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Olivet College announces promotions and new faculty members
Aug 17, 2006

OLIVET, Mich. With the 2006-07 school year approaching, Olivet College has named two faculty members to the chairs of their departments and hired two new professors, according to an announcement by Norma Curtis, Olivets vice president and dean of academic affairs.

Kirk Hendershott-Kraetzer, associate professor of humanities, has been promoted to chair of the Humanities Department. Hendershott-Kraetzer earned a bachelors degree in English from Hope College, a masters degree in English and creative writing from Western Michigan University and a doctorate in English from Michigan State University. Hendershott-Kraetzer replaces Martha Perkins, Ph.D., associate professor of humanities, who will continue to teach at the college and remain the principal writer for the colleges North Central Association Self-Study.

Nick Juday, assistant professor of health, physical education, recreation and sport (HPERS), has been promoted to chair of the HPERS Department. Juday received a bachelors degree in physical education from Manchester (Ind.) College and a masters degree in physical education from Western Michigan University. He is also the head coach for the mens and womens cross country and track and field teams. Juday replaces Janet Menconi, who accepted a position at the University of Charleston in West Virginia.

Olivet welcomes Sue Settle as an assistant professor of education. Last year, Settle worked part-time as an instructor at Olivet. Prior to her experience at the college, Settle worked as a kindergarten and first-grade teacher at Galewood Elementary School in Charlotte. She earned bachelors and masters degrees from Michigan State University.

Regina Armstrong joins the Olivet faculty as assistant professor of criminal justice. Armstrong comes to Olivet after serving as curriculum developer for Ferris State University (FSU) in Big Rapids. She also worked at the Michigan Youth Correctional Facility, where she managed several departments and supervised employee training requirements. She earned bachelors and masters degrees from FSU.


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