Kellogg Community College

Free Student Success Series workshops offered throughout the fall semester

Kellogg Community College is offering the following workshops this semester to assist students with study and personal habits and enhance chances for student success. This fall’s Student Success Series workshops, all of which are free to attend, include:

Resume Writing

Presenter: Patrick Casey
2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 23, Ohm 203

The following topics will be covered: *Learn the importance of appropriate subheadings and content. *Incorporate curriculum/classroom learning objectives. *Tailor your resume to your reader. *Delivery methods, formatting, file types. *Industry specific resume samples.

Study Skills

Presenter: Andrea Stemaly
1 to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 28, The Bridge (Ohm 207)

Need to develop new study skills? Need a refresher in study skills? We can all benefit from developing new and refreshing old study skills. Attend this program and enhance your chances for academic success.

Preventing Procrastination

Presenter: Cindy Lingbeek
3 to 4 p.m. Sept. 29, Ohm 104

This program will explore the tools and resources necessary to navigate a successful path for academic student success. Topics include goal setting, time management, organization and expecting the unexpected. Handouts will be provided.

Time Management

Presenter: Brigitta Staley
2 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 5, The Bridge (Ohm 207)

Time management skills are considered some of the most important when it comes to academic success. Learn how to manage your time for success.

Digital Backpack

Presenter: Tammy Douglas
10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 8, Spring Lake Room (located in the library)

Need more time? Want to be better prepared for class? Stop by to learn how to use technology to be more productive in class, while studying and in managing your time. We’ll look at several easy-to-use technology tools and give you a chance to try them out!

Test Taking Strategies

Presenter: Jeff Houldsworth
1 to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 12, The Bridge (Ohm 207)

Most people have never been taught how to most effectively take a test. Learn tips and strategies for improving your test scores.

Money Management

Presenter: Nikki Jewell
2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 20, Ohm 08

A personal monthly budget is considered one of the most effective ways for a person to increase their personal savings. This program is designed to help attendees learn how to better manage and budget their finances, including how to establish and implement a personal monthly budget.

Interviewing Strategies

Presenter: Patrick Casey
1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 27, Spring Lake Room (located in the library)

Learn the do’s and don’ts of interviewing, including pre- and post-interviewing techniques. Also learn behavioral-based interviewing strategies, how to address various types of interviewing questions and much more!

KCC hosting Eleanor DeVries art exhibit “A Brush with Life” through Oct. 30

Kellogg Community College is breaking in the College’s new art gallery this fall with an exhibit of artwork created by the one of the gallery’s namesakes, Eleanor DeVries.

DeVries’ “A Brush with Life” exhibit, which includes more than three dozen works across mediums including acrylic, photography, watercolor/mixed media and handmade paper, will be on display through Oct. 30 in the Eleanor R. and Robert A. DeVries Gallery in KCC’s newly renovated Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center, on campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek.

The exhibit – which is on display now – is free and open to the public for viewing from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. An opening reception for the exhibit, also free and open to the public, will be held during the College’s Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center Rededication event from 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at the center.

The latter event will celebrate the completion of renovations at the center, which began last December and were completed late this summer. The renovations included a relocation of the gallery and an expansion that added additional exhibit space.

Works featured in the current exhibit include a unique mix of some of DeVries’ more abstract pieces selected by KCC art professors Ryan Flathau and Pete Williams. Many of the works focus on the natural world and some are being shown for the first time in Battle Creek.

In her artist’s statement covering works in the exhibit, DeVries said over the years nature has been a favorite subject matter to cover in her art.

“The goal is to show the wonder, beauty and orderliness of God’s creation,” DeVries said. “Nature and the changing seasons, for me, symbolize the changes in life. Interdependency, growth, respect and an ongoing creation are themes in my work.”

A lifelong educator, DeVries graduated from Valparaiso University in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in education, returning to school years later and graduating from KCC’s art program in the 1980s and earning two master’s degrees from Western Michigan University, in 1987 and 1988, respectively.

DeVries’ work has been accepted in more than 150 juried regional, statewide and national competitions since 1987 and has been featured in approximately 16 one-person exhibits. In 2003, DeVries was one of 100 alumni honored as the “Art Alumni 100” during the university’s 100th anniversary celebrations.

DeVries and her husband Robert have been the recipient of several art honors and awards over the past several years, and in 2010 KCC named the Davidson Center art gallery in their honor; the gallery was created in the early 1990s through a generous donation from the couple. Other honors include the Leila Arboretum Society’s Golden Seedling Award (2011), the Art Center of Battle Creek naming its education programs the Eleanor and Robert DeVries Education Programs in their honor (2012), and a Distinguished Philanthropist Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals West Michigan Chapter (2014).

For more information about the exhibit, contact KCC’s Photography and Multimedia Program coordinator, gallery director and art professor Ryan Flathau at 269-965-3931 ext. 2559 or

The above photo of the new Eleanor R. and Robert A. DeVries Gallery in KCC’s newly renovated Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center is courtesy of Ryan Flathau.

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KCC offering English as a Second Language Study Tables this fall

Kellogg Community College will be offering free tutoring this fall for students who speak English as a second language.

The College’s English as a Second Language Study Tables will be held from 10 a.m. to noon every Thursday from Sept. 3 through Dec. 3 in room 210 of the Severin Building on KCC’s campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek.

The study sessions are free to attend and are open to any student enrolled in at least one course at KCC this fall. Tutoring in English will be provided by KCC English professor Elyse Jozlin; an interpreter who speaks Burmese will also be available.

Jozlin said the tutoring will consist of “individualized instruction catered to the needs of students,” with group mini-sessions offered when appropriate. Jozlin said the sessions will be flexible in that students can come and go as needed and do not have to attend weekly or stay for an entire session.

For more information or to volunteer to help tutor ESL students during the sessions, contact Jozlin at 269-965-3931 ext. 2289 or by email Questions may also be directed to KCC’s Support Services office at 269-965-3931 ext. 2392 or

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