Office of Alumni Engagement

Melissa Riser

My hometown when I was a student was

Gibraltar, MI

I graduated in


I studied

Music Education

I currently live in

Goldsboro, NC

I am now

a middle school and high school band director.

Since graduating from Alma

I have been living and working in North Carolina and travelling the globe! 

My Alma education

instilled in me a passion for teaching.  I draw upon my time at Alma so often as I teach my own students because Alma made me love learning. Alma gave me the passion and appreciation for diversity in all aspects of life.  My Alma experiences continue to help me to create opportunities for me and my students to travel outside of the classroom which helps them to develop character, compassion for others, and a perspective of the world from outside their own communities. 

My favorite place(s) on campus included

Saga (of course!) and the music building.

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is

moving in to Bruske Hall for the first time and meeting the people who would become my life long friends.