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Recent Alumni Notes

  • Susan Spears Rose '68

    I recently left the big sky country of Montana and am now living in Corning, NY. I’m looking forward to spending more time with my grandkids and maybe even find a few Alma alums closer.

    Posted: December 15, 2020
  • Melissa Weber Kelley '91

    Just voted a CO ballot with 4 constitutional amendments + a request to create a state-run paid family/medical leave program. So thankful for Dr. MJJ Smith, his teaching, and taking a semester of pre-law + his summer intensive. I would never have understood the initiatives’ text/analyses otherwise!

    Posted: November 15, 2020
  • Kat (Lanphear) Hsia '06

    Kat (Lanphear) Hsia ’06 married Richard Hsia in a small family ceremony on September 18th, 2020. She also just celebrated 5 years at Electronic Theatre Controls where she works as a Project Manager for architectural and theatrical installations.

    Posted: December 15, 2020
  • Mike Jura '95 and Jennifer (Stoepker) Jura '96

    Life changes. Jen and I adopted 2 nieces, so now 4 kids (three in HS and one starting kindergarten). Finished 1st career, and now on to the 2nd. Finished nursing school in the spring and am currently working at Hackley Hospital as an RN.

  • David Hogberg '59

    My life continues to proceed as uneventfully as it can. I wish those who read this are well and doing the things they want to. As an old friend often says, “Press on!” Oh, my email is: I’d certainly like hearing from people

    Posted: October 28, 2020
  • Amy Hollenberg '83

    I recently retired from Fort Wayne Community Schools after a 16 year career teaching advanced biology, anatomy and physiology and chemistry. My husband Bill and are looking forward to more bicycling, traveling and escaping to Phoenix during the winter months.

    Posted: October 28, 2020
  • Sunil Xavier '85

    Sunil Xavier was promoted into the Senior Foreign Service, rank of Counselor, at the U.S. Agency for International Development. He currently is the Director of Support Operations based in the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany.

    Posted: October 28, 2020
  • Christine (Vicari) Polanic '11 and David Polanic '11

    Christine (Vicari) and David Polanic (2011) welcomed Joseph David Polanic to the family on August 19, 2020. Emma (2.5 years old) loves being a big sister to her baby brother Joey!

    Posted: October 28, 2020
  • Sarah Ostashowski '04

    Sarah (Radtke) Ostahowski, Founding Attorney of Sarah’s Law Firm, has been named to the 2020 Lawyer Monthly Women in Law Awards. The Lawyer Monthly Women in Law Awards celebrate and highlight the achievements of women in the legal profession across the globe. As a result of several months of research and preparation, the Lawyer Monthly Women in Law Awards reward female legal experts that have overcome challenges and influenced the wider legal profession in their jurisdiction. The winners include all areas of the legal profession, from high achieving junior associates, to long-serving barristers.

    Posted: October 28, 2020
  • Russell Brandt '61

    I was the first married under graduate dorm parent in the State of Michigan. Mitchel Hall 1960-1961 was brand new. After I graduated from Dubuque Theological Seminary in 1965, I served 3 churches before retiring in 1999. You may reach me at I live in Interlochen, MI

    Posted: October 28, 2020
  • Hugh Brenneman '68

    I recently co-authored a book with David Chardavoyne entitled “A Lincoln Legacy - The History of the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan,” published by Wayne State University Press, 2020.

    Posted: October 28, 2020
  • Lauren '15 and Tyler Foley '15

    Lauren Engels ’15 and Tyler Foley ’15 tied the knot on 29 August 2020.

    Posted: October 28, 2020
  • Marlianne Mauch '68

    Proudest of my 6 children, 9 grandchildren! Retired teacher, National Ski Patroler, EMT, created (owner), director of a non-profit rescue “Love Mutts Rescue” on internet (over 6,500 dogs & other animals saved in the last 15 years) Fond memories of Alma College & hello to all who are coming together in our Virtual World. Team work, volunteering, making a difference for life !

    Posted: October 28, 2020
  • Teresa Larson '13

    Teresa was ordained as a Minister of Word & Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) on October 4. She earned her Master of Divinity degree in May from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and serves as the Associate Pastor at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Milwaukee, WI.

    Posted: October 28, 2020
  • Carolyn Reid Bennett '66

    Passed away September 9 at her daughters home in MA. From ocular melanoma metastatic cancer. She was a wonderful Mom, sister to Nancy Reid DeHority and friend to so many. She lived her life with laughter, love and faithfulness.

    Posted: October 28, 2020
  • Chris Sienko '96

    As part of his work for cybersecurity training company Infosec (based in Chicago and Madison, WI), Chris is now the host of “Cyber Work,” a weekly video/audio podcast! Search “Cyber Work with Infosec” on YouTube to watch Chris speak with new guests every week.

    Posted: October 28, 2020
  • Ric Heise '14

    Launching a Kickstarter for a Tabletop Roleplaying Game, The Wildsea this week. The world is covered in an ocean of trees and sailed bt chainsaw ships. I have been the Resident Game Master.

    Posted: October 28, 2020
  • Benjamin McDonald '06

    Living the good life in the mountains of Arizona. Just welcomed our first son, Jordy Max, in April. I have been a teacher for the past 12 years in behavioral special education. Spent the past year a principle at Winslow High School, but resigned and returned to special education to focus on being an available father.

    Posted: October 28, 2020
  • Shannon (Nystrom) Klonowski '05

    Recently promoted to Assistant Commissioner and CFO for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. My bio and more is listed on our Commissioner and Staff page here:

    Posted: August 26, 2020
  • David Wallace '80

    Earlier this summer I was promoted to be the Chief Assistant Prosecutor in Huron County.

    Posted: August 26, 2020
  • Josh Morgan '06

    Josh was promoted to Station Manager at WREX-TV in Rockford, IL. Josh was News Director at the station from 2013-2020.

    Posted: August 26, 2020
  • Craig Wesley '72

    Our son Aaron has been admitted to the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy where he will pursue a Masters Degree in Public Administration. He will continue serving in his role as Enterprise Applications Lead for the City of Bellevue, Washington.

    Posted: August 26, 2020
  • Richard (Rick) Warmbold '90

    Not retired and working more now than the past few years… lol… but due to COVID did my Marine Corps Reserve retirement online from my home in the Florida Keys. If you find yourself at Mile Marker 0 please look me up.

    Posted: August 26, 2020
  • Michael Altman '80

    Recently retired and sold my Ameriprise Financial practice and moved to Cape Coral Florida enjoying our retirement home on the water. Continuing to serve as Chairman/CEO of Flying Doctors of America traveling the world helping the poor.

    Posted: July 9, 2020
  • Marianne Britt Duvendack '77

    My husband of 36 years, Tom (MTU ’72) passed away on Easter Sunday, 2019. Our 3 children and I are picking up our lives and continuing our family tradition of giving back to the community. I’ve been appointed as a Board Member of the Ohio Buckeye Trail Association. Come hike with us. And if you’re doing the North Country Trail, you’ll be within shoutin’ distance of my house.

    Posted: April 2, 2020
  • Dennis Lynch '66 and Bonnie Mancour Lynch '68

    I am sad to announce that Bonnie Mancour Lynch ’68 passed away on April 10th. We had celebrated 50 years of marriage the previous Dec. 27th. The memories of the times we had and the friends we met, still brought her joy!

    Posted: April 16, 2020
  • Jeff LaPorte '05

    Jeff LaPorte and his wife Heather welcomed their second daughter, Alana Grace LaPorte, on January 27, 2020.Big sister Evelyn loves her new baby sister.

    Posted: April 16, 2020
  • Ashley Sawatzke '06

    On March 25, I successfully defended my dissertation at Texas Tech University. I will be graduating in May with a doctorate in Theatre History and Acting/Directing.

    Posted: April 18, 2020
  • Stephen Schlaack '13

    April of 2020 Stephen Schlaack completed his Master of Business Administration from Michigan State University with an emphasis in Supply Chain Logistics.

    Posted: April 28, 2020
  • Emily Havelka '12

    Emily Havelka (’12) is currently the Corporate Communications Leader for Detroit-based architecture and engineering firm HED and will be beginning the Executive Master of Business Administration program at the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business in the fall of 2020 (class of 2022).

    Posted: July 6, 2020