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.”
Aaron is currently a third-year Fellow in Poetry at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Aaron is a Fulbright scholar, winner of Tupelo Quarterly’s TQ5 Poetry Contest, and a semifinalist for the 92Y/Discovery Poetry Contest. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Meridian, Pinwheel, Southern Indiana Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. The Spectacle recently published “The History Behind the Feeling,” Aaron’s conversation with poet Claudia Rankine.
Rick received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the St. Joseph (Mich.) Public Schools Foundation, which honors St. Joseph High School alumni who have excelled in their professions and/or made significant contributions to their community. In high school Rick was captain of the football, wrestling and baseball teams. He earned his bachelor’s degree from K in economics and studied abroad in Hannover, Germany. He earned a M.B.A. from Grand Valley State University. Rick has been involved in the banking industry his entire professional career and serves as the President/CEO of Edgewater Bank in St. Joseph. Rick also serves in leadership positions of the Michigan Great Southwest Strategic Leadership Council, Krasl Center for the Arts, Lakeland Health Foundation and St. Joseph Today. He and his wife Pam live in St. Joseph and have two grown sons.
Bruce, a professor of English and upper-division writing coordinator at North Dakota State University, has been recognized with the IEEE Professional Communication Society’s top prize for teaching. He received the Ronald S. Blicq Award for Distinction in Technical Communication Education in October. Bruce is the co-founder and coordinator of the Trans-Atlantic and Pacific Project, known as TAPP. Started during the 1999-2000 academic year, the project links writing, usability testing and translation classes via collaborative documentation projects at 28 universities in 15 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. The award was conferred at IEEE’s annual ProComm conference at the University of Texas in Austin. As an award winner, Bruce delivered a plenary address titled “Examining the Cult of Monolingualism.”
Darrin is one of 20 20-somethings featured in a recent article (“Twenty in Their 20s”) that appeared in Crain’s Detroit Business. Darrin is the state representative for the 23rd District in the Michigan House of Representatives.
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.