Awards Banquet

Student Awards

It is a Kellogg Community College traditionKCC Awards Banquet to recognize students who have exhibited outstanding achievement in their fields of study, interest and/or expertise. Award recipients are selected by faculty and administrators in the department that corresponds with each award. Awards are also given to the overall outstanding full- and part-time graduates in each of the two academic divisions. All students recognized are honored at the College’s annual Awards Banquet held each spring, where they are presented with their award(s).

Award Criteria

For all awards, the following criteria must be met:

  1. The student must major or exhibit interest in the award area.
  2. The students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the award area.
  3. The student must show evidence of significant creative growth.
  4. The student must exhibit a high degree of participation in and/or contributions to the department activities in one or more capacities.

The following additional criteria apply to particular awards:

Awards BanquetOutstanding Achievement in Art

  • Leadership activities in the Art League.
  • At least six hours of art credits.
  • Submit to the student art exhibit.

Outstanding Achievement in Communication

  • Forensics leadership activities, or
  • Participation in communication experiences within the community, or
  • Participation in the KCC sponsored Speech Tournament.

Outstanding achievement in Creative Writing

  • Editing, promoting or writing for the Mosaic literary journal.
  • A body of creative written work that reflects talent and rich inner experience.
  • Serious commitment to creative writing.
  • Participation in campus readings.

Awards Banquet 6Outstanding Achievement in English

  • At least 12 hours of English at KCC, which may include 151, 152 and 153.

Outstanding Achievement in Foreign Language

  • At least one year of foreign language study at KCC.
  • Written and oral fluency.
  • Knowledge of culture.

Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics

  • Enrolled in MATH 141, MATH 142, MATH 241 or MATH 242.
  • Earned a GPA of at least 3.5 in calculus courses taken at KCC.
  • Demonstrates the following qualities:
    • Consistency: performs at a steady level of excellence.
    • Maturity: accepts responsibility in class and in extracurricular activities.
    • Creativity: demonstrates talent and proficiency in completing course requirements.
    • Leadership: motivates other students by positive example.

Nominations are to be submitted by full-time and adjunct faculty to the department secretary. Full-time mathematics faculty will meet to discuss the qualifications of each candidate and designate a recipient.

Awards Banquet 27Outstanding Achievement in Music

  • Participation in one ensemble per semester.
  • At least six hours of music credits.

Outstanding Achievement in Theatre

  • Exceptional contribution to theatre on- or backstage.
  • Participation in Encore.
  • At least six hours of theatre credits.

Outstanding Associate Degree Nursing Graduate

  • High academic achievement with a 3.5 or higher GPA.
  • Outstanding clinical achievement as based on evaluations submitted by clinical instructors. Evaluations must reflect excellence in meeting clinical objectives and include technical skills, nurse/client relationships and the fulfillment of professional roles and responsibilities.
  • A potential for contribution to the profession based on evidence including involvement in student and/or national professional organizations, the demonstration of high ethical values/behaviors and leadership skills.
  • Nominated and chosen by the associate degree Nursing faculty.

Outstanding Biology Student

  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 in biology courses.
  • Enthusiasm and interest in the biological sciences beyond required coursework.
  • Contributions to class that would be of value to other students.
  • Intention to pursue some vocation in the sciences, which may include medical sciences.

Outstanding Computer Engineering Technology GraduateAwards Banquet ComputerEng

  • Strong academic record.
  • Participation in relevant extracurricular activities, including but not limited to the following:
    •  Clubs (such as Tech Club)
    • Student government
    • College committees
    • Athletics
    • Community activities

Outstanding Business Management Graduate

  • Major in either Accounting or Business Management.
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Nominated and chosen by Business instructors.
  • Serious commitment to a career in business.

Outstanding Communication Technologies Student

  • Must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Must be within 24 credits of graduation.
  • Must exhibit a high degree of creative growth and personal achievement.
  • Must demonstrate an outstanding contribution to the department or profession.

Outstanding Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology Graduate

  • The student must be completing an Associate in Applied Science degree with an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • The student must demonstrate the behaviors of a responsible learner in all core classes.
  • The student must show a commitment to the community through community service, volunteer work or extracurricular activities.
  • The student must act as a positive role model for others.

Outstanding Criminal Justice GraduateAwards Banquet Criminal Justice

  • Minimum of 3.5 GPA and/or in the top 20 percent academically of Criminal Justice graduates.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in all skills-based training.
  • Commitment to community service (e.g., volunteer work).
  • Acts as a positive role model for other students.

Outstanding Dental Hygiene Graduate

  • Superior academic achievement based on overall grade point average and academic performance in Dental Hygiene academic courses (GPA of 3.5 or better).
  • Outstanding clinical achievement based on performance in the clinical Dental Hygiene courses and faculty evaluations of the student’s professional conduct in those courses.
  • Potential for contribution to the profession as evidenced by involvement in community projects, leadership roles assumed and interest and involvement in professional organizations.
  • Demonstrates the following qualities:
    • Consistency: performs at a steady level of excellence.
    • Maturity: accepts responsibility in class and extracurricular activities.
    • Creativity: demonstrates talent and proficiency in completing course requirements.
    • Leadership: motivates other students by positive example.
  • Selected by Dental Hygiene faculty.

Outstanding Early Childhood Education Program Graduate

  • Currently enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours.
  • Overall GPA of 3.5 in the Early Childhood Education courses.
  • Nominated and chosen by instructors.
  • Has an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) on file with the Early Childhood Education program manager.

Awards Banquet SocialScienceOutstanding Education Major Graduate

  • Student must have a 307, 327, 380, 330 or 394 curriculum code.
  • Student must have a 3.5 GPA or higher.
  • Student must show a commitment to the community through service learning, community service, volunteer work or extracurricular activities.
  • Student must demonstrate the following qualities:
    • Consistency: performs at a steady level of excellence.
    • Maturity: accepts responsibility in class and extracurricular activities.
    • Creativity: demonstrates talent and proficiency in completing course requirements.
    • Leadership: motivates other students by positive example.

Nominations are submitted by faculty from the Education Faculty Learning Community to the dean of the Arts and Sciences Division by March 1. A committee of three faculty members will make a selection from the nominees.

Outstanding Freshman Chemistry Student

  • Achievement of academic excellence in chemistry.
  • Grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
  • Interest in chemistry as evidenced by future curricular and career choices.
  • Excellent performance of chemistry laboratory skills as evidenced by consistent results in laboratory work.

Outstanding Graphic Design Graduate

  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Must demonstrate outstanding creativity as evidenced through their portfolio.
  • Chosen by Graphic Design faculty.

Outstanding Human Services Technician Graduate

  • Must be completing the associate degree or certificate with an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Must demonstrate the behaviors of a responsible student in all of the courses required in the Human Services curriculum.
  • Must behave as a responsible and mature human service worker while working in the field.
  • Must adhere to the ethics of the Professional Human Service Worker according to the National Association of Human Service Education.

Outstanding Legal Assistant Graduate

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Promotes the Legal Assistant profession.
  • Helps fellow students.
  • Participates in extracurricular activities.

Outstanding Licensed Practical Nursing Graduate

  • High academic achievement with a 3.2 GPA or higher.
  • Outstanding clinical achievement as based on evaluations submitted by clinical instructors. Evaluations must reflect excellence in meeting clinical objectives and include technical skills, nurse/client relationships and the fulfillment of professional roles and responsibilities.
  • Potential for contribution to the profession as based on involvement in student and/or national professional organizations, high ethical values/behaviors and leadership skills.
  • Nominated and chosen by the Practical Nursing faculty.

Outstanding Medical Laboratory Technology Graduate

  • High academic achievement with a minimum GPA of 3.5 overall and a minimum GPA of 3.75 in medical lab technology coursework.
  • Outstanding clinical achievement as based on evaluations submitted from the clinical affiliate.
  • Overall grade of “A” in MELA 260 or 265, Clinical Practicum.
  • Excellent professional behavior as indicated by a minimum score of 93 percent on all Student Attitude Assessment evaluation forms in each of the clinical rotations.
  • Positive comments by clinical instructors added to evaluation forms.
  • Potential for contribution to the profession as based on participation in at least two of the following:
    • Membership in one or both of the professional organizations for MLTs: the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) and the American Society for Clinical Pathology Associate Member section (ASCP).
    • Attendance at non-mandatory continuing education seminars offered through the professional organizations or the clinical affiliates.
    • Volunteer activities in the community and/or for professional organizations.
    • Helping/teamwork behaviors with other students.
    • Highly ethical behavior and values.

Outstanding Office Information Systems Graduate

  • A GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Pursuing a two-year associate degree (Administrative Assistant, Word Processing, Medical Secretarial or Legal Secretarial).
  • Positive attitude, good sense of humor, sees humor in self. Carries self well in workplace.
  • Goal-oriented; has specific plans. Pursuing particular career or academic achievement.

Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Graduate

  • High academic achievement based on an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher, with academic performance in Physical Therapist Assistant coursework resulting in a GPA of 3.3 or higher, and general consistency of academic performance.
  • Outstanding clinical achievement based on evaluations submitted from each of four clinical affiliations which address competency in technical skills; observational skills; a concern for patient care, comfort and safety; proficiency of oral and written communication; organization of time; a positive attitude and interpersonal relationships; and fulfillment of professional roles and responsibilities.
  • Outstanding student will earn at least:
    • “Acceptable” ratings for all rated categories in the PTA 21 clinical experience.
    • 68 of the 72 possible points in each of two clinical assessment tools for PTA 24 and 25 clinical experiences.
    • An outstanding narrative assessment for PTA 26 clinical experience.
  • Potential for contribution to the profession based on interest in and willingness to pursue special fields of study related to physical therapy; involvement in student and/or national professional organizations; leadership skills; helping/teamwork behaviors; highly ethical values/behavior; and community/volunteer involvement. The outstanding PT Assistant student will demonstrate outstanding performance in at least three of the above listed areas.

Outstanding Physics Student

  • Grade point average of 3.5 or higher in physics.
  • Mathematics record should be compatible with the physics grades.

Outstanding Radiography Graduate

  • Superior academic achievement based on overall grade point average and academic performance in the RADI courses (GPA of 3.5 or higher).
  • Outstanding clinical achievement based on performance in the clinical education sites as indicated on clinical staff evaluations.
  • Potential for contribution to the profession as evidenced by an involvement in community projects, leadership roles assumed, interest and involvement in professional organizations and a desire for continuing education.
  • Demonstration of the following qualities:
    • Consistency: performs at a steady level of excellence.
    • Maturity: accepts responsibility in class and in the clinical setting.
    • Creativity: demonstrates talent and proficiency in completing course requirements.
    • Leadership: motivates other students by positive example.
  • Selected by Radiography faculty.

Outstanding Social Science Graduate

  • Majoring in one of the social sciences.
  • Grade point average in social science of 3.5 or higher.
  • Demonstrates an interest in the field over and above classroom activities.
  • Has been active on the college campus.

Outstanding Graduate Awards

  • Outstanding Graduate Award:  Arts and Sciences Division
  • Outstanding Graduate Award: Career and Occupational Education Division
Full-time student category
  • Associate degree candidate.
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Completed 12 hours or more of coursework for at least three semesters.
  • Contributed to campus activities in addition to classroom participation. (Possibilities include club events and activities, publications, athletic teams, Student Government Association, teaching assistantships and more.)
  • Demonstrated the following qualities:
    • Consistency: performs at a steady high level of excellence.
    • Maturity: accepts responsibility in class and extracurricular activities.
    • Creativity: demonstrates talent and proficiency in completing course requirements.
    • Leadership: motivates other students by positive example.
Part-time student category
  • Associate degree candidate.
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Completed less than 12 hours of coursework for at least three semesters.
  • Completed at least 40 hours of coursework at KCC.
  • Successfully managed multiple responsibilities such as working, managing a household, raising a family or volunteering in the community concurrent with attending classes at KCC.

Binda Awards

  • Excellence in Art
  • Excellence in Communication
  • Excellence in Music
  • Excellence in Theatre

Binda Awards are performance-based and awarded to students who exhibit exceptional talent in and dedication to one of the four visual and performing art areas.

Students who receive Binda Awards will have:

  • Participated in visual or performing arts activities.
  • Shown consistent growth in their art.
  • Demonstrated concern for the place of art in education and the community.

Michigan All-USA Academic Team

  • Member of Alpha Nu Eta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Assumes leadership responsibilities within Phi Theta Kappa, KCC or the community.
  • Selected by the Honors Program coordinator and Phi Theta Kappa advisor.
  • Maximum of two KCC students chosen to represent KCC on the Michigan All-USA Academic Team.

For more information about student awards, please contact Student Services at 269-565-2088.