Brits Fill KC Living Room for Unveiling of ‘Leaders in Philanthropy’ Wall Display

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.”