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Great Scots: Jenny Cooley, Carolyn Studley

“Our work with the United Way shows there is strength in collaboration — the campus and community working together to produce amazing results for the benefit of our local citizens.” — Jeff Abernathy

Arts United raised more than $35,000 for United Way.Arts United raised more than $35,000 for United Way.

Jenny Cooley and Carolyn Studley have been recognized as this month’s Great Scots for their work as the Alma College planning committee co-chairs of the Arts United fund-raising event.

The inaugural collaboration with United Way of Gratiot and Isabella Counties involved numerous community volunteers as well as several Alma College faculty and staff. The event was a huge success, raising $35,058 to benefit the local United Way.

Jenny CooleyJenny CooleyJoining Cooley, a staff member in the Provost’s Office, and Studley, e-STEM camp director in the Dow Digital Science Center, as Alma College representatives on the planning committee were Tracy Burton, Shelly Buschle and Annalyse and Sam Hargraves.

Among the couples participating in the dance competition were Alma faculty members Joanne Gilbert and Mike Bishop and administrator Beth Pellerito with her husband, Ryan.

Alma College students were key players as well. Junior Ben Elliot opened the show with bagpipes. Sophomore Paige Shaw contributed to the entertainment through her on-stage “upside-down art” painting of the Chapel. And the cast from the Alma College theatre production “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” performed a number from their musical.

Carolyn StudleyCarolyn StudleyBen Grohs and Cindy Wendzel of the Heritage Center staff provided logistical support. Also assisting were Deb Leyes from Sodexo and student interns Dean Austin (new media studies), Ariel Capaldi (communications) and Elizabeth Blasius (marketing and communications).

“Congratulations to our community for a great response, and kudos especially to Jenny and Carolyn for their leadership roles in making this a successful event,” said President Jeff Abernathy in his update to the campus. “Our work with the United Way shows there is strength in collaboration — the campus and community working together to produce amazing results for the benefit of our local citizens.”

President Abernathy periodically presents the Great Scot Award to members of the faculty and staff for “excellence in service to Alma College.”

Story published on April 13, 2018