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."
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.
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."
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.
Albion Recognizes Three Distinguished Alumni at Homecoming (2015)
Rick L. Going, ’77
Division President, Kroger Company
Starting as co-manager of a Kroger store in 1981, Going has held positions at the store, district, and division level, and served as the vice president for transition at the general office. Going spent 2007-13 as president of the Michigan Division, helping Kroger Co. reach the top of Forbes magazine's list of companies that give back the most. Going's division distributed more than eight million meals through regional charitable organizations. In 2010 alone, Michigan store campaigns raised nearly $2 million for Michigan schools, philanthropies and nonprofit organizations. During that same period, the Michigan Division earned a Pure Michigan award, a Forgotten Harvest award, and the Michigan Food and Beverage Association Retailer of the Year Award. Going was also vice president of Detroit's Forgotten Harvest, awhichcollects surplus food from area restaurants and retail stores. Going is one of only eight Albion Sigma Chis to receive the national "Significant Sig" award.
Katherine Y. Look, ’75
Senior Medical Director, Genentech Incorporated
San Francisco, California
At Genentech, Look serves on the team that gained FDA approval of Avastin for treatment of recurrent, persistent or metastatic cervix cancer and for platin-resistant ovary cancer. An angiogenesis inhibitor, killing cancers by preventing the formation of blood vessels that feed them, Avastin is an important new option for exceptionally challenging cancers. Look previously spent 22 years as professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine. During her academic career, Look received research grants totaling nearly $700,000. She has held executive positions with the national the Society of Gynecologic Oncology and the Society of Memorial Gynecologic Oncologists. Honored for excellence in teaching by the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the IU School of Medicine, Look has also been recognized by Ladies Home Journal on its list of "Top Doctors for Women Coast to Coast." At Albion, Look was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Beta Kappa.
William R. Payne, ’75
Vice Chairman, Amway Corporation
Payne is involved in day-to-day management of the global Alticor Inc., enterprise, which includes Amway. Early in his career, Payne worked in Amway's marketing department before pursuing in marketing and sales management at Owens-Illinois, a partnership with mergers and acquisitions firm Payne-Zwiep and service as president of the Windquest Group. He returned to Amway in 2000 as executive vice president. Along with his wife, Jillane Lynas Payne, '75, Payne is a devoted Albion graduate; he has advised the College on current downtown revitalization efforts in Albion. The Paynes have sponsored regional alumni events, and Bill arranged Alticor flight travel for former First Lady Barbara Bush's visit to campus in 2005. At Albion College, Payne was president of Sigma Chi fraternity and served as head resident in Whitehouse Hall. He holds an M.B.A. from Bowling Green State University.
Philosophy Pizza & Pop Get-Together
Monday, October 20, 2014 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
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.
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.
There will be two award winners -- Grand Prize and Runner Up.
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
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 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."
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
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."
"Personifying persistence and purpose" would be a good way to describe Mikal McKoy's Albion experience. The junior psychological science major, a two-sport student-athlete in football and men's track, missed a semester due to finances. During that time, he was shaken by the death of his best friend and former high school teammate. Since then, McKoy has returned to Albion and embraced campus leadership opportunities: he's a resident assistant, a director for the Black Student Alliance, and he was a speaker at President Ditzler's inauguration. He's also moved up the wide receiver depth chart and ran a leg as part of a conference-champion relay team.
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."
Gronseth Scholarship Helps Students Write Their Futures
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.
An Albion College education. It's hands-on. It's the liberal arts. It's career readiness. It's providing you the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need to succeed in college, in your career, and in your life.