Advancing Albion  

It’s a challenge to do great things. It’s the catalyst to prepare our students for success. It’s inspiration for all to make a difference.

The impact of every gift is clear for those students who benefit. However, their power reaches far beyond that. Gifts to Albion College make an impact on both students and those who give. You can feel it on our campus—among the classrooms, labs, playing fields and beyond. Through the annual luncheon celebrating Stockwell Society members and endowed scholarship donors, you can see it. In the stories below, you can read about the significant role these generous gifts play in the Albion College story.

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Honoring a Friend and His Scholarship Road

John and Karen Vournakis, '61 '66
Scientist and professor John Vournakis, '61, who passed away in January, always kept Albion College and his hometown of Albion close to his heart. An author on more than 180 published scholarly articles, a holder of more than 30 patents and, above all, a true friend, Vournakis "was a fascinating guy," says Charlie Becker, '66, who recently gave the initial gift toward the establishment of the John N., '61, and Karen Munro Vournakis, '66 Endowed Legacy Scholarship.

Creating Opportunities for Current and Future 'Fordies'

Robinson HallTwo generations of “Fordies,” as they are affectionately known, who have gone on to work in many facets of public service—from elected office to nonprofit work—have been shaped by the institute, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of its founding during the just completed academic year.

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Bonciel Griffin-Burress, '97: The Importance of Legacy

Bonciel Griffin-Burress"Why wait until later when you can help people now? I feel better knowing that as I'm growing and expanding and I'm blessed with opportunities, I'm sharing."

Inspiring Rally

Tennis courtAn unforeseen six-figure cost of a tennis court renovation project presented an equally unforeseen, and particularly meaningful, opportunity for former Britons to reconnect with their alma mater.

Richard and Marilyn Vitek, '56 '56: A Good Year

Richard and Marilyn VitekLongtime donors Richard and Marilyn Vitek, ’56 ’56, honored their class’ vintage with additional, targeted gifts leading up to their 60th reunion. They have also recently made the vision of a new music building on campus a reality.

Vitek Center for Musical Arts announcement

Harrington Gift to Build, Sustain Ties

Mike and Judy HarringtonCiting a need for ‘clever’ philanthropy, Judy and Michael Harrington, ’86 ’85, have given a seven-figure gift that will provide incentives for College faculty and staff to live near campus, as well as financial support for students.

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