Since its founding in 1844, The University of Olivet has celebrated diversity and recognizes the accomplishments of students from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Each year, the Multicultural Awards banquet provides an opportunity to award outstanding students in academics who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. On April 7, 79 students were honored for their academic achievement in the fall 2016 semester.
Elliot Hitchcock ’04 served as the keynote speaker at the event. In addition, remarks were given by President Steven M. Corey, Vice President and Dean for Student Life Linda Logan, Ph.D., and Associate Dean for Student Life Jason Meadows. Each student in attendance was give the opportunity to share something they were thankful for and their personal goals.
“I love the words that The University of Olivet uses to define the ideal student experience: Education for Individual and Social Responsibility,” Hitchcock said. “Individually, you have a responsibility to not deny yourself from your full potential with your education; don’t settle for less. Grow, promote yourself, motive others and serve this world with your God given talents. Socially, serve whatever community you are in, make sure it thrives and prospers, and never let it suffer or neglect it without bringing aid.”
Congratulations to the following students honored this year:
Anthony Adkins, a freshman from Benton Harbor; Crissta Ames, a junior from Charlotte; Amerika Armenta, a freshman from Glendale, Arizona; Bruce Bailey, a freshman from Drummond Island; Carlos Barajas, a junior from Charlotte; Eric Beauchamp, a freshman from Roseville; Curtis Blackwell, a senior from Kalamazoo; Andre Bourlier, a freshman from Algonac; Kelly Bricker, a senior from Charlotte; Jared Brickley, a junior from Lansing; Amari Brown, a freshman from Muskegon; Nieya Brown, a freshman from Eagle; Shariah Brown, a junior from Kalamazoo; Brooklyn Burel, a freshman from Toledo, Ohio; Jason Cabugos, a junior from Vallejo, California; Darius Cage, a senior from Albion; Ricardo Canales, a junior from New Haven, Indiana; Julianna Carter, a junior from Muskegon; Eleanor Chapin-O’Leary, a freshman from Ann Arbor; Austin Cochrane, a freshman from Traverse City.
Te’Neeka DeMyers, a freshman from Lansing; Cindy Espinosa-Gonzalez, a senior from Lansing; Renee Evans, a junior from Battle Creek; Zackary Evans, a sophomore from Detroit; Rachel Fakhouri, a senior from Detroit; Leeza Fortner, a senior from Clinton Township; Kody Garcia, a sophomore from Greenfield; Isiah Garn, a freshman from Vermontville; Tyler Goerbig, a senior from Twin Lake; Maia Greer, a freshman from Kalamazoo; Matthew Hall, a freshman from Waterford; Kali Hancock, a senior from Cheboygan; Ndamona Hinamanu, a senior from Ann Arbor; Davon Jackson, a junior from Bay City; Coi Jenkins, a freshman from Davison; Jillian Johnson, a freshman from Lansing; Jesse Judge, a senior from Sidney; Breanna Kidd, a senior from Detroit; Haydn Kinjorski, a freshman from West Bloomfield; Jake Kovalcik, a freshman from Muskegon.
Christian Lawhorn, a sophomore from Jackson; Sean Leader-Windeland, a freshman from East Lansing; Isabelle Leon, a junior from Kentwood; Ronald Lord, a sophomore from La Habra Heights, California; Walter Love III, a junior from Detroit; Erie McClendon, a sophomore from Elizabethtown, Kentucky; ReBekah McDaniel, a senior from Lansing; Hannah Mellino, a sophomore from Olivet; Ciara Miller, a freshman from Farmington Hills; Dillon Mitchell, a freshman from Memphis; Ashton Osborne, a sophomore from Harrison Township; Jessica Palacios, a senior from Ortonville; Ayren Parrish, a junior from Charlotte; Megan Partlo, a sophomore from Coleman; Jessie Perez, a senior from Wyoming; Javin Potts, a junior from Jackson; Deivan Prince, a freshman from Ferndale.
Kori Ramirez, a senior from Holt; Ruben Rico-Rodarte, a senior from Phoenix, Arizona; Trent Robinson, a freshman from Joliet, Illinois; Jada Simons, a freshman from Ajax, Ontario; Reno Sims, a junior from Florence, Arizona; Isabel Snyder, a senior from Albion; Samantha Steward, a freshman from Lansing; Christopher Sudduth, a senior from Okemos; Christopher Taylor, a senior from Flint; Brooklynne Tett-Davis, a freshman from Holt; Brandi Thomas, a senior from Lansing; Re’Gene Thompson, a senior from Lansing; Chasadie Thorton, a junior from Muskegon; Michael Tran, a senior from Lansing; Alejandro Trevino, a junior from Lansing; Hezekiah Turner, a freshman from Detroit; Xavier Vance, a senior from Detroit; Marisa Vertrees, a sophomore from Charlotte; Malea Warren, a freshman from Lansing; Kris Wells, a sophomore from Muskegon; Monique Williams, a sophomore from Battle Creek; and Megan Wright, a senior from Cedar Springs.