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Ben Imdieke ’99

Ben received one of three Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Fellowships presented by the Ohio State Bar Association this year. The annual fellowships are awarded to exceptional first- or second-year students from Ohio law schools and are designed to honor Moyer’s commitment to improving access to courts, advancing civility and ethics, working with national and international organizations to promote the rule of law, and promoting civic education. Fellowship recipients receive $3,000 from the Moyer Legacy Fund and $1,000 from their law schools to fund a summer opportunity advancing these principles. Ben is a student at the University of Toledo College of Law who will graduate in 2016. He will apply the fellowship to a two-phase research project. In the first phase he plans to survey the state of urban and metropolitan land-use law and conduct a holistic inquiry into land-use plans in Toledo, Detroit, and Cleveland. He will conduct interviews with local stakeholders to gather first-person accounts of land-use law that strengthen the community. He hopes to reduce his findings to a report outlining the state of the law, both demonstrating its application and highlighting best practices. In phase two, he will explore the feasibility of an advanced land-use practicum at the UT College of Law, in which students would partner with local organizations to learn about how land-use decisions happen on the ground and how redevelopment policy can shape the trajectory of the Glass City over the next decades. Ben has a master’s degree from the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, where he was a Jane Addams-Andrew Carnegie Fellow. His former positions include vice president of development at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and senior consultant at the national fundraising-consulting firm Campbell & Co.

Andy Portinga ’92

Andy was elected president of the Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Michigan at the organization’s 2014 fall conference. Andy practices in the areas of general civil litigation, insurance coverage litigation, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation, and appellate litigation. He is co-chair of the Miller Johnson law firm’s ERISA litigation practice. He earned his bachelor’s degree in math at K and studied abroad in Budapest, Hungary. He earned his law degree from the University of Michigan School of Law. Andy has a long history of active leadership with the State Bar of Michigan, and he has served as treasurer of the Grand Rapids Bar Association.

Lauren Trager ’07

Lauren is an investigative television journalist in St. Louis, Missouri (News 4 Investigates Team). She has spent the majority of her career as a reporter and anchor, and she has worked in newspapers, radio and television. Before moving to St. Louis, she worked as an anchor and reporter at KARK in Little Rock, Arkansas. She earned her B.A. in English at K.

Ute (Bell) Papke ’64

Ute has been elected as president of the Munich (Germany) and Cincinnati (Ohio) Sister City Association, an organization she founded in 1989. Ute attended K and majored in French when she was there. Ute retired after running her own company, CMI Consulting, for more than 30 years in Cincinnati. She now dedicates her life and resources to humanitarian and educational endeavors. She is a trained certified interpreter in German, Spanish and French, and she has delivered economic development seminars in Frankfurt and Munich, as well as Cincinnati. Ute has been a Rotary Club president and Rotary District Governor. She was born and raised in Germany and graduated from high school in South Bend, Indiana, before coming to K.

David Anderson ’63

Last year Class Notes reported that David was named Physician of the Year in Sonoma County (California) for getting his small town of Healdsburg to raise the purchase age of tobacco products to 21 years. He said at that time that he hoped to make the change statewide within a year. Well, a year later he’s happy to report that this has happened. On June 9, 2016, California became the second state (after Hawaii) to set the tobacco purchase age to 21. Dave says it will make a huge difference in the health of the state! “And,” he adds, “It will spread nationwide soon. See what a K graduate can accomplish!”

Stephen Borgsdorf ’99

Stephen was selected to a three-year term on the Ann Arbor Parks Advisory Commission. He is a senior attorney in the commercial litigation practice group at the Ann Arbor office of the law firm, Dykema. Stephen also volunteers in various other community roles. He has been a board member for the Ann Arbor YMCA, the Community Action Network Southeast, and the Old West Side Association. Stephen earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at K and studied abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico. He earned his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

Katharine Hoeksema ’09

Katharine joined the Associated Petroleum Industries of Michigan as a legislative assistant. Prior to taking that position she was the natural resources, tourism, and environmental policy adviser and associate legal counsel in the Michigan’s House Republican Policy Office. Katharine earned her B.A. in psychology at K and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. She earned her law degree from Vermont Law School.

Sarah Colegrove ’89

Many Michiganders (and more) have walked the five-mile Mackinac Bridge on Labor Day, an annual event. The bridge spans the Straits of Mackinac. On Labor Day 2015 the 65,000 bridge walkers might have looked down to see 84 swimmers crossing the Straits. Yes, swimmers! And one of them was Sarah. Sarah’s swim was part of a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. The swimmers raised more than $325,000 for Habitat’s neighborhood revitalization program. Twelve teams, each with seven swimmers, attempted the crossing. “The water was not as cold as expected,” said Sarah, “but the wind, strong current and rough water conditions made the swim very challenging.” Sarah swam in tandem with the 65,000 walkers and finished on the shores of the Straits at Fort Michilimackinac in the Lower Peninsula. “Not all swimmers finished,” added Sarah, “and one group required more than eight hours to complete the swim.” Sarah’s group swam the distance in just under three hours. “It was an epic swim for a great cause!”