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Olivet College announces new faculty members
Sep 05, 2012

Dali Giese, Michael Oyster, Kathryn Perry and Jennifer Sobie, Ph.D., have been named full-time faculty members at Olivet College, according to an announcement by Maria Davis, Ph.D., provost and dean of the college.

“Enrollment at the college is at an all-time high,” Davis said. “We are pleased to be able to serve our students better by expanding the faculty with the addition of these fine individuals.”

Giese, of Williamston, joins the faculty as instructor of insurance. She will take over primary responsibility for teaching the high school risk management and insurance partnership program implemented last year by Olivet College, the Eaton Intermediate School District Career Preparation Center and Farm Bureau Insurance. Dali joins the faculty after a 27-year career in the insurance industry, most recently serving as automation specialist with Accident Fund. Giese earned a bachelor’s degree in insurance and risk management from Olivet College, and is currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration in Insurance at Olivet. She received her certified insurance counselor (CIC) in 1982, has an Associate in Risk Management (ARM), and holds the prestigious chartered property casualty underwriter (CPCU) designation. Giese brings a great deal of technical expertise to her new position, including in e-learning technology tools and agency upload and download expertise.

Oyster, who resides in Washington, N.J., and Lapeer, is now serving as the college’s executive-in-residence. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Olivet in 1977 and went on to a storied career as an entrepreneurial corporate executive and transformative leader with several multimillion dollar telecommunications corporations, including the founding of his own telecom services firm. As a former CEO of publicly traded and private companies, a multinational corporate executive and entrepreneur, Oyster brings a wealth of experience to the college’s Business Administration Department, in which he is responsible for teaching courses, leading the Phi Beta Lambda honor society for business majors and minors, and working to increase experiential learning opportunities for Olivet’s business students. He earned his Master of Science in Management at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Business, and completed the Executive Program for International Management at the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz’s School of Business, as well as the AT&T Leadership Development Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

A resident of Eaton Rapids, Perry joins the faculty as assistant professor of health and human performance. She is primarily responsible for mentoring the college’s physical education teacher preparation students, as well as teaching courses in the college’s Health and Human Performance Department and basic mathematics. Perry has eight years of experience teaching in the public school system, most recently in Holt, where she served as a secondary mathematics and elementary physical education teacher. She brings a great deal of experience to Olivet in assessment and student success, and has other professional experience including strategic planning, education technology and curriculum development. She has also served as a department chair in mathematics and as a cheerleading coach. Perry earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University (WMU) and a master’s degree in education leadership from Grand Canyon University. She is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in special (adaptive) physical education from WMU.

Sobie, of Lowell, joins the faculty as assistant professor of psychology. Previously a research scientist in neurobiology at Pfizer, Pharmacia and Upjohn, Sobie has taught many psychology and several animal behavior courses at University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana, Grand Rapids Community College and WMU, where she won several awards for her teaching. She has authored two chapters in a book about exotic pet behavior and has held several appointments with the Association for Behavior Analysis. Sobie also has her own business as an animal behavior consultant, aptly named “The Creature Teacher.” She holds a doctorate in behavioral analysis from WMU, where she also earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Classes for the fall 2012 semester began Tuesday, Aug. 28.

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