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Office of Alumni Engagement

During this month when many people spend time taking stock of the blessings in their lives, we want to say We're Grateful for YOU!

Robyn, Katy & Lou on the alumni house steps



For information on our events, please 'like' the Alumni Association Fanpage on facebook or check out the campus calendar at this link:
Festival of Carols Live Stream 

Mark Your Calendars!


Alma College's annual Festival of Carols will be streamed live at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.  Please join us around 2:45 p.m. EST for this live web event.


The Festival of Carols has long been a cherished event for students, alumni, families, friends and all who look forward to a celebration of our wonderful heritage of Christmas music.

Click HERE on December 8 to listen along!

Join us as we cheer on the 

Detroit Red Wings 
vs. the Chicago Blackhawks


8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Joe Louis Arena


Tickets $67  (located in section 227A) 

 Please contact the Alumni Office if you would still like to attend!

989.463.7245 or 


Alma College to Launch Four-Year Nursing Program!

Alma College has passed a critical hurdle in launching an innovative four-year nursing degree program that emphasizes the development of creative problem-solving and interpersonal skills in addition to nursing fundamentals.

The Michigan State Board of Nursing granted initial approval to Alma for a bachelor of science in nursing program. The decision on final approval will follow a site visit to ensure that the college has the necessary facilities and clinical partners.

For the complete story, click HERE.

Students serving  - near you?

Alma College students will embark on 10 alternative break service experiences over the holiday and winter breaks, varying from building homes and disaster relief to immigration issues and civil rights.

"The face-to-face interactions with the people we're helping is the best part of alternative breaks," says West Branch senior Lauren Steinhurst. "Seeing a smile on their faces is the best part of any day."

Locations for the upcoming December 15-21 trips are:

* Affordable Housing: Habitat for Humanity, Elizabethtown, Ky.  
Students will assist in building safe and affordable homes for economically disadvantaged families.

* Disaster Relief (faith based): Brigantine, N.J.  
Students will assist with cleanup efforts in an area affected by Hurricane Sandy.

* Urban Poverty: Center for the Homeless South Bend, Ind. 
Students will volunteer at the center as needed, including serving meals, tutoring school children and sorting clothing donations.

* Hunger/Homelessness: The Pilgrimage, Washington, D.C. 
Students will partner with various urban agencies responding to the hungry and the homeless.

* Keeping it in the Mitten: Cass Community Social Services, Detroit. 
Students may select this Michigan service option as Alma College develops partnerships within inner-city Detroit.

For complete story, click HERE.

Regional Groups: January meetings 

As you may recall from an earlier article in the ACCENTs magazine, we are working on developing "Tartan Task Forces," which are groups that meet three times a year in our major alumni concentration areas to help us plan programming in those regions.  This meetings will occur in January, April and August, and are open to any interested alumni and friends. 

The upcoming dates are:

Tues. Jan 14 - Chicago, time and location TBA 
Wed. Jan 15 - West Michigan, 5:30 p.m. Stifel Nicolaus & Co, Grand Rapids  
Fri. Jan 17 - Northern Michigan, 3:30 p.m. Traverse City Chamber of Commerce 
Tues. Jan 21 - Great Lakes Bay Region, 5:30 p.m. Fifth Third Bank, Midland 
Wed. Jan 22 - Southeast Michigan, 5:30p.m. Detroit Athletic Club 
Thurs. Jan 23 - Lansing, 12 p.m., People's Church, East Lansing

Seeing Progress...

TKE house building project in progress, with the Smith Alumni House and Chapel showing in the background.

Highland Festival Lottery Reminder:

Last Chance!

In an effort to be fair for room rentals during Highland Festival, we established a lottery system two years ago.  If you would like to have a chance at renting one of these rooms during the 2014 Highland Festival (May 23-25), please email to be entered into the drawing on December 2.

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

Lou Ecken '95
Dir. of Alumni Engagement

Robyn Carr '04
Assoc. Dir. of Alumni & Parent Engagement

Katy Shunsky 
Office Associate 
In this issue
Festival of Carols
Red Wings
Nursing Program
Alternative Breaks
Great Scots!
Upcoming Events

12/4 Tartan Tuesdays,  

 - Lansing: Crowne Plaza West

 - Trav. City: Cambria Suites 

 - G. Rapids: Mitten Brewing Co 

 - Troy: Steelhouse Tavern

 - Mt. Pleasant: Mt Pleasant Brewing Co

 - Chicago, IL: Duke of Perth


12/6-12/8 Festival of Carols, campus


1/7 Tartan Tuesday  


1/22 Detroit Red Wings vs. Blackhawks, Detroit  


1/25 Alumni Basketball Games, (Men's and Women's) campus

2/22-2/28  Spring Break

 - Choir tour, east coast

 - Baseball/Softball, Florida

 - W Lacrosse, Seattle/Portland

 - Alternative Breaks (various)

 - Chicago In-City Interviews 


3/1 Tigers Spring Training Camp event, Lakeland, FL


3/22-3/23 Relay for Life, campus


5/24 Highland Festival Parade Reception, campus 


Save the Date! 

Homecoming 2014

October 10-12 


For more information on these or other events, please go to the Alma College  calendar or the Alma College Facebook Fanpage event section
Admissions Update


Teaching in Uganda and Ukraine. Serving in hospitals in Sierra Leone. Volunteering in the hill tribes of Northern Thailand. Interning with Food for the Hungry in Rwanda. All of these experiences were made possible for our students through the Posey Global Leadership Program.


The Alma College Admissions Office is co-hosting the Posey Global (P-Global) Leadership Dinner on Friday, Dec. 6th, showcasing students who have taken advantage of our P-Global Scholarship, which funds internships and research focusing on global issues.

If you know a high school senior who is interested in service, travel, and/or gaining a global perspective, please RSVP with their name and the number of guests by contacting Madeleine Randolet at 1-800-321-ALMA or


We welcome your referrals! To refer a student, please complete the alumni referral form HERE. The student will start receiving Alma information right away and will be contacted by their admissions representative.

Students can come during the week to attend class, meet with a faculty member or coach, tour campus, eat in Hamilton Commons, and sit down with their admissions representative to discuss the application and financial aid process. We also offer group visits on select Saturdays. To schedule a visit, please call 1(800)321-ALMA.  


Happy Thanksgiving!


Anneliese Fox

Sen. Asst. Dir. of Admissions 


Great Scots!


Karen Asner'89 hosted an alumni reception in New York City in mid-November.  



Athletics News: 


Career Corner   
Attention Chicago alumni!

The Chicago In-City Interview trip, which brings Alma students to Chicago for networking and internship interviews, is
Feb. 26-28, 2014!  


You can participate in many ways: meet with students in a networking capacity, conduct a mock interview, or even help arrange interviews for actual internships within your company/organization. If you'd like to volunteer, please contact Carla Jensen, Assistant Director for Venture and Off-Campus Study, or 989.463.7421. 

Many graduates credit the Chicago In-City Interview trip with helping them land their first professional job. Thanks in advance for helping us make this program a success!

Laurie DeYoung '04
Asst. Director, Career Services
Parents' Corner   
Exams will be here soon! Order an Exam Kit for your Alma College Scot today! 
To order exam kits and other care packages for your student, please visit this link. Exam kit orders must be received by November 29.
The Parent Board continues to seek new members. If you are interested in applying, please contact me for additional information. 

Robyn Carr '04
Assoc. Dir. of Alumni & Parent Engagement

Wishing you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!


Every Gift Counts, Every Gift Helps,  Every Gift Matters

Please Support the Annual Fund!

The 2013-2014 fiscal year has begun and we need your annual support once again. 
A gift to the Alma Fund provides flexible, immediate-use dollars for scholarships, campus enhancements and programs that enhance the quality of student life.

Click HERE to make your gift today!