Colleges of Distinction: K Provides Top-Notch Undergrad Experiences

Students outside Light Fine Arts at K, one of the Colleges of Distinction
Students study outside Light Fine Arts on a spring day at Kalamazoo College.

A guide for college-bound students and families is recognizing Kalamazoo College as one of about 400 schools from across the country to earn high marks for top-notch undergraduate experiences.

K is included in the 2022–23 Colleges of Distinction online guide, which lauds schools for going beyond what typically drives rankings to offer a personalized education catered to students’ interests. It spotlights K through the K-Plan, the College’s framework for exceptional academics within the liberal arts and sciences.

“When we focus all of our attention on how schools stack up against one another, we lose track of what really matters: the students themselves,” Colleges of Distinction Founder Wes Creel said. “Every student has individual needs and their own environment in which they’re most likely to thrive. We want to extend our praise to the schools that prioritize and cater to students’ goals.” 

High school guidance counselors, college administrators and the Colleges of Distinction selection team nominate excellent schools for inclusion before each institution is vetted to determine its quality through its support for students in all aspects of their lives. Colleges of Distinction judges its nominees on their teaching quality, student engagement, community engagement and outcomes through a selection process that includes in-depth research and detailed interviews with the schools and stakeholders.

K received accolades in each area along with honors for its undergraduate programs in science, math and technology; health and medicine; arts and humanities; multidisciplinary studies and social science.

“We pride ourselves on being an institution that prioritizes hands-on student experiences inside and outside the classroom to reflect a well-rounded education through independent scholarship, study abroad opportunities, civic engagement, career development and more,” Dean of Admission Suzanne Lepley said. “When students enroll at K, they should feel confident we will do everything we can in their four years to set them up for success for the rest of their lives. This recognition from Colleges of Distinction confirms that.”

K is also recognized among the top Colleges of Distinction in terms of equity and inclusion as it caters to the unique needs of their students regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender or ability.

“A great undergraduate experience is more than just graduating and getting your first job,” the Colleges of Distinction website says. “Colleges of Distinction graduates are prepared for anything. They are strong writers, speakers and thinkers because their professors have encouraged and challenged them one-on-one. They have meaningful professional experience from internships and advanced research, and they know how to work together with people different than themselves because they have been active on campus, traveled abroad and pursued service opportunities. In other words, when you graduate from a College of Distinction you will be equipped to find better solutions in the workplace, your community and the world at large.”

$500K Gift Establishes Getman Endowment for Equity in Women’s Athletics at K

Dana Getman, Katie Getman and Teresa Getman for Equity Endowment
Dana Getman ’68 (center) with his wife, Teresa (left) and his daughter Kate Getman. A previous supporter of the Fitness and Wellness Center as well as the Athletic Field Complex, Dana Getman is establishing the Getman Endowment for Equity in Women’s Athletics with a $500,000 gift.

Kalamazoo College has announced a $500,000 gift in support of women’s athletics from Dana Getman ’68.

The gift establishes the Getman Endowment for Equity in Women’s Athletics, which supports the College’s strategic plan, Advancing Kalamazoo College: A Strategic Vision for 2023.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex, which required many colleges and universities to offer a women’s athletics program equivalent to any offered for men. Historically, however, many women’s teams have struggled to achieve the same level of funding as men’s teams at K, as at other colleges, said Becky Hall, director of athletics at K.

“Achieving more equity between our women’s and men’s sports programs has been a need and a goal at K as long as I’ve been here, and a gift like this goes a long way toward making that a reality,” Hall said.

Getman hopes creating this fund will inspire others to recognize and address inequities women face in athletics and beyond.

Dana Getman and Becky Hall discuss the Getman Endowment for Equity
Kalamazoo College Director of Athletics Becky Hall thanks Dana Getman ’68 for his $500,000 gift establishing the Getman Endowment for Equity in Women’s Athletics during a fund announcement event with Kalamazoo College women’s coaches.

It’s an issue with personal meaning for Getman, who has three daughters, as well as four granddaughters who have been active in high school athletic programs. While one granddaughter went on to play tennis at Smith College, a women’s college, the other three have not participated in college athletics.

Recently, one of his granddaughters received several offers to play softball at smaller colleges, yet at every college and university she visited, the women’s programs fell short of the men’s. She saw discrepancies between locker rooms, field maintenance, seating and more. Ultimately, she decided not to play softball when she heads off to college in the fall.

“Watching her apply to various schools and evaluate their athletic programs and women’s softball, and then, for various reasons, giving that up, taking a pass on playing in college, is the backdrop to this gift,” Getman said. “The College may have the best intentions of equity, but it may take a long time to get there. If alumni come along and help, maybe that’s what it takes.”

Getman said that in watching his granddaughter play in the high school softball district finals recently, he was struck by how the players are athletes above all. Equity in athletics, he feels, can help promote equality in all areas.

Women's athletics coaches with Director of Athletics Becky Hall and Dana Getman '68
A fund announcement event for the establishment of the Getman Endowment for Equity in Women’s Athletics included (front row, left to right) Director of Athletics Becky Hall, Dana Getman ’68, Women’s Lacrosse Coach Jess Smith, Women’s Basketball Coach Katie Miller, (back row, left to right) Women’s Tennis Coach Mark Murphy, Softball Coach Kelli Duimstra, Women’s Soccer Coach Bryan Goyings, Swimming and Diving Assistant Coach Beth Mitchell, Women’s Volleyball Coach Hunter Bishop, Cross Country Coach Kyle Morrison and Golf Coach Josh Burt.

Getman said he trusts the athletic department at K to be good stewards of the endowment. He knows the needs are great and hopes other supporters will come forward to contribute.

One of the first plans for the endowment is to add Hornets vinyl wall wraps to the women’s locker rooms to make them more personalized and welcoming, Hall said, and more on par with the men’s locker rooms.

“We plan in the future to use this fund to support and enhance equity in our women’s athletic programs’ operating budgets,” Hall said. “We also hope to fund additional staffing in the future to benefit our women’s teams.”

Getman has been a previous supporter of the Athletic Field Complex and the Fitness and Wellness Center.  In his time at K, he studied English and worked for The Index selling advertising.

“In my first two or three weeks, I came to the uncomfortable conclusion that everybody on campus knew more than I did,” Getman said. “Living in that milieu, or society, was very exciting, meeting with people, discussing ideas and discovering new concepts. It was always stimulating and a fun place to be.”

At that time, Getman joked, the best English students wrote for The Index, the next-best took photographs, and he fell into the third category, those who ended up selling advertising.

“I wore a steady path down to the walking mall and got to know all the secretaries on each floor in the Gilmore building,” Getman said. “There was a jewelry store where I said, ‘Well look, the College is where guys propose—of course you want your name out there.’ And they placed an ad.”

Following his time at Kalamazoo College, Getman returned to his family’s business, guiding its evolution from building equipment that transported concrete that aided in the construction of the Mackinac Bridge to becoming a leading, worldwide supplier of safe and efficient mining equipment. He has led the Getman Corporation in multiple capacities for four decades, including his current role of chairman of the board.

“We are grateful to Dana Getman and to all our donors for their generosity and support,” Hall said. “Our goal is to continue to raise the bar, to make them proud, and to work hard every day to impact the student-athletes in our women’s programs in a positive way. Our coaches know the responsibility and power they hold, and they hold it with a lot of pride, a lot of passion, emotion and enthusiasm.”

If you would like to contribute to the Getman Endowment for Equity in Women’s Athletics fund and support women’s athletics, please make a gift online.

Kalamazoo College Unveils Spring 2022 Dean’s List

Two students sit on the Quad during the Spring 2022 term
Congratulations to the students who qualified for the Spring 2022 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 Spring 2022 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 Spring 2022.

Spring 2022


Shannon Abbott
Morgan Acord
Khalil Adams
Isaac Agranoff
Kelley Akerley
Shahriar Akhavan Tafti
Rachel Alarcio
Adnan Alousi
Lana Alvey
Farida Amini
Darsalam Amir
Olivia Anderson
Paige Anderson
Mia Andrews
Ava Apolo
Alexandra Armin
Lora Armstrong


Tolkien Bagchi
Annalise Bailey
Lindsey Baker
Chloe Baker
McKenzi Baker
Elizabeth Ballinger
Madison Barch
Samuel Barczy
Abigail Barnum
Kristy Barrett
Aleksandra Bartolik
Hunter Bates
Mitchell Baty
Jenna Beach
Blake Bean
Cameron Beauregard
Annabel Bee
Curtis Bell
Carolyn Bennett
Maci Bennett
Thomas Bentley
Anthony Berkimer
Jonah Beurkens
Anna Binkley
Katherine Black
Nora Blanchard
Rose Bogard
Zachary Borden
Sam Boritzki
Daphne Bos
Mairin Boshoven
Holly Bowling
Haylee Bowsher
Emily Braunohler
Austin Bresnahan
Lauren Bretzius
Penelope Brewer
Eamon Bronson
Jonathan Brunette
Anna Buck
Anna Budnick
Marilu Bueno
Thomas Buffin
Elizabeth Burton
Lauren Bussell


Jacob Callaghan
Grace Cancro
Vanessa Cardenas
John Carlson
Chloe Carlson
Isabella Caza
Alexandra Chafetz
Jessica Chaidez
Iris Chalk
Connor Charamella
Josetta Checkett
Emily Cheng
Benjamin Chosid
Kennedy Christl
An-Ting Chu
Maile Church
Madeleine Coffman
Sedona Coleman
Quinn Collins
Rowan Cook
Kyle Cooper
Indigo Corvidae
Haley Crabbs
Violet Crampton
Abigail Crocker
Lilian Crowder Smith
Emma Curcuru


Nicholas Dailey
Shayla Dailey
Beatrix Damashek
Kylah Davis
Emma Davis-Rodak
Claire de Vries
Tali Deaner
Kiernan Dean-Hall
Sophie Decker
Julia Del Olmo Parrado
Ethan DeNeen
Catherine Dennis
Sarah Densham
Olivia Depauli
Vincent DeSanto
Laura DeVilbiss
Liam Diaz
Sofia Diaz
Melissa Diaz Cabrera
Brooke Dolhay
Marissa Dolorfino
Adam Dorstewitz
Rorie Dougherty
Sydney Dowdell
Ryan Drew
Imalia Drummond
Patrick Dunfee
Katia Duoibes
Hannah Durant
Gina Dvorin


Eli Edlefson
Jairo Eguia
Alden Ehrhardt
Carter Eisenbach
Sara Elfring
Rebecca Elias
Adaora Emenyonu
Sara English
Justin Essing
Gabrielle Evans
Sam Ewald


Olivia Fairbank
Ella Faris
Colton Farley
Madalyn Farrey
Andreas Fathalla
Emma Fergusson
Janet Fernandez
Anna Fetter
Samuel File
Morgan Fischer
Peter Fitzgerald
Julia Fitzgerald
Parker Foster
Caroline Francis
Grace Frazier
Caelan Frazier
Emma Frederiksen
Hana Frisch
Tristan Fuller
William Fulton


Ethan Galler
Kaitlin Gandy
Ana Garcia
Aliza Garcia
Brynna Garden
Grace Garver
Trish Gatsi
Johanna Ghazal
Farah Ghazal
Julia Ghazal
Griffin Gheen
Georgios Gkolois
Max Gordon
Lillian Grelak
Elizabeth Grooten
Natalie Gross
Matthew Gu
Zoe Gurney


Sophia Haas
Aiden Habboub
Yoichi Haga
Emma Hahn
Emily Haigh
Grace Hancock
Vien Hang
Garrett Hanson
Madeline Harding
Eleanor Harris
Lucy Hart
Isabelle Hawkes
Tanner Hawkins
Beatrice Hawkins
Wallis Hechler
Hannah Heeren
Megan Herbst
Maya Hester
Ella Heystek
Sierra Hieshetter
Sam Hoag
Garrick Hohm
Thomas Hole
Julia Holt
Benjamin Homminga
Cole Horman
Joseph Horsfield
Molly Horton
Charles Horvath
Tyler Houle
Gavin Houtkooper
Sharon Huang
Jakob Hubert
Samuel Hughes
Audrey Huizenga
Lukas Hultberg
Trevor Hunsanger
Madelaine Hurley
Benjamin Hyndman


Juan Ibarra
Jalen Iereneo


Angela Jacobo
Colton Jacobs
Ashani Jewell
Ryan Johnson
Ellie Jones
Maxwell Joos


Amalia Kaerezi
Kiana Kanegawa
Judah Karesh
Timothy Karubas
Maria Kasperek
Ava Keller
Meaghan Kelly
Ella Kelly
Blake Kelsey
Samuel Kendrick
David Kent
Roze Kerr
Mahum Khan
Hunter Kiesling
Jackson Kiino-Terburg
Meghan Killmaster
Vivian Kim
Joshua Kim
Si Yun Kimball
Lily Kindle
Mikayla Kindler
Isabella Kirchgessner
Alaina Kirschman
Alexander Kish
Joergen Klakulak
Sofia Klein
Lena Klemm
Allison Klinger
Steven Kloosterman
Ella Knight
Marie Kohrman
Anexy Koizumi
Cole Koryto
Daniel Koselka
Marissa Kovac
Katherine Kraemer
Christian Kraft
Brandon Kramer
Rachel Kramer
Nikolas Krupka
Kieya Kubert-Davis
Koshiro Kuroda


Onora Lancaster
Jordon Larco
Kathryn Larick
Annmarie Lawrence
Madeleine Lawson
Lam Phuong Le
Grace Leahey
Dillon Lee
Margaret Lekan
Alejandra Lemus
Sydney Lenzini
Ellie Lepley
Ginamarie Lester
Kelsey Letchworth
Milan Levy
Sage Lewis
Thomas Lichtenberg
Connor Lignell
Cassandra Linnertz
Sichun Liu
Luis Lizardo-Rodriguez
Ava Loncharte
Alvaro Lopez Gutierrez
Ellie Lotterman
Madeline Lovins
Teresa Lucas
Nicholas Lucking
Isabella Luke


Selina Ma
Deven Mahanti
Samantha Major
Natalie Maki
Andrew Mallon
Angela Mammel
Arjun Manyam
Lesly Mares-Castro
Victoria Marquez Gomez
Isabel Martin
Molly Martinez
Stephanie Martinez
Gracen Martini-Zeller
Harshpreet Matharu
Kanase Matsuzaki
Lillian Mattern
Nicholas Matuszak
Claire McCall
Lauren McColley
Dylan McGorisk
Leo McGreevy
Ashlynne McKee
Grace McKnight
Abbey McMillian
Amy McNutt
Zaydee Menchaca
Crystal Mendoza
Sophia Merchant
Eva Metro-Roland
Luke Middlebrook
Cooper Mills
Jade Milton
Jazmine Minchaca
Andrejs Minka
Ameera Mirza
Lauren Mitchell
Caleb Mitchell-Ward
Lina Moghrabi
Raven Montagna
Brooklyn Moore
Mackenzie Moore
Aiden Morgan
Ryan Morgan
Isabel Morillo
Martin Morison
Samantha Moss
Arein Motan
Phumuzile Moyo
Elliot Mrak
Matthew Mueller
Miles Muirhead
Jasmin Murillo
Anna Murphy
Madison Murphy
Ryan Muschler
Rishaan Muthanna


Alex Nam
Blagoja Naskovski
Matthew Nelson
Nicholas Nerhood
Alexis Nesbitt
Elizabeth Nestle
Nguyen Nguyen
Char Nieberding
Alexandra Noel
Malin Nordmoe
Caroline Norton
Rohan Nuthalapati


Ileana Oeschger
Alina Offerman
Larkin O’Gorman
Akinyi Okero
Emma Olson
Tyler Omness
Gabe Orosan-Weine
Eliana Orozco
Olivia Oswald
Fatima Ortega
Gunzi Otj


Ella Palacios
Joshua Pamintuan
Jenna Paterob
Isabella Pellegrom
Kaitlin Peot
Anthony Peraza
Ilene Perea-Sanchez
Alexander Perry
Addison Peter
Devon Peters
Scott Peters
Michael Peterson
Eve Petrie
Sydney Pickell
Benjamin Pickrel
Megan Ploucha
Elaine Pollard
Evan Pollens-Voigt
Noah Prentice
Lucas Priemer
Elena Pulliam
Mason Purdy
Noah Pyle


Luma Qashou
Aarzoo Qureshi


Elle Ragan
Savera Rajendra-Nicolucci
Julia Rambo
Jessie Ramirez
Ali Randel
Dominic Rascon-Powell
Clarice Ray
Sara Reathaford
Laura Reinaux Silva Oliveira
Kelli Rexroad
Zoe Reyes
Keegan Reynolds
Maxwell Rhames
Sheldon Riley
Ashley Rill
Katherine Rock
Jocelyn Rodriguez
Reyna Rodriguez
Lily Rogowski
Joshua Roman
Luke Rop
Alec Rosenbaum
Panayiotis Rotsios
Mia Roukema
Matia Rourke
Tabitha Rowland
Oliver Rubin
Marcus Rucker
Charlotte Ruiter
Angel Ruiz


Tyler Sakalys-Moore
Richard Sakurai-Kearns
Sydney Salgado
Ethan Sandusky
Leslie Santos
Isabel Schantz
Leo Schinker
Vivian Schmidt
Zoe Celeste Schneberger
D.J. Schneider
Eden Schnurstein
Lia Schroeder
Madeline Schroeder
Beth Schulman
Audrey Schulz
Hannah Schurman
Aleksander Scott
Nilah Seals
Ruby Seiwerath
Delores Shackelford
Usaid Bin Shafqat
Isabella Shapiro
William Shaw
Steven Shelton
Cassidy Short
Joseph Shumunov
Josie Shuster
Emma Sidor
Petra Sierra
Samantha Silverman
Kiersten Sjogren
Colby Skinner
Meganne Skoug
Pieter Slager
Austin Smith
Olivia Smith
Ping Smith
Owen Smith
Grace Snyder
Jack Soderberg
Asante Solomon
Allison Sokacz
Hanis Sommerville
Erin Somsel
Larissa Soto
Jonah Spates
Maxwell Spitler
Camran Stack
David Stechow
Joseph Stein
Eleanor Stevenson
Meredith Steward
Emma Stickley
Hayden Strobel
Eller Studinger
Hannah Summerfield
Matthew Swarthout
Kaleb Sydloski
Ella Szczublewski


Chau Ta
Samuel Tagget
Madison Talarico
Claire Tallio
Nicole Taylor
Claire Taylor
Suja Thakali
Kaia Thomas
Levi Thomas
Kaytlyn Tidey
Sophia Timm-Blow
Simon Topf
Danielle Treyger
Frances Trimble
Mary Trimble
Nghia Trinh
Maria Tripodis
May Tun
Aija Turner
Oliver Tye


Duurenbayar Ulziiduuren
Tristan Uphoff
Ifeoma Uwaje


Christopher Van Alstine
Megan Vandyke
Emma Van Houten
Samantha Vande Pol
Hannah Vander Lugt
Cameron VanGalder
Josseline Vazquez
America Vilchis
Nathan Vogel
Lucille Voss
Jessalyn Vrieland
Thanh Vu


Joseph Wade
Ava Wagle
Megan Walczak
Elle Waldron
Andre Walker
Lucinda Wallis
Madison Walther
Elizabeth Wang
McKenna Wasmer
Riley Weber
Margaret Wedge
Elias Wennen
Emerson Wesselhoff
Samantha White
Tanner White
Dylan Wickey
Katelyn Williams
Skai Williams
Carson Williams
Riley Wilson
Jordyn Wilson
Joshua Wilson
Laurel Wolfe
Zachary Worthing
Lydia Wright
Kevin Wu


Lingrui Xiang


Elyse Yost
Mikayla Youngman
Hillary Yousif


Maddie Zang
Camryn Zdziarski-West
Jacob Zeller
Margaret Zorn

Film Depicting Indigenous Struggles Has U.S. Premier at K

Movie Poster for Minga Voices of Resistance Film Premier
The documentary film “Minga” Voices of Resistance” had its U.S. premier at K’s
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership.

A documentary film that had its U.S. premier at Kalamazoo College’s Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership is illuminating the struggles of indigenous people from Patagonia to Mexico.

Tony Nelson, the assistant director of student engagement in the Center for International Programs, hosted the showing last month of Minga: Voices of Resistance, an international production by Pauline Dutron and Damien Charles. Together, the acclaimed co-directors help denounce the destruction of indigenous territories, spotlight cultural heritage and show how indigenous peoples are organizing themselves to inspire solutions.

The film, Nelson said, does an excellent job of raising awareness around two issues: the strategic and patterned violence perpetrated against indigenous peoples throughout the Americas and worldwide, and the resistance of those peoples, while calling for others worldwide to take up the fight against it.

“Sometimes intentionally, and sometimes accidentally, we don’t hear enough from people who have been marginalized historically and economically,” he said. “The more we can give amplification to the voices of folks who are being strategically ignored, censored or silenced, the better, in my opinion. I hope documentaries like this, as well as testimonies from students, can make those voices louder so more people are aware and more people get involved.”

For seven and a half years, Nelson ran a study abroad program in Chiapas, Mexico, where he met the filmmakers.

“They were in San Cristobal for a particular event called the National Indigenous Congress, so I got to meet them when they stayed at my friend’s house,” he said. “They had traveled from Belgium all the way to the southern tip of Chile and South America via sailboat by volunteering to work the sailboat, and then traveled only by bus all the way up to Mexico.”

Nelson said that while he was skeptical at first of the filmmakers’ intentions, he’s impressed with the end product.

“I was nervous about them accessing indigenous communities in a way that might feel exploitive, but I stayed in contact with them,” he said. “They spent a year transcribing all of their interviews, and then a year translating all the different languages into Spanish and English. I saw the film and I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh. They really did this. They did an amazing job.’ They did all these travels, and stayed focused on the voices of the communities in a way that centered voices that don’t get amplified often.”

The film is now available to anyone through a Creative Commons license, which allows it to be shown for free, although it was special to have the premier at K.

“The film is moving and well done,” Nelson said. “Regardless of my involvement or even knowing the filmmakers, I would have been speaking to people about it to raise awareness. They’re activists in Belgium, and they have a long-term goal of trying to inspire more people to resist and stand up for what’s right.”

Co-director Charles, speaking from his home in Belgium, said he wanted to share something important in the world through Minga, a film that took more than six years from concept to completion.

“When I came in contact with these communities, I saw their point of view,” Charles said. “It’s not just the idea, ‘We have this territory we depend on and if someone wants to destroy it, we want to defend it.’ Of course, they want to defend it, but it’s much deeper than that. It also talks about how the Western world imposes its views of ‘development’ on communities that have other projects for their diverse societies. These deeper goals really impacted me and made me question a lot of things about our way of life, about our society and about the way we see the world around us. I wanted to share that experience of being in contact with people who actually have a different vision of their place in the world. I think being in contact with something so different makes you understand yourself better.”

Nelson hopes many will see the film, understand themselves better and be inspired to act alongside voices that are traditionally marginalized or silenced.

“In my opinion, change can only come with serious pushback and pressure,” Nelson said. “That’s why, I think, they’re highlighting the communities they are. I hope people draw motivation from this and see that these incredibly repressed communities have found a way to fight, stand up with dignity and stick up for their rights, even if it means going up against a Goliath like Chevron or Coca-Cola. These companies are picking fights and threatening these people’s livelihoods; threatening their way of life. If they can stand up for themselves, we can definitely fight against the XL Pipeline or communities being redlined. There are many struggles we can join with in fighting the systems that are threatening us, our neighbors, and loved ones.”

Three Faculty Members Earn Tenure at K

Three Kalamazoo College faculty members from the history, sociology and physics departments have been awarded tenure.

The tenure milestone recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarship and service to the College, and signifies its confidence in the contributions these professors will make throughout their careers.

The following faculty members were approved this spring by the Board of Trustees for tenure and promotion to associate professor:

Christina Carroll Earns Tenure
Assistant Professor of History Christina Carroll has
earned tenure and will be promoted to associate professor.

Assistant Professor of History Christina Carroll

Carroll is a historian of modern France with research and teaching interests in empire, memory and nationalism; she teaches a variety of classes at K on modern Europe and its empires, along with a class on the modern Middle East.

In her new book, The Politics of Imperial Memory in France, 1850–1900, Carroll examines how the memory of European imperial conquest under Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte shaped French debates over colonial expansion during the second half of the 19th century, and explains how and why French Republicans embraced colonial conquest as a central part of their political platform. She is now beginning a second book project, which focuses on historical figures who were transported from one colony to another, or from the French metropole to a colony, for political crimes.

Carroll holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in history and English from Vassar College. She was a visiting assistant professor of history at Colgate University before arriving at K in 2016. She also served a three-year appointment at K from 2018–2021 as the Marlene Crandell Francis Assistant Professor of History.

Francisco Villegas Earns Tenure
Arcus Social Justice Leadership Assistant Professor of
Sociology Francisco Villegas has earned tenure and will
be promoted to associate professor.

Arcus Social Justice Leadership Assistant Professor of Sociology Francisco Villegas

Villegas specializes in the topics of immigration, citizenship, social movements, deportability and illegalization, and teaches courses in these areas along with qualitative research methods.

In the community, Villegas serves as advisory board chair with the Kalamazoo County community ID program, which began in 2018. The program allows residents to obtain an ID issued by local government regardless of their ability to obtain a state ID. He is also one of three K faculty members—joining Associate Professor of English Shanna Salinas and Professor of English Bruce Mills—behind a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant provides new learning opportunities for K students and faculty seeking solutions to societal problems and promotes the critical role of the humanities in understanding and responding to social problems. The $1.297 million three-year grant funds the College’s Humanities Integrated Locational Learning (HILL) project, which is building student coursework rooted in K’s commitment to experiential learning and social justice to address issues such as racism, border policing, economic inequities, homelessness and global warming, while examining history, how humans share land, and the dislocations that bring people to a communal space.

Before joining K, Villegas was a sociology lecturer at the University of Toronto Scarborough from 2014– 2016. He has a doctorate in sociology in education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, a master’s degree in Mexican American studies from San Jose University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and social behavior from the University of California Irvine.

David Wilson for tenure
Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Assistant Professor of
Physics David Wilson has earned tenure and will
be promoted to associate professor.

Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Assistant Professor of Physics David Wilson

As a biophysicist who studies virology, Wilson first arrived at K as a visiting assistant professor in 2014. During his time at K, he discovered that all spherical viruses place their protruding spike proteins in a common set of locations. That work later continued in three publications, including one with Danielle Roof ’22, titled Viral Phrenology.

Wilson was a visiting assistant professor at Albion College in 2015–2016 and Grand Valley State University in 2016–2017 before he returned to K in the same role in 2017. He became an assistant professor of physics at K in 2018. He has taught courses including quantum mechanics, applications of physics in the biosciences and introductory physics, and often generates 3D printing in his research.

Wilson has been invited to share his work at Calvin University, Northwestern University, Denison University and soon at the Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology (FASEB) Virus Structure and Assembly Conference in Southbridge, Massachusetts. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Michigan, where he also was a postdoctoral research scientist in chemistry from 2010­ –2013. He spent two years at the University of Washington doing master’s work before transferring to the University of Michigan. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from Michigan Technological University.

To date, Wilson has worked closely on research projects with more than 34 students at K from biology, chemistry, physics, computer science and mathematics.

Commencement Returns to Campus Quad on Sunday

A female graduate wears a graduation cap that says Lux Esto during last year's commencement
Commencement for the Class of 2022 is at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 12, on the campus Quad.

For the first time since 2019, Kalamazoo College’s Commencement is returning to the campus Quad at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 12, with more than 350 students receiving their bachelor’s degrees. Here’s what you need to know about the weekend’s events surrounding Commencement and the ceremony itself. 


Seniors are required to attend Commencement rehearsal at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 9, at Dalton Theatre. Faculty and staff will provide graduating seniors with pertinent information including what to do during an intricate line-up and processional. Students who need to be excused from rehearsal should contact the Office of Alumni Engagement in advance at

Commencement Saturday 

Receptions for individual departments help families meet professors and see individual projects from selected seniors. Consult the department schedules for information on the time and location for each event. 

The day’s remaining events—including the Senior Awards Program, the Senior Music Recital and the Baccalaureate—will take place at Stetson Chapel. A livestream will be available for each of those events for those who can’t attend in person. 

Seniors receiving awards will get an invitation from the Provost’s Office after finals to attend the Senior Awards Program, which begins at 2:30 p.m. Contact the Office of the Provost by email if you have questions about the event. The Senior Music Recital is a public concert at 4:30 p.m. featuring performances by graduating seniors who have been involved in music. All seniors and guests are invited to attend. The Baccalaureate is a public non-religious service with student and faculty speakers and musical performances beginning at 8 p.m. 

An information desk will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the atrium at Hicks Student Center. The College’s bookstore will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Bronson Healthcare President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Manns

Before the Ceremony on Sunday 

Commencement will take place rain or shine on the Quad. However, if there’s heavy rain showers or severe weather, the ceremony may be delayed by up to two hours. Communication about a delay would be sent through K alerts, social media and email no later than 8 a.m. on Sunday. Seniors should arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Dalton Theatre with their caps and gowns. No tickets or rain tickets are required for the ceremony, which will last about two and a half hours. The information desk and College bookstore at Hicks Students Center will open at 8 a.m. 


A limited number of handicapped parking spaces will be available on campus streets and in parking lots. Handicapped spaces are reserved for vehicles with a state-issued permit. With a limited number of spaces, a designated drop-off area will be available on Campus Drive, accessible from Academy Street, in front of Hoben Hall. Families may drop off guests for barrier-free access to the Quad and then find parking elsewhere on campus. 

All faculty, staff and student parking lots will be open for public use. Street parking on campus and in surrounding neighborhoods will also be available. Please observe any posted street-parking restrictions and avoid driving or parking on sidewalks or lawns, or next to a building entrance. A printable campus parking map is available. 

Class of 2022 Commencement Speaker Reyna Rodriguez
Reyna Rodriguez ’22

Keynote speaker 

Bronson Healthcare President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Manns will address the class of 2022 and receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. Manns oversees all Bronson services from primary care to critical care across more than 100 locations. 

Before joining Bronson, Manns was the president of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor and St. Joseph Mercy Livingston from 2018–2020, the president of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Campus in Grand Rapids from 2013–2018, the Alameda Health System chief operating officer (Oakland, California) from 2005–2013, and Ascension Providence Hospital (Southfield, Michigan) chief operations officer and executive vice president from 1996–2005. 

Class speaker 

Reyna Rodriguez, a chemistry major and psychology minor, has worked for two years as a Civic Engagement Scholar at El Sol Elementary School in Kalamazoo through the Mary Jane Underwood Stryker Center for Civic Engagement. El Sol functions like a magnet school and offers instruction in English and Spanish while accepting students from all areas of Kalamazoo Public Schools. Through El Sol, Rodriguez has recruited, educated, interviewed and submitted background checks on K students, coordinated their schedules with El Sol, and participated in and led structured reflections to help literacy and math tutors along with classroom assistants. 

COVID-19 protocols 

Given the high vaccination rates between our students, faculty and staff and the low community-spread level in Kalamazoo, K will not require vaccinations to attend Commencement activities and masks are optional, although not required, throughout the weekend. Unvaccinated guests are strongly encouraged to receive a COVID-19 test before arriving. Those who are ill should refrain from attending. 

More information 

The Office of Alumni Engagement maintains a website that offers more details regarding Commencement including a list of frequently asked questions, dining and lodging information, and ceremony accommodations. For more information, visit the site at

Gift Benefits History Projects, Honors Emeriti Professors

Emeriti History Professors John Wickstrom, David Barclay and David Strauss
Emeriti History Professors John Wickstrom, David Barclay and David Strauss

Thanks to a lead anonymous gift, and the philanthropy of other donors, a new endowed fund is now supporting exemplary seniors and their Senior Integrated Projects (SIPs) in the Department of History while honoring two of the department’s emeriti professors, David Strauss and John Wickstrom.

Professors Strauss and Wickstrom earned respect as teachers and active scholars while shaping many students, with one measure of that being the significant number of SIPs produced under their direction over four decades. The Dr. David Strauss and Dr. John Wickstrom Senior Integrated Project Endowed Fund will continue that legacy. The current chair of the department, Wen Chao Chen Professor of East Asian Social Sciences Dennis Frost, summed up the significance of this endowment to history majors.

“The history department faculty are excited about the opportunities that this new funding will open up for our students,” Frost said. “Many of our students propose exciting and ambitious projects that require both time and access to archival materials; many essential sources can be quite a distance from Kalamazoo. It’s been challenging for us to support more extensive summer research of this sort. Thanks to the generous support from the donors who established this fund, a variety of new SIP research options will be available for our majors now.”

During the past two years, Strauss and Wickstrom led the initiative to establish an endowed scholarship in Professor Emeritus David Barclay’s name. Hearing of this project, an anonymous donor—who also is a history alum—decided to honor Strauss and Wickstrom in a similar fashion: by making a gift to establish the David Strauss and John Wickstrom SIP Endowed Fund. Other history alumni, faculty, staff and friends subsequently contributed to the fund.

Strauss earned a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and a master’s degree and doctorate from Columbia University before joining Kalamazoo College in 1974. After training under historian Richard Hofstadter, Strauss opened new perspectives on U.S. history to generations of students throughout his years at K. True to the College’s international vision in his teaching and research, Strauss emphasized the global, comparative and interdisciplinary dimensions of U.S. history, from anti-Americanism in France to the cultural history of Japanese-American relations and the internationalization of American cuisine in the 20th century. His students learned about the social, cultural and intellectual contexts of U.S. history and many have followed his example by pursuing careers in teaching or public history.

“History is a complex, fascinating enterprise. In order to write good histories, students must first learn the trade,” Strauss said. “During the first two years at K, history students must acquire basic knowledge which is communicated by reading appropriate textbooks and engaging in conversations with instructors and fellow students. Supported by this information, juniors and seniors will be prepared to find topics of interest, search for relevant material which will be useful for the topic at hand, and then organize the material so as to present a conclusive statement on the topic chosen. Since K students wish to take advantage of their experiences abroad, often more expensive than in Kalamazoo, it’s important to help those who have developed viable topics to explore opportunities in other parts of the world.”

Wickstrom earned a bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University and a master’s degree and doctorate from Yale University before joining K in 1966. For more than four decades, K students learned from him about centuries from roughly 700 BCE to 1500 CE. Originally trained in late medieval English legal history, Wickstrom turned increasingly to the study of early medieval monasticism, culminating in pathbreaking research on the sixth-century French monastic, Saint Maurus, including a 2022 book titled Fiction, Memory, and Identity in the Cult of St. Maurus, 830-1270. For many years, Wickstrom took advantage of the Kalamazoo-based International Congress on Medieval Studies, the world’s largest conference of its kind, to introduce students to hands-on historical research and many of the world’s eminent scholars. He also arranged for K students to present papers, usually based on their SIP research, in the undergraduate sessions of the conference.

“At its best, the SIP experience can be transformative,” Wickstrom said. “It is the point at which a student of history moves from reading history written by others to acquiring a unique and authoritative voice in the ancient and ongoing debate over the meanings of the past. This is accomplished primarily by an unfettered examination of all the evidence for a particular historical problem. Only by such an exercise can a historian appreciate the limits of what can and cannot be known about the past; and thereby begin to understand the deeper question of its connection to truth. The aspiring historian must gain as much exposure as possible to the sources that inform the problem/question of his or her SIP. I still recall my Ph.D. advisor saying that the chief value of my work was my analysis of manuscripts that I had discovered in the archives of the Public Records Office in London. I was only able to access that evidence through a grant from the university that allowed me to travel to that archive. So, I am especially grateful to the generosity of the donors to the Strauss/Wickstrom SIP fund in History. The fund will allow students to access sometimes remote repositories of historical material that alone will give their work credibility. Hopefully, this exercise will also open their minds and those of their readers to the depths and, ultimately, to the mystery of our connection with the past.”

If you would like to support K history students and give in honor of Strauss and Wickstrom, please make a gift online or contact Nicki Poer, associate director of special initiatives and athletics giving, at 269.337.7281 or A generous challenge by John ’80 and Laura Laurenson Foster ’82 will match up to $30,000 in donations for the fund. Also, a virtual K-Talk, offered through the Office of Alumni Engagement, will provide a virtual event marking the scholarship’s launch at 6 p.m. June 14. Register for the event through K’s website.

Alumna, Professor Emerita Earns Pulitzer Prize

Pulitzer Prize recipient Diane Seuss
Kalamazoo College alumna and
Professor Emerita Diane Seuss has received
the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for “frank:
sonnets.” Photo by Gabrielle Montesanti
Book Cover for Frank:Sonnets by Diane Seuss
Diane Seuss ’78 published her fifth collection of
poetry, “frank: sonnets,” in 2021.

Kalamazoo College alumna, Professor Emerita and former writer-in-residence Diane Seuss ’78 is celebrating more recognition for her latest poetry collection, and this honor is the most prestigious yet. 

Seuss was granted a 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry on Monday for frank: sonnets, a collection of poems that discuss topics including addiction, disease, poverty and death. The collection previously received the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry Collection, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry and the LA Times Book Prize for poetry. 

The Pulitzer Prize committee described frank: sonnets as “a virtuosic collection that inventively expands the sonnet form to confront the messy contradictions of contemporary America, including the beauty and the difficulty of working-class life in the Rust Belt.” 

“This is nothing that I would ever, ever, ever have expected of life,” Seuss said of the honor in an MLive interview. “It’s hard to feel these things beyond kind of shock and awe.” 

In previous honors, Seuss received the John Updike Award in 2021 from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The biennial award recognizes a mid-career writer who demonstrates consistent excellence. Seuss also joined a prestigious group of scholars and artists who have received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation as a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow. The fellowship helps honorees slate blocks of time during which they explore their creative freedom. The Foundation receives about 3,000 applications each year and awards about 175 fellowships.  

Seuss retired from K in 2016, the year she was a Pulitzer finalist for Four-Legged Girl (Greywolf Press, 2015), a poetry collection the Pulitzer committee described as “a richly improvisational poetry collection that leads readers through a gallery of incisive and beguiling portraits and landscapes.” Her other collections include Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl (Graywolf Press, 2018), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the LA Times Poetry Prize; Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open (University of Massachusetts Press, 2010), which received the Juniper Prize; and It Blows You Hollow (New Issues Press, 1999). 

“For me and others like me, people in the margins for whatever reason, such recognition is an encouragement,” Seuss said of her recent success in a Kalamazoo College news story last month. “It’s saying, your work has worth. It makes all the difference to be seen and heard and acknowledged.” 

Fulbright Again Honors K as a Top Producer

Logo Says Fulbright Student Program Top Producer 2021-22
K has six representatives from the class of 2021 in the U.S.
Student Program, placing the College among the
top-producing bachelor’s institutions.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced Monday that Kalamazoo College is among the top producers of Fulbright recipients for the 2021-22 academic year.

K has six representatives from the class of 2021 in the U.S. Student Program, leading to the honor for the fourth time in the past five years. K is the only college in Michigan to earn the distinction in the bachelor’s institution category.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships to graduating seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists so they may teach English, perform research or study abroad for one academic 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 through their institution or as at-large candidates. K has one alumni representative this year from the class of 2013.

K’s representatives in 2021-22 and their host countries are:

  • Helen Pelak ’21, Australia
  • Katherine Miller-Purrenhage ’21, Germany
  • Sophia Goebel ’21, Spain
  • Molly Roberts ’21, France
  • Margaret Totten ’21, Thailand
  • Nina Szalkiewicz ’21, Austria
  • Evelyn Rosero ’13, South Korea
Fulbright recipient Katherine Miller-Purrenhage in Germany
Katherine Miller-Purrenhage studied abroad in Germany and
has returned there on a Fulbright award through the U.S.
Student Program.

“K’s consistent recognition through the renowned Fulbright program confirms that our students have the abilities required to earn these transformational global experiences,” Center for International Programs Executive Director Margaret Wiedenhoeft said. “We’re proud of these students and the terrific faculty and staff who enable them to make an impact throughout the world.”

About the Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually.

Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 380,000 participants, chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential, with opportunities to exchange ideas and contribute to solutions to shared international concerns. More than 1,900 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English and conduct research abroad each year. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in more than 140 countries throughout the world.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, funded by an annual appropriation from Congress to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education.

The Fulbright Program also awards grants to U.S. scholars, teachers and faculty to conduct research and teach overseas. In addition, about 4,000 foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the United States annually to study, lecture, conduct research and teach foreign languages.