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.
Assistant Director of Admission
Education: B.S. in Education from Central Michigan University
Hometown: Tecumseh, Mich.; Britton-Macon High School
Hobbies/Fun Facts: I enjoy playing and watching all types of sports. I taught elementary physical education for 13 years.
What makes Albion College special to you? The small family atmosphere and the opportunities it provides.
Favorite Albion Moments: My wife and I were married on campus. My best friend was a member of the 1994 national championship football team.
Best College Search Tip: Visit, Visit, Visit!
Recruitment Territories: Michigan Counties: Allegan, Barry, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella, Kent, Livingston, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Ottawa
Out of State: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont
Meet Niko Kanagawa
Assistant Director of Admission
Find me on Skype:Gaiden142
Education: B.A., Germanistik & International Studies, Albion College, 2004
Hometown: Rochester Hills, Mich.; Rochester Adams High School
Hobbies/Fun Facts: I spent two years in Heidelberg, Germany as a Fulbright Grantee. While I was there I taught ESL at a gymnasium (university prep) and studied at one of Europe's oldest universities. I also researched extracurricular involvement and its importance in students' lives prior to university. I also lived in Chicago for two years, working primarily in renewable technologies like wind and solar power. People would describe me as a big kid, as I'm a huge Transformers geek, love playing/watching sports (especially soccer), and collecting random trivia.
What Makes Albion College Special to You? It's hard to narrow it down to just one thing, but it would definitely be the people! Albion College oozes personality, with faculty, staff, and a student population that form one of the greatest college communities out there!
Favorite Albion Moments: There are so many to choose from. Late nights as a student manager in the KC were a blast but my work as a student mentor is one of the things I'll treasure most about my time at Albion. It has allowed me to 'pay it forward' to future generations of Britons! Now I get to do this on a much larger scale in Illinois and my other out-of-state territories.
Best College Search Tip: Try to approach your search "cost blind." Look for the important elements like majors, special programs, outcomes, and fit. My best piece of advice is to visit and give the institution a test drive.
Michigan Counties: Kalamazoo, Oakland (Northeast)
Out of State: Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky,
Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia