In honor of the outstanding accomplishments of Bernard T. Lomas during his thirteen-year tenure as Albion College's twelfth president, the Herrick Foundation established the Bernard T. Lomas Scholarship fund in 1994. Throughout his career Dr. Lomas, the 1946 Albion College alumnus and accomplished public speaker, stressed the critical role interpersonal and professional communication plays in a liberal arts education. It was under his leadership that the Herrick Foundation donated funds for the construction of the Herrick Center of Speech Communication. Since then the department has evolved into the Department of Communication Studies and has relocated to Olin Hall. However, through the Herrick Foundation's permanent $500,000 endowment, the Bernard T. Lomas Scholarship Fund continues to enable qualified communication studies students to experience the benefits of an Albion education at a cost significantly less than that normally associated with a private education.
Purpose of Scholarship
This scholarship fund is designed to recognize and encourage outstanding students who are pursuing careers in communication. It may also be awarded to students whose study of communication will serve as the foundation for an interdisciplinary preparation in business management, international relations, journalism, law, public policy, and other related careers.
How Lomas Recipients Are Selected
To be considered for the Lomas Scholarship, any incoming first-year student intending to major in Communication Studies should complete the Lomas Scholarship application and submit it, along with the required reference letters and personal statement (details are outlined on the application form) to the Admission Office no later than March 2 (of his or her senior year of high school). Professors from the Department of Communication Studies will then review each applicant's materials, paying particular attention to the unique qualifications each candidate possesses and his/her potential to contribute to Albion's Department of Communication Studies. Following this review, interviews (either on site or by phone) will be scheduled with selected finalists and award winners will be selected based on both the application packets and the interviews.
The Scholarship Award Process
The value of a Lomas Scholarship is approximately 50% of tuition. Lomas Scholarship recipients may also receive additional need-based financial aid; however, any student who is eligible to receive an Albion academic (merit-based) scholarship will receive the larger of the two scholarships. Recipients do not have to demonstrate financial need for receipt of Lomas Scholarships. To renew the Lomas Scholarship, candidates must remain in good academic standing (including maintenance of a 3.0 major GPA), remain communication studies majors, and contribute to the Department of Communication Studies in a manner that reflects the leadership expected of a Lomas Scholar.
You may download the Lomas application form as a Microsoft Word document and type in the required information before printing it out, or you can download the application as a PDF and fill it out by hand. Links to both versions are below.
Internships provide unique, hands-on learning experiences outside the classroom that serve as important supplements to the learning that occurs inside the classroom. They allow students to explore areas that interest them, gain practical experience, and forge relationships that often help them when they hit the job market after graduation.
Junior and senior students in our department have a variety of options available to them. Some choose to complete an internship as part of a semester off-campus in domestic programs like The Philadelphia Center or New York Arts Program, or overseas in places such as Australia, England, Ireland, France, and Germany. Others prefer to complete internships closer to home in Albion or other parts of Michigan.
Given the breadth of Communication Studies as a field, these internships cover a diverse range of topics and industries including public relations, media production, leadership training, sports management, publishing, promotions, and working with troubled teens. Some of the organizations that have hosted these internships include:
Employers: Please select the appropriate link below to evaluate a student's internship experience.
Communication: It's the process that makes us human. It's how we develop our identities. It's how to speak, write, and build messages, and the study of how our messages change the world. It's a study that's central to the mission of the liberal arts. Majors and minors.
Investigate (in real-world settings) how humans use signs and symbols to communicate. Research interpersonal, public, organizational, or mass communications contexts. Practice and refine public speaking, professional writing, and relationship building, and while we're at it, spend a semester off campus somewhere in the U.S. or abroad. Internship opportunities.
The skills we teach are among the most universally valuable and transferable that you can acquire and refine in college. They'll enable you to excel in a variety of careers, and make smooth transitions in a changing world. Potential career paths.
When asked what qualities they look for when hiring new employees, managers frequently list strong oral and written communication skills as among the most important. The skills we teach are among the most universally valuable and transferable skills a student can acquire and refine while in college. This uniquely positions Communication majors to excel in a variety of careers and to be capable of adapting to the changing world in which we live. In addition, a minor in Communication is an excellent complement to virtually any major. Some of the jobs our grads have obtained include:
Many of our alumni also pursue graduate study. Their degrees span law, social work, counseling, psychology, public relations, higher education, advertising, and communication at schools like:
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Chair and Professor
B.A., 1992, M.A., 1995, Michigan State University, Ph.D., 2002, University of California, Santa Barbara. Appointed 2002.
Office: Olin Hall 213D
B.A., 2003, M.A., 2005, Washington State University; Ph.D., 2012, Michigan State University. Appointed 2009.
Office: Olin Hall 213E
Online Syllabi and Course Blogs:
B.A., 2008, Oakland University; M.A., 2012, Ph.D., 2013, The Ohio State University. Appointed 2013.
Office: Olin Hall 213C
B.A., 2007, Lake Superior State University; M.A., 2009, Central Michigan University; Ph.D., 2013, The Ohio State University. Appointed 2015.
Office: Olin Hall 213B
Visiting Assistant Professor
B.A., 2003, Spring Arbor University; M.A., 2012, Goshen College. Appointed 2017.
Office: Olin Hall 213A
Visiting Assistant Professor
B.A., 2001, Xi'an International Studies University; M.A., 2011, Morehead State University. Appointed 2017.
Office: Olin Hall 213A
Maggie Haugen, Department Secretary
Bruce J. Weaver
B.A., 1965, Moravian College; M.S., 1966, Kansas State University; Ph.D., 1974, University of Michigan. Appointed 1981.
The Albion College Department of Communication Studies is located on the second floor of Olin Hall. Contact the department at 517/629-0352 or through the form below.
Monica Shuk, '19, is an accounting - C.P.A. emphasis major. She is part of the Gerstacker Institute and record holder as a player on the Albion College Volleyball Team. Monica was awarded the Tim Cash, Ernst & Young scholarship as an accounting major in the Economics and Management department. She completed two accounting internships with Jacobs Engineering during the summers of 2016 and 2017. These internships provided Monica an opportunity to see what accounting is like on a multinational level, while expanding her skills beyond just accounting. Monica will be interning the summer of 2018 with Ernst & Young. Upon graduation, she hopes to receive full time employment with Ernst & Young, while furthering her knowledge as she prepares to take the C.P.A. exam. “I love Albion because of the well-rounded person I have become. I have gained so much knowledge while being part of a team and a well-known business institute. These experiences have helped me learn how to hold everyone accountable, as well as to inspire others.”
Residence: Troy, Mich.
Career: Portfolio Management Officer, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
I analyze middle market companies and determine the best credit solutions that will meet our client’s needs. I
am a cash flow lender, so I spend a majority of time modeling out projections and monitoring our current
I love what I do because I get to be involved with all different types of transactions. One day I am working on a
simple working capital line of credit and the next we are financing a large acquisition with multiple levels of
debt. I have clients that are private and public across a variety of industries, so every day I get the opportunity
to learn something new.
Albion helped me with the one on one attention I received from professors. I had the opportunity to interact with
professors and fellow students at a personal level which helped my academic and professional growth. My
professors were all very helpful and really encouraged me to stop in their office at any time.
... Was a fantastic way place to grow in all aspects of my life. I made friends that will last a lifetime and had a lot of great academic experiences. Albion really pushed a well-rounded curriculum, and that is just what I feel I received during my four years there. Go Brits!
Major: Accounting & Business and Organizations
Residence: Detroit, Mich.
Career: Core Assurance, PricewaterhouseCoopers
I will be working for PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Core Assurance practice in Detroit.
There I will be working with a team to perform external audits for various clients. The audit will
look through the client’s financial statements and ensuring that they are in accordance with GAAP.
Each day offers a somewhat unique challenge. Accounting is a field that, while it stays
constant in the overall tasks and procedures, offers different spins on each issue that keep the job
interesting. It also provides me with the ability to work constantly in Excel, utilizing my skills in the
program and testing my logical skills. I also like the fact that I get to learn about a variety of
businesses and how they operate by observing the different financial statements and supporting
Albion helped me get a better picture of what I wanted to do with my career. Talking with
professors and attending the networking events was a large part of that. Speaking of the networking
events, that is a major part of how Albion helped me succeed. Albion provided a well-developed
networking of accounting professionals through which I was eventually able to connect with PwC.
My favorite part of Albion was the personal attention from the professors. A few of my
professors took an interest in my success and how I was going to proceed with my future. They
were able to help not only in class but also outside of class which is the benefit of going to a smaller
school. Albion made it possible for me to get to know my professors and to know most if not all of
the people in my classes and majors.
... was the jumping off point. It provided me with all of the tools I needed to navigate the challenges of finding and preparing for a job while also encouraging me through the times when it was not always easy.
Major: Business & Organizations and Accounting
Residence: Detroit, Mich.
Career: Tax Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Assist clients with preparation of their income tax returns along with providing
clients with advice and consulting for future tax decisions.
I am not only able to help clients with the multitude of services the firm
provides, but I can also see the direct impact of our help on company financials.
By using Albion alumni connections and all of the recruiting connections
I was able to get all of my internships and my job after college
I enjoyed the small close knit campus. Due to small class sizes I was able to
get to know my fellow accounting majors through having all the same classes together. I also was able to
develop relationships with my professors who were always there to help and answer questions.
... provided a good liberal arts education that prepared me for life after college while also allowing me to feel like I become a part of a community during my 4 year education and was able to make an impact.
Major: Economics & Management and Mathematics
Residence: Detroit, Mich.
Career: Performance Improvement, Ernst & Young
I work on one of the Data and Analytics (DnA) teams that sits under EY's Performance
Improvement group. Our teams help companies leverage all the data they are now producing to help them
identify areas of weakness, unrecognized opportunities for improvement, and forecast for the future. Our work
is being applied across all facets of business, from finance departments to supply chain operations, with lots of
new opportunities on the horizon.
No two days on the job are ever the same. Some days are spent doing very
technical work, interacting with the data and doing the necessary analysis to draw conclusions and drive
improvement for the client. Other days are spent presenting and explaining our work and giving us the chance
to interact with people instead of numbers. It's an exciting field that is constantly evolving which requires me to
consistently be learning new things and adapting to change, which I really enjoy.
Albion not only provided me the opportunity and resources
to learn, but also the connections to meet people working in the fields I was interested in. Connections with
alumni helped land me my internship at EY that led to my full time job after graduation. The support from the
other students and faculty at Albion pushed me to be the best student I could be and also gave me the
opportunity to experience learning off campus in places like New York City, Chicago, and Las Vegas!
The close relationship I was able to develop with professor was one of
my favorite aspects of going to school at Albion. You can visit their offices and not only get advice on how to
finish the homework, but also about finding a job, networking, and other tidbits of life advice you wouldn't get
from a professor at a big school. I also loved the feeling of community at Albion that comes with the friendly,
small campus atmosphere that you can't get anywhere else.
... was the place where I could make lifelong friends while also gaining deeper knowledge I never thought I would have. It helped me decide what kind of person I wanted to be as I got older and then allowed me to work towards becoming that person. I have great memories of my time at Albion and wouldn't trade my time on campus for anything. I look forward to the future where I can reach out to Albion College students and help them in the countless ways that the college and its alumni helped me while I was a student.
Residence: Detroit, Mich.
Career: Staff Auditor, Ernst & Young
In essence, my job is to be the “bad guy”. As part of a financial statement audit team, I spend the majority of my time at a client’s headquarters testing detailed aspects of their financial standing and their internal control system. Often times that means asking the client tough questions about their job and obtaining additional support for certain transactions. Once the team is reasonably assured that the client’s financial statements are presented in accordance with GAAP, we issue our overall audit opinion. This process can take a few months or the entire year, depending on the size of the client.
Every day is a new challenge. Whether it be in making crucial decisions or handling client interactions smoothly and effectively. I love what I do because it allows me to take all of those daily challenges, internalize them, and try to put all the pieces of the audit together to formulate the best opinion possible. I also love working in a team setting because we are all working towards a common goal with open communication, shared responsibility, and collective accountability.
For me, Albion was the place where I truly learned how to communicate effectively with people, especially people I did not know well. You are constantly exposed to different, or some might say uncomfortable, situations where you have to learn on the fly and work with students in a group environment. Also, I learned how to deal with stress very well at Albion by being involved in many different campus activities. This helps you prioritize your time wisely and prepare for the most important aspects diligently. Coincidentally, these are all things that I do at work on a daily basis. Albion gave me the ability to foster these traits and transfer them into a professional atmosphere.
... gave me so many opportunities to cultivate relationships with my professors, from any academic department around campus. I was able to have close mentorship connections with so many people, which helped enhance my professional development and discover a career I would love. The thing that I liked most about Albion College was the small school environment where you can learn so much about yourself and others.
Major: Public Policy and Economics & Management
Residence: Albion, Mich.
Career: Project Manager, Albion Economic Development Corporation
I work to develop ways to attract and retain businesses, support entrepreneurs, redevelop brownfield sites, market properties, and develop incentive packages for potential developers. Right now, that entails streamlining and clarifying processes in Albion regarding permitting, applying for grants, and more to increase "speed to market" for developers and businesses.
I love what I do because it is exciting when you can help a developer secure anywhere from tens of thousands to over a million dollars in funding to bring in new investment in Albion that creates jobs, supports the community, and breathes new life into formerly blighted or vacant spaces. It is great when you can see the result of your work after months or even years of behind-the-scenes work.
Albion helped me get where I want to be just by connecting me with the right people and supporting my desire to make an impact in the community. Albion showed me how I could best use my talent and identify how I could pursue what I'm most passionate about - and even make a living doing it.
... has been a place to experiment with where I want to go professionally. If it weren't for the internships that I was connected with, I would never have had the chance to really figure out what fits me best. Albion has been the place that has sparked and directed my personal and professional growth to launch me into my career right after graduation..
Laura Newbury, ’18, is an Economics and Management major, with a minor in Business and Organizations. She is a member of the Honors program, Gerstacker Institute, and Omicron Delta Kappa. She is also the secretary for Student Senate, an economics and accounting tutor, and the accounting chair for Relay for Life. Laura completed a Corporate Finance Internship with Intel Corporation in Portland, Oregon in the summer of 2017. Her internship exposed her to the opportunities and influence an intern has within their group and the overall company. Upon graduation, Laura plans to work in the tech industry as a financial analyst and potentially pursue a masters in Data Science. “Albion has been an amazing experience. The learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom were invaluable to my professional and personal growth.”
Lucas Harder, '18, is a Finance major and a Business and Organizations minor. He interned this summer with NorthPointe Capital as an equity research analyst. During the summer he was tasked with completing equity research, culminating with a stock pitch at the end of the summer to NorthPointe's management. In the fall of 2016 he interned with Lawrence Evans and Company, a Columbus, Ohio based investment bank as an analyst this fall. At Albion, Lucas is a member of the Albion College swimming and diving team where he has competed at the Division III national championships and was recently designated as a scholar All-American.
"I cannot imagine another college that would have offered me the ability to participate, and succeed in so many ways both inside and outside of academics. My classes have both challenged me and changed the way that I look at the world. The professors are fantastic; I would not be surprised if I stayed in contact with a few of them for years to come. As great as the classes are, I've found that some of my best experiences have come from applying what I've learned to the extra-curricular clubs and organizations that I have been apart of. I don't believe that I would have gotten the leadership experiences that I have had at any other school than Albion. Not to mention my coach, Jake Taber has done a fantastic job of helping me balance my finance course load with athletics."
Lucas is involved in a number of other organizations on campus including, the Gerstacker Institute, Delta Tau Delta, Student Senate, Investment Club and Albion College Conservatives. Lucas hopes to pursue another investment banking internship next summer and upon graduation join a middle-market or bulge bracket investment-banking firm.
"Breaking into investment banking can be difficult not coming from an Ivy League school, however with the help of my professors and Albion alumni I have confidence that I can make this dream a reality."