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Alumni Notes

Tell us where you are, what you’re doing, and what’s happening in your life!

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Let your former classmates know what you are doing these days. Submit your alumni notes directly to the Alumni Relations Office. Notes will be published in The Tartan and, if you wish, on the Alma College website. You can publicize your e-mail address as part of your news for corresponding electronically with other alumni.

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Recent Alumni Notes

  • Matthew Baleja '04

    Matt Baleja recently won the Michigan Division 4 State Tennis Coach of the Year Award for Boys Varsity Tennis. Matt coaches, (and teaches), for Paw Paw Public Schools in Van Buren County. He competed on the Alma Men’s Tennis Team as an undergraduate. 

    Posted: Monday, March 26, 2018
  • Kelly (Cousineau) Fedele '13

    Nicholas and Kelly Fedele were married on May 6, 2017 at Dunning Memorial Chapel. Mackenzie Mercer (’14), Brandon Newton (’13), Sarah Krumrie (’12), Lynn Walker (’13), Megan Jurek (’13), Bill Tahaney (’14), and Eric Leville (’16) were all members of the wedding party. Cameron Tahaney (’17) officiated the ceremony. The newlyweds relocated to Arizona.

    Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
  • Marvin Boerma 59

    Marvin Lee Boerma, ’59 passed away on Feb.27th, 2018. While at Alma, Marv played football and majored in Biology. He was a veteran of the US Navy and spent 33 years teaching science and coaching football. The last 24 years were at Fruitport Schools. He retired to his 80 acres near Bitely, MI where he enjoyed watching the wild orchids grow and improving the habitat in his small piece of trout stream.

    Posted: Monday, March 5, 2018
  • Dana Creevy (Kozak) '02 and Chad K. Creevy '01

    Chad Creevy ’01 and Dana Kozak Creevy ’02 have announced their daughter Olivia Creevy ’22 has committed to attending Alma College next fall where she will play Volleyball.

    Posted: Monday, February 19, 2018
  • Leigh & Erica Behring (Sandel) '06 and Jonathan Behring '05

    Announce the birth of their son, William Lewis Behring, on May 1, 2017.

    Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
  • Dan Craun-Selka. (Selka) '79

    Another year as PEPFAR Country Coordinator at US Embassy in Botswana. My job is to coordinate the USG HIV/AIDS program implemented by different agencies in partnership with Botswana govt.

    Posted: Sunday, January 28, 2018
  • Richard Douglass '68 and Marian Horowitz

    Enjoying a retirement with wonderful partner and anticipating an 11th grandchild. Summer-fall in Tawas City sailing, sculling, kayaking, and being surrounded by friends & family. Political events and causes dominate free time, but I am still connected to research in Ghana and reviewing for the Fulbright Program. I am looking forward to Homecoming 2018! richard.douglass@ymail.com

    Posted: Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • Peter Traggorth '70 and Karen Jameson Traggorth

    PeterTraggorth ’70 passed away on January 22. He fought a long battle with cancer until the very end.

    Posted: Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • Nancy Jo (Clendenin) Dederer '85

    After 17 years as a pastor in the Chicago area, I have moved to Greensboro, North Carolina. I am serving as interim pastor of Fellowship Presbyterian Church.

    Posted: Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • Karen Magnuson '78 and Tod Myers

    I was recently promoted to northeast regional editor for the USA TODAY Network in addition to my role as executive editor of the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, NY. Tod and I love upstate New York. Come visit!

    Posted: Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • Charles Mills '69 and Linda Sherry

    Retired Presbyterian pastor having served congregations in Dixon, CA, Winona, MN, Geneva, IL, Ardmore, OK, Corpus Christi, TX and Reno NV. Now living in Guymon, OK with my wife Linda Sherry who is a pastor here at First Presbyterian Church. Together we have seven children, and seven grand children and life is very good!

    Posted: Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • Anne Marks-Gaertner '71

    My husband, Jim, and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary in 2017 with a trip/cruise to Hawaii. We have enjoyed many travel adventure including Europe and South Africa and several points in between! We also enjoy time with our grandson, Parker, who turned five on Christmas Day. Life’s good!

    Posted: Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • Richard Thurston '71 and Yvonne

    I became a proud grandparent for the second time earlier last year. Then, in November 2017, the Town Of Wappinger (NY) residents voted me in as Town Supervisor with a 1,000 vote margin.

    Posted: Friday, January 26, 2018
  • Donn Neal '62 and Peggy Emmert (deceased)

    Delt Sigs: If you haven’t already sent your names to the college so you can be listed with your brothers in the history room of the spectacular new Zeta Sigma fraternity house, please do so! Or email me (see below). We want every Delt Sig to be listed!

    Posted: Friday, January 26, 2018
  • Lisa Hanson '09

    Received a second graduate degree of a Master’s of Science in Administration in Nonprofit & Philanthropy on December 16, 2017 from Central Michigan University.

    Posted: Sunday, December 31, 2017
  • Jim Daniels '78

    Jim Daniels’ recent books include Street Calligraphy, and The Middle Ages. He also edited Challenges to the Dream: The Best of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards.

    Posted: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
  • Matt Vicari '87

    Matt Vicari has been elected to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre & School of Theatre Arts. An attorney with Miller Johnson, Matt was past President of the Grand Rapids Bar Association and the Catholic Lawyers Association of Western Michigan.

    Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2017
  • Simone Heidrich '87

    is still teaching middle school English/Language Arts near Grand Rapids, MI. I could retire in two years & am considering new career paths should I go that route. Would love to hear from former classmates: kickboxgal22@gmail.com.

    Posted: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
  • Cailee (Drzinski) McIntosh '15

    married Nicholas McIntosh on Sept. 30, 2017 in Grosse Ile, MI. Their wedding party consisted of Alma alumni Crystal Snow ’16 and Alexandra Kling ’16.

    Posted: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
  • Rachel Gerds '08

    Rachel was named one of PR News’ Rising PR Stars 30 and Under for 2017. She currently leads Content Strategy for BMO Financial Group. http://www.prnewsonline.com/go/pr-people-awards-2017/#rising-star-honorees

    Posted: Friday, October 27, 2017
  • Mary Anne (Ushman) Calcaterra '65

    Long retired, Mary Anne and George make their main home in Sterling Heights MI but also have homes in East Tawas MI and Titusville FL. They are grandparents to Yelena and Anton Calcaterra and parents to Heather and Matthew Calcaterra

    Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017
  • Jean Molyneux Choate '58

    is still teaching. She is a professor emerita at the College of Coastal Georgia. Also she recently published her 4th book, Voices Seldom Heard: Women, Blacks And Children Of The Georgia Coast, 1850-1870. It is being well received in the local area.

    Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017
  • Gordon Rutherford '56

    Our learning center, Little Guys & Dolls Learning Center is close to 40 years as as award winning center. In addition my son and I have a baseball academy where we have been a big part of over fifty players receiving college and or pro deals. We are now coaching a U twelve team which has been ranked number 1 in the nation. Mark, my son is a former Phillies all star pitcher.

    Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017
  • Jeanne Alexander Saddler '77

    retired after 38 years as a social worker in various settings (including 2 years at Turnabout Ranch, referral source for troubled teens by Dr. Phil) Re-married November, 2015. Moved to Indiana from AZ to be closer to our families. Volunteer at Horseshoes of Hope, Therapeutic Riding Program: http://www.horseshoesofhope.org/

    Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
  • Jay VanDuzen '92 and Cynthia

    became 1st time grandparents to our beautiful Giuliana on June 6!

    Posted: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
  • Carol Kutzner Cummings '55

    having traveled to 100 countries, now has plans to see polar bears and dog mush in western Canada the last week of October. She also hopes to attend Alma’s Homecoming in 2018.

    Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017
  • Ashley Arquette Schlusler '11 and Larry Schlusler '11

    welcomed our 2nd child, Blaire Kathleen, on August 2 at 12:44 a.m.

    Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017
  • Alexa Gilbert Wright '12 and Luke Wright '15

    welcomed their first child, a daughter, on July 3! Her name is Austen and we cannot wait for her to be class of ’39!

    Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017
  • Gary Heinlein '66 and Gayle (Hall) Heinlein '68

    retired as State Capitol bureau chief and reporter for The Detroit News on Christmas Eve 2015, got bored, and now is working as editor and mentor for college student interns at the Mackinac Island Town Crier.

    Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017
  • Guy Francis D.O., B.A. '61

    is pleased to announce the opening of his practice, Central Texas Functional Medicine, for adult health and wellness in March of this year in Marble Falls, TX.

    Posted: Monday, September 18, 2017
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