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Faculty Spotlight on Kelley Eltzroth

BW_EltzrothTitle/position: Professor, Psychology

Department: Liberal Arts – Social Sciences

Years at MMCC: 13 years

Favorite thing about MMCC: Watching students grow in knowledge and skills, and becoming more self-aware and sure of who they are and what they want to do and the way they want to live.

Horoscope sign: I don’t believe this has anything to do with my personality, and I don’t follow my horoscope. I do have a summertime birthday, and a little personal trivia fact is that it has rained on almost every one of my birthdays even when I lived in California. Some personality traits: slightly introverted, conscientious/task-oriented, more conventional than not, friendly and a team player, tending towards emotional and a worrier. I see the potential in others, I love metaphors and allegories, and I would rather work with people than things.

Favorite food: Popcorn is my favorite snack, and I love Mexican and Asian food.

Favorite beverage: Iced tea with a little lemon

Favorite music: I have a wide variety of music interests – folk, bluegrass, classical, liturgical worship, and for nostalgic moods I like ‘70s and ‘80s music!

Favorite Michigan vacation spot: Mackinac Island, Traverse City area

Tattoos and/or piercings: Ears are pierced, and I have four little blue dots as tattoos from having radiation therapy in the early ‘90s. Yes, I’m a cancer survivor!

Hobbies: At our house you would find shelves of cookbooks; stacks of books on Psychology, religion, adoption, horses, and literature (plus my husband’s science books); baskets of yarn and crochet hooks; and music instruments including two ukuleles that I play. I am part of the SUN group in Clare (Some Ukulele Nuts).  I have two dogs that can do therapy dog visits. I don’t own horses, but I have loved horses since I was a pre-teen. I currently volunteer at a therapy ranch called HopeWell Ranch in Weidman. I teach children with emotional and physical needs about basic horsemanship and riding during our summer months.

Best advice for student success: See yourself as a learner, and prioritize activities that help you learn. Schedule time not just for attending classes, but also for reading, projects, homework, preparing for tests. Stake a place for where you will do that, whether at home or a library, and ask friends and family to honor that place and time while you are investing in your education. Share your knowledge with others, including your faculty. I love it when a student sends me a reference to an article, video, news item, or other reference that relates to our course!

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