Class Agent: Emily Ernsberger Brady, '04
Where do you live?
Fairfield County, Connecticut
Where do you work?
University of Bridgeport
Activities as a student:
Best Buddies, Peer Educators, SVB, and Geology Club
Why did you choose Albion?
I loved the campus!
What is one of your favorite Albion memories?
Freshman year on Third West, Sunday brunches in Baldwin, tailgating at football games -- there are too many to choose just one!
How did your experiences at Albion impact your life as an alumna?
There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t reflect on an experience from Albion. Although my career hasn’t been directly related to my major, I find that many of the things I learned at Albion have helped to further me in my life’s journey. I often turn to the friends I made while in college for support and guidance, and I feel lucky to consider some of my faculty life-long friends.
How do you see your role as a Class Agent?
I am incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to work at Albion following graduation. Attending Albion as a student, and then launching my career in higher education administration, gives me a unique perspective, and I am forever grateful. I hope that as serving as a Class Agent I can give back to Albion -- not only through my annual gift, but with my time and expertise.
Why do YOU give back to Albion?
I give back to Albion because I wouldn’t trade my college experience for anything. I am proud of my alma mater, and want to do all that I can to support it so others can have the great experiences I had!
What is Philanthropy Week?
Philanthropy Week is the point at which a student’s tuition “runs out” and gifts from alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, and other individuals begin.
Why is it so important?
Without the support of generous gifts to Albion College, Albion would not have all the resources we have today. Tuition only covers about 80% of a student’s education; the other 20% comes from gifts.
What does Philanthropy Week do?
Philanthropy Week raises awareness of our generous supporters and educates current students about why giving back is important. Students have the opportunity to learn about what gifts to the College benefit, write a few thank-you notes to College donors, and just enjoy a fun week to show some purple and gold pride!
Schedule of Events
The week of March 18-21 is Annual Giving’s Philanthropy Week (the new Tuition Free Day). We will be holding activities in the Kellogg Center Living Room daily from 12-2 p.m.
Tuesday, March 18
Kick Off Day
Come and learn exactly where money is used for when given to the Annual Fund. Enter a trivia contest to see if you know the most about Albion College. Enter our photo contest with the most creative way to say thank you to donors.
Wednesday, March 19
Why I Give
Stop by the Kellogg Center Living Room and see a video about why faculty and staff are giving to Albion College. Write two thank yous to donors and receive a cupcake or just grab some super sweet GIVEAWAYS.
Thursday, March 20
One Day I Want to Give
Check out what your fellow students and friends say they’d hope to give back to Albion College one day (both silly and real). Sign a banner celebrating that you want to give one day. Get yourself some awesome GIVEAWAYS!
Friday, March 21
Say Happy 179th Birthday Albion College and wrap up Philanthropy Week with free cake and pizza. Mingle with students or meet Brit the Briton. Find out the winners of the Philanthrophy Week photo and trivia contests.
Leading up to Philanthropy Week, Albion held its first photo contest with the various "price tags" around campus. Each price tag displays how campus buildings came to be and illustrates the private support that provides these opportunities.
During Philanthropy Week, students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni gathered to enjoy pizza and cake while having a chance to spin the Wheel of Wisdom, search for words in our tuition- related word search, and write thank- you notes with the help of the Student Alumni Association.
Pictures of Philanthropy Week
(Rendering courtesy Foresight Design)
In spring 2000, Albion's softball field was dedicated as Dempsey Field, honoring Class of 1954 alumni Cedric and June Luke Dempsey, who have shared a love for athletics since their college days. A star athlete as a student, Cedric Dempsey went on to serve as president of the NCAA.
Under the athletics master plan, the softball complex will move to the east and benefit from its close proximity to the central plaza created as part of this plan. In addition to its new infield, the softball facility will have new dugouts, bleachers, and permanent outfield fencing.
"There has been a rise in competition for facilities in the MIAA and these facilities will place us on par with our MIAA rivals," Athletic Director Matt Arend said.
Building this softball complex, with permanent outfield fencing, will ensure that Albion will be eligible to host conference championship games. Relocating the softball complex will also open up other outdoor fields for uninterrupted intramural and club sport competition.
Named gift opportunities include:
- Naming of softball complex
- New red clay infield for Dempsey Field
- Backstop with brick wall
- Permanent outfield fence
- Permanent dugouts
- Permanent bleachers
- Press box and public address system
Influential 20s Competition
Results as of July 15, 2014, for Fiscal Year 2013-14. View the 2012-13 results
Which class will win the Influential 20s Competition?
Congratulations to the class of 2003 for winning the 2014 Competition with 16% classmate participation!
What is the challenge?
The 2014 challenge is among the classes 1994-2013, (20 years of Britons). This competition is based on individual class giving participation. It’s simple: the more of your classmates who give to Albion, the higher your class participation goes. Graduates within the last 20 years account for 36% of Albion College Alumni. Young Alumni participation is vital to the future of Albion College!
What's in it for the class?
To heat things up, the class with the Highest Giving Participation Rate by June 30, 2014 will be presented with the Spirit Rock Award during Homecoming Weekend 2014. Be the next class listed on the Spirit Rock Award!
Interested in helping your class? Become a class agent !
Who's currently in the lead?
The class of 1997 won the Spirit Rock Award in the 2013 competition! The Class of 2003 is the current leader in the 2014 competition.
What gifts count?
Any gift you make that is significant to you will go towards the competition. Consider a gift to The Albion College Fund or Briton Scholarship Fund. These gifts allow Albion to use the money where the need is greatest -- including (but not limited to): scholarships, campus improvements, faculty support, and academic programs.Learn more about the Albion College Fund and what unrestricted gifts can do for the college.
It is also possible to designate your gift to a specific department, program, or team. No matter where you designate your gift, it will go towards benefiting Albion College as a whole!
Will this really have a large impact on Albion College?
Young alumni involvement is vital to the future of Albion College. Your gift, no matter the size, will make an impact on the lives of current and future Albion students.
Are gifts to the College tax-deductible?
Yes, gifts to Albion College are tax-deductible. After you have made your gift you will receive a gift receipt in the mail.
Make a gift today so you can count as a participant for your class!