Lydia (Buttolph) Moyle, who died in 1984, has been inducted posthumously into the Mattawan, Michigan, Schools Hall of Honor. As a teacher and principal there from 1916-1919, and acting superintendent in 1918, she organized a girls basketball team and the Mattawan Alumni Association. Later, she founded the Parent-Teacher Association, the Mattawan Garden Club and the Merry Mates 4-H Club, and served on the board of education. The Mattawan Public Education Foundation awards scholarships in memory of her and husband Norman.
Virginia (Stafford) Vanpeenen celebrated her 105th birthday on Jan. 29, 2017. She was born the year the Titanic sank. At K, she majored in English. She also was a member of the Eurodelphian Gamma Society and served as secretary for her class in her junior and senior years. Vanpeenen’s husband died when she was 37, and she raised her three children as a single parent. She worked as a teacher and earned a master’s degree from Western Michigan University. In addition to her children she has nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. The Kalamazoo native now lives in Cary, North Carolina.
Don Schneider ’63 and wife Jean Chin, traveling to Hanover, New Hampshire, for a tandem bicycle rally, stopped in Brattleboro, Vermont, to visit with the Lewises, Turner ’63 and Kay ’65. Schneider reports that though Turner Lewis is retired as a veterinarian, he is still helping with the annual Alaskan Iditarod dog sled race. Schneider said the Lewises are also aware of campus happenings and optimistic about the future of liberal arts education, particularly at K. In another trip, Schneider and Chin dropped in on Ken VanAndel ’63, and his wife, Louise, in Aurora, Illinois. VanAndel, a ham radio operator, was recently appointed to the Naperville Emergency Telephone System Board.
Gretchen Eick ’64, Ph.D., recently received a Fulbright Fellowship (her third), which she will use to teach in Bosnia. Eick is the author of four books, “Dissent in Wichita: The Civil Rights Movement in the Midwest 1954-72”; “Herstories: Woman to Woman”; “Maybe Crossings’; and “Finding Duncan.” At K she majored in history and studied abroad in Sierra Leone.
Robert Neuman ’66, Ph.D., has written “College Smart,” a three-book series for students, parents and educators aimed at helping prepare students for college, graduate from college on time and save money. Neuman, who was associate dean of the College of the Arts and Sciences at Marquette University in Milwaukee and spent 30 years counseling students, taps experience and expertise he gained from his long career in higher education.
John Noffsinger ’70, a literature scholar specializing in the works of Charles Dickens, recently spoke on “Women in Dickens” as part of the annual Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series in Southern Shores, North Carolina. Noffsinger holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and taught at various independent schools in Virginia, and at Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University, before retiring in 2014.
Former classmates Dan Coyle (from left), Brian McCrea and Paul Smyth pose in front of Castle Eilean Donan, originally built by McCrea’s ancestors, while touring the Scottish Highlands.
Paul Burnam ’72, director of the library at Methodist Theological Seminary in Ohio, had an article published in the July-September 2017 edition of the Ohio History Connection’s Timeline magazine. Titled “The President and the Preacher,” it describes the efforts of activists Washington Gladden (a key figure in the social gospel movement) and William Oxley Thompson (Ohio State University’s longest-serving president and the moving force behind Ohio State becoming a major research university) to settle a streetcar strike, promote prohibition and set up local government in Columbus, Ohio, during the first two decades of the 1900s.
Michael Kane ’74 attended the Institute for American Universities’ 60th Anniversary Celebration and Gala in Aix-en-Provence in France. He says Aix “is as charming as ever,” but he was sad to report he was the only K alum to attend. Based in New York, he is a lawyer specializing in commercial real estate and invites friends to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Riley ’82, tennis coach at Kalamazoo College, has been inducted into the University of Pennsylvania Tennis Hall of Fame. As a coach at Penn, he led the team to Ivy League titles in 2006 and 2007, and the Quakers were ECAC champions in 2005 and 2006. He also coached eight first-team All-Ivy picks, a pair of Ivy League Rookies of the Year—the program’s first two major Ivy awards—and the 2004 ITA Northeast Region Rookie of the Year. In 2006, Riley was named ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year, USTA Middle States Tennis Association Section Coach of the Year, and Philadelphia Area Tennis District Collegiate Coach of the Year.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has appointed Jeffrey W. Clymer ’83 to a judgeship on Porter County Superior Court No. 2. Clymer received his law degree at Valparaiso University Law School and began his legal career as a judicial law clerk in St. Joseph, Michigan. After his clerkship, he worked in private practice in Valparaiso. An experienced mediator, he has been an adjunct law professor at Valparaiso law school since 1999.
Jennifer Burris ’87 lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she earned a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan. She has worked as a project manager at Ford Motor Co. and Carl Zeis, and currently is at LINK Engineering. Now an empty nester, she hopes to reconnect with fellow K alumni.
Megan Carney ’92 has been appointed artistic director at Chicago’s About Face Theatre, a company dedicated to advancing national dialogue on gender and sexuality. “Throughout the organization there is an alignment of values to support projects that advance both artistic excellence and social justice,” she says. “I believe that theatre created with such a focus has the power to open hearts and minds in unique and powerful ways and encourage us to imagine—and then create—a better future.” Carney had been directing plays with Rivendell Theatre in Chicago and serving as the director of the Gender and Sexuality Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Joy Campbell ’96 has received the 2017 Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Service in World Language Education from the Michigan World Language Association (MIWLA), in recognition of exemplary service to the association and the profession at large. She has been executive associate director of Michigan State University’s Center for Language Education and Research since 2004. In addition to working at MSU, Campbell has taught in France and Morocco, where she served in the Peace Corps, and has been a volunteer teacher and tutor for various organizations including Global Volunteers and The Reading People. Campbell has chaired MSU’s World Languages Day since it began in 2005. Each year, it brings high school students from all over Michigan to MSU to explore world languages and cultures. She also served as the MIWLA coordinator for the State Continuing Education Clock Hours program for 13 years, facilitating professional education credits for well over 1,000 language professionals.
John David Gardiner ’03 has joined the workplace law and litigation and alternative dispute resolution practices at Bodman PLC’s Grand Rapids, Michigan, office. He represents employers in employment law cases and business owners and their families in white-collar crime cases and other criminal investigations.
George Lowe ’04 is now director of tennis and head tennis professional at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Grand Traverse, Michigan. Previously, he was Michigan tennis service representative for the U.S. Tennis Association/Midwest Section. He was a Hornets tennis player from 2000 to 2004, graduating with a degree in physics.
Sam Sedaei ’06 has joined the Chicago office of Roetzel & Andress as an associate in the firm’s business litigation practice group. Sedaei earned his law degree in 2014 from the George Washington University Law School, where he was a Thurgood Marshall Scholar. He served as a judicial intern for the Judge Steven M. Gold of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, and interned with the Division of Judges of the National Labor Relations Board. Following graduation, Sedaei practiced commercial litigation at two Chicago law firms.
Katie (Krezoski) Evans ’08, a family practice physician, has joined Empire Family Care Center, serving Lelanau and Benzie, Michigan. Her husband, Luke Evans, is a Benzie County native, and she told the Record-Eagle newspaper that the addition of her and another physician to the previously single-doctor practice “will be great for the local community so they don’t have to travel so far to get their routine care.”
Kaya Beery ’09, a discovery guide coordinator at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo and a conservation educator at the New York Aquarium, spent the summer of 2017 in Namibia, where she conducted research projects in radio tracking, cheetah conservation and ecosystem management, and designed school and community programs. She participated in the program while earning her master’s degree from Miami University’s Advanced Inquiry Program.
Rico Javier ’09 has been promoted to assistant manager of the downtown Lansing and Sparrow, Michigan, branches of the MSU Federal Credit Union, where he has worked since 2013. He also has coached recreational youth basketball in East Lansing.
Sarah Esther ’09 (Manley) Silver and Justin Paul Silver were married Oct. 14, 2017, by Rabbi Sara Luria in Brooklyn, New York. The couple met in 2011 at the University of Michigan, where they each received a law degree. Sarah Silver is a lawyer in the housing law practice of the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn. Justin Silver is an associate at the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell. He graduated from Tufts University.
Ellie Cannon ’15, who received a Fulbright grant as an English teaching assistant in Spain during the 2016-2017 school year, will serve a second year there as a Fulbright culture and pedagogy mentor. Drawn from the previous year’s grant recipients, the mentors guide programming for the new cohort of grant recipients. Cannon credits K with “equipping me with tools for intercultural interactions. Moreover, the College and Fulbright program reinforce the essential understanding that we are global citizens, whether overseas or at home in our own complex societies.”