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Zach Fischer

Zach FischerVisiting Assistant Professor

Office: 515 Herrick
Phone: 517/629-0609
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Benjamin Jealous

Benjamin Jealous2016 Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote Address

“The Secret to Unleashing Inner Greatness”

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 7 p.m.
Goodrich Chapel

Important update, April 18, 2016: Morris Dees, co-founder and chief trial attorney of the Southern Poverty Law Center, was originally scheduled to give the 2016 Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote, but is unable to do so due to health concerns.

Benjamin Jealous is the former president and CEO of the NAACP. He is now a partner at the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kapor Capital, where he invests in high-growth companies that have a positive social impact and continues his goal of increasing opportunities for minorities in the tech economy.

A Rhodes Scholar, Jealous was named by Fortune and Time magazines to their “Top 40 Under 40” lists and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Jealous' new book, Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding, features personal essays from prominent figures in the black community.

The youngest president in NAACP history, he began his career at age 18 opening mail at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Jealous has been a leader of successful state and local movements to ban the death penalty, outlaw racial profiling, defend voting rights, secure marriage equality and end mass incarceration.

Under his leadership from 2008 to 2013, the NAACP grew to be the largest civil rights organization online and on mobile, and became the largest community-based nonpartisan voter registration operation in the country. Jealous' leadership at the NAACP included bringing environmentalist organizations into the fight to protect voting rights, and convincing well-known conservatives to join the NAACP.

Prior to leading the NAACP, he spent 15 years as a journalist and community organizer. While at Mississippi's Jackson Advocate newspaper, his investigations were credited with exposing corruption at a state penitentiary and proving the innocence of a black farmer framed for arson. While at Amnesty International, he led successful efforts to outlaw prison rape, expose the increasing trend of children being sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, and draw attention to expanded racial profiling in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Timothy N. Lincoln

LincolnT 0206 cropProfessor of Geology

Albion College, Albion, MI 49224
Office: Palenske 121

517/629-0486

Courses taught:

  • Geology 101 Introductory Geology
  • Geology 115 Oceans Atmosphere and Climate
  • Geology 202 Ground Water
  • Geology 210 Regional Field Geology
  • Geology 307 Geochemistry
  • Environmental 210 Ecology and Environmental Field Trip
  • Environmental 206 Sustainable Living Seminar

Research Interests

With my wife Beth I am working on a long-term project mapping several quadrangles in the Precambrian core of the Black Hills, South Dakota.  I also collaborate with Thom Wilch and our students on geochemistry and hydrology projects in the Kalamazoo River watershed.

Recent Publications

Lincoln, Beth Z.; Lincoln, Timothy N.; Wilch, Thomas I.; Menold, Carrie; and McRivette, Michael (2011) Albion College’s ore exploration game: An integrative exercise.  In the Trenches, v. 2 No. 4 pp. 10-11.

Fagnon, Brian, Lincoln, Timothy N. and Lincoln, Beth Z. (2011) Geologic Map of Wind Cave National Park. South Dakota Geological Survey 7.5 Minute Series Geologic Quadrangle Map 14, Scale 1:24000.

Fagnon, Brian, Lincoln, Timothy N., Lincoln, Beth Z., and Dyk, Darren W. (2011) Geologic Map of the Wind Cave Quadrangle, South Dakota. South Dakota Geological Survey 7.5 Minute Series Geologic Quadrangle Map 15, scale 1:24000.

Recent Presentations

Wilch, T.I. and Lincoln, T.N. (2013) Monitoring and characterization of the Upper Kalamazoo Watershed, MI: Undergraduate research in a local natural laboratory. Geol. Soc. Am. Abstracts with Programs v. 45, no.4, p. 69.

Wilch, Thomas I.; Bartels, William S.; Lincoln, Beth Z; Lincoln, Timothy N.; Menold, Carrie;  and McRivette, Michael (2011) Using assessment and program review to strengthen geology programs: An example from Albion College. Geol Soc Am. Abstracts with Programs v. 43, no. 5 p. 298.

Lincoln, Beth Z.; Lincoln, Timothy N.; Wilch, Thomas I.; Menold, Carrie; and McRivette, Michael (2011)  Albion College’s ore exploration game: An integrative exercise. Geol Soc Am. Abstracts with Programs v. 43, no. 5 p. 133.

Lincoln, Timothy N. and Lincoln, Beth Z. (2009) Precambrian geology of Wind Cave National Park, Black Hills, South Dakota.  Geol. Soc. Am. Abstracts with Programs v. 41, no.7.

Lincoln, Beth Z.; Bartels, William S.; Lincoln, Timothy N.; Menold, Carrie; Van de Ven, Christopher; and Wilch, Thomas I. (2007)  Research experiences for first and second year students at Albion College.  Geol. Soc. Am. Abstracts with Programs v. 39, no. 6, p. 247.

Lincoln, Timothy N., 2006, Teaching instrumentation in an advanced undergraduate geochemistry course.  Geol. Soc. Am. Abstracts with Programs, v. 38, no. 7, p. 284.

Lincoln, Timothy N. and Lincoln, Beth Z., 2004, Faulting in the Cicero Peak Quadrangle, Black Hills, South Dakota. Geol. Soc. Am. Abstracts with Programs, v. 36, no. 5, p.569

Lincoln, Timothy N. and Lincoln, Beth Z., 2003, Geology of the Cicero Peak and Mount Coolidge Quadrangles, Black Hills, South Dakota. Geol. Soc. Am. Abstracts with Programs, v.35, no. 6, p. 506

Mary Jean Eisenhower

Mary Jean Eisenhower2017 Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote Address

“Supreme Allied Commander; President of the United States; Private Citizen”

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 7 p.m.
Goodrich Chapel

Mary Jean Eisenhower was born in Washington, D.C., during her grandfather Dwight D. Eisenhower's first term in office as president of the United States. She was christened in the Blue Room of the White House and grew up in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, close to the Eisenhower Farm, where President Eisenhower eventually retired. Her father, John, was named U.S. Ambassador to Belgium in 1969, and she lived in Brussels with her family until 1972.

Eisenhower is president and chief executive officer of People to People International, which was founded by President Eisenhower on September 11, 1956 and became a private organization in 1961. She joined PTPI hoping to carry on her grandfather's dream, but it has since become a dream of her own.

In 1999 she established the PTPI Friendship Fund following an inspirational visit to an orphanage in Morocco. To date, the fund has provided assistance to many causes, including the global humanitarian eradication of landmines; earthquake relief in India; disaster relief to victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks and their families; support of schools for the underprivileged in China and Sri Lanka; a home for leukemia victims and their families in Cuba; Japan tsunami relief; and efforts in Rwanda and Haiti.

Following September 11, 2001, Eisenhower's focus intensified toward getting young people from around the world together to learn about each other and to engage in conflict management. Her vision resulted in Peace Camp 2003: An Evolution of Thought and Action and The Global Peace Initiative. The efforts have brought people from diverse areas, representing more than 30 nationalities, together in Egypt, Jordan and Turkey to discuss issues and reach a better understanding of their unique and individual cultures. The program remains active today.

Eisenhower has received the Knight of Peace Award from the International University in Assisi, Italy; the Medal of Honor from the Slovak Republic; the Consular Corps Award of Excellence; The Harry S. Truman Award for Public Service; Friendship Ambassador recognition from The Peoples' Republic of China; and the Friend of Foreign Service Award, Taiwan, among others. A recipient of four honorary doctorate degrees, Eisenhower has also served as a fellow at Stanford University and in the Churchill Institute at Westminster College (Missouri).

Elliot Brinker, '18

Elliot Brinker

Major: Spanish and French

Hometown: Livonia, Michigan

What makes you want to be a teacher or educator?

I wanted to be a teacher only after I realized what I wanted to do and who I wanted to be as a person. In high school, I found that I have an interest in languages and cultures, and a passion for understanding more of the world. Ever since I was young I’ve had a love for helping others. Despite the technology and advances that have been made in our time I feel that too many people grow up only understanding the bubble that they live in. It is my desire to help open people’s eyes, and allow them to connect with more of humanity that drives me towards education.

What do you love about being in Albion's Shurmur Center?

The two things that I love most about the Shurmur Center are the support that it provides and shared passion of the entire center and education department. You are supported on every level and through every step of the process towards becoming an educator. The staff and faculty foster close connections with the students and professionals in field and in the classroom. It is always easy to tell that the driving force behind these connections is the passion of those involved in the Center.

This passion extends beyond the Albion College students that they teach and is rooted in a concern for the students that will be taught by the graduates of the Shurmur Center. While every Shurmur Center student is supported and encouraged, we are taught to reflect on our own interests and goals to assure that we are the most effective in our future jobs as educators.

How do you think this experience will help you in your career goals?

The Shurmur Center and the education department really prepare you to excel as an educator in the future. The program includes large amounts of field experience, starting with the very first course, which really prepare you to be in the classroom. For many people, it helps them decide what kind of field they want to go into. This reflects the Center’s desire to help the students of future graduates before anything else. On a more personal basis, the program very closely reflects my own personal career goals, not only in becoming a teacher, but by helping me become the kind of teacher I want to be. Albion’s teacher education program focuses on a holistic teaching approach that I feel will best assist my future students in their own goals and educations.

What do you love about Albion College?

So much of what I learn and what I do at Albion reflects my life and my future life.  Almost all of my experiences at Albion College have not only educated me as a student, but also as a person. At Albion, I don’t feel any disconnect between my school experiences and the world around me. It is not that every fact I learn is specifically relevant to my own life, but every professor, student, or person I meet here helps me understand how everything is a lesson and how those lessons can help me shape my future.

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