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Yellow Rose Ceremony Held in Honor of International Women’s Day

In honor of International Women’s Day, The University of Olivet held a Yellow Rose Recognition ceremony and luncheon on March 7, 2024. The Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging and students of the Family Dynamics and Self and Community courses co-hosted the event.

The International Women’s Day Luncheon was a social and cultural celebration of women on campus. Guest speakers Priya Basnyat, assistant coordinator of retention initiatives and housing operations, and student Asia Sherman shared their international stories.

The Yellow Rose awardees were selected by students as women who inspire and empower others. The awardees ranged from staff, faculty and students.

Yellow Rose Awardees

Laura Barlond-Mass – Associate Professor of English

Priya Basnyat – Assistant Coordinator of Retention Initiatives and Housing Operations

Rivkie Biritz – Student

Tiana Bosley, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Statistics

Kelly Corey, Ph.D.  – Director of Graduate Business Programs, Professor of Business

Maria Davis, Ph.D. – Professor of Biology

Zoe Hammer – Professor of Social Sciences

Zae’da Hayes – Student

Jenessa Hicks – Assistant Athletic Director, Women’s Head Volleyball Coach

Leah Knapp, DVM – Professor of Biology

Linda Logan, Ph.D. – Vice President & Chief Inclusion Officer, Professor of Sociology and        Anthropology

Robin Luckadoo Chadderon – Director of the Health and Wellness Center

Laneace Menefee – Student

Marjorie Newman – Director of Student Transition and Academic Success

Kordilia Noble, Ph.D. – Director of Career Development

Cynthia Noyes, J.D – Chair of the Social Science Department, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

KayDee Perry, Ed.D. – Associate Provost for Student Development

Asia Sherman – Student

Kwamise Taylor – Gospel Choir Director

Tonya Tepin – Student

Joanne Williams – Associate Professor of Media Production and Communication, Faculty Adviser for The Echo


Learn more about The University of Olivet by contacting the Office of Admission at admissions@UOlivet.edu or 269-749-7635.


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