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For Tom Poirier, '69, His Journey of Discovery Was Worth It

Tom Poirier, '69


On May 10, somewhere deep on the Appalachian Trail, Tom Poirier celebrated 30 years of sobriety all by himself. It was perhaps the perfect irony that on that momentous spring day he found himself acknowledging the vanquishing of one challenge in the place where he was attempting to embrace another. For Poirier, trekking the Appalachian Trail had found a place in his psyche for decades, an opportunity that haunted and dared him.

Kneen, '16, Helps with Cleveland Clinic Cancer Research

Kassy Kneen, '16

Kassy Kneen
"I'm very involved in Relay for Life at Albion and raising cancer awareness is very important to me," says Kassy Kneen, '16. For a lot of students, this level of effort in the fight against cancer is all they can do. Kneen, however, spent this past summer in one of the country's premier research centers, the Cleveland Clinic, helping to expand scientific understanding of cancer in order to combat it.

Albion's Joe Silvestri, '15, Receives NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Joe Silvestri, Albion College Class of 2015

Joe Silvestri, Albion College Class of 2015
The three-time all-league men's lacrosse player and current first-year student at the University of Toledo Medical School is the 13th Albion College student-athlete to be selected for the award. "Joe's receipt of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship is one of the greatest accomplishments a student-athlete can achieve," Athletic Director Matt Arend said. “I was delightfully satisfied to receive this award," said Silvestri, who majored in biology. "For me, it stands second only to the team MIAA championship that was won back in May.”

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Thurner, '17, Attacks Field Research This Summer

Stephanie Thurner, Albion College Class of 2017

Stephanie Thurner, Albion College Class of 2017
Stephanie Thurner, '17, hopes to become a marine biologist in the future, and this summer she is taking charge of the path to reach that goal. The biology and mathematics major from Caledonia, Michigan—and the top middle hitter on the Albion volleyball team—is studying parental provisioning and post-fledgling behavior in house wrens with professors Dale Kennedy and Doug White. "This is my research with them guiding me," Thurner says. "Students don't get the opportunity to choose and pick research at big universities."


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