Richard Longworth, senior fellow of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and an expert on globalization's impact on the Midwest, spoke with WMUK in Kalamazoo leading up to his participation on the September 11 "Albion Tomorrow" panel discussion.
Men's Basketball Seniors Rewarded for Mentoring Local Youth
Bob Wernet, Luke Walker, and Sean Hendon mentored students at Albion's Harrington Elementary School.The highlight of the week for many children at Albion's Harrington Elementary School is the one-hour visit by their mentor, who happens to be a student from Albion College. Three senior members of the men's basketball program – Sean Hendon, Luke Walker, and Bob Wernet – were among 25 Albion students who recently received Michigan Campus Compact Heart and Soul awards for their dedication to community service. They were also among the recipients of the Jessie Longhurst Rotary Service Award.
The mentorship program, now known as Jessie's Gift in memory of the 2002 Albion High School graduate and former Albion College student-athlete, was developed and is currently run by Peg Turner, the wife of former Albion men's basketball coach Mike Turner.
Albion Signs Agreement to Implement New Programs in Sustainability Studies
Albion College and its French partner, the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ), are taking a global approach to sustainability in more ways than one. The two institutions have recently signed an agreement to implement two new programs for Albion students that will involve them in sustainability studies on both institutions' campuses.
Students may choose either an undergraduate major in sustainability studies or a one-year postgraduate course of study based at UVSQ culminating in a certificate of sustainability studies which is equivalent to completing the first year of a master's program. The programs will provide a worldwide perspective on key environmental problems and solutions and will prepare students to advance sustainable lifestyles on a broad scale.
"This new program with UVSQ builds on the good work that Albion College has already been doing through its Center for Sustainability and the Environment," said Albion President Donna Randall. "We have much to learn from our European counterparts about incorporating sustainability into everyday life, and this international partnership will enable our students to see best practices in action and bring those practices back home to the United States."
Isaac Symposium Celebrates Albion Academics and Year of Wellness
Albion's academic highpoint, the annual Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium, was held April 18-19. Nearly 100 students made platform and poster presentations, including students from École Supérieure de Vente in St. Germain, France, who worked with Gerstacker Institute students to develop international business plans. Other presentations stretched across the College's academic disciplines, with such topics as Toni Morrison novels, strength training studies, British counter-espionage, Beethoven's symphonies, silver nanoparticles and Plains palaeontology.
Gerstacker Students, French School Collaborate on Business Plans
What better way to prepare American students for the globalized marketplace than to work with students from other countries to develop a business plan? Caroline Dobbins, '12, was one of eight students in Albion College's Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management who had the chance to do that through a partnership between the institute and École supérieure de Vente (SDV), an international business school sponsored by the Versailles, France, Chamber of Commerce.