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Fall Photo Contest

Albion College Fall Photo Contest 

Every season is great, but autumn is a special time of year at Albion College: the warm sweaters, the chill in the air, the changing colors. We want your help capturing the fall spirit with a photo contest. Show us your creativity, and you could win a prize package -- as well as recognition on Albion College's website and social media accounts!

So for this October, grab your phone or camera and capture the best autumn scene at Albion!

Rules for Entry

  • Each photo submission will be judged on capturing the spirit of autumn at Albion College. 
  • Photo submissions only accepted from current Albion students.
  • Photos must be taken on campus: the Quad, Whitehouse Nature Center, Wesley Hall, athletic games, etc.
  • Be sure to include a caption, with location and people (as best you can) in the photo.
  • Steer clear of nudity, alcohol, or illegal or lewd activities in your photos.
  • Photos must be taken in the month of October 2015. All photos are due by October 31. 
  • No limit on entries, but do try to make them unique -- don't post 10 pictures of the same scene, etc.


There will be two award winners -- Grand Prize and Runner Up. 

Grand Prizes:

  1. Your photo appears on the homepage of albion.edu and on the back cover of Io Triumphe! magazine
  2. A swag package of Albion gear, included a mug, sweater, and more!
  3. Announcement on Albion's social media accounts
  4. A package of Pumpkin Spice Oreo cookies

Runner Up Prizes:

  1. Announcement on Albion's social media accounts
  2. A package of Pumpkin Spice Oreo cookies

The Grand Prize winner will be announced Friday, Nov. 6, on the College's Facebook Page, Instagram account, and Twitter account.

Submitting a Photo

Submit your photos in the following ways:

  1. Emailing your photo to
  2. Tweeting or Instagramming your photo using the hashtag #heyalbion
  3. Posting your photo on the College's Facebook wall.

By submitting a photo for the contest, you agree that:

  • Your photo can be used by the Albion College marketing department in social media, on the albion.edu website, and in any printed pieces developed by the College.
  • Your photo can be repurposed on other social media platforms, including Pinterest, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Google+.
  • Submitting a photo does not guarantee a prize, or any compensation, by the College.

Okay with all that? Then submit your photo today!

Webinar: Career Success Strategies

David Ross, '07

An Old Cliché: The Harder You Work, the Luckier You’ll Get

Albion College's Office of Alumni Engagement and Career and Internship Center hosted a free webinar on career success strategies on Thursday, August 13 from noon to 1 p.m. (ET).

David Ross, ’07 (right), offered a unique look at early career success strategies in this free webinar for Albion College students and alumni.

From Sales Manager at Mitsubishi to Business Development Manager at American Express, David Ross shows how grit and determination will help in your early career. In this webinar, you will learn:

  • Strategies to be successful in the beginning of a career
  • The role that grit and determination play in your job
  • How to increase awareness of the little details that can get a professional recognized

"I truly believe that my willingness to outwork those around me while thinking outside the box, a skill set that was instilled in me while at Albion, has ultimately resulted in continued career success despite significant obstacles," says Ross.

If you have questions about this webinar or other Career and Internship Center offerings, please contact the Center at 517/629-0332 or .

Cucinella, '01, Improves Children's Lives at Cambodian NGO

Nick Cucinella, in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Nick Cucinella spearheaded a drive that netted some 60 secondhand laptops for a nongovernmental organization serving children in Cambodia. "Most of these children have never been inside a car, let alone used a computer. The way to bridge the skills gap and prepare our students for meaningful employment is to empower them with technology," explains Cucinella, who is volunteering on-site in Siem Reap. "Teaching someone to fish allows them to survive; teaching a student to write code will allow her to thrive."

FURSCA Feature: Sarah McDaniel, '16

Sarah McDaniel, '16, working on her musical arrangement with Prof. James Ball.
Sarah McDaniel, '16, working on her musical arrangement with Prof. James Ball.

Your Major:

Music and anthropology/sociology.

Your Adviser:

James Ball

Briefly explain your FURSCA project.

For my project, I am arranging jazz music for small ensembles. I'm taking already existing tunes (for example, "At the End of the Day" from Les Misérables) and I'm creating new versions of them, kind of like covering a song. In order to do this, I've been reading extensively about arranging and listening to music analytically. I use the music notation software Finale to create scores and parts for my arrangements).

What have you learned so far in doing your research?

I've learned a lot about harmony, melody, form and various other essential aspects of music that are involved in the arranging process. I've really deepened my understanding and appreciation of jazz and music theory as well.

Why did you pick this particular project?

I've always wanted to try arranging as a way of utilizing my music theory knowledge in a different and more intensive way than I have before. This project gives me the perfect chance to really delve into arranging as a form of creative musical expression.

How will this FURSCA project help you after Albion?

My project is helping me to become a better, more experienced and versatile musician, which will help me greatly after Albion. It's also helping me to further develop my self-discipline and creativity, which will help me throughout my life.

What's next for your project?

In the last weeks of FURSCA, I'm finishing up my last few arrangements. Hopefully, in the upcoming year(s), the Albion College Jazz Ensemble will find an opportunity to play some of my arrangements.

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