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Foursome Reunion 40 Years in the Making

ReunionAfter spending their spring semester abroad in Vienna, Austria, in 1973, and then losing contact with each other, Albion class of ’74 members Lorrie Frita, Francine Todd Gedeon, Judy Heartwell Herr, and Jeanne McInally Scholl (left to right in bottom left photo) met up this summer in Washington, DC.

“We wanted to spend the greater part of our weekend simply reminiscing and catching up on our post college years,” Judy says. “Lorrie lived outside DC, and her home and deck turned out to be the perfect gathering place.”

The foursome now live in Michigan, New Hampshire, Indiana, and Maryland, but had no trouble recognizing each other after all these years. They shared photos and swapped stories, and played a few hands of Hearts for old times' sake.

“Our lives had changed over time, but the reason why we had become friends in the first place had not,” Judy says. “We kidded each other that we couldn't wait another 40 years for the next reunion.”

“At the end of our weekend, Lorrie said it felt like we had last seen each other four years ago instead of 40, and I heartily agree,” Francine says.

Get ready for more reunions at Homecoming 2013

Nominate Young Alumni for 'Top 10 in 10'

Albion's unique recognition of outstanding recent graduates, the Young Alumni "Top 10 in 10" award, recognizes noteworthy and distinctive achievements made by alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years.

"It is important for our students, and our future students, to recognize the tremendous accomplishments of alumni who have achieved notable success quickly following graduation," Vice President for Institutional Advancement Josh Merchant, '96, says. "The Top 10 in 10 offer inspiration and encouragement as models for principled leadership and a wholehearted commitment to serving others."

The deadline for 2014 nominations is November 1, 2013.


Major Gift Advances Albion College Soccer/Lacrosse Project


A $500,000 gift has given new impetus to Albion College’s fund drive for Phase II of the planned improvements in its outdoor athletic facilities, expected to cost $3 million. The gift, which came in August from anonymous donors, will support the construction of a new soccer/lacrosse complex.

Reconfigured to a north-south orientation, the new varsity soccer/lacrosse complex will have artificial turf and permanent bleachers and press box facilities. The addition of stadium lighting will also allow for extended use of the field to aid in scheduling athletic practices and events outside of class time and enable the College to host both high school and collegiate tournaments.



Students Right at Home In New Offices of the Chaplain, Community Service and Intercultural Affairs 

Albion students regularly use a wide range of spiritual and cultural spaces on campus; now, they have a new home base as well.

Over the summer the offices of the Chaplain, Community Service and Intercultural Affairs moved from the first floor of the Ferguson Building, where it shared space with the Office of Career Development, to 1000 E. Porter St., across the street from Whitehouse Hall and in between the Delta Sigma Phi and Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity houses.



Baking Up Something Special
for British Eighth


Sharon Frandsen, wife of Interim President Mike Frandsen, baked up a special batch of 65 British Eighth cookies for Albion's marching band for the September 7 football home opener against Defiance.

"I like baking and thought it would be fun," she says. "I remember thinking that would be too complicated until I saw it." The British Eighth returned the favor with a rendition of "Hey, Hey Sharon" during the football game.

"It's not every day I get serenaded!" Frandsen says.



Matthew vandenBerg Named Associate
VP of Development

VandenbergAlbion College has announced the appointment of Matthew vandenBerg as associate vice president for development. VandenBerg, who is currently assistant dean for development and alumni relations at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing, will join the College’s Office of Institutional Advancement on January 13, 2014.

“I have tremendous respect and admiration for Albion College and am thrilled for the opportunity to join the talented advancement team during this important and exciting time,” vandenBerg says.



Tori Malus, '15, Does Bronze Age Dental Detective Work in India

Tori Malus, ’15, participated in some fascinating detective work this past summer—work that is providing new insights into the agricultural practices of Bronze Age people of the Indus Civilization, in what is now India. Her research experience also has solidified her plan to pursue a career in forensic medicine after graduation.

An anthropology majorand biology minor, Malus traveled to India this summer to work alongside Albion College anthropology professor Brad Chase and his colleagues David Meiggs of the Rochester Institute of Technology and P. Ajithprasad of the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.



Help Albion Music Duo 

Brian Spencer, '13, and Jane Finkel, '14, are competing for performance and studio time with musicians from around the country. Vote for their video on the Singer Songwriter site once a day and help Brian and Jane finish in the top 10.

Read our story from this summer on Brian and Jane


Race for the Shield Update 

Thank you to reunion alumni who have participated in the Race for the Shield by making a gift to any designation between July 1, 2012 and today. If you have not participated, it’s not too late. Make a gift,of any amount to any designation, by Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 and it will count toward the Race for the Shield Competition. Currently the Class of 1963 is in the lead for both largest dollar amount and highest class participation. Help your class take the lead by making a gift today!

Plan on being on campus for Homecoming 2013 and don’t miss out on the Class Giving Celebration on Saturday, Oct.12. The Celebration will be in the Gerstacker Commons (second floor) of the Kellogg Center. This reception is complimentary and will take place immediately following the football game with remarks at 4:15 p.m. RSVP at our Homecoming page, email Maria Carr at, or call 517/629-0410.


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Troy Kase -
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"Alumni and parents have been a lot of fun to work with on this campus. They are passionate supporters of Albion and want to assist students."


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In The News

Susan Ford Bales Reveals Her Father's Legacy at Convocation

Q&A With Interim President Mike Frandsen

Donna Randall on HuffPo: "Higher Ed Outcome May Overshadow All"

Albion Makes Washington Monthly's "Best Bang for the Buck"

Albion College Reopens After Storm Shuts Down Campus

Joe Silvestri, '15, Enjoying Chemistry in the Lab, on the Field

Carrie Booth Walling Weighs In on Syria Debate in Detroit Free Press

Ashley Glenn, '15, Works to Improve Living Conditions in Appalachia

Albion Men's Soccer Begins 2013 Season With Local Freshman Bobby Budlong Leading the Way

Albion Women's Lacrosse Coach Goes International

David Middlebrook, '66, Is Enjoying Monumental Year

Jan Corey Arnett: Photos Spark Memories and So Many Questions

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