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Seven Olivet College students awarded by Michigan Campus Compact
Apr 21, 2009

Seven Olivet College students were recognized for demonstrating outstanding dedication to service throughout their educational career at the Michigan Campus Compact (MCC) Outstanding Student Service Awards ceremony April 18 in East Lansing. Olivet students James Boyd, a senior from St. Charles, Ill.; Tham Doan, a senior from Lansing; Matthew Hoppes, a junior from Saranac; Greg Jarratt, a senior from Centreville; Tajalli Kelley-Graves, a sophomore from Lansing; Alecia McWilliams, a freshman from Detroit; and Travis Stickler, a senior from Wayland, were among the 100 college students recognized at the statewide event.

Boyd, Doan, Hoppes, Jarratt, McWilliams and Stickler each received Heart and Soul awards for their time, effort and personal commitment to their communities through service. Kelley-Graves received the Commitment to Service award for both the breadth and depth of her community involvement.

Kelley-Graves was recognized for organizing projects for the colleges Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Day of Service, as well as volunteering in Lansing-area schools. She also completed 300 hours of service work as part of the Michigan Service Scholars program.

Boyd received his award for participating in numerous alternative break service trips organized by the college, including two to help with Hurricane Katrina Relief and one to the Heifer International ranch in Perryville, Ark., an organization involved in combating hunger and poverty. Boyd has also participated in every Olivet College Service Day during his academic career.

Doan was recognized for her continuous service to the college, including Middle Ground, a student organization at Olivet that assists youth aging out of the foster care system.

Hoppes was recognized for volunteering as an assistant football coach at Saranac High School and mentoring students there. He also participated in several alternative break service trips.

Jarratt was recognized for volunteering his time to several organizations on campus, including the Society of Hosford Scholars and the Omicron Delta Kappa honor society. He is also president of the Olivet College Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the colleges chapter of the American Marketing Association, is a wrestling team captain, and serves as a resident advisor.

McWilliams was also recognized for organizing projects for the MLK Day of Service. In addition, she participated in the Michigan Service Scholars program and is a member of Olivets Womens Empowerment organization.

Stickler received his award for coordinating numerous service projects in the community, including American Red Cross blood drives and Service Day activities. He is also a member of Phi Beta Lambda, the colleges honor society for business students, and the Student Finance Organization; within these two organizations he has helped to bring professional guest speakers to campus and has helped teach students how to file their taxes. Stickler also participated in the Michigan Service Scholars program.

MCC is a state-level non-profit organization that promotes the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be civically engaged citizens through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service learning and civic engagement.


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