Join host Milt Barnes, ’79 and Dr. James L Curtis, ’44 on Wednesday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET to celebrate Dr. Darrell Williams, ’77, the inaugural James L Curtis Alumni Leadership Award recipient.
Dr. Curtis grew up in Albion, received his biology degree from Albion College in 1944 and his M.D. from the University of Michigan in 1946. Thus began an incredibly successful career in psychiatry. Mostly based in New York, Dr. Curtis' research and service to students and patients fueled his rise to become Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, Associate Dean of Cornell University Medical College, and Director of Psychiatry at Harlem Hospital Center. Additionally, his commitment to many professional organizations established Dr. Curtis as a true leader in his field.
Dr. Williams received his psychology degree from Albion College in 1977 and went on to study dentistry at the University of Detroit. He practices dentistry with Advantage Health Care Centers, providing his services to underserved communities in the Detroit area. He also provides free dental screenings and referrals for elementary schools in marginalized Detroit neighborhoods. Additionally, Dr. Williams works with local youth, volunteers his time, and created with his wife, Yolanda, the Troy and Shirley Williams Scholarship to help minority students at Albion. In 2014, he was ordained as an elder in the Faith Tabernacle Worship Ministries in Southfield. Visit our website to read more about Dr. Williams and the James L. Curtis Alumni Leadership Award here.
Join host Amy Everhart Perry, ’08 to celebrate three of this year’s Distinguished and Young Alumni Award recipients: Christopher Blaker, ’14, Deanna Behring, ’85, and Craig Kirby, ’85.
Christopher Blaker, ’14
Christopher Blaker, ’14 is an American historian who works for the Department of the Navy as a scholarly book and journal editor at Marine Corps University Press. He has published a book and numerous articles in journals and magazines and gives lectures throughout the country. Chris has offered historical consultation on a Hollywood film, and was recently featured on NPR.
Deanna Behring, ’85 currently leads and coordinates Penn State's portfolio of international research and educational programs. She has worked for the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Commerce. She is also working on her first book, a guide to help students find their way in the “passion economy.”
Craig Kirby, ’85 is a retired political strategist whose clients have included presidents and federal legislators. His nonprofit organization—Golf. My Future. My Game.—gives youth, people of color and women a unique opportunity to strengthen problem-solving and career-development skills through mastering a challenging sport.
Join us as an all-star Briton lineup looks back on great moments in Albion athletic history and highlights the impact of Albion alumni on the sports industry. Host and legendary Albion men’s basketball coach Mike Turner, ’69, will welcome several special guests, including:
Cedric Dempsey, ’54, former NCAA President, and his wife, June Dempsey ’54;
Kyle Klein, ’97, quarterback of the 1994 NCAA Division III championship football team;
Lara Juras, ’91, vice president of people and culture for the Minnesota Vikings;
Craig Kirby, ’85, founder and CEO of Golf. My Future. My Game.
Duncan Beagle, ’70, and Kirk Heinze, ’70, who will describe the 1970 baseball team’s victory over Michigan State 50 years ago;
Caden Ebeling, ’21, who will talk about the men’s basketball 2019-20 MIAA championship season.
Mary Anne Egnatuk, ’76 Title IX era swimmer and longtime coach.
Join us on Wednesday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. as we celebrate President Ditzler and hear his reflections in his final month as President. We hope to highlight his incredible vision for our campus and show our appreciation for his leadership.
We would love to take this time to discuss all that has been accomplished in the last 6 years, including:
Albion College is an undergraduate, liberal arts institution committed to academic excellence. We are learning-centered and recognize that valuable learning takes place in and outside the classroom, on and off campus. We prepare students to translate critical thought into action.