Betty died on August 31, 2014. She came to K as a transfer student from Northern Illinois University. At K she met her husband, classmate Hunter Wright, and they were married for 72 years. The couple operated an insurance business in St. Joseph, Mich., for 30 years. They have three children and 11 grandchildren. Betty was a former member of the American Association of University Women, the Child and Family Services Auxiliary, the Women’s Fellowship of Zion United Church of Christ (St. Joseph), the Krasl Art Center, and the St. Joseph River Yacht Club.
Tiffany manages the Building Sustainable Communities Program for the Detroit-based Urban Neighborhood Initiatives. The BSCP is working to improve the 1.3-square-mile Springwells Village neighborhood in southwest Detroit. Tiffany also is pursuing her master’s degree in community development from the University of Detroit Mercy. She majored in political science at K and studied abroad in Chaing Mai, Thailand.
Rayline is vice president of development at the Kalamazoo Nature Center.
Jon is the president and chief executive officer of the Greater Reading (Pennsylvania) Economic Partnership. Since its launch in 2004, GREP has facilitated 154 economic development projects and attracted, retained, or grown more than 12,000 jobs in Berks County. At K he majored in political science and studied abroad in Sierra Leone. His post graduation career included jobs in the insurance industry and for a mental health association. Those were followed by a long tenure at Time Warner Cable Inc. That career took him many places, including Reading, which he and his family made home. He hopes to increase the number of development projects and jobs created through GREP initiatives.
Marc died on April 8, 2015. He matriculated to K from Mt. Pleasant (Mich.) High School and majored in French and physics. He studied abroad in Caen, France, and graduated from K summa cum laude. After graduation he returned to France to teach English and do translation work. He returned to the United States to attend graduate school at Princeton University, where he earned a master’s degree in French literature. He interrupted his work on his doctorate to return to France in 1989. He was a journalist for Slate.com and other online media, and he also worked as a talk radio host for a local Paris LGBT program. He was deeply involved with work with the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) as a volunteer, former board member, and member of the site selection committee. “We have lost a special person,” said FGG Co-President Kurt Dahl. “His passion and dedication to the FGG was limitless.” He is survived by his partner, Jimmy Masserson, his sister, an aunt and uncle, and several cousins.
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.
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.”