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Wesley Dick Discusses Impact
of Julian Bond

Julian Bond

Julian Bond, NAACP chairman emeritus and civil rights movement co-worker of Martin Luther King, Jr., will be the featured speaker for the 2014 MLK Convocation and Community Celebration Thursday, January 30 at 7 p.m. in Albion College's Goodrich Chapel. It is free and open to the public.

"Getting to know Julian Bond through his past six 'Civil Rights South' tours has changed my life and enriched my history classes at Albion College," Wesley Dick, professor of history, said in a recent video interview. In the video, Dr. Dick gives a preview of Bond's keynote.


Sarah McNitt, '02, Wins Jeopardy!


Sarah McNitt, '02, showed on national television that Albion graduates know a lot about a lot. She became the champion on the popular TV game show Jeopardy! on Tuesday, January 14, and won four more times before ending her run on Tuesday, January 21.

The Ann Arbor, Mich., native majored in French at Albion, studied in Grenoble, France, during her junior year and is currently a Study Abroad Advisor & Program Coordinator at the University of Iowa.


CIC NetVUE Grant to Support Student Career Exploration

Thanks to a recent NetVUE grant from the Council of Independent Colleges, students at Albion College will now have even more support and opportunities to explore their values and seek meaningful life work.

Albion is a founding member of the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) and has received a program development grant of $50,000, one of only 36 grants awarded this year. This funding will improve student experiences with enhanced advising, greater faculty and staff training, and an incentive program for student exploration of and engagement in meaningful life work.



First-Years in Hawaii: Above the Clouds, Connected with Culture


Albion students across the Midwest weren’t the only ones shivering in early January. Suellyn Henke’s first-year seminar students braved sub-freezing temperatures during the semester break in order to see the sunset and then stargaze some 9,000 feet above Hilo Bay in Hawaii. Their 10-day trip to Oahu and Hilo to start the new year is a firsthand experience with the culture, history and geography the students studied all fall semester in education professor Suellyn Henke's first-year seminar, Mauka and Makai.



Giving Competitions

After a great end to the first Race for the Shield Competition in fall 2013, there is much excitement kicking off the 2014 competition! Classes celebrating a reunion in 2014 end in “4” and “9” between 1954-2009. There is still plenty of time to make a gift, in any amount and to any designation of your choice, to count toward the Race for the Shield. All gifts from July 1, 2013- October 3, 2014 count. Visit the Race for the Shield page to see where your class currently stands and how you can get involved in leading your class.

With about five months remaining in fiscal year 2014, the Influential 20s Competition (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014) looks to finish stronger each year. Eleven of the 20 classes within the last 20 years of graduation have raised their class giving participation by 2%, or more, compared to this time last year! Keep up the momentum and help your class by making a gift, of any size to any designation, by June 30, 2014. Visit the Influential 20s page to see where your class stands and to find out how you can participate.


Basques and Bilbao: Emily Walker's Semester in Spain

"Studying at the University of Deusto in Bilbao, I walk past the Guggenheim Museum every day, as well as other beautiful buildings and outdoor artwork," Emily Walker, '14, writes about her fall-semester off-campus-study experience from Spain in late 2013. "I go to places only a local can show me, and with living in nearby Getxo, I'm able to get to know two cities. I'm so thankful for this experience.

"I'm currently taking five classes that will all count toward finishing my Spanish major at Albion College. I am simultaneously doing research on ETA; I will use that information for an international studies project next semester."



Matthew vandenBerg Starts As Associate VP of Development

Matt vandenBerg

Matthew vandenBerg now serves as Albion College's associate vice president for development. Formerly the assistant dean for development and alumni relations at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing, vandenBerg joined the College’s Office of Institutional Advancement on January 13.

"I am tremendously grateful for the opportunity to join the Albion College community at this important and exciting time," vandenBerg said. "I have been highly impressed with and inspired by the love and commitment that Albion College’s alumni and friends have for the institution. I am eager to get to know our alumni and friends, and to help create and facilitate opportunities for them to deepen their relationships with the College. Io Triumphe!”


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David Wunderlich, '12

"Looking back at all the work I've been able to do, all the great people I've met, and all the growth I've made as an actor in my first year in L.A., it almost feels surreal."


Learn more about David at his Success Story profile

In The News

Bill Sweeney, '98, Named Chief of Staff For Senator Stabenow

Marty Nesbitt Leading Pres. Obama Foundation and Library Campaign

Barbara Spreitzer-Berent Wins AARP Community Service Award

Ami Milligan Makes Her Mark At Albion College

Brad Melpolder, '14, Reflects on Practical, Athletic Experiences

Gabe Priddy Receives Regional Football Coach of the Year Award

Albion Men's Swimming & Diving Achieves D-III Ranking

Caroline Eagan Voted to All-MIAA Women's Soccer Second Team

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