Homecoming 2010: Alma Through the Seasons
Homecoming 2010 at Alma College focuses on the theme of “Alma College Through the Seasons” with a weekend full of activities Oct. 8-10 for students, faculty, staff, alumni and the local community.
“Our theme is a reminder that every season at Alma College brings it own set of traditions, memories, experiences and beauty,” says Carol Hyble ’78, vice president for advancement.
Pipers march in the homecoming parade.
The festivities begin Friday, Oct. 8 with the Hogan Center Grand Opening and Dedication at noon and a performance by the Alma College Percussion Ensemble at 8 p.m. in the Remick Heritage Center. The Hogan dedication is free and open to the public. Tickets for the percussion concert are $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
New to the homecoming schedule this year is an alumni memorial service, which will take place from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 in Dunning Memorial Chapel.
Other Saturday activities include the Matt Reinke 5K Scot Trot at 9 a.m., the homecoming parade at 11 a.m. along Superior Street, the alumni picnic on the Dunning Memorial Chapel lawn at 11 a.m., the football game at 1:30 p.m., and numerous other events and receptions. The 50-year class of 1960 and 25-year class of 1985 will celebrate reunions.
Pizza Sam Night is a popular homecoming activity.
The Alma College Choirs join with former choir members for the annual homecoming concert and alumni awards ceremony at 8 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Remick Heritage Center. Admission is free and open to the public.
See the complete homecoming schedule.
Serving as this year’s parade grand marshal is Joe Walser, the retired religious studies professor who taught at Alma from 1964 to 2000.
“He was a great mentor who influenced the lives of thousands of Alma graduates,” says Hyble. “He cared about students and broadened their horizons in his classes, during off-campus trips and culturally. He cares deeply about Alma College.”
Four alumni awards will be presented during the weekend festivities.
Distinguished Alumni Award
Dave Provost, class of 1976, is driven by the desire to serve others and solve problems through his chosen career of banking. He is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of First Michigan Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of First Michigan Bancorp, Inc., of Troy. He also has maintained his ties to his alma mater, serving as a member of the Board of Trustees since 1994.
Dave Provost '76
George Hebert Lifetime Service Award
Don Fullenwider, class of 1965, participates in virtually every Alma College alumni event he is able, including service to both the Alumni Board and the Metro Detroit Roundtable. The Plymouth, Mich., resident is president of CitySimulation of Plymouth.
Young Alumnus Award
Scott Hill, class of 2000, helped form and lead the West Michigan Roundtable while becoming a partner with his law firm, Varnum LLP. He has a law degree from Wayne State University and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Grand Rapids Bar Association and the Economics Club of Grand Rapids. He resides in Byron Center, Mich.
Smith Distinguished Service Award
Alan Otis, class of 1971, is heavily involved with the West Michigan Roundtable and has hosted events at his home, served on the Alumni Board and assisted students with job placements and internships. He is vice president of investments at Stifel Nicolaus in Grand Rapids.
Posted: Mon, October 4th, 2010 at 1:07PM