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Academic Advising
Academic Resources and Disability Services
Global Citizen Honors Program

Writing Program

SERVICES & PROCEDURES
The Comet Learning and Student Success Center (CLASS) is Olivet College's one-stop shop for students seeking assistance with academic advising, career planning, test taking and writing. The center also assists students with learning disabilities as well as those who strive for advanced learning opportunities.

Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday

Location:
Olivet College
Mott Academic Center 212
320 S. Main St.
Olivet, MI 49076

DEPARTMENT STAFF

Charlie Wilson
Associate Dean for Academics Affairs, Assistant Professor of Education
MIAA Faculty Athletic Representative
Mott 206
(269) 749-6649
cwilson@olivetcollege.edu
 
Diana Boatwright
Academic Counselor and Adjunct Professor of Education
Mott 211
(269) 749-7702
dboatwright@olivetcollege.edu
     
 
Laura Barlond_Maas
Assistant Professor of English, Director of Writing Programs
Mott 212-A
(269)749-7678
lmaas@olivetcollege.edu
     
Matthew Wait
Director of the Global Citizen Honors Program, Director of Judicial Affairs,
Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Dole Hall lower level
(269)749-4187
mwait@olivetcollege.edu
     
Bill Maas
Academic Counselor, Head Women's Golf Coach,
NCAA Compliance Coordinator

MacKay Gymnasium
(269)749-7567
bmaas@olivetcollege.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACADEMIC ADVISING
Representatives from Academic Advising assist Olivet College students with developing the skills, knowledge and resources necessary for the effective planning and achievement of their academic goals and objectives.Students will build a personal relationship with an advisor who will help guide them toward their academic goals and teach them to become responsible for their own life-long learning. Successful advising is an on-going process.

The Center offers:
An open door policy
Students may discuss coursework concerns, procedures, transfer equivalents, curriculum changes and degree requirements.

Major, minor and program requirements
Requirements for each major, minor and program are all on one handout so students can chart their progress toward a degree. Students will also have regular meetings with their academic advisor.

Help with changing a major or minor
Students can find advice and counseling about changing academic goals by exploring different majors or minors, getting information on curriculum, prerequisites and course offerings.

Information on becoming certified to teach
Students can learn how to apply for teacher certification, as well as learn about the necessary requirements and tests.

Help with forming a four-year academic plan
Making a four-year plan is very important in order to graduate on time. Forms are available in the Academic Advising Office; center staff can help students complete them.

How to use these documents
INSTRUCTIONS

Major/Minor Graduation Requirements
BIOLOGY-MAJOR Biomedical
BIOLOGY-MAJOR Ecology Organismal
BIOLOGY-MAJOR Physical Therapy
BIOLOGY-MAJOR Premedical
BIOCHEMISTRY-MAJOR
BIOLOGY-MAJOR
BIOLOGY-MINOR
BIOLOGY-SECONDARY MAJOR
BIOLOGY-SECONDARY MINOR
BUSINESS ADMIN MINOR-SECONDARY
BUSINESS ADMIN-MAJOR Financial Mgt.
BUSINESS ADMIN-MAJOR General
BUSINESS ADMIN-MAJOR Marketing
BUSINESS ADMIN-MINOR General
BUSINESS ADMIN-MINOR Marketing
BUSINESS ADMIN-MINOR-Financial Mgt.
CHEMISTRY-MAJOR
CHEMISTRY-MINOR
CHEMISTRY-SECONDARY MAJOR
CHEMISTRY-SECONDARY-MINOR
COACHING-MINOR
COMPUTER SCI-MAJOR
COMPUTER SCI-MINOR
COMPUTER SCI-SECONDARY MINOR
CRIMINAL JUSTICE-MAJOR
Diverse World
Elementary Ed. Courses
ENGINEERING-transfer to MT
ENGLISH-ELEMENTARY MAJOR
ENGLISH-ELEMENTARY MINOR
ENGLISH-MAJOR
ENGLISH-MINOR
ENGLISH-SECONDARY MAJOR
ENGLISH-SECONDARY MINOR
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE-MAJOR
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE-MINOR
FITNESS MGT-MAJOR
FITNESS MGT-MINOR
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS1
HEALTH EDUCATION-TEACHING MINOR
HISTORY SECONDARY-MAJOR
HISTORY-ELEMENTARY MAJOR
HISTORY-ELEMENTARY MINOR
HISTORY-MAJOR
HISTORY-MINOR
HISTORY-SECONDARY MINOR
INSURANCE & RISK MANAGEMENT-MAJOR
JOURNALISM MASS COMM-MAJOR
JOURNALISM MASS COMM -MINOR
LANGUAGE ARTS-ELEMENTARY MINOR
LIBERAL ARTS CORE
MATHEMATICS-ELEMENTARY MAJOR
MATHEMATICS-ELEMENTARY MINOR
MATHEMATICS-MAJOR
MATHEMATICS-MINOR
MATHEMATICS-SECONDARY MAJOR
MATHEMATICS-SECONDARY MINOR
MUSIC BUSINESS-MAJOR
MUSIC-B.A.M.E. Instrum-MAJOR
MUSIC-B.A.M.E.Vocal-MAJOR
MUSIC-MAJOR
MUSIC-MINOR
MUSIC-SACRED MUSIC
PE EDUCATION-MINOR
PE K-12 EDUCATION-MAJOR
POLITICAL SCI-MINOR
POLITICAL SCI-ELEMENTARY MINOR
POLITICAL SCI-SECONDARY MINOR
PSYCHOLOGY-MAJOR
PSYCHOLOGY-MINOR
SCIENCE-ELEMENTARY MAJOR
SCIENCE-ELEMENTARY MINOR
Secondary Ed. Courses
Senior Experience
Service Learning
SOCIAL STUDIES-GROUP TEACHING-MAJOR
SOCIAL STUDIES-MAJOR
SOCIOLOGY ANTHROPOLOGY-MAJOR
SOCIOLOGY ANTHROPOLOGY-MINOR
SPANISH-ELEMENTARY MINOR
SPANISH-SECONDARY MINOR
SPEECH-ELEMENTARY MINOR
SPEECH-SECONDARY MAJOR
SPEECH-SECONDARY MINOR
SPORTS REC MGMT- MAJOR
SPORTS-REC MGMT-MINOR
Teacher Preparation Advice
THEATRE-MAJOR
THEATRE-MINOR
VISUAL ARTS K-12-MAJOR
VISUAL ARTS-MAJOR [Bio Illustration]
VISUAL ARTS-MAJOR [Comm Design]
VISUAL ARTS-MAJOR [Studio Arts]
VISUAL ARTS-MINOR
WELLNESS-MAJOR
WELLNESS-MINOR
WOMEN'S-STUDIES-MINOR

Transferring Students
Alpena Community College
Glen Oaks Community College
Grand Rapids Community College
Jackson Community College
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Kellogg Community College
Lansing Community College
Oakland Community College

ACADEMIC RESOURCES AND DISABILITY SERVICES
The Academic Resource and Disability Services Office was established to provide  students with a broad range of services to facilitate intellectual growth and   achievement of academic goals. The office is designed to help every student, regardless of their abilities, to successfully navigate the college experience, perform at the highest academic level and reap the benefits of receiving an Olivet College degree.

The office is designed to work with those individuals who have learning disabilities.  Staff will work discretely to coordinate the provision of services that allow all students  to succeed in the classroom. The office staff also help students work toward returning  to satisfactory academic standing after being placed on academic warning or probation. Staff will provide consultation and assistance in formulating and executing a successful study plan to help get students back on track.

What the office provides

  • Tutors in all academic areas
  • How-to informational pamphlets and handouts for research, studying, test taking, etc.  
  • Self-help tapes available for loan
  • Tips on taking essay exams and objective tests
  • Workshops to develop master student skills
  • Assistance with academic goal setting and charting progress

For Students with Diagnosed Learning Disabilities

  • Books on tape
  • Tape recorders
  • Note-taking assistance in the classroom
  • Alternate testing sites and procedures, including readers and scribes
  • Print enlarger software

 

GLOBAL CITIZEN HONORS PROGRAM
The Global Citizen Honors Program (GCHP) at Olivet College will call on its members to investigate global, interdisciplinary issues by inquiring into the theories and philosophical underpinnings of complex social issues. The program is experiential, requiring its members to be involved not only with the problems they are investigating but with each other and the world around them. GCHP is designed for the student who wishes to continue demonstrating creativity and leadership within the framework of Individual and Social Responsibility. 

GCHP has three distinct academic experiences: honors class, honors option courses and an honors project. There are also a host of co-curricular events and opportunities that, taken as a whole, provide a comprehensive and cutting-edge experience.

The Honors Class
Each semester has a new overarching theme. An example includes a presidential election, which would focus not only on the process of electing the leader of our country, but also the issues that shape the debate. Another theme could be about Africa: understanding the past, comprehending the present and envisioning the future. Students would study the issues facing African nations.

Students must complete three semesters of the Honors Class.

The Honors Option
Honors Option courses are taken from the traditional class offerings of the college. The Honors Option is work done above and beyond the traditional requirements for a course.

Students must take at least nine credit hours worth of Honors Options (three credit hour classes)

The Honors Project
The Honors Project is a piece of original work completed by the student. Students receive six credit hours during their senior year for working on an Honors Project.

The project topic is submitted in the second semester of the student's junior year and approved by the Honors Committee.

The Honors Project is shared with the campus community near the end of the students final semester.

Co-curricular Benefits
GCHP resource room

Books and periodicals for the students to utilize

Area for meeting and discussing issues

Information on opportunities outside of the college

Scholars programs (Fulbright or Rhodes)

Information on studying abroad, Internships and co-ops

Off-campus study through the college

Off-site study, such as the ROAD semester or the ILT in Maine will be made readily available to program members. 

Official recognition- This includes language and/or insignia on the member's diploma, transcript, and commencement program designating the member as a graduate of the GCHP, along with the title of the member's departmental honors project.

Informal and formal gatherings with the GCHP faculty, Olivet College Board of Trustees and college administrators.

The choice of living in a honors residential setting.

WRITING PROGRAM
The Writing Program at Olivet College aims to help students at all levels and areas of study gain the skills necessary to become better writers. Learning to write well is a life-long process that can be supplemented by the insight of other writers. Writing program tutors are available to hold one-on-one sessions with students to discuss:

A.  an individual's work
B.  resource materials available on various writing-related topics 

Representatives from the program can also work with faculty members to visit classes to aid students in the process of developing college-level writing skills.

Like most writing center environments, the Writing Program at Olivet College is not an editing service. Tutors adhere to the principles of The Olivet College Compact with the following policies:

1. Each student is responsible for the writing he or she produces. Tutors provide suggestions and may point out specific punctuation or grammar errors, but the tutor is not responsible for making a paper perfect. 

2. The student and tutor must work together in the conference process. The Writing Program does not endorse an editing model whereby the tutor simply corrects problems. Tutors aim to engage students, leading them toward an understanding of writing conventions and an appreciation of their own unique style.

3. The student and tutor are responsible for treating each other with respect and for behaving and communicating with honesty and integrity. Throughout the writing conference process, both the student and tutor must maintain a level of respect appropriate in a college environment.

Tutor schedules change each semester, stop by Mott 212 to view a current schedule and arrange an appointment.