Aaron Croad, '12
Residence: Novi, Michigan
Career: Consulting - Data Analytics, Ernst & Young
In a nutshell, what do you do?
I work as a data analytics consultant at Ernst & Young. In general, I am brought in on projects to assist in analyzing big data to determine real-world applicability to our clients. We do this mainly by using tools such as Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Access, and Tableau (to name a few) to load, store, and transform data into something meaningful. A few specific projects I have dealt with concern identifying duplicate payments made by the client, creating models to determine likeliness of committing fraud, and creating a database in Microsoft Access to aid in a client's billing process.
Why do you love what you do?
Ernst & Young is such a big company that there is quite a bit of variety in my line of work. There are employees who have worked there for their entire careers and say that they always have something new and exciting to work on and learn from. So far, everything I have done has been new, and consequently, I haven't stopped learning after graduating from Albion. Being able to have variety and a continued education (in any sense) in my line of work was the two things I valued most in a job coming out of college, and Ernst & Young provides both for me.
How did Albion help you get there?
I had a very well rounded education at Albion. Academically, my major in Math-Econ gave me the knowledge to learn quickly and efficiently the world of data analytics. By getting a minor with the Gerstacker Institute, I was able to see the incredible value of data in the context of the business world. The other classes that filled up my course load and met the requirements for a liberal arts degree gave me the confidence to approach new challenges with vigor, the perspective to always look outside the box, and the ability to relate and communicate effectively with clients and colleagues.
Through my connections with Gerstacker and the Econ Department, I was able to obtain, and excel at, internships with Humanergy (a management consulting company in Marshall, Mich.) and Ernst & Young.
The connections at Albion allowed me to get my foot in the door in the working world. My education (and what I did with it) did the rest!
For me, Albion ...
... helped me discover my potential, introduced me to lifelong friends, prepared me for life after college, and will always be my home away from home.
Phi Beta Kappa
Founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest honor society, with chapters at 249 of the foremost institutions of higher education across the country. One cannot "apply" for membership. Almost all members are elected by the chapters from candidates for degrees in liberal arts and sciences, usually from the top 10% of the graduating class.
President: Ian MacInnes, professor, English
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, was founded in 1866 as an honor society for scientists and engineers. The Albion chapter, started in 1959, includes faculty and students who are involved in scientific research. Students who have done research at Albion or in an approved off-campus program who anticipate a career in science are eligible for nomination as associate members.
Advisor: Darren Mason, Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science
Mortar Board is a national honor society of college seniors recognized for their superior scholarship, outstanding and continual leadership, and dedicated service to the college community, most specifically, in the area of literacy promotion. Membership promotes and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community. Prospective members identified as exemplifying the motto "Scholars...Chosen for Leadership...United to Serve" are invited to apply during the spring semester of their junior year.
Advisor: Mareike Wieth, Associate Professor, Psychological Science
Omicron Delta Kappa
The purpose of Omicron Delta Epsilon shall be to recognize scholastic attainment, honor outstanding achievements in economics, and to promote scholarly research and interaction among students and faculty working in the field of economics.
Advisor: Pam Schuler, Interim Service and Leadership Coordinator, Campus Programs and Organizations
Alpha Lambda Delta
Alpha Lambda Delta encourages superior academic achievement among students in their first year, promotes intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning. It assists women and men in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their roles in society. Alpha Lambda Delta provides a unique opportunity to take initiative and show leadership among some of the brightest students on campus.
Advisor: Drew Dunham, Registrar
Chi Alpha Sigma
Chi Alpha Sigma is a nonprofit organization established to recognize college student athletes who earn a varsity letter in at least one sport while maintaining a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA throughout their junior and senior years. Its purpose: “To encourage and reward high academic scholarship of collge athletes at four-year accredited colleges and universities. To recognize outstanding academic achievement by intercollegiate varsity letter winners. To encourage good citizenship, moral character, and friendship among the high academic achievers in college athletics. To recognize and honor the individual athlete, his/her team, sport, athletic department, and college or university. To mentor and provide leadership to other athletes.”
Advisor: Mike VanHouten, Co-Director, Stockwell-Mudd Libraries
First-Year Seminars Registration
Patrick A. McLean, Director
B.A., 1985, University of Dayton
M.A., 1987, Miami University (Ohio)
Office: 201B Robinson Hall
Eddie Visco, Associate Director
B.A., 2004, Albion College;
M.Ed., 2006, Chestnut Hill College
Office: 201A Robinson Hall
Amy Everhart, Coordinator
B.A., 2008, Albion College
Office: 201A Robinson Hall
Advisory Committee Members and Affiliated Faculty
Jon Hooks, Chair and Professor, Department of Economics and Management
B.S., 1984, Cameron University; M.A., 1985, University of Texas, Dallas; PhD, 1989, Michigan State University
Bindu Madhok, Chair and John W. Porter Endowed Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy
B.A., 1983, University of Calcutta; Ph.D., 1990, Brown University
William Rose, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
B.A., 1981, & J.D., 1987, University of Toledo; Ph.D., 1999, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Gregory Saltzman, Professor, Economics and Management
S.B., S.M., 1976, MIT; Ph.D., 1982, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Kyle Shanton, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Education
B.A., 1985 University of Iowa; M.A., 1990; Ph.D., 1998, University of Arizona
Douglas White, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
B.S., 1976, Pennsylvania State University; M.S., 1978, University of Tennessee; Ph.D., 1989, Rutgers University