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McKalen JamborRising sophomore McKalen Jambor may have just finished his first year at Olivet College, but he’s already found his fit in the Chamber Singers and criminal justice program. For McKalen, college is a time of self-discovery, and his path of study is allowing him to pursue both personal and professional passions.

“I chose Olivet College because not only do they have an amazing music department, but they have an amazing criminal justice program as well,” McKalen said. “I was even offered a music scholarship for my participation in the Chamber Singers. Olivet is filled with so many opportunities and so many good people who want to see you succeed in life.”

In addition to a major in criminal justice and a minor in music, McKalen is pursuing a second minor in chemistry, something that will aid him in the forensics and investigation side of criminal justice.

“I chose the field of criminal justice because my grandpa was a policeman, but I also like to analyze and figure things out,” McKalen said.

While McKalen is still exploring opportunities in the field of criminal justice, he exudes confidence and talent while performing with the Chamber Singers. During Honors Week, McKalen was awarded the Ivis Larson Carlson Music Scholarship. The award is given to a student who has provided noteworthy leadership in choral or instrumental music.

“McKalen joined the Olivet College Chamber Singers this year,” said Director of Choral Activities Joel Moore. “His entrance into this advanced ensemble could not have been more timely. One of the leaders in our bass section had just graduated, and McKalen stepped in to fill a great need. Although he was new to our program, other students in his section quickly followed his lead. They admired his musical independence, his outstanding music reading skills, his mature tone and his easy-going, laid back spirit.”

McKalen reflects kind words to Professor Moore. “Professor Moore is an amazing vocal coach and is very talented. He is always supporting me whether it’s an upcoming solo or my studies..”

As McKalen prepares for his sophomore year, he notes that his college journey is already flying by. Next year he hopes to join the golf team and continue building more relationships across campus — and of course, building his vocal talents and exploring the field of criminal justice.

Read more about Olivet College by contacting the Office of Admissions at 800-456-7189 or admissions@olivetcollege.edu.

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