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Along N. 13th

<h3>Empowering Albright Voices</h3>

Celebrating the remarkable diversity of Albright’s many voices, a second Empowering Albright Voices day was held Oct. 14. Events held throughout the day also celebrated the intersectionality of those voices by exploring how similar and dissimilar ideas and people can interact to create something novel and powerful.

Empowering Albright Voices (EAV) day is part of the college’s ongoing work of building an equitable and fully participating campus community, in which each community member achieves their full potential and contributes to the flourishing of others. EAV days will be held each spring and fall, with the next event slated for March 4.

Wall Street Journal national ranking

Named a Top National College by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education (WSJ/Times), Albright is one of only 796 college and universities to be nationally ranked for 2022. Albright also ranks 141 out of 258 on the WSJ/Times 2022 Northeast region list.

Based on 15 performance indicators, the WSJ/Times ranking uses data from sources that include the U.S. government (IPEDS), the College Scorecard, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Elsevier bibliometric dataset, and the WSJ/Times’s own student and academic surveys. Methodology focuses on four key pillars. Forty percent of the overall score is based on student outcomes, 30% on college resources, 20% on student engagement and 10% on the college’s learning environment.

Jake’s fully renovated

Completely renovated this summer, Jake’s Place now offers four new restaurants, student service offices and lounge — complete with new seating and pool tables. Original wood from the bowling alley has been refurbished into new workspace tables.

The renovation brings new life to the McMillian Student Center’s lower level by adding renovated student leader spaces, student organization offices and workspaces, and a makerspace for creative efforts and group support, in addition to the offices of Multicultural Affairs, the Center for Community Service and Engagement and Title IX services.

Jake’s four new restaurants are available on GrubHub, offering a wide variety of student favorites, healthy choices and grab-and-go options for Lions on the go:

Grille Works. Focused on the cornerstone of any grill menu, burgers, fries and cheesesteaks comprise some popular meals, prepared with passion.

The Spread. For diners interested in a bold, fierce, “wicked good” eating experience, the Spread’s chef-inspired signature subs are infused with epic house-made spreads, toasted to perfection.

Tender, Love & Chicken. Our chef’s devotion to chicken, and a dash of love, help to craft the best hand-breaded chicken tenders available.

Greens 2 Go. Featuring Lancaster farm fresh produce, Greens 2 Go offers classic, signature and create-your-own salads. Bread, fruit and soup options are also made with fresh ingredients from the Lancaster Farm Fresh co-op.

Faculty/student team publishes findings

Completing a multi-year research project alongside four undergraduate students, Albright Associate Professor of Biology Adam Hersperger, Ph.D., published a scholarly paper on epidermal growth factors of poxviruses in Virology.

The work of Hersperger and students Kaylyn Haan ’19 (now enrolled in Royal Veterinary College, University of London), Rebecca Morgis ’19 (now a medical student at Penn State Hershey School of Medicine), Julie Schrey ’21 (now a research laboratory technician) and Rose Zimmerman ’19 was funded by the Albright Creative Research Experience program and funds budgeted to the Biology Department.

Through cultured cell research and the use of fluorescence microscopy, the Hersperger team demonstrated that ectromelia growth factor can act as a bona fide growth factor — stimulating cell migration and wound healing.

“This information may prove to be of clinical relevance since much attention has been paid on increasing the rate and efficiency of wound healing in patients,” said Hersperger. “For example, hydrogels laced with various growth factors are being studied for the treatment of cutaneous wounds.”

Demand grows for Albright SRI

In order to meet the demand of eager Berks County students and educators before extensive renovations are completed on the historic Camp Building, Albright College and the Science Research Institute (SRI) held a ribbon cutting for a new space at the corner of 11th and Rockland streets this fall. Community partners took part in tours of the new space and state-of-the-art research equipment with SRI students and facilitators.

“Ingenuit lives in these labs,” said Adelle Schade, SRI director and dean of pre-college and summer programs at Albright. “Berks County students and teachers are 3D bio-printing, testing water systems, creating carbon filters, producing music, designing in e-sports and games, dissecting the brains of fruit flies and producing large-scale art for this beautiful city.”

“Albright welcomed the Science Research Institute to campus immediately before a world-wide pandemic shut down much of the world,” said Albright alumnus and Board Chair Ronald Scheese ’83. “But even a global health crisis did not diminish demand for SRI’s innovative learning opportunities. In fact, it has done just the opposite — the program has continued to grow exponentially. We know, of course, that SRI at Albright will eventually be housed in the college’s large and historic Camp Building. But state-of-the-art renovations and related fundraising, especially to historic buildings, take time. And in the meantime, SRI is growing so fast that the need for this facility is absolutely immediate.”

2021 Alumni
Association awards

Six alumni accepted awards from the Albright College Alumni Association during an on-campus Homecoming Weekend ceremony last fall. Learn more about the awardees listed below at

Young Alumni Achievement Award: Josue Matos ’19

Presented to alumni (35 years of age or younger at nomination) for outstanding achievement in at least one of the following areas: profession or career, dedicated volunteer service to Albright College, church or community.

Mary Fry Good ’49 Service to Alma Mater Award: Leonard Buxton ’52

Presented to Albright alumni for outstanding service to their alma mater.

Distinguished Alumni Award: Steven Groff, M.D. ’87, Lindsay Phillips, Psy.D. ’00 and Cynthia Rothenberger, D.N.P. ’87

Presented to Albright alumni for outstanding service and accomplishments in at least one of the following areas: community, state, nation, church, profession, academic and/or service organizations.

Jacob Albright Award:
David Martin, D.A. ’67

Presented to alumni who have used their liberal arts education to its greatest potential, thereby making outstanding contributions to the Albright College community, profession and in service to society. This is the highest honor bestowed upon a graduate.

Princeton Review
Best College

Albright is one of only 223 schools to be named a Best College by the Princeton Review for 2022.

The Princeton Review uses data compiled from current students to recognize colleges that are “academically outstanding and well worth consideration in your college search.”

Students shared with the Princeton Review that Albright professors are “extremely passionate about what they teach,” and say that it is obvious that they truly “care about their students.” They also described the college’s student body as “welcoming,” “engaged” and “creative,” and coming from “all walks of life, all levels of economic status, and a variety of different political and social views.”

Four Lions inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame

A 13-time Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Championship gold medalist, a most outstanding MAC Championship swimmer, an All-American and a member of two undefeated football teams headline the Albright Hall of Fame Class of 2021. Albright enshrined Cindy Barner ’05, Eric Daney ’06, Nate Romig ’10, and Steve Simon ’64 (posthumously) into its Athletics Hall of Fame during a special reception and dinner in the Schumo Center last fall. Learn more about each awardee on

mobility, research, public service

Albright has been ranked a Top Liberal Arts College and a Best Bang for the Buck in the Northeast by Washington Monthly for 2021. The nonprofit magazine’s rankings are based on social mobility, research and providing opportunities for public service.

Washington Monthly ranks schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research and providing opportunities for public service. Ranking America’s Best Bang for the Buck Colleges, Washington Monthly rates schools according to “how well they help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.”

Albright College ranked 149 out of only 215 colleges across the country earning Top College honors, and ranked 238 out of 393 schools comprising the Northeast Best Bang for the Buck list.

Albright author:

populations shape politics

Drawing on declassified surveillance documents and original ethnographic research, Alan Shane Dillingham, Ph.D., assistant professor of Latin American history at Albright College, has published “Oaxaca Resurgent: Indigeneity, Development, and Inequality in Twentieth-Century Mexico,” with Stanford University Press. The book examines how Indigenous people in one of Mexico’s most rebellious states shaped local and national politics during the 20th century.

Scholarships for RACC grads

Albright has signed a new transfer agreement with Reading Area Community College (RACC), offering guaranteed admission for two-year associate degree graduates to complete bachelor’s degrees. In addition, Albright will provide a number of scholarship opportunities for RACC graduates, including a full tuition scholarship.

“As an anchor institution in Reading, we find it incredibly important to deepen partnerships with institutions like RACC,” said Albright President Jacquelyn S. Fetrow, Ph.D. ’82 “This seamless transfer process strengthens our existing partnership further, and offers local residents a clear path to a four-year degree at a top national college, right in their own backyard.”

Albright adds new faculty for 2021

Eight new faculty members and two visiting Fulbright language instructors joined Albright this fall, in the areas of English, Spanish, French, education
and psychology. New faculty
members include:

Conner Bassett, Ph.D.
assistant professor of English

Randall A. Grove, D.Ed.
assistant professor of education

Jimmy Hamill, M.A.
instructor of English

Sarah Heidebrink-Bruno, Ph.D.
lecturer of English

Jaclyn Hilberg, Ph.D.
assistant professor of English

Helen Lee, Ph.D.
visiting assistant professor
of psychology

James Speese, Ph.D.
lecturer of English

Lena Ziegler, Ph.D.
lecturer of English

Laura López Calonge
visiting Fulbright instructor of Spanish

Eponine Leurs, M.A.
visiting Fulbright instructor of French

Summer Scholars start college early

Sixteen incoming first-year students got a four-week head start on their Albright education last summer, via the college’s Summer Scholars program.