Alyson (Thelin) and James Davison

Alyson Thelin and James DavisonAlyson and James first met at the freshman Honors Program orientation before they were even formally students at Montclair State. Jim later proposed in the quad, under the same tree where they met on that June day and played the Name Game with their fellow Honors Program students. "We’ve had nothing but good memories here and think very highly of the school," says Alyson. Both were active on campus. Jim worked at The Montclarion, in several editorial positions, culminating in editor in chief his senior year. Alyson played a leadership role in Lambda Pi Eta, the honor society for communication majors, and also at The Montclarion. Alyson has fond memories of Jim, a Freeman Hall resident, cooking dinners for her on the hallway stove so that she wouldn’t have to go home to Clifton between classes. He still does all of the family's cooking.

Montclair State is definitely a family affair for the Davisons: Alyson's grandmother Nella DeGroot Hoving '35 was an alumna, as was her great aunt, Clara DeGroot '33. Nella was introduced to her future husband, Alyson’s grandfather Herman Hoving, by her dear friend and classmate Charlotte Hoving Los '34, Herman’s younger sister, who later became her sister-in-law. Alyson's sister, Alexandra Thelin '05 '08 MA and Jim's brother Casey Davison '02 are also proud alumni. Perhaps Alyson and Jim's son, two-year-old Andrew, will continue the family tradition as a member of the Class of 2032!