Mikal McKoy, '16 (2)
Mikal McKoy, ’16, describes Albion as a small school with a big name and even bigger connections. “You could end up in California somewhere and there might only be one person who knows of Albion, but that one person can make a huge difference,” he says.
In terms of his personal hands-on experience, for Mikal it’s all about relationships. He speaks fondly of the Intercultural Affairs office, filled with a staff that helped him get readmitted after taking a semester off. Upon his return, they helped him secure on-campus employment so that he could pay his way through college. “They really made a big impact as far as helping me move forward,” he says.
Mikal also says that he learned how to be a better student because of the relationships he has built with his professors. “Even when office hours aren’t available, they make the time. That connection has always made me feel more welcome.” He recently went on a trip to New Orleans with professors Marcy Sacks and Dominick Quinney to visit the Whitney Plantation. “I took African American History with Marcy Sacks, and she kept in touch with me throughout the years to make sure I was doing ok. She told me this trip was a great opportunity and she really wanted me to go,” he says. He’s not sure whether or not he would have ever had this experience if not for the Albion professors that care about him.
As a receiver on the football team and member of the MIAA championship 4x100 relay team, Mikal still finds time to help others despite his busy athletic schedule. He’s a member of the Black Student Alliance, the Smooth Transitions Mentor Program, and currently has five mentees on the football team. “They remind me a lot of where I was at as a first-year student,” he says. “It’s always really rewarding when I can help someone.”
After completing his degree in psychology at Albion, Mikal hopes to help in the community, attend graduate school and eventually work with youth. He says that his professors and peers have made an invaluable impact on his life, and he hopes to one day do the same for others.
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Protecting of Minors on Campus
Albion College is dedicated to the welfare and safety of all Minors who visit the Albion College campus to participate in Albion College related programs. We are particularly interested in ensuring that staff, whether they be employees or volunteers, for youth oriented programs and activities are sufficiently screened and trained for the role of working with youth.
Employees and volunteers participating in such programs and activities:
- Shall not spend time alone, either on or off campus, with a Minor away from others. If one-on-one interaction is required, meet in open, well lit rooms or spaces with windows observable by other adults from the Program. It is expected that activities where minors are present will involve two or more authorized adults.
- Shall not engage in inappropriate conduct of any kind toward, or in the presence of, a Minor.
- Shall not strike, hit, administer corporal punishment to, or touch in an inappropriate or illegal manner any Minor.
- Shall not engage in the use or be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs during such programs or activities.
- Shall not be under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or legal drugs which may endanger Minors participating in the program or activity.
- Shall not view pornography in front of Minors or make pornography in any form available to Minors participating in programs and activities covered by this policy or assist them in any way in gaining access to pornography.
- Shall not develop inappropriate relationships with individual program participants under the age of 18.
- Shall be alert to the physical and emotional state of all children each time they report for an educational program. Any signs of injury relating to suspected child abuse should be reported to the appropriate authorities.
- Shall report as soon as possible, any suspected incident of sexual violence (see policy).
- Shall not tell children "this is just between the two of us" or use similar language that encourages Minors to keep secrets from their parent/guardians
Mandatory Training on the Prevention and Recognition of Child Abuse
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Criminal Background Checks
Criminal background checks and Sex offender registry checks are required of each employee or volunteer, to be completed and affirmative confirmation is cleared to work prior to his or her interaction or participation in youth oriented programs and activities.
- Regular employees of the College and non-student volunteers must be cleared through a comprehensive background check process administered by the Human Resource Office. There are select circumstances where this standard background check may also be administered for student employees and volunteers.
- Student employees and student volunteers must be cleared through an I-CHAT background check and a sex offender registry check in the individual's home state and the state of Michigan. Complete and return ICHAT_Form.pdf to the Human Resources office in person, by email (scanned)
or by fax to 517-629-0661.
Seasonal employees, including students who are not registered for student employment, working for summer camps will also need to complete appropriate employment forms:
Katie Petchell, '13
Major: Economics and Management, Gerstacker Institute
Current Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Job Title: Tax Staff at Plante Moran
In a nutshell, what do you do, and did Albion prepare you for the job?
After Albion, I spent a year at the University of Michigan where I earned a Masters of Accountancy. While completing my grad program, I accepted a position at a regional accounting firm, Plante Moran, as a tax staff member. I have been at the firm for just over a year now, and my roles include preparing individual, business, trust, and not-for-profit tax returns, along with tax planning for our higher wealth clients. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to assist with firm recruitment and staff training events.
I can honestly say that I would not have gotten to where I am now without all of the wonderful support Albion has provided me. Albion's Gerstacker Institute prepared me for grad school/my career through career planning, resume reviews, mock interviews, and numerous networking events, and I have my taxation professor to thank for pushing me to apply to U of M and for sparking my interest in tax. Additionally, Albion gave me an advantage when it came to studying for and passing the CPA exam. While most of my grad school peers were not eligible to sit for the exam until the spring semester of our program, Albion's curriculum allowed me to start testing right after graduation, giving me a head start that helped me to complete all four parts before I started at Plante Moran.
What did it mean for you to be involved in equestrian activities at Albion?
I grew up loving horses, so it only made sense for me to continue riding through college. I joined the western team my freshman year and had a very successful career as an open/reining rider. Riding provided me a break from classes, while also allowing me to advance as an equestrian. The western team coach, Denise Webber, really took me under her wing and went out of her way to develop my skills. Together, we started many young horses, and she also gave me the chance to ride numerous talented reining horses. I was even able to develop my own custom internship through the Gerstacker Institute where I interned with Denise for a semester. During that I time I helped her to manage her boarding facility, improve her accounting and business systems, and even train an unruly Arabian Gelding who went on to be an endurance horse.
What's your favorite equestrian memory?
I have many fond memories of the western team, including riding in a limo to have dinner at the Big Texan in Amarillo, Texas, while competing at Semi-Finals, driving through the mountains of West Virginia on our way to an invitational meet and almost bouncing Denise off the seat when we hit a dip in the road, riding Peppy, an amazing reining stallion at Nationals in 2012, and many inside jokes that developed between my teammates and I over the four years I spent on the team.
Are you still active in equestrian life?
I still own my horse, Image, and make time to spend with her as much as I can. Together we show on an open circuit during the summer, and we also do some cow work and trail riding when we can. Additionally, I have coached the Pinckney High School and Junior Equestrian teams for the past few years. I also have returned to the college equestrian team world by competing as an alumni rider at the western equestrian meets for the 2015-2016 season. I can't imagine not being involved with horses in one capacity or another. It's important to me because riding is something I'm very passionate about and I enjoy sharing my passion with others. Furthermore, riding helps to keep me balanced when work/life gets hectic or stressful.
How did your Albion experience help you in your career?
Riding for Albion allowed me to practice balancing work and riding, and it also helped me to work on my networking, time management, and organizational skills. The relationships I built with my professors have been invaluable to me as I started my job search and went through my grad program - the individual attention I received at Albion really helped me to figure out where I wanted my career to go and how to get there. Now that I'm at Plante Moran, I'm encouraged to maintain relationships with my professors and fellow Albion grads, so participating in any equestrian events is fun for me and looks good for my career as well.