I was not the most confident lad as I stood bright-eyed and bushy-tailed one fine August morning in 2006 in front of the Crissey Hall listening to our new enthusiastic head soccer coach welcome us freshmen into the family. These new freedoms and new rules (or occasional lack thereof) were a lot to take in. […]

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Uncommon Reading

The 2013 Summer Common Reading author Vaddey Ratner greets a Stetson Chapel audience with the namaskara, a Buddhist hand gesture that evokes utmost respect and adoration for the divine in everyone.

There’s nothing common about Kalamazoo College’s Summer Common Reading program – so unique and marvelous that some people call it subversive. The 2014 selection was WE NEED NEW NAMES by NoViolet Bulawayo.

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President accepts K college soccer jersey

The College’s 18th president is passionate about soccer, and Mexico’s national team tops his list. And soccer is more than a sport; it’s an international language that bridges difference and provides an opportunity to share love.

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How to Grow a Poet

Kalamazoo College poets Kate Belew and Jane Huffman

There’s no richer soil than that of Kalamazoo College. Seniors Kate Belew and Jane Huffman, two of the most outstanding writers (in a class of outstanding writers), share a pair of mentors—Diane Seuss and Conrad Hilberry.

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For K Professor, Home is Where the Help is

Disaster help

A few weeks after Hurricane Maria, Associate Professor Adriana Garriga-Lopez and others at Kalamazoo College and in the community created Todo Kalamazoo con Puerto Rico to help with disaster aid.

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Struggle, then Metamorphosis

Reko Coy

Bryan Rekowski’s girlfriend’s younger brother was struggling at a small liberal arts college. So Bryan (class of 2010) wrote to him. His article, adapted from that letter, suggests growth comes from struggle, and struggle requires risks.

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Earth Words

students farming

English instructor (and Writing Center director) Amy Newday’s courses in ecopoetry and community-supported agriculture share a common theme of sustainability and sow seeds in both the earth and minds.

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K River Anthology

K-Tucky Derby

Visit K’s Story Zoo. Take a minute, or three, or seven. You’ll find Rose Kennedy, the K-Tucky Derby, the S.O.B., a beach in Crissey, “Late Minutes” lock up, a 10-Best list topped by the Quad, and much more. You can add your own story.

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K Journey; Space Journey

nasa trip photo

A half-a-planet, multi-month trek was no obstacle to Mojtaba Akhavan-Tafti’s desire for a liberal arts education at Kalamazoo College. His K-Plan included the launch of a NASA mission to study the earth’s magnetosphere.

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Retiring K Professor Celebrates Long Musical Journey

Jim Turner

For more than two decades, Professor Jim Turner used music and voices to connect and celebrate the diversity of K’s community.

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