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Patrick Fields, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, is one of nine individuals representing Olivet College at the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters 2015 conference.

A total of nine Olivet College students and faculty members have been selected to present papers at the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters (MASAL) annual conference. This year’s event takes place Friday, March 13 at Andrews University in Berrien Springs.

“We are very proud of the students and professors who will be representing Olivet College at the MASAL conference this year,” said Karen Chaney, Ph.D., associate dean for academic affairs. “It is an honor for the college to be recognized in the greater academic community through the scholarship of these nine individuals.”

MASAL member institutions consist of colleges and universities in the state of Michigan. The organization’s annual conference, which covers topics ranging from chemistry, history and mathematics to political science, medieval studies, language & literature and more, is hosted once a year in March by a member institution. In addition to presenting at the conference, participants’ papers are also published in MASAL’s journal, the “Michigan Academician.”

Olivet College students and faculty presenting at the conference include:


  • Patrick Fields, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, of Dimondale. Fields will present a preliminary report of a new middle Miocene megafossil flora from Paddock Valley, Washington County, Idaho.


  • Ture Farwell, a senior from Tekonsha, will present “Education of Women and Minorities at Olivet College, 1844-1932.”
  • Nikki Magie, Ph.D., archivist and assistant professor of sociology, of Holt. Magie will present “Challenging Political and Racial Boundaries: an Afro-Brazilian Mayor of an Italian Migrant Town, 1895–1902.”


  • Jessica Doster, a junior from Three Rivers, will present “A Main Character’s Love for Language Displayed in Contemporary Literature.”
  • Kirk Hendershott-Kraetzer, Ph.D., professor of humanities, of Jackson. He will present “Juliet, tumbld.”
  • Noah Keefer, a senior from Fayette, Ohio, will present “Biblical Principles in Toni Morrison’s ‘Song of Solomon.’”
  • Heather Kennedy, a junior from Woodland, will present “Going, Going, Gone: Understanding the Idea of Evil and the Unset Definition.”
  • Ashley Milheim, a senior from Eaton Rapids, will present “Werewolves: Your Sexaholic Doppelgänger.”


  • Rostam Sabeti, adjunct professor, will present on d–parity of monomials.