Britonline December 2012

Albion College


A Holiday Message from President
Donna Randall

A Holiday Message

Great things are happening at Albion College, thanks to your continued support. Please take a moment and watch a brief holiday message from President Donna Randall.


Baldwin Hall Renovation: A New Dining Experience in Fall 2013


Next fall, Albion College students will have an entirely new dining experience in Baldwin Hall, thanks to renovations slated to begin in March 2013.

"We intend to make Lower Baldwin Dining Hall a distinctive, restaurant-quality destination that's attractive to the entire campus community," said Todd Tekiele, the College's director of auxiliary services. "Enhancing the dining experience for our students is the primary goal."

Beginning May 13, Baldwin Hall will be entirely closed for renovation. Summer programs, camps and conferences will continue without interruption in alternative locations. The project completion date is Aug. 2.


The Season of Giving

As you make your holiday lists and check them twice, think about making a year-end gift to Albion College. Gifts to Albion College will have a lasting impact, and the returns can be measured by the success of Albion College students and alumni. Make your year-end gift before December 31 online through our secure server, or mail your gift to Albion College, 611 E. Porter Street, Albion, MI 49224. If your gift is $500 or more, you can purchase a brick that will be permanently displayed on the commemorative walkway outside the Dow Center.



Legacy Stories: Baird Family Dedicates Student Farm Growhouse

The Albion College Student Farm dedicated its new hoop house October 27. The crowd included the family of Linda and Rich Baird, '78, who presented the Good Soil Growhouse in honor of daughter Jessie Baird, '11, one of the Student Farm founders.

"Jessie didn't want a graduation trip, she didn't want money, she didn't want a party," said Rich. "She just wanted this thing, to help the farm continue. I'm so glad we were able to give this gift for her."


Weatherwax Foundation Signs On to Albion College Library Campaign

Albion College's approach to teaching and learning has attracted attention from the Weatherwax Foundation of Jackson, Mich., which recently made a $250,000 gift in support of the renovation of the College's Stockwell Memorial Library. Reimagined as a 21st-century learning center, Stockwell will be transformed by expansive new digital collections, high-tech classrooms, powerful research technology, and spaces and services that foster personal, professional, and collaborative scholarship.



The Fiscal Cliff & Charitable Gifts to Albion

As we know from daily media reports, the Obama administration and Congress are looking for ways to avert the "fiscal cliff"—the combination of automatic spending cuts and expiring tax cuts set to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013 – which means higher taxes across the board. Proposals that limit or cap itemized deductions, including the charitable deduction, are under consideration and could be part of a short-term move to avert the fiscal cliff by Dec. 31, 2012 or a long-term comprehensive tax reform effort in 2013.

If you are considering end-of-year giving options, please contact Albion College's Development Office if we can help you or your advisors. Note that checks postmarked by December 31, or credit card gifts made prior to midnight EST, December 31, 2012, will be credited in the 2012 tax year.



Students Work to Assemble Math-Based Sculptures in Science Complex


Piece by piece, and using leftover yard signs from professor of chemistry Andy French’s mayoral campaign, Albion College students assembled a spherical Running For Office Twenty Twelve sculpture using George Hart’s geometry-based schematics.

“I enjoy showing people a different side of mathematics,” Hart says. “It is always fun to build something with a group of people.”



Download Free Ancient Coin Book This Christmas

Clinton Richardson, '72, is a practicing attorney, amateur historian, and student of ancient coins. This holiday season, he is offering his new Kindle e-book, Ancient Coins and Alexander’s Empire, free to the Albion College community on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 24-25.

The book features hand-engraved coins from hundreds of years before the birth of Christ, when Greek traditions spread throughout the ancient world.

You can get a free copy of the complete book by visiting the listing on on Christmas Eve or Christmas day.


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Karen Kline, '83

"When the boys were growing up, sharing memories and stories of Albion was pretty common with five graduates in the family. Neither of the boys applied anywhere else. They only considered Albion."


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

In The News

Professor of Sociology Len Berkey Retires

End of the World? Albion Professors Discuss

Dow High Graduate on Successful Albion College Economics Team

Albion College Students Show Off Bronze Age Chariot

President Donna Randall in the Huffington Post: Living On Campus Builds Lifelong Skills

Volleyball Program Delivers Holiday Cheer to Apartment Residents

Aaron Hiday, '13, Wins Best Student Poster at Geological Society of America

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