Joy Campbell ’96 has received the 2017 Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Service in World Language Education from the Michigan World Language Association (MIWLA), in recognition of exemplary service to the association and the profession at large. She has been executive associate director of Michigan State University’s Center for Language Education and Research since 2004. In addition to working at MSU, Campbell has taught in France and Morocco, where she served in the Peace Corps, and has been a volunteer teacher and tutor for various organizations including Global Volunteers and The Reading People. Campbell has chaired MSU’s World Languages Day since it began in 2005. Each year, it brings high school students from all over Michigan to MSU to explore world languages and cultures. She also served as the MIWLA coordinator for the State Continuing Education Clock Hours program for 13 years, facilitating professional education credits for well over 1,000 language professionals.
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.”
An associate professor of political science at Guilford College, Kyle has been selected as a faculty fellow in philanthropy with the college’s Office of Advancement. During the semester-long fellowship, he will spend one day a week with advancement staff, as well as visit with donors, alumni and parents. The fellowship will also include the opportunity to learn how to cultivate and manage prospect relationships, work with grant writers to solicit foundation support and help with campus philanthropy needs. Co-chair of Environmental Studies since 2004, Kyle recently completed an Emerging Leaders fellowship with the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington, D.C. During that program he visited more than 40 college and university campuses and shadowed Chancellor Randy Woodson and Provost Warwick Arden at North Carolina State University for the year.
Jim has been promoted from associate professor to full professor of physics at Wabash College. He earned his B.A. in physics at K and studied abroad in Hannover, Germany. He earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Michigan. Jim has taught at Wabash since 2003. And he won Wabash’s highest teaching honor in 2012. He has served in important leadership roles in the physics department, across the college, and in the scientific community, including as a science policy fellow at the National Science Foundation and as the director of MoNA (the Modular Neutron Array) project. He is the author or co-author of 80 peer-reviewed publications. Jim is currently on sabbatical at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. He is doing research on the nuclear structure of the most neutron-rich nuclei achievable in order to understand the limits of stability of nuclei with vastly more neutrons than protons.
Suzanne is a partner in the Cleveland (Ohio) office of the law firm FisherBroyles, and she was selected by Super Lawyers Magazine as a 2017 Ohio Super Lawyer. It is the seventh time Suzanne has been so recognized. She also was honored with the designation in 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Suzanne practices in real estate, commercial loan transactions, finance and business and corporate law.
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.