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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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Thursday June 4th, 2020 - 6:21 pm

Albion College Athletics

“Albion College President-elect, Dr. Mathew Johnson issued a call to action for Albion to be Boldy and Courageuosly Anti-Racist. Like Dr. Johnson, all of us in the Department of Athletics are deeply saddened and angry about the senseless murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and others. Statements denouncing these deadly assaults against Black communities are not enough. As Dr. Johnson stated, "Action must be taken NOW!"”

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Thursday June 4th, 2020 - 4:19 pm

Albion College Athletics

“Albion College President-elect, Dr. Mathew Johnson issued a call to action for Albion to be Boldy and Courageuosly Anti-Racist. Like Dr. Johnson, all of us in the Department of Athletics are deeply saddened and angry about the senseless murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and others. Statements denouncing these deadly assaults against Black communities are not enough. As Dr. Johnson stated, "Action must be taken NOW!"”

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“Albion College President-elect, Dr. Mathew Johnson issued a call to action for Albion to be Boldy and Courageuosly Anti-Racist.  Like Dr. Johnson, all of us in the Department of Athletics are deeply saddened and angry about the senseless murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and others.  Statements denouncing these deadly assaults against Black communities are not enough.  As Dr. Johnson stated, Action must be taken NOW!”

Read the full article at gobrits.com

Thursday June 4th, 2020 - 1:13 pm

Albion College Art and Art History Department

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Thursday June 4th, 2020 - 11:50 am

Albion College Art and Art History Department

In order: Leopoldo Méndez "México en la Guerra: Los Braceros De Van a Estados Unidos" (1947) / Charles White "Our War" (1948) / Elizabeth Catlett "Sharecropper" (1952)

Instead of highlighting a single artist today, I would like to talk about Taller de Gráfica Popular (People's Graphic Workshop), a print collective founded in Mexico in 1937 by Leopoldo Méndez, Pablo O'Higgins, and Luis Arenal, which continued until 2010. The collective specialized in linoleum prints and woodcuts printed on inexpensive paper, not numbered, and distributed in large quantities - the idea being that revolutionary art must be for the people and cannot be separated from the form.
Charles White and Elizabeth Catlett were two notable figures to collaborate with the Taller and the work they produced there (using predominantly lithographs and linocuts respectively) left an indelible mark on the movement. Charles white even formed a similar group once he returned to New York - the Workshop for Graphic Art, which supported the work of young artists like Robert Blackburn, Jacob Lawrence, and John Biggers.
More than any single artist or print, the legacy of Taller de Gráfica Popular cemented my understanding of printmaking for its grounding in social change, and as a discipline that has an inherent capacity to be both by and for the people.
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In order: Leopoldo Méndez México en la Guerra: Los Braceros De Van a Estados Unidos (1947) / Charles White Our War (1948) / Elizabeth Catlett Sharecropper (1952) 

Instead of highlighting a single artist today, I would like to talk about Taller de Gráfica Popular (Peoples Graphic Workshop), a print collective founded in Mexico in 1937 by Leopoldo Méndez, Pablo OHiggins, and Luis Arenal, which continued until 2010. The collective specialized in linoleum prints and woodcuts printed on inexpensive paper, not numbered, and distributed in large quantities - the idea being that revolutionary art must be for the people and cannot be separated from the form.
 Charles White and Elizabeth Catlett were two notable figures to collaborate with the Taller and the work they produced there (using predominantly lithographs and linocuts respectively) left an indelible mark on the movement. Charles white even formed a similar group once he returned to New York - the Workshop for Graphic Art, which supported the work of young artists like Robert Blackburn, Jacob Lawrence, and John Biggers. 
More than any single artist or print, the legacy of Taller de Gráfica Popular cemented my understanding of printmaking for its grounding in social change, and as a discipline that has an inherent capacity to be both by and for the people.  
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Thursday June 4th, 2020 - 11:41 am

Albion College History Department

"I think the most important takeaway is that slavery existed in the U.S. longer than it has not existed. People of African descent in the U.S. are still on the long road to freedom." Please share!

Also check out the Fashioning the Self in Slavery and Freedom Facebook page - always thought provoking.I've taken some time to reflect on how to best contribute to the ongoing conversation about racial justice. I decided to repost this graph that I made last year. It's simplistic and can be easily problematized. For one, 1619 is only an important date for British North America. Likewise, there is a rich body of scholarship that reminds us that descendants of enslaved people endured conditions and systems of coerced labor akin to slavery well after emancipation. Most scholars would push the ending of segregation back to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or the Voting Rights Act of 1965. However, I think the most important takeaway is that slavery existed in the U.S. longer than it has not existed. People of African descent in the U.S. are still on the long road to freedom. Thorough knowledge of black history will be help us learn from this past and teach us how not to repeat mistakes in the future.
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I think the most important takeaway is that slavery existed in the U.S. longer than it has not existed. People of African descent in the U.S. are still on the long road to freedom. Please share!                                                                   

Also check out the Fashioning the Self in Slavery and Freedom Facebook page - always thought provoking.

Wednesday June 3rd, 2020 - 12:14 pm

Albion College Athletics

2019-2020 academic highlights for the Britons 📚✏️
📌162 SA’s with a 3.5 cumulative GPA
📌359 SA’S earned a 3.0+ GPA this year
📌21 SA’s with a perfect 4.0 GPA

#STUDENTAthletes #WhyD3
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2019-2020 academic highlights for the Britons 📚✏️ 
📌162 SA’s with a 3.5 cumulative GPA 
📌359 SA’S earned a 3.0+ GPA this year 
📌21 SA’s with a perfect 4.0 GPA

#STUDENTAthletes #WhyD3Image attachmentImage attachment

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Good job Brits!

Go Brits!

Way to go, Brits!

Monday June 1st, 2020 - 9:55 pm

Albion College History Department

The first day of June, 99 years ago --> www.tulsahistory.org/exhibit/1921-tulsa-race-massacre ... See MoreSee Less

The first day of June, 99 years ago --> https://www.tulsahistory.org/exhibit/1921-tulsa-race-massacre

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Note that this photo was produced as a postcard.

Saturday May 30th, 2020 - 1:57 pm

Albion College Theatre Department

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Last week Albion College hosted a parade in honor of retiring President Mauri Ditzler. We appreciate everything he and Judi have done for our community! ... See MoreSee Less

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Best wishes, President Ditzler! You will be missed. 

https://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/2020/05/albion-college-community-bids-farewell-from-a-distance-to-president-mauri-ditzler.html

Monday May 25th, 2020 - 5:34 pm

Albion College History Department

Holiday weekend + stay-at-home + big book = perfect! Anyone else reading history this weekend? ... See MoreSee Less

Holiday weekend + stay-at-home + big book = perfect! Anyone else reading history this weekend?

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Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War by Elizabeth Varon.

Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland www.amazon.com/dp/B01G1F0F84/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_slXZEb32AHQC0

Friday May 22nd, 2020 - 9:06 am

Albion College Music Department

A two for one today:

Each spring the Music Department presents a number of scholarships, awards, and prizes to deserving music students. Normally the presentations are made at Honors Convocation and various ensemble spring concerts. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to make the presentations via email. But we still want to publicly recognize these outstanding students. Over the coming weeks, the Albion College Music Department will be sharing a post featuring these individuals. Please take a moment to congratulate all the recipients - and feel free to share the post in celebration!

Vocalist and junior, Dulce Aceves, earned the David L. Strickler Scholarship. This scholarship was established in 1976 in honor of Dr. Strickler, former Music Department Chairman and conductor of the Albion College Choir for 33 years. Dr. Strickler passed away in the fall of 2001. The scholarship has been funded by his friends, Albion College Choir members and alumni, and is presented annually to a choir member with consideration given to character, talent, and the need of the applicant. Dulce was chosen by the director of the choir, Dr. Clayton Parr. In addition to the scholarship award, Dulce’s name will be engraved on a plaque and displayed in the Music Department.

Sophomore violinist, Abby Bork was one of several students to earn a Faculty Commendation Award. The Faculty Commendation Award was designed to recognize upperclassmen who made significant contributions to the department, ensemble(s), or other music related activities. Abby was nominated by our orchestra director, Dr. James Ball. Please congratulate Abby and Dulce on their recognitions!
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We miss you, Albion, and look forward to seeing you soon! ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday May 19th, 2020 - 5:19 pm

Gerstacker Institute

Hard to believe we are already in week 2 of summer school! Not our usual Gerstacker summer but we're making the best of it! ... See MoreSee Less

Hard to believe we are already in week 2 of summer school! Not our usual Gerstacker summer but were making the best of it!

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 18th, 2020 - 12:02 pm

Albion College Music Department

Each spring the Music Department presents a number of scholarships, awards, and prizes to deserving music students. Normally the presentations are made at Honors Convocation and various ensemble spring concerts. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to make the presentations via email. But we still want to publicly recognize these outstanding students. Over the coming weeks, the Albion College Music Department will be sharing a post featuring these individuals. Please take a moment to congratulate all the recipients - and feel free to share the post in celebration!

Junior horn player, Noah Robertson was one of several students to earn a Faculty Commendation Award. The Faculty Commendation Award was designed to recognize upperclassmen who made significant contributions to the department, ensemble(s), or other music related activities. Noah was nominated by our orchestra director, Dr. James Ball. Please congratulate Noah on his recognition!
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Each spring the Music Department presents a number of scholarships, awards, and prizes to deserving music students. Normally the presentations are made at Honors Convocation and various ensemble spring concerts. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to make the presentations via email. But we still want to publicly recognize these outstanding students. Over the coming weeks, the Albion College Music Department will be sharing a post featuring these individuals. Please take a moment to congratulate all the recipients - and feel free to share the post in celebration!

Junior horn player, Noah Robertson was one of several students to earn a Faculty Commendation Award. The Faculty Commendation Award was designed to recognize upperclassmen who made significant contributions to the department, ensemble(s), or other music related activities. Noah was nominated by our orchestra director, Dr. James Ball. Please congratulate Noah on his recognition!

Thursday May 14th, 2020 - 2:07 pm

Albion College Music Department

Each spring the Music Department presents a number of scholarships, awards, and prizes to deserving music students. Normally the presentations are made at Honors Convocation and various ensemble spring concerts. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to make the presentations via email. But we still want to publicly recognize these outstanding students. Over the coming weeks, the Albion College Music Department will be sharing a post featuring these individuals. Please take a moment to congratulate all the recipients - and feel free to share the post in celebration!

Junior pianist, San Pham, earned two different departmental recognitions this spring. First, the F. Dudleigh Vernor Music Prize was established by Dr. Rowland in honor of Dr. Vernor, a long-time teacher of organ at Albion College, a member of the Albion class of 1914, and composer of "The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi". Dr. Rowland, Dr. and Mrs. Stanley Kresge, and other friends and alumni of Albion funded the monetary prize. It is awarded by vote of the music faculty to the senior or junior organ or piano student at Albion who has been outstanding both in performance and personal character. San’s name will be engraved on a plaque and displayed in the Music Department. Second, San was inducted into the Society of Pi Kappa Lambda. This prestigious honorary music society is made up of juniors and seniors outstanding in scholarly achievement and musicianship. Please congratulate San Pham on her outstanding achievements in music!
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Each spring the Music Department presents a number of scholarships, awards, and prizes to deserving music students. Normally the presentations are made at Honors Convocation and various ensemble spring concerts. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to make the presentations via email. But we still want to publicly recognize these outstanding students. Over the coming weeks, the Albion College Music Department will be sharing a post featuring these individuals. Please take a moment to congratulate all the recipients - and feel free to share the post in celebration!

Junior pianist, San Pham, earned two different departmental recognitions this spring. First, the F. Dudleigh Vernor Music Prize was established by Dr. Rowland in honor of Dr. Vernor, a long-time teacher of organ at Albion College, a member of the Albion class of 1914, and composer of The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi. Dr. Rowland, Dr. and Mrs. Stanley Kresge, and other friends and alumni of Albion funded the monetary prize. It is awarded by vote of the music faculty to the senior or junior organ or piano student at Albion who has been outstanding both in performance and personal character. San’s name will be engraved on a plaque and displayed in the Music Department. Second, San was inducted into the Society of Pi Kappa Lambda. This prestigious honorary music society is made up of juniors and seniors outstanding in scholarly achievement and musicianship. Please congratulate San Pham on her outstanding achievements in music!

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YAAAAAAAAAYYYYY! Congratulations, San!!

Good job San Pham

Go San Pham!!! 🥳🥳🥳

Congratulations San Pham🌹

Good job San Pham 👏

Congratulations San!

You are the greatest! 💙💙💙

Chúc mừng con ba linh .

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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

Saturday May 2nd, 2020 - 1:22 pm

Gerstacker Institute

Yesterday we celebrated our Gerstacker seniors together. Memories and baby pictures were shared. Today we celebrate all Albion seniors. Congratulations to another amazing group of graduates. We are proud of your growth, accomplishments and resilience....amazing things are coming your way! ... See MoreSee Less

Monday March 30th, 2020 - 12:10 pm

Albion College English Department

Episode 22 - Jess Roberts - Albion's Big Read ... See MoreSee Less

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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 !!

Friday March 13th, 2020 - 3:38 pm

Albion College English Department

UPDATE - CANCELED - Marcelo Hernandez Castillo’s reading on March 25th has been canceled. We will attempt to reschedule this author during the fall semester. ... See MoreSee Less

UPDATE - CANCELED - Marcelo Hernandez Castillo’s reading on March 25th has been canceled.  We will attempt to reschedule this author during the fall semester.Image attachment

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

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