January 2009
"K" AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC DOWNTURN
None of us knows the duration or full impact of the current global economic downturn. However, as we continue to celebrate the 175th anniversary of our founding we recognize that "K" has weathered severe economic challenges in the past and we will weather this one and emerge a stronger institution.
A BEST VALUE
Kiplinger's Personal Finance has cited Kalamazoo College as one of the best values in private liberal arts colleges nationwide. The College ranked 48th in the country (and tops in Michigan) for combining "outstanding economic value with exceptional education."
WJMD ROCKS ON
Jack Dentler '48 inspected the shiny new broadcast booth for campus radio station WJMD in the Arcus Atrium of the renovated Hicks Student Center and gave it his stamp of approval. "This is a far cry from my room in Hoben where I used to broadcast."
A GOLDEN GLOBE
Study Abroad or Foreign Study? Whatever you call it, spending a quarter or two (or even three) in another part of the world has remained a cornerstone of a Kalamazoo College education for decades. 2008 marked the program's 50th anniversary at "K,"...
DISTANT ATTRACTION
Kalamazoo College has long enjoyed notoriety for sending its students out into the world. Now it is also focusing on quite the opposite: bringing the world to Kalamazoo. For both educational and economic reasons, the College has stepped up efforts to diversify...
BIO BIRTHDAYS BASH
2009 is the year of Charles Darwin. It includes the 200th anniversary of his birth (February 12) and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species (November 24), his seminal work that essentially created the field of modern biology.
CHANGE AGENT OPEN TO CHANGE
Jennie Smith '08 was not expecting to attend Kalamazoo College when she visited here with a friend in 2003. "I wanted her to go to the University of Michigan with me, and she was trying to convince me to go to 'K' with her. She ended up there and I ended up here," laughs the Traverse City native.
PURSUING A PASSION
Kalamazoo College will endure and thrive if it reanimates the K-Plan by more intentionally relating its elements to one another and to life after graduation. The College must also create a more tightly knit campus community within a demanding, yet supportive, academic environment.
CACHE AVAILABLE
CACHE (College ACademic and Historical Experience) - the new digital archive of College documents, faculty publications, and student work - gathers the historical and intellectual output of the College in a searchable online collection that will be preserved for years to come.
THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD
Craig Ross '76 admits he has the best job in the world: building administrator for Portage Community Education, part of the Portage (Mich.) Public School system. He also admits he often relies on what he learned from his experiences at Kalamazoo College.
SHAKESPEARE'S SECRETARY
Associate Professor of Chemistry Laura Furge delivered the College's annual Honors Day Lecture in November. Her talk was titled "Cancer in America and Beyond." Furge returned to her teaching post last fall after a sabbatical doing cancer research at the Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids.
ROLE EXPANSION
Nyemade Cooper has always had a significant role on the Kalamazoo College Hornet women's basketball team, and that role has expanded in this her junior year. "I'm becoming more of a leader, helping the underclassmen," said Cooper. The 6'1'' center is no stranger to making big contributions.
PARDON OUR VIRTUAL DUST
For a Luddite like me, the word "foundation" connotes the concrete walls of the basement of my house. And if that foundation became cracked and outdated, I'd need to undertake its renovation or replacement so that my house could continue to stand. That sounds like a major project...