Alumni Notes

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Recent Alumni Notes

  • 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
  • James McIntyre '69

    Kay’s granddaughter, Ellie arrived December 12. What a blessing. Probably our only grandchild, so very special. New STG/SAE/DGT house going up. Come back and see it! Completion April 2016.

    Posted: Friday, October 9, 2015
  • Carol Cummings Kutzner '55

    finished my list of 100 countries with a great trip to Uruguay where I spoke Spanish day and night. I am planning to extend my list to 105- beginning with a trip to Tahiti next year.

    Posted: Friday, October 9, 2015
  • Mary Whitehouse Bamford '65 and Mike

    couldn’t make it t my 50th Reunion because we both had terrible colds. How depressing! I had a hip replacement two months ago, was coming along nicely from that, but was kept home by a stupid cold!

    Posted: Saturday, October 3, 2015
  • Judy Hollenbeck Kuehl '75 and Mark

    are still smiling proudly, one week after celebrating the marriage of their daughter, Dr. Carole Kuehl and new son-in-law, Patrick Mannetho, in Petoskey,MI on the most beautiful September 26th ever! Judy and Mark are retired and still living in Midland, MI. Judy is an adjunct professor of communications at Delta College, and Mark is an active volunteer ski patroller and Outdoor Emergency Responder.

    Posted: Friday, October 2, 2015
  • Teresa Larson '13

    finished a year of service with the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Young Adult Volunteer program. She taught preschool-1st grade on the west side of Chicago in Garfield Park and Lawndale.

    Posted: Tuesday, September 29, 2015
  • Stuart Friesema '53

    is alive and well in Las Vegas. If any classmates visit Sin City, give us a call. 702 933 6239 or 702 249 0240. Love to see you. Food and drinks available.

    Posted: Tuesday, September 29, 2015
  • Paul Shirey '73

    retired in 2012 after 35 years in local government. Working a part time security job at Convention Center. Wife Lynne and I helping daughter plan for wedding on Cape Cod next August. Made brief visit to Alma campus last week. Things look idyllic, especially new Superior St, and TKE house!

    Posted: Monday, September 28, 2015
  • John Randall '66 and Ann Fisher '67

    is retiring from the Penford Corporation at the end of October and moving full time to our new home in Tierra Verde, FL.

    Posted: Monday, September 28, 2015
  • Gary Sundell '76

    What is this retirement thing I see all my fellow classmates posting about? I’m busily practicing bankruptcy and family law in metro Detroit. So how weird is it that my office is across the street from Jim Waske’s office? (Jim is also class of 1976)

    Posted: Monday, September 28, 2015
  • Robert Eaves '77

    just passed the 1 year mark of losing my wife of 30 years to cancer. Retired from Bank of America and now working for Chase.

    Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2015