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Ever since Carlos Barajas was in high school, he wanted to be a mathematician.

Now an Olivet College junior, with a double major in mathematics and computer science, Barajas has big dreams of solving for more than just “x.”

The Perfect Formula

As a Charlotte, Mich. resident, Olivet College has always been right in Barajas’ backyard. He had heard about Olivet and its math program early in his college search as a high school student. In​ addition to the locality, it was the affordability of tuition through scholarships that attracted him to campus.

“I got into a... Read more

TD Ameritrade Gives 52 Financial Planning Undergraduates VIP Access to One of the RIA Industry’s Biggest Networking and Education Events. The Event is the Largest Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) Industry Event.

It’s one thing to sit in a classroom studying financial planning, but what if undergraduates had the chance to spend three days networking with thousands of registered investment advisors while also learning from some the financial services industry’s leading thinkers?

Fifty-two financial planning students from 25 colleges and universities had just that... Read more

Many young children imagine themselves in the role of a firefighter, veterinarian, police officer, scientist or lawyer. Fast forward 18 years and any high school senior can choose from an abundance of college degree programs that support these type of careers.

Although few kindergartners ever exclaim that they want to be an insurance agent when they grow up, more and more of them are choosing that career path when they enter college. Especially in Michigan.

Award Winning Insurance Program

Olivet College is one of few institutions in the nation with an award-winning... Read more

Written by Hailey Willett, senior Insurance and Risk Management major, minoring in Journalism and Mass Communication.

1. You need less dorm items than you think.
Before you spend (too much) open house money on items for your dorm, trust me when I say that less is more. Think practicality rather than attempting to make your room look like what you typically see in a magazine. Bring what you need (don’t forget power cord strips, a small set of plastic silverware and dishes, hand towels, etc.) and then evaluate additional items that will help make your new room a... Read more

Maybe it was the way Jeremy Duby waved his baton in the air, making figure eights, tilting his head this way and that like there was a crick in his neck. Maybe it was the way the second song’s electric eel wave of motion transferred through Johann De Meij’s “Aquarium, Op. 5” piece, reeling in the audience slowly. Or, maybe it was the way Levi Armstrong ’15 serenaded those attending the 100-minute event with his alto saxophone playing, creating a standing ovation.

Whatever way you look at the event, the Olivet College Wind Ensemble’s 11-song “Winter Gala,” held Feb. 16 at the... Read more

Since our founding in 1844 by Father Shipherd, our institution has cultivated a rich history.

And, as of this month, 172 years of it.

History is Dr. Nikki Magie’s forte, who works as an assistant professor of social science and archivist at Olivet College. She specializes in archival research and is a master of organization when it comes to sifting through more than a hundred years of information.

Magie has worked to transform what was once a library storage closet of documents, transcripts, yearbooks and other artifacts into an orderly collection of historic... Read more

A helper here. A helper there.

Since 2013, Olivet College students of KayDee Perry’s REC 400 class have volunteered with Area 8 Special Olympics at the State Winter Games in Traverse City.

This year was no different.

“Our students were responsible for making sure their athletes made it to each of their events and other activities each day,” said Perry, who is the assistant professor of health and human performance. “Ann Goudie, Area 8 Director, came to my REC 400 class and presented a variety of options for students to earn hours to fulfill the service learning... Read more

Before Thanksgiving break, the Olivet College Black Student Union (BSU) held a water drive for Flint collecting 3,200 bottles of water to send to those in need during the water crisis, which has now gained nationwide attention.

"We, the Black Student Union are thankful for those contributing to a cause we're passionate about," BSU President Sherri Bridges said. "This crisis is happening right next door. The estimated time to fix this entire problem is 15 years, and this is only the beginning."

The BSU announced in January that it is extending its drive until the college’s... Read more

In 2007, Mike Fales, director of service learning and campus ministries, had an idea. He established an alternative spring break for Olivet College to test if students would be willing to give up their spring break to help a community in need. Ten students signed up, and the experience has only grown from there. Today, these trips range from weekend excursions to week long adventures and take students across the country to help communities in need, or aid in disaster relief efforts.

 “When Hurricane Katrina hit, students came to me asking to help the cause. We set up a trip at the... Read more

As the collective voice of the Olivet College student body, the Student Government Association (SGA) truly knows how to make an impact. Their most recent accomplishment, an initiative to change the color of the graduation regalia to red, might be their most visible and historic achievement yet.

Starting in May 2016, students graduating at Olivet College will now don caps, tassels and gowns in the official school color.

Senior Alexis Nichols, who will be among the first graduating class to wear the new uniform, spearheaded the project. “I was talking with some friends one day... Read more

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