The Albion College Fund Keeps Connections Strong

Through their years of giving, Dean Smith, ’47, and Bonnie Holmes Chadderdon, ’81, honor a family history, a life-changing study experience, and future Britons.

June 10, 2020 | By Jake Weber “It’s funny how you start going through old letters and find someone else who attended Albion,” says Dean Smith, ’47, of a decidedly unlikely experience. Through his parents’ families, Smith knows of at least 50 Albion alumni relatives stretching back to the 1850s. A member of the city’s […]

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.’”

March 20, 2020 | By Isabel Allaway, ’20 I chose to go to South Africa in part because I didn’t want to go somewhere “easy”—another campus inside a different version of a college bubble or a European country where I wouldn’t be challenged to examine my race, privilege, and implicit biases. And since I’m passionate […]

Connected for Life

A Class of 1964 quintet celebrates a milestone birthday, a special relationship, and the power of student learning outside the classroom.

January 3, 2020 | By Chuck Carlson For five Albion College friends, who in many ways are still closer than sisters nearly 60 years after they met, there has seemingly never been a time when Barb Stowell wasn’t there for them. There were the talks that sometimes went deep into the night about every subject […]

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.

January 3, 2020 | By Jake Weber Bob and Sara Meriwether Maxfield got together more or less by accident. Sara needed to invite a football player to the annual Delta Gamma football banquet, and the first-year student knew only one—the sophomore who was made to sit next to her in their political science class. (Professor […]

Launching Dreams, and Reflecting On Their Own

Four alums talk about what they’re setting in motion and propelling forward through their gifts to the Albion College Fund and Briton Scholarship Fund.

Lynne Futter Gilmore, ’74 Fort Wayne, Ind. An Indiana native, Gilmore visited several colleges before choosing to come to Albion. She said she felt most comfortable here and considered it a safe place to learn new skills. Her career after graduation included promoting Albion College by working as a recruiter in the Admission Office. She […]

An Inspiring Rally

Alums are stepping up to support the College’s tennis-court renovation project.

By John Perney There’s something about defending the home court that brings a team together. In this case, the opposition wasn’t a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association school, but rather the elements. Only these elements didn’t fall from the sky. They crept up from below. What had been a gradual cracking over many years of the […]

Much More Than a Front Door

Bonta Admission Center has warmly welcomed prospective students and their families to Albion College for more than two decades. A 2019 expansion, with lead support from the family of Frank Bonta, ’49, addresses needs and will make the space even more visitor-friendly in the years to come.

By Chuck Carlson | Fall 2017 They will always remember that bay window, big and inviting and somehow soothing. And they will always remember that when all else was chaos and uncertainty in their lives, that window was a source of light and warmth, literally and figuratively. Lucas Scott, ’18, remembers. “I remember the sun […]

Instant Impact

A $1 million scholarship gift from Murray and Jean Swindell, ’56 ’58, is supporting bright students with financial need as it aims to enhance Albion’s recognition as a national leader among liberal arts colleges.

By Chuck Carlson It seemed like a good idea at the time. Then again most ideas do. As Murray Swindell, ’56, headed to graduate business school at the University of Michigan with his new bride, Jean, ’58, by his side, he made a bold promise to his new father-in-law. “He promised him that I’d graduate […]

The Places You’ll Go Greenhalgh Gift Opens Travel Possibilities to More Students

June 2019 | By Chuck Carlson Stephen and Susan Brochu Greenhalgh have created a Student Experience Fund to help more Albion College students take part in faculty-sponsored academic trips as a feature of individual courses as well as overall programs of study.There is an incredible world out there ready to be explored and experienced for […]

‘Albion Opened My World’

“I’ve made my pledges over the years because I wanted other students to have the opportunity I had,” says Katherine Shindel, ’67, of her gifts to the Albion College Fund.

June 2019 | By Chuck Carlson Retired Air Force Chaplain Col. Katherine Shindel, ’67, plans to spend her 75th birthday next year somewhere in the neighborhood of the country of Sri Lanka as part of her trip around the world. And, in more ways than one, she thanks her years at Albion College for that. […]