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Albion 2016: An Action-Packed Year

Albion College students at 2016 Briton Bash in August.
For Albion, 2016 was a year for celebration. The College cheered a lot of growth: a big new first-year class, the creation of the Ludington Center and the Harrington gift that will spur neighborhood revitalization near campus. There also was the City's groundbreaking for a new hotel and planned expansion of the Bohm Theatre. We present photos of just a few highlights of student achievement, academic inquiry and innovative programs that make Albion an exemplary college and special community.

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, or 517/629-0836.

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

Nicole Garrett, Albion College archivistGovernor 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."

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 or 517-629-0499.

Students Right at Home in New Journey House

Chaplain Dan McQuown, Albion College
Albion students regularly use a wide range of spiritual spaces on campus; now, they have a new home base as well. Journey House, at 1000 E. Porter St., is the new home of the Chaplain, Community Service and Intercultural Affairs offices, and welcomed the campus community during an Aug. 27 open house.

Philosophy Pizza & Pop Get-Together

Pizza eaters

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
4:30 - 6:00pm
in the Langbo living room
on the 1st floor of the Kellogg Center

Do you have questions about future philosophy courses? Do you have questions about the philosophy major or minor? Do you want to just talk with other philosophy students?

Then, please join the Philosophy Department Faculty for FREE PIZZA and POP.

Philosophy Dominates GRE Scores in 2013

Best Majors for GRE Scores in 2013: 

Data shows that Philosophy students reign supreme in two of the three sections of the GRE.  See the charts

College Closed Monday, January 6 Due to Winter Storm

Albion College shield
As a result of the winter storm that has impacted our area, the College will be closed tomorrow (Monday, January 6, 2014). Staff who have critical functions will be notified by their supervisors if they need to report to work.

Fall Photo Contest

Albion College Fall Photo Contest 

Every season is great, but autumn is a special time of year at Albion College: the warm sweaters, the chill in the air, the changing colors. We want your help capturing the fall spirit with a photo contest. Show us your creativity, and you could win a prize package -- as well as recognition on Albion College's website and social media accounts!

So for this October, grab your phone or camera and capture the best autumn scene at Albion!

Rules for Entry

  • Each photo submission will be judged on capturing the spirit of autumn at Albion College. 
  • Photo submissions only accepted from current Albion students.
  • Photos must be taken on campus: the Quad, Whitehouse Nature Center, Wesley Hall, athletic games, etc.
  • Be sure to include a caption, with location and people (as best you can) in the photo.
  • Steer clear of nudity, alcohol, or illegal or lewd activities in your photos.
  • Photos must be taken in the month of October 2015. All photos are due by October 31. 
  • No limit on entries, but do try to make them unique -- don't post 10 pictures of the same scene, etc.

Prizes

There will be two award winners -- Grand Prize and Runner Up. 

Grand Prizes:

  1. Your photo appears on the homepage of albion.edu and on the back cover of Io Triumphe! magazine
  2. A swag package of Albion gear, included a mug, sweater, and more!
  3. Announcement on Albion's social media accounts
  4. A package of Pumpkin Spice Oreo cookies

Runner Up Prizes:

  1. Announcement on Albion's social media accounts
  2. A package of Pumpkin Spice Oreo cookies

The Grand Prize winner will be announced Friday, Nov. 6, on the College's Facebook Page, Instagram account, and Twitter account.

Submitting a Photo

Submit your photos in the following ways:

  1. Emailing your photo to
  2. Tweeting or Instagramming your photo using the hashtag #heyalbion
  3. Posting your photo on the College's Facebook wall.

By submitting a photo for the contest, you agree that:

  • Your photo can be used by the Albion College marketing department in social media, on the albion.edu website, and in any printed pieces developed by the College.
  • Your photo can be repurposed on other social media platforms, including Pinterest, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Google+.
  • Submitting a photo does not guarantee a prize, or any compensation, by the College.

Okay with all that? Then submit your photo today!

Webinar: Career Success Strategies

David Ross, '07

An Old Cliché: The Harder You Work, the Luckier You’ll Get

Albion College's Office of Alumni Engagement and Career and Internship Center hosted a free webinar on career success strategies on Thursday, August 13 from noon to 1 p.m. (ET).

David Ross, ’07 (right), offered a unique look at early career success strategies in this free webinar for Albion College students and alumni.

From Sales Manager at Mitsubishi to Business Development Manager at American Express, David Ross shows how grit and determination will help in your early career. In this webinar, you will learn:

  • Strategies to be successful in the beginning of a career
  • The role that grit and determination play in your job
  • How to increase awareness of the little details that can get a professional recognized

"I truly believe that my willingness to outwork those around me while thinking outside the box, a skill set that was instilled in me while at Albion, has ultimately resulted in continued career success despite significant obstacles," says Ross.

If you have questions about this webinar or other Career and Internship Center offerings, please contact the Center at 517/629-0332 or .

Cucinella, '01, Improves Children's Lives at Cambodian NGO

Nick Cucinella, in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Nick Cucinella spearheaded a drive that netted some 60 secondhand laptops for a nongovernmental organization serving children in Cambodia. "Most of these children have never been inside a car, let alone used a computer. The way to bridge the skills gap and prepare our students for meaningful employment is to empower them with technology," explains Cucinella, who is volunteering on-site in Siem Reap. "Teaching someone to fish allows them to survive; teaching a student to write code will allow her to thrive."

FURSCA Feature: Sarah McDaniel, '16

Sarah McDaniel, '16, working on her musical arrangement with Prof. James Ball.
Sarah McDaniel, '16, working on her musical arrangement with Prof. James Ball.


Your Major:

Music and anthropology/sociology.

Your Adviser:

James Ball

Briefly explain your FURSCA project.

For my project, I am arranging jazz music for small ensembles. I'm taking already existing tunes (for example, "At the End of the Day" from Les Misérables) and I'm creating new versions of them, kind of like covering a song. In order to do this, I've been reading extensively about arranging and listening to music analytically. I use the music notation software Finale to create scores and parts for my arrangements).

What have you learned so far in doing your research?

I've learned a lot about harmony, melody, form and various other essential aspects of music that are involved in the arranging process. I've really deepened my understanding and appreciation of jazz and music theory as well.

Why did you pick this particular project?

I've always wanted to try arranging as a way of utilizing my music theory knowledge in a different and more intensive way than I have before. This project gives me the perfect chance to really delve into arranging as a form of creative musical expression.

How will this FURSCA project help you after Albion?

My project is helping me to become a better, more experienced and versatile musician, which will help me greatly after Albion. It's also helping me to further develop my self-discipline and creativity, which will help me throughout my life.

What's next for your project?

In the last weeks of FURSCA, I'm finishing up my last few arrangements. Hopefully, in the upcoming year(s), the Albion College Jazz Ensemble will find an opportunity to play some of my arrangements.

Army Veteran Brings War Poetry to Albion's 2014 Common Reading Experience

Brian Turner, Author of Here, Bullet

The Iraq war is powerfully captured through the eyes of a soldier in "Here, Bullet," a collection of poems written by U.S. Army veteran Brian Turner. Turner will discuss his work and his experiences in two presentations at Albion College on Thursday, September 4. Turner will discuss "Here, Bullet" at 1 p.m. in the College's Goodrich Chapel. At 7:30 p.m. in the Science Complex Towsley Hall, Turner will present "My Life as a Foreign Country."

Bond, '10, Reflects on Impactful Nepal Trip

Wayne Bond, '10 (second from right), with children in Nepal
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."

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Gronseth Scholarship Helps Students Write Their Futures

Harold E. Gronseth, Albion College Class of 1917
Class of 1917 alumnus Harold E. Gronseth (left), who covered the auto industry for The Wall Street Journal and moved into a successful advertising career at Campbell Ewald in Detroit, is being further honored by his son, Harold R. Gronseth, '52, through an estate gift that will enhance a memorial scholarship for communications students to more than $1 million. "I knew how much he thought of his time at Albion. I just wanted to do something that would be a lasting tribute," said Harold R. Gronseth about his father.

GLCA Grant to Provide Albion an Environmental Dashboard

Sustainability at Albion College
Albion College—in partnership with Antioch College, DePauw University, Hope College, and Oberlin College—has been awarded a grant from the Great Lakes Colleges Association as part of its “Expanding Collaboration Initiative,” funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant will go toward the implementation of an Environmental Dashboard, a communication technology that will combine real-time display of water and electricity use in buildings, organizations, and the community as a whole with photographs and words meant to inspire sustainability efforts.

Peters-Lewis, '96, Gets Middle Schoolers Thinking About College

Nancy Peters Lewis, '96

As executive director of the College and Career Access Center (CCAC) of Jackson, Nancy Peters-Lewis, '96, connects with students and families throughout the community, providing them resources for college and career planning as well as for scholarships and financial aid. On March 19, CCAC organized a Kids2College event that saw more than 230 Jackson eighth graders visit Albion College and get an extended early look at what it means to be a college student.

In Lysistrata, Theatre Presents New Skirmish in Battle of Sexes

The classic comedy Lysistrata gets a brand-new treatment in an Albion College Theatre Department production, rearranged by professor Bob Starko. The play runs Thursday, April 9 through Saturday, April 11 at 8 p.m. in the College's Herrick Theatre. A Sunday, April 12 matinee begins at 2 p.m.

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