Agreement Provides Pathways Program for Chinese Students
Alma College has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Beida Jade Bird International Education to create an English language Pathways Program for Chinese students interested in a U.S. college education. As many as 30 Chinese students are expected to enroll in the Pathways program in Fall 2014. Read more.
Bowhuis Becomes Alma’s 24th Fulbright Scholar
Alma College senior Andrea Bouwhuis of Grand Rapids was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to teach and study in Spain. A double major in biochemistry and Spanish, Bouwhuis plans to enroll in medical school following her yearlong Fulbright experience. Read more.
National Model UN Winning Streak Reaches 17 Years
For the 17th consecutive year, Alma College students captured the highest awards at the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City. Alma College has won 32 “outstanding delegation” awards—the most of any college or university in the 90-year history of the conference. Read more.
Duff Becomes Alma’s 23rd Fulbright Scholars
Alma College senior Chelsea Duff was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship to teach English to elementary students in South Korea. Read more. The elementary education major also won the 2013 Barlow Trophy. Read more.
Alma College Makes National Service Honor Roll
For the sixth straight year, the Corporation for National and Community Service honored Alma College for its commitment to volunteerism and service. “Co-curricular service thrives at Alma,” says Anne Ritz, the college’s service-learning coordinator. Read more.
Opera House Renovations Feature Student Apartments
The Alma Opera House in downtown Alma is undergoing major renovations that will restore its historical features while providing new retail opportunities on the ground floor and student apartments on the second and third floors. For Alma College, the residential space addresses a major need as the college strives to continue its enrollment growth. Read more.
New Book Explores Religion, Sexual Ethics
A new book co-edited by Alma College’s Kate Blanchard explores the complicated relationship between religion and sexual ethics. “Lady Parts: Biblical Women and The Vagina Monologues” contains written monologues by a variety of authors, including six former Alma College students. Read more.
Robotic Lizards Star in British 3D Documentary
During the summer of 2012, biologist Dave Clark was invited to work as the visiting scientist on site with British broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough on a 3D documentary. The production, “The Galapagos 3D,” includes a segment featuring Clark’s research using robotic lizards to test questions about lizard signaling and communication. Read more.
Education Program Receives National Stamp of Approval
Alma College’s teacher certification program has received national accreditation for a period of seven years. “This puts Alma on the national stage with institutions from across the country,” says Nicola Findley, associate professor of education. Read more.
Dining Commons Receives Major Renovations
A new campus dining experience with more food options, updated equipment and multiple seating environments awaits Alma College students in Fall 2013. Read more.
Students Develop Molecule that Inhibits Influenza Virus
Three years after receiving a $150,000 National Science Foundation grant, faculty-directed undergraduate student researchers at Alma College have developed a molecule that inhibits certain strains of the human influenza virus. Read more.
Symposium Explores Critical Health Concern in Youth
Leading experts in cardiovascular medicine discussed critical issues related to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes, at the first Alma College Health Symposium, sponsored by the Integrated Health Studies Institute. Read more.
Book by Lorenz Receives State History Award
The Historical Society of Michigan has presented a 2012 State History Award to Alma College Professor Ed Lorenz for his book, “Civic Empowerment in an Age of Corporate Greed.” Read more.
Fall Enrollment Highest in Alma College History
Alma College enrolled the highest number of students in its 126-year history, continuing a momentum swing that has seen a 21 percent enrollment increase over the past seven years and a 15 percent increase in new students from a year ago. Read more.
Alternative Breaks: 10 Years, 28,000 Service Hours
For the past 10 years, many Alma College students have voluntarily devoted their academic breaks to serving others while learning about social issues and experiencing local culture. Read more.
National Publications Recognize Alma College
Three national entities—The Princeton Review, Colleges of Distinction and the Fiske Guide to Colleges—have recognized Alma College for its academic excellence and quality of campus life. The Princeton Review selected Alma as one of 153 institutions it recommends as “Best in the Midwest” for 2012-13. Read more.
Students Research Medicinal Plants in Amazon Rainforest
Brian Doyle, assistant professor of biotechnology, and students spent 10 days in the Amazon rainforest to college and research medicinal plants. “About 80 percent of people in developing countries like Ecuador rely on plants as their source of medicinal treatment,” says Doyle. “My guess is there are roughly about 300 medicinal plans used by this community.” Read more.