MARCH 2015

Josh Cassada, '95, on His Astronaut Candidate Experience So Far

Josh Cassada, '95, part of NASA's eight-member astronaut candidate class of 2013, describes his training experience to date in a video feature the space agency released on YouTube late last week.

The former Navy test pilot, who received his Ph.D. in high-energy physics from the University of Rochester, also talks about his Albion experience. "It was there that I got my first taste of collaborative learning and peer mentorship—and exploration, really," says Cassada, who received the College's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012.

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Darby Williams, ’16, on Her Sydney Semester

Day three of my internship: Euthanizing a pigeon with a broken wing. What did I sign up for and why are they trusting me with this experienced task? A week earlier, I jumped out of a plane over the Great Barrier Reef. Sitting on the edge of a plane and suddenly flying through the air at 10,000 feet is definitely something you do not experience every day.

Besides my biology major, I'm working to complete a number of veterinary school pre-requisites, which meant my off-campus experience had to include academic coursework that would count toward my Albion degree.

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Career Accelerator: Ross Muniga, '15, Interns at Mercedes-Benz USA

Ross Muniga’s family may have moved from Michigan to Texas, but his love of automobiles has never wavered. That drove the senior in Albion College’s Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management to pursue and eventually land an internship in the International Procurement Services department of Mercedes-Benz USA last summer.

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Philanthropy Week Celebrates Giving, Founders' Day

Did you know that tuition only covers about 80% of the cost for an Albion education?

Albion’s second annual Philanthropy Week is March 23-27. Philanthropy Week started off as Tuition Free Day, marking the time when tuition dollars run out. Thanks to gifts from generous alumni, parents, friends, faculty, and staff, Albion can continue to provide an amazing education for all of its students.

During Philanthropy Week, students will be able to celebrate Albion’s founding date and learn what it takes to support Albion. They will be learning about the importance of giving, why people give, and thanking those who have and continue to support Albion.

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Laura Steavenson, ’15, Approaches
the Next Chapter

Laura Steavenson's life, much like the quote from one of her favorite authors, has reached a crossroads.

A senior at Albion College, she identifies herself as a swimmer. But now a few weeks removed from competing in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championships for the last time, the English major from Dexter, Mich., is beginning to write the next chapter in her life.

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Distinguished and Young Alumni Awards Reception and Ceremony

Please join us Friday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m. as we recognize the recipients of the 2015 Alumni Awards.

This year’s winners include Distinguished Alumni Award winners Rick Going, ’77; Katherine Look, ’75; and William Payne, ’75. Young Alumni Award honorees include Cynthia Cardwell Fast, ’08; Katherine Kirsch, ’12; Jonathan Reynolds, ’09; and Danielle Wysocki, ’10.

To indicate your attendance, please register online or
call 517/629-0448 by Wednesday, April 15.

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Briton Swimmers: Honorable Mention

It took until the final day of competition, but Albion College swimmers David Alday, Parker Belmore, Derek Bosko, and Sebastian Tostado seized the prize they wanted all along from the NCAA Division III Championship.

They are honorable mention All-Americans.

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Staff Profile

Liaison, Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Development

“The Shurmur Center provides a richer quality of academic and professional experiences for future teachers. School administrators actively seek to employ Albion alumni, every semester, because of this.”

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Campus Events

'80s Night - March 27

Take 6 Concert -
March 28

Equestrian Club Tack
Sale - March 29

Library Poetry Fest - April 1

Aldrich Lecture -
April 1

Elkin Isaac Alumni
Lecture - April 22

Elkin Isaac Student Research Symposium -
April 22-23

Calvaruso Keynote
Address - April 23

Day of Woden -
April 29

Commencement -
May 9

Alumni Events

Flint Alumni Event -
March 31

Great Lakes Bay
Alumni Happy Hour -
April 9

Northern Michigan Symphony Event -
April 19

Distinguished and Young Alumni Awards - April 24

Admission Events

Albion 101 - March 28

Albion Advantage Days - April 17, 24

Athletic Schedules



Track & Field

Men's Tennis

Women's Tennis

Men's Lacrosse

Women's Lacrosse

Brits in the News

Albion College Celebrates Its 180th Birthday

SeaWorld Entertainment Names Joel Manby, ’81, as New CEO

Fulbright Recipient Saltzman Departs for South Korea

Albion Partners in Hybrid Learning Project Funded by Teagle Foundation

Julie Wood, ’16, Reflects on Gerstacker Institute's France Trip

Matthew Randazzo, '00, Named Interim CEO of National Math and Science Initiative

Lynelle Morgan, '90, Named District Family Court Administrator in N.C.

Hall of Fame Football Coach Steve Robb, '78, to Lead Tecumseh Program

Accounting Students Stalk 'Crooks' to Study Tax Fraud, ID Theft

Blues at the Bohm Is a Hit With College, Community

Carrie Hummel, ’79, Named California State Assembly’s Woman of the Year

Audrey DeGroot, ’16, Earns Jules Maidoff Scholarship at Florence Art Center

History Prof. Wes Dick Discusses Selma With Local Mentoring Group

Passenger, '57, on 'Federally Mandated Jet Lag,' aka Daylight Saving Time

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