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Olivet College announces new and full-time faculty
Aug 27, 2010

Ramona Kime, Ph.D., Craig Korpela, Ph.D., and Mike Sherzer have been hired as full-time faculty members at Olivet College, according to an announcement by Maria Davis, Olivets vice president and dean of academic affairs.

Kime is now a full-time associate professor of music at Olivet. She has taught for the colleges music program since 1984.

Kime teaches all private piano lessons and piano classes at the college, and serves as accompanist for all choral ensembles, and student and faculty recitals. She also teaches courses in music theory, aural skills and string instrument methods.

In addition to her college teaching, Kime has a large studio of adult piano students and is the organist at the Charlotte Congregational Church, United Church of Christ. She specializes in teaching adult piano students and has presented workshops on teaching adults to music teachers at both the local and national levels. Kime has also written articles on teaching adults for various national music teacher journals and piano pedagogy forums. In addition, she is a frequent clinician and judge at piano competitions and festivals throughout Michigan.

Kime earned a bachelors degree in music education from Olivet College, a masters degree in piano performance from Michigan State University, and a doctorate in piano pedagogy and music education from the University of Oklahoma.

Korpela now serves the college full-time as assistant professor of history. He has taught at Olivet since 2000. Korpelas primary teaching responsibilities include United States history, United States diplomatic history, world history, Russian history and Michigan history. In addition, he has taught courses focused on colonialism, constitutional history, and various areas within the field of political science, including national government and state and local government. Korpela has also led groups of students to Michigans Upper Peninsula to study the development of mining communities and to the coast of Maine to study cultural development.

Korpela earned a bachelors degree in general studies from the University of Michigan, a masters degree in history from Oakland University, and a doctorate in public administration from Western Michigan University.

Sherzer joins Olivet College as assistant professor of criminal justice. He previously served 25 years as an officer with the Battle Creek Police Department (BCPD), retiring earlier this year with the rank of lieutenant.

Sherzers responsibilities with the BCPD included supervising the Calhoun County Cold Case Homicide Team, managing patrol of Bedford Township, implementing the departments Weed and Seed initiative to include budget allocations and grant management to further reduce crime in a targeted area, and implementing community driven policing projects. Sherzer also served as chair of the Fallen Officers Memorial Committee from 2005 to 2008, for which he received the Battle Creek Enquirer George Award and Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 121 Active Member of the Year Award.

Sherzer has prior teaching experience at Olivet College and Kellogg Community College. He earned a bachelors degree in criminal justice from Northern Michigan University and a masters degree in public administration from Western Michigan University, and completed the Police Command Staff School of Eastern Michigan University, as well as the FBI National Academy Section 216 for leadership and administrative development.


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