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  • Apr 21, 2017 10:21:56Apr 21, 2017 -

    On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, Todd Reid — head coach of Tiger baseball at Olivet Nazarene University — made personal and program history. Under his leadership, his team racked up two wins that day, putting him at 304 wins and over the previously held wins record.

    Coach Reid, now in his 10th season with the Tigers, was named the 2016 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Coach of the Year. That same season, his team captured the CCAC Regular Season Co-Championship and advanced to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Championship Opening Round. The Tigers and Coach Reid have also enjoyed five appearances in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) World Series. In 2010, he led the Tigers to the program’s 1,000th victory.

    Two of Coach Reid’s players have been selected in the Major League Baseball draft. Ben Heller made his major league debut in 2016 with the New York Yankees. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 2013. Josh Altmann was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2015.

    In his career and personal life, Coach Reid does all in the name of Jesus. In baseball, professional pursuits, relationships with others, and the study and discipleship of faith, he holds fast to his commitment to “Winning Championships and Developing Champions.”

    “I am blessed to be part of the Olivet athletics program and its rich history and tradition,” Coach Reid says. “I’m standing on the foundation laid by previous coaches to make Tiger baseball one of the top Christian college baseball teams in the country. Our players represent greatness on and off the field.”

    To learn more about Olivet’s athletic programs, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.
    Apr 18, 2017 9:33:58Apr 18, 2017 -

    Jeslyn Roat and Chad Radford, both juniors at Olivet Nazarene University, are the 2017 recipients of Olivet’s annual presentation of The David and Ella Elwood Servant Leadership Award. They were nominated by faculty, staff and fellow students for this honor. Each has demonstrated — through a variety of service opportunities — the qualities of a servant’s heart.

    Now in its 10th year at Olivet, this award recognizes juniors who demonstrate the qualities of a servant’s heart. As part of the award, each recipient receives $1,000. Of that amount, $250 is donated to the charity of his or her choice. Jeslyn has designated Kankakee Pregnancy Resource Center. Chad has designated the Alzheimer’s Association.

    Jeslyn Roat is a social work major from Greenville, Illinois. She has served as a reading volunteer for a local elementary school, a children’s church volunteer, a mentor to junior high students, a volunteer at a pregnancy resource center — to name just a few of her many service activities. She has also had the privilege of being part of three mission trip experiences.

    After graduation, she plans to pursue graduate school or go directly into a social work career.

    “My motivation to serve is rooted in the belief that I have been called by Christ to serve others,” Jeslyn says. “I believe God has wired me for my future vocation as a full-time social worker. I’m ready to help anyone He places in my path. I want to lead as a servant and by following Christ’s example.”

    Chad Radford is a psychology major from Roseville, Michigan. As the junior class chaplain, he has also been part of the Party With Jesus student-led worship and volunteered with Mission Possible, a ministry to inmates. He has served as a Preaching Ambassador, an Alpha group leader and as a captain for the Team World Vision marathon run to help provide clean water for Africa’s people.

    After graduation, he plans to work with people through the area of counseling. He believes that working with the entire family unit, not just the individual, is the key to helping families find harmony.

    “I believe that through serving others, a Christian is able to be Christ in the world,” says Chad. “Christ humbled himself to the position of a servant and displayed a better way of life by being a servant to those He was leading.”

    The Servant Leadership Award program is funded by the David and Ella Elwood Foundation to promote and foster servant leadership in the Olivet community and around the world. Dr. David Elwood ’55 is a clinical psychologist and the founder of Elwood Staffing Services, Inc., a leading provider of talent-based solutions. Ella Elwood ’57 is a Century 21 real estate agent in Columbus, Indiana. They have been married for 60 years and have three sons and eight grandchildren.

    “The Elwoods represent all the qualities we celebrate as an Olivet community,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. “Their lives remind us that success is not just about the bottom line, but about relationships and achieving a higher purpose.”

    To learn more about Olivet’s undergraduate degree programs and service opportunities, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.
    Apr 12, 2017 3:38:38Apr 12, 2017 -

    Dr. Shannon Bradshaw, an Olivet Nazarene University alumnus and vice president of education for MongoDB, Inc., is the keynote speaker for Olivet’s 104th undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 6, at 9:30 a.m., in the University’s Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel.

    Dr. Bradshaw is a 1994 Olivet graduate who holds B.S., S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science. At MongoDB — a software company dual-headquartered in New York City and Palo Alto, California — he leads a team of engineers responsible for MongoDB’s online training portal, mobile apps for learning, and MongoDB documentation, which together serve more than 4 million users. He is also the author of the forthcoming book from O'Reilly Media, MongoDB: The Definitive Guide, 3rd Edition.

    Additionally, Dr. Bradshaw helps direct MongoDB's involvement in New York City's CS4All initiative to bring computer science education to all 1.1 million NYC public school students.

    “Olivet Nazarene University provided me not only the foundation for a career in computer science, but also lasting relationships that have shaped who I am today,” Dr. Bradshaw says.

    Dr. Larry Vail, computer science professor in Olivet’s Walker School of Engineering, is a person from whom Dr. Bradshaw regularly sought advice during his undergraduate years. “Dr. Vail always made time for discussion and even played on our intramural basketball team,” he recalls. “Over the years, he’s reached out to me at various points throughout my career — something I have always valued — both because of his insights and the care this demonstrates.”

    “In so many ways, I continue to receive the benefits of my undergraduate education,” he adds. “It is an enormous honor be the keynote speaker for the 2017 Commencement.”

    Prior to joining MongoDB, Dr. Bradshaw was associate professor and chair of computer science at Drew University. As an academic, he published research in the areas of information science and human-information interaction. This work was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). While at Drew University, he also regularly consulted with Wall St. firms on information and data analytics projects.

    Dr. Bradshaw grew up in Sterling, Illinois, and attended the Sterling First Church of the Nazarene. In August 2017, he and his wife, Anna (Quanstrom) ’96, will celebrate 20 years of marriage. They are the parents of three children: Sigourney, Graham and Beckett. Anna is a licensed social worker, currently practicing as a therapist in the Drug and Alcohol IOP at Summit Oaks Hospital in Summit, New Jersey.

    During the undergraduate Commencement ceremony, several students and faculty members will receive special awards, and two honorary doctorate degrees will be presented.

    Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies will also conduct Commencement ceremonies in the chapel on May 6. That ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. and features the commencement address from Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. Student, faculty and dissertation awards will be presented.

    For additional Commencement activities, click here to view the complete schedule.
    Apr 07, 2017 10:41:52Apr 07, 2017 -

    Olivet Nazarene University congratulates Austin Burdine as Student Employee of the Year and Professor Jennifer (Ratliff) Love as Student Employment Supervisor of the Year for 2016–2017.

    “Our student employees are critical for the work we do at Olivet,” said Dr. David Pickering ’89/’94 M.B.A., executive vice president for administration and human resources, during the awards ceremony. “The skills they learn here can transfer to their future careers. They learn good supervisory techniques by observing their supervisors.”

    Austin Burdine is a senior, majoring in computer science, from Greenwood Village, Colorado. He is a student employee for Benner Library & Resource Center.

    Austin’s supervisor, Matt Marcukaitis, Informatics web application manager, said in his nomination of Austin: “Austin single-handedly coded two programs, which will allow all of the library’s programs to be built into a consistent framework. His work will impact the entire library by providing a new system with permissions controlled within a single system. He is committed to helping our team prepare for this transition before he graduates in August.”

    Professor Jennifer Love serves as the student employee supervisor and laboratory assistant for the Department of Biological Sciences. She supervises more than 50 student employees each semester, most of whom are teaching assistants.

    Her supervisor, Dr. Mike Pyle, department chair, said in his nomination of Professor Love: “Jennifer’s door is always open to our students and student workers. She always has a professional, pleasant demeanor. She sets high standards for honesty, hard work, accountability, safety and cleanliness. And she shares freely of her professional skills in microbiology.”

    Alyssa (Eilders) Bass ’13 manages all student employees and the presentation of these awards. Nominations for Olivet’s awards came from students, staff and faculty members to recognize nominees for attributes, expectations, leadership/style and impact to their department or office. Olivet’s awards ceremony also celebrated the value and contribution of Olivet students who worked in the 1,257 student jobs on campus during the 2016–2017 academic year.

    To learn more about how student employment opportunities benefit Olivet students, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.
    Apr 05, 2017 11:20:24Apr 05, 2017 -

    When students at Olivet Nazarene University and experienced professionals share together, the result is new ideas and new relationships. During March 2017, three of those opportunities helped students make valuable connections.

    Business After Hours Networking Event, co-hosted by Olivet’s Inspired Strategies Agency and Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce

    Local business leaders came to Olivet’s campus to meet students in person. Many commented how much they enjoyed the conversation and connection — and seeing the inside of Reed Hall of Science. Hayden Keifer, a junior majoring in public relations and strategic communication, led the student team in planning this event.

    One of the event highlights was a presentation on leadership by a panel diverse in age, experience and expertise:
    • Blake Bradley, student at Bradley-Bourbonnais (Illinois) Community High School
    • Sarai Guerrero, president of Olivet’s sophomore class and a communications major
    • Jake Lee, auditor, Kankakee County, Illinois
    • Jeff Hammes, president, Peoples Bank of Kankakee County
    • Kaleb Miller, Olivet’s student body president and a senior majoring in marketing
    • Professor Elizabeth Kerns, Department of Communication, served as moderator.

    “I learned that being an event planner is not an easy task,” Hayden said. “But watching our event come together was one of the most rewarding things that I have ever experienced.”

    Panel discussion on civic discourse, hosted by The Center for Faith and Culture at Olivet

    Students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to engage with a distinguished panel of experts from different disciplines to learn more about the state of civil discourse in today’s world. Together, they examined the escalation of rhetoric and the dominance of adversarial public discourse. Panel members’ presentations explored how we got here and the dynamics currently in motion. Finally, the group addressed the question of how Olivet as an institution and a community can help bring a redemptive and peace-making presence to the University, the Church and our society.

    Panel members were:
    • Dr. John C. Bowling, University president
    • Dr. Beth Patrick-Trippel, professor, Department of Communication
    • Dr. Charles Perabeau ’94, professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences
    • Dr. Carl Leth, director of The Center for Faith and Culture, served as moderator.

    “We increasingly know people for what they do instead of for who they are,” Dr. Perabeau said. “We once learned and practiced civil discourse around our dining room tables each evening, but in today’s society we have many faceless relations with others through social media.”

    “Philanthropy Speaks,” a panel discussion hosted by Olivet’s Student Philanthropy Council

    How does servant leadership change the world? That was the question addressed from a variety of angles during a presentation for Olivet students, staff and faculty. Discussion began with definitions of philanthropy and concluded with a question-and-answer session. Those attending heard the experiences and insights of panel members with differing levels of experience in the nonprofit sector:
    • Tracey (Noe) Slach ’06/’13 E.M.B.A., executive director of the Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault (KC-CASA)
    • Nick Allen ’06/’13 M.B.A., a business development representative for Applied Systems and owner of The Allen Group, a political consulting business
    • Kyndall Singeltary, a senior majoring in marketing and a concentration in communications with minors in nonprofit management and intercultural studies
    • Emilie Walder, Council president and a senior majoring in interior design, served as moderator.

    “My dad is my role model for working and serving in a nonprofit organization,” Tracey said. “In the work that I do, I’m surrounded by servant leaders every day. I’ve learned to lead with others in mind.”

    For more information about Olivet and the variety of learning opportunities available to students, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.
    Apr 04, 2017 10:29:54Apr 04, 2017 -

    Mason LeMay, a sophomore majoring in exercise science, is an Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) Scholar for 2017. This article from the Spring 2017 issue of “ACI Reporter” is reprinted with permission.

    Mason LeMay
    Olivet Nazarene University

    When she attended Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School, Mason LeMay worked with an organization called Best Buddies, a volunteer organization that works to improve and enhance the lives of people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

    Since her freshman year in college, she has volunteered her time with organizations such as the River Valley Special Recreation Association which provides programs, activities and Special Olympics for adults.

    The first in her family to attend a four-year college, LeMay brought these interests with her to Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, about five minutes from her home. Majoring in exercise science with a minor in psychology, LeMay is focused on attending graduate school to study occupational therapy, with an eye on becoming a pediatric occupational therapist.

    "Originally I was looking for physical therapy, but the population I want to work with is adults and children that have disabilities," she says. "I have really enjoyed watching patients grow and regain the strength they had prior to the accident or the illness that caused them to lose function or strength."

    LeMay, a sophomore, knows first-hand about serious illness. In September 2015, she was diagnosed with Stage 3 non-Hodgkin anaplastic large cell lymphoma, a rare cancer. She took a year off from school for treatment, including chemotherapy.

    With the cancer cured, she began planning for her return to Olivet Nazarene for the 2016 fall semester. Because the costs of cancer treatments are high, the university awarded her a McGraw Emergency Financial Aid grant from ACI to help her return last fall. The ACI scholarship was helpful to her family, she said.

    "The scholarship helped me return to school after being diagnosed," she says. "It lessened the financial burden for my parents who were helping pay for college. They were able to put more money toward the medical bills that we received."

    LeMay has made the most of her college experience. She has been on the dean's list twice for academic achievement. LeMay plays for the university's junior varsity volleyball team, continuing an interest she developed in the sport at a young age. "I've actually gotten the opportunity to help coach a local club team," LeMay says. "It feels good getting to share the same passion with younger girls, and I hope they develop the same passion that I have."

    She also continues to work with Best Buddies through Olivet Nazarene, which supports residents at Shapiro Developmental Center in Kankakee. Student volunteers such as LeMay spend time with buddies, and host events or parties for Shapiro residents.

    What keeps LeMay at Olivet Nazarene are small classes, professors who care, her faith and friends who supported her through difficult times. Unfortunately, LeMay won't be able to graduate with the students she started with, but there is a bigger goal, she says.

    "I've realized in college it's not a big deal to graduate with your friends," LeMay says. "It's much more about the education you receive in college and everything you're learning for a successful career."

    To learn more about the educational opportunities Olivet offers, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.
    Mar 31, 2017 10:2:36Mar 31, 2017 -

    NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — It didn't take long for the Olivet Nazarene University women's golf team to get back into form after five months off from competition. On Saturday afternoon, March 25, 2017, the Tigers were crowned champions of the Taylor University (Indiana) Purgatory Intercollegiate.

    They were led by individual medalist Mackenzie Mehaffey (sophomore, Winchester, Indiana), who won by two strokes. Two other Tigers finished in the top 10: Stephanie Eby (sophomore, Lemont, Illinois) and Sydney Tyler (senior, Bloomington, Illinois).

    A total of 33 golfers played in the 36-hole, two-day event at the par-72, 5,810-yard course, Purgatory Golf Club. ONU won the invite with a team score of 675 (344-331, +99). Taylor University came in second with a score of 678 (346-332, +102). Wheaton College (Illinois) was third with a score of 682 (359-323, +106). Huntington University (Indiana) finished fourth with a 755 (377-378, +179). IU-Kokomo was fifth with a 760 (390-370, +184).

    The Tigers completely dominated the top 20. Mackenzie Mehaffey shot a 162 (80-82, +18) to win the Tigers' first event back from the off-season. Stephanie Eby finished fourth overall with a 168 (85-83, +24). Sydney Tyler finished tied for fifth overall, just one stroke back of Eby, with a 169 (86-83, +25). Kayla Owens (FR/Richmond, Ind.) came in tied for 14th with a 176 (93-83, +32). Jacqueline Donahue (FR/Lafayette, Ind.) finished 20th with a 184 (94-90, +40).

    For more information about Olivet’s athletics program, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.
    Mar 30, 2017 1:48:51Mar 30, 2017 -

    Andrew Ramirez is a junior at Olivet Nazarene University, majoring in economics and finance, from Flint, Michigan. He is currently participating in the BestSemester, American Studies Program, Washington, D.C., through the end of April 2017. This blog post is reprinted with permission from BestSemester.

    Andrew Ramirez, Olivet Nazarene University

    “I have the honor of interning in the Office of Enterprise Business Solutions (EBS) at the U.S. Department of Treasury. This office deals with the creation of website products, development, and data analytics.

    “Because of the sensitive nature of my work, I actually can’t share specific details about it with anyone outside of my department! But I can say this — I am learning how to balance a serious workload and how to perform under the pressure of the professional world.

    “Two highlights of my internship have been:

    “First, I get to regularly meet with high-ranking officials from all across the Treasury, including individuals in financial crimes and terrorism; I even met the Secretary of the Treasury and shook his hand!

    “Second, as an intern at the Treasury Department, I have access to the Main Treasury building which means I get to walk the historic golden hall where Hamilton once walked (presumably), and I get to be surrounded every day by the amazing history of our country at work.

    “And if those weren’t enough, I also have access to the west side of the White House and can walk that side of the lawn in the morning before work!”

    For more information about Olivet’s School of Business and study abroad opportunities, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.
    Mar 29, 2017 2:29:40Mar 29, 2017 -

    Our Olivet Nazarene University community is saying the final good-bye to Dr. John Seaman ’69/D.D. ’03, alumnus and faithful servant of the Lord. He passed away March 19, 2017, after a battle with cancer.

    "Dr. John Seaman embodied all that Olivet seeks to instill in its students — strong academic preparation, a vibrant personal faith and a commitment to lifelong service,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. “Added to these qualities, he possessed a winsome personality and a deep loyalty to his alma mater. He was an articulate and passionate supporter of the University, and an effective and highly respected trustee."

    Since 2003, Dr. Seaman had faithfully served as district superintendent for the Michigan District of the Church of the Nazarene. For many years prior to that, he and his wife, Linda (Smith) ’70, served the Lord together on the mission field in Africa. Throughout their marriage, the couple kept God at the center of their lives and answered His many calls to serve.

    In 2003, Olivet bestowed honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees upon John and Linda in recognition of their missionary service. From 2003 to 2016, John served as a member of Olivet’s Board of Trustees. In 1982, John received Olivet’s “O” Award, the highest honor the University gives to its alumni.

    All of John and Linda’s children are Olivet graduates: Kendra (Seaman) Burchfield ’97, Lauren Seaman ’03 and Ketly (Seaman) Diehl ’06.

    John’s life was a sterling testimony of Deuteronomy 13:4, “It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.”

    Click here for more information about Dr. Seaman’s life and ministry.
    Mar 27, 2017 3:37:4Mar 27, 2017 -

    In a special essay competition for sophomores only, 37 Olivet Nazarene University students accepted the challenge to write on this topic: “What are the challenges and complexities of embracing the call to leadership in a world that is demanding something new of you as a Christian leader, especially in a globally diverse, multi-cultural world?” The resulting essays became their entries in the annual Reed Leadership Essay Contest, sponsored by The David L. Elwood Center for Student Success.

    This year’s winners are:
    Jennifer Cox, a psychology major from Caldwell, Idaho; first place ($500); “A New Weapon
    Timothy Mayotte, a biology major from Jackson, Michigan; second place ($250); “Called to Lead
    Rachel Tobey, a music ministry major from Howell, Michigan; third place ($100); “Christian Leadership in Modern Culture

    The winning essays are now available on Olivet’s Digital Commons academic repository site at

    This annual essay competition occurs in conjunction with the Reed Institute for the Advancement of Leadership’s Lifetime Achievement Award. This year’s award recipient is Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil, recognized for her tireless work in the area of racial reconciliation over the past 30 years. Each essay contest participant received a copy of her book, Roadmap to Reconciliation.

    To learn more about the services Olivet provides to encourage and assist its students, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.
    Mar 27, 2017 10:41:21Mar 27, 2017 -

    Travel to the farming country of Ireland and glimpse the lives of two families involved in a decades-long dispute when Olivet Nazarene University presents “Outside Mullingar” in March. This student production of a Broadway hit is sure to ignite the imagination while telling a timeless story of love.

    Show times are: Thursday, March 30, 2017, 7 p.m.; Friday, March 31, 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 1, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Kresge Auditorium in Larsen Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $8 for general admission, with 100 student discount tickets available. Purchase tickets online at or call 815-928-5543.

    Presented by Olivet’s Green Room student theatre group, the play introduces Jessa Hendricker in her directing debut. She has previously performed in 11 Olivet productions, most recently “Guys and Dolls.” A senior communication major with minors in theatre and musical theatre, she is from Clinton, Illinois.

    "Throughout my four years in Olivet’s theatre program, I have had the opportunity to have hands-on experience in almost every aspect of theatre, both onstage and off,” Jessa says. “Through many classes and eight different productions, Professor Jerry Cohagan has poured into me the wisdom of a director in both planning and preparing. Professor AE Sarver has also been an incredible mentor and friend to me, allowing me to learn lessons the hard way and truly grow as a person and director.”

    “I hope those who come to see this show leave feeling lighter with a renewed sense of hope,” she adds. “This play is truly a breath of fresh air."

    Set in rural Ireland, “Outside Mullingar” is the story of two families whose farms border one another. Through the years there has been an ongoing dispute regarding a certain section of the land. But what happens when the heir-apparent son is attracted to the heir-apparent young lady? It is a sweet, quirky love story which played Broadway in 2014. The New York Times called John Patrick Shanely's work "a lighter, slighter play, a softhearted comedy freckled with dark reflections on the unsatisfactory nature of life and the thorns of love."

    Cast in the Olivet production

    Grace Higgins as Rosemary — She is a sophomore international business major from Geneva, Illinois. Her previous appearances at Olivet were in “West Side Story” and “Guys and Dolls.”

    Jackson Loudermilk as Tony — He is a sophomore communication major from Otisville, Michigan. His previous appearances at Olivet were in “Wit” and “Guys and Dolls.”

    Shane Trail as Anthony — He is a sophomore multimedia communications major from Carmi, Illinois. He previously appeared in “Guys and Dolls” at Olivet.

    Lindsay Parpart as Aoife — She is a sophomore zoology major from Portage, Indiana.

    To learn more about Olivet’s theatre program, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.
    Mar 23, 2017 8:26:41Mar 23, 2017 -

    Chase Means ’08 has packed three careers into nine years. And he’s still packing! His latest (ad)venture is LegalBoard, a customized keyboard designed especially for attorneys. The product debuted to a large — and enthusiastic — audience in January 2017.

    Chase combines the knowledge gained through earning an undergraduate degree in engineering from Olivet plus a J.D. degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. After working for a construction and engineering firm for a few years, he decided to build on that experience by entering the field of patent law. Today, he is an associate with Foley & Lardner, a law firm with 20 offices and 900 attorneys across the country.

    “As a patent attorney, I get to help people protect their inventions,” Chase says. To date, he has prepared 70 U.S. patent applications, and several have already been granted. He works with individuals, small start-ups and corporations such as American Family Mutual Insurance, QUALCOMM Incorporated, Rockwell Collins, U.S. Bancorp and Vibrant Media.

    Both specialties prepared him well for his role in delivering the new invention, LegalBoard, to law offices and corporations across the country.

    As an attorney himself, Chase recognized the need for a keyboard that serves the unique needs of those in law and related professions. He is the co-founder and first investor in Pro-Boards, LLC, the company that designs and distributes the LegalBoard. His friend and business associate, Brian Potts, is the inventor.

    The LegalBoard features keys for the symbols, terminology and document formats unique to those in the legal profession and related fields. Chase helped design and test the prototype, as well as set up the corporation. He also oversees the manufacturing of the product, helping to develop the features, troubleshooting problems and consulting with technical experts.

    “Working with inventions, I get to see new stuff on a weekly or monthly basis,” Chase says. “Each time, it’s almost like taking a new class. I get to learn about technology I didn’t know existed. And I realize how much thought goes into inventing.”

    To learn more about Olivet’s School of Engineering, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.
    Mar 22, 2017 1:33:4Mar 22, 2017 -

    As Christians, all of us have the same principal callings: Go and make disciples. Pick up your cross and follow Him. To name just two.

    Each of us also has a specific mission on earth, personalized to us. Introducing college students to their responsibility for making a global impact is one of my most realized personal missions. Pair that with the obligation I have as a Christian to care for the orphaned, and it is no astonishment that I spent spring break 2017 in a developing country with Olivet students.

    I am probably the least likely person to go on a mission trip. I love cool air and hot water, American food and a comfortable bed. I continue to go on mission trips — this trip was my 11th — because I have the opportunity to fully live how God intended us to live. Serving Him from the moment we wake up until the moment our heads hit the pillows. If I can bring others along to multiply the mission, that’s a game-changer for me.

    This was my third time to go to Honduras and the eighth time for my wife, Kelsey (McNulty) Proehl ’13. She is a registered nurse, working in labor and delivery at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. I am the acting director of Olivet’s Office of Alumni Relations. On the spring break 2017 trip, we brought along 17 Olivet students. Eight members of this team are studying in Olivet’s School of Business and are part of the successful Enactus team.

    We worked at The Garden of Love and Hope, sponsored by Footsteps Missions, in Santa Barbara, Honduras. This is a highly effective center for economic orphans. Though the children still have some type of guardian, they spend the day at The Garden and receive a hot meal, help on homework and, most importantly, love and hope.

    One of our team’s assignments was to teach job training and business skills to the youth. The goal was to prepare them for the Job Skills Center that will be available to them in summer 2017. The Center will help equip the children at the orphanage with practical job skills, giving them a hand up from the cycle of poverty.

    Olivet’s business students on our team put together an excellent curriculum to teach valuable job skills to the youth: customer service, interpersonal skills, inventory, supply and demand, and cleanliness in the workplace. Each day they taught a two-hour business lesson with an application and activities.

    At the end of the week, our team led a case study with 12 teens. The youth came up with a product, store name, prices and target market. Then they sold their product to earn money for attending a camp/retreat. Using the tools that our Olivet students provided during the training sessions each day, they raised a few hundred dollars.

    This trip proved to me once again that Olivet students are a powerful force for good. They showed me how we can be effective players in trying to combat the issues of poverty, hunger and darkness in our world.

    To learn more about Olivet’s Missions In Action mission opportunities, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.
    Mar 17, 2017 9:39:36Mar 17, 2017 -

    Caleb Gray is feeling pulled these days. Pulled by soccer. Pulled by his Florida friends. Pulled by his career choice of environmental engineering. But when he visited Olivet Nazarene University during spring break in March 2016, for soccer camp in July, and for Purple & Gold Days in October, he experienced an even stronger pull to enroll at Olivet.

    “Most of my Florida friends will go to state schools,” Caleb says. “They keep asking me why I want to go up north, why I want to go to college so far away.”

    Here’s why Caleb is choosing Olivet.

    1. Environmental engineering program
    “Seeing the quality of Olivet’s engineering program is eye-opening,” Caleb says. He has researched a lot of engineering schools and discovered that very few offer environmental engineering in a Christian setting. He is drawn to the Walker School of Engineering because it is preparing engineers with a Christian purpose.

    2. Relationship with Tiger men’s soccer team and coaches
    When Caleb attended the soccer camp on campus this past summer, he was impressed by the mentoring relationship that the coaches have with the players. “Olivet’s coaches are involved with their players and take a personal interest in them,” he says. “That’s different from what I’ve experienced in high school.”

    3. Academic scholarship offer
    Caleb will be graduating from high school fourth in his class with a 4.4 GPA. Olivet is rewarding him with financial aid based on his achievements.

    Sharing Purple & Gold Days (and some Monical’s Pizza) with his dad, Rusty ’90, sealed the selection for Caleb. “Having my dad here with me and getting the ball rolling for my becoming an Olivet student is the best part of this weekend,” Caleb says. The two met with a professor, had an entrance interview with an admissions counselor, met with a family advocate and met with an enrollment advisor. And they still found time to enjoy attending football and soccer games while on campus.

    Caleb’s younger brother, Sam, is a high school junior. He’s already looking at Olivet and the Tiger men’s basketball program.

    For more information about Olivet’s Purple & Gold Days events, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.
    Mar 16, 2017 1:5:4Mar 16, 2017 -

    Missy Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” and Christian music artists Grayson Reed will headline Ladies Day 2017 on April 22 at Olivet Nazarene University.

    Hosted by Shine.FM, a broadcasting ministry of Olivet, the annual Ladies Day program brings together the best in Christian teaching and music to provide hope, encouragement and inspiration for women. This year’s program will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Centennial Chapel.

    Click here to purchase tickets online. For a group ticket purchase of 10 or more on a single order, you will automatically receive 1 complimentary ticket for every 10 paid tickets.

    To order a boxed lunch for the event, attendees must purchase these on or before March 31. Lunches will not be available for purchase at the event.

    Missy Robertson is a strong voice for morality and virtue, both locally and globally. A devoted mother of three children, she focuses on having a strong, happy and loving family. She married Jase Robertson at age 19 and has been an integral part of the family’s and company’s success in recent years. She is also the founder of a clothing line and a jewelry line.

    Much of Robertson’s time is devoted to volunteering in her community and to domestic and international mission work. She is passionate about music, performing vocally and writing songs. One of her greatest joys is touring the U.S. and sharing her testimony of faith in Jesus Christ.

    Grayson Reed — Mike Grayson and Molly Reed, married in 2013 — debuted as a duo with Centricity Music following successful solo careers. For 13 years, Grayson was the lead singer for the band MikesChair with five Top 5 radio singles. Reed was one-half of the duo City Harbor and an in-demand songwriter. They are the parents of a daughter, Grailey. Their first release, “Walk,” features them as writers, singers and players of their original songs.

    For more information, call 800-648-1463 or email
    Mar 15, 2017 11:48:49Mar 15, 2017 -

    As the only university certified as a Best Christian Workplace for 2017, Olivet Nazarene University continues the tradition of employment excellence. The University is serving students at the main campus in Bourbonnais, Illinois; additional locations in Rolling Meadows and Oak Brook, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; Grand Rapids and Grand Ledge, Michigan; Hong Kong; more than 100 School of Graduate and Continuing Studies learning locations throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest; and offering many online degree opportunities.

    This is the 12th consecutive year Olivet has earned this honor from Best Christian Workplaces (BCWI), an organization that provides consultation and research to help Christian workplaces flourish.

    “While we are grateful for the honor of this recognition, we use the results of the survey to identify areas where we can learn and improve,” said Dr. David Pickering, Olivet’s executive vice president for administration and human resources. “Our collective goal is to make ONU a wonderful place to serve — one that models Christian virtues in how we interact with one another as we continue to provide Education with a Christian Purpose.”

    To qualify for the Best Christian Workplace designation, Olivet was required to have employees complete the BCWI employee engagement survey, and 84 percent of employees participated.

    Responses were assessed against BCWI standards in the areas of staff calling and passion, trustworthy culture, talent management, strategy and execution, innovation and staff involvement, authentic Christian leadership, personal development, compensation and benefits, and teamwork. Additional open-ended questions allowed employees to share more information about Olivet as an employer and to suggest improvements.

    For more information about enrolling as a student at Olivet, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.
    Mar 14, 2017 9:49:3Mar 14, 2017 -

    From high school days to his last day on earth, Wally Cramer invested in the lives of others. His passing on Jan. 9, 2017, marked the end of an era for many dedicated to the sport of pole vaulting.

    Coach Cramer is survived by thousands of students whom he coached in a variety of settings across the U.S. He is also survived by three sons, Derek; Wes and his wife, Kristin; and Austin; as well as his father, Walter, and sister, Charmaine.

    Following his own successful pole vaulting career in high school in Lockport, Illinois, Wally enlisted and served in the U.S. Marines for 30 years. He also retired from a career with Caterpillar.

    Jan Johnson remembers competing against Wally when they attended different Illinois high schools. After graduation, Wally went on to serve his country in Vietnam and received four medals for his service. Jan went on to college and eventually became the 1972 Olympic bronze medalist in pole vault.

    Jan recalls Wally’s love of pole vaulting and how Wally returned to coach the sport after retiring from his military career. As the owner of, based in California, Jan has hosted pole vaulting camps all over the country for many years. “Wally was always there to help me with the camps,” he says. “The kids loved him. He knew how to be tough and also how to help. As a pole vaulting coach, you have to be able to do both. You’re a suggester, and Wally knew that. The kids liked that in him.”

    Throughout his adult life, Wally tirelessly dedicated his time and efforts to his students’ success. He coached pole vaulting at the high school and college levels, most recently at Olivet and Reed-Custer High School, Braidwood, Illinois.

    “Wally spent 15 years coaching our Tiger pole vaulters and raising the level in that group,” says Mike McDowell, head coach of Olivet’s track and field teams. “The greatest thing about him as a coach was that he invested in the athletes. He was a great friend to all of us.”

    Second Lieutenant Ryan Hutton ’16 of the U.S. Army recalls Coach Cramer’s influence on him while he was at Olivet. “Wally brought me into the pole vault team when no other coach would,” Hutton says. “He loved on me more than anyone ever has in the sport I love so much. He also continually taught me how to take care of my soldiers in a very special way.”

    One of Coach Cramer’s most successful protégés is Mark Hollis ’08. “Wally was so much more than just a coach to me,” Mark says. “He was a friend, a supporter, an employer, a surrogate father and a mentor.”

    Mark credits Coach Cramer for giving him direction and encouragement at a critical time in his life. After he graduated from Olivet, Mark went on to a professional pole vaulting career. He is a two-time Olympic Trials pole vault finalist, a 2016 inductee into the NAIA Hall of Fame and the 2014 pole vault winner in the USA Outdoor National Championship.

    “My buddy Wally was one of a kind,” Mark adds. “I'll never forget him and what he did for my life."
    Mar 13, 2017 4:15:25Mar 13, 2017 -

    TUCSON, Ariz. – Riding a four-game winning streak, the Olivet Nazarene University softball team returns home from spring break after a solid 7-4 week at the Tucson Invitational. The Tigers capped off the week with a 9-1 win over Dickinson State University on Saturday, March 11 after defeating Hiram University and Presentation College decisively on Friday.

    Olivet Nazarene 17 Hiram 5 (5 innings)

    Megan Semro (SR/Marengo, Ill.) and Kelly Rinker (FR/St. Charles, Ill. ) led the Tigers 12 hit outing, both going 3-for-4 at the plate. Rinker connected for a triple, while Semro added a double and four RBIs. Samantha Alberto (JR/Tinley Park, Ill.) added a home run, also finishing with four RBIs.

    Erica Cebulski (JR/Lockport, Ill.) picked up her first win on the season, going the distance in the circle. In five innings, she allowed six hits and five runs, three earned. She struck out three and walked three.

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    Emily Carstens (SO/Peotone, Ill.) improved to 4-2 on the season in the circle, throwing all seven innings. She scattered just four hits and struck out five.

    Makenna Emerson (FR/Coal City, Ill.) and Carstens both connected for home runs to lead the Tigers offense. Emerson also added a double. Carstens finished with a team-high three RBIs.

    Olivet Nazarene 9   Dickinson State 1

    Carstens and Emerson combined for seven of the Tiger's 14 hits in the final game. Carstens connected on a double and a triple with four RBIs and a run scored. Emerson went a perfect 4-for-4.

    Jamie Kiefer (JR/Chicago, Ill.) threw all seven innings, allowing four hits. She struck out six, while walking none.

    Olivet returns to Bourbonnais and will hope that Mother Nature is ready for spring to arrive in Illinois. The Tigers are scheduled to face the University of St. Francis (Ill.) on Wednesday, March 22 on Tiger Field. Game one is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

    Mar 13, 2017 1:27:43Mar 13, 2017 -

    Olivet Nazarene University invites you to experience the majesty of the Ruffatti pipe organ played by three accomplished performers. The spring 2017 performances in the Ovid Young Memorial Organ Recital Series begin March 27 in the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel for three consecutive Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. There is no admission charge for these performances.  

    The performance schedule and guest performers are:

    Monday, March 27, 2017 — Joshua McClure is the director of worship and music at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Saint Charles, Illinois. He oversees a comprehensive music program there, including multiple choirs, instrumental ensembles, liturgical arts, handbell choirs, and a contemporary praise team and band. A former student of Ed Zimmerman, he has participated in church worship services since he was eight years old. A former local resident, he graduated from Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School and Wheaton College (Illinois).

    Monday, April 3, 2017 — Matt Gerhard '08 is director of music at Kokomo Zion United Methodist Church in Indiana, as well as being an accomplished organist, pianist and conductor. He began studying organ with William Brown on a three-manual Austin pipe organ when he was a freshman in high school. While a student at Olivet, he studied organ with Dr. Timothy Nelson and traveled with The Olivetians ministry team. He also studied organ with Dr. Beverly Howard at California Baptist University. The music of the Church has always been important to him.

    Monday, April 10, 2017 — "Festival of Spirituals" with Dr. M. Jane Holstein '80, piano/organ, and Elizabeth Harrison, soprano 

    Dr. Holstein is the music editor at Hope Publishing. She studied organ at Olivet with Dr. Nelson, and also at The University of Kansas and Northwestern University. Recently, she compiled Hymns of Praise, a new book of 200 hymns and songs. She stays busy as an arranger, clinician, organist, worship planner, grandmother of two and concert artist. She also serves as director of music ministries at First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, Illinois.

    Ms. Harrison is an artist recognized for her work as a concert performer, recitalist, opera and oratorio singer. In 2007, she made her debut as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in their presentation of Wynton Marsalis’ "All Rise." She has performed across the country with various opera companies and at festivals. Also an active recitalist, she performs African-American spirituals throughout Chicagoland. 

    This recital series honors the memory and musical career of Dr. Ovid Young '62, who passed away in 2014. An Olivet alumnus, he is remembered by many as a beloved performer, teacher, mentor and colleague. A pianist, organist, composer and conductor, Dr. Young had to his credit more than 7,000 performances in major concert halls, churches and colleges around the world.

    Olivet’s Ruffatti pipe organ — custom built and installed by Famiglia Artigiana Fratelli Ruffatti (Ruffatti Brothers, Family of Artisans) of Padua, Italy, and Marshall & Ogletree of Boston — features a four-manual console and a concave pedal board with 32 notes. It has 125 ranks: 75 ranks of wind-blown pipes and a digital component of 50 additional ranks.

    Mar 13, 2017 10:10:57Mar 13, 2017 -

    As the only four-year university on the Kankakee River, Olivet Nazarene University was the ideal host for the recent bi-state Kankakee River Watershed Conference. More than 260 attendees came from across northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana, united by their interest in the health and future of the Kankakee River and areas surrounding it.

    “This conference brought many key people together,” says Dr. Randal Johnson, conference chair and a professor in Olivet’s Department of Biological Sciences. “Some had never visited ONU’s campus before. This gathering has opened up new opportunities for community partnering.”

    United under the conference theme, “Kankakee: The River That Connects Us,” stakeholder attendees represented government agencies, elected officials, universities, businesses, farmers and citizens. Goals of this conference were to: 1) educate citizens on issues critical to the watershed, 2) have conversations among stakeholders that look to find common ground, and 3) strengthen connections among bi-state watershed users.

    Fifteen conference speakers covered a variety of science, recreation, economic and ethical topics. The speakers came from government agencies and universities. They covered the best and most recent science, as well as a historical overview of the basin and an introduction to the new designation of the Kankakee River as a National Water Trail. The concluding plenary session focused on building partners for a sustainable future. Click here to review the conference program and some of the presentations.

    “Feedback from conference attendees has been overwhelmingly positive,” says Dr. Johnson. “There is a strong interest in building on the dialog and momentum generated in order to strengthen bi-state connections going forward. Participants are already asking when the next conference will be held.”

    To learn more about Olivet’s Department of Biological Sciences, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.
    Mar 09, 2017 3:45:46Mar 09, 2017 -

    Standing at the top of the podium gives champions a great view. Just ask the Olivet Nazarene University men's AND women’s swimming and diving teams. Both teams reached that pinnacle of success in the 2017 NAIA National Championships. Head Coach Scott Teeters received the Women’s Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year honor.

    Recap of women’s team honors

    Leading from start to finish, the Tiger women's swimming and diving team became just the second team in school history — and the first women's team ever — to achieve program success as NAIA National Champions.

    In just five years of existence as a program, the Tigers used a core of experienced swimmers to anchor the victory and bring home the banner. Olivet finished with 639 points, followed closely by the defending national champions from Savannah College of Art and Design with 632.5 points. No other team was even close to contending.

    Amanda Moran, a sophomore, was honored as the swimmer of the meet and led the Tigers in individual points with 57. She added the 200 backstroke title to her list of accomplishments for the competition. But just winning it wasn't enough. She smashed the NAIA record set in 2012, touching the wall in an astonishing 1:56.87. She also won this event in the 2016 Nationals.

    Vanessa Van Oost, a sophomore, earned the honor of NAIA Diver of the Year. She placed first in both the women’s one-meter diving and women’s three-meter diving events.

    Tiffany Ray, a senior, captured first place in the women’s 200-yard individual medley and the 400-yard individual medley.

    Amanda and sophomore Andrea Vega captured eight NAIA All-American honors — three individual and five relay. Tiffany added six — three individual and three relay. Deirdre Gerke, a junior, added five from relays.

    Recap of men’s team honors

    Tiger men’s swimming and diving team returned to the top step with a decisive win at the 2017 NAIA National Championships. The Tigers outscored their closest competition by 215.5 points, leading from the beginning and never looking back or letting up. Savannah College of Art and design took second place with 443 points.

    Magnus Poulsen, a freshman from Denmark, placed first and set a new Olivet school record in the 200-yard butterfly. He also won the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard butterfly. The Triple Crown earned him the 2017 NAIA Swimmer of the Year award. He earned 60 points alone, enough to have beaten six teams. He finished with three individual All-American honors and four with relays.

    Magnus Andersen, a freshman from Denmark, captured the 200-yard backstroke in 1:46.94, setting a new school record for Olivet. He brought home five honors — two individual and three relay.

    Daniil Kuzmin, a sophomore from Russia, added six All-American performances — two individual and four relays.

    Olivet’s 2017 NAIA Swimming and Diving National Champions

    Women’s 200-Yard Free Relay (1:34.69)
    Men’s 200-Yard Free Relay (1:20.90)
    Women’s 200-Yard Individual Medley: Tiffany Ray (2:05.07)
    Men’s 200-Yard Individual Medley: Magnus Andersen (1:48.11)
    Women’s 1-Meter Diving: Vanessa VanOost (203.70)
    Women’s 200-Yard Medley Relay (1:44.25)
    Women’s 400-Yard Individual Medley: Tiffany Ray (4:25.90)
    Men’s 400-Yard Individual Medley: Daniil Kuzmin (3:55.88)
    Men’s 100-Yard Butterfly: Magnus Poulsen (47.63)
    Women’s 100-Yard Backstroke: Amanda Moran (55.19)
    Men’s 100-Yard Backstroke: Magnus Poulsen (49.22)
    Women’s 3-Meter Diving: Vanessa VanOost (195.70)
    Women’s 200-Yard Backstroke: Amanda Moran (1:56.87, a new NAIA record)
    Men’s 200-Yard Backstroke: Magnus Anderson (1:46.94)
    Men’s 200-Yard Butterfly: Magnus Poulsen (1:47.38)
    Women’s Coach of the Year: Scott Teeters

    To learn more about the Olivet Tigers athletic program, visit or contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.
    Mar 09, 2017 2:53:52Mar 09, 2017 -

    In the love story of Ben Zobrist ’04, and his wife, Julianna, Christ and family continue to be at the center. The Zobrists shared their love story on PEOPLE ICONS: “Celebrity Love Stories,” hosted by Lara Spencer, when Season 1, Episode 1, aired on Tuesday, March 7, on ABC.

    “Julianna was always in the back of my mind,” Ben says about his time as a single man. “Whenever I would start to date somebody, she would always come into my mind. I needed to find out if this was supposed to happen.”

    The couple soon got engaged. They married on December 17, 2005.

    Today, Ben plays Major League Baseball with the Chicago Cubs and was named as the 2016 World Series MVP. Olivet is the official education partner of the Cubs, and Ben is the spokesperson. Julianna has a career as a Christian music artist and recently released her newest project, “Shatterproof.”

    With two careers and constant travel, Ben and Julianna work hard to keep their family together. “The divorce rate in baseball is over 84 percent,” Julianna shares. “So it was a deliberate decision for us to put into place a six-day rule. We’re not apart from each other for any longer than six days.”

    Click here to watch the complete first episode of PEOPLE ICONS: “Celebrity Love Stories,” hosted by Lara Spencer, featuring Ben and Julianna Zobrist.

    Mar 07, 2017 11:29:20Mar 07, 2017 -

    Olivet Nazarene University congratulates all students named to the dean's list during the fall 2016 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.


    Alexis Acierno, Heidi Ackerson, Jessica Ackman, Elisabeth Adamson, Kati Agan, Alexis Aguilera, Nicholas Aills, Kayla Albrecht, Alyssa Alexakos, Mattie Alexander, Allison Alexy, Harmony Alford, Caleb Allen, Kaleigh Allen, Spencer Allen, Kadee Allenbaugh, Sarah Allison, Annamarie Aloisio, Kaitlyn Altmann, Sarah Alvord, Adrienne Anderson, Audrey Anderson, Faith Anderson, Kaitlin Anderson, Lauren Anderson, Rachel Anderson, Michele Andreina, Elizabeth Andringa, Cassandra Appleton, Callie Archer, Jacob Arnold, Luis Arroyo, Nicole Arvidson, Emily Ausmus, Marcella Axelrad, Christine Ayabe, Jenna Ayers


    Brooke Bachtold, Hannah Bacon, Madison Badiac, Felicia Baer, Brooke Bahr, Emily Bahr, Christopher Bailey, Brandon Baker, Makayna Barger, Madylin Barker, Kylie Barnhart, Megan Barnhart, Adrian Barron, Brandon Barrows, Abraham Barwegen, Ashley Basham, Vincent Basile, Devin Battice, Justin Baur, Landon Beachy, Hannah Beals, Kristin Beatty, Laura Bechtel, Heather Becich, Emily Becker, Allison Beecher, Alexa Beezhold, Anna Belschner, Emily Belschner, Aaron Benda, Jatupat Benjasiriroj, Charles Bennett, Dakota Bennington, Haley Beno, Helen Berdebes, Connor Berg, Jacob Bergman, Kathleen Berns, Auston Bevins, Diana Bilea, Anthony Bird, Candice Birr, Codey Bishop, Jessica Bishop, Zachariah Bishop, Kyla Bledsoe, Julia Bleich, Noah Blunier, Rachel Blunier, Kelly Boatman, Lea Bock, Megan Bohac, Cassidy Bonnell, Taylor Bordewick, Sam Borgman, Austin Borop, Grace Bortner, Joel Boser, Logan Boudreau, Joshua Bouma, Ryley Bowen, Kordell Bowling, Derek Bradshaw, Alissa Braschler, Fleur Breuker, Michael Brezinski, Micaela Bright, Karalynn Brock, Alexa Brodien, Ryan Brodien, Kiley Bronke, Rachel Bronkhorst, Jared Broom, Austin Brown, Bethany Brown, Emily Brown, Jacob Brown, Kari Brown, Kasey Brown, Kaylee Brown, Leah Brown, Erica Browning, Gabriel Brumm, Mitchell Brummel, Sierra Bruner, Tomlyn Brza, Morgan Brzeszkiewicz, Angela Budach, Sarah Buffa, Sarah Buffum, Haley Buhler, Kayla Bulthuis, Joshua Bumgardner, Brandon Burchfield, Austin Burdine, David Burnett, Madeline Buseth, Samantha Butera, Cara Butler, Kyle Butler, Megan Butler


    Rachel Cabrera, Jenna Cain, Bethany Callister, Ryan Campbell, Carolina Campos, Vanessa Candela, Tyler Cannon, Christine Cano, Tung Anh Cao, Jessica Carara, Abriella Caravette, Victoria Carbonell, Alyssa Carl, Ryan Carl, Margaret Carnahan, Ann Bernadette Carpio, Katelyn Carroll, Denise Casali, Jordan Case, Steven Case, Natalie Cash, Madison Castle, Benjamin Cataldo, Kaylee Cavanah, Courtney Cavanaugh, Nathaniel Cavanaugh, Luke Cavender, Jasmine Chacko, Sara Chamberlain, Elizabeth Chapman, Stephanie Chapman, Anna Chennault, Aaron Chenoweth, Kirstin Childs, Logan Chitty, Michael Christensen, Jacob Clark, Davis Clay, Kelly Clendening, Ryan Clendening, Lynn Clevenger, Taylor Coble, Caleb Coe, Joanne Coffey, Tristan Coghill, Vanessa Cohn, Paul Colabuono, Taylor Colby, Sarah Collalti, Hannah Collins, Samantha Colvin, Michaela Comer, Erin Connelly, Rachel Conner, Mikaela Coose, Hannah Cora, Hannah Cornell, Matthew Cosby, Kristen Coser, Brenten Couch, Sydney Couch, Mary Cowen, Jennifer Cox, Hannah Craig, Tommy Craig, Zachary Craig, Tyler Crater, Cameron Craver, Ashley Crawford, Molly Crawley, Ryan Crawley, Breanna Creek, Seth Cripe, Brandon Crockett, Emily Crum, Matthew Currid, Maggie Cusey


    Elizabeth Daanen, Joshua Dale, Tiffany Damato, Micah Dascenzo, Allann Davidson, Alexander Davis, Kelsie Davis, Madison Davis, Trinity Davis, Tyler Davis, Vernice Davis, Taylor Dawson, Hannah Dayhoff, Curtis Dayton, Rachael De Graff, Lynnae De Jong, Benjamin De Young, Elijah Decker, Aaron Degner, Lauren Delaney, Taylor Delbridge, Alexandra Delgado, Trevor Delgado, Noah Dellamater, Amelia Denison, Emily Denton, Daulton Depatis, Morgan Depatis, Jacqueline DesLauriers, Adam Dettman, Anthony Deutsch, Devlin DeVore, Evan Dexter, Spencer Dexter, Stacie Dexter, Thomas Dexter, Haley Dickey, Paige Dickison, Stephanie Dileonardo, Joshua Dille, Trevor Dillman, Thomas Dinkleman, Sarah Dirkse, Karley Divan, Joshua Docea, Erin Doherty, Jacqueline Donahue, Lauren Donaldson, Cole Doolittle, Amanda Dotlich, Dallas Drotts, Jennifer Druse, Keely Dugan, Alexandra Duncan, Amanda Durbin, Kyle Dwyer, Emily Dykema


    Colton Ebbens, Jenna Edington, Westin Edwards, Michelle Elizondo, Rebecca Eller, David Ellis, Matthew Ellis, Tyler Ellis, Kaitlyn Elmer, Megan Elmer, Rachel Elson, Charniqua Emel, Haley Emmert, Zachary Emptage, Jaclyn Evans, Cole Evenson, Zackry Everett, Alex Ewalt, Nathan Eylander


    Nikos Fajdich, Olivia Fassino, Destinee Ferguson, Caleb Fernette, Sydney Ferris, Elise Fetzer, Kyle Fiala, Michael Fiene, Zachary Fienhold, Timothy Fike, Dexter Fish, Rachel Fisher, Bradley Fitzgerald, Julia Fitzgerald, Travis Fleetwood, Aaron Flemming, Caitlin Fletcher, Jacob Flynn, Jasmin Folkers, Bethany Forbes, Sydney Ford, Micah Forshee, Megan Fort, Sarah Fosnaugh, Taylor Foulks, Ethan Fowkes, Breanna Fowler, Gabriella Fowler, Matthew Fowler, Victoria Fox, John Franklin, Trevor Franklin, Kassidi Franzen, Jacqueline Frazier, Ashley Freeman, Emilee French, Ryan Froidcoeur, Shealeigh Funni


    Joshua Galbraith, Levi Gambill, Sarah Ganster, David Gardner, Elisabeth Garratt, Mariah Garratt, Dominick Gasperini, Courtney Gearhart, Elijah Gebre, Kelsey Geiman, Avery Geistdorfer, Quiana Gentry, Anna George, Jessica Gerig, Deirdre Gerke, Jeffrey Gerstenberger, Andrea Gibson, Daria Gielczynski, Carolyn Gillespie, Vera Ginter, Holly Goad, Rebecca Gobin, Ashleigh Godby, Breeanna Goetz, Leyanne Gonzales, Makenzie Gonzales, Jonathan Gonzalez, Tatiana Gonzalez, Haley Goodwin, Kristyn Goodwin, Rachael Gordon, Hannah Gorecki, Tyler Goscha, Nichole Goumas, Alexandria Grady, Jose Granados, Elizabeth Graven, Bethany Gray, Peter Gray, Rachel Greene, Kathryn Grimes, Ashley Grimm, Michael Grimm, Rachel Grimmett, Megan Groen, Andrew Grosch, Brian Gross, Zachary Gross, Christina Grosz, Abigail Groters, Elizabeth Grove, Taylor Grover, Brianna Grusy, Sarai Guijosa, Erin Gurley, Avery Gutwein


    Abigail Haaksma, Caitlin Hacker, Matthew Haerr, Meggie Hall, Kayla Hallstrom, Katherine Hamel, Kyle Hamrick, Tara Hamstra, Brittany Hanenburg, Kyle Hardy, Star Hardy, Abrial Harkins, Holly Harlow, Elizabeth Harman, Katherine Harnisch, Alexandra Harris, Sydney Harris, Aaron Hartke, Kymberlie Hartman, Joel Hasselbring, Amber-Mali Hatchett, Maggie Hawley, Andrea Hay, Frenz Joshua Hayag, Jordan Hayes, Tony Hazel, Bradley Hazelwood, Brooke Heaton, Cody Heaton, Jenner Hecox, Kailor Hecox, Kayla Hedgren, Tyler Hedrick, Bailey Heemstra, Jessica Hemmer, Cody Hempstead, Emily Henderson, Brandon Hendrex, Jessa Hendricker, Jordan Hendricker, Megan Hendrickson, Cassandra Hendrix, Avery Henningsen, Jonathan Hentschel, Lindsy Hentschel, Daneli Rabanalez Hernandez, Nicholas Hernandez, Tara Hernandez, Lyndsey Herndon, Emily Hess, Corbin Hesterberg, Kassidy Hewett, Amanda Heyworth, Grace Higgins, Ethan Hiles, Anne Hill, Jacob Hill, Helena Hill-Schaeffer, Collin Hills, Elizabeth Hissom, Emily Hiter, Lara Hoaglan, Elisabeth Hobson, MacKenzie Hock, Hannah Hockemeyer, Anneka Hoekstra, Kyle Hoffman, Julie Hogan, Sarah Hogenson, Grace Hohn, Brett Holder, Kaylie Holderness, Amber Holup, Chloe Homco, Meghan Hopkins, Jordan Houser, Sydney Houzenga, Allison Howell, Rachel Howell, Peter Hrab, Dana Huck, Sarah Hudi, Christina Huebner, Melissa Huenerberg, Rachel Hughes, Zachary Hulliberger, Alexander Hunt, Dakota Hunter, Sean Hurley, Abigail Hyatt, Michael Hyde, Miles Hyde, Sydney Hyde


    Neil Ipock, Johnathan Irions, Baylie Isaacs, Derek Iwema


    Elizabeth Jackson, Jennifer Jackson, Ashley James, Brandon Jaynes, Ryan Jennings, Rachel Jirik, Shannon Jirik, Benjamin Johnson, Christy Johnson, Courtney Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson, Jesse Johnson, Jessica Johnson, Kylie Johnson, Lexi Johnson, Rebekah Johnson, Sarah Johnson, Soren Johnson, Stephen Johnson, Taylor Johnson, Hannah Jones, Rachel Jones, Sarah Jones, Dalton Jordan, Grant Judson, Morgan Judson, Luke Jungermann


    Amy Kaczor, Marlena Kalafut, Jonathan Kanaga, Callie Kant, Drew Kant, Allie Karras, Madison Karrick, Nathan Karsten, Ellie Kaufman, Jonathan Kee, Alexander Kempen, Justin Kennedy, Zachary Kennell, Cody Keppner, Colin Keppner, Megan Kettelkamp, Jamie Kiefer, Jessica Kilbride, Celina Kilhefner, Tristin Kimberly, Anna King, Grace King, Nathan King, Kent Kinnersley, Lindsey Kinnersley, Cameron Kinney, Devin Kirkland, William Kirkpatrick, Samantha Kirstein, Elisa Klaassen, Samuel Klauba, Grace Kleindienst, Samuel Kleindienst, Bryan Klendworth, Noelle Klimek, Zachary Klippert, Emma Knabe, Luke Knight, Amanda Knutte, Savannah Ko, Casey Koerner, David Kok, Kyle Korb, Kayla Krassman, Jamie Kraus, Nicholas Krieg, Ryan Krohne, Elizabeth Krumsieg, Brittney Kubina, Cory Kucey, Anneliese Kuechenberg, Brianna Kulhan, Emma Kuntz, Joseph Kuschman, Kari Kwiatkowski, Stephen Kwiatkowski


    Karlin Labenske, Stephani LaCasse, Jessica Laidler, Karah Lain, Mitchell Lamb, Luke Lambert, Lydia Lambert, Scott Lambert, Thomas Lambrecht, Natalie Lang, Caleb Lankford, Haley Lapanowski, Connie Lapinski, Justin Lautermilch, Nathan Alfred Lauvina, Benjamin Lavin, Jessica Learned, Carrie Leato, Rachel LeBeau, Emily Ledford, Isaac Lee, Kendra Leimbach, Drew Leman, Victoria Lemke, Joshua Lenz, Tyson Lersch, Jocelyn LeSage, Marissa Lester, John Lewis, Nicholas Limentato, Ciara Lindgren, Catherine Lindquist, Taylor Lindsay, Ryan Lingle, Tyler Lingle, Brady Lockenour, Mitchell Lockwood, Emily Lohr, Sarah Loisch, Christina Long, Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales, Elizabeth Lowe, Brooke Luchene, Bethany Luchtenburg, Edward Ludwig, Jonathan Ludwig, Jacob Ludy, Jacquelyn Luecke, Hannah Luginbill, Sarah Luginbill, Morgan Luhman, Tyler Lundquist


    Brandon Maatman, Sammy-Lou Macatangay, Madeline MacKenzie, Anna Maclean, Guilherme Magnoler, Jonathan Magry, Shani Malagon, Alexia Maldonado, Emelina Mancha, Andrew Manganiello, Hunter Mantor, Danielle Maranion, Bryce Marcordes, Tess Marcordes, Ryan Marcotte, Raymond Marquez, Austen Marshall, Leeanne Marshall, Austin Martin, Brenna Martin, Cassidy Martin, Hayley Martin, Joshua Martin, Alfonso Martinez Garcia, Laura Mason, Erica Matheis, John Mathy, Lana Mattice, Lucas Mattox, Sarah Matyskela, Katherine Maurer, Camrie Maxon, Claire Maxwell, Donaven Mayer, Timothy Mayotte, Hanna McBroom, Mary McCabe, Megan McCafferty, Quincie McCalla, Emily McCann, Cammi McClurg, Sydney McCright, Matthew McDivitt, Abigail McGinnis, Jeremy McGrath, Thomas McGuire, Morgan McMullen, Jenna McMullins, Kyle McNamara, Michael McNamara, Julia McQueen, Spencer Meador, Nicole Medina, Mackenzie Mehaffey, Angela Meier, Vaughan Meiss, Dakota Mellish, Alexis Meridith, Jacob Mettille, Joshua Mettille, Bethany Metzler, Wesley Meyer, William Meyer, Alexander Meyers, Erin Meyers, Kamil Michorczyk, Alexis Mickelson, Leah Milam, Austin Miller, Caroline Miller, Faith Miller, Jamie Miller, Kaleb Miller, Madeline Miller, Abigail Mills, Emily Mills, Kurtis Minton, Mattheus Mitchel, Rebekah Mitchell, Connor Mix, Trevor Moberly, Lauren Mohler, Rebekah Mondy, Jared Monsma, Dakota Moon, Mitchell Moon, Adalyn Moorehead, Amanda Moran, Samantha Morey, Emily Morris, Hope Morris, Jeanette Morris, Megan Morris, Michaela Morris, Madison Morrison, Joshua Mugler, Maria Munoz, Molly Murray, Cailey Myers, Chloe Myers, Madison Myers


    Carolyn Neubaum, Rebecca Neville, Samuel Nichols, Carolyn Nicodemus, Aliece Nielson, Cierra Nienhuis, Taylor Novak, Steven Nowinski, Brittany Nush


    Ashley O'Connell, SarahAnn O'Malley, Chinwendu Obi Obasi, Abigail Olcott, Matthew Oliva, Erin Olson, Julie Olsson, Hannah Ondrey, Ashley Oosterhouse, Caroline Orndorff, Sarah Ortman, Victoria Owings, Gabrielle Ozee


    Geena Paoli, Nicholas Paquet, Noel Parcel, Natalie Park, Jaron Parke, Caleb Parker, Olivia Parks, Rachel Pasch, Abigail Pattara, Seth Peachey, Andrew Pearson, Marriah Peebles, Elizabeth Peeler, Allison Peet, Faith Pepper, Samantha Pepper, Andrew Perabeau, Zachary Pessia, Connor Pestka, Kenneth Peters, Makaila Peters, Haley Peterson, Lucas Peterson, Mitchell Peterson, Alex Petkunas, Madison Pettet, Paige Phillips, Drew Philson, Jenna Philson, Hannah Piatek, Megan Pichaske, Ashley Piekarczyk, Dustin Pierce, Nicole Pilbeam, Morgan Pinski, Joshua Pityer, Katherine Plesniak, Kristena Poll, Palmer Ponstein, Nicole Pope, Nathan Powazki, Ayla Price, Benjamin Prince, Jaycie Prindle, Joshua Propst, Gianna Puccinelli, Juleah Puccinelli, Phillip Putney, Courtney Pych


    MacKenzie Quakenbush, Andrew Quinones


    Daneli Rabanalez Hernandez, Derek Racek, Kaylee Rademacher, Chad Radford, Emily Raduns, Alexa Rain, Andrew Ramirez, Lindsey Ramirez, Jazmin Rangel, Kelsey Rasmussen, Hannah Rattin, Erika Ray, Sarah Ray, Tiffany Ray, Jacob Rechsteiner, Michael Reddy, Hannah Redlinger, Gregory Redwinski, Matthew Reed, Nicholas Reed, Jake Reeverts, Jacquelynn Reif, Daniel Reinke, Isabella Reisen, Briana Reist, Ericka Renollet, Michael Resciniti, Ashley Reves, Daniel Reyes, Alison Reynolds, Jennifer Rhoades, Olivia Rhoades, Chelsea Rhodes, Sierra Rhodes, Tanner Ribbe, Zachary Rice, Michelle Rich, Anna Richards, Sara Richards, John Richardson, Robert Rienow, Samuel Riggenbach, Josie Rigsby, Joshua Riley, Sierra Riley, Holly Risinger, Courtney Ritchey, Della Ritter, Susanna Ritter, Seth Rivett, Jeslyn Roat, Reilly Roberts, William Roberts, Brett Robertson, Jake Robertson, Kyle Robertson, Jonathen Robey, Cody Robinson, Amanda Roche, Micah Rodriguez, Nicholas Roedl, Hayley Ronci, Andrea Rose, Brianna Rose, Emma Ross, Jane Ross, Melissa Rounds, Lauren Rouse, Chesley Rowlett, Jonathan Ruby, Olivia Ruhberg, Michalah Rumbold, Katie Rummery, Morgan Runge, Lyndsey Rupp, Hannah Ryan, Jack Ryan, Christina Rybicki


    John Saliba, Luke Salomone, Lauren Sanchez, Rigoberto Sanchez, Rodolfo Sanchez Farias, Emily Sanders, Erica Sandtorv, Nicole Sanservino, Shanynn Santos, Joshua Sapulich, Sarah Scasny, Paige Schaefer, Victoria Schaefer, Josie Schaver, Julie Schaver, Brittany Scheidt, Annah Schick, Joshua Schien, Jennifer Schlomas, Jessica Schmidt, Maggie Schmidt, Andrew Schneider, Kirsten Schneider, Richard Schneider, Ashley Schofield, Rachel Schramm, Nichole Schuitema, Noah Schuitema, Jordan Schultz, Susan Schulz, Sheri Schweizer, Rachel Sedgwick, Valerie Seehafer, Clay Selby, Hunter Selby, James Selvey, Grace Sennese, Kyle Serpe, Katie Settingsgaard, Jacy Shank, Corey Shaughnessy, Katelyn Shaw, Brendan Shea, Colin Sheehan, Bailey Shehorn, Samantha Shepherd, Dominique Sherrod, Brittany Sherwood, Morgan Shride, Michaela Sikes, Mattison Sills, Meseret Sima, Kyndall Singletary, Brianna Skelton, Brandon Slatton, Kyle Smeltzer, Abigail Smith, Alexis Smith, Allison Smith, April Smith, Brooke Smith, Katrina Smith, Kylie Smith, Nathanael Smith, Reed Smith, Regan Smith, Sonia Smith, Zenobia Smith, Cassie Smock, Kayla Smock, Erich Sneideraitis, Josiah Snider, Alyssa Snodsmith, Danielle Snuckel, Susan Soda, Danielle Solomon, James Southerland, Hannah Speakman, Amanda Spriggs, Jessica Springer, Macy Sprunger, Samuel Sprunger, Emily Spychalla, Jared St Aubin, Savannah St John, Marena Stair, Jarrett Stalinger, Shelby Stamper, Kelsey Stang, Taylor Stark, Aaron Steele, Eric Steffen, Samantha Stejskal, Tyler Steppe, Connor Stevenson, Rachel Stidham, Nicholas Stoewsand, Rebecca Stolberg, Corinne Stout, Aubreigh Stowell, Caleb Strand, Kelsey Strand, John Straw, Sarah Struck, Cody Stuart, Jayne Stuart, Ashley Sullivan, Spencer Sumner, Todd Suttor, Caleb Suwanski, Julia Swanson, Avery Sweeder, Troy Swindle, Jill Sylvester


    Katie Tabisz, Nathan Tabor, Jenna Tackaberry, Caroline Tajnai, Honomi Takizawa, Zachary Tamez, Benjamin Tapp, Sherrarr Tate, Bethany Taylor, Madeline Tengblad, Grace Tervin, Chelsea Thacker, Alexia Thill, Bradley Thomas, Rachel Thompson, Aubrey Thomson, Matthew Thomson, Kayla Thornton, Tyler Thornton, Zachary Thorp, Taylor Thorsen, Parker Tibbs, Debora Timmer, Andrew Tipton, Rachel Tobey, Abigail Toepper, Spencer Tong, Anna Town, Jonah Trank, Alexis Trevino, Jacob Tripp, Kyle Trojan, Courtney Troyer, Feleo Tuazon, Alexandra Tucker, Taylor Tucker, Luke Tuttle, Zachary Tuxhorn


    Hayley Uhlman, Patrick Ullrich


    Blake Van Bruggen, Amanda Van Houten, Roel Van Linschoten, Vanessa Van Oost, Jenna Vance, Courtney Vande Vorde, Cristi Vander Naald, Leah Vanderwall, Jacob Vangore, Jeni Varghese, Kensen Vaughan, Anderson Verhoeven, Jakob Verhulst, Benjamin Vertin, Daniel Villagomez, Nicholas Vinolus, Ashli Voeller, Bryce Vollrath, Sarah Vrosh


    Nicole Waddell, Alexis Wade, Jacob Wagner, Ryan Wagner, Emilie Walder, Cameron Walker, Gabrielle Wallace, Tami Walters, Yichao Wang, Jordan Wanner, Darian Ward, Kaitlin Ward, Lucas Ward, Jacob Warfle, Emily Warren, Emma Wartman, Trevor Watkins, Rachel Watson, Namukulwa Wauna, Luke Weaver, Abigail Webster, Anne Webster, Christian Webster, Austin Wegforth, Gabrielle Weitzel, Emily Welch, Robert Welch, Alex Welling, Mary-Grace Wells, Ellen West, Michael Whalen, Sean Whalen, Brooke Whetstone, Andrea Whitacre, Tyler Whitaker, Amanda White, Joelle White, Whitney Whitehead, Ciara Wichtner, Joseph Wickes, Brittnay Widdowson, Micaela Wiegand, Amanda Wiegers, Reagan Wigboldy, Elizabeth Willford, Laura Willging, Sarah Willging, Andrew Williams, Brady Williams, Hannah Williams, Mylana Williams, Rebecca Williams, Jayna Williamson, Kayla Wilson, Noah Wilson, Seth Wilson, Tyler Wilson, Ashlyn Wingate, Matthew Winkelmann, Brandon Winter, Kayla Winter, Marcus Winters, Jonathan Wisdom, Karina Wise, Daniel Wiseman, Sadie Witvoet, Mason Witzke, Andrea Wojciechowski, Bridget Wolff, Britten Wolff, Marcus Wollak, Jacob Woodard, Joshua Woodard, Zachary Woodford, Ryan Woodruff, Megan Woods, Hannah Woolridge, Austin Wray, Abigail Wright, Catherine Wright, Lindsay Wyld


    Tyler Yager, Emily Yantes, Anna Yoder, Alyssa Young, Hannah Young, Emma Yourdon


    Kaitlyn Zaleski, Allison Zalinski, Alexi Zastrow, Jonathan Zatorski, Tanya Zavala, Hannah Zientara, Taylor Zirkle, Hannah Zobrist, Kimberly Zralka
    Mar 02, 2017 1:9:19Mar 02, 2017 -

    When people gather to honor one another and God, the beauty of diversity is a cause for celebration. Olivet Nazarene University students, faculty and staff experienced that beauty when they gathered recently for the African American Heritage celebration dinner on campus. Music, dance and a stirring message set the tone for an evening of unity.

    The event, sponsored by The Elwood Center for Student Success, featured a greeting from Tatiana Long, a sophomore majoring in psychology and fashion merchandising. “Black history is our American history,” she said. “No single race or its culture can comprehensively display the infinite glory of God’s image, so He gave us our differences to help in order for us to appreciate His splendor from various perspectives.”

    Rev. Charles DeLoach — a senior majoring in criminal justice and a member of Olivet’s Social Justice Club — spoke on character and investing in the lives of others. “Change will only come from Christ himself,” he reminded the audience. “We must refuse to conform to the things that make us ungodly. If you want to see change, it starts with you.”

    To learn more about all that Olivet offers, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.
    Mar 01, 2017 2:45:20Mar 01, 2017 -

    Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges® program has recognized 45 Olivet Nazarene University seniors for 2017.

    “These selected individuals exemplify the highest Christian ideals, strong academic achievement and a commitment to service,” said Dr. Woody Webb, vice president for student development. “In and out of the classroom, they embody hope for the future — for themselves and everyone they will encounter in their lives.”

    Olivet’s campus nominating committee — made up of representatives from the faculty, administration and student body — selected and nominated students to be considered for this prestigious recognition. Selection criteria included grade point average, participation and leadership in school activities, community involvement, and leadership ability. These Olivet students are part of a select group from more than 1,000 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

    Recipients from Olivet for 2017, their academic majors and their hometowns are:
    • Spencer Allen, engineering with a concentration in electrical engineering, Bourbonnais, Illinois
    • Megan Barnhart, social work, Jamestown, Indiana
    • Rachel Blunier, marketing, Morton, Illinois
    • Mercy Bray, art with a concentration in painting, Wilmington, Ohio
    • Madeline Buseth, mathematics and intercultural studies, Kasota, Minnesota
    • Maggie Cusey, elementary education, Lincoln, Illinois
    • Riley Dale, Christian education, Bloomington, Illinois
    • Laura (D’Angelo) Mason, social work, McHenry, Illinois
    • Paul Dasilva, marketing, Bourbonnais, Illinois
    • Madison Davis, elementary education, Edwards, Illinois
    • Nathan DiCamillo, communications with a concentration in multimedia journalism, Annapolis, Maryland
    • Tyler Ellis, accounting and business administration, Danville, Illinois
    • Jessica Emmons, art with a concentration in pre-art therapy, Wentzville, Missouri
    • Sarah Faivre, psychology and criminal justice, Shabbona, Illinois
    • Alynn Franklin, engineering with a concentration in electrical engineering, Country Club Hills, Illinois
    • Jeffrey Gerstenberger, social work, psychology and sociology, Avon, Indiana
    • Sydney Houzenga, child development, Brimfield, Illinois
    • Kristen Hung, art with a concentration in graphic design, Hawthorn Woods, Illinois
    • Dalton Jordan, engineering with a concentration in mechanical engineering, Churchville, Maryland
    • Christian “Ralph” Kalfas, art with a concentration in digital graphics, Bethany, Oklahoma
    • Kate Kettelkamp, English, Taylorville, Illinois
    • Joseph Kuschman, economics/finance and business administration, Sycamore, Illinois
    • Caleb Lankford, biology, Midlothian, Virginia
    • Tyler Lingle, social studies education, Avon, Indiana
    • Isaac Luginbill, sport management, Decatur, Indiana
    • Hayley Martin, political science, McCordsville, Indiana
    • Kaleb Miller, marketing, Canton, Illinois
    • Emily Mills, interior design, Milan, Illinois
    • Mitchell Moon, marketing and business administration, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Esther Paek, computer science and religious studies, Richmond, Virginia
    • Rachel Pasch, accounting, Eaton Rapids, Michigan
    • Seth Peachey, business administration with a concentration in management information systems, Galesburg, Illinois
    • Ayla Price, business administration and marketing, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    • Benjamin Prince, business administration, Grand Blanc, Michigan
    • Juleah Puccinelli, business administration, West Chicago, Illinois
    • Daneli Rabanalez Hernandez, multimedia studies with a concentration in radio broadcasting, Arcola, Illinois
    • Matthew Reed, political science and Spanish, Plainfield, Indiana
    • Reilly Roberts, communication studies with a concentration in theatre, Dixon, Illinois
    • Luke Salomone, psychology, Bridgeview, Illinois
    • Macy (Murray) Sprunger, biochemistry, Keokuk, Iowa
    • Aubrey Stafford, social work, Bourbonnais, Illinois
    • Emilie Walder, interior design, Prospect Heights, Illinois
    • Michael Whalen, zoology, Sierra Vista, Arizona
    • Christian Wizieck, social work, Morton, Illinois
    • Hannah Zobrist, elementary education, Morton, Illinois

    For more than 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.

    For more information about academic areas of study and campus life at Olivet, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.
    Feb 28, 2017 10:57:16Feb 28, 2017 -

    Update: Olivet Nazarene University's Tigerball women's basketball team has qualified for the 26th annual NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship tournament, March 8 to 14, 2017, in Sioux City, Iowa.

    Leading the NAIA — Division I and Division II — is no easy feat. But that doesn’t stop Olivet’s Tigerball women’s basketball team from continuing to set records. As of February 21, 2017, the team led all NAIA, NCAA and NJCAA schools with an average of 111.3 points per game and a total of 449 three-pointers made this season. In addition, the team broke the Olivet program record of 155 points scored in one game, setting a new program best and just 4 points shy of NAIA record.

    “This year’s Tigerball team has a relationship that is rare,” says Gary Newsome ’74, director of athletics. “They care for each other, support each other and are completely unselfish. That attribute can be directly linked to their coach, Lauren Stamatis [’09 M.OL.]. She is not only knowledgeable about the Tigerball system and basketball in general, but is genuinely concerned about each of her athletes.”

    This season’s scoring leaders, average 17 points per game, are junior Maggie Schmidt and sophomore Jess Learned.

    "After coming off of a record breaking Elite Eight appearance in the NAIA Tournament last year and graduating several of our top scorers and leaders, we came into this season with a lot of unknowns,” says Head Coach Lauren Stamatis ’09 M.O.L. “I am incredibly proud of this team and how they stick with one another through the good and not-so-good times. Because of this, I know we are better as people and as a team."

    Feb 23, 2017 11:24:52Feb 23, 2017 -

    When the “Guys and Dolls” cast takes the stage at Olivet Nazarene University, rehearsals will be history. But the audiences will get to experience the camaraderie and fun the actors — including University President John C. Bowling as Arvide Abernathy — share together.

    Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect from this talented cast, directed by Professor AE Sarver ’16.

    From Abriella Caravette (freshman, multimedia communications major) as Mimi and a Havana waitress: "Everyone in this show has worked so very hard to make it the best it can be, and it is going to be amazing! This is definitely a show that you do not want to miss!"

    From Jessa Hendricker (senior, communication major) as Roxie the Hot Box Dancer: "My favorite moment in the show is the song ‘More I Cannot Wish You,’ the song Dr. Bowling's character sings to Sarah. It's a soft and sweet moment that allows the audience to breathe. It essentially is what we all want for those we love, their happiness."

    From Shane Trail (sophomore, multimedia communications major) as Lt. Brannigan: "It's a very funny show! Everyone involved has worked very hard to create it. It could quite honestly be the greatest show that will ever be performed in the entire universe. And that's being humble about it.”

    From Chase Waterbury (sophomore, multimedia communications major) as Lanni the gambler: "I love the song ‘Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat.’ It's such a fun song to do, and the scene is really funny."

    Olivet’s Department of Communication and School of Music present this production of “Guys and Dolls.” All performances are in Kresge Auditorium, Larsen Fine Arts Center on Olivet’s campus in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Showtimes are: Thursday, February 23, 7 p.m.; Friday, February 24, 7 p.m.; Saturday, February 25, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

    Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior adults (ages 65+). Tickets for all performances are available online at, by calling 815-939-5110 or at the door.

    For more information about Olivet’s areas of study in music and communication, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.

    Feb 23, 2017 11:19:27Feb 23, 2017 -

    Olivet Nazarene University faculty, staff and alumni have lost a dedicated servant. Wendell “Wendy” Parsons ’56 passed away on February 19, 2017, after battling cancer. He will long be remembered by many students and athletes as a caring coach and encourager.

    Wendy’s love for young people was the foundation of his career. For 27 years, he served as a teacher, coach, principal and administrator in the Sterling, Illinois, area. For more than 20 years, he and his family attended the Sterling First Church of the Nazarene, where he worked with the youth. He also directed the Nazarene Youth Camp in Manville, Illinois, during many summers.

    “When you enjoy what you’re doing, it doesn’t seem like work,” he often said.

    In 1985, Wendy began a 15-year tenure as director of intramurals and retention at Olivet. His dedicated service and boundless enthusiasm impacted the lives of thousands of Olivet students.

    Matt Smith ’00, Olivet’s director of recreation services, was one of those students who benefited from knowing Wendy. Matt credits Wendy’s work as the foundation of what is now an expansive recreation program on Olivet’s campus.

    “Wendy was so full of life,” Matt recalls. “I often told folks he had more energy and passion in his pinky finger than I would ever have. His love for Olivet was evident in every conversation we had. He gave all of himself to his work so that each student’s experience would be top-notch. Wendy’s example is one I strive to follow, and I hope to have an impact on students just like he did.”

    For many years, the Wendy Parsons 5K Run was part of the University’s Homecoming celebration. At age 60, Wendy ran in the Chicago Marathon with his two sons.

    “You didn't have to spend much time with Wendy to know what was most important to him,”says Dr. Woody Webb ’86/’88 M.A. “Above all else, he loved Jesus and he loved his family.”

    Even after retirement, Wendy continued to promote Olivet to prospective students from his hometown. Several students have attended ONU as a direct result of his remarkable influence. He was part of the Church of the Nazarene’s Regional Celebrate Life for 30 years.

    “Like so many other Olivet alumni and friends, I'm a better person for having known Wendy Parsons,” Dr. Webb adds. “The ripple of his influence is seen in the lives of students scattered around the world. He modeled and inspired Kingdom values.”

    Wendy is survived by his wife, Betty Lou (Botner) ’56; two sons, Michael ’82 and Monte ’86; one daughter, Wendy Jo Melton ’89; one sister; six grandchildren; and one great grandchild; plus many cousins, nieces and nephews.

    Click here for Wendy’s complete obituary and information about visitation and services.
    Feb 10, 2017 2:4:16Feb 10, 2017 -

    “I’m not surprised by the news,” says Olivet alumna and licensed social worker Katelyn Dircks ‘15. “Olivet prepared me well to succeed in graduate school and my career.”

    The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has recognized Olivet’s program for its high-caliber preparation of social work professionals. CSWE has reaffirmed the program’s accreditation through 2024.

    Olivet graduates begin their careers with top-notch education in a program that is well respected in the field. “Our program is recognized by the social work profession,” says Dr. Rachel Guimond, department chair. “That means our students are, too. When they graduate, they’re well-prepared to enter and succeed in a master’s program. Their graduate school acceptance rate is consistently high, exceeding 90 percent.”

    Olivet social work students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed. They benefit from mentoring by experienced professionals and invest 540 hours in practical social work experience. Program focus includes professionalism, career advancement and team-building.

    “My supervisor evaluated me as a valuable team member who works well in all situations,” says Dircks. “That definitely reflects my training at Olivet. The professors really invested in me, sharing their knowledge and passion for social work as a profession.”

    For more information about Olivet’s social work degree program, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.

    Feb 02, 2017 9:41:33Feb 02, 2017 -

    America’s bosses are not entirely happy. They say recent college grads lack skills in leadership, problem-solving and critical thinking.*

    Olivet students have the advantage of a leadership path that could begin before high school ends.

    Consider these four milestones in the Olivet leadership path:

    Summer Leadership Institute. This week of intensive study after junior year in high school equips you to be visionary, live with integrity and gain experience in team development, motivation and persuasion. When you participate, you’re automatically enrolled in LEAD-235: Teambuilding & Leadership, a course in Olivet’s Leadership Studies minor.

    Leadership Studies minor. Elect this minor with any major. Goals: highly developed leadership skills along with solid training and character-building.

    Master of Organizational Leadership (M.O.L.). Earn this advanced degree in only one additional year after receiving your Olivet bachelor’s degree. Learn to effectively plan, communicate and solve problems in a professional setting.

    Doctor of Education in Ethical Leadership (Ed.D.). Learn to become an exemplary leader in your chosen career field. Current research combines with real-world experience to provide relevant and rigorous learning in a cohort setting. The dissertation is part of this three-year program.

    “Olivet goes beyond the skills to develop the person within the crucible of healthy relationships,” says Dr. Jay Martinson, founder of Olivet’s Summer Leadership Institute and director of the Leadership Studies minor. He also serves as chair of Olivet’s Department of Communication and teaches leadership courses for the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

    Want to get started on Olivet’s leadership path? Contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.

    *Forbes 2016

    Jan 25, 2017 11:33:37Jan 25, 2017 -

    Tara Beth (Moore) Leach ’05 comes home to Olivet as the guest speaker for this year’s Winter Revival, the current semester’s time for spiritual renewal, sponsored by the University and College Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais.

    Tara Beth is senior pastor at Pasadena (California) First Church of the Nazarene, an intergenerational, intercultural and missional church. Her revival message will focus on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

    At each revival service, Jonathan ‘10/’12 M.A.R. and Kate (Myatt) ’10 Burkey will lead worship. Jonathan is the worship arts pastor at Lima (Ohio) Community Church.

    Revival services are scheduled Sunday, Jan. 29 through Wednesday, Feb. 1.

    The schedule
    6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at College Church
    10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Centennial Chapel
    7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at College Church
    9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at Centennial Chapel
    7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at College Church
    10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Centennial Chapel
    7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at College Church

    Click here to view all services live or on demand at Olivet Live.

    To learn more about spiritual development and growth opportunities at Olivet, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.

    Jan 11, 2017 2:11:16Jan 11, 2017 -

    “This is a once-in-a-lifetime event!” says Olivet senior Jacob Rechsteiner as Olivet’s Tiger Marching Band prepares to march in the Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C., on January 20.

    Rechsteiner is the band’s drumline section leader. His bandmate and Band Council president, junior Tori Kober, is equally excited about the opportunity. She says: “People who have never heard of Olivet will see our band marching on a massive stage. Everything our band does is #fortheLord, and this is an amazing opportunity for us to bring the love of God to our nation’s capital.”

    This will be the first Inaugural Parade appearance for any Olivet band. The Tiger band is among only 40 bands and marching groups chosen to participate and the only Illinois group invited to perform.

    “The response from our band members has been overwhelmingly positive,” says Dr. Matthew Stratton, band director. “We are honored to be marching in this parade, and in the company of several award-winning bands. The support of the Olivet community is helping make this possible.”

    Private donations are covering costs associated with the trip, including transportation and lodging. While in Washington, D.C., band members will deliver to local homeless shelters donations of hats, gloves, scarves and socks that they are collecting now. To contribute these items on campus before January 19, please use the drop-off bin in Larsen Fine Arts Center. Items should be new or in like-new condition.

    By the time they depart on January 19, band members will have rehearsed six times to polish two songs and perfect their marching technique. The Inaugural Parade requires the drum and fife military tradition, so the band is learning that structure plus a few new formations.
    Jan 03, 2017 11:53:59Jan 03, 2017 -

    Dr. D. George Dunbar ’58, beloved Olivet Nazarene University music professor for 30 years and former director of Olivet’s Orpheus Choir, passed away on Dec. 24, 2016. He is remembered for his humility, faithfulness to God and gentleness by the thousands who studied and served with him. And his legacy continues to live on in Olivet’s School of Music.

    The Service of Celebration to honor Dr. Dunbar was held at College Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais, Illinois, on Jan. 4, 2017. His family requests that memorial gifts be made to the Orpheus Memorial Scholarship Fund at Olivet.

    A native of Canada, Dr. Dunbar once noted that he conducted "The Star Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America" countless times before becoming an American citizen in 1998 — 41 years after coming to Olivet as a music student.

    Recalling George Dunbar as a student, Dr. Harlow Hopkins ’53 — retired chair of Olivet’s music department and Dr. Dunbar’s friend for 62 years — says: “He was a tall, thin young man with a serious demeanor who sang bass in Orpheus Choir and had eyes for a soprano named Linda.” In 1960, George Dunbar and Linda Luttrell ’59 married.

    As a student, Dr. Dunbar also played string bass in the Olivet Orchestra and was a pitcher on the intramural softball team. Early on, Hopkins observed Dr. Dunbar’s innate musicianship plus his heart for choral conducting and training young vocalists.

    “He was born to be conductor of Orpheus Choir,” Hopkins says.

    After graduating from Olivet, Dr. Dunbar later joined Olivet’s faculty. Three years after his arrival, University President Harold W. Reed chose him to succeed Dr. Walter B. Larsen and Mrs. Naomi Larsen as the third director of the renowned Orpheus Choir. For 27 years, Dr. Dunbar directed 60 to 70 student singers each year in that choir, along with the Concert Singers (for 17 years) and the Chancel Choir at College Church of the Nazarene (for 11 years).

    During his tenure, Dr. Dunbar expanded the reach and musical ministry of Orpheus Choir nationally and internationally. Choir tours throughout Olivet’s five-state region plus California, Canada, Mexico and Israel blessed countless people and drew hundreds of students to enroll at Olivet.

    “Dr. D expected so much from us,” shares one of Dr. Dunbar’s students, Teresa Garner ’86/’87 M.A.E., now a professor in Olivet’s School of Theology and Christian Ministry. “He set the bar high and believed we could reach it. Then he set the bar higher. When I was a student at Olivet, he also believed I was worth his time. His kindness will never be forgotten.”

    The Service of Celebration concluded with a fitting tribute. Former Orpheus Choir members in attendance surrounded the College Church sanctuary as they sang, “The Lord Bless You and Keep You,” conducted by current Orpheus Choir Director Dr. Jeff Bell. The song has been the choir’s benediction for decades and was sung throughout Dr. Dunbar’s tenure.

    Under Dr. Dunbar’s direction, Orpheus Choir appeared twice at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.; three times at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs; once at the Bruton Parish Chapel in Williamsburg, Virginia; 20 times at the Bill Gaither Praise Gathering; 10 times at the International General Assembly of the Church of the Nazarene; and several times in Indianapolis, Indiana, singing the national anthem before NBA games.

    Dr. Dunbar earned a degree from Canadian Nazarene College, a bachelor’s degree in church music and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Olivet, a master’s degree in voice from the University of Illinois, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California.

    He began his teaching career at Cascade College in Portland, Oregon, before joining Olivet’s faculty. During his tenure at Olivet, he received the Faculty Member of the Year Award in 1980, the “O” Award as an outstanding alumnus in 1982, and the Teaching Excellence Award in 1989.

    When he retired from Olivet in 1999, the D. George Dunbar Orpheus Award was established. It is given to an outstanding member of the choir who "embodies the spirit of excellence and ministry" taught by Dr. Dunbar.

    Dr. Dunbar is survived by his wife, Linda; a daughter, Kathleen ’90, of Seattle, Washington; a son, David ’93, of Bourbonnais; a sister, Ruth Markus, of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada; and two grandchildren, Jordyn and Joshua. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Jean Jensen.

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