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Orchestra Director Ball Premieres Debussy Transcriptions

Reported by Angela Zito, ’09

ALBION, Mich. — Albion College orchestra director Jim Ball is also one of the featured arrangers on the concert, as the Albion College Symphony Orchestra makes its first public performance of the semester on Sunday, March 4, at 4 p.m. in Goodrich Chapel.

This performance raises the bar for the Symphony Orchestra as it consists entirely of early 20th-century impressionist compositions. The featured work is Claude Debussy’s Nocturnes for orchestra, which Ball arranged last fall as his sabbatical project. Maurice Ravel’s Rhapsodie espagnole, and Charles Griffes’ Poem for Flute, featuring Albion College flute instructor Tess Miller, round out the program.

Debussy and Ravel are considered the two greatest French composers of impressionist music. Their works are unique and invite imagination on the parts of both audience and performer. “I am so excited to play this piece with the orchestra,” said Miller of the Griffes piece. “Together, we make the music come alive.”

This concert is free and the public is invited to attend. For more information, contact the Albion College Music department, 517-629-0481.

Albion College Celebrates Women’s History Month

Reported by Jake Weber

ALBION, Mich. — A variety of programs and activities enrich an awareness of women’s issues in educational and entertaining ways, as Albion College celebrates Anna Howard Shaw Women's History Month in March. For more information, contact the Anna Howard Shaw Women’s Center at 517/629-0586, or program coordinator Staci Gunner.

Monday, March 5: Film festival. "Beyond Killing Us Softly: The Strength to Resist" and “A Woman's World: Women in Politics” will both be shown, and each will be followed by a discussion period. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Norris Center Towsley Hall.

Wednesday, March 7: Safe Spring Break. The Anna Howard Shaw Center, Counseling Center, and Student Health Center will present information on a variety of issues related to personal safety and wellness. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kellogg Center

Thursday, March 8: International Women’s Day. “Women You Should Know,” a poster exhibit featuring notable women from around the globe, will be on display. 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kellogg Center

Monday, March 19: Softball vs. Defiance. Cheer on the Britons at this home game. 2:30 p.m., softball field.

Monday, March 19: Cobra Force Street Self Defense Academy Training. A 2-hour, hands-on Basic Street Self-Defense Tactical Training designed to give participants knowledge, training, and confidence in basic self-defense. Gym/sport clothing is appropriate. This training is limited to 15 participants; contact the Women’s Center to reserve a space.

Saturday, March 24: Women's Tennis. The defending MIAA champion women’s tennis team takes on Olivet College. 1 p.m., Dow Center complex

Monday, March 26: “Face of a Woman: The HIV/AIDS Pandemic.” Women’s Center program coordinator Staci Gunner shares her experience working at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation as well as numerous organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. Among the topics included in the discussion will be reasons why women have become the new face of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and "What we can do about it." Noon, Norris Center Room 100

Tuesday, March 27: Softball. The Britons take on Alma in a double header. 3:30 p.m., softball field

Tuesday, March 27: “How to Be a Bad Victim.” Presenter Erin Weed is self-defense instructor, specializing in personal safety education and motivating women to become their own best protectors. 8 p.m., Goodrich Chapel

Thursday, March 29: Anna Howard Shaw Lecture, "Puerto Rican Women and the Shaping of New York.” Presenter Virginia Sanchez Korrol is professor of history in the department of Puerto Rican and Latino studies at Brooklyn College and a founding president of the Puerto Rican Studies Association. Noon, Norris Center Towsley Hall

Saturday, March 31: Tennis and softball. The women’s tennis team takes on Hope College at 1 p.m., while the softball team faces Wittenberg College at 2 p.m.

Law, Justice, and Society Presents ‘When Affirmative Action Was White’

Reported by Rachel Kowalski, ’08

ALBION, Mich. — Law, Justice and Society program addresses the issue of "When Affirmative Action Was White” on Tuesday, March 6, at 11 a.m. in the Stockwell-Mudd Library’s Wendell B. Will Room. Guest presenter is Ira Katznelson, author and professor of political science and history at Columbia University.

In addition to When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America (2005), Katznelson’s most recent books are Preferences and Situations: Points of Intersection Between Historical and Rational Choice Institutionalism (edited with Barry Weingast, 2005), and Desolation and Enlightenment: Political Knowledge after Total War, Totalitarianism, and the Holocaust (2003). Professor Katznelson served as president of the American Political Science Association for 2005-2006.

The event is free and the public is invited to attend. For more information, contact Professor William Rose, Department of Political Science at 517-629-0416 or .

Gerstacker Institute Hosts Book Launch and Humanergy

Reported by Leah Bassett, ’07

ALBION, Mich. —  Local company Humanergy brings a night of literary insight and business professionalism to Albion College’s Gerstacker Institute lecture series. Co-founders, John Barrett and David Wheatley join their colleague, Lynn Townsend, in the launch of their new book, 50 Dos for Everyday Leadership. The event will be interactive, highlighting practical lessons taken from successful leaders, and takes place on Wednesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. in Norris Center’s Towsley Hall.

50 DOs for Everyday Leadership highlights the most valuable “Do’s and Don’ts” from real-life experiences of effective leaders and managers in organizations from around the country. As a useful leadership tool, the book combines guidance and examples on how to change with the inspiration of those who have experienced it first hand. The Gerstacker Institute also welcomes executives from Kellogg, Whirlpool, and other organizations who contributed to the book.

Barrett and Wheatley created the word ‘Humanergy®’ when they founded the company in 2000. The organization’s mission is to cultivate energy and creativity in employees in order to foster success. Through coaching, training, and facilitation, the development of best practices can help nurture individual and organizational high performance. To learn more, check out www. or

his and all other Gerstacker Institute lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Carl A. Gerstacker Liberal Arts Institute for Professional Management, 517/629-0418.

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