Berkey Takes a Bow After 35 (and a Half) Great Years
Professor of sociology Len Berkey distinctly remembers where his career path started, at a community pool in Washington, Pennsylvania. "I was 15 years old, sitting with some friends and looking at girls," he recalls. "There were hundreds of people, and suddenly everyone got out of the pool when three little African-American kids came to swim. That left a mark—I just had to figure this out and do something about it. It's driven me my whole career."
Whitehouse Nature Center Sponsors Holiday Craft Fun
Celebrating winter and the holiday season, Albion College's Whitehouse Nature Center hosts a natural crafts open house Saturday, December 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Featured crafts include "pioneer lightbulbs" (also known as candle-dipping), grapevine wreath making and paper-making. "These are sustainable crafts and decorations that anyone can make," said Nature Center director David Green.
This event is free and open to the public and there is no charge for materials. For more information, contact Green at 517/629-0582 or
Students Roll Out Hand-Built Chariot in Demonstration
A group of Albion College first-year students have built a real Egyptian chariot for their seminar course Equus: The Horse in Western Culture taught by English professor Ian MacInnes. The Bronze Age vehicle will be put through its final paces in a public demonstration Sunday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m. at the College's Held Equestrian Center, located on 29 Mile Road just south of the Albion-Concord Road intersection.
To create their chariot, students researched ancient source materials to create their own design, which they built with the assistance of skilled craftsmen and a harness maker. Once complete, the students used the chariot while attempting to shoot targets with arrows, evaluating the skill needed to use the chariot in battle.
For the December 2 demonstration, the chariot will be driven with a pair of ponies at the Equestrian Center.
This event is free and open to the public. For more contact MacInnes at
Albion College Presents Annual Lessons and Carols
The Albion College Music Department proudly presents its beloved Lessons and Carols program, on Sunday, December 8, 2013, at 7 p.m. in Goodrich Chapel.
This year’s program is under the direction of Albion College alumnus Dr. Clayton Parr, '80.
The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols was designed by Archbishop E. W. Benson for use in the cathedral at Truro, England. The first formal event was held there on Christmas Eve, 1880. The service was later modified for use in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, in 1918 by the Very Reverend Eric Milner-White, who was Dean of the Chapel at that time. The late David L. Strickler introduced the service to Albion College in 1966. It has been a cherished tradition ever since.
The Lessons and Carols program is free and open to the public. For more information, email
or call (517)-629-0481.