Find Your Fire:

Faculty Excellence and Engaged Learning

An Albion education goes far beyond what happens in the classroom. We believe experiential learning and campus-wide opportunities ensure success as a student and beyond. Whether it’s a student group that fosters lifelong friendships or a program that revolutionizes the liberal arts experience, we want to make it possible.

Your gifts will sustain support for visionary professors, create immersive research opportunities, and strengthen programs that enhance the on-campus experience.

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Lisa and James Wilson Institute for Medicine

Created through a $5.1 million gift from Lisa and James Wilson, ’79 ’77, the Wilson Institute will empower faculty across disciplines to meet head-on the rapidly evolving medical-school landscape. Through updates and enhancements to the curriculum, Albion will be at the vanguard of American pre-med programs.
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The Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity pairs students with faculty mentors to develop and carry out research and other creative projects. An important part of the Albion experience for more than two decades, the impact is often nothing short of profound—for both student and professor.
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First-Year Experience

The William Atwell Brown, Jr., and Mary Brown Vacin First-Year Experience (FYE), which received national recognition in 2019 from U.S. News and World Report, focuses on first-year students and their academic and social transitions from high school to college. FYE is designed to provide support and encouragement from a student’s first day of orientation to the final day of the first year at Albion.

Greenhalgh Endowed Student Experience Fund

The Stephen I., ’74, and Susan Brochu Greenhalgh, ’75, Endowed Student Experience Fund supports travel costs for students with financial need who wish to participate in faculty-sponsored academic trips. Says Stephen: “I believe that experiential learning can make all the difference in a liberal arts education.”


A powerful recruitment tool, an endowed professorship is among the most important gifts to higher education; a vital tool to ensure faculty excellence. In addition to the prestige of being recognized in the academic world as a superior teacher, endowed professorships provide invaluable financial support, above and beyond salary, for use in research, teaching or service activities. There are currently eight endowed professorships at Albion.

Our Stories

An International Stage

Tunnicliff Fellow Isabel Allaway, ’20, writes about her study-abroad semester: “I chose to go to South Africa in part because I didn’t want to go somewhere ‘easy.’”

Preparing Teachers and Leaders

A gift from career educators Bob and Sara Maxfield, ’63 ’64, is bolstering and helping to expand a core element of Albion College’s teacher-education program.

A Professor’s Heartfelt Legacy

The Larry and Sarah Steinhauer Endowed Scholarship is the first such gift awarded to an Albion student enrolled in the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program.

A Good Year

Longtime donors Richard and Marilyn Vitek, ’56 ’56, honored their class’ vintage with additional, targeted gifts leading up to their 60th reunion.

Our Community

I went to Albion because of the Pro Man program. Albion is an environment where professors have an interest in you. You can have lifelong connections. It’s not just academics; it’s relationships.

Mark Lewry, ’80

Many of the formative experiences for students happen outside of the lecture halls and teaching laboratories. These experiences are funded by gifts from alumni and friends.

Kevin Metz
Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair

Albion finds a way to make the experience happen.

Cameron Voss, ’20
Anthropology and Religious Studies major
Semester of study in Rwanda