WMU Holds Graduate Recognition Ceremony in Traverse City for Freshwater Science and Sustainability Graduates

  • Pictured (left-right, standing) Dr. Tiffany Schriever, assistant professor of biological sciences; Dr. Edwin Martini, associate dean; Dr. Lynne Heasley, associate professor of environment and sustainability studies and history; Dr. Denise Keele, associate professor of political science and environmental and sustainability studies; Dr. Steven Kohler; director of the WMU Institute of the Environment and Sustainability; Dr. Devin Bloom, assistant professor of biological sciences; Dr. Constanza Hazelwood, educa

    Students, faculty and family members gather during WMU-Traverse City’s graduate recognition ceremony for the freshwater science and sustainability program, Dec. 14.

  • Michael Kandel’s parents and siblings are presented with the diploma that was granted to Michael Kandel posthumously during Western Michigan University-Traverse City’s graduate recognition ceremony for the freshwater science and sustainability program, Dec. 14. Kandel, a student of the freshwater science and sustainability program passed away following a tragic accident in Sturgeon Bay, July 20, 2017. Pictured (left-right) Dr. Edwin Martini, associate dean; Dr.Dawn Fortin Mattoon, associate provost; Annette

    Michael Kandel’s parents and siblings are presented with a posthumous diploma during WMU-Traverse City’s graduate recognition ceremony for the freshwater science and sustainability program, Dec. 14.

  • Erin McRae, WMU freshwater science and sustainability student, shares memories about Michael Kandel, the student of the freshwater science and sustainability program who passed away following a tragic accident in Sturgeon Bay, July 20, 2017. McRae, along with recent graduates Alexis Lautner (to the right of McRae) and Paige Harrigan (far right) reflected on time spent with Kandel in the program during Western Michigan University-Traverse City’s graduate recognition ceremony for the freshwater science and su

    Erin McRae (center), along with Alexis Lautner (to the right of McRae) and Paige Harrigan (far right) reflected on time spent with Michael Kandel in the freshwater science and sustainability program.

  • Kyle Kandel speaks to students, faculty and staff at Western Michigan University-Traverse City’s graduate recognition ceremony for the freshwater science and sustainability program about his brother Michael Kandel, a student of the freshwater science and sustainability program who passed away following a tragic accident in Sturgeon Bay, July 20, 2017.

    Kyle Kandel speaks to students, faculty and staff at WMU-Traverse City’s graduate recognition ceremony for the freshwater science and sustainability program about his brother Michael Kandel.

by Tyler Lecceadone
Dec. 20, 2017 | Extended University Programs News

Traverse City, Mich.,—The freshwater science and sustainability program at Western Michigan University-Traverse City held a graduate recognition ceremony, Thursday, Dec. 14.

While past graduates of the program had the opportunity to participate in graduation ceremonies in Kalamazoo, all graduates since 2016 and those who are expected to graduate in spring 2018 were invited to walk during this first ever ceremony at WMU-Traverse City.

During the ceremony, three individuals were presented their degrees as graduates of WMU’s overall fall 2017 class, including Matthew Rainey and Anthony Momrik. Michael Kandel was posthumously granted his degree. Kandel, a student of the freshwater science and sustainability program passed away following a tragic accident in Sturgeon Bay, July 20, 2017. Kandel’s parents and siblings were presented with the diploma on his behalf.

Kandel was 28 at the time of his death. Raised in Leelanau County, he attended Glen Lake School. At 18, he joined the U.S. Army, completing boot camp at Ft. Bragg. He served six years of active duty. Because of his love for the outdoors and nature, he chose a career remediating Michigan shoreline and water ways, along with various reforestation projects.

Graduates honored

  • Summer 2016

    • John Lutchko, Traverse City
    • Erica Plesha, Frankfort
  • Fall 2016

    • Andrew Carter, Traverse City
    • Rebecca Koteskey, Traverse City
  • Spring 2017

    • Alexis Lautner, Cedar
    • Paige Harrigan, Traverse City
    • Rachel Horn, Niles
    • Erika Malin, Rapid City
    • Katarina Schafer, Interlochen
  • Summer 2017

    • Sarah Cole, Traverse City
    • Paul Godmar, Traverse City
    • Ed DeRosha, Traverse City
  • Fall 2017

    • Matthew Rainey, Williamsburg
    • Anthony Momrik, Grawn
    • Michael Kandel (posthumously), Maple City
  • Spring 2018

    • Adam Smith, Traverse City
    • Bethany Hight, Traverse City
    • Carrie Beemon, Boyne City

The freshwater science and sustainability program at WMU-Traverse City was launched in partnership with Northwestern Michigan College in 2014. As an interdisciplinary and integrative program, it provides students with the knowledge and skills to understand and research freshwater ecosystems, and how to integrate scientific research with the environmental, social and economic issues of sustainable freshwater management. The program prepares students to address the complex regional, national and global challenges related to the sustainability of freshwater resources.

Photo 1: Pictured (left-right, standing) Dr. Tiffany Schriever, assistant professor of biological sciences; Dr. Edwin Martini, associate dean; Dr. Lynne Heasley, associate professor of environment and sustainability studies and history; Dr. Denise Keele, associate professor of political science and environmental and sustainability studies; Dr. Steven Kohler; director of the WMU Institute of the Environment and Sustainability; Dr. Devin Bloom, assistant professor of biological sciences; Dr. Constanza Hazelwood, education and outreach coordinator for the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute of Northwestern Michigan College; Dr. Carla Koretsky, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of geosciences; and Dr. Dawn Fortin Mattoon, associate provost. Pictured (left-right, sitting) are family members of Michael Kandel, Kelly Flynn (fiancee of Kyle Kandel), Kyle Kandel, Christy Kandel, Ed Kandel and Annette Kandel during Western Michigan University-Traverse City’s graduate recognition ceremony for the freshwater science and sustainability program, Dec. 14.

Photo 2: Michael Kandel’s parents and siblings are presented with the diploma that was granted to Michael Kandel posthumously during Western Michigan University-Traverse City’s graduate recognition ceremony for the freshwater science and sustainability program, Dec. 14. Kandel, a student of the freshwater science and sustainability program passed away following a tragic accident in Sturgeon Bay, July 20, 2017. Pictured (left-right) Dr. Edwin Martini, associate dean; Dr.Dawn Fortin Mattoon, associate provost; Annette Kandel, mother; Ed Kandel, father; Christy Kandel, sister; Kyle Kandel, brother; Kelly Flynn, fiancee of Kyle Kandel; and Dr. Carla Koretsky, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of geosciences.

Photo 3: Erin McRae, WMU freshwater science and sustainability student, shares memories about Michael Kandel, the student of the freshwater science and sustainability program who passed away following a tragic accident in Sturgeon Bay, July 20, 2017. McRae, along with recent graduates Alexis Lautner (to the right of McRae) and Paige Harrigan (far right) reflected on time spent with Kandel in the program during Western Michigan University-Traverse City’s graduate recognition ceremony for the freshwater science and sustainability graduates, Dec. 14.

Photo 4: Kyle Kandel speaks to students, faculty and staff at Western Michigan University-Traverse City’s graduate recognition ceremony for the freshwater science and sustainability program about his brother Michael Kandel, a student of the freshwater science and sustainability program who passed away following a tragic accident in Sturgeon Bay, July 20, 2017. Kandel was posthumously granted his degree during the ceremony where his family was presented with his diploma.