Grateful for K Day

Students express their gratitude to Kalamazoo College donors by writing thank-you cards on Grateful for K Day.

Students express their gratitude to Kalamazoo College donors by writing thank-you cards on Grateful for K Day.

2nd Week Wednesday
April 11, 2018
10 a.m. – 6 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.

Ninety-eight percent of K students receive financial aid and/or scholarships. Your gifts to the Kalamazoo College Fund support need-based and/or merit-based scholarships. Philanthropy helps to ensure a rigorous Kalamazoo College liberal arts experience. Thank you!

Sharing Gratitude

On April 11, 2018, 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 2nd Week Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 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 April 11, 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 want to do my part in ensuring that future generations of Kalamazoo College students have the same experience and opportunities I had. K faculty respected and embraced my quirks while challenging me intellectually. K staff gave me the chance to stretch my wings and build my skills. K students became my closest friends, supporting me through thick and thin and making me laugh for the past eighteen years.”
Carol Flanigan

″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