2011-12 News

Singers of United Lands Invited for 2012 Strickler Concert

Vocalists from four continents come together as Singers of United Lands, guest artists for Albion College’s 2012 David L. Strickler Memorial Concert. S.O.U.L. will join College ensembles for the concert Sunday, February 12, at 4 p.m.

S.O.U.L. is a unique professional ensemble founded by Albion College alumnus Marcus LaPratt, ’98, to develop international and cultural relationships through vocal music from around the world. Each year, the group hosts musicians from different continents, to do performance tours and educational workshops throughout the United States. This year’s members hail from Bolivia, India, Namibia and Poland.

The David L. Strickler Concert series was established in 1992 by Albion College alumni and other friends of Strickler and of Albion College. The purpose of the concert has been two-fold: to recognize Strickler’s long tenure (1943-76) as conductor of the Albion College Choir, and to bring distinguished choral ensembles to Albion College and the Albion community.

Admission to the performance is free, and the concert is open to the public. For more information about music department events, email or call 517/629-0481. More details about S.O.U.L. are available at www.singersofunitedlands.org.

Creative Nonfiction Author Reads Autism Memoir at Albion College

Reported by Paige Narins, '13

Randi DavenportRandi Davenport, recipient of the 2011 GLCA New Writers' Award for Creative Nonfiction, reads from her work at Albion College on Thursday, February 16 at 5 p.m. in the College library's Wendell Will Room.

Randi Davenport is the author of The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes, a memoir of a mother and a child with autism. in choosing the book, the GLCA judges noted it was "terrificallay well-crafted," with "humor, insight, and use of language [that] keep the narrative on a higher plane of engagement."

. Davenport's work has appeared in publications like The Washington Post and Women’s History Review. She studied history and creative writing at William Smith College and earned both graduate and doctoral degrees from Syracuse University. She has been a public fellow at the Institute for Arts and Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has taught literature and writing at Hobart and William Smith colleges, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently the executive director of the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Great Lakes Colleges Association is a consortium of private liberal arts colleges including Albion, Antioch, Denison, DePauw, Earlham, Hope, Kalamazoo, Kenyon, Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan and Wabash Colleges and the College of Wooster. GLCA awards and programs both support excellent scholars and artists, as well as enhance the educational activities of its member colleges.

This event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the English Department and the Stockwell-Mudd Library. A reception and book signing will follow the reading. For more information, please contact the English Department at (517) 629-0232.

Albion Open to Swarms for Annual Beekeeping School

Reported by Paige Narins, '13

Albion College will be abuzz with beekeeping lovers from across the state on Saturday, February 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Albion’s annual Beekeeping School held on campus.

Classes will focus on the basics of honeybee keeping. Participants learn about the social and physical structure of the honeybee, hive care and maintenance, what equipment to use and where to purchase supplies. Participants also get the chance to ask the experts and visit several local bee vendors. Hives and supplies will be available to purchase and/or order.

Preregistration is $40 per person with each additional family members costing $30. Lunch and refreshments are included. To register, go to www.michiganbeekeepers.com. For general information call 517-629-0582.

Personal Metabolism, Performance Tips Offered in Wellness Presentations

Couch potatoes and gym rats alike get solid personal information on metabolism and exercise nutrition through two programs at Albion College this week. "What's Your Metabolism Got to Do with It?" is offered Wednesday February 1, at 7 p.m. in Albion College's Baldwin Hall. "The Power of Food in Performance" is discussed Thursday February 2, at noon and again at 8 p.m. in Baldwin Hall. The 8 p.m. session February 2 is specifically intended for competitive athletes of all sorts.

The programs will be led by Terri Brownlee, regional director of nutrition for Bon Appétit Management Company, food service providers for Albion College. A registered dietician, brownlee will answer individual questions for everyone from competitive athletes to casual exercisers. The programs are intended to help individuals assess their personal calorie needs and use that information to create exercise and weight loss plans.

These programs are sponsored by Albion College's Year of Wellness and Dining and Hospitality Services. For more information, contact Albion College director of wellness Tom Johnson at or 517/629-0439.

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