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LESSONS in In the last issue of Contact, we made a brief reference to the leadership course I hosted and taught in fall 2015 and the extraordinary people who shared their views on leadership with our students. It was a very rewarding and enriching experience for me — and I hope for the students.

To lead one must refuse to settle into an uninspiring vocation.

I teach this leadership class for a number of reasons. The class gives me the opportunity to get acquainted with 100 students in a classroom setting that requires them to reflect, talk, write, self-disclose, and bring me into their lives, in ways that are not possible without such a class. This is truly enjoyable; getting to know these thoughtful young adults nourishes the soul and reminds me why I entered this line of work. Surely I get more from the students than they from me during our three hours together on Monday afternoon. The class is structured to invite a vast array of highly successful guest speakers so students can see how leadership is nuanced and personal, and always emerging out of the leader’s personal attributes, world view, life experience, and professional choices. My hope is that students will find "themselves" in one or more of these established leaders and learn a series of life lessons that will serve as a catalyst for leadership in their families, in their work, and in their communities. This semester's guest speaker list included Michigan’s MY HOPE IS THAT Governor Rick Snyder STUDENTS WILL FIND "THEMSELVES" and former United States Congressman IN ONE OR MORE Mike Rogers ’85. OF THESE LEADERLipitor inventor, LECTURERS Roger Newton, AND THESE spoke to the class about leadership in LIFE LESSONS science, and Nido WILL BECOME A Qubein, president of CATALYST FOR High Point University LEADERSHIP IN (N.C.), spoke about THEIR FAMILIES, his journey from IN THEIR WORK, first generation




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From the President immigrant to president of one of the most successful universities in America. Adrian College trustee and Harvard-educated pastor, Mark Edington, spoke to students about the role of compassion in leadership, and Mary Ann Rivers, a highly respected CEO coach in Michigan, emphasized the importance of women in leadership roles. And the list goes on… Upon reflection at the end of the semester, I was struck not by the diversity of the speakers’ views on leadership but instead on the similar threads of wisdom that defined each successful person. Their messages carried consistent themes that were insightful and transformative, all of which are similar across gender and race, vocation and age. We choose our leaders based on their character, the values that define them, and their determination and hard work to inspire others. Some of their common teachings are shared here:

Leaders are not satisfied swimming in the Sea of Sameness. These words, originally from

President Qubein, were repeated in one form or another by every speaker in our class. To lead the crowd one must separate oneself from the crowd, and this can only happen when we consciously decide to try harder, achieve more, and, as Dr. Qubein said, swim in the Sea of Differentiation.

Leaders find a job that doesn’t feel like work. To lead one must refuse to settle into an uninspiring profession. They actively seek meaningful work in a vocation that is life-giving, exciting, fun, and innately impactful; work that so closely aligns with their gifts and passions that time seems to pass without notice. They are motivated by making a difference, not by making a paycheck.

Leaders don’t reject traditional values just because it is fashionable to do so. They work very hard, they place a high

value on patriotism, they don’t use drugs, they invest in making their relationships work, they get married before they have children, they remain charitable, they are empathetic, and they delay gratification in order to earn the formal education needed to be successful.

Leaders take care of their teammates. People are smart and can

identify phony leaders. When leaders care only about themselves instead of those they lead, people see through them quickly and ultimately refuse to follow. Sure, people may follow for a while, or follow half-heartedly because their paycheck or job requires them to do so, but they won't follow for long or for the right reasons and this eventually undermines success. Leaders respect the abilities of those around them, encourage their growth and strive to win together.

Leaders learn from embarrassment.

Embarrassment is one of the worst feelings we can endure so we naturally develop strategies to suppress our embarrassment or excuse our actions. Leaders, however, lean into embarrassment, understanding that it is a great learning tool, a guide to growth, and a way to embrace failure so we don’t repeat our mistakes.

Leaders surround themselves with good people. Each speaker spoke about mentors in whose presence they wanted to become better people with higher standards and a greater desire for excellence. These mentors were so impactful they pushed our lecturers to achieve their full potential.

Average is out, excellence is in, and this requires hard work. Every leader spent long hours out of

the spotlight working hard when no one was looking to perfect their craft: politicians knocked on doors during cold rainstorms; business leaders spent years making little money before they found financial success; ministers spent hours studying and writing their sermons before preaching it to their congregations; coaches spent hours on the practice fields, rinks, courts, and diamonds, to achieve excellence on game day, long before fans arrived. Every leader spoke about enduring endless days of fatigue and doubt before they gained success or were recognized as a leader in their field. It would be nice if successful leadership was easy, they would say, but it’s not. It’s hard. And until students understand this reality they will have a difficult time becoming leaders with purpose and consequence. These lessons reflect only a small sample of the insights that students were exposed to in this course, and though I could go on, my space is limited in this issue of Contact. In the end, every student in the class promised to keep their speaker notes close at hand and to reread and reflect on them intermittently throughout their lives. These lessons, they agreed, are timeless and worthy of a lifetime of learning … which is, of course, another lesson each speaker encouraged students to consider. * With kind regards,

Jeffrey R. Docking | President

* (Footnote) I want to express my sincere gratitude to Beth Heiss ’98 and Andrea Burt ’02, for their very capable assistance with this course.




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Bruiser II made his debut on Christmas Day, 2017, with a social media campaign that went viral.


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Pass It On

There are few things more exciting than a new puppy — especially to college freshmen who have left home, perhaps saying goodbye to their family pets as they move on to the next stage of their lives. While perhaps not everyone is brimming with excitement over Bruiser's arrival, one can still appreciate all that he represents to the College. He is an integral part of what makes the Adrian College experience so “contagious.” Bruiser allows students, staff, faculty and the community at large to come together as a family. He is still growing and learning new things — something most college students can relate to — yet he is already a permanent fixture in our campus culture. He brings something new and exciting to something that is permanent and dependable. Much like our discussions about great leaders and leadership, finding a good balance between working hard, trying new things and making your work enjoyable is pivotal to success on any level. These are the feats that we display to those in our audience, be they current students, alumni, board members, community members, or the like — and they are all sitting up and taking notice. Whether it’s the state-of-the-art science labs, the handson experience in our new medical clinic, the award-winning faculty, the national championships or the new puppy to love on, Adrian College is winning at providing the ultimate experience for students — and it is going viral.

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EDITOR/ART DIRECTOR Hollie Smith | Design and Marketing Communications Specialist

CONTRIBUTORS Christina Butler ’14, Photography Mike Dickey, Photography Marsha Fielder ’00 John Geisler ’61 Corey Graham Frank Hribar Jim Mahony ’00 Louis Saalbach Megan Sauer Steve Shehan Michelle Siegel Hollie Smith, Photography Patrick Stewert Connie Williams

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CONVOCATION Adrian College spiced things up for its 2017 Fall Convocation, featuring a speaker whose corporation is known and loved by virtually every student on campus. Steve Goda ’93, vice president and corporate controller for Domino’s Pizza, Inc., kicked off his Sept. 6 address by recalling his original reaction to the College’s invitation — one of surprise. An accountant at heart, Goda had been unable to understand why his alma mater would consider him a good candidate for the speech, given it was to be centered on “the importance of crossing boundaries and walking through open doors.” However, after mulling over his college experience and ensuing career, Goda realized he had been crossing boundaries and walking through open doors since his early days as an Adrian College Bulldog. From theatre tryouts to baseball championships, Adrian College provided Goda with the resources and the drive he needed to challenge himself in new ways — a habit that would go on to help him rise through the ranks at Domino’s. With the education and experiences that carried him so far in mind, Goda made a wise recommendation to the students attending his address.

“You should walk through those doors that are open to you,” Goda said. “Opportunities may be presented that you don’t see as opportunities. You should not close those doors on these challenges. The path of growth and development in achieving higher levels in your life and career — it will be a winding one.” Goda concluded by promising the students if they walked through open doors, “you will have a successful and memorable time here at Adrian College, as well as throughout your life and throughout your career. I’m confident this institution will get you ready to tackle the challenges ahead.”



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On Sunday, April 30, 236 undergraduates and 19 graduates received their diplomas during Spring Commencement.

Bulldog spirit was on full display at Adrian College’s 2017 Spring Commencement ceremony. In spite of the cloudy skies looming over the tent structure, the several hundred attendees remained enthusiastic, eager to see the speakers talk and the graduates walk. The ceremony took special care to pay tribute to recently deceased members of the Bulldog family. Beyond inducting the late Dr. Robin Bott — English professor and director of the Institute for Study Abroad — into the Faculty Hall of Fame, the College also acknowledged former Development VP Ronald Reeves ’64 with a posthumous honorary degree. The College also presented honorary degrees to two Michiganders: Jerrold Jung, chair of the Michigan College Alliance’s Board of Trustees, and Governor Rick Snyder. The latter took the stage as the event’s primary speaker. Snyder’s speech went smoothly, beginning with compliments on the College’s growth and improvement. “It’s amazing what’s been accomplished over the last few years, and the path to the future is very bright,” Snyder said. “I know Michigan has a bright future because I’m looking at it,” he continued, addressing the graduating seniors directly. “I hope you stay in Michigan. You are our future.” Regardless of where they choose to live, Snyder recommended they explore their passions, accept some risks, learn from mentors and treat others justly. “Make the world a better place, and have fun while you are doing it,” he concluded.


2017 Winter Commencement saw 64 undergraduates and 3 graduates receiving their dipomas. adrian.edu




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ethany Brown keeps herself busy on campus. Between pursuing her bachelor’s in accounting and stocking shelves in the bookstore, the Adrian College senior works hard, exemplifying what it means to live by the Bulldog mentality. In the summer of 2017, she took this tenacity beyond the Bulldog Mile, applying her skills as an audit intern at the accounting firm of Plante Moran.



“I worked on-site at the Kalamazoo location Monday through Friday for about eight hours each day,” Brown said. “I was typically working 40-50 hours a week. Some of my duties included working on company audits, communicating with fellow staff members, meeting with clients to discuss an audit, and even preparing a couple of business tax returns.” Brown’s contributions were well received at Plante Moran, where she was essentially treated as a regular staff member. “As an intern, I was given work to do that would be suited to an entry-level position,” Brown said. “I was able to meet many people during the two months I was there, and even had the opportunity to attend firm-wide events.” Of course, in exchange for Brown’s services, the accounting firm made sure to provide her with a fair amount of oversight and guidance. “Whenever I had the chance to work with a new staff member, I would have to evaluate my performance and request feedback from them about areas I did well in and areas that needed improvement,” Brown said. “This helped me tremendously during my internship, since I was able to know how I was performing and if I needed to make any changes.” After she graduates this April, Brown will be taking both her education and her work experience to Western Michigan University, where she plans to earn her Master of Science in Accountancy by June 2019. Thanks to her networking at Plante Moran, Brown’s plans were able to reach even further into the future. “After my internship ended, I accepted a full-time offer from Plante Moran for an entry-level position starting in August of 2019,” Brown said. “My overall goal is to become a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and continue to work at Plante Moran as an auditor.” As busy as she was with Plante Moran, Brown has remained loyal to the Adrian College band. She even traveled to Rome with the marching band to perform in the 2016 New Year’s Day parade. “During the marching band season, I’m on the drumline and I play bass drum out on the field,” Brown said. “Once we switch over to concert band season, I stay in the percussion section, where I play a variety of mallet percussion. I also play the piano in the jazz band.” W I N T E R /S P R I N G 2 0 1 7-1 8

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ast Homecoming, AC Development hosted a “Change only ribbon-cutting ceremony comes when a person to unveil the Neumann Mock Trial Room. This addition to stands up and fights Jones Hall will provide students for what is right, and interested in practicing law the my brother was a opportunity to experience a courtmover and a shaker,” like atmosphere. For Bulldog Neumann said. alumna Kelly Neumann ’01, however, the generous contribution “Christopher always also serves as a means of stood up for what he remembrance. believed in, even if that “My brother, Christopher was standing up for the Neumann, passed away in a horrific underdog. Providing plane crash in 2014,” Neumann said. “My mother, Karen Briggs, and the students of Adrian I wanted to honor him in a way that College access to a would make him proud.” mock trial space is a During her time at Adrian way for Christopher’s College, Kelly was an active legacy to live on.” member of the soccer and basketball teams, Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, and started the Political Science Association. She now has her own practice, the Neumann Law Group, “My brother always encouraged me to do my best, trust my gut instinct, with eight offices around the United States. As a proud not pay attention to what others thought, and most importantly, to never alumna, she attests to one of the best parts about being a take myself too seriously. He would be so upset if I chose to forget all life has Bulldog was the opportunity to be treated as a respected to offer after his death,” Neumann said. “In tragedy, one must remember your individual rather than just a number. Much of her success, loved one would not want you to throw up your hands and give up. Turn she believes, is attributed to the connections she made tragedy into opportunity and make your loved ones proud.” at AC, her passion to fight for justice, and Christopher’s Above all, Neumann hopes to inspire AC students of any caliber to find unrelenting encouragement. their purpose during the course of their college careers.



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Adrian College continues to make headway on its quest to improve its oldest residence halls. The $2 million project, which followed the 2015-2016 renovation of Cargo Hall, was based within the "freshmen quad." Between May-August 2017, the all-male Feeman Hall and co-ed Davis Hall — both featuring construction from 1962 — received a restroom renovation, an exterior brick face-lift, high-efficiency windows, new IT infrastructure and improved Wi-Fi. Next up on the College's agenda are the remaining freshman dorms, the all-female Stevens Hall and co-ed Powell Hall. These halls will be brought up to date in summer 2019.


600+ incoming freshmen

Paving the Way Construction has begun on the new road off US-223 at the southwest side of the College's 132-acre campus. The road will offer easy access to its academic, athletic, medical and residential facilities. Construction will be completed by mid-summer with inviting landscaping and special features planned to welcome College friends and the general public traveling through. President Jeffrey Docking said: "We are excited that this long-awaited project is now underway. We look forward to attracting new visitors off the highway, as well as the convenience it will offer our College family and friends. In the coming months, we'll see the adjacent grounds develop into a beautiful landscape, complementing the rest of our campus." 10


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Over 600 incoming freshmen arrived to campus on August 13 for Welcome Week, marking the 11th consecutive year the entering class has exceeded the 500-student mark and the third class of over 600 in the past four years. The College received a recordbreaking number of applications for this incoming class, highlighting the higher academic standard of its applicants. The freshman class is diverse in its demographics, boasting students from 24 U.S. states, four Canadian provinces. and six countries.

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very year, the U.S. News and World Report releases a list of America’s best colleges to recognize the progress of liberal arts institutions across the country. Adrian College is no stranger to this report, and, for the fourth consecutive year, was honored as one of the “Best Regional Colleges” in the Midwest. The Bulldogs were also commended as the 18th “Best Value School” and as the second “Most Innovative School.” Adrian College’s rankings among some of the most competitive schools in the Midwest pays tribute to the College’s commitment to academic excellence and maintaining an affordable tuition for its students. Since 2009, AC has been featured by the U.S. News and World Report for similar accolades, but 2018 was the first time it was tapped as one of the “Most Innovative Schools.” The induction into this category is likely attributed to the renovations and additions constantly taking place on campus, as the College continuously updates its facilities and provide its students with ample academic and athletic opportunities. “The continued recognition Adrian College is receiving for its advancements affirms the quality of educational experiences our


“The distinctions for this educational value and innovation position deem Adrian College a leader in guiding and shaping the future of higher education for generations to come.” Frank Hribar, AC’s vice president of enrollment & student affairs

Military Friendly: 2017 - 2018


.S. students benefit from,” said Frank Hribar, AC’s Ne To vice president of enrollment & student affairs. ws p B R “The distinctions for this educational value &W Mo est V egi and innovation position deem Adrian College a leader st I alu ona orld nn e in guiding and shaping the future of higher education for Rep lC ov o generations to come.” l leg ort: ati In addition to its awards from the U.S. News and World Report, ve es Mid Adrian College was named as a “Military Friendly Institution” by Victory Media, we a marketing company that connects the military community with professional st and educational opportunities. Colleges of Distinction magazine also selected AC as a “College of Distinction,” as all of the nationally recognized schools exhibit qualities of a passionate faculty, an engaged student body and a vibrant campus. Adrian College is committed to students’ success, providing numerous opportunities in and out of the classroom to enhance their undergraduate or graduate experience.



ip-hop sensation Jon Bellion headlined for Adrian College’s 2017 Spring Concert, held on campus on April 21. The annual event gathered an audience of over 2,400 people, including 922 Adrian College students. Just five years have passed since Bellion first signed with a label, but the singer-songwriter has already made a huge splash in the music industry. Beyond releasing four of his own mixtapes, Bellion — now 26 — has also written lyrics for the likes of Zedd, Eminem, and Jason Derulo. Bellion’s real breakthrough, however, came in 2016, when he released “All Time Low.” The single went double platinum in the United States, and his album, The Human Condition, peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200. Also on stage that night was indie pop Artist Quinn XCII and DJ-producer ayokay. Growing up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, these childhood friends began collaborating in high school. Now, ayokay’s “Kings of Summer” (featuring Quinn XCII) has reached almost 700,000 plays on Soundcloud, while Quinn XCII’s “Another Day in Paradise” (produced by ayokay) boasts nearly 9 million.



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Jon Bellion Headlines Annual Spring Concert Featuring Quinn XCII and ayokay

undefeeted George Dennehy shared his inspiring tale with AC

eorge Dennehy, international musician and motivator, came to Adrian College on March 15, 2017, to relay his inspiring tale of tragedy and triumph. The Adrian College Office of Academic Services sponsored this ribbons-endorsed event as a part of Disabilities Awareness Week. Originally from Romania, Dennehy was born without arms. He was abandoned at an orphanage as an infant — an experience that very nearly killed him. However, his luck changed for the better when an American family adopted him and brought him to the United States. Here, he learned to play the cello, the guitar, the electric base, and the piano — all with his feet. His sheer dedication even afforded him the opportunity to play with regional orchestras. The world discovered Dennehy in 2012, when his cover of "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls went viral online. He consequently received a large amount of media coverage from all over the globe. When the Goo Goo Dolls learned of him, they invited him to join them on stage at Musikfest, an event which draws thousands of music lovers each year. Since then, Dennehy has played alongside numerous famous musicians from across America and around the world. He has also become a motivational speaker, teaching countless people that “every individual has a purpose and absolutely anything is possible.”

Rachel Pomeroy accepts the Steven Piorkowski Scholarship

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


Disability Awareness Award Student: Kirsten Chambers Disability Awareness Award Faculty: Heather Schuyler Steven Piorkowski Scholarship Recipient: Rachel Pomeroy











Adrian College’s highly anticipated Medical Clinic and Studies building — built in partnership with ProMedica Health Systems and Adrian Steel — is now fully operational.



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square-foot facility cost $2.65 million to build ProMedica’s primary care center, which houses nine examination rooms and two ProMedica physicians, consumes 6,528 square feet of this space. The physicians — family practice and sports medicine specialists Aron Gornowicz, DO, and Eric Leikert, DO — use this portion of the building to support patients from the Adrian community at large. The other 2,832 square feet is dedicated to the College’s Student Health Services Center, Institute for Sports Medicine and student instructional space. Here, Gornowicz and Leikert lecture students engaged in pre-professional health studies, physician assistant studies and athletic training studies.



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adjective | con·ta·gious | kən-ˈtā-jəs 1. (of a disease) spread from one person or organism to another by direct or indirect contact. "a contagious infection" 2. (of an emotion, feeling, or attitude) likely to spread to and affect others. "her enthusiasm is contagious"

Has Adrian College Become “Contagious”? This fall, U.S. News and World Report recognized Adrian College with its “Most Innovative” distinction along with “Top Regional College” and “Best Value” citations. Over the course of the past decade, the College’s enrollment has doubled, academic programs are burgeoning, the endowment has quadrupled and aforementioned accolades abound. Adrian College has become recognized and highly regarded on the national level ­— but has it become “contagious”?



It is only recently, with the rise of the internet and social media that the term “viral” has gone, well, viral. But the phenomenon of social pandemics — ideas, products and behaviors, that catch on and spread quickly and widely — have been around presumably as long as sociality itself.  The phenomenon is interesting in its own right, for it says something meaningful about our psychology and how we interact. However, understanding how social pandemics work also holds great practical value, for when public service messages, charity campaigns or products and services go viral, the effect has a big impact on behavior and the bottom line. On the mechanical side of things, understanding why something goes viral is straightforward enough: it

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must be something that has an impact, and people are eager to talk about or imitate. But this just forces us to ask: what is it that makes something impactful, and ripe for sharing or imitating? We may think that our intuitions can carry us some way toward answering this. Nevertheless, getting something to go viral is certainly no easy task (as


many a would-be influencer has come to find); and, therefore, we may benefit from a more methodical, scientificallyminded attempt to understand the phenomenon. It is just such a project that Wharton marketing professor and writer Jonah Berger has been engaged in for much of his career, and in his recent book “Contagious: Why Things Catch On”, Berger reports on his findings. Berger’s research has revealed that there are six main factors that help explain social pandemics. They are

1. Social Currency 2. Triggers 3. Emotion 4. Practical Value 5. Public 6. Stories SOCIAL CURRENCY: People share things that make them look good. It can be because the subject itself is cool, or the product is cutting-edge and not many people know about it, or it's exclusive so only people in an inner circle have access to it. A recent AC example is the buzz and national attention surrounding the Adrian College Boathouse and the Crew program. The uniqueness of the AC Bass Team has also become a viral story. Think: Adrian College Medical Clinic, Adrian College Boathouse, Institute for Sports Medicine, Leadership Minor, Freshman Trip to Chicago and Arrington Ice Arena

TRIGGERS: When a product or item has both an initial excitement factor and something more long-term and regular to continuously trigger a reminder in the audiences’ minds and everyday lives. This can be a physical item or some regular occurrence. For AC, the overwhelming presence of beautiful pink flowers on campus can be a reminder of AC for others when they see similar flowers elsewhere.

EMOTION: Playing to the emotions of people, making them feel something deeply. If people are provoked, they’re more likely to share. Be it rage, bliss, awe, shock — ­ anything. Provoke your audience. The Bruiser Christmas gift story garnered a great deal of emotion from the AC community. Think: Homecoming Weekend, Synchronized Skating / Team USA, President’s Dinner, State of the College Address, Lessons & Carols, Commencement, the Baby Bulldog Center, “Not for Sale” and Bruiser

PRACTICAL VALUE: People more readily share things that are useful to others tutorials, news articles, recipes, etc. “Crisis in Higher Education” has been studied nationally in the education community and has been examined by municipalities and corporate boards as a blueprint for success. Think: Ribbons of Excellence Day, Freligh Lecture Series, Constitution Day, “Crisis in Higher Education” book, Plastinates, AC Documentary Series and the Robinson Planetarium

PUBLIC: It is vital the brand is public and observable. People cannot share things they cannot see or know about. T-shirts, mugs, pens, bags, stationery ... anything, just get your brand noticed. The AC “wrapped” charter buses have captured nationwide attention and publicity for the College. Think: Bookstore Swag, Adrian College Wrapped Vehicles & Boats, AC Flag, ACTV, WVAC 107.9 FM, Annual Spring Concert and Bruiser

STORIES: Wrapping the message inside a nice story and giving it a narrative to draw people in. Lower their guard so they tend to agree with you more. And just like the Trojan Horse, you can then hit them while they’re not expecting it. Let the story be a vessel for the message. The AC Alumni Impact campaign has uncovered the influence our students and alumni have on sharing why AC is successful in fulfilling its mission.

The preceding list illustrates how Adrian College has been on the cutting edge of development and implementation of deliberate and intentional ways to further expand the brand, and more importantly, the mission of Adrian College. A strong look at the relevant numbers illustrates the outcomes of this collective effort (faculty, staff, students, treasured alumni & friends) have been exceedingly successful. Burgeoning enrollments, broadened geographic reach, expansive academic programs, a rich faith-based culture, impressive facility growth, an impressive faculty, a growing endowment, championship-caliber athletics, successful graduation rates, and an impressive alumni base, all support the claim that something very special is happening at Adrian College. Alumni and friends further propel the College’s virility evidenced by increased attendance for Homecoming Weekend, heightened participation for events like Lessons & Carols, a thriving alumni board, following and sharing College stories and accolades via its various social media outlets, and continued financial support.


Think: Alumni Impact Videos, Contact Magazine, Fulbright Scholars, IMPACT Scholarships and Bruiser

Think: Bruiser, Pink Flowers, Fire Pits, Water Features, The Bell Tower, The Thinker and “AC”



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IMPACT Dear Alumni and Friends,

Thank you! Because of you, the IMPACT campaign has reached its monetary goal in less than three years. We have received over $10.2 million in commitments and created over 80 new scholarships since May 2015. Additionally, we have added much needed support to our ASSIST Fund, a fund that has helped over 250 students since 2009. The original goal for this campaign was 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 our alumni and friends have for all of the College’s projects. If you have not supported the campaign yet, there is still time to make an IMPACT! We continue to have conversations with our alumni and friends about rejuvenating Mahan Hall, the home to our visual arts. This project will officially complete our Renaissance II effort. Mahan Hall was built in 1965 ­— and aside from a few coats of paint and some wax on the floors, not a lot has changed! Our plan calls for a renovation of classrooms and faculty offices, an upgrade to the HVAC, and the addition of a much larger art gallery. We hope to be

The Young Alumni Club was created to give recent graduates an easy way to give back to their passions at AC. With a commitment of a $10 monthly gift for three years totaling $360, the YAC pledge can be designated to support any area of campus.



able to showcase the art of our students and alumni in this beautiful new space. To date, we have received commitments of about $1.5 million, but our goal is to raise $3.5 million. I hope you will join the 400+ donors who have already committed to this project. In June, we welcomed Matt Rheinecker — a new staff member, yet a familiar face — to the Office of Development. Matt was the previous director of financial aid. Many of you have already had a chance to meet Matt and work with him on supporting your passion. Finally, if you have not been back to campus in a while, please feel free to reach out to me, as I would enjoy the opportunity to give you a tour of all the new things we have to offer. 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!

Jim Mahony ’00 | Vice President for Development

Many young alumni support the College via this method — ­ and for various reasons. Jennifer Perrin Miller ’10 gives to academics in honor of Patrick Quinlan, whom she describes as an amazing teacher, and a long-time friend and mentor, while Danielle Prielipp ’12 supports the Robin Bott Study Abroad Scholarship, so “more students can be exposed to a different way of life and different ways of thinking about the world” ­— just as she was when she studied abroad as a student. Mitch Harris ’11 supports a student organization that was incremental in his personal and professional development while at AC. “Adrian was a phenomenal place for me to learn, where I made some of the best memories of my life… The friends and connections I made there have never stopped paying off,” he said. His monthly gift supports the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity chapter on campus. He said, “If I can do something, as incremental as it may be, to help other people have experiences like I had, I’m going to do whatever I can.” The spirit of the Young Alumni Club is best summarized by Greg Bartosch ’11, who said, “A lot of alumni reached out to help me succeed when I was a student, so I want to continue that tradition for future students.” The club is open to AC alumni who have graduated in the past 10 years. To join, simply visit adrian. edu/give, set up your gift to recur monthly, and include “Young Alumni Club” in the notes!

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Development Giving Back — A Family Affair For Chuck and Shirley Baer, being a part of Adrian College has been a family affair. Chuck Baer '59 has served multiple appointments on the Board of Trustees. A loyal member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, Chuck was also a member of the choir and golf team as a student. Chuck and Shirley’s son, Mark, is also an alumnus of the College, having graduated in 1983. The Baer family has been involved in every major initiative at the College over the last 30+ years — in fact, many students have now taken classes in the renovated Jones 110 classroom, also known as Baer Lecture Hall. When the College announced the IMPACT Campaign in May 2015, Chuck and Shirley knew a family scholarship would be part of their lasting legacy at AC. With the help of the Office of Development and the Office of Financial Aid, the pair made the Baer Family Scholarship a reality. Today, four students receive this scholarship each year. The Baers are able to meet the recipients annually at the President’s Dinner, while also receiving notes periodically throughout the year. Their estate gift will ensure there will be future generations of Baer family scholars for years to come. If you have named or are considering naming Adrian College in your estate plans or have interest in creating your own scholarship, please contact the Office of Development.

What's in a name? Following the announcement of the addition of men’s and women’s rowing to the athletic department, Bart Thompson, the new head coach, has been actively recruiting students for this inaugural team. In November 2017, construction officially began on the new boathouse. The College anticipates the boathouse to be open by August 2018. This unique addition to the College offers many exciting naming opportunities for donors, including:

Pennies from Heaven

BOATHOUSE $1,000,000 GREAT ROOM/ERG ROOM $300,000 LOUNGE $150,000 2 BOAT BAYS (ea.) $100,000 FLOATING DOCK $100,000 MEN’S LOCKER ROOM $50,000 WOMEN’S LOCKER ROOM $50,000 4 COACHES’ OFFICES (ea.) $25,000 CONFERENCE ROOM $25,000 8-PERSON BOAT (ea.) $25,000 4-PERSON BOAT (ea.) $20,000 2-PERSON BOAT (ea.) $10,000 SINGLE BOAT (ea.) $5,000 INDIVIDUAL OARS (ea.) $500 INDIVIDUAL BOAT SEATS (ea.) $250

Steve Frost ’73 always felt Adrian College was his home away from home. He graduated with a degree in business administration and spent most of his career in education. His bond with the College was a little different than most, as he was a nontraditional student when he arrived on campus and was much older than his peers, having previously served in the U.S. Army. A regular at the College’s annual Florida reunion event, Steve always talked about his love for the College and how welcomed he felt as a student For questions on how you can be involved and as an alumnus. Steve stopped by campus each year while visiting up north and was with this excitingnew project, please contact a loyal donor. During one of his campus visits, he mentioned including the College in his the development office at (517) 264-3168 or estate plans. He was proud to wear the John Dawson Society pin that was presented to development@adrian.edu. him after letting the College know of his intentions. He did not share what his estate might be worth, but did inform the Office of Development that he would like it to support student scholarships. It was important to him to help future students get an Adrian College To make a donation to any of these scholarships, please education, just as others helped him when contact the Office of Development or use the enclosed mailer. he was a student. In November 2015, the College received a call that Steve had passed away. His estate gift created an endowed OFFICE OF DEVELOPMENT | Adrian College scholarship that is currently over $300,000. By starting this fund, Steve has posthumously 517.264.3168 • jmahony@adrian.edu fulfilled his dream of helping future AC students for generations to come.

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faculty spotlight

Fall 2017 New Faculty Dr. John Goetschius (Exercise Science/Athletic Training) Publication: Goetschius J., Hertel J., Saliba S.A., Brockmeier S.F., Hart J.M. Walking gait asymmetries in groups of ACL reconstructed patients at sequential time frames post-surgery. National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting, June 2017, Houston, Texas. Research Article: Goetschius J., Ferger M.A., Hertel J., Hart J.M. Validating center of pressure balance measurements using the MatScan® pressure mat. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. 2017 [e-pub ahead of print.]

2016-17 Faculty Accomplishments and Highlights:

These accomplishments represent a sampling of the many articles, publications, presentations and scholarly activities of our distinguished faculty during 2016-2017. Professor Pete Ford (Music) Performance: Pete Ford’s 2009 choral composition “The Night Sky at Christmas Time” was performed by the Toledo Choral Society in December 2017 at Gesu Catholic Church in Toledo, Ohio. 

Dr. Sarah Hanson (Geology) Presentation: Hanson, S.L. and Zito, G. (2017.) Geochemical evolution of a pegmatite pocket containing epitaxial overgrowths of genthelvite on danalite cores. 8th International Symposium on Granitic Pegmatites. In Abstracts and Proceedings of the Geological Society of Norway, v. 2, 46-49. Publication: Hanson, S.L. (2017): Geologically Interesting Locations in the Midwestern United States. Rocks and Minerals 92, p. 92-100.

Professor Laura Bearden Assistant Professor Business, Accountancy and Economics Dr. Stephanie Born Assistant Professor Exercise Science and Athletic Training Dr. Matthew Brown Assistant Professor Business, Accountancy and Economics Dr. Gretchen Carroll Assistant Professor Business, Accountancy and Economics Dr. Jason Hartz Assistant Professor Art and Design Professor Monique James Assistant Professor Social Work Professor Michael Neal Instructor Communication Arts and Sciences

2016-17 Faculty Teaching Awards and Recognition ROSS E. NEWSOM TEACHING EXCELLENCE



Dr. Jeffrey Lake Biology

Dr. Sarah Hanson Geology

Dr. Matthew Zeckner Mathematics





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Faculty Notes

Dr. Scott Westfall Assistant Professor Business, Accountancy and Economics Dr. Erin Garmyn Assistant Professor Exercise Science and Athletic Training

2017 Faculty Retirements Professor Michael Allen Theatre 1986-2017 Professor William Bachman Business, Accountancy and Economics 1981-2017 Dr. Sheri Bleam Communication Arts and Sciences 1981-2017 Professor Chuck Vanderwell Social Work 1989-2017

Dr. Carissa Massey, professor of art history and chair for the department of history and art history, was named dean of graduate studies in August 2017.

Dr. Suzanne Helfer (Psychology) Publication: Caplandies, F., Colagiuri, B., Helfer, S.G., & Geers, A.L. (2017). Effect type but not attribute framing alters nocebo headaches in an experimental paradigm. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice. 4, 259-273. Dr. Eric Hood (CORE) Presentation: “From The Highlander to Ossian: Pathways to the Romantic Epic,” at the North American Society Study of Romanticism Conference in Ottawa City, August 2017. Publication: “The Affects of ‘Fourier’: Locating Free Love Socialism in Aurora Leigh” will be published in the book Women’s Literary Networks and Romanticism: “A Tribe of Authoresses,” Andrew O. Winkles and Angela Rehbein, eds. Liverpool University Press, 2017. Professor Garin Horner (Art & Design) Presentation: “A Photo-Ethnographic Study of Private Spiritual Shrines and Altars” Solo exhibition, Women’s Commission Art Gallery, Defiance College, Defiance, Ohio. Presentation: “The Model's Origin: Beyond the Core ­­­—­­2017 FATE Biennial Juried Members Exhibition,” KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice, Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Philip Howe (Political Science) Presentation: Philip J. Howe, “Elections, Parties, and Legislatures in Late Imperial Austria: Towards an Interdisciplinary Dialogue.” Panel: “Comparative Historical Perspectives on Parties,” Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, April 6, 2017. Publication: Philip J. Howe, Thomas A. Lorman, and Daniel E. Miller, “The Creation of the Conditions for Consociational Democracy and Its Development in Interwar Czechoslovakia,” Bohemia 56.2 (2016): 362-380.

Noelle Keller (Technical Services Librarian) Review: “Lavish Grace: Poured Out, Poured Through, and Overflowing” by Kathy Howard. The Christian Librarian 60:1 (2017): Article 54. Workshop: “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:  Shipman Library a Case Study 2013-15” at Association of Christian Librarians Annual Conference, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Mich., June 15, 2017. Dr. Christine Knaggs (Teacher Education) Presentation: Knaggs, C. M., & Milner, D. M. (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, Florida. Publication: Knaggs, C.M., Sondergeld, T.A., & Fischer, J.M. (2017). The reciprocal relationship between motivation and level of participation in a voluntary college-preparatory program. Journal of Pedagogy and Educational Managements, 1. Professor Beth Myers (English) Presentation: Read poetry series, “Mead County," December 10, in Toledo, Ohio. Workshop: Writing for children, with award-winning children's author Lisa Wheeler in Manitou Beach, Mich. Dr. Melissa Stewart (Philosophy & Religion) Faculty Member: Semester at Sea Program, fall 2016. Dr. Andrew Winckles (CORE) Publication: Edited collection with Angela Rehbein of Women's Literary Networks and Romanticism: “A Tribe of Authoresses” from Liverpool University Press. Co-wrote the introduction and wrote the first chapter, which is titled "Sisters of the Quill: Sally Wesley and the Evangelical Bluestockings.”



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drian artist and former AC Professor Pi Benio has received a high honor, the Michigan Art Education Association’s Distinguished Service Award. “It’s nice to be recognized by your peers, especially at the state level,” Benio said. However, she said, probably the biggest part of the honor was knowing her former students and some of her colleagues recommended her by letter for the award.

“Knowing they are busy with their jobs and lives, but took the time to write letters … that means a lot to me,” Benio said. Some of those students who she taught at Adrian College have gone on to become teachers themselves.

Reprinted with permission. Lonnie Huhman Adrian artist and teacher honored Adrian Daily Telegram December 25, 2017



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The Michigan Art Education Association was founded in 1949 and is unified with the National Art Education Association. It is one of the largest state art organizations in the nation. Its mission is to promote quality visual arts education through leadership, service and professional development. Benio fits the bill for each part of that mission statement. She’s a ceramics instructor and director of the Adrian Center for the Arts, which she helped found as a place for local artists to grow and flourish. She taught ceramics at Adrian College for 36 years and earned several teaching awards, including the Ross Newsom Award. Benio’s an active exhibiting artist herself and maintains a studio in Adrian. Her work has been shown in New York City, Chicago and Japan, and she presented a one-person show at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Benio is a firm believer in the arts as a way to enhance the community. Some of the ways she does this is through the ACA, Lenawee Council for the Visual Arts and Artalicious. For her, art is an outlet and one she said she hopes more people will turn to.

Faculty Notes Rare Abolitionist Document Conserved and Returned to Adrian College A few years ago, Adrian College found a nondescript cardboard box in a storage room. Among the contents was an old, old document. While a soiled bookplate indicated that the artifact had once been in our library, there is no record of it among our current archival collection. The piece measures 7 ¾ inches X 11 inches and contains 100 pages of writing. It begins on July 14, 1839, and ends on March 14, 1841. Because the text mentions Oberlin College, some wondered if this was an early journal of our founding president, Asa Mahan (who was at Oberlin 1835-1850). However, the find also contained references to Jamaica and the mission work there that followed the implementation of British emancipation policies. Serious sleuthing has led us to conclude that the journal in question was the personal record of Rev. David Stedman Ingraham, often considered the founder of the Oberlin mission to Jamaica. How can we make such a claim?

First, the journal entries match well with the published letters of Theodore Weld, Angelina Grimke, and Sarah Grimke. On June 12, 1840, the journal writer speaks of being back in the United States visiting the Weld/ Grimke home, Belleville, New Jersey. On June 18, 1840, Weld wrote to Gerrit and Anne Smith that “a beloved Brother, Rev. D. S. Ingraham, one of the ‘Lane Rebels’ — now a missionary to the emancipated slaves in Jamaica” was visiting his Belleville home. Then there is the fact that Ingraham married Oberlin student Elizabeth Hartson. Hartson is listed in official Oberlin record as Betsey Hartson. The journal writer speaks of traveling west from New Jersey in later June 1840. While visiting old friends in New York State, the writer recalls being there a few years earlier with “my dear Betsey.” Perhaps most convincing, the writer tells of visiting “dear Uncle George’s” and “dear Uncle Aaron Stedman” while in New York State. George and Aaron Stedman were uncles of Rev. David “Stedman” Ingraham. Finally, the writer continued west during the summer of 1840 and wrote from “home” in Wayne, Mich., on July 27. David Ingraham is listed among Oberlin College records as hailing from Wayne (or Nankin), Mich. (near present-day Livonia).

Adrian College Chaplain Asked to Contribute to

UNITED METHODIST DOCUMENT ON ECONOMIC JUSTICE The United Methodist Church (UMC) recently delegated one of its highest honors to Dr. Christopher Momany, Adrian College’s chaplain. The religious body had called upon Momany to help draft its new statement on economic justice, a text he had been formally reviewing in its existing state for the past two years. “Being asked was an honor, and I am grateful for being included,” Momany said. “It was hard work, and my specific contribution seemed to come regarding the statement on human trafficking. We did not begin by assuming that I would lead regarding that particular matter, but it made sense for me to be the one drafting language about an issue so important to the Adrian College legacy.” According to the UMC’s website, www.umc.org, the document consists of elaborations on the general position that all economic systems are “under the judgment of God no less than other facets of the created order.”

The 22nd page of this journal speaks with pain and power. On Christmas Day 1839, Rev. Ingraham went down to the harbor at Port Royal, Jamaica, and inspected a recently impounded “slave brig,” the Ulysses. He documented the way 556 people were abused over the course of a 50-day voyage, and he created a diagram of the ship.

At this moment, the text above is followed by 13 subsections. Listed in order, these are titled: “Property,” “Collective Bargaining,” “Work and Leisure,” “Consumption,” “Poverty,” “Foreign Workers,” “Gambling,” “Family Farms,” “Corporate Responsibility,” “Finance,” “Trade and Investment,” “Graft and Corruption” and “Public Indebtedness.” Each of these subsections offers a clear and concise summary of the UMC’s position on the issue(s) being addressed. During the upcoming editing process, however, such subsections may be added, deleted, greatly altered or left untouched. The full document on economic justice, officially titled “Social Principles: The Economic Community,” forms the fourth of the six body sections comprising the UMC’s “Social Principles.” According to UMC’s website, this broad manifesto — established in the wake of World War II — details “how United Methodists are called to live in the world.” Each of the sections will be edited by a separate team of select individuals. After several months of work, the completed document will be presented, tweaked and accepted at the UMC’s General Conference in 2020. This will be the first comprehensive revision of the UMC’s Social Principles since the early 1970s. The UMC hopes to further clarify its positions and bring the document up to date with the trials and tribulations of today.



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ith the addition of Adrian’s “The newest varsity sport, the boathouse men's and women’s crew teams really is and their inaugural seasons launching in the fall of 2018, Coach Bart Thompson is a perfect ready to get his new athletes acquainted analogy in the boathouse, on the water, and, most importantly, on campus. of how Thompson, an Ann Arbor native, is everything’s anticipating 40 new rowers rostered between come the men’s and women’s teams. In terms of recruiting, the gregarious coach lets campus together.” do most of the talking. “I’ve driven nearly 7,000 miles across the Midwest to meet with coaches and athletes to get them excited about Adrian. I’m good at selling the things I believe in, but Adrian does a great job of making my life easy,” Coach Thompson said. “Being here on this gorgeous, walking campus with a $3 million boathouse on top of it all, has done a lot to set me and our new athletes up for success.” Rowing is unique in that this all-season sport often accepts walk-on recruits with extreme athletic potential, even if they have little experience on the water. Coach Thompson, however, isn’t just looking for rowers to propel this team forward physically. Instead, he is seeking out athletes who will fit in and extend the Bulldog legacy. “The upward trajectory of this place borders on vertical. It’s incredible how quickly AC is growing and climbing,” Coach Thompson said. “I want kids who want to be a part of that, because the athletes who want the success of the team more than they want their own success tend to be pretty resilient, too.” “The boathouse really is a perfect analogy of how everything’s come together,” he said. “I had recruits visiting last summer, and it was just this old motel that was no longer running, and then it was just a pile of dirt. Now, the boathouse is really coming along, the walls are up and they’re starting to put the roof on. The groundwork is there. With the vision President Docking shares with this campus, it’s hard not to be excited.” 24


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AC Hosts Athletes on a National Level In August, Arrington Ice Arena played host to the 2017 U.S. Collegiate Figure Skating Championships. The event brought nearly 100 athletes from all over the country to Adrian for a chance to skate for academic scholarships. Adrian College graduate student and coach of the figure skating team, Tricia DeFelice '16, was the campus contact for the event. A majority of Tricia’s efforts prior to the event consisted of coordinating volunteers, competitors and officials within a three-day schedule. Every detail during the event — such as providing meals, running results, and making sure the event was on schedule were her responsibility. Bulldog skaters also competed and took home prizes from the championship. Most notably, Lucas Rosa and Amy Czuhajewski, both freshmen, took individual titles in the Novice Men’s and Intermediate Ladies’ Free Skate divisions. Sophomore Casey Labrenz competed in the Junior Ladies’ Short and Free Skate events, showcasing the two competitive programs she has used to compete for Adrian College’s Intercollegiate Figure Skating Team this season. “I thought the competition was a huge success! Competing on home ice is always great, especially because you have your home audience cheering you on,” Labrenz said. “I was so proud to have skaters come from far and wide to compete at Adrian and see what we’re all about.”

























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Eight members of the Adrian College Spring Class of 2017 earned professional opportunities in their respective sports. Ryan Dorow and Ian Mikowski represent the Bulldog baseball team; Kaylyn Schroka, Kristin Lewicki, Sarah Shureb, Brooke Gibson, and Sydney Smith represent NCAA women's hockey and Austin Hervey represents NCAA men's hockey.








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Sweeping the conference championship and tournament titles, Adrian broke Alma’s record for consecutive MIAA championships at nine. A record three players were named to All-America teams: Ian Mikowski, Ryan Dorow and Tommy Parsons. Mikowski was the NCAA Division II statistical champion in on-base percentage at .580 and Parsons also won titles with 12 victories and a 14.43 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Dorow became the second Bulldog ever picked in the Major League Baseball FirstYear Amateur Draft during the 30th round, chosen by the Texas Rangers organization.

For the second time in three years, Adrian finished its season ranked No. 1 in the nation by the Association of Collegiate Anglers. Arguably the hottest team in the nation to end the summer season, Adrian took the lead in the ACA/ Cabela's Team of the Year standings after earning backto-back victories at YETI Fishing League Worldwide Northern Conference events on Lake Erie and Chautauqua Lake. The Bulldogs also shined at the state level by sweeping the school and student-athlete of the year awards from the Michigan College Bass Circuit. Adrian has qualified a team-best six boats for the 2018 FLW Collegiate National Championships.

Junior Kelsey Suiter became the first Adrian equestrian studentathlete to qualify in the Advanced Horsemanship division for the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Stock Seat Semi-finals Championships, where she went on to finish in fifth place. Record-setting season included four Stock regional qualifiers: Gabrielle Novak, Ariel Anderson, Rachel Kanaziz and Suiter. In addition, the Bulldogs achieved Reserve High Point Champion in a single event during the 2016-17 season for the first time in their history.

Adrian finished its 10th season of NCAA competition with a 20-7-2 record overall (17-3 in the NCHA standings) to claim its third straight Peters Cup championship and a seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs dethroned defending national champion Wisconsin-Stevens Point on the road en route to their third “final four” berth in seven seasons.

The team won its third consecutive NCHA regular season title and second consecutive conference tournament championship. The team’s 18-0-0 league record is the first unbeaten and untied regular season record in NCHA history. Adrian finished the season with six athletes earning a total of 11 All-America citations. Freshman Kelly O’Sullivan was named conference Rookie of the Year and senior Kristin Lewicki was named the USCHO.com Division III Women’s Player of the Year as well as the conference Women’s Player of the Year. The Bulldogs became the first Adrian team to host an NCAA National Championship, finishing as the DIII runner-up.

Adrian earned its second straight invitation to represent Team USA for international competition, this time for the 10th annual Leon Lurje Trophy in Gothenburg, Sweden, where the Bulldogs came in fourth place. The collegiate and senior synchronized skating teams earned season-high scores at the 2017 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships to finish fifth among the nation's top teams in their respective divisions. Kara Klomparens was selected by U.S. Figure Skating to serve in a two-year role as a member of the DREAM Program for Synchronized Skating, which serves as a development tool with the goal of using the skating and leadership skills.





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Adrian College sophomore Jordan Davis won the MIAA outdoor championship in the 110-meter hurdles and was the only Bulldog to qualify for the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Davis competed in the 110-meter hurdles at the NCAA meet. For his accomplishments in the 2017 season, Davis was selected All-Region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). He also set conference meet records and earned MIAA indoor titles in the 60-meter hurdles and high jump.

Adrian wrapped up its season placing 12th at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships and producing a national qualifier to the NCAA Championships. Zach Rieger repeated as a National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar All-American. He led Adrian in wins (24-9), pins (14) and points toward team score (65) — all personal records. Rieger and Drew Mandell won their weight classes in the conference tournament. On the women’s side, the Bulldogs snagged the program’s firstever win by defeating Ferrum College, 1915, on Jan. 6, 2017. Kassidy Block and Deandra Benn competed at the Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association National Championships.

Brent Greenwood CLUB BASEBALL

Marq Hicks BOWLING


Bart Thompson ROWING

Brent Greenwood serves as the first coach for the new sport of Club Baseball during the 2017-18 academic year. The Bulldogs went 10-4 during the fall schedule. Greenwood’s previous coaching experience includes leading the Sylvania (Ohio) Southview High School junior varsity since last spring. Greenwood graduated from the College in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. As a senior, he served as the captain for the 2014 Bulldogs baseball team that went 33-15 overall, captured the MIAA championship with a 21-7 league mark and advanced to the finals of the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional.

Hicks brings a good knowledge base of the state's recruiting areas to his new position. A Silver level-certified coach through the United States Bowling Congress, he led Bendle High School from 2012-16. The varsity team had an undefeated 2013-14 season (11-0), winning conference and regional titles. Bendle finished the season with an eighth-place finish in the Michigan High School Athletic Association state tournament. Hicks bowled at Grand Valley State University before graduating from Central Michigan University in 2014.

Krug is just the second head coach since the men's volleyball program moved from club status to NCAA DIII in 2015. Krug spent last year attending graduate school at Central Michigan University in pursuit of a Master of Arts degree. Krug was an assistant varsity volleyball coach at Adlai Stevenson High School in his hometown for most of 2015. Krug was a women's volleyball student assistant coach at Siena Heights from 2012-2014. He was a member of the SHU men's volleyball team from 2011-15.

Michigander Bart Thompson, who competed at Stanford University, was tabbed the first head coach in Bulldogs men’s and women’s rowing history in April. Thompson is the co-founder of the Kansas City Boat Club and served as the inaugural head rowing coach of the KCBC juniors program. He also served as an assistant coach for the University of MissouriKansas City program during its inaugural year. Thompson taught Learn-To-Row classes at the Ann Arbor Rowing Club and coached at his alma mater in Toledo (Ohio), St. John's Jesuit High School.




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alumni connect fter a tour of campus, he knew it was the right move for him and it wasn’t long before Kevin found his calling. As a freshman in Intro to Psychology, something about the topic of Industrial and Organizational Psychology clicked for him. His advisor and psychology professor, Dr. Hank Cetola, helped him get into the 300-level class his second semester, which led to a strong desire to pursue this field as a career. Kevin stated, “Dr. Cetola was the most influential faculty member I had on campus. Though we were polar opposites in some of our views, we both loved great humor, helping others and the world of psychology.”


Kevin Richie Kevin got involved in campus organizations including Theta Chi fraternity, intramural soccer, Psi Chi, and Student Government Association. He remarked about the impact of his undergraduate experience, “The most valuable lessons I learned at Adrian were centered on leadership — through successes and failures. I learned the value of relationships, making hard decisions, and the critical importance of having a vision of where you are going. I also learned to manage a sizable budget (SGA) and make adjustments to better use our resources. Through these activities, I learned about strategy, process improvement, succession planning, conflict management, persuasion, and the importance of surrounding yourself with a great team.” As a professional, Kevin is vice president of talent management for eviCore, a health care management company. What he enjoys most is the ability to impact people and their health by doing what he does better each day. There are two roles in health care: taking care of patients, and taking care of those who take care of patients. Kevin’s role is the latter and it is, in his words, a dynamic, interesting and complex field. “People are truly the most critical piece of the product we are delivering to the health marketplace,” he said. “My days are spent analyzing how well we are identifying, recruiting, onboarding, and then later developing that talent.” After a busy day of meetings, data analysis and interactions with internal customers, Kevin arrives home to an enthusiastic greeting from his four-year-old daughter, Olivia. Spending time with his daughter and with his wife, Jane, is always the best part of his day. Any advice for current students or fellow alumni? “Spend time with those you love and don’t cry over things that can’t cry over you,” he said. “It may be a bit cliché, but ultimately, I have done well professionally because I have had such an anchor of support and love at home, from my friends and in my faith.”

Resides: Franklin, Tennessee Spouse: Jane Floyd Richie ’00 Children: Olivia, four years old Profession: Vice President, Talent Management Employer: eviCore Healthcare Postgraduate: Master’s Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Xavier University Favorite Book: The Bible Favorite Movie: Braveheart

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Young Alumni Resides: Rochester Hills, Michigan Children: Twin girls, Ashley and Kayla, 10 years old Profession: Director of Marketing Employer: Ziebart International Corporation Postgraduate: CFE (Certified Franchise Executive) Favorite Book: Any book by author Nicholas Sparks Favorite Movie: Dirty Dancing


Larisa Salvia Walega arisa did not waste any time getting involved on campus. Within a few years, she became a member of Chi Omega, Theta Alpha Phi, residence life, and was captain of the dance team. She chose Arts Management with a concentration in Theatre as her major in hope of one day managing a performing arts center. Professor Michael Allen was her advisor and a great supporter of her dreams. Professor Joanna Schultz opened the door to public relations and introduced Larisa to a new passion. “Along the way, Professors Pat Quinlan, Ann Theis and Don Kleinsmith all instilled in me a love for business and specifically for marketing.

Many people influenced me and pushed me to be my personal best,” she said. Internships with the Croswell Opera House in Adrian and at the Palace of Auburn Hills provided great experience in the field. This experience helped secure her first job after graduation managing Deborah’s Stage Door, the largest privately-held performing arts center in Michigan. Larisa realized very quickly she had a talent for marketing and after two years sought to gain more experience at other types of organizations. Today, Larisa serves as director of marketing for the largest automotive aftermarket appearance and protection company in the world, Ziebart International Corporation. Since joining Ziebart in 2009, Larisa has served in numerous roles leading up to this position. “Working for a 50+ year franchised legacy brand presents amazing opportunities and challenges on a day-to-day basis. I enjoy working with a team of change agents for the company, who continually motivate and inspire me as we tackle strategy, forward thinking, problem solving, and a bit of fun every day,” she said. Also at Ziebart are fellow alumni, Amanda House ’10 and Brian Jackman ’07, who she connects with from time to time. Outside of work, two adorable 10-year olds-happily consume Larisa’s time. Twins Ashley and Kayla are chauffeured and chaperoned by mom for various activities including church, dance, theatre, soccer, drawing and robots. Larisa states, “The girls have taught me more than I could ever teach them.” Any advice for current students or fellow alumni? “Use every moment to embrace what life has to offer and be a passionate student of your profession,” she said. “Most important, create a personal vision and stick to it, even though bumps will arise in the road. How you challenge yourself to overcome and learn from them, both personally and professionally, will lead to the greatest reward.”

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Distinguished Alumni

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Chuck McCallum ’61

Ashley Bugeja Vuu ’10

Jim “Cubby” Culbertson ’63

Retired Executive Director/CEO Michigan Works For an exceptional tenure as a leader of organizations that benefit local and state residents. Chuck has held leadership positions with Michigan Works, Michigan Osteopathic College Foundation, Michigan State University and Adrian College as well as several business ventures. He was recognized by two Michigan governors who invited him to serve on strategic committees in the state. Serving Habitat for Humanity, he participated in the building of over 200 homes. He was a professional athletic official for 35 years with the National Football League, Big 10 Conference and the Mid-American Conference. Chuck is president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, assisted in the re-chartering of the ATO House, served as president of the Alpha Mu Board of Trustees and contributed to scholarship support and renovations on campus. Chuck and his wife, CoCo, live in Benton Harbor, Mich., where they are owners of a fruit farm business, The Extraordinary Berry.

Global Senior HR Transition Manager/ Entrepreneur Infosys/HEC For her perseverance as a first generation student whose creativity and passion has opened doors for other women. Ashley graduated with honors from Adrian College and earned her master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She was president of the Mu Zeta Chapter of Chi Omega. She is currently a corporate executive for Infosys with a $3 billion portfolio. She also started her own company, High Endurance Cosmetics (HEC) that produces sweat-proof cosmetics. The company was named the “Future of Beauty” by FounderMade, the “Shark Tank” of beauty products. Ashley is a volunteer mentor for the “Next Scholars Program,” helping educate young women entering male-dominated industries. Ashley and her husband John live in Barrington, Ill., with their two young sons, Alexander and Julien.

Honorary Alumni

Award Rod MacLennan

General Contractor, President & CEO RADGAR Inc. For his ongoing enthusiasm for Adrian College and its students, and for his craftsmanship across campus.



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Retired Executive Ford Motor Company

For his extraordinary service to Adrian College, his fraternity, and for his dedication to the community at large. Post graduation, Jim worked for Ford Motor Company, retiring after 30 years as a national sales account manager. He served in Student Government, as a resident assistant, student manager of the cafeteria, on the Bulldog golf team and as a member of SAE fraternity. A former member of the alumni board, he provides essential scholarship funds and serves as a communicator with SAE. He and his late wife, Sharon, often attended Homecoming and President’s Dinners and hosted numerous gatherings of alumni and SAE friends as well as prospective students and their families. Jim is a contributing member of his community through St. Joseph Catholic Church, delivering Meals on Wheels, and as a volunteer usher at the Detroit Symphony, Detroit Opera House, and Fox Theater. He resides in South Lyon, Mich.

By visiting his girlfriend, Diane, at Adrian College in the mid-70s and through continued exposure by her family, Rod has witnessed the results of a quality education. On a regular basis, they represent the Underhill family for the Knight Scholarship luncheon. He has enhanced areas of the College including the beautiful woodwork in Dawson Auditorium lobby, the president’s office, Knight Auditorium, the athletic locker rooms and Herrick Chapel. Because of his strong interest in history Rod also loaned a rare 1865 Civil War diary for a student research project. Rod, and his wife, Diane Underhill MacLennan ’78, reside in Hillsdale, Michigan.

2017 Alumni Awards

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AC Stewardship

Outstanding Alumni Employee

Audrey Smith Ellenwood ’73

Bill Bachman

Joe Van Geison ’12

For her extraordinary commitment to children in South Africa and her dedication to education, and her career in providing assistance and hope to students and clients.

For his unwavering care for and commitment to the students and alumni of Adrian College, the campus and the local community.

For his dedication to Adrian College and the Office of Admissions, and the support he provides to prospective and enrolled students with unwavering energy and enthusiasm.


Psychologist/Retired Professor Assessment & Family Therapy of NW Ohio

Audrey arrived on campus in 1969 from Manchester, Connecticut. She graduated with a goal to make a difference in children’s lives. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Toledo in Counseling Psychology and Educational Psychology. Audrey began a successful private practice, spent nearly 25 years as program coordinator and professor of psychology for Bowling Green State University, five years with Youngstown State University, and has authored numerous professional publications and books. While at Bowling Green, Audrey traveled to South Africa and — after witnessing very poor conditions in the schools — developed Project Learning Around the World (PLATW). Her team organized fundraising to send school supplies, build playgrounds, install water systems, and create a better learning environment for the children. As director of this humanitarian organization, Audrey has led hundreds of students and individuals to help meet many basic educational, life and recreational needs in South Africa. The impact has been remarkable. Audrey and husband John Ellenwood ’71 live in Sylvania, Ohio, and continue the work of PLATW.

Award Retired Professor Adrian College

Bill retired in May after serving 36 years as professor of business administration at Adrian College. He served as faculty president, department chair, on numerous committees, as a faculty representative to the board of trustees, and was instrumental in curriculum development. Bill was one of the most beloved professors on campus. He cared deeply about preparing students for future success and was known to truly challenge and help them develop their critical thinking skills. Bill has been recognized for his teaching excellence and is an outstanding example of living the principles of the College’s Ribbons of Excellence. In 2016, Bill was inducted into the Faculty Hall of Fame for his exemplary service. Bill has been an active member of the local community through the Adrian First United Methodist Church, the Lenawee Department on Aging, the CROP Walk to End Hunger, and Alzheimer’s disease awareness efforts. Bill resides in Adrian.

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Joe began working for the Office of Admissions post graduation and was promoted in 2017 to director of admissions. He establishes great relationships with students, families, and the faculty, staff and coaches on campus. A Bulldogs fan, Joe has served as a volunteer assistant coach for the ACHA men’s hockey team (2012-2015) and for the NCAA softball team (2016). He also served on the Game Improvement Committee to raise attendance at sporting events. He is the 2012 Class Agent for the Office of Development and a member of the Young Alumni Club. As a student, Joe was involved in ACHA hockey, student government and the Student Athletic Advisory Council. He was a member and vice president of TKE fraternity, Class of 2012 president, and leader of the “student section” to encourage AC Bulldog spirit at athletic competitions. He is the son of Wendy and Dave Van Geison ’83, carrying on a tradition of service to the College. Joe and his wife, Keisha, reside in Adrian.

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David Wayne Zimmerman ’73

Chris Dubbs ’98






David was a three-time All-MIAA defensive back who helped Adrian to three consecutive conference championships from 1970-72. He’s also a member of the Hall of Fame with those teams’ induction in 2004. Adrian went 12-3 in conference games during that time span. He served as the Bulldogs' team captain during his junior and senior years. David also played four years of baseball for Coach Gregg Arbaugh and was voted the team captain during his senior season. David is a retired teacher in the Cassopolis Public School system. He also coached high school football and baseball at Cassopolis for 30 years. The 1973 graduate still enjoys being active through playing golf and bowling.



Danielle Hobbs Savard ’04

Chris batted .321 in a 115-game career for the Bulldogs' baseball team from 1994-1997. He also had a career .454 on-base percentage. A three-year starter, Chris was the 1996 team MVP and a 1997 All-MIAA First Team designated hitter after career bests of .383 batting average and .461 slugging percentage. He also paced the conference with four saves that season. The team captain earned second-team all-region as a senior. Today, Chris is a mathematics intervention teacher in the Madison School District and varsity baseball coach. Chris has served as a youth coach for the Adrian Lookouts since 2008. He twice won district Coach of the Year in 2015-16.

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TRACK CROSS COUNTRY Danielle’s cross country accomplishments are impressive. She was named All-MIAA four times and is the first Bulldog to be first team twice (2002-03), while being tabbed all-region. She also excelled in the classroom, as evidenced by four years on the conference honor roll and USTFCCCA Scholar All-American accolades. She was a team captain and Bulldogs' MVP. On the track, she set four school records in the 1500-meter run, 3000m, 3000m steeplechase and 5000m during her Adrian career. Like cross country, she placed on the academic allconference team four times and was a Scholar All-American by the national governing body for coaches. Danielle provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships in the steeplechase. She was a team MVP and captain, as well.

Mike Riley ’01 ADRIAN, MICH.

BASKETBALL A 1,000-point scorer for the Bulldogs, Mike finished with 1,007 points as a three-year letterman from 1997-2000. Mike was a three-time allconference pick, including to the first team in 2000, when he was the MIAA scoring champion with 18 points per game (16.9 ppg overall). He twice was named the Bulldogs’ MVP (1999, 2000), including his junior campaign when he averaged 17.2 points. Mike initially signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Division I Oakland University but decided to return to his hometown team because he wanted to play for his father, Buck Riley, who coached at the College from 1982-2009 and is the program’s all-time wins leader.

2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Front Row L to R: Jeremy Cross, Bryan Scott, Rob Hodnicki, Ron Fogarty, Adam Krug, Matt Nicholson, Taureen White, JD King, Brad Fogal. Middle Row L to R: Reed Renaud, Brad Houston, Kyle Watson, Drew Satterley, Mike Towns, Joel Workman, Sam Kuzyk, Bobby Hineman, Jeremy Klaver, Zach Galia. Back Row L to R: Justin Stadler, Eric Bailen, Eric Miller, Matt Parkes, Quinn Waller, Shawn Skelly, Mark Gertsakis, Mike Fiorillo, Mike Dahlinger, Jojo Boganowski.

Angie Adams Hines ’99





Angie was a mathematics and chemistry double major and a three-year letter winner for the Adrian softball team. In 1997 Angie was named NFCA All-America Third Team, NFCA Great Lakes All-Region First Team, All-MIAA First Team and Adrian coMost Valuable Player. The second baseman batted a Bulldogs’ best .402 in 31 games and also led the team in runs scored (31), hits (47) and stolen bases (13-for-13). Her career highlights include an entry in the famous Sports Illustrated “Faces in the Crowd,” once owning the NCAA Division III record with a 33-game hitting streak (still ranks third all-time) and listing third with 33 stolen bases on the school’s career chart.

The first Bulldogs squad set the tone for the gold standard of excellence that the College has been known for in the sport of ice hockey. Led by the program’s founder, Ron Fogarty, upstart Adrian finished with a 26-3 record versus established programs, swept the MCHA regular season (19-1) and tournament titles, set four NCAA Division III records, and was the national statistical champion in four categories. Numerous Adrian student-athletes led the nation in several categories, led by MCHA Player of the Year and ACHA/ CCM Second Team All-America forward Adam Krug (the Bulldogs’ current head coach). Krug himself led all of NCAA hockey with 77 points on 30 goals and a nation-leading 47 assists. Additionally, Eric Miller topped Division III with 1.43 goals per game as a freshman. The inaugural AC hockey team produced six All-MCHA selections.

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enjoyed Homecoming immensely and reveled in the recent progress.

John Bacon ’60 of Punta Gorda, Fla., has authored a second book, “Constellation Draco,” in the series Birth of the Gods. Visit the J.R. Bacon Amazon author page for all available novels in the series. Chuck McCallum ’61 appeared in an August 2016 article in The Herald Palladium, discussing his work with the MSU Extension, battling the spotted wing Drosophila for the last five years at his farm, The Extraordinary Berry, in Riverside, Mich. Karen Hosafros Laakaniemi ’67 and husband Ray (director of public information at Adrian College 196673) of Tustin, Calif., wrote to say they enjoyed Homecoming immensely and reveled in the recent progress. Karen was the nurse for six summers for the College’s Graz foreign study program in Austria and retired as a certified nurse midwife. Ray (Ph.D., Ohio University) taught journalism for 30 years, 22 at Bowling Green University.

The “Ohio Gals,” which include Linda Boyers Borton ’70, Gail Aichroth Maas ’71, Kathy Croninger, Beth Hasselschwert Vanderson ’71, Nancy Flory Hess ’71 and Gail Taylor Cunningham ’71, get together every year. The October 2015 trip was their first to the picturesque White Mountains in New Hampshire, where Gail lives. After his retirement from Parker Steel Company in Toledo, Ohio, at the end of 2013, Gary Bartlett ’70 found time to pursue his hobby of family history research. Gary has had two articles published in the Connecticut Nutmegger magazine, the publication of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists. Gary and his wife, Esther, live in Adrian. Former athletic director and wrestling coach for Siena Heights University, Harvey Jackson ’70, reached out to share his triumphs and compassion for others after suffering three traumatic brain injuries starting in 1988. Through Hope Clinic in Ypsilanti, Mich., Harvey has overcome many hardships and now focuses his energies on encouraging others. He exudes gratitude to God and to all those who have helped him along the way.

Christopher Werkman ’70 has written a collection of 26 short stories, “Girlfriending,” published in August by Rogue Phoenix Press. In each story someone is beginning, ending, or finding a way through some type of romantic relationship. The cover art is a painting Chris did in 1983. His second novel, “Difficult Lies,” released in 2015. Chris lives in Bowling Green, Ohio. The Rev. Lawrence Wiliford ’70 and his wife, the Rev. Terry Wiliford, both United Methodist clergy, have retired to the Jackson, Mich., area as of July 1. Larry served 45 years of active ministry, including 14 years in camp/retreat ministry, serving on Conference staffs in both New York state and Kansas. Larry has also served churches in Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin. Their oldest son, Matthew Wiliford ’97, is also an Adrian College alumnus. Deena Boone Katz ’74, associate professor at Texas Tech University and chairman of Evensky & Katz/ Foldes Financial Wealth Management, was awarded InvestmentNews’ 2017 Alexandra Armstrong Award, presented in New York. This award celebrates pioneers in the field of financial planning and recognizes women who have had long careers as advisers, a track record of leadership in the profession and/or at charitable organizations, and a demonstrated commitment to service as a role model or mentor to other women.

Back L-R – Jim Wiedman, Duane Koppelman, Karen Hosafros Laakaniemi, Robert Holcomb, Jane Brasiola Mallery, Mardi Schroer Mattei, Tommy Smith, Shirley Crist Tennant. Front L-R – Rick Weinbrenner, D.J. Ware, Bob Cunningham, Mary Munroe Holcomb, Duane Miller, Diana Spitnale Miller, Norma Scheer Preston, Isabel Rapp Murray, and Bob Macomber.



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John Weaver ’72 retired from Purdue University in February 2017, where he managed the Birck Nanotechnology Center facility, having led the planning, design, construction, startup, and operation of that facility. Internationally recognized in his field, with more than 45 years of experience, John has received two patents, authored one book, three book chapters, and is a technical editor of the journal of the IEST. In retirement, John plans to continue his work in nanotechnology, in a more limited scope, and spend more time with his wife, Carol, three children and six grandchildren. John credits his liberal arts education at Adrian College for the diversity of his accomplishments. He and Carol reside in West Lafayette, Ind.

Cyndy Allen Callog ’73, shared the 2017 release of her new children’s book, “A Windy Day – A true tale of a tiny mouse adventure,” inspired by an encounter with a mouse along a pathway near her home in Pentwater, Mich.

The story is told from her and husband George’s perspective as well as from the perspective of the mouse they named Nitro, which charmed its way into their lives. Cyndy is a watercolor artist who wrote and illustrated the self-published book. In her studio, Cyndy works with transparent watercolors and tiny brushes for this highly detailed style. The paint is applied layer upon layer of color and shadow until the desired effect is reached, finishing with the tiny details of veins and feathers. It often takes several weeks to complete a painting. In 2017 “A Windy Day” was awarded the national Moonbeam Children’s Book Award gold medal for the Best First Book – Picture Book and was the winner in the category Best Children’s Book, Non-Fiction by Best Book Awards.

and opened The B&B Dachshund Sanctuary in Evansville, a nonprofit offering puppy mill dachshunds a safe haven to live out their lives.

1975 alumnae Debbie Gerber Swartz, Jackie Tinney O'Bryant, Karen Linenger Brandenburg, Susan Schomer Reed, with former French professor, Dr. Marianna Staples, visited Adrian College in November 2016. They toured the recently renovated Cargo Hall and all that was new on campus. Ann Davies ’76 has returned to her hometown of Evansville, Ind. Ann recently retired from the Valparaiso Community Schools after teaching physical education and coaching for 34 years. Ann recently designed, built

Anthony Cleveland ’77, associate professor of psychology at Jackson College, has released his first book, “Roots of Faith.” The book grew from Tony’s desire to learn about his ancestors and the potential role they played in the development of the Christian religion in America. After working in the private sector for over 25 years, he enrolled at Michigan Theological Seminary — now Moody Theological Seminary — and earned a degree in counseling psychology. As a clinician, he discovered a passion for the classroom leading to his current role from which he received the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2012.

Cyndy’s extraordinary skill was featured as one of five Michigan artists in “The Birds of Michigan” in connection with the Audubon Society in 1994. She has exhibited her work across the United States, winning many awards — including the National Wildlife Artist of the Year — and has created commissioned and licensed artwork used by Sunrise and Hallmark cards, National Wildlife Federation and others. Cyndy offers original paintings and limited edition prints, notecards and her book available through her website cyndycallog.com. The site also contains her schedule of participation in upcoming summer art fairs.

Back L to R – Cynthia Henry Langham, Dan Jones, Sue Heidlebaugh, Brad Baum, Bruce Diven, Kim Montz Diven, Mark Coutrade. Middle L-R – Gary Pavlechko, Connie Ries, Melinda Loftin, Vickie Phelps Hamilton, Kathy Keyes, Adrienne Loftin, Louise Thomas Northrup, Denise Knuth, Ruth Miser Courtade, Carol McCowan Baum. Front L-R – Josette Green, Martha Hook, Barb Taylor Salenbien, Linda Boss, Debbie Donahue, and Cheryl Cottrell Hoehner.



Derrick Diggs ’77 was sworn in as police chief for the city of Fort Myers, Fla., in August 2016. Derrick had retired in January of 2014 as the police chief of Toledo, Ohio.

Nathan Weaks ’78 has been named president of Automatic Feed Company in Napoleon, Ohio. He started at Automatic Feed as CFO in 1985, was elected a director in 2004, and then president in late 2016. Nathan was also named a director of The Henry County Bank and its holding company, Comunibanc Corp., in March 2017. Nathan and his wife, Lori Fireoved Weaks ’79, reside in rural Swanton, Ohio.

Nate Smith ’81, a senior vice president and commercial relationship manager at Old National Bank, is the 2016 Stubnitz Award recipient. The Stubnitz Award is presented annually by Lenawee United Way to a person demonstrating exemplary commitment to the organization’s mission and the cause for volunteerism in the Lenawee County community.


Grace Capraro ’78, of Royal Oak, Mich., and former roommate Susan Saunders ’78, of Columbia Station, Ohio, enjoyed a skate at Arrington Ice Arena during Homecoming. Grace remarked that it was “Such fun! And each one of the Bulldog hockey players who helped people skate were so, so nice!” ▲


Greg Temnick ’78 was named associate vice president of integrated marketing for Saint Leo University (Florida) in November 2016. Greg was previously the senior director of Brand Strategies for ACT Inc., a national college admissions testing company.

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After living in Lexington, Ky., for nearly 30 years, Lorie Wayne Chesnut ’81 and her husband, Don, decided that an adventure was in order and moved to Cheyenne, Wyo., where Lorie accepted a position with the State of Wyoming Department of Health. Lorie continues to work in the field of maternal and child health and enjoys hiking throughout the region on the weekends. She invites friends to contact her at lwches2@gmail.com.

Kevin Young ’83 stopped to visit Doris and Paul deLespinasse, retired AC accounting and political science professors, at their home in Corvallis, Ore., in June 2016. Kevin lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and was in Oregon for a business meeting. Paul stated that Kevin “is a real credit to the accounting program and to Adrian College.” Kevin is employed as a financial investor with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and is a member of the College’s Board of Trustees. ▲

Lynnda Host Skidmore ’80 hosted a gathering at Homecoming 2017 for "family" members of the classes of 1980 and 1981. Lynnda’s goal for each reunion (previous one in 2003) is to get all six college girlfriends together again. Although each reunion has brought many friends together, the one in 2017 was short just one of the six women. The 1980 photo L-R: Lorie Schell ’80, Lynnda Host Skidmore ’80, Sharon Voegeding Miller ’81, Karen Wood Scriven ’81, Lorie Wayne Chesnut ’81, and Lisa Mohnkern West ’80. The other photo was taken in September 2017, minus Lorie. Lynnda has been able to attend every Homecoming since she graduated.



Lynnda Host Skidmore ’80 celebrated her 25th year of teaching biology at Wayne County Community College, which coincides with the school’s 50th anniversary. She earned her educational doctorate in teacher leadership in 2008 and teaches classes in introductory biology, human ecology, and anatomy and physiology in the science department. She and her husband, Geoff, live in Beverly Hills, Mich.

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State Representative Robert Kosowski ’86 was recognized by the State Bar of Michigan Animal Law Section and presented with the Brandi Award for his work in drafting, introducing and successfully passing animal welfare legislation. He sponsored House Bill 4478, which was signed into law and enacted in August 2016. This law allows for a person to include his or her companion animals while obtaining a personal protection order, so the perpetrator of domestic violence can no longer use the family pets as a way to control their human victims. Bob resides in Westland, Mich., with his wife, Elizabeth.

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Thirty years after hiring in as a correctional officer with the Michigan Department of Corrections in Lansing, Mich., R. Cole Bouck ’84 has accepted an advancement opportunity with the Michigan Department of Treasury. He serves as administrator of Treasury’s Continuous Improvement and Engagement Division, focusing on internal process improvement and employee engagement activities. Noland Granberry ’84 is chief financial officer for Nanosys, a leader of commercialization of quantum dot technology for displays. He is responsible for leading Nanosys’ worldwide accounting and financial reporting. Noland joined Nanosys in June 2014 from Silicon Image, where he was the CFO. Noland lives in San Jose, Calif. Bob McGee ’84, of Columbus, Ohio, won his 300th game as he entered his 21st year of coaching varsity girls soccer. Having won state titles in 1995 and 2011 at St. Francis DeSales High School, he has been District Coach of the Year 10 times and State Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2010. He is a 2012 recipient of the OHSAA Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Award, and the only two-time winner of the Central Ohio and Licking County Soccer Officials Coach of the Year. Bob and his wife, Denise, have four daughters and two grandchildren. He recently retired from the Franklin County Municipal Court’s probation department after 32 years of service.

Rev. Dr. Chris Momany ’84 presented at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Wesleyan Society in the spring 2016. AC Pastor Chris is active in the national organization of scholars known as “Historians Against Slavery” and contributes to conferences, workshops, and blogs on a regular basis. His next book is under contract with Foundery Books of Nashville, Tenn. The working title is "Asa Mahan: True Believer, Abolitionist, and the Evangelical Spirit." In 2017, Gary Pageau ’85 was hired by the Michigan General Office of New York Life as an agent for the company. Previously, he was principal at InfoCircle LLC, a content marketing agency, and publisher, content development and strategic initiatives, at Photo Marketing Association International. Gary resides in Jackson, Mich., with his wife, Shirley Beaubien Pageau ’85, and two daughters. Craig Emery ’88 has been employed with Walmart in Adrian since December 2016 as the personnel manager. Prior to that, Craig was a technology instructor with Blissfield (Mich.) Community Schools for ten years. He and his wife, Amy, live in Adrian. [LinkedIn] Kevin Hile ’88, a resident of Cathedral City, Calif., recently released his book, “The Handy California Answer Book,” available through Visible Ink Press. Kevin, formerly of Michigan, was raised in Laurel Canyon and Van Nuys, Calif.

Adrian College’s head baseball coach Craig Rainey ’89 reached his 600th winning game on April 7, 2017. He will begin his 25th season and has won 10 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles, including the last eight, gone to the NCAA Division III semifinal, and coached six AllAmericans.

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19NINETIES Mark Goodman ’90 has joined Park Ohio Corporation as president of the fuel rails business unit. He is based in Madison Heights, Mich., and oversees the group’s global operations, sales and engineering teams. He graduated with a degree in accountancy and is a CPA. Mark was the recipient of the Automotive Hall of Fame’s Young Leader and Excellence Award in 2003. He and his wife, Karen, reside in Northville, Mich., along with their four daughters: Hannah, Emily, Danielle and Claire. Bill Kralovec ’90 completed his third year as head of school for Osaka International School of Kwansei Gakuin in Japan. This year marks his 25th year in international education. Mike Hague ’92 was appointed the vice chancellor for business and finance at the University of Michigan– Flint in May 2017.



Patrick Barry ’93 was hired as the controller at Total Server Solutions in the Atlanta, Ga., area, beginning in March 2017. [LinkedIn]



In August, Peter Nyamora ’95 was named senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Broward Health in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Previously, Peter was the HR director at Memorial Hospital Pembroke, where he was responsible for human resources, organizational development, nursing education, employee health and volunteers. He began his career at the City of Miami Beach.

Adam Coughlin ’97 was granted tenure and promotion to full professor at Saginaw Valley State University this past spring. He also concluded his three-year position as president of Midwest-American College of Sports Medicine Chapter in December. Dana Imhof Jewell ’97 began working in July 2016 in the position of senior corporate counsel at Chegg, Inc., in the San Francisco Bay area of California. Prior to her new position, Dana was an attorney with Dell, Inc. [LinkedIn]

Vanessa Lozzi ’97 received the Technology Support Professional of the Year Award at the August 2017 ILTA’s (International Legal Technology Association) Distinguished Peer Awards at the annual conference in Las Vegas. Vanessa is a senior legal technology and litigation support administrator, assistant vice president with Flagstar Bank in Clinton Township, Mich.


Mark Phlegar ’95 and Natalie Rice were married on Sept. 24, 2016, at Indianola Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Ohio. The couple resides in the Worthington area of Columbus. Mark is employed at Arrow Electronics as a warehouse associate. ▲ After more than 20 years at Oakland Schools, Danelle Perkins Gittus ’97 accepted a new position with the Michigan Department of Treasury in August 2016, as the division administrator for communications. Danelle, her husband Scott and their two children live in Hartland, Mich.

▲ Rosanne DiZazzo Miller ’97, a professor at Wayne State University, recently published her third textbook and dedicated it posthumously to former classmate Charity Anderson Stein ’97, who passed away in June 2016. Several alumnae attended Charity’s service in California, pictured

here toasting her “wonderful, beautiful life.” Rosanne was recently promoted to associate professor. She and her husband, Carey Miller ’97, live in Novi, Mich., and have three children: Joe, Victoria and Michael. Andrea Nowaczewski Gamez ’99 graduated in 2012 from the University of Detroit Mercy’s physicians assistant program and accepted a position with Texas Transplant Physicians in October 2017, as a bone marrow transplant PA in San Antonio. Prior to this position, Andrea worked at Texas Oncology from 2015-17. Her first PA position was at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, from 2012-15. Andrea has lived in San Antonio with her spouse and two children for the past three years. Ray Lennard ’99 wrote an account titled “Lenawee County and the Civil War,” published in September 2016 as a part of Arcadia Publishing’s Civil War series. The book describes the rich history of the anti-slavery movement in Lenawee County and the role Adrian College played in assisting the war effort. Ray, curator at the W.G. Thompson House Museum in Hudson, Mich., is the author of three historical books of Lenawee County, focusing on Hudson, Devils Lake and Adrian. He and his wife, Kara Kressbach Lennard ’98, live in Adrian.

Members of the Class of 1992 celebrated their 25th reunion at Homecoming 2017. Pictured are classmates: Back L-R – Bill Lachapell, Larisa Jackson Catcott, Jay Swiecki, Adam Shumacher; Middle L-R – Karla Kerby Davidson, Gretchen Wilga, Bushra Rehman, Karen Addington McColl, Cindy Carpenter Hodson; Front L-R – Tracy Warrick, Colleen Kowich, Kim Dao-Waldis, Kathy Schulte Dale, and Kelly Kerby-Gough.



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Reverend Rey Carlos Mondragon '03 participated in hosting the Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy of The United Methodist Church on Adrian's campus in June 2017. He is pictured here (back left) with several students attending the academy. Rey graduated from Duke University Divinity School in 2008 and currently serves the Birch Run and Burt United Methodist congregations located between Flint and Saginaw, Mich.

2THOUSANDS Mike Bell ’00, an attorney with Howard & Howard in Royal Oak, Mich., was named a 2017 “Leader in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Mike is a leading advisor to national financial institutions seeking non-organic growth, strategic advice and class action defense. He concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, class action defense strategies, business law and real estate.

Karen Fuller ’00 and Kelly Marbaugh were married on July 5, 2014, and welcomed their son, Mason Scott, into their family on Oct. 20, 2016. He joins brothers Olson, Zachary and Alexander. Karen is employed at Vestil Manufacturing in Angola, Ind. The Marbaugh family lives in Coldwater, Mich. ▲ Kelly Jo Waldron Gilmore ’00 accepted the position of director for the Tecumseh Center for the Arts in November 2016. She and her husband, Jay Gilmore ’01, and three children live in Blissfield, Mich.

Joel Jerger ’00 began his new position as market area executive with the First Federal Bank of the Midwest in October. Joel was previously employed with Huntington Bank. He resides in Perrysburg, Ohio. Sara Saksewski Windjue ’00 was recently presented with the 2017 Seventhwave Educator of the Year award. Sara works to develop kids into lifelong environmental stewards through the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program. During her 10plus year career at KEEP, Sara has developed a framework for building science and renewable concepts, as well as an online renewable energy course for teachers. She’s helped them integrate energy education into STEM and CTE offerings, as well as get renewable energy systems installed at schools. Sara and her family live in Plover, Wis. Phil Lagger ’01 accepted a position in May 2017 with The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. of Maumee, Ohio, as a civil engineer. [LinkedIn] Keenan Robinson ’02 joined the USA Swimming staff as National Team High Performance Director, in September 2016. Keenan, two-time head athletic trainer for the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team, will manage USA Swimming’s High Performance staffing at key competitions and camps, oversee the organization’s sports medicine and science network, and manage the competition and performance

support at a variety of domestic and international events. Keenan and his wife, Kalyn, have a two-year-old daughter, Regan Molly. Luigi Russo ’02 published his third book of poetry, titled “Aja’s Brown Book.” He had two additional books published in December 2016, “Hearing You” and “Librarian Journal: a year at KSU.” Luigi lives with his wife, Aja Blackwell Russo ’03, and son in Mantua, Ohio. Rob Luce ’03 was appointed as executive director of the Detroit Region Aeropolis Development Corp., effective March 2017. Detroit Region Aeropolis is a public/private economic development agency supported by a partnership of cities, counties, townships, the airport authority, and private sector leaders, to promote investment in the Detroit Metro Airport Region. Rob formerly served as the director of MICHauto and Automotive Retention & Growth at the Detroit Regional Chamber, where he worked to market the state’s automotive assets. He and his wife, Carrie Klingensmith Luce ’02, live in Canton, Mich. Rob is a new member of the Adrian College Alumni Association Board of Directors.




Michael Fox, Jr. ’04 accepted the position of Siena Heights University’s director of the Upward Bound Program, effective September 2016. He earned a master’s degree from SHU, and brings nine years of experience as coordinator of student services. He served a sixyear term on the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Michigan, and on the Adrian College Alumni Association Board of Directors for nine years. He resides with his wife, Leticia Joyner Fox ’99, and their family in Adrian. Kate Spencer Hamilton ’04 accepted the position of director of alumni relations at Siena Heights University in August 2017. Carrie Hartley ’04 was appointed the development director for Lenawee County Habitat for Humanity in January 2017. Prior to this position, Carrie was the development director at Boys & Girls Club of Lenawee from 2013-16.



Rachael Mieras ’04 and Matt Carpenter were married March 31, 2017, in the chapel at Sauder Village at Archbold, Ohio. Rachael is employed at Brazeway in Adrian as a corporate accounting manager. The couple lives in Morenci, Mich. Joshua Jones ’05 and his wife, Kristin, welcomed their first child, Holly Marie, on Aug. 25, 2016. Joshua is employed as an analyst for Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Mich. The family resides in Saline, Mich. Andrew Krukowski ’06 is living in Los Angeles, where he works as a writer and producer in Hollywood and is currently associate producer at “Kitchen Nightmares.” A few of the many TV shows Andrew has worked on include the gameshow “Wipeout,” “Lucha Underground,” and “Hell’s Kitchen,” the cooking reality show created by Chef Gordon Ramsay. Andrew also co-hosts a podcast called “TV Movie Night.”


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Benjamin McDuffee ’06 was promoted in January 2017 to branch manager for Onemain Financial in Batavia, N.Y. Ben has worked for Onemain since 2013, beginning as a sales representative. He and his family relocated to Batavia from Williamsport, Pa. Logan Balestrino ’07 began working as an associate in digital publishing at Penguin Random House in New York City in January 2017. [LinkedIn] Jared Ragozine ’07 began working as DTE Energy Trading, Inc.’s assistant general counsel in July 2016., in Ann Arbor, Mich. [LinkedIn] Kyle Lindsay ’08 was named as the Adrian College men’s basketball head coach in September 2016. Previously, Kyle was an assistant on the men’s basketball team at Trine University. HaLana Lipscomb Thompson ’08, a graduate of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, was ordained Oct. 8, 2016, as an itinerant elder at the 143rd session of the Chicago Annual Conference, African Methodist Episcopal Church. Ashley Laabs ’09 began working with Amazon in the greater Seattle area, in January 2017, as a copywriter for their internal creative agency (D1 Creative). Ashley composes and edits marketing copy across the company’s retail categories. [LinkedIn]

Tom ’09 and Erin Laske Pavlovich ’11 announce the birth of their daughter, Cecilija Louise, on Feb. 27, 2017. Cecilija joins brother Elijah, 2. The Pavlovich family resides in Livonia, Mich. ▲

Dennis ’10 and Erin Vanderworp DeSmet ’09 welcomed their daughter Kennedy Lauren DeSmet on January 21, 2017. ▲

20TENS Tiffany Hill ’10 began working as an internet sales and leasing manager with Southwest Kia in Round Rock, Texas, in November 2016. [LinkedIn]

Gabe Holdwick ’10 attended the 2016 National Leadership Conference of the American Student Dental Association as chair of the planning committee, held in Chicago. While at the conference, Gabe ran into Alex Maxson ’14, in her third year of dental school at the University of Kentucky, and representing her dental school as an officer in her ASDA chapter. Gabe graduated in 2014 from the University of Detroit Mercy. ▲

In 2017, Michael Neal ’12 completed his first documentary “Bud Fowler and the Page Fence Giants” now being featured at film festivals. A former Bulldog baseball player and track and field athlete, Mike learned about Bud Fowler and the Page Fence Giants baseball team which was based in Adrian in the 1890s. Mike took a keen interest and wanted to share the rich local and national history. He comissioned Christina Butler ’14 to design the media for the film. Bud Fowler was a flourishing baseball player and manager before and after baseball’s color line was drawn near the end of the 19th century. As a result, he began to organize what would become the Page Fence Giants, an all-black team located in Adrian in 1895. Fowler is widely regarded as the first African-American professional baseball player, making his debut in Lynn, Massachusetts, in 1877, in a game which ended with the away team forfeiting rather than losing to a black pitcher.


In fall 2017, Mike began a full-time teaching position in the communications department at Adrian College. His recent experience for the College as multimedia designer and manager of the Media Production House led to working with numerous students and a desire to teach. He spent two years as an adjunct with the communications and honors departments. Mike completed his master’s degree in humanities and communications studies from Tiffin University in 2016. He spent time working toward his Ph.D. at Wayne State University before putting it on hold to focus on his teaching and film career. A native of London, Ontario, Canada, Mike now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and also runs a business, Corked Media, offering video integration services. Mike also helped initiate and is leading the recently announced Adrian International Film Festival scheduled for May 18-19. His film will be featured as an additional segment of the festival that includes an author who wrote about Bud Fowler. For more information on the festival, visit www.adrianfilm.org.


Catherine “Calie” McLouth ’10 and Evan Aamodt were married October 14 in Muskegon, Mich. Calie began her position as marketing and communications coordinator at Holland Hospital in September. The couple resides in West Olive, Mich. Adrian alumni attending included, Brittany Luckett ’09, Gabe Holdwick ’10, Stephanie Kesteloot ’12, Jenna Borck Cleary ’11, Andy ’12 and Ryann Waterstradt Warner ’10 and Scott ’11 Normandin ’11. ▲

Sam Miller ’10 and Jennifer Perrin ’10 were married on July 21, 2017, in Marco Island, Fla., and now live in Durham, N.C. Jennifer began a new position with Wake County Economic Development as senior manager of strategic marketing and programs in September. Sam is now assistant coach for the Duke University Lady Blue Devils. ▲

Lauren Anastos ’11 and John Parvin ’11 were married in Houghton Lake, Mich., on July 14, 2017. Other AC graduates in the bridal party included, Aaron Snow ’10, Jane Parvin ’13, and Rachel Walters Adams ’09. The couple now lives in Brighton, Mich. ▲

Elysia Norris ’10 has been employed with Morton Salt, located in Chicago, since July 2017 as a senior logistics analyst. [LinkedIn]



Megan Kipp ’11 and Nathan Holmes ’11 were married Nov. 12, 2016, at the Gem Theatre in Detroit. 50+ Adrian College alumni attended. ▼

Stuart MacDonald ’11 performed in September at the “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” show, in Las Vegas. Stuart’s day job is senior training analyst for Whirlpool Corporation. He resides in Adrian. Neal ’10 and Heather Muylle Mossing ’12 announce the birth of their first child, Ella May, on Oct. 27, 2016. Neal is the IT manager for Jackson National Life Insurance. The Mossing family lives in Mason, Mich.


Scott Normandin ’11 was promoted to senior key account manager at PepsiCo in Grand Rapids, Mich., in January 2017. [LinkedIn]


Kourtney Price ’11 began working as a child protective specialist for the State of Michigan in July 2016 in Wayne County. He earned a master of arts degree in organizational leadership in 2016 from Siena Heights University. [LinkedIn]

In August, Peter Tomasek ’11 joined Collins Einhorn Farrell PC’s appellate practice group. Previously, he worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Colleen A. O’Brien and a research attorney with the Michigan Court of Appeals. He received his juris doctor degree from Cooley Law School in 2014.

Jamie Besier ’12 and Joseph Wisniewski ’12 were married July 1, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Adrian. The ceremony was followed by a reception at Siena Heights University. ▲

Kevin ’10 and Brianna Davis Totty ’11 proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Zara Simone Renee Totty, on Feb. 22, 2017. Kevin accepted a position in October at Washington & Jefferson College as senior associate director of financial aid, while Brianna is a therapist at Family Resources. The Totty family lives in Carnegie, Pa. ▲ Andrew Burns ’12 began working at Step 2, located in Streetsboro, Ohio, in April 2017 as a national account manager. [LinkedIn]



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Joseph VanGeison ’12 and Keisha Olsen were married Aug. 5, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Adrian. The ceremony was followed by a reception in the Adrian Tobias Room. AC graduates in the bridal party included Alexander Gettys ’12 and Cindy Graves ’12. The couple lives in Adrian. Joe was recently promoted to director of admissions at Adrian College.

Emily Pilon Cohen ’12, an employee with MRM/McCann since 2015, was promoted in May to her new position of CRM manager – performance analytics.

Nathan ’13 and Amber Hoag Marks ’13 recently moved to Adrian from Oklahoma. Amber is working with the Adrian Symphony Orchestra and Nathan is a case manager at Parkside Family Counseling. The couple has two children. Nathan is the son of Dr. Marty Marks.

Danielle Prielipp ’12 began working in July as a marketing manager with St. Martin’s Press in New York City. [LinkedIn] Prenella Semma ’12 accepted a position in July 2016 with ADP in Detroit, and is now a regional accountant specialist. [LinkedIn] In June Rachel Taylor ’12 started with Faurecia as an international mobility/ immigration specialist at the North American headquarters located in Auburn Hills, Mich. Prior to this role, Rachel worked as an international relocation consultant for BGRS in downtown Detroit. She resides in Sterling Heights, Mich. Katrina Wotten ’12 is working as a marketing coordinator for MobileXCo in Ontario, Canada, delivering mobile experience content, to inform and educate. She began her position in June. [LinkedIn] Amila Zecevic ’12 was promoted in January 2017 to the position of academic support specialist in the office of academic services at Adrian College. Amila earned a Master of Arts in English from Eastern Michigan University.


Abbey Davis Pinkerton ’13 accepted a job in the consumer insights department for Dr. Pepper Snapple Group in Dallas where she will be supporting A&W, Sunkist and 7UP in developing their brand strategy, equity and positioning. Husband Sam Pinkerton ’13 is a portfolio manager for Comerica Bank. Delaney Andrews ’13 started her small business, Pixie Dust Entertainment, in Adrian last summer. She brings magic to children across Michigan through visits from their favorite fairy tale princesses, such as Rapunzel and Cinderella. ▲ Greg Brannan ’13 began a new job in March 2017, working as corporate meetings manager with the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau. [LinkedIn]

Patrick DiDonato ’13 graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2017, and is working at Dentistry, ETC in Grand Blanc, Mich. [LinkedIn]

Shantay Williamson Ernst ’13 was named the student life and housing coordinator at Adrian College in August 2017.


Jeffrey “Logan” Blackwell ’14 is working as a health educator at a new Army Wellness Center at Camp Atterbury in Indiana running BOD POD assessments, metabolic testing and VO2 tests on military personnel. Logan stated that it was his Adrian experience that most prepared him for the job.


Joshua Cousineau ’14 is using his experience from Adrian College in his pro hockey career with the Pensacola Ice Flyers, the team he joined after graduation. He began the 2017-2018 season in October as a forward. In August Marina Morris Forgue ’14 began as a post closing specialist with United Wholesale Mortgage in Troy, Mich. Marina also continues as an inspirational speaker, having presented her first TED Talk in 2014.



◆ brent greenwood leading new club baseball program at AC

Brent Greenwood ’14 was selected to lead the new club baseball program at Adrian College in January 2017. Brent served as captain for the 2014 Bulldog baseball team. Previously he coached the Sylvania, Ohio, Southview High School junior varsity team and the Adrian Dirtbag Baseball Club 9-andunder team. As of January 2017, Emily Hlavka ’14 is working in the Burlington, Vt., area as a U.S. urban program assistant with the Institute for Sustainable Communities. [LinkedIn]

Derek McCoy ’14 has been working as a chemist since February 2016 with Magni Industries of Detroit, and lives in nearby Lincoln Park, Mich.

Rochelle Kidd ’15 and Ronald Hilliard ’14, high school and college sweethearts, were married Jan. 6, 2017. Alumni in the wedding party included Mark Gresham ’14, Drew Torey ’14 and Chuck Koch ’15. The couple lives in Warren, Mich. Spencer Dennison ’15 began working as an athletic trainer with IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., in October 2016.

In January 2017, Julia Tehovnik ’14 began a new job as a guidance consultant for ComPsych in Chicago. She completed her master's in counseling psychology from Adler University in 2016. [LinkedIn]


Wallen Augustin ’15 accepted a position in October 2016 as a social media specialist with Crosby Marketing in the Washington, D.C., metro area. Wallen was previously employed as a digital account coordinator with Pollard Banknote in Baltimore.

Mary Hawes ’15 is working on her law degree at the University of Toledo Law School and has been serving as a legal intern with the Toledo Bar Association since August 2017. [LinkedIn]


Emily Borup ’15 is now working as assistant athletic trainer and health science teacher for Mayde Creek High School in Katy, Texas. She earned her master’s degree in athletic training from Adrian College in 2016. [LinkedIn]

CONNIE WILLIAMS Administrative Assistant Alumni Office at Adrian College 110 S. Madison Street Adrian, Michigan 49221

Mary Kate D’Esposito ’15 is now the development coordinator for The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio. [LinkedIn]

Rachel Jason ’15 is in her second year of graduate school at Wayne State University, where she is working to complete her physicians assistant degree.

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In January 2016, Austin Spires ’15 became a member of the John Makranyi Wealth Management Group of Raymond James in Gaylord, Mich. With dual degrees in economics and accounting, he also holds industry licenses that include the Series 7 and the Series 66. Austin is also licensed to provide life, health, and long-term care insurance as well as fixed, indexed, and variable annuities.

Jane Schlievert ’16 is working as an interior designer/specifier with CB Flooring, LLC, in Columbia, Md. Jane began her new position in May 2016. [LinkedIn]

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Matt Sisoler ’15 began working at The Daily Telegram newspaper in Adrian as a sports writer in January 2017. [LinkedIn]

Kelsey Kusch ’16 was accepted into Eastern Michigan University’s physician assistant program that began in May 2017. Kelsey was in the exercise science program while at Adrian.

EMAIL cwilliams@adrian.edu


Curtis Rhoden ’15 began teaching ninth-grade personal fitness and health at Somerset Academy Canyons Charter School in Boynton Beach, Fla. Curtis is also head coach of track and field and assistant coach of football.

Sarah Richardson ’17 began a new job in May 2017, as an inside sales consultant with the Detroit Pistons. [LinkedIn] Conner Stevons ’17 began a teaching assistantship in fall 2017 for the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where he is pursuing his Ph.D. in physics.

Dear Friends, 2017 was an exciting year! From witnessing continual improvement on campus to making significant progress on our communication efforts for alumni, we are pleased to have an engaged board, great support from staff and faculty, and the chance to get acquainted with students at our board meetings. In 2017, we had the opportunity to see the new Medical Clinic become a reality and look forward to students benefitting from this collaboration. We welcomed new members to the alumni board and established a young alumni committee, we congratulated spring and winter graduates and received them into the alumni family, we stepped onto the new Trustee Terrace at Phelps Garden and enjoyed the student orchestra performance at Homecoming, and we supported the Alumni Association Scholarship to assist students with financial aid and offered book scholarships to qualified students. We learned of several alumni who hosted internships and created job shadowing opportunities, who spoke to classes about career preparation, who participated in profiles to share their postgraduate experience in graduate school, who humbly accepted recognition for the Alumni Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame, who encouraged high school students to consider their alma mater for college, and who have helped with admissions, volunteerism, mentoring and so much more. Thank you. WE ARE FAMILY was our theme for Homecoming — and it is true, we need one another to share the good news about Adrian College, to support one another, and to be examples to future alumni of our caring and loyal Bulldog family. What’s next? By now you may have seen the newest communication pieces for alumni in the quarterly Bulldog Network e-newsletter and the weekly Bulldog Bite. We want to keep you apprised of the latest news and hope you will encourage others to give some attention to their alma mater and the students it serves. Be sure to look to page 52 to learn more about our communication efforts and what you can do to make a difference in our students’ lives. On behalf of the Alumni Association board of directors, thank you for all you do to keep Adrian College and its students in mind, in your hearts and in your giving. Best wishes for a wonderful and prosperous 2018! Sincerely,

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

2017-18 Alumni Board of Directors Michael Blumenthal ’17 * Bloomfield Hills/Chicago

Brett Peters ’95 Mansfield, Ohio

Jessica Fritz Echols ’94 Troy, Ohio

Megan Vandekerkhove Presland ’13 Whitmore Lake

Bruce Diven ’77 Monroe vice president

Jeff Strayer ’06 Haskins, Ohio

Ryann Eff ’10 Chelsea

Wesley Tapp ’94 Tecumseh

Paul Fenner ’98 Commerce Twp.

Grace Waterstradt ’15* Adrian

Steve Gregg ’68 Milan

Amy Jo Young ’84 Woodstock, Md.

Terri Willets Hamad ’94 Monroe secretary/treasurer

Andy Zerkel ’04 Chesterfield

Carrie Hartley ’04 Clayton


Hanna Hubbard ’12 Ortonville John Imonen ’64 Livonia Michael Kosch ’07 Grosse Pointe Woods Patricia Anderson Leary ’76 Bloomfield Hills Stanley Legenc ’65 Tecumseh

*New Members

Alumni Trustees Greg Adams ’93 Chicago Jeff DeBest ’86 Ann Arbor Richard Sweebe ’71 Memphis, Tenn.

Kara Howland-Kressbach Lennard ’98 Adrian

Gina Valentino ’86 Kansas City, Mo.

Robert Luce ’03* Canton

Pam McGahey Van Doren ’75 Tipton

Chuck McCallum ’61 Benton Harbor president Cathy Charlesworth Mejia ’76 Kalamazoo




Fern Knight Trebilcock ’42, a resident of Adrian and former social worker for the Adrian Training School, died Jan. 3, 2017. Fern retired in 1982 from the Michigan Department of Social Services. Fern was involved in many local organizations, including volunteer work at Bixby Hospital and as a member of the Irish Hills Sweet Adelines vocal group. Survivors include a son, a granddaughter and four greatgrandchildren. Fern was preceded in death by her husband, George, son Thomas Trebilcock ’66 and siblings Ralph Knight ’44 and Helen Knight Law ’51. Grace Squires Orr ’45, former resident of Columbus, Ohio, and member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, died May 16. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Orr ’44. Survivors include three sons, a daughter, 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Colleen Vedder Zimmerman ’48, a resident of Hudson, Mich., and former teacher in Monroe and Lenawee County for 31 years, died Feb. 10, 2017. Colleen had attended several of the Adrian College Florida Reunions. Survivors include two sons, two grandchildren, two greatgrandchildren, a step-grandson and two stepgreat-grandchildren. Sally Browne Zyla ’48 retired from Fitzgerald Public Schools and a former resident of Cocoa, Fla., died March 22, 2017. Survivors include two daughters and a son.



J. Gregg Arbaugh ’50, former professor, coach and athletic director at Adrian College, retiring as professor emeritus in 1986, died May 13, 2017. Gregg developed the Adrian College Athletic Hall of Fame and was later named an honoree in 1982. He was the captain and MVP of both the basketball and baseball teams while a student at Adrian College. Gregg was a member of the American Legion Post 97 and was named United Veterans Honorable Veteran of the Year in Lenawee County 2004-2005. He is survived by his son, Jay Gregg Arbaugh, Jr. ’73, two daughters, including Pamela Arbaugh Martin ’75, seven grandchildren and 10 greatgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy McConnehey Arbaugh ’63. Elnora Lanphierd Bovee ’50, a resident of Grand Rapids, Mich., died June 26, 2016. She retired in 2008 from Muskegon Public Schools. Survivors include her husband of 65 years, the Rev. Keith Bovee ’53, two daughters, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. For the previous 15 years, she and Keith resided at Clark Retirement Community. Irving Dils ’50, a resident of Adrian and proud World War II veteran, died Aug. 4, just short of celebrating his 100th birthday. From 1952 until he retired, he owned and managed several gas stations in Adrian. Irving was a runner, receiving a gold medal for three years in the Senior Olympics in the 85-90 year old division. He was also a member of the ATO fraternity and the Lenawee Community Chorus. Survivors include a son, a daughter, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Don Moreau ’50, U.S. Army Col. (ret.) and member of SAE fraternity, died Aug. 23. He resided in Center Point, Ind. Survivors include his wife, Linda, a son and five grandchildren. Don was preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley Thompson Moreau ’51, and a daughter. Arlene “Kandi” Weinlander Eklund ’51, formerly of Adrian, died April 17. Kandi was a teacher in Adrian for 38 years, retiring in 1992. She was inducted into the Adrian College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997, and was a member of the Alpha Delta Chi and Chi Psi Omega sororities. Kandi was also a former member of the Adrian College alumni association board of directors. She had earned a master’s degree from

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Eastern Michigan University. Survivors include three daughters, five grandchildren, four greatgrandchildren and two sisters. Contributions in memory of Kandi are suggested to Adrian College or Alzheimer’s Association. William Jacobs ’51, former resident of Howell, Mich., and Sarasota, Fla., died June 3, 2016. Bill was a member of the ATO fraternity and a WW II Navy veteran. Bill received a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and had a long career with the Taylor Public Schools. He also worked for the parks and recreation department serving as a coach and athletic director for more than 30 years before retiring in 1982. Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Marian Becker Jacobs ’54, three daughters, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. John Hart Jr. ’54, a resident of Lynnwood, Wash., died July 13, 2016. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis. Roger Shanks ’55, a resident of Manhattan, Kan., and a member of the ATO fraternity, died April 23, 2017. Roger served as a minister with the United Methodist Church for over 60 years. Survivors include his wife, Kay, two sons and a daughter. Frederick Klemm ’57, a resident of Deerfield, Mich., and retired teacher, died Feb. 17, 2017. Fred taught at Bedford Junior High School and later served as an athletic trainer at Siena Heights University. Fred was also a volunteer for the Deerfield Fire Department. He and his wife Joyce, enjoyed winters in Englewood, Fla. Surviving with his wife are two sons, a daughter, five grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and two sisters. Diane Burkholder '59, a resident of Antioch, Calif., and retired teacher, died March 25, 2016. While a student at Adrian College, she was a member of Kappa Tau Delta. Diane was instrumental in helping establish a young girls’ track and field program in Detroit before moving to California in 1966 to teach at Loma Vista Intermediate and Riverview Intermediate for more than 30 years. Diane is survived by her son and a brother.

Richard Cline ’60, a resident of Shippensburg, Pa., and retired teacher, died Feb. 21, 2017. Dick, a member of the ATO fraternity, received his master’s in education from the University of Toledo. Survivors include his wife, Janet, a son and a daughter. Jack A. Miller ’60, a resident of Weston, Ohio, and member of the ATO fraternity, died Aug. 23. Jack was retired from Bowling Green Schools. John Wyler ’60, member of the ATO fraternity and lifetime resident of Canton, Ohio, died Sept. 11, 2016. After earning a master’s degree from Akron University, he taught and coached for three years in Michigan and then at Timken Vocational High School until his retirement. He was inducted into the Adrian College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, M. Kathryn Kishpaugh Wyler ’59, two daughters, a son, two grandchildren and a great-grandson. John and Kathryn spent many winters in Saint Marys, Ga., where John was a member of Saint Marys United Methodist Church. Those wishing to do so may make donations to the Adrian College Book of Golden Memories Scholarship Fund. Sharon Rubel Newing ’61, a resident of Toledo, Ohio, and retired special education teacher in the Toledo Public Schools, died Dec. 13, 2016. She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, and is survived by a son, a daughter, three grandchildren, a sister and two brothers. Richard Dusseau ’62, retired high school teacher and football coach, died Oct. 18. Dick, a resident of Whitehall, Mich., and member of the SAE fraternity, was a member of the football, wrestling and track teams while at AC. He was inducted into the MHSFCA Hall of Fame in 1987. Dick is survived by his wife, Kathryn, of 56 years, two sons, a daughter and two granddaughters. Lewis Faust, Jr. ’62, a member of the SAE fraternity and resident of Iron Mountain, Mich., died Sept. 1, 2016. In 1972, he and his wife, Carolyn Bricker Faust ’61, moved to Witch Lake in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and owned the Four Seasons Resort and Sports Center for many years. Surviving are his wife of 55 years, two sons and three grandsons.

Meredith “Stan” Schoonover ’62, a resident of Lake Placid, Fla., where he owned and managed Schooni’s Pizza, died October 15. He attended Northwestern Michigan College and Adrian College. Survivors include four children. Doug Boyse ’63, retired registrar of Adrian College, and later director of financial aid for the College, died Oct. 2, 2016. He then sold real estate with The Wagley Group for several years. A resident of Adrian, Doug was a member of the Adrian First United Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Nancy Sell Boyse ’63, son-in-law and daughter, Michael ’89 and Robin Boyse Perez ’86, two sons, Brian Boyse and Kevin Boyse ’94, four grandchildren, a brother and a sister, Dorothy Boyse Brown ‘65. For those wishing to make a memorial donation, the family suggests Adrian College or the Adrian First United Methodist Church. Janice Beck Durbin ’64, a resident of Berkey, Ohio, and retired teacher, died Sept. 25, 2016. Jan, a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, began her teaching career at Blissfield High School, where she served as FHA advisor as well as class advisor. During that time, she received the first Michigan FHA Advisor of the Year award. Jan also taught in the Evergreen Local School District and retired in 2003 from St. Francis Education Center where she taught middle school science. Jan was also a Cub Scout den leader, 4-H leader and Sunday school teacher. Jan is survived by her husband, Peter Durbin ’63, a daughter, a son, two grandchildren and three brothers, including Keith Beck ’65 and his wife, Beverly Seiser Beck ’68. Susan Roberts Hegerberg ’64, a realtor and resident of Battle Creek, Mich., died June 15, 2016. Susan, a member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, began working as a realtor in 1979 for Pearse Realty, later with the ReMax Associates and was currently with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, until her illness. Surviving are her husband, Bob Hegerberg ’62, a daughter, a son, a grandson, a sister, step-grandchildren and step-greatgrandchildren.

Marcia Peters ’65, retired educator and resident of Detroit, died June 17. Marcia received a master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University and was a teacher for the Ypsilanti Public Schools. She taught there until her retirement from East Middle School. Survivors include her sister and a brother. Arthur Enderle ’66, a resident of Detroit and former teacher at Dearborn Fordson High School, died Aug. 31, 2016. Art was a member of the SAE fraternity and was active in football and wrestling while a student at AC. Survivors include his wife, Marcia, a son, a daughter, five grandchildren, a brother and a sister. Dean Miller ’66, a resident of Archbold, Ohio, and member of SAE fraternity, died Jan. 27, 2017. He retired as president of MBC Holdings (Miller Bros. Const.) in 2012 after 45 years of service. Dean was also a former member of the board of directors of F&M State Bank and recipient of the 2012 Dr. John P. Stevens Humanitarian Award-Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association. Dean is survived by his wife, Diane, a son, a daughter, five grandchildren, a sister and three brothers. Dennis Nagle ’66, a resident of Ann Arbor, Mich., and former member of the Adrian College Alumni Association Board of Directors, died Sept. 14. Dennis was a member and past president of the SAE fraternity. Most of his career was spent with Ford Motor Company where he was a supervisor in the body shop. Survivors include his wife, Connie Black Nagle ’68, of 49 years, three sons and four grandsons. Judy Childs Grieshaber ’67, a resident of Shelby Township, Mich., died June 28, 2016. She retired from the Detroit Board of Education after 30 years of teaching. Judy and her husband spent winters at Marco Island, Fla., and regularly attended the annual Adrian College Florida Reunion. She was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and stayed connected with several alumnae from her era. Survivors include her husband, Marc, of 46 years.

Larry Wittrup ’64, a resident of Tecumseh, Mich., and financial manager for 43 years, died March 11, 2017. Surviving are his wife, Judith, a daughter, a son, a sister, four grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.



Eleanor Rizzie Roesch Mitchell ’67, retired music teacher, died July 3, 2016. Ellie earned her master’s degree from Siena Heights University. She retired from Adrian Public Schools after teaching music at Jefferson, Lincoln and Michener elementary schools for 24 years. Eleanor was a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa sorority and a member of the First Christian Church where she played piano for 60 years. Survivors include her husband, Sam Mitchell ’51, three daughters, a son, seven step-children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. John Thompson ’67, a resident of Bayonet Point, Fla., and a member of the TKE fraternity, died Nov. 11, 2016. Survivors include his wife, Judy, two sons and a daughter. Word has been received of the death of Lawrence Good ’68, a resident of Roscommon, Mich., and a former employee at Ingham Medical Center, on May 20, 2017. Doug Hay ’70, a member of the ATO fraternity and resident of Panama, N.Y., died Aug. 20, 2016. In 2000, Doug joined the Salamanca City Central School District as the business administrator and was later appointed assistant superintendent, retiring in 2011. Survivors include his wife, Carol Simmons Hay ’70, two sons and three grandchildren. Thomas Smith ’71, a resident of Sparta, Wis., and retired major with the U.S. Army, died July 29, 2016. Tom, a Vietnam veteran, retired from the Army in 1983, settled in Sparta, and began a second career teaching and coaching. He taught at St. Patrick’s school for 14 years. In 1997, Tom co-founded the Sparta Area Independent Learning School (S.A.I.L.S.) to help at-risk students. Tom was also a veteran’s advocate, an Ambassador for Teach Vietnam, and had the honor of traveling to Washington, D.C., to read names at the 25th anniversary of the Wall. Tom was also a member of the SAE fraternity. Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Barbara, three sons and three granddaughters. Patricia Britsch Driskill ’73, a resident of Hudson, Mich., and employee of Lenco Credit Union, died Jan. 14, 2017. Surviving Pat are her husband, Jim Driskill ’68, a son, a daughter, Jenni Driskill Linde ’00, four grandchildren and a brother.



Margaret “Peggie” Brown Casey ’75, a resident of Hartland, Mich., and a former financial engineer with Global Financial, died Aug. 11. Survivors include her husband, Mike, and two sons. Craig Annable ’77, of Grand Rapids, Mich., died Nov. 16, 2015. He was employed as an engineer by Eaton Corp. Craig was an active member of the Maritime Heritage Alliance of Traverse City. He, alongside his wife, was one of the original builders of a 92-foot schooner. Surviving are his wife, Lisa, a daughter, a son, two grandchildren, his mother, two sisters and a brother. John Reynolds ’85, a resident of Sterling Heights, Mich., and science and English teacher for high school and middle school students in New Haven, died July 3, 2016. John received his secondary education teacher certification from Eastern Michigan University in 1992. He was active in Stony Creek Church, singing on the praise team, leading a small group Bible study, participated in the men’s ministry, and served in the youth ministry. Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Jennifer, his parents, a brother and three half-sisters. Janet Brighton ’86, a resident of Brooklyn, Mich., and former database programmer at Adrian College, died May 6, 2017. Jan retired from Adrian College in 2005 and was active with the Girl Scouts and the Irish Hill’s Women’s Club. She is survived by a son, four daughters, Kathleen Brighton Clare ’83, Laura Brighton Mullins ’85, Joyce BrightonWillaert ’88 and Margaret Brighton Lafata ’91, a brother, 14 grandchildren, including Barbara Turner ’09, and two greatgrandchildren. Bob Urban ’89, a resident of Shelby Township, Mich., and former football team member at Adrian College, died Sept. 10, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Gina, a son, two daughters, two sisters and two brothers. Catherine Sedlak Anderson ’93, a resident of Livonia, Mich., and member of Chi Omega sorority, died Sept. 5. While a student at Adrian College, Cathi was a resident director and resident assistant. Surviving are her husband, Thomas, and four children.

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Charity Anderson Stein ’97, a resident of Los Flores, Calif., and member of ASA sorority, died June 5, 2016 from Huntington’s disease. While a student at Adrian College, Charity was a resident director of Estes Hall. Survivors include her husband, Michael, and two children, Paxton and Sage. Dan Hedgcock ’03, of Battle Creek, Mich., died Sept. 17, 2016. Dan attended Virginia Tech, then Ferris State University, where he graduated with his doctorate in pharmacy in 2011. Dan was working at Wal-Mart Pharmacy, where he began as an intern in 2009. He was active in the Knights of Columbus, Michigan Pharmacy Association and the ATO fraternity. Dan was also serving as Bronson chapter president of the United States Bowling Congress. Survivors include his parents, his fiancée and a sister.

Justin Rush ’10 was diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma Stage IV on Oct. 25, 2016, and passed away on January 11 surrounded by family, music, and prayer. Justin was a member of TKE fraternity. His sense of humor and friendly deposition will never be forgotten. ▲ Ashley Forker Harris ’13, a resident of Kalamazoo, Mich., and graduate of Adrian College’s social work program, died Jan. 23, 2017. Survivors include her husband, Jesse, and two children. Matthew Small ’16, a resident of Adrian and a teaching assistant in the art department at Adrian College, died June 22, 2017. Matt is survived by his parents, a sister, a brother and grandparents.

In Memoriam


Dr. Robin Bott, beloved faculty member in the English department, died Dec. 18, 2016, after a long battle with cancer. She joined the faculty at Adrian College in 1997 and earned several honors including the Ross Newsom Teaching Award and the EXCEL Program Professor of the Year. Dr. Bott reinvigorated the study abroad program. She and her husband, Dr. Bryan Bott, led annual trips for students and others during May. She also introduced the Oxford/York program, with opportunities for students to study at one of the world’s premier universities and learn the rich history of England’s second city. In May 2017, Dr. Bott was honored posthumously as a member of the College’s Faculty Hall of Fame. She is survived by her husband Bryan, and two daughters, Maura and Carys. Rev. Dr. David Crawford, Adrian College trustee emeritus, died April 15, 2017, followed by his wife, Kathryn, on April 17. The Crawfords, residents of Grand Rapids, Mich., were married 66 years. David was retired after more than 40 years of service in the ministry of the United Methodist Church. He served as a trustee at Adrian College from 1985-2007. Survivors include three sons and seven grandchildren. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Dr. David and Kathryn Crawford Scholarship Fund at Adrian College or the United Methodist Committee on Overseas Relief. Tom Heckert, of Weston, Fla., and former football coach and athletic administrator for Adrian College from 1968-1982, died Sept. 20, 2016. A former pro scout for the Miami Dolphins until his retirement in 2007, Tom spent 19 seasons with the Dolphins (1989-2007) and was one of the key individuals who helped the team reach the playoffs nine times. Survivors include his wife, Rose Heckert ’80, a son, a daughter and five grandchildren. Former teacher education professor Richard Lovett, died Aug. 20, 2016. Rick taught at Adrian College from 2003-2011. Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Treassa, a daughter, a son and two granddaughters.

Mike Metcalf, database administrator for Adrian College, died suddenly on August 6. He had worked for the College since 2008. After graduating from the United States Military Academy in 1976, Michael served as an infantry officer and an airborne Ranger for 20 years before retiring from active duty in 1996. He then worked for Owens Community College and the Medical College of Ohio. He is survived by his wife Teresa, their four children and eight grandchildren as well as his mother and four siblings. Kimberly K. Momany, wife of Adrian College chaplain, the Rev. Dr. Christopher Momany ’84, passed away at home on August 31, 2016. She endured with grace many years of ill health and was known by many of the College’s students and staff for her sweet demeanor and perseverance. She enjoyed working with the children at Lincoln Elementary School as a lunch supervisor for a time. Kim also had a big heart for stray and rescue animals and worked to find loving homes for them. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Adrian. In addition to her husband Chris, she is survived by their son Chris Momany Jr. ’15, her parents and two siblings. Helen Mountain, a resident of Adrian and former member of Adrian College’s custodial staff for 25 years and retiring in 1985, died Jan. 6, 2017. She was married later in life to Norm Mountain ’38, who passed away in 1999. Survivors include two daughters, two stepchildren, five grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and one great-greatgranddaughter.


Dr. Joseph Noffsinger, professor emeritus of astronomy and earth sciences and a resident of Adrian, died Oct. 13 at Fulton Manor in Wauseon, Ohio. Joe earned degrees from Manchester College and Cornell University. Before retiring from Adrian College in 1998, Joe used his creativity and love of learning to produce planetarium shows for schools and public groups. Surviving are his wife, Esther, three sons, nine grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren. Ken Stark Jr., former Adrian College publications director in the 1970s and 1980s, died Feb. 27, 2017. Ken was a resident of Portland, Mich., and a Vietnam veteran. He is survived by his wife, Joanie, a son, Blake Stark III ’88, a daughter and one brother. Ken retired in 1995, originally to Panama City Beach, Fla., and later to Portland, from Oglethorpe University. Dorothy Thompson, a resident of Adrian and former employee of Adrian College’s food service for 23 years, died August 3. Dorothy is survived by two sons, a daughter, 12 grandchildren, and several great- and great-great-grandchildren. Jana Van Buren, former director of conferences for Adrian College, died May 6, 2017. Jana was employed in the home health care industry for Senior Helpers, and more recently for Right at Home, where she was their outreach coordinator. Survivors include her husband, Jerald “Jay” Van Buren ’87, a son, a daughter, her parents, a sister, and her in-laws, Jerry Van Buren ’61 and Janet Van Buren. Renee Vancil, Adrian College food service employee for more than 37 years, died April 4, 2017. Survivors include her husband, Mike, of 40 years.

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In 2015, 752 alumni responded to the Alumni Connect Survey designed to measure current and desired engagement with their alma mater. Since then, the Alumni Board and Office of Alumni Relations have responded by analyzing your priorities and benchmarking with other institutions. A plan was formed and actions taken resulting in these improved communications: • The Alumni Relations and Development offices combined their social media accounts and created a targeted communication calendar for more frequent and relevant posts. John Bacon ’60 Science Fiction Constellation Draco

Christopher Werkman ’70 Short Stories Girlfriending

• We created clear, standardized nomination forms online for Alumni Awards, Athletic Hall of Fame and Alumni Board membership at adrian.edu/alumni • While there, you can visit the Alumni Resources page to update your address and other contact and career information, request a transcript, shop at the online bookstore, submit a class note, and more! • We launched two new email publications sharing all the latest AC news. The Bulldog Network e-newsletter shares thorough details of campus happenings quarterly, while the Bulldog Bite delivers a quick, “snackable” version of the most exciting news story on campus each week. We also relaunched C-mag , the abbreviated electronic version of Contact magazine.

Anthony Cleveland ’77 Christian Historical Fiction Roots of Faith

Cyndy Callog ’73 Children’s Story A Windy Day

• We formed a Young Alumni committee within the Alumni Board and their current priority is to increase student-alumni networking and mentorship. • Last, we completed the alumni directory project with Publishing Concepts Inc. in December 2017. Please share your thoughts on how we can continue to better communicate with you at alumniconnect@adrian.edu


Kevin Hile ’88 Travel Guide The Handy California Answer Book

Ray Lennard ’99 Civil War Lenawee County and the Civil War

Luigi Russo ’02 Poetry Aja’s Brown Book

➤ One hundred years ago several students enlisted to serve our country in World War I. On campus, Ritchie Dining Hall observed “meatless” Tuesdays and “wheatless” Wednesdays to conserve food for Herbert Hoover and his Food Administration, and students promoted the Friendship War Fund, a nationally organized student effort with proceeds to go to prisoner relief. ➤ Fifty years ago a new venture, the Adrian College Parents Association, was organized by Grant Thomas, new director of corporate and foundation relations. Its purpose was to provide “better communication between the college and parents” with one of its first projects to provide more books for the library. A History of Adrian College, 1994, A. Douglas MacNaughton ‘34



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In 1960, a small group of Adrian College students were determined to bring radio to campus. With donated used equipment — including VU meters, turntables, microphones and more — from a radio/tv station in Cleveland, and vinyl records ordered from Columbia Records, the first amateur radio station was wired by then student John Geisler in the basement of South Hall. It broadcast through the electrical system to anyone connected to it. Soon the Radio Club — and a new era for students to share their voices — was born. Mahan Hall became home to the radio station a few years later. When the FCC started handing out Class D licenses to small 10-watt radio stations, Adrian College applied for its official license. In 1967, authority was granted using the call letters WVAC.



WVAC-FM Premieres February 13, 1967 at 3 p.m.



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“At that time, the FCC designated the first part of the FM band for ‘educational use’ and WVAC was licensed to use 88.1, the first frequency on the FM band. The problem for us, we discovered, was that the adjacent frequencies in that area carried the audio portion of a Detroit television station. Some neighbors living near to our studio heard our station in their closets wherever two or more wire hangers touched, creating an antenna. It was an unexpected opportunity to meet the neighbors and to learn the valuable lessons of public relations!” – Rick Torres ’71 That same year, Dr. Daniel Scully, speech department chair, and Dr. Louis Saalbach, professor and director of broadcasting, guided the students through program schedules covering a wide variety of sources, topics, commercials, announcements and music. It wasn’t long before “live” performances were added to the program line up. On Nov. 1, 1968, at 9 p.m., a WVAC special live production titled “The Fall of the House of Usher” was aired, complete with sound effects and a student cast who brought drama to the local audience of listeners. Radio continued to be a great source for student creativity and hands-on experience. In 1981, WVAC changed their broadcast frequency to 107.9 FM, where it remains to this day. “At Adrian, I took an elective class in broadcasting. With a nudge from my fraternity brother, I got involved with WVAC and the radio station. I loved it so much I took a ‘paying’ side job working on-air for WABJ and WQTE in Adrian. For WVAC, I was production manager in my sophomore year and program director for my junior and senior years and loved it. In those days we edited by cutting and splicing reel-to-reel audio tape. Hard to imagine in today’s digital world, but it really was an art to create clean, seamless edits.” – Scott Chesley ’85 Not much had changed into the 90's, but WVAC radio continued to be a draw for students to share their voices and personalities beyond the classroom.



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“I was blessed to spend all four undergrad years at WVAC. The staffers all had at least one on-air show every week and we could create our own playlist. Jim Shaw and I played a diverse selection of music from J Geils to Alanis Morissette. The most popular on-air program was Backtalk ­—­a weekly, call-in talk show. It was hosted by Jeff Smith with an array of cohosts who took on hot topics from campus issues to national conversations. No topic was taboo.” – Melissa Lamay Hughes ’93 Since then, many technological changes have impacted WVAC and provided new opportunities for students: 2002 – A computerized automation system for 24/7 broadcasting was installed. 2006 – The communication arts & sciences department moved to a completely renovated Rush Hall with spaces dedicated to the radio and television stations. 2007 – The College began streaming WVAC, made application to increase power from 10 to 87 watts to cover most of Lenawee County, and filed with the FCC to relocate the tower from Mahan Hall to Rush Hall. 2008 – Granted State Historic Preservation Office approval and complied with Nationwide Programmatic Agreement and NEPA to construct a new tower. “I was fortunate to come along when the department was in the midst of a transformation. Guided by Dr. Steve Shehan, I experienced both analog and digital format radio. My freshman year, I took classes in Rush Hall but traveled to the basement of Mahan Hall to complete my radio shows ­— and what a show it was. Random students came and went as shows went late into the night. It was a blast. There was something special and genuine about the atmosphere in Mahan ­— and later in Rush Hall ­— which made so many of us feel at home on campus.” – Michael Neal ’12

2012 – The Adrian College Media Group was formed and won the first Michigan Association of Broadcast Awards for the College: 2nd Place in the Video Play by Play and Honorable Mention for the Bulldog Sports Bite in the News Program category. 2014 – A Voice-Over IP System was installed enabling WVAC to remote broadcast from anywhere in the world via an ethernet connection. 2017 – Celebrated 50 years of WVAC 107.9 FM during Homecoming Weekend. WVAC continues to be a student-run radio station featuring Top 40 music, live DJ shows, and a variety of student programming. Former students involved with the station have gone on to hold positions in both radio and television (in front of and behind the camera and microphone), serve in the military, hold political office, and own and run their own companies.


John Geisler '61, Louis Saalbach and Brandon Neal '16




B2009-2017 ruiser The first Adrian College mascot, Bruiser, led the way for Bulldogs of the past and present. He stole the hearts of the campus and greater community, and was the perfect representative of what it means to be a Bulldog ­— fearless, friendly and faithful. He is pictured here at the 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame’s “Walk of Fame” — a fitting walk for the beloved Bulldog. His legacy will be carried on through Bruiser II, now the center of attention and Bulldog pride on campus.




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