Benjamin Duke's "Dominating the Flux (Through Analogy Or Through Code)" is one of the pieces in Valade Gallery's new exhibit.

Moments in time captured in Valade Gallery exhibit

Valade Gallery at Adrian College is offering a drawing and painting exhibition titled “Perpetual Now” through Dec. 11. The exhibition showcases the work of five regional artists, Brandon Briggs, Jason E. Carter, Benjamin Duke, Deborah Rockman and Jessica Summers. A reception will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, with a talk by Briggs at 7 p.m.

Works in the show capture specific moments in time, which are perpetuated with each viewing, allowing viewers to experience and mingle their own present with the “now” the artist displays. Continue Reading

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Robinson Planetarium announces events for November

The following events will be playing throughout the month in Robinson Planetarium on the campus of Adrian College. Admission is free for all showings. Earth, Moon & Sun — Friday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. This full-dome show explores the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. Native American stories are used throughout the show to help distinguish between myths and science.  Learn why the Sun rises and sets and the basics of fusion and solar energy. Continue Reading

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Robinson Planetarium announces October schedule

Robinson Planetarium and Observatory at Adrian College has announced its upcoming show schedule for October. Admission is free for all showings. Star Talk: Autumn Constellations. With the frosty evenings of fall upon us and the celebration of All Hallows Eve near, the winged horse Pegasus and Andromeda are high in the sky and Saturn, the jewel of the heavens, is low on the western horizon.  Later in the evening, brilliant winter constellations begin to rise in the east.  In the early morning hours, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and Mars are visible low in the eastern sky.  This live talk will discuss the constellations and planets that are visible in October. (Friday, Oct. Continue Reading

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Notebook of Adrian College founder Asa Mahan is back on campus after restoration

A piece of Adrian College history is back on campus following intensive conservation efforts in Browns Summit, North Carolina. A notebook written by Adrian College founder Asa Mahan, filled with outlines for sermons, lectures and books, was in deteriorating condition when it was sent to the ECS Conservation Group in April 2014. Many of the pages, penned beginning in 1840, were detached or riddled with water stains. The notebook’s binding was in poor condition, offering little protection to the historic writings inside. Librarian Noelle Keller and college chaplain Chris Momany discussed what needed to be done to preserve the document and, with the help of vice president for development Jim Mahony, a donor was identified to bring their conservation plans to reality. 

Support for the project, which cost about $4,600, came from the Julia M. & Everett L. Ridge Trust. Continue Reading

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Robinson Planetarium offers two shows per month during the summer

Throughout the summer, Robinson Planetarium at Adrian College will offer planetarium shows on two Fridays each month. The first program is “Star Talk: The Spring Sky.” This live planetarium program will feature the sun, summer constellations, and visible planets. Special attention will be paid to objects that are easily visible with binoculars or a small telescope along with a discussion of the different types of viewing aids that amateur astronomers use to explore the night sky. 

The show will end with “Solar Quest,” a short full dome movie that shows the interconnectedness of the sun and Earth, including how space weather affects the atmosphere to create the northern lights and distorts Earths the magnetic field. You will see images of granules, solar flares and coronal mass ejections from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and learn how scientists are using the observatory to predict space weather. Shows will be on the following Fridays at 7 p.m.: June 26, July 17, and July 31. Robinson Planetarium is located at the eastern end of Peelle Hall on the corner of Charles and Williams streets on the Adrian College campus. Continue Reading

Adrian College president holds up a T-shirt reading "Adrian: Open for Business," printed by Todd Harder of Red Paint Printing, during an announcement of Adrian College's purchase of Cornerstone Apartments.

Adrian College purchases Cornerstone Apartments for staff housing

The Cornerstone Apartments building at the corner of South Main and Church streets in downtown Adrian has been purchased by Adrian College, which plans to use it as housing for coaches and other staff members. The purchase was finalized Monday and announced this morning during a press conference at the City Chambers Building. Jerry Wright, Adrian College’s vice president for business affairs, said the 28-unit building will have about 40 residents, most of them members of the coaching staff for the college’s growing athletic programs.

“The acquisition of this property serves the college by allowing us to move those employees downtown, thereby creating additional on-campus residency units for our students,” Wright said in a statement announcing the purchase. “We believe with the influx of these young professionals into the downtown area that it will add vibrancy and increased economic development.” The building will remain on the city’s tax rolls. Continue Reading

Members of the Adrian College women's soccer team show participants in the YMCA's Healthy Kids Field Day how to kick a soccer ball.

Healthy Kids Field Day is Sunday

It’s time for the annual Healthy Kids Field Day, organized by the YMCA of Lenawee County and Adrian College student athletes. From noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 12, students in grades K-6 will be able to try out different sports activities in 15- to 20-minute blocks at stations around the Merillat Sport and Fitness Center on the Adrian College campus. More:

Read our feature about last year’s field day. Download the flyer for this year’s event. Continue Reading

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Author of “Brain on Fire” to speak at Adrian College

Susannah Cahalan, the author of “Brain on Fire,” a memoir about her experience with a rare autoimmune disease, will speak this week at Adrian College. The speech, which will be at 7 p.m. Monday, March 16, in Dawson Auditorium, is part of the college’s annual recognition of Disability Awareness Week. “One day, I woke up in a strange hospital room, strapped to my bed, under guard and unable to move or speak. My medical records — from a month-long hospital stay of which I have no memory — showed psychosis, violence and dangerous instability,” Cahalan writes. “Yet, only weeks earlier I had been a healthy 24-year-old, six months into my first serious relationship and beginning a career as a cub reporter at the New York Post.”

Her speech will offer an in-depth description of her illness, beginning with feeling “off,” and descending into psychosis, violence and then near-death catatonia. Continue Reading

Free college trips scheduled for 2015

The Lenawee Youth Council and Lenawee College Access Network are planning another series of free college campus visits for local youth. (Click here for a previous story about the visits.) Here are the dates:

Adrian College: April 6. Meet at 9:15 a.m. at the Caine Student Center. The tour will end after lunch at 1 p.m.
Siena Heights University: April 25. Meet at 9:45 a.m. on the main floor of Dominican Hall. Continue Reading