Class Notes

Bill Sevald ’69

Bill has published a novel titled The Stuttering Jock’s Opera, available as an eBook at Amazon, Google Play and other online retailers.

Paul Shapiro ’70

Paul’s performance in Sam Shepard’s play Fool For Love became a tribute to the actor-playwright’s life and legacy when Shepard died during the play’s run. Paul appeared in a production (ACT-A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle, Washington) that ran from July 29 through August 6. Paul is pictured in the poster’s background at right. Shepard wrote a total of 55 plays during his career.

Sandi (Kovarbasic) Lilly ’74

Last November Sandi  became senior associate counsel at DRB Capital, LLC, in Delray Beach, Florida. She wrote, “Moving was an adventure, given I had a massive fire in my condo a week and a half before I moved. All is well, though. Come see me if you’re in South Florida.”

Sue Coon ’74

Sue retired on June 30, 2017, after a 41-year career in higher education. She served as manager of Stewart Theatre at North Carolina State University for eight years, then spent 33 years at Duke University as director of cultural affairs, dean of university life, and most recently as senior assistant director of undergraduate admissions. Among the guests at the retirement party were Carolyn Scott ’74. Carolyn, Sue and John Whisler ’74 lived at the same home in Caen during study abroad. In her retirement, Sue will enjoy seeing more of husband Conrad Weiser, her children and their spouses, and her adorable grandson.   “If you are ever visiting the Triangle area of North Carolina, please stop by!” She can be reached at

Carol (Markov) Bast ’74, J.D.

Carol has published a new textbook titled Florida Courts (5th Edition), designed for law students and those thinking about a legal career. Carol is an associate professor at the University of Central Florida, where she has taught for the past 24 years. She is the author of a previous textbook  titled Foundations of Legal Research and Writing. Her areas of research and writing include eavesdropping and wiretapping, plagiarism, legal ethics, legal research, legal writing, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. At K Carol majored in Spanish and studied abroad in Madrid. She earned her law degree (magna cum laude) from New York Law School.

Barb Turner DeRose

Barb sent a photo of members of Kalamazoo College’s class of 1979 who had gathered in Grand Haven to celebrate their 60th birthdays. Pictured are (l-r): front row– Rollin Marquis, Mary Seaberg King, Carla Farthing Sykora; second row–Daulat Oppusunggu, Ruth Blackburn, Mary Whittaker Duncan, Dan Duncan, Barb Turner DeRose, Chris DeRose; back row–Chris and Jeannine Morris, David Blackburn, John O’Brien, Ken King, Leslie and Don Chinick and Bob Sykora. Also attending but not pictured was Nancy Nelson. “Ruth Blackburn, Jeannine Morris and Leslie Chinick are spouses of K-79ers,” wrote Barb, “and we include them in the Hornet ‘family’.” Congratulations, all.

Ken Arthur ’88

Ken’s book, Out of the Ashes: Constructive Theology for Those Burned Out on Christianity, was recently published. By looking at Christian beliefs and the Christian way of life in new ways, the book seeks to help readers open themselves to some of the alternatives to the fundamentalist and often oppressive Christianity that is too often assumed to represent all followers of Christ. Ken is pastor of Phoenix Community Church, United Church of Christ. Ken earned his Bachelor’s degree in math at K. He earned a Master’s degree in computer science from Western Michigan University and his Master of Divinity degree from the Chicago Theological Seminary. He studied abroad in Madrid, Spain.

Julie Mehretu ’92

Julie is at work on two massive paintings (27 x 32 feet) commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She describes the works as the most American of her her paintings, ones that try to “make sense of where we are in our country right now.” She began work on them the day after the November 2016 national election. An article on Julie and these paintings appeared in the New York Times (“In an Unused Harlem church, a Towering Work of a ‘Genius’,” by Hilarie M. Sheets, August 3, 2017).

Rob Davidson ’93

Rob recently announced his candidacy for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He will run as a Democrat in the Michigan 2nd Congressional District in 2018. Rob is an emergency room physician in Spring Lake, Michigan. At K he majored in biology and studied abroad in Caen, France. He earned his medical degree from Michigan State University.

Anjalee Deshpande Hutchinson ’95

Anjalee has published a book (Routledge) titled Acting Exercises for Non-Traditional Staging: Michael Chekhov Reimagined. The work offers a new set of exercises for coaching actors when working on productions that are non-traditionally staged in arenas, thrusts, or alleys. Anjalee is an Associate Professor of Theatre & Dance and the Department Chair at Bucknell University. She is a National Michael Chekhov Association Certified Teacher. At K Anjalee majored in theatre arts. In 2004 she returned to Kalamazoo College as guest director for Festival Playhouse’s production of Lanford Wilson’s “Balm in Gilead.”

Jennifer Goodlander ’97

Cover of Jennifer Goodlander's bookJennifer has published a book titled Women in the Shadows: Gender, Puppets, and the Power of Tradition in Bali. The book chronicles her studies to become a dalang, a Balinese shadow-master, narrator, and puppeteer who uses song, dramatization, puppet manipulation, music, and humor to present stories. Only a few Balinese dalangs are women. Jennifer is an assistant professor in the department of theatre, drama, and dance at Indiana University. She has performed Balinese shadow puppetry in China, Indonesia, and around the United States. Her research focuses on the relationship between tradition and modernity as expressed through puppetry in Southeast Asia. At K Jennifer majored in theatre arts and studied abroad in London, England. she earned a M.F.A. in theatre at the University of Hawaii.

Bethany Johnson ’07

Bethany Johnson joins Texas State UniversityBethany, an alumna of the Kalamazoo College art department, has joined Texas State University this fall as assistant professor in the School of Art & Design. After graduating from K, Bethany earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where she also served as a lecturer after completing her MFA. In her tenure-track position at Texas State, Bethany will continue to develop her own creative work alongside her coursework in drawing and two-dimensional design. The piece pictured above is titled “We Live on a Planet.” You can see more of Bethany’s work at

Ed Menta, the James A. B. Stone College Professor of Theatre Arts

Ed had an essay and article published this summer. His essay “Directing on the Thrust Stage: The Two Room vs. One Room Concept” is included in the new acting textbook Acting Exercises for Non-Traditional Staging published by Routledge Press and written by K theatre arts alumna Anjalee Deshpande Hutchinson ’95. His article “I Finally Saw the Greek Theatres: Impressions of Teaching Undergraduate Theatre History” can be found in the most recent issue of the academic journal Theatre Topics.