Albion—the College, the City and the surrounding community—will celebrate The Big Read throughout October. In addition to a number of book discussions on Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea, community businesses and groups are sponsoring events and activities related to The Big Read themes of community dialogue and youth empowerment.
Centered on Community
Albion College offers four-year tuition, room and board to as many as 10 first-year students who are Albion residents and attended Albion Public Schools in grades 6-8. Learn about the Build Albion Fellows Program
President Ditzler talks about the initiative on WBCK-FM
Reopening the Bohm: Read about a landmark internship for Andrea Walles, '15
Albion College's Sister City efforts earn a national award
Watch an expert panel discuss "Albion Tomorrow"
Listen to the Town & Gown podcast series
Opened in 1975, The Ray Herrick Center for Speech and Theatre was "one of the reasons I was happy to come here," says professor emeritus Royal Ward. "The whole building was pretty state of the art," and having a main theatre and a black box "was fairly new back then." The venerable place still has plenty of life left in it and celebrates its 40th anniversary with its first production of the season, Shakespeare in Hollywood (left), running Thursday through Sunday, October 1-4.
"Hungarians generally don't own clothes dryers, and the currency is different; 250 florints is one dollar," says Tim Szocinski, '16. "But I don't think Budapest is too much different from cities in the U.S. I wouldn't know for sure because I never lived in a big city before." Given his reason for being in Hungary—studying pure mathematics through an international program at McDaniel College in Budapest—Szocinski's easygoing approach to what many might see as stressful isn't surprising.
Dylan Neal, a senior on the Albion men's lacrosse team, learned that sports isn't the only way to tour the country. Though his summer internship with Cotswold Industries, a leader in technical textiles, lasted only three and a half weeks, Neal tackled a marketing project in New York, learned about the manufacturing supply chain in South Carolina, and job-shadowed a sales-and-trade-show assignment in San Francisco.
"I'm very involved in Relay for Life at Albion and raising cancer awareness is very important to me," says Kassy Kneen, '16. For a lot of students, this level of effort in the fight against cancer is all they can do. Kneen, however, spent this past summer in one of the country's premier research centers, the Cleveland Clinic, helping to expand scientific understanding of cancer in order to combat it.
These days, Jim Whitehouse, '69, is all about tying, and untying, knots. “I could spend all day tying knots for people,” he said earlier this week as the guest speaker, and lover of all things nautical, at Albion College’s monthly Odd Topics Society Luncheon. The knot analogy has become even more prominent with his return to the College's Institutional Advancement team in a part-time role as major gift relationship officer for Michigan. “I’m going to try to retie some of those knots [at the College],” he said.
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