The Story Zoo


A menagerie of stories from K alumni, some heartfelt, some hilarious, all uniquely K.

I Was Welcome


The power of a single informal invitation makes Kalamazoo College home and family. Meghan Morrissey ’06

Drama in Yugoslavia

John Petrakis

John Petrakis ʼ74 chose one of those roads less traveled—study abroad (and acting) in Yugoslavia.

Giving Back

3-13-2015 3-17-25 PM

“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


3-13-2015 3-17-09 PM

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.

The Spark in Me

3-13-2015 3-17-39 PM

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.

Wonderful Ride, With Family

West Nelson

From metro cards to class agent to Alumni Association Executive Board member—it’s all about family for West Nelson ’81.

Lives Changed, Lives Saved

Bruce Benton

A foreign study experience in France contributed, years later, to one of the largest and most successful health programs in Africa. Bruce Benton ʼ64

Stick it to the Man!

1-11-2013 5-08-48 PM

An appreciation of an administrator, Provost Mickey McDonald, and his willingness to “be there” and precipitate change. Cooper Wilson ʼ11.

Spaghetti Head to Streaker

1-11-2013 4-55-02 PM

Jen Feuerstein ʼ93 fondly recalls two embarrassing moments in the cafeteria.