Graduating students: Nominate a KCC employee who made a difference in your life for a 2021 Starfish Award

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Graduating students,

Please read “The Starfish Story” below. If there is a particular individual who has really made a difference for you during your time at Kellogg Community College, please consider nominating them for the Starfish Award. The nomination form is due by March 28.

The Starfish Awards are presented each spring by the KCC Foundation. Recipients are selected by you, members of the graduating class. These awards allow you to recognize a KCC faculty or staff member who has played a significant role in your educational career at KCC. (Note: Student employees and contracted employees are not eligible for this award.)

Click here to nominate a KCC faculty or staff member for a Starfish Award.

Those chosen to receive this honor will be revealed just prior to commencement. The Foundation will notify you in advance if your nominee is selected, and will work with you to present and announce the award.

“The Starfish Story”

There was a young man walking down a deserted beach just before dawn. In the distance he saw a frail old man. As he approached the old man, he saw him picking up stranded starfish and throwing them back into the sea. The young man gazed in wonder as the old man again and again threw the small starfish from the sand to the water. He asked, “Old man, why do you spend so much energy doing what seems to be a waste of time?” The old man explained that the stranded starfish would die if left in the morning sun. “But there must be thousands of beaches and millions of starfish!” exclaimed the young man. “How can you make any difference?”

The old man looked at the small starfish in his hand, and as he threw it back to the safety of the sea, he said, “It makes a difference to this one!”