Albion Named to President's Community Service Honor Roll
ALBION, Mich. – Albion College and nine
other Michigan Campus Compact member institutions were honored on
October 17 as part of President George W. Bush’s Higher Education
Community Service Honor Roll.
The honor roll responds to President Bush’s call to service by
building on and supporting the civic engagement mission of our
nation’s colleges and universities, according to the This new
recognition program is designed to increase public awareness of the
contributions that college students are making within their local
communities and across the country through volunteer service.
“Albion College is pleased and proud to be recognized on the
President’s Community Service Honor Roll,” said Albion College
President Peter Mitchell. “Civic engagement and community service
are at the core of the liberal arts tradition and central to
Albion’s mission to equip our students for lives of meaning and
purpose. I am encouraged about the future of our nation and world
because of this generation of college students and their commitment
to community service and civic engagement.”
Pursuant to the Universities Rebuilding America Partnership (URAP)
announced by the Corporation for National and Community Service and
the Department of Housing and Urban Development last fall, the Honor
Roll program’s special emphasis this year is on recognizing service
activities performed by colleges and universities in response to the
Gulf Coast hurricanes of 2005. The program also identifies and
promotes community service model programs and practices in higher
As part of its mission to improve lives, strengthen communities, and
foster civic engagement through service and volunteering, the
Corporation for National and Community Service invests more than
$150 million a year in fostering a culture of service on college
campuses. It also has made “Engaging Students in Communities” one of
four main focus areas of its new five-year Strategic Plan, and is
working with other Federal agencies, student groups, and higher
education leaders to engage five million college students in service
“Institutions of higher education have a long tradition of service
to their communities,” said David Eisner, chief executive officer of
the Corporation for National and Community Service. “When colleges
organize effective community service programs, they do so not only
to meet the needs of the communities that surround them, but to
improve the academic and civic lives of their students, faculty, and
Other Michigan colleges honored include Central Michigan University,
Eastern Michigan University, Jackson Community College, Kalamazoo
College, Kirtland Community College, Michigan State University,
Olivet College, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and Wayne
For more information on the program, visit http://www.learnandserve.gov/about/programs/higher_ed_honorroll.asp.
Marmorstein Holocaust Collection Dedicated Today
By Morris Arvoy
ALBION, Mich. –
One of the largest
collections of Holocaust books and papers in the Midwest will be dedicated
this afternoon at 4 p.m. on the Upper Level of the Albion College Library’s Mudd
The dedication will be followed by a conversation at 7 p.m. in the Wendell
Will Room of the library with Michael Marmorstein, a 1982 Albion College
graduate and the son of the collector, Holocaust survivor Ruth Ellen Marmorstein.
He will be interviewed by Morris Arvoy, director of media relations for Albion
The Ruth Ellen Marmorstein collection holds nearly 5,000 Holocaust books and
other items, including the 900 unique items donated by Michael Marmorstein that
were collected by his mother throughout her life. A detailed catalogue of 500
selected titles from the collection has been compiled and will be presented to
Michael Marmorstein at the dedication.
“The Marmorstein gift represents a wonderful addition to the College’s Holocaust
collection,” said John Kondelik, director of the Albion College library. “With
this gift, our collection cannot be matched by any other undergraduate liberal
arts library. I think what’s most interesting is how much depth and breath it
has. It is not just about the Holocaust per se, but also covers World War
II, Holocaust literature, and studies of the times.
Some of the more unusual items, Kondelik said, are gruesome photographs, which
will be on display at the dedication. Many of the Marmorstein gift books are
rare, and Kondelik discovered only one other copy in the entire country of some
of the items.
The book plate in the Marmorstein Collection books reads:
Ruth Ellen Marmorstein Collection, Donated by Michael Marmorstein, ’82, in
Loving Memory of His Mother. This collection was created in an effort to
understand and honor Irwin and Elmer Marmorstein, Death-Camp Survivors.
p.m. conversation with Mike Marmorstein should be wonderful,” Kondelik said. “He
is just a delight, a lot of fun, and one of these people you just like to be
around. I am glad we can do this. He has this wonderful ability to tell stories
and to be very emotional about something that has touched his life.”
The Marmorstein Collection enriches the Holocaust Studies Program at Albion
College. One aspect of the program is a yearly First-Year Experience course in
the Holocaust, taught by history professor Geoffrey Cocks, as well as a
semi-annual student service-learning trip to Poland on which students help
restore a neglected Jewish cemetery and tour Holocaust-related sites. The next
trip is slated for May 12-20, 2007. For more information about the Holocaust
Studies program, visit
The 4 p.m. dedication and 7 p.m. conversation with Michael Marmorstein are free
and the public is encouraged to attend. For more information contact the library
at 517-629-0285 or Morris Arvoy at 517-740-7923.
Student Senate Sponsors Second Annual Poetry Slam
Reported by Rachel Kowalski, ’08
ALBION, Mich. — Albion College hosts the Second Annual Poetry Slam
sponsored by Albion College Student Senate. Community members are invited
to share and enjoy poetry on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Youth
Hope Development Center in Tennant Hall, part of the First United Methodist
Church, located on 600 East Michigan Avenue.
Individuals can recite original
works or share a favorite poem from a chosen author. The event aims to bring the
Albion community together in order to celebrate and promote the arts through an
evening of poetry.
“The whole goal of the Poetry
Slam is to try and create interaction between the Albion College and community
of Albion,” said Albion College student senator Regan Tubbs. “Even Peter T.
Mitchell, president of Albion College, is reading a poem.”
Snacks and light refreshments
will be served at the event. The event is free and open to the public.
Individuals interested in reading a poem or attending can contact Tubbs for more
information at .
Online Dating Featured as ‘Odd Topic’
Reported by Leah Bassett, ’07
ALBION, Mich. — Singles and couples alike will enjoy this month’s Odd
Topics Society Luncheon, featuring Albion College librarian Cheryl
Blackwell and her thoughts on “The Perils, Pitfalls, Perks and Pleasures
of Online Dating.” The presentation takes place Wednesday, Oct. 25,
at noon in the Mary Sykes Dining Room of Albion College’s Baldwin Hall.
The friends of the Albion
College Library present the monthly luncheon series to provide individuals with
an opportunity to share their more unusual interests with others. Working for
the library herself, Blackwell aids visitors in reference and bibliographic
This presentation is open to
the public. Lunch prices range from $7 to $8. For more information, please
contact Blackwell at the Stockwell-Mudd libraries at 517-629-0447 or .