JULY 2016

101 North Superior Project to Become The Ludington Center

The 101 North Superior building in downtown Albion is currently under renovation and scheduled to open later this year. It is set to be named The Ludington Center in honor of Jack and Dorothy Ludington, both of whom were 1951 graduates of Albion College.

The Center will be the home of several College and community entities, including the Build Albion Fellows Program, the Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management and the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service. The Ludington Center will also serve as headquarters for the 11 AmeriCorps VISTA members due to arrive in Albion this fall. Additionally, the building will serve as a collaborative community space for the City of Albion.

“The Ludington Center brings Albion College into the heart of downtown, which certainly is important all by itself,” said President Mauri Ditzler. “But beyond the physical, bricks-and-mortar connection, it will be the connections made inside the building that will make this undertaking successful.”.

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Wes Dick, History Department Recognizes Retiring Professor Geoffrey Cocks

Albion College’s longest-tenured professor, Wesley Arden Dick, offered remarks about longtime History Department colleague Geoffrey Cocks at Cock’s retirement reception in the Wendell Will Room of Stockwell Library. Professor Dick described the many achievements of his colleague during his remarkable 41-year teaching journey at Albion College. Cocks first began on campus in 1975, when Albion College invited him to teach modern European history.

“How could I do justice to Geoff’s achievements? To list Geoff’s publications would take up all of our time. This guy is a movie star,” said Dick.

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Cardiology and College Credit at Albion’s First ‘Camp Med’

High schoolers from three states gained insight about the path toward a medical career at Albion’s first “Camp Med." Camp Med “Cardiology 101” included three intensive days as students were taught by members of Albion’s Biology, Chemistry, Psychological Science and Kinesiology departments along with staff from the Institute for Healthcare Professions. Students learned about medicine through frog anatomy, human EKGs, medical ethics, and exercise physiology.

“We were exceedingly pleased with how well this first Camp Med went,” said Brad Rabquer, assistant professor of biology and Camp Med organizer. Rabquer noted that they are already thinking about Camp Med 2017.

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A Rocky Summer for Geology’s
Jennifer Nelson, ‘18

Van Buren State Park is typically known for its sand dunes and sandy beaches. But this year, with the water level high, there are broad expanses of stones, from pebbles to fist-sized rocks, along the beach.

Jennifer Nelson, ‘18, a geology student, is working at the park in Covert, Mich., this summer teaching visitors about mammals, plants, invasive species - and, of course, rocks - Tuesday through Saturday until mid-August.

"The kids are loving it," Nelson said. "They love picking up every rock on the beach and bringing them to me to identify." Fossils, granite and shiny, and colorful stones are the favorites of young collectors, she said.

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Albion’s Evolving Alumni Referral
Program Staffs Up

The Admission Office effort is entering a new phase after a successful first two years. Corey Grazul, ’08, and Marsha Whitehouse, ’70, are doing their best to expand the alumni referral program here at Albion. Grazul, who also serves as an admission counselor, and Whitehouse, a former teacher and the College’s associate director of campus visit programs from 1999 until she retired in 2013, began their new roles as alumni referral coordinators this summer.

The referral program has resulted in connecting alumni with more than 500 prospective students in each of the past two years.

It all starts by completing the referral form. If you have any questions about this or other alumni/parent admission volunteer opportunities, call the Admission Office at 800/858-6770.

Join Your 2016 Reunion Facebook Group

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Faculty Profile


Nearly five years later, psychology professor Mareike Wieth’s creativity/time-of-day study still attracts a flock of coverage.

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Campus & Community Events

Briton Classic -
Aug. 12

Matriculation Ceremony
- Aug. 19

Family Day - Sept. 17

Alumni Events

"Brewery Tour" New Glarus, WI area event - Aug. 6 & 7

Homecoming -
Oct. 14-15

Admission Events

Aug. 18

Brits in the News

Howard Drenth, ’88, Appointed as CEO of Florida Hospital Medical Group

Grand Hotel’s Dan Musser, ’86, Receives Regional EY Entrepreneur Honor

After Receiving Graduation Gifts, Incoming First-Year Student Reciprocates

Dave Smith, ’06, Named Petoskey High Athletic Director

Albion Women’s Lacrosse Showcases Stickwork on Social Media

Thurner, ‘17, Sinks Into Funded Research In The Pacific Northwest

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