarding the use of RFID can be found on the library’s website at kckpl.org.