Events

The KCC Foundation hosts several events each year supporting our scholarship students and thanking our generous donors and members of the KCC community. Check back often for upcoming event dates and times or contact us for more information.

Bruin Scholarship Open

A group photo of Bruin Scholarship Open organizer, sponsors and volunteers. When: Sept. 11, 2020
Where: Binder Park Golf Course, Battle Creek

2020 Sponsorship and Registration: Check back in early 2020!

This annual signature event raises funds for the KCC Foundation General Scholarship Program. Since 1998, the Bruin Open has raised nearly $1.2 million from generous sponsors, donors and golfers. Many students’ lives have been impacted by the funds raised at this event. Students are able to take their first college steps at KCC or walk across the stage to receive their diploma. All because of the tremendous support for this event.
At the 22nd annual event on Sept. 6, 2019, 240 golfers, 132 sponsors and over 100 staff and volunteers raised $104,000 for student scholarships. At each Bruin Scholarship Open, we offer “start from your cart” service assisted by our dynamic athletic teams, super scramble golf, lunch, dinner, gift bags, raffles, game holes, putting contest and more. Click the 2019 Bruin Open Sponsors to see a list of our generous supporters and contributors.

Celebration of Donors & Scholars

When: Oct. 1, 2019
Where: Battle Creek Country Club
Over 350 scholarship recipients, donors, KCC Board of Trustees, KCC Foundation Board Members and KCC staff come together to express gratitude, honor the generosity of donors, and to meet student awardees. Student speakers at the Oct. 2019 event were Nicholas Dwe-Hein and Kimberly Totzke. Alumni speakers were Michele Hughey and Isaac Lake.

Bid a Brighter Future

When: Jan. 8, 2020
Where: Binda Performing Arts Center
When: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
This annual KCC employee auction and raffle began in 2004 and nearly $130,000 has been contributed by KCC staff, faculty and administrators for the benefit of KCC student scholarship awards or emergency needs. Special activities such as a wine pull and games add to the excitement of the event that already features a silent auction of over 100 items, prize and cash raffles. The 2019 Bid a Brighter Future theme, “Around the World”, featured international flags, food and games. Many thanks to the KCC employees and community who donated items, served on the committee, and helped raise over $9,600 for the Beyond Tuition Fund for student emergency needs.

Starfish Awards

Congratulations to the following 2019 Starfish Award Nominees:

Tim Bond, Counselor
Joanne Colyn, Davidson Building Instructional Assistant
Lori Haley, Medical Assistant Program Coordinator
Jeff Houldsworth, English Adjunct Instructor and Academic Support Staff Assistant
Drew Hutchinson, Student Life Manager
Elyse Jozlin, English Professor
Doug Mann, Computer Aided Drafting Professor
Sheila Matthews, Human Services Professor/Program Coordinator
Stacey Schramm, Dental Hygiene Professor
Ruth Schultz, Computer Engineering Professor
Ron Smith, Physical Science Professor
Jennifer Smith, Chemistry Professor
Mindi Snyder, Radiological Technology Professor/Coordinator
Andrea Stemaly, Adjunct English Instructor and Academic Support Instructional Assistant
Georgina Thomas, Nursing Professor
Faith Vruggink, Biology Professor
Anjanette Webb, Early Childhood Education Adjunct Instructor
Michelle Wright, History Professor

These individuals were recognized at the KCC Commencement Breakfast on May 9, 2019.

The Starfish Award program was established in 1999 and is based on the classic Starfish Story of a young man who sees an old man picking up stranded starfish at the beach and throwing them back into the sea. The award recognizes a Kellogg Community College faculty or staff member who has played a significant role in a student’s educational career at KCC. Nominations are submitted by graduating KCC students in the spring and recipients are announced at the college’s annual commencement breakfast.

In 2019, the KCC Foundation received 17 submissions and presented a Starfish Award to 5 individuals. To see the list of nominees, nominators and submission descriptions, go to 2019 Starfish Award Submissions.

Pictured below are the five 2019 Starfish Award winners and the students who nominated them, along with KCC Foundation Executive Director Teresa Durham.

5 Starfish Award winners with 4 students.

2019 Starfish Award Winners

  • Counselor Tim Bond, nominated by student Kayla Humphries.
  • English Adjunct Instructor and Academic Support Staff Assistant Jeff Houldsworth, nominated by student Nina Bagi.
  • Chemistry Professor Jennifer Smith, nominated by student Cara McConnell.
  • Biology Professor Faith Vruggink,  nominated by student Cara McConnell.
  • Early Childhood Education Adjunct Instructor Anjanette Webb, nominated by student Ashanti Waters.