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The origin of Albion College lies not in the city of Albion, but about 10 miles (16 km) southeast of the present location of the college. On March 23, 1835, Methodist Episcopal settlers in Spring Arbor Township obtained a charter for the Spring Arbor Seminary from the Michigan Territorial Legislature. Foundations for a building were begun in 1837 at a location about 3 miles (4.8 km) southwest of the current village of Spring Arbor but were soon abandoned due to the economic turmoil caused by the Panic of 1837. No classes were ever held at the Spring Arbor location. The trustees applied to move the seminary to Albion in 1838, and the legislature approved the move in 1839.

With 60 acres (243,000 m²) of land donated by Albion pioneer Jesse Crowell, the cornerstone was laid for the first building in 1841. The seminary, now named the Wesleyan Seminary, first held classes in 1843, in the local Methodist Church. In 1844, classes began in the newly constructed Central Building, which was rebuilt as the present Robinson Hall in 1907.

The Albion Female Collegiate Institute was founded in 1850 by the Wesleyan Seminary Corporation. The two schools merged in 1857 under the name The Wesleyan Seminary and Female College at Albion.

On February 25, 1861, both schools were completely merged under the name Albion College when the school was fully authorized by the State legislature to confer a full four-year college degree upon both men and women.


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Tuesday September 8th, 2020 - 1:37 pm

Albion College Music Department

The music department spotlights are shining on senior Evan Ziegelman and staff accompanist Nicholas Laban. These two are integral parts of our department family! ... See MoreSee Less

The music department spotlights are shining on senior Evan Ziegelman and staff accompanist Nicholas Laban.  These two are integral parts of our department family!Image attachmentImage attachment

Even though it is the beginning of a new semester, we would like to recognize some of the offices that provided a wonderful internship opportunity to our students this past spring and summer. ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday September 2nd, 2020 - 1:32 pm

Albion College Music Department

Students in Dr. Parr’s Gateway Class worked on rhythmic compositions today! ... See MoreSee Less

Students in Dr. Parr’s Gateway Class worked on rhythmic compositions today!Image attachment

Monday August 31st, 2020 - 10:45 am

Albion College History Department

The Albion College History Department is delighted to announce the 2020-2021 scholarship award recipients - our warmest congratulations to you all!

Battershall Endowed Fellowship:
- Anthony Avouris
- Caitlin Cummings
- Amanda Sementkowski

Elbridge-Pierce Endowed History Scholarship:
- Cailee Bywater
- Dorothy Rodarte

Grice Memorial Scholarship in History:
- Joel Gardner
- Jazmin Rosas

Rammelkamp Jr. Award in American History:
- Lauren Bergeron
- Lance Glenn
- Akaiia Ridley
- Andrew Vetter
- Tori Wiese

In the photos, top row (left to right): Cailee Bywater, Akaiia Ridley, Anthony Avouris, Andrew Vetter
Middle row (left to right): Lance Glenn, Lauren Bergeron, Joel Gardner, Amanda Sementkowski
Bottom row (left to right:) Tori Wiese, Dorothy Rodarte, Jazmin Rosas, Caitlin Cummings
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The Albion College History Department is delighted to announce the 2020-2021 scholarship award recipients - our warmest congratulations to you all!

Battershall Endowed Fellowship:
- Anthony Avouris
- Caitlin Cummings
- Amanda Sementkowski

Elbridge-Pierce Endowed History Scholarship:
- Cailee Bywater
- Dorothy Rodarte

Grice Memorial Scholarship in History:
- Joel Gardner
- Jazmin Rosas

Rammelkamp Jr. Award in American History:
- Lauren Bergeron
- Lance Glenn
- Akaiia Ridley
- Andrew Vetter
- Tori Wiese

In the photos, top row (left to right): Cailee Bywater, Akaiia Ridley, Anthony Avouris, Andrew Vetter
Middle row (left to right): Lance Glenn, Lauren Bergeron, Joel Gardner, Amanda Sementkowski
Bottom row (left to right:) Tori Wiese, Dorothy Rodarte, Jazmin Rosas, Caitlin Cummings

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Dorothy Rodarte, Anthony Avouris, Victoria Wiese - and please tag others in this post who might have FB!

Congrats to Amanda!

Among the reasons I go to work!

Congratulations to all, especially Amanda S. 💜

Monday August 24th, 2020 - 12:07 pm

Gerstacker Institute

1st day of classes for the 2020-21 school year. We've got this!! ... See MoreSee Less

This guy is ready for the first day of classes! We wish all Fordies and Albion College students a fantastic beginning to the fall semester. ... See MoreSee Less

This guy is ready for the first day of classes!  We wish all Fordies and Albion College students a fantastic beginning to the fall semester.

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Thats a nice map Patrick

HEY Patrick!

Very Canada centric, my friend.

Thanks for all you’ve done to make the students feel so welcome!

This semester will seem a little different. What is not different? Our excitement for seeing you on campus...even if it is behind a mask! Good luck with your move, Fordies! ... See MoreSee Less

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Tuesday August 11th, 2020 - 9:30 am

Albion College History Department

History alum Chris Blaker '14, now an editor at the Marine Corps University Press, will be honored tomorrow (7:30PM, Wednesday, August 12) with an Albion College Young Alumni Award.

Join us here as we celebrate Chris's accomplishments --> www.albion.edu/alumni/web-series/upcoming-events/14915-celebrating-our-2020-alumni-award-recipients
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History alum Chris Blaker 14, now an editor at the Marine Corps University Press, will be honored tomorrow (7:30PM, Wednesday, August 12) with an Albion College Young Alumni Award. 

Join us here as we celebrate Chriss accomplishments --> https://www.albion.edu/alumni/web-series/upcoming-events/14915-celebrating-our-2020-alumni-award-recipients

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History in action

Congratulations, Chris!! Well deserved!

Chris's (college &) post-college career path is remarkable.

Friday August 7th, 2020 - 11:24 am

The Center for Craft is offering 4 grants (all due Oct 1) for craft research! To learn more, visit the Center's website at: www.centerforcraft.org/grants-and-fellowships

www.facebook.com/centerforcraft/photos/a.319779438046090/3621771291180205/Applications for the Craft Research Fund Arist Fellowship, Exhibition Grant, Graduate Grant, and Project Grants are open now through October 1. These opportunities fund up to $20,000 for artists, curators, and scholars working in the field of craft. Visit centerforcraft.org to learn more and apply!

Photo credit: Julie Leonard, 2020 Craft Research Fund Project Grant.
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The Center for Craft is offering 4 grants (all due Oct 1) for craft research! To learn more, visit the Centers website at: https://www.centerforcraft.org/grants-and-fellowships

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Wednesday July 29th, 2020 - 10:39 am

Albion College Art and Art History Department

Pictured in order: Hold It In Your Mouth A Little Longer, 2013 // Untitled (Hand II), 2009. by Toyin Ojih Odutola.

Toyin Ojih Odutola (born 1985) is an Nigerian-American contemporary visual artist known for her vivid multimedia drawings and works on paper. Ojih Odutola produces multimedia drawings that engage in the complexity and shape-ability of identity.
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Pictured in order: Hold It In Your Mouth A Little Longer, 2013 // Untitled (Hand II), 2009. by Toyin Ojih Odutola. 

Toyin Ojih Odutola (born 1985) is an Nigerian-American contemporary visual artist known for her vivid multimedia drawings and works on paper. Ojih Odutola produces multimedia drawings that engage in the complexity and shape-ability of identity.Image attachment

Friday June 26th, 2020 - 10:57 am

Gerstacker Institute

Congratulations!!! You made it! Summer classes are officially over; you're in your last 24 hours of exams. You did it!!! We're proud of our Gerstacker summer schoolers! ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday June 17th, 2020 - 1:15 am

Albion College Chemistry Department

Albion Chemistry Alumnus, Dr. Matt Heinz, works to fight Covid-19 in Tucson and has been a long-time public servant. Thanks for your work & stay safe!

Video: Arizona becomes new national hot spot for coronavirus cases
Dr. Matt Heinz of Tucson Medical Center discussed the sudden rise in new coronavirus infections.
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Saturday May 30th, 2020 - 1:57 pm

Albion College Theatre Department

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Tuesday May 19th, 2020 - 12:28 pm

Albion College Economics & Management Department

Professor Vicki Baker talks about our management courses at Albion. ... See MoreSee Less

Monday May 4th, 2020 - 12:34 pm

Albion College Theatre Department

We just want to congratulate our graduates! We’re going to miss you so much. When we’re allowed to put on shows again, please come visit us! ... See MoreSee Less

We just want to congratulate our graduates! We’re going to miss you so much. When we’re allowed to put on shows again, please come visit us!Image attachment

Friday March 13th, 2020 - 6:54 pm

Albion College Theatre Department

Due to the recent decision to cancel face-to-face classes, THE FLICK is being postponed until November. It will feature the same cast. ... See MoreSee Less

Due to the recent decision to cancel face-to-face classes, THE FLICK is being postponed until November. It will feature the same cast.

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Hang on tight ... you will get there !!

Thursday February 20th, 2020 - 11:02 am

Albion College Economics & Management Department

Professors John Carlson and Vicki Baker were recognized last night at the men's basketball game for faculty appreciation. Carlson was nominated by Juwan Perry and Devin Holmes, and Baker by Jaylen Ross. The Albion College Men's Basketball team won the MIAA conference last night! Woo woo! Go Brits!! ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday March 7th, 2019 - 9:50 am

Albion College Biology Department

The Scientist of Tomorrow 2019 competition ... See MoreSee Less