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
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,
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
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
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
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. Humanergy.com
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.