Victoria Snyder, '89
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In-State Territory: Southern Michigan including: Kalamazoo, Van Buren, Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph, Branch, Hillsdale, Lenawee, and Monroe Counties;
Out of State Territory: Indiana
Education: B.A., Physical Education, Albion College, 1989
Hometown: Albion, MI
Favorite Albion Moment: I would have to say my freshman year. During one of those all night gab sessions, where you have all kinds of different people, from all different walks of life, with different ideals and backgrounds, and you meet in a study lounge and just start talking about everything. This is one of those unique out of the classroom learning experiences that you can only get while living on a residential campus. An experience that begins your realization of a pluralistic world and makes you start to question your own values and beliefs.
Hobbies: During the summer I enjoy playing golf...but during the regular school year, my hobbies are chasing my three kids around to their sporting events!
Favorite Season: Most definitely summer!
Favorite TV Show: Hands Down - Friends
Best Vacation Spot: My family and I vacation every year on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. My husband and I don't feel the need to do anything other than soak in the sun, and the kids are plenty happy staying in the ocean.
What Makes Albion College Special to You: There are so many reasons that Albion is special to me that I couldn't possibly list them all, but here are a few: The community is very caring and supportive, the relationships that I have built have carried through the years, the stellar liberal arts education that I received has supported my career changes in my adult life, and the wonderful memories of life as a students makes my job as an admissions counselor a whole lot easier!
Best College Search Tip: VISIT, VISIT, VISIT... There is no other way you are going to be able to find out if you 'fit in' on campus unless you actually go out and visit your top choices. You are the one who is going to have to live in the residence halls, go to classes, and eat in the cafeteria - you might as well go and take a test drive!
Kurtis McMahan, '08
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In-State Territory: Western and central Michigan, including Allegan, Barry, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham (excluding Lansing Public Schools), Ionia, Isabella, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, and Ottawa Counties
Out of State Territory: Eastern Ohio, southern states including Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas
Education: B.A., English, minor in History, concentration in Law, Justice, & Society, Albion College, 2008
Hometown: Davison, MI; Davison High School
Favorite Albion Moment: It's been very special to get hired by the institution I love most, Albion College.
Hobbies: Golf, baseball, basketball, guitar, video games
Favorite Season: Summer is the best because I love golfing and being on the water.
Favorite TV Show: Family Guy
Best Vacation Spot: I'm going to have to break this one down and say that the best vacation spot I've actually experienced was the Bahamas over the New Year. My dream vacation spot is Australia.
What Makes Albion Special to Me: Albion is a place that I call home now. I was given a chance to play baseball for four more years while I was a student here and I have never had a better experience in my life. Albion gave me ample opportunities to succeed and now I am at the beginning stages applying what I learned here to the rest of my life.
Best College Tip: Visit every college you apply to because you never know what the College has to offer you until you explore the possibilities. It is vital to see what college is the right fit for you.
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In-State Territory: U of D Jesuit High School in Wayne County
Out of State Territory: non-Michigan Midwestern boarding schools
Education: B.A., Economics and Sociology, Kenyon College, 1993; M.A., Education, Baldwin Wallace College, 1995
Hometown: Orrville, Ohio; Orrville High School
Favorite Albion Moment: Winning the "Io Triumphe Award" for service to students in 1999. Working for a small college means that I get to know the students I work with and it is truly a joy to follow them during their four years and beyond.
Hobbies: Sports of all kinds, reading, and chasing my daughter, Marguerite, son Christian, and dog, Aberdeen.
Favorite Season: Fall; travel for admission, football, apple orchards and pumpkin carving
Favorite TV Shows: Lost, Heroes, How I Met Your Mother, and The Amazing Race.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Ireland
What Makes Albion Special to You: This is a place that transforms lives. Even though I did not attend Albion College, I met my wife here, and I've watched hundreds of young people discover themselves, thrive, and then succeed in the real world.
Best College Search Tip: Admission is not a game to be played. We want to know the real you. Numbers alone do not describe you. Make sure you spend time telling us who you are, what you want out of college, and why Albion is the best place for you.
Randi Heathman, '03
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In-State Territory: Livingston, Shiawassee, and Southwest Oakland Counties
Out of State Territory: Western Ohio, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont
Education: B.A., English with a concentration in Mass Communication, Albion College, 2003; currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Communication from Spring Arbor University
Hometown: Horton, MI; I'm a proud alumna of tiny Hanover-Horton High School. (And by "tiny" I mean that my graduating class was only 54 students!)
Favorite Albion Moment: It's not fair to make me pick just one! I'd have to say that I loved every moment that I spent with the close friends that I made here. We all different majors, interests, and backgrounds, but we were inseparable (so inseparable, in fact, that we were once referred to by former President Mitchell as "The Saginaw Five." It's a long story). Now that we're all alumni, we continue to be that close (except now we have to travel a bit further to do it!)
If it's a Saturday afternoon, you'll most likely find me: At the Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center with my Dutch Warmblood gelding, Ricochet. Not only do I serve as the advisor to the Albion College Equestrian Club, but I'm a competitive dressage rider (the ultimate sport for perfectionists like me!). Rico and I spend many Saturdays working on our schooling figures and hacking on the 340 acre equestrian center property.
The Television Show I Always Tivo is: Scrubs and 24. Co-worker Nic Clements and I love to rehash the shows when we come into work in the morning after a new episode airs - if you ask either of us about them, be prepared for a long discussion!
My Sport of Choice to Play is: Dressage. Like I said, I spend most of my Saturdays in training (or at horse shows) with Ricochet. I'm still in search of the perfect, uphill flying lead change!
My Sport of Choice to Watch is: This is definitely a toss-up between any equestrian sport and the NFL. I'm a long-time Denver Broncos fan, ever since the uniforms were orange and John Elway was at quarterback.
Best Vacation Spot: I've been to Europe twice and would go back every year if I could. Stresa, Italy (on the shores of Lake Maggiore) is amazing and beautiful, and a place that I'd like to spend more time exploring. I also love the energy in London!
Best College Search Tip: Don't "settle" for a school that is anything less than your perfect fit! Somewhere out there is a school with the right academic programs, extracurricular activities, campus facilities, and faculty and staff for you and it's just a matter of really exploring each of your choices to find out which school that is. Brochures and websites are helpful, but visit campus (more than once if you can), observe classes, talk with faculty members and current students, eat in the dining hall, find out what alumni are doing and if they're happy and then put all of those pieces together to see where you'll have the best college experience. Teachers, family, and friends can certainly offer you their suggestions and opinions, but you're the one attending so make sure you're going to be happy!