Creating hands-on learning experiences in the arts and humanities will be the centerpiece of a new program at Albion College, funded by a $100,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced in September. “This important grant recognizes the exciting potential within our arts and humanities departments ... and it acknowledges the fine work that the faculty are already doing,” said President Mauri Ditzler. “It also underscores the vitality of Albion’s academic programs ... and the respect they have earned in the higher education community.”
"Personifying persistence and purpose" would be a good way to describe Mikal McKoy's Albion experience. The junior psychological science major, a two-sport student-athlete in football and men's track, missed a semester due to finances. During that time, he was shaken by the death of his best friend and former high school teammate. Since then, McKoy has returned to Albion and embraced campus leadership opportunities: he's a resident assistant, a director for the Black Student Alliance, and he was a speaker at President Ditzler's inauguration. He's also moved up the wide receiver depth chart and ran a leg as part of a conference-champion relay team.
Internships usually provide knowledge and new skills; some lead to permanent employment. For Andrea Walles, ’15, her experience went further: she landed a seat on the board of directors. “I’ve been appointed to a three-year term, even though I’m graduating in a year,” says Walles, who spent last spring semester working with Albion’s Friends of the Bohm Theatre. The internship, offered through the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, was made possible by the Class of 1960 Albion Community Intern Endowment.