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Lauren Trager ’07

Lauren TragerLauren 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!”

Brian Anderson ’76

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Brian to the Illinois State Museum Board. Brian has more than 35 years of experience in natural resources preservation and analysis. His résumé also includes oversight of the Illinois State Museum when he served in the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). Brian is the deputy executive director of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois, where he manages strategic planning and coordinates programs across the five Illinois scientific surveys. Previously, he was the director of institutional improvement at Lincoln Land Community College where he coordinated accreditation compliance, strategic planning and institutional research. Brian also worked for IDNR for nearly 20 years. At K Brian majored in biology. He holds a master’s degree from DePauw University and earned his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Louisville.

Gail Griffin, Professor Emerita of English

Retirement, or “retirement,” can be as alive and crackling as the mind is curious and courageous. So it is with Gail. Her recent writing is incandescent. Her poem, “Devastated,” appeared in the Southern Review last spring. Her essay “Gloria,” was published in PHOEBE. “That essay,” Gail wrote, “is about a ‘colored’ baby doll I was given as a little girl, about the suburban relationship to Detroit, and about white racial confusion and anxiety.” Gail is a trenchant and powerful essayist. Her essay, “A Creature, Stirring,” won the New Ohio Review’s nonfiction contest, judged by Elena Passarello. The essay is part of Gail’s just finished memoir, Widow’s Walk.

Gail keeps busy in other ways besides writing. Last month she became chair of the YWCA-Kalamazoo Board of Directors. She has offered several writing workshops locally, on generating memoir (at Kazoo Books and two branches of the Kalamazoo Public Library) and on writing from life’s thresholds (at the Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters in Grand Rapids). She also co-facilitated three workshops on building white anti-racist allies for the local organization SHARE–headed by alumna Donna (Coleman) Odom ’67. Last November Gail co-facilitated a fourth workshop, with local poet/activist Denise Miller, at the Summit on Racism.