A Year in Review: Albion College 2014
From a civil-rights leader's visit in January to summer campus construction projects to a special Inauguration weekend in September to an anniversary celebration of a national championship in December, a lot happened at Albion College in 2014. Off campus, alumni popped up often on our radar screens as well. With the usual disclaimer that it's impossible to capture everything in one list, we offer an A-to-Z glimpse at some Albion College highlights from 2014.
Bond, '10, Reflects on Impactful Nepal Trip
Wayne Bond, '10, will always be a Briton as an Albion College men's basketball alumnus. To children in Nepal, he's something more, after he delivered nearly 120 books and helped establish an English center during a self-funded trip that stretched from November 14 to December 1. "[Nepal] was a surreal experience," Bond says. "The kids are not walking around with electronic devices like here. There are 6-year-olds playing with rocks or running around playing tag. But these kids are happy. There's not a broken smile."
Read more on GoBrits.com...
Shaheen, '88, Proposes Downtown Hotel to Albion City Council
At the December 15 Albion City Council meeting, 1988 Albion College graduate Samuel Shaheen, a Saginaw-based surgeon and real estate developer, formally proposed building a 72-room boutique hotel that includes a restaurant and ballroom on 1.25 acres in the heart of downtown. The brownfield plan, projected to cost $9.2 million, was unanimously approved by the City Council and now awaits state review.
Read more in the Battle Creek Enquirer and Jackson Citizen Patriot (MLive).
Kirsch, '12, Markets Health Care in Africa Through Medical Start-up
While Ebola may be consuming Americans' attention regarding health crises in Africa, Katie Kirsch, '12, is working to solve less dramatic but equally critical needs. Kirsch is one of three twentysomething women who together formed Sisu Global Health, a Grand Rapids-based medical device developer and manufacturer focused on an African market. The company recently received a $250,000 USAID grant to further its operations in Ghana.