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Join Spectrum today Spectrum is a KCC student club that aims to “[provide] a safe and supportive social setting for LGBTQAI+ students and their allies,” states club advisor, Terah Zaremba.
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The reality of St. Patrick
Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irishat-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international celebration with parades, dancing, special foods, and a whole lot of green. - Pg 6
Faculty Senate aims for improvement HEIDI GARTLEY
The Faculty Senate, which was officially created on August 19, 2015, is “a group of faculty representatives who meet to discuss topics of importance to the college community,” states Senate member, Jason Smith. Smith is a professor of anatomy and physiology at KCC. The Faculty Senate meets the second Friday of every month, where they discuss topics revolving around academic and instructional policies. There are eleven different units within the group, and each unit has its own spokesperson elected by tenured faculty within the instructional area. These spokespersons include Doug Mann, Julie Roberts, Kelly Frost, Gene Andrews, Matt Samra, Pat Kopf, Jason Smith, Kim Montney, Elizabeth Fluty, Michelle Wright, and Kevin Barnes. The Faculty Senate’s constitution reads, “In order for a faculty member to be elected to the Faculty Senate, the member must have served a minimum of two academic years as a Tenured, Full-time Faculty. These areas of the Faculty are for the purpose of electing senators and may be revised in accordance with the bylaws of the Faculty Senate as required by the needs of the Board of Trustees and the faculty. The number of senators elected from each faculty area may also be revised in accordance with the needs of the college and the bylaws of the Faculty Senate.” A Senate planning committee got together prior to the establishment of the Faculty Senate to or-
ganize the constitution, as well as other necessary documents for the group. The Board of Trustees, the Kellogg Faculty Association, and the college’s administrative leadership was very supportive of the committee’s efforts. The Faculty Senate officially became part of the college’s organization after the Board of Trustees vot-
collaboration and improvement into the future. The Faculty, Administrative leadership, and the Board of Trustees believe that by adopting and integrating the principles and practices of shared governance we can create a culture of constant improvement based on collaboration, professionalism, and trust.” If students have any opinions, concerns, or observations that they would like to share regarding the college community, they “should contact any Senator to discuss their ideas and concerns. We would love to hear what students have to say,” Smith adds. Contact Heidi Gartley at
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There are eleven faculty representatives within the senate.
ed to do so during a meeting. The board minutes of that meeting said, “Chairman Claywell expressed appreciation on behalf of the Board for the time and effort the faculty committed to process and continued by stating that the Board is looking forward to working with them and will welcome their perspective.” Jason Smith said, “The main goal of the Faculty Senate is to make Kellogg Community College the best college it can be through a process of constant
The main goal of the Faculty Senate is to make Kellogg Community College the best college it can be
O’Connell: Keeping a student-centered mindset HEIDI GARTLEY
Even though Mark O’Connell is new to KCC’s presidential position, he has taken on many other roles within the College in the past. His first job was to serve as Director of the Business Development Center, and since then he has been Associate Vice President, Dean of Regional Education, and Vice President of Administration and Finance. In addition, “every building, except for the Miller building, has been renovated, and I’ve been a part of that,” states O’Connell. As president, it’s important to “rely on your people, your staff, and your faculty to help guide the college forward,” he adds. This has been crucial when dealing with one of the largest predicaments at KCC: financial challenges with enrollment. Considering the majority of the budget consists of salaries, it can be a sensitive subject to work around.
Therefore, O’Connell is working to install a volunteer early retirement program. By doing this, and ceasing the budget on anything that isn’t necessary, the president hopes to “[resize] the college to our enrollment,” which was down by 15% in the fall. Amidst these monetary barriers, though, O’Connell says, “the focus always has to remain student centered. Always ask yourself, ‘How does that decision impact our students?’” On January 20, 2016, when O’Connell was asked to become president of KCC, he says he “felt very humbled” because “the way it happened was through the employees speaking and mentioning it to the Board.” Similar to his beliefs when he used to work on Special Projects, business plan developments, and the renovation of multiple buildings, O’Connell will continue to keep students the main priority in his position as president. He hopes to offer KCC students “the best learning environment with half the cost.” Contact Heidi Gartley at email@example.com
Bruins Give Gack is wrapping up: volunteer soon! to be accomplished without the assistance from the Bruins. Each diverse Bruins Give Back event has a different impact on the community. DeGraaf said, “Students made 700 emergency food boxes for the community,” that would have taken much longer if the Bruins had not lent a hand. “Being able to come together as a team is an opportunity to create powerful change. It only takes a few hours to make a change in our community,” added DeGraaf. The final two Bruins Give Back events for this semester are approaching, with one already past in February. Any KCC student, staff, faculty member or alumni can participate. Each event is three hours long, always from 9:00AM-12:00PM. Participants receive at T-shirt at every Bruins Give Back event— this year’s color is seafoam green. March 18th is the second of three events, and will be held at Dudley Elementary and 2 other locations to be announced. Registration begins 2 weeks before each event, and can be found on the Kellogg Community College website, under the Service-Learning tab. Anyone looking for more information can call Kate DeGraaf at (269)565-7991 or stop in to the Service-Learning Office at Kellogg Community College.
BAYLEE WILKINS staff writer
Preparing 700 emergency food boxes for the community, encouraging future STEM students to pursue their dreams, working in the sunlight on Kellogg Community College’s community garden—these are just a few things the Bruins have accomplished through Bruins Give Back (BGB) events, and they’re by no means done. Bruins Give Back is a collaborative program involving the College’s Service Learning area, Student Life office and HandsOn Battle Creek. It’s an opportunity to serve alongside faculty, staff and students to give back to the community. Bruins Give Back events are held 6 times per school year, and are partnered with various elementary schools, Kingman Museum, Habitat for Humanity, Haven of Rest, and Food Bank of South Central Michigan, just to name a few. Students can explore future service-learning projects or just serve for the allotted time. Staff and faculty are also invited, and the Dean comes as well. Kate DeGraaf, who has been in charge of BGB for over three years now, said, “We do Bruins Give Back to help encourage civic engagement in our community.” Last year at Dudley Elementary, KCC students and staff were able to work alongside over 100 students on four projects that wouldn’t have been able
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Kate DeGraaf helping in the Community Garden
KCC puts safety first SARAH GERKE staff writer
Kellogg Community College wants to educate students about being safe on campus, and what better way to do that than the Safe Campus program? Safe Campus is a program that exists to make sure students are aware and prepared, and ready to take a stand against sexual violence, whether that is by completing the training, counseling a friend, or just by being aware. Harold West, the Student Relations Director and Chief of Police here at KCC, said that a goal of the program is making sure that students “have a pleasant experience in college – college is already stressful enough.”
Safe Campus training is available online through the school website. It’s broken down into two separate parts that can be completed at whatever pace is comfortable for the students. But the training isn’t the only thing available. The Circle of 6 App for iPhone and Android is not only free, but also offers a great way to be as safe as possible, not just here on campus but outside of school as well. Student Life is also planning to have programs and activities available for students here at KCC, so anyone interested should be on the lookout for news about any events! For more information, visit kellogg.edu/safecampus or visit the Student Life or Public Safety facilities on campus.
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Drew, the Go-To Guy ROCHELLE LYES staff writer
Got an event or an organization you’d like to see on campus? Well, Drew Hutchinson is the guy that makes it happen. Hutchinson, who is from Boston, has worked for KCC as the student life manager since September of 2014, leaving behind his job as a resident hall director at Berklee College of music. Hutchinson enjoys helping students getting their ideas in to motion. He feels
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that events are more successful when run by the students. Stress Busters (which takes place during finals every spring and fall semester), trips to Chicago to see Beauty and the Beast, and Bruin Blast/Boost (which take place every September and February) are some of the events that benefit from his leadership. Currently, Hutchinson is helping out with the annual blood drive and operation Help Flint. The blood drive will be held March 17, 2016, from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Operation Help Flint will take place throughout the month of March. Donations can be dropped off at any of the designated sites. Contact Rochelle Lyes at
Reaching for the full Spectrum HEIDI GARTLEY
Spectrum is a KCC student club that aims to “[provide] a safe and supportive social setting for LGBTQAI+ students and their allies,” states club advisor, Terah Zaremba. In fact, this year the group has tried to form a more casual atmosphere within their meetings to help members feel comfortable and welcome. The meetings take place at 12 PM every Friday in the Student Center. Emily Hidley was recently chosen to be Spectrum’s president. Othewise, there are no other current officer positions. Hidley says, “Joining Spectrum has helped me find my own voice as well as realize the different backgrounds people come from in the community. This has helped me learn to open my eyes and ears to what others have to share.” While there are no specific volunteer or leadership events members participate in, Hidley adds that “members are encouraged to come up with and participate in activities geared towards our community as a whole.” The club is also open to any suggestions from outside sources regarding fundraising or activities; they can be reached through the email at the bottom of the article. “Like any other club, it’s a group of students with a common interest coming to-
Career Club workshop: helping you find a career AMBER ARIZMENDI staff writer
Finding a career, let alone a passion, is a daunting task for any college student. The KCC Career Club (KC4) understands this and was created for that exact purpose. This club is dedicated to helping students not only find a job that will satisfy their needs in the here and now, but looking forward to their future career. KC4 focuses on career exploration and education, centered on the individual’s needs and goals. The
gether for a shared purpose,” shares Zaremba. “As the advisor, I’ve seen this group change quite a bit over time. Years ago, the group was called the Gay/Straight Alliance; a group of students realized that the name left out so many people (transgender, bisexual, asexual, gender binary, androgynous, and so many more!). Through conversation, they realized they wanted the group to reach the full spectrum of gender and sexuality, hence, then name ‘Spectrum.’” “Spectrum isn’t just for gay students-it’s for everyone. We really enjoy learning more about LGBTQIA+ issues and talking through how those issues impact us as individuals,” Zaremba adds. Member, Emily Hidley, believes being a member of Spectrum will benefit her in the future because she will have the skill of understanding where others come from, which she belives is “very important for communication and maintaining peace in college” and in the workplace. If a KCC student is interested in becoming a part of Spectrum, Hidley says, “They can swing by Terah’s office in the Student Center and/or send an email to spectrum@ kellogg.edu . We also welcome drop-ins to our meetings.” Contact Heidi Gartley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Clubs Advisor, Patrick Casey, stated, “This is a club for students who ultimately have the final say on what kind of career programs get accomplished this year.” KC4 is a student run club. Discovering each student’s individual needs, finding what they want to do, who they want to be, and helping the student to achieve those goals in a group dynamic is this club’s top priority. KC4 offers students a way to talk with each other, which includes networking with their fellow students and outside companies in order to support the club’s mission The president for KC4, Amber Arizmendi, stated, “I want this club to be a launch pad, a place where students can find their footing, and launch into their future with all the confidence they can muster.” KC4’s first event will be a Strength Finder as-
sessment workshop. This workshop is designed as a self-oriented assessment in which each student who participates will be able to identify their top strengths as it relates to their potential career path. This opportunity is ideal for those students that are undecided or uncertain about their Career options. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 9th from 1PM to 3PM in Ohm 08. Contact Amber Arizmendi at email@example.com To participate, please RSVP by Friday, March 4th by: Calling: 269-565-2634 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Or drop by the office: Student Center, Suite 105.
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Graphic Design Alumni Exhibit DEANDRE A. WEBB staff writer
From poster art and digital illustration, to multimedia and animation, the “Graphic Design Now” exhibit encompasses a wide range of talents that the KCC alumni were able to showcase. The exhibit, held from January 18 to February 19 in the Davidson Center, contained only the works of former KCC students. Alongside each project was a short biography of the individual, which included their experiences at KCC, and their achievements since graduating. Various media like fine art painting and drawing, and contemporary poster art, were utilized by the KCC graduates. Some of the artwork is more traditional, like the portraits of brand name products and famous figures, while others are interactive media seen on a computer scene. Among the artwork contained within the exhibit included the digital artwork of Patrick Cook, a former student who graduated with an Associate’s in Applied Science in Graphic Design from KCC. After transferring to Grand Valley State University, Patrick started a company, Expressions Photography and Design, which specializes in school, family and wedding pictures. He has since graduated from GVSU with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts, and expanded his business with additional part-time workers. Bringing a romantic view to a realistic depiction of Kalamazoo, Brandi Engel created specular artwork. Graduating from KCC in 2005 and later getting her Bach-
elor’s in Political Science from Western Michigan University, she worked various jobs in print and web design. Brandi currently teaches graphic design classes here at KCC. Adding to the realistic fine art animation, Kurtis Ploehn showed off his technical skills with his beautiful portraits. The former student, who graduated from
structor and the coordinator of the Graphic Design Program, was honored to display the graphic art presented by many of her own former students. “We wanted to show off the artwork of the former alumni,” Penny said. She got the idea for the exhibit after speaking with Ryan Flathau, a professor here at KCC of multimedia and photography. All of the alumni who participated in the exhibit: Nick Arnold, Kurtis Ploehn, John McNees, Ray Swaney, Patrick Cook,
Samantha Hunter, Laura Tooze, Sarah Lyle, Christopher Rabineau, Malia Scott, Brandon Smith, Xander Wedel, Haley Schweigert and Brandi Engel have since either furthered their educations at different universities, or used their skills in graphic design to expand their careers in corporate, government and entertainment endeavors. Contact Deandre A. Webb at email@example.com
Operation “Help Flint” ROCHELLE LYLES staff writer
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Brandi Engel’s vector illustration of Kalamazoo got a lot of positive feedback.
Grand Valley State University in 1978, had almost 20 years of experience before coming to KCC. When the opportunity for a career change presented itself, Kurtis returned to school in order to expand his computer skills to be a successful designer. The exhibit was organized by Penny Rose. Penny, who is a graphic design in-
Can you imagine waking on a daily basis not having clean water? Water is one of the most important things we need to fulfill are basic necessities such has cleaning, bathing, and cooking. Residents of Flint have been fighting for clean water for the last two years. With their pipes being switched to a different water source they the water has become contaminated with lead. This situation is something that no one should have to go through and KCC wants to let Flint know WE CARE! Throughout the month of March students will be collecting water, towels, wipes, toothbrushes, gently used and new clothes, snacks and monetary donations. Candy and chips sales will also take place to help raise money. All donations will be used to make care packages and purchase items to help residents in a time a need. For more information, contact Rochelle Lyles at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Rochelle Lyles at
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Survey given to enhance KCC’s academic advising ALYSSA VANDERWEG staff writer
Little did the students at Kellogg Community College know, that during the month of February in 2016 they would be exposed to a device that could greatly enhance their college experience--a survey put forward by the Academic Advising Office. The mission of the Academic Advising Office is to “help guide students on their college path,” said Dr. Donna Malaski, Academic Advising Manager at KCC. To ensure that the mission was being upheld, Dr. Donna Malaski and Terah Zeremba made a survey to test the students’ knowledge about the Academic Advising office and find any potential problems with the advising process. The survey also gauged the effectiveness of a new process that had been introduced to the Academic Advising Office. The new process included changing the way advising was initiated at KCC by having the Academic Advisors reach out to around 50 students through e-mail and give them information about registering for classes
and events like graduation. Traditionally, students had to actively seek out help from advisors on their own, but the new communication method could help students continue on their college path by making them more aware of the services offered by the Academic Advising office. The survey asked questions about a variety of topics, including general questions such as age group and intended major, and questions that referred to Advisors specifically by asking students how many times they had seen an Advisor and if they felt Advisors had provided them adequate information about their selected majors and opportunities offered by the school, such as service learning. Students who completed the survey were entered into a drawing to receive free prizes which included gift cards from different restaurants and a Kindle Fire HD; however, none of these items would be as valuable as the improvement in education that could result from taking the survey. Contact Alyssa VanderWeg at firstname.lastname@example.org
I deleted my Facebook HEIDI GARTLEY
About one and a half years ago, on the first day of my college journey, I made the decision to delete my Facebook account. I didn’t want social media to distract me from my studies--or other aspects of my life. Before that August day, I had been so preoccupied with creating the perfect, most amusing updates or scrolling through other people’s photos and statuses, that I was forgetting about the current moment of my real life. All the focus was on my online life. This realization was a bit scary. I didn’t want to look back twenty years from now and mostly remember moments of scrolling through my phone. I was ready to look up from the screen and all the social media pages, and go live my life--as cheesy as that may sound. And since then, I have continued to be Facebook-less, yet I still have a Snapchat. My efforts to gain control over my social media use has been rewarding, for the most part. I am typically one of the last people to hear about new relationships and upcoming events because they’re always posted on Facebook or Twitter, but I have been able to put forth additional time and concentration into more important aspects of my life. Throughout my endeavor towards a social media free life, I have wondered how other students view platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and their impact on education, so I conducted some interviews with fellow KCC students. One student, Jamie Dimoff, has been using Facebook since middle school, and she also has a Twitter and Instagram ac-
count. Dimoff uses these sites to talk to “my friends or people I went to school with,” she says. Meanwhile, Aislynn Morton, who has been a part of social media for four years, uses hers to communicate with family. When asked about any disadvantages, Aislynn stated “negative people” as one of the largest ones. Bryce Blanchard added, “a lot of people probably hide behind [social media sites].” He solely uses Twitter, where he talks with friends and other peers. Dana Morton stated Facebook as her favorite social media site, because “hot topics are typically in the news feed.” She believes the site helps to avoid boredom, but also causes limited interaction with your immediate family. At the end of each interview, I asked each of these students whether social media had been beneficial or distracting for their education. The reply was unambiguous: social media is distracting. Blanchard said, “It becomes an excuse not to do work.” I plan to continue to enjoy my life with limited social media use. I hope that other students take a moment to reflect on the impact of their Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter accounts as well. While they can be a convenient way to “stay in contact with people you might not see often,” as Dimoff states, they may also weaken potential relationships because a person’s eyes are too centered on a tiny electronic screen, rather than the surrounding people. Contact Heidi Gartley at
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Did you know St. Patrick Was Not Irish? MAKAYLA STUART staff writer
Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international celebration with parades, dancing, special foods, and a whole lot of green. St. Patrick was not actually Irish; he was born in Britain to wealthy parents. But soon after turning 16, he was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who kept him in captivity for six years. While in captivity, he turned to religion for solace and became a Christian. After more than six years as a prisoner, Patrick escaped and left Ireland. After his ordination as a priest in Britain, he was sent back to Ireland to strengthen Christianity in Ireland. However, some historians believe that Patrick was the one who introduced Christianity to Ireland. Historians are unsure of where St. Patrick died, but they are certain that it was on March 17; hence the day we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Help protect yourself from the flu this season MAKAYLA STUART staff writer
As the cold weather begins to disappear and the warmer weather is welcomed, it is only a matter of time before the sound of coughing and sneezing is the only thing heard in the hallways of KCC. Here’s a few tips on how to prevent yourself against the flu: - Wash your hands with soap or hand sanitizer. After using the restroom, and preferably after sneezing or coughing, wash your hand with soap and warm water for 15 seconds (or sing “Happy Birthday”). If a sink is not available, KCC has hand sanitizer stations all around campus. - Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or cough into your sleeve in the crook of your arm. This will help the spread of bacteria around campus. - Avoid close contact. Although it is impossible to avoid people that come to campus ill, avoid close contact with them. Don’t share pencils or pens with those that seem to be ill. If you begin to feel ill, avoid coming to campus or going to work if at all possible to avoid getting others ill and keeping the flu around longer. - Take care of yourself. Making sure you keep up on your fruits and veggies, drinking plenty of fluids, getting plenty of exercise, and getting plenty of rest will help strengthen your immune system. Contact Makayla Stuart at
This well-known holiday is recognized for its very unique traditions. The shamrock, the iconic symbol to St. Patrick’s Day, was used by St. Patrick himself to illustrate the doctrine of the Holy Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Therefore, the three-leafed shamrock has been a symbol of St. Patrick’s Day from the very beginning. The leprechaun, however, was not a common symbol for St. Patrick’s Day until the 8th century, and historians are unsure about why the leprechaun is used as a symbol of St. Patrick’s Day. Although a classic St. Patrick’s Day meal, corned beef and cabbage is
more American than Irish. Irish Americans in the 19th century were mostly poor. The most affordable meat available was corned beef, and cabbage was a cheap, spring vegetable. Many of the larger cities in America have large celebrations that include a parade, and it is very unlikely that they won’t turn something in their city green for the day. Although most of these traditions are based on religious practices, one tradition was made by Americans for the fun of it: drinking beer. Make sure you wear your green, shamrocks, and have your St. Patick’s Day spirit ready for Thursday, March 17! Contact Deandra A. Webb at email@example.com
Fall 2015 Dean’s List
Congratulations to all the students who finished the fall semester with a 3.5 GPA or higher. We all know how school can sometimes be stressful but these phenomenal students didn’t let school get the best of them.
HIGHEST HONORS ALBION: Chancelor M. Hampton, DeJanique I. Hayes, Carlos P. Ortiz, Regina R. Richardson, Raymond J. Stone II, Taylor N. Thompson. ALLEGAN: Todd P. Oakley ALPENA: Natalie A. Dingeman. ATHENS: Mara M. Decker, Hazel A. Hillman, Courtney A. Hollis, Audry K. McClure, Elizabeth C. Wills. AUGUSTA: Jenae K. Drum, Amber K. Pell, Christopher F. Radford, Elsa M. Smith. BATTLE CREEK: Brenda G. Aguillon, Jordyn L. Allison, Anthony J. Allred, Sandra A. Alonzo, Hope E. Baize, Amber C. Ballard, Shane M. Barker, Lindsey M. Bartholomew, Kimberly A. Batterson, Ryan D. Begley, Makayla J. Bennett, Sarah L. Bicknell, Carole E. Bishop, James A. Bradstreet II, Kayla K. Briggs, Asia S. Brown, Jeffrey R. Brown, Casandra L. Bundy, Jennifer M. Burke, Nickolas L. Burke, Chrystal N. Byrd, Tonya M. Caldwell, Tyler M. Caldwell, Brandi M. Campbell, Diana V. Campbell, Brittany A. Carey, Michael S. Carlson, Brianna M. Casebeer, Ashley R. Chester, Elise N. Christlieb, Nathan E. Cook, Nathaniel J. Cornell, Lisa M. Costello, Jessie L. Diamante, Brandy J. Dlugoss, Alexander J. Doyle, Adam C. Dudek, Julie A. Dunakin, Leah M. Dunn, Samantha J. Eggerstedt, Dionna L. Eggleston, Marissa L. Eldred, Mark T. Eldridge, Rebecca R. England, Robert C. Essex, Catherine A. Frame, Ronald F. France Jr., Jessica A. French, Eucharia Ganda, Matthew T. Gastian, Sarah E. Gastian, Briana I. Gilliard, Dakota H. Glassburn, Nicole F. Goodwin, Taylor A. Gould, Ashlee L. Green, Courtney S. Hadley, Frederick M. Hallacy, Mary K. Hallaxs, Dawson J. Hamill, Hamza Haque, Kimberly M. Hardish, Amanda S. Harris, Carol P. Heck, Shelley R. Hewitt, Tammy L. Hocott, Jordann A. Jackson, Emilee M. Janz, Heather M. Jinks, Cindy A. Johnson, Clint K. Johnson, Joanna R. Johnson, Ashley N. Kellogg, Jamie L. Kenger, Sarah R. Kewley, Julianna N. Killian, Justine R. King, Tammy L. King, Jessica L. Kittelton-Remele Sr., Nicole A. Knaus, Jason A. Kopka, Matthew M. Laske, Pamela S. Laubengayer, Robert E. Lee, Tina M. Lee, Ronald A. Leigh, Mackenzie H. Leson, Kristen E. Logan, Jasmine N. Maddox, Melody H. Manwell, Lykiesha M. McClendon, Candice L. McCullar, Kylee S. Mead, Julisa Mejia, Ashley M. Meyers, James D. Mitcavish, Roxina N. Mitchell, Eric L. Montgomery, Jennifer J. Nelson, Jami L. Newland, Christa A. Nicholas, Taylor K. Palmer, Betty S. Par, Demetrius Patterson, Ryan D. Peine, Jacob J. Perry, Jayla D. Perry, Ann M. Phillips, Shalyn M. Phillips, Michael R. Pickowitz, Leonel M. Rangel, Yamini S. Rashid, Judith A. Rawlings, Edgar A. Reyes, Allison E. Richards, Jami L. Robbins, Devon L. Robinson, Bradley P. Rodriguez, Autumn M. Rowland, Alivea D. Russell, Alberto A. Salazar, Meagan A. Sanders, Jennifer L. Schneider, Amanda G. Scott, Renee M. Scriber, Michael A. Shaw, Tyler J. Shelton, Lindsey N. Shive, Maria B. Sidor, Megan A. Sleppy, Christa C. Small, Edwin A. Smith, Kim G. Sneden, Antinique M. Spencer, Madison J. Spry, Eliza B. Talmage, Jessica L. Thomason, Ryan J. Thurston, Ayano M. Toth, Sunday L. Troutman, Kendall S. Truex, Zachary R. Tuttle, Kira W. Tyler, Trevor J. Underwood, Donna L. Vaccaro, Caleb J. Vanderweide, Bobbie Joe L. Vanwormer, Nick A. Vaquera, Rachel N. Vary, Taylor A. Warsop, Deandre A. Webb, Colleen S. Wetherill, Bobby J. Winter, Courtney L. Wise, Dennis B. Wood II, Arikka D. Wright, Asha’ N. Wright, Matthew T. Wright, Zawng H. Zanhta. BELLEVUE: Peter N. Atma, Pamela K. Boyd, MacKenzie L. Kendall, Jeff E. Perry, Tiffany L. Ruggles, Jessie L. Schneider. BRONSON: Ryan A. Hagel. BURLINGTON: Karla S. Calkins. BURR OAK: Clinton J. Pappas. CERESCO: Joseph R. Adamson, Kalynne M. Allard, Sheila C. Fox. CHARLOTTE: Angela A. Brown, Logan L. Culp, Michaelia A. Papranec, Jessica N. Phenix, Tracy R. Wietzke. CLIMAX: Veronica K. Bolhuis, Sandy J. Bonnema. COLDWATER: Ahmed M. Ahmed, Mariam H. Ahmed (RET), Mohamed O. Aljabaly, Antesar M. Azookari, Ann M. Brois, Jason E. Brooker, Eric B. Catlin, Justice M. Corwin, Brooke M. Foster, Tangela L. Gautsche, Mariah L. Harper, Cayla R. Hart, Greg S. Herlan, Tanya L. Hilliker, Eileen Iwankiw, Jessica L. Lane, Alexandra P. Lyon, Jamela M. Mohamed, Paige M. O’Grady, Zarian M. Parker, Lauren F. Rubley, Ryan N. Ruhl, Christopher G. Sattler, Evie L. Shaw, Valerie A. Torrey, Jeromy D. Wyzykowski, Musa A. Yehya. CONCORD: Brittany L. Nortley. DELTON: Alison R. Hawk, Marcy B. Hayward, Amanda A. Jones. DOWLING: Grace J. Garno, Jessica C. Wines. EAST LEROY: Penny M. Engle, Erin M. Geering, Karlee J. Hancock, Hannah R. Markusic, Angela R. Wight-Garfield FREEPORT: Rebecca A. Barnard FREMONT: Jazmine N. Dalman FULTON: Cassandra R. Wedel GALESBURG: Meghan A. Luchies GOWEN: Jennifer M. Nelson. GRAND JUNCTION: Audria M. Gilliland. HASTINGS: Matthew D. Banister, Michael G. Bouchard, Drew E. Cooley, Jonathan R. Hallock, Seth W. Horn, Theresa M. Hubbard, Amy L. Hubbell, Hannah M. Klein, Melinda S. Lancaster, Jason L. Merrick, Sarah A. Micklatcher, Heidi L. Miller, Ian M. Nichols, Rose M. Ogrady, Kylie L. Pickard, Emma L. Seif, Cheryl S. Swinkunas, Jordan M. Swinkunas, Brittany M. Welch.
Dean’s List HILLSDALE: Holly A. Jones. HOMER: John A. Bangert, Cathleen L. McCarty, Monica S. Orozco, Alison J. Stemaly, Cole D. Tompkins. JACKSON: Ryan A. Hawley, Rachael R. Hullett JONESVILLE: Kelly A. McNew. KALAMAZOO: Jodi L. Cole, Kimberly A. Collins, Rebecca A. Dillenbeck, Kimberly R. Doonan, Penny S. Hainer, April N. Pelfrey, Laura J. Pelham, Briana K. Robinson, Melissa S. Taylor. LAKE ODESSA: Kristin M. Brzezinski, Alexis Y. Kosten LITCHFIELD: Destiny M. Purcell. MARSHALL: Brooke M. Barlond, Mary A. Blakely, Colleen D. Ewing, Phillip J. Galloway, Jordan K. Gilg, Melissa S. Hillman, Kristy J. Kipp, Catherine L. Millard, Brian G. Raymond, Philip A. Schwartzkopff, Edward A. Spitzer, Nicole L. Stanley, Faith E. Trescott, Zakary A. Vanarman, Jennifer N. Vanguilder, Annette L. Vaughn, Hannah L. Wheeler. MIDDLEVILLE: Tabitha A. Boulter. NASHVILLE: Mary E. Hynes. OLIVET: Kayti L. Case, Michael J. Maxwell, Dylan J. Pugh. OTSEGO: Pamela L. Barden, Joshua S. Minnard. PAW PAW: Amanda J. Roberts. PORTAGE: Christie M. Hoover, Eriona L. Taylor, Cynthia A. Totten, Rebecca L. Townsend. QUINCY: Bobbie A. Avra, Karaleen R. Cottman, Amy J. Fenner, Stacey R. Hapner, Megan R. Vandyke. READING: Whitney S. Keegan. RICHLAND: Jessica L. Demercy. SAINT JOSEPH: Jeremy P. Connell. SCHOOLCRAFT: Miranda E. McDonald. SCOTTS: Pamela J. Heerlyn. SHELBYVILLE: Virginia L. Reiser, Lois K. Vantuinen SHERWOOD: Brittany N. Whitfield. SPRING ARBOR: Rosemarie R. Suddeth. SPRINGFIELD: Clay Bautista, Allison G. Buffington, Shirley M. Jessup, Danielle M. Lucas, Lun K. Mang, Indeka S. Reid, James Zauva, Thian L. Zing. STEVENSVILLE: Ana-Maria T. Wickham. STURGIS: Brian L. Blum. UNION CITY: Karisa M. Gaylord, Brandy M. Little, Allison E. Rieger, Ashley H. Simpson. VICKSBURG: Mikayla R. Smith. WOODLAND: Ethan S. Binkowski, Angelena M. Vanhuis. HIGH HONORS ALBION: Brittny L. Bommarito, Austin J. Buchanan, Erica M. Cornelius, Jacob L. Dornton, Kaitlin M. England, Amber L. Farmer, Eric T. Frost, Diana Garza, Ariana E. Generi, Marilyn S. Johnson, Zachary N. Knaus, Dequilla J. Lackey, Leeshia M. Langston, Jasmine L. Marion, Meghan E. Martinez, Antonio Melton, Dehanna R. Pace V, Jennifer Z. Sauceda, Erin M. Shafer, Joshua L. Turner, Stormie C. Washington, Enizes C. Wiggins. ALLEGAN: Stephanie M. Mears, Gary L. Patrick ALPENA: Christy L. Roland. ATHENS: Bailey A. Burgett, David R. Caldwell, Amber R. Devlin, Neely L. Heckman, Kelly A. Henckel, Michaela M. Hollingsworth, Devan N. Madden, Mindy L. Myers, Elizabeth M. Pickford, Braxton A. Rivera, Amber N. Sayre, Sherry A. Taylor. AUGUSTA: Brooke E. Haycook, Jonathan R. Jones, Monica I. Rayos. BATTLE CREEK: Shay M. Adkins, Heidi K. Allen, Jaymie L. Allred, Paloma Avalos, Lila J. Balch, Jessica L. Bancroft, Victoria A. Barrus, Ronald E. Belyea, Daniel C. Birmingham, Evan R. Bish, Markiea D. Bolen, Sherry L. Bonner, Matthew K. Boyd, Matthew R. Brainard, Tate C. Brawley, Hannah G. Brazie, Emily A. Brenner, Laqueena S. Brewer, Lakeshia T. Brown, Allison M. Burke, Sannyu Cawarrie-Washington, Mikaella N. Chenoweth, Ruth L. Clark, Clarissa C. Clemence, Elsa K. Clemence, Anastasia B. Clemens, MacKenzie L. Cook, Lacoya C. Crape, Cameron A. Crespo, Jessika N. Crowe, Lian-Hei Cung, Leroy B. Davis, Hannah J. Day, Melissa J. Derrick, Sabrina I. Desourdy, Jnique E. Dillard, Anthony M. Diponio, Renee B. Dowdy, Karl A. Downer, Anastasia D. Dsouza, Kearstin N. Durham, Andrew B. Eddy, Lauren E. Evans, Araceli Fabian, James C. Fancher, Michelle Feenstra, Derrick A. Freeman, Victoria K. Fullbright, Austin M. Fuller, Jonathan M. Galbreath, Patrick W. Galivan, Autumn B. Garvison, Ashleigh M. Goheen, Loretta J. Gorton, Fallon E. Govier, Walter Graf, Logan E. Gray, Marquis A. Gray, Christine M. Griffin, Valeria Guerrero, Stephen K. Gunn, Samantha L. Haire, Clorissa L. Hall, Jessica L. Hamill, Paul L. Hammond, Leslie E. Hanson-Johnson, Brandon E. Hass, Emily K. Hausman, Matthew P. Headley, Donbosco A. Hein, Heather A. Hentges, Alexandra M. Hernandez, Miriam E. Hernandez, Emily J. Hidley, Christina L. Hillman, David L. Hlatko, Heidi L. Hodges, Michelle L. Holly, Ben L. Hovarter, William H. Howard, Maria G. Hurtado, Leeann E. Hyndman, Heather J. Ignash, Claire R. Jenkins, Brooke M. Johncock, Courtney L. Johnson, Jamie L. Johnson, Tiffany M. Joplin, Serena F. Kalemkiewicz, Kari L. Keagle, Sean M. Kennedy, Erik W. King, Karla M. Kipp, Kelly A. Kiss, Ashley M. Kline, Sarah A. Klinger, Daniel D. Kuenzel, Danielle L. Lantz-Johnson, Drew M. Larson, Adela M. Leonard, Joseph Y. Lin, Emmalynn J. Lindsay, Jason M. Livengood, Trevor M. Long, Holiday N. Longstreth, Tiana C. Lucius, Rochelle A. Lyles, Hilda H. Ma, David Maawma, Kylee J. MacBeth, Cristian M. Macias, Annie M. Malone, Kimberly G. Mann, Neil R. Marcellus, Cooper P. Marshall, Stephanie L. Martinez, Jessica A. Martinovich, Victoria N. Mather, Christa K. Mathis, Hunter R. Mauk, Thian R. Mawi, Kaylee E. Maxson, Richard A. McBain, Emily R. McBride, MiKayla M. McCaughna, Christine A. McCauley, John W. McCracken Jr., Alexandrea McDaniel, Reilly D. Means, Destiny L. Mendez, Jesi D. Minor, Jody L. Misner, Britt D. Morgan, Jason P. Mueller, Amber L. Myers, Joseph S. Nate, Tess D. Needham, Chase H. Nelson, Stephanie R. Niemann, Brian M. Norman, Randy M. O’Connell, Ryan M. O’Connell, Teresa M. Oswald, Erin K. Parker, Matthew C. Pearsall, Tara M. Pennington, Autumn H. Perkins, Bethany A. Perkins, Joshua C. Pitchure, Kristen E. Potter, Danielle A. Powers, Jessica R. Pufpaff, Adelyn C. Pyatte, Noel E. Ramos, Cristian A. Reyes Torres, Madeleine C. Riegle, Brooke Roberts, Brianna J. Root, Francisco R. Rosado III, Amber M. Ross, Serena L. Rupe, Abigail G. Russell, Howard G. Sams Jr., Gabriela Sanchez, Demi N. Sanders, Cole C. Sanderson, Patrick Sang-Za-Lian, Denae M. Scheidler, Carolyn M. Scriber, Rachel M. Seng, Shannon M. Sexton, Michael G. Sheffield, Krystle D. Sierra, Jessie D. Sinclair, Iesha M. Smith, Stephanie L. Smith, Curtis E. Smyers, Shae E. Snyder, Tristen L. Sobleskey, Sheri K. Spahr, Ashley J. Spicher, Bradley D. Spieldenner, Jaime L. Sprague, Katelyn M. Stanley, Charles F. Stolz, Christopher A. Stoneburner, Daniel J. Stout, Karastyn E. Strauss, Kara M. Suwarsky, Madeline H. Swan, Kaitlin M. Thompson, Shiang H. Thuahzathang, Jessica R. Tilley, Samantha K. Tilley, Benjamin R. Ulrich, Cathy C. Ulrich, Seshasai Umapathi, Saige I. Valella, Julia Van Thian Nei, Taylor N. VanDalsen, Sylia A. Vanhorn-Williams, Melinda J. Vernon, Amanda J. Waggoner, Han Wang, Eric A. Ward, Marylou O. Washburn, Joy L. Watson, Ethan D. Webb, Mitchell L. Weber, Krystal L. Wensauer, Samantha F. Wezell, Alaina D. Wheatley, Jacob W. White, Spencer F. Wilkinson, Katherine M. Williams, Megan L. Winerberger, Adrianna L. Woodman, Morgan K. Woolfolk. BELLEVUE: Ashley L. Berkheiser, Laura M. Breed, Jennifer L. Bushong, Christy M. Collige, Connie S. Collige, Kaylee N. Graves, William J. Mason, Eric K. Nelson, Phillip D. Rowland, Robin F. Sellen, Sarah A. Vastbinder. BENTON HARBOR: Devonte D. Hureskin BIG RAPIDS: Kacey A. Morey. BRONSON: Parker S. Dove, Fred C. Ernsberger, Ryan A. Hagen, Riley Hansman, Jodi M. Herman, Mabel I. Smith, Crystal J. Summey. BURLINGTON: Morgyn E. Cunic, Brittney F. Keller, Michelle M. MacKlin, Justin R. Mesecar, Tia L. Michielsen, Logan M. Otis, Branden J. Redmond, Brittany M. Thorp, Crystal K. Wilson. CALEDONIA: Peggy J. Douthett CAMDEN: Tasha S. Patterson. CERESCO: Amber L. Arizmendi, Amber L. Hartlerode, Weston B. Herman, Joshua D. Vernon. CHARLOTTE: Diana C. Brock, Shane M. Starkweather CLARKSVILLE: Mary A. Veltman. CLIMAX: Jessalyn S. Street. COLDWATER: Karina Aburto-Corona, Safa M. Ahmed, Teslem M. Ahmed, Zayoun A. Alhjaji, Kurt A. Beuerle, Joshua R. Englehart, Kathryn R. Frick, Luis F. Galvan- Caracheo, Brittani L. Gibson, Mikaela A. Gordon, Jennifer L. Hagaman, Eduardo Haro, Cameron J. Hart, Megan M. Herendeen, Jacob J. Hodgson, Irene M. Hout, Elissa N. Hudson, Devin M. Jones, Andrew J. Kelley, Taylor P. Kesler, Demetria R. Meyer, Janice M. Michie, Ryan L. Mock, Bilqis M. Mohamed, Bertha M. Osborn, Andrea M. Oswald, Bianca R. Porter, Spencer P. Reese, Robert J. Rock, Rachel L. Rowlson, Waled M. Saleh, Heather N. Schelinski, Keegan R. Sherman, Emily S. Singer, Joylyn R. Snyder, Amanda J. Stockman, Morgan A. Thomas, Chris M. Vandenhout, Adrienne N. Walker, Katie L. White, Marwan A. Yehya. COMMERCE TOWNSHIP: Weston Davis. DELTON: Rebecca L. Baker, Shelby J. Bissett, Haley K. Finley, Katrina E. Jacobs, Cheryl D. Lindhurst, Gloria E. Zurhorst. DEWITT: Krista L. Blievernicht. DIMONDALE: Sierra L. Saylor. DOWLING: Matthew J. Garno, Tammy S. Whitmore. EAST LEROY: Elizabeth R. Bradfield, Adrian E. Hibbard, Casey L. Kinney, Alex M. Runyon, Ashlyn M. Tkac, Nicolas L. Wight-Garfield, Antoinette M. Wilhelms. EATON RAPIDS: Jamie L. Lease FREEPORT: Kenneth R. Price. FULTON: Lizabeth A. Hendershot, Amber N. Moulds, Melissa D. Young GALESBURG: Alexander N. Bacik, Drew D. Blakely. HASTINGS: Elizabeth A. Allerding, Ashley N. Bowerman, Nicholas A. Council, Caralee C. Davis, Jacob M. Diekhoff, Karlee K. Diekhoff, Ann M. Falin, Rebecca J. Gahan, Angela M. Gillman, Brandon L. Gray, Erin E. Gray, Clare M. Green, Tyler J. Greenfield, Erin B. Hackman, Casey N. Hart, James M. Isola, Brandi L. Kelley, Shiloh S. Kuhlman, Douglas L. Logan, Crystal J. Maitland, Ryan S. McPhall, Tatton R. Miller, Chelsea E. Mullen, Cody R. Newton, Amber J. Nurenberg, Rebecca A. Ponsetto, Shelby A. Price, Saska Radulovic, Erica B. Redman, Nikki J. Spurgeon, Madalin G. Trumbull, Danielle J. Vandyke, Isaac T. Yonkers. HICKORY CORNERS: Stephan J. Santiago. HILLSDALE: Kelsey L. Thompson, Skyler M. Whitelaw. HOLT: Jennifer L. Tice. HOMER: Dawn M. Huckfeldt, Kelsey M. Konkol, Jake D. Mittelstadt, Courtney J. Ritter. IONIA: Kendra R. Riker. JACKSON: Jeanette M. Arnold, Catherine B. Briggs, Kalie J. Newman, Brenda I. Salgado-Albarran. KALAMAZOO: Brody W. Banks, Tina L. Devries, Debra L. Glass, Hope M. Gray, Andrea D. Hentschel, Erica J. Hisler, Jonathon R. Horton, John S. Janssen, Katie C. Krans, Ashley M. Ledford, Kristin L. Mankowski, Holly M. Perry, Amanda K. Russon, Ashley M. Subacz, Kristianne M. Wilson. KENTWOOD: Crystal L. Stout. LAKE ODESSA: Kristina A. Mann. LAWTON: Kayla K. Roach LITCHFIELD: Cody K. Boatman. MAPLE CITY: Amanda A. Brown. MARSHALL: Lacey M. Almaraz, Derek J. Anderson, Lorrinda J. Anderson, Emily A. Douglass, Jennifer R. Gillespie, Casey R. Hays, Lane E. Holcomb, Jacob D. Hoonhorst, Schuyler M. Jeffers, Zachary D. Jennings, Stephanie Johnston, Lance S. Kilbourn, Katlin M. Koch, Chelsea R. Lake, Courtney D. Lampert, Molli L. Lemay, June M. Lewis, Tyler C. Lien, Alexander J. Mansfield, Cheryl R. Maphies-Swanson, Joseph A. Marah, Caleb S. McAllister, Alexandra L. Mercer, Thane A. Orban, Jordan D. Parker, Emily E. Rupp, Tyler P. Sisco, Chance M. Smith, Timothy M. Stillson, Alyssa N. Vanderweg, Wesley M. Vanderweg, Sarah K. Wedel, Crystal R. Woods, Jessica S. Woods, Katrina M. Young, Lindamarie C. Young. MATTAWAN: Jessica J. Sutton. MIDDLEVILLE: Yvonne M. Aspinall, Andrea L. Bekius, Patrick J. Carroll, Andrew M. Gill, Ashley N. Kidder, Rebekka A. Krul, Margaret A. Mulder, Wendy R. Treuter. MONTGOMERY: Benjamin R. Waber. MUNITH: Nichole K. Chapman. NASHVILLE: Melissa J. Boyer, Adam C. Cogswell, Bradley S. McDonald, Travis R. Miller, Jasmine M. Salski, Markelle K. Strong. OLIVET: Nathan P. Moody, Elizabeth A. Reist, Paige N. Strang ONONDAGA: Bradley A. Fuller. PARCHMENT: Kassidy B. Butler. PARMA: Jessica M. Wilkinson. PAW PAW: Stacy M. Lehto. PLAINWELL: James M. Pattison, Kristy L. Stewart. PORTAGE: Daniel J. Deckert, Evelyn A. Lewis, Aubrey K. Vermeulen. OTTERVILLE: Caleb W. Jones. QUINCY: Jeni M. Bedzyk, Connie L. Bradshaw, Payton N. Faltesek, Bradley M. Gardner, Dylan B. Justice, Amber L. Kidder, Andrew D. King, Brooke K. Moore, Noah D. Murray, Tyler J. Stutzman, Linsey M. Vandyke, Fawn M. Wilson, Michelle M. Winger. RICHLAND: Joseph R. Book. SCOTTS: Kayla N. Ashley. SHELBYVILLE: Morganne A. Hubbell, Deeanne M. Rogers. SHERWOOD: Samantha K. Hardin, Logan L. Inman, Sarah L. Morrill, Ashley A. Nivison, Alivia J. Stanton. SPRINGFIELD: Shaquilla T. Brinkley, Trevor A. Carr, Ciin S. Cing, Trisha Dimas, Tiffany S. Hammond, Tilia M. Howard, Jacqueline M. Huls, Paige A. Miller, David A. Niniz, Janet F. Tapia, Kourtnee A. Taylor, Solomon V. Thang. TEKONSHA: Danielle C. Carter, Shayne R. Hasty, Edward J. Hursley, Haley A. Lewallen, Elsie K. Smith, Makayla B. Stuart. UNION CITY: Heidi L. Gartley, Amy N. Harmon, Jasmine N. McIntosh, Kellie R. Ridenour, Veronica A. Spoor, Matthew W. Vaccaro, Jennifer B. Whitaker. VERMONTVILLE: Jessica P. Patrick WATERVLIET: Ann L. Dehaven. WAYLAND: Jacob L. Cook. WHITE PIGEON: Andrew R. Strudwick WOODLAND: Marsha A. Ackley, Michael P. Root.
Meet the 2016 Baseball Team MACKENZIE LESON staff writer
One of the first things that people think about when they hear “KCC athletics” is “baseball.” KCC baseball has an outstanding reputation in the community and nationwide. KCC baseball has established a tradition of excellence, qualifying for the NJCAA D2 World Series six times since 1999. In that time, the Bruins have also claimed eight MCCAA Conference Championships. When talking about the wins the Bruins have Conference Championships in 1982, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2015. The Bruins were also in the regional finals 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, and 2015. Then in the NIJCAA Division II World Series the Bruins have finished 2nd (1999), 5th (2002), 2nd (2007), 8th (2009), 4th (2011), and 5th (2015). This year the Bruins are made up of 15 freshman and 12 sophomores from all over the state and even some out of state. So many people tend to forget what it takes to make a team good. It’s not a good player, or a great coach; it’s a combined effort from everyone who wears the jersey. Coach Eric Laskovy maintains that everyone is to pull their own weight if this team is going to work together and win. I had a chance to talk to him and I asked him about his coaching philosophy. He told me, “If you care about your players, know your stuff, and are honest and up front at all times, your players will respect you. I also believe in a ‘blue-collar’ approach that’s structured and in-
struction based. In our program, we believe that the ‘toughest team wins.’” This is coach’s 18th year coaching baseball and his 10th as Head Coach at KCC. Coach Laskovy also did some playing in college as well at the D1 University of Arkansas at Little Rock after transferring from Kalamazoo Valley Community College. He himself was also a junior college player so he understand what it is like to work hard to get the chance to play at a bigger school. He wants his former players to remember him as demanding, straight forward, and willing to help them long after their time as Bruins.
With pictures taken, the schedule posted, and practice under way, the 2016 Lady Bruins softball team is ready to take on this season with new Head Coach Derek Herman! This year’s team in made up of 8 returning players and they also welcome 5 new freshman to the roster as well as a new head coach. The Lady Bruins have always been known throughout the MC-
MACKENZIE LESON staff writer
Standing 5’6”, KCC’s point guard from Springport, Michigan is Erin Shafer. If you have ever been to a basketball game here at KCC, you have heard this name many times before the game starts. The number one jersey is certainly worn this year by sophomore captain this year. Coach Kyle has big hopes for Erin this year.
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CAA and Coach Herman plans to keep it that way. I had a chance to talk to Coach Herman and get to know him and his goals for this program. When talking to him, I found out that our very own Coach was a part of the Marine Corps and in fact he did not play college ball. But while in the Marines he had the chance to play on a team of active duty members at Cherry point for 3 years. He is very excited to get the season rolling because this is his
One on one with Erin Shafer
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The Kellogg Community College Bseball team, and head coach Eric Laskovy
Coach Herman and the Ladies of the KCC softball team: ready to lead the feild MACKENZIE LESON
Out of our last 111 student-athletes, 106 have continued their education after KCC. So many times the simple fact that school means more than sports gets lost but not here. The KCC baseball team usually has the highest GPA in the athletic or in not the highest close to it and that speaks volumes of this team. So come this spring, come on out to Brown stadium in Bailey Park and cheer on a team that is not only good on the field but great in the classroom.
first year/first time ever as a college head coach. I asked him how he landed this job at KCC and he said that he was actually looking for some high school coaching jobs when he was told about this job from the last year’s coach. He also said that getting this job is his biggest accomplishment as a coach so far and he couldn’t be any happier to be a part of the Bruin family. Coach Herman expects from the players to be leaders on and off field. He looking to get this team to be the first women’s KCC softball team to win the region. I asked him how he plans on doing this and he answer was simple: “Win the Conference. Win the District and Win the Region. There has never been a Kellogg
He says, “A lot of what we do this year I will need Erin to step up and guide the younger girls if we want to be successful.” He then went to talk about how she is a natural born leader and was going to help enormously to the winning season he was hoping for this year. Erin has been playing this game since the 4th grade. After KCC, Erin plans on attending Trine University, where she will continue not only her education but also her basketball career. Erin expects to study Business Management at Trine. Before this season started, Erin said that the team trained as hard as they could to get in the best shape they could be. “40 minutes of up and down the court is a tough thing to do,” Shafer says. So they had to condition regularly, scrimmage endlessly, and work on agility
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and quickness work outs. Unfortunately for Shafer, she is down for the count right now due to an injury. About 3-4 weeks ago at the Jackson vs KCC at Jackson, she was in the middle of a game when she actually broke her hand. She played the rest of the game on a broken hand and never once came out because it hurt. Afterwards she went to the doctors to make sure nothing to serious was wrong and this is when she found out she had actually broken her hand. After that she was told she was going to have to have surgery. The fine the surgery went well she has a couple screws in her hand, but she is expected to able to return to playing in about 5 weeks. Contact Mackenzie Leson at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Softball team win the Region. We have to do this by winning one pitch at a time from the first pitch to the last pitch in every game. I think if we do all those things, then anything beyond the Region is icing on the cake. But I think the goal every year is going to be win the conference. Once we start doing that consistently, we will be more consistent setting very high goals every year.” Coach Herman and the Lady Bruins can’t wait to hit the field and start playing. Check out the schedule and come support the KCC softball team!
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