Jessica won the grand prize in the Kzoom Video $10,000 video services giveaway in Kalamazoo. Jessica owns and operates Birth Kalamazoo, which offers natural childbirth and breastfeeding classes, birth and postpartum doulas, lactation consults, and birth doula training. She received $7,500 in video services, after receiving 4,091 votes in the online voting contest.
Morowa is one of five NAACP Image Award nominees in the category of Outstanding Literary Debut Work. Her novel for which she was nominated is titled Time of the Locust. The award ceremony will occur in Pasadena, California, on February 6. In other news regarding the novel, Simon & Schuster has included Time of the Locust in this year’s Freshman Reading Catalog for college administrators.
A book by Cliff has been named a finalist in the 2015 Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize. Manuka: The Biography of an Extraordinary Honey, is the ‘rags-to-riches’ tale of how a piece of scientific serendipity turned an unwanted honey into a ground-breaking medicine. The Royal Society of New Zealand is modeled on the original Royal Society in England, the oldest continuing academy of sciences in the world. An important function of the Society is the sharing of science-based ideas in the overall New Zealand community, and the Book Prize is a way of celebrating the efforts of writers and publishers in that regard. The competition is held every two years, and is open to all books by New Zealand authors that “communicate scientific concepts in an interesting and readable way for a general audience.” The judges noted that “manuka honey is a uniquely New Zealand product, valued here and internationally for its rich taste and therapeutic properties.” They went on to write, “… this delightful and surprising book … tells the captivating story of the science behind the discovery of the antibiotic effects of manuka honey, with a focus on the scientists and beekeepers who have brought this product to the world.” Cliff is a well-known writer on beekeeping subjects and is co-author of two books on bee diseases. For more than 30 years he worked as a beekeeper adviser in New Zealand, and has also assisted beekeepers in countries as diverse as the Solomon Islands, Uruguay, and Vietnam. This is his first foray into popular non-fiction. Manuka: The Biography of an Extraordinary Honey is now on sale in bookstores in New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom. The book is also available in the United States through Amazon.
Scott has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Scott is a partner with the Las Vegas law firm Fisher & Phillips LLP that specializes in labor and employment law, labor and employment litigation, employee benefits law, and immigration law. The firm has more than 300 attorneys in 31 cities. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 79,000 leading attorneys are eligible to vote.
Ryan has been promoted to managing director at First Reserve, a global private equity and infrastructure investment firm exclusively focused on energy. He joined the firm in 2004 as an associate and returned as a vice president in 2008. At K, Ryan earned his B.A. in economics and business, and he was a standout player on the Hornet men’s tennis team. He holds an M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Ryan works in First Reserve’s Greenwich, Connecticut, office.
A former resident of St. Joseph, Michigan, John received the Distinguished Alumni award from the St. Joseph Public Schools Foundation. He has built a professional polling firm, Anzalone Liszt Grove Research, that has helped candidates, associations and corporations with message development and strategic planning. His firm has offices in Montgomery, Alabama; New York; Washington, D.C.; and Lanai, Hawaii. He now serves as one of the main pollsters and strategic consultants for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Prior to his polling career John was a campaign operative who worked for Democratic Party strategists James Carville and Paul Begala in U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg’s 1988 campaign. He began his political career as an aide to David Wilhelm at Citizens for Tax Justice and the AFL-CIO, before managing campaigns in five states. At K he majored in political science and economics and studied abroad in Italy. John lives in Montgomery, Alabama, with his wife and four children.
Lisa was awarded the 2017 Kleban Prize for most promising musical theater librettist. Lisa won two Tony Awards (2015) for writing the book and lyrics of Fun Home, a play about a lesbian cartoonist coping with her father’s suicide. She also has written and performed the plays Well and 2.5 Minute Ride. At K Lisa majored in theatre arts and studied abroad in the United Kingdom. In other news about Lisa, she is featured in the third volume of The Legacy Project, a series of interviews that focus on prominent contemporary American playwrights. Lisa interviews writer and director James Lapine, who wrote the book for the musical Sunday in the Park With George, one of Lisa’s favorites. Stephen Sondheim did the lyrics and music. It’s a fascinating interview you can see on YouTube. The Legacy Project is produced by The Dramatists Guild.
Jessica juried the University of North Dakota Department of Art & Design annual Student Art Collective competition in the University’s Hughes Fine Arts Center. Jessica is assistant professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She received her M.F.A. degree in painting from Washington University in Saint Louis. She has been an artist-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire and a Core Fellow at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, in Houston, Texas.
LaNesha is vice president of assessment and community engagement at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History in Detroit. And she recently was honored with one of Crain’s Detroit Business’s “40 Under 40” Awards, a recognition of 40 high achievers under the age of 40 in the Detroit community. Her biggest achievement: securing notable African-American speaker programs for the museum to enhance its impact in the community. Current goal: lead the museum’s efforts to gain national accreditation to increase its impact and help it achieve sustainability. LaNesha earned her bachelor’s degree in history at K and studied abroad in Nairobi, Kenya.
Teju is one of 16 finalists for the 2015 PEN Open Book Award. He was nominated for his book Every Day is for the Thief (Random House). The award confers a $5,000 prize and will be announced at the 2015 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony on June 8.