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With three Kalamazoo locations—a main campus in Texas Township, the nearby Groves Campus, and Arcadia Commons Campus in downtown Kalamazoo—Kalamazoo Valley Community College offers certificate programs in more than 20 areas of study and associate degrees in 25 others. These include business, healthcare, human and public service, and technical occupations, the latest of which is a pioneering effort in training wind-energy technology.


Kalamazoo Valley also provides studentplacement services and works closely with other institutions to ensure the transfer of students’ credits. A fully accredited institution, Kalamazoo Valley offers day and evening, online and weekend classes for its 14,000 students.

supporting Student success Form follows function at Kalamazoo Valley so the decision to centralize services linking students to a wide spectrum of KVCC resources has proven to be a success. Launched as a pilot program in 2007, the Student Services Center in a new wing at the Texas Township Campus has grown to serve more than 1,900 students each semester. While student services such as counseling, tutoring and career advising have been a part of the college throughout its history, the Student Success Center expands those services. Essential to this proactive approach are the “student success advocates,” a new type of mentor created to give students intensive individual support, tracking and follow up. Students and advocates work together from a signed agreement which formalizes the responsibilities of both parties. The advocate

serves as the personalized contact for assistance, referral and support as the student navigates his/ her way through the college experience. Follow up and accountability are crucial to student success. Any student can benefit from the variety of resources provided at the SSC. Research proves that students who access SSC services are 18% more likely to achieve their educational goal, whether that is getting training for job advancement, attaining a certificate or associate degree, transferring to a four-year institution, or personal enrichment. Similar services are provided at the SSC in Anna Whitten Hall on the Arcadia Commons Campus downtown.

The new Student Success Center opened at KVCC’s Texas Township Campus in November 2010. It was part of a $12-million renovation and expansion project that was the college’s first major construction since the Student Commons was built in 2001.



season outlook The 2011-12 season marks the beginning of several firsts for the Cougars. With the retirement of Dick Shilts, after 32 years at the helm, former assistant coach, Matt Dennis, takes over as head coach. Dennis brings with him former high school and college basketball coach Damian Smith to lead a recruiting class that includes 14 freshmen and one returning sophomore. Although the Cougars are young, they do not lack the talent and athleticism to be a contender in the Michigan Community Coach MattDennis College Athletic Association Western Conference. With good size and quickness, they should be able to apply pressure to the opposing team on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. The real test for the Cougars will be how quickly they can adjust to the college game, both mentally and physically. “I think we have a very talented group of players who can compete right away. 4

They will have to quickly adjust to the college game to realize their individual potential as well as the team’s full potential,” said Coach Dennis. The Cougars have shown great commitment in pre-season conditioning and player development sessions. According to Coach Dennis, “The attitude, effort, and togetherness seem to be strengths of this year’s team.“ The Cougars will look to build upon these attributes as they come together and prepare for their early season games and play in the MCCAA Western Conference. During the 2011-12 season there will be new faces in almost every facet of the men’s basketball program. The commitment to recruiting solid student-athletes who play hard and play together, however, will remain the same . “I believe the men’s basketball program has a great group of student-athletes,” said Dennis, “who will represent Kalamazoo Valley in the classroom and on the court. This team will continue the great tradition and reputation Kalamazoo Valley athletics is known for.”


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AnthonyRice Parents Anthony & Virginia Rice Position Guard Height 5’11” Year Freshman High School Ferndale


ToddMitchell Abilities Sees the court very well, solid defender, strong desire to improve Highlights 2010 All-League, 2010 AllConference, MHSAA record for steals in a game

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Parents Todd & Cynthia Mitchell Position Point Guard Height 6’2” Year Freshman High School Muskegon

Abilities Extremely quick on offense and defense, great penetrator, game changer with the ball in his hands Highlights 2011 District Champions, Led Muskegon Area in Assists


CourtneyHill Parents Vincent Pachal & Yolanda Hill Position Guard Height 6’3” Year Freshman High School Muskegon


NickHancock Abilities Good outside shooter, very athletic, very smart player, slasher Highlights 2011 District Champs, 2011 AllConference, 2011 All-Area, senior year led high school team in 3 pointers made with 67

Parents Scott & Olwyn Hancock Position Guard Height 5’10” Year Freshman High School Cheboygan

Abilities Solid outside shooter, understands the game, hard worker, leader by example Highlights 2010 All Conference, 2010 Honorable Mention All-State




KhandelBell Parents William Hooper & Evelyn Stuckey Position Guard Height 6’1” Year Sophomore High School Kalamazoo Central

De’TaviaMoore Abilities Good all around player, understands the game, makes others around him better, solid outside shooter Highlights 2007 SMAC Conference Champ, 2007 District Champs, 2009-10 MCCAA Western Conference Champs at Glen Oaks C.C.

Parents Demesha Moore Position Defensive specialist Height 6’2” Year Freshman High School Kalamazoo Central





Parents Daniel & Cheryl McGee Position Guard Height 6’2” Year Sophomore High School Merrillville, OH

Abilities Very athletic, ability to change the game on defense, extremely quick, can create offense with or without the ball

Parents Hershal & Helen Hale Position Guard Height 6’2” Year Freshman High School Kalamazoo Christian

Abilities Hard worker, unselfish, high basketball IQ, always improving, leader on and off the court Highlights 2010 & 2011 SMAC Conference Champions, 2010 & 2011 State Champions

Abilities Team first player, hard worker, great attitude, deceptively quick, good mid-range shooter







Parents John Hunt & Susan Colbert Position Guard Height 6’ Year Sophomore High School Godwin Heights

Abilities Scorers mentality, quick with the ball, physically strong defender Highlights 2010 All-Conference, 2010 All-Area Selection, 2010 Class B All-State


Parents Kristie Super Position Guard Height 6’1” Year Freshman High School Loy Norrix


Abilities Good lateral movement, desire to get better, great attitude, play maker Highlights 2011 Team MVP, 2011 AllConference, 2011 All-Area First-Team, 2011 All-State Honorable Mention

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TimothyScott Parents Toye Lidge Position Forward Height 6’3” Year Freshman High School Holt


ChrisRiley Abilities Good shooter, unselfish, always looking to improve his game, runs the floor hard, aggressive rebounder Highlights 2011 All-Conference, 2011, Honor roll

Parents David & Pat Riley Position Forward Height 6’4” Year Sophomore High School Battle Creek St. Philip

Abilities Team first player, leader, solid shooter, understands the game Highlights Two Time All-City, Two Time All-League, 2010 Team MVP, 2010 All-State, 2010 Bank Hoops All-State 4th Team






Parents Dave & Sheila Bowering Position Forward/Center Height 6’6” Year Freshman High School Battle Creek Lakeview

Abilities Unselfish, hardworker, smart player, good inside player Highlights Combined for 7 Varsity Awards in Basketball and Track, Honor Roll all 4 years, 2011 All-City Champion in High Jump

Parents William Harrison & Shirley Collins Position Forward Height 6’6” Year Freshman High School Detroit Cody





Parents Joe Zawacki, John & Kris Ray Position Forward / Center Height 6’5” Year Freshman High School Monroe

Abilities Physically strong, tenacious rebounder, runs the floor extremely well, never give up attitude Highlights Honor Roll Student, 2010 Most Improved Player

Parents Benjamin & Debra Ray Position Forward Height 6’6” Year Freshman High School Adrian Madison

Abilities Deceptively quick, good rebounder, game changer, can get off the floor quickly Highlights 2011 District Champions

Abilities Solid post player, aggressive rebounder, understands the game, good mid-range shooter Highlights 2010 All-Conference Honorable Mention







Parents Dale Battles & Merry Mitchell-Battles Position Guard/Forward Height 6’6” Year Freshman High School Loy Norrix

Parents AnQuil Davis Position Forward Height 6’5” Year Freshman High School Muskegon

Abilities Very long and athletic, ability to go inside and out, solid three point shooter, smooth offensive player Highlights 2011 McDonalds All-American Nominee, 2011 SMAC AllConference, 2010 All-State Honorable Mention


MichaelSims Parents Albert McQueen & Carolyn Sims Position Guard/Forward Height 6’6” Year Freshman High School Eaton Academy


Abilities Deceptively quick with the ball, good outside shooter, strong desire to learn the game Highlights 2010 Conference Champions

Abilities Great post up player, runs the floor extremely well, understands the game, shot blocker Highlights 2011 District Champions, Honorable Mention All-Conference


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Spring Arbor - S Goshen - S Kalamazoo College - S Olivet - S Aquinas College JV Delta College Trine College JV Alpena @ Muskegon St. Clair @ Muskegon Alma College JV Oakland CC Macomb CC Calvin College JV Alpena CC Kirtland CC @ Alpena Henry Ford CC Alma College JV Grand Rapids CC

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date 1/9 1/11 1/14 1/18 1/21 1/25 1/27 2/5 2/8 2/12 2/15 2/19 2/22 2/26 2/29


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Kellogg CC Glen Oaks CC Muskegon CC Ancilla College Jackson CC Lansing CC Lake MI College Grand Rapids CC Kellogg CC Glen Oaks CC Muskegon CC Ancilla College Jackson CC Lansing CC Lake MI College

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season outlook Head coach Ron Welch and assistant coach Maureen Brown are optimistic about the team’s potential. “We have been impressed with this group’s leadership and work ethic in our first few weeks of work and feel confident that they will lead us where we want to go this year,” Coach Welch said. “I really like the chemistry with this team so far.”

“Our strength again this year will be our depth and the number of ‘weapons’ we will be able to put on the floor,” said Coach Welch. “I really like what I’ve seen with this group, and the sophomores’ desire to make their own mark on the Lady Cougar tradition and get back to the National tournament has impressed me. I can see this team climbing to great heights as the freshmen begin to mature as college players and get into the mix. We will have exceptional depth at every position, with size, quickness and speed, and several kids that I would consider play-makers.

The team has already bonded, both on the court and in the community where they volunteered with the West Michigan Cancer Center’s annual Summerfest for Coach ronwelch patients. “They have already made us very proud of the effort put forth by them in this very worthy cause,” Coach Welch said. “Look for more to follow.”

All this being said, it will come down—as it usually does—to a couple of things: how we come together as a team and how willing we are to accept our individual roles. Rebounding and defense have been staples of our program for a long time and have provided success for the program in the past. If these players buy in to the way we play, this could be a special group and make their mark on a tradition already marked with excellence.”

Coach Welch said he thinks there are many good offensive players on the team, but the key to success will be defense. “It always comes down to how good your team is defensively,” he said. 12

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SabrinaAguilar Parents Sam & Sheri Aguilar Position Perimeter Height 5’7” Year Freshman High School Chesaning

MorganGropp Abilities Solid defender, fine offensive rebounder, great over-all quickness and speed, ability to score from all over the court, leadership Highlights Three Sport MVP, All Conference, Regional Championship, NJCAA Tournament Participant


Parents Mike & Pam Gropp Position Perimeter Height 5’4” Year Sophomore High School White Pigeon Former College Glen Oaks CC


Abilities High intensity player, tenacious defender and outstanding three point shooter, quiet leader. Highlights All Conference, All region, 2nd in scoring and assists at Glen Oaks, Western Conference Honorable Mention honor

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KatieGibbs Parents Doug Gibbs Position Point Guard Height 5’9” Year Sophmore High School Kalamazoo Central


Shanellsmith Abilities Outstanding ball handling and passing skills, threat to get into the paint or hit the deep three Highlights Every game starter last year at KVCC, regional championship, NJCAA National tournament Participant

Parents Danell Smith & Andrea Mahone Position Guard Height 5’4” Year Freshman High School Bangor

Abilities Above average skill set, long range threat, scorer, solid perimeter defender. Highlights Four year starter at Bangor, 3rd highest scorer with 1,128 pts, three year 1st team All conference, Class “C” All State honors, “BCAM’s Best”

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Parents Jim & Kelli Steinman Position Forward Height 5’10” Year Freshman High School Allegan


Abilities Good offensive skills, deadly from mid range, work ethic Highlights Team Captain, Wolverine Conference All Conference Honorable Mention

MollySleeman Parents Scott & Linda Sleeman Position Combo Guard Height 5’6” Year Freshman High School Otsego

Parents Jim Cochran & Tracy Hutchins Position Combo Guard Height 5’4” Year Sophomore High School Galesburg/Augusta

Abilities Extreme quickness, aggressive, energy giver, good passing skills, quick release shot from three Highlights All conference KVA, State Championship, 2nd in steals(2.1) and assists (2.8) at KVCC, Regional Championship, NJCAA Tournament Participant


AlexandraSalamone Abilities Quickness and speed, outstanding defense, scorer, threat from deep Highlights 3 year All Wolverine Conference, Honorable Mention All State, “BCAM’s Best”, Dual Sport athlete at KVCC

Parents Mike & Phyllis Salamone Position Combo Guard Height 5’6” Year Red Shirt Freshman High School Richland Gull Lake

Abilities Good basketball IQ, solid handling and passing skills, long range threat, improving defensive skills Highlights Played on the 2009-10 Richland Gull Lake team that went 24-1, medical ‘red shirt’ in 2010-11 15

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Parents Ray & Catrinka Johnson Position Combo Guard Height 5’8” Year Sophomore High School Loy Norrix Former College Lake Michigan

Abilities High basketball IQ, solid defender, strong and quick, very aggressive offensively with ability to score Highlights SMAC All Star, MCCAA Western Conference 1st team, MCCAA All State, NJCAA Region XII All Star, lead team with 12.2 ppg

Parents Richard & Melissa Holland Position Forward/Center Height 5’10” Year Sophomore High School Otsego





Parents Shane Leonard & Rhonda Martin Position Forward/Center Height 5’11” Year Freshman High School Brandywine (Niles)


Abilities Rebounder, developing set of post moves, excellent mid range jump shooter Highlights All Conference, averaged 8 reb/ gm and 9.8 ppg, three consecutive District titles, back to back regional titles, State Class “C” semi-finals

Parents Jim & Karla Hayden Position Forward Height 5’9” Year Freshman High School Hastings

Abilities Strong, jumping ability, shot blocker and solid rebounder, developing range to three Highlights All Wolverine Conference, All State, MCCAA Western Conference 1st team, MCCAA All State

Abilities Very good skill set, excellent post passer, versatile, strong defense Highlights 12 varsity letter winner, MVP averaging 10.9 ppg, two year OK Gold All Conference, Student Athlete of the Year, top ten scholar, accepted into the prestigious Honors College at KVCC

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JenniferLofts Parents Jim & Janet Lofts Position Forward Height 5’9” Year Sophomore High School Otsego

KendraCook Abilities Multi-skilled player, great rebounder, above average quickness and speed, quiet leader Highlights Three year Wolverine Conference All Star, MCCAA West All Freshman and All Defensive team, NJCAA Regional All Tournament team


Parents Pete & Dana Cook Position Center Height 6’1” Year Sophomore High School Paw Paw

Abilities Strength & post passing, floor awareness, leadership, tenacity, strong will, range to three Highlights MCCAA West Conference Honorable Mention, All Freshman team, averaged 10.3 ppg and 6 reb/gm, Conference Co-champs, Regional Championship, NJCAA National tournament participant

JackieDevereaux Parents Scott & Pam Devereaux Position Center Height 6’0” Year Freshman High School Hamilton

Abilities Strength and mobility, developing post moves, ability to hit threes Highlights All Conference OK Gold, All County, Athletic Commitment Award 17

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Mega Jamoree @ Owens Aquinas College Scrimmage Kalamazoo College Scrimmage Annual Parent’s Day Alumni Game Delta College Hope College JV Alpena @ Muskegon St. Clair @ Port Huron Owens CC @ Owens Columbus St @ Owens Hope College JV Gillette Memorial Classic Gillette Memorial Classic St. Clair County CC Columbus State Kankakee CC Grand Rapids CC Kellogg CC Glen Oaks CC Muskegon CC

10:00 am 11:00 am 11:00am 1:00 pm 1:00pm 7:00pm 1:00pm 1:00pm 3:00pm 11:00am 5:30pm 7:30pm 1:00pm 7:00pm 2:00pm 1:00pm 5:30pm 5:30pm 5:30pm 1:00pm


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Ancilla College Jackson CC Lansing CC Lake MI College Grand Rapids CC Kellogg CC Glen Oaks CC Muskegon CC Ancilla College Jackson CC (Pink Zone Game) Lansing CC Lake MI College (Sophomore Night)

5:30pm 1:00pm 5:30pm 5:30pm 1:00pm 5:30pm 1:00pm 5:30pm 1:00pm 5:30pm 1:00pm 5:30pm

Locations and times to be announced 3/3 MCCAA Championship 3/6 Region XII District Tournament 3/9 Region XII District Tournament 3/20 National Tournamen @Illinois Central

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