Lisa Lewis Steps Out Of The Classroom To Become Director of Admission Events
Although teaching chemistry is her first love, Lisa Lewis has worked in several capacities throughout her 19 years at Albion College. "I chose a career as a chemistry professor at a liberal arts college because I valued the educational experience I received as an undergraduate, and I wanted to share my enthusiasm for this type of learning with my students," she said.
Never afraid of something new, her latest adventure involves serving as the Director of Admission Events. She sees this new position as an extension of her role as a professor, allowing her to create educational events for prospective students. With an understanding that not everyone immediately recognizes the significance of a liberal arts education, Lisa wants to help visitors experience what life is like at Albion, and enable them to better understand why the education offered here is so valuable.
Lisa's experience as a professor has helped her immensely in this position, as she tackles event planning the same way that she approaches her classroom. "I reflect on what is important for our guests to learn or experience as part of their visit to campus, and then I use this goal to influence the design of the event," she said.
Lisa planned three open houses and more than 20 on-campus events during the Fall 2014 semester in hopes of attracting the next generation of high school graduates. "Our visitors have been energized and excited to meet our faculty and staff, and to work with them on a meaningful project during their visit. They have experienced Albion, and we're showing them, one experience at a time, that it's a great place to grow."
You know all about the life-changing opportunities an Albion education offers. Why not share them with a prospective student?
Consider your family (including immediate family members), neighbors, friends, children of co-workers, members of your religious community, civic groups, and others. Recommend a student through our form below, and you'll ensure that the student will receive Albion admission materials.
But it doesn't have to end with the referral. We ask that you actively recruit your student, offer support throughout the search process, recommend campus visits, and encourage his or her application to Albion. By helping the College, you also make Albion more affordable for the student. If he or she is admitted and chooses Albion, the student will receive a $1,000 scholarship in your name—$4,000 over four years—with no financial commitment necessary from you.
To begin the process, please complete the form below. And please note there are many more ways to get involved. If you have any questions about this or other alumni/parent admission volunteer opportunities, please call the Admission Office at 800/858-6770.
There’s nothing quite as gratifying as a high school student—whom you have come to know—choosing to attend Albion College.
By that measure, Albion’s new Admission Ambassadors Program has been very gratifying indeed.
Alumni, parents, faculty, and staff embraced the new Admission Ambassadors Program by referring more than 500 high school seniors to the College this year. The program — with its cornerstone of a $1,000 Referral Scholarship for each of four years — helped generate interest in the College among students who may not have considered Albion otherwise. Combined with other new Admission efforts, deposits are up almost 20 percent over 2014.
The results: 531 senior referrals, 355 referred student applications, and 128 referred student deposits as of May 15, 2015.
Thank you to all who took a leap of faith with this program — who sent referral forms and newspaper clippings on high-achieving students; who kept in touch with their referred students and even brought them to campus; who worked college fairs and spring receptions; and who made phone calls and sent e-mails. Your efforts made a huge difference!
Now is the perfect time to refer next year’s high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and encourage them to attend the June 22 or July 24 Albion 101 program on campus or to schedule a personal visit and tour this summer. We welcome your referrals starting today!
Please note: You must refer seniors before they complete their admission application, as it is an incentive to apply. Contact the Admission Office at 800/858-6770 to have referral forms sent by mail. Albion will begin accepting applications for the fall 2016 entering class September 1.
Angela Sheets, '82
Alumni/Parent/Student/Faculty/Staff Referral Program