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Distinguished Artist Program 2017

2017 Distinguished Artist Program

Saturday, February 4, 2017

About the Program

The Distinguished Artist Program is an invite-only opportunity for you to show us your talent in the arts and earn additional scholarship money to attend Albion College. With your participation, you will be eligible to receive additional scholarship assistance; more than $250,000 was awarded to participants last year. One participant will receive a full tuition scholarship to attend Albion College!

Registration

Plan to register for this event as soon as you decide to participate - space is limited. Register online at: https://apply.albion.edu/register/dap. Your registration must be received by Thursday, January 26. Please note that this is an invite-only event.

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Schedule of Events

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Registration (Bonta Admission Center)
9:00 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Morning presentations and campus tours
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Registration for afternoon presenters (Science Center)
11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Luncheon (Baldwin Hall)
1:20 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Afternoon presentations and campus tours

Options for Presentation

Option 1: Art

Bring a portfolio of your best works, including 10-15 art works. These works may be in any medium or multiple media – drawing, painting, printmaking, book arts, photography, computer art, ceramics, sculpture, and more. This work should be a representation of who you are as an artist; this can include work you've done in class as well as independently. If your materials are vulnerable or oversized, you can photograph your work and bring a CD containing the images.

In addition, please bring a sketchbook, if you keep one; a "sketchbook" could be in the form of a traditional book of drawings, a journal, visual scrapbook or even a well designed blog or website.

When designing your presentation, it may be helpful to consider the following questions:

  • What artists did I draw upon for inspiration?
  • What is my creative process?
  • What am I trying to communicate with my art?
  • Why did I choose the respective media/forms to express my ideas?

Portfolio review centers on a discussion of your works, including your experiences, influences and motivation. Your presentation and discussion will last about 15 minutes, with 15 additional minutes allotted for questions by the faculty members.

Option 2: Art History

Submit a portfolio of 4-5 pieces of art historical written work, not to exceed 25 pages. Papers prepared for a humanities or an English class may be substituted. Your work should demonstrate your ability to conduct research and prepare a coherent scholarly paper. Please come prepared to discuss your written work and your scholarly process.

Option 3: Creative Writing

Works may take the form of poetry or prose, but please limit your submission to either 10 pages (single space, 12 point font) of poetry or 15 pages (double space, times new roman, 12 point font) of prose (fiction, memoir, personal essay, etc.) Your work should represent your artistic ability; it can include pieces you have done in class as well as independently. On the day of the competition, please bring a draft and revision of a single poem or short prose passage (5 copies of each version).

Please come prepared to read briefly from your work (approximately 5 minutes) and to use your draft/revision to discuss your creative process. When designing your presentation, it may be helpful to consider the following questions:

  • What is the theme of my writing?
  • What authors did I draw upon for inspiration?
  • What is my writing process?
  • What am I trying to communicate with my writing?
  • Why did I choose the respective forms (prose, poetry, etc.) to express my ideas?

Portfolio review centers on a discussion of your works, including your experiences, influences and motivation. Your presentation and discussion will last about 15 minutes, with 15 additional minutes allotted for questions by the faculty members.

You must submit your works by Thursday, January 26, one full week prior to the event.

Option 4: Music

The suggested format for the music competition is a short lecture-recital model. Please plan to perform live 8-12 minutes of music. Please see the Music Department's audition suggestions for guidelines specific to particular instruments.

Audition Information

Also, be prepared to discuss your understanding of the pieces you've chosen to perform, putting them into a context for your audience in the same way that written program notes often accompany a concert performance. For example, you might discuss the composers' background, historical period, circumstances of composition, genre, text, or programmatic considerations. You could also discuss your technical or interpretive process in learning the pieces: what you learned through practicing and mastering them, or what your interpretive goals for the pieces are, and how those goals may have changed as you studied the pieces over time.

When designing your presentation, it may be helpful to consider the following questions:

  • What do I know about the composer, or the influence the composer has had on my own work?
  • What were the political, moral, spiritual, ethical or sociological issues of the times that may have impacted the composer, or on the work itself?
  • Why is this piece important?
  • Are there other ways to perform the piece?
  • Who else has created an influential interpretation?

Your presentation and discussion will last about 15 minutes, with 15 additional minutes allotted for questions by the faculty members.

You must submit a copy of your musical accompaniments and scores for the judges by Thursday, January 26, one full week prior to the event.

Option 5: Theatre

You may choose to showcase your acting ability or your creativity in technical theater: costume design or construction, lighting, sound, scene design, and/or stage management. For a live performance, please come prepared to perform either:

  1. two contrasting monologues, or
  2. one monologue and one 32-bar song.

If you prefer to showcase your talent in design or stage management, plan to bring a portfolio of photographs and/or original materials. Materials may be from a realized production or may be a project you create using one of the following plays as the basis: A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, Antigone by Sophocles, Cabaret by Isherwood with Lyrics by Kander and Ebb, or The Odd Couple by Neil Simon.

Please come prepared to discuss your process and your inspiration. When designing your presentation, it may be helpful to consider one or more of the following questions:

  • Who is my muse?
  • What artists did I draw upon for inspiration?
  • What are my theatre rituals?
  • Why did I choose the respective media/forms to express my ideas?
  • What do I know about the playwright, or the influence the playwright has had on my own work?
  • What were the political, moral, spiritual, ethical or sociological issues of the times that may have impacted the playwright, or on the work itself?
  • Why is this piece important?
  • Are there other ways to perform the piece?

Performance or portfolio review centers on a discussion of your performance/works, including your experiences, influences and motivation. Your presentation and discussion will last about 15 minutes, with 15 additional minutes allotted for questions by the faculty members.

There will be no live accompaniment, therefore, you must bring your music on a CD, if performing a song.

Option 6: Integrated Arts

This option is for students who want to showcase their artistic abilities across a variety of disciplines in the arts. Such a presentation might take the form of film, visual poetry, playwriting, singer-songwriter or another approach. Please refer to the discipline guidelines above for page limit requirements, art portfolio expectations, etc. and be sure to contact us with specific questions.

Come prepared to perform and/or exhibit your works. You will also be asked to discuss your process, your inspiration and your choice of genres.

The Integrated Arts presentation will revolve around a discussion of your performance/works, including your experiences, influences and motivation. Your presentation and discussion will last about 15 minutes, with 15 additional minutes allotted for questions by the faculty members.

If appropriate, you must submit your writing and/or musical accompaniments/scores by Thursday, January 26, one full week prior to the event. If your materials are vulnerable or oversized, you can photograph your work and bring a CD containing the images.

Overnight Accommodations

Need overnight accommodations? Blocks of rooms are available at:

Selection Criteria

Albion College faculty members select scholarship recipients using the following criteria:

  1. The Quality of Your Presentation, Discussion and/or Portfolio of Works – Choose the option that will allow you to best demonstrate your intellectual curiosity, academic interests, achievement and future potential for growth at Albion College.
  2. Extra-Curricular Record – We recognize that students often combine superior scholarship with other interests, unique talents or achievements. Please come prepared to talk about yourself and your accomplishments– your motivation, your inspiration, and your passion for the fine arts.

Notification

Students selected as a Distinguished Scholar will be notified by Monday, March 13, 2017. Final results will be announced publicly for those recipients who have made the commitment to attend Albion College.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Time Will I Have?

The presentation schedule is tightly managed - you will have a total of 30 minutes to present and respond to questions. The average presentation/article discussion/portfolio discussion takes about 15 minutes followed by 15 minutes of questions and comments by the faculty audience members. We allow 10 minutes for takedown and set-up for the next presenter. Be prepared to respond to questions about your interests and achievements. No student may exceed the 30 minute presentation time.

Who is In the Audience during My Presentation?

Your audience will be a small group of faculty members and a room host. The faculty will follow a carefully selected set of evaluation techniques and record their impressions of your presentation. Faculty members and the room host will describe your performance at the final selection meeting.

How Do I Decide Which of The Six Options Is Right for Me?

Choose the option that will best allow you to demonstrate your creative and intellectual abilities, and also one that will illustrate how you will be a positive addition to the Albion College community. Every participant is a high achiever, so you need to identify how to demonstrate your abilities and potential in a way that distinguishes you from others.

Some questions that might guide your decision include: What academic disciplines are you most interested in studying? What do you enjoy talking about? What subject(s) are you considering for a major? Have you worked on a significant research project or paper and/or an artistic project that you'd like to tell us about?

How Will I Be Evaluated?

Our faculty members look for specific content substance and expertise, and assess the overall quality of your performance, presentation and/or discussion. Our faculty members look at the following general characteristics of every competitor:

  • Overall impression
  • Quality of works or performance
  • Depth of exploration
  • Organization of ideas; synthesis and progression of concepts
  • Creativity and creative process
  • Ability to articulate influences
  • Individual vision and ability to explain motivation for approach
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Academic goals
  • Student responses to faculty questions
  • Passion for the subject
  • Potential for artistic and academic excellence and leadership
  • Unique or special characteristics

Why Do We Offer Our Distinguished Artist Program?

This opportunity helps you understand our hands-on, interdisciplinary approach to the liberal arts and sciences.

  • The process of selecting your method of participation, preparing for the event and then participating helps you experience the teaching and learning environment at Albion first-hand. You will also receive valuable feedback and encouragement from your panel of faculty members.
  • The most effective way for us to identify promising artists is through in-person participation and dialog. This is your opportunity to show our faculty more about your future potential than will be apparent in your admission application and essay.

What Programs Will You Offer For Me And My Parents When I am Not Presenting?

There will be a variety of activities during the day including student panels, a conversation with the VP for Enrollment an opportunity to learn more about financing an Albion education, quiet spaces for practicing, a stress free zone in the Honors Observatory, campus tours and more. We also encourage our participants to meet other participants and socialize over light refreshments.

How Will I Find My Presentation Room?

You will be escorted from the registration area to your presentation room 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time. You will enter your room at the appointed time and have a total of 40 minutes. Your participation and the faculty members' questions will last a total of 30 minutes, allowing time to set up and pack up your materials.

What Questions Should I Expect From The Faculty Members Who Attend My Presentation?

In addition to questions about your presentation, be prepared to talk about your accomplishments and future goals. You may also ask questions about academic opportunities.

When Will I Be Notified Of The Judges' Decision?

You will receive a letter from the admission office by Monday, March 13.

Who Can I Talk With If I Have Questions About This Program Or My Participation?

Your Albion College Admission Counselor can help you with questions. In addition, your counselor can put you in contact with a student mentor who can help answer your questions. Please contact or call 800/858-6770.

Referral Program Staff

Albion's Evolving Alumni Referral Program Staffs Up

Admission effort enters next phase after successful first two years

Corey Grazul, '08Corey Grazul, '08, knows a little about alumni referrals. After all, he ended up at Albion College thanks in part to his dermatologist.

"I went there to have my pimples looked at," he said with a laugh. "I was going into my senior year at high school and my dermatologist (in Saginaw) asked if I'd thought about college. I said, ‘Well, yeah' and she said, ‘You ought to think about going to Albion. That's where I graduated.' I'd never even heard of Albion."

Intrigued, he took a visit, enrolled, graduated and stayed. And that, in its most basic form, is a referral – a suggestion, a push, an endorsement from an alumna or alumnus of a college that a high school student, looking toward life's next stage, might want to consider attending.

Marsha Whitehouse, '70And it's what Grazul and Marsha Whitehouse, '70, are doing their best to expand at Albion.

"We want to target students for admission," Grazul said. "In advertising it's called the ‘hot lead.'"

"It's pretty basic," Whitehouse said. "We're looking for new business. We're looking at kids for whom Albion isn't on the radar."

Grazul, who also serves as an admission counselor, and Whitehouse, a former teacher and the College's associate director of campus visit programs from 1999 until she retired in 2013, began their new roles as alumni referral coordinators this summer.

The referral program has resulted in connecting alumni with more than 500 prospective students in each of the past two years. Under Angela Sheets, '82, the effort has contributed significantly to the success of both recruiting cycles. She will now step aside in that role as the office devotes more staff to the program.

Whitehouse will continue to train alumni in the referral process. She is also setting up referral workshops this fall to help alumni make the case for Albion.

Grazul will develop infrastructure and communication to support the volunteers, create a college fair and spring awards program, and assist other recruiters with integrating alumni volunteers in their territories.

Alumni who make a referral can help continue the process by actively recruiting the student, offering support throughout the student's college search, recommending campus visits, and encouraging his or her application to Albion.

It all starts by completing the referral form. If you have any questions about this or other admission volunteer opportunities, call the Admission Office at 800/858-6770.

Referral Program Update

Refer a Student

2016 Update

Albion College is expanding its horizons in an effort to learn about, identify and recruit the best and brightest students seeking a unique liberal arts education,

We've taken a major step in that direction, hiring a new regional recruiting representative in Sarah Goldman, who will spread the word in the Chicago area about what Albion has to offer.

"There are a lot of strong students in the [Chicago] area and dozens of very good high schools and we're not getting our share," said Steve Klein, Albion's vice president for enrollment. "We will be much more competitive. I expect us to get a much larger share."

That starts now, said Klein, who joined Albion last July from Wabash College and has wasted little time in making Albion a player in the Midwest's biggest city.

"There are over 100 colleges represented in the Chicago area," Klein said. "We can now compete on a level playing field."

Already, the numbers are changing. Last year, Klein said, Albion enrolled 30 students from Chicagoland (16 from the city itself, eight from the Illinois suburbs and eight more from Northwest Indiana). This fall, Albion will welcome at least 52 students from the region (42 from Chicago, eight from the Illinois suburbs and two from Northwest Indiana).

Sarah will spearhead Albion's regional recruiting representation in Chicago, joining 73 other colleges and universities from the U.S. and Canada and 115 individual representatives that make up a group known as the Chicago Area Regional Representatives.

Goldman, who has spent the past six years as a regional counselor first for Cornell College in Iowa and then Knox College in Illinois, was hired in late April to use her knowledge of the area to spread the word about Albion to the Chicago suburbs.

"I think Albion is in a really special place right now," Goldman said. "The college does an incredible job of celebrating what a liberal arts education can do in a rapidly changing economy. A lot of liberal arts colleges are running away from liberal arts, but Albion is saying no."

With Goldman, and the possibility of a second full-time regional rep in the area, Klein hopes to significantly increase the number of Chicagoland students who will attend, or at least seriously consider Albion College.

Goldman faces a challenge of her own given the Chicago suburbs stretch from southern Wisconsin to northwest Indiana. But she sees it as fertile territory for Albion and plans to emphasize the unique liberal arts education the College can provide.

"It's working in small classrooms in collaboration with folks who may or may not be like you and then pondering big questions," she said. "The campus provides a lot of beautiful opportunities for that. I really got the impression [Albion] is a kind community and a community in transition in a lot of ways."

Goldman will also emphasize the fact that students can access Amtrak in downtown Chicago for a three-hour journey to and from campus.

She acknowledges, however, that the key to success will be to get Albion's name out to the various high school counselors in the region.

"Establishing a foothold is phase one," said Goldman.

You can help too. Family members, neighbors, friends, children of co-workers, members of a religious community, civic groups, and others can recommend a student by clicking the button below, which will ensure the student will receive Albion admission materials.

Those who make the referral can help continue the process by actively recruit the student, offering support throughout the search process, recommending campus visits, and encouraging his or her application to Albion. It all starts by completing the referral form.

The referral program has resulted in connecting alumni with more than 500 prospective students in each of the past two years. Under Sheets, the effort has contributed significantly to the success of both recruiting cycles. She will now step aside in that role as the office devotes more staff to the program.

Marsha Whitehouse, '70, will continue in her role of volunteer training and serve as liaison to Institutional Advancement. Corey Grazul, '08, will develop infrastructure and communication to support the volunteers, create a college fair and spring awards program, and assist other recruiters with integrating alumni volunteers in their territories.

The addition of Goldman is also part of the expansion of the College's new alumni volunteer initiative, as she will work with alumni in Chicagoland to involve them in the recruitment process.

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.

Now is the perfect time to refer next year's high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and encourage them to attend one of our visit programs or to schedule a personal visit and tour. We welcome your referrals starting today!

To begin the process, please complete the referral form. 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.

Please note: You must refer seniors before they complete their admission application, as it is an incentive to apply.

Referral Program

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 by submitting the form below, and you'll ensure that the student will receive personal contact and admission information.

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.

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Referral Success Stories

Referral Program Staff

Corey Grazul, '08, knows a little about alumni referrals. After all, he ended up at Albion College thanks in part to his dermatologist.

"I went there to have my pimples looked at," he said with a laugh. "I was going into my senior year at high school and my dermatologist (in Saginaw) asked if I'd thought about college. I said, ‘Well, yeah' and she said, ‘You ought to think about going to Albion. That's where I graduated.' I'd never even heard of Albion."

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For More Information

For questions about the referral program please contact Corey Grazul or Marsha Whitehouse by calling 800/858-6770 or by email at .

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