Britonline November 2012

Albion College


Career Visions Connects Students
With Alumni

Albion Students

From left: Claudia Liu, '16, Kacey Anderson, '13, Erin Simon, '98, Annalee King, '14, and Daniel Dai, '14, meet at Senior Helpers.

Four students met with Albion College alumni in Traverse City to see potential internship opportunities. Kacey Anderson, '13, Daniel Dai, '14, Annalee King, '14, and Claudia Liu, '16, all traveled with Tim Newsted, ’78, assistant director of alumni engagement, during fall break for the first in a series of “Career Vision” trips.

“These students gave up their break, and now they have the in-road,” says Newsted. “They met some great alumni.”

Those meetings included Erin Simon, ’98, at Senior Helpers; Branko Gegich, ’80, at Morgan Stanley; Aaron Swanker, ’97, at Flight Path Creative; Gordon Berg, '72, at Interlochen Center for the Arts; Brandy Wheeler, '94, at Meal Tickets and Unusual Ideas; Dianne Hamilton, '75, Anna Marten,'86, Maggie Schmittling,'04, and Tess Williams, '87, at Hagerty Insurance Agency; Allison Beers, ’01, at Events North; Jeff Smith at MyNorth Media – owned and operated by Deborah Fellows, ’78; and several more area businesses.

Albion’s Alumni Engagement Office is teaming up with the Office of Career Development to plan more Career Vision trips – to Chicago on December 17 and Grand Rapids in February.

Albion Legacy: The Prister Family

Prister Family

Back row (l-r): Jim Prister, '83; Jamie Prister, '10; Zach Benko, '08.
Front row (l-r): Sue Prister, '81; Danika Prister, '10; Jessica Benko, '08; Megan Prister, '13.

For the Prister family, calling an Albion College degree a “family tradition” is putting it lightly. With two sets of siblings, three spouses, and two generations of Albion graduates, the Pristers have made it almost automatic.

All three of Jim, ’83, and Sue, ’81, Prister’s children have attended Albion College, including current senior Megan Prister, ’13 – the last of three siblings to graduate a Briton.

“It’s a life-long connection,” says Sue.


Wes Dolan, '13, Explores India During Semester Abroad

Wes Dolan, '13, used this past summer to explore India after completing a study-abroad spring semester at the University of Hyderabad.

Dolan is a double major in philosophy and international studies, and studied through the Council on International Education Exchange's Study in India Program (SIP). The East Lansing native took classes in basic Hindi and nongovernmental organizations' role in development through SIP and Indian philosophy and theories in international relations through the university.

Dolen, who chose to study abroad in India because of a longtime interest in Eastern thought, says his visits to NGOs have started to steer him toward a career in social work as well as show him the importance of learning beyond the classroom.


Albion Open House - November 30

Most Albion College alumni think of legacy in terms of family: children and grandchildren. But legacy can also mean high school aged students: friends of your children, or neighbors, or church members. Know a high school student looking at colleges? Pay your legacy forward by inviting them to our November 30 open house, or to a one-on-one visit to Albion.

Register for the November 30 Open House
Schedule an Individual Tour


Celebrate the Holidays at Albion College's Tree Lighting

SantaFree photos with Santa, a holiday sing-along and lighting of the Albion College Quadrangle are all part of the College's annual Tree Lighting, set this year for Wednesday, December 5. Photo ops with Santa begin at 5 p.m. in the College's Kellogg Center, and the lighting ceremony begins at 6 p.m. on the Quad.

See photos from last year


Submit Your Nomination to Young
Alumni Awards

Albion College needs your help in identifying fellow alumni candidates for our fourth annual Young Alumni Awards: Top 10 in 10. These ten awards will be presented to alumni from Albion College who have graduated in the past ten years (2003-2012). Nominations are due by December 14, 2012.

Albion has now awarded three classes of young alumni, 2010-2012, that represent some of the best in recent graduates. Someone you know could be in line for the 2013 honor. The ceremony will be held on Friday, April 19, 2013 in the Science Atrium Complex. We appreciate your support in helping us with the Young Alumni Awards: Top 10 in 10 program in 2013!

Submit your nomination


Giving Societies: Lux Fiat Circle

Albion College has long recognized the importance of support from our alumni, parents, and friends. Albion students benefit from these gifts in many ways. Students receive the scholarships funded by donors, study and play in facilities built and maintained with donations, and learn from faculty who are supported by contributions.

Success in Challenging Times
Philanthropic support has never been more vital than it is today as colleges face the some of the most challenging economic times in higher education. Over the years, the College’s fundraising activities have grown and diversified. This fall, we introduced our new Lux Fiat Circle. The Lux Fiat Circle is the leadership giving society of the Albion College Fund. Annual gifts of $1000 or more ensure your place in the Lux Fiat Circle. Gifts can be directed to one of the two areas of critical need within the College: The Briton Scholarship Fund and The Albion College Fund. No matter how you direct your unrestricted gift, you are helping to turn thought into action at Albion College.

Members of the Lux Fiat Circle receive unique opportunities. Learn more about the Lux Fiat Circle

To carry on the legacy of giving at Albion College, make a gift today.

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Alexandra Yaw, '14

"I chose Albion because of the strong academics and the many opportunities on campus. At Albion, I have the opportunity to be more than a number in a classroom, or a random face on the Quad."


Read about Alexandra's experience in her own words on our profile page.

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