Student Farm Provides Local Food, Leadership Lessons
Cody Yothers, ’13, and Kaitlyn Pospiech, ’13, are getting their hands dirty learning how to provide locally grown, environmentally sustainable food to the Albion College community through the student farm.
Both students found out that when elements like weather and pests are factored in, things don’t always go as planned. But that experience may be the best educational lesson, says Tim Lincoln, professor and director of Albion College’s Center for Sustainability and the Environment.
Over the summer, Yothers worked with Albion’s student farm as part of his summer research project combining community outreach with community gardening. Pospiech made a deal with Bon Appétit, Albion’s dining service provider, to sell the tomatoes, beans, basil, and broccoli grown on the farm. She also enlisted Albion students to help with harvesting the produce this fall.
Brian Greathouse, '12, is considering a career as an emergency room doctor or a trauma surgeon, and he can make connections between that line of work and the minutes he's currently logging as the starting goalkeeper for the Albion College men's soccer team.
"I'm addicted to the adrenaline rush," Greathouse said. "One of the biggest parallels is that in the emergency room you can be having a slow night and all of the sudden a patient comes in and you instantly have to snap back in gear. In goalkeeping, you see a situation coming at you and have to make a decision. It's instinctual. I get into [the decision-making process] after going through the repetition of practice so many times.
"Anybody that succeeds at any task has to be confident," he added. "I believe I'm going to do the best job [at any task] and no one is going to do it better. It also provides motivation to improve if you don't achieve the desired result. The biggest key to my success is believing I can do it."
Abby Williams ’12 and Aaron Hiday ’13 won the Best Poster Award at National Meeting
Abby Williams ’12 and Aaron Hiday ’13 won the Austin A. Sartin Best Student Poster Award at the 2011 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN. Their poster, titled “Assessment of diel cycling in agricultural stream in south-central Michigan- a focus on turbidity”, was part of the undergraduate research session sponsored by Sigma Gamma Epsilon, a national earth sciences honorary society.
Albion College running back Clinton Orr is 273 yards shy of the school's career rushing record as the Britons prepare for their Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association showdown with Adrian College this Saturday. In order to become a college football star, however, Orr overcame obstacles with the love and support of Reid and Kasey McBeth.