Meet Skip Zabel
Senior Associate Director of Student Financial Services
Education: B.A., Albion College, 1977
Hometown: Albion, Michigan
Downtime: Spending time in the great outdoors.
You'll often find me thinking: ...of new ways to solve problems for students.
What makes Albion a good investment? Albion offers an excellent education, and the scholarships and financial aid that are available can help bridge the gap between the cost of Albion and lower cost options that you may be considering.
Financial aid tip: Saving for college is a good thing. For most families, saving has little effect on financial aid eligibility, and it will give your family more options in funding your education.
Assistant Director of Admission
Add me on Skype: DoryLerew
Education: B.A., Theatre and Speech Communication, Albion College, 2002
Hometown: Dillsburg, Pa.; Homeschooled
Hobbies/Fun Facts: After graduating from Albion College, I lived out of a suitcase for seven years! I traveled around the world sightseeing and directing children's theatre productions. Some of the more interesting places I've been include the Azores, the Aleutian Islands and Guantanamo Bay. I can juggle any three items you hand me, I can probably beat you in a game of badminton and I'm so happy to have unpacked my suitcase again here in Albion.
What makes Albion College special to you? The supportive nature of the faculty and staff. I was nervous to travel nine hours away from home for college, but I felt, right from the start, that I was going to be well taken care of here.
Favorite Albion Moments: Going on a service trip to the Appalachian Mountains for spring break my junior year, playing the role of the 80-year-old man, Henry, in The Fantasticks and being crowned Albion College Homecoming Queen in 2001.
Best College Search Tip: Let your admission counselor know what you are thinking and what you need. We can't read minds (all the time).
Recruitment Territories: Michigan Counties: Alcona, Alger, Alpena, Antrim, Arenac, Baraga, Benzie, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Clare, Crawford, Delta, Dickinson, Emmet, Gladwin, Gogebic, Grand Traverse, Houghton, Iosco, Iron, Jackson, Kalkaska, Keweenaw, Lake, Leelanau, Luce, Mackinaw, Manistee, Marquette, Mason, Menominee, Missaukee, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Ontonagon, Osceola, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon, Schoolcraft, St. Joseph, Van Buren, Wexford
Out of State: Indiana, Pennsylvania
Special Assignment: Homeschooled students
Assistant Director of Admission
Education: B.A., Secondary Education, English and Political Science; Western Michigan University, 2005
Hometown: Jackson, Mich.; Jackson High School
Hobbies/Fun Facts: First off, I absolutely love to travel and enjoy experiencing new places as often as possible. In my free time I also enjoy reading, cheering on the Green Bay Packers, playing tennis, volleyball, and skiing.
What makes Albion special to you: I truly believe that Albion is a great place to learn and grow. The sense of community and individual attention students receive sets Albion apart from any other educational experience I have ever been a part of.
Favorite Albion Moment: Some of my favorite moments at Albion College involve watching my little sister playing for the Briton women's soccer team!
Best College Search Tip: Make a list of what you want out of a school to start your search. Think of the academic offerings, size, location and your interests. This will help to narrow your search. After you have narrowed down your choices, schedule a campus visit. That way you will begin to see firsthand if the college is the right fit for you.
Recruitment Territories: Michigan Counties: Bay, Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Macomb, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair, Tuscola, Wayne (Grosse Pointe, Harper Woods)
Out of State: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Meet Lewis Cardenas
Director of International
Add me on Skype:Lewis.Cardenas or QQ:1146349071
Education: B.A., International Studies, Albion College, 2002; M.S., International Public Service, DePaul University, 2007
Hometown: Jackson, Mich.; Jackson County Western High School
Hobbies/Fun Facts: I have a passion for learning about different cultures, languages and people. I enjoy globetrotting, snowboarding, Capoeira, salsa dancing, cooking, shopping, watching movies, video games, tennis and volleyball.
What Makes Albion College Special to You? Albion College is special to me because of the support I received during and after my Albion Collegiate experience. The staff on campus is truly invested in you. They encouraged me to get involved on campus, pursue graduate-level work, made time to talk to me whenever possible and even helped land my first job out of college. Most importantly, they helped shape who I am today. If you ask anyone who attended a different college/university who have partaken in an Albion College gathering of any sort, I guarantee that they will tell you that Albion College grads, no matter what years gather together, always have a great time! The friendships you develop with the staff and your classmates here will truly last a lifetime.
Favorite Albion Moments: I think my whole first year in Wesley Hall is by far the most memorable. Other top contenders are convincing Dr. Yewah to take a group of Albion College students on a First-Year Seminar trip to his home country of Cameroon. Receiving one of the 2002 Michigan Campus Compact Awards for community service and the Lux Fiat Award my Senior year. Having the opportunity to be one of the first residents of the Mae Karro Building. I have also enjoyed the countless mini-Albion Alumni reunions throughout the Chicagoland area in the last couple years.
Best College Search Tip: College can be affordable! Start researching scholarships as soon as you begin your college search. Use the resources around you for assistance. For example, talking with your local community organizations, guidance counselor, prospective college/university financial aid office and alumni are good resources. You can also use the World Wide Web to obtain information about financing your college degree. Be a smart consumer and don't rule out any schools until you get an opportunity to meet with your admission counselor. You'd be surprised what schools will do if they are interested in you. Remember, you are just as much of an asset to the school as the school is to you!
Anywhere outside the 50 states, including U.S. Territories.