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Larry Steinhauer, E&M and Honors Program Stalwart and Leader, Passes Away

Larry Steinhauer, a 32-year Albion College faculty member in Economics and Management, passed away December 25, 2017.
Larry Steinhauer, professor emeritus of economics and management, passed away on Christmas Day at his home in Albion, at the age of 75. A student of Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman, Steinhauer's research and teaching focused on money, money systems and the Federal Reserve. Over his 32 years with Albion, he taught and mentored many successful Albion alumni, including some who have gone on to become Fortune 500 executives, entrepreneurs and leaders in a wide range of industries. A celebration-of-life service will be held at Goodrich Chapel on Saturday January 27, at 11 a.m.

College Explores New Academic Collaborations Through Sister City Link

Robinson Hall, Albion College
A three-person delegation from the Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ), located near the City of Albion's Sister Cities of Noisy-le-Roi and Bailly, France, visited Albion College earlier this week to discuss the possibility of expanding educational and cultural opportunities between the two institutions. "There's quite a lot of potential here," said one of the officials.

Skot Welch, '90, Says Belonging Takes Work in MLK Day of Dialogue Keynote

Skot Welch, '90
A different take on community set a fitting tone for nearly 200 participants in Albion College's third annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Dialogue and Service, held January 15. Several athletic teams and student clubs gave up their last late morning of winter break for an inspiring keynote by Skot Welch, '90, an internationally recognized consultant and facilitator for organizational diversity initiatives. Following his remarks, attendees engaged in small-group dialogues and participated in service projects.

Lisa Colville, '07, Tracks Treelines in California

Geology major Lisa Colville, '07, uses a Global Positioning System (GPS) device to record the location of a dwarf sagebrush in California's White Mountains.  All photos by Molly Palmer, Stanford University 

Life at the Crooked Creek White Mountain Research Station is something to get used to! It's the end of July, and every morning our breakfast is prepared by a master chef, who is also a very knowledgeable naturalist.

After packing our sack lunch, doing dishes, and cleaning the kitchen, we begin our daily expedition into the field. The field is very different from Albion indeed—between 9,000’ and 12,500' in the White Mountains of east-central California.

Our mission is to find the upper limit of dwarf sagebrush, Mountain Mahogany, and Pinyon Pine growth, which is achieved only by hiking up and down slopes and recording the diameter, height and location of each plant that we come across. The elevation of our hikes reached 12,500’ when we found the highest sagebrush in our field area ever recorded. Hiking at 12,500 feet can be quite exhausting, so when we come across a scenic spot we grab a snack and catch the view for a bit.


While in the field, my FURSCA advisor Dr. Chris Van de Ven and I, along with our collaborators, are outfitted with global positioning system (GPS), notebooks, calibrated ropes (for measuring the diameter and height of the plants), rain gear, and, most importantly, our lunch.

Describing the upper limit of growth is important because we can compare it to previous data to observe how the plants are responding to climate change. We expect to see the smaller (younger) plants establishing themselves at higher elevations than their larger (older) relatives as a response to the approximate 0.6°C increase in global temperature over the last century.

Colville and Albion geology professor Chris Van de Ven
, flanked by colleagues from Stanford University, climb a mountainside in search of tree life.

Conducting field research out in the White Mountains has been extremely rewarding and educational. I developed the observational and organizational skills required to be a field scientist, gain an appreciation for hiking at high altitudes; as well as work with well known and respected ecologists and geologists. My summer FURSCA project has certainly enhanced my exceptional Albion College experience.

From the White Mountains, Colville looks west at the Sierra Nevada range.

Colville and Van de Ven explore an old mine shaft.


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