Albion College Awards Honorary Doctorate to Richard Alley

Richard Alley (left) with interim Albion College President Mike Frandsen.
Richard Alley (left) with interim Albion College President Mike Frandsen.
April 28, 2014

Albion College is pleased to announce that Pennsylvania State University geologist Richard Alley was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters at the College's 25th annual Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium. Alley delivered the Symposium's Calvaruso keynote address April 24 and met with a number of student and faculty groups in addition to receiving the honorary doctorate.

"Albion College clearly has succeeded in organizing a community of scholars, committed to adding to knowledge through research and sharing that knowledge beyond the campus," Alley said of Albion's Isaac Symposium. "My discussions with faculty, students and staff highlighted the growing effort to promote sustainability learning at Albion, involving not just the hard sciences, but numerous fields including ethics, philosophy and history, plus facilities and other day-to-day issues of campus life. As someone who has committed decades to discovering and sharing those discoveries, I thoroughly enjoy meeting others who are similarly committed, and doing so well."

"Richard Alley's contributions to our world are notable, not only because of the science, but also, and perhaps more importantly, because of how accessible he makes it," commented interim Albion College President Mike Frandsen. "It was a real honor to have him visit Albion. His informative and entertaining Calvaruso address was a fitting capstone to the symposium."

Alley is the most recent in a list of internationally renowned Calvaruso keynote speakers, including Kurt Vonnegut, Salman Rushdie, Steven Jay Gould, E.O. Wilson, Gloria Steinem, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Alexander McCall-Smith. Albion College's Elkin R. Isaac Symposium showcases students from all academic majors doing research, scholarship and creative activity. Many Isaac Symposium participants also present their work at academic conferences and other professional venues.