As part of an ongoing effort to help students better understand their rights and responsibilities, Kellogg Community College today unveiled a video production of “Define Yourself,” an original poem by spoken-word poetry duo Kinetic Affect (you can view the video above).
KCC commissioned “Define Yourself” in 2012 and Kinetic Affect first performed the piece before faculty and staff in August. Kinetic Affect, based in Kalamazoo, is comprised by writer-performers Gabriel Giron and Kirk Latimer.
“The poem inspires students to become aware of the rights, respect and responsibility that they all have individually and should be able to expect from each other,” said Dr. Kay Keck, vice president of student services at KCC. “I’m excited that KCC can share these values through a video that is so powerful and artful.”
The 4-minute video, which combines images of students and employees on the KCC campus with shots of the Battle Creek community and performances by Giron and Latimer, can be seen and shared via KCC’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/KelloggCommunityColl. The video was directed and edited by Giron and features videography by Chris Ray and music by Nick Lobel.
In addition to the poem, “Define Yourself” is the name of a campaign at KCC to highlight the college’s newly revised Student Code of Conduct and how behaviors on and off campus can define oneself in education and in life. During the awareness campaign, which launched in 2012, KCC has given away campaign-specific T-shirts, temporary tattoos, water bottles and bookmarks and created a web page at www.kellogg.edu/defineyourself.
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