Colin Parks is in the middle of his best season as a running back on the Albion football team. But it didn't happen suddenly for the junior exercise science major from Southfield, and it went beyond simply learning a new offense. "I needed good vibes, people I could talk to," he says about his early days as an Albion student. "I needed advice from people who had experienced things before." He got that advice and support through the College's Smooth Transitions program; now, he's the mentor and helping another first-year student adjust to college life.
Centered on Community
Starting in Fall 2015, Albion College will annually offer four-year tuition, room, and board to as many as 10 first-year students who are Albion residents and attended Albion Public Schools in grades 6-8. Read more
President Ditzler talks about the initiative on WBCK-FM
Reopening the Bohm: Read about a landmark internship for Andrea Walles, '15
Albion College's Sister City efforts earn a national award
Watch an expert panel discuss "Albion Tomorrow"
Molly Hancock could have enrolled at Albion College, in her words, as a “a non-athletic regular person.” The first-year student from Midland didn't play soccer her senior year in high school, but she decided to pursue it again after her spring Albion orientation, and she has scored three goals while starting in eight of the Britons' first 13 matches. Her overall goal is medical school, but the biochemistry major and Spanish minor already fulfilled another one—international travel—through her First-Year Seminar's trip to Frankfurt and Heidelberg, Germany, during fall break.
Io Triumphe! was the Best Alumni/Institution Magazine Silver Award winner among small colleges in the 2014 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District V "Pride of CASE V" awards. This honor marks the third consecutive year Albion College publications have been recognized for design excellence by CASE V, the pre-eminent professional organization for higher education advancement professionals in the Midwest.
Albion College's commitment to serving its community has been nationally recognized on several occasions in recent years, and this year it enjoys that distinction once again. Earlier this month, Albion was among only 98 colleges and universities honored by the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Service for their leadership in developing programs in interfaith/community service.
Creating hands-on learning experiences in the arts and humanities will be the centerpiece of a new program at Albion College, funded by a $100,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced in September.“This important grant recognizes the exciting potential within our arts and humanities departments ... and it acknowledges the fine work that the faculty are already doing,” said President Mauri Ditzler. “It also underscores the vitality of Albion’s academic programs ... and the respect they have earned in the higher education community.”
"Personifying persistence and purpose" would be a good way to describe Mikal McKoy's Albion experience. The junior psychological science major, a two-sport student-athlete in football and men's track, missed a semester due to finances. During that time, he was shaken by the death of his best friend and former high school teammate. Since then, McKoy has returned to Albion and embraced campus leadership opportunities: he's a resident assistant, a director for the Black Student Alliance, and he was a speaker at President Ditzler's inauguration. He's also moved up the wide receiver depth chart and ran a leg as part of a conference-champion relay team.
- Landmark Internship: Walles, '15, Helps Bring Back the Bohm
- Studies, Work, Football: Jakubik, '14, Has It Covered
- High School Vocalists Gather for Albion College's Choral Fest
- For Schubert, '15, Classic-Car Insurer Ensures Career Path
- Rock-Solid Gold: Albion Geology Celebrates 50 Years
- Shenstone, Beyer, Chytilo Embark on 'Explorations in Clay'
- Restored President's Home Renews Historic Link to Community
- Lauren Daniels, '16, Designs New Art for President's Home
- Myers, '15, Explores Health-Care Innovation at MidMichigan Health
- For Samson, '15, Career Options Run Wide After Green-Tech Project