“It’s very exciting to return to Alma. The stories, the life experiences and the people here have played a huge part in what has made Sidewalk Prophets a success.” — Ben McDonald
The program will feature works by guest artist Nora Gibson and Alma College faculty choreographers Kristen Bennett, Ben Munisteri and Rosely Conz.
Author Eric Fair speaks about his experiences in Iraq and his role in “enhanced interrogation.”
Libbey Jones and Maxim Short are Alma College’s 2017 homecoming queen and king. For more photos, visit Alma College Flickr.
Staff members Melinda Booth, Brent Neubecker, Annalyse Hargraves and Katie Yourchock are commended for their efforts in fund-raising and student recruitment.
Alma College will award full tuition scholarships to 10 area students every year as part of the Alma College Community Engagement Scholarship Program.
Taking first-place in the Intern Innovation Challenge was only one defining experience for the accounting major who interned at Koch Industries.
Journal article recalls the wartime history of Los Alamos, N.M., and the development of the world’s first atomic bombs.
The subject of the award-winning film ‘Bridegroom: A Love Story, Unequaled,’ Crone was named one of Huffington Post’s Most Compelling People.
Scott Mackenzie’s more than 20-year directing career includes a theatric performance in Saddam Hussein’s former presidential palace in Baghdad, Iraq.
“We are truly humbled by the extraordinary generosity of so many. Our student experience will be enriched for generations because donors believe passionately in the mission of Alma College.” — Jeff Abernathy
Whether cleaning carpet or creating library exhibits, Shelly Earegood and Viki Everhart take the initiative when responding to the requests of peers and patrons.
“Bill joins a talented, dynamic and energetic team that is committed to building an enduring culture of engagement and philanthropy at Alma College.” — Matt vandenBerg
Several construction and renovation projects are under way on the Alma campus. When completed, students will have access to new high-tech academic space in the Dow Science Center and improved student housing options.
Head softball coach Denny Griffin ranks second in Division III for victories as an active coach.
Maurie Luetkemeier conducts the first known study to document changes in sweating function associated with tattooing. His research rings an alarm for potential health risks for heavily tattooed individuals.
Public health campaigns were an essential element in creating a modern, strong Chinese nation, writes historian and Alma College faculty author Liping Bu.
Administrative assistants Jodie Reeves and Nan Freed are recognized for their organization skills and attention-to-detail.
Several students received honors for academic and campus leadership achievement at Alma College’s 2017 senior dinner.
“I hope to continue the tradition that is rich at Alma College, to seek ways to impact my profession in appreciation of what the faculty have done for me, just as M.J.J. Smith’s students did.” — Joshua Pretzer
International destinations in 2017 include China, Ecuador, England, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Germany and Rwanda.
Cameron Spitzfaden has helped design a robotic prosthetic hand, resolve student technology issues and promote the study of dance.
The week’s events included a “thank-a-thon” for students to write notes of appreciation to donors, social media outreach, bows and tags on campus buildings funded by philanthropy, interactive student activities, and more.
Custodian Christina Snoblen is recognized by her supervisors for good job performance and as someone who brings an upbeat attitude to work every day.
Alma College has won an all-time 40 “outstanding delegation” awards — the most of any college or university in the 96-year history of the conference.
Chad Jenkins remembers the day Bruske Hall was hardwired to the network. Today, the 1996 Alma College graduate is building autonomous robots that function in human environments.
Faculty researcher Alex Montoye recommends the use of digital fitness devices to monitor physical activity. But he warns that they are not perfect and that there are some things they can’t measure.
From spending time with residents at a local senior living facility to addressing human injustices globally, Madison Smith and Marianna Smith are exemplary models of Alma College’s commitment to community service.
“With this year’s theme being ‘music genres,’ performances are being choreographed to diverse music selections, from Celtic to hip hop.” — Kate DeGood Cassidy.
Long-time faculty members Julie Arnold, Joseph Beckmann, Myles McNally and William Palmer are awarded emeritus status.
Women’s Month events at Alma College include a student symposium, a film screening and talks on relationship violence, women in the Middle East and American novelist Louise May Alcott.
Four service trips during winter break will focus on the social issues of animal welfare, environmental stewardship, disaster relief and immigration/refugees.
“The challenge of this play is keeping it believable and connected to reality even though the situation is ridiculous.” — Scott Mackenzie
The work of Alma’s facilities staff keeps the campus safe, efficient, clean and beautiful.
The “Put Great Scots to Work” career and internship referral program invites alumni and friends to share employment opportunities with fellow Scots.
“Students and faculty have collaborated and worked assiduously on things like music choices, compositional editing and artistic point of view.” — Ben Munisteri
Analyzing data keeps John MacArthur busy in his role as director of institutional research.
A record incoming class, alumni engagement gains, new academic offerings and a top 10 national ranking by the men’s basketball team highlighted Alma College news in 2016.
Contributions to committee work and the updating of the Degree Audit module have earned special recognition for “excellence in service.”
“The concert will have a lot of variety, with music from different times, languages and countries. We have selected some of our favorite movements that will appeal to both the serious and casual music lover.” — Murray Gross
Repealing Obamacare may not be as easy as the Republicans suggest, and replacing it has many risks and uncertainties, says Alma College Professor Tom Ealey.
The concert features “an eclectic mix of jazz music so that the students can experience performing a variety of styles.”
The $4 million gift by James Hogan, the largest gift by an individual donor in Alma College history, will fund the Hogan Scholars Program for exceptional students.
“Although highland dancing is one of the most technically difficult and athletic forms of dancing, it still requires a great deal of grace and precision.” — Kate DeGood Cassidy
Over a two-week period, Rhonda Linn collaborated with faculty and staff across campus to hold 29 events that involved 1,500 participants — “an impressive outcome,” according to President Jeff Abernathy.
Alma College alumna Jamie Blow has spent the last 32 years keeping communities around the globe safe from infectious diseases transmitted by insects.
Chris Andrus ’02 will tell you he took a “crooked path” to get where he is today but credits his liberal arts education for teaching him to be a disciplined graduate with a wide variety of interests.
A training and source water specialist for the Michigan Rural Water Association, Kelly Hon helps local municipalities in the planning and proactive analysis of major water issues.
“My undergrad experience prepared me with the skills I need to work in healthcare. Patients come from all walks of life and social situations. If I had just studied one thing, I’d be missing a major part of the puzzle that you need to have to be an effective physician.” — Dr. Gregory Bechill ’90
The switch from FM broadcast to web-based streaming provides more opportunities for students to experiment in different media and have their work seen.
Three groups of students and one individual display their creative works in this year’s competition, which features paper and string as the material challenge.
National reviewers recognize Alma College for distinctions in academic quality, student life experience and successful outcomes in their annual higher education guides.
“The launch of Starbucks with our bookstore continues our commitment to link the college with the downtown business area. We believe Starbuck’s strong national brand will have a positive impact on the campus and the community.” — Jeff Abernathy
“These generous gifts from alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the college send an important message — they believe in what we do.” — President Jeff Abernathy.
“We are extremely grateful to Greg Hatcher, Mike Sherman and all the generous donors who have made this facility possible for our student-athletes.” — Steven Rackley.
Anthony Collamati’s short film, ‘Break My Bones,’ produced with a crew that included Alma College students and alumni, has been screened at several notable film festivals.
Alma students analyze drinking water for lead, test streams and rivers for unhealthy nutrients, and illustrate their data with GIS software. Gratiot County is their “lab” for real-world learning.
“Community awareness of water issues is high at this time, and our students are participating in research that is addressing a contemporary issue.” — Tim Keeton
The Alma College Advancement Office achieved a record fund-raising total in fiscal 2015-16, including surpassing an ambitious Annual Fund goal.
“Brazil is the first Olympic Games simultaneously confronting three of the most significant risks from globalization: transnational terrorism, sharp economic decline and domestic political upheaval.” — Derick Hulme
Satellite signals from halfway around the globe provide a wealth of information for Alma students analyzing data in the Dow Digital Science Center.
“This project is especially important to me because it applies to a real problem — the ability of special operations forces to fulfill their orders in extreme environments.” — John Davis
College Corner transitions from the college-owned Stucchi’s café to a Starbucks franchise operated by Sodexo. During the summer renovations, the bookstore will be temporarily relocated to the Clack Art Center.
Jonah Powell ’02 is the director of both a church and community choir, a member of four bands, an audio engineer, and an instrument repairman. It’s no surprise that he graduated from Alma College with a degree in music.
When Okwara Uzoh ’10 first set eyes on Chicago, he knew that someday he would call the city “home.” Alma College’s theatre and computer science programs helped him get there.
“It was very cool to win the M.J.J. Smith award with Jacob Judd because we’ve been roommates since sophomore year. He’s been one of my best friends on campus since the early stages of my college career.”— Jacob Fox
Alma’s most prestigious award for a graduating senior honors academic achievement and contributions to campus and community.
Stephen F. Meyer ’80 brings real-world insights and experiences to enhance the development of Alma College students.
“When I traveled to Scotland I was very proud to say that I was a highland dancer, and the people of Scotland were proud that their heritage still has a strong showing in other parts of the world.” — Laura Lowe
This year’s presidential candidates are using data to develop increasingly sophisticated political messages targeted to individual voters. But is that a good thing for democracy? Not necessarily, says political scientist Bill Gorton.
The Intergenerational Risk from Environmental Contamination Conference will take place April 27-28, 2016, at Alma College. Registration deadline: April 15.
“I like to volunteer. I was a Girl Scout for 13 years, so volunteering is something I learned to really enjoy. Volunteering has helped me develop my people skills and work ethic.” — Marina Thornton
“Ceramics can get very technical in the surface decoration as well as construction. Jeri Hollister’s work shows talent and genius in both areas.” — Dan Connolly
Alesia Dassance’s Alma Venture cleared up any doubts she had about her career path in nursing. “I have a point of view that others don’t have because I was able to experience health care in a different country,” she says.
Josie Sabo’s spring term course in Italy helped her parse out what she is good at and what she’s not — and gave her confidence in her own abilities.
A pre-student teaching internship in Rwanda helped Rachel Nemeth solidify her music education career goals. “I was able to see what a band director will do and have that glimpse of what my future might look like,” she says.
“Creating awareness is huge. When you see a need for something, EIA has taught me to not stay back and let that need continue to be a problem. Why not step up and try to do something about it?” — Ben Thelen
“Geeks love Star Wars, and Shakespeare is universal. Orion Couling adapted the script and decided the Shakespeare-Star Wars integration works great.” — Mike Sheldon
Alma College celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a weeklong schedule of events and activities that include a civil rights exhibit, theatrical performances, films, community service and more.
Annual dance concert includes a variety of ballet, pointe, modern, tap and contemporary pieces, all choreographed, designed and performed by Alma students.
Founder of PostSecret visits Alma College to share secrets and reflect on his encounters with people who were inspired by them.
This year’s festival includes four plays, directed and performed by Alma students, that address relationships, living off the grid and “In Memory of Calvinball.”
“This is going to be a great show. It’s very different; we’ve never done anything like it. It’s great to collaborate and create this music.” — Dave Zerbe
President Abernathy periodically presents the Great Scot Award to members of the faculty and staff for “excellence in service to Alma College.”
“I cannot express the high regard that I hold for Dr. Joanne Gilbert as a scholar and artist. … She truly engages in social justice research that is integral to our field.” — Heather Carver, nominator
Program will feature the football pre-game and halftime music, including the drum line cadence, color guard presentation and pipe band medley.
President Jeff Abernathy has recognized several Alma College employees with “Great Scot” awards for “excellence in service to Alma College.”
“I was fully integrated into the agency life and was able to see how it worked from all angles. Not many people get the chance to do that.” — Morgan Markowicz, describing her summer internship with ad agency Team Detroit.
Students are able to examine and handle a near-exact replica of one of this summer’s newly discovered hominid fossils after Alma faculty produce a 3D print of a jawbone fragment.
“Not only do we welcome a diverse group of domestic students, both demographically and geographically, we also see an increase in our international enrollment in this year’s class.” — Bob Garcia, Vice President for Enrollment.
Alma College allowed Rev. Amjad Samuel to pursue his intellectual curiosities — an opportunity that he didn’t have in his home country of Pakistan.
Alma graduate W. Robert Schultz III has spent decades working on issues ranging from the death penalty to marriage equality.
Alma alumna shares with students her advice on leadership, mentorship and work/life harmony.
“I hope that by viewing my work others are able to think more creatively and open their minds to new ways of thinking. I also hope that my artwork can spark conversations.” — Allison Brady
“The audience can expect to laugh a lot and be fully entertained. Henry Cho is one of the funniest voices in comedy today.” — Mike Sheldon
The 2015-16 publication of Colleges of Distinction identifies institutions that “have earned solid reputations for nurturing and serving their students across every measure.“
Results of an NSF-funded research partnership involving Alma College biology faculty and students are revealed in an international journal.
“The information we gather will help forest ecologists better understand the role of soil pathogens and light requirements for natural seedling regeneration and how natural systems work.” — Sarah McCarthy Neumann
“We have the belief that we are a lighthouse and have a moral responsibility to help educate not only our kids, but all kids, to give them the best opportunities in the world.” — Alma Alumnus Jeremey Whan, Michigan’s 2014 Principal of the Year.
“I have known that I wanted to be an attorney since I was a senior in high school. A large part of the reason that I chose to attend Alma College was its proven track record of placing students in law schools.” — Neil Youngdahl
Maggie Peacock will teach English to secondary students in Malaysia. “I also am interested in working on local women’s issues and combating human trafficking during my time abroad,” she says.
Alma College has now won 37 “outstanding delegation” awards — the most of any college or university in the 94-year history of the conference.
Alma College Theatre presents a darkly funny and unexpectedly moving story about family, love, forgiveness and confronting challenges at home and at school.
“This is an extremely creative bunch, and when they have a little bit of extra room to stretch with styles that highlight improvisation and groove, the ensemble really shines.” — Joe Moscheck
The annual spring jazz performance will feature a full big band of 18 students performing a variety of music with featured soloists from each section of the band.
Commencement takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18 in the Hogan Center. Gary Peters is a 1980 graduate of Alma College.
The displayed works exemplify the artists’ emphasis within their art major and include prints, Raku-fired earthenware, glazed stoneware, oil on canvas, charcoal, graphite, pen and ink, and more.
“I will share lessons that I have learned from the Bible, of moral philosophers like Hayek and Friedman, and of statesmen like Jefferson and Reagan.” — Economist Alex Tokarev
“I’m looking forward to working with the coaches, faculty and staff to create the best opportunities for our student-athletes to succeed academically, athletically and as people.” — Steven Rackley
Alma advances to the National Model UN Conference March 29-April 2 in New York City. Alma has won top honors at the national conference for 18 consecutive years — the longest active winning streak in the nation.
Academically qualified students with financial need who major in a STEM field are eligible for the awards. Recipients will be designated Alma College Science Scholars.
The Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery presents artwork by Dana Freeman. “I hope that by using materials unusually, I can find a fresh expression for my ideas and create a lasting impression for the viewer,” says Freeman.
“I am most looking forward to singing ‘Te Quiero.’ We have a lot of pretty songs, but the translation of ‘Te Quiero’ is so beautiful, and singing in Spanish is a lot of fun.” — Aleia McKessy
“From a distance, my paintings often appear to be a rendered depiction of a scene, but upon closer viewing, the parts are revealed as abstract pieces, built one layer upon another into realistic images.” — Bruce McCombs
Lloyd plays all 37 roles in this fast-paced, one-man comedy play about a struggling actor with the worst job in the Big Apple — a reservationist at a fancy Manhattan restaurant.
Philosophy major Bill Holsinger-Robinson ’91, founding executive director of Art Prize and organizer of TEDxGrand Rapids, helps socially innovative businesses get off the ground.
“He goes the extra mile to reach out to incoming students with an interest in his discipline.”
“The program features great music, including one of the greatest violin concertos ever written.” — Murray Gross
Faculty members Carrie-Ann Parks, Sandy Lopez-Isnardi, Bob Rozier and Curt LaCross showcase their creative works.
The Glee Club, College Chorale and Alma Choir continue a long holiday tradition on the Alma College campus.
“I approach both commercial and fine art with the same passion to develop a visual solution to an expressed need…The final goal is always the same — inspire the viewer.” — Wayne C. Newton
The show provides a sample of the best caliber of work being produced in studio classes, says gallery director Daniel Connolly.
Photography exhibit reflects on the Mexican Revolution, with photos displayed in many campus buildings and in the Alma community.
Forty-five years after the burning of an iconic campus building, Alma students are unearthing and analyzing artifacts from the ground.
“Modern day slavery in the form of human trafficking is one of the most important issues of our time, and one that very few people know about.” — Joanne Gilbert
“Undergraduate research experiences that bring mathematics and education scholars together are very rare. This is a proud accomplishment.” — Jessie Store.
“For many years the Osgood Center has been a leader in offering experiential learning programs to college students. We are pleased to combine these programs with Alma College classroom opportunities.” — Jeff Abernathy
The primary summer 2014 construction project for the Alma campus includes enhancements to the rooms and living spaces in the east wing of Gelston Residence Hall.
The program will include pieces performed at the University of Notre Dame Jazz Festival in February.
“Every scene takes place a few years apart from the previous scene. Because of this, we get to see the big picture of the choices made by all of the characters instead of the usual few days or few year span.” — Tara Riedel
“Instead of a full jazz ensemble, we are presenting a jazz combo for this performance. It is called Jazz Below Zero in honor of our relentless super cold winter.” — Carlos Melendez
The concert program includes choreography set to music from various popular movies, including “Alice in Wonderland,” “Pitch Perfect,” “Harry Potter,” “Flashdance,” “The Great Gatsby” and “Titanic.”
“I’ve traveled to Spain and France to study art history, served as the president of two art-lead organizations and have been the assistant to the director of our art gallery. I have had opportunities beyond my wildest dreams here.” — Josh Gove
In his talks, P.J. Hill often applies lessons from the American West to modern frontiers like the environment, developing countries and space exploration, says Feler Bose, an assistant professor of economics at Alma College.
Political scientist Britt Cartrite has developed a formula that assesses voting patterns, ethnicity and geography to predict political disruption and unrest.
Trustees also approve the awarding of emeritus status to Carol Fike, professor of theatre and dance, and John Putz, professor of mathematics and computer science.
With a significant number of adolescents with autism aging out of the school system and moving into adulthood, the symposium will address issues that relate to the importance of providing programs and support for adults with ASD.
Concert highlights include arrangements of American folk hymns, Scottish folk songs, “The Circle of Life” from “The Lion King,” Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning.”
The Alma Symphony Orchestra will perform the world premiere of “Sono Forte Adesso,” which translates as “I am strong now,” a work for string orchestra by Kamryn Kurtzner, an Alma College senior from Gaylord.
“I was able to walk into the director of new media studies office with no appointment. He listened to my story and gave me some excellent feedback and advice, and … a lot of positive encouragement.” — Lex Hollenbeck
“At a time of renewed controversy over the use of terms like ‘Redskins,’ ‘Braves’ and ‘Indians’ as team mascots, Philip Deloria helps put these issues in historical and cultural context.” — Kristin Olbertson
“For nearly 30 years, Carol has engaged Alma College students in sharing, teaching and discovering an appreciation of dance through movement with local first grade students.” — Anne Ritz, service-learning coordinator.
“Anyone looking for a wonderful evening of entertainment should attend this concert. Nic accentuates the music with percussive dance and gives a breathtaking show every time.” — Kristen Bennett
“I weave tapestries the same way they have been woven for hundreds of years. While I use centuries’ old techniques, I introduce new elements and incorporate new materials, innovations and inspirations.” — Rowen Schussheim-Anderson.
Founded in 2010, Eya presents concert programs that interweave diverse repertories of the 12th through 15th centuries. “Eya specializes in early music; I am going to love this concert,” says Will Nichols, director of choirs.
Students plan and produce the annual show — from the choreography to the lighting to the performing. The students have “gone above and beyond our expectations and created a beautiful show,” says Kristen Bennett, faculty advisor.
It was another banner year for Alma College as students gained recognition, faculty achieved distinction, the campus experienced upgrades and the academic sector moved forward in the development of a nursing program.
“Alternative breaks teach you to become an active citizen. Students learn to research the issue, serve the community with understanding and then find ways to continue making a difference with that issue back home.” — Cody Nevins
A Klezmer-influenced clarinet and an American folk mandolin join Arabic instruments, such as oud, percussion and bass, when Wisaal performs. “It’s a terrific group that creates a unique sound,” says Murray Gross.
Old favorites such as the 5K run, parade, football game and class reunions return along with open houses that celebrate new facilities. The Alumni Awards are presented at the choir concert on Saturday evening.
“The kinds of experiences Alma provides, particularly the components within the Alma Commitment, continue to be attractive to students across the country. Students select Alma because of the opportunities we provide.” — Bob Garcia
“The student show showcases a wide variety of artwork and reveals how many different things are going on in the art and design department. The work ranges across a wide spectrum.” — Josh Gove
“Hispanic Heritage month is a nationwide event, but here on campus our main goal is to make visible the connections between Alma, local Hispanic and Latino communities, and the broader world.” — Stephany Slaughter.
“Steve Brogan is an extremely funny and versatile entertainer who brings several different characters into his shows. This will be a fun and hilarious event for the entire family.” — Mike Sheldon
Architectural tiles feature musicians’ figures that represent the Alma Symphony Orchestra, Alma College Choir, Alma Pipe Band and Percussion Ensemble on the facade of the Eddy Music Building.
Liping Bu, author and professor of history, has taught at Alma College since 1999. In addition to American history, she teaches immigration history and American foreign relations as well as modern Chinese and Japanese history.
Following her yearlong Fulbright experience in Spain, Bouwhuis plans to return to the United States and enroll in medical school. At Alma, she double majored in biochemistry and Spanish.
“In this region we have so much to learn from Rachel Carson and are driven by the cleanup of DDTs produced and disposed by Velsicol Chemical Corp. There is a direct link from mid-Michigan to Silent Spring.” — Ed Lorenz
Chelsea Duff has served local and global communities in multiple ways while pursuing an elementary education major. She promoted reading at a local elementary school and organized campus activities for foster children.
“Our students performed brilliantly. We had outstanding leadership by our seven seniors and exceptional performances by our younger students. This year’s conference was extremely competitive.” — Derick Hulme
The senior show features the best creative efforts of art students over the course of earning their degree, says Robert Rozier, associate professor of art and design. Participation in the show is a requirement for students earning degrees in art and design.
“Co-curricular service thrives at Alma. Students meet local needs through participation with a number of community organizations. In exchange, students grow civically and gain valuable skills.” — Anne Ritz, service-learning coordinator.
This year’s juror is Karen Bonderchuk, an award-winning visual artist and professor of art at Western Michigan University. Bonderchuk showcased her work of ravens and crows at the Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery in February 2012.
The three exhibiting artists are members of the Eastern Illinois University faculty. The show features “some truly beautiful work in an eclectic mix of styles and mediums,” says Dan Connolly, gallery director.