Students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and friends of Adrian College gathered for the annual State of the College event at 12:15 p.m. on March 29 in Adrian Tobias Room.
This year’s event, titled “Innovative Ideas, Real Solutions,” covered the following announcements:
Online HBX Pilot and Healthcare Administration MBA
AC has partnered with Harvard Business School to implement HBX courses online through our institution. The first course to be piloted, Sustainable Business Strategies (BAD-499), is currently being taught at AC by AC Healthcare Management Professor Cheryl Nutter.
While speaking about HBX, Nutter also announced that a newly approved Master’s in Business Administration in Healthcare Administration program is slated to begin at AC in Fall 2019.
National Society of Leadership and Success
AC Students Jack Stover, Chris Stanhope and Morgan Pearce worked with AC Director of Institutional Research Beth Heiss and Director of the Institute for Career Planning Janna D’Amico to start a chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) on campus.
This group, which strives to help its members become leaders in their fields, saw 150 students join in August 2018. After paying $85 dollars and attending various sessions (including orientation, a 3-hour leadership-training day, at least three speaker events and several success networking team meetings), 106 members underwent official induction in December 2018. An additional 102 students may join this semester.
AC hosted the first ever High School Girls State Championship in women’s wrestling in February 2019. 167 of the best high school girl wrestlers in Michigan competed at the event, bringing hundreds of guests (including guests and parents) with them. The event became national news, going viral throughout the wrestling community.
AC Women’s Wrestling Coach Cliff Cushard also announced that last summer’s wrestling clinics and camps had an incredible turnout, drawing girls from seven states. He plans to expand the camp to include a K-12 girls’ freestyle tournament in the future.
As for the Bulldog women’s wrestling program itself, the team recently completed its best season ever. It finished 16th in the nation, making it the highest-placing DIII program in the country. In addition, three team members were named Scholar All-Americans, and the team was honored with the Scholar All-American Award.
2020 International Beethoven Festival
The AC choir, led by AC Choral Director Phillip Clark, will be joining several other choirs, an orchestra and professional soloists at the 2020 International Beethoven Festival, taking place next June in Prague (capital of the Czech Republic) and Vienna (capital of Austria).
The trip, which celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday, will begin in Prague, where the AC choir will perform in the St. Vitus Cathedral, as well as tour the Prague Castle and visit the St. Charles Bridge. Then, the choir will travel to Vienna, tour Schönbrunn Palace, visit historical sites related to history’s famous composers and perform in the lauded Musikverein.
Golf Indoor Training Facility
The AC Golf program is working to develop an indoor training facility, with construction set to begin around the first of May.
The centerpiece of the facility will be a golf simulator that uses FlightScope Technology and E6Golf Software to produce feedback for improvement and enhance practice with purpose and direction, but the space will also include two additional practice hitting bays, a locker area for club storage and a lounge for team meetings and activities.
To design the facility, which will be converted from a racquetball court, the AC golf program collaborated with the interior design department, including AC Professor of Interior Design Nancy VanOver and students Katie Westerhof, Lexi Kachalla and Victoria Olijar.
Chaloner’s and Copper House Coffee Company in Downtown Adrian
Adrian College contributed to the revitalization of Chaloner’s, historically a Downtown Adrian hotspot. Reopening last month, the cigar house still showcases cigars, the smell of popcorn, the famous Native American statue and the candy selection out front.
AC Board of Trustee Dave Pilmore also announced that a new coffee shop called Copper House Coffee Company would be opening next door to Chaloner’s in the near future. In addition to coffee, Copper House will serve premium coffees, teas, pastries and other treats.
Institute for Cross-Cultural Studies
Adrian College will be opening a new academic institute, the Institute for Cross-cultural Studies. The Institute for Cross-Cultural Studies will offer opportunities for students to learn about varied cultures, as well as about how economics, politics, religion, geography and tradition more affect communities, their relationship to the world and one another.
Institutes like the Institute for Cross-cultural Studies use their intense focus on a particular subject or topic to enrich the learning experience of students through focused programming, networking opportunities and experiences outside of the classroom.
2019 Creativity Award and Caine Student Center Slide
The winner of the 2019 Creativity Award is Dr. Marti Morales-Ensign, AC associate professor of biology. Morales-Ensign’s idea, titled “Replica Shepherd’s Crook,” entailed a “metal replica of the Shepherd’s Crook placed on display where the AC community would tie ribbons on it throughout the year (to begin anew each year) when an accomplishment is made pertaining to the Ribbons of Excellence values.”
All finalists will receive a $50 gift card, but Morales-Ensign will receive a $1,000 award, and up to $10,000 will be set aside to fund her project idea.
Director of the Institute for Creativity and Associate Professor of Marketing Dr. Jennifer Ellsworth also provided an update on the “Slide to Success,” the idea that won the 2018 Creativity Award. AC still plans to install an actual slide between the first floor and the second floor of the Caine Student Center — in fact, the slide has been ordered, and plans are currently underway for installation over the next several weeks.
Choosing Adrian from Afar
The final story centered on students Mia Rebula and Adrian Sebag.
Mia Rebula came to AC from George, South Africa to participate in the equestrian program. She has gotten close with her team, even bringing teammate Kari Klager back home with her to South Africa over Winter Break.
Adrien Sebag came to AC from Paris, France to play ice hockey. He has found a quasi-billet mom in Athletic Department Office Manager Betsy Merillat.