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Galileo’s Pavilion, built last year, recently received the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) with a platinum certificate, a nationally renowned environmentally-friendly building certification program. For the program, buildings are rated on energy-saving and environmentally-friendly construction. This building is equipped with photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, living green walls, LED lighting, glass windows, repurposed chalkboards, flush valves in the restrooms as well as a rain garden. Galileo’s Pavilion is the college’s second building to receive the LEED rating; the first was the Olathe Health Education Center in 2011, which received the gold certificate.


This year’s 16th annual Japan Festival will include new Japanese artifacts and souvenirs, authentic Japanese food, movies, anime, manga and live entertainment, such as musicians, presentations, demonstrations, and workshops. The college will hold the festival on Saturday, Oct. 5 in the Carlsen Center from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from free to $10, depending on the age group. For more information, go to


Kukuli Velarde, Peruvian artist, will showcase her ceramic sculptures at the college in the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art’s Oppenheimer Gallery. The exhibition, titled “Plunder Me, Baby,” will last from Sept. 27 to Dec. 22. The college will hold a free and open reception on the opening day at 6 p.m. in the atrium. Velarde will also give a free lecture on Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Hudson Auditorium.

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