Stories

Scaling Up in Support of Albion

Already long known for giving, the family of Pat Sanford Brown, ’53, honors an amazing life with a new endowed scholarship for music students.

By Jake Weber Mary Brown Lenardson, ’85, remembers packing for her first year at Albion College, with some help from her mother, Pat Sanford Brown, ’53. “She gave me her biology lab notes, because we actually had one teacher in common—Ken Ballou,” Lenardson says, referencing the 1947 Albion alumnus. “She also gave me a bunch […]

Honoring a Friend and His Scholarship Road

An alum leads the push toward the creation of the Vournakis Endowed Legacy Scholarship.

By Chuck Carlson As a kid, John Vournakis understood only too well what it meant to get by with very little. He had grown up in Albion, the son of Nick and Pota Vournakis, Greek immigrants who opened the popular restaurant Nick’s Lunch on South Superior Street in the early 1940s. A good athlete but […]

Creating Opportunities for Current and Future ‘Fordies’

To celebrate 40 years of the Ford Institute, alums launch effort for a career-development fund

June 5, 2018 | By Chuck Carlson There has always been a special bond involving alumni from Albion College’s Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service. Two generations of “Fordies,” as they are affectionately known, who have gone on to work in many facets of public service—from elected office to nonprofit […]

The Importance of Legacy

As Bonciel Griffin-Burress, ’97, grows her dental practice, the Chicago alumna honors her parents through an Albion scholarship.

By Jake Weber Inspired by two dentists in her extended family, Bonciel Griffin-Burress, ’97, always had her career path in focus. She chose Albion College after seeing a brochure touting the school’s success in getting its graduates into dental school. As a teenager and young adult, she spent many hours working at her uncle and […]

Inspiring Rally

Alums step 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 […]

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.

By John Perney | Fall 2016 Leave it to Richard Vitek to turn to chemistry to briefly sum up his Albion College experience. “Professors, students just all bonded together very well,” says the retired chemical researcher and highly successful entrepreneur. “They did a lot of things together, and there is a tremendous camaraderie that sticks.” […]

Place of Honor

The Petherick Family Walk of Scholars, a recent addition to the Quad, recognizes donors of transformational gifts and serves as a unique gathering spot.

By Veren Aben, ’20 | Fall 2017 Powered by life-changing scholarships from generous and loyal donors, generations of Albion College students have charged successfully toward greatness as alumni. And while all students are grateful for these financial gifts, a sense emerged in recent years that more needed to be done on campus to acknowledge these […]

Setting the Stage

A $1-million scholarship gift from Don and Angela Scott Sheets, ’82 ’82, creates an opportunity to “share our Albion with others.”

By Sarah Briggs You could say this story started in 1979 in George Malone’s accounting class. Don and Angela Sheets admit that learning how to read a balance sheet occasionally gave way to flirtation back then as the two sat side-by-side in class. Those days saw the beginning of a lifetime partnership—and a love for […]