Hungry Hornets – Meal Swipe Program

Do you have extra meal swipes you won’t use? Do you need some extra help with meals?

If you answered “yes” to either question, please remember Hungry Hornets, as part of the Basic Needs program at K, allows students to donate meal swipes they won’t use to a meal bank which is used to provide meal swipes to students who may need some help ensuring adequate nutrition. To donate or to request meals, please complete this online form.

The Hungry Hornets program also has a refrigerator stocked with “to go” meals – these meals are made fresh each day and utilize food otherwise destined for compost. These meals are designed to support students who can benefit from some extra help with their daily needs; they are available in fridge in Hicks 110.

Leprechaun Spotting: Chemistry

Jerome the leprechaun gnome sat on a table next to a trifold poster with information about the BioChem Club
Jerome the leprechaun gnome sat in top of books placed in a stool wearing black latex gloves and goggles next to a chemistry workspace.

Jerome the leprechaun gnome had always been a mischievous fellow, known for his love of pranks and his penchant for getting into places where he didn’t quite belong. One sunny afternoon, as the chemistry department buzzed with experiments and lectures, Jerome decided to pay them a visit.

With a twinkle in his eye and a bounce in his step, Jerome crept into the laboratory. The chemists, busy at their workstations, didn’t notice the tiny figure darting between shelves and cabinets. He couldn’t resist the temptation to investigate the experiments taking place. With a mischievous grin, he climbed onto the nearest bottle and peered inside. What he saw amazed him – a rainbow of chemicals swirling and mixing, creating mesmerizing patterns.

But his fun was short-lived as he heard the sound of footsteps approaching. Panicking, Jerome scampered away, leaving behind a trail of sparkles and laughter. The chemists, puzzled by the sudden burst of activity in their normally quiet laboratory, could only wonder at the strange occurrence.

Leprechaun Spotting: Human Resources

Jerome, the usually lively and mischievous leprechaun, was found in a state of blissful repose. Tucked away in a cozy corner of the Student Activities, his hat slightly askew, and a contented smile on his face, Jerome convinced our Associate Vice President of Human Resources, Renee Boelcke, to take a midday snooze!

As he slept, a tiny rainbow arched over him, each color shimmering with an otherworldly glow. He dreamt of quests, seeking those colorful arcs, each step resonating with the promise of extraordinary treasures. His dreams transform into fields of four-leaf clovers that hold the key to unparalleled luck.

He wakes feeling well-rested and ready to explore more of the campus! Where will he show up next?

Leprechaun Spotting: Game Room

Jerome the Leprechaun gnome skipped into the Kalamazoo College game room, his emerald green coat shimmering under the fluorescent lights. With a mischievous glint in his eye, he headed straight for the foosball table. 

“Top o’ the evening to ye!” he exclaimed in his lilting Irish accent, drawing the attention of the students gathered around the game room. “Who’s up for a spirited game of foosball?”

With a competitive spirit, the students gathered around, eager to take on the lively leprechaun in a game of skill and wit. And so, amidst the clatter of plastic players and the cheers of onlookers, Jerome dove into the game with gusto, his tiny hands darting to and fro as he worked his magic on the foosball table. 

Of course, this was all just a wish for Jerome seeing he was too small to actually play the game…

Leprechaun Spotting: President’s Suite

Image of Jerome the leprechaun gnome held by Administrative Secretary to the President & Provost, Wendy Fleckenstein, and Academic Support Specialist, Sarah Gillig

Jerome the Leprechaun gnome tiptoed into the President’s suite at Kalamazoo College, his small stature making him almost invisible against the opulent furnishings.  

“Top o’ the morning, Wendy and Sarah!” Jerome exclaimed, his green attire shimmering in the sunlight streaming through the window. 

Wendy and Sarah chuckled at the sight of the unexpected visitor. “Well, well, if it isn’t Jerome the Leprechaun! What brings you across the Quad today?” 

Jerome’s eyes twinkled mischievously as he produced a small pot of gold coins from his coat pocket. “I’ve come to share a bit o’ luck and cheer with you ladies,” he declared, presenting the pot with a flourish. 

With a wave goodbye, Jerome danced out of the office, leaving behind a trail leprechaun luck down the hallway.

Leprechaun Spotting: Library

Jerome the leprechaun gnome hopped into the cozy library, his pointy green hat nearly brushing the doorway. The scent of old books and the soft murmur of pages being turned welcomed him as he looked around with a mischievous twinkle in his eyes. Jerome had been diligently studying the art of brewing the perfect rainbow potion in his magical garden, and he decided it was time for a well-deserved break.

Leprechaun Spotting: Jerome can really rocket, man!

Jerome the Leprechaun gnome was not your average gnome. While most gnomes were content tending to their gardens or guarding their homes, Jerome had an insatiable curiosity for the world beyond his forest. So when he heard about a presentation of the Elton John movie “Rocketman” happening nearby, he knew he had to go. 

Finding a cozy seat near the front, Jerome settled in and watched with rapt attention as the movie began. From Elton’s humble beginnings to his rise to stardom, Jerome was captivated by every moment. The music, the costumes, the drama – it was all like nothing he had ever seen before. 

As the movie reached its climax, with Elton belting out his hits in a dazzling display of talent, Jerome couldn’t help but feel a swell of emotion. He may have been a gnome from a far-off forest, but in that moment, he felt a connection to the music and the magic of the silver screen. 

Jerome the gnome sat on a chair with students who are decorating sunglasses with gemstones and stickers
Jerome the gnome sat on a table displayed with green punch, sandwiches placed to look like a piano, sunglasses shaped cookies, and baseball bat painted pretzel rods

When the credits rolled and the lights came up, Jerome wiped a tear from his eye and rose to his feet, joining in the thunderous applause that filled the theater. As he made his way back through the town and into the forest, Jerome couldn’t shake the feeling of awe and inspiration that the movie had left him with. 

And though he may have been a tiny gnome in a big world, Jerome knew that he would carry the spirit of Elton John as he could really Rock-It-Man. 

Leprechaun Spotting: Bidding Farewell/Outdoor Programs

Jerome has sauntered into the office of Jess Port, the Land Sea Assistant Director, his tiny footsteps barely making a sound on the carpeted floor. He found Jess amidst a flurry of papers and boxes, preparing for her departure from the college. 

Jerome greeted her with a cheerful grin, his emerald eyes twinkling with mischief, producing a small pouch from the depths of his coat. The contents? A nest of glimmering gold coins!

He shared his appreciation for all the adventures she shared with the campus community and wished her well on her future endeavors. With a twirl of his coat and a tip of his hat, Jerome bid Jess farewell, his departure leaving behind a bittersweet sense of nostalgia.