2008-09 News

Hillel Invites Community to Shabbat Dinner

Albion College's Hillel student group invites the Albion community to join for a delicious and educational Shabbat dinner at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, in the College's Umbrella House, located just north of the "Albion College" sign at the corner of East Michigan and Bidwell Street.

Mostly it's a social event, a chance to enjoy Jewish food and show peoples the basic Shabbat ceremony," said Rachel Freedman-Doan, president of Hillel.  "It'll be a lot of good food and friendship."

Dinner will include a poached-pear salad, matzo ball soup, baked chicken and vegetarian squash with quinoa and currants. The food will be prepared by Hillel members.

Reservations are required, but there is no cost to attend. People of any or no religion are encouraged to attend and enjoy.  For more information, contact Freedman-Doan at or 734-646-8880.

Black Student Alliance Celebrates Kwanzaa with Community Dinner

American cuisine and African performing arts combine for a festive 2008 Kwanzaa celebration, featuring the Baba Collins African Dance and Drumming Troupe, on Sunday, Nov. 23.

Empty Bowls Combats Hunger at Albion College

Albion College’s Secular Humanist Group (SHG) and Art Club join forces to bring the Empty Bowls dinner to the Albion community.Monday, Nov. 24.

The Fun Quotient

Jennifer Schreer is the Senior Associate Director for Campus Programs & Organizations, where she has been the "director of fun" for seven years. A native of the Ann Arbor area, Schreer has a BA in art and an MA in community agency counseling from Siena Heights University. She worked at the College of Wooster before moving to Albion.


Let the Fun Begin

Some call me the "director of fun," but I would say I'm lucky to be doing what I do. I have the distinct pleasure of spending much of my time at Albion over the past seven years working with Union Board, our student programming group. Union Board, better known on campus as UB, is a student organization charged with bringing free, fun, social entertainment to campus, and I'd have to say, they do a great job at that!


Over the years, the programming board has changed with our ever-changing students, and they have also grown in numbers. We currently have 14 UB executive board members, with an additional 30 committee members who are bringing in entertainment on a weekly basis. These are very involved and committed students who work hard to bring quality, fun activities to their peers. The students are so much fun to work with and certainly keep me busy.

In general, UB puts on about 20 events per semester. Their programs consist of such things as comedians, bands, outdoor festivals, hypnotists, jugglers, dance lessons, themed dinners, and off-campus trips to things like sporting events and nearby theater productions.

Outside of my fun work with UB, I also organize other student-related events on- and off-campus as part of my job at Campus Programs & Organizations (CPO). For instance, on Labor Day Weekend this fall we sponsored three separate trips for students: one to the Potter Park Zoo in Lansing; one to the musical "Rent"; and one to go shopping in Ann Arbor.

Union Board started this semester with a very popular program, the Drive-In Movie, on Aug. 27. We brought in a huge inflatable screen and put it out on the Quad. Students came out with friends and blankets in hand to enjoy the popular movie "The Italian Job" under the stars. It was a great start to the year.

Another super-popular event for Union Board is our annual Cedar Point Trip. Union Board purchased tickets for the amazing amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, and then we had a first-come, first-served sign-up for students to go on the trip. Students came out early to sign up---some even before the building opened!---and we took them down in a chartered bus on Sept. 13 and let them loose in the park for 12 hours. You can't beat that!

We always like to get students into the community whenever we can, and one popular event this fall that did just that was our Boo Bowling on Oct. 28. It was a great free night at Albion's bowling alley, including all-you-can-eat pizza, pop, and black-light bowling---costumes were optional. :)

This semester---among tons of other events---we also have brought in professional dancers and musicians to teach students how to Salsa dance; taken students to Ann Arbor for laser tag; and held a haunted house on the Quad for Halloween. Students were the "ghosts, goblins, and ghouls," and more than 300 of their classmates were scared silly by them!

To top all this off, students get to go to movies for free!!!!! Union Board sponsors free, first-run movies at the majestic old Bohm Theatre on Superior Street in downtown Albion. It's a great deal! All students have to do is bring their current college IDs to receive free admission to one movie per day.

See our full first-semester schedule.

Twice a year I take Union Board students to the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) conference. At NACA, the students get the opportunity to see performances live on stage, talk to agents about bringing the acts to campus, and show-off to other schools the great programming we are already doing on campus. NACA also gives out some programming and graphic awards, and this year Albion's Union Board won for best Web site; for the publicity campaign for Recycled Percussion; and for "Best Out-of -the-Box Marketing Ideas."

To finish off the semester, Union Board has their last three events coming up: comedian Kyle Dunnigan is tonight (Nov. 14); Dueling Pianos is in the KC Living Room on Saturday, Nov. 22; and Stress-Free Zone is the week after Thanksgiving in the KC Living Room. This is a great event! Students get free massages and free (mostly healthy) snacks, coloring books, bubbles, and stress-reducing toys to play with. This is always incredibly popular!

After that, the UB students can take a break over the holidays so they are ready to do it all over again in January.

It's truly a pleasure everyday to work with these students, so I guess in many ways, I am the Director of Fun!

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