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LuxEsto is based on the College’s official motto, lux esto, "be light." © Winter 2021

Calvert Johnson

Out of The Margins

He could have been a mathematician. He could have been a linguist. Yet a passion for music led Calvert Johnson ’71 on a journey beyond Bach, to the works of composers that history nearly forgot.

Sonya Olds Som

Finding A Way Forward

Amidst an economic recession, Sonya Olds Som ’94 took an opportunity to reimagine her career. As an executive recruiter, she now helps other professionals do the same, bringing clients and companies together to build a diverse talent pipeline.

Donald L. Hafner

The K Prod

For Don Hafner ’66, K made it possible to expand his horizons, taking him to Sierra Leone, Washington, D.C., Boston, Geneva—and even back in time to the Revolutionary War. Now he’s ensuring others have the same opportunities.



Jonathan Townley ’22 describes his first pop/folk album, It was a privilege to know you when you were shorter, as an ode to grief, healing and the simple joys of life.  As the COVID-19 lockdown began this spring—sending K students home amidst an uncertain public health crisis—Townley’s grandfather entered hospice care after a six-year battle […]



1960 On September 27, 2019, Donald H. Sanborn was awarded the 2019 Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service by the Michigan Historical Society at the organization’s state conference in Ludington, Michigan. A World War II veteran and retiree of The Upjohn Company, Don was recognized for his 78 years of combined volunteer service to the Schoolcraft […]

In Memory


Eugene C. (Gene) Yehle ’41 passed away on Friday, August 7, 2020, at age 100, in Midland, Michigan. Gene is remembered by many for his humility; his faith; his caring for his late wife Millie during her decade-long battle with dementia; his service to the Midland community; and his employment at the Dow Chemical Company. […]