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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

Questions?

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

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Deadline: Friday, October 7, 2016

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2008 Alumni

Majors

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Minors

  • Julie Cieszkowski
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Congratulations, seniors!

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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.
  6.  

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

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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: http://www.sea.edu

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.

Contact:
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
E-mail:
Web: http://www.sea.edu

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.

Hilary Hernandez Anthony

Hilary Hernandez Anthony, coordinator, Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and ServiceCoordinator, Gerald R. Ford Institute
for Leadership in Public Policy and Service

B.A., 2002, Western Michigan University

Office: 201 Robinson Hall
Email:
Phone: 517/629-0368

Hilary has been dedicated to nurturing growth through theatre and arts education, and holds a B.A. in Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University. Since 2004, Hilary has worked with Education for the Arts at Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency (KRESA) as a teaching artist, program coordinator, and professional development facilitator. Guided by the Aesthetic Education model established at The Lincoln Center in New York, her work has centered on creating experiential learning environments focused on inquiry and reflection. Hilary is delighted that her passions for education and excellence have led her to Albion College, and she looks forward to working alongside the talented students of the Ford Institute.

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
KPMG

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
LoanMod.com

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

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Manipulation of Palladium Nanoparticles Tethered to Graphitic Carbon
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Trifluoromethylation of Duff Formylated Bromo Substituted Phenols
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Room Temperature Shaped Palladium Nanoparticle Synthesis on Carbon Supports
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Isolation and Evaluation of Biologically Active Chemotherapeutic Compound, Polophyllotoxin from Juniperus Scopulorum Post Essential Oil Extraction
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Isolation of Podophyllotoxim from Juniperus Scopulorum Post Essential Oil Extraction"
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Catalytic Hydrogenation of Alkenes Using Palladium Nanoparticles (PdNP's)
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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)

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

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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)

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