USA Today Salutes Albion's Success with Grandparents College


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James Brown, '62, daughter Laura Brown Mutz, '91, and granddaughter Lindsey prepare for a kayaking excursion at the end of the first day of Grandparents College.

Albion's inaugural Grandparents College, three full days of unique experiences designed specifically for grandparents and grandchildren, is prominently featured in the June 29, 2010 USA Today. The article, a comprehensive look at similar programs across the country, quotes several alumni and is headed with a photo taken during Albion's Grandparents College on June 22.

Classes are what college is all about, and Grandparents College offers more than 40 to choose from, all taught by Albion faculty and staff. Monday afternoon saw participants catching crayfish in the Nature Center, looking at archives from their grandparents' college days, testing their entrepreneurial skills with a lemonade stand and developing mental basketball skills. Bat house construction, theatre makeup, Greek mythology and Disney film critique are among other class offerings.

"We had our hands in the Kalamazoo River and then in the College archives," said James Brown, '62, part of a three-generation group with daughter Laura, '91, and 11-year-old granddaughter Lindsey (pictured at right). The Browns were looking forward to other classes exploring U.S. politics and the economics of Harry Potter's wizarding world. "We decided to try a variety of classes," Laura explained. "There were a lot to choose from."

"I would want to come to this again," Lindsey added.

Jean Rogers, mother of 1995 alumnus Charles Rogers, painted the Rock with grandchildren Sean and Shannon.


"I learned part of the history of the College and got to see my grandpa when he was younger. It was really cool," said Jake Misner (with grandfather Tom Misner, '55). "I wasn't sure at first about coming, but this is better than I thought."

Susan Zekas, '67,with grandson Cody
Splish Splash! class members check out crayfish and tadpoles caught in the Whitehouse Nature Center.
Megan (above), granddaughter of Suzanne McFarlane Hefke, '63, and Cody (below), grandson of Susan Zekas, '67, competed for customers in the Lemonade $0.05 class, which focused on business marketing. "I like getting people to buy my lemonade," Cody explained. "It's the best. It just is."
The inaugural class of Albion's Grandparents College

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