Milestone Reunions

Milestone Reunions

Thursday, May 14–Saturday, May 16, 2020

Classes 1958–1977 are invited to celebrate the 45th, 50th, 55th and 60th Reunions!

Due to public health concerns related to COVID-19, the event, originally scheduled for May 14-16, 2020 will be postponed to May 20-22, 2021. When more details are set, additional announcements will be made.

We are working on refunds to all registered guests. Next year's event registration will open early 2021.

If you have questions, please contact us at or 517/629-1835.

Life After Albion

Share an update with the College and your classmates! Please fill out this Life After Albion form, and a summary will appear in the Albionotes section of Io Triumphe! magazine and a print out will be shared with those that attend the Milestone Reunion event on campus next spring!

The Iconic Era of 1974–1975

While The Exorcist hit theatres, quickly becoming a smash hit with strong ratings boosted by reports claiming audience members experiencing “paranormal” side-effects, Stephen King was debuting even more new nightmares in his novel, Carrie.

On campus, Albion College celebrated the opening of the Herrick Center for Speech Communication and Theatre, while the nation watched Chuck Woolery celebrate the first spin on Wheel of Fortune.

As The Class of 1975 celebrated lively Saturday nights here in Albion, America tuned in to Saturday Night Live for the first time, starring George Carlin as host and Billy Preston and Janis Ian as musical guests.

This era also saw the legacy of Bill Gates begin with the creation and founding of Microsoft, inspiring people to expand their imaginations and dream no small dreams. The Class of 1975 left Albion College ready to do just that.

The Iconic Era of 1969–1970

This iconic era marked the end of the decade and the start of a new one! The US celebrated its first Earth Day and Albion College welcomed CBS News and Walter Cronkite to town to feature Albion College students cleaning up the Kalamazoo River and collecting cans to send to recycling plants.

While Earth danced to the sounds of The Who and Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock, Neil Armstrong walked to a different beat, taking “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” on the moon.

Albion College said farewell to President Louis Norris and instated Dr. Bernard Lomas as the 12th President of Albion College. At the same time, the activity of civil rights groups across the U.S. spurred the Class of 1970 to join the fight for equal rights and included Albion’s own Afro-American Union, Albion Ecumenical Movement, and the Association of Women Students.

While the world watched the 1960s end and the 1970s begin, the Class of 1970 were prepared to thrive in the shifting political landscape of America and inspired to shoot for the stars alongside the Apollo missions.

The Iconic Era of 1964–1965

While the Class of 1965 was learning and growing at Albion College, the nation too, was undergoing a period of learning and growth.

As Martin Luther King, Jr. marched on Washington and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed, these topics were the center of lively discussions in Albion as former Mississippi Governor, Ross Barnett, and journalist, John Howard Griffin spoke on campus.

The country cheered as the Baltimore Colts won the 1964 NFL Championship. On campus, Briton fans cheered as Albion College won our 1964 homecoming game against Olivet, helping the Albion Briton Football team become the only undefeated collegiate team in the MIAA that year.

Several of Walt Disney’s newest movies premiered at The Bohm, including The Sword and The Stone and Yellowstone Cubs, while the nation fell in love with NBC’s newest soap opera Days of Our Lives.

During such a transformational time in the country’s history, the Class of 1965 left Albion prepared to make an impact and leave their footprint on the world.

The Iconic Era of 1959–1960

While the Class of 1960 was earning their degrees, Alaska and Hawaii earned their places in the United States, becoming the 49th and 50th states in the union, respectively, thus changing the American flag to include two new stars.

American history would be forever changed as the first sit-ins for Civil Rights occurred at Woolworth’s lunch counter. Meanwhile, Michigan history changed as Albion College was named a historic site.

The College said goodbye to Albion College’s 10th President, Dr. William Whitehouse, while saying hello to the newest invention: Zip Codes!

While celebrating the 1960 graduation in Albion, Detroit celebrated being named the Richest Per Capita City in America by the U.S. Census Bureau who, for the first time, mailed out census forms instead of going door-to-door.

As the Class of 1960 left Albion, the 1960 Presidential Race came to an end, resulting in the election of John F. Kennedy, whose famous words “ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country,” challenged this class to serve their fellow Americans.

We hope you will join us for all meals and activities! The schedule has been set up so that you can completely customize your experience while on-campus. Don't forget to check the amenity list and build some of those into your schedule as well.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 14, 2020

2–5 p.m.

Schuler Arts

Location: Creative Retreat Center, 1201 Maple Street, Albion, MI

Immerse yourself in the working art studios of Nobel and Pam Schuler. Whether you consider yourself an emerging artist—or far from it—this remarkable venue is for YOU! In this joy-filled studio, nestled on five acres near campus, you will feel close to everything but also far away with creative energy galore. This hands-on workshop explores various ceramic processes that will leave you with art in your hands and new friendships in your heart. Space is limited to 25. Cost is $50/person, including refreshments. Advanced registration required.

2–5:30 p.m.

Information Desk

Location: Bonta Admission Center, 101 N. Hannah St. (Corner of Hannah and Cass Streets)

Make this your first stop when arriving to campus! Mingle and meet classmates, other alumni and friends while picking up your event information. Activity sign-up (for no-charge activities) will be located at event check-in when you arrive on campus.

2–5:30 p.m.

Lodging Check-In

Location: Mitchell Towers, 1st Floor Lobby

After checking in at Bonta, head to Mitchell Towers to get settled. Relive your college years and stay with us on campus in Mitchell Towers, formerly known as Twin Towers. Reservations can be made through the event registration form or online. If you are not up for dorm life, enjoy one of the many local lodging options, viewable in the accommodations section. Afterhours check-in will be available at Campus Safety.

3:30 p.m.

Downtown Albion Tours and Information

Location: Meet at Ludington Center, 101 N. Superior St.

Are you curious about what has happened in downtown Albion since you left campus? Join alumna, Caroline Dobbins Hurteau, ’12, for a personal walking tour of downtown Albion. The tour will highlight recent investments, newly opened businesses, quick conversations with local alumni that have opened businesses and the future vision for Superior Street, including a tour of the Bohm Theatre. This tour will leave from the Ludington Center located at 101 N. Superior Street.

6 p.m.

All-Class Welcome Dinner

Location: Science Atrium, Science Complex

Join classmates from 1958 to 1977 for dinner and take a trip down memory lane through photo presentations of “A Day in the Life” presented by a current student and one of your fellow classmates. Advanced registration required.

8:30 p.m.

Movie Night

Location: Bohm Theatre, 201 S. Superior St., Albion, MI (Bohm Theatre II)

Relive the 1970’s with a private showing of a film from the era shown at The Bohm II. Built in 1929, the historic Bohm Theatre in downtown Albion was restored in 2014 with the help of Albion College and in 2015 received the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation. Most recently, Bohm II (a second screen seating for 38) has been added to the theatre to offer more film options. Enjoy prices you’ll remember from the ’70s: tickets ($1.50) and popcorn and soda ($3.50)! Advanced registration required.

Friday, May 15, 2020

7 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Information Desk

Location: Bonta Admission Center

Mingle and meet classmates, other alumni and friends while picking up your event information packet. Activity sign-up (for no-charge activities) will be located at event check-in when you arrive on campus.

7:30–9 a.m.

Breakfast

Location: Bonta Admission Center

Jump-start your morning with a relaxed hearty breakfast and the opportunity to mingle with classmates and make your plans for the day. Advanced registration required.

8:30–9:30 a.m.

Morning Power Walk

Location: Meet at Bonta Admission Center

Power walk around campus and downtown. We will leave the Bonta Admission Center at 8:30 a.m. with alumnae Peg Mitchell Turner, ’69, Nancy Grahm Roush, ’72, and Barb Sehnert Lange, ’70, leading the way.

8:30–9:30 a.m.

Whitehouse Nature Center, Walk and Learn

Location: Whitehouse Nature Center

Learn about the facilities, the wildlife that call it home and the various trails leading through forests, prairie fields and near the river! Tour led by local faculty experts, Dr. Dale Kennedy and Dr. Doug White.

9:30–10:30 a.m.

Class 1 - Treasures, Mysteries, and Histories from the Albion College Archives

Location: Norris 100, Science Complex

Join Elizabeth Palmer, ’10, Marilyn Crandell Schleg Memorial Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, for an interactive exploration of Albion College history. Learn about what it means to be an archivist, some of the unique materials the archives has, and hear stories from Albion’s rich history.

10:30–11:30 a.m.

Class 2 - American Pharma: This science and big business behind your drugs.

Location: Norris 100, Science Complex

Pharmaceuticals are big business in America. Global trade treaties, the stock market, and most importantly, our health, all rely on developments in this rapidly evolving industry. How does it work and why should we all care? Albion College’s medicinal chemistry curriculum tackles the types of pharmaceuticals, how each works, and how they are discovered, developed, marketed and ultimately brought to market. The course has a distinct focus on the science behind drugs, but it is impossible to separate the science of drug discovery from the business of drug sales and so we will discuss how the course often and unavoidably diverges into topics of ethics, marketing and economics. In this short course, we will also show how drug discovery is being executed by Albion College students in the research lab. Led by Chemistry Professor Craig Streu, ’04.

11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Lodging Check-In

Location: Mitchell Towers, 1st Floor Lobby

Relive your college years and stay with us on campus in Mitchell Towers, formerly known as Twin Towers. Reservations can be made through the event registration form or online. Your information packet will be available at Mitchell Towers when you check in. If you are not up for dorm life, enjoy one of the many local lodging options, viewable in the accommodations section. After-hours check-in will be available at Campus Safety.

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Lunch

Location: Baldwin Cafe

Enjoy lunch in the student cafeteria with locally grown foods. This buffet-style lunch. Advanced registration required.

11:45 p.m.

Conversation with Mauri

Location: during lunch in Baldwin Café if you wish to join

An interactive program during lunch in the midst of your Milestone Reunion to connect in a small group with the President. Mauri will share his perspective on the remarkable value of a liberal arts education in our nation today and how Albion is evolving to lead the way. Come prepared with questions and celebrations.

1:30–2:30 p.m.

History of Campus

Location: Norris 100, Science Complex

Join this walking tour or view from the comfort of a classroom. Meet at Norris 100 and we will split into groups for walking or classroom. This tour will take you through campus and the years. Learn about the storied history of buildings that stand on our campus today. Tour led by Jim and Marsha Green Whitehouse, ’69, ’70.

3–4 p.m.

Class 3 - Painting in Monet's Gardens

Join Professor Bille Wickre for an enriching program.

6 p.m.

Reunion Dinners

Eat, celebrate and catch up with fellow classmates as you reignite your Briton passion together. Advanced registration required.

  • 45th Reunion - President’s Home, 501 E. Michigan Avenue, Albion, MI
  • 50th Reunion - Schuler’s Restaurant and Pub, Heritage East, Marshall, MI
  • 55th Reunion - President’s Home, 501 E. Michigan Avenue, Albion, MI
  • 60th Reunion - Weatherwax Study Commons, Mudd/Stockwell Library, Albion College, Albion, MI

Saturday, May 16, 2020

8 a.m.–12 p.m.

Check-Out

Check-out is 12 p.m. at Mitchell Towers and the Courtyard by Marriott Albion.

8:30–9:30 a.m.

Breakfast and Presidential Search Update

Location: Ludington Center, 101 N. Superior St.

Enjoy a hearty breakfast and hear how alumni investment has enriched campus and downtown plus the process to select Albion College’s 17th President with Bob Anderson, Vice President, Alumni Relations and Advancement. Advanced registration required.

10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

The Class of 1960 Albion Community Intern Endowment Presentation and 10th Anniversary Celebration

Location: Ludington Center, 101 N. Superior St.

It is a tribute to the scholarship that has continued at Albion College for 180 years started by a group of alumni who graduated more than a half century ago who care deeply about those who come after them. The Class of 1960 continues to demonstrate the value of our Briton network to our current students. This endowment will ensure that students interested in working in Albion will have that opportunity for years to come.

11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.

Lunch and FURSCA Presentations

Location: Ludington Center, 101 N. Superior St.

Enjoy lunch catered by The Foundry Bakehouse in downtown Albion, and hear from a panel of staff and students involved with FURSCA on campus. The Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (FURSCA) was established to promote and support student research, original scholarship, and creative efforts in all disciplines. Students work closely with a faculty mentor to develop and carry out research or other creative projects. Advanced registration required (for lunch).

1:15 p.m.

Downtown Albion Tours and Information

Location: Meet at Ludington Center, 101 N. Superior St.

Are you curious about what has happened in downtown Albion since you left campus? Join alumna, Caroline Dobbins Hurteau, ’12, for a personal walking tour of downtown Albion. The tour will highlight recent investments, newly opened businesses, quick conversations with local alumni that have opened businesses and the future vision for Superior Street, including a tour of the Bohm Theatre. This tour will leave from the Ludington Center located at 101 N. Superior Street.

Accommodations

Courtyard by Marriott

200 South Superior St.
Albion, MI 49224
Phone: 517/629-8520

Group Code: Codes can be entered in the Group Code section under special rates at marriott.com/jxnab or by calling the hotel at 517/629-8520.

  • Standard queen code: BTCBTCA
  • Standard king code: BTCBTCB

Palmer House Inn B&B

108 W Erie St.
Albion, MI 49224
Phone: 517/629-0001

Residence Hall - Mitchell Towers

Get the full experience when you stay in the dorms!

Enjoy staying on campus during your Milestone Reunion to experience the campus life to its fullest!

Mitchell Towers (formerly known as "Twin") is located on the corner of Mingo and Jackson Streets. Both towers have four floors with an elevator to the suite-style (two rooms connected by a bathroom) residence rooms.

Room Furnishings

  • two twin beds
  • waste basket
  • hand soap
  • toilet paper
  • non-air conditioned
  • linen packet (pillow, blanket, 2 sheets, pillowcase, bath towel, hand towel, washcloth and bath mat)

*Bring all other needed toiletries (as they are not provided).

Other Accommodations

You may also choose to stay at a number of other nearby locations.

Amenities

The schedule purposefully leaves plenty of room for you to plan your own reunion. There's room for long walks in the Nature Center, shopping trips in town or the campus bookstore, and time to explore, wander and have real conversations with friends old and new.

Biggby Coffee

Coffee, Snacks, Relaxing Atmosphere

  • Thursday–Saturday, 5 a.m.–8 p.m.
  • Sunday, 7 a.m.–8 p.m.

College Bookstore

Apparel, Gifts, Souvenirs

  • Thursday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Sunday, closed

Dow Fitness Center

Weight Room, Cardio Room, Indoor Track

  • Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Saturday–Sunday, closed

Equestrian Center

See the Horses, Tour the Facility (call ahead: 517/629-0838)

  • Thursday, 8 a.m.–9 p.m.
  • Friday, 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
  • Saturday–Sunday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.

Stirling Books & Brew

Coffee, Treats, Books

  • Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.–10 p.m.

Stockwell Memorial Library

Archives, Computers, Literature

  • Thursday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Saturday–Sunday, closed

Whitehouse Nature Center

Walking Trails, Wildlife Observation

  • Thursday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Saturday–Sunday, 12 p.m.–4 p.m.

Student Farm

  • Thursday–Sunday, dawn–dusk

Other Amenities

There are many other nearby businesses and restaurants. Browse our list of preferred locations for the dining experience that's best for you.

Before You Arrive

  • Let your fellow Britons know that you’ll be attending the event and encourage them to join you!

  • Send photos from your time on campus to . They could be featured throughout the event.

  • View the amenities list for things to do and places to visit around campus and downtown.

What to Bring

If you forget anything, you can probably find what you need at Family Fare or Parks Drug Store. Here are a few reminders of what to bring for the week:

  • Camera, scrapbooks, memorabilia.

  • Put your name on anything important.

  • Reusable water bottle to fill at fountains stationed around campus.

  • Bag or backpack for items you want with you during the day.

  • A light jacket, umbrella, sunscreen and mosquito repellent. Spring weather in Michigan is unpredictable, so keep an eye on the forecast before you arrive.

  • Wheelchair for those with difficulty walking. College wheelchairs are available for emergencies only.

  • Cards, board games or yard games to play during your free time.

  • Gym gear if you get a chance to work out at the Dow.

General Information

Alcohol and Drug Use

No alcohol is allowed on-campus by staff or participants. Smoking is prohibited in all enclosed areas and a minimum of 25 feet from any entrance, window, or ventilation system.

Campus Safety

Call 517/629-0213 to reach Campus Safety.

Lost and Found

Visit the event check-in desk in Mitchell Towers. If not there, call Campus Safety.

Rain/Severe Weather Plan

Outdoor activities will take place as scheduled in the case of rain. However, note that these events will be moved to an indoor location or canceled in case of severe weather (lightning, high winds, tornado watch or warning).

Special Accommodations

Contact the Alumni Office early if you require special accommodations for your time here. If you have special dietary needs, indicate them on your reservation form or attach a note when you make your reservations.

Contact the Office of College Events at 517/629-1835.

Wireless Internet

Simply connect your device to the Albion College Guest network.

Questions

Contact the Office of College Events at 517/629-1835 or .