A listing of Albion College Homecoming 2014 events can be found below. The drop-down menu can be used to view events for individual days. Download and print out the College's
as a guide for locations.
See you back on campus!
Friday, October 3
Distinguished Alumni awards Luncheon and Ceremony
Location: Science Complex Atrium
This program will recognize this year's Distinguished Alumni Award recipients. Advance registration requested.
Briton Career Connections
Location: Second Level, Kellogg Center, Gerstacker Commons
Alumni, parents and supporters of Albion have an opportunity to talk with students about their career paths, fields, and current employment organizations in a fair-style format.
Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner
Location: Upper Baldwin Hall
Albion College will induct individuals and teams into the College's Athletic Hall of Fame for their distinguished achievement in, or service to, Briton athletics. Advance registration requested.
Saturday, October 4
Golden Years Breakfast
Location: Upper Baldwin Hall
Alumni from the Class of 1964 and before are invited (with one guest) for breakfast. No admission fee. Limit of two breakfasts per registration. Advance registration requested.
Location: Lower Baldwin Hall
Join alumni and friends of the College for an informal breakfast.Advance registration requested.
Class Giving Celebration Reception
Location: Mary Sykes Room, Second Floor, Baldwin Hall
The Class Giving Celebration Reception honors the classes that took part in giving either toward the "Race for the Shield" or "Influential 20s" competitions. Celebrate all who participated to help make each competition a success!
Make a gift, of any size to any designation, by October 3 to have it count towards the Race for the Shield Competition. Visit www.albion.edu/reuniongiving for more information and to see where your class currently stands.
Race for the Shield awards will be presented to the classes with the most giving participation and the highest total giving. Members of the Reunion Giving Committees will present the President with a symbolic check representing gifts from the reunion class with the highest total giving. The Spirit Rock Award will be presented to the winner of the Influential 20s competition.
For questions, or for more information, contact Maria Carr at
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Alumni, Parent, Faculty, and student pep-rally lunch
Held in the center of campus, all alumni are invited to a pregame luncheon. There will be reserved seating for reunion-year classes.
Advance registration requested.
Football Game vs. Hope
Location: Sprankle-Sprandel Stadium
The halftime program will feature the Homecoming Court, the British Eighth and the Alumni Band.
Legacy Stories: Pryce Hadley, '12
Pryce Hadley, '12, had a distinguished college career at Albion. He won a Udall Environmental Scholarship his junior year and helped to start Albion's student farm.
Now he's helping launch an iOS app with his uncle Tom Bender, '85.
Pryce moved to Boulder, Colorado last fall to help kick start History Spots Inc., Tom's mobile tech start-up. Their first project is an education entertainment mobile web app called The Story of Where.
"The Story of Where pulls from a variety of publicly available historical databases, such as the National Register of Historical Places, to fuel a user-friendly, place-based educational tool," Pryce says.
Filling a Need
The idea, says his uncle Tom, came from his own cross-country travels with his family.
"My kids were in the back seat on their iPod Touches killing zombies, flinging Angry Birds and playing Doodle Jump and I thought, 'Hey, there needs to be an app that tells kids all about their surroundings on a road trip,'" Tom says.
Unhappy with the travel apps available, Tom decided to launch his own -- with Pryce joining him in September 2012.
Making The Choice
During his own college search, Pryce valued the guidance of his uncle.
"I wouldn't have heard of Albion without his advice," Pryce says. "As I was raised in the Upper Peninsula, Albion was not exactly on my radar. My uncle's stories about going to college and the funky places he discovered in the surrounding community caught my attention."
Ultimately, Pryce's interest in the environment drew him to Albion.
"It was Albion's Center for Sustainability & the Environment that sealed the deal," Pryce says. "Dr. Tim Lincoln and the other professors involved with environmental causes on campus are truly a great, open-minded bunch. They convinced me it was worth giving Albion a shot."
The Albion Family Connection
Tom had a family connection to Albion as well. His uncle, Bill Pincoe, '61, was captain of Albion's baseball team. Tom remembers playing with his uncle's baseball gear while visiting his grandparents in Battle Creek, Mich.
Although his mother and father each attended different colleges, Tom says he always had a "draw for the purple and the gold."
"I look back on the Albion College experience and have some wonderful memories," he says. "I remain very close with many, many friends from Albion and continue to see many of them once or twice a year in Colorado and Michigan."
While Holly Pyper, '16, says she never felt pressure from her Albion College alumni parents to attend their alma mater, the exposure to all things Albion sure helped when it came time to make a decision.
Holly remembers visiting Albion as young as eight years old, together with her dad, Jay, '79, and mom, Lee, '81, during Homecoming and reunions.
"It's so funny to see campus now versus when I was 12," Holly says. "Back then, it all seemed so overwhelming. I didn't realize it, but eventually Albion started to feel like home."
Pressure from her grandfather, a University of Michigan alumnus, and her Michigan-bound high school friends, was there, however.
"Up north at my grandparents' house, it was a big battle in the family," Holly says. "But my parents said, 'You go where you fit best.'"
Finding Albion On Her Own
"It's no secret I always hoped that she would attend Albion," mother Lee Pyper, '81, says, "and enjoy it as much as I did!"
When it came to looking at colleges, Holly wanted a good business program and the opportunity to study Spanish. She looked at large and small schools.
But when she toured Albion, "it all just clicked," she says.
History Repeats Itself
Lee Pyper's experience was similar to her daughters. Her mother Helen Adler, '41, didn't pressure her either. It was the simple exposure to Albion stories that helped Lee make a decision.
"I knew I wanted a small school, and the stories my mom told of her college days always sounded so nice to me," she says. "I applied only to Albion, sight unseen, and the first time I saw the campus was when my parents dropped me off on day one of freshman year. I immediately felt at home."
Her best memories? All "the simple things": BACs (Big Albion Cookies), music in the Keller with friends, Little John's, Sunday pizza dinners from Cascarelli's, the Quad, Friday night movies at Norris, Alpha Chi Omega activities, "and of course meeting my husband," Lee says.
"Now we re-live our college experiences through Holly," Lee says.
Lee says that by the time Holly was a junior in high school, she was pretty sure that Albion was the place for her. Other schools didn't get what Holly calls the "preferred treatment."
"It was nice to have my parents' support for whatever it was I ended up doing," Holly says.
Albion's Legacy Story Continues
Now, as a tour guide, she talks to alumni who are bringing their children to campus for visits.
"They're still passionate about Albion, and happy to be back on campus," Holly says. "And they're thrilled to have their children considering Albion. It was neat to see it from an outside perspective."
And just like Holly, those students' immersion in Albion stories could bring them here, too.