Columbia College Affinity Magazine: Summer 2020

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Then & Now From left: Ted Worsham, Susan McGraw Schawe, Dan Rieke & Nancy Slaten-Holtzclaw kick back at a party in 1979 and happily recreate the good times in 2019.

A fellow creative, classmate Floyd Alsbach ’81 studied fine art. He has enjoyed a successful career as a painter and was a college art professor. He also recruited his nephew to attend Columbia College. Dan Rieke ’80 was a legacy student to his mother Ann Brookie Rieke

Rieke started a private Facebook group for students who attended the college between 1975 and 1982. Old college photos and memories are often shared, so much that “all these years later, it feels like we have never really left,” he says. Today, Rieke lives in Indianapolis and is a supply chain professional at Roche Diagnostics. His current portfolio is related to COVID-19 testing products, with his marketing colleagues reporting this information directly to the White House task force. While still connected to the group, Rick Garcia ’80 hadn’t seen most of his classmates in nearly 30 years. “I was getting calls from all over the country from classmates and friends telling me I need to come [to the reunion],” he says.

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Morgan started with the freshman class of 1976 and graduated in 1981. She has been a full-time writer for 39 years and is the author of four selfhelp books. She also enjoys painting – keeping in mind the lessons of former CC Art Professor Sidney Larson – and is a gifted photographer.

who attended Christian College in 1950-51. Like many students, he was introduced to CC through a regional recruiter and was drawn to the small, liberal arts program.

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A self-described “Air Force brat,” Morgan knew she wanted to go to a small college to study English and art. As she sat with two acceptance letters – one from American College in Paris and the other from Columbia College – she made her choice sight unseen: “CC spoke to me – I just fell in love with it.”