Class of 2023 Had its Share of Outstanding Achievements

Commencement means Kalamazoo College’s class of 2023 is leaving campus. However, seeing them cross the stage to collect their diplomas Sunday reminded us of their outstanding accomplishments as students. Here are the top 10 news stories we’ve written about 2023 graduates as determined by your clicks.

10. Graduating Senior Earns First Sherbin Fellowship, 10 Months Abroad

Elle Waldron will visit a variety of feminist and gender-equity organizations in Australia, South Africa, Costa Rica and Spain to witness the tools and strategies they use to execute their work thanks to a new fellowship available to graduating K seniors.

Elle Waldron

9. Banner Year Elates Faculty, NSF Fellows

Two seniors, Claire Kvande and Mallory Dolorfino, were among four with K ties to receive NSF graduate research fellowships, the most for the College since 2016.

Mallory Dolorfino was one of two students from the class of 2023 named an NSF fellow
Mallory Dolorfino

8. College Honors 29 Leadership Award Recipients

The honorees represented talented athletes, outstanding academic performers, members of the President’s Student Ambassadors and student-organization standouts.

28 of the 29 Senior Leadership Award recipients from the class of 2023
Class of 2023 Senior Leadership Award recipients

7. Student Builds Notable Local Voice in Sustainability

Kalamazoo officials are taking note of Lauren Crossman’s Senior Integrated Project, which engaged local businesses in environmentally friendly practices.

Lauren Crossman at Bee Joyful Shop_fb
Lauren Crossman

6. Political Internships Provide Experience, Connections

A series of political internships helped Peter Fitzgerald connect with his adopted home of Michigan and envision a possible future.

Peter Fitzgerald playing tennis
Peter Fitzgerald

5. Mentors Help Chemistry Major En Route to Scholarship, Research Abroad

Crystal Mendoza was the second K chemistry major in as many years to earn the prestigious Priscilla Carney Jones Scholarship through the American Chemical Society.

Crystal Mendoza
Crystal Mendoza

4. Future Physician Targets Tropical Diseases in Ghana

Rachel Kramer completed 10 weeks of research last summer investigating health inequities in Ghana, Africa, while collecting data and researching Neglected Tropical Diseases for her Senior Integrated Project.

Kramer in the Centre for Research in Applied Biology
Rachel Kramer (second from right) in the Centre for Research in Applied Biology (CeRAB).

3. Hundreds of Birds Plus Thousands of Miles Equals One Big Year

Bird enthusiast Will Keller had a Big Year in 2021 and told the Audubon Society of Kalamazoo all about it.

Will Keller from the class of 2023 uses a camera to take pictures in a field
Will Keller

2. Solitude and Community on the Camino de Santiago

July 2022 was the hottest calendar month in Spain since records were first kept in 1961. It was also the month that Fiona O’Rielly set out on a 500-mile hike across Spain.

Fiona O’Rielly stops at one of the albergues, or hostels, along the route of the Camino de Santiago.

1. Kalamazoo Gardeners Beware: Student Unearths Jumping Worms

Worms crawl in and worms crawl out, but biology major Katie Rock found a problematic variety that jumps right here in Kalamazoo.

Class of 2023 representative Katie Rock holds a jumping worm
Katie Rock