As part of an ongoing effort to help students better understand their rights and responsibilities, Kellogg Community College today unveiled a video production of “Define Yourself,” an original poem by spoken-word poetry duo Kinetic Affect (you can view the video above).
KCC commissioned “Define Yourself” in 2012 and Kinetic Affect first performed the piece before faculty and staff in August. Kinetic Affect, based in Kalamazoo, is comprised by writer-performers Gabriel Giron and Kirk Latimer.
“The poem inspires students to become aware of the rights, respect and responsibility that they all have individually and should be able to expect from each other,” said Dr. Kay Keck, vice president of student services at KCC. “I’m excited that KCC can share these values through a video that is so powerful and artful.”
The 4-minute video, which combines images of students and employees on the KCC campus with shots of the Battle Creek community and performances by Giron and Latimer, can be seen and shared via KCC’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/KelloggCommunityColl. The video was directed and edited by Giron and features videography by Chris Ray and music by Nick Lobel.
In addition to the poem, “Define Yourself” is the name of a campaign at KCC to highlight the college’s newly revised Student Code of Conduct and how behaviors on and off campus can define oneself in education and in life. During the awareness campaign, which launched in 2012, KCC has given away campaign-specific T-shirts, temporary tattoos, water bottles and bookmarks and created a web page at www.kellogg.edu/defineyourself.
Wear your Define Yourself T-shirt tomorrow and get a free Define Yourself water bottle!
The Define Yourself committee at Kellogg Community College will celebrate tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 11, as Wear Your Define Yourself T-shirt Day.
Students who wear their Define Yourself T-shirts — which were distributed free at Bruin Blast at the beginning of the fall semester — will receive a free Define Yourself water bottle.
The water bottles will be distributed randomly throughout the day by members of the Define Yourself committee and can also be picked up at the Information Desk next to the security area between 10 a.m. and noon.
What’s it all about?
The Define Yourself logo is the mark of KCC’s new Define Yourself campaign, which has been launched to highlight KCC’s updated Student Code of Conduct. The code outlines campus regulations adopted to support a positive environment conducive to learning for the benefit of all students. Click here for more information from a post on this blog and click here to read the Student Code of Conduct as a PDF.
If you’ve spent some time at Kellogg Community College this semester, you’ve probably noticed the above Define Yourself logo around campus. It’s on T-shirts, posters, slides on the campus television monitors, and it even graces temporary tattoos and collapsible water bottles.
But what is it for?
The logo is the mark of KCC’s new Define Yourself campaign, which has been launched to highlight KCC’s updated Student Code of Conduct. The code outlines campus regulations adopted to support a positive environment conducive to learning for the benefit of all students. Click here to read it as a PDF.
Central to the college’s Student Code of Conduct and to the message of the Define Yourself campaign is you, the student. We at the college want you to be aware of your rights and the opportunities available to you during your time here, and we want you to take an active, conscious and intentional role in creating your own future.
That’s where the tagline of the campaign comes in: Rights. Respect. Responsibility.
We want you as a student and as a member of the greater community to know that you have the right to explore, learn and succeed; to accept your responsibilities to be active, engaged and prepared; and to respect yourself, others and the college environment as a whole.
These elements are central to the behaviors that dictate how your day to day life goes both on campus and off; how you conduct yourself as a student in class and as an individual outside the walls of KCC is how you will define yourself while a student at KCC.
That’s what the Student Code of Conduct is all about, and that’s what the Define Yourself campaign has been launched to highlight.
The campaign kicked off late this summer during the college’s annual General Session meeting for employees, which saw the premiere of Kinetic Affect’s “Define Yourself,” a poem commissioned by the college specifically for the Define Yourself campaign. Click here view video of the premiere and the text of the poem in a post on this blog.
Chances are you picked up a free Define Yourself T-shirt or water bottle at Bruin Blast this year. You may have even participated in our related Foursquare giveaway (click here for more information; the special continues into October).
Stay tuned for more information about the campaign as the semester continues. In the meantime, you can view KCC’s Student Code of Conduct and other materials related to the Define Yourself campaign on the Define Yourself website at www.kellogg.edu/defineyourself.
How will you define yourself while a student at KCC? If you’d like to let us know how you define yourself in a positive way or if you’d like to share your response to our Define Yourself campaign, please send us an email by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This morning’s annual General Session meeting for employees at Kellogg Community College included the premiere of a brand new, original poem written by area spoken-word poetry duo Kinetic Affect (Kirk Latimer and Gabriel Giron).
The poem, titled “Define Yourself,” was commissioned by the college this summer to support a campaign promoting a new Student Code of Conduct, and was performed by Latimer with musical accompaniment by Nick Lobel, who also wrote the music.
View video of the performance above and read the text of the “Define Yourself” poem below. Learn more about Kinetic Affect on their website at www.kineticaffect.com.
By Kinetic Affect
The definition of define is
to describe or set forth the meaning of something…
so defining yourself could be hard to do
because whatever words you choose
to use the following statement,
could change the way people think of you.
Could change the way you think of yourself.
I am a teacher,
I am a student,
I am a father,
I am a survivor,
but before you can define yourself
you must first find yourself.
Because we are more than words in a dictionary,
more than a letter grade on a test,
and we are more than the number of years we’ve spent here
on the earth.
We cannot be summed up in a single definition,
none of us can,
and KCC is not just a string of letters in the alphabet
it is a name
it is a culture
and a school
that has been here since before Civil Rights became a movement,
in a community that helped pave the way
for an underground railroad
that led us to fight for freedom
and education for everyone no matter where we are in life.
We are mothers,
and their children,
sometimes sitting in the same English class.
We get lost coming home from wars
we are fighting overseas
and in our own neighborhoods.
But we always seem to find our way back
to our loved ones.
Family and friends
who are more than words on a page,
worth more than a simple explanation,
we are definitions that know no bounds,
and our colors fall outside the lines
when they need to,
when it’s right for us to change the rules.
We’re the ones who choose to go to school,
not just because it’s the next thing you do in your life
but because it’s the right time in our lives
to take that next step,
and say yes!
This is me,
almost indefinably me
and this is my responsibility,
to live Mr. Kellogg’s words that we have carved into these walls,
reminding us that education is what will change the world,
and we don’t just walk by them without paying attention
to what they mean.
We feel it in our hearts
when we walk through the halls that give each student
a brand new slate
where they can create their own future.
Some of the students in these seats,
are fresh out of prison just hoping paper and pencil
can help them write their way back home,
while others are fresh out of high school
hoping they’ll soon move out.
And here we are,
finding ourselves together
in the same classrooms,
walking the same halls,
crisscrossing all walks of life
leaving behind imprints of our memories
on these walls,
alongside legacies left behind by those
who came before us
and we spark to life
our own definitions
that illuminate this campus
like a sunrise made just for the people here
in our community.
It is our middle name after all.
Kellogg Community College,
defining itself daily
in the tearing down of obstacles
and overcoming the adversity we are all presented with.
The obstacles that once held us back,
but now help to define us.
Made us sharpened like the pencils in our pockets
used to be,
to leave behind stronger lines
when we write our names down.
That is us.
That is our strength,
it is in who we
define ourselves to be.
We are KCC.