Office of Alumni Engagement

Well, the shortest month of the year has certainly flown by - helped along by a busy month of events!  We were able to visit some of our snowbirds (and full-time warm-locale residents) in New Mexico, Arizona and Florida, and we're wrapping up the month with a jam-packed schedule leading up to Resonance.

Resonance: A Celebration of the Performing Arts is a fantastic showcase of our student talent, featuring the choir, percussion ensemble, highland dancers, bagpipers and dance company and will take place this Sunday at DeVos Hall in Grand Rapids. It was such a proud moment for alumni who attended last year's performance at the Detroit Opera House; I have no doubt this year will equal or surpass.

The choir and percussion ensemble are both out this week touring west Michigan with daytime school visits and evening performances in an effort to connect with prospective students, alumni and friends.  If you're close enough to make it, we would love to see you in the audience!

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:



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


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

Students Doing Great Things...

Five Alternative Break service experiences will engage Alma College students during their winter break, ranging from building homes to interacting with border immigrants to assisting with disaster cleanup efforts.

This year's locations: 
* Affordable Housing: Habitat for Humanity, Georgetown, Del. 
Students will help construct homes for disadvantaged families.


* Disaster Relief: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Henryville, Ind. 
Students will assist cleanup efforts in an area damaged by a major tornado.

* Immigration and Border Issues: El Paso, Texas, and Nogales, Ariz. 
Students will assist with service efforts and interact with immigrants in communities along the U.S.-Mexico border.

* Multicultural Arts and Urban Youth: Milwaukee, Wis. 
Organized by Alma College alumna Mary Sugiyama, students will volunteer with a variety of inner-city agencies that assist African-American refugees, Hispanic ESL learners and troubled youth.

* Rural Poverty: Once Upon a Time, Maryville, Tenn. 
Students will work with the Cherokee Nation in a rural Appalachia community on trail maintenance and service projects. 
Over the past two years, Alma College has ranked among the top three schools in the nation in the percentage of students that participated in these service trips, according to the national service organization Break Away. 

2013 Scot Loyalty Fund Klenk Open  

(Adjusted Date)  

Saturday June 1, 2013
Pine River Country Club - Alma, MI
9:00 - 10:00 AM - Registration
10:30 AM - Shotgun Start

$120 per person
$450 per foursome

$100 Hole Sponsorships Available


Alumni Awards

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

Deadline: April 15, 2013 


Alumni & Friends Scotland Trip     

hosted by Professor Britt Cartrite

June 17 -26, 2013


There are only 4 spots left on this tour, 
so act quickly if you want to go! 



Edinburgh Castle  


For more information, please click HERE


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


Smith Alumni House   
Alma College Office 
of Alumni Engagement
614 W. Superior St.
Alma, MI 48801-1599
(989) 463-7245
In this issue
Alternative Breaks
Klenk Open
Alumni Awards
In Training?
Susanne Butters'60 and Niece
Sue Butter '60 visits with her great-niece Justine Cowan '14 at her choir performance in Kalamazoo.

Chicago In-City 2013
Students huddle around Sally Weir '90 for advice at the Chicago In-City Interview Trip Alumni-Student Reception

Chicago In-City 2013 (2)
Robert Schultz '77 chats with a student at the Chicago In-City Interview Trip Reception
Upcoming Events

2/22 - 2/28 Choir Tour  

28 - Grand Haven, MI 


2/27 Chicago In-City Interview Trip Reception


3/3 RESONANCE (Grand Rapids)


3/7 Integrated Health Program Overview, Lansing, MI 


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


3/19 Alumni-Student Game Night, Smith Alumni House (campus)


3/23 Model UN Reception, New York City TBA 


3/23-3/24  Relay for Life (campus)  


4/20 Commencement (campus)


5/25 Highland Festival Reception (campus)  


6/1 Klenk Open, Alma, MI


6/17-27 Scotland Trip!


October 4-6 

Homecoming 2013! 


Athletics Update: 


Kudos to the Alma College Wrestling Team for winning the Mid-States Championship!

Next up: NCAA Division III Regionals this weekend in Elmhurst, IL. 

Good Luck! 


Admissions Update

Financial Aid season is here! Admissions representatives are tearing up the phone lines calling families to help with their financial aid paperwork. Beginning March 1 the Financial Assistance office will be putting financial aid packages together for families; at this time we see many of our students making their final decision.  Now more than ever we need to be showing the value of the Alma College education and the opportunities they have by choosing AC! 


Numbers continue to look positive; with over 2,300 applications and 1,600 accepted students we are confident our class will be as strong as ever.


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


Jessie DeHaan '07
Sr.Assist. Dir. of Admissions

Career Corner   

Laurie DeYoung '04 
has just moved across campus (from Admissions) to take on the role of 
Assistant Director of Career Services in the Center for Student Opportunities.

Welcome, Laurie!

Contact Us: 
 Ginna Holmes

Laurie DeYoung 

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