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									Dec. 12, 2005

The Digest
What’s Happening at KVCC What’s below in this edition
 Diploma Day (Page 1)  Saluting our folks (Page 2)  Smoke-free zones (Page 2)   Writers galore (Page 3)  2 faculty retiring (Pages 3/4)  Mentoring from afar (Pages 4/5)   Shilts on new board (Page 5)  Winter wear needed (Pages 5/6)  All about Kalamazoo (Pages 6/7)  KVCC Choir (Pages 7/8)    Digital artwork (Page 8)  2nd-semester printing (Page 8)  Holiday thievery (Page 8)  Lighthouse tales (Pages 8/9)  Toys for Tots (Page 10)  Police academy (Page 10)  Movies at museum (Pages 11/12)  Food donations sought (Page 12)  Playing for KVCC (Page 12)  And finally (Pages 12/13)

56th graduation on Thursday
The college‟s 56th commencement ceremony is set for Thursday (Dec. 15) at 7 p.m. in Miller Auditorium on the Western Michigan University campus. The diploma-day celebration will also be telecast live on one of the five Community Access Center‟s channels – 19, 20, 21, 22 or 99. Scheduled to make remarks are: ● Chris Schauer, chairman of the KVCC Board of Trustees; art instructor Karen Matson; and student Gwendolyn Taylor, who will be receiving her degree in criminal justice. Serving as faculty marshals will be Helen Palleschi, Marie Rogers, and Dick Phillips, while performing those duties for the students will be Jane Geschwendt and Nick Meier. Adding to the evening‟s celebration will be the KVCC Choir directed by Michelle Bauman and the KVCC Campus Band directed by Chris Garrett. Rehearsal for the event is set for that day beginning at 2 p.m. No students take part in the rehearsal.


Service to college to be saluted at breakfast
Seventy employees will be recognized for their years of service to the college as part of the annual breakfast hosted by the KVCC Board of Trustees to launch the winter semester. The breakfast is timed for 8 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 6, in the A gym on the Texas Township Campus. Eligible to attend are full-time faculty, full- and part-time support staff, and administrators. Part-time instructors are not eligible. Reservations can be confirmed by contacting Denise Baker at extension 4539 or or Pat Pojeta at extension 4018 or The deadline is Monday (Dec. 12). Office groups and areas can RSVP as a unit. At the head of the class are the latest members of the 35-year club: Carol Campsmith, Lee Marsh, Terry Coburn, Steve Louisell, Dick Kabat and John Holmes. Wanda Scott is the lone representative in the 30-year camp. Reaching 25 years are Grace VanderBerg, Roxanne Bengelink, Curtis Townsell, Nancy Conrad, Ron Tenant, Sue Egan, Frank Gregory and Pat Farquharson. Steve Cannell, Cindy Wilson, Ron Cipcic, Tangy Smith, Joyce Eager, Eric Schreur, Sandy Fletcher, Pat Norris, Don Konopa and Carol Heeter are in this year‟s 20year group. Registering their 15th year of service are Ron Adams, Tim Welsh, J. P. Talwar, Nancy Bouters, Joe Smigiel, Marylan Hightree, Ken Lattin, Nick Meier, Ken Rakoski and Chris Robbins. The 10-year team includes Jim Ratliff, Sherri Adams, Jolene Osei, Tom Bowers, Deborah Bryant, Mike Burton, and Brian Maurig Jr. The freshest of these faces in the five-year group are: Denise Baker, Lanette Ballard, Bob Bechtel, Kristin DeKam, Mary Dey, Vikki Dykstra, Nate Hartmann, Tom Hughes, Maurice Huss, Keith Platte, Mary Kay Pobocik, Judy Rose, Cindy Buckley, Jermaine Clark, Nancy Clemmens, Daniel Cunningham, Brian Flintoft, Jane Geschwendt, Kathy Godin, Andrew Greig, Marianne Lancaster, Karrol McKay, Sue Nemedi, Marsha Nemer, Linda Rzoska, Larry Sandt, Mike Schuring, Rannah Scott, and Tim Stebbins.

Smoke-free zones established
If smoke gets in your eyes, it‟s going to happen a lot further away than before on the Texas Township Campus with the coming of the new year. That‟s because, effective Jan. 1, smoke-free zones will be the order at six entrances on the Texas Township Campus. A smoke-free zone means that lighting up your firestick is not allowed within 50 feet of the doorways. The six smoke-free zones are at the entrance to the Technology Application Center, at the two entranceways for the Student Commons, the entrance to the dentalhygiene clinic, the main entrance leading to the bookstore and the Student Service Center, and the north entrance to the lower floor in the vicinity of the faculty offices. Smoke-free-zone signs have been posted at all six locations.


KVCC’ers part of ‘Library Holiday Hop’
Four authors and poets with ties to KVCC will be among the dozens of Southwest Michigan writers taking part in a new salute to the literary crafts and musical talent. Co-sponsored by the Kalamazoo Public Library and the Portage Public Library, the “Library Holiday Hop” will feature about 40 writers stationed at both locations from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, to sign their books that are purchased that day as holiday gifts and talk about the craft of writing. Area musicians will also be involved in the open house that will include holiday refreshments. The KVCC participants include communications instructor Marion Boyer and English instructor Rob Haight, as well as part-time instructors Joe Novara and Wilma Kahn. Booked for the Portage library at 300 Library Lane is Haight and two of his collections of poetry, “Emergences” and “Spinner Falls.” He‟ll be joined by Kahn, whose mystery novel, “Big Black Hole,” was recently published. Boyer is slated for Kalamazoo‟s downtown library at 315 S. Rose St. Her latest volume of poetry is titled “Green.” Novara, who teaches at the Arcadia Commons Campus, will be there for his nonfiction works for older children, “Tales from the Drake House Outhouse” and “From My Side of the Fence.” The first is about a pioneer home on Drake Road that is being restored and the second is a collection of humorous tales about steeds from a “horsehusband‟s point of view.” A young-adult novel about camp cowboys is slated for publication next spring. The cadre of writers in Portage will include illustrator Amelia Hanson, mystery author Joe Heywood, Kalamazoo historian Lynn Houghton, poet John Rybicki, Kalamazoo Gazette reporter Barbara Walters, and Diether Haenicke, the retired president of Western Michigan University who writes a weekly column for the Gazette. Also featured at the Kalamazoo Public Library will be poet and children‟s author Elizabeth Kerlikowske, Kalamazoo College poet Conrad Hilberry, fiction writher Bonnie Jo Campbell, WMU English instructor Jaimy Gordon, and nonfiction writer Olga Bonfiglio. The Gazette‟s Roger Kullenberg and Dave Hager, co-authors of the book that chronicled the 100 years of the Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce, will be part of the downtown-Kalamazoo assembly of writers, along with its religion editor, Chris Meehan, and Michael Chevy Castranova, editor of Western Michigan Business Review. Featured at both libraries during the day will be Larry and Priscilla Massie of Allegan, whose books tell the history of Michigan from the viewpoints of everyday citizens. Among the musicians taking part will be the Ken Morgan Jazz Unit and Bertha McNeal from Motown‟s The Velvelettes. For more information, call the Portage District Library at 329-4542 (extension 600) or the Kalamazoo Public Library at 553-7881

Phillips, Boyer retiring from faculty
Instructors Dick Phillips and Marion Boyer are wrapping up their full-time teaching careers at KVCC with the conclusion of the fall semester.


Phillips began teaching sociology and related courses in the fall of 1969 while Boyer joined the full-time communications faculty in August of 1993. Phillips brought to KVCC both a bachelor‟s and master‟s from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, along with work toward a doctorate at Southern Illinois University. He had taught courses in introductory sociology for two years at SIU as well as two years on the campus of Dillard University in New Orleans. He also taught criminology and cultural anthropology at Dillard. His credentials also included at National Science Foundation Institute at the University of Colorado. Saluted in recent years for his long service to Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Greater Kalamazoo by the Volunteer Center for Greater Kalamazoo, Phillips was also elected to the first-ever Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners in 1970 after its predecessor unit of government, the County Board of Supervisors, was reapportioned because of the state‟s one-man, one-vote legislation. Boyer, a 1972 graduate of Purdue University as an English and speech major, began her teaching career in junior high in the Tippecanoe County School System in Lafayette, Ind. She was introduced to KVCC in the mid-1980s as a workshop leader for the Women‟s Festival that was held on campus. Boyer has made her mark as a poet in recent years. She is the author of "Green," which was published by Finishing Line Press in 2003. Her poems have appeared in such magazines as Crab Creek Review, Helitrope, The MacGuffin, Rhino, and Spoon River Poetry Review. As a communications instructor, she has been a guiding force in KVCC‟s annual “Student Showcase of Literature” at which students perform works of literature that span works ranging from the comic to the serious. She also orchestrated a winner-take-all contest in one of her speech classes with each student making a pitch for a charity or human-service agency of his/her choice. The kitty amounted to $100, with each of the participants anteing up $4 and Boyer dipping into her own pocket to bring the total up to a “C note.” Each student was assigned to prepare a “persuasive” presentation ranging from five to six minutes, with visual aids an option. It became much more than “just another assignment” in a speech class. The challenge was for each speaker to find “a creative way” to convince their peers that his/her cause deserves the $100. In another accomplishment, Boyer collaborated with a California colleague in producing an instructor‟s manual for a nationally distributed textbook, “Looking Out/Looking In,” Boyer joined forces with Mary Wiemann of Santa Barbara City College to create a manual for instructors choosing to use the text‟s 11th edition.

E-mentoring for e-science projects
Working under the auspices of geology instructor Deborah Bryant, four of her KVCC students will be serving as “e-mentors” for middle schoolers in Southeast Asia who are taking part in a “Virtual Science Fair.” KVCC‟s Elizabeth Aldrich, Tammy Green, Kelly MacDonald, and Erinn McCann will be working with middle-school students who are affiliated with the Near East South Asia Council for Overseas Schools (NESA) and help them create science projects on the Internet. Bryant will be serving as an e-judge for the projects.


Each of the Southeast Asian students who excel in his/her own local science fair will qualify to “compete” electronically via the Internet. NESA is a non-profit voluntary assemblage of 75 international schools located in a region stretching from Greece to Sri Lanka. Some 24,000 students from three dozen nationalities are under the NESA umbrella. Those taking part in the “Virtual Science Fairs” and the mentors who will help them will be using BlackBoard. The process is scheduled to begin on Jan. 4 while the mentors will start connecting to the research team they‟ve been assigned to by Jan. 15. The mentoring phase will conclude by March 1. Projects should be completed for the local judging by March 7. Winners will then advance to regional and then international phases with e-judges involved at all levels. Overall winners will be announced on May 21. “Mentors are the bridge between students and their success,” Bryant said. “This connects science students in the middle grades with telementors. Daily face-to-face interactions between science teachers and students in the classroom are supplemented and enhance by online mentoring in English using BlackBoard. “The e-mentor‟s role in experiential learning,” Bryant said, “is like that of parent birds guiding their young to leave the nest. They support without rescuing, provide scaffolding by asking such questions as „What do you think you should do next?‟, and have confidence that students can learn from failure. This is a potentially powerful strategy for helping middle-school students develop scientific habits of mind.” For KVCC participants, the experience provides an opportunity to be a teacher, to be a learning guide, and to interactive with young people of different cultures.

Shilts part of new youth-support group
Athletic Director Dick Shilts is among the organizers of Youth Sports and Educational Services Inc., a new nonprofit entity that will attempt to reach children at an early age and empower them to be positive role models in their schools. Joining Shilts on the organization‟s board of directors are: Fletcher Lewis, who spent 25 years with the Kalamazoo Public Schools, including a stint as the district‟s coordinator of physical education, health and athletics; Mattawan School Superintendent James Weeldreyer; Dale Steeby, the retired principal of Milwood Middle School; former YMCA staffer Charles Parker; and Albert Watson. Youth Sports and Education Services hopes to use athletics and recreational activities to promote academic achievement and positive core values among the community‟s young people.

Winter-wear donations still sought
Clean, “gently used” winter wear for men, women and children is being collected by the Focus and Brother2Brother programs through Wednesday (Dec. 14). Donated coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, scarves, gloves and “new” hats will be distributed to residents at three locations – the YWCA‟s Domestic Assault Shelter, The Rickman House, and Ministry with Community. Items can be dropped off in the Focus Program office in Room 1364 on the Texas Township Campus or in the front office of Anna Whitten Hall on the Arcadia Commons Campus.


For more information, contact Ezra Bell, coordinator of the Brother2Brother Program, at extension 4045 or Aisha Tillman, a graduate assistant for the Focus Program, at extension 4058.

Kalamazoo’s fame, name theme of new exhibit
While The Kalamazoo Promise again put the national and global spotlight on Kalamazoo, an assortment of products and circumstances has attracted fame to the community throughout its history. Stoves, digestible pills and high-tech medications, a World War II-era swing tune, specialized higher-education programs in speech pathology and medieval scholarship, medical implants and apparatus, and now a bold plan for free college tuition have each stepped to the plate and taken their swings at putting Kalamazoo on the map. Many of these developments will be at the heart of a good-natured new exhibit ticketed to open at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum on Saturday (Dec. 10). Glenn Miller‟s 1942 “I‟ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo” and even a lesser-known sequel – “I‟ve Got a Guy in Kalamazoo” by The Andrews Sisters – have contributed to building something of a unique celebrity about this Southwest Michigan community. But other personalities, entities and companies have also done their bits to build name recognition. Baseball legend Babe Ruth was known to cite the name in his quips. Comedian Bob Hope incorporated Kalamazoo in his monologues. And the Chicago Cubs for many years opened the broadcasts of their games on WGN radio with a ditty that reported “the fans are here to buy a ticket or two, from Walla Walla, Washington, to Kalamazoo.” Taking its name from the world-famous slogan of the now-defunct Kalamazoo Stove Co., “Kalamazoo Direct to You” will be based in what has been the second-floor Curiosity Center. “It‟s going to be a fun, lively exhibit that highlights what Kalamazoo is known for,” said Paula Metzner, the museum‟s assistant director for collections, “including products, services and people. Most of the exhibit will reinforce known and familiar aspects of local fame, with a few surprises and „did-you-knows‟ along the way. “Our intent,” she said, “is to make it a light-hearted celebration of what people think of when they think of Kalamazoo.” “Kalamazoo Direct to You” has been blueprinted by the Ann Arbor firm of Envisions Design Inc. Its associates, Lynne Friman and Maud Lyon, have designed exhibits for the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn and the Detroit Historical Museum. “We want to give visitors an idea of what has been so special about this community down through the years,” Metzner said, “and why other people across the country and around the world have always seemed to be curious about our town.” Kalamazoo has not been the butt of Cleveland-like jokes, but it has been incorporated into poetry, songs, comedy routines, movie scripts, and in such casual sayings as “from Kalamazoo to Timbuktu.” Carl Sandberg wrote about “The Sins of Kalamazoo” and it merited a mention in Dr. Seuss‟ “Horton Hatches the Egg.” Another children‟s book, “Ride the Purple Pelican,” did likewise. At the dawning of the 1960s, WKZO radio composed its own tune, “Kalamazoo, That‟s My Wonderful Town.” 6

It‟s always news when a tornado ravages a community and takes lives. It‟s also rare and newsy when a sizable city is visited by the devil winds. But when that community is named Kalamazoo, as happened in May of 1980, editors around the world couldn‟t resist using the story about tornadic destruction in the city with the jingle-sounding name. The new exhibition will explore the many legends about the origins of the name and the unique, often humorous ways it has been used over the last two centuries. While wordsmiths played off of its melodic-sounding pronunciation, local folks through the years gave it monikers to reflect what was happening to the city culturally and economically – The Celery City, The Windmill City, The Paper City, The Debt-Free City, The All-America City, and The Mall City. Using a variety of forms of images and graphics, the exhibition will tell the story of the many locally manufactured and grown products that put Kalamazoo on the world map: ● stoves, automobiles, folding boats, fraternal regalia, medical equipment, pills, guitars, celery, taxi cabs, windmills, paper, fishing tackle, carriages, mint oils, sleds, and hot-water heaters. “The stove company‟s slogan just about said it all,” Metzner said. “We want to show that Kalamazoo has long had an inventive and entrepreneurial spirit, which is indicated by the diversity of the products.” Not part of this exhibit will be the national tennis tournament that has been held at Kalamazoo College since World War II and has attracted most of the best young male players in the world during their teen years. Neither will be one of Kalamazoo‟s latest favorite products – the brews of Bell‟s. Go to an assortment of Chicago watering holes and people will order a Bell‟s. Suds connoisseurs are starting to bootleg Bell‟s into New York City and Philly, even as far west as San Diego. It‟s Kalamazoo‟s version of how folks on the East Coast used to crave Coors and beg buddies out West to haul a case or two for them in the 1960s. “This will not be a cornucopia of all of Kalamazoo‟s products,” Metzner said. “I guess you could call it the „oh-yeah‟ stuff. This will be more of a snapshot look; not an intensive, comprehensive portrayal. We‟re just trying to have a little fun. It certainly won‟t be a full-fledged documentary. “I guess the best way to say it is „Kalamazoo Direct to You‟ will be „Kalamazoo in a Nutshell,‟ with hopefully, a lot of „wow‟ factors,” she said.

Choir to perform songs of the season Tuesday
The 23-member KVCC Choir will add to the holiday spirit on the Texas Township Campus with a pair of mini-concerts this week. Directed by Michelle Bauman, the choir will perform at 2:30 and again at 3 p.m. in the Student Commons on Tuesday (Dec. 13). In addition to holiday favorites, the choir will invite its listeners to take part in a carol sing-along. The sopranos include: Renae Butler of Lawton; Adrienne Davis of Plainwell; Leah Huot, Sarah Lord, Ashley Pearson, Cindy Tinney, all of Kalamazoo; Kelly Martin and Christine Reed, both of Paw Paw; and Rochelle Moser of Vicksburg. The three-person tenor section features Daniel Smith of Kalamazoo, Jeffery Samuels of Grand Blanc, and Christopher Noud of Portage. 7

The choir‟s altos are: Jane Allyson-Schierbeek of Portage; Kath Baptiste, Val Cesario, Elizabeth Rayman-Stewart, and Ingrid Phillips, all of Kalamazoo; Kesha Canales of Allegan; and Kimberly Harrison of Bloomingdale. Providing the bass voices are Eugene Dolby of Three Rivers, Michael Pete of Allegan, Brendan Monroe of Schoolcraft, and Phillip Tolbert of Paw Paw. The choir‟s accompanist is Anita Rumery.

Digital artwork on display
The Center for New Media in downtown Kalamazoo is hosting KVCC‟s eighth annual Electronic Art & Design Showcase that runs through Jan. 23. On display are the juried creations of students enrolled in KVCC‟s Center for New Media courses. The exhibit will be divided into eight categories: fine art, graphic design for print, illustration, digital photography, 2-D (character) animation, 3-D animation, motion graphics, and web design. There is no admission charge. Fifty pieces fill the galleries in the center while the animation shorts are featured on the six large plasma screens in the center‟s Arcus Gallery. Viewing hours for the showcase through Jan. 23 are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact Valerie Eisenberg at extension 7883.

Winter-semester printing needs
Printing Services at the Texas Township Campus would like to help staff and faculty members prepare for the winter semester. They are invited to submit their first two or three weeks of printing to Printing Services before they leave for the holiday break.

Thievery takes no holiday
With the holiday season rapidly approaching, it is time to increase awareness about some precautionary measures regarding protecting one‟s belongings, reports security coordinator Jeff Roseboom. “Petty thefts always increase during this time of year because of the tendency to carry more money in purses or wallets,” he advised. “This is generally accompanied by our desire to pay cash for a lot of Christmas gifts that are purchased. “To avoid the unnecessary loss of Christmas money, a couple of simple practices should be followed,” he suggested. “Never leave your articles unattended. If you leave the office, always lock them away out of sight in a desk along with securing the area when you leave. “A little extra time and awareness will make the holiday season more enjoyable,” Roseboom said.

The tales of haunted lighthouses
“Haunted Lighthouses of the Great Lakes ” will be explored Sunday (Dec. 11) as the Kalamazoo Valley Museum continues its series of programs tied to the latest nationally touring exhibition.


The museum‟s Mary Jane Stryker Theater is hosting eight 60-minute documentaries about the Great Lakes. The Sunday showings are free and begin at 1:30 p.m. Everyone loves a good ghost story, but these tales of the supernatural get even eerier when they are set in the mystical places known as lighthouses. This Southport Video Productions documentary focuses on 11 lighthouses on the Great Lakes Because these tall, isolated structures are natural settings are far removed from the rest of the population, their keepers could be both dedicated and eccentric, and maritime tales just seem to invite this kind of story. In “Haunted Lighthouses of the Great Lakes,” the tales involve keepers reluctant to leave their posts, the ghosts of people who died violent or tragic deaths, and even a playful kitten. They are told by maritime historians and augmented by footage of the lighthouses and their surroundings. Among these stories are:

¶ The tale of the cigar-smoking ghost of the Seul Choix lighthouse who amuses
himself by pulling pranks on the lighthouse visitors. ¶ An account of a ghost at Chambers Island lighthouse on Lake Michigan -- a spirit finally released from his earth bond through prayers of a visiting nun. ¶ The story of a slain brewer who haunts his Gibraltar lighthouse in Canada, still looking for his murderers. ¶ The details behind a kindly ghost at Lake Superior's Split Rock lighthouse who retrieved and returned the wallet that a tourist left behind. ¶ The incredible account of the diligent keeper of the Old Presque Isle lighthouse on Lake Huron who continues to turn on the lights for passing ships, even though the wiring to the lamp has been removed. "This production was a lot of fun to do," says Southport producer Mark Gumbinger who has created four documentaries on Great Lakes lighthouses. "People seem to be captivated by lighthouses in general, and there seems to be a good ghost story behind every one. There is quite a variety of stories here." This one-hour documentary, featuring rare photographs, live footage and interviews with 12 lighthouse historians, is suitable for viewers of all ages. Documentaries and presentations about the Great Lakes are complementing the museum‟s nationally touring exhibition through the end of the calendar year. “The Great Lakes Story” is on display in the Havirmill Special Exhibition Gallery on the museum‟s third floor through Jan. 15 and chronicles the fresh-water treasures that were forged by geological and glacial forces across eons, how they have been threatened by humanity‟s technological advances, and how that same technology is being used to preserve them. Here are the rest of the bookings of Great Lakes documentaries: ● “Edmund Fitzgerald: Past and Present” on Dec. 18. ● “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” on Jan. 15. ● “Great Stories of the Great Lakes” on Jan. 29.


‘Toys for Tots’ deadline is Wednesday
KVCC folks can express their holiday spirit by making this year's "Toys for Tots" initiative an even greater success. They can take new, unwrapped toys to Room 4220 in the Commons where a collection box is located. Members of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserves, which orchestrates this annual effort, will pick up the donations and distribute them. The deadline to donate playthings appropriate for young people from infancy to age 17 is Wednesday (Dec. 14)

Academy adds 27 to law-enforcement network
The 67th graduating class of the Kalamazoo Law Enforcement Training Center totaled 27 men and women who hail from all over Michigan and the Midwest. The latest products of the KVCC-based police academy ranged in age from 21 to 38. Four enrolled in the academy with bachelor‟s already part of their credentials, 12 qualified for their four-year degree with last Thursday‟s graduation ceremony in the Dale B. Lake Auditorium, and nine marked the day by receiving their associate‟s in law enforcement. The fall-semester graduates are: ♦ Michael Andes, Michael Pauly, Keith Sampsell, and Nicholas Schwein, all of Kalamazoo. ♦ Adam Arbuckle of the Jackson County Sheriff‟s Department. ♦ Michael Bernard of Roseville. ♦ Jeremy Biesel of Essexville. ♦ Timothy Burns of Spring Lake. ♦ Henry Burrows of Watervliet. ♦ Elizabeth Cobb, Jill Sangalli-Bissett, and Jamie Sumners, all of Three Rivers. ♦ Matthew A. Davis and Anthony Palmeiri, both of Portage. ♦ Courtney Fuller of Butler, Ind. ♦ Jason Gardner of Covert. ♦ Stephen Gorr and Matthew Luyk, both of Allegan. ♦ Danielle Guilds of Cass City. ♦ Thomas Maher of Oxford. ♦ Jeff Miller of Lawrence. ♦ Lindsey Miller of Schoolcraft. ♦ Eric Shaffer of Findlay, Ohio. ♦ Michael Shepard of South Haven. ♦ Matthew Stark of Centreville. ♦ Bryan Szypula of Rockwood. ♦ Michael Verwys of Otsego. The guest speaker at the ceremony was Det. Matthew Wolfe of the Portage Police Department. Speaking for the 67th graduating class was Sampsell, who had already earned a degree in sociology and criminal justice from Central Michigan University. Individual awards were presented for academic achievement, leadership, fitness and wellness, firearms proficiency, and attendance.


The total ‘Apocalypse Now’
The extended version of Francis Ford Coppola‟s “Apocalypse Now” is this weekend‟s (Dec. 10-11) attraction in the movie series at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum‟s Mary Jane Stryker Theater. The last booking in the classic-film series for 2005 is “It‟s a Wonderful Life” on Dec. 17-18. American classics, award-winning international and independent films, and holiday movies targeted for children are among the attractions booked for the museum through the end of the calendar year. The Hollywood classics are scheduled for weekend showings at 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays, the independently made films are ticketed for 7:30 Thursday evenings, and the children‟s movies are scheduled for Christmas week. Admission is $5 for adults, and $3 for students and children. Wrapping up the showing of independently made films on Thursday (Dec. 15) at 7:30 p.m. is the 2003 Australian movie, “He Died with a Falafel in His Hand,” starring Noah Taylor, who had a key role in “Shine.” Coppola cast Marlin Brando, Martin Sheen and Robert Duvall in his 1979 adaptation of Joseph Conrad‟s “Heart of Darkness” as translated into a Vietnam War setting. Full of energy, horror, irony and grandeur, it was judged to be a cinematic work of art, a riveting adventure yarn, and an experience that left as many questions in the minds of viewers as answers. Duvall stands out as a gung ho, pompous, surfing-crazy colonel who stages a brutal helicopter raid on a Viet Cong village. Brando is not seen until the last quarter of the 140-minute film as it was originally released. His character is the shadowy Col. Kurtz who has slipped into insanity in his jungle castle and has been slated for execution by an intelligence officer played by Sheen, the future president of the United States in “The West Wing.” Coppola supervised the re-release of his film in 2001. It runs 173 minutes and includes cameos featuring both Sheen and Brando. “Apocalypse Now” earned Academy Award nominations for best picture, for Coppola (best director), for Duvall (best supporting actor), for best screenplay, and for best screenplay based on material from another medium. None received an Oscar. Best picture that year was “Kramer Vs. Kramer.” If there‟s such a thing as America‟s favorite Christmas movie, it‟s “It‟s a Wonderful Life,” although “A Christmas Story” (you don‟t want a B-B gun, son, you‟ll shoot your eye out) is evolving into a close second. Regarded as director Frank Capra‟s best film, “It‟s. . .” is warm, charming, and a feel-good experience. James Stewart plays a small-town businessman who dedicates himself to the welfare of others. When he decides to end it all because he thinks he‟s a five-star failure, a guardian angel intervenes as Stewart is about to jump into a cold river. In a kind of twist to the storyline of “A Christmas Carol,” the visitor from above takes Stewart on a what-if trek – what would have happened if Stewart‟s character had not been born. The 1946 cast includes Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Ward Bond, and Gloria Grahame. 11

Stewart and Capra both earned Oscar nominations for this film. Booked for Christmas week are showings of six family-oriented films: ♫ Dec. 26: “Pinocchio” at 1 p.m. and “Mary Poppins” at 3 p.m. ♫ Dec. 27: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” at 1 p.m. and “Little Big Man” at 3 p.m. ♫ Dec. 28: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” at 1 p.m. and “The Wizard of Oz” at 3 p.m. ♫ Dec. 29: “Pinocchio” at 1 p.m. and “Mary Poppins” at 3 p.m. ♫ Dec. 30: “The Wizard of Oz” at 1 p.m. and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” at 3 p.m. ♫ Dec. 31: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” at 1 p.m. and “Little Big Man” at 3 p.m. The admission charge for these features is $3. Advance purchase of tickets for fee-based events can be made in person at the museum or by phone with a credit/debit card. Call (269) 373-7990 or (800) 772-3370. No refunds will be made on advanced tickets.

Holiday food drive
Phi Theta Kappa‟s graduation project, “Feed a Body, Feed a Mind,” involves collecting non-perishable foodstuffs that will be distributed to needy people in time for the holidays. Items can be dropped off at the KVCC Bookstore or in Mary Johnson‟s office in the Student Commons on the Texas Township Campus, and by the front desk in Anna Whitten Hall. PTK adviser Lynne Morrison said the collection project will conclude on Wednesday, Dec. 14. “We will also be accepting new or gently used children's books to be given out to the less fortunate. There is also a large box at Whitten Hall for people to donate winter wear to be shared with those in need.

In search of KVCC cagers
Faculty, staff and students are invited to suit up in Cougar blue-and-whites to represent the college in a fund-raising basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 7, that is being organized by the Phi Theta Kappa chapter on campus. KVCC‟s Alpha Rho Nu Chapter has joined forces with the Race For Kids‟ Sake initiative for the fun and games in the KVCC gymnasium to raise money for the Children‟s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan. Lynne Morrison, the chapter‟s co-adviser, is looking for staff, faculty and students to suit up against a team made up of area race-car drivers. For more information or to join the KVCC team, contact Morrison at extension 4164 or

And finally. . .
A 7-year-old boy was at the center of a Detroit courtroom drama this week when he challenged a court ruling over who should have custody of him.


The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and the judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with child-custody law and regulations requiring that family unity be maintained if possible. The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed his aunt beat him more than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her. When the judge then suggested he live with his grandparents, the boy cried out that they also beat him. After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have custody of him. After two recesses to check legal references and confer with child-welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the Detroit Lions of the National Football League, whom the boy firmly believes are not capable of beating anyone.



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