Welcome to the What's New section of Residential Life! Please see the information listed below for important and upcoming events or programs.
Residence Hall Closings
Four times through the academic year Albion College closes completely. All students are required to leave campus and not return until the halls reopen for that particular closing. Exceptions may be made for extreme extenuating circumstances, International Students, approved sport teams, and college-related activities ONLY by prior approval through the Office of Residential Life. Contact Us for any questions.
Personal (any non-college related) requests for remaining in the college assignment through closings or to return early, prior top reopening, may be subject to a $25.00 per night fee charged to the student's account.
- Halls CLOSE Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 10am
- Halls OPEN Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 12pm
- Winter Break / Semester Break
- Halls CLOSE Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 7pm
- Halls OPEN Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 12pm
- Spring Break
- Halls CLOSE Friday, March 8, 2013 at 7pm
- Halls OPEN Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 10am
- Summer Break / Academic Year End
- Halls CLOSE to all UNDERCLASS students Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 9pm
- Halls CLOSE to SENIORS & Commencement participants Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 8pm
- NOTE: Albion College policy states all UNDERCLASS students are to be checked out 24-hours after their last final exam OR by Wednesday, May 8 at 9pm; whichever comes first - unless Residential Life has given permission to remain in the assignment to work for Commencement or other College-related events.
The College Chaplain coordinates interfaith life on Albion College's campus, by training, supervising, and supporting student leaders.
The Bridge is an interfaith advisory team of the Office of the Chaplain. The Bridge advises the College Chaplain, actively supports members (and their student organizations) in individual religious, spiritual, and philosophical traditions, and helps to create and lead interfaith opportunities for campus. The group takes a leadership role in addressing discrimination.
The Bridge seeks to be a representative body, and will include as much diversity of religious, spiritual, and philosophical traditions as possible. Due to schedule conflicts or lack of sufficient numbers available from certain traditions, full representation is not always possible. In these cases, members of The Bridge will create liaisons with traditions not at the table.
Bridge members are involved at a regional, national, and international level in interfaith leadership.
Visiting Churches, Temples, and Mosques
The Office of the Chaplain maintains strong relations with most religious, spiritual, and philosophical communities in the area and in the region. The Bridge helps the Office of the Chaplain to facilitate visits to a variety of communities each academic year. The Office of the Chaplain can assist individuals and groups in planning a visit, as well as providing resources for preparing for the visit in terms of etiquette.
Heritage Weeks and Months
The Office of Intercultural Affairs coordinates Albion College's celebration of Latino/Latina Heritage Month, Coming Out Week, Black History Month, and Asian Pacific Heritage Month, and other awareness celebrations. The Anna Howard Shaw Women's Center coordinates Women's History Month. The Office of the Chaplain (including Bridge and Chapel) as well as student organizations often sponsor programs during these heritage weeks and months that have a religious, spiritual, or philosophical theme.
Now in its tenth year, the Interfaith Supper program consists of the Bridge (Office of the Chaplain) serving home-made dinners at the Umbrella House, giving a relaxed opportunity for students to dialogue with unique guests from various traditions. While most Bridge meetings are private, these suppers are usually open to campus and sometimes to the public.
Umbrella groups, supported by the Office of Intercultural Affairs and the Office of the Chaplain, regularly sponsor programs with significant religious and/or philosophical themes.
Albion College has a number of student organizations active in religious, spiritual, and philosophical life. All students are welcome in all organizations. The Office of the Chaplain actively supports the work and life of each organization, as well as bringing them together for Albion College Chapel and The Bridge. For more information on specific groups, ecumenical outreach, and interfaith initiatives, contact the Office of the Chaplain online (x0492).
For more information on student organizations in general, visit the Campus Programs and Organizations Web site.
Athletes in Action
Athletes in Action at Albion College exists to reach student athletes for Jesus Christ through the influences of sports. This is accomplished through small group Bible studies, discipleship, summer opportunities and a conference. Athletes in Action is an offshoot of Campus Crusade for Christ.
Campus Crusade for Christ
Campus Crusade for Christ is an international, interdenominational Christian ministry dedicated to turning spiritually lost students into Christ-centered laborers. Primarily focus on discipleship and fellowship. There are many different Bible studies, and a weekly main meeting. Also, there are several opportunities to attend various retreats, conferences, and concerts.
Catholic Connections is the Catholic group on campus dedicated to spreading the Catholic teaching to classmates, while growing deeper in faith. Rides are provided to Mass at St. John Church every Sunday at 10:00 a.m., and have a weekly Meeting/Bible Study/Fellowship night on campus. Some years, Catholic Connections organizes a retreat. During Lent members help out at Fish Fries at St. John. In the past, the group has also helped with a Theology on Tap at Cascarelli's during the spring semester.
Albion College Hillel offers a voice to the Jewish students on campus to improve awareness about cultural issues such as anti-Semitism. It gives Jewish students and faculty an opportunity to observe holiday traditions, as well as giving non-Jewish members of the community the chance to learn more about the Jewish culture.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is an interdenominational group whose purpose is to build student-led collegiate fellowships that are committed to evangelism, discipleship, engagement of the campus in all its diversity, and the world mission of the church in obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ. The chapter is affiliated with the international IVCF, and participates in a number of conferences and training events. There are large group meetings, smaller Bible studies in every residence hall, regular prayer meetings, and various social events. Everyone is welcome to participate in any activity.
Muslim Student Association
Muslim Student Association is a support network for Muslims on Albion College's campus, and is affiliated with the national Muslim Student Association. The group provides programs that teach about Islam and the Islamic culture. These range from special dinners to religious observances.
Secular Humanist Group
The Secular Humanist Group serves as an open forum and support group for students who are nonreligious. The group helps students develop ideas and skills for their future in a religious society and emphasizes making life meaningful by helping others and building long-lasting friendships. The group is affiliated with the Center for Inquiry - Michigan, part of a national network for nonbelievers.
United Voices of Albion College (UVAC)
UVAC is an organization that stands on the foundation of Christian unity, diversity, knowledge, and leadership. UVAC exemplifies African-American heritage through gospel music. The group's main event, United Voices in Praise, is a concert each year involving students and the community. Student leaders in UVAC direct and manage rehearsals, and produce the gospel concerts. UVAC welcomes students of all backgrounds.
Wesley Fellowship is a welcoming group that strives to connect students to real relationships with God, each other, and the rest of the world. Operating out of a Christian framework but a group for all students who want to grow spiritually, Wesley Fellowship discusses ideas and concerns, and serves others. While historically United Methodist, Wesley welcomes all students interested in faith and celebrates the diversity that is to be found in Albion. Weekly meetings consist of some kind of activity (ultimate, Cranium etc.), reflection, and discussion over a meal, interspersed service and cultural events. The group is supported by the local First United Methodist Church of Albion.