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This past summer, two Olivet College sports programs traveled thousands of miles from home and entered new territories – both literally and figuratively.

The women’s volleyball team and men’s soccer team decided to try something new and each competed out of the United States. The men went east toward England, while the women went south toward the Grand Cayman Islands. The trips were about more than the game, though. They were about team bonding, player-to-coach growth and making a red-and-white scrapbook of memories. Through their excursions, both teams sought to become... Read more

Meet Caleb Grummet, assistant wrestling coach for Olivet College, former wrestler and teacher of physical fitness, and a nationally televised boxer.

Grummet, the 31-year-old assistant wrestling coach at Olivet College, was featured on the Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana Pay-Per-View bout against undefeated Andrew Tabiti (8-0) Sept. 13.

From fighter to coach, and back again

“I had been retired for about a year,” Grummet said about his call-in for the fight. “I was still active in fighting, but I had taken more of the element as a coach – just because of my time... Read more

Michael Oyster, a 1977 Olivet College alumnus, led a storied career before returning to his alma mater to serve as its executive-in-residence in 2012.

As a former CEO of publicly traded and private companies, a multinational corporate executive and entrepreneur, Oyster brings a wealth of experience to the college’s Business Administration Department.

But rather than go into detail about his impressive accolades, Oyster sums it up like this: “I was a business guy,” he said.

“I worked for AT&T, the world’s largest corporation at the time, for 20 years. I... Read more

Most people would expect Olivet College music majors to be fully immersed in the department, and they are. But what may surprise you is that non-music majors also choose to make music their home away from home at Olivet.

“Music is an outlet, a mental break in your studies,” said Jeremy Duby, M.M., Olivet’s director of bands. “Over half of our instrumental musicians are not music majors; they are studying to be insurance agents, biologists and teachers. All were strong students in their high school music programs, and continuing to play is a natural fit for them.”

Senior Helen... Read more

Beyond the Books, New Commons Brings Social Learning Experience

After you read this, close your eyes…

Then, imagine the bottom floor of Olivet College’s Burrage Library covered with private study rooms for students. Envision a renovation that puts students and Information Technology Services (ITS) in the same location, so direct access is possible. And conjure up an instance where learning and fun and collaboration work as one in a college setting.

That vision is now a reality. Thanks to a lead gift from Steve ’82 and Melinda (Strother) ’82... Read more

The one-time home of late chemistry professor Fred Gruen, Ph.D., will soon serve as the nucleus of relationships-based education at Olivet College

This Old House

As a little girl, Carol Gruen '76 loved growing up in the town of Olivet. It wasn't just because of its small, safe atmosphere, or because her family's house had a huge backyard where she and her sister, Evelyn, could play. As the daughter of one of Olivet College's most beloved professors, Carol had the advantage of being immersed in college culture her whole life.

"Olivet was a... Read more

Helping Students Choose the Right Path

Being a college student is filled with difficult, albeit exciting, choices. It starts at the end of high school, when seniors are poring over college websites and applications, considering financial aid packages and trying to determine which school is the right fit. Then comes the important task of choosing a major, pursuing the degree and the most agonizing decision of all – what do I want to be when I finish college?

Even for students like 2014 graduate Maria “Ximena” Loza-Lopez, a motivated self-starter who excelled through... Read more

Justin is Chief Quality Officer and EVP of Community-Based Programs at Karmanos Cancer Institute

Why did you choose Olivet College?

I spent a year looking at colleges and universities in the Midwest. After touring several large university campuses, I knew I wanted a small college that would maximize my chances of getting into medical school.

I decided to attend Olivet College after meeting doctors Leah Knapp and Maria Davis. From the moment I walked into their office, I knew Olivet College would nurture me and my dreams. I knew instantly they were... Read more

A dual major in biology and environmental science, Katharine served as president of Olivet College’s Sigma Zeta chapter, a national mathematics, computer science and science honors society. In her time there, she presented on an agricultural product called PalisadeEC, a plant growth regulator used on wheat and other grains produced by Syngenta.

“I had originally created the poster as part of my internship last summer,” said Thelen. “In order to present the poster at the national convention, I worked one-on-one with Dr. Marcus Wasilevich to formulate and edit an abstract. By... Read more

Travon Tatum is a senior majoring in journalism and mass communication. He is a member of the Mu Omega Pi fraternity, a President’s Leadership Institute Fellow, a member of Olivet’s record-breaking 4x100 relay team, and is the official DJ for Olivet College and athletics.

For a student who participates in numerous activities that place him squarely in the limelight, he plans to pursue a career behind the scenes. “I want to go into the television field or maybe become a movie editor,” said Tatum. “I like taking raw video footage and turning it into something amazing.”

... Read more

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