Albion College

JULY 2013

Class of '61 Trio Tours Battlefields

Trio Tours Battlefields

Class of 1961 members (left to right) Glenn Corliss, Frank Shipp, and Bruce Fitch took an eight-day trip this past May visiting 26 Civil War battlefields. Their tour ranged from Gettysburg to Petersburg, and "included Jamestown, Yorktown and Williamsburg for good measure," Fitch says.

"The Albion T-shirt pictures were taken in front of the New York monument at the top of Little Round Top looking out (west and south) to the scene of the second day's battle at Gettysburg," Fitch says. "Touring the Civil War battle sites was on my bucket list."

Patrick McLean Named New
Ford Institute Director

Patrick McLeanAlbion College is pleased to announce the appointment of a new director for its Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service.

Patrick McLean takes the Ford Institute helm beginning August 13 and brings a wealth of policy and leadership experience from Washtenaw County, Michigan; Toledo, Ohio; and Ohio state government.


College Works With Albion Schools
on District Transition

Albion College stands ready to play a strong supporting role as the Albion and Marshall school districts collaborate in educating their high school students.

"Albion College staff members have been in discussion with Albion and Marshall's superintendents to determine how we can be of help," said Albion College Interim President Mike Frandsen, father of two Albion High School alumnae. "We have offered our facilities to ensure a smooth transition. We are ready and willing to support the superintendents’ requests."



Paul Lewis, '14, Shares His Love for the Arts on the Road 

Paul LewisSpending the summer touring New Mexico and southern Colorado as an actor and director for a youth theatre organization isn’t the typical job for a college physics major who will likely be joining the workforce as an engineer.

Paul Lewis, however, can’t be pinned down by a single label. A rising senior, Lewis is sharing his love of the arts with school-age children while touring with the Missoula (Mont.) Children’s Theatre for a production of The Tortoise and the Hare this summer.



Race for the Shield Competition

There is still plenty of time to make a gift, to any designation of your choice, to count towards the Race for the Shield Competition. The last date to make your gift will be Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. All gifts from July 1, 2012, through October 11, 2013 are counted.

The current leader for both Highest Giving Participation and the Highest Total Giving is the Class of 1963 with 49% participation and $97,192.87 raised so far. In second for participation is the Class of 1958 and for total giving is the Class of 1968. Visit to learn more about the competition and to see where your class currently stands.

Influential 20s Competition Update

The winner from the very first Influential 20s Competition for Fiscal Year 2013 is the Class of 1997 with 18.30%! The Class of 1995 is in second place with 18%. Thank you to everyone for your participation. Fiscal Year 2014 (July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014) is the start of a new competition cycle for the Influential 20s. 

To learn more, visit


Are you an Independent Food Purveyor
or Entrepreneur?

Io Triumphe!, Albion’s alumni magazine, is looking for alumni who may own or lead an independently operated food retail business, restaurant, or similar food or hospitality venture with a distinctive twist. Examples would include craft breweries, storefront or online gourmet foods retailing, restaurants featuring locally sourced menu items, artisanal foods production, etc.

If you think your enterprise fits the bill (or if you know of Albion graduates who have such ventures), please e-mail [email protected] or call Sarah Briggs, editor, at 517/629-0244 during business hours to share details.


Shearing Sheep in the Big City

Alice LaLoneAlice LaLone, '16, helped shear sheep at Pingree Farms, an urban farm in Detroit, in June. LaLone is an experienced sheep shearer, thanks to her involvement in the 4H and Oakland County Fair. At Pingree Farms, she sheared Southdown sheep to provide wool to blogger Julie Wall, a fiber artist, and to teach others how to do it.

"I do these kinds of things to give back to the community," LaLone says. "The experience was very fun overall, and I really enjoyed showing people, who might not have seen farm animals before."

LaLone plans to further her biology studies in graduate school, and work for agricultural seed companies. 

Photo by bluehairwannabe


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Holly Pyper

Holly Pyper, '16

"My parents said, 'You go where you fit best.' But I was meant to be a Brit."


Read Holly's Legacy Story

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Albion College Receives Award for Environmental Responsibility

Albion, Marshall Youth Symposium Planned at Albion College

Albion's Melissa Walton Reflects on Special Olympics Experience

Jim, '74, David, '09, Flack Guide Salco Engineering to Its 50th Anniversary

Joe Serra's, '56, Al Serra Dealership Ranked No. 1 in Midwest Car Sales

Institutional Advancement VP Josh Merchant, '96, Appointed to Alumni Relations Commission

Dick Radatz, '81, Building Summer Baseball Empire

Joe Silvestri, '15, Adds Real-World Experiences To Resume

Alex High, '15, Is Female Runner-Up in Bridgman Athletic Boosters 5K

Stephanie Sanders, '15: Using Coffee for Nanoparticle Synthesis

Former Swimmers Represent Albion In Canoe Championships

Albion Well Represented on MIAA Academic Honor Roll

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