Alumni News & Notes
Dr. Morris Inch has recently published two books: A Guide to Christian Ethics with Wipf and Stock Publishers, and Reasoning Faith with E-Booktime, LLC. He has also posted a text online with Purity Publications titled Wormwood’s Correspondence, which serves as a sequel to C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. Dr. Inch is professor emeritus of biblical studies at Wheaton College.
Rev. Charles and Jeanette (Balzer) Rupp celebrated 65 years of marriage on August 21, 2013 in Archbold, Ohio
Dick Troutman and co-author Doug Moseley recently published a book on presidential trivia with South Central Printing and Publishing titled From George W. to George W.: A Collection of the Humorous, the Strange, the Unknown, and the Unbelievable in the Lives of our First Forty-two Presidents. Both authors are in their 80s; Dick wonders, “When was the last time you read a book written by two octogenarians?”
Bob Sabean recently participated in the10k “Manuel Antonio Extreme” event inCosta Rica with his son-in-law and threegrandchildren. In addition, he is teaching a three hour class on his newly completed text Play: a Christian Concept at ESEPA seminary and UNELA seminary — both located in San José, Costa Rica.
Marilyn (McKelvey) Dailey and her husband, Jim, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary March 21, 2014.
Eugene Lemcio recently published a new book with Wipf and Stock Publishers titled Soaring with St. John: Flight Paths of the Eagle/ A Pedagogical Aid. Dr. Lemcio is Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Seattle Pacific University where he taught for 36 years.
Ernest Tracy married Candace Benson on January 4, 2014, at Church of the Redeemer United Methodist in Columbus, Ohio. The couple now lives in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.
Linda McCullough Moore’s latest book This Road Will Take Us Closer to the Moon was recently heralded by Nobel Prize Winner Alice Munro, who said, “These stories won me over at once, heart and mind together.” Moore’s next book, The Book of Not So Common Prayer, came out in June 2014.
David Hayes recently published Siblings at School: A Small Group Curriculum and Writing Project (Pittsburgh, Pa.: RoseDog Books, 2012), a book designed to be used by counselors and other school professionals to establish a small group of elementary or middle school students who have siblings with disabilities, impairments or other health concerns. David workedas an elementary school counselor for 26 years in a suburban Philadelphia school district. He also taught in the classroom for 10 years and has been an adjunct professor in the counseling department at West Chester University (West Chester, Pa.) for 20 years. He currently resides in suburban Philadelphia with his wife, Kathy (Harpp ’71), also a teacher, with children and grandchildren nearby.
Nancy Nason-Clark was recently presented with the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation award given annually to individuals, groups or organizations that have contributed significantly to the prevention and elimination of family violence in Canada. Dr. Nason-Clark is professor and chair of the Sociology Department at the University of New Brunswick. She is recognized for her work as one of Canada’s leading family violence researchers in connection with faith-based organizations.
On a recent summer trip, Carol (Alderman) and George Griesedieck visited Slovenia, Croatia and Prague together with Cheryl (Alderman ’78) and Carlos Martinez ’77.
Alvin Hoover recently participated in an American Hospital Association briefing on Capitol Hill for legislators and their staff about the negative consequences of site-neutral payments for hospitals. Hoover is CEO of King’s Daughters Medical Center in Brookhaven, Miss.
Lynda Reinhardt Howard retired on June 30, 2013 after teaching for 35 years, 29 of those teaching Chemistry in the Bemus Point Central School District. Lynda lost her first husband, Mark Howard ’78 in 1996; she remarried in 2003 to Daniel Glassman. Lynda is a grandmother of two and says, “Retirement, after a full, complete, and rewarding career, is amazingly wonderful.”
Joseph Hupp received the 2013 International Award of the Japan Society for Coordination Chemistry this past November in Okinawa, Japan. In March 2014, he received the Charles N. Reilley Award of the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry. Dr. Hupp is Morrison Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
Wesley Becker recently changed positions within the Salvation Army and is now grants and contracts administrator for the Empire State Division which provides services in 48 Upstate N.Y. counties.
Jennifer (Deal ’89) Becker is employed by the University of Rochester Medical Center as a coordinator for the Western N.Y. Lead Poisoning Prevention Resource Center. The Rochester office where she works supports lead poisoning prevention efforts in nine Finger Lakes area counties.
Kristen Roth Allen and her husband, William A. Allen ’89, began serving as Co-Lead Pastors July 1, 2013, at Bemus Point United Methodist Church, located on Chautauqua Lake in Bemus Point, N.Y.
Ken Golde and several Houghton alumni came together as pit band members for the March production of Peter Pan at Letchworth Central School in Gainesville, N.Y. Back row (left to right): Dustin Woodard MM ’13, Jeff Thompson ’01, Nathan Barnes ’98, John Novack ’01 (Director), and Dan Wartinger ’07/MM ’09. Front row (left to right): Kathie (Merrill ’84) Golde, Janelle Conklin ’14, and Rachel Smith ’11/MM ’13.
C. (Charles) Kevin Thompson recently published a new work of fiction with OakTara Publishers titled 30 Days Hath Revenge. The book was the silver medalist in Reader’s Favorite 2013 Book of the Year Award in the Christian fiction category. His first book, The Serpent’s Grasp (OakTara Publishers, January 2012), won the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference 2013 Selah Award for Fiction, first novel category. It was also a finalist in ForeWord Reviews’ 2012 Book of the Year Award in the science fiction category.
Christ Otto recently released his second book titled An Army Arising: Why Artists are on the Frontline of the Next Move of God through Belonging House Creative (Oct. 16, 2013). The book is currently available on Amazon.com. Christ is the founder and director of Belonging House, a Christian ministry called to make disciples of Jesus Christ who happen to be artists and to make ugly places beautiful through prayer, worship and creativity. Find out more about Christ’s ministry at www.belonginghouse.org.
Richard (Rusty) Rice is lead facilitator at Cornell University Team and Leadership Center, teaches sailing at Cornell, and volunteers on the university’s EMS squad. He was recently voted in as a full member of the Baldwinsville Volunteer Fire Department after completing firefighter boot camp in Cortland, N.Y. over the summer. In addition, he serves on the local fire department, ambulance corps, and dive rescue team. He completed paramedic school in 2012 and is currently working through New York State reciprocity to be a paramedic in New York. Fun fact about Rusty: he was crew on the two ships used in the filming of the 2006 movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and had the opportunity to be an extra in the movie.
Patricia Sayre married Joe Guevarez on May 5, 2012 in Montrose, N.Y. Houghton alumni in attendance included Al Gurley ’64, and Debbie Erickson ’97. The couple resides in Cortland Manor, N.Y., where Patricia works as a nurse practitioner of psychiatry.
Lori Scott Sheldon, a research scientist with the Miriam Hospital’s Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine in Providence, R.I., was recognized with the 2013 Bruce M. Selya Award for Excellence in Research October 31, 2013. The award is presented annually by the honorable Bruce M. Selya, senior judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, at the Lifespan Annual Research Celebration. Lori is assistant professor (research) in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Her ongoing research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, and she is well-published in leading medical, public health, psychological and multidisciplinary journals in behavioral and preventive medicine. She is also an associate editor of the peer-reviewed journal Archives of Sexual Behavior and a consulting editor for AIDS & Behavior and Health Psychology.
Laura (Judge) and Nic Baltatzis are happy to announce the birth of a son, Mark, January 3, 2013. He joined big sister Ellie who is three and a half. Laura is a stay-at-home mom and currently enjoys sewing as her little ones allow her to. She hopes to turn her love of sewing into a side business teaching others how to sew. She also loves writing on her blog, www.salmonandsouvlaki.wordpress.com. In May 2013, Lisa (Bush ’99) Rockcastle and her family joined the Baltatzis for a vacation. Laura says, “We had fun having all 6 kids in one house!”
Jessica (Rudl) Carlson teaches tenth grade and remedial English at Carroll High School in Forth Wayne, Ind. Jessica and her family moved to Auburn, Ind., from Colorado Springs, Colo., in July 2013 when her husband, Marcus, accepted a full-time pastoral call with a Lutheran congregation. They have two children: son Micah (8) and daughter Abby (6).
Amy Manning completed her Ph.D. in Social Welfare in 2011 from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. She is currently working for Community Connections of New York doing research and evaluation for nonprofit and government organizations. She purchased a house through the Urban Homestead Program in the City of Buffalo for $1 and is busy working on renovations and investing in the city.
Rebecca (Buckwalter) Charles married Michael Charles July 14, 2012 in Lancaster, Pa. They welcomed daughter Reese Lynn into the world September 13, 2013. The family resides in Lancaster, Pa., where Rebecca is a fourth grade teacher.
Colin Ryan was selected as a 2013 Rising Star by Vermont Business Magazine, an award given to 40 winners under 40 for their commitment to business growth, professional excellence and involvement in their communities. He was honored for his work in using stand-up comedy to speak to more than 50,000 students nationwide about managing money and overcoming fear. Colin is the founder of A Stand Up Life (www.astanduplife.com).
Lynsey (Glover) Wood met up with fellow 2004 classmate, Walter Hopkins, in Orlando, Fla., this past November. They are pictured with a friend from their Semester in Spain experience which was provided by Houghton’s partnership with Trinity Christian College.
Kristen (Voorhees) and Souly Sanasith were excited and thankful to welcome daughter Cora Talay, November 11, 2013,after a very high risk pregnancy. She joins three big brothers: Layton (7.5), Carson (5), and Kallan (2).
Nicolas and Jaryn Abdallah are pleased to announce the birth of James Asher on October 13, 2013. After a week-long stay at the NICU, he is home with his family and growing up too fast. The Abdallahs reside in Columbia, Tenn., where Nicolas is a juvenile court administrator for Maury County, and Jaryn is finishing her master’s degree in public history and working at the President James K. Polk Home.
Melissa (Doyon) Denison married high school friend, Elias Denison, June 22, 2013 at Spring Hill Presbyterian Church in Bozeman, Mont. Houghton alumni in attendance were Jenny Jerman ’09 and Tineke (Hegeman ’08) Bryson. The couple makes their home in Bozeman, Mont., where Melissa is employed as a fourth grade teacher at a classical Christian school and Elias is an assistant manager at a local coffee shop.
Melissa (McConnell) and Andrew Lundeen ‘09 are happy to announce the birth of Adalynn Marie, September 18, 2013.
Amy (Lorch) and Matt Milburn are pleased to announce the birth of Liberty Grace, September 3, 2013. She joins older brother Caleb (2).
S. “Ernie” Walton was recently named administrative director for the Regent University School of Law Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law. “My heart and my vision for the center is to make sure that from a Biblical perspective, we have a dialogue about what human rights are and why they’re important,” said Walton in an interview with Regent University News. He received his J.D. from Regent in 2011.
Elizabeth Jancewicz and Eric Stevenson ’08 hosted 21 Houghton friends (and spouses) over President’s Day Weekend this year at their home in Connecticut. The group has made a point of gathering once a year since graduation. Back row, left to right: Wes Aikens ’09, Sarah Thomas ’09, Nate Gerard ’09, Journey Osburn ’09, Michael Biele ’09; second to back row, left to right: Shawn Livingston ’09, Rachel Livingston, Jessica (Vogt ’08) Stevenson, Brian Stein ’10, Amanda (Kronert ’09) Stein; third to back row, left to right: Rochelle Scott, Orion Harrison ’09, Leah (Gauthier ’09) Anderson, Susanna Petrolle ’11, Eric Stevenson ’08, Elizabeth Jancewicz ’09; front row left to right: Angela McKinley, Jon McKinley ’11, Phil Anderson ’11 and Alex Glover ’11.
Lindsay Hansen and Luis Rosado IV were engaged November 24, 2013.
Kristina (Miedema) Martin married Austin Martin in May 2011, and the couple were blessed with a son, Hollin Jace, October 15, 2013. The Martins reside in Mifflinburg, Pa., where Austin is a car salesman, and Kristina worked in adult education prior to becoming a stay-at-home-mom after the birth of Hollin.
Lindsay (Arndt) Olang married Job Onyango Olang, November 24, 2012. Leah Scott ’11 was a bridesmaid in the wedding, and Houghton friends Megan (Short ’11) Brown, Meghan Phipps ’11, Hannah Gardner ’11, Darby (Emerson ’11) and Peter “Tom” Luckey ’10 were also in attendance. The couple makes their home in Hopewell Junction, N.Y., where Lindsay works as a home instructor for Beacon City School District while pursuing a full-time teaching position and is a volleyball coach at John Jay High School in Katonah, N.Y.; Job is a supervisor for The Brothers That Just Do Gutters.
Jeremy Raff married Elizabeth Arnold on June 22, 2013 in Lancaster, Pa. Keith Kristich ’11 and Colin Richardson ’11 served as groomsmen, and other alumni in attendance included Jeremy’s parents, Thomas and Jennifer (Thirsk ’84) Raff ’84. Jeremy and Elizabeth make their home in Wynnewood, Pa., where Jeremy is director of programs at a youth development center in Lancaster, Pa., and Elizabeth is an elementary school teacher.
Ian Gates received a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics from Old Dominion University, May 9, 2014, while also commissioning the same day as a Second Lieutenant (2LT) in the Maryland Army National Guard after two years in ODU’s Army ROTC program. Ian will be relocating with his wife, Kimberly, this summer to Philadelphia, Pa., to begin a career in Spanish/ESL education.
Anna (Brunner) Wright married David Wright June 6, 2012 at Syracuse Alliance Church in Syracuse, N.Y. Houghton alumni in attendance included bridesmaid, Marsha Mason ’13, Hannah (Prentice ’13) Bowersox, Justin Bowersox ’12, Hannah Larson ’12, Becca Lang ’13, Liz Moore ’13, Elise Taroli ’13 and Meg Sonnekalb ’12. The Wright family resides in Mount Vernon, N.Y., where David is an environmental engineer at GHD, Inc.
Sisters Ruth Kenote and Rebekah (Kenote ’08) AuYeung appeared as the soprano and mezzo-soprano soloists for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra November 9-11, 2012, at the historic Fulton Opera House in Lancaster, Pa.
Emily (Tullar) and Patrick Barringer ’05 are happy to announce the birth of their first son, Micah Stanley Barringer, on December 16, 2012. The Barringers live in Syracuse, N.Y., where Patrick is a high school math teacher.
Jennifer (Curinga) Aitken married Chris Aitken on August 4, 2012, at Grove City College in Grove City, Pa. Chris, a graduate of Grove City College, received his M.A. in music from the Greatbatch School of Music in 2010. The bride and groom were both music majors at their respective institutions, and each wanted to incorporate their college musical heritage into the ceremony. Choral pieces were performed by a choir made up of friends from Grove City and Houghton, and all of the other music in the wedding was performed by Houghton and Grove City graduates or professors. Houghton friends in the wedding party included Jewel (Buckwalter ’10) Aagaard, Bethany Abrahams ’12, Susanna (Thomforde-Garner ’09) Ballard, Dara Searcy-Gardner ’08, and matron of honor Assistant Professor of Voice Kelley Hijleh. The Aitkens make their home in Asheville, N.C., where Chris is the director of choirs at Asheville Christian Academy, and Jennifer is interning with a local opera company while working on her teaching license/graduate degree at the University of North Carolina Asheville.
Susanna (Brautigam) and Andrew Roorbach ’13 were married on August 18, 2012, at Houghton Wesleyan Church in Houghton, N.Y. Many Houghton alumni celebrated the special occasion with the couple, including but not limited to, David Brautigam ’72, father of the bride; Amy (Konz ’83) Brautigam, mother of the bride; Colleen Jennings ’13 and Elizabeth Rutledge ’07, bridesmaids; Sarah (Brautigam ’10) Moore, sister of the bride/music; Joshua Moore ’10, brother-in-law of the bride/ music; Sharon Brautigam ’14, sister of the bride/maid of honor; Michael Jordan ’99, officiant; Douglas Roorbach ’81, father of the groom; Krista Roorbach ’98, stepmother of the groom; and Jeffrey Roorbach Braaten ’09, brother of the groom. The Roorbachs reside in Houghton, N.Y., where Susanna is a financial aid counselor at Houghton College, and Andrew is a debt collector for Pioneer Credit.