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Senior Class Agents

Your Class AgentsMake a gift to the Kalamazoo College Fund

We’re your 2014 class agents! We’re here to serve you and K by keeping you connected during our senior year and after we graduate. We are Anna Asbury, Darrin Camilleri, Mark Ghafari, Sameen Haque, Katharine Moffit, Kari Paine, Sanjay SharmaSalwa Tereen, Grace Walter, and Emily Witte.

Anna Asbury

Harbor Springs, MI
asburym.anna@gmail.com

Majors/Minor: International and Area Studies (Major), French (Major), Political Science (Minor)
Study Abroad: Clermont-Ferrand, France
SIP Topic: Homosexual Adoption France
Why I want to be a class agent: I love K and I want to share that with the rest of my class. I want to make connections with people and continue to have them connect with K. I think that by being a class agent, I can keep my class connected with K and have them continue to share with new students their experiences from their time here. And I would especially love to continue being a part of K long after I have graduated.
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Anna Asbury

Darrin Camilleri

Brownstone, MI
darrin.camilleri@gmail.com

Major/Minor: Political Science (Major), English (Minor)
Study Abroad: Quito, Ecuador
SIP Topic: Dreaming of Downriver: A Journey Home to the Heart of America’s Engine
Why I want to be a class agent: First and foremost, I love Kalamazoo College very much. I see this opportunity as a continuation of my service to the school. Since this place has given me so much, I want to be able to give back so that other students like me can continue to have transformational experiences here at K. Without strong donations from my class, that work cannot be done. I also want to continue connecting my classmates back to campus and build up a strong alumni network.
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Darrin Camilleri

Mark Ghafari

Grosse Pointe Shores, MI
markghafari3@hotmail.com

Major: Economics
Study Abroad: Strasbourg, France
SIP Topic: Economic impacts of hosting the Olympics
Why I want to be a class agent: K has shaped who I am today. I have been fortunate enough to meet many of our Trustees and hear their stories of why they give to K and why they are involved with the College. Being a class agent would be one way that I could give back to the institution that really has changed my life.
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Mark Ghafari

Sameen Haque

Los Angeles, CA
sameenhaque@gmail.com

Majors/Minor: Business (Major), Human Development & Social Relations (Major), Classics (Minor)
SIP Topic: Social Business Model Effectiveness with a Critical Focus on Microfinance Initiatives in Bangladesh
Most transformational experience at K: My entire college experience has been extremely transformational in shaping my current beliefs, values, work ethic and outlook. However, if I had to pick one experience, then that would have to be my involvement with K-Desi since 2010 and serving on the executive board for two years. I have been able to apply and hone my interpersonal, leadership and professional skills that otherwise would have been underutilized. These developments were possible due to my engagement with the student organization in planning events and running them successfully for the campus community.
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Sameen Haque

Katharine Moffit

Portage, MI
katharine.h.moffit@gmail.com

Major: Business
Study Abroad: Strasbourg, France
SIP Topic: Buy Nearby: Measuring Buy Local Campaign Effectiveness
Most transformational experience: I transferred to K my sophomore year from Oberlin College. While at Oberlin, I struggled to find my identity, and spent the majority of my time feeling confused and frustrated. My transition to K completely changed my attitude and shaped my college experience. I sought a community with genuine, caring people, stimulating classes, and community events that brought everyone together. I joined K Cheer when I first got to K, which is something I never would have done as a first year, and it has been one of the most beneficial experiences I have had at K. Not only did I challenge myself to try something different, but I also met some phenomenal people who have made my experience fun and rewarding.
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Katharine Moffit

Kari Paine

Manistee, MI
kari.paine10@gmail.com

Major: Economics (Major), Public Policy & Urban Affairs (Concentration), Environmental Studies (Concentration)
Study Abroad: Chiang Mai, Thailand
SIP Topic: Pricing comparison between the farmers’ market and supermarkets
Most transformational experience at K: From LandSea to study abroad to my SIP, I have found that each experience has contributed a differing, yet essential, role in shaping who I am. If I had to choose the most transformational experience of my time at K, though, I would have to say that it was my study abroad experience. Living and studying in Thailand for six months not only left me with a plethora of memories, but also left me a fundamentally changed person. I had never thought that I would seriously consider making sustainability or agriculture a part of my life and career. After the six months abroad, though, I cannot see myself without these things intrinsically connected to my life. Additionally, it was this study experience that truly ignited a love for K within me.
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Kari Paine

Sanjay Sharma

Portage, MI
sanjay121292@gmail.com

Majors: Biology, Business
Study Abroad: London, England
SIP Topic: Regulating High Frequency Trading
Why I want to be a class agent: I want a more permanent means through which I can help K in a way that is greater than simply sending donations on a regular basis. I also want to help the College fundraise because I am convinced that this place offers not just great educational experiences but also great life experiences. After spending time at other universities, I have to appreciate K much more than I already did. As such, if fundraising helps in any way to attract more students, then I would consider that a valuable use of my time. Lastly, I am from Kalamazoo, and no matter where life takes me, this place will be my home. The more I can maintain my connections to this city and College, the happier I will be.
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Sanjay Sharma

Salwa Tareen

Portage, MI
salwa.tareen10@kzoo.edu

Majors: Political Science (Major), Spanish (Major), Critical Theory (Concentration)
Study Abroad: Santiago, Chile
SIP Topic: Analysis of the relationship between the indigenous Mapuche movement and the university student movement of Chile
Most transformational experience at K: Every morning, as I walk into the library to pick up the newspaper, I take a moment to look around at the students rushing to class, the librarians chatting, and those just getting their daily caffeine fix. As a senior, this is how I have begun to start each day on campus. Over the past four years, there have been countless times when I have been asked to give one experience to describe my time at K. Each time I have been able to provide a different example, whether it be a turning point from freshman year or an adventure on study abroad. However, in my last year at the College, the smaller, daily interactions have come to be just as important. These can range from discussing Marx in the Book Club to having conversations in three different languages at the Study Abroad Fair or making a late-night breakthrough on a group essay. These real K experiences did not happen over the span of years, but just within the past week. If the events within a few days can be so telling of my time here, one can only imagine the effect of four years of these experiences. So as graduation nears, I take those few moments each morning to appreciate the sum of these seemingly small interactions that remind me of the daily impact of the K community.
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Salwa Tareen

Grace Walter

Battle Creek, MI
gwalter1@outlook.com

Major/Minor: Biology (Major), Psychology (Minor)
Study Abroad: Perth, Australia
SIP Topic: Detecting the onset of multiple myeloma using 18F-NaF and 18F-FDG PET/CT imaging
Most transformational experience at K:
Study abroad in Perth, Australia was one of my favorite and most transformational times at K. Even though I was away from campus, being on study abroad made me feel very connected to K when I returned and also gave me new insights to bring back to K. I gained a new sense of leadership by doing community service projects, such as tutoring refugee children and going into the outback to serve the Indigenous Australians and refugee children. These trips to the outback were very transformational because I learned a lot about the ancient Indigenous culture and was able to interact one-on-one with people who were of a completely different culture. A large component of these trips was working with the children in the communities. We hosted fun events for the children in these communities and helped the kids to see that they can do whatever they want to do.
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Grace Walter

Emily Witte

Grand Rapids, MI
emily.witte10@gmail.com

Major: Psychology (Major), Art (Minor)
SIP Topic: Individual Experiences with Montessori and Traditional Classrooms: A Qualitative Comparison
Most transformational experience at K: Working as a Peer Leader. I had such an amazing time getting to know my fellow Peer Leaders and preparing for the First Year class to arrive. The Peer Leaders and the incoming class were all so enthusiastic and open to the experience which made it that much better. It was a tough couple of weeks, but I learned a lot about my fellow classmates and really felt like I grew into the position well.
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Emily Witte