Office of Alumni Engagement

Welcome to 2013!

We are looking forward to a great year ahead for Alma College, with our new Center for Student Opportunities open, another Resonance performance ahead, and some fantastic alumni events planned, just to name a few...and I hope to see many of you throughout the year.

In the upcoming month, watch for alumni events in the southwest (Albuquerque, NM and Phoenix, AZ), Florida (Naples, Tampa, Orlando and Hollywood), and Chicago, and we'll return with several events in Michigan in March. 

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:

The Center for Student Opportunity  (CSO)


Our new Center for Student Opportunity opened in January in the space that previously housed Jones Auditorium and the Kiltie Korner bookstore.  The CSO is a one-stop shop for all the services students need to make the most of their Alma education and meet the requirements of our new Alma Commitment, including assistance with both academic and career planning as well as resources for connecting to hands-on experiences (internships, research, service learning, etc.). Check out this YouTube clip to view the beautiful new space!


CSO video 


Also check out the great local coverage of our Alma Commitment:


Alumni Awards

Is there an alumnae/alumnus who you would like to see honored next Homecoming?  Now is the time to nominate them for an alumni award!

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor presented to alumni, recognizing alumni who have brought distinction to the College through their professions, have set strong examples for others and have served their communities. 


The George Hebert Award is presented to alumni for their loyalty and service to Alma College and to the Alumni Association.  


The Young Alumni Award recognizes recently graduated alumni (between 1 and 10 years) who have given faithful service to Alma College and their communities.


The Smith Distinguished Service Award honors graduates who believe in Alma College and have assisted with student recruitment, helped with career efforts, visited the campus to attend events or speak to a class, or served on a College board.


Please see the website below to see complete award descriptions and to make a nomination! Nominations are accepted between October 15 and April 15 for these awards. The Alumni Board votes on nominations at its Spring Meeting at the end of April.




A Celebration of the Performing Arts  

(Year II: Grand Rapids!)    


March 3, 2013

3:00 p.m. Concert  

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Alumni & Friends Reception (please RSVP)   

DeVos Place, Grand Rapids


Please join us for a fantastic demonstration of our student talent! This year's concert will include the choir, percussion ensemble, highland arts ensembles and the dance company.

To purchase tickets:
To RSVP for the reception, please email

In Training?

If you're in the area, or interested in traveling to join us, please consider walking or running with us in two active alumni & friends events coming up:

Sunday, March 17
St. Patrick's Day 5K & Parade, Bay City, MI
Sign up for the 5K by clicking HERE
(then contact us at or (800) 291-1312 x 2 so we can all meet up the day of the race/parade!)

Saturday/Sunday, March 23/24
Relay for Life, Alma College Recreation Center
Join our Alumni & Friends Team by clicking HERE

Saturday, May 25
Highland Festival 5K, Alma, MI
Register for the 5K by clicking HERE


Alumni & Friends Scotland Trip     

hosted by Professor Britt Cartrite

June 17 -26, 2013


If you would still like to go, please register ASAP!



Edinburgh Castle  

Please email if you would like a brochure!

For more information, please click HERE


Smith Alumni House   
Alma College Office 
of Alumni Engagement
614 W. Superior St.
Alma, MI 48801-1599
(989) 463-7245
In this issue
Alumni Awards
In Training?
Alumni & Friends Tea at Masonic Pathways

Upcoming Events

2/9 Women's Basketball Alumni event (Campus)


2/11 Albuquerque, NM  


2/12 Phoenix, AZ


2/15- 2/18 Florida Events 

15  - Naples

16 - Tampa

17 - Orlando

18 - Hollywood 


2/22 - 2/28 Choir Tour 

22 - Sturgis, MI

24 - Chicago & Wilmette, IL 

25 - Mt. Carroll, IL 

26 - Kalamazoo, MI  

27 - Charlotte, MI 

28 - Grand Haven, MI 


2/27 Chicago In-City Interview Trip Reception


3/3 RESONANCE (Grand Rapids)


3/17 St. Patrick's Day Race & Parade, Bay City, MI 


3/23-3/24  Relay for Life (campus)  


4/20 Commencement (campus)


5/25 Highland Festival Reception (campus) 


October 4-6 

Homecoming 2013! 


Athletics Update: 


Basketball "Pink" Games (proceeds support breast cancer research) 


Saturday, February 9

3:00 p.m. Women's Varsity vs. St. Mary's College  


5:00 p.m. Men's Varsity vs. Adrian College  


Volleyball Raffle

Tickets are $25 and will be available until the drawing on Feb 9 by contacting Coach Sarah Dehring, 989.463.7088 or

Proceeds go to support the Volleyball program


Admissions Update

The Admissions office is busy as always with prospective students and families visiting campus, applications coming in and financial aid season just around the corner.  


The numbers are looking good for this time of year, with over 1,450 accepted students and over 100 committed Scots; we are working hard to bring in this next class.


Don't forget, referring the perfect Alma student helps shape our class and reach our goals. Thanks for the help you have given so far this year!

Career Corner   
Current opportunities to help in the career realm:

1. Continue passing along job, internship and other career leads   
2. Join the ACT (Alma Connecting Together) group on 
3. Help with upcoming career events on campus:

2/5 Internship & Summer Camp Fair

2/8 Alumni-Student Speed Interviewing

For more information, please contact Ginna Holmes: 

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