Alumni spanning seven decades will reconnect with faculty and friends, rekindle favorite memories, observe changes to campus and celebrate class reunions when they return Sept. 28-30 for Alma College’s annual homecoming celebration.
“Homecoming week is always a highlight of the year,” says William Arnold, senior director of alumni and family engagement. “It is inspiring to hear of the lifelong friendships alumni formed as students and of how Alma College made a lasting impact on their lives.”
The festivities begin Friday, Sept. 28, with guided campus tours from the Smith Alumni House and 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 a performance by the Alma College Percussion Ensemble and Pipe Band 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. 29, include the Golden Thistle Breakfast for alumni who graduated in 1968 (50 years) or earlier at 8:30 a.m. in Tyler-Van Dusen Commons, the 5K Scot Trot at 9 a.m. from the Hogan Center, and an open house and tours of newly renovated Mitchell and Newberry halls at 11:30 a.m.
The homecoming parade, led by grand marshal Bill Klenk, begins at 11 a.m. followed by the Campus Community Lunch in the Hogan Center from noon to 2 p.m. The football game begins at 2 p.m. An enclosed alumni family area on the north side of the Dow Science Center features refreshments and inflatables from 2 to 5 p.m.
In addition, the alumni classes of 2008, 1993 and 1968 will celebrate their 10-, 25- and 50-year reunions during homecoming weekend.
Alma’s 2018 alumni award recipients will be honored at the annual homecoming choir concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Remick Heritage Center, with admission free and open to the public.
View the complete homecoming schedule.
Distinguished Alumni Award
Kirk Smith, class of 1981, is an entrepreneur, investor and real estate developer who stays heavily involved in his community. In January 2018, he received the Breckenridge, Mich., community’s Distinguished Service Award. A former student-athlete who was active in Greek life, Smith says that joining the TKE fraternity was a pivotal decision in his continued involvement with Alma College. As an alumnus, his participation has included serving as TKE chapter advisor and on the college’s Board of Trustees.
Smith Distinguished Service Award
Dr. Lisa Knowles, class of 1994, gives generously of her time, talent and resources in referring prospective students, participating in career services events and supporting the softball program. This year, she served as one of the alumni hosts of the “Living and Working In-City” trip conducted in Lansing, hosting a group of current students at her dental practice. Professionally, in additional to her 20 years as a dentist, she speaks and writes at the national level, teaching health care professionals how to be better and more efficient for their patients.
Young Alumnus Award
Jonathan Morley, class of 2011, is the author of That Book on Blockchain, an easy-to-read introduction to bitcoin, blockchain and the crypto-space. It is an Amazon best seller and reached the No. 1 spot for IT books for the Kindle Store. He recently joined AeroChain, an open source, layer-two blockchain designed to facilitate access to data within the aviation ecosystem in a secure, private way. Morley assists annually with Alma’s In-City Chicago trip while also volunteering to mentor and advice current students.