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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 76

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Philosophy

The School of Nursing offers a nursing program designed to meet the needs of students for a broad general education essential to the professional nursing role. The faculty in this program bases the curriculum on the following beliefs:

Human beings are integrated individuals with physiological, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual dimensions. Human beings strive for understanding and mastery as they attempt to meet basic human needs while progressing through the developmental stages of life. As open systems, human beings experience internal and external stressors to which they must adapt in order to attain and maintain health.  Human beings have inherent dignity and have the right and responsibility to make choices as they cope with stressors and attempt to resolve problems.

Environment consists of all internal and external forces surrounding an individual which could affect life and development. Because internal and external environments are open systems, every aspect of the environment must be considered an influencing factor in health.

Health is a state and a dynamic process of being and becoming integrated and whole through life experiences (Roy) which involves the dimensions of physiological, psychosocial, cultural and spiritual. When the human being is able to cope with internal and external stressors which threaten any dimension, the individual maintains a state of health. When the human being is unable to cope with stressors or copes in a maladaptive manner, a state of illness may result. Illness then, results in a subjective feeling of not being well. While nursing assists clients to identify health care needs, clients ultimately are responsible for health care choices.

Nursing is a caring profession in which the practitioner facilitates health, wellness, and healing of individuals, groups and communities. The professional nurse uses objective data and the client’s subjective experience in the processes of diagnosis and treatment of human experiences and responses to health and illness through the roles of provider of care, member of the profession and designer/manager/coordinator of care.

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