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May 28, 2024

The Beauty of Resilience: Ebony’s Journey to Success

Not every path to earning a college degree is wrapped up in four years or with a neat bow. But thanks to her drive and ambition, Ebony Jean Dicks (B.S.’24, University Studies) graduated from Western Michigan University in 2024. Ebony was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata, an autoimmune hair loss disorder...
March 05, 2024

Alumna Sets the Stage for the Future Through Planned Gift

The moment Shannon Rininger (B.S.′90, Music; M.P.A.′01) stepped into her first role in the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office, she knew she’d found her calling. “I remember my first day on the job. I walked into the building, stood on stage and knew I was home,” she said. “That was March...
February 22, 2024

For Kyle Gernhofer, it’s Game, Set, Smile

Kyle Gernhofer (B.S.′00, Biomedical Sciences) has seamlessly transitioned from serving aces on the tennis court to serving others with his dental expertise. “Growing up in Traverse City, Michigan, playing competitive tennis was a big part of my life,” he said. “I wanted to play Division I tennis and my decision...

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