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LUXESTO - Fall 2023

LuxEsto is based on the College’s official motto, lux esto, "be light." © Fall 2023


The Power of Partnership

When L. Lee Stryker Associate Professor of Business Management Amy MacMillan joined forces with Western Michigan University’s Leadership and Business Strategy Co-Director Doug Lepisto ’04, a new business course was born that brought K and WMU students together for an innovative, immersive, real-world consulting experience.

Diverse Paths To Diplomacy

Diverse Paths to Diplomacy

K’s focus on global perspectives and study abroad led three K alumnae to careers in foreign service, including at the State Department’s Operations Center in Washington, D.C. There, Kyle Hartwell ’07, Lisa (Brenneman) Prothero ’08 and Jess Tesoriero ’07 worked side by side in the 24-hour intelligence nerve center known as the Watch.

Poems From The Brink

Poems from the Brink

Professor of English Emerita Gail Griffin builds a bridge between past and present in her book Omena Bay Testament, winner of the 2021 Two Sylvias Press Wilder Poetry Book Prize. A seasoned nonfiction author, Griffin talks about her journey as a poet and what it means to publish her first poetry book at the age of 72.

Andre Agassi Cover Image - 80 Years Of The Nats

80 Years of the Nats

Since 1943, the USTA Boys’ 18 & 16 National Championships have taken place on the campus of Kalamazoo College. Since then, thousands have supported tournament operations, including USTA tournament director and K Men’s Tennis Coach Mark Riley.

life with K

Life with K a Resource and a Joy

A Resource and a Joy Milo Madole ’12, president of the Kalamazoo College Alumni Association Engagement Board (AAEB), offered some sage advice to the Class of 2023 at commencement.   Addressing the uncertainties and insecurities that many new graduates face when finding a job or moving to a new town, Madole said, “When fear and self-doubt […]

In Memory

InMemory Fall 2023

Martha (Shoemaker) Strumpfer ’47 on January 29, 2022. Martha grew up with Robert Strumpfer ’49, and they married in 1948. Martha and Robert moved to Kalamazoo to attend and graduate from K. Martha worked for Gull Lake Community Schools in administration from 1963 to 1991. She then went on to a second career as an […]


President’s Letter Fall 2023

The author and poet Wendell Berry said, “Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond, and we cease to be alone.”  For generations of Kalamazoo College students and alumni, study abroad has been common ground and a common bond. […]


ZooBits Fall 2023

Click a button to jump to that decade’s class notes. Regan Smith ’60 writes, “Just a small note of ‘hello’ from the last century (1960). I’m still breathing and kicking (slightly on the kick). Being 85 has not been particularly good to me. Enough said on that! If you feel so inclined to make contact: […]

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