From Z(uni) to A(coma): Gabby Vezzosi's Research Changes Albion Art Collection

Gabby Vezzosi It's a news story that rarely fails to snag headlines and the public's attention: a graduate student, working in an archive, uncovers a treasure the institution didn't know it had. Gabby Vezzosi, '12, can identify with it—except, of course, that she's not a graduate student. The art and political science major began with the need for a Ford internship, and ended up helping Albion's Art Department redefine part of its collection.

Cloutier, '14, Takes Advantage of Opportunities at Albion

Marissa Cloutier worked in a temporary medical clinic in Honduras in December.
Marissa Cloutier worked in a temporary medical clinic in Honduras in December.

Despite only being in the middle of her sophomore year, Marissa Cloutier has taken advantage of the opportunities Albion College has to offer.

The Grosse Ile product originally arrived on campus as an economics and management major, but realizing she didn’t have a passion for that work, Cloutier allowed Al Pheley, the director of Albion’s Institute for Premedical Professions and Health Sciences and Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, to guide her to a biology major that will likely lead to a career in health care. In addition to her major, Cloutier is concentrating in the Ford Institute and playing on the women’s tennis team that captured the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship and competed in the NCAA Division III Championships her first year.

Cloutier took two trips during Albion’s recent break between semesters. The first was a weeklong December journey to Honduras with a group from Global Medical Brigades where she worked in a temporary clinic that saw more than 450 patients in three days. Her second weeklong experience was closer to home as she got an intensive look at revitalization efforts in Detroit along with 19 other Albion students in the Sleight Leadership Program.

Albion Celebrates Constitution Week

An Albion student completes a quiz to determine the Constitution framer she most identifies with.An Albion student completes a "Which Founder Are You?" quiz during Constitution Day festivities in the Kellogg Center living room.The Albion College community paused for a civics lesson Friday afternoon as it celebrated Constitution Week. The week usually begins on Sept. 17 – the day The Constitution of the United States was adopted by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia – but the Albion celebration was moved up a day to avoid interfering with weekend activities.

A short program, led by Martha Bunde, admissions office secretary and State Second Vice Regent, Mary Marshall Chapter Member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, was held on the east side of Robinson Hall as those in attendance read the preamble of The Constitution of the United States. After the reading of the preamble, Eddie Visco, ’04, the associate director of the College’s Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, set up an online game where students could test their knowledge of the constitution and determine which framer they most identify with and served cake.

Students Pursue Diplomacy, Research in Suriname

Katie Kirsch and Claire Kaisler in traditional Surinamese cskirtsKatie Kirsch, '12, Courtney Meyer, '11, and Claire Kaisler, '11, were the first undergraduate interns selected to work for the U.S. embassy in Paramaribo, Suriname's capital. During their ten-week internships, the trio worked with the embassy's political-economic, consular and public diplomacy departments, researching and writing reports, attending conferences, evaluating visa applications, and assisting with events related to the embassy’s priorities of democracy, human rights, and environmental sustainability.

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