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Erika Powers Appelt '91 catching up with Chelsea Erb '14Erika Powers Appelt '91 catching up with Chelsea Erb '14

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Recent Alumni Notes

  • Shaina Buhl '11

    and Jeffrey Scott Nielson II ’12 will be married at the Most Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in downtown Detroit on Oct. 11, 2014. Many Zeta Sigma Fraternity brothers and Alpha Xi Delta Sorority sisters are in the wedding party and will be in attendance. The newlyweds currently live and work in Chicago.  Shaina is the daughter of David Buhl ’79 and Jeanne (Mutchler) Buhl ’80.

    Posted: Tuesday, September 2, 2014
  • David Hensley '04

    received his PhD in History from the Pennsylvania State University in August 2014. As of Sept. 1, he is a temporary lecturer (=visiting assistant professor) in Modern European History at Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

    Posted: Tuesday, September 2, 2014
  • Tom Santi '85

    published his e-book on business management called “Eradicating FantasyLand Management: Achieving Better Business Results by More Effectively Managing People & Processes.” The book is available on Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/kubv7qd

    Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014
  • Tom Santi '85

    recently started his own consulting business, Santi Consulting, which helps start-ups to mid-size businesses/business units improve their day-to-day operations and ensure the business has alignment between its strategy and its operational ability to execute on that strategy. Tom can be reached at tom@santiconsulting.com or tom.d.santi@gmail.com.

    Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014
  • Linda Sackrider Ferguson '76

    is pleased to announce that her work is published in New American Paintings, Volume 113. The Open Studio Press in Boston, MA, publishes New American Paintings. Staci Boris, the chief curator of Elmhurst Art Museum, juried Volume 113, which was out on newsstands Aug.-Sept. 2014.

    Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
  • Sarah Vogel McCully '90

    and John announce the birth of Evelynne McCully in June 2014. She joins her three brothers and five sisters. You can find Sarah hanging out on Facebook.

    Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
  • Cynthia McKenzie '69 and Stuart McKenzie '65

    is happy to be back to work at the Baha’i National Center in Evanston, Ill., after a successful knee replacement. As a Baha’i, I consider it a blessing to be able to serve here instead of retiring - I’m only 67!

    Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
  • Leslie Hohlbein Smith '03

    and Brent Smith had Blayne Edward Smith on May 27, 2014. He was 9lbs. 2oz. and 21 inches long. He joins proud siblings Bryce and Lexi Smith.

    Posted: Monday, August 11, 2014
  • Leslye Hofmeyer Johnson '69 and George Johnson

    and husband George just finished teaching for 3 1/2 years at Forman Christian College, a Chartered University, in Lahore, Pakistan. FC College started as a Presbyterian Mission school in 1864. The land is owned by the PCUSA. The University is working toward U.S. accreditation. George and Leslye taught undergraduate and students in chemistry and biology, respectively.

    Posted: Friday, August 8, 2014
  • David Hensley '04

    planned to graduate with his PhD in History from Penn State University in August 2014. For the 2014-2015 academic year, he will be a temporary lecturer (equivalent of a visiting assistant professor) of Modern European History at Queen’s University, Belfast (Northern Ireland).

    Posted: Monday, August 4, 2014
  • Sandra Speiser '89

    visited Alma in September 2013, presenting a talk titled “Mathematics and National Security” and spending time with math students and faculty. She has worked as a mathematician for the National Security Agency since 1993. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and their two children.

    Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
  • Alainna Sarver '04

    married James Kyle Paulette in Newport News, Virginia, on June 19, 2014. Alainna teaches kindergarten for Hampton City Schools in Hampton, Virginia, where she and her spouse live. She is working on her master’s in reading education from the University of Virginia.

    Posted: Friday, July 25, 2014
  • Mark Wangberg '75

    had a solo exhibition at Risk Press Gallery in Sebastopol, Calif., www.riskpress.com. It included book arts and a variety of altered textiles and mixed media works, and a panel discussion with four other local book artists and various workshops. Mark and his wife, Connie Grauds, continue to expand their www.LivingShamanMuseum.org. They live in San Rafael, Calif. “I hope to hear from art and writing alumni: markwangberg@gmail.com.”

    Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014
  • Kelsey Erwin Pronick '11

    and Chris Pronick ’12 were married on July 12, 2014 at her mom`s home in Fenton, Mich. They currently reside in Gastonia, N.C.

    Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014
  • Kelly O’Connor Bandli '05

    was married to Keith Bandli on June 21, 2014 in Traverse City. The joyous celebration was attended by many friends and family. Kelly and Keith will make their home in Traverse City, where Kelly works as a financial advisor and Keith in physical therapy and athletic training.

    Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
  • Clinton Crow '96

    reports that 23 years after starting at Alma’s phonathon, he has “taken the plunge and started Crow Fundraising Concepts. Life is good in Denver, and the business is doing well, so no complaints!”

    Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
  • Pamela Beardslee Roth '74

    is enjoying her eight grandchildren in Caseville. Her husband is retired and hoping to do some traveling. “After 12 surgeries in four years — I’m finally getting healthy.”

    Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014
  • Stephanie Druskinis Stephens '05 and Joe Stephens '06

    Announcing the birth of our second son, Colton Michael Stephens, born April 17, 2014. Colton joins big brother Brennan, and the happy family resides in southwest Michigan.

    Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014
  • Becky Walton '63

    retired from The Community House, Birmingham, Mich., after 27 years in a most enjoyable work environment.

    Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014
  • Robert Henry '89

    was promoted to Principal Technical Consultant at SAS Institute. He is a lead for supply chain solution delivery, including global implementations of SAS Warranty Analysis for which he holds two patents.

    Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014
  • Thomas Davey '07

    married Breanna Hinkley on July 5, 2013. Thomas is vice president/treasurer of the Carpenter Industrial Supply Co., Jackson, Mich.

    Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014
  • Steven Haas '68

    and Susan Woehrlen celebrate their 46th wedding anniversary this year. They have a new grand daughter from son, Mike, and his wife Kara — that brings the total to four grand children. Steve continues to volunteer on his city’s school board. Sue continues to volunteer in middle schools and their church.

    Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014
  • Robert Beltz '59

    continues to practice law and is working on a third book. “All is well.”

    Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014
  • Okwara Uzoh '10

    graduated from Northwestern University with a Master of Science in Information Systems. Currently working for The University of Chicago office of Student Enrollment and Advancement as a Senior Project Specialist. Presented at the 2014 Slate Innovation Summit in Hartford, CT.

    Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2014
  • Maurine Murphy Wallace Watts '77

    lives in Harbor Springs and just completed 35 years with the courts in Emmet County. She would like to retire and would also like to be a grandmother. Neither appears to be on the horizon.

    Posted: Friday, June 27, 2014
  • Kathy Beltz '82

    moved back to Michigan in the Grand Haven area. Loves being back in her home state! Missed good old Michigan. Would love to hear from classmates at kathleen.e.beltz@gmail.com.

    Posted: Friday, June 27, 2014
  • Steven Haas '68

    serves on the Nashua, New Hampshire, School District Board of Education.

    Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014
  • Paul Kurtzhals '86

    is planning the TKE House Fire 30th reunion party. The tentative date is the week of March 6, 2015.

    Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014
  • Micheal Buggin '07

    completed his Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency and has accepted an attending physician position at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, Mass., starting in July 2014.

    Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014
  • Barbara Nichols '68

    has been retired from teaching now for seven years. She enjoys traveling to visit her three families and maintaining her family home on Gull Lake.

    Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014