A menagerie of stories from K alumni, some heartfelt, some hilarious, all uniquely K.
“We are KAY-ZOO!” erupts following the dramatic final race touch-out of Head Coach Bob Kent’s swansong season.
Shot-putter Mike Frazier’s voluntary first-and-only MIAA race beats a Coke bet by a second.
The K-Plan’s study abroad experience awakened the peripatetic spirit of Reshona Harris ’06. Her current tally: four continents visited, three to go.
His worst race was also the happiest in the K swim career of Jay Daniels ’13, and turned out to be the most significant influence on his life after K.
For David Kessler ’70, among the most important tests of K’s compassion was the administration’s courageous stand for a student’s second chance. It’s why he became a class agent.
Athletics was an indispensable K-Plan component for Judy Hehs ’85. Her more in four included three!…sports, that is, and that meant more for a lifetime.
Karen (Lake) DeVos ’59 got to know President and Mrs. Hicks very well. She and three other sophomores were members of the Hicks household for a semester and may have prompted a predecessor of the Day of Gracious Living.
Churchhill Downs and mint juleps have nothing on Angell Field and Stroh’s beer. First Saturday in May K was the place to be in the ’80s. Elizabeth (Fiore) Vogel and Carolyn Dadabay (classmates, 1985) explain why.
A quad “coat” in fall colors inspired a key decision for Pam Brown Gavin ’74. After four years the coat morphed to cape, and it’s never failed to warm.
Campused? Late minutes? Forty-five of the latter metes out the punishment of the former. But (first ever) study abroad in France meant change was in the wind. And Trowbridge head proctor Karen (Lake) DeVos ’59 was happy about that.
The Student Observation Bureau caused quite the ruckus during its short life. Class of 1985 friends Rachel Robinson and Carolyn Dadabay reveal its clandestine origins.
The power of a single informal invitation makes Kalamazoo College home and family. Meghan Morrissey ’06
John Petrakis ʼ74 chose one of those roads less traveled—study abroad (and acting) in Yugoslavia.
“Come on over and we’ll make eggs”—the kind of student-professor bond that inspires postgraduate service as a class agent. Brittany King-Pleas ʼ13
For Class Agent Kira Dow Castle ’09 one of the great outcomes of a K liberal arts education is thriving in the uncertainty of life’s spiral journey.
Class Agent David Clowers ’64 credits K for his liberal arts life: professor of English, attorney, poet, and creative writing teacher for a retirement community.
From metro cards to class agent to Alumni Association Executive Board member—it’s all about family for West Nelson ’81.
A foreign study experience in France contributed, years later, to one of the largest and most successful health programs in Africa. Bruce Benton ʼ64
An appreciation of an administrator, Provost Mickey McDonald, and his willingness to “be there” and precipitate change. Cooper Wilson ʼ11.
Jen Feuerstein ʼ93 fondly recalls two embarrassing moments in the cafeteria.
A studentʼs doubts about K are devoured by THE BEAR. Jim VanSweden ʼ73.
Jothy Rosenberg ʼ78 recalls the “clean start” of K, a matter of dancing, math, and the extraordinary devotion of Professor T.J. Smith.
Travis Smith ʼ10 describes his life-changing experience in the Collegeʼs Center for Civic Engagement.
Susan Larson ’63 guides the listener through Bowen Hall, basement to theatre aerie (and the incomparable Nelda Balch).
Sally Goddard recalls campus life in the late ’50s and early ’60s: Lots of fun! … worth every late minute.
A book writing project in a local elementary school made a memorable connection for Alex Rigney ’13.
Chemistry professor and tennis coach Allen Stowe provided some life-changing advice to Tom Smith ’55.
Not hardly. Business consultant Chris Rollyson ’82 describes how liberal arts passions have a way of working out in unexpected and profitable ways.
When Christmas dinner prep was interrupted by a kidney stone, these K friends crashed a hospital party. Amy (Vargo) Buttery ʼ82 and Betty (Johnston) Rudolph ʼ82 share the story
Dana Bourland ʼ94 said goodbye and thank you to the women with whom sheʼd worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Belize. It was a day in a place the local women had never visited.
How Rebecca Bond Culbertson ʼ62 found her calling in library technical services during her Junior year.
Jason Muller ʼ83 and Leslie Simmer ʼ82 talk about the friendship that started during freshman orientation and continues to this day.
David Easterbrook ’69 weaves together his study abroad and Peace Corps experiences in this moving story about the delivery of a 20 year-old message from a Masai elder to the Kennedy family.
A good measure of study abroad immersion occurred in a hitchhiking story shared by Linda (Zalkauskas) Hahn ’82.
Summer quarter parties sometimes seem a joy forever. Karen (Hink) Anderson ʼ82 recalls one in Crissey Hall in 1980 that she sure considered a thing of beauty.