Albion Grieves Loss of Hal Wyss

Hal Wyss
English professor Hal Wyss passed away July 28 after a short illness at the age of 75. During his 35-year tenure (1970-2005) with Albion College's English Department, Wyss also worked as an administrator, serving at different times as the assistant, interim or acting dean of the faculty. He also was named the College's Advisor of the Year and was also a recipient of the Student Senate's Teacher of the Year award.

For Potoczak, '15, an Environmental Blog Becomes a Thesis

Olivia Potoczak, '15
Olivia Potoczak graduated from Albion last month as an English major and a geology minor—and with a passion for writing about environmental issues. Her particular interest in sparking an informed conversation about climate change among Millennials grew into something rather substantial, as her blog, The Climate Pickle, evolved over the course of the academic year into a full-fledged senior thesis.

The Bigger Read: A Powerful Partnership Makes Magic

From left: Tess Haadsma, '15; Madeline Drury, '15; and Diana Gomez, '15, students in English professor Jess Roberts' Practical Persuasion class last fall.
As Albion—the City and the College—awaits word from the National Endowment for the Arts on its Big Read grant application, centered around the classic young-adult fantasy novel A Wizard of Earthsea, an English class’ journey is a tale all its own.

Steavenson, '15, Pursues Paris for Next Chapter

Laura Steavenson, '15
At Albion, Laura Steavenson identifies herself as both an English major and a swimmer. But now, a few weeks removed from her final college swimming season, the senior from Dexter, Michigan, is beginning to write the next chapter in her life. A self-described Francophile, Steavenson hopes that chapter will feature a yearlong master's degree program in Paris Studies through the University of London.


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