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Shipherd’s R E C O R D The Alumni Magazine of Olivet College

Seeing the World From a New Point of View FALL/WINTER 2014-15



Dear Friends: You can see by our cover that this edition of Shipherd’s Record will introduce you to the expanding ways in which Olivet College students are gaining a global perspective via curricular and co-curricular study abroad experiences. As one of our 2020 and Beyond strategic priorities, students are being introduced to our global society in an expanding number of ways. This includes courses here on campus as well as an increasing number of opportunities to travel abroad. Students are also encouraged to travel individually, immersing themselves in a diverse array of places and cultures for extended periods of time. You’ll read about the exciting expansion of the band program and our invitation to travel to Paris for La Grande Parade de Paris – Champs-Élysées on New Year’s Day 2016. You’ll also read about the increasing number of athletic teams traveling abroad, complementing the number of international students who are coming to Olivet to earn their degree and participate in athletics. You’ll find a number of stories about excellence in academics. These include a feature on our Oxford scholars, a unique and exciting opportunity for students enrolled in the honors program. We’ve included profiles on our Cutler Fellows in math, science and computer science, as well as a piece on Trent Strang who received a prestigious scholarship in financial planning. And, the Olivet College Gamma Iota Sigma chapter in insurance and risk management has once again secured the top spot in the nation at the organization’s annual competition, knocking off Temple University for the second year in a row. Finally, I’d like to draw your attention to the story on our participation in cutting edge concussion research. We all recognize that Olivet College has long been a leader in teaching and learning at the undergraduate level. We strive to instill in our students, through the work of our faculty and staff, an understanding about the creation of new knowledge. This project is but one example of how Olivet College is involved in exploring new knowledge and understanding. As always, I hope you enjoy your issue of Shipherd’s Record as we bring Olivet College and our students a little closer to your world. Please know that you’re always welcome on campus and we look forward to seeing you in Olivet soon. With best regards,

Steven M. Corey, Ph.D. President

Shipherd’s Record is named in memory of “Father” John J. Shipherd, who established Olivet College in 1844. The magazine is published twice annually for Olivet alumni and friends.


Seeing the World From a New Point of View

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Critical Thinking for a New Generation


It’s the Olivet Way

MAGAZINE Staff B.J. Hull Vice President for Advancement Shannon Tiernan Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Communications Molly (Reed) Goaley ’05 Director of College Relations Bruce Snyder Director of Creative Services Marty (Mason) Jennings ’67 Director of Alumni Engagement Geoff Henson Sports Information Director Editorial Jackie Bounds Mitch Galloway, junior Carol Flanigan, director of annual giving Send change of address notices to: Office of Advancement 320 S. Main St., Olivet, MI 49076 Olivet, MI 49076 • (269) 749-7630 Olivet College is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and non-discrimination. The college, in its employment, student admissions, recruitment, and personnel policies and practices, will not discriminate against any individual on the basis of age, color, sex, gender identity, disability or disability status, height, weight, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, military or veteran status, or sexual orientation.

15 Coach Still has

Some Fight Left in Him


Taking the Guesswork Out of Concussion Diagnosis

Departments 2 Around the Square 14 Advancement News 15 Comet Sports 18 Class Notes

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SQUARE Dole Hall Welcome Center Phase I Construction Complete Construction wrapped up this fall on Phase I of the Dole Hall Welcome Center, which creates an inviting location for welcoming visitors, prospective students and their families to campus. Funded entirely from gifts, the renovations include a modernized admissions suite and accessible entrance; updated main lobby, stairway, hallway and conference room; and a U-drive entrance from Main Street with expanded parking. The project is slated for completion by the end of the academic year.

Olivet College Joins Kalamazoo Promise Olivet College is pleased to be one of 15 Michigan Colleges Alliance (MCA) institutions now included as part of the Kalamazoo Promise. “With many students hailing from Kalamazoo Public Schools currently enrolled at Olivet College, we have a longstanding commitment to this school district,” said President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D. “We are enthusiastic about this opportunity and look forward to welcoming the Kalamazoo Promise scholars to our campus.” The Kalamazoo Promise and the MCA announced their partnership on behalf of eligible students in June. Beginning in fall of 2015, students may use their Kalamazoo Promise scholarship to attend any one of the MCA liberal arts colleges and universities in Michigan, including Olivet. 2


U.S. News & World Report: Olivet Among Top 50 Best Midwest Colleges Olivet College is one of the top 50 colleges in the Midwest, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 edition of America’s “Best Colleges.” This is the fourth consecutive year that Olivet has been recognized among the best of its peer institutions. “We’re pleased that U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best College’ rankings once again affirm what our students and alumni already know – that Olivet College provides an exceptional educational opportunity,” said President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D. “As we continue our commitment to each student’s personal, academic and career success, I am confident we will remain one of the top choices in the nation for students who want an engaging, interpersonal college experience.” U.S. News & World Report is frequently cited as the nation’s premier college ranking publication. The rankings, which group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, are one of the most comprehensive research tools for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.

Strang Selected for Financial Planning Scholarship Heads to Wall Street to Raise Awareness of Career Opportunities in Financial Planning Olivet College sophomore Trent Strang is one of 10 students in the nation to receive a TD Ameritrade Institutional NextGen Financial Planning Scholarship. The award is given as part of a program implemented to encourage more students to pursue a degree and career in personal financial planning. Strang and the other scholarship winners traveled to New York in July for a VIP tour of the New York Stock Exchange. While there they met industry news reporters, walked the trading floor and helped ring the closing bell. “TD Ameritrade Institutional is committed to attracting talented students to the profession and supporting schools that offer innovative financial planning curriculum,” said Tom Nally, president, TD Ameritrade Institutional. “With efforts like the NextGen Scholarship and Grant program, we can help fill the pipeline with Trent Strang (right) individuals willing to lead our industry and continue the important work of caring for investors and their families.” Olivet College’s financial planning major prepares students for careers helping others plan for their financial security. As part of the program, students gain practical experience preparing and presenting a financial plan, as well as preparing for the life and health insurance agents’ licensing examination administered by the state of Michigan. For more information about the financial planning major at Olivet College, visit

Lamb and Piper Selected for Cutler Fellowships

Junior Stephanie Lamb and senior Megahn Piper were selected for this year’s prestigious David Cutler Fellowship. The fellowship provides an annual merit award to a student(s) preparing to enter his or her junior or senior year of study. Designated a “Cutler Fellow” in math, science or computer science, the students demonstrate excellence in academic achievement, high levels of motivation and the potential for making substantial contributions to the advancement of these academic areas at Olivet College. Lamb spent the summer completing an internship with the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory near Gunnison, Colo., studying the parental care habits of burying beetles. “With guidance from a mentor, I was able to design and complete my own experiments,” said Lamb, who is dual majoring in ecology/organismal biology and environmental science. “Five Ph.D. scientists provided feedback throughout the experience and were generous enough to give their insight into my project. They also introduced me to various types of small mammal and bird trapping methods, radio telemetry techniques, population censuses and experiment design. To put it Stephanie Lamb simply, it was awesome!” Piper, who plans to pursue graduate school in pharmacy or pharmaceutical research post-Olivet, is working to develop a guide to graduate school preparation and placement for science majors. The comprehensive guide will include academic plans specific to the various graduate school placement exams, timelines for grad school preparation, study guides, sample test questions and other materials to support the one-on-one personal interactions faculty have with students interested in pursuing graduate work in the sciences. “This fellowship is my big chance to help give back to this school in a very positive and encouraging way,” Megahn Piper Piper said, “and to help mold the careers of younger science majors for years to come.” To read more about our Cutler Fellows, visit natural-and-physical-sciences.

Gamma Iota Sigma Earns Bowers Award For the second consecutive year, Olivet College’s Alpha Alpha Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS), the international society for insurance, risk management and actuarial science majors, won the prestigious Edison L. Bowers Award at the annual GIS International Conference. The Bowers Award is the highest honor a chapter can receive, and is given to the chapter that best reflects the overall goals and objectives of GIS. Olivet College won the award in 1988, 1990 and 1998, split the award with Temple University in 2000, and won again in 2013 and 2014.

Support Olivet College Students With a Gift to the Olivet Fund This past fall, U.S. News & World Report placed Olivet College on their list of the 50 best colleges in the Midwest for 2015. U.S. News uses alumni giving as the sole criterion to rate alumni satisfaction when determining overall institutional quality. Not only do they help attract qualified students, but the rankings serve to increase the value of a degree from Olivet College—including yours. Here’s how you can help: To move up in the rankings, we must increase our alumni participation. If you haven’t given yet this year, please consider donating to the area of the college where your passions lie, or to the Olivet Fund.

Alumni donations are doubly important! A gift to the Olivet Fund not only has an immediate impact on today’s students, but also a donation at any level helps Olivet College rise in the rankings. Send your donation in the enclosed envelope, or save time (and a tree) by donating online at

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SQUARE Olivet Bands Invited to Perform in Paris Olivet College’s music bands have been invited to take their talents overseas in late December 2015 to early January 2016 to perform as part of La Grande Parade de Paris – ChampsÉlysées. The group was scouted and selected from an exclusive list by Youth Music of the World to take part in the spectacular New Year’s Day Parade on France’s most famous boulevard. Robert Bone, president of Youth Music of the World, visited campus Aug. 27 to present the formal invitation. “We are thrilled to be invited to partake in La Grande Parade de Paris,” said Jeremy Duby, director of bands, who plans to take about 40 music students on the trip. “This is a prestigious honor for us and a tremendous opportunity for the students. The experience will be truly remarkable, as this is strictly an invitation-only event and we will be one of few bands from the United States to participate.”

Jeremy Duby



Student News Two students have set the wheels in motion on a new sustainability initiative at Olivet College. Thanks to the work of Katrina Hamel ’14 and senior Josh Kofflin, three bike racks were installed on campus in an effort to reduce fossil fuel emissions and pollution from automobiles. Hamel completed the research and background work for the project, while Kofflin secured donations through the Student Government Association, President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., President Corey, who is also an avid cyclist, helped and an anonymous donor. support Kofflin’s (right) and Hamel’s project.

Three students were recently awarded scholarships through the Insurance Accounting & Systems Association, Inc. (IASA). Sophomore Courtlyn Clark, junior Leah Lupu and sophomore Marki Wilber were recognized among 18 students nationally for the prestigious scholarships. The recipients were recognized during the IASA Annual Educational Conference & Business Show, June 8-11, in Indianapolis. Members of Phi Alpha Pi, with help from Michigan State Police, brought serious focus to the dangers of drinking and driving during an open lit in October. Senior Brandon McShane, fraternity president, organized the event and invited Sergeants Perry Curtis and Dwayne Gill, as well as Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor When it comes to drinking and driving on college campuses, Kenneth Stecker, to speak to McShane (right) hopes to be part of the solution. students about the consequences of drinking and driving. “Driving under the influence is still a huge problem on college campuses across the country,” McShane said. “Hopefully we set an example of individual and social responsibility, and being part of the solution, when it comes to this issue in our community.” Two Echo staff members earned honors for their journalism prowess during the 2014 Better Collegiate Newspaper contest, offered through the Michigan Press Association. Junior Mitch Galloway, editor, received third place out of 61 entries in column writing for his piece titled “ESPN Losing Hall of Fame Sportswriter.” Sophomore Jacob Reinsmith, layout editor, earned an honorable mention for his front-page design accompanying the story on Vice President for Administration Larry Colvin’s retirement.

Mitch Galloway


Faculty and Staff News Linda Logan, Ph.D., vice president and dean for student life, has been named board member of the Michigan ACE Women’s Network. In conjunction with the Inclusive Excellence Group of the American Council on Education, the Michigan ACE Network is committed to identifying, developing the leadership of, advancing and supporting the retention of women in higher education throughout the state. Nikki Magie, Ph.D., archivist and assistant professor of social science, and Sarah Horn ’14, former archive From Left: April Yost, Kelly Collins, Ronnisha Williams intern, presented a panel titled, “Putting and Linda Logan, Ph.D. a Face on Global Change: Historic Social Movements through the Eyes of Individuals” at the Midwest World History Association Conference at Governors State University in Illinois in September. Magie also presented an additional paper, and Horn presented her research from a collection of letters she uncovered from the college archives in her paper titled, “Learning about Relationships through Correspondence: The Letters of Esther Bradley, 1924-26.” Chris Stewart, Olivet’s head strength and conditioning coach, received the Outstanding Alumni award from Adrian College’s Teacher Education Department Oct. 1. Stewart, a 2004 graduate of Adrian, was recognized for representing Adrian College’s “Ribbons of Excellence,” which include caring for humanity, learning throughout a lifetime, thinking critically, crossing boundaries and disciplines, and developing creativity.

The reason we love social media is the ability to connect with our students, alumni, parents and the entire Olivet College community in an instant. Here are a few tweets, posts and Instagram photos we’ve enjoyed during the fall semester. @E_Felsing: @olivetcollege is a phenomenal institution. I have two amazing professors helping me with online tutorials to obtain a Health endorsement. @OlivetKudos: Dr. Davis is one cool lady. What a surprise to see her behind the counter tonight at Midnight Breakfast! #RockOn @becccaneal: I’m so thankful for the short amount of time I’ve been at Olivet. I’ve met so many amazing people which makes college 10x easier. Joanne Williams > Olivet College: Our Student Services staff has a great work ethic – Happy Halloween olivetstudent activities: Let me take a selfie #playfair #selfie #howyouOCit

Jennifer Willis joined Olivet College in September as its new controller. She is responsible for managing, monitoring and implementing the overall accounting, financial planning, financial management and administrative functions of the college. Willis previously served as controller for Michigan Works! Association of Lansing, and spent the majority of her career serving as employer relations representative and benefit plan administrator for Municipal Employees Retirement System.

madisonccarr: In honor of having our last lab tonight, #tbt to being complete weirdos with some of my best friends #sophomoreyear #olivetcollege #2014 #bestfriends #chemlab

Faculty, staff and students participated in a special performance in honor of Veterans Day with materials from the Olivet College Archives. For the first time, the Olivet College community gathered to read a series of news articles, letters from servicemen to their families, and poetry from the time period of World War I. Titled “The Great War: Olivet College and the First World War,” the readings were also complemented with a digital display of archival photographs, as well as World War I memorabilia from community members. Arthur Williams, Ph.D., professor of theatre, arranged the readings with assistance from Nikki Magie, Ph.D., archivist and assistant professor of social science.

rachelljoseph: Snow storm at Olivet #olivetcollege #winter

Chris Stewart

allarddylan: It was a great day out there today! Can’t wait to play though! #cometfootball hbugsw: Had a great time with the Coreys tonight for Student Government Association. Pizza, ice cream, cheesecake and laughs. I love where I go to school. #blessed #SGAfun #collegepresident #thecoolest #howyouOCit

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By Molly (Reed) Goaley ’05

Seeing the World From a New Point of View Olivet College students have been known to go the extra mile...

When a global experience takes flight

It’s an hour before seminar and junior Cecilia Bayne walks in to Burrage Library, an envelope of photographs in hand. “There are some great ones of the scenery and some of the places we visited,” she says as she hands them over and sits down to recount her recent trip to Iceland. That might be a bit of an understatement. The photos are nothing short of stunning – a white tide clapping against cobalt stones; determined students with paddles raised overhead, ready to embark on an arctic rafting trip; an endless waterfall; a selfie nuzzling up to the face of a brilliant black horse. In May, Bayne spent 10 days in Iceland as part of the Intensive Learning Term (ILT) course, “God and Nature.” Cotaught by Mike Fales ’75, assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies and William Blair ’75, Ph.D., astrophysicist and research professor at Johns Hopkins University, the course emphasized respect for creation through the lens of both science and religion. The class was open to alumni, and several Olivetians from the 1970s era participated as well. Despite a near 50-year age difference, Bayne says the students and alumni connected like old friends – taking in the natural beauty, culture and history of a place nearly 3,000 miles from home. Front: Cecilia Bayne

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Reflecting on the trip, Bayne, of Six Lakes, reiterates what is obvious from the photos – the experience left an indelible mark on her. “It opened my eyes to a different world,” she said. “Before I came to Olivet I traveled a little bit, but never out of the country. Places like Iceland are so much different than Michigan ever could be, and its interesting to see how things work in other parts of the world.” Like so many college students, Bayne is realizing the impact a global experience can have on one’s education. Soon she will enter a workforce that is more ethnically and culturally diverse than ever, and through her travel courses, she is poised to embrace the world’s most important problems – challenges that require minds equipped to deal with complexity, change and environments much different from one’s own. Faculty and staff, too, have long recognized the value of a global component to education. Every year, professors

such as Dustin Byrd, Kirk Hendershott-Kraetzer, Cynthia Noyes and Matt Wait – to name just a few – give students a chance to take their classroom work to another level by becoming immersed in a new culture. Though international travel through ILT and study abroad programs with partnering schools has always been available, the college’s strategic vision now calls for a specific focus on developing students as global citizens. In a time when living and working through an international perspective is more important than ever, Olivet College is providing more and more opportunities for students to learn from the greater world.

The ‘aha’ moment

Mike Fales has taught 62 students in six courses abroad over the last decade. Including the trip to Iceland, he and his students have visited Australia and New Zealand, Jamaica, Mexico and Peru. In 2015, he will teach a class in Costa Rica covering topics in culture and history, biology and outdoor recreation with Patrick Fields, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, and Brandon Brissette, head wresting coach and instructor of health and human performance. “I believe to have a complete education people need to travel,” Fales said. “The quandary of living in the United States is that it’s so large geographically and so important economically that when you watch the news it’s all U.S.centric. You don’t realize how much so until you go somewhere else and see there are all these things happening in the world that you never hear about. I think one of the most important things we can do to advance society is to help students see things through other people’s Mike Fales ’75 eyes.” Over the years, Fales has watched through his own eyes as students suddenly “click” with a certain place. “Every trip has its ‘aha’ moment,” he said. He gives an example from his social and environmental justice course in Jamaica: “We were building homes in an area where tourists never go, so when we’d arrive the children there would just go crazy,” he said. “They always wanted to be around us, and for our students to make that connection was continued next page just an amazing thing.”

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Byrd (center)

Dustin Byrd, assistant professor of humanities, agrees. “I’m always amazed at how the topics we’ve covered in the classroom come alive when standing in the place in which it happened,” Byrd said. “For instance, in my last travel class, we went to Greece and Italy. My students, most of whom were quite indifferent to religion, were deeply impressed by the cathedrals, monasteries and pilgrimage sites we visited. For many, it was the first time seeing authentic religiosity. I remember a student saying to me, ‘I’m not religious, but once I walked in I could feel the sacredness and the history… something is different in there.’ Watching them come alive through their experiences with world history is one of the best aspects of teaching abroad.”

Faculty members also work to ensure the courses satisfy a range of learning outcomes per the Olivet Plan, so students essentially get the most “bang for their buck.” “These courses are very interdisciplinary,” Fales said. “The upcoming trip to Costa Rica, for example, meets the Global Diversity and Service Learning requirements. And since the course will be taught by instructors from three different academic departments, it is cross-listed. Students could take it for credits in science, interdisciplinary studies or health and human performance.” In addition to cost, each destination is carefully considered any time a travel course is introduced to the curriculum. “It takes about two years to organize these trips because there is that much work involved,” Fales said. “I start by reading everything I can get my hands on, I follow the State Department guidelines very carefully and I never consider taking students to a place I would not take my own family.” While most travel courses are offered through ILT, students also have the option of taking a guest semester abroad. “The guest semester system keeps students enrolled at

Big bang for the buck

Behind every potential travel opportunity at Olivet College is a professor or staff member eager to make it a reality for students. “They often don’t realize how attainable study abroad really is,” said Joanne Williams, associate professor of journalism and mass communication. Williams recently hosted a study abroad information session on campus in conjunction with a representative from Michigan State University (MSU). “Cost is usually the main prohibitive,” she said. “But there are scholarships, financial aid and many other resources to support travel.” Bayne says when she heard about the course in Iceland during her freshman year, she immediately began saving money. “I saw the emails and knew I wanted to go,” she said. “They have a meeting about the trip early on and that gives you an entire year to plan for it. So I prepared the summer before by working two jobs to make sure I had enough money to go.”



Olivet while studying through another university,” said Cynthia Noyes, J.D., Social Science Department chair and professor of sociology and anthropology. “My most recent study abroad student is senior Christopher Eldridge, who studied Buddhism in India through Antioch College. Senior Eliseo Martin is currently looking at options to spend a semester in Barcelona or Salamanca, Spain, and alumnus Bryan Beverly studied in London.”

When a global experience comes full-circle

Bryan Beverly ’06 is pursuing a doctorate in educational policy at MSU while also serving as coordinator of the Fellowship for Instructional Leadership at the university’s Office of K-12 Outreach. In addition, he is an adjunct instructor of Self & Community at Olivet College.

Embark on a New Journey Bags packed, passports stamped, wheels up. As winter persists on campus, it’s hard not to get a little stir crazy – especially with all new travel experiences on the horizon. In the coming year, we’ll mark several more destinations on the map, including:


Beverly (front row, fourth from left)

If anyone can speak to the benefits studying abroad has on one’s career, it’s Beverly. During his junior year at Olivet, Noyes helped him enroll as a guest student in one of MSU’s study abroad programs. He spent a semester studying culture, business and global diversity at Birbeck, University of London and held an internship with the Hilton Corporation. “Studying abroad is easily the most important academic experience in my life,” Beverly said. “Balancing coursework and corporate experience on another continent was both challenging and rewarding, as I was able to both immerse myself academically into European culture and develop as a professional. “I can honestly say every moment of the near six months I spent abroad was exciting,” he continued. “I really enjoyed being in a high-paced urban environment. European history is a part of the fabric of London and it is accessible through art, architecture and conversations with locals. I spent countless hours exploring the capital, museums, galleries, eateries, pubs, markets, gardens. At the same time I was expanding my global perspective.” Nowadays, Beverly helps his own students see the value of expanding their horizons globally. “By exposing yourself to something different you begin to look critically at your own environment,” he said. “Studying abroad is a life changing opportunity. However, it is not easy. Challenges include being away from friends and family, and being deeply engrossed in another culture. The expenses can also be challenging, but the rewards far outweigh the costs. I encourage my students to at least consider the benefits of experiencing life, academically and socially, in another country. Olivet provides many opportunities to do so – students just have to consider the possibilities.”

Students participating in the college’s Global Center for Entrepreneurs and Leaders will get the chance to interact with successful business leaders from around the globe in Antigua. This trip, led by Mike Oyster ’77, executive-in-residence, and Maria Davis, Ph.D., provost and dean, is the center’s first global study experience. (Watch for more information on this initiative!)

Venice, Florence, Assisi and Rome, Italy

“Popes, Saints and Sinners: Medieval Christianity in Italy” puts students at the center of some of the most historic and beautiful churches, cathedrals and monasteries in the world. During their excursion, students will study Dante in Florence, view Giotto’s frescoes at the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, and tour the Vatican in Rome. Dustin Byrd, assistant professor of humanities, will lead the trip during the 2015 Intensive Learning Term (ILT).

Costa Rica

Home of the three-toed sloth, spider monkeys, and half a million plant, bird and mammal species – Costa Rica packs in 4 percent of the entire world’s biodiversity. A team of three faculty members will lead students on a 12-day excursion through the country’s stunning rainforests during the 2015 ILT.

London to Canterbury, England; Paris, France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Kirk Hendershott-Kraetzer, Ph.D., professor of humanities, and Cynthia Noyes, J.D., professor of sociology and anthropology, will lead a course that follows pilgrimage routes to these locations during the 2016 ILT. Alumni are welcome to attend. For details, email Noyes at

Paris, France

Olivet bands have been invited to perform in La Grande Parade de Paris – Champs-Élysées on New Year’s Day 2016. To learn more, see page 4.

Atlacomulco, Mexico

Each summer, Rev. Jack Brown, adjunct instructor of religion, leads a team to Mexico to assist with Misión Mazahua, an initiative founded by the parents of alumnus Jean Paul Cortes ’09. The group assists with a camp for children with disabilities, as well as other projects that support the Mazahua indigenous people. A number of Olivetians have participated over the years, and students and alumni are once again invited to join this summer, June 18-26. For more information, contact Brown at FALL / winter 2014-15


Critical Thinking for a N By Jackie Bounds

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” - Margaret Mead

Top: Prof. Matt Wait ’99, J.D.; middle: Matt Van Houten, Hailey Willett; above: Olivet students take in Oxford scenery.



Developing critical thinking skills has been a tradition at Olivet College for more than 170 years. The Global Citizen Honors Program (GCHP) provides students the opportunity to investigate global, interdisciplinary issues by exploring theories and philosophical foundations of complex social issues. “The honors seminars challenge students to see how they fit in a bigger world,” said Matt Wait ’99, J.D., GCHP director and associate professor of interdisciplinary studies. GCHP members are offered a distinct academic experience, including competing for a full-tuition scholarship, honors seminar, honors option courses and an opportunity to study abroad at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. The program requires students to complete 24 honors credits to receive official recognition on their diploma. “The GCHP consistently recruits students who are a good fit for Olivet, modeling academic excellence,” said Wait. “A benefit to these students is that they are challenged by other highly motivated students. “Feedback of the program indicates that they are pushed to think critically and share their ideas,” Wait added. The GCHP was designed for students who wish to demonstrate creativity and leadership within the framework of Olivet’s academic vision of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility. The GCHP began 10 years ago with a group of eight students funded by a grant from the Detroit-based McGregor Fund. Olivet offers a 17-to-one studentfaculty ratio with 74 percent of classes having fewer than 25 students. GCHP members experience a more personal nineto-one student-faculty ratio.

Chelsea Goodman, a senior from Reed City, appreciates Olivet’s small class sizes, especially in the honors program. Goodman is a biology major with a pre-medicine concentration. As a former high school honors student, she naturally sought honors distinction in college as well. “I like having priority in choosing classes and taking higher level classes to further my learning,” she said. “Plus, I think honors look great on a résumé.” She enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the month-long study abroad program at Oxford University, where she studied genetic technology and genome sequencing.

Chelsea Goodman (center) with her parents

Honors Seminar

In addition to the honors sections of liberal arts core courses, GCHP students also participate in the honors seminar course. “Our honors seminar focuses on thinking, learning and looking from multiple perspectives,” said Wait. “The seminar follows the tutorial model for learning and focuses on interdisciplinary discussion.” The tutorial model is a well-known learning system developed by Oxford University. The model is much different from the U.S. lecture style of learning. Under the tutorial model, one-on-one meetings are held with professors and students. Grades are based on tutorial essays, discussions and written examinations. According to Wait, a similar tutorial style is followed in GCHP seminar courses. Classes have lengthy discussions about various topics each semester. Recent seminar topics include justice, romantic love, banned books and disciplines in the medical profession.

New Generation “We meet, talk and read together and then students write assigned essays,” said Wait. “Later, each student meets directly with a professor and reads their essays aloud. The professor makes notes on the essay and asks students to defend their position. Many times this leads to lengthy conversations about their work. “This is one-on-one,” said Wait. “Students must talk about their thinking process to determine results. Honors seminar is much different from attending a lecture, writing a paper and receiving it back covered in red ink notes. Our approach is interactive and immediate. Students want to be engaged in a small class.”

In addition to offering full tuition to one student each year, Olivet awarded $712,098 in scholarships for GCHP students in the 2014-15 academic year.

Tutorial Model and the Oxford Experience

As previously mentioned, an exclusive perk of the GCHP is the opportunity to study abroad as part of the Oxford Experience at the New College of Oxford University. Seven GCHP students had the chance to study under the original tutorial model this past summer. Sports management senior Matt Van Houten, of Northville, was most impressed with the relaxed, local feel Full-Tuition Scholarship of Oxford. He studied the history of British sports while abroad. Each week Competition he wrote a 1,500-word essay about an A relatively new component of assigned topic and met with a designated the GCHP is a full-tuition scholarship professor. His three papers discussed competition. Incoming freshmen can social classes within British sports, compete for the top prize full ride to commercialization of popular British Olivet College, as well as additional sports and changes in British football awards. Scholarship finalists are selected (American soccer) in the past 100 years. based on academic requirements, an essay contest and interviews with college faculty. “The professor critiqued my writing and opinions in each paper,” said Van Hailey Willett, an insurance and risk Houten. “We talked about it for at least management junior from Leslie, was the an hour and then he would give me a first recipient of the GCHP full-tuition new topic and a list of books to explore.” scholarship in 2012. “I am so blessed by earning full tuition Studying abroad and practicing for college,” she said. “My parents instilled the Oxford University tutorial model first-hand was an experience Van Houten in me that getting a good education is will not forget. He appreciated the local important. Applying for restaurants, good public transportation honors was and coordinated recycling programs. an automatic “Studying abroad was an amazing decision for experience,” said Van Houten. “I would me. Seminar recommend this to all students – it was small group interesting to go somewhere and live in discussions a different culture.” helped me to An unforgettable study abroad grow out of my option, excellent scholarship Emma Cole received a fullshell and be less opportunities and enhanced academic tuition scholarship in 2014. introverted. classes combine to make the GCHP “The program has broadened my the foundation for expanding critical small town mindset and opened my eyes thinking for students who are ready for about local and global issues,” added the challenge. To learn more, visit Willett. “Most of all, the honors program has helped me to develop my critical thinking skills.”

Tutorial Model Key to Olivet’s History Olivet College has historically offered small class sizes. According to Mary Ruth Madole ’43, most of her classes had fewer than five students. “We had professors who worked with us one-on-one,” said Madole. “Some teachers even invited small groups of students for dinner.” Olivet used the ‘Oxford tutorial’ model in the 1930s and 1940s when President Joseph Brewer was at the helm of Mary Ruth Madole ’43 the college. Madole recalled that Olivet had an event called “collections” twice per year. “Collections were a special time each student had to meet and talk to the entire Olivet staff – from President Brewer, to the dorm housemother,” said Madole. “The staff critiqued you as a student, and offered suggestions about how you could improve your writing and studying. I didn’t mind, I really enjoyed this discussion time. I felt they really knew me as a person and as a student. “The small class sizes were delightful,” said Madole. “Teachers knew when you studied and when you didn’t. I had a wonderful experience. I wish all college students could have that type of individual attention.” Despite their 73-year-age difference, Madole and current students share similar feeling about Olivet. “I feel that I am part of something special as I receive a quality, well-rounded education on this historic campus,” said Hailey Willett, junior, GCHP full-tuition scholarship recipient. “As an honors student, I truly feel that I am getting a one-on-one education.”

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It’s the Olivet Way


Humanities Prof. Kirk Hendershott-Kraetzer, Ph.D., works with senior LaQuan Smith during class.

By Shannon Tiernan

At Homecoming, I spoke with a gentleman who had spent time with a student that day. He was delighted to hear she was having very similar interactions with her professors that he had as an undergrad. I thought to myself at the time, “Of course she does; that’s the Olivet way.” But when I later recalled the conversation, I wondered how many alumni would be pleasantly surprised to learn that the Olivet they know and love is still the Olivet of today. This is who we are; our brand, if you will. It’s our people who give this place personality – our students, alumni and employees who work tirelessly to enhance and promote the best of what we are. But I get ahead of myself… When I accepted the role of assistant vice president of marketing at Olivet

College a little over a year and a half ago, it was my initial priority to clearly define what makes us great – to establish our brand like staking a claim. I wondered: What is it about Olivet College our students love? What catches our potential students’ eye in this hyper competitive market? What makes alumni smile when they return to Olivet in their mind’s eye? So we asked via survey and determined the top five perceptions of Olivet include:

Armed with this information, we began having conversations – lots and lots of conversations – with alumni, parents, faculty, and current and potential students. Though each interaction was unique, we quickly realized consistencies in themes:

–Faculty are great about working with you outside of class – They take the time to get to know my personal interests – My professors inspire me to work harder – While pursuing jobs I received strong recommendations from my 1. Our faculty offer personal attention faculty because they knew me as a person – both in- and outside the classroom. I’ve made friends with people I wouldn’t normally hang out with – Faculty are excited 2. We encourage students to when you succeed – So much individual participate in community service. attention – I learned so much more than what was just in the textbook – To share the college 3. Olivet has a pretty campus. experience with people from cultural contexts 4. Ours is an inclusive community, and that differ from yours is in itself a powerful 5. Our faculty are both quality educational experience – I was able to join all teachers and mentors. the ensembles and choirs…

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I’m sure you see yourself in at least one of these comments, maybe more. The memorable interactions alumni had with Ed Speare, Art Stevens, Fred Gruen, Don Walker, Cecilia Campaña and Don Rowe, both in- and outside the classroom, are still being experienced today as students interact with their favorite professors, forging life-long relationships in the process. That’s what makes Olivet College so special: our devotion to the individual student. From enrollment to graduation, Olivet College is committed to each student’s personal, academic and career success. Our community provides individualized attention to ensure achievement both in- and outside the classroom as embodied by The Compact, while also empowering students who seek success. Our faculty are committed to personalized attention. Oftentimes this relationships-based learning environment builds lifelong connections, which provide a distinct advantage

to our graduates. Every experience, interaction and decision works together to ensure our students’ success. We also recognize that learning is more than delivering information and facts. Students learn how to apply the knowledge they have acquired to their career of choice. The end result: a high functioning, thoughtful and passionate graduate who can prosper in their career and in life. We believe there’s value in a diverse campus environment. Beyond that, creating, encouraging and pursuing opportunities to build inclusiveness within our diverse environment is key to the future success of our students and the college community. Our vibrant residential campus delivers an atmosphere where students can build lifelong relationships with staff, faculty, coaches and peers who have varied backgrounds within shared values and purpose. Athletics provide an opportunity for our students to develop a positive competitive drive, collaborate as part of a team environment and lead their peers in their sport as well as in the classroom. Olivet College is a community forged by our people as articulated in our academic vision, Education for Individual and Social Responsibility.

It’s important to note that these statements were not simply created by a handful of employees. These are your words, and the words of our students. Developed by people who love this place as much as you do; tested to ensure they express not just the “what” presented in the data but the “why” evident throughout our conversations. Our brand – now clearly defined and consistently articulated – is who we have been since 1844 when Father Shipherd set out to educate all regardless of race, gender or financial means. Even then, it was about the individual.

It starts with you.

Enclosed is a tear-out that briefly explains who we are. But frankly, no one can say it better than you. I encourage you today to take this piece and find a high school-aged student who you feel would enjoy the type of experience you had at Olivet College. Tell him about Dr. Speare, Dr. Stevens and the friends you made and still have today. Tell her that she’ll be welcomed like you were welcomed. Show him this article, and encourage him to visit our website to read stories about our students. Join us in bringing Olivet College to those who can benefit from our brand of higher education. I’d love to hear your story too. Feel free to email me at

Top left: Natural and Physical Sciences Prof. Marcus Wasilevich, Ph.D., teaches students during a field assignment; middle: Education Prof. Mike Love works one-on-one with a student; above: Health and Human Performance Prof. KayDee Perry in class.

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Students Say “Thanks” During National Philanthropy Day For two days in mid-November, Thanksgiving came early in Mott and the Kirk Center. More than 400 students took time out of their busy schedules to write thank you notes to Olivet College donors in celebration of National Philanthropy Day. Since 1986, Nov. 15 has been used by communities not just in America but around the globe as a day to recognize the contributions and activities of donors, volunteers and others who engage in philanthropy. Here at Olivet, students wrote thank you cards to last year’s donors to let them know their contribution did not go unnoticed. Flanigan (left) with students “We’re so lucky at this college to have so many great alumni and friends who give to us year after year,” said Carol Flanigan, director of annual giving, who spearheaded the project. “It’s gratifying to be able to thank them one by one, and let them know what a difference they’ve made in the lives of current students.”

Student leaders, athletes and members of a number of societies on campus were especially committed to the project, taking cards to their meetings and houses. Other students had the opportunity to sign cards at tables set up during lunch hours, where they snacked on candy while they wrote. A number of students went over-and-above and wrote messages to multiple donors. Not only are the thank you cards meaningful to their recipients, but they serve an important role in teaching students the value of their education and in giving back. “I want current students to understand that a lot of people have contributed to their experience here at Olivet,” said Flanigan. “Being philanthropic is part of who we are as a community here, and sometimes that can seem daunting and out of reach for a college student. But it doesn’t matter how much you give, only that you give. It’s cheesy, but these students gave one of the greatest gifts of all: the gift of thanks.”

Lothamer and Schwarz Named to Board of Trustees

Jesse Lothamer ’74 and John J.H. “Joe” Schwarz, M.D., were elected to the Olivet College Board of Trustees in October. They will each serve a four-year term. Lothamer is president and CEO of Lothamer Tax, a company he founded in 1979 which now serves 10 different locations in Michigan. He is a licensed CPA in the state of Michigan and enrolled agent on a national basis. He is also a member of the Michigan Association of CPAs. After graduating from Olivet in 1974 with dual majors in business and economics, Lothamer went on to earn a master’s degree in accounting from Jesse Lothamer ’74 Western Michigan University in 1975 and a juris doctorate from Cooley Law School in 1986. As a United States Marine, he received the Commanding General’s Certificate of Commendation in the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. A resident of Okemos, Lothamer has frequently presented seminars educating CPAs and attorneys how to represent clients before the Internal Revenue Service. He has also taught courses in taxation at Olivet College.



Schwarz earned his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Michigan in 1959, and his medical degree from Wayne State University in 1964. He served his residency in otolaryngology at Harvard, finishing in 1974. He has been in private practice in Battle Creek for 37 years. Schwarz served in Southeast Asia for five years, first with the U.S. Navy in Vietnam and as assistant naval attaché in Indonesia. He then served with the Central Intelligence Agency in Laos and in Vietnam. Schwarz was city commissioner then mayor of Battle Creek from 1979 to 1986. He was in the Michigan Senate from 1987 to 2002, serving as president pro tempore of the Senate from 1993 to 2002. From 2005 Joe Schwarz, M.D. to 2007 he was a member of Congress. Schwarz received a Doctor of Law, honoris causa, from Olivet in 2004. While Schwarz himself is not an alumnus of Olivet College, his sister, Janet Schwarz Miller, is a 1948 graduate.

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By Mitch Galloway, junior

Caleb Grummet rocks in his office chair as a Hans Zimmer radio station blares from Pandora. He is not only a wrestling coach, former wrestler and teacher of physical fitness, he is 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. “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 constraints. I’m a student, father, coach – it’s just a lot.” Grummet had to lose 30 pounds for his fight against Tabiti – in only six days. In a sport where a boxer must train seven days a week – according to Grummet – the weight loss was extreme. “It’s exciting to get the call to fight, but the weight cut scared me,” said Grummet. “I was 228 and they wanted me at 197. I’ve taken a lot of short-notice fights, but I knew that weight cut was going to be a bear. It was the most amount of weight I’ve lost in that period of time. That was scary.” But Grummet didn’t lose the weight just for himself. Instead, he took advantage of his situation as a way to reach out to his players. “Making that commitment was going to tell a lot to our athletes,” he said. “Never give up the fight. Never put in the doubts. Any time you start to see obstacles or doubts, you lose sight of your goal. I had to put what I was saying to the wrestlers in action. It was an exciting thing.” The student-athletes noticed the work ethic Grummet displayed through his rigorous training. “Seeing one of my own coaches fighting at the pinnacle of boxing is very inspiring,” said junior Tom Hall, who

wrestles for Olivet at 197 pounds. “Grummet always preaches about being tough and working hard and it’s great to see him live by the same standard he holds us to.” The Pay-Per-View fight wasn’t the only time Grummet has been featured on national television. He’s also been featured on Showtime and ESPN, accruing a career record of 4-4-1 in four years of boxing. Grummet has fought against Olympians, pro football players and Mayweather’s “guys.” He believes other boxers are afraid of his right hook, and says former boxers Rocky Marciano and Jack Dempsey are the types of boxers he tries to imitate. “They (opponents) see my cauliflower ears,” Grummet said. “They want to see what this old wrestler can do.”

Top: Caleb Grummet (left) in the ring. Above: Grummet and his two sons.

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“The thought process behind the study is that speech can be used as a tool to determine the severity of head injuries.”

– Ryan Shockey

Taking the Guesswork out of Concussion Diagnosis


By Molly (Reed) Goaley ’05

McQuillan says the research team is An estimated 85 to 90 percent gathering information from about 3,000 of sports-related concussions go athletes total. “The data collection has undiagnosed, according to the most recent been a challenge – just to get that large of a data from the American College of Sports collection,” he said. “But concussion testing Medicine. But thanks to a study being is a hot topic right now. A lot of industries, conducted at colleges and high schools throughout the Midwest – including Olivet College – detecting a concussion will soon be as simple as opening an app on your phone or tablet. It sounds too easy to be true, but a team of seven researchers from the University of Notre Dame (ND) have developed a simple test that may soon take the guesswork out of diagnosing concussions. Ryan Shockey, head athletic trainer at Olivet College, has been assisting the team since July by supplying data on Comet athletes for the study. The Ryan Shockey tests senior basketball player researchers are using the data to develop Blake Krum with the Contect app. an app, called Contect, that can easily identify concussions using speech patterns. like Olivet, want to get involved. It’s an “The thought process behind the unsolved problem.” study is that speech can be used as a tool Recent media attention surrounding to determine the severity of head injuries,” the National Football League’s (NFL) Shockey said. “We’re working with Shane handling of concussions in athletes, as McQuillan, co-founder and president of well as the effects of head injuries on U.S. Contect, to supply data for their study soldiers, has raised public awareness of from our football players and women’s mild traumatic brain injury. Shockey soccer players, and men’s and women’s agrees that a need for better detection basketball players.” exists, especially for athletic trainers who



have to make quick decisions regarding a student-athlete’s health on the field. “Most testing methods can be time consuming or inaccurate, he said. Contect simplifies the process by using speech – it’s something that’s never been done before.” McQuillan says the NFL provided a grant to fund the study. “The app is much simpler than tests that are already out there, which often require cumbersome equipment or medical training” he said. “Contect is something athletic trainers can use quickly on the sidelines. It will be a lot more objective than tests that are currently used, and it is fast – our test takes only four to five minutes to get results.” He added that getting an accurate result from current test methods can be surprisingly tricky. Student-athletes can, and often do, alter the results for two reasons: “They either want out of the game, or want to stay in the game,” McQuillan said. Because of the way it analyzes speech patterns, Contect is a system that is challenging to stump. “Speech testing also targets memory, reaction speed and balance – things that are very difficult to manipulate,” McQuillan said. These accurate and objective readings allow athletic trainers to focus on what’s most important: student-athletes’ health. “The sooner a concussion is detected, the sooner it can be treated,” he said. To learn more, visit

Alumni Council Strives to Keep You Connected “I look forward to serving my alma mater in my new role,” Heos said. “I hope to inspire fellow alumni to become involved through their financial support, attendance at events, and in service to the college, its students, and promoting its name and reputation.” As chair, Heos works with the council to enhance alumni programs and events, as well as student recruitment, fundraising and scholarships. She previously served as a member of the council for 25 years.

The Olivet College experience never ends. As alumni, we recognize that each one of you has a unique and personal relationship with the college. Every professor you encountered, the experience you had and the relationships you formed all contributed to the person you are today. With this in mind, the Olivet College Alumni Council strives to ensure that your personal relationship with the college continues for years to come. The council has gained significant momentum in the past year – perhaps you’ve attended an event in your area, encouraged a potential student to visit our website, or looked at joining one of our regional clubs. However you choose to stay connected to Olivet College, we thank you for your involvement! Here’s an update on some of the initiatives we’ve accomplished this year. To get involved, visit us online at www. Pamela Heos ’77 and click “Alumni” or email Marty (Mason) Jennings ’67, director of alumni engagement, at

Updated By-Laws The council recently reviewed, updated and approved the Olivet College Alumni Association by-laws. Changes include a more focused approach to managing alumni communications and events, as well as the creation of additional awards to recognize the outstanding achievements of our alumni.

Regional Clubs Olivet College Alumni Clubs are now up and running in Chicago, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Metro-Detroit. Current groups host welcome picnics for new students, holiday socials and social networking opportunities. Watch for events and activities in your area, or feel free to connect with Marty if you’re interested in starting a club of your own! As always, we enjoy hearing from you! To submit a Class Note, update your contact information or simply drop a note to let us know what you’ve been up to, visit and click “Alumni.”

Pamela Heos ’77 was named Alumni Council chair in January 2014. In this role, she also serves as an ex officio member of the Olivet College Board of Trustees.

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To get involved, visit us online at or email Marty (Mason) Jennings ’67, director of alumni engagement, at

“I look forward to serving my alma mater in my new role. I hope to inspire fellow alumni to become involved through their financial support, attendance at events, and in service to the college, its students, and promoting its name and reputation.” - Pamela Heos ’77

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Don Barnbrook ’50 hit a hole-in-one at Whispering Pines Golf Course in Walkerton, Ind. His first hole-in-one was 47 years ago, and Don, a retired high school teacher and coach, never guessed at the age of 88 that he would see another one. Before attending Olivet College, Don served in the Navy as a corpsman during the end of World War II. Stanley Yale ex’52 came from Greece after World War II; his name was Stelios Yalerakis. Olivet College offered him a scholarship, which was needed to obtain an act from the Greek Congress to leave the country. With that scholarship, he became the first Greek student to be given leave to study abroad following World War II. After one year at Olivet, he transferred to Michigan State University, and then went to the Sorbonne in Paris for his master’s degree and to the University of California for his doctorate in psychology. Stanley taught at several colleges and had his own practice. Now retired, he and his wife, Iris, live in California. E-mail him at Lou Diaz ’59 hosted group of Olivetians from the 1950s and 1960s at his home in Boyne City in August. They all enjoyed a boat tour of the lighthouses in northeast Lake Huron. Front Row: Martha (Vos) Bondy ’61, Howard Bondy ’59, Roger Tharp ’59. Back Row: Lou Diaz ’59, Donna Diaz, Doug Byron ’59, Beverlee (Ball) Byron ’61, Owen Whitkopf ’60 and Judy (James) Whitkopf ’63.


Del Walden ’61 was honored with the dedication of the Del Walden Field Oct. 18 at Cranbrook Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills. At Cranbrook, Del was a teacher, coach and administrator. He retired from Cranbrook in 2007 after 41 years of service. E-mail Del at Marilyn (Hodgins) Wickstrom ’64 recently retired from Pinellas County Schools in Florida, where she taught the gifted program for 27 years. She is now painting and enjoying her two grandchildren. Janet (Almstadt) Davison ’67 is a member Del Walden ’61 of Thursday Brushes, a group of seven artists who have been meeting weekly for more than a decade to paint outside. They go on a yearly trip to northern Michigan, rent a house and paint all day, every day, for a week. On July 9, nearly two dozen plein air artists painted at Celebration Gardens, the Troy Garden Club’s 40th annual walk. Janet teaches art to seniors one day a week. She and husband, Mark Davison ’66, live in Oakland. E-mail Janet at



Walter “Buzz” Luttrell ’67 has developed a “living obituary” concept. He’s working to digitize, organize, publish and share his personal memoirs. Olivet College is mentioned often. Visit his page at


Doug Kelsey ’72 is the awards coordinator for the Historical Society of Michigan. Doug will be working with the Michigan centennial farm program and the Michigan milestone award Buzz Luttrell ’67 program to recognize businesses and organizations in existence for 50, 100 and 150 years. E-mail Doug at

The Canterbury Singers

Mark ’77 and Tina (Sandor) ’78 Bunce and Kurt Graves ’79 sang with the Canterbury Singers, USA at Chester and Liverpool Cathedrals in England in August 2014. The American choral organization, celebrating its 25th year, was the first American choir to sing for Sunday services at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The group returns to England next year. E-mail Tina at Randy Wiltse ’77 recently retired from State Farm Insurance Companies as vice president, business and technology integration office. He worked at State Farm for 35 years. E-mail Randy at


Linda Hoover ’81 retired in May after 32 years teaching in the Marshall School District. Linda mostly taught health education. She continues to officiate volleyball and softball. E-mail Linda at

Randy Wiltse ’77

Jay Pierson ’81 is adjunct professor of voice at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. E-mail Jay at Mike Hoover ’82 is vice president of municipal and public safety for IPKeys, a leading provider of secure technology integration, consulting and software. This company is headquartered in New Jersey and Mike continues to live in Chicago. he is responsible for leading the company’s growth in the municipal, public safety and long term evolution services markets. E-mail Mike at Wendy (Lewis) Loveless ’82 is sales manager at Arlington/Roe, a managing general insurance agency that writes excess and surplice lines in the greater Grand Rapids area. E-mail Wendy at

Jean Van Effen ’82 is an alpaca rancher at La Vida Alpaca in Yelm, Wash. E-mail Jean at Dave Labrecque ’84 was honored at the Community Volunteer Awards ceremony in Battle Creek in July. Dave, nominated by Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center, was named Board Chair of the Year for consistently showing strong motivation to inspire and positively impact the lives of young children and adults. He built a strong relationship with the Olivet College elementary education program at Sherman Lake and organized fundraising to support the center. E-mail Dave at Larry Vallar ’84 is vice president for enrollment management at Thiel College in Greenville, Pa. Prior to moving to Pennsylvania, Larry was vice president for enrollment management at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W. Va. E-mail Larry at Lisa (Waltz) ’88 and husband Doug ’88 Cook are the owners of 4 Elements Winery in Fargo, N.D., a boutique winery crafting high quality wines from northern prairie ingredients. Lisa also serves as tasting room manager. E-mail Lisa at

Dear Soronian Sisters and Olivet Friends: In September 2013, Soronian lost one of their sisters, Laura (Sewesky) Beach ’92, to ovarian cancer. In May 2014, they lost another sister, Suzanne (Michener) Bronson ’93, to cervical cancer. Losing two sisters so close to each other was difficult, and the ladies decided to do something to honor their sisters as well as raise money for cancer awareness, research and treatment. On Sept. 20, a total of 33 Soronian alumnae took to the streets of Sturgis for the Chase the Cure 5K Race. Several active Soronians came out to cheer the alumnae on. It was an amazing day of laughter, tears and a testament to what sisterhood is all about – being there to support one another through good times and bad. Soronian alumnae are planning to make this an annual event, so mark your calendars for Sept. 19, 2015!

Larry Vallar ’84

Tom Shaw ’88, athletic director at Kellogg Community College, was named Michigan Community College Athletic Association Athletic Director of the Year for 2013-14. Tom was cited for his updating the MCCAA regulations and serving as MCCAA baseball chair in the spring of 2014. He was also congratulated for his work at the regional and national levels as assistant men’s director of the National Junior College Athletic Associations Region XII. Deb Turner ’89 is in her second year of working as a paraprofessional at Climax-Scotts Elementary School. E-mail Deb at


Sherri Ter Molen ’94 is the recipient of the 2014 Korean American Communication Association Outstanding Graduate Student Award. She was also invited by Dr. Robert Winstanley-Chesters, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge and visiting research fellow at the University of Leeds, to join him on a funded research trip to South Korea, where the pair examined the visual rhetoric of forestry images across the Korean peninsula. Finally, Sherri’s most recent book chapter was published in “The Global Impact of South Korean Popular Culture Hallyu Unbound” (Lexington Books) in September. E-mail Sherri at Erik Larson ’97 has been working at Impression 5 Science Center in Lansing since 1997 and has been the executive director since 2005. Impression 5 Science Center is a Erik Larson ’97

Front - Marion Norwood ’87 Front row (l-r): Michelle (Dutrieux) Russis ’89, Tammy Jenkins ’91, Tiffani Darling ’01, Suzanne (Medenorp) Maurer ’92, Jenny (Waite) Kolosar ’92, Barbara (Markowski) Banyai ’97, Amy (Biolette) Modica ’96, Audrey (Davison) McManus ’95, Myra (Phillips) Sorensen ’98, Amy Prevo ’90 Middle row (l-r): Kathy (Mielke) Bart ’92, Michelle (Ryszewski) Hunwick ’92, Julie Foster ’92, Cami (Hettig) Ashley ’94, Tracey Lawie ’91, Michelle Fontaine ’91, Barb (Brouwer) Brown ’89, MaryBeth (Britton) Goff ’89 Back row (l-r): Annemarie (Czarnecki) Loria ’90, Jamie (Appelman) Hess ’91, Mary (Dean) Ellis ’94, Josie (Parente) Smith ’90, Mara (Jones) Tyler ’91, Kelly (Durbin) Dishaw ’94, Heather (Morrison) Kucharczyk ’93, Shannon (Cunningham) Fairlamb ’94, Kim (Barnes) Bondy ’96, Maria (Paltelky) Flynn ’95, Trudy (Cole) Stitt ’94, Amber Farmer ’99, Missy (Parsons) Good ’92, Salli (Johnson) Ensley ’89

To connect with Olivet College, visit us online at or email Marty (Mason) Jennings ’67, director of alumni engagement, at

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dynamic learning environment in which families can explore science, technology, engineering, art and math by interacting with hands-on exhibits and educational programs. The center is located in downtown Lansing and serves more than 130,000 guests annually. E-mail Erik at Christina Chateauvert ’99 is a digital worker user engagement specialist at Ford Motor Company. She is also pursuing her doctorate in instructional technology at Wayne State University. Christina is also teaching a graduate design capstone course in the winter term at Wayne State. E-mail her at


Leon Howard III ’01 is the program manager of multiethnic student affairs at the University of Michigan. He previously was hall director at Michigan. Leon is also the president of the University of Michigan Association of Black Faculty Administrators and Staff. E-mail Leon at Brent Lincoln ’01 has been with the Calhoun County Leon Howard III ’01 Sheriff’s Department for 11 years. He is the field training supervisor for the law enforcement division. Brent is also the liaison supervisor for the department’s mounted division and reserve deputy unit. He spent seven years on the Battle Creek Police Emergency Response Team, where he specialized in less lethal deployment, chemical munitions deployment and explosive entry. Derric Paige ’01 is regional information technology manager for Legends Hospitality located in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Derric lives in Grand Prairie, Texas. E-mail him at Litty Thomas ’01 is marketing integrations manager of digital marketing at NetApp in the San Francisco Bay area. E-mail Litty at

Litty Thomas ’01

Priyanka (Mehra) Dayal ’04 is a content manager for a communications firm in London, and she writes in her personal blog, Four years ago Priyanka moved from Delhi to London, where she lives with her husband and daughter, Anoushka, 3. E-mail Priyanka at

Steve Rumsey ’06 is an engineering technician at Honeywell Aerospace in South Bend, Ind. E-mail Steve at



Isaiah Wiltshire ex’07 is marketing director for The 194 Group in Toronto, Canada. E-mail Isaiah at Robert Banks ’08 is assistant men’s basketball coach at Macomb Community College. E-mail Robert at Blaine Burnett ’08 is associate regulatory affairs representative at Stryker Medical Division. E-mail Blaine at Yury Bylina ’08 is sales executive at Paramount Miami World Center, a cosmopolitan complex with condominiums, malls, museums and sports facilities in Florida. Originally from Minsk, Belarus, Yury moved to Florida after graduation. E-mail him at Melanie Engels ’08, Pharm.D., is manager of process and service quality for the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Michigan Health System. E-mail Melanie at Corey Evans ’08 is assistant vice president, national brokerage at Marsh in the greater Grand Rapids area. E-mail Corey at corey.evans@ Mark Wheeler ’08 Melanie Engels ’08, Pharm.D. is the glaucoma sales representative for Alcon, a Novartis company. His territory is northern Detroit. E-mail Mark at Greg Jarratt ’09 earned his master’s from Villanova University in May. He went on a mission trip to Honduras this summer. Greg and wife, Jessica (Petkus) ’08, and son, Ross, live in Pennsylvania but will be relocating to Rochester, N.Y. in February. E-mail Greg at Matthew Swab ’09 is the collateral duty inspector for the United States Navy in the Lansing area.


Daron Cruickshank ex’11 is an ultimate fighter who has appeared on several TV shows. Daron recently won a contract with the Ultimate Fighter Championship (UFC) and is now 6-3 in UFC and 17-4 as a professional mixed martial arts fighter. He opened Michigan Top Team, a mixed martial artsand fitness-based gym, in Dearborn. Visit Daron’s websites at Daron Cruickshank ex’11 and E-mail him at

Alyssa “Allie” Fredrick ’11 is a biofeedback technician at Neurocore. E-mail her at Joel Dey ’12 received the award for Child Care Worker of the Year at the Michigan Juvenile Detention Association (MJDA) Conference in August. The MJDA is a collaboration of juvenile justice facilities across Michigan. E-mail Joel at

Distinguished Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame Awards

Lanette Porter ’12 is a corrections officer for Wayne County. E-mail Lanette at

James “Quice” Williams ’12

James “Quice” Williams ’12 has been invited to play football in the European Football League. He is leaving his job at the VA Medical Center and will be going to Poland for five months for practice and training. He plans to try out at running back and wide receiver. Quice started a fundraiser on to raise money for his travels; the inspiring story of his youth is included. E-mail him at

Hope Burnham-Fleck ex’13 is a sales and business marketing graduate student at Western Michigan University. She was one of two students to receive this year’s State Farm Marketing and Sales Competition Award, held at the University of Central Missouri in November. Arthur Moore ’13 is in law school at University of Southern California Gould School of Law. During the summer Arthur had a legal internship with The Fresh Market in Raleigh, N.C. E-mail him at Mack Shannon ’13 earned his master’s in entertainment business from Full Sail University in Orlando, Fla. E-mail Mack at Kelly VanRyswyk ’13 is director at Kingman Museum in Battle Creek. E-mail Kelly at

Olivet College honored its 2014 Distinguished Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame inductees during Homecoming. Top: President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D. (left), with AHOF inductees Coach Jare Klein (center) and the 1971-72 wrestling team. Middle (l-r): President Corey with AHOF inductee Karl Wilson ’69; Athletic Director Dave Sichterman with AHOF inductee Frederick Smith ’76 (center) and President Corey; President Corey with 1844 Award recipient Sandra Boyer, member of the class of 1985. Bottom: Sichterman with AHOF inductee Karla Harding ’85 and President Corey; Distinguished Alumni Cliff ’60 and Marilyn (Purse) ’60 Dean.

Christopher Watkins ’13 is account manager for Gibson, an employee-owned insurance agency headquartered in South Bend, Ind. He has been working there one year. E-mail Christopher at Josh Mauk ’14 is transportation underwriter for J.M. Wilson in Carmel, Ind. E-mail Josh at

On July 12, Olivet College volleyball teammates attended the wedding of Megan McCarty ’11 and Tony Phillips ’12 in Lansing. First Row: Kaylee Losinski, Kaitlyn Salhaney, Cassie McDonald ’13, Kristen Sharpley ’13. Second Row: Chelsea Guzikowski ’12, JorDonna Bergeron ’12, senior Megan VanderVlucht, Jenessa Hicks ’12, Megan (McCarty) Phillips ’11, Ashley Grimes ’12, Hope Burnham-Fleck ex’13.

FALL / winter 2014-15





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Commander John G. Peshinski ’75 and Valerie Hupp, Sept. 13, Amelia Island, Fla. E-mail John at Heather Cook ’01 and Seth Story ’10, July 12. Christopher Cook ’05 and Judea Stokes, Sept. 1, Third New Hope Church in Detroit. Olivetians in the wedding were Deandre Lomax ’06, Chanzo Tambuzi ex’06, Deshaun Warren ex’07 and Denisha Way ’10. E-mail Christopher at Ashleigh Sutton ’05 and Chris Boehnlein, May 25, The Baronette Renaissance in Novi. Libby (Gibbons) Bonnell ’04 and Heather (Boultinghouse) Finnie ’05 were in the wedding party. E-mail Ashleigh at Josh Beischer ’07 and Elizabeth Koebel ’07, Aug. 16, Camp Talahi, Howell. Katy Cole ex’08, Tyler Cole ’08, Matt Hartig ’09, Michelle Elizabeth Koebel ’07 and Koebel ’12, Derek Svoboda ’12, Josh Beischer ’07 Emily (Koebel) Peraza-de la Cerda ’13 and Pedro Peraza-de la Cerda ’14 were involved in the ceremony. E-mail Elizabeth at Amy Brackenwagen ’08 and Garland Sanchez, Aug. 16, Landmark Center, St. Paul, Minn. E-mail Amy at

Meghan Stoltzfus ’10 and Josh Ries ’12, June 14, Olivet Nazarene Church, Muskegon. Olivetians in the wedding were Kevin Shettler ’09, Ashley Cisler ’11, Kayla Green ’11, Danny Thompson ’11, Jennifer Weeks ’11, Anthony Bradley ’12, Matthew Mangold ’12, Richard Perkins ’12, Brandon Schroeder ’12 and Devin Hagler ’13. Kirk Byrens ’11 and Michelle Obrecht, Oct. 25, Addison Oaks, Leonard. Kirk’s uncle, Steve Byrens ’85, married the couple. Greg Seger ’10 was best man; groomsmen were Beau Felix ’11, Zach McMunigal ’11 and Graham Byrens ’12. E-mail Kirk at Megan McCarty ’11 and Tony Phillips ’12, July 12, St. Gerard Church, Lansing. Bridesmaids were Kaylee Hart ’11, Ashley Grimes ’12 and Jenessa Hicks ’12. Groomsmen were Ryan Reurink ’12, Travis Farris ’13, Austin Khoshnegah ’13 and Thomas Tobolic ’13. E-mail Tony at Christine Moulton ’11 and David Pedder, Sept. 13, National Shrine of the Little Flower Catholic Church, Royal Oak. Branden Webb ’11 was in the wedding party; Christine’s uncle, Richard Hamann ’85, was a lector. E-mail Christine at Adam Wilson ’11 and Meghan Buschke, Sept. 19, St. Philip Catholic Church, Battle Creek. Blair Mellish ex’11 was the groomsman. E-mail Adam at

Christine Moulton ’11 and David Pedder

Danford John Byrens IV ’12 and Miriam Frengell, Nov. 8, Chapel in the Woods, Starr Commonwealth, Albion; reception at Duck Lake Country Club. Caitlin Lohr ’12 and Trevor Tyler ’12, Graafschap Christian Reformed Church, Holland. Olivetians in the wedding were Sarah Derrick ex’12, Jessica Howard ’12, Jarrid Lake ’12, Josh Crawford ’13, Crystal Jager ex’13 and Kenny Richmond ’13. E-mail Caitlin at Evan Platonas ’12 and Crystal Ramon ’12, Sept. 5, Victory Life Church, Battle Creek.

Melanie Engels ’08 and Edward Lauerman (center)

Melanie Engels ’08 and Edward Lauermann, July 12, Frankenmuth. Breanna (Bath) O’Keefe ’08 was matron of honor; Ashley EuperSchmidt ’08 was a bridesmaid. E-mail Melanie at Ashley Euper ’08 and Collin Schmidt, June 14. Soronian sisters Melanie Engels ’08 and Paige (Smith) Grant ’10 were in the wedding. Ashley is an executive liability wholesale broker at Swett & Crawford in Minneapolis, Minn. E-mail Ashley at Jacob Dungey ’09 and Crystal Adams ’11, Sept. 20, Eagle Eye Golf Course for the wedding, followed by the reception at the Hawk Hollow Club House in Bath Township. Alex Esters ’09, Dave Norris ex’10, Kimberly Olson ex’11 and Chelsey Smith-Llerena ex’12 were in the wedding party. E-mail Crystal at



Leanne Scudder ’12 and Erik Skowronek, June 14, St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Alpena. Olivetians in the wedding were Soronian sisters: Megan Colby ’11, April Juntunen ’12 and Chelsie Whitsall ’12. E-mail Leanne at Kaitlyn Blanchard ’13 and Doug Fales ’13, Oct. 5, historic courthouse in Charlotte, reception at the Grand Ledge Opera House. Doug’s dad, Mike Fales ’75, officiated the ceremony. Sierra Clark ’13 was maid of honor; Zach France ex’14 was best man. Other Olivetians in the wedding were Danielle Chauvin ’12, Samantha Daily ’14, Carrie Mae Jacob ’14, Sarah K. Smith ’14, Branden Dyer ex’15. Mother of the bride is Jada Blanchard ’97. E-mail Kaitlyn at Breanna Bunker ’13 and Dillon Bond ex’13, Aug. 15. Katelyn Boss ’11 and Ciara Wilson-Santos ’13 were in the wedding party. Taylor Ellis ’13 and Joshua Reynolds ’14, October 18, Whispering Pines Golf Club in Pinckney. E-mail Taylor at Emily Koebel ’13 and Pedro Peraza-de la Cerda ’14, June 7, at a private ceremony on Lake Michigan. Elizabeth (Koebel) Beischer ’07, Josh Beischer ’07, Michelle Koebel ’12 and Derek Svoboda ’12 took part in the wedding.


Darrell Ettleman ’88 and Stephanie (Dixon) ’10, a daughter, Sage Marie, June 24. She joins sister, Lilah Rose, 2. E-mail the Ettlemans at Jamie (Byrens) Collins ’99 and husband, Monte, a daughter, Charlotte Gracen Lucille, Sept. 5. She joins sister, Makena, 10, and brother, Brock, 9. Grandparents are Chris (Dowding) Metts ’81 and Dan Byrnes’81. Great grandparents are Emily and Danford Byrens, former music professors at Olivet College. E-mail Jamie at Jeana (Turcheck) Rybski ’03 and husband, Michael, a daughter, Mia Jean, Nov. 6. E-mail Jeana at Libby (Gibbons) ’04 and Dan Bonnell ’06, a daughter, Camilla Jane, July 27. E-mail Libby at Larissa (Kequom) ’04 and Bryan Gilreath ’04, MAT ’05, a son, Jaxon Bay, June 16. He joins brother, Lincoln, 2. E-mail Bryan at Travis Patterson ex’06 and Ashley Looper, a daughter, Kennedy Renee, Oct. 21. E-mail Travis at Steve Dastoli ex’08 and wife, Annie, a daughter, Nora Claire, Sept. 22. E-mail Steve at Derrick Bean ’07 and wife, Courtney, a daughter, Natalie Electa, Feb. 17. Derrick is a fifth grade teacher in the Coldwater Community Schools. E-mail Derrick at

In Memoriam

Richard Rasmussen ’35, M.D., Aug. 10, Grand Rapids. Layard Campbell ’41, Oct. 4, 2013, Sandy Hook, Conn. Margaret “Peggy” (Frank) Hodgins ’41, April 16, 2012, Farmington Hills. Margaret is survived by daughter Marilyn (Hodgins) Wickstrom ’64. Serene (Broberg) Strippgen ’43, Jan. 29, 2013, Berthoud, Colo. Serene was survived by brother, John Broberg ’45. John Broberg ’45, Oct. 15, 2013, Cut Bank, Mont. Mary Joan (Sternlight) Miller ’45, Jan. 15, 2013, Guam. Her husband, Richard Miller ’46 died in 2008. Martha (Turpen Vanderlind) Pasternak ’46, Feb. 3, 2013, Clarkston. Maren Lindberg ’47, March 13, Richmond, Va. Leonard Stark ’49, Oct. 6, Crossville, Tenn. Harold LeVesconte ’50, Nov. 6, San Jose, Calif. Jean (Merchant) Carothers ’53, June 24, Howell. She is survived by husband Ken Carothers ’54. Charles Schmid ’58, Oct. 13. Shelby Township. Hugh Gardner ’59, M.D., May 13, 2013, Durham, N.H. Thomas Biggs ’62 D.O., Aug. 29, West Branch. Gus Unseld III ’63, Sept. 23, 2013, Grand Rapids. Bob Powell ’64, June 17, Gaylord.

Stephanie (Nicolai) Butler ’07 and husband, Jason, a son, Bryce Edward, Oct. 23. E-mail Stephanie at

Matt Houghton ’65, D.O., Aug. 31, Glen Arbor.

Matthew ’07 and Gina (Hilgendorf) ’07 Domitrovich, a son, Bretton Gerald, Aug. 9. E-mail Matthew at and Gina at

Bill Middleton ’66, M.D., May 19, 2013, Umatilla, Fla.

Floyd “Garth” Willoughby ’65, July 14, Rochester Hills. Mike Eibergen ’67, May 13, 2013, Clarkston.

Jessica (Pletz) ’07 and Jeremy ’07 Droscha, a daughter, Hannah Mary, June 9. She joins brother, Mason, 3.

John “Bump” Prince ’67, Sept. 7, Clarksburg, Ontario, Canada.

Jessica (Petkus) ’08 and Greg ’09 Jarratt, a son, Ross Michael, July 6. E-mail Greg at

Fred E. Parker III ’70, Sept. 28, Monticello, Ind.

Dan ’08 and Aryn (Perkins) ’09 Reed, a daughter, Harper Terese, Sept. 19. She joins sister, Peyton, 2. E-mail Dan at and Aryn at James Boyd ’09 and wife, Sara, a daughter, Avery May, July 4. E-mail James at Sabrina (Foskett) ’09 and Scott ’10 Purdy, a daughter, Elaina May, May 22. E-mail Scott at Kevin Shettler ’09 and wife, Kelly, a daughter, Quinn Marie, Sept. 13. She joins brother, William, 2. E-mail Kevin at

Sabrina Foskett ’09, Scott Purdy ’10 and Elaina May

Mike Glenn ’10 and wife, Corina, a son, Silas Lee, Nov. 3. E-mail Mike at Dustin Mateling ’10 and wife, Lydia, a daughter, Cadence Ann, June 9. Email Dustin at

Marsha Crane ex’69, June 27, Ocoee, Fla. James Redebaugh ’70, July 21, Leonidas. Richard Wines ’70, Nov. 11, 2013, Petoskey. David Anspaugh ’71, July 23, Sturgis. He is survived by wife, Charlotte (Easterday) Anspaugh ’71. William Hutchison ’72, April 6, Elkhart, Ind. Eric Boucher ’75, Aug. 24, Kalkaska. Anne (Kramb) Ziem ex’78, July 20, Milford. She is survived by husband, Bill Ziem ’75. Frank Edward Guarino ’81, Dec. 28, 2013, Half Moon Bay, Calif. John McMahon ’82, June 11, Waterford. He is survived by son Sean McMahon ’08.


Fritz Lewis, Aug. 13, Middleville. Charles Trubac, Dec. 30, Lansing. Richard Vahs, Sept. 10, Bellevue. Richard worked in the family Standard Oil Service Station in Olivet, and later worked for Olivet Community Schools in the grounds department. Richard lived his entire life in the Olivet area. He is survived by wife, Ponja Vahs ’03. FALL / winter 2014-15


Olivet College Celebrates the Lives of Three Exceptional Olivetians: Richard Rasmussen ’35, M.D., trustee emeritus; Fritz Lewis, former coach, teacher, registrar and administrator; and Charles Trubac, trustee emeritus and co-founder of the college’s risk management and insurance program.

Richard Rasmussen ’35, M.D.

Fritz Lewis

Richard Rasmussen ’35, M.D., passed away in Grand Rapids Aug. 10 at the age of 101. He was a 1935 graduate of Olivet College and renowned thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon. He is perhaps best known for building a heart-lung machine with his partner, Clair Bassinger, M.D., assembling a team and performing West Michigan’s first open heart surgery at Blodgett Hospital in 1958. Rasmussen spearheaded and continued to support the college’s Rasmussen-Reams Pre-Medical Endowed Scholarship Fund and was a class captain for many years. He served as an Olivet College Board of Trustees member from 1981 to 1987. Rasmussen received a distinguished alumni award from all three of his alma maters: Greenville High School, Olivet College and the University of Chicago School of Medicine. He was honored with the college’s Leadership for Individual and Social Responsibility Award in 2005. Fritz Lewis passed away in Hastings Aug. 13 at the age of 78. Lewis served the college in several capacities from 1965-74. He was a beloved wrestling and football coach, registrar, teacher and vice president under M. Gorton Riethmiller ’28, Ph.D. In 1976, he entered the insurance industry and was a longtime advocate for the insurance program at Olivet College. He was known by his industry colleagues for his strong

Charles Trubac

character, his excellent working relationships, and his dedication to his profession. Lewis served as CEO of the Michigan Association of Independent Agents. Throughout his tenure, the association saw tremendous growth in membership, continuing education, public relations and legislative involvement. Olivet College was honored to induct Lewis into the Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame in 1994. Charles Trubac passed away in Lansing Dec. 30 at the age of 89. A native of Czechoslovakia, Trubac studied and worked extensively throughout his life and eventually retired as Michigan regional vice president for State Farm Insurance Company. Trubac and his family were involved community leaders everywhere they lived. He served many boards and commissions for charities, governmental commissions and civic groups, always taking a leadership role. He believed in the value of education and had a long relationship with Olivet College. In addition to serving on the college’s board of trustees, Trubac was co-founder of the risk management and insurance program and served on the Insurance Program Advisory Committee. At the 2012 Olivet College commencement ceremony, he was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

Olivet College awards scholarships in recognition of these three individuals during the annual Honors Convocation. To support a scholarship in memory of Rasmussen, Lewis or Trubac, please feel free to use the enclosed envelope and include a note indicating the individual you wish to honor. 24


Taking the Competition Overseas


Women’s Volleyball Team

By Mitch Galloway, junior

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 better programs. “The whole idea for the Cayman Island trip came from Coach (Megan) Merchant,” said senior volleyball middle hitter Emma Brann. “She wanted us to experience something new as a team, and to see what the sport can be like in another part of the world.” Men’s Soccer Team “When I started here it was important for me to build a program,” said Merchant. “I told the girls that I was asking them to do more for the program than they had ever done before, and in return I would do more for them. My first year it was small things; this year, we wanted to step it up and offer the athletes a chance to go on an international trip.” Well before their bags were even packed, Brann says the team was coming together to make the trip a reality. “We fundraised almost $20,000 for travel and seasonal expenses,” she said. Brann and her teammates hosted day camps and mini tournaments to raise the money. When she heard the news that the team had met their goal and would soon be traveling internationally, she was ecstatic. “I have never been out of the country before, and to have the experience and play volleyball was simply amazing. This trip also gave our team a lot of time to bond and become closer.”

While the women were busy taking beach volleyball to a whole new level, the men’s soccer team was headed across the pond to compete in a sport that dominates the English landscape. “I wanted the players to experience soccer at its finest,” said Head Men’s Soccer Coach Daniel Bulley, a native of Exeter, England. “To play against some of England’s premier teams gave us an idea of the level of play in another country. Overall, I believe the trip was a success. It is something we want to keep doing.” Michael Brait, a sophomore defender, said competing out of the states was an opportunity of a lifetime for the team. “We got better and better by playing the English teams – where soccer is such a large part of the culture,” said Brait about the 10-day experience. Geoff Henson, sports information director at Olivet College, thought a blog would be a great way for both teams to share trip details with people back home, as well as to document everything the teams experienced. The volleyball players wrote blogs from their hotel rooms each night. Gabrielle Bauer, a sophomore outside hitter who enjoys writing, took on the task of writing the last few posts on her own. The blogs captured memories for the team, and were placed on the Comet athletics website for all to view. Brait also wrote a blog detailing the England trip and all the benefits that came with it. “As our overseas adventures came to a close, our final match was against the top opposition we would face on our journey. The Exeter City Football Club’s starting lineup was composed of firstteam reserve players as well as members of the first team,” Brait wrote. “As we make our way back to the homeland, we recollect all the great days. This will be something we talk about for the rest of our lives.”

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