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.
Judy was inducted into the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame on January 30, 2015. She works at the Academy of Sacred Heart (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) where she serves as associate head of school, upper school director, and women’s varsity tennis coach. When Judy was a high school player, team trips to Stowe Stadium may have influenced her decision to attend K. As a Hornet she played field hockey and basketball and sort of “fell into tennis. I played for Tish Loveless,” Judy said. “She was the field hockey coach, so showing up for tennis try-outs wasn’t intimidating. A former high school teammate came to get me from my dorm room the afternoon of try-outs and said that clearly I should play tennis. She was right. It was a great decision.” By the time that the Hornets reached the MIAA Tournament that spring, Judy was playing one-doubles with the one-singles player. “I was really inspired to continue playing after that experience,” she added. “I played all four years at K.” Since becoming varsity tennis coach at Sacred Heart, the Gazelles have won nine regional championships and finished second six times. They have recorded 11 top-ten finishes in state competition, including two state titles (2012 and 2013). Judy has been regional coach of the year on four occasions and was state coach of the year in 2001. She is a member of the Catholic High School League Hall of Fame.
Jon was recently cited with two awards: an Artist Fellowship in Music Composition (bestowed by the South Carolina Arts Commission) and the Carl Blair Award for Commitment to Arts Education (given by the Greenville Metropolitan Arts Council). Jon has been teaching music theory and history at the Greenville Fine Arts Center, a magnet high school of the arts, since 1988. And he sends a hearty shout out to the class of ’75!
Haans, an attorney and partner with Cunningham Dalman, P.C., presented on estate planning for business owners at the Midwest Trust and Wealth Management Conference for the Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio Bankers Associations. Haans has been named a “Rising Star” by Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine. He has a master’s degree in taxation matters, is pursuing his M.B.A., and is a certified financial planner. He focuses his practice in the areas of business law as well as estate planning/elder law.
Beverly was honored in April with the 28th Annual YWCA Mohawk Valley Outstanding Woman Award. It was the first time the award was conferred in the social justice category. Beverly is professor emerita of criminal justice at Mohawk Valley Community College. At K she majored in French and studied abroad in Caen, France. She earned a M.A. in sociology from Cleveland State University. She started law school but did not like it and left after her first year. Beverly is grateful for her varied work history (internships at training schools for delinquent girls, social work, bank teller, Kelly girl, development officer, staff on projects including women’s equity, national security, and the Cleveland Martin Luther King celebration) and travel (living in France and even taking a ride on the Marrakech Express). She directed the Criminal Justice Program at Notre Dame College of Ohio and was an adjunct instructor in Cleveland-area colleges. In 1989, she decided to take a leap into the unknown by applying for a position at Mohawk Valley Community College. At MVCC she developed courses in restorative justice, mediation, juvenile delinquency, and ethics in criminal justice and received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Beverly has served on the boards of The Peacemaker Program, YWCA Mohawk Valley, New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Justice Studies Association, Criminal Justice Educators Association of New York State, Women’s Employment and Resource Center, the MVCC Professional Association, and WomenSpace. “Kalamazoo College has been incredibly important to my development as a person (and, eventually, as an academic),” she wrote. “I spent my career service quarter at the Michigan Girls Training School in Adrian. This experience was transformational, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity. I did my senior project on the treatment of delinquent girls at the Institut Saint-Jean-Eudes in Caen, France, comparing my experiences and making observations. Kalamazoo College is about social justice, and so are its graduates!”
Nicolette was an invited speaker and panelist during “Nobel Week Dialogue,” an event that occurred in Stockholm during the awarding of Nobel Prizes in early December. Some 20 panelists participated. Nicolette is a writer and environmental activist. She is the author of Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production (2014) and Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms (2009), as well as numerous essays for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times.
John was named an “Ohio Super Lawyer” for 2017. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The multi-phased selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. John works for the law firm Tucker Ellis LLP in Cleveland, Ohio. Along with being on the 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers list, John was on the 2016 Ohio Super Lawyers list and the 2016 “Best Lawyers in America” list.
Richard was a co-recipient of the 2014 Pro Bono Recognition Award from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He was honored for volunteer service representing a plaintiff assigned by the court in a complex disability case featuring elements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Though elements of the case are still pending, Richard helped successfully argue that a wheelchair-bound muscular sclerosis patient is entitled to lifetime disability benefits. Richard is a partner and senior litigator in the Detroit office of the law firm Plunkett Cooney. He earned his bachelor’s degree at K in political science, and he received his law degree at Boston College.
Ruth was awarded the Faith Award this year for recognition of her leadership and work in creating safe and affirming spaces through a faith lens. Ruth advocates for the LGBTQ community from the pulpit (she serves as the pastor of Christian Church-Disciples of Christ in Kalamazoo), in everyday life, and as chair of the Faith Alliance. During her time at Kalamazoo College, Moerdyk helped found the first LGB student organization at K and went on to provide leadership for the LGBTQ student organization at Chicago Theological Seminary. She earned her bachelor’s degree in religion and studied abroad in Sierra Leone.
Paul is president of Paul Lukez Architecture, a 15-person architecture and urban design firm in Sommerville, Mass. Prior to establishing PLA in 1992, Paul worked with nationally and internationally recognized architectural firms such as S.O.M. / Chicago, William Rawn Associates, and Arrowstreet Inc. He has taught at Rhode Island School of Design, Washington University in St. Louis, and MIT. Paul is the recipient of numerous academic and professional honors, and his work has been recognized by editors of local, regional national and international publications. In recognition of his achievements in design excellence, he was elected as a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects. He is also the author of “Suburban Transformations” (Princeton Architectural Press, 2007). After leaving K, Paul earned a B.A. degree in Environmental Design from Miami University (Ohio), and a master of architecture degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “K’s internship program was instrumental in getting me an amazing job at SOM in Chicago, where I was able to work with world famous designers,” said Paul in an email message to his former Hornet soccer coach Hardy Fuchs. “None of that would have been possible without the K-Plan.”