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Asian Awareness Group Hosts Annual Obon Festival

ALBION, Mich. — One of Japan’s most popular and important cultural festivals, Obon, will be celebrated with games, crafts and food on Sunday, April 27, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Albion College Kellogg Center. The event is sponsored annually by the College’s Asian Awareness Group.

Participants can enjoy a variety of games and crafts, including creating a luminaria in memory of a loved one, Dance Dance Revolution, and karaoke. Sushi tasting, including the opportunity to make-your-own sushi, will also be offered. A traditional dance performance, known as tinikiling, takes center stage.

“Obon, a celebration in memory of ancestors, is an important part of Buddhist culture,” said AAG co-president Rami Imam. “Our Obon is a good way for people to experience a little bit of another culture.”

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Imam at 517/629-1543 or .

Education Invites Public to 'Cultural Competence' Capstone Lecture

Distinguished Professor in Residence and assistant dean for Research and Diversity at Miami University Raymond TerrellDistinguished educator Raymond Terrell discusses 'Becoming a Culturally Competent Educator' as Albion College's Education department and Shurmur Education Institute's 2008 Capstone lecturer,  Thursday, May 1.

Alpha Phi Omega Collects 'Tunes for Troops'

ALBION, Mich. — In support of soldiers in Iraq, Albion College's Alpha Phi Omega (APO) service fraternity hosts a 'Tunes for Troops' drive through Sunday, April 27. The group is collecting new or used audio CDs and DVDs, which will go to U.S. troops overseas.

"T this is a new and fun way to support the troops!" said APO member Bekah McCafferty, who is organizing the drive. "APO is also looking for new and fun ways to help others, so I thought this would be something good we could do."

CD and DVD donations can be dropped off at the Albion District Library during its open hours. Donations to help with postage are also accepted.

For more information, contact McCafferty at .

Senior Tribute Presented During 'Jazz in the Stack'

ALBION, Mich. — Albion College Jazz Ensemble’s last performance of the year features not only great music and a fun atmosphere, but also a tribute to its graduating seniors. The concert takes place on Wednesday, April 23 at 8 p.m. in Albion College’s Kellogg Center Gerstacker Commons, or "Stack."

Senior members of the group include Brandon Girard, Nick Fish, Rachel Lippert, Dave Demert and Mike Stout. “Each senior is featured on a song of their choice to show off their talent,” stated ensemble director James Ball. Songs in order of seniors include “Shuffle Stop Boogie” by Charles Mingus, “Skylark” by Jonny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael, “It Isn’t Easy Bein’ Green” by Joe Raposo and arranged by J. Ball, “Moanin’ by Charles Mingus, and “I Should Have Known” by Bill Washut. “I am very proud of each of these talented musicians. It has been a privilege working with them,” reflected Ball.
The ensemble also includes a few of their other standard tunes, such as “Straight Ahead” by Count Basie and “Fire Shaker” by Maynard Ferguson and Chris Braymen, arranged by B. Lowden. They are also doing a piece called “Onion Chicken” by Ron Leviotts. It is sure to be a swinging night, so do not miss out on the fun!

This performance is free and open to the public. For a schedule of upcoming concerts visit our website at or contact the Albion College Music department at 517/629-0481 or .

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