Class Agent: Liz Vogel, '04
Where do you live?
Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
Where do you work?
Petitpren Inc. –an Anheuser Busch beer wholesaler
Activities as a student:
Class President, Student Senate, Kappa Delta Sorority, Midnight Runners (Thanks, Dave Friday!), and an assortment of other pastimes including nature center visits. Proud Champion of the 2003 Intramural Coed Canoe Race with Jason Worms, ’02.
Why did you choose Albion?
I sent Albion my ACT scores because it was … well, on the top of the alphabetical list. Before I knew it, I was on a visit to campus and just fell right in love. On December 13, 1999, I received the phone call in my parents’ kitchen that I had been accepted early decision. That’s a date I’ll remember forever.
What is one of your favorite Albion memories?
My favorite memory was meeting Kurt Vonnegut after his speech on campus in the spring of 2002. My friend Stephanie Pendrys, ’04, and I caught up with him at Bobbitt Visual Arts Center with President Mitchell. President Mitchell said to me, “Liz, what is your favorite piece of artwork?” Without hesitation, I pointed to the still life that I had been admiring. Vonnegut looked around the room and said, “That’s my favorite one, too.” And that was it. Later I found out that he was somewhat of an art critic.
How did your experiences at Albion impact your life as an alumna?
My degree from Albion has opened up more doors than I ever could have imagined. I especially appreciate the writing intensive courses from the English and History departments. Writing is such an important part of how we communicate, and I am a better writer because of the professors and friends I had at Albion (a very big thank you to Martha Louks, ’04).
How do you see your role as a Class Agent?
I think this is phenomenal opportunity to reconnect with alumni from the class of 2004 and share with them my continued enthusiasm for our alma mater. I think a Class Agent is that person who triggers those amazing memories…the ones where you forged friendships, defended theses, and became a scholar. I see my role as a chance to rally our class. If each of us give just a little, we can show those other classes that we are the best!
Why do YOU give back to Albion?
I give back to Albion because I firmly believe that one day the “Elizabeth Vogel Center for Awesomeness and Modesty” at Albion College will be a huge draw for admissions. Joking aside, the answer is simple: We need to take care of our alma mater! Our college is great because of giving and caring alumni. It’s not a coincidence that the names of alumni grace just about every building on campus—it’s because they give back and want to see current and future students excel like just as they did.