Donor Stories

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 […]

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 […]

‘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. […]

Knowing She Can Always Come Home

Born and raised in Albion, Barbara Weiskittel’s love of community remains strong and, as a 2019 Commencement speaker, the 1983 alumna imparted that message to graduates.

May 2019 | By Chuck Carlson Barbara Weiskittel grew up on Maple Street in Albion. And, in many ways, she remains there to this day. Her bright apple green bedroom? That’s been repainted. The Christopher Reeve poster on her wall? That’s gone. But much remains and she keeps it in her heart and her soul […]

Game, Set, Match

Cheering the Britons on to victory comes naturally for Keith Roberts, ’81. His new avenue for Albion support—a $1.5 million matching gift to create endowed scholarships—is a clear winning strategy.

By Chuck Carlson Keith Roberts, ‘81, relates a story—OK, two stories—that reflect his love, his interest, his passion for Albion College. The first goes back to 1994 when the Albion College football team is playing in the NCAA Division III national championship semifinal against St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. “I called 10 buddies and […]