2005 Elkin R. Isaac Alumni Lecture
Former Athletic Director at the University of the Pacific
“Exercise: Combating the Aging Process”
4:00 pm, Wednesday, April 21, 2005
Bobbitt Visual Arts Auditorium
A member of the Albion College faculty from 1952 to 1975, Elkin R. "Ike" Isaac also served as head basketball coach (1953-1959), head track coach (1953-1962), and head cross country coach (1962-1969). He led his teams to one Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) basketball title, six consecutive league championships in track and three cross country championships. He also served as athletic director.
Upon leaving Albion in 1975, Isaac became athletic director at the University of the Pacific. He retired there in 1984.
As an Albion student, Isaac earned All-MIAA honors in 1943, 1946, and 1947 for his outstanding performance on the basketball court. He was captain and voted Most Valuable Player of the 1947 team. He also played football for three years. Isaac was inducted into the Albion College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989 and received the Hall of Fame's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999.
He interrupted his college career from 1943 to 1945 to serve in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot during World War II.
In honor of Isaac's long-time support of Albion College athletics, the College's outdoor track, rebuilt and resurfaced in 1997, was named in his honor. The Elkin Isaac Track Drive was co-chaired by Cedric and June Luke Dempsey, both ’54, with assistance from Thomas Schwaderer, '56.
The Elkin R. Isaac Endowed Lectureship was created in 1991 by Isaac's friends and former students. Today, this endowment has been expanded to fund the Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium.
Ike and his wife, Edie, reside in Kalamazoo.
The Holocaust Studies Service-Learning Project has begun its second decade of serving the Jewish community of Wrocłow and giving Albion College students the experience of a lifetime. Recently, we have been considering how we might develop HSSLP into a program that will flourish at Albion long after we are gone.
In order to do that, however, we must be able to articulate the program's outcomes. This is where you come in. By taking this short survey, you will help us to understand how the program has affected you. We can then explain its value as we communicate with College administrators, prospective students, granting agencies, and the like.
With thanks for your time and attention,
HSSLP Faculty and Staff:
Geoff Cocks (History)
Drew Dunham (Registrar)
Frank Kelemen (Counseling Services)
Patrick McLean (Ford Institute)
Jocelyn McWhirter (Religious Studies)
Carrie Booth Walling (Political Science)
In Economics and Management: We Mean BUSINESS
The Albion College Economics and Management (E&M) Department provides students with business knowledge, skills, and experiences to succeed in college, a career, and in life. Economics and Management graduates are tomorrow’s business leaders.
We offer courses that will prepare students for careers in:
- International Business & Economics
- Human Resources
- General Business
Our majors are prepared to enter careers in the field of business upon graduation.
We address both the immediate application of problem-solving techniques and the conceptual basis for those techniques. Our curriculum includes more economic theory than is typical in undergraduate business programs, providing solid preparation for those who aspire to attend a selective M.B.A. program or to advance into jobs requiring strong analytical skills.
We also offer more courses related to business than is typical in undergraduate economics programs, making Albion College a top choice for students who want to experience a small liberal arts college environment while also improving their prospects for a good job in business immediately after graduation.
Additional information on the Economics and Management major can be found in this program flyer (PDF).
Albion's accounting program includes every course needed to be eligible for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. Our accounting students develop strong analytical skills, preparing them not only for their first job after graduation, but also for advancement into increasingly responsible positions in the field. As a result, many of the nation’s top accounting firms recruit at Albion College.
The accounting faculty encourages you to pursue internships where you take on full professional responsibilities as if you were in a job. Lots of training and support ensure your success. Albion college accounting students are recruited by the nation’s top accounting firms along with small private companies in Michigan.
Work and learn side by side with professors who are CPAs with real world experiences.
Professor Bedient has the professional accounting and auditing experience to help students perform well in that environment. He managed a small town daily newspaper for 10 years. That experience helps him show students the value of an accounting education as applied in business. Professor Bedient’s courses his focus is on using accounting to solve business problems. He uses audio and visual technology so that his help and advice are available from computers and mobile devices.
Professor Carlson worked in public accounting, manufacturing, and not-for-profit industries for 25 years before coming to academics and brings those experiences into the classroom. In Professor Carlson’s courses, he creates “real-world” accounting and tax projects using Excel or tax software for his classes. He is actively involved as an advisor with various national student accounting competitions and enjoys the opportunity to work with students on their business research projects.
American Institute of CPAs
AICPA competition Albion students work as a team, tackling current topics, using their critical thinking, research, writing, and presentation skills. Albion was selected to present in Washington, D.C., and won second place in the nation. Accounting Society- banquet, field trips.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
VITA tax program Albion College student volunteers are trained by E&M accounting faculty to prepare income tax returns for low-income residents of the city of Albion and nearby communities. Students prepare about 200 returns each year—helping the community and gaining valuable experience working on actual tax returns.