Faith in Transition
Being a Christian in College
Saturday-Sunday, November 9-10, 2013
United Methodist youth are invited to Albion College for an overnight retreat to experience and inspire Christian living in a college setting. The program will run from noon Saturday to noon Sunday and involve a Bible Study, opportunity to get to know our Christian Living Community students and other Christians on campus, have discussions about Christian living in a college environment, and discover how Albion College students live out their Christian faith.
Youth will stay overnight in the residence halls of some of our Christian student leaders. This is part of the experience of the program.
This program is free, including lodging and all meals and snacks. Youth are not required to bring money to participate. All we ask is that youth/youth groups have their own transportation to/from Albion College.
Registration is on a first-come, first-registered basis, with limited spaces available. Youth must return a completed registration form, signed by her/him as well as a parent/guardian. We encourage early registration, and our final deadline is November 4, 2013.
Faith in Transition 2013 registration form (PDF)
Faith in Transition 2013 flyer (PDF)
For more information on the retreat or registration, you may contact us in one of three ways:
- Email Andy Leyder, '14,
- Email Albion College Chaplain Dan McQuown at
- Call the Office of the Chaplain, Albion College (517-629-0492).
Youth groups are welcome, but we need at least an estimate of numbers.
Concurrent Adult Session
Adults are invited to a concurrent session with Deacon Carl Gladstone, ’01. This will include an introduction to current curriculum from the Global Board and covenant conversations about best practices. Rev. Gladstone works with young adult ministries in the North Central Jurisdiction. The cost for materials, lodging in guest housing, and food are covered by Albion College as a service to the United Methodist Church. Adults should complete a registration form. All questions for adult participants should be directed to Chaplain Dan McQuown at
Information: Angie Dombrowski works at Albion College as Administrative Secretary for Counseling Services. She has been with Albion College since 1980, working previously in the Accounting Department 1980-1994, Career Development 1994-2003, Counseling Services 2003-Present. She is married to her husband Eddie and they have 2 cats and a dog. She has 2 daughters, 1 son and 10 grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys music, dance, walking, gardening and spending time with her friends and family (especially her grandchildren).
Heather Dannison, Ph.D
Information: Heather Dannison completed her Ph.D in Counseling Psychology from the University of Memphis in 2014. Prior to that she completed her Masters degree in Community Counseling with specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as a graduate certificate in Holistic Health from Western Michigan University. Her undergraduate degree in Family Community Services is from Michigan State University. Heather enjoys working with clients on a diverse range of issues including but not limited to family of origin concerns, sexual and gender identities, religion or spirituality concerns, identity negotiation, and depression and anxiety. Heather uses a relational approach with clients in order to create a safe environment so that clients can live the lives they seek.
Heather enjoys spending time with her friends and family and loves to camp, play music, and discover new recipes. She also serves individuals, couples and families in therapy at Pathways Psychological Services in Plainwell, Michigan.
Franklin A. Kelemen, Ph.D
Director of Counseling Services
Information: Franklin Kelemen completed his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA in 1985. He completed a Masters in Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania (1978) following a B.A. in Psychology from Beloit College (1974). He was a Teaching Fellow while a doctoral candidate at Temple University and he completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology at the Detroit Psychiatric Institute/Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Kelemen has spent his professional career working with individuals and families in a wide variety of clinical settings. He has a particular interest in trauma and has completed research on the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorders, the effects of trauma on children, and on the intergenerational effects of the Holocaust on children of Holocaust survivors. He has volunteered for the Red Cross and Michigan Psychological Association as a crisis response counselor, as an interviewer for the Shoah Foundation, and as a mediator for the Washtenaw County Dispute Resolution Center. In September, 2001, he was asked to help in the response to the World Trade Center attack.
Dr. Kelemen and the members of the Counseling Department look forward to working with Albion students. We recognize that college offers young adults an exciting adventure and an opportunity for growth and development. At the same time, college years are often a period of increased stress and pressure. Each student approaches the college experience with his or her own unique constellation of life experiences, concerns, and needs. We hope that the Counseling Center will be helpful in meeting the needs of each Albion students for support in maximizing their potential to reach their educational and personal goals.