Author Archives: Jim Van Sweden

About Jim Van Sweden

Director, College Communications

Chris Tucker ’82

Chris is a fellow in the formulation science group (FSG) within Dow Chemical Company’s research and development function. He is responsible for technical leadership for the FSG. Chris joined the central research function within Dow in 1982 after graduating from K. He has worked primarily in the area of colloid and interface science including new surfactant synthesis, ionomers, microemulsions, consumer and industrial product formulation, reaction media, nanoparticle synthesis, enhanced drug solubilization, drug delivery and high throughput research. Over the course of his career he has worked on R&D projects with nearly every business within Dow. He is author of more than 40 publications and patents. At K, Chris majored in chemistry and studied abroad in Muenster, Germany.

Dennis Lamb ’63

Class Agent (1963) Don Schneider sent the following note about his classmate: “After Dennis retired from Penn State University a few years ago, he and his spouse, Pat, talked about moving and nothing happened. Not until 2015, when they decided on another university town, sold the State College house, and moved to Fort Collins, Colorado. However, they found no housing there quite what they wanted, so they contracted to have a house built and traveled ’homeless’ for 4 months. Destinations included the family cottage in Northern Michigan, Canada, and France. They are now settled into their new home and can be reached at lno@psu.edu.”

Michael Nelson ’73

Michael died on December 27, 2015. He majored in history at K and studied abroad in Clermont-Ferrand, France. He then earned two master’s degrees: one in history from Montana State University and the second in library science from the University of Washington in Seattle. He served as a librarian for Montana State University and Montana Tech in Butte. In 1984, Michael moved to Laramie to work for the University of Wyoming as a reference librarian. He was working as a collection and development librarian at the time of his death. Michael married Joyce Collum in 1991 and they had two sons together, Matthew and Mark. Michael and Joyce later divorced but remained very close friends. Michael volunteered for Big Brothers and Sisters in Laramie. He loved the outdoors, walking, hiking and cross-country skiing. He loved trains and shared his love of railroading with his son Mark. He often took his son to the footbridge over the tracks to watch the trains. His greatest joy in life was being a father and a grandfather to his grandson Benjamin Matthew.

Nick Carlin-Voigt ’04

Nick has been named the head coach of the University of Portland (Ore.) men’s soccer program. For the past four years Nick has been the associate head coach for the UCLA Bruins. He has helped build championship programs at UCLA and at George Mason University. At those two schools Nick brought in nationally-ranked recruiting classes each of the past seven seasons, including the nation’s number one recruiting class each of the past three seasons at UCLA. At Kalamazoo College Nick earned his B.A. in economics and business and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, and Oaxaca, Mexico. He was an All-American goalkeeper on the Hornet men’s soccer team, for which he was four-year starter and a two-year captain. Nick holds the Hornet record for shutouts and saves. Following his graduation from K, Nick had a short playing stint (cut short by a knee injury) with Cruz Azul Oaxaca of the Mexican Second Division. From 2002-05, he played for the Kalamazoo Kingdom where he set franchise records as a goalkeeper for wins and shutouts during the 2004 season. He also saw time on trial with Osnabruck of the German third division in 2006.

Earl Velek ’52

Earl died on January 11, 2016. He majored in sociology at K. During the Korean War he was an officer in the Navy, serving as an Admiral’s Aide aboard heavy cruisers. He then worked as a stockbroker for 30 years in Minneapolis. Earl enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with family. He and his wife, Sue, have four children and two grandchildren.

Myra Selby ’77

President Barack Obama announced in January the nomination of Myra to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. At Kalamazoo College Myra majored in psychology and studied abroad in Sierra Leone. She earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1980. After working for three years at the Washington, D.C., office of Seyfarth Shaw, Myra came to Indiana in 1983 and joined the law firm of Ice Miller Donadio and Ryan. She served as director of health care policy for Indiana Governor Evan Bayh before being appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court in 1995. She left the Supreme Court in 1999 to return to private practice at Ice Miller, where she handles commercial litigation. In 1999 she was selected to serve as the chair of the newly created Indiana Supreme Court’s Commission on Race and Gender Fairness. She continues to lead the commission’s efforts to study and make recommendations on increasing gender and racial fairness in the legal system.

Sarah Rockwell ’02

arahRockwellSarah manages the Klamath Bird Observatory’s bird monitoring work on the Trinity River Restoration Program in northwestern California. Body temperature and blood work-ups provide indicators of human health; in a somewhat similar way birds are indicators of a functional river ecosystem. Sarah manages research looking into how changes in habitat structure associated with river restoration are related to bird abundance, diversity and demography. Results shape and assess river restoration activities. Sarah joined KBO in 2013 after earning her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. She studied the ecology of the endangered Kirtland’s Warbler. At K, she majored in biology with a concentration in environmental studies. She studied abroad in Ecuador. KBO is a scientific non-profit organization that achieves bird conservation in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the migratory ranges of the birds that frequent the ruggedly beautiful and wildlife-rich Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion of southern Oregon and northern California. KBO emphasizes high caliber science and the role of birds as indicators of the health of the land, and the organization specializes in cost-effective bird monitoring and research projects that improve natural resource management. It nurtures a conservation ethic in local communities through outreach and educational programs.