Alumi Gathering, Naples FL and Updates

Alumni Gathering In Naples, Florida – March 11

Thirteen Alums and guests enjoyed a pleasant evening at Sam Snead’s Oak Grill & Tavern in Naples, Florida.

Those attending were:
Bill Copp, A53 (Didn’t make it in time for the photo)
Outreach Coordinator Jean & her husband Ray Miller, Honorary Alumna/us (far left)
Bill & Amal Kibler, ’80 (middle-right)
Doug & Donna Nykolaycuyk, ’87 (far-right)
Sec: Brian Morabito, 1990 (middle-left)
Pres: Mike & Desiree Dewitt, 2001 (kneeling; Desiree took some of the photos)
Brian Kuhlman, 2001 & guest (Didn’t make it in time for the photo.)
Association president Mike DeWitt 2001 welcomed everyone.

The first presentation of our Association’s new Challenge Coin was made to Bill & Amal Kibler ’80.

Under development for over two years, these particular Challenge Coins recognize those individuals actively leading, assisting or substantially supporting the Mission of the HMSAA. They are symbols of mutual commitment and are awarded in appreciation for uncommon efforts as past-president Fred Seibold, ’53 says, “to keep the legacy alive.” They are not meant as “door prizes” for attending an Alumnae/i gathering or annual weekend, which is why only a few were awarded that night. They won’t be available for purchase, and due to their limited number are anything but trinkets to be loosely or generally distributed. Should you receive one, it means you rose to the challenge, but it doesn’t end there: when you recognize an opportunity to do so, you’re encouraged to pass that challenge on to the next person who is willing to share in the Alumni Association’s Mission. Thank you for your support over the years, Amal and Bill.

First Lady Desiree was thanked for her continuing work to convert Association membership data into a useable form.

Sadly, the School Trustees’ Executive Committee (or their representative) denied disclosure of Alumnae/i contact information to our Association, a detriment to both HMSAA fundraising efforts and reliable communication between our Association Board and the Alumni community, and between members of the community since closure. We are very grateful to Desiree for this arduous but essential work.

Our Association continues to work with and several individuals to resolve locating school transcripts which seem to be missing from the files supposedly turned over to Parchment when the School closed. If you are needing verification and your records are not at Parchment please reach out to our association: We do have an alumni list, so if you graduated from Howe, we will do our best to provide verification.

Our Association has worked with six graduate students in Architectural Preservation at Notre Dame to help them prepare a National Register of Historic Places nomination for The Vicarage, the original Howe home. Their research is an important addition to Howe’s history and a detailed look at the building today. All 59 pages are on our website.

Please mark your calendar:

  • Ft. Lauderdale Gathering update
  • Cincy (Brian & James Cissell ‘89 to co-Host at the Montgomery Inn, on the river, tentatively in May)
  • South Bend event center off ND Campus by the toll-road (Crystal)
  • Return to Indy’s Rick’s Cafe Boatyard in August
  • Alumni Weekend is October 5-7, 2023, Sturgis MI.
    We welcome nominations for Directors, Distinguished or Honorary Alumna/us, and Alumna/i of the year, to be announced and presented at the Annual Alumni Banquet on 10/6/23.
    Please send your nominations to
    Please volunteer for a committee or to become a Director. It looks good on your resume.

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