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The Office of Student Development is the go-to office for K students, providing advice, ongoing support and making referrals to other services as necessary. These supports fall into a wide range of offerings and services designed to address everything from the daily and developmental needs of students to emergency situations and crises. Whatever the issue, the Office of Student Development is a great place to start.

Student Development Staff

J. Malcolm Smith

Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students/Student Conduct

The Dean has oversight of divisional offices and departments, and through the implementation of initiatives, advocacy, review and evaluation, seeks to lead the division and focus the campus on an education that is “student-centered.”

Dana Jansma

Senior Associate Dean of Students, Director of Student Involvement and the Hicks Student Center

Contact Dana Regarding:

  • Accommodations for academics
  • Medical leave for students
  • Assistance for first-year students

Brian Dietz, PhD

Associate Dean of Students, 1st Year Experience & Disability Services

Contact Brian Regarding:

  • Student representation on committees
  • Process to get student input on project
  • Conducting surveys on campus

Adam Kubiak

Assistant Dean of Students for Residential Life and Student Conduct

Contact Adam Regarding:

  • The Student Conduct Process
  • The Academic Dishonesty Process
  • Residence Halls
    • Housing options over break for students
    • When the residence halls close for break

Haley Mangette

Wellness and CARE Coordinator

The Wellness and CARE Coordinator provides education and training on the prevention of sexual, relationship violence and the misuse of alcohol and other drugs. The coordinator also provides and coordinates care and resources for students of concern.

Contact Haley Regarding:

  • Resources for students
  • Connecting students to case management
  • Educational programs on topics of sexual or relationship violence or drugs and alcohol

Louise Tennant-Filkins

Assistant to the Vice President and Dean of Students, Disability Student Services

Contact Louise Regarding:

  • Flyers
  • Storage Lockers
  • Notarization
  • Accommodation Appointments

Belong

Intercultural Student Life

Justine Shelton, Interim Director of Intercultural Student Life

Intercultural Student Life organizes programs, initiatives, and dialogues that center the lived experiences and voices of minoritized students. Recognizing the value that our pluralistic and globally representative campus provides, the Office of Intercultural Student Life works with a range of stakeholders to foster a network of support that ensures all of our students can grow (academically, socially, and personally) through meaningful engagement across difference.

Contact Justine Regarding:

  • Community building and resources for students of color
  • Questions about the intercultural center, its programs and initiatives.

Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

Elizabeth Candido, College Chaplain & Director for Religious and Spiritual Life

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life includes a full set of programs dedicated to enhancing the development and enrichment of students as they make meaning and pursue lives of commitment across the religious and spiritual spectrum.

Contact Elizabeth Regarding:

  • Community Reflections
  • Religious accommodations
  • Pastoral Care

Office of Student Involvement

Brian Dietz, Associate Dean of Students, Director of Student Involvement and the Hicks Student Center

The Office of Student Involvement (OSI) includes the Hicks Student Center, Intercultural Student Life, Outdoor Programs, Student Activities, and student government. Together these areas provide programming, events, and advising to support student engagement and learning on and off campus.

Contact Brian Regarding:

  • Student representation on committees
  • Process to get student input on project
  • Conducting surveys on campus

Be Well

Counseling Center

Patricia Jorgenson, Interim Director of Counseling Services

The Counseling Center addresses students’ mental health needs by providing counseling, crisis intervention, group therapy, and prevention programming.

Contact Pat Regarding:

  • Students in crisis
  • Setting up an appointment for counseling (students)
  • Outreach programming for students

Office of Disability Services

Dana Jansma, Senior Associate Dean of Students, 1st Year Experience & Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services assists students with a variety of disabilities to function successfully, and helps students, faculty, and staff in creating a welcoming environment and climate for students with disabilities.

Contact Dana Regarding:

  • Accommodations for academics
  • Medical leave for students
  • Assistance for first-year students

Student Health Center

Lisa Ailstock, Director of Student Health Center

The Student Health Center provides direct medical services to all currently enrolled students at the campus clinic and a variety of education programs aimed at preventative care, women’s health issues, safe sexual practice, and developing the capacity to take charge of one’s own health care.

Contact Lisa Regarding:

  • Available vaccines
  • Student access to services
  • Referrals to external services

Have Fun

Office of Student Activities

Jon Collier, Director of Student Activities

Student Activities hosts a variety of programs and events throughout the year to provide fun and engaging opportunities for students. They also support over 70 student organizations and coordinate orientation programs for new students.

Contact Jon Regarding:

  • First-year Experience Mentor Program
  • Hosting a session during orientation
  • Becoming an advisor for a student organization

Colleen McInerney, Assistant Director of Student Activities

Contact Colleen Regarding:

  • Starting a student organization
  • Joining a student organization
  • Partnering with Student Activities

Natalie Markech, Program Coordinator of Student Activities

Contact Natalie Regarding:

  • Partnering for events (i.e. Wellness Wednesdays, Zoo After Dark)
  • Volunteering for events (i.e. Monte Carlo)

Office of First-Year Experience

Dana Jansma, Senior Associate Dean of Students, 1st Year Experience & Disability Services

The First-Year Program emphasizes the desired dimensions of a Kalamazoo College education: intercultural understanding, social responsibility, leadership, lifelong learning, and career readiness.

Contact Dana Regarding:

  • Accommodations for academics
  • Medical leave for students
  • Assistance for first-year students

Outdoor Programs

Jory Horner, Director, Land Sea & Outdoor Programs

Dedicated to offering outdoor activities to the campus community, including LandSea, the College’s optional outdoor pre-Orientation program designed to help incoming students make the transition from high school to college.

Contact Jory Regarding:

  • LandSea
  • Break trips
  • Arboretum

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Campus Dining

Ross Keller, Director, Dining Services

Dining Services is committed to creating the best possible dining experience with culinary expertise, fresh ingredients, healthy options, and a shared sense of environmental and social responsibility.

Contact Ross Regarding:

  • Dietary Restrictions

Office of Campus Safety

Tim Young, Director of Campus Safety

Campus Safety helps us maintain campus safety and security, works with local law enforcement in the resolution of criminal complaints, has oversight of campus parking, and educates students in creating a safe environment for all members of the community.

Contact Tim Regarding:

  • Parking passes
  • ID Cards
  • Reporting a Crime
  • General campus safety concerns

Office of Residential Life and Student Conduct

Adam Kubiak, Assistant Dean of Students for Residential Life and Student Conduct

Residential Life provides oversight of the College’s housing system, including the overall student experience, professional and student staff training, a broad range of programs and activities, housing assignments, residence hall maintenance and renovations, and the resolution of student conduct matters.

Contact Adam Regarding:

  • The Student Conduct Process
  • The Academic Dishonesty Process
  • Residence Halls
    • Housing options over break for students
    • When the residence halls close for break