Alumni will reconnect with former classmates, check out changes to campus, celebrate class reunions — and even renew their wedding vows — when they return Sept. 29-Oct. 1 for Alma College’s homecoming celebration.
“Vow renewal is brand new to our homecoming schedule this year,” says Bill Arnold, senior director of alumni and family engagement. “Our records indicate that more than 1,100 alumni met their sweethearts at Alma, and many of them got married in Dunning Memorial Chapel. We are inviting alumni to join us for this event and commit to their favorite Scot all over again.”
Annual events such as the 5K run, parade, football game and class reunions return for the weekend celebration. The festivities begin Friday, Sept. 29, with the annual Career Explo from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Hogan Center, Art Smith Arena. 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 $15 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, Sept. 30, in addition to the 5K run and parade, include a legacy student reception in the Remick Heritage Center lobby from 10 to 11 a.m., the wedding vow renewal ceremony on the Chapel lawn at 10 a.m., the Zeta Sigma Scholar House ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m. and the TKE Scholar House naming ceremony at noon.
The homecoming parade, led by grand marshal James McIntyre, begins at 11 a.m. with a campus/community lunch in the Hogan Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The football game at 2 p.m. is followed by academic department receptions and decade anniversary recognition from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Smith Arena.
In addition, the 50-year class of 1967 and 25-year class of 1992 will celebrate reunions during homecoming weekend.
View the complete homecoming schedule.
Alma’s 2017 alumni award recipients will be honored at the annual homecoming choir concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Remick Heritage Center, with admission free and open to the public.
Distinguished Alumni Award
Mark Hall, class of 1978, has achieved extensive professional success and expertise in the realm of business branding and marketing. As chief brand officer for Monster Energy Corporation, he played a key role in reshaping the landscape of the beverage industry. At Alma, he majored in biology and engineering and was active member of the Zeta Sigma fraternity. Prior to his position with Monster Energy, Hall was vice president of sales for Arizona Beverages from 2003-14.
George ’20 and Bess Brown ’18 Hebert Distinguished Service Alumni Award
Phyllis Kapp, class of 1958, has stayed involved with her alma mater for more than 60 years. Her husband, the late Ronald O. Kapp, served Alma College for 32 years as a biology professor, provost and vice president of academic affairs.
“My involvement with the college since my graduation has continued to be one of appreciation and support for my ‘college family,’ which it has indeed been,” she says. “My fellow student friendships have continued over distances as well as have the friendships of faculty members and their families. I feel great pride in that Alma College has become the college that it is today even though our culture, and our lives, have changed so greatly since my arrival in January of 1955.”
Smith Distinguished Alumni Award
Steve Jones, class of 1978, has recruited Alma College undergraduates to the Center for Information and Communication Sciences graduate program at Ball State University for the past nine years. Many of his recruited students have gone on to launch technical careers.
“We have been quite successful with the talent that Alma creates; seven of the past eight years an Alma alum has been our program’s top academic achiever,” he says. “The graduate school success of Alma students says a lot for how well Alma College prepares students in the liberal arts.”
Young Alumna Award
Emilee Syrewicze, class of 2008, is executive director of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, a public interest organization that advocates to protect the Catawba-Wateree River in North Carolina and South Carolina. She has a law degree from Vermont Law School, concentrating on water law/policy and nonprofit administration. At Alma, she participated in Model UN, sang in the chorale and joined the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. “Alma gave me an incredible education and wonderful opportunities,” she says.