Elkin Isaac, '48, Remembered
as Legend, Mentor
Elkin R. "Ike" Isaac, ’48, a legendary figure at Albion College, passed away Aug. 13.
"Ike's passing is a great loss for Albion College," said Frank Joranko, who was hired by Isaac to become Albion's football coach. "He emphasized the student aspect of athletics."
Albion alumni honored their former teacher, coach and mentor in 1991 by creating the Elkin R. Isaac Endowed Lectureship. The lectureship expanded in 1997 to become associated with Albion’s annual student research symposium, featuring presentations by students recommended by their faculty sponsors for outstanding independent study and research. The symposium now bears Isaac's name.
Susan Ford Bales to Present
College Stoffer Lecture
Presidential daughter Susan Ford Bales makes a special visit to Michigan to deliver the 2013 Albion College William K. Stoffer Lecture, the centerpiece of the College's Opening Convocation. Her presentation, titled “The American Presidency: Before Jerry and Betty—and After,” follows the Convocation processional, which begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, in Albion College’s Goodrich Chapel.
The Convocation is open to the public and free of charge.
Albion Distinguished Alumni Announced
The 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients and Athletic Hall of Fame inductees will be honored on Friday, October 11, as part of Homecoming Weekend. Each year, Albion College presents the Distinguished Alumni Awards to alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally and through service to Albion College.
View the 2013 Honorees
The purpose of the Albion College Athletic Hall of Fame is to recognize those individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of Albion College in the field of athletics.
View this year's Hall of Fame inductees
Albion Featured in The Princeton Review's 'Best 378 Colleges'
Once again, Albion College is receiving recognition as a leader in undergraduate education. Citing a "growing reputation" that "provides undergraduates with a 'rigorous but rewarding' academic experience replete with 'huge opportunities,'" The Princeton Review counts Albion among The Best 378 Colleges.
The Best Colleges mention comes on the heels of Albion's inclusion in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014, which presents the "best and most interesting" schools.
A Celebration of Albion at Community Day
A day and evening of sports, food, service, and fun describes Albion College's Community Day, set for Saturday, Sept. 7. Events begin that morning and culminate with Albion's football game against Defiance College under the lights at 6 p.m.
View the full day's schedule at Albion's Community Day page
Register Now for Family Weekend
Enjoy two days on campus spending time with your family while exploring all that Albion College has to offer during Family Weekend from, September 20-21. Highlights include academic open houses, family events for younger siblings, lunch, and the football game. Be sure to stop downtown for the city of Albion's annual Festival of the Forks.
Lower Baldwin Reopens, Ready for Students
After five months of extensive renovations, Baldwin Hall's lower level—Albion College's main dining facility—welcomed faculty and staff for a noon-hour lunch Aug. 14 in what amounted to a full dress rehearsal before students' arrival on campus.
"This has been a tremendous team effort to put all this together—from employees to contractors to architects," Interim President Mike Frandsen said.
Facilities Operations Continues to Launch Sustainable Initiatives
Albion's Facilities Operations department is installing efficient LED up-lights to replace current building lights around campus, saving energy and money.
“These are low-wattage LED lights that are replacing 400-watt, high-intensity discharge (HID) fixtures,” said Brian DeKoninck, electrician for the department. “The energy saved is close to 75% in this application.”
Among the lights being replaced are the up-lights that illuminate the Goodrich Chapel tower. While energy and cost savings are important, DeKoninck says, security and light coverage is just as critical. The lights will work efficiently, and light enough of the campus to keep students and buildings safe.
“The new LEDs will consume roughly one-third of the energy of the existing lamps with a much closer to real sunlight color spectrum,” said Bill McCoy, director of maintenance and energy management. “The few lights that we are replacing now will save us about $2,671.48 per year. We expect the lights to pay for themselves in a couple of years.”