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Kim Tunnicliff Endowment

Kim TunnicliffKim Tunnicliff started his career at Albion College in 1984 when he became a faculty member in the Political Science Department. As director of the then-named Gerald R. Ford Institute for Public Service from 1985 to 1999, he placed a special emphasis on developing experiential and international educational experiences for college students. He was highly regarded by his academic colleagues both at Albion and beyond.

Kim's passionate belief in public service brought the level of opportunities for Ford students to new heights that have carried them forward to leadership positions all over the globe. This endowment was established by his family, former students, colleagues, and friends to celebrate his life and the widespread and enduring impact of his legacy at Albion College.

2014 Recipient

Utrata2smallDavid Utrata, ’15

David Utrata is a member of the Ford Institute and the Center for Sustainability and the Environment. As Albion College's first-ever Kim Tunnicliff Fellow, David Utrata spent a semester in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The CIEE Stellenbosch Sustainability and Community study abroad program engages students in a variety of sustainability-related issues that impact present-day South Africa. David will deliver a public presentation on campus summarizing his research in Spring 2015.

Institute Staff

Laurel Draudt, Gerstacker Institute Associate Director
Laurel Draudt, Gerstacker Institute Director

B.A., 1997, Marietta College
M.A., 2006, The Ohio State University

Office: Robinson 106B
Phone: 517/629-0934
Email:

Robyn Murphy
Robyn Murphy, Gerstacker Institute Associate Director

B.A., 1995, Michigan State University

Office: Robinson 106A
Phone: 517/629-0366
Email:

Brittany Middlebrook
Brittany Middlebrook, Gerstacker Institute Coordinator

BA, 2014, Michigan State University

Office: Robinson 106
Phone: 517/629-0418
Email:

Brittany Middlebrook

Brittany MiddlebrookBrittany Middlebrook, Gerstacker Institute Coordinator

BA, 2014, Michigan State University

Office: Robinson 106
Phone: 517/629-0418
Email:

Brittany is a linguist whose primary interest is the relationship between language and culture. Her foreign language studies have included French, German, and Spanish (with wholehearted optimism to study more)! She received her B.A. in Linguistics from Michigan State University, where her desire to work in higher education was ignited. Brittany has always been an advocate for diversity and education – working previously in the Admissions department at Baker College of Jackson. From this experience, her passion for student development and success rapidly grew – resulting in her enthusiastic step to become a part of the Albion College team. Brittany resides in Jackson and enjoys hiking, rollerblading, cooking, and traveling in her spare time.

Robyn Murphy

Robyn Murphy, Gerstacker Institute Associate Director
B.A., 1995, Michigan State University

Office: Robinson 106A
Phone: 517/629-0366
Email:

Robyn Murphy is a graduate of Michigan State University's Broad College of Business. She received her bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management. Robyn has worked for a number of different companies earning experience in financial, automotive, staffing and mortgage industries. Those companies included: R.W. Smith, Raymond James, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., OfficeTeam and Quicken Loans. Most recently, Robyn's area of expertise was to develop staff through feedback, coaching and mentoring. She is thrilled to utilize these resources with the students of the Gerstacker Institute to advance their professional development and align their talents with internships that will excel their education.

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