Vol. LXXIV, No. 2
Deciphering the Geology of Tibet 12
Matters of Taste: Finding Detroitâ€™s Culinary Gems 16
Family Fun at Homecoming 20
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Reinventing Modern Motherhood Author Amy Menken Nobile, â€™91, has taken her advice for moms to Oprah and Today.
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About Our Name The unusual name for this publication comes from a yell written by members of the Class of 1900. The beginning words of the yell, “Io Triumphe!,” were probably borrowed from the poems of the Roman writer, Horace. Some phrases were taken from other college yells and others from a Greek play presented on campus during the period. In 1936, the alumni of Albion College voted to name their magazine after the yell which by then had become a College tradition. For years, Albion’s incoming students have learned these lines by heart: Io Triumphe! Io Triumphe! Haben swaben rebecca le animor Whoop te whoop te sheller de-vere De-boom de ral de-i de-pa— Hooneka henaka whack a whack A-hob dob balde bora bolde bara Con slomade hob dob rah! Al-bi-on Rah!
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Web Manager: Nicole Rhoads Io Triumphe! is published three times annually by the Office of Communications, Albion College, 611 E. Porter St., Albion, MI 49224. It is distributed free to alumni and friends of the College.
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8 ‘I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids’
16 Food for Thought A Tale of Two Lauras
Amy Menken Nobile, ’91, reports in from ‘the front lines of modern motherhood.’
12 On Top of the World Geologist Carrie Menold’s research in Tibet is changing our thinking on how mountains are formed.
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(Top) Over 650 Albion faculty, staff, and students logged 100,944,461 steps during National Walking Month in October under the “100,000,000 Steps Challenge.” The challenge was designed by physical education professor Tom Johnson and students Helen Habicht and Amanda Weaver as part of the College’s health and wellness initiatives. Fall-Winter 2009-10 | 1
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A Lifelong Investment Knowing that working in global health policy would bring together her interests in foreign cultures and in serving disadvantaged areas of the world, senior Spanish major Lindsay Carniak mapped out a plan to help her reach that career goal. She combined off-campus study in Buenos Aires, Argentina with two internships, one in Argentina and one in Chicago, dealing with AIDS education efforts, and this year she is writing her senior honors thesis about stigma and disease. She is currently applying to law school, but might take time out to serve with Teach for America first. To become a competitive candidate for employment or professional school, senior Ahmed Zayidi has rounded out his economics and management major with an internship in Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm’s office and paid work in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of the Census in Detroit. An Albion College Fellow, he also served as a member of Student Senate, has held leadership roles in the Muslim Student Association and in his fraternity, and mentored a local elementary school student. He has already received a job offer for an audit position with a top public accounting firm. Throughout their four years at Albion, Lindsay and Ahmed have carefully considered how to achieve their career and life goals. They have taken full advantage of the depth and breadth of their liberal arts education and melded that education with experiences that have expanded and enriched what they learned in the classroom.
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As part of our strategic planning process, we have explored how we can integrate the liberal arts and career preparation in a four-year program that will be helpful for all of our students. In today’s competitive job market, it is a necessity for students to plan early and carefully. Whether their life after Albion involves graduate or professional study or immediate entry into a career, they need to build in not only the academic course work but the internships, research, off-campus study, and service-learning that will distinguish them from many other highly qualified college graduates. Beginning next academic year, we will be introducing a carefully constructed four-year development model—integrating academic and career planning. Some students often delay preparation for life after college until their senior year. With only months left before graduation, these students may not be able to take advantage of some experiences that would have better positioned them to achieve their personal and professional goals. We want every student at Albion College to take these first steps during their first year—indeed, during their first months at Albion—and to build upon opportunities and experiences over their remaining years in college. Reflecting the caring environment we have created at Albion, each student’s academic and professional development will be under the guidance of faculty and staff.
In keeping with “Albion 2015,” our strategic plan, we are also mindful that we are preparing many of our students not merely for that first job after graduation but for jobs 20 or 30 years hence—some of which will be positions that have not even been imagined yet. We know that their liberal arts foundation, coupled with the ability to think critically, communicate effectively, and act decisively, will be the surest keys to success in those new fields of endeavor—the ultimate “return on investment.” How can alumni assist our students today as they craft a career plan? Our Career Development staff will welcome your involvement—whether through serving as a career mentor, providing job shadowing experiences or internships, or sending word of employment opportunities. Feel free to offer your assistance by contacting the Office of Career Development at 517/6290332 or via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Donna Randall President email@example.com
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Albion’s 75-member marching band, The British Eighth (“B8”), is always a favorite at campus events and home football games. The band took its show on the road Oct. 6, performing as an exhibition ensemble at the Downriver Festival in Wyandotte. “It was an incredible experience for the band,” reports band director Sam McIlhagga, “as the entire audience was made up of fans of marching band. They loved our band!” British Eighth members have also formed a drum line, Adrenaline, which for the past several years has performed regularly at home basketball games.
Albion Begins Self-Study Year in Preparation for Accreditation Renewal Dave Seely is moving mountains these days—mountains of data, that is. He is shepherding the data-gathering that’s required for Albion College’s self-study process, leading to a reaffirmation of accreditation review by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools’ Higher Learning Commission. A professor of physics, Seely is faculty chair of the Accreditation Steering Committee headed by Provost Susan Conner. Albion began its “Self-Study Year” in August and will complete its final report next summer in preparation for a campus visit by an accreditation team in November 2010. The self-study is primarily an opportunity to reexamine our “institutional effectiveness,” Susan Conner explains. “We will be looking at every aspect of what we
do—in and out of the classroom—and evaluating how closely our programs and services align with our institutional mission and core values.” The data-gathering is essential to the process, Seely says, because it provides a comprehensive view of the College’s operations. He adds, “The self-study will help us better understand the information we currently have as well as identify areas in which we could improve.” According to the Higher Learning Commission, Albion has been accredited since 1915. “Through the self-study process,” notes President Donna Randall, “we will identify ways we can strengthen our programs to ensure that they effectively prepare students
for their future roles in society. Albion will emerge from the self-study process with a clearer vision, a stronger commitment to our values, and a renewed dedication to excellence.” Alumni, friends, and the general public will be able to weigh in with their insights and/or concerns during a public comment period that will begin next summer. More information on the self-study year is at: www.albion.edu/ provost/accreditation.
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Albion College’s Office of Institutional Advancement recently appointed three new staff members. Suzanne VanWassenhove, assistant vice president for annual giving and alumni engagement. VanWassenhove comes to Albion after three years as director of alumni relations and annual giving at Ohio Dominican University. Prior to joining Ohio Dominican, VanWassenhove served as the director of community relations for the Catholic Foundation in Columbus, the director of corporate/community relations and special events manager for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Greater Columbus, and the assistant director of development and alumni relations for the Capital University Law School. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. VanWassenhove is charged with increasing
Born in the 19th century, the Pleiad recently got a 21st-century makeover with its recreation as an online-only source of news and commentary. As the first editor-in-chief of the Pleiad online, Kyle Gillis, ’10, says the move has created new challenges and opportunities for the newspaper’s staff. “We know how the print edition operated, but need to create a new culture for the online edition,” he notes. “Instead of filling pages and meeting word counts, we now have to worry about incorporating multimedia elements.” Unlike the weekly print version, the Pleiad online posts stories, video, and other multimedia content almost daily. “If students are going to work in media after graduation—and many of them do—they need to be well-versed in the full spectrum of media, comfortable with the fast pace of online news, and fluent in the language of digital media,” asserts Pleiad adviser Laura Williams. “Nobody knows . . . what the news will look like in the future, so we’re doing our best to make sure graduates are equipped to be leaders in whatever media landscape takes shape.” —Jake Weber Find the Pleiad online at: www.albionpleiad.com
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support for the Albion College Fund as well as overseeing alumni engagement activities. Libby Crabb, assistant director of annual giving. Crabb previously coordinated annual giving programs; individual, corporate, and foundation solicitations; annual events; and donor recognition as a development consultant for Habitat for Humanity affiliates in California and Michigan. A 2004 Albion graduate, Crabb began her career in development with Habitat’s San Francisco affiliate in 2006. She managed direct mail and personal solicitations as well as Blueprints & Blue Jeans, the affiliate’s annual fundraising gala. Crabb is working with annual donors,
especially through newly developed reunion giving programs. David VanWassenhove, director of development. VanWassenhove’s career as a development officer spans 17 years, including his most recent post as director of gift planning at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus. During nearly five years at Ohio Dominican, VanWassenhove raised $1.45 million in major gifts for the Student Center Campaign with an additional $1 million in pending gifts for their current Campaign for the Sciences. He previously served as an associate director for the Catholic Foundation in Columbus. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. VanWassenhove is focusing on major and planned gifts. Meet the entire Institutional Advancement staff at: www.albion.edu/ia/.
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The College will revisit the history of campus buildings, such as the Gassette Memorial Library, during the upcoming anniversary celebration.
Albion College at 175! Albion College will celebrate the 175th anniversary of its founding in 1835, with events scheduled throughout the 2010 calendar year. The College was chartered two years before Michigan became a state, thanks to the leadership of several early Methodist settlers. (One of those, Elijah Pilcher, was also a founder of the Methodist encampment at Bay View, Mich., with which Albion has had historic ties.) Albion was one of the earliest Midwest schools to introduce coeducation. In 1861, the College was authorized by the state legislature to confer a full four-year college degree upon both men and women. Albion has remained on the same site since the cornerstone was laid for the first permanent building in 1840. Alumni will have a chance to join in the celebration at several off-campus events, as well as at Homecoming 2010. Find more on the anniversary plans at: www.albion.edu/175celebration/ (beginning in January 2010).
‘Now Go We in Content to Liberty’ By Jake Weber
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Retired from Albion earlier this year after a combined 60 years of service to the College, Charles and Tamara Crupi sat down for a joint interview to reflect on their respective roles as the College’s Shakespearean expert and the public face of the Whitehouse Nature Center.
What They’re Doing Now
Tamara and Charles Crupi
“I’m working all day, every day,” says Charles Crupi, who is under contract with publisher Facts on File to produce a study guide for undergraduates that covers all of Shakespeare’s plays. The deadlines are demanding, but he enjoys gaining new insights into Shakespeare, even within plays he’s thoroughly examined over decades. “I’ve taught Much Ado About Nothing 25 or 30 times,” he says, but he still noticed something new recently in the rhymed speech Beatrice makes after overhearing that Benedick loves her. “It’s actually in stanzas, two quatrains and a couplet. I never thought much about that, though, until . . . this project, when I saw how neatly the formal poetic structure expresses Beatrice’s willingness to tame her wild heart to Benedick’s loving hand, as she puts it. I wish I could have talked about it to my students through the years.” For her part, Tamara Crupi, ’79, says she still goes to the Whitehouse Nature Center regularly—but only as a visitor. “I get to take walks in the Nature Center now and not worry about things like the invasive species or the beaver problem,” she says. While she has retired from the job, Tamara knows it may take a while for the job to retire from her. “People still call me at home or stop me in the store, asking me what to do about baby squirrels and other things,” she says.
reviewer or evaluator for the North Central Association Accreditation Council, the Great Lakes Colleges Association Fiction Award, and the Michigan Council for the Humanities. During his time in Albion, he received 10 Teacher of the Year awards from different Albion constituencies. Tamara says she most enjoyed hosting tens of thousands of children on Nature Center field trips, as well as working with science and education students doing research projects and lab assignments. Recently, looking over a list of former Nature Center student employees, Tamara noticed a high percentage of them are working in environmental science or teaching science. “I like to think that was in part due to their exposure at the Nature Center,” she says. “That’s a feeling of satisfaction for me.”
High Points “I look back with a lot of pleasure and pride at being chair,” says Charles, who spent 19 years as head of the English Department, hiring new colleagues and planning curricular innovations. In addition to pursuing his scholarship on Shakespeare and on Shakespeare’s contemporary, playwright Thomas Heywood, Charles served as a
A Life Together in Albion “It was Clara Dixon and her ornithology class that got me really excited about birds. You can’t get a divorce if you share a common bird list,” says Tamara, who cites birdwatching as one of the keys to spending 49 years with her high school sweetheart. “Other than inertia, we do have a lot of shared interests,” Charles agrees, adding opera, food, and—oh yes, their children—to the list. The Crupis have been long-time members of St. James’ Episcopal Church, and they both have participated in Albion College’s choral music program. Charles also notes his satisfaction in directing several Shakespearean productions for the College’s Theatre Department, and, with another faculty member, establishing the women’s softball team at Albion and coaching it for three years. Tamara helped create the community’s first recycling program and, as a member of the Riverfront Advisory Committee, saw the
development of the city’s Riverwalk, public canoe launches, and other enhancements. The Crupis’ three children all live within two hours’ drive of Albion, one reason the Crupis say they have never considered leaving. “To go down to Florida where you know no one and don’t even know where the shuffleboard courts are, I can’t imagine doing that,” Charles concludes.
Albion’s Environmental Programs Honored In October, Albion College became the first college in Michigan to become certified under two state programs promoting soil and ground water conservation. Through the efforts of the College’s Facilities Operations Office and the Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center, Albion was awarded certification under both the Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program (MTESP) and the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). Both programs emphasize pollution prevention practices, particularly in minimizing run-off that could endanger ground-water quality. The programs are coordinated through the state’s Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth, and Department of Environmental Quality, along with Michigan State University and other groups. “Protecting our valuable fresh water is everyone’s responsibility,” notes President Donna Randall. “I commend our staff members who have led the College to this state recognition and hope other higher education institutions will follow.” Both the MTESP and the MAEAP employ a comprehensive process including an on-site risk assessment and development and implementation of an action plan addressing potential environmental risks. Mark Frever, Albion’s director of grounds, believes this certification is a highly valuable process. “There is no discussion of sustainability,” he says, “if we don’t protect our natural resources first.” Fall-Winter 2009-10 | 5
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Two Minutes with . . . Registrar Drew Dunham By Sarah Briggs
Dunham: I’ve had four different jobs at Albion. Starting out as associate director in CPO, I worked with Greek life and student organizations and then I became director of CPO and the Kellogg Center. After that I was associate dean for the First-Year Experience and now I’m associate dean for academic affairs and registrar. Working in the Student Affairs Division, I never imagined I would become registrar, but it was an opportunity that came up, and I thought, “Well, sure, I could do that.” The registrar often has to be the “enforcer” when it comes to academic rules and regulations. How do you handle that?
What changes have come about as a result of online registration? It has really simplified things for the student. Under the old arena style of registration, you had to move from line to line to sign up for classes, and at the end of all that waiting, you’d often find the course you wanted was closed. Now we assign specific registration times for small groups of students, and it takes them literally seconds to key in their courses online. If there’s a problem, the system will tell them. The student can contact us immediately, and we can check on it and help them out. For the staff, we no longer have to spend hours managing the registration process, and we can focus on working with the students who are having difficulties. What are the oldest transcripts you have on file?
There are policies and procedures that have to be followed, but I like to take an educational approach with the students. I might ask them, “If this isn’t working for you, what can you do differently? Is there an alternative that might work just as well?” I help them see other possibilities so they can achieve their goal.
We have to keep the academic records of every student who ever attended Albion. The earliest transcripts date to the 1890s. We have a file room full of records. Since 1997, all student records have been kept in Banner, our database system. Right now we are in the process of scanning student records that are still on paper as a means of backing them up.
What kind of tone do you try to set within the Registrar’s Office?
You started out in college as a music major. So how does that interest play out today?
I want students to find we are attentive to their needs. They should feel they can come here any time, and we will help them.
I was a French horn major as an undergraduate. I continue that by playing in the College Orchestra—I’ve done that for 10 years now. Jim Ball, our orchestra director, has been kind enough to let me conduct occasionally so I typically conduct a piece during a couple of concerts each year. And I’ve had a role in a musical with
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Io Triumphe!: You came to Albion in 1993 as associate director in the Office of Campus Programs and Organizations. Did you ever think you’d become Albion’s registrar?
As the keeper of student records dating back to the 19th century, registrar Drew Dunham says he regularly receives requests to verify a student’s attendance at Albion from individuals compiling family histories. the Albion Community Theatre, and I play in the community band’s summer concert series. Music has been a very important part of my life, and I want to keep up with it. Given the job changes you’ve already had here, is there a next dream job for you at Albion? I really don’t have one. I’m at the place now where I really like this work. The jobs I’ve had in the past were all things that I wanted to do, and being registrar allows me to do the research and policy work that I enjoy. I’m glad I have this opportunity. Albion College has been great to me. I never expected that all of this would happen here for me.
By Bobby Lee Wayne Bond was frequently on the move during his formative years. Born in Germany, he moved with his family to Arkansas when he was nine years old, and he attended three high schools before graduating from Portage Central High School near Kalamazoo. While Bond credits the near-constant shuffling for helping him develop his good-natured and flexible outlook, the movement also helped shape a love for wolves. Bond identified with the traits of loyalty, dependability, and strength that wolves displayed so much that the senior biology major, who is laying the foundation for a career in ethology (the study of animal behavior), completed a summer internship at Wolf Park in Battle Ground, Ind. The education and research facility was established in 1972 by Erich Klinghammer, and is known for its studies of wolf reproductive and social behavior. Bond learned he was accepted for the internship last winter in the midst of basketball season. “I was so happy [when I learned of receiving the internship]. I had a game that day so I could only celebrate for a few minutes before getting my mind back to defeating Hope,” he recalls. During his internship, Bond gave 45-minute walking tours of the seven-acre
During a summer internship at Wolf Park in Indiana, senior biology major Wayne Bond had hands-on access to the park’s 14 adult wolves, including Wotan (pictured).
Briton Sports on the Web Did you know that you can find all of the following on the Albion College sports Web site? • Sports news and results
• SportsNet broadcast schedules
• Schedules and rosters
• Sports archives
Follow the Britons at: www.albion.edu/sports/. It’s the next best thing to being here!
last season, and helped the team go 10-4 down the stretch and finish third in the league. As to the future, he may return to Wolf Park to conduct further research, and he eventually will head to graduate school. “The goal of life is the pursuit of knowledge,” he says. “As long as you are alive you can never stop learning.”
enclosure to visitors, and he was permitted hands-on access to the park’s 14 adult wolves, three red foxes, two coyotes, and small herd of bison. He developed a special bond with four-year-old wolves Wotan, who tries to charm humans with his smile, and Wolfgang, who is developing his skills as an instigator of the pack. Bond’s favorite memory from the summer? Allowing the wolves an opportunity to run by racing them in his Honda Accord while delivering meatballs laced with medicine. “We feed them dead animals, and they don’t have anything to chase,” Bond explains. “The opportunity to race is a really big thing for them. I would take my car out, and you could see the excitement on their faces. “I beat them the first three or four races, but they beat me the last time,” he adds. “They are so fast.” Now back on campus for his senior year, Bond is gearing up for his final season as a Briton. He hopes to energize the men’s basketball squad much as he did last year. He started 13 of the final 14 games after the Britons got off to a 0-2 start in MIAA play
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Basketball center Wayne Bond is returning for his senior season after starting in 13 of the final 14 games last year and helping the team go 10-4 down the stretch.
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‘I Was a Really G Before I Had Kids’
y Good Mom Amy Menken Nobile, ’91, reports in from ‘the front lines of modern motherhood.’ By Marian Deegan
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When Amy Nobile downsized her career in international public relations to work at home after the birth of her son, her orderly expectations were clear. They did not factor in the chaotic unpredictability of child-rearing—and she never imagined that motherhood would launch her on a life-altering journey as a successful author with appearances on 20/20, Today, the Rachael Ray Show, and an invitation to sit down with the emissary of the popular zeitgeist, Oprah Winfrey. “I believed I could do it all and have it all,” Nobile muses. “I think that was the subconscious and conscious message that seeped into the bloodstream of my generation. I assumed that having kids wouldn’t be any different from having a career. But it is. As a mom, you never get a sick day. It doesn’t matter how organized you are—that goes out the window every morning. You have to be a great mom, a great wife, and a great friend. You wear a million hats. I felt guilty all the time for my choices—for what I didn’t do or couldn’t do or should have done better.” The collision between expectation and reality was compounded by the disconnect she experienced with other mothers. “We’d get together,” Nobile recalls, “and everyone was smiling and shiny and happily discussing the latest color in strollers. I would sit there with rings under my eyes thinking, ‘Is it just me?’ I didn’t feel I had permission to tell the truth about how I really felt.” One afternoon, the proverbial walls came tumbling down. “My son Sam was in his car seat on the floor in my home office,” she remembers. “I was rocking him with one foot while I talked with a client on speakerphone. I felt totally overwhelmed. I had to keep muting the phone because I was crying. Everyone told me it would be easy. That was so wrong. It was really tough. I could not believe how hard it was to work with a baby. After I finished with my client, I called my friend Trisha. I needed support, and with Trisha, I knew I could be brutally honest.” After interviewing over a hundred mothers, Amy Nobile offers an honest (and often humorous) take on how to “align expectations with reality,” “make peace with your choices” and “honor your whole self ” in books on modern motherhood co-authored with friend Trisha Ashworth.
Nobile had met Trisha Ashworth 15 years earlier through public relations circles in New York. The friendship had been instantaneous and enduring. Both women had relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area. Ashworth was staying at home with her three children, and Nobile was working from home with hers. Despite their differences, the friends discovered that they were struggling with the same feelings. Support evolved into an exploration of the expectations surrounding motherhood. The two became convinced that they weren’t the only moms trying to reconcile expectations and reality. They began meeting regularly—documenting issues on their laptops. A written outline of causes and underlying issues emerged. Over the next year, they conducted more than a hundred interviews with friends, and moms referred by friends. What had begun as a support mechanism became a mission to share what they’d learned with other mothers and offer solutions. “We toyed with the idea of hosting a radio show to spread the word,” Nobile says. “Then one day we realized that this wasn’t a radio show. It was a book, and each issue was a chapter.” Galvanized, they reached out to a friend of a friend who was working at Chronicle Books, and scheduled an informal meeting over coffee. Nobile’s academic and professional background was a definite advantage in developing their book concept. She had chosen Albion based in part on the opportunity to intern with the highly regarded New York Arts Program. After completing an internship Fall-Winter 2009-10 | 9
“As a mom, you never get a sick day. It doesn’t matter how organized you are—that goes out the window every morning.” with the Late Show with David Letterman and Saturday Night Live, she graduated and moved to New York. She held PR positions with Hill and Knowlton and Ketchum, managing international Fortune 500 accounts. After eight years, Nobile transferred to Ketchum’s Bay Area office, arriving at the crest of the dot.com wave. Recruited by bookstore mogul Louis Borders, she became the PR director of Webvan, Borders’ grocery delivery venture. “I was the on-camera spokesperson for the company from its inception,” she remembers. “It was a tremendous learning experience.” The first meeting with their Chronicle Books contact didn’t go exactly as they expected. “Ignorance is bliss,” Nobile laughs. “She looked at our proposal and told us to come back in a month with research addressing an
extensive list of questions: where would our book go on the shelf, how would it be presented and promoted, who were our competitors, what were their numbers, and how would we get better numbers. We didn’t stop working for the next 30 days. In our second meeting, we were given another list of issues to address, and offered a meeting with one of Chronicle’s senior editors. That was our make-it-or-break-it shot.” The two women pulled out all the stops, compiling their research in a detailed proposal, preparing three alternate book covers mocked up with title options and carefully selected artwork, and collecting a stack of competitive books in their identified niche. They deliberately packaged their concept very differently from their competitors, presenting their information
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as girlfriend-to-girlfriend advice for moms. The layout was easy to read, with sidebars, multiple entry points, and a generous dose of mischievous humor. “Trish and I are very organized,” Nobile says. “We knew exactly how we wanted to run the meeting. It all went out the window as soon as the editor walked in. She grabbed the ‘I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids’ cover and said, ‘Oh! I feel like this all the time.’” The concept was sold. Chronicle made the book one of its seven lead titles launched in 2007, supporting it with a sophisticated multimedia campaign. “We’ve been intimately involved in every aspect of the marketing,” Nobile notes, “right down to the selection of cover art. It’s rare that the publisher will let authors be so involved. We feel very lucky.” Shortly after the publication launch, Shape magazine ran a review that caught the eye of a producer at 20/20. Interview requests from Rachael Ray and Today followed. While Nobile and Ashworth were vacationing in Mexico, Oprah’s invitation arrived. “I swore that if I ever got on Oprah I’d have something beautiful made for me,” Amy chuckles. “It’s Oprah! But you never know. The shows ask you to bring a few outfits so they can coordinate colors with the set. I had grabbed an old blue turtleneck out of my closet at the last second. Of course, that’s what they asked me to wear.” “An appearance on Oprah was one of our professional goals,” Nobile muses. “That it actually happened felt practically magical. Everyone was welcoming, and there’s such an element of calm in the studio. It lulls you into feeling comfortable. I literally forgot that millions of people were watching. That was good!” Nobile and Ashworth followed their first book with two more: Dirty Little Secrets from Otherwise Perfect Moms and I’d Trade My Husband for a Housekeeper.
Currently, they are working on a fourth book in between trips to LA, where they are meeting with producers to develop two of their books into a half-hour television sitcom. “I think every mother is trying to find the path that is right for her and her family,” Nobile observes. “Trisha and I hope our books help. Writing them has certainly helped me. I want to help my children become strong, confident individuals. My husband Paul and I want to be good role models, and we are perfecting the art of living in the moment. . . . “Recently, Paul told me that nothing would surprise him at this point. He can’t believe how much Trisha and I have done.” Nobile pauses. “Sometimes,” she adds with a grin, “we can’t believe it either.”
Amy Nobile’s book, I Was A Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids, written with Trisha Ashworth (right), caught the attention of Rachael Ray (center) and resulted in an interview on Ray’s Food Network show. The two authors have also been interviewed on Today and Oprah, and are currently in negotiations to develop two of their books into a television sitcom.
Check out Amy Nobile and Trisha Ashworth’s blog and their national television appearances at: www.reallygoodmom.com. Marian Deegan is a freelance writer from St. Paul, Minn.
Nobile, who juggles her writing routine with parenting son Sam, 6, and daughter Emily, 5, maintains a blog for other moms with entries like “My Kid Has a Broken Elbow, and I’m the One Who Needs Morphine.” Fall-Winter 2009-10 | 11
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Geologist Carrie Menoldâ€™s research in Tibet is changing our thinking on how mountains are formed.
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By Jake Weber It was just last year when one of geology professor Carrie Menold’s first-year students mustered the courage to ask: why, exactly, were they all calling her “Doctor”? The class was surprised to learn that Menold had indeed finished a doctorate—she appeared far too young to be anything other than a graduate student. Menold’s youth (she’s just 32) may fool her students, but her international peers are quickly discovering she is poised to be a significant presence in their field. Asked to give the keynote address for an international conference held near her research site in Tibet this past summer, Menold knows she is sparking both controversy and respect among geologists in several countries. “I’m one of the few people who know much about this area of Tibet, and I have a more detailed, bigpicture hypothesis for what happened here geologically,” says Menold. “During the conference, I made contacts and have offers for future collaborations with people from South Korea, the Netherlands, and Japan. As I am just beginning my career, this conference gave me a platform to get my ideas out there. Scientists in my field are now taking notice. I handed out a lot of business cards.”
Menold studies mountain-building—oddly enough, by examining rocks that were formed deep underground hundreds of millions of years ago. As most people may remember from middle-school earth science, mountain ranges form where two land masses (known as geologic plates) collide along a fault. The Himalayas, the Appalachians, and many other ranges in between were formed that way, but Menold says that explanation doesn’t do justice to the complex processes at work. Menold’s research expands that explanation to include data on high-pressure rocks found on the surface of the Tibetan Plateau, rocks created about 100 km below the surface some 500 million years ago during the plate collisions. Understanding the composition and distribution of those rocks, says Menold, allows her to develop a new, more complete picture of how plate tectonic activity shaped the earth. “Scientists have now found these high-pressure rocks in every major mountain belt on earth giving credence to the idea that they represent a fundamental part of the mountain-building process. However, major questions remain about how
Menold’s research on mountain-building has taken her to remote areas of Tibet, including the Qilian Mountains (pictured). She is one of a handful of scientists internationally who have studied the geology in this region.
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deep material moves through mountain belts during collision. My work attempts to model the timing and geometry of these movements, not just in Tibet but in all mountain belts.” As a doctoral candidate at UCLA, Menold convinced her mentors to let her pursue research that combined her interests in plate tectonics and the physical and chemical composition of rocks. Her fieldwork took her to remote parts of the Tibetan Plateau, where she collected her data assisted only by local guides. The result was a thesis the size of a metropolitan phone book, and a research specialty with huge potential for a young scientist. Very few geologic researchers, she says, combine the macro and the micro views as she does.
“It has brought a lot of attention to my work,” Menold adds. This past summer, Menold and two scientists from Cornell College (Iowa) and Central Washington University along with a Chinese geologist from the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, Beijing, teamed up to do additional fieldwork in Tibet. Menold explains, “We are all young scientists with similar interests and decided to join forces.” One goal of the trip was to collect data from a wide area. Menold has recently teamed up with two U.S. colleagues and a Chinese geologist from the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences in Beijing to continue the research on mountain-building in Tibet. When out in the field, they must deal not only with the high altitude but unpredict unpredictable weather and sporadic communications coverage.
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“Here we live on this giant, complex system. In order to understand one piece you really have to understand the whole.”
The group is now preparing a formal proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a multi-year study. They hope to demonstrate to the NSF how the synthesis of research from different fields provides new and improved information on geologic evolution. An equally important goal, says Menold, was to define and develop the group as a long-term team that could maximize the NSF’s investment in their research. Even though the research is still in an early stage, the group had some exciting outcomes from this trip. “We think we found a piece of oceanic crust wedged into the mountains,” says Menold, who theorizes that the crust section was caught in a small collision analogous to what would happen if, for example, a small sea like the Sea of Japan closed, causing Japan and China to collide. Her stays in China have helped acclimate her to the local culture and shown her how to respect Chinese cultural traditions while still accomplishing her research goals. “Running field expeditions in a remote part of the world is challenging. I always expect things to be really complicated and then when they’re not, I’m happy,” Menold reflects. “At the same time, you have to be realistic about the amount of work you can get done. It takes a while to form connections and get everyone on the same page, and you always have to contend with the weather and bad roads.”
Being a young scientist with new ideas that challenge existing views is a guarantee for controversy, a situation that Menold takes in stride. Her extensive geographic mapping (she routinely hikes 10 miles per day out in the field) yields a large number of data points and results in projection models that differ widely from those produced by researchers looking at smaller data sets. The scientific community will sort this out over time, she believes. While the scope of Menold’s research is massive, she still sees it as a small part of a much larger puzzle. “Here we live on this giant, complex system. In order to understand one piece you really have to understand the whole,” she asserts. “I can’t argue that I’m helping solve the problem of climate change, but understanding how the earth works is important, and I’m contributing to that knowledge in a field that’s new and exciting.” The flat lands of the Midwest might seem like an odd home for a mountain researcher, but Menold insists that being in Albion is just about perfect. “Growing up in mid-Michigan, I really wanted to travel and see the world, and it’s ironic that I’m back in a small town in Michigan,” Menold laughs. “I’m still a small-town girl at heart, and I get to travel and do crazy things. I have the best of both worlds here.”
Menold often hikes 10 miles a day, mapping the geography in detail and taking rock samples that inform her theories about how mountain ranges are created. Her current work is supported by Albion College’s Blanchard Faculty Fellowship.
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Food for Thought A Tale of Two Lauras By Stephanie Green, ’09 Want to know where to find the best croissant, crêpe, barbecue, or salsa in the Detroit area? Need a recommendation on an artisan bakery or a suggestion for a really unusual eatery for a special occasion? Just ask Laura Gononian, ’86, and Laura Wood Romito, ’89. As specialists on all things gastronomique in greater Detroit, they not only can point you in the right direction for specialty food items and ethnic restaurants, but they also will take you to these locations in person as part of their newly launched business, Taste-full Tours. Taste-full Tours conducts personally guided visits to metro Detroit gourmet shops, restaurants, bakeries, outdoor markets, breweries, and ethnic and artisanal food purveyors. Recent tours have included stops at Le Petit Zinc, a crêperie in Detroit; Crust, a wood-fired pizzeria in Rochester; Lazybones Smokehouse in Roseville; and Zingerman’s Bakehouse in Ann Arbor. Tour participants enjoy sampling the foods available in the various venues they visit while learning how to be savvier food-shoppers. And often they pick up some tips on preparing out-of-the-ordinary recipes once they get home. “As we do the tours, we offer a professional perspective on ingredients and techniques, tools and gadgets,” Gononian explains. The idea for Taste-full Tours was spawned a year ago, after Romito and Gononian spent a summer afternoon visiting food venues and shops in Ann Arbor. They decided to create a business that would incorporate their love and expertise for food and sharing that with others. Taste-full Tours was created in January 2009. “Laura Romito is an accomplished chef, and I have traveled a great deal and have visited food markets in many countries. I really love exploring markets, cultures, and the culinary experiences of varied ethnic groups, and that’s what we do through Taste-full Tours,” Gononian says. “We don’t consider ourselves tour guides— we are culinary professionals with a passion for what we do.” “Foodies” throughout the metropolitan area have responded enthusiastically—the tours regularly sell out. “When we started in January, we thought we would do one to two tours a month,” Gononian says. “We are very busy and are now doing seven to eight tours per month with anywhere from 14-28 guests on each tour.” According to Gononian and Romito, the tours appeal to almost anyone who enjoys food. Customers range from twentyLaura Wood Romito, ’89, (left) something couples to retired teachers. Private group tours also have and Laura Gononian, ’86, been planned for wedding showers and corporate team-building. first met while singing in the “The clientele is all over the map,” Romito says. “The love of Albion College choir. Twenty good food is so universal.” years later they have teamed up again to form their own business, Taste-full Tours. Fall-Winter 2009-10 | 17
After Albion and before Taste-full Tours, Romito taught high school theater and English, and then went on to graduate from Schoolcraft College’s Culinary Arts Program. During that time, Gononian was traveling and working in Chicago, New York, Boston, and the Republic of Armenia, all the while developing a passion for good food. Romito worked in several respected restaurants in the Detroit area and started a catering business and cooking school. She also taught cooking classes at Williams-Sonoma for 12 years, which is where she and Gononian, now a sales associate for Williams-Sonoma and graduate student at Oakland University, reunited 20 years after leaving Albion. “No path you choose needs to be the only one you ever walk down,” muses Romito. “Each path leads to the next, and is enhanced by what is learned on the previous walks.” Romito and Gononian both agree that a liberal arts education can be a means to almost any career. The business partners tap their previous knowledge and life experiences in designing their programs. There are two types of tours— “Taste Bud Tours,” a sampling of dishes that Romito and Gononian prepare at their Royal Oak location, and “Taste-full Tours,” themed visits to local markets, restaurants, and other businesses related to food and beverages. According to Romito, the Taste Bud Tours provide an introduction to the essence of a particular cuisine, and cover both regional American cooking and international fare. Romito and Gononian pair foods with wine selections from all over the world. All of the meat and produce included in the meal comes from a local market. The Taste-full Tours focus on restaurants, shops, and chefs in a specific city. Recent options have included “International Markets,” checking out some of the many ethnic groceries that dot the Detroit area, “Motown Chowdown,” focusing on family-owned restaurants and shops in downtown cultural neighborhoods, and a “Beer and BBQ” tour, featuring tastings of locally made brews.
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“Detroit has so many places that people, especially from the suburbs, won’t find on their own,” Romito says. “These little businesses are gems, and they’re all over Detroit.” Taste-full Tours is one of only a few food tour businesses in Michigan. Beyond their distinctive themes, Gononian and Romito note that their tours are the only ones that travel by an eco-friendly bus with a low carbon footprint. Eventually Taste-full Tours may expand its offerings, but Romito and Gononian still would like to keep the focus on the Detroit area to support the local economy. “For the moment, we are expanding into wine and food pairing classes, trips to organic farms, and having small, private cooking class experiences,” Romito says. “You learn as you go, and we’ll see what next year brings.” Taste-full Tours has attracted more corporate clients in recent months. “We are hosting sales meetings and employee outings. It’s a way for companies to support local businesses and to ensure that their clients or employees have a great time learning about food, wines, and beer. We plan to expand that business,” Gononian says. Taste-full Tours is also developing a few specialty food items to be sold in local markets. “We have a salt blend that we use in our homes as well as in our cooking demonstrations,” Romito says. “Our guests love it and often ask for the recipe. Once they hear how many ingredients go into it and what it entails they say, ‘Can you just make it for us?,’ so that is what we are doing now.” “We are thrilled to be a small part of the revitalization of Detroit by bringing people a little out of their way to see and experience these markets and restaurants,” Gononian says. For information on upcoming tours, call 248/3307956 or 248/807-5436 or visit: www.tastefulltours.com.
A l um n ! A ssoc ! at ! o n N e ws Y O U R A L U M N ! A S S O C ! AT ! O N “Always Thinking” Regionally! By William Rafaill, ’70 Alumni Association Board of Directors My fellow Alumni Association board member, Tim Newsted, ’78, has played in the alumni band at Homecoming for 32 straight years since his graduation. While I cannot come close to this distinction, he and I do share one honor. We will have both served on the Board of Directors for nearly 10 years when our terms expire in June 2010. I have come to know Tim quite well and besides being a fellow grad, I count Tim as one of my friends. While next June 30 will be a sad day for both of us, I prefer to look forward to the many wonderful things that will present themselves as opportunities for alumni to engage with each other along with Albion College. The Board of Directors of the Alumni Association, like our alma mater, is “Always Thinking.” We are extremely excited to work with the College as we redefine our Alumni Association to increase the connectivity among alumni and foster a sense of belonging within our College family. Because, dear reader, you are the Albion Alumni Association, we hope that you will join us by attending regional alumni events and supporting the formation of alumni chapters across the country. These efforts will provide us, as alumni, with opportunities to engage with one another, with
Wiese Joins Board In addition to the new members appointed to terms running July 1, 2009-June 30, 2012 who were announced in the summer Io Triumphe!, the Alumni Association named Barbara Swancutt Wiese, ’78, to the board this summer. She is filling a vacated term ending June 30, 2011. While at Albion, Wiese was active with Delta Gamma and was an Albion College Fellow. After graduation, she worked in banking as well as income tax preparation. Married to Kurt Wiese, ’78, she is currently a stay-at-home mother to her three children, Brittany, ’09, Bryan, and Chelsea. Since graduation, she has remained active with Albion by being an admission volunteer and serving on the Parents Committee, as well as attending many regional events. She lives in Rochester.
faculty, and with the young men and women who have replaced us as Albion College students. If you are able to attend these events, let us know what you think about them. We also hope that you will join all alumni in the celebration of the 175th birthday of our alma mater in 2010. Many events are planned both on and off campus to celebrate this milestone. Two specific events that you should note now are the Young Alumni Awards, April 23, 2010 and Grandparents College, June 21-23, 2010. Watch for announcements with details of these and other events on the College Web site at www.albion.edu/ alumniengagement. It has been my pleasure serving my fellow alumni over the past decade. I look forward to seeing you at a variety of College events in the future. Albion College, Always Thinking — for 175 years. Io Triumphe!
Alumni Association Board Meeting Dates All alumni may attend the meetings of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. The 2010 meeting dates are listed below. Simply let Mark Baczewski, director of alumni engagement, know of your interest in attending by contacting him at: 517/629-0246 or email@example.com. January 29-30, 2010 April 23-24, 2010 October 2, 2010 (Homecoming)
Albion College is coming to you! Connect with other alumni in your area to network, socialize, and learn what great things are happening at your alma mater. We want to hear what you think, and look forward to seeing you at one of these events: November 18, 2009 Boston November 19, 2009 Royal Oak December 4, 2009 Tampa December 14, 2009 Chicago December 17, 2009 Charlotte (N.C.) December 19, 2009 Los Angeles Area January 23, 2010 Grand Rapids Spring 2010 Florida, Arizona Summer 2010 Baseball Tour in Battle Creek, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Midland, Toledo,Traverse City Please refer to our Web site at www.albion.edu/alumniengagement for up-to-date information or call the Office of Alumni Engagement at 517/629-0247. (Note that other dates and locations will be added.)
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Homecoming 2009 “Family fun” was the order of the day at Homecoming 2009. In addition to rooting for the Briton volleyball, football, and men’s soccer teams on Saturday, returning alumni and their families could reminisce and pick up Albion souvenirs at a Family Fun Tent hosted by the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Younger children also enjoyed the nearby “CrayonLand” bounce house. Both were new features for this year’s Homecoming. On Friday evening, “A Look Back at the 2009 Holocaust Studies Trip” featured reflections from alumni, students, faculty, and staff who participated in College-sponsored travel to Poland last May. The alumni trip participants followed an itinerary that included historic sites in Poland related to the Holocaust and the opportunity to spend time working with the students, faculty, and staff involved in the ongoing restoration of a Jewish cemetery in Wrocław. The Homecoming event was sponsored by the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Public Policy and Service.
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Alumni and their families were greeted during Homecoming by members of the Student Alumni Association and the Alumni Association Board of Directors who were staffing the Family Fun Tent. The area proved to be a popular place to stop and reconnect with friends.
Despite occasional rain showers, Briton fans filled SprankleSprandel Stadium for Saturday’s Homecoming football contest with Olivet College. In the Britons’ league opener, they dominated the Comets, 20-0. In volleyball action, the women posted their 11th victory of the season in defeating Siena Heights University. The men’s soccer team fell 5-0 against nationally ranked Calvin College. The weekend opened with the Thirteenth Annual Briton Classic Golf Tournament, which attracted 79 golfers this year, and it concluded with reunions for classes from 1949 to 2004. The accompanying photos (through page 23) tell you more about this year’s Homecoming events, including the Athletic Hall of Fame inductions and the Alumni Awards Ceremony. For more Homecoming and reunion coverage, go to: www.albion.edu/homecoming.
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There’s no doubt about these fans’ loyalties. The Britons revel in their 20-0 win over the Olivet Comets. Among the game’s highlights was a 34-yard touchdown run by senior cornerback Jacob Lee. Albion held the Comets to just 13 yards rushing on the day.
Retired banking executive Bill Goudie, ’63, met with students in the College’s Gerstacker Institute for Professional Management during his campus visit to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. He and his wife, Janet Matilo Goudie, ’64, were the second couple to be jointly honored with the award.
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Plan now for Homecoming 2010 Oct. 1-3, 2010 Homecoming events will include reunions for class years ending in “0” and “5” (1950-2005). Visit www.albion.edu/homecoming/ for details.
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This year’s Distinguished Alumni Award and Meritorious Service Award recipients are pictured with President Donna Randall (center, front row): (left to right, front row) William, ’63, and Janet Matilo Goudie, ’64, James Cook, ’54, Molly Swart, ’82; (back row) Wilbur Hurst, ’61, James Rogers, ’69, and Maynard Bowers, ’56.
Serving Others a Common Theme for 2009 Award Winners The Alumni Awards Ceremony was held Oct. 3, 2009, during Homecoming Weekend. The award winners also met with students and faculty during their time on campus.
In addition to their noteworthy career accomplishments, these honorees have given back to their home communities (and often the world beyond) through their service in civic, church, and professional organizations.
2009 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients
2009 Meritorious Service Award Recipient
The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes College alumni for their genuine leadership and dedicated service to others. Maynard C. Bowers, ’56 Professor of Biology, Emeritus Northern Michigan University Marquette, Michigan Janet Matilo Goudie, ’64 Fashion Consultant Doncaster William R. Goudie, ’63 Commercial Lending Manager (retired) Comerica Bank Rochester, Michigan 22 | Io Triumphe!
Wilbur S. Hurst, ’61 Physicist National Institute of Standards and Technology Damascus, Maryland James D. Rogers, ’69 Emergency Physician Grayling Mercy Hospital Grand Blanc, Michigan Molly Ann Swart (Smyk), ’82 Senior Trade Advisor— Automotive French Embassy Trade Office Birmingham, Michigan
The Meritorious Service Award recognizes College alumni for their leadership, dedicated service to others, and support of the College. James W. Cook, ’54 Professor of English, Emeritus Albion College Grawn, Michigan
For more information on this year’s honorees, go to: www. albion.edu/homecoming/ awards. To submit a Distinguished Alumni Award nomination, contact Mark Baczewski, director of alumni engagement, at 517/629-0247 or via e-mail at alumniengagement @albion.edu, or go to: www.albion.edu/homecoming/ awards.
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‘Looking at the Sunrise in Albion’ By Wilbur Hurst, ’61 This is an edited version of remarks offered at the Alumni Awards Ceremony during Homecoming 2009. It has been said that Albion is like family. It certainly felt that way as my twin brother, Gail, and I first arrived on campus. With parents in the Class of ’26, we had heard many stories of Albion. And though we grew up in Moorestown, New Jersey, we felt we had Michigan in our blood, from eight-week summers on a lake in the Upper Peninsula to family stories of Michigan going back to the 1830s. So we reveled in Albion College and, bluebooks aside, couldn’t get enough of it. The mornings seemed crisper, the sky bluer, the cross country runs more challenging and fun than we had previously known. Most importantly, the value of Albion was to be found in the faculty, their teaching and their interactions with me as a student. Dr. Pettersen’s course in thermodynamics provided me with my first real understanding that science can be incredibly breathtaking. I remember to this day when Dr. Moore, in our senior-year Higher Algebra class, danced with delight in front of the blackboard after finishing a particularly elegant proof, drawing us into the world of pure mathematics. And beyond the world of science, I treasure
the liberal arts experiences that I had. Dr. Hosmer’s class on World Literature, covering the classics from Euripides to writers of the 19th century, was inspiring enough that when I get truly retired I want to go back and revisit much of that. And Dr. Hart’s survey class on English literature taught me how to appreciate literature. Even German class was made engaging by Fraulein Henninger. So, thank you, Albion—you gave me in four years more than I can ever pay back. I finish with one story. In the TKE house, everyone slept in a dorm room on the third floor. At about 6 in the morning on one spring Sunday, Stan Eaton began shaking awake the TKE sleeping in the bunk next to him, shouting that he had to view the most fantastic sunrise that he had ever seen. That person (whoever it was), rather than getting up, noted to Stan that not only was it 6 a.m. on a Sunday, but the window he was looking out of faced directly to the west! At that hour of the morning, such subtlety was lost on Stan, who kept insisting that his bunk-mate get up to see this sunrise. Eventually, there was nothing to do but to join Stan in looking out the window, where what was to be seen was a house of some poor Albion family completely ablaze. To their credit, the two of them made the first call to the fire department. I spent yesterday looking at the sunrise in Albion in the students and the new (to me) faculty that Albion has. And while, as a member of the Class of ’61 and at the age of 70, I am perforce beginning to look at the sunset, I will change slightly a page out of Stan Eaton’s book, and I will be looking for that sunset out a window that faces toward the east. Io Triumphe! D. TRUMPIE PHOTOS
These Britons Take ‘Victory Lap’ The league champion 1993 football team was joined by 10 individual honorees at this year’s Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Among those honored were football standouts Mike Montico, ’94, and Ron Dawson, ’94, who held the NCAA record for most consecutive games started as the quarterback/ center combination with 39 games. For more on this year’s inductees, go to: www.albion.edu/sports/ halloffame/.
2009 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Individuals Ronald R. Dawson, ’94 Douglas R. Goudie, ’92 Susan Lang Higgins, ’92 Christopher S. King, ’89 Kristov M. Knobloch, ’93 (Deceased) Bruce A. Miller, ’67
Michael P. Montico, ’94 Jeffrey D. Robinson, ’95 Stacey Portenga Schlegel, ’99 Robert G. Smith, ’82 Team 1993 Football Team
(Above) Former Briton quarterback Mike Montico, ’94, who was both a league MVP and an NCAA Postgraduate Scholar, spoke on behalf of the inductees during the Hall of Fame ceremony. (Right) A high-scoring basketball center for the Britons, Susan Lang Higgins, ’92, joined her sisters, Ruth Lang Roeder, ’77 (field hockey) and Mary Jane Lang Grunden, ’79 (field hockey/tennis), in the Hall of Fame this year.
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A Moment in Time: Homecoming celebrations at Albion have taken many forms over the years, from Greek house displays (like this one at Delta Tau Delta, c. 1950) to themed floats paraded through campus and town.
Class News 1939 Thomas Dillon, ’39, has lived in Colorado for 50 years. He graduated from the Northwestern University Medical School. Thomas served as a seaborne U.S. Navy physician and later practiced medicine in Michigan and Colorado.
1949 John Beauchamp, ’49, 704 Isle of Palms, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, retired after 60 years in banking and real estate. He has traveled on many cruises to Europe and Asia. Last year John traveled in Norway to north of the Arctic Circle. He is past national president of the Appraisal Institute. John and his wife, Beth, have been married
for 58 years. They have three sons, including Steven Beauchamp, ’76, and John Beauchamp, ’77, and five grandchildren. Robert Biggs, ’49, 1577 Putters Lane, Lima, OH 45805, retired after practicing ophthalmology for more than 50 years. He was the organizer of Mended Hearts support group, and is still active in the group. He has enjoyed several cruises. He participated in ballroom dancing for many years, both in exhibition and in competition. Robert and his wife, Jennie, have been married 57 years. They have three children and five grandchildren. Wanda Griffiths Clawson, ’49, 1507 W. Gull Lake Dr., Richland, MI 49083, retired from Kalamazoo Public Schools. She is president of the P.E.O. chapter of Kalamazoo, and was a board member for Gryphon Place. She has two children, Jill Clawson Golden, ’76, and Michael Clawson, ’80.
Paul Deller, ’49, 1511 Edsel Dr., Trenton, MI 48183, is retired. He is a 40-year member of Faith United Methodist Church. Paul and his wife, Jeanette, have three children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Marjorie Henshaw Hesz, ’49, 1001 Ramshorn Dr., Estes Park, CO 80517, is a volunteer for the Estes Park library and her church. She is married to Walter, and they have a daughter, Catherine Hesz Colten, ’81.
Elizabeth “Betty” McIlvennan Dix, ’49, 1320 Beard St., Flint, MI 48503, and her husband, Richard Dix, ’50, take a trip each year to Japan to visit their son, John Dix, ’82. They spend their winters in Arizona and South Carolina.
Virginia Smith Johnson, ’49, 760 W. 12th St., Claremont, CA 91711, retired in 1987 as a school counselor for grades 7-8 in Ontario/Montclair District. A volunteer for Meals on Wheels and Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Ginny is also involved with her church choir and works two days a week in the church office. She is a member of P.E.O. and Sigma Alpha Iota. She has taken two cruises with her sister, Laura Jean Smith Sill, ’45. Ginny has two sons and five grandchildren.
Jan Bicknell Foss, ’49, 400 Lakeview Ct. 8-B, Spring Lake, MI 49456, worked for Utica Community Schools as a teacher and reading consultant from 1963 to 1988. She enjoys taking cruises. She divides her time between Jupiter, FL, and Spring Lake. Jan has four children, eight grandchildren, and a great-grandson.
Charles Lankton, ’49, 127 Acacia Circle #108, Indian Head Park, IL 60525, works in customer service for 3M Co. He volunteers at Hinsdale
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Hospital in Hinsdale, IL. Charles traveled this year to Alaska and Yellowstone National Park. He married Joyce Hewitt on Oct. 11, 2008. Betty Marshall LaVine, ’49, 2001 Fountain Ridge Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27517, is active in University United Methodist Church and the National Retired Employers Federation. Betty has taken a cruise to Bermuda, and has also traveled to London and Paris. Keith Leenhouts, ’49, 830 Normandy, Royal Oak, MI 48073, is now a volunteer at National Dissemination of Court Volunteer Mentors, where he formerly was the executive director. Keith received a Distinguished Alumni Award at Albion. He has traveled throughout the United States and also to Germany. He and his wife, Audrey, have three sons and four grandchildren. Robert Lenzi, ’49, 4528 DuBois Blvd., Brookfield, IL 60513, is owner and president of Custom Builders Inc. Robert is a 16-year member of the Brookfield Zoning Board of Appeals and was named the 2001 Montessori school volunteer of the year. Kenneth Lindland, ’49, 1551 Franklin SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506, is a retired pastor. He and his wife, Agnes, moved to the Clark Retirement Community in December 2007. He is working on his autobiography, “Friends With Whom I Walked on Life’s Way.” Margaret Bowker Millard, ’49, PO Box 204, Paw Paw, MI 49079, is retired. She is a member of Paw Paw United Methodist Church. Margaret just completed 16 years on the Paw Paw Library Board. She and her husband, David, spend winters in their motor home in Palmetto, FL. They are the parents of William Millard, ’82. Shirley Newcomb Phillips, ’49, 23 Highland Rd., Kingston, NH 03848, retired from Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. and now volunteers with the Guild of Portsmouth (NH) Regional Hospital. Shirley is a past member of the American Association of University Women and the American Red Cross, and past president of the Tulsa (OK) Opera. Shirley has
traveled to Scotland, Belgium, England, Holland, Russia, Scandinavia, China, and Thailand. She sang with the Albion College choir at Carnegie Hall in 2001. Shirley has three children and eight grandchildren. Frederick Rieger, ’49, 8336 Parkside Dr., Englewood, FL 34224, retired from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), where he worked as district engineer. He had a highway rest area named after him by MDOT in 1989. Frederick and his wife, Irene, have seven great-grandchildren. David Schuurmans, ’49, 5438 Great Lakes Dr., Apt. B, Holt, MI 48842, sings in his church choir and in a bi-racial choir that sings spirituals. He also volunteers at a church food bank. David was president of the Lansing Torch Club, and was vice president of the Greater Lansing United Nations Association. He is married to Carolyn Getty Schuurmans, ’51. Margretta Springborn Steinmueller, ’49, 100 Denbar, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304, has taken several cruises with her family. She is active in the Birmingham branch of the American Association of University Women. Margretta also belongs to two study groups and the national “Great Books” Club. She is married to Erich, and they are the parents of Susan Steinmueller, ’79. Marilyn Guild Swanson, ’49, 2850 Classic Dr., #1502, Littleton, CO 80126, is retired. She works as a naturalist at a state park. She has eight granddaughters. Ernestine Crandall Taylor, ’49, 401 W. Oakbrook Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 4810, is a retired teacher. She has moved to a retirement community in Ann Arbor. She enjoys calligraphy and watercolors. Ernestine has recently traveled to Florida, Seattle, Virginia, and Stratford, Ont. Richard Watkins, ’49, 77 Prentice Court, Pawley’s Island, SC 29585, is a retired psychiatrist. He and his wife, Melva, have been married for 58 years. They enjoy visiting their children and taking cruises. They have six children, 17 grandchildren, and four greatgrandchildren.
Saluting Our 2009 Homecoming/ Class Reunion Chairs The Office of Alumni Engagement extends special appreciation to these alumni whose efforts throughout the past year made their class reunions such a success during Homecoming 2009.
1949 Reunion Chair
1979 Reunion Chair
Betty McLaren Gross
Tina Cummings Lemon
1954 Reunion Chairs
1984 Reunion Chairs
Barbara Carne Riehl, Barbara Kinzel Williamson
Amy Serra Albright, Karen Bach Cance, Kathleen Quinn, Jenny Banner Rone
1959 Reunion Chairs
1989 Reunion Chairs
Larry and Sally Klang Robson, Larry Manning
Mary Buday and Stephen Tupper
1964 Reunion Chair
1969 Reunion Chairs
1994 Reunion Chair 1999 Reunion Chairs
Tom Tarvis, Wynn Miller
Jadon Hartsuff, Jen Bujdos Lathom, Davia Cox Downey
1974 Reunion Chair
2004 Reunion Chair
Robert and Alice Nelson Wentworth, both ’49, 50 Highview Dr., Sandwich, MA 02563, are active volunteers. Robert completed his second two-year term as president of Retired Clergy and Spouses Association of Cape Cod. He is past vice chairman of the board for housing of low- and middle-income seniors. Alice completed a seven-year term on the Massachusetts State P.E.O. Sisterhood executive board and served as state president for 2005-06. She is also involved in the Retired Clergy and Spouses Association of Cape Cod. They traveled to England for genealogy research and have participated in three Elderhostel programs. They are the parents of Philip Wentworth, ’78.
Jim and Ruth Anderson Barrett, both ’54, PO Box 309, Glenn, MI 494160309, retired in 1998, Jim from financial services and Ruth from early childhood education. They are active in their church. They have traveled to Europe. They spend their winters in Green Valley, AZ. They have four sons and six grandchildren.
Helen DeVoe Rosbolt, ’50, flew to Rome to visit her granddaughter, who was there enjoying her spring semester from Loyola University in Chicago. Helen lives in Indian Rocks Beach, FL.
Richard Burns, ’52, and his wife, Martha, are enjoying their retirement in east Tennessee. They both enjoy cycling. Martha has already biked 2,200 miles, with her goal being 3,000 annually. Richard participated in the Cereal City Century ride. They live in Cleveland, TN.
1954 Waltraud Etterich Bald, ’54, 10861 Peach Ridge Rd., Athens, OH 45701, retired from Ohio University. She is married to Richard Bald, ’55.
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Jim and Pat Moody Bradshaw, both ’54, 6330 67th St. E, Bradenton, FL 3420, both volunteer at Our Daily Bread, a soup kitchen. They are members of Harvest United Methodist Church. They enjoy river travel in Europe. They moved to Florida from Battle Creek in 2004. Their daughter is Connie Bradshaw Cahill, ’82. James Davis, ’54, 1407 N. Heart Lake Dr., Gaylord, MI 49735, retired from the University of Michigan Medical Center, where he practiced cardiology and conducted research for 10 years. He also operated a family medical practice for three years and worked in anesthesiology for 25 years. James has co-authored more than 30 papers that have been published in peer-reviewed journals. He is involved with Kiwanis and the University of Michigan Alumni Club. He also volunteers for a homeless shelter, where he serves a weekly dinner. He has traveled throughout the United States, as well as to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean Islands, and England. He is married to Elizabeth and has three children, including Janice Davis, ’83, and three granddaughters. Cedric Dempsey, ’54, 6675 Neptune Place, La Jolla, CA 92037, is president of Cedric Dempsey Consulting. President emeritus of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Ced is an athletics consultant to the California State University system. He was inducted into the Stockton (CA) Sports Hall of Fame in September. He and his wife, June Luke Dempsey, ’54, are co-chairs of the America Israel Friendship League Citizenship through Sports. In February 2007 they led a small mission trip to Israel, which included Peter Mitchell, ’67, and his wife, Becky. They have recently traveled to Europe, South Africa, and India. They have been married for 56 years. Norman Eifler, ’54, 501 W. Grand, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858, is retired. He volunteers for Meals on Wheels and serves on the board of Hospice. He is also finance chair for his church. Norman served as president of the Mt. Pleasant Country Club in 1987-88 and president of the Hospice board in 199091. He is president of the Ninth District
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Dental Society. He and his wife, Ada Jean Muma Eifler, ’56, have traveled to Eastern Europe, Hawaii, Alaska, and the Maritime Provinces. They have been married for 50 years, and their family includes their son, David Eifler, ’80, and grandson, Jeff Eifler, ’08. Ruth Pollock Ely, ’54, 3814 Del Mar Ave., San Diego, CA 92106, has volunteered for the past 10 years as a courtappointed special advocate for Voices for Children. She is also active with her church. Ruth and her husband, Mel, have been married for 51 years. They have three children and four grandchildren. They have traveled the Mississippi River with Barbara Larson Jones, ’54, and her husband, Stan. Sonya Kingsley Evenson-Ford, ’54, 6176 Tahoe Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546-7127, is retired. She served on the board of Hospice of Grand Rapids. John Hammond, ’54, 3390 Middlebrook, Saint Joseph, MI 49085, retired after 40 years as a circuit judge. He previously worked for four years as a prosecuting attorney and six years as a trial lawyer. He is a member of the Appellate Defender Commission. John has traveled throughout the world. He and his wife, Betsy, have been married for 51 years. Marjorie MacMillan Hever, ’54, 35 Waterbury Court, Hendersonville, NC 28791, is a church deacon and Stephen ministry leader. She is also a board member for Creative Beginnings, the church preschool. Marjorie sang with the Hendersonville Chorale from 2005 to 2008. She and her husband, Robert, moved from Maryland to North Carolina in 2005. They have traveled to Washington, British Columbia, and Nova Scotia. They have been married for 51 years and have three children and six grandchildren. Barbara Larson Jones, ’54, 875 Front Range Rd., Littleton, CO 80120, is retired. She is a friend of Shirley Douglas McGregor, ’52, whom she met at Littleton United Methodist Church. Barbara and her husband, Stan, have made several trips with Ruth Pollock Ely, ’54, and her husband, Mel. Barbara
and Stan have been married for 52 years and have three sons, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. E. Constance Kinzie, ’54, 1400 20th St., Apt. 410, Washington, D.C. 20036, retired in 2000 from the Federal Reserve Board, where she worked as a technical editor. She is a member of the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program. She is also a member of the alumnae chapters of Sigma Alpha Iota and Zeta Tau Alpha. Constance visited Marjorie MacMillan Hever, ’54, and her husband, Robert, at their home in Hendersonville, NC, in 2008. She also traveled to Egypt for three weeks in 2009. Maureen Kennedy Kinzler, ’54, 26298 LaMuera, Farmington Hills, MI 48334, planned a Kinzler reunion in North Dakota for 200 family members. She also wrote a book about the family for the occasion. Maureen and her husband, Earl, have taken several cruises to the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Alaska, and the Baltic Sea. Carol Poosch Klein, ’54, 387 Boundary Lane, Carbondale, CO 81623, works part-time in visitor services for the Aspen Art Museum. Burt and Sally Lynas Lamkin, both ’54, 364 Hazelwood, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, are retired educators. They are involved with Kiwanis and serve as Stephen Ministry leaders. They have led mission work projects to the Czech Republic, India, and Belize. They have also traveled to the Channel Islands, Northern Ireland, and Iceland. The Lamkins have been married for 55 years and have a daughter, Ann Lamkin-Ferranti, ’79. Harold Mondol, ’54, 2101 Northampton Way, Lansing, MI 48912, has retired, and is teaching video production. He makes documentary DVDs for church, the Rotary Club, and Vietnam veterans. Harold has traveled to India, Peru, Vietnam, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Lithuania, and Slovakia. He earned a master’s degree in television from Michigan State University in 2002. He is married to Dorothy.
June Tennant Poleski, ’54, 5888 S. Jackson Rd., Jackson, MI 49201, is a retired professional. She is a volunteer at Allegiance Hospital Surgery Center and the Cascades Humane Society. June is also a therapy dog volunteer. She is a member of the First United Methodist Church choir, which sang at Carnegie Hall in June 2009. June is also a 30-year member of the church’s bell choir, Jubilate Ringers. She is married to Earl Poleski Jr., ’53, and they have three sons, Earl Poleski, ’78, Edward Poleski, ’83, and Lawrence Poleski, ’89. Barbara Carne Riehl, ’54, 8307 Donna Rd., Westland, MI 48185, is a retired lecturer in mathematics at the University of Michigan. She is now a private tutor in her home. Barbara volunteers at four Detroit theatres, as well as the Traverse City Film Festival. She is a member of the alumnae chapter of Alpha Xi Delta, and a member of the Michigan Opera Theater Volunteer Association. She and her husband, Don, have been married 53 years and spend their winters in Venice, FL. They have four grandchildren. Glenna Sawyer Riley, ’54, 15 Sara Forest Dr., Saraland, AL 36571, is retired. She works with the Saraland United Methodist Church women. Glenna is a member of the Red Hat Club and is involved in the Mobile County Retired Teachers. She has cruised from Boston, Baltimore, Mobile, and New Orleans. She and her husband, Curtis, have a grandson and a great-granddaughter. Ron Smalley, ’54, 4808 Bella Vista Dr., Longmont, CO 80503, is a retired family physician. He is married to Donna. Celia Cook Weidendorf, ’54, 9225 W. Outer Dr., Detroit, MI 48219, and her husband, Charles, have four children, including Barbara Weidendorf, ’83. They also have three grandchildren. Barbara Kinzel Williamson, ’54, 2539 Pine Dr., Wixom, MI 48393-4537, was a real estate agent from 1981 to 2006. She is a volunteer at Providence Park Hospital in Novi. Barbara is involved with Junior Group Goodwill, garden club, and the Northville Woman’s Club. She is also involved with the Zeta Tau Alpha alumnae
and serves on the board of her condo association. She has three children and five grandchildren.
1956 Charles Anderson, ’56, was honored with an Albion Public Schools Distinguished Alumni Award at the Festival of the Forks in September 2009. Now retired, Charles spent 30 years with the Michigan Department of Corrections where he was a warden at the State Prison of Southern Michigan and a member of the Michigan Parole board. He has been active in his community, serving on several boards. Charles was recognized with the Distinguished Service Award from Jackson Jaycees, was named 1975 Man of the Year by the Jackson Negro and Professional Women, earned the Jackson Jaycees Presidential Award of Honor, and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Albion College. He and his wife of 52 years, Patricia, have two daughters and live in Jackson.
1957 John Lignell, ’57, received his 50-year pin from the Michigan State Medical Society. He has been practicing medicine in Charlevoix for 44 years. He sings with the Little Traverse Choral Society in Petoskey, and he is a member of both the Charlevoix and Bay View Men’s Glee Clubs. He has four children and 10 grandchildren. He lives in Charlevoix. Yvonne Yinger Quinlan, ’57, and her husband, Richard, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June 2009 at their summer home at Lake Louise in Boyne Falls. There were 17 family members present. They have three children, a grandson, and three-greatgrandchildren.
1958 William Comai, ’58, and his wife, Barbara, were named the 2008 recipients of the Dale G. Griffin Healthcare Leadership Award. This award, which recognizes contributions to improve the quality and accessibility of health care in Battle Creek, is presented annually by Battle Creek Health System (BCHS). A graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, William was a surgeon in Battle Creek for 40 years. He was a member of the medical staff at BCHS until his retirement in 2007. William was elected chief of staff at both BCHS and Southwest Michigan Rehabilitation Hospital (SMRH), and was a board member when Leila and Community Hospital merged in 1988. He ran an amputee clinic at the American Legion Hospital (now SMRH) for 25 years. He lives in Battle Creek.
1959 Joan Kitley Alsup, ’59, 2053 Eagle’s Rest Dr., Apopka, FL 32712, sold her company, Quality Gardens Nursery, in March. She is active with First United Methodist Church. Joan enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. Anne Hagen Andersen, ’59, 11601 Irvine Ave., NW, Bemidji, MN 56601, retired from teaching at Bemidji State University. She has traveled to Europe, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Caribbean, and Indonesia/Papua New Guinea. Anne is active in her church and is working with a colleague on cell research. She and her husband, William, have three children, two foster sons, and seven grandchildren. Larry Andringa, ’59, 8603 East Beach Trail, Traverse City, MI 49686, is retired. He has been a volunteer with the Traverse City Convention Bureau and Visitor’s Center for 14 years. Larry traveled to London and Scotland in 2009. He is married to Sharon. John Basoms, ’59, 222 N. Marion 3N, Oak Park, IL 60302, retired as a chemist. He has completed ministerial training, as well as chaplaincy training.
John is past president of the Chicago Chemists Club.
his wife, Karel Hull Bunker, ’62, have two sons and three granddaughters.
James Beauchamp, ’59, 1002 Eliot Dr., Urbana, IL 61801, is a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he still teaches occasionally. He continues to do research in musical acoustics. James is active with the local Sierra Club group. He has traveled to Paris, Vienna, and Bologna. He and his wife, Karen, have been married for 28 years. They have three children and four grandchildren.
Carol Witmer Cathey, ’59, 1528 Valley Crest St., Las Vegas, NV 89108, is in private practice as a marriage and family therapist along with her husband, Jack. She has also had several nursing positions, and was an associate professor of nursing at Northern Arizona University. Carol is a violinist with symphonies in Jackson and Flagstaff, AZ. She is also a singer with the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society. She and her husband have a son.
Betty Lou Greene Borland, ’59, 1173 S. Angus Way, Yuma, AZ 85364, is a volunteer for the Assistance League of Yuma, serving as chair of Operation School Bell, a philanthropic program of the National Assistance League. Betty Lou was inducted into the Yuma County Educational Professional Educators Hall of Fame in April 2009, along with her late husband, Kenneth Borland, ’59. They were both educators for 30 years. She is a member of P.E.O. and Delta Kappa Gamma, and she also serves as a trustee on the Yuma Regional Medical Center Foundation board. Betty Lou previously served on the board of the Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind for six years. She has three grandchildren. Ellen Seeley Brubaker, ’59, 4114 Sawkaw NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, is an adjunct professor at Albion College. Ellen is also a Peace with Justice coordinator for West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church. She has traveled to Germany, Mexico, and Canada. She and her husband, John, have seven children including Catherine Brubaker-Clarke, ’82, Anne Brubaker-Stagner, ’84, and Daniel Brubaker, ’87, and 16 grandchildren including Jessica BrubakerClarke, ’09. Roger Bunker, ’59, 7361 Ryans Run Rd., Stanwood, MI 49346, retired in 1991 after 32 years as a teacher in Lansing. He is a member of Promise Keepers and Canadian Laker Men’s Glee Club. Roger has sung in many ensembles and has been active in church and community groups. He has lived in Florida, Tennessee, and South Carolina. He and
Allan Davis, ’59, 652 Layman Creek Circle, Grand Blanc, MI 48439, is a retired attorney, who specialized in labor law. He serves on the advisory board of the Flint Salvation Army and was a Hands of Mercy award recipient from the Salvation Army. Allan is a volunteer ambassador for the Citizens for Better Care. A past member of the Grand Blanc Board of Education, Allan was also president of the Flint Industrial Mutual Association. He is married to Carole, and they are the parents of Matt Davis, ’88. Marion Yoki DeVinney, ’59, M-109, PO Box 338 Glen Arbor, MI 49636, and her husband, Dick, opened an art gallery called Synchronicity in 1996. It was voted the best gallery in Leelanau County in 2007. They also started a juried art show at First United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids in 1971 that is still ongoing. It has become one of the largest juried shows in West Michigan. She previously spent 24 years as a high school counselor in Kentwood, where she was awarded counselor of the year twice. They have three children, including James DeVinney, ’87, and three grandchildren. Jackie Miller Fletcher, ’59, 8937 Dolphin St., Portage, MI 49024, is a retired kindergarten teacher. She and her husband, Bill, have been married for 50 years. They have been members of Portage First United Methodist Church for 64 years. They have traveled throughout the United States, and spend their winters in Florida. They have seven grandchildren.
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Jack Giguere, ’59, 410-A Goldsborough St., Easton, MD 21601, retired as pastor at Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church. He is a teaching pastor in residence at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Easton, MD, and is also a teaching pastor with the Bay View Association. Jack traveled the Holland America Line Grand Voyage in 2008 and 2009. He has traveled to 42 ports across five countries. His artwork can be seen at Stafford’s Gallery in Petoskey. Jack and his wife, Joyce, have two children, Joel Giguere, ’86, and Nicole Giguere, ’92, and two grandsons. Allison James Green, ’59, 3375 N. Linden Rd. Apt. 304, Flint, MI 48504-
5728, is a retired teacher. Allison was honored by the Flint Rotary Club as a Paul Harris Fellow in 2005. She was also honored by the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan in 2009 for being a volunteer for 55 years. Nancy Harris Hamilton, ’59, 2140 Chesapeake Dr., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505, is a retired educator, teaching for 25 years in the Grand Rapids and Forest Hills Public Schools. A volunteer at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and the Grand Rapids City Club, Nancy is also a member of the University of Michigan Federation of Alumnae in Grand Rapids. Nancy and her husband, David, have traveled
The Class of 1959 celebrated its 50th reunion at Homecoming 2009. Pictured are: (front row, left to right) Charles Blank, Donna Grindle Williams, Nancy Harris Hamilton, Marion Yoki DeVinney, Linda Larick Kenyon, Sydney Briggs Cheney, Glenna Vander Meer Paukstis, Daniel Chapman, Allison James Green, Keith Petherick; (second row) Larry Andringa, John Eman, Ellen Seeley Brubaker, Judith Turner Moore, Carolyn Wood Miller, Lois Hall Rich; (third row) Robert Terry, Jacqueline Miller Fletcher, Larry
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on the Rhine, Danube, and Amazon rivers. They have three children and two grandchildren.
married to Linda Larick Kenyon, ’59, and they have four children, including Jane Kenyon Lawrence, ’93.
Truman Jordan, ’59, 317 Third St., SE, Mount Vernon, IA 52314, retired from Cornell College in 2002. He continues to teach one course a year in analytical chemistry. Truman now serves on the Mount Vernon Planning and Zoning Commission as well as doing many volunteer jobs, mostly with the local Methodist Church. Truman is married to Linda Wilcox Jordan, ’60, and has three daughters and four grandchildren.
John and Justine Oliver Krsul, both ’59, 10048 Weko Dr., Bridgman, MI 49106, are active volunteers. John is a consulting partner with the Detroitbased law firm, Dickinson Wright PLLC. He is retired after 38 years of practicing law. John works as a court-appointed mediator and serves on the panel of Commercial Arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association. He has held several leadership posts in the American Bar Association. Justine is active with their church. She also leads two book clubs. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.
Ralph Kenyon, ’59, 7100 7 1/2 Mile Rd., Ceresco, MI 49033, is retired. He is
Stone, Sally Klang Robson, Roberta Kennedy Tower, John Weeks, David French, Donald Crandall, Arnold Rich; (fourth row) Carol Witmer Cathey, Justine Oliver Krsul, Truman Jordan, Bruce Foulke, James Flack; (fifth row) Brian Bell, Lawrence Manning, T. John Leppi, David Ryder, Ralph Kenyon, James Taup; (sixth row) Roger Bunker, Loren Smith, Larry Robson, John Krsul, David Youngs.
Jeanne Rorick Laser, ’59, 14160 Lee Rd., Waldron, MI 49288, worked for 14 years at Adrian Training School with delinquent boys and girls. She also worked for four years at the Community Action Agency and spent eight years as a teacher’s aide in Hillsdale. Jeanne is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Salvation Army board. She was also chosen as grand marshal of the 2009 Labor Day celebration in Waldron. Jeanne and her husband, Bob, have been married for 54 years. They have five children, 15 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Richard LeMoyne, ’59, 18548 Southampton, Livonia, MI 48152, retired in 1999 after 31 years with Detroit Public Schools, where he worked in the internal audit and accounting offices. Richard served for 15 years on the board of the Michigan First Credit Union of Lathrup Village. He and his wife, Sara, have been married for 38 years and have two sons. T. John Leppi, ’59, 509 Landra Lane, Henderson, NV 89015, taught clinical/ applied anatomy for more than 45 years before retiring. He volunteers at the Henderson Presbyterian Church food pantry and at the Anatomy Dissection Lab at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has traveled throughout the United States, as well as to Europe. He and his wife, Violet, were married in 2003. Sherry Hood Penney Livingston, ’59, 90 Albee Dr., Braintree, MA 02184, is a professor of leadership in the College of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. She is also the founding director of the Center for Collaborative Leadership. Sherry has written a new book, Next Generation Leadership: Insights from Emerging Leaders which will be published in 2010. She is the on the board for NSTAR South Shore Hospital Higher Education Resource Services (HERS). She is married to James. Sue Alcorn Madison, ’59, 188 Mallard Row, Goldsby, OK 73093, is a volunteer at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, where she does bone preparation in the vertebrate paleontology lab. She also volunteers with a local
dog rescue organization. Sue is married to John. Marcia Roush Mahan, ’59, 09830 Meadows Trail, Boyne Falls, MI 49713, is retired. She took a trip to Isle Royale. She also traveled to Yellowstone for the 50th anniversary of Ron, ’59, and Mary Lou Burgess Kalinger, ’57; she was the maid of honor at their wedding in 1958. She is married to Chester. Their winter address is: 1555 N. Main St., Frankfort, IN 46041. Louis Meeks, ’59, 260 Waverley Ave., Newton, MA 02458, is an orthopedic surgeon in sports medicine and is president of Meeks Zilberfarb Orthopedics Association P.C. Louis is also an assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School. He is on the board for the Wang Center, the New England Sports Museum, and the New England Conservatory of Music. The 2008 Harvard Orthopedic Journal was dedicated to him for his numerous years of service to the Harvard Orthopaedic Residency Program as a model teacher, mentor, and friend. Louis received the 2000 Golden Apple Teacher of the Year award from the Harvard Orthopaedic Surgery Department. He has traveled to South Africa, Ireland, England, Australia, Argentina, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Switzerland, and Alaska. Louis and his wife, Berneda, have five children and eight grandchildren. Carolyn Wood Miller, ’59, 1612 S. San Ray, Green Valley, AZ 85614, is retired. She and her husband, Lloyd, teach an afterschool electronics and kit building class at the local middle school. Students in the class build AM/FM radios and remote controlled cars.
49431, is retired. She is an active volunteer with Mason County Historical Society (White Pine Village), the American Association of University Women, and garden and literary clubs. Glenna is a member of the Albion College Alumni Association board, where she serves as secretary. She and her husband, Chuck Paukstis, ’57, were named Volunteers of the Year by the Historical Society. She was also named a grant recipient by the AAUW. Glenna and Chuck have a daughter, Sarah Paukstis, ’92. Kip Petherick, ’59, 215 Berwyn St., Birmingham, MI 48009, retired as senior vice president and managing director of McDonald and Co. Investments. He and his wife, Wendy Wheeker Petherick, ’60, have been on two church mission trips to Iquitas, Peru. They also volunteer at church missions and homeless shelters. They have traveled to Africa, Israel, Switzerland, Germany, France, Holland, and Belgium. Kip and Wendy’s family includes son Jeff Petherick, ’85, and grandson Chad Petherick, ’10. Wayne Raquepaw, ’59, 9831 E. Townline Rd., Frankenmuth, MI 48734-8500, retired in 1991 from AC Rochester in Flint, where he worked as a senior manufacturing designer. He is a member of the male chorus at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church in Frankenmuth. Arnold and Lois Hall Rich, both ’59, 29670 East Side Dr., Beaver Island, MI 49782, traveled to Israel in 2006. They are active in Bible study fellowship. They hold Sunday services in their home on Beaver Island in the summer. They spend their winters in Grand Rapids. They have 12 grandchildren.
Judy Turner Moore, ’59, 4305 Fairway Dr., Fort Gratiot, MI 48059, is retired. She and her husband, Bill, traveled to Mexico Copper Canyon in their motor coach, as well as all the countries in Central America and the Panama Canal. They have also traveled throughout the United States and Canada. They have been married for 50 years and are the parents of Susan Moore Sine, ’90. They have six grandsons.
Roberta Langdon Richardson, ’59, 1417 Fox Hollow Rd., Niskayuna, NY 12309, retired from teaching English and reading. She is a volunteer, a master gardener, and a literacy volunteer. Roberta is the leader of a book club and serves as assistant manager of the Library Book Store. She is also a member of AAUW. She has traveled to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Roberta and her husband, Max, have three children.
Glenna VanderMeer Paukstis, ’59, 502 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI
David Ryder, ’59, 372 Canyon Dr. S., Columbus, OH 43214, is a retired
chemical editor. He helps maintain the library at International Friendships, and is also computerizing the music library at his church. David types chapters of the Bible for Wycliffe Bible Translators. He and his wife, Susan, visited missionary friends in Oaxaca, Mexico in 2008. They have four grandchildren. Betty Briggs Smith, ’59, 1822 Willow Creek Dr., Lansing, MI 48917, retired from full-time ministry in 2004. Betty is currently on the clergy staff at Grand Ledge United Methodist Church. She is married to Bill Biergans. Loren Smith, ’59, 711 Riomar Dr., Vero Beach, FL 32963, is a principal at Threshold Management. He previously worked for 10 years in marketing and for three years as CEO of a small cosmetic company. Loren also worked for three years as CEO of a large consumer bank, and spent more than 20 years running a strategic growth consulting practice. Loren serves on the boards of two small businesses. He is married to Ann. Robert Smith, ’59, 1301 Canterbury Lane, Glenview, IL 60025, is selfemployed. He had a specialty practice in orthodontics for 45 years. Robert is active with the church and Kiwanis. He has taken many cruises over the years. He has two children and four grandsons. Patricia Miller Stade, ’59, 2820 Marshall Ct., Madison, WI 53705, retired after 21 years as director of Portage County Department on Aging. She is married to Ramon. Larry Stone, ’59, 6341 Island Lake, East Lansing, MI 48912, is the president of the Central District Dental Association. He is also a member of the Vedder Society of Crown & Bridge Prosthodontics. He has been involved with the Rotary since 1966. He is married to Paula, and they are the parents of Scott Stone, ’86, and Sara Stone Psihas, ’89. Jim Taup, ’59, 6464 River St., Alden, MI 49612-9511, is retired. He has been a high school tutor for six years. Jim is a past member of the Grass River National Area Board, the Alden High Tea board and the Alden Volunteers.
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He and his wife, Beverly, have two new grandchildren. Robert Terry, ’59, 1399 Edmundton, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236, and his wife, Gail Burns Terry, ’60, have been married for 48 years. They have two sons, including Matthew Terry, ’89, and four grandchildren. Roberta Kennedy Tower, ’59, 2782 Honeysuckle Lane, Blairsville, GA 30512, is retired. She has been involved with Habitat for Humanity, serving on the local board. Roberta has visited about 40 different countries and was in Thailand in November 2008 when protestors closed all airports and forced her to stay nine extra days. William VanDenburg, ’59, 10548 Kolb Ave., Allen Park, MI 48101, was a teacher for 32 years, spending 23 years as a school band director and nine years as an English teacher. He has been an oboist with two local symphony orchestras. He is active with his church. William has written two history books. He and his wife, Jan, have two daughters and five grandchildren. John Weeks, ’59, 1330 W. Westwood Dr., Adrian, MI 49221, retired from the faculty at Adrian College and is the director of the Bay View Archives. Chair for the Region 29 Special Olympics, John is a member of Civitan of Lenawee, where he is past governor. John and his wife, Ginny, spend their summers in Bay View. They have two daughters and a granddaughter. Donna Grindle Williams, ’59, 411 N. Eaton St., Albion, MI 49224, retired as an elementary school music teacher. She and her husband, John, celebrated their 50th anniversary with a party attended by Anne Robinson Hackmann, ’59, who was one of her bridesmaids. They are active with First United Methodist Church. Donna has served as treasurer of the West Michigan Conference United Methodist Women. She also serves as treasurer of Albion Academy for Lifelong Learning (AALL). Donna and John are tutors in the GED preparation classes at Albion District Library. They have two children, including Paul Williams, ’86, and two grandchildren.
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Ruth Knight Young, ’59, 7720 SW 54th Court Apt. B, Miami, FL 33143, is a third grade teacher at Carrollton School. She has had two publications in the National School Journal. Ruth has also earned three youth honor awards from Stepping Stones, a national multicultural children’s magazine. This year essays on immigration by five of her students will be published in the magazine. David Youngs, ’59, 6 Shaker Glen Lane, Shaker Heights, OH 441223120, retired after a 30-year career as an obstetrician/gynecologist. He also spent five years in health care consulting with Ernst & Young. David served on the faculty at the University of Michigan and at Johns Hopkins University medical schools. He recently completed a master gardener course in Maine. David has served on several non-profit boards, including a term as president of a Cleveland area provider of women’s reproductive services. He and his family recently took a trip to South Korea where their elder son was born. David and his wife, Margot, have been married 45 years. They have two sons.
1960 Sheila Menoch Clark, ’60, and her husband, Jack, recently celebrated their 48th anniversary in Caseville. Jack is a Professional Golf Association (PGA) golf professional. They live in Albion.
1961 Susan Pellowe, ’61, toured Australia and New Zealand last spring, performing her one-woman shows including Susanna Wesley and doing workshops on a variety of topics. She is a Bard of Cornwall and had been invited to appear at the largest Cornish Festival in the world in the Copper Triangle of Australia. She also traveled to Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch, studying Aboriginal and Maori performances, art, and culture. She is now coordinator of visual art and artistic director of Fourth Acts at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. She lives in Chicago and can be reached via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
1963 James Goodnow, ’63, recently received the JIBS Decade Award from the Academy of International Business for the most influential article published in the Journal of International Business Studies in 1972. He co-wrote the article with James Hansz, ’64. The article is called “Environmental Determinants of Overseas Market Entry Strategies.” He is professor and coordinator emeritus of international business at Bradley University. He and his wife, Tonya, live in Denton, TX. James and Tamara Transue Royle, both ’63, were honored in August by their church. All of their children, their spouses, and their five grandsons were present for the ceremony. There was an extensive history of their activities with the church over the years. They were named Distinguished Alumni at Albion College in 2008. James is an associate professor of education at Saginaw Valley State University. The Royles live in Saginaw.
1964 Carolyn Aishton, ’64, 25 Sutton Place South, New York, NY 10022, retired as vice president/corporate programs from Avon Products, Inc. She is currently a member of the Albion College Board of Trustees. Steve Alcorn, ’64, 10192 N. Natchez Loop, Dunnellon, FL, 34434, retired from a private practice in urology in 1999. He has been doing locum tenens intermittently ever since. He has two sons and three grandchildren. Mary Totten Behnan, ’64, 21777 Sheffield Dr., Farmington Hills, MI 48335, is a retired English teacher. She is currently an accompanist and a performing member with the Tuesday Musicale of Detroit and Farmington Musicale. Mary is chairman of the Awards for Musical Excellence, a spring scholarship competition for Farmington students in grades 7-12. She and her husband, Ramsey, have three children and two grandchildren.
Dennis and Shirley Ruemele Bloomquist, both ’64, 11136 Rich Meadow Dr., Great Falls, VA 22066, continue to enjoy retirement. Shirley is self-employed part-time as an educational consultant and college advisor. She previously worked as a counselor and a biology teacher in New York and Virginia. Shirley is a founding member of the U.S. News & World Report High School Advisory Board. She received a Distinguished Alumni Award at Albion College in 1998. The Bloomquists have been involved with Congregational/ UCC churches for 35 years. They have traveled to Europe, Africa, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, China, and Mexico. They have two sons and five grandchildren. Barbara “Jeannie” Bartlett Bonnell, ’64, 1739 Lafayette Circle, Stow, OH 44224, retired after 30 years of teaching kindergarten and first grade. She is a member of Stow United Methodist Church. She has traveled to Kenya. Jeannie and her husband, Dick, have two sons. They spend summers at the family cottage on Walloon Lake. Susan Keyes Brown, ’64, 338 Greenbrier Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, is a homemaker. Susan is active with P.E.O., Trinity United Methodist Church, and the YMCA. She and her husband, Jim Brown, ’62, spend their winters in Sarasota, FL. They are the parents of Laura Brown Mutz, ’91. Donna Gabehart Burk, ’64, 901 Northern Dancer Dr., Saline MI 48176, is a retired educational administrator. She and her husband, Bob, moved from Lake of the Ozarks, MO, to Michigan in 2005 to be closer to their daughter and her family. George Croll, ’64, 12038 Brooke Court, South Lyon, MI 48178, retired after 30 years at Livonia Stevenson High School. He volunteers with Gleaners and the Livingston County Food Bank. He is married to Joy. Carol Dick, ’64, 22 Lessey St., Apt. 417, Amherst, MA 01002, retired from the faculty at Holyoke Community College. She took a trip around the world.
Jane Sampson Egbert, ’64, 350 2nd St. N #4, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, has been executive director of the St. Petersburg Free Clinic for 10 years. The clinic is a multi-service social service organization providing temporary assistance in the areas of health care, food, and shelter. She is married to David. Theodore Fleming, ’64, 6211 N. Camino de Corozal, Tucson, AZ 85704, retired in May 2008 from the University of Miami after 30 years. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona. Ted is also a research associate at Texas Tech University and the ArizonaSonora Desert Museum. He has traveled to China, Mexico, and the West Indies in the past three years. He and his wife, Marcia Strandberg Fleming, ’65, welcomed a granddaughter in 2006. Sharon Farthing Haight, ’64, 18130 N. Shore Estates Rd., Spring Lake, MI 49456, and her husband, Paul, ’63, have been married for 45 years. They have eight grandchildren. James Hansz, ’64, recently received the JIBS Decade Award from the Academy of International Business for the most influential article published in the Journal of International Business Studies in 1972. He co-wrote the article with James Goodnow, ’63. The article is called “Environmental Determinants of Overseas Market Entry Strategies.” He is an emeritus professor of marketing at Lehigh University. He and his wife, Joanne Watkins Hansz, ’65, live in Pinehurst, NC. Lois Skagerberg Heller, ’64, 9129 Congdon Blvd., Duluth, MN 55804, is a professor of physiology at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Duluth. She is married to Bob. Marie Henning-Grider, ’64, 2052 Wyndham Hills Dr., Holt, MI 48842, is a retired teacher. She enjoys traveling. Marie and her husband, Thomas, have a daughter, Julie Henning, ’01. Al Hesselbart, ’64, 223 Myrtle St., Elkhart, IN 46514, worked as a historian in the RV and manufactured housing industry and in retail auto sales and construction material sales. He also was
a field worker and camp director for the Boy Scouts of America, where he taught camp leaders as a member of their National Camp School faculty. He has three children and four grandchildren. Denny Kime, ’64, 2657 White St., Niles, MI 49120, is a retired school teacher and administrator. He works with Lest We Forget USA of Southeast Michigan, a veterans’ group dedicated to educating about military history. He traveled to Vietnam in April. He is married to Marlene. Peg Krengel, ’64, 129 Orchard St., Blue Bell, PA 19422, retired in 1997 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She is a volunteer for St. Thomas Episcopal Church, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and the Highlands Historical Society. Peg has traveled throughout the United States, as well as to England. Carol Lynne Byrne Krieg, ’64, 751 S. Oxford, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236, retired as a special education teacher. She volunteers her time to help needy and gifted children. She has traveled to Italy. She has three children and several grandchildren. Carol Allman Lee, ’64, 1326 Gettysburg Court, Rochester Hills, MI 48306, retired last year after 23 years as an administrator for the Birmingham Unitarian Church. Her son is Christopher Lee, ’95. Paula Moltzau Lepak, ’64, 4247 W. Flying Diamond, Tucson, AZ 85742, and her husband, Dennis, lived on a sailboat in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico, from 1993 to 2005. They have traveled to Nepal, Thailand, and Laos. Paula was a special education teacher in Lafayette, CA. Martin Ludington, ’64, 314 W. Mansion, Marshall, MI 49068, is a professor emeritus of physics at Albion College. He serves on the board for Temple Beth Emeth in Ann Arbor. Marty is also involved with the Marshall Area Library. He and his wife, Kathryn Fry Ludington, ’77, take a trip each year to St. Lucia in the West Indies. They have been married for 30 years and have five grandchildren.
Henry “Jock” and Robin Diller MacMorran, both ’64, 12 Sacedon Trace, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909, are retired. They are working on making a dog park in their village. The MacMorrans have also traveled to Turkey, Greece, Egypt, and Jordan. They are the parents of Gordan MacMorran, ’90, and Kate MacMorran Alvarado, ’98. Frederick Maibauer, ’64, 5600 Paint Valley Dr., Rochester, MI 48306, retired from Rochester Hills Orthopaedics after 35 years. He is now the medical director of the Outpatient Spine Center at Crittenton Hospital. He started a joint replacement program in Ghana, West Africa. He is married to Jane. Norris March III, ’64, 820 Plainfield, Zeeland, MI 49464, has operated a family dentistry practice since 1971. He also served in the U.S. Air Force. Norris is past president of the Zeeland Ambucs and the Chamber of Commerce. He has traveled throughout the United States as well as British Columbia. He and his wife, Susan Hocking March, ’66, are the parents of Lynne March, ’89, Meredith March Kropf, ’97, and Nathan March, ’98 (married to Aneesa Songer, ’98). They have four grandchildren. Marty White Martin, ’64 781 Westchester Rd., Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230, is a consultant with Doncaster Inc. She is a volunteer with Christ Church and Grosse Pointe Foyers. Marty has traveled several times on the QE2, including a trip around the world in 2005 and voyages to Dubai and Sydney, Australia, the latter with Lynne Byrne Krieg, ’64. Marty is a member of the Gardeners of the Junior League of Detroit. Her children are Heidi Martin Scanlon, ’92, and Andrew Martin, ’95. Sara Meriwether Maxfield, ’64, 26530 Dundee, Huntington Woods, MI 48070, is a retired teacher, and now is a volunteer at a local nursing home. Sara has traveled to Egypt, the Mediterranean, Europe, Alaska, and Hawaii. She and her husband, Charles Maxfield, ’63, have two sons and four grandchildren.
Eugene Miller, ’64, 2671 Twin Harbor Heights, Colorado Springs, CO 80919, is a physician with Memorial Hospital Senior Clinic. He previously worked as medical director for a sub-acute unit at Parkmoor Village Healthcare Center for nine years. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. In 2007, he was a volunteer physician on a medical mission trip to Guatemala, organized through the Methodist Church Volunteers in Mission. He has traveled to Italy, France, Australia, Costa Rica, and South America. Eugene and his wife, Sally, have been married for 42 years, and have six grandchildren. Suzanne Burt Olson, ’64, 257 Merritt Rd., Los Altos, CA 94022, is a psychotherapist and health educator. She occasionally teaches classes at Stanford University’s Health Improvement Program. Suzanne is a volunteer therapist at Breast Cancer Connections. She and her husband, Ken, have three daughters. Karin McClow Orr, ’64, 1135 LaSalette Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, is a minister serving at the Centreville United Methodist Church in the West Michigan Conference. She previously worked as a college teacher, columnist for the Grand Rapids Press, and a television host on PBS. Karin earned her M.Div. degree from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2003 and became an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church in 2006. She was named an Albion Distinguished Alumna in 1994. Joy FitzGerald Poole, ’64, 262 Washington St., Locust Grove, VA 22508, is a National Garden Club flower show judge. She is also active in her church and Red Hat Society. Joy and her husband, Skip, own a CruiseOne franchise, and cruise with groups several times a year. They have been married for 20 years and have three children and five grandchildren. Joan DeShon Reichenbach, ’64, 29 New City St., Essex, CT 06426, is a docent at Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT. She and her husband, Bill, travel to Perth, Australia, frequently to visit their granddaughter.
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Melvin Smith, ’64, 6934 Fairway Lane sE, Olympia, WA 98501, is a master’s swim coach at Briggs YMCA. He is also the boys and girls swim coach at Olympia High school. Melvin is past president of the Illinois Education Association and past chairperson of the National Association of Governors Highway safety Representatives. He and his wife, Amy, moved from Illinois to Washington to be near their grandson. Nancy Beard Smith, ’64, 1324 Woodcliff sE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506, is a specialist on antique glass and owns an antiques business called Lamplight and Old Glass Ltd. Her second business, “Antiques on Tour,” offers annual history and antiquing tours to a variety of historic locations in the Midwest. Nancy is also involved with several organizations, including the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Grand Rapids Public Museum, and the Historic Landmark’s Foundation of Indiana. C. Benson Soderquist, ’64, 3547 University Blvd., Dallas, TX 75205, is the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of the Corporate Communications Center Inc., which provides Web-based database, distribution, and software for corporate marketing and investor relations. Benson has traveled throughout the United states, as well as Kauai, Napali, Peru, and Europe. He and his wife, susie, have two children. Richard Swanson, ’64, 52 summit Tower Circle, Asheville, NC 28804, and his wife, Margaret Williams Swanson, ’65, have relocated to North Carolina after more than 40 years in Minnesota. They enjoy traveling and have gone whitewater rafting on Class 5 rapids in Chile. They have also traveled to Burma/ Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Egypt, and Jordan. Diane Madison Switalski, ’64, 11712 Parkview Lane, seminole, FL 33772, is retired. she volunteers at the sPCA Tampa Bay Animal shelter. she has traveled to Ireland, France, Greece, sicily, and China. she also enjoys taking hiking vacations. Diane has a daughter, Carolyn.
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Grandparents College • June 21-23, 2010 Share your alma mater with your grandchildren and relive days on campus like never before!
Save the date for Albion’s first Grandparents College! Be a part of this pioneering program for grandparents and grandchildren ages 8-12 to come together for a three-day educational experience while spending time together in the residence halls, in the dining commons, and in the classrooms. Registration for Grandparents College will begin in February 2010 on a first-come basis. Spaces will be limited so plan to act quickly.
Margaret Spanenberg Teetz,, ’64, Gloversville, NY, retired after 34 years as a social worker. she also taught elementary school for four years. Margaret started a new career as a hospital chaplain and has become a deacon in the Episcopal Church. she is a volunteer chaplain at Albany Medical Center, a level-one trauma and teaching hospital of 500 beds. Frank “Al” Tegge, ’64, 310 W. spring Meadows Lane, DeWitt, MI 48820, is senior vice president for investments for Wells Fargo Advisors. He is a board member for the Capitol Area United Way. Al is involved with Mid-Michigan Red Cross and the Wharton Center. He is also involved with the Boy scouts of America, the Olds Museum, and the Woldumar Nature Center. He has traveled to Greece, England, France, Ireland, Hong Kong, Thailand, Belize, and Vietnam. Al has a son, Kurt Tegge, ’97, and a grandson. Dorothy Cooper Teitelbaum, ’64, 4 sharon Lane, Holmdel, NJ 07733, retired from teaching three years ago. she is now a partner in IsraelExperts, an Israeli educational tour company. Dorothy travels frequently to Israel. she and her husband, Leonard, spend their winters in Naples, FL. They have four grandsons. Georgia Welch Vanis, ’64, 2945 Pond View Ct., Marietta, GA 30062, retired after 35 years with the IRs, where
Check our Web site, www.albion.edu/ alumniengagement/grandparents college for further details or call the Office of Alumni Engagement at 517/629-0247.
she worked as a tax auditor. she also worked as a stabilization counselor. she has been involved with Toastmasters International. An assistant for a children’s choir, Georgia also sings in the adult choir at the Johnson Ferry Baptist Church. she and her husband, George, have traveled throughout the United states. Ronald Witmer, ’64, 84 Eldredge st. #4, Newton, MA 02458, is a partner with Witmer, Karp, Warner & Ryan LLP. He’s married to Melanie. Rosemary Smith Zander, ’64, 290 Winder Rd., Englewood, NJ 07631, retired after a 30-year career as a licensed clinical social worker. she returns to Albion each fall to sing with the Alumni Choir at Homecoming. she is married to Albert.
1965 Jim Batzer, ’65, was recently elected for the fifth time to a six-year term as circuit judge. He has held office since 1985 as chief judge of the circuit, which consists of Manistee and Benzie counties. A graduate of the Wayne state University school of Law, he previously worked as an assistant attorney general for the state of Michigan for more than five years.
1966 Fazli Datoo, ’66, retired in 2008 after 10 years as managing director for swiss Reinsurance Company. He previously worked for CIGNA for 27 years. Fazli has also been involved in his family’s nonprofit organization, Industrial Revelation (IR), headed by his daughter. The organization’s principal purpose is to combat malnutrition, particularly in Tanzania. He has traveled throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. He has two children and four granddaughters. He lives in Bloomfield, CT, and can be reached via e-mail at: fazli@ industrialrevelation.org. William Johnson, ’66, was elected to the Frankfort-Elberta Area schools Hall of Fame. He served in Vietnam, where he was awarded a Bronze star. He is now the owner of skyline Orchards, a family farm.
1967 Duane Dobbert, ’67, has been a criminal justice scholar/practitioner for 40 years. A professor of criminal forensic studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, Duane is also a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners, and he is the forensic psychology series editor for Praeger/ABC-CLIO Publishing. His new book, Psychopathy, Perversion and Lust Homicide: Recognizing the Mental
Disorders That Power Serial Killers, was published this year. He has written two other books. He and his wife, Joyce, live in Naples, FL.
1969 Shari Beitelshees Bonacci, ’69, 33825 Regal Dr., Fraser, MI 48026, retired in July 2009. She previously was named Elementary Teacher of the Year. She and her husband, Robert Bonacci, ’68, have been married for 40 years and have five grandchildren. They celebrated with a cruise to Alaska. Mary Huemiller Bragg, ’69, 343 Longford Dr., Rochester Hills, MI 48309, is a mathematics tutor for the Meadowbrook Center for Learning Differences in Rochester. She is also flutist for Classic Winds in Rochester. Mary received the Longevity Award from the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She is an elder at University Presbyterian Church in Rochester Hills and president of the Bloomfield Hills Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi. Mary and her husband, Louis, traveled to China in 2005 and to Italy in 2006. They have two children, including Arthur Bragg, ’99. Deborah Danziger Britten, ’69, PO Box 215, Duxbury, MA 02331, is a volunteer guide at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. She has traveled throughout the United States, as well as to China and Italy. Deborah and her husband, John, have been married 32 years.
a golf course. Penny has two sons and five grandchildren. Gerry Hewitt Lainer, ’69, 12373 243rd Terrace NE, Redmond, WA 98053, earned her librarian/media specialist endorsement in 2006. She now teaches classes in the school library. She is married to Robert. Craig “Randy” Landgren, ’69, 1153 Calico Ave., Billings, MT 59105, was recently named technical director at a start-up called eWeatherRisk.com, which will launch in 2010. Randy is continuing his responsibilities as a research analyst at Watts and Associates, an economic consulting firm with a focus on crop insurance worldwide. He and his wife, Susan, have two children. Wynn Miller, ’69, 20081 Carriage Ave., Beverly Hills, MI 48025, is president of Community Bank Audit Services Inc., which provides consulting services to small and midsize banks located in Michigan and in other states. Wynn and his wife, Joanne, travel to St. Maarten each year. They have two children. Janet Cameron North, ’69, 5950 Sovereign Dr., Cincinnati, OH 452416005, retired after 34 years with General Electric. She also worked for eight years as Sharonville city auditor and 24 years as city treasurer. She has traveled throughout the United States. Janet and her husband, Earl, enjoy spending time with their granddaughters.
Robert Jones, ’69, 5648 Nancy Dr. SW, Wyoming, MI 49418, retired from the United Methodist ministry in the West Michigan Conference in June 2009. He and his wife, Carole Moss Jones, ’68, made an English exchange in 2007, followed by a three-week trip in Europe. While they were there, they visited Hillie Spanger in Berlin. Hillie was the German speaker at the Women’s German House in 1966-67. They have two children and two grandchildren.
Tom Perry, ’69, Vara de Rey 77, Logrono, Spain 26002, retired in October 2008 as director of the Rioja Wine Exporters’ Association. He is currently working as a marketing consultant for the wine and spirits industry. Tom is also teaching marketing courses at two universities, as well as writing and lecturing about the wine business in Spain. In November 2007, he was invited to give the keynote lecture at the Nederburg wine auction in Paarl, South Africa. He and his wife, Maria, have been married for 36 years and have two children.
Suzanne “Penny” Watts Kapp, ’69, 150 Cranberry Ave., Bay Head, NJ 08742, retired from teaching art and Spanish three years ago. She works at
Sara Elliott Phillips, ’69, 2080 Beaufait Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236, is still employed at Delphi Corp. She has a redefined role handling the global HR
budget and employee benefit, separation, and perquisite plans for their operations outside the United States. Sara is still involved with landscape design, and her home was one of 13 awarded the 2008 Beautification Award. Sara and her husband, Gary, have two children and eight grandchildren. Russ Rottiers, ’69, 4117 SW Greenleaf Dr., Portland, OR 97221, is a lecturer at Portland State University. He is a member of the boards of Calypso Medical Technologies Inc., Accumetrics Inc., Salient Surgical Technologies Inc., and Arnerich, Massena and Associates Inc. Russ and his wife, Kathleen, have two children. Linda Stoddard, ’69, 99 Mowerson Dr., Battle Creek, MI 49017, was appointed half-time to Maple United Methodist Church in Battle Creek. She was recognized for 15 years at Hi-Lex America and 15 years at Battle Creek Health System, the latter as a chaplain. Linda is currently editing her father’s memoirs, “A Twin’s Tale of World War II.” William Wadland, ’69, 3800 Binghampton Dr., Okemos, MI 48864, is a physician and a professor and chair of family medicine at Michigan State University. He was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2009 for the College of Human Medicine at
Michigan State University. Bill presented a paper in Dublin, Ireland, and visited the Guinness brewery on its 250th anniversary in June 2009. He and his wife, Betty, have two grandchildren. Linda Washkewicz, ’69, 8005 Lake Dr. #406, Doral, FL 33166, teaches middle school language arts and intensive reading. She spends six weeks each summer on Lake Erie, east of Cleveland. Jim Whitehouse, ’69, 903 E. Michigan Ave., Albion, MI 49224, is the associate director of philanthropy for The Nature Conservancy in Michigan, located in Lansing. He is married to Marsha Green Whitehouse, ’70, and they have two children, T.J. Whitehouse, ’99, and Jill Whitehouse, ’01.
1973 James Martin, ’73, is the circulation director at Casa Grande Valley Newspapers Inc. He has been in the print media business for more than 30 years. He lives in Casa Grande, AZ.
1974 Bruce Annett Jr., ’74, 2799 Sylvan Shores Dr., Waterford, MI 48328, was named the 2009 Administrator
Delta Sigma Phi friends met for a reunion at the summer home of Dennis Morgan, ’72, in Gloucester, MA. They took in a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers while they were together. Standing outside Fenway Park in Boston are: (left to right) Geoff Upward, ’72, Bruce Montgomery, ’72, Tim Wheeler, ’72, Dennis Morgan, ’72, and Mark Hendrickson, ’72.
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of the Year at Lawrence Technological University, where he is executive director of marketing and public affairs. He is completing the first history of the university, which will be published late in 2009. He and his wife, Amy, enjoy spending time with their family. Kristin Van Ranst Ayers, ’74, 514 East St., Three Rivers, MI 49093, is an elementary art teacher. She is active with church, school programs, and art classes. Kristin enjoys glass blowing and painting. She and her husband, Art, have a vacation home in South Haven. They visit their children in New York and Colorado. They have five children and two grandsons. Susan Svendson Barry, ’74, 5846 Ponderosa Dr., Stevensville, MI 49127, is a third grade teacher at Bridgman Elementary School. She has also taught in Ovid-Elsie, New Buffalo, Lowell, and Cedar Rapids, IA. In June Susan helped to organize the Twin Cities Free Book Fair for children in Benton Harbor. She collected 5,000 books for the book giveaway. She and her husband, Gordie Barry, ’72, have two sons, David Barry, ’04, (married to Deanne Hoekwater Barry, ’04), and Matthew Barry, ’06, (married to Lisa Heerema Barry, ’07). Laurie Buhr, ’74, 24934 Winona, Dearborn, MI 48124, works as an adjunct consultant with Right Management Inc. She retired in 2007 after 33 years as a human resources manager for Ford Motor Co. Laurie has enrolled at Eastern Michigan University to pursue a second master’s degree, this one in historic preservation. She serves on the board for two non-profit organizations, Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter and Preservation Wayne in Detroit. She has traveled extensively, going to Australia, New Zealand, southeast Asia, South America, and Europe. Lynne Futter Gilmore, ’74, 3461 Sandpoint Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46809, is the executive director for the AWS Foundation, which focuses on people with disabilities. She previously worked as a vice president for marketing and development. Lynne is board chair for Wayne Street United Methodist Church. She also serves on the boards of the
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McMillen Center for Health Education and the American Heart Association. She was the event chair for the 2009 Go Red for Women event. Lynne and her husband, Mark Gilmore, ’83, have traveled to Europe, including Switzerland and Italy. They have been married for 15 years. Steve Greenhalgh, ’74, 2204 Park Ridge Dr., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304, is an attorney with Bodman LLP. A member of the Albion Board of Trustees, he is also involved with the Common Ground Sanctuary Legal Aid Clinic and serves on the board for the Southeast Michigan Big Brothers Big Sisters. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Birmingham. He has traveled throughout most of the United States, as well as to Europe. Steve and his wife, Susan Brochu Greenhalgh, ’75, have been married for 27 years and have two children. Jack Hanzlovic, ’74, 770 Valley Rd., Lake Forest, IL 60045, is a global trainer for Jim Beam Brands Co., in the North American Division of Beam Global Spirits and Wine. Formerly a marketing vice president responsible for national strategies of Budweiser and Michelob Light, he produced more than 50 commercials for Budweiser and Michelob, as well as radio campaigns. He is a lector at St. Mary’s Church. Jack has traveled to Chile, Scotland, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. He and his wife, Suzy, have two sons. Ambus Harper Jr., ’74, 7012 9th St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20012, is a clinical supervisor for the District of Columbia Department of Mental Health. He is married to Stephanie. Carol Hulett, ’74, PO Box 3407, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636, is an orthopedic surgeon with Arizona Family Care Associates. She continues to scuba dive whenever possible. Patrice Klein, ’74, is the director of program resources at Ele’s Place, a healing center for grieving children in Lansing. Patrice has presented workshops at national symposiums on children’s bereavement in Denver and Houston. She traveled with Albion alumni, parents,
and friends on the Holocaust Studies trip to Poland in May. Paula Romonoyske Norman, ’74, 2511 Greenwich Circle, Midland, MI 48642, retired in January 2007 from the treasury of The Dow Chemical Corp. She is a vocal and instrumental musician for two local churches. Paula has traveled throughout the United States, as well as to Austria, Germany, Spain, Italy, Jamaica, and the United Kingdom. She has a daughter. Paul Pomeroy, ’74, 2860 Wood Hollow Dr., Highland Village, TX 75077, is a registered principal at LPL Financial in Flower Mound, TX. He is married to Linda. Jill Anderson Richman, ’74, 11840 W. 35th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033, is a volunteer at her church. She serves on the board of Circle of Light, which brings cooking and lighting to small villages in Africa. Jill lives two miles from Ellen Wisner Green, ’74. She and her husband, Lee, have two daughters. Janice Favorite Smith, ’74, 918 Piedmont Dr., Sacramento, CA 95822, is the chief financial officer at Woodland Healthcare. She has two children. Marcia Hepler Starkey, ’74, 419 Allen Place, Albion, MI 49224, is the director of resource development for United Way of Greater Battle Creek. She previously was associate vice president for alumni and parent relations at Albion College. She is a member of Albion Philanthropic Women and has also been a member of the American Association of University Women for nearly 30 years. Marcia formerly was involved with the Albion Civic Foundation board (now known as the Albion Community Foundation), and Friends of the Depot Restoration. Her husband, Neil Starkey, ’73, owns a dental practice in Albion. They have two children, including Jonathan “J.B.” Starkey, ’06. They live in Albion. Deborah Copus Stephens, 74, 7079 Indiana St., Ludington, MI 49431, works as an interior design and sales representative for Lundquist Furniture in Scottville. Deborah received the Excellence in Education award from the state teachers’ organization for the
programs she initiated while a counselor at Ludington Junior High School. She served as girls’ varsity golf coach and junior varsity tennis coach at Ludington. She is a member of the Staircase Youth Services board. Deborah and her husband, Tim, have done some consulting for their local ISD. They have two sons. Ellen Zienert, ’74, 1710 Rolfe Rd., Mason, MI 48854, retired from Consumers Energy in 2008. She is now a full-time student at Methodist Theological School in Ohio, completing a master’s in divinity. Ellen is the student pastor of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in East Lansing. She and her husband, Mark Baker, have a daughter.
1975 Kim Strable, ’75, is the new president of the Greensboro Sports Commission. Previously a coach and athletic director at Greensboro College, Kim also served in admissions and institutional advancement at Albion, as well as Guilford College. He was a founding member of the Greensboro Sports Commission. He is past president of the Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (now USA South Athletic Conference). Kim and his wife, Lucinda, live in Greensboro, NC.
1978 Gregory Rogers, ’78, has been named to the board for Delta College Foundation. He is president of Mid-Michigan Medical Center in Midland. Gregory is also the executive vice president of MidMichigan Health. He lives in Midland.
1979 Robert Bauckham, ’79, 712 Southland Ave., Portage, MI 49024, is the assistant city planner for Kalamazoo. He is a volunteer at the Salvation Army, the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, and Special Olympics, and he is a member of Portage United Church. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He is married to Lynda.
Faculty Corner Gaylord Smith
Economics and management professor Gaylord Smith recently received the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants’ 2009 Accounting Teaching Excellence Award. A member of Albion’s faculty since 1976, Smith was voted Teacher of the Year and received the United Methodist Church’s Exemplary Teacher award, both in 1994. He also spearheaded Albion’s participation in the IRS-sponsored Volunteers in Tax Assistance program; since 2004, he and dozens of Albion students have prepared nearly 1,000 tax returns for faculty, staff, students, and community members. Smith was nominated for the award by Steven Thompson, ’09. Smith will retire at the end of the 2009-10 academic year and was honored at a reception at Homecoming 2009 where he received this commemorative shirt.
Professor emerita of history Robina Quale-Leach has been named the winner of the 2009 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service for the state of Michigan. AARP’s most prestigious award, it annually recognizes members from each state who make “a powerful difference in their communities, in ways that are consistent with AARP’s mission, vision, and strategic direction, and who inspire others to service,” according to Eric Schneidewind, AARP Michigan president. Quale-Leach was a 2005 recipient of a Battle Creek Enquirer George Award, recognizing outstanding service to Calhoun County residents. Quale-Leach served on Albion’s faculty from 1957 to 1992. In retirement, she continues to be active in many organizations, including the NAACP, the American Association of University Women, Rotary International, and Albion’s St. James Episcopal Church.
Belinda Lamb Boothroyd, ’79, 9803 Dorian Dr., Plymouth, MI 48170, and her husband, Scott Boothroyd, ’80, enjoy spending time at their cottage up north. They have been married for 29 years and have two children, including Jeremy Boothroyd, ’07. Marla Conger, ’79, 4616 Oak Springs Dr., Flower Mound, TX 75028, is a pediatrician and owner of Kids First Pediatrics. She was named the Best Pediatrician of Denton County in 2007 and 2008. Marla traveled to Honduras for a mission trip. She also took bike trips to Italy, France, England, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Ireland. She competed in a Susan Komen three-day (60-mile) walk for breast cancer. She and her husband, Manny, have been married for 30 years and have two children. Joe and Kim Peschel Conner, both ’79, 751 Pelican Lane, Coppell, TX 75019, have been married for 30 years and have two sons. Christina “Tina” Lemon Cummings, ’79, 2519 Middleton Beach Rd., Middleton, WI 53562, has been a registered dietitian since 1980. Tina had results from her outcome study on Type 2 Diabetes published, and received the Wisconsin Dietetic Association Medallion
Award in 2007. She also received the American Dietetic Association Award for Grassroots Excellence in 2008. She was licensure chair for the Wisconsin Dietetic Association from 2006 to 2008. Tina and her family took a safari in southern Africa in 2005. She and her husband, Rick, have been married for 20 years and have two children. Kristine Olsen Drake, ’79, 2793 Forest Lodge, Traverse City, MI 49684, is a homemaker. Kristine is active in volunteer work in the community, including the Traverse City Film Festival and the National Cherry Festival. She was a volunteer with the schools for more than 10 years. Kristine has become a master gardener through Michigan State University. She and her husband, Dan, have been married for 27 years and have two daughters. Barb Rehmus Epperson, ’79, 14520 Mountain Quail Rd., Salinas, CA 93908, is a financial consultant. She is married to Greg. David Galaviz, ’79, 6834 Woodcrest Ridge, Clarkston, MI 48346, and his wife, Kristine, have been married for 28 years and have two children.
Tom Gibbons, ’79, 7866 Thorn Ridge Lane, Caledonia, MI 49316, is the senior portfolio manager for commercial lending at Huntington National Bank in Grand Rapids. He has received the Summit Club Award from the bank for six consecutive years. He has been married to Shelley Stuart Gibbons, ’80, for 29 years. Tom has led Junior Achievement in Shelly’s classroom and raises money for that organization. They enjoy taking cruises to the Caribbean each year. They are active in Cornerstone United Methodist Church. Tom and Shelley have two daughters. Mary Jane Lang Grunden, ’79, 9303 Claridge Dr., Davison, MI 48423, is the director of volunteer services and parish nursing for Genesys Regional Medical Center, where she has worked for more than 22 years. She and her husband, Dennis, are enjoying their grandchildren. Maria Azuela Hammond, ’79, 3813 Griffith Place, Alexandria, VA 22304, retired in 2006 as an obstetrician/gynecologist. She spends much of the winter in Naples, FL. She enjoys boating on Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River in the summer. Maria and her husband, David Hammond, ’81, celebrated their 27th anniversary with a trip to Paris.
John Hazelroth, ’79, 1950 Geronimo Trail, Maitland, FL 32751, is the president and owner of JPH and Associates, which he has run for 16 years. During this time he has raised more than $300 million for nonprofits. He and his wife, Sheila, have two children. Marie Hobart, ’79, 24 Brattle St., Worcester, MA 01606, is the chief medical officer for Community Healthlink, the community mental health center affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Department of Psychiatry, where she is an assistant professor. Marie is currently the president-elect of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society; her term begins in May 2010. She and her husband, Bill Kadish, have been married for 24 years, and they have two children. Patricia Johnesee Kowalski, ’79, 3472 Car Dr., Commerce Township, MI 48382, is a secretary for Premier Refrigeration Co. She and her family enjoy traveling around the United States. Patricia and her husband, Ron, have been married for 29 years and have four sons. Valerie Hramiec Meyers, ’79, 26632 Portales Lane, Mission Viejo, CA 92691, returned to work part-time as RN supervisor in an outpatient surgery center. She
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is active in fund-raising for Theo’s Work, which provides education and food for children in Haiti. She has traveled to Zion and Yellowstone National Park. Valerie and her husband, David, enjoy spending time with their children. Fran Federer Miller, ’79, 3870 Foxglove Dr. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, is the development director for the John Ball Zoo, where she has worked since 2008. She is active with Genesis United Methodist Church. Fran and her husband, Dave Miller, ’78, have two children, including Collin Miller, ’09. Sue Schwing Miller, ’79, 162 Akeuside Rd., Riverside, IL 60546, has been employed in the special education department for Riverside Public Schools since 2007. Prior to that, she spent the last 15 years as a stay-at-home mom. Sue and her husband, Dale Miller, ’79, have three children. Linda Patten Nelson, ’79, 34151 Moffitt Lake Rd., Cumming, IA 50061, and her husband, Christopher, were married in Belgium in 2004. They divide their time between a home in Iowa and an apartment in Belgium. She has visited 67 countries. She has two children. Her address in Belgium is: Orteliaskaai – 6A, Antwerp, Belgium 2000. Tony Perrino, ’79, 6440 Golf View Dr., Clarkston, MI 48346, is a senior project engineer for General Motors, where he has worked for 29 years. He has been a coach for baseball and fast-pitch softball for 15 years. Tony served as a school board officer for Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes Schools for six years. He has traveled throughout the United States, as well as to Europe, Mexico, and Canada. Tony and his wife, Deanna, have two children. Caryn Ryan, ’79, 5343 Vista Lejana Lane, La Canada, CA 91011. She started her own company, Missionwell LLC, in 2007. The company serves nonprofits with accounting and administrative services, and provides a full-service back office. Caryn previously worked for World Vision International and BP (previously known as Amoco). She serves on the board of Union Rescue Mission and La Canada Presbyterian Church. She has two children.
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Jim Skulstad, ’79, 3612 Glenlake Dr., Glenview, IL 60026, has worked at Computer Sciences Corp. for 15 years, and is a senior partner in their consulting division. Jim and his wife, Christine, have been married for 20 years and have two children. The family enjoys spending the weekends at their cottage on Legend Lake, west of Green Bay, WI. Robert Stanulis, ’79, 2312 Warrington Ave., Flower Mound, TX 75028, is a J.D. candidate at Southern Methodist University. He and his wife, Teresa, have been married for 24 years and have two sons. Susan Steinmueller, ’79, 320 E. Tienken Rd., Rochester Hills, MI 48306, has worked as a reporter and editor for The Observer and Eccentric newspapers, since 1985. Marsha Rosewarne Tompkins, ’79, 6542 Forest Way, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, is a part-time bookseller at McLean & Eakin in Petoskey. She is a board member/trustee of the Little Traverse Land Conservancy Inc. Marsha is also working with local students on the college selection/application process. She is the former executive director of the East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation. She and her husband, Mark Tompkins, ’78, moved to Harbor Springs in 2008 for Mark’s new position as superintendent of Harbor Springs Public Schools. They have traveled throughout the United States and to several other countries as well. They enjoy traveling to the Leelanau area and their cottage in Northport. They have three children. Jennifer Trost, ’79, 740 Hillcrest Ave., State College, PA 16803, is an assistant professor of music at Penn State University, where she has worked for four years. She taught high school voice at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, NC, this summer. Jennifer spent 13 years as an opera singer in Germany. Mike and Barb Benson Vacketta, both ’79, 20348 Woodhill, Northville, MI 48167, are busy with their careers. Mike is a purchasing manager for OnStar, and Barb is a regional vice president for Airborne International. They have a son.
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Patricia Vicary, ’79, 5133 Independence Dr., Pleasanton, CA 94566, received a sectional announcer appointment from U.S. Figure Skating. She enjoys traveling around the country to announce events such as the U.S. National Championships and Skate America. She is married to Todd Nelson. Susan Wood, ’79, 16344 Highland Dr., Spring Lake, MI 49456, and her husband, Greg Lukkari, have three children.
1981 Joan Pentecost Vestrand, ’81, was recently promoted to associate dean of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She will lead the school’s Ann Arbor campus. She previously served as professor of law and assistant dean at the Auburn Hills campus. Joan joined the Cooley faculty in 2002, after working for six years with Moore, Vestrand & Pozehl P.C. in Southfield. A Fellow of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism, she assisted in the launch of Cooley’s Professionalism Plan. Joan received the Frances R. Avendenka Award from the Oakland County Bar Association in 2007 and the Champion of Justice award from the State Bar of Michigan in 2008. She lives in Farmington Hills.
1983 Stuart Boekeloo, ’83, is the on-call dentist for a 105-bed assisted living care facility. Stuart worked with a major
equipment manufacturer to create a room for medical procedures at the facility, and it now accommodates dentistry, podiatry, dermatology, optometry and audiology, among others. He hopes the room will serve as a model for other facilities across the country. He lives in Benton Harbor.
1984 Amy Serra Albright, ’84, 5061 Ashford Rd., Clarkston, MI 48348, has been a realtor since 1999 and is an associate broker with RE/MAX Encore. She is currently the 2009 president of the North Oakland County Board of Realtors. Amy and her husband, Jack, have been married for 23 years, and have three daughters. Brian Engel, ’84, 1068 Devonshire, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230, is a pediatrician for Northpointe Pediatrics. He and his wife, Paula, have four children. Susan Evans, ’84, 32957 Chapman Circle, Westland, MI 48185, is a middle school science teacher with PlymouthCanton Community Schools. Cheryl Harper, ’84, 60 Woodslee Dr., Troy, MI 48083, is a genetic counselor and coordinator for Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. She has traveled throughout the United States. Charlotte Liioi Hartzell, ’84, 521 Oxford Rd., Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236, is a physician. She is married to Tom.
Catherine Bousson Hill, ’84, 20298 Alcoy, Detroit, MI 48205, is a full-time registered nurse at St. John Hospital and Medical Center. She is a coach of the Regina High School swim team, and is also involved with the church choir. Catherine is a basic life support instructor for the American Heart Association. She has been inducted into the Albion College Athletic Hall of Fame for swimming. Catherine and her husband, William, have been married for 22 years and have two children. Jeff Hoppie, ’84, 3700 West Pemberton, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302, transitioned to Morgan Stanley Smith Barney from Merrill Lynch in 2008. Jeff is an active supporter of the Pontiac Grace Centers of Hope. He has a daughter. Greg Lemanski, ’84, 2389 Kings Cross North, East Lansing, MI 48823, is an independent contractor/owner of his own State Farm Insurance Agency since 1984. He and his wife, Brenda, have been married for 20 years and have three sons. He coaches them in football and lacrosse. Julie Wasson Lundberg, ’84, 3691 Lombardi, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301, is an IT account manager at Beaumont Hospitals. She supports physician offices in use of the Electronic Medical Record from Epic Systems. Julie is married to Anders, and they have a grandson. Kathleen Quinn, ’84, 2227 Harrison, Evanston, IL 60201, is the controller for Kerrygold USA, an Irish company, and travels to Ireland periodically for business. She and her husband, Scott Speidel, have been married for 13 years and have two children. They enjoy spending time at the family cottage in the Les Cheneaux Islands. Laura Hink Reid, ’84, 5212 Longwood Dr., Durham, NC 27713, is a consultant for scientific and regulatory affairs. She specializes in pharmacogenomics and personalized medicine. She has two sons. Jenny Banner Rone, ’84, 2844 W. Royal Oaks Dr., Beaufort, SC 29902, and her husband, J.W., moved to South Carolina from West Virginia in 2005.
They were hired as the management team of the Arts Council of Beaufort County in August 2006. The organization has grown to establish the first Community Arts Center/Arts Incubator in the county. Jenny is also a government contractor supporting the Federal Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. Katherine Schaefer, ’84, 509 N. Harrison Ave., East Lansing, MI 48823, is the managing partner of Communications and Research, Inc., a public relations firm in East Lansing. She was formerly working in health care as a nutritionist/hospital administrator. She was inducted into Albion’s Athletic Hall of Fame with the 1981 women’s cross country team. She enjoys riding her motorcycle, longboarding, playing tennis, running, and travel. She is married to Joe Ross. Constance Webber Scott, ’84, 24 W. Hannum Blvd., Saginaw, MI 48602, has been in private practice as a dermatologist for 11 years. She has traveled to the Galapagos Islands, Russia, Seychelles, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and Europe. She has adopted three children from Russia. Beth Sippel, ’84, 108 Tidewater Dr., Madison, AL 35758, was recently promoted to executive vice president of First Commercial Bank. She is the chair of the Huntsville Community Leadership Giving Campaign for the United Way. Beth and her husband, David, have been married for 25 years and have two children. Michael Stratis, ’84, 15W 506 63rd St., Burr Ridge, IL 60527, is a real estate consultant and developer. He manages new store development for Costco Wholesale in the Midwest and Texas. Michael has traveled to Scotland, Spain, France, and Australia. He is married to Laura Warnock Stratis, ’86, Gail Thiede, ’84, 1255 Hathaway Circle, Elgin, IL 60120, is a senior compliance specialist with Genworth Financial Securities Corp. Norman Thomas, ’84, has been appointed to the Board of Real Estate
Appraisers by Gov. Jennifer Granholm. He is president of R.S. Thomas & Associates/Harold Blake Co. He lives in Farmington Hills. Julie Byrwa Vander Linde, ’84, 210 Holmes Ave., Clarendon Hills, IL 60514, is the deacon of women’s ministries at the Christian Church of Clarendon Hills, where she also plays the violin. Julie also plays the violin in a worship band for Sawyer Highlands Church. Julie and her husband, Douglas, spend many weekends at their lake house in New Buffalo. Jan Vernor Warner, ’84, 1026 Audubon, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230, works in special education for the Grosse Pointe school system. She is married to Robert. Laura Zigmanth, ’84, began ecoChic landscape design inc. in March 2009. The company specializes in ecologically sustainable landscape designs and techniques. Laura earned two associate degrees in landscape design and horticulture technology in May 2009. She volunteers as a conservation steward for Tollgate Farms, specializing in invasive plant removal, and with Oakland County Parks, specializing in reintroducing native plants. She is married to Michael Layne, ’80, and they live in White Lake.
1986 Jeffrey Ott, ’86, has been named to The Best Lawyers in America. Jeffrey is a partner at Warner Norcross & Judd LLP. His concentration is in securities and business law, with an emphasis on financial institutions. Jeffrey serves as chair of the firm’s reporting companies and registered offerings group and the recruiting committee. Jeffrey lives in Grand Rapids.
1989 Bonnie Harris Bem, ’89, 1215 Irving Ave., Royal Oak, MI 48067, is a homemaker. She delivers Mobile Meals to homebound senior citizens in Royal Oak. Bonnie also volunteers at her children’s school. She and her husband, David,
have been married for 12 years and have two children. Rebecca Bixby, ’89, 1513 Calledel Ranchero NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, is a member of the research faculty at the University of New Mexico. She has been funded through the Bureau of Reclamation to examine the food resources for the federally endangered Rio Grande silvery minnow. She is a volunteer at Wesley Kid’s Daycare. Becky has traveled to Croatia and Costa Rica. She and her husband, Eric Zeek, have a daughter. Lori Grigg Bluhm, ’89, 6187 Brittany Tree, Troy, MI 48085, was designated as a Michigan Super Lawyer in 2007, 2008, and 2009. She was also named in Crain’s Detroit Business “40 under 40.” Lori achieved Local Government Fellow status through International Municipal Lawyers Association. She is past president and board member of Troy Kiwanis. She is married to Ken. Rebecca Sands Braverman, ’89, is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado, Denver, and a member of the Department of Ophthalmology. She is married to Jon. Dallas Merchant Chamberlain, ’89, 8645 Edinburgh Square Dr., Cornelius, NC 28031, is a CPA. She works as corporate controller for the Carolinas HealthCare System, where she received the 2007 Pinnacle Award. Dallas is a volunteer for the supervisory committee of the Charlotte Metro Credit Union. She has a son. Jeff and Heidi Diehl DeMoss, both ’89, 93 W. 14th St., Holland, MI 49423, have been married for 17 years and have two sons. A physician, Jeff is owner and partner in Holland Family Medicine. He is a member of the local Hospice ethics committee, and is also involved with his church. He was voted “Best Doctor in Town” in the local newspaper’s “Best of the Best” poll. Heidi is director of adult education for First United Methodist Church of Holland and writes a weekly Bible study. A member of a Christian rock band, Fishook by Name, she also sings with her church choir and with a trio, Soprano, Alto, Tenor.
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Lisa Lipford Garypie, ’89, 564 West Middle St., Chelsea, MI 48118, completed her first marathon in Chicago with John Witt, ’89. She and her husband, Robert Garypie, ’87, have two sons. Forrest Hooper, ’89, 8005 Blossom Lane, Lemon Grove, CA 91945, occasionally sings with the San Diego Masterworks Chorale. He received his B.S. in nursing from San Diego State University in 2004. He was awarded Sharp Health Care’s Sally Breuner Haugh Spirit of Caring Award in 2006, while working as a trauma nurse at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego. Lynne March, ’89, 4685 Vista St., San Diego, CA 92116, is self-employed as a dentist. She has traveled to all 50 states, as well as Europe, Greece, Jamaica, Aruba, and Mexico. Lynne has qualified for 12 marathons, including the Boston Marathon and has also run 38 half-marathons. She qualified for the 2010 Boston Marathon at the San Diego Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon. Cindy Cilimburg Medema, ’89, PO Box 311, El Portal, CA 95318, is a fourth grade teacher for the Mariposa Unified School District. She is married to Tom. Blakely Burns Meyers, ’89, 2405 Ridgewind Way, Windemere, FL 34768, is a Girl Scout troop leader and Brownie consultant. She is also second vice president for the Lake Whitney Elementary PTO. Blakely and her husband, Paul, have three daughters. Colleen LaRose Miele, ’89, 2444 Devonshire Rd., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302, has been a pediatrician in Novi since 1993. She is a partner in a six-physician group. Colleen has begun a twoyear fellowship in integrative medicine through the University of Arizona Medical School in hopes of learning about alternative medicine and nutrition. She and her family love to travel. Colleen and her husband, Mark, have been married for 19 years and have two children. Jane Miller, ’89, 2206 Runnymede Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103, went back to school and earned a degree in elementary education. She has traveled to Australia and Italy.
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Tracy Ames Peters, ’89, is a full-time student at Wayne State University Law School. John Stanton, ’89, lives in Colorado Springs, CO, after retiring from the military after 20 years. He has lived in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, and Nebraska. John and his wife, Suzanne, have been married for 13 years and have two children. John can be reached via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Joan Brasher Swirtz, ’89, 1121 Glenwood Dr., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858, works in sales for CMD Phonebook. She and her husband, Michael, traveled to Mexico with Jeff and Marcy Olszewski Johnson, both ’89, to celebrate their 40th birthdays. Deb Lauderbach Trimpe, ’89, 1011 Roberta Dr., Bishop, GA 30621, is an associate pastor at Central Presbyterian Church. She is a member of Oconee Leadership XIV, and the spiritual director of the Chrysalis Ministry board. Deb is also co-chair of the evangelism and congregational development ministry team for the Northeast Georgia Presbytery. She is married to Skip. Stephen Tupper, ’89, and Mary Buday, ’89, 620 Wilshire, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302, keep busy with their careers. An attorney, Steve is a member of the corporate finance practice group at Dykema. He is a certified management accountant. A pilot and a major and assistant legal officer for the Michigan Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (U.S. Air Force Auxiliary), he also publishes Airspeed, the Internet’s most popular all-features aviation and aerospace podcast. Mary is the president for Wilshire Resource Group (non-profit consulting) and director of operations for BrainSMART (helping teachers to use brain research to improve teaching and learning). They have two children.
1990 Elizabeth Jensen, ’90, has been reelected as a member of the Board of Governors of the Illinois State Bar Association. She is a member of the
Peoria law firm Kavanaugh, Scully, Sudow, White & Frederick, P.C., where she concentrates in education law, labor and employment law, municipal law, and appellate practice. Elizabeth previously worked as a law clerk to Justice Daniel L. Schmidt of the Third Appellate Court, and also served as assistant corporation counsel for the city of Peoria. She is past president of The Center for Prevention of Abuse, where she received two of its volunteer awards. Elizabeth is a director for the Heart of Illinois Regional Port Authority District and the Pediatric Resource Center of the University of Illinois School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Illinois. She earned her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law in 1993. She lives in Peoria.
1991 Chris Klinke, ’91, has joined Bravata Financial Group. He previously worked for 14 years for American Express Financial Advisors Inc., now Ameriprise. In 2005, Chris took a leave from his job to undertake a mountaineering expedition. Over three years, he climbed to the summits of mountains in Tibet, Australia, Argentina, Tanzania, Alaska, and Russia, including Mount Everest, and attempted the K2 in Pakistan. Chris has done a variety of volunteer work including earthquake relief in Pakistan and Habitat for Humanity. He lives in Ann Arbor.
is active in sales, focusing on property, casualty, life, and aviation insurance lines. A licensed pilot, he is involved in many area organizations and volunteers for Flint’s Summer Youth Initiative. Todd and his wife live in Grand Blanc with their daughters.
1993 Carrie Hensel, ’93, is managing partner and creative director at Inner Circle Media, a women-owned marketing and Web development firm founded in 2001 and located in downtown Ann Arbor. Co-founder and co-president of the Women’s Exchange of Washtenaw (WXW), Carrie is a current board member for the Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce and the Ann Arbor Art Center. Eric Hildenbrand, ’93, and his wife, Myriam, launched a business, myWallaby Limited. The company’s main product is the myWallaby Agile Bag, the first purse for girls ages 3 and up that also converts to a doll carrier. They live in New York.
Jennifer O’Brien Bahorski, ’94, 674 Hathaway, Auburn Hills, MI 48326, has worked for 10 years as a guidance counselor for the Avondale School District. She and her husband, Michael, have been married 12 years and have three daughters.
Todd McCredie, ’92, was elected president of the International Aviation Insurance Association. He joined PiperMcCredie Insurance Agency in 1992 and serves as the agency’s treasurer. Todd
Kirsten Amundsen Corprew, ’94, 12915 Alderleaf Dr., Germantown, MD 20874, is a staff development teacher at a middle school. She previously taught English for eight years. Kirsten
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recently earned her administration and supervision certification. She and her husband, Warren, attended the inauguration of Barack Obama in January. They have a son.
group for parents who have lost children through miscarriage to the first year of life. She and her husband, Craig Leinbach, ’93, have been married for 12 years and have three children.
Shannon McGoun DeBruyne, ’94, 5556 North Sheridan Rd., #306, Chicago, IL 60640, works for a law firm in Chicago. She is married to Tim.
Heather Lawson Luciani, ’94, 16030 Emily Corlett, Marshall, MI 49068, is chief operations officer (COO) at Marshall Community Credit Union. Heather is currently enrolled in the M.B.A. cohort program at Western Michigan University. She is a board member of the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Oaklawn Hospital Development Council. Heather is also a volunteer for the Fountain Clinic of Marshall. She and her husband, Dan Luciani, ’93, have two sons.
Matthew Green, ’94, 21114 Collingham, Farmington Hills, MI 48336, was promoted to dean of health sciences at Wayne County Community College District in July 2009. He was promoted to lieutenant at Farmington Hills Fire Department in 2006, and was named Farmington Hills Optimist Firefighter of the Year in 2005. He and his wife, Sarah, were married in 2005 and have twins. Wendy Winn Gorman, ’94, 2403 Pierce Court, Fort Collins, CO 80528, moved from Virginia to Colorado in 1996. She is active with PTA, Cub Scouts, and her church. Wendy works part-time as assistant to the church’s ministry director. She is married to Brian. Chiquita Hall Hamilton, ’94, 16996 Devereaux Rd., Albion, MI 49224, teaches at MarLee School. She is close to earning her early childhood endorsement. She and her husband, Brad, built a home three years ago. Emily Kutt Kleinsmith, ’94, 25885 Donovan Dr., South Riding, VA 20152, is a contract school psychologist with Loudoun County Schools. She and her husband, Jeff, have two sons. Maureen Donohue Kraus, ’94, is the new Oakland County director of economic development and community affairs. She earned a degree from the University of Michigan. Abby Suchodolski Leinbach, ’94, 2710 Darien Dr., Lansing, MI 48912, has been an environmental quality analyst for the Department of Environmental Quality for 10 years. She is president of the Capital Area Moms of Multiples Club (CAMOMC) in Lansing. Abby is also active with Helping Other Parents in Normal Grieving (HOPING), a support
Megan Murray, ’94, 1020-C, Champion Ct., Frankfort, KY 40601, is a fourth grade teacher at Second Street School in the Frankfort Independent Schools. A 2008 Bluegrass Writing Project Fellow, she has published a short story anthology. Megan is a member of the Kentucky Reading Association and is a Kentucky Reading Project Fellow. She is working towards her master’s degree. Megan finished her first mini-marathon in April, the Kentucky Derby Mini-Marathon in Louisville. She has also completed three 5K races. Susan Johnston Olson, ’94, 5915 N. Hermitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60660, is the assistant dean for student affairs for the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. She is married to Steve. Ronald Smith, ’94, 8442 Circlewood Dr. South, Saginaw, MI 48423, is the vice president of Source 1 Environmental, where he has worked since 2008. He has a master’s degree from Saginaw Valley State University. He has traveled throughout North and South America for business. Ronald and his wife, Lesa Galsterer Smith, ’94, have two sons. Marcia Schleicher Switzer, ’94, 4300 Bayside Dr., Hanover Park, IL 60133, home schools her children. She is a volunteer in the school community and with her church. Marcia and her husband, Todd, have been married for 15 years and have five children.
John and Emily VanDeGinste Volmering, both ’94, 2604 Georgetown Dr., Midland, MI 48642, are both fourth grade teachers for Midland Public Schools. John earned his master’s degree in teaching and reading. Emily has a master’s degree in special education. They have three children. Elizabeth Weisenbach, ’94, 4360 Carolyn Dr., Sand Point, MI 48755, joined the law office of Clark & Clark, PC in 2008. Her practice is mainly criminal defense. Elizabeth previously worked at the Huron County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for eight years. She is coordinator of religious education and sacramental preparation for St. Roch Catholic Church. She traveled to Ireland in 2005 and to Denver in 2008 for the Democratic National Convention. Brandy Lorenz Wheeler, ’94, 19199 Ridge View Lane, Lake Ann, MI 49650, is the owner of Meal Tickets & Unusual Ideas. She and her husband, James, have two children.
1995 Bobby Colagross, ’95, is chief executive officer of Awesome Wares Inc., an international advertising specialty company headquartered in Avon Lake, OH. He and his wife, Elizabeth, were married in 2001 and have two daughters. He can be reached via e-mail at: Bobby@ awesomewares.com. Zach Constan, ’95, is the outreach coordinator for the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NCSL) at Michigan State University. The scientists at the NCSL are studying the nature of the atom’s nucleus and the rules that govern its behavior. He earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2002. He lives in East Lansing.
1996 Aaron Weycker, ’96, earned an associate in insurance accounting and finance designation from the Insurance Institute of America. He is lead accountant at Frankenmuth Insurance. Aaron lives in Flint.
1999 Sarah Bubb, ’99, 3253 E. Breckenridge Lane, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301, taught high school English at Berkley High School from 2002 to 2008. She and her husband, David, were married in 2004 and have a son. Jessica Buttiglieri, ’99, graduated from Wayne State University in August 2009 with a master of arts degree in education. She is currently teaching French and German at Terre Haute South Vigo High School in Terre Haute, IN. Amanda Tratechaud Drobot, ’99, 5359 Glenwood Creek, Clarkston, MI 48348, is a senior auditor for AAA Life Insurance Co. She earned her certified internal auditor (CIA) designation in December 2008. She and her husband, Tom, have two sons. Corinne Johnson, ’99, 1311 US Highway 2, Crystal Falls, MI 49920, is an ordained Lutheran minister. She served as pastor of Palmer Suomi Lutheran Parish from 2003 to 2008. She also managed Casperson for Congress in July 2008. Corinne has also worked as a director of development and public relations. A member of the Advisory Council of Lutheran CORE, she is also chair of the Northern Great Lakes Synod Evangelism Committee. Lisa Leitz, ’99, 6 E. Chateau Estates Dr., Greenbrier, AR 72058, is an assistant professor of sociology and anthropology at Hendrix College in Conway, AR. Lisa earned her master’s degree in sociology from the Ohio State University and her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She married David Dufault in 2004. He is a U.S. Navy pilot. Katie Sindall Look, ’99, 2251 Wolfboro Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508, earned her master’s degree in accounting from Michigan State University in 2001, and has been a tax accountant since graduation. She and her husband, Ben Look, ’98, have been married for 10 years and have two sons. Jennifer Hall Mancini, ’99, 5477 NW 80th Terrace, Parkland, FL 33067, is
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the executive director of UCA of South Florida, a non-profit trade association, where she has worked since 2002. Jennifer and her husband, David Mancini, ’98, were married in 2000 and have two children. Stacey Anderson Markin, ’99, is an alumni relations officer for Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business. Her husband is Brian Markin, ’00. Suzanne Porter Moser, ’99, does contract work in Web development. She is a board member for the Plymouth Newcomers & Neighbors organization. Suzanne and her family have moved back to Michigan after living in Austin, TX, for nearly 10 years. They also spent a year in Boston, MA. She and her husband, Scott, have two children. Julie White Phillips, ’99, PO Box 321066, Flint, MI 48532, graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and the family medicine residency. She is an assistant professor of family medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Julie and her husband, Jim, were married in 2000 and have a daughter. Rebecca Swisher, ’99, PO Box 1334, Castleton, VT 05735, has returned to school to get an associate’s degree in nursing. Matthew Thomas, ’99, 179 Berkshire Rd., Avon Lake, OH 44012, and his wife, Shanna, have a daughter. Eddie Ward II, ’99, 908 Galen Court, Goshen, IN 46526, is a licensed servicing agent for Liberty Mutual Insurance. He and his wife, Kandace, were married in 2004.
2000 Matthew Randazzo, ’00, is chief operating officer at The Junior Statesmen Foundation in Washington, D.C. Matthew lives in Washington, D.C., and can be reached via e-mail at: matthew. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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2001 Laura Gessford Kiernan, ’01, graduated in May 2009 with a J.D. from Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing. She was frequently named to both the dean’s list and the honor roll, and also served on the Law Review. Laura and her husband, Jason Kiernan, ’00, live in Lansing. Lynsey Kluever Romo, ’01, is pursuing a Ph.D. in interpersonal communication at the University of Texas. She and her husband, Carlos, were married in July 2008. They live in Austin, TX, and can be reached via e-mail at: lynseykromo@ mail.utexas.edu.
2002 Ryan Basler, ’02, has taken over a pediatric dentistry practice in Kalamazoo. Ryan graduated from Marquette University and trained at the Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, NY. Leslie Orzech, ’02, is the chief resident of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Cincinnati. Leslie lives in Highland Heights, KY. Chad Thoreson, ’02, is in the master of divinity program at Western Theological Seminary. Chad and his wife, Kari, have two sons and live in Holland.
2003 Chad Beers, ’03, has opened a family dental practice in Traverse City. Chad graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy Dental School. He lives in Traverse City.
2004 Michelle Aleo, ’04, 1317 Hillcrest Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49008, is a scientist for Pfizer Animal Health, working in companion animal pharmaceuticals. Kendra Clark, ’04, 8095 W. Beck Lane, Peoria, AZ 85382, is a physical education teacher at Willow Canyon High School in the Dysart Unified School
2010 Young Alumni Awards In conjunction with Albion’s 2010 Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium, the Alumni Association will launch a new recognition program, the Young Alumni Awards: Top 10 in 10, on Friday, April 23, 2010. Newly established by the Alumni Association Board of Directors, these awards will be presented annually to up to 10 Albion graduates to honor alumni within the first 10 years of graduation. They will recognize the achievement of a position or distinction noteworthy for one so recently graduated. These alumni will have: • Excelled early in life and shown potential for continued success. • Received recognition as an emerging leader through professional and/or community achievements. • Attained increasingly responsible positions within their organization, business, or field of work. • Received recognition for significant professional contributions, discoveries, or creative work through honors, awards, and/or media attention. • Served as an outstanding young role model for current and future Albion College students. To nominate extraordinary young alumni, please e-mail Mark Baczewski, director of alumni engagement, at: email@example.com. More information will be available soon at: www.albion.edu/alumni/.
District. Kendra is currently working toward her master’s degree in education administration from University of Phoenix. She also serves as head varsity girls’ soccer coach. She has traveled to New Zealand and Maui. Stephen Courtright, ’04, 1000 Orme School Rd., Mayer, AZ 86333, is the band director, cross country coach, and history teacher at The Orme School of Arizona, where he has worked for three years. He previously worked for two years at Holbrook Unified School District in Holbrook. Stephen is governor of province 35, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He and his wife, JoElle, were married in 2006 and have two children. Elizabeth Crabb, ’04, 378 Village Green Blvd., #101, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, is an assistant director of annual giving for Albion College. She previously worked for Habitat for Humanity in San Francisco, and for a non-profit housing developer there. Libby serves on the chapter advisory board for Albion’s Kappa Delta chapter. She and her husband, Steve Skripnik, were married in 2005.
Todd Falker, ’04, 2554 Blaine Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507, works at Gazelle Sports in Grand Rapids. He earned his master’s degree in business administration from Saginaw Valley State University. Todd studied abroad in Taiwan, and also traveled to Germany and Kenya. He has run six marathons, placing ninth at the 2008 Grand Rapids Marathon. He also ran in the 2007 and 2008 Boston Marathons. Jessica Gole, ’04, 2652 Bass Wood Lane, Wixom, MI 48393, is a realtor for Goedert Real Estate. Jessica Hauser, ’04, is currently completing her predoctoral internship in clinical psychology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. Jessica received her master’s degree in clinical and developmental psychology in December 2006 from Bowling Green State University. She lives in Dublin, OH. Justin Hiller, ’04, 26680 Carol, Franklin, MI 48025, is vice president at Hiller’s Markets in Franklin. He married Laurie in 2007. Chad Hottle, ’04, 2179 Kipling Dr., Sterling Heights, MI 48310, teaches at
Utica Community Schools. He is working on his master’s degree at Saginaw Valley State University.
JPMorgan Chase Bank. Terrah married Andrew Opferman, ’04, in August 2008.
Tammie Webb Jensen, ’04, 3337 Beach, Port Huron Township, MI 48060, completed her master’s in speech and language pathology and currently works as a speech pathologist in the Port Huron schools. She also works at an autism clinic in the evenings. Her husband, Thomas Jensen, ’06, completed a teaching certification program this spring. They were married in 2007.
Nicole Wade Panska, ’04, 405 Compton Ave., Champaign, IL 61822, is attending the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. She is in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She and her husband, A.J., were married in 2008.
Katie Escott Klein, ’04, 3614 Chester Rd., Royal Oak, MI 48073, is a technical sales representative for Quest Diagnostics. She married Pat Klein, ’04, in June 2007. Katherine Knox, ’04, 319 W. North Ave. #4, Chicago, IL 60610, is the founding multicultural literature teacher at Muchin College Prep, a campus of Noble Street Charter Schools. Muchin is a non-selective public high school and the only high school in a high-rise building in the Midwest. Alison Harris Lubert, ’04, earned her master’s degree from Wayne State University. She is now a graduate student at the University of Cincinnati. Alison also spent some time in New Zealand working for their government, and spent some time in France. She and her husband, Adam, were married in 2009. Christopher Mathews, ’04, 708 W. Lincoln Ave., Royal Oak, MI 48067, works in marketing as a project manager for ePrize. He is also a member of CreateMyTee.com, which makes custom-printed apparel. Sarah Elson Mockeridge, ’04, 11625 Community Center Dr. #114, Northglenn, CO 80233, is a second grade teacher. She is working toward a master’s in English as a second language. Sarah married Nicholas Mockeridge, ’04, in 2006. Terrah Beurer Opferman, ’04, 1943 Ellwood, Berkley, MI 48072, is working on her M.B.A. at Michigan State University. She is an underwriter for
Levi Straight, ’04, 4407 LaPlata Ave., Apt. C, Baltimore, MD 21211, is the Math Department chair for Baltimore City Public Schools. He is also assistant football coach and head baseball coach for the high school. He is a trainer for Texas Instruments. Levi was named Math Teacher of the Year for 2005-06. He and his wife, Laura Eilers Straight, ’04, were married in 2004 and have two children. Michael and Ann Preczewski Truesdell, both ’04, 904 N. Connecticut, Royal Oak, MI 48067, were married in 2005 and have a son. Michael is a bankruptcy counselor for Greenpath in Farmington. Ann is a school library media specialist and teacher facilitator for Birmingham Public Schools. She earned a master’s degree in library and information science from Wayne State University in 2005. Ann also earned a master’s degree in education from Walden University in 2007.
2006 Jennifer Fleischmann, ’06, was voted onto the state board of NARAL ProChoice Virginia. She lives in Richmond. Carrie Freeland, ’06, has opened Freeland Photography in downtown Jackson. She attended the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA. Carrie specializes in photos of children and families, and in senior portraits. She lives in Jackson. Ryan Williams, ’06, is a fifth grade teacher at Rand Road Elementary School in Garner, NC. He received the Diane Kent-Parker Award, which is given to four Wake County (NC) public school system educators each year. Ryan earned his teaching certification and master’s degree from Grand Valley State University.
2007 Lauren Duthie, ’07, earned a master of business degree from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. She majored in international business with a minor in human resource
management. Lauren has been granted temporary residency in Australia, and is looking to start her career while waiting for her permanent residency visa to be granted. Kyle Robinson, ’07, is teaching high school physical education/health at Chesaning High School. He previously was a substitute teacher in Calhoun County.
2008 Julie Cieszkowski, ’08, is serving in the Peace Corps on the island of Dominica. She is working to promote healthy lifestyles, developing after-school activities and initiating educational programs on the island. Julie also plans to become involved in a student organization fighting against AIDS. She can be reached via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Lauren Wesorick, ’08, is one of 215 members of AmeriCorps’ National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) who have completed 10 months of full-time service to communities in need. Lauren and her team completed a series of sixto eight-week-long projects in different communities across the country.
Lexie Watkins, ’04, 356 Hope St. #2, Providence, RI 02906, is an M.P.H. candidate at Brown University. She is also an athletic trainer for Attleboro High School in Attleboro, MA. Maya Zayat, ’04, 777 S. Eden St., Baltimore, MD 21231, is a doctor of psychology student at Loyola University in Maryland.
2005 Dennis Gibson, ’05, graduated in May 2009 from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, IL. He is completing an internal medicine residency at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, FL.
A recent Alpha Tau Omega alumni golf outing raised money for the Albion College Rega Fund Endowed Scholarship. Albion alumni participating were: (front row, left to right) Brad Repke, ’04, Mark Ostach, ’04, Andy Kocoloski, ’04, Joe North, ’04, Pat Klein, ’04, and Eric Skiba, ’05; (back row) Chad Brent, ’04, E.J. Arnold, ’03, Ryan Maki, ’98, Steve Anderson, ’04, Steve Gordon, ’04, Troy Wyman, ’98, Kevin Curtis, ’97, Sam Hogg, ’05, Steve Guibord, ’97, John Sgalia, ’04, and Kees Hiatt, ’01.
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Weddings Rosa Trombley, ’00, to Timothy Hough on June 26, 2009 in Mount Clemens. Rosa is a social studies teacher at L’Anse Creuse North High School in Macomb. Timothy is attending Baker College and is a supervisory aide at L’Anse Creuse North High School. The couple lives in Clinton Township. (See accompanying photo.) Lynsey Kluever, ’01, to Carlos Romo on July 14, 2008 in Texas. Barbara Grabas, ’03, was in attendance. Lynsey is pursuing a Ph.D. in interpersonal communication at the University of Texas. Carlos is an attorney. The couple lives in Austin, TX. Lauren Rapinchuk, ’02, to David Nordenberg on July 27, 2008 in Joliet, IL. (See accompanying photo.) Joshua Cecil, ’03, to Leah on June 13, 2009. Joshua is the assistant prosecuting attorney for Tuscola County. The couple lives in Lake Orion. Angela Anagnost, ’04, to Brad Repke, ’04, on July 5, 2008. The couple lives in Rockford. (See accompanying photo.) Terrah Beurer, ’04, to Andrew Opferman, ’04, on Aug. 2, 2008 in Ann Arbor. Terrah is an underwriter for JPMorgan Chase in Detroit. Andrew works for Children’s Protective Services for the state of Michigan. The couple lives in Berkley. (See accompanying photo.) Kathryn Tornga, ’06, to Peter Grostic, ’06, on June 20, 2009 in Grand Rapids. Albion alumni in the wedding party included best man Ryan Portenga, ’05, groomsman Phil Andrus, ’05, ushers Matt Barry, ’06, and Bob Buszek, ’06, matron of honor Emily Stocker McAbier, ’07, and bridesmaids Emily Gundersen, ’08, and Amy Esh Renouf, ’06. The couple lives in Kentwood. (See accompanying photo.) Tamar Vescoso, ’06, to Andrew Lake, ’06, on June 14, 2008 in Jackson. Albion alumni in the wedding party included Katherine Dixon, ’06, Sara West, ’06, Christine Spliedt Reilly,
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’06, Nate Reimers, ’07, Jake Lake, ’08, and Don Vescoso, ’04. Andrew is a network software engineer for Internet2 in Ann Arbor. Tamar is finishing her M.D. degree at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. (See accompanying photo.)
Baby Britons Caroline Mae on Jan. 12, 2009 to Eric Zeek and Rebecca “Becky” Bixby, ’89. Becky is on the research faculty for the University of New Mexico. The family lives in Albuquerque, NM. Alexis and Addison on March 17, 2009, to Chris and Melissa McCoy Baker, ’91. The twins join siblings Allie, 6, and Andrew, 4. Chris owns and operates car dealerships in the West Michigan area. Melissa is a stay-at-home mom. They live in Norton Shores. Alyssa Marie on May 31, 2009 to Eric and Andrea Chambers Klooster, ’91. She joins big brothers Ryan, 8, and Jeremy, 5. The family lives in Ann Arbor and can be reached via e-mail at: email@example.com. Drew on June 24, 2009 to Andrew, ’94, and Martha Huckle Bowman, ’98. She joins big sister Mckenzie, 2. Andrew works for Graham Real Estate. Martha is a stay-at-home mom. The family lives in Harbor Springs and can be reached via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Gavin Timothy on July 14, 2009 to Timothy and Lori Hawkins Hachenski, ’96. He joins big sisters Madelyn, 3, and Amelia, 1. Lori is a vaccine sales specialist on a job share with Merck. She is also a representative for Barefoot Books. The Hachenskis live in Riverview and can be reached via e-mail at: email@example.com.
in Hoschton, GA, and can be reached via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Russell Joseph on Jan. 23, 2009 to Jeff and Kelly Sexton Bolen, ’97. Kelly is an elementary curriculum specialist for Grosse Pointe Public Schools. The family lives in Richmond. Emily Joan on June 7, 2009 to Paul, ’99, and Kristen Raphael Farrar, ’98. She joins big sister Lauren, 3. Proud relatives include grandfather Charles Raphael, ’68, Ann Farrar Ross, ’82, and Don and Maureen Farrar Huldin, both ’86. The family lives in Troy. Lina Sophia on May 18, 2009 to Sylvia and Marcus LaPratt, ’98. Proud relatives include uncles Brad LaPratt, ’94, and Adam LaPratt, ’96, and cousins Dory Lerew, ’02, Annie Lerew, ’04, Will Forgrave, ’09, and John Forgrave, ’11. The family lives in Dearborn. Cameron William on April 18, 2009 to Matt and Monika Reiter Miller, ’98. Proud aunt is Lisa Reiter, ’00. Monika teaches art at Northville High School. They live in Canton. Lilah Evelyn on Nov. 17, 2008 to Dale and Stephanie Beebe Rife, ’98. Proud aunt and godmother is Lisa Beebe Machesky, ’92. The family lives in South Lyon. Sophia Alexandra on Feb. 27, 2009 to Lauren and Robert Smith, ’98. Lauren works for Vincenti Management Services in Novi, and Robert is an attorney with Clark Hill PLC. The Smiths live in Birmingham. Samantha Reese on June 1, 2009 to Toni and Darrin Matteson, ’99. Darrin is an inventory management associate with Navistar Inc. The family lives in Aurora, IL.
Jack Henry on March 25, 2009 to Ryan Thomas and Anne Jarrad, ’96. Anne is the director of development at Ursuline Academy in Cincinnati, OH.
Vivienne May on May 9, 2009 to John, ’99, and Laura Scozzari VanGemert, ’01. John is an attorney with Roosen, Varchetti and Olivier in Clinton Township. Laura is a teacher with Bloomfield Hills Public Schools. They live in Royal Oak.
Grace Anne on May 27, 2009 to Rob and Carrie Railing Madden, ’96. She joins big brother Joel, 2. The family lives
Cecylia Lainie Bird on April 7, 2009 to Jeffrey, ’99, and Valerie Skaleski Weeks, ’01. Jeff works at Royal Oak
Beaumont Hospital as a supervisor of environmental services. Valerie is an ESL teacher for Bloomfield Hills school district. Proud relatives include aunt Katie Sheridan, ’03, and cousin Greg Weeks, ’01. The family lives in Clawson. Ava Marie on May 12, 2009 to Todd, ’00, and Christina Corace Krost, ’02. She joins big sister Madeline Grace, 4. Christina earned her master’s degree in the art of teaching from Marygrove College in August 2009, and teaches at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic School in Grosse Pointe Farms. The family lives in Sterling Heights. Adrienne May on June 7, 2009 to James and Julie Law Mitchell, both ’01. She joins big sister Molly, 2. The family lives in DeWitt. Ian Hugo on Dec. 30, 2008 to Joe, ’01, and Emily Dobbins Verbeke, ’03. Joe earned his master’s degree in music education from the University of Michigan in May 2009. Proud relatives include grandparents Bill and Karen Knudson Dobbins, both ’74. The Verbekes live in Allen Park. Tessa Irene on July 6, 2009 to Walt and Kelly Hurley Kozlowski, ’02. Walt is a middle school principal, and Kelly is an emergency room physician. The family lives in Macomb. Paige Amelia on June 10, 2009 to Billy, ’03, and Jennifer Swindlehurst Howland, ’04. Billy is an environmental scientist for AGEISS Inc. at Scott Air Force Base. Jennifer is the senior city planner for O’Fallon, IL. They live in O’Fallon. Leo Isaiah on June 16, 2009 to Levi and Laura Ellers Straight, both ’04. He joins big sister Lila, 4. Levi is a math department chair for the city schools of Baltimore, MD. The family lives in Baltimore and can be reached via e-mail at: email@example.com. Liam Robert on July 15, 2009 to Daniel, ’06, and Katie Mushroe O’Brien, ’05. Daniel is a research and development scientist at Sigma Aldrich Corp. Katie is a science teacher at Pacific High School. The O’Briens live in St. Louis, MO.
Wedding Album See accompanying notes for details.
Rosa Trombley, ’00, to Timothy Hough on June 26, 2009. (Front row, left to right) Kelly Sear, ’00, Timothy Hough, Rosa Trombley Hough, ’00, Jennifer Barr DeHaan, ’00, Shannon Pavlich Bielauskas, ’00. (Second row) Kees Hiatt, ’01, Lisa Reiter, ’00, Abby Reich Coffman, ’00, Jennifer Lantzy, ’00, Michelle Lesperance Kolozsvary, ’00, Andy Kolozsvary, ’00, Melissa Peterson Roudabush, ’00, Anton Bielauskas, ’01, Joslyn Brunelle, ’00, Kate Virgo, ’00. Lauren Rapinchuk, ’02, to David Nordenberg on July u 27, 2008. (Left to right) Kristin Degel Wiseman, ’02, Emily Arend Mesley, ’02, Lauren Rapinchuk Nordenberg, ’02, David Nordenberg, Lisa Whiteley, ’02, Erika Kulikowski Shoemaker, ’00, Mike McGarvey, ’03. Not pictured: Phil Reed, ’01, Brandon White, ’02.
Angela Anagnost, ’04, to Brad Repke, ’04, on July 5, 2008. (Front row, left to right) Natalie Sztykiel Taylor, ’04, Brad Repke, ’04, Angela Anagnost Repke, ’04, Jaclyn McDonald, ’04, Janna Orlikowski Deering, ’05, Terrah Beurer Opferman, ’04. (Second row) Tricia Wroblewski, ’05, Jessica Ross, ’05, Kendra Clark, ’04, Dayna Corrion, ’06, Lauran Gentry, ’04, Annie Lerew, ’04, Katie Escott Klein, ’04, Sarah Elson Mockeridge, ’04, Chris Mathews, ’04. (Third row) Billy Poirier, ’02, Meredith Baaki, ’01, Gary Lee, ’05, Daniel Holka, ’05, Laddie Andahazy, ’05, Nathan Albers, ’06, Chad Hottle, ’04, Chad Brent, ’04, Andy Opferman, ’04, Patrick Klein, ’04.
Andrew Lake, ’06, to Tamar Vescoso, ’06, on June 14, 2008. (Front row, left to right) Katie Brewer, ’05, Rajani Arora, ’07, Michelle Coscia, ’07, Christine Spliedt Reilly, ’06, Denise Robinson, ’06, Annie Mettler, Rebecca Anthouard, ’06. (Second row) Christopher Thomas, ’06, Philipp Roosen, ’08, Sara West, ’06, Jenny McInerney, ’05, Katherine Dixon, ’06, Amy Luesse, ’06, Lisa Duthie, ’11, Don Vescoso, ’04, Jodi Anderson, ’04, Nicholas Armstrong, ’07, Tamar Vescoso, ’06, Andrew Lake, ’06, Nate Reimers, ’07, Elizabeth Murrenus, ’06, Troy Piwowarski, ’06, Rebecca Sampson Sommer, ’74, Eric Mackres, ’05, Gretchen Bower Humiston, ’58, Wendee Karcher Woods, ’82, Jake Lake, ’08.
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Obituaries Estelle Clinefelter Fisher, ’35, on July 6, 2009 in Coldwater. She had been a dedicated volunteer with the research division of the Branch District Library, the Branch County Genealogical Society, and the Branch County Historical Society. Estelle was one of the first women nominated for the Michigan Sesquicentennial Award in 1987. She was an accomplished artist in both oils and watercolors. She is survived by three children, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Albert Meinke, Jr., ’41, on March 18, 2009. Albert lived in Kewadin. He was a decorated veteran of World War II. After earning his medical degree from the University of Michigan in 1943, Albert operated a medical practice for 38 years, where he specialized in general surgery, emergency medicine, and obstetrics. He was involved with the building of Eaton Rapids Community Hospital (later Eaton Rapids Medical Center), which opened in 1957. A member of the Eaton Rapids Kiwanis, he served on the Eaton Rapids Board of Education for 12 years, serving eight years as president. After retiring in
1984, he and his wife moved to Torch Lake to a home he designed and helped build. Albert wrote and published two books, Mountain Troops and Medics and Hospital History and Medical Practice in My Small Town. He also served on the Elk Rapids Board of Education. Albert is survived by his wife, Edmere, three children, including William Meinke, ’70, eight grandchildren, and a greatgrandson. Cecil Sessions, ’41, on May 3, 2009 in Deerfield, IL. He taught physics at Albion College in fall 1941. He is survived by two daughters, including
Susan Sessions Eisinger, ’69, three step-children, four grandchildren, a great-granddaughter, seven step-grandchildren, six step-great-grandchildren, a sister, Dorothy Sessions Allen, ’44, and a brother-in-law, Garald Allen, ’41. Keith Whitehouse, ’41, on June 1, 2009. He completed medical school at the University of Michigan. Keith served in the Navy during World War II. He then practiced medicine in Morenci and the surrounding area until 1982 and was instrumental in the construction of Morenci Hospital in the early 1960s. He also played piano in a Dixieland jazz band. Keith is survived by his wife,
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Terrah Beurer, ’04, to Andrew Opferman, ’04, on Aug. 2, 2008. 1-Terrah Beurer Opferman, ’04, 2-Andrew Opferman, ’04, 3-Ryan McGuire, ’04, 4-Erin Laidlaw, ’04, 5-Jessica Ross, ’05, 6-Janna Orlikowski Deering, ’05, 7-Natalie Sztykiel Taylor, ’04, 8-Lauran Gentry, ’04, 9-Angela Anagnost Repke, ’04, 10-Kendra Clark, ’04, 11-Maya Zayat, ’04, 12-Chris Matthews, ’04, 13-Erin Spiro, ’04, 14-Kate MacKool, ’04, 15-Bryan Mortenson, ’04, 16-Dan Cromie, ’05, 17-Dan Fingas, ’04, 18-Seth Carlson, ’05, 19-Kris Gauthier, ’04, 20-Lynn Stevenson Sztykiel, ’75, 21-Kyle Kuenzel, ’06, 22-Brad Repke, ’04, 23-Witold Sztykiel, ’74, 24-Kristin Essaki Yount, ’00, 25-Peter Yount, ’02, 26-Trevor Hawks, ’04, 27-Dustin Beurer, ’05, 28-Gwinyai Mumbiro, ’06, 29-Katie Escott Klein, ’04, 30-William Sisco, ’02, 31-Patrick Klein, ’04, 32-Freddy Moore, ’06, 33-Andrew Grasley, ’05, 34-Victoria Magnotto Flack, ’77, 35-Rebecca Wood Klemm, ’81, 36-Jim Flack, ’74, 37-Antonio Ruiz, ’05, 38-Katelyn Flack, ’06, 39-Nicole Mahaney, ’05, 40-Jacob Grasley, ’05.
Lorene Rupp Whitehouse, ’40, three children, including Susan Whitehouse Wiley, ’66, and Jim Whitehouse, ’69, a daughter-in-law, Marsha Green Whitehouse, ’70, seven grandchildren, including Thomas “T.J.” Whitehouse, ’99, Jill Whitehouse, ’01, and Meredith Whitehouse, ’08, and seven great-grandchildren. Lorna Betz Blair, ’42, on Jan. 11, 2009. Lorna lived in Sonora, CA. She served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Lorna was a professor of mathematics at College of Marin (CA), where she taught for 26 years. She is survived by three children, a grandchild,
a brother, Roscoe Betz, ’39, and a nephew, George Betz, ’67. Keith McKitrick, ’43, on March 28, 2009 in New Smyrna Beach, FL. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Cincinnati. Keith was a counselor and professor at the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, and the University of South Florida. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Yvonne, a son, a daughterin-law, and two grandchildren. Fred Nolting, ’43, on March 31, 2009. Fred lived in Atlanta, GA. He became
Kathryn Tornga, ’06, to Peter Grostic, ’06, on June 20, 2009. (Front row, left to right) Kristen Lake, ’06, Jason McAbier, ’07, Emily Stocker McAbier, ’07, Christine Musser Turnbow, ’06, Tyler Hampton, ’09, Ahmed Chaudhry, ’09. (Second row) Mike Huff, ’05, Amy Esh Renouf, ’06, Katie Tornga Grostic, ’06, Pete Grostic, ’06, Marvin Grostic, ’50. (Third row) Matt Brzezinski, ’06, Emily Dumas, ’05, Betsy Netherton, ’06, Molly Tenney Strobe, ’06, Jenna McClure Morgan, ’04, Mike Morgan, ’06, Kristine Heilman Candela, ’89, David Candela, ’89. (Fourth row) John Huff, ’75, Janyce Grostic Huff, ’77, Scott Frew, Melanie Maiden McKendry, ’06, Sean McKendry, ’06, Brooke Kaltz, ’05, Michelle Aleo, ’04, Phil Andrus, ’05, Ryan Portenga, ’05, Abby Wilhelmi, ’05, Chris Farr, ’10, Anna Gundersen, ’10, Jeff Strapec, ’06, Mike Soresi, ’08, Adam Strobe, ’07, Chris Henes, ’08, Chris Warnock, ’08. (Fifth row) Lisa Heerema Barry, ’06, Andrew Grasley, ’05.
a priest in the Episcopal Church after attending Virginia Seminary. Fred served parishes in Texas for several years before becoming associate rector at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta. After a sabbatical to attend Union Seminary, he was assigned to All Saints Episcopal Church in East Lansing. He returned to Atlanta in 1967 where he worked in management training for Lockheed. He later did counseling at his son’s business, Georgia Recovery Centers Inc. Fred is survived by his wife of 63 years, Betty, five children, including William Nolting, ’72, and two grandsons.
Philip Lange, ’44, on June 13, 2009 in Petoskey. He received his M.D. from Wayne State University College of Medicine in 1948, and began his medical practice in Lansing in 1950. In 1951, Philip served in the U.S. Army with the rank of captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps for 13 months in Korea. He received the Combat Medic Badge, Bronze Star, and the Bronze Star with V for Valor. He also earned the Croix de Guerre from a nearby French battalion. After leaving the military, he was in private practice from 1953 to 1987. He was chief of staff of E.W. Sparrow and Ingham Medical Hospitals. He was also involved in many professional organizations. Philip was a professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and taught students from MSU, University of Michigan, and Wayne State University for 18 years. He was a staff member at Ingham Medical, Lansing General, E.W. Sparrow, and St. Lawrence Hospitals. He was also involved with several organizations on Beaver Island, where he retired in 1987. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ethel Dean Lange, ’46, two sons, Eric Lange, ’70, (married to Barbara Sehnert Lange, ’70), and Mark Lange, ’73, a daughter, six grandchildren including Elizabeth Lange Hernquist, ’99, and two great-grandchildren. Warren Mitchell, ’44, on March 24, 2009 in St. Clair. He signed a professional baseball contract with the St. Louis Browns and played a season of minor league baseball in upstate New York. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Warren opened Mitchell Motor Sales in 1946, a Hudson motor car dealership. In 1952, the Hudson Motor Car Co. closed, and he joined his father in Mt. Clemens operating Mitchell Buick Sales. Warren bought the dealership in 1956 and added Honda in 1972, retiring in 1983. He was active with the Detroit Auto Dealers Association. He was also a member of the Mt. Clemens Lions Club, the St. Clair Investment Club, and First United Methodist Church. Warren was a member of the St. Clair River Country Club, having served as president in 1961-62. He is survived by his wife, Jane White Mitchell, ’45, two children, Peg Mitchell Turner, ’69, and Dick Mitchell, ’73, a son-in-law, Mike
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Turner, ’69, a daughter-in-law, Kate Hess Mitchell, ’75,, six grandchildren, including Lizzie Mitchell, ’05, and Emma Mitchell, ’09, and four greatgrandchildren. Hazel Moritz, ’44, on April 9, 2009 in Fargo, ND. After earning graduate degrees from Michigan State University and Indiana University, Hazel began her teaching career at Grinnell College. She later worked at Minnesota State University-Moorhead as a professor of speech and director of forensics. She retired in 1989 and was an avid volunteer. She is survived by her husband, Davis Scott, and two children. Patricia Cadbury Bleimeister, ’47, on May 5, 2009 in Hilton Head Island, SC. She earned a master’s degree in psychology from Baldwin-Wallace College. Patty taught third grade for six years in California, where she also taught swimming at the YMCA. She later developed and managed the sales training program for Winkelman’s, a 25-store women’s apparel company in metropolitan Detroit. She was a member of Dolphin Head Golf Club on Hilton Head Island. Patty previously served as president of the Columbine Country Club in Littleton, CO. She also volunteered for Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tournaments. She was a five-year member of the Championship Wanganui Golf Club in New Zealand. Patty is survived by her husband of 61 years, Bill, two sons, and three grandchildren. Kenneth Ballou, Sr., ’47, on Oct. 26, 2009. He lived in Albion. After service in World War II as a member of the U.S. Army Medical Corps, Ken earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Albion College. He pursued graduate work in microbiology at Michigan State University. Ken received an honorary doctor of science degree from Albion College, where he taught for 35 years. He retired as professor emeritus of biology in 1984. As a premedical adviser, he assisted hundreds of students who have since become researchers, physicians, dentists, and other health care professionals. A founder of the Albion Area Ambulance Service (AAAS) in 1966, he served for 25 years as an emergency medical technician, ambulance driver,
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and dispatcher. He was also on the AAAS board for nine years, and received the Battle Creek George Award for his work and dedication to this service. Ken was a long-time member of the Albion Exchange Club, and spent nine years volunteering as the assistant manager of the Red Cross Blood Bank. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Albion where he served on the board for many years. He is survived by his wife, Polly, a daughter, a daughter-in-law, and a granddaughter. (Please see the remembrances of Ken Ballou by colleagues and former students on page 47.) Benjamin Fles, ’47, on March 15, 2009. He was a resident of Bloomfield Hills. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Ben joined Manning Maxwell Moore in Muskegon before working for Conco in Mendota, IL. He then moved to Detroit where he became an executive vice president with Northern Engineering. Ben was very active with Northbrook Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills. He is survived by his wife, Edith, a daughter, and two grandchildren. Arthur “Dick” Backus, ’49, on Dec. 10, 2008 in Sacramento, CA. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After graduating from the University of Michigan School of Law, he practiced law in Detroit and Port Huron before moving to Sacramento, where he practiced law for 20 years. Dick was appointed to the bench in 1978, retiring in 1993. He served as chairman of the County Planning Commission, president of the Estate Planning Council, and president of the Mt. Ralston Fish Planting Club. Dick was a long-time supporter of the American River Parkway and the American River Natural History Association, and was also a member of the Nature Conservancy and the Sacramento Library Foundation. Dick is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dodie, three children, and three grandchildren. William Milner, ’49, on Jan. 30, 2009. He lived in Springfield, IL. William was a veteran of the Army Air Corps, serving in 1945-46. He was an underwriting manager for Aetna Life and Casualty for 38 years, retiring in 1987. He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity and
the National Underwriters Association. William is survived by his wife, Alice Chrysler Milner, ’48, three children, five grandchildren, and three greatgrandchildren. Lou Ann Garber Seely, ’49, on Feb. 19, 2009. Lou Ann was a resident of Bloomfield Hills and Bay View. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Birmingham for 56 years. She taught at York Elementary School. Lou Ann was a member of the Northern Michigan Panhellenic and Bay View Woman’s Council, and she served as regent for her Daughters of the American Revolution chapter. She is survived by three daughters, Cathy Seely Meyer, ’77, Marcia Seely Carone, ’79, and Jane Seely Parnell, ’83, three sons-in-law, including Jonathan Parnell, ’83, six grandchildren, a sister, Barbara Garber Cato, ’44, a brother, Jim Garber, ’55, and a sister-in-law, Marianne Johansson Garber, ’57. Richard Jacobs, ’50, on June 5, 2009 in Lakewood, OH. He graduated from Indiana University in 1949. He was a major real estate developer, along with his brother, David. They began building strip malls in 1955. By 1992, the Jacobs Group ranked fourth in the nation in the development and management of enclosed malls. In 1987, they built the Galleria at Erieview, the first new retail center to open in downtown Cleveland in 50 years. In 1991, they built Key Tower, a 57-story office building on the city’s Public Square. They became primary owners of the Cleveland Indians in 1986, and under their control, the team won the American League pennant in 1995 and 1997. They sold the Indians in 2001. Dick is survived by three children and 11 grandchildren. Jack Curtis, ’51, on May 25, 2009 in Battle Creek. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and retired as a captain in 1947, receiving a Purple Heart and the Air Medal. Jack worked in management at the Kellogg Co. until retiring in 1981. He was one of three original founders of the Food Bank of South Central Michigan and received the George Award for his efforts there. His community activities included Lakeview Kiwanis Club, Battle Creek YMCA, Battle
Creek Township Planning Commission, and Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. He was also involved with many other civic groups. Jack is survived by three children, seven grandchildren, including Eric Curtis, ’97, and two greatgrandchildren. Alice Grant-Watters Scharff, ’52, on Aug. 11, 2009 in Portage. Alice had been employed as an industrial editor for The Upjohn Co. She was a member of Delta Gamma sorority and the First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo. Alice is survived by her husband, Hamilton, ’50, a son, Kenton Scharff, ’85, and three grandchildren. John Telfer, ’52, on May 22, 2009 in Fort Gratiot. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. John worked for 42 years at Mortimer and Son Lumber Co. as the purchasing agent for all four stores. He was a member of the Exchange Club, the Port Huron Golf Club, and Grace Episcopal Church, and he volunteered at Mid-City Nutrition. John is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marilyn, three children, and five grandchildren. Sandra DeYoung Merriman, ’59, on May 25, 2009 in Midlothian, VA. She taught third grade for two years in North Augusta, SC, and later preschool for 13 years in Wilmington, DE. She also worked in retail sales. Sandra was a member of New Virginians, the Richmond Symphony, Richmond Art Museum, the First Universalist Unitarian Church, and The Richmond Forum. She is survived by her husband, Edmund, three children, and five grandchildren. Thomas Murphy, ’72, on July 7, 2009. Thomas lived in Edmonds, WA. He worked for almost 35 years in the Yellow Page industry, first with GTE Directories in Michigan and later in the Chicago area, and then with Verizon Corp. in Lynnwood, WA. Thomas retired from Verizon in 2002 and began a second career in the Yellow Page industry with Dex Media in Bellevue, WA. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Pat Tual Murphy, ’71, and two children.
Bruce Voglesong, ’73, on Jan. 5, 2005 in Vero Beach, FL. He was an employee of the Eastman Kodak Co. in Fort Collins, CO. Bruce is survived by his wife, Margaret Frost, ’74, four daughters, and his mother, Marion Bunte Voglesong, ’46. M. Paul Holbrook, ’78, on Aug. 10, 2009 in Beulah. He served with the Michigan State Police beginning in 1986. He had worked for the Traverse City post for 10 years. He also served posts in Coldwater, Ionia, and Manistee. Paul previously worked as an accountant in Grand Rapids for seven years. He was a member of Northpointe Community Church. He is survived by his mother, three children, and a grandson. Scott Johnston, ’00, on April 28, 2009 in Royal Oak. Scott was an avid sports fan, especially golf and Notre Dame football. He is survived by his parents, his paternal grandparents, a sister, Susan Johnston Olson, ’94, and a brother. Jason McGuigan, ’09, on July 25, 2009 in Calhoun County. At Albion, Jason majored in economics and management and was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He is survived by his parents, Kent and Judy McGuigan, a sister, Meghan McGuigan, ’06, and a brother, Kalon McGuigan, ’10. Sean Daly, ’11, on June 20, 2009. A Jackson resident, Sean had completed his sophomore year at Albion, where he received high honors. He was an accomplished golfer. He is survived by his parents, two brothers, and two sisters.
An Uncompromising Quest for Excellence Ken Ballou, professor emeritus of biology, passed away Oct. 26, 2009. (See accompanying note on page 46.) His colleagues, friends, and former students offer their remembrances below. Ken Ballou was the quintessential teacher. He fully dedicated his efforts as a faculty member of Albion College to the advancement of his students. He would spend hours setting up his lab demonstrations so they were ideal exhibits for the benefit of the student. He maintained high personal expectations as a teacher and expected the same of his students. I felt fully prepared to master gross anatomy in medical school at the University of Michigan due to Ken Ballou’s diligence. My performance was an indicator; it is a tribute not only to Ken Ballou for his dedication to teaching but to Albion College for supporting the education of students first, over other priorities. I am personally thankful for having been a student of Ken Ballou. William Wadland, ’69 Ken Ballou had a unique personality that we appreciated as students, and came to appreciate even more over the years. Both of us learned more than microbiology from him; we learned about respect for others as well as one’s self. If you respected him, he was passionately loyal and respectful to you in return. Ken was often strongly opinionated, but he stood by his principles, a valuable life lesson for his students. His attention to detail, organization, consistency, and love of teaching touched us. We both miss him dearly. Barbara, ’72, and William Rafaill, ’70 Ken Ballou was a good friend and fellow teacher who was strongly student-oriented. He was especially interested in the health sciences and was proud to learn that at one time there were over 400 Albion College alumni who were physicians in Michigan. In his work he emphasized the importance of teacher-student relationships. When encouraged to apply for a sabbatical leave in order to extend his research studies toward the completion of a doctorate, he chose instead to visit several former students in the health sciences and to establish a series of pre-medical and pre-dental internships which would enable students to learn firsthand about the practical and emotional aspects of the health care professions. I was pleased when Albion College later granted Ken an honorary doctorate.
For biology students enrolled in one of Ken Ballou’s classes for the first time, his name struck fear in their hearts. They heard he was demanding. They heard he was rigorous. They heard his standards and expectations were lofty and uncompromising. They heard correctly! They felt as though they were stepping off a cliff on the darkest of nights, not knowing what awaited their fall. What they came to understand from Ken’s classes was that the cliff was not a fall into an abyss, but was a single step into learning, intellectual maturity, self-discipline, and preparation for life, and that Ken was there to guide them if they had the courage and self-motivation to work as hard as he did. He would not accept anything less and had no hesitation to suggest changes of careers for students who attempted to coast. His classes were always over-enrolled with waiting lists that are still legendary, for students knew that his comparative anatomy and microbiology classes would give them a level of preparation for graduate or professional school and life as a biologist that students from other colleges could never hope to match. I had the great pleasure to work many, many years with Ken at the Albion Area Ambulance Service, where he was a founding member. Ken was a true believer in volunteerism, and he gave the ambulance service every measure of his time and devotion. Ken was a devoted educator, and a colleague who demanded excellence from his students and expected no less from his colleagues. Our discussions and arguments were always as inspiring as they were passionate, and often served as truly profound teaching moments. It is fair to say that Ken’s lessons extended well beyond his students, and many of us who taught with Ken greatly improved our courses and our teaching methodologies because of his influence. The alumni who took a class from Ken will never forget his name when reflecting on their life at Albion College. And they will never forget the lessons they learned. That’s an enviable epitaph. Jeffrey Carrier Professor of Biology
Ewell “Doc” Stowell Professor Emeritus of Biology (Note: Ewell Stowell passed away shortly after this was written.)
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Faculty and Friends Clara Dixon on Aug. 31, 2009 in Stonington, ME. Clara was appointed to the biology faculty of Albion College in 1946, after earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo and an M.S. degree from the University of Michigan. She later completed an M.A. at the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. She retired and was named professor emerita in 1985. Along with Ewell “Doc” Stowell, she was instrumental in the establishment of the Whitehouse Nature Center. An ornithologist, she was best known for her research on the Savannah sparrows of Canada. Over the course of 16 summers, she and more than 20 students traveled to New Brunswick to study the sparrow population there. She was cared for in her later years by Mickey Botma Jacoba, ’55. (Please see the remembrances of Clara Dixon by colleagues and former students on this page.) Charlotte Edith Amos Isaac on July 3, 2009 in Fort Myers, FL. She graduated as a registered nurse from the Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing in 1937. Edie enlisted and served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps from 1942 to 1945. She later nursed at hospitals and summer camps. Edie served as director of student health services at Albion College and traveled to rural Calhoun County homes to provide nursing care. She and her husband, Elkin “Ike” Isaac, ’48, were married Dec. 22, 1944 in Horningsham, England. They settled in Albion, where Edie was an active community member in addition to her work in health care. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren, including Natalie Dubois, ’97, and Brigitte Dubois, ’01. Ewell Stowell on Nov. 3, 2009. As the fall-winter Io Triumphe! was going to press, we learned of the death of Ewell “Doc” Stowell, professor emeritus of biology. Doc is survived by his wife, Barbara. More complete information will appear in the next edition.
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Larger than Life: Remembering Clara Dixon sparrows (her research species), heard about the International Crane Foundation and Erich Klinghammer’s Wolf Park, and listened to the songs of humpback whales. Thank you, Clara.
Clara Dixon, professor emerita of biology, passed away Aug. 31, 2009. (See accompanying note.) She is remembered in the comments below by her colleagues, friends, and former students. I knew Clara Dixon in the prime of her life. In the early 1960s, she was excited about working on her doctoral research and had a gentle way of bringing that excitement into the classroom. In Introductory Zoology, she inspired me to go beyond the textbook and begin reading the scientific literature. In Vertebrate Natural History, she encouraged me to think about life’s diversity and how it could be studied scientifically. And in a senior seminar on Evolution, she introduced me to ‘big questions’ in biology. Most importantly, Clara took a strong personal interest in her students. Whether I was riding around the countryside with her in her Karman Ghia or talking about life over coffee at her house, I knew I was in the presence of a caring, intellectually curious person. She was a wonderful role model for an aspiring scientist. Ted Fleming, ’64 On the plane going home after my interview for a biology position at Albion, I realized to my dismay that the person I found most exciting and interesting—Clara Dixon—would be retiring at the end of the next year. Fortunately for me, and for all of us, she remained for another two years. I spent many happy Saturday afternoons talking with her at her house on the hill. Clara was not a large person, but she was larger than life. She was serious about civil rights, women’s issues, and the wellbeing of her students. She cared passionately about biology, the Whitehouse Nature Center, and her cat, Bert. Clara was uncommonly good-natured. I can close my eyes now and hear her laughter. Ruth Schmitter Associate Professor of Biology My life is one of many enriched by Clara Dixon. In her classes we learned to identify hundreds of birds, reptiles, and mammals (and knew their Latin names); we learned their behavior and their importance to the world; we learned to respect and love them. During my 25 years as the director of the Whitehouse Nature Center at Albion College (a job she steered me toward), I used what I learned in those classes nearly every day, and my personal life has been enriched by years of bird-watching with my husband and Albion friends. Clara lives on in the memory of her friends and colleagues as a unique and strong-minded but modest individual. For me she also lives on through the memory of the vivid details of her classes, where I saw my first bluebird, learned about Savannah
Tamara Crupi, ’79 Director (retired), Whitehouse Nature Center Though almost diminutive in stature, Clara Dixon was a giant in her personality and influence. Her mantra was “What’s in this for the student?,” and no plan that we discussed in the Biology Department went unchallenged by that admonition. She enticed the best from her students who hoped to excel as much for Clara as for themselves. She nurtured the inquiring mind of students who were excited by the natural world, and she was genuinely perplexed by those who did not share her passion for learning and her love of all things wild. She personified the very best in all of us, and the strength and reputation of the department was due in no small way to the high standards she demanded of all of us. She made learning fun, with a rigorous and attentive style that students never resented. She was a role model for women in science and no less so for all who knew her, worked with her, and genuinely cared for her. I miss seeing her snowshoe across campus from the farm on the hill. What a remarkable woman. Jeffrey Carrier Professor of Biology Not even 5:00 a.m. “Get up; you must hurry. I spotted the Kirtland warbler. It’s such a rare bird; you will want it on your life list.” Twenty groggy-eyed students shuffle out of bed Don heavy coats, gloves, hats. She leads them a mile or so beyond the cabins. The Michigan woods are cold; dawn is just breaking. And there, atop a young jack pine, A small grayish and yellow warbler Sings a loud, low-pitched song. For these birders, a find of a lifetime, the Kirtland. “Do you see it?” she asks, passing from one student to another. “Do you see it?” And they stay until all see it, Mark it on their life lists. Mickey Botma Jacoba, ’55 (Excerpted from remarks at the funeral service for Clara Dixon)
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Beyond ‘Monopoly’: Different Ways to Learn the Value of a Dollar
Plan a Budget
Start a Business
To help young children understand money concepts, begin by differentiating pennies from silver coins and then showing the values of the silver coins expressed in pennies. With older children, play simple games built around different combinations of coins. You can explore all the ways you can make 10 cents, 25 cents, 30 cents, 40 cents, or 50 cents. Or gather a small amount of change in your hand (out of view) and ask your child to tell you what the coins are, based on the number of coins and their combined value (for example, four coins totaling 12 cents would be two nickels and two pennies).
Children who receive an allowance or other earnings can learn simple lessons about saving and budgeting by dividing their money into jars—one for charity, one for saving (or investing), and one for spending—and then setting goals for each over a period of time and determining the ways the money will eventually be distributed. Older children can learn budgeting by planning a family outing and figuring out the associated expenses and where the money will come from. Everyday activities, such as trips to the grocery store, can also become lessons on comparing costs and managing money.
To show children that not all money comes from Mom and Dad’s checking account, encourage them to start a simple business providing (and charging for) useful services for family members and friends: cooking meals, selling their technical know-how (computer skills, cell phone programming), carrying out household chores, or caring for pets. Older kids can also operate a rummage sale or sell items they have made or grown at flea markets and farmers’ markets. You can help with identifying the services, setting prices, and then budgeting where the income will go.
Sources: www.about.com; “Six Ways for Kids to Make Money” by Steve Gillman.
Your Money’s Worth Here are some additional resources to use in helping your child become “money smart.”
Jeff Brown, The Kids’ Guide to Business
www.practicalmoneyskills.com/games/ Try out the online games, such as “Financial Soccer” and “Smart Money Quiz Show,” that teach about money management.
Eileen and Jon Gallo, The Financially Intelligent Parent: 8 Steps to Raising Successful, Generous, Responsible Children Joline Godfrey, Raising Financially Fit Kids Neale Godfrey, Ultimate Kids’ Money Book and A Penny Saved: Teaching Your Children the Values and Life Skills They Will Need to Live in the Real World Jeanne Kiefer, Jobs for Kids
www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/numbers/measuring/money/game.shtml Play “Bargain Hunt” and “Conveyor Belt,” interactive games that develop math skills along with money concepts. www.kidnexions.com/?gclid=CJS06rSqsJ0CFRQeDQodrzNtjg Check out this savings and money management software program that puts kids in charge of their money.
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A 21st-Century Pied Piper wherever artist Jimmy Kuehnle goes, the curious are sure to follow. Currently the Philip C. Curtis Visiting Artist at Albion, Kuehnle most enjoys the reactions he gets to his inflatable creations, like this one entitled “You wear what I wear,” that he dons for public performances. He recently told a reporter, “If I’m in something brightly colored, I look behind me, and I’ll see all these children. eventually, you’ll see some adults running and realizing their children are following a balloon down the street.” Kuehnle participated in this fall’s Grand rapids ArtPrize competition with this same work.
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