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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 education.
 
 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 by 2010.
 
 “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 staff.”
 
 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 State University.
 
 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 Learning Center.

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 College.

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:

“The 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.

“The 7 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 www.albion.edu/holocauststudies.

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 instruction.

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 .

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