BritOnline February 2022

February 28, 2022


Recognizing Achievement and Impact: The 2022 Alumni Awards

The alumni award winners.

After their selection by the Albion College Alumni Association Board of Directors, the following six alums will be honored in a ceremony Friday, April 22, 2022 in Upper Baldwin.

The Distinguished Alumni Award
Eric Allen, ’95 | Lisa Gezon, ’89 | Brenda O’Connell, ’99

The James L. Curtis Alumni Leadership Award
Dr. Michael Jackson, ’85

The Young Alumni Award
Rachel Leads, ’12 | Brandan Walters, ’12

Read more about the awardees, and congratulations, Brits!

Albion Everywhere Is March 21-25!

Albion Everywhere from Anywhere - March 21-25, 2022

Who are your Albion people? The people who helped you find your purpose. Albion Everywhere is about celebrating the impact Albion College has on our lives and the passion of our talented community. Join fellow Brits as we celebrate Albion Everywhere, from Anywhere the week of March 21-25 by joining virtual social gatherings and giving to make a difference.

Albion Students Share Chores, Cultures in Global Intentional Living Community

Three students posing for the camera.

Nine college students—from seven countries and five continents, with dozens of cultural practices, food preferences, idiosyncrasies and opinions—sharing a house? It could be the premise of a reality TV show full of conflict. But at Albion College, it’s the Global Intentional Living Community, where the residents celebrate their differences as a personal, day-to-day experience.

College Archivist Elizabeth Palmer, ’10, Ups Her Research Game

Elizabeth Palmer in the Library.

The Marilyn Crandell Schleg Archivist and Special Collections Librarian is the new director of the Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (FURSCA), one of Albion’s signature programs. “It’s a lot of fun and very encouraging to see the creative things that our students are doing.” Palmer says.

New Political Science Professor Published in Globally Recognized Journals

A headshot of Milkessa Gemechu.

Dr. Milkessa Gemechu’s recent articles in Foreign Policy and Al Jazeera detail his personal experiences with the conflict in Ethiopia. He arrived in Albion last summer through the College’s partnership with the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund and says of its residents: “They are a beautiful community. They are helpful people, they are kind people.”

Dr. Jocelyn McWhirter Writes Introduction to Latest HarperCollins Study Bible

Jocelyn McWhirter standing in front of a bookcase.

The invitation “came out of the blue,” says McWhirter, the Stanley S. Kresge Professor of Religious Studies. The “go-to” resource is used in religious studies courses and classrooms at colleges and universities around the world.

‘Wildcat Wisdom Series’ Forges Albion Connections

The four virtual events in February, created and moderated by Albion community leader Leslie Spicer Williams, featured Black graduates of Albion High School who attributed their success to their hometown. Albion College Assistant Dean for Campus Life Sharese Shannon Mathis said, “It is important to connect our campus with the Albion community, especially since so many graduates of Albion High School are contributing to the greater good in so many amazing ways.”

Be a Voice for Your Alumni Board!

The entrance to Robinson Hall.

Nominations for the Alumni Association Board of Directors are now open! Board members serve as volunteer leaders and ambassadors between the College and alumni network. Do you know a Brit whose voice you want heard? Who would you want to represent you and your classmates in the upcoming term? Learn more about the Alumni Board and submit a nomination.