James will celebrate his 100th birthday next month on March 16. James majored in sociology at K, earned a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and studied at the Chicago Theological Seminary. He retired as a minister in the United Church of Christ. Not long ago his daughter Joan called Lisa Murphy ’98, the College archivist, seeking information on her father’s time at K so that she could put together a book to give him at Christmas. “I found tennis and Glee Club photos of him as well as a bunch of newspaper articles from The Index that she was able to put into the book,” says Lisa. “The family also purchased a 1938 yearbook for him on eBay, which he is holding in the photo.” Joan was kind enough to ask her father some questions for Lisa. Turns out that James was a Hornet tennis player for legendary coach Allen Stowe. Lisa wondered if he had any special memories of Coach Stowe or the team. “Yes,” says James. “One afternoon the coach asked me to warm up with a female tennis player. The rest of the team sat on the bleachers and watched. I served the ball gently to her and it came back hard and forceful. I knew I was in trouble. We played a few sets, all of which she won. After the sets I found out she was the United States female tennis champion, and I had been set up. My teammates and coach were laughing, so did I. She played well.” What James recalls most about his coach was his extraordinary kindness. “He taught chemistry. It was odd that he never played tennis, just coached it.” His favorite class and professor? “Dr. Dunsmore [Religious Studies] was my favorite professor,” says James. “He was my counselor as well and guided me through graduation. My favorite class was sociology.” K sends James a early happy-100th-birthday wish.
Gordon is the author of Detroit Is: An Essay in Photographs. He will do a book signing as part of “Book Beat” on Sunday, February 28, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event is free; for more information contact “Book Beat” at 248.968.1190. Gordon is a longtime member of the Photographic Guild of Detroit. He is a frequent judge and photography critic for that organization as well as the Greater Detroit Camera Club Council and the Photographic Society of America. His photos have appeared in numerous publications. At K he was a standout basketball player, and he studied abroad in Bonn, Germany. The longtime Detroit resident (more than 40 years!) earned a M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Bob and his wife, Sue (Wotila) Brackenridge ’65, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 19 with family and friends in Chattanooga, Tennessee. They are still active and healthy, and both attended the 2015 Homecoming in Kalamazoo. They also are planning a Michigan trip in May 2016 that will include stops at the Senior PGA golf tournament in Benton Harbor, the Michigan capitol in Lansing, and the Upper Peninsula. The latter is sure to rekindle memories of Bob’s “Soo to Kazoo in ‘62” cross-country relay with Coach Swede Thomas and Hornet harrier teammates.
Leona continues to teach mathematics and statistics at North Park University in Chicago. Last September she was honored by the Armenian International Women’s Association, Chicago chapter, as one of two Women of the Year. Her sister was the other awardee. One month later the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics honored Leona with the Fred Flener Award for contributions to mathematics outside the classroom. In 1995 ICTM had awarded Leona the Max Beberman Award for College Mathematics Teacher of the Year.
Lynne (Carlson) Sheaff ’69 has been named a member of the Lincoln Land Community College (Springfield, Ill.) Foundation Board. The retired nurse practitioner earned a B.A. in biology from K and an M.P.H. from the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). At K she studied abroad in Erlangen, Germany. Her nursing career was spent primarily in public health working and volunteering at clinics in the Midwest and Haiti. She also taught at the UIC College of Nursing.
Paul recently received recognition for his work in arts integration at the Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences. At its national conference the ArtSchools Network cited Paul and his efforts with an “Exemplary Arts Program” designation. Paul is a former actor, Ringling Brothers circus clown and international management consultant. He received the Stone Award in Education when he graduated from K. He is also a recipient of the Winifred Ward Award from the American Theatre Association, and he can be seen with actor Elliot Gould on Netflix in “Switchmas.” At K, Paul majored in political science and studied abroad in Ghana. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Montana.
David is the subject of an article that supports one’s faith in human kindness. “A recipe for life: Bake. Swim. Give.” (Gretchen Kell, Berkeley News, 29 January 2016) describes David’s morning routine, centered around his morning swim for exercise. Or, is that actually true? Perhaps the swim is centered around the homemade sandwiches (with homemade bread baked three times a week, circa 5 a.m.) that David makes (sometimes up to 24 in number) to share with student lifeguards and fellow early morning swimmers. His actions are about much more than giving food–it’s a matter of touching lives and braiding different lives into shared stories. Several of those stories are mentioned in the article. One of his poolside beneficiaries calls David “the closest thing to a grandparent at Cal. He genuinely cares.” And another friend says, ““Who would do that? Nobody does something for nothing anymore. I thought there must be an angle, an ulterior motive. But it isn’t anything other than what we should all do. He’s making people’s lives better each day. He is being an example for others in a quiet, understated, unique and gracious way. And he doesn’t ask for a favor in return.” This is one article you definitely want to read. David makes K proud!
Last October Judy was the featured artist at the 37th annual Quilt Show, sponsored by Washington State Quilters. Judy worked for two decades as a family practice physician in California. Her family’s roots trace back to the hills of West Virginia, where one of her grandmothers was a quilter. That fact and occasional visits to quilt museums in New England and Europe during a 40-year span kept her interested in quilting. When she retired in 2006 she started making quilts herself. She uses a long-arm quilting machine, “basically a sewing machine mounted on a big frame.” Judy has taken classes and taught herself the craft by watching videos and reading books. Since her retirement she’s made about 50 quilts. Asked in an interview about her thought process during the making of a quilt, Judy replied, “I think about classical music or Billy Joel or Elton John, because I like to have music on while I’m quilting. But I think about quilting and various patterns and what I’m going to do half the day, because it’s so fascinating to me. I spent my whole professional life being very technical, very scientific, very linear. And there’s a lot of that in quilting. You have to sew a seam and make one point come to another point. But what’s fun is that I can also ask myself, ’Can I try this? What if I do that?’ I couldn’t do that very much when I was in medicine.” Judy’s extensive post-retirement travel has influenced her work. She’s learned about fabric arts in countries such as Mozambique, Tanzania and Nepal. “Quilting has given me a way to connect to the women in those countries,” Judy said. “They may not quilt, but you can still immerse yourself in color and fabric.” Interestingly, Japan is a country where quilting is taking off. Explained Judy: “Japan already had a long tradition of handmade fabrics, but not patchwork quilts. Then the TV series “Little House on the Prairie” was syndicated in Japan about 15 years ago and became wildly popular. Because there were a lot of quilts in the show, reproducing this primitive American art form took over in Japan. Now, the Tokyo International Quilt Festival in January is the biggest quilt show in the world, with a whole section devoted to “Little House on the Prairie”-style quilts made by Japanese women.” Judy matriculated to K from Hillsdale, Michigan. At K, she majored in psychology and studied abroad in Erlangen, Germany.
Jon announced his plans to retire in late June as president and CEO of the Greater Reading Economic Partnership (Wyomissing, Pa.). Jon has served in that position for 11 years. His career began in the mid-1970s when he became marketing director of the Public Broadcasting Service station WXXI TV 21, Rochester, N.Y. Jon worked in various areas of the country, including Rochester N.Y., with American TV and Communications, which merged into Time-Warner Cable in the early 1980s. Jon worked for cable TV for a time in San Diego. At K he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science. He studied abroad in Sierra Leone.
Ron and his wife Suzanne live at and manage the first farm in Michigan to be designated Certified Wildlife Friendly by the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network. The 46-acre Windshadow Farm (Bangor, Michigan) ensures the health of its 150-head dairy goat herd in concert with surrounding wetlands and habitat for species that include amphibians, reptiles, ground-nesting birds and raptors. Ron and Suzanne time the grazing of the pasture-fed goats to ensure nutrient-dense forage. The milk produced allows for production of high-quality cheeses, distributed in western Michigan and in Chicago under the Evergreen Lane Artisan Cheese label. The natural areas surrounding Windshadow Farm allow for migration of coyotes and fishers through a marsh extending from the Black River. Two Great Pyrenees livestock guardian dogs are with the dairy herd at all times, and vulnerable animals are gathered in a secured dry lot at night. The couple enjoy identifying the multiple species of turtles, frogs, toads and snakes found on the property and regularly see egrets, herons and sandhill cranes, along with a host of raptors. Instead of draining seasonally wet areas, the farm has developed a management-intensive grazing system around them. The farm maintains a grassed perimeter around pastures and times hay crop gathering and grazing to protect ground-nesting birds and capture rain water. Ron and Suzanne believe they are seeing an increase in native pollinators due to careful management. The return of pollinators, along with more amphibians and reptiles, are signs of a healthy ecosystem. The farm uses solar power for some of its operations, and it also is certified for its high-welfare animal care by the Animal Welfare Approved program. Ron and Suzanne have served on the board of directors of the Michigan Land Trustees, an organization that promotes local food, small farms and rural revitalization.
John joined the law firm Rimon Law as a banking and financial services attorney. He works in the firm’s Chicago office. At K John majored in political science and studied abroad in Hannover, Germany. He earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Prior to law school John worked for three years as a research assistant and legislative assistant for U.S. Senator Edward Zorinsky (D-Nebraska). John has received recognition from numerous legal publications and ranking agencies.
John has written, directed and executive-produced “Heroes on Deck: World War II on Lake Michigan,” a one-hour film documentary that had its world premiere at Kalamazoo College. Heroes tells the story of two makeshift U.S. aircraft carriers on Lake Michigan during WWII, more than 15,000 Navy pilots who practiced landings and takeoffs on their decks, and the pilots who lost their lives trying. The film also reveals recent efforts to recover and restore some of the more than 100 planes that crashed and sank to the bottom of the Lake, including two that are at the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo. “Heroes on Deck” will premiere nationally on public television during Memorial Day 2016 weekend.
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.
In November 2015 Meegan was named the director of communications for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. Meegan has more than 30 years of journalism experience in Michigan, including 20 years directing legislative and political coverage for the eight Booth newspapers. She started her career with newspapers in Greenville and Port Huron, Mich., and Rockford, Ill. before heading the Booth News Service, which covered statewide issues and government for The Grand Rapids Press, The Flint Journal, The Kalamazoo Gazette, The Saginaw News, The Bay City Times, The Muskegon Chronicle and The Jackson Citizen-Patriot. Meegan became The Grand Rapids Press’ online editor in 2007, and in 2012 returned to Lansing to head MLive’s Capitol/Lansing Hub. In early 2015 she joined Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s communications team. At K, Meegan majored in English and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain.
Chris and his son, Shaun, made it all the way to the finals of the USTA National Senior Father/Son Clay Court Championships in November. The tournament took place in Sarasota, Fla. It was the Busserts first senior circuit tournament, and making the finals was a good week of work. They lost to a team that has won the event the previous two years. Chris won national singles and doubles titles during his days as a Hornet tennis player.
Cynthia, a principal at the law firm Kramon & Graham (Baltimore, Maryland), has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2016 for her work in real estate law. At K she majored in economics and business, and she studied abroad in Muenster, Germany. Known also for her civic engagement, Cynthia was recently appointed to her alma mater’s Alumni Association Executive Board, and she was elected to the Business Volunteers Maryland board of directors. BVM is a nonprofit that connects business professionals to nonprofit organizations seeking volunteers and board leadership.
Danny is extending his involvement with his activities advancing biotech in a future area of recent interest in dairy: food production to meet nutritional needs for protein with biotechnology using the new genetic engineering of genome editing. Genome editing, Danny says, offers opportunities for improved feeds, crops and digestive manipulation as well as food proteins with potential medicinal properties. He continues his work to seek funding through public sourcing in order to transfer information between academe and industry and also to the public. He welcomes any feedback or comments on his research communications at his e-mail.
Jody has been named by The Daily Record in Baltimore, Md., to its list of 2016 Influential Marylanders. Fifty-one of Maryland’s top leaders were selected by the editors of The Daily Record for their leadership and significant contributions to the fields of civic leadership, communications, education, finance, general business, health care, law, philanthropy, real estate and technology. The Daily Record launched the Influential Marylanders award in 2006. Jody is the chief operating officer of Beatty Development Group, LLC, based in Baltimore, and a trustee of Kalamazoo College.
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.
Carol has been promoted to recordkeeping specialist at Greenleaf Trust Bank in Kalamazoo, responsible for Greenleaf Trust’s in-house participant recordkeeping system. Carol has more than 15 years of experience as a recordkeeping analyst and is a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist.
Jeff has been elected president of the American Constitution Society’s Michigan Chapter. At K Jeff majored in math and studied abroad in Clermont-Ferrand, France. He earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He works at the law firm Bodman, P.L.C., where he focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and commercial litigation, particularly related to the automotive industry.
Val has retired from Apple after 14 years with iTunes. He is now vice chair of the Board for the Land Trust of Santa Cruz (Calif.) County, and he has joined the board of DigitalNEST in Santa Cruz. He is spending lots more time with his family, drinking good beer and generally having fun. At K, Val majored in economics and business and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. He earned his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Jeff has joined the Boston-based intellectual property law firm Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C. as a shareholder. Jeff has nearly two decades of experience in corporate counseling, formation and execution of intellectual property strategy and patent prosecution and opinion work in the areas of chemistry, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, health and beauty, agriculture, animal health, nutraceuticals, polymers, diagnostics and medical devices. He also advises on the development of intellectual property, and he is experienced in establishing infrastructure for it. He has counseled multinational chemical and pharmaceutical companies, emerging biopharmaceutical companies, venture capital and financial institutions and academic and governmental research institutions throughout the world. Jeff majored in chemistry at K and studied abroad in Erlangen, Germany. He earned his M.S. (chemistry) from Indiana University, his Ph.D. (biochemistry) from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Rutgers University. He is a co-inventor on two U.S. patents and co-author of several scientific publications.
In December Todd was appointed president of Healthcare Trust Inc. Prior to the appointment he served as the company’s vice president and chief investment officer. Todd has almost 25 years of experience in the financing and development of commercial real estate, with more than 20 of those years focused exclusively on the development, leasing and capitalization of healthcare-related real estate. At K he majored in economics and business and studied abroad in Hannover, Germany. He earned an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Many Michiganders (and more) have walked the five-mile Mackinac Bridge on Labor Day, an annual event. The bridge spans the Straits of Mackinac. On Labor Day 2015 the 65,000 bridge walkers might have looked down to see 84 swimmers crossing the Straits. Yes, swimmers! And one of them was Sarah. Sarah’s swim was part of a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. The swimmers raised more than $325,000 for Habitat’s neighborhood revitalization program. Twelve teams, each with seven swimmers, attempted the crossing. “The water was not as cold as expected,” said Sarah, “but the wind, strong current and rough water conditions made the swim very challenging.” Sarah swam in tandem with the 65,000 walkers and finished on the shores of the Straits at Fort Michilimackinac in the Lower Peninsula. “Not all swimmers finished,” added Sarah, “and one group required more than eight hours to complete the swim.” Sarah’s group swam the distance in just under three hours. “It was an epic swim for a great cause!”
Kathleen is assistant professor of art therapy in the Department of Visual Arts at University of Wisconsin-Superior. She earned her B.A. degree in studio art from K and studied abroad in Clermont-Ferrand, France. She earned her M.Ed. degree in art education from Wayne State University. Kathleen has more than 15 years of experience in the art and art therapy fields, including time spent as a visiting instructor of art and art history at K.
Alisa was interviewed on NPR station WMUK (Kalamazoo) on December 4. The interview focused on her work at De Zwaan, America’s only authentic Dutch windmill, located–where else?–in Holland, Michigan. Alisa recently won the state history award from the Historical Society of Michigan for her book De Zwaan: The True Story of America’s Authentic Dutch Windmill. She is the windmill’s resident miller. A class note on Alisa and the award will appear in the spring issue of LuxEsto.
CNN International Commercial (CNNIC) has hired Corinna as vice president of advertising sales for the Americas. She will oversee the pan-regional ad sales business for CNN International, CNN en Español, CNN.com/international and CNNEspañol.com for Latin America and clients based in the U.S. who want to target international viewers. She will lead the CNNIC teams in New York and Miami, and manage senior relationships with clients and agencies. Corinna also will work collaboratively throughout Latin America to develop further business opportunities for advertisers on CNN. Prior to taking this new position, Corinna worked for 16 years at Viacom. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics and business and studied abroad in Ecuador. She works at CNN’s Miami office.
Stephen has been appointed city clerk of Hillsdale, Mich.. He is the first appointed city clerk in Hillsdale’s history, following the city’s recent charter change to make the clerk an appointed position, rather than elected. At K, Stephen majored in political science and religion. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Dayton. He previously served as city clerk in Kalamazoo, Comstock Township (near Kalamazoo), and in Dayton, Ohio.
Amelia has published an article in the new book, The Routledge Companion to Native American Literature. The article is titled “Embodied Jurisgenesis: NAGPRA, Dialogue, and Repatriation in American Indian Literature.” It analyzes the role of literary texts by Native writers in creating legal meanings that shape the interpretation and application of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) of 1990.
An associate professor of political science at Guilford College, Kyle has been selected as a faculty fellow in philanthropy with the college’s Office of Advancement. During the semester-long fellowship, he will spend one day a week with advancement staff, as well as visit with donors, alumni and parents. The fellowship will also include the opportunity to learn how to cultivate and manage prospect relationships, work with grant writers to solicit foundation support and help with campus philanthropy needs. Co-chair of Environmental Studies since 2004, Kyle recently completed an Emerging Leaders fellowship with the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington, D.C. During that program he visited more than 40 college and university campuses and shadowed Chancellor Randy Woodson and Provost Warwick Arden at North Carolina State University for the year.
Jennifer works for the Tweedle Group in Europe. She travels the world (sometimes for work, sometimes on her own) taking pictures and keeping a blog about her adventures. Her photos and postings are amazing. Jennifer writes: “I’m a modern day nomad. When I’m not traveling for work, I explore destinations, both on and off the beaten path, all over the world. I love to experience new cities, cultures, food, adventures… what ever life has, I want to experience it all. My family and friends have often said that they live vicariously through my travels. I want to share these with you and hope you enjoy.” At K Jennifer majored in psychology and studied abroad in Strasbourg, France.
Haans, an attorney and partner with Cunningham Dalman, P.C., presented on estate planning for business owners at the Midwest Trust and Wealth Management Conference for the Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio Bankers Associations. Haans has been named a “Rising Star” by Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine. He has a master’s degree in taxation matters, is pursuing his M.B.A., and is a certified financial planner. He focuses his practice in the areas of business law as well as estate planning/elder law.
Artworks Loveland (in Loveland, Colorado) is hosting an exhibition of Amy’s artwork. Titled “Surface Variations,” the exhibition uses paint, paper, and other mixed media to explore the space between two and three dimensional drawing. Amy captures a shift between sculpture and drawing and challenges our associations with recognizable objects, surfaces and space. The work deliberately changes in orientation and scale to encourage the viewer to engage in an ongoing dialogue about the expanded definition of drawing. Amy majored in art at K and studied abroad in Kenya. She earned a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from SACI in Florence, Italy, and an M.F.A. in Drawing from Colorado State University. She has exhibited internationally and participated in several residencies throughout the United States. Her exhibition in Loveland continues through February 27.
Ryan has been promoted to managing director at First Reserve, a global private equity and infrastructure investment firm exclusively focused on energy. He joined the firm in 2004 as an associate and returned as a vice president in 2008. At K, Ryan earned his B.A. in economics and business, and he was a standout player on the Hornet men’s tennis team. He holds an M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Ryan works in First Reserve’s Greenwich, Connecticut, office.
Gary has joined Amherst Partners in the firm’s Birmingham (Mich.) office as a new partner. Gary has more than 15 years of investment banking, private investing and operational experience, including involvement in transaction and advisory assignments. Most recently, Gary co-managed and served as a managing director with a regional investment banking and private investment firm. He began his career in investment banking with Banc of America Securities. He then worked as a private equity investor with Winona Capital Management, Bainbridge Ventures and Goense & Co. In addition, he previously held an operating position as a vice president for acquisitions and business development with a health care services organization. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree at K in economics, and he studied abroad in Clermont-Ferrand, France. He also holds a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
Justin has returned to his alma mater as a visiting instructor in religion for winter term 2016. Justin majored in religion and classics at K and studied abroad in Thailand. This term he’s teaching “Introduction to Hindu Traditions” and “Buddhism in South Asia.”
Sarah 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.
Kate is a conservation biologist at the Minnesota Zoo. Her mission is to reduce threats to wildlife by using science to solve conservation problems. “I seek to see a planet full of life and awe-inspiring wild places.” She assists the Tiger Species Survival Plan and Tiger Conservation Campaign, and she organizes the zoo’s Recycle for Rainforests Program. She continues her research on dholes in Thailand and is collaborating with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Mongolia on a project related to reintroduced Przewalski’s horses. Her former biology professor, Paul Sotherland, is a big fan. “CONGRATULATIONS,” he wrote to Kate, “on doing such cool stuff!”
Jodi received a “10 Over The Next Ten” award from the Lansing (Mich.) Regional Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes top young professionals in Greater Lansing who are expected to contribute significantly to their community over the next 10 years. Qualifying applicants are judged based on their professional achievements, community involvement and personal successes. Jodi is the owner and general partner of Human Resource Management Services, LLC. She is a certified senior professional in human resources. At K she majored in psychology and was a standout Hornet volleyball player. She has more than a decade of human resource management experience, working in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors with small and mid-sized employers. Her areas of expertise include employee relations, training, recruitment and retention. She writes a regular HR column for various state-wide publications, conducts training seminars through the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and serves on various committees related to HR policy and leadership development.
Adam has accepted the position of Business Banker at 1st Source Bank in Kalamazoo. He most recently served as C.F.O. for a regional independent insurance broker. At K, Adam majored in economics and business and studied abroad in Perth, Australia.
Lucas was recently named managing attorney for the Advocates for Family Health Program of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM). He joined LSEM in 2009 as a staff attorney and program director of LSEM’s Medical-Legal Program, a unit he will continue to manage in his expanded role. The Advocates for Family Health Program assists children, families and pregnant women who are eligible for Missouri’s family Medicaid programs: MO HealthNet for Kids, MO HealthNet for Families, and MO HealthNet for Pregnant Women. LSEM has provided high quality legal assistance in civil cases to the low-income community for more than 50 years.
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.
Ryan was named to the Crain’s Detroit Business list of “40 Under 40” for 2015, an annual citation of 40 successful professionals and entrepreneurs under the age of 40 in Southeast Michigan. Ryan is a partner at the Birmingham law firm of Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein. He played a key role in his firm’s representation of the Retired Detroit Police and Fire Fighters Association and the Detroit Retired City Employees Association during Detroit’s recent bankruptcy proceedings. He also has defended two major class action suits, handled a multi-million-dollar corporate purchase agreement, and represented a major auto maker in a multi-million-dollar supplier dispute. He serves as local counsel for a number of the nation’s top law firms. Ryan has been honored by many groups and publications, and he is the 2015 recipient of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association’s Barristers President’s Award. At K, Ryan majored in psychology. He earned his law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Kim has joined the law firm Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn as a partner in its Labor and Employment Department’s Wage and Hour Practice Group. She works in the firm’s Detroit office. Her practice focuses on representing employers in state and federal courts and before various administrative agencies in labor and employment matters, including retaliation, harassment, discrimination, breach of contract and wage and hour matters. She also advises employers regarding employment policies and procedures, best practices for internal investigations, human resources compliance and employment contracts. At K, Kim majored in political science and studied abroad in Bonn, Germany.
Tyson was recently a guest on the Joy Cardin Show on Wisconsin Public Radio to discuss the nuclear power plant moratorium in Wisconsin. Under a new proposal, Wisconsin’s 32-year-old moratorium on new nuclear power plants would be lifted. Supporters say nuclear power is cleaner and that new plants would create jobs, while opponents say it distracts from renewable energy efforts and that there’s no long-term solution to storing nuclear waste. Cardin’s guests discussed whether Wisconsin should end its moratorium on new nuclear power plants.
Tyson manages the science department of Clean Wisconsin. In this role he serves as the scientific and technical lead for analysis of environmental issues and policies, in order to inform advocacy and action advancing Clean Wisconsin’s environmental priorities. He also works to build the research base of Clean Wisconsin, expand the use of science in environmental decision-making throughout the state, and maintain Clean Wisconsin’s position as an expert resource for environmental science.
Prior to joining Clean Wisconsin, Tyson was an energy efficiency and renewable energy consultant. His work included first-in-the-nation field testing of emerging energy efficient technologies like LED lighting, and project management on the California Solar Initiative and CaliforniaSolarStatistics.org. He also served as a resident engineer for Engineers without Borders in Tanzania, and was a founding member of the Stanford Solar and Wind Energy Project. He holds a Master of Science degree in civil and environmental engineering from the Atmosphere/ Energy group at Stanford University. He has also studied environmental health science at the University of Michigan. At K he majored in physics and studied abroad in Budapest, Hungary. He has conducted research in fields including climate change, energy efficiency, renewable energy and public health.
Patrick has been named a shareholder of Plunkett Cooney. He works in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills, Mich., office where he focuses on contested financial services liability cases and uniform commercial code disputes. He has extensive experience in troubled debt restructures, receiverships, workouts and insolvency proceedings. Patrick is active in the Federal Bar Association and Turnaround Management Association. He received his law degree, magna cum laude, from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2009. At K he majored in political science and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain.
Mike recently authored a geology and paleontology guide of southern Colorado. That’s a great story, and Mike tells it best. During the summer of 2015 he did an internship with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) through the Geological Society of America’s GeoCorps program. “I was based in Canon City, Colorado, near both the Royal Gorge and several dinosaur quarries (so basically paradise),” he wrote. “My mentor had funding to write a book (for the BLM’s “Junior Explorer” series) that detailed the geology and paleontology of southern Colorado. So we teamed up with Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument; they paired me with another intern who had experience as an illustrator; and we went and wrote a book!” The book covers seven sites of historical and/or geologic importance along the Gold Belt National Scenic Byway so that kids on vacation with their parents can go to these sites after or while reading about them. Along the way, the book teaches geologic time, paleontology, how to recognize common types of rock, and how geologists interpret the rock record.
“Writing this thing was a lot of fun. Although there were some general guidelines for the book series that we had to follow, the activities and content were entirely up to us! And of course we had to go to all those places in person so that we’d know exactly what visitors would be able to see, and how each site might fit with our educational goals. The reception for the book has been fantastic as well. Not only were our mentors impressed at how quickly we put together a good product, but everyone outside of our group who has seen it has been impressed. The State Paleontologist for Wyoming (admittedly a friend of mine) told me that he wants his office to put out books like that.”
Mike and his illustrator and field partner (an undergraduate at Northern Arizona University) presented their book at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Baltimore in early December.
At K, Mike majored in biology and studied abroad in Wollongong, Australia. He earned his master’s degree at the University of Wyoming and is currently in a Ph.D. program at the University of Wisconsin (Madison). “Mike is an excellent example of someone who has pursued his passion,” wrote Associate Professor of Biology Ann Fraser. “I first met him when he was a sophomore in 2003, and even back then he was enthralled by paleontology.”
Lauren is an investigative television journalist in St. Louis, Missouri (News 4 Investigates Team). She has spent the majority of her career as a reporter and anchor, and she has worked in newspapers, radio and television. Before moving to St. Louis, she worked as an anchor and reporter at KARK in Little Rock, Arkansas. She earned her B.A. in English at K.
Tyler is the assistant house manager for National Public Radio’s quiz show, “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.” in Chicago. He’s also events coordinator for all of public radio station WBEZ’s live events in Chicago and producer for “The Moth – Chicago StorySLAM.” At K he earned his B.A. degree in theatre arts. He also studied abroad at the University of London, Goldsmiths College and participated in an internship as a production assistant on an off-Broadway play in New York City directed by Terry Kinney, one of the original founders of Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. After graduating from K, Tyler spent a year teaching English in South Korea before moving to Chicago.
Danielle is working on her M.F.A. degree in poetry at George Mason University in Washington, D.C. She is the poetry editor of So To Speak literary journal. She recently published a chapbook of contrapuntal poetry, Dialogue with the Dead, through Finishing Line Press. In Spring 2015, she was a visiting writer at K where her chapbook was taught in intermediate and advanced poetry classes. She currently works as a T.A. at George Mason, teaching undergraduate English composition and an Arab-American literature course. Her working-thesis project involves creating conversation among marginalized communities through collaboration and de-centering authorship.
William was named the managing director of Synchronicity Futures, LLC, a directional strategy Commodity Trading Advisor. He works in the firm’s Detroit office. William previously held positions with e360 Power LLC, Citigroup Commodities in Houston and Fortune Asset Management in London, England. He earned his B.A. in economics and business and studied abroad in London. He earned a Master in Professional Accounting degree from the University of Texas-Austin.
Aaron is currently a third-year Fellow in Poetry at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Aaron is a Fulbright scholar, winner of Tupelo Quarterly’s TQ5 Poetry Contest, and a semifinalist for the 92Y/Discovery Poetry Contest. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Meridian, Pinwheel, Southern Indiana Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. The Spectacle recently published “The History Behind the Feeling,” Aaron’s conversation with poet Claudia Rankine.
Sarah, a.k.a. the “Bricktator,” is making a name (even two!) for herself in roller derby. She’s a lifelong athlete: a childhood figure skater, high school basketball player, and Hornet soccer standout (she was captain of the women’s varsity team two years). At K Sarah majored in biology and studied abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico. After graduation, while living in San Francisco in 2011, Sarah got hooked on roller derby after attending a local game. She joined the Bay Area Derby Girls, a four-team league. Last year, when Arnosky moved to St. Louis, Mo., to attend graduate school at Washington University, she joined the St. Louis-based Arch Rival Roller Girls (ARRG) league and had an immediate impact. She was named MVP of the ARRG league this season, and she led her travel team to a No. 10 international ranking. In November of 2015 Sarah and her ARRG travel team qualified for the WFTDA Championships in St. Paul, Minn. The event included teams from five countries and was streamed live on ESPN3. In roller derby, each team has five players on the track at one time — four blockers and one jammer. The goal of the game is for the jammer to lap opposing players as they go around the track. Each time the jammer laps an opponent, one point is scored for the jammer’s side. The blockers are thus simultaneously attempting to stop their opponent’s jammer while also trying to create space for their own jammer to skate through. Sarah is a jammer for ARRG with the moniker “Bricktator.” She loves the sport for its physicality and footwork and for the fact that it favors so many different types of athlete body–short, tall, wide and thin. The sport has surged during the past 15 years with hundreds of women’s leagues around the world.
Tammy is finishing her master’s degree in science education at the University of Illinois at Chicago through a fellowship program sponsored by a National Science Foundation Noyce grant. She was a chemistry major at K, and she studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador.
Quinn has joined Greenleaf Trust’s retirement plan division as a participant services coordinator. She is responsible for conducting retirement plan enrollment meetings, meeting with plan participants, developing educational and informational materials and supporting the participant call center. At K Quinn majored in mathematics, studied abroad in Costa Rica and was a stand-out player on the Hornet volleyball team. Located in Kalamazoo, Greenleaf Trust is an independent Michigan-chartered trust-only bank, focused on wealth management, trust and estate administration, and administration of company-sponsored retirement plans.
Kaylah has been named to the White House Internship Program for Fall 2015. The program seeks “to make the White House accessible to future leaders around the nation and to prepare those devoted to public service for future leadership opportunities.” Interns work in one of several White House departments. Their responsibilities and tasks vary by department, but all interns are united through weekly events, including a weekly speaker series with senior staff members and small group meetings that explore different policy aspects of the Executive Office of the President through speakers, discussion and off-site field trips. Most importantly, the internship experience includes an emphasis on service, and interns participate in regularly scheduled service projects at schools and non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C. Kaylah is a junior at K majoring in theatre arts. She also is earning a minor in business and working on a concentration in media studies.
Dennis was awarded competitive fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities for work on his project titled “The Paralympic Movement, Sports and Disability in Postwar Japan.”
Sarah was selected to participate in the 2016 Taiwan Ceramic Biennale International. Her ceramic sculpture also has been highlighted in a long-term exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Péter has been named editor-in-chief of Cognitive Systems Research, a journal that covers the study of cognitive systems and processes both natural (organic) and artificial (robotic). Péter has taught at K since 2002 in the departments of physics and psychology. He also directs the College’s Center for Complex System Studies. Additionally, he is co-director of the Budapest Semester in Cognitive Science, a study abroad program mostly, but not exclusively, for North American students, including students from K. Péter was head of the department of biophysics at the KFKI Research Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics in Budapest from 1993 to 2011. He has degrees in chemistry and chemical cybernetics.
NYU/Steinhardt is celebrating its 125th anniversary by inviting speakers from around the world to participate in year-round events. One of those speakers will be Siu-Lan. In March she will give a short talk titled “Why Movies Move Us: The Psychology and Neuroscience of Film Music.” She also will be one of a four-member panel that will discuss the topic with the audience. In addition to Siu-Lan (a psychologist), the panel includes a film composer, a neuroscientist and a music theorist.
“Preußen in europäischer und amerikanischer Sicht.” In Preußen als Kulturstaat im 19. Jahrhundert, 57-66. Edited by Gisela Mettele and Andreas Schulz. Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh, 2015.
“Das ‘monarchische Projekt’ Friedrich Wilhelms IV. von Preußen.” In Inszenierung oder Legitimation?/Monarchy and the Art of Representation: Die Monarchie in Europa im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert.Ein deutsch-englischer Vergleich, 35-44. Edited by Frank-Lothar Kroll and Dieter J. Weiß. Prinz-Albert Studien/Prince Albert Studies 31. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 2015.
“Kein neuer Mythos. Das letzte Jahrzehnt West-Berlins.” Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte 65, no. 46 (9 November 2015): 37-42.
David also published a book review in the American Historical Review, and has another review scheduled for publication in the Journal of Modern History.
In the fall he traveled to Madison, Wisconsin, to deliver two invited lectures on the history of West Berlin a quarter century after German unification.. The first lecture was at the Vantage Point Subscription Club in downtown Madison, and the second was at the Center for European Studies at the University of Wisconsin.
He also gave the 2015 Moritz Lecture at Kalamazoo College. He spoke about the music scene and its importance in Cold War Berlin.
Siu-Lan is a co-author of the paper,”The Influence of Literacy on Representation of Time in Music: An Exploratory Cross-Cultural Study in the UK, Japan, and Papua New Guinea,” published in the November 2015 issue of the journal Psychology of Music. The research was funded by the Onasssis Foundation in Greece and involved fieldwork in various sites in the United Kingdom, Japan (Tokyo and Kyoto), and Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby and a remote region in the Eastern Highlands). The origin of this 2015 study has a distinct Kalamazoo College root–a 2004 study titled “Graphic Representations of Short Music Compositions” published in Psychology of Music. That paper was co-authored by Siu-Lan and K alumna Megan (Bartlett) Kelly ’01, a double-major in political science and human development and social relations. She contributed 250 hours of coding during the summer of her junior year. Also involved in the 2004 research was Professor of Music Tom Evans, who coded a sample of participant responses to check reliability; six K research assistants (Amy Seipel, Sandy Levine, Bradley Miner, Erin Rumery, Angela Kovalak and Christy Peaslee) and the 60 study participants, all of whom were K students. Fast forward some 10 years. “George Athanasopoulos at the University of Edinburgh read our 2004 study and was inspired to extend it to a cross-cultural study,” said Siu-Lan. “He invited me to join the project, and it was exciting to take part in research involving participants in five sites throughout the world.”