Special Interest Clubs and Organizations
Anime, politics, and knitting—we’re busy people.
If you’re interested in regular showings of Japanese animation ("anime") in a semi-public venue, you’re in luck. We share viewings with club members and interested visitors. Our social goal is to bring together fans of anime, but our ultimate goal is to raise public consciousness about anime and promote a broader interest. Visit our website
Share your knowledge of knitting, or pick up this “knotty” habit. Our organization teaches the art of knitting and helps experienced members continue developing their skills.
As a political organization, we can help you get involved in campaigning for the Democratic Party, sponsoring speakers, and attending regional, state, and national political functions. As a member, you can help with voter registration drives, increasing voter turnout, and other citizenship activities, regardless of political affiliation. We also provide information to the campus regarding the party’s platform and its candidates for office.
We promote an awareness of political issues from a conservative point of view. Help campaign for Republican candidates, sponsor guest speakers, and participate in group discussions. Interested students can find opportunities for leadership and connections with state and local GOP officials.
Ecological Awareness Club
These are just the beginning. Our main goals are to inform and encourage ecological activism, and we regularly sponsor programs and speakers. We’re active—and we’re dedicated to raising awareness of environmental concerns within the Albion community.
Albyonne Medievalist Society
We encourage and promote the historical research and recreation of all cultures between 600 and 1600 AD. Join us for all aspects of medieval life, including armored combat techniques, costuming, music, dance, culinary arts (a period feast is held each semester), calligraphy and illumination, armoring, leather working, literature, and languages.
After learning about healthy lifestyles, we pass on what we’ve learned to our peers through relevant programs that are both entertaining and educational. We also make healthy choices in our own lives—physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. Applications to join Peer Education can be found on our website.
Join us as we study the art of photography and journalism photography through peer advising and darkroom utilization. Our programs include an exhibit of members' work at the end of each semester. We also offer group portraits and event documentation through cooperation with other campus organizations.
Snow Carvers League
Help promote the art of snow sculpting through teamwork, creativity, and artistic industry—all while stimulating a public appreciation of the arts.
Student Alumni Association
Bring the past and the present together—students, faculty, alumni, friends, parents, and the Albion community. We’re here with a big welcome on Freshmen Move-in Day, and we’re very involved with Homecoming Weekend, Family Day, Little Siblings Weekend, and Graduation Festivities, among others. Fun, dynamic, and hardworking individuals (hoping to make a difference on campus) are welcome to join.
Our mission is to cultivate a student-operated, all-natural, sustainable (and beautiful) produce garden that’s available to students and faculty from all disciplines and community members of all ages.
Table Top Games Society
We provide opportunities for students interested in role playing with a variety of fun table-top games.
Religious Groups and Organizations
Diverse religions and spiritual seekers find a home here.
Campus Crusade for Christ
An international and interdenominational Christian ministry that’s dedicated to turning spiritually lost students into Christ-centered laborers. Our focus is on discipleship and fellowship through many different Bible studies and a weekly main meeting. We also attend various retreats, conferences, and concerts.
We’re dedicated to spreading the Catholic teaching to our fellow classmates while growing deeper in our own faith. We give rides to Mass at St. John Church every Sunday, and have a weekly Bible study and fellowship night. Join us on retreat every semester. Help out at a fish fry at St. John during Lent, or even host Theology on Tap at Cascarelli's during spring semester. Visit our website
Albion College Hillel
Through Hillel, Jewish students on campus have a voice. A chance to improve awareness about cultural issues such as anti-Semitism. And an opportunity to observe holiday traditions with other Jewish students and faculty. We also give other members of the community the chance to learn more about the Jewish culture.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Be a part of an interdenominational group that builds student-led collegiate fellowships. Our members are committed to evangelism, discipleship, engagement of the campus in all its diversity, and the world mission of the church. Our chapter is affiliated with the international IVCF, and we participate in a number of conferences and training events. Everyone is welcome to participate in our large group meetings, smaller Bible studies in every residence hall, regular prayer meetings, and various social events.
Muslim Student Association
Our association provides a support network for Muslims on campus, and offers programs that teach about Islam and the Islamic culture. Join us for events, such as special dinners or religious observances.
United Voices of Albion College
Standing on the foundation of Christian unity, diversity, knowledge, and leadership, UVAC exemplifies African American heritage through gospel music. Our main event, United Voices in Praise, is a concert held each year that involves students and the community. Student leaders in UVAC direct and manage rehearsals and produce the gospel concerts. Students of all backgrounds are welcome.
Have a real relationship with God, with others, and with the rest of the world. We operate out of a Christian framework, but we’re open to all students who want to grow spiritually, discuss ideas and concerns, and serve others. While historically United Methodist, Wesley celebrates diversity. Weekly meetings involve an activity, reflection, and discussion over dinner, along with occasional service and cultural events.
Albion College requires that all recognized student organizations have a faculty or staff advisor. By sharing knowledge about the College and personal experience, the advisor can assist the group in the conduct of its activities.
Obviously, the relationship between an advisor and an organization will vary, not only with each organization, but from time to time within an organization. Nevertheless, the general concerns/responsibilities of the advisor remain constant and encompass the following points:
- Advisor recognizes and supports participation in student organizations for its contribution to the educational and personal development of students.
- Advisor works with student organizations in an advising capacity and should not direct the organization’s programs or activities. However, advisors should be frank in offering suggestions, considerations, or ideas for the group’s discussion.
- Advisor stays well informed about the plans and activities of the group. The expectation is the advisor will attend the majority of meetings and activities of the group and will consult frequently with student officers.
- Advisor is aware of the goals and directions of the organization and helps the group evaluate its progress toward reaching these goals.
- Advisor provides continuity within the group and is familiar with the group’s history. The advisor should also be familiar with the constitution and by-laws of the organization and be prepared to assist with their interpretation.
- Advisor insures the group’s compliance with college policies and procedures. The advisor needs to be aware of the policies and procedures in the Albion College Student Handbook and information in this handbook. The advisor could be held responsible for the actions/behaviors of a student organization that violates established policies.
- Advisors should be aware of the general financial condition of the organization and encourage the keeping of good financial records.
- Advisor should monitor group functioning and encourage members to fully participate, to assume appropriate responsibilities for group activities, and to maintain a balance between academic activities and co-curricular commitments.
- Advisor assists in orienting new officers and assists in developing the leadership skills of members.
- Advisor should be prepared to deal with major problems or emergencies within the organization.
Advisors should consult with the Campus Programs and Organizations Staff about organizational problems, plans, or changes in organizational status when the advisor deems it appropriate.
Negotiating Advisor Role
In order for advisors to effectively fulfill their responsibilities, and for organization officers to maximize the valuable role that advisors can play, a working agreement must be reached between the advisor and officers. The general parameters of this agreement were suggested in the preceding paragraphs. The following five-step process is suggested as one means of negotiating the advisor-organization relationship.
Step 1: Initial Meeting
As soon as possible after election of new organizational officers, the advisor should meet with them to discuss the following:
- The organization’s purpose, goals and objectives.
- College expectations concerning students establishing priorities that emphasize the maintenance of high academic standards while being involved in organizations.
- College rules and policies, particularly with respect to open membership, hazing, sexual harassment, non-discrimination, alcohol, and financial accountability.
- Officer expectations of the advisor.
- The advisor’s past experience with student organizations and advisor style and expectations.
- Leadership strengths and weaknesses of the officers and ways the advisor may enhance and strengthen these skills.
Step 2: Negotiation Session
Within a week after the initial meeting, the advisor and officers should meet again to negotiate the specifics of their working relationship including:
- When and how the advisor will review the goals, initial project plans and annual budget.
- How the advisor will be kept informed of the organization’s activities (alternatives include advisor attending meetings, periodic scheduled meetings between advisor and officers, and written officer reports).
- The role of the advisor in planning, implementation and evaluation of specific projects.
- How the advisor may assist officers in developing leadership skills.
- The process for handling officer and advisor concerns.
- The mechanism for advisor evaluation of organizational effectiveness.
Step 3: Organization Meetings
Even if the advisor will not be attending organization meetings on a regular basis, the advisor should be invited to one of the first meetings so that he or she has an opportunity to meet the members and discuss his or her role.
Step 4: Carry Out Negotiated Roles
The advisor and officers share responsibility for ensuring that the arrangements negotiated in step 2 are carried out. Renegotiation may be necessary as the year progresses.
Step 5: Year End Wrap-Up
Shortly before the election of new officers, the advisor and current officers should meet to discuss:
- Group progress during the year
- The effectiveness of the negotiated relationship.
- Advisor recommendations for the officers' future involvements
- Officer recommendations for the advisor's future advising activities.
Student Media Groups
Albion Review is the literary journal of Albion College. Appearing each spring, the Review publishes short fiction, poetry, interviews, essays, photographs, and artwork. It is written by students, although faculty, alumni, community members, and distinguished visitors to campus may contribute as well.
The Albionian is the student edited yearbook. Established in 1909, it chronicles the life and times at Albion College.
The Pleiad, founded in 1883, is Albion College's weekly student newspaper. The Pleiad has three purposes: to inform the College community, train students interested in journalism, and serve as the voice of students on campus. Interested students may participate as reporters, feature and opinion columnists, sports writers, or can contribute photographs, story ideas, and letters to the editor. The following positions are hired every semester: Editor-in-Chief, managing editor, online editor, graphics editor, business and advertising manager, photographer, and circulation manager. These positions have a semester stipend.
WLBN provides hands-on experience in all aspects of running a radio station. Student volunteers are disk jockeys, create promotional tracks and commercials, organize music selections that are played on the air, write news and sports reports, and are active in all parts of radio production. All styles of music are encompassed from classic rock to hard alternative to novelty.