Last October Anna took part in the “3 Peaks 3 Weeks Challenge: South America,” a trek up three mountains in Peru, Bolivia, and Chile to support women, girls, and conservation. She raised $5,000 (her team together raised just under $80,000) for the Peaks Foundation. The funds will support local nonprofits in the communities that Anna visited during her climbing/fundraising endeavor. The Peaks Foundation offers challenges around the world. Its aim is to motivate, inspire, and empower women worldwide to reach their full potential. Since 2007, the Peaks Foundation has invested more than $1 million to organizations in India, Kenya, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nepal, and Tanzania. Anna is pictured on the summit of Cerro Oportus in Chile.
Ryan is one of five environmental experts recruited by Community Bank of the Bay (Oakland, Calif.) to serve on the Bay Area Green Fund Advisory Committee. At K, Ryan earned his B.A. in biology and studied abroad in Chaing Mai, Thailand. He earned a master’s degree in environmental science and management from the Bren School at the University of California Santa Barbara. Ryan is a LEED accredited professional specializing in existing building, operations and maintenance. He also is an Envision-certified sustainability professional.
Danny’s film “The Stories They Tell” was accepted to the inaugural Royal Starr Film Festival at the Emagine Theaters in Royal Oak Michigan. It screened there last October. In this feature-length documentary, Kalamazoo College students enrolled in Professor of Psychology Siu-Lan Tan’s “Developmental Psychology” course collaborate with first and second graders to write children’s stories together. As they create these whimsical, amusing and surprising stories, the connections they make with each other has a lasting impact not only in literacy and learning, but in understanding their past and future. More recently, the documentary was an official selection of the Made in Michigan Film Festival and screened in Frankenmuth, Michigan, on Sunday, February 5.
Scott is one of only 158 nominees nationwide for the 2015 Allstate/National Association of Basketball Coaches Good Works Team. The award recognizes men’s college basketball players for their charitable achievements and community involvement. Scott is a senior captain of the Hornet men’s basketball team. He carries a 3.9 grade point average and is majoring in economics and mathematics. He does significant volunteer work for Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes, an organization dedicated to food security and food justice. He also helps coach Special Olympics teams and serves as a recess assistant at Woodward Elementary School. The 10 award winners will be announced this month. If Scott is in that group he will be flown to the Final Four tournament in April, recognized for his service, and he will participate in a community service project in the host city of Indianapolis.
Shangeeta was named a charter member of the Indus Entrepreneurs of Detroit, a global, non-profit community for entrepreneurs. She is a shareholder at the Detroit office of Brooks Kushman, the largest intellectual property law firm in Michigan. There, she serves as chair of the Post Grant Practice Group and serves on the management committee as the chief diversity officer. She has more than two decades experience obtaining and litigating patents for local, national and international clients, and she is highly respected speaker at conferences and workshops. Shangeeta is the founder of Retooling Detroit, an early literacy program aimed at reversing the literacy divide in Detroit. She serves in many other civic organizations and has received numerous legal awards. At K she majored in chemistry and economics.
Bruce is featured in an interview with the Center on Compassion and Global Health. During his tenure at the World Bank Bruce played a key role in the global effort to eradicate onchocerciasis (river blindness) in West Africa. Bruce is writing a book on that work. The director of the Center on Compassion and Global Health is David Aldiss, a friend of Alison Geist, who directs Kalamazoo College’s Center for Civic Engagement. Alison also teaches courses in K’s new concentration called “Community and Global Health.” David taught an epidemiology class on campus during a recent visit here as a visiting fellow of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. According to Alison, “We have a lot of alumni doing global health work as well as many students doing interesting Senior Individualized Projects and internships in the field of public health.”
Lourin was honored by Michigan’s Special Olympics as Volunteer of the Year. The state’s Special Olympics Summer Games were held at the end of May on the campus of Central Michigan University. Lourin has been a longtime volunteer for the organization.
Judge Rosen has served for 24 years as a U.S. District Court judge in Detroit (five years as chief judge). Rosen delivered the 29th annual I. Goodman Cohen Lecture in Trial Advocacy at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit in February. Rosen’s lecture was titled “Trial Practice as Viewed from the Perspective of the Trial Judge.” Rosen was also in the news for his work as the federal mediator in the Detroit bankruptcy case. One of his ideas suggested that foundations contribute money to bolster at-risk city pensions and prevent the Detroit Institute of Arts from having to sell its artworks. A Detroit Free Press article (January 14) noted that the idea had resulted in pledges of some $330 million.
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.
A native Saint Paulite, Bethany discovered her love for the arts while a student at Kalamazoo College, but also quickly discovered making art is not her forte. Since receiving a master’s degree in arts administration, she has worked within arts organizations and for artists, holding positions at the Walker Art Center, the Women’s Art Resources of MN (WARM), the American Craft Council, the Playwrights’ Center, Rain Taxi, and currently, as Executive Director of Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts. When she’s not working with writers and artists, she can be found volunteering at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport helping lost travelers, judging National History Day events, and serving on the board of the Somali women’s health organization, Isuroon. She also reads a novel a week, attends 150 art and theater events annually, travels outside the country at least once a year, obsessively collects handmade jewelry, and is training for her third triathlon.