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Daniel Herrick ’14

Daniel is an account executive in the Detroit office of Truscott Rossman, a strategic communications firm serving clients throughout Michigan. Dan was an intern at Truscott Rossman and quickly gained a reputation for his outstanding writing skills. He earned his B.A. degree in economics at K and participated in the New York Arts Program through K’s membership in the Great Lakes Colleges Association.

Sarah Ovink ’00

Sarah has won a 2015 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Development (CAREER) Award to study how race/ethnicity, gender, and family income are linked to career success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The CAREER Award provides multi-year support for especially promising junior faculty members. Sarah is an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg). A key component of her research will be interviews with more than 100 undergraduate students in STEM and non-STEM majors at Virginia Tech and focus groups with peer interviewers. Over the next five years, Sarah and a team of graduate and undergraduate research assistants will follow up with these students as they complete their degrees and begin their careers. The grant is expected to total $453,359 over the five years. Sarah’s scholarly interests have primarily focused on educational inequality by race and gender using qualitative and quantitative methods of inquiry. Other research interests include immigration, Latino/Latina populations, and undocumented students.

She recently published an article in the journal Gender & Society that examines trends in Latinos’/Latinas’ postsecondary pathways and life course decisions over a two-year period. She is completing work on a book titled Race, Class, and Choice in Latino/a Higher Education: Pathways in the College-for-All Era under contract with Palgrave Macmillan.

Dennis Lamb ’63

Dennis and his wife, Pat, recently moved from University Park, Pennsylvania, to Fort Collins, Colorado. It may have been weather related, albeit not in the way one might think. Dennis may have been seeking more exciting weather. He majored in physics at K and did his senior thesis on thunderstorms, which marked the beginning of a career in weather. He joined the meteorology department at Penn State in 1986 and retired as a full professor in 2008. The following two years he spent writing a book on the Physics and Chemistry of Clouds. Now comes the recent move to Fort Collins. According to class agent Don Schneider, Dennis confessed that the weather in central Pennsylvania was seldom to his liking (not enough thunderstorms?). Dennis did a winter sabbatical in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and loved all the snow. He and Pat have a cottage on Crystal Lake near Benzonia, Michigan, where they can be found a few weeks every summer. You can reach Dennis at

Justine Zingsheim ’09, D.V.M.

Justine joined Glenpark Animal Hospital in Muskegon, Michigan, last summer. At K she majored in biology and studied abroad in Aberdeen, Scotland. She earned her degree in veterinary medicine from Michigan State University and graduated in May of 2013. After graduating from veterinary school Justine completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Although she enjoys all aspects of medicine, Justine takes particular interest in internal medicine (respiratory and endocrine disorders) as well as neurology and ophthalmology. She has two furry children of her own at home, a three-year-old American Bulldog named Lucy and a one-year-old French Bulldog named Lola. In her spare time she enjoys running, particularly in races and triathlons, as well as camping, rock climbing, and baking.

Robert Briggs ’62

Robert died on March 14, 2015. At K he earned his bachelor’s degree in physics, and he earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan. Bob worked as an electrical engineer first at GTE Sylvania (Mountain View, Calif.), then at Argosystems (Sunnyvale, Calif.), and finally at Applied Signal Technology (Sunnyvale), retiring in 2011. His work at GTE provided the opportunity to work overseas. He was first assigned to work on a joint Army-Navy project in Turkey as a technical representative. His job was to keep communications equipment operational aboard Navy planes, which flew out of an airbase in Southern Turkey. During this assignment Bob was able to travel to many different countries with friends and co-workers. His work assignment moved to Rota, Spain, where he started his study of Spanish. Later on he was stationed in Japan, where he began studying Japanese. Bob had many interests. He was an avid pilot, a ham radio operator, and an enthusiastic bicyclist. He had an extensive library of science fiction literature and loved photography, astronomy, travel, and classical music. He is survived by his wife of 38 years and two children.

Jesse Paquette ’99

Jesse married Ida Rødseth Kjosås on July 13, 2014. The couple resides in Brussels, Belgium, and San Francisco, California. Jessie is the chief scientific officer and co-founder of He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology. Ida is an officer for the European Free Trade Association Surveillance Authority.

David Kimball ’55

David died on March 13, 2015. He earned his bachelor’s degree at K in psychology. He did graduate work in astronomy and literature at the University of Illinois in Springfield. For 38 years he worked for Illinois Bell, serving as district manager of operator services in the Chicago area and downstate Illinois. He was very civic minded and served on the board of the Better Business Bureau of Peoria County and the Board of Goodwill of Sangamon County. He loved astronomy, photography, and nature.