At the December 15 Albion City Council meeting, 1988 Albion College graduate Samuel Shaheen, a Saginaw-based surgeon and real estate developer, formally proposed building a 72-room boutique hotel that includes a restaurant and ballroom on 1.25 acres in the heart of downtown. The brownfield plan, projected to cost $9.2 million, was unanimously approved by the City Council and now awaits state review.
While Ebola may be consuming Americans' attention regarding health crises in Africa, Katie Kirsch, '12, is working to solve less dramatic but equally critical needs. Kirsch is one of three twentysomething women who together formed Sisu Global Health, a Grand Rapids-based medical device developer and manufacturer focused on an African market. The company recently received a $250,000 USAID grant to further its operations in Ghana.
Economics and Management professors Vicki Baker and Joy Nakfoor focused on the soon-to-open Albion community Food Hub as a case study for a consulting class this fall. Students worked on ordinances and zoning, determined healthy food availability in Albion, and gauged local restaurant interest in local ingredients, as well as farmers' interest in a year-round market.
Alice LaLone, '16, knew she wanted an agriculture-focused business career. As the first intern for the soon-to-open Albion community Food Hub, LaLone put her experience and interest to the test, helping to develop a new and exciting initiative. In addition, professors Vicki Baker and Joy Nakfoor focused on the Hub as a case study for an economics and management class.