CRC Handbook Award

A copy of the most recent CRC Handbook is given annually to a first-year student who has completed both Chemistry 121 and Chemistry 123 and who has demonstrated excellence in chemistry.

Awardees include:

  • 2014-2015 - Wendi Wang
  • 2013-2014 - Grace Talaski
  • 2012-2013 - Kassy Kneen
  • 2011-2012 - Brandon Moretti
  • 2010-2011 - Michael Dix
  • 2009-2010 - William Spencer
  • 2008-2009 - Christopher Omerza
  • 2007-2008 - Gregory Messenger
  • 2006-2007 - Matthew Logan
  • 2005-2006 - Stacy Capehart
  • 2004-2005 - Teresa Giacomazzi, Andrew Kerch and Steve Schluentz
  • 2003-2004 - Wendy Simanton

Dow Scholarship

The Dow Chemical Company Foundation Scholarship is a prestigious academic award of $16,000 to be paid in installments of $4,000/year as long as the student meets the eligibility requirements. In addition, the scholarship recipient will be identified in the future as a Dow Scholar.

In 2003, this award was discontinued.

Awardees include:

  • 2002 - Scott Kortlandt
  • 2001 - Brianna Granlund
  • 2000 - Kimberly Illg
  • 1999 - Dan Holland
  • 1998 - Josh Konzer
  • 1997 - Tim Johnson (Bryan Kusiak)
  • 1996 - Rachel Hector
  • 1995 - Art Bragg
  • 1994 - Amanda Gilman
  • 1993 - Ryan Sweeder
  • 1992 - Lynn Johnson
  • 1991 - Kenadi Myers (Jean Kwiesinski)
  • 1990 - Audra Kim Buffenn
  • 1989 - Audra Kim Buffenn
  • 1988 - Steve Malinak
  • 1987 - Michelle Kroupa
  • 1986 - Kevin Lepard

Daniel M. Steffenson Chemistry Scholarship

Awarded to a student who embodies the spirit of Dan Steffenson, professor emeritus, by demonstrating excellence in first-year chemistry, membership in the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program, and having an intellectual inquisitiveness beyond their years.

Recent awardees include:

  • 2015-2016 - Grace Talaski
  • 2014-2015 - Kathleen Casebeer
  • 2013-2014 - Corbin Livingston, Wendi Wang and Grace Talaski
  • 2012-2013 - Stephanie Sanders
  • 2011-2012 - Brandon Markle
  • 2011-2012 - Michelle Miele
  • 2010-2011 - Edward N. Bachle

David W. Green Chemistry Scholarship

Awarded to a student who embodies the spirit of former Chemistry Professor David W. Green, '64, by demonstrated excellence in analytical chemistry, service to the Chemistry Department as a TA, and to the greater college community through participation in co-curricular activities, athletics, or volunteerism.

Recent awardees include:

  • 2015-2016 - Jacelyn Cubalo
  • 2014-2015 - Arianna Leonardi
  • 2013-2014 - Michael Dix, Shannon Murphy and Joshua Pender
  • 2012-2013 - Mitchell A. Pender
  • 2011-2012 - Lyndsey A. Reynolds
  • 2010-2011 - Michael A. Albano

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The Bernard T. Lomas Scholarship in Communication Studies

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 3 (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.

Application Form
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.



If you have any questions, please contact Karen Erlandson, Chair, Communication Studies Department, at (phone: 517/629-0325) or contact your Admission representative at 800/858-6770.


Katie Shaheen, '11, interned at Armani in London.Katie Shaheen, '11, interned at Armani in London.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:

  • Kandoo Films
  • Strutt Records
  • Sleeping Bear Press
  • Giorgio Armani Press Office
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • WDVD Radio
  • WXYZ TV Detroit
  • Fox 2 Detroit
  • Starr Commonwealth
  • Humanergy
  • Universal Cheer Associates

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Communication Studies

What you’ll study.

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.

What you’ll do.

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.

Where you’ll go.

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.

Career Opportunities

Allison Moore Beers, '01, founded Events North in Traverse City and regularly hires Albion Communication Studies students as interns.Allison Moore Beers, '01, (third from left) founded Events North in Traverse City and regularly hires Albion students as interns.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:

  • Internet Entrepreneur
  • Media Planner
  • Production Coordinator for a film company
  • Media Relations Assistant
  • Marketing Account Manager
  • Events Coordinator
  • Media Buyer
  • Engineering Technician
  • Higher Education Administrator
  • Cheerleading Instructor
  • Assistant Football Coach
  • Assistant Sports Information Director

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:

  • University of Michigan
  • Michigan State University
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of Texas
  • Western Michigan University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Cooley Law School

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Student Organizations


Student Profiles


Faculty and Staff

Karen Erlandson, Albion College chair and professor of communication studiesKaren Erlandson
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
Phone: 517/629-0325

Andy Boyan, assistant professor of communication studiesAndy Boyan
Assistant Professor

B.A., 2003, M.A., 2005, Washington State University; Ph.D., 2012, Michigan State University. Appointed 2009.

Office: Olin Hall 213E
Phone: 517/629-0345

About Me

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Megan Hill, visiting assistant professor, communication studies, Albion CollegeMegan Hill
Assistant Professor

B.A., 2008, Oakland University; M.A., 2012, Ph.D., 2013, The Ohio State University. Appointed 2013.

Office: Olin Hall 213C
Phone: 517/629-0329

Katey PriceKatey Price
Visiting Assistant Professor

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
Phone: 517/629-0326

Bethany Mutter
Visiting Assistant Professor

B.A., 2007, Stetson University; M.A., 2010, Florida Atlantic University; Ph.D., 2014, University of Denver. Appointed 2016.

Office: Olin Hall 213A
Phone: 517/629-0993

Maggie Haugen
Department Secretary

Office: Olin Hall 213
Phone: 517/629-0352

Bruce Weaver, Albion College professor emeritus of communication studiesBruce J. Weaver
Professor Emeritus

B.A., 1965, Moravian College; M.S., 1966, Kansas State University; Ph.D., 1974, University of Michigan. Appointed 1981.


Contact Us

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.

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Lucas Harder, '18

Lucas Harder, '18Lucas Harder, '18, is a Finance and Business and Organizations double major. He is interning 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."

Andy DiFranco, '17

Andy DiFranco, '17Andrew DiFranco, '17 is an Accounting CPA emphasis major and a Business & Organizations minor. He is a member of the Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management. In the winter of 2016, Andrew interned at Ernst & Young in the Assurance department where he was able to experience the real world of public accounting. He received and accepted a full time offer of employment from Ernst & Young after graduation in May of 2017.

"There truly is such a thing as an 'Albion Advantage'. Whether it be in the classroom, with alumni, or through all the connections you make along the way. This advantage was evident to me right away in my time at Albion when I became friends with many professors and have a close personal relationship with them. These relationships encourage mentor-ship, which can give students a professional connection, and where they can ask questions about school or seek career advice. While at my internship, I was able to see the power of Albion College alumni, and just how much they are willing to help current students. Also in my time at Albion, I have gained invaluable experiences in the classroom and beyond through the amazing network of Albion professionals that are here to help every student reach their goals. That is the true Albion Advantage."

Genna Kleinknecht, ‘16

Genna Kleinknecht, '16Major: Economics and Management

Internship: Albion Economic Development Corporation - Small business development, Gross Stabil - Key Accounts Manager

Activities: Photography, my two kids and family

Career: Sales Coordinator, ZF North America

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I am responsible for post sourcing shifter (Human Machine Interface) sales activities for Audi and Volkswagen accounts. This includes direct contact with customers, breakdown of manufacturing costs, engineering costs and overhead costs to provide an accurate quotation to the customer regarding changes made to their parts. I am also responsible for analyzing reports to figure out a profit delta as well as financial breakeven points to calculate profitability within each component. I act as an German interpreter within my division as well.

Why do you love what you do?

I love what I do because: I love what I do because I get to put many aspects of what I learned through my major to work as well as a daily interaction with the German language. The company is a good company to work for and makes the work-home life balance seem easy.

What did you like about Albion?

The ability to learn beyond the textbook. With the amount of real world applications and hands on learning I was introduced to during my time at Albion, I was able to learn how to do the tasks that my job requires me to do on a day to day basis.

For me, Albion…

…gave me the opportunity to push my experiences within the real world workforce to the next step.

Makenzie Frederickson, '18

Makenzie Frederickson '18Makenzie Frederickson, '18, is and Accounting - C.P.A. emphasis and Spanish double major. She is a member of the Honors program, a tour guide, first-year experience mentor, co-leader of Cru, and an accounting tutor. She is also a part of the Albion women's lacrosse team. In 2015, she was awarded an Ernst and Young scholarship as an accounting major in the Economics and Management department.

Makenzie will be completing an audit internship with Ernst and Young during the summer of 2017. Upon graduation, Makenzie plans to pass the CPA exam and work in the field of public accounting.

"I love Albion because of all the opportunities it provides. The relationships you are able to build with professors are irreplaceable. The classes I have taken have not only grown my knowledge of accounting, but they have made me a well-rounded person."

John Rogers, '15

johnrogers220x240 Majors: Economics and Management 
Internships: Quarton Partners Investment Bank, Stage 2 Innovations
Activities: Fed Challenge, AICPA
Current Job: Analyst at Urban Science

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I preform analyses on financial and marketing data to deliver actionable insights to clients in the automotive industry.

Why do you love what you do?

I love what I do because I have the opportunity to communicate complex topics to clients in a way that allows them to improve their business and serve their customers.

What did you like most about Albion?

Albion provides students with a chance to build close relationship with professors, resulting in amazing opportunities and friendships.

How did Albion help you get where you're at today?

Albion gave me the rich academic background and great professional experiences that I needed to land my current job.

For me, Albion...

...was a time of growth, both intellectually and socially. I met people that inspired and supported my growth, which has allowed me to become and achieve what I have.

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