Olivet College 2030: Vision for a Prosperous Future — Engage Beyond Our Hill

February 24th, 2022 by
Olivet College offers a relationship-based education to students, but those connections don’t end after graduation. Alumni become ambassadors of the College as they enter the world into professions and communities across the nation and beyond. The strategic priority “Engage Beyond Our Hill,” focuses on Olivet College’s growth beyond campus, setting goals to build connections and…
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Olivet College 2030: Vision for a Prosperous Future — Cultivate and Change the Landscape

February 22nd, 2022 by
Olivet College holds nearly 178 years of deeply-rooted history, but continuous growth and evolution are required to ensure the College meets today’s students' unique needs. As the third strategic priority in the strategic plan defines, the College must take what it has planted and nurture it to ensure quality. Many initiatives underway include enhancing student…
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Olivet College 2030: Vision for Prosperous Future – Grow the Tree

February 17th, 2022 by
A strategic priority of the College is to “Grow the Tree.” Therefore, strategic outcomes will focus on expanding programs, increasing enrollments and resources, and improving undergraduate retention rates. One way the College can increase enrollment is by broadening the type of students it serves. For example, adult professional and graduate programs offer unique opportunities for…
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Olivet College 2030: Vision for a Prosperous Future – Deeply Rooted and Firmly Grounded

February 15th, 2022 by
For something to prosper, it must have healthy, strong roots. From   its beginning, Olivet College vowed to provide an education that enriches lives intellectually, morally and spiritually to a diverse campus community, regardless of gender, race or socioeconomic status. Building a sustainable and prosperous future does not mean we disregard this mission and the core…
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Good Fortune Disguised as Bad Luck

February 10th, 2022 by
John Morrison isn’t your typical undergraduate college student. He can build a house; lay a concrete fl or; fly a drone to gather data on the extent of cherry orchard infestations; identify fish swimming in lakes and streams; talk wildlife management, chemistry and biology; and shoot clay targets. This 24-year-old transfer student now has his…
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2021 Year in Review

February 8th, 2022 by
Top Military Friendly School Olivet College was named a 2021- 22 Top 10 Gold-Level Military Friendly School by VIQTORY Media. Olivet ranked fourth for private schools not offering a doctorate degree. The College was also named a 2021-22 Military Spouse Friendly® School by VIQTORY Media, one of only 194 colleges or universities nationwide selected for…
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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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First-Generation Students Count on Olivet College

December 15th, 2020 by
Why should I go to college? How do I access financial aid opportunities? What classes should I take? Where do I go for tutoring support? Who do I ask for help? [caption id="attachment_42344" align="alignright" width="300"] MacKenzie Hillsburg[/caption] These are just a few of the questions that likely worry first-generation (first-gen) students. Being a first-generation student…
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Priscilla Dhanapol Mohl ’77: From Kodaikanal to Olivet

December 15th, 2020 by
Olivet College is woven into Priscilla Dhanapal Mohl’s lifelong journey, just as her passions for helping others and doing good. Mohl first came to Olivet College from India in the 1970s as a sociology major and French and English minor. She later returned to earn her secondary teaching certificate in 1986. Mohl’s career has been…
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Judith Tellez-Gonzalez ’13 — Instilling the Power of Education

December 15th, 2020 by
Judith Tellez-Gonzalez ’13 grew up in Emilio Portes Gil, a small town in central Mexico nearly 2,000 miles from Olivet College. She first heard of OC when a group of students traveling during the Intensive Learning Term visited the community organization in which Tellez-Gonzalez was serving at in 2003. Four years later, a scholarship from…
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Lamontriale Hale ’01 — A Man of Potential

December 15th, 2020 by
“Here I could make a name for myself,” said Lamontriale Hale ’01 after arriving in Olivet as a high school senior. Hale was participating in a youth program at Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc. that was designed to link students to tutoring and mentoring resources and provide college placement support. The program took students…
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Megan Newton ’13 — A Loving Home

December 15th, 2020 by
When you hear the words “foster care,” or “adoption,” what do you think of? Do your first thoughts go to the children who have been removed from their homes, separated from loved ones? Or, do you think about the struggling parents who, despite their love for their children, just cannot provide necessary care? Maybe you…
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Health and Wellness Services Expanded on Campus

December 15th, 2020 by
[caption id="attachment_42314" align="alignright" width="300"] Dr. Erica Pearson, LPC, NCC, director of counseling health and wellness[/caption] Mental and physical well-being are an essential part of a positive educational experience, and Olivet College is committed to providing a welcoming and safe environment for all Comets. Recently, the College expanded on previous community partnerships with local health care…
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Being More and Doing Good as a Criminal Justice Professional

December 15th, 2020 by
Olivet College’s criminal justice program is regarded as one of the best in the state of Michigan, with social justice and relationship building embedded in the curriculum. Students are required to take courses that focus on racial, ethnic and gender inequalities. They have honest discussions on diversity, equity and fairness with faculty members who have…
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A Courageous Conversation

December 15th, 2020 by
We’ve all heard it; we’ve all said it: 2020 has been a year like no other. Together, we’ve faced a pandemic, stressed over our finances and jobs, worried about our children’s education, listened to our leaders play the blame game instead of uniting for the citizens' benefit, and watched in horror as cities burned and…
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Ed Retherford ’69 — Captain of the Great Lakes

August 26th, 2020 by
The preservation of science and history around the Northern Great Lakes region of Michigan is in good hands. Ed Retherford ’69 arrived at Olivet College in 1965 from a family steeped in their love of nature and already an avid outdoor and fishing enthusiast. Retherford recalls his maternal grandfather taking him out on his boat…
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Danielle Chauvin ’12 — Turning Passion into Career

August 19th, 2020 by
Danielle Chauvin ’12 knew Olivet College was the place for her immediately when searching for a college to attend. “Olivet College was the perfect place for me. Its idea of Individual and Social Responsibility has always resounded with me,” Chauvin said. Chauvin instills the Olivet College values of “Be More. Do Good.” to the highest…
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Psychology Alumni Take Their Athletic Talents to England

August 19th, 2020 by
[caption id="attachment_39540" align="alignright" width="300"] John Hollowell[/caption] Olivet College’s psychology program is designed with real-world lessons, networking options, internship positions, research experiences, engagement with honor societies and much more. These opportunities prepare students for success post-graduation as many pursue careers or additional education. Two psychology alumni recently used their degrees as a launchpad to earn master’s…
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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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Mona Hinamanu ’17 — Owning Every Experience

August 11th, 2020 by
When Mona Hinamanu ’17 stepped into an interview for her dream job at Google last year, her nerves were undoubtedly high, but something just felt right. After an extensive interview process leading to a job offer, Hinamanu knew her gut feeling was correct — she had found where she was meant to be. “One of…
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