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Kirtland and Michigan. We’ve Got It Covered!

West Branch.  ArtPrize.  And a conference called Lilly.
This Week @ Kirtland and we’re finding ourselves all over the state.

West Branch Extension Site

Most of you know that Kirtland recently finished the renovation and expansion of our new West Branch site.  To celebrate, we hosted an open house to share our state-of-the-art, high-tech West Branch location with students, staff and interested community members.  Well over 100 people showed up to check out the facility, enjoy fabulous food and refreshments and participate in our official ribbon cutting ceremony.  Congrats to Kirtland students Lisa Fritz, Ben Pichler and Hilary Uponen.  They were the big winners in our prize raffle — Ben cashed in on $300 to help with books or tuition, Hilary was pretty happy with her new Acer laptop, and Lisa was definitely psyched to score a new Samsung tablet! 

West Branch Open House Ribbon Cutting

West Branch Open House Ribbon Cutting

If you haven’t taken a good look at West Branch — home of our Surgical Technology program and now offering a larger selection of general ed courses – check it out!  We have cool pix in our Facebook photo album, a West Branch page on our website at, or info on the Surg Tech program at  And bonus cool points – did you know that the Surg Tech program has 100% job placement for graduates three years in a row?  Talk about high-demand career training!

Kirtland Heads to ArtPrize in Grand Rapids

LaDoux Brings "On Thin Ice" to ArtPrize

LaDoux Brings “On Thin Ice” to ArtPrize

Already well-known for their excellence within Kirtland’s Art Department, faculty members Joe Donna and Justin LaDoux have been busy setting up their personal artwork for this year’s ArtPrize in Grand Rapids.

What is Art Prize?  ArtPrize has become the world’s largest art competition by combining $560,000 in total prizes with an open call for artists, venues, and critics.  ArtPrize 2012 boasts 1,517entries on 161 venues covering 3 square miles.  Justin’s art can be found at the Gerald R. Ford Museum and Joe’s motorcycle can be found at the B.O.B. Bar and Restaurant.

The cool thing is your vote decides who takes home the top prize.  Voting for this year’s big winners began September 19 and continues until October 7.  Anyone over the age of 16 can participate as and ArtPrize judge and critic simply by participating in the public vote. If you’re in the area, make sure to check out Joe and Justin’s art and make YOUR vote matter!  Find out more at

Kirtland Presents at Lilly in Traverse City

Students and faculty at Kirtland are utilizing active learning methods more and more…and finding out we’re front runners in adapting these techniques into how our curriculum is delivered to students.  Many of you probably enjoy one or more classes in our state-of-the-art active learning classrooms each semester.  This week, two well-known Kirtland faculty members have the honor of presenting at the Lilly Conference, a conference focusing on introducing innovative approaches to teaching and learning and sharing new ways to help students learn from both their instructors and from one another.

Jennifer Sieszputowski, science instructor and one of Kirtland’s very own active learning experts, is presenting “Active Learning: A Journey Worth Taking.” As a leader in active learning strategies, Jen’s objectives for this presentation include sharing common challenges associated with active learning and providing useful strategies on how to overcome challenges associated with active learning.  Interim Associate Dean Nick Holton is also presenting, focusing on the topic of “Developing Our Strengths, Appreciating Our Differences.”

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