Historic Preservation Notes +
College leaders showed great aesthetic sensibility when determining the design for this building. It blends elements of traditional design that create a warm and welcoming setting, while having modern amenities that an admissions office needs. Further, the effort to make this building visually similar to other buildings on campus helps to reinforce an image of the Albion College campus as a place with great history and beauty. While this was demonstrated by construction of a new building, efforts to preserve older buildings is equally important to strengthening the historic character and sense of place of the campus. The same money to construct this new building, years earlier could have been used to rehabilitate one of the areas older homes (which the new building mimics) that the college demolished.
Admissions is located at the Bonta Admissions Center, 100 N. Hannah St., one block south of Michigan Avenue. The Admissions Office is open weekdays, Saturday mornings and by special appointment. The building is named for long-time dean of admissions Frank Bonta, ’49. (1998-99 Albion College Academic Catalog)
The Bonta Admissions Building, was constructed to provide a friendly placefor prospective students to be introduced to Albion College. The facility wascompleted in 1996, and named after former long time director of admission, FrankBonta. In addition to entertaining prospective students, Bonta is also homefor the admissions staff, and telephone campaigns are conducted from a bank ofphones in the basement.
Source: Isaac Kremer, 2001.
From the Albion College Archives
Bonta Admissions Building
This building is the “front door” of the campus for most visiting high school students. It is named for Frank Bonta, who served as Dean of Admissions for 44 years before retiring (1951-1995), witnessing 11 generations of Albion College students come and go.
The dedication ceremony was held during Homecoming Weekend in 1996, attracting more than 100 former Admissions Office staff members, friends and guests. One of which, Linda Vivian Pulling ’75, said of Bonta that “I’ve never worked for or with another person who is more professional than Frank Bonta. His level of integrity and class is rare, and it goes without saying that there isn’t a more loyal Albion College alumnus!” During the weekend, Frank was also presented with the Alumni Association’s Meritorious Service Award.
Bonta served for 3 years in the U.S. Navy during World War II before earning his college degree from Albion. Following his graduation in 1949, he worked as the executive assistant to the managing director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home in Eaton Rapids. In 1951, Bonta began his career at Albion as an admissions counselor, was promoted to Director in 1961, and finally Dean in 1973. While at Albion, Bonta also coordinated the College’s Commencements and Honors Convocations and held numerous leadership roles in professional organizations, including a term as president of the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, an organization encompassing all of Michigan’s accredited institutions of higher learning. Prior to his term as president, Bonta served as chairman of the Junior-Senior College Articulation Committee, 1968-60; secretary, 1964-66; and chairman, Secondary School-College Relations Committee, 1962-63. Bonta was also a registered consultant in college admissions for the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. He was a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors, for which he served on the Advisory Board from 1963-68. He also was a member of the Study Committee on Present and Future Needs for Postsecondary Education for the State Board of Education.
Bonta earned his M.A. in 1960 and his Ed.S. in 1966, both from Michigan State University. He also received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Albion in 1982.
All photographs are from the Albion College Archives Photograph Files, unless otherwise noted.
“The 1996 Meritorious Service Award: Frank Bonta, ’49.” (Winter 1996-97). Io Triumphe, Vol.LXI, No.3: 19.
“Bonta Admissions Center Dedicated.” Io Triumphe, Vol.LXI, No.3: 33.
Source: Albion College Archives, 2003 [Downloaded July 3, 2003]