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Basketball camp

Tips for transfers

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KCC Athletics to add new sports teams YASMEEN QAHWASH Editor

As the construction begins with Kellogg Community College’s new Miller Physical Education Building, KCC is revealing a new strategic vision for the College’s Athletics Department which include plans to add five new sports teams­—in addition to KCC’s current offerings of men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, and baseball­—and potential for new associate degree programs. KCC’s new sports team include men’s and women’s cross-country teams in 2018-19, a women’s soccer team in 2019-20 and men’s and women’s bowling teams in 2020-21. As part of the plan, KCC’s women’s softball team will be retired at the conclusion of 2017-18 season. Additionally, the College is exploring the potential for creating new associate degree programs in sports management and exercise science, ultimately providing students with advantages when they enter bachelor’s degree programs at the university level and pursue related careers. “There is a lot of energy around KCC Athletics right now and we are using this occasion to think strategically,” KCC Athletic Director Tom Shaw said, “We want to offer sports that are robust in this region and that will provide local high school athletes with viable opportunities to compete at the college level while receiving an excellent education at KCC.”

The new strategic plan for KCC’s Athletics programming coincides with the construction of the College’s new and improved Miller Building, which will house KCC’s growing Athletics and Physical Education programs. When finished in 2018, the new Miller Building—which will be built in the same location as the old Miller Building—will have devoted space for the College’s physical education curriculum, a bigger weight and workout room, a bigger gymnasium, dedicated space for KCC Police Academy fitness training, more efficient heating and cooling systems and other modern amenities. The building also will host home games for KCC basketball and volleyball teams. The estimated $10 million project began

early this year and is funded with revenue from a capital millage approved by voters in 2012. “Our instructors, students, athletes, coaches and community members enjoyed much success in the old facility, and we’re expecting that tradition of excellence to continue when the new Miller Building opens in 2018,” KCC President Mark O’Connell said, “We are extremely grateful for the taxpayers and our community partners who have supported the College over the years and helped us keep our campus beautiful and high-functioning.” During the Miller Building construction period, employees and students associated with KCC athletic teams and physical education courses have been temporarily relocated. During the 2017-18 season, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball home games will be played at the Battle Creek Central Fieldhouse, 162 Champion St., Battle Creek. Physical education classes are being held at the Battle Creek Family YMCA Multi-Sports Center, 182 Capital Ave. NE, Battle Creek. KCC’s softball and baseball teams will continue to play their home games at Bailey Park, 1392 Capital Ave. NE, Battle Creek, as they have for many years. For more information or to inquire about coaching and playing opportunities within KCC Athletics, contact Athletic Director Tom Shaw at or (269)-565-7967.

Photo by Thomas Webster

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Pictured above: Miller Physical Education Building Construction

KCC signs new baseball players to team YASMEEN QAHWASH Editor

Kellogg Community College baseball welcomes Riley Cramer, Ethan Eldridge, and Zach Dehn to the team. Cramer, Eldridge and Dehn signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball here at KCC and will begin playing for the bruins this upcoming season. Cramer, a graduate of Battle Creek Central High School, was a captain of the Bearcats baseball team, earning All-Conference and All-City honors. Head coach of the KCC Bruins baseball team, Eric Laskovy, said Cramer is a “high character local guy with a strong work ethic,” and that the Bruins are excited to add him to the roster. Eldridge, a 2017 graduate of Lakeview High School, was a co-captain of the Spartans baseball team and earned All-City, All-Conference and AllDistrict honors in high school and was nominated for All-State honors. “Ethan is a great athlete that loves to compete,” said Coach Laskovy, “we are thrilled he has chosen to continue his development at KCC.” Dehn, also a 2017 graduate of Lakeview High School—and a right-handed pitcher—pitched a 2.1 ERA with a 3-1 record from the mound for the Spartans in 2017. “Zach excelled in the classroom and

on the field,” stated Coach Laskovy, “we look forward to being a part of his growth and development at KCC. The Bruins ended their 2016-17 season in May as conference and state champions, coming out with an overall record of 34-17-2 and a conference record of 20-4. For more information about KCC baseball, please visit Contact Yasmeen Qahwash at

Pictured above: New Baseball Recruit, Riley Cramer

Pictured above: New Baseball Recruit, Zach Dehn

Pictured above: New Baseball Recruit, Ethan Eldridge


September 2017

Campus News

Student-athletes hosting youth basketball camp YASMEEN QAHWASH Editor

Kellogg Community College’s popular series of Skills & Drills Basketball Camps for youth will continue with sessions running over the course of four Sundays starting on September 10th in Battle Creek. KCC’s men’s basketball team, along with Men’s Basketball Coach, Ben Reed, will be leading the camp which will be held on September 10th, 17th and October 1st at the Battle Creek Central Fieldhouse,162 Champion St., Battle Creek. The camp includes separate sessions for different age groups; there will be a session for youth ages 7 -11 from 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. and a session for youth ages 12-16 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

All of the camp activities focus on the fundamentals of basketball and include instruction in drills such as shooting, dribbling and passing in addition to competitive games and contests. Registration for KCC’s Skills & Drills Basketball Camp is $60 and is open until the first day of camp. Sign up can be completed online by visiting basketball-camp.cfm or can be completed by phone by calling KCC’s Lifelong Learning Department at (269) 965-4134, or in person at the Lifelong Learning office in room 102 of the Ohm Information Technology Center on KCC’s North Avenue campus in Battle Creek. Camp fees include a camp t-shirt for each participant. Contact Yasmeen Qahwash at

KCC Spring Break 2018


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At EARTH University • Immersive learning with world leaders in holistic sustainability • Field experience in local communities* • Farm - to - table strategies • Zip line through the rainforest canopy *May satisfy KCC Service-Learning requirements

For more information contact: Faith Vruggink at, Carole Davis at Or Call the Math and Science Office 660-2337


Pack the Park for Barb YASMEEN QAHWASH Editor

The ink on the wrists of Barbara Newton’s family reads, “See you soon,” in Barb’s handwriting. These tattoos keep her memory alive and are a reminder to her family that they will see their mother/wife again in heaven someday. On Friday, August 11th of 2017, Barb’s loved ones—along with hundreds of other friends and family— filled Battle Creek’s C.O. Brown Stadium not only to honor and remember Barb, but to raise money and awareness towards the devastating disease known

as ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)—or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. ALS is a disease that attacks the nervous system, weakening the muscles and impacts physical function. The rate at which this disease progresses varies from person to person. There is treatment that can help, but there is no cure for this disease; it is 100% fatal. After witnessing firsthand a long fight against ALS, Barb’s family wanted to help other people who suffer from ALS, as well as educate people about this incurable disease.

During a week full of baseball, an Amateur Baseball League World Series Game was held in her name on that Friday night. The idea stemmed from Barb’s love of baseball. All of the proceeds from this game, which included the concession stand and ticket sales, go towards ALS research. Barb’s family set out to sell 75 t-shirts advertising the game with Barb’s initials on it, and raise $1,000. After the game had ended, they came out with a grand total of $6,250 and sold 250 t-shirts Contact Yasmeen Qahwash at

Tips for transfer students YASMEEN QAHWASH Editor

College can often times be a stressful process for many students. There isn’t always people to walk you through every process that needs to be taken in order to succeed and this is particularly true when transferring from one institute to another. I personally have been going through the transfer process myself over the last six months and these are some tips I’ve picked up along the way. Let it all out: There are thousands of students going through the same process. Odds are you know a few of them. The process can be very stressful and I found it helpful to connect with people who are going through the same things. You can sympathize together and sometimes learn a thing or two from the mistakes of others. Put yourself out there: Take trips up to your future campus without an agenda and try to meet new people by going to sporting events or campus

gatherings. The more you connect with people who already know the school the more beneficial it can be for you. These new friends could be helpful when getting your bearings on a new campus. They will usually be familiar with the best areas to live and the best social spots for a night out. Don’t wait until the last minute: Most aspects of the transfer process are very time sensitive and the longer you wait the more it will come back to bite you. At some schools if you sign a housing contract and put a deposit down early you will get a higher choice of where you’d like to live. There are a lot of benefits when doing things early. Don’t get discouraged: I know this process is hard and there’s a lot to go into it but you have to stay positive. Once you get through transferring it will open a gateway to a whole new exciting chapter of your life. Just remember, you are not alone. Contact Yasmeen Qahwash at

September 2017


How to Stay Organized for Back-to-School YASMEEN QAHWASH Editor

Many of us are excited, nervous, or are even dreading going back to school. We know there will be homework, tests to stress about, schedules to maintain, and many lost hours of sleep. With our minds in about fifty different places every day, it is so easy to become disorganized­which only causes more stress. So, here are some tips on how to keep yourself organized throughout the school year. Planners and calendars. Carrying a planner around with you or keeping a calendar somewhere with all of your test dates, homework assignments, appointments, and project due dates is a huge help when it comes to time management. With everything written down, it’s easier to remember when everything is due and how much time you have to work on it, including all of the other activities you will have to work around. Homework place. Come up with a place that you feel comfortable in and can stay focused in and make it your special homework place—whether it’s in your favorite café, library, or your kitchen table. Any time you have time to work on assignments or study, schedule a time — maybe a specific time every day or week and get started. Keep the clutter to a minimum. Make sure all of you papers for each subject is put away in a folder or binder designated for that class. Keep all of your tools such as pencils, erasers, pens, highlighters, etc. In a certain place you can always have access to. Create a routine. Get in the habit of having the things you need for class ready the night before. Make sure your assignments are done, your bag is packed, and you’re ready to get up and go in the morning. It makes morning less hectic and might even give you a few more minutes of sleep. If you try to stick to these four easy tips, your semester should go over a little smoother. It’s amazing how helpful staying organized can be. Whether you’re a parent, or are trying to keep yourself together for this school year—these tips should help make at least a small difference this semester. Contact Yasmeen Qahwash at



September 2017

Service learning JULIA BEFFREY guest writer

Pictured above: Robin and her husband

Photo by: Julia Beffrey

KCC Women’s Volleyball Upcoming League Matches: KCC’s women’s volleyball team defeated -Thurs,Sept.21@Ancilla College(6:30 p.m) conference opponent Glen Oaks Community -Thurs,Sept.28@Jackson College(6:30 p.m) College in four sets Sept. 7 at home in Battle Find out more about match dates and times at: Creek. The Bruins’ record is 8-1 for the season so far. Go Bruins!

“Raster” by Matt Headley



Yasmeen Qahwash

Graphic Editors Noah Murray Lucas Neujahr


Drew Hutchinson Penny Rose Thomas Webster

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Service Learning is a class or a concept tie in that gets you out in the community to volunteer for community partners that work to make Battle Creek a better place. Robin, an Early Childhood Education student, shared with us her wonderful Service Learning volunteer story. In her Early Childhood Education class with Kim Simonds, Robin chose to use Service Learning as the teaching method that she would be studying throughout the course. Through Service Learning, she came up with the project called “You Have a Friend in Me,” which was a program with the goal of collecting new stuffed bears for children in the hospital. Sometimes when children are in the hospital, they can’t leave or their parents have to work so they are unable to be with them often. Robin tells us, “I just love children, and I love people, and this really makes me feel good knowing that one day, one of these bears will bring happiness to a child and a family.” When setting out on this goal she connected with a good amount of different sources, starting with Bronson. After being told of her program the people at Bronson were eager to get her plans into action. They let her know that she needed new bears so that there was no risk of bacteria that old bears may carry and that they would need as many bears as she could get. This need fueled Robin and she went to not only her home church, Central Christian Church, but she also spoke to a handful of classes and administrators here at KCC. Robin plans to not only do this project again but also expand to more hospitals than just Bronson. “It was a wonderful mission that turned into making new memories and gaining new knowledge and skills toward public speaking” Robin says. Anyone can make the impact that Robin did. All you have to do is take a Service Learning class, a class that has a Service Learning experience embedded in it, or even just a class that has a Service Learning option. Service Learning classes are easy to find and there are a wide variety of different types of classes, like Intentional Teaching, that have Service Learning embedded in it. For more information, contact Kate DeGraaf, our KCC Service Learning manager, at degraffk@

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The September 2017 edition of the KCC Bruin newspaper.