Albion College

MARCH 2014

College Wins 2014 Simon Award for International Initiative

The innovative relationship between Albion College, the City of Albion, and two communities in France made a big impression on the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers (NAFSA), which has honored Albion College with a 2014 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization.

Along with George Mason University and the University of Texas at Austin, Albion will receive a Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award recognizing an international program or initiative that contributes to comprehensive internationalization.


Alumna, Suffragist Anna Howard Shaw Gets Her Day in New Book

Trisha Franzen

A pioneer girl who put herself through college, seminary and medical school, eventually rising to the national stage as a suffragist, is the focus of a groundbreaking new book by Trisha Franzen, professor of women’s and gender studies. Anna Howard Shaw: The Work of Woman Suffrage (University of Illinois Press) examines the life and work of one of Albion College’s most distinguished alumnae.


Bon Appétit CEO Bauccio to Speak
at Commencement

Albion College caps its Sustainability Theme Year with Commencement speaker Fedele Bauccio, co-founder and CEO of Bon Appétit Management Company. Commencement will be held Saturday, May 10, at 1 p.m. on the Albion College Quadrangle.


Logan Woods, '14, Receives
Fulbright Award

As a middle-school student, history and English education major Logan Woods randomly chose the country of Romania for a social studies project. It's the kind of story that warms a teacher's heart: From that assignment, Woods gained an abiding interest in the country. Now, as the recipient of a 2014-15 Fulbright Student Award, Woods will spend nine months in Romania, teaching English in a school setting.

Albion College alumni have received a total of 13 Fulbright awards over the past 11 years; 11 were named teaching fellows in Europe and Africa, and two received grants for research in Tanzania and Brazil.



2014 Reunion Event Chairs
and Giving Leaders

Members of a class ending in 4 or 9 (1954-2009) will be celebrating a reunion at Homecoming the weekend of October 3-5, 2014. Mark your calendar for an exciting weekend on campus and to reconnect with classmates. Part of the fun surrounding Homecoming Weekend is helping your class win the 2014 Race for the Shield Competition that runs from July 1, 2013 to October 3, 2014.

Stay tuned for more information about your class Reunion Event and the Race for the Shield Competition. Below are your classmates who are leading your class as a Reunion Event Chair, Giving Leader, or both!


  • 1954: Event Chairs: Ced and June Luke Dempsey
  • 1959: Event Chair: John Eman
  • 1964: Event Chair: Bob Hetler; Giving Leaders: Bob Hetler and Carolyn Aishton Ouderkirk
  • 1969: Event Chairs: Tom Tarvis and Wynn Miller
  • 1974: Event Chair and Giving Leader: Lynn Futter Gilmore
  • 1979: Event Chair: Jay Pyper
  • 1984: Event Chairs: Nancy Nicholson and Gayle Good Vassallo
  • 1989: Event Chairs: Mary Buday and Paula Prevost-Blank; Giving Leader: Charles Drier
  • 1994: Event Chair: Diane Jackson and Elizabeth Weisenbach;
    Giving Leader: Mark Neisler
  • 1999: Event Chair: Davia Cox Downey; Giving Leader:
    Amy Kenaga Routhier
  • 2004: Event Chairs and Giving Leaders: Emily Ernsberger Brady, Libby Crabb, and Liz Vogel
  • 2009: Event Chairs: Laura Snearly Elliott and Baily Wyant; Giving Leader: Lizzy Thornton King


For more information visit for reunion event and Homecoming Weekend details. We hope to see you in October!


E&M Emeritus Prof. Maurice Branch
Passes Away

Economics and management professor emeritus Maurice Branch passed away February 23 in Chelsea, Michigan, aged 92. Branch, who taught at Albion for 33 years, "was a liberal arts teacher in the sense that he understood economics as a human science and he brought out the humanity in it," said professor emeritus Larry Steinhauer. A memorial service is scheduled for May 10 at 11 a.m. at Silver Maples Retirement Community in Chelsea



A Legacy of Briton Championship Rings

Father and son, showing off their Briton championship bling: Greg Kern, '87 with the 1985 MIAA football championship ring (right) and Ryan Kern, '16, with his 2013 championship ring. Thanks to Trish Kern for sharing on Twitter!


Anthony Moon, '13, Cracks Yankees' Athletic Training Lineup

Anthony Moon, ’13, is starting his career in professional baseball this spring, though it’s a different path than what he may have imagined as a young player growing up near Kalamazoo.

A graduate of Albion’s athletic training education program and a former catcher for the Britons, Moon reported to the New York Yankees’ spring training complex in Tampa, Fla., in January to begin working with the rehabilitation protocol for individual players.



Local Bank Celebrates College's
Founders Day

Homestead Bank

Juanita Solis-Kidder, receptionist at Homestead Savings Bank in Albion (far left), wanted to help celebrate Albion College's 179th birthday – and show a bit of community partnership pride.

She and her co-workers from all four Homestead branches donned the College's signature purple and gold Friday, March 21, for Albion's Founders Day, and raised $179 (in honor of the College's birthday) to donate to the Albion College Fund.

Juanita contacted Mandy Dubiel, director of admission, for an Albion t-shirt to wear that Friday. Instead, Mandy gave Juanita enough shirts to outfit the entire Albion Homestead branch.

Homestead Bank and Albion College share another connection: Peggy Sindt, '73, Albion Economic Development president, is chairman of the Homestead Savings Bank board of directors. Mike Frandsen, interim president of the College, is vice chairman.

See more Founders Day photos


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Laurel Draudt - Associate Director, Gerstacker Institute

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In The News

After 10 Years of Service, Mike Frandsen to Leave Albion on July 1

History Professor Marcy Sacks Quoted in NY Times

Albion Sister City Committee Honors Founder Sue Marcos

Brad Melpolder Leads Albion Relay Surge Into Swimming Nationals

Albion Track Star Patrick Blakley Runs Into Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame

Tim Newsted, '78, and J.W. Porter Bond Over Love of Baseball

Sarah Wycoff, '08, Profiled at Council of Independent Colleges

Personality Profile: Patrick Coyle, '84

Phyllis Harrison-Ross, '56, Has Public Service Award Named In Her Honor

Former Royal Oak Swimmer Austin Bateman Helps Set School Records at Albion

Richard Alley to Deliver Albion College Isaac Symposium Keynote

Telescope History Presented at Albion College

Alex Yaw, '14: Promoting Healthy Lives, Transforming Hers

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Albion students, we have a semester-long "Just One More" photo contest taking place. Submit your event-related photos on our website and win prizes!

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Incoming President

Mauri Ditzler Talks "Tradition"

on Break

Spring Break

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