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Three Olivet College employees selected for Educator to Sea Distinguished Visitor Program
Nov 08, 2012

Three Olivet College employees were invited to participate in the Educator to Sea Distinguished Visitor embark aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Nimitz Oct. 30-31. The program, which is hosted by Commander, Naval Air Forces in San Diego, Calif., was designed to foster awareness and understanding of the role of carrier aviation, as well as demonstrate the high-level training required to keep U.S. sailors ready to meet the nation’s needs.

Heather Bateman, of Dimondale, director of athletics; Maria Davis, Ph.D., of Charlotte, provost and dean of the college; and John Homer, Ph.D., of Olivet, Business Administration Department chair and professor of economics, had the opportunity to take a rare first-hand look at life aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz while witnessing the pride and professionalism of the young men and women who serve the United States at sea.

The group departed the Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) in San Diego Tuesday, Oct. 30, and was flown out to the aircraft carrier. The U.S.S. Nimitz was commissioned May 3, 1975 by President Gerald Ford in Newport News, Va., and has been called upon to support war and peace efforts around the world. After an overnight stay aboard the aircraft carrier, visitors were catapulted off the ship on Wednesday, Oct. 31, returning to NASNI.

The employees were part of a small group of 16 individuals invited by the U.S. Navy to participate in the embark, an honor that is reserved for civilians who are active leaders in their communities. According to the Commander, Naval Air Forces website, some of the people invited to participate in the Distinguished Visitor program include legislative representatives, city council members, corporate executives, educators, and other leaders of broad-based organizations who have not previously experienced the excitement of aircraft carrier operations.

For more information on the program, visit http://www.public.navy.mil/airfor/Pages/distinguishedvisitor.aspx.


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