Briton Career Connections

Share your Career Experiences and Guide Current Students on their Paths

Location: Kellogg Center 2nd Floor

Date: Friday, October 14, 2016

Time: 1:00p - 3:00p

What is Briton Career Connections?

Briton Career Connections is a great opportunity for alumni and parents to have personal conversations with students about their professional fields in a fair-style format. Attendees will be expected to talk about their career paths and offer suggestions for aspiring young professionals. This is also an ideal time to provide students with information on internships and jobs at your place of work or within your network.

Who Should Participate?

Anyone who would like to provide current students with information on their career path, company/organization or industry. Current professionals, current graduate students, and retired professionals all have very important information to communicate to students.

What is the Format of the Event?

You can choose to attend as an individual or represent your company. Participants will be provided table space that encourages networking with students and other alumni. The atmosphere will be a blend of a college career fair and networking event.

What Will/Should I Do at the Event?

As students visit your table it will be helpful if you can:

  • Recruit for jobs and internships with your company/institution
  • Provide them with information about your career path
  • Advise students about pursuing careers similar to yours
  • Discuss past experiences and what has provided a strong sense of meaning during your career
  • Discuss graduate program options and your experience
  • Communicate pointers about trends in applicable career fields
  • Provide advice regarding students’ networking/elevator speeches


Please contact Troy Kase, Director of the Career and Internship Center at or 517/629-0332.

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Alternative-Electronic Text Information for Students

The Learning Support Center (LSC) Staff are happy to help you in making the transition to using electronic text for college classes. First, there will be some differences from how you obtained books in high school. Textbooks are no longer provided to you for FREE; in college you will be expected to purchase or rent your textbooks, in hardcopy or electronic (kindle, ebook, etc.) form.

Purchasing or Renting Your Textbooks:

Electronic versions available from the publisher's website. Textbook companies rent and sell both hard and electronic versions. Be sure that the electronic version available is compatible with your screen reader or text to speech program. For example, CourseSmart / VitalSource has a policy of carrying only accessible electronic versions.

E-books are also available from Amazon Kindle (a plug in is available for reading from your computer or other device), Apple Books, and Google Books.

Free electronic versions from Bookshare, which are read using their speech to text program. To get an invitation to join Bookshare (if you don't have your own membership already), you will have to provide the LSC with documentation of your print disability.

Books no longer copyrighted may be available from online sources such as Project Guttenberg.

If not available through the above options, the LSC can try to request e-text copies of your books from the publisher or through AccessText Network. We will need documentation of your print disability and you will have to purchase a hardcopy and provide a copy of your receipt before we can give you the e-text. Please contact the LSC Learning Specialist, Nick Mourning at at least 3 weeks in advance if you require assistance from the LSC to request electronic texts.

Frequently Asked Questions About Electronic Text in College

How do you know which books you will need to buy?

As soon as you register for classes, you can go to the Albion Bookstore online and check for textbooks. Your faculty may not have sent over the list of books for the current semester so check back frequently or contact the instructor for an updated list of texts.

How do you know when to ask for a publisher's e-text version from the LSC?

First year students who use alternative text should receive a list of books and their sources from the LSC in mid-August unless you attend the last SOAR. We will let you know sources for books you should obtain yourself and those we will provide (with proof of purchase from you). All other students should use their experience with obtaining electronic texts and research if any books are necessary for the LSC to obtain. This would include checking the sources listed above. Please do so at least 3 weeks in advance of the first day of classes for each semester.

How will I receive the publisher's e-text versions from the LSC?

Google Drive. This is a good way for you to store all electronic books you obtain from any source since it allows you the freedom to access your textbooks wherever you are. We will share a Google Drive folder with your name on it. You can then access the books we put there for your use during the semester.

What screen reader or text-to-speech system is available on campus?

If you do not already use a screen reader or text-to-speech program, the college has a software license for Claro, a text-to-speech reading, writing, and research program. This allows our students to download the software to their own computers. It is also available in most computer labs on campus. Please contact our Learning Specialist, Nick Mourning at , for a tutorial about how to download and use this program.

How are course materials such as handouts and readings made accessible?

For articles or other lengthy reading materials we will:

  • Show you a number of different ways you can convert course texts into accessible files
  • Show your faculty how to convert course texts into accessible files for all students
  • And/or ask faculty to send them to us so we can prepare an electronic version for you

For materials the faculty member will prepare themselves, we will request that they send this to you in advance. You can bring your lap top or other reading device (phone?) to class if necessary to read along with the class.

What do I do about taking notes in class? Can I use my laptop?

Yes, as an accommodation we can let you use your laptop in class. However there are other options:

  • Student Notetaker: another student in the class can take notes for you with a notebook that has carbonless paper. After class the student will hand you a copy of that day's notes.
  • Various Smart Pens: You write notes and the handwriting is synched to an audio recording of the lecture. You then download the notes to your computer and as your read your notes, you can hear the lecture.

I use Dragon Dictation for speech to text. Is this available on campus?

We recommend that you purchase your own version if you plan to use Dragon for writing most or all your papers. (See below for possible way of getting financial help with this).

I am concerned about being able to afford my own PC, laptop or tablet device. Do you have any ideas?

Michigan Rehabilitation Services may help with these expenses if you have applied for student financial aid. You will have to pursue their services over the summer through your local Michigan Rehabilitation office.

Additional Resoureces

For More Information

For more information, please contact Pam Schwartz, LSC Director, by email at , or by phone at 517/629-0825 or Nick Mourning, Learning Specialist, , or by phone at 517-629-0411.

Top 5 Tips For Creating a Winning Cover Letter

Cover letters can be a powerful way to add a compelling narrative about your skills to your job application, but like all things career-related, they need to be done effectively.

A cover letter should never be an afterthought. The goal is for your cover letter to enhance your chances of getting an interview, but when done incorrectly, they have the exact opposite effect!

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International Education (2)

Albion College is committed to providing students with international learning experiences, and it’s important that our future teachers understand their profession on a global scale. The Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Development offers students two different opportunities to study abroad, both of which involve a comparative education inquiry project.

Top Five Learning Goals of International Education for Teachers

  1. Learn how to critically analyze and contextualize the American educational experience.

  2. Gain awareness of personal cultural experiences and values through conversations with host families.

  3. Increase cultural competence by living with a host family and participating in a practicum in a foreign educational setting.

  4. Enhance instructional skills (lesson planning and communication) by teaching lessons in literature, English conversation, and American culture.

  5. Understand the scope of diversity, the influences of globalization, the challenges presented when bridging cultures, and the benefits of creating international opportunities for teaching and learning.

20140516 074634Noisy-le-Roi, France

In this course, students will travel to Noisy-le-Roi for two weeks in January where they will live with a host family, visit French schools, and interact with students, faculty, and staff. Upon returning to the U.S., they will present their findings and experience to public school students and to Albion College peers, faculty, and staff during the Capstone Symposium on Teaching.

Heredia, Costa Rica

Students travel to Heredia, Costa Rica for four weeks where they will live with a host family, visit Costa Rican cultural sites, particpate in classes at Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica with Costa Rican peers studying to be teachers, and interact with children, youth, faculty, and staff at Pará School. Focused specifically on teaching English as a foreign language, students will develop an inquiry topic, teach a unit plan, and give a presentation on material culture to frame and focus the practicum. Upon returning to the U.S., they will present their findings and experience to public school students and to Albion College peers, faculty, and staff during the Capstone Symposium on Teaching. Read more!

Abigail E. Cahill

Abigail Cahill
Assistant Professor of Biology

B.A., 2007, Colgate University (Biology, French)
Ph.D., 2014, Stony Brook University (Ecology & Evolution)

Appointed: 2016

Expertise Areas: Ecology, evolution, marine biology, dispersal, invertebrate biology

Current Courses:

  • BIO 195 (Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity)
  • BIO 225 (Invertebrate Biology)
  • BIO 289 (Marine Biology)

Research Interests:
Dr. Cahill's research interests center around evolutionary ecology of early life stages of marine species. She is interested in questions relating dispersal of marine invertebrates to other ecological and evolutionary processes, especially how dispersal type can influence local adaptation to temperature regimes and ultimately how these species may or may not evolve in response to global climate change. She is also interested in how marine invertebrate population dynamics are driven by recruitment and subsequent survival, and how these crucial processes are affected by environmental, phenotypic, and genetic variation. Answering these questions involves labwork using molecular methods, as well as lab and fieldwork with live organisms. At Albion, she will be branching out into freshwater invertebrate systems to ask some of these same questions regarding connectivity, dispersal, and life history.

SEA Semester-Woods Hole, MA (4)

Professor Yoshii on the SSV Cramer in the Spanish Mediterranean summer 2014
Professor Yoshii on the SSV Cramer in the Spanish Mediterranean summer 2014.

Subjects: Oceanography, Nautical Science, Maritime Studies

Prerequisities: 3.0 GPA; junior-level standing, interest in science, demonstrated maturity.

Length: Semester--Fall or Spring (12 wks), Summer (8 wks).

For up-to-date information on the whereabouts and activities of our vessels, check out the daily report on the SEA Web site at:

Credit: Up to 17 semester hours or 4.25 Albion College units (4 semester hours = 1 Albion College unit). Credit is apportioned on the 2 components of the program in this way: 2.25 Albion College units for Shore component; 2.00 Albion College units for the Sea component.

Faculty: All of SEA's faculty hold doctorate level degrees. SEA's nautical science faculty are licensed professional Master Mariners who teach nautical science on shore and go to sea as masters of the vessels. The Oceanography faculty teach oceanography on shore and go to sea as Chief Scientists on board the vessels. SEA's Maritime Studies faculty teach maritime studies on shore, providing the humanities focus of ocean study. The SEA faculty is augmented by visiting scholars and lecturers. These men and women have all worked at sea and understand the challenges and rewards of living in and studying the world offshore.

Housing: Cottage dormitories during the shore component, on board a sailing ship during the ship component.

Costs Not Covered by Albion: Transportation to/from Woods Hole; transportation to/from ship (varies depending on which cruise selected); books; board on shore; incidentals.

As early as possible as Sea Education has a rolling basis admissions.

Faculty Advisor: Ruth Schmitter, Putnam 054, 517-629-0379,

Comments: Designed for students with or without oceanographic background or career interests. The program is in two parts: a 6-week shore component that provides classroom-based instruction in theories of sea life; and a 6-week Ship component on board a sailing ship that emphasizes learning through participation and practical experience. Some financial aid is available through the SEA Semester program. See program brochure for more details.

Elizabeth Dorr
SEA Semester Admissions Office
Sea Education Association
P. O. Box 6
Woods Hole, MA 02543 Telephone: 800-552-3633, ext 770
Fax: 508-540-0558

Hal Wyss Endowed Scholarship in Literature

Dr. Hal Wyss taught in the Albion College English Department from 1970-2005. A beloved professor, he specialized in American literature, with a particular love for Hemingway, Frost, Twain, Faulkner, and Melville In addition to courses on composition and linguistics, Professor Wyss developed and taught courses on horror and science fiction, the work of individual authors, literary criticism, and interdisciplinary studies of the environment; he was also named Teacher of the Year and College Advisor of the year during his time at Albion.

An avid birdwatcher and fisherman, Professor Wyss authored two books, on eagles and hummingbirds. As a resident of Albion, he was also deeply involved in the community, holding leadership roles with the Albion First United Methodist Church, the Albion Academy of Lifelong Learning and the Albion Rotary; in addition, he was a member of Albion Community Theatre, the Albion Historical Society and the Riverfront Committee.

In commemoration of Professor Wyss's significant and long-lasting impact at Albion College and on the town of Albion, his family, friends, and alumni established this scholarship to encourage a promising English major with at least sophomore standing and a minimum GPA of 2.7, with preference given to a student from the town of Albion.

Awardees include:

  • 2017 - Alisha Bailey and McKenna Donahue
  • 2016 - Nicole Kurlich and Mary Noble

Kim Tunnicliff Endowment

Kim TunnicliffKim Tunnicliff started his career at Albion College in 1984 when he became a faculty member in the Political Science Department. As director of the then-named Gerald R. Ford Institute for Public Service from 1985 to 1999, he placed a special emphasis on developing experiential and international educational experiences for college students. He was highly regarded by his academic colleagues both at Albion and beyond.

Kim's passionate belief in public service brought the level of opportunities for Ford students to new heights that have carried them forward to leadership positions all over the globe. This endowment was established by his family, former students, colleagues, and friends to celebrate his life and the widespread and enduring impact of his legacy at Albion College.

2014 Recipient

Utrata2smallDavid Utrata, ’15

David Utrata is a member of the Ford Institute and the Center for Sustainability and the Environment. As Albion College's first-ever Kim Tunnicliff Fellow, David Utrata spent a semester in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The CIEE Stellenbosch Sustainability and Community study abroad program engages students in a variety of sustainability-related issues that impact present-day South Africa. David will deliver a public presentation on campus summarizing his research in Spring 2015.

Meet Our Alumni

It's a tradition going on four decades strong: Gerstacker students become successful and accomplished Gerstacker alumni. Through their efforts both in and out of the classroom, they are well prepared for the workplace and are often making a mark not long after graduating from Albion.

Meet some recent graduates below and see where their Gerstacker experience has taken them.

Kyle Alsheskie, '15Kyle Alsheskie, ’15

Associate Auditor

Alex Archer, '13Alex Archer, ’13

Zone Manager
Ford Motor Co.

Mallory Brown, '08Mallory Brown, ’08

Founder and CEO
World Clothes Line

David Budka, '13David Budka, ’13

Financial Analyst
Dow Corning

Aaron Croad, '12Aaron Croad, ’12

Data Analytics Consultant
Ernst & Young

Blake DeCarlo, '09Blake DeCarlo, ’09

Account Executive
Bella Design Group

DeckerA64x91Alex Decker, ’15

Assurance Practice
Ernst & Young

Caroline Dobbins, '12Caroline Dobbins, ’12

Fellow, Challenge Detroit
Leadership Program

Marisa Fortuna, '07Marisa Fortuna, ’07

Graduate Student
Ford School of Public Policy
University of Michigan

Brooke Kaltz, '05Brooke Kaltz, ’05

Non-Production Material Network Management Americas
Mercedes-Benz USA

Sumedha Makker, '11Sumedha Makker, ’11

MBA Candidate
Class of 2017 at Indiana University Kelley School of Business

Trent Mikek, '15Trent Mikek, ’15

Ernst & Young

D.J. Mocini, '08D.J. Mocini, ’08

Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Northwood University

MyersA64x91Amber Myers, ’13

Pursuing a JD at Michigan State University College of Law

Marty Nesbitt, '85Marty Nesbitt, ’85

Co-Owner, The Vistria Group
Treasurer,'08 and '12 Obama
presidential campaigns

Doug Parker, '84Doug Parker, ’84

Chief Executive Officer
American Airlines Group

John Pearce, '11John Pearce, ’11

Quantitative Analyst
Northpointe Capital

Kathleen Petchell, '13Kathleen Petchell, ’13

Completed Masters of Accountancy, U of M Tax Associate
Plante Moran

Moose Scheib, '02Moose Scheib, ’02

Founder and CEO

Victoria Slater, '14Victoria Slater, ’14

Completed program in December 2013; graduate study at London School of Economics (Fall 2014)

Connie Van Onselder, '84Connie Van Onselder, ’84

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Keeneland Association

Research Grants 2012-2013


Identifying Michigan's Native Projectile Points
Anthony Marchello (Adviser: Dr. Chase)


Narratives on "House" and "Sleep"
Soe Yu Nwe (Adviser: Prof. McCauley)


Quantitative Investigation of an a-Synuclein-Proteasome Interaction: A Model For Parkinson's Disease In Drosophila Melanogaster
Ethan Brock (Adviser: Dr. Saville)

A Drosophila Model For Characterization of Mumps Viral/Host Interactions
Adam Ronk (Adviser: Dr. Saville)

Quantitative Investigation of an a-Synuclein-Proteasome Interaction: A Model for Parkinson's Disease in Drosophila Melanogaster
Luke Salbert (Adviser: Dr. Saville)


Toward the Synthesis of Ethyl-3-oxo-4-(2,3,4,5,6-pentadeuterophenyl) butanoate
Chelsea Copi (Adviser: Dr. Harris)

Palladium Nanoparticles on Carbon Microspheres as a Catalyst for Hydrogenation Reactions
Michael Dix (Adviser: Dr. Metz)

Does Changing the Substituents on Vanadium Complexes Impact Their Toxicity Toward Cancer Cells?
Hayley Gerber (Adviser: Dr. McCaffrey)

Manipulation of Palladium Nanoparticles Tethered to Graphitic Carbon
Christopher Kruppe (Adviser: Dr. Metz)

Trifluoromethylation of Duff Formylated Bromo Substituted Phenols
Mitchell Pender (Adviser: Dr. McCaffrey)

Room Temperature Shaped Palladium Nanoparticle Synthesis on Carbon Supports
Stephanie Sanders (Adviser: Dr. Metz)

Isolation and Evaluation of Biologically Active Chemotherapeutic Compound, Polophyllotoxin from Juniperus Scopulorum Post Essential Oil Extraction
Krysta Schroeder (Adviser: Dr. French)

Isolation of Podophyllotoxim from Juniperus Scopulorum Post Essential Oil Extraction"
Krysta Schroeder (Adviser: Dr. French)

Catalytic Hydrogenation of Alkenes Using Palladium Nanoparticles (PdNP's)
Joseph Thomas (Adviser: Dr. Harris)

Preparation and Use of PdNP Catalysts For Hydrogenation of Organic Compounds
Joseph Thomas (Adviser: Dr. Harris)

The Taylor Reaction: Mn Mediated Homocoupling of Organoboranes
Robert Wells-Schmidt (Adviser: Dr. Harris)


The Use and Meaning of Emoticons in Text Messaging Among College-Aged Students
Alicia Rigoni (Adviser: Mr. Boyan)

Political Science

Health Needs
Michelle Burke (Adviser: Dr. Rose)


The Effects of Client Feedback on Therapeutic Outcome
Alice Coyne (Adviser: Dr. Keyes)

The Benefits of Equine Assisted Therapy
Amanda Douglas (Adviser: Mr. Hill)

Philosophies, Methods, and Success Rates of Anorixia Nervosa Treatment
Kate Pickworth (Adviser, Dr. Keyes)

Linear Versus Non-Linear Text: Effect of Pedagogical Aids on Text Comprehension
Anne Sutherland (Adviser: Dr. Carlson)

The Impact of Teaching Students About the Research on Gay and Lesbian Parenting
Jessica Weiler (Adviser: Dr. Elischberger)

Major and Minor (2)

Requirements for Major

Note: Classes in italics are taught during Summer College.

To assist students in their academic planning, see a sample four-year course of study.

A minimum of eight and one-half units including the following:

  • Business 111, Gerstacker Leadership Workshop (1/4 unit)
  • Economics and Management 211, Financial Accounting
  • Intercultural/Global Issues:
    One unit selected from the following:
    Modern Languages and Cultures 105, Intercultural Understanding and Global Issues;
    Economics and Management 362, International Management; French 201, Intermediate French or higher; German 201, Intermediate German or higher; or Spanish 201, Intermediate Spanish or higher
  • Ethics: One unit selected from the following:
    Philosophy 301, Environmental Ethics
    Philosophy 302, Leadership Ethics
    Philosophy 303, Business Ethics
    Philosophy 304, Ethics and Public Policy
    Philosophy 308, Biomedical Ethics
    Philosophy 309, International Ethics and Global Development
  • English 208, Professional Writing
  • Communication Studies 242, Professional Communication
  • Management/Psychology: One unit at the 300-level
  • Economics and Management 357, Business Functions
  • Two one-unit internships:
    Two options are available for fulfilling the internship requirement: (1) two full-time internships or (2) one full-time internship and one off-campus semester in an approved Albion College program
  • Senior Capstone (1/4 unit)
  • All courses for the major must be taken for a numerical grade, except those offered only on a credit/no credit basis.

The following are required in addition to the major:

  • Statistics:
    Mathematics 209, An Introduction to Statistics; Mathematics 309, Mathematical Statistics; or Economics and Management 235, Economic Statistics (1 unit)
    Psychology 204, Research Design and Analysis I, and 206, Research Design and Analysis II (2 units)
  • Economics and Management 230, Intermediate Microeconomics or 232, Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Completion of a second area of specialization selected from these options: (1) an existing Albion College minor, (2) a College-approved emphasis or concentration, (3) a second major, or (4) a five-unit area of focus, determined in collaboration with the Gerstacker Institute director, along with the majority approval of the Gerstacker Internal Advisory Committee and the provost.

Requirements for Minor

A minimum of five and one-quarter to seven units including the following:

Core requirements:

  • Business 111, Gerstacker Leadership Workshop (1/4 unit)
  • Economics and Management 211, Financial Accounting (1 unit)
  • Economics and Management 259, Management/Psychology (1 unit)

Choice of one in each section:

  • English 208, Professional Writing OR Communication Studies 242, Professional Communication
  • Intercultural/Global Issues. One unit selected from the following:
    Modern Languages and Cultures 105, Intercultural Understanding and Global Issues; Economics and Management 362, International Management; French 201, Intermediate French or higher; German 201, Intermediate German or higher; or Spanish 201, Intermediate Spanish or higher


Ethics - One unit selected from the following:
Philosophy 301, Environmental Ethics
Philosophy 302, Leadership Ethics
Philosophy 303, Business Ethics
Philosophy 304, Ethics and Public Policy
Philosophy 308, Biomedical Ethics
Philosophy 309, International Ethics and Global Development


  • Business and Organizations 392 (1 unit) - Two options:
    1. One full-time internship, or
    2. One off-campus semester in an approved Albion College program that combines course work and an internship

The following are required in addition to the minor:

  • Economics and Management 101, Principles of Microeconomics (1 unit)
  • Statistics:
    Mathematics 209, An Introduction to Statistics; Mathematics 309, Mathematical Statistics; or Economics and Management 235, Economic Statistics (1 unit)
    Psychology 204, Research Design and Analysis I, and 206, Research Design and Analysis II (2 units)

Area of Focus

Business Communication
Effective communication is the foundation of every effective business. The area of focus in business communication draws from communication studies, management and psychological sciences in order to better equip students with the necessary skills and abilities. Specifically, students will gain a better understanding of communication and associated techniques, human behavior, motivation, and performance, and how to effectively manage the resources of a business (human, financial and physical). Careers individuals pursue with an interest in business communication include public relations/media relations, corporate communications, public affairs, investor relations, government relations, marketing communication, and community relations.

The business communication area of focus is designed around two components: (1) a common core of two fundamental courses, and (2) a variety of courses addressing critical areas of business communication.

Requirements for the area of focus in business communication (5 units) are: Communication Studies 203 and Psychology 236; and three units chosen from the following electives: Communication Studies 205, 303, 306; Economics and Management 358, 359; Psychology 346.

All courses for an area of focus must be taken for a numerical grade.

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