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Jessica Halonen ’94

Jessica juried the University of North Dakota Department of Art & Design annual Student Art Collective competition in the University’s Hughes Fine Arts Center. Jessica is assistant professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She received her M.F.A. degree in painting from Washington University in Saint Louis. She has been an artist-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire and a Core Fellow at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, in Houston, Texas.

David Chapman ’69

David is on Fulbright Fellowship this spring during which time he is affiliated with the Malaysia National Higher Education Research Institute in Penang. During this fellowship he gave an invited presentation–“Widely Recognized Problems, Controversial Solutions: Issues and Strategies for Higher Education Development in East Asia”–to faculty and students at the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) in Kuala Lumpur. David is a professor in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development. During his fellowship in Malaysia he represented the university in signing a memorandum of understanding with IIUM that may eventually lead to faculty exchanges, joint internship programs, and other collaborative educational projects.

Donald Stowe ’56

Don died on September 11, 2014. He was a lifelong resident of Kalamazoo and earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from K. He was a member of the men’s Hornet tennis team and part of the 1956 undefeated squad. He also helped his father, Allen Stowe (a professor of chemistry at K from 1928 to 1957), run the National Junior Tennis Championships for many years. Don earned a master’s degree from Western Michigan University and was a chemistry teacher at Portage Central High School for 37 years. He also was a longtime tennis coach at the school.  Don’s extraordinary ability in the classroom was recognized by the American Chemical Society (Kalamazoo Section) with a Science Teacher of the Year Award. Don combined his military service with his love of tennis. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War and led his team to the First Infantry Division Tennis Championships in 1954. Don was involved in Boy Scouts and an active member of the Kalamazoo Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families. He had an avid love of photography and computers and designed the first web page for his church. Don is survived by his wife, Jan, their three children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Katina Bitsicas ’11

Katina lives in Columbia, Missouri, where she is an assistant teaching professor of digital storytelling at the University of Missouri. At K Katina earned her B.A. in art and participated in the GLCA Arts Program (New York City). She earned a post-baccalaureate degree from from SACI in Florence, Italy, and a M.F.A. from the University of South Florida. Katina’s work has been shown both nationally and internationally, and she has exhibited in multiple venues and festivals such as The Ringling in Sarasota, Florida; Project Space Kleiner Salon in Berlin, Germany; Index Art Center in Newark, New Jersey; Tractionarts in Los Angeles, California; and AIVA Video Art Festival in Finspång, Sweden.

Mike Carlson ’02

Mike is a distinguished alumnus (political science major) and a great intramural softball teammate (he played on a championship team when he was a staff member at K). Mike recently shared a professional and personal connection that started with a LuxEsto class note.

“Years ago (2007, I believe),” wrote Mike, “LuxEsto published an update on my life at a new Denver-area I.B. elementary school where I was teaching.  Mike Galvin ’70, an accomplished educator and fellow K grad living in Colorado, read the blurb and e-mailed me. Shortly thereafter we talked on the phone and agreed to meet in person.  Our connection was instantly a strong one.

“Over the last several years, Mike and I have become even closer, partly because my career path seems to be mimicking his.  We both fell into teaching seemingly by accident (while substitute teaching–he in Chicago, me in Denver) and fell in love with it.  We both started as elementary teachers.  He became a principal and eventually a consultant to school principals and superintendents through his work with McRel, an organization that specializes in mentoring school leaders and leading educator evaluations.  Eventually, Mike started up his own consulting business.  Somehow, he has also found the time to mentor me!

“I recently completed my master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Denver.  When I was looking for a position that would help me grow as a school leader, Mike steered me toward the Sheridan School District, which has been my home this year. I work as the district’s middle school instructional coach.  I am back on the market, looking for school principal/director positions, and  Mike is again an invaluable resource to me as I search.

“Mike and I have also enjoyed meeting up and discovering more similarities between our lives–including the fact that both of our wives have taught French! He also met with me the day my father died. Having him in my life has meant a great deal, personally and professionally, and it all resulted from a serendipitous connection through LuxEsto.”

Vic Braden ’51

Vic died on October 6, 2014. He was 85 years old and arguably the most well-known graduate of Kalamazoo College. He matriculated to K from Monroe (Mich.) High School, where he had been a multi-sport athlete (football, basketball, baseball, and tennis). He was the first high school tennis player to win the state singles championship three times. At K he earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology and played on the Hornet men’s tennis team. He served as team captain his senior year, the same year he took the MIAA singles championship. He also was MIAA doubles champion in 1949 and 1951. After graduation he was the assistant basketball coach at the University of Toledo, and he played on the professional tennis circuit. Vic moved to California and earned his master’s degree in educational psychology (California State University). He began study for his doctorate in psychology (USC) but discontinued that work in order to become the chief tennis professional at a tennis club. It was in the teaching of tennis that Vic achieved his international renown. In 1971 he started the Vic Braden Tennis College in Coto de Caza, Calif. That effort later expanded to include campuses in Florida and Utah and traveled throughout the United States, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and China. He taught thousands of players and lectured in all 50 states. His players included champions like Tracy Austin, and yet he seemed to have a special spot in his heart for the average weekend hacker. He combined humor and psychology to make every student as proficient as she or he could be. Vic hosted a tennis instructional show on public television in the early 1980s that was carried by 238 stations. He appeared on NBC, made instructional videos, and authored eight books. The New York Times obituary (“Vic Braden, Tennis’s Pied Piper, Dies at 85,” Douglas Martin) noted that “Mr. Braden’s forte was psychology, which he thought could nearly work miracles. He told Sports Illustrated that if he were given eight good 13-year-old players–‘I don’t mean great athletes,’ he specified–he could have all of them in the Wimbledon quarterfinals at 18. Such improbable success, he said, would involve learning to think differently. ‘The moment of enlightenment,’ he said, ‘is when a person’s dreams of possibilities become images of probabilities.’” In recognition of his lifetime achievements, Vic was presented an honorary degree from his alma mater in April of 2008. He is pictured (center, in the photo at left) at that event, held in Stetson Chapel, with the late Professor and Coach Emeritus George Acker (left) and Professor of Physical Education and Volleyball Coach Jeanne Hess.

Mary Helen Diegel ’97

Mary Helen is an award-winning teacher in the Livonia (Michigan) Public Schools. She and two colleagues are planning a trip to the House of Hope Orphanage in Montrois, Haiti. They will bring and distribute school supplies, clothes, and shoes to the children there. The three also will guide enrichment camps focusing on sports, art, and dance. Their work expands a program that previously resulted in the provision of four goats for the village, used to supply milk and cheese to the community.

Kathleen Buday ’90

Kathleen is assistant professor of art therapy in the Department of Visual Arts at University of Wisconsin-Superior. She earned her B.A. degree in studio art from K and studied abroad in Clermont-Ferrand, France. She earned her M.Ed. degree in art education from Wayne State University. Kathleen has more than 15 years of experience in the art and art therapy fields, including time spent as a visiting instructor of art and art history at K.

David Gray ’81

David joined the economics department at the University of Ottawa in 1990. His research interests are in the areas of labor market policy–particularly unemployment insurance and programs for displaced workers such as work-sharing and retaining–and earnings mobility and inequality. He has worked on many research projects for Employment and Social Development Canada over the past 20 years, and was affiliated with the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation.

His teaching activities include the standard introductory courses, probability and statistics, introduction to econometrics, and labor economics. He is the author of the study guide for the dominant undergraduate labor economics textbook in Canada. Since his appointment at the University of Ottawa, he has taught mostly at the undergraduate level. Although he is qualified to teach courses in French, and does so on occasion, he usually teaches in English to large classes comprised primarily of 18-year old students.  In 2010 he was nominated (along with eight others) as a finalist for TVOntario’s Best Lecturer Competition–the first economics professor to obtain that status. He was subsequently selected as the winner of the best teacher award at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa.

David received his B.A. in mathematics at K and studied abroad in Clermont-Ferrand, France. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics at the University of Michigan.