Our donors do more. They take us further. And without them—without you—Albion College would not be what it is today. A place where students learn to give all that they have, then reach down deep inside to find even more. Where they leave ready and excited to make their marks on the world, and to give back to the communities where they live, learn, and work. Inspired by the people who shared their passions. Inspired by you—Albion's champions!
The Albion College community is profoundly grateful for your supportive partnership, and we are thrilled that you have decided to join us on this exciting journey. Below, you’ll find links to expressions of our gratitude and transformational stories of generosity and uncommon support. Thank you for being part of the Albion story.
Past Senior Class Gifts
Class of 2003
The Class of 2003 used their class gift funds to purchase a glass display case and plaque for the senior class horn. For more information on the tradition of senior class horn.
Class of 2004
The Class of 2004 donated several couches that were placed in the library to create a more comfortable study area for all those all-night study sessions.
Class of 2005
As their senior class gift, the Class of 2005 donated a computer station to go in the Kellogg Center outside of the Eat Shop.
Class of 2006
The senior class of 2006 decided to donate several benches that were placed outside of the newly completed Science Complex.
Class of 2007
The senior class of 2007 selected two projects for their senior class gift.
Over 97% of the class of 2007 received a scholarship or grant; therefore the senior class gift committee selected annual scholarships as one focus for solicitations.
Furthermore, the class raised funds for several Bartlett Pear trees and a commemorative marker, which were placed in front of Goodrich Chapel to replace the many campus trees lost in the past several years to age, disease, and the emerald ash borer.
Class of 2008
The senior class of 2008 provided two gifts: a plaque commemorating the Rock and a memorial gift honoring two professors who died while this class were students. Their gift was in memory of philosophy and neuroscience professor Ned Garvin, and chemistry professor David Green.
Class of 2009
The Class of 2009 donated a four-foot globe suspended in the Stockwell-Mudd library. The globe is a visual showpiece in the library and may also be used for academic purposes.
Class of 2010
The Class of 2010 senior gift provided for campus beautification, supporting the development of the green space at the corner of Hannah and East Erie Streets. This site includes a garden featuring the sculpture that was originally installed in the Gerstacker International House courtyard.
Albion College's original 1835 cornerstone, displayed at the south face of the Ferguson building, adds a highlight to the green space, with a plaque commemorating the Class of 2010's contribution to the site.
Changing the world.
It starts with just one student. One dream.
And one educational experience that makes it possible.
In the right environment, that dream can grow. In a place where passion and talent are fueled by knowledge and the skills to succeed. Where expertise meets vision. And where the brightest students are challenged to do more and to become more.
Your gifts make Albion College that kind of place.
And your support has a direct impact: It creates the scholarships that help students succeed. It enhances the programs that give them real-world experiences. It hires expert educators and facilitates research opportunities. Your support strengthens our college and builds our reputation, making an Albion degree more valuable. And it enables us to offer students the best, including state-of-the-art facilities that help attract the next generation of Britons.
What does it take to help Albion College
change the world?
One donor. One gift.
And one powerful purpose at the heart of it all.
Class Agent: Liz Vogel, '04
Where do you live?
Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
Where do you work?
Petitpren Inc. –an Anheuser Busch beer wholesaler
Activities as a student:
Class President, Student Senate, Kappa Delta Sorority, Midnight Runners (Thanks, Dave Friday!), and an assortment of other pastimes including nature center visits. Proud Champion of the 2003 Intramural Coed Canoe Race with Jason Worms, ’02.
Why did you choose Albion?
I sent Albion my ACT scores because it was … well, on the top of the alphabetical list. Before I knew it, I was on a visit to campus and just fell right in love. On December 13, 1999, I received the phone call in my parents’ kitchen that I had been accepted early decision. That’s a date I’ll remember forever.
What is one of your favorite Albion memories?
My favorite memory was meeting Kurt Vonnegut after his speech on campus in the spring of 2002. My friend Stephanie Pendrys, ’04, and I caught up with him at Bobbitt Visual Arts Center with President Mitchell. President Mitchell said to me, “Liz, what is your favorite piece of artwork?” Without hesitation, I pointed to the still life that I had been admiring. Vonnegut looked around the room and said, “That’s my favorite one, too.” And that was it. Later I found out that he was somewhat of an art critic.
How did your experiences at Albion impact your life as an alumna?
My degree from Albion has opened up more doors than I ever could have imagined. I especially appreciate the writing intensive courses from the English and History departments. Writing is such an important part of how we communicate, and I am a better writer because of the professors and friends I had at Albion (a very big thank you to Martha Louks, ’04).
How do you see your role as a Class Agent?
I think this is phenomenal opportunity to reconnect with alumni from the class of 2004 and share with them my continued enthusiasm for our alma mater. I think a Class Agent is that person who triggers those amazing memories…the ones where you forged friendships, defended theses, and became a scholar. I see my role as a chance to rally our class. If each of us give just a little, we can show those other classes that we are the best!
Why do YOU give back to Albion?
I give back to Albion because I firmly believe that one day the “Elizabeth Vogel Center for Awesomeness and Modesty” at Albion College will be a huge draw for admissions. Joking aside, the answer is simple: We need to take care of our alma mater! Our college is great because of giving and caring alumni. It’s not a coincidence that the names of alumni grace just about every building on campus—it’s because they give back and want to see current and future students excel like just as they did.