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Delegates from other colleges and universities, alumni and friends joined the campus community at the inauguration of President Peter Mitchell held April 25 in the Lomas Field House. During his speech, Mitchell used computer graphics (shown on the large screen) to illustrate the key components of the new Vision for Albion College. Arnold Langbo (left), chairman of the Albion College Board of Trustees, conducted the formal installation of Peter Mitchell as the College’s 14th president, and with the assistance of Mitchell’s son, Peter Joshua (right), presented the presidential medallion.

Connecting past, present and future Tradition and technology both had a role in the April 25 inauguration of Peter T. Mitchell, ’67, as Albion College’s 14th president. The time-honored rituals of academia were there—the stately procession of faculty in colorful regalia, the ceremonial presentation of the presidential medallion symbolizing the orderly transition from one leader to the next. And so was the dynamism of a new age—a video greeting from former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford, bold new ideas articulated and given shape using the latest digital technology. It was a ceremony fitting for Albion College as she prepares for a new century . . . and it was a ceremony fitting for Peter Mitchell, a president who is as comfortable in the realm of classical philosophy as he is in the world of laptop computers and CD-ROMs—and who finds a singular joy in exploring each. On that day in April, Peter Mitchell outlined a Vision for Albion College that had been crafted over the preceding nine months with involvement from trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, students and townspeople. While maintaining Albion’s commitment to the liberal arts and to the importance of teaching and learning in the small college setting, the Vision represents a fundamental change from the past, introducing a number of distinctive programs to enhance our students’ academic experience. This Vision will guide the College Peter Mitchell following into the 21st century and define the Mitchell the investiture. presidency. As Mitchell told the assembled delegates from other colleges and universities, alumni, friends and the campus community: “This is the Vision for Albion College—that a community of learners and dreamers pursues knowledge, understanding and wisdom—not as an end in and of itself, but as a way to make meaning of the interconnected and empowering experiences we know and love as Albion College. . . . With innovative and interdisciplinary programs, Albion will lead America’s best liberal arts colleges.” President Mitchell’s inaugural address, “The Albion Connection,” appears on the following pages, along with additional photos of the inaugural festivities.

Peter Mitchell met with former President Gerald Ford during Ford’s April 21 trip to Michigan. When Mitchell graduated from Albion in 1967, Ford, then a U.S. Congressman and Albion trustee, was the featured speaker. During their April meeting, Ford recorded a video greeting played at the inaugural ceremony.

Alumni Association board member Jess Womack, ’65, (left) and Bille Wickre, associate professor of visual arts, were among the trustees, faculty, staff and students who offered a response to the Vision during the ceremony. “This new Vision fires me up,” Womack said, “because it does not forget that at its core small college liberal arts education is about educating people; and being educated is knowing how to learn as a lifelong experience. . . . [The Vision] pushes my college from being one among a number of very good liberal arts schools, to being a truly special one.”






Peter Mitchell is flanked by his immediate predecessors in the Albion presidency, Melvin Vulgamore (left) and Bernard Lomas (right). Vulgamore and Lomas joined in offering the “Charge to the President” during the inaugural ceremony April 25.

The times they are a-changin’

David Swinton, president of Benedict College in Columbia, SC, was among those who brought greetings during the inaugural luncheon. Swinton and Peter Mitchell were colleagues in the South Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities when Mitchell was president of Columbia College, the post he held prior to coming to Albion.

Bob Dylan’s anthem of the ’60s, “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” sung during a “Celebration of the ’60s” concert in honor of Peter Mitchell’s inauguration, summed up the entire inauguration weekend. The festivities began April 23 with the College’s traditional Honors Convocation and a student rock concert featuring the band Blessid Union of Souls, and they concluded April 26 with a performance by the College dance ensemble and the Music Department’s Concerto Concert. The accompanying photos cover many of the weekend’s highlights.

Becky and Peter Mitchell (center) are congratulated by students Arturo Caro and Kim Hurd. The Motown group, The Contours, were guest artists at a special concert, “Celebrating the ’60s,” offered during inauguration weekend. The concert, a tribute to Peter Mitchell’s student days on campus (1963-1967), also featured student performances in music, dance and theatre. The Albion Ecological Awareness Club sponsored its Earth Day picnic the day of the inauguration. Earlier in the week, the club also planted a tree on campus in honor of President Mitchell’s inauguration.

Prior to the inaugural ceremony, guests were invited to “Experience Albion,” featuring opportunities to hear faculty lectures and visit with student researchers. (Above) Frank Frick, Kresge Professor of Religious Studies, spoke on the prospects for American Judaism. (At left) Senior chemistry major Kristofer Dosh explained his honors thesis research to Norman Sleight, ’40.

Sigma Chi fraternity saluted one of its own.



The Albion Connection by Peter T. Mitchell

commitment and courage and caring. I have been blessed with a loving family and am proud to acknowledge the enormous influence they have had in my life. I am also blessed with an extraordinary campus community and wider Albion community. The notes, cards and e-mail messages, the flowers and other acts of kindness have touched me. I am honored to have President Bernard Lomas and President Mel Vulgamore sharing this moment with me and all of you. Their tireless efforts and extraordinary dedication have left a legacy of academic excellence

Connection—such an interesting word. Connection— the term has many very different meanings. Connect Peter T. Mitchell,’67, delivered this address at his means to establish, to unite, to link, to order, to relate, inauguration as the 14th president of Albion College, to make contact. Connections are random, planned, destined and serendipitous. We make connections and April 25, 1998. The ceremony was held in the Bernard T. Lomas Fieldhouse, Dow Recreation and Wellness we have connections. We build connections and we Center, on the Albion College campus. To demonstrate use connections. We cherish certain connections and we deny other connections. Indeed, this is an interconhis strong commitment to the use of technology in education, President Mitchell illustrated his speech nected world, and one key to discovering purpose and with computer graphics displayed on large screens meaning in life is to make the right connections. My goal in this inaugural address is to connect mounted in the arena. The same graphic images are reproduced here in print, and a few changes everyone in the audience to a remarkable in the speech text have been made due to this college and to connect Albion’s proud heritage to its promising future, for an Albion change in format. College education is a series of connections. Connections are random, planned, destined At the center of the Albion Connection are and serendipitous. We make connections and students. Their passion for learning and for Life is a series of connections—connections life is reflected in the connection to an to people, to places, to tangible items and we have connections. We build connections intangible ideas. The title of my inaugural outstanding faculty and dedicated staff. The address is “The Albion Connection.” But connection to the liberal arts tradition and we use connections. We cherish certain develops within all members of the campus before I describe the exciting connections at Albion College, let me pay tribute to the community a frame of reference, a capacity to connections and we deny other connections. connections that bring joy and meaning to my assimilate information into a reasoned and Indeed, this is an interconnected world, and life. The connection to Becky, the love of my coherent world view, an understanding of moral and ethical issues, and an ability to life, has been powerful and profound—a one key to discovering purpose and meaning source of great joy, the serene and constant adapt to a changing world. harbor for my tempestuous journey through The Albion Connection also links students in life is to make the right connections. to information technology, to loyal and life. The connection to Melissa, Stephanie, supportive alumni, to traditions of faith and Peter Joshua, Chuck, Max and Jake, wonderful children and grandchildren, giving me and spirituality, and to the City of Albion, a the world two more generations of hope and confiand financial strength. The genuine warmth, support microcosm of society, rich in diversity and blessed with strong leadership. Albion—the College and the City— dence. The connection to brothers Steve and Chuck and good will they have extended to me become the provides an ideal environment for students to grow in and their wives Suzy and Marilyn and their children, foundation for a rewarding presidency and a promising knowledge, understanding, wisdom and service. and to my parents in Arizona, who taught me about future. (continued on p. 6)


The future is now Envisioning Albion College in the 21st century occupied the imaginations of the 18 trustees, faculty, staff, alumni and students who served on the Vision Committee during the past year. The envisioning process was highly collaborative, involving not only the committee members but the entire campus population and Albion community representatives as well. As it took shape the Vision document was refined through constant discussion in person and via e-mail, until it was ready for unveiling to the public at President Mitchell’s inauguration. Reflecting on the statement and what it means for Albion, Ned Garvin, professor of philosophy, said, “[The Vision] will play to what should be our strengths—a deep appreciation of each other’s abilities, a deep appreciation of each other’s differences, a willingness to work together to engage our students in the life of the mind, and in the cultivation of their own lifelong learning. It is a change that will increase resources for teaching and scholarship and opportunities for close collaboration with students and colleagues. It is a change that reaffirms the liberal arts tradition, the centrality of the disciplines, the value of small classes, the value of a diverse faculty, student body and support staff, and the value of innovative teaching and scholarship.” Implementation of the Vision will begin in the coming year and will involve a fund-raising campaign extending at least through 2002.

Candid give-and-take was the order of the day during a review of the Vision document, Feb. 27-28. Trustee Richard Smith, ’68, (left) offers his perspective during one of the weekend’s small-group discussions, which included trustees, alumni, faculty, students and community residents, in addition to the Vision Committee members.

The Vision Committee Trustees Richard L. Baird, ’78 Daniel Boggan, Jr., ’67 William A. Ritter, ’62 Richard M. Smith, ’68 William K. Stoffer, ’74 Alumni Susan Stuewer Bensinger, ’70

Faculty H. Eugene Cline Mary L. Collar E. Dale Kennedy James F. McCarley Daniel M. Steffenson Bille Wickre

Administration Sarah F. Briggs Jeffrey C. Carrier Peter T. Mitchell, ’67, Chair Sally J. Walker Students Frank J. Broccolo, ’99 Andrea M. Lindley, ’99





In the midst of these connections, 17 men and women have envisioned the future direction for Albion College. Let me take a moment of personal privilege to thank the members of the Vision Committee [see committee list on p. 5]. You have been wise, collegial, creative—and a joy to work with. Because envisioning the future is complicated and complex, I have chosen to use technology to create visual images that capture the coherent, interconnected and empowering nature of the Albion College Vision. My focus in this address will on be bringing the Vision to life, communicating its inherent dynamism in words and visual images, communicating the sense of excitement and confidence that energizes this campus, and describing how this Vision will enhance academic and student life at Albion College. The Vision Committee distilled our ambitious agenda for the future into a single sentence, no simple task for an academic institution: “With innovative and interdisciplinary programs, Albion will lead America’s best liberal arts colleges.” The key to our future is captured in the words innovative and interdisciplinary—these are the distinct qualities Albion brings to American higher education—these are the engines driving Albion to greater national prominence among the best liberal arts colleges. Motivated by this statement and inspired by core values that are articulated in the Vision document, we have identified five major components for the model liberal arts college of the 21st century: 1. Liberal Arts Core and Co-curriculum 2. Academic Majors, Minors and Concentrations 3. Foundations for Teaching, Research and Technology 4. Institutes for Specialty Course Work and Preprofessional Preparation 5. Centers for Interdisciplinary Study We chose these five components because collectively they represent academic excellence, innovative instruction, creative programming and synergistic connection among disciplines and modes of inquiry. As exciting as each component is in its own right, it is the synergy among the five that enables Albion College to lead America’s best liberal arts colleges. For several weeks, I have been trying to identify a metaphor or visual image to capture the dynamism and interconnectivity of this Vision. As has so often been the case throughout this process, the idea of a student, senior art major Pam Choate, provided clarity, focus and passion. During a “weekend of envisioning” in February, Pam suggested that an apt visual image for the challenging opportunities available to students through the Vision is the kaleidoscope. A kaleidoscope offers multiple combinations and permutations of a set number of colors and shapes. A kaleidoscope also boasts a center from which the myriad combinations emanate. The Albion College kaleidoscope has at its core the

student. The student is the center of our college—the focal point around which all other programs and services revolve. The Albion kaleidoscope has five basic shapes—liberal arts core, majors, foundations, institutes and centers. Just as each twist of the kaleidoscope’s outer ring offers a visual delight of intriguing permutations, so does each twist of Albion’s kaleidoscope offer imaginative combinations of liberal arts core courses, student life programs, majors and minors, foundations, institutes, and centers for interdisciplinary study. An Albion College education, like a kaleidoscope, is rich with diversity, creative in its array of options, vibrant in its aesthetic imagery, and responsive to individual perception. Allow me to describe briefly each of these five components and then show their kaleidoscopic interconnectivity.

1. Liberal Arts Core and Co-curriculum At the heart of the Albion experience is an intellectually stimulating commitment to the liberal arts tradition. From a first-year seminar designed to familiarize students with modes of inquiry to a senior-year capstone experience, students will discover continuity, coherence and focus in their academic course work. Athletics, performing arts, clubs and organizations, volunteer service and other co-curricular programs are designed to complement and supplement the formal curriculum and to assist students to explore, balance and assume responsibility for their total development.

2. Academic Majors, Minors and Concentrations A commitment to excellence within all academic departments ensures every student that fulfilling the requirements of the major will be a comprehensive and challenging scholarly experience. Strong academic departments are the backbone of an excellent liberal arts college, and the Vision supports efforts to enhance the quality of offerings in every discipline. Likewise, other opportunities for the clustering of courses, including minors and concentrations, are viewed as

critical indexes of Albion’s commitment to high standards of academic achievement.

3. Foundations for Teaching, Research and Technology Innovative and effective teaching, learning and research are the foundation for academic excellence at a nationally acclaimed liberal arts college. In this Vision, Albion College is making a commitment to being a leader in the integration of information technology. In doing so, we acknowledge that innovation and excellence have real costs. Consequently, Albion College will establish two foundations: the Foundation for Learning, Teaching and Information Technology and the Foundation for Undergraduate Research. Endowed at $10-million each, these foundations will focus human and capital resources on research, teaching and information technology initiatives. ■ The Foundation for Learning, Teaching and Information Technology focuses on enhancing learning by supporting innovative curriculum initiatives and by engaging the entire campus in the use of educational and information technology. ■ The Foundation for Undergraduate Research will foster original research and discovery by our students and integration of research into the way we teach and learn. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recently criticized large research universities for neglecting undergraduates and recommended developing a curriculum that emphasizes undergraduate research and mentoring—two mainstays of Albion College that will be enhanced through the Foundation for Undergraduate Research.

4. Institutes Albion students desiring preprofessional preparation or course work in a specialty area move beyond the traditional liberal arts curriculum into focused institutes. Funded at $2-million, each institute includes a specific curriculum of courses and may include an internship, a capstone experience, a research project and/or independent study. Admission to each institute is competitive. The trustees have endorsed four distinctive institutes, each designed to offer students a competitive advantage in acceptance to graduate or professional school or for a meaningful career. ■ The Gerald R. Ford Institute for Public Policy and Service provides a place for those interested in important issues of societal change. ■ The Carl A. Gerstacker Liberal Arts Institute for Professional Management infuses the finest of the liberal arts tradition into the study and practice of management. ■ The Honors Institute challenges academically gifted students through seminars, special topics classes, field study, guest lecturers, independent research, individualized faculty mentoring and a required major thesis project.


■ The Institute for Environmental Studies is designed for students who have an interest in environmental issues and plan to pursue careers or graduate study in this area.

5. Centers for Interdisciplinary Study (CIS) To expand the legacy of the liberal arts tradition, Albion College has pioneered the establishment of undergraduate Centers for Interdisciplinary Study (CIS). CIS are places for sharing ideas and information across the disciplines and for providing a forum for discussing the important issues of our times in ways that are unique to American liberal arts colleges. Endowed at a minimum of $5-million each, the CIS create opportunities for students and faculty to interact with one another as well as with visiting lecturers, to collaborate on special projects and mentoring experiences, and to develop innovative learning experiences within and outside the classroom. In essence, the Centers for Interdisciplinary Study infuse an intellectual vitality into the curriculum and shared passion for learning into the relationships among faculty, students, staff and alumni. The following four Centers for Interdisciplinary Study (CIS) will be established between 1998 and 2002:

■ The Center for Interdisciplinary Study in Contemporary Expression in the Arts supports the integration of the arts into the liberal arts tradition. Contemporary artists make meaning out of life’s chaos every day through the visual arts, theatre, music, dance, creative writing, film, video and new media that cross or extend traditional boundaries. The Center for Contemporary Expression in the Arts identifies Albion as an important and innovative artistic center with a broad sphere of influence. ■ The Center for Interdisciplinary Study in Ethnicity, Gender and Global Issues will enliven and inform the quest for understanding and celebration of human diversity. The Center will sponsor lectures, research projects and outreach efforts that will translate theory in gender, ethnic and international studies into programs that connect the campus community to the world and will relate synergistically with the City of Albion as a site for experiential learning and community development. ■ The Center for Interdisciplinary Study in History and Culture is based on the assumption that the study of culture and history is fundamental to the liberal arts, and it encourages students to explore the rich cultural and historical context of ideas in the sciences, the humanities and the arts. This program allows students


to examine the ways that history and culture shape our world (both East and West) and that our world in turn shapes history and culture. ■ The Center for Interdisciplinary Study in Meaning and Value recognizes and encourages the predisposition of undergraduate students to become alert to and see a stake in asking questions about beliefs, value, values and purpose. Initiatives include interdisciplinary first-year and upper-level seminars, capstone seminars, a lecture series, and an annual symposium on an issue of general and multidisciplinary significance similar to the former Ventures in Meaning (VIM Week) program. These centers, like the foundations and institutes, are dynamically represented in kaleidoscopic imagery that captures the breadth, depth and interconnectivity within the five basic components of the Vision. Indeed, no two students follow an identical sequence of core courses, clubs and organizations, majors, minors or concentrations. And no two students will affiliate with the same foundations, institutes or centers. Each student develops his or her own kaleidoscopic pattern—responsive to his or her goals, interests and aptitudes. The Vision is about a personalized educational experience that is truly student-centered. The

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accompanying scenarios [see box below] portray how six students might explore the opportunities offered in these new programs. These scenarios affirm that the essence of this Vision is academic excellence in a learning community. Excellence and community. Academic excellence is expressed in the fact that this Vision focuses almost exclusively on academic programs. Some have said, “But you did not emphasize the 120 clubs and organizations or championship athletics or volunteer service or spiritual life.” Rest assured that the student life dimension will not diminish in this Vision, nor will our commitment to student athletes or to ethical and spiritual development. Rather, it will flourish in an atmosphere of intellectual rigor. For, in the final analysis, Albion will and must be measured by our commitment to exemplary and innovative academic programs. The capacity to connect students to the liberal arts tradition in intellec-

tually demanding and stimulating ways should and will be the defining measure of the Mitchell presidency. If you were tallying the endowment needed to fund the foundations, institutes and centers, the total is $48-million—$48-million and all of it targeted to enhance academic programs. The trustees have endorsed this commitment to excellence, and I pledge to use every ounce of creativity, skill, intellect, courage, leadership and fund-raising acumen to ensure that the commitment to excellence remains the heart and soul of Albion College. Community, the sense of place, the sense of belonging—a spirit of mutuality. Absent a sense of community, our striving for knowledge and wisdom is hollow. For if there is no sense of common purpose, no shared vision of hope, no feeling of mutuality, then our learning is isolated, self-serving, irrelevant, and our

Living the Vision

Scenario Five—Joel Johnson

The following scenarios describe six hypothetical students of the future. Their stories are intended to show the myriad opportunities made possible under the new Vision.

Scenario One—Robert Jones

Scenario Three—Marcos Brown

Robert was accepted into the Honors Institute, and was a chemistry major with a cognitive science concentration and a fellow in the Center for Interdisciplinary Study in Meaning and Value focusing on the implications of brain research on learning. He participated in the Externship Program, sponsored by the Alumni Association, shadowing a neurosurgeon (Albion Class of 1971) who also teaches at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Robert’s honors thesis was accepted for presentation at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. He also assisted in the first-year seminar on the human brain with his philosophy professor and mentor. He was a Sleight Leadership Program participant, serving in several leadership roles, including being elected Student Senate vice president. Upon graduation, Robert enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he could become a neurosurgeon or complete a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience.

Marcos, who was accepted into the Carl A. Gerstacker Liberal Arts Institute for Professional Management, participated in two internships: one in the marketing department of Chemical Bank in Midland, where he helped design a new Internet-based promotional campaign for the personal banking group, and one at Coopers & Lybrand in San Francisco, where he assisted in the audit of a large construction company building oil pipelines in the Middle East. The second internship led to a full-time job upon graduation. Marcos joined the Albion Student Volunteer Bureau and Alpha Phi Omega, the service fraternity. A grant from the Foundation for Learning, Teaching and Technology enabled him to develop strategies for using the Internet in advising Junior Achievement students about the American free enterprise system and helped him design an award-winning World Wide Web site for Alpha Phi Omega. This experience led to a part-time job as a Web site developer, assisting fellow students in designing and monitoring their individual home pages. Marcos was a standout linebacker for the Britons, earning Albion’s 10th consecutive NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Scenario Two—Rachel Black Rachel, majoring in both history and Spanish, participated in the offcampus program at the Center for Cross-Cultural Studies in Seville, Spain the fall semester of her junior year. She joined the Center for Interdisciplinary Study in History and Culture as a fellow her senior year studying Latin American women writers in exile and took as her capstone experience a seminar on “The Historical and Cultural Roots of Democracy” with six other history majors and three political science majors. Rachel was active in the Jewish Students Association, including organizing the Passover Seder her junior year. She played junior varsity volleyball her freshman and sophomore years, and served as a tutor in the Albion Public Schools her sophomore and senior years. Upon graduation, Rachel joined the Peace Corps and, after two years of service in a remote village in Mexico, enrolled at the University of Texas in the Ph.D. program in history.

personal development is shallow, disconnected, meaningless. It is in the context of community that knowledge leads to wisdom, that understanding inspires service, that the quest for meaning is infused with purpose, that the journey of life leads to hope and faith and love. This is the Vision for Albion College—that a community of learners and dreamers pursues knowledge, understanding and wisdom—not as an end in and of itself, but as a way to make meaning of the interconnected and empowering experiences we know and love as Albion College. That as a community of learners and dreamers we find purpose in our lives beyond the campus as we strive to make this a more just and humane society. With innovative and interdisciplinary programs, Albion will lead America’s best liberal arts colleges. That is The Albion Connection.

Scenario Four—Keisha Thompson Keisha was an art history major and anthropology minor, participated in the Philadelphia Semester her sophomore year and the New York Arts Semester the fall of her senior year, where she interned at the Museum of History. She was active in the Black Student Alliance and served as president her junior year. Although Keisha participated in seminars offered by the Center for Interdisciplinary Study in Ethnicity, Gender and Global Issues, she chose not to affiliate as a fellow. Instead she joined the Center for Interdisciplinary Study in Contemporary Expression in the Arts during her junior year. Her capstone experience was an independent study on contemporary African art in America and its impact on music and theatre. Upon graduation, she secured a position as administrative assistant to the curator at the Art Institute of Chicago and plans to take course work toward an M.A. in art history at the University of Chicago.

Joel was a religious studies major, took a first-year seminar entitled “The Quest for Purpose” offered by the Center for Interdisciplinary Study in Meaning and Value. He entered the Center as a fellow his junior year and completed a departmental honors thesis on the Hasidic tradition in Judaism and its influence in the writings of Jewish philosopher and theologian, Martin Buber. His senior year he was student coordinator for the Center’s Ventures in Meaning Week with the theme “Dialogues among Christians and Jews on Faith and Values.” Throughout college, Joel participated in Wesley Fellowship. His junior year, he was president of his fraternity and, as a senior, headed the Interfraternity Council. He graduated magna cum laude and entered Boston University School of Theology on a full scholarship.

Scenario Six—Kate Smith Kate was accepted into the Environmental Studies Institute, took a first-year seminar on an environmental topic offered by the Foundation for Undergraduate Research (FUR), became intrigued by questions about the intrinsic value of nongame species and became interested in policy issues concerning protection of species. She declared a biology major, worked with faculty in FUR to develop a project on agricultural practices and amphibian populations, and wrote a thesis which included the results of her research as well as a policy critique. Kate was selected as a Foundation fellow, and served for credit as an assistant in a first-year seminar that involved research, effectively led the Albion Ecological Awareness Club in its service activities, and presented her thesis at the Isaac Student Research Symposium as well as to firstand second-year students in the Environmental Studies Institute and the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Public Policy and Service. She sustained her interest in competitive swimming, lettering all four years and serving as cocaptain her senior year. Kate was accepted into graduate programs in public policy and in environmental management at Duke and Yale, but opted for Duke. Kate has been invited back to Albion as an alumna to speak at both the Environmental Institute and the Ford Institute on public policy.






Faith of Odysseus brings Terry Karpowicz, ’70, back to Albion by Jake Weber The crane slowly lowers the granite and steel sculpture onto its concrete base. Sculptor Terry Karpowicz, ’70, gently guides it into position and then tops it with a set of interlocking bronze rings encircling a stainless steel sphere. On this cool April morning he has brought the commissioned work from his Chicago studio for installation in front of Albion College’s Dow Recreation and Wellness Center. The polished “public face” of the red granite gleams in the sunlight while its opposite side remains rough and unfinished, just as it came from the quarry. Karpowicz says the contrasting surfaces are meant to reflect the transformation of students, from rough to polished, as they progress through their college education, while the bronze rings and stainless steel sphere suggest Albion’s global reach. It’s intended as a universal statement, he says, but there’s more than a little of Karpowicz’s own life story in the piece, entitled Faith of Odysseus. “I’ve come full circle,” he muses, when the installation is finished. “Faith of Odysseus is about coming home after a long journey. I feel like I’m doing that.” Karpowicz has known since childhood that he wanted to be an artist. “Other kids were firemen and cowboys; I played artist,” he says. When he started looking at colleges, he was attracted to Albion’s brandnew Bobbitt Visual Arts building, but this selfdescribed “streetwise kid” from urban Cleveland had his doubts about fitting in. “I came with a little chip on my shoulder,” says Karpowicz. “I’m from a blue-collar family and I [felt like] an outsider.” He discovered a supportive faculty within as well as outside of his art major. Karpowicz distinguished himself as a talented student, and says studying with visual arts faculty Justin Kronewetter, Paul Stewart and Frank Machek was a “wonderful opportunity.” An unlikely 30-year friendship with Elkin “Ike” Isaac, a coach and professor of physical education, began when Karpowicz joined the Briton wrestling team and Isaac’s bodybuilding class. “Ike was strict and rigid in his ways . . . while I was testing the waters,” says Karpowicz. “He saw raw energy and potential in me, and I saw in him something inspiring— I wanted to grow up to be dedicated to my goal, which I think that Ike always has been.” A product of the ’60s, Karpowicz was an unconventional student, Isaac recalls. However, Isaac recognized Karpowicz’s talent and invited him to teach art with Albion Summer Adventure, a day camp run by the College. “He had a knack for working with young people; he could really communicate with those kids,” says Isaac. “Our expectations were high, but he was outstanding.” Karpowicz did Albion Summer Adventure for 10 more years, coming back from New York and then graduate school in Urbana, IL, to work with Isaac. “I think we have developed a bond almost like father-son. . . . We still can contribute to each other’s lives,” continues Isaac. He noted that some of Karpowicz’s former Albion Summer Adventure students also had come to the Faith of Odysseus installation.

“I hadn’t seen him in 15 years, but when I saw [Faith of Odysseus] it was obvious he did it,” says Albion resident Craig Kreger, who studied with Karpowicz during Summer Adventure. “Terry taught us appreciation of how things are made, the process. He treated young people like they like to be treated, like they’re a little more grown up than they are. He was a great teacher.” In conjunction with the dedication of his sculpture at Albion, Karpowicz was invited to serve as the keynote speaker for the 1998 Elkin Isaac Student Research Symposium (April 13-15), and also met with art classes during his two-day visit. Karpowicz’s interest in sculpture was Faith of Odysseus, a sculpture created for Albion by Terry first awakened during his days as a Karpowicz, ’70, (pictured) is intended to represent the ‘Albion struggling artist in New York. He was Experience’. “One of the things I tried to do is to include the asked to help move some heavy pieces for campus and its tradition,” says Karpowicz, and thus he used a show by sculptor Mark DiSuvero. The Missouri red granite to suggest The Rock on the campus artist’s work made Karpowicz aware of quadrangle. the physical presence of the sculpture’s weight, volume and mass—qualities that Karpowicz’s career over the past 20 years has Karpowicz’s own two-dimensional painting and encompassed dozens of awards and exhibitions, and he drawing lacked. has served as visiting artist at nine U.S. colleges and To learn more about sculpting, Karpowicz headed universities. back to school. Encouraged by Albion alumnus Craig A highlight of his career came in 1992 when he was Hoernschemeyer, ’71, Karpowicz enrolled in a master’s invited to an international symposium for sculptors, in program at the University of Illinois at Champaignthe former Soviet Union’s Republic of Georgia. Urbana. “I started with sculpture that you could play “While none of us spoke each other’s language, we all with, interact with, [made of] anything I could get my shared a common vocabulary of art,” explains hands on for free,” says Karpowicz of his early work, Karpowicz. “I realized that I wasn’t just a sculptor much of which was constructed of railroad ties and from Albion, but a sculptor in an international fraterconstruction debris. “I realized that I had no idea what nity.” I was doing. If I wanted to continue building sculpture Karpowicz also has played a leadership role in the on this scale, I needed to go and learn from the source.” Chicago area’s fraternity of sculptors. In 1995, he was In 1975, Karpowicz found his “source,” British asked by Chicago’s Navy Pier to organize a sculpture millwright Jim Davies, and used a Fulbright grant to exhibition for the pier. The first exhibition, comprised study with him. Working with Davies repairing wind of just three sculptures, was scheduled for only a few and water mills in England, Karpowicz learned “to see weeks, but received an enthusiastic response from the detail of how large structures were put together to visitors, and “Pier Walk” was born. It has grown move so gracefully through space,” he explains. “I continuously since then, with 177 artists, including started to define and refine my aesthetic, the things I Karpowicz, participating in the 1998 show. find to be beautiful.” “I have achieved things beyond my wildest expecta“England was where Terry learned to work with tions,” Karpowicz enthuses. “I’m doing what I always tools and craftsmanship,” says Frank Machek, Albion wanted to do.” College professor of visual arts. “If you look at his current work, you can see the narrative in material, in Faith of Odysseus, given by an anonymous donor, is bronze, stainless steel, cement, all those things coming the first of two works by Terry Karpowicz commistogether. . . . You will see evidence of traditional sioned for Albion. The second sculpture will honor woodworking techniques, but you’ll find them in other Elkin Isaac and will be located adjacent to the Elkin kinds of materials, like butterfly joints out of cast Isaac Track at Sprankle-Sprandel Stadium. bronze.” Karpowicz’s other commissions include sculptures for “Every time I do a piece, I try to extend my knowlNortheastern University in Chicago, the University of edge of the process,” says Karpowicz. He continues to Illinois Medical Center in Chicago, the City of experiment with incorporating traditional woodworking Chicago’s Thurgood Marshall Memorial Library and techniques into modern abstract sculpture, and usually numerous private collections. constructs wooden models of sculptures that will eventually be made from other materials.





Waging war on cancer (andwinning) by Sarah Briggs John Vournakis, ’61, recalls a conversation he once had with his 90-year-old father. The senior Vournakis had immigrated from Greece as a young man and for most of his life had run a diner in downtown Albion. Now he wanted his biotechnologist son to explain what exactly it was that he did for a living. John Vournakis replied, “Dad, I do what you always did at the diner . . . I cook!” Today, in his lab at the Center for Molecular and Structural Biology in Charleston, SC, Vournakis is cooking up a revolutionary drug that may represent a breakthrough in the treatment of cancer. He has found a polymer, a polysaccharide derived from marine sources, that not only is effective for delivering anti-cancer medications, but also appears to help stimulate the immune system. “We’ve discovered that this polymer . . . seems to activate a set of immune cells that are known to be very effective at finding and killing cancer cells,” Vournakis explains. Though still undergoing animal trials, the drug appears highly promising, and Vournakis hopes that within two years he may be granted permission to begin human clinical trials. He believes that this “cancer vaccine” might be used to reverse the growth of some existing tumors and, following cancer surgery, to prevent the spread of disease to other parts of the body. The drug also produces few side-effects, giving it a clear advantage over many current forms of chemotherapy, and it is easily administered. “This will be one of several pathways for the development of cancer immunotherapy,” he observes. “This is a unique system—nobody else has it anywhere in the world, and when we talk about it and publish papers on it, people are very interested because it is unique. . . . I’m quite confident that at some point in the future—five to 10 years—there will be some products out for treating cancer that will involve this polysaccharide.” Vournakis has been working with this polymer for about eight years. Earlier research on the polymer revealed that, in a different form, it also serves as an agent to control bleeding. Poly-N-acetyl glucosamine won approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in late 1997, and is now being marketed through Marine Polymer Technologies, Inc., a biotechnology company that Vournakis formed with several other partners. The drug is used to assist kidney dialysis patients and also has many applications during and following surgery. “I’m very happy about that,” Vournakis says. “To me, that’s better than any [other research] I’ve ever done.”

These and other projects thus far have yielded six U.S. patents for the company, and they have an additional 10 patent applications pending. Vournakis is associate director of the Center for Molecular and Structural Biology, which is affiliated with the Hollings Cancer Center at Medical University of South Carolina. In his particular lab, he employs a staff of 10 researchers drawn from countries around the world, including, at the moment, France, Russia, Greece and China. (“You walk into work, and you’re not in South Carolina any more,” he muses.) This summer that staff also includes Albion biology major Nora Maries who is serving as the College’s 1998 Paul L. Cook Summer Research Intern. A native of Romania, Maries adds to the lab’s international make-up. She will spend her 12 weeks in South Carolina learning the sophisticated techniques used in molecular biology research and assisting in the animal studies that are now under way. Vournakis established the paid internship to honor Paul Cook’s 36-year career as an Albion chemistry professor.

He says Cook first taught him about the level of personal commitment that research requires. “[In research,] you have to work very hard,” Vournakis reflects, “and you have to work day and night. . . . There are no limits to it—you just have to follow it. And you need to get it done right. I remember this lesson [from Paul] all the time. I thank him for that.” Vournakis has long been fascinated with the medical applications of scientific research and, in fact, spent a year at the University of Michigan Medical School shortly after graduating from Albion. He soon decided that he preferred research to medical practice and eventually earned a Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry at Cornell in 1968. Several post-doctoral fellowships followed including a year at Harvard where he joined a lab doing pioneering research in genetics. “We were the first group to clone a mammalian gene,” he notes. He also was the first researcher to successfully copy a full strand of messenger RNA into DNA, a process that helped make possible later advances in the development of recombinant DNA. K. VOURNAKIS PHOTO

Biology major Nora Maries (left) will spend 12 weeks this summer working with John Vournakis, ’61, at the Center for Molecular and Structural Biology in Charleston, SC. As Albion’s 1998 Paul L. Cook Research Intern, she is assisting with animal studies that are part of a cancer immunotherapy project Vournakis is leading. Vournakis established the research internship in honor of Paul Cook, professor emeritus of chemistry at Albion.


In 1973, this work was published in Cell, one of the world’s leading journals devoted to cellular biology, and is considered an early milestone in the history of genetic technology. Following an appointment to the Syracuse University biology faculty in 1973, he continued his molecular biology research, focusing on the structure of messenger RNA. He became professor of biology and the first director of the Molecular Genetics Center at Dartmouth in 1985. Over the next decade, he divided his time between teaching and research at Dartmouth and serving as a senior executive with two biotechnology companies in New England. Vournakis moved to his current position in 1995 because it would allow him to direct all his energies toward projects that would have potential applications in human medicine. He says he finds a deep satisfaction in work that yields tangible benefits. “It’s a more exciting life,” he maintains, “to be involved not only in the research but in the process of bringing a product out [on the market].” Vournakis’ work day begins around 6 a.m. when he logs on to his computer at home. In the lab by 9 a.m., he begins a hectic round of activities that will continue into the early evening—directing the research tasks for the day, tending to administrative details for the Center, writing grant applications and journal articles, and communicating with colleagues from around the world. It’s a regimen he typically follows seven days a week. Just back from speaking at an international conference on hemophilia in Europe, he soon will be off to still more meetings in Greece and then Montreal. Science today is truly international in scope, he observes, and he quickly points out that a paper he presented in Tel Aviv, Israel, last year has since resulted in a close collaboration with researchers at the Tel Aviv University Medical School. They are assisting with the animal studies for his cancer immunotherapy project and will likely be involved in the human trials as well. This broad world view comes naturally to Vournakis. Intensely proud of his ethnic heritage—he continues to speak Greek which was his first language—he maintains close ties with members of his mother’s family who remain in Greece. Last February, he even purchased his mother’s family home in a small village near Sparta. His other interests are eclectic as well. At Albion, he says, he developed a love of literature, a fascination with history and an appreciation for music, all of which continue to this day. When he’s on the road, his briefcase usually contains a new novel he wants to read, along with the expected assortment of professional journals and papers. He says Albion also provided models of outstanding teaching in the likes of professors Paul Cook, John Hart and Keith Moore, and coaches Morley Fraser and Fritz Shurmur. Their approaches helped shape his own teaching style. “The most important thing [in my career] has been interacting with students,” Vournakis maintains. “I’ve done a lot of teaching. I enjoy teaching students at all levels—from high school students all the way to senior citizens.”

In particular, he prizes the lifelong relationships formed with graduate students. “Some of them have done extremely well,” he notes. “I’m very proud of my former students.” Their ranks include an AIDS researcher who is now considered one of the top two or three in the world in this field, a senior scientist at Abbott Laboratories and an entrepreneur who runs his own clinical diagnostics company, as well as many others who have entered medicine and university teaching. Vournakis says, “It’s a great life—to be able to use your brain . . . work with bright people, work in a [field] that’s important for human beings. I picked the right career.”

AboutJohnVournakis During his career in teaching and research at Syracuse University, Dartmouth College and now the Medical University of South Carolina, John Vournakis has published more than 150 research articles in the fields of biophysics, molecular biology and biotechnology. He has received fellowships from the National Institutes of Health, the National Academy of Sciences, the European Molecular Biology Organization and the National Science Foundation. He currently holds six editorial positions, including editor of the Genetic Engineering News. At Albion, Vournakis co-chaired the John Hart Honoring in 1993, and he received the


Distinguished Alumni Award in 1996. He and his wife, Karen Munro Vournakis, ’66, have one son. A photographer, Karen maintains an art studio in Charleston, where they live. She provided the photo that accompanies this article.

AboutNoraMaries A native of Bucharest, Romania, Nora Maries originally came to the United States as a high school exchange student. Now entering her junior year at Albion College, she plans to attend medical school and then to return to her home to practice medicine or to conduct research. She currently holds both the Robert and Arvella Schuller Possibility Thinkers Scholarship and the Dr. Stefan H. Kobiljak Endowed Pre-Medical Scholarship.

AboutPaulCook A professor of chemistry at Albion from 1954 to 1990, Paul Cook had special expertise in the area of synthetic organic chemistry. Since retirement, he has been active in the Albion community, serving as a trustee of the United Methodist Church, as a regular blood bank donor and volunteer, and as treasurer of the Friends of the Albion Public Library. He and his wife Alice also enjoy traveling and spending time with their 10 grandchildren.

Albion senior testifies in Washington on behalf of research programs by Jim Klapthor A trip to Washington, DC, and an audience with members of the U.S. Congress was a memorable conclusion to Jennifer Jacobs’ senior year at Albion College. A chemistry major, she was one of a selected few college students from around the nation who presented their research findings in the capital April 20-21. As part of the national Conference for Undergraduate Research (CUR), Jacobs participated in a poster session on Capitol Hill where she exhibited results from her semesterlong research project conducted this past fall at the Oak Ridge (TN) National Laboratory. Her work, “Bioremediation of Chloroorganics in Dilute Gaseous Waste Streams,” focused on the use of microorganisms to break down potentially hazardous substances that are produced by coal-fired power plants, and in the manufacturing of plastics and paper products. Jacobs was able to receive this type of hands-on training thanks to government support of undergraduate research at national laboratories operated by the Department of Energy. This program, and others like it, are at the whim of Congressional budgetary controls. To garner continued funding, Jacobs testified along with three other CUR students before the Task Force on Education of the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board. She was selected for this honor with students from California Polytechnic at San Luis Obispo, University of Connecticut and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. [Ed. note: Following the hearings in which Jacobs participated, the research funding that had been in jeopardy was restored.] Many factories creating plastics and paper products produce millions of tons of waste—waste that is often incinerated. But those wastes that do not burn must be destroyed in some other manner. In Jacobs’ research, these


byproducts, known as chloroorganics, are combined with carbon-eating bacteria that break down the hazardous material into less-harmful waste through the process of remediation. In the laboratory, Jacobs eliminated all sources of carbon from the microorganisms, thus forcing them to “eat” the chloroorganic wastes for fuel. It’s quite an accomplishment, considering these wastes are loaded with chlorine which usually kills bacteria. “I’m very proud of the work that I’ve done,” says Jacobs, “and I’m extremely thankful for the people who have helped me along the way.” “I’ve always had a passion for chemistry, and it has come easy. My professors at Albion, like Dr. Jack Crump and Dr. Daniel Steffenson, have helped me to excel at it. My passion for research has just grown from there.” Jacobs’ final days on campus were busy ones—sandwiching in rehearsals for a dance recital (part of Albion’s presidential inauguration festivities) around writing her departmental honors thesis on her research. She also spoke about her work at the Isaac Student Research Symposium April 14. “I guess this is proof I’ve come full circle . . . taking what I learned in the classroom, applying it to real life problems, and now, getting the chance to communicate to others these new ideas.” While at Albion, Jennifer Jacobs received the Norma J. Taber Scholarship for Women in Pre- Engineering and was tapped for Sigma Xi, a national science honorary, and Mortar Board, a national honorary society for scholarship and leadership. Now she is heading to Michigan State University where she plans to pursue a master’s or doctorate in chemical engineering.




Y O R A N N A L F ND S P P OR T I S I MP OR T A N T ! Choose a letter? Buy a vowel? Solve the puzzle? WHY? One of the many reasons your Annual Fund support is important: Gifts to the Annual Fund provide scholarships to deserving students through the Briton Scholarship Fund. The Briton Scholarship Fund is just one facet of the College’s Annual Fund. The fund assists current and future Britons, including the outstanding class of 2002! These new Britons are the brightest additions yet to the Albion family–they represent 11 states and 5 countries and include 28 valedictorians and 81 Presidential Scholars. These students could have attended nearly any school in the country, and they chose Albion. Contributions to the Briton Scholarship Fund helped make this possible.

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TA-DAH: Announcing the 1999 Alumni Directory! Are you trying to connect with a sorority sister online? Do you want to organize a summer weekend outing with your hallmates from Wesley? Have you thought about calling your buddy from The British Eighth or the College choir just to say, “Hello, how are you?” Do you need a current address for that holiday card that was returned? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions . . . then (drumroll, please), watch your mailbox for information about Albion College’s 1999 Alumni Directory! It has been five years since the last comprehensive directory was published, and with your help, we are updating our records with e-mail addresses, employment information, new home addresses, etc., in order to produce a book directory, and for the first time ever, a compact disc version. So, don’t miss a beat . . . watch your mail for the directory questionnaire and information on how to obtain a copy of the directory. (Directories will be mailed in March 1999.)


Campus symposium honors Taylor Excerpted from the May 1998 Department of Geological Sciences Newsletter. See also the story on Taylor in the Around Campus section.

Those speaking at the April 4 geology symposium in honor of Larry Taylor were: (from left) Murray Borrello, ’85, assistant professor, Alma College; Steve Brown, ’87, geologist, Indiana Geological Survey; Larry Taylor; Geoff Feiss, former Albion geology faculty member and now dean of the faculty of arts and sciences, College of William and Mary; and Steve Gaffield, ’88, Ph.D. candidate, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Geology alumni representing a span of 17 years: (from left) Marian Jackson Barnes, ’83; Lee Anne Claucherty, ’85; Larry Taylor; Canduace Cloy, ’90; and Virginia Cook Loselle, ’73.

On April 3-4, alumni, friends, faculty and staff celebrated the career of Lawrence Taylor, professor of geological sciences, on the occasion of his upcoming retirement at the end of the 1997-98 academic year. Events included a reception Friday evening, a symposium Saturday afternoon and a dinner Saturday evening. Guests came from as far as Maine, Virginia and Washington state. Taylor was the lead speaker for the symposium on Saturday, and gave a talk on “Stratigraphic Evidence for a Late Pleistocene Glacial Outburst Flood Sequence in South Central Michigan.” The other speakers were: Stephen Gaffield, ’88, “Hydrologic Controls on Trout Stream Temperature in the Kickapoo Watershed, Wisconsin”; Murray Borrello, ’85, “Contamination of Horse Creek: When Politics and Science Collide”; Geoffrey Feiss, former Albion faculty member, “Using All the Tools of the Trade: Detachment-hosted Ag-Barite Deposits in the Mojave”; and Steven Brown, ’87, “The History of Indiana’s Geological Maps.” On Saturday evening, the Department of Geological Sciences held a dinner in Jackson with almost 60 in attendance, including President Peter Mitchell, ’67, and his wife Becky. Staff, alumni, current students, family and friends took turns saluting Taylor’s long and productive career and sharing memories of Albion.

Nearly 60 alumni, friends, faculty and staff attended a dinner at the close of the symposium. Pictured are: (from left) Becky Mitchell, Jean Taylor, President Peter Mitchell, ’67, Larry Taylor and Murray Borrello, ’85. Borrello, now at Alma College, is carrying on the Taylor tradition of building a new geology program, which someday may become a full-fledged department!








Seniors head for top jobs and graduate schools A picture-perfect day greeted this year’s 286 seniors at commencement May 9. Top honors in the class went to Joseph Ales, Roman Bloch and Laura Johnson for posting 4.0 grade point averages. This year’s commencement speaker was Nancy Bekavac, president of Scripps College in Claremont, CA. In her eight years as Scripps’ president, Bekavac led a long-range planning process that has resulted in significant increases in the college’s enrollment and endowment. A member of the Board of Directors for the American Council on Education and the Executive Committee of the Women’s College Coalition, Bekavac in 1993 was appointed by President Clinton as chair of the Commission on White House Fellowships. She received an honorary doctor of education degree during the ceremony.

Also honored was actor Jeff Daniels, currently serving as a visiting artist at Albion. Daniels is well-known for his appearances in the motion pictures, Fly Away Home, 101 Dalmatians, Gettysburg, Terms of Endearment and many other films. He also founded and serves as executive director of the Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea. He received an honorary doctorate in theatre. This year’s seniors are now employed with such firms as Denso International, First Chicago/NBD, Goldman Sachs & Co., PricewaterhouseCoopers, Smith Barney and Ford Motor Co., as well as with Congresswoman Debbie Stabenow, Albion Neighborhood Connections and numerous school districts across Michigan. Other class members are headed to graduate or professional schools including Harvard, Columbia, Georgetown, Northwestern, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and California-Berkeley.


Actor Jeff Daniels received an honorary doctorate in theatre from President Peter Mitchell during Albion’s May 9 commencement. Daniels, with the assistance of College trustee Paul “Skip” Ungrodt, ’52, has established the Purple Rose at Albion College Theatre Project, now entering its second and final year.

Kellogg executive recognized

This summer, Albion political science major Bob Bruner landed a prestigious internship with the National Economic Council in the Executive Office of the President, Washington, DC. He is conducting research for the Clinton administration’s review of consolidation in U.S. business. President Clinton announced the initiative in May following a year which saw mergers and alliances among some of the giants in the automotive, aviation, communications and banking industries. Bruner collects testimony, conducts research on the Internet, and reviews books and journals to glean pertinent data to be used in briefings for President Clinton’s economic advisors.

Admissions Web site honored with CASE silver medal among 133 entries Albion College’s World Wide Web site designed for prospective students earned a silver medal from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) this spring. It was selected from among 133 entries in the national competition. The Web site has been used extensively for such events as America’s first Virtual Open House, held in February, and for other special-interest chat sessions. The site also

features an innovative campus tour, complete with panoramic views of campus buildings. Under the direction of President Peter Mitchell, the College has become a leader in the use of new technology for student recruitment. A CD-ROM, including academic program information, video interviews with faculty and students and a campus tour, also was introduced this year. To view Albion’s World Wide Web site, log on at:

Joseph Stewart, senior vice president for corporate affairs at Kellogg Co. in Battle Creek, received the honorary doctor of public service degree during Albion College’s Honors Convocation April 23. Currently chairman of Calhoun County’s Health Improvement Program’s governing board, Stewart has been involved in the Greater Battle Creek Urban League, the Battle Creek Health System and the Battle Creek United Arts Council’s VisionQuest 5000 campaign. He also has served as an adviser for Albion College’s South Africa initiatives. This year’s ceremony marked the 25th anniversary of the President Bernard T. Lomas Project 250 Awards. The Project 250 Awards honor students’ leadership contributions and academic achievement. Lomas, who served as Albion’s president from 1970 to 1983, assisted in presenting this year’s awards. Also in attendance were two of the students who led the fund raising for the awards, Richard Simonson, ’72, and Janice Chamberlain, ’73. Others involved in the effort were Jon Gaskell, ’71, William Healy, ’72, and Lyn Ward Healy, ’72. In addition to numerous other student awards announced at the convocation, the



following faculty members were recognized: Phi Beta Kappa Scholar of the Year, James Diedrick (English); Arthur Andersen & Co. Teacher of the Year, Beth Lincoln (geological sciences) and New Teachers of the Year, Douglas Rose (music) and Darrell Sedersten (physical education); Blanchard Faculty Fellowship, Andrew French (chemistry) and ‘Dimeji Togunde (anthropology/sociology); United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry Exemplary Teacher Award, Ralph Davis (philosophy); and the Students’ Choice Award, Richard Mortensen (biology).

News in brief Albion College’s Visual Arts Department has installed a new computer laboratory to support teaching and studio work using digital technology. Included in the new lab will be six Macintosh G3 computers linked on a local area network with scanners and a color printer. Digital cameras for still photography and for video will also be available. Students and faculty will use the equipment to explore computer-aided design in the fine arts. They will, for example, be able to create and test models of a new piece of sculpture or work in new art forms employing video and still photography. The new lab will be in use beginning this fall.



Letters to the editor are welcome and may be sent to: Editor, Io Triumphe, Albion College, 611 E. Porter St., Albion, MI 49224; or by e-mail to: Io Triumphe reserves the right to edit for length and clarity. I particularly enjoyed the spring ’98 Io Triumphe. As I read the courses available on campus, I felt the tickle of curiosity and desire to be a student again. And then, there was the list of books that I could read and in a small way be part of collegiate life way out here on Foulweather Bluff in Washington! Thank you for the connection! The “Virtual Open House” [story] was great, too. Ellen Smith Konopaski, ’69 Hansville, WA





Retiring faculty acknowledged Charles Schutz: Albion’s gadfly

Larry Taylor: A fascination with ‘fire and ice’

by Jake Weber For 34 years, Albion College professor of political science Charles “Charley” Schutz has “called it the way he saw it,” a fact that has sometimes intimidated students, exasperated colleagues and dismayed administrators. No one is more aware of this controversial reputation than Schutz, who is pleased to arouse such strong feelings on campus. An advocate of the Socratic method, which engages students as participants rather than as passive listeners, Schutz places great importance on confrontation and argument as essential components of education, for both teacher and student. To Schutz, an unconsidered opinion is a dangerous thing. “Too often, [students’ opinions are] based on prejudice, bigotry or idiosyncrasy,” says Schutz. “Opinions should be subject to argument. If you have an [opinion], you are supposed to be able to cite the facts, and more than that, argue from those facts. . . . In an argument, it is hoped that both sides will become purged of the fallacies in their opinions and come to a true conclusion, at least truer than the separate opinions were.” “Of all of the academic victories Albion students may have earned, those that came from Dr. Schutz were the sweetest of all!” says Krista A. Hammerbacher Haapala, ’96, remembering the intense discussions in the three courses she took from him. “Dr. Schutz would not stand for mediocre effort or mediocre thoughts. He always pushed the students who wanted to learn to a higher level of thinking.” She notes that Schutz was also an encouraging teacher who tempered his methods to each student. “You either went to class prepared or you didn’t go at all. . . . He would see right through you and call on you,” says Haapala, “[but Dr. Schutz also] knew exactly how to draw people out of their shells. . . . He wanted to know what you believed. All the students who took any one of his classes should be thankful for the opportunity to learn from a man who is so passionate about teaching and learning in its purest sense.” Schutz’s passion for teaching and learning is well-respected by colleagues and students. “When Charley Schutz broke his shoulder last year, I took him to the hospital,” relates Andrew Grossman, visiting assistant professor of political science. “Somehow Charley and I got on the subject of Plato. To drive a point home, he began to pound on my dashboard with his fist, despite the fact that his arm was in great pain. He also insisted, even after three hours in the emergency room, that I drive him to school so he could teach his class.” Notes Political Science Department chair Glenn Perusek, “Many alumni have told me how fundamentally important it has been for them to have studied the Constitution with Charley. He made them students for life.” One of those students, Mark Newell, ’77, managing partner and litigant for the Washington, DC, law offices of Latham and Watkins, says of Schutz, “I learned . . . a standard of deep analytical thinking and writing. . . . Studying with him was outstanding preparation for law school; he used the

by Jake Weber

Charley Schutz same analytic method that law schools use, lots of debate about why and what the law meant.” It comes as a surprise to discover that this scholar is a high-school dropout. As a child, Schutz was “bored” with school; what held his interest was politics. “We argued politics in the family all the time,” says Schutz, whose father, a Chicago architect, worked clerical jobs to support the family during the Depression. “Politics really starts to count when people don’t know where their next paycheck is coming from. The politics of reality confronted us daily. . . . I’ve loved politics ever since.” World War II gave Schutz the excuse he needed to leave high school. Right after his seventeenth birthday, he joined the Marines and spent the war in the South Pacific, including the battle for Iwo Jima. “I have never gotten over it,” he says simply of the war and his military service. “It stamped my character in a particular way. I constantly seek the reality of [issues]. I am not interested in abstractions or utopian flights of imagination.” Following the war, Schutz returned home and applied for admission to the University of Chicago. Scoring at the top of the university’s placement test, Schutz was accepted into the prestigious master’s program in political science. At the university, where he also completed a doctorate in political science, Schutz studied with some of academia’s greatest scholars of political science, history and sociology. These studies helped shape his attitude toward liberal arts education. “I read about it, I thought about it. . . . I was convinced that I had to get back to the basics. . . . If you study the classics you have the basic ideas of the disciplines. And if you wander from it, you know why you are wandering and where you are wandering to. And that remains liberal arts. “I’m conservative and that sounds like conventional wisdom. But often times, classics are the most unconventional,” he adds. Before coming to Albion, Schutz directed the Michigan Center for Education in Politics, and taught at Highland Park Community College and Wayne State University, but his desire to join a liberal arts institution (continued on p. 14)

Larry Taylor’s retirement is truly the end of an era. For the past 34 years, he has possibly been the only faculty member on campus who could claim to know every single graduate from his department. Since Taylor established the geological sciences major at Albion College, the department has graduated 208 students, and Taylor knows them all. Talk with Taylor for any length of time, and you will discover that he continues to have contact with more than half of them. His exceptional ability to maintain such relationships is due not only to his tenure on the campus, but also to the importance he places on relationships in his life. Larry Taylor came to Albion in 1964, with a directive from then-president Louis Norris and Biology Department chair William Gilbert to start a Geological Sciences Department. His first semester, teaching on the top floor of Epworth Hall, he had nearly 40 students and little else. “For a while, we had sawhorses with wooden boards for lab tables,” recalls Taylor. An additional lab which was made available in the old McMillan Chemical Building basement did not improve conditions much. “Debris from the ceiling would rain down on our samples when students walked around on the floor above,” says Taylor. Despite his surroundings, however, Taylor remembers the early days with a great deal of fondness. “I used to hold staff meetings in my head,” he jokes, of being the only geology faculty member for the first two years. He also recalls clearly one of his first lab assistants Richard Smith, ’68, now editor-inchief and chairman of Newsweek. “He was an excellent student, very enthusiastic.” Taylor’s own enthusiasm for geology has likewise impressed students. It was this enthusiasm, says Julie Brigham-Grette, ’77, associate professor of geology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, that encouraged her to switch her major from biology to geology. “Larry’s love of geology was infectious,” she says. “I have been a professor of geology for 11 years, and I continuously try to bring [his] level of enthusiasm to my own classes.” Like many of the students he’s inspired, Taylor decided to study geology only after he started college, at Dartmouth. Recruited for a summer job by the U.S. Weather Bureau, Taylor was paid one dollar per day to help build weather stations in the Canadian arctic and northwestern Greenland. Taylor, who had always “been interested in the arctic and polar regions and the out-ofdoors,” spent an additional week traversing Canada’s Cornwallis Island. The island, at that time largely unmapped, fascinated Taylor with its harsh beauty and unique geological features. That trip settled Taylor’s determination to study geology, he says, but did not move his Bowdoin College hiking partner in the same way. That friend, Tom Pickering, served as President George Bush’s ambassador to the United Nations and is now the U.S. ambassador to Russia.

Larry Taylor (right) with student research assistant Matt Okraszewski The following summer, Taylor signed on as a geologist’s assistant with the U.S. Geological Survey, and spent nine weeks mapping volcanic geology of several Aleutian islands. The expedition was led by George Fraser, a former geology professor with Colorado School of Mines and brother to retired Albion coach Morley Fraser. “I learned a tremendous amount of geology from George Fraser,” says Taylor. After earning a master’s degree from Dartmouth based on research done in Greenland, Taylor completed a doctorate at Ohio State University’s Institute of Polar Studies (now the Byrd Polar Research Center). His dissertation in glaciology was based on research in Glacier Bay, AK. This expertise enabled him to serve as chief glaciologist on a 1,000-mile traverse across the South Pole, to the Trans-Antarctic Mountains, where he gathered some of the first drill cores that were then used to interpret paleoclimatic changes. “[It was] 60 below zero down in the bottom of the pits we dug. . . . The air temperature was between 20 and 30 below.” For his survey contributions, a 3,000-foot high range of Antarctic hills was named “Taylor Hills” in his honor. By this time, though, Taylor was married and the father of two young sons, and he realized the need for a stable income and a place where he could do field work close to home. Albion fit his requirements perfectly. Taylor admits that he had occasionally considered offers to relocate, but “I like the faculty and students, and you can’t find a better environment for bringing up a family . . . and there are all kinds of glacial features here which tempt the appetite.” Taylor has spent many years studying the geological record of southern Michigan, which was covered by glaciers 14,000 years ago. His study of the glacial features produced by outburst floods is similar to that done years ago in the northwestern United States by the late J Harlen Bretz, a noted geologist and 1905 graduate of Albion College. After reading about Taylor in Io Triumphe, Bretz, a professor emeritus of the University of Chicago, invited Taylor to visit him in Homewood, IL. Taylor fondly recalls making many trips with students to Bretz’s home. “He would pass around these interesting rock samples. . . . He had a twinkle in his eye, and always liked to stump us. He was an excellent teacher,” says Taylor. Bretz’s donation of geological journals, rock samples and other research materials were an invaluable contribution to Taylor’s early years of teaching, and are still used by the department today. In addition to his teaching at the College, Taylor has been involved with many community environmental concerns, most notably as an unpaid consultant to the City of Albion’s (continued on p. 14)





Student lands role in MOT’s Porgy and Bess by Jake Weber

Students in German professor Ingeborg Baumgartner’s freshman seminar on Prague, Vienna and Berlin learned about the history and culture of these European cities, not just from selected books, plays, films and musical works, but from firsthand experience. Baumgartner and her students visited cathedrals, museums, palaces and other notable sites in Prague and Vienna during their 10-day field trip over spring break 1998. They are pictured on the Charles Bridge in Prague. Fifteen such seminars, all designed especially for first-year students and emphasizing close interaction with faculty, will be offered next year on topics such as activism in literature and politics, the role of mathematical chance in our lives, and jazz and American culture.

Charles Schutz: Albion’s gadfly (continued from p. 13) persisted. In 1964, he accepted the chairmanship of Albion College’s Political Science Department, but had barely settled in when politics called. Schutz joined the Republican Party, serving as adviser and speech writer for the successful campaign of Robert Griffin for U.S. senator. Schutz went with Griffin to Washington to help manage his staff and direct research. “Then the dean called and told me I had to make a choice,” says Schutz, who realized at that moment that his heart was in education. Two major legacies of Schutz’s Albion College career are the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Public Policy and Service and the Carl A. Gerstacker Liberal Arts Institute for Professional Management, both of which he was instrumental in establishing. The Ford Institute connection, Schutz notes, was made through Albion College alumnus James DeFrancis, ’65, who had worked with Schutz in Senator Griffin’s office and then became one of President Ford’s staffers. Upon learning that Ford was contemplating a Michigan site for a Ford Institute, Schutz wrote the College’s proposal for a public policy institute that was eventually accepted by Ford. The idea for a program to study professional management was developed by Schutz while on a research trip in Sweden with Jack Wolfram, who at the time was a vice president of General Motors. Schutz noted that Wolfram, who had worked for a variety of corporations before GM, was not an automotive executive as much as “he was a highlytrained manager. It seemed to me that rather than have just business administration, we should train people to excel at professional management.” Schutz not only made the proposal for such a program, but while on sabbatical, he raised

It’s rare for a college student, no matter how talented, to have a chance to appear on stage with an internationally known singer such as Peabo Bryson, but Albion College’s Jason Jackson recently did just that. The junior music major sang the role of Nelson in Michigan Opera Theatre’s production of Porgy and Bess, which played to sold-out audiences May 30 through June 20. Jackson was originally invited to audition for the chorus, but the directors liked what they heard and invited him back to audition for a role that would include solo lines. Jackson, who has sung for the past three years with a number of Albion ensembles including the Briton Singers, gives the College’s music program—and especially his voice teacher Maureen Balke—credit for helping him land a place in Porgy and Bess. In addition to earning a comprimario role, Jackson was offered an apprenticeship with the theatre. This paid apprenticeship gives

nearly $400,000 toward its implementation. The program was met with suspicion by many of Schutz’s faculty colleagues, and he readily admits that it is still an issue for some. Schutz is firmly supportive of the program, however, which he insists was never to make professional management the substitute for liberal arts. “I conceived that I was trying to add a breadth to liberal arts,” he explains. “The Gerstacker program [integrates] a superior quality of student into the world of business, something I conceive to be a lasting benefit to Albion.” Schutz’s former students have now gone on to distinguished careers with leading law firms, numerous judgeships, and in journalism, politics and government. They include Richard Smith, ’68, editor-in-chief and chairman of Newsweek, Calhoun County judges Phillip Harter, ’71, and Conrad Sindt, ’69, and Otis Culpepper, ’70, a leading criminal defense attorney in Detroit. In retirement, Schutz is turning his attention back to writing. He was recognized as Albion’s Scholar of the Year in 1980, upon the publication of his book, Political Humor, Aristophanes to Sam Ervin. Schutz is working on a new edition of Political Humor, as well as revising a manuscript on antigovernmentalism. He also has begun studying and writing on the democracy of the Israeli Defense Force. He argues that the militarism of Israel is a main element of its democracy. Some of his work is being carried out in Israel where he has visiting privileges at the University of Tel Aviv. Schutz also looks forward to the opportunity to spend more time with his wife, Elaine Martin, and teenage daughter, Alicia MartinSchutz. “For over 40 years, I have said, ‘I haven’t worked in years—I teach.’ And I mean that. If you’re teaching, and you love teaching, it’s not work. For me it was a thrill to come back every year and face the classes, not knowing what was going to come up. . . . It’s a good life.”


Jackson the opportunity to work with principal vocalists in the Michigan Opera Company, and have private coaching from Michigan Opera Theatre vocal coach Mitchell Krieger. Jackson and the other apprentices also are given master classes and participate in vocal workshops. Jackson had a very busy spring semester, juggling classes, studying, rehearsals and regular trips to Detroit. It was worth the effort, he insists. “For my first professional experience, I never fathomed working with artists who have traveled around the world,” he says. “[This experience has] also helped to develop connections early on, to use later.” A first-place winner in his age category at the 1997 National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions for the state of Michigan, Jackson landed leading roles in two major musical productions on campus this past year: Brecht’s Three-Penny Opera, offered by the Theatre Department, and the Music Department’s staging of the Strauss opera, Die Fledermaus. Jackson hopes someday to make a career out of singing and/or stage work. For the moment, though, he is concentrating on two ambitious projects for his senior year. He is already preparing for upcoming auditions, for the Michigan Opera Theatre’s 1998-99 season and for the Albion College 1999 Concerto Competition.

Hancock named Mawby Fellow at Oxford

Larry Taylor: ‘Fire and ice’

perhaps to supervise other undergraduate research projects as well. Taylor will pursue his own Calhoun County-area research and complete some earlier studies of the geologic history of the Lake Michigan shoreline. Relief from teaching also means that Taylor, a selfprofessed “tennis addict,” will have more court time. Beyond that, he and his wife Jean will spend time visiting their sons and their families. Taylor’s legacy continues in his students, many of whom have gone on to successful careers in geology and related environmental fields. Today, they can be found at ARAMCO, Exxon Exploration Co., Phillips Petroleum, National Audubon Society, Indiana Geological Survey, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Denali (AK) National Park. A number have followed their Albion mentor and entered college teaching at institutions including University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Appalachian State University, Kent State University and University of Hawaii. And history does repeat itself: Murray Borrello, ’85, recently founded the geology program at Alma College. In May, as a fitting close to his Albion career, Taylor and his geology colleague Tim Lincoln led a department field trip in Alaska, where they visited the Matanuska and Exit glaciers of southcentral Alaska, the tidewater glaciers of Prince William Sound and geological sites near Anchorage, Fairbanks, Seward and McCarthy. “Some of my fondest memories are working with students in the field, where together we explore and solve problems in geology, in exciting environments, in areas that are beautiful, and in areas that you as a teacher haven’t seen before,” he explains. “The students make it even more meaningful, so you can really appreciate these discoveries.”

(continued from p. 13) water system improvement project. Taylor has also donated thousands of hours to local projects for river clean-up and development, oil field clean-up, waste disposal and recycling. He firmly believes that geological sciences should be focused on improving care of the environment. “We need to get students today to be aware of their responsibility to their own communities. . . . Even if they’re not a major, their geological background will help them make decisions concerning the proper use of our environment,” explains Taylor. “We try to impress upon students that their geology courses are not just an introduction to the scientific method, but prepare them to make important decisions concerning the future of our earth and to the people living on it.” Taylor’s commitment to his discipline earned him the United Methodist Church Board of Higher Education and Ministry 1997 Exemplary Teacher Award for excellence in teaching and service. In addition, the Geological Sciences Department alumni, staff and friends have raised nearly $30,000 to establish a geology student research endowment in Taylor’s name. “Raising the money was easy—there was a universal outpouring of donations,” says department chair Bill Bartels. “It’s a reflection of the respect everyone has for Larry, and the deep personal affection they have for him as a person.” In retirement, Taylor is giving up the responsibilities of day-to-day classroom teaching and little else. “I will occasionally teach some courses, and continue to edit the department newsletter,” reports Taylor. He also plans to continue advising an honors student, junior Matt Okraszewski, in work related to the glaciation of Michigan, and

Ben Hancock, vice president for institutional advancement at Albion, recently completed a stay in England as a Russell Mawby Fellow at Kellogg College, Oxford University. Hancock conducted research on the role of philanthropy at British universities and also spoke at a series of meetings of advancement professionals held at the University of Aberdeen, the University of Edinburgh and in London. Currently, he is completing his doctoral work in comparative and international education at the University of Virginia. “The time Ben spent abroad has prepared him to be the premier spokesperson for comparing the impact of government policy on philanthropy,” noted President Peter Mitchell. Hancock has spoken extensively at conferences in North America, the United Kingdom and New Zealand in the areas of philanthropy, fund raising and external relations. The Mawby Fellowship is named in honor of Russell Mawby, chairman emeritus of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek.






Spring sports recap

tournament, Albion was nearly perfect in getting all but one singles’ position to either the consolation or championship finals. Finishing second in singles’ play were freshmen Tracy Gray (Sterling Heights), Melissa Hall (West Lafayette, IN) and Lynsey Kluever (Orland Park, IL), while junior Stacey Portenga (Traverse City) and sophomore Holly Mann (Battle Creek) were third in singles’ action. In doubles’ competition, the teams of Portenga-Gray, Mann and junior Britt Hanson (Wauconda, IL) and Hall and freshman Dana Mertz (Grosse Pointe Farms) were third-place finishers. For the second year in a row, Portenga was a first-team All-MIAA selection. Gray was named to the second team.

by Robin Hartman Albion College is a member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) and NCAA Division III. You can learn more about Briton sports at comm/ and, in the fall, can listen in on football games and selected volleyball contests at (formerly

Baseball: Albion finished one win shy of its second 20-win season in five years, completing the 1998 campaign with a 19-13 overall mark, and 11-10 standard in MIAA play, under coach Jim Conway. After a 5-2 start in Florida, Albion won seven of its first eight games for the northern part of its schedule and eventually raised its overall mark to 17-7 with the help of a memorable weekend for senior outfielder Robb Smith (Bay City). Over a three-day, five-game span against Hope and Concordia, Smith had nine hits, four doubles, two home runs, scored five times and drove in 15 runs. At season’s end, Smith led the Britons in batting (.387) and slugging percentage (.642), hits (41), runs (29), runs batted in (29), doubles (12) and total bases (68), and tied sophomore Tim Czarnecki (Rochester Hills) in home runs (5). Smith is a first-team All-MIAA outfield selection. Additional awards for the senior include an honorable mention selection on the American Baseball Coaches Association Division III All-Mideast Region team, and first-team recognition for the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District IV baseball team. Britons named to the second-team AllMIAA squad were sophomore outfielder Nate Keskes (Flint), sophomore designated hitter Jason Trippett (Albion), freshman shortstop Adam Goss (Okemos) and junior pitcher Brian Mulder (Grand Rapids). Sophomore outfielder Ryan Strother (Jackson) and sophomore pitcher Jason Westphal (Dearborn) were honorable mention selections. Softball: Albion turned a tough start into a respectable finish under first-year coach Karen Baird, finishing with a 10-20 overall record and 7-9 MIAA mark. The tough start involved a 3-11 beginning, including six losses against NAIA (William Woods), NCAA Division II (North Dakota State) and Division III (Alma and Calvin) tournament programs. Albion started to turn the season around with a road split at Hope College, scoring seven times in the top of the seventh inning for a 7-6 win against the Flying Dutch. Albion later swept Adrian and split league doubleheaders in the final week with Saint Mary’s, Kalamazoo and Defiance. Albion received regional recognition with the selection of junior catcher Piper Metz (Brighton) and sophomore infielder Kacy Davidson (Jackson) to the Division III Central Region team. Metz was voted to the second team, while Davidson is a third-team representative. Metz was one of the region’s top defensive catchers, with only three errors and a .977 fielding percentage in 128 chances. Davidson’s defense was nearly as stellar despite alternating between second base and shortstop. Davidson also led the team in triples (3), runs batted in (12) and stolen bases (8) while batting .330. Davidson was a second-team All-MIAA selection. Metz earned honorable mention status along with freshman infielder/pitcher

Men’s track and field: Albion,

Albion’s Virgil Petty (left) won the 100-meter dash for the third straight year at the MIAA track and field championship in May. Briton runner Braden Bush (right) earned all-league honors in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Darcy Stewart (Coloma). In her initial collegiate campaign, Stewart led the Britons in hits (33), doubles (5), total bases (38), and batting (.375), slugging (.432) and on-base (.391) percentages.

Men’s tennis: Albion’s tennis program made major progress under coach Bob Adkins, finishing fourth in the final MIAA standings with a 5-5 overall mark. Albion was not able to crack the league’s top three teams of Kalamazoo, Calvin and Hope, but the Britons were able to win their remaining league duals against Defiance (8-1), Alma (5-4), and Adrian (90). Albion also had a winning southern trip, taking wins against Westminster (5-1) and Savannah College of Art and Design (5-4) in play at Hilton Head Island off the South Carolina coast.

A trio of sophomore singles’ players, Matt Forster (Midland), Andrew Kolozsvary (Macomb) and Don Dimitroff (Lansing), finished fourth at singles’ positions four through six, respectively, at the league meet May 1-2. Kolozsvary and sophomore Brandon Snook (Greenville) also reached the consolation finals at number three doubles, placing fourth.

Women’s tennis:

Women’s tennis drew closer to the top of the MIAA standings, finishing second overall and in the seasonending league tournament at Holland May 1-2. Overall, the Britons were 12-4 in dual meet action, 6-2 against MIAA competition, under coach Darrell Sedersten. While not gaining any individual or doubles’ championships in the league

led by coach Dave Egnatuk, earned another second-place finish in the MIAA standings, and backed that up with a second-place showing at the league meet on the Elkin Isaac Track at Sprankle-Sprandel Stadium May 1-2. Reinforcing that second place showing were wins from senior John Basye (Traverse City) in the javelin and junior Virgil Petty (Okemos) in the 100. Basye repeated as league champion in the javelin with a winning toss of 164 feet, 1 inch. Petty won the 100 for the third consecutive year, overcoming hamstring troubles to post a 10.95-second time in the finals. Junior Pat Slone (Marine City) didn’t win a league championship, but his shot put toss of 51 feet, 6 1/4 inches was good for both a second place league finish and a provisional placing for the NCAA Division III championship at St. Paul, MN, May 21-23. Slone missed out by two positions for a second consecutive national meet performance. He finished 12th in the 1997 championship. Along with Basye, Petty and Slone, other All-MIAA performers in men’s track were freshmen Braden Bush (Stanwood) and Britt Johnson (Gobles). Bush was one of the league’s top sprinters, and made a strong contribution to both the 400 and 1,600-meter relays. Johnson also was a solid performer in both relays, as well as the open 400.

Women’s track and field:

Cross country teams earn honors Few colleges or universities in America can touch the Albion College men’s and women’s cross country teams—in the classroom. No college or university in NCAA Division III has a better grade point average (GPA) than Albion in men’s cross country. Only 15 women’s programs were able to compile a higher GPA than the Briton women. Both teams earned Academic All-America status from the Division III Cross Country Coaches Association. Additionally, 12 runners, six on each Albion squad, were among the individuals receiving Academic All-America honors. Teams and individuals honored had to maintain a minimum grade point average and compete at the regional level in NCAA competition last November. Teams have to maintain a combined GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) for Academic All-America honors, while individuals had to keep a 3.5 or higher figure. The men’s team, a top-10 finisher in GPA for four of the last five years, had a 3.636 grade point average for first semester, 199798. Albion led four MIAA men’s programs in

earning Academic All-America honors. No other MIAA team placed higher than 27th. Thirteen women’s teams had grade point averages of 3.6 or better, but Albion still got high marks with its 3.590 average. Albion was first among five MIAA women’s cross country programs for hitting the books. The next highest MIAA team was 29th. Individuals earning Academic All-America honors from Albion were Ben Engelter (Parma), Dave Evensen (Houghton), Dave Kenyon (Adrian), Rick Piornack (Detroit), Jason Thomas (Gaylord) and Brad Wright (Cadillac) for the men. Women earning Academic All-America status were Sarah Bone (Adrian), Susan Miller (Albion), Rebecca Naglik (Farmington Hills), Sara Riker (West Olive), Sarah Rosin (Milford) and Rebekah Schultz (Hemlock). Tim Williams directs the men’s cross country program at Albion. Amy Wolfgang is head coach for both women’s cross country and track at Albion.

A fourth-place finish in MIAA action masks the improvement that continues under coach Amy Wolfgang’s guidance. For the first time since 1986, Albion had two individual league champions in women’s competition. Freshman Theresa Preczewski (Roscommon) got the ball rolling on the opening day of the twoday league championship with a winning jump of five feet, four inches in the high jump. Saturday’s results included a school record effort in the triple jump from junior Denise Routhier (Flushing). Routhier is the first Briton to break 34 feet in the event, winning the triple jump with a best effort of 34 feet, one-half inch. Sophomore Jenni Lueken (Albion) joined Preczewski and Routhier on the All-MIAA team. Lueken finished second in the 400 at the league meet, turning in a time of 59.68 seconds.





Class notes deadline The deadline for class notes appearing in this issue of Io Triumphe was May 8, 1998. Notes received after that date will appear in the next issue.

Class news 20-29 Nellie Ward Mutch, ’27, is living at the Ohio Masonic Home in Springfield, OH. She will be 93 in June and is still doing well. She works three hours a day, three days a week in the home’s gift shop.

40-49 Phyllis Wagner Houghton, ’41, retired from the Department of Education at Pfeiffer University in North Carolina in 1989 after teaching for 24 years. She returned

during the fall semester of 1997 to teach a full load. She now lives at 400 Avinger Lane #426, Davidson, NC 28036; e-mail

50-54 Sara Dobie Collins, ’51, worked as an oral historian for more than 20 years in the Arlington (VA) Library, where she was in charge of Virginia-related books and documents and director of oral history and archives programs. Since her retirement in 1996, she continues the form of oral history research that she helped to pioneer. Sara was recently given the Forrest C. Pogue Award by the group Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region, and a similar honor by the Arlington Historical Society. Sara lives in Arlington, VA. Dale P. Brautigam, ’52, vice president of LubeCon Systems, headquartered in White Cloud, MI, has been honored with the prestigious Wm. H. McFadden Gold Medal for his outstanding contributions and leadership to the American Foundrymen’s Society Engineering Division and its committees, the Division Council,

the Cast Metals Institute, the Society’s chapters, and for his professionalism in the development of personnel and the promoting of sound engineering practices within the industry. A registered professional engineer, Dale holds an M.B.A. from the University of New Mexico and a B.S. in industrial engineering from Washington University (St. Louis). Kenneth G. Davis, ’52, recently retired from the active ministry of the Episcopal Church and spent the first challenge of his retirement on a missionary tour to India. His time was spent teaching, preaching and ministering to the personal needs of men and women being trained to create an indigenous ministry to the untouched. This was one of the most wonderful spiritual experiences of his ministry. Ken and his wife, Marilyn, are making South Haven their home. They have four children and six grandchildren. Virginia Wyman Gill, ’53, and her husband Jerald spent two weeks teaching conversational English in the city of Rota, Spain, as part of a Global Volunteers service program. They live in Geyserville, CA.

B R A V O In “Bravo to Britons,” our intent is to highlight the noteworthy, the unusual and the entertaining. We welcome submissions from all quarters. The only requirement is that an Albion alumnus/alumna must be involved in the story. Send your nominations, clearly marked for “Bravo to Britons” to: Editor, Io Triumphe, Albion College, 611 E. Porter St., Albion, MI 49224. If an item is not received by the deadline for one issue, it will be held for possible inclusion in the next. The editor reserves the right to determine which submissions are selected for publication.

Chris Christ, ’51, and Peter Christ, ’55, this spring were named as Scene magazine’s 1998 Men of the Year for their contributions in Battle Creek and Calhoun County. The brothers were honored at a reception held in March at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation headquarters in Battle Peter Christ Chris Christ Creek. Battle Creek natives, both men have been strong proponents of regional Chris is president emeritus of the programs in the arts, health care, Battle Creek law firm, Vandervoort, economic development and Cooke, McFee, Christ, Carpenter education. and Fisher, where he has spent most of his career. He is chair of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Board of Directors and serves on numerous other corporate and community boards. An honorary trustee of


55-59 CORRECTION: The correct e-mail address for Edith Beavers Watts, ’58, is Mary E. Cox, ’59, has been included in the 20th edition of American Men and Women of Science, a biographical directory of today’s leaders in physical, biological and related sciences. She is chair and professor of physics and engineering at University of Michigan, Flint.

60-64 Class of 1963 Reunion Chairs: Jim and Tamara Transue Royle Richard Calkins, ’60, has left his position as president of Grand Rapids Community College after serving for 22 years. He plans to take a job in the private sector. Enrollment more than doubled under his watch to 13,000, and GRCC now has more than 200 fulltime instructors. Richard continued his education at Michigan State University and began his career in education as a vocal music

instructor for the Grand Rapids Public Schools. Calkins resides in Grand Rapids. Sharon Rinn Cathey, ’62, is a college professor at University of Nevada, Reno in the Clinic for learning and literacy. She would like to hear from classmates at 2550 Comstock Dr., Reno, NV 89512. Nancy Hilts Deane, ’62, has relocated to Sterling, CO, for semiretirement after residing for over 30 years in New Hampshire. She continues to market telephone services and health products, and may revive her human resources practice to investigate sex and age discrimination cases and to serve as an expert witness at trials. She sings with a community chorus called the Master Chorale, and has been busy with extensive traveling around North America. Nancy is a big Broncos fan. Thomas Hoffmeyer, ’63, is the vice president and director of Gorsline-Runciman Co. Funeral Home in East Lansing. Tom’s grandfather started the business in 1903, and it has been in the family ever since. After graduating from Albion, Tom studied business and sociology at the University of


Albion College, he received an honorary doctor of laws degree at Albion in 1997. Chris led the negotiating process that resulted in the formation of the Battle Creek Health System (BCHS) and was BCHS board chair for two years. Currently, he and his wife Betty, another active community volunteer, are co-chairing the Battle Creek Senior Residence Center Project, a 150-unit residential facility now on the drawing boards. Chris and Betty were co-recipients in 1995 of the Boy Scouts’ Distinguished Citizens’ Award and were elected to the Battle Creek Hall of Fame for Volunteers in 1989. Peter recently retired after seven years as CEO and president of the Battle Creek Foundation. Under his leadership, the foundation’s assets grew from $13-million to more than $50-million, and the foundation’s donor base doubled. Prior to joining the foundation, he was associated with Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., serving most recently as a vice president in the sales division. Peter served on

the Battle Creek Public School District Board of Education for 10 years, including a stint as board president. He also played a significant role in the planning and development of the Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center and in distance learning programs. For these and other

Patricia Harris Metz, ’58, was honored recently at a retirement reception at Wayne State University’s McGregor Center. Friends and colleagues joined her and bestowed many honors and gifts including the Spirit of Detroit from the City Council and resolutions from the Wayne County Commission and the Michigan Senate. With the completion of her 20-year career as a school social worker for the Detroit Public Schools, she will continue as an adjunct faculty member and faculty adviser at WSU School of Social Work, teaching classes in the specialty of school social work. Patricia has also been re-appointed as national chairperson of the School Social Work Specialist Credential Committee of the National Association of Social

activities, he also received the 1998 Distinguished Citizen Award from the Calhoun Area School Board Members Association. He is married to Carolyn Carr Christ, ’57, president of the Albion College Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Workers and agreed to represent school social workers on the federally-mandated Michigan Special Education Advisory Committee. She will also continue her independent practice of child and family therapy in Livonia. Patricia lives in Northville where she enjoys golf, her church choir and reading.





Colorado in Boulder. He then went on to Wayne State University in order to obtain his mortuary degree. In 1964 Tom attended Michigan State University to finish his bachelor’s degree in sociology. He was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity at Albion as well as at Michigan State University. He says he really cherishes the friendships he made in the fraternity and still keeps in contact with some of his fraternity brothers.

65-69 Class of 1968 Reunion Chair: Charles Raphael Suzanne Mortimer Fehniger, ’66, and her husband Michael have recently retired to Tucson, AZ. Suzanne retired from teaching Spanish at Roberts Wesleyan College, and Michael took early retirement from Eastman Kodak. She would like to hear from Albion

friends. Their new address is 2690 West Camino del Sitio, Tucson, AZ 85742. Virginia Hopper McBrien, ’66, has retired after 20 years of service with AT&T. She now crossstitches, plays golf and thoroughly enjoys doing whatever she pleases. Now living in Woodridge, IL, she and her PADI-instructor husband, Barry, will be SCUBA diving in Australia in September. David Minch, ’66, was named Outstanding History Teacher of the Year by the Ezra Parker Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, in Royal Oak. David has taught in the Royal Oak school district for 31 years. David and his wife, Susan Galbraith, ’67, reside in Royal Oak. Richard E. Bisbing, ’68, was recently promoted to vice president and director of research for McCrone Associates, Inc., Westmont, IL. He also continues to

consult on a variety of projects in analytical light microscopy and the forensic sciences. Prior to joining McCrone Associates in 1987, he worked for the Michigan State Police in their forensic laboratories. With an empty nest (three grown children), he and his wife Bonnie are traveling more and enjoying leisure time at home playing the piano and watching the library and antique collections grow. Gail Tinsley Chalbi, ’68, has completed a master’s degree in education at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. She teaches first and second grades in Wyoming, MN. She recently enjoyed a visit from her freshman roommate, Carol Moss Jones, ’68, Carol’s husband Bob, ’69, and their daughter Julia. Gail and her husband live with their two younger children in Coon Rapids, MN.

70-74 Class of 1973 Reunion Chair: Jennifer Lee Huffman Don Haffner, ’72, received his first master’s degree in international administration from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT, in 1981, and his second in education from the University of Southern California in 1988. He has lived and worked in Korea for 15 years, in San Diego and in Boston. Recently he began working as the studio director for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic in Troy, MI. He can be reached at 4156 Nickolas Dr., Sterling Heights, MI 48310 or by email at

A Rock-solid tradition Just as “The Rock” anchors Albion’s quad, the endowment anchors Albion’s finances. The endowment consists of funds permanently invested to provide income for scholarships and academic programs. Thanks to generous gifts from many generations of alumni and friends, the College’s endowment today has grown to more than $140-million. One important source for this growth has been “deferred” gifts such as bequests and gifts that return an income to the donor for life. It’s easy to join in this tradition of investing in Albion’s future. We’d be happy to tell you more. For details on making an endowment gift, call Jim Whitehouse or Ed Cadogan at 517/629-0237, or e-mail to or

Rolfe L. Hillman III, ’72, published his book review of BG Aaron Daggett’s America in the China Relief Expedition in the March 1998 issue of Marine Corps Gazette. His article, “From Tuscan Red to Olive Drab: The Norfolk and Western Railway in WWI/WWII” was published in the winter issue of The Arrow. Rolfe bought and is restoring a 1966 Pontiac GTO convertible.

Stephen C. Tarczy, ’72, is the president and CEO at Macomb Community Bank in Clinton Township. He obtained his graduate degree in commercial banking from the University of Oklahoma. As a member of the Detroit Athletic Club, he enjoys golf, fitness and traveling with his family. Stephen lives in Clinton Township with his wife and son. David Lomas, ’73, lost his wife to brain cancer April 10, 1998. An attorney, he lives in Durham, NC.

Terry Sprague, ’77, and her husband, Steve Livingston, recently moved back to the San Francisco area after two years in Atlanta. After 18 years with IBM, Terry is currently on a one- year leave spending time with their daughter Annie, 4. Bob Hennagin, ’79, has been called to be the rector of St. Hilary’s Episcopal Church in Ft. Myers, FL. His new address is 5011 McGregor, Ft. Myers, FL 33901. He can also be reached by e-mail at

75-79 Class of 1978 Reunion Chair: Timothy R. Newsted David B. Cameron, ’75, has been hired by HPR Health Staff in Arlington, TX, as an executive search consultant for clients in need of health care managers. His wife Sheri is finalizing her certification as a personal fitness trainer. Julie Yaroch Harker-Leigh, ’75, has been welcomed as the new director of Great Lakes College in Bad Axe. Julie pursued her master’s degree at Purdue University. She also spent her time working as director of youth services at a citywide organization for the City of Monticello. Michele Beckley, ’76, was selected by the Citizens Scholarship Foundation of America, Inc. to receive a Target Teachers Store Scholarship. This award will be used to begin a master’s degree in early childhood education at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. Michele was the El Paso Independent School District Teacher of the Year for 1997 and currently teaches bilingual SpanishEnglish, Pre-K and kindergarten classes.


Teg Baxter, ’77, has been promoted to Great Lakes Region channel manager at MCI telecommunications. Teg, his wife Debbie, and two children reside in Holland, MI.


Christopher R. Knight, ’79, has joined LaSalle National Bank’s Financial Institutions Department as vice president based in Troy, MI. He is responsible for managing and developing LaSalle’s correspondent banking relationships throughout the state of Michigan. Christopher is the immediate past president of the Michigan Traveling Circus and past president of the Detroit Chapter of the Financial Managers Society, Inc. He is also a member of the Michigan Bankers Association, the Michigan League of Savings Institutions and the Michigan Association of Community Bankers. He currently lives in Troy with his wife Ann and their son Kyle.

80-85 Class of 1983 Reunion Chair: William H. Pope III Gregory Hampton, ’81, has recently founded Clairvoyant Software, Inc. which will help Internet service providers manage their computer networks. His wife


Lynda L. Laing, ’80, was named one of the top 50 lawyers in Rhode Island, and was so recognized in the Rhode Island Monthly in February. She resides in the Providence area with her husband, Thomas Lyons, and their two children. Lynda earned her law degree at Case Western Reserve University Law School, and practices collections law for such clients as Ford Motor Credit, Chrysler Credit, Bell Atlantic and Metropolitan. She is also a frequent lecturer on the Fair Collection Practices Act.




Shannon and his two daughters, Samantha, 20 months, and Elizabeth, 5, live in Half Moon Bay, CA, and are doing great. He can be reached via e-mail at:

Conrad “Bud” Klooster, ’81, was the fifth speaker in the Winter Festival of Preaching series at the Community Reformed Church in Charlevoix. He and his wife,

Vincenza Tocco Klooster, ’83, and two children live in Charlevoix. Joel Manby, ’81, was the keynote speaker for an athletics recruiting day held on campus by the Albion

They show their colors with pride Our admission volunteers represent Albion at high school programs and metropolitan college fairs, at receptions for prospective students and through numerous other personal contacts. We appreciate their dedicated efforts on Albion’s behalf.

College fairs The following volunteers staffed high school programs and fairs during March and April. Ohio Bexley Area College Fair Betsy Bacon Grodhaus, ’80 Cleveland Heights H.S. Garland Hairston, ’87

Missouri St. Louis All Metro College Day Jennifer Miller Hill, ’89

Charles Raphael, ’68 Mark Tompkins, ’78 Paul “Skip” Ungrodt, ’52 Sarah VandenBout, ’95

Virginia Northern Virginia College Fair Ann McCulloch, ’93, and Doug Goudie, ’92

Individualized contacts These volunteers wrote letters to local applicants this past spring.


Jon Addison, ’91 Richard, ’85, and Christine Richards Peavler, ’86

These volunteers welcomed prospective students at admissions receptions this past spring.

Michigan Sault Ste. Marie Area Fair Nancy Olson Brown, ’76

Jon, ’91, and Lesley Davis Addison, ’92 Brian Engel, ’84

College Admissions Office Jan. 24, 1988. A former athlete at Albion and winner of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, Manby discussed the advantages of competing on the Division III level. James R. Lancaster, Jr., ’82, has been elected principal of the law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C. He joined the firm in 1992. His practice includes all aspects of environmental law, general civil litigation including construction, MIOSHA, land use and zoning law. He received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1985 where he was a member of the law school team competing in the A.B.A., and was president of the Law School Student Senate. James, his wife Elise, and their two children live in DeWitt. Robert A. Mucha, ’82, has joined the Brian Dailey Law Firm as of counsel, handling commercial litigation, personal injury, business and real estate transactions. He teaches a graduate business course as an adjunct faculty member at Wayne State University School of Business Administration. Robert

earned his J.D. degree at Cooley Law School and is pursuing an L.L.M. at Wayne State University Law School. He resides in Bloomfield Hills. Patrick Uetz, ’83, a major in the U.S. Marine Corps, recently assumed his newly appointed duties as the deputy director of the Marines’ Hawaii Law Center. Staffed by 13 judge advocates, the law center assists Hawaii-based Marine Corps commands. Patrick and his wife Ann, a pediatric and family nurse practitioner, reside on Oahu with their son Conor. Ralph M. Costanzo, ’84, was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons during ceremonies in March in New Orleans. He and his wife, Sheryl Voight Costanzo, ’84, reside in Grand Rapids. John Rood, ’84, has been promoted to senior vice president and CFO of Farmers State Bank. John continued his education at Western Michigan University by obtaining his master’s in business administration. John lives northwest of Jackson with his wife Elizabeth.

Share the “Albion Experience” with a young person you know Albion alumni and parents play an important role in the recruitment of every freshman class. By completing the form below, you can help us identify promising students. Yes, I would like to recommend the following high school student. Student name ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Age ________________________ Street


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If you wish to recommend more than one student, please attach additional sheets. Yes, I would like to become an admission volunteer. I am willing to do the following: Call applicants and discuss the quality of an Albion education and/or how Albion prepared me for my career Represent Albion at a local high school “college night” program Attend a reception for prospective students in my area For more information, contact: Marsha Rosewarne Tompkins, ’79, director of admission volunteers, 800/858-6770. Return this form to Tompkins at Albion College, 611 E. Porter St., Albion, MI 49224. My name ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Class year ________________________ Alumna maiden name _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Street _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ City ___________________________________________________________________________ State _____________________ ZIP ___________________________ Daytime telephone number


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20 Questions (or more) Are you an experienced interviewer? Do you wish you could share your pet peeves as well as your winning advice with potential job applicants? Here is your chance to share your knowledge by helping Albion students hone their interview skills. Volunteer to be a “mock interviewer” for the Mock Interview Day, held the afternoon of Sept. 29. Then, enjoy the Career Network Dinner on us!

Tapping your Albion connections Looking for an easy way to connect with students? How about joining us for the first alumni-student Career Network Dinner? Planned for Sept. 29, the dinner program will offer advice on building networks, as well as pointers on dining etiquette and appropriate attire for business settings. Help students learn the important skill of networking and pick up contacts for yourself!

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Details on either event and dinner tickets are available by calling the Office of Career Development at 517/629-0332 or inquire by e-mail to: lbogardus




85-89 Sandra Mason Ciupak, ’85, recently graduated with a master’s in fine arts in creative writing from Western Michigan University. She has been staying home for the past year with daughter Coral Elizabeth, having left her job with the Albion Public Library after 10 years. She had a short story published in Potpourri magazine this past winter and continues to compose ditties for her children’s choir at First Baptist Church in Albion. Sandy and her family reside in Albion. She welcomes e-mail from friends at William Gutherie, ’85, owner of Producers Tape Service/All Media in Troy is proud to announce that his company has once again been named to the Michigan Private 100 with a ranking of 73.

Susan J. Stewart, ’85, has been promoted to director of people services in human resources at Kellogg Company-North America. She joined the company in 1995 and was most recently project manager of organization development in human resources. She earned her master’s in industrial/organizational psychology from Illinois State University. She resides in Marshall. James Jay Bleicher, ’87, graduated from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He married Christine Buzonawski and has a daughter Paige, 1. James is now practicing internal medicine in Grand Haven. Douglas Armstrong,’88, was recently named to the “Heroes Hall of Fame” by the national Police and Fire Fighters Association for a rescue he and other Chelsea, MI, fire fighters made in October 1997. He assisted in saving the life of a deer hunter who became trapped in

a swamp in 44-degree water. Armstrong and one of his partners were treated for hypothermia following the three-hour rescue effort. Armstrong works full-time at University Hospital in Ann Arbor where he is a coordinator for experimental drug regimes for transplant patients. Steve, ’89, and Jennifer Raupp Sawchuck, ’91, live in the Columbus, Oh area. Steve is a third- year veterinary student at Ohio State University. He earned his master’s degree in biology from the University of Cincinnati. Jennifer works for Battelle Memorial Institute as a research technician in environmental chemistry. They are the parents of Alexander Hyatt born Sept. 1, 1997. They would love to hear from fellow Albion classmates. The Sawchucks reside at 6016 Renfield Dr., Dublin, OH 43017; e-mail: and

News for Albionotes Please use the space below to send your news about promotions, honors, appointments, marriages, births, travels and hobbies. When reporting information on deaths, please provide date, location, and Albion-connected survivors and their class years. Use of this form will help guarantee inclusion of your news in an upcoming issue of Io Triumphe. We try to process all class note information promptly, but please note that the Albionotes deadline falls several weeks prior to publication. If your information arrives after the deadline for a given issue, it will be held and included in the succeeding issue. Name __________________________________________________________ Class year _____________________ (Please print name)

Home Address _____________________________________ Home Telephone _____________________ City _______________________________________________________ State ___________ ZIP _______________ Business Address _____________________________________ Business Telephone _____________________ City _______________________________________________________ State ___________ ZIP ______________ (Or simply attach a copy of your business card.) Check here if this is a new address. Also, if you have a winter address that is different from your permanent address, indicate it in the space below along with the months when you reside at that address. E-mail address ________________________________________________________________________________

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Send to: Editor, Io Triumphe, Office of Communications, Albion College, 611 E. Porter St., Albion, MI 49224; or via e-mail to: Be sure to include your full name, class year, address (geographic and e-mail) and telephone number in your e-mail message.

90-94 Class of 1993 Reunion Chairs: Hope I. Bailey and Jerry D. Johnson David Schafer, ’90, has accepted the position of assistant curator at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University. He is supervising the repatriation of Native American human remains from New England, New York and the Middle Atlantic

states. He is planning to also supervise the repatriation of the Southeastern and Midwestern collections. His e-mail address is Arryn Hawthore, ’91, completed the first two years of the master’s degree program at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. This year she is an intern at Ravenswood Hospital Medical Center’s Community Mental Health Center where she

Stay in touch! Io Triumphe is providing the following information on retired faculty and spouses to permit alumni to renew contact with these former professors and friends. Mrs. E. Maynard Aris (Mary), 29196 Albion Rd., Albion, MI 49224 Dr. Kenneth Ballou, 202 Colfax St., Albion, MI 49224 Miss Betty Beese, 1121 Rivers Bend Dr., Albion, MI 49224 Dr. Albert Bolitho, 917 Maple St., Albion, MI 49224 Dr. Maurice Branch, 29300 Albion Rd., Albion, MI 49224 Mrs. John Cheek (Williemay), 1220 Jackson St., Albion, MI 49224 Dr. Paul Cook, 118 Bushong Dr., Albion, MI 49224 Mr. E. Scott Cracraft, 499 N. Clark St., Albion, MI 49224 Dr. John Crump, 14685 E. Michigan Ave., Albion, MI 49224 Dr. Dean Dillery, 1205 E. Broadwell, Albion, MI 49224 Dr. Robert Dininny, 412 E. Erie St., Albion, MI 49224 Dr. Clara Dixon, Route FD1, Box 1296, Stonington, ME 04681 Miss Charlotte Duff, 1133 Rivers Bend Dr., Albion, MI 49224 Dr. Sol Elkin, 2104 Georgetown Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105 Mrs. Keith Fennimore (Jean), 511 Perry St., Albion, MI 49224 Mr. H. Morley Fraser, 124-1/2 S. Clark St., Albion, MI 49224 Dr. Willard Frick, 416 Canterbury Court, Westerville, OH 43081 Mrs. Justin Glathart (Mary Jane), 418 Darrow St., Albion, MI 49224 Dr. John Hart, 412 Fitch St., Albion, MI 49224 Mrs. Nancy Held, 1155 Rivers Bend Dr., Albion, MI 49224 Mrs. Coy James (Aurelia), 422 Linden Ave., Albion, MI 49224 Prof. Frank Joranko, 2215 Wellington, Lansing, MI 48910 Mrs. Jean Keller (Betty), 719 Church St., Albion, MI 49224 Dr. Sheila Kragness, Box 276, Excelsior, MN 55331 Mr. Melvin Larimer, 139 West Silver Lake Rd. South, Traverse City, MI 49864 Mr. Richard Leach, 310 N. Mingo St., Albion, MI 49224 Dr. Frances Lucas, 1020 S. Superior St., Albion, MI 49224 Jacqueline Maag, 420 S. Hannah St., Albion, MI 49224 Dr. Helen Manning, 415 Brockway Place, Albion, MI 49224 Dr. Philip Mason, 815 Hall St., Albion, MI 49224 Dr. Eugene Miller, 11820 Edgewater Dr., #807, Lakewood, OH 44107 Dr. Keith Moore, 1201 Jackson St., Albion, MI 49224 Mrs. Arthur Munk (Margaret), 288 Dayo Hill Rd., A-33, Johnson City, NY 13790 Mrs. Charles Swan (Doris Notestein), 105 High Point, Fairfield Bay, AR 72088 Dr. Jack Padgett, 1206 Crescent Dr., Albion, MI 49224 Dr. John Parker, 9611 Condit Rd., Albion, MI 49224 Dr. Howard Pettersen, 413 Lombard St., Albion, MI 49224 Dr. G. Robina Quale, 422 Darrow St., Albion, MI 49224 Mrs. Julian Rammelkamp (Mabel), 416 Linden Ave., Albion, MI 49224 Dr. George Reed, 2608 Edgewater Court, Palmetto, FL 34221 Mrs. Henry Rottenbiller (Eva), 20776 29 1/2 Mile Road, Springport, MI 49284 Dr. Charles Schutz, 909 Irwin Ave., Albion, MI 49224 Mrs. Walter Sprandel (Ann), 402 N. Mingo St., Albion, MI 49224 Dr. Johan Stohl, 420 Allen Place, Albion, MI 49224 Dr. Ewell Stowell, 1541 E. Michigan Ave., Albion, MI 49224 Dr. David Strickler, 410 Allen Place, Albion, MI 49224 Dr. Anthony Taffs, 908 Cram Lane, Albion, MI 49224




95-99 Michelle Frontz, ’95, has been accepted to the Physician Assistant Program’s class of 2000 at Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School in North Chicago, IL, beginning in May 1998. Finch’s two-year master’s degree program is among the top 15 physician assistant programs in the nation. Michelle has spent the past three years working in home health care and working as a paramedic at North Oakland Medical Center emergency center in Pontiac, MI, and for American Medical Response ambulance service.

Several members of the Class of ’86 got together for a weekend reunion recently. Attending were: (from left) Amy Wahlert Principi, Lisa Siefker Long, Kathy Doane Milske and Stacey DuFord Lerner; (not pictured) Amy Pruess and Tracy Donohue Richards. They met in Louisville, KY, coming from Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Tennessee and Ann Arbor. They keep in touch regularly and are planning another weekend in Chicago this summer. Four of the six women have been friends since the fall of their freshman year, when they all lived on second west at Wesley Hall.

works with people who have chronic mental illness and with those dually diagnosed with mental illness and substance abuse or dependence. Next year she will intern at Northwestern University’s Women’s Center in Evanston where her primary responsibility will be providing therapy and counseling students, faculty and staff. Arryn currently lives in Chicago with her partner, Kimberly. Arryn and Kim plan an August 1998 wedding. Arryn would love to hear from Dean Hall friends and others at Kristyn Gorney Drury, ’92, has been promoted to the position of assistant vice president at Franklin Bank in Oakland County. Kristyn manages the small business loan portfolio for the loan administration department. She has been with the company since February 1992. Daniel and Mary Dianich Kaiser, both ’93, relocated from Albion to the Pacific Northwest last October. Dan took a position as a surgical nurse at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. They now reside in Bellevue, WA with their four daughters and would love to hear from any Albionites. Their address is 2227 167th Pl. NE, Bellevue, WA 98008.

Benjamin Kaplan, ’93, is applying his zoological knowledge he learned from Dr. Dillery to work hands-on with tigers and promoting conservation at Marine World’s “Tiger Island” in Vallejo, CA. Ben is also looking forward to the reunion tour of “Recharge.” Jennifer C. Maxam, ’94, recently graduated from Michigan State University School of Osteopathic Medicine. She will begin her internship/residency in pediatrics at St. John Hospital in Detroit. Jennifer has spent the last three months at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Malawi, Africa. She would like to hear from any friends via e-mail at: Marcia Schleicher Switzer, ’94, is enjoying teaching first grade in Elgin, IL. She has also had the opportunity to direct junior high school plays in Bloomingdale, IL.

Gifford E. Brown, ’96, has a new job as a field service representative for Infiltrator Systems, Inc. He lives in San Luis Obispo, CA. Maria Slocum, ’96, passed her M.A. exam in French literature with distinction in March 1998 at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She will be teaching English in Paris during the 1998-99 academic year. Momoko Ogawa, ’97, worked at the 1998 winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, where she was an English-Japanese interpreter. She assisted the head of press for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), helping with the IOC news conferences, making sure IOC news releases were distributed to the media and providing interpretation between her supervisor and the head of the main press center or other Nagano Olympic Organizing Committee members and IOC members. Since her boss happened to be a French woman, most of their conversations took place in French. Momoko says she feels very lucky she had the chance to work there. Christopher Otwell, ’97, recently appeared in the theatre production of Moon Over Buffalo at Oscoda Area High School.

Faculty and friends Professor emeritus of geology John Parker and his wife Lu Parker, ’79, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 12, 1998. The Parkers’ open house invitation prompted this reminiscence from Art French, ’75: “Jack Parker was an inspiration to me during my days at Albion. Jack remained an inspiration to me during my graduate work at the University of Arizona in Tucson. In fact Jack still inspires me today. I have enjoyed 22 years as a professional geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and with Mobil. I have mapped geology in Colorado and Montana. I have explored for minerals in Texas, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. I have developed oil and gas fields in Texas and Louisiana. I have explored for oil and gas in the Far East, the Middle East and South America. I have been an advisor to three of Mobil’s exploration presidents. Now I live and work in Norway. All of this, the interest, the fun, the excitement, the challenge and the success, would not have been possible were it not for the teachings and inspiration of Jack Parker.” French added that he still remembers Lu’s sourdough pancakes served on many field trips. The Parkers are the parents of four children including Marsi Parker Darwin, ’74.

Weddings Robert B. Mayne, ’76, and Dawn Lee Johnson on Aug. 1, 1997 in Elmhurst, IL. Albion alumni in attendance included Dr. and Mrs. John C. Mayne, ’48; Mr. and Mrs. James “Quince” Donahey, ’75; and Bruce and Pamela Mayne Baumgardner, ’81. The couple lives in Elmhurst, IL. Kirsten L. Van Meer, ’91, to Gregory D. Dye, ’90, on Nov. 8, 1997 in Franklin. Julie Kittle, ’91, was the maid of honor. Many other friends from Albion were in attendance.

Mark Sherwood, ’91, and Saralyn Coupe, ’91, on Oct. 18, 1997 in Holland. Albion alumni in the wedding party included Robert Dube, ’91, and Stacey Ott Jameson, ’91. The couple resides at 45 W. 60th St., Apt. 10H, New York, NY 10023. Lisa Evans, ’94, and Steve Dibble on Dec. 13, 1997. Many Albion alumni were in attendance including wedding party members: Amy Mayo, ’97, and Dan Ackerman, ’94. Lisa is finishing her Ph.D. in social psychology at Ohio State University, and Steve is a mechanical engineer at Honda of America Manufacturing. Darin Baur, ’95, and Sarah Fox on Dec. 27, 1998 in East Lansing. Darin is in his third year at Harvard Law School. They live in Boston. Jennifer Parsons, ’95, to Kevin McDaniel on Aug. 2, 1997. Albion alumni in the wedding party included maid of honor, Janine Alousi, ’95, and and bridesmaid, Brynn Larson, ’95. Many other alumni were in attendance. They are living in Anchorage, AK. David M. Solis, ’95, to Lisa Maureen Reagan on Dec. 27, 1997. In attendance were Neil Silverman, ’95, Christopher Talsma, ’95, Sara Handley, ’95, Mark Lewis, ’95, Ahmad Mohammad, ’97, Patrick Drueke, ’95, and Carrie and Craig Langbo, ’95. David began his new position with Merrill Lynch’s International Private Client Group as a financial consultant in June 1997. He and his wife now reside in Coral Gables, FL, and can be reached by e-mail: David would love to hear from fraternity brothers, classmates and professors.

Baby Britons Austin Ryan on June 11, 1997 to Dave and Mollie Whitson Moeller, ’71. The family resides at 8864 W. Villa Rita Dr., Peoria, AZ 85382. Michael Davis on Oct. 9, 1997 to Sheldon and Janet Wilkinson Schwartz, ’78. They reside in Arlington, VA. Proud uncle is David Wilkinson, ’80. Kimon and Chrisanne Torakis Palmer, ’80, traveled to Siberia in January 1998, and adopted two children, Marina, 6, and Alexei, 5. Both attend kindergarten and love





their new life. Also celebrating their arrival are uncle Michael Torakis, ’78, and cousin George Chapel, ’81. The family lives in Dearborn. Christopher David on April 15, 1998 to Claudia and Dave Riewald, ’80. He joins sisters Anna, 5, and Jill, 3. The family resides in Wilsonville, OR. Rick and Cindy Schmidt Champnella, ’80, are pleased to announce the arrival of their daughter, Christiana Elizabeth (nee: Li Dan). She was born on June 20, 1997 in Fogang City, China, and united with her forever family on Jan. 12, 1998. The trip would not have been possible without Albion friends, Diana and Dan Darland, ’80, who watched big sister Kate, 4, so Rick and Cindy could travel to China. The adoption took nearly two years, but the result was well worth it. Any Britons interested in China adoption should feel free to contact the Champnellas for information. Cindy is the director of human resources for the Ferndale

Public School system. They live in Farmington Hills. Ellie Sophia on March 2, 1998 to Fred and Loretta Rottenbiller Guynn, ’81. She joins brother Nicholas Kirby, 3. They live in Laramie, WY.

Wedding Album See accompanying notes for details. Lisa Evans, ’94, and Steve Dibble, Dec. 13, 1997. (Front row, left to right) Sandra Merriweather, ’92, Joy McVey, ’94, Steve Dibble, Lisa Evans Dibble, ’94, Amy Mayo, ’97, Danielle Cadaret, ’96. (back row) Jason Davis, ’92, Sarah Johnson Davis, ’92, Brük Weymouth, ’93, Penny Eveningred, ’94, Jessica Newman, ’94, Nancy Noechel, ’97, Clark Dawood , ’98, Jessica Davis, ’95, Jennifer Deckard, ’95, Dan Ackerman, ’94, and Albion Residential Life staff member Shawn Collinsworth.

Andrew Kirk on March 10, 1998 to John and Julie Jabara Reed, ’82. Namesake, Kirk Jabara, ’80, is his very proud uncle. The Reeds reside in Bloomfield Hills. Conor Franklin on Sept. 19, 1997 to Ann and Patrick J. Uetz, ’83. The family resides on Oahu. CORRECTION: Benjamin William on Nov. 30, 1996 to Michael, ’83, and Martha Grzeskowiak Walsh, ’94. They live in Litchfield. Jack William on July 29, 1997 to David Wittwer, ’86, and Sally Leverenz Wittwer, ’84. He joins sister Julie, 5, and brother David, 3. Proud relatives include Margaret Hock Wittwer, ’47, John and Cathy Martin Leverenz, both ’78,

The Albion Connection “The Albion Connection” is a cross between want ads and the “personal” ads sometimes run in newspapers or magazines. If you would like to locate a long lost friend or if you need to contact your fellow alumni for any other reason, this is the way to do it—free of charge. The next Io Triumphe will be mailed in October. Name __________________________________ Class year _____________

Jennifer Parsons, ’95, and Kevin McDaniel, Aug. 2, 1997. (Front row, left to right) James Miller, ’96, Lisa Len, ’95, Ellen Carlson, ’95, Janine Alousi, ’95 (maid of honor), Kevin McDaniel, Jennifer Parsons, ’95, Cristy Magnan, ’95 Mike DeNoma, ’95, Jennifer McBride, ’95, Luke Mohlenhoff, ’95, Jen Deckard, ’95, Ed Weber, ’95, Merrill Hadnefield, ’96. (in front) Brynn Larson, ’95 (bridesmaid).

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Street _________________________________________________________ City _____________________________ State _______ ZIP _____________ E-mail address _________________________________________________ Wording for ad to appear in “The Albion Connection”: (Keep to 60 words or less. If you want your address to appear in the ad, be sure to include it in your ad copy.)

Sue Leverenz Dixon, ’81, and Ken, ’87, and Amy Leverenz Kish, ’88. The family resides in Grosse Pointe Park. Sterling Thomas on May 15, 1997 to Thomas and Tracey Hueston Bray, ’85. Sterling joins sister Elyse 3. Tracey has returned to work at EDS part-time where she does project management consulting. The Bray family resides in Marietta, GA. Rebecca Jeanne on Feb. 18, 1998 to John and Lisa Rust Codere, ’85. Proud relatives include John Rust, ’86, and Gregory and Mary Ziegler Rankin, both ’74. She joins big sister Haley, 4. The family resides in Brighton.

Send to: Editor, Io Triumphe, Office of Communications, Albion College, 611 E. Porter St., Albion, MI 49224; or via e-mail, to Be sure to include your full name, class year, address (geographic and e-mail) and telephone number in your e-mail message.

Lauren Emily on Oct. 13, 1997 to Scott and Debbie Clements Curtis, ’85. She joins brothers Matthew, 5, and Ryan, 3. The Curtises live in Rocky River, OH.

Zachary Arthur on Sept. 11, 1997 to Liz and Dave Heeke, ’85. He joins brothers Ryan, 4, and Maxwell, 2. Dave has been working as associate athletic director at the University of Oregon for the past 11 years. Liz is the director of sales for West Coast Hotels. They live in Eugene, OR. Madeline Therese on April 4, 1998 to Deborah and Timothy Prister, ’85. They live in Weston, CT. Henry Richard on Dec. 19, 1998 to Luke and Laura Counterman Huelskamp, ’86. He joins his big sister Tess, 3. Proud aunt is Suzanne Counterman Wright, ’85, and proud uncle David Caffo, ’86. The family resides in St. Johns.

Matthew Robert on June 17, 1997 to Richard, ’85, and Christine Richards Peavler, ’86. He joins sister Kimberly. Proud uncles are Philip “Flip” Richards, ’87, and Jeff Richards, ’93. The Peavlers live in Kalamazoo. Joslyn Taylor on June 10, 1997 to Nelson and Trish Joss Andrews, ’87. Proud grandparents include Currie, ’59, and Jane Severs Andrews, ’61. Proud aunt and uncle are Steve, ’86, and Kari Joss Hume, ’85. The Andrews family resides in Brentwood, TN. Zachary Aaron on Jan. 19, 1998 to Dennis and Cindy Larkin Kazee, ’88. The family resides in Sacramento, CA. Cindy’s e-mail address is:





Brooke Elizabeth on April 12, 1998 to Arthur and Laurie Rasmussen Corey, both ’89. She joins big brother Alaister, 2. Proud relatives include uncles Joe Corey, ’87, and Tom Rasmussen, ’90, and aunt Wendy Wilkins Rasmussen, ’89. The family lives in Washington Township. William Thaddeus on Nov. 30, 1997 to Jay and Laura Blyth Poplawski, ’89. Laura left her job in fund raising for the Salvation Army and is now a stay-at-home mom. Laura and her family reside in Troy. Lilianna Maizie on April 10, 1998 to Eric and Suzi Mahon Gurry, ’90. The family resides in Chicago. Riley Ann on Jan. 5, 1998 to Tim and Colleen McDonald Pearl, ’90. Colleen would love to hear from former classmates. Their address is: 2993 Greenwoods Ct., West Bloomfield, MI 48324. Rachel Elizabeth Cotter on April 11, 1998 to Jonathan and Elizabeth Roelant Cotter, ’91. They live in Monroe, MI. Danielle Nicole on Feb. 26, 1998 to Ron and Lauri Glass Fetz, ’91. Lauri is a systems engineer for EDS. The family resides in St. Clair Shores. Ryan Jeremy Mataio on Aug. 31, 1997 to Efaraimo and Lori Draves Rimoni, ’91. He joins sister Kristina, 6, and brothers Justin, 4, and Braden, 2. Lori home-schools and helps do the office work for their heating and cooling business. The family resides in the Traverse City area. Alexander Hyatt on Sept. 1, 1997 to Steve, ’89, and Jennifer Raupp Sawchuck, ’91. They live in the Columbus, Oh area. Alexander David on Sept. 2, 1997 to David, ’93, and Kristen Miller Krivan, ’92. Kristen and David were surprised by Alex’s arrival six weeks early. The family resides in Birmingham. Mary Kathryn on July 8, 1997 to Kathryn Brown Rose, ’92. They live in Traverse City. Cameron Ross on Oct. 23, 1997 to Chip and Amy Cash Hanlon, ’93. He joins sisters Haelee and Elizabeth. Proud relatives include grandparents Timothy Cash, ’68, and Nancy Evans Cash, ’69, and godmother Jessica Dahl, ’93. The Hanlons live in Battle Creek.

Obituaries Adelaide Russell, ’18, on Feb. 2, 1998 in Kingsford at 103 years of age. After graduation, Adelaide taught in the Iron Mountain school district for two years. When she left Iron Mountain, she taught in the Detroit school systems for 30 years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford, Pine Grove Country Club, Chippewa Club and Drawing Room Club. She was also a founding member of the Menominee Range Historical Museum. She is survived by several cousins. Mary Bullis, ’22, on Feb. 16, 1998 in Howell. The recipient of a master’s degree from Michigan State University, Mary was a retired U.S. Extension Service home economist. After graduation from Albion, she taught home economics at Howell High School, then took positions in dietetics and commercial food preparation. The American Home Economics Association honored her in 1984 for 50 years of service in home economics. She was a member of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority and received a citation in 1994 for 75 years of membership. She was a founding member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Fowlerville, in 1960, having been active in the Pingree Methodist Church prior to that. Survivors include one niece and two nephews. Clarence V. Libke, ’26, on Jan. 2, 1998 in Leesburg, FL. Clarence was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He was employed for 41 years with Michigan Bell Telephone Co., retiring in 1968. He was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II and was stationed in India and Burma. Clarence was active in the community serving as United Way chairman for two years. He was also a member of the Petoskey Elks Club, Telephone Pioneers of America and the Petoskey-Bay View Country Club. Survivors include his wife Bette, one daughter and son-in-law, and two grandchildren. Hazel Ross Nesman, ’28, on Jan. 13, 1998. After graduation, Hazel taught at Walled Lake Consolidated High School until 1933 when she married Harry Nesman in New Buffalo. A resident of Lansing, she was a member of Central United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and Ruth Circle. Surviving are one daughter, one son and one sister.

Joseph H. Lyday, ’31, on Oct. 22, 1997 in Naples, FL. He practiced pediatrics in Denver. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth, a brother, Graham Lyday, ’30, and sister Betty Bunge.

Richard A. Wanty, ’49, on April 17, 1998 in Ann Arbor. He had been in the U.S. Navy Air Corps, 1942-45, after serving in South America. He is survived by his wife Jane, children and grandchildren.

Edwin M. Graham, ’35, on March 5, 1998 in Santa Clarita, CA. He is survived by his wife Delores, two daughters and his brother, Bertram Graham, ’39.

Harold E. Baily, ’50, on April 30, 1998 in Adrian. He had served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After graduation from Albion, he managed the family business, Davis & Baily Hardware, for seven years, and then in 1959, he joined First Federal Savings and Loan Association where he remained until he retired. Past president of the Adrian Board of Education and Lenawee Chamber of Commerce, Harold also served as a city commissioner and, in retirement, as county treasurer. He was honored for his community service with the Maple Leaf Award in 1978. He is survived by his wife Connie, five sons including Mark, ’79, and his wife, Susan Slater Baily, ’78, and Todd, ’82, and his wife, Teri Trimble Baily, ’82. Also surviving are five grandchildren and a sister.

Roger Herrick, ’35, on March 20, 1998 in Hartford, CT. Roger was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and was employed as a sales representative in the carpet industry for many years. He is survived by two sons, a daughter, two brothers and four grandchildren. Lois Jean Richards Wang, ’41, on Oct. 7, 1997 in Midland. She was involved in many history and archaeological groups including the Chippewa Nature Center which presented her with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” in recognition of her many contributions to the study of Midland County archaeology. She is survived by her husband William and three children, a grandson and a great-grandson. Kenneth Newman, ’43, on March 8, 1998 in Bethesda, MD. Kenneth was employed at Georgetown University before his retirement. Mary Jo Shideman Tyler, ’43, on Jan. 29, 1998. She is survived by her sister, Dorothy Shideman Stevens, ’45, a brother, four children and three grandchildren. She was a member of Delta Gamma. Gilbert A. Currie, ’47, on Feb. 13, 1998. Gilbert served with the Army during World War II. After graduating from Albion, he continued his education at the University of Michigan School of Law and joined his father’s law practice in Midland in 1949. He became president of Midland Family Services in 1952, and he joined the Chemical Bank and Trust Board of Directors in 1959, becoming chairman of the bank board in 1961. He later chaired the CFC board. He served on the Alma College Board of Trustees and became chairman in 1977. Gilbert also was a member of the Memorial Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife Eleanor, two daughters, two sons and one grandson. Arthur W. Skulstad, ’47, on March 30, 1998 at Bay Pines Medical Center in Bay Pines, FL. He is survived by his wife Eleanore.

William J. McClintock, ’51, on April 15, 1998. Following his graduation from General Motors Institute of Technology in 1953, he was associated with Cadillac Motor Car Co. In 1955, he joined his father in the automobile business and became owner/operator of McClintock Cadillac in the Lansing area until 1982. In 1983 he moved to Kalamazoo and was general manager and partner of Kazoo Motors, Inc. until 1985. In 1989 he started Thrifty Car Rental of Kalamazoo where he remained until retiring in 1993. He was an active member of the community as a former member of both the Lansing and Kalamazoo Rotary International organizations. At the time of his death, he served as a member of the Docent Guild of the Michigan Historical Center. He is survived by his wife Catherine, children and grandchildren. Robert F. Hooper, ’52, on Feb. 15, 1998 in Houghton. Robert was a veteran of World War II having served in the Army Signal Corps. After graduating from Albion and the University of Michigan, he spent his professional career as an audio engineer. He is survived by his wife Rose Marie, four daughters, two sons, one sister and 10 grandchildren. William A. Bow, ’53, on Sept. 2, 1997 in Saginaw. He practiced pediatrics in Saginaw from 1962 until his death. He is survived by his wife Nancy, son and daughter-

in-law, William, ’80, and Nan Leach Bow, ’81, three daughters, Susan, ’82, Catherine Bow Smith, ’85, and Julie, and six grandchildren. James M. Dobie, ’53, on April 6, 1998 in Bloomfield Township. He served in the U.S. Air Force, 195153, and then attended Albion. He bought Dobie Jewelers from his father in 1959 where he remained as owner until 1993, when he sold his business to his son Dan and daughter Kay. He was a long-time member of the Royal Oak Kiwanis Club and a member of the Michigan Jewelers Association. Since retiring in 1993, he had enjoyed gardening, traveling and volunteering at the Detroit Zoo, and he remained active in Royal Oak’s Downtown Development Authority. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Wagenschatz Dobie, ’55, three daughters, a son and two sisters. Sue Scott Perkins, ’53, on Dec. 17, 1997 in Skippack, PA. She is survived by two sons and three grandchildren. Marylin (Lyn) Teal Young, ’56, on March 3, 1997 in Dana Point, CA. She is survived by her husband, Robert E. Young, ’55, two sons, one daughter, and five grandchildren. Thomas R. Schwartz, ’57, on April 2, 1998 in Midland after a four-year battle with lung cancer. Thomas was in marketing at Dow Chemical Co. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega and the president of his pledge class. He is survived by his wife, Pat Durman Schwartz, ’58, a daughter, a son, five grandchildren, his mother and brother. John T. Steverman, ’57, in Muskegon. He retired from General Telephone Co. in 1993. He was a member of the Muskegon Ambucs and a past president of the White Lake Rotary Club. He is survived by a son, daughter, grandson and his sister, Janet Steverman Finn, ’60. David Middleton, ’00, died tragically in a car accident on Jan. 8, 1998 in Evanston, IL. He is survived by his mother, Susan Hydrick Middleton, his father, Mark Middleton, brothers Christopher, 13, and Philip, 11. David was preceded in death by a younger brother John. He was the nephew of Connie Hydrick Adair, ’74, Robin Adair, ’70, and Betsy Hydrick Lindberg, ’77. David had left Albion and was in the process of enrolling at Columbia College in Chicago to study journalism.

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Britons gather ‘up North’ Join other Albion alumni, parents and friends at these summer events in Northern Michigan. Invitations will be mailed to alumni, parents and friends living in these respective locations. If you will be traveling in the area and would like to attend, please call the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, 517/629-0448, to make a reservation.

Bay View

Gaylord Area

Summer Tea July 18, 4-5:30 p.m. Evelyn Hall Bay View Campus

Reception July 20, 5-6:30 p.m. Hosts: Richard and Susan Stuewer Bensinger, ’70 ’70 Blue Goose Restaurant 900 Charles Brink Rd., Gaylord

Upper Peninsula “Yooper” Picnic July 19, 4:30-7 p.m. Kids’ Kingdom Beach Pavilion Van Cleve Park, Gladstone

Traverse City Reception July 21, 7-9 p.m. Hosts: Branko, ’80, and Diane Gegich 2366 Harbor Reach Dr., Traverse City



Mark your calendar for Family Day Please reserve Saturday, Nov. 7, 1998 for an action-packed Family Day, including a morning faculty reception and convocation, the Briton football game vs. Hope College and a gala dinner to top off the evening. More details will be mailed to parents this fall. If you have questions in the meantime, please contact: Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, 517/629-0448; or e-mail

Homecoming 1998 October 16-17 Football Albion vs. Alma 1:30 p.m. Kickoff Halftime program featuring the Homecoming Court and The British Eighth. Reunions ALL classes ending in “3” and “8” (1948 to 1993) will celebrate their reunions. If you are in one of these classes, please hold Saturday evening for your reunion dinner. Alumni Awards Ceremony Join us Saturday morning in Gerstacker Commons in the Kellogg Center as we honor the 1998 Distinguished Alumni Award winners:

Emeritus faculty who chatted online with their former students during the May 17 Virtual Homecoming included: (clockwise from top left) Helen Harton Manning, ’43, (right), Tony Taffs (right, assisted by his wife Jean) and Morley Fraser (center).

Alumni try out ‘virtual visit’ Over 100 alumni and friends visited Albion on the World Wide Web during the College’s first ‘Virtual Homecoming’, May 17. Alumni from Massachusetts to Florida to Minnesota communicated online with emeritus faculty and staff members, including Morley Fraser, Helen Harton Manning, ’43, Howard Pettersen, Ewell “Doc” Stowell, David Strickler and Anthony Taffs, as well as with alumni in chat rooms manned by: John Adams, ’70, Hope Bailey, ’93, Dorothy Rafter Blanchard, ’40, Phil Brawer, ’90, Patricia Sanford Brown, ’53, Tom Brown, ’56, Jack Curtis, ’51, Mike Juchno, ’93, Mary Brown Lenardson, ’85, Katy Neumann, ’96, Tim Newsted, ’78, Chris O’Connor, ’97, Jane Vydareny Redner, ’56, Nancy Graham Roush, ’73, Coletta Nelson Thomas, ’76, Marsha Green Whitehouse, ’70, and Paul Williams, ’86. Current faculty and staff on hand for the session were: President Peter T. Mitchell, ’67, Laura Bogardus, Sarah Briggs, David Egnatuk, ’71, Michele Emig-Hall, ’76, Megan Murray, ’94, Robin Hartman, Craig Rundle, ’74, Tom Raven, ’97, Dan Skean, Gaylord Smith, Marcia Hepler Starkey, ’74, Kim Tunnicliff, Michael Turner, ’69, and Jim Whitehouse, ’69.

Melvin S. Larimer, ’53 Professor Emeritus of Vocal Music Albion College Traverse City, MI George R. Reed, ’53 Professor Emeritus of Education Albion College Albion, MI Thomas G. Schwaderer, M.D., ’56 Orthopedic Surgeon Orthopedic Associates of Grand Rapids Grand Rapids, MI and Meritorious Service Award winner: Russell B. Babcock, ’27 Retired Educator and Philanthropist Galien, MI Athletic Hall of Fame Inductions 1952 Football Team 1965 Golf Team Albion College Football “Chain Gang” James H. Dow, ’67 (deceased) Dianne E. Dunn, ’68 Judith E. Gass, ’63 Marvin F. Grostic, ’50 Karen L. Hale, ’83 Ruth Hamilton James M. Horner, ’69 Ronald B. Lessard, ’82 J. Fred McKale, ’10 (deceased) Stephen L. Robb, ’78 George A. Vivlamore, ’57

Briton Classic Golf Tournament The Albion College Athletic Department is sponsoring its second annual golf tournament on Friday at Duck Lake Country Club for alumni, parents and friends. It begins with a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m. Reservations may be made by calling the Athletic Department at 517/629-0500. Proceeds will support Briton athletics. Start lining up your foursome now! Samite of Uganda Kicking off this year’s International Week on “Sub-Saharan Africa: One Region, Many Cultures,” Samite will be in concert in the Gerstacker Commons in the Kellogg Center Saturday evening. This talented musician has performed at Woodstock ’94, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage program, the International Peace Festival in East Berlin, the Houston International Fest, as well as a fivecity tour in Japan. His vocals are sung completely in his native language, and all the selections are played on traditional African instruments. Music Reunion The Albion College Music Department is hosting this special reunion during the Homecoming festivities. Special receptions, an alumni musical performance and the dedication of the renovated Music Department facilities in Goodrich Chapel are just a few of the activities planned for the weekend. More information will be coming this summer, but please HOLD THIS WEEKEND, and plan on returning to Albion for Homecoming 1998. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations; telephone: 517/629-0448; fax: 517/629-0566; e-mail:

Io Triumphe! A magazine for alumni and friends of Albion College  
Io Triumphe! A magazine for alumni and friends of Albion College  

Summer 1998 edition