Robin was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Studies for Kyorin University located on the Hachioji campus in Tokyo, Japan. She may be the first foreign woman to hold the post of dean in a highly respected Japanese university. Sakamoto received her Ph.D. in educational policy and administration in 2006.
Julia has worked on a children’s orchestra and social music project for more than a year in Bonn, Germany. The orchestra, called the Kinder VielHarmonie, recently had its first concert! “The children come from two very socially different schools,” wrote Julia, “and the aim of the project was to bring these children together through music (during the rehearsals we also played games and had snacks).” According to Julia, the seed for the project dates to her Senior Individualized Project, which she completed under the supervision of Professor of Music Les Tung. During the proposal and planning phases of the Kinder VielHarmonie, Julie relied on several K connections, including Tung, Associate Professor of Music Andrew Koehler, and Liz Youker, a fellow musician who played with Julia in the Kalamazoo College and Community Orchestra under direction of Professor Emeritus of Music Barry Ross. The KCCO is today’s Kalamazoo Philharmonia, directed by Koehler. Julia was also inspired by Kalamazoo Kids in Tune, an orchestra-based youth development program modeled after the Venezuelan youth orchestra program known as El Sistema. She spent a week as a K student observing Kids in Tune at Woodward Elementary School. An article (in German) on the first concert of Kinder VielHarmonie appeared in Bürgerstiftung Bonn.
Lloyd died on February 19, 2014, after a long illness. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., grew up in Garden City, N.Y., and graduated from Kalamazoo College with a degree in physics. He spent two years in the United States Army Chemical Corp. He worked as an engineer for General Electric’s nuclear energy division for 37 years as well as an additional 10 years after retirement.
Josef, a visiting international student from Germany during the 1972-73 academic year, took a stroll around the K campus with his wife, Dorothea, last October 25. Now living in Marloffstein, Germany, Josef and Dorothea also visited Rob ’76 and Val ’76 Van Patten in Grand Rapids, Carolyn Sevin ’74 in St. Clair Shores, Patricia Harrington ’76 in Cary, Ill., Heidi Gregori-Gahan ’76 in Evansville, Ind., and Jeffrey Barbour ’75 in Titusville, Fla. Josef encourages K pals from yesteryear to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeremy is a business analyst with Memphis-based digital and web solution company Vanick Digital, where he assists in streamlining the company’s internal requirements gathering and analysis processes. Prior to joining Vanick, Jeremy served as a technical writer at Franklin American Mortgage Company and later as an IT business analyst.
Dennis died on July 16, 2014. He attended Michigan State University and was selected for the U.S. Army Language School in Monterey, Calif., where he became proficient in Russian and Bulgarian. He was then stationed in Ankara, Turkey, for four years with Army intelligence. After the Army, he graduated from Kalamazoo College (B.A., anthropology) and went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He was hired to do research for the National Park Service on Anasazi sites in New Mexico and Arizona, and then worked for the Navajo Tribal Health Department. Dennis was an excellent linguist and behavioral scientist, and was known for being a food and wine connoisseur.
David died on September 16, 2014. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in physics and studied abroad in Erlangen, Germany. David worked for the State of Michigan for 30 years. He enjoyed photography, woodworking, crossword puzzles, and music, and he loved visiting Torch Lake and traveling. David was very active in class of 1966 activities (rarely, if ever, missing a reunion or other opportunity to gather with classmates) and he loved his alma mater.
Shivangee has been named the new director of Lawyers for the Creative Economy, a program of Creative Many Michigan, a statewide economic development organization for the arts, culture, and creative design industries. The program delivers free to low-fee intellectual property and creativity-related legal resources and services to artists, creative practitioners, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Shivangee helps identify legal issues likely to affect artists and other creative persons and enterprises, and she determines the appropriate legal support and resources needed. She also prepares Michigan attorneys to provide artists with basic intellectual property knowledge and resources through her work at periodic workshops, public lectures, orientations, and forums. At K Shivangee earned her bachelor’s degree with a double major in religion and economics and business. She studied abroad in Aberdeen, Scotland. Shivangee earned her J.D. from Wayne State University Law School.
Blake and his wife Julie (Cutcher) Hurt ’04 welcomed daughter Kristin Leigh into the world on January 4, 2014. Last year Blake also obtained ownership of his law practice. Hurt Patent Law is an intellectual property boutique located in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, specializing in patents, copyrights, and trademarks.
Andy was elected president of the Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Michigan at the organization’s 2014 fall conference. Andy practices in the areas of general civil litigation, insurance coverage litigation, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation, and appellate litigation. He is co-chair of the Miller Johnson law firm’s ERISA litigation practice. He earned his bachelor’s degree in math at K and studied abroad in Budapest, Hungary. He earned his law degree from the University of Michigan School of Law. Andy has a long history of active leadership with the State Bar of Michigan, and he has served as treasurer of the Grand Rapids Bar Association.