Alumni Relations at Mars Hill College
The Mars Hill Alumni Association, a vital member of the college community, is dedicated to advancing Mars Hill’s pursuit of its highest potential. The alumni association provides a forum for meaningful involvement and interaction among alumni, students, and college leaders.
Phone: (828) 689-1102
Email: Alumni Office
Address: Alumni Office, Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, NC 28754
Director of Alumni Relations
Phone: (828) 689-1148
Education: BA, Mars Hill College, 2008
As a proud alumna of Mars Hill College, I’m thrilled about the opportunity to become the Director of Alumni Relations. Fifi has done such a wonderful job over these past years, and has helped create a wonderful sense of community and connection for so many of us as we’ve moved through our years away from the Hill, that I’m excited to see where we can go from here. I’ve learned so much from her in my current role in the Alumni Office, and I’m truly honored to build on the path she’s laid out.
I graduated in 2008 with my BA in Religion & Philosophy and I feel the signs and brochures say it right, “there’s just something about this place.” From the caring professors who have become my friends, to being able to once again enjoy the fried okra at Pittman Dining Hall, it is a joy to be working at The Hill.
My family shares my love for Mars Hill College. A third generation Mars Hillian, I’m honored to keep the legacy going.
After growing up in Palm Harbor, FL, I am overwhelmed by the beauty of the mountains. I find it hard to go inside when the leaves change color or the snow starts to fall, so I can usually be found reading or drinking coffee with friends on the quad.
Ophelia H. DeGroot
Alumni Relations Resource Consultant
Phone: (828) 689-1438
Office: Blackwell Hall
Education: A.A., MHC (1958), B.S., English Education, Appalachian State in (1960), M.Ed, English Education, UNC-G in (1968).
I came to Mars Hill College in 2001 after serving in Enrollment at UNC-Greensboro and Florida State University. At MHC I work with the president on special projects and with all alumni-related activities. My family has had a long relationship with the college: I’m a 1958 alum; my late husband, Jack, was on the MHC Board of Advisors; and my daughter Gretchen graduated from MHC in 1996.
I live in Mars Hill and am a member, deacon, and substitute Sunday school teacher at Mars Hill Baptist Church. I’m also a member of the Rotary Club and serve on Rotary Executive Board, am an executive board member of SART Guild, and a member of Mars Hill Woman’s Club.
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