Fulbright Honors K as U.S. Student Program Top Producer

For the sixth time in seven years, Kalamazoo College has been named a Top Producing Institution for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

The recognition, publicly unveiled today by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, was given to the colleges and universities that received the highest number of applicants selected for the 2023–24 academic year.

K can claim 11 Fulbright representatives overall, including seven who count toward U.S. Student Program numbers. Those seven place the College among the top 20 U.S. Student Program referring baccalaureate institutions in the country. K’s representatives and their host countries are Natalie Call ’23, Denmark; Samuel Kendrick ’23, Uzbekistan; Kanase Matsuzaki ’23, Jordan; Rachel Cornell ’22, Ecuador; Anna Dorniak ’20, Poland; Nat Markech ’21, South Korea; and Garrett Sander ’19, Mexico.

In addition to the seven in the U.S. Student Program, three K representatives—Vincent DeSanto ’23, Ben Flotemersch ’23 and Sean Gates ’23—were selected for an Austria U.S. Teaching Assistantship through Fulbright. Plus, Professor of English Amelia Katanski ’92 was a U.S. Scholar Program selectee who worked in Australia, where she collaborated with faculty at the University of Wollongong to develop curriculum that better prepares K students for study abroad there.

“This has been another extraordinary year for Fulbright awards at K,” President Jorge G. Gonzalez said. “Although it’s great for us, I am particularly excited about the impact that these opportunities will have on our graduates and the people from around the world who they will meet during their fellowship year.”

Many candidates apply for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program as graduating seniors, though alumni may apply as well. Graduating seniors apply through their institution. Alumni can apply as scholars through their institution or as at-large candidates. K is the only college in Michigan to earn the top producer distinction in the bachelor’s institution category.

“The College’s repeated presence on the Fulbright Top Producers list speaks to the extraordinary success K students have forging overseas connections while seeking to make a difference abroad,” Center for International Programs Executive Director Margaret Wiedenhoeft said. “Our dedicated faculty and staff will continue to empower students like this year’s honorees while ensuring K’s dedication to international immersion.”

Fulbright, the federal government’s flagship international exchange program, is funded through an annual appropriation, from the Department of State. Host institutions, participating governments, corporations, and foundations worldwide also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in more than 160 countries.

Since its inception in 1946, more than 400,000 students from a variety of backgrounds have participated in the Fulbright Program before returning home with an expanded worldview, a deeper appreciation for their host country and its people, and broader professional and personal networks.

“As a diplomat, I’m proud of the Fulbright Program because it supports changemakers and fosters global cooperation on issues of shared importance,” said U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a congratulatory letter to the College. “Fulbrighters strive to make the world a better place in classrooms and countries worldwide. Kalamazoo College’s designation as a Fulbright Top Producing Institution clearly demonstrates your dedication to promoting global engagement and mutual understanding among the peoples and nations of the world.”

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Selectee Natalie Call holding an alpaca
Natalie Call ’23
Fulbright U.S. Student Program selectee Kanase Matsuzaki on the Quad at Kalamazoo College
Kanase Matsuzaki ’23
Fulbright U.S. Student Program selectee Rachel Cornell '22
Rachel Cornell ’22
Portrait of Fulbright U.S. Student Program selectee Nat Markech '21
Nat Markech ’21
Fulbright Fellows: Ben Flotemersch
Ben Flotemersch ’23
Professor of English Amelia Katanski
Professor of English Amelia Katanski ’92
Kalamazoo College’s 2023-24 Fulbright representatives include seven U.S. Student Program honorees, three Austria U.S. Teaching Assistants and one U.S. Scholar Program selectee.
Portrait of Fulbright Fellow Samuel Kendrick
Sam Kendrick ’23
Fulbright U.S. Student Program selectee Anna Dorniak '20
Anna Dorniak ’20
Fulbright U.S. Student Program selectee Garrett Sander '19
Garrett Sander ’19
Fulbright Fellow Sean Gates
Sean Gates ’23

‘Let’s Learn!’: Moffit Scholarship Fund Honors Professor, Supports Students 

Over the past 35 years, the business and economics department at K has grown from one part-time business professor to a popular business major with several full-time faculty.  

One constant over that time has been Professor Timothy Moffit ’80. Moffit took on that part-time business professor role in 1989 as a one-year sabbatical replacement, and other than a couple short breaks in the first few years, he has been teaching students at K ever since. 

As Moffit approaches retirement this spring, a group of alumni—both classmates and students of Moffit’s—have established a scholarship in his honor. Given to students for the first time in the 2023–24 academic year, the Dr. Timothy Moffit ’80 Endowed Scholarship in Business has already raised $175,000 from a small group of donors. The goal is to increase that total to at least $300,000, which will provide $15,000 to scholarship recipients majoring in economics and business every year, forever. 

The honor speaks to Moffit’s commitment to the classroom and his students, to business within the framework of the liberal arts, and to his department and the College as a whole. 

Love of learning has kept Moffit in the classroom for 35 years. 

“That’s what brought me to K, and that’s what’s kept me at K,” Moffit said. “As a teacher, you never stop learning, and I tell my students that you never really learn a subject until you teach it. I find that enchanting because I love learning.” 

Moffit’s belief—supported by what he hears from former students—is that his classroom has been rigorous, demanding, and full of experiences and applications that bring meaning to theory. 

“Many students who go to grad school say, ‘Boy, your classes are tougher than my grad school classes.’ The rigor and the toughness are not for the sake of being tough. It’s out of excitement for the material. I want to learn—let’s learn!—so I’m fairly demanding in terms of what we learn and how we learn. I think for a lot of students, it’s incredibly rewarding. Once they’ve graduated from K, they’re like, ‘Wow, in the workplace, I really do know how to do these things. I can accept this challenge, because I was beat up by Moffit,’” Moffit said with a laugh. 

Professor Timothy Moffit teaches a class from a blackboard
As Professor Timothy Moffit approaches retirement this spring, some alumni have established a scholarship in his honor.

Donate to the Moffit Endowed Scholarship in Business 

If you would like to honor Professor Moffit and help make K accessible to students pursuing degrees in economics and business, please make a gift online to the Dr. Timothy Moffit ’80 Endowed Scholarship in Business or contact Lindsay O’Donohue at 269.337.7299 or lindsay.odonohue@kzoo.edu

Moffit’s approach to teaching and continued influence inspired Gary Lewis ’00 to help fund the business scholarship. Lewis is founder and managing partner of Aquila Equity Partners, and Moffit serves as an advisor to the company. 

“For so many of us, Dr. Moffit helped to foster an unmatched passion for business, accounting and finance,” Lewis said. “Not only did he provide us with a rigorous academic foundation, but he also taught us the tenacity, big-picture thinking and real-world pragmatism which is so critical for being successful.” 

Aaron Ries ’06, another contributor to the scholarship fund, applied lessons learned from Moffit’s classes in his first post-K job with the investment banking company Jefferies. Today, as the company’s co-head of leveraged loan sales and trading, Ries credits Moffit for having played a significant role in his life.  

“Tim had an outsized positive impact on my mindset, approach, education, and as a result, my career,” Ries said. “And he did it one lesson, one interaction, one test at a time. His energy and enthusiasm are infectious. That type of compounding at the individual level, at first daily, then over years, and now decades, is so valuable.” 

Jeremy Ardshahi ’25, a business major with a political science minor, took two accounting classes with Moffit before becoming one of the first recipients of the scholarship. 

“The classes were not easy, but I really liked Dr. Moffit as a teacher,” Ardshahi said. “When we would get stressed out about the work, he would take us off topic a bit, make us laugh, and then bring us back on topic, and that worked well to keep the class learning. The course work is definitely not easy, but it’s rewarding, and he makes it a lot more fun than it could be.” 

As a student, Moffit loved the liberal arts experience, taking many English classes in addition to religion, philosophy and history. (He met his wife, Kimberley Yull Moffit ’82, when she tutored him in French.) As a professor, he appreciates how business pulls from many disciplines, including communication, psychology, mathematics, history and philosophy.  

“I took a lot of different types of classes, and I have used them extensively, both in my business career and also in my teaching of business,” Moffit said. “I try to integrate all of these because they’re important in business. You need to bring all those skill sets into play to be effective.” 

Moffit is proud of how the business department has grown and flourished during his tenure, and he is loyal to the school itself. When he first came to K as a transfer student, Moffit “fell in love with the school immediately, and I have been in love with it ever since. That’s why I came back, because I had such great memories of learning and the community. 

“The campus is lovely, the study abroad makes this place special, and the students are unique. They have this entrepreneurial flair about them, whatever discipline they may be interested in. That is true throughout the ages.” 

Moffit felt a calling to teach when he was young, and taught Sunday School classes in high school and piano lessons in college. After graduating from K, he taught English in Japan for two years, earned an M.B.A. from Dartmouth College, and worked in investment banking for about six years before taking on his first teaching position at K. 

“Teaching is my passion, business is my profession, and I marry the two in the classroom,” Moffit said. Yet after 35 years, it’s “just time” to retire, Moffit said. “I have a lot going on and a lot of outside interests.” 

He owns three local businesses with his son—Kalamazoo Kettle Corn, Heilman’s Nuts & Confections and a medical supply company. He also sits on the board of Delta Dental as well as other boards. 

“I have a new grandson; I’m a granddad,” Moffit said. “There are just so many things I want to do. I want to go fishing and hunting and take my grandson fishing. I’ve done this for a long time, I think I’ve accomplished what I set out to accomplish, and I’m ready to move on. 

“I’ll miss the classroom for sure, but this doesn’t mean I’ll stop teaching.” 

Moffit also intends to do what he can to help make the scholarship in his name successful. 

“I was just a poor dirt farmer kid,” he said. “The school really supported me and helped me get through. I didn’t have the money to go here, but they found a way for me, and I would like to help create that same opportunity for others. I have a soft spot in my heart for those first-generation students, or the kids from these little schools that don’t have educational opportunities, let alone life opportunities like traveling abroad and seeing the bigger world. If this scholarship in any way can help students who need help to have that experience, that would be phenomenal.” 

“I would 100 percent need to have a job if I didn’t receive the scholarship,” Ardshahi said. “If I were working and playing sports and going to class, I would have a lot more stress in my life. Knowing that the fund is dedicated to someone who has taught me and is still teaching at the school makes it more personal, too.” 

In this way, Moffit’s commitment to teaching, to business and the liberal arts, to K and its students, will continue long after his upcoming retirement. 

“This scholarship is a well-deserved and fitting tribute for someone who has given so much to the K community and deeply impacted numerous K students’ lives over the last 30-plus years,” Lewis said. “I’m very grateful for his life-long mentorship and wish him and his family nothing but the best in their next chapter.” 

Moffit is excited about what the scholarship could do for students at K. 

“It’s a huge honor, of course, that students would establish this in my name,” Moffit said. “Usually, you do that when someone dies. I’m not there yet. I’m still teaching, even. I think there’s a lot of opportunity to make this a substantial scholarship for students who want to study business, and that would be great. I want it to be about students and outcomes. It’s not about me.” 

Honors, Philanthropy Lead to College’s Top 10 Stories of 2023

National publications continued to recognize Kalamazoo College as an outstanding institution of higher education in 2023. That reputation was furthered through the achievements of faculty, staff and academic departments, along with donors funding K’s Brighter Light Campaign. Here are the institution’s top 10 stories this year as determined by your clicks. You can also check out the top 10 stories from our students, faculty and staff, and alumni


10. College Celebrates Banner Year for NSF Fellowships 

STEM-related academic departments are celebrating a banner year as the overall number of current students and alumni receiving National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate research fellowships reached four in 2023, the most since 2016. The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding students who pursue research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. 

NSF fellow Angel Banuelos in the lab
Angel Banuelos ’21, an NSF fellow, is attending graduate school at the University of Wisconsin.

9. K Honors 1861 Alumnus with Distinguished Achievement Award 

A Homecoming and Reunion Weekend tradition offered a twist this year by presenting a posthumous honor during the Alumni Association Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony. The College recognized 1861 graduate Rufus Perry, who is believed to be the first Black person to attend K, with the Distinguished Achievement Award, which celebrates graduates who have achieved distinction in their professional fields.  

A portrait of 1861 alumnus Rufus Perry
K alumni and friends recognized 1861 graduate Rufus Perry with the Distinguished Achievement Award, which celebrates graduates who have achieved distinction in their fields.

8. College Raptor Rates K a Hidden Gem 

A web-based organization dedicated to helping students and families find their best-fit institution of higher education chose K as a top school in the Great Lakes region and a top destination for athletics among Division III programs nationwide. 

Kalamazoo College sign
To qualify overall as a Hidden Gem, an institution must receive fewer than 5,000 applications per year, have fewer than 7,000 undergraduate students, offer at least five unique majors and maintain an acceptance rate of at least 10%.

7. Scholarship Honors Late Professor Emeritus T. Jefferson Smith 

The life and legacy of a late professor emeritus are being honored by an anonymous donor, who established the Professor T. Jefferson Smith Memorial Scholarship. Smith taught at K for nearly three decades before retiring in 1994.  

Jeff Smith pointing at a blackboard
The late T. Jefferson Smith was a long-time beloved Kalamazoo College math professor and the driving force behind bringing change ringing and the English tower bells to Stetson Chapel.

6. Fulbright Extends U.S. Student Program Top-Producer Honors to K 

K has four representatives in the 2022-23 U.S. Student Program, leading to the top producer honors for the fifth time in the past six years. K was the only college in Michigan to earn the distinction in the bachelor’s institution category. 

Fulbright-Recipient-Julia-Bienstock
Julia Bienstock ’22 earned Fulbright U.S. Student Program honors to spend a year in Spain.

5. Princeton Review Names K a Best Value College for 2023 

The Princeton Review identified K as one of its Best Value Colleges for 2023 and ranked it No. 16 among the Top 20 private colleges where students have opportunities to make an impact. 

Two students talking in front of Light Fine Arts for top 10 stories
The Princeton Review has named Kalamazoo College one of its Best Value Colleges for 2023 and ranked K No. 16 among the Top 20 Private Colleges for Making an Impact.

4. K Welcomes Rakugo Comedian, Storyteller Katsura Sunshine 

A storyteller and comedian with Broadway credits was the featured presenter at the 2023 Kafu Lecture. Katsura Sunshine is one of only a few living non-Japanese masters of rakugo, a 400-year-old tradition of comic-monologue storytelling in Japan. The event was cosponsored by K’s departments of Japanese, theatre, and anthropology-sociology, along with the Soga Japan Center at Western Michigan University. 

Rakugo master Katsura Sunshine performing at K was one of our top 10 stories
Rakugo master Katsura Sunshine performed comedy within his storytelling in the 2023 Kafu Lecture.

3. Honors Day Celebrates Student Achievements 

Recipients of prestigious scholarships, student-athletes, members of national honor societies and students who received special awards were recognized in the annual Honors Day Convocation during the College’s Family Weekend. 

Two faculty members handing an award to a student for top 10 stories of 2023
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Stephen Oloo (middle) and Professor of English Bruce Mills distribute awards to students during the 2023 Honors Convocation.

2. Money Magazine Places K Among Nation’s Top Colleges 

Money released its latest appraisals of the Best Colleges in America this summer while again naming K among the top institutions in the country. 

Two students talking on the Quad while studying for top 10 stories of 2023
Kalamazoo College received four and a half stars on a scale ranging from two and a half to five stars in Money magazine’s latest ratings.

1. College Receives Historic $30 Million Gift 

For 190 years, Kalamazoo College has graduated generations of enlightened leaders who have made an impact on the world. In October, the College was grateful to recognize a major contribution to that effort with the announcement of a $30 million gift from an anonymous donor—the largest single gift commitment in the College’s history. 

President Jorge G. Gonzalez speaking
No. 1 of our top 10 stories: President Gonzalez announcing a $30 million gift to the College from an anonymous donor.

Kalamazoo College Announces Fall 2023 Dean’s List

Congratulations to the following Kalamazoo College students who achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or better for a full-time course load of at least three units, without failing or withdrawing from any course, during the Fall 2023 academic term. Students who elect to take a letter-graded course on a credit/no credit basis (CR/NC) are not eligible for Dean’s List consideration during that term. Nor are students who receive an F, NC or W grade for that particular term. Students with incomplete (I) or in-progress (IP) grades will be considered for the Dean’s List upon receipt of their final grades. Dean’s List recognition is posted on students’ transcripts. Kudos to the entire group for Fall 2023.

Upper Quad with students in hammocks surrounded by fall color for fall 2023 dean's list
Congratulations to the students who qualified for the Fall 2023 Dean’s List.

Fall 2023

A

Shannon Abbott
Fuzail Ahmed
Maya Alkema
Caleb Allen
Randa Alnaas
Mahmoud Alsafadi
Altanshagai Altankhuu
Fanny Alvarado
Lana Alvey
Farida Amini
Zahra Amini
Paige Anderson
Eleanor Andrews
Unayza Anika
Michael Ankley
Connor Anspach
Madison Anspach
Maya Arau
Peyton Arendsen
Kaelyn Arlington
Alexandra Armin
Emily Auchter
Edith Aviles
James Azim

B

Annalise Bailey
Poppy Balkema
Elizabeth Ballinger
Evan Barker
Ethan Barnes
Brianna Barnes
Shyane Barnes-Taylor
Lena Barrett
Gabriella Barry
Joseph Basil
Nathan Bauer
Emma Becker
Justin Beckrow
Saniyah Bedell
Conner Bell
Shelby Bennett
Aubrey Benson
Jane Bentley
Thomas Bentley
Alexandrea Bernal
Eleanor Bernas
Jonah Beurkens
Thalia Bills
Katherine Black
Henry Black
Douglas Blackwood
Preston Blanzy
Axel Bodeux
Lukas Bolton
Alexandra Bonebrake
Dylan Bonnett
Jack Boshoven
Sotirios Bougioukos
Eleni Bougioukou
Juliette Bournay
Jaylen Bowles-Swain
Yvette Boyse-Peacor
Allison Bozyk
Aerin Braunohler
Jay Breck
Chloe Briggs
Avery Brockington
Blair Brouwers
Jonathan Brunette
Chloe Bryant
Jaden Buist
John Bungart
Leah Bunnell
Victoria Burnham
Ian Burr

C

Erendira Cabrera
Isaiah Calderon
Kennedy Campbell
Eleanor Campion
Olivia Cannizzaro
Luis Castro-Limon
Emma Caulkins
Abigail Caza
Daniel Celedon
Ashley Chance
Josetta Checkett
Yongwan Cho
Trustin Christopher
Noah Chun
Eva Clancy
Thomas Clark
Maya Clarren
Kai Clingenpeel
Mai Elise Code
Madeleine Coffman
Logan Coller
Quinn Collins
Courtney Cotter
Cate Cotter
Holden Coulter
Lucy Cripe
Maeve Crothers
Gwendolyn Crowder Smith
Chase Cummins
Isabel Curtis

D

Erik Danielson
Claire Davis
Hillary Davis
Jasmine Davis
Zachary Dean
Tara Dean-Hall
Shruti Debburman
Lillian Deer
Carson Deines
Jacquelline Del Raso
Jair Delgado
Enrique Delzer
Lina Denney
Olivia Depauli
Maansi Deswal
Zachary DeVito
Devi DeYoung
Alexander Di Dio
Michaela Dillbeck
Mariam Diouf
Shane Dong
Alexia Dowell
Jordan Doyle
Charles Doyle
Isaac Duncan

E

Matthew Edwards
Sally Eggleston
Abigail Eilertson
Sara Elfring
Evelyn Ellerbrock
Owen Ellis
Marvin Ernst
Dilynn Everitt
Caleb Ewald
Chad Ewing

F

Blake Filkins
Bridget Finco
Sara Finks
Ava Fischer
Morgan Fischer
Vincent Fodale
Robyn Foley
Kirsten Formell
Daniel Foura
Hillary Fox
Kinga Fraczkiewicz
Emma Frederiksen
Matthew Freels
Landrie Fridsma

G

Dillon Gacki
Lucy Gallagher
Ethan Galler
Ana Garcia
Aliza Garcia
Brynna Garden
Grey Gardner
Ingrid Gardner
Roberta Gatti
William Geiger
Grace Getachew
Maira Ghaffar
Aidan Gillig
Abigail Gilmore
Georgios Gkolois
Samuel Gladhill
Laura Goia
Maxwell Goldner
Lukas Graff
Cecilia Gray
Natalie Greene
Cameo Green
Kaitlyn Grice
Natalie Gross
Fiona Guikema-Bode
Kendra Guitar
Oliver Gutierrez

H

Sophia Haas
Marissa Haas
Aiden Habboub
Emily Haigh
Blu Haney
Alison Hankins
Geneva Hannibal
Abel Hansonbrook
Madeline Hanulcik
Rachel Harman
Sophie Hartl
James Hauke
Isabelle Hawkes
Pauline Hawkes
Willow Hayner
Jacob Hazlewood
Zachary Heikka
Megan Herbst
Litzy Hernandez
Sophia Herold
Maya Hester
Ashlen Hill
Hadley Hilner
Bijou Hoehle
Jacob Hoffman
Annika Hokanson
Olivia Holmes
Julia Holt
Ronin Honda
Jaelyn Horn
Joseph Horsfield
Tyler Houle
Gavin Houtkooper
Ethan Huebsch
Alek Hultberg
Megan Hybels
Kennedy Hynde

I

Carson Ihrke
Jasmine Ivy

J

Gloria Jackson
Angela Jacobo
Colton Jacobs
Teddy Jacobson
Kai James
Rex Jasper
Morgan Jenkins
Halley Johnson
Anne Catherine Johnson
Cloe Johnson
Johe Newton Johnson
Hayden Johnston
Zane Jones

K

Amalia Kaerezi
Jessica Kaplan
Eliza Karlin
Samuel Kartes
Isabelle Kastel
Emilia Kelly
Alyson Kemery
Mphumelelo Khaba
Harriet Khamisi
Hibah Khan
Hyunwoo Kim
Dong Eun Kim
Vivian Kim
Lily Kindle
Caleb Kipnis
Kendyl Kirshman
Claire Kischer
Alexander Kish
Kathryn Klahorst
Noah Kleiner
Mart Klenke
Steven Kloosterman
Melody Kondoff
Maxine Koos
Daniel Koselka
Emma Kovacevic
Julia Kozal
Jason Krawczyk
Jack Kreckman
Molly Kreibich
Loden Krueger
Annabelle Krygier
Clayton Kryszak
Kieya Kubert-Davis
Ealin Kubicki
Laryn Kuchta

L

Rylee Lambert
Olivia Laser
Annmarie Lawrence
Elijah Layne
Grace Leahey
Huin Lee
Margaret Lekan
Kelsey Letchworth
Kael Lewicki
Sage Lewis
Luis Lizardo-Rodriguez
Alex Lloyd
Alondra Lopez
Jose Lopez Bernal
Grace Lounds
Teresa Lucas
Lee Lum
Jacob Lynett

M

Ellie Mace
Lauren MacKersie
Brett Manski
Lesly Mares-Castro
Ana Marín Vintimilla
Ariadne Markou
William Martel
Cassidy Martini-Zeller
Isabelle Mason
Hollis Masterson
Virginia Matta
Lillian Mattern
Matthew Matuza
Zachary Maurice
Benjamin Maurice
Cedric May
Carter Mayne
Lauren McColley
Vincent McCollum
Grace McGlynn
Kira McManus
Ethan McNertney
Raven Medina
Rachel Meston
Eva Metro-Roland
Estelle Metz
Gabriel Meyers
Allison Meyers
Carter Miller
Brittany Miller
Ella Miller
Jade Milton
Gloria Mireles
Lauren Mitchell
Elana Mitchell
Lina Moghrabi
Jana Molby
Jacques Monchamp
Dylan Montross
Eliana Moreno
Wyatt Mortensen
Sarah Morton
Maren Mosher
Lorelei Moxon
Fadi Muallem
Mary Ellen Muenzenmaier
Claire Mullins
Anna Murphy
Madison Murphy
Braden Mussat
Ella Myers

N

Elias Nagel-Bennett
Nailia Narynbek Kyzy
Blagoja Naskovski
Ryan Neihsl
Chloe Nelund
Robert Newland
Nguyen Nguyen
Vinh Nguyen
Yen Giang Nguyen
Joshua Nichols
Theodore Niemann
Dustin Noble
Savannah Norman
Will Norwood
Haleigh Nower

O

Ileana Oeschger
Amara Okoro
Gabriel Olivier
Alexander Olsen
Reece Omodio
Kevin Oneill
B Osborne
Aryka Ostroski

P

Chelsea Paddock
Maren Palmer
Astrid Parker
Eleanor Parks-Church
Hannah Parsons
Rachael Pashturro
Juniper Pasternak
Eric Paternoster
Audrey Pegouske
Mia Pellegrini
Isabella Pellegrom
Kaitlin Peot
Alex Pepin
Addison Peter
Maya Peters
Noah Peters
Margaret Peters
Paige Peterson
Indigo Philippe
Mia Pierce
Isabella Pimentel
Madison Pisano
William Plesscher
Alex Plesscher
Madelyn Portenga
Bea Putman

Q

Suha Qashou
Matthew Quirk

R

Elizabeth Rachiele
Savera Rajendra-Nicolucci
Leah Ramirez
Sara Reathaford
Emily Reece
Liam Regan
Lissette Reynoso
Maxwell Rhames
Claire Rhames
Cody Rigley
Sheldon Riley
Narelle Robles
Jocelyn Rodriguez
Ash Rodriguez
Olivia Roncone
Amelia Rooks
Luke Rop
Brigid Roth
Elizabeth Rottenberk
Oliver Rubin
Nathaniel Rulich
Elliot Russell

S

Sophia Sajan
Richard Sakurai-Kearns
Abigail Samson
Ryan Sanborn
Leslie Santos
Olivia Schleede
Sophia Schlotterer
D.J. Schneider
Annika Schnell
Cyanne Schuitema
Arden Schultz
Ava Schwachter
Amalia Scorsone
Keven Sedano Ordonez
Jacinda Servantes
Alison Settles
Brendon Shaffer
Morgan Shearer
Tillie Sheldon
Riley Shoemaker
Cassidy Short
Clara Siefke
Mo Silcott
Zachary Simmons
Colby Skinner
Dawson Skupin
Maja Smith
Grace Snyder
Anoushka Soares
Allison Sokacz
Harry Spark
Jonah Spates
Ella Spooner
Sophia Sprick
Florian Stackow
Marlee Standke
Adam Stapleton
Joseph Stein
Taylor Stephens
Molly Stevison
Helen Stoy
Donovan Streeter
Abbygale Stump
Drake Suggs
Hannah Summerfield
Kaleb Sydloski
Brandon Sysol

T

Madison Talarico
Levi Thomas
William Thomas
Minh Thu Le
Jayden Thurmond-Oliver
Emily Tiihonen
William Tocco
Jose Torres-Rios
Phoebe Tozer
Vincent Tran
Vincent Tremonti
Danielle Treyger
Frances Trimble
Maria Tripodis
Joshua Troxler
May Tun

U

Zachary Ufkes
Hannah Ulanoski

V

Tony Vaisanen
Anthony Valade
Lucy Vandemark
Hannah Vander Lugt
Cameron VanGalder
Cate VanSchaik
Laila Vincent
Madison Vrba
Jessalyn Vrieland

W

Kaytin Waddell
Ava Wagle
Ipsa Wagle
Annslee Ware
Charles Wester
Jack Wheeler
Benjamin Whitsett
Jay Wholihan
Alicia Wilgoren
Hannah Willit
Siona Wilson
Zoe Wilson
Reagan Woods
Maximilian Wright
Emma Wrobleski

Y

Yan Yazhuo

Z

Jacob Zeller
Sofia Zeller
Maggie Zhu
Rebecca Zoetewey
Margaret Zorn
Lee Zwart

Report Shows K Among National Leaders in Study Abroad

An annual report released last month from the Institute of International Education (IIE) shows that Kalamazoo College remains among the top higher-education institutions in the country for study abroad opportunities thanks to student participation.

The Open Doors Report surveys more than 2,000 institutions including doctoral universities, master’s colleges and universities, baccalaureate colleges, associate’s colleges and special-focus institutions, and ranks K 18th among baccalaureate colleges for having 233 students abroad in 2021-22. The College is also ninth among baccalaureate institutions across the country for the percent of undergraduates who went to international sites in the same year.

K students choose from 58 study abroad programs of varying lengths and emphases in 29 countries on six continents over three, six or nine months. The ventures allow students to challenge their assumptions about themselves and other cultures in a rigorous experiential education environment.

“It’s thrilling to see the College’s strong study abroad placement in the Open Doors Report as it reflects the strengths of our global programs, our commitment to international immersion, and our dedication to worldwide partnerships,” Center for International Programs Executive Director Margaret Wiedenhoeft said. “This is a solid showing, especially considering that programs in the period analyzed were still affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions. We’re proud that our faculty and staff remain resolute in continuing our long-valued tradition of ensuring overseas experiences for our students.”

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Kalamazoo College students on study abroad pose outside the main building at the Universidad de Extremadura in Caceras, Spain. Photo by Resident Director Victoria Pineda.

IIE shares the Open Doors Report yearly through the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The organization, founded in 1919, is a private, not-for-profit leader in the global exchange of people and ideas as it creates programs of study and training for students, educators and professionals from all sectors in collaboration with governments, foundations and other sponsors. Those programs include the Fulbright Program and Gilman Scholarships administered for the Department of State.

For more information on this report, visit the study abroad section of the Open Doors website.

Kalamazoo College Receives Historic $30 Million Gift

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President Jorge G. Gonzalez announces a $30 million gift from an anonymous donor—the largest single gift commitment in the College’s history.
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Sophomore Blake Filkins and senior Darsalam Amir, representing K’s student-government organization at the announcement of a $30 million gift to the College.
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President Gonzalez announcing a $30 million gift to the College from an anonymous donor.

For 190 years, Kalamazoo College has graduated generations of enlightened leaders who have made an impact on the world. Today, the College is grateful to recognize a major contribution to that effort with the announcement of a $30 million gift from an anonymous donor—the largest single gift commitment in the College’s history. 

“This incredibly generous gift will be transformative for K,” President Jorge G. Gonzalez said. “It will allow us to launch several strategic initiatives that will enhance the College’s ability to fulfill its mission with distinction and prepare K graduates to bring a brighter light to the world. This gift will put us on the path toward creating the campus experience of the future and help us ensure every student at the College is positioned for success. We are so grateful to the donor for this extraordinary investment in K’s future.”

Primary among those initiatives is re-envisioning the residential experience and planning for future construction of a new residence hall on the College’s historic campus, as well as developing new programs to support student success, with a focus on first-generation students. In fall 2023, 30 percent of K’s first-year students were first-generation, as the College continues to expand higher education access for talented students of all backgrounds. 

“To ensure equitable access to K for students who are among the first in their families to attend college, our responsibility extends beyond admittance—we must provide the resources that will see them through to graduation,” Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students J. Malcolm Smith said. “The resources—such as access to personal and professional networks, leadership development opportunities, and financial support to make the most of their college experience—that may be readily available to many college-bound students often don’t exist for first-gen students. Yet there are ways to ensure that those who need support can succeed and make a big impact on the world.”

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The College will celebrate its 190th year by expanding the goal of the College’s Brighter Light Campaign from $150 million to at least $190 million by September 2024.

In conjunction with the gift announcement, the College is pleased to announce that it will celebrate its 190th year by expanding the goal of the College’s Brighter Light Campaign from $150 million to at least $190 million raised by September 2024, when the campaign concludes. 

Since its launch in 2018, more than 15,000 alumni and friends have contributed to the Brighter Light Campaign, raising more than $180 million dollars with the addition of this latest gift to the institution. The campaign supports student access to every aspect of a Kalamazoo College education—from scholarship support to study abroad funding to internship and research stipends—and it has provided investments in the institution’s faculty, renovations to instructional spaces, athletic programming, and other aspects of campus life. 

“Completing the last year of the campaign with the theme of ‘190 for 190’ is a fitting way to recognize both the enduring and evolving traditions of Kalamazoo College and celebrate this record-breaking campaign,” Vice President for College Advancement Karen Isble said. “While it’s always wonderful to achieve the philanthropic goals of a campaign, the most exciting and important aspect of any fundraising endeavor is making a tangible difference in the lives of our students, faculty and staff. This amazing gift, and the gifts from each of the 15,000 donors who have supported the Brighter Light Campaign so far, helps us do that and more.”

About Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo College, founded in 1833, is a nationally recognized residential liberal arts and sciences college located in Kalamazoo, Mich. The creator of the K-Plan, Kalamazoo College provides an individualized education that integrates rigorous academics with life-changing experiential learning opportunities. For more information, visit www.kzoo.edu.

The Brighter Light Campaign is raising $190 million to provide endowed and annual support for students, faculty and staff, curricular and co-curricular activities, athletics and campus facilities. For more information, visit the Brighter Light Campaign page: www.kzoo.edu/brighterlight.

K Announces Lucasse, Ambrose Recipients

Kalamazoo College announced today that one faculty member and one staff member have earned two of the highest awards the College bestows on its employees. Rosemary K. Brown Professor of Computer Science Alyce Brady received the 2023–24 Florence J. Lucasse Lectureship for Excellence in Teaching, and Custodian Laura Weber was named the recipient of the W. Haydn Ambrose Prize for Extraordinary Service to Kalamazoo College.

Brady, a co-chair of the computer science department, has served K for nearly 30 years. She teaches a variety of courses from introductory classes to advanced classes on programming languages, data structure, dynamic Internet apps and software development in a global context. Her research interests have included the application of computer science to social justice while serving as the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership Faculty Fellow from 2013–2015.

Over the past decade, Brady has supervised 72 Senior Integrated Projects and is currently guiding five more. She is also credited with championing student reflection through growth journals, applying a flipped-classroom format that started even before the pandemic, and receiving previous recognition through the Outstanding First-Year Advocate award.

A ceremony to confer the Lucasse Fellowship traditionally occurs in the spring term, where the honored faculty member speaks regarding their work.

Nominators credited Weber, a 10-year staff member in Facilities Management, for volunteering at student events such as Monte Carlo and Cafsgiving. She also hosts international students and refers to her former visitors as her “children,” while former students refer to her as their “mum.” One nominator wrote, “Her love language is inclusion.” Another said, “she treats everyone like family.”

The Ambrose Prize is named after W. Haydn Ambrose, who served K for more than 20 years in a variety of roles, including assistant to the president for church relations, dean of admission and financial aid, and vice president for development. Ambrose was known for being thoughtful in the projects he addressed and treating people with respect. In addition to a financial award, Weber has earned a crystal award to commemorate the achievement and an invitation to sit on the Prize’s selection committee for two years.

Congratulations to both of the honorees.

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Rosemary K. Brown Professor of Computer Science Alyce Brady was awarded the 2023–24 Florence J. Lucasse Lectureship for Excellence in Teaching.
Ambrose Prize Recipient Laura Weber
Laura Weber, a 10-year staff member in Facilities Management, received the Ambrose Prize, named after W. Haydn Ambrose.

‘Best 389 Colleges’ Book Endorses K

The Princeton Review is placing Kalamazoo College among the top 15 percent of U.S. higher-education institutions for degree-seeking undergraduates by featuring K in the 2024 version of its annual guide, The Best 389 Colleges

In the book, the education services company recommends colleges from the nation’s 2,600 four-year institutions based on data it collects from administrators about their academic offerings, and surveys of students who rate and report on their experiences.  

Students lauded K through surveys as a place where they develop personal relationships with their peers and faculty at a campus run by and for the students. In addition, students can quickly find their niche upon arriving thanks to a small-school environment where “everyone is always engaged in some kind of work they truly care about,” the book says. 

The Best 389 Colleges doesn’t provide individual rankings for the schools featured. However, K earned an additional mention in the guide as the No. 16 school on a list of the Top 20 Private Colleges for Making an Impact. This means K students said that their student-government opportunities, the College’s sustainability efforts and K’s on-campus engagement are providing them with opportunities to make a difference in their community. 

“We salute Kalamazoo College for its outstanding academics and its many other impressive offerings,” said Rob Franek, the Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief and lead author of The Best 389 Colleges. “We’re delighted to recommend it as an ideal choice for students searching for their ‘best-fit’ college.” 

The printed publication is now available through the Penguin Random House website. K’s profile is available for free online along with the list of the 389 top schools

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According to the 2024 edition of “The Best 389 Colleges” from the Princeton Review, students gave Kalamazoo College high marks for its open curriculum. The open curriculum means “students have more time to explore exactly what they want to learn, rather than being required to take classes in which they have no interest,” the book says.

Forbes Ranks K Among Best Small Employers

If you’re job hunting and small employers are appealing to you, Forbes says Kalamazoo College should be on your radar.

The global media company that focuses on business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership and lifestyle released its inaugural list of America’s Best Small Employers this week. After crunching data from more than 10,000 employers nationwide that have between 200 and 1,000 workers, Forbes shows K at No. 253 of the top 300.

To assemble the list, Forbes teamed up with Statista, a market research firm, to examine anonymous surveys of employees using targeted panels and open participation from the public; job-related websites that gauge employer reputation, engagement, retention and benefits; and social listening text analysis through websites, blogs, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter and YouTube.

Small colleges and private schools scored particularly well in general, comprising 20% of the list. Plus, K prepares its graduates to better understand, live successfully within, and provide enlightened leadership to a richly diverse and increasingly complex world—a mission that resonates with its dedicated faculty and staff. If you’re interested in working for K, visit our “Careers at K” web pages. 

Dedicated faculty and staff such as Kalamazoo College Fund Director Laurel Palmer have helped K reach Forbes’ first list of America’s Best Small Employers.

Summer Common Reading Examines Flint Water Crisis

First-year students arriving to campus this fall are learning about front-line stories from the 2014 Flint water crisis by participating in Kalamazoo College’s Summer Reading Program.   

The group, along with some faculty and staff, is reading What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha. The book tells how the author—along with a team of researchers, parents and community leaders—discovered that the children of Flint were being exposed to lead in their tap water and campaigned to reveal that information to the world. 

Hanna-Attisha—a pediatrician, professor and public health advocate—is the associate dean for Public Health and C. S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, and the founding director of the Pediatric Public Health Initiative, a partnership between MSU and Hurley Children’s Hospital in Flint, which seeks to mitigate the water crisis and serve as a national resource for best practices. She was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and one of USA Today’s Women of the Century for her role in uncovering the water crisis and leading recovery efforts. She also has testified before Congress and contributes to national media outlets.  

The Summer Common Reading program is a key component of K’s first-year experience efforts, which tie hands-on experiential learning, advising, first-year forums and seminars, and assistance from peer leaders and Residential Life to guide new students through their transition to college. 

Students receive a copy of the Summer Common Reading book in the mail and are asked to submit answers in response to prompts. The author of the chosen novel then commonly visits campus during orientation to participate in a community discussion and returns four years later for the class’ Commencement.  

For more on K’s first-year and Summer Reading programs, visit the first-year experience website. 

Cover of Summer Common Reading Program Book What the Eyes Don't See
“What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance and Hope in an American City” by Mona Hanna-Attisha tells how the author—along with a team of researchers, parents and community leaders—discovered that the children of Flint were being exposed to lead in their tap water.