Kalamazoo College volleyball coach and author to speak at the Keystone Breakfast Speaker Series

HessKALAMAZOO—Kalamazoo College head volleyball coach and newly published author, Jeanne Hess, is the January speaker for the Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Speaker Series.
Hess will speak at 8 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, at Schneider Hall, home of the Haworth College of Business, in room 2150. Her presentation is titled “Sportuality and our Community.”  Hess’s book, Sportuality: Finding Joy in the Games, is an examination of sports at all levels, focusing on how sporting life reflects our cultural beliefs. Whether an athlete or a fan, Hess says people can bring the joy of athletics to everyday pursuits.

The event, which is free and open to the public, begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Kayla Hunt at (269) 387-6059 or kayla.j.hunt@wmich.edu. Free parking is available in the Fetzer Center parking lot.

Sportuality coverThe 2012 volleyball season at Kalamazoo College marked the 29th year with Hess as head coach. She has led the team to five Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships and five National Collegiate Athletic Association appearances. Reaching 500 wins in 2011, Hess now ranks in the top 30 NCAA Division III coaches for career victories.

Hess received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1980 and her master’s degree in physical education from Western Michigan University in 1985. In April 2010, she was inducted into WMU’s Alumni Honor Academy for Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

In addition to coaching volleyball, Hess serves as professor in and chair of the Department of Physical Education at Kalamazoo College. She is also the director of the Kalamazoo College Athletic Fund and has served as an assistant in both the women's basketball (1991-95) and softball (1996-2001) programs as well as serving as associate chaplain from 2001-2008.

In addition to the January 25 event, the 2012-13 Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Speaker Series schedule includes—

  • Feb. 22: Dr. Hal Jenson, M.D., founding dean of the WMU School of Medicine
  • March 22: Lisa Garcia, director, WMU Business Connection
  • April 26: Dan Gaydou, president, MLive Media Group
  • May 31: Bill Rose, president and chief executive officer, Kalamazoo Nature Center
  • June 28: Sharon Carlson, WMU director of archives and regional history

The Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Speaker Series provides an opportunity for the local community to hear top business leaders and WMU faculty, alumni and friends of the Haworth College of Business discuss current topics of interest to the community.


Editor: Cindy Wagner
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