Office of Alumni Engagement

It's nearly here!  Homecoming 2012: Back to the Future, will take over campus next week, October 5-7.  We are looking forward to seeing many of you back on campus to celebrate chances to reconnect with friends as well as enjoying the beauty of our campus in fall splendor.


The weekend kicks off with a Scholarship Lunch, Career Explo and Pizza Sam's Night on Friday, followed by a jam-packed Saturday that includes the Reinke 5k Memorial run/walk, parade, volleyball and football games, departmental receptions, Alumni Awards & Choir concert and a new alumni-student party at the Pine River Country Club sponsored by Greek life.  On Sunday, we will have our normal all-alumni breakfast, but will also add the opportunity for conversation about developing our regional groups (Roundtables) and will have two options for worship.  On top of these all-alum events, we have special events for the 50 and 25 year classes. It will be fun weekend and we hope to see you on campus!


Also, as a reminder of our previous email, we will be hosting a memorial service for Dr. Eugene "Doc" Pattison'56 at noon in the Chapel on Homecoming Saturday (October 6) for those who would like to attend.


Go Scots!


Lou Ecken'95
Director of Alumni Engagement
For information on these and other events, please 'like' the Alumni Association Fanpage on facebook or check out the campus calendar at this link: 


  HOMECOMING 2012: Back to the Future

October 5 - 7


For a complete listing of Homecoming activities, list of alumni who are coming back and links to the Reinke 5K Registration form and more,
please see this link


Alma College Alumni & Friends  

Scotland Trip


hosted by Professor Britt Cartrite

June 17 -26, 2013


Edinburgh Castle  

There will be an informational session at Homecoming  

12:30 p.m. in the Smith Room of the Library on Sat., October 6


For more information, please click HERE:  



Fall Enrollment Highest in Alma College history

Alma College has enrolled the highest number of students in its 126-year history, continuing a momentum swing that has seen a 21 percent enrollment increase over the past seven years and a 15 percent increase in new students from a year ago.   


move-in day  



The total headcount of 1,464 students represents a 3.3 percent increase over last year and surpasses the previous high of 1,447 students enrolled in 1995.


For the full story, click HERE



Campus Hosting Policy


Upcoming plans for Homecoming have revived some discussion regarding the campus hosting policy that the college implemented last spring. Those of you who follow us on Facebook may have seen some of the posts by our alumni and current students. Please know that student safety is our priority; this policy was developed after a thorough review of policies and best practices nation-wide.


The policy can be viewed at this LINK   


While this policy applies to all small housing units on campus, there are those who worry that it is an attempt to harm the Greek system.  On the contrary, we want a thriving Greek culture at Alma, and are supporting it by working toward building fraternity houses for the first time in our history as well as hiring our first Greek Advisor, Danielle Brandreth. We look forward to introducing Danielle to the alumni at Homecoming.    


If you have any questions about the policy, please refer them to Vice President Nick Piccolo or Director of Student Life, Dave Blandford at (989) 463-7147. 



Alumni House Lottery for Highland Festival Rooms


Reminder: The three rooms at the alumni house are in high demand during Highland Festival time. To make it fair for all, there will be a lottery on December 1, 2012 for the opportunity to reserve a room.


Please email or call (989) 463-7245 if you would like your name on the list for that lottery. Thank you!

Smith Alumni House   
Alma College Office 
of Alumni Engagement
614 W. Superior St.
Alma, MI 48801-1599
(989) 463-7245

In this issue
Homecoming 2012
Scotland Trip!
Enrollment Update
Campus Hosting Policy
Career Corner: Career Explo
Go Scots!  President Abernathy's daughter enjoys hanging out with Scotty at the football game in Aurora.
Women's Soccer 
Upcoming Events

Homecoming 2012:
Back to the Future!

Belhurst Castle Wine Tasting (Geneva, NY)

Philadelphia Event

1st Presb. 175th Celebration (Saginaw) - Choir & sermon by President Abernathy



Young Alum Event (St. John's, MI)



Basketball reception (Wheaton, IL)



Festival of Carols



Men's Basketball Alumni Game



RESONANCE event (Grand Rapids)

Alumni Event Photos

TomMcGuire&Ruth Majerle

  Tom McGuire'08 talks with Ruth Majerle (admissions) at the Aurora football tailgate

Fort Gratiot Light Station tour with President Abernathy

   ArtPrize Group Sara Kapp Mullen'91 is just one of several alumni that have art displayed in ArtPrize 2012.  Be sure to vote for your fellow Scots!

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