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The Bruin September, 2016 | Kellogg Community College |

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Ice breaker

Tips from Profs

For the newcomer to Kellogg Community College, the experience can seem as overwhelming as it is exciting. Most current students can probably remember a time when they themselves were disoriented… - Pg 3

The Bruin has had the privilege of interviewing four faculty members to gather some tips for students to be successful in the upcoming year.

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Student Employment Over Break SARAH GERKE co-editor

Kellogg Community College is a place of study and opportunity, and can give students experience not only in the academic field but also in the employment field throughout the year. Summer break is a time that many students look for jobs, and many students find it opportune to work around where they live and go to school. But what about if they worked at the school? Current students at the college can apply for work on campus. Just about every department will hire, but that is based on timing and need. Different departments have different qualifications for the work, as some may be based on class history, personality, or knowledge. There are often 80 to 100 jobs open over the course of an academic year. During the fall and summer semesters, student workers are required to take at least 6 credit hours of classes, but during the summer semester, current students only have to take at least 3 credit

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Angelica Burd, a student worker at the college.

hours to work. Students are limited to 20 hours per week when class is in session, but that can always change over breaks. Patrick Casey, the Career and Employment Services Director here

at KCC, said that it’s always good to look for jobs here at the school. Summer campus jobs are a good way to devote your summer not only to learning but also to getting job experience here at the school.

Though the departments may have less of a need for so many students to work, there are still jobs available. The work also fits between class schedules and school hours that are reduced over the break, shortening the length of the hours. Working on campus may seem daunting, but the college has made sure that any employment works around student schedules. “The benefit of working on campus is the flexibility,” Casey said. Diana Campbell, a student who has worked at the campus library for about a year now, continued work over the summer. She loves working here on campus and is looking forward to fall. “I tried attending school and working off campus last year...believe me, school will always be stressful, but you cannot even begin to compare working on campus with working off campus,” she said. For more information about working on campus through the school, visit www.collegecentral. com/kellogg or ces, or contact the Student Life services. Contact Sarah Gerke at

Accelerated Business Program in Fall 2016 DEANDRE A. WEBB staff writer

This fall semester, in collaboration with Siena Heights University, Kellogg Community College will begin a business program which allows students the possibility of attaining both their associate degree and bachelor’s degree in three and a half years. The Accelerated Business Program will give students the opportunity to earn 87 credits at KCC for an associate degree in Business Management. Successful students will then continue taking classes through SHU, here at KCC, earning 33 more credits and receiving their bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Michael Gagnon, director of Business and Information Technology here at KCC, says the program was started as a way to intrigue more students into taking business courses at the college. “The [Accelerated Business Program] was started because of low student enrollment. It not only offers students flexibility because of the class schedule, but also allows them to save money,” he said. Flexibility is key, and the program was designed with students in mind. The class structure is divided into three types. The first are online classes, where students will meet online and use Moodle to communicate and receive coursework. The second are hybrid classes, where students will meet on the first Saturday of the month, for four months, from 9:00 am to

3:00 pm, while the remainder of classes will be online. The third are face to face classes, where students will meet in class on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:15 pm. Kimberly Montney, an instructor of business management, says that the program is an awesome idea for the students. “It’s fabulous, a great way for the students to manage their business goals,” she said. Students will take an array of different classes. Everything from accounting, business and economics, as well as English, communication and psychology will be utilized, giving students an all-around business experience. Contact Deandre A. Webb at


Campus News

Bruin Blast takes off despite rain SARAH GERKE co-editor

Kellogg Community College officially welcomed fall students to the new semester with the annual Bruin Blast on September 8th, from 10:30-2:30 pm. Because of inclement weather, the Blast was held in the student center and Binda theater. The event was free and open to the public, but all prizes and giveaways, such as t-shirts, food, and little knickknacks, were only available to students with a current KCC ID. College staff and representatives from community and student organizations were there to provide information

about KCC, its clubs and different departments, and to invite students to take part in all of what the college has to offer in the community and beyond. Casey Hays, a second year student, said that he found last year’s Bruin Blast to be a good introduction to the people and atmosphere of the college. “Meeting people when I didn’t know anyone was fun,” he stated, “I didn’t know anyone so seeing people with signs saying ‘we have a similar hobby, join us!’ helped.” For more information about student clubs and organizations, contact Student Life here at KCC. Contact Sarah Gerke at

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Students gathering to sign up for a multitude of activities and potential career opportunities.

Circle K and Kiwanis SARAH GERKE co-editor

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For years, Kellogg Community College has been in the process of developing a collegiate service group in partnership with Kiwanis, and it is going to be open this school year with Circle K. Circle K is the largest studentled service organization present in colleges today, with over 13,770 members in 17 nations. It is part of the same organization as other service-focused organizations like Kiwanis and Key Club, and fifteen colleges in Michigan have Circle K organizations of their own. The mission of Circle K is to develop college and university students into a global network of responsible citizens and leaders with a commitment to service, and the vision of the program is to be the leading community service

Noah Murray trying his hand at the bungee game at this years Bruin Blast.



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September 22 – October 27

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organization on college and university campuses throughout the world that enriches the world one member, one child, and one community at a time. Circle K focuses on three major components: service, leadership, and fellowship. Members can serve in their communities in any area they like, become leaders on the club, state, and international level, and develop friendships along the way. There are no requirements for service, so members can be as involved as they’d like and not worry about timing and flexibility. There are also scholarship opportunities available, and having organizations available in multiple colleges makes it easy to join another upon transferring to an different school. Contact Sarah Gerke at



Ice breaking 101 for new Bruins DIANA CAMPBELL co-editor

For the newcomer to Kellogg Community College, the experience can seem as overwhelming as it is exciting. Most current students can probably remember a time when they themselves were disoriented at the sight of the strange environment and unfamiliar new faces. The start of classes brings a mad scramble for books and directions to classes, and sometimes time to relax seems a bit of a joke. Thankfully, the campus harbors many opportunities to make new friends and build connections. The best place to start is probably Student Life, located in the Student Center in the Student Services offices. Stop by for information on upcoming events, such as Bruin Blast, and to learn about Registered Student Organizations. From math and history to movies and the arts, these student-run clubs provide a community which permits members to meet others with

similar interests. Each one is overseen by an instructor or faculty member who acts as an advisor to the group. Many clubs hold a meeting or two per week, and some of them plan activities or fundraisers around campus with the help of the Campus Activity Board (CAB), another student organization closely linked to Student Life. A full list of Registered Student Organizations and their advisors can be found in the current student handbook. Of course, next door to Student Services is the center of another popular hangout: the cafeteria. Everybody wants food at some point or another, and this is a favorite location for students to both visit with old friends and meet new ones. Of course, this is not the only area open to students, and the campus actually features several student lounges, including a mini café in the Severin Building, across from the Student Center. For those who prefer socializing through group study, the library also has study rooms; be sure to bring your student ID, so that you can check one out.

Kellogg Community College also offers a variety of resources through which students can gain a boost toward academic and career success. Veterans and students with disabilities, low incomes, or learning obstacles should speak to Support Services, also located i n the Student Services offices, about their programs. Tutoring is also available through the Bridge, and Kellogg Community College Foundation offers many different scholarships to help students pay for their classes and books. Last but not least, be sure to stop by the newspaper rack and pick up a copy of the Bruin every month. This publication will provide updates both on upcoming and past events, and sometimes articles with helpful tips about school. The Bruin is written by students, and continually accepts article submissions to be considered for the next issue. Welcome to Kellogg Community College from the editors! Contact Diana Campbell at

KCC professors share tips for success HEIDI GARTLEY Another summer has passed, and where many opportunities present students are back on KCC’s campus themselves for personal growth and to start the Fall 2016 semester. enrichment.” The Bruin has had the privilege of Matthew Samra, an English interviewing four faculty members professor, also shared some advice to gather some tips for students to for KCC students. “I would encourage be successful in the upcoming year. students to find a professor’s office Jamie Bishop, an Early Childhood early in the semester and make a and Education professor, states, “To habit of visiting those hours to ask be successful, review your course specific questions about assignments schedule as soon as you sit down and to have conversations about for each class meeting. Due dates course material.” In his opinion, often sneak up on students and this these visits are often where the ‘deep provides an opportunity to ask the learning’ occurs in a student’s life.” professor questions about upcoming He wishes students would have more assignments to get clarification.” concern for the content being taught Looking at the schedule ahead of in a course, rather than the grades time allows students to break down they receive. However, he realizes large projects or research GRAND papersVALLEY into STATE why UNIVERSITY some students prioritize them. smaller pieces, so they don’t have to In addition, Samra states avoiding rush through it all at the last minute. procrastination as a way to be This is wise to do, considering these successful. large assignments are typically worth As a bonus for KCC students a fair portion of points in a course. and transfer students alike, these English instructor Martha instructors share some of their Perkins agrees with Bishop’s biggest pet peeves in the classroom suggestion. She believes students as well. not only “need to take responsibility Samra lists actions students for planning accordingly,” but can take that he says would drive they should also “follow through!” any professor mad, including, Following these two steps for “arriving late habitually, skimming success, Perkins says students assignment directions, [and] asking should then complete step three, for extra credit after not turning which is all about communicating. in the ‘regular’ coursework.” As an “Discuss issues/concerns with your English professor, it also bothers professors as soon as possible. him when students turn in a paper Waiting until the end of the semester that was supposed to be a final draft, to discuss a disappointing course but is clearly a first draft and has not grade is too late.” been proofread by anyone. Stephen Johnkoski, an adjunct Perkins shared that her biggest instructor in the Social Science pet peeve was cell phones, claiming, department, adds that a student “students who use them in class “should also be an active participant are guaranteed to miss something in class--not just occasionally, but that will impact their grades later.” each class. Even if there is no point Using a cell phone during class value for attendance, be in class can also cause a student to lack in every day. If presentations are participation during their classes, required, volunteer to go first, and which Johnkoski does not appreciate. establish that as a habit.” He also He believes, “Motivated, curious, encourages students to keep an open and positive students are a joy in mind and say “yes” whenever they class and learn more effectively. get the chance. “College is a place They also build better relationships

with faculty and peers.” “My biggest pet peeve is students that do not submit assignments on the due date when the assignment dates are identified on the schedule distributed at the beginning of the semester,” adds Bishop. “In addition, students that will email

asking for an assignment extension less than 24 hours before it is due. I am happy to work with students that have planned ahead, yet encounter an obstacle, but still communicate with me in advance.” Contact Heidi Gartley at






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Fine Arts

Race to Finish!

my childhood home in Detroit, and I was sitting at the table, completing a homework assignment. In my English class, I was studying what I dreaded most…poetry!


Click, click, click…typing fast… Thump, thump, thump…beating hard… Tap, tap, tap…in the halls… …the minutes are never quite this fast! Tick, tick, tick…hours fly… Tock, tock, tock…hurry up… Please, please, please…races mind… …never again procrastinating! Help, help, help…save me, now… Rush, rush, rush…finishing... Woosh, woosh, woosh…print it out… …tomorrow to do it all again!


BY DIANA CAMPBELL The pattering of the rain sings softly as I doze, soothing the thunder with its melodies, then dances away with the clouds, so warm, gentle rays of sunlight may reach down to lovingly caress my weary head. Tomorrow I’ll wake to the music of the birds and the harmony of the trees. With the nightmare’s passing, I, at last, can live!

“WRONG!” I swung around to gaze into a face very much like mine, but full of an anger and bitterness I had not seen in years. Just as droplets began to creep from my eyes, I felt the crack of knuckles across my temple.


I gazed down at my old boots and sighed… boy, had they fit so well! I felt the cash in my pocket growing warm, threatening to burn its own exit, and turned to glare resentfully on the new replacement footwear. Why, I demanded, as if they were some magical creature which could read my thoughts. I only bought them three months ago! They glared back at me, almost smugly. I shook my head. Me and my habit of anthropomorphizing inanimate objects. Ugh. I shrugged, reminding myself it was a better outlet for my aggressions than living organisms. Biology nut, I jeered inwardly. I had gone shopping in the men’s section, unable to find a halfway decent pair of shoes that would fit me in the women’s department. It suited me well…I had always been some sort of a tomboy, having favored my stick horse as a companion over dolls. I would always smile back on memories of a grubby little girl catching bugs and making mud pies; I had always loved spending my time outdoors in nature!

“Don’t give me those alligator tears! Get it done. NOW!” I turned, shaking and resisting the urge to duck, back to my pencil and paper, and suddenly, I was back in Kmart, the stare of those new boots hot on my shoulder. I could still hear the laughter of the children and the parents’ angry threats, and my eyes wandered back down to the holes through which my toes peered at me, almost pleading. Pulling a paper from my pocket, I unfolded it and paused, carefully savoring the words of a poem I had whipped up at random the other day. I picked up my foot, and the sole of the old boots which had clung so faithfully until now, hung free for the very first time. I put it back down firmly, turned to the shelves, and marched off with the new pair and a matching sense of almost overwhelming determination. If they can let go, I thought, then why not me?

Sighing, I looked around me through hazy eyes at children bouncing around the aisles, their parents snapping at them to stop. Brushing the dirt away from an old, rusty memory, I hesitated…dare I? I must. With a deep breath, I opened it up and entered. I had returned to

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