Homecoming 2012: Reconnecting, Looking Ahead
Homecoming favorites such as the parade, football game, choir concert, receptions and Pizza Sam Night return along with activities that offer glimpses into the future as Alma College welcomes alumni Oct. 5-7 with the homecoming theme of “Back to the Future.”
“After celebrating Alma’s 125th anniversary last year, this year’s theme focuses on a future that shines bright,” says Lou Ecken, director of alumni engagement. “Our new strategic plan presents an exciting blueprint for sustainable growth, campus enhancements and community connections while providing a transformative education for all of our students.
“Homecoming is fantastic fun — a great way to reconnect with college friends and faculty members while celebrating new programs, renovated buildings and the qualities of the student experience that will endure for many years to come,” says Ecken.
The festivities begin Friday, Oct. 5 with a Strategic and Campus Planning Overview with President Jeff Abernathy and members of the Board of Trustees at 1:30 p.m. in the Dow Science Center Lobby.
Alumni will share their career experiences and advice with current students at the annual Career Explo from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Stone Recreation Center. Friday’s schedule also includes the popular Pizza Sam Night gathering from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Tyler-VanDusen Rotunda and a performance by the Alma College Percussion Ensemble at 8 p.m. in the Remick Heritage Center.
“The concert will feature selections from our new CD, ‘One Side Later!’ which will be released later this fall,” says Dave Zerbe, director of the percussion studio. “The program will consist of jazz percussion and steel drum music, including works by Buddy Rich, Pat Matheny and Bela Fleck. It will be a fun show and a great way to start the homecoming weekend.”
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.
Saturday’s activities include the Matt Reinke 5K Scot Trot at 8:30 a.m.; a legacy brunch for alumni with high school-aged siblings, children or grandchildren in the Remick Heritage Center from 10 to 11 a.m.; and an alumni memorial service in Dunning Memorial Chapel at 10:30 a.m.
A memorial service for Eugene “Doc” Pattison, professor emeritus of English, will be held at noon in the chapel. Pattison taught for 36 years at Alma and was advisor to Alma’s Tau Kappa Epsilon chapter for 40 years.
The Kiltie Marching Band leads the homecoming parade.
The homecoming parade begins at 11 a.m. with the alumni picnic on the chapel lawn from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the football game at 1:30 p.m. and numerous departmental receptions.
In addition, the 50-year class of 1962 and 25-year class of 1987 will celebrate reunions during homecoming weekend.
The Alumni Awards/Choir Concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Remick Heritage Center, with admission free and open to the public.
Elizabeth Parkinson '84
Distinguished Alumni Award
A veteran marketing and communications professional, Elizabeth Parkinson, class of 1984, has promoted job creation in Michigan, developed and implemented the Ann Arbor SPARK marketing strategy and expanded the Pure Michigan tourist campaign. In July, she was hired by the Detroit Lions to oversee the team’s marketing, communications, social and digital media and corporate sponsorships. She is this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes graduates who bring distinction to Alma College through their professions, set strong examples for others, and serve their communities.
Dale Nester '75
George Hebert Lifetime Service Award
Ithaca dentist Dale Nester, class of 1975, is a staunch supporter of Alma College in every way, having participated on the alumni board and served on a presidential search committee as well as regularly visiting campus to help with career and recruiting events. “I know I am preaching to the choir in regards to the virtues of an Alma College education, but in today's ever-confusing and polarizing world, we need educated leaders with a big-picture mentality that understands more about life than just the skills to remain employed,” he says.
Chelsey Foster '06
Young Alumnus Award
Hired as Ithaca city manager in 2009, Chelsey Foster, class of 2006, continues the work of promoting business in mid-Michigan that he started as an intern and project manager at Greater Gratiot Development. “It is a great job that involves just about everything that makes a community tick — public works, police, fire /rescue, planning and economic development, and all the other day-to-day things that arise in a small town,” says Foster of his work as city manager. “I can't imagine a job with more day-to-day variety.”
Smith Distinguished Service Award
Emily Lincoln, class of 2002, is an active recruiter of Alma College graduates. She is site controller at Hemlock Semiconductor, a subsidiary of the Dow Corning Corp. Prior to her current position, she was a financial analyst for Dow Corning. “Emily has worked to keep Alma College in the main list of campuses through which Dow Corning hires its accounting/finance interns, which then translates to full time positions for many interns,” says Ecken. “She returns to campus for all career events, bringing an entourage of additional alumni with her each time.”
Posted: Thu, September 27th, 2012 at 9:52AM