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Being Bold - Student sparks creativity, designs for Mott bulletin boards

The bulletin boards outside the Student Services Office in Mott are always whimsical and colorful.

Blame that on the fun-spirited staff inside, and the talents of student worker Bailey Tyler.

Tyler, a junior from Battle Creek, is not an art major – she’s a sport psychology major – but she confesses a love of Pinterest and a willingness to explore.

Her latest creation is a background of paint swatches, which will remain as the content changes, Tyler said. “My sister works at Sherwin Williams,” Tyler said, and when the swatches were being switched out, she scooped them up.

Tyler said the Student Services staff leave the design for the bulletin boards, two in the hallway and one in the office, up to her.

In addition to being an “above and beyond” student worker, Bailey has taken over the creation of our bulletin boards from the ground up. All we do is ask her to change them (often she decides on her own),” wrote Gayl Dotts, customer services specialist in an email response. “She formulates the idea, designs the layout, lines up the materials and constructs the boards and they ALWAYS turn out fantastic! Each board is original and is connected to something relevant to campus life or financial aid. I think before she graduates I will insist she draw up plans for a dozen or so that we can use after she leaves,” Dotts said.

Tyler plans to graduate next May, and in doing so, would become the first sports psychology major since the new major was formed. A Dean’s List student, Tyler has been working in Student Services since May 2015.

“Bailey is awesome,” wrote her supervisor Maria Vanarman, financial aid officer. “Here’s a few words we think of when it comes to Bailey: passionate, caring, dedicated, knowledgeable, quick learner, loving, funny, sassy, creative. I could go on and on about Bailey. She has been a wonderful addition to Student Services. We very fortunate to have her,” Vanarman said in an email response.

Tyler recently traveled to Saginaw Valley State University, where she was one of a number of Olivet faculty and students presenting work at the annual Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters. Her paper’s topic was “The Influence of Coaches on Athletes’ Confidence.”

Bailey Tyler has taken over the creation of the Student Services bulletin boards from the ground up./Echo photo

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