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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.



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