Kellogg Community College

Patrick O’Donnell joins KCC Board of Trustees

January 22, 2015

Patrick O’Donnell was officially sworn in Wednesday, Jan. 21, as the newest member of the Kellogg Community College Board of Trustees.

O’Donnell was elected to the Board in the November general election and will serve a six-year term ending Dec. 31, 2020. He replaces former Trustee Brian Hice on the seven-member governing body. Also sworn in Wednesday was incumbent Jonathan Byrd, who was re-elected in November to a six-year term. Trustee Reba Harrington, who also was re-elected but was absent from Wednesday’s meeting, is expected to be sworn in at a later date.

“I’m honored that the voters chose me to be on the Board. It’s great to come back to a school that treated me so well as a student and which continues to be such a great institution,” O’Donnell said. “I will strive to ensure that KCC remains a vital asset to the community in the years to come.”

O’Donnell graduated from Lakeview High School in 1990, then earned an Associate in Applied Science degree from KCC in 1993 and a Bachelor of Science degree in electronics from Siena Heights University in 1994. O’Donnell is a board member of the Pennfield Lacrosse Club, an assistant scout master with Boy Scout Troop 374 and is a member of the Battle Creek Metropolitan Area Moustache Society. He attends Grace Community Church and lives in Battle Creek with his wife, Belinda, son, Jacob, and daughter, Emma.

Dr. Dennis Bona, president of KCC, welcomed O’Donnell to the Board of Trustees and to the KCC family.

“I’m proud that Mr. O’Donnell, a KCC alumnus and walking testimonial for Bruin pride, is returning to his alma mater in the capacities of service and leadership,” Bona said. “I look forward to working with him and all trustees on the plethora of opportunities that awaits us.”

In addition to O’Donnell, other members of the Board include Chairman Steve Claywell, Vice Chair Jill Booth, Treasurer Matt Davis, Secretary Reba Harrington and trustees Jonathan Byrd and Julie Camp Seifke.

KCC trustees are elected by voters in the KCC tax district, which includes most of Calhoun County and small portions of Barry, Branch, Hillsdale, Kalamazoo and St. Joseph counties. The College’s service district covers Barry, Branch and Calhoun counties.

As a policymaking body, the Board makes decisions that keep KCC financially stable, creates partnerships in the communities served by the College and enables learning experiences to help students become employable and successful. The Board works directly with Dr. Bona.

The Board meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. inside Room 301A, Roll Health and Administration Building, 450 North Ave., Battle Creek. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, including minutes of past meetings, visit

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Auditions for KCC’s “Pirates of Penzance” are Jan. 23

Auditions for Kellogg Community College’s Spring 2015 production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic comic opera “The Pirates of Penzance” will continue this weekend.

The auditions are open to all members of the public – including KCC students – who are of high school age and older. They will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at the College’s newly renovated Binda Performing Arts Center on KCC’s campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek.

Individuals wishing to audition do not need to sign up in advance, but should have at least 60 seconds of a song prepared to sing, with printed sheet music for a provided accompanist to play.

Director Brad Poer, theatre professor at KCC, said the producers are looking for many male and female performers who can act, sing and move.

“Dance experience is not needed, but a willingness to look silly and have fun is,” Poer said. “This show will be the climax of our season celebrating the reopening of the Binda Performing Arts Center, and the experience will be one to remember. Get involved!”

“Pirates” will run for six showings over two weekends in March, including 7:30 p.m. performances on March 20, 21, 27 and 28, and 3 p.m. performances on March 22 and 29. Rehearsals will be 7 to 9:30 p.m.  Tuesdays starting in late January at the Binda. Not all cast members will be required to attend every rehearsal.

For more information, contact director Brad Poer, theatre professor at KCC, at

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Free after-school robotics club starts Jan. 27 at the RMTC

January 19, 2015

Kellogg Community College will again offer a free after-school robotics club for middle school students during the spring semester.

The free after-school club, which is affiliated with the College’s Bruin Bots robotics program for youth and is open to students in sixth through ninth grades, will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 27 to May 12 at KCC’s Regional Manufacturing Technology Center, 405 Hill Brady Road, Battle Creek.

While the program is free, space is limited and will be granted on a first come, first served basis, so early registration is encouraged.

To register, a parent or legal guardian of interested participants must complete and return a registration form, which can be picked up at the RMTC or viewed and downloaded from KCC’s website at

This is the third consecutive year that KCC has offered the free after-school Bruin Bots program. The goal of all Bruin Bots programming at KCC – which also includes a fall-semester robotics competition team and youth robotics camps each summer – is to engage youth in exciting, hands-on learning experiences in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) while also introducing them to career possibilities in STEM fields.

For more information, contact the RMTC at 269-965-4137 or email

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