Big ideas for the community have been rewarded as the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has named Albion a Big Read grant recipient for 2015. Albion is one of only 75 communities nationwide to receive this competitive award, which will support a series of reading events and related activities throughout October. The community-wide effort took root in an Albion College English class.
Centered on Community
Starting in Fall 2015, Albion College will annually offer four-year tuition, room, and board to as many as 10 first-year students who are Albion residents and attended Albion Public Schools in grades 6-8. Read more
President Ditzler talks about the initiative on WBCK-FM
Reopening the Bohm: Read about a landmark internship for Andrea Walles, '15
Albion College's Sister City efforts earn a national award
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Jacob Rinkinen, '11, never knew how far writing papers for publication in sociology journals, doing bench research in the chemistry lab and pitching for the baseball team would take him while he was an Albion College double major. Four years later, Rinkinen is a new University of Michigan Medical School graduate who will soon begin a residency in plastic surgery at Harvard University. "I didn't realize how being a student-athlete at Albion would help me through medical school," he says.
Andrew French has been a chemistry professor at Albion College since 1997. Since 2011, he has also been a member of the Albion City Council, representing Precinct 6. Now, as he begins an already planned year's sabbatical from the classroom, French will become the College's director of community action and special assistant to the president, where he will formally guide the direction of the Build Albion Fellows program and other College-community collaborations.
A proposal to share one of Albion's "local stories about race and ethnicity" has won Albion College a $25,000 Heritage Grant from the Michigan Humanities Council (MHC). Albion was one of just 26 Michigan communities chosen to receive this award. The grant will fund an oral history project at Holland Park focused on the all-Black segregated West Ward Elementary School, which stood on the park site until a community campaign closed the school in 1953.
Local philanthropy is a way of life for Bud and Olivia Davis, who believe a strong college and a strong community go hand-in-hand. The longtime friends of Albion College were presented with the Briton Medallion at Commencement in recognition of their enduring support, including the lead gift for the Davis Athletic Complex, which will see construction begin in spring 2016. "We hope Albion will continue to be one of the outstanding liberal arts colleges in the country," Bud says.
"I have to say, we did it!," said senior speaker Bailey Judson, greeting the Class of 2015 on what turned out to be a beautiful Albion College Commencement after a showery start today on Albion College's Quadrangle. The ceremony was actually the second for the Class of 2015; a mini Commencement was held the evening before, May 8, for the seven men’s lacrosse seniors who played in the NCAA Division III tournament in Delaware, Ohio.
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