Olivet College https://www.olivetcollege.edu olivetcollege.edu Tue, 24 Nov 2020 18:26:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.6 https://www.olivetcollege.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/cropped-oc-favicon-150x150.png Olivet College https://www.olivetcollege.edu 32 32 126948307 Asenath Andrews ’73 — Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient https://www.olivetcollege.edu/asenath-andrews-73-distinguished-alumni-award-recipient/ Tue, 24 Nov 2020 18:09:16 +0000 https://www.olivetcollege.edu/?p=41922 Asenath Andrews ’73 was recently honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award during the College’s virtual Homecoming celebration. Established in 1958, the award is the highest honor presented to alumni. These alumni are honored for living out the College’s vision, mission and values as well as making positive contributions to their profession and community. Asenath has […]

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Asenath Andrews ’73 was recently honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award during the College’s virtual Homecoming celebration. Established in 1958, the award is the highest honor presented to alumni. These alumni are honored for living out the College’s vision, mission and values as well as making positive contributions to their profession and community.

Asenath has been a committed alumna to Olivet College in the years since graduating, even serving on the Board of Trustees. Her life’s work has centered on advocating for women and young girls and supporting families  to end generational poverty. She is the founder of the Catherine Ferguson Academy in Detroit, an organization that empowers expectant girls and teen mothers to complete their secondary education.

“I grew up in a huge, loving, extended family with parents who expected me to always do my best, no matter what,” Asenath said. “Throughout my career, my attitude as a teacher and administrator was that if I wanted something for my own children, I wanted it for the students who I was responsible for. This standard has always been what motivated my work.”

At Olivet College, Asenath studied art and psychology, and she earned a teaching certificate with encouragement from her father. While she wasn’t sure that becoming a teacher was in her career path, Asenath developed a special passion for working with students during her own education.

“I always thought I would be a psychologist,” Asenath said. “My dad insisted upon me getting a teaching certificate, and I recognized that schools were not doing what I thought was needed for young Black kids. I realized that I needed to be a teacher to be in a place where political change was going to happen. I began as a student-teacher in Albion. I got to know a group of girls in my class and helped open up their world to see it as bigger than just what they knew in Albion. The experience inspired me to do more of that.”

Asenath returned home to work in her family’s auto shop before beginning her career as an elementary school teacher. She had an extraordinary relationship with the school’s principal and was encouraged to explore, discuss and share educational ideas and philosophies. Asenath jokes that the only time she was ever told “no” was when she offered to let her class build an ice skating rink during school hours.

“My early career reinforced that schools are for kids — there must be ordered freedom,” she said. “The golden rule is a guiding principle and that’s all you need; simply, we must respect ourselves and others.”

Asenath continued to become the school’s fine arts administrator before working at a school for the gifted and talented. Through her network, Asenath then learned of a program for pregnant girls while studying for her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan.

“I didn’t know of any pregnant teens, but the program immediately drew my interest,” Asenath said. “I changed my studies to focus on dropout understanding, and my Ph.D. adviser was an amazing supporter. When I started with the program, it was just a small hideout for pregnant girls who they didn’t want to be mixed with the full student body. We went from a short-term program to establishing a full school — a result from a lot of amazing people.

“I always believed it was vital, essential really, that kids felt like they belonged and were special in some way. You can’t get that in a short-term program. We became a school where girls felt an attachment or responsibility to part of something bigger than themselves. As principal of Catherine Ferguson, I made sure the students felt like they belonged to both the school and me, and that they were not limited by just one thing, like being a mother or being pregnant. I knew that we could change the trajectory of their lives. When others tried to convince them they had no future, our high expectations changed what they believed about themselves.”

Asenath notes that she still holds great appreciation and admiration for the staff and teachers who she worked with at Catherine Ferguson. In addition to her service in Detroit schools, Asenath also expanded her work as an advocate in many other areas, just one being her role on the Olivet College Board of Trustees.

“When I joined the Olivet College Board of Trustees, there were no other Black women on the board, few Black men and no men or women of color other than Black,” Asenath said. “There was also no representation for K-12 education, so I felt like I had a voice that was missing in the discussion and decision-making, and it was very important for me to stay. I learned things that I brought back to Detroit Public Schools to share, and it was great to have that benefit both ways.”

As Asenath reflects on her career and the Distinguished Alumni Award, she is incredibly grateful for the personal and professional success she has achieved. As a first-generation college student and Black woman, she notes her appreciation for Olivet College and the beliefs of Father Shipherd that still shape the College’s mission today.

“Upon graduation, regardless of your chosen field, you always have to be available to assist where and when you can,” Asenath said. “There are helping professions, like medical providers and teachers, and the ways those individuals contribute to society are very straightforward, but there are also stockbrokers, insurance agents and business executives who may not directly serve communities. Make yourself available to those who need or might need assistance. Having graduated from Olivet, you have a responsibility to reach out, not wait to be called.”

This fall, Alan Nagy ’68 and Dr. John DeGarmo ’93 were also honored as Distinguished Alumni Award recipients. In addition, David Macqueen ’75 earned the 1844 Award and Christine Pedder ’11 earned the Young Alumni Award.

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

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Meet Junior Kaylee Richardson — Future Chief Financial Officer https://www.olivetcollege.edu/meet-junior-kaylee-richardson-future-chief-financial-officer/ Mon, 23 Nov 2020 14:39:03 +0000 https://www.olivetcollege.edu/?p=41895 Junior Kaylee Richardson is a double major in accounting and financial planning with a career goal to become a chief financial officer. Olivet is her hometown, making the small community of Olivet College the perfect fit. For Kaylee, close relationships with her professors and the chance to play Division III sports were an added bonus. […]

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Junior Kaylee Richardson is a double major in accounting and financial planning with a career goal to become a chief financial officer. Olivet is her hometown, making the small community of Olivet College the perfect fit. For Kaylee, close relationships with her professors and the chance to play Division III sports were an added bonus.

Hear more about Kaylee’s college journey firsthand:

I chose to study accounting and financial planning because I love math, and accounting comes naturally to me. I plan to sit for the CPA exam upon graduation and then go into private accounting with hopes of becoming a CFO one day. To prepare myself for a successful career, I am establishing connections in the accounting field and developing my leadership and interpersonal skills, which are very important for a CFO to have.

I am a part of the cross country and track and field teams, the Accounting Student Organization (ASO), the Global Citizen Honors Program (GCHP) and the President’s Leadership Institute. I had always enjoyed running in high school, so I decided to run in college as well. ASO and GCHP allow me to become closer with students who have similar academic goals to me, which cultivates even more knowledge and creates a community that makes it easier to learn and grow.

Joining the cross country team has been one of the best decisions I have made at Olivet College. Throughout the last two years, I have learned so much about myself and other people, and I have created lasting relationships with my teammates and coaches. Both Professor Jackie Looser, of the accounting program, and Coach Lutzke, of the cross country and track and field teams, are always there for me, and they continuously go out of their way to make sure I get the most out of  my education and my athletics.

I would encourage a high school student to attend Olivet College because it is such a unique campus full of opportunities that set students up for success in all aspects of their lives. My number one piece of advice to incoming students would be to not be afraid to make new friends and simply talk to new people. You can’t make friends and establish relationships if you don’t talk to people.

My experience as a Comet has made me who I am today because I am more confident and outgoing than I have ever been. I used to be really shy, but as I try new things and am placed in more leadership roles, I am becoming more comfortable speaking up and contributing to the environment around me.

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

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Olivet College CARES: Final Exams and Beyond https://www.olivetcollege.edu/olivet-college-cares-final-exams-and-beyond/ Fri, 20 Nov 2020 16:31:25 +0000 https://www.olivetcollege.edu/?p=41852 We are proud of you for your flexibility, patience and perseverance during this week’s unexpected transition to remote instruction for the remainder of the semester due to the recent State order. Our fundamental mission is to educate our students – you – and we are committed to preserving your educational access, opportunity and success, regardless […]

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We are proud of you for your flexibility, patience and perseverance during this week’s unexpected transition to remote instruction for the remainder of the semester due to the recent State order.

Our fundamental mission is to educate our students – you – and we are committed to preserving your educational access, opportunity and success, regardless of circumstances. We are proud of each of you for not giving up and for facing obstacles head-on. As you move into final exams, stay focused, determined and confident. You got this!

This communication focuses on the following:
Final exam reminders
Who to contact with questions through Dec. 22

Final Exams, Nov. 21 – 25

By now, each of your professors should have let you know what their expectations are for the final exam period in your course. The full final exam schedule for all courses at the College is available on the “Academic Calendar and Final Exam Schedule” section on the home page of my.olivetcollege.edu.

Please remember that many courses do not have “final exams” per se. Some professors use class projects, papers, presentations or other methods to assess your learning. If they expect you to do a required class activity during your scheduled final exam time, such as a Zoom meeting, online exam or other activity, your professors will let you know via Blackboard. Be sure to regularly check Blackboard and your Olivet email during this important time.

Questions During the Holiday Break?

Olivet College is open for business Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through December 22. If you have any questions or need support, the following offices are answering phones, responding to emails and assisting students during this time. We’re here for you!

Continue to watch for emails from OC CARES over the holiday break leading up to the start of classes on Jan. 18.

The College will be closed for the holidays from December 23 through January 3.

Campus Safety (24/7)
269-749-7911
safety@olivetcollege.edu

Housing
269-749-7607
studentengagement@olivetcollege.edu

ITS Help
269-749-7666
ITSHelp@olivetcollege.edu

Mental Health and Wellness Center
269-749-6678
counseling@olivetcollege.edu

Office of Student Engagement
269-749-7607
studentengagement@olivetcollege.edu

Office of Student Services
(Financial Aid, Registration)
269-749-7645
sas@olivetcollege.edu

The Success Center (Academic Support and Accommodations)
269-749-7437
studentsuccess@olivetcollege.edu

If you have academic-related questions, please contact your academic advisor for assistance. Advisor contact information can be found on my.olivetcollege.edu under the Student Tab – Registration and Academic Advising. If your advisor is not listed, please call or email the Office of Student Services.

The fall semester has been challenging and this continues to be an extraordinary time. This Thanksgiving, more than ever, be kind, be thoughtful, be genuine, and most of all, be thankful for the good that can be found in every day.

Open your eyes to the beauty around you. Open your mind to the wonders of life. Open your heart to those who love you. And always, be true to yourself. — Maya Angelou

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Meet Transfer Student Ben Morrow https://www.olivetcollege.edu/meet-transfer-student-ben-morrow/ Tue, 17 Nov 2020 18:41:16 +0000 https://www.olivetcollege.edu/?p=41753 Transfer student Ben Morrow is a double major in sports psychology and psychology, following his passion to work in the field of athletics. He’s also an athlete himself, growing up around the sport of tennis and falling in love with the game. While Ben’s journey to Olivet College took some twists and turns, he knows […]

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Transfer student Ben Morrow is a double major in sports psychology and psychology, following his passion to work in the field of athletics. He’s also an athlete himself, growing up around the sport of tennis and falling in love with the game. While Ben’s journey to Olivet College took some twists and turns, he knows he’s found a second family and home on campus.

“I have lived in Rochester and Rochester Hills my whole life,” Ben said. “After attending two other colleges, I realized that a smaller school would better benefit my academics, so I began looking for schools to play tennis at and Olivet was one of my options. My friend from high school, Ben Compton, plays baseball here and recommended that I check out the school. I then had an overnight visit with Tyler Nobel ’20, an alumnus of the tennis team, and he was the one who ultimately convinced me to attend Olivet.”

Ben quickly found his fit on the men’s tennis team, and he also serves as a representative on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.

“I have played tennis since I was only 7-years-old. I had always enjoyed it, but I was primarily a baseball player growing up,” Ben said. “After I lost my passion for baseball, I began focusing my attention on tennis. I loved playing, but I just never felt that I would be able to play at the collegiate level. I then began looking around at options to continue my playing career in the spring of 2018 and found Olivet.

“My dad is a college tennis coach, so I have been around sports  my entire life. I have seen the ups and downs that athletes go through. Now being an athlete in college, I have experienced many of the said ups and downs myself. Psychology being used for the benefit of athletes is still a relatively new concept. I have always wanted to work in the field of athletics, and this field is not only something that I can relate to, but I feel as if I have the ability to help others become the best athlete they can be.”

After graduation, Ben plans to earn a master’s degree in athletic counseling or sports psychology. His ultimate career goal is to become a sports psychologist for a college or professional sports team. Ben credits his advisers and mentors at OC with helping him set and reach these goals.

“My adviser is Nancy Van Hoozier, associate professor of health and human performance. She has helped me in so many ways over the past two years,” Ben said. “She is very knowledgeable and understanding, so she has helped me to realize what I truly want to do with my career in the future. My coach has helped me grow in many ways since I have come to Olivet, and he has helped shape me into the athlete and person I am today.

“I have learned many things at Olivet since I transferred here. I came into Olivet with no idea what I wanted to do or who I was as a person. I learned that I need to be more outgoing and put myself out there to give myself more opportunities to succeed.”

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

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Olivet College CARES: Shift to Remote Instruction Effective Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 https://www.olivetcollege.edu/olivet-college-cares-shift-to-remote-instruction-effective-wednesday-nov-18-2020/ Mon, 16 Nov 2020 17:15:38 +0000 https://www.olivetcollege.edu/?p=41741 November 16, 2020 Members of the OC Community, As you may already be aware, on Sunday, Nov. 15, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued an emergency order in response to the continued increase of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths throughout Michigan. While the Olivet College community has done an amazing job to […]

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November 16, 2020

Members of the OC Community,

As you may already be aware, on Sunday, Nov. 15, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued an emergency order in response to the continued increase of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths throughout Michigan. While the Olivet College community has done an amazing job to mitigate the spread of the virus, we must abide by the order.

Transition to Remote Instruction, Effective Wednesday, Nov. 18

All classes will move to remote learning.

Residential Students May Remain on Campus

Student housing will remain open and residential students may remain on campus. While you may do what you believe is in the best interest of your own health, the benefits of remaining on campus include the following:

  1. You will continue to have the necessary internet connectivity, computer lab access and IT help needed to participate in classes remotely, complete class assignments and complete your final exams.
  2. To-go meal service will continue uninterrupted for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  3. Remaining on campus through final exams will serve as a way for you to isolate and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms before heading home to your family for the extended winter break.

No room and board adjustments will be made for students who choose to return home prior to Nov. 25, the official end of the semester.

Library, Learning Commons and Computer Labs – Open

The library, learning commons, and computer labs will remain open through the end of the semester to provide support in your learning.

Campus Events and Athletics – Suspended
  • Effective immediately, all in-person campus-based events, including intercollegiate athletics and student events, are suspended.
  • Effectively immediately, all campus fitness facilities and gyms are closed.
  • If you have any questions about athletics or general campus events, please contact your coach or the Office of Student Engagement.
What You Need to Do

This virus is not easy to beat. While we cannot guarantee a COVID-19-free campus, each of us has the responsibility to help stop the spread. As part of the OC CARES Pledge, we all agree to:

  • Wear a mask at all times when not in our private living space.
  • Physically distance at least six-feet, indoors and outdoors.
  • Complete the required daily health and temperature check using the OC CARES ClearPass app.
  • Report if you experience any COVID-19 symptoms or come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Faculty and Staff
  • Faculty may use their assigned classroom or work from their office without students present to ensure adequate course delivery during this time.
  • Staff that can work remotely from home should do so. If you have transitioned back to campus and do not have an essential role in the health, safety or residential living areas of the College, please discuss with your supervisor whether you should transition to remote work during this three week period.

For your health and the health of others, please observe health protocols and avoid behavior that puts you and others at risk. Let’s show others what it truly means to be Olivetians.

Steven M. Corey, Ph.D.
President

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Olivet College CARES: Stay Here to Stay Safe https://www.olivetcollege.edu/olivet-college-cares-stay-here-to-stay-safe/ Fri, 13 Nov 2020 19:43:11 +0000 https://www.olivetcollege.edu/?p=41725 Yesterday, state officials reported that confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Michigan have risen to 236,225, including 7,811 deaths. Thursday also saw a one-day record of 6,940 new cases in Michigan. Olivet College is not immune. The number of positive cases within the OC community is on the rise, with 23 current active cases. We must […]

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Yesterday, state officials reported that confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Michigan have risen to 236,225, including 7,811 deaths. Thursday also saw a one-day record of 6,940 new cases in Michigan.

Olivet College is not immune. The number of positive cases within the OC community is on the rise, with 23 current active cases.

We must all take COVID-19 seriously and share the responsibility of looking out for the health and wellness of every student and every faculty and staff member. We’re just eight days away from final exams and less than two weeks away from going home for an extended period of time over the holidays. We must all keep our guard up now and through winter break if we are to remain a healthy and safe residential community.

Stay Here to Stay Safe

To be at the top of your game when it’s time for final exams, you need to be healthy. To ensure the COVID-19 virus doesn’t hitch a ride home with you, you need to be healthy. To share in the responsibility of keeping COVID-19 at bay, you need to be healthy. The best way to do that? Stay here on campus to stay safe, including this weekend.

The majority of Olivet’s positive COVID-19 cases are the result of individuals leaving campus to go home or to work and then returning. Leaving the OC “bubble” greatly increases the odds of the invisible virus invading our campus community.

When in Doubt, Check it Out

In addition to COVID-19, it’s also cold and flu season. Symptoms are similar and can be confusing. It’s better to err on the side of caution. If you’re not feeling well, don’t assume it’s a cold or the flu. Be sure to complete your daily health check and work with the Student Engagement team to determine if you have COVID-19. Click to view or download COVID-19 and other illness symptoms.

Mask up, Comets. And, stay here to stay safe!

The time is always right to do what is right. — Martin Luther King Jr.

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Soccer and Accounting — The Perfect Combination for Sophomore Andrew Waller https://www.olivetcollege.edu/soccer-and-accounting-the-perfect-combination-for-sophomore-andrew-waller/ Wed, 11 Nov 2020 21:46:29 +0000 https://www.olivetcollege.edu/?p=41687 For sophomore Andrew Waller, accounting and soccer are the perfect combination in his college journey. Close relationships with teammates and professors, real-world experience and travel opportunities are a few other reasons why he enjoys life as a Comet. “I am from Warren, and it is urbanized versus the rural area here,” Andrew said. “I chose […]

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For sophomore Andrew Waller, accounting and soccer are the perfect combination in his college journey. Close relationships with teammates and professors, real-world experience and travel opportunities are a few other reasons why he enjoys life as a Comet.

“I am from Warren, and it is urbanized versus the rural area here,” Andrew said. “I chose Olivet because it felt like home away from home during a visit, and I enjoyed the different environment and change in scenery versus how life was back home. I also received a great offer to play soccer.”

As a sophomore, Andrew only has one full season of soccer under his belt after COVID-19 changed the scene for fall sports. While Andrew hasn’t gotten to compete this year, his passion for the game hasn’t changed.

“My first year was good being on the soccer team — I already made a ton of memories and relationships with the guys,” Andrew said. “This year, although our season has been delayed, I am more excited than ever with the new coaches and a deep roster to stay competitive. My coaches push me and encourage me to work hard and become the best version of myself that I can be.”

In the classroom, Andrew also enjoys close relationships with his professors, finding a natural fit in the accounting program.

“I chose accounting because I have always been a numbers type of person; it is almost like a second language,” he said. “After I graduate, I want to see myself become a CPA for a firm or maybe start my own accounting firm. I am passionate about this field because I enjoy it — it is something I like to do and feel confident in. With Olivet’s small class sizes, it is easy to get to know your professors and for them to get to know you. It makes it so much better when asking for help or asking questions.

“One experience that sticks out to me is a trip with the accounting program last year. We went on a day trip to Chicago for one of our seminar days, and we got to visit the National Bank and Treasury. It was really interesting and overall a great trip.”

Andrew says that hard work, discipline and humility are his keys to success both in soccer and in his major.

“I would encourage a high school student to attend Olivet because of how home-like campus is,” Andrew said. “Classes are small and it makes it easy to build relationships with professors to get more help. Everyone is here to help you succeed. My experience as a Comet has made me who I am today – a friendlier and humbler version of myself than I was before. At Olivet, there are so many different students with different backgrounds, and you never know what someone is going through or struggling with. I have made friends and memories that get me through each week and teammates to help me become a better athlete and a better person to this day.”

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

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Olivet College — Serving and Honoring Veterans Year-Round https://www.olivetcollege.edu/olivet-college-serving-and-honoring-veterans-year-round/ Wed, 11 Nov 2020 17:22:37 +0000 https://www.olivetcollege.edu/?p=41648 Olivet College is committed to supporting veteran, military and dependent students, recognizing and honoring them for their service to our country. Veterans are valuable assets to the Olivet community, bringing diversity, determination to succeed and a wide range of skills and life experiences to the College. Ashley Swisher, the president of the Veterans Advocate Group, […]

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Olivet College is committed to supporting veteran, military and dependent students, recognizing and honoring them for their service to our country. Veterans are valuable assets to the Olivet community, bringing diversity, determination to succeed and a wide range of skills and life experiences to the College.

Ashley Swisher, the president of the Veterans Advocate Group, said, “Our mission is to be an advocate for veterans and dependents (those who did not directly serve in the military but have either a parent or spouse who has served) while promoting and supporting the concerns our veteran and dependent students may have.” The group was established in 2012 and is open to anyone. Veterans and dependents are added to the group automatically.

“We want students to be aware that you do not have to be a veteran or dependent to become a member of the group,” Ashley added. “You simply have to have an interest in advocating for veterans and their families.” The group helps veterans find tailored scholarships and job opportunities, hosts events and provides custom support when needed. They are also reaching out to military bases and hospitals for volunteer and community service options.

Among support services and resources for veterans, OC offers the Veterans Scholarship equal to 50% of tuition and renewable over four years. This scholarship is available to veterans with qualifying days of active duty service or who are currently on active duty. Veterans with required days of active duty service or who are currently on active duty including members of the National Guard or any recognized branch of the U.S. military reserve unit who qualify for VA education benefits and/or military education assistance eligibility are eligible to apply. In addition, spouses and legal dependents that provide proof of military dependency are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

“Olivet College’s student-veterans are a grateful reminder of the personal sacrifices made to protect our freedom,” said Leslie Sullivan, registrar and VA certifying official. “Collectively, we are dedicated to providing continued resources to build advocacy and understanding for our student-veterans. Through the support of faculty and staff, we know the value student-veterans bring to Olivet College, and we encourage all to take time to listen to their stories of courage and say, ‘Thank you for your service!’”

In addition, Olivet College is recognized as both a 2019-20 Gold-Level Veteran-Friendly School by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and a 2020-21 Top 10 Gold-Level Military Friendly® School by Victory Media. Learn more about military and veteran student options here.

Contact the Olivet College Office of Admissions at 800-456-7189 or admissions@olivetcollege.edu for more information.

This feature was written by senior Leah Miller, marketing and communications student intern. She is a writing and history double major and a music minor, a field commander of the Marching Comets and a member of the Alpha Lambda Epsilon Literary Society. After college, she aspires to use her writing to educate people about different cultures and work to normalize embracing differences, potentially in a field related to intercultural relations.

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Olivet College CARES: Cool Cats Mask Up and Stay Here to Stay Safe https://www.olivetcollege.edu/olivet-college-cares-cool-cats-mask-up/ Fri, 06 Nov 2020 19:01:35 +0000 https://www.olivetcollege.edu/?p=41556 Cool cats mask up and stay here to stay safe. YOU are doing a fantastic job mitigating the spread of COVID-19 on the Olivet College campus. As of today, we have just five active cases within the OC family. Leading up to finals week and the holiday break, we must continue to share the responsibility […]

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Cool cats mask up and stay here to stay safe.

YOU are doing a fantastic job mitigating the spread of COVID-19 on the Olivet College campus. As of today, we have just five active cases within the OC family. Leading up to finals week and the holiday break, we must continue to share the responsibility to keep COVID-19 at bay.

Stay here!
  1. The best way to stay healthy and lessen your chance of bringing the COVID-19 virus back to campus is to stay on campus, including weekends.
  2. Whether you call it your “social bubble,” “social pod” or “quaranteam,” keep your social circle small.
  3. Avoid large gatherings and avoid visiting other college campuses.
Stay safe!
  1. Get together outside whenever possible with your social bubble members. You have up to 20 times higher risk of getting sick indoors.
  2. Limit time inside together. The greater the duration together, the greater the risk.
  3. Wear a mask. Take it off when you eat or drink, then put it back on.
  4. Keep six feet apart as much as you can.
  5. When possible, keep voices down. Studies show that high volume can increase COVID-19 transmission by 30 times.
  6. Wash hands regularly and try not to share beverage cups and utensils.

According to the New York Times, as of Oct. 22, more than 214,000 positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported at 1,600 colleges and universities across the United States. In Michigan, 6,142 positive cases have been reported at 48 colleges and universities. As expected, across Michigan and other states, we are seeing an overall surge in cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

Remember: You may be young and feel healthy, but you may also have the COVID-19 virus and be a risk to friends, family and faculty.

Be a cool cat. Mask up, stay here and stay safe, Comets!

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

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Practical Journalism — Matthew Rice https://www.olivetcollege.edu/practical-journalism-matthew-rice/ Thu, 05 Nov 2020 16:58:51 +0000 https://www.olivetcollege.edu/?p=41475 Veteran Matthew Rice is from North Manchester, Indiana, and he is studying media production and communication and political science. Matthew previously attended a Division I university from 2009 to 2013 with a major in journalism and enlisted in the Navy as a naval journalist from Sept. 2013 to June 2020. Matthew was drawn to Olivet […]

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Veteran Matthew Rice is from North Manchester, Indiana, and he is studying media production and communication and political science. Matthew previously attended a Division I university from 2009 to 2013 with a major in journalism and enlisted in the Navy as a naval journalist from Sept. 2013 to June 2020.

Matthew was drawn to Olivet because it was a smaller, veteran-friendly school. “Returning to the ‘school house’ setting has been beneficial to me as a whole,” he said. “For the past seven years, I have been involved in the professional journalism world from a military perspective, and it is nice to return and further my knowledge in the career field and help younger generations in their learning of journalism.”

As a nontraditional student with practical experience, Matthew comes to Olivet with a different perspective on things from recent high school graduates. “My first round, I got swallowed up in the ‘college life’ and my studies took a huge hit. I never was in academic crisis, but this time around I can see a huge increase in my grades because I am taking it more seriously,” he said. “I love journalism. Ever since I was introduced to the field of writing and reporting in high school, I have found a passion in the career.

“Building off that, I attended college initially with the idea of working for a major newspaper production post-graduation. After my junior year, I had this need to enlist in service. It only got better after I joined and became a naval journalist. There, I actually began using the skills I had learned as a civilian and continued my training from top professionals in the journalism community.” Matthew was able to meet and learn from professionals who worked for Nikon, Canon and the Associated Press.

“My love for journalism really took off during my time in the Navy, and it was by working with major news corporations from all around the world that I knew I had to come back and finish my degree,” he said. “Now my goals vary from entertaining the idea of being a professor of journalism, to striving to be an editor for a publishing company or going into public affairs.”

On campus, Matthew is the copy editor for The Echo, the College’s student-led newspaper. “I have a strong relationship with my professors and fellow journalists at The Echo,” he said. “I am constantly getting chances to help in my degree field with my professors and communicate with and teach my fellow journalists at The Echo.

“Every professor I have had thus far has been extremely open to aiding me in whatever I come  to them with,” he said. “This relationship between students and professors is why I encourage Olivet as a wise choice for higher education.”

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

This feature was written by senior Leah Miller, marketing and communications student intern. She is a writing and history double major and a music minor, a field commander of the Marching Comets and a member Alpha Lambda Epsilon Literary Society. After college, she aspires to use her writing to educate people about different cultures and work to normalize embracing differences, potentially in a field related to intercultural relations.

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