Homecoming 2016: Reunions, Performances, Alumni Awards

Annual events such as the 5K run, parade, football game and class reunions return for the weekend celebration.

<em>The Kiltie Marching Band<br><br></em>The Kiltie Marching Band

Alumni will reconnect with friends, rekindle favorite memories, check out changes to campus and celebrate class reunions when they return to campus Oct. 7-9 for Alma College’s homecoming celebration.

“We can’t wait to welcome alumni and friends back to campus for homecoming,” says Amanda Slenski, director of alumni and family engagement. “This year guests will see returning favorites and new activities, including many that will appeal to all ages.”

<em>The annual Career Explo is set for Oct. 7.<br><br></em>The annual Career Explo is set for Oct. 7.

Annual events such as the 5K run, parade, football game and class reunions return for the weekend celebration. The festivities begin Friday, Oct. 7, with the annual Career Explo from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Stone Recreation Center. Alumni share their career experiences and advice with current students.

Friday’s schedule also includes Pizza Night 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. 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.

Activities on Saturday, Oct. 8, include a summit for Alma Ambassadors from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Hogan Center and a legacy reception for alumni with high school-aged siblings, children or grandchildren in the Remick Heritage Center lobby from 10 to 11 a.m.

<em>Scotty loves homecoming!<br><br></em>Scotty loves homecoming!

The homecoming parade, led by grand marshals John and Nancy Colina, begins at 11 a.m. with a campus/community lunch in the Hogan Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The football game at 1:30 p.m. is followed by academic department receptions and decade anniversary recognition from 4 to 6 p.m. in Smith Arena.

In addition, the 50-year class of 1966 and 25-year class of 1991 will celebrate reunions during homecoming weekend.

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Alma’s 2016 alumni award recipients will be honored at the annual homecoming choir concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Remick Heritage Center, with admission free and open to the public.

Michael Atlman ?80Michael Atlman ’80

Distinguished Alumni Award

As CEO of Flying Doctors of America, Michael Altman, class of 1980, has taken an active role in giving hope and healing to the world’s poor. The organization provides free medical and dental care to people in developing countries.

Altman established a scholarship fund at Alma that provides internship and off-campus study opportunities through Flying Doctors of America. In 2015, two Alma students traveled to Jordan and Israel, where they worked alongside doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers providing medical relief to refugees. Another mission to the Middle East with Alma students occurred in July 2016.

Altman is a CPA and managing director for Ameriprise Financial Services. He has received multiple community impact and “circle of success” awards from Ameriprise and has earned a Five Star Wealth Manager Award from Atlanta Magazine. In addition, he serves as chair of the Holocaust Commission of Georgia.

Laura Kendrick Godwin ?07Laura Kendrick Godwin ’07

Young Alumna Award

Laura Kendrick Godwin, class of 2007, has advanced quickly in a somewhat atypical career field. She is a licensed funeral director/embalmer at Pollock-Randall (Port Huron) and Marysville funeral homes. At Alma, she majored in exercise and health science, with a minor in chemistry, and participated in athletics

“I had such an incredible experience at Alma so I love telling others about my time there and encouraging students to consider it,” she says. “I want everybody to have the type of college experience that I did… combining great academics, a beautiful campus and atmosphere, lifelong friendships and connections, caring professors and coaches, and a whole lot of fun.”

Bill Moss ?69Bill Moss ’69
George ’20 and Bess Brown ’18 Hebert Distinguished Service Alumni Award

Bill Moss, class of 1969, has assisted with student engagement, career and internship efforts in the Chicago area for many years and regularly contributes to Alma’s Chicago In City Interview Trip that takes place every year during winter break. Moss is a retired quality assurance analyst.

Story published on September 12, 2016