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175 Voices of Olivet

This fall, Olivet College launched its 175th anniversary celebration, continuing through Commencement 2019. During these 175 years, OC has continuously striven to teach students the divine art and science of doing good to others, guided by the mission of our founding fathers. The institution recognizes it is the people – from Father John Shipherd, to the faculty and staff who serve students today, generations of alumni, the Class of 2018 and even new students who have only just joined the campus community – that make Olivet College a special place. In honor of our 175th anniversary, our hope is to share at least 175 voices of Olivet College.
  • I was a small town girl so Olivet College was a great fit for me. I loved all of my classes except maybe freshman English. However, I was lead to become a writer and have had a number of articles published in national magazines. I looked at a number of institutions and knew that large state universities were just too big for me. Olivet also made it POSSIBLE for me to go to college. My parents had very limited resources and a college education was something that wasn’t in the cards financially. But Olivet made is possible! I loved Olivet and expected to graduate in 1973. However, life changes when you least expect it! My fiance’ got accepted to Osteopathic medical school a year early – he’s what is referred to as a “three year wonder” – he got accepted to medical school without a bachelor’s degree which rarely happened then and NEVER happens now! We decided that he wasn’t going to Missouri without me and we got married 36 hours before medical school! I transferred as a senior to Northeast MIssouri State University (now Truman University) in Kirksville, Missouri, and finished my degree and my teaching credential. No regrets – we’ve been married 46 years and it all started when we met at the beginning of sophomore year at Olivet College. Olivet will ALWAYS have a very warm spot in both our hearts. Some of my greatest gifts from Olivet are my husband and my dear roommate, Janet Adamski ’73, with whom I have stayed in touch over these many years. Bob and I live in Concord, California, very far from family and friends, but some relationships are simply meant to last a lifetime!

    Patricia Adams Clark '73

  • Olivet College is a place where we define ourselves by who we include, rather than who we exclude. It’s a place where the people, the unique contributions that each one brings to our community, and the relationships we build with one another defines us, as a community and as a college.

    Steven M. Corey, Ph.D.

    Olivet College President
  • We know that Olivet is a good college because we have seen scores of her graduates, all of whom are making good; we have talked to hundreds of her friends, and all of them are loyal; we have seen young men and women come here and in a short time catch a new vision and receive a new inspiration. We believe in Olivet, the college of opportunity; the college where students get individual attention; the college where lifelong friendships are formed; the college where Christian character is manifested and where Christian idealism is inculcated. Come to Olivet if you want to go to a good college.

    Paul F. Voelker

    Olivet College President 1920-1925
  • I will always remember how much Olivet College felt like a big family. Professors were very helpful and you could get assistance very easily when needed. Throughout my years at Olivet, I never felt lost or out of place due to the people around campus. Whether it was professors remembering my name, having a class with a familiar face, or coming together within clubs and organizations, there was always someone you could go to.

    BreAnne Rudlaff '18

  • Olivet might have a small campus, but nothing is too big at OC. I’m very thankful for the resources that are here, especially student life opportunities and advisers who will help you with anything. I know the more I take advantage of now will help me in my next steps of life, and there are chances to grow in many ways. There is truly something for everyone at Olivet College.

    Jack Caporuscio

  • I have always felt that Olivet College is a special place. I think God created OC for a unique purpose – a place where diversity is embraced and a greater understanding is created. What continues to make Olivet special is that there are so many people who are willing to devote their life’s work to educating students and ensuring the growth of the institution.

    Mike Fales ’75

    assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies and religion, director of service learning and campus ministries, Olivet College

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