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LUXESTO - Winter 2024

LuxEsto is based on the College’s official motto, lux esto, "be light." © Winter 2024

A Lifetime of Gracious Living

Discovering Grace

Since graduating from K, Tim Meier ’78 has taken vows as a Jesuit priest, sung for the pope, earned a Ph.D. in molecular neurobiology, served overseas as a military chaplain, and supported overwhelmed families in a children’s hospital—along the way, he discovered depths of meaning in the phrase “the end of learning is gracious living.”

LandSea Celebrates 50 Years

50 Years of LandSea

Outdoor pre-orientation program LandSea has helped incoming K students—outdoorsy or not—build confidence and connection since 1973. See how the experience has evolved over the years—as well as how this K tradition continues to root firmly in a bedrock of consistent priorities and positive outcomes for students.

Reflecting on Light

Reflecting on Light

In 1961, David Anderson ’63 studied in Bonn, Germany, with the help of the Light Scholarship for Study Abroad. Illuminated by photos from the K Archives, Anderson reflects on how his experiences broadened his horizons, particularly the students’ trip into East Germany shortly before the construction of the Berlin Wall.

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President’s Letter Winter 2024

Last fall, we were deeply honored and grateful to receive a $30 million gift from an anonymous donor—the largest single commitment in the College’s history. Buoyed by this extraordinary donation, we made the decision to celebrate the College’s 190th anniversary by raising the Brighter Light Campaign goal from $150 million to at least $190 million […]

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Life with K Winter 2024

Dear K Alumni: Homecoming and Reunion Weekend 2023 was another exciting time on campus with events for everyone to enjoy while reconnecting with one another and the College. Along with President Gonzalez and his wife, Suzie Martin Gonzalez ’83, we were thrilled to welcome so many alumni back to campus in early October! I had […]


ZooBits Winter 2024

Click a button to jump to that decade’s class notes. Joan M. (Van Deusen) West ’64 received an Athena Lifetime Achievement Award in April 2023. Joan is a professor emerita of foreign languages and literatures at the University of Idaho (UI). In the mid-1980s, Joan was instrumental in involving female faculty and staff in informal […]

In Memory

InMemory Winter 2024

Virginia (Taylor) Hilf ’44 on December 23, 2022. Jinny was the first female editor of The Index, the student newspaper of Kalamazoo College, and received a B.A. in English from K. Dorothy “Jane” (Prout) Bolenbaugh ’45 on April 11, 2022. After graduating from high school in 1941, Jane took typing classes at college in order […]

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