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.
New CSO Focuses on the Student Experience
With the goal of ensuring that all Alma students have equal opportunities for transformational experiences, Alma College plans to launch the Center for Student Opportunity during the fall 2012 term. Stationed in renovated space in the Tyler-VanDusen Campus Center, the CSO will house in a single location a wide range of support services for students. Read more.
Pipe Band Wins U.S. Open Championship
The Alma College Pipe Band won first place in grade five at the U.S. Open Pipe Band Championship. Competing against eight other bands, Alma’s band received first-place scores on both days of the competition. Read more.
SIFE Advances to National Business Competition
The Alma College Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team claimed its 11th consecutive regional championship. SIFE’s community outreach projects in 2011-12 included teaching ethics to juveniles at a local detention center, managing a coffee shop, launching a “JumpStart” entrepreneur competition for students with business ideas, and joining with the Alma Women’s Resource Center to provide educational support at a career-building day. Read more.
Book Examines Corporate Greed, Civic Engagement
Using examples from across the country, an Alma College professor’s new book examines corporate irresponsibility and civic engagement. Author Ed Lorenz says “Civic Empowerment in an Age of Corporate Greed” was inspired by a decade of involvement with the Pine River Superfund Citizens Task Force. Read more.
National Model UN Winning Streak Reaches 16 Years
For the 16th consecutive year, Alma College students captured the highest awards at the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City. Teams representing The Gambia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines received “outstanding delegation” recognition, the highest award at the conference. Read more.
Alma’s 22nd Fulbright Scholar to Teach in Thailand
Alma College senior Heidi Beckman was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Thailand, where she will teach English and volunteer with an organization to prevent child trafficking. She is Alma’s 22nd Fulbright scholar since 2003. Read more.
Alma College Makes National Service Honor Roll
For the fifth straight year, the Corporation for National and Community Service has honored Alma College for its commitment to volunteerism and service. Alma was admitted to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service. Read more.
Zuiderveen Becomes Alma’s 21st Fulbright Scholar
Alma College senior Kayla Zuiderveen was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct bacterial research in Colombia. The biology major, Alma’s 21st Fulbright scholar since 2003, will conduct research at the University of Antioquia, located in Medellin, Colombia. Read more.
MSU Pact Streamlines Access for Alma Pre-med Students
The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine announced an agreement with Alma College that will provide an enhanced opportunity for Alma’s pre-med students to attend medical school. Preference for the Early Assurance Program for medical school admission is given to deserving Alma students interested in caring for under-served populations. Read more.
Anthropology Added to Alma’s List of Majors
Due to strong interest from students, Alma College has added anthropology to its expanding list of majors. Read more.