Landmark Internship: Walles, '15, Helps Bring Back the Bohm

Andrea Walles, '15
Internships usually provide knowledge and new skills; some lead to permanent employment. For Andrea Walles, ’15, her experience went further: she landed a seat on the board of directors. “I’ve been appointed to a three-year term, even though I’m graduating in a year,” says Walles, who spent last spring semester working with Albion’s Friends of the Bohm Theatre. The internship, offered through the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, was made possible by the Class of 1960 Albion Community Intern Endowment.

Class of 1960 Intern Is Positive About Albion's Potential

Patrick Lopez
"As a nontraditional student who rents a house in Albion, goes to the grocery store in Albion, goes to the bar in Albion, it was sort of inevitable that I would start to notice that Albion has a business community doing whatever it could to attract jobs," writes Patrick Lopez, '15, who secured an internship with the Albion Economic Development Corporation through the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service. "I thought it would also be interesting to try and help with this a bit."

Ford Institute Presents 'Albion Tomorrow' Panel

"Albion Tomorrow" panel participants, September 11, 2014
Albion College's 300-seat Towsley Lecture Hall was nearly full with students, faculty, and members of the Albion community September 11 as they listened to a panel of experts talk about "
Albion Tomorrow: The Liberal Arts College as Partner in Community Revitalization." The event, presented by the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, kicked off three days of Celebrate Albion! festivities featuring the Inauguration of President Mauri Ditzler.

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McLean: Ford Showed 'Government Can Indeed Work'

Patrick McLean, director, Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service
"After 40 years, it is my view that Michiganders of all political stripes have begun to recognize Gerald Ford as a fine president and a great American," writes Patrick McLean (left), director of Albion College's Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, in a commentary for Bridge, an online magazine produced by The Center for Michigan. August 9 will mark four decades since Ford became president following Richard Nixon's resignation.

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