John Ferris, ’89
2011 Elkin R. Isaac Lecture
Product Planning Manager, Elec. Vehicles & Infrastructure, Energy and Environmental Policy & Commercialization, General Motors Company
“Recharging the Auto Industry: The Story of the Chevrolet Volt”
7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Towsley Lecture Hall/Norris 100
Mr. Ferris has more than 20 years of experience in the automotive industry, including multiyear assignments in corporate finance, corporate strategy, product planning, and advanced vehicle development. He has also traveled and worked overseas in Japan, South Korea, China, and the United Arab Emirates (UAB). Ferris was a member of the Chevrolet Volt Concept Team and was the program planning lead for the Chevy Volt production program. He is currently managing electric infrastructure development and home charging installation for the Volt and future General Motors Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) programs. Ferris started his GM career at Saturn Corp. and has an MBA from the University of Chicago. In 1994, he was selected as one of eight MBA students nationally to participate in the 1994 Business Fellowships in Japan Program.
About the Elkin R. Isaac Endowment.
Victoria Slater, '14
Major: Economics and Management (graduated December 2013)
Activities: Intern, Level One Bank, loan and deposit operations; study-abroad, London School of Economics, 2012-2013 academic year
Current: Candidate, MSc, Economic History, London School of Economics (2014-2015)
How did Albion help you pursue your path to London?
Albion has a very strong relationship with several study-abroad programs, one of which is LSE. I was able to study at LSE for one year during undergrad because of these ties that gave me an advantage in applying to postgraduate programs. The Economics and Management Department really prepared me with challenging courses and amazing professors who were always available to help with course work and general advice. I was able to learn study and organizational skills from them that will make grad school a lot easier.
For me, Albion ...
... has been a crucial part of my overall education, allowing me to be a competitive candidate for grad school and future jobs. Albion has offered so many opportunities that I would not have gotten from a larger school or a school without so many important ties to other universities and alumni.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Like everything, college is what you make of it. It is entirely possible to be successful in college and have a great time in the process.
Mentoring and Success at Albion College
Who is an Albion Mentor?
Albion Mentors are Albion alumni, friends, and parents who have successfully navigated college and careers. They enjoy the personal satisfaction of contributing to a student’s growth and the challenge of relating to today’s Albion students. Mentors play a variety of roles, from offering basic advice about a job search to sharing critical insights on career readiness. Combined with assistance from the Career and Internship Center, mentoring can create a powerful environment for student success.
Mentor/Student Relationships: Expectations and Guidelines
The Albion College mentoring program uses the strengths of the Linkedin network, Albion alumni, and supporters. The Albion Mentoring Linkedin group is a subgroup of the Albion College Official Linkedin group. You will need to be granted permission to be a part of the Mentoring group and will be expected to adhere to strong ethical standards to participate.
Topics that may be covered within a mentoring relationship may be as simple as questions about how to communicate a skill in a resume. Students and mentors may form longer term mentoring relationships that cover choice of career, success in college, and success after college.
Getting Matched with a Mentor
The matching process will materialize in one of a few ways: the public arena of the Linkedin group or through a student reaching out to a specific mentor that is a member of the group. Public postings allow the Career and Internship Center, Alumni, and Parent Leadership offices to monitor and facilitate matches.
Steps for Connecting with a Mentor
- Make sure your Linkedin profile is up to date and professional.
- Join the Albion College Official Group on Linkedin.
- Request to join the Albion College Mentoring Group within the Albion College Official Group (located by clicking on the More tab and then Subgroups).
- Post questions or topics where you would like assistance to the group. This could be a request to be contacted by a mentor or a question for the group. Your posts may look something like the following examples:
- “I am a junior majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in Art. I would like to connect with someone with a similar background to help me explore career options.”
- “I am a sophomore majoring in Philosophy and I have not yet chosen a minor. I would like to ask the group their thoughts on this topic.”
- “I am looking for a mentoring relationship as I prepare for my junior year with aspirations of going to law school.”
- “I live in the Detroit area, and I would like to work in marketing after I graduate. Is there someone in the group that I could meet with while I am home during Thanksgiving Break?”
- Make sure that you always follow-up with mentor communications.
- When appropriate, foster a longer-term relationship by providing updates once per semester to mentors.
Mentors are not official representatives of Albion College. Make sure to exercise care and be an educated consumer of information.
Terminating the Mentor/Mentee Relationship
There is no formal process to terminate the mentoring relationship. At any time, either the mentor or the student can indicate that contact is no longer necessary. Both the mentor and the student is expected to respect the wishes of the party requesting termination.
2014 Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote Address
“A Brighter Light at the End of the Tunnel: The Optimistic Future of Energy and Environment”
April 24, 2014
7 p.m., Goodrich Chapel
Teacher, researcher and author Richard Alley is Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences and associate of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at The Pennsylvania State University. Alley has spent 14 field seasons on great ice sheets in Antarctica, Greenland and Alaska, gathering data on climate and sea-level change. His development of future climate-change models earned him a seat on the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
Alley is past chair of the National Research Council's Panel on Abrupt Climate Change, and has provided climate-change information to top federal officials including a U.S. vice president and members and committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Committed to educating the general public as well, Alley was presenter for the PBS program Earth: The Operators' Manual. He wrote a companion book for the PBS series and a popular account of climate change and ice cores, The Two-Mile Time Machine, which was named Phi Beta Kappa's Science Book of the Year in 2001.
Alley is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has earned numerous research awards, including the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, the Heinz Prize, the Revelle Medal of the American Geophysical Union and the Seligman Crystal of the International Glaciological Society. He has won four teaching awards at Penn State, and his public service has been recognized with the American Association for the Advancement of Science Public Engagement with Science Award, the Public Service Award of the Geological Society of America and the American Geological Institute Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Understanding of the Geosciences.
Alley will receive the National Academy of Sciences' triennial Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship on April 27, 2014.