A cold day in a hot town: 2011 Sleight Leadership Fellows in Detroit.
The Sleight Leadership Fellows Program provides an intense leadership skills enhancement experience for Albion College sophomores. The program consists of a five-day, in-residence program that immerses students in cutting-edge leadership models and experiences through classwork, hands-on learning, and small work-group projects. The Sleight Program provides a curricular component to leadership training at Albion College with the specific intent of enhancing personal skills. The benefit, however, reaches beyond the participants as Sleight Fellows share their skills with their peers, in and out of the classroom.
The theme of each year's Sleight Leadership Fellows Program will reflect a different topic. The program for 2009 was titled "Leadership in a Challenging Environment." For 2012, the program focused on urban redevelopment by using Detroit as a natural learning laboratory. The program was entitled "Leadership and the Re-emergence of Detroit."
Read more about this year's Detroit field trip using the links below to Sleight Fellow Chelsea Denault's news articles about her experiences there.
The Sharon 'Zo' Gates Rees, '53 Fellowship for Women in Public Office
Through the generous support of Sharon Rees, a 1953 alumnus of Albion College, we are proud to announce the annual Sharon "Zo" Gates Rees, '53 Fellowship for Women in Public Office. This program promotes the interest of women seeking elected office and makes available to them the knowledge of how to achieve their goals. To this end, the fellowship will support internships in the U.S. House or Senate that provide women students the experience to better understand the processes of becoming elected to and holding public office.
Applications are encouraged from Albion students who plan to intern in Washington, D.C., during the summer. One award in the amount of $1,000 is given annually following a competitive review of all proposals received. The Fellowship may be used to offset housing or other expenses associated with living in Washington, D.C., during the internship period.
Early in the spring semester of each year, an application will be available online to download. Applications may also be picked up at the Ford Institute office, located at 201 Robinson Hall.
Class of 1960 Albion Community Intern Endowment
The Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service is honored to receive and administer the Class of 1960 Albion College Intern Endowment (ACIE).
The ACIE was created in order to support an economically vibrant Albion community. Through experiential opportunities, Albion College students will engage firsthand in efforts to improve the economic vitality and quality of life that is so critical to the region's residents and the College. It will also enhance student living, student experiences, student earnings, and the recruitment of prospective students. The Class of 1960 establishes the Albion College Community Intern program. This program, managed by the Director of the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service at Albion College, will provide experiential learning opportunities and financial support to Albion College students in an effort to strengthen the relationship between the College and the town. The endowment's intention is threefold:
To provide the student with experiential training which will help the student achieve success in entering the workplace;
provide Albion College with an opportunity to support the growth and well-being of the Albion community; and
provide an additional creative resource to the town of Albion by enlisting the help of Albion College students dedicated to marrying classroom learning with community needs.
The endowment agreement set an initial goal of $50,000, which was met on March 9, 2011. However, to make even greater strides in the Albion community, and provide experiences for more students, the ACIE Advisory Committee continues its efforts to grow the endowment. Please visit the Albion College Giving website (part of the Office of Institutional Advancement) to donate, and specify that you would like your generous contribution to be designated to the ACIE.
Watch us as we grow the ACIE from $50,000 to $100,000!
Mallory Ayotte, '16, Named ACIE Intern for 2013
"Albion is my home! What better way to give back to this wonderful community than interning with community leaders who are committed to improving the economics and quality of life right here in Albion?" That enthusiasm and dedication is typical of first-year student Mallory Ayotte, a first-year student who will work with the Downtown Development Authority and collaborate on three projects with the Albion Mayor and City Manager offices, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Bricks Street Association. Read more
ACIE Announces First Intern
Jessica Forzano, a junior from Birmingham, has always been passionate about making a difference. As a high school student Jessica founded Volunteer Africa, a nonprofit that is dedicated to bettering the lives of poverty stricken people in Africa. She organized fundraisers, book and clothing drives, and educational Africa forums. She also coordinated the efforts of 70 high school volunteers and oversaw over 400 hours of volunteer service. Jessica has continued that passion as a student at Albion College. A Social Studies major with an Elementary Education concentration, she has been active in the Albion Public Schools, mentoring students at Herrington Elementary and serving as a teacher for Junior Achievements. Jessica also holds leadership positions with her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. After graduation she would like to continue to make a difference as an elementary teacher.
As the first Albion Community Intern Endowment recipient, Jessica is in her placement with the Albion Public School District. Working with district Superintendent Dr. Bobbi Morehead, Jessica is involved with a new public relations effort and other activities that seek to enhance enrollment and performance in the schools.