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McLean: Ford Showed 'Government Can Indeed Work'

Patrick McLean, director, Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service
"After 40 years, it is my view that Michiganders of all political stripes have begun to recognize Gerald Ford as a fine president and a great American," writes Patrick McLean (left), director of Albion College's Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, in a commentary for Bridge, an online magazine produced by The Center for Michigan. August 9 will mark four decades since Ford became president following Richard Nixon's resignation.

A Century Ago, a 'Dizzying Plunge' into War

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, near Thiepval, Picardy, France.

"By any objective standard it ranks among the most significant passages in modern history," writes Christopher Hagerman, associate professor of European history at Albion College, about World War I, also known as the Great War. "The last of Europe's Great Powers plunged toward war one hundred years ago," on August 3, 1914.

Lewis' 'Game-Like' Mobile App Helps Teach Chemical Bonding

Lisa Lewis, professor of chemistry, Albion College
A new app developed by Albion College chemistry professor Lisa Lewis that enables students to become more familiar with chemical-bonding concepts recently was launched July 24 in the Apple App Store. The program, Chemical Valence, has a "game-like" interface, she told Campus Technology magazine, "where students can play with fundamental concepts in chemical bonding." It's the second app effort for Lewis, who in 2012 created one focused on strong acids and strong bases. Read more on

Goal! Micunek, '15, Fulfills One in Brazil

Charles Micunek, '15Charles Micunek, '15, a defensive anchor for the Albion men's soccer team, joined a group of NCAA Division III student-athletes on a tour of Brazil in early June, just ahead of the start of the World Cup. Representing the U.S. in international competition "was one of the best feelings of my entire life when I put the jersey on," said the Granger, Ind., native, who is pursuing communication studies and business and organizations. "To fulfill my goal at a scale I could play at—for my talent level—was something I had dreamed about. … To represent your country, to be an ambassador, to show we have a love for the sport [Brazilians] love so much is a beautiful thing." Read more and view photos of Micunek's experience on

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