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Kjolhede is the well-respected superintendent of the Ionia County Intermediate School District, which provides services and support for nine public schools, two charter schools and six non-public schools. The district spans 576 square miles and has more than 12,000 students. He is also president of the Michigan Association of School Administrators, Region IV.

His work in education has taken him from teaching and serving as a guidance counselor in several districts throughout Michigan to administrative positions for more than 20 years.

"I am truly humbled by being selected for this award," Kjolhede said. "Choosing to attend LSSC almost 40 years ago was the best decision I had made up to that point in my life. Through the LSSC guidance and influence of Paul Ripley, Bud Cooper, coaches Tom Ludwig and Ed Douma and many others, I was able grow and navigate my way to graduation.

"They and LSSC believed in me, giving me the knowledge, skills and confidence to get where I am today," Kjolhede continued. "I gladly support LSSU as repayment for their investment in me and for what they gave to me. The LSSU family has been instrumental in my life and invaluable for the lifelong connections we have made through the institution."

Kjolhede earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and minor in psychology from LSSU, as well as secondary certification in social studies before moving on to earn a master's degree in secondary guidance and counseling from Central Michigan University.

Kjolhede is married to the former Patti Ripley '77. The couple has two children, Kelly and Jamie.

Outstanding Alumnus Robert J. Kjolhede ‘76

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Festival Productions

The Best of “Greater Tuna”
2001
Fall
Wolf Alice *
2002
Spring
Pace Festival, Georgia
A Ferlinghetti Primer *
2002
Fall
Suffer the Little Children *
2002
Fall
Petit Jean Festival, Arkansas
4 Great Lakes Folk Tales
2003
Spring
Pace Festival, Georgia
A Tree Telling of Orpheus *
2003
Fall
The Hollow Men
2004
Fall
Petit Jean Festival, Arkansas
3 Solo Performances (Drama, Novel, Poetry) *
2005
Spring
Oakland CC/Eastern Michigan University Festival, Orchard Ridge
Things Reveal Themselves (Three original personal narratives) *
2005
Spring
Northern Plains Festival, St. Cloud, Minnesota
Posers: Cultural Masculinities Exposed *
2006
Spring
Northern Plains Festival, St. Cloud, Minnesota
Down to the Café *
2007
Spring
Oakland CC/Eastern Michigan University Festival, Orchard Ridge
Proud Monster *
2008
Spring
Oakland CC/Eastern Michigan University Festival, Orchard Ridge
Running for the Storm Cellar from Escaping Tornado Season*
2010
Spring
Oakland CC/Eastern Michigan University Festival, Orchard Ridge

* denotes original scripting and adaptation

 

 

The Unique Properties of Sand: Its Use as Criminal Trace Evidence

Whittney Laderoute

Sand was collected and analyzed from five beaches in the upper peninsula of Michigan: The Shallows, Brimley State Park, Point Iroquois, Big Pine and Pendill’s Creek. Tests were undertaken in order to determine the reliability of sand as trace evidence in criminal investigations. Size and visual comparisons were made using a compound light microscope and chemical composition was determined by using SEM-EDS analysis. Results showed several size trends and SEM-EDS trends but gave no concrete evidence to suggest that the sand used in this experiment can be used as reliable trace evidence. Further research is necessary to confirm or deny this.

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