Albion College Grand Getaway Questionnaire
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!
A Celebration of Albion
A day of sports, food, service and fun describes Albion College's Community Day, set for Saturday, September 13. Events begin in the morning and include the Albion vs. Illinois Wesleyan football game—kickoff is 1 p.m. at Schmidt-Fraser Field.
This year's Community Day is part of an extra-special "Celebrate Albion" weekend. The Inauguration of Dr. Mauri Ditzler as the College's 16th president will be held on Friday, September 12, and Family Weekend activities will take place on September 12-13.
Much more information on all of the events will be announced soon. For more information about Albion College Community Day events, contact Carly Wegner, assistant director of alumni engagement, at 517/629-0768 or e-mail
View photos from Community Day 2013
DAA Winner: David C. Sennema, '56
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.
DAA Winner: Joel K. Manby, '81
A natural: That's an accurate phrase to describe Joel Manby. A brilliant mind and a strong business sense--atop an even stronger foundation of family and faith--have carried him to many successes in life. And more than a decade in a CEO's corner office has done nothing to dull those qualities.
Born and raised in Battle Creek, Manby went on to shine 25 miles to the east at Albion College: class valedictorian; a Rhodes Scholar finalist; Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Nu fraternity; an All-MIAA selection and member of Albion Athletic Hall of Fame teams in football and baseball; and an NCAA Postgraduate Scholar (one of only four in Division III in 1981).
Manby went to work at General Motors, and two years later he was in Harvard's M.B.A. program on a GM scholarship. Upon completion in 1985, he was back at GM, helping to launch the Saturn brand. After seven years with Saturn and a two-year term with GM's International Division, he was promoted to CEO of Saab Automobile USA. After a brief dot-com calling to start the 21st century, he has been on a nearly 10-year ride as president and CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment, the largest family-owned theme park corporation with 10,000 employees and 26 properties in 10 states.
Beyond his career commitments, Manby maintains an unwavering devotion to his family as well as his Christian faith. He serves as board chairman of reThink, a nonprofit dedicated to values education. Other volunteer work includes the Salvation Army's National Advisory Board; he is also a former trustee of Albion College.
In short, Manby is not your everyday boss. Millions saw that for themselves when CBS featured him on an episode of Undercover Boss in spring 2010. While learning the ropes of several customer-service jobs incognito, he got to know several of his employees as well as some of their obstacles in life. By show's end, he was able to make a difference for each of them--something that has always come naturally to Joel Manby.
He and his wife, Marki, are the parents of four daughters: Lauryn, Erin, Jesse, and Anna. They live in Alpharetta, Georgia.