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AC Partners with Google

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Building Momentum: Boathouse Completion

Professor Sarah Hanson: New Mineral Discovery


New rowing program propels Adrian College into the future


INNOVATION distinguishes between a leader and a follower. ~Steve Jobs

OPPORTUNITY ... "...we jumped on it, and we are now reaping the benefits of two great institutions — Google and Adrian College ­— working side-by-side..."



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In recent years, I’ve been thinking a lot about opportunism and the role it plays in success. On one hand, opportunism is often cast in a negative light. It is associated with people who take advantage of others who are down on their luck, vulnerable or unable to fend for themselves. It is another word for exploitation. We see examples of this after natural disasters when gas and food prices skyrocket, or in the medical community when drug companies charge astronomical prices for life-saving medications. But there is another side to opportunism: a side that is positive, creative, edifying and necessary for the success of people and institutions. At Adrian College, we have worked hard over the past several years to be opportunistic, to recognize unique opportunities that walk into our institutional life and must be grasped quickly before they disappear.

From the President

And so it began, the Google/Adrian College partnership that now gives our students the opportunity to enroll in five computer science courses. The unique advantage we offer students in these classes is that they are taught on-campus, by Adrian College faculty, using online curricula designed by Google programmers and engineers with input from internationally renowned programmers and educational consultants. Next fall, twenty schools will join our consortium. This program is extremely attractive to bright high school students who want to combine an on-campus liberal arts experience with a cutting-edge information technology curriculum capable of preparing students to work in Silicon Valley, still the site of the fastest job growth in the country. In addition, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the employment outlook in software and programing careers remains strong. What an opportunity for our students. I had one of these opportunities two years ago on an airplane ride to Mackinac Island in northern Michigan. I sat next to a gentleman named Cyrus Mistry, a successful Google executive who loves education, new ideas, creative endeavors and a good laugh. Cyrus and I hit it off splendidly, and it soon became clear to both of us that our plane ride would not be long enough to solve many of the problems that challenged both of our institutions. For Google, the problem centered on the talent gap and the company’s need to find more capable employees to fill the thousands of jobs that sit open month after month. Google simply cannot hire enough college graduates who are “Google ready” and capable of making a meaningful contribution to the company soon after graduation. For Adrian College, the challenges will always be student enrollment and the need to find academically gifted high school students who yearn for a private residential liberal arts experience during their undergraduate years. Two weeks after our flight, Cyrus and I reconnected for lunch. After considerable thought, we realized instead of having two separate problems, we had an opportunity. What would happen, we asked one another, if Google partnered with Adrian College to teach computer science, and then we shared this curriculum with small liberal arts colleges all over the country? The answer was Adrian could offer computer science courses from one of the top companies in the world for very little cost and Google could fill its vacant jobs with liberal arts majors from all over the United States.

None of this would have happened if not for the random seating arrangement in a small plane bound for Mackinac Island. Lucky us. But it is also lucky for our students who can now weave an innovative curriculum in data science through their more traditional liberal arts core classes. We saw the opportunity, we jumped on it, and we are now reaping the benefits of two great institutions — Google and Adrian College — ­ working side-by-side to provide educational opportunities to students that were not available only a few years ago. Historically, the term opportunism had a positive denotation. It meant being able to change your methods or tactics when new circumstances arise. Opportunity often presents itself in the form of people who pop up in our lives for a short time and then disappear as quickly as they arrive. For those who keep their eyes open, their antennae up, their minds sharp and their willingness to take risks keen, great things can happen — opportunism at its best. This is what we are doing during these exciting years at Adrian College. We try to grab fast-moving opportunities,

use them to enhance our campus and our academic offerings, and surround ourselves with outstanding bright individuals (like Cyrus and our friends at Google) to create meaningful change for everyone. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but we never stop trying. So far, the responses we’ve received from students, families, friends and benefactors to the College are very positive. If you have an idea or know of an opportunity that can help Adrian College, we would love to hear from you. Our progress is noteworthy, but we remain humble and willing to listen to any opportunity that makes sense for AC.

Thank you,

Jeffrey R. Docking, Ph.D. | President



C O N T E N T S 14 STROKE OF GENIUS New rowing team propels Adrian College into the future.

Members of the men's varsity crew come off the water after winning their heat at the inaugural home regatta on Devils Lake.

6 Around the Mall 15 Building Momentum 16 Feature Story 18 Development 20 Faculty Spotlight 24 Sports Roundup 30 Alumni Connect


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AC Partners with Google


PROFESSOR SARAH HANSON Discovers new mineral

36 Class Notes 4 8 Accents


Adrian College Athletes go pro


Alumni Director to retire after nearly 30 years



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Vo l . 1 2 3 , N o. 1 EDITOR’S NOTE //

BACK IN THE SADDLE After a short stint away from Adrian College, it feels great to be back, and it could not be a better time to be a Bulldog. Partnerships with major corporations and Ivy League schools, a brand new boathouse and rowing teams — things are always happening here. Never complacent, we are always eager to see what lies ahead, unwilling to miss out on any opportunities that could have a positive impact on the futures of our students (and, in turn, the future of the College). To put it simply, we are innovative. That’s a buzzword that has been floating around AC for a while now. It is not a new word, but it seems to have a new meaning each time it is brought up, so we decided to make it the focus of this issue of Contact. We can see innovation all around us, all the time — and I, as someone who works in higher education, believe Adrian College needs to set the standard for innovation. One thing that is remarkable about innovation is that it is cyclical. One does not necessarily have to invent something new to be innovative — sometimes, being innovative is about having the right set of circumstances at a particular moment in time. For Adrian College, it could mean bringing on the oldest collegiate sport in history, sending students to Mayan archaeological sites or discovering a mineral that has been on Earth for 420 million years. Each of these “recent” innovations help us appreciate the fact that we must learn from the past to be propelled into the future. Knowing the future can be defined as both five years from now, or five minutes from now, should encourage everyone to stay hungry for lifelong learning. Seek to learn something new every day, no matter how old you are — after all, you never know when you may stumble upon something that will change your life, or even the world. Warm regards,

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EDITOR/ART DIRECTOR Hollie Smith | Director of Marketing/Creative Director

PRODUCTION Sarah Symington | Graphic Designer

CONTRIBUTORS WRITERS Mickey Alvarado Marsha Fielder ’00 Jim Mahony ’00 Megan Sauer ’18 Michelle Siegel Patrick Stewart Connie Williams

PHOTOGRAPHERS Mickey Alvarado Christina Butler ’14 Nicole Czuhajewski Kevin Johnson Michael Neal ’12 Hollie Smith

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CONTACT strives to keep alumni and friends up to date about the lives of their friends and classmates and the evolution of Adrian College. This full-color magazine is an illustrative link between alumni and their alma mater, therefore serving an informational purpose and is not intended for direct solicitation. Stories focus on the alumni, faculty and students that make Adrian College a dynamic campus community while also examining current issues. The editor makes the final determination of suitability of published content in this magazine. Letters, articles and pictures that are questionable in content will not be accepted for publication. Wedding announcements will be published as long as they are recognized under the governing laws of the State of Michigan and they are 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.


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Highlights Adrian College Boulevard

Adrian College Boulevard officially opened on October 9, 2018, after years of planning. The street links the campus to US 223, with a roundabout at the intersection of Charles Street and Michigan Avenue. Adrian College President Jeffrey Docking believes the change will benefit both prospective students and the community. The new road will help move traffic away from the local neighborhood streets, while allowing College traffic to go directly to campus.


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Don Kleinsmith Writing Center



The Don Kleinsmith Writing Center was officially opened on Adrian College’s campus with a ribboncutting ceremony on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, at room 133 in Caine Student Center. Professor Don Kleinsmith was honored for his many years of service to the AC English and business departments with the dedication ceremony, as well as a reception following the event. Jim Mahony, AC vice president of development, opened the dedication by noting how the Kleinsmith name is “synonymous with Adrian College.” Mahony said we should all be grateful to Professor Kleinsmith for “making us better writers” during his 48 years of teaching at the College.

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In the fall of 2018, Adrian College introduced its largest incoming class to date, welcoming over 700 new Bulldogs to campus. This freshman class hailing from 24 different states, five provinces and six countries, has already left its mark on campus. A handful of these freshmen are a part of AC’s inaugural varsity rowing teams, while others have jumped into student government and theater. While Adrian College’s academic standards for admission continue to rise, aspiring Bulldogs are rising to meet them. The Class of 2022 is also AC’s 12th consecutive incoming class that has exceeded 500 students and the fourth in the last five years to reach over 600 students. It is more competitive than ever to become a Bulldog, and yet, AC continues to grow.

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”When you apply innovation to your own life, it has this natural extension that unleashes innovation and powerful things in the world.” Dr. Maggie Johnson

Vice President of Education and University Programs for Google

Following tradition, Commencement revolved around collaboration. The Class of 2018 was made up of 22 graduates and 279 undergraduates who adorned medals, sashes and leis to celebrate their academic achievements. President Jeffrey Docking and graduates Lauren Aiello '18 and Thomas Doney '18 followed suit, speaking about the journey of an AC student and how achievements in higher education are fostered by the support of many. The 2018 Spring Commencement speaker was Google's vice president of education and university programs, Dr. Maggie Johnson. No stranger to innovation and collaboration herself, she encouraged graduates to be open and flexible as they head into the professional realm. “When the children starting elementary school this year graduate from college, 65% of them are going to be starting careers that don’t exist right now. You’re going to need to redesign and reinvent your career several times,” Johnson said during her address. “You do that by continuously learning and innovating. When you apply innovation to your own life, it has this natural extension that unleashes innovation and powerful things in the world.”

12.14.18 In December, 60 undergraduate and 7 graduate students were congratulated at the 2018 Winter Commencement. This ceremony is one of the College’s most treasured traditions when the graduates’ accomplishments are recognized among faculty, family and friends in Herrick Chapel. The chapel is always beautifully decorated for Commencement and the holiday season.

Paige Halfmann, Class of 2018


“Creativity is the key to the future,” Dr. Washington said. “Creativity is what fuels big ideas, challenges your way of thinking and opens new doors."

convocation Harvard Sustainable Business Strategy

Adrian College announced another new partnership ­— this time, with the Harvard Business School. The pilot course, Sustainable Business Strategy, officially launched in the spring of 2019 and gives AC students the opportunity to gain valuable business insight from top executives in their field. The class also analyzes various business models that spark change and serve a purpose in a larger community. “We are incredibly grateful that Harvard chose to work with us to offer this to our campus,” AC President Dr. Jeffrey Docking said of the course. “Harvard and Adrian College are absolutely committed to providing students with cutting-edge educational experiences that lead to successful careers in many fields.”



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On September 5, 2018, Herrick Chapel was flooded with students, faculty and members of the Adrian College community, eager to listen to the 2018 Convocation speaker, Dr. Von Washington. Dr. Washington is a long-time friend of the College and previously visited President Docking’s leadership class to speak as the executive director of community relations for the Kalamazoo Promise. His charismatic Convocation address was titled, “Generations in the Workforce: Creativity ­— A Step Ahead.” While connecting with the audience, he laughed, sang and even danced to show there are always fresh ways to convey ideas.

“Lawyers work every day, and unheralded, as they help those in society who need it most,” Dennis Archer said during his address. “Lawyers have the power to heal the wounds of injustice.”

Constitution Day The Adrian College Romney Institute for Law and Public Policy hosted the Ninth Annual Phillip J. Prygoski Constitution Day Address on September 17, 2018. This year’s speaker was a former member of the Michigan Supreme Court and former mayor of the City of Detroit, the Honorable Dennis W. Archer, who preached the significance of integrity in law. While his speech, “Integrity Doesn’t Go Out of Style,” was intended to advise pre-law students, his message of taking the moral high ground and helping others was still applicable in every profession.


AWARENESS WEEK Event features comedy by Drew Lynch, awards for the College’s outstanding disability rights activists

Comedian Drew Lynch and five-year-old service dog Stella offered Adrian College students a night of laughter and lifetime learning on March 14, 2018, when the pair performed in Dawson Auditorium as part of the annual Disability Awareness Week. Lynch’s quirky, selfdeprecating humor offered attendees the chance to see individuals with disabilities in a new, more humanizing light. Back in 2011, a 20-year-old Lynch ­— then an aspiring actor ­— was dropped by his agent representatives after a wayward softball to the throat left the nerves of his vocal cords irreparably damaged, causing him to develop a severe stutter. Due to this disability, he was assigned a service dog, Stella the Vizsla. Lynch indulged in stand-up comedy to make something positive of his unfortunate circumstances. In 2015, he took up this platform in competing in America’s Got Talent. Judge Howie Mandel pressed the Golden Buzzer during Lynch’s live audition, sending him straight to the quarterfinals. Lynch went on to place second in the overall competition. The 23-year-old has continued his comedic career in the form of tours and uploads to his YouTube channel, which has accrued over 1.5 million subscribers. The channel is particularly well-known for its regular “Dog Vlogs,” in which Lynch sits with Stella and recounts their misadventures together.


Student Award : Laura Daidone Faculty Award : Professor Jeff Lake Steven Piorkowski Scholarship Recipient: Melanie Hughey ’18

These awards recognize individuals who have made a compassionate and compelling difference on campus.


AC partners with Google Of Adrian College’s recent ventures, perhaps the most exciting is its groundbreaking partnership with Google and the addition of the applied computing minor to AC’s academic repertoire. This collaboration, which started as an experimental course in the spring of 2018, now offers five different classes to give students coding instruction codesigned by Google engineers and software experts. “Google is often identified by millennials as the coolest company to work for in America. Adrian now has a relationship with this company that few others can replicate,” Adrian College President Dr. Jeffrey Docking said of the partnership. “Adrian College has worked very hard for several years to be at the extreme edge of creative educational initiatives. This


Adrian College was once again featured in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) magazine, Champion. Specifically, in the spring 2018 issue, the medical clinic was applauded for offering students an out-of-classroom learning experience without leaving campus. The



Google program is a great example of these efforts.” The idea to create a program that breeds “Google-ready” college graduates was pitched to Google executives by Adrian College two years ago. Based on a “flipped classroom” model, students independently watch instructional videos and read textbook examples before class, then Professor Scott Hill reviews the lesson and answers questions about projects during a lecture period. The students, much like the partnership itself, must rely on collaboration to thrive. This classroom-sized Silicon Valley experience won’t only benefit Adrian College students, however. Dr. Docking hopes this sort of alliance will start a ripple effect through other colleges, inspiring more innovative programs that benefit liberal art students “from coast-to-coast.” “The national implications for this new model of teaching are stunning,” Dr. Docking explained. “This program may well be the educational template that allows colleges like Adrian to offer many new majors while actually reducing tuition costs.”

clinic’s opening last fall has provided students with both medical care and the opportunity to work alongside local sports medicine specialists, giving athletic training and pre-medicine students a competitive edge before their graduation from Adrian College. “There’s been a movement to a medical model and not sports medicine for athletic training students,” Tina Claiborne, Adrian’s director of athletic training, said in the article. “Students will be supervised by doctors and not athletic directors. This medical clinic certainly is framed this way.” An article written by President Jeffrey Docking was also featured in the fall 2018 edition of Champion. As the chair of the Division III President’s Council, he expressed his endorsement of Condoleezza Rice’s proposal regarding the addition of five independent members

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to the Board of Governors. This would provide new members without previous NCAA board affiliation a chance to voice their opinions directly with the NCAA. According to President Docking, this would benefit student-athletes, Division III and the entirety of the NCAA. As a result, he believes this compromise will lead to further DIII representation. “An affirmative vote on the recommendation at the NCAA convention in January would be beneficial for the NCAA, in my opinion, because these independent members would give us outside perspectives on the Board of Governors,” President Docking wrote. “Wisdom is gained by inviting new people to the table. Voting for these new independent members will allow us to show the public that the NCAA can change in important and progressive ways.”


The Wall Street Journal : Top Regional College 2018

Business 2018-2019


Most Innovative 2019

College of Distinction: Michigan 2018-2019

Colleges of Distinction also selected AC as a “College of Distinction,” in three different categories, specifically noting the success of its business department. Like the other schools recognized in 2018-2019, the Bulldogs gained this national recognition by exhibiting key components of higher education such as a passionate faculty, an engaged student body and a vibrant campus. Adrian College was also listed among best regional colleges by College Consensus and The Wall Street Journal’s Top Regional Colleges in 2018, further proving AC’s innovation will contribute to student success for years to come.

U.S. News & World Report: Best Value 2019


Top Regional College 2019


n recent years, Adrian College has captured the attention of several academic institutions across the United States. While some of the buzz is generated through added sports teams, state-of-the-art facilities, growing academic departments and an adorable live mascot, the College’s innovation is what continues to spark conversation in higher education. In particular, 2018 was one of Adrian College’s most innovative years to date. A boathouse was constructed to accommodate yet another varsity sports program, and its location on Devils Lake encourages staff, faculty and students to get involved in a community beyond the College. Partnerships with Google and Harvard University continue to offer new and exciting opportunities for students as they gain the skills needed to thrive in the professional world. This year also brought Bulldogs a new access road and a class of over 700 freshmen to further expand the Adrian College experience. AC’s latest recognition follows suit of its accomplishments. For instance, 2019 marks the 10th consecutive year it has been tapped by U.S. News and World Report as one of the “Best Regional Colleges.” The report also names Adrian College as a “Best Value College” and the third “Most Innovative” among other top colleges in the midwest. “These accolades are an affirmation of the work our faculty, students, alumni, friends and staff do every day to ensure Adrian College is making a difference in the world,” Adrian College Vice President of Enrollment and Student Affairs, Frank Hribar, commented.

100 Best Small Colleges 2018 College Consensus: Best Colleges and Universities 2018 Best Colleges and Universities in Michigan 2018 Best Regional Colleges (Midwest) 2018




SPRING CONCERT Jesse McCartney and Hoodie Allen headlined annual event

esse McCartney has been in the limelight since 1998, when he began starring as JR Chandler on the daytime drama, "All My Children." This role gave him the fame he needed to make a successful musical debut as a member of boy band Dream Street, in which he performed from 1999 to 2002. He established himself as a solo artist with EP JMac in 2003, going on to release studio albums "Beautiful Soul" in 2004, "Right Where You Want Me in 2006," "Departure" in 2008, and "In Technicolor" in 2014. On March 23, he released “Better with You,” announcing that it would be the lead single on his upcoming album. Steven Adam Markowitz—more widely known by stage name Hoodie Allen—is newer to the professional music scene than McCartney, but he has nonetheless cultivated a similarly impressive career. A 2010 University of Pennsylvania graduate, Allen worked as an AdWords associate at Google for four months, only to leave the business world to better dedicate himself to his craft. He released EPs "All American" in 2012 and "Americoustic" in 2013, followed by studio albums "People Keep Talking" in 2014, "Happy Camper" in 2016, and "The Hype" in 2017. Amy Grace (Johnson) ’13, a rising folk singer and AC alumna, opened for McCartney and Allen. Accompanying her was The JTW Trio, a blues cover band based in Michigan.



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CROSSING ollowing the 2018 spring semester, Adrian College’s first Fashion Journalism class ventured to two of the most influential fashion capitals of the world, London and Paris. These 26 students, who primarily studied business, fashion merchandising and journalism, were led through cobblestone streets by a guide and professors Renee Collins and Jill Ouellette ’89. While keeping an eye out for new trends and striking statements in streetwear fashion, the students became comfortable navigating their way through museums, metros and even French menus. The first two days spent in London and Paris relied on a guide as the group toured on buses and on foot to gain their bearings. In the remaining days, students could choose if they wanted to explore the London Museum of Natural History or the Windsor Castle, the Louvre or Versaille Palace and countless other landmarks. At the end of each day, the students blogged on trends they noticed and how they felt the history of the two cultures’ impacted global fashion. “The clothes were extremely bold compared to American fashion,” Miranda Penn, a senior and president of AC’s fashion club, noted. “Europe pretty much starts the trends. They have way more fun with their clothing and seem not to care what other people think when deciding on an outfit.” Ouellette, AC’s fashion merchandising professor, also noted different stylistic nuances between the two cities.


A New Track for Education

Since 2012, Adrian College has offered an opportunity to its students majoring in teacher education and biology through a partnership with Michigan International Speedway (MIS). The program,

“I find London is much more fashion-forward, cuttingedge, higher-end and diverse in trend, style, and quality. If you don't see it on the streets of London, it does not exist,” she observed. “Paris rightfully continues to be a fashion capital, as Parisians have a tendency to be more classic and subdued compared to London. This continues to be a hallmark of Paris as it has been historically.” While many of the students were enraptured by the couture of Marie Antoinette, Ouellette was fascinated by London’s fashion evolution and how it remains a treasured aspect of British culture. “The Victoria and Albert Museum fashion exhibit is one of the best in the world. The textiles are so well preserved and maintained while the displays and uniqueness give the clothing such rich context and meaning,” Ouellette explained. “The dresses of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, in Kensington Palace is another exhibit not be missed. The gowns are the best haute couture in the world, and many feel her dresses are an extension of her and the designers who made them.”

“Track and Explore,” is a month-long learning experience instructed by the College's students that invites local 5th-8th grade students to MIS to participate in a hands-on learning environment. Varying lesson plans for the course include microscopes, egg drop, water quality, animals and more as both the participants and the instructors find innovative ways to cross their own boundaries and disciplines. “I cannot say enough great things about the program. It is so unique, offering 100 percent hands-on lessons for the students,” Morgan Leja ’18, an instructor in 2017 and 2018, said of her experience. “Track and Explore is one of the only field trips that allow the students to dive deep, really run the show and use state-of-the-art equipment all on their own. The students leave with a plethora of new insight and the teachers leave ecstatic with everything their students gained.”


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hen looking out of the large glass windows at Adrian College’s new rowing headquarters on the north end of Devils Lake, visitors may gasp from its milliondollar view. The stunning 13,335 square foot, two-story boathouse, located at 6150 W. U.S. 223, just west of Round Lake Hwy., overlooks the largest recreational body of water in Lenawee County. It has been featured by the Pure Michigan campaign when highlighting the beautiful Manitou Beach-Devils Lake resort and artist community. Adrian College hoped to create a physical presence that everyone, including the surrounding residents, would be proud of, yet build a functional space for its new men’s and women’s rowing programs. After opening the new facility, which includes meeting rooms, men’s and women’s locker rooms, coaches’ offices and equipment storage rooms, it has been compared to some of the best boathouses in the nation. Former property owners Richard and Lynn Million pointed to Frank Hribar, Adrian College vice president for enrollment and student affairs, as key to making the whole project come to fruition. The Bulldogs’ newest sports facility is sure to impress those seeking quality rowing programs, as well as anyone seeing the front of the building from a passing car, or the back from a craft in the water.



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New rowing program propels Adrian College into the future

new instrument has added to the symphony of sounds radiating from the calm morning waters of Devils Lake. Since last October, almost silent crews have paddled in slender shells creating a constant, mesmerizing, repetitive sound resembling that of a flock of geese running atop the waves just before liftoff.

Since the reign of the Egyptians there have been oarsmen in the water. One can only imagine, at one point they lined up their boats and raced to a finish. Football and basketball hadn’t even been invented when the first rowing race between Harvard and Yale was held in 1852, creating the oldest intercollegiate competition in the U.S. Not much has changed since then as far as man’s desire to compete for victory over another. However, over time, radical changes have been made to the oars and the boats with the crafts first being made from wood and then carbon-fiber reinforced plastic as technology advanced into modern times. Adrian College introduced both men’s and women’s rowing teams to Lenawee County last fall and the sleek new crafts filled with athletes synchronizing their strokes could be seen practicing on Devils Lake, approximately 15 miles west of the main campus. When not in the water, the athletes practice in a new state of the art, two-story boathouse on the north point of the 1,330-acre recreational lake. The idea to create an AC collegiate rowing program came from a flash of inspiration. AC President Jeffrey Docking believed it would fit in perfectly with his Admissions Growth Plan, as outlined in his book, "Crisis In Higher Education."



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The idea to create an AC collegiate rowing program came from a flash of inspiration.

Stadium, Arrington Ice Arena, Nicolay Field, Indoor Baseball and Softball Practice Facility, Track and Field Complex, Craft Tennis Complex, Weight Room and Fitness Center, and Medical Clinic, added since Docking laid out a solid plan for growth In the spring the teams compete and improvements. in sprint races where the boats line “The most important thing, I up side-by-side and race to the When he began at the College in 2005 there think, when you’re starting a new finish. were 16 sports teams. With the addition program is you want good kids and The Manitou Beach, Devils of the rowing program, there are now 44 good rowers, but if you had to pick Lake resort area has welcomed sports teams that not only fund themselves one, I think you pick good kids,” the Bulldogs with open arms, through recruited enrollment, but help Bart Thompson, the Bulldogs’ acknowledging the significant, with needed improvements to the College’s first men’s and women’s rowing positive impact the rowing programs educational facilities and programs. coach, said. “My top recruits excel could have on its artistic community. “Enrollment is the answer,” Docking in a lot of areas. They excel in the Thompson has been communicating points out in his book. classroom, they excel on the water, with locals who are interested in After exploring the thought of adding they’re good people. There have featuring artwork displays at the an entirely new program to the College, been kids who have a little more boathouse. Docking decided building a boathouse development to do on the rowing “I would definitely encourage would be a worthy endeavor. His Vice side, but I think are just going to be people to come out to watch a President of Enrollment and Student Affairs, really great additions on a cultural practice or a competition to check Frank Hribar, set out and secured the ideal perspective.” out the team, the boathouse and location for a rowing headquarters. There were 21 men and 21 the lake,” Thompson said. “With “Our location on the northern point of women on the rosters during the the vision President Docking shares Devils Lake is an optimal location for our Bulldogs’ inaugural season. with this campus, it’s hard not to be program,” Hribar said. “It offers over 250-feet “I think that, conceptually, excited.” of lakeshore access for our team, a boat a ‘great salesman’ is the type of The men’s and women’s rowing launch, and easy access from US 223. The person who can sell you anything. teams open the spring season location also affords us arguably the best I don’t think that I possess that at home on Saturday, March 23, view of Devils Lake. It is a fantastic setting.” ability, but I do believe that hosting both Grand Valley State and Once the building process and I’m great at selling things that Michigan State clubs. landscaping was complete, friends and I believe in,” Thompson said. guests were invited to a ribbon-cutting “Walking around our campus for ceremony. The Bulldogs’ boathouse, which the first time was very impressive. officially opened on October 27, 2018, Academically, I believe the matches the high-quality look and feel personalized classes and the of the College’s Multi-Sport Performance growth the school has made make it very exciting to be here. On top of that, the boathouse is a huge asset. So, credit to the school for helping set up our program for success.” Thompson noted his rowing programs have two seasons. In the fall, each boat is timed individually. “For fall races, called head races, the boats start in a one-byone manner, so it’s more of a race against the clock than anything,” he said.


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L-R: Cindy Beaubien, Delaney Andrews, Kaye Reinhart, Jim Mahony and Tara Gutierrez

Dear Alumni and Friends, In the past few issues of this magazine, I have updated you on our IMPACT Campaign, an initiative we started to grow scholarship support for our students. Because of you, we have reached our dollar goal in just about three years! To date, we have received over $13 million in commitments and have created over 90 new scholarships since May 2015! Additionally, we have added much needed support to our ASSIST Fund, a fund that has helped over 400

SPENCERS COMPOSE A LASTING LEGACY The College lost a lifelong friend last summer, Dr. Hildreth H. Spencer. From the time she was a small child visiting her father (esteemed music professor Dr. James H. Spencer) on campus, Hildreth continued to be a frequent visitor and call Adrian College her home. A retired history teacher from a NW Chicago suburb, she’d earned degrees at Ohio Wesleyan, the University of Michigan and Northwestern University. She kept her parents’ long history with the College alive through numerous philanthropic gifts in their memory, including the James H. and Cornelia Spencer Music Scholarship, the Spencer Rehearsal Hall addition to Dawson Auditorium, and her support of the College’s historic pipe organ, which her father painstakingly installed when the new chapel was built. Now, through provisions in her estate, her love for her parents and Adrian College will continue to provide scholarships for future Adrian music students and the College’s Music Department. Hildreth, like many other alumni and friends, is part of the John Dawson Society. This society recognizes individuals and families who have included the College in their estate plans. Please contact Jim Mahony, VP for Development, at (517) 264-3104 or jmahony@, if you have included AC in your estate plans or have any questions pertaining to the John Dawson Society.



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students since 2009. As a reminder, the goal for this campaign is to raise $10 million and create 200 new scholarships. Gifts toward the campaign can be made through contributed scholarships (annual gifts), creating an endowed scholarship (pledges/gifts of $25,000 or more), or newly documented estate gifts designated for scholarships (bequests, life insurance, trusts, etc.). My colleagues and I continue to be inspired by the loyalty and support of our alumni and friends for all of the projects we have going. THANK YOU for making this effort a success! If you have not supported the campaign yet, there is still time to make an IMPACT! In September, we welcomed a new staff member to the Office of Development, Tara Gutierrez. Tara is from Adrian and most recently worked for Hospice of Lenawee. Many of you have already had a chance to meet Tara at Homecoming and the President’s Dinner. We are excited to have her on the team! Finally, if you have not been back to campus in a while, please feel free to reach out to me as I would enjoy the opportunity to give you a tour of all our excitement. I can be reached at or (517) 264-3168. Thank you again for all that you do for our great College and our wonderful students! Go Bulldogs!

Jim Mahony ’00 | Vice President for Development


President’s Dinner

On October 26, 2018, the College welcomed over 300 donors to campus for the annual President’s Dinner. This event serves as a thank you to our loyal alumni and friends for their continued support of the College. Scholarship donors have the chance to meet their recipients while sharing a wonderful meal and enjoying a program that centers on our talented and successful students. This year featured students who were involved in the musical "Cabaret," our new Women’s A Capella Ensemble; the new AC Rowing Team; a recent alumna, Rose Krasofsky ’18 (created the Operation Injured Soldier Support Fund for wounded veterans); senior Jack Stover (started a new student organization for leadership); students Miranda Penn, Jade Summey, and Micayla Schlaff (involved with fashion merchandising discussed their trip to London and Paris); student John Jackson (gave an update on the Project Intersect program), and freshman Jack DeWitt (spoke about overcoming life’s challenges and how Adrian College has been helpful to his pursuit of a college education). Donors who give a minimum of $250 per year or have included the College in their estate plans are invited to the annual President’s Dinner. For information on next year’s dinner, contact the Office of Development at (517) 264-3168.


Making over




Make tax-free, annual gifts to Adrian College from your individual retirement account.

• Must be 70½ Years Old • Qualifies for Required Minimum Distribution •Transfer up to $100,000 per year • Make Your IMPACT Today

n 2010, Adrian College’s Office of Development launched the Renaissance II campaign, a series of fundraising projects aimed to enhance academic facilities on campus. The fourth, final and perhaps most anticipated tier of the campaign will be the Mahan Center for Art and Interior Design. It is estimated to cost $3.5 million, but, a myriad of gifts and a generous donation from Sage Foundation have already generated over $2.1 million toward the project. While all the offices, classrooms and art labs will be modernized, the biggest renovation to Mahan will be the added student art gallery. This rounded featured will look similar to the additions built onto Shipman Library, Peelle Hall and Spencer Hall, and could also be used as an event venue for the College. Instead of having to reassemble their pieces after transporting them across campus, the new art gallery will allow art students to display their work in Mahan, only a few steps away from the studios where they created their art. Mahan may be the last of the academic buildings to receive a radical update since

its construction in the 1960s, but its renovation has become a top priority of the Development Office, President Jeffrey Docking and the Board of Trustees. Similar to the first two phases of the Renaissance II campaign that renovated Spencer Hall, Jones Hall and Peelle Hall, all fundraising must be completed before the ground-breaking can begin. It is projected once all of the funds have been raised, it will take a construction crew approximately one year to expand and renovate this facility for current and future Bulldogs. The project is gaining momentum. The faster this project is funded, however, the faster it will benefit the Adrian College campus and the greater community. Once construction is completed, the new and improved Mahan Center for Art and Interior Design is estimated to impact dozens of students studying art, as well as the faculty who work in the building every day. These aspiring artists play a large role in what pushes Adrian College to be innovative — and with new resources and a renovated facility, there is no telling where the Bulldogs will go next. Thank you for being a part of the renaissance at Adrian College.

To make a donation to any of these scholarships, please contact the Office of Development or use the enclosed mailer.

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OFFICE OF DEVELOPMENT | Adrian College 517.264.3168 •


faculty spotlight

2017-2018 Faculty Accomplishments and Highlights: *Information taken from the ACAPsule newsletter spring and fall 2018. Dr. Michelle Beechler (Psychology) published a paper, “Revisiting the EgoismAltruism Debate: Effects of Contextual Cues on Empathy, Oneness, and Helping Intentions,” in the North American Journal of Psychology, Vol. 20, pp. 23-26. Dr. Christie Boxer (Sociology) sponsored a room in the new women’s opioid recovery shelter/transitional housing unit in downtown Adrian. Dr. Boxer, with her family, also manages the community garden near the Kiwanis Trail and co-manages the Lincoln School community garden, both in Adrian. Dr. Keith Christy (Business) will present “Breaking Down Intercollegiate Athletic Reform: A Scouting Report” in April 2019 at the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) National Conference in Tampa, Fla. He also presented “The Evolution of Intercollegiate Athletic Reform: A Descriptive Analysis of the Regulatory Environment” at the September 2018 Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) National Conference in Portland, Ore.

Professor Renee Collins (English) announced three members of The College World student-edited newspaper and the 2016-17 executive editor of the newspaper were all recognized in April 2018 by the Michigan Press Association Collegiate Better Newspaper Contest.

Professor Pete Ford (Music) led the Adrian College Jazz Ensemble in a performance at Grugelfest, a traditional jazz music festival held in September, in Perrysburg, Ohio. Professor Ford also had a five-movement set of original choral music, “On this Starry Night,” published in September 2018 by Musical Resources.

Dr. Tony Coumoundouros, Dr. Melissa Stewart, Dr. Scott Elliott, Dr. Jim Spence, Dr. Christopher Momany and Dr. Fritz Detwiler (Philosophy and Religion) launched the Leadership and Ethics minor for the 2018 spring semester.

Dr. Amber Gray (Accountancy) partnered with the Michigan Association of CPAs for a “Financial Scrapbooking Class” at the Tecumseh District Library in April 2018, where she taught participants how to build a financial scrapbook to communicate the necessary financial information in the event of an emergency.

Dr. Dorin Dumitrascu (Math) presented in May 2018, “Using Asymptotic Kasparov Cycles to Interpret the K-Theory of Localization C*algebras” at the Great Plains Operator Theory Symposium, hosted by Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Dr. Dumitrascu also led an interactive session, “Reflections on Flipping the Introductory Statistics Course,” at the InquiryBased Learning and Teaching in Mathematics Conference at the University of Texas at Austin in June 2018. Dr. John Eipper (Modern Languages) presented his paper, “El hispanista Ronald Hilton y el panamericanismo ('The Panamericanism of Ronald Hilton')” at the conference of the Instituto International de Literatura Iberoamericana (IILI) in June 2018, in Bogota, Colombia.

Fall 2018 New Faculty Professor Carley Augustine Art & Design

Dr. Anastasia Shabanskaya Mathematics

Dr. David Goldberg History

Dr. Jennifer Towns Social Work

Dr. Charles Reid Business, Accountancy and Economics

Dr. N. Renuka Uthappa CORE

Dr. Timothy Rotarius ’12 Exercise Science



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Dr. James Hanley (Political Science) has taken students to the Caribbean nation of Belize for the last four years. This year, Dr. Hanley staged a drive to raise money to purchase school supplies for students in Belmopan, Belize, which he and the students carried with them on their trip during spring break. Part of this experience includes coursework on Belize history and its multicultural nature as well as its politics and government. Dr. Scott Hill (Physics) presented the poster, “Dynamic Centrality in Random Subnetworks,” at the NetSci conference in Indianapolis in summer 2017. Dr. Amy Hillard (Psychology) published a chapter titled, “Modern gender roles and stereotypes: The cultural funneling of individuals toward gendered choices” in “The War on Women in the United States: Beliefs, Tactics, and the Best Defenses,” 2018. The book is available at Dr. Terry Jackson (History) had an article, “The Nagasakiya: Dutch-Japanese Intellectual Exchange in the Shogun’s Capital” published in the May 2018 issue of “Leischrift,” a historical journal published by Leiden University. Dr. Jeff Lake (Biology) presented “Maintenance of Biodiversity and Species Abundance Relationships in Simulated Forest Communities” at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, in August 2018. The presentation was co-authored by four current and past Adrian College students.

Faculty Notes

Dr. Marty Marks (Music) received the Army Commendation Medal for his service with the 395th Army Reserve Band during a ceremony in April 2018. Dr. Marks also served as a panelist for two Michigan high school marching band festivals in October 2018 and staged a solo clarinet recital in Downs Hall in November 2018. Dr. Elizabeth McGaw (Chemistry and Biochemistry) attended the 25th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, hosted by the University of Notre Dame in July. She participated in a workshop, “An Alternative General Chemistry Curriculum - Chemistry, Life, the Universe & Everything (CLUE)” a new approach to the general chemistry curriculum. Dr. Michael McGrath (History) taught a fiveweek class on “Islam Now” for the Lenawee Lifelong Learners group. Dr. Christy Mesaros-Winckles (Communication Arts) presented two talks on the rhetorical history of the Methodist Deaconess Order in the UK, and France Willard, 19th Century U.S. Methodist and Social Reformer, in May 2018, at the Rhetorical Society of America’s 18th BiAnnual Conference, in Minneapolis. Dr. Annissa Morgensen-Lindsay (Theatre) was awarded the 2018 Region III Faculty Service Award for the State of Michigan by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival in Indianapolis in January 2018. Professor Beth Myers ’79 (English) has taken students in her English 310 Teaching Writing course to Adrian middle schools since the late 1990s. Students conduct an afterschool writing workshop they design, market and run for six weeks in the fall semester. Professor Mike Neal ’12 (Communication Arts) together with Dr. Scott Westfall (Business), launched the inaugural Adrian International Film Festival in May 2018.

2017-18 Faculty Teaching Awards and Recognition ROSS E. NEWSOM TEACHING EXCELLENCE


Dr. Linda Learman English



Dr. Annissa Morgensen-Lindsay Theatre

Dr. Philip Howe Political Science


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Professor Pat Quinlan (Business) serves as the faculty advisor for the Adrian College American Advertising Federation student team, which presented the results of their year-long campaign efforts for Ocean Spray to a group of advertising professionals in South Bend, Ind., in April 2018. He has also served as a session volunteer for Lenawee Therapeutic Riding (a horse riding program for individuals with mental and/or physical disabilities) for the past nine years.

Dr. Aida Valenzuela (Modern Languages) is teaching a new class, Introduction to U.S. Latina Studies, and was elected to the executive committee for the Women Active in Letters and Social Change (Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social MALCS), an organization of Chicanas/Latinas and Native American women working in academia and in community settings with a common goal: the support, education and dissemination of Chicana/Latina and Native American women’s issues.

Dr. Janet Salzwedel (Biology) gave a talk at the Lenawee Intermediate School District Center for a Sustainable Future Open House in March 2018. Her presentation, “Floral Diversity along the Kiwanis Trail (and the threat of invasive species),” reflects her keen interest in local flora and how knowledge of it can enhance the use of the trail.

Dr. Scott Westfall (Business), specializing in Sports Management, was the lead author for an article published in the Journal of Sport Behavior on psychological burnout within high school coaches, and whether various aspects of the coach-athlete relationship could predict burnout.

Dr. Bethany Shepherd (English) traveled in October 2018 to St. Petersburg, Fla., to participate on a panel, “Looking Outward: Understanding Disciplinary and National Borders as Social Contingency” at the North American Victorian Studies Association conference. She also presented a paper, “The Particularity of No One — Miscellany and Collective Identity in the Periodical Press, 1851-1853.”

Dr. Andrew Winckles (CORE) has published, with Angela Rehbein, "Women’s Literary Networks and Romanticism: A Tribe of Authoresses," Liverpool University Press, 2017. Dr. Winckles, an English Literature specialist, also published “Agnes Bulmer’s Select Letters and the Construction of Evangelical Femininity” in the journal Nineteenth Century Studies. Dr. Winckles was one of 20 of the top international scholars on women’s book history to be invited to participate in the prestigious symposium, Folger Shakespeare Library, in March 2019.


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Hanson Documents New Mineral

s a child, little Sarah Hanson was fascinated by National Geographic programs on volcanoes. In fact, watching the shows led to an obsession of rocks and minerals that had her mother wondering if she had rocks in her head. Her mother supported Sarah's interest in geology, taking her to Colorado and the Appalachians for rock and mineral hunts. She even joined a local rock club with her daughter despite not really having an interest in collecting herself. Everyone has seen that one kid who always shoves rocks in their pants and takes them home. We introduce you now to grown up Sarah L. Hanson, Ph.D. professor of geology and discoverer of a new mineral called Tantalowodginite, found in the Emmons Granite Pegmatite Dike in Oxford County, Maine. “I discovered it the way most new minerals are discovered,” Sarah explained. “A miner in the New Hampshire quarry, Ray Sprague, brought it to us and said, ‘This looks different, I don’t know what it is.’” With a bunch of other rocks in her pockets to look at, it was a couple of years before she realized she had a



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new mineral in her hands. The University of New Orleans research group she works with helped her analyze the dark red specimen, but she set aside the information until she had time to explore it and write a paper.

“When I plotted all the data, I realized it was a new mineral,” Sarah said. “So, half of me cheered and half of me cried because it’s really cool that I found a new mineral, but now I had a lot more work to do!” There are two ways a new mineral gets named, Sarah noted. “If it’s a new species the discoverer can name it whatever they want. The second is if it’s connected to another mineral, that relative has to be included in the name. That’s where Wodginite in the title comes from. Its name was predisposed.” The mineral is not expected to ever be abundant. However, those seeking a piece need only explore as far as eBay, where bits are being offered for sale, including one approximately a half inch long for $275. “That’s one of the authors who lives about five miles from the quarry,” Sarah chuckled. “He goes up there every weekend and buys it to sell on eBay. He was about to explode waiting for this paper to come out, because you can’t announce it or sell it until it’s official.” The mineral, created in a magma chamber below a volcano approximately 420 million years ago, is very valuable from the viewpoint of a mineral species, but not so much from an industrial perspective, according to Sarah. She estimated there are between 80 to 100 new minerals discovered each year. She is confident, however, this the first time anyone from Adrian College has discovered a new mineral. “…The citation will always be Sarah Hanson, Adrian College,” she said. Sarah was a co-author on another mineral discovery of Samarskite-(Yb) in 2004, found in Colorado. Those interested in seeing the brand new Tantalowodginite discovery need only go to Jones Hall where it will be on display with other specimens. Sarah has been with Adrian College since 1998. “It’s a vocation and an avocation all wrapped up in one. I really like teaching the students. And I like the small classes. We have great students,” she said. She is also the director of the College’s Robinson Planetarium — astronomy being another fascination of little Sarah Hanson. “Yeah, that’s sort of on the side,” she said with a smile.

Faculty Notes

isiting Mayan archaeological sites, cave tubing, snorkeling in coral reefs and camping in the jungle have all been on the itinerary for Adrian College Political Science Associate Professor James Hanley’s student trips to Belize. While it sounds like a great vacation, the spring break trips are aimed at studying the historical and political culture of English-speaking Belize, from Mayan civilization through colonialism to a multicultural nation linking Central America with the Caribbean. Dr. Hanley said gaining a new perspective on life is really what the trips are about. Students experience a unique multi-ethnic culture during the nine-day adventure. His primary interest is to get students out of the United States for an entirely new experience. Some of them have been out of America but most have not. Dr. Hanley said taking the students someplace completely different and immersing them in that environment opens their eyes.

“There is really no better teacher than travel, in my view,” he said. Before leading his fourth AC student trip last year, Dr. Hanley decided to do a fundraiser to help elementary students in Belize by taking along much needed school supplies. He and his students raised approximately $1,300, which paid for hole punches, staplers, children’s books, crayons, scissors, dry eraser markers and lots of eraser boards. “They needed everything,” Dr. Hanley said. The group also gave some sports equipment to the locals, including soccer balls and volleyballs.


Most people in Belize finish elementary school, but Dr. Hanley said not everyone goes on to high school because of the cost to enroll. “Some of these kids are so poor they not only don’t have flush toilets, they have pit toilets, but they don’t have toilet paper so they carry around pebbles in their pockets so they can wipe themselves.” The students usually bring back souvenirs, but Dr. Hanley said the most valuable thing they return with is a new awareness of how very fortunate they are. He added visiting students also learn “people are people,” even three thousand miles away from home sweet home. “You see people doing with less but they are good people. It’s a very friendly country,” he said. Student group sizes have ranged from four to nine. Dr. Hanley said he would add a few more students, but wants to keep the groups limited so they are easily managed. Another valuable lesson students learn is to be aware of their surroundings. A bite from one of Belize’s most venomous snakes, a fer-de-lance, is rare but can be fatal. An AC student had an encounter with one of them when relieving herself in the jungle. The student dropped her phone and, when picking it up, spotted the snake right by her. They both quickly retreated in opposite directions. According to Dr. Hanley, the areas they visit are very safe, including the cave tubing adventure. The student group also stays on a private island with a local family where they go snorkeling and learn traditional drumming and dancing. They go fishing as well and make a meal of their fresh catch. “It’s a really great experience,” Dr. Hanley said. “We have a great guide. His family also does the cooking for us.” Dr. Hanley said the trip to Belize is not just for students. He would welcome a helping hand. “If someone wants to pay the fee, I’d take them along too,” he said. Instead of taking the trip to Belize this year, Dr. Hanley will be taking students to the American Southwest in May. He is planning for another trip to Belize the following year. The additional time between trips to Belize will allow students to save and collect funds for the approximately $3,000 cost, which covers all expenses. In addition to having an experience of a lifetime, Dr. Hanley’s students earn three credit hours for participating. To register for the 2020 Belize trip or for more information, email Dr. Hanley at


sports roundup


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ll-America status was earned by Adrian College’s men’s 4x100 relay team at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in La Crosse, Wis., May 26, 2018. The Bulldogs’ relay team, consisting of Donovan Ervin, Marcus Higginbottom, Jordan Davis and Randy Fry, finished fifth in the finals with a school record time of 40.86 to earn All-America honors. The four-man squad entered the Championships as the fourth seed after a recordbreaking 41.12 time at North Central, and placed seventh in the preliminary round with a time of 41.15 to qualify for the finals. In addition to the 4x100 relay event, Davis also competed in the men’s high jump (12 seed, 20th/1.98m) and the 110m hurdles (9 seed, 10th/14.85). He just missed out of competing in the 110-meter hurdle

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drian College’s bass team finished ranked No.1 in the nation by the Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA) for the third time in the last four seasons. The Bulldogs established several program milestones including landing four All-Americans (Cody Batterson, Chase Serafin, Jack Hippe, Nick Czajka), having its earliest No.1 ACA ranking (August 9) with overall multiple rankings during the season (four), and boasting three consecutive No. 1 weeks (September 21, October 8 and 19). Adrian was ranked No. 2 in a 202 team field on the prestigious Cabela’s School of the Year standings heading into 2019. The Bulldogs (2,900) were just 60 points away from the No. 1 ranked McKendree University team from Lebanon, Ill., and had 90 more points than the third ranked Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Mich., in the Collegiate Bass Fishing Series. While AC’s bass team stood out on both national and regional levels, a good amount of its success came during schoolrun events. The Bulldogs earned 640 points at the Fishing League Worldwide Collegiate National Championships, 360 at the BassMaster Championships and 500 at the FLW Northern Conference Event No.1 to achieve their earliest top billing ever in August. Since then, the ‘Dogs earned big points (495) at Northern Conference Event No. 3, held on Lake Erie. Of the seven events from which Adrian College earns points, three have been in events fished as part of the Michigan College Bass Circuit, a group of qualifying school-run competitions.

finals after placing 10th in the preliminaries with a time of 14.85. Adrian’s men’s track team improved or broke multiple school records during its season and qualified the most athletes for the NCAA championship meet in over five years. The Bulldogs also claimed six conference championships at the MIAA Field Day, as well as, two MIAA Track athletes of the week (1 men, 1 women) and two MIAA Field athletes of the week (1 men, 1 women).

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Last May, the Bulldogs repeated a sweep of its conference championship and tournament titles, going 35-12 overall and 24-4 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA). AC successfully extended its MIAA record to 10 consecutive conference titles. The Bulldogs earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, which is their 12th in team history, and hosted the Mideast Regional. AC finished 29th in the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) coaches’ national poll. Senior Tommy Parsons repeated AllAmerica accolades from the ABCA (First Team) and (Second Team) and was named the region’s pitcher of the year by both organizations. Classmate Hunter Hayes also was a All-American (Honorable Mention) at first base.

In its first season of existence, the Bulldogs captured the National Club Baseball Association (NCBA) World Series for Division 3 in Dubois, Pa. At 3-0, AC was the only undefeated team in the four-school field and outscored its opposition 17-0. Junior pitcher Kyle Stratton was selected the tournament’s most outstanding player. The Bulldogs finished the year at 22-5 overall, which also included an 11-0 NCBA District II West Conference mark and district title. In August, second-year club baseball coach, Brent Greenwood '14, announced that his team would move up to NCBA Division 2 and affiliate with the Northern Plains East Region Conference.

Adrian posted one of the best turnarounds in school history with a 17-9 record after going 7-18 the season before. The Bulldogs finished 8-6 in the MIAA for third place after being picked last in the coaches’ preseason poll. Other accomplishments included a win over a top-3 nationallyranked, non-conference opponent for the first time ever, the St. Andrews Products Classic title, first-ever USBWA National Player of the Week selection, only Division III program to be named the NABC Team of the Week, a home sweep of both Calvin and Hope for the first time in 13 years, and 17 wins ties for secondmost in school history.



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ACHA Division 1 Men’s Hockey The Bulldogs won their first American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) National Championship at the ACHA Division 1 level. The team charged through the tournament field by outscoring opponents 21-4, including an 8-1 thrashing of Illinois in the national title game in Columbus, Ohio. With ACHA Division 1 men’s coach of the year Gary Astalos at the reins, Adrian posted a programrecord (36-1), the No. 1 ranking for three weeks mid-season, outscored their opponents 26042, and won ACHA and conference crowns. Senior goaltender Austyn Roudebush was named the ACHA MD1 Player of the Year Award among four All-Americans for AC.

Men's Hockey Adrian College finished its 11th season of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition with a 24-6 overall record, 17-1 in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) standings to claim its fourth consecutive Peters Cup championship. It was the eighth time the team qualified for the NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs set a program record for consecutive weeks ranked No. 1 in the poll (6) and in the national rankings (5). All told, the Bulldogs produced three AllAmericans (Cory Dunn, First Team Defense; Mathew Thompson, First Team Forward; and Taylor McCloy, Third Team Forward) and 17 All-NCHA and academic all-conference selections. Dunn is the first Bulldog to capture three AllAmerica certificates.

New Faces Darrin Griewahn

Synchronized Skating


For the first time in program history, Adrian College received two invitations to represent Team USA in international competition. The most recent was the Mozart Cup in Salzburg, Austria, where the Bulldogs finished fourth, and Trophy D’Escosse in Dumfries, Scotland, for a secondplace showing with the competitions "Most Entertaining Performance" in the short program. At the US Synchronized Skating Championships, the Bulldogs pulled off a major upset by earning their first medal, a silver, in the Collegiate Division. It was the first national medal earned by any of AC’s synchronized skating teams. Tricia DeFelice ’16, the former figure skating coach at Adrian, signed a professional contract with Disney On Ice 100 Years of Magic Tour.

Zach Rieger was named a three-time National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar All-American. The heavyweight rewrote the Adrian record books with a 38-win campaign (6 losses) and 18 pins. Both Rieger and sophomore Dylan Steward (157 pounds) placed fourth and fifth, respectively, at the NCAA Central Region Championships — just missing the cut for Nationals. On the women’s side, senior Kassidy Block made her debut on the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) All-America Scholar Team. The Bulldogs sent five individuals to the WCWA Championships and two freshmen, Maggie Elliott (fourth, 68kg) and Tygan Nelson (seventh, 57kg), competed in the USA World Team Trials.

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Darrin Griewahn was recently named Adrian College men's and women's bowling coach. He is in his fifth season overall. Before his current role, he served as an assistant coach with the Bulldogs. Griewahn was the interim head coach during the 2015-16 campaign, guiding the Bulldogs’ women to the Siena Heights University Halo Invitational title and a fourthplace finish at the University of Northwestern Ohio Racers Classic. On the men's side, Adrian was third at SHU and produced a top-10 showing at UNO. Griewahn founded the Adrian Maples High School bowling program, coaching there from 2003 to 2010. He also has coached several youth bowlers, who have advanced in local, state and national tournaments, bringing a wealth of coaching knowledge in the sport. Griewahn is a lifetime bowler with several accomplishments, including 20 300-games and 14 800-series. In 2010, Griewahn became a certified pro shop operator at the Centerline Pro Shop in the Lenawee Recreation Bowling Center. A former police officer, Griewahn lives in Adrian with his wife, Melissa, and daughter, Lauryn.

Brett Asher ’09 became Adrian College’s new women’s lacrosse coach in July. For the previous two seasons, Asher was the assistant coach at Concordia University, Ann Arbor women’s lacrosse program, for his wife, Amanda. She was a member of the first Adrian College women’s lacrosse team in 2008. Brett also has club lacrosse experience with the Michigan Wave Lacrosse Club as director of operations and assistant coach. He coached high school club team players from 10 different schools in the area. Asher was a four-year student-athlete and team MVP on the Bulldogs men’s basketball squad, serving as cocaptain during his senior season (2009).

Brett Wetzel is the new Adrian College men’s lacrosse coach after serving as an assistant coach since 2016 at NCAA Division III institution Kenyon College. In 2017, Wetzel helped the Lords’ offense rank as one of the best in the country, averaging 15.08 goals per game, 9.1 assists per game and the man-up offense scored on 44 percent of its opportunities. Kenyon earned three All-North Coast Athletic Conference selections that year. In 2016, Wetzel helped the Lords reach the NCAC semifinals, score six AllNCAC selections and earn one United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-American.



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alumni connect Hometown: Saline, Michigan Resides: Jacksonville, Florida Profession: General Counsel and Wealth Advisor Employer: Ullmann Brown Wealth Advisors Postgraduate: J.D. from University of Notre Dame Law School Favorite Book: "That Used to be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back" by Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum. Favorite Sports Team: Notre Dame Football


Patrick Kilbane atrick Kilbane ‘02 strives to be “kind, faithful, genuine, grateful, demanding and passionate” in his career and in his life, just as he was taught at Adrian College. “Professor Kleinsmith had the biggest influence on me,” Pat said. “He served as the faculty advisor to numerous student organizations, donated bicycles to international students, financially supported the College and genuinely loved his family. I felt like if I could grow up and follow Professor Kleinsmith’s example, I would be on the right track.” Kilbane, now a general counsel and wealth advisor for Ullmann Brown Wealth Advisors, started his professional journey at AC as a baseball recruit. As soon as he stepped on campus, he surrounded himself with mentors and leadership opportunities to ensure his future success. He continued his athletic career, joined Theta Chi fraternity and participated in student government. Kilbane was also a resident assistant his sophomore year and served as the resident director his junior and senior years. Intentionally studying both business and communication instead of pre-law, he developed skills that would allow him to stand out in his future career.

“I figured a business degree would provide enough flexibility to obtain a job in the corporate world, if necessary,” Pat explained. “The communication major was attractive because I felt it would provide me with the opportunity to hone the public speaking and oral advocacy skills I would need to use in my law career.” Kilbane then went on to Notre Dame and graduated with a law degree in 2005. To improve his experience and credibility in the law field, he also earned a plethora of certificates including FINRA Series 7 and 66, the CDFA (Certified Divorce Financial Analyst). While he remains close to his Theta Chi brothers, he attributes his professional success to his mentorship at Adrian College. “My time at AC provided me with the analytical framework to learn quickly and make decisions. During my law career and in my current role, I am required to constantly learn. I have to provide quick advice on new laws, wealth management strategies, and solve other problems.” Pat and his wife, Kathy, now reside in Jacksonville, Fla. His advice for recent and future alumni of Adrian College is to work extremely hard, care for family, exercise daily, eat healthy and above all, learn from and respect people with different views than yours.

“Professor Kleinsmith had the biggest influence on me.”



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Young Alumni irst generation college student Elysia Norris ‘10 was a basketball recruit whose dream was to attend a four-year college. Her coaches along with former academic services staff Joanne Nalepka, mentored, encouraged and guided her to a strong successful start. Arriving on AC’s campus, she was grateful to be given a chance and there was no looking back. Norris quickly decided to major in business and was excited to learn and be challenged. “The entire Business Department, especially professors Pat Quinlan, William Bachman and Ann Theis, had a forever type of impact on my life. They are the reason I was able to be successful in college and after college,” Norris said of her mentors. “They were always willing to go above and beyond to help

me learn. If I didn’t understand a concept, they would find ways to teach it so I would understand. They were tough, but kind.” Norris welcomed the opportunity to be involved in extracurricular organizations such as the American Advertising Federation (AAF) and the Student Government Association (SGA). The AAF, where student teams pitch and present advertising campaigns in competition with other colleges was “one of the best and real to life experiences” she had. Norris served in leadership roles in both AAF and SGA, and these organizations as well as internships, became an important part of her preparation for life after college. Norris is now a senior financial analyst for Morton Salt and enjoys the everyday learning and challenges. She believes her AC experience combined with her “can do attitude” is what set her apart from other candidates as she ventured into the professional realm. “When applying for employment in the real world, you are essentially branding yourself. My marketing and advertising classes really sparked this way of thinking,” Norris reflected. “Real world experience is what makes the books make sense. You are on your own journey and were chosen for the role for a reason. Be you. Work hard. Learn, grow and get better each day.” “When I think about my own unique and special experience at Adrian College, these Bible verses come to mind: Jeremiah 29:11 ‘For I know the plans I have for you, plans for you to prosper. To give you hope for the future.’ And Philippians 4:13 ‘I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.’” Norris leads an active life which begins each weekday with reading, prayer, listening to podcasts and some of her favorite tunes, then to work and the gym. She loves to sing, serves enthusiastically City Church Chicago, tries new work out classes and is writing music for an album. She stated that making time for special people you love is how life is meant to be lived.

“Be you. Work hard. Learn and grow and get better each day.”


Elysia Norris

Hometown: Eaton Rapids, Michigan Resides: Chicago, Illinois

Profession: Senior Financial Analyst-FP&A Employer: Morton Salt Favorite Book: "The Power of a Praying Woman" by Stormie Omartian, and The Bible Favorite Sports Teams: Detroit Lions, Detroit Pistons, University of Michigan, Chicago Bulls and Adrian College Bulldogs




Music and Arts Educator Michigan Center Schools

Young Alumni Achievement

JANET CREQUE ’06 Adjunct Professor, Adrian College Graphic Design & Social Media/Design & Campaign Specialist, AAA

Retired Higher Education Administrator/ Adrian College Trustee

Alumni Service

Outstanding Alumni Employee



For her passion for music and for her dedication to helping middle and high school youth develop the talent, confidence and determination to achieve their dreams.

For her long-time service to Adrian College on the Board of Trustees as a representative of the alumni association and for her unwavering support of students.

For her love of teaching as an adjunct professor and for her dedication to inspiring, encouraging and impacting students’ lives by incorporating real-world experience.

After graduating from Adrian College, Sarah Nietupski continued her music education and became a graduate assistant at Bowling Green State University. Since 2015, she’s served as the 7-12th grade choir director for Michigan Center Schools. What has happened since can be expressed in Sarah’s teaching philosophy — ­ “to find ways for students of all levels, cultures and backgrounds to build confidence through the medium of music.” Sarah is a professional with heart, a love for music and a devotion to helping aspiring musicians achieve their goals. Sarah lives in Brooklyn, Mich., with husband, Derek Jackson ’14, and their rescue pit bull, Gideon. In what spare time she has, Sarah enjoys gardening, cooking and paddle-boarding on Lake Columbia.

Dr. Sarah E. Shumate served on the Alumni Board from 1983-1986 and since then, for more than 30 years on the College’s Board of Trustees. She has devoted much of her professional and personal life to students and the importance of education as a foundation for a lifetime of learning. As a student at Adrian College, her goal was to become a teacher. After graduating, she earned two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. On campus, Sarah has reached out to many students, with a special interest in AfricanAmerican and first-generation students. Sarah has established a long-standing scholarship and continues to bring fresh ideas and important considerations to the table. She received the Young Alumni Achievement Award in 1989. Sarah grew up in Northeastern Ohio and now makes her home in Hollywood, Fla.

Janet graduated from Adrian College in 2006 and immediately started working in the College’s Public Relations office. In 2010, she taught a class in public relations, which grew to a variety of courses over three departments. She transitioned to AAA in 2012 as a social media specialist. Since 2011, Janet has served as an adjunct professor in communication arts and sciences, teaching classes including public relations, public speaking, marketing and social media marketing. Janet was named a 2015 honorary alumna in the College’s newly chartered Lambda Pi Eta chapter, the honor society for communication studies majors. She also served as advisor to Alpha Phi for 10 years. Janet and her daughter, Chloe, live in Lyons, Ohio. Janet is a Legacy alumna with her sister, Chelsea Creque '16.

Janine Grier is a valued friend of Adrian College and has had a long connection with the institution, not only because AC was her backyard for 20 years, but through her family and enthusiasm for the trail of students coming and going. Approximately nine years ago, Janine became the caretaker of the first live English Bulldog mascot for Adrian College. Janine and her family quickly adopted Bruiser, and raised him as part of their family with fellow dog, Deuce. A dental hygienist by trade, Janine enlisted students who were conscientious, responsible dog lovers as handlers. While the first Bruiser passed away, a second Bulldog, Bruiser II (or just Bruiser), was brought to campus last December and was welcomed with open arms into the Grier home. Janine and her husband, Tom, live near the campus and have two children,

Honorary Alumni

Award JANINE GRIER Adrian College Mascot Caretaker/ Dental Hygienist




Taelor, a 2012 AC graduate, and Zach.

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2018 Alumni Awards KEVIN STONE ’91


U.S. Army, Retired

Training Consultant, Leadership Development and Management Skills

JEFFREY LAKE PH.D. Assistant Professor of Biology Adrian College


Distinguished Alumni


AC Stewardship

For his service to our country, his life-long devotion to breaking barriers and making lives better for others experiencing lifealtering injuries.

For his professional success and for his commitment to the growth of both Adrian College and the larger Lenawee County community.

For his extraordinary devotion as a biology professor, conservationist, and compassionate mentor to Adrian College students.

Corporal Kevin Stone began at Adrian College as a wounded warrior. He’s served as a military national athlete, competed as a U.S. Elite Military Paralympic Athlete, and as a mentor in Adaptive Sports Rehabilitation. Kevin persevered and became the one to inspire and challenge fellow students and veterans to overcome and believe in the unbelievable. Kevin has been involved with PAWS with a Cause, educating on the importance of service dogs. He and his service dog, Mambo, helped create a law changing the federal health code to benefit all veterans with service dogs. Kevin is CEO of his Service Disabled VeteranOwned Small Business certified by the Veterans Administration and Defense Logistics Agency. It specializes in the Americans with Disabilities Act. Kevin lives in Kodak, Tenn., and has two grown children, daughter Sarah and son Sean.

Charles E. Chase, better known as Chuck, began as a commuter student. After graduation and a few years in the retail industry, Chuck returned as AC director of alumni/parent relations. Chuck worked locally for many years with Merillat Industries, Brazeway and Masco Cabinetry. Since retiring in 2011, he’s served as a training consultant and owner of LIFE Leadership, a leadership development network marketing organization. Chuck is a lifetime volunteer for numerous organizations. He served on the Adrian City Commission for nearly 30 years as mayor protem and acting mayor, as a member and in leadership in Rotary since 1977, as a trustee at Crossroads Community Church and as a board member for both Habitat for Humanity and Lenawee YMCA. He and his wife, Linda, live in Adrian and have two sons, Jim and Joe, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Chuck is also a Legacy alumnus with twin brother Bill Chase ’68.

Since 2011, Dr. Jeff Lake has built a reputation for outstanding teaching. He has taken students beyond the traditional classroom to challenge them to touch and test, to observe and inventory, and to map and protect the natural environment of plants, insects and animals that live therein. In 2016, Dr. Lake took on a huge role as the department welcomed a large land donation, now called the Walden West Biological Station, which is to be used for teaching biology, geology and environmental science. He helped form a partnership with Michigan International Speedway to create the STEM Track & Explore program. These educational field trips use Adrian College students as mentors and instructors, and have engaged over 8,700 middle school students. Dr. Lake serves as an advisor and guide for student summer research projects, serves on numerous academic committees and advises student clubs Mortar Board and the Green Action Club. He and wife, Julie Whiston, live in Tecumseh, Mich.

Alumni Humanitarian


We Invite Your Nominations



Walter Chany Jr. ’69

Lauree Dermyer ’05

Lindsey Eshelman ’09




Walt was an important contributor during Adrian College’s golden era in cross country, helping the Bulldogs to a 20-4 dual-meet record, the 1967 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) title and two runner-up finishes in 1965 and 1966. The Bulldogs’ conference championship was its first in 26 years and it remains the program’s most recent. Also, the biology and physical education graduate earned All-MIAA First Team honors three times in track and field, and he made the all-conference second team in 1966. Chany continued to make his mark in the sport as the MIAA champion in the 880-yard run in 1967 and 1968, setting AC and MIAA records in 1968. Chany also set the AC record in the 440-yard intermediate hurdles in 1969.

Dermyer was a four-year letterwinner (2001-2004), earning All-MIAA First Team accolades as the only AC women’s volleyball student-athlete ever to accomplish the feat. Dermyer helped AC win 58 matches during her career on teams coached by Mike Watkins. She was voted the team's most valuable player three years in a row (2002-04). She still holds school records for career kills (1,695) and attack percentage (.417). Her best season came during the 200405 academic year when she was named the Adrian Athletics Senior Female Athlete of the Year, racking up 537 kills, .388 hitting percentage, 105 digs and 98 total blocks. The middle hitter ranked fifth in NCAA Division III with 5.21 kills per set.

Eshelman was a two-sport standout for the Bulldogs with six letters combined in volleyball and tennis. She is the only AC player named an All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (ACVA) in 2005, when she was named to the third team. Eshelman excelled in the MIAA during her volleyball career, earning three all-conference citations, including first team honors in 2005 and 2006. She led NCAA Division III with 5.56 kills per set in 2005, which is still an AC singleseason record, leading to AVCA all-region and all-America honors. She was the only Bulldog to be named 2007 All-MIAA Second Team in women’s tennis as a sophomore. She served as team captain for two seasons and earned the MIAA Sue Little Sportsmanship Award in 2008.




Hall of Fame





Join us as we induct our 50th class of Bulldogs who have brought honor and prestige to themselves, their teams and their profession. The first 50 current individual Hall of Fame members who RSVP to attend the ceremony will receive a commemorative pin and a complimentary dinner. For announcements associated with this special 50th-year

anniversary celebrating the achievements on and off the field of Bulldog greats of yesteryear.



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2018 Athletic Hall of Fame

Current Adrian College athletes honor Hall of Fame inductees in annual Walk of Fame.

Vincent Harkins ’97

Michael Lewis II ’07



Harkins was a four-year men’s soccer letterman for the Bulldogs from 1993 to 1996, starting in all but one contest on his way to becoming the most successful goalkeeper in program history. He was named All-MIAA four times, including three second-team selections, and AC’s most valuable player twice. On AC’s records charts, Harkins ranks on top for all-time saves (with more than 550) and he still holds the top-two single-season marks in that category (with 221 in 1996 and 178 in 1994). He is also first in goalie appearances and third in save percentage for a career. After graduation, Harkins continued his soccer career playing internationally and attended a professional combine for the Eastern Indoor Soccer League in Dallas, Texas.

Lewis is arguably the most decorated Bulldog in the team’s history with six AllAmerica citations from three organizations:, Don Hansen’s Football Gazette and the College Sports Information Directors of America. Lewis was a force at defensive end, becoming the program’s all-time leader in quarterback sacks with 40-1/2 (for 265 yards, another school record) among 143 career tackles. His best season was in 2005, when he was named the MIAA Most Valuable Defensive Player and earned his place on the allconference first team for his remaining three years. In his senior campaign, he received first-team All-America accolades from and DH Football Gazette. After his collegiate tenure with the Bulldogs, Lewis embarked on a nineyear Arena Football League career with eight teams.



Jill Green Pedersen ’91 WARRENSBURG, MO.

TENNIS/FIELD HOCKEY Pedersen excelled in two sports, receiving two All-MIAA citations in field hockey during the 1988 and ’89 seasons, and two more allconference awards in tennis, including 1991 conference’s first team honors. Pedersen was a three-year women’s tennis team most valuable player from 1989 to 1991. She earned the MIAA Sue Little Sportsmanship Award for tennis in 1991— the first Bulldog to do so since 1977 – emblematic for fair play on the court in the memory of Little, a 1954 Albion graduate. For the past 18 years, she has been a certified athletic trainer for high school athletics, currently with the Warrensburg R6 School District. Pedersen and her husband, Kirk, have three children, James, Jodi and Amber.



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Clyde Brasher ’51, a 90-year old retired dentist, was featured in the Toledo Blade newspaper as the senior member of the Toledo Ski Club. He and his wife, Martha, reside in Manitou Beach, Mich. Bob Bliss ’56 published his second book, "From the Outhouse to the President’s Chair," outlining his path from his farm in Michigan to four corporate presidencies and one private college presidency. He continues to be active in his own business, Bob Bliss Associates, Inc., serving businesses and colleges facing management and/or financial challenges. Bob, a member of the ATO fraternity, and his wife, Susan, live in Charleston, W.V. He was featured in an “Innerview” in July 2018, with a staff writer at

Marian Porter Gmeiner ’44 received a visit at her home in Sandwich, Mass., from Carolyn Jones ’94 of Adrian College’s Office of Development. Before retirement, Marian was a high school home economics teacher at Concord Public Schools. She has two sons and a daughter, who live nearby. ▲

John Fountain ’57 and his wife, Marge, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Feb. 8, 2018. John retired in 2007 as vice president of university relations for Eastern Michigan University. The Fountains reside in Novi, Mich., and enjoy traveling. One special trip during the 2017 Christmas season was a visit to the Holy Land.

Rev. Robert “Bob” Goudie ’63 helped host the Golden Alumni Luncheon for graduates of 1968 and earlier at Homecoming. Rev. Goudie offered the invocation and welcomed those in attendance, including a few from his 60th reunion class – Nancy Seiser Anderson ’63 and G. Stanford Bratton ’63. Rick Wilcox ’63, author of autobiography "Two Generations, Visions of Life," featured in the fall 2016 issue of Contact, expanded his book into two volumes. He and wife, Carole Taylor Wilcox ’64, also created a special display wall in their home in Kingwood, Texas, dedicated to their memories of Adrian College. Rev. Dr. Terrance Robinson ’66 of San Antonio, Texas, was installed as a Theta Chi Resolute Man at Zeta Beta Chapter House October 5, 2018. He is the first alumnus in the nation to achieve this honor. He also shepherded the First Universalist Church in Lyons, Ohio, for six months as their consulting minister to a successful conclusion at their 150th Anniversary service/ celebration on October 6, 2018.


Homecoming CLASS OF 1968 – 50TH REUNION Front L to R – Mary Hayes Thomas, Dottie Burns Wright, Jeanne Blumer Lasky, Pat Holben Finnie, Sydney Matthews Engel, Sue Birget Hull, Mary Cermak Betzoldt, Bob Bishop, Jim Reamsnyder; Middle L to R– Steve Lasky, Bob Neuin, Jim Driskill, Bill Degner, Bill Chase, Chuck Chase, Steve Gregg, Jim Tuttle, Rick Gurdjian; Back L to R – Coe Whittern, Keith Thomas, Carl Gaiser, Jon Amyx, Dale Schaub, Bob Tienvieri, Tom Blanton, Harold Arrington




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Lifelong AC friends celebrated their friendship with their semi-decennial joint trip, this year celebrating 40th wedding anniversaries. They enjoyed a Princess Cruise to Alaska in summer 2018 and donned their Adrian College apparel. The women are all Tri Sigma members and the men are all Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity members. L to R– Mark ’76 and Ruth Courtade ’76, Brad ’76 and Carol Baum ’77, Kim ’77 and Bruce Diven ’77.


44th Annual PIKE REUNION at Homecoming welcomes many alumni back to Adrian. Pictured L to R– Mike Bloom ’72, Ron Pruett ’72, Steve Trubey ’73, Denny Bird ’72, and Dave Ripper ’71. ▲ Harvey Jackson ’70, SAE member and former wrestling coach and athletic director at Siena Heights University, spoke at his alma mater in March 2018 during disabilities awareness week. Harvey shared his story of learning how to live with three traumatic brain injuries over the course of 23 years. Harvey resides in Ypsilanti, Mich. Clifford Rininger ’70 was selected in January 2018 to participate in a quilt show at The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colo. The exhibit was held in February, titled "Boys Just Wanna Have Fun." All of the quilts displayed are made by men. Cliff resides in Rushville, Neb., and graduated with a major in studio art.

On November 8, 11 members of the Adrian Bulldog Hall of Fame football teams (’70 -’72) got together in Bonita Springs, Fla., for three days of golf and camaraderie. Hosted by Bill Sullivan ’74, Jim Calcagni ’74 and Joe Denofrio ’74, the highlight of the event was dinner with Coach Bill Davis and his wife Joanne. L to R – Dave Zimmerman, Mark Radosevic, Rob Conklin, Joe Denofrio, Jim Calcagni, Tom Bell, Bill Sullivan, Jim Wallace, Scott Montgomery, Ron Labadie.

Ron Batory ’71, former Adrian College trustee, was sworn in on March 2, 2018, as the Federal Railway Administration chief for the U.S. Department of Transportation. This position is the latest in a long line of roles Ron has served in the rail industry over the past 45 years. Prior to his FRA appointment, Ron served as president and COO of Conrail, Inc., since 2004. He was presented the AC Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007 and is a member of Theta Chi. He and his wife make their home in Santa Fe, N.M. Barbara Serbinski Sipe ’72, a first generation Polish immigrant from a refugee resettlement camp in Great Britain, grew up with a passion for history when it came to World War II, especially the European conflict. Barbara tells the story of her mother’s journey from Poland to the United States in "Letters from the Box in the Attic, a Story of Courage, Survival and Love." She and husband Alan Sipe ’72 reside in Arlington Heights, Ill.


Lowell Gladd ’74, now retired, was recognized by his former employer Ciber Global for the program he developed for Ford Motor Company’s global parts pricing system. Every Ford dealership in Europe now receives their part pricing report from the program that Lowell wrote, written in the language of that particular country. He and his wife, Kathy Anderson Gladd ’78, live in Rochester Hills, Mich., and are very involved in the Rochester Lions Club. Deena Boone Katz ’74, full professor of the Personal Financial Planning Division at Texas Tech University and chairperson of the financial planning firm Evensky & Katz/ Foldes, received the Leadership Award at the Insiders Forum in October 2018, a conference that brings together the leading figures of the financial planning profession during a main stage presentation. Deena was instrumental in the University’s implementation of a financial planning major. Deena and her husband reside in Lubbock, Texas.


CLASS of 1978 – 40TH REUNION and friends had a great time reminiscing in Rush Hall and on campus. Pictured from the class are, front L to R – Celia Vickers Christopher, Terry Schwennesen, Linda Underhill Mosley, Diane Underhill MacLennan, Brenda Rice, Martha Hook, Beverly Betz Bucar; middle L to R – Gordon Gauss, Tina DiTerlizzi Hill, Josette Green, Gayle Richwine McQuade, Jan Radabaugh Hedgcock, Cindy Henry Langham, Sue Saunders; back L to R– Sid Paul, Pete Smith, Jeff Humbarger, Bob Urwiller, Grace Capraro, Cliff Weeks, Dean Katsiroubas and Susan Boyse.

Deborah Jacob Strayer ’78 retired April 2, 2018, after 40 years of working with the Lenawee Community Mental Health Authority in Adrian. Deb began working at LCMHA as an accountant, then as an accounts manager and retiring as the organization’s finance officer. Deb and her husband, Lad, live in Adrian. Amy Sawyer Szalkowski ’79 recently retired from the Wisconsin State Human Services Department. Amy moved to Wisconsin after graduating from Adrian College and has been married for more than 36 years to her husband, Ted, who recently retired as a special education administrator. They reside in Madison, Wis. and have adult twin daughters.




Todd Rowley ’80 has been asked to serve with statewide Virginia leadership on the Blueprint Advisory Council for the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CyberX). The goal of this initiative is to develop the depth and breadth of Virginia’s critical cybersecurity workforce. Todd will be serving with the university and college leadership throughout Virginia, as well as the Commonwealth’s business leaders. He is employed with Cardinal Bank in McLean, Va., as a senior vice president.

19EIGHTIES Frank DiLallo ’80 had the privilege of presenting at the 2018 LA Religious Education Congress in March 2018. Part of Frank’s presentation included the new Bullying Redirect series he co-authored; one book written for Christian educators and the other for Christian parents, which attempts to create a bridge between school and home. Frank, a licensed counselor with over 30 years in Catholic education, works as a Diocesan case manager and consultant with the Catholic Diocese of Toledo.

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John Whitaker ’83, senior information technology business analyst at the Kellogg Company in Battle Creek, Mich., is pictured with two AC students, Rylee and Sydney, who participated in the College’s Take a Bulldog to Work program in March 2018. ▲

Jeanette DeBose Henagan ’84 was the speaker at the annual Women’s Diversity Day, held in March 2018. Her talk was entitled "The Importance of Standing Up: Service and Activism." Jeanette has served as president of the Lenawee County NAACP for 17 years and was employed by the Lenawee County Department of Health and Human Services for 31 years as a child protective services caseworker. She currently serves on the boards of Hospice of Lenawee and Share the Warmth Homeless Shelter. Jeanette resides in Adrian, and has two adult children and two grandchildren. Bob McGee ’84 was inducted into the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Assn. (OSSCA) Hall of Fame on Jan. 6, 2018. Bob, a resident of Columbus, was the first girls coach from central Ohio to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Rev. Dr. Christopher Momany ’84, Adrian College chaplain, recently authored the book "For Each And All: The Moral Witness of Asa Mahan." Using Mahan’s life story, he crafts an incisive intellectual history of the philosophies that underpinned the abolitionist movement. Mark Nothdruft ’86, a fourth grade teacher at Rose City School in West Branch, Mich., was honored at a special school board meeting to recognize his 30 years of service to the West Branch-Rose City Area Schools. Mark continues teaching with the district.



Chi Omegas from the early 90’s gathered at Silver Lake, near Cement City, Mich., for their first “non-mandatory” sisterhood retreat. Pictured back to front, L to R - Jill DeVoogd White ’93, Saralyn Popham Tapp ’93, Larisa Jackson Catcott ’92, Martha Large Hanoian ’95, Cyndi Koppelman Timoszyk ’93, Colleen Kowich ’92, Michelle Akers-Berg ’93, Kristen Friess Chapman ’93, Terri Willets Hamad ’94, Bushra Habib Rehman ’92, Kelly Kerby Gough ’92, and Tracy Warrick ’92. ▲ Jacque Snellenberger ’91, Team Beretta trap shooter, achieved many top honors this season and continued on to the 2018 Michigan State shoot in June and July at the Michigan Trapshooting Association shooting grounds in Mason, Mich. At her third competition of the season, she secured High Overall Non-Resident Lady 1 honors with a score of 1114 out of 1125 targets. Jacque was profiled in The Shooting Wire magazine in June 2018. Team Beretta is a team of professional shooters of various ages and experience that compete as brand ambassadors for Beretta USA. Bridgette Woodall ’93 was appointed as Archdiocesan archivist for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn., in November 2017. Her previous positions include working as a project archivist at Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, Mass., and an archives consultant and project archivist at Worcester State University, Worcester, Mass. Bridgette resides in Manchester, Conn.

Members of the Class of 1993 returned to open their time capsule placed near Herrick Tower 25 years ago. Led by former class president Mark Hass, the group enjoyed reminiscing and a return to the Adrian College campus. Pictured front L to R– Yama Forough, April May Drews, Rochelle Harvel Donnelly, Saralyn Popham Tapp, Christie Lucas Morris, Stacy Pasch Rellinger; back L to R– David Elswick, John Pavelek, Mark Hass, Joe Zbell, Shams Forough, Margaret Kopple Wagner, Scott Wagner, Keri Springer, and Michelle Lippincott Dunford.



Karen Baird ’94, head softball coach at Lawrence Tech, celebrated her 300th win against UM Dearborn on May 4, 2018, with a final score of 3-2. That win carried the team into the WHAC Conference semi-finals where they also won, 3-1. Terri Willets Hamad ’94 accepted a position in April 2018 with Stonecrest Senior Living as the executive director. Stonecrest, a new assisted living and memory care facility in Northville, Mich., will open in late 2018. Terri completed her coursework in the spring to become a licensed nursing home administrator. She and her husband, Akram, live in Monroe, Mich., and have two children. Terri also serves as president of the Adrian College Alumni Association Board of Directors. Jennifer McNabb ’94 was selected in July 2018 as the AP European History Chief Reader, responsible for overseeing the scoring of over 100,000 AP European History exams at the annual AP Reading. Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP exams. Dr. McNabb, an associate history professor at Western Illinois University, is one of 32 Chief Readers of AP subjects nationwide. She will also serve on her subject’s development committee, where new tasks and questions are developed for future exams.

Emmanuel Remy ’94 was appointed to the Columbus (Ohio) City Council in January 2018 for a term running through the end of 2019, when he plans to campaign for the seat. Emmanuel, a real estate agent, is president of the Northland Community Council. Patti Smith ’94, special education teacher and former legal aid lawyer, is the author of two books: "Images of America-Downtown Ann Arbor" and "A History of the People's Food Co-op Ann Arbor." She has written for, West Suburban Living magazine, Concentrate, Mittenbrew, The Ann, AADL's Pulp blog, and the Ann Arbor Observer. Patti is a frequent public speaker around town, curating HERsay (an all-woman variety show) and Grown Folks Reading (story time for grownups) and telling stories at Ignite, Nerd Nite, Tellabration and Telling Tales Out of School. Patti serves as a commissioner for the Public Art Commission and the Recreation Advisory Commission as a teacher of history for Rec & Ed, as a storyteller in the Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild, and also volunteers for the Ann Arbor Film Festival and as a DJ for WCBN. Her first novel, "Head Over Feet In Love" was published by Soul Mate Publishing in late 2018 and "Forgotten Ann Arbor" will be out in spring of 2019. Patti resides in Ann Arbor, Mich. Paul Teboe ’94, 6th degree Tae Kwon Do Master, was the guest speaker in January 2018 for the Adrian College Honors 101-"Weapons" class. Paul, winner of ATA world titles in sparring and combat weapons, is the head instructor at ATA in Saline, Mich. More information can be found on their website ▼

Jennifer Burkhardt ’98, of Centennial, Colo., recently received the Agape Award from Alpha Sigma Alpha at their 2018 national convention and leadership conference. ▲ In May 2018, Amber Metro-Sanchez ’99 became a member of the editorial advisory board for RDH Magazine designed for dental hygiene professionals. She began working as a professional educator on behalf of Waterpik in the fall of 2017. Amber was also chosen to be a contributing author to Colgate’s Oral Care Center website. She has had over 40 articles published since January 2016 in several different dental publications, mainly for Colgate Oral Health Advisor and RDH magazine, and is now featured in a monthly "Ask the Expert" column. In addition to her BA in biology from Adrian College, Amber earned an associate degree in dental hygiene in 2004. She resides in Fort Wayne, Ind., (her hometown) with three daughters. She sends special thanks to English Professor Beth Myers ’79, who inspired her as a writer. Amber is pictured in the center.



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Bethany Camarati ’07 and Glenn Ericksen were married April 8, 2017, in New York City at the Ace Hotel. Bethany graduated from Parsons School of Design with a master’s degree in fashion studies in 2014. Bethany was a menswear designer for Alexander Wang and now works at Parsons. Alumni attending included the mother of the bride, Karyl Bittinger Camarati ’77, and bridesmaids Annette Camarati ’10 (sister of the bride) and Deborah Mason ’07. Groomsmen included Jared Ragozine ’07. Robert Magyar ’10 was a guest. The couple resides in Brooklyn, N.Y.

2THOUSANDS The Rev. Rey Mondragon ’03 was featured in an article for the United Methodist Church Michigan Conference website about the power of the United Methodist connection, written by Adrian College trustee, Rev. Dr. Jack Harnish. This was the second article in a series for Hispanic Heritage Month, featuring Pastor Rey’s spiritual journey from Mexico to Michigan. He currently serves as a pastor at the Birch Run United Methodist Church in the Central Bay District. Rey graduated from Duke Divinity School and was ordained as the first Mexican-American Elder in the Detroit Annual Conference in 2011. Jeremy Fielder ’05, Clinton (Mich.) High School’s defensive coordinator for the past ten seasons, was named the next varsity head football coach at Clinton HS. Jeremy was a former Bulldog player and worked on the AC coaching staff for a time. He has been teaching at Clinton since 2007. Jeremy was featured in The Daily Telegram newspaper’s "High School Football Preview" magazine supplement. He and his family reside in Dundee, Mich. In November 2017, Brian Jackman ’07 was promoted to corporate controller of Ziebart International Corporation, headquartered in Troy, Mich. Brian has been with Ziebart for the past nine years, previously as corporate accounting manager. Scott McNeish ’07, sports editor at The Daily Telegram newspaper in Adrian since 2008, received the 2017 Best of Gatehouse: Division C Sports Designer of the Year. This was for a national competition within their parent company, GateHouse Media, one of the largest media companies in the country. The competition is divided into four divisions based on newspaper size. To enter, Scott submitted three of his best front page designs from 2017. Overall, he has won two national awards and 13 state awards during his career.




Josh Emington ’10, market analyst since 2014, began working with The Martec Group in January of 2018. He and his wife, Erin Leskow Emington ’12, live in Southfield, Mich. Josh began the new year by having his first mini-book, "Modern Money Playbook," published. The book is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Smashwords, and Kobo among others.


Laura Shank ’10 and Zach Brown were married Oct. 28, 2017, in Benson, N.C. The couple lives in Raleigh, N.C., where Laura is pursuing a career writing young adult novels. The bridal party included Annette Camarati ’10 and Ashley Greer Burke ’12. Gabrielle Piazza ’12 and Rachel Taylor ’12 were also in attendance. ▲ Jenna Borck Cleary ’11 and her husband, Joseph, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Jamison, on Feb. 1, 2018. The Cleary family resides in Clayton, Mich. Jenna is employed as a marketing specialist with Henry Ford Allegiance Health.


Ainsley Herrick ’14 was awarded a master of divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., on May 18, 2018. ▲

Laura Ashley Greer ’12 and James Burke were married in New York City on November 25, 2016. Her bridal party included maids of honor Chi Omega-Mu Zeta sister Laura Shank Brown ’10 and Alpha Phi-Delta Eta member Katherine Ialacci ’13. The wedding was photographed by Nick Urteaga ’12. Ashley currently resides in New York City and is a full time dance, acting and music instructor. During the summer, she directs and choreographs musicals for Camp Funkist at the YWCA of White Plains-Greater Westchester. ▲


Andrew ’12 and Ryann Waterstradt Warner ’10 announce the birth of their daughter, Margaret Alice, on July 17, 2017. The Warner family lives in Mason, Mich. ▲


Mindy Hagerman ’11 and former AC student Bronson Gonzales were married December 26, 2017. They currently reside in Adrian.



Anthony Fye ’12 began working as an associate attorney with Landau and Associates, P.A. in Tampa, Fla., in September 2017. Timothy Peoples ’12 was the keynote speaker for the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. community dinner, held in January 2018 at Siena Heights University. Tim, a graduate of Yale Divinity School, accepted a position in December 2017 as senior pastor of Emerywood Baptist Church in High Point, N.C.


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Dr. Tim Rotarius ’12 was hired in 2018 as an assistant professor for the Department of Exercise Science and Athletic Training at Adrian College. Tim earned his master of science in exercise physiology and fitness leadership from Northern Illinois University and then a doctor of philosophy in exercise science from the University of Toledo. Tim began his teaching duties at Adrian in the fall semester. Travis Rubingh ’12 and Melissa Pilzner were married on New Year’s Eve 2017. Travis is an assistant football coach for Adrian College.

Jamie Besier Wisniewski ’12, assistant prosecutor of the 1st judicial court in Hillsdale County, Mich., hosted a visit with a group of Adrian College criminal justice majors, all first generation college students, at the courthouse in January 2018. Amy Grace Johnson Eff ’13 was featured on the cover of the summer 2018 Alpha Phi Quarterly magazine. The story, titled “All the Right Notes,” featured her love of music and performing, which began after her time at Adrian College. Amy Grace also opened the 2018 AC Spring Concert.

Emily King ’13, employed as a costume stitcher with Syracuse Stage in Syracuse, N.Y., designed the costumes for the Adrian College production of "Cabaret." Cole Knaup ’17 and Travis Potter ’16, pictured with Melinda Schwyn, AC dean of student affairs, graduated on November 30, 2017, from the 133rd Trooper Recruit School of the Michigan State Police Department.

Sarah Nietupski '13, is the choir and band director of Michigan Center Schools. She is the current chair for music education for the MSBOA District VIII and was the collegiate state representative to the National Association for Music Educators from 2011 to 2013. Kristine Walker ’14, a graduate student at Bowling Green State University, participated in a bike trip from Key West, Fla., to Calais, Maine, with Bike & Build, an organization created to bring awareness to the need for (and help promote) affordable housing. During part of the trip, the riders traded their bikes for hammers and power tools to help construct homes with local and larger organizations, such as Rebuilding Together and Habitat for Humanity. For more about the program, visit Tricia DeFelice ’16, former Bulldog student-athlete and head figure skating coach at Adrian College, joined the cast of Disney On Ice for the 2018-19 season. In 2018, Tricia received her master’s degree in sport administration and leadership from the College. Gregory Vandervort Kyung ’16 recently served in the AmeriCorps NCCC-FEMA Corps team Ocean 5, a regional full-time service program for young adults ages 18-24. The program is designed to give members experience in emergency management while serving with FEMA in areas of disaster response, recovery, preparedness and mitigation. Sydney Martines ’17 began working at Michigan International Speedway in March 2018 as a ticket sales account executive and is now the promotions coordinator. Previously, Sydney worked in ticket sales with the Toledo Walleyes.

Kirsten Chambers ’18 was profiled in the "50 for 50th," stories celebrating the 50th anniversary of the partnership of Special Olympics, NCAA and Division III. During Kirsten’s presidency of the Special Olympics College program in her junior and senior years, she was instrumental in the College being recognized as a National Banner Unified Champion School. Kirsten is currently a student in the University of Toledo’s occupational therapy doctorate program. Rachel Kanaziz ’18 was selected for a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. From more than 12,000 applicants for this prestigious award, only 2,000 were awarded. Rachel will have the opportunity to join scientists that include Nobel Prize winners, researchers, faculty and policy makers from across the country.

Nick Marsh ’18 and Rose Krasofsky ’18 participated in an interview on April 4, 2018, with Frank Beckman of WJR radio. The conversation highlighted their efforts toward raising funds for Operation Injured Soldier, as well as some additional discussion about AC’s bass fishing program. Andy Petersmark ’18 accepted a position after graduation as an inside sales representative with the Carolina Hurricanes. Andy resides in Raleigh, N.C. Morgan Petriko ’18 accepted a position in athletic development at Purdue University in the spring of 2018.

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Helen Stephenson Aiken ’40, longtime resident of Ann Arbor, Mich., died Jan. 6, 2018. Helen went on to receive a master’s degree in Nashville, Tenn. before starting her teaching career in Ann Arbor. After her marriage to Neal Aiken in 1950, they traveled via the Alcan Highway to Anchorage, Alaska, where Helen worked for a radio station in downtown Anchorage. Helen’s teaching career as a French teacher led to 10 Montreal expeditions and a trip to Paris with her students. In her memorial, she was referred to as “an accomplished woman ahead of her time.” She is the daughter of Frank W. Stephenson 1906 for whom the Adrian College Stephenson Alumni Lounge in Valade Hall, a family scholarship and The Frank W. Stephenson Memorial Scholarship are named. She was preceded in death by her husband and sister, Dorothy Stephenson Shaft ’41, as well as others. Survivors include a son, grandson and niece. Edward Heininger ’44, a resident of Webster Groves, Mo., and former member of the ACC fraternity, died March 14, 2016. Edward retired in 2008 as pastor of the Congregational United Church of Christ in Webster Groves. Survivors include his wife, Mary, two daughters, a son, nine grandchildren and a brother, Allen Heininger ’45. Edward was the son of Alfred Heininger, 1913.



Elizabeth “Mickey” Blair St. Clair ’46, formerly of Jacksonville, Fla., passed away Oct. 10, 2018. A secondary teaching and biology major at AC, she then completed her master’s from the University of Michigan and began a 35-year long teaching career at Madison High School in Adrian. She actively served in many organizations including the Michigan Education Association (MEA), the Philanthropic Education Association (PEO), and helped tutor students and train student teams to present health education to their peers. She was very involved in the United Methodist Church from teaching Sunday school to helping direct and craft hundreds of quilts for Church World Services and the homeless of Lenawee County. Mickey served the College as a member of the Alumni Board and the Board of Trustees, and was honored twice with the Alumni Service Award in 1996, and jointly with her daughter, Mary St. Clair Stritmatter ’73, with the Alumni Humanitarian Award in 2009. Her late husband was Siah L. “Saint” St. Clair 1916. Mickey is survived in addition to daughter Mary by two other adult children, Thomas St. Clair ’68 and Siah St. Clair. Katherine Miller Brown ’47, a resident of Woodburn, Ore., died March 8, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Brown ’47. Katherine was a reading specialist in Hayward, Calif., before retiring to Oregon. Survivors include four children, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Robert “Bob” Brown ’50, education advocate, avid golfer and loyal ATO, passed away on July 21, 2018. A U.S. Army veteran and student at Adrian College through the G.I. Bill, Bob participated in baseball and track, was member and president of the Alpha Mu chapter of Alpha Tau Omega, and served as senior class president. He joined the Adrian College administrative staff and worked in admissions, alumni services, public relations and communications with his last 13 years as vice president for development. He served as a trustee from 1998-2008 and received the Distinguished Alumni Award. He earned his master’s degree and doctor of philosophy in higher education from Michigan State University in 1965 and was recognized with honorary degrees from both Adrian College and CulverStockton College. In 1978, Bob accepted the

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position of president and later chancellor of Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo., where he made many improvements and was honored in 1992 upon retirement with the naming of the Robert W. Brown Performing Arts Center. In 2017, the Carolyn L. and Robert W. Brown Residence Hall was dedicated in their names. Bob resided in Quincy, Ill., and is survived by wife Carolyn Berry Brown and their children, Stephen Brown (Susan), Susan Sheridan-Boult (Chad) and Jennifer Leftwich (Greg), seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Ermil Jones ’52, retired educator and resident of Monroe, Mich., died March 17, 2018. Ermil earned two master’s degrees from the University of Michigan. He spent 10 years at Jefferson Schools in Monroe. Ermil was active in the Lions Club for over 40 years, and served for three years on the Adrian College Alumni Board. Survivors include two daughters, a son, four step-children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. James Simmons ’52 of Chelsea, Mich., formerly of Ann Arbor, died April 24, 2018. Jim served his country in the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II, followed by many years as a minister for the Detroit Conference of the United Methodist Church. Jim also served as the UMC archivist at Adrian College for many years. In 2006, he and his wife of 68 years, Charlotte Wint Simmons ’50, were honored as a couple with the AC Alumni Service Award. Surviving with his wife are three daughters, Mary Simmons Hughes ’74, Judi Simmons Trenton ’78, and Pamela Simmons ’80, eight grandchildren and eight greatgrandchildren. Madelon Leech VanRiper ’53, a resident of Fenton, Mich., and retiree from Eastern Michigan University, died Nov. 24, 2017. Survivors include her husband, Benjamin VanRiper ’52, a daughter, four sons, including Brian VanRiper ’80, and a brother, William Leech ’51. Ronald Tuck ’54, a member of the ATO fraternity and resident of Traverse City, Mich., and Arcadia, Fla., died August 20, 2018. While a student at AC, Ron was an All-American football player. After being discharged from the U.S. Army in 1956, Ron began his career with the Federal Aviation Administration as an air traffic controller until his retirement in 1990. Survivors include his wife, Suzanne, two sons, a daughter, nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a sister.

In Memoriam Bill Lewis ’55, a member of the SAE fraternity, died May 11, 2018. He resided seasonally in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., and Sun City, Ariz. Bill taught for seven years at three high schools, followed by 31 years at Central Michigan University and 24 years in retirement. The William J. Lewis Teacher Education Scholarship has been established at Adrian College by his daughter, who survives along with her son. Wallace Williams ’57, a resident of Ft. Myers, Fla., and member of the ATO fraternity, died March 19, 2018. Wally was ordained as a Catholic priest and previously served as an Episcopal priest. Bruce Stephens ’59, a resident of Adrian and retired educator, died July 14, 2018. Bruce, a member of the SAE fraternity, received his master’s degree from Siena Heights University. He began teaching in Ohio, and then in Adrian's Madison School District as a science teacher, driver’s education teacher, counselor and athletic director. From the start of the Vo-Tech Center in Adrian, Bruce was closely involved, later becoming principal until his retirement in 2001. He was inducted into the Adrian College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983 and was a former member of the AC Alumni Association Board of Directors. Survivors include his wife, Rhea, three sons, several grandchildren and a sister. Bill Hamilton ’60 passed away August 16, 2018. He spent much of his career in Florida and Michigan in banking and later as a real estate developer and consultant. Bill was an active member of ATO fraternity, served the College on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, as a class agent, and as a phonathon participant for many years. Two daughters, Beth and Katie, survive. D. Bruce Emerson ’63, a resident of Adrian and avid supporter of the Adrian College hockey program, died Jan. 19, 2018. Bruce, a member of the SAE fraternity, and his wife, Linda Kapnick Emerson ’66, were the first couple to be married in Herrick Chapel (July 11, 1964). Bruce served in the U.S. Navy as a pilot and, after graduation, was an educator in many public schools. Survivors include his wife, two sons, a granddaughter and two brothers, including Dale Emerson ’64.

Tom Schneider ’65, a resident of Blissfield, Mich., died August 11, 2018. After graduation from Adrian College, Tom joined his father in the family business of Schneider’s Frame and Axle. Surviving are his wife, Elaine, a son, two granddaughters and two great-grandsons. William Bowers ’70, a United Methodist Church minister for many years and resident of Houghton Lake, Mich., died July 14, 2018. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Hazel, two sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren, 12 greatgrandchildren and a brother. John Hartley ’71, a resident of Hudson, Mich., and high school guidance counselor, died Sept. 13, 2018. John earned his master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University. In 2005, he retired after 30 years from Hudson Area High School, where he started and administered its first adult education program for over 15 years. In addition to his wife, Cathy, John is survived by three children, including Amy Hartley ’99 and Dan Hartley ’04, two grandchildren, a sister, and two brothers, Dennis Hartley ’74 and Jim Hartley, as well as Jim's wife Deanna Baker Hartley ’72, and niece, Carrie Hartley ’04. Larry May ’71, a resident of Angola, Ind., and member of the ATO fraternity, died April 8, 2018. Larry was the Steuben County Assessor for 32 years, retiring in November 2010. Survivors include his brother, a niece and a nephew.

“Johnny” JR Remick ’86, a native of Maine, passed away on December 23, 2018. He was a “writer-actorstandup comic-webmaster-pop culture philosopher” whose view of the world was influenced by many, including his AC PKS fraternity brothers. Johnny made a gallant effort to return for Homecoming in October, enjoy a last hurrah with his brothers and share his just-published book “Here, There, and All Over the Place.”

Catherine Dickinson Squillace ’71, of Gahanna, Ohio, and member of the Tri-Sigma sorority, died August 12, 2018. Cathy was a teacher at Gahanna Middle School West, Whitehall Yearling High School and Stonybrook Early Learning Center. One of her proudest achievements after retirement was achieving a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do. She is survived by her husband, Vincent Squillace II ’72 a son, two daughters and six grandchildren as well as her father. Shelley Cotter Hausch ’72, a member of the Alpha Phi sorority, died March 21, 2017. A resident of the West Unity, Ohio area for many years, she taught English at Four-County Joint Vocational School for 31 years. Shelley earned a master’s degree from Defiance College. She is survived by her husband, Freddie, two daughters, three grandchildren and five brothers, including Kim Lockhart ’76.

Deanne McCaskey Stock ’84, a resident of Saint Charles, Mo., died March 23, 2018. Deanne was co-owner of the family business, Acoustical Ceilings, with her husband, Chuck Stock ’86. Chuck survives with three daughters, and Deanne's parents, Charles and Grace McCaskey. Grace is a former administrative assistant at Adrian College.


Christian “Chris” Howard ’89, former financial aid staff for Adrian College, died Nov. 17, 2017. Chris was most recently employed as the financial aid director, a position he held since 2008, at Siena Heights University. Survivors include his wife, Gina, a son, a daughter, his parents and two sisters. Christine Chervo Reed ’89, elementary teacher at Onsted (Mich.) Community Schools until 2015, died Oct. 8, 2018. As an AC student, she was a member of LINCS and Chi Omega sorority. Christine obtained a master’s degree in early childhood education from Siena Heights University. Surviving are her husband, Kevin, of 28 years, and two daughters. Michael Saxton ’91, a resident of Blissfield, Mich., and IT manager for Venchurs, Inc., Adrian, for the past 27 years, died Sept. 14, 2018. For the past 13 years, Michael dedicated his time and passion to learning and teaching karate at Blissfield Martial Arts. He had earned his 5th degree black belt and was co-owner and instructor at the school. Michael also served as a programming mentor for two robotics teams, First Lego League and First Robotics. Survivors include his wife, Karen Scott Saxton ’91, four children, his father, John Saxton ’62, who is retired from the Adrian College Plant Dept., and two sisters. He was preceded in death by his mother, Carolyn. Erik Bruhjell ’16, a member of the ATO fraternity and resident of Sandpoint, Idaho, died July 20, 2018, due to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Erik earned an AA in philosophy from Adrian College and recently completed his BA in environmental studies from Gonzaga University, graduating with honors. Erik is survived by his parents, Robin and Mary Judge Bruhjell ’84, a sister and grandparents.


friends Adrian College employees Kellie and Brett Berger, announce the birth of their daughter, Sylvie Jade, on April 13, 2018. Kellie is the assistant director of career planning and Brett is the women’s ACHA hockey coach. Dr. James Cone, noted theologian, former professor at Adrian College in the late 1960’s, and author of the break-out book, Black Theology and Black Power, died April 28, 2018. Following the publication of his book in 1969, Dr. Cone went to New York, where he became a professor at the prestigious Union Theological Seminary. He received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Adrian College in 2003.

Robert Miller, professor emeritus of chemistry at AC, celebrated his 95th birthday in March 2018 at his home in Chapel Hill, N.C. Joining him were his daughters, including Millie Miller Pruett ’75. If any former students would like to write to Dr. Miller, please contact Millie at for his address. ▲

Gifts may be designated to a specific fund or to the Memorial Scholarship Fund. Gifts can be made by sending a check payable to Adrian College or online at Information 517.264.3168.



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Hildreth Spencer, Ph.D., daughter of former AC music professor, Dr. James Spencer and Mrs. Cornelia Spencer, died July 30, 2018. Hildreth was a longtime friend and supporter of the College and was recognized by Adrian College in 2009 as an Honorary Alumna. The College awarded her an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2012. She had a long career in education at Highland Park High School in the Chicago North Shore suburb, before returning to Adrian. Because of her strong ties to the music department, she generously supported the Spencer Hall addition and renovation on campus. She also created the James Houston Spencer and Cornelia Spencer Memorial Music Scholarship from which many students have benefitted. ▲ Steven Ward, former sociology professor at AC from 1991-1995, died December 29, 2017. Dr. Ward, a resident of New Fairfield, Conn., was a professor of sociology at Western Connecticut State University since 1995. Survivors include his wife and three daughters.

2018-19 Alumni Board of Directors Michael Blumenthal ’17 Bloomfield Hills

Brett Peters ’95 Mansfield, Ohio

Bruce Diven ’77 Monroe

Megan Vandekerkhove Presland ’13 Fenton

Jessica Fritz Echols ’94 Troy, Ohio Paul Fenner ’98 Commerce Twp. Steve Gregg ’68 Milan Terri Willets-Hamad ’94 Monroe president Carrie Hartley ’04 Clayton Griffin Howell ’11* Birmingham Hanna Hubbard ’12 Ortonville Tina Hubbard ’89* Brighton John Imonen ’64 Livonia Michael Kosch ’07 Grosse Pointe Woods Stanley Legenc ’65 Tecumseh

Jeff Strayer ’06 Haskins, Ohio vice president Wesley Tapp ’94 Tecumseh Grace Waterstradt ’15 Fremont, Ind. Amy Jo Young ’84 Woodstock, Md. Andy Zerkel ’04 Chesterfield secretary/treasurer

*New Members 2018-19

Alumni Trustees Greg Adams ’93 Jeff DeBest ’86

Kara Kressbach Lennard ’98 Adrian

Chuck McCallum ’61

Robert Luce ’03 Canton

Gina Valentino ’86

Cathy Charlesworth Mejia’76 Kalamazoo

Dear Fellow Bulldogs, The new year is off and running and in 2019, we will see continued adaptability and growth. Adrian College continues to meet the needs of a changing world by adding new programs and services for our now “Generation Z” students! Have you visited the campus lately? The additions to campus are exciting! The completion of the US-223 access road was a great enhancement that had been in process for years. Hats off to the administration for making this a reality! The new medical clinic was also a significant facility for the campus, expanding new programs not just for students, but also the Adrian community. And last, but not least, a partnership was developed with Google to help prepare students for now and the future. As the campus continues to evolve, the Adrian College Alumni Board is reviewing and updating our strategic plan to keep busy alums engaged. Staying connected to our highly talented and community-minded alumni is always our number one goal. Please make sure you start off the first quarter of the year with a call, email or go online to update your contact information, new position, advanced degree or other news. We love to hear from our alumni! Our commitment to you did not end on Commencement day — we are all Bulldogs for life. Please add a campus visit to your calendar this year for a concert, Homecoming, athletic event, lecture or something you have an interest in. We would love to see you. Cheers for a prosperous 2019!

Terri L. Willets-Hamad ’94 President Alumni Association Board of Directors

Richard Sweebe ’71

Pam McGahey Van Doren ’75

Gary Pavlechko ’77* Muncie, Ind.



alumni authors

Adrian College Alumni Notes

Bob Bliss ’56 Autobiography From the Outhouse to the President’s Chair

Frank DiLallo ’80 Teaching Series Bullying Redirect

Josh Emington ’10 Finance Modern Money Playbook

Richard Cheatham ’63 Christian Literature Rediscovering Christianity – A Faith for the 21st Century

Christopher P. Momany ’84 Religion/History For Each And All: The Moral Witness of Asa Mahan

Since January 2018, the weekly Bulldog Bite e-newsletter has been emailed to over 7,000 AC Alumni and Friends with many positive comments in return. Desktop and mobile friendly, the weekly, single topic news piece features something for everyone. Here are some of the topics from 2018: Introducing Bruiser II, Bass Fishing, Commencement, Homecoming, Alumni Authors, Institute for Sports Medicine, the Google partnership, Baby Bulldog Center, AC Boathouse, Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps, College of Distinction, and AC Night at Comerica Park. In addition, the Bulldog Network Quarterly, featuring a variety of news topics, was created to keep you even more informed about your alma mater. Not receiving the Bulldog Bite? Send your preferred email and full name to to be added to the list.

Ever dream of visiting Rome, Venice or Florence?

June 2020 could see your dream come true with a 10-day Italy Grand Tour opportunity for Adrian College friends. Limited spaces available. Payment Plans are available. ITINERARY AND ENROLLMENT Hosted by Noelle Keller, M.Ed., M.L.S. Adrian College Technical Services Librarian or call 517-265-5161 ext. 4229 Information on 2020 tours:

Johnny “JR” Remick ’86 Wordplay/ Inspiration Here, There, and All Over the Place - Quips, Quotes, and "Quosters"


Barbara Serbinski Sipe ’72 Biography Letters from the Box in the Attic, a Story of Courage, Survival and Love


Patti Smith ’94 Women’s Fiction Head Over Feet In Love

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Did you connect/volunteer with faculty, staff or students on or off campus in 2018? Tell us how and when at THANK YOU for sharing some of your time and expertise with Adrian College!


2019 Upcoming Events



April 3 Ribbons of Excellence Day

New bookstore merchandise will


KNOCK your socks off!

May 5 Spring Commencement

20/22 September 20-22 Homecoming

4/6 | 517.264.3185



October 4-6 Theta Chi 55th Anniversary Celebration

1964 -2019

55 YEARS October 4-6

Celebrate with Us!

FRIDAY Golf Scramble & WOW Café lunch & prizes Reception honoring all volunteers Family friendly Brotherhood event

➤ One hundred years ago In early 1918, the U.S. War Department created the Student Army Training Corps (S.A.T.C.) to hasten training for the war. In fall 1918, Adrian College began a unit of 50 men who lived in North Hall. The program helped with enrollment, gave soldiers a “normal” college education and $30 for the semester from the government. With the Armistice on November 11, 1918, the S.A.T.C. was disbanded by the end of the year and most of the men left. Spring 1919 enrollment would continue to feel the effects of World War I. ➤ Fifty years ago Graduating seniors numbered 297 at Commencement in spring 1969, the largest in the College’s history, but the fall saw a decline in enrollment for the second year, specifically in the field of teacher education, reflecting a national trend.

SATURDAY Alumni Association semi-annual meeting & BBQ Herrick Chapel ritual & closing banquet in Adrian Tobias Room Questions? Contact Jim Grissinger | 440-476-8550

A History of Adrian College, 1994, A. Douglas MacNaughton ‘34

Connect 800.264.9063

Find AC Alumni & Friends Search for “AC Alumni Group”


Marsha Fielder began her employment with Adrian College in August 1989 as secretary in the Office of Alumni Relations under then director, Jackie Blevins. A year later, she restarted her college education part-time as a non-traditional student, earning her bachelor’s degree in 2000, all while getting acquainted with hundreds of alumni. She also spent seven years in the development office and was tapped three times as interim alumni director. In 2005 she was appointed full-time director by President Docking. Marsha will retire from the College on June 30, 2019.

Dear Alumni and Friends, It is my pleasure to take a moment to thank you for all you have done and continue to do to represent the values, teachings, and heart of Adrian College. I have learned through my years as alumni director that our 12,500 alumni are the living embodiment and daily manifestation of our Ribbons of Excellence: caring for and serving others, lifelong learning, thinking critically, crossing boundaries and disciplines, and developing creativity. You are not only our history ­— you are our future as an institution and a society. All Adrian alumni — myself included — stand in the great tradition of those who came before us and those who will follow. We are but a small link in the 160-year chain of graduating classes that will forever bond us as a family of proud alums. Our roads to Adrian began in many different places, but they all converged at this respected institution. For most, it started with a visit to campus, then move-in day, the start of classes, the slow but sure development of friendships with fellow students, and relationships with faculty, staff and coaches who served as teachers, mentors and guides. Delving into familiar and unknown subjects, learning and growth took place as the teen, young adult and future alum took shape. Each one, each thread, brought its own color, intensity, strength, and flexibility, and with the help of the College community, our experiences became part of the fabric



of this place forever, woven in and tied tight, contributing to its rich and long history. We have all created a few strong and cherished ties with classmates, teammates, faculty, staff, coaches and perhaps spouses — and these remain. The weaker yet common ties of our experience are also a part of the fabric and hold great value, should we choose to reach out. Moving to a new area? Are there other AC alumni you might connect with? Seeking a new career? What alumni may already be where you want to go? Are the Bulldogs competing in your region? Who might you meet there wearing the Black and Gold? Though I’ve not personally met many of our living alumni, I feel a tie to you all and to those who have gone before. I’ve had the privilege of seeing lives transformed from students to graduates to employees, leaders, parents, grandparents, mentors, and effective and caring citizens. I sincerely thank you for being a part of Adrian College, for your loyalty and affection for this place you once called home, and for supporting our current and future students. I encourage you to protect and strengthen those ties that have and will continue to impact you and others for a lifetime. Forever Bulldogs! Take care and God bless,

Marsha Fielder ’00 | Director of Alumni Relations

I also want to share my sincere gratitude to my husband, George, our children and grandchildren, my senior staff colleagues, my administrative assistant Connie, Alumni Board members, and the College's faculty and staff for your support over the years.

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& Words and pictures are fundamental to communication and can enhance everyday lives — not just in education and the work place, but also in recreational and leisure activities (think Words with Friends and Instagram). But what can be learned about life and culture from words and pictures? With the support of the Undergraduate Student Research Summer Grant, one talented student expanded on this concept with a unique and fascinating research project during the summer of 2016. The student’s one-on-one work with a faculty advisor allowed her to discover some answers, develop her interpretations and prepare a professional presentation for the 2017 Ribbons of Excellence Conference.



*Cartoon reprinted with permission.

Parting Paws

cartoons as art

Natalie Modes ’17 chose to examine the history and highlights of the aesthetic components of a cartoon series. Through working personally with nationally syndicated contemporary female cartoonist, Cathy Guisewite, Modes observed the creative development of the comic strip medium and the comic strip as a form of fine art. As author of the iconic “Cathy” cartoon, Guisewite created words and pictures with lighthearted humor to convey the “four basic guilt groups” for modern women — food, love, family and work — during the cartoon’s run from 1976-2010. Modes’ original research resulted in an exhibition essay and event on campus of Guisewite’s work which also showed the studio-based process for production. Modes discovered this form takes more than artistic ability. Cartoonists are not only artists and illustrators, storytellers, but also purveyors of life’s challenging and quirky moments, sharing such stories through the development of characters who are expressions of our humanity. “I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED WORKING ON THIS PROJECT. I AM SO THANKFUL TO CATHY GUISEWITE AND MY FACULTY ADVISOR DR. CARISSA MASSEY FOR THEIR WONDERFUL HELP AND SUPPORT, AS WELL AS THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONDUCT THIS ORIGINAL RESEARCH THROUGH ADRIAN COLLEGE,” said Modes. Modes received a very special personal gift from Guisewite, a Michigan native — an original cartoon of the iconic “Cathy” heading out to lunch and taking all she loved with her. After this project, a very special place was included in the imagery. The Undergraduate Student Research Summer Grant is funded by the College and private donations to award five students a stipend to conduct new or continuing research with a faculty member each summer. If interested in supporting the research grant, contact