Office of Alumni Engagement

Alex Montoye

My hometown when I was a student was:

Mt. Pleasant, MI

I graduated from Alma in:

2010

I studied:

Exercise and Health Science, Mathematics

I currently live in:

Alma, MI

I am now:

Starting as a faculty member in IPHS at Alma this fall.  Glad to be back!  Also Laura (Kohn, also 2010 grad) and I just welcomed our first child, Ben into the world in July!

Since graduating from Alma:

I completed my doctoral degree in Kinesiology at Michigan State University in 2014, worked as a faculty member in Clinical Exercise Physiology for 2 years at Ball State University, got married in 2014, recently accepted a faculty position back at Alma College to start fall 2016, first kid (Benjamin) in 2016.

My favorite place(s) on campus included:

Stone Rec Center, Saga (…not).

My favorite professor(s) included:

The Nyman-ator

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is:

Traveling to Europe with my friends on Spring term with Dr. Lorenz.  Meeting my future wife in Dr. Gorton’s class Freshman year.  

How Alma has helped with my current plan/job/graduate school/etc.:

4 years of hard work at Alma opened many doors for me.  The quality of the education and ability to work closely with faculty at Alma is rare and puts Alma students far ahead of students coming out of state public schools. I’ve been able to travel the world, find a field about which I’m passionate, and feel like I’m making a positive difference in the world.  When the opportunity to come back and teach at Alma came about, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get back and give students the same great opportunities I had while a student at Alma.

Advice I would give a new graduate:

The hard work has just begun, but Alma has prepared you well for the job/grad school market.  Remember that your time at Alma has given you many opportunities that most college students don’t get; those opportunities give you a leg up in the job market and in grad school.  Don’t be afraid to seek help from friends and alumni; we’ve been in your situation and are happy to help where we can.