March 24, 2008
What’s Happening at KVCC
What’s below in this edition
2 days of music (Pages 1/2) New recruiter (Page 10)
A ‘diverse’ crowd (Pages 2-4) ‘Mother of Mine’ (Pages 10/11)
Wellness checks (Pages 4/5) Ibsen play (Pages 11/12)
98 seekers (Pages 5/6) MSU trek (Page 12)
‘Sins of Kalamazoo’ (Pages 6/7) Student art show (Page 12)
Presidential words (Page 7) ‘Job Fair 9-1-1’ (Page 13)
Welding Academy (Pages 7/8) Honor for Myers (Pages 13/14)
Healthful breathing (Page 8) PTK inductees (Pages 14/15)
Primo percussionist (Pages 8/9) Bob Dylan (Pages 16/17)
Scanning careers (Pages 9/10) Trash team (Page 17)
And Finally (Page 17)
Fretboard Festival expands to two days March 29-30
The third Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival, the Kalamazoo Valley Museum’s salute
to the local legacy of “pickin’ ‘n’ singin’,” will be held over two days as a sign of its
Free to the public and nothing to fret about, the festival will host a variety of
events on Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 30, from 1 to 4
p.m. It is sponsored by the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Foundation.
On display will be the craftsmanship of the Kalamazoo area’s skilled makers
(luthiers) of stringed instruments, while performers will be making music on these
instruments as well. Workshops, lectures and displays by vendors will also spill over into
KVCC’s Anna Whitten Hall next door to the downtown-Kalamazoo museum.
Among the performers will be:
♫ The original Americana sound of The Corn Fed Girls.
♫ Gerald Ross, a virtuoso on the traditional Hawaiian steel guitar and ukulele
who will also lead a workshop on his specialty instruments.
♫ Patricia Pettinga, Bill Willging and Friends, who specialize in traditional blues
and folk music.
♫ The country-and-western twang of The Two Choices Band.
♫ Bluegrass music from The Mossy Mountain Band and Who Hit John?.
Workshops on how to play a variety of instruments and styles of music will be
available for those of all skill and interest levels.
Exhibits and demonstrations by manufacturers of guitars, banjos and mandolins
are planned, as are lectures about this area’s musical legacy.
Those presenters and the topics will include Joel Mabus (guitar chords), Brian
Delaney (swing guitar), Jackie Zito (mandolin), Miles Kusik (classical guitar), and Mark
Sahlgren (a guitar retrospective).
The first festival in May of 2006 attracted about 800, according to Jay Gavan, who
is again coordinating the event for museum..
It was switched to a March date in 2007 to avoid competing with the Kalamazoo
Animation Festival International and future conflicts with the Gilmore International
Keyboard Festival, as would have been the case this spring.
The 2007 turnout that packed the museum and Whitten Hall led to the decision to
move to being a two-day event.
“Ever since the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Co. began making guitars
here in 1894,” said Gavan, who has worked for Heritage Guitar Inc. that is still based in
the former Gibson woodshop, “Kalamazoo has been famous for this tradition. It is like a
mecca. People from all over the world know Kalamazoo for its guitars.
“This is a celebration of Kalamazoo’s legacy of stringed-instrument design and
manufacture,” Gavan said. “It invites people to meet instrument designers, learn about
their trade, hear live performances by area musicians, and take part in a variety of
workshops. And it’s all free.”
In between workshops, performances and demonstrations, visitors will be able to
Among those sharing their knowledge and their wares will be professionals who
make Heritage, Robinson, Kingslight, Wechter and other brands of stringed instruments.
Also manning displays will be Aaron’s Music Service in Vicksburg, the Great
Lakes Acoustic Music Association, and the Kalamazoo Folklife Organization.
Making its debut at the Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival, Elderly Instruments of
Gavan said the festival is devoted to guitars, banjos, mandolins, upright bass, and
“anything that is considered an acoustic stringed instrument or even an electric stringed
instrument that was or still is designed and produced here.”
For more information and events scheduled for the third Kalamazoo Fretboard
Festival, call 373-7972.
Or visit this website: www.kalamazoomuseum.org.
Friday’s Diversity conference attracts nearly 350
Walking in the shoes of the impoverished, a portrait of poverty in Kalamazoo by
Mayor Bobby Hopewell, insights into the psychological and spiritual lives of gays and
other sexual orientations, ethnic differences ingrained in the issue of immigration, and a
look at attention-deficit disorder are among the topics to be addressed at KVCC’s fifth
annual Diversity Conference.
Slated for Friday (March 28) from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. on the Texas
Township Campus, one of the highlights will be the opportunity for participants to
engage in a three-hour simulation designed to sample the daily lives of people who are
below the poverty line.
“A Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes,” under the auspices of the Kalamazoo County
Poverty Reduction Initiative, is slated for 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. in one of the conference’s
As in the past, the college’s yearly conference – this year’s theme is “Diversity: In
Our Own Back Yard” – is free and open to the public as well as to KVCC students,
faculty and staff.
Pre-registration is required because of space availability.
Conferees not taking part in the morning simulation can attend presentations on
the ethnic and culture differences surrounding the question of immigration and the
psychological, emotional and spiritual impact of being gay, lesbian, bisexual or
Following the lunch break, the tracks will include presentations on attention
deficit disorder, how males and females become socialized in the U. S. culture, Mayor
Hopewell’s views on the extent of poverty in the Kalamazoo area, and an overview of
what it will take in the community to stem this tide.
Among the speakers and presenters during the all-day conference are:
● Immigration attorney Maia Storm
● Theo Sypris, director of KVCC’s program in international studies
● Tracy Hall, a political-science instructor at KVCC
● Psychologist Judy Loudin
● River Artz-Iffland, a community activist
● Kimberly Crider and Maggie Hiatt of the Kalamazoo County Poverty Reduction
● Michele Novotni, former president of the Attention Deficit Disorder
● Mark Orbe of the Western Michigan University School of Communications
● Kalamazoo City Commissioner Don Cooney, who is also an assistant professor
of social work at WMU; he will share lectern duties with Mayor Hopewell, director of
hospitality services at the Borgess Medical Center and a KVCC alumnus.
● Representatives from the Free Clinic of Kalamazoo, the Kalamazoo
Communities in Schools Foundation, Loaves and Fishes, and Kalamazoo County
Community Mental Health.
The mission of the Kalamazoo County Poverty Reduction Initiative is to foster
collaborative and mutually accountable public-private partnerships that increase both
access to and resources for individuals and families living in poverty.
The simulation was crafted to help participants understand what it might be like to
live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. They assume
roles in a variety of families facing crises, such as losing the “breadwinner,” becoming
unemployed, or trying to raise children on only a Social Security check.
The scenario includes the spectrum of community resources that might be
available to provide the basic necessities of food, shelter and financial support.
Volunteers, preferable people who have faced or are facing poverty, are recruited to
represent these resources.
After the exercise, there is a debriefing in which participants and volunteer
staffers share their feelings and talk about what they have learned about the lives of
people in poverty.
For more information and to register, visit http://diversity.kvcc.edu, follow the
link on the KVCC home page, or call the registration line at 488-4870.
Sign up for employee-wellness assessments
Linda Howard of Holtyn and Associates is conducting free wellness screenings
and counseling through Friday, April 19, for full-time KVCC employees and their
spouses who are both new to the college’s program or continuing participants.
While payoffs in the past have focused on one’s personal and individual health, it
is now starting to pay off in the pay checks of employees.
The one-on-one appointments include a glucose analysis, an HDL and cholesterol
evaluation, a blood-pressure check, a body-composition reading, an assessment of cardio-
respiratory fitness, an overall health survey, an individual fitness assessment, and a
Here’s the remaining schedule for 20-minute appointments for health-risk
assessments and wellness counseling slated for Room 6044 in the Student Commons near
the entrance to the Wellness and Fitness Center on the Texas Township Campus:
Monday (March 24); Tuesday (March 25); Wednesday (March 26) – all
from 9 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.
Thursday (March 27) from 1 to 7 p.m.
Monday, March 31; Tuesday, April 1; and Wednesday, April 2 – all
from 9 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.
Monday, April 14, and Tuesday, April 15 – both from 9 a.m. to 2:40
With all sessions to be held in Room 128 in Anna Whitten Hall on the Arcadia
Commons Campus, appointments are available on:
Wednesday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 17, and Friday, April 18 – both from 9 a.m. to 2:40
The 20-minute screenings, which are not available during the lunch hour, can be
done on work time. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call Ruth
Baker at extension 4492 between 8 a.m. and noon. The other contact between 8 a.m. and
5 p.m. on Monday through Friday is Blake Glass at extension 4177
All full-time staff, faculty and administrators – and their spouses -- are
encouraged to sign up for this college-sponsored program, even if previous screenings
had not identified any health risks.
Participants should wear comfortable, loosely fitting clothing. Short-sleeve tops
are recommended. Fasting is not required, but it is advised not to consume caffeinated
beverages two hours prior to the assessment and to refrain from smoking.
The testing is paid for by the college.
All participants must complete a health survey prior to their screening
appointment. This can be done by going the Holtyn website, www.holtynhpc.com and
following the step-by-step instructions.
98 looking for workers at Employment Expo
The 2008 KVCC Employment Expo on the Texas Township Campus is scheduled
for Wednesday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 98 potential employers have signed
up so far.
It is a no-cost opportunity for students, KVCC alumni and residents of Southwest
Michigan to visit with representatives from area businesses and industries, from health-
care organizations, human-service agencies, from manufacturers, the military services and
the trades to discuss current and future employment opportunities.
Machining, retail merchandising, sales, law enforcement, manufacturing, welding,
engineering, health care, inventory control, recreation and summer camps, delivery
services, the construction trades, the military, marketing, finances and banking, computer
technology, public safety, hotel management and hospitality, electrical technology, human
services, broadcasting, communications, and hospital work will be among the career
opportunities in the spotlight.
The representatives will gather in the Student Commons to talk to participants
about their organizations, the employment prospects, career opportunities, and the
chances for internships and volunteer service, both of which look good on a resume. Past
expos have attracted more than 1,000 job seekers. Participants are urged to bring along
resumes, a preparedness to be interviewed, and be appropriately attired.
Among the prospective employers who have indicated they will be available in the
Commons during the four-hour event are:
Stryker Instruments, Sears Roebuck and Co., Kalamazoo Township Police
Department, K & M Machine Fabricating Inc., Wil-Care Nursing Referral Agency Inc,
Kazoo Inc., Dana Corp.;
Schupan & Sons Inc., Tendercare of Westwood, Thrivent Financial, Western &
Southern Financial Group, YMCA Sherman Lake Outdoor Center, FedEx Ground,
Kalamazoo Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, AFLAC, Borgess
Health Alliance, Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial Services, Camp Tall Turf, WSI;
Michigan Air National Guard, Advance Employment Service, Educational
Community Credit Union, Greenleaf Hospitality Group and Radisson Plaza Hotel &
Suites, Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division;
Apprenticeships in plumbing, pipe fitting, heating, ventilation, and air
conditioning, Trillium Staffing Solutions, Kadant Johnson Inc., the U. S. Air Force, the
U. S. Army, Western Michigan University Center for Disability Services, WQXC and
WZUU, the Allegan Department of Human Resources;
WWMT Channel 3, T-Mobile, the Marine Corps, Cumulus Media, Consumers
Credit Union, Elite Marketing Solutions, EmploymentGroup, Friendship Village, Helping
Hands Across America, the J. O. Galloup Co., The Kellogg Co., Manpower Professional;
Medical Resource Management, Morton Buildings Inc., New York Life Insurance,
Reliv International, Right At Home, State Farm Insurance, Stay Home Companions, The
Fountains at Bronson Place, Yerasoft;
Battle Creek Health System, Charter One Bank, Genx Corp., Michigan Indian
Employment and Training Services, the Michigan State Police, Pre-Paid Legal Services
Inc., Residential Opportunities Inc., SIR Home Improvements, the U.S. Navy, Wal-Mart
Accro-Seal, Advantage Private Nursing Service Inc., Aramark Uniform Service,
BeautiControl, Best Buy, Creative Foams Medical Systems, Full Throttle RPM,
Heartland Health Care Center in Three Rivers, Heritage Community of Kalamazoo,
Hewitt Associates, Home City Ice Co., Michigan Department of Human Services, Micro
Machine Co., Mobley Solutions, Pepsi Bottling Group, Winship;
AT&T Michigan, AWS, Burlington Coat Factory at The Crossroads, Earth Tech,
Farm Bureau Insurance, Heartland Health Care Center of Kalamazoo, LaSalle Bank, the
Michigan Army National Guard, Michigan Works!, MW Tux, National City Bank, Planet
Beach Tanning Spa, Plas-Tech Mold & Design, Robert Half International, United
Nursing Service Inc., the U. S. Postal Service, Vector Marketing, and Vista Asset
More information is available by calling (269) 488-4272 or going to the college’s
web page and clicking on “Employment Expo” at the bottom of the screen.
‘The Sins of Kalamazoo’ is ‘Sunday Series’ topic
As with any community of its size, Kalamazoo’s God-fearing citizens were
probably matched by a similar number of folks who didn’t fear hellfire and brimstone all
that much, and their activities showed it.
“The Sins of Kalamazoo” is the April 6 subject in the Kalamazoo Valley
Museum’s “Sunday Series” of presentations about the history of Southwest Michigan. At
the “pulpit” in the Mary Jane Stryker Theater will be Tom Dietz, the museum’s curator.
His 1:30 p.m. program is free.
“Poet Carl Sandburg wrote metaphorically about ‘The Sins of Kalamazoo,’” Dietz
said, “but this program examines the reality, the community’s pool halls, bars, gambling
houses, and other entertainment outlets in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, and what
local ‘reformers’ did to clean up these ‘sinful haunts.’”
In Sandburg’s 1922 poem, Dietz said, he describes the “sins” as “neither scarlet
nor crimson.” Rather Sandburg seems “to critique Kalamazoo as a metaphor for the bland
uniformity of urban American life.”
The first criminal case in Kalamazoo County in 1833 charged Mrs. Hannah
Carpenter with adultery, according to Dietz’s research. Kalamazoo County’s first murder
occurred in Richland in 1837 over a dispute involving a fight between two dogs.
The 1853 “Arcadia War” over the ownership of Eleanor Street, several suspected
arson fires in 1858, as well as the better-known series of arson fires that destroyed three
downtown churches in the late 1920s will also be topics in Dietz’s program.
He will also discuss the “red light” district along the Michigan Central Railroad
east of downtown, the unsolved 1893 murder of butcher Lewis Schilling in his Portage
Street meat market, and the dozens of saloons along Main Street known as “Saloon
Just as Sandburg saw Kalamazoo as typical of American cities, Dietz will show
that Kalamazoo offered the same opportunities for “sinning” as any other city.
Dietz’s “Sunday Series” will wrap up the winter semester of programs with:
● “The Academy of Music” – April 20: The community’s first “grand”
performing-arts center was dedicated on May 6, 1882, and was eventually destroyed in a
For more information about the presentations, contact Dietz at 373-7990.
Presidential-pitch deadline is Tuesday
Fifteen former and current communications students will give the role of
presidential politics a try as part of a speech competition.
Organized by the KVCC communications faculty, the “Who Wants to Be Our
Next President?” competition will culminate with public presentations on Tuesday, April
8, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Student Commons Theater. The top three finishers will share
$600 in prize money.
The competition is open to the first dozen students – presently or formerly
enrolled in a Communications 101 class -- who submit applications by the Tuesday
(March 25_ deadline.
Under the theme of “Political Communication,” the participants will identify the
candidate of their choice, prepare a three-minute platform statement to introduce their
presentation, respond to questions from judges, and provide a one-minute closing
The April 8 “nominating speeches” will be open to students, staff and the public.
“Student speakers can play the role of any one they think would make a great
president, including themselves, the major-party or obscure-party candidates,” Conroy
The judges will be full- and part-time communications instructors. The prize
money, including a $300 top award, comes from the student organization of
communications major supervised by instructor Bruce Punches.
Applications are available by contacting instructors Patrick Conroy and Steve Ott.
Welding academy begins March 31
With a focus on the welding skills that regional manufacturers are calling a critical
need, Kalamazoo Valley Community College will be launching its third fast-track,
Slated to begin Monday, March 31, the KVCC Welding Academy will be joining
ongoing counterparts designed to quickly produce quality automotive technicians, and
provide professional development and career launchings for those in the corrections field.
Some 44 met the Feb. 15 application deadline. Acceptance into the inaugural
welding academy for the 15 selectees was based on the written application, feedback from
candidate-supplied references, an interview, and ACT Work Key scores.
After an initial winnowing of the 44 applications, those who made the first cut
advanced to the assessment tests.
References were tapped to provide commentary on the applicants’ job-readiness
skills, suitability for a career as a welder, work ethic, dependability, communication skills
in solving problems and resolving conflicts, ability to follow directions, and an attitude
about job performance and productivity. Interviews were also part of the process.
By May 9 and after exposure to theory, demonstrations and hands-on practice, the
15 participants can expect to gain the skills necessary for entry-level employment as a
welder and position themselves to gain national certification in several skills through the
American Welding Society.
The cost for the six-week, intensive training initiative, which complements the
college’s program in welding technology that opens up other career paths, is $1,700.
This pays for instructions, materials, supplies, books and equipment. In addition
to a completion certificate, each student will leave with a complete tool set used in this
occupational trade. The training will be based in labs and classrooms on the Texas
The curriculum has been forged by a task force consisting of representatives of
Southwest Michigan industries that employ welders, by subject-matter consultants, and
by KVCC faculty.
Its components include orientation, shop safety, introduction to manufacturing,
technical math, industrial blueprint reading, basic properties of metals, the fundamentals
of measurement, safety training, workplace readiness, job-search skills, a variety of
welding and cutting techniques, and other essentials needed to be known by an entry-level
Breathe out, breathe in
Yoga breathing techniques will be explained and demonstrated at a Monday
(March 24) program in the Student Commons Theater.
“The Power of Breath,” which will be free and open to the public, will begin at
Leading the session will be Renu Sharma and Arun Tandon, who are both
certified instructors in “pranayama” (yogic breathing techniques).
The twosome will explain how proper breathing can improve a person’s physical,
emotional and mental health, beat back invasions by diseases, and increase a person’s
positive energy by reliving daily stress.
Participants can learn to meditate and cultivate an awareness to promote a sense
of peace, joy and happiness.
The presentation is part of the college’s observation of Women in History Month.
For more information, contact Mary Johnson at extension 4182.
Koebel will drum up fun for kids, families
The Kalamazoo Valley Museum's programs of entertainment for pre-schoolers
and families will end its winter-semester series on Saturday, April 5, with percussionist
She will conduct a hands-on workshop, and demonstrate the values of music
education and music therapy in the Mary Jane Stryker Theater on the museum’s first
floor. The 10 a.m. attraction is designed for pre-schoolers while the for-family booking
begins at 1 p.m. Both have $3 admission fees.
Koebel, who plays the drums, vibes, dulcimer and other percussion instruments
for Blue Dahlia, has been exploring drumming and rhythm for a quarter of a century. Her
passion has taken her to some of the best instructors in the world. She is skilled in the
techniques and style of West African, Afro-Cuban, American jazz, Brazilian, Arabic and
In her performances with Blue Dahlia, Koebel uses a full range of instruments – a
drum set, vibraphone, hammered dulcimer, pots, pans, and various hand-drums from
across the globe.
She has served as principal percussionist with the Battle Creek Symphony
Orchestra, including the performance of a percussion concerto. She tours regionally and
internationally with Grammy-winning flutist Rhonda Larson, among others.
Koebel was the music director of the Michigan State University Department of
Theater’s production of “Waterworks: Tales of the Hydrasphere.” With a keen interest
in rhythm-based healing, she works as a music therapist in schools for children with
special needs. The recipient of a master’s degree in music therapy from MSU, she was
one of the key presenters at the 2005 Michigan Music Therapists conference.
“These performances are great events to bring a group,” said Annette
Hoppenworth, the museum’s coordinator for these kinds of programs. “An unlimited
number of tickets can be purchased in advance.”
More information about events, attractions and tickets is available by checking the
museum’s web site at www.kalamazoomuseum.org or by calling 373-7990. Seating is
limited in the Stryker Theater.
Workshop targets business, computer careers
Career opportunities in business, computer information systems, and
communications will be explored in an upcoming workshops planned by the KVCC
Student Success Center’s Career and Assessment Services Office.
Faculty and staff are asked to alert students about these free career-exploration
workshops on the Texas Township Campus. The workshop is also open to prospective
KVCC students. It will run from noon to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, in Rooms 4370/80
on the Texas Township Campus.
Professionals and employers in these fields will present a “day-in-the-life”
perspective for participating students.
Following a brief presentation about the career decision-making process, members
of a panel will each have eight minutes to describe their fields of endeavor, how they
arrived at deciding on their career of choice, what a student should consider in selecting a
particular career, and what prospective employers are looking for in these kinds of
Among the panelists will be:
● Tom Vance, community relations manager for the Portage Public Schools.
● Matthew Whitlock, general manager of the Sol World Café in the Radisson
Plaza Hotel & Suites in downtown Kalamazoo.
● Weldone (Colin) Ncube, a dually enrolled student at KVCC and Western
Michigan University who is serving as a Stryker Corp. intern.
● Jessica Wressel, property manager for Phoenix Properties, 6120 Stadium Drive.
● Richard Keilen, manager of the Farm Bureau Insurance complex at 5950
● KVCC academic counselor Gerri Jacobs.
Those planning to attend should notify Career and Assessment Services at
extension 4123 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Our goal in the Career and Assessment Services Office is to provide students
with professional career programs, tools, and resources to assist them in making a good,
educated career decision,” said Jenny Buysee, the director of Career and Assessment
Services for the Student Success Center.
On the recruiting trail
Matthew Dennis is the face of Kalamazoo Valley Community College in high
schools throughout Southwest Michigan these days.
After serving as a success advocate in the Student Success Center since last
August and adding the duties as “admission specialist” in recent months, Dennis will be
concentrating on the latter assignment effective March 31 as he represents the college in
A 1999 graduate of Charlevoix High School, he was no stranger to the KVCC
prior to joining the Student Success Center team. Following a semester at North Central
Michigan (Community) College in Petoskey, he transferred to KVCC and donned the
blue-and-white uniform of the Cougars’ men’s basketball team.
After receiving his associate’s in May 2003, he has continued to serve as Coach
Dick Shilts’ assistant while pursing a degree in education from Western Michigan
University. He is an April 2007 WMU graduate.
Also part of his resume is experience as a health instructor for summer-school
sessions designed for secondary students in the Kalamazoo Public Schools. Dennis has
also served as a part-time instructor for KVCC courses in wellness and physical
Adrienne, his wife of two years, is also a former KVCC student. They are the
parents of an 18-month-old daughter, Olivia.
When he’s not on the recruiting trail, Dennis still enjoys shooting hoops, keeping
fit via exercising, reading and church life.
Dennis’ predecessor, Diane Vandenberg, is now assigned full time to the Student
Success Center as its assistant director.
World War II uprooting of children is film’s theme
“Mother of Mine” tells the story of Finland’s evacuation of more than 70,000 of
its children to avoid the scourge of Nazi occupation during World War II.
The 2005 Scandinavian film is the April 3 attraction in the series of foreign films
scheduled to be showed at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum into spring.
The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Jane Stryker Theater. Tickets are
Director Klaus Haro tackles this painful time in Scandinavian history through the
eyes of a 9-year-old child, who feels abandoned by his biological Finnish mother and is
not attached to his Swedish surrogate mom. When he returns home after the war, his
The Finnish children were secreted out to Denmark and Norway as well in the
largest undertaking of its kind in the world. The official Finnish submission to the
Academy Awards, the fictional story of one of the "war children" unfolds with fierce
restraint. The film departs from most memory pieces about the war in its emphasis on the
complex psychology of its characters.
After his father is killed on the Finnish-Russian front in 1943, the 9-year-old boy
reluctantly joins a large transport of kids promised dolls and bikes in the haven of neutral
Sweden. At a remote farm on the coast, he's taken in by a childless couple in their 40s,
though the woman, still grieving and blaming herself for the drowning death of her
daughter, refuses to let him into her heart. Their conflict flares up in angry words and
occasional physical tousles but mostly plays out in resentful silence.
Determined not to be touched by the tumult of being uprooted, the child develops
an easy rapport with the good-natured husband, a former sailor whose "boots got stuck in
this dirt" when he fell in love. The couple gets caught up in a new drama, when the
child’s mother asks them to keep him, even after the war. That’s because, as a widow,
she’s met a German officer and wants to move with him to his homeland.
The lifelong wounds from this tug of war become clear in the film's present-day
black-and-white sequences, in which the child, now middle-aged, visits his mother, eager
to talk about the war.
The contrast between Finland's frigid birch forests and the open expanse of the
Swedish coast is a key element of “Mother of Mine’s” power, but the background music
also tugs at the heartstrings.
For many of the uprooted 70,000 children, it was an adventure; for others,
especially the very young, it was a tragedy. Some were ridiculed by schoolmates. Some
returned to Finland after the war, not knowing their parents and speaking only Swedish.
Here are the rest of the award-winning, Thursday-evening billings into June:
♦ “Dreams of Dust” (African nation of Burkina-Faso) – April 24
♦ “The Way I Spent the End of the World” (Romania) – May 22
♦ “Fraulein” (Switzerland) – June 19
More information about events and attractions is available by checking the
museum’s web site at www.kalamazoomuseum.org or by calling 373-7990 or (800) 772-
‘Enemy of the People’ premiere set
With a cast of – well, maybe not thousands, but still quite a few folks – instructor
Rick Bridges and his acting troupe will be performing an abridged version of Henrik
Ibsen’s “Enemy of the People” on five upcoming dates.
The Rockhill Free Theatre Drama Club’s premiere is slated for Saturday (March
29) at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Commons. Four additional stagings – same time, same
station -- are slated for the Friday-Saturday dates of April 4 and 5 and April 11 and 12.
Each is free and open to the public.
“Our audiences should bear in mind that ‘Enemy of the People’ was written and
produced in 1882 in Norway,” the language instructor said, “and thereafter performed in
the late-19th and early-20th centuries throughout the rest of the developing world.
“Some 125 years ago,” he said, “it spoke about environmental degradation, insider
trading, government cover-ups, media manipulation, influence peddling, fear mongering
and mob psychology.”
All that should sound familiar to today’s audiences, and “resonate powerfully,” he
said, while trumpeting that “old, dog-eared axiom – those who do not study history are
doomed to repeat it.”
Documentarian Ken Burns, who has given TV audiences the grassroots-level
stories of the Civil War, World War II, and so many other milestone-events in U. S.
history, says it this way: “History repeats itself because each generation refuses to read
the minutes of the last meeting.”
Under the direction of Anna Barnhart, the cast of KVCC and Western Michigan
University students includes Benjimin Frank, Judith Stoneburner, Jessica Zwalua,
Marshall Burns, Andrew Bryant, Blair Makinney, Jacob Lisak, Michael Grigsby, Garrett
Corlett, Jerry Barrett, Bridges and anybody else who wants to take part in a mob/riot
“We may carry it over if we manage to be blessed with an audience,” Bridges
Michigan State next on transfer tour
Faculty are asked to advise their students about the opportunity to visit the
campuses of four-year universities around Michigan to gauge whether they intend to
continue their students there.
Those interested in transferring should contact KVCC’s Transfer Resource Center
in Room 1364 on the Texas Township Campus and register to take part in any of the
Prospective tourists can also call the center at extension 4779 to determine
whether they can meet the criteria to participate, to meet admissions representatives, visit
dorms and other campus facilities, and to learn about financial-aid opportunities.
Here is the upcoming itinerary:
● Michigan State University – Wednesday (March 26)
● Central Michigan University – Friday, April 4
● Columbia College in Chicago – Wednesday, April 9
● Eastern Michigan University – Friday, April 11
Students must register for the trips because certain criteria must be met.
Student art to be in spotlight
KVCC students will be showcasing their best efforts in calligraphy, drawing, oil
and acrylic paintings, watercolors, mixed media, ceramics, sculpture, in black-and-white,
color and alternative-process photography, and digital graphics at the college’s annual art
show on the Texas Township Campus in April.
The 2008 Student Art Show will open for public viewing in the Student
Commons Forum on Monday, April 14, and conclude the following Friday.
The deadline to enter is Wednesday, April 9. Students should drop off their
entries in the Forum between the hours of 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. that day.
They will be vying for $1,200 in prizes for best-of-show, and for first-place,
second-place and honorable-mention selections in each category. Faculty will also be
choosing recipients of merit awards for students who have demonstrated growth in
ceramics, photography and two-dimensional art.
Guideline sheets for entries can be picked up from any art or Center for New
Media instructor. Each piece to be entered must have its own entry form.
For more information, contact Francis Granzotto at extension 4373 or at
Prepping for the 2008 Employment Expo
There is more to success at the college level than what happens in the classroom
and how well a student does.
Other factors can play a role in whether college ends up as a satisfactory
With that in mind, the Student Success Center is presenting a series of workshops
during the winter semester to focus on the barriers to success and what resources are
available to help students make their way.
The free sessions are being held in the Student Commons. All students are
Refreshments are part of the attraction to learn about life resources and how to
avoid the every-day barriers that can negatively impact on academic success.
Here’s the schedule:
“Job Fair 9-1-1” on Tuesday (March 25) at 10 a.m. This session is designed to
prepare students in how to make solid first impressions when they take part in the 2008
Employment Expo on Wednesday (March 26), set for the Student Commons from 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m.
“Psychology of Buying” on Tuesday, April 8, at 1 p.m. Chris Palmer of
GreenPath Debt Solutions will explore the psychology of spending, which, when fully
understood, will be valuable in overcoming the urge to splurge.
“Parenting 101” on Wednesday, April 9, at noon. KVCC counselor Chris
Stroven will talk about the role of discipline, rode modeling and nurturing relationships in
the raising of children. This session is booked for Room 4370 on the Texas Township
“Yes! Your Life (Estate) Matters” on Monday, April 21, at 12:30 p.m.
Kalamazoo attorney Danielle Redmond Street, whose commentaries are featured each
week on WKZO radio during the Lori Moore Show, will talk about the importance for
families to have wills, trusts and power of attorney. This presentation is set for the
Student Commons Theater.
For more information, call Pamela Siegfried at extension 4825 or Diane
Vandenberg at extension 4755.
Myers earns Chamber of Commerce award
Marty Myers, manager of the Southwest Michigan Fire Science Program based at
Kalamazoo Valley Community College, has received one of the Kalamazoo Regional
Chamber of Commerce’s top community awards for 2008.
In receiving its Public Servant of the Year Award, Myers was heralded for his
determination and grit over a dozen years for bringing the $10-million Kalamazoo
Regional Police and Fire Training Campus to brick-and-mortar status.
The 36-acre training facility, which he guided from blueprint to the brink of
reality, is being built on Nazareth Road between East Michigan and Charles avenues on
the community’s East Side.
The consortium of collaborators includes the city of Kalamazoo, the city of
Parchment, Kalamazoo County’s 15 townships, the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International
Airport, educational institutions, medical agencies and businesses.
“Firemen and medical personnel have to train in real situation,” Myers said at the
groundbreaking ceremony earlier this year, “or they won’t survive real-life emergency
situations. They need to practice. We built one facility that everyone can use.”
The first-phase of the three-part project is scheduled to be completed by the end of
August. The other two will be scheduled when funding becomes available.
The initial phase of the state-of-the-art facility, said to be unique in this part of
Michigan, will include a fire tower, a police and fire agility course, grass-fire training,
tanker and fire training, training in collapsed buildings and confined spaces, training for
K-9 units, an ice pond for water rescues, car-fire training, and a 6,000-square-foot indoor
Myers replaced Wayne Kitchen, a retired chief of the Portage Fire Department
who had held the KVCC post since July of 2003 and recently retired from those duties.
Myers, who has been teaching fire-science courses at KVCC, Kellogg Community
College and Southwest Michigan College and conducted law-enforcement training
courses for almost three decades, joined the Kalamazoo department in 1975 as a police
officer. He’s been a fire marshal for the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety for 22
A 1974 graduate of Albion College where he majored in international relations,
Myers moved on to Michigan State University and enrolled in its program in criminal
justice. He added to his credentials a degree in fire administration at Kellogg in 1982.
Joining KVCC in the consortium that trains students in the fire sciences in
Southwest Michigan and northern Indiana are Glen Oaks Community College, Kellogg
Community College, Lake Michigan College, and Southwestern Michigan College.
KVCC serves as the administrative host for the program and confers all fire-science
certificates and degrees.
Departments from jurisdictions that have helped finance the training center will
have a set number of days yearly for free use over the next decade. Other agencies
around Michigan will be able to use the facility by paying a rental fee.
PTK’s membership ranks grow by 137
Phi Theta Kappa, the national honorary for two-year colleges, has 137 new
members, thanks to the 2008 winter inductions by the Alpha Rho Nu chapter at KVCC.
Listed by home residencies, here are the latest PTK members:
Kalamazoo – Marie Arrieta, Steven Askew, Kathy Baptiste, Lauren Berry, Kent
Charnley, Bryan Clark, Scott Conley, Kelly Duncheskie, Philana Dungey, Cynthia Garcia,
Tyler Gilland, Shavona Grant, James Guarino II, Marissa Haddock, Nicole Harrington,
Joseph Houseman, Jordan Hoyt, Meredith Landon, Jennifer Larason, Megan Lipp, Jason
Loop, Tiffany Lotts, Kelli Malone, Kylie Martin, Kimdale Mayo, Alyssa Meachum,
Jocelyn Mielke, Mason Monroe, Bobby Morrison, Lia Myeno, Vitjitua Ndjiharine,
Nondumiso Ndlovu, Jamie Nevins, Stephanie Pease, Justin Peters, Sarah Pleznac,
Elizabeth Randall, Renee Reynhout, Robert Sanders, Waylon Sanford, Dean Schaub,
Kimberly Shafer, Mark Snapp, Stephanie Strong, Ryan Swank, Katey Van Donselaar,
Stacey Venema, Tracey Venema, AnnMarie Welton, Danielle Williams, Jennifer
Williams, Chris Willis, Melissa Witham, Nikita Wright.
Portage – Samuel Bhuyan, Brittany Bogema, Chris Brown, David Davies, Jessica
Dawson, Fiona Dickinson, Natasha Gaskell, Christina Irwin, Staci Jackman, Andriy
Kovalchuk, Erin Lawson, James Maina, Candace Malz, Noelle Massey, Erin Michael,
Joseph Voss, Gary Walker.
Parchment – Jeannie Closson, Kimberly Stephens, Alexi Thompson.
Mattawan – Beverly Blowers, Nichole Compher, Brandon Gentis, Jamie Mundo,
Vicksburg – Jessica Goldsmith, Derek Roodbergen.
Plainwell –Janice Alff, Jeffrey Cramer, Margo Kern.
Richland – Brenda Archer, Kathleen Bedford, Carl Matthew, Steven Estrada,
Oshtemo – Joy Vosburg.
Galesburg –Jill Archie.
Schoolcraft – Erin Gregg.
Paw Paw – Marta Horton, Frederick Jeffers III, Sumei Li, Kathryn Molnar, Robin
Owsiany, Steven Runkle, Kirsten Smith.
Lawton – Mary Shafer.
Bloomingdale – Jeremiah Ashbrook.
Three Rivers – Anthony Granzotto, Alaina Moore, Christina Reynolds.
Colon – April Barnes.
Mendon – Allison Walker.
Otsego – Jamiah Bedar, Timothy Gilbert.
Caledonia – Jane Benzing.
Martin – Allyson Berridge.
Hopkins – Rose Bregg.
Allegan – Corby Callaway, Emily Dozeman, Ashley Farnsworth, Sean Whitaker.
Lawrence – Adam Carpp, Kelsey Prediger, Lauren Ralicki.
South Haven – Charles Collins.
Delton – Grady Cooke.
Scotts – Elizabeth Copeland.
Gobles – LeAnn Deittrick.
Marcellus – Ekaterina Emelyanova, Paula Rumsey.
Dorr – Rebecca Funk.
Hamilton – Chelsea VanderVelden.
Bay City – Michael Gorzenski.
Battle Creek – Melinda Miller.
Middleville – Michael Sanford.
Grosse Pointe – Kelly Springborn.
In addition to stressing academic success in the classroom, PTK chapters around
the state and nation promote community awareness and activism. Earlier this semester,
the KVCC chapter, for example, organized the college’s participation in the Michigan-
wide Gift of Life University Challenge that sought to increase the number of organ
Last spring, Project Graduation collected more than 195 pounds of edibles that
were distributed to Loaves and Fishes while an ongoing initiative is to reduce the number
of plastic water bottles destined for landfills. The chapter adviser is Natalie Patchell.
Five years in the life of Bob Dylan
Martin Scorsese’s two-part documentary about the life, times and music of Bob
Dylan is being shown on two Thursdays this month to complement the Kalamazoo Valley
Museum’s ongoing photo exhibition that focuses on the early days of three rock ‘n’ roll
The free Thursday-night showing of the second half of “No Direction Home: Bob
Dylan” is set for the Mary Jane Stryker Museum at 7:30 p.m. on March 27.
Also booked for the Stryker Theater are free Sunday-afternoon showings at 3 of a
PBS series that explored the history of this genre of contemporary music.
There is no charge to view these attractions, or to take in the exhibition that
chronicles the early days of three rock ‘n’ roll legends – Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and
“Artist to Icon: Early Photographs of Elvis, Dylan, and The Beatles” provides a
glimpse into the lives of these aspiring artists before they became rock ‘n’ roll superstars
– before Presley’s recording of “Hound Dog” in the 1950s, the British Invasion and the
rise of Beatlemania in the 1960s, and before Dylan went electric.
On display in the museum’s first-floor gallery through May 26 are 48 rarely seen
black-and-white photographs by five photographers, capturing some of the innocence,
ambition and unbounded adventure of the early days of rock ‘n’ roll.
“No Direction Home” traces a portion in the life of Dylan, and his impact on 20th-
century American popular music and culture. The film does not cover Dylan's entire
career. It concentrates on the period between Dylan's arrival in New York in January
1961 and his "retirement" from touring, following a motorcycle accident in July 1966.
This period encapsulates Dylan's rise to fame as a folk singer and songwriter, and
the controversy surrounding his switch to a rock style of music. The film was first shown
on television in both the United States (as part of the PBS “American Masters” series)
and the United Kingdom on Sept. 26–27 2005.
The project began to take shape in 1995 when Dylan's manager began scheduling
interviews with friends and associates. Among those interviewed were poet Allen
Ginsberg and folk musician Dave Van Ronk, both of whom died before the film was
Dylan's former girlfriend Suze Rotolo also granted a rare interview, and she later
told Rolling Stone Magazine that she was very pleased with the project's results. Dylan
himself also sat for 10 hours in a relaxed and open conversation, which was his only role
in the producing the documentary.
Though raw material was being gathered for the project, the manager needed
someone to edit and shape it into a quality picture. Scorsese was approached to “direct”
the documentary and came aboard in 2001.
Dylan's office gathered hundreds of hours of historical film footage dating from
those five years. These included a scratchy recording of Dylan's rock band in high school,
his 1965 screen test for Andy Warhol, and newly discovered footage of the famous
Manchester Free Trade Hall concert from May 17, 1966, when an angry fan called out
"Judas!" just before Dylan and the Hawks performed "Like A Rolling Stone."
The documentary received a Peabody Award in 2006. The title of the film takes
its name from a lyric in "Like a Rolling Stone.”
The film also showcases important influences on Dylan, including Woody
Guthrie, Joan Baez, Ginsberg, Pete Seeger, Webb Pierce, Hank Williams, and Johnny
The remaining “History of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ documentary schedule is:
● April 13 – “My Generation” and “Plugging In”
● April 27 – “Guitar Heroes” and “The ‘70s: Have a Nice Decade”
● May 11 – “Punk” and “Up From the Underground.”
Kane’s cleanup crew to be ‘On the Road Again’
Are you appreciative of those litter-filled plastic bags you see along Michigan’s
highways and freeways, and of the folks who give of their time to clean up after some
You can turn appreciation into action by joining the KVCC Faculty Association in
its participation in the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway
Tim Kane, who can be reached at extension 4466, is gathering a cadre of
volunteers to clean up a section of state road on Saturday, April 19.
Faculty, staff and students are invited to gather by 10 a.m. at the intersection of
M-43 and M-40 west of Kalamazoo in the car-pool lot, or to share a cup of joe around
9:30 in the Outpouring Coffee Shop. Kane is also organizing repeat missions on Friday,
July 18, and Saturday, Sept. 20.
He reports that volunteers only need to bring a pair of gloves. Trash bags and
safety vests will be provided.
The faculty association has received a certificate of appreciation from M-DOT
and Gov. Jennifer Granholm for its 2007 willingness to take part in the program whose
motto is “Pitchin’ in for Pleasant Peninsulas.”
And finally. . .
While these words of wisdom might not be attributed to comedian Steven
Wright, they certainly sound like his gems:
● A day without sunshine --- is like night.
● Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
● The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the
cheese in the trap.
● How many of you believe in psycho-kinesis? Raise my hand.
● Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.
● How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?
● If the world didn't suck, we would all fall off.