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We’re your 2013 class agents! We’re here to serve you and K by keeping you connected during our senior year and after we graduate. We are Bridgett Colling, Eric D. Glanz, Swapna Gudipati, Zari Haggenmiller, Brittany King-Pleas (“BKP”), Alex Rigney, and Darwin Rodriguez.

Bridgett Colling

Royal Oak, MI
bridgett.colling09@kzoo.edu

Post Graduate Plans: Working in Chicago or Detroit
Major/Minors: Human Development & Social Relations (Major), Economics (Minor), Media Studies (Concentration)
Study Abroad: Quito, Ecuador
SIP Topic: Technology Shapes History: Social Media, Marketing, and Human Development
My most transformational K experience: Attending the Associated Collegiate Press conference sophomore year. It taught me that my passion for digital media could be a career that would allow me to embrace both the creative and strategic parts of my personality.
Why I want to be a class agent: The Class of 2013 is full of really incredible people, and I’m glad to have the opportunity to help keep us connected to each other and to the College.
How I perceive that gifts to the Kalamazoo College Fund support my education: I wouldn’t have been able to go to Kalamazoo College without the scholarships I was awarded. The Kalamazoo College Fund contributes to those scholarships.
Why is it important to give back to K: K as done a lot for me in the past four years. I hope that by giving back, I can help someone else get just as much out of his or her time here.
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Bridgett Colling

Eric D. Glanz

West Bloomfield, MI
eric.glanz09@kzoo.edu

Post Graduate Plans: One-year master’s program (M.S.) and then medical school
Major: Chemistry
SIP Topic: Treatment of hypertriglyceridemia with fibric acid derivatives: impact on lipid subtractions and translation into a reduction in cardiovascular events
My most influential faculty member and/or class: Organic chemistry was the class that really made me push after I didn’t succeed right away. Dr. Jen Furchak, Shannon Dion, and Coach Mike Ott have all pushed me to become a leader and supported me through college.
Why I want to be a class agent: I like to talk to and meet a ton of people, so this class agent position gives me an opportunity to give back to K in addition to interacting with all sorts of individuals.
Why is it important to give back to K: Kalamazoo College has offered me so many opportunities to succeed in the future and given me a higher educational perspective. It’s time to thank the College and give back.
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Eric D. Glanz

Swapna Gudipati

Freeland, MI
swapna.gudipati09@kzoo.edu

Post Graduate Plans: Medical school
Major: Biology (Major), Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Concentration)
Study Abroad: Madrid, Spain
SIP Topic: The Effects of Storage and Aging of Human Blood on the Levels of Asymmetric Dimethylarginine, and an Analysis of its Protein Source in Erythrocytes. I did my SIP at the University of Michigan Medical School with Dr. Louis D’Alecy.
My most influential faculty member and/or class: Dr. Laura Furge because she’s an inspirational professor and genuinely cares about her students. Also, Dr. Bruce Mills and his first-year seminar, “Crossing Borders: Autism and Other Ways of Knowing.” Professor Mills not only greatly improved my writing, but he has also been a constant support and influence during my four years at K. His class opened my eyes into the world of service-learning and the idea of embracing and accepting neurodiversity.
Why I want to be a class agent: I honestly believe in the idea of “More in Four. More in a Lifetime.” Kalamazoo College has changed my life and provided me with opportunities that have molded me into the person that I am today. I want to be a class agent because I want to give back to this college and help future generations obtain the same kind of education that I had the privilege of experiencing.
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Swapna Gudipati

Zari Haggenmiller

Chimacum, WA
zari.haggenmiller09@kzoo.edu

Post Graduate Plans: City Year, Detroit
Major: Human Development & Social Relations
Study Abroad: Caceres, Spain
SIP Topic: An Observational Study of Preschool Children′s Prosocial Interactions During Play
My most influential faculty member and/or class: Dr. Siu-Lan Tan had the greatest impact on me! Her developmental psychology class opened my eyes to the fascinating theories and world of developmental psychology that have completely reframed how I process the world around me and how I think about life. Her social psychology class kept me talking about the material throughout the summer and was a springboard for my SIP, which she then advised, and was the best capstone experience I could have ever imagined!
Why I want to be a class agent: Thinking about leaving this place that I have learned to call home, along with all the people that have become part of my Hornet family, is a sad thought. I want to be able to keep in communication with my peers and help people keep them informed with what is going on back ‘home’ so that our memories stay fresh and bright.
Why is it important to give back to K: K provided me with scholarships that made my enrollment here possible. K also made the past four years of my life the best I’ve had so far. The people I have met at K are the cream of the crop, and if we give in appreciation for these things, then K can continue to change the lives of future students. In my mind, giving back is similar to voting: your contribution never feels like it will tip the scale, but it is so important to be a part of something greater than yourself!
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Zari Haggenmiller

Brittany King-Pleas (“BKP”)

Long Beach, CA
brittany.king-pleas09@kzoo.edu

Post Graduate Plans: City Year, Los Angeles
Major: Psychology (Major), Women, Gender, and Sexuality (Concentration)
Study Abroad: Nairobi, Kenya
SIP Topic: Comparative Study of Body Image between Black Women and Kenyan Women
My most transformational K experience: Being a member of the Black Student Organization (BSO). Over the years I have been a part of a strong community of individuals who have been helpful in creating safe haven for me at Kalamazoo College and given me the space to be my whole self.
My most influential faculty member and/or class: The most influential classes I’ve taken have been a part of Women, Gender, and Sexuality (WGS) Concentration. I took Women in Classical Antiquity in my first quarter of my first year, and I was surrounded by upperclassmen whom I aspired to become and a professor (Dr. Manwell) who was engaging and passionate about the subject material. Taking those classes helped me to develop an identity that I had never realized was intertwined with how I was raised, how I treat myself and how others treat me.
How I perceive that gifts to the Kalamazoo College Fund support my education: I perceive the gifts given to the Kalamazoo College Fund to support my education as a silent, compassionate person rooting for me to succeed. As I write and edit papers and do reading for my classes I don’t actively think of the gifts that people give. However, I understand that they have a huge impact on my education.
Why is it important to give back to K: It is important for me to give back to K because I am sure that the next generations of K students will be moving in the direction of a more socially just campus and I want to be responsible for being able to give students the opportunity to come to K to continue to challenge themselves, the administration, their peers, and more.
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Brittany King-Pleas

Brittany King-Pleas

Alex Rigney

Ann Arbor, MI
alexander.rigney09@kzoo.edu

Post Graduate Plans: Take a gap year and hopefully work for City Year in Detroit
Major/Minors: Psychology (Major), Chinese (Minor), Business (Minor)
Study Abroad: Beijing, China
SIP Topic: The Effects of Students’ Classroom Location on Teacher Attention
My most transformational K experience: Study abroad would arguably have to be my most transformational K experience. It was unlike anything I’d ever experienced in my life and was eye-opening in so many ways.
My most influential faculty member and/or class: Dr. Siu-Lan Tan has been very influential to me ever since I took her Developmental Psychology class two years ago. She has been both a mentor and a friend to me. In more ways than I could list here she has influenced my growth academically as well as personally.
How I perceive that gifts to the Kalamazoo College Fund support my education: I was lucky enough to be given scholarships to attend Kalamazoo College. Without the gifts to the Kalamazoo College Fund, I may have not been given these scholarships. Without these scholarships, I would likely not have been able to afford the tuition for attending this institution. These gifts support not only my education, but also others like me.
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Alex Rigney

Darwin Rodriguez

Los Angeles, CA
darwin.rodriguez09@kzoo.edu

Post Graduate Plans: TBA—It’ll be in non-profit work.
Major: Anthropology and Sociology (Major), Critical Theory (Concentration)
Study Abroad: Madrid, Spain
SIP Topic: Drug Policy in the U.S.
My most transformational K experience: A class called Race and Racism. It has fueled much of the work I do today. I am grateful for Dr. Laura Barraclough and her knowledge and wisdom. Without this class I’m not sure where I would be today in terms of my work inside and outside the classroom.
My most influential faculty member and/or class: Dr. Adriana Garriga-Lopez. She has helped me understand academia, politics, and myself in a way that I never had before. She has deconstructed a lot of what I have learned here at K, and for that I am grateful. She has pushed my critical thinking past what I ever thought it could be.
Why I chose a liberal arts education: I knew I wanted to become a professor of a special kind. I didn’t want to lecture in big halls or assign my students numbers for which I then had to assign a grade based on an aggregate amount of points. I hope to be the kind of professor that would mentor and nourish his students and that would change the way they view the world. I knew I would have to go to an institution that is lauded for doing the same to learn firsthand. I wanted to get breadth, scope, and depth so that I can one day incorporate that into my lessons and push my future students to do the same. A liberal arts education is perhaps one of the more enriching experiences I’ve had in life.
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Darwin Rodriguez