Olivet and Thailand — Connected by Heart

August 13th, 2020 by
Eakamon “Andy” Oumtrakool, Ph.D., assistant professor of business administration, and Areerat “Poy” Lertchaipitak, Ph.D., assistant professor of business administration, are experts in their field and dedicated advisers, but those aren’t the only ways they enrich the Olivet College community. Oumtrakool and Lertchaipitak are originally from Thailand, and the couple proudly shares their culture and instills…
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Five Minutes with Michael Fredericks, Associate Professor of Computer Science

June 27th, 2019 by
[caption id="attachment_31718" align="alignright" width="300"] Provost Maria Davis, Ph.D., with Professor Fredericks[/caption] Michael Fredericks serves as associate professor of computer science at Olivet College. He has been a member of the faculty since 2002 and holds a deep regard for small, liberal arts colleges and the kind of learning experience they provide. Professor Fredericks had an…
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Five Minutes With Chair, Adviser and Professor Susanne Lewis, Ph.D.

May 29th, 2019 by
Susanne Lewis, Ph.D. is a professor of chemistry and adviser to OC’s chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS). With the goal of becoming a college professor, Professor Lewis got her start in the role as an undergraduate lab assistant for an introductory chemistry lab course. Since then, she’s been a teacher and adviser in…
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Five Minutes With Cea Noyes, J.D.

May 23rd, 2019 by
Cynthia “Cea” Noyes, J.D., has worked at Olivet College for nearly 25 years. She currently serves as chair of the Social Science Department, professor of sociology/anthropology and director of the Betsy Dole Women’s Resource Center. In her teaching, Professor Noyes aims to help students build on prior learning and apply classroom lessons to the world…
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Off to Save the World: Olivet’s Sociology/Anthropology Major

May 22nd, 2019 by
[et_pb_section admin_label="section"] [et_pb_row admin_label="row"] [et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text"] Everybody wants to change the world, and Olivet’s sociology/anthropology major is setting students up to achieve that goal one day at a time. [caption id="attachment_31124" align="alignright" width="300"] Professor Noyes[/caption] Cea Noyes, J.D., chair of the Social Science Department, professor of sociology/anthropology and director of the Betsy Dole Women’s…
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Five Minutes With Mike Fales ’75 — Professor, Alumnus and Mentor

May 10th, 2019 by
[caption id="attachment_28911" align="alignright" width="350"] Most recently, Professor Fales led a group of students and alumni to Japan to study religion and culture.[/caption] Mike Fales ’75 currently serves as director of service learning and campus ministries and assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies and religion, but it’s nearly impossible to sum up the true impact he has…
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Faculty Panel Celebrates 175 Years of Olivet College

May 2nd, 2019 by
[caption id="attachment_28859" align="alignright" width="350"] Left to right: Provost Maria Davis, Ph.D., John Homer, Ph.D., KayDee Perry, Jare Klein, Art Stevens, Ph.D., Don Walker, Ph.D., and President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D.[/caption] Recently, faculty members gathered for a Faculty Panel in celebration of 175 years of Olivet College. The theme of the panel was “Perspectives on Teaching…
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Five Minutes with Timothy Flynn, Ph.D., Professor of Music

April 10th, 2019 by
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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Five Minutes With Blake Reed, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry

March 27th, 2019 by
Blake Reed, Ph.D., serves as assistant professor of chemistry at Olivet College. His passion for teaching stems back to his time in high school, and Professor Reed hasn’t felt a tug toward another role since. He is particularly interested in inorganic chemistry and even holds a Ph.D. in the subject. While this may be Professor…
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Carol Breed ’98: Family and Insurance Go Hand-in-Hand

March 14th, 2019 by
[caption id="attachment_27905" align="alignright" width="350"] Carol Breed '98 was named professor emeritus at the 2018 Opening Convocation.[/caption] Carol Breed ’98 is often renowned for the legacy she left on Olivet College’s insurance and risk management (IRM) program, even now that she’s retired. To Carol, her legacy pales in comparison to the lasting impression Olivet College made…
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Five Minutes with John Moore, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology

February 28th, 2019 by
John Moore, Ph.D., serves as assistant professor of psychology at Olivet College, but his role goes far beyond the classroom. Professor Moore is also dedicated to helping students succeed in all aspects of their educational journeys and shares his knowledge applied to mental health and other relevant issues with all Comets. In fact, Professor Moore…
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Five Minutes with Ben Reed, Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance

February 22nd, 2019 by
Ben Reed serves as assistant professor of health and human performance at Olivet College. He has shaped his career around the ability to work with students, fostering their personal growth and development. His most prominent passion in life is basketball, and he strongly enjoys relating to students and players through that love. Why do you…
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Five Minutes with Sarah Peterson: Helping Students Succeed from Anywhere

February 11th, 2019 by
Sarah Peterson serves as assistant professor of writing and director of online learning and distance education at Olivet College. With a passion for reading, writing and grammar, Professor Peterson originally shaped her career around publishing before realizing that teaching was her true calling. Since discovering her passion, Professor Peterson has continued her own education, pursuing…
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Five Minutes with Ross Bohms ’71, Associate Professor of Mathematics

February 5th, 2019 by
Ross Bohms formally serves as associate professor of mathematics at Olivet College, in addition to giving his time to co-advise the Adelphic Alpha Pi fraternity and Alpha Eta Chapter of Sigma Zeta, a national honor society for mathematics, science and computer science majors. His motivation to serve the College in this way stems from his…
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Olivet College to Host Will Sutton, Euphonium, Faculty Recital

January 25th, 2019 by
Olivet College’s low-brass instructor, Dr. Will Sutton, will be performing a euphonium recital Feb. 3 at 3 p.m. in the Upton Conservatory Recital Hall, 502 S. Main St., Olivet, Michigan. Sutton, along with pianist Ling Lo, will perform a variety of beautiful and exciting 20th century pieces, including Linkola’s “Euphonium Concerto,” York’s “Prophecies” and Glorieux’s…
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Five Minutes with Maria Davis, Ph.D., Provost and Dean of Olivet College

January 22nd, 2019 by
While growing up, Provost and Dean Maria Davis, Ph.D., never thought she would love something more than nature, but she’s found a close comparison in Olivet College and its students. Her background is in biology and entomology, and she quickly found a passion for teaching during her own years as a graduate student. Dr. Davis…
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Always a Pen in Hand — Five Minutes with Meredith Dodson

January 9th, 2019 by
[et_pb_section fb_built="1" _builder_version="3.0.47"][et_pb_row _builder_version="3.0.48" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat"][et_pb_column type="4_4" _builder_version="3.0.47" parallax="off" parallax_method="on"][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.0.74" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat"]Meredith Dodson serves as director of the writing program and assistant professor of writing at Olivet College. She has passions for writing and teaching and her current role is the perfect combination of those. Professor Dodson has special interests in fiction…
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Five Minutes With Joanne Williams, Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication

December 11th, 2018 by
Joanne Williams serves as associate professor of journalism and mass communication (JMC) and adviser to The Echo, OC’s student-led newspaper. Her own love of journalism stems from her high school newspaper, working in the field ever since. Professor Williams brings to her role decades of experience working with community newspapers across the country and a…
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Five Minutes with Thia Eller, Assistant Professor of Art

November 27th, 2018 by
Thia Eller serves as assistant professor of art, developing her passion for the subject as a college student seeking her fit in the world. Today, she enjoys welcoming Comets into the Olivet College family and strives to help other students learn about careers as an artist. For Professor Eller, the family aspect of OC is…
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Five Minutes with Lisa Furman, Ph.D., Director of Academic Assessment

November 2nd, 2018 by
Lisa Furman, Ph.D., serves as director of academic assessment, following her lifelong love of education. Her passion stems from music education, holding a bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. in music education paired with experience as a music teacher and band director for students of all ages. Dr. Furman’s interest in music brought her to Olivet College…
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