PRESIDENT’S PERSPECTIVE DIRECT
FROM THE ALUMNI DIRECT OR
I n early January I joined small college presidents from across the country at the
Annual Convention of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Tucson, Ariz.
The CIC represents over 570 private colleges from across the nation who range in
B ack in the summer of 1989, I stepped
onto the campus of Adrian College
and headed directly to the alumni office
size from a few hundred students to a few thousand. for my first interview. The following week
Like Adrian, these other colleges focus on teaching excellence and personal I was in the midst of a 10,000-piece mail-
attention. They believe that colleges should teach students how to think instead of ing of Homecoming brochures and it
what to think, and that a craving for lifelong learning is one of the greatest gifts we hasn’t slowed down since.
can give to undergraduates. These colleges do not believe in packing hundreds of Working for the College motivated me
kids into lecture halls or delivering lectures through a TV screen. They understand to finish my degree and legitimately
that small class size is critical to a vibrant learning environment, that only in a claim Adrian as my alma
milieu of open classroom dialogue can we nurture a broad liberal arts curriculum. mater. Promotions moved me from
As I was waiting for my plane ride home, I sat next to a president who has the alumni office to the development of-
attended these gatherings for 25 years. “How do you evaluate the financial health of fice, and in 2005, I came full circle when
these colleges?” I asked him. “Do small, tuition-driven colleges have a secure fu- asked to serve as the interim alumni di-
ture?” rector. When a year later the invitation
“Honestly,” he said, “I believe that half of the small privates in America are only came to remove the “interim” from my
two bad freshmen recruiting classes away from serious financial trouble. Some title, it was welcome.
may even close their doors.” The work is constant and the hours
His answer shocked me. To hear this from a respected college president with 40 are often long but the rewards are great.
years of experience in higher education is sobering news, and it reinforces the Meeting and working with alumni from
challenge that lies before us as we attempt to grow Adrian College to 1,400 stu- all over the country and beyond has
dents. broadened my view of Adrian College and
Once I caught my breath, however, I was heartened by his words because they the lives lived after graduation. Each remi-
magnified the outstanding work of our admissions recruiters. In an era when many niscent conversation I hear and Class
small privates are struggling, they have increased our applications by 330 percent Note I read tells a story of the important
over two years. impact this place and its faculty, staff
His words also underscore the importance of our Renaissance Plan and “staying and students have made.
the course” as we solidify the future of the school by growing our enrollment with During this exciting time of growth and
increasingly qualified students. We have a plan, the plan is working, and Adrian change, I recognize that each new stu-
College will be the beneficiary. dent eager to step on campus will, in a
We certainly are traveling through uncharted waters, but far from being a scary few short years, join the family of Adrian
journey, Adrian College is reaping the rewards of risk as we break all known admis- College alumni. It’s our responsibility to
sions records by building a new and different educational experience for our stu- share the legacy that connects them with
dents. AC history and tradition and theirs to
This surge in interest also emboldens morale on campus and leads professors share a 21st century perspective to keep
and administrators alike to dream big dreams about Adrian’s potential over the next us in touch with today’s young alumni. I
several years. hope to meet many of these students
We hope that our readers can feel the sense of excitement that permeates Adrian now, introduce them to some of you and
College when they read this issue. We also hope you – our readers and alums – officially welcome and congratulate them
will become more involved in the life of our college by contributing generously, when it’s time to call AC their alma
returning often, and keeping Adrian College in your thoughts and prayers. mater.
Thank you for allowing me to be your president during these Renaissance years. I’m sending out Homecoming bro-
chures again—and invite you to come
Kind regards, full circle, too—whether it’s back to cam-
pus or just reconnecting in some way.
Stop by the alumni office, give me a call,
send a letter or an email, join the online
community, mentor a student or employ
Dr. Jeffrey R. Docking continued on page 19
7 Think Deep
Why does a philosophy conference matter?
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A Chip Off the Hockeytown Block
College breaks ground on ice arena
Freshman Brandon Tingle has been playing hockey since
he was four years old, and when he graduated from high
school, the 18-year-old from Pittsburgh wanted to play in
“I knew I wasn’t going to make the NHL, but I wanted to
play college hockey,” he said. “Aside from academics, it
was my main factor for choosing a school.”
Brandon is one of the first members of a growing group of
students who are being recruited through ice sports. The
College broke ground on the Arrington Ice Arena in October.
Scheduled for completion this fall, the arena will enable the
College to offer four new athletics programs by the 2007-08
season: intercollegiate men’s hockey, intercollegiate
women’s hockey, intercollegiate synchronized skating, and
men’s club hockey.
“Michigan is a hockey state, and synchronized skating
is an up-and-coming sport. For many high school seniors
from the Midwest, Canada, and beyond, Adrian will be the
President Docking and Trustee Jack Vivian face off at the place to come,” President Jeffrey Docking said.
October “ice-breaking” ceremony. Jack, who is an expert on
As for Brandon, his hopes are high.
building ice arenas, won.
“I think it will be fun to play for a team in the inaugural
season,” he said. “I think we might be pretty good.”
History in Pictures
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how many will it take to cover
150 years? Adrian College senior Tavarski “Taz”
At least a book of them, according to Dr. Stephanie Jass, chair of AC’s Wallace ended his collegiate career as
history department. To commemorate Adrian College’s sesquicentennial in the most prolific tackler in NCAA
2009, Jass is preparing a pictorial history of Adrian’s 150 years of higher Division III history with 13.41 tackles per
education. game. He recently played in the East
Keep an eye out for updates, and in the meantime, there’s plenty of time to Coast All-Star Game and the Magnolia
Classic, showcasing his talent to
brush up on how to pronounce “sesquicentennial.”
professional football scouts. The Adrian
Have photos or other historical information to share? Contact Dr. Jass at native is likely to get his shot in the NFL,
517-264-3946 or email@example.com. the Canadian Football League or in
Chapel Entrance Updated AC Gets Equestrian
The front of the chapel has a new look Partnership formed with local boarding facility
New doors were made possible by the friends and Students can now bring their horses with them when they
family of the late Thelma MacNaughton, whose late come to Adrian.
husband, former AC religion and philosophy profes- The College has a new partnership with Wolf Creek Stables
in Adrian to offer boarding facilities. Wolf Creek Stables is
sor Dr. Douglas MacNaughton ’34, wrote extensively
one of the finest equine facilities in the region. Less than a
about the chapel’s stained glass windows.
ten-minute drive from campus, the 80-acre farm features a
The doors have beautiful windows and are handi- heated indoor arena, large outdoor riding arenas, and trails.
cap-accessible. For the price of boarding, students can rest assured that
“To me, they are a symbol of inclusion,” said Chris their beloved horses are well cared for.
Momany, Adrian College Chaplain. “They bring to mind Several opportunities for students in conjunction with the
the United Methodist expression, ‘Open Hearts, Open stables are in place or in process, including an equestrian
Minds, Open Doors.’” club that is increasingly visible on campus. A full-fledged
In addition, new peace poles were donated by equestrian team is a possibility, as are physical education
trustee Rev. Marsha Bitson Woolley ’82 and her classes and a “Horse Fun Day” for the larger student body.
husband Chuck to replace the old, weathered poles. To learn more about the facilities, go to
Peace poles are part of a worldwide project started by wolfcreekstables.com.
the World Peace Society, a nonprofit, member-sup-
ported, non-sectarian organization dedicated to unit-
ing people across the world through the universal say- Why Feminism is Cool
ing, “May peace prevail on earth.” AC introduces Women’s Studies Minor
The poles were given as a gift in honor of Ann Arbor
First United Methodist Church, where Marsha was a Adrian College has introduced a women’s studies minor.
pastor from 1994-2006. They celebrate the church’s The interdisciplinary program examines the past and the
present from the perspective of women and gender. Students
missional connection across the globe, and the hope
are encouraged to take classes that focus on women’s experi-
for peace they share with those around the world. The
ences and the construction of gender roles and identities from
languages on the poles represent those places across a variety of areas, including history, psychology, religion, En-
the globe where the church has been connected in glish, communication, and sociology. Both male and female
mission and ministry, and with the hope that Adrian’s students are welcome.
campus community will continue to be a place where The minor creates an interdisciplinary track utilizing classes
peace is explored and uplifted as a viable goal in their that Adrian already offers. The 2006-07 academic year is the
lifetime. first time it has been in place.
“They are a symbol that relates to Adrian’s entire An event in October was designed to help get the word out
institutional philosophy and mission,” Momany said. about the program. It included an expo for organizations that
aid local women and girls, and a presentation by keynote
speaker Jessica Valenti, a 27-year-old feminist writer from New
York who is executive editor of feministing.com. Her presenta-
tion was titled “Why Feminism is Cool.”
Better Housing Real Dedication
Singles in Pellowe and a Freshman Quad Campus celebrates stadium opening
Plans are underway to transform Pellowe into a residence
hall that is once again used by students. The building, which
for a long time has been used primarily by Conferences to
house off-campus guests, will soon be renovated into 80 single
rooms with private bathrooms. It is anticipated that the facility
will appeal to both the students who use it during the aca-
demic year and the outside groups that book rooms over the
New theme housing will enable a group of students to ex-
plore common interests or issues while living together. Ex-
amples are houses for a foreign language, a sport, a club or
activity. Two houses near campus have been purchased and
more purchases are possible.
Cargo Hall is being renovated, and Davis, Feeman, Stevens
and Powell halls will now be a freshman quad. A freshman
quad is designed to create greater opportunities for bonding
and programming for incoming students, and has successfully
improved retention at other cutting-edge colleges.
Adrian College dedicated the multisport performance sta-
dium on the opening day of home games for the fall ath-
Facelift letic season. Fans poured onto campus for the festivi-
ties. There were home games by the women’s and men’s
soccer teams, with the AC women scoring the first point
Adrian Tobias Room gets a new look ever in the new facility. A three-ton Bulldog statue com-
As part of the project to renovate Ritchie Marketplace, the Adrian missioned by Jack Shimko ’79 was dedicated at the
Tobias Room has been beautifully renovated. Included in the stadium entrance, and the football team played on cam-
project are a new roof, inviting entryway and coat room, re- pus for the first time in over 40 years that night, under
decorated bathrooms, new carpet, lighting and paint, and more. the lights. The game ball was delivered by a parachutist,
Faculty and staff members performed a “ribbon cutting” to dedi- and a fireworks display after the fourth quarter bid the
cate the facility at a fund raising and appreciation dinner in fans farewell. The stadium is located behind the Merillat
December. Sport & Fitness Center.
Plinko, Come on Down!
Student changes name for game show
Senior Mike Ballard loves the “Price is Right” so much that he changed his
name to try to get on the show. Unfortunately for his disappointed mother, it
Mike went to court to legally change his middle name from “Walter” to “Plinko.”
His mother was horrified and his father contacted the judge, but the change went
Last August, he and a friend camped out at the studio in Los Angeles. Mike
wore a T-shirt that read, “Plinko is my middle name” on the front and showed an
enlarged image of his reissued driver license on the back.
He made it on the show and ended up winning a toaster, ice cream maker,
electric toothbrush, an iced-tea jug, a vegetable cutter, and a $2,200 scooter. A
member of AC’s baseball team, he held up an Adrian College baseball shirt on air.
The campus was ready to watch at 11 a.m. on Oct. 25, but Mike’s half of the
show was interrupted by a speech by President Bush. Mike is waiting to hear if it
will air again, but he thinks it was worth the adventure either way.
As for his mother, she eventually came around and is now his biggest fan. He
made her a shirt that says, “Proud Parent of Plinko,” and she went with him to the
courthouse when he changed his name back.
“‘Walter’ is Mom’s dad’s name,” he said. “I got to tell Grandpa the entire story.”
Derek Brereton, a lecturer who teaches an- Dr. Sheri Bleam, professor of communica-
thropology, was the issue editor of Michigan tion arts and sciences, has served as a pan-
Discussions in Anthropology, v. 16, elist at several conferences, including at the
“Retrospectives: Lives and Works of Michi- National Communication Association
gan Anthropologists.” A publication celebra- Conference’s “Analyzing Commercials as
tion took place in April; Derek addressed about 50 anthro- Sites for Connection and Action: The Workshop on Visual
pologists to explain the genesis and purpose of the vol- Communication, Race and Gender,” and another NCA
ume. His talk was followed by a major address by Dr. panel, “Womentoring: A Site of Connection and Action in
Regna Darnell, a historian of anthropology from the Academe.” She was an honorary judge at the Eastern
University of Western Ontario. States Invitational Parliamentary Debate Tournament, and
will be a panel debate participant at the Central States
Fritz Detwiler, professor of philosophy/reli- Communication Association Conference, “Online Class-
gion, published an article called “The Chris- rooms.” She served as one of three judges for the
tian Right and American Public Education: Washington-Franklin Collegiate Challenge Debates at
1980-2005” in the Forum on Public Policy: Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va.
Religion journal. This article is derived from
his presentation at the Oxford Roundtable on Religion, the Dr. Deborah Field, associate professor of
State, and Education, at Oriel College, Oxford University, history, was the discussant on a panel en-
in the summer of 2005. titled “Sex and Family in the Post-War Soviet
Union” at the annual conference of the Ameri-
Dr. Forest “Rock” Haines, earth science professor for 36 can Association for the Advancement of Slavic
years, climbed to the top of Mount Kilamanjaro in Africa Studies held in November in Washington, D.C.
just before the fall semester began.
Dr. Gordon Hammerle, professor of psychol-
Maher Mualla, professor of chemistry, has ogy, presented a poster with Sandra Schroer
been elected co-president of the Southeast from Muskingum College at the Annual Meet-
Michigan Chapter of the Fulbright Association, ing of the Society for the Scientific Study of
the membership organization of the Fulbright Sexuality, Las Vegas. It was reprinted in the
program’s alumni and supporters. Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality in November.
Chaplain Chris Momany has published a Dr. Richard Koch, professor of English,
recent article on metaphysics, personhood, recently published “Models of Inservice” with
and community entitled, “The Fellowship of Laura Roop and Gail Setter as part of The
the Spirit/Intersubjectivity by Participation” in National Writing Project at Work.
the Asbury Theological Journal. Chris also continues writ-
ing for the Daily Bible Study of the United Methodist Pub- Dr. Dale Nesbary, vice president and dean of academic
lishing House. affairs, had a paper entitled “Public Wireless Internet” ac-
cepted for publication in the Encyclopedia of Public Infor-
In July, Don Cellini, Spanish professor in the mation Technology during the first quarter of 2007.
modern languages and cultures department,
gave the commencement address for the mas- Dr. Janet Salzwedel, professor of biology,
ter of arts in teaching a second language gradu- recently passed the test to become a 4th de-
ates at Bennington College in Bennington, Vt. gree Black Belt Master of Tae Kwon Do, pro-
moted by Master Dennis Rodriguez, 7th De-
Jeff Ball, art and design instructor, has pub- gree owner of the Black Dragon’s Den in
lished “Architecture: The Long Nineteenth Cen- Adrian. She has taught Tae Kwon Do at AC for 12 years.
tury” in “The American Midwest, An Interpre-
tive Encyclopedia.” Ron Elardo, professor of modern languages and cultures,
gave a paper at the 41st International Medieval Confer-
ence in Kalamazoo in May. The conference is the largest
Cindy Bily, assistant professor of English, has of its kind in the world, with thousands of
published “Pollution,” a book for middle school participants. Elardo has been chosen to head up the Ar-
students that is part of the “Introducing Issues chetypal Interpretation of Medieval Literature and Culture
through Opposing Viewpoints” series of session for the 42nd conference.
Greenhaven Press. The book was released in
A drian College is hosting the 34th Annual Conference for
Value Inquiry on April 12-15, which will attract scholars
from around the world to discuss this year’s topic: “Social
Justice and Individual Responsibility.” What does it mean for
Adrian College? Dr. James H. Spence, assistant professor of
philosophy and religion and conference organizer, offers his
There is a stereotype about philosophers being
a little hard for everyday people to understand.
Will the conference be accessible to
non-philosophers, and how is it connected to
I’m not sure what to say about the stereotype, other than
that like all generalizations it may be true of some but that
doesn’t mean that it is true of all. The keynote lectures are
intended to be accessible to everyone. One of our invited
speakers has an award-winning paper on whether or not there
is a moral obligation to vote, another has worked in hospitals
as an ethics consultant. The third has a book on how we
allocate organs for transplants. So that gives some indication
of their interests. I think everyone has opinions about fair-
ness, rights, responsibility, and on how we should live to-
gether in society. Thinking carefully about these ideas is what
the conference is really all about.
What sort of people will this attract?
Well, it is an academic conference, so most participants
will be professors. Most but not all will be philosophy profes-
sors – some will have advanced degrees in business, others
will have law degrees. One is a practicing lawyer, another is a
poet. In the past the conference has had participants from
places like China, Australia, and Scotland, and so far it doesn’t
seem like this year will be any different. We have a paper
submission by a fellow from Mexico who has an MBA, and
several philosophers from China attend regularly. We already
have submissions from Canada, the Philippines, India and
Sweden. Ethical concerns, and basic questions about the
fairness of a society and its institutions, are relevant no mat-
ter where you are.
Is it rare for a school of Adrian’s size to be
Deep selected to host a conference like this? Because
Adrian is small, are there any added benefits for
The conference moves around the country. The past few
conferences have been held at Louisiana State University in
Baton Rouge, Malloy College in New York City, the University
of North Dakota, the Medical College of Wisconsin, Okla-
homa State University. So I guess it probably is a bit unusual
Does a philosophy conference to have the conference held at a school of this size, but I
think that benefits the students. Students often know the fac-
really matter? ulty quite well here, and may be more comfortable interacting
with them at a conference. It also means that if they want to
A Q&A with Dr. James H. Spence participate or help out, there will be a place for them, and that
will give them a chance to meet a lot of people they wouldn’t
Who at Adrian will be involved? The conference web page quotes Eleanor
Adrian faculty will be fully involved – presenting papers, Roosevelt: “Justice cannot be for one side alone,
commenting on papers, chairing sessions, and so on. They but must be for both.” Why?
have been very helpful in helping me connect with their disci- Take any issue where fairness and our rights matter, and
plines – history, women’s studies, political science, and so the quote is relevant: the violence in the Middle East, the is-
on. Students are already helping with the planning. I’m hop- sue of gay marriage in the U.S., or affirmative action here in
ing they will also present and comment on papers. Michigan. You can’t have a fair resolution to an issue that is
I am also hoping that alumni in related fields can come fair to only one side – it is either fair for everyone or it is not fair
back and talk to students about their careers, and how is- at all. That doesn’t mean everyone will get what they want, it
sues of justice and individual responsibility matter in their means that we all need to recognize the importance of set-
professional lives. tling our disagreements with impartial principles. I think we
would all benefit if everyone agreed to this. Some might say
The conference has a social justice emphasis. that is unrealistic, but you have to remember, I am a philoso-
How do Adrian’s history and present goals play pher. And the alternatives to finding a reasonable solution that
is fair for everyone don’t look all that realistic to me.
It fits well, I think. President Docking wants Adrian College For more about the conference, click the link on the News &
to be a source of creative solutions to real problems. I think Info page at www.adrian.edu.
that building trust between groups with competing interests,
how we as a nation decide to allocate our health care re-
sources, what it means to be a professional with integrity, The Philosophical Grounding
these are real world problems with practical implications. It of Adrian College
also fits well with the history and mission of the college. Asa
Mahan, the first president of the college, had an advanced by rev. chris momany ’84, adrian college chaplain
degree in philosophy. In fact we were just reading some of
his work in one of my classes. Mahan was very dedicated to Many know that Adrian College has roots in the nine-
issues of social justice. In his autobiography, he described teenth-century abolitionist movement and women’s rights
himself as “the first man in the history of the race who con- movement. Yet few pause to explore the philosophical prin-
ducted women through a full course of liberal education,” and ciples that drove Adrian’s social justice emphasis. Consid-
he engaged in acts of civil disobedience as a way of protest- eration of these principles must focus on the life and thought
ing slavery. The faculty is aware of this tradition, and they of President Asa Mahan.
continue to have an interest in social justice to this day. That After the 1780s two competing schools of thought domi-
nated American moral philosophy or ethics. One of these
is why I chose this particular theme for the conference.
approaches is now termed teleological (from the Greek,
telos, meaning “end” or “goal”). According to this perspec-
Why is it important for Adrian students to study tive, actions are judged with reference to their consequences.
philosophy? The strength of this approach consists in its passion for
The study of philosophy enhances a person’s ability to think good results. A weakness is its tendency to excuse im-
clearly about complex issues, because it forces you to think moral means if they create a good end. The opposite ap-
logically about highly abstract and complicated things. It also proach has come to be known as deontological (from the
Greek, deon, meaning “duty”). This perspective holds that
helps you to clearly express your own thoughts about these
actions are intrinsically right or wrong and can not be justi-
complicated issues. There is evidence to back this up – phi- fied by appeal to some end. The deontological view was
losophy majors average about ten percent better on stan- given intellectual precision through the German philosopher
dardized exams than other majors. They score 17 percent Immanuel Kant.
above the average on the verbal portion of the Graduate Record Asa Mahan read Kant very early in his career, and by the
Exam. Philosophy majors do better than business majors on 1840s Mahan was teaching a modified Kantian ethic.
the test taken to get into MBA programs, and only econom- Mahan’s deontological commitments made him an unyield-
ics majors do better on the Law School Admissions Test. ing person. He even considered drinking coffee to be a vio-
So, philosophy may not be for everyone, but it can be helpful lation of his principles! But his strictness was beautifully
committed to the unconditional value of all people. Mahan
to any student regardless of their career goals. You might be
opposed every dehumanizing custom, such as slavery and
surprised where philosophy majors can go. One of my former the oppression of women. Adrian College was one of the
professors worked for the federal government on projects de- first institutions to embrace educational opportunity for all,
veloping artificial intelligence. Another has testified as an ex- at least in part because of Mahan’s ethic. Was the Old
pert witness on the issue of suicide. Several of my friends Doctor an extremist? Perhaps. He was certainly an extrem-
from graduate school work with hospitals as ethics consult- ist when it came to human dignity.
ants, others are very successful lawyers. So, the study of Momany will present a paper at the conference about Asa
philosophy can take you in many directions. One of the judges Mahan titled, “Theonomy and the Higher Law: History
on the U.S. Supreme Court was a philosophy major. and Hope.”
NEH Grants Benefit Students
by dr. jeffry berry
W hen I presented my research in a
session titled “Faulkner and Film”
at this fall’s American Studies Conven-
When Richard Koch studied “The Civil
Rights Movement” at the W.E.B. Du Bois
seen some results of Robin’s study as
we collaborated on a panel discussion
on teaching non-traditional literatures at
tion in Savannah, it was the result of work Institute at Harvard University, it was a a session of the Michigan Association
done at a National Endowment for the natural extension of his interest in issues of English Departments.
Humanities Summer Seminar, “Faulkner of social justice. Dick worked with such In addition to these three English De-
and Southern History.” The seminar, or- figures as Julian Bond, Anna Devere partment NEH Grants, I was also fortu-
ganized and led by University of South Smith, Cornell West, and Henry Louis nate enough to participate in one on Post
Carolina historian Don Doyle, gave me Gates. His research has made its way Colonial Studies in London at the School
an opportunity to work with colleagues into the classroom in courses on Civil for Oriental and African Studies. As with
from around the country as I did research Rights and African-American literature. I the other grants, one of the best aspects
that focused on my senior seminar class have seen some of the effects of Dick’s of this research was its application to
on Hawthorne and Faulkner. It was a NEH Seminar experience over the past the classroom. This spring as I teach
great opportunity to teach this course several years as we have team-taught “African Fiction” and “Post Colonial Lit-
as I presented my work and received classes on African-American literature. erature,” I am often reminded of things I
feedback from my seminar colleagues. One result of our collaboration is a pa- learned at that NEH Seminar. For ex-
The National Endowment for the Hu- per we are giving at this year’s African ample, when I teach Buchi Emecheta’s
manities is an independent agency of the American Studies Convention in Baton novel “Second-Class Citizen” I will always
federal government that offers professors Rouge on teaching W.E.B. Du Bois and remember the two days she spent with
opportunities to study humanities top- Booker T. Washington. us, which included a walking tour of the
ics in a wide variety of summer semi- As with Richard Koch’s experiences, places where her novel is set.
nars and institutes. People apply from Robin Bott’s NEH Seminar participation These NEH grants have been a bless-
across the country and 15 are selected relates both to scholarship and teach- ing to us in the English Department. We
for each seminar to work under the di- ing. “Re-Imagining Indigenous Cultures: have traveled from Harvard to Hawaii, from
rection of one of two leading scholars. the Pacific Islands” connects both to London to the American South. They
NEH Summer Seminars have created a Robin’s teaching and her scholarship, have been rejuvenating experiences for
wonderful opportunity for me and my reflected in her article on Queen all three of us. We have had opportuni-
colleagues in Adrian’s English depart- Liliuokalani published in “Remaking ties to work with colleagues from around
ment to do independent research that Queen Victoria.” Robin brings back the the world and to focus on our research.
has led to both scholarly work and class- NEH work she did at the University of But most importantly, they have given
room enrichment. I have noticed over and Hawaii to the classroom each year in us things to bring back to our students
over how their NEH work shows up in her course “Literature of Hawaii.” I have at Adrian College.
Handling the Admissions Flood
by brad whitehouse
W hen Kim Williams gets the morning mail, she can be sure
of one thing: it will be a new record for the number of ap-
plications that Adrian College has ever received.
Williams, admissions secretary and application coordinator, tries
to keep up by working Thursday evenings when her daughter is in
“Every little bit helps,” Williams said. “I’m so swamped with ap-
plications right now that I hardly ever take
“I used to get maybe two to four appli-
cations on my desk, and not every
day,” said Lisa Napierala, associate
director of admissions. “Now Kim
brings us stacks.”
Charting the Numbers
The results of Adrian College’s recent enrollment efforts have been extraordinary. The numbers at this
point in the year indicate a record class next fall.
At this time last year, the campus was shocked to see the “We believed he had the right vision for Adrian College.”
number of applications climb by 64 percent. This year that Docking wasted no time in getting started. One of the
number seems small, with applications rising by a mind- first changes he made was to hire his close colleague
boggling 315 percent. and friend, Rick Creehan. Creehan was appointed ex-
“It looks like we’re going to set a new applications record ecutive vice president and put in charge of growing the
every day until it’s all over,” said Rick Creehan, executive student body.
vice president. “A major component of what Jeff thought I could bring
The effort to grow enrollment has been so effective that to the table was experience with enrollment,” Creehan
sometimes Creehan is in awe. said.
“It’s an exciting journey, but we find ourselves in uncharted Docking was vice president and special assistant to
waters. With numbers like these, we have no way to predict the president at Washington & Jefferson College (Pa.)
the size or shape of next year’s class,” he said. before coming to Adrian. It was at W&J that he first heard
Why are so many students suddenly interested in Adrian? of Creehan, who worked at Allegheny College (Pa.).
And is the College prepared for such wild success? Creehan was earning a reputation for an innovative tech-
nique to leverage enrollment by making coaches part of
Story of a Turnaround the recruiting team. When Docking heard about the idea,
The story of Adrian’s turnaround in enrollment starts he urged Creehan to interview at W&J without ever meet-
with Dr. Jeffrey R. Docking. When he became president in ing him.
July 2005, he already had a strong idea about what he Docking and Creehan helped implement an admissions
wanted to happen here. In fact, it was a big reason why yield model at W&J that performed an overnight turn-
the Board of Trustees chose him for the job. around in applications, selectivity and matriculation. In
“The reason we as a board hired Jeff Docking is be- the very first year, the size of the freshman class went
cause of his plan,” said Ron Reeves ’64, former trustee. from between 309-315 students to 469. Now the pair is
trying something similar here. Many colleges today are moving in a different direction,
“I sleep like a baby at night because I know this plan is following a strong current of popular wisdom that says to
going to work at Adrian,” Docking said. invest in online classes, satellite campuses and nontradi-
One of his first changes was to restructure the admin- tional students.
istration. Every division related to enrollment now reports Docking has a different idea: stay true to what AC al-
to Creehan, including financial aid, admissions, athlet- ready does well, by providing a traditional, individualized
ics, marketing and public relations, and plant/mainte- education that promotes learning both in and out of the
nance. classroom. This has always been a place where students
“Jeff believed that the various constituents should all can get involved, so the College is focusing on recruit-
report to one VP to create an enrollment team,” Creehan ing through students’ extracurricular interests.
said. To Docking, the fact that many students are recruited
Every one of these departments now plays a critical as athletes is a strength of the plan.
role in admissions, and Creehan can easily coordinate “A lot of people in this industry write off student ath-
their efforts. letes as ‘dumb jocks,’” he said. “I disagree with that. These
are disciplined students, great leaders and contributing
Advisors are Recruiters, Too citizens, and I don’t apologize for bringing them in.”
When Adrian College hired Jen Lafferty as the full-time New students bear out his theory. Not only are num-
women’s soccer coach last year, she understood that bers going up, but Adrian is becoming more selective
coaching was not her only role at Adrian. She was also and the average standardized test scores are rising
an admissions counselor. steadily.
“The way Rick Creehan explained it was that athletics
was part of how Adrian was going to grow enrollment,” A Reputation on the Rise
Lafferty said. “Each coach has a recruiting goal to meet Pamela Wilkinson knew nothing about Adrian before
for the year.” she started her college search. The high school senior
That concept is the backbone of the plan. Adrian is from San Antonio, Texas, toured colleges and universities
building new facilities, adding new programs, and hiring all over the country with her father, including some top
full-time employees to run – and recruit for – those pro- ranking schools. She ended up choosing Adrian.
grams. “From the first time I visited campus last summer, I was
“Instead of trying to grow enrollment before any pretty sure I would come here,” she said.
changes were made, the College was proactive,” Lafferty Because Pam is valedictorian of her high school – a
said. “They built the stadium, and that helps us recruit magnet school for talented and gifted students – she is
new students to pay for the changes.” eligible for AC’s new full tuition scholarship. However, she
The stadium has paved the way for many new pro- wanted to come to Adrian before she even knew about
grams, including a marching band, field hockey team, the scholarship. Her decision was based on the arts
“It looks like we’re going to set a new applications
record every day until it’s all over.”
and lacrosse teams. Each has a full-time director or coach management program, Adrian’s approach to liberal arts
who is also a recruiter, a person who is building and developing well-rounded people, and what she and
relationships with future students before they even arrive her parents describe as the “personal touch.”
on campus. “Once we visited Adrian, it became the benchmark,”
“One of the things we found at Adrian was what we saw her mother Denise said.
as an over-reliance on part-time employees in the re- Students like Pam represent Adrian’s expanding geo-
cruiting arena,” Creehan said. “So our first task was to graphic market. Recent reports indicate an 86 percent
restructure how we were staffed.” increase in the number of out-of-state applicants over
Eventually this will include full-time advisors with re- the entire year last year.
cruiting goals for the radio station, student government “We’re sending mailings to high schools we’ve never
and the student newspaper, as well as a variety of sports mailed to before. I’d say we’re hitting about 48 states,”
associated with the new ice arena and swimming pool. said Michele Mathis, head of the admissions mail room.
“I think this plan is working great,” Lafferty said. As counselors and coaches work hard to get the word
Pam Wilkinson, valedictorian of a magnet
school for talented and gifted
students located in San Antonio, Texas,
represents a growing trend at
Adrian for attracting high-caliber students
from a wider geographic area.
Pam, a member of next year’s freshman
class, said she had mostly decided
on Adrian after her first visit to campus.
“Once we visited Adrian, it became the benchmark.”
out, they are noticing that prospective students are already an incredible 40 percent, or around 100 students. Over
more aware of the College. the next five years, the College aims to achieve a fresh-
“We are visiting more schools now, and what we’re finding man class of 400 students. However, with the way things
is that people are more familiar with Adrian,” said Lisa Napierala are going AC might even hit that goal this year.
from admissions. “And we’re getting applications from a wider “Never in my wildest imagination did I ever think that
range of high schools than ever before. We’re hoping that as we’d hit our four-year goal of 360 students during our
the word spreads to younger students at those schools, that planning year,” Creehan said. “I have my fingers crossed
in two or three years we’ll start to get a steady stream.” that we can hit our five-year goal in year one of the plan.”
If this happens, Adrian will be well on its way to its goal
Then Just How Big? for overall enrollment of 1,400 students.
So just how big will the class be next year? Isn’t a new Of course growing pains will be inevitable. While record
record a sure thing? enrollment is a good problem to have, the College is
“This class will not enroll itself,” said Carolyn Quinlan, working hard to figure out how to prepare for all the new
admissions director. “We have to build next year’s class students.
one student at a time, and we have a lot of work left to Adrian’s strategy is to shift the focus from facilities and
do.” enrollment in the first three years to a focus on updating
Creehan is equally cautious. Colleges can traditionally academics. Planning for the academic phase has already
predict the number of applicants who will also enroll. begun, and debate is vigorous and at times heated.
However, this application pool is not only bigger than ever In the end, there are many important decisions to be
before, it also consists of higher caliber students from a made about how to capitalize on the growth, and the need
wider geographic area. These factors could make it much for funding will be great. Residence halls must be up-
harder to accurately guess how many students will actu- dated, the curriculum must be revised, and technology
ally show up next fall. deficits must be addressed.
“All I know at this point in the process is that this class “I think that as a College we are learning to think big,”
will be a historical high, with a composite academic pro- Creehan said. “Momentum stops when you no longer seek
file and selectivity that is unparalleled in our known re- change and new initiatives.”
cruiting history,” he said. For Lisa Napierala, the momentum is what makes it so
But even Creehan admits he is amazed by the num- great to be on the admissions staff.
bers. He viewed last year at Adrian as a planning period “Word of mouth is a powerful thing,” she said. “What
when at best the school could halt plunging enrollment people are saying about Adrian is that this is a place
and make a modest gain. Instead, enrollment went up by where students really want to be.”
“Adrian provided me with
a fantastic pre-med
experience…it is very
advanced in its vision…”
S uzanne Daws White, M.D., ’84 is among a very
select group of physicians in the medical field: She
is one of only three women in the nation who has the
distinction of being chair of an emergency medicine de-
“I am extremely honored,” says White, 44, who became
the chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at
Wayne State University in September 2006.
White earned her undergraduate degree in biology.
She graduated from the WSU School of Medicine in 1988.
She then completed her residency and fellowship train-
ing there, her primary specialty being emergency medi-
cine and her sub-specialty being medical toxicology.
White has taught at the medical school since 1994. Dur-
ing the 2003-04 academic year, she was a Hedwig van
Meringen Fellow in Executive Leadership in Academic
Medicine at Drexel University, located in Philadelphia.
Emergency “My work in emergency preparedness will serve me
well as I take on this new position,” says White. “This is
somewhat unprecedented and certainly speaks to the
fact that we have seen some wonderful advances in
medicine related to gender equality. About 50 percent of
the students enrolled in medical school at WSU and
nationwide are women. That’s a positive thing because
women bring a unique set of talents to the table.”
White explains that emergency physicians are chal-
From trauma to terrorism, lenged to the maximum each and every day.
“You are making life and death decisions on a daily
Dr. Suzanne White ’84 basis. At the end of the day, you realize the immediate
prepares doctors for the worst impact you’ve had on the lives of patients; it’s very fulfill-
ing,” she says. “I’ve always had a lot of energy and was
never afraid to work hard. The huge variety of patients
by kurt anthony krug and illnesses we see makes it intriguing; I’m always ready
to take on new challenges.”
She will direct the clinical, educational and research
aspects of emergency medical services for six hospitals She credits Sokol for having the foresight to recognize
in southeastern Michigan. This includes two residency that WSU and other academic partners bring much to
and six fellowship programs. She also co-chairs the the table in the planning and response for these events.
university’s pandemic planning taskforce. According to White, Sokol chose her because of her toxi-
“WSU is known across the nation as being the pro- cology background and knowledge of toxicology and
gram that provides the best emergency care and train- chemicals that can potentially be used as biological
ing to treat the sickest patients. Many programs – not weapons.
just the military – send people to get their emergency “Detroit is high risk for terrorism with a density of vul-
medical training here. Its reputation is well-founded,” nerable populations,” she says. “How many students in
says White. pharmacy, nursing and medicine go untrained? Yet we
In fact, WSU has the largest single campus medical look to health-care professionals to take the lead when
school in the United States with an enrollment of more a disaster happens. Recognizing that WSU has a his-
than 1,200 students of many different backgrounds. It is tory of expertise in developing competencies for emer-
the only medical school and research university in the gency and disaster medicine, we are filling a training
heart of Detroit, and has strong ties to the community, gap with a five-module training program.”
particularly the underinsured and uninsured. White credits her education at Adrian for preparing
Nationally recognized as a leader in emergency medi- her for a career in medicine.
cine and trauma care, more than 420 doctors specializ- “Adrian provided me with a fantastic pre-med experi-
ing in emergency medicine have graduated from WSU. ence. We really had all of the opportunities available at
In fact, numerous field surgeons in the military have gone larger universities but there was an in-depth and per-
through WSU for its emergency medicine program, which sonal approach to education. For example, my organic
How many students go untrained? Yet we look to
them when a disaster happens.
offers fellowships in medical toxicology, emergency medi- chemistry class only had about 12 people in it. The pro-
cal administration, basic science research, clinical re- fessors had an open door policy and were very inter-
search, and disaster/weapons of mass destruction pre- ested in the day-to-day student activities. The level of
paredness. understanding gained was much more in-depth than what
White’s overall vision for her department is for it to would have been achieved at a larger university. Ulti-
become the nation’s premier department for emergency mately, many classes taken at Adrian were similar to
medical care, education, and scholarship in an effort to those required in medical school. In this regard, Adrian
significantly advance the science and practice of the is very advanced in its vision of pre-med education, and
specialty area. anticipates what will be emphasized in medical school.”
“Dr. White’s commitment to the university combined with It was her love of science and desire to apply it in such
her skills as a leading toxicologist will serve the WSU a way to help people that led White on her path to be-
Department of Emergency Medicine well,” says Dr. Rob- coming a doctor.
ert M. Mentzer, Jr., dean of the WSU School of Medicine. “As a doctor, you have such a unique entry into
“I have full confidence that she is the right person to people’s lives that is not afforded by any other profes-
lead the department to a new level of excellence.” sion,” says White. “It is truly a privilege to be a physician
Additionally, White is project director for a grant from and to have the potential to serve people in a way that
the Department of Health and Human Services to de- sustains and improves their lives.”
velop a terrorism, disaster and public-health emergency
curriculum. Dr. White lives in Farmington with her husband Bill –
Former WSU medical school dean Robert Sokol re- also a physician – and their twin daughters Nadia and
cruited White into the area of terrorism, public health Alexandra. Freelance writer Kurt Anthony Krug lives in
emergency preparedness and disaster preparedness. Dearborn.
Husband takes care of hours-old Bornean infant Bajik.
One with the
Suzanne Husband ’84 is dedicated to enriching
the lives of primates
by michael driehorst ’90
Suzanne Husband ’84 is no Dr. Doolittle . . . but she’s close. Adrian. She was the first intern at the Toledo Zoo, and worked in the
While Husband does not talk the language of the primates aquarium department. After graduation, they hired her part time in
under her care at the Toledo Zoo in Ohio, she has an innate the aquarium. In June of 1986, she was hired full time in the mam-
sense of their needs. mal department.
“It always surprises me that no matter what is thrown at “I just fell in love there, and have been there ever since,” she said.
me, I can fix it, but I don’t know why. It really is just my niche In addition to being lead keeper of the orangutans and chim-
that somehow I can understand these guys [orangutans and panzees, Husband is senior keeper of the primates and small
chimpanzees]. It’s like I can get into their heads,” said Hus- mammals department, which includes the zoo’s education
band, 44, who is lead keeper for the zoo’s orangutans and outreach program.
chimpanzees. One aspect of Husband’s work that has surprised her is the
“It’s very hard to explain why this animal is going to do this, or this depth of relationship with the primates.
animal is going to do that. And the staff says how do you know, and “It’s amazing how close the relationship can be, but we still
I say I just do.” never go in cages or exhibit with them. I’m the only keeper
Husband, daughter of retired Adrian biology professor Dr. Robert that has any physical contact with the chimps. These guys
Husband, earned a bachelor of science degree in zoology from consider me part of the group, and once they understand they
can trust you, the respect they show you is amazing.” sors and saw their excitement and dedication to their areas of
For example, Husband sometimes has to give a chimpan- expertise,” Husband said.
zee or an orangutan a shot.
“When I have to do it, they’ll just look at me and by their Initiated an enrichment program
expressions ask, ‘Really? It’ll be okay?’ And, when I tell them In the late 1980s, Husband helped the Toledo Zoo develop
it’s okay, they’ll understand, and come up to the bars and I’ll an animal enrichment program– one of the first in the country.
give them the shot,” she explained. “To me that’s such an odd She and another keeper attended a conference seminar on
concept that an animal knows you have to do something they an enrichment program for chimpanzees and the impact it
don’t like, and that you’ll do the best you can for them.” had.
Husband always knew she wanted to work with animals. At “The other keeper and I wanted to do more for the apes, but
first, she wanted to be a veterinarian. When she was in the the mind-set in the 1980s was that sterile environments were
fourth grade, Husband shadowed a vet at the University of safer for the animals,” Husband explained. “We made a list of
Georgia while her dad was there on a National Science Foun- everything the presenter did, took it back to our management
dation Post Doctoral Research Fellowship. and slowly were allowed to implement all of them.
“I came home and said, ‘They only take care of sick ani- “Now, there’s a lot more variety in their diet, and they have a
lot more choices,” Husband said. “They were
less aggressive, more willing to cooperate with
the keepers and much calmer.”
The enrichment program Husband helped
develop spread to the zoo’s other departments
by the early 1990s.
One new addition to the orangutans’ enrich-
ment program is scheduled for spring 2007. It
will allow them to push a button inside the out-
door part of their exhibit and shower zoo visi-
tors with water.
Missions to Borneo
During her career at the zoo, Husband has
been involved in two missions to Borneo in
Southeast Asia – which along with Sumatra
are the only places where orangutans are na-
Around 1991, Husband assisted in a re-
search project of male orangutans. At the time,
she said there was relatively little smuggling of
orangutan babies for pets and hunting in
Suzanne Husband is the only keeper to have contact with Toledo Zoo’s chimpanzees By the late 1990s, fires had burned down
and one of few to have contact with the orangutans, like with 2 1/2-year-old Bajik much of the outer part of the forests, and al-
(pictured). None of the contact, however, is inside the animals’ exhibit. lowed smugglers to make deeper inroads into
where the orangutans live. The combination of
mals.’ So from the fourth grade on, I told everyone I was going the deadly forest fires and smugglers meant many mothers
to be a zoo keeper,” Husband said. were killed, leaving behind orphaned babies.
In the late 1990s, Husband spent three weeks on a second
Early influences trip to Borneo to work with the rangers, teaching them to care
Growing up, Husband said her parents – Robert and Patricia for the orphaned and injured primates. Orangutans are typi-
’92 – were the biggest influences in her life. “My parents were cally with their mother until they are eight years old, so the
awesome,” she said. “They encouraged us to try different foster care needed was a long-term commitment.
things.” While Husband said she may look to take management
Husband said her family – including brother David ’83 and and other classes needed to be a curator, for the time being
sister Linda Psalmonds ’84 – spent a lot of time together she is more than happy to be a hands-on keeper.
doing outdoor activities and learning about nature. “My parents and Adrian College definitely gave me the back-
Another major influence was Dr. Craig Weatherby, profes- ground to do what I do now,” Husband said. “It’s just where I’m
sor of Biology and Environmental Science/Studies. In addi- supposed to be.”
tion to being a student, Husband often assisted Dr. Weatherby
in his ornithology classes, and helped him trap, measure and Freelance writer Michael Driehorst ’90 works as a messag-
band birds for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. ing strategist for Hanson Inc., an interactive market commu-
“The reason I enjoyed it so much was Dr. Weatherby’s en- nication firm in Maumee, Ohio. In October he profiled AC’s
thusiasm for what he taught. And, truthfully, that’s a big part President Docking for the “How’d you get there?” series on
of my reason for choosing Adrian. I already knew the profes- his blog (“Mike’s Points,” mikespoints.com).
Feed Your Inner
W ho says kids don’t like math?
When Dr. Doug Brumbaugh ’62 and Dr. David Rock
launched a weekly math contest on the University of Central
Florida website in 1996, within weeks they were flooded with Try these, win a prize!*
hundreds of responses – despite no advertising. 1) The Sock Problem – Elementary Brain Teaser
“It worked beyond our wildest imagination,” said Brumbaugh, You have red socks and blue socks in your sock drawer.
who retired from UCF in 2004 after 35 years of teaching math-
Assume that none of the socks are paired. If you pull
ematics education. “Eventually, we had responses coming
three socks out without looking at the color, what is the
from about 75 countries around the world, every state in the
probability of a match?
United States, and most school districts.”
Brumbaugh and Rock (who at that time was a graduate
2) Math for Senators – Medium Algebra Problem
student) made it their goal to respond personally to every
The United States Senate includes two senators from
entry. While this was overwhelming at times, it was worth it.
each of the U.S. states. Today, there are 100 senators. If
“I regularly posted problems at midnight between Saturday
a new five-member committee on mathematics educa-
and Sunday,” Brumbaugh said. “Often I would be getting re-
tion is to be created with no state represented by more
sponses from kids in California before I had all the problems
posted. Some of these were high school kids and I joked with than one senator, in how many ways can this new com-
them that I was surprised that they were not on a date, hang- mittee be formed?
ing out, or something like that. The typical response was that
they would do that later, but they wanted to be the first to 3) Strawberry Ice Cream – One of Brumbaugh’s favor-
solve this week’s problem.” ites (We chose this one because the solution to another
Questions were geared for different ages. After Doug and of his favorites was 3.5 pages long!)
David noticed that several sharper-than-average third graders An AC math professor invites a group of prospective stu-
kept coming up with the answers for the high school prob- dents to her house for lunch. One of the guests asks the
lems, their parents were contacted about getting them all in ages of her children. “I have three,” she says. “Each has
touch with each other. a counting-number age. The product of their ages is 72.
“They quickly forged some wonderful long-distance friend- The sum of their ages is the same as this house num-
ships,” Doug said. “They were from Florida, Canada, Califor- ber.” The guest thinks a moment, checks the house num-
nia, Singapore, Japan, England, Ohio, and North Carolina.” ber, and says, “I need more information.” The professor
The contest is still going today at the website for Columbus says, “The oldest likes strawberry ice cream.” The guest
State University, where Dr. Rock is now dean of the College of then gives the correct ages (and is promptly accepted for
Education. (www.colstate.edu/mathcontest) In 2004, Rock and admission!). What are they?
Brumbaugh were invited to help President Bush promote math- the contest and upon request.
ematical learning by running a similar site for the White House. which when divided by 120 is 67,800,320. 3) Answer provided after
(www.whitehousekids.gov) senators is not important. So, 100 x 98 x 96 x 94 x 92 = 8,136,038,400,
*And what about you? Ever hear the wee voice of your inner have been selected, divide by 5! (or 120) because the order of the
math student pandering for some attention? You can read ways, the fourth 94 ways, the fifth 92 ways. Once five senators
their books, which are available in Shipman Library. Or, brush
you can’t choose the second from the same state), the third 96
senator may be chosen in 100 ways, the second 98 ways (since
off your thinking cap and try a few problems that Brumbaugh there are no other colors. 2) 67,800,320 ways. Solution: The first
shared with us here. The first alum to solve problem #3 and second sock be red. The third sock must be either red or blue since
send the answer to firstname.lastname@example.org will receive a prize. Answers: 1) 100% or 1. Solution: Let the first sock be blue. Let the
(No looking online – you must solve it yourself!)
new graduates; we’ve helped with campus beautification,
Homecoming and the Kickoff Classic; and, like you, we’ve
marveled at the changes going on around us.
It’s great to be a part of it and satisfying to hand off the
leadership baton at such an exciting time.
As of June 1, my three years as president come to an end
and a new slate of officers will take the reins of the Alumni
At the Alumni Awards Ceremony during Homecoming this year, Deanna Baker Hartley ’72, of Clayton, will start her term
Hiner, current Alumni Board president, talks with Deanna Baker as Alumni Board president. She is currently vice president.
Hartley ’72, who will become president this summer.
Jessie Ellis ’97, of Rochester Hills, will become vice presi-
dent of the board. John Geisler ’61, of Kalamazoo, will begin
J ill Merithew Ouellette ’89 couldn’t have said “yes” in
any better way.
In accepting an appointment to the Alumni Association
a term as secretary/treasurer, filling the seat held by Marilyn
Wilson Ward ’83, of Salem, Ohio.
Deanna, Jessie and John come from different eras at Adrian
Board of Directors, Ouellette said she had applied to be an College, but I think they would agree that the present is every
alumni director after reading a past column, by yours truly in bit as exciting as anything they saw in the past.
Contact magazine, extolling the virtues of alumni service to And if their alumni stewardship experience is anything like
the College. what I’ve enjoyed, these years will be their most rewarding on
A nice surprise for the author, and a nice nod to Contact. campus.
And for Ouellette, the beginning of a period of service that Thanks, AC alumni, for the honor of serving. Your interests
I’m sure will be as gratifying as mine has been since 2002, are in good hands.
when I joined the Alumni Board.
Ouellette, of Clare, is one of two alumni who are joining the Are you interested in the Alumni Board? Contact AC Alumni
Alumni Board to fill unexpired terms. The other is James Director Marsha Fielder at email@example.com or 800-264-
Culbertson ’63 of South Lyon. 9063 for more information.
They fill the unexpired terms of George Burk ’63 and
Christy Cole ’98, and will keep your alumni board at its con-
stitutional limit of 24 directors.
The enthusiasm expressed by Ouellette and Culbertson in
joining the board reflects the resurgence of our alma mater.
There are many storied eras in Adrian’s history, but we cer-
tainly are at the cusp of one now: Applications and enrollment John Hiner ’82
are soaring, campus building improvements are coming at a President, Adrian College Alumni Board
dizzying rate, and a sense of excitement – of “What’s next?”
– pervades every aspect of AC life.
You haven’t visited campus in the last few years? You owe Alumni Director, cont. from page 1
it to yourself to come, quickly.
You’ve held off on donating in the last year, decade or more? a new grad, perhaps even have lunch with an old roommate—
Now’s a time when your dollar will go quickly to a cause with the next step is yours and I’m happy to help you get there.
a strong plan behind it.
President Jeffrey Docking’s Renaissance plan is two-thirds
of the way to its $15 million goal, and Renaissance II – a
bolstering of the academic underpinnings at Adrian – is in the Marsha Fielder ’00
wings, ready to launch. Director of Alumni Relations
The Alumni Board, like the College, is riding high. We have firstname.lastname@example.org
representation from every decade, from the 1950s (Kandi 1-800-264-9063
Weinlander Eklund ’51) to the 2000s (Andrew Zerkel ’04),
and the constructive changes on campus are reflected in a Marsha and her husband George live near Grass Lake in
satisfying level of interest and activity among our board. Jackson County. They have three adult children, Justin x’97,
In the past year we’ve launched an email newsletter to Anna ’99 and Julia. All have taken classes at Adrian Col-
alumni and made advances with an online alumni page; we’ve lege and voluntarily stuffed envelopes or worked for the Col-
handed out scholarships to AC students and alumni pins to lege in some way over the years – a family affair!
Scottsdale, Ariz., working as a motiva-
tional speaker and consultant. George
recently served on the board of directors
for the Adrian College Alumni Associa-
Richard Cheatham ’63 has published
a book, Can You Make the Buttons
Even? (Lessons Learned Along Life’s
Spiritual Path). It is available through
Cokesbury or most online book outlets.
Richard resides in San Antonio, Texas.
In 2006, Carolyn Lloyd Mitchell ’64
retired from Wayne Gray Elementary in
Annual ATO golf outing at Woodlawn Golf Course in Adrian Addison, after teaching for 42 years. Her
husband, Bill, and four children hosted
1940s by AC friend, Mary Alice Powell. At age a reception in her honor.
Harold Boyse ’45, of Birch Run, and 88, Irv continues to operate a traditional
his brother, the late Charles Boyse ’34, full-service lane at Dick’s BP gas sta- Keith Beck ’65 received the Olney Medal
were honored in January 2006, at the Clio tion in Adrian. Since 1937, Irv has for outstanding achievement in textile
Area Educational Foundation’s 13th An- pumped gas, served in the military, chemistry at the American Association
nual Alumnus of the Year dinner and earned a teaching degree, taught junior of Textile Chemists and Colorists 2006
auction. They and the Boyse family were high school and operated a gas station. International Conference and Exhibition
recognized for their contributions to edu- He also keeps in shape and helps di- in Atlanta. Keith earned a doctoral de-
cation over the years. rect the age 85-90 division of the Michi- gree in chemistry from Purdue University
gan Senior Olympics. in 1970, and is a professor and head of
Marjorie Matthes Chambers ’46 and the Department of Textile Engineering,
Calvin Rice ’53 of Cambridge, Ohio, Chemistry and Science at the North
her husband, Joseph, celebrated their
recently published William McFarland, Carolina State University College of Tex-
60th wedding anniversary in 2006. Marge
Civil War Chaplain, Ohio 97th, a book tiles. Keith, a native of Morenci and
is retired from teaching in the Adrian
based on a character portrayal that member of SAE fraternity, is married to
Public Schools. The couple lives in
Calvin researched, wrote and has per- Beverly Seiser Beck ’68. They live in
Adrian, and has two sons, two daugh-
formed over several years. Another pub- Raleigh, N.C.
ters, six grandchildren and four great-
grandchildren. lication, Preacher Smith, Martyr of The
Black Hills, will be out soon. Calvin has Harvey Krupnick ’66 was featured in a
performed the life of Henry Weston Smith story which appeared in May in The
In July, Les Slauter ’49 was featured in
since 1974, when he was with the Black Boston Globe. Harvey has been the
the Volunteer Spotlight section of the head baseball coach at Holliston High
Orlando Sentinel News. Les volunteers Hills Passion Play.
School (Mass.) for more than 30 years,
at Discovery Gardens in Tavares, Fla., and continues playing ball in an over-40
caring for the hydroponics and topiary James ’58 and Elizabeth Pruitt Smith
league in central Massachusetts while
plants, and sharing information with visi- ’54 celebrated their 50th wedding anni-
still operating his Milford-based batting
tors about that area. Les is a retired Army versary in June. The Smiths live in
colonel. He and his wife, Lynn, live in Saginaw, and have two children and one
Eustis, Fla. grandson. Jim retired as a Methodist
Karen Hosafros Laakaniemi ’67 and
minister in 1993.
her husband, Ray, relocated to the Min-
1950s neapolis area where Karen is instruct-
J. Gregg ’50 and Dorothy McConnehey 1960s ing nursing students. In 2006 they trav-
Arbaugh ’63 celebrated their 60th wed- Pat Spaller Bacon ’62, of Black River, eled to New Zealand, and were able to
ding anniversary on Sept. 6. Gregg re- served as a judge for the 2006 Tawas meet with their son who is serving in the
tired from AC as athletic director, and Bay Waterfront Fine Art Show. Pat is an U.S. Navy in Sydney, Australia.
Dorothy is retired from the Adrian Public instructor at Sunrise Studio, a member
Schools. The Arbaughs live in Adrian, and of several galleries and has won many James Ingledue ’69 was recently
have three children, seven grandchildren awards at state shows. named to the board of directors of Farm-
and seven great-grandchildren. ers State Bank and FS Bancorp of
The third book by George Burk ’63, a LaGrange, Ind. Jim is founder and CEO
Irv Dils ’50 was featured in a Septem- memoir, My Mother My Friend, has been of Jim Ingledue Construction, Inc., in
ber article in the Toledo Blade, written published. He continues to live in Angola, Ind.
sor and financial services representative
Back to in 2005. Robert, a former Grosse Pointe
Farms resident, is a registered repre-
sentative and member of the Society of
COLLEGE Financial Service Professionals.
Jane “Sammie” Lovell Rhoades ’71,
Ron Reeves ’64 rejoins AC staff chief executive officer of Findlay Hope
House for the Homeless, Inc., was ap-
pointed by former Ohio Governor Bob
Within 14 hours of retiring from Venchurs, Inc. as
Taft to the Interagency Council on
its executive vice president and general manager, Ron
Homelessness and Housing. The unpaid
Reeves ’64 was welcomed to Adrian College as the
panel makes recommendations to the
new vice president of development.
governor on strategies to address
Reeves has extensive experience at Adrian. He was the alumni director in the
homelessness. Jane resides in Findlay,
early 1970s, and for the past ten years was a member of the Adrian College Board
of Trustees. He is a former announcer at football games, and for more than 30
years has announced Adrian College men’s basketball games.
Norma Gladu ’72 was inducted into the
Reeves is truly excited about working for his alma mater at this time in the
newly-formed Wayland High School Ath-
letic Hall of Fame in October. Norma was
“I’m living a dream! It is a thrill to be a part of the transformation going on at our
a standout in field hockey, basketball and
College,” Reeves said. “I hope you will join me in changing the face of Adrian for the
lacrosse before graduating from high
school. As a student at AC, she contin-
Since Reeves assumed the position in December, he has been in charge of AC
ued her athletic pursuits by playing in
fund raising. This includes the $15 million Renaissance Campaign that is currently
four sports. After teaching public school
underway. So far, more than $10 million has been raised. for one year at Dundee High School, in
Venchurs, Inc. is located in Adrian. Reeves and his wife Kay Reed Reeves ’62 1973 Norma returned to the College
are residents of Adrian. where she has coached several sports
and serves as a professor of exercise
In 2006, Bernard Riker ’69, executive Harry Kammerer ’74, Dan Cropsey ’73,
director of Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Tom Leman ’74, and Wynn Hensel ’74.
Stephen Semple ’72 accepted the po-
of America, Michigan Chapter (CCFA) Also attending were Jim Matherne ’76,
sition of vice president and community
was appointed to the newly formed Dave Sheely ’68, Dave Neuhauser ’74, banking officer at United Bank & Trust
President’s Advisory Council of the na- and Ron Wells ’69. The Brothers enjoyed of Ann Arbor. Steve has more than 34
tional organization of CCFA. This coun- the football game at the new stadium and years of experience in the financial ser-
cil provides feedback on developing poli- all the changes that have happened on vices industry, most recently serving as
cies affecting patients and donors. Ber- campus. vice president and branch manager for
nard has served as the Michigan National City. He and his wife, Peggy
chapter’s executive director since 1998, Melzow Semple ’73, live in Ann Arbor.
and lives in Huntington Woods with his
wife, Kathryn. Larry Brown ’74, a resident of Toledo,
retired from Powertrain in August after
1970s more than 35 years of employment. Larry
plans to spend time traveling around the
In 2006, Robert Conklin ’74 assumed
the position of athletic director at
Ruth Ann Schultz ’79 and Dorothy Lakeside High School in Ashtabula, Ohio.
Ewald ’70 have forged a friendship while Rob and his wife, Susan Walter
working as graphic artists, creating Yel- Conklin ’73, live in Boardman, Ohio.
low Page ads for AT&T in Troy. Ruth Ann
(left) hosted a wedding shower at her Bill Murray ’74, of Brighton, was fea-
Members of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity held home prior to Dorothy’s Aug. 11 marriage tured in a news story in the Livingston
their 32nd annual reunion on Homecom- to Don McClaren. Daily in August. Bill is a history teacher
ing weekend at the home of Ron ’72 and and head football coach at Brighton High
Millie Miller Pruett ’75. Attending Pikes Robert Crowley ’71 joined Michigan School, reaching 200 lifetime wins last
included (left to right) Jim Smoker ’75, Financial Associates as a financial advi- year. Bill played football for Adrian Col-
lege as a lineman and occasionally a sales and marketing efforts for the 728- In November’s election, Republican Con-
linebacker. room hotel. gressman Mike Rogers ’85 won his
fourth two-year term for the 8th District
Barbara Smola Nelson ’75 of Ft. (Ingham, Clinton and Livingston counties,
Myers, Fla., has been an elementary southern Shiawassee County and part
teacher for 29 years and earned her Na- of Oakland County). Mike and his wife,
tional Board Teaching Certification in Diane, have two children and live in
2003. She opened her own tutoring busi- Brighton. Mike served as Michigan State
ness in 2006 called Golden Opportunity Senator from 1994-2001.
Tutoring, serving grades K-12 in the
greater Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Fla., Julayne Morningstar Hughes ’86
area. earned her master of music degree from
Oakland University in May 2006. Among
Bill Ellis ’77 accepted the position of other musical activities, she is the ac-
president and CEO of Blissfield State companist for several singing groups.
Robert Wentworth ’80
Bank in the spring of 2006. He joined Julayne does freelance editing on the
Blissfield State Bank in 1993 as a loan John Gieber ’81, formerly of Wiscon- side and serves on the AC Alumni Asso-
officer. He and his wife Linda reside in sin, recently moved to Three Rivers, ciation Board of Directors. She lives in
Blissfield. where he is employed as a quality Rochester Hills with her husband, Keith,
engineer with Summit Polymers. and daughter, Laura.
Melinda Loftin ’77 has been selected
as the new Designated Agency Ethics Laurie Dickens Perkins ’82 recently Stuart MacDonald ’86 has been busy
Official for the U.S. Department of the authored a book in celebration of the 125th with his new company Boomerang Stu-
Interior. Before her selection for this se- anniversary of Sand Creek, titled In the dios Video Production and Marketing. In
nior executive service position at Inte- Center of Four Townships. Laurie, a 2005 he released his first film produc-
rior, Melinda worked at the Department member of the AC Alumni Association tion, A World at Waste, and has since
of the Air Force as an associate general Board, lives in Holt with her husband, received eight international awards for the
counsel, a deputy designated agency Eric, and is working on a doctorate from film. His father, Paul MacDonald (Coach
ethics official and director of the ethics Michigan State University, which she Mac), who taught at AC for over 30 years,
office. She received her law degree from hopes to complete by 2008. She earned played a cameo in the crowd scene.
Michigan State University College of Law, her master’s degree in American stud- Stuart started Boomerang Studios in
which honored her with its 2005 Distin- ies from the University of Notre Dame. 2001, and has a website at
guished Alumni Award. www.boomerangstudios.net. A sequel to
Dave Beachnau ’84 was named by the the film as a full length feature is planned
Deborah Keppers Lonon ’77 has ac- National Association of Sports Commis- within the next two years. Stuart and his
cepted the executive director position sions (NASC) to its board of directors wife, Lori, were the magical entertainment
with the McDowell Arts Council Asso- for a term to expire in 2009. Dave, ex- at AC’s Extravaganza Campaign Kickoff
ciation (MACA), in Marion, N.C. Deborah ecutive director of the Detroit Metro event for employees, held in December.
and her husband have lived in Marion for Sports Commission, has been a member
over 20 years, where Deborah has been of the NASC since 1998, and is a Tamara Adams Stubbs ’86 has been
active in directing and acting in local the- member of the association’s marketing promoted to assistant chief parole officer
atre productions. committee and past member of the of the Macon, Ga., parole office. Tamara
NASC retained earnings committee. He has worked at the Milledgeville and
Cliff Weeks ’78 of Valparaiso, Ind., was featured recently in an article in the Eatonton, Ga., parole offices and is a
joined the Hamilton Sundstrand Indus- Lansing State Journal. certified cognitive skills instructor and a
trial Division as director of quality assur- Peace Officer Standards and Training
ance. During Cliff’s 10 years with Sullair general instructor. She was nominated
Corp., he has held positions in quality, for the Governor’s Public Safety Award
environment, health and safety, and fa- in 2000 and received the 2003 Central
cilities engineering. He has a master’s Region Employee of the Year Award.
degree in business administration from
American InterContinental University. Christina Brown ’87 joined the Chicago
intellectual property law firm of
1980s McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff
Robert Wentworth ’80 was appointed LLP as a partner, having extensive ex-
director of sales and marketing for the perience in representing clients on is-
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Cen- sues involving patents, trademarks,
tury City, Calif. Bob coordinates the Dave Beachnau ’84 copyright, and trade secrets. She holds
County as its individual giving officer. Prior
to joining Lighthouse, Laura served as
director of development for the St. Vincent
and Sarah Fisher Center for four years.
Laura and her husband, Lars Covintree
’93, live in Clarkston.
Rachel Joseph ’92 has applied her BA in
German by working in the public schools
for the past ten years and for the past three
years, has taught German via interactive
television. She has three high schools that
she teaches simultaneously from a satel-
lite hookup. Rachel is also working with a
multinational company, teaching English
Class of 1986 at their 20-year reunion in October.
as a Second Language to Koreans via both
Internet conferencing and Internet tele-
a J.D. from the University of Toledo. Rose, Caroline Grace and Lily Jane, on phone. Her students are middle school-
Christina is the niece of Dr. Craig Sept. 22. The McNabbs live in Filion, and aged children and adult Hyundai and Kia
Weatherby, AC biology professor. Darin is the band director at North Hu- employees. Rachel, who received her
ron High School. master’s in German in 1994 and her license
Jill Merithew Ouellette ’89, chair of to teach German in 1996, credits AC for
Northwood University’s (Midland, Mich.) 1990s the wide range of knowledge she experi-
fashion department, was promoted from enced while on campus. Rachel lives in
assistant professor to associate profes- East Lansing, with her cats Alex and Mimi
sor last spring. She earned her master’s and dog Hannelore. She can be contacted
degree from Central Michigan University. at email@example.com.
She and her family live in Midland. Jill was
recently selected to serve on the AC Colleen Kowich ’92 was appointed di-
Alumni Association Board of Directors. rector of alumni services at Missouri
Western State University in St. Joseph,
WEDDINGS Mo., in August. Previously, Colleen held
Tammi Herdon ’89 and Chris Palmer the positions of director of alumni
were married Oct. 16, 2004, at St. relations at Saint Leo University in St.
Agatha Catholic Church in Redford. At- Holly Petty Poppink ’94 and Rebecca Leo, Fla., and alumni volunteer coordi-
tending as bridesmaids were Carole Beasley Diesing ’96 and their families nator at AC.
Bach ’88, Tina Hubbard Alread ’89, got together at Homecoming 2006.
and Joanne Israel Burke ’91. Guests Their daughters are pictured, left to Stephen O’Neill ’93 was promoted to
included David ’89 and Karen right, Mia Poppink, Piper and Char- sergeant, transferring to the Michigan
Vanderpool Messer ’89, Patti Holmes lotte Diesing, and Tess Poppink. State Police post in Adrian, and is in
Norbut ’89, Tony ’96 and Danielle charge of traffic enforcement detail at
Laborde Trudel ’97, and Lora Abner Tim Baechler ’90, Canton High Michigan International Speedway. He
Nortley ’89. Tammi is an attorney, and School’s head football coach, was named served as a trooper at the Owosso and
the couple lives in Southgate. the “2006 Observerland Coach of the Corunna posts in mid-Michigan since
Year”, an honor from the Observer news- 1994. He joined the state police after
BIRTHS paper sports staff. graduating from AC. Steve and his wife,
Teresa, have two children.
In February, Steve Ashley ’91, lead gui-
tar player with a Christian rock band from Randy Browne ’97 has accepted a
Nashville, Tenn., performed at a local position as a category manager with IRI,
school in Adrian. Steve joined the band, a consumer package goods research firm
“Roads to Rome,” eight months ago. in downtown Chicago. He recently com-
Last year, a song Steve co-wrote was pleted his master’s degree in business
used on the CBS television show “Cold from the University of Denver.
Jeff Michalowski ’97 recently started
Darin McNabb ’89 and his wife, Brooke, Laura Newberry Covintree ’91 has his own practice specializing in corpo-
announce the birth of triplets Audrey been hired by Lighthouse of Oakland rate law, business planning, elder law and
estate planning. Jeff resides in Sterling
Heights where his practice is also lo-
In 2006, Angela Kreusel ’99 accepted Eye
the client services manager position at
Entertainment Publications, Inc., in Troy.
Angela lives in Redford, and may be con-
tacted through the Adrian College Alumni
Connection online community.
In 2006, Aaron Swiggum ’99 was pro-
moted to audit principal at the William
Vaughan Company, a Maumee, Ohio-
based tax, accounting and financial re-
porting services firm. Aaron, a CPA and
CFE, recently taught senior-level audit-
ing courses at AC. He specializes in
evaluating internal controls and perform-
ing fraud investigations for William
Vaughan Company’s healthcare, ser-
vice, manufacturing and construction cli-
ents. He and his wife, Amanda Bailey
Swiggum ’03, live in Blissfield, and have
one daughter. Alum’s home featured in
If you were sitting in the beautifully decorated home of Shana Beswick Smith
’97, the Christmas decorations might look oddly familiar to you.
It’s not that the bold combinations of black, white and lime green are something
you’re used to seeing at Christmas – it’s that you just might have seen the spread
on newsstands this holiday season.
Shana, who studied art at Adrian, runs her own design firm, S.L. Smith Design,
from her home in Oxford, Mich. This Christmas her home was featured in an article
called, “Tradition with a Twist of Lime” in Better Homes and Gardens Christmas
“I was at one of the showrooms I go to, and I was introduced to one of the
magazine’s field editors,” Smith said. “She said she was looking for fresh new
Shana showed her photos of her clients’ homes, and the editor asked if she
could see hers.
Marcy McNamara ’98 and Brian “I told her she could see the kids’ rooms, but that I didn’t think the rest of the
Gallagher ’99 were married July 29 in house was ready. When she saw it she didn’t agree, and she asked me if I could
St. Clair Shores. Stacy Slessman have it decorated for Christmas in two weeks.”
Pasche ’98 served as matron of honor The photo shoot actually took place an entire year in advance. It consisted of
and Brent Widdows ’00 served as best one day of set up and two days of photography. The accompanying article praised
man. Other AC alumni in the wedding Shana’s unexpected detail, fresh color combinations, and repeating themes of
party included Cheryl Carter Kruger polka dots, leopard print and pom-pom fringe.
’97, Allison Smith James ’98, “My house is a little bit funky. I like to think outside the box and am always
Amanda Beyer Ledy ’98, Larry looking for unique objects to incorporate,” she said. For instance, her great room
Hammons ’99, and Greg Hagen ’98. includes an antique cherry-picking ladder. When it was too tall, she cut off the top
Attending the wedding were Don ’67 and and used that part in the bathroom to hang towels.
Diane Haywood Taylor ’67, Tom Shana has been doing design work for 11 years, both with professional design
Haywood ’72, Dawn Dular studios and on her own. She had two majors in college: studio art and criminal
Fischhauber ’98, Todd Adams ’98, justice.
Marie Sharlow Gluza ’99, Russell Pit- “My dad wanted me to be a lawyer, and I took art classes so I could get a
og ’99, Brian Aulph ’99, Aaron Sparks scholarship and help pay for school,” she said. However, she got hooked on de-
’99, Pete Lutenbacher ’99, David sign and has never looked back.
“I absolutely love it,” she said. “Sometimes I don’t even feel like it’s a job.”
Rieth ’94, Mark Lesinski ’97, Jon in Monroe. The LaBeau family lives
Hamer ’97, Aaron ’98 and Carrie in Newport, and can be emailed at
Bella Mickey ’00, Charlie Butz firstname.lastname@example.org.
’99, Pete ’99 and Michelle Beck
Norman ’02, and former director of
AC career services, Scott Crawford.
The couple lives in Clawson. Both Brian
and Marcy are employed with the U.S.
Jill Geddes Curry ’90 and her hus-
band, James, announce the birth of
“Our bench” their son, Tyler James, on July 13.
He joins brother John, 2. Jill would
enjoy hearing from former class-
Andrew and Kyle LaBeau
A story of campus love mates at email@example.com. Kim Dao Waldis ’92 and her hus-
band, Andrew, announce the birth of
In the last issue, Alumni Board President their son, Dominic Thai, on June 24.
John Hiner ’82 told the story of how Rick Doug Miller ’90 and his wife,
Kristen, announce the birth of their The Waldis family lives in Lake Orion.
Senica ’72 met his wife Cheri Thompson
Senica x75 on the Adrian College campus. As daughter, Karsyn Delaney, on June
a surprise for her, he became a sponsor through 7. Karsyn joins sisters Kyla, 6, and
the ongoing “Share a Bench” program and had Camryn, 4. The Millers live in Spring,
one of the new campus benches inscribed for Texas. Doug is employed as a se-
her. nior power trader at Calpine Corp. in
It turns out that the Senicas are not the only Houston.
alumni couple with a special connection to
Adrian benches. David ’85 and Mary Jo Gorski
Koppenhofer ’86 share their story below.
Dave and I met in 1983 on a training retreat Dominic Thai Waldis
to become resident assistants. In the fall, we
returned to school and started to spend time Paul ’92 and Michele Alston White
together, sharing our commonalities of being ’90 announce the birth of their fourth
first-time R.A.’s as well as both being in the child, Avery Allen, on Feb. 14, 2006.
pre-engineering curriculum. Often we would walk He joins siblings Alexia, 9, and twins
around campus and stop at a bench by the Alonzo and Alyssa, 4. Paul works for
chapel as we had long talks. On April 29, 1984, Karsyn Delaney Miller the State of Michigan as a recipient
on the eve of departing to go to different rights specialist and Michele has a
engineering schools, we sat on “our bench” and Riki Carson-Emmendorfer ’91, private practice as a psychologist.
said “I love you’s” for the first time. Four years former AC cross country coach, and The White family lives in Westland.
later, after our graduations and both locating to her husband, Eric Emmendorfer
Indiana, we were back at Adrian College and ’02, announce the birth of their
we were talking on our bench when Dave pro- daughter, Tanana Troy, on May 12.
posed to me, and I accepted. Then on May 27, The family lives in Adrian. Proud
1989, after we got married in the Adrian Col- grandmother, Carol Carson, works
lege Chapel, we had a wedding snapshot taken for AC in the development office.
at our bench. Twenty years after our first talks,
we still visit Adrian College occasionally and Laura Gniatczyk Byars ’92 and her
always look for our bench, where we fondly re- husband, David, announce the birth
visit our special memories at Adrian. of their first child, Joshua Lawrence,
The “Share a Bench” program was initiated in June. The Byars family lives in
by the Alumni Board as one of its annual cam- Sterling Heights. Alyssa, Alexia, Alonzo
pus beautification projects. Benches are being and Avery White
replaced and added all over campus. They were
Susan Windels LaBeau ’92 and Denise Welhusen-Huttenlocker ’92
initially targeting alumni couples, but others
have already participated and all are welcome.
husband Kevin announce the birth and her husband, Bryan, announce
Each new bench costs $1,000, and is made of of their second child, Kyle Phillip, the birth of a son, Trevor, on June 8.
comfortable and durable coated steel. Donors on Jan. 24, 2006. Kyle joined Trevor joins sister Peyton, 3. The
have sponsored 19 so far. Contact the office of brother Andrew Charles, now 2. Su- Huttenlockers live in Spring Arbor with
development at 517-264-3168, 888-691-0008 or san is a teacher at Jefferson Schools their dog, Hank.
Mitch Blonde ’95 and his wife, Dawn, ern Michigan University in the spring of 2005. The Kauffold family lives in
announce the birth of their first child, 2006. The Aten family lives in Pinckney. Interlochen.
Grace Kathryn, on September 15. Mitch
is the executive director of the JCC Foun- Kristen Mickey Chinery ’97 and her
dation and director of philanthropy and husband, Brian, announce the birth of
planned giving for Jackson Community their daughter, Molly, on Aug. 28. Kristen
College. works at the Walter P. Reuther Library
as an archivist and recently completed
her second master’s degree. The Chinery
family resides in Dearborn Heights.
Carter Allan Kauffold
Tennille Barta Taraszkiewicz ’99 and
her husband, Steve, announce the birth
of Tyler Steven on Aug. 15. His uncle is
Travis Barta ’03 and grandparents are
Sue Barta (AC Bookstore) and her hus-
Grace Kathryn Blonde band, Rick.
Heidi Ewald Leigh ’95 and her hus-
band, Scott, announce the birth of their Molly Chinery
son, Conner Scott, on June 14. Heidi is Jennifer Filippis Cattel ’98 and her
the group and playbill sales manager for husband, Tom, announce the birth of
the State Theatre in New Brunswick, N.J. twins, Thomas Alan and Kaylee Chris-
The Leighs live in South Plainfield, N.J., tine, on June 11. Jennifer stopped teach-
and may be emailed at ing second grade after six years to stay
firstname.lastname@example.org. at home with the twins. The Cattel fam-
ily lives in Royal Oak.
Tyler Steven Taraszkiewicz
Osman Antwi-Boateng ’01 graduated
in May from Georgetown University’s
Edmund Walsh’s School of Foreign Ser-
Conner Scott Leigh vice with a master’s degree in security
Thomas and Kaylee Cattel
studies-international security. He previ-
Bridget Beckwell Montgomery ’95 ously earned a master’s degree in inter-
and her husband, Sean, announce the Lori Dusel Stanley ’98 and her hus- national affairs-communication and de-
birth of their son, Ryan, on July 18. He band, Joe, announce the birth of their velopment from Ohio University in Ath-
joins brother Andrew, 2. Bridget works second child, Trevor Joseph, on Sept. ens, Ohio. In the fall, he began his doc-
as a nuclear medicine technologist for a 1. He joins sister Ashley, 4. The Stanley toral studies in international relations at
large cardiology group in Sterling family lives in Allen Park. the University of Delaware, where he
Heights. serves as a teaching assistant. Osman
Tara Richason Fisher ’99 and her hus- spent the summer as a faculty advisor
Gina Burton Aten ’97 and Daniel Aten band, Josh, announce the birth of their with the Global Young Leaders Confer-
’98 announce the birth of their son, daughter, Ava Marie, on Jan. 26, 2006. ence in Washington, D.C., teaching col-
Parker Daniel, on July 7. He joins broth- She joins sister Elaney, 3. The family lege bound students from over 100 coun-
ers Brendan, 5, and Cole, 2. Gina is a lives in Petersburg. tries on global leadership.
stay-at-home mom and Daniel is a fifth
grade teacher at Spence Elementary in Jamie Carter Kauffold ’99 and her Matthew Chapin ’01, former science
Brighton. He received his master’s de- husband, Timothy, announce the birth of teacher and athletic director at Deerfield
gree in educational leadership from East- their first child, Carter Allan, on Oct. 8, High School, is the new assistant prin-
cipal at Airport High School in Carleton. previously employed at Yost Ice Arena Also attending the ceremony was Don
Matthew earned a master’s degree in in Ann Arbor, and earned a master’s de- Lilly ’00. The couple resides in Daytona
educational leadership in 2004 from gree in sports science from the United Beach, Fla., at this time. Stacy works
Eastern Michigan University, and lives States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala. as a veterinarian technician.
In October, Sarah Vincke ’03, of New Megan Adams ’02 and Tim Kempter
Last summer, Kraig Kehrer ’01 reported Lothrop, graduated with a master’s degree were married July 22, in Litchfield.
that he had marked his one year anniver- in science from Central Michigan University’s JoLynn Bowen Nelson ’01 served as
sary of living in New York City, where he is Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of matron of honor. Other alumni attending
surviving while pursuing an acting career. Health Professions in the physician assis- the wedding included Jessica
tant program. She is employed in the emer- Wolfinger Bills ’04, Kyle Failing ’04,
gency room at Hurley Medical Center. Kerry Walker Mello ’96, Christyn
McPeek Barrett ’97, and Michelle
Last summer, Blair Griewahn ’04, of Moore ’93. Megan is a sixth grade so-
Tecumseh, made the dean’s list in her cial studies teacher in Quincy, and a
fifth term of study at The Thomas M. basketball coach at Hillsdale Academy.
Cooley Law School in Lansing. She was The couple lives in Litchfield.
also selected to the Cooley Law Review
Board of Editors.
Kraig Kehrer ’01 Andy Zerkel ’04 accepted the position
of financial aid counselor at AC in
In 2006, Michael Lagger ’01, of November. He also serves on the AC
Perrysburg, Ohio, was promoted to an Alumni Association Board of Directors.
officer in Fifth Third Bank’s Business
Banking Group in Monroe. He received Rachel Wandell Beard ’05 accepted
a master’s degree in business adminis- a position with CCS Fundraising, the
tration from the University of Toledo, and world’s largest fund-raising consulting
has four years of experience in the fi- firm. She is in charge of the Lions Club
nancial field. International $200 million campaign for Megan Adams Kempter ’02
sight preservation, in the Midwest and and husband Tim
Matthew Mika ’01, a resident of Staten Ontario, Canada, regions. Melissa Bouscher ’02 and Anthony
Island, N.Y., was recently hired as an
Mulka were married July 2, 2005. Serv-
assistant in the office of Congressman Lindsey Cowling ’05 has relocated to ing as maid of honor was Jennifer
Tim Walberg. Last year, Matt appeared the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, where Dzieciolowski ’03. Alumni attending
in a feature article in The Hill she accepted a position as director of included Janice Denney ’02, Jeremy
(Washington, D.C.), profiling his after- the New Horizon Kid’s Quest. Kid’s Butler-Pinkham ’02, Angie Phillips
hours career of DJ, offering 80s music Quest is one of the nation’s largest child ’02, Rachael Dodson ’03, Jennifer
at local clubs in the Washington area. care providers. Kay ’03, and Steve Amorose ’04. Me-
lissa has since earned her master’s de-
Sara Naab ’02 has accepted a new WEDDINGS gree in the art of teaching from
position in Davis, Calif., as knowledge Marygrove College, and she is currently
manager for Freedom from Hunger, an teaching second grade for Warren Con-
international microfinance and education solidated Schools.
Ryan Seipke ’03 was one of eight stu-
dents invited to present a student-con-
tributed oral paper at the 2006 general
meeting of the American Society of In-
dustrial Microbiology, in Baltimore in
August. Ryan is a doctoral candidate in Stacy Lynn Palik ’00 and Luther Terrell
the department of microbiology at Cornell Watts were united in marriage on
University. November 2. The ceremony was on
board the Carnival cruise ship The
Jim Vergona ’03 has been hired by Elation. The maid of honor was Amber
Compuware Sports Arena in Westland Liedel Lilly ’01. Another AC bridesmaid
as assistant arena manager. He was Melissa Bouscher Mulka ’02 and
was Elizabeth Osborne Lampson ’00.
Aja Blackwell ’03 and Luigi Russo ’02 Erin Scott ’04 and Kevin Inkrott ’03 Allen-Kably ’01 announce the birth of
were married July 8. Danielle Hobbs were married Feb. 25, 2006, at the First Seth Joseph on July 17. He joins sister
’04 served as a bridesmaid, and alumni Congregational Church in Wayne. Audrey, 3. The family resides in Adrian
attending included Sara Rober ’03, Bridesmaids included Laura Kennedy and may be emailed at
Kristen Baker ’03, Holly Zorn ’04, Jaissle ’03 and Alison Cousino Sills email@example.com.
Joshua Brink ’01, Lindsay ’03. Many AC alumni were also in atten-
Crutchfield ’04, Amanda Burke ’04, dance. Kevin is a manager with the Matthew Day ’00 and his wife, Sherri,
Nicole and Ryan Arnold ’02, Riki Cintas Corp., and Erin recently earned announce the birth of their daughter,
Carson-Emmendorfer ’91 and Eric her master’s degree in education and Allyson Claire. The couple lives in
Emmendorfer ’02, Dennis Savard ’04, spent the past year teaching kindergar- Onsted, and Matthew is employed with
and Joshua Richie ’02. The Russo’s ten. The couple lives in Livonia. Sysco, as a marketing associate.
live in the Cleveland area.
Bryan ’00 and Andrea Blythe Hartman
Christie Hammerle ’03 and Greg ’02 announce the birth of their daughter,
Gnepper ’02 were married Aug. 19, at Natalie Grace, on Oct. 4. The Hartman
the Lenawee Country Club. Christie is family lives in Pinckney.
the daughter of AC Professors Gordon
and Judith Roes Hammerle. Presiding
at the ceremony were Brian Martinus
’01 and Professor Emeritus Jerry
Stewardson. The wedding party included
Adrian graduates Brent Cartwright ’01,
Joe Milanovich ’02, Jeremy Butler-
Pinkham ’02 and Erin McCormack
’04. Numerous other AC alumni and pro- Erin Scott ’04 and Kevin Inkrott ’03
fessors attended. Dr. Agnes Caldwell
was the reader and MacKenzie, their Joanna Weigel ’04 and Joe
Boston Terrier, was the ring bearer. In Mierkowicz ’04 were married on Aug. Natalie Grace Hartman
May 2006, Christie graduated from The 5, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tren-
University of Michigan Law School. Her ton. Alumni in attendance included Ja- Jennifer Stinehelfer Huss ’01 and her
paper, Free Will to Will? A Case for the son Quaine ’04, John Bourdeau ’03, husband, Korey, announce the birth of
Recognition of Intestacy Rights for Sur- Luke Harrigan ’05, Rob Heumann ’05, their first child, Hayden Garrett, on Sept.
vivors of Same-sex Marriage or Civil Bobby ’05 and Brenna Hall Wrozek 18. The Huss family lives in Decatur, Ind.
Union was published in the Michigan Law ’04, Beth Riske ’04, Matt ’05 and Jenni
Review. From 2005-06, she was a note Lindimore Zatkin ’04, Marie Baranda John ’01 and Laura Darold Neff ’00
editor at the Review. Christie passed the ’04, Melissa Plummer ’04, Lyndsey announce the birth of their daughter,
Arizona bar in October, and is an asso- Davis ’04, and Amy Williams ’04. Leah Candice, on Nov. 10, 2005. Laura
ciate at the law firm of Perkins Coie in Joanna is a sixth grade classroom is a kindergarten teacher at Renaissance
Phoenix. Greg is an associate at the teacher in Saline Area Schools, and Joe Public School Academy, and graduated
law firm of Gammage and Burnham, also is employed within the communications in December from Central Michigan
in Phoenix. The couple lives in the Phoe- group at Detroit Diesel. Joanna and Joe University with a master’s degree in early
nix downtown historic district. live on the outskirts of Ann Arbor. childhood education. John is a training
instructor for the Saginaw Indian
Chippewa Tribe. The Neff family lives in
Mary Rice Leitch ’27, age 100, died
Feb. 28, 2006, at Rock Creek retirement
community in Washington, D.C., where
she had lived since October of 2003.
While a student at AC, Mary was cap-
Joe ’04 and Joanna Weigel tain of the women’s basketball team and
Mierkowicz ’04 with AC graduates a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.
She retired as a fifth grade teacher in
Otsego, in 1970. Surviving are five chil-
Greg ’02 and Christie Hammerle BIRTHS dren, five grandchildren and four great-
Al Ashraf Kably ’00 and Christen grandchildren.
Don “Bud” Matthes ’34, of Adrian, John “Jack” Stafford ’43, a resident
died June 7. He was purchasing of Adrian, died Nov. 16. Jack managed
agent for GOCORP in Adrian before the dairy store at Michigan Produc-
retiring in the early 1980s. Survivors ers Dairy in Adrian until the store
include one son, one daughter, seven closed, and then became the field in-
grandchildren, 10 great-grandchil- spector until his retirement in 1985.
dren, two sisters and one brother. Jack was an avid golfer and a lifelong
member of the Lenawee Country Club.
Mary McElroy Harris ’35, of He was preceded in death by his wife,
Morenci, died Aug. 17. Mary was a Marian Hurlbut Stafford ’43. Sur-
school teacher for Lyons High School viving are three sons, one daughter,
for several years, retiring from Ches- ten grandchildren and eight great-
terfield Middle School in Evergreen grandchildren.
School District in 1977 after 26 years
Ordinary of service. She had received a
master’s degree from the University
Catherine Spence Bull ’45, a resi-
dent of Lincoln Park and 1983 retiree
Moments of Toledo in 1960. Surviving are one
son, one daughter, one sister, four
of the Department of Social Services,
died Oct. 19. Catherine known as
Book on making memories grandchildren and five great-grand- “Birdie” in college because of her love
To Susan Jones ’72, one of the greatest gifts we children. She was preceded in death of bird watching, enjoyed world trav-
can give ourselves is to create memories with our by her husband, Robert Harris ’35, eling and working for a variety of
loved ones while we can. in 1987. causes for peace and justice, includ-
This message rang so true that she wrote a book ing serving on the Social Concerns
about it. Carl Brautigam ’36, former super- Commission for years and volunteer-
“Until We Meet Again,” a self-published work, intendent of schools in Vermontville, ing with the Legal Aid Clinic. Surviv-
was written with children in mind but has become Belding, Dowagiac and Albion, and ing are two sons, including Jim Bull
a story for all generations. It tells about a grandpa
associate professor of education at ’76, and a brother.
who teaches his grandson the value of ordinary
Michigan State University, died May
moments together, from checkers and hot choco-
late to a wink that means, “We are in this together.”
7. A resident of Ridgefield, Conn., Jean Hurlbut Ellsworth ’45, a resi-
When his grandfather becomes seriously ill, Carl received his master’s of educa- dent of Adrian and life member of
the roles reverse and the little boy initiates similar tion and Ph.D. in education from Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, died
kindnesses to warm Grandpa’s heart. Following MSU. Prior to his retirement in 1991, April 3. She was preceded in death
their journey to Grandpa’s final day, the moments he was a consultant to the Michigan by her husband, Richard “Bud”
become treasured memories. Association of School Boards. Sur- Ellsworth ’45, and sister Marian
Susan, a resident of Connecticut who has vivors include a son, two grandchil- Hurlbut Stafford ’43. Survivors in-
worked as an elementary educator for over 30 dren and five great-grandchildren. clude three daughters, two sons, a
years, decided to write the book in 2000 after she sister, nine grandchildren and seven
lost her father, mother, uncle and a close friend in The College has received word of the great-grandchildren.
a short span of time. death of Elizabeth Davisson Foster
The book originated from a collection of per- ’37, a resident of Springfield, Ohio, on Virginia Miller Haas ’46, of Jasper,
sonal memories and images that Susan quickly
Sept. 24. died Aug. 15. She was preceded in
jotted down after waking early one morning.
death by her husband, Stanley Haas
Thanks in part to the encouragement of a fellow
author, Susan found the right editor and illustrator Robert Tompson ’41, former chair ’55. Surviving are twin sons, a daugh-
to help her make the story cheerful, tender and of the mathematics department at ter and three grandchildren.
hopeful. the University of Nevada, died Jan. 6
Susan hopes that the book will help people of in Reno. Robert received his Ph.D. Dot Livezey Mott ’47, of Indianalo,
all ages to realize the importance of making in mathematics from Brown Iowa, formerly of Barnsville, Ohio, died
memories now. University in 1953, and spent 35 Aug. 13. She was a physical educa-
The book has received a strong endorsement years teaching math at the tion major at AC, and was active in
from Dr. Robert Ancona, chief of the department University of Nevada, retiring in 1991. sports under Ioan Young Stepp. After
of pediatrics at St. Joseph Medical Center in Mary- He was instrumental in the forma- retiring as a phys. ed. teacher, she
land. He recommends the story to parents of all tion of the Desert Research Institute, was active in community affairs and
young children who have suffered or are prepar- and led the development of the first she and her husband, Don, enjoyed
ing to suffer the loss of a loved one. Several Hos- computer science curriculum at the travel in their RV. Dot leaves her hus-
pice and grief centers for children and families
University of Nevada, which became band of 59 years, four children and
are also embracing this story.
today’s computer science depart- four grandchildren.
The story is dedicated to Susan’s father. “Until ment. Survivors include his wife, a
We Meet Again” will be released April 2007. For son and a granddaughter. Robert was Barbara Dow Brown ’48, a resident
more, go to www.50-50publishing.com. Susan’s born in Adrian in 1920. of Addison and retired secretary for
website is www.bookofferings.com.
the juvenile court in Jackson, died sons and two grandchildren. FREE WRITE
Sept. 18. Surviving are her husband,
two sons, six grandchildren, 15 great- Willard “Woody” Books ’51, a resi-
grandchildren and a sister. dent of Bartow, Fla., and retired di-
rector of student publications at
Frederick Fox ’49, a resident of University of South Florida, died Oct.
Adrian and retired elementary princi- 25, 2005. Survivors include his wife,
pal, died Dec. 23. While a student at Anna, and three children.
Adrian, Fred played basketball and
tennis, earning letters in both sports. O. Herbert Farver ’52, owner and
He had earned a master’s degree in president of Blissfield Manufacturing
education from the University of Michi-
gan, and was a referee for high school
since 1946, died June 21. Herb
served in the U.S. Navy and has since
basketball and football in Lenawee held membership in many area clubs Reasons to Run
County. Survivors include his wife, and served on various boards includ-
by shelly neumeyer ’05
Opal, five children, nine grandchildren ing the Bixby Medical Center Board.
including Eric Fox ’03, and four great- In addition to his wife, Connie, he is This past January, I decided to focus on run-
grandchildren. ning. I wanted to work my way to running three
survived by two sons, a daughter,
miles a day with ease. About a week after I made
three grandchildren and one great- that decision, I received a postcard from the Leu-
Virginia Sanborn Nielsen ’49, a grandchild. kemia & Lymphoma Society, promoting their
resident of Lansing, died Sept. 8.
Team in Training (TNT) program. Running a mara-
Survivors include her husband, Ned Harrington ’52, of Ann Arbor, thon had never been a goal of mine, but this was
Mogens. died June 27. Ned had earned a a chance to run one in Anchorage, Alaska. Since
master’s degree from Wayne State I love to travel, I decided to go to an informational
Gilbert Eno ’50, a resident of Mesa, University and a Ph.D. from the meeting. Just like that, I was hooked.
Ariz., and former Lenawee County University of Michigan. He played the The five-month training process was very chal-
librarian and photo technician, died trumpet in many dance and jazz lenging. I experienced my share of sore legs,
Oct. 11. A 50-year Masonic member, bands, frequently entertaining at the cramped muscles, aching feet, and blisters (upon
Gilbert is survived by three daughters, blisters, upon blisters!).
Montreaux-Detroit jazz festival. He is
two sons, 17 grandchildren, eight In exchange for the coaching and expense-paid
survived by his wife, Mary, two chil- trip to Anchorage, I committed to raise funds for
great-grandchildren, two great-great- dren and six grandchildren.
grandchildren, and two sisters, includ- the organization’s mission to find a cure for leu-
ing Ruth Eno Clippert ’52 and her kemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood-
Arlene Harsh Schrubb ’52, of Or- related cancers. With the support from generous
husband, Emory Clippert ’50.
egon, Ohio, died April 16. Arlene had family, friends, and coworkers, I raised over
been employed as a secretary at $5,000!
Charles Hensen ’50, of Tecumseh, There were moments I thought of giving up;
Gross Electric, and is survived by a
died June 30. He is survived by his that’s when the “117,466 reasons to run” came
wife of 57 years, Jane, a son, two into play. How did I come up with that many
daughters, nine grandchildren and four reasons? Here’s the breakdown:
Blaire Minier Bohs ’53, of Adrian,
died Jan. 20. Blaire was an English
34,810 Estimate of leukemia cases
teacher with Adrian Public Schools,
Carl Pocock ’50, a resident of diagnosed in 2005
where she retired after 30 years of 15,980 Estimate of myeloma cases
Wooster, Ohio, and former Methodist
service. Survivors include her hus- diagnosed in 2005
minister for 30 years, died Oct. 8. Carl
was also a school teacher in Dundee, band, a daughter, two sisters, includ- 66,674 Estimate of lymphoma cases
teaching English, social studies and ing Carol Minier Wyman ’63, three in 2006
special education. He as a member grandchildren and one great-grand- 1 trip to Alaska
daughter. + 1 personal accomplishment
of Oak Chapel UMC, ATO fraternity,
117,466 Reasons to Run
Veteran of Foreign Wars, American
Legion, and UM Retired Ministers. Lorraine Schultz ’53, a resident of
Clare and former psychiatric social I finished the marathon in five hours and 43
Surviving in addition to his wife, Vir- minutes. My 117,466 reasons, made all the differ-
ginia, are three children, four grand- worker for over 30 years in several
ence in those final miles. I wanted to finish in un-
children and a brother. hospitals in Cleveland, died Aug. 27. der five hours, but finishing was a victory in itself!
Lorrie is survived by her sister, I look at it this way: falling short of my goal has
Robert Trevarthen ’50, of Ironwood, Sandra Schultz Campbell ’53. given me yet another reason to run…I have to
died Nov. 22. He spent 42 years at beat that time!
the Ironwood Daily Globe in the ad- Raymond Barnes ’55, of Las Ve- Shelly, an interior design major and business
vertising department, retiring as ad- gas, Nev., died May 21. He was hon- minor, is a designer for Reico Kitchen & Bath in
vertising manager in 1993. Surviving ored at the American Guild of Organ- Alexandria, Va. For more information on the Team in
are his wife of 58 years, Cleone, three ists on April 30, and given a certifi- Training program, go to www.teamintraining.org.
cate from the national headquarters Westport before his retirement. He is
in New York as well as lifetime mem- survived by his wife, Marie, his
bership in the organization. mother, and five children and nine
Raymond, founding dean of the Las grandchildren.
Vegas chapter, had served actively
on the executive board for 38 years Phyllis Knapp Bruce ’60, of Sand
in several official capacities. He was Creek, died Oct. 18. She was a
currently serving as membership teacher for 25 years at Madison
chair and acting as coordinator for Schools and the Adrian Training
placement and substitutes. Surviving School, retiring in 1976. Surviving are
Professor are his wife and two brothers. a daughter, a son, a sister and four
Cynthia Bosio Jack Birchfield ’55, a resident of
Ann Arbor and retiree from the Paul Frederick ’60, who served in
University of Michigan, died Jan. 29. both the Detroit and West Michigan
1953-2007 Jack was a 1951 graduate of Adrian Conferences of the United Methodist
High School. At Adrian College, he Church, died May 20. He was a resi-
It is with great sadness that Adrian College
lettered in several sports and was dent of Chesterfield, and is survived
announces the death of Professor Cindy Bosio.
inducted into the AC Athletic Hall of by his wife, Jody Stiner Frederick
Bosio, Adrian College professor of mathemat-
Fame in 1979. He was proud to be a ’61, and three children.
ics for over 20 years, died of cancer Jan. 15 at
member of the SAE fraternity, at one
Bixby Medical Center in Adrian. She was diag-
time serving as its president. Jack Myrtle Barron Solomonson ’60, a
nosed with the disease six years ago, and after
also served on the AC Alumni Asso- resident of Morenci, died Aug. 15. She
chemotherapy had been in remission for almost
ciation Board of Directors and was retired from the Morenci Area School
three years before her recent relapse.
honored with the Alumni Service system in 1988, after 44 years of
“She was someone I could talk to, not just
Award in 2005. He is survived by his
about math, but about real-life issues,” sopho- teaching. Myrtle received a master of
wife, Anne, three children,several
more Tim Mathis reported in a front-page story arts degree in education from East-
grandchildren, a sister, brother
in the College World, AC’s student newspaper. ern Michigan University in 1965, spe-
Roger Birchfield ’60 and wife, and
Bosio was known for her ability to help stu- cializing in special education. In 1982,
sister-in-law. Memorial contributions
dents overcome their anxiety about math. she was honored as the Teacher of
may be made in Jack’s name to
“She was trained in family counseling and the Year by the Lenawee County Fed-
guidance,” Peter Boudreau, fellow AC math- eration of Women’s Clubs. She is sur-
ematics professor, reported to the Toledo Blade. vived by two children, two grandsons,
Larry Anderson ’56, of Manitou
“She could translate some of the skills of be- seven great-grandsons, two brothers
Beach, died June 29. Larry was a
ing a good counselor in talking with college stu- and one sister.
real estate salesman, retiring in 1995.
dents who expressed anxiety difficulties.” In addition to his wife, Marilyn, he is
“She was able to perceive the difficulty that survived by three sons, one daugh- Genevieve Smith Quigley ’62, a
a student was having in ways not everybody ter, one brother, one sister, five grand- resident of Adrian and an English pro-
could,” Boudreau said. children and one great-grandson. fessor at Hillsdale College for 17
When Bosio was awarded the 2005 Ross years, died July 7. She received a
Newsom Award for Outstanding Teaching at Don Enerson ’57, of Hudson, died master’s degree in 1964 and her Ph.D.
Adrian College, her students called her the best Jan. 30, 2006. Don was employed in 1972 from the University of Michi-
teacher they’d ever had, and said her enthusi- at the Cargill Co. in Minneapolis and gan. She taught at Adrian Junior High
asm inspired students. the Gamble Store in Hudson. He is School and at Tecumseh schools.
Bosio received the Phenomenal Woman survived by one brother, Warren Genevieve created the Charles
Award in 2003, was recognized for excellence “Bud” Enerson ’50. Dickens Award at AC. She also
in instruction in 1997 and 1998, and was served eight years on the Lenawee
involved in several different ways on campus. The College was recently informed County Board of Commissioners, run-
Beyond campus, she worked with a state com- of the death of Ronald ning as a Democrat. She is survived
mittee that oversees and evaluates the state Chmielewski ’59, of Brownsburg, by a daughter and two grandchildren.
mathematics exam, and participated in work- Ind. Ron was employed by National
shops to enhance her instruction for teacher Gypsum Company, and is survived Joyce “Mimi” Hadden Ganun ’63,
education students. by his wife, Arlene. of Adrian, died June 27. Surviving are
Bosio earned a bachelor’s degree from Michi- her husband, Larry, five children in-
gan State University, and two master’s degrees Jerome DeSormier ’59, a resident cluding Vicki Ganun Hall ’85, and
from Eastern Michigan University. of Taunton and Westport, Mass., four brothers, Mark Hadden ’80,
Surviving are her husband David, a son and died Aug. 7. He was the owner of Tom Hadden ’71, Richard Hadden
daughter, three sisters and three brothers. DeSormier Insurance Agency in ’59 and Ron Hadden ’74. Joyce was
preceded in death by a brother, David Spencer Sellas ’88, of Clearwater, Fla., four sons and grandchildren.
Hadden ’65. died Dec. 15. He was most recently
employed as a senior group manager with Bonnie Hammersley, a resident of
Michael “Mikey” Hughes ’65, a resi- the Home Shopping Network, and had Adrian and friend of the College, died
dent of Detroit and ATO fraternity formerly worked for IBM for 12 years. June 14. She was preceded in death by
member, died Jan. 29. Mikey, a retired Spencer was a member of SAE frater- her husband, Gordon, in 2003. Survivors
dispatcher, is survived by his wife, two nity and received his master’s degree in include one son, one daughter and six
daughters, a son and five grandchildren. business education from the University grandchildren.
of South Florida. Survivors include his
Herman “Tom” Lord ’66, of Southfield, wife, Kristen, three sons, parents, one Glenn Harbaugh, a resident of Evans-
died May 20. He had worked for many brother and one sister. ville, Ind., and former AC theater arts
years in international sales as a produc- educator and director for nine years, died
tion engineer for several automotive Stephanie Glennon ’92, a resident of June 24. During his time at AC, he con-
manufacturers in the Detroit area and Lansing and teacher at Cooley Law verted the old chapel in Downs Hall into
was most recently employed with Guard- School, died Oct. 29. a performing arts space. Glenn spent the
ian Automotive as a program manager. next 20 years at Indiana State University,
Survivors include his wife, two daugh- Anne Gulliver Reed ’93, a resident of and ended his career in teaching as head
ters and a son. of upper school at Evansville Day School
Clark Lake and former teacher at Colum-
bia Central High School, died Jan. 16. in Evansville, Ind. Surviving are his wife,
Victor Mourer ’66, of Adrian, died May five sons, four grandchildren, one sister
Anne was a member of DisAbility Con-
30. He retired in 2000 from the Ford and one brother.
nections and Passages, both in Jack-
Motor Co. in Saline as a traffic agent,
son, the Michigan Center Bible Church,
plant hazmat coordinator and EMTC af- Ronald Reece, a resident of Three Riv-
and a former member of Dancing Wheels
ter 30 years of service. Victor was a ers and former trustee for AC, died Oct.
in Hampton, Va.
member of the Adrian Jaycees and 18. Ron had served as the superinten-
MENSA. Besides his wife, JoAnne dent of Three Rivers High School for 25
John “Jay” Bowen ’98, a financial ad-
Carter Mourer ’69, he is survived by years, was a former member of the
visor with Newbridge Securities in Boca
one daughter, one son, his mother, a Vicksburg Village Council, and served
sister and a brother. Raton, Fla., died Nov. 20. Surviving are
on many boards and committees. He
his father, mother, a brother, a step-
was honored as the Three Rivers Citi-
C. Stephen Adair ’69, of Plano, Texas, brother, a step-sister, and paternal and
zen of the Year in 1997. Survivors include
and boy’s basketball coach at Plano maternal grandparents. The family has
his wife, three children, five grandchildren,
East High School for 16 years, died April requested that any donations in Jay’s
three brothers and one sister.
3. Steve’s 30-year coaching career in- memory be made to the Adrian College
cluded 12 years in Battle Creek (Mich.), AC Fund.
where he coached track, football and
basketball and taught physical educa- Friends In Memoriam
tion. He is survived by his wife, a son, Myrtle Hooper Avis, a resident of
two daughters, his father and six grand- Sandusky, Ohio, and former house-
children. mother to the ATO fraternity in Cornelius Submit a Class Note
House in the early 1950s, died Jan. 30.
Myrtle had also taught the Fundamen-
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Kane County (Ill.), and was instrumen- Madison Street, Adrian MI 49221.
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Northeastern Illinois Planning Commis- Jane Davis, wife of Dr. John Davis, be a delay of up to two issues from
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1979 from Ohio State University. He is Jane was an active member of the Adrian
survived by his wife, Beth Werstler community, enjoying a 35-year career in
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ALUMNI Art Auction Brad Barrett ’04
Jim Culbertson ’63
Kandi Weinlander Eklund ’51
Jessie Ellis ’97
2007 Madeleine Lakatos Fojtik ’82
Michael Fox Jr. ’04
John Geisler ’61
The Art Alumni Board will sponsor the third Alumni Art Auction at Homecom- Stephen R. Gregg ’68
ing 2007 (Oct. 5-7). Donations of artwork in any media are actively sought Deanna Baker Hartley ’72
Don J. Helser ’71
from all alumni and friends of the art and design department. We will mat and Kevin Hile ’88
frame two-dimensional work for you. John P. Hiner ’82
Julayne Morningstar Hughes ’86
The auction takes place every three years. Proceeds support the Oxbow Jennifer Kay ’03
Study Award for one student a year, and help purchase artwork by graduating Mindy Dygert MacDonald ’74
Beth Blonde McCaulley ’01
seniors to continue to build an art collection for Shipman Marilyn Munsell McNitt ’73
Library. Jill Merithew Ouellette ’89
Send work to Professor Pi Benio, Art and Design Laurie Dickens Perkins ’82
Nate Smith ’81
Department, Adrian College, 110 S. Madison St., Eric Sullivan ’61
Adrian, MI 49221. Contact Pi at 517-264-3901 or Vicki Eustice Thomas ’80
Marilyn Wilson Ward ’83
firstname.lastname@example.org. Andy Zerkel ’04
Trustees Elected by the Alumni Association
The Art Auction subcommittee thanks you: Kurt L. Darrow ’77
Robert M. Ransom ’59
Elaine Martin Medrow ’86 Lynn A. Schefsky ’70
Jackie Kruczek Sigan ’86 Jack Shimko ’79
James D. Thomas ’84
Ann Vreeland ’97 Linda Dox Weston ’65
Deb Wilson ’94
Sharon Voegeding Miller ’81
from the 1960s
Theta Chi Fraternity Reunion:
June 15-16, 2007
June 18 – Lenawee Country Club Golf – Cocktails – Campus Tours –
Meet with President Docking
Luncheon, shotgun start, dinner-
$150 per golfer Buffet Dinner on campus: $15
More details to be mailed.
Up to 32 teams – first come, first
serve. All proceeds will benefit AC’s Questions? Contact Jeff Pinkham ’71,
Bulldog Club 410-585-4341, email@example.com,
or Jim Mahony ’00, Adrian College
For information, contact Aaron Klotz Director of Development, 517-264-3104,
at 517-264-3976 or firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com.
State of the College
President Jeffrey R. Docking
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Adrian Tobias Room, Ritchie Marketplace, Adrian College Oct. 5-7
All are welcome to attend. Reception following.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or
Visit www.adrian.edu to read or listen to the speech after 2:00p.m. that day. 800-264-9063 for more information.
A Spirit Shop
Silver Picture Frame Desk Clock
Silver frame for 5” x 7” picture. Hinged 10” x 7” desk clock with 5 ½” x 3 ½”
$15.95 photo frame.
Round Silver Desk Pen Holder
Polished silver round domed pen holder with matching
desk pen. Laser engraved with college name and seal.
Ensemble Pen and Rollerball Set
Twist action ballpoint pen and fine point rollerball Pen and Business Card Case Set
packaged together in a hinged metal gift box. Metal plunger action silver satin ballpoint pen and
Both writing instruments have silver metal accents. business card holder in metal gift box. Custom
$14.95 graphics on pen and card holder.
Call 517-264-3185 to place an order. Visit www.adrian.edu to view more merchandise.
Facilities campaign to help
$15 million dollar goal
Over $10.2 million raised to
available (from buildings
Learn how you can help! Call
the Office of Development toll free at
visit us at contact.adrian.edu
ADRIAN, MICHIGAN 49221
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