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.”
Mike has joined the board of directors of Sturgis Bancorp, Inc. in Sturgis, Michigan. Mike is president of LTI Printing in Sturgis and also serves on the boards for the Sturgis Area Community Foundation and Sturgis Area Business/Education Alliance. After earning his B.A. degree in economics from Kalamazoo College, Mike earned an M.B.A. degree from Washington University in St. Louis where he received the Charles F. Knight Award for being in the top 10 in the graduating class based on academic performance. He lives in Sturgis with his wife and four children.
Michelle received the American Institute of Architects Medal for Excellence in All Efforts during the spring 2015 Architecture Awards at the Sam Fox School, Washington University in St. Louis. The award honors her outstanding achievements in the WUSTL College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design. Michelle earned her B.A. degree in art from K.
Kate was one of three recipients of the Ashley Brooks-Danso Memorial Fund Student Travel Scholarships for the Council on Social Work Education’s annual program meeting last year. The gathering is the premier national meeting in the social work education field. More than 2,500 social work educators, administrators, practitioners, students, and other key decision makers from across the country and around the world attended, making it the largest gathering of its kind. Kate’s scholarship was awarded through the CSWE National Center for Gerontological Social Work Education. A Master in Social Work (MSW) student at the University at Albany, Kate was accepted into the competitive Internships In Aging Project (IAP), which is conducted in partnership with community consortium agencies and offers the opportunity to specialize in services to aging persons. IAP is part of the Geriatric Social Work Practicum Program, which was begun by the John A. Hartford Foundation and coordinated by the New York Academy of Medicine, now called the Hartford Partnership Programs for Aging Education. The goal of the program is to address the critical need for geriatric social workers.
Mary has begun her one-year term as board of directors president of the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS). Mary is vice president of product management for OCLC, a global, nonprofit cooperative of libraries throughout the world. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. NFAIS is the nation’s leading membership association for the information services industry.
Mike has been inducted into the Muskegon (Mich.) Area Sports Hall of Fame. He guided the Muskegon Catholic Central football team to six state titles in his 25 seasons as head coach before his retirement in 2012. Mike also coached baseball and junior high girls basketball and volleyball, and was a teacher, athletic director and principal during his years at MCC. At K, Mike earned his bachelor’s degree in political science.
Nick has been selected by College Soccer News as one of the top 15 Division I assistant coaches in the country. He is entering his third season as men’s soccer assistant coach at UCLA. Nick is considered one of the top recruiters in the country. In his first year with the Bruins he helped lead the team to its second consecutive PAC-12 championship. In his second season he led the effort to bring in the No. 1 ranked recruiting class. And, this past off season, he again helped bring in the consensus No. 1 ranked recruiting class.