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Ian Kurth

My hometown when I was a student was:

St. Johns, Michigan

I graduated from Alma in:


I studied:

Mathematics & History

I currently live in:

Mason, Michigan

What is your current career/professional role?

Manufacturing Manager for Chem-Trend in Howell, Michigan

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

I would have a hard time picking the best memory. But, I can say the best memories I have from Alma involve two groups of people: my teammates on the men’s soccer team and my brothers and sisters within the Zeta Sigma Fraternity. The experiences we shared together over four years are what made Alma such and incredible place to be.

Statement about how Alma impacted your personal and professional life since graduating.

Professional: My experience at Alma helped me develop the leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills necessary for a rewarding career in manufacturing. I lead a team of thirty chemical operators between two facilities which results in unique challenges for my team. The skills I developed at Alma have helped my team and I develop effective solutions to the unique challenges we face on a daily basis.

Personal: Alma helps students develop relationships. For myself, many of those relationships developed into great friendships. Those friendships have supported each of us during the more challenging/successful times since leaving Alma. We also get together a large group of soccer teammates once a year for an annual reunion, considering we are now spread across the country it’s a testament to the relationships we built at Alma.

What current service and/or philanthropy activity are you involved in?

I am currently a staff coach with Nationals Capital Area Soccer Club and head coach for the Great Lakes Christian College Men’s Soccer program, both in Lansing, Michigan.

Advice I would give a new graduate:

Look for career opportunities that will challenge you while providing a diverse work experience after college. Don’t fear failure in these experiences, it is better to take action and fail than take no action at all. These failures will provide valuable learning experiences that will serve you well as your career and responsibilities grow.

What would you say to a prospective student and their family who was trying to decide if Alma was right for them?

I would tell them that Alma is small and they cannot hide or just be another face in the crowd. That the faculty, coaches, and administration will challenge them and sometimes juggling it all will be incredibly challenging but, that they will become better because of it. Lastly, if they attend I would tell them to be involved in sports, greek life, clubs, dance, or any other activity on campus because they will develop relationships that will last well beyond their four years at Alma.

How I have given back to Alma since graduation:

I served as an assistant coach with the men’s soccer program from 2011 – 2015 (Paid and Volunteer). I have participated in multiple Klenk Golf outings that support Alma College athletics. Lastly, I have donated money toward the construction of the Zeta Sigma Scholar house.

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