Albion College

JULY 2014

Briton Duo Launch Yogurt Business

For Joseph Verbeke, '01, and Emily Dobbins-Verbeke, '03, opening a new frozen yogurt shop in Troy, Mich., has been a learning experience. It's been a family experience as well.

The Verbekes opened up a Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt store in April out of desire to offer the community a fun (and tasty) place to gather. Emily's father, Bill Dobbins, '74, brought up the idea of opening a franchise to the couple.

"His wealth of knowledge about business development and business management has helped us at every step along the way," Emily says.

The rest of Joe and Emily's families helped with almost every part of the business -- from social media marketing consultation to graphic design, material handling, and logistics.

"Of course my son, and my niece and nephew, are willing taste-testers of almost any flavor or topping," Emily says, "although they do have their favorites."

Emily says the couple's experience at Albion -- problem solving, research, learning new things -- has been valuable in starting their new venture.

"Our start has kept us focused on working hard on the business as a whole every single day," she says.

The Verbeke's Zoyo shop is located at 3067 Rochester Road in Troy.

Honors Students Explore the
Western Front

Place is powerful. The experience of battlefields, cemeteries, monuments, and museums provided a profound field trip for a group of students in history professor Chris Hagerman’s class "We Are Making a World: Trauma and Cultural Change on the Western Front, 1914-18." The class, offered through Albion’s Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program, traveled in May to France and Belgium, where they explored the very sites they had studied on campus using historical maps, diaries, letters, literary memoirs, poetry, paintings, photography and film.


Albion College Fund Exceeds
Fiscal-Year Goal

Albion alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends clearly believe in their College, sending a strong message of confidence through their level of monetary support in the last twelve months.

The Annual Fund again exceeded its goal, surpassing the $1.7 million target set for fiscal year 2014, which concluded June 30.


Summer Campus Construction
Projects Well Under Way

Albion College’s Facilities Operations staff has set an ambitious schedule for construction projects this summer. The most visible project, the construction of a boulevard on Hannah Street, and the repaving of sections of Mingo, Perry, and Ingham streets, started the last week of June. The College is funding the project to assist the city in repairing roads that had deteriorated in the especially challenging weather conditions last winter.


Class of 2003 Wins Influential 20s Competition

Congratulations to the Class of 2003 with 16% class giving participation in the 2013-2014 fiscal year! The Class of 1997 is in second place with 15.7%. The Class of 2003 will be the second class to be listed on the Spirit Rock Award.

Thank you to everyone for your participation. Whether your gift was to the Albion College Fund, or designated to a department, program, organization, or team, your gift helped the College and our students as a whole!

The new Fiscal Year 2015 (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015) is the start of a new competition cycle for the Influential 20s.



Free Webinar: Use LinkedIn for Networking, Job Searches

Albion College's Office of Alumni Engagement, Career and Internship Center, and Andy Boyan, assistant professor of communication studies, will be presenting on the topic of using LinkedIn for professional networking and job searches on Thursday, August 14 at 12:00 noon (EDT).

Whether you're already on LinkedIn or just thinking about using it, this webinar is sure to be helpful for your job search!



Techs Award Grosse Pointe Scholarship

Kurt, ’80, and Polly, ’79, Tech helped award a merit-based $1,000 scholarship to incoming Albion first-year student Katherine Murphy. The couple gave the scholarship through the Grosse Pointe South Mothers’ Club.


Education Students Experience Costa Rica Through Practicum

Albion College lacrosse players and education students Victoria Della Pia, '16, McKenzie Bueck, '17, and Brandon Allwood, '13 learned an unexpected lesson while recently introducing children in Costa Rica to their sport. "Teaching lacrosse was a great way to teach English," said Della Pia. "Through acting out the lacrosse terms, the students began to understand the English verbs and words. It was a great and fun way to teach two new ideas."



WWII Veteran Names Needed for Memorial Project

History professor Wes Dick and Chris Blaker, 14, have begun an effort to provide formal recognition of Albion College World War II service members through a campus memorial. This information will be housed in the College Archives and remain part of the memorial project.

Alumni are encouraged to send the names and details of service of any alumni who were in the military during World War II via e-mail to or via postal mail to: Editor, Io Triumphe!, Albion College, 611 E. Porter St., Albion, MI 49224. For more information, contact Wesley Dick at



Delta Tau Delta Reunion

Thirty-seven Delta Tau Delta alumni gathered for a reunion at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island on June 10-11.


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Erik Love, ’01

"The great professors I met at Albion, especially Dr. Len Berkey, were excellent teachers and scholars. In many ways, they were role models for me. I hope to one day feel like I’m able to live up to their example."


Read Erik's Profile

In The News

Albion College Among
the Top 300 Schools
Around the Globe

Jerry White Named Albion VP for Finance and Administration

New Jobs, New Plant Near Albion: Brembo to Invest $100 million, Add 250 Jobs

Albion Well Represented on MIAA Academic Honor Roll

Derick Lawrence Tabbed
to Lead Briton Cross
Country Teams

Albion College Remembers Story, Legacy of Miriam Winter

Chicago Center Internships Prove Valuable for Two Britons

Former Warren Regina Softball Player, Brugnoni, Transitions to Collegiate Athletics

Women's Lacrosse Student-Athlete Reflects on Special Olympics Experience

Prof. Jocelyn McWhirter Book Considers 'Agenda'
for Luke, Acts

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