Geology Student Repeats National Win for Poster Presentation
For the second consecutive year, Aaron Hiday, '13, won a Best Student Poster prize at the Geological Society of America (GSA) annual meeting, held last month in Charlotte, North Carolina. Sigma Gamma Epsilon, a national honor society and sponsor of the GSA's undergraduate poster session, presented Hiday with its 2012 National Council Best Poster Award.
Equine Business Seminar Offered at Equestrian Center
Back by popular demand, Albion College's Held Equestrian Center and the firm of Grant, Millman & Johnson, P.C., present "Are You Ready for the IRS?" a workshop for horse owners and horse-related entrepreneurs. The program takes place Saturday, January 26, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Held Equestrian Center.
The seminar will be led by Jacob R. Strecker, director of equine services at Grant, Millman & Johnson. Strecker has 35 years' experience with income tax, accounting, and management issues facing horse businesses and their owners. He is the author of “Letter from the Dark Side," a series of articles on developing a successful horse-centered business.
The Albion seminar will address numerous topics, including IRS audits, employees and subcontractors, and federal and state tax laws impacting horse-related business.
Registration for the seminar is $25/person and should be made before Friday, January 24. For more information or to register, contact Held Equestrian Center Office Manager Carolyn Killewald,
Whitehouse Nature Center Hosts 'Bee School' for Beginner, Intermediate Keepers
Beekeepers get the buzz on starting and improving hives with a Michigan Beekeepers Bee School. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, February 23, hosted at Albion College's Whitehouse Nature Center.
In addressing the growing community of local beekeepers, this year's bee school will have sessions for beginning and intermediate beekeppers, along with people who have never started a hive. Classes will focus on the natural history of the honeybee, hive care,ordering bees, bee pests/parasites and more. Local bee vendors will be on hand and all classes are taught by experienced beekeepers.
Pre-registration is $45 and additional family members can register for $35/person. Lunch and refreshments are included. For more information and to register for Bee School go to www.michiganbeekeepers.com/coming-events or contact Albion College Whitehouse Nature Center director David Green,
Power Holds 'Dance-In' Against Violence
Raising serious awareness through a fun time, Albion College's Power feminist group invites the community to a "dance strike" Thursday, February 14 at 5 p.m. The dancing takes place in front of Baldwin Hall, on Hannah Street between Cass and East Erie streets.
Power's dance strike is part of One Billion Rising, an international movement working to stop violence against women. "We wanted to do this to raise awareness for those without a voice," said Power member Ariel Farley. "This is a strike against rape and abuse but our strike is a dance."
Farley further pointed out that statistics indicate that one in three women will be the victim of rape or other physical abuse in her lifetime. "This means your mother, your grandmother, and your sister. One of them is or will be a victim," said Farley. Participating in the dance strike is "for them, for others, or for yourself."
This event is free and open to the public. It is not expected to last longer than 30-45 minutes. For more information, contact Farley at
or visit onebillionrising.org.
Governor Appoints College Archivist to State Historical Records Advisory Board
Governor Rick Snyder recently announced the appointment of Albion College archivist Nicole Garrett to the Michigan State Historical Records Advisory Board (MiSHRAB).
Garrett recalled her surprise upon receiving a phone call in late 2012 from the governor's office. "I asked if someone had recommended me, and they said no; they had conducted a search and thought my experience and knowledge matched the appointment," said Garrett. "I'm pretty excited."
Anthropologist Dissects Wall Street Culture for Yinger Lecture
For the wheelers and dealers on Wall Street, "What were they thinking during the meltdown?" is answered from an anthropologist's viewpoint Monday, February 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Albion College's Bobbitt Auditorium. This presentation by the University of Minnesota's Karen Ho serves as the College's 2013 Yinger Lecture.
Muslim Student Association Hosts Concert
An audience-participation evening of Islamic music and poetry comes to Albion, as Albion College's Muslim Student Association presents the PoeticVisionTour traveling company Thursday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Kellogg Center.
Poetry Month Celebrated with Annual Fest
March 11, 2013
The Albion College Library will celebrate National Poetry Month with its annual Poetry Fest on Thursday, April 11, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., in the Stockwell-Mudd Library's Wendell Will Room. An "open mic" format offers everyone the opportunity to share an original work or favorite poem.
"Intermission prize drawings, delicious refreshments, and a grand finale that features a campus 'celebrity couple' are popular traditions," says event organizer Marion Meilaender. "Appreciative listeners are vital too."
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Marion Meilaender at
Havens, '12, Sets Course for Ocean Adventure
Zane Havens, '12, is combining his love for the water, the environment, and adventure while serving as a quartermaster for the Hikianalia. Along with its sister vessel, the Hokule’a, the Polynesian voyaging canoe has been restored and is making a 1,000-mile trip around Hawaii with stops at 30 ports through October before departing for Tahiti next year as part of a worldwide voyage.
Geology Students Go with the Flow in Hawaii
"My shoes melted; I don't think they were necessarily made for lava hiking," said Hannah Pankratz, '14, recalling an unexpected event during this summer's Regional Geology class field trip to Hawaii. The class was studying lava flow in Volcanoes National Park, a highlight of the trip.
Strickler Concert Series: 'Carmina Burana' with Battle Creek Symphony
The David L. Strickler Concert Series for 2014 will be held on Friday, Feburary 21 at 7:30 in Goodrich Chapel, with Carl Orff's Carmina Burana as the featured work. The Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, Albion College Concert Choir and Choral Union, Battle Creek Community Chorus, Battle Creek Boychoir, Girls Chorus and Young Men's Ensemble will all be collaborating on this performance. Also featured will be Michigan Educators Male Ensemble, a new ensemble comprised of music teachers from around the state, performing folk song arrangements as well as participating in Carmina Burana.
The concert will be conducted by Anne Harrigan, Music Director of the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra. Soloists for Carmina Burana will be Diane Penning, soprano; Gerald Blanchard, baritone, and Mark Wells, tenor. The concert is free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the wider Albion community.
"Carmina has always been very popular with audiences," says Clayton Parr, Director of Choral Activities at Albion, "because even though the texts are medieval, they embody everyday emotions that people can identify with: joy, sadness, fate, disappointment, love, lust . . . then of course, the music's power is in its directness. Orff uses simple forms, repetition, and mostly conventional harmonies to drive his message home. That has always put it near the top among classical pieces that are considered most accessible."
The concert will be repeated in Battle Creek on Saturday, February 22 at W. K. Kellogg Auditorium as part of the Battle Creek Symphony's subscription series. For information about that concert, visit www.yourmusiccenter.org or call (269)-963-1911. For more information about Michigan Educators Male Ensemble, visit www.michiganmeme.com. Contact the Albion College Music Department at