Women’s Board Scholarship Recipients: Fall ’23

Congratulations to the 2023 Women’s Board Scholarship recipients!   Ella Gaffke Junior Ella Gaffke is a Media Production and Communication major. Her goals after graduation are to work for a company in marketing or as their social media manager. She is also interested in one day starting her own business using the skills she learned […]

Fun in the Sun at The University of Olivet

The University of Olivet campus in the summer is peaceful and calm. Our beloved squirrels run wild, the trees grace the square with shade and flowers abound. It’s quiet. It’s beautiful. Despite the quiet, a lively student population remains on campus throughout the summer.   Rising senior Destinee Hawkins is one such student. “Campus is nice […]

Todd Seipenko—Reaching Lifelong Goals, Thanks to The University of Olivet

The University of Olivet is known for being accommodating. It is a place where students of diverse backgrounds feel welcome, included and valued. Todd Seipenko learned that this is true for our non-traditional students as well. After 25 years in law enforcement, he decided it was time to go back to school and earn his bachelor’s […]

Meet Liberty Tetlaff: Pursuing Her Passion

Rising sophomore Liberty Tetzlaff is a sports psychology major from Middleville, Michigan. Fueled by passion, community, and close relationships with others, Liberty has been able to find her home at The University of Olivet. When she discovered The University of Olivet, it was as close to home as she had seen. “The University of Olivet […]

Julia Mellinger—Finding her Place at The University of Olivet

Not all college experiences are linear and smooth. Sometimes it takes a little bit to find a fit that works for you. This is what Julia Mellinger, who is studying media production and communication and fitness management, discovered when she started college at a large university. It did not feel like the right place for […]

London Eldridge—On Track to Becoming a Veterinarian

After graduating top of her high school class, London Eldridge completed her first year at The University of Olivet as a biology major with a minor in biochemistry.  London first heard about The University of Olivet through a friend and decided to check it out. It turned out to be a perfect fit. She was […]

Sarah Lafoe – Californian Taking on Michigan

The University of Olivet tends to be pretty quiet in the summer, but senior Sarah Lafoe, hailing from Southern California, is one student who enjoys the peace and calm. With the current prices of travel, Sarah thought it best to stay close to campus. The decision to stay was made easier by her many friends […]

Chase Mendham—Impacting Lives through Insurance and Risk Management

It is no secret that one of The University of Olivet’s greatest charms is its small, close-knit community, and this is what drew Chase Mendham to the college. Growing up in Coopersville, a small town north of Grand Rapids, Chase felt right at home in Olivet. He is now an insurance and risk management major […]

Earthbound — Changing the Environment for the Better One Small Act at a Time

Patrick Geddes, a Scottish conversationist in the early 20th century, first coined the phrase, “Think globally, act locally.” Earthbound, one of the many clubs The University of Olivet has to offer, has taken this phrase to heart. This club’s primary mission is to support the preservation of the environment and share its importance with others.   […]

Jill Post—Why She Chose The University of Olivet

Jill Post is a graduating senior studying visual art. Growing up in a small town, Jill was ready for the small size of Olivet. Although she is an art student, the music program is what stole her heart when she first discovered The University of Olivet. In 2017, she had a visit with the honors band. […]

Kaylee Richardson ’22 – Locally Grown

Kaylee Richardson ’22 is a born and raised Olivetian. The University of Olivet was a clear choice for her because of its accounting program and the opportunity to continue in athletics. Her proximity to the school made the decision even easier, and she commuted her first two years as a student. However, by the time […]

Kennedy Ellis—Her Unique Journey with The University of Olivet

Kennedy Ellis: Headshot

  Here at Olivet College, there is no cookie-cutter path to graduation. Everyone’s journey is a little different and customizable to their interests and goals. Kennedy Ellis discovered this early in her time with The University of Olivet when she decided on an independent major in sustainable agriculture. She has a specific career goal in mind. […]


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