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Wild, Wild Walden West:

Adrian College Receives Land Donation

Building Momentum:

Cargo Hall Renovations

Sound Advice: Marty Marks



Stay Hungry One of the things I think we’ve done right at Adrian College over the past 10 years is to refuse to get comfortable. We will not say, “we’ve arrived” or “it’s time to put the College on cruise control.” Success should not lead to self-congratulations; when it does, our eyes shift their focus and trouble is waiting in the shadows. We remain hungry, very hungry and uncomfortable in our search for ways to get better … much better! We owe this resolute determination to our students — they deserve an educational experience so unique, so immersive, so powerful and impactful that after four years they feel transformed from the inside out. This doesn’t happen in a college with a sore arm from patting itself on the back.



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There is urgency at Adrian College, an urgency we hope students feel and an urgency that motivates and propels us to innovate quickly and educate more effectively. This leads me to the cover story of this issue of Contact: our new medical center on campus. Our quest to provide pre-health majors in all fields with an extraordinary education led us to the idea of an oncampus clinical experience. We believe this regional healthcare medical facility under the guidance of trained medical doctors will be a “game-changer” for students wanting to practice medicine. The clinic is under construction as I write this article. Very soon students at Adrian College will be able to walk into our new 10,000-square-foot medical center to observe — and to the extent appropriate, participate in — medicine as it happens. Under the leadership of two practicing physicians and other medical professionals, our students will work in radiology, laboratories, examination rooms and other relevant areas to gain important experience prior to applying to medical, dental and other graduate school programs. We believe this will differentiate our students from

Becoming Better Leaders

••••••• President Jeffery R. Docking hosts Leadership course

those of other colleges and universities where teaching medicine is limited to a book. Adrian students will be able to integrate classroom learning with practical clinical care for an immersive educational experience that is truly extraordinary. The new medical facility will also have a classroom/boardroom where our doctors will meet with students to discuss cases or teach about current trends in medical care. Patients from southeast Michigan may arrive with new medical conditions requiring new treatments on the frontier of medicine. Our students will be there to see it all, to learn, to grow and to expand their knowledge so one day, they too, will be able to treat the sick using critical thinking skills and compassion. This may be the most exciting change to Adrian College in many years though the future course of this medical center is not yet set. In the years ahead, our faculty, students, doctors and staff will undoubtedly shape education and medicine in ways that we cannot imagine. It will happen organically and over time. When great facilities are built for bright, caring people who join together to do amazing things, wonderful outcomes always transpire. We know this to be true because it has been happening at Adrian College for 158 years. So as the clinic takes shape and the final bricks are laid, we search for the next mountain to climb. No time to waste, no need to stop and feel satisfied. We are not wired that way. Energy is extracted from the challenge, and Adrian will continue to move forward at a speed worthy of the great minds that choose to study here.

Students became better leaders through identifying their own strengths, working on their emotional intelligence, understanding various leadership styles, writing reflection papers, and participating in class discussions. The course included several well-known speakers on leadership.


Nido Qubein

Tom Anastos

Bill Hall

John Walsh

MaryAnn Rivers

Tom Izzo

Lou Anna Simon

Mike Rogers '85

James Thomas '84

Mark Edington

Adam Hickman

President - High Point University

Director of Strategy for Governor Rick Snyder

President - Michigan State University

Hockey Coach - Michigan State University

Executive Business & Leadership Coach, Former CEO

CNN National Security Commentator

Partner at Procyon Advisors LLP Professor – Entrepreneurial Leadership of University of Michigan

Basketball Coach - Michigan State University

Partner – Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

Jeffrey R. Docking President

Director – The Amherst College Press

Learning Design Consultant – Gallup




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A glimpse into the future on-campus medical clinic, scheduled to be completed spring 2017.


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EDITOR Hollie Smith | Design and Marketing Communications Specialist EDITOR’S NOTE //

Beauty that is not skin deep I have witnessed many changes to the face of Adrian College in the two short years that I have spent working here. As a Lenawee County native, I have always known about Adrian College, hearing comments along the lines of "what a gorgeous campus and grounds," "beautiful setting" and "feels like home." However, these remarks seemed to refer to the property’s aesthetics, not the nonmaterial achievements that lie beneath. It was not until I joined the marketing team here that I was able to really see what the College was all about. Now that I have a first-hand account, I can see that the changes that have been made and continue to be made are about not only beauty but also function. The upcoming medical facility is just one example of the College’s dual-purpose expansions. Seeing new developments on campus is commonplace, so when the new medical clinic was announced and construction began, it was no surprise to me. I was, however, taken aback upon realizing just how much of an asset this medical clinic will be to the local community. Its benefits will not be exclusive to the sick and the injured. In addition to tuition assistance and generating local employment opportunities, it will also provide students the opportunity to receive a hands-on jumpstart to their education and career. In short, it will represent both aesthetic achievement and practical progress. I am looking forward to witnessing the progress made on the brickand-mortar portion of the medical center, but my anticipation for its impact on the student body is even greater. To me, the students are the best part of Adrian College. When I accepted a position here, I never expected to interact with the students as much as I do. Getting to work with them on a daily basis, I have found that they represent an exceptional group of young adults, hope for the future and role models for my own children.

Hollie Smith

CONTRIBUTORS Christina Butler ’14, Photography Mike Dickey, Photography Marsha Fielder ’00 Corey Graham Frank Hribar Jim Mahony ’00 Mike Neal ’12, Photography Michelle Siegel Hollie Smith, Photography Josh Smith, Photography Alexandria Steffes Patrick Stewert Connie Williams

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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 which 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 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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The College received a 119-acre donation of ecological wonder to be conserved in a natural state and used as a “living classroom.” On June 21, Adrian College announced its acquisition of “Walden West,” a 119-acre nature reserve. The Lenawee County property is home to a remarkably unique ecosystem. “I don’t believe I have encountered a greater diversity of habitats in 119 acres anywhere else in the world,” said Dr. Jeffrey Lake, assistant professor of biology and environmental science at Adrian College. The real estate was generously donated by Jim and Mary White, who reside in Ann Arbor. As for the motivation behind this kind act, Jim cited his hope that “a wide range of teachers and students will use it — and love it.” To secure their dream, the couple worked with two nonprofit conservancies prior to making the official donation, guaranteeing the permanent protection of

the property’s numerous habitats. The impact of the Whites' gift has already become apparent to many. As Dr. Lake noted, “We have found at least four species of carnivorous plants, three types of orchids, several types of milkweeds and numerous other species of plants already … and that is only about 5 weeks of collecting.” In the words of Dr. Jeffrey Docking, Adrian College president, “this gift will truly benefit the entire community and state for decades to come.”

Bringing Up Baby, Bulldogs On August 15, the Baby Bulldog Center opened at Adrian College. Located on the first floor of Valade Hall, the BBC provides high-quality daycare for up to 12 children. Youths up to three years of age including newborns, are eligible for enrollment. These “Baby Bulldogs” are led in educational, developmentally appropriate play by licensed childcare professionals, who work under the direction of Mary Bruggenwirth. The Center will provide a “laboratory classroom” for Adrian College’s teacher education students. Working under the



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supervision of the head teacher, these elder Bulldogs can further their pursuit of an Early Childhood General and Special Education (ZS) Endorsement. According to Dr. Andrea Milner, the former director of the Institute for Education and recently named dean of graduate studies, “Schools are looking for teachers who have credentials, such as the early childhood endorsement, beyond the basic certification . . . We want to give all our students ­­­— babies and undergraduates — the best start we can.”

Friday, December 11, 2015 More than five dozen candidates for degrees entered Herrick Chapel, filling the first few pews of its central aisle. Joined by their families and friends, these eager Bulldogs hung onto each and every word of Mr. Garin Horner, who delivered the commencement address.

Commencement Sunday, May 1, 2016

Almost 250 candidates for degrees faced the bright yellow blooms of Commencement Plaza, their optimism undaunted by the overcast sky above. These Bulldogs sat amongst a crowd of their families and friends, paying rapt attention to the proceedings onstage. An honorary Doctor of Humane Letters was awarded to Michael Nelson Seelye ‘74, a successful business owner, real estate investor and winner of the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award. “I came to Adrian College to major in business but never imagined my success in business would enable me to give back to my community,” said Seelye, who sat on the College’s Board of Trustees between 2008 and 2015. “Adrian College gave me the tools to be successful in business and philanthropy.” The spring 2016 commencement speaker was Linda Depta, director of college relations at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Over the course of her career ­­­— which has spanned more than 30 years ­­­— Depta has received numerous honors, including several Higher Education Marketing Awards and the 2012 National Council for Marketing and Public Relations Paragon Award. “On behalf of my fellow trustees and all of us here, we want to say congratulations and welcome to all of our guests. We are here to mark this day with ceremony and celebration,” began Depta, who has served on the Adrian College Board of Trustees since 2001. Depta’s speech centered around her chosen theme, “There is a Time for Everything.” In it, she described each stage of an Adrian College graduate’s life as a period of time appropriated for a particular purpose. As she put it, “ ... there’s a time for everything — ­­­ just not everything all at once. There’s a specific time for most things ­­­— just not all at the same time.” “We are called to one stage of life, and when we have matured there . . . we’re called on to the next. To go on means that we also need to leave behind,” Depta stated. “Moving on takes courage. You can do it, you must do it, and you will do it.” “God has made everything beautiful in its time, and so he has also planted eternity in your heart and mine. We are on a journey to find our eternity ­­­— to explore and live each season of life with gusto and wonder, and to open that box of chocolates and gobble it all down, with the confidence that nothing too good or too bad lasts too long.” In her final remarks, Depta imparted a heartfelt blessing: “Enjoy all your seasons, graduates. May God continue to richly bless you and your family, and may God continue to bless Adrian College.”

The associate professor of art and design began by stating that “ ... we’re here today for one reason: to celebrate you and your accomplishments from the amazing journey that you’ve been on at Adrian College.” Mr. Horner then delved into his topic, “There and Back Again ... A Recap of Your Epic Adventure at Adrian College.” He took the time to thoroughly describe the life lessons learned throughout a college career. He concluded with a stimulating stretch of open-ended questioning: “What will you do with the benefits you’ve received? With all you’ve been given, how can you work to make this world a better place? How will you become part of something greater than yourself and contribute to the lives of others? What will you do to continue to grow, to push your own boundaries, to become leaders … to build on the momentum you’ve gathered from your Adrian College experience?”




The Talent Code Daniel Coyle Speaks at Fall Convocation

Student Spotlight

On September 7, author Daniel Coyle addressed the Adrian College community during the annual fall convocation. “We treat talent like it’s magic. But it isn’t magic. There’s a mechanism behind it.” So begins the theory of Daniel Coyle, best-selling author of “The Talent Code,” a deeper look at the neuroscience behind learning and talent. Coyle’s findings in his national best seller highlight the common pattern among nine of the

>>>Gabriel Schray<<< Adrian College student Gabriel Schray’s minidocumentary — titled “Adrian College Football: Behind the Jaws” — took second place among the mini-documentaries considered for the 2016 Michigan Student Broadcast Awards.

world’s greatest hotbeds for talent. This pattern, and the fundamental mechanisms through which the brain acquires skill, gives a new way to think about talent, as well as explains the ways in which we unlock our own ability and that of those around us. Daniel Coyle is a contributing editor at Outside magazine and a former senior editor. He has been nominated twice for the National Magazine Award and has been featured in The Best American Sports Writing. He has written for Sports Illustrated, The New York Times Magazine, and Play. Coyle has appeared as a guest on Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, ESPN, CNN, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Talk of the Nation, and numerous other national programs.

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters recognized this achievement at this year’s Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & EXPO (GLBC). “Winning the 2016 Michigan Student Broadcast Awards is a big honor,” Schray commented. “It definitely changes how others view my work.” Schray both edited and directed the film, which focuses on the 2015 Adrian College football pre-season. It clocks in at a concise 22 minutes and 34 seconds on YouTube — but, according to Schray, it required “over 100 hours to create.” Sports are Schray’s passion. This fact inspired not only the topic of his winning documentary, but also his frequent coverage of Bulldog athletics. He often lends his talent to Adrian College TV, Adrian College Radio, and the Adrian College Media Group. Outside of school, VIDEO SPOTLIGHT Schray works for 103.9 WLEN as a broadcast Gabriel SCHRAY specialist. He is also employed by JTV as an on-air personality.

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When in Rome, Roam Over winter break, 50 members of the Adrian College Marching Band performed at the Rome New Year's Parade. Located in the eponymous Italian capital, this annual event continually draws more than 100,000 spectators from around the world. The march begins near the Castel Sant'Angelo (lit. Castle of the Holy Angel), runs along the Via della Conciliazione (lit. Road of the Conciliation) and concludes in St. Peter's Square. Though participating in the parade was the highlight of the band's week-long stay, the trip's itinerary contained a plethora of other things to do. The Bulldogs performed at multiple other venues, toured various Italian landmarks (such as the Sistine Chapel

and the City of Pompeii) and indulged at some of the finest eateries in the world. According to one member of the band, "it was nothing less than the experience of a lifetime." This experience could not have transpired if it were not for the attentive appraisal of Mr. Robert Bone, the executive director of the parade. He learned of the Adrian College Marching Band through their 2013 performance in London. Seeing that no ocean could stop the Bulldogs from demonstrating excellence, he sought their participation in his own grand festivities. Adrian College, of course, was more than happy to oblige.

Adapt and Conquer: Stephanie Hammerman They call her “The Hammer,” and it’s no wonder why; Steph Hammerman lives by the motto “Failure is not an option.” Born three months premature, Steph developed cerebral palsy shortly after birth; it was believed that she would never walk, speak, read or write. She has gone on to defy the odds and shift the paradigm of what it means to be “able-bodied,” becoming the first female certified CrossFit level 2 trainer in the world with cerebral palsy. On March 16, Stephanie Hammerman brought her motivational message to Adrian College for Disabilities Awareness Week. Steph Hammerman’s mission is not only to inspire others but also to compel them to action. Drawing from her experience, adapting for everyday tasks and challenges that are commonly taken for granted, Steph discussed the importance of living life to the fullest despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles. With charm and a robust confidence, Steph shared her story and invited listeners to discover, fulfill and, if needed, adapt to a life of purpose.

Champagne Spy Adrian College professor Oded Gur-Arie is just 12 years old when his father reveals to him he’s a Mossad secret agent and makes the boy swear to secrecy because his life depends on it. Oded breaks a long silence and journeys into his father’s real and covert identities, revealing the heavy price paid by his family, trapped in the shadows of espionage. On March 21, 2016, Adrian College brought the awardwinning documentary to campus for a reception and free screening of the film. Gur-Arie, who was present for the event, is a professor in the Accountancy, Business and Economics Department at the College.





Adrian College has made another significant leap in rankings among colleges in the Midwest, according to U.S. News & World Report. In its 2016 edition of America’s Best Colleges, U.S. News has once again ranked Adrian College as a “Regional Top College in the Midwest.” The College is listed 15th in the Midwest region in its “Best Regional Colleges” section, up from 19th a year ago. This is the third consecutive time the College has held this distinction. This year, the College also received recognition as a "Regional ‘Best Value School" – the third year Adrian College has held this honor. The inclusion of Adrian College to the list of "Best Value Schools" takes into account the institution's commitment to academic quality and the cost of attendance. This is the eighth consecutive year the College has been featured by U.S. News & World Report. In its 2009 edition of America’s “Best Colleges” and again in 2010, Adrian College received top billing as the “#1 Up-and-Coming School in the Midwest.” In its 2011 and 2012 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” U.S. News & World Report ranked Adrian College as one of the top five schools in the Midwest of Regional Colleges for having the least amount of debt upon graduation.


U.S. News & World Report: Regional Colleges Midwest Regional Colleges Best Value Colleges of Distinction: 2016 - 2017

Money Magazine: Best Colleges 2016 - 2017

Military Friendly: 2016-2017

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency: Veteran-Friendly School 2016

President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll: 2015 Adrian College continues to experience monumental growth in academic programs and facilities with exceptionally qualified students and an experienced faculty who are among the top in their respective fields. Throughout the past decade, Adrian College has become a national highlight of small private colleges with its doubled enrollment, high retention rate and innovative programming. “The momentum and continuous improvements inside and outside the classroom at Adrian College continue to receive national attention,” said Dr. Jeffrey R. Docking, president of Adrian College. “With over $80 million in new facilities and 40 percent growth in the size of our faculty, Adrian College has established itself as a distinctive and innovative educational leader in the United States.”



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Accolades Adrian College alumnus featured on the cover of Detroiter Magazine Mike Rogers '85 is a national security commentator for CNN and former chairman of the U.S. House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He was congressman from Michigan’s 8th district from 2001-2015. The former U.S. Army officer and FBI agent talked recently with the Detroiter about evolving cybersecurity issues and his new CNN television series, Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies.

Adrian College receives highest honor for community service Adrian College has been named to the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The announcement ­— made on September 27 recognized the institutions being honored for their efforts in 2015. Adrian College was among only four colleges and universities in the state of Michigan and was the only private, independent institution in the state to earn the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll accolades. The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships.

The President’s Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions in the following categories: • General Community Service • Interfaith Community Service • Economic Opportunity “This honor is in recognition of the more than 10,000 hours of relevant community service Adrian College students, faculty and staff contributes to the community each year,” said Adrian College President Jeffrey Docking. “The Adrian College community prides itself in its contribution to various organizations and community outreach efforts. Formalized programs such as ‘Track & Explore’ with the Michigan International Speedway, the YMCA at Lincoln Elementary Preschool program and work at the Stubnitz Environmental Education Center augment the many volunteer hours and projects our

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Greek organizations and student organizations perform in the community each year.” The Honor Roll’s Presidential Award is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning and civic engagement. The Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) has administered the award since 2006 in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education, Campus Compact and the Interfaith Youth Core.



nternational sensation Nico & Vinz took the stage on March 19 for the annual Spring Concert at Adrian College. Hailing from Oslo, Norway, the singing/songwriting duo — made up of Nico Sereba and Vincent Dery, has risen to the top of the charts performing songs of life, love and identity. With their unique sound, Nico & Vinz fuse varied eclectic influences — from pop to reggae, West African dance to hip hop, rock to soul — to create an engaging sound featuring soul-stirring melody. Their international hit “Am I Wrong” debuted in the United States in April 2014 to critical acclaim, while recent hit ”That’s How You Know” firmly planted the dynamic performers on mainstream radio. 12


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Sammy Adams — a multi-talented artist, singer and producer, released his first independent album in 2010 called “Boston’s Boy.” After quickly rising to the #1 spot on the iTunes hip-hop charts, Adams cemented his spot on the scene. All the hype led Adams and his independent label 1st Round Records, to a deal with Sony RCA. While with RCA, Sammy collaborated with Enrique Iglesias, writing and featuring on his single “Finally Found You,” as well as producing hits such as “All Night Longer,” “Blow Up” and “Only One.” Adrian’s own Ryan ”Hitman” Betz once again opened this year’s event with his distinct sound and energetic performance.

Nico & Vinz Headline Annual Spring Concert

Featuring Sammy Adams and Ryan "Hitman" Betz






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Cargo Hall reopened in August after a 14-month renovation process. Most of the student rooms were remodeled into a suite-style layout sharing a private bathroom; some singles and doubles are also available with private bathrooms. The redesigned building includes 23 garden-level student rooms, two study lounges and a main floor lobby that features comfortable seating and a self-service Starbucks coffee machine. The student rooms are newly furnished with cherry wood furniture. In addition, the exterior received significant upgrades, including all new windows and brick facade, a new front entrance and perimeter landscaping. Its capacity is 93 students, and it will be full for the spring semester with primarily upperclassman. Cargo Hall was originally built in 1964 and is named after the late Dr. Ruth Cargo, professor emeritus of American history and political science.












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Picture, if you will, a premier medical facility nestled on a picturesque college campus. Inside, students get hands-on clinical experience while exploring and pursuing a variety of careers in the healthcare field. A medical director and physicians provide care to students and community residents alike. Student athletes have quick access to training, care and rehabilitation. This must be a large public university, like the University of Michigan or Michigan State University, right? No. It’s Adrian College. round was broken recently on the Adrian College Medical Clinic, a $2.2 million, 10,000-square-foot building located off Charles Street between Arrington Arena and Docking Stadium that will benefit both the campus and the community. It’s expected to be completed in spring 2017. To say this kind of facility is unique to a small, private liberal arts college is an understatement. “I don’t think you’ll find a model like this elsewhere on a college campus our size in the nation,” said Dr. Tina Claiborne, chair of Adrian College’s exercise science and athletic training department and director of the College’s athletic training program. “This raises the bar and puts us in the same league as the big schools.” The idea for this development was introduced by Claiborne following a 2011 trip to Boston University, where she witnessed one in action. Claiborne believes athletic training should be a health profession that works with athletes, rather than a sports profession that happens to practice medicine. Claiborne suggested to Adrian College President Jeffrey R. Docking that the College Takiyah Smith, ­Junior Health Care Field of Interest: Nursing



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hire a medical director and follow a medical model in which athletic trainers answer to physicians rather than supervisors who aren’t medical professionals. Docking thought this was a good idea and then applied his usual creative, outof-the-box thinking to come up with this facility, which is a community and college collaboration that very likely will attract new students to campus. Partnering in the Adrian College Medical Clinic is ProMedica, the area’s primary healthcare provider. ProMedica physicians Dr. Aaron Gornowicz and Dr. Eric Leikert, family practice and sports medicine specialists, will staff the clinic, along with the school nurse. Services are available to college students, staff and faculty, as well as all community residents. “This will help ProMedica and Adrian College together be the hub for not only sports medicine but good medical care in general,” Leikert said. “We can be leaders in delivering this kind of care and seeing this kind of relationship develop with a college and a health system.” The partnerships don’t stop there, though.

“I don’t think you’ll find a model like this elsewhere on a college campus our size in the nation.”

“This will help ProMedica and Adrian College together be the hub for not only sports medicine but good medical care in general.

Dr. Tina Claiborne Dr. Eric Leikert

Local employer Adrian Steel is offering financial support for the development of the clinic. In return, its employees and their children will get a 50-percent tuition discount at Adrian College. “This just extends the personal touch Adrian College provides to the community,” Docking said. “And, in a robust way, it changes and improves the education students can get in health studies right here.” "Having an on-campus clinic for hands-on clinical experience is a real benefit to Adrian College students," said Marcia Boynton, director of the Institute for Health Studies/Health Professions and an academic adviser in healthcare fields. Whether studying pre-medicine, pre-dental, pre-veterinary, athletic training or physical and occupational therapy, students going into healthcare-related fields need real-life, hands-on experience with practicing clinicians and patients.

Olivia Bruck, Senior

Health Care Field of Interest: Physical Therapy

Elizabeth Barrett, Sophomore

Health Care Field of Interest: Surgeon

Jacob Keefer, Sophomore Health Care Field of Interest: Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy

Noah Brueckner, Junior

"Getting this experience on the Adrian College campus — instead of transferring to a larger university ­— is appealing to many students, especially those who prefer the smaller, personalized approach they get at Adrian College," Boynton said. “This kind of convenient access to clinical experience on our campus will benefit all our pre-health students,” Boynton said. “This will open up job opportunities for our graduates and make them much more marketable as they apply for jobs or graduate school.” According to Docking, it also falls in line with Adrian College’s commitment in emphasizing and providing experiential learning by increasing students’ access to internships, externships, research and volunteer opportunities. “The best part of this unique facility is what I call the exciting unknown. For generations to come, creative people will develop new and innovative ways to maximize this medical clinic, so students and community members can learn and receive treatment far beyond anything we can imagine today.” "Many colleges the size of Adrian College would think they were too small to even attempt a clinic partnership and program like this," Claiborne said. “We very much have a can-do attitude here where creative ideas are very welcomed, and that’s exciting,” Claiborne said. “What’s most exciting about this clinic are the opportunities and advantages we will continue to discover when it’s up and running.”

Haley Freilino, Junior Health Care Field of Interest: Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Jeffrey R. Docking

“This just extends the personal touch Adrian College provides to the community, and, in a robust way, it changes and improves the education students can get in health studies right here.”

Health Care Field of Interest: Physical Therapy






Class of 2016 Scholarship

Dear Alumni and Friends, Thank you for making the start of our IMPACT Campaign so successful! To date, we have received over $6.4 million in commitments and have created 55 new scholarships since May 2015! Additionally, we have added much needed support to our ASSIST Fund, a fund that has helped over 150 students since its inception. As a reminder, our 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. If you have not supported the campaign yet, there is still time to make an IMPACT! In April, we said goodbye to former vice president for development and alumni director Ronald L. Reeves ’64, who had been courageously batting cancer. Ron made a tremendous impact on everyone he met, both at Adrian College and in our greater community. I had the honor of working with Ron for many years at the College. A memorial scholarship has been created to honor the life of Ron and all that he did for Adrian College. Please see the story to the right for more information. In October, we welcomed a new staff member, but a familiar face, to the Office of Development — Delaney Andrews ’13. She will be our assistant director of annual giving and has already contributed immensely to our annual giving programs. 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 exciting additions to campus. I can be reached at jmahony@adrian.edu or (517) 264-3168. Thank you again for all that you do for our great College and our wonderful students! Go Bulldogs!

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Two Adrian College classes, separated by 50 years, have made a commitment to help future Bulldogs through their class scholarships. Donna Lindberg ’66 said, “I consider my time at Adrian College very special. I formed lasting friendships, received a quality education and grew in body, mind and spirit. When the IMPACT Campaign was initiated, I thought, ‘Wow! What a great way to pay it forward and enable others to benefit from an Adrian College education!’” Similarly, Adrian’s newest class to join the alumni ranks, 2016, is working toward the same goal: raise $25,000 to begin an endowed scholarship. “We want to be change agents and have a positive effect on the future. By working together, we can make a big difference one dollar at a time,” said former class president Nichole Laflamme ’16. If your class would like to create its own scholarship to assist future generations of Bulldogs, please contact the Office of Development at (517) 264-3168.

Ongoing IMPACT Ma & Mickey Phelps Scholarship

Creating a Legacy For Bob Forbes '59, Adrian College has been family, literally. Bob met his wife, the late Louise Ferris Forbes ’59, when they were students. Bob’s uncle, Sherman Coy ‘26, and cousin, Professor David Coy ’75, are also graduates of AC. As a student, Bob was a member of the SAE fraternity and played on the golf team. The campus has always been a home away from home for him, so establishing a scholarship to help future students feel the same way was an easy decision. Bob elected to name Adrian College as the beneficiary of his charitable remainder unitrust (CRUT) and set up a scholarship as part of the IMPACT Campaign. He worked with his financial adviser and notified the College of his intentions. From there, Bob worked with Jim Mahony, vice president for development, on criteria for the scholarship. The entire process was quite simple, but the lasting impact Bob will have on future Adrian College students will be extraordinary.

Ronald L. Reeves Scholarship The Ronald L. Reeves Scholarship has been established in memory of past Adrian College vice president for development, Adrian College Trustee and alumnus Ronald Reeves ‘64, who passed away in April after a hard fought battle with cancer.  Most Adrian College alumni and friends had the honor of knowing or working with Ron through the years, and all have many fond memories of Ron and are better people because of his influence. “All of our lives were made better having known Ron and benefitting from his friendship,” President Jeffrey R. Docking said. “He cared deeply for Adrian College and everyone associated with it.”  

Arlene “Ma” and Mickey Phelps, two of the most beloved members of the Adrian College family, are being honored through an endowed scholarship. Mrs. Phelps served as resident director and conference director from 1978 until her retirement in 1991. Ma Phelps was also the first recipient of the AC Stewardship Award in 2009, having been recognized for her exemplary service to the students and the College throughout her time as an employee. Mickey Phelps was also a dedicated member of the family, serving as a safety officer and director of security at the College for many years. Tony Hoskins ’92 said, “If you had the pleasure of knowing Ma and Mickey, you were treated like one of their own. Whether you were an athlete, traditional or non-traditional student, they always wanted to ensure that your experience at AC was the best possible. For many of us, they became our home-away-from-home parents.”




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

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Following a career with Venchurs Packaging, Ron returned to his alma mater to serve as the vice president for development in 2006. During his tenure, Ron oversaw fundraising during a pivotal time in Adrian College's history that enabled the institution to fund its successful Renaissance Campaign. He was a highly skilled fundraiser and was deeply committed to the betterment of the Adrian College community. “Ron left an indelible impression on the College and the campus community. His ability to forge deeply personal connections with a wide range of people allowed Ron to play crucial a role in making the vision of Adrian College a reality.  He was a true partner to the community and a visionary leader,” added Dr. Frank Hribar, vice president for enrollment and student affairs. Ron and his wife, Kay Reed Reeves ‘62, are true Bulldogs, with their son, Aaron, who graduated from the College in 1987. Ron and Kay were recognized for their dedication to the College in 1995 with the Alumni Service Award. Ron remained very active on campus following his retirement, serving as chair of the TKE Alumni Advisory Board. Ron was an integral part of TKE from the beginning with the fraternity’s initial charter, as was he with the re-chartering of the Theta Omicron Chapter in 2010. He was an avid supporter of Bulldogs athletics and was the announcer for many years for Adrian College basketball. Ron will be missed dearly by the entire Bulldog family.

To make a donation of any kind to these scholarships, please contact the development office or use the enclosed mailer.

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Fall 2016 New Faculty


2015-16 Faculty Accomplishments and Highlights: These accomplishments represent a sampling of the many articles, publications and presentations of Adrian College’s distinguished faculty during 2015-2016.

Dr. John Eipper (Modern Language & Cultures) In August, delivered a paper "Inventando 'Mi país inventado': Isabel Allende y la chilenidad" on Andean Literature in La Paz, Bolivia.


Dr. Jennifer Ellsworth (Director of Institute for Creativity) Patrick Quinlan (BusinessMarketing) Presented joint three-hour educational workshop, “Cooking with Creativity,” for the Direct Marketing Association of Detroit in February 2015.

Dr. Keith Christy (Sport Administration & Leadership Graduate Program) Erika Zonder (Sport Management) Joint presentation at the North American Society of Sport Management Conference in Orlando, Fla., “The Impact of Athletic Facilities on College Choice for Division III StudentAthletes.” Al Craven (Teacher Education & Health Education) Workshop "Postpone or Protect: Building Safe, Responsible Relationships" at the Healthy Youth Nebraska: Addressing Risks, Resiliency & Barriers to Success conference in Kearney, Neb.

Dr. James Hanley (Political Science) Presented paper at the annual conference of the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association, "The Prince Cannot Be Tamed." Dr. Sarah Hanson (Geology) Presented paper, “A Geochemical Evaluation of Pegmatite Parent Granite,” at the 7th International Symposium on Granite Pegmatites, held in June 2015 in Ksiaz, Poland.

Zach Dunn (Art & Design) Exhibition: Serve It Up – Clay Art Vegas, Las Vegas, Nev. Annual juried exhibition of functional ceramic table and barware.

Garin Horner (Art & Design) One of his photographs was on display as part of the Dreamers Collection Fifth Annual Exposure Award in July 2015 at The Louvre in Paris, which receives over 5 million visitors each year.

2015-16 Faculty Teaching Awards and Recognition ROSS E. NEWSOM TEACHING EXCELLENCE



Dr. Jennifer Ellsworth Business, Accountancy and Economics

Dr. Carissa Massey Art History

Professor Nathan Goetting Sociology and Criminal Justice




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Dr. Kristin Boggs-Clark Assistant Professor, Department of Music Dr. Tim Clark Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics Jody DiMarco Assistant Professor and Director of Field Education, Department of Social Work Dr. John Goetschius Assistant Professor, Department of Exercise Science and Athletic Training Dr. Scott Hill Assistant Professor, Department of Physics Dr. Christine M. Knaggs Assistant Professor, Teacher Education Department Dr. Zavin Nazaretian Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice Cheryl Nutter Assistant Professor and Director of the Health Care Programs, Department of Accountancy, Business, and Economics

Faculty Notes

Jill Merithew Ouellette ’89 Assistant Professor, Department of Business, Accountancy and Economics for the Fashion Merchandising program Dr. Ben Pawlisch Assistant Professor, Department of Biology Dr. Katie Rasmussen Assistant Professor, Department of CORE Michele Stansley Assistant Professor, Teacher Education Department Dr. Ahmet M. Tuncez Assistant Professor, Department of Business, Accountancy and Economics

Noelle Keller (Shipman Library Technical Services Librarian) Book review of “Navigating the Future with Scenario Planning: A Guidebook for Librarians” by Joan Giesecke, John Cawthorne and Deb Pearson, The Christian Librarian 59:1 (2016): 169-170. Dr. Linda Learman (English) Dr. Bethany Shepherd (English) Dr. Melissa Stewart (Philosophy & Religion) Presented a cross-disciplinary panel, "Getting to the Core: When First-Year Writing Moves out of the English Department" at the 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication in Houston, Texas. Dr. Martin Marks (Music) Directed Adrian College Band in Rome, Italy, as participants of the 2016 New Year’s Day parade. Dr. Marti Morales-Ensign (Biology and Environmental Science) Served as an introducer/presenter at the 2015 SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americas in Science) conference in Washington, D.C. PUBLICATIONS:

2016 Faculty Retirements Beth Major Music, 2001 - 2016 Dr. Beatrice Mulala French, 2001 - 2016

Dr. Tina Claiborne (Athletic Training) Claiborne, TL (2016). “What is the best method of developing clinical scholars?” Athletic Training Education Journal. Dr. Timothy L. Clark (Mathematics) "Rational spaces in resolving classes" in the journal Topology and its Applications (209, p. 153-169).

Dr. Deborah A. Field (History) Textbook “Russia’s Long Twentieth Century – Voices, Memories, Contested Perspectives,” published May 2016 by Routledge. Dr. Suzanne Helfer (Psychology) Helfer, S.G. Elhai, J. D., Geers, A. G. (2015). “Affect and exercise: Positive affective expectations can increase post exercise mood and exercise intentions.” Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 49, 269-279. Dr. Terry Jackson (History) Book “Network of Knowledge: Western Science and Tokugawa Information Revolution,” University of Hawaii Press, 2016. Dr. Christine Knaggs (Teacher Education) Knaggs, C. M., & Milner, D. (March, 2017). “Developing teacher effectiveness and student reading comprehension through action research: A convergence of needs.” American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), Tampa, Fla. Victor Liberi (Graduate Athletic Training/ Ex. Sci/PE) Liberi, V. (2016). “Athletic Training Education: An Opportunity to Be Unique.” NATA News. July. Dr. Andrea Milner (Dean, Graduate Studies) Dr. Vanessa Morrison (Teacher Education) Milner, A.R., Morrison, V. (2016). “Strategies Modeling and Reading Together Through Integrating Science (SMARTTIS:).” MSTA Journal, 61(1), 1-9. Dr. Andrew Winckles (CORE) Winckles, Andrew O. “The Secret Textual History of Pamela, Methodist.” Studies in Book Culture 6.2 (2015).

PROFESSORS EMERITI Several former faculty attended a reception ahead of the fall Convocation event on September 7, 2016. Pictured here from left to right: Dr. Robert Ploegstra, Dr. Robert Husband, Carol VandenBoss and Dr. Gene VandenBoss, Dr. Judith Hammerle and Dr. Gordon Hammerle , Donald Kleinsmith and Louise Kleinsmith, and Dr. Jerry Stewardson.



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builder. SOUND advice Marty Marks

Reprinted with permission. Arlene Bachanov '84 Sound Advice, Marty Marks Makes Memorable Music. "Lenawee Magazine" Spring 2016

ecoming a professional musician and music teacher was actually not where Marty Marks originally expected his career path would take him when he first went off to college at Oklahoma Baptist University. “I was enthusiastic about music, but I went to school to be a Baptist missionary,” he said. “But when I practice-taught, I decided music was where I needed to be.” And actually, Marks — who today wears many musical hats including being Adrian College’s director of bands, a freelance musician, and a military bandleader — doesn’t think the two fields are that far apart from each other. “I don’t see it as too far of a stretch between being a minister and being a musician,” he said. “If the ensemble really sounds great, that’s fine, but success and failure, in my mind, have been more about whether or not the individuals in my groups have been made to feel important — ensuring that everybody feels like they’re vital to the ensemble. That’s been my focus the last couple of decades.” The Oklahoma native grew up in a family that both loved and played music. He eventually came to specialize in clarinet and saxophone but admits that it happened “strictly by default.” As a youngster getting involved in his school’s music program, he decided he wanted to play clarinet — except, as it turned out, he had the wrong instrument in mind. He actually wanted to play the cornet. When he told his family he wanted to play the clarinet, it turned out that his uncle’s clarinet was stored up in the attic. “I was very disappointed when we opened the case,” and he saw that, rather than the shiny brass instrument he’d been expecting, it was a long tubelike woodwind. “And it was not actually a very good clarinet,” he added. “But I did the best I could with it, and it got me through school.”



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Marks came to Adrian College in 2004, after events in his personal life led him to change his focus while he was teaching school in Oklahoma. “I got divorced and I decided I couldn’t take life for granted anymore,” he said. “I had custody of two small boys, and I reevaluated my life.” So, he went to graduate school, which included a summer teaching fellowship at Northwestern University — where he met his future wife, Melissa. He went on to earn his master of music performance degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and his doctor of musical arts from the University of Oklahoma, and then he and Melissa, who had grown up in Michigan’s Thumb area, decided to move to Michigan to be closer to her family. Today, the couple and their children live in Onsted, where Melissa is the Onsted Community Schools’ band teacher. When he first interviewed for the Adrian College job all those years ago, “it seemed like a great fit,” he said. “My whole career, I’ve been a builder. I’ve taken over bands that needed repair.” And he did just that at Adrian College, building up a band program that had all of 24 students when he got there and now includes two concert bands, two jazz bands and the Bulldog Marching Band, which he started from scratch and whose recent accomplishments include marching in the 2016 New Year’s Day Parade in Rome, Italy. He also teaches orchestration and conducting. Along the way, he has earned the respect and friendship of faculty members including music department chair and director of choral ensembles Tom Hodgman.

Faculty Notes “Marty has been and continues to be a wonderful colleague of mine at Adrian College,” Hodgman said. “He has created remarkable growth in our band programs and continues to draw very talented students to our department.” Hodgman also has a personal connection with Marks, calling him “a kind and gracious friend who I know I can trust for sound advice and loyal friendship.” Teaching at Adrian College is far from Marks’ only passion when it comes to music. His expertise working with young people comes into play in his role as an adjudicator for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association and as a clinician/consultant for school bands in both Michigan and Ohio. He’s also a chief warrant officer four in the U.S. Army Reserves and has worked with two army bands: as bandmaster, executive officer and commander of the 338th Army Band and as commander of the 395th Army Band. To him, being a military bandleader is a special kind of calling — one that ties him into to his former ministerial calling. Military bands perform at all sorts of functions, ranging from change of command ceremonies to public concerts. And Marks knows their music makes a difference to the people who have served in uniform — and to their families. For soldiers returning from combat, “the military bands provide a vital link,” he said. “Music is a way of reconciling themselves to their humanity after they’ve done that most inhumane of things: be in war. … We provide music therapy.” And then there are stories like the one from a concert his band performed in Big Rapids, Michigan. “They put on a good show, and I was very proud of them,” he said. “We closed with ‘Dog Face Soldier,’ a song we do just for fun. It has silly lyrics about preferring the Army to the other branches. It’s just silly, great fun.” But it was much more than that for one concertgoer. After the concert, the woman came up to Marks and reminisced about her husband, a veteran, singing “Dog Face Soldier” to their children and grandchildren. “He’d just died, and it was a great memory for her,” he said. As if all those various musical roles on the high school, college and military level weren’t already enough for one person, Marks also performs with several different ensembles all over the area. For the last 12 years, he has led or co-led the TCA Big Band. “They’re a lovely group,” he said. “They’re almost all community musicians, but they’re very passionate about big band.” He also plays with groups including the Adrian Symphony Orchestra Swing Band, the Jackson Jazz Ensemble, Swingmania in Toledo, the Adrian-based Dan Kesterke Band and the Croswell Opera House pit orchestra. “I love musical theater,” he said. “My wife and I are both musicaltheater geeks. I play three or four (Croswell) shows a year, and the people in the pit are just my greatest Adrian-area friends.” In what passes for his spare time, Marks likes to read, exercise, and spend time on Facebook, which gives him a chance to keep up with friends, former school buddies and his old students. “I started teaching in 1981,” he noted. “My first students have grandkids, just like I do. I enjoy staying connected with them.” Facebook also gives him a chance to be more than a little goofy. “I’m not very mature for my age,” he said, laughing. “I enjoy being silly and cutting up with my Facebook friends. After all, like my favorite

saying goes, band people could have fun in a wet paper sack.” What’s in his personal music library? “When I listen to music, I listen to it mostly to sing along to it, so my iTunes has lots of country, rock and gospel,” he said. “When I was in junior high in the Baptist church choir, if I showed up in a bad mood, an hour’s worth of singing put me in a better mood.” And his favorite vocalists are about as different as could be. “To me, the greatest singers of the 20th Century are Pavarotti, Ella Fitzgerald and George Jones,” he said. By any measure, Marks has created a career for himself that makes him, in Hodgman’s view, “one of the busiest working musicians I know.” But he wouldn’t have it any other way. “You hear stories all the time about professors who spend so much time in their ivory towers that they lose touch,” he said. “The hands-on experience helps you sharpen your skills.” But, he said, although he loves being a freelance musician, he can’t see himself not being a teacher too, because he knows that’s where he has the most impact on others. “I love recruiting students for Adrian College,” he said, “I tell kids, ‘You’re going to have a place on the map. You’re going to be important. And I can not only claim that, I can deliver on it.” And, to the onetime aspiring minister, that affirmation of others that he can do with the help of music is one of the best things he could ever do with his life. After all, he said, “I get to do this thing that lets people know they make a difference in the world.” n

New Dean of Graduate Studies Announced Dr. Andrea Milner — associate professor of teacher education and director of the Institute for Education at Adrian College — recently accepted an invitation to serve as the school’s dean of graduate studies. Milner is an alum of the University of Toledo. There, she earned her Bachelor of Education (with a focus in elementary education) in 1993, her master of education (with a focus on elementary & early childhood education) in 2001 and her Doctor of Philosophy (with a focus of curriculum & instruction) in 2008. In 2009, Milner joined the Adrian College faculty as an assistant professor. She attained her associate professorship in 2015.






Makes a Splash

The decision to attend Adrian College would have a lasting impression on one family. The new wrestling program, along with his connection with previous wrestling coach Chris Williams, sparked the interest of Clarence Kennedy to attend Adrian College.

Angus Arthur Leading the Way Last season, men's wrestling made an impressive return to the College campus as a varsity sport after a 31-year absence. The Bulldogs made their first appearance since 1979 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and fifth overall â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at the NCAA Division III Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where they set program records for national finish (T-23rd place) and total points (15-1/2) last March. The season also included a 7-3 dual-meet record (all three losses at hands of nationally ranked opponents), first-ever NCAA All-American, first-ever regional champion, a pair of National Wrestling Coaches'Association All-America Scholars and a second-place finish at the Trine University Invitational. Angus Arthur made history as Adrian's first All-American after finishing in fourth place at 197 pounds. He went 3-2 at Nationals and was among the Division III wins leaders with a 34-2 record. Other program milestones included sophomore Zach Rieger and Arthur becoming the first Bulldogs ever to garner NWCA Scholar All-America accolades and freshman Sam Cushard winning All-America, placing as the women's team took to the mat for its debut season. 24


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When the Adrian athletic department ran a full cardiac examination on Clarence, as they do with every incoming athlete, they discovered a life-threatening heart condition that had previously gone undetected. Clarence had open-heart surgery on March 9. He did not need a full valve replacement, as they were able to repair the valve. He spent the spring and summer recuperating, and then after six weeks his restrictions were lifted, allowing him to start working out again. He enters the 2016-17 season getting stronger every day and is now penciled in as a starter at heavyweight for the Bulldogs, who enter their first season under new Head Coach Bill Schindel.


Breaks a 52-Year School Record While Setting Two Personal Records

Last May, sophomore Randy Fry broke one of the longest-standing records in Adrian College track and field history at the North Central College Last Chance Meet to wrap up the regular season for the Bulldogs. In the 100-meter dash, he sprinted to a third-place finish in a time of 10.8 seconds, which eclipsed the previous school benchmark of 10.84, set by John Fundukian '64 in 1964. Fry later established another personal record, this time in the 200-dash in 22.11 which was good for eighth place.

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Synchronized and Figure Skating Collegiate


NCAA Men’s Hockey




Men’s Wrestling NCAA Champs

Bass Fishing

NCAA Women’s Hockey


ACHA Women’s Hockey



Men’s Bowling Collegiate Club Championships

ACHA Men’s Hockey




Adrian College sophomore Rachel Kanaziz, of North Branch, Mich., finished fifth in the nation in the Western Novice Horsemanship at the 2016 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association held at Kentucky Horse Park last spring. She is the first student-athlete from the College to participate at the IHSA Nationals. Kanaziz drew an AQHA bay gelding named Rocky, and she was the last one to enter the pen at the jog to begin the rail work portion of her class. After rail work was completed, she was the first up to execute her pattern, preferring to go first or second. "Going first at nationals, Rachel had to leave it all out there and set the bar for the class," said former Coach Jaclynn Gray, who completed her first season at the helm in 2015-16. "Her horsemanship pattern was executed beautifully with one slight bobble that she managed to save and not draw attention to. "Rachel has been the vital key to the team this semester. When I think of what an athlete is, she has all the qualities. She maintains the highest GPA, she is coachable, and she loves horses and the nature of this sport,” Gray said about Kanaziz’s intangibles to the program. “She is always there to lend a hand and the first one to congratulate her team members. We are very proud of her." That Adrian made its first-ever appearance at a national-level competition in only its third year of existence, caught the eyes of many in attendance. "It was the coolest thing to hang our school flag around the ring in the most prestigious arena in the country. We had multiple people ask us about our program, 'Where we were from,' and it was great to get to brag a bit on Adrian College and our program as a whole," recalled Gray. "Bob Cachione, who is the founder of IHSA, personally congratulated Rachel and I, and this institution for making it here and competing with the best of the bests. If that doesn't motivate you, I don't know what will." "As the first Adrian athlete to ever qualify for Nationals, I couldn't be happier to have finished fifth in the nation. I think that (achievement) made a lot of people more aware of the College as a whole," said Kanaziz. For Kanaziz, she didn't begin the season thinking about becoming a national qualifier. But as the show season progressed, she came on strong and improved every day. She still finds her place as a surreal experience. "Heading into Nationals, I never really thought about what placing I would earn. I knew I would be competing against a lot of other tough riders, so I simply focused on preparing myself as best I could. Ideally, I thought it would be awesome to place in the top 10, but I was just glad for the experience, so I was content to just have the opportunity to show at such a high level. It still awes me that I'm one of top-five riders in the nation for IHSA," she reflected.



Rachel Kanaziz Lopes into Fifth Place at IHSA Nationals in Equestrian

4 Individual National Champions at the U.S. Intercollegiate Team Championships


Student-athletes were named to Academic All-Conference Teams


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Women’s Hockey Sweep NCHA Championships The 2015-16 Adrian College women’s hockey team swept the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA), winning both the Kronschnabel Trophy (regular season) and Slaats Cup (NCHA Tournament). The Bulldogs season ended in the first round of the NCAA tournament with a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Elmira. Adrian had five athletes earn AllAmerica status from four organizations.


Bass Fishing Reels in More Hardware In its second season as a program, the nationally-ranked bass fishing team hooked in more accomplishments in 2015-16. First, the Bulldogs ended last fall as the No. 1 team in the nation according to Association of Collegiate Anglers. Move ahead to the spring, sophomores Nick Marsh, Jeff Morton, Jacob Bayer and Jarrett Martin gave Adrian a nationleading four Fishing League Worldwide All-Americans. Adrian placed two boats in the top-20 (7th, 16th) at the FLW National Championships in March.


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Women’s Bowling Claims National Championship

NCAA Men’s Hockey Repeats NCHA Titles

Men’s Soccer Makes Program History

The nationallyranked Bulldogs women's bowling team brought home a national title at the 2016 Collegiate Club championships in Indianapolis last April. The Bulldogs' historic run in their eighth season as a program concluded with an 185-184 win in the decisive fifth game to edge Division I and top-seeded Wright State University. As a result, junior Brittney Antonelli, senior Taylor Ouellette and sophomores Jennifer Kelly, Noelle Scheuer were tabbed AllAmericans. Antonelli, Kelly, and Scheuer joined sophomore Sierra Lasky on the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association Scholar All-America Team.

The 2015-16 Bulldogs swept the Peters (regular season) and Harris (tournament) cups in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association for the second straight season, earned their sixth NCAA Division III tournament appearance, finished 24-4-1 overall (172-1 in the NCHASouth) and were ranked fourth in both final national polls. Defensemen Chris Leone, a senior, and Cory Dunn, a freshman, both earned All-America accolades from AHCA coaches/CCM and D3hockey.com. Dunn also was recognized by HERO Sports. Connor Armour was tabbed the USCHO.com Division III Men's Rookie of the Year.

The 2016 campaign saw the men’s soccer team finish with an overall record of 11-7 and a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) record of 9-5. Both marks are the most wins for the team in program history. It’s also the first time the team has finished the regular season with a winning percentage above .500.

Baseball Ties MIAA Record The 2016 Bulldogs tied a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association record that has stood for over 50 years by winning their eighth consecutive conference championship — winning the league by six games. Adrian (30-12) finished with its ninth 30-win season in a row. Junior shortstop Ryan Dorow earned All-America citations from the ABCA coaches and D3baseball.com. Dorow also was named the MIAA Player of the Year, while sophomore Tommy Parsons earned MIAA Pitcher of the Year. Adrian set several team records, including a .438 onbase percentage to lead the nation.

New Faces

RD Skating Programs Shine in the Spotlight The 2016 senior synchronized skating team was one of two college programs invited and sent by the U.S. Figure Skating’s Synchronized Management Subcommittee to participate in the 22nd annual Spring Cup in Milan, Italy. The Bulldogs made quite an impression in their international debut as Team USA last February, when they finished in seventh place out of 14 teams from 12 different countries. One of many highlights was posting a season-best score of 51.92 in the short program. Also, the figure skating team captured four national titles.

Brian Thill Era Begins for Track and Field/Cross Country Brian Thill comes to Adrian College after spending the previous two seasons at Defiance College as a graduate assistant coach and the interim associate head cross country coach for the 2015 fall season. He was the technical coach in jumps, sprints and hurdles, inputted meet entries, recruited studentathletes, assisted in budget management, supervised the workout/weight room planning and implementation, performed meet and management duties, including hosting high school, college and the 2016 HCAC Indoor Championship event. The Yellow Jacket men’s cross country team earned All-Academic Team award from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association in 2015. Thill was a three-time multievent All-American at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in dietetics.

Ellen Barker Appointed Acrobatics and Tumbling Head Coach Ellen Barker is making a return to her home state of Michigan with her position as acrobatics and tumbling head coach at Adrian College. Barker is a Mason High School graduate who attended Davenport University in Grand Rapids for two years, participating in competitive cheer. She helped the Panthers claim the National Cheerleaders’ Association All-Girl III National Champion and was named an NCA All-American. She transferred to Azusa Pacific in California where she was a member of the acrobatics and tumbling program for three seasons, winning two event national titles in duo tumbling and the flipping pyramid in 2014. Barker earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in cinematic arts (film business) from Azusa Pacific in 2016.

Bill Schindel Named Head Coach for Men’s and Women’s Wrestling Bill Schindel was named in May to lead the men's and women's wrestling programs at Adrian College. Schindel, a two-time Ohio Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, comes to Adrian after posting a 46-20 dualmatch record in four years at Mount Union. During his tenure with the Mount, there have been six All-Americans, 14 national qualifiers, nine NWCA Scholar All-Americans and 16 All-OAC First Team selections. Schindel was a three-time NCAA All-American, threetime OAC Champion at 197-pounds, and ranks ninth on Mount’s all-time wins list (83-17). He also was a two-time NWCA Scholar AllAmerican. A native of Tallmadge, Ohio, he attended Akron Archbishop Hoban High School and has both a bachelor's degree in education and master's in educational leadership from Mount Union.

Rick Halverson Tabbed Men’s and Women’s Tennis Head Coach

Kyle Lindsay '09 Named Head Men’s Basketball Coach

Rick Halverson is the new men's and women's tennis coach for the Bulldogs, beginning his duties in August. Since August 2015, Halverson served as the head tennis coach and game event coordinator at Finlandia University. With his new post at Adrian, Halverson is no stranger to the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association after serving as the women's head coach at Olivet College during the 2012-13 season. He coached one All-MIAA performer, six individual Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-America Scholars and produced five academic allconference winners. Halverson was a three-time Upper Peninsula champion at Marquette Senior High School. He then played NCAA Division II tennis at Michigan Technological University for four seasons. He also has coached at Michigan Tech and Buena Vista University.

Adrian alumnus Kyle Lindsay was appointed the 28th head coach in the history of the Bulldog men’s basketball program. Prior to accepting the head coaching position with Adrian, Lindsay helped Trine to five consecutive appearances in the MIAA semifinal round, making it to its first MIAA championship game appearance in 2016 as well as the first NCAA Division III national ranking (#23). The Thunder had a winning record all five years that Lindsay was on the coaching staff. Lindsay graduated from Adrian College in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He played football and basketball; he was named a First Team All-MIAA punter in 2005.




alumni, families & friends enjoyed: eight Open Houses ten Reunions ten Greek Gatherings seven Sporting events twenty six Kiddie train rides one Parade hundreds of photos with Bruiser and catching up with fellow alumni, beautiful weather and an amazing campus!



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drian College can change your life with a single phone call — and no one knows this better than Catherine Przepiora Smith ‘96. She cites an incident from her senior year in high school, when a Bulldog recruiter used an additional scholarship opportunity to encourage her to ace her upcoming physics exam. “That was the moment I knew that I would attend Adrian,” she affirmed. “I couldn’t believe someone who had never met me before cared about me and my grades.”


Smith occupied her days at Adrian College with a myriad of different extracurriculars, including theatre, Greek Life and Residence Life. Even her summers were spent on campus, working with the paint crew and as a SEEKS counselor. In her own words, “Adrian became home. They say you can never go back home, but I feel it every time I’m on campus — even though it’s so very different now!” Smith embraced the individualized attention that the College provided, fostering personal relationships with professors who would have an enormous impact on her future. Most notably, their attentive guidance enabled her to discover the career path she had been destined for: writing. Asking about her days as a freshman in the premed program prompts an intriguing tale. “I wrote an 8-page story about the lab mouse I was supposed to study,” she recalled wryly. Taking note of her natural talent, one of Smith’s professors encouraged her to further hone her writing skills. Thus, a new door opened: She undertook an

internship in the College’s publications office, gained professional experience in writing of all forms and never looked back. Of course, the classes that Smith took also contributed to a change in her life direction. “I loved that our class sizes were so small — six students — that the professors did the assignments, too. We read each other’s writings, critiqued them and genuinely cared about making each other better writers.” In 1996, Smith graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English (Journalism) and a minor in communication arts & sciences (with an emphasis in PR). A stint in selling advertising for several printing organizations followed, which led to her becoming the associate publisher of a magazine under Hour Detroit. By 2008, though, times had changed. “As the mother of a special needs daughter, I was looking for the opportunity to work from home, doing something I was passionate about,” Smith revealed. She found solace in working for the American Heart Association. Though losing her father to a heart attack encouraged her decision, her main motivation was practicality: “I was able to help others and still be the mom I needed to be,” she explained. Just six years into her career at AHA, Smith was already an executive director and vice president for development. While overseeing the Detroit market, she had raised “an average of 3 million dollars annually through three core campaigns,” met “some amazing survivors, volunteers and professionals in Detroit,” and brought “some incredible celebrities in to connect with our community on the importance of being heart-healthy, including Rosie O’Donnell, Star Jones and Laila Ali.” It was a fulfilling duty, but also a weighty one — the average person would buckle under such an emotional burden. Smith, however, is no ordinary woman. Her AHA office contained a plethora of quotes and mottos, all centered around positivity and motivation. Two of her favorites were “do one thing every day that scares you” and “be a stiletto in a room full of flats.” As for some life advice in her own words? “You are good enough. When you are going through something, even different chapters of your life, you may question everything. In looking back at all of life’s lessons, it’s important to remember to always be the best version of yourself. Situations will always change, but how you respond to them is what shows your true character.” Since participating in this interview, Smith has accepted a position at Kettering University as a major gifts officer. Smith has been married to Kevin for 17 years. They have two daughters, Claire (15) and Emily (8). The family resides in Clarkston, Mich.

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Young Alumni ith its wealth of scholarships, athletic opportunities and promises of a home away from home, Adrian College provided Nick Urteaga ‘12 with the tools that would aid him in turning his dreams into reality. Urteaga’s affinity for sports ­— particularly football — ­ played a major part in his decision to enroll at Adrian College. He threw the pigskin for the Bulldogs throughout his entire college career, gradually establishing himself as a key contributor towards the team’s success. “The sports facilities were top notch,” he said, “and I loved putting on my uniform and playing in that stadium.” According to Urteaga, his experiences with the Division III sport had an enormous impact on him. “Football taught me hard work, discipline, and truly forced me to grow up and become a man.” However, there is more to the recipe of a successful Adrian College graduate: Adequate guidance is just as vital as hard work, discipline and maturity. Urteaga is living proof of this, citing the counsel that he received from Adrian College faculty as immensely influential in determining his career path. “The individual attention definitely helped me on the road to my current success,” he explained. In illustrating the effects of the special support system provided by Adrian College, Urteaga spoke of “a handful of specific professors who really pushed me to pursue things I was never originally interested in.” At the time of his enrollment at Adrian College, Urteaga was a determined writer, contemplating a major along the lines of English or journalism. However, a few courses in media arts had also managed to pique his interest. Noting his aptitude for the trade, Dr. Sheri Bleam, a professor of the College’s Department of Communication Arts & Sciences, convinced him to consciously consider entering the full track. He recalled the conversation fondly, saying, “I'm glad she had that talk with me that day during my freshman year because it led me to where I am today.” In 2012, Urteaga graduated with a

Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Media Arts) and a minor in studio art. After working in various sports productions for a few years, he had a breakthrough in May 2014, accepting a position in New York City as an instant replay technician for Major League Baseball. “I worked among a team of others in the Replay Operation Center where all challenged calls across Major League Baseball were reviewed,” he clarified. “My job was to display the various camera angles to the umpire in the short amount of time as well as train incoming operators, upkeep all equipment and assist with implementation of new technology.” Through this fast-paced role, Urteaga quickly gained experience and made connections, leading him to new doors of opportunity. Merely half a year after he began working for Major League Baseball, he accepted a part-time position as director for The Madison Square Garden Company. “I was in charge of the production crew and produced all in-house video content that was displayed during each basketball game. I also helped out with website video content,” he explained. In addition to these new responsibilities, he maintained his job with Major League Baseball. With what little free time he had, Urteaga managed his own side endeavor, combining

“The individual attention definitely helped me on the road to my current success.” his passion for photography and videography with his interest in marketing. As demand increased and his passion grew, he felt destined to make it the primary focus of his career. “Starting July 1, 2016, I decided to leave my position at Major League Baseball, become my own boss and freelance as a digital content creator,” revealed Urteaga. “As a photographer/videographer for Coastal Flicks, I essentially create digital content for various companies and events from weddings to men's shoe companies and even women's activewear.” “This was a great opportunity for me because the overall dream for me, from day one, was to run my own company and work for myself. As much as I love working for organizations such as Major League Baseball or Madison Square Garden, the freedom to create my own content was exactly what I think I was meant to do. I have a clear vision for certain projects, and to be able to do that on my own is the most gratifying experience.”









Kurt Darrow ’77

Ashley Kalinski Curren ’10, Ph.D.

Nate Smith ’81

For an extraordinary career in business as a dynamic leader and innovator, for ongoing support of Adrian College and for dedicated service to his community at large.

For her significant contributions to the field of neural repair, ongoing collaborative research and the pursuit of improving the lives of those affected by injury and disease.

For 37 years with La-Z-Boy, Inc., a major corporation in the furniture industry, Kurt has been involved in the transition, growth and development, and repositioning and expansion of the brand among consumers. He also serves on the board and executive committee of Business Leaders of Michigan, whose work focuses on developing strategy, raising awareness, advocating policy and supporting initiatives toward economic growth to benefit the state and its residents. Kurt served the College on its Board of Trustees for nearly 10 years and continues to offer his expertise and insight. He is a member of the Board of Directors for CMS Energy Corporation and ProMedica Board of Trustees and serves as chairman of the ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital Board of Trustees. Kurt and his wife, Renee, enjoy their extended family, are active in their local church and community, and support a variety of local and national philanthropic organizations.

Ashley earned her Ph.D. in biological sciences from Drexel University, where she did post-graduate research with Jeffery Twiss, M.D., Ph.D., in the field of neural repair. She continued post-doctoral work under Dr. Twiss and is now conducting research in the lab of Roman Giger, Ph.D., at the University of Michigan, focusing on the role the immune system may play on regeneration. Outside of the lab, she intentionally promotes STEM education and awareness and has served in various roles to work with middle school and high school students through science fairs. Most recently, she served as the director of judging for the Southeastern Michigan Science Fair, where she was able to interact with students, teachers and scientists to critique and promote student projects. She and husband Sean Curren ’10 are parents of a daughter, Allie, nearly two years old.

Monroe, Mich. Chairman, President & CEO La-Z-Boy Inc.



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Garden City, Mich. Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Michigan Medical School

Tecumseh, Mich. Senior Vice President Commercial Relationship Mgr. Old National Bank For meaningful support, dedication and service to Adrian College, its alumni and the greater campus community and for sharing broadly his passion for his alma mater. Nate has been in the financial industry for most of his career and has served his community through many civic, social and club affiliations in active member and leadership roles. Serving five terms on the College’s Alumni Board, and as president, Nate was influential in alumni relations, communication and fundraising. Most recently, he reached out to Adrian College choir alumni to support a named room and scholarship in honor of the late music professor and choir director Dr. Art Jones. He has helped raise funds for a variety of causes and devoted countless hours to bettering the community through organizations including Big Brothers/ Big Sisters, Adrian Rotary Club, ARC of Lenawee, United Way, Lenawee Community Mental Health Authority, the Croswell Opera House and the Adrian Symphony Orchestra. He and wife Kathy Lewis Smith ’81 are proud parents of two sons: Adam and AC graduate Jason Smith ’14.

2016 Alumni Awards




Jim Van Doren

Cindy Beaubien

Beth Myers ’79

Award Tipton, Mich. Executive Director Lenawee NOW

For his enthusiasm for the campus community as a mentor, friend, and ambassador of Adrian College, and for creating a stronger connection with the Lenawee County business community. After several years in lead roles for sales, marketing and production management for the manufacturing industry, Jim now shares his expertise for the economic development of Lenawee County as executive director of Lenawee Now. In the last few years, Jim has provided professional internships to Adrian College students through the organization and connected with the College’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. These opportunities have resulted in the organization being the recipient of two state-wide awards and an international award for published works with credit to these students. He has also been instrumental in the funding of the Downs Hall historical renovation project on campus. He and wife Pam McGahey Van Doren ’75 are proud to be a part of the Adopt-A-Bulldog program with the hockey teams at the College. They enjoy the unique connection with current student-athletes and have become ardent fans of the game.


Adrian, Mich. Assistant to the President for Special Events & Projects/Director of Stewardship Adrian College For her thoughtfulness and compassion for students, faculty and staff and for sharing her talents and contributions to creating a more welcoming and attractive campus. In Cindy’s current professional role, she has been integral in the planning, visioning and implementation of many projects and improvements to campus. She has been with the College since 1994 and has had the pleasure of developing these as well as responding to the special needs of students, faculty and staff. She has led and supported efforts to raise funds for important causes, including the Pink Zone events with athletic teams, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and Bark for Life and many others. She has also impacted many lives through the founding of the 110 Madison Avenue Salon, a Locks of Love donation site and American Cancer Society Wig Bank. She and husband Tom are Adrian residents and their children, Allison and Cohl, are all cherished members of the AC family.

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Adrian, Mich. Professor of English Adrian College For her lifelong commitment to teaching, to students, to colleagues and to serving the College and community with integrity, professionalism and devotion. Since Beth began working for the College in 1981, she has been an integral part of its liberal arts tradition and its advancements in academic programming, faculty development and student classroom experience. She has been an excellent professor for the Communication Arts & Sciences and English departments, and full-time for English since 1991 with a strong student-focused philosophy. Beth also spent many years as a teacher and director for K-12 Southeast Michigan Writing Project’s summer camps program and as a consultant for Writing Across the Curriculum for public school in-services. In the community, Beth is an active member and former president of Zonta International of Lenawee, whose mission is to improve the status of women and children and to prevent domestic violence in the county. Beth is the mother of two adult children, Katheryn Romano and Anthony Romano.

ALUMNI AWARDS adrian.edu/alumni/alumni-awards/




Mike Custer ’83

Wayne Roedel ’88

Tricia Clark ’97

Jason Mensing ’00

Men’s Golf

Football Track & Field

Women’s Basketball


Tyler, Texas

Fowlerville, Mich.

Mike was a three-year letterman for the Bulldogs in the early ‘80s. He was named to the All-MIAA First Team three times from 198082, earning MIAA most valuable player accolades in 1981 with a conference-best stroke average of 77.9 — a career-best. Mike’s other MIAA rankings were fifth as a sophomore and second as a senior. Mike earned an invitation to the 1982 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships as an individual during his junior year. After leaving the College, Mike won the 1984 Northern Michigan Amateur Golf Tournament. Mike lives in the Lone Star State with his wife, Kristi, and the couple has two grown children, Kaitlin and Bryan. Mike is a senior investment officer at Southside Bank.



Wayne was a four-year letterman in football, and he also competed in track & field for the Bulldogs. He was a two-time All-MIAA selection in football in 1984 and 1987, running his way into the Bulldogs’ record book. He still lists first in team history with 32 career rushing touchdowns and 32 TDs overall. His other all-time ranks include second in total points scored (192), third in rushing yards (2,093) and fourth in rushing attempts (457). He ran for 928 yards as a freshman, making All-MIAA First Team. Today, Wayne serves as the superintendent of Fowlerville Community Schools. Wayne and his wife, Lisa, make their home in Fowlerville, Mich., with their three daughters, Olivia (19), Emma (17) and Grace (16).

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Brighton, Mich.

Tricia was a three-time AllMIAA selection and lists second on the all-time rebounding chart in program history with 655 rebounds, first with 609 defensive boards and second with 102 career blocked shots. Tricia saved her best season for 1996-97 when, as a senior, she paced the MIAA with 15.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game while shooting a secondbest 48.4 percent from the field in conference games only. She also averaged 0.9 blocks for fourth. Tricia and her spouse, Amanda Raine ‘99, live in Brighton, Mich., with their sons Jacob (4) and James (2). Tricia currently works as a physical education and program success teacher in the Howell Public School system, as well as coaching high school girls basketball.

Tecumseh, Mich.

Jason was an anchor on the offensive line for the Bulldogs from 1997-99, when he received All-MIAA three times, including to the first team during his junior and senior years. Jason is also a member of the 1997 Hall of Fame squad that won the MIAA title (8-1). Jason excelled in the classroom evidenced by 1998 GTE Academic All-District™ First Team and 1998 GTE Academic All-America® Second Team recognition from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Jason is married to Angel Linebaugh ’01 and the couple has two sons, Case (12) and Bo (9). He works as a learning specialist supervisor at the Airport Virtual Academy and is the head football coach at Whiteford High School.

2016 Athletic Hall of Fame

Amy VandenBrink Krotkiewicz ’03

John Geisler ’61

2008 and 2009 Teams

Women’s Golf

Honorary Contributor


Marion, Iowa

Amy was a four-year team most valuable player for the Bulldogs from 1999 to 2002. She made an immediate impact as a freshman as she led the Bulldogs and ranked 22nd in scoring. Then, as a sophomore, she ranked tied for eighth on the MIAA leaderboard for the season—earning second-team all-conference. That season in 2000, she was the medalist at the MIAA #6 Tournament hosted by Adrian at the Lenawee Country Club, runner-up at the MIAA Championships and became the first woman to have a hole-inone in a league tournament. Amy, who is married to Joe, works remotely from home for Market Strategies International, which is headquartered in Livonia, Mich. She is a lead research manager for the firm.

Kalamazoo, Mich.

The honorary award recognizes former studentathletes, coaches and administrators of Adrian College who have made outstanding, widely recognized contributions to the field of athletics. John, who grew up in Morenci, graduated from the College in 1961. He played many sports and was a men’s assistant basketball coach for the Bulldogs. Professor Emeritus Geisler had an accomplished career in academia spanning five decades, mostly at Western Michigan University, where he taught counseling from 1976 to 2005. John is also well-known in football and basketball officiating circles at the high school and collegiate levels. He has served in leadership roles with several local officials associations and mentored scores of aspiring officials.

The 2008-2009 Bulldogs combined on a 69-24 record for a .742 winning percentage. In 2008, Adrian (36-13, 22-6 MIAA) won he Regional in Terre Haute, Ind., to advance to its first NCAA Division III World Series, where it finished fourth in the nation. It finished sixth in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (CBN) rankings. All-American and MIAA Position Player of the Year Bobby Rickstad led four Bulldogs on the all-conference team. The following year, Adrian (33-11, 25-3 MIAA, #25 CBN) captured the MIAA championship and repeated the NCAA Tournament, hosting the regional tournament at Nicolay Field. Adrian produced All-Americans Alex Cowart and Ryan Domschot, swept the major MIAA individual awards and placed six on the all-conference first team.

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In November 2015, John Geisler ’61, professor emeritus from Western Michigan University, spoke at the Lenawee County Historical Museum in Adrian. The program was about the history of the Sauk Trail along US 12 from Detroit to Chicago. John resides in Kalamazoo, Mich. G. Stanford Bratton ’63 is completing his 25th year as executive director/CEO of Network of Religious Communities, a multifaith organization serving western New York. Program areas include combating and finding solutions to hunger, spirituality and medicine programs for the University of Buffalo medical school and area universities, colleges, hospitals and healthcare institutions. They also produce and broadcast three monthly TV programs and a weekly radio program. Stan received some awards for his work: the Community Service Award from the Muslim Public Affairs Council WNY; the first annual Id al-Fitr Award from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community; and the First Interfaith Award, given at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. annual celebration. Stan and his wife, Marietta, live in Buffalo, N.Y. Rick Wilcox ’63 wrote a book, Two Generations: Visions of Life, published in May. Rick stated his primary reason for writing it was to bring to the public his father’s amazing life story, and, second, to share the incredible times his wife, Carole Taylor Wilcox ’64 and he experienced during their years at Adrian College and living in Germany while he served in the U.S. Army. Rick and Carole met on campus during Friday evening of the first week of the 1960-61 school year at the “Getting to Know You Dance” at Ridge Gymnasium. They were married during Carole’s senior year on Dec. 21, 1963. The couple now lives in Kingswood, Texas. To contact Rick, email rcw1970@embarqmail.com. The book is available through amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.



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Dennis ’66 and Connie Black Nagle ’68 enjoyed a visit to campus in October 2015. They re-created a special moment in time of Dennis proposing to Connie as they sat on the “A.” Dennis, a former member of the Adrian College Alumni Association Board of Directors, and Connie reside in Ann Arbor, Mich. ▲ Larry Olsen ’69, P.h.D., was honored with a retirement celebration and “roast” by the entomology department of Michigan State University on April 28, at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing, Mich. Larry worked for MSU in the fields of integrated pest management, IPM and pesticide safety, coordinator for the department of entomology, associate extension director for the college of agriculture and natural resources, and co-director of the North Central Regional IPM Center. His future plans include continuing his development project in the central highlands of Peru, where people live a subsistence life depending on potato production. Larry is also hiking the Appalachian Trail piece by piece over several years, and will travel to more national parks with his wife, Bev. Joe Balsanek ’68 was featured in the December 28, 2015 edition of the Twin Cities.com Pioneer Press for his doll house restoration. What pulled him away from full-time retirement was a beat-up dollhouse salvaged at a garage sale and the request to fix it up for his granddaughter. That was over eight years ago. He is now sought after for his craftsmanship. Every dollhouse has a story, and the detail and intricacies of each one are what fuels his creative process as they become works of art. Joe also builds dollhouses from scratch, with costs averaging about $5,000 depending on the size. With a theatre degree from Adrian College, and as a theatre and speech professor for over 20 years, including the creation of over 100 set designs, Joe’s experience came full circle, in miniature fashion. He and his wife, Elizabeth Blackburn Balsanek ’69, live in Hastings, Minn.

Class Notes Douglas Herman ’70 retired in 2014 after more than 33 years of full-time college teaching of history. His wife, Mary Rifenberg Herman ’69, retired the same year from adjunct college teaching of education courses after six years of elementary school teaching. They were married in Herrick Chapel June 26, 1971. Doug’s first college teaching job was in the summer of 1972 at Adrian. After more than seven years at three four-year colleges, he taught for 26 years at Big Sandy Community Technical College in Prestonsburg, Ky. Doug completed a master’s degree at Northwestern University in 1971 and a Ph.D. in history at Ohio University in 1980. Mary received a master’s degree in teaching of reading from Western Michigan University in 1973. In March 2015, they moved to Wesley Village, a United Methodist Church-connected retirement community in Wilmore, Ky. Christopher Werkman ’70 taught elementary and high school art for 30 years for Washington Local Schools in Toledo, Ohio, retiring in 2000. He began writing fiction about 20 years ago, and has 20 short stories published in various literary magazines and anthologies. In September 2015, his novel, Difficult Lies, was published by Rogue Phoenix Press. To date, the book has received a fourand-a-half star review from Manhattan Book Review, and a five-star review from Reader’s Favorite Book Reviews. It is available in paper or as an ebook at amazon. com, barnesandnoble.com or the publisher’s web site, roguephoenixpress.com. Craig Kallio ’71 had his book, A Faith For All Seasons, published in 2015, which is available for purchase through Amazon.com. Craig and his wife, Pamela, live in Oak Ridge, Tenn., where Craig has been the rector at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church since 2007. Richard Johns ’73, of Rochester Hills, Mich., recently discovered a family legacy connection at Adrian College. Rich’s grandfather, the Rev. Cassius Johns, a graduate of 1914 with a divinity degree, lived in Adrian and last had a congregation at a Methodist church in Seneca, Mich. He died in 1971. David C. Anderson ’74 was elected president of the Oakland County Bar Association for the 2015/2016 bar year. The Oakland Bar Association is the largest voluntary bar association in the state of Michigan. David is the founder and president of the Law Offices of David C. Anderson, P.C. in Troy, Mich. David’s law practice involves civil defense work, mediation and arbitration. Lowell Gladd ’74 is now working for Ciber on a contract assignment to Ford Motor Company in their global parts pricing system. Every Ford dealership in Europe now receives their part pricing report from a program he wrote. The part description is also in the language(s) spoken in that country. Lowell was recognized by Ciber and Ford for his above and beyond effort on a recent production support issue. Lowell and his wife, Kathy Anderson Gladd ’78, live in Rochester Hills, Mich.

Luann Tennant Coyne ’76 has been working on a children’s fantasy fairy tale trilogy, The Shadow from the North, which is now published and available at Amazon, under the author name of Luann Tennant Coyne. Book one of the trilogy, The Crystal Tower, is also available in Kindle, iBooks and Nook. Luann mentioned that she has wanted to write and publish children’s books since third grade. She currently works for Alcatel-Lucent in Lisle, Ill., as a technical writer. Luann and her husband, Frank, live in Naperville, Ill.


Andrea Ogden ’77, a physical education and health teacher at Portsmouth Schools in New Hampshire, was inducted into the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association Hall of Fame at its 15th annual ceremony in November 2015. Andrea, a former Kingswood athletics director, retired after working with student athletes for 38 years, inspiring them with her message of “athletics as an extension of the classroom.”

Diane Czuk-Smith ’80 is now at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich., performing pain management. Husband Peter Smith ’78 is an anesthesiologist and remains based in the Detroit area where his group Anesthesia Solutions joined forces with Anesthesia Services Assoc. P.C. Commuting is now their way of life.


Todd Rowley ’80, vice chair of the College Board for Northern Virginia Community College, was recently featured in the school’s magazine. Todd began taking coding classes at NOVA, as he witnessed the economy flounder and endanger the jobs of corporate professionals in their mid-50s. People from circles outside the banking industry advised him to go into the field of coding, “that anyone can learn it.” Todd set out to see for himself if the average non-IT guy could learn to write code. So far, Todd has taken five IT classes at NOVA. Todd has 35 years of banking and investment banking experience and is a senior vice president and commercial market executive at Cardinal Bank in Virginia. He and his wife, Susan, live in Fairfax, Va. In March 2015, AC Chaplain Christopher Momany ’84 participated in the 50th anniversary celebration of The Wesleyan Theological Society, an academic organization devoted to the study and interpretation of John Wesley’s legacy. During that conference, there were over 60 session papers presented and numerous panel discussions. Chris’s paper on ethics related to the tradition of Asa Mahan, “The True Nature of Virtue: A Holiness Ethic for the Twenty-First Century,” was one of 10 selected for publication in the Wesleyan Theological Journal, which was released in early May.






James D. Thomas ’84 was recognized in October 2015 by the University of Toledo College of Law and the Law Alumni Affiliate with the Distinguished Alumni Award at the University’s Homecoming Gala. Jim is a partner in the Columbus and Cleveland offices of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. He has more than 25 years of experience as a trial attorney and previously served as a U.S. magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He currently focuses his practice on complex civil, business restructuring, internal investigations, ERISA and construction litigation. Jim serves on the Adrian College Board of Trustees.

Tim Baechler ’90, head football coach of PlymouthCanton High School in Canton, Mich., was inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame last September. Tim, who also teaches English at Plymouth-Canton, was also inducted into the Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2012. He and his wife, Julie, live in Plymouth, Mich.

Kristy Pawley Eisenberg ’90 was promoted to director of human resources for Oakland Family Services in June 2015. Kristy began working with OFS in 2011 as a human resources generalist and was promoted three months later to the position of manager. She also oversees the internship program for the agency. Kristy lives in Clarkston, Mich., with her husband, Jeff, and daughter, Rachael (15), and would love to connect with alumni - kristye13@icloud.com. Gail Hartel Beausoleil ’91 accepted a new position in July 2015 as the director of career services and academic advising at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.

Cynthia A. Anthony ’85 earned her Ph.D. in educational leadership from Western Michigan University, where she also obtained a master of arts degree with a major in reading. After graduating from Adrian College, Cynthia received her teaching certification from Wayne State University. She has taught second, third and fourth grades. In 2008, Cynthia received the Comcast Teacher of the Year award based on a composition piece written by one of her third grade students. She has also appeared in two editions of Cambridge’s Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. ▲ In 2013, Sherry Minnard ’86 retired from the publishing industry in New York and headed for India to continue writing in the wellness sector. She has taken on a lifelong passion of yoga as her new subject matter. Since then, Sherry has opened a yoga teacher training school, an Ayurveda spa for visitors from around the world and a girl’s empowerment camp for high school students considering college. Sherry invites alumni to consider an alumni discounted retreat in Rajasthan and the ashram for wellness endeavors in the coming year (www.shrijasnathasan.org).



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Mike Turala ’91 and Jennifer Scher ’00 were married Aug. 6 at Bethel Lutheran Church in St. Clair Shores, Mich. Mike shared his story of how their paths crossed: Jen and Mike met in Deans Hall about a week before the 90-91 school year and quickly fell in love. They even talked about a future together and marriage plans. After Mike’s graduation, they drifted apart and went their separate ways when they realized how difficult a long-distance relationship was. They were recently reunited and have picked up where they left off in their college days. Jen has two daughters, Brittany (20) and Taylor (17). Mike has one daughter, Maddie, 14. Mike is an account delivery executive at Hewlett Packard Enterprises, and Jennifer is an assistant automotive coordinator at H.H. Barnum Co. They reside in Chesterfield, Mich. ▲

Class Notes Chad Van Sickle ’91, Addison (Mich,) middle and high school assistant principal, retired at the end of the 2016 school year after 25 years with the district. Chad began his career at Addison in 1990 as a basketball coach. He began teaching in 1991 and in August 2011 was promoted to dean of students. Chad was promoted again to assistant principal in June 2012 and assigned the athletic director role in June 2014.

In August 2015, Blagoy Pogoncheff ’97 and family were named Volunteer Family of the Year by the Association of the United States Army. The award recognizes an exceptional Army family whose volunteer service significantly contributes to improving the wellbeing of Army families and the local community. The Pogoncheff family resides at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the state of Washington.

Laura Gniatczyk Byars ’92 was recently promoted to vice president of human performance at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. In this role, Laura is responsible for enterprise-wide training and development functions, talent management and organizational development. Additionally, in Feb. 2015, Laura’s team at BSBSM was ranked fifth in the nation by Training Magazine for their comprehensive learning and development offerings and impact at BCBSM. Laura, husband David, and son Joshua live in Sterling Heights, Mich. Laura sends thanks to Dr. Hank Cetola for “opening my mind to the world of industrial/organizational psychology. Without you, my career would not be possible.”

Roberta Hiner ’98 and Toni Schmidt were married August 1, 2015, at their home in Tiffin, Ohio, surrounded by friends and family. The couple is enjoying life with their dogs, Lola and Maxine. Roberta was promoted last June to lead recruiter with Cielo, a Wisconsin-based global recruiting firm, and loves working from home.

Lisa Harris ’92 was the featured speaker at Adrian College’s Institute for Career Planning Focus on Your Future event in April. Lisa, a former talent acquisition specialist with Daimler Trucks North America, recently began working with Mercedes Benz Financial Services in human resources shared services. In March, Colleen Kowich ’92 was named the 2015 Kiwanian of the Year by the Saint Joseph, Mo., Kiwanis Club. For the past 10 years, Colleen has been employed as the director of alumni services at Missouri Western State University in Saint Joseph. Karen Baird ’94, former head softball coach at Eastern Michigan University, was named assistant softball coach at Oakland University Athletics in July 2015. Prior to Karen’s tenure at EMU, she spent six years as the head softball coach at Albion College. Karen earned a Master of Arts degree in sports administration from Wayne State University in 2000. She was inducted into the Adrian College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010 as a member of the 1990-91 softball team. Patti Smith ’94 collaborated with the People’s Food Co-op of Ann Arbor to write the group’s background with The History of Ann Arbor’s People’s Food Co-op, recording their 45 year evolution. The book, published in April, is filled with pictures, stories, anecdotes and a comprehensive timeline and tells the story of the Coop’s early days on State Street to its current storefront and wildly successful Café Verde.

Amber Metro-Sanchez ’99 was one of 12 dental hygienists nationwide selected to be a member of Colgate’s Oral Health Advisory Board in 2015. Amber also had her first article published in the January 2016 issue of RDH magazine. She has practiced as a dental hygienist in Fort Wayne, Ind., for the past 10 years.

2000s During their inaugural year 2015, Lambda Pi Eta, Adrian College communication honor society, inducted several distinguished honorary alumni members. These include Jim Mahony ’00, Troy Schmidli ’02, Janet Creque ’06, Courtney Clouse ’12, Amanda Duquesnel ’12, Mike Neal ’12, Emma Brooks ’13, Tim Martuch ’13, Frank Crupi ’15 and Christopher Momany ’15. Michael Bell ’00 and his wife, Sarah Chaffee, announce the birth of their daughter, Elliott Chaffee Bell, in July 2015. The family resides in Hartford, Mich., where Michael is an attorney with Howard & Howard Attorneys LLC. Angela Kreusel ’00 began working in February as a senior project manager with Idle Tools, Inc., in the Raleigh-Durham, N.C., area.



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Joe ’02 and Janice Denney Milanovich ’02 are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Miles Shaw Milanovich, in June 2015. He joins sister, Amira, 3. The family resides in northern Chicago, where Joe is an assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago. Dave Lawrence ’03 began working in March as the communications manager for the University of Michigan Museum of Art. [LinkedIn] Brandon Rickard ’03 with his wife, Wendy, returned to the Adrian area from Pennsylvania in April 2015, when Brandon was offered a position as community pastor of Ogden Church in Madison Township, Michigan. Chris Stewart ’03 has been the owner and CEO of CW Leadership, based in Michigan, since March 2015. Chris is also a territory consultant for Life Fitness, having worked there since May 2015.

Jen Hornok ’04 and Bill Konkel were married on Oct. 10, 2014, in Harrison Township, Mich. Bridesmaids included Marie Baranda ’04 and Kristin Kepsel ’04. Alumni guests included Crystal Tursich ’05 and Erik ’05 and Jill Schuster Rothenhauser ’04. Jen works as a LMSW with Macomb County Community Mental Health and Advanced Counseling Services as a therapist. ▲ As of Feb. 1, Dana M. Wood ’04 became assistant attorney general with the Michigan Department of attorney general, in the civil litigation, employment and elections division. Dana was in private practice at Johnson & Wyngaarden, P.C., in Okemos, Mich., for the previous seven years. In Dec. 2015, Rebekah Horn ’05 graduated from New Mexico State University with a Ph.D. in molecular biology. She is currently employed as a postdoctoral fellow at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, with a focus on conservation genetics of caribou populations. Janet Creque ’06 was promoted to design and campaign specialist at AAA Club Partners in August 2015. She was also nominated by her colleagues and recognized for her work at ACP’s annual all-company meeting in Philadelphia in Oct. 2015. Janet continues to teach at Adrian College and serves as the property committee chairperson for Alpha Phi fraternity. Jonathon Servoss ’06 began working with the University of Michigan Medical School as commercialization program manager in October 2015. [LinkedIn]

Melissa Snow Altman ’04 and her husband, Brandon, are happy to announce the birth of twin daughters, Brynn Elizabeth and Mya Rae, born June 18, 2015. The Altman family lives in Bryan, Ohio. ▲



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Robin Dluzen ’08 is making her way as an artist in Chicago, as well as being published regularly as an artswriter/reviewer. Her articles can be viewed on her website at http://robindluzenwriting.tumblr.com. HaLana Thompson ’08 was ordained Oct. 17, 2015, by the Chicago Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. Thompson graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2014.

Class Notes Lindsay Chitwood ’10 has been working as assistant product director-knee marketing for DePuy Orthopaedics since June 2015. [LinkedIn] Chelsea Easter-Rose ’10 was appointed assistant principal of Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter School, where she was previously a middle school teacher, in July 2015. Chelsea received a Master of Arts degree from Loyola University of Chicago in 2011 and a Master of Teaching degree from Marian College in 2014. [LinkedIn] Gabriel Holdwick ’10 opened his own dental practice in Harbor Beach, Mich., in August of 2015. [LinkedIn] Sarah Muylle ’10 began working as a graphic designer and stationery manager in September 2015 at Emerald City Designs in Farmington Hills, Mich. [LinkedIn] Elysia Norris ’10 was hired in Feb. 2016 as a logistics process reporting analyst with Morton Salt in Chicago. [LinkedIn] Megan Boelstler ’11 wrote that former classmate Sydney Booth ’11 received an award from the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association in recognition of her pro bono efforts. Sydney is an attorney with Rushing Law in Detroit, Mich. Kate Moore ’11 graduated from Western University of Health Sciences in 2015, where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree. Kate is currently practicing in Yorba-Linda, Calif., with a focus on exotic animals. Kelly Lowe Swett ’11 and her husband, Joel, announce the birth of their son, Tucker Jackson, on July 5, 2015. They recently moved to their first home in Adrian. Caitlin Dickerson Young ’11 started a new job in Feb. 2016 as a foster care case manager with the Monroe County Health Department in Monroe, Mich. [LinkedIn] Emily Alt ’12 and Kyle Bliss were married May 30, 2015, in Emily’s childhood church in Conklin, Mich. Alumni attending included Elizabeth VanDussen ’11, Colleen Tekamp ’12 and Amanda Duquesnel ’12. Emily works as an interior designer with DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen. The couple lives in Coopersville, Mich.

Jamie Besier ’12 was featured by the Romney Institute at Adrian College as the Alum Attorney of the Month in its October 2015 newsletter. After graduating from the Michigan State University College of Law in May 2015, Jamie accepted a position with Stimpson & Associates P.C. in Tecumseh, Mich., where she now serves as associate attorney.


In December 2015, Chris Cook ’12 earned a Master of Science degree in organizational leadership and administration from Concordia University. Chris is employed as the transfer admissions counselor for Adrian College. Alex Gettys ’12 has been employed as a police officer since September 2014 with the city of Cincinnati. Emily Pilon ’12 and Zachary Cohen were married June 20, 2015, at Kings Court Castle in Lake Orion, Mich. Members of the bridal party included Mariah Sika ’13 and Madeline Yope Gomez ’12. Wedding guests included Anthony Fye ’12, James Gomez ’12 and Zachary Bentley ’12. The couple resides in Royal Oak, Mich., where Emily is the lead CRM analyst for Chevrolet. Colleen Tekamp ’12 began working as a dog trainer in July of 2015 at the Zoom Room in Denver, Colo. [LinkedIn] Aaron ’12 and Amy Schmidt Wielfaert ’12 are happy to announce the birth of their first child, Ava Elizabeth, on May 7, 2015. The Wielfaert family resides in Blissfield, Mich. Delaney Andrews ’13 joined the Adrian College Office of Development as assistant director of annual giving. She had been working with Fathead in Detroit since Sept. 2015 as a B2B account manager. Jacob Carlson ’13 has been with Wacker Chemical Corp. in Adrian as an intern and full time employee. He was promoted in October 2015 to marketing analyst with the engineering silicones division. [LinkedIn] Since June 2015, Justin Hemm ’13 has been working at the COSI Museum in the Columbus, Ohio, area as a camp and offsite programs teacher. [LinkedIn]




Lilly Sagers ’14 began working with Paragon Laboratories, Inc., as a microbiologist in December 2015. [LinkedIn]


Alexis Horstman ’13 began working in April 2015 in the exhibit experience department for the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium. [LinkedIn] Amy Johnson ’13 was curator of the Germans and Latinos of Lenawee: Finding Home exhibit at the Lenawee County Historical Museum in Adrian, held in April 2016. The local history project was about immigration and Lenawee County. Chloe Stiriz ’13 received a promotion in November 2015 to client sales senior coordinator with her employer, Alliance Data Card Services, where she has worked since 2014. She resides in the Columbus, Ohio, area. [LinkedIn] Jessica Stonerock ’13 accomplished “Million Dollar Designer” status with her employer of two years, La-ZBoy Furniture Galleries. Jess is the lead interior designer with La-Z-Boy in Mishawaka, Ind., and achieved one million dollars in design and sales in less than 10 months. Jeff Ulfig ’13 earned a Master of Accounting degree in May 2015 from St. Ambrose University (Iowa) and accepted an accounting position with the CPA firm of Honkamp Krueger & Co. While at St. Ambrose University, he was an assistant coach for the men’s lacrosse team. Brittany Griebe ’14 began teaching full-time in fall 2015 for the third grade at Sandy Grove Elementary School located in Hoke County, N.C. In fall 2014, Matthew Neal ’14 joined a Federal Law Enforcement Task Force with the U.S. Marshal Service in Texas. Matt graduated from the police academy in 2015, graduating as the number one cadet in his class. Kayla Penner ’14 graduated with a master of social work degree in May 2015 from Wayne State University. Kayla is employed at Care of Southeastern Michigan in Fraser, Mich., as a public information specialist working to prevent substance abuse/use in the community. Melissa Roe ’14 completed her master’s degree in public policy and administration from Northwestern University in April. She is employed at Adrian College as an international and graduate counselor with the Office of Admissions.



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Kristin Stowers ’14 recently began working for Roche Diagnostics of Indiana in the diabetes care unit. She is the second level of investigation to detect errors in the manufacturing of meters and strips. Madeline Thomas ’14 began working in Jan. 2016 as director of youth and education ministries at the Zoar Lutheran Church in Perrysburg, Ohio. [LinkedIn] Ravin Toner ’14 graduated from the Michigan State Police 127th Trooper Recruit School on Oct. 31, 2014. Ravin began a law enforcement career stationed at the Jackson, Mich., post and is currently patrolling the streets of Jackson and Hillsdale Counties in Michigan. Aaron Handy ’15 is working with the Community Action Agency as a veteran housing advocate for the supportive services for veteran families serving Hillsdale, Cass, Branch and St. Joseph counties in Michigan. Jay Hannah ’15 was hired in May 2015 by Flood Broadcasting of Falls City, Neb., as a sports and news reporter. [LinkedIn] Cristina Miller ’15 has been working as a marketing associate with Product Stack (formerly Application To Go) since June 2015. The company is located in Charlotte, N.C. [LinkedIn] Molly Rademacher ’15 is enrolled in the graduate program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she plans to graduate in 2018 with a Master of Architecture degree with an emphasis on interior arch, certificate of historic preservation. [LinkedIn] Bianca Russell ’15 is currently living in Farmington Hills, Mich., and working as an inside sales account executive with the Detroit Red Wings. [LinkedIn] Taylor Gerdeman ’16 was hired by Adrian College in May for the position of financial aid counselor. She had worked in the office for four years and as an intern. She earned a degree in accounting and was a member of the Finance Club, the Adrian College Dance Team, the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society and the Alpha Chi National Honor Society. Taylor was on the Dean's List throughout her college career and was a member of the IMA Accounting National Honor Society, as well as the Mortar Board Golden Gavel Chapter.

Class Notes

SCIENCE of ARCHITECTURE Amy Van Gessel ’14 is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, where she is pursuing a Master of Architecture and Master of Science in heritage conservation and preservation. The College of Design at the U of MN sponsors a design-build project that is ultimately displayed at the Minnesota State Fair. In 2015, Amy was rewarded a unique opportunity as her design was chosen. With the assistance of mechanical engineering graduates, who provided their expertise and help constructing the shelter, they created a functional and usable project. The shelter was modular and built for Metro Transit, with a small footprint suited to constrained sites and integrating solar power generation. The write-up stated, “Bringing sustainable energy sources to shelters in a cost-efficient manner can advance Metro Transit’s ability to provide light, lit advertising panels, real-time information and even heat at these shelters.”

Solar Bus Shelter Prototype was featured at the State Fair in St. Paul, Minn. Currently, the prototype is being housed in storage awaiting its final destination. Photo by FarmKid Studios.

Amy is an interior design alumna of Adrian College and currently works for MacDonald & Mack Architects in Minneapolis.

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a Sisters Margaret Powell Thomas ’41 and Eleanor Powell Scouten ’45 passed away December 22 and March 2. Margaret, who was from Tiffin, Ohio, and her late husband, Archie Thomas ’41, were loyal alumni and part of a legacy of Powell connections to Adrian College. Eleanor was predeceased by her husband, Edward Scouten, and had spent many years together in New York state and traveling. Both Margaret and Eleanor were the daughters of former professor Homer K. Powell 1916 (for whom Powell Hall is named on campus) and Edith Powell 1916 and siblings to Eugene Powell ’32 and Carroll Powell ’39. Several other relatives also attended Adrian College. Meredyth Radabaugh Foltz ’44, a resident of Perrinton, Mich., and retired educator, died Feb. 13. Meredyth obtained a master’s degree in education from Eastern Michigan University and then went on to teach various places throughout Michigan but spent the majority of her career at Fulton Schools. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Silas Foltz ’46. Surviving are a son, two daughters, including Sarah Foltz ’76, a brother, four sisters and two half-sisters, as well as other relatives who attended Adrian College, Kathryn Kishpaugh Wyler ’59 and Jan Radabaugh Hedgcock ’78. Pauline Renshaw Spangler ’45 of Palm Harbor, Fla., passed away May 2. She remained connected to her alma mater and was very active in her community in Florida. She is survived by her husband, Dan Spangler, and five children from a previous marriage, including Ralph Reinhart ’69. Word has been received of the death on July 6, 2015, of Margaret Crozier ’46, a resident of Battle Creek, Mich. She is survived by a brother, Robert Crozier.



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Ruth Wells Wittenkeller ’49, retired educator and resident of St. Joseph, Mich., for over 60 years, died June 4. She received her master’s degree in education from Western Michigan University and taught band, elementary general music, choir speech, as well as first and second grades for 40 years in Baroda Schools, Lakeshore (Stevensville) Schools and Benton Harbor Schools. Ruth directed several children and adult choirs at the First United Methodist Church in St. Joseph. She retired from teaching in 1990 and continued giving private music lessons until 2012. Surviving are two daughters, including Lorri Wittenkeller ’80, and two granddaughters. Robert Dawson ’50, a resident of Richmond, Va., and member of the SAE fraternity, died Jan. 5. Bob received a juris doctorate degree from the University of Miami in 1954 and joined the Florida legal department of Lawyers Title Insurance Corp. and was later named Florida State Manager. The family moved to Richmond in July 1968 when Bob was promoted to executive vice president of Lawyers Title and elected to the board of directors and executive committee. He was appointed president and CEO of Lawyers Title in 1973 and went on to lead the company for 17 years. Bob is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sally Watts Dawson ’50, a son, two daughters and three grandchildren. He is the brother of the late Adrian College president Dr. John Dawson ’38 and Jean Dawson Livingston ’43, his sister, also deceased, as well as other relatives including Marsha Dawson Nelson ‘69 and David Livingston ‘69. Donations are welcome for the Dr. John H. Dawson Scholarship at Adrian College. Charles W. Sutherland ’50 of Livonia, Mich., passed away May 19. Chuck was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and retiree from Ford Motor Company. For Adrian College, he was a member of the ATO fraternity, the Alumni Association Board of Directors and Board of Trustees and he received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1989. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, children Gail Sutherland Schenkel ’73, C. William Sutherland ’76, Scott Chesley ’85 and daughter-in-law Michelle Croly Chesley ’86, as well as several grand- and greatgrandchildren. Donations are welcome for the Sutherland-Chesley Scholarship Fund at Adrian College.

Dorothy Basmadjian Davis ’51, a resident of Sterling Heights, Mich., and retired teacher from Lincoln Park Schools, died Nov. 17, 2015. Survivors include a son, a daughter, Laura Davis Zeronian ’86, and two grandchildren. Russell Kintner ’51, a resident of Adrian and retired accountant, died Oct. 11, 2015. Russell was a partner in the Schippers, Kintner & Robertson accounting firm for 40 years before starting his own CPA firm in 1996, from which he retired October 2014. Russ was the youngest charter member, at the age of 13, of the Adrian First Church of the Brethren. He served on the Madison School Board in Adrian for 16 years and was involved in many organizations. Surviving are his wife, Marjorie, of 61 years, four sons, a daughter, 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Hsin Chen Tien ’51, retired psychiatrist and resident of East Lansing, Mich., died July 29, 2015. H.C. graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1955 and did his internship at Riverside Hospital in Toledo. He completed his residency in psychiatry at Ypsilanti State Hospital. In 1958, H.C. was invited to serve as a consultant at the Child Guidance Clinic in Lansing, and, at the same time, he established his private practice of psychiatry and neurology in East Lansing. In addition to his medical career, H.C. did many years of research in Chinese linguistics. In the early 1980s, he established Chinese Computer Communications Company to develop Chinese word processing software. H.C. is survived by his wife of 57 years, Audrey, three sons and seven grandchildren. Word has been received of the death of LeRoy Rhynard ’54, of Centennial, Colo., in Feb. of 2015. Survivors include two sons, three daughters, 10 grandchildren, seven greatgrandchildren, two brothers and two sisters. Word has been received of the death of Cheril Slayton Burbage ’56 on Dec. 11, 2013. Cheril was a resident of St. Louis, Mo., and a retired teacher. Surviving are her husband, Norman, two daughters, two sons, six grandchildren and a sister. Duane “Dewey” Hall ’60, a resident of Lambertville, Mich., and member of the ATO fraternity, died Feb. 9. Dewey received a master’s degree in school administration from Eastern Michigan University in 1969 and was

In Memoriam a school administrator and dean of students at Bedford Junior High School from 1971-1991. Dewey was inducted into the Adrian College Athletic Hall of Fame for football in 1973 and Toledo City Hall of Fame in 2004. Bill Krohn ’62, an Adrian educator and member of SAE fraternity, died Nov. 8, 2015. His teaching career in the Adrian Public Schools included dean at the high school, assistant principal at Drager Middle School, principal at Prairie School and principal of Maple City High School for alternative education. Bill received a master’s degree from Siena Heights University. He served in the Air Force Reserves, being called to active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Survivors include his wife, Sharon, of 52 years, a daughter, two grandsons and two sisters. Rae Thornton Franke ’63, a resident of Lansing, Mich., and ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church, died April 24, 2015. Rae, a former teacher at Romulus High School, was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Trinity United Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church. Surviving are her husband, Chuck Franke ’65, of 51 years, two sons, a sister and two grandsons. Richard A. Kapnick ’64 of Van Nuys, Calif., died Aug. 19, 2015. Richard was a long-time member of Mensa, enjoyed a successful advertising executive career and served as a science teacher in both Illinois and California. Survivors include his wife, Martha, two children, two brothers, one sister, and several nieces and nephews. George Maschke ’65, a member of the ATO fraternity and a resident of Pendleton, Ky., died April 6. While a student at Adrian College, George was a member of the football and the track and field teams. He was the owner of Wolf Pen Consulting, Inc. Survivors include his wife, Kathilene. Judith Wenger Best ’66, a resident of Attica, Mich., and retired teacher, died Nov. 2, 2014. Judy received a master’s degree in education from Oakland University. She was an English teacher for most of her life, teaching in Florida, Georgia and Indiana and retiring in 2007 from Dryden Community Schools. Judy was a former member of the Adrian College Alumni Association Board of Directors and also a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority at AC. Surviving are her husband, Ron, five daughters, a son, 17 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two brothers, including Bob Wenger ’64.

Harvey Krupnick ’66, of Hopkinton, Mass., passed away May 26. Known by many as “Coach K,” Harvey spent a lifetime as an athlete, physical education teacher and coach. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and also served in the U.S. Army. He was recognized with several coaching awards, including the Boston Globe Division II Coach of the Year and National High School Master Coach Award selected by Easton Bat Company & Collegiate Baseball; he also served as the Major League Baseball International Envoy Coach to South Africa in 2001. Harvey started the first baseball hitting school in the country and coached hundreds of players over the years. He was an SAE, played baseball and football for Adrian College and was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985. Judith Berndt Walls ’66, of Newark, Del., died Jan. 10. She began her studies at Adrian College and finished at the University of Michigan with a dental hygiene degree. Later in life, she became a realtor for many years. She married Michael Walls ’66, who survives, along with their three children and their families. Thomas Gormly II ’70, a resident of Toledo, Ohio, and member of the ATO fraternity, died Feb. 27. Tom was senior class president of the 1970 class at Adrian College. Survivors include two daughters, a son, five grandchildren, two sisters and a brother. James Martin ’71, a resident of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and member of Theta Chi fraternity, died April 26. For over 34 years, Jim was a dedicated store manager of the Kmart Corp. He is survived by his wife, Sally Barrett Martin ’71, one daughter and a granddaughter. Edward “Larry” Gallagher ’72, a member of the SAE fraternity and resident of Wexford, Pa., died Nov. 7. Larry is survived by his wife of 42 years, Debra Deily Gallagher ’75, two daughters and five grandchildren. Steven Frost ’73, a resident of Deltona, Fla., and regular attendee of the Adrian College Florida reunions, died Nov. 1, 2015. Steve served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, and worked for 20 years as an internal auditor for the Loyal Order of Moose. After retirement, he re-entered the work place with Lake County Schools, where he enjoyed carrying precious students as a school bus driver. He was also a Mason and member of the Scottish Rite. Survivors include his wife, Gail Hinton-Frost, a sister, two step-sons and three step-granddaughters.

Former Adrian College vice president for development Ron Reeves ’64, and a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, died April 11. A resident of Adrian for much of his working life, he served his community as a board member and officer of numerous organizations including Adrian College, Boy Scouts of America, the Salvation Army and the Lenawee County Education Foundation. He was very active in the First United Methodist Church of Adrian, serving as lay leader, Sunday school teacher and, most recently, on the finance committee. Ron was instrumental in raising millions of dollars for the organizations he served and received several awards over the years, including the prestigious Maple Leaf Award in 1999 for extraordinary leadership and community service. He retired as vice president and general manager of Venchurs Packaging in 2006 and was recruited to serve as vice president of development at Adrian College, a position he officially held for seven years, retiring in 2012. Since then, Ron served on the College’s Board of Trustees. Ron is survived by his wife of 52 years, Kay Reed Reeves ’62, two sons, Aaron Reeves ’87 and Matthew Reeves, and five grandchildren. Donations may be made in his memory to the Ronald Reeves Memorial Scholarship at Adrian College.




In Memoriam

Bea Briggs ’77, a resident of Archbold, Ohio, and retired science and health teacher at Archbold Junior High School, died April 26. She also coached basketball and volleyball and was the recipient of the Ohio Science Teachers award. While a student at Adrian, Bea played basketball, volleyball, tennis and field hockey and was inducted into the Adrian College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993. Bea is survived by her sister and a cousin, Ron Hoag ’70, and his wife, Vicky Erbskorn Hoag ’69. Ron stated that Bea was “like a younger sibling.” John Castle ’78, a resident of Tecumseh, Mich., and sports writer for The Daily Telegram in Adrian for 35 years, died Sept. 3, 2015. John was known for his love of local sports, especially for track and field, and The Daily Telegram Individual Invitational meet that he helped organize for 30 years. He is survived by a sister and a brother. Frank Zupan, Jr. ’80, a resident of Madison, Ohio, died March 3. Frank was retired from Lincoln Electric as a production technician after 35 years of service. Frank is survived by his wife of 31 years, Cindy, a daughter, a son, his mother, a sister and a brother. Susan Agosti Kelly ’86, former captain of Adrian College’s women’s volleyball and basketball teams, died Feb. 1. She was inducted into the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. Sue and her family had lived in Lakeland, Fla., since 1997. Survivors include her husband, Dan Kelly ’84, two daughters, her father, two brothers and a sister, Julie Agosti ’92.

Diana Jones ’87, a resident of Bellingham, Wash., died Sept. 21, 2015. Diana was an associate professor in the human services program at Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University and had been named the new program director. She received a Ph.D. in community research and action from Vanderbilt University, an M.T.S. in theology from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and an M.A. in sociology from Emory University. Victoria Sharpe Willey ’89, a resident of Romeo, Mich., and teacher in the Utica Community School system for eight years before becoming a stay-at-home mom, died Aug. 29, 2015. Vicki received her master’s degree in elementary education in 1992 from John Carroll University. She is survived by her husband Tim of 22 years, three children, two sisters and her parents. Juanita Best Hartman Donegan ’90, a resident of Lima, Ohio, and college educator at Indiana University, died Oct. 8, 2015. Survivors include her husband, Timothy Donegan, two sons and a sister. Candie Jo Glover ’90, a resident of Adrian and hairdresser, died April 3. She is survived by her mother, two daughters, a son and four grandchildren.

Friends Tom Flagg, retired psychology department professor and resident of Albuquerque, N.M., died March 29. He had been ill the past several years. Survivors include his wife, Sandra Vallie.

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



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Art “Doc” Jones, professor emeritus and former chair of the music department, died Dec. 29, 2015. Doc was director of the Adrian College choir and Singers group for approximately 25 years, retiring in 1990 to Pisgah Forest, N.C. Surviving are two sons, including Mark Jones ’88, a daughter and several grandchildren. Doc was preceded in death by his wife, Reda. A memorial service and tribute was held on the Adrian College campus on May 7, attended by approximately 100 former choir students, guests and community friends. Donations may be made to Adrian College for the Doc Jones Classroom in Spencer Hall or the Art and Reda Jones Music Scholarship. Ioan Young Stepp, a resident of Adrian and former director of student affairs, director of placement, and registrar of Adrian College, died Jan. 13 at the age of 95. She retired as professor emeritus in 1985 after 43 years of service. Ioan also taught English and physical education, and she was instrumental in starting the College’s women’s basketball program. She was inducted into the Adrian College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986. When her husband, Kenneth Stepp ’51, was inducted in 2001, they were the first couple in the Hall of Fame. Ioan also received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 1982. Surviving are a daughter, a son, seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and a brother, Dale Young ’51. She was preceded in death by her husband of almost 52 years, a son, a daughter and a sister. Leonard Steuwe, a resident of Tecumseh, Mich., and former Adrian College employee for 20 years in the Plant Dept., died Oct. 22, 2015. Leonard was also a former cub master in Britton, Mich. Survivors include his wife, Sandra, six children, including Don Teboe ’92 and Paul Teboe ’94, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Robert “Ike” Westfall, a resident of Adrian and former accounting instructor at Adrian College, died November 17. Ike was an entrepreneur who started several businesses, including Ike Westfall Sealing and Striping, BAM Ltd. and Southeastern Security. He was a former chair of the Siena Heights College business and economics program. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Marr, two daughters, a son, three step-daughters, 10 grandchildren, a sister and a brother.

Dear Friends, I am pleased to continue to be an active member of the Adrian College community and share in its growth and leadership during this exciting time in its history. Though challenges are ever present in higher education and in life, they also present new opportunities for us to seek and discover innovative ways to approach and bring about solutions. The College’s history of providing excellent faculty, quality academics, personal attention and a variety of opportunities for students to be involved continues to this day. As alumni representing many decades, we are evidence of the time and commitment put in by the faculty, staff and coaches who are the foundation of the undergraduate experience. Members of the Alumni Board are working to improve communication through various media, through reaching out and engaging you in the life of the College. You have much to offer our students and new graduates, and we hope to make you even more aware of the opportunities through which you can participate and give back. One example is the AMPP (Alumni Mentoring Pilot Program) that will help develop a framework for alumni mentoring current students via an online platform. We brought together some of our students with alumni in Traverse City and in Indianapolis during the summer and had a great time meeting many of you and sharing our Bulldog spirit. Watch for additional events in other regions in 2017 – we hope you will join us! On behalf of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, my sincere thank you to all of our alumni and friends who share their time, talent and resources to help current students become thoughtful, successful individuals and represent well our alma mater.


Chuck McCallum ‘61 President | Alumni Association Board of Directors alumniboard@adrian.edu …

P.S. We are excited to announce that over 20 students received assistance this fall from the Alumni Association Contributed Scholarship! Thank you for making a difference.

2016-17 Alumni Board of Directors Melissa Murray Balsan ’06, Chicago, Ill.

Wesley Tapp ’94, Tecumseh

Bruce Diven ’77, Monroe, vice president

Pam McGahey Van Doren ’75, Tipton

Jessica Fritz Echols ’94, Troy, Ohio* Ryann Eff ’10, Sylvania, Ohio Paul Fenner ’98, Commerce Twp. Steve Gregg ’68, Milan* Terri Willets Hamad ’94, Monroe, secretary/treasurer

Megan Vandekerkhove ’13, Adrian* Tracy Warrick ’92, Macomb Amy Jo Young ’84, Woodstock, Md. Andy Zerkel ’04, Chesterfield

*New Members 2016-17

Carrie Hartley ’04, Clayton Hanna Hubbard ’12, Adrian John Imonen ’64, Livonia

Alumni Trustees

Michael Kosch ’07, Grosse Pointe Woods*

Ron Batory ’71, Santa Fe, N.M.

Patricia Anderson Leary ’76, Bloomfield Hills

Jeff DeBest ’86, International, The Netherlands

Stanley Legenc ’65, Tecumseh

Richard Kibbey ’75, Bradenton, Fla.

Kara Howland-Kressbach Lennard ’98, Adrian*

Richard Sweebe ’71, Memphis, Tenn.

Chuck McCallum ’61, Benton Harbor, president

Gina Valentino ’86, Kansas City, Mo.

Cathy Charlesworth Mejia ’76, Kalamazoo Brett Peters ’95, Mansfield, Ohio Jeff Strayer ’06, Haskins, Ohio





Adrian College Alumni Notes



Alumni Mentoring Pilot Program AMPP

2017 Alumni Directory

The Adrian College Alumni Association has partnered with PCI (Publishing Concepts, Inc.) to contact alumni to request an update for the new directory. Starting in January, postcards, emails and phone calls will be used to connect with you for basic info as well as photos, and more. Options to purchase the directory will be available.

➤ One hundred years ago, in 1916, West Lafayette College (Ohio) merged with Adrian College by approval of the Methodist Protestant Church, bringing an increase to enrollment totaling 147 students, as well as a large library and some laboratory equipment. ➤ Fifty years ago, in 1966, Camelot, the first musical in Dawson Auditorium to be produced in many years, broke all previous attendance records with a total audience of 3,100.

Over 20 alumni are participating in the Alumni Mentoring Pilot Program to connect with students seeking professional advice and career experience. Handshake, the online platform for students exploring internships and job opportunities, recently expanded to include a mentor option. The Institute for Career Planning and Office of Alumni Relations will evaluate the pilot program in summer 2017 and make recommendations for its further development. For questions, email careerplanning@adrian.edu.

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

alumni authors

Luann Tennant Coyne ’76 Children’s fantasy The Crystal Tower On the Wolf’s Path



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Rick Wilcox ’63 Autobiography Two Generations: Visions of Life

Christopher Werkman ’70 Fiction Difficult Lies

Patti Smith ’94 Local History The History of Ann Arbor’s People’s Food Co-op

Jennifer Friess Stites ’98 Romance Be Careful What You Wish For

Craig Kallio ’71 Meditations A Faith For All Seasons

Diane Andrews Henningfeld ’74 Poetry Turning

Luigi Russo ’02 Poetry Zombie Land Poetics Chorus Chorus Come To Me


2017 Upcoming Events


March 12, 2017 Annual Florida Reunion

Detroit Tigers Spring Training annual alumni and friends social gathering in Lakeland, Fla.


Alumni & Friends Gatherings

Cincinnati, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Toledo and more.


September 30, 2017 Homecoming

Travel Tours

These are an amazing value and a wonderful opportunity to travel with your friends from Adrian College! European Adventure: The Art in Rome, Florence & Paris May 8 - 18, 2017 The Department of Art & Design invites alumni to join faculty, students and guests for an amazing adventure! Professor Garin Horner (Photography) and Dr. Carissa Massey (Art History) have planned an 11-day, once-in-alifetime trip of art, photography, culture, history and food. $4,000 includes all travel, upgraded accommodations, VIP passes to locations, all breakfasts, some local dinners and expert guides. Contact Garin Horner directly at ghorner@ adrian.edu. Space is limited. Deadline January 31, 2017.

May Tour 2017: Celtic Dream 15 Day Tour starting May 9, 2017 Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Discover the dramatic beauty of the Emerald Isle as we visit Galway, Limerick, Blarney, Dublin and Belfast. Finally, kiss the Blarney Stone, revel in the nightlife and excitement of Dublin, and climb the Giant's Causeway.  The adventure continues as we sail to Braveheart country, exploring the lochs and highlands of Scotland.  Track down Nessie, view the crown jewels and storm Stirling Castle! Students $3789. Adults 23+ $4244. Includes roundtrip airfare from Detroit, all ground transportation, entrance fees, tour guides, ferries, and breakfasts and dinners. Itinerary and booking: http://www.explorica.com/Bott-2670. Deadline is January 24, 2017. 517-265-5161 ext. 4080 or email studyabroad@adrian.edu .


boun·ti·ful | 'boun(t)əfəl | adjective

liberal in bestowing gifts, favors or bounties; munificent; generous.

Plans are underway for Class Reunions, Alumni Awards, Hall of Fame and much more.

Join us Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2017

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Legacy of a Bulldog


the silver lining

When sorting through an inherited family collection of silverware, one small teaspoon stood out. It was engraved with Adrian College and 1904. oger D. Williams knew his great aunt, Elizabeth Marie Patrick, was a college graduate. Though she died when he was only 10 years old, his early years of knowing “Aunt Bess” left an impression on him. This small yet intricate spoon represented an accomplishment few women achieved in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Roger connected with Adrian College, donated the spoon in her memory and learned it was the only memorabilia of its type in the College’s archives. Bess was born in 1879 and raised in a simple farmhouse near the small town of Lewiston, Ohio. There were no automobiles, paved roads, telephones or electrical service. Indoor plumbing and adequate heat were rare. To have aspirations to graduate from high school, let alone college, was uncommon for young women. But Bess loved books and literature and perhaps through the Lewiston Methodist Church, learned of Adrian College. As an undergraduate student and member of the College’s Star Literary Society, Bess was invited to present at its 44th anniversary. She shared her essay on renowned 19th century Swiss educational reformer, Henry Pestalozzi, which was printed in the June 1904 College World and is still available today. Her interest in education and literature served her well as she studied to become a teacher. During her senior year, Bess shared in several events leading to graduation, including the Class Day Exercises featuring student talent and the passing of the Shepherd’s Crook to the junior class, a tradition that remains today. On Thursday morning, June 23, 1904, Elizabeth “Bess” Marie Patrick achieved her dream. The College World indicates she was among the 16 graduates who participated in the commencement exercises in Downs Hall, receiving her Bachelor of Letters. The class wore its chosen colors of maroon and light blue, several musical numbers were interspersed throughout the program and the “orations were delivered in a praiseworthy manner.” There is no mention of a graduation spoon and its benefactor, or whether all the graduates were recipients of this small treasure.



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After discovering the unique spoon among the silver, Roger Williams reflected upon his own knowledge and memories of Aunt Bess. “She was an English teacher who spent many years in the Detroit Public Schools until her death in 1948. I remember that Aunt Bess lived in an apartment in Detroit during the school year. Each summer she would drive her 1941 Plymouth back to her hometown in Lewiston. Although she never married, she lived her own life and was the center of our family. She was a quiet, independent person who influenced the lives of many students. Aunt Bess would have been pleased to share her graduation spoon with her alma mater.”

The Souvenir Spoon In the late 1800s, this European fad swept the nation to commemorate special occasions, locations and events. It became an obsession that lasted until World War I. The first souvenir silver spoon was produced in the U.S. in 1889 by Galt & Bros. of Washington, D.C., and marked the 100th anniversary of George Washington’s presidency, featuring his profile. In 1893, the Chicago World Fair, with 27 million visitors, lifted the collection of souvenir spoons to a new level. Some reports say more spoons were produced for this fair than any other event in history. About the same time, the silver market collapsed. This made silver more affordable for ordinary Americans to possess, but it retained its image of being for the privileged and wealthy. “History of Souvenir Spoons” History Detectives, pbs.org/Oregon Public Broadcasting 2003-2014.

Parting Paws

Sabrina Fortney

and //MAKING PEACE What do two young women from Nunica, Mich., and Uniontown, Ohio, have in common? Besides being Adrian College graduates, both Lynda Mick ’07 and Sabrina Fortney ’11 took a giant leap and joined the Peace Corps. Both served in West African nations, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean – Ghana and Senegal. WHY DID YOU JOIN THE PEACE CORPS? LYNDA: After earning my psychology degree from Adrian College, I went on to earn a M.A. in art therapy counseling from Marylhurst University (Oregon). I always wanted to help others in some way. I knew it would be harder to make the commitment as I grew older and became more career focused; I decided to step away and take a chance. SABRINA: I wanted to help save the world of course! But what made me go beyond thinking about it was a story that Dr. Melissa Stewart told us in her feminism class. She spoke to us about this incredible young woman she knew who traveled to Africa to help keep young girls in school. After that story, I remember thinking I need to do something – I want to make a difference.

WHAT WERE SOME UNEXPECTED CHALLENGES THERE? LYNDA: For me, the most difficult thing was being by myself for very long periods of time. There were very few distractions, and initially the simplicity was maddening. No TV, very little internet, no one who gets your jokes. I washed all my laundry by hand, took bucket baths and ate whatever I could find and from care packages from home. SABRINA: The biggest challenge was trying to change their perception of Americans. They took everything from TV and assumed we were all like Miley Cyrus, for example, wealthy and overindulgent. I found the local African dialect, Wolof, difficult to grasp and it took a good year. No one spoke English ever. And there was no electricity or running water.

WHERE WERE YOU PLACED? HOW LONG WERE YOU THERE? LYNDA: I was in Ghana from February 2013 – April 2015. Ghana is located on the western side of Africa, just a few degrees north of the Equator on the Gulf of Guinea. SABRINA: In the very small village of Keur Lahine Lobe, Senegal, with a population of about 400. I served in the Peace Corps from September 2012 through November 2014.

WHAT WERE SOME UNEXPECTED JOYS? LYNDA: When I was thinking it was too difficult or frustrating, something would happen to completely affirm my being there. It was as simple as walking out to the middle of town while in an awful mood and having a little kid run up and hug my leg for no reason. Or my vegetable lady ‘dashing’ (free gifting) me something extra at the market because she knows I’m needy. I never expected to feel so

safe and so cared for. The Ghanaians are genuinely the most friendly and helpful people I have ever met. Sabrina: Life in Senegal was beautiful in its simplicity. Prior to Senegal, my perception of a good friendship was based off of deep existential conversations that lasted for hours. In my village, it was simpler, a smile or laughter could bind a friendship. They are the happiest people in the world; they live impoverished lives but in no way are they fearful or sad. DID YOU WORK ON A SPECIFIC PROJECT OR PROJECTS? WHAT WERE THEY, AND WHAT DID YOU DO? LYNDA: The PC volunteers ran a shelter where patients of Operation Smile were staying. I created an activity making ‘courage sashes’ for those going into surgery to help them to be brave and to connect the patients with one another. I also organized the donation of six long boards and protective gear as part of a malaria education curriculum to help school-aged children understand why and how to protect themselves from malaria. While there, I wrote a grant to use PEPFAR funding to buy materials to create an apiary. The apiary now serves as an income generation project that covers the costs of medication and travel for the People Living with HIV (PLHIV) support group I started at the local hospital. SABRINA: I worked with local farmers with tree propagation, tree grafting and sustainable agriculture. In the off-season, I worked with an organization called Grassroots Soccer, a program that I helped bring to Senegal. It is an HIV education and prevention program. I taught and coordinated the first country-wide training that involved 30 Peace Corps volunteers and their host country national counterparts.

I was also a founder of a girls’ empowerment camp that focused on promoting positive self-identity, health, and leadership. TAKE-AWAYS FROM THE EXPERIENCE? LYNDA: The most enduring message from my experience is that life is what you make of it. It was very obvious in a small rural village what could be achieved with even the tiniest amount of effort. That same feedback may not be so immediately apparent in our daily lives, but it's simple to remember. SABRINA: Probably the biggest thing is learning to take the time to appreciate the small moments in life. In the U.S., it is so fast paced; we all have schedules and plans but not much time to sit and reflect. I often wear a special pair of earrings as a reminder to slow down. WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW? LYNDA: I'm currently working as an adjudications officer with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. I review applications and complete interviews with people seeking citizenship.  SABRINA: I am a life and employability instructor for Goodwill Industries. I work with disadvantaged youth on career exploration, self-awareness, strength building, job seeking, communication and life skills. CLOSING THOUGHTS? LYNDA: Peace Corps was an invaluable opportunity I wouldn't have had without first completing my education at Adrian College. The small classes and campus allowed for me to feel a part of a community for the first time. SABRINA: I would love to end with a huge thing called “jammrekk” – which means “peace only.”

Lynda Mick



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