Albion College's Hall of Fame honors individuals who made exceptional contributions to the field of athletics, either as students or as alumni. Plaques honoring these inductees are on display in the main hallway of the Dow Recreation and Wellness Center. Any Albion alumnus/a may submit names of candidates for consideration by the selection committee. Simply review the criteria and complete the nomination form. All nominations must be received no later than April 1. If you need information about past Hall of Fame inductees or the selection process, please contact Elinor Marsh, Executive Director of Alumni Engagement at 517/629-0448 or
The nominee, if an athlete, must have been out of Albion College at least 10 years.
The nominee, if an athlete, must have earned two letters in one sports or one letter in three or more sports.
The nominee does not necessarily have to be a graduate of Albion, but must have been a former student.
The nominee in cases of coaches, athletic administrators or others need not necessarily have been a former student, but must have served the College for at least 10 years. Student managers must have been a student at Albion College and served all four years.
The nominee can be selected immediately after leaving the institution or immediately after retirement. The student managers must wait 10 years.
The team must have won an MIAA Championship.
The team would be eligible 10 years after competition.
Homecoming Event Schedule
A listing of Albion College Homecoming 2015 events can be found below. The drop-down menu can be used to view events for individual days. The Homecoming Booklet with all scheduled events and locations will be mailed to all alumni this summer and will be available at the registration desk in the Kellogg Center during Homcoming.
Saturday morning, and performs together with the College’s current marching band during halftime of the home football game as well as in the stands. All former marching band members from any year are welcome to participate.
The Whitehouse Nature Center offers guests the chance to learn about nature as well as explore the ecosystem of the Kalamazoo River with several beautiful nature trails. Trails open from dawn to dusk.
Children’s activities for all ages will be offered for families to enjoy! Play games and bounce away on the Quad during lunch. Crafts and other fun activities will be available at the football field during the game.
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Lunch for Alumni, Parents, Faculty, and Students
All are invited to a pre-game luncheon. There will be reserved seating for reunion-year classes. Advance registration requested.
Enjoy performances by the choirs, orchestra, and jazz band.
Sorority Open Houses
Location: Sorority Lodges
All sorority lodges will be open to alumnae and friends. Visit your lodge throughout the day!
Alpha Chi Omega
Alpha Kappa Alpha
Alpha Xi Delta
Kappa Alpha Theta
Fraternity Open Houses
Location: Fraternity Houses
All fraternity houses will be open to alumni and friends. Visit your house throughout the day!
Alpha Tau Omega
Delta Sigma Phi
Delta Tau Delta
Tau Kappa Epsilon
Sunday, October 18
Location: Wesley Chapel
All are welcome at the Sunday worship service at First United Methodist Church of Albion. For more information, contact the church at 517/629-9425 or the Office of the Chaplain at 517/629-0492.
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.