Meet Nic Clements
Associate Director of
Education: B.A., History, Albion College, 2006
Hometown: Eastpointe, Mich.; East Detroit High School
Hobbies/Fun Facts: I'm an avid sports fan, especially rooting for the Detroit Tigers. My favorite place to take a vacation is Comerica Park. I'm very close to my family and spend as much time as possible with my parents, grandparents, sibling, aunts, uncles and cousins. I love coffee and you can find me often listening to music, especially John Mayer.
What makes Albion College special to you? Albion is a family and a community. The faculty and staff get involved beyond their job descriptions. It isn't uncommon to see your professors at sporting events, musical concerts, plays and involved behind the scenes. Many faculty and staff are involved as advisors to student organizations.
Favorite Albion Moments: Participating in the 2005 Holocaust Studies Program Service-Learning Project in Poland, living in the Cass St. House, participating in Union Board, the incredible personal attention I received from the History and Political Science faculty, making lifelong friends, traveling to New Orleans for a week of relief work six months after Hurricane Katrina, working with an amazing staff of co-workers and friends at the Bonta Admission Center.
Best College Search Tip: When you find the right college, you should have a feeling that you know the place feels like a home away from home. Remember that you will be choosing a college, a home and a community. Each college has a culture—make sure that you enjoy it and feel comfortable in it. While searching for a college, spend time with people beyond the admission office. Get to know current students, faculty, program directors, and athletic coaches. These are the people that will help shape your experience for the next four years. When you are visiting colleges, know that if you can imagine yourself being one of the students you meet during your visit, then it is probably the right school for you.
Director of Admission Operations
Education: B.S., Sociology, Western Michigan University, 1995; M.S., Sociology, Western Michigan University
Hometown: Albion, Mich.; Lumen Christi High School
Hobbies/Fun Facts: I enjoy spending time with my daughter. I also like golfing, gardening, crafting, canoeing down the K-zoo river, and reading.
What makes Albion College special to you? I met my husband here. You can usually find my family cheering on our teams or attending the newest play on campus.
Favorite Albion Moments: Watching Michael Thomas hit a leaning three-pointer at the buzzer to beat John Carroll 80-79 and move on to the sectional finals in March 2005. I also enjoy a tradition I started called Soup Sundays. On Sundays we have our Albion faculty and staff friends over for dinner and games.
Best College Search Tip: Start early! There is nothing worse than having to rush into a decision because you've waited until the last semester of your senior year to start looking at colleges. Give yourself plenty of time to visit colleges and get your questions answered so you can make an informed, not rushed, decision. Remember that the job of an admission counselor is to help students through the college search process. We're here to help, so take advantage of that! Lastly, visit, visit, visit!
Meet Josh Merchant
Interim Vice President for
Education: B.A., Albion College, 1996; M.S., Michigan State University, 2003; Ph.D.-(ABD), Western Michigan University
Hometown: Ithaca, Michigan
Hobbies/Fun Facts: I was born and raised on a cash crop farm in Ithaca, Michigan. In order to pay for my college education, I raised hogs and cattle and sold them at the 4-H fair. I have three younger brothers who also graduated from Albion. All four of us are first-generation graduates of Albion College.
What Makes Albion College Special to You? Albion is part of my family. All my brothers graduated from here and my wife is the Albion College Cheerleading Coach. Albion is a wonderful place to work and raise my two sons. My best friends, my family and my professional career all are connected to Albion. The faculty, staff and students make the College a magical place.
Favorite Albion Moments: Winning the 1994 NCAA Division III National Football Championship. It was an experience that I will never forget. GO BRITS!
Best College Search Tip: Take your time. Research. Visit. Listen. Ask Questions. Make a decision that is best for you!
Associate Director of Transfer Admission
Education: B.S., Food Marketing; Michigan State University, 1993
Hometown: Coldwater, Mich.; Coldwater High School
Hobbies/Fun Facts: I have taken up running and most recently I ran my first half-marathon in Traverse City, MI. Traveling is always something that I have enjoyed doing. My favorite place that I visited was Rome, Italy. It was so cool to walk around the Roman Colosseum. My all-time favorite thing to do is to spend time with my family.
What makes Albion College special to you? I started out at a community college and then transferred to a four-year institution to complete my bachelor's degree. Albion has given me the opportunity to work with transfer students in order to help them make the transition to a four-year institution as smoothly as possible. I remember what the transfer process was like for me and I want to help transfer students as they go through the process of finding the right fit for them.
Favorite Albion Moment: The first time that I toured campus. The campus was so beautiful with all of the trees and landscaping. I was amazed at how friendly and welcoming everyone was during my tour. The people at Albion College really maintain a family-like atmosphere.
Best College Search Tip: Do your research. Find out which schools offer the programs that you are interested in, the types of scholarships available, and how well your credits will transfer into the institution you are researching. As you narrow down your list of schools, be sure to visit the campus to make sure that it is the right fit for you.
Recruitment Territories: Transfer students