Emergency Alert System
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Keeping Parents Informed
The Albion College Department of Campus Safety has arranged for parents to be included in our Blackboard Connect Emergency Alert system. The College has used Blackboard Connect for several years to notify members of our campus community when a hazardous or emergency situation is occurring on or near our campus. The College will now be able to utilize this system to provide pertinent information about such incidents in a more effective and timely manner.
How To Sign-Up
Register to receive messages at https://britparents.bbcportal.com. This system has been designed for you to input your contact information, and to update that information as needed. Establish a user name and password, after which you will be asked to provide the email address and telephone numbers through which you want to receive messages from the College.
Questions or Problems Signing Up?
Do not hesitate to contact Ken Snyder, Director of Campus Safety, if you have questions, concerns, or problems signing up. He can be reached by email at , or by calling (517) 629-0213.
**Please note that your contact information in this system will not be used to update information contained in College official records. The College will continue to use the information already contained in our official records when it is necessary to contact the parent(s) of a particular student about a specific issue. If you have questions about official records including how to update them, please contact the Student Affairs Office via .
Active Shooter Information
If Shots Heard on Campus
Call Campus Safety x0911 or 517/620-0911
Campus Safety will then immediately:
- Call Albion Department of Public Safety (ADPS)
- Send a message through the College Alert system via telephone, text, email, campus siren/PA system to the campus community
- Initiate building lock-down procedures
Once you have received the message, evaluate your surroundings for signs of danger: gunfire, smoke/flames, explosion, people fleeing.
If you ARE NOT in the vicinity of the shooter, DO NOT approach or attempt to enter that area. Go to a safe place, monitor a source of information, and remain there until you are notified it is safe to resume normal activity.
If you ARE in the vicinity of the shooter, you have three options: Run, Hide, or Fight
- Have an escape route or plan in mind and leave your belongings behind
- Help others escape if possible, but most importantly get out whether they agree to go or not
- Do not attempt to move or assist the wounded
- Try to prevent others from entering the area where the shooter may be
- Get to a safe place and call Campus Safety
- Hide in an area outside the shooters view
- Lock the door or block the entrance to your hiding place
- Silence your cell phone (including vibrate) and remain quiet
- Fight only as last resort and when your life is in imminent danger
- Attempt to incapacitate the shooter and act with as much physical aggression as possible
- Improvise weapons or throw objects at the shooter, making sure you commit to your actions as your life depends on it
For more information please visit the link below to a video on surviving Active Shooter events.
Run, Hide, or Fight.
Past Common Reading Books
The 2017 Common Reading Experience selection is Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capo`Crucet.
Past common readings include:
- High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society by Dr. Carl Hart (2016)
- How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America by Kiese Laymon (2015)
- Here, Bullet by Brian Turner (2014)
- The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities by Will Allen (2013)
- A School for My Village: A Promise to the Orphans of Nyaka by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri (2012)
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (2011)
- The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan (2010)
- Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama (2009)
- Thank You for Smoking by Christopher Buckley (2008)
- Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival by Jen Marlowe, Aisha Bain, and Adam Shapiro (2007)
- Confluence: A River, The Environment, Politics & The Fate of All Humanity by Nathaniel Tripp (2006)
- West of Kabul, East of New York by Tamim Ansary (2005)
- Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James Houston (2004)
- The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman (2003)
- Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich (2002)
- An American Story by Debra Dickerson (2001)
- A Hope in the Unseen by Ron Suskind (1999 & 2000)
- The Other Side of the River by Alex Kotlowitz (1998)
- Life on the Color Line by Gregory Williams (1997)
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (1996)
- Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol (1995)
- Black Ice by Lorene Cary (1994)
- A Typical American by Gish Jen (1993)
- Linden Hills by Gloria R. Naylor (1992)
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1991)
A time-honored Albion College tradition
Matriculation marks the moment when all new students (both first-years and transfers) officially become a part of the Albion College family by recording their names in the College history.
Faculty are robed in their traditional academic regalia for the event, held on the Friday of Fall Orientation each August. New students are formally welcomed to the Albion community of scholars by the College's president, faculty, and upperclass students, and they hear the College hymn, "Albion, Dear Albion," possibly for the first time.
Parents and family members are invited and encouraged to attend the ceremony, which follows a pre-matriculation reception that offers opportunities to create their own Briton connections.
2017 Matriculation - Friday, August 18
President's Open House
(for students and family members)
Location: 501 E. Michigan Ave.
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
(for parents/family members)
Location: Tent, Campus Quadrangle
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Location: Goodrich Chapel
4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Family Farewells and Departure for Home
Location: Campus Quadrangle
5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.