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.
Nick has been promoted. He is now the associate head coach of the UCLA men’s soccer team. For the past three seasons he has served as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator for the Bruins. In addition to recruiting, Nick is actively involved in all aspects of the UCLA soccer program, including player development, training, scouting, scheduling, soccer-specific fitness training, summer camp development and community outreach. The former Hornet All-American has helped lead the Bruins to the NCAA Tournament in each of his three seasons in Westwood and a Pac-12 Championship in 2012. His work helped UCLA secure the number one seed in the 2013 tournament and the number two seed in 2014 tournament.
In December Todd was appointed president of Healthcare Trust Inc. Prior to the appointment he served as the company’s vice president and chief investment officer. Todd has almost 25 years of experience in the financing and development of commercial real estate, with more than 20 of those years focused exclusively on the development, leasing and capitalization of healthcare-related real estate. At K he majored in economics and business and studied abroad in Hannover, Germany. He earned an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Rob has received a Henry and Sylvia Richardson Research Grant from the Entomological Society of America (ESA). The grant provides research funds to postdoctoral ESA members who have at least one year of promising work experience, are undertaking research in selected areas, and have demonstrated a high level of scholarship. Rob earned his B.A. from K with a major in biology and a minor in German. He studied abroad in Erlangen, Germany. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Munich (Germany), where he majored in ecology, evolution, and systematics, and studied the evolutionary biology between two closely related species of ants. He received his Ph.D. in entomology from Michigan State University. There he helped to develop an integrated pest management program for the asparagus miner. That research included investigating the development, chemical ecology, and natural enemies of that insect. Rob is currently a postdoctoral research entomologist at the United States Department of Agriculture’s Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, West Virginia. He is researching an integrated pest management program for the invasive brown marmorated stink bug. Rob has more than a decade of experience in helping to develop integrated pest management programs for pests in vegetables and tree fruit. He’s written 18 peer-reviewed publications and made more than 100 presentations.
Rosemary has been named to the Muskegon (Mich.) Area Sports Hall of Fame. She, along with other members of the 31st annual Muskegon area hall-of-fame class, will be inducted on June 3. Rosemary began playing tennis at a very early age, despite the fact that competitive opportunities for girls were few or none at all. She persisted and graduated from Muskegon High School. At K she won the MIAA singles championship four consecutive years and was a semifinalist in the NCAA championships in 1959. She remained a nationally-ranked player in her age group for many years and also became certified as a teaching professional and official. From 1979-2003, she was the head tennis professional at Drumlin’s Tennis Club, which is owned by Syracuse University. She managed the university’s recreational tennis and tennis instruction programs. A court at Drumlin’s is named in her honor. Rosemary has served on numerous boards for tennis organizations and was honored by the Big East Conference for advancing girl’s and women’s sports. She also is a member of the Hornet Athletic Hall of Fame.
Joy Campbell ’96 has received the 2017 Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Service in World Language Education from the Michigan World Language Association (MIWLA), in recognition of exemplary service to the association and the profession at large. She has been executive associate director of Michigan State University’s Center for Language Education and Research since 2004. In addition to working at MSU, Campbell has taught in France and Morocco, where she served in the Peace Corps, and has been a volunteer teacher and tutor for various organizations including Global Volunteers and The Reading People. Campbell has chaired MSU’s World Languages Day since it began in 2005. Each year, it brings high school students from all over Michigan to MSU to explore world languages and cultures. She also served as the MIWLA coordinator for the State Continuing Education Clock Hours program for 13 years, facilitating professional education credits for well over 1,000 language professionals.
Matthew received the H. Fleming Fuller Award for exemplary commitment to patient care, teaching, and community service. Matthew is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons and a distinguished professor and chair of the University of North Carolina’s department of neurosurgery. He’s been with the university’s hospital system for 17 years. The award is given annually by the University of North Carolina Health Care board of directors. Matthew earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and studied abroad in Muenster, Germany. He earned his medical degree at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.