From a civil-rights leader's visit in January to summer campus construction projects to a special Inauguration weekend in September to an anniversary celebration of a national championship in December, a lot happened at Albion College in 2014. Off campus, alumni popped up often on our radar screens as well. With the usual disclaimer that it's impossible to capture everything in one list, we offer an A-to-Z glimpse at some Albion College highlights from 2014.
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
Watch an expert panel discuss "Albion Tomorrow"
Wayne Bond, '10, will always be a Briton as an Albion College men's basketball alumnus. To children in Nepal, he's something more, after he delivered nearly 120 books and helped establish an English center during a self-funded trip that stretched from November 14 to December 1. "[Nepal] was a surreal experience," Bond says. "The kids are not walking around with electronic devices like here. There are 6-year-olds playing with rocks or running around playing tag. But these kids are happy. There's not a broken smile."
At the December 15 Albion City Council meeting, 1988 Albion College graduate Samuel Shaheen, a Saginaw-based surgeon and real estate developer, formally proposed building a 72-room boutique hotel that includes a restaurant and ballroom on 1.25 acres in the heart of downtown. The brownfield plan, projected to cost $9.2 million, was unanimously approved by the City Council and now awaits state review.
While Ebola may be consuming Americans' attention regarding health crises in Africa, Katie Kirsch, '12, is working to solve less dramatic but equally critical needs. Kirsch is one of three twentysomething women who together formed Sisu Global Health, a Grand Rapids-based medical device developer and manufacturer focused on an African market. The company recently received a $250,000 USAID grant to further its operations in Ghana.
Alice LaLone, '16, knew she wanted an agriculture-focused business career. As the first intern for the soon-to-open Albion community Food Hub, LaLone put her experience and interest to the test, helping to develop a new and exciting initiative. In addition, professors Vicki Baker and Joy Nakfoor focused on the Hub as a case study for an economics and management class.
None of the experts believed Albion College would be strong contenders for the 1994 NCAA Division III football national title. Now, the entire Briton family is celebrating the 20th anniversary of that perfect season. The College is also commemorating the occasion through a new website: albion1994.com, produced in tandem with Grand Rapids-based Full Circle Marketing and Design. The site features a nearly 13-minute documentary-style video with player interviews and footage from several games that season.
- Theatre Production to Compete in Kennedy Center Regional
- Vive la France: Another Albion Experience in Paris for Wood, '16
- College Doubles Up on Giving Tuesday
- E&M Chair Hooks Co-Authors Paper with Erdman, '14
- Theatre Class 'Cooks Up' Bicultural Thanksgiving
- Albion Professor Co-Creates Online Human Rights Resource
- Albion College's International Efforts Recognized at D.C. Event
- First-Year Students Build Oven for 'Intersectional Pizza' Seminar
- Albion College to Offer Tuition, Room, Board for Top Local Students
- Parks, '16, Pays It Forward as a Mentor