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Kurtis McMahan, '08

Kurtis McMahan, '08

Direct: 517/629-0475
Toll Free: 800/858-6770

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

Meet Kurtis...

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.

Kevin Kropf

Admission Counselor, Kevin Kropf

Direct: 517/629-0474
Toll Free: 800/858-6770

Director of Admission

In-State Territory: U of D Jesuit High School in Wayne County

Out of State Territory: non-Michigan Midwestern boarding schools

Meet Kevin...

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

Randi Heathman, '03

Direct: 517/629-0472
Toll Free: 800/858-6770

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

Meet Randi...

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!

Marcus Gill, '04

Marcus Gill, '04

Direct: 517/629-0474
Toll Free: 800/858-6770

In-State Territory: Detroit Public Schools, Lansing Public Schools (Lansing Eastern, Lansing Everett, Lansing Waverly, J.W. Sexton), Jackson County (excluding Lumen Christi Catholic High School) Out of State Territory: Inner-city Chicago, downstate Illinois

Meet Marcus...

Education: B.A., physical education/health with a concentration in secondary education, Albion College 2004; Masters, educational leadership, Siena Heights University, 2008.

Hometown: Detroit, MI; Murray Wright High School

Favorite Albion Moment: Winning the MIAA championship in basketball is one that will stay with me forever.

Hobbies: I love coaching, playing basketball, watching and attending sporting events, working out, and socializing.

Favorite Season: Summer

Favorite TV Show: Law and Order: SVU

Best Vacation Spot: Nothing ever beats going home.

What Makes Albion Special to You: I love the family atmosphere and the sense of community!

Best College Search Tip: Go to a school where you truly feel that you are wanted and where you feel you fit in.

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