Interdepartmental Majors

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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Deadline: Friday, October 7, 2016

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Big Interview

We are pleased to offer you a free training system that features a new and innovative way to help you prepare more effectively for a job interview.

Big Interview is an online system that combines training AND practice to help improve your interview technique and build your confidence.

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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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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.

Intercultural Activities

Albion College organizes many activities that allow students from all backgrounds to interact and participate fully in college life. Intercultural activities are available for students who are globally-minded, and wish to develop intercultural competency and awareness. Through various activities, domestic and international students can engage with and have fun with one other.

On Campus Activities

International Coffee Hour: Meet at the Global Commons (Vulgamore 308) on Fridays at 3:30pm for global discussions, and time spent with Albion’s vibrant international community. Beverages and dessert-type snacks provided, as well as plenty of conversation. Dates are posted in Albion Today.

Intercultural Affairs Activities

Bohm Theatre: Walk to the historic Bohm theatre for movies, live music, and other local activities.

Union Board: Union Board (UB) is a student organization dedicated to bringing the most fun events, performers and activities to campus. All of their events are free, and are open to everyone.

Student Clubs & Organizations: Joining a student club is a wonderful way to learn about people with multiple interests and points of view. Albion College has many nationality clubs, as well as other student clubs and groups that may be of interest to you.

Dow Recreation Center: The Dow is a great place to exercise, play sports with friends, or to start your canoe trip down the Kalamazoo River. Entrance to the Dow is free for students, all you need to do is show your Albion College 1Card.

Briton Sports: Come join fellow Albion students in rooting for our Briton sports teams.

Off Campus Activities

Victory Park: Victory park is located just blocks away from Albion's campus, off of Hannah Street. It has plenty of room to play frisbee, as well as a playground, basketball courts, a river walk, and state of the art disc golf course. Sledding in the winter is an all-time favorite, you can get a tray from Baldwin Hall. Cardboard classic sledding competion is in late January.

Cascarelli's: An Albion favorite for when you need a break from Baldwin. This restaurant is known for its pizza, but also has a selection of other American type foods. Every month Cascarelli's hosts "Jazz at Relli's," with music from the Albion College Jazz Band.

116 South Superior Street
Albion, MI 49224

Bowling Alley: Just a few miles from campus you'll find a great and college student friendly venue for all bowling needs. In addition to the Union Board sponsored "Boo Bowling," you can head to University Lanes on your own for a fun experience off campus.

16653 East Michigan Avenue
Albion, MI 49224

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
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

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.

Japanese Courses


101 Elementary Japanese (1)
Stresses the grammatical structures and vocabulary of spoken and written Japanese, and offers practice in conversation and in writing Chinese characters. Also emphasizes Japanese culture and intercultural understanding between Japanese and U.S. cultures. Includes how to interact in a culturally and socially appropriate manner in specific situations. Staff.

102 Elementary Japanese, continued (1)
Expected level of proficiency: Japanese 101 or permission of instructor.
Continuation of Japanese 101. Staff.

201 Intermediate Japanese (1)
Expected level of proficiency: Japanese 102 or permission of instructor.
Continuation of Japanese 102. Staff.

202 Intermediate Japanese, continued (1)
Expected level of proficiency: Japanese 201 or permission of instructor.
Continuation of Japanese 201. Staff.

287, 288, 289 Selected Topics (1/4, 1/2, 1)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
An examination of subjects or areas not included in other courses. Staff.

301 Upper Intermediate Japanese (1)
Expected level of proficiency: Japanese 202.
Builds a high level of proficiency in Japanese. Emphasizes producing conversation and expanding vocabulary in both speaking and writing. Weekly tutorials on class material and Japanese culture. Staff.

387, 388, 389 Selected Topics (1/4, 1/2, 1)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
An examination of subjects or areas not included in other courses. Staff.

Dawid Tatarczyk

Dawid TatarczykDawid Tatarczyk's research examines the political influence of the Catholic Church in consolidated democracies. His dissertation utilizes a variety of research methods, including QCA and process tracing to analyze 24 OECD countries. The primary goal of the dissertation is to explain which combination of institutional conditions (i.e. Catholic electorate, referenda, and Christian Democratic Parties) is necessary/sufficient for the Church to exercise political influence.

2011 Alumni


  • Christopher DeLong
  • Grace Gibson
  • Elizabeth Heimler
  • Julia Humenik
  • Virginia Mapes
  • Jessica McGarity
  • Kayla Schultz
  • Katherine Wiese


  • Alexandra Beach
  • Emily Comella
  • John Forgrave
  • Jessica Homrich
  • Nicholas Lane
  • Daniel Palmer
  • Mathew Peters
  • Sandeep Singh
  • Matthew Van Linden
  • Rhonda Vander Zwaag
  • Daniel Willenberg

Centers and Institutes

You’ll live in the real world. Prepare to succeed there now.

That's the genius behind Albion's Centers and Institutes. Regardless of your academic and career interests, these programs add value through specialized academic offerings and opportunities. Put your learning to work through internships, research and other pre-professional experiences. Give yourself a distinct advantage when applying to graduate or professional school. Or landing your first job after graduation.

Our Centers and Institutes…

  • Enhance your academic major

  • Build self-confidence and leadership skills

  • Develop your problem-solving and communication skills valued by employers

  • Create a community of students who share your interests and aspirations

  • Connect you with alumni for networking and career relationships

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