MARCH 2017

Songs and Science, Probability and a Province: Albion Students on Spring Break

While many Albion students (and professors) made time for rest and relaxation during spring break, it was also a great opportunity to apply and expand upon work done in class. Students in music, mathematics and the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program went in all directions to gain some unique learning experiences.

For students in professor Mark Bollman's Mathematics of the Gaming Industry course, a field trip to Las Vegas added context to their coursework.

Meanwhile, the Albion College Concert Choir and Briton Singers traveled southeast and performed in five states, including “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a Detroit Tigers spring training game (watch on Facebook).

Also Florida-bound were Dan Skean and Jeff Carrier, biology professor and professor emeritus, respectively, with Honors students. Other Honors students headed northward, to Canada, with Patrick McLean, director of the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, and anthropology professor Alli Harnish.

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Albion College 2017 Alumni Award Recipients Announced

Albion College's Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented annually to alumni who have demonstrated excellence in career achievements and contributions to community and humanity.

The College's Young Alumni Awards are presented each year to alumni who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in their first 10 years following graduation.

An annual awards ceremony—this year to be held on Friday, April 21—allows the College to recognize and showcase the noteworthy success of its alumni. Please join us as we recognize and extend congratulations to the 2017 honorees!

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Leaders in High School Education to Speak at 2017 Commencement

Three noted members of the education field will deliver Commencement remarks to Albion College’s Class of 2017 on Saturday, May 6 from the steps of Kresge Gymnasium on the College Quadrangle. The ceremony begins at 1 p.m., with the Processional starting at 12:45 p.m.

Addressing the graduating seniors will be Jess Womack, ’65, former general counsel and inspector general of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) who also served on the board of Green Dot Schools in L.A.; Linda Yonke, ’75, superintendent of the Northfield campus of the New Trier Township High School District in suburban Chicago; and Michael Milkie, CEO and superintendent of the Noble Network of Charter Schools in Chicago.

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Presidential Granddaughter Mary Jean Eisenhower to Keynote Isaac Symposium

Presidential granddaughter Mary Jean Eisenhower shares her remarkable career in international peace work as Albion College's 2017 Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote speaker on Thursday, April 20, at 7 p.m. in Goodrich Chapel.

The College's 28th annual two-day Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium opens Wednesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. with the Isaac Alumni Lecture, to be given by Nick Whitney, '00, in Towsley Lecture Hall/Norris Center 101.

All Symposium events are free and open to the public. For further information, visit the Symposium Web site, or contact Symposium coordinator Michael VanHouten at or 517/629-0382.

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An Albion Tree with Special Roots

In 1936, homesick for his native Upper Peninsula, sophomore John Reynolds decided to bring a little of the UP back to Albion College with him. That year, Reynolds brought to Albion an Austrian pine tree from his home in Gladstone and planted it in the quad.

On March 6, 81 years later, Joey Reynolds and Mary Nash stood over the fallen tree, which time and disease had all but killed, and thought of the grandfather they had never known but whom they nonetheless knew all about. Even though they hadn't met him, they knew what he’d left behind and, as members of the Albion College grounds crew that cut down the 25-foot tree, they knew what it meant to both their family as well as the Albion community. “Kind of bittersweet,” said Mary.

“I think he wanted to bring a piece of home with him,” said Joey, holding a chainsaw that brought the tree down. “[The UP students] wanted to smell a piece of the UP.”

A new pine tree, which will be brought down in the next month or so from the family cabin in Rapid River, in the Upper Peninsula, will be planted in its place. And a plaque honoring John Reynolds and his wife will be placed in front of it.

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Summer Camps on Campus

Albion College offers a variety of summer camps for high school and middle school students-The high school summer academic camps are an all-inclusive pre-college experience-: living on a college campus; participating in cutting-edge hands-on activities; having fun and making friends in your area of interest. Albion College professors will instruct the camps, enhance academic skills and foster independence while granting college credit. Middle school students can take advantage of our fun LEGO robotics and Minecraft camps designed for them to learn aspects of engineering, problem-solving, and programming.

Know someone who may be interested? Take advantage of our camps, a fantastic way to learn more about a wide array of subjects.

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Alumni Association Board Nominations Are Now Open!

Nominations for the Alumni Association Board of Directors are now open through April 7, 2017. All those who obtained two semesters or more of scholastic credit at Albion College and graduated or left in good standing are eligible for membership in the Association, and thus are eligible for nomination to the Alumni Association Board.

Nominations can be made by completing and submitting the nomination form. The Nominating Committee of the Alumni Association Board will prepare a voting slate at the Annual Meeting of the Board, scheduled for April 22, 2017. Alumni Board members will take office on July 1, 2017, and serve one three-year term. Members of the Alumni Association Board are expected to attend three on-campus meetings per year, make a contribution to the Albion College Annual Fund, and participate in one of the standing committees of the Board.

For questions regarding the nomination process, or service on the Alumni Association Board, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 517/629-0446 or

Student Profile


Nick reflects on a Semester at Sea that took him to Greece, Italy, Morocco and Brazil, among other destinations.

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Campus &

Daoud Family Lectureship - Apr. 10

Aldrich Lecture - Apr. 13

Poetry Fest - Apr. 18

Honors Convocation & Elkin Isaac Research Symposium - Apr. 20

Baccalaureate -
May 5

Commencement -
May 6

Alumni Events

Keeneland, KY Alumni Meet-Up - Apr. 9

Ford DC Alumni Meet-Up - April 9

Distinguished & Young Alumni Awards - Apr. 21

Raleigh, NC - May 10

Charlotte, NC - May 11

Portland Mixer - May 16

Denver - May 21

Houston - May 25

Milwaukee - June 4

Traverse City, MI - July 12

Back to Class in Petoskey - July 14

Chicago White Sox V. Tigers Game - Aug. 25

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Admission Events

Albion 101 - Apr. 11

Albion 101 - Apr. 28

Albion Advantage
Day - Apr. 7

Albion Advantage
Day - Apr. 21

Athletic Schedule



Men's Lacrosse

Women's Lacrosse

Track and Field

Men's Tennis

Women's Lacrosse

Brits in the News

Earl Poleski, '78, Picked to Lead Michigan State Housing Development Authority Board

Dave Heeke, '85, Hired as University of Arizona Athletic Director; Follows Two Briton Greats

Ginanne Brownell Mitic, '93, Explores Feminist Activism With Professor Carrie Booth Walling

Jim McCann, '91, Celebrates McCann Industries' 50 Years in Business

Burkholder, '04, and Hupp, '06, Help Open Marine Environmental Education Center

John Barden, '94, Moves Into CIO Leadership Role at Yale University

Chris Greenwood, '12, Prepares for CFL Season with Boxing Training Regimen

Poet Cindy Hunter Morgan, '90, Explores Mystery of Great Lakes Shipwrecks

Civil Rights Attorney Omar Aburashed, '08, Doubles as Metro Detroit Hip-Hop Artist

Travis Rundle, '02, Named Head Football Coach at Sewanee

Robert Gray, '96, Becomes President of Comerica Bank's Kalamazoo Region

Bill Lee, '91, Leads Business Development at Contractor A.J. Veneklasen

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