JULY 2015

Doug Richmond, '06, Forges an
Atlanta-Albion Connection

Doug Richmond

As with any incoming class, each student brings to campus her or his own story. This fall at Albion College, there will be at least 425 of them, making for a first-year anthology some 20 percent larger than a year ago.

Another collective Class of 2019 story begins nearly 750 miles south of the College, in Georgia, where seven students from KIPP Atlanta Collegiate have made the choice to matriculate together -- including William Hardy, Theron Barlow, Falandria Hill, Christopher Pride, and Jeremy Harris, above.

Not surprisingly, a teacher pointed the way. Similarly not a surprise: he is an Albion alumnus whose efforts over three years have resonated in inspiring ways at the charter school just a few miles west of downtown.

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Josh Cassada, ’95, Joins NASA Astronaut Corps

Albion College has a full-fledged astronaut among its alumni. Last week, Josh Cassada, '95, (second from right, above) was one of eight men and women to complete two years of training as a candidate and become an official member of the NASA astronaut corps.

The former Navy test pilot majored in physics at Albion and received his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. He received Albion's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012.

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Ford Institute, City Welcome 120 for
Week of Volunteering

Albion College's Ford Institute was hopping June 14-20 as staffers organized a visit by 120 members of Knox Presbyterian Church from Naperville, Illinois. The church, which has a College connection via the Ford Institute, chose the Albion community as its annual mission trip destination.

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An Environmental Blog Becomes a Thesis

Olivia Potoczak, ’15, is passionate about writing and environmental issues, climate change in particular. But where those disciplines intersect, the Birmingham, Michigan native can’t help but notice a trend separate from that of rising global temperatures.

Potoczak’s interest in sparking an informed climate-change conversation among fellow Millennials grew into something more substantial: a senior thesis, but in blog form. Throughout her senior year, The Climate Pickle: True Stories About Climate Change Written by a Millennial for the Millennials featured posts ranging from the informational and scientific to the whimsical and even lyrical.

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2015-16 Alumni Association
Board of Directors

The Alumni Association Board of Directors is pleased to announce its newest members:

James Anderson, '83, Chicago, IL
Andy Harder, '80, Naperville, IL
Letitia Watson Kotas, '98, Albion, MI
Zachary Kribs, '15, Mason, MI
Ronald Lessard, '82, Pleasanton, CA
Alyssa Castellanos Walker, '15, Battle Creek, MI

The Alumni Association serves as a means to connect you to others in the Albion family, provide you with social and professional networking opportunities, and offer benefits unique to those associated with Albion College. As a graduate of Albion College, you are automatically a member of the Albion College Alumni Association.

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Free Webinar on Early Career Success Strategies

Office of Alumni Engagement and Career and Internship Center will host a free webinar on career success strategies on Thursday, Aug. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. (ET).

David Ross, ’07, offers a unique look at early career success strategies in this free webinar for Albion College students and alumni.

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Flying High in South Africa

Mitchell Moore, ’16, is spending his summer at a U.S. Embassy internship in Zambia, Africa.

"As a U.S. citizen, I always wanted to go abroad to learn how to be a diplomat and emerge myself into the world of international diplomacy," Moore says. "At Albion, I have found a passion for international relations, especially learning about the politics within the U.N. Security Council."

For the Independence Day holiday on July 4, Moore went to Cape Town, South Africa, to celebrate with his Albion flag.

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Grand Slam Summer in Detroit

Enjoy a baseball game in Detroit with family, friends, and Albion College!

Tuesday, August 4 at 7:08 p.m.
Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals

Join the Detroit Alumni Chapter for a pre-game picnic inside Comerica Park. The cost is $50 (includes $5 tax-deductible gift to the Albion College Fund). Food and beverages during pre-game picnic are included in the ticket price.

Tickets are available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve your ticket, please call 517/629-0448 or email collegeevents@albion.edu.

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2015 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

Alumni Awards

Albion College is proud to announce the 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees, recognizing those individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of Albion College in the field of athletics. Men and women are honored either by virtue of their performance on athletic teams representing the College, or by meritorious efforts in years after graduation.

To honor the recipients, Albion will hold a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. in Baldwin Hall. The event, part of Albion College's Homecoming festivities, is open to the public. Ticket information will be available on the Homecoming web site soon. Email collegeevents@albion.edu for more information.

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Refer a Student This Summer

Now is the time to refer high school students to Albion College, especially before seniors complete their applications. Your referral can encourage a student to look at Albion and apply.

As a part of Albion College's referral program, each of your referred students who enroll will be awarded a $1,000 annual scholarship in your name! So look around you, find students who are or will soon be thinking about college, and talk about Albion! And, of course -- refer those students!

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Alumni Profile


“Albion has made such an impact on so many lives. It’s important to give something back to the institution that enabled you to get where you’re at today. Honoring that life reward is a commendable thing to do.”

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Campus Events

Junior Explorer Camp -
July 28-30

Move-In Day - Aug. 21

Family Weekend -
Sept. 19

Alumni Events

Grand Slam Summer - Detroit - August 4

Briton Classic -
August 7

Homecoming 2015-
October 16-17

Admission Events

Albion 101 - July 24

Fall Open House -
Sept. 19, Oct. 17

Brits in the News

Geo Prof. Thom Wilch Appointed NSF Antarctica Program Director

Albion Community in Focus on Detroit's WJR Radio

Johanna Schulte, '15, Joins Albion College Board as Recent Graduate Trustee

Leigh Ann LaFave Selected To Lead Albion's Softball Program

Mayor George Heartwell, '71, to Receive National 'Friend of Education' Award

Stained-Glass Artist Kit Crawford, '68, Creates Art in Treehouse Studio

Bee Enthusiasts Descend On Albion College for Conference

Ralph Powers, '45, Remembers Fighting for American Freedom

Let Us Know

When you plan a gift to Albion College as part of your long-term estate and financial plans, you can support our students and programs while still ensuring the future of your loved ones. Learn more at our Planned Giving site.

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Jobs and Internships at Briton Network

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