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.
Myra was keynote speaker at Indiana University Bloomington’s 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Leadership Breakfast. Myra was the first woman and the first African American to serve on the Indiana Supreme Court. She currently is in private practice with the law firm Ice Miller in Indianapolis. In 1999, the Indiana Supreme Court appointed her to chair its Commission on Race and Gender Fairness. She continues as a current member. At K she majored in psychology and studied abroad in Sierra Leone. She earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan School of Law.
FisherBroyles, LLP, announced that Suzanne has been named to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in the areas of Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law and Real Estate Law. Suzanne was also voted Lawyer of the Year in the area of Financial Services Regulation Law.
Dennis was awarded competitive fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities for work on his project titled “The Paralympic Movement, Sports and Disability in Postwar Japan.”
Sandra has been selected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Membership in the Academy is offered to leaders in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, business, public affairs and the nonprofit sectors. Members have included Martin Luther King Jr., Margaret Meade, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington. The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel Prize winners. Sandra holds master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois). At K she majored in philosophy and studied abroad in Ghana. She is a professor of history at Cornell University and the author of West African Narratives of Slavery Texts from Late 19th and early 20th Century Ghana (Indiana University Press, 2011).
ACPA (American College Personnel Association)-College Student Educators International announced its Association-wide award winners for 2017. Among them is Dafina-Lazarus, who was named a Senior Scholar. Senior Scholars advocate for the integration of scholarship into the practice of student affairs. Nominees are senior members of the profession who have made exemplary and sustained contributions to ACPA’s mission of generating and disseminating knowledge and who have the commitment to further advance research and theory. Dafina-Lazarus is an associate professor at Bowling Green State University. Dafina-Lazarus majored in sociology at K and earned a master’s degree and doctorate at Ohio State University.
Michael was awarded a 2014 David S. Bruce Outstanding Undergraduate Abstract Award from the American Physiological Society. Michael did a research internship in a muscle physiology laboratory. That work became the basis of his Senior Individualized Project: “The protective effects of simvastatin on muscle in a rat model of chronic rotator cuff injury.” Winter term was a good one for awards for Michael. He also was one of the College’s Senior Leadership Award winners.
Tim has joined the Grand Rapids office of the law firm Miller Johnson. He will represent and counsel health care clients on regulatory compliance, reimbursement, medical staff and peer review, and employment matters. Tim was named a “Rising Star” in health care law by Michigan Super Lawyers. At K he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science, and he studied abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico. He graduated from Michigan State University College of Law in 2006.
Jon received the 2015 Visionary Award from GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network), the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students. Jon is founder and president of the Arcus Foundation. He also serves on K’s board of trustees. In honoring Jon, GLSEN noted that “Jon Stryker has been a philanthropic pioneer, ensuring LGBT people have the same opportunities as everyone else. Since founding the Arcus Foundation in 2000, Mr. Stryker has become a leading funder and supporter of LGBT issues [and] Arcus has become one of the world’s largest LGBT-focused grant makers, leading the way in the U.S. and pioneering funding for LGBT issues globally…” Celebrating its 25th year, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. The GLSEN Respect Awards showcase the work of students, educators, individuals, and corporations who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. Previous GLSEN Respect Awards honorees include actress Julia Roberts, Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffery Katzenberg, film producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, and former NBA player Jason Collins.
The National Science Foundation awarded Regina a conference grant she will use to support a Science and Social Justice Think Tank to be held on the Kalamazoo College campus in April.