A native of Kalamazoo, Suzanne Lepley is proud to say she has spent 90% of her professional life in the Office of Admission at K. After receiving her B.A. in Social Work and Organizational Communication from Western Michigan University, she worked as a social worker for abuse survivors at the YWCA while preparing for law school. When she joined the admission staff in 1998, two months before she was set to start school, she fell in love with higher education and hasn’t looked back! Suzanne is the outgoing Board President for Colleges That Change Lives, a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), and a member of the Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC). She loves all things winter related: skiing, snowshoeing, and, above all, snowy winter morning runs.
Favorite college memory: “Most involve my amazing roommate from Maine, who I was randomly assigned to live with. It’s still remarkable to me that two strangers can meet and become life-long friends. We had a lot of late night dance parties and shared laughter while eating yummy Bilbo’s pizza and Dill Dip (a Kalamazoo classic!)”
What makes Kalamazoo College Zoonique? “Last spring quarter when I was walking from my car to the office at 8 a.m., I passed members of the K Jazz Band advertising for their evening concert. They were marching with their instruments, New Orlean’s style, BLARING “When the Saint’s Go Marching In”…at 8 a.m.…on a Friday…in the res halls. I think that’s pretty Zoonique (and FUN!).”
Advice for prospective students: “Take a big deep breath and have FUN with this process. Pay attention to the number of students talking to each other on campus and the number of students talking on phones…and listen for laughter. It’s a sure sign that people are happy!”