MAY 2016

Albion Celebrates Its Class of 2016 at Commencement

On Saturday, May 7, 260 graduates walked across the stage at Commencement to receive their diplomas. “We are incredibly proud of all that you have achieved and know that even more impressive accomplishments are yet to come”, said President Mauri Ditzler as he addressed the class.

Robert H. Bartlett, ‘60, received an honorary doctorate and addressed the seniors with stories of his days as an Albion undergraduate and young doctor. “There will be times in your life when opportunity and circumstance collide, and there will be a time to solve a problem, and that will make you feel really good. Albion has prepared your mind and soul to make that happen,” Bartlett said.

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Second Class of Build Albion Fellows Announced

Eight members of Albion College’s Class of 2020 who attended Albion Public Schools will receive four years of tuition, room and board in exchange for work and service in the community. The Build Albion Fellows program was introduced last year as a way to help local students interested in pursuing a liberal arts education receive that opportunity at Albion College.

President Mauri Ditzler told the group of eight that being a part of the local community, and now also the College community, is a huge step toward rebuilding the City of Albion.

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Estate Gift from Snodgrass, ’49, Gives New Dimension to Teacher’s Impact

Marilyn Snodgrass, ‘49, recalled to many friends and family just how important Albion College had been in her formative years. She never married and her family was small and scattered, so when she passed away in October 2015, she left the bulk of her generous estate to Albion for whatever needs the College deems appropriate.

Bob anderson, Albion vice president for alumni relations and development, said the gift will have a sustaining and powerful impact on the College.

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Albion Checks in for Hotel Groundbreaking

On Thursday, May 12, the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in downtown Albion took place, with a crowd of at least 200 people. The actual construction is set to start this August.

The event included the presentation of a $1 million check to the project from Emily Petz, community assistance team specialist for the Michigan Economic Development Corp., and concluded with shovels-in-the-ground pictures.

“We’re going to build the City farther than it’s been before,” said a hopeful and optimistic City of Albion Mayor Joe Domingo.

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NEA Grant Brings “The Big Read” Back to Albion

For the second straight year, Albion will host The Big Read, a nationwide project that aims to bring communities together through shared reading experiences. Albion is one of 77 cities nationwide to receive a 2016-17 Big Read grant. This year’s feature read will be the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

“Any time that a community has a chance to experience something together and discuss that experience with others, it’s an opportunity for them to share, empathize, improve understanding and respect, and build positive relationships between each other,” says Cindy Stanczak, director of the Albion District Library and a member of the Big Read Planning Committee.

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Student Profile


Natalie Anderson, ‘16, was recently given a Fulbright U.S. Student Award for 2016-17. She plans to teach English and conduct research in Mexico for nine months later this year.

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Alumni Events

Atlanta area event -
June 2

"Grand Slam"
Chicago - June 15

Save the date: Minneapolis area
event - June 27

"Back to Class" Petoskey area event -
July 11

Save the date: Boston event at Fenway Park-
July 25

Save the Date: New Glarus Brewery Tour - August 6

Admission Events

Albion 101 -
July 15

Brits in the News

Philip Gannon, ‘47, LCC’s First President, Receives Key to the City

Foster, ’12, Pursues Chiropractic Path

Honorable Duncan M. Beagle, ‘70, Celebrates 25 Years on the Bench

Catching Up with Garry Carley, ’61

Ruth Rashid Kaleniecki, ’00, Joins Community Foundation for SE Michigan

Audra Quinn, ‘03, Introduces New Game Through Kickstarter Launch

Cupcake Business Is a New Recipe for CPA Farhat, ’89

Kara (Sherman) Nell, ‘06, seslcted as one of the “25 Ducks” out of 24,000 students at the University of Oregon

Schefsky, ’06, Named Partner at Midland Law Firm

Connie Hale, ’84, Winning in Kentucky as Keeneland CFO

Music Professor James Ball Featured as Conductor of Tecumseh Pops Orchestra

Jerry Johnson, ’93, Is New CISD Assistant Superintendent

Peggy Sindt, ’73, to Retire from Albion Economic Development Corp.

A Peek Inside the Grand Hotel with Dan Musser, ‘86

Students Reflect on the Impact
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Shenstone, '84, Ceramics and
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