Alumni Notes

Tell us where you are, what you’re doing, and what’s happening in your life!

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Recent Alumni Notes

  • Fred '55 and Marge Lyda Wood '55

    continue to spend the winter in their RV, usually by the Salton Sea in California.

    Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
  • Kenneth Lemaster '85

    after a 28 year career with Chevron, I have elected to retire. I’m doing absolutely nothing and its been everything I was hopping it would be. One surprise has been how time consuming doing nothing has been. My wish to all is to finish well and on your own terms.

    Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2016
  • Jim Martz '65

    my publication Florida Tennis is in its 25th year. I have written a book called Safe Tennis focusing on injury prevention and recovery.

    Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2016
  • Diana Baer Galloway '04 and Sean Galloway '06

    had their first child, a daughter named Lyric Olivia on February 19. All are doing well in New Mexico and looking forward to visiting Alma this summer.

    Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2016
  • Richard Douglass '68

    was elected to the Board of the Emeritus Association at Eastern Michigan University in May and “term limited ” from the Executive Council of AARP-Michigan. We also expect a 9th grandchild in June!

    Posted: Monday, May 23, 2016
  • Robert Madole '72

    is managing partner of Great Lakes Athletic Club. He has been an owner operator in the athletic club industry for 40 years and married to Susan for 20 years. Son, Colin, Albion graduate, is assistant vice president at Crestmark Bank.

    Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2016
  • Donald Yehle '71

    and Karen are proud grandparents of two boys. Clayton, 1, and Oliver, born May 5. Clayton lives in Greenfield, IN; Oliver’s hometown is Nashville, TN

    Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2016
  • Amanda Burnett Shoemaker '00 and Ben '00

    welcomed our bonus baby, Andrew David Shoemaker, April 18, 2015 and just celebrated his first birthday! He joins siblings Anna (12) and Matthew (8) who are happily enjoying the littlest Shoe.

    Posted: Monday, May 16, 2016
  • John Bird '69

    has posted three of his short films on YouTube: Livin’ in the USA (1969) Vietnam War Moratorium (1969) Park Street: A Home Movie (1970) Check them out. Thanks.

    Posted: Saturday, May 7, 2016
  • Marcia Peters Johnson '57

    on February 2, my daughter Jill (Johnson) Reglin ’92 and I attended an outstanding performance of the Alma College Choir at The Peoples Church of East Lansing. What a surprise to see Darwin Johnson’ 58, and his wife, Kay, seated in the row behind us. Their granddaughter is in the choir. We understand that the pastor of the church is an Alma College graduate, and hope to meet him someday.

    Posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2016
  • Jana Mapes Simmons '04 and Aaron Simmons '01

    was recently honored by Michigan State University College of Human Medicine with the Teacher-Scholar Award. This award may be given up to once per year to a junior faculty exhibiting excellence in both education and scholarship.

    Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2016
  • Rick Valone '86

    passed my Board Certification Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) exam in September of 2015 - only 3% of the nations Pharmacists have completed this certification. I was named the 2016 Preceptor of the Year by the graduating Pharmacy class at Wayne State University.

    Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
  • Cindy Pierce Evans '86

    It’s a small world when you get to worship and become family with 2 Alma Scot Alumni and a Gamma Phi Beta Sister while in Lawton/Ft. Sill, Oklahoma! Austin Schaar ’09 and Liz (Fishback) Scharr ’09 were blessed with Eli David Schaar on May 22, 2015 and have become part of our Oklahoma family. We have enjoyed their relationship and loved seeing Eli grow - and now Austin and Liz are off to Italy to serve our country there! Alma Scots are all over the world!

    Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
  • Bree Brownlee '04

    was recently promoted to Account Director at ad agency Leo Burnett Detroit where she manages the General Motors parts brands of ACDelco, Genuine GM Parts, Chevy Performance and Powertrain/Marine.

    Posted: Friday, April 22, 2016
  • Steve Lehecka '78

    was reappointed by Governor John Kasich to the Board of Directors of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Steve also recently retired as Chief Actuary at Westfield Insurance.

    Posted: Sunday, April 17, 2016
  • Melinda Messmer Leonardo '01

    earned a Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media from North Carolina State University (April 2015). Part of her dissertation was presented at the National Communication Association (NCA) annual conference in Las Vegan in November and was awarded the Top Paper Award in the Training and Development division. Melinda is a consultant with AGB Search (Washington, D.C.) and resides in Raleigh, NC with her husband Samuel and their three young sons.

    Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2016
  • Carol Cummings Kutzner '55

    has now lived in Florida for eight months.  I finished country #100 on my list and recently swam with the manatees in Florida. I am also planning to see polar bears and cubs in Canada in the fall. I hope to visit Alma this summer or fall.

    Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
  • Michèle Mitchell Weibel '81

    Class of 1981 – it’s been nearly 35 years since we crossed the stage to get our diplomas. Let’s celebrate at Homecoming this year. There’s a Facebook page dedicated to our class … Send Susan Sickelka or me a private message and we’ll add you to the group! Hope to see you in October.

    Posted: Monday, February 22, 2016
  • Carol Cummings Kutzner '55

    my latest adventure was swimming with the manatees in Florida. What a thrill!

    Posted: Monday, February 15, 2016
  • Darek Lane Yong '05

    recently married Singapore native Shuling Yong on November 7, at Millar Chapel in Evanston, IL, near their home in Chicago, IL. Over 3 months later, we are still enjoying newlywed bliss.

    Posted: Sunday, February 14, 2016
  • Scot Covert '76

    can’t seem to stay retired, having just accepted another international assignment with USAID’s Regional Development Mission - Asia, in Bangkok, Thailand, as senior Assistant Executive Officer. In addition to overseeing operational support, I superintend our Asia Regional Training Center, which annually hosts more than 12,000 participants.

    Posted: Tuesday, February 2, 2016
  • Steve Engel '62 and Helen

    just got back from my 16th Detroit Tiger Fantasy Camp in Lakeland, Florida.

    Posted: Friday, January 29, 2016
  • Betsy Richards Pilon '03 and Michael '05

    are thrilled to announce the arrival of Max’s little sister, Emily Grace, to Team Pilon. She arrived uneventfully and joyfully on January 7.  We are excited for another future Scot!

    Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2016
  • Karyn Stockwell '78

    just finished serving as the 1st female president of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. This prestigious International Honor Dental Organization was founded in 1936 to promote professionalism, integrity, and ethics. The Academy was named after Dr. Pierre Fauchard; considered to be the father of modern dentistry, who was born in 1678 in France. The Academy accomplishes its goals through literature, by encouragement of advanced and continuing education, and by honoring those who have made outstanding and memorable contributions to the art and science of dentistry and society. The Academy has over 10,000 members in 61 nations. Being the president of the PFA has been one of the highlights of her career in dentistry.

    Posted: Monday, January 11, 2016
  • Jody Fliegel Riddick '63

    has a new passion in volunteering as a “Guardian ad Litem” for Foster Children in the court system. It’s so rewarding.

    Posted: Monday, January 11, 2016
  • Denise Dunlop Hooks '76

    was recently named Michigan Librarian of the Year through the Michigan Library Association. She had the good fortune of being a history major at Alma and studied with the highly regarded porofessors, Dr. M.J.J. Smith and Dr. Michael Yavenditti. She also worked at the Alma College library for three years!

    Posted: Monday, January 11, 2016
  • Sally Snell McLeod '81

    retired to spend time with my folks in July 2014.

    Posted: Wednesday, December 23, 2015
  • Richard Osburn '67

    is still failing retirement. Now also working for Cancer Services of Midland as a clinical social worker. Also have become a birder and active with Thomas Morton conferences.

    Posted: Wednesday, December 23, 2015
  • Michael Delp '71 and Claudia Elmasian-Delp

    has a new book coming out in April, 2016 from WSU Press, LYING IN THE RIVER’S DARK BED. He is also the co-editor of the “Made in Michigan” book series from Wayne State University Press. He lives in Interlochen with his wife, Claudia.

    Posted: Tuesday, December 22, 2015
  • Marilyn Geissinger Sellers '68

    continues to work full time in neonatal intensive care at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. Retirement looms in the horizon.

    Posted: Friday, December 18, 2015