Burdine and McConnell Alumni Committee Tribute

Robinson Hall
There is a bond that still holds fast with many Albion College students who were part of what was then known as the Professional Management Program, and which evolved and was renamed the Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management. It was a new and different step for Albion, and the students who joined in knew they were doing something special that could change their lives. And leading the way were Frank Burdine, ’68, who returned to his alma mater in 1977 to run what was known then as Pro Man, followed in 1978 by John McConnell, an Albion economics professor, who coordinated the program until 1980.

Nick Smith, '18, Spans the Globe Through Semester at Sea

Nick Smith, Albion College Class of 2018
Each year, Albion students have the opportunity to study all over the world. Last fall, Nick Smith, '18, a finance and public policy major from Midland, Mich., and a member of the Britons swimming and diving team, completed a semester abroad through Semester at Sea, a program that allows students to travel and study while aboard a ship sailing the seas. In total, Smith, who is also in the Gerstacker and Ford institutes as well as the Honors Program, spent 104 days traveling to places including Greece, Italy, Morocco and Brazil.

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The Parts and the Whole: Brown, '18, Interns with AIS Construction

David Brown, 18
"As a parts intern with AIS Construction Equipment this summer, I have had the opportunity to operate many pieces of heavy equipment. Without question the John Deere 470G LC excavator is my favorite," says Gerstacker Institute member David Brown, '18. "Standing at 40 feet tall and weighing in at 45 tons with a price tag of $400,000, it's a beast. Most Fridays I'm out on the AIS New Hudson branch's test site. It's easy to say I have some fun doing my internship."

Britons in Fast Lane as Interns at Roush

Anthony Waite, Taylor Shrader, Albion College students interning at Roush Enterprises, summer 2016.
Student-athletes Taylor Shrader, '17, and Anthony Waite, '17, are accelerating their hands-on Albion College experience this summer as interns for Roush Enterprises. Both are members of the Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management; Shrader is working with the corporate communications team while Waite is working with the marketing director for the company's alternative fuels division.

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