Local philanthropy is a way of life for Bud and Olivia Davis, who believe a strong college and a strong community go hand-in-hand. The longtime friends of Albion College were presented with the Briton Medallion at Commencement in recognition of their enduring support, including the lead gift for the Davis Athletic Complex, which will see construction begin in spring 2016. "We hope Albion will continue to be one of the outstanding liberal arts colleges in the country," Bud says.
"I have to say, we did it!," said senior speaker Bailey Judson, greeting the Class of 2015 on what turned out to be a beautiful Albion College Commencement after a showery start today on Albion College's Quadrangle. The ceremony was actually the second for the Class of 2015; a mini Commencement was held the evening before, May 8, for the seven men’s lacrosse seniors who played in the NCAA Division III tournament in Delaware, Ohio.
Commencement weekend will be especially busy for Religious Studies department chair Jocelyn McWhirter. Not only will she introduce the Commencement speaker, the Rev. Faith Fowler, '81, she will also depart for Poland for the fifth time as part of Albion College's Holocaust Studies Service-Learning Project. She will be part of a group that includes eight Albion students and three faculty and staff colleagues.
The upper Midwest native, who has served as provost and chief academic officer at Goucher College in Maryland since 2007, officially moves into the role of Albion College provost and vice president for academic affairs on July 1. A biologist with a focus on neuroendicrinology, Roy has dedicated his entire career to liberal arts colleges, describing it as "an obligation" so that students "can learn in the best possible ways and have opportunities in their lives to contribute meaningfully to their communities."
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