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.
Alisa was interviewed on NPR station WMUK (Kalamazoo) on December 4. The interview focused on her work at De Zwaan, America’s only authentic Dutch windmill, located–where else?–in Holland, Michigan. Alisa recently won the state history award from the Historical Society of Michigan for her book De Zwaan: The True Story of America’s Authentic Dutch Windmill. She is the windmill’s resident miller. A class note on Alisa and the award will appear in the spring issue of LuxEsto.
Meredith has been named a New Leaders Council—Detroit 2016 Fellow. NLC-D is an entrepreneurial leadership program for progressive young professionals, with a mission to recruit, train and promote the next generation of progressive leaders. Meredith is the director of development and strategic initiatives for Michigan United, a statewide organization fighting for racial, economic and gender justice in Michigan through grassroots organizing. Michigan United’s primary areas of work are fighting for comprehensive immigration reform, ending mass incarceration, promoting equitable development and fighting for an economy that works for all of us. Meredith has organized on campaigns to fight violence against women, increase affordable housing, clean up toxic waste in her local neighborhood, raise Michigan’s minimum wage and increase access to affordable, quality child care and long-term care. She lives in Detroit and loves building campaigns to advance gender equity and women’s rights. At K she earned her degree in human development and social relations and studied abroad in Dakar, Senegal. Her study abroad Intercultural Research Project was a program on HIV-prevention among at-risk Senegalese communities. Her Senior Individualized Project was a documentary on HIV-prevention in Detroit.
Sam works for the national real estate firm Draper and Kramer, Inc., which won two annual Chicagoland Apartment Marketing and Management Excellence (CAMME) awards in November. Both awards recognized the firm’s Wheaton Center community, a six-building, 758-unit rental development in downtown Wheaton, Ill. Sam won one of the awards, in the category of Assistant to Property Manager, for his excellence in managing the day-to-day operations at Wheaton Center. Sam has held various positions at Draper and Kramer since joining the firm in 2012. He was the operations manager at Wheaton Center for the past two and a half years, and last month became a pricing manager at Draper and Kramer’s corporate headquarters. Prior to his role at Wheaton Center, Sam was an assistant property manager for Draper and Kramer’s Prairie Shores Apartments and a leasing consultant for 1350 N. Lake Shore Drive. At K Sam earned his B.A. in economics and played intercollegiate soccer for the Hornets.
Todd is an associate professor of English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and he recently was awarded a Distinguished Faculty Award by IUP’s University Senate. At K Todd majored in English and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. He earned his M.F.A. in writing (School of the Art Institute) and his Ph.D. in American literature (University of Illinois at Chicago). His recent publications include the book The National Joker: Abraham Lincoln and the Politics of Satire as well as a number of articles, editions, and book chapters. He recently was awarded a Peterson Fellowship, an archival research residency at the American Antiquarian Society.
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.