Written by Carolyn Sacha a second year student triple majoring in Sociology, Anthropology, and Environmental and Sustainability Studies. She is also our chapter's Public Relations Chairperson.
A sophomore at WMU, Matthew Kornas, is one of our Members of the Month for March! Majoring in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Chemistry, he was inducted into our chapter Spring of 2016. In his short time as a member, Matthew has been a wonderful and active member. He has volunteered at several events including our most recent inductions and he’s always had a cheery attitude no matter the task at hand. When asked why he joined ALD, Matthew said, “I wanted to become more involved in both the WMU and Kalamazoo communities. I also believed that ALD would provide me with a great opportunity to meet and connect with new people in these communities.” We hope through your copious amount of volunteering and your shining personality, that you’ve been able to feel both of these impacts from being a part of ALD. Matthew also told us that he’s been very happy in ALD and is honored to be Member of the Month! Matthew's favorite ALD event has been ushering at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre for To Kill a Mockingbird which gave him the opportunity to experience something new in the community. In addition to ALD, Matthew is on the Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC) which operates out of Sindecuse. We’re thankful to have Matthew as such a dedicated member of our ALD family!
Another sophomore at WMU, Claire Spivey, is also one of our Members of the Month for March! She and Matthew are twinning by mothing majoring in Biochemistry/Biomedical Sciences! Coming into ALD last spring, Claire has been volunteering with us regularly and has left a lasting impression on our chapter already. Our recent Mattawan Food Pantry volunteer event was Claire’s favorite event she’s volunteered with and we were so happy to have her there! On top of being an outstanding ALD member, Claire is in the Lee Honors College while juggling her time between volunteering with both Red Cross and the WMU Beekeepers! We’re so happy she finds the time to work with ALD and be an irreplaceable part of our WMU chapter. If all of this weren’t enough, she’s also currently working as a Phlebotomist at Borgess Medical Center and is planning on pursuing a career in Neurosurgery. Whew! What a gal and we are so happy to have you on our ALD team!
Both of these members have worked so hard and been absolute joys to work with and we can’t wait to see where they go in life. Time will tell the amazing things they will do for ALD and what ALD will do for them!