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                          KVCC will be operating under ―summer hours‖ through
                  Aug. 22.
                          On Monday through Thursday, the work week is from 8
                  a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a 30-minute break for lunch.
                          And on Fridays, the college shuts down at noon. Work
                  hours are from 8 to noon with no lunch break.
                          Those operations of the colleges with special, evening
                  and weekend hours - - facilities services, information
                  technologies, the M-TEC, some offices, and the museum —
                  adjust their individual schedules to ensure coverage.
                          The KVCC Office of Human Resources reports that
                  employees are paid for 40 hours on the job even though the
                  work week is reduced to 36 hours during the 16-week, summer-
                  hours period.
       schedule for
       The Digest

                                With summer hours, The
                       Digest remains in its off-season mode.
                                The collegewide publication
                       has been in an every-other-week
                       format through June and July, and will
                       stay that way into gear-up time for the
                       fall semester later this month.
                                Send all relevant (and
                       irrelevant, for that matter) information
                       to Tom Thinnes at
                       or call him at extension 4280.
                                The Digest editions are
                       distributed early Friday via the VIP
                               The ―news and information‖
                       postings on the KVCC website (under
                       ―Campus Life and Activities‖) are kept
                       fresh and up to date regarding college
                       events and activities that are open to
                       the public.
New wrinkle for
summer food

                             Through Aug. 22, food is available each week from
                    Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with the
                    cafeteria‘s ―Chef‘s Station‖ is in action on Tuesdays and
                            Some changes have been invoked for the three remaining
                    Fridays of the summer-hours season. On Aug. 8, Aug. 15 and
                    Aug. 22, the cafeteria will be closed. However, coffee, water,
                    tea, pastries ―and the like‖ will be available outside the serving
                            And you can‘t beat the price – free, gratis, no charge,
                    grab and run.
                             Normalcy begins to return the week of Aug. 25-29 with
                    hours from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on those five days. Food
                    service will be back to its normal hours beginning Sept. 2.
                            Regarding the coffee shop in the Student Commons, it
                    has shut off the pot and ground to a halt through Aug. 29.
graduates ready
for the next step

                            KVCC Honors Program director Steve Louisell has
                    compiled a list of the April/August graduates who are now
                    bound for their next adventure in higher education.
                           They and their four-year-school destinations are:
                            Amanda Clark -- Western Michigan University and its
                    Lee Honors College
                            Elyse Durham -- Kalamazoo College
                            Kathleen Meier -- Humboldt State University in
                            Becca Nichols -- Grand Valley State University
                            Sedona Redeker -- Davenport University
                            Rachel Rogers -- University of Michigan
                            Amanda Taylor -- Grand Valley State University
                            Craig Tenbusschen -- University of Michigan
                            Leah Wirgau -- Michigan State University
                           Linnay Lantz will be taking what she learned as a
                    Honors Program participant into a career as a registered nurse
Seal it with a
                          To spread the word about the 40 th anniversary of the
                  college welcoming its first students in the fall of 1968, faculty
                  and staff are invited to place specially produced foil-embossed
                  seals on their external correspondence to mark the milestone.
                          These seals can be affixed to the back flap of all
                  outgoing KVCC mail.
                          Batches are available by e-mailing Tarona Guy at
         and they can be used with the arrival of the new
                  All should feel free to request additional batches throughout
Connection 2008
on Sept. 2
                   KVCC programs, departments and services will be welcoming
                  fall-semester students at the 2008 Cougar Connection on
                  Tuesday, Sept. 2, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the Texas Township
                          This year‘s "Connection" for new and returning students
                  will feature:
                          ♦ door prizes and other give-aways, including a

                            ♦ a variety of games

                            ♦ free food provided by vendors
                            ♦ fitness orientations by the KVCC Wellness and Fitness
                            ♦ a scavenger hunt
                            ♦ massages by the Kalamazoo Center for the Healing
                           ♦ a local radio station‘s remote broadcast
                           ♦ food and refreshments.
                           ♦ displays by college organizations and programs.
                           ♦ and promotions by local financial institutions,
                  restaurants, and businesses.
                           All will be free at the seventh Cougar Connection
                           Volunteers for Cougar Connection are needed for
                  staffing tables in the Student Commons.
                            KVCC programs and services to students that would
                  like to gain exposure during the 2008 Cougar Connection should
                  contact Mary Johnson, student activities and programs
                  coordinator in The Student Commons.
                          To arrange for a table and any other preparations, contact
             her at extension 4182 or e-mail her at
84 step
forward to

                       KVCC's annual campaign to
              contact enrolled students who have not
              yet paid for fall-semester classes
              attracted 84 volunteers from across the
              college who made nearly 6,000
              telephone calls.
                       It was a chance to help
              prospective students not lose their
              classes, and to help the college maintain
              a healthy, vital, ever-growing
                       Those who make the calls report
              that students, their parents, and friends
              deeply appreciate the gentle reminder,
              and the college's caring environment.
                       And it works.
                       A typical effort involves making
              around 5,000 calls with 80 percent
              resulting in students making their
              payments prior to batch cancellation.
                       Volunteers made their calls
              during the workday at their work
              stations and had a full week to complete
              their task. Scripts were provided with
              clear, easy-to-follow instructions on
              how to record information.
                       ―Many a volunteer has remarked
              how fun it is speaking with our
              students,‖ said organizer Pat Pojeta
              said, ―especially as they begin
              preparing for another exciting school
              year ahead at KVCC. They seem happy
              to hear from us.‖
                       Here‘s this semester‘s slate of
                       Anna Whitten Hall: Jackie
              Cantrell, Bonnie McGee, Ken Barr Jr.,
              Sheila White, Chasity Hayden, and
              Robin Simpson.
                         M-TEC of KVCC: Ron
                 Campbell, Judy Rose, Lisa Peet, Lesa
                 Strausbaugh, Pat Wallace, Lauren
                 Beresford, and Brenda Moncrief.
                         Texas Township Campus:
                 Chris Robbins, Denise Lindsley, Jackie
                 Howlett, Nancy Young, Bonnie
                 Bowden, Carol Targett, Lisa Gruber,
                 Rose Crawford, Robyn Robinson,
                 Bonita Bates, Sharra Poncil, Xavier
                 Sims, Gloria Norris, Gerri Jacobs;
                         Bob Stokes, Louise Wesseling,
                 Karen Visser, Tarona Guy, Teresa
                 Fornoff, Steve Doherty, Candy Horton,
                 Jane Westra, Amy Louallen, Mary
                 Johnson, Ruth Baker;
                         Mike Collins, Kathy Anderson,
                 Tony McReynolds, Lori Evans, Lynne
                 Morrison, Marylan Hightree, Jack Bley,
                 Tangy Smith, Gail Fredericks, Courtney
                 McCall, Betty VanVoorst, Harland
                 Fish, Laurie Dykstra;
                         Melissa Ferris, Terry Hutchins,
                 Wole Johnson, Shawna VanderVeen,
                 Olga Ivanova, Adrianna Burrows, Mimi
                 Johnson, Laura Converse, Ezra Bell,
                 Kolin Deals, Ray Andres, Diana
                 Haggerty, Haley Crites, Brandy
                         Joyce Zweedyk, Pat Sulier, Pam
                 Siegfried, Colleen Olson, Tanya
                 Sharpensteen, Zane Shilts, Ryan Luft,
                 Angie Case, Lanette Ballard, Cynthia
                 Minegar, Larry Belen, Kandiah
                 Balachandran, Summer Hayden, Brian
                 Graening, Kevin McKinney, Pedro
                 Soto, Rachael Brown, Grace
                 VanderBerg, and Tom Thinnes.

KVCC Foundation sets

                             For the 2008-09 academic year, the KVCC
                       Foundation has established funding-application
                    deadlines for internal grant requests.
                           Faculty and administrators interested in seeking
                    funding for programs and projects have three application
                    dates beginning in September.
                           Here‘s the schedule:
                           ● Proposal deadline – Sept. 30; decision by the
                    KVCC Foundation Board of Trustees, Oct. 30.
                           ● Deadline – Jan. 19; decision, Feb. 19.
                           ● Deadline May 8; decision, May 21.
                           For more information, contact Steve Doherty,
                    KVCC‘s director of development, at extension 4442 or
the deep
into the
fuel tank

                    What‘s cookin‘ in the automotive-
            technology lab?
                    It‘s bio-diesel fuel that – through the
            magic of chemistry – is coming from vegetable
            oils that had been used to cook chicken strips,
            perch, turkeys, mushrooms, French fries, and
            jalapeno peppers.
                    Larry Taylor, the coordinator of the
            automotive program, launched the initiative to
            convert cooking oil into bio-diesel fuel for two
            major reasons.
                    ―The No. 1 reason,‖ he said, ―is to take
            a re-usable source of energy that is normally
            thrown away and make a fuel that can power
            some of the college‘s fleet of vehicles and
            machinery, which is a money-saving venture.
                    ―The second big reason is to use what
            is called the ‗Freedom Fueler‘ as an
            educational resource,‖ Taylor said, ―and that is
            already become a reality for those who are
            enrolled in the program in chemical
                    The unit, with all of its bells and
            whistles, filtration system, fittings, nozzles,
            and pumps, costs $4,400.
                    So what‘s the payback?
                    The used vegetable oils – from
soybeans, peanuts, seeds, etc. – have been
donated by KVCC staff members and by
restaurants, such as Zeb‘s Trading Co. at Texas
        The automotive program has to buy
methanol and sodium hydroxide – which is
basically lye – to catalyze the concoction.
        ―Let‘s say we have 50 gallons of
vegetable oil,‖ said lab manager Ted Forester.
―To that, we‘ll add eight to nine gallons of
methanol, which costs $3.60 per gallon. A bag
of sodium hydroxide is about $25, and we‘ll
use about 100 grams of that in the mixture.‖
        The result is an 80-percent conversion,
or about 40 gallons of bio-diesel.
        The Western Michigan University bio-
diesel program sells a gallon for $3.50,‖ Taylor
said, ―while the cost is about $5 at the pump.
When it‘s all said and done, we come out
about $150 to the good with each batch.‖
        ―The amount of lye that we use in a
batch,‖ Forester said, ―depends on what the oil
was used to cook and how often it was used,
because that affects the acidity. The sodium
hydroxide tempers the acid content.‖
        KVCC chemistry instructor Rick
Margelis is among those providing the
knowledge to get the batches ―just right.‖
        ―If you use too much lye (sodium
hydroxide), you get soap,‖ Forester said. ―If
you don‘t use enough, you end up with a
worthless jelly. Rick has been providing the
knowhow to help us determine the oil‘s acid
content by titration and thus use the right
        Forester explained that the lye is
compounded with the methanol prior to the
two substances being added to the oil in the
processing vat.
        The next step in the process is equally
        The chemistry produces biodiesel fuel
and glycerin. Those two are allowed to settle
and be separated. However, the bio-diesel still
needs to be ―cleaned‖ of suspended glycerin
and other ―nasties,‖ and that cleaning is done
                by water out of the tap.
                        ―You add the water and shake it up,‖
                Forester said. ―The water cleans the fuel and
                takes the suspended solids down to the bottom
                of the container. You let it set for a day or
                two, and the liquid is crystal-clear bio-diesel.
                The congealed stuff at the bottom is basically
                soap, and can be flushed down the drain.‖
                        The converter is obviously a teaching
                tool for students in the automotive-technology
                program who want to become familiar with
                alternative fuels.
                        ―But the bonus is coming from students
                in chemical technology,‖ Taylor said. ―This is
                very effective cross-discipline instruction. The
                chemistry students are able to see how the
                theory is proven out in practice and reality.‖
                         "We are very excited to work on the
                biodiesel project with the auto lab,‖ said
                Jessica Lerette, a coordinator in the chemistry
                lab, ―because it allows us to apply our
                knowledge of chemistry to a practical
                application in this time where alternative fuel
                sources are becoming more prevalent." Lab
                assistants Danielle Michalek and Phillip
                Pearson are also involved in the bio-diesel
                        Forester said the glycerin residue is no
                longer going down the drain either. While it
                can play a very effective role in back-yard
                composting, the auto-lab folks are taking steps
                to use it as a cleansing agent.

KVCC student
earns special
                        A KVCC student was among the 350 across the nation to
                receive $1,000 scholarships from the Coca-Cola Scholars
                Foundation for the 2008-09 academic year.
                        Amber Fierke was selected for the stipend under the
                Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program.
                        The program was initiated by the multinational company
                in honor of the 2001 centennial of the American Association of
                Community Colleges and became an annual award.
                           Thousands of students across the United States were
                   nominated for the scholarships. Each of the nominees had to
                   demonstrate academic success and have performed 100 hours of
                   community service during the past calendar year.
                           The recognition of community college students
                   complements the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation that yearly
                   awards $1.8 million in higher-education scholarships to seniors in
                   high school. That initiative was launched in 1986 to mark the
                   100th anniversary of the founding of the bottling company.
                           The Coca-Cola Two-Year Scholarship Program was made
                   possible by funding from the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation in
                   Atlanta, Ga. Whitehead was one of the original bottlers of Coca-
A day as a
knight part of
                        A fantasy medieval castle and village from days of yore are
                 the venues for defining what ―community‖ is all about in
                 contemporary times, and it has begun a three-month stay at the
                 Kalamazoo Valley Museum.

                      The free bilingual attraction will be in downtown
                 Kalamazoo until Sept. 14.

                        Throughout the summer and into the fall, a compendium of
                 documentaries will be shown in the Mary Jane Stryker Theater to
                 complement the exhibit‘s focus on the Middle Ages and the way
                 things were back then. Each will begin at 1:30 p.m. and there is
                 no charge. The schedule is below.

                         The Aug. 10 billing is ―Warrior Challenge: Knights‖ and
                 it explores whether modern folks have the ability and strength to
                 be knights.
                         ―The Amazing Castle‖ is targeted to entertain youngsters
                 from toddlers to pre-teens, while at the same time delivering
                 messages about the collaborating roles people play in the success
                 of a community.
                         So, what‘s in ―The Amazing Castle‖ for adults?
                         Conceived and created by the Minnesota Children‘s
                 Museum in St. Paul, the eight themes of ―The Amazing Castle‖
                 and their hands-on activities allow plenty of opportunities for
                 family and friends to be entertained by watching children use their
                 creative energies and imaginations. The youngsters are actually
experiencing village life through the perspectives of characters
working together to throw a castle party.
        ―The Amazing Castle‖ and its magical role-playing as lords
and ladies, carpenters, cooks, gardeners, tailors and seamstresses,
entertainers, blacksmiths, and builders will be welcoming visitors
in downtown Kalamazoo into mid-September. While no moat is
involved, the slowly meandering Arcadia Creek flanks the
exhibition‘s home for those three months.
        The special duties and roles of the characters will be
explored and experienced as visitors make their way through a
variety of workshops in the castle village. Instead of individual
pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, the activities make the points that a
community consists of different kinds of people, and for that
community to succeed, people must help each other solve
problems and work toward achieving common goals.
        An important role in ―The Amazing Castle‖ is that of the
town crier. But this newscaster comes in the form of ―Herald the
Dragon,‖ a creature feature that has a tendency to fall asleep on the
        However, the child participants and their families can get
―Herald‖ to deliver the latest news and make castle-wide
announcements by solving an electronic matching puzzle that
sends the dragon a wake-up call. ―Herald‖ will rise from the top of
a tower and tell the world what he knows.
        ―The Amazing Castle‖ can launch children into ―a world of
dramatic play and imagination‖ as they and their families become
inhabitants ―of a fanciful castle village and playfully explore ideas
related to community life.‖
        Donning costumes as they assume roles, they can:
        ● Harvest fresh ingredients from the castle‘s garden and
become a cook mixing a mouth-watering stew in the Great Hall‘s
        ● Capture the creativity of a carpenter in constructing a
small chair.
        ● Build a small fortress out of lightweight ―stone.:
        ● Try their ―hands‖ as purveyors of entertainment as
puppeteers and court jesters.
        The exhibit‘s design creates the impression of stepping into
a time machine and dialing up the Middle Ages in a playful way.
Arches, towers, split-beam construction, hand-cut stone walls, and
heraldic symbols abound.
        ―The impression of a small, bustling village within castle
walls,‖ a promotional brochure states, ―is attained by assembling a
group of structures related to the basic functions of a community –
working, eating, playing – and making them quickly identifiable.
Life-sized images of rather comical castle residents stationed in the
                     doorways and at work further the perception of being in a village
                     or community,‖ and that it is time for a little fun.
                             Joining with the museum in St. Paul in supporting the
                     creation of ―The Amazing Castle‖ was the Curtis and Marjorie
                     Nelson and The Curtis L. Carlson Family Foundation, along with
                     the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing (3M) Foundation Inc.
                             Here is the rest of the documentary line-up:
                             ● Aug. 24: ―Great Streets: The Royal Mile‖ – From the
                     palace of Holyroodhouse to Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile
                     captures the history of Scotland with witch burnings, body
                     snatching, and royal assassinations.
                             ● Sept. 7: ―Visions of Scotland‖ – a bird‘s-eye view of this
                     historic country.
                             ● Sept. 21 – ―Visions of England‖ – a similar perspective
                     of Great Britain.

Up on
the roof
                   Workers will be drifting up on the roof of the Texas Township
           Campus through August.
                   Jeff Donovan, director of facility and construction services, reports
           that contractors will be replacing several sections of roofing on the 1990
           addition of the campus.
                   The remaining schedule is as follows:
                   ♦ Aug. 4-12: front of the building, lobby area, counseling and next to
           rooms 4370/4380.
                   ♦ Aug. 15-20: front of the building, bookstore area.
                   ―I will be contacting each of the administrators in the effected areas to
           review any pertinent details that may affect their work areas during this
           process,‖ Donovan said.
Conroy guides
seminar on

                                  KVCC communications instructor Pat Conroy
                          conducted a workshop as part of the American Society of
                          Agricultural and Biological Engineers‘ (ASABE) annual
                          international conference in late June in Providence, R. I.
                                  ―Communication and Leadership in the Workplace –
                          Leveraging Your Personality for Effectiveness‖ targeted
                          engineers who struggle to effectively convey information to
                          colleagues and clients. It was also designed to help
                   participants overcome being irritated by the actions and
                   behaviors of others, which can negatively impact their
                            Each underwent an assessment to identify his/her
                   personal style and workplace strengths.
                            ―Understanding personalities and behaviors increases
                   one‘s ability to leverage social tendencies in the workplace,‖
                   Conroy said, ―making that person more effective with
                   colleagues, clients and customers, even with family and
                            ASABE is an educational and scientific organization
                   dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to
                   agricultural, food, and biological systems. Founded in 1907
                   and headquartered in St Joseph in Berrien County, ASABE
                   comprises 9,000 members in more than 100 countries.
                            Agricultural, food and biological engineers develop
                   efficient and environmentally sensitive methods of producing
                   food, fiber, timber, and renewable energy sources for a
                   growing world population.
                            Members come from the worlds of biological
                   engineering, education, food and process engineering,
                   information and electrical technologies, power and machinery
                   fields, soil and water professions, environmental protection,
                   ergonomics, safety and health, forest engineering, and
                   aquacultural engineering.

Lewis and Clark
epic is

                           Thomas Jefferson‘s far-reaching interest in the sciences
                  is the theme of an exhibition filling the first-floor gallery of the
                  Kalamazoo Valley Museum through Sept. 1.
                           Featuring scientific instruments, furniture, maps, and
                  Native American objects from the period of Jefferson‘s life, all
                  are from the private collection of Paul Millikan, retired
                  professor of history at KVCC.
                           To augment this special showcase, the museum is
                  showing a series of free documentaries on Sundays at 3 p.m. in
                  the Mary Jane Stryker Theater about Jefferson and his times.
                  The schedule is listed below.
                  On Aug. 10 and Aug. 24, ―The Lewis and Clark Expedition‖
                  that Jefferson promoted and financed as president will be
        ―I have always had an abiding interest in the genius that
was Thomas Jefferson,‖ said Millikan, who taught history at
KVCC for 32 years. ―A true Renaissance man, he was
statesman, architect, political philosopher, author, diplomat,
designer, musician, collector, inventor, and always the keen
observer, analyst and recorder of the things around him.‖
        Born in 1743, Jefferson grew to adulthood during the
Age of Enlightenment, and lived to see the beginnings of
America‘s Industrial Revolution before his death on the Fourth
of July in 1826. In one of U. S. history‘s most remarkable
coincidences, fellow American Founding Father John Adams
died that same day – the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of
        Jefferson had a passionate interest in learning, from
political philosophy to the latest invention or scientific
discovery. That curiosity was not only a personal thirst for
knowledge, but was aimed at applying that knowledge to better
the lives of humankind.
        In Jefferson‘s time, scientists were often referred to as
―practical philosophers‖ who were trying to learn as much as
possible about the natural world and scientific phenomena.
        Jefferson, who came to be recognized as a pioneer in
numerous branches of science, said: ―No inquisitive mind will
be content to be ignorant of the sciences of astronomy, natural
history, natural philosophy, chemistry, and anatomy.‖
        Following his two presidential terms, Jefferson in
retirement at his home in Monticello said: ―Nature intended me
for the tranquil pursuits of science by rendering them my
supreme delight.‖
        The exhibition provides a glimpse of the range and
breadth of his scholarship and pursuits.
        ―Upon my first visit to Monticello in 1962, I was very
much taken with Mr. Jefferson‘s interest in natural history and
his collections of specimens,‖ said Millikan, who is also a
prolific collector of Civil War artifacts. ―I began to read about
all of Mr. Jefferson‘s scientific interests.
        ―When I purchased part of the petrified tusk of a
mammoth,‖ he said, ―the collector bug had bitten and I
determined to collect duplicates of as many of the scientific
instruments, specimens, and objects in Mr. Jefferson‘s
inventory at Monticello as I could. The results of that collecting
interest are presented in this exhibit.‖
        In the exhibition are an 18th-century electric-generating
machine, surveyor‘s equipment, telescopes, maps, and a replica
of a painted buffalo robe given by the Mandan Indians to Lewis
                 and Clark, who sent it to Jefferson.
                         Specially featured is a pair of Country Chippendale
                 chairs that were made to Jefferson‘s order for him at the joinery
                 at Monticello. All other pieces are duplicates of items that
                 Jefferson owned. The originals are found at Monticello, the
                 University of Virginia, and the Peabody Museum at Harvard
                         ―It is my hope that the exhibit will add to the education,
                 inspiration, and enrichment of this community and the
                 surrounding area,‖ Millikan said. ―I believe it to be a unique
                 look at an often overlooked facet of one of our most diverse
                 and complex founding fathers,‖ he said.
                 Here is the remaining lineup of documentaries:♦ Sept. 7:
                 ―Monticello – Home of Thomas Jefferson‖♦ Sept. 21: ―Saving
                 the National Treasures,‖ an account of how a team of
                 conservators, engineers and historians worked to save the
                 Declaration of Independent and other original documents that
                 are being ravaged by time.

Exploring the
universe from
                         Three planetarium shows designed to introduce children to
                the wonders of the universe are on the summer billing at the
                Kalamazoo Valley Museum.
                         Tickets to showings on Wednesdays, Saturdays and
                Sundays through Aug. 31 are $3.
                         ―Treasures of the Milky Way‖ is the offering on
                Wednesdays at 3 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. This 50-minute
                show targets viewers from the sixth grade up.
                         ―Night of the Falling Stars‖ brings into focus the origins
                of meteors and meteor showers as they are viewed from Earth.
                It‘s the planetarium‘s 30-minute feature on Saturdays at 11 a.m.,
                on Sundays at 1:30 p.m., and on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Its
                material can be comprehended by third-graders and older.
                         ―Ring World‖ tells the story of the Cassini spacecraft and
                its mission to Saturn to explore the planet‘s clouds, rings and
                moons. One of its probes landed on the moon known as Titan.
                Designed for fifth-graders and up, ―Ring World‖ is flashed on the
                planetarium‘s dome on Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m.
                         Those turned on by these space treks can also sign up for
                45-minute mini-missions to Mars aboard the museum‘s
                Challenger Learning Center on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. The fee
                to become a Challenger crew member for this simulated mission
         is $3.
                 These experiences are open to children 6 years old and
         older, but those under 12 should be accompanied by a partner
         who is at least 12 years old.
have KVCC

                          Julie Rogers, daughter of
                  KVCC nursing instructor Marie
                  Rogers, is making a second attempt to
                  win a two-year term in the Michigan
                  House of Representatives.
                          Opposition on the Democratic
                  Party ballot in Tuesday‘s (Aug. 5)
                  primary initially came from Alan E.
                  Brown, but he is not listed as a
                  candidate in the latest voter guide
                  published by the Kalamazoo Area
                  League of Women Voters.
                          Rogers lost to Republican
                  incumbent Jack Hoogendyke – 21,073
                  to 20,610 – in the 2006 balloting to
                  serve the 61st House District that
                  includes the city of Portage, a portion
                  of Kalamazoo Township, and Prairie
                  Ronde, Alamo, Texas and Oshtemo
                          Hoogendyke must give up his
                  seat because of Michigan‘s term-limits
                  law. Two members of the Portage
                  City Council – Margaret O‘Brien and
                  Larry DeShazor – have already
                  announced their candidacies in the
                  Aug. 5 GOP primary.
                          A third Republican hopeful is
                  David J. Yardley.
                          There‘s a crowded field for the
                  post of Kalamazoo County sheriff.
                          In the Republican primary,
                  incumbent Mike Anderson will be
                  facing opposition from Ricky L.
                  Combs, a former seven-year member
of the department.
        In the Democratic primary are
Richard Fuller, a Kalamazoo County
Sheriff‘s Department sergeant, and
Ray Roberts, a Kalamazoo Township
Police Department dispatcher who
prepared for his career in law
enforcement by enrolling in KVCC‘s
program in criminal justice.
        On the Kalamazoo County
Board of Commissioners, Carolyn
Alford, a payroll specialist at KVCC
and a former member of the
Kalamazoo Board of Education, is
unopposed across the board in her bid
for re-election to represent District 2
that represents central Kalamazoo.
        In District 10 (west-central
Portage), there is a two-candidate race
to succeed Com. Thomas Drabik who
is not seeking another term.
        The Republican in the field is
James Graham, a former mayor of
Portage, who is a graduate of the
Kalamazoo Regional Law
Enforcement Training Center based at
KVCC. His Democratic opposition is
Michael Quinn.
        A previous Digest item about
the Aug. 5 primary contained
inaccurate information about KVCC
counselor Judy Sullivan‘s daughter.
Attorney Julie Sullivan is not a
candidate for a district judgeship in
Kalamazoo County as previously
        However, there is still a KVCC
connection in that race. Seeking the
six-year term as a judge in the 8 th
District Court are Jeffrey Gagie, Bill
Murphy, Julie Phillips and Sondra
        Prior to earning a degree from
the Thomas M. Cooley Law School,
Nowak completed training as a dental
hygienist at KVCC, according to the
                       voters guide.

refashioned for
fall semester

                          Driven by the needs of industry and reacting to
                  recommendations from its advisers, the KVCC welding program
                  is being redesigned with this in mind:
                          ● Produce the best-trained welders as quickly as possible
                  so that manufacturers can fill the skilled jobs with people they
                  are crying for.
                          Across the nation, the question appears to be the same:
                  Where have all the skilled welders gone? If they can be found,
                  they will be employed.
                  Commented one manufacturer: "We need welders like a
                  starving person needs food."
                          Beginning with the 2008 fall semester, KVCC hopes to
                  provide one of the answers.
                          That‘s when sweeping changes in the welding
                  curriculum go into effect under the aegis of ―rapid skill
                          The contents of four courses are being consolidated into
                  a single, rigorous, 15-week class. The college‘s two-year
                  degree in welding technology will be phased out, replaced by a
                  more comprehensive certificate program that mirrors the
                  standards of the American Welding Society (AWS), and by a
                  degree in occupational technical studies.
                          ―This will be a hands-on, intensive course,‖ says Erick
                  Martin, who oversees the KVCC welding program, ―that covers
                  three processes of welding, acquaints students with blueprint
                  reading and gets them ready for the profession at the end of 15
                          The course itself is designed to deliver the practical
                  knowledge and AWS performance testing that documents the
                  student has acquired the occupational skills necessary to enter
                  the welding workforce.
                          Forged from suggestions and guidelines coming from
                  the program‘s industry advisory committee, the course ―will fall
                  right into the wheelhouse of manufacturers around here on the
                  lookout for quality welders,‖ Martin said.
                          So comprehensive is the new course that it carries 10
                  credit hours, which upon completion takes the student one-third
of the way to earning KVCC‘s welding certificate. Up to 18
students will be admitted each semester.
        ―Because we were told that welders didn‘t necessarily
need a degree, our advisory committee laid out what it wanted,‖
Martin said. ―Now, instead of a two-year degree in welding per
se that required 62 credit hours or our former certificate
program, students can go for the rapid training and get out into
the workforce.‖
         From there stem other options:
        (1) Take the seven other tech courses that will lead to the
31-credit-hour KVCC certificate.
         (2) Those who are still interested in earning a two-year
degree in a technical field will be pointed toward the associate‘s
in occupational technical studies. KVCC will still have that kind
of degree path.
        The rapid-training course is the door-opener, Martin
        ―The student will gain a broad set of welding skills in 15
weeks, which will make him or her a more marketable
employee,‖ he says. ―Once on the job with a company that has
a tuition-reimbursement program, he or she can continue taking
courses to earn the certificate or to move toward the two-year
occupational technical degree.‖
         Martin said the new thrust, which will be industry
validated and accredited, is similar to ―the trade school model‖
because there are more hours of skilled training, more time in
the laboratory welding, and fewer general-education classes. ―It
will get the folks quickly trained, get them out in the workforce,
and ready to be productive employees.‖
        What happens when they walk out the door in 15
weeks? Consider this:
         According to the AWS, the average age of welders in the
United States is 54.
         By 2010, Martin says, the AWS estimated 250,000
skilled welders will be needed to replace the retirees, and that
doesn‘t take into account the need for additional workers in the
         The ranks of those whose jobs are essentially to join
pieces of metal dropped to 576,000 in 2005, a 10-percent
decline from 2000, according to the U. S. Bureau of Labor
         While the United States is falling behind, the situation is
the same in other industrialized nations, even in the burgeoning
economies that are China and India where hundreds of
thousands are flocking to the cities to work in offices, not in
                          ―This is a prime opportunity for a student to move into
                 this field and write his or her own roadmap for a long career,‖
                 Martin said.
                          Even beyond the Rapid Skill Training course, the 31-
                 hour certificate, and a degree in occupational technical studies is
                 the potential to attend a four-year university for a degree in
                 education or engineering.
                          The flexibility is there for students to take the required
                 English, communications, writing, science, math and computer
                 classes that will all transfer.
                           Martin can be contacted about job prospects in
                 Southwest Michigan and the new Rapid Training Course at
                 (269) 488-4263 or

KVCC’s own
want-ad and
                      The Office of Human Resources‘ web page contains a want-
              ad system to link KVCC folks with their colleagues in the sharing of
              talent, knowledge, skills, goods and services.
                       The ―KVCC Swap Meet‖ provides a forum to barter goods
              (made or grown) and to post information about services that can be
              provided -- painting, sewing, computer assistance, etc.
                       It can also be used to post an announcement about services
              or goods that are being sought.
                       There are four categories on the site: Services Needed,
              Services for Hire, Goods Needed, and Goods for Sale.
                       This site is for KVCC employees only and is intended as a
              way for employees to network with each other for trade or sale
                       KVCC will not be responsible for any transactions or the
              satisfaction of either party, and will not enter into dispute resolution.
                       ―KVCC Swap Meet‖ is housed on the Human Resources
              website under Quick Links.
                       To post a service or item, just click Post Ad, select the
              appropriate category, complete the online form and click submit.
                       Co-workers will be able to view the posting by the next
              business day.
              It is requested that the postings be made during non-working hours.
Don’t chuck
those old
                     KVCC is continuing its initiative to recycle used and unused
                     rechargeable and alkaline batteries, and keep them out of landfills
                     where their assets will be lost forever.

                     Recycling boxes for both rechargeable batteries as well as alkaline
                     batteries are located in the following areas: the M-TEC Facility
                     Shop; the Arcadia Commons Campus Facility Shop; Texas
                     Township Campus Facility Services; the museum‘s carpentry shop;
                     the college‘s audio-visual department; the automotive-technology
                     and heating-ventilation-air conditioning labs; and in Computer

                     The lead-acid batteries used in cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, and
                     other motorized equipment can be recycled by taking them to the
                     Household Hazardous Waste Center operated by Kalamazoo County
                     Health and Community Services at 1301 Lamont Ave. This drop-
                     off center is on the edge of the county fairgrounds.

                     Information about what else can be deposited there is available by
                     calling 383-8742.

                     The recycling containers for dead batteries generated by on-the-job
                     use at KVCC are provided by the Rechargeable Battery Recycling
                     Corp. (RBRC).

                     RBRC's Charge Up to Recycle!® program is designed to keep
                     rechargeable batteries out of the solid-waste stream, adhering to the
                     federal and state laws requiring the proper disposal of some types of
                     used rechargeable batteries.

                     This program offers community and public agencies the tools to
                     implement a simple, no-cost recycling plan.

                     These batteries are commonly found in cordless power tools,
                     cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, camcorders, digital
                     cameras, and remote-control toys.
finally. .
                      Think about these perspectives, some of which are so
             insightful that they’ve earned a repeat performance in this feature of
             The Digest --
             1. A day without sunshine is night.
             2. On the other hand, you have different fingers.
3. 42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.
4. 99 percent of attorneys give the rest a bad name.
. Remember that half the people you know are below average.
         6. He who laughs last thinks the slowest.
7. Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
8. The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the
cheese in the trap.
9. Support bacteria. They're the only culture some people
10. A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
11. Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.
12. If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of
13. How many of you believe in psycho-kinesis? Raise my hand.
         14. OK, so what's the speed of dark?
15. When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.16.
Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.         17.
How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?                18.
Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet
19. What happens if you get scared half to death, twice?
20. Why do psychics have to ask for your name?
21. Inside every older person is a younger person wondering, "What
the heck happened?"
22. Just remember -- if the world didn't suck, we would all fall
23. Light travels faster than sound. That's why some people appear

bright until you hear them speak.