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Office of Alumni Engagement

Boy, we've had a wet April on campus, as I know many of you have experienced as well.  We saw some near-record levels of rain that caused school and road closures in the city of Alma, but the College fared very well through the flooding.

As always, the April wetness isn't just in the rain (and snow!) we've gotten this month, but also in the tears demonstrating a mixture of happiness and sadness as we congratulate - and send off - our newest group of alumni.  Springtime brings a time of closure for students at all levels of school even as the season promotes new growth.

Best wishes to you as we (hopefully!) transition from the April showers to May flowers!

Lou Ecken '95
Director of Alumni Engagement


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Congratulations to the
Alma College Class of 2013!!!
faculty and grads 2013
See highlights live on our  
For a listing of our graduates, please click HERE. 

Four More Finalists, Two More Confirmed Fulbrights...

Alma College has four more Fulbright finalists this year: Andrea Bouwhuis, Chelsea Duff, Kaitlyn Gordon and Jon Haley. 

We have recently heard that both Andrea and Chelsea have been awarded Fulbright scholarships for their plans in Spain and South Korea respectively, and more awards could still be forthcoming.

For more information, please click on the links for more information about Andrea Bouwhuis and Chelsea Duff.


Dr. Grimnes retires...

Although we are sad to see her leave, we must also celebrate another kind of graduation with our colleague, Dr. Kay Grimnes.  After 27 years of teaching at Alma, Kay is retiring to pursue some of her other passions. 
Dr. Kay Grimnes at her retirement reception with Provost Michael Selmon
Kay has been an integral member of the biology faculty and, as the only female biologist, has been an important role model for young women interested in science.  She enthusiastically shared her passion for research with each class of students.  She has been an advocate for the developmental student advising model and served as a mentor for many new faculty as they learned advising responsibilities.  We will miss her excitement and creativity but we wish her well as she moves into this new stage of her life!
2013 Athletic Hall of Fame  
Congratulations to the following 2013 inductees:

1997 Men's Soccer Team
Sean Byram, Jon Cullen, Todd Ruiter, Brandon Stevenson, Ryan U'Ren, Jeff Bateson, Chris Alexander, Jason Passalacqua, Mike Lovati, Randy U'Ren, Roger Pattie, Tom Jewett, Joe Stewart, Nate Spang, Cody Loose, Brandon Klump, Ben Hondorp, Paul Aceto, Matt Keller, Mark McClutchey, Sean Rice, Jason Timmer, James Bouchard, Ryan Webb, Shaun Turkelson, Kevin Gunns, Coach Scott Frey
1999 Men's Soccer Team 
Sean Byram, Jon Cullen, Andrew Emrich, Brian Toy, Jeremiah Roberts, Jake Olson, Chris Alexander, Jim Allen, Mike Lovati, Ryan U'Ren, Nick Schipper, Mark McClutchey, Joel Stewart, Nate Spang, Adam Sobczak, Brandon Klump, Evan Winters, Paul Aceto, Matt Keller, Jeff Hosler, Sean Rice, Tom Aceto, Kevin Gunns, Ryan Webb, Mike Mansfield, Aaron Collins, Marshall Gray, Andrew Luck, Coach Scott Frey

1994 Women's Softball Team 
Holly Barnett, Angi Ahac, Michelle Olds, Christine Snyder, Jenny Ludlum, Shannon Domrase, Deb Quackenbush, Kelly Ervans, Bonnie Palmer, Rachel Butler, Julie Kirchoff, Annie DeLind, Lisa Meyer, Miranda Devereaux, Danelle Volk, Beth Aulerich, Andrea Hill, Julie Hoffman, Lisa Knowles, Coach Denny Griffin
Distinguished Alumnus: Robert "Bob" Eldridge '71 
Coach: Scott Frey, Men's Soccer 
Jeff Bateson '97 (Men's Soccer) 
Tom Jewett '97 (Men's Soccer) 
Jason Passalacqua '97 (Men's Soccer) 
Chris Alexander  '99 (Men's Soccer) 
Julie Hoffman '94 (Softball) 
Rachel Butler '94 (Softball) 
Dana Thibault '97 (Women's Swimming) 
Radu Danca '95 (Men's Diving) 

Summer Camps & Workshops at Alma!

From athletics to music to leadership, Alma College has a wide variety of camps to offer this summer.  Send your kids (or your friends' kids!) to us for a great summer experience! 

For information about all of the options, please click

Smith Alumni House   
Alma College Office 
of Alumni Engagement
614 W. Superior St.
Alma, MI 48801-1599
(989) 463-7245
In this issue
Class of 2013
Dr. Grimnes Retires
Summer Camps

Excited grad with diploma


Upcoming Events

5/19 Woodford, VA event 


5/25 Highland Festival Reception (campus)   


5/29 Muncie, IN


5/30 Indianapolis, IN 


6/1 Klenk Open, Alma, MI


6/5 Lugnuts Suite, Lansing, MI 


6/17-27 Scotland Trip


6/27 Whitecaps Game, Grand Rapids, MI  


7/29 Central Michigan Picnic, Alma 


8/5 West Michigan Summer Sendoff Picnic, Grand Rapids, MI  


8/6 Midland Summer Sendoff Picnic, Midland, MI 


8/8 Lansing Summer Sendoff Picnic, Lansing,  MI 


8/30 Tigers Game, Detroit, MI  


October 4-6, 2013  


Sweet Home Alma College 

President Abernathy heading up the gauntlet

Admissions Update

Greetings from Admissions!


With the May 1st National Deposit Deadline fast approaching, many students are making their final decisions for the fall.  


Over the past two weeks we have received over 70 deposits from future students - and the numbers continue to rise!  


Outreach to juniors and sophomores is in full swing, so if you know of any great students that would be a great Alma fit, please send them our way.


Happy spring!


Jessie DeHaan '07 

Sr. Assist. Dir. of Admissions

Athletics News: 


We're posting some great stats this spring, most notably in our women's lacrosse (in it's second season!) and softball teams, even with all of the events that have been rained out and rescheduled.  


W Lacrosse (4-1 league, 14-2 overall)  


Softball (8-2 league, 18-8 overall)  


Go Alma Scots! 


Career Corner   
Please remember how important networking is in today's professional world, and if you can,

Know of internships? Jobs? Other career building opportunities?

Contact Us: 
 Ginna Holmes

Laurie DeYoung 

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