August 11, 2014
A two-part series exploring the close relationships between Albion College and the city of Albion ran in front-page articles of the August 10 and 11 editions of the Battle Creek Enquirer.
The opener focused primarily on this summer's construction projects involving both campus facilities as well as city streets on and around campus, while the second part looked at some of the efforts connecting the community and the College, among them the education department's Boundary Crossings, which puts junior-year students in Albion and Marshall K-12 classrooms ahead of the regular senior-year student-teaching experience. That program recently received a $15,000 grant from the Battle Creek-based Guido A. and Elizabeth H. Binda Foundation.
Both articles included comments from Mauri Ditzler, who became Albion College's 16th president on July 1. “I’ve met some really remarkable folks around town. They’re all good-natured and they have good feelings toward the institution, looking for ways to build partnerships,” he said in the August 11 article. “First and foremost, we have to do our initial task, which is to focus on the local community. That’s been hammered home to me over the last 15 to 20 years that I’ve been working in small Midwestern communities.”