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KALAMAZOO COLLEGE THE K-PLAN Kalamazoo College does more in four years so students can do more in a lifetime. It offers rigorous academic explorations in the liberal arts and integrates non-classroom experiences into a resume that gives students a leg-up for graduate school and employment. K develops the ability to think and solve problems, and it measures those outcomes. LOCATION Kalamazoo, Michigan; A college-centered community with a metropolitan population of 225,000 in scenic southwest Michigan, just 140 miles from Chicago and Detroit and 35 miles from Lake Michigan. ENROLLMENT 1,443 students from 43 states and 32 countries. CAMPUS Sixty-acre campus with 29 buildings of Georgian architecture located in a historic residential area near downtown Kalamazoo. FACULTY 90 percent hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree. The student/faculty ratio is 13–1. AFFILIATION

NCAA Division III

CONFERENCE Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association INFORMATION

Office of Admission 1200 Academy Street Kalamazoo, Michigan 49006


TOLL FREE 800.253.3602 LOCAL 269.337.7166 EMAIL WEB ATHLETICS




KALAMAZOO COLLEGE THE K-PLAN Kalamazoo College’s distinctive approach to liberal arts education, the K-Plan, has four components:

• Depth and Breadth in the Liberal Arts • Learning Through Experience • International and Intercultural Experience • Independent Scholarship

Full engagement in the K-Plan helps students accomplish these learning outcomes: to know at least one field of inquiry in depth; to study a variety of fields of inquiry; to be able to engage in various cultural contexts in informed, meaningful, responsible, and respectful ways; to be able to learn effectively in a variety of settings; to be able to integrate theory and experiences through reflection; to respect personal and cultural differences;to be able to communicate effectively in both written and oral forms; to be proficient in at least one second language; and to be able to think critically, reason analytically, and solve problems skillfully. STRONG FOCUS ON EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION • More than two thirds of students complete an internship or externship • 70 percent of students participate in a meaningful, immersive international and intercultural experience—often characterized by home stays, an Integrative Cultural Research Project, and duration of three to nine months—in 41 programs in 24 countries on six continents • About two thirds of students participate in course-based or student-led co-curricular service-learning projects • All students engage in a Senior Individualized Project, an in-depth research or creative project done in the senior year MORE IN FOUR, MORE IN A LIFETIME • Outstanding performance on the nationwide Collegiate Learning Assessment, the best current measure of student outcomes in critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and writing • Ranked among the top among all U.S. institutions for graduates earning PhDs in physical sciences (9th), life sciences (11th), psychology (15th), and math and computer science (17th). • Named one of the Best Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News & World Report • One of the Colleges That Change Lives, book by Loren Pope, higher education expert and former New York Times education editor, describing a group of 40 dynamic colleges that excel at developing potential, values, and initiative and provide the foundation for success beyond college • Named one of the 44 “Best Buy” schools by Fiske Guide to Colleges BY THE NUMBERS • 1443 students from 43 states and 32 countries; 27 percent students of color • Class of 2020 mean ACT - 28 / mean SAT critical reading - 594 / mean SAT math - 624. Kalamazoo College is a test optional school. • More than 98 percent of students receive need-based and/or merit-based financial aid; 23 percent are Pell eligible • 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio




COACHING STAFF Jeanne Hess • Head Coach 269.337.7086

The 2016 season marked the 33rd volleyball campaign for Kalamazoo College head coach Jeanne Hess, whose tenure at “K” has been a very successful one. Hess has led the Hornets to five MIAA championships and five NCAA Division III Tournament appearances. Kalamazoo has finished third or higher in the MIAA ten times. Hess reached a personal milestone Oct. 28, 1997 when the Hornets rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win at Albion. That victory was the 100th career MIAA win for the Hornet mentor and gave her an all-time league mark of 100-68 (.595). She earned her 300th career victory in 1998 and 400th on Sept. 6, 2003 against Kenyon. Hess became just the second Kalamazoo College head coach to reach 500 career wins with a 3-1 victory at Albion on Oct. 4, 2011. Her 200th career conference victory came on Sept. 21, 2012 at Albion. Hess coached her 1,000th game at Kalamazoo College in 2014. Through the 2016 season, Hess ranked 20th among active NCAA III coaches with 551 career wins. The Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 1990 and 1991, Hess served as the AVCA Division III representative to the Board of Directors from 2003-2008. She has previously participated in weekly voting for the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Coaches’ Poll and is a past member of the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Ranking Committee. Hess received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, where she played varsity volleyball for four seasons (1976-80). She earned a master’s degree in exercise science from Western Michigan University in 1985 and was inducted into WMU’s Alumni Honor Academy for Health, Physical Education and Recreation in April 2010. In addition to coaching volleyball, Hess serves as professor in and chair of the Department of Physical Education. She has served as director of the Kalamazoo Athletic Fund, been an assistant in both the women’s basketball (1991-95) and softball (1996-2001) programs as well as serving as associate chaplain from 2001-2008. In recognition of her outstanding service, Hess was awarded the College’s prestigious Lux Esto Award of Excellence in 2014. Hess and her husband, Jim, reside in Kalamazoo. They have two sons, Andrew and Kevan. Andrew played baseball and earned his B.A. at the University of Michigan and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2007. Kevan played baseball at Western Michigan University and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2009. Coach Hess published her first book in January of 2012. Sportuality: Finding Joy in the Games is a look into the heart of sport and how sport can be used as a vehicle for higher consciousness.




2017 ROSTER No. 1 2 3 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 17 18

Name Rose Maylen Zoey Ammon Sophia Goebel Maria Katrantzi Vanessa Vigier Kaiya Herman-Hilker Madi Goodman Cayla Patterson Rachel Girard Leah Todd Shelby Suseland Jane Bunch Taylor Ferguson Kelly Nickelson Kate Schultz


Cl. Jr. Fr. Fr. So. Fr. Jr. Fr. So. Jr. So. Jr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr.

Ht. 5-2 5-8 5-10 5-10 5-9 5-9 5-11 5-10 5-11 5-5 6-0 6-0 5-6 5-6 5-9

Hometown/High School Novi / Novi Saline / Saline Ann Arbor / Huron Iearapetra, Crete, Greece / Herkalion West Bloomfield / West Bloomfield Whitmore Lake / Steiner School Portage / Central Morley / Morley-Stanwood Ann Arbor / Gabriel Richard Kalamazoo / Kalamazoo Central Three Rivers / Schoolcraft Ann Arbor / Pioneer Hickory Corners / Gull Lake Clarkston / Clarkston Alpena / Alpena

Head Coach: Jeanne Hess (Michigan ‘80) - 34th Season Assistant Coaches: Colleen Leonard, Scott Mais Captains: Kaiya Herman-Hilker, Rachel Girard




2017 SCHEDULE DATE OPPONENT Sept 1 vs. Wheaton (at Bluffton) vs. Hanover (at Bluffton) 2 vs. DePauw (at Bluffton) at Bluffton 6 ADRIAN* 8 at Saint Mary’s* 9 ALMA* 15 HIRAM ANDERSON 16 BELOIT 19 at Calvin* 22 HOPE* 23 at Albion* 27 TRINE* 30 at Grace Bible


TIME 4 p.m. 8 p.m. 12 p.m. 4 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 8 p.m. 2 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 3 p.m. 7 p.m. 10 a.m.


DATE OPPONENT Oct. 3 at Olivet* 6 at Adrian* 7 SAINT MARY’S* 11 at Alma* 14 at Illinois Tech 20 CALVIN* (Homecoming) 21 at Hope* 24 ALBION* 27 at Trine* 28 OLIVET*

TIME 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 4 p.m. 7 p.m. 1 p.m. 6 p.m. 4 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 11 a.m.

Home games in CAPS All times are Eastern *Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association games





NCAA III All-Americans 1995 Cara Marker (Second Team) 1994 Mary Siwajek (Second Team) 1990 Mei Zhang (First Team)

All-Region 2002 Emily Trahan 1995 Cara Marker 1994 Mary Siwajek 1990 Rocky Cibor 1990 Mei Zhang

MIAA Most Valuable Player 2011 Autumn Cussen (Defensive) 2007 Laura Winkler (Defensive) 2002 Emily Trahan 1995 Anita Grinbergs 1994 Mary Siwajek 1993 Mary Siwajek 1991 Mei Zhang 1990 Mei Zhang

2000 Emily Trahan - 1st Jodi Pung - 2nd

1991 Rocky Cibor - 1st Karen Willms - 1st Mei Zhang - 1st Barbie Oelslager - 2nd

ALL-MIAA SELECTIONS 2014 Nya Greenstone - 2nd 2013 Logan Horejsi - 2nd

1999 Lisa Herron - 1st Emily Trahan - 2nd

2012 Alex Gothard - 2nd

1998 Stacey Saunders - 1st Lisa Herron - 2nd

2011 Colleen Leonard - 1st Autumn Cussen - 2nd

1997 Stacey Saunders - 1st Peggy Kingsley - 2nd

2010 Colleen Leonard - 1st Larisa Grinvalds - 2nd

1996 Stacey Saunders - 1st Mary Helen Diegel - 2nd Susie Faremouth - 2nd

2009 Colleen Leonard - 2nd 2007 Laura Winkler - 1st Bridgett Blough - 2nd

1995 Anita Grinbergs - 1st Cara Marker - 1st Mary Helen Diegel - 2nd Stacey Saunders - 2nd

2004 Anny Price - 1st Megan Erskine - 2nd

1994 Anita Grinbergs - 1st Cara Marker - 1st Mary Siwajek - 1st Jennifer West - 2nd

2003 Anny Price - 1st Kelsey Cross - 2nd 2002 Emily Trahan - 1st Anny Price - 1st Carrie Brankiewicz - 2nd Leah Hays - 2nd

1993 Cara Marker - 1st Anita Grinbergs - 2nd Phyllis Perry - 2nd

2001 Emily Trahan - 1st Anny Price - 2nd Jodi Pung - 2nd

1992 Christina Garry - 1st Mary Siwajek - 1st



1990 Rocky Cibor - 1st Karen Willms - 1st Mei Zhang - 1st Barbie Oelslager - 2nd 1989 Mary Gerdes - 1st Barbie Oelslager - 2nd Rocky Cibor - 2nd 1988 Mary Gerdes - 1st 1987 Robin Milligan - 1st 1986 Shamra VanWagoner - 2nd Three-Year All-MIAA 1st Team Anny Price - 2002, 03, 04 Emily Trahan - 2000, 01, 02 Stacey Saunders - 1996, 97, 98 Cara Marker - 1993, 94, 95 Two-Year All-MIAA 1st Team Colleen Leonard - 2010, 11 Anita Grinbergs - 1994, 95 Mary Siwajek - 1992, 94 Rocky Cibor - 1990, 91 Karen Willms - 1990, 91 Mei Zhang - 1990, 91 Mary Gerdes - 1988, 89


NCAA STATEMENT KALAMAZOO COLLEGE STATEMENT ON NCAA INFRACTIONS On March 22, 2016, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced Kalamazoo College had three major violations involving the awarding of financial aid, recruitment practices and failure to monitor NCAA financial aid regulations. The NCAA found there was no intent by Kalamazoo College to circumvent NCAA rules. The NCAA placed K on probation for a period of three years and placed a ban on postseason competition, including conference tournaments; regular season conference championship consideration; and NCAA championship opportunities, for any team whose roster contains one or more student-athletes who received financial aid impermissible according to NCAA rules. As of March 2016, all Hornet Athletics teams have at least one student-athlete who receives this type of financial aid. The College appealed the ban on postseason play and the ban on regular season conference championship consideration. According to the NCAA process, the postseason ban will be held in abeyance until the appeal process is completed. The NCAA will allow K to repackage the impermissible financial aid to maintain postseason play and championship consideration. As soon as K concluded NCAA infractions occurred, the College immediately corrected the process that led to the awarding of impermissible financial aid. Therefore, for students entering in the fall of 2015 and thereafter, the financial aid awards are compliant with NCAA regulations. In the admission process, Kalamazoo College considers a variety of indicators in addition to grades, including a broad assessment of extracurricular activities such as community service, student government, music and athletics. This admission process does not violate NCAA regulations. The awarding of financial aid violation occurred when extracurricular athletics activities included in the admission process also informed the financial aid process. NCAA rules prohibit the inclusion of athletic extracurricular activity in financial aid consideration. “The College’s admission process and financial aid policy place value on a holistic view of prospective students. Our intent was to treat all students—the musicians, the artists, the student leaders, the athletes—fairly,” said Provost Mickey McDonald. “The College made a mistake by failing to remove athletic participation in financial aid consideration­, a process which is not in alignment with NCAA rules.” The recruiting violation occurred when the baseball coach, who was new to the College at the time, incorrectly suggested to some prospective students that he could influence the financial aid process. As soon as the College became aware of the misrepresentation, it reported it to the NCAA and provided training for all K coaches. The third major violation relates to not having had in place appropriate policies and procedures and training for staff regarding NCAA financial aid rules. Since the investigation began in June 2014, Kalamazoo College has instituted the following changes: • • • •

Ceased including extracurricular activities of any kind when considering the amount of financial aid offered students Clarified the NCAA compliance responsibilities within athletics, provided training to those with these responsibilities, and restructured staffing to meet compliance responsibilities Provided ongoing, annual training for athletics, admission and financial aid staff Hired a consultant to conduct a compliance audit and to make additional recommendations

“All of the NCAA concerns have been corrected. Kalamazoo College is committed to complying with NCAA rules and regulations,” said McDonald. “We will continue to educate and train our staff and monitor our financial aid programs and recruiting practices so we can best serve our student-athletes and to provide the best athletic program we can.” The NCAA released a Public Infractions Report on March 22. The report is available online at









Sept 1 2 6 8 9 15 16 19 22 23 27 30 Oct. 3 6 7 11 14 20 21 24 27 28


vs. Wheaton (at Bluffton) vs. Hanover (at Bluffton) vs. DePauw (at Bluffton) at Bluffton ADRIAN* at Saint Mary’s* ALMA* HIRAM ANDERSON BELOIT at Calvin* HOPE* at Albion* TRINE* at Grace Bible at Olivet* at Adrian* SAINT MARY’S* at Alma* at Illinois Tech CALVIN* (Homecoming) at Hope* ALBION* at Trine* OLIVET*

4 p.m. 8 p.m. 12 p.m. 4 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 8 p.m. 2 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 3 p.m. 7 p.m. 10 a.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 4 p.m. 7 p.m. 1 p.m. 6 p.m. 4 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 11 a.m.

Home games in CAPS All times are Eastern *Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association games


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