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Hannah Scott’s eyes light up a bit when she talks about the parts of Olivet College’s history that most interest her. As an intern in the Olivet College Archives, she has the privilege of digging through, cataloging and reporting on some of the college’s oldest and most precious photographs, publications and files. “From a writing perspective,” she says, “I’ve come across some beautiful speeches and op-eds and things – moments that have literally made me stop what I’m doing and transcribe it all because I get so excited about it. The way people spoke back then, even in editorials or guest... Read more

Science, medicine and tennis weren’t the only components of Kelsey (Singer) Smith’s ’12 collegiate career at Olivet College.

But they were definitely the most important.

“I owe much of my success to my experiences at Olivet College,” Smith said. “Because Olivet was such a small and welcoming school, I was able to become actively involved in both academics and sports. As a biology major, I got to spend an extensive amount of time in classes with science faculty who were all very approachable and dedicated to helping students in any way possible. It was at Olivet College, with... Read more

Mitch Galloway is a junior majoring in journalism. Since the beginning of his sophomore year, he has served as editor of Olivet College’s student newspaper, The Echo. He is also a member of the college’s baseball team. As an active member of the Olivet College community, Galloway was asked to represent the student body at the President’s Opening Convocation. Following is his speech titled, “What Does Olivet College Mean?”

Every story has a beginning:  A lead. A first act. An introduction.

Let me begin by telling you what Olivet College has done for this city – for me. 

... Read more

Choosing a major can be tough if you don't already know what you want to do in life. Susanne Lewis Ph.D., understands that. She is the director of the chemistry program at Olivet College and an associate professor of chemistry, and her many years of experience as a professor, as well as her own struggles to find the right major for her, make her keenly aware of how difficult choosing a major can be. 

See below for a few of her tips on how to find the right major for you. 


Pick an area of study

One of the tips I generally give students when... Read more

Halle Burke, of Warren, won the 2015-16 Global Citizens Honors Program’s (GCHP) full-tuition scholarship through an essay contest and interviews with Olivet College faculty earlier this summer.

An English major, Burke did not expect to win this award. She was overcome with emotions when a phone call full of good news came her way.

“Winning the GCHP scholarship was the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” she said. “The competition was a great experience, but I never thought that I would be the one to win it. I remember walking in and, after seeing all of the other people,... Read more

This article was originally featured in The Echo, our student newspaper. Written by Hailey Willett ’16.


This fall, the Olivet College community can look forward to more than just the sound of bright carillon chimes across campus.

After more than 30 years of silence, a loud buzz of excitement among students, staff and alumni has been generated by the return of the Olivet College Marching Comets.

Director of Bands Jeremy Duby has especially taken note of the “electric energy on campus that’s been missing... Read more

Your junior year of high school is the best time to begin preparing for your future. If you're already thinking about the steps you need to take, you may find yourself thinking:

  • What colleges should I consider?
  • Will my grade point average be high enough to be considered by my top three colleges?
  • How much money will I need to pay for college?


The good news is this:  you are not alone and we are here to help.  There are some things you can do right now to help you prepare for your senior year of high school and to... Read more

Gerald "Whitey" Weaver '52 is an Olivet College alum on his way to Washington, D.C. this October, where he will be honored for his service in WWII. 

Whitey was looking for colleges after serving in WWII as a fighter pilot on a P47 Thunderbolt, and chose Olivet College. He felt unprepared for college after the war, but the GI Bill gave him a chance to attend and he chose Olivet because of it's small size. According to Whitey, the average class size was eight people at the time and he felt a smaller school would help him academically.

"Olivet College was a tremendous... Read more

Age: 21 

Hometown:  Williamston, Mich.

College graduation year: 2016

The internship: A visual arts major, Chantel recently traveled to Wellington, New Zealand for her first internship with Audience Graphic Design (


What did you expect going into your internship?

“I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Not only was this my first job experience in my anticipated field, but it was also my first time leaving the U.S.”


Can you describe what you did daily in New... Read more

Andrew DeBruyn has been the Olivet College tennis coach for nearly two years and is about to start his second season. We chatted with him to learn more about the Olivet College tennis program and his coaching style, plus he's got some tips for anyone interested in playing tennis.


1. Fill us in on your background. How did you become the OC tennis coach?
I'm 27 years old and was previously the head tennis pro for Norton Pines Athletic Club over in Spring Lake, Michigan. I also coached boys and girls varsity tennis at Mona Shores in Muskegon, Michigan. I played tennis... Read more


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