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Alumni Notes

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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
  • 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 … https://www.facebook.com/groups/1490512571253731/. 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
  • 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
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