Seniors Select Homecoming Court
Members of the Alma College senior class nominated 12 of their
classmates to the 2007 Homecoming Court. During homecoming week, the
entire student body votes for the King and Queen with the results
announced during halftime ceremonies of the football game on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Homecoming King and Queen candidates are (pictured above, front row,
from left) Monica Rentfrow of Alma, Amy Wegener of Traverse City,
Carlie Alchin of St. Helen, Aaron Weisberger of Mullet Lake, Terra
Teague of Monroe, (back row, from left) John McFalls of Milford,
Benjamin Place of Boyne City, Rebecca Peacock of Grandville and Anthony
Rosenblum of Huntington Woods. Not pictured is Brandon Smith of
Student performances, Pizza Sam Night, class reunions, the parade and football game highlight Homecoming 2007 at Alma College.
A full schedule of homecoming events and receptions will take place Oct. 12 through 14. Highlights include the Pizza Sam Night reception for alumni from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 in the Tyler Van-Dusen Rotunda, the Matt Rienke 5K Scot Trot at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, the 11 a.m. Saturday parade along Superior Street, the noon Saturday alumni picnic on the chapel lawn, and the 1:30 p.m. football game against Wisconsin Lutheran.
The Alma College Choirs join with former choir members for the annual homecoming concert and alumni awards ceremony at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 in the Remick Heritage Center. Alumni rehearsal begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
Other student performances over homecoming weekend include an 8 p.m. Friday concert by the Percussion Ensemble and the College Theatre production of “The Diviners” at 8 p.m. Oct. 11-13 and 3 p.m. Oct. 14.
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Special homecoming guests will include the 50- and 25-year reunion classes of 1957 and 1982, along with alumni Dave ’60 and Pat’59 Hubbard, who will serve as this year’s parade grand marshals.
Four alumni awards will be presented during the weekend festivities:
Distinguished Alumni Award
Robert ’75 and Sandra Caswell ’76 Foote have changed how thousands of people see the world. Almost every year since 1991, the Footes have traveled to Central America to administer free eye care through Michigan’s chapter of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH). They and their team prescribe glasses, treat eye infections and perform cataract surgeries.
“We go for about two weeks, which consists of about five to seven clinic days,” Sandy explains. “We try to see 800 to 1,500 patients, and usually hand out between 4,000 and 5,000 pairs of reading, prescription and sun glasses.”
Robert, an optometrist at Traverse City Eye Consultants, and Sandy, a medical technologist at Munson Medical Center, have accompanied or co-directed trips to Honduras, Peru, Mexico and Guatemala. In 2000, they also served five Detroit homeless shelters through VOSH International.
“Our Alma experience made us not afraid to try new things,” she says. “This takes will and a lot of hard work. Alma taught us how to be successful, but also that you need to take success and try to make a difference, and you do that one person at a time.”
Smith Distinguished Service Award
Roger Arbury’s involvement often takes a most delicious and festive form as he donates his catering services to College and alumni events. The 1962 alumnus also helps organize and participate in alumni meetings in the Naples, Fla., area.
“Alma was and is such an important part of my life,” says Arbury. “I hope to stay active with the College for a long time. I really like alumni groups because I can keep in touch with the College and my friends.
Young Alumnus Award
Christopher Ahn ’98 works for Beringea, an international private equity and investment banking firm with offices in Royal Oak. His business administration degree has proved useful in his ventures, whether he is advising company transitions, organizing successful events for Alma alumni, or fund raising for community projects and groups.
Ahn credits his array of involvements to his persisting curiosity to learn and experience new things. He has started a small business that installs wireless systems. He has joined the Royal Oak Library Board, which he, with various political ambitions of his own, says is “a microcosm of city management.”
He also judges for the Great Lakes Entrepreneur Quest, a contest that awards seed funding to start-up businesses. In addition, Ahn is the treasurer/secretary of the College’s Metro-Detroit Round Table Group, which promotes networking opportunities for Detroit-area alumni and current students.
George Hebert Lifetime Service Award
Bob Eldridge ’71 is a former head basketball coach, athletic director and alumni director at Alma College who retired as alumni director in 2006. “Working with alumni for the past 11 years has been the highlight of my career,” says Eldridge.
During his time as alumni director, he increased the number of Tartan Clubs from 12 to 47 nationwide; advised the student-alumni group Alma Leadership Alliance, which grew to be the largest leadership organization on campus; and enhanced Homecoming from a one-day event to a Friday-to-Sunday celebration of the College. Bob and his wife, Pam, live in Alma.
Posted: Tue, October 9th, 2007 at 1:26PM