Senior volunteer honored
Don Gardner of Lawrence has been honored as this year’s Salute to Senior Service winner in Kansas. Gardner, 75, was recognized for his community service, including his work with Red Dog’s Dog Days, a free community fitness program for Lawrence residents. As one of 50 state winners, Gardner earned $500 for his charity of choice from Home Instead Inc., the contest sponsor. Home Instead Senior Care, based in Omaha, provides non-medical in-home care services for senior citizens.
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Jennifer Cardinal of Overland Park has been named the recipient of the Crossroads Hospice “Caring More” award. Cardinal is director of social services at Sweet Life of Brookdale Place, where she is responsible for 30 long-term care residents and oversees a team of three social workers. She has also volunteered at the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault and the Rose Brooks Center in Kansas City.
No. 1 again
Johnson County Community College has been named the top-rated community college for digital technology in the large college category of 10,000 students and up, according to e.Republic’s Center for Digital Education. The college was also atop the rankings in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
According to the Center for Digital Education, the college was recognized, among other things, for its “learning studios, which are special classrooms in which professors have wireless access, a mobile podium, interactive white boards and projectors and wall-talker dry-erase wall coverings.”