Some 50 students enjoyed the opportunity of Summer 2014 externships, a kind of crystal ball or sneak peek into life-after-Kalamazoo-College possibilities. And the guide for these forward-looking tours are often K alums.

Sneak Peek

What might life after Kalamazoo College look like?

Keith Garber ’16 (left) did a summer 2014 discovery externship at Texas Heart Institute in Houston thanks to Michele Zacks ’89 (center) and Carl Alexander (right).

Throughout the summer months, first-year and sophomore students answer that question by living and working with Kalamazoo College alumni and friends. The students seize the opportunity offered through the Discovery Externship Program, a component of the Center for Career and Professional Development.  From arts to animals, accounting to agriculture, some 50 Summer 2014 externs have learned first-hand about the professional opportunities open to K graduates.

Kendal Kurzeja ’16 (hosted by Jenn Feuerstein ’93 at Save the Chimps, Inc.) “The experience challenged my preconceived notions of what it meant to be a human being who coexists with other animals, and I think that is the most valuable lesson for anyone to learn.”

Grady Schneider ’16 (hosted by David Leonard ’71 and Jeff Hollenbeck ’11 at Ryzome Investment Advisors)

“Now I know that being an investment advisor is more than knowing price and earnings ratios, returns on equity, and the other numbers that allow you to extrapolate. Although these will always be important, and the skill that is the most important at Ryzome is being able to connect with people. For me this is the skill that makes the job truly meaningful.”

Emily Kowey ’17 (hosted by Karman Kent ’07 at the Morehead-Cain Foundation)
“I learned a great deal about the running of non-profits and the wide variety of jobs that are available in this field. This experience showed me what it was like to work for a foundation that was very collaborative, exactly the type of work environment I would love in the future. I am still inspired by all the work that the Foundation and its scholars are doing.”

Austin Sroczynski ’17 (hosted by Adam Gravley ’84 at Van Ness Feldman, LLP)
“My expectations were very high. It turned out to be a great experience. I thought that lawyers were in court more than what they really are. From the lawyers I talked to, I learned that their goal is to stay out of the courtroom.”

Dana Page ’16 “externed” with Amy Darrow ’99 at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University, and she has the hospital ID to prove it!

Jessica Hansen ’17 (hosted by Bethany Whitehead ’98 at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts)
“Before the externship, I was afraid that if I got into the art museum and gallery business I wouldn’t be able to make a difference in the world. I wouldn’t be able to create any change. Not so. It was really helpful for me to talk to my host. Her perspective on K helped me appreciate the school even more. She also helped me figure out what I want to do after college. It made me feel much more relaxed about my future.”

Greta Herrin ’17 (hosted by Stephanie Willette ’08 at Capella Farm)
“My host went out of her way to make sure that I was experiencing every part of an agriculture and food systems career, including the ways in which it can vary through meeting people and businesses.”

“Before the externship I was afraid…I wouldn’t be able to make a difference in the world.”

Grace Smith ’17 (hosted by Geralyn Doskoch ’84 at Charlevoix Area Hospital)
“For someone looking to be a doctor, this is a cool experience because you are in a hospital setting and you get to observe everything going on there. At the same time, it is a small hospital, so my sponsor had time to talk me through everything she did and teach me a lot.”

Kaylah Simmons ’17 (hosted by Addell Anderson ’78 at University of Michigan-Detroit Center)
“I learned that the theatre arts field has so many different positions, many more than acting, directing, and stage-managing opportunities.”

Hannah Kim ’17 (hosted by Sanford Schulman ’85 at Schulman Law Center)
“Watching my sponsor has encouraged me to try to think out of the box. I’ll strive to be more active in classes, take initiative to speak to professors, and try to think more critically about things, all because of this externship. I’ll also strive to become a more concise, articulate speaker.”

More BeLight

The 2013 Summer Common Reading author Vaddey Ratner greets a Stetson Chapel audience with the namaskara, a Buddhist hand gesture that evokes utmost respect and adoration for the divine in everyone.

Uncommon Reading

There’s nothing common about Kalamazoo College’s Summer Common Reading program – so unique and marvelous that some people call it subversive. The 2014 selection was WE NEED NEW NAMES by NoViolet Bulawayo.

Professor of Psychology (and very popular blogger) Siu Lan Tan

Blogger De-Fogger

In an eye blink K professor Siu Lan Tan has progressed from not knowing what a blog was to becoming one of the medium’s most popular practitioners. She peels the curtain of the quotidian and reveals insights into psychology.

In the 1980s Gary (second from left) and his teacher Kim (left) perform farmer’s music with the latter’s band.

Korean Soundscapes

Nora Hauk ’04 has lived in Korea for several years. She discovered and shares the story of fellow K alum Gary Rector ’65, who has lived there more than 40 years. The way Korea became his home has much to do with music.

Fierce woman statue outside Tehuantepec

Matriarchy, Mezcal, and Mole

Alumni and spouses Carolyn Berg ’72 and David Hammond ’73 visited the Oaxaca, Mexico, region to see its archaeological preservations and to eat its delectable and nuanced cuisine. Carolyn’s career service made it a homecoming of sorts.

Art from the webcomic she is using as a bridge to her first novel’s sequel

Complicated Demons

Carly Orosz Robbins ’07 has published her first novel and created a new “webcomic” as a bridge between it and its sequel. The novel taps wellsprings from Kalamazoo College: literature, creative writing, and sociology and anthropology.

Senior Katie Moffit answers discusses her research with “SIP Czar” Ahmed Hussen.

“Next” Questions

Asking the hard question, no matter how obvious, followed by full engagement with the “next” question is a hallmark of a K education, explained alumnus Will Robbie ’04 during the inaugural economics and business department SIP symposium.

handmade anti-drone sign

Drones Protest

K alumni members of Peace House participated in a march from Chicago to Battle Creek (Mich.) protesting the use of drone technology in warfare. The Battle Creek wing commander shares the military’s point of view.

Mary Mathyer played “Granny” in the play Into the Woods

Golden Ending

Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College celebrated its first 50 years in the 2013-14 season. BeLight completes its year-long tribute to the golden anniversary with short features on two theatre majors who graduated in June.

AAEB President Alexandra Altman (right) pictured with Board Chair Charlotte Hall ’66 (left) and Kalamazoo College President Eileen B. Wilson Oyelaran

Letter from the AAEB President

The Alumni Association Executive Board represents the some 20,000 K alumni living throughout the world. The AAEB helps the College connect alums with each other and with their alma mater.

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  1. Bethany Whitehead

    It is always a joy to host a Kalamazoo College student each summer through this great program. Again and again K college students prove they are competent and capable of succeeding in anything they choose to pursue. Giving younger college students an opportunity to see real life post-college before being thrust into the ’real world’ is so valuable.

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