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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 Ď76

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School of Communication Studies and the Fine & Performing Arts

Fine Arts Studies Department

Major Productions

At the Mercy of Ruin *
2011
Spring
Times' Up (from All in the Timing) +
2011
Spring
Coppelia, a comedic ballet
2011
Spring
Icarus
2010
Fall
Romeo and Juliet
2010
Spring
Running for the Storm Cellar from Escaping Tornado Season *
2009
Fall
You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown
2009
Spring
Relationships *
2008
Fall
Proud Monster *
2008
Spring
The Diviners
2008
Spring
Lemonade and I'm Herbert
2007
Fall
Modern Martyr *
2007
Spring
Macbeth
2007
Spring
The Glass Menagerie
2006
Fall
Incident at Thompson Slough and Other Stories *
2006
Fall
The Vagina Monologues +
2006
Spring
A Small, Good Thing *
2006
Spring
Body My House
2006
Spring
No Exit +
2005
Spring
Elliot Enacted *
2004
Fall
The Fantasticks
2004
Spring
Agnes of God
2003
Fall
Silver Voices *
2003
Spring
The Vagina Monologues +
2003
Spring
Shades and Shadows of Violence *
2002
Fall
Talking With
2002
Spring
Our Town
2002
Spring
Greater Tuna
2001
Spring
Canadian Gothic
2000
Fall

* denotes original scripting and adaptation
+ denotes student-directed and -designed productions

 

 

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Chris Schalk

I absolutely love the small size of LSSU. Everything on campus is within a short walking distance. Also, with smaller class sizes, itís much easier to get to know people. There are even professors I had from a couple of years ago that still remember me. It has even become difficult for me to walk across campus without running into someone I know. This has created a very positive experience for me. [ more ]

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