APRIL 2015

Tunnicliff Fellow David Utrata, ’15, Studies Sustainability in South Africa

This past fall, the Kim Tunnicliff Endowment supported its first fellow, David Utrata, ’15. The member of the Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service and the Center for Sustainability and the Environment recently completed a semester in Stellenbosch, South Africa, through the CIEE Stellenbosch Sustainability and Community program.

“I would have really enjoyed talking with Kim Tunnicliff and sharing a lot of perspectives about international travel, international education, and being a global citizen,” Utrata said. “I appreciated the scholarship being in his name, based on who he was.”

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Albion Enrolls First Class of
Build Albion Fellows

Albion College is pleased to introduce its first class of Build Albion Fellows, a group of seven students residing in the local school district who will receive four-year tuition, room and board from the College, and who will bring to the campus a diverse and exciting array of passions and career interests.

After being accepted for admission to Albion College and demonstrating high financial need based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the students—all of whom have attended Albion Public Schools for at least three years (grades 6-8)—expressed interest in the Fellows program, which was first announced in November 2014 and includes a community service requirement aimed at “building” the community of Albion.

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‘Virus Hunter’ Nathan Wolfe to Deliver Calvaruso Keynote Address

The Indiana Jones of virus hunting, Nathan Wolfe travels the world to track, study, and eradicate the next pandemic before it strikes. One of Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2011, this Viral Storm author draws on his breakthrough discoveries to tell us where viruses come from, why they spread, and how to stop them.

Wolfe will deliver the 2015 Joseph Calvaruso Keynote Address, “Before It Strikes: Viral Forecasting for Pandemic Prevention,” on Thursday, April 23, at 7 p.m. in Goodrich Chapel during the Elkin Isaac Student Research Symposium.

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The Bigger Read: A Powerful Partnership Makes Magic

"It is almost impossible for me to imagine what this course would have looked like without the community," says Jess Roberts about English 314, an upper-level Albion College class offered for the first time last fall, and perhaps better known by its rather catchy name, Practical Persuasion.

The associate professor utilized a budding local initiative as an extended, hands-on classroom for her new professional writing course, and the end result is one of Albion's most ambitious college/community joint projects, one that will make an impact throughout 2015.

Wanting her students to experience the demands and results of a real-world writing project, Roberts hit upon The Big Read, a nationally competitive community-reading grant program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Dunklin, Goering Join Albion Board of Trustees

Professor emeritus Doug Goering and Albion civic leader Mae Ola Dunklin were recently appointed to Albion College's Board of Trustees. The two begin active service with the board beginning July 1.

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Albion Makes Princeton Review ‘Green Colleges’ List for 2015

Just a few days before Earth Day, Albion College was named to The Princeton Review Guide to 353 Green Colleges for 2015. An environmental studies academic requirement, showers for cyclists, locally-grown produce in the dining hall, and low-energy lighting were among many campus-wide initiatives that placed Albion on the list.

GLCA Grant to Provide Albion an Environmental Dashboard

Albion College—in partnership with Antioch College, DePauw University, Hope College, and Oberlin College—has been awarded a grant from the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) as part of its “Expanding Collaboration Initiative,” funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The project to be supported by the grant is called “Environmental Dashboard Implementation in Multiple GLCA Colleges to Foster Collaboration across Campuses.” It includes collaborative initiatives that seek to educate populations – on college campuses, in public school systems, and in local communities – about how changing practices can result in a more vibrant and sustained future for humanity.

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2015 Race for the Shield

Members of classes ending in 5 or 0 (1955-2010) are invited to participate in this year’s Race for the Shield competition! Mark your calendar to reconnect with classmates on campus over Homecoming Weekend, October 16-17. Part of the fun surrounding Homecoming Weekend is helping your class win the 2015 Race for the Shield Competition that runs from July 1, 2014, to October 16, 2015.

We will honor the classes with the greatest participation and the highest giving level at the Race for the Shield Ceremony during Homecoming. Stay tuned for more details. Below are your classmates who are serving as a Reunion Giving Leader:

• 1960: Forrest Heaton and Rick Smith
• 1975: Mark and Deborah Mason Lindemood
• 1995: Nicole DuPraw Carter
• 2000: Betsy Hutula and Scott Smith
• 2005: Erin Schultz

Don’t see your class on this list? Contact the Office of Annual Giving at 517/629-0448 or giving@albion.edu to represent your class in the Race for the Shield! For more information visit www.albion.edu/homecoming for reunion event and Homecoming Weekend details. We hope to see you in October!

Reminder: Update your Contact Information

Have you moved to a new home or opened a new email address? Don't miss out on the latest news about Homecoming, class reunions, and alumni events in your area. Send us your current information so we can keep you up to date on happenings at the College and within the community!

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Student Profile


"I am excited to enter the next stage of my life, taking the lessons I have learned from Albion with me."

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Campus Events

Elkin Isaac Student Research Symposium - April 22-23

Day of Woden -
April 29

Commencement - 
May 9

Homecoming - 
October 16-17

Alumni Events

Distinguished & Young Alumni Awards -
April 24

Grand Rapids Alumni Networking Event -
April 27

Detroit Revitalization Event - April 30

Philadelphia, PA
Alumni Event - April 30

Craftsman Farms in
New Jersey Alumni Event - May 3

Boston Pier 6 Alumni Event - May 4

Grand Slam Summer - Chicago - June 7

Grand Slam Summer - Detroit - August 4

Admission Events

Albion Advantage
Day - April 24

Albion 101 - June 22

Athletic Schedules



Track & Field

Men's Tennis

Women's Tennis

Men's Lacrosse

Women's Lacrosse

Brits in the News

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, ’71, Talks Sustainability

Albion College Students Pack 10,000 Meals in Kids Against Hunger Event

Jack Wyman, '18, Adjusting to Busy Life at Albion

Jon VanderWal, '01, Named Glenn Robinson Award Winner as Division III's Top Basketball Coach

Angela Morrison, ’17, Finds Heptathlon Success Early at Albion College

Nancy Peters-Lewis, '96, Gets Middle Schoolers Thinking About College

In Marshall-Albion Partnership, a Focus on Youth

Britons Volleyball Team Assists Local Shelter

Let Us Know

Have your own hands-on Albion experience? An internship, research endeavor, or creative project? We want to tell your story! Email us with details.

Celebrate the
Class of 2015

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April 22-23

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NASA Wares

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