Class Notes

Danny Flores ’80

Continuing research and professional communications for the Philippine Islands in his home province of Negros Oriental, Danny Flores is in contact with people in the university and vloggers with social media regarding his work promoting new technologies. Cararanching, using water buffalo that are fed crops and byproducts (particularly from sugarcane) is growing in Negros Island. He is investigating future possibilities using aquatic seagrass — and current opportunities with water hyacinth — to be grown in ‘green’ fish pond culture to provide hay or silage, along with paddy straw and other grass and legume forage and supplements. He has also suggested yeast supplements of single cell protein boosted for functional amino acids, including histidine, most limiting for digestion on silage with dairy cattle. Danny hopes inputs such as these will provide impetus for more feeds research and technology in Negros Island.

Kenneth Mulder ’92

Kenneth Mulder joined the faculty of Long Trail School, an International Baccalaureate (IB) School in Dorset, Vermont, for the 2019-20 school year. He is teaching IB Math and AP Statistics. After receiving his B.A. in math from K, he went on to earn his master’s degree in math from the University of Oregon, and his Ph.D. in ecological economics from the University of Vermont.

Scott A. Petz ’03

Scott A. Petz has been selected among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators for 2019. Selection is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional trial attorneys in high value, high stakes legal matters. Scott is a member of Dickinson Wright PLLC in the firm’s Troy, Michigan, office where he focuses his practice in the areas of commercial and business litigation, class and collective actions, labor litigation, consumer protection, and condemnation and land use. After receiving his B.A. from K, Scott earned his J.D. from the John Marshall Law School, magna cum laude.

Adam Manix ’10

Adam Manix, of Troy, Michigan, recently was named to’s 30 in Their 30s List, recognizing business leaders in metro Detroit who are successful in their companies, industries and communities. After stints at Applied Partners in Madison, Wisconsin, and Colliers International in Southfield, Michigan, Manix joined Kirco Manix, the construction branch of the Kirco development company, in 2014 as director of business development. In May, he was promoted to director of corporate real estate, handling all of the company’s development and construction projects and managing client relationships. Along with a B.A. in economics and business from K, Manix holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Lola Kristina Gibson-Berg ’14

Lola Kristina Gibson-Berg was among those featured in the Crafted in Carhartt tumbler post for her role as the community education coordinator at Keep Growing Detroit. In the post, she noted, “Farming makes me feel hopeful. It’s a privilege to be connected to a community of people in the city who know how to grow food, enjoy doing so, and are cultivating and growing their communities.”

Ahmed Hussen

The Edward and Virginia Van Dalson Professor of Economics, Ahmed Hussen, retired on Sept. 1, 2019. At a June 6 celebration, Professor Hussen spoke about his experience as a teacher at K, gratefully acknowledging that what he has accomplished as a teacher/scholar at K could have not been possible without the cooperation and direct inputs of his students. “My students are integral to my sustained enthusiasm to teaching and engagement in teaching-related scholarship,” he says. His retirement speech can be found online.