I have always believed that knowledge of history is essential for compassionate and effective engagement in the world. My recent teaching and scholarship on the Holocaust has opened up my—our—work with students, from the lecture hall and the seminar room to an overgrown Jewish cemetery in Wrocław, Poland. Building a community of memory in Wrocław and Albion has been a labor of learning that teaches the lesson of how knowledge can help repair the world.
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Meet Niko Kanagawa
Assistant Director of Admission
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Education: B.A., Germanistik & International Studies, Albion College, 2004
Hometown: Rochester Hills, Mich.; Rochester Adams High School
Hobbies/Fun Facts: I spent two years in Heidelberg, Germany as a Fulbright Grantee. While I was there I taught ESL at a gymnasium (university prep) and studied at one of Europe's oldest universities. I also researched extracurricular involvement and its importance in students' lives prior to university. I also lived in Chicago for two years, working primarily in renewable technologies like wind and solar power. People would describe me as a big kid, as I'm a huge Transformers geek, love playing/watching sports (especially soccer), and collecting random trivia.
What Makes Albion College Special to You? It's hard to narrow it down to just one thing, but it would definitely be the people! Albion College oozes personality, with faculty, staff, and a student population that form one of the greatest college communities out there!
Favorite Albion Moments: There are so many to choose from. Late nights as a student manager in the KC were a blast but my work as a student mentor is one of the things I'll treasure most about my time at Albion. It has allowed me to 'pay it forward' to future generations of Britons! Now I get to do this on a much larger scale in Illinois and my other out-of-state territories.
Best College Search Tip: Try to approach your search "cost blind." Look for the important elements like majors, special programs, outcomes, and fit. My best piece of advice is to visit and give the institution a test drive.
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Meet Nic Clements
Associate Director of
Education: B.A., History, Albion College, 2006
Hometown: Eastpointe, Mich.; East Detroit High School
Hobbies/Fun Facts: I'm an avid sports fan, especially rooting for the Detroit Tigers. My favorite place to take a vacation is Comerica Park. I'm very close to my family and spend as much time as possible with my parents, grandparents, sibling, aunts, uncles and cousins. I love coffee and you can find me often listening to music, especially John Mayer.
What makes Albion College special to you? Albion is a family and a community. The faculty and staff get involved beyond their job descriptions. It isn't uncommon to see your professors at sporting events, musical concerts, plays and involved behind the scenes. Many faculty and staff are involved as advisors to student organizations.
Favorite Albion Moments: Participating in the 2005 Holocaust Studies Program Service-Learning Project in Poland, living in the Cass St. House, participating in Union Board, the incredible personal attention I received from the History and Political Science faculty, making lifelong friends, traveling to New Orleans for a week of relief work six months after Hurricane Katrina, working with an amazing staff of co-workers and friends at the Bonta Admission Center.
Best College Search Tip: When you find the right college, you should have a feeling that you know the place feels like a home away from home. Remember that you will be choosing a college, a home and a community. Each college has a culture—make sure that you enjoy it and feel comfortable in it. While searching for a college, spend time with people beyond the admission office. Get to know current students, faculty, program directors, and athletic coaches. These are the people that will help shape your experience for the next four years. When you are visiting colleges, know that if you can imagine yourself being one of the students you meet during your visit, then it is probably the right school for you.
Allison Moore Beers, '01
Specializing in memorable moments
Graduate Certificate, Event Management, George Washington University School of Business
Owner/President, Events North, Traverse City, Michigan
While at Albion I was encouraged to look into an internship to bring the knowledge that I learned in the classroom to real work experience. When I took my first summer internship in Chicago, I thought I wanted a career in public relations. I quickly realized that I enjoyed the events that we planned more than the media relations work. For my second summer internship, I looked for an event planning agency and fell in love with the industry. This experience helped narrow my career path so that when I left college I knew the exact job I wanted to find.