The Sarah S. and Alexander M. Cutler Center for Student Success and Academic Achievement will help students overcome obstacles to degree completion and empower them through graduation.
October 22, 2019 The largest gift in the history of Albion College has a goal equally as large—providing students of greatest need with every opportunity possible to successfully navigate, and thrive, in the demanding and turbulent waters that are the college experience. Impressed by Albion’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, Sarah Cutler (known to most […]
By Jake Weber | October 7, 2019
The October 4 public launch of Albion College’s Purple & Bold campaign, as part of Homecoming 2019 festivities, included an 8:30 a.m. standing-room-only crowd in the Kellogg Center’s Langbo Living Room. The morning gathering provided an opportunity for the College to thank many of its enthusiastically generous alumni and dedicate the new Leaders in Philanthropy Donor Recognition Wall.
Located in the corner of the room across from the piano, the wall recognizes both individuals and organizations that have donated $100,000 or more over the course of their giving.
Conrad Sindt, ’69—who with his wife, Peggy Meyer Sindt, ’73, are two of the campaign’s six co-chairs—noted that over the years, he and Peggy supported Albion from a desire to “give back.” That’s still why they give, but Sindt also sees a growing sense of excitement for the alma mater they’ve loved for so long.
“What better place to support than Albion today?” he asked. “In our view, Albion College is doing everything right. There’s so much to be proud of. We have seen the transformation that’s occurred in the past few years and are proud of what’s happening. Many small colleges are not seeing this kind of success. Albion has proved itself to be the exception.”
The wall displays the names of nearly 400 donors whose gifts have underwritten scholarships, programs, special events, infrastructure and the Albion College Fund. A number of gifts come from non-alumni, including former faculty and staff members, former parents, Albion community members and relatives of alumni. One 21st-century alumnus, Nick Cucinella, ’01, is already on the wall.
The wall’s elegant glass panels also include donor feature stories, making it a celebration of philanthropy and not simply a list of names.
“It’s actually a printed liner encased in glass,” explains Kimberly Frick Arndts, ’84, lead director of donor relations and stewardship. “This allows us to update regularly and feature more donor stories.”
The $100 million goal will forge an exemplary future for the College, creating an Albion liberal arts experience that is more vital and more capable than ever before.
October 4, 2019 It is ambitious. It is intrepid. It is challenging. And it is the next step in Albion College’s goal of creating a liberal arts experience for students to change the world. The College is embarking on perhaps the most far-reaching comprehensive campaign in its 185-year history, and by the time it ends […]
It is a great honor to serve you—the entire Briton Family. We are a broad and diverse group that is inclusive of not only alumni, but of every person who holds Albion College in high regard for the profound impact it makes.
In 1835, Albion College was founded on the frontier of Michigan Territory with a single primary purpose: to enhance, enrich, and empower its community.
Well into the 21st century, that purpose is just as relevant. We still imagine ourselves as a frontier college. The frontiers are different—driven by intellectual, societal, and technological forces—and our mission is much broader, but our founders’ extraordinary efforts serve as an enduring guide.
Together over the past five years we have pursued that purpose with a fervent determination. We have witnessed the grit and gumption of our graduates—Brits who lead some of our country’s most storied corporations, shape the pioneering medicine that will transform health care tomorrow, educate our youngest future leaders, nourish our spirits with inspiring art, and serve our communities as thoughtful and inclusive citizens. At home in Albion we have watched, with a keen eye, those same attributes take root and grow.
As we look toward the College’s 185th birthday, we are launching the public phase of Albion College’s $100 million comprehensive campaign. An effort that began quietly in 2014 will shape this College’s future—because of your belief in, and commitment to, our purpose.
We are humbled by your trust and confidence, but not surprised. Instead we are reminded once again that Britons are audacious and bold. Individually and together, we dream no small dreams. Io Triumphe!
Mauri Ditzler J.
16th President of Albion College
Donald Sheets, ’82
Chairman, Board of Trustees
September 9, 2019 The earth is moving and the anticipation is rising at the Dow Recreation and Wellness Center. Groundbreaking began in mid-August for the 18,000 square feet of impacted space (11,000 sq. ft. in new space, 7,000 sq. ft. in renovated space) to the facility that will expand fitness opportunities for all Albion College […]
August 19, 2019 A call for support over the last year was answered by the entire Albion College community in inspiring fashion, sparking a record fundraising total that will benefit the College for years to come in ways that will prove beneficial and dramatic. In final reports to the Division of Institutional Advancement for the […]
Joe, ’82, and Julie Serra The two longtime supporters of Albion College are driving a new fundraising initiative to make a pair of dreams a reality on campus. The first is a newly expanded fitness and student activity facility at the site of the current Dow Recreation and Wellness Center. The second is a new or […]
November 29, 2018 On November 27, 2018, Britons from across the country came together in support of the #GivingTuesday movement. Gifts of all sizes made a huge difference in the lives of our students and faculty. $143,835 Raised 232 Gifts Thank you!
October 8, 2018 With medical education’s significant changes in the 21st century—recalibrating to give increased emphasis to the discipline’s universal human and social aspects—there is growing concern in the field that the core pre-medical curriculum, virtually unchanged for decades, must similarly adapt. Some say the need is urgent. And a major gift to Albion College […]
The Richard and Marilyn Vitek Center for Musical Arts moves another step toward creation with the hiring of Northeast-based Acoustic Distinctions as acoustician. Says Albion College music professor David Abbott, “We are now on track to build a first-class recital hall.” Northeast-based Acoustic Distinctions to provide expertise for new Albion music building April 16, 2018 Albion […]