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LITTLE BOOK

BIG IMPACT

ADRIAN COLLEGE


JANNA D’AMICO ‘02 Director of Career Planning


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GRADUATION YEAR

2009

MAJOR

Interior Design/ Pre-Architecture

MINOR

Art History

CURRENT JOB

Director of Sales & Design, Universal Stone, LLC


By graduation day, I was filled with the knowledge and confidence to take the next step toward my career. I had studied abroad in Italy for a summer, which gave me confidence to travel internationally as a sales consultant in my current position. The Career Planning team helped me find a great internship—one of the reasons I qualified for my dream job in Charlotte, North Carolina. I worked all four years in the Admissions Office giving tours to prospective students, which helped me develop interpersonal and sales skills I use every day.


GRADUATION YEAR

2012

MAJOR

Religion & Philosophy

MERITS

McNair Scholar

GRADUATE SCHOOL

Yale Divinity School


Adrian College encouraged me to use my abilities to take charge of my future and to be successful in reaching my postgraduate goal to attend Yale Divinity School. I could not have found the success in my pursuit without Adrian College. There is no question you can go to any number of colleges and have a good experience, but I don’t believe my path would have been the same without the remarkable faculty and staff at Adrian College. The professors here push beyond the standard and demand so much more. Adrian College has been integral in shaping who I am.


SCAN FOR VIDEO CONTENT Adrian College equipped me with a vast number of tools to take into the real world. I was involved in many different groups and organizations throughout my undergraduate education, each experience providing me with the opportunity to multi-task in different roles. Adrian College gave me the tools to think creatively, to challenge myself to pursue new ideas, and to find ways to successfully tackle any situation. I learned to take risks and try something new. There is no question that pushing yourself to the limits can make things happen.


GRADUATION YEAR MAJOR

CURRENT JOB

2012 Mass Mediated Communications; Business Administration Communications Coordinator, Richmond International Raceway


The challenging courses and extracurricular activities absolutely helped me build my resume. More important, though, were the opportunities for presentations and personal interactions that helped me develop public speaking and interpersonal skills, which will forever be useful in the workplace no matter the situation I’m in.

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GRADUATION YEAR MAJOR CURRENT JOB

2012 Chemistry Commercial Program Analyst, Wacker Chemical


GRADUATION YEAR MAJOR GRADUATE SCHOOL

2011 Accounting Michigan State University


The small classroom experience made it possible for my professors to individually challenge me, helping me develop analytical thinking skills crucial to the accounting profession. Adrian College gave me the skills and knowledge to be successful in my master’s program and will continue to help me as I enter the public accounting field this fall.


Attending Adrian College gave me the confidence and preparation for the business world beyond my years as a student and an athlete. The business professors at Adrian College provide real-life knowledge and experience that made learning interesting and impactful. The faculty really care and take pride in what they do, which gave me a broader view of my academic experience outside of the classroom.


GRADUATION YEAR MAJOR CURRENT JOB

2011 Business Administration, Marketing Marketing Representative, Lincoln Financial Group


Everyone on campus, from my professors to the personnel involved in the organizations I participated in, truly helped shape who I am today. The close-knit Adrian College community allowed me to engage in conversations with professors and staff who helped guide my career choice and focus my career goals. I would not have had the opportunity to engage in practical, hands-on learning experiences at a larger college.


GRADUATION YEAR

2007

MAJOR

Criminal Justice

MINOR

Psychology

CURRENT JOB

Community Police Officer, Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety


GRADUATION YEAR

2011

MAJOR

Business Administration

MINOR

Political Science & Psychology

GRADUATE SCHOOL

University of Michigan Law School


By emphasizing a well-rounded, liberal arts education, Adrian College aided my path to law school. I took numerous writing intensive courses which helped me on the LSAT, as well as writing my personal statement. My classes at Adrian emphasized critical and analytical thinking which were crucial components in achieving my goal of attending University of Michigan Law School.


SCAN FOR VIDEO CONTENT My internship with Fathead opened the door to my job, and my Adrian College education laid the foundation for my success. I was more prepared and confident in interviews due to the experience offered through the Office of Career Planning. I believe my Adrian College experience was eye-opening, reaffirming how well prepared and educated I was in the pursuit of my career goals.


GRADUATION YEAR

2011

MAJOR

Argumentation & Advocacy

MINOR

Chemistry

CURRENT JOB

Project Manager, BodyPartChart, Fathead


Adrian College began preparing me from my first day on campus. I was guided in the steps I needed to take to start a successful career, and was able to take classes that balanced knowledge and creativity. I believe my education at Adrian opened doors when I was applying for jobs. The faculty and administration were happy to help me with anything I needed!


GRADUATION YEAR MAJOR CURRENT JOB

2011 Graphic Design Graphic Designer, The Tapco Group


Adrian College helped me become a professional in today’s world by expecting me to be a professional at the collegiate level. My time at Adrian College fostered my creativity and professionalism in two ways. First, I was not just a number and my ideas mattered from day one. Second, my study abroad experience enabled me to see the bigger picture. Because of this, in my position at Roeper, I was asked recently to attend an exchange to South Africa for two weeks. Clearly my experiences as a Bulldog continue to impact my career success.


GRADUATION YEAR MAJOR CURRENT JOB

2007 Music Education Upper & Middle School Vocal Music Director, The Roeper School


GRADUATION YEAR MAJOR GRADUATE SCHOOL CURRENT JOB

2010 English Master of Art in English, Loyola University Program Director, Playworks


At Adrian College, I had opportunities to mentor students through the Office of Multicultural Programs and the Welcome Week program. I had incredible role models in my professors and the administrators who really pushed me to do my best. The relationships I built with faculty made the biggest impact on me. I hope that I can inspire some of my students at Playworks the way that I was inspired during my time at Adrian College.


My core business classes focused on very relevant issues that helped me develop competencies in a variety of important business functions. The smaller class sizes were a great benefit because as a student you have much more access to the professor and their resources. Finally, I felt that the professors and administrators cared deeply about the students and how to improve our experience on campus. That feeling created a comfort zone that allowed me to explore my interests in each area I studied.


GRADUATION YEAR

2011

MAJOR

International Business

MINOR

German & Economics

CURRENT JOB

QM Body/HVAC Engineer, Volkswagen Group of America


GRADUATION YEAR MAJOR CURRENT JOB

2011 Business Administration, Marketing Tradeshow and Special Event Specialist, Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau


SCAN FOR VIDEO CONTENT People say it’s not what you know but who you know. After graduating and experiencing it firsthand, I know those people could not be more right. Networking is a great way to get your foot in the door and your resume to the top of the pile. Developing networks is one of the greatest things about Adrian College. The small school and the intimate class sizes allowed me to develop relationships with professors on a personal level. Those relationships opened doors with professionals and alumni that paved the way for my success.


GRADUATION YEAR

2011

MAJOR

Biology

MINOR

Chemistry

GRADUATE SCHOOL

Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine


I truly loved the Biology and Chemistry faculty at Adrian College. They were always helpful and I felt like I really got to know them beyond the lectures. They took an avid interest in my success, and even worked with me to finish my minor in Chemistry over the summer to ensure I graduated on time. The classes were very challenging so it was good preparation for my workload after my undergraduate years. I can’t say enough about a school where everyone knows you and everyone wants to see you succeed.


Adrian had a direct impact on my admission to dental school. My letters of recommendation were from people I knew well and had worked with extensively. The academic and extracurricular opportunities provided at Adrian gave me the tools I needed to be admitted to and experience success in dental school. The interpersonal skills I learned through my involvement in student organizations has proven valuable, and the academic foundations laid have guided me through the coursework. I value the broad array of experiences I had as an undergraduate student and I am thankful each day for them and Adrian College.


GRADUATION YEAR

2010

MAJOR

Biology

MINOR

Chemistry

GRADUATE SCHOOL

University of Detroit-Mercy, School of Dentistry


INTERESTED IN GRAD SCHOOL? BULLDOGS ARE STUDYING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.


CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY GARRETT-EVANGELICAL THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY INDIANA UNIVERSITY LAW MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY PRINCETON UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, ST. LOUIS WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY YALE UNIVERSITY


CHUCK BAER ‘59 Divisional President (retired), Becton-Dickinson

ROBYN ARRINGTON, M.D. ’66 Chief Medical Director, Total Health Care

STEVE SWIGART ‘70 Chairman & CEO, Spartan Chemical Co.

RON BATORY ’71

NOTABLE ALUMNI

President & COO, Conrail

DICK SWEEBE ‘71 President & CEO, Diamond International Trucks

STEVE WOLFE ‘71 CFO & VP Finance (retired), Toro International

HENRY DAYRINGER, Ph.D. ‘72 Science Fellow (retired), Monsanto

AMANDA MEITZ ‘72 Senior Microbiologist, Biosolutions

MARK MAGNUSON ’75 President, Anode Inc.

KURT DARROW ‘77 Chairman, President & CEO, La-Z-Boy Corporation

SHELLEY (BROWN) MILANO ’78 Executive VP & General Counsel (retired), Starbucks Coffee Senior Vice President, General Counsel (retired), Eddie Bauer


PAT WEBSTER ‘82 President & COO, Universal Forest Products Inc.

KEVIN YOUNG ’83 Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

ERIN (BURT) IBELE ’83 & DAN IBELE ‘83 VP/Corporate Secretary, Health Care REIT, Inc. VP/Global Sales & Marketing, Libbey Glass

DAVE BEACHNAU ‘84 Executive Director, Detroit Sports

MIKE ROGERS ’85 8th District Michigan Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives

VIRG BERNERO ’86 Mayor, City of Lansing, Michigan

DOUG HUDGINS, Ph.D. ’86 Astrochemist, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

BOB MILLER ’86 U.S. Department of Foreign Service (Tanzania, Belarus)

MICHELLE (YOUNG) POTTER ‘91 Director of Operations, England Logistics

CHRIS TIMMIS, Ed.D. ’95 Superintendent, Adrian Public Schools

MARCY (MCNAMARA) GALLAGHER ‘98 & BRIAN GALLAGHER ‘99 Special Agents, U.S. Secret Service


BULLDOGS ARE A GIFTED GROUP. HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF OUR RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS. Biology student received a paid internship at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland First cohort of 5 students in Athletic Training pass Board of Certification national exam in Athletic Training (national pass rate is 50%; ours is 100%) Two Music Education students won first and third place respectively in the statewide National Association of Teachers Singing Voice Competition


Over 70 students presented, performed or exhibited research during the Annual Ribbons of Excellence Day Program Art student earned a master’s of art degree in expressive therapies from the University of Louisville. While there, she won the Vija Lusebrink Award for Creativity in an Internship Placement and the Graduate Dean’s Citation Award Two students earned awards for cartoon and ad design for the College World newspaper from Michigan Collegiate Press Association Fifty students went to Nicaragua to do medical and dental outreach in Managua and the surrounding areas during holiday break


JUST A FEW OF THE INFLUENTIAL ORGANIZATIONS WHERE ADRIAN ALUMNI ARE MAKING AN IMPACT LIBERAL ARTS Teach for America, Ethan Allen, Yale University

SCIENCES St. Johns Hospital, Orthopedic Rehab, EAG Coating Solutions, Health Specialist of Lenawee, University of Michigan

BUSINESS Richmond International Raceway, Waddell & Reed Financial Services, Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, Fathead LLC, Labatt Breweries, Pilkington North America, Frito-Lay Corporation, New York Life Insurance & Volkswagen

SOCIAL SCIENCES United States Secret Service, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, Windsor Police, Fraser School District, Adrian Public Schools symbols from The Noun Project collection


STUDENTS STUDYING ABROAD FALL AND SPRING SEMESTER JAPAN MEXICO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ITALY SCOTLAND SOUTH KOREA GERMANY SPAIN AUSTRIA ENGLAND CHILE ARGENTINA COSTA RICA NORTHERN IRELAND GUAM FRANCE THAILAND & SEMESTER-AT-SEA


The Adrian Impact goes beyond this little book. Our graduates influence innovation every day through their creativity, passion, and leadership.


To learn more, visit adrian.edu/impact


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