Today’s post is the fifth in the Coffee Squawk series, featuring one member of our Thundering Chicken clutch …in an effort to understand: Who are we chickens? Who are we?
Try to understand men. If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and almost always leads to love. ~John Steinbeck
Thundering Chicken: Kevin Richard Stokes, Teaching Assistance/Adjunct Faculty
Hatched How?: My mom is an Associate Professor, so….
A Seasoned Chicken: Kevin graduated from Alderson-Broaddus University with a degree in music and vocal performance and then worked for the American Mountain Theater…wait for it…Kevin is a gifted musician.
“I grew up in a performance family…it’s just what we did. I remember participating in a church talent show and that’s kind of when I realized, first hand, the impact that music and performing can have on people.
You know, I think that’s important…I mean it’s not just about being on stage, getting attention and applause…it’s really kind of a service…what entertainment can do for people.”
[applause] Kevin is a quick chicken to point out the power of music!
Broken Wing: Kevin remembers being set back by a broken right arm that, being a
musician, was detrimental to his goals at the time. However, he knows that all obstacles can be overcome when we “don’t dwell…move forward at whatever pace we can” and remember that, most often, “you will live through it.”
Not Waiting by the Side of the Road: Kevin’s goal is to join a military band, to perform regularly…to relocate and even do some solo stuff.
In the meantime, he’s “flipping the light on” for students in the math lab and feeling rewarded by their accomplishments. “It feels good to help a student through a concept…”
Chicken Feed: “You are responsible for yourself.” ‘Nuff said.
A Little Bird Told Me: Kevin is a real fitness geek.
“I mean, like, I’m a terrible athlete…” but he’s into exploring unique aspects of health and wellness, although, “I did wrestle in high school…and I love, like, boxing and boxing movies…all that stuff…”
And...we know he’s crazy-fun-n-feathers to play cards with!