FERPA: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Faculty, Staff Celebrate Wellness, Weight Loss with Dedicated Facility
Albion College faculty and staff are celebrating the loss of inches and pounds as well as newfound energy and focus as the campus community has embraced wellness at a campus location developed solely for them. Under the direction of Director of Campus Wellness Tom Johnson, the Depot is frequented by 20 faculty and staff members who take part in a wide variety of physical activity.
Thanks to some creative members of our incoming Class of 2017 (starting with Nick Viazanko's dog, Beau, at right), Albion is hosting a pet photo contest on Albion College's Facebook Page.
Take a photo of your pet wearing Albion College gear, and share it with us. We'll collect the photos into one Facebook photo gallery, and the photo with the highest number of "Likes" gets featured as our page profile photo for one week!
Submit your photos from July 26-31, 2013, to enter into the contest. Judging (or "Liking") will take place from August 1-4.
Take a photo of your pet (any animal) wearing Albion College-related gear. Hats, shirts, glasses - as long as it's clearly Albion gear (and not just purple and gold), it counts.
Submit your photos from July 26 to July 31, 2013. All photos must be submitted by midnight July 31. We will then post all the photos in a Facebook photo gallery for "Liking." Voting will take place from August 1 until midnight August 4, 2013.
The photo receiving the most "Likes" in our Facebook photo gallery will be the winner. Send your friends, family, and other pets to vote in the official photo gallery through August 4.
On August 5, 2013, Albion College will announce the winner and make the winning photo the College's Facebook Page profile picture for one week.
I wrote a historical fiction novella about an author in the First World War. The story follows an unnamed Second Lieutenant who struggles to relate to his men. The narrative switches between his actual experiences and a fantasy story that he is writing for his sister to explain life in the trenches.
What have you learned so far in doing your research?
I learned that I need to plan my writing carefully so that my work is built around a plot (a chain of causes and effects) and not a just a story (a series of events); at the same time, I do need to be willing to let the story take unexpected twists. I also learned how to incorporate historical data into a story without making the narrative sound like a factual essay.
Why did you pick this particular project?
I love writing and I would like to be a author professionally, so I wanted to have a chance to focus on developing my writing style, ability to create a plot, and skill at working historical data into a narrative.
I chose the setting and plot for the story because I am fascinated by the ways in which humans use fantasy to understand their world; the fact that J. R. R. Tolkien--one of my literary heroes--created the world of Middle Earth in the trenches of the First World War gave me a setting in which to examine this relationship between reality and fantasy.
How will this FURSCA project help you after Albion?
The opportunity to focus exclusively on developing my writing style will be invaluable both in my career as an author and whenever I need to express ideas and opinions in writing. The ability to write within a tight time schedule (nine weeks seems exceptionally short when you need to research, plan, and write a 98 page story) will help me to continue to write through vet school and as a working veterinarian.
What's next for your project?
I need to do another round of editing on the story (there won't be any major changes, but I need to do more to foreshadow and justify parts of the ending), then I will send it to a group of pre-readers. Once I have worked in their critiques, I will work on getting the novella published. I will do an Elkin Issac Symposium presentation.
Looking back, how has the project worked out?
The project went much more smoothly than I had expected. Because I put so much work into research and plot development at the start of the summer, I was able to finish the 98 page story on schedule. While the work was often difficult, and occasionally frustrating, it was never boring for a moment! I loved focusing on my writing (which is a rare opportunity for a Pre-Vet student and equestrian) and receiving expert feedback on my work; even though completing the story required a lot of extremely hard work, I enjoyed every bit of this project.
Booth Walling Weighs In on Syria Debate in Detroit Free Press
Carrie Booth Walling, assistant professor of political science, authored an op-ed piece in the Sept. 10 Detroit Free Press in advance of President Obama's evening address to the nation regarding the situation in Syria. She also provided her analysis on two area TV news programs—on WWMT (channel 3, Kalamazoo) and WLNS (channel 6, Lansing)—before and after the president spoke.