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A D R I A N C O L L E G E / C O N TA C T M I N I - I S S U E DECEMBER 2013


COMMENCEMENT 2013 a tradition continues

Every Gift Counts


Contact Magazine A B B R E V I AT E D



Dear Readers, Tis the season of sharing and what better way to do so then to update you with a few of the latest stories from the Adrian College campus. There is no question that it continues to be a remarkable time in the College’s rich history. From momentous growth and construction to championships and new leaders, the Adrian experience continues to be one for the record books. Throughout these pages you will find academic updates, athletic highlights and interactive videos. Preview upcoming speakers and learn more about the impact this year’s gifts have had on our students. As usual, we have several special treats for our readers in the form of season’s greetings and video highlights. There’s no shortage of warm greetings from campus. We are delighted to give you a glimpse of your Adrian and look forward to sharing additional stories in the upcoming edition of Contact. We wish you and yours a very happy holiday season.

Jennifer Compton EDITOR


LEFT TO RIGHT: Jennifer Compton | Director of Public Relations • Ryan Thompson | Sports Information Director Margo Puffenberger | Graphic Designer • Michael Neal ‘12 | Multimedia Designer • Lauren Ebelt | Visual Communications Coordinator


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On December 6, Adrian College presented its most recent graduates. In an intimate ceremony with family and friends, 62 graduates walked in the traditional winter ceremony to receive their diplomas. This year’s commencement also recognized three graduates accepting their Master of Arts in Criminal Justice. These were the first master’s degrees awarded since 1984. WWW

View 2013 graduate list.



The Office of Academic Affairs has announced Dr. Paul Rupert as the Dean of Graduate Studies. Dr. Rupert is assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry and will lead the new office to assist students interested in the master’s programs offered at the College. He will assume his duties, as well as continue teaching, in January 2014.

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IN TEACHING Earlier this fall, the Adrian College community congratulated two of its faculty at fall convocation with their annual teaching awards. Dr. Melissa Stewart, religion/philosophy, received the Exemplary Teaching Award sponsored by the Board of Higher Education of the United Methodist Church; and Dr. Kevin Darr, exercise science/ physical education, received the Ross Newsom Teaching Excellence Award provided for by the sons of the late Ross Newsom, a 1936 graduate of Adrian College.


Peelle/Jones: The College broke ground on the multi-million dollar renovations to Peelle and Jones Halls in May of this year. Scheduled for completion in November 2014, the renovations 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 at the College. WWW

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Completed in 2013: • Completion of the Dept. of Geology classrooms, labs and offices • Construction of 16,000 sq. ft. addition • Construction of Williams Street entrance • Replacement of all windows in existing buildings

Coming 2014: • Beginning of interior work on addition • Installation of new restrooms, windows and greenhouse

CampusUPDATES Downs Hall Theatre Through the generosity of the Sage Foundation, the renewal of Downs Hall Theatre began earlier this fall with completion expected in January of 2014. The second phase of construction will include a reconfigured stage as well as upgraded sound, lighting and electrical systems. The updates will also include new seats, flooring and wall and window coverings.

Shipman Library

Dawson Auditorium The lobby of Dawson Auditorium received a new look this fall. These donor-funded enhancements include a water feature, elegant chandeliers, new furnishings and wall décor. The result offers an aesthetically pleasing entrance for student performances, the Adrian Symphony Orchestra and other special events.

Plans are currently underway for a new study area in Shipman Library. These technology-friendly, open spaces will be constructed on the south curved wall of the library. Featuring comfortable seating, Wi-Fi and increased electrical access, the location will offer optimum opportunities for study and discussion. This unique addition was made possible through the estate of Earl ’63 and Edna ’61 Laughrey in early 2013. Enhancements are expected to be complete in January 2014.

BARKER ON & OFF Campus NAMED MIAA MOST VALUABLE PLAYER FOR SECOND TIME Senior forward Sam Barker (Temperance/ Bedford H.S.) is a repeat recipient of the conference’s Most Valuable Player award, also winning it as a sophomore in 2011. Barker returned to top form in 2013 finishing with 15 goals and eight assists in 20 matches. Barker ranked first in the MIAA in goals, points (38), shots (80) and shots on goal (45), while also ranking second in assists. She also ranked 58th nationally among NCAA Division III players in points. Barker leaves the program with seven career school records including goals (65), assists (29), points (159), game-winning goals (23), shots (292), shots per game (4.06) and shots on goal (180). She ranks 11th all-time in MIAA history in goals (44) and points (108) during conference action.


Bulldogs On November 17th, the Adrian College women’s bowling team hosted their third annual “Bowl with the Bulldogs” event. This unique event offers friends, fans and community members the opportunity to hit pins with the Lady Bulldogs. This year's event supported the Michigan Animal Adoption Network, a non-profit organization for animal rescue in the Metro Detroit Area. Attendees were asked to bring pet supplies to donate to support the needs of the organization. The bowling team previously lent a hand to Habitat for Humanity to support the construction of housing in the community. AC Hockey Holiday Message

A Christmas Greeting Click here for this holiday message from your AC Bulldog Hockey.

AC Thanks Message


#ACThanks Click here to listen to a message from the students of AC.


I n September, Mrs. Betty Godard announced the addition of another million-dollar gift to be added to the R.V. Dancey Scholarship, named for her father. The scholarship supports first generation students enrolled at the College. Mrs. Godard has donated $3 million toward this scholarship since 2011.

A new gateway to the Adrian College Mall was recently completed off Madison Street. This beautiful pedestrian entrance was made possible through recent donations by alumni trustees Stephen Wolfe ’71 and Richard Kibbey ’75. Springtime cherry tree blossoms and annuals along the walkway will enhance the view and welcome guests to campus.

These gifts and many others are made possible through the kindness of our donors. The Office of Development thanks all alumni and friends who have contributed to the growth and success of our College during 2013. To contribute to the future of our campus and its students, call (888) 691-0008 or donate online and make a difference today. WWW

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Adrian College has taken one more step towards 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 students’ loans if they are unable to secure a well-paying job post graduation. Beginning in Fall 2014, Adrian College will roll out this initiative to all incoming freshmen and transfer students. Adrian College is the first of its size in Michigan to offer this level of assistance to an entire incoming class. WWW

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Jill Geddes Curry ‘90




This year’s winning idea for the Creative Alumni Program (CAP) was for a video titled: Alumni Impact. This “videogram” will feature alumni from all eras who briefly state how their years at AC impacted them. This is the first award of the CAP program. Plans are underway to implement this unique idea in the coming year. SPONSORED BY THE OFFICE OF ALUMNI RELATIONS, ALUMNI BOARD AND THE INSTITUTE FOR CREATIVITY


Submit your CAP ideas.


Alumni & Friends Florida Reunion Detroit Tigers vs New York Mets Saturday, March 8, 2014 | Lakeland, FL

HOMECOMING WEEKEND October 3 – 5, 2014 2014 Nominations Welcome WWW

Alumni Awards


Athletic Hall of Fame


AMY J. ROLOFF TO SPEAK MARCH 12, 2014, 7:00 – 8:00 P.M. DAWSON AUDITORIUM 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. THIS CONVOCATION IS SPONSORED BY: 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 • J. MABEL STEPHENSON MEMORIAL LECTURESHIP


Sounds of the Season The Adrian College Choir and Orchestra presented their annual Lessons & Carols Service in Herrick Chapel on the campus of Adrian College. Click here to listen to this annual campus tradition.

Listen to a special greeting from President Jeffrey R. Docking & his wife, Beth. Click here to watch.

Home for the Holidays

"C" Magazine - December 2013