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Alumni Notes

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

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Let your former classmates know what you are doing these days. Submit your alumni notes directly to the Alumni Relations Office. Notes will be published in The Tartan and, if you wish, on the Alma College website. You can publicize your e-mail address as part of your news for corresponding electronically with other alumni.

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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
  • Ralph Springfield '57

    reunited with former baseball teammate Lynn Hahn ’57 this past December. They shared memories and photos from their college days from more than 60 years ago. The two played together for three years at Alma and made history during their time together, winning the 1955 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship. Ralph still holds the record as Alma’s winningest pitcher.

    Posted: Tuesday, January 10, 2017
  • Jim Daniels '78

    has two books of poems coming out in 2017, Rowing Inland, Wayne State University Press, and Street Calligraphy, Steel Toe Books. He is the Baker University Professor at Carnegie Mellon.

    Posted: Saturday, January 7, 2017
  • Samantha Lyttle Samuels '08

    earned her masters degree in Music Education from Oakland University in April ’16 and married Steven Samuels in December ’16. She is teaching K-12 general and vocal music at Eton Academy in Birmingham Michigan.

    Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2017
  • Rick Warmbold '90

    taking a time out to enjoy life with my 9 year old son in the Florida Keys. If the winds bring you this way please let us know!!

    Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2017
  • Nancy Butts Shaver '75

    retires after a long successful career in education. Over the years, Nancy’s evaluators have documented her patient, respectful and caring actions. She is noted as being a quality educator who loves to “show case” science, long before STEM was all the rage.

    Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2016
  • Gary Dorrien '74

    wins religion award for his book “The New Abolition: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Black Social Gospel.” The book earned Dorrien the 2017 Grawemeyer Award in Religion. Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, jointly with the University of Louisville, awards the $100,000 prize to honor and publicize creative and significant insights into the relationship between human beings and the divine. The award also recognizes ways in which this relationship may inspire or empower human beings to attain wholeness, integrity, or meaning, either individually or in community.

    Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2016
  • Robert (Bob) Wollard '60

    retired Eoiscopal Priest now living in Waterford, MI. After 52 years of parish, chaplaincy, and educational ministry I now do mostly Sunday supply, consulting, and mentoring. Our youngest grandson, Aaron Leonard, is a Senior at Alma this year & having a great time.

    Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2016
  • Ashley Sawatzke '06

    joins the Tarrant County College as an adjunct professor beginning in January 2017, and will defend her PhD dissertation proposal that month.

    Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2016
  • Steve Spaulding '83

    was recently named Executive Vice President and Chief Health Management Officer for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield. In that capacity, he is responsible for all business and clinical interaction between the company and Arkansas healthcare providers, and is leading payment transformation initiatives in the State.

    Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2016
  • Jane Aldrich Bohne '78

    WLNS-TV news anchor is leaving her job after 31 years. She plans to continue inspirational talks on happiness while talking about her own life struggles. Jane’s news anchor career will end Jan. 12, with her final newscasts at 5 and 6 p.m.

    Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2016
  • Terri Bedore '02

    husband Eric welcomed their first child in October. Terri, ’02 is the daughter of alumni, Julie Hatton Bedore ’74 and Howard Bedore ’74.

    Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2016
  • Mabel Martin '12 and Joe Martin '13

    were recently married on September 24th in Lansing Michigan. Joe and Mabel’s love story began at Alma college in 2009. The wedding party consisted of Alma Alumni Jessica Kennard ’09, Daniel Gonzalez ’09, Lauren Wagner ’13, Katie Zaborowicz ’13, and Bard Tippett ’13. Joe works as the Chief of Staff for a State Senator and Mabel works as a law clerk. They live in Lansing, MI with their two dogs.

    Posted: Monday, November 21, 2016
  • Robert Kersten '53 and Carol

    celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on October 8.

    Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2016
  • Greg Hatcher '83

    was named to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Class of 2017. He joined The Order of Merit which recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the sport of wrestling, but who are not athletes or coaches. Greg founded the Arkansas Wrestling Association in 2005 and is proud that now more than 4,000 kids are wrestling in Arkansas. He was instrumental in Arkansas becoming the 49th state to institute the sport at the high school level. He has received numerous other awards and recognition for his contributions to wrestling.

    Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2016
  • Deborah Anderson '82

    was promoted to full professor in May at St Norbert College and has two new publications.

    Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2016
  • Deborah Myers-McNabb '84

    was elected in Kent County MI to a Circuit Judge position. She will serve in a newly created “Family Judge” position for Kent County, handling Family Law, Child Protection and Custody related cases. She has already served over 20 years and a “Court Referee” in Family Law cases. Her Husband Charles McNabb is also an Alma alum.

    Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2016
  • Richard Thurston '73

    was instrumental in the opening of Duane Morris’ Taiwan office. Richard rejoined Duane Morris as of counsel in March 2015 in the Intellectual Property Group. He had previously served as senior vice president and general counsel of TSMC in Taiwan, after beginning his legal career at Duane Morris. Fluent in Mandarin, Thurston has served as an advisor to the Taiwanese, South Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese governments on intellectual property protection and reform. Most recently, he was instrumental in obtaining the passage of key legislation in Taiwan which established new rules and court procedures to enhance the protection of trade secrets. Thurston has taught intellectual property law in both Taiwan and the U.S.

    Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2016
  • Dan Scripps '98

    is being honored by Midwest Energy News as one of “40 Under 40” leaders in the region’s transition to clean energy. Recognizing the role of entrepreneurs, advocates, regulators, researchers, and business leaders equally, Midwest Energy News’ 40 Under 40 program highlights their important work in creating a better energy future.

    Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2016
  • Daniel Baker '10

    was named by The Traverse City Business News to the list of 2016 40Under40 - The Region’s Most Influential Professionals Under Age Of 40. It is the 10th anniversary of the annual list of the 40 most influential regional leaders under age 40.

    Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
  • Ashley Hennen '10

    was named the Executive Director of the Scarab Club. She will oversee all aspects of the club including strategic planning, staff management, programming, funding development and community engagement.

    Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
  • Amanda Leppek Sutter '06

    is excited to have joined the YMCA of the North Shore as their Director of Evaluation and Research. She now resides in Salem, Massachusetts and would love to connect with any Alma friends visiting this historic area (it’s more than just witches!).

    Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
  • Anna Dysinger Champion '11 and Jacob Champion '11

    were married on June 4, 2016. Doctor Dana Aspinall officiated. The bridal party included Alma alumni Cameron Learman, Becca Noack, Jaclyn Bodary, Jaclyn Dittmar, Nicholas Townsend, Michael Murray and Nate Smith. Jake and Anna currently live in New York City where she is a copywriter for Saks Fifth Avenue and he is an account executive at LinkedIn.

    Posted: Friday, October 14, 2016
  • Sara Hirschman De Jong '11 and Dan De Jong

    welcomed a baby girl, Charlotte Jane, June 14.

    Posted: Saturday, October 8, 2016
  • Wayne Enzenberger '11 and Alissa Jullie Enzenberger '12

    moved to Madison, WI in June 2016 after Alissa graduated from medical school at MSU. Alissa is currently doing her Pediatric Residency with the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Wayne is a Behavioral Therapist at a local Autism Clinic.

    Posted: Saturday, October 1, 2016
  • Thomas Weeber '57

    I thank God for allowing me to attend Alma and helping me to graduate from the University of Michigan medical school. Class of 1961.

    Posted: Friday, September 30, 2016
  • Nancy Harden Baxter '48

    is now residing in an assisted living facility, Shattuck Manor- Saginaw. She recently had hip and knee replacements. Her orthopedic surgeon is Dr. Brian DeBeaubien ’85

    Posted: Friday, September 30, 2016
  • Kyle Aho '14 and Autumn Root '14

    were married on August 13.

    Posted: Friday, September 30, 2016
  • Carol Cummings Kutzner '55

    recently cruised the Great Lakes which I greatly enjoyed having lived the first 29 years of my life in Michigan.

    Posted: Friday, September 30, 2016
  • Andria Baker Ettinger '12

    married Eric Ettinger on July 16.

    Posted: Friday, September 30, 2016
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