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Table of Contents

contact A d r i a n C o l l e g e A lu m n i M ag a z i n e

Contents 4 Around the Mall

3 0 Alumni Announcements

16 Feature

37 Legacy of a Bulldog

18 Development

40 Class Notes

2 0 Faculty Spotlight

5 8 From the Alumni Board

24 Sports Round-up

5 9 Parting Paws

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EDITOR Jennifer Compton | Director of Public Relations

COPY EDITOR Lauren Ebelt | Visual Communications Coordinator

ART DIRECTOR Margo Puffenberger | Graphic Designer


Features 5


 In a rare public exhibit, the world of human anatomy on display.


 Track and Explore, a unique partnership between the College and Michigan International Speedway, received five distinct awards.


 Small changes can impact the future: the story of our College and the evolution of its students.


 ACHA hockey members represent Team USA at the World University Games.


 Bass fishing is added to the athletics roster.


 On Duty: Kirk Cleland ’04 transitions to a new field. Lights. Camera. Action. Melissa LeMay Hughes ’97 steps into the spotlight.

Marsha Fielder ’00 Carolyn Jones ’94 Jim Mahony ’00 Mike Neal ’12, Photography Ryan Thompson Ryan Hornack

Connie Williams WePhoto, Photography Matt Gaidica, Photography Joshua Morey, Photography Peter E. Nims, M.D. ’60 Kathryn Kispaugh Wyler ’59

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CONTACT strives to keep alumni and friends up-to-date about the lives of their friends and classmates and the evolution of Adrian College. This full-color magazine is an illustrative link between alumni and their alma mater, therefore serving an informational purpose and is not intended for direct solicitation. Stories focus on the alumni, faculty and students that make Adrian College a dynamic campus community while examining current issues. The editor makes the final determination of suitability of published content in this magazine. Letters, articles and pictures which are questionable in content will not be accepted for publication. Wedding announcements will be published as long as it is recognized under the governing laws of the State of Michigan and is consistent with the policies of the United Methodist Church. Announcements that do not conform to these guidelines will not be considered. Please note, the views expressed in the publication are not necessarily the views of the staff, or that of Adrian College.



Michael and Theresa Morris began their journey toward a family when they were presented with a photo album full of beautiful children who lived in a children’s home in Bryansk, Russia. On its cover was the photo of a small blonde fiveyear-old with a big smile. Her name was Marina, and she would soon become a central part of their family. At the home, the children, all aged 3 to 7 years old, lived in rooms of 10 forming a sibling-type bond. The employees cared for them the best they could, but having a real family was the ideal. In 1997, the Morrises welcomed little Marina to America, weighing only 35 pounds and standing barely over 3 feet tall. The adoptive parents faced another challenge not seen in the photograph: Marina was born with cerebral palsy, a condition caused from abnormal brain development or brain injury, usually before or during birth. Fast forward several years. I met Marina after listening to her read poetry during our annual student talent show at Adrian College. She was just a freshman at the time and I was amazed by her courage (most freshmen gladly bypass the all-College talent show) as well as the depth of her poetry and the warmth of her smile.




Marina’s condition causes her to shake intermittently from the time she wakes up in the morning to the time she goes to bed. She knows it is noticeable, so she is quick to disarm others with humor and a quiet confidence that serves to make everyone around her feel comfortable. Those who meet Marina are surprised to learn that she played on the women’s College golf team during her freshman and sophomore year. Her dad taught her to play golf when she was nine years old as a way to reduce the shaking and give her opportunities that other children enjoy. It worked. Each time she prepares to make a shot, her shaking magically stops and for a few brief seconds she is simply Marina the athlete playing golf with her college teammates. I’ve watched Marina drive a golf ball straighter and farther than I can, even on my best days on the course. Now a senior about to graduate, Marina has told her story to our College Board of Trustees and read her poetry at gala events on campus. She has earned a 3.3 grade point average. More importantly, she has taught us about courage, determination and loving oneself regardless of how similar we are to “the crowd.” Beauty radiates out from within, her poetry teaches us, and those who see and feel and seek to understand this truth know that it will never change.

Letter from the President I share this story because Marina Morris is not alone; we have many others on campus who have overcome challenges far beyond our ability to imagine. At Adrian, these students discover a community dedicated to helping them find success, regardless of the barriers that stand in their way. Certainly our small size helps in this effort, as does our Christian heritage and our emphasis on personal attention. The most important characteristic of our College is, however, a broader culture of caring for others. Throughout our history, we have welcomed and nurtured students from widely diverse backgrounds. We have cared for them and encouraged them to have compassion for others. We believe that it is this that will continue to distinguish Adrian in the years ahead. Creating a welcoming place for everyone, a college that supports students through their individual challenges, celebrates their triumphs, and offers a rich and diverse education—this is our mission. This is our purpose. This is what we offer to the Marinas of the world, and indeed, to every member of our community.

Simply ask, I’ll be there Marina’s poem

Let me tell you about me and who I have been From Russia to here, and everywhere in between Wanting to stand out and speak for the silent To show you their power, their strength, oh how vibrant For although you see just their outer appearance Their limp, or their look, or their perseverance Is what is there when you look close enough And then will find what others cannot In the hidden corners of their so-called weakness Lies what is true, and that is simply their uniqueness Going to the beginning in Russia, a little jumper was worn Stood a five-foot-one girl where dreams were just born People may see what they wish to believe

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a central motor dysfunction affecting posture, muscle tone and movement as a result of a permanent, non-progressive defect of an immature brain. It is a group of movement disorders causing physical disability in development, primarily in the areas of body movement. To learn more, please visit:

A small girl with CP, what could she achieve? A lot, I will tell you, I’ve done while I’m here Words I’ve spoken in brief, if only for just a small ear Believe what you may about who I am now But I promise you this, I won’t stop, no way and no how But you better know this: I’ll never stop speaking for those who cannot I’ll never keep silent for those who have fought Remember this, for this is my only dear prayer Is if you want to know me, then simply ask, and I’ll be there


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Little People, Big World

“Lead With A Story”

Speaks at Adrian College

Addresses Audience

Amy Roloff wears many titles in her daily roles: business woman, inspirational speaker, TV star, philanthropist, farm owner, author and mom are just a few. For Amy, the realization of her passion for people and helping others to reach their potential has molded her into who she is today. Her challenges and experiences as a little person, combined with her successful career professionally and personally, have led her to naturally inspire and touch people’s lives.

Forget facts, figures and PowerPoint slides—wellcrafted stories deliver business concepts simply and powerfully, according to acclaimed speaker Paul Smith. The author of bestseller “Lead With A Story” addressed the Adrian College community as part of the Jean Lok Freligh Community Speaker Series in January.

“I may be different, but I can do what anyone else can do — just in a different way,” Amy says about having achondroplasia dwarfism — and it does not stop her from taking action, moving forward and believing in herself.

Paul Smith, former director of Consumer & Communications Research at The Procter & Gamble Company, is a highly regarded keynote speaker. He also lectures regularly for the MBA programs at Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati.

Amy founded the non-profit Amy Roloff Charity Foundation (ARCF) to advocate, support, educate and inspire kids facing life challenges. She developed relationships with other organizations that addressed key areas such as kids in foster care, special needs and under-served youth. Amy spoke to the campus and community in March as part of Disabilities Awareness Week. This convocation series was made possible through the following endowed lectureships or lectureship funds: John Davis Modern American History Lectureship; John H. Dawson, Virginia Bates Dawson and Marsha Dawson Nelson Fund; Edward C. DeMerritt Lectureship; Charles and Lena Beem Gillilan Lecture Program in Business Administration; Edward and Mildred Meese Lectureship for Religion and Philosophy; Mary A. Merritt Lectureship in Literature; Genevieve R. Oliver Lectureship in Art; Mildred Smith Lectureship in the Humanities and the J. Mabel Stephenson Memorial Lectureship.




In corporate America, the age-old tradition of storytelling has been embraced as a remarkably powerful tool to communicate vision and strategic management. This tool, according to Smith, is among the most powerful any professional has at their disposal. In “Lead With A Story,” he shares examples from companies like Kellogg’s, Merrill Lynch, Procter & Gamble, Verizon and more. He goes on to aid the reader in selecting their own story, tailor-made for their own goals and aspirations. These emotionally driven narratives set goals, build commitment, energize, inspire and motivate. The ultimate goal is to build relationships that encourage innovation and creativity, while creating a brilliant means of communication.


Dr. Tina Claiborne with plastinated hands on display.

Plastinates at Adrian College In a rare exhibit of plastinated human anatomy specimens, the College displayed their newest addition to the public in early February. This collection was comprised of human specimens from the famous Body Worlds organization, The Interactive Museum of Anatomy at The University of Toledo Medical College and Adrian College’s Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education. Plastination is an organic materials preservation technique that was invented in the late 1970s by a German anatomist, Gunther von Hagens. The process became most famous when the Body Worlds anatomy exhibition was first presented in Tokyo in 1995. During the plastination process, human specimens are preserved in liquid plastic without compromising make-up or structure of the tissue.

and dynamic” display of the marriage between art and science; the exhibits have moved away from presenting human bodies in their “deadness,” toward showing the dynamic human form and celebrating life. As a result of the Body Worlds organization, medical, dental and veterinary schools began to research the educational potential of using plastinates over formalin-prepared cadavers. Today, many institutions are moving toward the use of plastinates for teaching and research. Adrian College is one of a handful of institutions in the world to use the Body Worlds specimens for teaching. This intimate yet fascinating exhibit afforded a rare learning opportunity for health care professionals as well as the general public.

Over time, the undertones of the Body Worlds exhibits have transitioned to a more “exhilarating




U.S. News & World Report “Top College” and 2014 “Best Value” School BEST COLLEGES

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College moves up rankings as a “Regional Top College” for third consecutive year and lands on list of “Best Value” Schools. Adrian College made a significant leap in rankings among colleges in the Midwest, according to U.S. News and World Report. In its 2014 edition of America’s Best Colleges, U.S. News once again ranked Adrian College as a “Regional Top College in the Midwest.” The College is listed 19th in the Midwest region in its “Best Regional Colleges” section, the third consecutive time the College has held this distinction. This year, the College also received recognition as a Regional “Best Value School” – the first year the College has held this honor. Ranking information can be found at “The momentum and continuous improvements inside and outside the classroom continue to receive national attention,” said President Docking. “With over $60 million in new facilities and 40 percent growth in the size of our faculty, we have established ourselves as a distinctive and innovative educational leader in the United States.” The addition of the College to the list of “Best Value Schools” takes into account the institution’s commitment to academic quality and the cost of attendance.




“The major concern for most families with college-aged children is the cost and debt burden,” said Docking. “Adrian College recognizes these pressures and has dramatically increased the amount of financial aid available to its students. The cost of an education should never be a reason not to attend this College.” This is the seventh consecutive year the College has been featured by U.S. News and World Report. In its 2009 edition of America’s “Best Colleges,” and again in 2010, Adrian College received top billing as the “#1 Up-and-Coming School in the Midwest.” In its 2011 and 2012 editions of “America’s Best Colleges,” U.S. News & World Report ranked Adrian College as one of the top five schools in the Midwest of Regional Colleges to have the least amount of debt upon graduation.

TOP College for Teacher Education The College was recognized as a top college for teacher education according to The College Database’s new ranking, “Top Colleges in Michigan Shaping the Next Generation.” This listing honors postsecondary institutions in the state that graduated the most education and teaching professionals in 2012. The College Database is among the most current and comprehensive sources for U.S. college and university data. The College Database used the following methodology to identify the top colleges shaping the next generation: • Must be fully accredited • Four-year colleges only • Public or private, not-for-profit colleges only • U.S. colleges only • Minimum of 10 grads from education or teaching programs in 2012 The complete list can be found by visiting:

College of Distinction Adrian College has been honored as a College of Distinction for the 2013-14 school year. This designation is given to select schools to honor their excellence in student-focused higher education. Adrian was found to excel in all four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

Military Friendly School The College was added to the coveted Military Friendly Schools list for 2014. This list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students, and ensure their success on campus. “Adrian College is honored once again to be selected as a Military Friendly School,” said President Docking. “These young men and women returning from the front lines are heroes. They have risked their lives to serve our country and we are honored to serve them with a college education.” “We recognize their courage, strength and commitment,” Docking continued. “The College makes a concerted effort to assist in providing a foundation to these servicemen and women as they pursue their degree.” A full story and detailed list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools® was highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools®, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October. This is the fifth consecutive year the College has been recognized.

Colleges of Distinction is a web-based guide for high school juniors and seniors seeking a school that is nationally recognized and highly recommended by professionals in the field of education. Colleges and universities are nominated for participation by high school counselors, and then evaluated using qualitative and quantitative research.


m New Digital Sign Unveiled in Caine Student Center

LEGACY STUDENTS Legacy students are those with one or more relatives who are alumni or current students of the College. In 2013-14, nearly 100 students are defined as Legacies. Each student comes from varying geographic regions, backgrounds and majors. What they all have in common is the tradition of education at Adrian College.

Announced during the 2013 State of the College address, the digital sign has become the newest technological addition to campus. Since its completion in August, this fully interactive sign boasts photo galleries, events, videos and more. The idea began following a trip to Nashville, Tenn., where Vice President for Development Jim Mahony ’00 visited Anode to meet with its president, Mark Magnuson ’75. Anode, a digital media design firm, has partnered with Firesign technology to provide this new form of creative communication. A second digital sign in the Ward Admissions House was unveiled in March, with plans underway for the installation of additional signage in Peelle/Jones.

AdrianPlus Offers Assurance for Student Loans

Adrian College has taken one more step toward making a liberal arts education more valuable and affordable to its students, while alleviating the financial burden of college loans. AdrianPlus, a new loan repayment assistance initiative, offers to pay all or part of its students’ loans if they are unable to secure a well-paying job post graduation from the College. “In a time where student debt is a primary concern for parents and families, Adrian College is pleased to provide yet another way to make a private college degree affordable,” said President Docking. “Student debt load continues to be a national concern. AdrianPlus provides our graduates the financial stability they need as they enter the workforce without the burden of excessive debt.”




Over 30 students attended a Legacy reception in November. Left to Right: Melanie Troy, junior - Matthew Troy ’91 (father); Austin Burns, sophomore - Andrew Burns ’12 (brother); Eric Kilpatrick, senior - Donna Lindberg ’66 (step-grandmother); Vanessa Smith, sophomore - Valerie Smith ’10 (sister); Moriah Piehl, freshman - Heather Piehl Brown ’09 & TJ Brown ’08 (sister & brother-in-law); Lindsay Durdel, sophomore - Ted Durdel ’78 (father); Brian Killinger, freshman - Joseph Killinger ’82 (father); Audrey Northrup, freshman - Louise Thomas Northrup ’77 (mother); Samantha Good, sophomore - Teresa McClure Coolman ’87 (mother); Pearle Sipsock, freshman - Laura Sipsock ’94 (mother), Jose Martinez ’97 (father); Ariel Gruber, senior - Amanda Gruber ’97 (sister); Paige Bork, freshman - Dana Bork Zambeck ’91 & Nick Zambeck (aunt & uncle), Kim DeVore, junior - Gary DeVore ’74 (uncle), Karissa DeVore, sophomore - Gary DeVore ’74 (father); Eric Smither, sophomore - Sarah Smither ’11 (sister); Christopher Liberati, junior - Joseph Liberati ’12 (brother); Brittany Griebe, senior - Catherine Griebe ’10 (sister); Grace Waterstradt, junior - Ryann Waterstradt ’10 (sister); Brittany Kerr, sophomore - Ryan Zerkel ’98 (step-parent); Andrea Deuschle, sophomore Ashley Deuschle ‘11 (sister); Sydnee Hubbard, freshman - Mark Hubbard ’86 (father); Madeleine Hamel, freshman - Luke Hamel ’11 & Logan Hamel ’13 (brothers); Cody Spotts, senior - Tom Spotts ’82 (father); Adrian Krauss, junior - Phil Krauss ’82 & Jennifer North Krauss ’83 (parents), Trey Krauss ’10 (brother); Emilee Lavoy, Dec. 2013 grad - Connie Wilbert LaVoy ’92 (mother); Shelby Hostetter, junior - Jennifer Hostetter ’09 (sister); Chelsea Rice, junior - Jennifer Wilson Rice ’84 (mother); Rachael Nicholson ’13, - Jennifer Musser Nicholson ’89 (mother); Abby Gustafson, freshman - Steve Gustafson ’79 (uncle); Taylor Schaefer, sophomore - Cortney Rust Schaefer ’97 (mother); Scott Mettert, freshman - Jon Mettert ’83 (father), Nick Duffy, senior - Mike Duffy ’82 & Rachelle Zink Duffy ’84 (parents)

Quick Look at Greek Life

S Sorority F Fraternity

Alpha Phi: S

Alpha Tau Omega: F

Sigma Alpha Epsilon: F

Founded at AC – 1961 Colors – Silver and Bordeaux Symbol – Alpha Phi Bear (created at Adrian College – nationally recognized) Philanthropy – Alpha Phi Foundation Motto – Union Hand in Hand Nickname – Phi’s

Founded at AC – 1881 Colors – Azure Blue and Old Gold Symbol – Heraldic Cross Philanthropy – Locals (St. Baldrics Children’s Hospital and Hope Center) Nickname – ATO’s, Taus

Founded at AC – 1887 Colors – Royal Purple and Old Gold Symbol – Lion Philanthropy – Children’s Miracle Network Motto – True Gentlemen Nickname – SAE’s

Alpha Sigma Alpha: S Founded at AC – 1965

Pi Kappa Alpha: F

Tau Kappa Epsilon: F

Founded at AC – 1967 Colors – Garnett and Old Gold Symbol – Shield and Diamond Philanthropy – Locals (Boy’s and Girl’s Club and Lenawee Humane Society) Motto – Students, Leaders, Athletes and Gentlemen (SLAG) Nickname – Pikes

Founded at AC – 1961 Colors – Crimson Cherry and Silver Gray Symbol – Triangle Philanthropy – St. Jude’s Children’s Medical Research Nickname – Tekes

Colors – Crimson and Pearl White Symbol – Crown Philanthropy – Special Olympics Motto – Aspire, Seek, Attain Nickname – ASA’s

Chi Omega: S Founded at AC – 1961 Colors – Cardinal and Straw Symbol – Owl Philanthropy – Make-A-Wish Foundation Motto – Hellenic Culture and Christian Ideals Nickname – Chi O’s

Theta Chi: F Founded at AC – 1964 Colors – Military Red and White Symbol – Snake Philanthropy – Hope Center Motto – An assisting hand Nickname – Theta Chi’s



Committee discussed benefits of innovative partnerships in higher education. The Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), held a hearing entitled, “Keeping College Within Reach: Improving Access and Affordability through Innovative Partnerships.” During the hearing, witnesses highlighted ways post-secondary institutions are forming innovative partnerships with private sector entities. The results help reduce costs, strengthen degree programs and enrich coursework to better meet the needs of a changing student body. President Docking explained how working with area businesses helped the small liberal arts school overcome steep declines in student enrollment and unprecedented operating deficits. “We looked for innovative partnerships with businesses that could advance the College’s education mission while cultivating the talent needs in our business community,” he said. “By offering students new opportunities to conduct micro-research studies with local business




leaders, work with local doctors and create business plans with nearby startup companies, Adrian College has doubled enrollment over the past eight years.” He went on to report that these business partnerships have also helped students graduate better prepared to join the local workforce. By bridging the talent gap, which he described as “the gap between the skills business leaders say they need and the skills graduates actually bring to their new jobs, the effects continue to stimulate opportunity in the community.” To read witness testimony, opening statements or watch an archived webcast of the hearing, visit For more information about the hearing, please contact the Education and Workforce Committee’s Press Office at 202.226.9440. This information has been made available online: documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=350117.

New Faces

The Undergraduate Voice Taking a stand against slavery.

AC students helped to anchor the first formal conference of Historians Against Slavery, September 19-21, at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Historians Against Slavery (HAS) is an organization of scholars who study the past to fight contemporary slavery or human trafficking. The two-day conference was designed as an intense laboratory for sharing ideas and strategies among both academic leaders and grassroots organizers. It united professional organizations with one of the nation’s premier educational centers. The Adrian College antislavery leaders insist upon sharing “The Undergraduate Voice” and its contribution to the fight against human trafficking. “There [were] some very high octane people at this conference,” said Adrian College Chaplain, Chris Momany ’84. “Our students have a lot to learn from others, but they have their own voice, too. They have something important to say.” The Adrian College student presentation took place on the last day of the conference.

MATT RHEINECKER Matt Rheinecker began his role as the Director of Financial Aid in July. Rheinecker joins Adrian after working in Financial Aid at Ivy Bridge College of Tiffin University in Toledo. He has previous experience in admissions operations at both Kettering University in Flint, Mich., and at Siena Heights University in Adrian. A graduate of Siena Heights University, where he earned his Bachelor’s of Art degree, Rheinecker went on to pursue his Master’s of Education degree at Bowling Green State University. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Toledo.

For more information about the Freedom Center, please visit:

AC Alert System Unveiled

A new alert system to provide emergency information to students, faculty and staff was announced in October. It offers up 80,000 text messages per minute in case of emergencies such as flash floods, tornadoes or other potentially dangerous situations. “AC Alert is an integral step toward making the College more connected and informed,” said Wade Beitelschies, director of campus safety. This system also sends out timely warnings of situations pertaining to the Clery Act.

JEE-HAK PINSONEAULT ’03 In January, Jee-Hak Pinsoneault ’03 was named Event Technology Specialist to support the growing technical audio/visual needs of the campus and community. This new position through the Office of Conferences will manage an expanding number of special events and will dramatically improve services with current technology. Jee has been with the College since 2009.

Students are automatically enrolled in the program, but are able to opt-out if they so choose. Faculty and staff are able to opt-in to the program as well.


m BLAZING NEW TRAILS MIS Cares Grant Consumers Energy Foundation Grant Walmart Foundation Grant MEEMIC Foundation Grant Campus-Community Partnership Award Track and Explore continues to be recognized through numerous grants and awards. This unique partnership between Adrian College and Michigan International Speedway (MIS) offers K-12 students a place to learn about science, technology and math at NASCAR’s fastest track. To date, Adrian College and MIS have been awarded over $37,500 in support of the program. In 2013, its second year, 1,300 local students toured MIS as part of Track and Explore to learn about the area’s ecosystem. The College has reserved numerous dates in May 2014 to introduce additional students to this initiative.




The program offers four educational components: How’s the Water: Scientific Testing of Water Quality and Why it Matters – Students test the Graves pond water for chlorine, phosphates and nitrates. Students compare results with a small group at their table and with the group at large. They compare the pond water quality with that of distilled and tap water. Students in seventh and eighth grade also test the pH of the water. Likely Suspects: Identifying Flora and Fauna of the Irish Hills – A walk through an MIS nature trail and identifying different tree and plant life. Critter Encounter - The students study the animals encountered at MIS. The purpose of this activity is to use an inquiry process to encourage students to think about the characteristics of the animals and the environment in which they live. Track Tour - A tour of the track and the science behind its speed. The goal of these lessons is to connect the experiences and environment of MIS with the Michigan Benchmarks for grades 4-8.

The program will supplement and enrich the objectives that the classroom teachers are teaching. This opportunity will be used to further develop the scientific processes and inquiry that students are learning in classes. The Adrian College teacher education students who developed these lessons also prepare pre- and post-field trip activities for the teachers to relate the MIS experience to lessons in the classroom. Track and Explore provides Adrian College biology students with opportunities to research and study animal and plant life on 900 acres of the 1,400acre, environmentally rich Michigan International Speedway. For Michigan International Speedway, the partnership has created a wonderful avenue for its brand promise to support environmental initiatives, community endeavors, education initiatives and worthwhile activities for kids. All of which is offered among the backdrop of the fastest racetrack in NASCAR.

Having PRIDE in Your Differences When PRIDE president and AC senior, Marina Morris, meets people, she is very upfront that she has cerebral palsey — but is just as quick to say that her condition does not define her. “People associate disabilities with being wrong. It’s not wrong. It’s just my normal.” Creating an awareness of this norm is exactly what PRIDE (Promoting the Rights of Individuals with Disabilities Everywhere) does. It’s all about perception with this campus group that holds a “24-hour experience” day during Disabilities Awareness Week. Participants are blindfolded or restricted to wheelchairs and other devices and learn to maneuver around in a totally different way than their normal — and that’s the point behind the whole exercise. In addition, the group is the largest team fundraiser for the local Polar Plunge seven years running. They also work with the HOPE Community Center, throw an annual Sweetheart Prom and much more.


Commencement In an intimate ceremony with family, friends and members of the College community present, 59 students received their diplomas in December 2013. The ceremony also honored the first three graduate students in the College’s recent history with their Master’s of Arts in Criminal Justice degrees: Jeffrey Gerard LeRoy, Sarah Almack and Christopher Kimball.

“I came here because of PRIDE,” Morris, a business administration major hailing from Sterling Heights, Mich., said. “I love Adrian College. They brought me hope that people will see me beyond my CP.” In her years as adviser to the group, Danielle Ward ’96 has worked to improve campus for those in PRIDE. This has included one of PRIDE’s most-loved possessions: Lola. She is a one-and-a-half year old golf cart, an incredibly unique addition to the small campus, and is dedicated to helping those with disabilities get around. “The school and administration encourage people to seek out creative solutions,” Ward says. PRIDE is committed to doing just that – and setting the record straight on disabilities. “Hope, believe it. Dreams, achieve it,” Morris added; her own motivational mantra is the essence of the group. “Anyone who has hope can succeed.”

Cybex System Gifted to the College The Detroit Lions have donated a Cybex NORM Testing and Rehabilitation System to the Exercise Science and Physical Education Department. The Cybex NORM is a machine used for patient rehabilitation, athlete performance enhancement and exercise science research. Dr. Tina Claiborne, department chair, commented, “Adrian College is extremely grateful for this generous donation. This technology is extremely desirable, but rarely affordable for small schools like Adrian. This will serve our undergraduate and graduate students’ research extremely well.”


Construction Updates



Peelle/Jones The College broke ground on the multi-million dollar renovation to Peelle and Jones Halls in May 2013. Scheduled for completion in fall 2014, the renovation and addition will give the business and science-centered halls three new biology and chemistry labs, renovated classrooms, lecture halls and conference rooms. The new 16,000 square foot facility will have state-of-the-art technology and labs to complement the programs offered.




Downs Hall Theatre

Check out the video timeline of the completed Downs Hall Theatre:

The final phase of renovations to historic Downs Hall have been completed. Through the generosity of the Sage Foundation, the renewal of Downs Hall Theatre began earlier this fall. The second phase of construction included a reconfigured stage as well as upgraded sound, lighting and electrical systems. The updates also included new seats, flooring and wall and window coverings.



In a recent article, a major U.S. technology publication claimed to have found the next Steve Jobs, far away from the high-tech offices of Silicon Valley. In this feature, Wired magazine discovered a media darling they believed could be a future tech genius. Paloma Noyola Bueno, a 12-year-old girl in a Mexican border town attends school next to a municipal waste dump. This preteen, despite the dire conditions in which she lives, achieved the highest score on the SAT equivalent in the nation.

But it wasn’t her disparaging surroundings the article focused on, it was the unique teaching methods of her instructor – an approach that allows students to tap into their own curiosity and self-learning to solve problems. These teaching methods, emphasizing self-exploration, are not foreign to those of the diverse faculty at Adrian College. Here, there is an approach to learning that continues to garner attention as a unique liberal arts experience. From academic accolades to distinctive programming, the impact of innovative thinking is notable. What began with the Renaissance initiatives of building a new legacy–rich with improved facilities and academic achievement–has taken a ripple effect all its own.

How one college is changing its future.

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For Adrian College, it is the exceptional classroom experience complete with hands-on opportunities and self-exploration that leaves a lasting impact on its students. These are the programs that have brought the seventh consecutive class over 500 and an increased national interest in what this small liberal arts college in Michigan is doing. In 2013, AC unveiled a new, innovative, two-semester core program curriculum that will be mandatory for every first year student to complete. This “Reacting to the Past” teaching method focuses on writing, research and speaking. More than simply role-play, the program requires students to engage in healthy and fierce debate. The dynamic program is thought provoking and encourages students to think differently than they would in a more traditional setting. Through this core initiative, Adrian kick-starts every student’s mind and sets each off on their personal journey to a well-rounded degree. When the College partnered with Lincoln Elementary School for International Baccalaureate programming, the impact on area pre-K students was immediate. The resulting experience for teacher education graduates was equally dynamic. These graduates may just be inspiring a future Bulldog.

The College’s Track and Explore Program, in conjunction with Michigan International Speedway, proves the campus stretches beyond its physical borders. The initiative continues to find regional and national acclaim. There is solid evidence that the experiences gained through an AC education are distinctive and remarkably empowering. In fact, Adrian College is full of these unique stories designed to engage a student’s success – stories that continue to be told through the delivery of job promotions, advancement and distinctive legacies of its graduates. The effect of an Adrian College education stretches beyond the walls of the institution, and resides at the core of those who carry their experiences into their career, service and every day lives.

The continued after-effect has had tremendous results that continue to embrace the intellectual and motivational influence of the graduates of Adrian. It is about toughness, tenacity and acquiring knowledge and skills which are the distinguishing characteristics of their future. Whether a graduate of the Athletic Training program who trains an Olympic gold medalist, a business major who owns a successful business or a political science major who is elected mayor, this ripple effect is evident. Multitudes of success stories began with an application to Adrian’s 132-acre campus, and are the result of the College’s unique approach to leadership, to creativity and, most

notably, to a self-actualized education. These graduates continue to uphold tradition, challenge the status quo and evolve to meet the demands of an everchanging world. These roots are resulting in a new breed of Bulldog—one who continues a longtime legacy of academic achievement and the potential to ignite intellect. Perhaps a future minister bringing inspiration to an impoverished community, or the pre-med student who may just discover a cure for the incurable, even that tech savvy social media expert is residing in the heart of an applicant. They are waiting to begin their story at Adrian, waiting to unleash their abilities and their impact on the world.

There is little doubt that the ‘typical Adrian student’ is anything but. Each student is, in their own way, a prodigy who is given the intellectual challenges, and motivational tools, to outline their personal education and shape their own future. They evolve unapologetically, setting themselves up for nothing less than greatness.


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MILES PEELLE Scholarship

Book of Golden Memories Scholarship

Kathryn Kishpaugh Wyler ’59, Curator In 1950, Dr. Edmond H. Babbitt, vice president of Adrian College, recommended to the Board of Trustees that a “Book of Golden Memories” be authorized. A few weeks later, when Reverend Louie R. Foltz, Class of 1912, passed away, a scholarship fund was established in connection with the “Book” in his memory. The first scholarship was awarded at the 1960 Commencement. The purpose of the Book of Golden Memories is to create a record or honor a memory of an alumni, friend or volunteer of the College. It also provides an opportunity for the donor to become part of a named endowed fund, which offers assistance to a deserving student. Frank W. Stephenson, Class of 1906, and H. Eugene Powell, Class of 1936, served as curators, compiling one hundred

entries between them. Curators and the Alumni Board of Jammie Woods, recipient.

Directors are responsible for obtaining material and recording the data, as well as promoting the fund and selecting the recipient. The book may be viewed in Stephenson Alumni Lounge on campus. An $1800 scholarship is awarded annually. If you wish to memorialize someone, please send all supporting information to Kathryn Wyler c/o Adrian College Office of Alumni, 110 S. Madison St., Adrian, MI 49221 or via e-mail:




Peter E. Nims, M.D. ’60 I first met Miles Peelle in 1956. I was one of five or six freshmen who selected biology or pre-med as their area of interest. He was soft spoken and mild mannered as he spoke briefly of what we could anticipate over the next four years. I took a course every semester from “Prof.” Some classes were general and others, such as a senior honors course, were very focused. In fact, one course had only three students that met at the Peelle home once a week. He had a way of making all classes interesting and challenging and encouraged students to think and learn rather than just memorize. He even invited me to help with some labs and grade tests and papers to earn some spending money. In those days, admission to medical school was based on your MEDCAT score, grades and a recommendation. Dr. Peelle provided the letter of recommendation that I credit for my being accepted into several schools. After completing medical school at Ohio State University and my psychiatry training at the University of Florida, I began a practice of psychiatry in Ohio. Several years later, I thought a scholarship in honor of Dr. Peelle might be a way of thanking him for launching my medical profession. I initiated the Miles Peelle Scholarship, along with classmate Toh-Bin Lim ’58, to be given to a pre-med student to assist in their pursuit of medicine as a career. It was my hope that this scholarship would continue to honor the kind and dedicated man who had been so important to me. His love of nature and his understanding and teaching of the biological sciences were a gift to me and will hopefully be to others who pursue learning, as did the students of Professor Miles Peelle.

Class Agent Report


a Wonderful 2013

The Werstlers pictured with their scholarship recipient, Jammie Woods.

Throughout my first year as the vice president for development, I have been inspired by the support of our alumni and friends. I want to thank each of you for your passion and shared vision for the future which makes this College what it is today. The above picture was taken at our annual President’s Dinner, an event where we recognize our donors like the Werstler family. Dr. Richard E. Werstler, former chair of the Teacher Education Department, served the College for 20 years. Now living in North Canton, Ohio. The Werstlers have two children who graduated from AC, Beth Werstler Santell ’76 and Mark E. Werstler ’80. They endowed the Richard E. and Wilma P. Werstler Scholarship and were joined at the dinner by their scholarship recipient, Jammie Woods. I hope you will take some time to visit campus and reacquaint yourselves with Adrian College. Please do not hesitate to contact my office at 517.264.3168 to schedule a visit. I wish you a happy and healthy 2014! Go Bulldogs. Best Regards,

Jim Mahony ’00 | Vice President for Development

Great things continue to happen at Adrian College and I want you to hear all about them. If you utilize e-mail, don’t forget to update your e-mail address with the Office of Alumni Relations. To stay connected, I encourage you to look to the College’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Linkedin profiles. Want to stay up-to-date with realtime Bulldog athletic scores? You can do that by following Adrian College Athletics on Twitter. Want to give back to Adrian? Consider reaching out to the Institute for Career Planning through LinkedIn and offer on-site job shadowing or internship opportunities. These are only a few of the ways to stay connected to your Adrian. Numerous options are available and serve to enhance your connection to the Adrian College family! I look forward to connecting with you online. Go Bulldogs, Debbie Mason ’07

The 2012-2013 President’s Report highlights the contributions of our donors. adriancollege/docs/ presidentsreport2013


spotlight & updates


Dr. Agnes Caldwell, Dr. Kevin Darr, Dr. Melissa Stewart and President Jeffrey Docking


Dr. Kevin Darr & Dr. Melissa Stewart Dr. Kevin Darr, Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education, was awarded the Ross Newsom Award for Outstanding Teaching. Dr. Darr joined the Adrian College faculty in 1989, and specializes in anatomy and physiology. Students and colleagues alike regularly sing his praise, saying he is “an outstanding teacher in the classroom and an extremely special mentor outside the classroom.”

Dr. Melissa Stewart was the recipient of the Exemplary Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Stewart teaches courses ranging from World’s Christianity to Jesus in Film. She joined the faculty in 2003.

Unleashing Creativity Fall Convocation

“Everyone is creative – everyone is born with that creative spark,” said Dr. Jennifer Ellsworth in her opening remarks at the annual fall convocation. Part of the James Borland Convocation Speaker Series, Dr. Ellsworth captured the attention of those in Herrick Chapel in September. Dr. Ellsworth, assistant professor of business and director of the Institute for Creativity, touched on inhibitions, the creative process and why students and individuals should care about creativity. Her speech cited 2013 research from IBM; the company had looked at business leaders from around the world and stated that leaders cite creativity and innovation as the top skills for employees. “We’re taught to stay in the lines,” she said when discussing barriers for creativity, “and then later in life we’re told to think outside the box. Creativity leads to a fuller, richer life. Take chances. Take risks.” In her closing remarks, Dr. Ellsworth talked about the rapidly changing world and how useful creativity will be because of it. “I challenge you all to be bold, unleash your creativity and go for the new and improved.”




Leaders & Achievers

Dr. Paul Rupert Named First Dean of Graduate Studies Dr. Paul Rupert was recently named the first Dean of Graduate Studies. AC currently offers four 4+1 graduate programs, with another pending approval of the Higher Learning Commission, the College’s accrediting body. The College reintroduced graduate education in 2011. Dr. Rupert joined the Department of Chemistry in 2007 after a long career in the chemical industry. Most recently, he worked for Anderson Development Company and previously spent many years in Houston, Texas, working for NL Industries, Inc. As Dean of Graduate Studies, Rupert will oversee the promotion and growth of the College’s master’s degree programs.

Jim Martin Selected Excel Instructor of the Year

Photo courtesy of Lad Strayer and wePhotography


Chris Momany ’84 Rev. Dr. Momany has become a regular columnist for the United Methodist Reporter, the primary media source for over ten million United Methodist people worldwide. Dr. Momany’s monthly series currently unpacks the “Social Principles” of The United Methodist Church. Chaplain Momany has also been published recently in the Christian Century. His essay addresses the relationship between the doctrine of the atonement and human rights.

Professor Jim Martin has been selected as the 2013-14 TRiO Excel Instructor of the Year. This annual award is selected by popular vote and awarded on Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day. Martin teaches non-majors, biology and society, animal biology, entomology, parasitology and junior and senior seminar in the biology major. The TRiO Excel Instructor of the Year Award is presented to a professor who has been influential to the voting members of Excel. The recipient is given a certificate and honored with the addition of their name engraved on a plaque in the Academic Services offices. Martin, a 12-year veteran of the school, was nominated by one of his biology students.

Momany, along with 10 current Adrian College students, traveled to Denver, Colo., for the three-day event, “Exploration.” These pre-seminary students explored their passion and a career in ordained ministry.




Professor Al Craven (Teacher Education) Presented at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance national convention in Charlotte, N.C. Four AC students accompanied him.

Recognized Dr. Kevin Darr (Exercise Science/

Physical Education) 2013 Ross E. Newsom Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Gordon Hammerle

(Psychology) Awarded a full educator grant to attend The Amazing Meeting, the leading international conference on scientific skepticism, held annually in Las Vegas.

Dr. Annissa MorgensenLindsay (Theatre) Awarded a

Certificate of Merit from the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival for her scenic design for “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

Dr. Melissa Stewart (Religion/ Philosophy) 2013 United Methodist Exemplary Teaching Award

Presented/ Published Marcia J. Boynton, J.D.

(Institute for Health Studies) Presented at the National Association of Health Professions Advisors meeting in Detroit on preparing pre-health students to travel abroad, including methods of guiding student use of global health experiences in the personal statement and interview phases of the application process. 22



Dr. Fritz Detwiler (Religion/ Philosophy & Institute for Ethics) Published two book reviews: “The Morality of Spin: Virtue and Vice in Political Rhetoric and the Christian Right,” in the Journal of Church and State 2013 and “I Choose Life: Contemporary Medical and Religious Practices in the Navaho World,” in the spring issue of Studies in American Indian Literatures. He also just had a chapter on Tlingit Moral Cosmology in the Handbook of Contemporary Animism, published by Acumen (UK). The volume focuses on a re-definition of animism based on the worldview perspectives of indigenous peoples throughout the world. In addition, he has been named to the NCAA Region IV (All Divisions) Scholarship Review Committee. Dr. Scott Elliott (Religion/ Philosophy) Presented “The Rustle of Paul: Romans 7, Self-Narration and the Figure of Writing” at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. He also organized and moderated three New Testament sections at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Association in Erie, Pa. Ten AC students accompanied Dr. Elliott to the conference. Dr. Ahsan Habib (Economics) Presented a paper at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Economic Association. Dr. Amy Hillard (Psychology) Presented “Persuading more positive attitudes toward women in STEM” at the Midwestern Psychological Association’s conference in Chicago.

Professor Michelle Hiscock

(Teacher Education) Featured speaker with Professor Garin Horner at the Great Lakes Conference on Teaching and Learning at Central Michigan University. Their presentation was titled, “The Best Online Teaching Tools That Support Learning and Engage Us All.”

Professor Garin Horner (Art &

Design) Presented “The Hybrid Photo Classroom: Integrating Web Resources, Teamwork & Competition into a Learning Experience Where Everyone Wins” at the Society for Photographic Education’s 50th national conference in Chicago. Featured speaker with Michelle Hiscock, Teacher Education, at the Great Lakes Conference on Teaching and Learning at Central Michigan University.

Dr. Philip J. Howe (Political Science) Presented a paper, “Are EthnoRegionalist Parties Exceptional? A Comparative Exploration” at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago. He also served as discussant for the panel “Comparative Political Parties.” Dr. Stephanie Jass (History) Led a Reacting to the Past workshop at Sophia University in Tokyo, and participated in a panel at the annual Reacting to the Past Institute at Barnard College in New York City. Dr. Alia Khurram (Mathematics)

Attended the Michigan Undergraduate Mathematics Conference at Siena Heights University and the Conversation Among Colleagues annual conference at Central Michigan University. She has two writing projects underway, “Numerical Generation of Images for the Gibbs Phenomenon near a Corner in the Plane,” and a review of the book Elementary Number Theory by Kenneth H. Rosen.

Dr. Linda Learman (English)

Attended the 2013 Conference on College Composition and Communication in Las Vegas and the Reacting to the Past workshop at Barnard College in New York City.

Professor Victor Liberi

(Athletic Training) Presented, with recent graduate Heather Strong ’13, “A Displaced Coccygeal Fracture in a Female Collegiate Cheerleader” at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Symposium in Las Vegas.

Dr. Carissa Massey (Art History)

Delivered a paper, “Social Education and Arts Industry in Appalachia: A Comparative Study of the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, the John C. Campbell Folk School and the Penland School of Craft” to the Appalachian Studies Association (ASA), and presented another at the ASA conference, “Stereotypes of Sexual Deviance in ‘Real’ Depictions of Appalachians.”

Dr. Chris Momany ’84 (Religion/

Philosophy) Two presentations at the 48th annual meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society: a panel discussion on the future of the Wesleyan/Holiness tradition, and a paper that explored the influence of Scottish faculty psychology on the theology and ethical history of Asa Mahan. He has a monthly series for the United Methodist Reporter that currently unpacks the “Social Principles” of The United Methodist Church. Dr. Momany has also been published recently in the Christian Century; his essay addressed the relationship between the doctrine of the atonement and human rights.

Dr. Marti Morales (Biology) Conducted summer research at the University of Michigan’s Kresge Hearing and Research Institute.

Dr. Annissa MorgensenLindsay (Theatre) Presented two workshops at the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival Region 3 in Saginaw, Mich., and designed scenery for “9 to 5,” the musical performed at The Croswell Opera House in Adrian.

Professors Susan Nichols and Chuck Vanderwell (Social Work)

Wrote the College’s Reaffirmation SelfStudy for the Council on Social Work Education, submitted in 2013. Professor Nichols attended two conferences, the Baccalaureate Program Director’s annual conference and the National Association of Social Workers Michigan Chapter’s annual conference.

Professor Valerie Palmieri

(Music & Adrian College Orchestra) Guest conductor for the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra in Petoskey, Mich., the Onondaga High School Honors Orchestra in New York and the Summer Music Festival in Hillsdale, Mich. Presented at the Michigan Strings Workshop, Michigan Music Conference and the American Strings Teachers Assoc. (ASTA) Conference, and is the chairperson of the National Orchestra Festival for the ASTA in Rhode Island and Kentucky. She organized the first AC Spring String Fling, bringing high school musicians to campus.

Professor Catherine Royer

(Art & Design) Served on the selection jury for the fine arts entries in the Black Swamp Arts Festival, held in September in Bowling Green, Ohio. She also had three works in the “Delicate Balance” exhibit in April at the Croswell Opera House Gallery in Adrian, and organized the “Promise of Light” exhibition for the same venue.

Dr. Joanna Schultz

(Communication Arts and Sciences, Retired) has published her first novel, The Cheapest Date in Berlin. The book is available for purchase through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million and Trafford, the publisher. To learn more, visit:

Dr. Greg Thompson (Physics)

Presented his paper, “Variability in Optical Spectra of Epsilon Orionis” at the June meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Indianapolis. The paper also appeared in The Astronomical Journal.

Dr. Stacey Todaro (Psychology) Presented a paper, “Assessing the impact of topic interest on comprehension processes” at the annual meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago. Five AC psychology majors also presented their senior research projects at this same conference. Professor Aïda Valenzuela

(Modern Languages & Cultures) Attended the 40th annual National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) Conference in San Antonio in March 2013. She also presented an ACCET Faculty Research Seminar in April and participated in the Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS) Summer Institute at Ohio State University in July.

Dr. Marilyn Whitney (Interior

Design) Served on a panel at the International Interior Design Educators Council Conference in Indianapolis. She also presented a paper at the Interdisciplinary Social Science Conference in Prague, Czech Republic. The presentation, “Collaboration in the Classroom,” documented the work of AC interior design and business students, who prepared a 60-page feasibility study for the Lenawee County YMCA.



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The World’s 24



ACHA Hockey Members Represent Team USA at World University Games


he Adrian College ACHA Men’s Division I hockey program has established a winning tradition in its short existence, a reputation of excellence that caught the eyes of USA Hockey. Three Bulldogs– along with their head coach – traveled to Italy to represent the Stars and Stripes at the World University Games in December. This was Head Coach Dan Phelps’ second trip with Team USA, serving as an assistant coach during the World University Games in 2011 in Turkey. Senior forward Ryan Bachman (Orland Park, Ill.), sophomore forward Bobby Bodette (Garden, Mich.) and sophomore defenseman Andre Rakas (Holt, Mich.) experienced hockey on the world’s stage for the first time. “It meant so much to be able to represent the United States,” said Rakas. “It was a pretty special feeling the first game day, walking into the locker room and seeing a Team USA jersey hanging in your stall; I got chills just looking at it.” “It has definitely been a goal since I first started my hockey career,” said Bodette. “To finally achieve it means the world to me and my family.” “It was more of a privilege than anything,” added Bachman. “Being able to wear the USA jersey was an unreal feeling — seeing pictures of it online, you knew that it was a big deal to many people.” The roster brought a squad of 22 players to test their skills on the international stage. Phelps, along with other members of the coaching staff, handselected players they thought would bring a medal back to the United States — and demonstrate strong character. Team USA took part in a two-day minicamp, putting together strategy and lineups. The team flew into Munich, Germany after the minicamp, taking a bus into the town of Canazei-

ValDifassa, Italy, in preparation of their first game on December 10th. Team USA paired against Sweden, Latvia and Italy; they won against Sweden in the first round 2-0. The Americans faced Latvia next, skating to a 3-2 win. Bodette made his presence known as he gave the U.S. a 2-1 lead in the second period, with an assist from Sean Murphy of Arizona State University. The Italians were not so hospitable in the third game of pool play, beating USA 5-1. The teams were 2-0 in pool play entering the contest, but it was Italy who showed their home fans a tremendous effort. The U.S. would finish sixth overall and set up a rematch with Italy on December 18th. It was there that Team USA cruised to a 5-0 win over the host country and then moved into the semifinal round against Kazakhstan on December 20th. The Americans fell 5-1. Team USA took the ice in the bronze medal game against Russia the next day and did not have enough firepower in a 6-2 loss. The team would finish fourth — the best finish for Team USA in the World University Games.

and that really impressed me. Rakas is such a solid defenseman. He might not get the accolades on a personal level, but he also could get a call next time.” Phelps went on to say, “These guys have laid a great foundation for future Bulldogs. Our focus has jump-started momentum that we can bring back to the team at Adrian. The respect of these players amongst their teammates adds another dimension to our program and the experience of playing against the world’s best will help us moving forward.” All three players played in six games for Team USA during the tournament. Bodette finished with two goals and 12 shots on net. Bachman had one assist and 15 shots. Rakas had a plusone rating and seven shots during the tournament. “The most rewarding experience on the trip for me has just been being able to play against good competition and hold my own,” said Rakas. “Playing against guys in the KHL, Russia’s top professional league, and teams comprised of almost entirely professional hockey players was a pretty cool experience. It’s even more so when you realize you can hang with them out on the ice.”

“We’re showing great improvement as a nation,” said Phelps. “Two years ago, we had a sixth-place finish. We’re taking baby steps. We’re going in the right direction and making a name for ourselves.” Phelps is proud of the three players from Adrian College and what they mean to his team. “Bachman is such a dynamic player; he’s done nothing but flourish in our program. I see a strong possibility he could make it to the All-American level. He’s won a lot of conference and team awards and he’s team captain. Bodette really surprised people — you can bet his name might be called again. He tied for the most goals scored on this team in the tournament



SYNCHRONIZED SKATING Participates in Walk to End Alzheimer’s

College to Host Intercollegiate Figure Skating Team Championships Adrian College has been selected to host the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Intercollegiate Team Championships. The event, held April 11-13, will feature the top nine teams in the country. The top three teams from the Pacific Coast, Midwestern and Eastern sections will go head-to-head at Arrington Ice Arena in the short program, free skate, solo dance and team maneuver events. The championships will be the firstever national competition held on the College’s campus. Adrian made its debut on the intercollegiate team skating scene last season, finishing with an impressive Midwestern Conference Championship and a fifth place ranking at the 2013 Intercollegiate Team Championships. Notably, Adrian produced three national champions at last year’s event (Senior Ladies Free Skate, Intermediate Ladies Free Skate and Juvenile Ladies Free Skate). The team hopes to defend its title and improve upon its overall placement this season.




On September 15, 2013, the Adrian College synchronized skating team took part in the Lenawee County Walk to End Alzheimer’s Event at Trestle Park in Adrian. The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 650 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. The team has seen Alzheimer’s affect them on a personal level and wanted to walk in support of loved ones who deal with this disease on a daily basis. “For the last eight years, my grandmother has been living with cognitive impairments, so this walk and organization is deeply personal to me,” said assistant coach, Cass Milosh. “It is an incredibly difficult journey to go through, but one that is made easier with the support of family, quality medical care and organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association. I also firmly believe in our skaters giving back to the community. Adrian is the community that our skaters call home for four years, and it is important that they stay involved in projects like this.” Milosh has been an active volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association since 2005, participating in philanthropic efforts throughout her time in college. “This walk was very personal for me because I lost my great grandmother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, about two years ago. It was great to have all my teammates there walking to support the cause,” said freshman Taylor Holz of Fullerton, Calif. The 30-member team raised over $2,000 for the cause and was the second largest contributor to the event.

The roots of college bass fishing date back to Indiana University. Professor Steven Lutz organized the first collegiate bass competition in the country in 1988. This event was between members of the university bass club — a combination of shore fishing and boat fishing. The first tournament was held between IU and its rival Purdue in 1992.

Catching Momentum Bass Fishing Added In early January, the College announced the addition of bass fishing to its athletics roster. Adrian is among the latest to add one of the fastest growing collegiate sports in the country to its athletics arsenal. The program, set to begin for the 2014-15 academic year with new head coach Seth Borton at the helm, places AC among the elite, garnering the attention of anglers throughout the country. “Adrian College is excited to add bass fishing to its varsity program offerings. We are among the first national, fullyfunded varsity teams in the country,” said athletic director, Michael Duffy. The bass fishing program will compete as a co-ed team consisting of 15 to 20 anglers in the Cabela’s Circuit. This circuit is tournament-based, with competitions beginning in January and extending through May. These tournaments are hosted nationally, predominately in the southern states. The circuit gives bass anglers an affordable way to fish for high stakes and enjoy intense competition in a professionally run format. The Championship is a two-day competition with teams of no more than two anglers fishing from the same boat. The full field will compete both days and winners are determined by the heaviest accumulated weight per team. The two highest finishing teams at the event per school will earn School Of the Year points for their respective institution. Only largemouth, spotted, smallmouth, red eye and shoal bass are accepted species, with penalties being assessed if other species are caught.

Present day statistics have some experts calling bass fishing the fastest growing sport in the country. Key players such as FLW, B.A.S.S., The Bass Federation and the Association of Collegiate Anglers have stepped forward to organize national tournaments. The fishing and marine industry has responded with scholarships and significant prize money. The sport’s explosive growth is made evident by the monumental number of competing schools throughout the country. From its humble beginnings, the sport has more than quadrupled in growth over the last decade. That number is steadily increasing each year. Colleges offering bass fishing range anywhere from Ivy League to large and small universities in almost every state in the country. The sport has garnered an impressive media following that is not without its enrollment benefit. With a glimpse at the financial reward for a strong team, from high school to college, bass fishing offers the opportunity to become part of an elite program in the nation. College fishing offers a stepping-stone into the professional world of the sport. Coach Seth Borton agrees. He notes that his previous positions have cultivated a respect for building a career out of a passion for a sport. “This position has given me the opportunity to do just that.” His excitement doesn’t end with pursuing a career in the profession, but to also be at the grassroots of what he believes will be a strong program in the near future. “A big component of our success will hinge upon our partnerships with sponsors. As the program grows, the potential to provide long-term local, regional and national exposure for our business partners, the bass fishing program and Adrian College is something truly exciting.” To learn more about the up-and-coming sport of collegiate fishing, check out the following websites: http://www.,, and


s Men’s Bowling Added to Roster Men’s Bowling will take to the lanes during the 2014-15 school year.


With the announcement, it was determined that current women’s head bowling coach, Jody Fetterhoff, would take on the role as head coach. The men’s bowling team will be different in that it will be a non-sponsored NCAA sport at the club level.


The launch of the program coincides with the Boom Apparel Intercollegiate Bowling Club Championships, debuting in April. This event provides an opportunity for post-season play for schools not affiliated with the NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA. The top 24 teams are invited to compete.

The MCHA has continued to expand, announcing last summer that St. Norbert College and The College of St. Scholastica will be joining the league for the 2013-14 campaign. That new era will have the MCHA moving forward as the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA).

The men’s bowling team will practice and compete at nearby Lenawee Recreation Lanes with their competitive season running September to April. For more information about collegiate bowling, visit: http://www.

The original Northern Collegiate Hockey Association began in 1980 and includes a history that consists of 12 NCAA National Championships won by six different members.




On the men’s side, the NCHA tournament champion will continue to play for the Harris Cup, named after MSOE Director of Athletics Dan Harris. Harris served as the first president of the MCHA and helped the association become what it is today.

The regular-season champion will compete for the Peters Cup, named after long-time Bemidji State coach, Bob Peters. On the women’s side, the NCHA tournament champion will go after the Slaats Cup, named in honor of Lake Forest College Director of Athletics Jackie Slaats. This title serves as recognition of her pioneering efforts for the Women’s NCHA, which enters its 14th season next fall. The regular-season champion will receive the Kronschnabel Cup, named after Bill Kronschnabel, commissioner of the former Northern Collegiate Hockey Association since 2002.

CONTINUING A LEGACY It’s a family thing for some Adrian College athletes - a tradition that Sarah Richardson, a Grosse Pointe North graduate hopes to continue, following in the footsteps of her older siblings. Though other colleges attempted to woo Richardson, the freshman softball player chose to stay close to home and attend Adrian College like her older siblings, Jessica ’08 and Josh, a senior pitcher on the Bulldog baseball team. At Grosse Pointe North, Richardson put together a very solid senior year. Catchers are always regarded as the infield captain and Richardson was no different. She commanded respect and received it from her coaches, teammates and opposition. Now, Sarah has her older brother to help her adjust to the next chapter of her athletic and academic future. “I think that I’ve made a quick adjustment to life at Adrian. My brother has been really supportive and helped me around campus. We weren’t really close in high school because of the age difference, but in college we have become closer,” Sarah remarked about the transition.

Adrian College head softball coach, Kristina Schweikert, is already making a big impact on the addition to her team. “Coach Schweikert is a very hands-on coach. I didn’t expect that coming onto campus,” she noted. “I really like that she takes an interest in helping us develop on and off the field.” Sarah is looking to make an immediate impact as a freshman for the Bulldogs, but she knows that will take a lot of hard work. “As a freshman, I just really want to contribute in any way I can. I know we have a few good catchers ahead of me and I just want to be ready when I get called.” Her brother, Josh, is in his senior season with the Bulldogs. A relief pitcher, he has been a part of three straight MIAA championships. Richardson came to Adrian partly because of the great baseball facilities and to obtain a great education. “I really loved the facilities in terms of the baseball field. It was a great

atmosphere and I wanted to play ball in college. The friends I’ve made and the education has been very special [here]. The professors have a hands-on approach and with small class sizes, I feel like I get the help I need.” Josh has great respect for his sister as a person and was humbled to think she might look to him as a role model during her freshman year. “Sarah has been someone that I’ve gotten to know a lot better in the last few months. I know she looks up to me for advice and I’ve been glad to show her the ropes,” said Josh. “I told her that you are going to be busy, especially once the spring hits. You need to have a balance between school and softball and work hard every day in practice because the coaches take notice,” he added. Josh will receive a degree in business management in May. This will mark the second of three Richardson siblings to receive their degree from Adrian College. Sarah will complete the trifecta, pursing her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in athletic training through the College’s 4+1 program.


Young Alumni alumni

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ON DUTY Kirk Cleland transitions to a new field “It wasn’t my first choice initially, but in the end it was the best choice,” Kirk Cleland ’04 says of his decision to study at Adrian College. “Within the first two weeks [on campus], I knew I made the right decision.” The next four years would see Cleland involved in everything from Greek life to student government. But it was the small class sizes that made him feel like he was getting a personalized approach to his education. This classroom experience would leave its mark as he would pursue a double major in biology and chemistry. He credits his coursework with preparing him for the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test), and the commitment of his advisers in aiding his goal of getting into medical school. “When I started at Adrian, I had an idea that I wanted to try to go to medical school, but wasn’t 100% certain. I really enjoyed my biology and chemistry classes that first year, and it reaffirmed my decision,” he recalls. It would be be more than just his educational pursuits that captured his attention, it was the affections of fellow Bulldog, Stephanie Roos ’05.




“Meeting my wife on campus during sophomore year is one of my favorite memories,” Cleland notes. “We got engaged in November of 2004 in Herrick Chapel, as that was one of the first places we met.” The Clelands currently reside in Indianapolis with their twin daughters, who just turned one. This move was a result of a determined Cleland, coming off of a five-year residency in orthopaedic surgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Upon completion, he decided that he wanted to pursue additional training in sports medicine and hand surgery. “Through some connections I made through Henry Ford, I was put in touch with Dr. Arthur Rettig, the sports medicine fellowship director at Methodist Sports Medicine in Indianapolis, Ind. [He] had been the head team physician for the Indianapolis Colts since their move from Baltimore,” he notes. “He also had a busy practice consisting of sports medicine with a focus on upper extremity sports injuries – something I was very interested in.” “There are many stories so far from my six months here,” he recalls. “I have been very busy in the operating room working with the different physicians in the practice. I have also had the opportunity

to provide sideline and even orthopaedic coverage for a variety of sports and events — even a WWE professional wrestling match.” But it is the opportunity to work with the physicians at Methodist Sports Medicine in covering the Indianapolis Colts that has proven the most unique. His experience working with and getting to know these professional players and highly trained medical staff has been demanding, as well as rewarding. “Treating these injuries and trying to keep the athletes on the field has such high stakes,” Cleland remarked. Cleland never hesitates to credit his first four years with the impact on his future. “I always look back to my experience at Adrian as pivotal in helping me get to where I am today. Without the opportunities and experience I had, in and out of the classroom, I may not have chosen the same career path.” A path that began with being ‘on duty’ as an RA on campus, to being ‘on call’ as a physician in a hospital. “This four-year experience at Adrian taught me almost as much as anything learned in medical school.”

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION. Melissa LaMay Hughes steps into the spotlight “I remember entering Downs Hall for the first time and falling in love with it,” Melissa LaMay Hughes ’97, recalls. “Adrian’s affiliation with the United Methodist Church is what initially put AC on my radar. As soon as I toured the campus, though, my decision was made. Immediately, I felt at home here and knew this was where I wanted to spend my college years.” “It was important to find a college where I could continue to participate in activities that I am passionate about,” she notes. She would leave her collegiate experience with a BA in Mass Media Communication, a minor in theatre, multiple theatre productions to her credit and four years behind the mic at WVAC. “My years at Adrian were wonderful. I was able to do so much — all of which played an integral part on my career choice. This cohesive background was a major factor in my rapid promotion into production.” A rapid ascent in her career postgraduation began in the traffic department of Kolon, Bittker & Desmond Advertising. It wasn’t long before the agency would recognize the

flourishing talent. Within two weeks of her initial hire, Hughes would be promoted to junior producer/talent coordinator. She would move to a role with Solomon Friedman Advertising as agency producer/production manager a few years later. “Working at these mid-sized agencies gave me experience in all aspects of advertising including the creative, account and media processes. I love the challenges that inherently come with production,” Hughes says. The current resident of New Baltimore, Mich., notes that music is still very much a part of her life. The lead singer of The Red Ryder Band—a Detroit-based country group—she’s no stranger to performing. Through the support of her husband, Bill, and their three children, Emma, Zoe and Brady, she finds a unique influence on her creative pursuits, on and off the stage. “Once [we] started our family, I decided to venture out on my own as a freelance producer/production manager, and started EZ Productions, Inc. in 2000,” Hughes notes. “I’ve expanded the scope of my work to include a wide array of projects including TV and radio commercials, feature films, corporate and training videos, live events and print and newspaper advertising.”

She notes some of the more unique experiences have included acting as the producer/judging coordinator for The D Show, a Detroit creative awards show as well as a producer on an independent feature film project, Annabelle & Bear. “[Annabelle and Bear] performed very well on the film festival circuit including being awarded Best Feature at The Blue Whiskey Film Festival, Bel-Air Film Festival and Detroit/Windsor Independent Film Festival. It was screened around the country and was short-listed for Sundance,” she says of the film. The dynamic creative has also produced campaigns for The Henry Ford, Michigan Department of Community Health, The Detroit Medical Center, Michigan Opera Theatre, Molina Healthcare and Genesys Health System. A successful portfolio she credits to her roots at Adrian. “Adrian College affords their students the opportunity to construct an educational experience that will allow them to transition into a successful career. The professors I had worked with me to develop the skills and knowledge [I] needed. It was incredible and unique to the AC experience.”


2013 Alumni Awards




Keith R. Beck ’65, Ph.D. Raleigh, NC Retired Chemistry Professor, North Carolina State University

Michael M. Bell ’00 Beverly Hills, MI Attorney And Counselor, Howard & Howard

Mike ’73 & Sarah Hise ’73 Berthold Adrian, MI Retired Educators

For his outstanding career in textile chemistry and many contributions to science, education, student development and industry

For paving the way for first ever credit union mergers making national/ industry news

For ongoing service to the College, its student athletes and extraordinary support of the hockey programs

“I am honored to receive this award and humbly accept the recognition. I attribute to Adrian College my solid knowledge base and the strengthening of my critical thinking skills. I used that intellectual foundation in law school and use it today in my career. I am a believer in Adrian College and am proud to be an alumnus.”

“Since graduation, we have been involved with the College in various ways and on various levels, but when hockey began at Adrian College our involvement grew exponentially. We truly enjoy being connected to fellow fans, the coaching and office staff and the student athletes themselves. We have interacted with people from the College, community and alumni, creating and strengthening friendships with many. It is our intention to continue this connection for as long as we are able.”

“Times have certainly changed. In 1965, our grades came on a hand-written postcard for everyone in the post office to see. Calculations were done on a slide rule. Now, 48 years later, look at how Adrian College has grown. President Dawson would be so very proud, as I am for this humbling and cherished recognition. Yes, Adrian College is a special place.”







Larry G. Olsen ’69, Ph.D. Dewitt, MI Professor Of Entomology, Michigan State University

David S. Hickman Tecumseh, MI C.P.A. And Retired Banker, United Bancorp, Inc. And United Bank & Trust

Robin Luana Bott, Ph.D. Adrian, MI Director, Institute For Study Abroad; Professor, Department Of English, Adrian College

For nearly 40 years of commitment to the College as a trustee, consultant, friend and community leader

For outstanding stewardship of the study abroad program and its students

For working to enhance agricultural and economic development in the central highlands of Peru “My experiences at Adrian College are memories I will never forget. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here and made some lifelong friends. The academic program was very challenging and rigorous, but trained me well for my future career as a professor at Michigan State University. All this was due to my taking an elective entomology course my senior year.”

“I was both surprised and pleased to learn that I was selected for this award. I grew up in Adrian and have always had a high regard for Adrian College and the kind of ‘education for life’ that the small private colleges provide. The association here with four presidents, fellow trustees, administrators, faculty and students has enriched my life more than one can imagine.”

“It almost doesn’t seem right to be rewarded for doing something you love. It is a privilege to receive this honor. Thank you to all of the brave students who have had the courage to travel the world, and to their parents who support them in this important journey. Thank you also to the Adrian College community for supporting my efforts to create quality educational experiences for our students.”


a HOLLIS EDWARDS ’98 | BASKETBALL Knoxville, TN • Therapeutic Specialist, Gilead Sciences, Inc. • First Team All-MIAA in 1997 and 1998 • Led the MIAA in scoring (17.9 ppg) during senior season • First player to earn Second Team All-Great Lakes Region in 1998 • Ranks number 15 in school history with 1,169 points

KEITH BOZYK ’94 | BASEBALL Adrian, MI • C.O.O., Gray Institute • Member of 1993 MIAA Championship team • MIAA MVP and First Team All-MIAA in 1993 • Second Team AllMIAA in 1994 • Lowest single season ERA in school history (1.34) • Ranks second in school history in innings pitched and fourth in wins and strikeouts

DALE SPRANKLE (posthumous) Athletic Director and Coach from 1923-36 • basketball, cross country, track & field, baseball • Six winning basketball seasons • Won career-high seven football games in last season for AC in 1935 • Coaching “career” 23 MIAA Conference Championships

SARAH MOULIK ’03 | SOCCER Commerce Township, MI • Police Officer, City of Novi • First Team All-MIAA in 2000 and 2002 • Second Team All-MIAA in 1999 • Led MIAA in goalsagainst average and saves in 2002 • Senior Female Athlete of the Year in 2003 • Team captain all four years • Second all-time in saves (557)




Athletic Hall Of Fame Adrian College inducted seven new members into the Athletic Hall of Fame on September 20 in a banquet held at the Adrian Tobias Room. The 45th annual event brings together the past and present and allows for the College to honor those who have paved the way for today’s current student-athletes.

AMY BUCHANAN ’94 | SOCCER Clawson, MI • Assistant Principal, Troy School District • First Team AllMIAA in 1990 and 1992 • Second Team All-MIAA in 1991 • Coaches Award and TEAM MVP • Holds school record with five goals in a match • Ranks third all-time with 33 goals and 85 points

SARAH VINCKE ’03 | BASKETBALL Swartz Creek, MI • Physician’s Assistant, Pediatric Intensive Care, Hurley Medical Center • First in school history in three-pointers made and attempted • Third in school history with 1,416 career points • First Team All-MIAA as a sophomore and senior • Team captain three years • Holds single-game record with nine three-pointers versus Bluffton in 2000

BRUCE CROSTHWAITE ’88 | FOOTBALL Wheaton, IL • Owner, Blooming Color Inc. • First Team All-MIAA in 1985 and 1987 • Team Captain from 1985-87 • Team Offensive Back MVP from 1985-87 • GTE Academic All-American in 1987 • Second in school history in passing completions, yards and touchdowns


Amy Allison ’92 Roots


Michael J. Barker ’03 Steel Series #6

2013 Alumni Art Show

Ann Batdorf Vreeland ’74 & ’97 Web of Stone

Professor Pi Benio invited former students to share in the 1978-2013 Adrian College Art & Design Alumni Show during Homecoming. Featured are works from some of the over 40 alumni and friends who exhibited in Valade Gallery last fall. Amara Karapas ’13

Karen Haas Misseldine ’87 Storybrook Tree

Jason Stockman ’07 Plated Sails #5

Chris Reed ’11 Industrialize It

Jackie Tonsor Whiteley ’01 50 Shades of Gray

Deborah Wilson Bard ’94 Untitled 36



Legacy of a Bulldog

Seal of Approval “Uncle Will” Cairns leaves his mark

Upcoming Events 2014 Toledo Mud Hens Baseball Alumni & Friends Evening | Thursday, June 12 Chicago Alumni & Friends Gathering | Friday, June 13 TEAM Bone Marrow Registry Drive | Saturday, September 13 Homecoming | October 3-5 Theta Chi 50th Anniversary Weekend | October 23-26

One of the most recognizable assets of Adrian College was born of the talents of one of its most loyal supporters. Though unable to afford to attend college at Adrian, William S. Cairns was commissioned to provide a lasting legacy to campus – the College seal. Cairns designed the seal at the request of his brother-in-law and thenPresident Harlan L. Feeman in the 1930s. His drawing featured the open doors and intricately detailed design that remains in today’s historical mark. From his humble roots to his successful career as photographer and illustrator, he would continue to be a staunch supporter of the College. It would be this creative skill that would fund an Adrian education for his younger siblings: Annie Cairns Feeman 1900, Nelle Cairns Hurst 1913, and Rev. Timothy A. Cairns 1896 and Rev. Robert Cairns 1936. Always with pencil in hand, Uncle Will, as he was affectionately known, penned numerous poems and illustrations about Adrian. His drawing of the Cane Ceremony was transferred to a stone marker, a gift from the Class of 1987. This distinctive campus treasure occupies a place of honor next to The Mound.


See web pages for criteria and nomination forms or e-mail

For information on all of these events, visit events

Theta Chi 50th Anniversary Celebration The Zeta Beta Alumni Association, chaired by Jim Grissinger ’90, has been planning the chapter’s highly anticipated 50th anniversary celebration for October 23-26. Join brothers and guests throughout the weekend for golf, conversation at the chapter house, rededication ceremony, BBQ and dinner program, featuring National Counselor Joseph Couch (Chi/ Auburn ’96) as keynote speaker, with emcee Scott Chesley ’85. $55 per alum; $100 per alumni and guest. Questions? E-mail: Visit for further details after April 15.

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in Italy & Greece

HOMECOMING October 3-5, 2014

Travel with Adrian College for the May 2015 Tour: explore the glory of Greece and Rome with students, faculty, family and friends.

Watch for your homecoming brochure in the mail and online in August for all the amazing details.

Highlights of the tour include Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, the ruins of Pompeii, Olympia—site of the first Olympic Games, and a three-day island cruise to Mykonos, Patmos, Kusadasi, Santorini and Crete. This sun-drenched tour, designed for Adrian College, is set to begin May 7, 2015 and will run for 13 days. The cost of this tour for students is $3619; for adults 23 and over, $4144. These prices include roundtrip airfare from Detroit, all ground transportation, entrance fees, tour guides, the cruise, breakfasts and dinners.

Building A Bulldog

Tradition. Pride. Spirit.

For full itinerary and booking information, go to:

ADRIAN COLLEGE | ARRINGTON BOOKSTORE Limited Edition AC Beads | Available April 15 A custom glass bead by local Adrian artist, Susan Maytch-Hager,* has sterling silver core and stamped caps to fit PandoraStyle bracelets. They can also be worn on a necklace. * Visit for more information on the artist.



Makes a great gift for a special occasion, remembering your AC years, for a new graduate or just because.


Beads retail for $39.95 each, plus tax. Shipping is included. Proceeds benefit the Alumni Association Scholarship fund.

To order your AC bead: 517.264.3185

From Left to Right: Coach Ron Labadie ’71, Coach Bill Davis and Coach Tom Heckert were the honored guests at the football reunion in October.

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Between these three beloved coaches, they had an overall record of 117-81-2 and won seven MIAA championships.

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Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations, Alumni Board and Institute for Creativity.

Jill Geddes Curry ’90 of West Des Moines, Iowa, submitted the winning idea for the 2013 Creative Alumni Program to create an Adrian Impact video.

All alumni are invited to answer this question: “How did Adrian College impact your life?” Consider college life in general or any faculty/staff/ coaches, activities, classes, friends, Greek life, athletics and clubs. Then, can you state it in less than one minute?

3 ways to participate:

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For more information and forwarding, visit Questions? Please contact or call 800-264-9063.

1) Create your own video and e-mail to or mail a hard copy DVR to the Office of Public Relations. 110 S. Madison St., Adrian, MI 49221 2) Attend predetermined events on campus where a video camera will be set up.* 3) Visiting campus? Call or e-mail ahead to schedule a video shoot.

* For all the details visit: or e-mail Make an impact on the next generation of AC students; now’s the time to submit your ideas in 150 words or less for the 2014 Creative Alumni Program! Visit or e-mail to get started.


a 1940s

Sam Beal ’40 was featured in a story of The Daily Telegram on Oct. 15, describing his legacy gift for an outdoor classroom at Lincoln Elementary School in Adrian. The Sam and JoAn Beal Outdoor Education Center sits on property sold by the Beal family to Adrian Public Schools in 1925. Iris Benner Stout ’47 of Clayton, Mich., was recognized in The Daily Telegram on Sept. 3, for 70 continuous years of membership and service in the Rome Grange.


While waiting to board an excursion train in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Taylor Griffin ’50 approached Carolyn Jones ’94 (Director of Research in the AC Development Office), who was wearing an Adrian College hoodie. Turns out they lived directly across the street from one another on University Avenue in Adrian next to the College, although Taylor moved a couple months before Carolyn was born. They enjoyed reminiscing about the College and old University Ave. neighbors. Taylor lives in Wolfeboro, N.H. Bob ’57 and Janet Hull Ohrman ’57 celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary June 21. The couple met at AC and has resided in Adrian since. They have three children and five grandchildren.

1960s In October, Robert W. Brown ’50, former president of Culver-Stockton College, was inducted into the Order of the Founders Circle for his important role in the college’s history. Pictured are Bob and his wife, Carolyn, and other family members at the recognition. Bob was formerly employed by Adrian College, including as vice president for development. He was also a member of the College’s Board of Trustees for many years. He and Carolyn reside in Quincy, Ill.

Carlene Raines Maxwell ’63 of Commerce Twp., Mich., reported that four awards for literary excellence have been given for the book The Perfect Lion: the Life and Death of Confederate Artillerist John Pelham written by her late husband, Jerry Maxwell ’64. Mike McAran ’66 retired June 30 as superintendent of Tecumseh Public Schools; he completed a 47-year education career, the last nine as head of Tecumseh schools. Mike has served as a teacher, assistant high school principal and athletic director, high school principal, and was appointed superintendent of Tecumseh Schools in 2005. He was featured in The Daily Telegram with retiring fellow alumnus David Pray ’68. Mike is married to Judy Raines McAran ’67. Denny Van Sickle ’66 and his wife, Pat, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 17. The couple lives in Onsted, Mich., and has two sons and five grandchildren. Denny is retired from teaching and coaching at Onsted High School, and Pat is retired from the athletic department at Adrian College.




Class Notes JoAnn Stewart Flanery ’67 of Flagstaff, Ariz., had her first book, Accepting the Unacceptable Alone, published in January 2013. It is an autobiography that begins when her husband, Duane Flanery ’66, died. Tears blend with laughter in this story of the many challenges single and suddenly single women face combined with facing breast cancer, all while raising their disabled daughter alone. The sequel, Parenting a Parent, became available on April 1. Like so many other baby boomers, JoAnn had to find a way to balance her own hectic life with an aging parent who had dementia and could no longer take care of herself. JoAnn also wrote Simple Fun Ways of Living Naturally, which became available in early October.

In April, Tom Meyer ’67 and his wife, Jeannette, were awarded by the City of Tecumseh its highest honor, the Musgrove Evans Award for their teaching careers, volunteer work and participation in the arts. The award is presented annually by the Tecumseh Area Chamber of Commerce recognizing contributions to the quality of life in the community. Tom, a member of the PKA fraternity, and his wife are retired after 35year education careers with Tecumseh Public Schools. David Pray ’68 retired June 30, after 44 years in education, the last 19 as superintendent in Clinton, Mich. He is one of the longest-serving superintendents in Lenawee County, and has served as a teacher, elementary school principal, middle school principal and superintendent since 1994. He was featured in The Daily Telegram in an article with retiring alumnus Mike McAran ’66. David is married to Pam Pray, and has three daughters.

1960s Mike Walls ’66 and AC friends traveled to France in October for a 16-day tour. While researching for the trip, he discovered that a former Adrian student, Upton James, was killed in the Battle of the Argonne Forest on Oct. 14, 1918. He was buried in the Meuse Argonne American Cemetery in NE France near the Belgium border where more than 12,000 other American boys were laid to rest. The group paid their respects on Oct. 14, exactly 95 years to the day after Upton’s death. Pictured L-R: Donald Turpening ’64, Dennis Nagle ’66, Connie Black Nagle ’68, Thomas Pridgeon ’64, George Taylor ’64, Judy Berndt Walls ’65 and Mike Walls. The group met at AC in the mid-60s and have remained lifelong friends.

Lynn Schefsky ’70 was recently named director of the Romney Institute for Law & Public Policy at Adrian College. He continues to serve the College using his law background and will assist students in preparing for law school admission and more.


In the November election, Jim Berryman ’69 defeated the incumbent City of Adrian mayor. Jim served as mayor of Adrian previously from 1983-90, and served in the Michigan Senate from 1990-98. He and his wife, Sue Bean Berryman ’69, have been active in the Adrian community for many years.


a 1970s

For the 12th consecutive year, ATO alumni gathered for a weekend of fun and brotherhood, this time in South Haven, Mich. The brothers, their wives and friends enjoyed a weekend of fishing, golf, a beach party and several cookouts during a gorgeous weekend. Front L-R: Bernie Thompson, Cathy Fusco, Barbara Serbinski Sipe ’72, Susan Jones, BobbiJo Benton Sweebe ’72, Betty Hidy Sombronsky ’70 and Colleen McPike; Back L-R: Bill Fusco ’72, Tony Strong ’73, Mike Adler ’71, Dick Sweebe ’71, Julie Adler, Dave McPike ’72, Charlene Hyde Matheny ’71, Mike Matheny ’75, Hal May ’71, Alan Sipe ’71 and Ron Sombronsky ’70. Also in attendance was Travis Pearse ’73. If anyone would like information about the 2014 gathering, contact Dick at

Unable to attend Homecoming this year, Cathy Charlesworth Mejia ’76 and friends had their own reunion in Cleveland on Nov. 2. The reunions began in the summer of 1974 and continue to this day. Adrian friends are forever! Front L-R: Bev Betz Bucar ’78, Pam DeFino ’76, Diane Fricker Stoll ’77; Back L-R: Ralph Smith ’78, Cathy Charlesworth Mejia ’76, Sue Saunders ’78, and Paul Bucar ’78. Ron ’72 and Barbara “Millie” Miller Pruett ’75 celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary on Jan. 18. The couple resides in Adrian, where they own West Pointe Party Shoppe. Millie is employed as an accountant with Boldt & Malloy. Dennis Lehman ’73 of Adrian retired in September from a 39-year career working for the 39th Judicial Circuit Court for Lenawee County. He served the community well in his roles as circuit court administrator and friend of the court. Micheal Selleck ’73 has a nearly 40-year history in ministry with the United Methodist Church. He earned his M.Div. degree at Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio, has advanced certification in church business administration from Candler School of Theology, and certification in youth ministry. Mike is one of the founding members and chairman of the board of the national Center for Youth Ministry Excellence supporting youth workers in local churches. In the past two years, he has traveled extensively to foreign countries to create networks to help congregations with leadership training and skill

Debbie Carpenter Robinson ’73 of Indian Wells, Calif., organized a reunion of ’72-73 Chi Omega sorority sisters last summer in Denver. They enjoyed a weekend of reminiscing and renewing friendships. AC President Jeffrey Docking sent special video greetings from campus. The group intends to get together again, hoping even more will join the festivities. Front L-R: Diane Bratt ’72, Jan Saunders Maresh ’73; Middle L-R: Betsy Haynosch Taylor ’72, Ann Nagle Frost ’73, Carolyn Funk Neville ’72, Barb Serbinski Sipe ’72, Becky Howlett Schmidt ’72; Back L-R: Debbie Carpenter Robinson ’73, Betsy Wermlinger Golding ’73, Kate Collins Corlett ’73, Debbie Whitson Sledge ’72, Jill Bernhardy ’73 and Marty Pratley Smith ’72.




Class Notes building. Mike has authored three books addressing of youth ministry, and has been a visiting instructor, most notably at Princeton Theological Seminary at their youth ministry institutes. He and his wife, Christine, live in Cumming, Ga., and have two children and six grandchildren. Jack Wolf ’73 and his wife, Rita, celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on May 17. The couple has three children and 10 grandchildren. Jack is retired from Hidden Lake Gardens, and Rita retired from Adrian College. They live in Tipton, Mich.

Lowell Gladd ’74 of Rochester Hills, Mich., began his term as president of the Rochester Lions Club on July 1, succeeding his wife, Kathy Anderson Gladd ’78. These two very dedicated Lions members are pictured here with Kathy passing the gavel to Lowell.

Since his AC days, he has worked for the Detroit Pistons, then made a career change in 1983 and taught English and social studies, and served as tech director and coach. Steve later ran for the Swanton School Board. Denise stated that it’s hard to believe they are now a part of the retirement community! They would enjoy hearing from former classmates if you live or travel in the Toledo/Swanton area.


Steve Hardwick ’76 a senior research chemist and resident of Newark, Del., shared a story from the 2013 Priestley Medal Award Address (American Chemical Society). Speaker Stang acknowledged the influence of Dr. Robert C. Miller (then at DePaul University) who later taught organic chemistry at Adrian College (196888). Peter Stang stated, “…I was most fortunate to have as one of my chemistry teachers and mentors Dr. Miller, who gave me the opportunity to do three years of undergraduate research in phosphorus chemistry that gave me a real taste of the thrill of making new, previously unknown compounds and the joy of discovery. He also encouraged me to go to graduate school.” Steve noted how many students from Adrian College could share this same story about Dr. Miller. Many professors devote their careers to undergraduate teaching and research and make a remarkable impact in the lives of their students.

Deena Boone Katz ’74, certified financial planner, LHD (FPA of West Texas) was awarded the Heart of Financial Planning 2013, along with husband Harold Evensky, CFP, AIF (FPA of Miami), by the Financial Planning Association. This award recognizes individual professionals, financial planning firms, FPA chapters and organizations who engage in extraordinary work. Deena and Harold are the founders and owners of Evensky and Katz Wealth Management in Coral Gables, Fla., and Lubbock, Texas. Russ Luck ’74 was pictured in the The Daily Telegram on Nov. 24 as part of the Christmas tree story. The photo showed the Pentecost Tree Farm in Tipton, Mich., that he operates with his brother. Russ is a middle school teacher for Onsted Community Schools. Since her Adrian College days, Denise Novak Brehmer ’76 has been a teacher in schools in Indiana, Michigan, and the last 30 years in the Swanton School District in Swanton, Ohio. She taught and coached grades 7-12 in social studies, physical education and health. Denise retired in May and in July was hired by Owens Community College as an academic advisor in the School of STEM. Husband Steve Brehmer ’79 also retired in May from the Swanton School District.

Scott Smith ’76 and his wife, Linda, were married Aug. 3 at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor, Mich., followed by a honeymoon in Maui. Scott and Linda reside in Adrian, where Scott continues to practice dentistry. John MacNaughton ’78, creative director for the Croswell Opera House, was pictured in the Sept. 9 edition of The Daily Telegram as he disassembled old stage sets during the annual clean-up and fix-up day at the Croswell.


a 1970s

1980s Jane Underwood Snyder ’78, with husband Bruce, retired this year from Bloomfield Hills School District. They both taught 35 years, much of that time under Superintendent Robert Docking, father of AC President Jeffrey Docking. Jane is now director of children’s ministries at Orchard Lake Community Church, where her husband is the music director. They reside in Orchard Lake, Mich. Cliff Weeks ’78 retired after many years in manufacturing. He recently accepted an offer to run a family-owned lumber/retail business, owned by long-time friends. As general manager for The Building Center, located right off the ocean on Gloucester Harbor, Mass., he oversees the operations at their two business sites. Gary Fullhart ’79 was named director of engineering and IT for Clear Channel’s 15 radio stations in Northwest Ohio. While at AC, Gary held several student positions at WVAC. His wife, Debra Ellis Fullhart ’78, retired after teaching 33 years with Sylvania Schools. Debbie now serves the Lourdes University community as a writing tutor and an academic coach.

Barb Fairman ’85 left Flute World Company after 21 years, and started a new job in October in customer tech support for a company in Ann Arbor. Barb continues to direct a children’s choir for ages 3 - 12 at Trinity Episcopal in Belleville. She volunteers with the Belleville Community Band, entering its 15th season, as principal flute/piccolo, section leader, music librarian and founding member. She is also an active member of the Amateur Resources Committee for the National Flute Association, and a member of the Pontchartrain Alumni Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, the international music fraternity. In November, Virg Bernero ’86 was elected to a third term as mayor of Lansing, Mich. He and wife Teri Johnston Bernero ’87, have been ardent supporters of the Lansing community for many years. Mark Nothdruft ’86 of West Branch, Mich., received the Above and Beyond Award from the West Branch–Rose City Area Schools Board of Education in recognition of his exemplary dedication and leadership to enrich the experience of staff and students at Rose City School and the district. Mark is currently teaching in a multi-age classroom with first and second graders and has been with the school district for 25 years.

Steven Gustafson ’79 became the new president of the Oakland County Dental Society in May. He and his wife, Shari, are dentists at Gustafson & Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, Mich.


Mike Ayre ’82, former vice president for business at Adrian College, has taken a new position with ITT Exelis. He will serve the defense industry manufacturing company as their corporate director of labor relations. Mike’s position will be based in Michigan where he resides with his wife Terri Caldwell-Ayre ’83. Phil Krauss ’82 was promoted in March to manager of the student service center at Marygrove College in Detroit, where he has worked since 2006. In his new role, Phil’s office is responsible for working with students, solving their enrollment problems and guiding them to graduation. Phil has spent 26 of the last 31 years in higher education, since his graduating from AC. He and wife Jennifer North Krauss ’83, reside in Westland, Mich.




Jeff Haslow ’87, (pictured at left) chief financial officer for The Knowland Group, headquartered in Washington, D.C., was awarded CFO of the Year (private company) during Proformative’s CFO Dimensions Awards for Excellence. Jeff joined The Knowland Group in 2008 and is responsible for overseeing finance and accounting. He has held senior positions with The Ocean Atlantic Companies, Monogram Building and Design, and was vice president of finance when four companies merged to form eMotion, a pioneer in hosted software solutions for digital media management. Deerfield, Mich., residents, Beth Frank Iott ’87 and husband Gary, of Iott Farms, Inc., were featured in a January 2013 issue of The Daily Telegram. They had completed one phase of The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program verification by updating their 2,000-acre farm emergency plan.

Class Notes


Todd Horner ’88 and Laura Stribbell Burkhart ’88 were married in Clarkston, Mich. Guests included Patty Dupuis Godin ’88 and Michele Madama Farash ’88. The Horners reside in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Todd is employed by Quicken Loans in Detroit, and Laura is employed by Kadmon Pharmaceuticals. The couple also stays busy with 13-year-old twins, Lily and Brendan.


Leslie Norback ’91 and Shannon Marshall were married on July 14, 2012, at Willow Harbor Vineyards in Three Oaks, Mich. Alumni in attendance included the bride’s sister and maid of honor, Julie Norback ’94, Terri McMahon Bennett ’91 and Kerri Hurford Berry ’91. The Marshalls reside in downtown Chicago. Leslie works for Morningstar as director of events, magazine and social media, and is responsible for the company’s global event and social media strategy. Karena Root Jors ’92 was recently appointed president and CEO of OSB Community Bank in Brooklyn, Mich. Karena came to OSB Community Bank in 2008. A graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin, she began her banking career at City Bank and Trust. Karena lives in Jackson, Mich., with her husband, William, and daughter.

Bill Kralovec ’90 was named director of the Osaka International School of Osaka, Japan, for the 2014-2015 school year. He is currently upper school principal of the International School of Belgrade in Serbia. During his career in international education, he has worked in Colombia, Bolivia, Australia and Venezuela. He is married with three children.

Lori Surago Logan ’92 accepted the director of marketing position with Electronic Systems, Inc. (ESI), southeastern Virginia’s largest provider of customized and scalable technology solutions. In addition to leading the development and execution of ESI’s integrated marketing strategies and supporting tactics, Lori provides direction for the company’s public relations and marketing communications plans. Lori lives in Virginia Beach, Va., with her husband, Frank. Tom Weller ’92 had a short story, Snow Wilson, appear in the winter/spring 2013 issue of Epiphany. His fiction and creative nonfiction have also appeared recently in publications Midwestern Gothic, Trachodon, Evening Street Review, Booth, Silk Road and the anthologies Bite: An Anthology of Flash Fiction and One Hand Does Not Catch a Buffalo: Fifty Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories. Tom lives in Greencastle, Ind., and teaches at Indiana State University, where he is the student support services writing specialist. Cyndi Koppelman ’93 was named Michigan Art Teacher of the Year, by the Michigan Art Education Association. Cyndi teaches art at Saline High School, and lives in Tecumseh, Mich.





Brett Peters ’95 and Gina Barabani were married Feb. 18, 2013, in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Brett is employed by Alpha 1 Induction Service Center in Columbus, Ohio, as purchasing, shipping, receiving and inventory coordinator. He is also a member of the Adrian College Alumni Association Board of Directors. Brett and Gina live in Mansfield, Ohio, where they purchased their first home.

Carma VanSickle Roesch ’96 was pictured in The Daily Telegram on Sept. 1, receiving a mini-grant from the Lenawee County Education Foundation and United Bank & Trust for digital voice recorders for K-5 grade students at Clinton Elementary School where she teaches.

Beth Weidmayer Heiss ’98 and her husband, Jim, proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Amy Jane, on April 5. She joins sisters Emily (6) and Mary (3). The Heiss family lives in Chelsea, Mich. Beth was an adjunct professor but is now the director for institutional research at Adrian College.

Dion Prater ’95 has been teaching at Woodward Academy in Detroit, as an 8th grade ELA teacher since 2011. Previously, he was a teacher at Weston Prep Academy. Dion and his wife live in Livonia, Mich.

Andy Spohn ’95 and Amanda McAnally Spohn ’02 and family moved to Philippi, W.Va., in 2013. Andy is vice president for enrollment management at Alderson Broaddus (AB) University. Amanda was an adjunct reading prof and ran the writing lab at AB, but is now staying home after the birth of their third daughter, Kennedy Rose, on Dec. 10. Big sisters, Hannah (8) and Haley (2) adore the new baby. Chris Timmis ’95 accepted an offer in June to become the superintendent of Dexter Community Schools. Chris had served the Adrian Public Schools as a principal and then superintendent for the last six years. He and his wife now reside in Dexter, Mich. 46



Kevin Richie ’98 and Jane Floyd Richie ’00 welcomed Olivia Jane to their family on July 17, 2013. She is a healthy and beautiful girl. The Richie family resides in Richmond, Ky. Ray Lennard ’99, Adrian author, has continued his ‘yesterday and today’ Lenawee County history book series with an installment on Adrian, specifically the downtown area since the late 1800s. Previously, Ray wrote about the early years at Devils Lake and the village of Hudson. He is the curator of the W.G. Thompson House Museum and Gardens in Hudson, Mich., and is married to Kara Kressbach Lennard ’98.

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Rafeef El-Hajj Samo ’99 and her husband, Ziyad, announce the birth of their daughter, Joanna Helen, on May 3. Joanna joins brothers Jude, 4, and Martin, 3. The Samo family resides in San Diego, Calif. Michael Bell ’00 was named to Michigan Super Lawyers and Michigan Rising Stars 2013 by a survey of Law & Politics. The selection is made through a process that includes peer evaluation and independent research. Michael was the recipient of the 2013 Adrian College Young Alumni Achievement Award. He resides in Royal Oak, Mich. Adam Schiermyer ’01 is now a physical education teacher and football coach at Blissfield (Mich.) High School. Adam has a master’s degree from the United States Sports Academy in Alabama. He previously taught and coached football in Prescott Valley, Ariz. Adam and his wife, Leslie, have three children.

Sarah Crespo ’02 and Leonel Vasquez, Jr., were married Nov. 12, 2012. Serving as attendants were Shelby Crespo ’01, Courtney Crespo Clontz ’98, Amanda Hasman Mazur and Elizabeth Tapp ’02. Adrian alumni in attendance were Katie Beagle Hawley’00, Maggie Corazza’02 and Joel Mazur ’02. Sarah and Leo reside in Clio, Mich., where she is employed by the Genesee Intermediate School District.

Joe ’02 and Janice Denney Milanovich ’02 welcomed their daughter, Amira Mae, on Nov. 4, 2012. Joe accepted a tenure-tract, assistant professor position of biology at Loyola University Chicago, where he began teaching ecology in fall 2013. The Milanovich family lives in Morton Grove, Ill. Keenan Robinson ’02 was named director of athlete services at the North Baltimore, Md., Aquatic Club. Keenan was head athletic trainer for the 2012 USA Olympic Team in London where North Baltimore Aquatic Club swimmers won 11 medals, including seven gold medals. He worked for several years at the University of Michigan, where he oversaw their dry land programs. Keenan was featured in the summer 2013 Contact Young Alumni Profile.

Ann Betzoldt Smart ’02 and Wayne Roedel ’88 were guests in October at Adrian College’s annual associate teacher banquet. Ann is involved with the College in a multitude of ways since her graduation, from working as an adjunct professor to helping with the Adrian College Teacher Education Department test prep program. Wayne, superintendent of the Fowlerville (Mich.) Community Schools, was the guest speaker.


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Annie Morton Howard ’03, Michener Elementary School art teacher, was featured in The Daily Telegram in January 2013, with her second grade classroom. Annie resides in Adrian with husband Chris Howard ’02. Randy Spence ’02, a sergeant with the Adrian Police Department, was pictured in the Oct. 31 issue of The Daily Telegram with several other officers. The officers suspended their shaving requirements for November in support of a Beards for Bread fundraiser for The Daily Bread of Lenawee soup kitchen in Adrian. Spouse Heidi Rennhack Spence ’02 is now working in international recruiting for Adrian College. The Spence family resides in Adrian.

Michael ’03 and Lindsay Ott Koebbe ’05 are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Max James, on May 10. The Koebbe family resides in Dundee, Mich. Dan Walter ’03 recently accepted a marketing and advertising position with Covidien, where he manages East Tennessee and Western North Carolina, representing patient monitoring medical devices. Dan lives in Knoxville, Tenn., with his wife, Veronica, and son. Jeremy Fielder ’05, an English teacher and coach at Clinton High School, was chosen as the Lenawee Intermediate School District’s Educator of the Week for Oct. 5. He and his family reside in Dundee, Mich. Josh Lindeman ’05 was hired in July as Tecumseh (Mich.) High School’s varsity wrestling coach. Josh also serves as an assistant coach for the Tecumseh football team. Josh previously coached wrestling for Columbia Central High School and helped found the Jackson County Tournament.

Sarah Crespo Vasquez ‘02 and husband announce the birth of their first child, Isabella Crespo Vasquez. Izzy was born December 7, 2012. The Vasquez family lives in Clio, Mich.

Alan Loncar ’05 accepted an offer to be an associate attorney at Barron, Rosenberg, Mayoras & Mayoras, P.C., in Troy, Mich., where he will focus primarily on estate planning and probate law/litigation. Alan previously had worked as an attorney with Alexsy Law Group P.C. Sarah Kandell-Gritzmaker ’06 is in her third year of graduate school at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill., where she has exhibited many art pieces in graduate student exhibits. She will receive her Master’s of Fine Arts in the spring of 2014. Sarah’s website can be seen at shop/SlateStudiosSupply. She was recently asked to contribute new pieces to Stringing Magazine. She is the daughter of Terri Rowley Kandell ’79, who shared the news.

Kristen Baker ’03 married Sunil Nanjundaram on March 13, 2013, in Bangalore, India. A small ceremony followed in April in Grand Rapids, Mich. They are currently living in Arlington, Va.




Class Notes Kendra Cessna Leib ’08 started a new job at Saline Area Schools as manager of the human resources department. She and her husband, Dave, live in Adrian.


Adam Zubke ’08 graduated in May from Siena Heights University with a Master’s of Arts in organizational leadership. Adam resides in Adrian, where he is a procurement specialist at Wacker Chemical.

Robin Matthias ’06 and Kris Zimmerman were married Sept. 29, 2012, at Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Attending as matron of honor was Jennifer Palmer Rosowski ’06, and Sarah Bartrum ’08 as a bridesmaid. The Zimmermans reside in Clifton Park, N.Y., where Robin is the development and marketing coordinator for CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services. Jeff Strayer ’06, of Haskins, Ohio, started a new job as transportation supervisor for Kohl’s Department Stores and was also married in October. Jeff is a new member of the AC Alumni Board.

Emily Hagerman ’07 and David Madrigal ’07 were married Aug. 24, in Dearborn, Mich. Members of the wedding party included Mindy Hagerman ’11, sister of the bride, Dan Krsteski ’07, Andy Denryter ’08 and Chris Hasley ’07. David works at the University of Michigan Hospital as a clinical cancer research coordinator. Emily works for Zeiders as a career and education counselor for military spouses. The couple lives in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Jennifer Carlson ’09 is in her first year as head volleyball coach at William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Jennifer was assistant volleyball coach/admissions coordinator at Adrian College and stays connected to AC, where brother Jacob is a senior. Nick Pipia ’09 is employed as an account and sales manager with Aerotek in Troy, Mich. He has worked in his current role for the past two and a half years, beginning as a recruiter. Nick recently came to the Adrian College campus to speak with students about job searching. He lives in Berkley, Mich.

Misty Williams Sumner ’09 graduated in May 2013 from Michigan State University, where she received a doctorate degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine. She and her husband, Justin, live in Tecumseh, Mich., where she is employed at the veterinarian hospital. Misty was featured in the May 23 issue of The Tecumseh Herald, as a vet ‘coming full circle.’ Amy Dygert ’10 completed her master’s program at the University of Washington in June, and is now the grants and corporate relations coordinator at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Amy is the niece of AC Spanish instructor and alumna Mindy Dygert MacDonald ’74.


Steven Dulaney ’08 accepted a position as assistant professor in the chemistry department at Trine University.


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Mandy Fassett ’10 is working at Spartanburg Day School in Greenville, S.C., as a member of the instructional support staff. Mandy also works with the development office on various alumni, fundraising and special event projects. She also coaches varsity volleyball and assists varsity basketball. Living with other AC grads in the Chicago area, Daniel Gribble ’10, started a new career in September in the insurance industry. He is an operations specialist with American Association of Insurance Services (AAIS). Dan was formerly with Slammers, working as a private instructor developing young baseball players and coaching a travel team. Cat Griebe ’10 graduated in April with a master’s in public administration from Eastern Michigan University. She completed two graduate certificates, in local government management and public personnel management. Cat currently resides in Ypsilanti, Mich. Amanda House ’10 was hired by Ziebart International Corp. in Troy, Mich., as a marketing manager. In her last semester at Adrian College, Amanda interned at Ziebart with Larisa Salvia Walega ’02. Amanda was also named president of the board of directors for the DMAD, the direct marketing group in the Detroit area. She was formerly employed as an account executive with CampbellEwald of Lansing. Amanda Liske ’10 received her master’s in library and information science in May 2012, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is employed by the Waterstone Group at the Kohler Company as a member of their digital asset management team. Amanda lives in Sheboygan Falls, Wis.

Kevin Totty ’10 and Brianna Simone Davis ’11 married on Aug. 10, in Lafayette, Ind. Kevin was recently promoted to assistant director of financial aid at Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pa., where the couple resides. Ashley Bugeja Vuu ’10 accepted a position as human resources manager for the Midwest division of Burger King Corp. Ashley received a master’s from Roosevelt University in industrial and organizational psychology. Greg Bartosch ’11 transferred from Richmond, Va., to Michigan, accepting a position at Michigan International Speedway as a consumer marketing coordinator. Megan Boelstler ’11, a law school student at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, is working as a law clerk for the United Auto Workers. Griffin Howell ’11 was hired as the associate dean of upper school admission and director of international recruitment at Cranbrook-Kingswood. He resides in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Jordan Kelly ’11, an Adrian Lincoln Elementary School first grade teacher, was pictured in the April 10 issue of The Daily Telegram, as his students assembled pizzas learning about roles and responsibilities at work and in the community. Sam Kuzyk ’11 has been with Labatt Breweries of Canada since 2011. He was recently promoted to trade experience manager. Caitlin Lake ’11 has been employed as a marketing coordinator with MasterTag in Muskegon, Mich., since May 2012.




Angelica Lopez ’11 graduated from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Administration this past June with her M.A. for clinical social work. She recently moved to San Antonio, Texas, to pursue work in her field. Angelica stated, “I hope all is well with the AC staff, faculty and students. I miss it and truly value my experience as a student.”

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Lindsey Ohmer ’11 graduated from Michigan State University with her master’s in social work. She is working as a youth specialist for Eaton County Youth Facility in Charlotte, Mich. Lindsay Vreeland ’11 received a master’s in English literature from the University of Toledo and is now pursuing a Ph.D. in literature at Northern Illinois University. Quinn Waller ’11 began working in May as a senior personal banker for Scotiabank in Aurora, Ontario. Jay Yockey ’11, coach of Britton Deerfield’s boys and girls cross country teams, was named Lenawee County Coach of the Year for the second year in a row by The Daily Telegram. He has been coaching for Britton Deerfield (Mich.) since 2010.

Lauren Dennis ’12 and Kyle Bucholz ’11 were married by the Rev. Dr. Chris Momany ’84 on Aug. 12, 2012. Both attend the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, where Kyle is a third year student and Lauren is in her second year. Tanya Faulhaber ’12 accepted a position as a foster care case manager at Family Counseling and Children’s Services in January 2013. Scott Fisher ’12 moved from Grand Rapids, Mich., to Overland Park, Kansas, where he is working for Farmers Insurance and enjoying the change of scenery. Samantha Giovenco ’12 is now a figure skating director at Suburban Sports Group in the greater Detroit area.

Kayla Adkins ’12 and Rory Demlow, Jr. were married July 19, in Tecumseh, Mich. Six of Kayla’s bridesmaids were AC alumni or students, all of whom are in sororities. L- R: Shawna Stephenson ’11 (Alpha Phi), Jessica Shovan (Chi Omega), Sarah Kope (Chi Omega), Kayla Adkins Demlow ’12 (Chi Omega), Alicia Bushor ’12 (Chi Omega), Alicia Coats (Chi Omega) and Nicole Gestwite (Alpha Sigma Alpha). Kayla shared, “AC was an incredible place for me. I met some of my best friends while I was there.” The couple lives in Tomball, Texas, where Kayla is working for Lepow Dental and Greater Houston Dental Specialists. Kelly Babbles ’12 and Tom Largent ’10 were married on the unique date of 12/12/12. The couple lives in Adrian, where Tom is the residence life coordinator for Adrian College. Kelly is an athletic trainer for Spring Arbor University.

Cindy Graves ’12 accepted a job at a Columbus, Ohio, orthopedic institute as a medical assistant. Cindy has plans to become a physician assistant and to take the exam for athletic training in the near future. Lauren Griffith ’12 received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan in July. Anthony Honeywell ’12 graduated in April from Grand Valley State University with his master of social work degree. He is now working as a Head Start home visitor for Adrian Public Schools. Chelsea Howe ’12 accepted a position as an adult home health specialist at the Zepf Center for Community Mental Health in Toledo, Ohio. Kellie Irwin ’12 is a design consultant for Kitchen Studio of West Michigan Lumber. She assists clients with designing kitchens as well as other rooms.

Former AC team captain Andrew Dovey ’13 (Burlington, Ont.) has been signed by the Knoxville Ice Bears of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). Dovey has appeared in four games for the Ice Bears this season and already has two goals. Dovey joins former teammate Jeremy Klaver ’11 (Strathroy, Ont.) as a member of the Ice Bears. Klaver this season has played in 26 games on defense and has two goals and eight assists. Knoxville is currently 12-12-2 this season. Dovey signed on January 10, with the team.

In June, Christine Jackson ’12 completed her MSW with a clinical focus on families from the University of Denver’s school of social work. Christine also received a certificate for interpersonal trauma studies. Since graduation, she has been doing contract therapy with her former internship site at Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Network in their children and families division. Christine lives in Lakewood, Colo.


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R. Skyler Lambert ’12 is working as a publicity intern with a publishing house, Da Capo Press, in the Boston area. Skyler is also pursuing his master’s degree at Emerson College and expects to complete the program in 2014. Kelsey MacKenzie ’12 graduated in May from Michigan State University with a master’s in social work degree.

Shannon Woods ’12 is working as a therapeutic day treatment counselor for Intercept Youth Services in Lexington, Va. She graduated with her MSW from the University of South Carolina-Columbia in May. New AC alumni employees include Garrett Beitelschies ’13 and Melissa Woolsey ’13 who accepted positions as admissions counselors last summer. Katrina Wotten ’12 is the student activities coordinator and Amila Zecevic ’13 is on staff of the Romney Institute for Law & Public Policy. Greg Brannan ’13 is currently working for Macy’s in the New Boston, Mich., area. He is handling a variety of customer service needs. Emily Cutler ’13 was accepted by Christ the King Service Corps for an internship serving low-income communities in Detroit, which began in August.

Jessica Saunders ’12 and Cyle Rogotzke ’13 participated in Michigan State University’s CHM’s white coat ceremony for the class of 2017.

Jordenne Ferenczi ’13 was awarded the 2012-13 Frank and Shirley Dick Scholar Athlete of the Year honor from AC. Jordenne was captain of the women’s tennis team and majored in biology. She is living in San Francisco and working for senior living facility, Vintage Coventry, as an assistant activities coordinator. The Adrian College Athletic Department announced Zachary Graham ’13 and current student Brittany Zeches as the 2012-13 outstanding senior athletes. Zach was a member of the men’s hockey team and Brittany a member of the women’s hockey team. Hilary Hannigan ’13 was hired in December as the middle school at risk teacher for Blissfield, Mich., schools.

Amy Schmidt ’12 and Aaron Wielfaert ’12 were married June 22 in Ottawa Lake, Mich. The wedding party included Paul Prielipp ’12 and current student Eric Schmidt. Amy is in her second year of teaching junior and senior high school math at Summerfield Schools, coaching volleyball, and is the sophomore class advisor. In June, Aaron was hired at ProQuest in Ann Arbor as an accounts receivable specialist. Amy and Aaron are now living in Blissfield, Mich. Lillian Warren ’12 is working as the assistant general manager for The Spotted Cow ice cream shop in Adrian, where Lillian says she is able to use her skills in advertising and marketing. 52



Since fall, Colleen Higgins ’13 has been working with the art department at Adrian College as a teaching assistant and as the interim gallery director. Amara Karapas ’13 was named Michigan Art Student Teacher of the Year by the MAEA during her senior year at AC. Most recently, she accepted a position with Blissfield, Mich., schools as a middle and high school art teacher. Derek Shell ’13 was awarded the 2012-13 Frank and Shirley Dick Scholar Athlete of the Year honor from AC. Derek, captain of the football team, majored in mathematics with a minor in economics. He resides in Manitou Beach, Mich., and is a middle school math teacher and JV football coach for Pittsford schools.

In Memoriam Meredyth Gormley Gobba ’31, a resident of Mission, Texas, and retired registered nurse, died June 20 at the age of 103. She was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority and a graduate of Toledo Hospital School of Nursing. Surviving are a son, a daughter, two grandsons, two great-granddaughters and a sister. She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Gobba ’37. Edna Bachus Westgate ’36, a resident of Grand Blanc, Mich., and retired educator, died Oct. 19. Edna, a Tri-Delta, taught in Deerfield, Mich., and for 25 years at Bendle Public Schools. Surviving are two sons, two daughters, 12 grandchildren and 15 greatgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Laverne Westgate ’37 and brother, Stewart Bachus ’52. Eleanor Knight Norton ’37, a resident of Peoria, Ill., and former Adrian College Homecoming queen, died Feb. 23, 2013. She married Laurence Norton who taught at the College. She later earned a degree in special education and a master’s degree in administration from Bradley University. Eleanor was a special needs teacher for 29 years in Peoria. She was a member of the planning committee for the construction of Robert A. Jamieson School and in 1975 became its first principal. Eleanor is survived by a son. Bernice Coffin Beeman ’39, a resident of Seattle, Wash., and retired nurse, died Aug. 19, 2012. Bernice was a Tri-Delta and served in the U.S. Army as a WAC during World War II. Surviving are two sons. Carl Nelson ’42, of Adrian, died Aug. 6. He was a neighbor to the College and often walked campus. His profession was as director of utilities for the city of Adrian from 1947 to 1985. Carl served on the boards of the Optimist Club, YMCA, Goodwill, United Way, Community Action and the Adrian College Alumni Association. He also served in the Navy during WWII. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy, in 2005. Survivors include two daughters, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Lewis Green ’44, a resident of Chelsea, Mich., and retired teacher, died Nov. 14. Lew continued his education by taking graduate courses at Michigan State University and Eastern Michigan University. He was a Methodist minister in Ohio, Southern

Michigan and served locally at Salem Grove Methodist Church in Grass Lake, Mich. He also worked at Arizona State UniversityTempe as staff advisor to campus religious groups. His volunteer work included the Chelsea District Library. Lew taught middle school science at Ann Arbor Public Schools, retiring in 1987. Surviving are his wife, Mary, two daughters and a grandson. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Green Walton ’45, for whom he created a scholarship at Adrian College. Wanda Poffenberger Nelson ’44, a resident of Jensen Beach, Fla., and retired teacher, died March 23. Wanda received a master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, and prior to retirement taught home economics for 33 years. Survivors include her husband, Philip Nelson ’51, a son and a daughter. Jo Ann Ranger Hochstetler ’45, a resident of Lyons, Ohio, and lifelong member of the Lyons Christian Church, died Oct. 27. She is survived by her son. A sister, Helen Ranger Earles ’42, predeceased her. Harry Starbuck ’45, a resident of Watsonville, Calif., member of Theta Chi fraternity and retired United Methodist Church minister, died Jan. 18, 2013. Harry graduated from Garrett Seminary and after moving to California, received his doctoral degree from Fuller Seminary. After 40 years of service as a pastor, Harry retired and traveled extensively to other countries for the CFO Christian organization. Surviving is his wife, Laurel, two sons, four step-children, 13 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, a brother and a sister. June Hicks Radabaugh ’46, a resident of Reading, Mich., and former teacher, died Feb. 13, 2013. After graduate school at the University of Michigan, she taught in the Toledo school system for five years and continued teaching in the Reading school system. She began what was to become a 60-year association with the Reading United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school kindergarten, and was a lay member to the Albion District and West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church. In memory of June, the women of the UMC of Reading opened a thrift shop, called June’s Place. Surviving are her husband, John, for 66 years, three children, including James Radabaugh

’74 and Jan Radabaugh Hedgcock ’78, seven grandchildren, including Alison Hedgcock ’12, one great-granddaughter, and two brothers. Memorials in June’s name may be sent to the Reading UMC, Conference of the UMC-United Methodist Women, or to Adrian College. Denzel DeLine ’47, retired chemist and resident of Midland, Mich., died Sept. 30. A WWII veteran, he joined the Dow Chemical Company as a chemist, retiring in 1990 as manufacturing manager after 40 years of service. Surviving are his wife, LuEllen, seven children, four step-children, 26 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, one sister and three brothers. John “Jack” Fuller, Jr. ’49, retired Army National Guard Colonel and resident of Wasilla, Alaska, died June 11. Before attending Adrian College, Jack served in the U.S. Marines for four years, at the height of World War II. In 1964, Jack and his wife, Lenore Duling Fuller ’48, moved to Alaska where they taught in the Bureau of Indian Affairs School at Point Hope, and later at Gambell, Alaska. He became the commanding officer of the First Eskimo Scout Battalion in 1972, and retired six years later. In 1978, he was elected to the Alaska State Legislature and served as the District 22 Representative for eight years. In 1986, he was the first colonel to be recruited for the Alaska Defense Force. He retired from this post in 2006. Jack, a member of the ATO fraternity, is survived by his wife and two daughters. Dorothy Bowen Harmes ’49, retired teacher and resident of Alma, Mich., died Oct. 26. A lifelong resident of Lenawee County, Dorothy received a master’s degree in education from Siena Heights University and taught school for many years in Riga, Mich., and the former Palmyra School. She is survived by four sons, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a sister. Charles Badura ’50, a resident of Mancelona, Mich., and member of the ATO fraternity, died July 11, 2012. A WWII Army veteran, he was retired from Howell Public Schools. Survivors include his wife, Julia Chaffee Badura ’51, a son and two daughters. Janet White Carter ’50, a resident of Lafayette, Ind., died March 27. She was a



retirement in Florida, Ruth was active in the D.A.V. Auxiliary. Surviving are her husband, Emory Clippert ’50, four children, 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her brother Gilbert Eno ’50 predeceased her.

member of the Pike Creek Church of the Brethren for more than 60 years where she served as deaconess, and played the organ and piano at the church for several decades. Survivors include a son, two daughters, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. James Myers ’50, a resident of Manitou Beach, Mich., died May 15. He graduated from Northern Illinois College of Optometry before entering the field of education from which he retired in 1982, having been employed by Lenawee Intermediate School District in special education. Jim was instrumental in establishing the Onsted Community Foundation that awards students college scholarships. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Wellnitz Myers ’51. Lambert “Lambro” Condon ’51, retired math teacher and resident of Adrian, died Oct. 14. Lambro received his master’s degree from Siena Heights College. He was employed by Sand Creek and Adrian Public Schools as a math teacher until his retirement in 1986. At Sand Creek, he coached track and football and led his team to their first River Raisin League Championship. He was also a member of the semi-pro football team, the Big Reds. Surviving besides his wife, Joan, of 59 years are five daughters, a brother, 11 grandchildren, including Paul Wisniewski ’12, and two great-grandchildren.

George Hart ’52, a resident of Adrian and former employee of Wacker Silicones, died March 31. George was a member of the ATO fraternity. He is survived by his wife, Donna, a son and a daughter. Ralph “Mike” Pelham ’52, a resident of Orlando, Fla., died June 24. He served in the U.S. Air Force and in the Korean War. He is survived by two sons, two daughters, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two sisters and two brothers. Norma Baxter Stalker ’52, a resident of St. Clair Shores, Mich., and former teacher at Lake Shore Public Schools, died Jan. 31, 2013. She was predeceased by her husband, Harry Stalker ’53. Survivors include three children, including Nancy Stalker Altimore ’76, six grandsons and seven great-grandchildren. Joanne Beamer Baran ’53, resident of Peoria, Ariz., died July 10. She was a member of the Tri Sigma sorority, and served as senior class president at AC. Joanne was a retired teacher with Deerfield Public Schools. Survivors include three daughters. Joanne Hadden Parker ’53, a resident of Adrian and former real estate agent and substitute teacher, died June 11. Surviving are two daughters, including Dawn Parker McAdam ’77, a son, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild and one brother.

Jim Jackson ’51, a resident of Allen Park, Mich., died May 8. Jim was a member of the ATO fraternity who published the ATO newsletter for many years, a former member of the Adrian College Alumni Association Board of Directors, was inducted into the AC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997, and received the Alumni Service Award in 2008. Surviving is his wife, Betty Lou, five children and nine grandchildren. Jim’s family has requested that memorials be made to Adrian College.

Phyllis Salmon Richards ’53, retired teacher and resident of Colorado Springs, Colo., died March 30, 2013. Surviving are her husband, John, three sons, a daughter and 11 grandchildren.

Ruth Eno Clippert ’52, a resident of Kennebunk, Maine, and former librarian at the D.A. Hurd Library in North Berwick, died May 1. During her 20-plus years of

Homer Julian ’55, resident of Belgrade, Mont., died May 26. Homer worked at Montana State University as an engineering designer and fabricator of unique research




Marilyn Hines White ’54, a resident of Traverse City, Mich., died Oct. 2. Survivors include her husband, Howard White, Jr. ’57, a daughter, a brother and four grandchildren.

instruments and other equipment. He also spent several years running his own business, The Monki-Wrench, a car repair shop, and later in his career, went back to his original machinist skills at King Tool in Bozeman. Homer leaves his wife of 60 years, Jean Miller Julian ’56, five daughters, a son, two brothers, including Mark Julian ’56, a sister and numerous grand and great-grandchildren. Leonard Morrison, Jr. ’55, a member of the ATO fraternity and resident of Oakland Township, Mich., died Nov. 7. Leonard had received a master’s in business administration and was a principal for many years, retiring as school administrator of Utica Community Schools. Survivors include three daughters, a son, Mark Morrison ’83, a brother, 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Rodger Bastien ’56, a resident of Dimondale, Mich., and a member of the SAE fraternity, died May 7. He was retired from Simplex Time Recorder and worked for Safety Systems post-retirement. Surviving are his wife, Donna, nine children, 20 grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren and a sister. Cheril Kay Slayton Burbage ’56 of Saint Louis, Mo., died Dec. 11. Cheril spent over 25 years teaching for Community School in Ladue and Ferguson Florissant School district. She is survived by her husband Norman, four children and several others. Jack Clement ’57, a resident of Tecumseh, Mich., died Aug. 28. Jack retired from the Tecumseh Products Company where he was employed as a draftsman in the engineering department. He was a former president of the ATO fraternity and remained a lifelong member. Jack helped find and place the large boulder in front of the ATO fraternity house at Adrian College, and personally wrote the pledge on the rock. He was a U.S. Army veteran who had served in the Korean Conflict. Surviving are his wife, Nina, two sons, two grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. Ralph Davis ’57, a resident of Adrian and retired educator and counselor, died Dec. 27, 2012. While serving in the U.S. Army and stationed in Alaska, he worked as a chemist. He earned a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Michigan, and became

In Memoriam a teacher and counselor in the Adrian Public Schools, teaching for more than 30 years. Ralph joined the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department Mounted Division in 1964, and was a lifetime member. In addition to his wife, Sylvia “Jean,” he is survived by a son, a daughter and son-in-law, Gayle Davis Mitchell ’93 and Sam Mitchell ’86, four grandchildren and a sister. Marjorie Speers Pifer ’57, a resident of Traverse City, Mich., and retired registered nurse, died Nov. 30, 2012. Marjorie worked at Traverse City State Hospital, Osteopathic Hospital and retired in 1996 as nursing supervisor from Munson, where she worked for 20 years. Surviving are her husband, Allen Pifer ’59, two daughters, a son, 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two sisters, Juanita Speers Garcia ’58 and Alice Speers Sunderland ’61. James “John” Atkinson ’58, a resident of Hudson, Mich., died July 5. He is an Air Force veteran of the Korean War and retired in 1992 from Local 55 Iron Workers in Toledo. Surviving Jim are two daughters, two sons, 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and two sisters. Russell Shindorf ’58, a resident of Delta, Ohio, and member of the ATO fraternity, died Sept. 5. He worked for over 30 years in maintenance with the Pike Delta York School System. Survivors include three sons, 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a sister. Robert Dilworth ’60, a resident of Manitou Beach, Mich., and member of the U.S. Air Force in the Korean War, died Nov. 23. He had been employed by Citizens Gas Company for 18 years, retiring in 1983. Survivors include his wife, Dorolene Lou, a son, a daughter, two stepsons, a brother, three sisters, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Wayne Sparks ’60, a resident of White Pine, Mich., and ordained United Methodist minister, died May 19. He served churches across Michigan, including the Upper Peninsula, for more than 20 years. He continued to be an active member, most recently at Wesley United Methodist Church of Ishpeming and White Pine Community United Methodist Church. During his retirement he worked with the Croswell Opera House in Adrian, and

applied newly learned printing technologies at the Newberry News in Newberry, Mich. He is survived by four children, including Deborah Sparks Lauseng ’82 and Nathan Sparks ’84, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two sisters. Peter Boudreau ’61, a resident of Adrian and retired Adrian College math professor, died Sept. 7. Pete had taught at the College for 19 years and at Adrian High School for 30 years. He was a member of the Michigan Council of Mathematics Teachers and the National Council of Mathematics Teachers. In addition to his wife of 52 years, Marcia, he is survived by two daughters, including Heather Boudreau Remsing ’92, six grandchildren, two brothers and a sister. William Frayer ’62, retired United Methodist Church minister and resident of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., died June 27. Survivors include a son, Richard Frayer ’71, two daughters, a brother, a sister, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Patricia McAllister Ritzler ’62, a resident of Battle Creek, Mich., died Jan. 20, 2013. An active volunteer, Pat served as a teacher’s aide, past president of the P.T.A. and Band Boosters, Cub Scout Den Mother, Brownie Leader, member of the Citizens Advisory Committee, among numerous other volunteer activities. Surviving are her husband, Edwin Ritzler ’62, a son, two daughters, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Art McKarns ’63, a resident of Bryan, Ohio, and Redondo Beach, Calif., died Aug. 2. Prior to his retirement, he had been a high school math teacher for 40 years in the Torrance, Calif., Unified School District and the Edon, Ohio, School District. Art was a member of the ATO fraternity and had earned his master’s degree in marriage and family living at the University of Southern California. During his time teaching at Torrance, Art coached baseball and basketball, and also developed the boys and girls golf teams. He leaves his wife Marjorie and a daughter, as well as sister, Patricia McKarns Putnam ’66. Janet Sentle Pickell ’63, a resident of Flushing, Mich., and retired from Family Credit Union, died Nov. 28. Janet was very involved with faith-based charities and activities. A cheerleader while at Adrian, she was also a member of Chi Omega sorority. Surviving are her husband, Robert Pickell ’63, a daughter, two sons, two grandchildren, two sisters and a brother. LeMoyne Pfeffer Shier ’63, retired teacher and resident of Palmyra, Mich., died July 15. She taught in many of the country schools in Lenawee and Monroe counties, finishing her teaching years at Bedford. LeMoyne was the church organist for 50 years as a member of the Deerfield Methodist Church.

Roy Syme ’62, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Lincoln Park, Mich., and member of the Detroit United Methodist Conference, died April 30. While at Adrian College, Roy was a member of the TKE fraternity. He is survived by his wife, Judy, a son, two daughters, six grandchildren and a brother.

James Wilson ’63, a resident of Adrian and retired educator, died Nov. 13. James, a member of the Theta Chi fraternity, earned his master’s degree in secondary education and spent most of his teaching career with the Anaheim Union High School District in Anaheim, Calif. He retired from full time teaching in 1995, and then substituted for the Adrian and Madison schools and the Lenawee Vo-Tech Center. He is survived by three sisters.

Dorothy McConnehey Arbaugh ’63, a resident of Adrian and retired teacher, died Feb. 22, 2013. She was a member of the Tau Delta and Chi Omega sororities, and taught at Jefferson and Alexander elementary schools in Adrian for 30 years. Dorothy is survived by her husband of 67 years, J. Gregg Arbaugh ’50, a son, Jay G. Arbaugh ’73, two daughters, including Pamela Arbaugh Martin ’75, seven grandchildren, including Mark Arbaugh ’97, and eight greatgrandchildren.

Margaret Bischoff Koppelman ’64, retired elementary teacher and resident of Ottawa Lake, Mich., died May 31 at age 98. Margaret retired from Whiteford Agricultural Schools in 1978, having taught a total of 32 years. She was a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa sorority, receiving a 25year service award for retired schoolteachers. Margaret was also a 4-H leader in Monroe County for 15 years and was a judge for crafts at the Monroe County Fair. Survivors include four sons, including Duane Koppelman



years until his retirement in 2007. Surviving are his wife, Deborah, two sons and a sister.

’67, 14 grandchildren, including Cynthia Koppelman ’93, 11 great-grandchildren and a sister. Wilma Bangerter Beal ’65, a resident of Fort Gratiot, Mich., and retired Adrian Public Schools teacher, died May 20. Surviving are a daughter, a son, four grandchildren and two sisters. Leslie Douglas ’66, a resident of Pinckney, Mich., and employed by the University of Michigan financial aid office, died Nov. 1, 2012. Leslie, a member of the Chi Omega sorority, is survived by a brother and sister. Thomas Hawley ’66, a resident of Aiken, S.C., died June 28. After retiring in 2003 from owning a carpet business in Phoenix, Tom moved to South Carolina. Surviving is his wife, Sandra, and a son, grandson, brother and a sister. Sharon Wise Kendall ’66, a resident of Traverse City, Mich., and senior class secretary for the 1966 graduating class at AC, died May 7. She was a teacher for Traverse City Area Public Schools, and a member of the Chi Omega sorority. Surviving are two daughters, including Kimberly Kendall St. Charles ’94. Clifford Furness ’67, United Methodist minister and member of the Detroit Annual Conference, died Aug. 4. Clifford, a resident of Corunna, Mich., was a graduate of Candler School of Theology and Emory University. Surviving are his wife, Jerie, two daughters, Myrna Furness Spencer ’83 and Elaine Furness Tobey ’86, and three grandchildren. Max Balden ’68, a resident of Saline, Mich., and member of Theta Chi fraternity, died March 20, 2013. He received a master’s degree from Notre Dame, and was head of the Southfield Chamber of Commerce, head of the Ypsilanti Visitors and Convention Bureau, and was assistant director of the Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce. Max was also manager of front entrance services at University of Michigan Hospital for many 56



grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a sister.

Cindy Strawser Neff ’68, a resident of Altamonte Springs, Fla., and teacher for 38 years, died May 28. She taught for the Orange County Public Schools at Union Park Junior High and Colonial High School. Cindy received her master’s degree from Rollins College, and was an active member of Tri Sigma sorority. Survivors include her husband, Robert, a son, a daughter, two sisters, her mother and two grandsons. Stuart Redpath ’68, a resident of Troy, Mich., and lifelong educator and mentor, died Oct. 31. A member of the ATO fraternity, Stuart earned a master of arts and education specialist degree from Eastern Michigan University. He began his career as a teacher and counselor at Ferndale High School, where he also coached football and wrestling. In 1982, Stu moved to the Troy School District. He was the assistant principal at Boulan Park Middle School from 1982-1988, the principal of Smith Middle School from 1988-2005, and an assistant superintendent. Most recently, he had been an adjunct instructor at Central Michigan University. He was the recipient of USA Today’s Courageous Leader Award, MASSP Principal of the Year Award, National Association of Secondary School Principals’ Principal of the Year award, and National Milken Educator Award. Stu and his family endowed the Frederick Redpath Scholarship in his father’s memory at AC. Survivors include his wife, Amy, triplet daughters, a son, a grandson, a brother and his mother, Jean Marnich. Roberta “Bunny” Miller Gambill ’69, a resident of Jonesboro, Ark., and retired teacher, died July 4. Bunny taught elementary education at Madison School in Adrian for more than 32 years. She had earned a master’s degree at Eastern Michigan University. Surviving are her husband, Kenneth, three daughters, six grandchildren and a sister. Ruth Weber Green ’71, a retired registered nurse and resident of Hudson, Mich., died Nov. 11. Ruth was a graduate of St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Cleveland. Her nursing career included working at several local hospitals, including Flower, Addison, Bixby and Veterans in Ann Arbor. She worked at Hillsdale Hospital as director of nursing, then in retirement worked as a visiting nurse in the home health-care field. Surviving Ruth are her two sons, three

Kelly Hoffman ’71, a resident of Southern Pines, N.C., and former teacher and member of Alpha Phi, died Feb. 19, 2013. Kelly taught in the Delaware, Ohio, school system until joining the family at Bun’s Restaurant where she helped manage the business. Surviving are her parents, a sister, Susan Hoffman ’76, and two brothers. Pictured are a group of Alpha Phi friends who donated a bench in Kelly’s memory and met on the AC campus in May. The plaque stated, “Her laughter, light and friendship enriched the lives of all who knew her.” Back L-R: Mike Hoffman, Marsha Slais Contizano ‘73, Connie Hoffman, Barb Knapp Short ‘73, Sara Coppus Ortiz ‘72, Shirlee Toland Looney ‘72, Ellen Werstler Laubscher ‘73 Seated L-R: Sammie Lovell Rhoades ‘71, Karen Kishpaugh ‘69, Nancy Plawzan Repp ‘72, Becky Millar Kridel ‘72, Pam Berberick Wolven ‘72 Not pictured: Judy Mehaffey Hay ‘69 Bob Crowhurst ’73, a Vietnam Navy veteran and resident of Kalamazoo, Mich., died Dec. 22, 2012.Bob worked for Michigan Bell until he retired in 1999. Survivors include his wife, Joan, three step-children, three grandchildren and a sister. Marilyn Munsell McNitt ’73, a resident of Ann Arbor, Mich., and member of the Adrian College Alumni Board of Directors, died Oct. 22. Marilyn worked for 25 years as an archivist at the University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library. She was also chair of the Commission on Archives and History of the Detroit Conference of the United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband of 35 years, William, three daughters, her mother and a brother. Larry Opelt ’74, a resident of Adrian and retired director of finance for the City of Adrian, died Sept. 9. Larry retired from the City of Adrian in 2003 with 35 years of service and 33 years as the director of

In Memoriam finance. He was also a former president of the Lenawee Country Club, board member of Goodwill Industries, and a member of the Adrian Kiwanis Club. Surviving is his wife, Cindy, two daughters, two granddaughters, a brother and a sister. Linda Benton ’76, a resident of Manitou Beach, Mich., died June 9. She is survived by two sisters and a brother. Thomas Howerth ’76, a resident of Royal Oak, Mich., died March 6, 2013. Tom was an accomplished drummer in rock, jazz and country music. He was a member of the Great Lakes Live Steamers Club and the Michigan Go-Kart Club. Survivors include a brother and a sister. Jim Trudel ’80, a resident of Ridgeville Township, Ohio, and employee of Sauder Woodworking, died July 30. Surviving are his wife, Robin, and two sons. Pamela Iles Cutchall ’82, an accountant and resident of Jonesville, Mich., died Jan. 25, 2013. Pamela was a farmer and the controller for Mag-Tec Casting in Jackson for the past 15 years. Surviving are her husband, Dave, mother, two daughters, a son, seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, a sister and a brother. Andrew Growden ’86, a resident of Holland, Ohio, died Jan. 17, 2013. He was a certified public accountant and worked in public and corporate accounting his entire career. Survivors include his wife, Melissa, two brothers and mother- and father-in-law, Pete ’63 and Janice Beck Durbin ’64. Rebecca Jeffers Havourd ’86, a resident of Pinckney, Mich., and member of ASA sorority, died Feb. 20, 2013. She was formerly employed by Adrian Public Schools. Surviving are her husband, Rick, two sons, her mother, two brothers and a sister.

Brandon Norko ’99, a resident of Grand Blanc, Mich., and manager of Pontiac Brokers in Waterford, died July 9. While a student at Adrian College, Brandon was a member of the conference championship football team. Surviving are his wife, Sarah, parents and step-parents, grandparents, two sisters and a brother. Brian Aulph ’00, a teacher and football coach for Grosse Pointe, Mich., public schools, died Feb. 19, 2013. While a student at Adrian College, Brian played football and was a member of PKS. Survivors include his wife, Holly, a daughter, a son, his parents, a sister and a brother. Ron Maxson ’00, a resident of Harrison, Mich. and employee of the Gladwin, Mich., post office, died March 16, 2013. While a student at Adrian College, Ron was an active member of the music fraternity and a music major. Survivors include his parents, a brother and his fiancée, Sarah Langlois. Tony Phillips ’02, a member of Theta Chi fraternity and resident of Wilmington, Del., died Sept. 9. He was employed as a human resources officer with Sallie Mae, and previously worked as a financial analyst for TD Bank, Bank of America and MBNA. Tony was involved with Opera Delaware and enjoyed playing music. Survivors include his parents, two sisters and grandparents.


Lois Aderholt, retired receptionist and switchboard operator at Adrian College for many years, died Aug. 18. She sang with the Sweet Adelines, and was an active member of Adrian Faith Baptist Church, where she worked with the Awana Group. Surviving are a son, a daughter, nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one brother.

Karl Hamilton ’88, a resident of Tecumseh, Mich., and former sales representative at Adrian Steel, died Feb. 24, 2013. He was a member of the SAE fraternity. Survivors include his mother, Susie Hamilton, who is retired from the Adrian College Bookstore, and a sister, Kerry Hamilton Smith ’83. Word was received of the death of Renita Stevens-Gary ’97 on Aug. 25. She was a member of the Michigan Army National Guard, and resided in Detroit.

a staff sergeant of the 5th Army Air Corps in WWII and earned his doctorate from Northwestern University in 1966. He taught for the Adrian College history department from 1961 to 1985. Upon his retirement, his colleagues and friends endowed a lectureship in John’s name, the John Davis Modern American History Lectureship. He had two residences: in East Lansing, Mich., and the summer home he loved to share with family at Devil’s Lake in Manitou Beach, Mich. His wife of 62 years, Jane, predeceased him. They had four sons who survive including Mark Davis ’84, several grandchildren and great grandchildren, and close family friend Ellen Williams Davis ’85. Memorial contributions may be made to Adrian College for the lectureship or history department. Hazel Leonard, retired from Krieghoff Lenawee in 2011 after 68 years of service, died Feb. 11, 2013. Hazel and her husband, Ralph “Bud” Leonard, celebrated 57 years of marriage prior to his death in 2004. The Leonards have an endowed scholarship in their names at Adrian College. Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, Stanley and Marilyn Cook ’83.

Alumni and friends may make memorial contributions to Adrian College in honor/ memory of those who have passed away. Gifts may be designated to a specific fund or to the Memorial Scholarship Fund. Gifts can be made by sending a check payable to Adrian College or online at For questions, please call 517.264.3168.

Dr. John Davis, history professor emeritus, died Dec. 27 at the age of 96. He served as


2013-2014 Alumni Board of Directors Brad Barrett ’04 Kimball Twp., MI Vice President Jim Culbertson ’63 South Lyon, MI Bruce Diven ’77 Monroe, MI Ryann Eff ’10 Sylvania, OH Madeleine Lakatos Fojtik ’82 Vicksburg, MI John Geisler ’61 Kalamazoo, MI Danelle Perkins Gittus ’97 Hartland, MI Steve Gregg ’68 Milan, MI Terri Willets Hamad ’94* Monroe, MI Carrie Hartley ’04 Clayton, MI Secretary/Treasurer Hanna Hubbard ’12* Adrian John Imonen ’64 Livonia, MI Jennifer Kay-Rivera ’03 Warren, MI President Patricia Anderson Leary ’76 Bloomfield Hills, MI

Chuck McCallum ’61 Benton Harbor, MI Brett Peters ’95 Mansfield, OH Nate Smith ’81 Tecumseh, MI Jeff Strayer ’06* Haskins, OH Vicki Eustice Thomas ’80 Ortonville, MI Tracy Warrick ’92 Macomb, MI Andy Zerkel ’04* Ypsilanti, MI Kody Turner Ziegler ’10 Brighton, MI *New Members 2013-14

Alumni Trustees Ron Batory ’71 Sante Fe, NM Jeff DeBest ’86 Ann Arbor, MI Richard Kibbey ’75 Madison, GA Michael Seelye ’74 Kalamazoo, MI Richard Sweebe ’71 Memphis, TN

DEAR FRIENDS With each passing decade, the stories of “When I went to Adrian…” become more interesting. As I celebrated my 10-year reunion, I recalled the computer labs that transformed into an art gallery space and classroom. Rush Union, which once housed the student lounge and bookstore, is now a radio and TV production studio. Peelle/ Jones Halls are receiving extensive renovations with the promise of providing new opportunities in the teaching and learning of science. As a theatre major, one of the most remarkable campus improvements is to see the Downs Hall Theatre restored to its historic and ornate beauty as a result of a grant from Sage Foundation. Our alumni continue the deep-seated traditions set forth by our first president, Dr. Asa Mahan, through their generous contributions. We have provided countless volunteer hours to the College and the local community, along with vital resources and first class opportunities for students through internships and job shadowing. I am especially appreciative of our Legacy families who have passed down the importance of education and the tradition of Adrian College. We all have stories of our alma mater and those persons, places and events that impacted our lives. As a part of the Creative Alumni Program (CAP), I invite you to participate in the Adrian Impact video. See p. 39 for all the details. In closing, I would like to welcome the newest members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors: Terri Willets Hamad ’94, Hanna Hubbard ’12, Jeff Strayer ’06 and Andy Zerkel ’04. Thank you to all those who have given back in some way for your dedication to our alma mater. Fondly,

Steve Wolfe ’71 Eden Prairie, MN

Stanley Legenc ’65 Tecumseh, MI

Jennifer Kay-Rivera ’03

Mindy Dygert MacDonald ’74 Adrian



President | Alumni Association Board of Directors | …


Note: I invite all alumni to support the mission of the College by promoting it to prospective students, submitting a nomination for the fall 2014 Alumni Awards, participating in the Creative Alumni Program (CAP) featured in this issue and through many other new and creative ways!

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Contact Magazine - Spring 2014  

The official alumni publication for Adrian College.

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