Share your Career Experiences and Guide Current Students on their Paths
Location: Kellogg Center, 2nd Floor
Date: Friday, October 16, 2015
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
What is Briton Career Connections?
Briton Career Connections is a great opportunity for alumni and parents to have personal conversations with students about their professional fields in a fair-style format. Attendees will be expected to talk about their career paths and offer suggestions for aspiring young professionals. This is also an ideal time to provide students with information on internships and jobs at your place of work or within your network.
Who Should Participate?
Anyone who would like to provide current students with information on their career path, company/organization or industry. Current professionals, current graduate students, and retired professionals all have very important information to communicate to students.
What is the Format of the Event?
You can choose to attend as an individual or represent your company. Participants will be provided table space that encourages networking with students and other alumni. The atmosphere will be a blend of a college career fair and networking event.
What Will/Should I Do at the Event?
As students visit your table it will be helpful if you can:
Recruit for jobs and internships with your company/institution
Provide them with information about your career path
Advise students about pursuing careers similar to yours
Discuss past experiences and what has provided a strong sense of meaning during your career
Discuss graduate program options and your experience
Communicate pointers about trends in applicable career fields
Provide advice regarding students’ networking/elevator speeches
Please contact Troy Kase, Director of the Career and Internship Center at
Deadline: Friday, October 2, 2015
Albion College's professional writing major in the English Department prepares you for a variety of writing-related careers (journalism, editing, public relations, marketing, grant writing, etc.).
Like all our majors, this one includes plenty of literary reading and study. The added emphasis on writing classes means that you will also learn
to analyze a wide variety of rhetorical situations.
to develop persuasively argued large professional writing projects such as grants, proposals, reports, and studies.
to use a variety of media (video, audio, graphic) to support and convey written arguments and reporting.
English Major with Professional Writing Emphasis
9 units from English, including 203, 208:
203: Advanced Expository Writing
208: Professional Writing
1 unit from 206, 207, 223:
206: Writing in Place
207: Multimedia Journalism
223: Introduction to Writing Creative Nonfiction
2 units from 306, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, Communication Studies 306, Communication Studies 365; two English courses that satisfy the textual analysis mode requirement:
306: Magazine Writing
308: Advanced Multimedia Journalism
309/310: Multimedia Editing I (1/2, 1)
311/312: Multimedia Editing II (1/2, 1)
313/314: Magazine Editing
CS 306: Public Relations
CS 365: Media Theory
2 additional English literature courses, at least one at the 300 level or above:
Literature (300 level or above)
English Alumni/ae Questionnaire
Returning and new students, we're glad to see you! Psychological Science has a lot to offer, and we hope that you will explore our courses and consider how we can help you discover and reach your dreams.
Our students are active! Over ths summer Psychological Science students engaged in research examining
sleep, nutrition, and athletic performance,
health anxiety, and
learning in earthworms
Sound interesting to you? You can do it, too! Contact a Psychology professor whose research interests you and talk about getting involved!
If you want to know more about the department, scan our web pages, or come to our meeting for new majors; watch for a notice about the meeting here and posted around Olin in the near future.
Interest in Physics
The Resnet Queen
Declaration of Major/Minor
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Lessons & Carols
Albion College Choirs present the 50th Annual Festival of Lessons & Carols
The holiday season is just around the corner, and with it comes “Lessons and Carols”, a holiday festival featuring the Albion College Concert Choir and Briton Singers.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the event, and we're celebrating with an alumni choir, inviting you back to sing a few of the Christmas pieces that have become favorites over the years. Special guest readers this year will include Rev. Deborah Lieder Kiesey, Bishop of the Michigan Episcopal Area, United Methodist Church; President Mauri Ditzler; representatives of the College's faculty, emeritus faculty, staff, and the Albion community, as well as members of the Strickler and Larimer families.
Come celebrate the season on Sunday, December 6, at 7 p.m. in Goodrich Chapel!
The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols was designed by Archbishop E. W. Benson for use in the cathedral at Truro, England. The first formal event was held there on Christmas Eve, 1880. The service was later simplified and modified for use in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, in 1918 by the Very Reverend Eric Milner-White, who was Dean of the Chapel at that time. The late David L. Strickler introduced the service to Albion College in 1966 and it has been a cherished tradition ever since.
Does Albion College provide services for students with disabilities?
Yes. Almost all colleges and universities must comply with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with disabilities Act as amended (ADAA) 2008. These laws require accommodations to assist students who are otherwise qualified in having equal access to all areas of campus life. The U.S. Department of Education provides the following brochure to explain the difference between high school and college services: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html.
What is the purpose of the Learning Support Center?
For students with disabilities, the LSC is a portal to assist students with disabilities in obtaining appropriate resources and accommodations. We collaborate with faculty and departments across the college to remove barriers for students.
What is a disability?
A disability is any condition that substantially impacts one or more areas of life functioning and has been present for more than 6 months. A disability may be visible such as a mobility or visual impairment. A disability may be invisible such as a learning disability, ADHD, PDD, psychological disability or a chronic medical condition such as migraines, fibromyalgia or POTS.
What is the process for obtaining accommodations?
Contact the Learning Support Center and request an appointment. You will meet with the Director of Disability Services to discuss your disability and reasonable accommodations. Documentation is frequently required to complete this process.
What kind of documentation will I need?
The process of determining accommodations in college is a collaborative process between the Director of Disability Services and the student. The student should provide documentation which can help with this process. For students with a Learning Disability or ADHD a psychoeducational assessment can be very helpful for planning. For all students including those with psychiatric or health and mobility related disabilities, information on current functioning, and expected need for accommodations in academic and residential areas of campus life, will assist planning. Forms for obtaining this information from current service providers are available below.
Special Education services are mandated in K – 12 schools through the Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA). Colleges do not have special education services. However, Section 504 of the ADA does require that all qualified students with disabilities be provided equal access to college. Colleges provide accommodations and services to insure equal access. The services you received as part of your Individualized Education Plan may be available to you as ADA accommodations.
What are reasonable accommodations?
The purpose of accommodations is to provide students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate and benefit from all aspects of the college experience. These can include changes in class requirements such as time extensions and location for exams, provision of an auxiliary aid such as a note taker or alterations to architectural barriers.
Some modifications that are not required by law include accommodations that would:
Alter the nature of the course or the academic program
Pose an undue financial or administrative hardship on the college
Are of a personal nature such as individual computer, computer program or personal care attendant.
How are the faculty informed of my accommodations?
Once the accommodations are determined, your faculty can be informed. Each semester you will need to request a letter be sent to the faculty of classes in which you plan to use accommodations. It is your responsibility to discuss with your faculty how the accommodations will be carried out in the class.
What if I find that I need additional accommodations?
You can request an appointment with the Director of Disability to discuss the reasons you feel you may require additional assistance.
What if I am uncertain about the need for assistance?
You may inquire about resources without commitment. At any point in your college career you may decide that a service may prove useful and contact us at that point. Using any service is your decision. However, it is often helpful to find out what is available. So we encourage students with disabilities to contact us as we can start to develop a plan for assistance beginning the summer before admission and at SOAR.
How confidential is the information?
All documentation is kept on file at the Learning Support Center. It does not become part of your administrative file. The information or indeed the fact that you have a disability is not shared with anyone without your written consent.
Is it possible to have accommodations on the placement tests for SOAR?
Yes, absolutely. Please contact our office and discuss any accommodations you might require and how to obtain them.
What if I need specific accommodations regarding my living environment, diet, assistance managing medical condition or a therapist for an emotional concern?
Residential Life - staff can discuss your concerns with room accommodations such as single rooms, air conditioning.
Dining Services - can provide information on managing special diet concerns.
Student Health Service - can offer assistance managing medications and providing help to students managing a variety of health concerns and chronic medical conditions.
I think I may have a disability. Where should I start?
Please request an appointment with us. We can meet and discuss your questions and concerns. If further evaluation is required we can refer you to the appropriate campus resource or help you determine a resource off campus. If you initiate an evaluation either with our counseling center or an outside professional, we can offer accommodations on a temporary basis for a semester.
International Education (2)
Albion College is committed to providing students with international learning experiences, and it’s important that our future teachers understand their profession on a global scale. The Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Development offers students two different opportunities to study abroad, both of which involve a comparative education inquiry project.
Top Five Learning Goals of International Education for Teachers
Learn how to critically analyze and contextualize the American educational experience.
Gain awareness of personal cultural experiences and values through conversations with host families.
Increase cultural competence by living with a host family and participating in a practicum in a foreign educational setting.
Enhance instructional skills (lesson planning and communication) by teaching lessons in literature, English conversation, and American culture.
Understand the scope of diversity, the influences of globalization, the challenges presented when bridging cultures, and the benefits of creating international opportunities for teaching and learning.
In this course, students will travel to Noisy-le-Roi for two weeks in January where they will live with a host family, visit French schools, and interact with students, faculty, and staff. Upon returning to the U.S., they will present their findings and experience to public school students and to Albion College peers, faculty, and staff during the Capstone Symposium on Teaching.
Heredia, Costa Rica
Students travel to Heredia, Costa Rica for four weeks where they will live with a host family, visit Costa Rican cultural sites, particpate in classes at Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica with Costa Rican peers studying to be teachers, and interact with children, youth, faculty, and staff at Pará School. Focused specifically on teaching English as a foreign language, students will develop an inquiry topic, teach a unit plan, and give a presentation on material culture to frame and focus the practicum. Upon returning to the U.S., they will present their findings and experience to public school students and to Albion College peers, faculty, and staff during the Capstone Symposium on Teaching. Read more!
Prerequisities: 3.0 GPA; junior-level standing, interest in science, demonstrated maturity.
Length: Semester--Fall or Spring (12 wks), Summer (8 wks).
For up-to-date information on the whereabouts and activities of our vessels, check out the daily report on the SEA Web site at: http://www.sea.edu
Credit: Up to 17 semester hours or 4.25 Albion College units (4 semester hours = 1 Albion College unit). Credit is apportioned on the 2 components of the program in this way: 2.25 Albion College units for Shore component; 2.00 Albion College units for the Sea component.
Faculty: All of SEA's faculty hold doctorate level degrees. SEA's nautical science faculty are licensed professional Master Mariners who teach nautical science on shore and go to sea as masters of the vessels. The Oceanography faculty teach oceanography on shore and go to sea as Chief Scientists on board the vessels. SEA's Maritime Studies faculty teach maritime studies on shore, providing the humanities focus of ocean study. The SEA faculty is augmented by visiting scholars and lecturers. These men and women have all worked at sea and understand the challenges and rewards of living in and studying the world offshore.
Housing: Cottage dormitories during the shore component, on board a sailing ship during the ship component.
Costs Not Covered by Albion: Transportation to/from Woods Hole; transportation to/from ship (varies depending on which cruise selected); books; board on shore; incidentals.
As early as possible as Sea Education has a rolling basis admissions.
Faculty Advisor: Ruth Schmitter, Putnam 054, 517-629-0379,
Comments: Designed for students with or without oceanographic background or career interests. The program is in two parts: a 6-week shore component that provides classroom-based instruction in theories of sea life; and a 6-week Ship component on board a sailing ship that emphasizes learning through participation and practical experience. Some financial aid is available through the SEA Semester program. See program brochure for more details.
Contact: Elizabeth Dorr SEA Semester Admissions Office Sea Education Association P. O. Box 6 Woods Hole, MA 02543 Telephone: 800-552-3633, ext 770 Fax: 508-540-0558 E-mail:
Rae S. Corliss, '23, Endowed Pleiad Prize
This prize is awarded each year to the student(s) who have made the greatest contribution to the Pleiad in editing, writing, reporting, layout, photography, online editing, graphics, distribution, and/or business management.
This prize is made possible by donors Dr. Glenn A. Corliss, ’61 and Nan D. Corliss, ’63.
Claire Van Raaphorst
Kim Tunnicliff Endowment
Kim Tunnicliff started his career at Albion College in 1984 when he became a faculty member in the Political Science Department. As director of the then-named Gerald R. Ford Institute for Public Service from 1985 to 1999, he placed a special emphasis on developing experiential and international educational experiences for college students. He was highly regarded by his academic colleagues both at Albion and beyond.
Kim's passionate belief in public service brought the level of opportunities for Ford students to new heights that have carried them forward to leadership positions all over the globe. This endowment was established by his family, former students, colleagues, and friends to celebrate his life and the widespread and enduring impact of his legacy at Albion College.
David Utrata, ’15
David Utrata is a member of the Ford Institute and the Center for Sustainability and the Environment. As Albion College's first-ever Kim Tunnicliff Fellow, David Utrata spent a semester in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The CIEE Stellenbosch Sustainability and Community study abroad program engages students in a variety of sustainability-related issues that impact present-day South Africa. David will deliver a public presentation on campus summarizing his research in Spring 2015.
Meet Our Alumni
It's a tradition going on four decades strong: Gerstacker students become successful and accomplished Gerstacker alumni. Through their efforts both in and out of the classroom, they are well prepared for the workplace and are often making a mark not long after graduating from Albion.
Meet some recent graduates below and see where their Gerstacker experience has taken them.
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Keeneland Association
Research Grants 2012-2013
Identifying Michigan's Native Projectile Points Anthony Marchello (Adviser: Dr. Chase)
Narratives on "House" and "Sleep" Soe Yu Nwe (Adviser: Prof. McCauley)
Quantitative Investigation of an a-Synuclein-Proteasome Interaction: A Model For Parkinson's Disease In Drosophila Melanogaster Ethan Brock (Adviser: Dr. Saville)
A Drosophila Model For Characterization of Mumps Viral/Host Interactions Adam Ronk (Adviser: Dr. Saville)
Quantitative Investigation of an a-Synuclein-Proteasome Interaction: A Model for Parkinson's Disease in Drosophila Melanogaster Luke Salbert (Adviser: Dr. Saville)
Toward the Synthesis of Ethyl-3-oxo-4-(2,3,4,5,6-pentadeuterophenyl) butanoate Chelsea Copi (Adviser: Dr. Harris)
Palladium Nanoparticles on Carbon Microspheres as a Catalyst for Hydrogenation Reactions Michael Dix (Adviser: Dr. Metz)
Does Changing the Substituents on Vanadium Complexes Impact Their Toxicity Toward Cancer Cells? Hayley Gerber (Adviser: Dr. McCaffrey)
Manipulation of Palladium Nanoparticles Tethered to Graphitic Carbon Christopher Kruppe (Adviser: Dr. Metz)
Trifluoromethylation of Duff Formylated Bromo Substituted Phenols Mitchell Pender (Adviser: Dr. McCaffrey)
Room Temperature Shaped Palladium Nanoparticle Synthesis on Carbon Supports Stephanie Sanders (Adviser: Dr. Metz)
Isolation and Evaluation of Biologically Active Chemotherapeutic Compound, Polophyllotoxin from Juniperus Scopulorum Post Essential Oil Extraction Krysta Schroeder (Adviser: Dr. French)
Isolation of Podophyllotoxim from Juniperus Scopulorum Post Essential Oil Extraction" Krysta Schroeder (Adviser: Dr. French)
Catalytic Hydrogenation of Alkenes Using Palladium Nanoparticles (PdNP's) Joseph Thomas (Adviser: Dr. Harris)
Preparation and Use of PdNP Catalysts For Hydrogenation of Organic Compounds Joseph Thomas (Adviser: Dr. Harris)
The Taylor Reaction: Mn Mediated Homocoupling of Organoboranes Robert Wells-Schmidt (Adviser: Dr. Harris)
The Use and Meaning of Emoticons in Text Messaging Among College-Aged Students Alicia Rigoni (Adviser: Mr. Boyan)
Health Needs Michelle Burke (Adviser: Dr. Rose)
The Effects of Client Feedback on Therapeutic Outcome Alice Coyne (Adviser: Dr. Keyes)
The Benefits of Equine Assisted Therapy Amanda Douglas (Adviser: Mr. Hill)
Philosophies, Methods, and Success Rates of Anorixia Nervosa Treatment Kate Pickworth (Adviser, Dr. Keyes)
Linear Versus Non-Linear Text: Effect of Pedagogical Aids on Text Comprehension Anne Sutherland (Adviser: Dr. Carlson)
The Impact of Teaching Students About the Research on Gay and Lesbian Parenting Jessica Weiler (Adviser: Dr. Elischberger)
Daniel Tressel, composer and cellist, divides his time among composing, performing, and teaching. After receiving a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in cello performance from University of Nevada and University of Illinois, respectively, Daniel went on to receive his Doctor of Musical Arts in music composition from Michigan State University where he studied under Dr. Ricardo Lorenz.
As a composer, Daniel has written numerous works for orchestra and various chamber ensembles. He has received commissions from the Verdehr Trio, Livingston Symphony, Jackson Symphony, Jackson Youth Symphony, and Mason Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, he was named the winner of the Merle J. Isaac Composition Contest for his orchestral work Sunday Stroll.
As a cellist, Daniel won third prize at the Reno Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition and has made solo appearances with the Livingston Symphony, University of Nevada Symphony and Glenbrook Symphony Orchestra. As a founding member of Duo Piacevole and the Armonia String Quartet, he is an active chamber musician. Daniel currently teaches cello at Albion College and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra Community Music School.
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