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Albion College offers four-year tuition, room and board to as many as 10 first-year students who are Albion residents and attended Albion Public Schools in grades 6-8. Learn about the Build Albion Fellows Program
President Ditzler talks about the initiative on WBCK-FM
Reopening the Bohm: Read about a landmark internship for Andrea Walles, '15
Albion College's Sister City efforts earn a national award
Watch an expert panel discuss "Albion Tomorrow"
Listen to the Town & Gown podcast series
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Albion College is calling YOU!
The last Albion College Directory was printed in 2007. Our new 2012 directory project is under way! Over the next couple of months, Publishing Concepts, Inc. (PCI) will be contacting alumni like you via mail, phone, and e-mail to request that you update your information.
We understand that you might not want to provide your information to just anyone, so we want you to know that their request for your information is legitimate. Any information you provide will only be shared with Albion College.
2012 Alumni Directory Project Frequently Asked Questions
I just received a postcard and/or email. Is this legitimate or a scam?
Why do I need to update my information?
The 2012 Directory will be a permanent record for Albion College, indicating who attended the College and where alumni are in the world as of 2012. This is a great time to ensure your information is correct and up to date.
What information will I be asked to provide when I call to update my information?
Why can I only update my information by calling a telephone number and speaking with a telemarketer?
Can I update my information without making a purchase?
What are my options for purchasing a 2012 Albion College Alumni Directory from PCI?
Why is Albion using an outside contractor to complete this project?
When will the 2012 Alumni Directory be complete?
Is there an environmentally friendly version of the Alumni Directory?
Can I choose what information is listed in the directory?
If you wish not to have certain information printed in the Directory, you may choose to have specific details omitted.
If I purchase a directory, how much of that purchase goes to Albion College?
Who at Albion should I contact if I have additional questions?
Who is PCI?
PCI's products help colleges and universities update alumni information for the purpose of encouraging alumni engagement. PCI partners with 17 of the top 25 universities as rated by US News and World Report, including Princeton, Harvard, and Georgetown.
Albion College's 2011 Grand Getaway at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island was a fall weekend to remember for alumni and friends of the College.
Please take a few moments to share your thoughts in a brief questionnaire about the Grand Getaway and future travel opportunities with Albion College. Thank you!
Grand Rapids native David Sennema came to Albion nearly 60 years ago with a gifted singing voice and an eagerness to participate. Naturally, he joined the College choir and sang in the Sigma Nu fraternity's quartet. He graduated from the College with a deep appreciation for the arts and an amazing capacity not only to achieve, but to create.
Drafted into the Army one year after graduation and stationed in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, he concluded that the Palmetto State was the place he would eventually make his mark. In 1964 he became the first full-time executive director of the Columbia Music Festival Association, where he helped to start the South Carolina Philharmonic. And the hits kept coming: in 1967, the first executive director of the South Carolina Arts Commission; in 1970, a move to the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C., to help lead state arts grants; in 1973, a stop in Springfield, Illinois, to create a master's program in arts administration at Sangamon State University.
He saved arguably his best success for his return to South Carolina, in 1976, when he became director of the state's Museum Commission. There was one thing missing, however: a museum. Starting with a staff of four and virtually no collections, let alone a building, Sennema, over more than a decade of effort, led the way in creating a state museum of history, natural history, and science and technology, as well as art. The South Carolina State Museum opened in 1988 in a historic mill building in downtown Columbia.
In the 1980s, Sennema launched his own arts management consulting firm. Now retired, he has put his magical voice to paper as well--to date, he has written 25 short stories and a one-act play.
Twenty-five years ago, South Carolina awarded its highest citizen honor, the Order of the Palmetto, to David Sennema. It's wholly appropriate that Albion College act similarly through this Distinguished Alumni Award.
In 2006, Sennema received the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award. Presented by the South Carolina legislature, the award honors a South Carolinian who has demonstrated exceptional achievement and statewide impact through his leadership, support, and advancement of the arts.
David and his wife, Martha, live in Columbia, South Carolina, and are the parents of son Daniel and daughters Julia and Alice.