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The Bruin April, 2017 | Kellogg Community College |

The gift only you can give In today’s society there are many of public issues that plague our media, but there is one epidemic that isn’t getting the media attention it deserves. The lack of active organ donors in the United States is astonishing. Many people don’t... - Pg. 2

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So you want to be a zombie? TONY ALLRED staff writer

Like a scene taken from “A Chorus Line,” the hopeful actors begin to slowly trickle into the theater, milling around in small groups both on and off the stage. Many know each other, either from around campus or former productions. For a few, this is their first time going through the audition process. “It’s the nerves, definitely,” said Isaac McKinley. “I’ve been stressing about this audition for weeks.” As I take a seat in the auditorium, like a lone peanut in the gallery, the controlled chaos that is the audition process begins to unfold around me. As the formality of the paperwork is being finished up, amongst the jarringly un-rhythmic plinking of piano keys being cleaned, both vocal and physical stretching begins. Actors of all backgrounds slowly settle into place on the stage as Brad Poer, the director, brings them into order. A quick synopsis of the plot to the show follows some fast paced introductions of the theater staff as script pages are handed out. The audition begins with both individuals and small groups taking turns reading short sections of the script, hoping not only to impress with their ability to emote and capture the

characters they wish to portray, but also demonstrate their abilities to project their voices and control their diction so they can be heard and understood by everyone in the theatre. As soon as everyone has had a few chances to show their acting chops, it’s time for vocal auditions. Gathered into one large group around the piano, the hopeful actors are lead through vocal warm up and breath control exercises. Given a section of one of the songs from the show to sing, those auditioning are

split into groups of four or five and are accompanied by the piano as they do their best to sing a song they have never heard before, let alone memorize the lyrics. Faces range from nervous excitement to worry, as either perfect notes and tones are belted out loud and proud, or beats are missed and lyrics are mumbled. All auditions are met with polite applause and fevered writing as notes are taken. To the constant repeated count of “one, and two, and three, and four...” the dance auditions begin. The potential cast

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Students show their prowess in audition

members are lead through a rigorously quick lesson of a short section of one of the dances they will need to perform if cast. After several run-throughs with the choreographer, the actors are again split into manageable sized groups and asked to repeat the moves and choreography they were just shown. For a few, this comes naturally, however, most have the look of intense concentration as they try to prove their worthiness for a spot in the production. At the end of an intense audition process a mood of happiness and celebration can be felt in the air. Everyone has tried their best and given their all in their performances, and a round of sweaty exhausted hugs with several “good lucks” and “great jobs” are passed between the hopefuls, with no hints of animosity. When asked what the best part of auditioning was, TJ Allen replied, “It allows me to be another character, to be on stage as somebody else.” To see who made the cast, please attend one of the performances. They will be held at the Binda Auditorium on campus at 7:30 pm April 20th and 21st, 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm April 22nd, and 3:00 pm April 23rd. Contact Tony Allred at

Kellogg Community College administrative staff discuss transfer pathways DIANA CAMPBELL co-editor

One of the biggest questions each Kellogg Community College student must answer is whether or he or she will transfer to a four-year institution such as Western Michigan University. The administrations of both schools are collaborating in a series of meetings to ensure that transitions are smooth for each student and that the overall transfer rate of classes is high. Of course, transferring to WMU is already fairly common due to the long partnership the university has had with KCC. Nevertheless, challenges still arise in the transfer process. KCC administration raised

various concerns related to various programs at a staff meeting the morning of Tuesday, March 14. Discussions included courses and programs in both the Arts and Sciences and Occupational divisions of KCC. Administrators emphasized ensuring that students would complete transferable prerequisites before they begin studies at their new school. Vice President Kevin Rabineau pointed out that streamlining such a complex process can be quite challenging. One approach even involves dual admission at KCC and WMU. Secondary education majors, for example, have to fulfill both education and specialty major requirements to earn their degrees. KCC offers an early childhood

education program, but it does not transition well into secondary education. Administrators concluded

that better communication between schools would help students meet more of the requirements for their specific major or minor earlier and allow them to focus on education classes in their junior and senior years. At this time, KCC’s administration is quite optimistic about the future of an improved transfer relationship. Currently, feedback from WMU suggests that transfer students are excelling. WMU is just the beginning, according to President O’Connell: future goals include improving transfer relationships with Grand Valley State University, Central Michigan University, Michigan State University, and Ferris State University. Contact Diana Campbell at


Campus News & Opinion

Opinion: The gift that only you can give KENDALL TRUEX staff writer

In today’s society there are many of public issues that plague our media, but there is one epidemic that isn’t getting the media attention it deserves. The lack of active organ donors in the United States is astonishing. Many people don’t even realize this is a problem so many Americans continue to die each day due to a lack of organ, eye, and skin donations. Today in the United States there are approximately 120 million Americans that are signed up as valid organ donors. This is not enough. At this point, the US Department of Health and Human Services reports that there are more than 120,000 citizens waiting for a vital organ such as a kidney, heart,

or lung at any given time. There is a lack of knowledge and communication between healthcare professionals and the general public about the need for organ donation and if this continues, thousands of Americans will continue to die each year. Many people die everyday on waiting lists to receive vital organs that could extend their lives by years or even decades. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services an average of 22 people die each day waiting for transplants that can’t take place because of the shortage of donated organs. Organs that are not donated for use after death are examined by a pathologist and either kept to be turned into educational tools or placed back inside the body before burial. Essentially perfectly

viable organs are going to waste due to the lack of knowledge about organ donation and the positive benefits it can have on the lives of others. Along with the lack of knowledge about organ donation there are multiple myths that can deter people from becoming a donor. One myth is that the doctors won’t try as hard to save a patient if they are an organ donor. This is simply illogical because doctors have swore an oath to do everything in their power to save their patient’s life whether they’re an organ donor or not. Another misconception is that organ donation is against religious beliefs. Organ donation is actually accepted by most major religions such as Christianity and Islam. Even with many new myths surfacing around the web about the dangers of

organ donation, there are still those Americans who are taking the pledge to save lives when theirs can no longer continue. If you’d like to become an organ donor in the state of Michigan there are a few ways to sign up. You can easily sign up online by visiting michigan. gov/sos and clicking the organ donor tab on the left hand side. You can also register at your local Secretary of State Office by letting the clerk know you’d like your name added to the registry. Just remember that every one donor can save or improve the lives of up to 50 people with the donation of organs, eyes, and skin. That’s a powerful impact that only you can make. Contact Kendall Truex at

Winston, the lovable therapy dog YASMEEN QAHWASH staff writer

If you have been to the KCC library recently, you may have come across our new, furry, friendly little puppy-friend, Winston. Winston is a five month old sheep-a-doodle (half sheep dog, half standard poodle), who is in training to be a therapy dog. “He has a great personality, as most sheep-a-doodles do, and he is very outgoing without being obnoxious,” says Debbie Paul, help desk analyst and owner of our friend, Winston, “He feels everyone should pet him.” Debbie said Winston is currently in his second obedience class and is doing very well, especially being the youngest puppy in his class. For his training, he takes obedience classes and is taken to visit people in hospitals, libraries and schools. Debbie has even taken him to yoga class. He is usually found hanging out behind the front desks in the library, or walking around with Debbie. If you need a little “pick-me-up” or just want to say hi, please feel free to stop by the library and ask for Winston! Contact Yasmeen Qahwash at Debbie and Winston

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SPRING CONCERT Be sure to join the community for the Cereal City Spring Concert on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The event starts at 7 pm and is open to the public. It will take place in the Binda Theatre on Kellogg Community College’s campus.

Campus News & Feature


Faculty Profile: Rebekah Love YASMEEN QAHWASH staff writer

Twenty-two year old Rebekah Love of Battle Creek has always been a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes and a huge fan of books in general. However, becoming a librarian wasn’t always a part of her plan. “I didn’t actually always want to go into this field. When I left high school, I was convinced I was going to go into video game design then took one programming class my first semester and hated it. That’s one of the reasons I’m really glad I went to KCC; it made it much easier to try out other classes and change my mind,” stated Love. Love grew up in Battle Creek and Marshall, graduating from Marshall High School then moving forward to attend college here at KCC, Miller College and Wayne State University. Love majored in Liberal Sciences in undergrad and received her Masters in Library and Information Sciences at Wayne State University through their online program. “My idea was that having exposure to several different subjects in school would make it easier to answer all kinds of questions when I became a librarian, and so far I was right about that,” claimed Love. She currently works in KCC’s library as a

User Education Librarian and loves her job. In fact, she has only ever worked in libraries, such as the Willard Library here in Battle Creek as well as the Marshall Library. Her favorite part of her job is going around to the classes. “I really like visiting the classes and connecting with the students, it makes it easier and helps them feel more comfortable to ask for help when they come

to the library,” says Love. She decided to stay local after she finished school because it was more convenient and made college more affordable. “Having a part time job here at the college library while I was in grad school was a great opportunity. Then there happened to be a full time opening here just as I was graduating, things have worked out really well,” stated Love. “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” by Betty Smith, is Love’s favorite fiction novel, while “How to Read Literature like a Professor,” by Thomas C. Foster, is her favorite non-fiction novel. As far as childhood books, Love thoroughly enjoyed the Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park and the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. “I think I like books because they’re a wonderful way of finding connection. You can connect with the world of the story and the characters while you’re reading…I really like that,” said Love. Contact Yasmeen Qahwash at photo by benito c juarez

Rebekah Love

Alpha Nu Eta presents recycling plan at Kellogg Community College board meeting DIANA CAMPBELL co-editor

On Wednesday evening, March 15, President Brooke Roberts and Vice President Emily of Alpha Nu Eta, the Kellogg Community College chapter of the international Phi Theta Kappa honors society, presented a new recycling plan to administrative staff. Recently, Alpha Nu Eta, with the support of President O’Connell and advisors Kim Madsen and Drew Hutchinson, had partnered with Students for a Sustainable Earth to purchase new recycling bins to place around campus. In a short presentation, they introduced the new bins and explained their objectives for the new program.

KCC already had been maintaining recycling stations, but there were very few on campus. This meant that, aside from paper recycling bins in classroom and office areas, most recyclables were finding their home in trash cans rather than in recycling bins. Although Alpha Nu Eta had made an effort in January to begin providing faculty and staff members boxes to place under their office desks for paper, other recyclables had yet to be addressed. The new objectives include not only increasing the number of recycling bins on campus, but also campuswide education of staff, faculty, and students of both the importance and the rules of recycling. Roberts and Brenner, with the aid of their advisors, fellow officers, and several active members, intend to accomplish this goal through several volunteering events scheduled for the week of Earth Day. These events will include activities such as painting boxes for use as receptacles for recyclable materials, and will be one of several stages in their recycling program revamp for KCC. The new recycling stations are scheduled for setup on April 21, as part of a Bruins Give Back event. This event is unique because, although Alpha Nu Eta has previously held chapter volunteering events, this one will involve partnering with the Service Learning department to allow for a broader range of volunteers. Roberts and Brenner hope to make a lasting impact on the KCC community, and hope that this effort

Brooke Roberts and Emily Brenner

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will make recycling both more practical and more convenient for a wider range of participants. Contact Diana Campbell at

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Dear Dr. Destiny, I have a lot going on and I need help! I am a full-time student, work two part time jobs, and babysit my younger siblings. There are a bunch of movies that I want to see and I want to spend time with my friends but I don’t have any times to do so! What do I do? Sincerely, Wannabe Social

Dear Dr. Destiny, My girlfriend and I have been dating for a few years. We met in high school and decided to start here at KCC together. I really wanna propose to her here because this place is important to both of us as a start of our adult lives together. Know any good spots? Sincerely, Lovestruck

Dear Wannabe Social, The biggest thing to do is to prioritize. Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize. Put the most effort into the things that you want the most. Make sure that you are taking care of yourself and not overexerting yourself trying to be everywhere and with everyone. That’s the best thing you can do. Sincerely, Dr. Destiny

Dear Lovestruck, You guys are super cute! As for proposal spots, I definitely recommend not doing it in class, of course. The path around the body of water next to the C Building is a wonderful place for a nice walk, or maybe one of the nice outside spots around campus. You could always ask her in the middle of the hallway if you want a little spontaneity, of course! And good luck! Sincerely, Dr. Destiny



“Get Out” surprises and scares BRENDON RONAN staff writer

“Get Out” is a comedy horror/ mystery thriller film written and directed by Jordan Peele of Key & Peele and stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, and Bradley Whitford. Most of the actors in this film are relatively unknown aside from Bradley Whitford who is known for his roles in “The West Wing” and “Cabin in the Woods”. Get Out follows Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) as he meets his girlfriend’s, Rose (Allison Williams), parents for the first time. He is rather nervous because he is worried they will not react kindly to his being black as they do not know that he is. What follows is an unsettling journey of twists and turns that ends in a bloody finale. This is currently sitting at 99% on Rotten Tomatoes (as of March 12th) and deserves every bit of praise it is getting. This is not only an unsettling film, but it is also very funny. This doesn’t come as much of

a shock as it is written by half of one of the funniest sketch comedy shows of the modern era. But don’t think that this cheapens the horror. This is definitely a horror film and a very good one at that. Once the movie starts It never seemed to slow its pace. It keeps you on edge and keeps you guessing what this family is all about. The tension is built throughout this movie like a guitar string and once it is wound too tight, it snaps and leads to a bloody violent end. I don’t to want go into the plot too much because the less you know about the film the better. Instead I am going to give a little backstory on the film, along with why exactly Peele wanted to make this film. Peele has said in many interviews that he has always been a fan of horror and horror films such as “The Shining,” “Halloween,” and “The Birds.” He stated that he had been working in comedy for around 15 years and wanted to do something in the horror genre for a change. He has said that much like comedy, the horror genre can be used to address real life horrors

such as racism and prejudice. You can watch a film and be entertained, but after the film has ended, the social issue presented is still in your head. So what better social issue to tackle than racism. Better yet from the perspective from an African-American’s point of view. This film was inspired by such classics as “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Shining” but I like to refer to it as amalgamation of “Evil Dead 2 : Dead by Dawn,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” and “House of a Thousand Corpses.” A comedic horror movie about a black man trapped at a home with awkward and unsettling white people that leads to bloody finale. This isn’t your typical everyday comedy horror film, what starts as the nightmare of meeting your girlfriend’s nightmare turns into the nightmare of fighting for your life—one drop of blood at a time. Contact Brendon Ronan at



SUMMER 2017 REGISTRATION Registration for KCC’s Summer 2017 Semester opens April 10. Summer 2017 classes begin as early as May 15. Actual start dates vary by course.

The gathering SARAH GERKE staff writer

Do you enjoy Magic: The Gathering and like card games? Or have you never played before but want to? Then join fellow students at one of the meetings for The Gathering. The Gathering is a student organization that exists to allow students to play and enjoy various card games in a safe, social environment. Any level player is welcome to join and will be encouraged and taught if need be. The club meets every Wednesday at 2:30 in the Classroom Building.

Students can register for classes online, via the Ellucian Go smartphone app or in person at any of KCC’s campuses in Battle Creek, Albion, Coldwater and Hastings. To register online: – Go to – Click on “Bruin Portal Login” – Click on “Search and Register for Classes” in the “Student Self-Service Center” Additional information, including detailed registration instructions, policies, tuition, fees, course listings and more is available at Need to meet with an advisor? Call 269-965-4124 or email

Fine Arts


The Pain of Choosing

Rise of Dystopia: Plans and Decisions

“Hey, I want to talk to you real quick.” My best friend herded me into an empty Sunday School room and spun me around to face her, seizing me with her gaze. “Is everything okay?” I suppose I should have seen this coming; she was almost annoyingly perceptive, but I loved her for it. In fact, I wanted people to notice. I did not want them to know, but I wanted them to notice. I don’t know why… maybe I just needed to know someone simply cared enough to notice. The past few weeks, my nightmares had been particularly rough. I no longer remembered what had been happening, but I knew how I looked: dull eyes, worried expression, the corners of my mouth glued firmly in place. Don’t mistake me…I always laughed. A lot. I made others laugh, too. A lot. It was the only joy I had, and the only way of proving, perhaps to myself more than others, that everything was alright. Always. The problem was, I had not been laughing enough. Even on my most jovial day, the church was both my plea for help and my reason to avoid escape. Only on Sundays did I normally see other people – unless I tagged along with my mom to work – and I just could not bring myself to put anyone else down. My only pride was my loyalty, and yet my youth labeled it my greatest vice. If only…if only… Yes, here was my chance to escape, and yet I could not bring myself to embrace the opportunity. My family needed me, and I must endure the pain and ridicule for yet a while longer…but, oh, did I want her to know! Of all the people in the world, here was the one with whom I wanted to share all secrets, no matter how deep and dark. I glanced over through the window in the classroom door, to savor the sickly-sweet sight of my mom chatting lightheartedly with another church-goer. I thought of her full mouth of teeth and the flashes of tongue I always saw between them whenever she was talking to me. For some of us, church was a plea for help; for others, it was a sort of aspirin for the pin-pricked heart that simply would not mend. I cringed, realizing it was only meant to heal one of these types, and not all would come out forever changed. But…how could I bring myself to make the decision between who to leave behind and who not to leave behind? I turned back to the thundering stare of my friend, and said, “Yeah, everything’s fine.” “Are you sure?” “Yes.” Hesitantly, she released me, and I stared ahead at my older self far ahead on my path, a self who had made the same decision, and saw her nod to me. I could not see where she was, but I barely recognized her because her eyes sparkled with joy, rather than the glint of pain forever in mine. Clinging to the belief that this future self indeed existed, I stepped forward with my friend through the doorway and past my mom’s probing glance. I was a survivor, and my strength renewed by my friend’s concern, I would survive again.

“And just what do you expect me to do!!!” I was yelling at the top of my lungs. “I can’t just waltz into my own camp with you in tow, tell them alls good, we’re friends now, and have them take my word for it that you aren’t somehow holding me hostage to your will!” “No.” His voice was calm, almost soothing. “But we can prove our intentions to both sides.” “How, by committing suicide? Have you lost your mind?!” “My dear child, I lost my mind before you were even old enough to have one.” I tried so hard to maintain my…composure…but the harder I fought it, the harder that snicker forced its way out, until…SNORT! Cough. Cough. The corners of his mouth stretched toward his ears, and I realized I had never seen him smile before. “Nasty hack ya got there.” “Yeah, must be the dust in here…or maybe I’m starting a cold. Not used to being out in this weather anymore, and after our little walk this morning, well…” He nodded. “Be sure to drink some hot tea and rest well tonight. We’ve got a longer walk tomorrow morning.” “Seriously? How can this still even be a subject!” “Easily. It must be.” “Why?” “Because it’s about more than just you and I.” “I can’t save them!” “You thought you were hero enough to save an entire nation, and yet one small village is too much?” “I was a leader then, but now…” I froze, toying with the next phrase as it rested, uncertain if it wanted to leap off the cliff that was the tip of my tongue. “You remember something.” “Yes. I think…I think…it was…Ben.” My ears pounded in disbelief at my own declaration, and my eyes began to leak. “Ben?” “Well, Benedict, actually…he was my right hand man.” “You think he betrayed you?” I drew in one long, painful breath. My old friend’s eyes, smiling through the falling snow, glowed at me with a white, pure light which turned, bit by bit, to a soot-stained red. Again, the rock struck me on the head. “I know he did.” Silence. Returned with silence. A breath, sharpened and sinking slowly and deeply into Donaghy’s lungs. “Well…then.. you have it.” “What?” “Would Benedict tell your people that you were alive?” I paused, feeling each puff of air lazily escape through my nostrils. “No. I think he would tell them there was an accident, and he couldn’t save me. Most likely, he himself thinks I am dead.” “Then his betrayal is both your ticket for regaining your place at the head of your people and my means of earning their trust.” Donaghy rose swiftly from his chair and strode across the room, toward the pantry. “But…wait…how…” “By snowshoe, of course! We will traipse across the top of the snow; we’ll move much faster!”


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BY DIANA CAMPBELL Morning. Day. Night. Sunday. Monday. Tuesday. Wednesday. Thursday. Friday. Saturday, and back again to Sunday. Patter, tap…shuffling feet. Creak, slap…flapping door. Rev, vroom…engine firing. Vroom, splutter…engine tiring. Slap, creak…door again. Tap, patter…dragging feet. Sunday, and back again to Monday. Tuesday. Wednesday. Thursday. Friday. Saturday. Sunday. Night. Morning. Day.




Fine Arts

By Sarah Gerke


We were one being together Two halves of a whole One as light as a feather One as solid as a pole We were alone with the other In our own little space Saying, “I need you, my brother” The one who shares my face We were a mischievous two Trouble makers till the end And there were very few Who wanted to be a friend We couldn’t be told apart But that was okay We couldn’t have people start To meddle in our ways But then we were found And then we could see Though we were bound We could still be free We could grow in the sun Instead of in the rain We could still have fun And we could entertain Now there’s laughter and there’s tears And we’re happy every day But still we have our fears What if it all goes away? What if they don’t want us anymore? What if they are done? What if something shakes our core Us two are no longer one? Ha, we always laugh We’ll always be together Hand in hand, we walk the path So our closeness is forever …But what if?

Pain, Sorrow, Torment, Fear; all have had their way with me. Endless night, clouded day have touched my heart, forever changed.

Field and plain, forest and hill ever will sustain my flesh. Family and friend, master and kin; never on these do I depend!

Shackles, chains, bars and locks in vain do try to hold me; suits and ties, dresses and bows fail utterly to define me!

Short days, long years; these I gladly do embrace. Past, present, future times all weave the story of my life.

The world spins on every day; not a care, for I don’t wait! Archaic as the ancient world, none are timeless as am I!

Dull iron within the ore. Bright gold ten times refined. Gems deep within the earth. A grain beneath a mollusk’s tongue.

A silent badger in the woods. A great fierce lion on the plains. A watchful hawk upon its perch. An owl at night with little rest.

A clap of thunder, resounding strong. A gentle breeze tickling the flowers. A raging fire sowing its seed. The richest flooding in the Nile.

A blade of grass the wind must bend. A steadfast tree within the gale. A tall sunflower, roots running deep. A sprig of sedum long thought dead.

An ancient mountain weathered by time. The slow, strong current of ocean depth. A small lone island in the sea. Meandering canyon, by river carved.

But in company of civilized mass, I am a fantastical legend, a dying race, patiently awaiting, foreseeing the day, when I the remnant will reclaim the earth!

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Student Life

Honors Programs 101: Opportunities at KCC BY DIANA CAMPBELL co-editor

For the highly motivated student, good grades are crucial not only to success in school, but also for personal satisfaction. For the highest-achieving students, Kellogg Community College offers opportunities which can allow students to build their resumes while working on their grades. Among these options are honors programs which allow provide opportunities for students to develop leadership and workplace skills which will make them more desirable to potential employers. One of the best-known programs is the Dean’s list, which is basically a letter sent out to all students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and no F’s or withdrawals at the end of each semester. The Dean’s list is divided in two ways: part time and full time students, and high honors and highest honors students. Students with high honors have a GPA of 3.5 to just under 3.9, and students with high honors have a GPA of 3.9 or above. The Dean’s list, however, while

important, is basically automatic; the honors program and Phi Theta Kappa present opportunities which permit exceptional students to distinguish themselves even from other exceptional students. The honors program requires a student apply to the program through Academic Advising; to qualify, applicants must have 12 credit hours a GPA of 3.5 or higher with no F’s or W’s, or meet similar high school requirements. The main requirement of the program is to complete four honors courses. Students may most easily accomplish this objective by arranging honors contracts with instructors. To finish an honors contract, a student must complete approximately 20 hours of work beyond the normal coursework for the semester and earn a B+ or higher in the class. They must also maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher to remain in the program. While the honors program is offered entirely through Kellogg Community College, Phi Theta Kappa is an international honors society for two-year colleges.

Bruins give back at Binder Park

Bruins give back at Binder Park

The requirements, as designated by the Alpha Nu Eta chapter, are similar to the honors program, the largest difference being that high school students cannot bypass the 12 credits of college work at 3.5 or higher. Again, PTK requires candidates have no F’s or W’s, but students are only required to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2 or higher. Extracurricular work is optional, but the opportunities are significant. Officer applications are available to current members each spring, as well as leadership training for students who apply for such positions. Members are also allowed to attend conferences, but not required. PTK officers must participate in a case study, college project, and Honors in Action project, all of which are research-based and geared toward maintaining five-star chapter status. An additional program, Five Star Competitive Edge, is available to all members, and is a short course, easily completed over winter or spring break, which teaches soft skills needed for the work place. Completion of Competitive Edge earns a member

Hello! My name is Julia Beffrey and I work in the service learning office. I’ve been to every Bruins Give Back since our 2016 October event. The two events we have had this semester have been superb. Although not many people signed up for our February event, I went to the RMTC with one of our faculty members and we were still able to get everything done early! This month’s Bruins Give

five-star status on the individual level, separately from the chapter status. Graduating with such endorsements on a transcript comes with benefits and privileges beyond resume-building, as well. At the ceremony, Phi Theta Kappa students can wear gold stoles, and honors students receive recognition on their diplomas: Cum Laude for a GPA of 3.0 to under 3.5, Magna Cum Laude for a GPA of 3.5 to under 3.9, and Summa Cum Laude for a GPA of 3.9 or higher. For students transferring, the more participation they can demonstrate in honors programs, the greater their range of opportunities for scholarships, especially in the case of Phi Theta Kappa. The entire sum of one’s ventures as an honors student can play a significant role, overall, in each individual’s future, not only improving leadership skills and professionalism, but also allowing each student to stand out and form a network of equally motivated friends. Contact Diana Campbell at

Back had more participants than last time. It was really cool to meet a couple young ladies from the Hastings Campus that were able to come. We got a lot of work done at Binder Park and I am very excited to see how nice it looks when they open in April. I am also very excited about our upcoming Bruins Give Back, also in April on the 28th, which will take place in our Community Garden!

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3:30 PM


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24 *Jackson College


(A) 2:00 pm (H) 1:00 PM



(H) 1:00 PM (H) 3:00 PM




(A) 1:00 pm (A) 3:00 pm (A) 2:00 pm

(A) 2:00 pm

21 *Glen Oaks Community College 22 *GLEN OAKS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

(A) 2:00 pm (H) 2:00 PM


(H) 4:00 PM (H) 3:00 PM


25 28


(A) 3:00 pm (A) 3:00 pm

(H) 1:00 PM (A) 3:00 pm



MARCH 21 Concordia University (JV)

(A) 11:00 am

Davenport University (JV) Davenport University (JV)

25 *Muskegon Community College 27 Jackson College (1-9 inning) 31 *Ancilla College APRIL


(A) 4:00 pm



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T O B E C O N T.


Drew Hutchinson Penny Rose Thomas Webster

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"The Bruin" April, 2017  
"The Bruin" April, 2017  

April 2017 issue of the Kellogg Community College newspaper "The Bruin."