Maggie is program quality coordinator for the St. Paul (Minn.) Public Schools Foundation, an AmeriCorps position. She’ll spend the next year coordinating tutoring programs that support literacy and math at the public schools, evaluating the success of those programs, and working with the resource library to assist tutoring partners.
Megan received the 2014 Henry D. Messer Youth Activist Award for her work in Michigan’s LGBT equality movement. The award is one of the annual Catalyst Awards from Equality Michigan. As Community Engagement Coordinator of the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center since late 2012, Megan has had an impact not only in the Kalamazoo area, but across Michigan. During her K days, she worked with Habitat for Humanity as an AmeriCorps volunteer and with Queers for Economic Justice in New York. Megan will received her award at Equality Michigan’s annual dinner in February.
Michael has been re-appointed to the board of directors of Vangold Resources Ltd., a Canadian-based mineral and petroleum exploration company. Michael has been chairman of NEMI Northern Energy & Mining Inc. since March 2009. Prior to that, he was a private investor working on both the Pacific Options Exchange and the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He holds a B.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering from University of Michigan and a B.A. in physics from K.
Louis died on August 12, 2014. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy following his high school graduation in 1944. After his discharge from the Navy, he attended Kalamazoo College and later graduated from Ball State University. Louis founded his own insurance agency, Andrews & McFadden, and later became president of the merged O’Rourke, Andrews, and Maroney, Inc. insurance agency, one of the largest in the state of Indiana. He was a gifted athlete and an avid golfer. He enjoyed playing bridge, poker, kuda, and other card games; rooting for the New York Yankees; reading; being with friends; and most of all, spending time with his family.
Rayline is vice president of development at the Kalamazoo Nature Center.
Aaron won Tupelo Quarterly’s TQ5 Poetry Contest with his poem “St. Inside & Not,” About the winning poem contest judge Amaud Jamaul Johnson wrote: “I read the list of finalists aloud, alone, standing in my office. While there were many fine, well-polished poems, the music of Aaron Coleman’s ‘St. Inside & Not’ followed me out of the room. The use of anaphora, heavy alliteration and assonance, the quirkiness of the syntax, the image system, all kept me off balance. I was under the spell of this poem. A poem should possess its own logic; establish a unique authority over the reader. From the first line, the poem takes you by the throat and turns. Reading ‘Being midnight ripped / off the face of constellation,’ I thought of Dickinson’s ‘If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off …’ Of course, I’ve never been able to divorce this sentiment from my lingering fear of racial violence. But I know Coleman’s lyric shatters us into song. I know this is poetry!” Congratulations, Aaron! Aaron earned his B.A. at K in psychology, and he studied abroad in Caceres, Spain.
SungWoo and his family recently moved to Columbia, Missouri, after almost 15 years in Baltimore. He accepted a faculty position in the University of Missouri’s health psychology department where he will develop academic programs in applied behavior analysis.
Patrick has been appointed President of CONMED International (Utica, N.Y.), a medical technology company with an emphasis on surgical devices and equipment for minimally invasive procedures. Prior to his appointment Patrick served in executive positions in several multinational health care firms. In each case his leadership was characterized by the company’s strong growth and commercial development. CONMED products are used by surgeons and physicians in a variety of specialties including orthopedics, general surgery, gynecology, neurosurgery, and gastroenterology. The company’s 3,600 employees distribute its products worldwide from several manufacturing locations. CONMED has a direct selling presence in 16 countries outside the United States, and international sales constitute more than 50 percent of the company’s total sales. At K Patrick earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and business and studied abroad in Munster, Germany. He earned an MBA in finance from Western Michigan University.