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  • Ciao, Italia: Olivet Students Immerse Themselves in Italian Culture

    This spring, two groups of students traveled to Italy for transformative, eye-opening experiences. One of Olivet’s many unique travel experiences, the trips to Italy offered students educational, enjoyable adventures. Popes, Saints and Sinners Dustin Byrd, Ph.D., associate professor of humanities, led a group of students on a two-week trip to Venice, Florence, Assisi and Rome […]

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  • Finding What Makes You Tick: Reiker Dean’s Path to Self-Discovery

    As a young boy, rising senior Reiker Dean sprawled out on the floor with paper and watercolors next to his mother as she brushed oil paint onto a canvas. It was the beginning of a lifetime appreciation for art and a strong relationship with his mom, Amy (Gardner) Dean ’92. Reiker attributes his success in […]

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  • Class of 2019 Top Five Earn Donald A. Morris Academic Excellence Award

    On May 18, the top five graduating seniors will be honored at a reception prior to Commencement. Each student will receive the Donald A. Morris Academic Excellence Award. Professors, chosen by the students as most influential, will also be honored. The Class of 2019 top five graduates are: Emily Dorn Majors: Mathematics and History Future […]

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  • No Goal is Too Big for Sophomore Crystal Lettinga

    As sophomores, most students are still adjusting to college life. They might join a club or a team, but many students wait until their senior year to tackle their biggest goals. That’s not the case for sophomore Crystal Lettinga.  Crystal is a journalism and mass communication (JMC) major from Byron Center. She’s a dedicated member […]

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  • Five Minutes with Timothy Flynn, Ph.D., Professor of Music

    Timothy Flynn, Ph.D., serves as professor of music at Olivet College. Professor Flynn’s passion for music developed early in his childhood, and he even held the position of organist-choirmaster for a church at just 15-years-old. He has continued to hold similar roles at various types of churches and also has an extensive background in teaching […]

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  • Pull Out Your Paintbrush … Or Not: OC’s Visual Arts Program Offers Customizable Paths for Students

    Being an artist doesn’t just involve a paintbrush and a palette anymore. Art takes many forms, and Olivet College is catering to that notion with its visual arts program. Graduates of the OC visual arts program go on to become studio artists, art therapists, medical or scientific illustrators, art gallery owners and much more. “There […]

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