With Class of 2020, Albion College Enrollment Surpasses 1,400
With the arrival of the Class of 2020, the overall enrollment and student diversity continues to trend upward. We are thrilled to welcome more than 400 first-year students and 35 transfers, which has driven the student body above 1,400 for the first time since 2011.
"President Ditzler made diversity a priority when he arrived, with the goal of having the student body look more like America," noted Steve Klein, vice president for enrollment management. "I believe such diversity gives our graduates an advantage as they prepare to meet the challenges that await them after Albion."
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Remembering President Mel Vulgamore
The 13th president of Albion College, Dr. Melvin L. Vulgamore, passed away at the age of 81 on August 12.
Vulgamore’s administration from 1983-97 saw the construction of the Dow Recreation and Wellness Center and the Kellogg Center. Bobbitt Visual Arts Center, Goodrich Chapel, and Robinson and North halls were refurbished (North was renamed Vulgamore Hall in 1997), as were Wesley Hall, Seaton Hall, Stockwell Library, Kresge Gymnasium and the Observatory, which became home to the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program.
His 14-year tenure during the ’80s and ’90s was marked, above all else, “by a total devotion to and passion for all things Albion."
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Blake Rockwell, ‘89, Shares Passion
for Sports Through Nonprofit
Run entirely by volunteers who want to share their passion for sports, Special Spectators, a nonprofit created by Blake Rockwell, ‘89, has a unique mission. The organization aims to create VIP all-access game-day experiences across the United States for seriously ill children and their families.
Special Spectators creates inspiring and memorable experiences for children battling cancer and other life threatening illnesses. Since its founding in 2002, the initiative has served more than 8,800 patients, parents and siblings at over 330 games, primarily college football.
Currently, Special Spectators is involved in a national promotion with Gatorade, For the Love of Sports, competing for a $50,000 prize. You can vote DAILY until September 3 by visiting www.gatorade.com/loveofsports.
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Quasunella, ‘17, Reflects
on Her Semester at SEA
Amanda Quasunella, ‘17, went on a six-week voyage from New Zealand to Tahiti through an onshore training program sponsored by the Sea Education Association (SEA) in the South Pacific. Every student is a deckhand on the voyage, meaning Quasunella was required to learn the mechanics in sailing a ship, ranging from hoisting sails to navigation techniques.
"The opportunity to study abroad is one of the reasons why I came to Albion," Quasunella said, adding that she learned about the opportunity from a SEA ambassador who delivered a presentation in one of her science classes during her sophomore year. "My family has ingrained a love of travel in me."
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Brother-Sister Brits Launch American Oxford
Siblings Spencer Shaheen, ‘19, and Berkeley Shaheen, ‘13, have teamed up to create an apparel brand called American Oxford. “My sister and I wanted to create made-in-America, high quality, affordable, 100% cotton clothing that embodies the versatile Midwest lifestyle we live,” says Spencer Shaheen, co-founder and president of sales and marketing.
The company name and signature American Oxford look is by design, not by accident, says Berkeley Shaheen, co-founder and CEO. “Spencer and I designed the first pair of men’s shorts with the idea and hope that we would grow, and wanted to create a signature look to help tie the brand together. All men’s shorts have blue oxford pockets, fly and back welts, while women’s shorts have pink oxford.” The venture also recently became licensed to sell official fraternity and sorority apparel, giving students as well as alumni the opportunity to buy unique men’s shorts and men's and women’s pocket T-shirts with their respective Greek letters.
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DeGroot, ‘16, Chosen for Peace Corps in Africa
Audrey DeGroot, ‘16, is set to begin a two-year stint as a Peace Corps volunteer in the West African country of Guinea.
DeGroot will spend three months in intensive language study and pedagogy courses, preparing to teach English and work with Let Girls Learn, a U.S.-funded program sponsored by Michelle Obama. Home will likely be a mud-walled hut without electricity or running water.
Follow DeGroot’s journey through her blog at guineaaminute.wordpress.com.
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Join the Albion College Alumni Association Facebook Group!
Join the Albion College Alumni Facebook Group today! The group serves as a way to connect all Briton alumni and aims to keep you informed of upcoming regional events hosted by the College. Invite your fellow Albion friends to join too!
Join us for Family Day!
Bring the family back to campus to visit your student, hear from President Mauri Ditzler, meet other Albion parents and join the Festival of the Forks downtown event! There is a lot to see on campus, especially with all of our exciting construction projects. Your student is a part of our College community, so come and learn more about it!
Register by Monday, September 12 to receive a complimentary lunch for you and your family.
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Queana Langston, '18
"The Ford Institute has shown me how volunteering can make you a better person, learning about yourself and others, and the world in general."
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WaBash Tailgate Party - Sept. 3
Family Day - Sept. 17
Hall of Fame -
August 29 - Grand Slam Summer in Indianapolis
September 13 - Lansing Alumni Mixer
September 20 - San Diego, CA Alumni Event
September 24- Blue Ridge Mountain Brewery Tour
Fall Open House -
Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 5
Equestrian Hunt Seat
Swimming & Diving
Brits in the News
Shaheen Family to Receive Community Philanthropy Award
Gigi Ganatra Duff, ‘94, Becomes CMO at Miami-Based Lionheart Capital
Dennis Anthony, ‘99, Named Principal of Harper Creek High School
Mel Smith, ‘64, Right at Home in the Pool
Coach Chris Bell, ‘90 Talks About Lake Orion Football Season
Faith Fowler, ‘81, Receives Light Award as Unsung Hero