Haans, an attorney and partner with Cunningham Dalman, P.C., presented on estate planning for business owners at the Midwest Trust and Wealth Management Conference for the Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio Bankers Associations. Haans has been named a “Rising Star” by Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine. He has a master’s degree in taxation matters, is pursuing his M.B.A., and is a certified financial planner. He focuses his practice in the areas of business law as well as estate planning/elder law.
Beverly was honored in April with the 28th Annual YWCA Mohawk Valley Outstanding Woman Award. It was the first time the award was conferred in the social justice category. Beverly is professor emerita of criminal justice at Mohawk Valley Community College. At K she majored in French and studied abroad in Caen, France. She earned a M.A. in sociology from Cleveland State University. She started law school but did not like it and left after her first year. Beverly is grateful for her varied work history (internships at training schools for delinquent girls, social work, bank teller, Kelly girl, development officer, staff on projects including women’s equity, national security, and the Cleveland Martin Luther King celebration) and travel (living in France and even taking a ride on the Marrakech Express). She directed the Criminal Justice Program at Notre Dame College of Ohio and was an adjunct instructor in Cleveland-area colleges. In 1989, she decided to take a leap into the unknown by applying for a position at Mohawk Valley Community College. At MVCC she developed courses in restorative justice, mediation, juvenile delinquency, and ethics in criminal justice and received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Beverly has served on the boards of The Peacemaker Program, YWCA Mohawk Valley, New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Justice Studies Association, Criminal Justice Educators Association of New York State, Women’s Employment and Resource Center, the MVCC Professional Association, and WomenSpace. “Kalamazoo College has been incredibly important to my development as a person (and, eventually, as an academic),” she wrote. “I spent my career service quarter at the Michigan Girls Training School in Adrian. This experience was transformational, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity. I did my senior project on the treatment of delinquent girls at the Institut Saint-Jean-Eudes in Caen, France, comparing my experiences and making observations. Kalamazoo College is about social justice, and so are its graduates!”
Nicolette was an invited speaker and panelist during “Nobel Week Dialogue,” an event that occurred in Stockholm during the awarding of Nobel Prizes in early December. Some 20 panelists participated. Nicolette is a writer and environmental activist. She is the author of Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production (2014) and Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms (2009), as well as numerous essays for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times.
John was named an “Ohio Super Lawyer” for 2017. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The multi-phased selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. John works for the law firm Tucker Ellis LLP in Cleveland, Ohio. Along with being on the 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers list, John was on the 2016 Ohio Super Lawyers list and the 2016 “Best Lawyers in America” list.
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.”