Although his professors may know him as Zack, his friends and colleagues know him better as Lassie, after the lovable loyal pooch.
Ladd K’19 is a planned pre-med major and comes from Cedarburg, WI. His hometown is just north of Milwaukee. Ladd found his way to Kalamazoo College as a student athlete after being recruited by Coach Vincent Redko to help lead the men’s lacrosse program into their first year of competition.
“I came to K because it’s a prestigious liberal arts institution, also because I had the opportunity to lay the foundation for a brand new lacrosse program,” Ladd said. “I liked the small school feel and thought the campus was beautiful.”
While contemplating his collegiate experiences so far, Ladd said, “I’ve really enjoyed my classes, just how much I’ve learned in such a short amount of time.”
He says that lacrosse practice has been great and that playing and being with his new teammates has been a phenomenal experience. If he’s not in the classroom or hustling out on the field, one can find Lassie in the library, working diligently as a student athlete, making his mom and dad proud.
The plane ride from Riverside, CA to Kalamazoo, MI was a long one, but so far the journey has been worth it for Victoria Beehler K’19. Beehler is a first-year women’s basketball player. She is one of several west coast recruits that will be joining Coach Katie Miller’s Hornets this winter. Beehler found herself at K not only for its growing athletic culture, but also for its academic reputation.
“My dad was an alumnus so that’s where I first heard of K,” Beehler said. “Along with the opportunity to play basketball, I really liked the good liberal arts academics that were offered.”
While discussing what she’s enjoyed most so far at K, Beehler said, “I’ve really enjoyed the close campus atmosphere, being able to actually meet professors; it’s not impersonal at all.”
She added that she’s only seen snow three times in her life, but is very excited because the cold weather has been somewhat refreshing so far. A brave pioneer in a new land, Beehler is happy to be at K.