Cloudy skies and a persistent drizzle through the weekend of Sept. 23-25 brought to mind stereotypical Scottish weather, while smiling faces and big hugs welcomed alumni and friends home to the Alma College campus.
Homecoming 2022 was a big hit, with several hundred current students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members turning out to transform the streets of Alma into a sea of maroon, cream and plaid.
Alumni awards were given to David ’84 and Rae Green ’84 (Distinguished Alumni Award), Joanne Finnorn ’85 (Hebert Award), Devon Anthony ’09 (Smith Distinguished Service Award), Alexandria Cnudde-Huntoon ’11 (Young Alumni Award), and Scott Messing (Parade Grand Marshal).
Before a packed house at the newly renovated Bahlke Field, the Scots trounced visiting Martin Luther (Minn.) College, 69-0. In an effort to recognize student leaders who make campus a better place for all, the process for Homecoming Court was modernized to include a nomination and application process, giving each nominee an opportunity to tell their unique stories. During pre-game, members of the college Homecoming Court were honored, including Detroit senior Lauryn Bishop, Alto senior Ava Frederickson, Riverview junior Marissa Luzac and Riverdale junior Abby Taylor.
Concerts by the Percussion Ensemble, Pipe Band, Choirs and alumni singers had Alma faithful feeling pride throughout the weekend. As 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the Kiltie Marching Band, a reception for former members was held, and alumni had the chance to play the college fight song with current members.
At a Saturday ceremony in Dunning Memorial Chapel, Rev. Alissa Davis ’11 was officially installed as campus chaplain, and worship services were held for alumni of various faith backgrounds on Sunday. Of course, because Homecoming is a time for gathering, various class reunions were held, in honor of the Class of 1962 (60-year), Class of 1972 (50-year), Class of 1997 (25-year) and Class of 2012 (10-year).