Mark Magnuson ‘75 to Speak at Adrian College Fall Convocation

Address to touch on the importance of learning throughout a lifetime.

ADRIAN, Mich. (August 28, 2014) – On Wednesday, September 3, Mark Magnuson ‘75 will address the Adrian College community during its annual fall convocation. The event is scheduled to begin at noon in Herrick Chapel at the center of the College’s campus.

“Each year Adrian College begins our academic year by gathering to celebrate one of our Ribbons of Excellence, recognize faculty accomplishments in research and teaching and hear from distinguished academics or professionals,” said Dr. Agnes I. Caldwell, vice president and dean of Academic Affairs. “We are fortunate that Mark Magnuson will be speaking on our ribbon: learning throughout a lifetime. He is the quintessential liberal arts and lifetime learner, embodying all we hope for in our students and alumni.”


Magnuson, a resident of Nashville, Tennessee earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Adrian College, with good intentions to pursue dentistry. His career, however, would take a completely different direction as he developed his special interest in art and design.  Shortly after his graduation from AC, Magnuson obtained a degree in visual information design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh resulting in a career launch into the emerging field of computer graphic arts.

In 1991, Magnuson launched Anode, Inc., an interactive marketing and communications studio in East Nashville. He now serves as President, leading his talented staff for 23 years.


Anode offers creative studio spaces for all phases of media: print and online marketing, interactive, web design and digital signage. Since it’s startup as an interactive kiosk and video production agency, Anode has fully transformed into a dynamic organization that continues to be at the forefront of new digital technology. Recently, the College added touch-screen interactive digital signs that were a direct result of Anode’s Fire Sign platform.


Magnuson is Past President of Creative Forum, has served on the Board of Directors of Tennessee Dance Theater and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Nashville Public Library Foundation. He is also a longtime supporter of the Jamestown Audubon Society and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in his hometown, Jamestown, NY. He is an avid supporter of Adrian College and has family ties as well: a sister, Susan Magnuson Austin ’75 and uncle, Donald C. Smith ’66.  In 2012, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award, honoring both his success and continued commitment to honor his alma mater.

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The annual United Methodist Exemplary Teaching award, the Ross Newsom Teaching awards, and the newly established Faculty Research and Scholarship Award will also be presented.  In addition, new faculty will be recognized, as well as those who have received academic accomplishments.

This event is free and open to the public. Class times will shift to allow attendance for students.