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APRIL 2014

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, '71, Talks Climate Change

Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mayor George Heartwell, '71, has been named to President Obama's Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. We sat down with him to talk about his efforts in Grand Rapids.

How is Grand Rapids better prepared to deal with climate change now than when you took office? By getting out "ahead of the curve" on climate change, Grand Rapids has invested in renewable resource energy, transit, alternative fuels in municipal vehicles, flood mitigation investments, a response plan for addressing needs of vulnerable people during heat waves, and a Sustainability Plan that drives triple-bottom-line work in every department in City Hall.

Why is the environment so important to you, personally? Simply, Susan and I have six grandchildren. If I can do anything to ensure that the world they grow up in is as delightful as the one I have known, it is my obligation and joy to do so.


Stephanie Sanders, '15, Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

Chemistry and mathematics major Stephanie Sanders, ’15, was recently awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for Excellence in Education for the 2014-15 academic year. She is one of 286 science, mathematics and engineering students selected from among 1,166 applicants nationally and one of just six from Michigan. The award will cover up to $7,500 of Sanders' tuition and related expenses during the 2014-15 school year. "It's really exciting to have this honor," said Sanders. "It will help me stand out in graduate school applications."


Geologist Richard Alley to Give Isaac Symposium Keynote

Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium.

Alley takes the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24,
in Goodrich Chapel.

The Symposium opens Wednesday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Towsley Lecture Hall/Norris 101, as environmental policy analyst Hugh McDiarmid, '84, gives the Symposium's Alumni Lecture.


Albion to Recognize 2014 Young Alumni Award Recipients

From space research to market research, city planning, pediatric medicine and mathematics education, Albion College's 2014 Young Alumni Award recipients represent the diverse fields of endeavor open to Albion graduates. A ceremony to honor this year's awardees takes place Saturday, April 26.

This year's recipients, in alphabetical order:
• Andrew Beck, '04

• Daniella Frank, '05

• Stephen Gordon, '04

• William Green, '05

• Jennifer Swindlehurst Howland, '04



Thanks to Our Volunteers

Thank you to all our influential alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff volunteers. Your time and dedication to the College is greatly appreciated!

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Celebrate Albion This September

The start of a new chapter in Albion College's nearly 180-year history will be officially recognized at the inauguration of our sixteenth president, Dr. Mauri Ditzler. The event also will serve as the cornerstone to an exciting two-day celebration that includes Family Weekend on September 12-13, and Community Day on September 13.



The Substance of Sustainability: Sara Sample's Semester in France

sustainability studies degree that includes coursework and research on both campuses.




Join Our Free Career and Recruiting Webinar

Albion College's Office of Alumni Engagement and Career and Internship Center will offer a free webinar on the topic of the job search from a professional recruiter's perspective on Wednesday, May 14 at 12 p.m. (EDT). Andrew Smerczak-Zorza, '02, will help the audience understand tips that can help candidates rise to the top of a search. Join fellow Albion alumni, parents, and friends in this insightful session that will surely help your process in advancing your career.

If you have questions about this webinar or other Career and Internship Center offerings, please contact the Center at 517/629-0332 or



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Carlos Matti

Carlos Matti, '14

"My research internship helped me to figure out what purpose I want to live my life with. I'm applying to graduate school this fall to carry out similar research."


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In The News

Carl Pressprich Earns Cover of NCAA Champion Magazine

Dave Camp, '75, to Retire from Congress

Long-Ago School Project Starts Journey for Logan Woods, '14

Miss Indiana Mekayla Diehl, '11, Will Compete for Miss USA

Phyllis Harrison-Ross, '56, Recognized by NY Society for Ethical Culture

Ian Bendice, '05, Has “God Save The Machine” Art Show Through April

Justin Meredith, '15, Finds Success in Track and Field After Sustaining Football Injury

Bon Appetit CEO to Offer 2014 Albion College Commencement Address

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