Town & Gown 14: Markeese Boyd, ’19

This week’s show features Markeese Boyd, a first-year Albion College student and member of the Build Albion Fellows. Markeese comes from the city of Albion, and was selected as one of the first Build Albion Fellows. With that, he’s worked with his fellow students to help improve the community. Markeese talks about his first semester at college, bonding with the other Build Albion Fellows, and how – even when you go to school in the same town you grew up in – it can still seem like a world away.

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Build Albion Fellows Program

Albion College Enrolls First Class of Build Albion Fellows

Town & Gown 13: Nancy Doyal, Bohm Theatre

This week’s show features Nancy Doyal, director of the Bohm Theatre in downtown Albion. Now in it’s first full year of operation, after a years-long renovation project, the Bohm Theatre has hosted everything from concerts to speeches to ‘Star Wars.’

Nancy makes all that run smoothly, and looks for ways to put more people in the seats for the upcoming year — all while keeping a sane personal schedule. She talks about how the community supports the theater, and what’s next for the Bohm.

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Bohm Theatre

Bringing Back the Bohm documentary

Town & Gown 12: Rev. Donald Phillips

Reverend Donald Phillips, faith leader at Lewis Chapel AME Church in Albion, is now the acting chaplain of Albion College after serving as the faith community liaison last semester.

Rev. Phillips,together with his wife, Rev. Dr. Teleah Young-Hamilton, ’04, has served in the Albion community for more than 10 years, and leads the local ministerial association.

This episode of Town & Gown features Rev. Phillips talking about his transitioning roles, guiding college students, and signs of hope in the Albion community.

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Local Reverend Offers Spiritual Support to Students

Lewis Chapel AME Church Facebook Page

Town & Gown 11: Gregg Strand and Danielle Nelson

This week’s show features Gregg Strand, Albion College’s director of corporate and foundation relations, and Danielle Nelson, a junior at the College, who tackled a summer research project on regional trail systems.

Together, with local government and community organizations, they secured an almost $300,000 grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund to connect three regional trail systems in Albion – the Iron Belle Trail, the Great Lake-to-Lake Trail, and the North Country Trail.

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Albion to Become Key Hiking, Biking Hub

Calhoun County Trailway

North Country Trail

Iron Belle Trail

Great Lake-to-Lake Trail

Town & Gown 10: Cliff Harris, Blues at the Bohm

Albion College chemistry professor Cliff Harris, who, along with his wife (and communication studies professor) Karen Erlandson, launched a monthly concert series at the Bohm Theatre called Blues at the Bohm.

Cliff, a musician and performer himself, now finds himself in the role of concert organizer and promoter, all for the good of Albion’s nightlife. And he’s had a lot of help along the way.

(Photo courtesy Randy Vallance)

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Bohm Theatre – Blues at the Bohm

Albion College Chemistry Department

Town & Gown 9: President Mauri Ditzler Phonecast

President Mauri Ditzler spoke with alumni from around the country in a live call-in event on Tuesday, Dec. 1, during which he provided an Albion College update and shared exciting news from both the campus and town.

Steve Klein, vice president for enrollment management, and Matt Arend, director of athletics, joined the president on the call, and members of the College’s Institutional Advancement team took questions from alumni participants.

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Office of President Mauri Ditzler

Town & Gown 8: Mary Brown Lenardson, ’85

This week’s edition of Town & Gown features Mary Brown Lenardson, a 1985 graduate of Albion College who lives in the community and participates in the local Albion Alumni Chapter. Mary has a strong family connection to Albion, with both of her parents and her daughter Julie graduating from Albion, and stayed in town because of those family ties.

Mary talks about the alumni chapter activities, the changes in town since she went to school here, and finding her first hometown.

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Albion Area Alumni Chapter

Bohm Theatre

Town & Gown 7: Maddie Drury, ’15

This week’s episode of Town & Gown features Maddie Drury, a 2015 graduate of Albion College who now serves as the assistant director of community programming. Maddie took on the Big Read and Build Albion Fellows projects in her first months on the job, and it was her sociology major at Albion that turned her on to community development.

Maddie talks about the hard work of collaboration, the slow work of development, and important work of connecting students with the Albion community.

Enjoy this conversation with Maddie Drury.

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Maddie Drury, ’15, Hands-On Profile

The Bigger Read: A Powerful Partnership Makes Magic

Albion College Students On The Big Read

Big Read Student Leaders Train on Campus

Town & Gown 6: Carles Sommerour, ’16

Carles Sommerour, a senior Communication Studies major at Albion College, grew up in Albion, and decided to stick around town and attend college after making a connection with Albion students.

Carles worked with the seven Build Albion Fellows students over this past summer, and thinks a lot about how to make his hometown better. He talks about all that, as well as his desire to stick around and continue to help Albion even after he graduates.

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Build Albion Fellows Program

First Class of Build Albion Fellows

Holland Park Project

Town & Gown 5: Mae Ola Dunklin

Mae Ola Dunklin, a former educator and principal in the Albion Public Schools, and director of Albion College’s Shurmur Center for Teacher Development, talks about serving on the Big Read committee, and all the excitement surrounding the activities.

Mae Ola serves on many other boards and committees in the community, including the Albion College board of trustees. Through her work with the Big Read, Mae Ola looks to improve literacy in the community. Albion’s Big Read is taking place through the month of October, and we talked the day before the kick-off event.

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Albion Big Read

Albion Public Schools

Albion College – Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Development

Mae Ola Dunklin Joins Albion College Board of Trustees