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contents If there is one thing that college is known for it is tradition. With events at every turn marking another year of history in the books, it is intriguing to take a look back to observe how traditions evolve over the decades. One of the most time-honored traditions at any school— is homecoming. With this year’s retro theme “We are Family,” I took a look back through the 1970s yearbooks and discovered a gem; a photo of the 1977 homecoming queen Bev Betz Bucar ‘78. Exactly 40 years later— this is what Bev had to say.
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“On that chilly day in October, I had just taken a step forward to get a view of my friends on homecoming court. We had been cheerleaders together, and one lived in my dorm, Deans Hall. I wanted to be able to see who was crowned. Within seconds Audrey Smith was walking toward me. Thankfully, my escort, Gregg Lanza, helped keep me on my feet. I was incredibly shocked. Forty years later, I’m still shocked.
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I loved college life, cheering on the Bulldogs, singing in the choir and theatre. I married my college sweetheart Paul Bucar ‘78 and we now live in North Canton, Ohio. I enjoy our son, Jordan, worship music, working in the family business, flower gardening and spoiling my ‘Yorkie’ named Snickers.
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Enjoy Homecoming 2017!” Also represented on the front cover are images from Homecoming 1972 and 1973, including Bill Kenyon ‘74, former VP for Development at Adrian College.
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campus p Dr. Carissa Massey, professor of Art History and chair for the Department of History and Art History, was named Dean of Graduate Studies in August 2017. The College selected Massey from a pool of several candidates, each of whom underwent an extensive review process. Since joining Adrian College in 2007, Massey has taught over 25 courses, earned four teaching awards, and led a variety of committees, campus initiatives and service learning projects.
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To date, we have $9.3 million committed toward our $10 million goal. We have also created 75 new scholarships toward our goal of 200.
Dean of Students Alumni — we invite your creativity! Share your ideas on “unique events” we can bring to campus. Submit through CAP, the Creative Alumni Program.
FRESHMEN QUAD RENOVATIONS The College has planned a $2 million dollar multi-phased, multi-year approach to renovating older residential halls on campus. Davis Hall and Feeman Hall construction has been completed. Improvements to Stevens and Powell Halls are planned for summer of 2018. Renovations include: • • • •
Wall-to-wall renovation of community restrooms New IT Infrastructure with improved WiFi Significant Exterior “face-lift” New high efficiency windows
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Melinda Schwyn, deputy director of Campus Safety, was named Dean of Students in August 2017. Since becoming a staff member in 2009, Schwyn has served as the College’s Title IX administrator and as an adjunct faculty member. Prior to her employment at Adrian College, Schwyn had been both a contractual law administrator and an employee of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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hile Adrian College is home to an abundance of accomplished figures, Dr. Andrea Milner stands out. In the seven years since her 2009 arrival at the College, she has been a professor in the Department of Teacher Education, the director of the Institute for Education and the Dean of Graduate Studies. NOW, MILNER HAS EARNED A NEW TITLE: VICE PRESIDENT OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS (VPAA). SHE OFFICIALLY ASSUMED THE POSITION FROM FORMER VPAA AGNES CALDWELL ON MAY 1, BUT DID NOT PUBLICLY FULFILL THE ROLE UNTIL AUGUST 13, WHEN SHE WELCOMED NEW STUDENTS AT MATRICULATION IN DAWSON AUDITORIUM. From founding the Baby Bulldog Center to helping Adrian College earn full accreditation through the Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Milner has already established her capabilities as an innovator. The College trusts that her new authority as VPAA will set the stage for her to implement even greater improvements in the near future.
In what way(s) did you hope to better serve the College by becoming VPAA? My mission as an educator and administrator is to create the highest quality educational experiences and opportunities for all students. How did you feel when you learned that you were selected to become VPAA? Were you surprised? I was very, very honored. Throughout my academic career, I have had astounding mentors, and I make a point of paying that forward. It is my duty, because I have a great life, and have had great career opportunities because of the people who helped me. How are you adjusting to your new role as VPAA? I have a fabulous team of people to work with. Assistant Dean Bridgette Winslow and Melissa Freshcorn have been particularly helpful in my transition into this new role. Also, the entire VPAA senior staff are extraordinary to work with, including Janna D’Amico, Kristina Schweikert, Linda Jacobs, Beth Heiss, Christine Adams and Dr. Carissa Massey. What interests and hobbies occupy your free time? I love reading and traveling. What is an interesting fact about you that most people wouldn’t expect? My family and I have traveled to 45 states over the past six summers in an RV. We have such a great time!
Allanite-ND, also known as AllaniteNeodymium, is a mildly radioactive mineral found in specific pegmatites.
Brown’s thirst for knowledge led him to Louisiana, where he volunteered in oil spill recovery efforts and enrolled at the University of New Orleans. In the thesis he wrote for his master’s of science in geology, he confirmed the existence of a mineral variation that older geologists had only theorized about: Allanite-Neodymium. Allanite-Neodymium (Allanite-ND) is a mildly radioactive mineral found in specific pegmatites, a type of rock formed by magma. Brown and his excavation team discovered AllaniteND in Arizona. Shortly afterwards, a team of geologists found the same mineral in Sweden. Now that Allanite-ND’s existence has been confirmed, geologists and other scientists are able to better understand the development of geological formations in environments like Arizona and Sweden.
After earning his master’s degree, Brown presented at several international conferences, filed a patent for the oil recovery software he created, and worked on excavation projects in Nashville, Tennessee. Brown is currently an Earth science professor at Jackson College and an adjunct instructor at Adrian College. However, opportunities on the horizon may soon take him as far as Southern California. In the future, Brown plans to pursue work in the oil industry, using the skills he first learned at Adrian College to design, build, and operate tools that will change his field for the better. For now, though, Brown resides with his wife of five years in Maumee, Ohio. Back in 2008, he channeled a geologist’s skill and sense of purpose to assess a variety of gemstones, selecting the perfect sapphire with which to propose to his then-girlfriend. They were wed in 2012 — and their marriage has been rock-solid ever since.
TJ Brown ’08 Hailing from the quaint town of Cambria, Michigan, TJ Brown went from small town to small college. Drawn to Adrian College for its “stronger and more diverse science program,” Brown double-majored in Earth science and environmental science with a minor in biology, graduating in 2008.
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This fall, All-Americans Kristin Lewicki ‘17, Kaylyn Schroka ‘17 and Sarah Shureb ‘17 from the NCAA Division III women’s hockey varsity team will continue their dream of playing professional hockey for the Buffalo Beauts of the National Women’s Hockey League.
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Brett Berger was named Women’s Division 1 Coach of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to a first-place finish in the Central Collegiate Women’s Hockey Association, with an undefeated 14-0 record in league play. Having set a program record for winning percentage, Adrian (26-5) advanced to the ACHA tournament national semifinals.
In Lewicki, Schroka and Shureb, the Beauts gain an incredible set of teammates, who were collectively a force in Division III hockey over the last four seasons. As seniors this past season, the line of Lewicki, Schroka and Shureb combined for 187 points on 86 goals and 101 assists.
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On the men’s side, Gary Astalos earned Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League Coach of the Year in his first season for the ACHA Division I team. Astalos directed Adrian to the GLCHL regular season and tournament championships.
Ryan Dorow ‘17 was taken in the 30th Round by the Texas Rangers of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft.
AC Crew Michigander Bart Thompson will be the first head coach for men’s and women’s rowing—the two newest intercollegiate sports at Adrian College.
tradition thresh•old n. 1. a piece of
wood, metal, or stone that forms the bottom of a door and that you walk over as you enter a room or building. — Merriam-Webster
“In the summer of 1951, two visitors to the College saw me. One exclaimed, ‘Oh, how terrible! Look at that worn stone. Why don’t they take it away.’ The other exclaimed, ‘Oh, how wonderful! Look at that worn stone. I hope they don’t take it away.’ It is a matter of viewpoint. Maybe my future depends on that.” — Adrian College World 67.10, Jan. 11, 1952
“I am the threshold stone of North Hall. I have seen scores of generations of students come and go at Adrian College.” — Adrian College World 67.10, Jan. 11, 1952
In recent years, Adrian College has been a pioneer for progress. From the brand new Medical Clinic and Studies Building to the ongoing revamp of the quad, our Bulldog family has shown that it welcomes the future with arms outstretched. Promoting innovation, however, does not mean discarding history. Adrian College honors its past by preserving its artifacts. Among the oldest of these landmarks is the original North Hall threshold, currently displayed on a wall-like pedestal in front of Valade Hall on S. Madison Street. When Adrian College’s first semester began on Dec. 1, 1859, students walked over the threshold to enter North Hall. Commonly referred to as ‘Old Main’ due to its versatility, North Hall would go on to contain classrooms, dorm rooms, offices, laboratories and more. On two separate occasions, the threshold became acquainted with boots of our nation’s military. In the first instance, North Hall sheltered Union soldiers during the Civil War. Later, towards the end of World War I, it housed the Student Army Training Corps. The threshold also survived the North Hall fire of Nov. 21, 1880, which
caused $1,000 of student property loss and $10,000 of building loss. According to www.in2013dollars.com, these damages would now be worth $22,709 and $227,098, respectively. North Hall lasted in its original form for 110 years, only to be torn down and rebuilt under the same name between 1970 and 1971. The well-worn threshold was then moved across from North Hall, which was renovated and rededicated as Valade Hall in 2007. Even in the midst of such great changes, the 158-year-old original North Hall threshold stands in the same place, trusted and true — the perfect symbol for the College’s open door tradition.
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