JUNE 2015

Albion Receives NEA Grant for 'The Big Read'

Big Read

Big ideas for the community have been rewarded as the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has named Albion a Big Read grant recipient for 2015. Albion is one of only 75 communities nationwide to receive this competitive award, which will support a series of community reading events and related activities throughout October.

The Big Read grant proposal was written in fall 2014 by Albion College faculty, staff and students with the direction and assistance of a community-based steering committee.

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How to Bring Albion College into Your Community

As Albion College strengthens its connection with the Albion community, it can have a bigger presence in your community, too!

Start a dialogue about the college search process with your friends, neighbors, co-workers, church members, community contacts and relatives. Many of them are visiting colleges this summer with their high schoolers. Ask which colleges they are visiting and what their interests are.

And, of course, talk about the great things happening at Albion College and encourage them to visit! Visits can be scheduled online at: www.albion.edu/visit.

Make sure to give Admission the students' contact information by completing a Referral Form.

The alumni and parent referral program is designed to encourage students who have not applied to Albion College to do so. All referred students who ultimately choose Albion College will receive a $1000 referral scholarship for four years.

So, inquire about college searches, talk about Albion College, and refer students before they apply!

College, City Receive $25,000 History
Project Grant

A proposal to share one of Albion's "local stories about race and ethnicity" has won Albion College a $25,000 Heritage Grant from the Michigan Humanities Council (MHC). Albion was one of just 26 Michigan communities chosen to receive this award.

The grant will fund an oral history project focused on the all-Black segregated West Ward Elementary School. The school was demolished and replaced by a park, named in honor of Robert Holland, Sr., leader of a community campaign to close the school. More than two dozen former West Ward students have agreed to participate in the project.

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We Need You at Briton Career Connections

Looking for a way to connect with students as they begin their professional journey? Briton Career Connections is the perfect avenue! Join us Friday, Oct. 16 from 3-5 p.m. of Homecoming Weekend, where alumni from all different career paths will gather in the Kellogg Center for this annual career fair-style event.

It's a great opportunity to have personal conversations with students about your professional field, share your career experiences, and guide current students on their paths.

We are lining up participants now and throughout the summer. To participate, please contact Troy Kase, Director of the Career and Internship Center at tkase@albion.edu or 517/629-0332.

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Your Gifts Help Albion Stay Competitive

Albion College students rely on your gifts to help them with scholarships. But did you know that when our alumni make a gift to the College, it improves our ranking among other colleges?

With approximately 22,000 living alumni, it takes 222 alumni donors to move us one participation point. Giving at least once each fiscal year ensures that Albion maintains its place (or moves up!) in the college rankings.

Your gifts help us be competitive, and help students afford an Albion education. Make your fiscal year-end gift today!

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Grand Slam Summer in Detroit

Grand Slam Summer

Soak in the sights and sounds of Comerica Park with Albion College alumni, parents, friends, and students this August in Detroit. We look forward to this family-friendly tradition every year. Space is limited. Tickets will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals
Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Time: 7:08 p.m.
Cost: $50

Join the Detroit Alumni Chapter for food and beverages before the game inside Comerica Park! The Blue Moon Brewhouse is reserved for Albion College from 5:30 until 7:30 and food and soft drinks are provided in the Blue Moon Brewhouse. More details will be available soon.

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Albion Dub Box Hits The Road

Albion’s Dub Box may be making its way to an event near you. Bon Appétit, Albion's food service provider, is taking the food trailer on the road to events around Michigan.

So far, it’s appeared at downtown Albion’s French Market this past June, and at the Ella Sharp Museum’s Art, Wine, & Beer Festival in Jackson (see photo above).

“It’s fun for us because we get to do something a little different,” says David Lauffer, general manager. “And we put Albion out in the community.”

Bon Appétit is looking to take the Dub Box to other events in Michigan. For details, email Shane Powers at spowers@albion.edu.

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Student Profile


“I came to Albion College not only because of what the college has to offer, but also because of the opportunities that I saw in the City of Albion.”

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Alumni Events

Grand Slam Summer - Detroit - August 4

Briton Classic -
August 7

Homecoming 2015-
October 16-17

Admission Events

Albion 101 - July 24

Brits in the News

In Albion, Progress In Tourism, Industry

Mitchell Klingler, '14, Wins Sunburst Half Marathon

Visiting Fulbright Scholar Strengthens Albion-Costa Rica Ties

Joe Silvestri, '15, Caps Career As Academic All-American

Chemistry's Andrew French Takes On New Community-Focused Role

Albion Athletes Work With The Special Olympians

Jeff Carrier Helps Kids Get Up Close and Personal With Shark Research

Ken Peirce, ’65, Receives Local Rotary Award

Northwoods League President Dick Radatz, ’81, on His Life in Baseball

Amy Joslin, ’71, Honored by Downtown Traverse City Association

Church Group Helps to Spruce Up Albion

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The spring-summer 2015 Io Triumphe! is now available online. Learn how Albion alumni are at the forefront in Detroit's resurgence. Send your story ideas to communications@

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