CIT major Kordel Latimer '14 learned programming, volleyball, and sign language during his four years at Elms College.

Senior Masters Volleyball, Sign Language, and Robots

If college is where you learn about yourself, Kordel Latimer ’14 is a living cliché.

The Lynn native found Elms College through researching communication sciences and disorders programs while in high school. In his four years at Elms, he learned quite a bit about himself.

First he learned that having no volleyball experience was no reason not to try out for the men’s volleyball team. By the time he graduated, Kordel was second on the team in both kills and digs.

“Many student athletes may become embarrassed by not having the basic abilities of others on their team, but not Kordel. He’d laugh it off, make a joke of it, and try again. He was always analyzing and wanting to learn more,” said Sheila Gisbrecht, men’s volleyball coach.

A Student-Athlete

Kordel learned how to balance academics with athletics. He made the Elms College 360 Club, awarded to student athletes who held a grade point average of 3.60 or greater for two consecutive semesters.

He also learned that communication sciences and disorders was not what he wanted to do.

“I was doing great in classes but not paying attention as well as I wanted. When I was in high school I was really into computers so I decided to go back to the one thing I love and switch to a CIT major,” Kordel said.

Building Bridges

Kordel chose the programming concentration of the computer information technology major, where he learned how to design his own app on an Android tablet that controls a lego robot. However, his favorite class was sign language, where he learned how to connect with a volleyball opponent in a way that he never had before.

“We were playing Gallaudet University and Kordel discovered that the other team was deaf and asked me to do the pre-game flip as he knew how to sign. I have never seen an opponent light up as much as when Kordel started to chat with him.

“He is one of the classiest, funniest and downright lovingest young people I have ever worked with,” said Gisbrecht.

Kordel worked as a resident assistant for three years and was the first, and so far only, male cheerleader his junior year. He plans on a career in information technology after he graduates.

“I love the Elms community. The one tip I say to any freshman is “Elms is what you make it.’ There are great opportunities here. All you have to do is get out of your room and want to be a part of it,” he said.