March 10, 2014 | Watch the ceremony on YouTube
The city of Albion's Sister City Committee recognized its founding chair, Sue Marcos, in a special ceremony Tuesday, March 4, at City Hall. Mayor Joe Domingo unveiled a painting commissioned to acknowledge Marcos' importance to the active relationship between Albion and the cities of Noisy-le-Roi and Bailly, France. The painting will serve as the centerpiece of a permanent display space in City Hall for Sister City news and honors.
"Sue Marcos has been a partner with Albion College in many ways: supporting College students in internships and entrepreneurial activities as longtime director of the Albion Area Chamber of Commerce, as the mother of three Albion alumnae, and as a local resource for our French program," said Albion College French professor Dianne Guenin-Lelle, a current co-chair of the Sister City Committee.
"If we were to imagine what Albion would be without Sue Marcos, we'd have to say there would be no Sister City relationship, no partnership with the École Supérieure de Vente, and no joint Sustainability Studies program with the Université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. Hundreds of Albion College students would never have traveled to France as part of their education. And Albion College would not have gotten a Simon Award," Guenin-Lelle continued. "Sue started it all."
Guenin-Lelle's reference to the Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award pertains to the recent recognition the College received from the National Association of Foreign Student Advsiers for its campus internalization efforts.
"I had no idea how far it could go," said Marcos about the Sister City relationship. She initially envisioned the exchange as a cultural opportunity for middle-school students. Marcos and officials with Noisy-le-Roi established a Sister City agreement in 1999.
Of the current variety of exchanges between Noisy-le-Roi/Bailly and Albion, Marcos sees much more than community attractions. "When you see the political and cultural tension in the world today, we know the way to bridge the gaps between people is with exchanges," said Marcos. "Especially with young people. This is more important than ever."