Kellogg Community College

Bruin Open raises record $93,000 for student scholarships

October 9, 2014

A record amount of $93,245 in scholarship money was raised for Kellogg Community College students during the KCC Foundation’s annual Bruin Scholarship Open in September.

The annual event – held Sept. 5 at Binder Park Golf Course in Battle Creek – is the largest fundraising event of the year for the Foundation and has raised nearly $800,000 over the past 17 years.

Nearly 60 teams participated and 120 sponsors were represented in the Bruin Open this year, which included an 18-hole scramble, prize raffle, 50-50 raffle, text giving/drawing, special hole contests, lunch and dinner. The event was coordinated by more than 50 members of KCC’s staff and more than three dozen KCC student-athlete volunteers.

Teresa Durham, executive director of the KCC Foundation, said this year’s event was a great success.

“The Bruin Scholarship Open has been and continues to be a key contributor to the educational enrichment of this community,” Durham said. “The many golfers, sponsors and dedicated volunteers who help to make this event a growing success each year demonstrate time and again the Battle Creek area’s commitment to education and student success in the classroom, and we’re grateful for such strong community support.”

Funds raised at the event this year will pay for approximately 25 student scholarships.

The previous fundraising record for the event was $92,944, raised in 2012. Last year the event raised approximately $90,000.

Major sponsors of the event this year included the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers LMCC, which donated $7,500 to become the largest single donor in the history of the Bruin Open.

Team event winners, listed by division, are as follows.

Men’s division winners

  • Mike Boomrod, GDI Omni
  • Joe Khali, GDI Omni
  • Eddie Naji, GDI Omni
  • Ali Saad, GDI Omni

Mixed division winners

  • Bob Bendzinski, Bendzinski & Co.
  • Kathy-Sue Dunn, Bendzinski & Co.
  • Kelly Scott, County Administrator
  • Rick Scott, Kellogg Community College

Women’s division winners

  • Angie Hubbard, Ralston/ConAgra
  • Theresea Johnson, Ralston/ConAgra
  • Sue Norrod, Ralston/ConAgra
  • Sandy Palmer, Ralston/ConAgra

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KCC seeks art from student veterans for Veterans Art Exhibit

Kellogg Community College is seeking art submissions from student veterans to be displayed as part of the College’s Veterans Art Exhibit in November.

Submissions are due no later than 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13.

The exhibit – which will coincide with a series of veteran events and initiatives held during KCC’s Veteran Month in November – will run from Nov. 3 through 28 in the Morris Learning Resource Center on the College’s campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek.

All drawn, painted or photographed submissions must be framed; if the work is not framed, KCC will provide modest support so that the piece may be hung appropriately. All framed submissions should be turned in at the main office of the Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center on the North Avenue campus. Other submissions should be turned in at the Support Services office in the Student Center.

All submissions must be accompanied by a submission form, available online at

Coffeehouse Concert Series continues with Comedy Jam Oct. 14

Kellogg Community College’s Coffeehouse Concert Series continues this month with a Comedy Jam on Oct. 14.

The event – which is free and open to the public – will run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Student Center (pictured above) on KCC’s campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek. It will include standup comedy from a handful of performers including KCC alumnus Kypree Taylor.

The Coffeehouse Concert Series is sponsored by Student Life and includes performances each month on campus open to students and community members alike. A rap performance was hosted in September; the indie-rock band She Bears will perform on Nov. 12.

Visitors at each event are encouraged to stop in at the Student Center’s Bruin Bistro and grab a bite to eat while enjoying the performance. The Bistro sells a wide variety of made to order, ready-made and prepackaged food and beverage items each weekday.

For more information, contact KCC’s Student Life office at 269-565-2634 or

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