Saturday, September 17, 2016
Bring the family back to campus to visit your student, hear from President Mauri Ditzler, meet other Albion parents and join the Festival of the Forks downtown event! There is a lot to see on campus, especially with all of our exciting construction projects. Your student is a part of our College community, so come and learn more about it!
Registeration was closed at Midnight on Monday, September 12. If you would like to register for lunch please contact the Office of College Events by phone 517/629-0448 or by email .
Schedule of Events
8:45 - 9:30 a.m.
Coffee with Mauri
Location: Living room, Kellogg Center
Mix and mingle with other Albion Parents while making connections over light breakfast and coffee. Hear about the exciting things happening at Albion College from President Mauri Ditzler.
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Registration and Information Tent
Location: Registration Tent, Campus Quadrangle
If you pre-registered, stop here to pick up your complimentary lunch ticket(s) and more information about the day.
Parade and Festival of the Forks
Location: Downtown Albion
Meet in the Kellogg Center Living Room by 9:30 am, to walk with President Ditzler to the parade downtown.
11:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Family Picnic and Activities
Location: The Big Brit Tent, Campus Quadrangle
Enjoy a picnic style lunch with your student along with a variety of family activities, including bouce houses, corn hole games, and group photos.
12:30-1:30 p.m. Family Photo by the Rock
Location: Family Photo by the Rock
Have a unique Albion College family photo with your student in front of the Rock.Photos will be printed on the spot to the first 200 families.
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Liberal Arts Experience
Location: Vulgamore Hall
(Previously list as Mock Classes.)
Get a hands-on experience from our talented professors by rotating through the classes below. These classes will repeat every 20 minutes for four sessions.
- The Non-Sequitur: A Cursory Introduction to Logic
Jeremy Kirby, Associate Professor of Philosophy
- Risk, Hazards and Natural Disasters
Beth Lincoln, Professor of Geology
- Grip Strength and Electromyogram Activity
Brad Rabquer, Associate Professor of Biology and Co-Director of the Institute for Healthcare Professions
- Math and Art of M.C.Escher
David Reimann, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
For more on Family Day activities, please contact the office of College Events, at 517/629-0448 or .
Festival of the Forks, Downtown Albion
Family Day has been planned in conjunction with the City of Albion's annual Festival of the Folks, a two-day, non-stop festival of food, fun, shopping, and music in downtown Albion, Michigan. In addition to wonderful food choices, live music, guided tours of the renovations at the historic Bohm Theatre and the annual book sale, enjoy the following activities throughout the weekend.
|Friday, September 16, 2016; 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.|
|5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
||Food & Vendors
|5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
||Cruise In Car Show
|7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
||Friends of Albion's Animals Pet Show
|7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
||Genesis Terrell's Gospel Revue
|Saturday, September 17, 2016; 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.|
|10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
|10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
||Food & Vendors
|11:00 - 4:00 a.m.
||Kids Barnyard Bonanza
|11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Call 517/629-5533 or go to www.festivaloftheforks.org for more information and a full schedule of events.
Meet Kevin Kline
Where do you call home?
Royal Oak, Michigan, although I grew up in Saginaw and spent 10 years in Chicago.
What did you study?
While I majored in Political Science and Economics (and also took a lot of History courses), what I really learned was how to think critically and how to learn from everyone – fellow students, professors and other members of the college community.
Activities as a student:
- Student Senate
- Gerald R. Ford Institute
- Tutored Writing for the Student Learning Center
- General College Life
Why did you choose Albion?
I don’t really have a good answer to this question. I was the first in my family to go to college, so there was no one in my family to provide guidance on a college choice. I grew up Methodist, saw a flier at church for Albion, visited campus my Junior year of High School, loved the campus and enjoyed the people I met. It just felt like the perfect fit. When I was accepted, I immediately responded. In fact, Albion was the only college or university I applied to. I did not know that you were supposed to apply to more than one school for “backup” purposes.
What is one of your favorite Albion memories?
As odd as it may sound, it was a History class, English Constitutional History (390). We met once a week for 4 hours, from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm (plus the walk there and back), in Julian Rammelcamp’s living room. There were only 6 students in the class and two of the other students were my best friends. I remember drinking coffee and tea, eating Mrs. Rammelcamp’s cookies and talking in depth about the theories and values behind the law, civil society and constitutional principles. That seminar represented everything that is special about an Albion education, personal relationships with professors and their families, being with close friends, learning from peers and applying knowledge and critical thought to real life and societal issues (not just learning information).
What have you been up to since you left Albion?
After Albion, I wen t to Law School, married my wife (Karen Pugh Kline – 83) and signed on with a law firm in Chicago. Karen and I soon joined the First Presbyterian Church of Evanston and became Senior High youth leaders for the next ten years. We also had three children while living in the Chicago area. After about 10 years, we decided to move back to Michigan to be closer to both of our families. I also took the move as an opportunity to move from a law firm to the Legal Department at the National Bank of Detroit. After NBD went through two mergers in five years, I decided to move to a more “stable” company and took a position with the Legal Department at Chrysler Financial. Of course stability is a relative term as I have helped steer Chrysler Financial through an integration with Mercedes-Benz Credit, a spin-off from Daimler, its acquisition by a Wall street investment banking firm, the Chrysler Bankruptcy and the sale of Chrysler Financial to The Toronto-Dominion Bank (we are now called TD Auto Finance). Never a dull moment professionally. In the meantime, Karen and I have continued with Senior High youth work. I also have become very involved in Scouting, camping once a month. We have raised three wonderful young adults and have loved every minute (well almost every minute) of everything.
How have you remained connected to Albion?
At first, it was just through financial contributions, friends and returning to campus for a few homecoming weekends. Then our kids got to college age and two of the three chose to attend Albion (Jeff Kline - 2010 and Dan Kline - 2015). This ramped up involvement as parents brought us back to the Albion community and all that it represents. Our involvement expanded as we felt welcomed back into the Albion family, including my involvement with the Alumni Board, Karen’s involvement with the Parent Leadership Counsel and as a volunteer for the Admissions Office and the both of us attending various Detroit Alumni Chapter events.
How do you believe Albion alumni can effect change at their alma mater?
The way to start is simply to care about Albion and what is going on. That caring will lead to a level of involvement that meets both your skill set and amount of time (often limited) that you have to offer. Financial contributions are key because they keep Albion strong and affordable for all students. Admissions is another area that Alumni can have a great impact. Albion is all about its students and we are the face of Albion to our communities and the youth in those communities. Wear your Albion swag proudly. Talk up the College with your friends and acquaintances. Look for students who you know would thrive at Albion and refer them to the Admissions Office through the new Alumni and Parent Referral Program that offers accepted students a $1,000 a year scholarship in your name. More opportunities are always available as each of us reaches a stage where we can and want to do more. If you are at that place, just ask around.
Most importantly, always remember that Albion is a long series of success stories (including each and every one of us Alumni). Be proud of that fact and your continuing connection to Albion and let others know about that connection.