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.
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.
Thomas received Virginia Tech’s 2015 Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine Outstanding Senior Award, which recognizes exceptional academic achievement and leadership by a graduating senior. Thomas received his D.V.M. degree in May. At K he earned his bachelor’s degree in biology. He also earned a minor in Chinese and did his study abroad in Beijing, China. At VMCVM he was a member of the Gamma Sigma Delta Agriculture Honor Society, received the Robert C. Brown Career Life Sciences Award in Leadership (2013 and 2014), and served as a research assistant, student member on the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine dean’s search committee, and as a student interviewer for the college’s class of 2018 applicants.
David was named “Physician of the Year” for Sonoma County (California). The news was shared by Class (of 1963) Agent Don Schneider. David majored in biology at K and studied abroad in Bonn, Germany. He earned his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. About the award he wrote, “I was named ’Physician of the Year’ not for being a primary care doctor for 38 years, on call every fourth or fifth day and weekend, not for getting up in the middle of the night and then having to see 25 patients the next day, but rather for convincing our local city council to raise the purchase age for tobacco products to 21 in our little town of Healdsburg, California.” The honor was conferred by the Northern California Center for Well-Being. The idea is to reduce the number of teenagers who use tobacco. “If we can get people to the age of 21 without trying tobacco, very few start smoking,” says David. “I hope to take the measure statewide in the next year or two.”