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The Bruin October, 2015 | Kellogg Community College |

Study to win:

WANT TO WIN SOME PRIZES JUST FOR STUDYING? The Bridge is currently hosting a drawing for Kellogg students that involves $25 gas gift cards and no payment for entry. - Pg 2

KCC Students in the Spotlight Meet four fellow students this month and learn what they are doing in school, the community, and for fun! - Pg 3

Societus Technica: Meet KCC’s Tech Club HEIDI GARTLEY

Editor-In-Chief KCC’s Tech Club, also referred to Societus Technica, “is the oldest continuous registered student organization on campus, beginning in 1960 and going strong today,” states faculty advisor, Douglas Mann. Its purpose is to give students the opportunity to share, socialize, and learn about technology and technology-related fields in a supportive place while attending Kellogg Community College. Typically, Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), Computer Engineering Technology (CET), Engineering transfer, Architecture transfer, and Graphic Design students make up the majority of members. However, Mann adds, “The club features students of many other majors of study, most recently some of law enforcement, nursing, and theater majors, to name a few.” Any KCC student is able to become a member of Tech Club. If someone is interested in receiving club emails, including dates and times of the meetings, they should contact Professor Doug Mann. These meetings do not occur on a set schedule, but they do tend to be brief; “usually no more than thirty minutes,” states Mann. He continues, “The topic of discussion is whatever business

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is at hand: future club events, fundraising, immediate club issues, etc.” In fact, the Tech Club has been known to host and participate in many activities that help out the community. One of which includes a food sculpture at the Lakeview Square Mall that supported the Food Bank of South Central Michigan. “Thousands of dollars were raised and spent investing in the food products that went into the sculptures each year,” shares Mann. More recently, the club has turned to a new fundraising project- carving pumpkins at Halloween and selling them. The

funds gained by this event goes towards less-fortunate families at Christmas time. “The club has assisted dozens of families this way,” Mann states. In addition to being part of such admirable and kind deeds, members also have the chance to make personal connections that will benefit their futures. “The Tech Club has a network of past membership dating back 55 years. You never know when a future employer may have been a member of the Tech Club when he or she attended KCC. This only helps to enhance your employment opportunities in a competi-

tive world,” Mann adds. Other students and fellow members may also “have access to a work environment that may be of interest to club members,” explains Mann. This can result in possible tours, new information about technologies, and more open doors for those in Tech Club. The club has a tradition of going on a spring trip each year, too. Toronto, Chicago, Pittsburg, St. Louis, and Wisconsin are just a few of the past destinations. “Often the destinations hold a particular attraction that the club members wish to see or tour: a famous Frank Lloyd Wright designed building, or a landmark such as the Gateway Arch, or Niagara Falls, for example,” Mann adds. The trips are over an extended weekend, and are limited to Tech Club members only. All in all, “the club is whatever the members make it to be,” states Mann. There are usually eight or more devoted members each year who maintain the club for the future and encourage new members to join. These committed and welcoming members are yet another one of the advantages of being in Tech Club, for life-long friendships are likely to be gained after becoming a member. Contact Heidi Gartley at

Search for college president suspended HEIDI GARTLEY

Editor-In-Cheif On September 16, 2015 the Kellogg Community College Board of Trustees announced that the search for a new KCC president will be suspended for at least twelve months. In March, the former president, Dr. Dennis Bona, announced that he would be retiring and ultimately accepting another position at a college in Minnesota. Mark O’Connell, a former vice president of KCC’s administration and finance, stepped up to serve as interim president that same month. “We will ask Mr. O’Connell to continue in his role as interim president and revisit the possibility of resuming the search at a later date,” stated Steve Claywell, the chairman of KCC Board of Trustees. During the process of searching for a new president, the board has worked with college employees, as well as search firms. Recently, though, financial obstacles have presented themselves. Claywell

notes that employees and community members have “raised legitimate questions about whether this is the right time, given the College’s tight budget, to spend tens of thousands of dollars and devote large amounts of time on a presidential search.” The board has also considered these questions. Therefore, they believe suspending the search for a permanent president is the best decision for the college at this time. “We sincerely thank the search firms who took the time to develop and present proposals and we will let them know formally that we are suspending the search,” shares Claywell. He continues, “We also genuinely thank Mr. O’Connell and all of KCC’s faculty, administrators and staff members who are continuing to move the College forward. As trustees, we are quite pleased with the progress that has been made in the past six months in areas related to the budget as well as to the college’s overall stability.” Contact Heidi Gartley at


Campus News

Study to win:

It’s a win/win for students! HEIDI GARTLEY

Bruin’s have a blast at Bruin Blast!

Editor-In-Chief The Bridge is currently hosting a drawing for Kellogg students that involves $25 gas gift cards and no payment for entry. To participate, go to OHM 207 to ask for a hole-punch card. Each time a student spends thirty minutes in The Bridge, their card will receive a “punch.” Five punches are required to be entered for the drawing. However, students are allowed to enter multiple times for each drawing. There will be two chances to win the drawing, including now-October 15 and October 16-December 10. The 30 minutes in OHM 207 may be spent working on assignments, getting help from a paraprofessional, or simply studying for midterms and finals. Next time you need a quiet space between classes or some additional help on homework, stop by The Bridge–and don’t forget to get your card punched! You never know, you just might win a $25 gas gift card. Contact Heidi Gartley at

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College Budget 101: Creating a budget HEIDI GARTLEY

Editor-In-Chief Creating a personal budget can help students be more financially successful. It’s important that students are not only aware of the amount of their income and savings funds, but also just how much they are spending. The relation between this spending and saving can be recorded and monitored with a budget. These budgets are going to differ from student to student; however, the typical timeframe for one is a month. Individuals must write down all of their necessary expenses and bills for the month, including car, phone, insurance, cable, etc. Once that has been completed, the amount of these payments should be subtracted from the student’s monthly income. What is left? Hopefully the answer is not a negative number. Using the amount of money left over after expenses each month, students can determine what other components should be included in the budget. How much will be spent on groceries? Gas? Fun nights out? It’s also beneficial for individuals to pay attention to where costs can be cut within their budget. Perhaps the cable can be sacrificed for Netflix instead, or a phone network can be switched to save a few extra dollars each month. Whether these costs are cut or not, it is critical that students remember to adjust their budgets when it is necessary. Lives, circumstances, and routines change, so the budget is likely going to need changed as well.

While creating a personal budget, it is wise to include an emergency fund. Make sure that not all of the money is being used each month; some should be set aside for a rainy day-or for the next time your car has to visit the auto shop. Record keeping is another important step in creating a personal budget. Either receipts should be kept to help track expenses and spending or a spreadsheet should be created. This will help students estimate whether or not they need to adjust their budget. It will also assist students in realizing how and where exactly their money is being used. Finally, students must not set themselves up for failure when creating their own budget. When cutting back on splurging and excessive spending, do it gradually. Regularly check to see if the budget needs to be modified. Find the most convenient timeframe and record keeping method. By following these basic steps, and taking action to begin a personal budget, students will find themselves to be more accepting and tuned in with their current financial situation. For additional information regarding the creation of a personal budget, visit the following websites: • • • Contact Heidi Gartley at

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In the Spotlight: Super students of KCC Working toward success in class A fresh new face at KCC this fall DAWSON HAMILL Guest Writer

If KCC was in need of a student ambassador, there seems to be few as qualified as Hannah Frentz. With her Midwestern charm, contagious smile, and dedication to studies, she tackles her KCC experience with a winning attitude. In fact, winning is just one of the things that her great outlook has helped her achieve while at KCC. Since starting in 2013 as a dual enrolled student, Hannah has been winning prizes and recognition for her studies and work. The list of prizes for this parttime college student is impressive. She didn’t even know about the opportunity to win awards at the college until she was invited to the college awards banquet in the spring of her first year on campus. When she asked Student Services about the invitation she received, they informed her that it was a surprise and strongly suggested that she attend. The intrigue and the honor of being included led Hannah to attend her first KCC Awards Banquet. That night she was surprised to have her name announced as the winner of the KCC Excellence in Communications Binda Award 2013. Hannah shared that after the banquet, “I secretly hoped that one day I would win a science award, and sure enough two years later I did!” Her wish did indeed come true when in 2015 she won the Outstanding Achievement in Biology Award 2015. In addition, she was also recognized with other students from KCC, nominated by professors, to win the Michigan Campus Compact Heart and Soul Award.

Her achievements also happen outside the classroom. This year she was recognized by The Boys and Girls Club of Battle Creek with the Youth of the Year Award. Perhaps one of the most personable and humble qualities is that Hannah achieves this without setting out to win awards, but in just being a great student who likes to learn and a wonderful, helping person. There is a lot more to this outstanding student than the shine of the awards. Studies do not always come naturally to her. She admits, quite openly, that grammar is not a strong suit. She is like any other student in her classes and on campus that she works hard to achieve good grades and maintain them. She has tried all the things necessary to succeed and offers this advice to other students she meets. With her friendship, many students find out about resources to use like The Bridge tutoring office, professors’ office hours, and tutoring study groups. Her advice to any student who wants to do their best is, “Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get help”. The things that work best for Hannah are a desire to learn about new things, an outgoing personality, and her willingness to work hard, especially when things do not seem easy. For Hannah, KCC was a great fit for advancing in her education and in life. KCC is the jumpstart to a career in Pediatric Nursing that she hopes will some day land her a job with Grand Rapids DeVos Children’s Hospital or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. If her time here at KCC is any indication, she will continue to win hearts and help others.

Seeking success in a man’s world MEGAN MILLER

Guest Writer Close to the movie, “She’s The Man” starring Amanda Bynes, Danielle Baker, too, strives to flourish in a man’s world, only in this situation, minus the wig. Danielle is majoring in Marketing and Business Management so she can someday own her father’s construction company that she’s been working for since she was as young as seven years old. Although she doesn’t typically enjoy the manual labor it sometimes requires, Danielle enjoys the fact that besides her mother, she’s the only female hired in. “Being a woman and knowing how to do a typical ‘man’s job’ gives me all types of opportunities women don’t normally have,” she said. Danielle has been employed since middle school. Rather than operating machinery, she usually helps with unloading the equipment and other things that typically don’t go against

child labor laws. About two years ago was when she started operating the Readi Mix Truck. When asking her what that specific task includes, she described that her dad or someone else usually fills the truck up so Danielle can pour it out and return it to get filled once again. Although it would be smart and probably simpler to do so, if she doesn’t take over her father’s company, she does want to pursue another career that is slowly emerging in women. She plans on owning her own business like her father does. With the skill and desire Danielle holds in her mind and heart there is no doubt she can’t pull it off and become extremely successful. She wants to own her own fair food restaurant along a coastline somewhere. “Where can you eat an elephant ear on the beach? Nowhere, but I definitely want to,” explains Baker. This desire is completely one of a kind and seems about as common as a girl showing a man how to do his job.


The fall semester always brings new life to KCC’s campus, and this year is no exception. Taking the first college class of his young adult life, fifteen year old Pennfield High School sophomore, Chase Austin says he is enthusiastic about attending KCC. He comes to KCC through the dual-enrollment program. For his first college course, he chose to take Foundations of Interpersonal Communications online. Choosing to take the class online was an easy choice, according to Chase, because he is not old enough to drive. He says is able to complete his college work during the normal high school day without worrying about having a ride back and forth. When asked about why he chose to start with a communication class, he says, “Communication is an important skill in any career, so it seems like a good place to start.”

His long-term education plan is to earn at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Programming. He says he sees a career as a programmer as both challenging and rewarding. More specifically, Chase says he considers the game development aspect as a way to turn his hobby as a video gamer into a potential career. Surprisingly, however, Chase says that he only thinks of it as a backup plan. His greatest ambition is to play professional soccer. “Watching the 2014 World Cup really peaked my interest in soccer. Since then my goal has been to play in the MLS (Major League Soccer) and beyond.” He currently plays striker (offense) for his high school’s varsity soccer team. In the off-season, Chase also coaches one of his little brother’s soccer team as a way to maintain a soccer mindset. Look for Chase to be spending more time on campus in the semesters to come, after he receives his driver’s license.

A student and his own willpower CAYLA HART

Guest Writer When most people think about the struggles of pursuing higher education, they think of the tremendous costs of attending college. For first year Kellogg Community College student, Corey Brewster, money is only one obstacle. Corey was diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) as a freshman in high school and has had a hard time in school his whole life. Instead of giving up and just being happy getting a diploma, though, Corey pushed himself to excel in school despite the difficulties so that he could eventually go to college. Currently, Corey is taking prerequisite courses and plans to apply to KCC’s Police Academy later this spring. As soon as he’s graduated, Corey hopes to attain a career as a state police officer in Michigan. When asked about why he chose to get a career in law enforcement, Corey responded, “The whole

category of law enforcement pertains to many of my interests and personal talents. I would be able to find a career that would keep me responsible and keep me in check with myself.” When Corey isn’t studying for his classes or working at his job as a grocery stocker at the Coldwater Meijer, he partakes in playing sports and lifting weights. He also trains in a variety of martial arts, including karate and taekwondo. His favorite one is Jeet Kune Do, which is based upon the teachings of Bruce Lee, a well-known martial arts fighter, filmmaker, and actor of the 1960s and early 70s, according to He enjoys learning self-defense, especially because he could use it to save his life in a dangerous situation someday. The biggest goal that Corey has for himself is “to be faster, stronger, and smarter than the day before. I very much believe that willpower has the potential to change the world, just as it did mine.”


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KCC Volleyball gets started: Meet the team players education and hopes to one day be a personal trainer in Florida.

MACKENZIE LESON staff writer

And they are off! As the Bruins volleyball set off for another season, let’s take the time to meet the some of the ladies on the team and the new head coach Tom VanWienen. The team holds nearly three dozen championships since the 1970s, and along with that three national championships, two state championships and nearly a dozen regional championships. The team is comprised of five freshmen from all over the area and six sophomores from all over the state. The lady Bruins are looking to get back on track with the teams of the past and bring home championships. Alyssa Boyd: Number 7 Age: 18 Position: Middle/outside Hitter Height: 5’9 Swings: Right handed Year: Freshman Major: Exercise Science High School: Homer High School Accomplishments: Big Eight all conference for basketball and volleyball, volleyball MVP 2014 and 2015 Alyssa’s strengths are that she is a very competitive player and that helps her get through the rough points. It also helps her be a good teammate because her drive to win radiates off of her to her teammates to help inspire them when things aren’t looking good. After KCC, Alyssa plans on transferring to GVSU to continue her


Hannah Day: Number 18 Age: 19 Position: Middle Hitter Year: Sophomore Major: Psychology Hannah is a sophomore from Pennfield High school. She is a two year student athlete KCC. Hannah’s goal for this year is to have a winning season. When asked what is one thing that she has learned from playing volleyball, she said she had learned to work with a group of people to achieve a goal. Before the season started, she did a lot of running to get in shape for the upcoming

season. Hannah is a very team orientated player; when she was asked what motivates her to put forth her best effort, she said her teammates motivates her to do her best no matter what the score is. After KCC, Hannah plans on either going to Olivet or Western to continue her education.

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Above Left: Alyssa Boyd–Above Right: Hannah Day

Coach Tom VanWienen: Hewasahighschoolcoachforfifteenyears before becoming a college coach. He is a father of two girls and has been married for thirteen years to his amazingly supportive wife. When asked how he manages to be a father, husband and coach he answered, “Real simple…I have the

best wife ever! My wife knows how much I love to coach and mentor and is actually the one who encouraged me to get back into coaching after stepping down from high school.” She supports him by picking up the kids, coming to our matches---home and away--and supporting him when he might be a little too critical at times. She reminds him that it is just a game. He also said, “My kids have a great knowledge of the game but want nothing to do with it! They are good sports and come out and watch; they love coming to practice and they enjoy meeting the ladies on the team.” He has high hopes for getting this program back on track and getting back to the NCJAA championship tournament. When asked about what it was like to start a new program, he said, “ KCC has a much storied history when it comes to volleyball, so I am not reinventing the wheel. Having returning players from the previous coach is sometimes a challenge, but this year I knew most of the players returning and could build around them adding new freshman to help move forward.” He looks forward to the challenge of building a new program that will come with continuing the tradition of KCC volleyball. So if you would like to come watch these awesome ladies and their coach in action, come on down to the Miller Physical Education building and cheer on the lady Bruins as they tackle this season head first.

Sweet Adelines Sing



Editor-In-Cheif The Battle Creek Sweet Adelines, a women’s chorus, will be performing on Saturday October 17, 2015 from 3pm-7pm. Their show, Love is on the Air, will take place in the Binda Theatre. Surefire, the 2015 Region 17 Quartet Champions, will also be featured in the show. Tick-

et prices are as follows: $15 at the door, $12 in advance, $5 for children 12 and under, and $10 if included in a group of 10 or more. Be sure to come support your local chorus! For more information, contact: Marybeth: 269-963-3000; Julie: 269-372-2742; Bumper: 269-251-1348. Contact Heidi Gartley at

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