Alumni Profiles

The Heidelberg story can't be told without telling the stories of our alumni. Over Heidelberg's history, our alumni have gone on to do great things. They truly live out our educational philosophy of developing individuals with high moral and ethical standards who are productive in their life's work, engaged in their communities, and responsible citizens of the world.

Ed Ayers

Jun 21, 2017

“Sweet Alma Home” is a little bit sweeter this time of year. 

"At least once a day, I think about the words or I sing it or listen to it, so it’s a part of my being," says Ed, who returned to campus for Alumni Weekend to again organize and conduct the Alumni Choir.

For the past 20 or so years, a collection of former Concert Choir members has relived their glory days by performing at the annual Alumni Weekend luncheon. Early on, the draw was the chance to once again sing for the legendary Dr. Ferris Ohl. Ed understands that; he was among those singers. He also understands that he now stands where a giant of Heidelberg music once stood, and that’s not only humbling but a huge honor.

Harold’s Warehouse

May 12, 2017

Tom Dunn, ’72 BS in Business Administration, Accounting and Economics
Rick Hills, ’72 BS in Business Administration, Accounting and Economics
Greg Kirk, ’72 BS in Business Administration, Accounting and Economics
Rick Brunner, ’72 BA in Music
Jake Moyer, ’73 BS in Health and Physical Education

Hope (Porta) and Jeff Sweeney

Apr 20, 2017

Theirs is the classic Heidelberg love story: Excelsior guy meets Philalethean girl at a Greek party, makes her lunch the next day – “he’s an amazing cook, always has been” -- and 28 years later, they are still inseparable.

“I found the love of my life at Heidelberg,” says Jeff Sweeney, who married Hope Porta, ’93 &’97 MAC, the same year she graduated with her undergrad degree. Because they had such great experiences at Heidelberg, they were thrilled when both of their sons chose Heidelberg as well.

What’s even more rewarding is that Paul, a junior, and Will, a sophomore, are having the same great experiences their parents had. That has motivated Hope and Jeff to find ways to give back to Heidelberg.

Kim Newman

Mar 6, 2017

Co-owner, along with her husband, Brad, of Tiffin Aire Inc. The Newmans take great pride in being a family-owned and operated business that was founded in 1968 by Kim’s parents, Dwight and Jeanne Gnepper, with only three employees. When her parents retired in 1989, Kim and Brad bought Tiffin Aire and have grown it tremendously in almost three decades. Today, Tiffin Aire offers aircraft charter, flight instruction and rental, aircraft sales and maintenance, parts and oil sales and propeller/governor sales and service and de-ice boot sales/installation.

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