Olivet The Magazine Spring Issue – Stories of Transformation

“Be Transformed” issue coming soon to mailboxes.

Lauren Beatty

March 17, 2020 Academics, Admissions, Alumni & Friends, Olivet The Magazine

In the spring 2020 issue of Olivet The Magazine, University President Dr. John C. Bowling reminds the Olivet community that the University exists not only to provide an education, but also transformation for generations of students.


In the first person feature, Emma (Reutter) LaCosse ’13 reflects on the impact of her Olivet education her career with Best Buddies International. Raving fans, John ’91 and Heidi (Sprain) Wegforth ’92, and their adult children, Shelby ’16 and Austin ’19, explain why they value their University legacy. Additionally, Dr. Scott Sherwood ’92 looks back on how his Olivet experience shaped his relationships with his wife and family.

The concept of transformation continues with “A Safe Place to Question, Explore, Fail, and Achieve” with Dr. Teresa (Ulmet) Garner ’87/’91 M.A. The “16 Stories” feature provides reflections from Olivet students, faculty and staff on the ways they invest their time and resources in Kankakee County through the wide variety of campus service organizations.

Olivet’s resident political scientist, Dr. David Van Heemst ’96 M.P.C./’98 M.A., provides thoughtful insight in “A More Just Society,” an interview exploring faith and leadership in the upcoming U.S. presidential election.

As part of the “With Honors,” series, Dr. Steve Case ’05, explains the value of scholarly research for students, even if they aren’t bound for graduate studies. Dr. Les Parrott ’84, an author and psychologist, gives his perspective on the importance of looking inward for transformational inspiration.

The 65-page issue highlights news stories covering the academic and athletic accomplishments of students, faculty and alumni and provides information about understanding the financial aid timeline with helpful tips from the Admissions team.

Read the spring 2020 issue, and all back-issues of Olivet The Magazine, here.

To learn more about life at Olivet, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.

Published: 03/17/2020

Lauren Beatty

Lauren Beatty ’13 is a freelance writer, author, editor, artist and an adjunct professor in the Department of Communication at Olivet. She earned a Master of Arts degree in cross-cultural and sustainable business management from the American University of Paris in 2014. Her thesis explored the evolution of socially responsible business practices in America.

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