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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 1 (of his or her senior year of high school). Professors from the Communication Studies Department 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 Communication Studies Department. 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 Communication Studies Department in a manner that reflects the leadership expected of a Lomas Scholar.
You may download the Lomas application form as a Microsoft Word documentand 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.
Lomas Application Form (Microsoft Word)
Lomas Application Form (PDF)
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
- Universal Cheer Associates
Employers: Please select the appropriate link below to evaluate a student's internship experience.
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 bulilding, 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.
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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Faculty and Staff
Karen Erlandson, Chair and Associate Professor
B.A., 1992, M.A., 1995, Michigan State University, Ph.D., 2002, University of California, Santa Barbara. Appointed 2002.
Yuxia Qian, Assistant Professor
B.A., 1996, Liaocheng University; M.A., 2001, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology; Ph.D., 2007, Ohio University. Appointed January 2008.
Andy Boyan, Assistant Professor
B.A., 2003, M.A., 2005, Washington State University; Ph.D., 2012, Michigan State University. Appointed 2009.
Online Syllabi and Course Blogs:
Megan Hill, Visiting Assistant Professor
B.A., 2008, Oakland University; M.A., 2012, Ph.D., 2013, The Ohio State University. Appointed 2013.
Maggie Haugen, Department Secretary
Office: Olin Hall 213
Bruce J. Weaver, Professor Emeritus
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.
David Budka, '13
Major: Economics and Management (emphasis in Accounting; winner, Outstanding Economics and Management Major Award)
Internships: PricewaterhouseCoopers, Dow Corning
Residence: Midland, Mich.
Career: Financial Analyst, Dow Corning
What did you like most about Albion College?
I enjoyed the significant amount of opportunities that Albion presented me with, such as events, speakers and networking opportunities. Meeting with alumni and firm representatives allowed me to grow within my major as well as an individual. I was active with the VITA program and the Accounting Society.
How did Albion help you get to where you want to be?
The greatest part about the Economics and Management Department, and by extension, Albion as well, is that nothing is handed to you. Everything that I have come to learn, and the successes I have had, are a product of the tools that Albion afforded me and my performance with those instruments.
For me, Albion ...
… was the best decision I could have made for myself. I wouldn’t trade a day anywhere for the experiences I’ve had and lessons I’ve learned from Albion’s faculty, staff and student population.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Make connections with alumni. They were once in your shoes and, more likely than not, have had the same exact or similar experiences as you. Plus, don’t hesitate to reach out; you never know what opportunities you might find.
Kathleen Petchell, '13
Major: Economics and Management (emphasis in Accounting, Gerstacker concentration)
Internships: Product Support Intern, Thomson Reuters; Barn Management Intern, Nottawa Paint Horses, LLC
Activities: Equestrian Club, Western Equestrian Team, Tour Guide, Alpha Delta Lambda, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Mortar Board
Current: Pursuing Master of Accounting degree, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
What did you like most about Albion College?
I really enjoyed how personal my education was at Albion. My professors all knew me as a student and as a person, which was really beneficial as they helped me to create my résumé, search for internships, select courses and make decisions about my future. When I first came to visit Albion as a high school student, my tour guide told me Albion offered its students tons of great opportunities, and after graduating last year, I can say confidently that her statement is true.
How did Albion help you get to where you want to be?
Without the guidance of my professors, the wonderful ladies in the Gerstacker and Econ offices, and my advisor, Vicki Baker, I don’t know that I’d be on the path I am. When I came to Albion, I had no clue what I wanted to do, but Gaylord Smith inspired me to pursue accounting my very first semester at Albion. With a little help from the faculty, I am now on track for the CPA exam and attending U of M for my Master’s of Accounting.
One specific instance that proved to me how much Albion works to help its students was when I was visiting U of M after being accepted into their Business School. One of the current students was telling me all of the great things they do for their graduate students, such as having recruiters on campus, résumé reviews, etc., and it made me laugh because Albion had exposed me to all of those resources my freshman year!
For me, Albion ...
… was one of the best choices I have ever made. I’ve been able to pursue a promising career while also maintaining my passion for horses, and I have created friendships that will last a lifetime.
Meet Our Students
Albion economics and management students gain business knowledge, skills, and experiences to succeed in college, a career, and in life. Small class sizes enable students to really get to know their professors, and they emerge as graduates well prepared for careers in business, law, or government. Many graduates attend M.B.A. programs (often after some post-B.A. work experience), law schools, other professional schools, or graduate schools.
Meet a few our current senior-year students below.
Heather Waldron, '14
Heather is majoring in economics and management – finance and biology. In summer 2013 she interned at Goldman Sachs in New York, on the firm's Market Risk Infrastructure Team. A few months earlier, she attended the Governor’s Economic Summit in Detroit and was a panel speaker at the Governor’s Education Summit in East Lansing.
Honored as a sophomore and junior by Phi Beta Kappa, Heather has been a presenting member of Albion's nationally ranked Fed Challenge team for two years. She tutors in economics and accounting, and is an admission tour guide. Heather is also the current president of the Equestrian Club and a co-captain and three-year member of the hunt seat team. She is also a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the economics honor society.
Heather likes the small homey feel that Albion has to offer. "You get to know faculty and staff personally and they care about your successes. The small setting also gives you many opportunities to get involved, which are both fun and a good résumé builder." Tying in her experience at Goldman Sachs, she adds that "Working closely with professors gives you an edge with talking to superiors. I know how to talk to professors because I have access to them, and that makes it easier to approach my supervisors with a question."
Victoria Slater, '14
Major: Economics and Management (graduated December 2013)
Activities: Intern, Level One Bank, loan and deposit operations; study-abroad, London School of Economics, 2012-2013 academic year
Current: Candidate, MSc, Economic History, London School of Economics (2014-2015)
How did Albion help you pursue your path to London?
Albion has a very strong relationship with several study-abroad programs, one of which is LSE. I was able to study at LSE for one year during undergrad because of these ties that gave me an advantage in applying to postgraduate programs. The Economics and Management Department really prepared me with challenging courses and amazing professors who were always available to help with course work and general advice. I was able to learn study and organizational skills from them that will make grad school a lot easier.
For me, Albion ...
... has been a crucial part of my overall education, allowing me to be a competitive candidate for grad school and future jobs. Albion has offered so many opportunities that I would not have gotten from a larger school or a school without so many important ties to other universities and alumni.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Like everything, college is what you make of it. It is entirely possible to be successful in college and have a great time in the process.
Sarah Erdman, '14
Sarah chose Albion because she felt it had great programs in everything she was interested in—horses and academics. The small class sizes and the individual attention from professors helped make Albion a perfect fit.
A double major in economics and management and mathematics, Sarah is also a tutor for the Quantitative Studies Center and the E&M department. In addition, she is the research assistant for E&M department chair and professor Jon Hooks and has enjoyed taking several of his finance classes.
Sarah keeps a full schedule beyond her studies. She joined the Albion Fed Challenge team in 2012 and is very active at the Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center, where she is a member of the hunt seat team as well as the events chair for the Equestrian Club. Sarah also serves as president of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the economics honor society, and completed an internship with Pfizer in Kalamazoo.
Allan L. Adair III, '14
Allan is an economics and management – accounting major. In particular, he likes Albion’s small classes where professors know all of the students individually. The E&M faculty has kept Allan on track academically, as he has been on the dean’s list every semester.
"The best part of the E&M department is the faculty and staff," he says. "They really go out of their way to help you succeed, whether in class or in life."
Albion's accounting courses helped Allan land two paid accounting internships: one with Willis and Jurasek, a small accounting firm in Jackson, the other with the Albion College Business Office. As part of the E&M department's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for two years, Allan has had the opportunity to work directly with clients in the Albion community.
Outside the classroom, Allan played for two years on the varsity football team and is currently president of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and treasurer of the Accounting Society.
"As an E&M major, I have had great experiences and outstanding opportunities," he says.
Meet Our Alumni
From the moment they receive their degree, Albion economics and management graduates are prized employees and attractive candidates for further study in graduate and professional school. Get to know a few of our recent alumni below.
Alex Archer, '13
Major: Economics and Management (emphasis in Finance); winner, 2013 Maurice L. Branch Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Research
Residence: Charlotte, N.C.
Career: Zone Manager, Ford Motor Co.
In a nutshell, what do you do?
My responsibility is to be the intermediary between Ford and its dealerships. My goal in this position is to improve the overall performance of Ford’s stores by trying to increase sales through marketing, advertising and/or implementing new technologies; to increase efficiency through suggesting processes for dealers to implement; and to ensure transparency between both parties (Ford and its dealers) by being an immediate point of contact to certain dealerships.
In fact, I am not the only Albion alumnus in this position. My good friend Destin Simon, ’13, is a Zone Manager in Ford’s Dallas region.
Why do you love what you do?
I love what I do because not only is every single day a different challenge, but I have the opportunity to work with very successful entrepreneurs and to figure out what makes each unique Ford dealer successful. This position requires me to wear several different hats (creative, analytical, strategic) and gives me a chance to learn about the automotive industry from the front lines.
How did Albion help you get there?
Albion creates an environment that allows you to take advantage of your college experience. Albion helped me by preparing me in core subjects such as economics and math, while also offering the opportunity and flexibility to play on the golf team, get involved with several organizations, and study at the London School of Economics for an entire year.
For me, Albion ...
... is about learning both inside and outside of the classroom. The liberal arts curriculum is about being comfortable in uncomfortable situations, where your intellect is driven not only through coursework and textbooks, but also through leading organizations, competing in athletics, performing in theatre, and being heavily involved in numerous clubs and societies on campus.