Grateful for K Day

Students wrote over 700 thank-you cards to donors at our last Grateful for K Day.

7th Week Tuesday
October 24, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Weimer K. Hicks Student Center

Grateful for K Day is a gratitude event educating students about the important role philanthropy plays in sustaining Kalamazoo College while also inspiring them to express their appreciation for alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends who generously support the College each year.

More than 98 percent of K students receive some sort of scholarship and/or financial aid. Your annual support makes a difference in the lives of students. Thank you!

Sharing Gratitude

On October 24, 2017, students will gather in the Weimer K. Hicks Student Center to share their appreciation by writing hundreds of thank-you notes to those who gave a gift to Kalamazoo College. Students will learn about the vital role philanthropy plays in their daily lives on campus and beyond.

How Can I Celebrate?

Visit the Hicks Center on Tuesday, 7th Week Fall Quarter from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to write a thank-you note or two to our gracious donors. After you’ve written your notes, grab a cookie and hot chocolate. This is your opportunity to let our donors know how much you appreciate their philanthropy and your K student experience.


To help celebrate Grateful for K Day, donors are encouraged to share why they are grateful for K and/or why they give to K. Submit your gratitude stories here. If you’re in the neighborhood on October 24, please stop by the Hicks Center to soak up the appreciation.

Donors Share Why They’re Grateful for K

Kalamazoo College alumni share their thoughts on how the generosity of K donors supported their educations and why they give back today:

″My experience at Kalamazoo College was life-changing. I learned so much in the classroom and so much from being an active member of the K community.”
Alexis Fiebernitz ′16

″I give because I am proud of the education that students receive at K and I want to support it. Also, in the last 5-10 years, I have been thrilled to see K strengthen and deepen its commitment to diversity and I want to enthusiastically support those efforts as well. I am proud to be a K alumna.”
Sara Wiener

″Study abroad has been by far my most transformative K experience. It taught me self-reliance, self-worth and enabled me to put to use the skills I’ve gained at K.”
Emily Finch

″I give because the way K practices liberal arts learning is more likely than other educational options to create citizens who ask questions and who question any answers that include violence and injustice.″
Jim VanSweden ′73