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Top Military Friendly School

The University of Olivet was named a 2021- 22 Top 10 Gold-Level Military Friendly School by VIQTORY Media. Olivet ranked fourth for private schools not offering a doctorate degree. The College

was also named a 2021-22 Military Spouse Friendly® School by VIQTORY Media, one of only 194 colleges or universities nationwide selected for the ranking. Military Friendly serves as a standard to measure an organization’s commitment, effort and success in creating sustainable and meaningful benefits for the military community.

The College was also designated as a 2021-22 Gold-Level Veteran- Friendly School by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. The Michigan Veteran-Friendly Schools Program recognizes academic institutions committed to supporting the needs of veterans and military-connected students.

The University of Olivet is Nationally Ranked

U.S. News and World Report ranked The University of Olivet 17th as a “Top Performer on Social Mobility in the Midwest” and 45th on the “Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest” list in the 2022 Best College Rankings. The Top Performer on Social Mobility ranking is in its third year, and Olivet has earned a spot in the top 20 for all three years. Social mobility measures how well schools graduated students who received federal Pell Grants.

The University of Olivet was also included in Washington Monthly’s 2021 College Guide and Rankings, earning a spot on the regional “Best Bang for the Buck Rankings: Midwest” list and the nationwide “Bachelor’s Colleges Ranking” list. Olivet was ranked No. 56 overall on the “Bachelor’s College Ranking.” In the sections that make up the ranking, Olivet was noted as No. 52 in the category of service and No. 61 in the category of social mobility.

Comets Dedicated to Service Learning

In April 2021, The University of Olivet students attended a weekend service trip to Port Austin where they volunteered at a local historical society and food bank. The trip was the first to occur in 14 months due to health and safety guidelines imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. During the fall semester, students attended two more service trips to Port Austin as well as additional trips to Tennessee, Philadelphia and Detroit. In addition, many projects were completed locally on Service Day in September. During the event, students worked in campus gardens, cleaned headstones in the Olivet Cemetery, performed maintenance at a local park and much more.

Insurance students Earn National Scholarships

Three The University of Olivet Master of Business Administration (MBA) students were awarded scholarships by the Spencer Educational Foundation, including Kaylene Candela, CPCU; Meredith Dearing, CPCU, AIS; and Justin Ruehs, CPCU, ARM, AU, CIC, AAI, MBA. In addition, five undergraduate students earned Spencer Ed scholarships, including Elizabeth Fisher, Alexis Hanchett, Delaney Peters, Allyson Sears and Zoie Walters. Spencer Ed is a nationwide organization focused on assisting students majoring in risk management, insurance, business and actuarial science. Scholarships range from $5,000 to $10,000.

In addition, the MBA program continues to reach a wider audience of industry professionals. In fall 2021, Olivet’s MBA program sponsored the In2Risk Conference for insurance professionals, which included the annual celebration of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) conferees. The CPCU professional designation is one of the most prestigious and difficult designations in the insurance and risk management industry.

CJP Program Active in Industry Organizations

The Criminal Justice Professional Degree Program offers law enforcement professionals a convenient pathway to complete a bachelor’s degree. The University of Olivet is active in several local and national industry organizations, including the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police and National Fraternal Order of Police University (NFOPU). The NFOPU is a consortium of colleges and universities that provides members with varied learning programs, including online courses that accommodate the unique requirements of a working law enforcement office’s schedule. Representatives from Olivet

College connected with a wide range of law enforcement professionals at the NFOPU biannual convention in Indianapolis in August 2021.

RN-BSN Program Partnerships Expand

Since 2018, The University of Olivet’s RN-BSN Program has partnered with Kellogg Community College (KCC) to provide a pathway for students to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Olivet after earning an Associate Degree in Nursing at KCC. The College recently founded partnerships with Oakland Community College in Bloomfield Hills and Henry Ford College in Dearborn to provide pathways for students to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Olivet. More partnerships are currently underway, including out-of-state partnerships.

In addition, partnering foundations have provided scholarships for RN-BSN Program students at The University of Olivet. In 2021, the Towsley Foundation awarded $20,000 in scholarship money to four new RN-BSN Program students. The scholarship was applied directly to the cost of tuition and fees and gave students the chance to prepare a real-world healthcare plan by assessing community needs and promoting health and quality of life.

Hiram Archer Student Success Academy Revitalized

The Hiram Archer Student Success Academy was revitalized from the Hiram Archer Society initially founded in 2016. The program offers a mentorship and support group for students of color on campus, including travel opportunities, speaking events, campus events and much more. During the fall semester, students enjoyed excursions to Chicago and a Detroit Pistons game, as well as a celebration of soul food and weekly discussions on relevant topics surrounding race, career planning and more.

Student Engagement resources and Events Expanded

In August, the Student Engagement Team launched a new app for current students. The app includes information on clubs and scheduled events, the ability to RSVP or check-in at events, opportunities to connect with fellow users, and access to courses and a personalized calendar. In addition, a career readiness workshop series was hosted to help students develop resumes, explore their

passions and practice interviewing skills. Other recreation events throughout the fall included intramural sports like volleyball and dodgeball, Fun Fridays, scavenger hunts, movie nights, and outdoor adventure trips and activities.

A Vibrant Greek Community

The University of Olivet’s Greek community offered new and unique experiences to build leaders within their societies and advocate for a safe and healthy Greek culture. In September, a Greek Leadership Retreat gave more than 20 participants the chance to hone their leadership abilities and practice new skills. In addition, the Intersociety Council held Greek CommUNITY Week with events that included fun games, educational posters on hazing prevention and a service project.

This feature was included in the winter 2022 issue of Shipherd’s Record and The President’s Annual Report, The University of Olivet’s alumni magazine. This special issue introduces the College’s new strategic plan, “The University of Olivet 2030: Vision for a Prosperous Future.” Sections also include updates from the Offices of Advancement and Alumni Engagement, Comet Sports, a 2021 Year in Review, Financials, Class Notes, Feature Stories, a Homecoming Recap and much more. View the full magazine here.


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