2012 Distinguished Albion Scholars Program
Congratulations on your decision to compete in the 2012 Distinguished Albion Scholars Program! Always one of the most exciting days of the year on our campus, this program is designed specifically for students like you.
Below, you will find all of the materials and technology information you will need as you prepare for your presentation on Feb. 25. Should you have additional questions or concerns, please contact your admission counselor directly. He or she can be reached by phone at 800/858-6770.
Supplementary Materials for 2012 Distinguished Albion Scholars Program Competitors
"Brownies" (an excerpt) from Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer
"Vermeer in Bosnia" (an essay) from Vermeer in Bosnia by Lawrence Weschler
"The Orchid Children" (an article) from The Atlantic by David Dobbs
"It's a Hard-Knock Butterfly's Life: On a lady butterfly and the intelligent species (and climate change)" (an article) by Jim Hansen
Category: Portfolio Review
Participation in DASP will fulfill the interview requirement for the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program. Students will still have to complete the Program application before a decision on admission to the Program can be rendered.
A candidate’s grade point average and test scores are not a final consideration since nearly every student invited to participate in the Distinguished Albion Scholars Program sports a sparkling grade point average and ranks in the top 5 percent of all standardized test takers. Last year the average GPA of participants was 3.95 and the average ACT composite score was 31.
Albion College offers a wide variety of technological equipment to competitors, and in the past 10 years we have not had a request we could not address in terms of equipment needs. The most popular technology needs include laptops and projectors to show PowerPoint presentations. Students are encouraged to bring these along with them on flash drive or CD (and make sure you have a file backup available as well).
Mac users, plan to bring your own computer or power cable if needed (be sure to indicate this in the appropriate section of the Presentation Plan).
Technology failures have been extremely rare, but have occurred. As such, you should have copies of your slides as a backup. The judges are instructed to base their evaluations on your substance, not your style, so a technology failure will not be held against you.
Please also note that not using technology will not be held against you either. Low-tech materials available to you include white (dry erase) boards, easels, and podiums.
On Friday, February 24, following the buffet and academic reception, there will be several activities available for your enjoyment beginning at 8 p.m. These activities will include:
Use of the Dow Recreation complex, including the fieldhouse, weight room, and exercise room
Stargazing from one of our observatories (weather permitting)
Night hike at Whitehouse Nature Center
Music and bingo in the Kellogg Center's Gerstacker Commons (the Stack)
Additional questions? Call 800/858-6770.