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  • Alissa Belcastro Takes on Stereotypes with a Punch

    After watching only one Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight, sophomore Alissa Belcastro, a Colorado native, was inspired to become a fighter herself. At the age of 14, Alissa was too young for competitive fighting as most associations require participants to be at least 18-years-old. Nevertheless, she began training to become a boxer with support from […]

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  • Drum Major Abigale Smith Strikes up the Band

    Sophomore and business administration major Abigale Smith may only have two semesters under her belt at Olivet College, but she already has earned the title of drum major, an important job she will hold for the remainder of her time at OC. Abigale heard about Olivet, and more importantly the growing music program, from Olivet […]

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  • A Runner’s Path Doesn’t Have to be Straight to be Perfect

    Recent graduate Allyson Schultz’s motto is “get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” Initially, that might not sound like the ideal college experience, but Allyson says the key to success is to step out of your comfort zone, that’s where the best memories are made and the most beneficial learning happens. Finding her fit on Olivet College’s […]

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  • Jenna Benvenuti Takes the Wheel in Documentary Series, Roadtrip Nation

    Senior Jenna Benvenuti is preparing to embark on the trip of a lifetime…road trip that is. Jenna was recently selected from a worldwide application pool by Roadtrip Nation to participate in a documentary series challenging the traditional conception of the insurance industry. Roadtrip Nation, which airs on many local PBS stations, focuses on inspiring young […]

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  • Football Captain Tyler Douglas Tackles Adversity to Achieve Goals

    Tyler Douglas just completed his junior year at Olivet College, something he never thought he would be saying. Tyler didn’t believe he would even attend college due to his surroundings and lackluster approach to high school classes. What he did know, was that he loved to play football and was pretty good at it too. […]

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  • A Chat with Insurance Risk Student Reno R. Sims II

    This article was originally published in the May/June 2017 issue of Michigan Agent Magazine, a Michigan Association of Insurance Agents (MAIA) publication, by Ann Kammerer, a freelance writer living in East Lansing, Michigan. She has written extensively about business people, educators, artists and everyday citizens doing good things. Reno Sims will graduate from Olivet College in August of 2017 with a degree in insurance and risk […]

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