Day of Gracious Giving

TK Gracious Givinghe Day of Gracious Giving is an annual one-day giving challenge that took place on Friday, May 24, 2019 on Kalamazoo College’s 45th Day of Gracious Living.

Gifts to the Kalamazoo College Fund provide students with access to the power of a K education. Day of Gracious Giving gifts are directed to these areas: Scholarships, Faculty Excellence and The K Experience. Gifts provide students with the resources they need to develop critical thinking skills through a rigorous liberal arts education.

2019 Results – $280,627 raised in one day!

While K students enjoyed a gracious class-free day on Friday, May 24, 2019, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends around the globe participated in the Day of Gracious Giving. 1,101 donors gave $280,627, not including the matching pool. Anonymous donors matched gifts dollar for dollar up to $230,000. Donors were invited to honor K faculty, staff and/or students. This year’s Day of Gracious Giving was the most successful in Kalamazoo College’s history! The generosity of donors is truly inspiring and we are so grateful.

Contributions make it possible for Kalamazoo College to attract, retain and support talented students regardless of economic need. When K students become alumni, they will be better prepared to provide solutions to complex local, national and global issues.

2019 Alumni Class Donor Results

Top Alumni Class Donor Top Alumni Class Dollars
Class of 1999 = 74 donors Class of 1992 = $24,633
Class of 1970 = 62 donors Class of 1993 = $21,325
Class of 1997 = 48 donors Class of 1996 = $13,730
Class of 1992 = 43 donors Class of 1982 = $13,725

To view additional alumni class donor and dollar totals, please click here.

A Sampling of Kalamazoo College Mentors Past and Present

Top Row (left to right):
Rolla L. Anderson, Professor of Physical Education, Emeritus
Wen Chao Chen, L. Lee Stryker Professor of Political Science, Executive Director of the L. Lee Stryker Center and Fellow of the College, Emeritus
Anne E. Haeckl, Senior Instructor in Classics
Marcia J. Wood, Professor of Art, Emerita
Paul R. Sotherland, Professor of Biology, Emeritus
Thomas J. Smith, Dorothy H. Heyl Professor of Chemistry
Billie T. Fischer, Professor of Art, Emerita
Timothy Moffit, Associate Professor of Economics and Business
John C. Dugas, Margaret and Roger Scholten Associate Professor of International Studies
Second Row (left to right):
Frances Diebold, Professor of Biology, Emerita
President Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran, 17th President of Kalamazoo College (2005-2016) and Professor of Education, Emerita
Jeanne Hess, Professor of Physical Education and Head Coach of Volleyball
Donald C. Flesche, Professor of Political Science, Emeritus
Tish Loveless, Professor of Physical Education, Emerita; Director of Women’s Athletics (1953-1986)
Rob Townsend, Recycling Coordinator
Leslie T. Tung, Professor of Music, Emeritus
Di Seuss, Writer in Residence and Assistant Professor of English, Emerita
Conrad Hilberry, Professor of English, Emeritus
Third Row (left to right):
M. Kiran Cuningham, Professor of Anthropology
David A. Evans, Professor of Biology, Emeritus
John B. Fink, Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus
Joe K. Fugate, Professor of German Language and Literature, Emeritus
Regina Stevens-Truss, Professor of Chemistry
Robert L. Kent, Professor of Physical Education, Emeritus
Alison Geist, Director, Mary Jane Underwood Stryker Institute for Service-Learning
George M. Nielsen, Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus
Thomas W. Rice, Robert and Jo-Ann Stewart Professor of Art
Fourth Row (left to right):
David Barclay, Professor of International Studies, Emeritus
Roselee Bundy, Professor of Japanese Language and Literature, Emerita
Romeo E. Phillips, Professor of Education, Emeritus
Kathleen W. Smith, Professor of French, Emerita
George H. Acker, Professor of Physical Education, Emeritus; Head Coach, Men’s Tennis (1958-1993)
Siu-Lan Tan, James A.B. Stone College Professor of Psychology
Ed Menta, James A.B. Stone College Professor of Theatre Arts, Emeritus
President Jorge G. Gonzalez, 18th President of Kalamazoo College (2016-Present)
Gail B. Griffin, Professor of English, Emerita
Bottom Row (left to right):
President Weimer K. Hicks, 12th President of Kalamazoo College (1954-1971)
Laurence N. Barrett, Professor of English, Emeritus
Christopher Latiolais, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Robert W. Grossman, Professor of Psychology, Emeritus
Marigene Arnold, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Emerita
Ahmed M. Hussen, Edward and Virginia Van Dalson Professor of Economics and Business
T. Jefferson Smith, Professor of Mathematics and College Ringing Master, Emeritus
President James F. Jones, Jr., 16th President of Kalamazoo College (1996-2004)
Zaide E. Pixley, Adjunct Associate Professor of Music and Dean of the First Year and Advising, Emerita