Alumni Notes

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Recent Alumni Notes

  • 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
  • Jennifer Wiles '01

    was presented with the Elanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award for all of the work I have done investigating, proscuring, and removing from the United States people who have committed war crimes abroad and are attempting to hide in the United States. This award is [given] out to one attorney nation-wide and is only awarded every two years.

    Posted: Friday, December 18, 2015
  • Paul Kinder '60

    is enjoying the warm, breezy days in central Florida at The Villages. The Alma College alumni group from The Villages and surrounding area meet once a month for a “Koffee Klutch” at Panera Bread. We are eleven strong and we can fix any problems that the College has every month.

    Posted: Friday, November 20, 2015
  • James McIntyre '69

    our new DGT/SAE/STG house is going up. Please donate, and or visit. We’re back!

    Posted: Friday, November 20, 2015
  • Greg Gray '94

    was named Superintendent of the Year by The Michigan Association of School Administrators on Monday November 9.

    Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2015
  • Josh Brehm '06

    is expecting his first child (daughter) at the end of January 2016. He is a financial advisor with the BRZ Group of Merrill Lynch in Grand Blanc, MI.

    Posted: Monday, November 16, 2015
  • Josh Morgan '06

    was awarded with a 2015 Regional Emmy award for Outstanding Achievement in News Programming for his role as executive producer of WREX-TV’s morning newscast. Josh is currently the news director at this NBC affiliate in Rockford, IL.

    Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2015
  • Zabrina Santiago Lindsay '87

    a celebrated diplomat for religious tolerance and understanding, will be the speaker at the 34th Annual Charles H. Hackley Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities. The event will be held at the Muskegon Museum of Art at 7:30 p.m. on May 7.  A reception will follow at Hackley Public Library.  For full details.

    Posted: Monday, November 9, 2015
  • Joel Kimball '88 and Angie (Stewart) Kimball '90

    started playing pipes again after about a 6 year respite. Played at homecoming for the CSA Hall party. Almost 27 years at Ford and just completed another round of labor negotiations. I’ve done every one since 1996. #veteran. I have 1 grandkid via #2 daughter Maggie (another alum) - she has another on the way. Both planning to attend Alma that we’re aware #generations #1 son John a Junior this year #almostdone.  Homecoming was fun. See you at the Christmas Choir concert!

    Posted: Saturday, November 7, 2015
  • Dian Johnson-Welsh '63

    is moving back to Michigan after 10 lovely years in Green Valley Arizona. (spring of 2016)

    Posted: Thursday, November 5, 2015
  • Emalee Sutherland Rose '04 and Justin Rose '06

    took a position with Alma College as the Associate Director of Alumni and Family Engagement and is thrilled to be back among Scots! Justin continues his work as the Director of Religious Education in Clio. We currently live in Howell and have a daughter Evelyn, age 3.

    Posted: Tuesday, November 3, 2015
  • Margaret Niemetta Money '64

    and seven others (Dr. Rebecca Norris ’64, Sue Bleeks Loweke ’64, Lowell Loweke (attended Alma for 2 yrs but left to complete a degree in engineering), Merrilee Anderson Brockman ’64, Rose Frost Nester ’64, Jane Sloan Christensen ’63 & Dot Ready VanLooy ’63) gathered for a time of relaxation, conversation, and good memories in Elk Rapids at the home of Sue & Lowell.

    Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2015
  • Lynn O’Rear Palko '94 and Michael

    are enjoying their two children Charlie Michael, 7 & Lillian Elizabeth, 3.

    Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2015
  • Ian Kennedy '01

    was honored by the Grand Rapids Business Journal as one of the top 40 under forty business/community leaders in SW Michigan.

    Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2015
  • Judy Shaffer Pelter '67

    and three other members of the class of 1967 celebrated their 48th year at a mini-reunion in central Pennsylvania. The gathering was held at Judy’s home. Those visitng were Ann Scheifley from Los Angeles, Barbara Dean Garrett from Seattle, and Ann Robinson Clements from Levittown, PA. They shared Judy’s extensive Alma memorabilia collection and many memories. It felt like we were all back in Gelston Hall. We hope to gather at Alma in two years for our Golden Thistle reunion.

    Posted: Friday, October 23, 2015
  • John Acton '56

    has impacted many lives as a middle school principal from the late 1950’s to 1993. Since his retirement, he has continued his giving ways. He makes healing benches, all done by hand. These benches are made to remind individuals to be kind to one another, to look for the good in a bad situation and be a part of a solution overall. His goal is to make 100 benches before he turns 100.

    Posted: Friday, October 23, 2015
  • Carol Cummings Kutzner '55

    was definitely planning to attend Homecoming this year as it has been 60 years since I graduated. But, as luck would have it buyers for my North Carolina home (of 23 years) made an offer I couldn’t refuse. I’m still unpacking and will be for quite some time.

    Posted: Friday, October 23, 2015
  • Richard Douglass '68 and Marian Horowitz

    were able to travel to Germany and Ghana this fall to visit former students, meet families, and connect with colleagues at Ashesi University in Berekuso, Ghana. Just when I thought it was safe to go back I returned with two new writing assignments! Retired or not…it is good to be engaged with good work.

    Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2015
  • Joyce Mahan Dingman '78

    is still working as a lawyer at the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (agency that regulates utilities), although I am looking forward to retirement in January of next year. My husband David and I are looking forward to a trip to London in the next year or so.

    Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2015
  • Kay King Johnson '61 and Darwin '58

    Thanks for the opportunities Alma has given to our granddaughter Grace Sutherland ’16. She has used them to increase her knowledge, skills and understanding in so many fields of learning.

    Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
  • Carolyn Fisher Lynett '78

    has been reconnecting with many college friends on social media and attended this years Homecoming. Also went to the CSA Hall party sponsored by the SIG frat. FUN! All is good with me and my family. We are looking forward to retirement.

    Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
  • Jonathan Thorndike '83 and Claudia Black Thorndike '83

    Jonathan received the Presidential Faculty Achievement in 2014 at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. He is the director of the Honors Program, an interdisciplinary “Great Books” general education curriculum. Claudia was Tennessee Teachers to Speakers of Other Languages (TNTESOL) Teacher of the Year for the Sate of TN in 2015. She is an ELS teacher at Sunset Elementary School. In addition she is the overall State Award winner. For the full article-

    Posted: Friday, October 9, 2015