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Olivet College Commencement scheduled for May 19
May 11, 2012

Olivet College will recognize more than 200 seniors as part of graduation ceremonies Saturday, May 19 at 1 p.m. at The Cutler Event Center. Baccalaureate will be held Friday, May 18 at 4:30 p.m. in the Olivet Congregational Church.

During the Commencement ceremony, Charles Trubac, former regional vice president of State Farm Insurance Companies and Olivet College trustee emeritus, will be presented with a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

A resident of East Lansing, Trubac is a longtime supporter of Olivet College and helped to establish the college’s Risk Management and Insurance Center.

Throughout his career, Trubac has achieved many accomplishments that have positively impacted the companies he has worked for, as well as the insurance industry and the greater community. He began in 1951 as an agent for State Farm Insurance in Washington, D.C. Four years later, he was appointed agency manager and progressed through other management positions to deputy regional vice president of the regional office in Frederick, Md. He came to Michigan as regional vice president in June 1971. The Michigan office grew substantially during his tenure. At the time of his retirement in 1992, there were nearly 1,700 employees, 730 agents and 50 agency managers. The companies serviced 1.2 million auto policies, 760,000 fire policies, 200,000 life policies and 42,000 health policies for earned premiums for Michigan totaling nearly $1 billion.

In addition to his business accomplishments, Trubac has also demonstrated Olivet College’s responsibility ideal through service to others and his community. He has been involved in the Optimist Club; Public Housing Authority of Frederick, Md.; Binder Park Zoological Society; Junior Achievement; Michigan Avenue Community Organization; and more. He has also demonstrated a substantial commitment to advancing ethical decision making and management as a graduate of the Josephson Institute of Ethics and as an active member of its Ethics Corp, traveling the country to promote a responsibility for ethical decision making, and management principles and practice. In 1994, Trubac was inducted into the Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame.

Bethany Merfeld, of Waldron, is the senior class speaker for Commencement. Speaking at Baccalaureate are Zachary Coddaire, of Lake Odessa; Abigail Fangboner, of Lansing; Jessica Howard, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; Michelle Koebel, of Whitehall; Caitlin Lohr, of Holland; and James Williams, of Battle Creek. Phil Reed, Criminal Justice Program director and assistant professor of criminal justice, of Battle Creek, was also chosen by the senior class to speak as part of Baccalaureate.

For more information about Commencement activities, call (269) 749-7390 or visit Olivet’s website at www.olivetcollege.edu.


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