Reiker Dean ’20 — Chasing After His Dream of Becoming an Artist

April 18th, 2022 by
Reiker Dean ’20 is a graduate student at Ohio University on a full-ride scholarship. He is currently in his second year of a three-year program working toward a Master of Fine Arts in painting and drawing. He also currently works for the university by instructing undergraduate classes, and in the fall of this year, he…
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Christian Washington ’21 — Striving to Make a Difference in his Community

April 12th, 2022 by
Christian Washington ’21 is currently enrolled in the 109th Mid-Michigan Police Academy as a sponsored recruit at Lansing Community College and is on track to graduate on May 6, 2022. After completing the program, Christian plans to be officially sworn in to the Lansing Police Department and to start the field training process for officers.…
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Kate Strein ’08 — Taking the Classroom Global

March 9th, 2022 by
Kate Strein ’08 serves as an eighth grade English Language Arts teacher at Jupiter Middle School in southern Florida, but her true passion is taking education beyond the classroom. Kate was chosen as a Fulbright Scholar for the Teachers of Global Classrooms program in 2019. While the COVID-19 pandemic delayed some of Kate’s plans, this…
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This Has to Be The Place

February 2nd, 2022 by
Dr. Tim Hodge, a 1983 Olivet College graduate, was appointed chair of the Olivet College Board of Trustees on Oct. 15, 2021. Hodge is a distinguished emergency medicine physician and U.S. Navy veteran whose commitment to Olivet College has remained strong. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for 20 years…
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Meet Chelsea Goodman ’14, DO

January 24th, 2022 by
Chelsea Goodman ‘14 majored in biology at Olivet College while preparing to enter medical school after graduation. Thanks to strong relationships with professors, time management skills, leadership opportunities and a great educational foundation, Chelsea has found success in graduate school and beyond. “I always knew that I wanted to further my education in the medical…
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Meet Alumna Emma Essen ’19

January 6th, 2022 by
Emma Essen ’19 certainly spent her fair share of time crunching numbers as a double major in actuarial science and mathematics with a minor in computer science, but solving the equation of time management was her true focus. Since graduating, she’s started a career as data analyst and is also a part-time graduate student. Thanks…
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Brian Freiberger ’19 — Back to His Roots

December 9th, 2021 by
When Brian Freiberger graduated from Olivet College in 2019, he found career opportunities in big cities working in marketing and sales. But, he decided he wanted to go back to his roots as a writer and photographer and needed to return to a quiet lifestyle after living in the city. Brian said, “At the end…
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Jennifer (Elliston) Ackett ’17 — Finding Her True Path

November 12th, 2021 by
Jennifer (Elliston) Ackett ’17 came to Olivet with the intention of starting her journey to become a medical doctor, but along the way she found her true path of becoming a physician assistant (PA). Jennifer is from Battle Creek, and great scholarship opportunities played a big role in her decision to attend OC. While at…
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Alena (Buczynski) Guenther ’18 – Be Challenged, Be Changed

November 5th, 2021 by
When Alena (Buczynski) Guenther ’18 was attending Olivet College, a pin from the Opening Convocation ceremony found its way to her with the phrase “Be Challenged, Be Changed.” It was that phrase that stuck with her during the rest of her college and graduate school career, pushing her to grow and be the best version…
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George Hill ’99 – More Than a Job

October 25th, 2021 by
For George Hill ’99, being a teacher is a vital role in a student’s life. “We help shape values, character, passions and life goals. It is mission-critical work as we are creating the leaders of the next generation now.” That drive to better students is why George is now serving as a principal. When George…
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