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Letter from the President TEACHING STUDENTS TO USE THEIR TWENTIES WISELY I just finished reading a wonderfully insightful book: The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter – and How to Make the Most of Them Now, by Meg Jay. Jay is a clinical psychologist specializing in adult development in twentysomethings and an assistant clinical professor at the University of Virginia. She has spent more than ten years meeting with hundreds of twentysomething clients and students to identify the challenges, ideas, beliefs, and decisions that guide these important early adult years. Her research is solid, her impressions are clear, and she knows what she is talking about. Jay’s book suggests that our culture increasingly tells twentysomethings that thirty-is-the-new twenty, that these years don’t matter, that they should enjoy the twenties as an extended adolescence, and that they will have plenty of time to build a career, compile an impressive resume, meet their future spouse, have children, and do all the things they want to do in life after they are thirty. Many twentysomethings love this news. Who wouldn’t? And caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation, as Jay suggests, they spend their post college years trivializing what should be the most transformative period of their young adult lives. Instead of focusing on career paths, they bounce between dead-end jobs, fun cities, and bohemian travel adventures. When age thirty arrives, they feel panicky, disillusioned, depressed, and that

they are lagging well behind those who used their twenties to begin a career. Potential employers are reluctant to hire aimless thirty year olds; graduate schools want individuals with focus and direction and even experience in their field; and even dating relationships are more stressful as courting seems less about building a meaningful relationship than it does about identifying a spouse. While Jay correctly points out that while young people rarely “make it” in their twenties, these years are vitally important to creating a launching pad for success in their thirties, forties, and fifties. “Twentysomethings are like airplanes,” Jay says, “planes just leaving New York City bound for somewhere west. Right after takeoff, a slight change in course is the difference between landing in either Seattle or San Diego. But once a plane is nearly in San Diego, only a big detour will redirect it to the northwest.”1 This does not mean that life needs to be linear from the time we are twenty years old, but life does need to make sense, to show some measure of focus, to display some level of self-awareness, and to illuminate a path that says to others that we know who we are and the general direction we want to travel.2 To do this, Meg Jay says that twentysomethings need to build identity capital. She defines this as “[a] collection of personal assets. A repertoire of individual resources that we assemble over time. These are the investments we make in ourselves,

1. Meg Jay, The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter—and How to Make the Most of Them Now (New York: Twelve, 2012) xxvi 2. Ibid., 63. 3. Ibid., 6. 4. Ibid., 7. 5. Ibid., xxiv.

the things we do well enough, or long enough, that they become a part of who we are.”3 These are the important things that we do to “build ourselves bit by bit, over time.”4 We do not accumulate identity capital working in random coffee shops, living on friends’ couches, or working odd jobs for several years as we travel the globe. It does not emerge quickly and organically. It is accomplished through hard work, persistence, determination, delaying gratification, and being willing to work at jobs we don’t like so we can ultimately be promoted to jobs we do like. All educators need to be increasingly intentional about delivering this message to students. We should not hesitate to impress this life-lesson on each undergraduate student during his or her years at Adrian College. Late nights and hard work is far from over when students step off the graduation stage. In fact, most of the truly difficult decisions still await them. Students should be taught that a college education simply gives them the opportunity to compete for many of the best jobs in America. It does not guarantee anything. And those students that spend the remainder of their twenties relaxing, having fun, goofing off, and trying not to miss anything, may find themselves missing a lot in decades to come.5 With Warmest Regards,

Jeffrey R. Docking, Ph.D. President


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Adrian College EDITOR Jennifer Compton Director of Public Relations

ART DIRECTOR Haley Taylor Graphic Designer

CONTRIBUTORS Olivia Asiala Marsha Fielder ’00 Matt Gadaica, Photographer Carolyn Jones ’94 Jim Mahony ’00 Mike Miller ’11, Photographer Lynn Schefsky ’70 Ryan Thompson Connie Williams



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14 BULLDOG STRONG Alumni Awards 2012 M a r s h a F i e l d e r ‘00


Bulldog Football suit up in Italy to defeat Brigante Napoli Ryan Thompson


Kelsea Sellers’ rise to success at Adrian College Ryan Thompson

28 GIVING BACK & PAYING IT FORWARD Alumni find new ways to support current students Jennifer Compton


The James M. Davis Endowed Scholarship Jennifer Compton

36 LASTING LEGACIES The Krauss Family The Sutherland Family Olivia Asiala

40 YOUNG ALUMNI PROFILES From Trial to Trail: Tim Fry Anatomy of a Dream: Paula Habib Jennifer Compton


CONTENTS 6 Around the Mall 20 Sports Round-up 27 Cover Story 32 Development 38 Faculty Spotlight 42 Alumni Board Updates 44 Class Notes

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52 Alumni Announcements 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.








FROM THE EDITOR This may well be my favorite time of year. And I am not just saying that. After all, what could be more exciting than taking part in welcoming yet another historic class to our extraordinary 132-acre textbook, and preparing to kick-off another great season of Bulldog athletics? With new project construction wrapping up (see pages 8 and 9) and Homecoming festivities about to commence, there is no question the campus is abuzz with activity and plenty of reasons to come explore your Adrian College. Now for a little housekeeping. Over the past year, we decided to try something new: we elected to provide two annual print editions of CONTACT supplemented with two electronic copies of “C Mag” in between. We wanted to ensure our readers knew that CONTACT in print would still be published in its current form. “C” Magazine is not a replacement, but will instead supplement all the momentous news from campus. Lets face it, there is often too much news to pack into two print issues a year. In this issue of CONTACT we feature two young alumni who have proven to be both ambitious and distinctively passionate: two driving characteristics of an AC Bulldog. We also pay tribute to this year’s alumni award recipients and those that give back to the College with gusto. It was through these stories that it became apparent that there was connection between the two—a culture of giving back and in turn paying it forward. The concept is not a new one, the goodwill movement of “paying it forward” has roots long before the sensation created by Haley Joel Osment in the 2000 blockbuster movie of the same name. When we uncovered the stories of involvement from our alumni, we discovered that there was a momentum building. It seemed a fascinating opportunity to share a not-so-new idea and a remarkable trend of involvement with your alma mater that goes beyond the checkbook. Today, there is a brand new litter of Bulldogs who have embarked on their own Adrian College journey and as some alumni have demonstrated, giving back to ensure of their success has never been easier. Perhaps you will find in these stories of internship to career path there is an opportunity to mentor and to give of yourself and your own experience.

Jennifer Compton Editor

INTRODUCING JOSHUA MOREY An award winning designer, Joshua recently accepted the role of Graphic Designer with Adrian College’s Department of Public Relations. We look forward to his contributions on future publications.

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Students, staff and faculty will soon share a new way to conquer campus and explore the community. In an ecofriendly trend, Adrian College awarded the inaugural Creativity Award to fund a bike-share program on campus. The idea, submitted by Philosophy and Religion professor, Dr. Scott Elliott, will be implemented this year. The program includes a semester-long project with honors students who will research, design, and implement the full scale program during the spring semester in 2013. Dr. Elliott and the AC Cycling Club welcome riders for the Homecoming 25K Ride on Saturday, September 29. See your Homecoming Brochure for details. 6



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ADRIAN COLLEGE CELEBRATES SPRING COMMENCEMENT Adrian College celebrated Commencement on Sunday, April 29. Over 300 graduates received their diplomas.

For the second year, Commencement was held on the mall at the center of campus before more than 3,000 attendees.

dress. All three individuals were awarded the honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters.

Dr. Hildreth Houston Spencer, Legacy Friend, Educator, and Philanthropist, and the late Mrs. Ingrid Cornelius Roberts, Legacy Friend and Philanthropist were recognized for their contributions to the College; legendary entertainer, Pat Boone, offered the commencement ad-

In a new tradition, the first Faculty Hall of Fame inductee, Robert Husband, Ph.D., and Biology Professor Emeritus was also announced. The esteemed Dr. Husband joined the faculty in 1964, and remains an active researcher and collaborator on campus.

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RENOVATIONS & UPDATES THE ROBINSON PLANETARIUM Due in part to a generous gift from Stubnitz Foundation, the Robinson Planetarium received a fresh new look. New seating, fresh paint, and a refurbished dome are only the beginning. This summer, the College installed a new 360 degree projection system to provide state-ofthe-art full dome video viewing, a captivating educational experience for students and the community.

BAER LECTURE HALL, JONES 110 Through support from donor trustee and alumnus CHUCK BAER ‘59 and his wife Shirley, Jones Hall 110 received a complete makeover this spring. The renovations transformed the largest lecture hall on campus with 96 comfortable seats, an 18-seat break out room, cherry wood trim and desks, as well as drop down white boards and screens. A distinctive addition is the real-time stock ticker similar to those seen on the trading floor.



COMMENCEMENT PLAZA This spring, graduates of the Class of 2012 were invited to take part in Commencement on the mall beneath the newly constructed pergola. This unique addition provided a picturesque setting for celebration while providing yet another distinctive campus landmark.

CASCADE CIRCLE This summer construction was completed for an attractive and functional drive to the main entrance of the Adrian Tobias Room. The loop features a striking fountain, attractive faรงade and easier access from Madison Street, and creates an aesthetically pleasing addition to campus.

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ADRIAN COLLEGE INCREASES HOUSING OPTIONS The College announced the acquisition of three properties adjacent to campus. The purchase agreement included Argyle Apartments (1401 Argyle Drive), College Court Apartments (128 South Charles Street), and the former site of Orchard Apartments (103 North Charles Street). These new properties have increased student housing options by an additional 36 units (72 beds) and expanded premier parking availability by 125 additional spaces. “As the College continues its rapid growth we needed additional housing on campus,” said President Jeffrey R. Docking. “These apartments are exactly what many students want. They are spacious and include kitchen facilities and laundry services. Many have balconies and each offers the feel of apartment [or]

independent living while being close and convenient to campus.” The apartments were quickly filled by upper class students for fall semester. These air-conditioned units are fully equipped with private living space, kitchens and private bathrooms. Some furnishings were provided, including bedroom sets and appliances. “There is a positive economic impact when more students can reside on our campus and utilize the surrounding businesses and amenities for auxiliary goods and services,” said Frank Hribar, Vice President for Enrollment. “The College continues to seek out versatile options to accommodate students’ needs during their time on our campus.”

Summer Greek Update This semester brings a few changes in women’s recruitment. We are looking to increase the number of students that join Greek life through increased marketing on campus and increased freshman interaction. This change to women’s recruitment includes condensing the process and allowing a more concentrated approach to interacting with potential new members. Previously, we reported the return of Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) fraternity. The PIKE house is located at 106 Charles St. and will follow standard recruitment style and format.




TROY SCHMIDLI ’02 accepted the position of Dean of Students for Adrian College in March. He previously worked in human resources for Senior Flexonics in Bartlett, Ill. Troy has also worked for Chrysler and Honeywell, and earned a master’s degree in human resource management in 2008 from Webster University in St. Louis.

Director of Safety Residence Life Coordinator Wade Beitelschies is our new Director of Campus Safety. Wade came to us from the University of Michigan, where he served as the Lead Security Officer for Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. He has 10 years of experience in Law Enforcement at Jackson County Sheriff's Office. He also has 7 years of experience in the Napoleon K-12 educational system. Wade holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from Eastern Michigan University. His three sons have all attended Adrian College.


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HANNA HUBBARD ‘12 is our new Residence Life Coordinator. Hanna double majored in Business Administration and Political Science at Adrian College. She was named the RA of the Year during the 09-10 school year. Hanna also served as a Student Trustee for 3 years, which allowed her to voice student views to the Board of Trustees. Serving as the Class of 2012’s Vice President and as the Vice President of Mortar Board, she is well-versed in leadership roles.

SPORTS MANAGEMENT PROGRAM OFFERED FALL 2012 Adrian College announced the addition of a new program for a degree in Sports Management. This will be offered through the Accountancy and Business Department at the College. Dr. Keith Christy, a full-time tenure track faculty member, will lead the program. “Adrian College is thrilled to be adding this academic opportunity for our students,” said Dr. Agnes Caldwell, Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs. “Our talented faculty and state-of-the-art athletic facilities are certain to support this new area of the curriculum.” This program will also be supported by the Office of Career Planning by way of internships and experiential learning. It currently supports student interns in the following sports and sports entertainment venues: NASCAR (Michigan International Speedway), Toledo Walleye, Detroit Lions, and the Toledo Mud Hens.

Coursework Students will take the core of the business curriculum, selecting 15 credit hours from these courses for this degree: Introduction to Sports Management Sports Marketing Legal and Ethical Issues in Sports Management

Learn more about alum GREG BARTOSCH ‘11 and his position at Richmond International Raceway at

Facility Planning and Management Professional Sports Management Internship

Learn more about the Sports Management program from Dr. Keith Christy at

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OPERATION EDUCATION JAMES JANSEN GRADUATION YEAR 2012 DEGREE COMPLETED BA with a double major in criminal justice and psychology RELEVANT MILITARY INFORMATION I served in the US Army reserves as a member of the military police corps, including a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. DESCRIBE YOUR AC EXPERIENCE I really enjoyed attending Adrian College. The staff and faculty are very friendly and knowledgeable, and the campus is large enough to have plenty to do, yet still small enough to have a community feel to it.



HOW HAS OPERATION EDUCATION IMPACTED YOU? The Operation Education scholarship allowed me the opportunity to attend a great school that met my needs. I had originally started college at a larger public institution prior to deploying to Iraq, but it did not meet my expectations due to the lack of interaction with the staff and faculty. When I found out about the OE scholarship, which covered the additional cost above what the GI Bill would pay, I took advantage of the opportunity and haven't regretted the decision one bit. PLANS FOR THE FUTURE I am pursuing a career with a federal agency in doing work for the government and continuing to serve my country after the military.

In a nutshell The OPERATION EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP at Adrian College is designed to financially assist severely wounded U.S. Military personnel in their pursuit of continuing education. The program provides the resources and support to empower returning veterans. The scholarship supplements the federal financial resources available to veterans and their families by providing assistance with costs not otherwise covered. Major funding for the scholarship program is provided through the support of Adrian College alumni and friends. Funding is also provided by individuals, corporations and foundations who share the College’s interest in assisting America’s wounded veterans.

JENNIFER DOTSON GRADUATION YEAR 2012 DEGREE COMPLETED BSW (Bachelor in Social Work) RELEVANT MILITARY INFORMATION I entered the Army National Guard in 2003 at 17 years old. I was deployed to Iraq from October 2004 to November 2005 as a truck driver. I have since been medically retired from the military. WHY DO YOU LOVE AC? Small class sizes, small town community, their commitment to their students, and their commitment to take care of their veteran students, especially through the Operation Education program.

HOW HAS OPERATION EDUCATION IMPACTED YOU? The OE program helped me personally by enabling me to get a high quality education, which I could not afford at the time. At the time I had received the scholarship in 2008, the Montgomery GI Bill did not cover full tuition. It has given my family a better future and has given me the ability to help fellow veterans which is my ultimate career goal. PLANS FOR THE FUTURE Attend graduate school next summer for MSW (Master in Social Work) degree.


This fall Adrian College witnessed a defining moment in our history as we welcomed over 650 new students to campus. An unprecedented accomplishment, we set another record enrollment continuing the momentum that began in 2006. The composition of this incoming class builds upon the strong heritage already defined at the College. A significant percentage of this year’s class are first-generation college students. The College also continues to draw a large percentage of students from the Tri-State region (Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana), and welcomes a significant number of students with Methodist roots. Also of note in this record recruitment is the academic strength of the incoming class, which contains the largest number of non-athletes since 2005 and the largest number of freshmen with a composite ACT score of 25 or higher. The class also includes the largest number of out-of-state students as well as the largest increase in percentage of minorities than any other class in our history. A great deal of the praise for enrolling this phenomenal class is credited to the Admissions and Athletic staff who, together, shoulder the bulk of the recruiting responsibilities. Within the framework of this recruitment year, the Admissions staff reconstructed the campus visit program and incorporated several additional strategies to enhance its recruitment offerings. However, to acknowledge only the formal recruiting staff is to pass over the essential input of many members of Adrian College who have impacted our results. Many students come to us as a result of favorable comments from our employees, current students, and alumni. In fact, noting several legacies in this year’s class, it is clear that alumni have a stronger impact than ever. As alumni or friends of the College, you are in a position to continue spreading the word about our great institution. We encourage you to remind yourselves of the qualities that brought you to Adrian College and of the experiences that made you a Bulldog. As you continue to share your stories, it is our hope that others will be encouraged to consider selecting Adrian College as the beginning of the next chapter of their lives too.

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MARK N. MAGNUSON ‘75 Nashville, Tennessee “I am honored to receive the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award from Adrian College. Adrian is on the move and I am thrilled to be a part of it all. I encourage all Alumni and friends to take a look at the tremendous progress being made in forward-thinking ways to prepare the next generation of Adrian graduates for the future. I encourage all to get involved.”

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree and majoring in biology at Adrian College, Mark’s career went in a different direction from his original plan to pursue dentistry—to a lifetime spent pursuing his special interest in art and design. A few years after graduating from Adrian College, he obtained a degree in visual information design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and entered the then emerging field of computer graphic arts.

In 2008, Mark brought a video crew to Adrian College to interview and video students, professors, and staff in classroom and field activities. Mark and his associates created three videos for use by the College, each directed at a different target audience. 14


Mark moved to Nashville, Tenn., in 1983 where he became involved in several arts organizations and continued to develop his graphic skills amidst a thriving creative community. In 1991, Mark started Anode, Inc., an interactive marketing and communications studio located in East Nashville. Now serving as president for the company’s 21st year, Mark leads a staff of 23 very talented employees. The corporation includes creative studio spaces where all phases of media from print and online marketing to interactive media, web design and digital signage –are considered to communicate each client’s appeal and brand identity. As a startup in the early ’90s, Anode focused primarily on interactive kiosks and video production. Over the years these projects have transformed into dynamic exhibits and fast-paced, attention-grabbing video with 3-D animation. Anode continues to be at the forefront of technology and specializes in integrating design elements that maximize visual impact and promote clear communication. In 2000, the company developed an innovative digital

signage platform called FireSign. In 2010, the fourth version of FireSign was introduced boasting touch-screen applications and a content management system for producing and maintaining interactive media. Anode has an impressive client list including organizations in the automobile, music, healthcare, museum, and educational industries. The company has received prestigious awards including several ADDYs (sponsored by the American Advertising Federation). An active member of the Nashville community, Mark is past president of Creative Forum, served on the Board of Directors of Tennessee Dance Theater, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Nashville Public Library Foundation. Mark is also a longtime supporter of the Jamestown Audubon Society and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in his hometown of Jamestown, N.Y. In 2008, Mark brought a video crew to Adrian College to interview and video students, professors, and staff in classroom and field activities. Mark and his associates created three videos for use by the College, each directed at a different target audience. He continues to support Adrian College and produces additional short videos. Mark has also shared his time to meet one-on-one with the College’s videographer at his studio in Nashville. Mark is a wonderful supporter of the College and has family ties as well: a sister, SUSAN MAGNUSON AUSTIN ’75 and uncle, DONALD C. SMITH ’66. For more information on his organization, visit


JENNIFER MCNABB ‘94 Macomb, Illinois “I am honored to be the recipient of this year’s Young Alumni Achievement Award. I continue to be deeply appreciative of the exceptional education I received at Adrian College, which both fueled my intellectual curiosity and provided me with the academic foundation necessary for success in graduate school and in my career as a university educator. I am especially grateful to the superlative history department and other professors who played a vital role in my academic development. They left an indelible impression on me; they all found a way to combine their high expectations in the classroom with warmth, kindness, and compassion; and I have tried to follow their example in my own teaching and mentoring.”

Jennifer is a dedicated and innovative professional who credits her experience and education at Adrian College as the impetus for her accomplishments.

A high-achieving high school student, it was no surprise that Jennifer McNabb excelled in the Honors Program and on the Adrian College campus throughout her undergraduate career. She was challenged and inspired by faculty and demonstrated a strong pursuit of knowledge and experience evidenced by her high academic honors, active participation and leadership in several student organizations in academics, Greek life, music, French and LINCS (Leaders IN College Service). In 1994, Jennifer graduated from the Adrian College Honors Program with a B.A. in History. She continued to pursue post-graduate degrees attaining her M.A. in Early Modern European History from Bowling Green State University and Ph.D. in Early Modern English History from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She soon began working for Colorado State University’s Department of History and quickly developed a reputation for exceptional teaching. In 2005, Jennifer joined the faculty of Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill., and has since excelled in teaching, research, writing and reviewing numerous publications, offering presentations and lectures. She has referenced her undergraduate honors program as a model and impetus for serving and mentoring students. Her colleagues and peers at WIU have great respect for Dr. McNabb. She was awarded in 2009 the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award and the Provost’s Award for Academic Excellence in Teaching, and in 2010, was named Greek Advisor of

the Year. In 2012, Jennifer was awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Award for Service, and was selected as the College’s Tenth Annual John Hallwas Liberal Arts Lecturer. The abstract for the proposed lecture was shaped by ideas about liberal arts education first developed at Adrian College. In addition, she was recently appointed Associate Director of the Centennial Honors College at WIU to begin in August. Jennifer’s service philosophy was shaped in part by her participation in LINCS at Adrian College. She is involved in community service activities in Macomb, both on and off campus including: WIU councils and committees; Vice Chair of Fellheimer Trust (a charitable trust that provides grants to local scholarship programs, churches and other religious organizations); outreach educational programming through the WIU Continuing Education Program; educational service to wider Western Illinois through the Public Broadcasting System; mentoring student groups for community service to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross. Jennifer is a dedicated and innovative professional who credits her experience and education at Adrian College as the impetus for her accomplishments. She continues to support her alma mater and looks forward to sharing her experience with current AC students. Her family alumni connection is her sister, JANE MCNABB KOVICAK ’95 of Maryland and uncle, DARIN MCNABB ‘89, the author of the College’s fight song, “Hail Adrian!”

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BILL PINNELL JR. ’54 & GENEVA WALTON PINNELL ‘52 Garden City, Michigan

“We appreciate receiving this award. We have always been grateful for the education we received at Adrian College. It has been a privilege for us to serve the College in various capacities. Seeing the growth of the College over the years is very rewarding.”

For many years, the Pinnells have been loyal and active alumni of Adrian College. They first met on campus and quickly became sweethearts.

For many years, the Pinnells have been loyal and active alumni of Adrian College. They first met on campus and quickly became sweethearts. Both involved in Greek life, Bill an SAE and Geneva a Chi Psi Omega (later Tri-Sigma), the two began a life together as active students - as class officers, College World staff, and participating in intramural and varsity athletics- and have now been married for 58 years. Both have been enthusiastic alumni: Bill has served on the Athletic Board of Control for 20 years, recruited over 20 students for Adrian College, has assisted with SAE golf outings and reunions, and participated in the Bulldog Run. Geneva served on the Alumni Board and Board of Trustees, as a class agent, reunion organizer and as parade marshal in 2009. This year she is organizing a get-together again at Homecoming for the 60th reunion of the Class of 1952. Together they helped organize and attended alumni ski trips in the 80s, attended Homecoming nearly every year for over 50 years, participated as class representatives in the Alumni March for AC President Caine’s inauguration in 1990; both have assisted with admissions, as Phonorama volunteers,



and remain loyal, lifetime donors and goodwill ambassadors for Adrian College. After graduating with a B.S. degree in Physical Education, Bill went on to earn an M.A. from the University of Michigan in 1959. His 37-year career teaching, coaching and serving as athletic director was for Garden City Public Schools. Bill was inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame and the Adrian College Athletic Hall of Fame. Garden City West High School named “Bill Pinnell Field” in his honor. Geneva earned her BA in Language Arts, Physical Education and Speech and later earned an M.A. in English from Eastern Michigan University in 1971. She raised their children and was a substitute teacher for many years and received the Alumni Achievement Award in 1974, 1975. The couple spends precious time with their children BILL PINNELL JR. ‘83 (DEBBIE DEAN PINNELL ’86) and BONNIE PINNELL KING ’81 (BRIAN KING ’82) and grandchildren, and are also involved in their local United Methodist Church.


HENRY DAYRINGER ‘72 Chesterfield, Missouri

“I am pleased and honored to receive this award but I do not help build houses to be recognized. I help build houses for families who could not otherwise achieve home ownership because I believe that is what God has asked me to do to help realize his kingdom. Adrian College did an outstanding job in preparing me for both of my careers and ensuring my success in them. My most sincere wish is that all of its students can be so well prepared to fulfill their roles in life.”

In 1994, Dr. Henry Dayringer was honored by Adrian College with the Young Alumni Achievement Award. A research scientist at the time with Monsanto, Henry was recognized internationally as a developer of computer software to facilitate biotechnological research. He had already been appointed years earlier as science fellow for his significant technical contributions to the company and his discipline.

Henry continues to improve his construction and leadership skills on a daily basis and looks forward to help eliminate substandard housing in the St. Louis area.

Outside of his professional life, Henry became involved with Habitat for Humanity St. Louis in the early 1990s through his church. They had asked for volunteers to help build a house and he stepped up and found it enjoyable. His employer Monsanto later sponsored a weeklong house building blitz and Henry found it great fun. What started out as an occasional Saturday or a few days here and there developed into an annual event and new skills for the scientist. Henry’s church sponsored a house each year and vacation days turned into work days for Habitat. His dedication showed and in 2001, Habitat St. Louis decided to build 15 houses in 15 days for their 15th anniversary – and Henry was tapped for “house leader.” He accepted the challenge for full scale construction leadership, overall management of the volunteers, and proper construction.

since then it is about three days a week and as house leader for two or three homes each year. For Henry, it is a great reason to get up each morning and as much fun as ever working a paying job. For his community service, Henry was nominated by his peers and honored to receive from Pfizer, the W.E. Upjohn prize in 2004. He was also honored with the 2011 Joe F. Castagno (JFC) Construction Leadership Award. This peer nominated annual award is given to an individual for leadership skills, site management/mentorship, dedication to role and organization, and on being an ambassador for Habitat. Henry continues to improve his construction and leadership skills on a daily basis and looks forward to help eliminate substandard housing in the St. Louis area. After completing his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, he went on to earn his Ph.D. from Cornell University. Henry has supported the Peelle science building project and more over the years at Adrian College and has family ties: his parents, the late REV. DR. LEON DAYRINGER ’50 and MRS. JOANNE BOWMAN DAYRINGER ’52, and sister CHERYLE DAYRINGER ERBES ’72. Henry and wife Carol Soltau live in Missouri.

Henry has now been a house leader for 11 years and responsible for the construction of more than 20 homes. Before retirement he worked about 60 days a year for Habitat;

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JOHN JOHNSTON Adrian, Michigan

“I am deeply humbled by this award and recognition. As an employee of Adrian College, I’ve enjoyed being a part of over 20 graduating classes. Having worked with many students through Plant Services and summer employment, I was able to know many on a personal level and see them grow in their chosen professions and lives. I truly value the friendships I’ve made and feel a part of the Adrian College family. The exciting changes in recent years have created even more pride in my association and I thank you on behalf of past and present employees who are all a part of the College family.”

Johnnie has a strong connection to the people of Adrian College. He has built and truly values relationships with many students, alumni, faculty and staff. He considers the College family, his family, and will “do whatever is needed” to take care of business and help others.



Johnnie started with Adrian College in December 1989 as a custodian assigned to work in the newly built Merillat Sport & Fitness Center. He quickly advanced to a maintenance employee and then to management. In 1996, when Plant Services was outsourced to a private company, Johnnie was promoted to site manager for Odgen Allied Management Company then Total Building Services and ABM services. Plant Services returned to Adrian College oversight in July 2003 and Johnnie has since led the division as director of facilities which includes maintenance and grounds. He also serves on several committees for renovation and new facility/construction projects. In the last seven years, Johnnie quickly adapted and implemented the reorganization needed to manage the amazing expanded campus. What you might not see is his strong interest beyond the physical facilities. Johnnie has delved into the College’s history and is particularly interested in its involvement during the Civil War. He likely knows more than many employees about this 150-year old institution and has committed much to memory. Johnnie is industrious and creative. He built a replica of a car based on a combination of the styling of early 1900-1920s motorcars. The car has been driven in many parades including the Homecoming parade decorated with AC banners and flags. It is named after the Adrian College Bulldogs, made by the “Bulldog Motorcar Co.” He also enjoys

camping, woodworking, fishing, riding motorcycles, fabrication, and working on vintage antique automobiles. Johnnie has a strong connection to the people of Adrian College. He has built and truly values relationships with many students, alumni, faculty and staff. He considers the College family, his family, and will “do whatever is needed” to take care of business and help others. He is rarely out of reach and even when suffering a serious injury in 2011, Johnnie had an open door to connect with staff and stay in the loop of College activity during his recuperation. He is a great representative of a genuine AC Bulldog. Johnnie graduated from Morenci High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict in 1965 and was stationed in the Far East. He completed a tour of duty and returned as a sergeant, assigned to Fort Sill in Oklahoma. After receiving an honorable discharge in 1968, Johnnie was hired as a Lenawee County Deputy Sheriff and then resigned in 1985 to venture to Escondido, Calif. He returned to Michigan in 1989 to be closer to his parents when his father was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Adrian College family and remains an important and dedicated member of the campus community. Johnnie lives near campus with his wife Deb, who is employed with the College as a grant writer.


IDALI FELICIANO Adrian, Michigan “It is a wonderful feeling to know that my work with Adrian College students is valued, not only by the students, but also by my colleagues and the Alumni Association. My passion is working with youth, being a mentor, listening to their dreams, helping them explore opportunities, and to envision a hopeful future. After they graduate they share news with me about themselves, their careers, and their families; some share with me how I made an impact on their lives. To me it is very important to support students, to help them find needed resources, to challenge them, to have high expectations, and to demand that they be good individuals and give back to their communities. I accept this honor on behalf of the hundreds of students I have had the privilege of working with and challenge each of you to personally mentor at least one student and make a difference.” Idali Feliciano quietly goes about her job each day, with a keen focus on students. As Director of Multicultural Programs at Adrian College, she establishes close relationships with a diverse group of students, many of whom are unfamiliar with college expectations, and perhaps have language or cultural challenges. She presents, encourages and teaches students about life and college – and the learning takes place through both failure and success.

Idali goes way beyond her job to help students…these “out of the ordinary” actions are a part of Idali’s everyday attitude of giving.

The 2012 Alumni Awards will be presented on Homecoming Saturday, September 29, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. in Caine Student Center (main floor). All are welcome to attend to honor this year’s recipients.

Idali’s job is to create programs for students of color and international students—that enhance their skills and understanding, provide academic support and resources and connection to the greater campus community. Some of these programs include serving as advisor to student organizations, the MLK Jr. Community Planning Committee, Global Food Festival, Black History Month Celebration, and International Student Week, and special field trip experiences—all with educational outcomes. She also serves on College committees and as an adjunct faculty member. But Idali goes way beyond her job to help students: to acquire textbooks, employment, clothing, finances in difficult situations, occasionally her personal vehicle for use, personal taxi service and transportation to and from airports and more, invited students to her home and cooked their favorite foods, and even hosted a graduation party for a student when his parents traveled from abroad. These are a few of the many “out of the ordinary” actions that are a part of Idali’s everyday attitude of giving. Idali is also an advocate when students are treated unfairly but knows when to let them fend for themselves.

Knowing the importance of civic engagement and community service, she serves as a role model volunteering her time and talent for a variety of organizations: as co-founder and former president of Cambios which provides anti-racism programs for children, parents and teachers, as a board member of the Adrian Community Preschool, as an advocate for members of the Hispanic population and more. Idali inspires others to step outside their comfort zone and meet people where they are. She has been honored with several awards: Community Leadership Award by Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs (1992), Maria Zavala Leadership Award (MSU 2001), Faculty/Staff Community Service Learning Award (Michigan Campus Compact 2006) and Zonta-Amelia Earhart Award (2010). She believes in what she is doing –providing real support for students and her reward is in their success. Seeing them complete their degrees with confidence and prepared for a future much brighter than when they began is a milestone for each individual. She tries to stay in touch with recent graduates who have found not only a mentor but a friend, and are grateful for her sincere support. Idali earned her B.A. in Sociology and Spanish from Olivet College and her M.A. in Secondary Education from Siena Heights University. She was formerly with Siena Heights University and Cambios before joining Adrian College in 2006.

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The Adrian College softball team finished the 2012 season with an overall record of 23-17 under head coach Kristina Schweikert. The ladies finished 10-6 overall in the MIAA and advanced to the conference tournament hosted by Trine. The team finished tied for third in the regular season standings and have now finished in the top three for the last four years under Schweikert.


The Adrian College baseball team captured its fourth straight Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) title this spring and also won the inaugural MIAA Tournament, hosted at Nicolay Field on campus. The Bulldogs defeated Albion, Trine and Hope to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight season under head coach CRAIG RAINEY ‘89. The team went 2-2 in regional play falling to eventual national champion Marietta College. The team set a new school record with 37 wins.

ACHA DIVISION III GOLD The Adrian College ACHA Division III Gold hockey team brought much pride during the 2011-12 season by winning the school’s first national championship in any sport. The team finished the season with an overall record of 26-5 and also won the MCHC Red Division. The squad got into the national tournament after winning a pair of games in the North Regional over Northwood and Oakland in Macomb on February 17-18.

New Jersey, which might have been a good omen due to the fact that head coach Brett Berger hails from the Garden State.

Freshman Josh Dollinger (Kirkland, Quebec) and senior Jeff LeRoy (Pinckney, Mich.) were named to the All-Tournament Team. LeRoy led the team with eight assists during his four games. Dollinger recorded three goals and two assists on defense during his five games in the tournament. Junior goaltender Garrett The Bulldogs were seeded third in Pool C Knappe (Clarkston, Mich.) was named Tournaentering the tournament which featured the ment MVP going 4-0 between the pipes for the top 16 teams in ACHA Division III hockey. Bulldogs. He made 38 saves in the championAdrian was a long shot at winning the tourna- ship game and finished the tournament with a ment being that it was their first appearance. 2.0 goals against average and a .932 save The site for the tournament was Vineland, percentage.



TRACK & FIELD The Adrian College track and field program, led by head coach James Larson, had two student-athletes advance to the NCAA Division III Outdoor Nationals in California in May. Senior Kelsea Sellers (Montpelier, Ohio) ran in the 100 meter dash and finished 13th. Sellers was attempting to become a multiple All-American after being named an indoor All-American in the 60 meters back in March. Sellers finished fourth in the 60 meters at indoor nationals. Junior Chad Allemon (Casco, Mich.) also ran in the 400 meters at outdoor nationals and placed 16th in his preliminary race.


The Adrian College women’s bowling team finished the season ranked 22nd in the nation and qualified for sectionals for the third year in a row. The team finished 10th of 15 teams at sectionals. Sophomore Chelsea Essenmacher (Lenox, Mich.) made school history by qualifying for the national singles championship. The event took the top 16 bowlers in the country who competed in Lincoln, Nebraska, in April.


Essenmacher finished seventh out of 16 bowlers during the qualifying stage with a total pinfall of 1,158. She rolled a 223 in the fourth game of qualifying and followed that with a 201 in game five to move up the ladder. She received a bye in the first round and then defeated 15th-seed Jordeen Koizumi of Arizona State, 636-561, in the three-game series. Essenmacher then faced off with second-seed Katelyn Zwiefelhofer of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Essenmacher won the first game 214-183, but her opponent bounced back to roll a 289 in game two while Essenmacher struggled to a 180. The event ended for Essenmacher as she lost 657-575 just missing a chance to be on the televised semifinals.


The Adrian College hockey programs have been recognized as up-and-coming over the past few years and a big reason are a couple of student-athletes who have led their teams into prominence. On the women’s side, senior defenseman Kelly Salis (St. Clair Shores, Mich.) finished her illustrious career by being named CCM West Region Second Team All-American on March 15. Salis became the second All-American in the program’s history. She finished her senior season with 22 points in 27 games. She scored five power-play goals and also had three game-winning goals. Salis ranked 10th in NCAA Division III in points per game by a defenseman and was third in the NCHA with 11 power-play points.

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On the men’s side, senior defenseman Chris Stansik (Livonia, Mich.) was named West Region First Team All-American. He is the first two-time All-American for the men’s program and completed a four-year career as the MCHA’s all-time leader scorer by a defenseman. Stansik was also a four-time MCHA All-Conference selection and earned Adrian College’s male Senior Athlete of the Year award for 2011-12. He recorded 135 career points in 113 games finishing with 33 goals and 102 assists. Joining Stansik on the West Region First Team All-American list was junior forward Zach Graham (Palmerston, Ont.). Graham was named MCHA Player of the Year and turned in his best season to date. Graham ranked second in NCAA Division III in points per game (1.62) and finished the season with a career-best 42 points including 15 goals and 27 assists. Graham ranked eighth nationally in assists per game (1.04) and his four game-winning goals was tied for seventh.

The Adrian College men’s lacrosse team three-peated as Midwest Lacrosse Conference champions and through the first three years of the league have not lost a game going 23-0. The team set a school record with 17 wins and for the second straight year advanced to the NCAA Tournament. For the second straight year, the Bulldogs went on the road and lost in overtime. The Bulldogs actually went into double overtime at Denison University before falling 12-11. Junior John Hudzinski (Blaine, Minn.) had three goals and two assists in the NCAA Tournament game. Senior T.J. Cook (Caledon, Ont.) also had three goals and one assist. Sophomore Kevin Lerg (Farmington Hills, Mich.) had a solid game in goal with 10 saves.

Kelly Salis

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The Adrian College women’s lacrosse team captured back-to-back Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference regular season and tournament titles in 2012. The squad also advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year and hosted a first-round game for the first time. The Bulldogs had a late lead slip through its fingers en route to a 11-10 overtime loss against Denison University. The Big Reds scored with four seconds left to force overtime and won it with 45 seconds left in the first three-minute overtime segment. Senior Amanda Lambert (Sloatsburg, N.Y.) led the team with three goals and two assists. Senior Laura Finfrock (Deerfield, Ill.) had a great game in goal with 11 saves for the Bulldogs.

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For two years, its been two-a-day football practices. It's been blood, sweat, tears, and sidelines. Rooting the team on as they take the field while the drive, ambition, and chance to triumph waits in the locker room. Then, the day comes - the hard work has finally paid off and the coaching staff announces that a chance to start in the first collegiate game of their college career. This one is against the number one ranked team in the country. The pre-game speech is over as the team explodes onto the field amidst a series of boos from the opposing bleachers. Lined up at defensive end for the first series of the game and just a few plays into it, a cut is made toward the ball carrier. From the stands the fans witness one leg remaining planted in the turf. An instant later it's over as the ground rises to meet the falling form. The trainers run out to aid the athlete who would later learn that this would be the end of the season, after much waiting and anticipation. Many would cry defeat, hang their head feeling sorry for themselves, but STEVE MAUK ‘11 is the exception. He worked too hard for too long



to gain his rightful spot on the field, this detour would be his chance to rehab and return to his teammates as a senior. Mauk knew that an NFL career would not be in his future, and like many NCAA Division III student-athletes, he remained as dedicated off the field in the classroom and worked hard to ensure his future. “My goal is to enjoy what I do every day and be successful,” said Mauk, a native of St. Clair, Michigan. “I was motivated to put in the work both on the field and in the classroom. I knew I had the ability to make a difference on the field and getting hurt also put things in perspective. I knew that my time in college was coming to an end and I pushed myself even harder to complete my degree.” Not only would Mauk complete his bachelor’s degree, but he did it in three and a half years with a major in exercise science. He was a four-time member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association All-Academic List. In addition, he carried a 3.9 grade point average and received the highest individual honor in the classroom by being named CoSIDA/Verizon First Team Academic All-American in 2011. It was the first time that the honor would be awarded to an Adrian College football player in nearly 20 years. The road back to the field would prove challenging, but Mauk felt compelled to excel not only for himself but for his teammates who gave him so much support. The 2011 season would prove to be a great one for Mauk and the Bulldogs who finished the year with an 8-2 overall record. The season began slowly for Mauk on an individual basis. He was looking to regain his form and entering the Homecoming game wanted to make his presence known. Mauk had two and a half

tackles for loss against Concordia-Chicago and five total tackles, which gave him a boost for what turned out to be a special senior season. Mauk finished the season with at least one sack in the final four games and led the team with seven sacks for a loss of 33 yards. He totaled 12 and a half sacks for a loss of 46 yards and compiled 33 total tackles including 17 solo stops. At the end of the season, the MIAA coaches voted Mauk as First Team All-Conference on the defensive line. In addition, Mauk was a finalist for the Al Deal Award given to the top senior studentathlete in the MIAA. “I wanted to prove to myself that I was mentally and physically strong enough to overcome such an obstacle,” said Mauk. “The journey is truly a roller coaster of emotion that opens your eyes to who you really are." Mauk credits DR. ADAM COUGHLIN ‘97, a faculty member at Adrian College, as an inspiration for his efforts off the field. “I felt he inspired me to take advantage of the opportunities Adrian College had to offer,” said Mauk. “Whether it was on the field or in the classroom, he taught me to experience everything you possibly can while you have the chance.” Mauk is currently pursuing a master’s degree in exercise physiology at Northern Illinois University. He was awarded a full-time Graduate Assistantship and will be working part-time as a research assistant for Exercising Nutritionally in Naperville, Illinois. “I had the best experience at Adrian College and really enjoyed playing for coach JIM DEERE ‘90 and the coaching staff,” said Mauk. “My teammates were the best and I really learned how to persevere through hard times. I know that life will be difficult, but there is no doubt I will be ready for it.”


The Bulldog Football Team sightseeing in Italy.





The Adrian College football program is given the opportunity to travel overseas every four years, allowing the opportunity for every recruiting class to experience a different culture. This spring, Bulldog football made the journey across the Atlantic Ocean to return to Italy, having been there just four years earlier.

The program enjoyed the opportunity to don their pads to play against Brigante Napoli as part of the Global Football organized cultural and sporting visit. The team got down to business defeating Brigante Napoli 64-0. The game was played against the Italian Second Division squad at Collana Stadium near Vomero. A few highlights from the game included three first-half touchdowns for the Bulldogs. Alex Krajniak

scored on a 24-yard run and Aaron Tenney found Jack Carter for the two-point conversion to give Adrian a 8-0 lead. Kyle Smock added a six-yard run into the end zone and Ben Klaver kicked the extra point. Klaver ended the game going 8-for-8 on extra point attempts. Adrian led 22-0 at the end of the first quarter and added on in the second as Sid Coleman had a fantastic 62-yard punt return for a touchdown and Mitch Osadchuk returned an interception 46 yards for a score. Smock ended the half with a 62-yard touchdown scamper as Adrian led 43-0 at the break. In the second half, Krajniak scored his second rushing touchdown from 18 yards out and later notched his third score from six yards. Derek Shell also had a five-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Adrian’s defense finished the game with two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and allowed just one first down to Brigante Napoli. Head Coach Jim Deere and his coaching staff were very impressed with the way the team showed focus after a long journey overseas. “We really enjoyed the game against Brigante Napoli," said Deere. "They were very gracious hosts.” “It was a great opportunity to play and show

others the game of football. The opponents, who were relatively novice in their skills, are certain to benefit from the experience as well." The sightseeing portion of the trip led the Bulldogs to ancient Rome, taking in the Coliseum and Roman Forum. On to the Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, the Bulldogs would conclude their trip by attending an awards dinner on their last night. The team toured Venice prior to the game on the main island which was highlighted by an incredible glass blowing demonstration and the famed San Marcos square. They took a bus to Florence where sightseeing and shopping were the main focal points. They would travel to Naples for the game with a dinner preceding the event with both teams present. The teams exchanged stories and jerseys as a celebration of unity. “It was remarkable for our young men as we traveled to Venice, Florence, Naples, and Rome,” continued Deere. “I can’t thank everyone enough for an amazing trip.” “The trip was a first-class experience and our guys will remember this for the rest of their lives. Adrian College is a great place to grow as students, and as a team."

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KELSEA SELLERS ‘12 HOMETOWN Pioneer, Ohio HIGH SCHOOL North Central High School MAJOR Biology/ Philosophy AWARDS MIAA Female Track Athlete of the Year AC Senior Athlete of the Year 2011-12



FAST FURIOUS KELSEA SELLERS CAME TO ADRIAN COLLEGE WITH LITTLE FANFARE. SHE GRADUATED THIS SPRING AS ONE OF THE MOST DECORATED FEMALE TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES TO CALL THE CAMPUS OF AC HOME. The Montpelier, Ohio, native nearly avoided the track surface at Adrian College due to her passion for yet another sport — basketball. Sellers suffered through two injuries on the hardwood, keeping her off the track during her prep days at North Central High School. She notes that her knees were so painful that she had to go through two major surgeries before she would progress as an athlete. Sellers’ problems began during her senior year in high school when she tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee before the team’s first basketball game. She attempted to continue to play hoops as a guard, but surgery ultimately became her only option. Just before the Christmas holiday that year, Sellers went into surgery. The timing meant missing out on track and field her final year of high school. Her biggest disappointment would come when she realized that she would miss out on running with her younger sister. “I wasn’t happy,” Sellers said. “My sister was right behind me and we were going to run the relay together. It was my senior year, her sophomore. It felt like it was ruined for us both.” Entering her freshman year as a Bulldog, Sellers simply wasn’t sure if she would even compete on the track and field team. She was not recruited, due to her injuries, but still wanted to prove to herself that she had the ability, and drive, to succeed. “I wasn’t going to even run track in college,” Sellers said. “The only reason I did was because I felt like I left something unfinished in high school.”

She decided to tryout for the team, qualifying as a sprinter who also ran in relays. Her relay team broke the school record in the 4 x 100 relay. The record proved to be a strong reminder of what pushed Sellers through rehab and back on the track. During winter break of her sophomore season, Sellers returned home to play in an alumni basketball game at her high school. She came down awkwardly after taking a shot, immediately realizing something was wrong. She would later learn that she had torn her meniscus in the same knee. She would go through yet another surgery, keeping her restrained in a brace that went to her hip. “I didn’t want to tell coach,” Sellers said. “He didn’t want me to shoot around a basketball at school.” Adrian Head Coach James Larson acknowledges that it was a tough blow to the team. “The wind was out of my sails when I heard that,” he said. “She had done so much to get back, but I knew we would hear from her again.” Sellers came back for her junior year, but with explicit caution. The thought of damaging her knee remained in the back of her mind. After tweaking the knee again during field events, it was strictly sprints for Sellers. Sellers needed to switch her technique coming out of the blocks during her races because of the knee issues. She did so without missing a beat, and resulting in a historic senior year and a truly remarkable story. After rebounding to complete her career

with six school records and a trip to the NCAA Division III Indoor and Outdoor National Championships, Sellers would become a school icon in her realm. She became an All-American during the indoor season by finishing fourth in the 60 meter dash with a school-record time of 7.67 seconds in Grinnell, Iowa, at nationals. Sellers also became the first All-American in track and field at Adrian College in eight years. She followed that by qualifying for outdoor nationals held in Claremont, Calif., in May. Sellers narrowly missed out on the finals of the 100 meter dash and finished 13th just .03 seconds out of the final and another All-American bid. Sellers also made waves in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association during the outdoor season by being named Female Track Athlete of the Year. She was a part of three championship events for the Bulldogs running in the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, and 4 x 100 relay. She broke her own school-record in the 200 meter dash during MIAA Field Day with a time of 25.35. Her 4 x 100 relay team also set a school-record during the event. For this Bulldog, the accomplishments are momentous. For the mid-western young woman who nearly missed donning a uniform, her hard work and dedication are worthy of the record-books. “You always look back and wonder what if,” Sellers said. “Coming back during my senior year and running as well as I did definitely put it in perspective.” “I never would have dreamed of making nationals or becoming an All-American, but I never gave up dreaming big either.”

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Congratulate this year’s inductees at the Walk of Fame, Friday, Sept. 28 at 5:15 p.m. at Caine Student Center.





FROM HELMET TO HARD HAT, ONE BULLDOG’S JOURNEY TO A NEW FIELD. The end of my junior year at Adrian College flew by all too fast. Summer had approached much quicker than I anticipated, and the realization that I would be spending the summer in Wisconsin, at Bay Shipbuilding Company (BSC) in Sturgeon Bay, away from my friends and family, had not yet sunk in. I considered accepting this internship primarily for the fact it would be valuable as a resume builder and aid in my job searches after college. I admit the thoughts of enjoying Wisconsin beer and cheese for a summer did not exactly build my excitement. I never really thought about the most obvious benefits that would come from this experience until they slapped me in the face. I walked into BSC on my first day with no expectations and no knowledge of shipbuilding, let alone ships in general. As a business-marketing major I was, quite literally, a fish out of water. Less than an hour on the job, and before orientation, I found myself in a Monday morning production meeting. I would witness the room of nearly 30 people begin to shake hands and exchange good mornings, a routine that is practiced every Monday morning to start off the week. It was an unexpected surprise, and

a little intimidating to be shaking hands and meeting this many new people in a matter of minutes on the job. A larger surprise was the seemingly foreign lingo I had to decipher following the morning’s greetings. Trying to absorb and retain all of the new knowledge was overwhelming. Summer had just begun, but I felt as if I was back in the classroom. Fortunately, my housemates, Nick and Sara, major in Naval Architecture at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I quickly found myself reading their textbooks on ships, desperately trying to speed up the learning curve. Final exams may have just ended, but my studying had just begun. I knew I would not be able to earn the respect of my superiors or peers if I couldn’t identify what a bulbous bow or a corrugated bulkhead were. Forty hour work days, week in and week

out, no exceptions. A full-time job is one thing I had not experienced and I definitely got a realistic taste of it. From 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM, sometimes longer, every day, I discovered the true grind of a workweek. College is easy, the real world isn’t. Learning how to live on your own in the real world is an invaluable experience. I am more prepared for real world living after this experience and that is the most important benefit I could have gained. My job duties at BSC were random and rather sporadic. A business major can be a little lost on a shipyard, but I was able to gain valuable experience and develop a work ethic I could maintain beyond this experience. From assistance in the office of human resources, to inventory maintenance, and even donning a hardhat and work boots to help clean up an oil spill - my jobs and experiences benefitted me greatly. Giving up a summer of fun as a 21year- old, my last as a student, was not a popular choice for me at the beginning of the summer. Having done this internship, I wouldn’t have changed my decision. The real world doesn’t wait for anyone.







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Despite the recycled adage, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” most recent college students and graduates recognize the claim as only part reality. They understand that it is a combination of knowledge and networks that becomes essential in both beginning and advancing a successful career. For the students, finding college internship experiences are instrumental in developing both the “who” and “what” of the success equation offering both field experience and industry connections. Increasingly on campus, Adrian College students are finding these distinctive opportunities through those who are all too willing to offer a hand 28


(or an application) to a fellow Bulldog —the alumni. As most recent job seekers understand, competition for great jobs after graduation continues to increase as most hiring managers expect graduates to be abundantly qualified beyond the classroom. They are looking for candidates who are not only academically qualified, but who also demonstrate an understanding of the global economy and have “real-world” experience. This preparation is gained most effectively through the handson interaction provided by internships.

Dawn breaks over Bay Shipbuilding Co., where EUGENE CALDWELL ‘85, serves as Vice President and GM. Caldwell encourages Adrian College students to apply for internships with Bay Shipbuilding Co.

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MITCH HARRIS ’11 MAJOR Argumentation & Advocacy INTERNSHIP Public Relations Coordinator, Fathead CURRENT POSITION Project Manager, BodyPartChart, Fathead LIVES IN Detroit, Michigan

FROM BACKPACK TO BRIEFCASE “After my internship, I always kept in contact with the CEO, and having him on my side really helped out. The Director of Public Relations at Fathead got me into an invite-only job fair for the Chicago Fire. Having those types of contacts really helped me out after graduation. I ended up back at Fathead which is where I wanted to be all along.”

By complimenting the proficiencies learned in the classrooms, labs, and lecture halls with the experiences of an internship, students are able to apply their knowledge and build a stronger resume. The contacts and connections made through inlaid networking may be the difference in a graduate’s job seeking success. The old adage, “It’s not what you know, but who you know,” has always had elements of truth. College internships provide a way for graduates to add the relevant “who” to the “what” found in their resumes and portfolios.  “The goal of the internship program at Adrian College is to provide students with the opportunity to test their interest and develop job-related skills,” says JANNA D’AMICO ‘02, Director of Career Planning at Adrian College. “Combined with networking opportunities and resume building skills, these essential elements found outside the classroom can foster a student’s personal and professional background.” EUGENE CALDWELL ‘85,

Vice President and GM of Bay Shipbuilding Co., is a strong advocate for internships as he believes that the full exposure allows a student a deeper understanding of a chosen career path. In his opinion, “It gives them experience to go with their degree, something that all employers are looking for.” Caldwell credits his own undergraduate internship with General Motors in giving him a “cushion” to explore his interests.  “I used this as a means to push boundaries, explore EUGENE CALDWELL ‘85 concepts, and try new ideas that most new employees would never have had an opportunity to experience. Taking chances doesn’t always pay off but never trying results in 100% failure.” Alumna LARISA SALVIA WALEGA ’02, a Senior Marketing Manager for



Ziebart International Corporation agrees saying, “My experience as an intern provided me with the knowledge, resources, training, realworld experience, and confidence to hit the ground running for a successful career in marketing and advertising.” Walega credits Adrian College’s holistic approach to education in providing her integrated marketing solutions. “From email etiquette taught by Professor Kleinsmith, to the passion for public relations instilled by Professor Schultz through her lectures, every LARISA WALEGA ‘02 class, paper, presentation, and participation in a club and/or organization brought me one step closer to being a wellrounded individual.” “Every AC student, no matter their major or discipline, should take on an internship before heading into their first position after graduation. Having a strong mentor who can guide you and pave the way for structured experiences that offer opportunities to take these real world challenges head on will only prepare [them] for a career after college.” At Adrian College, students are given the tools to secure internship positions through the Office of Career Planning. The opportunities created through experiential learning ultimately become their essential social network. From day one, students learn the value of the resources and contacts they realized during their college experience. Understanding the manner in which to apply these tools becomes one of the most relevant aspects in a student’s college career. Not only do they increase their academic ability, they find ways to effectively use that knowledge on a daily basis. By connecting with people already working in their field of interest, the student accesses mentors who will help them open the door to their own successful careers.

It is a meet and mingle situation that provides an opportunity to learn the values, skills, and training required for success. Whether a student attends professional training sessions, or social gatherings with co-workers after hours, they will build a network of meaningful relationships that extend far beyond the boundaries of the college campus experience . “We brought on our first AC intern the summer of 2010 and were so impressed with the level of performance, talent, and passion she brought to the company that we offered her an entry level position in the marketing department upon graduation,” says Walega. The benchmark of any college lies in the success of its graduates – as they take to their career and pursuit of their own passion. Adrian College has the great fortune of having many alumni who are able to give back to the College.  Beyond the financial commitment, alumni are seeking the sponsorship of internships as a way give back while helping to guarantee the success of current Bulldogs.    Director D’Amico from the Office of Career Planning affirms this philosophy in saying, “Being an alum means more than just saying you graduated from Adrian College, it is your chance to give back to the past and future generations.” Mr. Caldwell credits his experience at Bay Shipbuilding, who had previously offered internships through the University of Michigan’s School of Engineering, as the segway for his involvement with internships

at his alma mater. “When I was interviewing for the job I was told BSC worked with U of M for summer interns from their Marine Engineer undergraduate program. I immediately knew that when I had the opportunity (and time) I would involve Adrian College students in a similar opportunity.”  Caldwell felt compelled as he hired many people and had, “always wanted to offer an opportunity to young people who were in a similar situation as I had been in during my time at Adrian.” For Larisa Walega, the decision to pay it forward through internships to AC Alumni was a means to give back to the College through a structured program offering an opportunity for students. “I knew of the caliber of student that attends AC. They possess an amazing drive and determination of excellence. It was a natural fit with Ziebart.”  “I would highly suggest all AC Alumni who are able to offer internship opportunities at their place of employment consider reaching out to the College to further discuss the possibility. The opportunity to help shape and guide the future of an individual who is ready to soak up all the knowledge and direction you have, is a very rewarding experience.” Caldwell shares the feeling of accomplishment in paying it forward by offering internships. “It is part of growing your company and yourself when you reach out and take a risk. I enjoy the opportunity to meet with the students and look forward to following their career paths. The rewards are twofold:  the young workers often teach the old workers new tricks and the old teach the new about patience and the wisdom found through experience.  “ “Who knows? That student may end up being an amazing addition to your company!” Walega adds.

JOANNA SLISINGER ’12 MAJOR Chemistry INTERNSHIP Lab Technician, Wacker Chemical CURRENT POSITION Commercial Program Analyst, Wacker Chemical LIVES IN Adrian, Michigan

PAYING IT FORWARD “For my internship I was a Lab Technician, so I got to work as an assistant to a chemist. I was in the lab working hands on with the products and seeing what their applications could be in the real world. Now in my current position, I get to sell those products I know are the best on the market and I really have a passion for them. I have a passion to sell them and I really believe in them.”

Remember when you were looking for your first job? Today there is a new litter of Bulldogs who could use that professional advice that allowed you to develop who you are today. Our Adrian College alumni are a big reason our students continue to find success and we want you to be a part of this tradition. Visit us at to learn more about the ways you can inspire your fellow Bulldogs. FA L L 2 0 1 2



A CALL TO SERVE For some, the love of an Adrian College education is the result of a life-long pursuit of a dream: earning a degree from the small private college in the heart of Lenawee County. For others, their love of the College is the result of a lifetime of memories from a year in the life as a Bulldog. For James “Jimmy” M. Davis, his passion for Adrian College began as a result of his small town roots graduating from nearby Morenci High School.

The James M. Davis Endowed Scholarship

in the 1950s where he worked as a salesman and manager for Galaxy Lighting until his retirement. He would move through his lifetime with the memory of his year as a Bulldog never far from his mind.

Jimmy Davis passed away on August 19, 2011, naming Adrian College as one of his beneficiaries to his estate. The gift, in excess of $1.5 million has been designated to provide support for students The Davis family would move to Morenci, Michigan, pursuing their postgraduate education. Davis had in August of 1922 where Jimmy enrolled in school long desired to return to the College he had briefly until his graduation in 1942. He would attend called home, but was unable to do so. His intent Adrian College that fall enlisting to serve his was to set up a scholarship to aid qualified students country during World War II on November 7, 1942. with preference given to a graduate of Morenci High He would enter service with the Army Air Corps the School. As a result, the James M. Davis Endowed following April until his discharge in 1945. Scholarship Fund was created to assist area students with the pursuit of an invaluable asset – a Though he would attend Adrian for only a year before serving his country, his deep-rooted passion college education at Adrian. He would leave a legacy to future students and graduates who would walk for the College would remain intact long into his the halls he once called home and never fell far from career. He relocated to San Francisco, California, his heart. 32


The James M. Davis Endowed Scholarship Fund was created to assist area students with the pursuit of an invaluable asset – a college education at Adrian.

THE “A” BENCH PROJECT For nearly 100 years, the concrete “A” bench located on the east side of campus has been a legendary fixture. Given as a gift to the College from the Class of 1914, this landmark has been traditionally reserved for engaged couples. Much like ‘The Mound’, the ‘South Hall Bell’ and the ‘Seal Statue’ in Peelle Hall, this structure has been integral to the legends and lore of the campus culture. In recent years, it has become apparent that this campus mainstay is in need of additional attention. To be a part of the revitalization of the “A” bench, please contact JIM MAHONY ’00, Assistant VP for Development at (517) 264-3104 or

MAKE YOUR MARK ON CAMPUS Over the past few years, the campus has been the beneficiary of many beautification projects. From the new terrace, to the creation of Commencement Plaza, and even the Hackberry Tree in front of Downs Hall. Since implementation, over 45 new trees have been planted (14 different varieties) throughout campus in recognition or memoriam. We have also placed over 80 benches and more than 200 bricks around campus. Not to mention the opportunity to let your Bulldog spirit be known by the opportunity to have your name etched onto one of the seats in our athletic venues, Downs Hall or Dawson Auditorium.



For more information on these special projects, please contact JIM MAHONY ’00, Assistant VP for Development at (517) 264-3104 or jmahony@ You can also visit our website at www.

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‘ROOTED IN TRADITION, INSPIRING CHANGE’ Creativity and innovation are celebrated at the annual State of the College address.

Highlights A selection of exciting highlights from this year’s State of the College address.

Addition of Sports Management Major International Baccalaureate Partnership with Lincoln Elementary Installation of Turf in the Arena Renovations to Downs Hall Theater Renovations to Jones Lecture Hall 34


It has become a tradition in recent years, for President Jeffrey R. Docking to give the annual State of the College. Last year marked the first year in which Dr. Docking invited faculty, staff, students and more to assist him in delivering the address. This year would carry on this new tradition as the campus community gathered to share the exciting changes on campus throughout the past year, and to share of things to come. “Let me begin by thanking all of you for another tremendous year at the College,” said Docking in his opening remarks. “ Once again we set new records in enrollment, retention, and fundraising. We built new buildings, started new academic programs, and hired many new faculty.” “All of [the] ideas, [from 2011] have been completed, or are nearly complete as we gather here today,” Docking

informed the audience. “Results matter here as well as excellence and substantive change.” This year’s program included 14 new ideas and stories presented by 19 individuals, which will inspire another year of change across campus. As the address drew to a close, President Docking called Dr. Oded Gur-Arie to join him in announcing the inaugural Creativity Award recipient. Dr. Scott Elliott was named the winner for his submission in which he recommended a Yellow Bike-Share Program be implemented on campus. “This award is the beginning of a new tradition here,” said Docking after congratulating each of the finalists. “A tradition full of caring, good deeds, and community.” For more on the address go to news/rooted-in-tradition-inspiring-change/

Adrian College Loses Beloved Colleague & Friend The College community says goodbye to former Director of Academic Services, Jane McCloskey. Adrian College lost a dear colleague and friend on March 24, 2012. Jane McCloskey, former Director of Academic Services, died surrounded by family in Chicago. While at the College, Jane directed the TRIO funded program serving first generation, low income and/or disabled students. She also oversaw tutoring services, wrote grants and sat on multiple committees. She retired in 2010, having joined the staff in 1994. President Docking expressed the sentiments of many on campus: “Jane will be remembered by all who knew her- as compassionate, smart and caring. No student who stepped into her office left without their question answered or need addressed.” Born in Robesonia, Pa., in 1946 as Jane Koch Himmelberger, she graduated valedictorian from Conrad Weiser Area Schools and earned her bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University and her M.Ed. from Radford University. As her obituary noted, “she believed in serving students and providing opportunities for success particularly for disadvantaged students and for students with disabilities. As a former college athlete herself, she also had special interest in students who tried to balance academics and athletics. She al-

ways knew that she would return to her own roots: working with students who, like herself, are from first-generation, low–income backgrounds entering college with numerous possibilities and expectations, but little direction on how to navigate the college world.” Her husband, Dennis, of 43 years recently stated, “She had three loves in her life: family, college students and Adrian College.” Funeral services were held in her hometown of Robesonia on March 31, 2012. In a eulogy to her mom, daughter Erin McCloskey Maus read tributes to Jane posted on Facebook from students and former students. An advocate for students in need, she was recognized as a Phenomenal Woman at Adrian College in 2002, and by the Alumni Association with the AC Stewardship Award in 2010. To honor Jane, her family and Adrian College have established the Jane McCloskey Memorial Fund to benefit first generation, low income, and disabled students who attend the college she loved. Donations can be sent to the Adrian College Development Office in the name of Adrian College/Jane McCloskey Memorial Fund.

THE JANE MCCLOSKEY MEMORIAL FUND In honor of Jane, the fund will benefit first generation, low income, and disabled students who attend the college she loved. Donations can be sent to the Adrian College Development Office in the name of Adrian College/Jane McCloskey Memorial Fund.

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LEGACIES THE KRAUSS FAMILY PHILIP KRAUSS ‘82 calls the story of his coming to Adrian College “common.” Having worked in Adrian College Office of Admissions for seven years following his graduation, he rightfully has some authority on the topic. However, as a 17-year-old student visiting the College with his high school’s Students for Action in Education club, he wasn’t expecting the personalized attention he received upon arriving unannounced on campus. “They rolled out the red carpet for us,” he said of getting treated to a full tour that included lunch and class visits. Following his tour, Philip applied to and then attended Adrian, where he majored in Political Science and was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon. It was at Adrian College that Philip met his now wife, JENNIFER NORTH KRAUSS ’83, a Business and Home Economics student. They were married by the Adrian College chaplain, Dr. Eugene A. Ransom in 1983, one month after Jennifer’s graduation. 36


As Philip continued working for the Office of Admissions, Jennifer began a career in fashion merchandising. In 1987 they celebrated the birth of their son, PHILIP (TREY) KRAUSS III ‘10, and in 1993 they celebrated the birth of their daughter, Adrian Krauss, naming her after the College she would one day attend. Trey’s interest in Adrian College began in high school with the football team. Several of his coaches were Adrian College alumni and spoke highly of the school, and though an injury before his freshman year kept Trey from playing football, Trey found his home at Adrian studying Criminal Justice and Political Science. He also joined Tau Kappa Epsilon, his father’s fraternity, becoming a legacy twice over. After graduation, Trey began his career in law enforcement as a Residence Hall Security Officer at University of Michigan, where he continues to work today.

Adrian began at her namesake college as a freshman in the fall semester of 2011. She is double majoring in English with a focus in writing and Psychology, and plans for a career in child psychology and writing. After ten years in fashion merchandising, Jennifer made a move to banking and is now a Fraud Analyst with Comerica Bank. Philip’s career in higher education took him to Eastern Michigan University, where he worked in a number of capacities, before landing him at Marygrove College where he works as a Program Developer. Adrian College, he said, is unique among the institutions he’s worked with in balancing its liberal arts focus with the realization that students need to be trained for careers. Philip said the emphasis on internships, study abroad, and career services, reaching back to the time he was a student, sets Adrian College apart.

SUTHERLAND FAMILY When a friend asked CHUCK SUTHERLAND ’50 for a ride to Adrian College in 1946, he said, “Where’s that?” It wasn’t long after that conversation, though, that Chuck found himself with the same friend in the Adrian College president’s office. “He came out, introduced himself and said he’d like to talk,” Chuck said. More than 65 years later, it’s clear that Chuck’s conversation with the president had a multi-generational impact. Chuck is retired from Ford Motor Co. where he spent his career working in marketing parts and services, and lives in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Though he no longer calls Adrian home, the College is never far from his mind, “I’ve never lost interest.”

And as it turns out, neither has his family. Chuck’s wife, Patricia Sutherland, graduated from Purdue but was made one of the first Adrian College honorary alumni in 2002. Chuck’s son, C. William Sutherland, and daughter, Gail Sutherland Schenkel, both spent time at Adrian College, as did his stepson SCOTT CHESLEY ’85, who met his wife MICHELLE CROLY CHESLEY ’86 while attending. Scott was a member of Theta Chi, played varsity golf for four years, and served on student government. He studied Broadcast Communications and was the program director at WVAC for two years. Michelle studied Interior Design while at Adrian and was a member of the on-campus ASID. She spent a semester of her senior year studying abroad in London. They

have a son, Tyler, and currently live in Gaylord, Michigan. Chuck devoted several years to Adrian College as a member of the Alumni Board and the Board of Trustees. Over the years, he served in several other capacities including as Annual Fund Campaign Chair, Class Agent and member of Parents Council. He received the Outstanding Alumni Award in 1989. The Sutherlands have been lifetime donors to the College including the establishment of the Sutherland-Chesley Scholarship in 1984. Chuck has also been an active ATO and in fall 2011 joined brothers and friends for the re-dedication of Cornelius House, the fraternity residence that originally opened during Chuck’s undergraduate years.

DO YOU HAVE A FAMILY LEGACY AT ADRIAN? Share your story and you could be featured in a future issue of CONTACT magazine. Submit a short explanation of your family history at Adrian College as well as your contact information to the Office of Public Relations by email to with the subject line “Contact Legacy Story.” FA L L 2 0 1 2


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DR. SHERI BLEAM Dr. Sheri Bleam, professor of communication arts and sciences, participated in the National Communication Association’s Leadership Roundtable. The Roundtable met in conjunction with NCA’s annual conference in New Orleans, in November. PUBLISHED



DR. PHILIP HOWE Dr. Philip Howe, associate professor of political science, participated in the CAPITO conference hosted by the Institut fur die Wiessenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna. This conference was the culmination of a two-year project assessing the development of capitalist institutions in Eastern Europe since 1989. Dr. Howe was there in fall 2011 as a EURIAS Fellow. FA M I LY

Dr. Scott Elliot, philosophy and religion profesDR. CARI MASSEY sor, recently had his book, Reconfiguring Mark’s Jesus: Narrative Criticism After Poststructural- Dr. Cari Massey, assistant professor of history, and her husband, Dr. Jason Hartz, director ism (Sheffield-Phoenix, 2011), published. of institutional research and adjunct history professor, announce the birth of Ruby Adeline FA M I LY Massey-Hartz on Dec. 31.

DR. MARTI MORALES-ENSIGN Dr. Marti Morales-Ensign, assistant professor of biology, and her husband, Trey Ensign, announce the birth of their son, Garrett Gregory Ensign, on May 29.




DR. DONALD CELLINI Dr. Donald Cellini, professor of modern languages, retired in April after 24 years. He started in Teacher Education, and moved to the Modern Languages and Cultures Department in 1999. Don received the Exemplary Teaching Award in 2005. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Toledo and spent several summers and sabbaticals in Mexico and abroad. In the last few years, Don published several collections of poetry and also enjoys photography. RETIRED

DR. GORDON HAMMERLE Dr. Gordon Hammerle, professor of psychology, retired in April after teaching 36 years in the department. He received the Exemplary Teaching Award in 2000. He earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University and specialized in social psychology and human sexuality. He and wife Judith Roes Hammerle, also a retired faculty member from Adrian College, live in Adrian and have two daughters.


FRESHMAN YEAR Candid advice from AC faculty and staff.



DR. AGNES CALDWELL Vice President & Dean for Academic Affairs

Catch this video in its entirety at 43615212. Hear from Dr. Agnes Caldwell, Dr. Bryan Bott, Reverend Christopher Momany, Ms. Beth Myers, and Dr. Jeffrey Docking. Interested in watching other Adrian College videos? Follow us on Vimeo:

EXPLORE. DR. BRYAN BOTT Assistant Professor of Modern Languages & Cultures


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“I want to be part of creating a company that can meet my goals, but also help our staff achieve their dreams while having some fun along the way.”

From Trial to Trail


For TIM FRY ‘92, the transition

“I ended up [at] Bricker &

and road races through the

explained. He went on to say that

to college was full of unique

Eckler, working in their complex

years.  It seemed a natural fit to

although the company has grown,

challenges. As a first generation

litigation group.  After a few

find a company that could be both

he has big plans for the future.

college student, he didn’t have

years, I realized that my “dream”

a business and a passion.  His

“My goal in starting a company

family experience to draw from.

of being a lawyer was really a

focus became the production of

was not just for personal

Ultimately, the decision to attend

means goal rather than an end

innovative products with strong

satisfaction, I wanted to grow

Adrian College was based on the

goal.” Fry recalled. “I think to be

attention to customer service.

something that is much larger

recommendation of his guidance

a great litigator you have to really

For Fry, the pursuit of his passion

than me. We have developed

counselor from his small high

care about what you are fighting

led to big ambitions. Since 2000,

a great team and I am driven

school in Ohio.

about or really love to fight and

Mountain Racing Products has

everyday to perform at my best to

“She thought that the small

win.  And as the excitement of the

acquired four other small bicycle

meet their expectations,” he said.

campus atmosphere would allow

environment was wearing off, I

component companies and

“I believe in action – even if the

me to transition to college more

realized that I did not fit either

expanded their product offerings

action is wrong, at least you can

easily,” said Fry.

requirement completely.”

through internal research and

learn from it and move forward in

For the small-town student with

After serious consideration, Fry

development.  The facility grew

a new direction.”

big dreams, Adrian College was

realized that he wanted to build

from two employees in 2000 to

Fry credits his family for

the perfect fit. After graduating

something up rather than tear

23 employees in the U.S. today.

reminding him to enjoy the

from Adrian with a BBA in

it down.  The tangible ability to

The expanded company also

journey, noting that his wife,

Business Management and a

“feel” a product was a resounding

owns a facility in Taiwan that

Christy, whom he met in law

minor in Political Science, he

factor in his determination to look

produces the original equipment

school, gave him critical support

attended Capital University Law

into purchasing a manufacturing

components for bike companies

through the transition from

School, graduating in 2005 with

company.  Over the next year, he

like Trek, Giant, Cannondale,

law to business. Having worked

his Juris Doctorate degree.

investigated several opportunities

Merida, and Norco.

alongside him for countless

He returned to his hometown

until he found the perfect fit

Fry notes that the company is

hours, her dedication has been

of Mansfield, Ohio, accepting a

– a small company located in

constantly transforming.

instrumental in keeping him

position with a general practice

Colorado that manufactured high-

“We currently have seven issued

grounded in his dreams.

firm. Two years later he joined a

end bicycle components.

patents that we utilize in our

“Enjoying the moment is the

larger firm in Columbus, Ohio, as

A passionate biker, Fry had

product designs with many

hardest part of being driven to

part of their litigation team.

competed in several mountain

patents pending for new ideas,” he

achieve end goals.” Fry says.





“I am a dreamer,” said DR.

internal medicine at Evanston

amazing to me that a disease

the frequency of screening

PAULA HABIB ’99, “Yet, I am

Northwestern Hospital in

as prevalent as breast cancer

mammograms for women is not

forced to be a realist at the same

Evanston, Illinois, she began a

has been even mildly tamed

an area where we can afford to


radiology residency at Louisiana

with technology.” She went on

cut-back on health care costs.”

Dr. Habib’s dreams began after

State University in New Orleans.

to express the importance of

An advocate for women’s health,

her graduation from Adrian

There Hurricane Katrina forced

patient compassion beyond

Habib has taken a stand in

High School. She began her

her to evacuate and return to her

the imaging as doctor’s work

her passion for awareness and

college career at the University

Midwestern roots in Ohio, before

through treatment options – both

education. She recalls being

of Michigan, but soon discovered

completing a 1-year fellowship in

to ensure understanding and

selected by then Governor Bob

that she felt lonely, even close to

breast imaging at the University of

advocate awareness.

Taft to serve as the graduate

home. She decided to transfer

California, San Diego.

“I have broad goals of taking

student representative on The

to a smaller school, one with

“Originally I selected radiology,

part in the creation of health

Ohio State University Board of

familiar roots – Adrian College.

because I could help diagnose

care policy, and of working as a

Trustees during her years there.

The daughter of Dr. Ahsan Habib,

and treat patients all over the

spokeswoman for breast cancer

“Through this experience I was

AC Professor of Economics, she

hospital, and even all over the

awareness,” Habib noted. “It is

able to take part in making policy

began her journey of making a

world, just by looking at their

a disease that affects so many

decisions on a global basis.”

difference, surrounded now by her

radiology images. It allowed me to

people. I would like to help

This global ambition is not new

family and friends.

participate in many patients’ care

educate people on the value of

to Habib. She recalls watching

“I have always wanted to be a

simultaneously,” she said.

screening and early detection. I

her relatives in Bangladesh travel

doctor. Since I was a small child I

Following her fellowship, Habib

would also like to travel to

to more developed countries for

dreamed of the day when I would

worked as a private practice breast

third-world countries to help

more detailed imaging of their

be able to help sick people. I

radiologist in Ohio and in Florida.

provide my services to those less

bodies, understanding accuracy

stuck to my childhood dream, and

It is the basis for her passion for

fortunate, not only as patient care,

would be reflected in the aptitude

continued on that path,” she said.

the advancing technology in this

but also as teaching for doctors in

of the reader. Today, these same

Habib went on to attend

fascinating field.

less developed areas, so they can

relatives send films to Habib to

medical school at The Ohio

“Imaging has played a significant

help treat their own people. In a

share with experts on U.S. soil.

State University in Columbus,

role in the advancement of

tough economy, and tightening

“It is humbling and rewarding [to]

Ohio. Following the completion

diagnosis,” Habib wrote in her

budgets everywhere, I would

know how much patients rely on

of her one-year internship in

fellowship statement. “It is

like to help show that decreasing

us,” she said. FA L L 2 0 1 2



SPOTLIGHT ON ALUMNI At our final meeting of each academic year the Alumni Association Board of Directors considers it a privilege to review the information of candidates for the Alumni Awards and select the recipients. We are reminded of the interesting and amazing things our fellow alumni are doing, and their commitment to their families, their communities and their alma mater. You have the opportunity to learn about these outstanding individuals in this issue of Contact and I encourage you to consider your alumni friends, former classmates or mentors who may also fit the criteria for each award. Then we would love for you to submit those names as candidates for future awards. Please also join us for the recognition ceremony at Homecoming on September 29 to meet and honor the 2012 Alumni Award recipients.

Many of you volunteer on campus and in your communities and have done a great job of representing TEAM Adrian College and “giving from the heart of a Bulldog.” You have read Bruiser Goes to College at elementary schools and other youth-friendly places, spreading the story of our own beloved mascot Bruiser and initiating discussions about college at an early age. You offer internships and career advice to current students, share your expertise in our classrooms, work here at A.C. with a special passion, serve our Board of Trustees, and donate your time and resources to support and improve the campus community. You maintain friendships with professors and college classmates and encourage them to return for class reunions or join you at get-togethers across the country. 42


Some of you are former or current Alumni Board members, and we appreciate all you do and have done for the College. I would like to extend a special thank you to recent Board retirees DEANNA BAKER HARTLEY ‘72, JULAYNE MORNINGSTAR HUGHES ‘86 and MARILYN WILSON WARD ‘83. We also look forward to the contributions that new members BRUCE DIVEN ‘77, CARRIE HARTLEY ‘04, PATRICIA ANDERSON LEARY ‘76, STANLEY LEGENC ‘65, BRETT PETERS ‘95 and KODY TURNER-SCHIMMEL ‘10 will bring to the Board. Again, you are encouraged to submit names of potential Board members, or indicate your own interest in serving. Beyond the more formal recognition of Adrian College alumni, we want to acknowledge all of you who go out and make a difference every day. You are parents, teachers, preachers, entrepreneurs, coaches, CEOs, medical professionals, government officials, social workers, artists, musicians, psychologists, mathematicians, accountants, historians, and radio personalities … and much more. On behalf of Adrian College, we recognize YOU, our Alumni, whose student paths meandered through our 132-acre campus (never in a straight line!) and whose future lives were impacted by your stop here along the way. We encourage you to stay connected with your alma mater and your fellow alumni! MINDY DYGERT MACDONALD ’74

President | Alumni Association Board of Directors

We invite you to participate in some new efforts: C.A.P., the Creative Alumni Program (see p.52) and Take Your Bulldog to Work Day, (see p.43) brought to you by the Institute for Creativity. Share your thoughts and ideas with us to help make Adrian College even better.


BONDING OVER BRUISER “Reading the story to my students was one of the best days I have had at school. One of my students even called Bruiser the ‘fire dog’ because he looked so strong.”



A BRUISER STORY TIME INITIATIVE Over 120 alumni and friends responded to our invitation to read “Bruiser Goes to College” to young children at their school, library or other child-friendly location during March is Reading Month.

Bruiser’s story traveled near and far: from Michigan to Texas, California, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, New York, and even South Korea. Forty persons represented TEAM Adrian College in their hometowns and sent us stories and photos of their experiences.

To read all the responses, visit


The Alumni Board will partner with the Institute for Creativity to initiate Take Your Bulldog to Work Day. This idea was submitted by Dr. Stephanie Jass, History Professor, for the 2012 Creativity Award. Take Your Bulldog to Work Day is an effort to connect current students with alumni in business in Lenawee County for a job shadowing experience.

Get involved and give back.

“I decided to use my teaching background I received at Adrian College to open my own daycare business … the children took turns reading the book to one another, laughing at Bruiser and his adventures.”

If you have opportunities in your organization, please submit your interest via e-mail to the Institute for Creativity under the directorship of Jennifer Ellsworth, Ph.D., at




Class Notes

East Lansing residents JENNIE KUBINGER MAHONEY ’44 and her husband, Robert, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Nov. 29. They have 10 children, 24 grandchildren and 15 great- grandchildren.



TOM ’60 and SUE BAUGHEY PRANGE ’60, of Adrian, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on March 11. They are retired after a career of selling automobiles through Tom Prange Auto Village. Tom and Sue have three children and two grandsons. Keeping with AC’s Bulldog spirit of giving, PENNY PURVES ROGERS ’64 organized a family council at the medical care facility in Bellaire where her husband became a patient there three years ago. After two years, the family council continues to do well helping those with caregiving issues and providing support. GARY SPICER ’64 paid tribute to Ernie Harwell and AC with a presentation he sponsored in February. Gary, who has had an extensive career as a sports and entertainment attorney, is a former trustee of the College. He talked about his career and his sports memorabilia. Inducted into the AC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996 and recipient of an honorary doctorate in 2002, Gary praised the College for helping him achieve success. PAUL PALPANT ’65 was pictured in The Daily Telegram in October, while teaching at the Community Clay class at Adrian College during an event called A Day of Clay, which raised money for the Empty Bowls benefit for the local Salvation Army. STEVEN DHONDT ’66 had his third novel, When God Laughs, published in November, by Vantage Press, Inc. Though fiction, AC readers may recognize the setting at Abbott College as very similar to Adrian College. Steve, a member of the ATO fraternity, has had many poems published and was named to the International Who’s Who in Poetry. He lives in New York City with his wife, Patty and their dog, Odibe.

JON AMYX ‘68 and Dr. Docking are at Lookout Point on the Pacific at Corona del Mar. President Docking and wife Beth visited alumni in California and Arizona in March. FRANCINE FRITS RIFKIN ’68 was elected in November to serve on the Saginaw Community Foundation’s board of directors. Francine is a community volunteer and retired school teacher from the Adrian and Saginaw Public School Districts. JIM BERRYMAN ’69, a Democrat and former state senator and Adrian mayor, has officially declared his candidacy for the 57th House District seat. CHARLES FOWLER ’69 retired from the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church after 42 years of ministry. He had served five congregations, the conference program staff, and as district superintendent. He and his wife, Carol, will make their home in Slippery Rock, Pa.

GENE MICHALENKO ’70 and Louise Chawla were married July 30, 2011, at the Community United Church of Christ in Boulder, Colo., by Hassan Surhrawardi Gebel, Secretary General of the Sufi Order International. Gene works at Boulder Community Hospital and also at Mental Health Partners in Boulder. He also serves as a spiritual guide and center leader for the Front Range Sufi Order Center in Boulder and Denver. After a 40-year career in finance and the practice of law, STEPHEN CASTOR ’71 BA, MA, MBA and JD, retired in 2011. He and his wife, Esther, split their time between living in Grand Junction, Colo., and Istanbul, Turkey. Stephen continues to dabble in commercial real estate and collecting foreign cars. Stephen said he “credits AC with setting him on the path to a good life and successful career.” TERRY COLLINS ’71 retired in June as the Adrian Police Chief. Terry started with the department in 1968 as a patrol officer. He also served as a youth officer in the high school in 1974, was promoted to sergeant in 1977, and was named chief in 1980.

ADRIAN AROUND THE WORLD MICHEAL CROMLEY ’60 visited the Alignments at Carnac in Brittany, France, while on a trip with his 17-year-old granddaughter and his AC pennant. Their family name originated in Carnac. Micheal visits France every couple of years.

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RICHARD ISAAC ’71 enjoyed a return visit to his alma mater in May. He brought along his fiancée, Kelly, and was impressed with all the improvements on campus. President Docking toured him around in one of the College’s golf carts and they enjoyed lunch in the new WOW restaurant.

1970s, continued RICHARD WILSON ’71 and his wife, Yvonne, are both retired teachers from Imlay City schools. Dick spends a great deal of his spare time working on habitat projects for wildlife near their home and at their get-away property in the central Michigan area. Bike riding, walking and gym time are important activities for the two of them. Dick is a member of the Theta Chi fraternity. JANE CASTLE ’75 was nominated as Volunteer of the Week, a feature of The Daily Telegram. Jane has served on the Adrian Schools Educational Foundation board since 2002. One of the goals of the Foundation is to increase support to the art curriculum of Adrian Public Schools. As a former art teacher, Jane sees the need for this support and the value of art to the entire educational process. She is currently employed as the career preparation services coordinator for the Lenawee Intermediate School District. Jane and her husband, TOM BOLDT ’75, live in Adrian. SUE HANLIN RUESINK ’75 retired from Wayne Gray Elementary School in Addison, after 32 years of teaching. Sue and her husband, James, live in Adrian.


JOHN SZYMANSKI ’80 has legally changed his name to Michael Tao Mandaean, for religious and numerology purposes. Michael has relocated to Troy, where he continues to play and teach the guitar. He is currently writing his first book, for Infinity Publishing, Yeshu Pantera. In February, JOHN HINER ’82 was named Vice President of Content for MLive Media Group, a new digital and print media company that includes the website, newspapers in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Jackson, Ann Arbor, Flint, Saginaw and Bay City, and news operations in Detroit and Lansing. He will be responsible for journalism across all platforms, audience engagement and growth strategies, and administration of news operations statewide. He will be based in Ann Arbor. Previously, he was executive editor of newspapers in Flint, Saginaw and Bay City. John is married to Kathy, and has two children, Alex and Carly. RICK MCNEIL ’82, Madison High School girl’s basketball coach, has been selected as the

ANN DAVIES ’76 recently retired from teaching with the Valparaiso (Ind.) Community Schools. Ann taught physical education and heath at the middle school for 34 years where she also coached basketball, volleyball, track and cross country. Early in her career, she was the high school girl’s varsity swim coach and middle school athletic director. For 28 of her teaching years, Ann represented her teachers in union leadership. Ann is a member of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, and says her next adventure is working with Dachshund rescue. DAVID LYNCH ’76 graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va., on May 17 with the degree Master of Divinity. David has been called to serve as Assistant Rector at St. James Episcopal Church in Wichita, Kan., beginning July 8, 2012. David and his wife, DEBBIE LONG LYNCH ’76, now reside in Wichita. FRANK RILEY ’76 has returned to private practice after 32 years as an assistant Lenawee County prosecutor. Frank resides in Blissfield.

officially named it “Coach Smith Court” during the ceremony. Fred joined the Siena Heights coaching staff in 1977 as an assistant men’s basketball coach. He was named athletic director in 1983 and named men’s basketball head coach in 1984. In March 2006, he was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame. DERRICK DIGGS ’77, former deputy chief with the Toledo Police Dept., was named chief of the department on Oct. 22. Chief Diggs began with the department in July of 1977. JIM BICKNELL ’79 recently became a board member of Tri-Star Trust Bank. Jim is president of Midland Emergency Room Corp. and CEO of MidMichigan Physician Group. He served as vice president for medical affairs for MidMichigan Health until named CEO in 2010. Jim is also involved with MidMichigan Community College fundraising where he started an endowed scholarship in his family’s name. He lives in Midland and has three college-age children.

FRED SMITH ’76, Siena Heights University athletic director and Hall of Fame basketball coach, was honored during a special ceremony at halftime of the Nov. 11 men’s basketball game. SHU replaced its hardwood court and

Lenawee County Coach of the Year by The Daily Telegram newspaper sports staff, as a result of the team’s record-setting 2011-12 season. Rick was also honored recently by the Associated Press as the Class C Coach of the Year. ELGIE BRIGHT ’83 was recently named assistant professor and chair of Northwood University’s automotive marketing program. Elgie earned a BA degree from Northwood, and has more than 20 years of experience in the automotive industry. He held the position of field district sales manager for General Motors for the past 12 years FRANK LAMS ’85 was recently promoted to assistant superintendent for the Avondale School District in Auburn Hills. He was previously the supervisor of purchasing and budget for the Troy School District. TIMOTHY LAWSON ’85, professor and chair of the psychology dept. of the College of Mount St. Joseph, received the 2011 Established Scholar Award. His research into the spotlight

effect was published in the international journal, Basic and Applied Social Psychology. Through the use of his book, Statistical Reasoning in Everyday Life: Possibilities and Shortfalls, Tim demonstrated that Mount students have improved their ability to utilize statistical reasoning in everyday life. Tim earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in social psychology from Miami University of Ohio. He and his wife, Anna, live in Monfort Heights, Ohio, with their son and daughter. GREG PSCODNA ’86, former Defiance College head football coach, was named head coach of Alma College’s football program, in January. JOHN MOGK ‘89 connected with the College last December. He is now working at The College of the Bahamas in Nassau as alumni relations and annual fund associate. John is working to create a strong alumni and development program for COB. Life is good.

New Beginnings MARK MILLER ‘83 is the pastor of Tecumseh United Methodist Church, a position he accepted in July 2010. Once engaged in an IT career in a computer programmer and systems role, he began considering other options when he started getting more involved in his church. This led to soul searching and attending Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky. In 2009 Mark was ordained as a full elder in the United Methodist Church. Mark is also a musician who enjoys playing with a contemporary praise band on bass, piano and other instruments. Mark will serve as this year’s speaker for the Adrian College Homecoming Worship Service on Sunday, Sept. 30. Join us to meet Mark or renew your connection with him and his wife, SHARON VOEGEDING MILLER ’81.

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TIM BAECHLER ’90 was recently inducted into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame. He teaches English and is the head football coach at Plymouth-Canton High School. ROBERT WRIGHT ’91, formerly the Onsted High School assistant principal, was hired as the high school’s new principal. Robert and his wife, Beth, live in Adrian with their children. ANDREA YOUNG ’92, a first grade teacher at Patterson Elementary School for Tecumseh Public Schools, was recognized by The Daily Telegram for her help in coordinating a districtwide professional development day. Andrea has become a leader in a language arts program called Phonics Dance. She has taught first grade for 12 years. PAULA GALBRAITH ’93 has announced the opening of Galbraith Legal in Chicago. Through Galbraith Legal and its sister company, Hubbard Galbraith, they will continue to assist businesses with their accounting, finance and legal needs. WES TAPP ’93 was recently promoted to senior engineering director, media at Geeknet. Geeknet is a technology media company that manages, and Wes and his wife, SARALYN POPHAM TAPP ’93, live in Tecumseh with their children, Madelyn, Liam and Laura. KIMBERLY ROY BLOCKER ’94 is excited to share that she started a new role as HR Business Partner with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (Texas), on April 29. As the HRBP of the exploration and production services teams, she will be the point-of-contact on HR-related topics for approximately 450 employees and 225 contractors located in the southeastern U.S. Kimberly will celebrate four years as an employee with the company in July. If you are coming to the Houston area, please let her know! BARB LINDEMAN ’94 married Brad Brown, a former AC student from 1990-92, on July 22, 2011, in Negril, Jamaica. After earning her B.A. in secondary education/English, Barb continued her education, earning her M.A. in social sciences from Eastern Michigan University. She is currently employed at Addison High School as an English teacher and junior varsity volleyball coach. The couple has five children, Morgan, 14, Garrett, 12, and Paige, 10, Bernath; Spencer, 6, and Molly, 4, Brown. The family lives in Somerset. AMY REISCHEL PELLETIER ’94 is the new development director for Marriage Matters Jackson, a non-profit organization providing workshops and resources to promote, prepare and preserve healthy marriages. Amy will also organize the group’s annual fundraising campaign. She and her husband, TODD PELLETIER ’94, live in Jackson with their two children. After 12 years as accounting manager with NWS Michigan, Inc., BRENDA PARKS IVITY ’95 accepted the controller position with North American Wine & Spirits Brokerage of Michigan (NASWB), a division of Southern Wine & Spirits (SWS). SWS of America is the largest liquor and wine distributor in the U.S., headquartered



in Miami and employing over 11,000 nationwide. The Michigan division started business in August 2011 and brokers for Diageo North America and Moet Hennessy, suppliers for liquors like Captain Morgan, Johnnie Walker, Hennessy and Don Julio to name just a few. Brenda and her husband, PAUL IVITY ’95, live in Southgate.


DANA PARSONS PHILLIPS ’97 and her husband, Tracy, announce the birth of their son, Griffen Anderson Phillips, on Dec. 20. He joins brother Caiden, 5. The Phillips family resides in Harbor Springs. DEBORAH BEAGLE ’98 was hired in August as the director of financial services at Monroe County Community College. Previously, she worked as the business manager at Summerfield School District, and also has experience as a public accountant. Deb is a certified public accountant and also holds a certification as a chief financial officer from the Michigan School Business Officials. PAUL FENNER ’98, president and founder of DreamWorks Capital Management, LLC (DWCM), has launched a new investment management firm. The firm is a registered investment advisor. Paul, who has over 15 years of asset and financial management experience, has a master’s of business administration degree from the University of Findlay, is a chartered financial consultant, and is a level II candidate for the Charter Financial Analyst (CFA). He and his wife, Theresa, live in Commerce Township. BETHANY MARTINUS KIRKMAN ’99 and her husband, Dewayne, announce the birth of their first child, Keith Connor. Connor was born on Jan. 13, 2011. The Kirkman family lives in Williamsburg, where Bethany is a stay-at-home mom. SEAN MAGGERT ’99 and his wife, Kate, welcomed their first child, Madeleine Grace, to their family on Nov. 30. Sean is director of technical affairs at EAG Coatings Solutions. They reside in Dexter. MATT MOLL ’99 was recently appointed the assistant principal at John F. Kennedy High School in Taylor. He is a member of PKS and married to JENNI LAPALM MOLL ’02.

BRETT PICKELL ’99 and his wife, Kellie, proudly announce the birth of their son, Brooks W.H., on March 20. Brett is a senior research associate at StemCentrx. The Pickell family resides in San Carlos, Calif.

JOANNA GALUSZKA ’00 welcomed son Caleb Samuel into the world on Thanksgiving Day 2011, in Scottsdale, Ariz. KELLY JO WALDRON GILMORE ’00, employed by Gleaner Life Insurance Society of Adrian, earned an Associate, Life Management Institute (ALMI) designation after completing LOMA 307: Business & Finance Concepts for Insurance Professionals. The ALMI designation is awarded to students who complete a five-course curriculum that develops an understanding of life and health insurance and related subjects. Kelly Jo lives in Blissfield with her husband, JAY GILMORE ’01, and three children. MICHAEL GRIFFIN ’01, executive director of Devonshire-Smith Diversity & Education Solutions in Cincinnati, Ohio, hosted a presentation at Muskegon Community College that aims to provide parents the skills to help their children be academically engaged, successful students. The presentation was titled “Unlocking the Power of the Parent.” Michael has been giving similar presentations since his graduation from AC. ANGEL LINEBAUGH MENSING ’01, an English and art teacher at Tecumseh High School for the past four years, was selected among 60 candidates for the position of assistant principal at THS. Angel is married to JASON MENSING ’00, a physical education instructor at Tecumseh, who was recently hired as head varsity football coach for the Whiteford HS Bobcats of Ottawa Lake. ADAM SCHIERMYER ’01 has been named the new head varsity football coach at Bradshaw Mountain in Prescott Valley, Ariz. DAN MCKEOWN ’06 will be the defensive coordinator. Bradshaw Mountain School’s current enrollment is 1700, and competes in Division II, the state’s second highest classification. Adam, a member of the SAE fraternity, and his wife, Leslie, live in Queen Creek, Ariz. PATRICK KILBANE ’02 was one of 29 GrayRobinson, P.A., attorneys recently recognized as Florida Trend’s 2012 Legal Elite. This prestigious distinction honors Florida attorneys who have been voted by their peers as the states legal leaders. He has also been noted on the Florida Rising Stars list for 2012.

WES ’08 and CATHERINE PRATT FARBER ’08 announce the birth of twins, Wyatt David and Morgan Rae, on May 19, 2011. The Farber family lives in Millersville, Md.

The Times Herald Port Huron newspaper recently reported that BRAD BARRETT ’04, while serving his first term as a Kimball Township trustee, awarded a local student a scholarship from his trustee’s stipend. Since being elected, Brad has donated most of his stipend back to the township. In September, Brad accepted a position as city manager of Vassar. Brad also serves on AC’s Alumni Association Board of Directors.

TAZ WALLACE ’08, former athletic director for the Morenci School District, has been hired by the Madison School District as a full time graduation coach, where he will work with students who may be at risk. Taz will also coach football in the fall.

JOEL ’07 and RIKKI BOOSE HOWLAND ’07 announce the birth of their daughter, Stella Marie, on Sept. 23, 2011. Rikki was recently promoted to education specialist at Gleaner Life Insurance Society. The Howland family lives in Adrian.

DAVID ’04 and EMILY PUTMAN DAVICH ’03 welcomed their first child, Benjamin David, into their family on March 1. The family resides in Milford. MANDY BURKE GLEICH ’04 and her husband, Casey, welcomed their son, Mason William, on Sept. 11. The Gleich family lives in Bossier City, La. JOHN CHESLEY ’05 and his wife, Nikki, announce the birth of their first child, Andrew (Drew) Brian, on April 24. The family lives in Clawson, Mich. JANET CREQUE ’06 was hired in April as social media community club lead for AAA Club Partners, Inc. and is managing the social media accounts for AAA Northwest Ohio (Toledo) and AAA Hoosier Motor Club (Indianapolis). Previously, Janet was the web content editor for Adrian College and plans to continue adjunct teaching for the communication arts & sciences dept. Janet was also named Chapter Advisor for Adrian College’s Alpha Phi Fraternity, after previously serving as recruitment advisor. She lives in Lyons, Ohio, with her daughter, Chloe, where they are actively involved in the Ohio 4-H program. J.D. ELERICK, JR. ’07 was voted the 2011 Columbus City Schools (Ohio) Boys Soccer Coach of the Year.

SCOTT MCNEISH ’07, sports editor of The Daily Telegram newspaper in Adrian, was among award recipients for entries in the 2011 Michigan Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. Scott won first place in the sports feature category. He placed third in the sports writing category for his story on AC’s first outdoor NCAA Division III men’s hockey game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. ERIC SWANSON ’07 and GERIANNE DITTO ’08 co-founders of Motif, a musical group that performs Broadway tunes, revived an AC tradition, the Broadway Revue, when they visited campus in January. Alumni included in the 23-member group are ASHLEY LAABS ’09, TOM PAVLOVICH ’09, JESSICA KOBEL ’07, as well as former students Rebecca Ditto and Penelope Hallas. First produced in 2004 by Eric, the Broadway Revue was created as a spring event on the College campus to showcase the talent of Adrian students. Motif is a collaborative group of performers from various experiences and backgrounds. Their website is ANDREW BENSON ’08 and Stephanie Magness were married May 5. His best man was JOE REIDY ’08, and groomsmen included BOBBY WATSON ’09 and BRIAN JACKMAN ’07. Guests included JOSH GUITAR ’08, MATT “MOOSE” JOHNSTON ’08, MARK EBERLINE ’09, and JON SMILEY ’07. Andy is employed as a licensed representative with the Benson/Millar Allstate Insurance Agency, in Royal Oak.

National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Symposium

Alumni, students, staff and faculty gathered in St. Louis at the National Athletic Trainers' Association Annual Symposium, attending workshops and lectures on contemporary topics in sports medicine. The Adrian College Alumni Association sponsored a fantastic gathering at a local restaurant, Mosaic.

Back L-R: Maggie Hein (student), Heather Schuyler (faculty), Kristen Gibson-Herrington (former staff), Tina Claiborne (faculty), ALYSE EXELBY '12, KELLY BABBLES '12 Front L-R: Samantha Bachman (former Intern), Zack Crothers (student), Chelsea Essenmacher (student), Heather Strong (student), Victor Liberi (faculty), CINDY GRAVES '12, KELLY BEHEN '12

IAN WEBER ’08 has joined the law firm of Weaner, Zimmerman, Bacon, Yoder & Hubbard, Ltd., as an associate attorney. Ian lives in Defiance, Ohio, with his wife, Savanna. ANDREA VANGOSS ’09 recently completed her master’s degree from Concordia University-Ann Arbor in educational leadership. ALYSSA COLLINS HRITZAK ’11 began her teaching career in fall 2011 as an eighth grade math teacher at Homer Middle School. She and her husband, Justin, live in Jackson. KANDICE KARLL ’11 is beginning her first semester as a biology adjunct instructor for Jackson Community College, where she obtained her AA and AS. She has also wrapped up her first year of her master’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Michigan, with a research focus of freshwater ecology. STUART MACDONALD ’11 and his wife, Lori, owners of The Haunting, were featured in The Daily Telegram’s Oct. 22 issue. They have operated the annual haunted house for the past 17 years at the Lenawee County Fair and Event Grounds, in Adrian. Stuart is living part-time in Raleigh, N.C., where he recently became a producer for the CW television network. ERIN WILKIN ’11 was the recipient of the 2011-12 Sigma Gamma Epsilon William A. Tarr Award, the highest academic award offered to a graduating senior. Erin was the first student to complete the Integrated Science Program at AC, where she graduated with a major in secondary teacher education and a minor in earth/space science – secondary teacher education degree. Erin resides in Woodhaven.

DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT MELISSA MURRAY BALSAN '06 was honored in April with the EDchievement Award - Most Innovative Practice, Social Media from Career Education Corporation. This is awarded to the people or teams whose practice, developed within the last 18 months, has improved student service, created efficiencies or enhanced quality. The award recognized Melissa's expertise using social media to foster a sense of community at Colorado Technical University. Formerly with, Melissa is truly enjoying her work with the university.

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Women’s Football Alliance LEANN BAUER MCKEE ’84 is in her fourth year as a member of the WFA (Women’s Football Alliance, and plays defensive end and offensive guard for the Cleveland Fusion. The previous three years, Leann was named an All American (2nd team) and says she is having a blast playing NFL style football. She is pictured with a teammate and former Cleveland Brown star Bob Golic. The team played in the Detroit area in April at John Glenn High School. Leann was married Dec. 10, 2010, to Kasey McKee in Cleveland, Ohio. Together, they have five children and one grandchild. Leann (left) with Bob Golic, former Cleveland Brown star, and a Cleveland Fusion teammate.

Bulldog in Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program Teacher by day, construction worker by night, DONALD BALL’S ’11 tour of Japan has been a rewarding and challenging extension of his passion for a richly rooted culture. Donald joined a team of Assistant Language Teachers in the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Program following his graduation from Adrian College. “I’ve been interested in Japanese culture for most of my life, so it seemed only natural that I’d try to find ways of getting here,” said Ball via email. “When I first heard of the JET Program as a freshman [at Adrian College], I knew I wanted to apply.” His schools are located in Onagawa Town, about an hour, by train and bus, from his home setting of Ishinomaki City. The most interesting aspect of his location is that both cities are along the coast of Miyagi Prefecture, which was heavily damaged by the tsunami. 48


“Onagawa Town is still in the process of cleaning up the wreckage. About 80% of the town was destroyed, so there was, and still is, a lot of work to do...In the near future, I’d like to do more volunteer work, and I’d like to raise money for this region’s recovery. There is still an enormous amount of work to do, but I’m confident that the people of the Touhoku region will work tirelessly to get back their towns and businesses.”

Donald Ball in Japan.

“I think one Japanese word, kizuna, sums up nearly everything that I’ve learned about Japanese society,” Donald reflects. “Kizuna means ‘bonds.’ The Japanese people are very close-knit, and I think their groupmindedness has helped them overcome the difficult times they have faced over the last year.”

IN MEMORIAM Word has been received of the death of RUTH OBEE STADE ’36 on June 18. Ruth was retired from Smith News Agency, and is survived by a daughter. She is pre-deceased by three siblings, OLIVE OBEE NEWTON ’31, JOHN OBEE ’36, and MARY OBEE TREAT ’40. E. MARIE GILES ’37, a resident of Muncie, Ind., died May 28. Marie was a school teacher for 10 years in Adrian, a librarian at Ball State University from 1970 to 1980, and was involved in the United Methodist Church for 65 years as a minister’s wife. Surviving are her son, daughter and granddaughter. MARIAN RHONEMUS GRAY ’39, a resident of Fairfax, Va., died Aug. 22, 2011. Marian taught school briefly in Kalamazoo, Mich., and was active in the Tri Delta sorority. Survivors include four children. Husband GEORGE GRAY ‘37 died in 1982. REVA NELLER GODFREY ’40, a resident of Hastings and member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority for 72 years, died Aug. 1, 2011. Reva led the fundraising campaign to open the first public library in Hastings and was president of Friends of the Library. She also served as president of the Hastings Public Library board of trustees for many years. Surviving are five daughters, eight grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. ARCHIE THOMAS ’41, former trustee of the College and resident of Mount Gilead, Ohio, died Feb. 21. In 1947, Archie became an instructor in speech and debate coach at Heidelberg College, and served as chairman of the department of speech before going into administrative positions. Beginning in 1963, Archie served as dean of men, dean of students, vice president of student affairs, vice president of student affairs, and chief planning officer. His public service included president of board of directors of AC’s Alumni Association, president of the Kiwanis Club of Tiffin, Seneca County Commission on Aging, board of trustees of the Betty Jane Memorial Rehabilitation Center, and trustee for the Tiffin YMCA. Archie was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity, authored numerous publications and was the recipient of many awards, including the AC Distinguished Alumni Award in 1970. Surviving are his wife, MARGARET POWELL THOMAS ’41, a son, a daughter, two grandchildren and a great-grandson. EDWARD “GENE” PORTER ’42, retired general manager of The Daily Telegram newspaper in Adrian, died Nov. 28. Gene retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in 1957 with the rank of major. After his military service, Gene joined the staff of The Daily Telegram as circulation manager. He also served as advertising manager, business manager and general manager, retiring in 1983, after 37 years of service. Survivors include a son, a daughter, a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren. HERBERT RINK ’42, a resident of Adrian, died Nov. 6. Herb was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years, retiring in 1979. He also worked part-time as a bookkeeper for Hurd Lock Company. Herb was a 56-year member and ordained deacon of the First Presbyterian Church. He is survived by eight children,

including THOMAS RINK ’80, 21 grandchildren, 21 great- grandchildren and two sisters. Herb and his wife, VIRGINIA WONDER RINK ’68, celebrated 54 years of marriage prior to her death in 1996.

BERL GIER ’50, a resident of Adrian, died Dec. 28. Berl had been employed by the Waste Water Treatment for Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority for 26 years. Survivors include his wife, Dorothea, a son and four daughters.

GRACE KEISER ’44, a resident of Marysville, Ohio, died Jan. 31 at the age of 101. She was an elementary school teacher in California, principal in Michigan, and a reading therapist in Delaware County School (Ohio), retiring in 1975. Grace received a M.A. degree from Ohio State University. Survivors include a son, BRUCE KEISER ’55, three grandchildren and three great- grandsons.

VIRGIL KNIERIM ’50, a resident of Jackson and member of the SAE fraternity, died Jan. 4. Virg retired from Aeroquip in 1986, and prior to that had worked at Alcoa, Bohn Aluminum, and Bridgeport Brass. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, June, a son, a daughter, two grandsons and four great-grandsons.

JAMES “JIMMY” DAVIS ’46, a resident of San Francisco, formerly of Morenci, Mich., died Aug. 19, 2011. Jimmy worked for Galaxy Lighting in San Francisco, as a salesman and manager, until his retirement in 1985. He served with the U.S. Army during WWII. He was loyal to his alma mater and was a member of the John Dawson Society. (See page 32 for more information.) DOYLE HENDRICKS ’48, retired dentist in Adrian, died Nov. 10. Doyle graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. His charitable activities included work in Puerto Rico and Katrina Relief in Louisiana. Doyle was also a member of the Bixby Hospital dental staff. He retired from his dental practice in 1991. Surviving are his wife, Betty, two daughters, two sons, 11 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, a sister and a brother. JAMES GRINAGE ’49, a resident of Blissfield, died Nov. 22. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps during World War II, and worked for the U.S. government as a mail carrier, retiring in 1982. Jim was a member of the ATO fraternity. In addition to his wife, Joyce, Jim is survived by four daughters, 10 grandchildren, four great-granddaughters and two sisters. ELWOOD LARSEN ’49, of Black Lake and former employee of Charlotte Public Schools, died Sept. 11. He was inducted into the AC Hall of Fame in 1969 and 2006 for track and field. Surviving are his wife, Florence, and two children. DORIS MOYER NAPOLITANO ’49, a resident of Phoenix, Ariz., and retired registered nurse, died March 28. Survivors include her husband, Don. MARIETTA MAUGER MONTGOMERY ’49, a resident of Chelsea and retired registered nurse, died April 17. She was preceded in death by her husband, HOWARD MONTGOMERY ’50. Survivors include a nephew, GENE MONTGOMERY ’64. ROBERT PASCHAL ’49, a resident of Adrian and former Adrian College employee, died May 2. Robert was employed at Adrian College Press for five years and then went to Finch Printing, which he and his wife later purchased. Survivors include his wife, Doris, two daughters, four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

JERRY SEEL ’50, a resident of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and one of the developers of Rolling Meadows Subdivision in Adrian, died Feb. 5. Jerry, who held a number of product patents, was a member of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society and the National Service Managers Club, and was president and CEO of Jelega Inc. and Spectrum Therapy. Surviving are his wife, Mary Rita Seel, 10 children and step-children, 25 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two sisters. CHARLES K. WOOD, JR. ’50, a resident of Beaumont, Texas, died July 28, 2011. He was a Navy veteran from WWII and played basketball at AC. He had a career with Goodyear before forming his own company Woodco, Inc. Survivors include his wife, Janis. Word has been received of the Feb. 12 death of MONTE OCHA ’51, a member of the ATO fraternity and resident of Punta Gorda, Fla. Survivors include his wife, Barbara. WILLIAM BATEMAN ’52, retired physician and resident of Richland, died Aug. 30. He helped start the Upjohn Nursing Home and was its longtime medical director. Bill was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity and a former member of the AC Alumni Association Board of Directors. He is survived by his wife, Mary, and five children. His brother BOB BATEMAN ‘59 preceded him in death. Word has been received of the death of LAWRENCE BROWN ’52, a resident of Palmer, Pa., and member of the ATO fraternity, on Oct. 29, 2010. Larry had worked in the insurance industry for more than 40 years, and received his CPCU designation in 1995. Survivors include his wife, Diane, a son and a sister. STUART COSTIGAN ’52, of Rochester, Minn., died March 12. Stuart began working at the Tecumseh Products Company while in college and continued there for 37 years before retiring as general manager of the Tecumseh division. He is survived by one son, three grandchildren and two great-grandsons. DONALD GEIGER ’53, a resident of Clinton and retired educator, died May 16. He was principal of Adrian High School, Deerfield High School and Drager Middle School, during his career. Don had earned a master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University. Surviving are one son, one daughter, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

WILLIAM BROOKS ’50, a resident of Westland, and retired from Wayne Memorial High School, died July 6, 2011.

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MARGARET JEAN STACEY ’57, a resident of North Branch, died Nov. 14. Jean began a teaching career in Holly, and returned to North Branch in 1963, when she began teaching at the elementary school. She was the recipient of the Lapeer County Great Teachers Award in 1988, and retired that same year. PAUL GEER ’59, a member of the ATO fraternity and retired educator, died May 1. After his college graduation, Paul became a teacher, coach and principal at Croswell-Lexington Schools (Mich.). He then became a counselor at St. Clair County Community College, where he was employed for 34 years. Survivors include his wife, Lynn, a son, two daughters, eight grandchildren and three sisters. LEMUEL RIVERA ’59, a resident of Kissimmee, Fla., died Jan. 12. Lemuel was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was formerly employed as a metallurgist with General Motors. Survivors include four daughters, two brothers, one sister and eight grandchildren. DENNIS FARLEY ’60, a resident of Traverse City and member of the SAE fraternity, died Aug. 10. Dennis retired after 32 years in education. He had earned a master’s degree in special education from Eastern Michigan University. He was a special education teacher and principal at the Maple School at the Northville State Hospital, and later a teacher and then principal at the Amell Engstrom Children’s Center at the Traverse City State Hospital. He also served as pastor at two Methodist churches, and owned and operated The Reel People Fishing and Rod Repair for the past 15 years. Dennis is survived by his wife, Kathleen McCollum Farley ’60, three sons, a brother, three grandchildren and a great-grandson. MERRIE CHRISTMAS PATCH ’60, a resident of Jackson, member of Chi Omega sorority and retired teacher, died July 5, 2011. Merrie had worked on the staff of Vice President Nixon in Washington, DC, and taught office skills and English while employed by the Jackson Public Schools. She also worked as the school’s coordinator of their gifted and talented program. Survivors include her husband, Howard, a daughter, a son, two grandchildren and an older sister, ANNE CHRISTMAS MEAGHER ’46. VESTA PENTELOW WYMAN ’62, a resident of Adrian, died Jan. 12. Vesta began her teaching career in one-room schoolhouses in 1947. She retired from Summerfield Elementary School in 1994, having taught for 47 years. Survivors include two sons, two daughters, ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. CAROL EBERHARDT BOHANNON ’63, a resident of Flint, died Nov. 19. Carol worked for over 20 years for Flint Community Schools as a high school biology teacher at both Southwestern and Northern High Schools. She was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority. Surviving are a daughter and two grandchildren. CAROLYN “SUSIE” BETZ DROWN ’63, a resident of Flint Twp., died Feb. 7. Susie had earned two master’s degrees from Eastern Michigan University in social studies and guidance counseling. She taught for Swartz Creek Schools for 30 years, retiring in 1995. After retirement, Susie worked at Marshall Fields for



several years. Survivors include three sons and three sisters.

daughters, one son, three grandchildren, a brother and a sister.

DEAN PEOTTER ’63, a resident of Phoenix, Ariz., and avid hot air balloonist, died April 6. Dean served in the U.S. Army. He retired in 1993 from the Tecumseh Products Co. Survivors include his wife, Deanna, three children, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two sisters and two brothers.

STEVE MILLER ’69, a resident of Holland and former realtor, died March 9. He was a member of the PKA fraternity. Survivors include his wife, VIVIAN OTTO MILLER ’69, two children and three grandchildren.

JOHN STOREY ’63, resident of Bonita, Calif., and member of the ATO fraternity, died May 7. John was retired from Trans World Airlines. JERRY BOWEN ’64, of The Villages, Fla., and member of the ATO fraternity, died April 25. He was retired from the Owens-Corning Fiberglass Corp. He was the plant manager of the Valparaiso (Ind.) plant for an extended period of time before relocating to the Toledo home office, where he finished his career. Survivors include his wife, JUANITA JONES BOWEN ’64, a son, a daughter, five grandchildren and two sisters. RONALD SCHULT ’64, a resident of Cheboygan and member of the ATO fraternity, died June 11. Ron was a police officer for Eastpointe (Mich.) and retired in 1992, after 29 years of service. Surviving are his wife, Shari, a son, three daughters, 5 grandchildren and a brother. CHARLES “CHUCK” E. WOOD ’65, most recently of Beulah, died June 8, 2011. He spent most of his career in the banking business and since retirement, enjoying family and northern lower Michigan. He was a former longtime Rotarian, AC varsity football and basketball player and a member of SAE fraternity. He is survived by his wife, SUSAN FARIN WOOD ’65, one daughter, two sons, and grandchildren. ROBERT CRONIN ’66, a resident of Naples, Fla., and lifelong educator and SAE, died July 17, 2011. Bob received his master’s degree in English and a Ph.D. in psychological foundations of education from the University of Michigan. Bob taught at Bendle Senior High School for 35 years, where he was the National Honor Society advisor, and student council advisor. He was also an adjunct professor at Detroit College of Business/Davenport University for over 25 years and an adjunct professor at U of M – Flint for 12 years. Survivors include his wife, Joanna, a son and a brother, KENNETH CRONIN ’72. THOMAS GOEBEL ’66, a resident of Sandusky, Ohio, died Sept. 17. Tom retired from Ford Motor Co. in 2002, after 35 years of service as a mechanical engineer. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, one daughter, two sons, his mother, five grandchildren and one sister. PHYLLIS GRISSOM ’66, a resident of Lansing and formerly employed with the Detroit Public Schools, died Feb. 20. WILLIAM “BILL” WELLS ’67, a resident of Bloomfield Hills and member of the SAE fraternity, died Oct. 12. Bill was retired from the Ford Motor Co. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne, a son and a daughter. PATRICIA WONDERS GESLER ’69, a resident of Columbus, Ohio, died June 25, 2011. Pat had earned a master’s degree in early childhood education from IPFW. She is survived by her husband, WILLIAM GESLER ’69, two

RALPH REINHART ’69, a resident of Shelby Twp. and retiree of Chevrolet Engineering Center – GM, died Sept. 7. Survivors include his wife, Arlene, two sons, his mother, PAULINE RENSHAW DAWSON ’45, three brothers and a sister. Word has been received of the death of JIM RINGER ’69 in June 2011, former resident of Washington, D.C. ROGER JONES ’70, a resident of Oak Park, Calif., and vice president of Chivarolli and Associates for the past 18 yrs., died July 5, 2011. Roger served in the National Guard from 197077, and remained active with his ATO fraternity. He played baseball for AC and continued his involvement in sports, coaching 15 years. He had an impact on the lives of over 1,000 kids in his community. He is survived by three sons and two sisters, including SUSAN JONES HAGENBACH ’72. NANCY SCHLATTER VAN LOOY ’70, a resident of Grand Forks, N.D., and member of Sigma Sigma Sigma, died May 29. She is survived by her husband, James, two sons, and a sister, CAROL SCHLATTER WACKER ’68. STEVE BALYO ’71, husband of LYNN WARD BALYO ’72, died May 4, in their winter home in Ft. Myers, Fla. Surviving with his wife are a son, a daughter and six grandsons. Steve, a member of the SAE fraternity, was retired from Mackinaw (Mich.) Schools, where he was a counselor, teacher and coach. MICHAEL LAKE ’76, a patent attorney from Barrington, Ill., formerly of Onsted, Mich., died Jan. 17. Mike earned his Juris Doctorate from Cooley Law School in Lansing and Franklin Pierce in Chicago. He is survived by two sons, a daughter, three brothers and three sisters. DOUGLAS BROOKS ’81 of Hastings and owner of Action Signs, died Oct. 31. Survivors include a son, two brothers and a sister. COREEN MARSH STURGILL ’83, a resident of Adrian and pianist for several churches in Lenawee County, died May 13. She was a member of the AC choir during her years as a student. Survivors include a brother, seven children, 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a niece, SHERRIE KEGELER ’83. ROBERT A. “BOB” DUGGAN ’87, a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Bob sought to make the “big break” in movies. Although his name never appeared in lights, he scored parts in several movies and brushed against some of the big names in cinema. Most recently he canbe seen in “Real Steel” now playing in theaters. Bob died November 3 from a heart attack at age 46. He spent time in California and Florida but had returned to Michigan where his passion was in Detroit sports teams. He is survived by his parents, U.S. District Judge and Mrs. Patrick Duggan, three brothers and a sister.


Edwill Carpenter, retired AC maintenance supervisor, died July 9, 2011. Ed retired in 1963, and is survived by his wife of 70 years, Velma, three daughters, eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a sister. Lois Haselwood, a resident of Barrington, Ill., formerly of Tecumseh and Adrian, died May 13. She was married to Thomas Flory for 33 years, until his death in 1982. Lois was the scholarship contact for the Thomas Flory Scholarship Fund. She was then married to Bill Haselwood for 15 years until he preceded her in death in 2002. Lois was a member of the Bixby and Herrick Hospital Auxiliaries, Hidden Lake Gardens, TriDelta and Alpha Omega sororities, and many other clubs. Surviving are a son, two daughters, three step-sons, a step-daughter, and many grand and step-grandchildren. Marion Knechtel, former employee of the College and resident of Grand Ledge for the past several years, died Feb. 4.


Professor Emeritus Roger Fechner, Ph.D., presented John Witherspoon on American Progress at the annual conference of Eighteenth Century Scottish Studies Society in July 2011, at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Dr. Fechner also published The Empire of Credit: The Financial Revolution in Britain, Ireland and America 1688-1815.

Jane McCloskey, former director of academic services, died March 24, surrounded by family in Chicago. While at the College, Jane directed the TRIO funded program serving first generation, low income and/or disabled students. She also oversaw tutoring services, wrote grants and sat on multiple committees. She retired in 2010, having joined the staff in 1994. Jane was the 2010 recipient of the Adrian College Stewardship Award, presented annually by the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Survivors include her husband, Dennis, and two children. The Jane McCloskey Memorial Fund has been established in her memory (see page 35). Norma Raymond, a resident of Marquette and former teacher in the Tecumseh Public Schools, died April 8. She was the daughter of the late Ned and Hazel Howard, longtime supporters of AC who established a scholarship fund. She is survived by her husband, Russell, a son, a daughter and two grandchildren.

Beverly Allen Smith, a resident of Manitou Beach and retired professor at AC, died June 5. Beverly was a graduate of the University of Michigan, earning a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree and a doctorate in Spanish. Beverly taught at AC for many years and had endowed the Beverly Allen Smith Fund for the Foreign Languages Dept. She was also founder and treasurer of the Devil’s Lake Preservation League. Survivors include two sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two sisters and a brother. Alexandria “Ali” Ward, former AC student from Traverse City, died July 19, 2011. Ali began her studies at AC in August 2008, and was currently a student at Central Michigan University.



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international escape

Exploring the Emerald Isle Alumni are welcome to join us for a 12-day tour of Ireland in May 2013. We'll visit the Ring of Kerry, a recreated Bog Village, Blarney Castle with its famous stone (yes, you WILL have a chance to kiss it), County Cork, Kilkenny Castle, Dublin — including Trinity College and the Book of Kells, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Kilmainham Jail. During free time, visit the world famous Guinness Brewery. We will finish our tour with a visit to Northern Ireland, including Belfast, with its own leaning tower, the 8th wonder of the world, the Giant’s Causeway, and we will also visit the oldest known distillery in the world.

This tour, designed for Adrian College, is set to begin May 9, 2013. The price is $3,266 for triple occupancy rooms. This includes round trip airfare, all hotels and ground transportation, breakfast daily, six dinners, a full-time tour director, all city guides, and admissions to all attractions. The only items not included are lunches, souvenirs, and some dinners. Register for the tour by January 2013 to reserve your space. For more information contact

Blarney Castle

Giant’s Causeway

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The Bulldog Connection


CREATIVE ALUMNI PROGRAM (C.A.P.) EXCLUSIVE FOR AC ALUMNI! WHAT IS IT? An opportunity to share your creative ideas! This is a spin-off of the College’s Creativity Award for students and employees. Alumni are invited to submit ideas to help improve Adrian College – in large or small ways – to bring a sense of pride, add value, function, enthusiasm, spontaneity, curb appeal, and so much more to the College community.

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

IS THERE A PRIZE? The entrant with the winning submission will receive a $500 gift card, Bulldog notoriety! and the implementation of the idea where possible. HOW DO ALUMNI PARTICIPATE? Submissions may be made online beginning with the kick-off of the program at Homecoming, September 29, at the Institute for Creativity Open House from 10:30noon.

The ideas will be evaluated by a committee and the top ideas will be presented online for an Alumni “vote” Visit to each spring. share your creative ideas!


Search for “AC Alumni Group”



ALUMNI AWARDS adriancollege


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

ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME information/HOF/index

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 28 10:30 AM Traditional Homecoming Golf Scramble – Get your team together!



HIGHLIGHTS Look for these and more in the 2012 Homecoming brochure. Check online for updates at Join us, then vote for your Homecoming

Bulldog Best online!

7 PM Robinson Planetarium Show – great renovations & new equipment with full dome video! 7 – 11 PM Open Skate with the Bulldogs! SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29 9 AM Bulldog Run/Walk 5K & Bulldog Ride 25K – bring your bike or borrow one!

10:30 AM – NOON Academic Open Houses featuring the new Institute for Creativity and the CAP program (see p. 52) 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM Kids Korner – Family Fun and special magic show at 3:45 pm! NOON – 1:15 PM All Alumni & Friends Luncheon – Class Reunions & Bulldog Challenge!

2:30 PM ACHA D1 Club Hockey – Catch some cool action! 5 PM Adrian College vs. Hope College Football – Go Bulldogs! POST GAME Live Music! SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30

1 PM Homecoming Parade – AC Marching Band at its best! 2:30 PM Alumni Awards Ceremony — Congratulate 2012 honorees!

11 AM Homecoming Worship Service with new Women’s Choir and special guest speaker (see p. 45).

GIVING FROM THE HEART OF A BULLDOG Where do you volunteer, and how do you make a difference? Your friends at Adrian College want to hear!

SEPTEMBER Run/Walk for a Cause

OCTOBER Participate in a Rake-AThon

NOVEMBER Serve a meal at your local shelter

DECEMBER Send a holiday care package

SUPPORT READING & THE BULLDOG COMMUNITY Join TEAM Adrian College! Read Bruiser Goes to

Order your TEAM t-shirt for $10


College at your local library or other child-friendly location, then donate the book to the organization. Purchase online at (select SHOP and Gift Items). Net proceeds support

Email with “TEAM” in the subject.

Alumni Association scholarships.

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L E G AC Y o f A B U L L D O G

The Accidental Publisher Former Adrian College Professor, George McLean, owned and ran a successful newspaper for almost 50 years.


Saturday, September 8 Jazz Fest & Rib Off

Wednesday, September 12

Opening Convocation with Janna Levin Alumni Reception 11–11:45 am

Friday-Sunday, September 28-30 HOMECOMING 2012

Think Adrian, Think Bulldogs, Think Home



Saturday, October 27

Barktoberfest Pre-Game Festival


Friday, November 9

AC After Hours – ASO Pops Concert Pre-Symphony Alumni Reception at Historic Downs Hall

Friday, November 16

TEAM Adrian College Event – Women’s Ice Hockey Supporting Boys & Girls Club of Lenawee

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George A. McLean never intended to go into publishing. Instead, it was a strong interest in academics that brought him to Adrian College in 1928 where he taught Philosophy and Education for two years. In 1934, however, he purchased what he called “a bankrupt newspaper from a bankrupt bank,” and became the owner and chief executive officer of the Tupelo Journal, the biweekly newspaper of Tupelo, Mississippi. Under his direction, the paper took on a new name and a new mission. As the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, the paper began affecting change in the community it promised to serve. “He was a community visionary and community developer who just happened to own a newspaper,” Billy Crews, the newspaper’s current CEO, said of McLean in a recent documentary about Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal’s history (the full documentary can be found online at McLean was also responsible for the Community Development Foundation in Tupelo, an economic development and job creation resource for the community similar to a chamber of commerce. His position in both organizations allowed for the promotion and support of success in the community. In 1981, George McLean and his wife Anna Keirsey McLean were invited to Adrian College where George was awarded an honorary doctorate and was recorded as saying, “I’d rather have had this degree from Adrian than from any college or university with which I am acquainted.” At the time of his death in 1983 the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal had a daily paid circulation of 33,000, the largest in the nation for a city of Tupelo’s size. The following year his wife established the Anna Keirsey and George A. McLean scholarship at Adrian College. Tupelo Man: The Life and Times of George McLean, a Most Peculiar Newspaper Publisher, a biography chronicling McLean’s life, will be published November 1, 2012, by University Press of Mississippi.

At the time of his death in 1983 the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal had a daily paid circulation of 33,000, the largest in the nation for a city of Tupelo’s size. The following year his wife established the Anna Keirsey and George A. McLean scholarship at Adrian College.

ALUMNI & FRIENDS REUNION GROUPS BACK L-R: Wendy Van Geison, Joe Van Geison ’12, David Van Geison ’83, Tom Largent ’10, Kelly Babbles ’12, Judy Disbrow, Terry Eno, Ken Thomas ’80, Matt Thomas ’11, Peter Sherman ’63, Marc Grieshaber, Pat Preston, Paul MacDonald, Dennis DeSmet ’10 MIDDLE L-R: Toddler Mackenzie and Scott Terrazas, Delaney Andrews, Beth and Ron June ’72, Mike Berthold ’73, Mary Cermak Betzoldt ’68 and Jack Betzoldt, Jim Vail ’71 and Nancy Aiken Vail ’72, Vicki Eustice Thomas ’80, Marilyn Munsell McNitt ‘73, Beth Sherman, Mary Quay Gregg ’69, Norma Scheer Preston ’68 , Judy Childs Grieshaber ’67, Beth Docking and President Jeff Docking


Over 70 alumni and friends met for a Toledo Mud Hens game at Fifth Third Field in June. All enjoyed a picnic gathering with President and Mrs. Beth Docking. Alumni Board members hosted the event. Michigan residents “won” the battle by having the greatest number of attendees present. Where were you, Ohioans?

FRONT L-R: Tim D’Amico, children Owen and Abby Wilson, Janna D’Amico ’02 and son Jacob, Sarah Hise Berthold ’73 , Marsha Fielder ’00, Ed Patino ’04, Mindy Dygert MacDonald ’74, Stephanie Tennant Terrazas ’04, Isaiah and Michael Fox, Jr.’04, Steve Gregg ’68, Theresa Ford-Wells ’96, VP for Academic Affairs Agnes Caldwell and husband Tim Wilson * Several others were not present for the photo taken by BRETT PETERS ‘95


The Alumni Association welcomed several guests to the annual Alumni & Friends Florida Reunion and enjoyed a beautiful summer afternoon in Lakeland. Pictured are the alumni present that day. BACK L-R: Tom Buehrer ’58, Clifford Furness ’67, Mardi Schroer Mattei ’67, Woody Fox ’68, Jane Brasiola Mallery ’67, Jim Ingham ’67, Peter Sherman ’63, Judy Childs Grieshaber ’67, Ron Reeves ’64, Barbara Casteel Nailler ’61, Bob McPhail ’63, Don Hoffman ’58, Kevan Kuck ’85, Raymond Davis ’69, Steve Frost ’73 MIDDLE L-R: April Dekker ’05, Isabelle Forrest Collins ’67, Richard Ferrebee ’75, Lynne Ebert Whitney ’74, Martin Muir ’76, Kay Reed Reeves ’62, Myrna Furness Spencer ’83 FRONT L-R: Mindy Dygert MacDonald ’74, Tim Gates ’05, Kristy Bush Gates ’04, Marsha Fielder ’00


Nearly 30 alumni and their guests dined at Ritchie Marketplace for AC After Hours with our students in April. TEAM student volunteers helped direct alumni in the multi-station dining hall. Plenty of good food, prizes, giveaways and conversation were enjoyed by all. L-R Bruce Emerson ’63, Sarah Hise Berthold ’73 and John Imonen ’64


Fifty guests joined Mayor Virg Bernero ’86 and President Jeff Docking for a wonderful evening in Lansing. Several students working for the College during the summer were part of the group: Delaney Andrews, Garrett Beitelschies, Rachelle Zink Duffy ’82, Sarah Buggia, Kyle Cordova, Melissa Roe, Mrs. Beth Docking

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Parting Paws “HAVE YOU MAINTAINED A LIFELONG FRIENDSHIP WITH A FORMER CLASSMATE OR ROOMMATE FROM YOUR YEARS AS A BULLDOG?” Kay Miller and I arrived on Adrian College’s campus on a happy day in the fall of 1944. It didn’t take us long to find we had a lot in common—we both came from the farm, attended small high schools, had 3 siblings—a sister and two brothers—and in the same age order. We were both active in our small, rural churches. Although we didn’t start out as roommates, through a set of circumstances, House Mother Esther Pellowe, allowed us to change roomies for the second part of the school year.

A friend of mine was always a friend of Mother’s, so she was delighted when I could finally bring Katy home with me for a visit. My family loved her! When we finally talked about my sophomore year at AC, my Mom was so proud of me, that Katy would want to room with me again!

Katy graduated in 1947, a year ahead of me. In the spring of 1948, she married Herb Brown ‘47 and I went out to New Wilmington, Penn. to be in the wedding. In 1949, she returned the favor and stood up in our wedding. She and Herb both taught at Hudson till they moved to Hayward, Calif. in 1959 (where they taught for years). While they still lived in Michigan, we often got together and after they moved away, they’ll stop here in Ida on their way to her family in Pennsylvania. By now their 4 kids were grown and flown and they’d moved to the Portland area.

In January of 1990, we were in Tuscon, Ariz. for a Barbershop (singing) convention and Katy and Herb happened to be spending some time there and we had some pleasant times with them. It turned out to be really special, as, after they returned to Portland, Herb had increasing problems with his heart and passed away in April.

I call her my Second-Best Friend in the World (my husband Wilbert being my First Best-Friend in the World). I’d say that Kay and I are life-long friends. We were just 18 that fateful fall. We both turn 86 this summer.

Since then, she has visited us in Ida with her son Steve. We’ve visited her in Woodburn, Oreg. each time we’re on the west coast (Barbershop Conventions in the area—we’re both listeners and singers). The last time we saw her was when our convention was there in 2002. She has since left her lovely home and is in Assisted Living, still in Woodburn. We’re hoping to see her this summer (Barbershop convention in Portland). I call her my Second-Best Friend in the World (my husband Wilbert being my First Best-Friend in the World). I’d say that Kay and I are life-long friends. We were just 18 that fateful Fall. We both turn 86 this summer.


With so many historic AC landmarks and legacies, where is your favorite memory as a Bulldog?






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Contact Magazine - Fall 2012  
Contact Magazine - Fall 2012  

Fall 2012 issue of Contact Magazine, the Alumni Magazine of Adrian College