Giving

Thomas Anthony

Class Year

1972

Major

Natural Science Group Major and Sociology

Occupation

Attorney/Professor at Central Michigan University in the Finance and Law Department

Why did you choose Alma College?

I had already visited Eastern Michigan University and Central Michigan University for athletics. CMU had offered me a full track scholarship and EMU had offered a scholarship as well. There were still seven schools to visit, and Alma College happened to be next on my list.

After spending a weekend at Alma, I realized that I wanted to go on to graduate school, and at Alma I would be a student first and an athlete second. Further, I knew that Alma would prepare me much better for continuing my education beyond the undergraduate level than CMU and EMU. After discussing it with my parents, the decision was made to cancel the remaining six visits and to decline the offers from CMU and EMU.

What is your favorite memory of being a student?

The great speakers that the College hosted, such as Julian Bond, contemporary and ally of Martin Luther King Jr.; Father Theodore Martin Hesburgh, president at Notre Dame University; and so many others.

What is your favorite thing about being an Alma alum?

When I was a student, I was repeatedly told that you do not graduate from Alma — you just become part of an extended family. That has proven to be so true in the intervening years.

Why do you support Alma College?

Alma continues to be a leader in undergraduate education and prepares its students well for their life careers. Once you are on campus, the expectation is not just graduation, but a standard of being the best you can be that continues through one’s life.

Why did you join the Annual Giving Steering Committee?

It is a small token of my gratitude to Alma College.

Why should others support the College?

When we were students, we had the support of those who had gone before us. Now, it is our time to support those that come behind us. Time, talent and treasure are the gifts we can leave as our legacy.