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Alumni Spotlight: Terry Beurer ’80 Takes on Statewide Leadership Role in Michigan

By Doug Goodnough

Terry Beurer ’80

Terry Beurer ’80 considers himself to be a people person. As someone who supervises staff in Michigan’s 83 counties, drives approximately 4,000 miles per month and has to be able to respond at a moment’s notice, he has to be.

Beurer, who was named the director of Field Operations for the Michigan Department of Human Services in January, said he is ready for the new challenge his promotion offers.

“In my job, it’s something new every day,” said Beurer, who served as acting director for six months before being named permanent director. “I am heavily involved in labor relations and personnel issues (as well as) the day-to-day operations of the county offices to make sure we are pushing forward the mission and the vision of the department.” Read more . . .

From the Alumni Association

My Siena, My University: Then… And Still!

Fast Forward . . . April 13, 2012. This same, not so young lady is driving to Jackson, MI. As Vice President of the Siena Heights University Alumni Association, she will be welcoming some of the newest alumni to the association – graduates from the Jackson, Lansing, Battle Creek and Distance Learning programs. Siena Heights University now consists of seven sites around the state of Michigan, as well as an online program.

The university now boasts 50+ undergraduate programs, including a new top-rated nursing program, and more than 20 graduate programs. Graduates of the performing arts program are accepted to top national graduate programs. Alumni, students and staff participate in community service projects around the country, giving back to others in need. In the past year, football has come to Siena Heights— along with an incredible multi-sport performance stadium which also hosts its men’s and women’s lacrosse, soccer and nationally-ranked track and field teams. The baseball team has just dedicated its new field. The University Center is rising up on the west end of campus, near the Campus Village apartments which house many of our students.

Flash back . . . Labor Day weekend, 1972. A young lady from northwest Ohio arrives at Siena Heights College as a freshman. What a growing year this will be for her – and Siena. For only the third year, men will be living in the dorms….4th floor only! Siena will have its first male intercollegiate baseball team. Prior to her graduation, more changes will occur. New academic programs are added, including a criminal justice program with many of “Adrian’s finest” enrolled at Siena Heights for the first time ever. More sports are brought on campus, including wrestling and basketball. Home games are played in small, local venues. Weekend life includes parties in Sage Union (does anyone really know how to spell Wapatoola??), traying down the hill in front of Ledwidge Hall, movies in Benincasa, Sunday night Mass in Ledwidge Ballroom. Read more . . .

Spring 2012 Class Notes

From The Sites


Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas ’10 is currently employed as a loss prevention technician at Navistar in Garland, Texas. He is currently pursuing a MBA at Amberton University. He resides in Addison, Texas.

SHU—Battle Creek

Michael Rodgers ’08 is employed in forensic psychiatry with the State of Michigan. He resides in Ypsilanti, Mich.
Isaac Wyatt ’05 is employed as a marketing operations manager for the Blue Jeans Network in Mountain View, Calif. The start-up company facilitates and enhances video conferencing. He recently received his MBA and currently resides in Sunnyvale, Calif.

SHU—Benton Harbor

Jennifer Reinhardt ’04 married Douglas Wall Nov. 19, 2011, at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Joseph, Mich. The bride is employed as an office manager with Custom Tool and Die, St. Joseph. The couple resides in St. Joseph.

Jayme Neumann ’07 was recently hired as a business development officer with Edgewater Bank. She will be responsible for attracting and retaining small business, non-profit and retail clients to the bank. She previously worked as a marketing and design group manager for the Whirlpool Corp. She resides in St. Joseph, Mich.

Jon Wallace ’09, ’11/MA

Jon Wallace ’09, ’11/MA was recently named president of Marketing Partners, Inc., which is based in St. Joseph, Mich., and Orlando, Fla. He previously served as vice president and co-owner of Carter-Wallace in St. Joseph. Wallace has served on several executive boards, including as board chair for the United Way of Southwest Michigan, Lakeshore Rotary and Cornerstone Chamber Services. In 2004, Wallace received the Margaret B. Upton Volunteer of the Year award. United Way and Lakeshore Rotary have also honored him with volunteer of the year awards. He has been recognized nationally for customer service improvement and business development work by the Radio Advertising Bureau and Bank of America, and is a former Artist in Residence at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Wallace also is an adjunct faculty member in SHU’s Graduate College.


Carla White Losey ’10 organized the Jackson/Clarklake Polar Plunge for the law enforcement torch run Feb. 18 that benefitted Special Olympics Michigan. Losey is an office assistant for the Michigan Department of Corrections.


DeMarquis Battle ’09 will graduate from Grace College and Theological Seminary in May with a Master of Arts degree in ministry studies. He was also named youth pastor at his church in November 2011. He is employed as a financial aid counselor at Davenport University. He resides in Lansing, Mich.


Manuel Hoskins III ’03, ’06/MA was honored in February 2012 with the 2012 Black History Living Legends Award by the Carey Chapel AME Church in Monroe, Mich. In 2011 Hoskins was named the first African American chief of the City of Monroe Fire Department. He is also a U.S. Air Force veteran.


Chad Grant ’99 was recently named COO of the Detroit Medical Center Children’s Hospital. Previously he was vice president of DMC’s Cardiovascular Institute and cardiology services. He started at DMC in 1995 as a nuclear medicine technologist. The 37-year-old Grant was also named to the Crain’s Detroit Business “40 under 40” class of 2011.

John Lyman ’11

John Lyman ’11 was recently promoted to fire captain/paramedic of the Waterford Township Fire Department in Waterford, Mich. He has served with the department since 1988, and currently resides in White Lake, Mich.

Rory Wagner ’03/MA is currently employed as a case manager for Easter Seals of Michigan. He currently resides in Clinton Township, Mich.

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