Brits, Here’s What You Missed this Summer

Though many students called Albion’s campus home for summer programs, jobs or research, a majority of the student body ventured back to their hometowns for a three-month vacation from academics. Regardless of the number of students on campus, however, various Albion departments were hard at work over the summer making improvements to our campus. So, Brits, here’s some of the exciting stuff that happened on campus this summer, preparing Albion College for the 2015-2016 school year.

Admissions, Student Affairs and Residential Life prepare for large first-year class

This year Albion welcomes 497 new students to campus. That includes 462 first-years and 35 transfers, representing 18 different states overall, making it the most geographically diverse class Albion has seen in several years.

“It’s going to be a very cool, very fun class,” said Mandy Dubiel, director of admissions.

The admissions staff worked hard all last year and into summer getting prospective students to apply and choose Albion, but after that the work was left to Residential Life to handle the influx of students that the Admissions center produced. Julie McMahon, director of residential life, is prepared to handle the large amounts of new students on campus this year.

“I’m ready,” said McMahon, “through staff training with the RAs, [and RDs] we did everything we could to prepare them.”

FURSCA students study and create

Whether experimenting with medicine, music or math, or over 30 FURSCA students were hard at work this summer conducting research on various topics of choice. For example, Laura Yurgalite, Northville senior, studied the effects that the dating app Tinder has on our generation, while Alena Farooq, West Bloomfield sophomore, worked to improvise a plan for the city of Albion’s recreation plan. More information on specific students projects can be found on the FURSCA webpage.

Facilities construct campus improvements

Returning students may have noticed some updates to Albion’s campus, including a new walkway between the Dow outdoor tennis courts, and renovations to a few sidewalks on the quad. Facilities was hard at work over the summer making sure Albion College is ready and well-equipped for the new school year. Next time you see your Albion College groundskeeper, be sure to thank him or her!

Brit gets busy

Whether conducting science experiments with chemistry professor Cliff Harris, golfing with President Mauri Ditzler, or simply doing some relaxing yoga in the quad, Brit the Briton, Albion’s beloved mascot, had a busy summer here on campus. He even helped out with the Campus Beautification Fund project, using funds from generous donors to help make Albion’s campus more lively and attractive. More photos of Brit’s summer can be seen here.

With home athletic games and competitions plus exciting campus and community events, just as the summer was filled with activity, the 2015-2016 academic school year anticipates the same.

Photo by Albion College Communications Office

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Alex Carey is a senior from Birmingham, Mich. She majors in communication studies and double minors in French and business/organizations. She runs varsity cross country and is a member of the Delta Gamma sorority and Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity. Follow her on Twitter at @AlexxCarey.

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