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  • Jul 27, 2015 2:54:26Jul 27, 2015 -

    Three Olivet students and their faculty mentors are spending the summer on intensive research projects funded by grants from the University’s Pence-Boyce Committee, an alumni group that fosters mentoring of individual students by Olivet faculty in mathematics, science or engineering research.

    Joseph Gosnell (sophomore, Honors Program, engineering major with concentration in chemical engineering, Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and Dr. Larry Ferren, chemistry chair: “Proposal to study advanced glycation end products in bovine eyes and the effect of different solubilization agents on advanced glycation end products.” (Chemistry)

    “This is the first intensive research project I’ve ever done,” Joseph said. “I’m working with actual cows’ eyes, and I’m using machines I never knew existed. I’ll definitely have an edge for graduate school with this research experience.”

    Joseph’s career goal is to work with Rockwell Collins, one of the world’s leading aerospace and defense companies, in his hometown — carrying on the heritage of his family. “My grandfather worked at Rockwell for 50 years and was part of the Apollo 11 project,” he said.

    Molly Hotle (senior, chemistry major, Lenexa, Kansas) and Dr. Ferren: “Proposal to study improved methods of complexometric titrations of calcium in hard water.” (Chemistry)

    “I’m a teaching assistant for Olivet’s chemistry labs,” Molly said. “This research is a resume builder for me. Doing independent research builds my critical thinking skills, and I enjoy that. I’m working independently, doing more than 300 titrations to test different titrants.”

    Molly is planning a career in pharmacy. She hopes to attend graduate school and then work as a pharmacist in a hospital setting.

    Jamie Walker (senior, math education major, Mokena, Illinois) and Dr. Lei Cheng, mathematics professor: “An analysis of the endemic equilibria in the three class model of the impact of student-teacher ratio and interactions on student/teacher performance.” (Mathematics)

    “This is a very rewarding program for our students,” said Dr. Willa Harper, professor in Olivet’s Department of Chemistry and Geosciences. She is one of the supervising faculty members this summer. “And it’s rewarding for their professors who have an opportunity to work one on one with them and mentor them.”

    Pence-Boyce grants are sponsored by Olivet alumni who wish to honor two outstanding former faculty members who exemplify integrity, dedication and spirit in pursuit of academic excellence.

    Elbert Pence was professor of physics at Olivet from 1962 to 1969. His extensive experience with the U.S. Navy provided valuable background for his students. His energy and enthusiasm were driving forces in developing the Physics major at Olivet. He exemplified excellence in higher education in physics and engineering.

    Fanny Boyce was professor of mathematics at Olivet from 1963 to 1970. She came to Olivet after many years of service at Wheaton College. Her high standards and teaching performance served as inspiration to those she taught.
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    Jul 23, 2015 2:5:26Jul 23, 2015 -

    Dr. Lynda Allen, Olivet business professor, was recently inducted into the Sam Walton Fellow Hall of Fame administered by Enactus, a global organization that encourages university students to change the world through entrepreneurial action.

    A Sam Walton Fellow since 2009, Dr. Allen is one of only four fellows inducted into the Hall of Fame this year. The Hall of Fame honors fellows from two colleges/universities who have done the most to advance the Enactus organization during the current academic year. Inductees are recognized for outstanding contributions to Enactus students and the Enactus teams on their respective campuses, including helping students with career placement.

    “This prestigious distinction is a great honor for Dr. Allen and for Olivet,” said Dr. Glen Rewerts, dean of the Olivet School of Business. “Very few among Enactus faculty sponsors are distinguished in this way. This is a testament to the work Dr. Allen continues to accomplish through Olivet’s Enactus team and our School of Business.”

    Dr. Allen is a 1982 graduate of Olivet. She has served as faculty sponsor of Olivet’s nationally recognized Enactus team since 2003. The team is consistently among the top 40 at national competition out of more than 800 U.S. teams. Dr. Allen’s work has included laying down infrastructure for startup companies and helping businesses in developing countries to obtain microloans.

    Former Enactus chapter president Rebecca Crane '15 reflected on Dr. Allen’s leadership ability: “She has the right approach for every situation. She gives guidance when needed but likes to take a step back and encourage students to problem solve and be creative on their own. There has never been a doubt in my mind that God is the one leading her. I look at her as a role model because of her dedication to her work as well as her love for the Lord.”
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    Jul 22, 2015 1:35:43Jul 22, 2015 -

    Olivet congratulates all students named to the dean's list during the spring 2015 semester. To qualify for inclusion, a student must have been enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and must have attained a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 grading scale.

    A

    Sarah Aeschliman, Benjamin Agan, Kayla Albrecht, Allison Alexy, Samantha Alfirevic, Monika Alfke, Rachel Alfonso, Abigail Allen, Kaleigh Allen, Nicholas Allen, Spencer Allen, Brooke Alleva, Sarah Allison, Kaitlyn Altmann, Bethany Anderson, Emily Anderson, Jacob Anderson, Jessica Anderson, Lauren Anderson, Rachel Anderson, Riley Anderson, Ryan Anderson, Sarah Anderson, Joel Andrade, Callie Archer, Natalie Armstrong, Anton Arvidsson, Jenna Ayers, Angelique Azouri

    B

    Alexis Badiac, Felicia Baer, Michael Bahena, Candace Baird, Brandon Baker, Morgan Bandemer, Justin Banks, Madylin Barker, Rachel Barnitz, Brandon Barrows, Melissa Bartholomew, Abraham Barwegen, Mary Bass, Justin Baur, Emily Baylor, Hannah Beals, Kristin Beatty, Sara Becker, Alicia Beckmann, Alexa Beezhold, Brigette Beggs, Emily Belschner, Teagan Bencsics, Jatupat Benjasiriroj, Nathan Benz, Attalyssa Berg, Timothy Berkey, Amy Bernhard, Brittany Bernholdt, Kathleen Berns, Eliseo Betancourt, Gina Bianchi, Diana Bilea, Holly Billiter, Lydia Bilyeu, Brittany Bird, Candice Birr, Codey Bishop, Marisa Bishop, Josiah Blan, Keegan Block, Madeline Bloom, Kristin Bloyd, Amy Blucker, Rachel Blunier, Austin Blyly, Carly Blystone, David Boer, Megan Bohac, Katelyn Boicken, Holly Bonenberger, Brittany Booth, Nicholas Borger, Michael Bork, Ashley Borop, Katie Bosket, Kiley Boudreau, Alyssa Brack, Courtney Bradley, Angela Brandon, Danielle Branham, Mercy Bray, Amy Brenner, Anouk Breuker, Fleur Breuker, Cameron Brewer, Dylan Brink, Casey Bronson, Alexcis Brouwers, Amy Brown, Collin Brown, Erica Browning, Jessica Brown, Kari Brown, Karley Brown, Morgan Brumm, Sarah Buffa, Haley Buhler, Jennifer Buhr, Morgan Bundenthal, Wanzie Burden, Austin Burdine, Anna Burkey, Caleb Burkey, Sara Burmeister, Amanda Bursztynsky, Madeline Buseth, Samantha Butera, Cara Butler, Megan Butler, Morgan Byers

    C

    Brittlee Cadle, Jenna Cain, Madison Caise, Nicholas Campe, Tung Anh Cao, Victoria Carbonell, Jared Carl, Ryan Carl, Annette Carr, Haley Carroll, Katelyn Carroll, Megan Casali, Steven Case, Olivia Casey, Natalie Cash, Madison Castle, Michaela Casto, Benjamin Cataldo, Allison Chadwick, Tamara Chalikian, Sara Chamberlain, Nelisa Chamorro, Cara Champlin, Ambree Chaplinski, Paul Chatfield, Meghan Chaussey, Samantha Chavez, Jaimie Chen, Kaitlyn Childs, Taylor Chitwood, Claire Chlasta, Justin Chrastina, Jennifer Christensen, Amelia Claus, Karisa Cobb, Taylor Coble, Matthew Cockroft, Vanessa Cohn, Isabella Colangelo, Taylor Cole, Sarah Collalti, Alissa Combe, Erin Connelly, Ashley Coon, Logan Cooper, Morgan Cooper, Mikaela Coose, Hannah Cora, Caleb Cornell, Kristen Cornish, Kristen Coser, Daniel Couchenour, Sydney Couch, Shanna Covarrubias, Andrew Cowen, Rebecca Cox, Lauren Cramer, Abigail Crane, Rebecca Crane, Mindi Crangle, Tyler Crater, Cameron Craver, Ashley Crawford, Jara Crawford, Loren Crawford, Molly Crawley, Breanna Creek, Dylan Creger, John Cummings, Michelle Curran, Rebekah Curtin, Maggie Cusey, Jon Czerwinski

    D

    Laura D'Angelo, Jennifer D'Onofrio, Mitchell Dale, Riley Dale, Matthew Daugherty, Alexander Davis, Madison Davis, Noah Davis, Emily Davisson, Lynnae De Jong, Joel DeArmond, Caleb Deckard, Kenneth DeCook, Joshua Dees, Marissa DeGroot, Dustin Dehart, Mary DeMent, Chase DeMott, Brianna Denhart, Amelia Denison, Jared Dennis, Rebecka DeRuiter, Jacqueline Deslauriers, Adam Dettman, Anthony Deutsch, Taylre Devine, Spencer Dexter, Stacie Dexter, Thomas Dexter, Amber DeYoung, Tatiana Diaz, Nathan DiCamillo, Joshua Dille, Scott Dillman, Trevor Dillman, Thomas Dinkleman, Jessica Dirkse, Sarah Dirkse, Michelle Ditchfield, Brandon Divan, Amanda Doherty, Victoria Dokter, Liza Dollenbacher, Andrea Donley, Christine Dorband, Eric Douglass, Brandon Doyle, Molly Dragoo, Clarence Driver, Jennifer Druse, Caleb Duffy, Alexandra Duncan, Kaci Dunnum, Celia Durazo, JoAnne Dusenbury, Robert Dykhouse, Michelle Dykstra

    E

    Daniel Eccles, Daniela Echeverri Idrobo, Nicholas Eckart, Taihla Eddins, Samantha Elam, Rebecca Eller, Jonathan Elliott, Jessica Ellison, Tammy Ellis, Tyler Ellis, Rachel Elson, Roman Endrizzi, Renee Enz, Michelle Erickson, Valerie Erickson, Ericka Esters, Kara Evans, Marcy Evans, Zackry Everett, Alexander Ewers, Megan Eylander

    F

    Sarah Faivre, Calli Fast, Alyssa Faulks, Ashleigh Fedei, Shelley Fellows, Caleb Fernette, Emily Fernette, Chase Fierro, Austin Fischer, Brittany Fischer, Scott Fischer, Caleb Fisher, Bradley Fitzgerald, Kaitlyn Fitzgerald, Melyssa Fitzpatrick, Travis Fleetwood, Aaron Flemming, Ashley Fletcher, Erin Florence, Alexis Flores, Anna Floyd, Tyler Ford, Micah Forshee, Kelly Forte, Rachel Fosdal, Laura Fosnaugh, Sarah Fosnaugh, Amy Fotopoulos, Trevor Franklin, Marta Franseen, Allison Fraser, Ashley Freeman, Drew Frey, Lucas Fritch, Jordan Fry, Taylor Fry, Robin Funk, Shealeigh Funni

    G

    Selina Gaines, Katherine Gajewski, Keila Galloway, Jordin Galvin, Sarah Ganster, Genesis Garcia, David Gardner, Lydia Gardner, Charlton Garr, Dolly Garrison, Christina Garza, Andrew Gaskill, Aimee Gauss, Benjamin Geeding, Anna George, Robin Gerboth, Deirdre Gerke, Kendall Gher, Andrea Gibson, Maria Giesige, Alex Gill, Carolyn Gillespie, Tyler Gill, Jeffery Glitz, Sarah Gliwa, Mikaela Goetz, Haley Goodwin, Kristyn Goodwin, Rachael Gordon, Tyler Gordon, Hannah Gorecki, Seth Gorman, Jacob Gouge, Nichole Goumas, Alexandria Grady, Ariel Grainger, Derek Grainger, Malia Grainger, Cleda Grammer, Christopher Green, Meredith Green, Rebecca Gremar, Kaitlyn Griffith, Kathryn Grimes, Jessica Grimmett, Rachel Grimmett, Mikayla Griwac, Alise Gromala, Curtis Groover, Andrew Grosch, Brian Gross, Lydia Grosse, Zachary Gross, Christina Grosz, Nicholas Grosz, Elizabeth Grove, Taylor Grover, Caleb Gulledge, Julie Gulledge, Margaret Gutwein

    H

    Caitlin Hacker, Carrie Hacker, Matthew Haerr, Amanda Haffer, Alexander Hagberg, Alaina Hagen, Isaac Hale, Marianne Hall, Kayla Hallstrom, Heather Halverson, Lindsey Hamlin, Kyle Hamrick, Tara Hamstra, Abigail Hancock, Shayla Hancock, Brittany Hanenburg, Robert Harjo, Holly Harlow, Alexandra Harris, Colleen Harris, Neely Harris, Sydney Harris, Aaron Hartke, Haley Hatalla, Lindsay Hathaway, Marshall Hawn, Rachel Haworth, Andrea Hay, Brooke Heaton, Kayla Hedgren, Daniel Hegel, Jenna Height, Cole Heinz, Jessica Hemmer, Jessa Hendricker, Megan Hendrickson, Cassidy Henning, Hannah Henry, Rachel Hensley, Jonathan Hentschel, Jacob Herberger, Daneli Rabanalez Hernandez, Rebekah Hernandez, Jonathan Herndon, Lyndsey Herndon, Gina Hess, Corbin Hesterberg, Luke Hiatt, Emily Hibdon, Jessica Higer, Jacob Hileman, Ethan Hiles, Brittany Hilleary, Nicholas Hinrichs, Elizabeth Hissom, Emily Hiter, Jacqueline Hobbs, Anna Hoekstra, Kyle Hoffman, Julie Hogan, Grace Hohn, Trevor Holdham, Alina Holliday, Nathaniel Honeyager, Jordan Horn, Jacqueline Horwood, Alexander Hottle, Meghan Houk, Jordan Houser, Allison Howell, Timothy Hubbard, Elizabeth Hubbell, Christina Huebner, Lucas Hughes, Amy Huish, Zachary Hulliberger, Kayle Hull, Kristen Hung, Alexander Hunt, Sydney Hunt, Tori Hunt, Chaz Hutchison, Isabelle Huyck

    I

    Daniela Echeverri Idrobo, Erin Ifft, Baylie Isaacs, Bethany Isley, Hayley Ivanic

    J

    Emilie Janes, Hannah Javaux, Joy Jenen, Elizabeth Jenkins, Allison Jensen, Peter Jensen, Rachel Jensen, Rachel Jirik, Shannon Jirik, Caitlin Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson, Heather Johnson, Rebekah Johnson, Robert Johnson, Stephen Johnson, Valerie Johnson, Elizabeth Jolly, Brenda Jones, Rachel Jones, Sarah Jones, Elise Jordan, Morgan Judson

    K

    Christian Kalfas, Lucas Kamely, Emily Kammin, Teresa Kamper, Emily Kane, Michaela Kane, Allie Karras, Madison Karrick, Lauren Kasler, Morgan Kauffman, Michael Keigher, Anne Kennedy, Austin Kennell, Danielle Kensinger, Cody Keppner, Colin Keppner, Alyssa Keuther, Sheila Khalili, Jamie Kiefer, Celina Kilhefner, Aaron King, Grace King, Kent Kinnersley, Philip Kinnersley, Kaylie Kinstner, Devin Kirkland, Kurtis Klein, Breanne Klemm, Jenna Klimt, Luke Knight, Victoria Knight, Stacy Knoderer, Scott Knol, Whitney Knox, Elizabeth Koch, Casey Koerner, Colin Koerner, Sandra Koljovic, Mikaela Komp, Jenna Kooy, Leighton Kraft, Benjamin Kratz, Lindsey Krippel, Elizabeth Krumsieg, Anneliese Kuechenberg, Robert Kuhn, Brianna Kulhan, Joseph Kuntz, Katelyn Kuper, Kari Kwiatkowski, Daniel Kwon

    L

    Karlin Labenske, Stephani LaCasse, Jessica Laidler, Karah Lain, Nathan Lain, Mitchell Lamb, Nicole Landis, Elizabeth Lanham, Caleb Lankford, Dylan Lantz, Jacqueline LaPash, Connie Lapinski, Stephanie Larson, Madalyn Lathrop, David Latko, Justin Lautermilch, Renee Layman, Carrie Leato, Grace Leighton, Kendra Leimbach, David Leman, Drew Leman, Mason LeMay, Victoria Lemke, Michael Leppin, Tyson Lersch, Jocelyn LeSage, Marissa Lester, Kelly Lickteig, Emma Lilley, Lucas Limberg, Ciara Lindgren, Rachel Lindquist, Elise Lingenfield, Megan Lingle, Tyler Lingle, On Ling, Stephanie Linquist, Brian Linsner, Kylie Lippencott, Ian Lofgren, Emily Lohr, Jessica Lolli, Ashley Longnecker, Rachel Losey, Jordan Loudermilk, Laura Love, Susanna Lovik, Melissa Luby, Janelle Lucas, Bethany Luchtenburg, Edward Ludwig, Jacob Ludy, Jacquelyn Luecke, Julia Luecke, Kaitlyn Lukhard, Michaela Lutz, Joel Lynn

    M

    Brandon Maatman, Andrea MacDonough, Tiffany Madura, Guilherme Magnoler, Alexandra Mahaffey, Aaron Maia, Oscar Manciñeiras Cornella, Andrew Manganiello, Joelle Mannion, Joseph Mantarian, Brandon Maranion, Danielle Maranion, Hayley Marcordes, Tess Marcordes, Ryan Marcotte, Deborah Marshall, Kristin Marshall, Leeanne Marshall, Keren Marsh, Austin Martin, Danielle Martin, Joel Martin, Joshua Martin, Cameron Mason, Paul Matthews, Jessica Matulis, Sarah Matyskela, Kimberly Maue, Abigail Maurer, Kendra Maxon, Kara Mayer, Hanna McBroom, Quincie McCalla, Ethan McCallister, Emily McCann, Cammi McClurg, Christina McCoy, Melissa McDannell, Matthew McDivitt, Katherine McFee, Michael McFerran, Kaitlin McHenry, Abigail McKay, Megan McKinley, Samantha McLain, Tanner McLain, Shannon McLaughlin, Diane McManus, Morgan McMullen, Michael McNamara, Hannah McNaught, Miles Meador, Spencer Meador, Hayley Meadows, Katie Megyesi, Jill Meier, Vaughan Meiss, Faith Meitzler, Matthew Meldrum, Jacob Mellinger, Adam Metzler, Bethany Metzler, Brianna Meyers, Jessica Middleton, Ronald Milbocker, Caroline Miller, Katherine Miller, Kelly Miller, Leslie Miller, Lindsay Miller, Madeline Miller, Maggie Miller, Sarah Miller, Tiffany Miller, Abigail Mills, Caitlin Mills, Emily Mills, Kristin Minerd, Daniel Mitchell, Vittoria Miulli, Maha Mohammad, Sanni Mohammed-Haruna, Lauren Montgomery, Rebecca Mooi, Mitchell Moon, Andrew Moore, Taylor Moore, Shelby Moreland, Susan Morrill, Hope Morris, Michaela Morris, Lindsay Morr, Kayla Moutvic, Ethan Mowry, Shae Mowry, Madison Moyer, Hannah Moyers, Kayla Mueller, Joshua Mugler, Garrett Muhlstadt, Maria Munoz, Bethany Munroe, Macy Murray, Truitt Murrow, Ryan Muzljakovich, Justine Myers

    N

    Joseph Neely, Elizabeth Nellis, Jamie Neven, Robert Newell, Kathleen Nicholson, Carolyn Nicodemus, Stephen Njoroge, Kyle Nolan, Steven Nowinski, Amanda Nowman, Casey Nugent, Jordan Nugent

    O

    Kayla O'Donohue, Megan O'Rourke, Keegan Oberg, Amanda Oden, Whitney Olson, Hannah Ondrey, Ashley Oosterhouse, Katelyn Oprondek, Kevin Osterink, Victoria Owings

    P

    Geena Paoli, Richard Paret, Jaron Parke, Caleb Parker, Raychel Parks, Troy Parsons, Rachel Pasch, Seth Patchett, Sophia Paulose, Allyssa Paulsen, David Payne, Gwendolyn Payne, Seth Peachey, Tai Peachey, Marriah Peebles, Paige Penrod, Faith Pepper, Samantha Pepper, Damaris Perez, Manuel Perez, Emily Perkins, Zachary Pessia, Haley Jo Peterson, Cassandra Petrie, Simon Pheasant, Alexander Phillips, Drew Philson, Hannah Piatek, Brian Pickering, Daniel Pickering, Rebecca Piechur, Dustin Pierce, Bethany Pilat, Bethany Pilcher, Francisco Pirela, Joshua Pityer, Micah Plank, Jessica Plantilla, Ross Pleva, Kristena Poll, Palmer Ponstein, Kelli Poole, David Powers, Mathew Prasser, Ayla Price, Calvin Price, Gianna Puccinelli, Juleah Puccinelli, Lydia Puentes, Natalie Puent, Sarah Putman, Jessica Putnam, Phillip Putney, Courtney Pych

    Q

    Genevieve Quell

    R

    Daneli Rabanalez Hernandez, Chad Radford, Emily Raduns, Francisco Ramirez, Lindsey Ramirez, Zachary Rasmuson, Kelsey Rasmussen, Hannah Rattin, Josilee Ray, Juliana Ray, Sarah Ray, Tiffany Ray, Emily Reader, Sarah Ready, Jacob Rechsteiner, Matthew Reed, Kristen Reese, Jake Reeverts, Sabra Reichow, Bethany Reilly, Hannah Reister, Meredith Rennewanz, Kyle Reopelle, Brandon Reyes, Katelyn Reynhout, MacKenzie Rice, David Richardson, Jared Richey, Kristen Richey, Samuel Riggenbach, Holly Risinger, Allison Ritzert, Seth Rivett, Zachary Rivett, Lisa Rizzo, Jeslyn Roat, Kaitlyn Robertson, Jonathen Robey, Rachel Rodeheaver, Beth Rodriguez, Megan Rogahn, Taylor Roix, Hayley Ronci, Andrea Rose, Brianna Rose, Catherine Rose, Emily Rosenboom, Julia Ross, Kimberly Rothacker, Leah Roth, Lauren Rouse, Chesley Rowlett, Jonathan Ruby, Olivia Ruby, Clara Ruegsegger, Jacob Ruetz, Emily Rull, Katie Rummery, Morgan Runge, Lyndsey Rupp, Bethany Rush, Emily Rush, Matthew Ryan

    S

    Luke Salomone, Annie Salsgiver, Rodolfo Sanchez Farias, Emily Sanders, Nicole Sanservino, Shanynn Santos, Ashley Sarver, Stefan Sauder, Grace Savage, Evan Schafer, Josie Schaver, Julie Schaver, Amber Scheidt, Brittany Scheidt, Andrew Schellenberg, Annah Schick, Bennet Schimmelpfennig, Hannah Schmerschneider, Maggie Schmidt, Annika Schmit, Autumn Schmitz, Heidi Schoenbein, Alexandra Schoessler, Nicholas Schoon, Tia Schrader, Rachel Schramm, Nichole Schuitema, Troy Schultz, Susan Schulz, Sheri Schweizer, Sarah Seaton, Ashley Seay, Alyssa Secor, Lindsay Seiberlich, Cristen Seiders, Clay Selby, Megan Semro, Anamar Serrano, David Shaffer, Nicholas Shaffer, Loren Shattuck, Brian Shaw, Katelyn Shaw, Colin Sheehan, Ryan Shelton, Brooke Shepherd, Brittany Sherwood, Lindsey Shoemaker, Charity Shonamon, Julie Shreves, Morgan Shride, Amanda Siciak, Kevin Siciak, Karlee Silver, Meseret Sima, Kyndall Singletary, Kallie Siscoe, Matthew Slack, Kyle Sleik, Kyle Smeltzer, Allison Smith, Audrey Smith, Bethany Smith, Brooke Smith, Cortney Smith, Katherine Smith, Nathanael Smith, Reed Smith, Regan Smith, Ryan Smith, Sonia Smith, Steven Snider, Abigail Snow, Lauren Snow, Katelynn Soendlin, Ashley Sonnenberg, Christopher Sonnenberg, Lucas Sorensen, Alexander Southe, James Southerland, Victoria Sparks, Benjamin Speakman, Christopher Spence, Kalene Spence, Amy Spencer, Naomi Springer, Emily Sprunger, Courtney Spurgeon, Emily Spychalla, Jared St Aubin, Morgan St Aubin, Marena Stair, Monica Stamper, Taylor Stark, Lucas Stefanski, Samuel Steiber, Erin Stephens, Kylee Stevens, Maria Stevens, Alana Steward, Lauren Steward, Rachel Stidham, Sarah Stidham, Anna Stiker, Rebecca Stolberg, Jessica Stone, Hollie Storms, Caleb Strand, Kaitlyn Strand, Luke Strasser, Conner Stroud, Sarah Struck, Kerry Strzyzewski, Kariana Sunnarborg, Todd Suttor, Michael Szostek, Jeffrey Szubert

    T

    Katie Tabisz, Honomi Takizawa, Jessica Tarchala, Erin Taylor, Jacob Taylor, Jordan TerBush, Grace Tervin, Makenzie Teter, Ashley Tetter, Chelsea Thacker, Shelby Thein, Sarah Themer, Bradley Thomas, Ryan Thompson, Alexander Thorson, Zachary Thurston, Parker Tibbs, Adam Timmer, Debora Timmer, Rachel Timmer, Andrew Tipton, Alexander Tolley, Bradley Ton, Samual Trader, Alexis Trevino, Jacob Tripp, Emily Troemel, Jordyn Truelock, Seth Tschetter, Chandler Tuckerman, Taylor Tucker, Abigail Turner, Briana Turner

    U

    Hira Uddin, Hayley Uhlman

    V

    Dustin Vail, Jorge Valencia, Dione Valentino, Brian Van Der Dyke, Morgan Van Peursem, Jenna Vance, Justin Vander Ploeg, Marissa Vander Ploeg, James Vandermark, Jeni Varghese, Rebekah Veld, Benjamin Vertin, Kelsey Vihnanek, Daniel Villagomez, Ashli Voeller, Justine Von Arb, Samuel Vroman, Sarah Vrosh

    W

    Alexis Wade, Jacob Wagner, Robert Wagner, Zachary Wagner, Elisabeth Wahl, Joellen Wainwright, Emilie Walder, Cameron Walker, Jamie Walker, Sarah Walmsley, Natalie Wangler, Joshua Ware, Jacob Warfle, Michael Warner, Troy Watson, Namukulwa Wauna, Luke Weaver, Shelby Wegforth, Ethan Weniger, Megan Weretka, Michael Whalen, Joseph Wickes, Brittnay Widdowson, Emilie Wiedner, Jennifer Wieringa, Sahara Wilcoxen, Cymone Wilder, Elizabeth Willford, Laura Willging, Hannah Williams, Rebecca Williams, Samuel Wilner, Kayla Wilson, Noah Wilson, Seth Wilson, Kayla Winter, Jessica Witthoft, Sadie Witvoet, Kristin Wodka, Andrea Wojciechowski, Brianna Wolf, Ashley Wolfe, Bridget Wolff, Summer Wooden, Megan Woods, Staci Woolley, Catherine Wright, Emma Wright, Logan Wright

    Y

    Megan Yoder, Caleb Yourdon, Olena Yousif

    Z

    Mateusz Zajchowski, Jonathan Zatorski, Kyle Zeman, Thomas Zidek, Hannah Zobrist, Amanda Zoladz, Sarah Zornes
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    Jul 21, 2015 10:23:32Jul 21, 2015 -

    Dr. Carol Maxson '88/'90 MAE is the new vice president for academic affairs at Olivet.

    University President John C. Bowling announced Dr. Maxson’s appointment, noting that her role on the administrative team is to be chiefly responsible for overseeing the University’s educational policies and programs. She succeeds Dr. Dennis Crocker, who recently took on the role of special assistant to the president for academic resource development.

    A long-time member of the Olivet community, Dr. Maxson most recently served as Olivet’s associate vice president for academic support. She is already working closely with faculty and the administrative team to execute recent adjustments in Olivet’s academic offerings and further refine the University’s academic identity.

    “With more than 25 years’ experience in higher education, Dr. Maxson is well-qualified and well-suited for this new assignment at this time in the University’s history,” said Dr. Bowling. “Her influence as a Christian leader will continue to have a positive impact on the present and future of Olivet and our students.”

    Dr. Maxson began her career as assistant to the registrar and an instructor for the Departments of Education and Psychology at Olivet in 1988. Over a 19-year period, while continuing her own education, she advanced to the position of dean for graduate and continuing studies. From 2007 to 2014, she held an administrative leadership position at Trevecca Nazarene University. Then in 2014, she returned to a leadership position at Olivet.

    In 2004, she was named Faculty Member of the Year at Olivet. In 2010, she was the commencement speaker at Trevecca.

    Dr. Maxson holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Olivet, and a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. Her areas of expertise include leadership, program development, curriculum development and systemic change. She is also an experienced consultant for learning styles, team building, intrapersonal and interpersonal leadership.

    “Coming home to Olivet in 2014 was one of the greatest blessings of my life,” Dr. Maxson said. “This appointment is adding to that blessing in ways I never would have imagined. I’m excited to see what God has in store for Olivet and to be instrumental in working out that plan. Having the opportunity to use my gifts and skills to benefit Olivet at this time in the University’s history is an assignment I gladly accept.”

    A resident of Bourbonnais, Dr. Maxson is the mother of three adult sons who graduated from Olivet: Chad ’98, who joined Olivet’s staff in 2015 as the associate dean of the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies; Jayson ’01, a member of the Microsoft team in Seattle; and Chip ’03, general manager for the Sacramento River Cats, a Triple A minor league baseball affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

    To learn more about Dr. Maxson's fascinating journey, watch her "Backstory" video here.

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    Jul 15, 2015 2:37:21Jul 15, 2015 -

    Homecoming & Family Weekend is a special time for alumni, students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community to gather on Olivet's campus. With activities planned for all ages and interests, Olivet celebrates accomplishments and heritage during a five-day schedule of events.

    Information and the complete schedule of Homecoming events are available here or 815-939-5258. Some events require tickets, available at https://securepay.olivet.edu/homecoming or 815-928-5791.

    “Olivet loves tradition, and Homecoming activities are one of the best ways for us to celebrate,” said Gary Griffin, director of Alumni and University Relations. “We invite everyone — students, their parents and siblings, faculty, staff, friends and our community — and all age groups to join us. Celebrating with all of you adds so much to this special time on our campus.”

    Following are a few highlights of this year’s celebration. All of these events are open to the public.

    Friday, October 23
    • Homecoming Chapel featuring presentation of “O” Awards and Young Alumni Awards, 10 a.m.
    • Tiger sports: Dinner recognizing Olivet Intramural All-Stars, 5:30 p.m.
    • Fall play (two performances): “Wit,” 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday ($13 for adults; $6 for ONU students, teens and senior adults. This play addresses sensitive topics and is not recommended for children under age 14.)
    • Tiger women's basketball vs. Kankakee Community College, 5:15 p.m.; Tiger men’s basketball vs. Grace College (Indiana), 7:30 p.m. ($10 for adults, $5 for ONU students and children ages 7 to 17)
    • Wendy Parsons 5K Glow Run, 9:30 p.m. ($20 per person with limited walk-in availability)

    Saturday, October 24
    • Parent-Student Breakfast, 9:30 a.m. ($16 for adults, $10 for ONU students)
    • Tiger football vs. Siena Heights (Michigan) University, Noon ($10 for adults; $5 for children ages 7 to 17; no charge for ONU students and children ages 6 and younger)
    • Tailgate at the Warming House following the football game ($16 per person)
    • School of Music Concert featuring alumnus Bradley Garvin, soloist with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, plus student singers and musicians, 6 p.m. ($50 per person to benefit Olivet’s fine arts program, dinner included)
    • Homecoming Concert featuring Christian music artists Tenth Avenue North and Sidewalk Prophets, 7 p.m. ($25 per person)

    Sunday, October 25
    • President’s Prayer Breakfast with Dr. John C. Bowling, University president, 8 a.m. ($16 for adults, $6 for children ages 4 to 8)
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    Jul 09, 2015 11:6:50Jul 09, 2015 -

    Jim Collins — nationally acclaimed business thinker and best-selling author — is one of 13 featured leadership experts at the 21st annual Global Leadership Summit to be telecast live at GatheringPoint Church of the Nazarene, Bourbonnais, on August 6 and 7.

    Olivet partners with GatheringPoint to provide a host site for the Summit, a worldwide premier leadership training event. The Summit will be broadcast as it is happening at Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago and will not be available online.

    Collins’ topic, “Seven Questions: Beyond Good to Great,” aligns with his business and leadership books, which have sold more than 10 million copies. His titles include Good to Great, Built to Last, How the Mighty Fall and Great by Choice.

    His research and teaching career began at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992. In 1995, Collins founded a management laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, where he conducts research and engages in Socratic dialogue with CEOs and senior leadership teams. His passion about the business and social sectors of society led him to serve as the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2012 and 2013.

    Collins holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematical sciences and a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University plus honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Colorado and the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.

    Other leadership experts presenting at this year’s Summit are Bill Hybels, Ed Catmull, Brian Houston, Dr. Brené Brown, Sallie Krawcheck, Horst Schulze, Liz Wiseman, Sam Adeyemi, Albert Tate, Craig Groeschel, Adam Grant and Sheila Heen. Information about each speaker is available at willowcreek.com/summit.

    More than 260,000 viewers are expected for this year’s Summit. Throughout North America, more than 375 sites will host the live HD telecast, and it will be re-broadcast in coming months in 50 languages to more than 350 cities in 105 countries around the world.

    For more than two decades, the annual Global Leadership Summit has provided an opportunity for business, church, government, nonprofit and education leaders — and their teams — to experience quality leadership training close to where they are. Presented by the Willow Creek Association, the Summit provides leaders around the world with vision, skill development and inspiration from a Christian perspective.

    To attend the live telecast in Bourbonnais, individuals and groups may register at willowcreek.com/summit or 800-570-9812. Walk-in registration is also available on the event days.

    GatheringPoint is located at 897 W. Bourbonnais Parkway. More local information about the Summit and the Bourbonnais live telecast site is available from Laura Warfel at 815-928-5403 or lwwarfel@olivet.edu.
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    Jul 07, 2015 9:55:55Jul 07, 2015 -

    Olivet invites area residents, alumni and friends of the University to experience “hands on” history during a fundraising event on Tuesday, July 14, 4 to 6 p.m., at the Greater Kankakee (Illinois) Airport.

    This event is part of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) AirPower History Tour visit to Kankakee, July 13 to 15. The tour brings together aircraft, pilots and crews from more than 60 CAF units throughout the United States to provide a glimpse of World War II aviation history.

    During the Tuesday evening event sponsored by Olivet, donations will be accepted to support Olivet’s Marching Tigers’ appearance in the 2016 New Year’s Day Parade and Festival in London, England. Aircraft viewing time will be extended one hour past public viewing hours. Refreshments and tickets for airplane rides will be available for sale. The Marching Tigers drum line will perform, and vintage automobiles will be on display.

    For additional information about the Tuesday evening event, email lwwarfel@olivet.edu or call 815-939-5171.

    The feature aircraft in the CAF AirPower History Tour is FIFI, the CAF’s iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber — the only flying B-29 Superfortress in the world. The B-29 will be accompanied by an unprecedented collection of World War II aircraft, including a B-17 Flying Fortress, F-4U Corsair, P-51 Mustang, SBD Dauntless, C-45 Expeditor and PT-17 Stearman bi-plane.

    For all events during the three-day visit — including the Olivet-sponsored event on Tuesday evening — ramp access and viewing of the aircraft is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 10 to 17. Children under age 10 are admitted free. Public hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. The airplanes will be on display when they are not flying.

    The public may tour the B-29 and B-17 and purchase rides in all of the airplanes. Ride prices range from $75 to $2,495. Advance ride reservations are recommended and may be made at http://www.AirPowerTour.org.

    The Boeing B-29 Superfortress, first flown in 1942, began active service in 1944 and is best known as the aircraft whose missions over Japan helped bring about the end of World War II. It was designed as a replacement for the older B-17s and B-24s, with longer range and greater bomb loads. The B-29 was also used in the Korean War in the early 1950s and was a staple of the U.S. Air Force until the late 1950s.
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    Jun 29, 2015 8:38:42Jun 29, 2015 -

    EUGENE, Ore. — Olivet Nazarene University’s very own national champion, Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.), was the lone NAIA representative to compete in the discus throw at the 2015 USATF Outdoor Championships in June 2015. He finished 11th of 18 participants, throwing for 59.25 meters and bettering individuals from Michigan State, Kent State and the University of Texas. 

    The meet was held at historic Hayward Field on June 25-28 — the same training grounds where ONU Throws Coach Matt Adams spent his collegiate career.

    Armbrust commented on his first USA national meet:“Being at my first USA Track and Field Championships, I was ecstatic with the way I performed. Everyone talks about the magic of Hayward Field, and this is truly an experience I will never forget. I am more than pleased with the way I represented myself and Olivet. I'm thankful I received so much support.”

    Armbrust earned his way to the USATF Outdoor Championships when he made history on Saturday, April 18, with his 63.17 meters (207 feet, three inches) throw in the discus at the Augustana College (Ill.) Meet of Champions. His throw earned him NAIA and CCAC Men's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week honors.

    His throw was the longest ever by a collegiate athlete in the state of Illinois. The effort ranked him third in the nation and No. 12 in the world; No. 2 in all college divisions (NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA); and No. 1 in the NAIA. He leads all NAIA in Power Ranking Points (every event leader), and this throw was the second longest throw in the history of the NAIA.

    Armbrust went on to win the NAIA Outdoor National Championship in the discus throw, throwing for 57.12 meters.

    Coach Adams said this about Jacob’s performance: “Jake handled his first USA championships in great fashion. We couldn’t have asked for a better meet and location, both at Tracktown USA, and fantastic weather. Jake executed a great game plan and trusted what we have been working on. He handled a world class meet like a professional. He has a very bright future. We look forward to working hard every day and seeing what 2016 will bring.”

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    Jun 24, 2015 1:49:59Jun 24, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Led by Head Coach Ralph Hodge and the coaching staff, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball program hosted a month full of camps and high school shootouts in June. The Tigers held 15 days of activities — three weeks of individual skills camps and two weekends of high school shootouts — on campus using McHie Arena, Birchard Gymnasium, and the Perry Student Life and Recreation Center (SLRC).

    During three weeks of individual skills camps, the Tiger coaches had the opportunity of working with approximately 170 campers from ages six to college-age. In addition, all current and incoming ONU men’s basketball student-athletes were on campus participating and helping with the Overnight Skills Prospect Camp (June 21-24). Each camp included teaching through the explanation of terminology, warm-up, demonstration, drills, practice situations, individual instruction, 1-on-1, 3-on-3 and the annual exciting dunk contest. Throughout every camp, the ONU coaching staff took time each day to talk about the importance of sportsmanship, teamwork, sacrifice within a team concept and integrated faith. Campers also had the opportunity to stay in Chapman Hall, eat meals in Ludwig Center, and swim each night in the Perry SLRC's aquatic center.

    The men’s basketball team also held two round-robin style shootouts for high school players, featuring teams from central Illinois, Chicagoland and four from Indiana. This summer, 34 varsity and junior varsity teams — including more than 400 athletes and coaches — played at least five games in ONU’s Perry SLRC Fieldhouse and were given the opportunity to stay on campus. Many local teams took advantage of the shootout: Bishop McNamara, Bradley-Bourbonnais, Beecher, Herscher, St. Anne and Wilmington.

    Information about the 2016 ONU Men’s Basketball Summer Camps will be released online in early spring 2016.

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    Jun 17, 2015 11:55:39Jun 17, 2015 -

    Dr. Brené Brown — best-selling author, research professor and well-known TED speaker — is one of 13 featured leadership experts at the 21st annual Global Leadership Summit to be telecast live at GatheringPoint Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais on August 6 and 7.

    Olivet partners with GatheringPoint to provide a host site for the Summit, a worldwide premier leadership training event. The Summit will be broadcast as it is happening at Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago and will not be available online.

    More than 260,000 viewers are expected for this year’s Summit. Throughout North America, more than 375 sites will host the live HD telecast, and it will be re-broadcast in coming months in 50 languages to more than 350 cities in 105 countries around the world.

    Dr. Brown is a faculty member at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the more than 13 years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame. Her groundbreaking research has been featured on PBS, NPR, CNN, “The Katie Show,” and Oprah’s “Super Soul Sunday.”

    Her presentation on “The Power of Vulnerability” for 2010 TEDx Houston is one of the top five most viewed TED talks of all time with more than 20 million views. In 2012, Dr. Brown gave the closing talk, “Listening to Shame,” at the Long Beach, California, TED Conference.

    She is the author of three books — Daring Greatly, The Gifts of Imperfection and I Thought It Was Just Me — all number one New York Times best sellers. Dr. Brown’s fourth book, Rising Strong, is scheduled for release in fall 2015.

    Other leadership experts presenting at this year’s Summit are Bill Hybels, Ed Catmull, Brian Houston, Jim Collins, Sallie Krawcheck, Horst Schulze, Liz Wiseman, Sam Adeyemi, Albert Tate, Craig Groeschel, Adam Grant and Sheila Heen. Information about each speaker is available at willowcreek.com/summit.

    For more than two decades, the annual Global Leadership Summit has provided an opportunity for business, church, government, nonprofit and education leaders — and their teams — to experience quality leadership training close to where they are. Presented by the Willow Creek Association, the Summit provides leaders around the world with vision, skill development and inspiration from a Christian perspective.

    To attend the live telecast in Bourbonnais, individuals and groups may register at willowcreek.com/summit or 800-570-9812. Best registration price is available through June 23. Later registration and walk-in registration on the event days are also available.

    GatheringPoint is located at 897 W. Bourbonnais Parkway. More local information about the Summit or the Bourbonnais live telecast site is available from Laura Warfel at 815-928-5403 or lwwarfel@olivet.edu.
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    Jun 16, 2015 2:1:3Jun 16, 2015 -

    Josh Altmann (Lockport, Illinois), an infielder on the Olivet Tigers baseball team, has signed a contract to play for the Texas Rangers organization after being drafted last week in the 22nd round of this year’s MLB draft.

    Josh has reported to the Arizona Rangers, the Texas Rangers’ rookie affiliate in Surprise, Arizona. He just finished his junior year at Olivet and will forego his senior year.

    “This moment has been a dream come true for me since I started playing the game,” Josh says. He is the son of Walter and Carole Altmann. “From here, I look to continue with the hard work and to run with this opportunity. I don’t lose focus that there is still a ways to go in the organization, but I am going to put in the work.”

    As the 648th MLB draft pick, the Rangers selected Josh as their 22nd pick, just past the midway point in the 40-round draft. He was the 17th of 40 players drafted from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) conference and one of three drafted from the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC).

    Josh is the second ONU Tiger drafted in the past three MLB drafts. In 2013, the Cleveland Indians selected Ben Heller. He plays for the Lynchburg Hillcats, Cleveland’s A+ farm team in Lynchburg, Virginia. Another former Tiger, Ben Zobrist — drafted by the Houston Astros in 2004 — is a member of the Oakland Athletics.

    In Josh’s junior season as an Olivet Tiger, he batted .432, finishing eighth in batting average and 38th in slugging percentage in the NAIA. He started all 50 Tiger games, played every infield position and was named to the CCAC All-Conference Team for a second time.

    After three years as a Tiger, Josh ranks fifth all-time in batting average (.386) with 174 hits, a .499 slugging percentage, a .479 on-base percentage and 62 stolen bases.

    “I am thrilled for Josh. It is very difficult to draw attention from scouts, and even more so as a positional player,” said Todd Reid, head baseball coach at Olivet. “Teams have to see you multiple times, and there is pressure on each at-bat. Josh played above the pressure and had an incredible year. He was about team first and himself second. We won’t have him back for his senior year, but Josh is already making plans to finish his degree along the way. He is and always will be a Tiger."
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    Jun 11, 2015 7:52:16Jun 11, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The smooth, consistent infielder Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.), who batted .432 his junior season, become the 24th player in Olivet Nazarene University history to play professionally. Altmann was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 22nd round with the 648th pick on Wednesday, June 10. He is the first Tiger drafted in the MLB First-Year Player Draft since Ben Heller (651st pick) in 2013 by the Cleveland Indians.

    Altmann had this to say about being drafted: “Right now, I am at a loss for words. This moment has been a dream come true for me since I started playing the game. Moving forward from here, I look to continue with the hard work and run with this opportunity. I don’t lose focus that there is still a ways to go in the organization, but I am going to put in the work.”

    Altmann was one of 40 NAIA players drafted and the 17th taken. Also, there were three selected from the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC).

    During his junior campaign for the Tigers, Altmann was named to the CCAC All-Conference First Team for a second time. He started all 50 games and played all four infield positions. He batted .432 (led team) (155 at-bats) with 67 hits (led team) and 15 doubles, two triples and six homeruns (led team). He also had 23 walks (led team), 16 HBP (led team), 49 runs (led team), 104 total bases (led team), 36 RBIs (led team) and 23 stolen bases (led team). He finished with a .671 slugging percentage (led team) and .535 OBP (led team), and had 195 putouts (led team) with a .962 fielding percentage. Among NAIA leaders, he finished eighth in batting average, 38th in slugging percentage and 50th in steal attempts (28).

    Olivet Tigers baseball Head Coach Todd Reid commented on Altmann's being drafted: “I am thrilled for Josh. It is very difficult to draw attention from scouts, even more so as a positional player. Teams have to see you multiple times, and there is pressure on each at-bat. Josh played above the pressure and had an incredible year. He was about team first and himself second. I couldn’t be happier for him, even though we may not get him back for his senior year. And knowing Josh, he will undoubtedly finish his degree at some point.”

    Following Altmann’s three years with the Tigers, he finished fifth all-time in batting average (.386) with 174 hits, a .499 slugging percentage, and .479 on-base percentage and 62 stolen bases.

    The Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft began in 1965. It now consists of 40 rounds and 1,215 picks. This year, it was conducted June 8 to 10 on MLB.com.

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    Jun 11, 2015 7:46:6Jun 11, 2015 -

    CHICAGO, Ill. — The 2015 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) baseball postseason awards, voted on by the schools' head coaches, were announced by the league office on May 5. Two Olivet Nazarene University Tigers were selected to the all-conference first team and one to the second team. The conference named a total of 17 to the first team, 18 to the second team and nine to the Gold Glove team — one for each position on the field.

    Two members of the Tiger baseball team were named to the CCAC all-conference first team: junior Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) and freshman Nick Campe (Manteno, Ill.). Altmann is a two-time first team selection and was selected to the first team as a freshman. Campe was also named CCAC Relief Pitcher of the Year, and this is his first all-conference selection. Sophomore Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) was selected to the second team for the first time in his career.

    Junior infielder Josh Altmann is among only four other infielders named. He started all 50 games and played all four infield positions. He batted .432 (led team) (155 at-bats) with 67 hits (led team) and 15 doubles, two triples and six homeruns (led team). He also had 23 walks (led team), 16 HBP (led team), 49 runs (led team), 104 total bases (led team), 36 RBIs (led team) and 23 stolen bases (led team). He finished with a .671 slugging percentage (led team) and .535 OBP (led team), and had 195 putouts (led team) with a .962 fielding percentage. Among NAIA leaders, he finished eighth in batting average, 38th in slugging percentage and 50th in steal attempts (28).

    In CCAC action, Altmann started all 30 games. He batted .411 (95 at-bats) with 39 hits and 10 doubles, one triple and four homeruns. He also had 14 walks and 10 HBP, 31 runs, 63 total bases, 19 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. He finished with a .663 slugging percentage and .516 on-base percentage, and had 134 putouts with a .964 fielding percentage. Among CCAC leaders, he finished second in batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. He was also fourth in runs, fifth in hits, ninth in RBIs, seventh in doubles, fourth in homeruns, fifth in total bases and third in stolen bases.

    Freshman right-hander Nick Campe led the team with 22 appearances, which is second most all-time in Tiger history for a season. He finished with a 2-2 record, including nine saves (led team), which is the second most for any pitcher in a single season in ONU history. Campe finished with a 3.54 ERA (led team), throwing 28.0 innings allowing 29 hits, 12 runs (11 earned), 15 walks and had 17 strikeouts. Overall, Campe finished 16th in the NAIA in saves and first in the CCAC.

    In conference play, Campe went 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 14 appearances. He pitched a total of 18 2/3 innings, allowing 19 hits, nine runs (eight earned), 12 walks and 10 strikeouts.

    Sophomore outfielder Bryan Klendworth is among only three other outfielders named. He started 45 of the 47 games he played this year. He batted .352 (second on team) (145 at-bats) with 51 hits and 11 doubles (second on team), two triples and one homerun. He also had 17 walks (second on team), 10 HBP (second on team), 32 runs, 69 total bases, 30 RBIs and 22 stolen bases (second on team). He finished with a .476 slugging percentage (second on team) and .453 OBP (second on team), and had 74 putouts with a .949 fielding percentage.

    In CCAC action, Klendworth started 29 of 30 games. He batted .333 (96 at-bats) with 33 hits and eight doubles, two triples and one homerun. He also had 14 walks and seven HBP, 21 runs, 47 total bases, 19 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. He finished with a .490 slugging percentage and .453 on-base percentage, and had 43 putouts with a .936 fielding percentage. Among CCAC leaders, he finished 17th in batting average, 13th in doubles, fifth in stolen bases and 12th in on-base percentage. 

    The CCAC also awards a Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, Freshman of the Year, Coach of the Year and Champions of Character Team Award.

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    Jun 10, 2015 7:52:10Jun 10, 2015 -

    TORONTO, Canada — The Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL) announced today that the team has signed punter/kicker Andrew Muzljakovich (Vicksburg, Mich.). He has been participating in training camp and has played in a preseason game for the Argonauts.

    As a Tiger, Muzljakovich started all 11 games and finished second on the team in scoring with 58 points during his senior season (2013). His other achievements included finishing with: 13 made field goals (13-17) with a career-long of 49 yards and converting all 19 PATs; 59 punts for 2,443 yards (41.4 avg.) and a long of 64 yards; first in the very strong Mid-States Football Leauge (MSFA) in punting, second in kickoff coverage (39.9), second on field goal percentage (.765) and first in PATS (1.000). He finished his career fourth all-time for the Tigers in punting yards (4,924) and scoring (198).

    His additional awards and recognitions include: 

    2013 AFCA-NAIA First Team All-American Placekicker

    2013 Top 10 finalist for the Fred Mitchell Award

    2013 Overall Special Teams MVP at National Bowl Game

    2013 Mid-States First Team (MSFA) Offense (placekicker) and honorable mention (punter)

    2012 MSFA Second Team Offense (placekicker) and Second Team Defense (punter)

    Muzljakovich was a nine-time MSFA Special Teams Player of the Week in his career — more than any other MSFA Midwest player since the 2011 season.

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    Jun 08, 2015 8:2:45Jun 08, 2015 -

    AUSTIN, Texas - Junior Jake Anderson and senior Simon Pheasant finished up the 2014-2015 season with one final award, both were named to the 2015 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Men's and Women's At-Large Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Anderson earned First Team honors, while Pheasant earned Second Team.

    The Capital One Academic All-America® College Division At-Large Teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.

    The at-large program for the Capital One Academic All-America® program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo for both men and women; bowling, crew and field hockey for women; and volleyball and wrestling for men.

    Anderson, an accounting major, finished his junior season with a repeat as NAIA National Champion in the 200 Individual Medley, while adding a title in the 800 freestyle relay. He also finished third in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke, finishing the meet with seven All-America performances.

    Pheasant, who graduated in May with a degree in business administration, finished his stellar career with silver medal performances in the 200-yard freestyle. He also captured his first national title, joining Anderson on the winning 800 freestyle relay team. In all, Pheasant finished with five All-America performances at the national meet.

    To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average. Nominated student-athletes must have competed in at least 50 percent of their team's games. 

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    Jun 04, 2015 9:37:37Jun 04, 2015 -

    MACKINAW, Ill. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's cross country and track and field teams are pleased to announce the addition of Calan Johnson for the fall of 2015. Johnson, a standout at Dee-Mack High School, recently signed her letter of intent to continue her career and education at Olivet.

    On the track, Johnson is a six-time outdoor and five-time indoor state medalist, including being a member of the 2014 IHSA state champion 4x800m relay team and the 2015 state runners-up.  She holds the DMHS school record in the 400m run and is a member of the 4x800m relay team which holds the school record.  She is also a two-time medalist at the Peoria Journal Star Honor Roll Meet and helped her team capture first place at 2014 Pantagraph Honor Roll Meet in 4x800.  She was selected as "Miss Track" in 2014 by the coaching staff and served as captain for three seasons.

    Johnson also served as captain of the Cross Country team her senior season. She was selected as the Most Improved Runner in 2012.

    Johnson is undecided as to what she will major in while at Olivet. She is the daughter of Craig and Connie Johnson and sister to Cauriana and Colby. 

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    Jun 04, 2015 9:36:35Jun 04, 2015 -

    WILMINGTON, Ill. - Kara Brock, a standout distance runner at Wilmington High School, signed a letter of intent to continue her education and runner career as a member of the Olivet Nazarene University cross country and track and field teams.

    Brock, a 2015 IHSA State Track and Field qualifier in the 3200m run, comes to the Tigers after a very successful high school career where she set numerous WHS records. In 2015, Brock set a new Wildcat record in the 1600m run (5:40), breaking her own record set in 2014. She also holds the record in the 3200m run finishing sub-12 minutes.

    "The signing shows that we are competitive and putting out a competitive product," said Wilmington head track Coach Mark Shell. "She is an excellent student. Her grades do come first, and academics are very important to her. As an athlete she is reliable and determined."

    Brock chose Olivet due to their strong academics, the close proximity to her family, as well as a chance to remain competitive in long distance running.

    "The facilities and staff are amazing," said Brock of the decision. "I wanted to continue running while receiving a quality education."

     

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    Jun 04, 2015 9:35:43Jun 04, 2015 -

    CHANNAHON, Ill. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's cross country and track and field teams are pleased to announce the signing of Gabrielle Gall, a senior at Minooka Community High School.

    Gall, was a member of the 2014 MCHS cross country that captured a team sectional championship. She was awarded the team Sportsmanship Award.

    "I chose Olivet for their nursing program and the opportunity to participate on the ONU cross country and track and field programs," said Gall of the decision.

    In the classroom, Gall is four-time Southwest Prairie Conference Scholar-Athlete.

    Gall is the daughter of Tadd and Tess Gall and sister to Kate. The family resides in Channahon, Illinois.
     

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    Jun 02, 2015 2:53:17Jun 02, 2015 -

    Ed Catmull, five-time Academy Award-winner and president of animation studios at Pixar and Disney, is one of 13 featured speakers at the 21st annual Global Leadership Summit to be telecast live at GatheringPoint Church of the Nazarene, Bourbonnais, Illinois, on August 6 and 7.

    Olivet partners with GatheringPoint to provide a host site for the Summit, a worldwide premier leadership training event. The Summit will be broadcast as it is happening at Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago and will not be available online. 

    More than 260,000 viewers are expected for this year’s Summit. Throughout North America, more than 375 sites will host the live HD telecast, and it will be re-broadcast in coming months in 50 languages to more than 350 cities in 105 countries around the world.

    Catmull is a pioneer in the field of computer graphics for the motion picture industry. He is credited with revolutionizing the film industry, creating applications that are widely used in computer animation. His book, Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, is a New York Times best seller and one of the 2014 top books of the year for The Huffington Post, Financial Times, Success and Inc.

    Other leadership experts presenting at this year’s summit are Bill Hybels, Brian Houston, Jim Collins, Sallie Krawcheck, Horst Schulze, Liz Wiseman, Sam Adeyemi, Albert Tate, Craig Groeschel, Dr. Brené Brown, Adam Grant and Sheila Heen. Information about each speaker is available at willowcreek.com/summit.

    For more than two decades, the annual Global Leadership Summit has provided an opportunity for business, church, government, nonprofit and education leaders — and their teams — to experience quality leadership training close to where they are. Presented by the Willow Creek Association, the summit provides leaders around the world with vision, skill development and inspiration from a Christian perspective.

    To attend the live telecast in Bourbonnais, individuals and groups may register at willowcreek.com/summit or 800-570-9812. Best registration price is available through June 23. Later registration and walk-in registration on the event days are also available.

    GatheringPoint is located at 897 W. Bourbonnais Parkway. More local information about the Summit or the Bourbonnais live telecast site is available from Laura Warfel at 815-928-5403 or lwwarfel@olivet.edu.
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    Jun 01, 2015 11:53:20Jun 01, 2015 -

    Olivet’s fifth cohort of Honors Program students graduated as part of the Class of 2015 during the 102nd Commencement Convocation on May 9, 2015.

    As their time at Olivet came to a close, these ten graduates presented their required honors research projects during Scholar Week 2015, April 13 to 18. Now, they are beginning the next chapter in their personal and professional lives.

    Lydia Bilyeu (Fulton, Illinois), B.S., accounting, actuarial science, economics/finance
    Research project: “Living with Negative Wealth: A Study of College Students’ Financial Literacy and Attitudes Toward Student Debt”
    She will be working as a staff auditor for Crowe Horwath in Chicago and will be pursuing her M.A. degree in the next few years.

    Amy Brenner (Lansing, Michigan), B.S., biology
    Research project: “Connections between the effects of various chemicals on the development of Drosophila melanogaster and Homo sapiens”
    She is beginning the graduate application process and is planning to get a M.A. degree in education.

    Katie Fitzgerald (Duncanville, Texas), B.S., mathematics
    Research project: “Tracking faith: A Statistical Analysis of the Spiritual Profiles of Chicago and Dallas-Ft. Worth over the last 15 years”
    She is moving to Washington D.C. to begin serving as a learning and analysis intern with World Vision. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in applied economics or mathematics in fall 2016.

    Drew Frey (Goshen, Indiana), B.S., biology
    Research project: “Extraction of Berries and Seeds of the Taxus x Media Hicksii to Investigate Compounds Which May be Structurally Related to Taxol”
    As a senior at Olivet, he was recognized by the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges® program.
    Next year, he will be attending Indiana University School of Medicine to pursue his M.D.

    Mary Hall (St. Louis, Missouri), B.S., multimedia studies and Spanish
    Research project: “Promoting Awareness of Teen Pregnancy Through Multimedia Storytelling: The Case of Elizabeth House in Ecuador”
    She is currently the full-time editorial assistant at The Daily Journal in Kankakee, Illinois.

    Hayley Meadows (Normal, Illinois), B.S., psychology
    Research project: “Animal Assisted Stress Reduction in College Students”
    She has been accepted into the M.A. program at Roosevelt University in industrial-organizational psychology and will start the program this fall.

    Andrew Moore (Hastings, Michigan), B.M., music education
    Research project: “The Study, Creation, and Instructed Performance of Gregorian Chant”
    He plans to work as a music educator working with choral or instrumental performance groups at the middle or secondary levels, as well as general music.

    Kristen Richey (Van Alstyne, Texas), B.S., chemistry
    Research project: “Diels-Alder Synthesis of Novel Heterocyclic Compounds, Including Inverse-Electron-Demand and Microwave Promotion”
    She plans to attend medical school for podiatric medicine this August at Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa.

    Julia Ross (Mahomet, Illinois), B.S., geology
    Research project: “Ranking Trails Based on Natural Hazards Instead of Difficulty: A Case Study on Starved Rock State Park”
    She also presented this project at the annual meeting of The Geological Society of America in October 2014.
    She is searching for a job as an entry level geologist and plans to go to graduate school in the future.

    Daley Schimmelpfennig (Bourbonnais, Illinois), B.S., zoology
    Field experience: She interned at the Quetzal Education and Research Center (QERC), a research facility that informs and educates visitors about the Quetzal bird and other research projects in San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica.
    She will be pursuing her Ph.D. in biomedical research at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia, this fall.

    The mission of Olivet's Honors Program is to encourage and nurture academically gifted students, helping them to believe in their possibilities, preparing them to become the Christian scholars and servant leaders they were meant to be. Dr. Charles Carrigan '96, geoscience professor in Olivet’s Department of Chemistry and Geosciences, is the program’s director.

    To enter the program, a student must have a composite ACT score of at least 30 or a Math and Critical Reading combined SAT score of at least 1330, and be interviewed by the program committee.

    In addition to fulfilling the requirements for their respective majors, Honors Program students take four interdisciplinary, team-taught classes covering an intriguing topic. Then, they complete a substantial, faculty-mentored research project during their last two years, doing one-on-one mentored research with a professor of their choice with funding provided. They may also choose to study abroad during junior year.
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    May 28, 2015 3:39:44May 28, 2015 -

    Olivet recently conferred honorary doctorate degrees on Rev. Gary Bond '69 of Sturgis, Michigan, and Dr. Samuel Mayhugh '61 of Newport Beach, California, for their outstanding professional achievements and Christian service. The degrees were conferred during the University’s 102nd Commencement ceremony in May.

    “Rev. Bond and Dr. Mayhugh embody Olivet’s values in their personal and professional lives,” said Dr. Dennis Crocker, vice president for Academic Affairs, as he presented the candidates for the honorary degrees. “Their exemplary service to others, combined with their commitment to Christ and the furthering of His kingdom, qualifies them for this special recognition.”

    Rev. Gary Bond received the Doctor of Divinity degree for dedicating his life to Christian ministry, traveling throughout the United States and Canada to proclaim Christian holiness in song and sermon, and holding about 40 revival meetings each year.

    An ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, he has served as revivalism coordinator for the Church of the Nazarene USA/Canada since 2009. As part of his ministry, Rev. Bond leads the Committee on the Interests of the God-called Evangelists to promote revivalism and renewal among Nazarene churches. He is the editor of Evangelists’ Perspective, a nationally recognized publication.

    He received his training at Olivet and at Purdue University, where he played NCAA Big 10 football.

    Dr. Samuel Mayhugh received the Doctor of Letters degree for his work in the behavioral sciences. He is founder and president of Integrated Behavioral Health, Orange County, California. Earlier in his career, he was in private outpatient and hospital practice. He also founded three other companies: Wellpoint Behavioral Health, Pacificare Behavioral Health and Treatment Centers of America.

    As a principal consultant for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other governmental agencies, Dr. Mayhugh trains employers and law enforcement personnel in responding to terrorism and violence in the workplace. He has also consulted with the Lamb’s Club, an urban ministry center in Manhattan, and with Olivet’s counseling program in Hong Kong.

    He is the co-author of Managed Behavioral Healthcare: An Industry Perspective. A graduate of Olivet, he holds a master’s degree from Purdue University and a doctorate from Indiana State University.
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    May 28, 2015 2:20:29May 28, 2015 -

    Dr. William Dean, professor in Olivet’s Department of History and Political Science, received the 2015 Richard M. Jones Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence during the 102nd Commencement Convocation.

    “Bill has done invaluable work for ONU over the years in countless ways behind the scenes — and usually with very little recognition, which is why this award means so much to his students and colleagues,” said Dr. Stephen Lowe ’88, department chair. “As numerous alumni attest, Bill has lived out the higher, transformational purpose of our department by ministering daily to students and faculty, providing cheerful support, sage advice, and genuine compassion to everyone who walks through his office door.”

    An ordained minister, Dr. Dean served congregations in Kentucky, Oregon, England, Alabama and North Carolina before joining Olivet’s faculty in 1991. He served for two years as a pastor in the Methodist Church in Great Britain, supporting his contention that young Christian leaders in a global economy need to experience life with people who have a different perspective.

    Encouraging students to study abroad during their college years is one of Dr. Dean’s passions. He continues to be active in training pastors in the United States and overseas. He has also served as a facilitator of English as a second language for Ukrainian public school teachers and as an adjunct professor for the Caribbean Nazarene College satellite program in Jamaica.

    “Our students consistently respond well and enthusiastically to Dr. Dean’s teaching style and wealth of knowledge,” said Dr. Dennis Crocker ’75, vice president of Academic Affairs at Olivet. “He holds the banner high for Olivet’s mission by continuing to provide ‘Education with a Christian purpose.’”

    Joy Jenen, a history major in the Olivet Class of 2015, says Dr. Dean deserves the teaching excellence award because he “has so much knowledge about what he is teaching, and he is so passionate about it. He has helped me by showing me his wisdom and knowledge in classes and directing my studies, including my senior seminar class, as well as talks in his office. He is a teacher in and outside of the classroom.”

    For Tammy Galvan-Barnett ’10/’12 MPSC, an adjunct professor at Olivet, Dr. Dean has been professor, boss and mentor. “I met Dr. Dean in 2006 during my undergrad days. I was an adult student and a single mom returning to school on the traditional undergraduate track,” she says. “In 2008, I began working with him as a teaching assistant for political science. Dr. Dean also married my husband and me in the Kelley Prayer Chapel. He’s always so encouraging and compassionate. His love for Christ radiates through his life. He extends love, grace and compassion to everyone he comes in contact with.”

    Dr. Dean is a leader in the conference of the Evangelical Methodist Church, serving on its General Board of Education. In his local community, he serves as vice president of the Board of Governors for the Kankakee County Historical Society. Dr. Dean’s wife, Joan, is the director of Missions Outreach for Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. The Deans are co-pastors of Zoar Community Church in Reddick, Illinois.
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    May 28, 2015 1:49:1May 28, 2015 -

    LEWISTON, Idaho – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that 354 baseball student-athletes have been named 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. AIB (Iowa) leads all institutions with 13 individuals on the list.

    In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.

    Olivet Nazarene University had three honored this year: senior pitcher Ken DeCook (Kankakee, Ill.), junior pitcher Eric Douglass (Indianapolis, Ind.) and for the second time, outfielder senior Aaron King (Pekin, Ill.).

    Complete List: 

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    May 28, 2015 1:21:14May 28, 2015 -

    Michael Stanfa, J.D., received the 2015 Willis E. Snowbarger Award for Teaching Excellence, announced during Olivet’s 2015 School of Graduate and Continuing Studies (SGCS) Commencement ceremony in May.

    Since 2009, Professor Stanfa has served as an adjunct professor at Olivet and a SGCS network representative. He teaches general education courses, bachelor’s and master’s degree-level business courses, and nursing courses in healthcare law and ethics.

    “Students praise his demonstrated command of a broad knowledge base for the subjects he teaches and his ability to teach those subjects effectively,” said Susie Enfield '92/'10 MSN, the SGCS RN-BSN program director, in her nomination of Professor Stanfa. “Our students also appreciate the respect he shows them and the fact that he treats them like adults in the classroom. He engages them in real-world experiences, even scheduling mock trials before a Kankakee judge.”

    Previously in his career, Professor Stanfa was senior vice president with People’s Bank and KFS Bank in Kankakee County, and executive vice president with Kankakee Bancorp. He was a partner with Kravets and Stanfa, a general civil practice in Chicago emphasizing bankruptcy, collections, residential real estate, wills and trusts.

    His volunteer work includes serving as a director for Hospice of Kankakee Valley, on the board of directors for Provena St. Mary’s Hospital and Kankakee River Valley Chamber of Commerce, and as a speaker for mandatory continuing legal education with the Illinois State Bar Association.

    In addition to his bachelor’s and juris doctor degrees from Loyola University in Chicago, Professor Stanfa holds a certificate in human resources from the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of the Graduate School of Community Bank Management, The Institute of Financial Education at the University of Texas at Austin. He and his wife, Kathy, have two adult children and five grandchildren.

    “Mike Stanfa is a model adjunct faculty member,” said Dr. Jonathon Bartling '99, dean of SGCS. “He consistently goes above and beyond for his students. He also makes himself readily available to other faculty and program directors for course improvements, program development, mentoring and other opportunities to further the work Olivet is doing.”

    The Snowbarger Award honors the legacy of Dr. Willis E. Snowbarger by recognizing the outstanding service of an adjunct faculty member. Dr. Snowbarger served Olivet as a professor, dean and vice president for academic affairs. He was instrumental in developing Olivet’s expanded liberal arts and professional curriculum, building a strong faculty and achieving numerous accreditation initiatives.
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    May 26, 2015 3:44:48May 26, 2015 -

    Ryan Smith (mathematics education major, Belleville, Illinois) received the Robert M. Milner Award as the outstanding male graduate in the Olivet Nazarene University Class of 2015.

    The honor came during the University’s 102nd undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 9. The award — named for a Nazarene minister who is father and grandfather to several Olivet alumni — goes to a male student who exemplifies the highest standard of excellence in character, scholarship achievement and contribution to extracurricular activities.

    Ryan, the son of Ron and Janice Smith, was named to the dean’s list each year while attending Olivet. Earlier this year, he was recognized by Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges as one of Olivet’s outstanding graduating seniors.

    He was involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) beginning in 2007 and began serving on the leadership team at Olivet in 2011. He has volunteered at FCA camps and with the Eastridge Church of the Nazarene youth group. He served as a team leader on a mission trip to Flint, Michigan, and participated in a mission trip to Thailand in 2015.

    A four-year Tiger football athlete, Ryan has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the 2012 Purity in Diversity Award, the 2013 Football Intentional Living Award, and the 2014 and 2015 Daktronics-National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Football Scholar-Athlete.

    An Eagle Scout, he is also a member of the Pi Mu Epsilon Math Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society, Student Education Association, and the 2014 and 2015 Mid-States Football Association All-Academic Team.

    “Ryan is an outstanding young man and a wonderful role model for younger students,” said Dr. Dale Hathaway, chair of the Department of Mathematics. “He switched his major during his freshman year but still excelled academically. Yet what is most striking about his many accomplishments is the consistent theme of Christian service.”
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    May 25, 2015 4:23:51May 25, 2015 -

    GULF SHORES, Ala. — Competing against seven other NAIA Outdoor Track and Field All-Americans, junior Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) shined the brightest. He won the national championship as an individual in the discus, throwing it 57.12 meters and bettering his runner-up finish as a sophomore by almost five meters. Head Coach Mike McDowell and the Tiger men's track and field team finished a program-best sixth place out of 64 teams, earning 34 points.

    Besides his discus title run, Armbrust finished fourth in the shot put with a mark of 16.94 meters, earning a second
    All-American honor.

    The Tigers were led by eight individuals who earned All-American status at the NAIA Outdoor National Championships. Sophomore Zach Gordon (Carol Stream, Ill.) finished fifth in the 200 meter dash with a time of 21.15. He also ran the second leg in the 4x100 meter relay and helped the Tigers finish sixth with a time of 41.28. He also placed sixth in the long jump with a mark of 7.33 meters.

    Joining Gordon on the 4x100 meter relay team were junior Jonathan Hutchison (Morton, Ill.); junior Jared Carl (Galesburg, Ill.); and junior Thomas Zidek (Hoffman Estates, Ill.).  

    Senior Andrew Cowen (Carmel, Ind.) raced to an eighth place finish in the marathon, finishing with a time of 2:39.27.90.

    In the pole vault, senior Brian Michell (Reed City, Mich.) came in fourth with a mark of 4.85 meters to earn All-American honors. In the triple jump, junior Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) came in sixth with a jump of 14.68 meters. He also placed 15th in the long jump with a mark of 6.82 meters.

    In addition, sophomore Caleb Drake (Rockford, Ill.) came in 22nd in the 1500 meter run prelims with a time of 4:03.10. Junior Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.) came in 20th in the shot put with a throw of 15.33 meters and 17th in the discus with a toss of 46.39 meters. He also came in 12th in the hammer throw with a mark of 48.31 meters.

    Results 

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    May 23, 2015 9:51:58May 23, 2015 -

    GULF SHORES, Ala. - With the bad weather out of the region, the Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field team went back to work on days two and three of the NAIA Outdoor National Championships, picking up right about where they left off on the rain shortened opening day. Junior Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) added a national runner-up finish to her championship title, this time in the shot put.

    Blucker posted a 15.37m (50' 5.25") throw to take second place, less than three inches behind the first place thrower.

    Emily Reader earned her NAIA All-American status, finishing seventh in the pole vault. Reader cleared 3.65m, but failed to clear the next height of 3.70m. Teammate Anna Stiker finished tied for 15th place, clearing 3.40m.

    In her third and final event of the championship, Blucker posted a 47.50m (155' 10.25") toss in the discus put in the opening flight, smashing the old school record on her way to a seventh place, All-American performance.

    The Tigers finished 12th overall in the 60 team field with 22 points. Wayland Baptist University captured the overall team title, finishing with 91 points. Oklahoma Baptist University finished second with 66 points, while British Columbia placed third with 55 points. Round out the top five were defending national champion Indiana Institute of Technology and Doane University with 52 and 39 points, respectively.

    Other top performances:

    The 4x800m relay team posted a time of 9:12.90 in an extremely competitive field where the winning four-some posted an impressive 8:47. The team was led by Karley Brown and and anchored by Alexa Beezhold, with Angelica Lafemina and Kylie Lippencott in the middle.

    In her first national meet, Hannah Gee posted a discus throw of 36.72m (120' 6").

    Kammy Goedhart ran a career personal best time in the 400m, crossing in 56.18, just missing the finals. Goedhart broke the school record, which she had set earlier this season. 

    Sarah Ray (Warsaw, Ind.) made an incredible final lap push, passing three people, to post a 37:20 in the 10,000m run. She just missed the podium, finishing tenth.

    The 4x400m relay team of Peyton Kirkland, Taneka Lawson, Karley Brown and Kammy Goedhart just missed qualifying for the finals, finishing ninth with a time of 3:49.17.

    Alyssa Faulks finished the 3000m steeplechase in 11:40.33, placing 29 th  overall.

    The Tigers finished the three-day event with one national championship, four All-American performances and numerous personal bests. 

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    May 22, 2015 3:13:0May 22, 2015 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Friday that 287 men’s indoor and outdoor track & field student-athletes have been named 2014-15 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

    In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.

    Representing the Olivet Nazarene University men's track and field team are 10 individuals. Selected for a second straight year are seniors: Jared Carl (Galesburg, Ill.), Dylan Creger (Almont, Mich.), Marshall Hawn (Goshen, Ind.), Joel Lynn (Naperville, Ill.), and David Powers (Security, Colo.). For the first time were seniors Andrew Cowen (Carmel, Ind.), juniors: Brandon Divan (Oakwood, Ill.), Ryan Hull (Chebanse, Ill.), Ronald Milbocker (Whitmore Lake, Mich.) and Conner Stroud (Manteno, Ill.).  

    Complete List:

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    May 22, 2015 2:15:20May 22, 2015 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Friday that 450 women's indoor and outdoor track & field student-athletes have been named 2014-15 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. The Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field team had seven athletes earn the honor, five for the second time.

    Five seniors earned the honor for the second time in their careers, including:

    Alyssa Faulks (Caldwell, Idaho)

    • Kylie Lippencott (Crawfordsville, Ind.)
    • Madison Moyer (Burlington, Iowa)
    • Bethany Pilat (Livonia, Ill.)
    • Anna Stiker (Waterman, Ill.)

    Two juniors earned the honor in their first time to be eligible.

    • Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.)
    • Alyssa Combe (Kuna, Idaho)

    In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.

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    May 22, 2015 12:39:32May 22, 2015 -

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced Thursday that 165 men’s golf student-athletes have been named 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Campbellsville (Ky.) lead all institutions with eight individuals on the list.

    In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.

    ONU had three golfers honored for their work in the classroom; senior Michael Bork (Rapid City, Michigan), junior Ryan Muzljakovich (Vicksburg, Mich.) and junior Robert Wagner (Bethel, Ohio). Bork received the award for the second time.

    Complete List

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    May 22, 2015 9:7:42May 22, 2015 -

    GULF SHORES, Ala. - The best way to prove that you're ready for competition is to come out of the gate and show the world. Junior Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) set the tone early for the Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field team, capturing the first title of the three-day event, bringing home a national championship in the hammer throw. Rain then moved in and put a damper on the 2015 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National, eventually postponing and causing a massive rescheduling of events. Only two national champions were crowned on Thursday at the Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium and Gulf Shores Sports Complex.

    Blucker, who entered the competition seeded fifth, went into the final throw in a tie for first.  But a 54.84m (179-11.25) toss in the final round was all it took to capture her second career national championship, her first in outdoor competition. Kali Robb of Concordia University (Neb.) took second while Grand View University (Iowa) senior, Jena Krebs, took third in the event. Freshman Valerie Johnson made her post season debut, finishing 21st.

    Pole vault got underway shortly after hammer, but was cut short due to lightening in the area. The Tigers had three vaulters qualify, Kristin Beatty, Emily Reader (Mason, Mich.) and Anna Stiker (Waterman, Ill.). Both Reader and Stiker have cleared 3.5m (11-5), while Beatty finished with no height.

    Day two of competition is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. 

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    May 20, 2015 2:57:17May 20, 2015 -

    Olivet recently announced the appointment of Dr. Mark R. Quanstrom as dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry, effective June 1, 2015. He is responsible for overseeing the school’s undergraduate and graduate academic programs as well as the work of its faculty members.

    A 1977 graduate of Olivet, Dr. Quanstrom is a professor of theology and philosophy. He also serves as the senior pastor and preacher at College Church of the Nazarene University Avenue in Bourbonnais.

    Before joining Olivet’s faculty in 2005, Dr. Quanstrom was pastor at First Church of the Nazarene, Belleville, Illinois, for 23 years. During that time, he was also an online instructor for Nazarene Bible College; an adjunct professor for European Nazarene College, teaching in Bulgaria; director of the Illinois District School of Ministry; and served on the Illinois District Advisory Board.

    “Olivet is gratified by Dr. Quanstrom’s willingness to take the helm of our School of Theology and Christian Ministry,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president, in announcing the appointment. “His long tenure with Olivet’s faculty and in serving the worldwide Church of the Nazarene has prepared him well for his new assignment.”

    Dr. Quanstrom is the author of numerous articles and two books — A Century of Holiness Theology (2004) and From Grace to Grace (2011).

    From 2003 until 2010, he was president of Olivet’s Alumni Association and served on the Board of Trustees. He currently serves on the Chicago Central District Board of Ministerial Studies and ONU’s Community Engagement Committee.

    Dr. Quanstrom earned his Master of Divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1982 and his Doctor of Philosophy degree from St. Louis University in 2000.

    In 2012, he received Olivet’s Ministerial “O” Award recognizing him as an outstanding alumnus and servant of the Lord.

    He and his wife, Debi (Lucas) '78, also an Olivet graduate, are residents of Bourbonnais. They are the parents of three sons: Lukas '04, married to Rachel (Studebaker) '05, who are the parents of their three grandsons, Gabriel, Reuben and Julian; Ryan '07, married to Emily (Benson) '07; and Daniel '09, married to Kayla (Luna).
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    May 20, 2015 12:10:44May 20, 2015 -

    Lisa Rizzo (biology major, Bartlett, Illinois) received the Maggie Sloan Crawford Award as the outstanding female graduate in the Olivet Class of 2015.

    The honor came during the University’s 102nd undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 9. The award is named for Olivet’s first graduate and goes to a female student who exemplifies the highest standard of excellence in character, scholarship achievement and contribution to extracurricular activities.

    Lisa graduated summa cum laude and was named to the dean’s list for every semester. She was recognized by Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges® as one of Olivet’s outstanding graduating seniors. In fall 2015, she will enter the physician assistant program at Midwestern University, Downers Grove, Illinois. She is the daughter of Robert and Karyn Rizzo.

    During her academic career, Lisa was the recipient of several scholarships, including The Kenneth D. McCoy Foundation Scholarship, The David Jones and John Hanson Scholarship, The Crawford Scholarship, The Custom Brokers and Forwarders ASC Scholarship (three times), The American Legion Woman’s Club Scholarship (three times) and The Dr. John Dickey Scholarship.

    Outside of the classroom, she participated in numerous opportunities at Olivet, serving as the president of Biophilic biology club, being an active member of Sister to Sister and Best Buddies, and taking part in a mission trip to Papua New Guinea.

    “Lisa is an intelligent, service-oriented woman who represents all of the best qualities of this award,” said Dr. Dwight Ginn, chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. “In addition to her hard work as a student, which gained her acceptances into three different physician assistant programs, she found time to volunteer in numerous service organizations on campus and beyond. We are proud of Lisa and her accomplishments.”
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    May 19, 2015 11:53:29May 19, 2015 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2015 NAIA Men’s Tennis All-America teams on Monday, May 18. Honorees were selected by the NAIA All-America committee, with 16 student-athletes being named to both the first and second teams.

    As the CCAC Regular Season champions, the Olivet Nazarene University men's tennis team was led by sophomore Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) all year. For his effort all season, he was named a NAIA Second Team All-American for the first time in his career. He was also named the CCAC Player of the Year, and was named to the All-CCAC Singles team — for a second time — and the All-Doubles teams for the first time.

    In addition, he was ranked third in the ITA NAIA East Region in singles (4/15/15). He finished the season 20-7 in singles (most on team), 18-7 in doubles (most on team) and went undefeated in CCAC play. He had singles wins against NAIA nationally ranked (13) Aquinas, (24) Davenport, and (25) Indiana Wesleyan, as well as NCAA Division II Ferris State. He won the Singles B Flight title at the UW-Wisconsin Warhawk Invite; finished 3-1 in the Singles Flight A at the EIU Fall Invitational; and won the USTA/ITA Small College Regional Championship Singles bracket.

    Mancineiras Cornella and his doubles teammate, Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium), competed in 26 matches together. They went 20-6 in doubles play and went undefeated in conference play. In addition, they had doubles wins against NAIA ranked (13) Aquinas, (24) Davenport and (25) Indiana Wesleyan. They won the No. 3 Doubles Flight at the UW-Wisconsin Warhawk Invite. They also went 2-1 in the Doubles Flight A at the EIU Fall Invitational.

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    May 19, 2015 11:42:15May 19, 2015 -

    Dr. Lisa Gassin received Olivet's 2015 Samuel L. Mayhugh Award for Scholarly Excellence during the 102nd Commencement Convocation on May 9.

    Dr. Gassin teaches courses in developmental and cross-cultural psychology. She has been an Olivet faculty member since 1995, except when she was working in Russia from 2000 through 2003. In 2007, she received Olivet’s Richard M. Jones Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence.

    She holds degrees in human development; educational psychology with an emphasis in gifted education; educational and developmental psychology with minors in research and statistics and moral education; and marriage and family counseling. She focuses her research on the psychology of forgiveness, bereavement and play therapy. Her previous work includes research in social and moral development and the psychology of religion.

    Dr. Gassin is a founding board member of the International Forgiveness Institute based in Madison, Wisconsin, and has produced various publications and presentations on the topic of forgiveness. She is a member of the Association for Play Therapy and the American Counseling Association. Serving the greater Kankakee community, she provides counseling services and also volunteers with Hospice of Kankakee Valley.

    She has earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, two master’s degrees — one from Purdue University and one from Governors State University — and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California-Davis.  

    “Dr. Gassin is an outstanding example for our students of scholarly achievement, Christian service and compassion for others,” said Dr. Dennis Crocker, vice president for Academic Affairs. “Her commitment to learning and growing, both as a professor and an academic leader, continues to inspire others.”
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    May 19, 2015 10:3:46May 19, 2015 -

    Written by John Dykstra of The Daily Journal
    This article originally appeared in the May 9, 2015, edition of The Daily Journal, daily-journal.com. Reprinted with permission.


    Their living room window is a picture frame of Olivet Nazarene University. The college's football field is across the street, but their goals were years down the road.

    Now, Janine, John and Ben Fightmaster — a mother and her two sons — are at a bridge connecting past, present and future. On Saturday, they will graduate from Olivet and join a multigenerational family legacy.

    That legacy includes Janine's husband, Tony, who serves as the college's director of church relations, as well as her older sons, Josh and Caleb. It reaches back to World War II, when Tony's father, William, was enrolling for classes the same day he received his draft notice. William did not attend Olivet after the war, but all of his sons did. After today, Tony's family will consist entirely of Olivet graduates.

    "It's rewarding to have my four sons and wife graduate from Olivet," said Tony, who received a bachelor's and master's degree from the college. "I wanted my boys to be at a place where the faculty would pour their lives into them. They got that experience."

    Olivet made the Fightmaster family and rooted them in Bourbonnais. Janine and Tony met at the college in October 1978. Then, in 1981, Janine quit school after three years to marry Tony.

    That's where Janine left off until two years ago, when she re-enrolled to become a business administration major. Her road to graduation wove through 34 years of marriage, raising four sons and running a household day care.

    "Talk about bucket lists — this has always been my main goal," Janine said. "I just didn't know how. I was afraid to come back after so long, but I did it with all my family behind me."

    Tony previously experienced going back to school as a student and administrator. He received his master's in 2012 and helped ease adults back into school as a transfer administrator for several years. His experience and knowledge helped Janine along the way.

    Ben and John stood beside her as student-sons. Their paths were shorter. Growing up across from the college, the two men knew their future was at Olivet.

    John recalled his first grade back-to-school pictures in which he wore Olivet clothes. In retrospect, that was when he knew Olivet was his future college.

    "From then, I always thought I was going to ONU," he said. "Now, I am graduating. It feels good to enter a new stage of my life."

    John will graduate as a math education major. He was a starting pitcher at Olivet for four years and won a Gold Glove Award from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. He played football last season, when he student taught. Since then, he has been substitute teaching at local schools.

    Graduating together seems normal for Ben and John. They played on the same baseball team for four years and grew up around sports.

    "People always ask me what it was like to play sports with my brother. It's normal," Ben said. "John has always been there for me."

    Ben will graduate as an exercise science major and plans on attending a physical therapy school in the future. He was a linebacker and played special teams on ONU's football team for four years. On the field and in the classroom, Ben saw everyone, including himself, grow in faith.

    "I was excited to see how Olivet would change me," Ben said. "I watched a lot of people change. Some of them didn't have strong faiths, and now they do."

    Although they grew up seconds away from Olivet, Ben and John lived independent college lives, with an exception to occasional homemade meals and laundry machine access. Both lived on campus. John actually lived farther away from the college than he did at home. That was all by design.

    "We wanted them to have a college experience away from home," Tony said. "I wanted them to have an independent experience even though we were across the street."

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    May 19, 2015 9:5:10May 19, 2015 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Priscila Nuñez (Montreal, Canada) became just the fourth Olivet Nazarene University women's tennis player to be earn NAIA Second Team All-America status when the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2015 NAIA Women's Tennis All-America teams Monday May 18. Honorees were selected by the NAIA All-America committee, with 16 student-athletes being named to both the first and second teams.

    Nuñez, just a sophomore, was named Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year earlier this month and was named all-conference on both the singles and doubles teams.  Boasting a current overall record of 15-6 in singles play and 19-6 in doubles action, Nuñez went a perfect 5-0 in both singles and doubles action during the league's regular season.  She currently ranks No. 27 nationally in singles play and No. 7 on the singles side and No. 2 in doubles play with teammate Seraphine Buchmann (Illinau, Switzerland) in the East Region.

    Nuñez joins Erica Engelbrecht who became the Tiger's first ever NAIA All-American when she earned Honorable Mention honors in 2009. Engelbrecht and Aziza Butoyi both earned Honorable Mention honors in 2011, while Butoyi and junior Serephine Buchmann (Illnau, Switzerland) both made the list in 2013. Butoyi becoming Olivet's first ever First Team honoree and Buchmann earning Honorable Mention honors. 

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    May 17, 2015 10:1:13May 17, 2015 -

    SKILLMAN, N.J. — For only the second time in school history, a member of the Olivet Nazarene University women's tennis team has been named the ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award recipient. Clara Ruegsegger (junior, Greenfield, Indiana) received the 2015 edition of the prestigious award when the ITA announced its 2015 national award winners for NAIA men's and women's tennis on May 11.

    Ruegsegger earned the 2015 ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship Award for her leadership on and off the court. At ONU she serves on the Student Philanthropy Council, the Grant Committee, the Social Work Council, and is the founder and President of the Social Justice Club. She was Olivet's representative at the National Freedom Summit in Kansas City, Missouri, and has spent time volunteering in orphanages, pregnancy care centers and senior homes. Ruegsegger works hard both on the court and off it, and exemplifies the characteristics of what this award signifies.

    "It is truly an honor to receive this award and be able to represent what the award stands for," said Ruegsegger.  "I'm very thankful for the opportunities that Olivet provides me to be able to be involved in which allows me to even be considered for such an honor. I'm really looking forward to the activities in August at the US Open. It's a great honor to receive such an award."

    Ruegsegger will travel to New York City in August to be formally recognized with all of the 2015 ITA award winners from all Divisions (NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, Junior & Community Colleges). Among the festivities, she will attend a special Awards Luncheon at the USTA Presidents Dining Room at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and will be recognized, along with the winners of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Essay Contest, at a special brunch hosted by former New York City mayor, David Dinkins, following Arthur Ashe Kids Day.

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    May 15, 2015 12:56:7May 15, 2015 -

    During Commencement ceremonies last weekend, Olivet conferred degrees on 1,477 graduates, including the largest number of Doctor of Education graduates in program history and first-ever graduates in several areas of study that reflect the University’s expanded academic offerings.

    Olivet’s Class of 2015 includes 586 traditional undergraduate bachelor’s, 1 associate’s, 275 adult studies bachelor’s, 10 adult studies associate’s, 553 master’s and 22 doctorate degrees. Commencement ceremonies for traditional undergraduate students and those in the University’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies highlighted a weekend of activity to recognize the accomplishments of Olivet graduates and faculty.

    During the Convocation for Traditional Undergraduates held Saturday morning, May 9, honorary doctorate degrees were conferred upon Olivet alumni Rev. Gary Bond '69, Doctor of Divinity, and Dr. Samuel L. Mayhugh '61, Doctor of Letters.

    Ten undergraduate students had the distinction of being Honors Program graduates. They are:
    Lydia Bilyeu (accounting, actuarial science, economics/finance majors, Fulton, Illinois)
    Amy Brenner (biology major, Lansing, Michigan)
    Katie Fitzgerald (mathematics major, Duncanville, Texas)
    Drew Frey (biology major, Goshen, Indiana)
    Mary Hall (multimedia studies and Spanish majors, St. Louis)
    Hayley Meadows (psychology major, Normal, Illinois)
    Andrew Moore (music education major, Hastings, Michigan)
    Kristen Richey (chemistry major, Van Alstyne, Texas)
    Julia Ross (geology major, Mahomet, Illinois)
    Daley Schimmelpfennig (zoology major, Bourbonnais, Illinois)

    Bringing greetings from the Class of 1965 was Raymond Cunningham, who was student body president and named to “Who’s Who Among College Students” during his time at Olivet.

    “I give you five challenges,” Cunningham told the graduates. “Continue with your Christian foundation. Be flexible. Be true to yourself and your core Christian values. Nurture your friendships you began at Olivet. Support Olivet financially.”

    Additional highlights of undergraduate commencement included:
    Maggie Sloan Crawford Award for outstanding female graduate to Lisa Rizzo (biology major, Bartlett, Illinois)
    Robert M. Milner Award for outstanding male graduate to Ryan Smith (mathematics education major, Belleville, Illinois)
    Samuel L. Mayhugh Award for Scholarly Excellence to Dr. Lisa Gassin, professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences
    Richard M. Jones Award for Teaching Excellence to Dr. William Dean, professor, Department of History and Political Science
    Dr. Jim Knight, registrar, honored for his distinguished career that includes 40 years of service to Olivet

    School of Graduate and Continuing Studies

    In a Saturday afternoon ceremony, Dr. John C. Bowling '71/'72 M.A./'06 D.Div, Ed.D., D.Min., president of the University, addressed those receiving degrees from the Olivet School of Graduate and Continuing Studies (SGCS).

    “This ceremony is not called a finale. It’s called a commencement,” Dr. Bowling said. “It’s the start of a new beginning. Give yourself to more than a career. Find your calling.”

    Included among the 862 graduates were:
    • Twenty-two graduates — the most ever in program history — with the Doctor of Education degree
    • The first graduates with the Master of Arts degree in urban pastoral leadership (Gabriel Bockus, Jeremy Height '13 and Amber Stoffel '14)
    • The first graduate with the Master of Arts degree in Christian thought (Calum Samuelson '13)
    • The first cohort in the online program to graduate with the Master of Arts degree in education curriculum and instruction
    Peter Radulovic, the first student to graduate with all four degrees — A.A. (2009), B.B.A. (2011), E.M.B.A. (2012) and Ed.D. — from Olivet. He did this in nine years.

    Student and faculty awards included:
    Willis E. Snowbarger Award for Teaching Excellence presented to Dr. Michael Stansa, SGCS adjunct professor. His students regularly praise him for being “what a true Christian instructor should exemplify.” This award honors the legacy of Dr. Willis Snowbarger and recognizes the excellence in teaching throughout his time as part of the SGCS.
    • Ralph E. Perry Student Award of Excellence presented to Onetta Perry-Neal '94 who, at age 77, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree during Saturday’s ceremony. This award honors the legacy of Dr. Ralph Perry’s long career with Olivet and the outstanding work of a student.

    Additional recognition

    The 2015 commencement was the 102nd in Olivet’s history. Other commencement weekend activities included:
    • The Friday evening baccalaureate service, including the sermon on “The Promise of His Presence” and charge to the Class of 2015 from Dr. Bowling. Graduates Jessica Ellison (communication studies major, Walton, Indiana) and Johnnie Butler Jr. (multimedia studies major, Chicago) gave student testimonies.
    • Social work pinning ceremony (29 graduates). The Spirit of Social Work Award was presented to Casey Nugent (Beaver Dam, Wisconsin).
    • Nursing pinning ceremony (55 traditional graduates). The Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Sigma chapter, Senior Nursing Excellence Award was presented to Sahara Wilcoxen (Champaign, Illinois).
    • School of Theology and Christian Ministry graduation chapel service (10 graduates)
    • Phi Delta Lambda, Gamma Chapter, banquet with the induction of 48 new members. The Mary Ada Dillinger Service Award was presented to Jeff Enfield '93/'04 M.A.P.C. Amy Brown (junior, elementary education major, Hillsboro, Indiana) received the chapter’s Enduring Hope Scholarship. Guest speaker was Dr. Max Reams '00 M.P.C., chair of Olivet’s Department of Chemistry and Geosciences.
    • Military/ROTC commissioning ceremony with five cadets commissioned as new second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.
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    May 15, 2015 11:27:20May 15, 2015 -

    MOBILE, Ala. - Clara Ruegsegger was the lone member of the Olivet Nazarene University women's tennis team to be named a 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes when the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced the honorees on Friday May 15. In all, there were 135 women's tennis student-athletes to earn the honor.

    Ruegsegger, a native of Greenfield, Indiana, just completed her junior year at Olivet. She is majoring in social work.

    In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved junior academic status.

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    May 15, 2015 10:51:22May 15, 2015 -

    MOBILE, Ala. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Friday that 110 men’s tennis student-athletes have been named 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Pikeville (Ky.) led all institutions with six individuals on the list.

    In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved junior academic status.

    Olivet Nazarene University had two athletes honored this year: senior Peter Jensen (Yuba City, California) and junior Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico). Jensen is a two-time recipient.

    Complete List: http://www.naia.org/fls/27900/1NAIA/SportsInfo/Championships/2015Tennis/MTennis%20Scholar-Athletes.pdf?DB_OEM_ID=27900

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    May 14, 2015 2:12:57May 14, 2015 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Three Olivet Nazarene University women's golfers were named 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes when the list was announced the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) on Thursday May 14. In total, there were129 women's golf student-athletes earning the honor.

    Representing the Tigers for the second consecutive year was senior Lydia Bilyeu. Bilyeu, a Fulton, Illinois native, graduated in May with a degree in accounting. Joining Bilyeu are first time honorees Kelsey Fisk of Greenfield, Indiana and Bridget Wolff of East Peoria, Illinois. Fisk is a nursing major, while Wolff is studying dietetics.

    In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved junior academic status.

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    May 14, 2015 8:34:55May 14, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The Olivet Nazarene University men's basketball team and Head Coach Ralph Hodge have signed their 10th member to the 2015 recruiting class: Zack Pruim, a 6'1" guard from Lansing, Illinois. He played for Illiana Christian High School during his high school career.

    During his senior season, Pruim averaged 14.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.0 steals per game. He also shot 84 percent from the free-throw line. He had a huge game against Oak Forest, scoring 27 points. He poured in 24 points, five rebounds, four steals and three steals, going 5-for-5 from the three-point line in a game against Elwood Park. 

    Pruim helped lead the Vikings to a 22-7 overall record, a Metro Suburban Conference Regular Season title and an IHSA 2A Regional Championship. He was named All-Metro Suburban Conference and the League MVP. He led the Vikings to the Kankakee Holiday Tournament and Seneca Thanksgiving Tournament titles.  He earned all-tournament honors at Seneca and was named the Kankakee Holiday Tournament MVP.

    Pruim was also a three-year varsity player on the soccer team at Illiana Christian and was selected All-Metro Suburban Conference his senior season.

    He and his family attend Faith Church in Hammond, Indiana. He plans to major in business management at Olivet.

    He joins fellow members of the 2015 recruiting class: Zach Tuxhorn (Naperville, Ill.); Joey Olson (Muskegon, Mich.); Josh Berquist (Crown Point, Ind.); Brady Williams (Defiance, Ohio); Zac Craig (Monroe, Tenn.);Solomon Barwegen (Otsego, Mich.); Jake Tuttle (Hampshire, Ill.); vAlex Clark (Dunlap, Ill.); and Christian Dunning (Carrier Mills, Ill.).  

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    May 13, 2015 5:51:37May 13, 2015 -

    Olivet announces that 39 seniors (spring 2015 semester) have been recognized by the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges® program for 2015. They are part of a select group of students from more than 1,000 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to accept this prestigious award.

    Olivet’s campus nominating committee — made up of representatives from the faculty, administration and student body — selected and nominated them for this award. Criteria for this selection included grade point average, participation and leadership in school activities, community involvement and leadership ability.

    For 80 years, Who’s Who Among Students has annually honored outstanding student leaders from institutions of higher learning across the country. It is one of the most highly regarded and long-standing honors programs, respected by college faculties and administrations.

    “These selected individuals exemplify the highest Christian ideals, strong academic achievement and a commitment to service,” said Woody Webb, vice president for student development. “Their influence — both in and outside the classroom — is being recognized by their peers as well as by the Olivet faculty and staff.”

    Recipients from Olivet for 2015, their hometowns and their academic majors are as follows:

    Tyler Abraham (Crawfordsville, Indiana), music ministry (vocal emphasis) major
    Sarah Aeschliman (Wauseon, Ohio), social work major
    Candace Baird (Kettering, Ohio), elementary education major
    Claire Barber (Canton, Michigan), art major with a concentration in graphic design
    Drew Brodien (Bourbonnais, Illinois), Christian education major
    Caleb Burkey (Lima, Ohio), elementary education major
    Philip Caffee III (Oak Lawn, Illinois), Christian education major
    Haley Carroll (Mokena, Illinois), elementary education major
    Loren Crawford (Lima, Ohio), engineering major with a concentration in mechanical engineering
    Laurel Dispenza (Fort Wayne, Indiana), Spanish and intercultural studies double major
    Emily Downing (Peoria, Illinois), English major
    Jessica Ellison (Walton, Indiana), corporate communications major
    Jonathan Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Illinois), mathematics education major
    Sarah Fox (Visalia, California), music major
    Drew Frey (Goshen, Indiana), biology major
    Benjamin Geeding (Manteno, Illinois), music major
    Daniel Going (Greenfield, Indiana), engineering major with a concentration in electrical engineering
    Lillian Guenseth (Galesburg, Illinois), vocal performance major
    Lindsey Hamlin (Holt, Michigan), elementary education major
    Shayla Hancock (Pekin, Illinois), English education major
    Marshall Hawn (Goshen, Indiana), Christian education major
    Enos Hershberger (Clare, Michigan), music performance major
    Joy Jenen (Oak Forest, Illinois), history major
    Alyssa Keuther (Marshfield, Massachusetts), elementary education major
    Charlie McNulty (Mason, Michigan), Christian education major
    Adam Metzler (Goshen, Indiana), biology major
    Susan Morrill (Oak Lawn, Illinois), music ministry major
    Addison Newell (Williamsport, Indiana), economics/finance and business administration double major
    Tai Peachey (Galesburg, Illinois), elementary education major
    Michael Poff (Danville, Virginia), youth ministry major
    David Powers (Colorado Springs, Colorado), engineering major
    Lisa Rizzo (Bartlett, Illinois), biology major
    Ashley Sarver (Urbana, Ohio), multimedia studies/journalism major
    Loren Shattuck (Mason, Michigan), intercultural studies and religious studies double major
    Ryan Smith (Belleville, Illinois), mathematics education major
    Alana Steward (Overland Park, Kansas), accounting major
    Lauren Steward (Bourbonnais, Illinois), elementary education major
    Angela Wilcox (Ottawa, Illinois), business administration (nonprofit) major
    Kyle Zeman (Kenosha, Wisconsin), exercise science major

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    May 13, 2015 10:59:27May 13, 2015 -

    TINLEY PARK, Ill. - Andrew High School standout, Amanda Roche, recently signed a letter of intent to continue her playing career as a member of the Olivet Nazarene University women's soccer team. Roche will join the Tigers for the fall 2015 season.

    "I am very excited to have goal keeper like Amanda join our team this fall.  She has great technical skills, determined, teachable and hard working," said Head Coach Bill Bahr.  "Amanda is going to be huge asset for our team going into one of our most challenging schedules ever.  She is a seasoned keeper who has had a lot of quality keeper training and experience."

    Roche, a 5-6 goal keeper, earned Southwest Suburban Conference All-Conference honors as a junior and she and the Thunderbolts currently have a 9-6-1 record.

    In the classroom, Roche is a member of National Honor Society and was named a 2015 Illinois State Scholar. She has also been recognized for her academic achievements as a member of German National Honor Society, Prairie State Achievement Exam Scholar and a National Merit Scholar Commended Student.

     "I chose Olivet because I feel so comfortable on campus.  The people are very welcoming and friendly and I really feel like I belong here," said Roche.  "I am excited to pursue my major while playing the sport I love.  I can't wait to be a Tiger."

    Roche is the daughter of Michael and Claudia Roche and sister to Chris. While at Olivet, she intends to major in forensic chemistry.

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    May 13, 2015 10:16:6May 13, 2015 -

    BURLINGTON, Ill. - Olivet Nazarene University Head Women's Soccer Coach, Bill Bahr, is pleased to announce the addition of Cassandra Ciganek for the fall of 2015. Ciganek recently signed her letter of intent to continue her playing career and education as a Tiger.

    "Cassi is going to be very helpful to our team this coming fall," said Bahr of the addition.  "She is a ball winner and will provide immediate depth to our midfield.  She is strong, fast and distributes the ball very well.."

    Ciganek, a 5-7 center-mid forward, was a four-year letter winner and three-year starter at Burlington Central High School. As of the signing, she had helped lead her team to a 17-2 season and a conference championship. She is also a member of the Heat United club team.

    "I really enjoyed the atmosphere, and all of the players made me feel welcomed," said Ciganek of her decision. "It not only has a great team to play with, but I'm also excited for the academics, that I heard are pretty good."

    While at Olivet, Ciganek intends to study pre-physical therapy and minor in business. She is the daughter of Jaimie and Richard Ciganek. 

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    May 12, 2015 11:20:50May 12, 2015 -

    The Olivet Nazarene University Board of Trustees last week announced the establishment of the Martin D. Walker School of Engineering, a milestone that underscores the dramatic growth of the University’s engineering program.

    In a career spanning six decades, Martin D. “Skip” Walker epitomized Christian business leadership in guiding and growing a number of leading manufacturing and business enterprises. He and his family have supported countless industry, corporate and nonprofit organizations through volunteer service. The Walker family has demonstrated strong support for Olivet’s engineering program.

    In presenting the naming recommendation to the board, Dr. John C. Bowling, University president, said: “Skip Walker has had a distinguished professional career as an engineer and business leader, including senior leadership roles with General Motors, Rockwell International, M.A. Hanna Corp. and other industry leaders.

    “But in addition to his professional success, he represents the qualities and values we celebrate as an Olivet community. His life reminds us that success is not just about titles and positions, but also about significance, which flows from a life of faith, service and generosity.”

    Mr. Walker’s career began in the Chevrolet Division of General Motors. He went on to work for American Motors and Rockwell International, and he served as chairman and CEO of M.A. Hanna Corp. before joining MORWAL Investments.

    He has served on the board of directors for ArvinMeritor, Comerica, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Lexmark International, Textron, Timken, and a number of groups serving engineering, manufacturing, management and education. He has been a business advisory board member for Carnegie Mellon University and Northwestern University.

    Mr. Walker is a former trustee of Kettering University in Flint, Michigan, where he earned his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering. He also completed the Stanford Executive Program and an advanced management program at Michigan State University. He resides in Carmel, Indiana.

    “The Walker School of Engineering exists to produce engineers of the highest professional acumen,” Dr. Bowling said. “Olivet engineers also see themselves as ‘missioneers’— individuals who eagerly involve themselves in tangible mission opportunities designed to bring engineering knowledge and hope to developing world areas through design, science and innovation. They are trained leaders equipped for success and eager to be men and women of faith and service.”

    Olivet Engineering continues to expand

    The establishment of the Walker School of Engineering coincides with continued expansion of the engineering program at Olivet. Since its inception, the engineering program functioned as a department within the School of Professional Studies. In recent years, Olivet engineering has grown dramatically as a nationally recognized program that enrolls the second-highest number of majors among the University’s undergraduate offerings. Beginning fall semester 2015, the program expands to add architectural, chemical and civil engineering to its areas of concentration, which already include computer, electrical, geological and mechanical engineering.

    Olivet’s newly named School of Engineering is housed in the engineering wing added in 2014 to the Reed Hall of Science on the University’s main campus. To further accommodate the increase in majors and expansion of curriculum, Olivet is overseeing construction to customize 22,000 square feet on the first floor of the Catalyst Innovation Center, a newly acquired facility in Bradley, Illinois, near the Bourbonnais campus. The Center will offer modern amenities that provide a creative working environment for Olivet senior engineering projects, business training and additional activity that supports entrepreneurship, research and innovation. The engineering space is scheduled to open in fall 2015.
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    May 11, 2015 4:52:12May 11, 2015 -

    The following is a reflection by Johnnie Butler ’15. He delivered this testimony during Olivet’s Baccalaureate service on Friday, May 8.

    Tonight I stand before you as a “soon to be” graduate of Olivet Nazarene University. I am honored to share with you a small glimpse of what God has done in my life during my time at Olivet.

    I am proud to say that I am from the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, and I will be the first one in my family to graduate with a college degree. This is an incredible accomplishment that I could not have done on my own. My story is an unfolding picture of grace, provision, truth and love from the Father.

    “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” This is from Psalm 23 and is commonly translated as showing God to be all-powerful and to give us a calming sense that He knows exactly what we need in this life.

    There was a point in my life when I didn’t believe God knew what I needed. I felt like God didn’t hear my prayers like I wanted him to. When I heard silence from Him, I felt like I was in a lost world. Alone and abandoned. Crazy for me to think that a God who knows all and created all forgot what I, Johnnie Lee Butler Jr. wanted, right? Once, I even felt like maybe He knows but doesn’t really care.

    I can remember feeling this way when I left Olivet after a disappointing freshman year. It was a difficult year for me, and I left confused and angry. Two semesters later, I made an attempt to come back to Olivet, but I lacked the finances to make it happen. I was so angry and distraught. I felt like I had worked too hard to not be able to return to the school where I knew God was calling me to be. I felt like the prayers I had prayed were worthless and all for nothing because nothing had changed. I told my family that this God I was praying to must not be that concerned with me.

    One day, I received a phone call from an ONU admissions counselor named LaMorris Crawford. He was a Chicago kid, just like me, who grew up on the South side. He knew the dangers and life-threatening situations that I was facing daily. LaMorris told me: “Hey, I know you really wanted to be back, and it didn’t work out like you wanted. Don’t give up on this. God knows what you need, and He will get you back to Olivet. Just keep pushing.”

    After that phone call and hearing those words from LaMorris, I was changed. I felt more faithful in God’s power. I had a sense that even though it looks different, God is still for me and not against me.

    I had a complete turnaround. I returned to my community college that spring semester, worked hard and had faith that God would get me back to ONU in the fall. When the fall semester began to draw near, I ran into the same problem again. Not enough financial aid. This time, though, instead of getting angry, I just continued to pray and stayed faithful. I knew that God knew my needs and was going to make a way. As days passed, things seemed to be looking the same with no good outcome in sight. I made the decision to remain calm and trust. I called back daily to check with Greg Bruner on the status of my financial aid.

    On one of the calls, Greg asked me how the search was coming for loans and additional aid. I told him once again that it was not happening and my “dream” seemed to be fleeing once again. He stopped me and said, “Not today, Johnnie. Your bill at ONU is covered.” At first, I didn’t understand what he meant. So I asked him to repeat what he said, and again he replied, “Don’t worry about it. It’s covered.” The next week, I received an award letter with many different scholarships from families and friends of Olivet. My bill was covered. I was going to be able to make this work.

    I was overwhelmed, ecstatic, ultimately in shock at the miracle. A street kid from Englewood was going to make his way back to ONU and see his college degree through. I just lost it. I knew that God was telling me to wake up and to trust Him at all times in all circumstances. I knew all of this had been the work of God. He was listening to a kid like me — a kid who should have been a statistic in this world. But God thought otherwise. He knew my needs, and I realized the love that He has for me. From that moment on, I knew my life would never be the same. I was stepping into my purpose and calling from God.

    God has blessed me greatly in so many different ways, too many for me to even tell with the time I have tonight. What I have learned is that God knows what I need and when I need it. God doesn’t work on our time. He works on His time. He knew when I needed to be back at ONU to finish what I had started. He knew how I would struggle, but this was all to strengthen me and help me appreciate His love even more.

    It was truly God who did this, and I am thankful to Him for the way he shaped me through my learning of how He provides for His sheep. After I walk across the stage tomorrow and receive the diploma in hand, I will be heading back to my neighborhood in Englewood to begin to change it for God and His kingdom. Through the teachings, disciplining, encouragement and grace of Olivet, I am very encouraged for my future.

    So I say this verse stronger than before: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”
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    May 11, 2015 4:4:33May 11, 2015 -

    The following is a reflection by Jessica Ellison ’15. She delivered this testimony during Olivet’s Baccalaureate service on Friday, May 8.

    I’ve found that my time at Olivet has been a story that only God could write. Each year at Olivet seems to be a chapter in this great story, and the Lord used each year to shape my faith and my identity as a Christian. Since I can’t give you the whole story, I’ll share an abridged version, beginning with Chapter 1: Freshman Year.

    During my freshman year, I experienced a lot of change. I didn’t grow up in a Christian home in the traditional sense, and I had certainly never lived completely immersed in a community of believers. So coming to Olivet was a complete change in environment for me. I even attended my first real Bible study here. I had so many new encounters with Christ in the midst of all this change. The Lord faithfully reminded me about his promise in Malachi 3:6, which says, “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.” Freshman year was filled with change. But God showed me that in the change, He remains the same.

    Chapter 2: Sophomore Year. I experienced a lot of trials. I entered into some new leadership positions as an admissions ambassador and a co-leader for a ministry. I wrestled with a lot of “self” issues, particularly those that pertain to being a perfectionist. I became a very nervous, anxious and easily depressed person. On top of this, I received some scary news: my dad, who also happens to be my best friend, was diagnosed with cancer. I also learned about many other issues going on in my home life. I count myself very blessed by the roommates and professors I had in my life that year – Emily, Kaitlyn, Taylor, Christina, Dr. Jay Martinson and Michelle Klavohn. With their prayers, support and unconditional love, I was able to find comfort. God used these Olivetians to remind me of his promise in Isaiah 43: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” Sophomore year was filled with trials. But God showed me that in the trials, He is faithful.

    Chapter 3: Junior Year. I experienced a lot of growth — socially, academically, spiritually and professionally. Again, I stepped into some new roles, including my first year as a RA in the UP apartments. I was challenged almost immediately to face things I’d never faced before: roommate conflicts, getting less sleep each night, and girls asking me about boys. With God’s help, I learned about developing meaningful relationships with people, and I suddenly had a new understanding of what it means to be the in body of Christ. I grew up a lot, despite my best intentions to avoid it. As 1 Corinthians 13:11 reads, “When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.” Like Paul, I put many childish things away. Junior year was filled with growth. But God showed me that in the growth, He is cheering us on.

    Finally, Chapter 4: Senior Year. I experienced a lot of celebration. Fall semester, I successfully completed my senior speech. Once spring semester hit and we were applying for jobs and internships, things seemed to get a little more serious. But even so, we have been in it together. Right in the middle of the chaos have been countless causes for celebration with my friends. There is so much that I get to celebrate — not to mention the fact that tomorrow morning, I will walk across this stage and receive my highly anticipated diploma from this fine institution. I can’t help but think of Psalm 145:7, which says, “We celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.” Senior year and its closing have been filled with celebration. I have learned that in the celebration, God is waiting.

    He is waiting for us to turn the page. The next chapter is fast approaching, and I can’t wait to see what God has written for me, for my fellow seniors, for all of us. As they say, “The plot thickens …”
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    May 11, 2015 2:18:47May 11, 2015 -

    NAPERVILLE, Ill. — With one final meet remaining prior to the NAIA National Outdoor meet, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s track and field team competed in the two-day Dr. Keeler Invitational hosted by North Central College (Ill.). Of the 15 individuals who competed, junior Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) excelled with two individual titles in the discus and shot put. He threw a 16.28 meter mark in the shot put finals and a 54.61 meter throw in the discus finals.

    Just as he has all year, sophomore Zach Gordon (Carol Stream, Ill.) competed well in the 100 meter dash, finishing second with a time of 10.74 meters. Junior Alvin Best (Portage, Ind.) placed 10th in the 400 meter dash with a time of 49.30. Sophomore Nicholas Borger (St. Charles, Ill.) ran a personal record time of 15:35.78 in the 5000 meter run, finishing 34th. Senior Dylan Creger (Almont, Mich.) finished fifth in the 10000 meter run (31:57.18). Junior Derrick Booth (Roseville, Calif.) placed 11th in the 400 meter hurdles (55.80).

    The 4x400 meter relay team finished fifth of 14 teams, running a time of 3:17.07 — three seconds better than the week before.

    Senior Brian Michell (Reed City, Mich.) was seventh in the pole vault with a finals mark of 4.66 meters. Junior Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) finished fourth in both the long jump and triple jump with a mark of 13.79 meters in the triple and 6.94 meters in the long. Junior Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.) placed third in the shot put with a mark of 15.57 meters and 12th in the discus with a mark of 43.03 meters.

    ONU will be back in action for the NAIA Outdoor National Championships at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex in Gulf Shores, Alabama, Thursday through Saturday, May 21 to 23.

    Results

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    May 11, 2015 12:23:29May 11, 2015 -

    NAPERVILLE, Ill. - Several Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field athletes made the most of their final chance to punch their tickets to the upcoming NAIA Outdoor National Championships. The Tigers added two individual automatic qualifiers on the track, Kammy Goedhart and Sarah Ray, along with the 4x400m relay team. Freshman Valerie Johnson added a "B" standard throw in the hammer. Olivet finished up the regular season at the Dr. Keeler Track & Field Invitational hosted by North Central College (Ill.) at the Benedetti-Wehrli Stad/Jay & Dot Buikema Track on May 8-9.

    On the Track:

    Goedhart (Rochester, Minn.) posted a third place finish in the 400m dash. She crossed the finish line in 56.81 to earn her trip to Alabama.

    Ray (Warsaw, Ind.), in just her second race back from injury, posted a 37:18.37 in the 10,000m run, well under the automatic qualifying time.

    The Tiger's 4x400m relay team took second place overall to get their bid to nationals, finishing in 3:51.19.

    In the Field:

    Johnson finished the regular season up with a 47.70m (156' 6") hammer throw to put herself in contention for a trip the post season. The Tigers are only allowed to take three "B" standard qualifiers.

    Other top finishers included Amy Blucker, who finished second in the discus with a 44.44m (145' 10") throw. Teammate Hannah Gee was right behind in third place with a 44.00m (144' 04") performance.

    Olivet will now look to prepare for the 35 th Annual Women's Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. The Tigers will take 16 female athletes to the event which will be held at the Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Events begin on May 21 and run through the 23 rd .

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    May 11, 2015 11:31:29May 11, 2015 -

    Jacob Armbrust (junior, Metamora, Illinois) of Tiger men’s track and field team made history with his 63.17-meter (207 feet, three inches) throw in the discus at the recent Augustana College (Illinois) Meet of Champions.

    His throw ranks him No. 12 in the world in his event. The throw is the longest ever by a college athlete in the state of Illinois and qualifies Armbrust for the USA Outdoor Championships in June 2015.

    In addition, this throw was the second longest throw in the history of the NAIA and ranked Jacob No. 2 in all college divisions (NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA), and No. 1 in the NAIA. He leads all of NAIA in Power Ranking Points (every event leader).

    As a Meet of Champions competitor, he ranked second in a field of 43, earning him NAIA and CCAC Men's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week honors.

    Jacob is majoring in physical education at Olivet. He gained this recent recognition after breaking his own school record in the discus by nearly six meters.

    “Jake has worked very hard to achieve this,” said Mike McDowell, head coach of the track and field program. “He’s coachable and dedicated, which makes him a great athlete to work with. His achievement is a perfect example of how hard work pays off. As he always does, Jake will represent ONU extremely well.”

    In addition, Jacob — who is ranked No. 3 in the NAIA shot put — won the shot put event at the Meet of Champions, outdistancing 37 other challengers with a throw of 16.85 meters (55-3.5).

    "I just want to continue to train hard and give everything I have every day,” Jacob said. “If I continue to work hard and stay hungry, the future is full of great possibilities."
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    May 08, 2015 10:46:48May 08, 2015 -

    XENIA, Ohio — Athletes in Action (AIA) is announcing the 2015 New Zealand Basketball tour roster. Austin Davis (5’11" guard) of Olivet Nazarene University has been selected to participate in this year’s AIA New Zealand tour.  

    This team is made up of 11 players from 10 different universities from across the country. The tour will be from July 26 through August 12, 2015.  

    Davis, a 5’11" versatile guard, started all 34 conference games, leading the team in three-pointers made (102), attempted (256) and free-throw percentage (.812). He finished second on the team in minutes (29.9), scoring (14.6), field goals attempted (389), three-point percentage (.398) and steals (38). Davis finished third in field goals made (169), free-throws made (56) and assists (95). Among CCAC leaders, he led the league in three-pointers made, was 11th in scoring, 11th in three-point percentage and 15th in assists. In the NAIA, he was fifth in three-pointers made. Davis set the school record for three-pointers made in a season (102) and in a single game with nine against IU-South Bend on Feb. 21, 2015. He finished his career with 250 three-pointers (second all-time), 1,239 points (29th all-time) and 326 assists (20th all-time).  

    Before embarking to New Zealand, the team will attend a five-day training camp in Los Angeles, where they will train for games and prepare for their cross-cultural experience. In New Zealand, games are scheduled with university teams, clubs teams and the New Zealand Breakers Development team. The team will also conduct youth camps, experience the local culture and see what is considered one of the most beautiful places on earth.    

    The team is being coached by Kelly Combs, who has 18 years of college coaching experience and currently is on the Athletes in Action staff. This is the second tour he has coached to New Zealand after coaching the 2013 tour. Coach Combs says, “I am very excited about this group of young men. I think they are all great people as well as basketball players. I believe this is a great opportunity for these young men to get international playing experience while giving them a chance to grow in their faith. It will be a life-changing experience.”

    “Basketball provides such a unique experience for these guys. Many have never left North America. Because of basketball, they will get to go halfway around the world and develop friendships with the influencers of a country,” says Tour Cirector Jason Stankus. 

    This team hopes to win on the court as well as off. The heart of this team is to show athletes in New Zealand how they can know and experience God’s love and plan for their lives. The team will participate in daily Bible studies and will seek to share through words and deeds the hope that they have experienced through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

    For more information about Athletes in Action, visit www.athletesinaction.org.

    There will be a New Zealand team blog at: http://teamblogs.athletesinaction.org/2015-teams/2015/basketball---new-zealand

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    May 07, 2015 9:6:3May 07, 2015 -

    CHICAGO --- For the second year in a row, Olivet Nazarene University's Priscila Nunez (Montreal, Canada) has been named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Year, while another three players were repeat selections on the all-conference squads when the league office announced its 2015 women's tennis honor roll Thursday morning.

    Nunez, just a sophomore, also repeated as all-conference on both the singles and doubles teams.  Boasting a current overall record of 15-6 in singles play and 19-6 in doubles action, Nunez went a perfect 5-0 in both singles and doubles action during the league's regular season.  She currently ranks No. 27 nationally in singles play and No. 7 on the singles side and No. 2 in doubles play with teammate Seraphine Buchmann (Illnau, Switzerland) in the East Region.

    Speaking of Buchmann, she three-peated as an all-conference singles and doubles player.  Teammate Viktoria Monakhova (Moscow, Russia) was an all-conference singles selection, as well.

    Rounding out the all-conference singles team was Purdue University Calumet's Lori Haas (Bismarck, Ill.) and Robert Morris University's Beatriz Miranda (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Gvantsa Robakidze (Tbilisi, Georgia).

    On the doubles team, Cardinal Stritch University's Alexi Loomis (Cedarburg, Wis.) and Amanda Timm (Milwaukee, Wis.) were repeat selections, while University of St. Francis' Danielle Hoffman (Tinley Park, Ill.) and Eva Lopez (Zaragoza, Spain) were first-time picks.

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    May 07, 2015 9:3:33May 07, 2015 -

    JOLIET, Ill. - Mickey Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) was recently named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, while teammate Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) earned First Team All-Conference honors. The Tigers also placed Ashley McKnight (Deer Creek, Ill.) and Erika Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) on Second Team.

    Goetz finished her rookie season hitting a stellar 34-for-68 (.500), including six doubles and two home runs for a slugging percentage of .676. She also added 19 RBIs and a fielding percentage of .953, committing just four errors at second base.

    Megyesi connected for 12 extra-base hits in the CCAC regular season, including seven home runs. She finished 28-for-67 (.418) with a slugging percentage of .821 and a team-leading 27 RBIs.

    Primarily in the lead-off position, McKnight finished the season 31-for-71 (.437). She was second on the team with 20 runs scored in conference play and was a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts. Tatum finished her final conference season 22-for-66 (.333) with five doubles and a home run with 16 RBIs.

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    May 07, 2015 8:56:20May 07, 2015 -

    CHICAGO, Ill. — The NAIA No. 24-ranked CCAC Regular Season champions, the Olivet Nazarene University men's tennis team, headlined the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic All-Conference team selections for the fourth straight season. Sophomore Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) was named the CCAC Player of the Year, and was named to the All-CCAC Singles — for a second time — and the All-Doubles teams.  

    Three of the seven selections to the All-CCAC Singles Team were Tigers, including Mancineiras Cornella; junior Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium); and junior Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico). Two of the three All-CCAC Doubles teams were from ONU. The team of Mancineiras Cornella and Veys were honored along with freshman Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) and Sanchez.  

    Oscar is ranked third in the ITA NAIA East Region in singles (4/15/15). He finished the season 20-7 in singles (most on team), 18-7 in doubles (most on team) and went undefeated in CCAC play. He had singles wins against NAIA nationally ranked (13) Aquinas, (24) Davenport, and (25) Indiana Wesleyan, as well as NCAA Division II Ferris State. Oscar won the Singles B Flight title at the UW-Wisconsin Warhawk Invite; finished 3-1 in the Singles Flight A at the EIU Fall Invitational; and won the USTA/ITA Small College Regional Championship Singles bracket.

    Navarro was named to the All-CCAC Singles Team for the second time. He is ranked 16th in the ITA NAIA Central Region in singles (4/15/15). He was 14-11 in singles play, 21-5 in doubles and went undefeated in CCAC play. He had singles wins against NAIA nationally ranked (13) Aquinas, (24) Davenport and (25) Indiana Wesleyan. He had doubles wins against NAIA ranked (24) Davenport and (25) Indiana Wesleyan. He won the No. 3 Doubles Flight at the UW-Wisconsin Warhawk Invite. He finished 2-1 in the Doubles Flight at the EIU Fall Invitational and finished in the semifinals of the USTA/ITA Small College Regional Championship Doubles bracket.

    Rodolfo was named to the All-CCAC Singles Team for the first time. He was 14-5 in singles play, 14-7 in doubles and went undefeated in CCAC play. He had singles wins against NAIA nationally ranked (24) Davenport and (25) Indiana Wesleyan. He had doubles wins against NAIA ranked (13) Aquinas, (24) Davenport and (25) Indiana Wesleyan.

    The team of Mancineiras Cornella and Veys was named to the All-CCAC Doubles team for the first time. Competing in 26 matches together, they went 20-6 in doubles play and went undefeated in conference play. In addition, they had doubles wins against NAIA ranked (13) Aquinas, (24) Davenport and (25) Indiana Wesleyan. They won the No. 3 Doubles Flight at the UW-Wisconsin Warhawk Invite. They also went 2-1 in the Doubles Flight A at the EIU Fall Invitational.

    Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales and Rodolfo Sanchez were named to the All-CCAC Doubles team for the second time. Competing in 19 matches together, they went 13-6 in doubles play and went undefeated in conference play. In addition, they had doubles wins against NAIA ranked (24) Davenport and (25) Indiana Wesleyan.

    The Tigers finished the season 12-6 overall and won the CCAC Regular Season title. 

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    May 06, 2015 11:37:8May 06, 2015 -

    Illinois State Rep. Katherine Cloonen of the 79th District recently visited Olivet's main campus to present an official resolution from the Illinois House of Representatives honoring the School of Music.

    In part, the resolution states: “Resolved, by the House of Representatives of the Ninety-Ninth General Assembly of the State of Illinois, that we honor the Olivet Nazarene University School of Music for their distinguished accomplishments in music and their commitment to serving their community.”

    “I’m honored and thrilled to be able to present this resolution to Olivet,” said Rep. Cloonen, who is a music educator herself. “For a university to be on the cutting edge of technology in its School of Music is so exciting. I know the students are excited to learn in this way. It’s great to be able to spotlight what Olivet is doing.”

    The resolution was enacted to recognize the most recent significant achievements and distinctions in the School of Music, including:
    Apple Distinguished Program designation for 2014 through 2016 for the iLearn@Olivet initiative
    Invitation to the 190-member Marching Tigers band to perform at the 30th annual New Year’s Day Parade and Festival in London, England, in 2016
    • More than 500 students from all majors across campus participating in the Marching Tigers, three concert bands, two orchestras, a big band, two jazz combos, five choirs and more than 15 chamber ensembles
    • 100 percent job placement for graduates of the music education degree program

    Dr. John C. Bowling, University president, accepted the resolution on behalf of Olivet. “What has been recognized here didn’t just happen,” Dr. Bowling said. “This is the result of Dr. Don Reddick’s leadership as dean of the School of Music, and the dedicated work of the men and women on our music faculty.”
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    May 04, 2015 10:19:59May 04, 2015 -

    JOLIET, Ill. — A combined nine champions and 29 all-conference athletes led the six-time CCAC Outdoor Champion, Olivet Nazarene University men’s track and field team, to its sixth straight title. CCAC Coach of the Year, Mike McDowell, and the Tigers earned 302 points — winning by 91 points over the runner-up, University of St. Francis (Ill.), and defeating a total of eight other teams. Sophomore Zach Gordon (Carol Stream, Ill.) earned CCAC Track Athlete of the Meet honors for winning the 100 meter dash (10.89), 200 meter dash (21.36) and helping the 4x100 meter relay to a title (41.68).

    The six-time outdoor champion Tigers had eight other wins in events this weekend in addition to Gordon's wins. Sophomore Caleb Drake (Rockford, Ill.) won the 1500 meter run with a time of 3:56.21. Sophomore Nicholas Borger (St. Charles, Ill.) won the 10000 meter run, running a 33:07.21. Junior Caleb Parsons (Watseka, Ill.) won the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 16.00. In the 3000 meter steeplechase, senior Ian Lofgren (Rockford, Ill.) won with a time of 9:37.95. Senior Brian Michell (Reed City, Mich.) won the pole vault with a finals mark of 4.55 meters. Junior Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.) won the hammer throw with a mark of 51.52 meters.

    The 4x100 meter relay team won with a time of 41.68. The team consisted of Delano Harris-Samuels (Bourbonnais, Ill.), Zach Gordon, Jonathan Hutchison (Morton, Ill.) and Jared Carl (Galesburg, Ill.).  

    Among the all-conference finishers for ONU were junior Alvin Best (Portage, Ind.), who placed second in the 400 meter dash with a time of 48.74. Senior Dylan Creger (Almont, Mich.) finished second in the 5000 meter run (15:37.51). Senior Andrew Cowen (Carmel, Ind.) finished second in the 10000 meter run (33:09.56). Freshman Jacob Ludy (Gridley, Ill.) came in third with a time of 33:16.97. In the 400 meter hurdles, junior Derrick Booth (Roseville, Calif.) came in second (55.06), and junior Cody Harper (Bourbonnais, Ill.) was third (56.73). Sophomore Jason Reynolds (Rockford, Ill.) came in sixth (9:40.52) in the 3000 meter steeplechase.  

    The 4x400 meter relay team finished second with a time of 3:20.43. Alvin Best, Jeff Britton, Alex Hunt (Eureka, Ill.) and Austin Holton (Nampa, Idaho) ran in the race. The 4x800 meter relay team of David Powers (Security, Colo.), Brandon Divan (Oakwood, Ill.), Tyler Gabriele (Wheaton, Ill.) and Caleb Drake finished second with a time of 7:49.99.

    The Tigers did well in field events starting with junior Conner Stroud (Manteno, Ill.), who came in fifth in the high jump with a mark of 1.95 meters. Senior Lucas Limberg (Rockford, Ill.) came in third in the high jump with a mark of 1.92 meters. Freshman Matt McCoy (Lewistown, Ill.) came in second in the pole vault with a mark of 4.25 meters, and sophomore Jacob Wilson (Geneseo, Ill.) was third (4.10 meters). In the triple jump, junior Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) finished second with a mark of 14.45 meters. Junior Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) finished second in the shot put with a mark of 16.38 meters and in the discus throw with a mark of 54.86 meters. He also was second in the hammer throw with a mark of 50.58 meters. Jjunior Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.) placed third in the shot put (15.24 meters) and third in the discus (49.36 meters). Derrick Booth came in third in the javelin with a throw of 44.76 meters.

    ONU will be back in action on Thursday, May 7, for the Dr. Keeler Invite hosted by North Central College (Ill.) at 2 p.m.

    Results
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    May 04, 2015 10:4:56May 04, 2015 -

    JOLIET, Ill. - The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Champion title remain in Bourbonnais as the Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field team brought home the hardware again on Saturday, May 3 but the competition is getting tighter. Olivet used first place finishes in the 4x800m relay, the shot put, hammer throw, discus and pole vault to finish with 281 points in the two-day event, just 41 points ahead of the host, University of St. Francis (Ill.), but enough to repeat as champions.

    The Tigers and the Saints were joined by Trinity Christian College (Ill.) as the only institutions to reach the triple digit mark in points, as the Trolls finished third with 101. Judson University (Ill.) recorded 63 points for fifth place, while Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) finished fifth with 53.

    While several athletes improved upon their NAIA National Championship qualification standards, the only new addition to the national team is the 4x800m relay team, comprised of Karley Brown, Angelica Lafemina, Kyie Lippencott, and Alexa Beezhold.  The foursome improved their "B" standard qualification to an automatic qualification, posting at time of 9:16.76.

    Top finishes for the Tigers included:

    • Peyton Kirkland, third place, 100m dash (12.74)
    • Kamaria Goedhart, second place, 200m dash (25.35)
    • Kamaria Goedhart, second place, 400m dahs (57.61)
    • Karley Brown, second place 800m run (2:17.83)
    • Angelica Lafemina, third place 800m run (2:18.60)
    • Alexa Beezhold, fourth place, 800m run (2:21.07)
    • Sarah Ray, first place, 5000m run (17:50.90)
    • Kylie Bradley, third place, 100m hurdles (16.36)
    • Emily Troemel, fourth place, 100m hurdles (16.78)
    • Emily Troemel, second place, 400m hurdles (1:06.85)
    • Alyssa Faulks, second place, 3000m steeplechase (11:20.02)
    • 4x100m Relay: Taneka Lawson, Peyton Kirkland, Shaelyn White, Kamaria Goedhart, first place (48.85)
    • 4x400m Relay: Karley Brown, Angelica Lafemina, Kyie Lippencott, Alexa Beezhold, third place (4:06.84)
    • 4x800m Relay: Karley Brown, Angelica Lafemina, Kyie Lippencott, Alexa Beezhold, first place (9:16.76)
    • Anne Brown, high jump, second place (1.65m, 5' 5")
    • Emily Reader, pole vault, first place (3.65m, 11' 11.75")
    • Kristin Beatty, pole vault, second place (3.35m, 10' 11.75")
    • Anna Stiker, pole vault, third place (3.2m, 10' 6")
    • Olivia Casey, long jump, second place (5.33m, 17' 6")
    • Kylie Bradley, long jump, third place (5.33m, 17' 6")
    • Erin Farley, long jump, fourth place (5.27m, 17' 3.5")
    • Amy Blucker, shot put, first place (14.49m, 47' 6.50")
    • Hannah Gee, discus, first place (45.92m, 150' 8")
    • Amy Blucker, discus, third place (43.07m, 141' 4")
    • Amy Blucker, hammer throw, first place (54.06m, 177' 4")
    • Valerie Johnson, hammer throw, third place (46.27m, 151' 10")
    • Carlie Vannatta, hammer throw, fourth place (45.57m, 149' 06")
    • Kylie Bradley, javelin, first place (36.21m, 118' 9")

    A top three finish earns the athlete CCAC All-Conference honors. Head Coach, Mike McDowell, was named Coach of the Year.

    The Tigers have one more chance to add qualifiers and hone their skills before the NAIA Outdoor National Championships. Olivet will head to the Dr. Keeler Invitational hosted by North Central College (Ill.) on Thursday, May 7 at 2:00p.m. 

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    May 04, 2015 9:20:23May 04, 2015 -

    ROSEMONT, Ill. - The beauty of the post season is that everyone starts with a clean slate, the No. 7 seed has the same chance to win as the No. 1 seed. The Olivet Nazarene University softball team found themselves in a position they had not been in for quite some time…being the underdog. Olivet entered the seven-team Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Tournament as the final team, and the Tiger embraced the challenge.  

    Olivet Nazarene 5  Cardinal Stritch 3

    Olivet started things off with a come-from-behind 5-3 win over No. 19 Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.).  Olivet gave up three runs off of three hits in the second inning, but the Tigers came back with three of their own in the top of the fourth before adding the game winners in the top of the seventh. Freshman Sarah Collalti (St. Charles, Ill.) went 2-for-3 at the plate, while freshman Samantha Alberto (St. Charles, Ill.) and junior Lindsey Krippel (Fairbury, Ill.) added a hit and two RBIs each.

    Junior Maggie Tidrow (Liberty, Ind.) went the distance in the circle for the Tigers against her former team, to improve to 12-5 on the season. She allowed seven hits, while striking out six and walking two.

     

    Olivet Nazarene 8  Purdue University - Calumet 4

    A grand slam by senior Erika Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) and a complete game from freshman Haley Beno (St. Charles, Ill.) led the Tigers to an 8-4 win over Purdue University - Calumet (Ind.). Junior Ashley McKnight (Deer Creek, Ill.) added a near perfect day at the plate, finishing 4-for-5 with two runs scored. Senior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ind.) added two hits, including her 14 th  double of the season.

    Beno improved to 7-2 on the year in going the distance in the circle. She allowed 12 hits, while striking out seven and walking three.

     

    Olivet Nazarene 3  No. 5 Saint Xavier 6

    The underdog Tigers would now face their rival, Saint Xavier University (Ill.) in the winner's bracket championship. A win would guarantee Olivet the second automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round. Despite giving up two runs in the bottom of the first inning off of two hits and a defensive error, the Tigers settled down, holding the powerful Cougars scoreless and tying the game up in the top of the fifth.

    A walk, a hit-by-pitch and a bunt base hit set up a two-RBI single by freshman Mickey Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) to get the Tigers on the board and bringing Olivet to within one. But, the Cougars responded with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning and two more in the bottom of the sixth.

    Olivet managed one run in the top of the seventh off of another Goetz hit, but not enough to upset the Cougars. Freshman Jamie Kiefer (Chicago) suffered the loss, throwing all six innings. She allowed eight hits, while striking out three and walking two.

    Olivet Nazarene 4  University of St. Francis 12

    Now in the loser's bracket, Olivet opened play against the University of St. Francis (Ill.) as you should in this situation, play to stay alive. McKnight opened the bottom of the first with a bunt base hit and advanced to second on a single by freshman Sarah Collalti (St. Charles, Ill.). Goetz came through again with an RBI double to get the Tigers on the board first. A wild pitch and another Tatum home run put the Tigers up 4-0 after just one inning.

    After a scoreless second, St. Francis put together a six run third inning off of five hits, a walk, a hit-by-pitch and a Tiger error. The Saints added another six run inning in the top of the fifth to put the game of out of reach and eliminate the Tigers from the tournament.

    Tidrow got the start in the circle and suffered the loss. She threw 2.2 innings, allowing six runs while striking out two and walking one. Beno threw 1.1 innings, allowing six runs, striking out two and walking two. Kiefer threw the final inning, striking out one and allowing one hit.

    Goetz, Tatum and McKnight all earned CCAC All-Tournament honors for their performances over the three-day event.  

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    May 01, 2015 9:45:35May 01, 2015 -

    NORMAL, Ill. — Following another championship season, the head coach of the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team, Ralph Hodge, was recognized as the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) NAIA Division II Co-Coach of the Year. Hodge led the Tigers to a 25-9 mark, the sixth-best record (by percentage) in program history. ONU was the CCAC Regular Season Co-Champion and won the CCAC Tournament, making a 17th appearance in NAIA National Championships, a first in Division II. Hodge will be recognized by the IBCA Board of Directors at the Annual Hall of Fame Banquet on May 2, 2015, at Illinois State University's Bone Center.

    Hodge, the NAIA Hall of Fame member, added to his collection of championships in his 36th season. He has led 17 teams to national tournament appearances, the most by any team from Illinois. On 12 different occasions, he led his team to CCAC regular season championships and to six CCAC Tournament titles. Prior to membership in the CCAC, Hodge and the Tigers won four Northern Illinois Intercollegiate Conference (NIIC) championships and also won four NAIA District 20 titles. 

    The third-winningest active coach in NAIA Division II, Hodge now has 730 wins (.623 win percentage). He has done this by winning 20-plus games 26 times and averaging more than 20 wins per year in his career. He went 15 straight seasons from 1989 through 2003 gathering 20 or more wins, which included the Tigers' only NAIA Final Four appearance (2000) and two NAIA Elite Eight finishes (2002 and 2003). The Tigers reached another Elite Eight in 2006. 

    Throughout his career, Hodge has coached some of the best players who played in the CCAC and NAIA, including recent NAIA Third Team All-American selection, Aaron Larson. He has coached a total of 92 All-CCAC players (since voting started in 1987) and six CCAC Player of the Year winners. Along with the program’s leading scorer, Zach Freeman, Hodge has coached seven other all-Americans, three of whom were multiple year honorees. There have also been eight other Tigers named NAIA Honorable Mention All-Americans. In addition to his own retired number, Hodge has coached the other three Tigers with retired numbers: Jeff Prather, Corey Zink and Zach Freeman. 

    Coach Hodge’s teams have also achieved off the court. All but one of his four-year players has graduated. His outstanding leadership also points to his team’s focus on their academic pursuits. Since 2000, the men’s basketball team has had 27 named as NAIA Scholar-Athletes. 

    Throughout his 36-year coaching career, Ralph Hodge has been recognized for his achievements, the ways he has impacted his program and the game of basketball. He is a nine-time CCAC Coach of the Year recipient and won the award for NAIA District 20 in 1989. He was inducted into the CCAC Hall of Fame (2002) and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Hall of Fame (2004); awarded the NAIA’s Charles A. Kriegel Award for Sportsmanship (2002); named the IBCA-NAIA Division I Co-Coach of the Year (2010 and 2011) and The Daily Journal (Kankakee, Ill.) Sports Citizen of the Year (2008); and was NAIA national rater for CCAC Division I for 15 years.