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Alma College

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Established 1886
Type Private
President Saundra J. Tracy
Faculty 82
Undergraduates 1,300
Location Alma, Michigan, United States
Campus small town, 100 acres
Colors Maroon and Cream
Mascot Scotty
Affiliations Presbyterian Church
Website http://www.alma.edu

Alma College is a selective, private, liberal arts college located in the small city of Alma in the U.S. state of Michigan. The enrollment is approximately 1,300 students, and the college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... 1886 (MDCCCLXXXVI) is a common year starting on Friday (click on link to calendar) // Events January 18 - Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England. ... Private schools are schools not administered by local or national government, which retain the right to select their student body and are funded in whole or in part by charging their students tuition rather than with public funds. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... A faculty is a division within a university. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Alma may refer to: Canada Alma, Ontario, a small village in Ontario, Canada Alma, Quebec, a town in Quebec, Canada Alma, New Brunswick, a fishing village on the Bay of Fundy Crimea Alma (river) and the site of the Battle of Alma (September 20, 1854) Kazakhstan Almaty, until recently the... Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Area  Ranked 11th  - Total 97,990 sq mi (253,793 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 491 miles (790 km)  - % water 41. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... A mascot, originally a fetish-like term for any person, animal, or thing supposed to bring luck, is now something—typically an animal or human character—used to represent a group with a common public identity, such as a school, professional sports team (the name often corresponds with the mascot... Presbyterianism is part of the Reformed churches family of denominations of Christian Protestantism based on the teachings of John Calvin which traces its institutional roots to the Scottish Reformation, especially as led by John Knox. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, images, videos and other digital assets and hosted on a particular domain or subdomain on the World Wide Web. ... A liberal arts college is an institution of higher education found in the United States, offering programs in the liberal arts at the post-secondary level. ... Alma is a city located in Gratiot County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties Libertarian Party State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of... Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Area  Ranked 11th  - Total 97,990 sq mi (253,793 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 491 miles (790 km)  - % water 41. ... The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) is one of six regional accreditation organizations recognized by the United States Department of Education. ...


Alma College offers four degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Fine Arts) in 28 majors. Academic programs that typically produce the most graduates are business administration, biology, psychology, exercise and health science, and education. Students are encouraged to participate in service learning and study abroad opportunities designed to enhance classroom learning. Bachelor of Arts (B.A., BA or A.B.), from the Latin Artium Baccalaureus is an undergraduate bachelors degree awarded for either a course or a program in the liberal arts or the sciences, or both. ... A Bachelor of Science (B.S., B.Sc. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Bachelor of Fine Arts, usually abbreviated BFA, is the standard undergraduate degree for students seeking a professional education in the visual or performing arts. ... Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a tertiary degree in business management. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Psychology is an academic or applied discipline involving the scientific study of mental processes such as perception, cognition, emotion, personality, behavior, and interpersonal relationships. ... Exercise physiology is the identification of physiological mechanisms underlying physical activity, the comprehensive delivery of treatment services concerned with the analysis, improvement, and maintenance of health and fitness, rehabilitation of heart disease and other chronic diseases and/or disabilities, and the professional guidance and counsel of athletes and others interested...


The College's stated mission is "to prepare graduates who think critically, serve generously, lead purposefully and live responsibly as stewards of the world they bequeath to future generations." Alma College was one of 81 schools in the United States selected in 2005 as a "College with a Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement" by The Princeton Review and Campus Compact. The Princeton Review (TPR) is a for-profit American company that offers private instruction and tutoring for standardized achievement tests, in particular those offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), such as the SAT, GRE, and GMAT. They also offer courses for the LSAT and MCAT, as well as many... Campus Compact is a coalition of college and university presidents, committed to fulfilling the public purposes of higher education. ...

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History

The College was founded by Michigan Presbyterians in 1886, and received funding from lumber magnate Ammi Wright, for whom Wright Hall on campus and Wright Avenue in the city of Alma are named. While still maintaining a close relationship with the Presbyterian Church, Alma College offers an environment that welcomes students of all religious backgrounds. Presbyterianism is part of the Reformed churches family of denominations of Christian Protestantism based on the teachings of John Calvin which traces its institutional roots to the Scottish Reformation, especially as led by John Knox. ... 1886 (MDCCCLXXXVI) is a common year starting on Friday (click on link to calendar) // Events January 18 - Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England. ... Emblem of the PC(USA) The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) or PC(USA) is a mainline Protestant Christian denomination in the United States. ...


Academics

Alma utilizes a 4-4-1 academic calendar with 14-week terms in the fall and winter and a four-week term in May. Incoming freshmen and transfer students arrive a week earlier than returning students in late August for "Preterm," which comprises activities designed to introduce new Scots to campus life and a one-credit class that acclimates new students to academic life. The intensive Spring Term in May provides an opportunity for innovative course patterns, travel classes, research and internships during an ideal season.


Alma's small size affords its students a variety of opportunities not commonly available at larger universities. For example, Alma is one of the few colleges of its size to offer a real cadaver laboratory for pre-med students, giving them an advantage in the medical school application process. Many students are able to write a senior thesis, or create a senior project in the arts, working one-on-one with recognized scholars in their fields to create original research. These efforts are underwritten with several grants available to students for undergraduate research, such as the Currie Summer Scholar program, offering $2500 each summer to one returning junior or senior student each in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to pursue a topic in-depth. A cadaver is a dead body. ... Look up thesis in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Recently, the College has formed a Nationally Competitive Scholarship Committee, designed to help juniors and seniors apply for funding opportunities for graduate and professional school. This has produced winners of the Fulbright, Gates-Cambridge, Truman, and Udall Scholarships, as well as finalists for the Marshall and Rhodes Scholarships. The Fulbright Program is program of educational grants (Fulbright Fellowships) sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. ... The Gates Cambridge Scholarships were established by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000, with a $210 million endowment. ... The official logo of the Marshall Scholarship is a blended image of the US and UK flags. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


In the 2005-2006 school year, the College introduced several new leadership programs. These programs--the Posey Global Fellowships and the Center for Responsible Leadership--were generously funded by alumni with the goal of furthering students' awareness of ethical leadership and service in an increasingly global economy and political landscape. In addition, an Honors Program was begun with the specific intention of preparing candidates for application to Phi Beta Kappa, a liberal arts honorary.


Campus

Alma College is located in a small-town setting, the city of Alma having slightly less than 10,000 residents. The campus is built with a red brick motif, centered around a large square (McIntyre Mall), and its admittedly small skyline dominated by the Dunning Memorial Chapel, as it is tradition not to build any structure on campus higher than the spire of the Chapel. The majority of buildings are located on North Campus, that is, the area north of Superior Street. These include the major dormitory residences, as well as the academic and student life buildings. South Campus is home to suite-style residences ("New Dorms," so named because they were built later in the 1960s than residences in North Campus) as well as the new environmentally-friendly apartment-style Wright Hall, inaugurated in 2005 and the second residence of its name, the former being demolished in 1976. South Campus is also home to "Fraternity Row" (Center Street) and "Sorority Row" (Superior Street) as well as several other themed houses. Over 50 percent of the buildings on Alma's campus were built under the long tenure (1956-1980) of Robert D. Swanson, after whom the main academic building is named. In addition to the main campus, the College also owns a 180-acre ecological research area containing woodlands, a willow marsh, a sphangnum bog, and a glacial kettle lake, with a full research facility and a bird observatory, located in Vestaburg, about 15 miles to the west of Alma.


Scottish Heritage

In more than 100 years since its founding, Alma has stayed true to its roots by keeping its Scottish heritage alive. Today, Alma features a marching band clad in Kilts, a Scottish dance troupe, and even its own official tartan. Each year, the College hosts the Alma Highland Festival and Games which feature traditional Scottish games and revelry. Motto: (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity(English) Wha daur meddle wi me? (Scots)[1] Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official languages English, Gaelic, Scots[2] Government  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Jack McConnell MSP Unification    - by Kenneth I...


Athletics

Alma College athletic teams, nicknamed the Scots, are part of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) - Division III. Generally, more than a third of Alma's students participate in sports. The college offers nine men's and nine women's varsity athletic programs. The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association is an athletic conference which competes in the NCAAs Division III. Member teams are located in the states of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Indiana. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... The following American colleges and universities are classified as Divsion III for NCAA competition: // Division III Institutions Alabama Huntingdon College Arkansas Hendrix College University of the Ozarks California California Institute of Technology California Lutheran University California State University, East Bay Chapman University Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges (combined teams...



In 2006, Alma quarterback Josh Brehm was named the recipient of the Gagliardi Trophy, the highest individual honor in NCAA Division III football. The Gagliardi Trophy was first presented in 1993 to the Outstanding Division III college football player of the year by the Jostens Company and the J-Club of Saint Johns University in Minnesota . ...


National Championships:

  • 1992: Women's Basketball (NCAA Division III)

Performing Arts

More than a third of all Alma students take part in at least one performance each year. The College offers majors in theatre, dance and music, but students of all majors may join in productions. The Heritage Center for the Performing Arts is the region's premiere performing arts facility. It houses the Theatre and Dance Department and serves as the performance venue for the College's eight music ensembles. It features a 500-seat concert hall for large performances, an intimate 190-seat theatre, and a dance studio.


Greek Life

Alma College is home to five social men's fraternities, five social women's sororities, and numerous honorary and professional fraternities. The five fraternities are Sigma Chi, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Theta Chi, Zeta Sigma and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. The social sororities at Alma are Gamma Phi Beta, Alpha Xi Delta, Alpha Gamma Delta, Kappa Iota, Phi Sigma Sigma While the term fraternity can be used to describe any number of social organizations, including the Lions Club and the Shriners, fraternities and sororities are most commonly known as social organizations of higher education students in the United States and Canada but there are fraternities in the whole world (for... While the term fraternity can be used to describe any number of social organizations, including the Lions Club and the Shriners, fraternities and sororities are most commonly known as social organizations of higher education students in the United States and Canada but there are fraternities in the whole world (for... Sigma Chi (ΣΧ) is one of the largest and oldest international all-male college social fraternities, with chapters at universities predominantly in the United States and several in Canada. ... Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE, pronounced T-K-E or Teke, as in teak wood) is a college fraternity with chapters in the USA, and Canada, and affiliation with a German fraternity system known as the Corps of the Weinheimer Senioren Convent(WSC). ... Theta Chi (ΘΧ) is an international college fraternity for men. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Gamma Phi Beta (ΓΦΒ) is an international sorority that was founded on November 11, 1874 at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. ... Alpha Xi Delta (ΑΞΔ) was founded in 1893 by ten women at Lombard College, Galesburg, Illinois, who shared a vision of an organization dedicated to the personal growth of women. ... Alpha Gamma Delta (ΑΓΔ) Founded in 1904, Alpha Gamma Delta is an international fraternity for women dedicated to academic excellence, leadership development, high ideals and sisterhood. ... The terms fraternity and sorority (from the Latin words and , meaning brother and sister respectively) may be used to describe many social and charitable organizations, for example the Lions Club, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Rotary International, Optimist International, Ordo Templi Orientis or the Shriners. ... // History Phi Sigma Sigma was the first non-sectarian sorority, meaning that there was to be no judgement regarding religion or background. ...


Other Greek organizations include Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Sigma Alpha Iota, the music fraternity and sorority, respectively. Alpha Phi Omega, the National Service Fraternity (for both men and women alike), is very active on campus and is one of the largest organizations on campus. A women's Christian sorority, Sigma Alpha Omega, also was formed in the Winter Term of 2006. Phi Mu Alpha (ΦΜΑ) Sinfonia is a collegiate social fraternity for men of musicianly character. ... Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ) is a music fraternity for women. ... Alpha Phi Omega (commonly known as APO, but also ΑΦΩ, A-Phi-O, and A-Phi-Q) is a co-ed service fraternity organized to provide community service, leadership development. ...


Notable alumni

  • George Allen, NFL coach
  • Bob Devaney, NCAA football
  • Jim Daniels, Poet
  • Frank Knox, Former Secretary of the Navy, Republican vice presidential candidate
  • Jim Northrup, MLB player (Detroit Tigers)
  • Lee Posey, Chairman Emeritus, Palm Harbor Homes
  • Carl Nottoli, The Italian Stallion (attended 2002-2006...pretty much the sweetest guy to ever live in the dorms for 4 years...oh yeah he liked to break stuff too)

George Herbert Allen (April 29, 1918 – December 31, 1990) was an American football coach in the NFL. // Allen was born in Detroit, Michigan, where his father, Earl Raymond Allen, was recorded in the 1920 and 1930 U. S. census records for Wayne County, Michigan as working as a chauffeur to... Robert S. Bob Devaney (13 April 1915 – 9 May 1997) was an American football coach, most notably for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Cornhuskers. ... James Raymond Daniels (b. ... Frank Knox William Franklin Frank Knox (January 1, 1874–April 28, 1944) was the Secretary of the Navy under Franklin D. Roosevelt during most of World War II. He was also the Republican vice presidential candidate in 1936. ...

Notable Faculty

  • Myles McNally, PhD, Computer Science
  • Carol Slater, PhD, Psychology
  • Joe D. Beckmann, PhD, Biochemistry
  • Brian Stratton, PhD, Philosophy

Sources

Alma College Official website


External links

  • Alma College Homepage

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Alma College - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (982 words)
Alma College is a selective, private, liberal arts college located in the small city of Alma in the U.S. state of Michigan.
The enrollment is approximately 1,300 students, and the college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The College was founded by Michigan Presbyterians in 1886, and received funding from lumber magnate Ammi Wright, for whom Wright Hall on campus and Wright Avenue in the city of Alma are named.
Alma, Michigan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (459 words)
Alma is a city in Gratiot County in the U.S. state of Michigan.
Alma College, a small liberal-arts institution of approximately 1,300 students, is located in town and focuses on multidisciplinary learning in a residential setting.
Alma is the birthplace of world-renowned modernist architect Ralph Rapson.
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