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Frederick Mills, Sr., has been named an honorary alumnus of LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia. The award was presented during the college’s homecoming activities in October 2014. Dr. Mills began his career at LaGrange in 1967 as an associate professor of history, was named a full professor in 1973, and in 1987, was named the Flora G. Candler Chair at LaGrange. His pastoral work includes appointments in the Greater New Jersey Conference of the United Methodist Church, and chaplaincies with the New Jersey National Guard and U.S. Army. He is married to Antoinette Lee Mills, and they have three children.
Philip Collmer and his wife, Bonnie, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in British Columbia. They began their celebration earlier in August, however, when they visited their daughter’s family in Cologne, Germany. There, they had the opportunity to return to the Basilica of Constantine in Trier, Germany—the church where they were married.
Ron Dieck published an engineering textbook, Measurement Uncertainty, Methods and Applications (ISA; 4th edition, December 4, 2006). Ron has been employed in aerospace and test measurement instrumentation and metrology for over 35 years and currently is the director of Ron Dieck Associates, Inc., a company that provides training and consulting in measurement uncertainty and measurement systems. He lives with his wife, Donna (Drowne ’65) Dieck, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Roger C. Moyer published a book titled Growing Up Strong: A Study in Christian Spiritual Maturity through FriesenPress on August 29, 2014. Roger and his wife, Diane, are founders of Christian Counseling Ottawa (CCO), a therapeutic and educational ministry that has been serving the individuals, couples, families and churches of the Ottawa area since 1978.
Ron Fessenden’s book, The New Honey Revolution (Xulon Press, May 28, 2014), has been awarded first place in the health category of the Fall 2014 Christian Author Awards sponsored by Xulon Press. Dr. Fessenden’s book is an updated version of The Honey Revolution (2008) and details the health benefits of consuming honey. Ron and his wife, Joyce, reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Gary Prawel was appointed Town Justice in the Wayne Town Court in Wayne, New York. He continues to teach criminal justice and sociology at both Keuka College and Corning Community College.
James Lewis published an essay reflecting on the death of his mother in the November-December issue of Family Medicine titled “Going Gently: On Aging.” Dr. Lewis, MD, is professor of pediatrics at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. He is also a member of the division of child development and behavior and currently serves as a pediatric subspecialist at Marshall’s Barboursville clinic. Jim attributes his writing success to Houghton where, as a student, he was the literary editor of the ’69 Boulder.
Linda (Jones) Mudry published her first book titled A Soldier Remembers (Infinity Publishing, 2011) following her father’s remarkable WWII experiences as he journeyed from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Japan and back again. Linda is a retired medical technologist and lives in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. She enjoys the outdoors and has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail in sections over a nine-year period.
Alfred “Fred” Day was recently selected to serve as the General Secretary of the Commission on Archives and History for the United Methodist Church (UMC) with the mission of preserving and promoting the historical interests of the UMC worldwide, overseeing the UMC’s archives and libraries, and supporting historical work in annual conferences and jurisdictions and across the general church. Rev. Day previously served as pastor and librarian at Historic St. George’s UMC in Philadelphia, the oldest Methodist church in the USA (1769) and a UMC heritage landmark.
Thomas Fuller recently retired from the Royalton Hartland Central School District in Middleport, New York, after 25 years of service as a science teacher. A desire to teach led him back to Houghton 12 years after graduating to pursue his teaching certification, and he received his master’s from SUNY Brockport. Currently, Thomas and his wife, Kim, are enjoying their small farm property in Medina, New York. They also hope to travel “just enough to miss home and see grandkids every chance we get,” says Thomas.
David Penne had his studio space featured in Hyperallergic, an online magazine that offers “playful, serious, and radical perspectives on art and culture in the world today.” David is a working artist in Annapolis, Maryland. The description of his studio can be found in the magazine’s segment, “A View from the Easel,” found at www.hyperallergic. com/159258/a-view-from-the-easel-64.
Nyla (Schroth) Gaylord has been named Director of Development and Community Relations for Hospice of Orleans in Albion, New York. Prior to this appointment, Nyla received her master’s in liberal studies with a concentration in public administration from SUNY Brockport and worked for organizations that provide services to people with disabilities. She then completed a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Disability Studies at Syracuse University. Nyla lives in Albion and is delighted to be working in her local community after commuting to Rochester for more than 30 years.
Graham Walker was named Head of School for Oaks Christian School, an independent college preparatory school serving grades 5-12 located in Westlake Village, California. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Walker served as the president of Patrick Henry College and vice president of academic affairs and dean at Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
Benjamin Colter is the new Donor Relations Coordinator for Houghton College. He says, “I enjoy connecting with Houghton alumni and parents, hearing their stories, and helping connect the resources God has provided them with projects at Houghton that will continue building Christ’s kingdom. I love that Houghton College is committed to the development of deeply Christian servantleaders who are exceptionally trained, broadly educated, and globally aware.”
Linda (Chaffee) Taylor is an instructor in the professional writing department at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, where she teaches editing, freelance and article writing, social media platform building, and business writing. She also supervises students in their required internships. While Linda still does freelance editing and writing, she says she is “thrilled with the opportunity to share my many years in publishing with the next generation of writers, editors, and publishers.” Linda completed her master’s in English from Ball State University in December 2013 and will be starting an MFA program in Creative Writing this summer at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.
Rich Felder is writing, directing and producing a 30-hour dramatic internet television series titled Jesus of Istanbul, a project designed to bring the gospel to Turkey, one of the largest unreached nations. It is set in 21st century Turkey and uses all Turkish actors to tell the traditional gospel story while weaving in real-life issues that Turks face today. Rich has been writing scripts of various lengths for 30 years. He has lived in the Turkish world for 18 years. Learn more about the project »
Jean (Smith) Hunsberger has sung in the Philadelphia Singers Chorale which performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra for six years. She is also writing a tour guide for the German Society of Pennsylvania where she volunteers. Jean’s husband, Tom, is a software architect for First Data Corporation in Wilmington, Delaware, and their daughter, Andrea, is in eighth grade at Masterman Middle School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Hunsberger family attends Souderton Brethren in Christ Church.
Chris Moseley is on sabbatical doing research in differential geometry at the University of Hawaii at Manoa during the 2014-15 academic year. He considers this by far the best way to spend the Michigan winter. He is scheduled to return to Michigan this fall, where he serves as professor of mathematics at Calvin College.
Paul Alderman recently retired from the Air Force after 26 years of service. Major Alderman served our country as a pilot during both the Desert Shield and Desert Storm campaigns. He was also an instructor and held various positions while in the Air Force. He currently works as a pilot for American Airlines.
William Mirola published a new book titled Redeeming Time: Protestantism and Chicago’s Eight-Hour Movement, 1866-1912 through University of Illinois Press (January 2015). In the book, Dr. Mirola explores how the city’s eight-hour movement intersected with a Protestant religious culture that supported long hours to keep workers from idleness, intemperance, and secular leisure activities. Bill is chair of the department of history and social science as well as professor of sociology at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Heidi Jensen recently published a conversational English curriculum with Cru Press titled Eyes to See, Ears to Hear (2014). Heidi joined Christian Embassy New York, a ministry of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ International), in 1998, where she has been teaching conversational English and Bible classes to members of the United Nations diplomatic community. She has a Master of Education in TESOL from Regent University and has taught part time in the United Nations English Language Programme since 2007.
Angela (Keppen) Babbitt became a domestic engineer for her family in 2003 after working for Houghton College for the first six years following graduation. She is now homeschooling her fifth grader and three year old. Angela is married to Jeff Babbitt ’96, and the couple is “celebrating 18 years of marriage, adventure and excitement” this year. The Babbitts have four children and are foster parents through Allegany County. Angela also enjoys teaching adult learners in Allegany County’s foster parent certification classes.
Laura (Titus) Eggert and her husband Thomas are pleased to announce the birth of twins on December 2, 2013. Trent Thomas and Alana Grace join older sister, Kayla Hope, who was born on August 2, 2011. The Eggerts live in Wheatfield, New York, where Laura is a paralegal at Cannon Heyman & Weiss, LLP in Buffalo, New York, and Thomas is a paramedic with Twin City Ambulance. The couple recently celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary.
Dionne Miller is weekend sports anchor for Chicago’s WLS-Channel 7 and the first woman on the ABC-owned station’s sports staff. Miller was formerly a host and reporter for Fox Sports Ohio and Big Ten Network and most recently was weekend sports anchor at Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32. Dionne lives with her husband, Ray Crawford, who covers college football and basketball for Chicago-based Campus Insiders.
Dana Basnight Brown is a research scientist and professor whose primary research focuses on the cognitive processes surrounding human memory and language, particularly within the domain of bilingualism. Dr. Basnight Brown recently received two awards from the American Psychological Association (APA) in honor of her teaching and research: the APA Early Career Achievement Award (2014), selected based on “scientific achievement and demonstration of astute leadership in the field of psychology,” and the APA International Psychology Division Early Career Professional Award (2014), for which she was selected as the non-U.S.-based psychologist awardee for “outstanding contributions to international psychology.”
Jennifer Schriefer married Jeremy Corll on October 10, 2013. The Corlls live in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, where Jennifer is a gymnastics coach at Gymkhana Gymnastics, and Jeremy is a pilot for Aircraft Management Group.
Jonathan Davidson and his wife Allison relocated to Allentown, Pennsylvania in June 2014 after Allison received her doctorate from Purdue University. Jonathan has accepted a position with Lehigh Valley Health Network in its physician group administration as a subject matter expert. Allison is an assistant professor of statistics at Muhlenberg College.
Selena (Duroy) Gonzalez married Andre Gonzalez on November 9, 2013, at the Europa Village Winery in Temecula, California. Selena and Andre live in San Diego, California.
Jason Smith defended his PhD in entomology from the Pennsylvania State University in June of 2014. He was also awarded a Fulbright fellowship to conduct vegetable research with the East African branch of the World Vegetable Center from January to September 2015. He and his wife Naomi (Spurrier ‘05) Smith are now residing in Arusha, Tanzania with their three children: Gloria (7), Reuben (4) and Miriam (2). Naomi blogs about their adventures at oureverlastingdwellingplace. blogspot.com.
Isabel and Kevin Tom ’04 are pleased to announce the birth of a son, Samuel Pui-Yan Tom, on September 9, 2014. He was named in honor of his grandpa and joins older sister, Madeleine (2).
Anne (Kenote) and Benjamin Valentine ’07 are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Eden Harper, on February 22, 2015. The Valentine family lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, where Ben is the high school youth pastor at Trinity Church. Anne partners with Ben in the ministry by serving the church as the student ministries coordinator.
Ada “Blonnie” (Creswell) Crispin and Joseph Crispin are pleased to announce the birth of Jack Tucker Crispin on October 20, 2014. He joins big sister, Juliet Danielle, who was born on November 7, 2012. Joseph serves in the U.S. Army, and the family is currently stationed in Fort Drum, New York.
Cassie (Bertrand) and Joseph Goldsmith are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Arianna Elise, on May 22, 2014. The Goldsmith family currently resides in Mechanicsville, Maryland, where Cassie, a former high school music teacher, is staying home with the baby, and Joseph is a teacher in Charles County Public Schools.
Mindy Swancott married Ryan Christa on July 18, 2014, at Faith Bible Church in Rochester, New York. The reception was held at Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor, New York. In the wedding were Houghton friends Stephanie (Wing ’09) Giles, Madeline (Arkin ’09) Mbeh, Amanda Brenon ’09, and Naomi (Sherwood ’09) Johnston. The Christas make their home in Lima, New York, where Mindy is a math teacher at Lima Christian School, and Ryan works for Metro Real Estate.
Megan Ginder attended a missionary training event this past summer at the Center for Intercultural Training in North Carolina and was pleased to discover that some of her classmates are Houghton alumni, including Sue Mast ’88, serving in Ecuador; Megan, serving in Czech Republic; and Kathie (Merrill ’84) and Ken Golde ’90, serving in Niger.
David and Lindsey (Hults ’10) Dix welcomed their first child, Sophia Grace, on November 9, 2014. Sophia Grace is the first grandchild for Daniel and Brenda (Cummings ’75) Dix ’76.
Jacob Moyer married Jeanna Smith on May 24, 2014, in French Azilum, Pennsylvania. Phil Schmidt ’12 served as the best man, and in attendance were Houghton friends Vijay Virmani ’12, Nicholas Spoth ’11, Mike LaScala ’11, Mary-Anne Stern ’13, Gabe and Lauren (Del Mauro ’12) Stegen ’11, and Deidre VanDerMark ’12. The Moyers reside in Ulster, Pennsylvania, where they own a dairy farm.
Philip Schmidt married Juliet Dodson on April 25, 2014. His groomsmen included Jacob Moyer ’12 (best man), Joshua Akpan ’12, Nicholas Spoth ’11, and Gabe Stegen ’11. Philip and Juliet currently reside in West Seneca, New York, with their daughter, Adaya.
Michael Dix and Sierra (Mitchell) Dix were married on July 12, 2014.
Kelsey (Hancock) Carpenter married Robert Carpenter on May 16, 2013, in Houghton, New York. The couple lives in Indiana, Pennsylvania, where Kelsey is an educational programming director, and Robert is a pastor.
Robert Martin is attending Queen’s University Belfast in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he is working on his MA in arts management. He also serves as the conductor of the Queen’s University Chamber Orchestra.