Alumni Notes

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

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

  • Sandra Snyder Brooks '67

    is retired after a long and varied career at the library of Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, and have moved to Katy, TX., near Houston, where my son and his family live. While I recover from surgery and embark on a life of leisure, I’d love to hear about the latest exploits of the old Eyer House crew.–

    Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
  • Rodney Petersen '85

    has been named the head of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) at the National Institute for Standards and Technology - an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He will work with educational institutions across the United States to increase the capacity of the cybersecurity workforce for both the public and private sectors. For more information, see

    Posted: Saturday, February 21, 2015
  • Paul Davies '69

    recently retired from Citi Bank, Comerica Bank, and Manufacturers Bank. Looking forward to spending time with his wife, Wilma, daughter, Heather, and son, Darian, as well as his three grandchildren.

    Posted: Thursday, February 19, 2015
  • Ashley Parsons '13

    graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health with a master’s in Public Health in Epidemiology.

    Posted: Thursday, February 19, 2015
  • Timothy Lutes '70

    is snowed in in Presque Isle, Michigan but loving every minute of it!

    Posted: Thursday, February 12, 2015
  • Carol Cummings Kutzner '55

    just completed my tour of country #100- Uruguay, where I spoke Spanish day and night. Great trip! Spending most of the year in Florida and the rest in North Carolina.  I am still square dancing a lot!  Looking forward to hearing the Alma College choir here in Florida very soon.

    Posted: Thursday, February 12, 2015
  • Charles Williams '51

    had a great time at Homecoming last fall, especially at the old DGT House 75th Reunion. Got to march in my first Homecoming Parade. Retired but still active in rotary, church, senior citizen driver, and chair caning.

    Posted: Wednesday, February 11, 2015
  • Tom Morrissett '68 and Joan

    are enjoying retirement a great deal. We took a river cruise through the Burgundy Region of France last summer, and are going on a cruise to the Eastern Caribbean in February. I also enjoy golfing four times a week.

    Posted: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
  • Sarah Stempky Kime '05

    was awarded the prestigious “Up and Coming Lawyers” award by “Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly.” Sarah is on the executive board of the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ) and works for Christensen Law.

    Posted: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
  • Mabel Gonzalez-Morales '12

    graduated from The Western Michigan University Cooley Law School on Jan. 25th.

    Posted: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
  • Lynn O’Rear Palko '94

    is enjoying her two children, Charlie Michael, 6, and Lillian Elizabeth, 2.

    Posted: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
  • Carol Swords Kashian '72

    is retired and enjoying life. Worked as a Vision Therapist for 35 years.

    Posted: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
  • Cathy Farrell '91

    was lucky enough to be part of this year’s Jeopardy! teacher’s tournament, airing Feb. 2-13

    Posted: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
  • Dale Hutchinson '77

    has been elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for “distinguished contributions to study of ancient disease and health, especially in understanding pathogen-host interactions from human remains from archaeological contexts.”

    Posted: Monday, February 2, 2015
  • Marcia Lusk Maxwell '85 and Taylor H. Maxwell '85

    announces the publication of her first novel, The Rogue Queen, this year on Amazon. It’s a historical novel set in 14th century England based on the incredible true story of Isabelle of France, married to Edward II of England.

    Posted: Sunday, January 25, 2015
  • Wynne Kinder '88

    and Rick Kinder co-founded the mindfulness program, “Wellness Works in Schools,” in Lancaster public schools. “Wellness Works in Schools” teaches students to self-regulate their behavior and avoid conflict.

    Posted: Thursday, January 22, 2015
  • Joe Grover '63 and Shima Murakami Grover '62

    are honored as the Tennis Advocate’s of the Year by Tennis Industry magazine.

    Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2015
  • Eric Smith '04

    was just elected a partner at Honigman. He is a member of Honigman’s Corporate Department and is located in the firm’s Detroit office. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, including leveraged buyouts, divestitures and financings, as well as general corporate matters. Eric represents private equity and venture capital funds and their portfolio companies, as well as public companies. He earned a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, an M.A. from Central Michigan University and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Alma College.

    Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2015
  • Jennifer Mayes Kerr '00 and Aaron Kerr '00

    announces the April 1, 2014 birth of their first son, Jonah. He joins big sisters Kayla, Madeline, Savannah and Sophia.

    Posted: Sunday, January 18, 2015
  • Elizabeth Gupton '14

    was awarded the Spectrum Health eCare Coordinator Synergy Award.

    Posted: Friday, January 16, 2015
  • Denise Price Leonard '81

    would love to hear from classmates! E-mail-

    Posted: Wednesday, January 14, 2015
  • Mike Jura '95 and Jennifer Stoepker Jura ’96

    built our dream home last summer (that we designed ourselves) on Jen’s family’s property on West Lake. It is a magnificent place for our wonderful family.

    Posted: Thursday, January 8, 2015
  • Marcus Hong '07 and Sarah Hong '07

    are proud to announce the birth of our son, Matthijs Aleksandyr, on Nov. 20, 2014.

    Posted: Thursday, January 8, 2015
  • Ian Kennedy '01

    recently became a partner of the firm Warner Norcross & Judd, LLP.  He concentrates his practice in general corporate law, employment and real estate law and also estate planning.  He regularly counsels closely help businesses as well as nonprofit, educational, government and religious institutions. Ian is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and is president-elect of the Kalamazoo County Bar Association.  He serves on the board of Community Advocates Pooled Trust Committee and is past board member of Park and Recreation, Michigan Works! Kalamazoo/St Joseph and the Kalamazoo Public Library. He has been named Rising Star by Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine.  Ian resides in Kalamazoo with his wife, Sarah, and their four children.

    Posted: Thursday, January 8, 2015
  • Craig Wesley '72

    has been appointed Interim Dean of Admissions at St. Martin’s University. Located in Lacey, WA, St. Martin’s is a coeducational, Catholic, liberal arts university founded by the Benedictine Order.

    Posted: Thursday, January 8, 2015
  • Warren Slodowske '62

    now lives in Colorado. For the second year in a row, I finished first in the over seventy age group at the Lakewood High School 5K Tiger Prowl Runs.

    Posted: Tuesday, January 6, 2015
  • Thomas McGuire '08

    has been living in Chicago for five years, working for Chicago Mercantile Exchange and running marathons. Currently coaching little league baseball and attending coaching conventions in my free time. Traveling to Australia in Feb. 2015.

    Posted: Tuesday, January 6, 2015
  • Scott Larsen '79

    was recently named Collegiate Research Professor at the University of Michigan. See full article at: and

    Posted: Tuesday, January 6, 2015
  • Robin Rummel O’Dell '91 and Matthew O’Dell '91

    Robin continues in her 10th year of practice as an OB/GYN at Women’s Medical Center PC in Mt. Pleasant. Matt is teaching chemistry at CMU. Their three daughters, 16, 11, and 8, continue to grow taller!

    Posted: Tuesday, January 6, 2015
  • Richard Hastings '64

    is well in Hawaii. I play a lot of golf and tennis. I also have a company that manages a small website for insurance professionals.

    Posted: Tuesday, January 6, 2015