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  • Dec 20, 2012 12:26:40Dec 20, 2012 -

    “As we look around, we see a lot of legitimate leaders in the room,” Dr. Jay Martinson, chair of the Department of Communication, said to a room full of sophomores.

    It was a challenge brought forth to the sophomore class to continue enhancing their leadership skills. Already, they have proven to be an important aspect to the Olivet student body. Their class includes a myriad of leaders: resident assistants, athletes, ministry team members and volunteers around the community.

    Dr. Martinson recognizes their ability to motivate people, deal with conflicts and rise above frustration. Now, both he and Dr. John Bowling, University president, are challenging them to seek out additional leadership training by taking on the new leadership minor.

    The leadership minor is a 21-hour minor where students will complete three core classes with 12 hours of electives. The importance and availability is a great way for students to develop character, integrity and other leadership skills.

    “We recognize the importance of the sophomores. We believe in you; you still have a horizon of time,” Dr. Bowling said.

    He also discussed the co-curricular transcript, a transcript formulating and documenting non-academic achievements. Leadership does not develop in a day, and the co-curricular transcript can be helpful in showing how a student has developed their leadership abilities over time.

    Dr. Bowling then announced the winners of the Reed essay contest, in which sophomores were asked to discuss the correlation between integrity and leadership. Anna Stiker received first place, with Nicholas Eckart in second and Michelle Pinkney in third. This challenged sophomores to begin thinking about leadership and how they can contribute.

    The challenge has been set: “We really want you each to become a leader,” Dr. Bowling said.
    Dec 20, 2012 11:56:5Dec 20, 2012 -

    Olivet Nazarene University is leading the way in student philanthropy. Starting this fall semester, the school saw a new addition to their student organizations, in the form of the Student Philanthropy Council (SPC).

    While the council is still being finalized, their impact is already being seen and felt around campus. Earlier this semester, the council hosted a banner signing that allowed students to thank donors for their generous support. This banner has since been displayed at Homecoming and at many of the faculty and staff receptions held around campus.

    Once the full council has been established, there will be five committees that will focus on: Student for Student scholarships, endowments, grants, recognition and outreach. The purpose of these committees? “To promote awareness and education about giving,” explains senior Jenny Schoenwetter.

    ONU introduced the SPC due to a dream of Dr. Houston Thompson, chair of the Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice. He envisioned an opportunity for students to develop and teach their passion through philanthropy here on campus. His dream has been developing over several years, but is now becoming reality with support from Schoenwetter and Jean Martin '72, director of annual giving, including Student 4 Student (S4S). Working together, Dr. Thompson and Martin are giving direction to the SPC, which now includes an endowment, grant process and more.

    Student philanthropy is a new concept for higher education institutions, and ONU is leading the way.

    “This is a great opportunity to grow leadership in philanthropy, while learning from the vast knowledge of Dr. Thompson and Jean Martin,” Schoenwetter explains. “It is very exciting that Olivet is getting in on the ground floor of this.”

    Much is anticipated from the newly form Student Philanthropy Council, and it will be exciting to watch as they grow the awareness and knowledge of philanthropy on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University.
    Dec 19, 2012 2:29:13Dec 19, 2012 -

    Shine.FM announces the newest addition to the 2013 concert calendar: Casting Crowns on Saturday, March 23. “The Acoustic Sessions Live” concert, featuring special guest Dara Maclean, takes place at the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Ill., beginning at 6 p.m. 

    Tickets go on sale to the public on December 26, 2012, at

    For the past nine years, Casting Crowns has delivered passionate, thought-provoking contemporary Christian music to a growing audience. Group members Mark Hall, Megan Garrett, Melodee DeVevo, Hector Cervantes, Chris Huffman, Juan DeVevo and Brian Scroggin continue to juggle faith, family, music and ministry as one of Christian music’s most successful acts. They are also committed to ministering in their home churches.

    Casting Crowns has sold more than 8.2 million albums to date (according to Nielsen SoundScan) and has been named Billboard magazine's top-selling Christian act for the past four years.

    Recently, the group received three Grammy Award nominations for the 2013 awards: Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance category for “Jesus Friend of Sinners”; Best Contemporary Christian Music Album category for the 2011 RIAA Gold certified “Come to the Well”; and group member Mark Hall in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Song category for “Jesus Friend of Sinners.”

    Since the group launched in 2003, the band has garnered 14 Dove Awards, three Grammy Awards and an American Music Award. In addition, the band has had three Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Platinum albums (Casting Crowns, Lifesong, Altar and The Door), two RIAA Platinum DVDs (Live From Atlanta and Lifesong Live), two RIAA Gold albums (Until the Whole World Hears, Peace on Earth) and two Gold DVDs (Altar and The Door Live and Until The Whole World Hears Live).

    For more information, call 815-939-5330 or email or go to

    Dec 17, 2012 11:26:2Dec 17, 2012 -

    The opening of the Student Life and Recreation Center was a particularly exciting occasion for Olivet’s Department of Athletics. The track team gathered for a brief ceremony on the afternoon of December 12, 2012. 

    Together, the athletes and coaching staff took an inaugural lap around the new state-of-the-art Mondo track — the kind used at the 2012 Olympic Games.

    Athletic Director Gary Newsome told the team, “I’m so happy for you to finally have this facility. But,” he added, “I hope you know that this place doesn’t have any magical value; you will only improve depending on how much work you put in.”

    World champion pole vaulter and ONU alumnus Mark Hollis ’07 also made an appearance to help celebrate the next step in Olivet’s athletic program.

    Hollis recalled spending hours practicing on the outdoor track when he was a student at Olivet. He admitted his success was not due to natural-born talent, but through hard work and determination. Over time, he learned to love the “process of improvement.”

    Hollis told the team they are particularly poised for greatness. “With the combination of Olivet’s coaching staff, athletes, and now this new facility, the sky is the limit.”

    Before he left, he challenged the team: “You guys have this amazing facility now. Cherish it. And defend it like a Tiger!”

    Dec 14, 2012 10:15:10Dec 14, 2012 -

    Matt Kearney ’13
    Associate evangelist with On the Go Ministries, an interdenominational ministry based in Nashville, Tenn.
    Hometown: Marion, Iowa
    Major: Communication studies with a minor in religion

    What motivates you to preach God’s Word?
    God has always loved me no matter what, and I want to love Him in return by making the name of Jesus famous. When I was in high school, God called me to be an itinerant preacher, to proclaim the Good News around the world, and to disciple and preach revival to believers everywhere. That’s my calling. I’m part of Olivet’s Preaching Ambassadors program because I want to preach. Several weekends each year, I have that opportunity at churches in the Midwest.

    What opportunities to preach has God given you recently?
    In summer 2012, I saw the New Testament come alive when I led an eight-day city festival in Masama, Tanzania, near Mount Kilimanjaro, with Proclamation Evangelism Network (PEN). The nearest place for Internet access was a 45-minute drive, and the nearest hospital was a two-hour drive away.

    I preached the Gospel every night with the help of a translator. We had 1,500 to 2,000 coming every night. One night, a young Muslim boy came forward and accepted Christ. He wanted to be baptized, and there were no streams or water nearby. We baptized him by pouring a bottle of water on him! The crowd roared with excitement! People were jumping and hollering, singing and dancing.

    That week, PEN reached more than 128,000 people in Tanzania with more than 16,000 of them accepting Christ!

    With your hectic schedule, how do you make sure you stay close to God?
    Each day, I try the “glory challenge.” It’s based on 1 Corinthians 10:31, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” The challenge reminds me to stay in constant prayer and to give God praise in everything I do. Sometimes I recognize certain things that won’t bring glory to God. If it doesn’t glorify God, I won’t do it. It’s tough, but by His grace I’m growing in this.

    How are you living out your faith while you are a student at Olivet?
    God is at work here at Olivet, and I believe a revival is meant for this place at this time. But my desire is that I would be a man of revival, that I would let God have His way in me. I want people to see Jesus when they see me. I’m praying more and taking more time to talk with others about spiritual issues.

    What is the most important thing for you to remember about your ministry?
    As an evangelist, I’d love to see thousands come to Christ at every outreach event. But I have to remember that sometimes, God is using me just to plant the seed. Sometimes I’m there to teach others how to share God’s Word or to spark a revival in their churches and communities. One reward for me is to see the love of Christ genuinely change a person from the inside out.
    Dec 12, 2012 2:38:30Dec 12, 2012 -

    “We have arrived at 12/12/12, a special date and, more importantly, a special day,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, Olivet's president, at the ceremony to officially open the new Student Life and Recreation Center (SLRC) to students, faculty and staff.

    As midnight approached, a crowd of more than 1,500 gathered in front of the building and gradually pressed forward to enter as soon as the purple ribbon was cut. Just before midnight, Matt Smith, director of recreation services, kicked off the countdown.

    At 12:12 a.m., twelve individuals cut the purple ribbon together, making Olivet history.
    • Jameson Forshee (senior, Flint, Mich.), president of the Associated Student Council
    • Dr. Doug Perry, vice president for finance
    • Matt Whitis, director of physical plant
    • The Honorable Paul Schore, mayor of the Village of Bourbonnais
    • Dale Piggush, general contractor
    • Matt Smith, director of recreation services and building director
    • Dr. Jill Bowling
    • President Bowling
    • And representing the student body: Chelsea Speas (senior, DeWitt, Mich.); Tai Peachey (sophomore, Galesburg, Ill.); Cameron Mason (sophomore, Anderson, Ind.); Sayer Smith (freshman, Gravette, Ark.)

    For two hours, the campus community was welcomed to explore the many features that the 168,000-square-foot SLRC offers, including:
    • Eight-lane, 200-meter running track with Mondo surface, making Olivet one of only a few colleges in Illinois with this type of track. The track’s surface is identical to that used for 2012 Olympic competitions.
    • Two pools, including a 10-lane competition pool with a constant depth of two meters. The first home meet for Olivet’s new women’s swim team is on Friday, December 14.
    • Four-story rock climbing wall that is one of the largest among U.S. universities
    • 72,000-square-foot field house with running track and four basketball courts
    • Workout facilities
    • Large game area on the lower level
    • Spacious central lounge where students can gather for recreation or study
    • Classrooms and offices

    Promoting community life and helping students create relationships, experiences and memories are two of the stated purposes for the facility. With the focus on good health, fitness, fun and intercollegiate athletic competition, students will benefit from this investment for many years to come.

    Planning of the SLRC began in 2009, and the facility has been under construction for the past 18 months. Architects for the project are Buchar, Mitchell, Bajt Architects, Inc. of Joliet, Ill. Construction manager and general contractor is Piggush Simoneau, Inc. of Kankakee, Ill.

    “A project of this size and scope is the work of many hands,” Dr. Bowling said. “I want to express my appreciation to everyone who had a part in the planning, construction, furnishing and programming for this building.”
    Dec 11, 2012 2:6:13Dec 11, 2012 -

    During a ribbon tying ceremony on Friday, December 7, 2012, Olivet and the Center for Law and Culture formalized a new educational and community service partnership. A gold and scarlet ribbon tied in a bow was a visual reminder of the cooperative relationship that the two entities now share.

    “We believe the partnership between Olivet and the Center affords a unique opportunity to lead the way in public life,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. In welcoming the Center to Olivet, he added, “Our goal is to establish a premier legal studies program that will cut across the entire curriculum and inspire our students to become virtuous leaders and take kingdom values to every facet of American society.”

    “This partnership is providential, desperately needed in a culture marked by disillusionment, and strategic in targeting the influential areas of law, government and politics,” said Charles J. Emmerich, J.D., LL.M., founder and director of the Center, and Olivet’s newest professor.

    With Emmerich at the helm, the Center and Olivet recently launched a legal studies program that provides training for students who want to pursue careers in public life, particularly in the fields of law, government and politics.

    Other guests attending the ceremony included: Dr. Gregg Chenoweth, Olivet’s vice president for academic affairs; Dr. William Dean, chair of Olivet’s Department of History and Political Science; Professor Morse Tan, Esq., chairman of the Center’s board of directors and professor of law Northern Illinois University School of Law; and Tammy Galvan-Barnett, the Center’s administrative director and graduate teaching assistant.

    The Center for Law and Culture, a nonprofit organization housed at Olivet Nazarene University, is dedicated to recovering the traditional Judeo-Christian understanding that law is based on a moral order grounded in God’s authority as Creator. Since 2001, the Center has established educational initiatives designed to inspire students and concerned citizens to serve God faithfully in the fields of law, government and politics.
    Dec 06, 2012 5:27:9Dec 06, 2012 -

    Through achievements in graduate school and beyond, Olivet’s music graduates continually demonstrate the strength of an Olivet education.

    Reuben Lillie ’10 recently performed Ralph Vaughan William’s “Songs of Travel” at Chicago’s Symphony Center, with the Chicago College of Performing Arts Orchestra. Ashlie McIntire ’10 will be performing the famous role of Musetta in “La Boheme” at DePaul University this spring.

    “ONU students perform major solos and leading roles while still working toward their bachelor’s degree,” Dr. Neal Woodruff, professor of music said. “Our students have found that these opportunities provide them with a competitive edge both auditioning for and performing in graduate school.”

    Ashlie McIntire is pursuing her master’s degree in vocal performance at DePaul. She chose DePaul because of the quality of education and the connections she would maintain with Olivet.

    “While I was at Olivet, I was cast as the lead in two shows —a musical and an opera — so I had quality performing experience,” McIntire said. “In my vocal training, Dr. Woodruff chose music that was challenging and would help prepare me for roles such as this one [Musetta].”

    Reuben Lillie praises his education from Olivet, saying he now has opportunities because of the preparation he received.

    “Olivet is such a valuable part of my education. My current teachers have nothing but good things to say about the education I received at Olivet,” Lillie said.

    This summer, he will be singing in the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program.

    Both Lillie and McIntire believe in their Alma Mater. “Olivet has a strong music program, so take advantage of the opportunity, work hard and do your best,” McIntire said.

    “These successes are a testimony to their hard work, and the training and opportunities they received while at ONU,” Dr. Woodruff said.

    Dec 06, 2012 5:18:8Dec 06, 2012 -

    Fourteen Olivet students competed at National Association of Teachers Singing (NATS), showcasing their vocal abilities. The NATS Foundation’s purpose is to generate assistance to those who aspire to be talented singers and teachers. With more than 7,000 members, they are the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world.

    “NATS is a vocal competition between different schools within the state of Illinois, primarily vocal majors,” Ben Geeding, a semi-finalist explained.

    Out of the fourteen students, Olivet had eight semi-finalists and four finalists. The fourteen students who competed were: Cassandra Petrie, Lillian Guenseth, Selina Gaines, Ben Geeding, Alicia Carter, Madeline Bloom, Ashley Raffauf, Christine Cave, Gwendelyn Holmes, Taihla Eddins, Seth Lowery, Jessica Brown, Alyssa Norden and Taylin Frame.

    “We probably had the most participants of every school and the most semifinalists,” Dr. Neal Woodruff said.

    Geeding credits a lot of the students’ success to Dr. Woodruff and his teaching. Dr. Woodruff has been a professor at Olivet since 2000. He conducts the University Orchestra and Concert Singers as well as teaches courses in applied voice/pedagogy, opera/music theatre, applied conducting, church music and music history.

    “Dr. Woodruff has a vast amount of knowledge on vocal techniques,” Geeding said.

    Overall, the event was a solid representation of the musical excellence that Olivet offers.
    Dec 06, 2012 5:6:26Dec 06, 2012 -

    “Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory,” General George S. Patton once said.

    At Fortin Villa, home of Olivet’s Roaring Tiger Battalion, U.S. Army ROTC cadets stood at attention while giving homage to those who have fought before them at a recent ceremony. Their respect was shown while the “Armed Forces Medley” was played and during the flag folding ceremony. The flag was presented to General Kotter, who was the guest speaker for the service.

    General Kotter stressed that, “once a soldier, a soldier for life.” He sees service in the military as a worthy endeavor.

    “It’s another way for our appreciation. We serve our country. We enjoy those liberties because of them,” Gen. Kotter said.

    The battalion was grateful for those who have led by example.

    “I think they’re a true inspiration; a sign of selflessness, people I aspire to be,” Cadet Davina Anderson said.
    Dec 05, 2012 1:12:27Dec 05, 2012 -

    Olivet Nazarene University was recently named a Military Friendly School in the 2013 Guide to Military Friendly Schools. Of the 12,000 schools approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs nationwide, Olivet is in the top 15 percent of those that deliver the best experience for military students.

    Olivet achieved this honor by offering the following opportunities to military students: Yellow Ribbon Program for veterans and their dependents; ROTC scholarships; in-state tuition for non-residents; credits for military service and training; CLEP; online courses; evening classes; no activation penalty; associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degrees; regional, national and programmatic accreditation.

    “Being recognized for our commitment to serving the military community is exciting for us,” said Major Roman Ortega Jr., chair of the Department of Military Science. “We strive to balance quality education and outstanding military training with the realities of our students’ lives.”

    Along with providing “Education with a Christian purpose,” Olivet’s Department of Military Science and ROTC Roaring Tiger Battalion provide military students with extensive training in leadership, teamwork and discipline skills. This training prepares them well not only for military service, but also for entering the civilian workforce.

    “We’ve always considered Olivet as a military friendly school, and this prestigious recognition underscores our success in that area,” said Dr. Jim Knight, registrar and associate dean of instruction. “We are especially proud to be part of the Yellow Ribbon Program to assist veterans.”

    This designation by the Guide to Military Friendly Schools is granted through an objective, data-driven survey process with results valuated by Ernst and Young, the same auditing firm that handles voting for “American Idol.”

    Guide to Military Friendly Schools is published annually by Victory Media, Inc. in conjunction with G.I. Jobs magazine, Military Alumni (, Military Friendly Employers (, Military Spouse magazine, Vetrepreneur magazine, Franchising Guide for Military Veterans, and the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA). 
    Dec 05, 2012 9:24:50Dec 05, 2012 -

    Anticipation continues to grow as Olivet prepares to open its newest campus building, the 168,000-square-foot Student Life and Recreation Center, on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at 12:12 a.m. Dr. John C. Bowling, University president, and Dr. Jill Bowling will host the opening ceremony and activities for the Olivet students, faculty and staff.

    “Our main goal for this Center is to strengthen the sense of community among our students,” said Dr. Woody Webb, vice president of student development. “We are also excited about the new opportunities this facility gives us for our thriving intramural and intercollegiate athletic programs.”

    The Center includes:
    • Eight-lane, 200-meter running track with Mondo surface, making Olivet one of only a few colleges in Illinois with this type of track. The track’s surface is identical to that used for 2012 Olympic competitions.
    • Two pools, including a 10-lane competition pool with a constant depth of two meters. The first home meet for Olivet’s new women’s swim team is on Friday, December 14.
    • Four-story rock climbing wall that is one of the largest among U.S. universities
    • 72,000-square-foot field house with running track and four basketball courts
    • Workout facilities
    • Large game area
    • Spacious central lounge where students can gather for recreation or study
    • Classrooms

    Architects of the Center are Buchar, Mitchell, Bajt Architects, Inc. of Joliet, Ill. Construction manager and general contractor for the project is Piggush Simoneau, Inc. of Kankakee, Ill.
    Dec 04, 2012 11:46:24Dec 04, 2012 -

    Olivet’s child development program in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences recently received approval as an entitled institution from Gateways to Opportunity, Illinois Professional Development System.

    Gateways to Opportunity has granted Olivet’s program the following credentials through 2018: ECE Credential Level 5; Infant Toddler Credential Level 4. This gives students the opportunity to qualify for these credentials as they take courses or complete a degree.

    Olivet is among a select group of institutions in Illinois to receive these credentials. All Gateways to Opportunity credentials have competencies that reflect multiple professional standards, including the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards. Olivet faculty members have worked diligently to align courses with these competencies.

    In a time when early childhood education is being defined as a field that promotes professional development, Olivet is now entitled to help further this goal by graduating students who are ready to provide quality care and education to young children.

    Gateways to Opportunity, Illinois Professional Development System, provides guidance, support and recognition to practitioners who serve children and families in Illinois. The organization is administered through the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (INCCRRA) and funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services Bureau of Child Care and Development and the McCormick Foundation. Public/private partnerships have included the Joyce Foundation, Grand Victoria Foundation and W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation.
    Nov 29, 2012 1:26:53Nov 29, 2012 -

    Marriage, Inc. proudly presents the fifth annual “Celebration of Marriage: Date Night” featuring Michael and Amy Smalley, nationally-known marriage builders and couples’ consultants. This year’s event takes place on January 25, 2013, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.), at the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Ill.

    Michael and Amy Smalley, best-selling authors and popular speakers, specialize in teaching couples the principles of loving well and loving for a lifetime. Known for their signature straightforward, no-nonsense advice, combined with a great sense of humor, the Smalleys share a powerful message that inspires, motivates and challenges couples to thrive in their relationships. Their presentations teach with entertaining stories and illustrations, allowing their audiences to learn through laughter. They have spoken to millions of people around the world through live events and special speaking engagements.

    In 2006, Michael and Amy launched the Smalley Intensive program, working closely with couples to teach them valuable skills to maintain their marriages. They are also the co-founders of The Smalley Center for intensive marriage coaching with six U.S. locations.

    They are co-authors of several books and studies, including: The DNA of Relationships, The Men's Relational Toolbox, Don't Date Naked, More than a Match, The Secret to Sexual Intimacy, The Surprising Way to a Stronger Marriage: How the Power of One Changes Everything, “The Comedy of Us” (DVD), Wrestling with Gorillas: 5 Keys to Better Kids (DVD and workbook), Embrace: Seven Powerful Discoveries to Strengthen Any Marriage, The Marriage Study and Smalley Marriage Intensive Workbook.

    Michael Smalley, M.A., also a well-known radio program host, currently serves as the founder and executive director of the Smalley Center near Houston, Texas. The Smalley Center provides special intensive marriage retreats and training for professionals.

    Amy Smalley, M.A., specializes in teaching women and couples through stories and illustrations, allowing her audiences to learn key marriage relationship principles through her own transparency. She also does one-, two- and three-day Smalley Intensives for couples.

    Michael and Amy’s love story began while they were undergraduates at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. They have enjoyed 16 years of marriage together and make their home near Houston. They have three children: Cole, Reagan, and David.

    This event will also include: entertainment, door prizes, marriage enrichment resources and fellowship opportunities.

    Tickets are $15 per person until January 20, 2013, then $20 per person. Purchase tickets online at or in person at the Marriage, Inc. offices on Olivet’s campus or Love Christian Center, 249 S. Schuyler Avenue, Kankakee, Ill. All tickets are nonrefundable. For more information, call Marriage, Inc. at 815-939-5385 or email

    Marriage, Inc. is a cooperative effort of concerned citizens and organizations from a variety of backgrounds around the Kankakee, Ill. community — bankers, teachers, counselors, doctors, businessmen and business women, pastors, parents and grandparents who care about marriage and the future we are leaving for the next generation. 
    Nov 26, 2012 2:25:13Nov 26, 2012 -

    For a university professor, a question often results in research. For Dr. Heather (Cook) Gibbs ’99, that curiosity also helped her conduct ground-breaking research and earn her Ph.D. degree in dietetics from the University of Illinois, one of the country's most respected programs.

    “I wanted to know what knowledge people rely on to make their eating choices, three to five times each day,” she says. “Before prescribing an eating plan, a dietitian needs to know what understanding and skill level a person has.”

    That’s where the results of Heather’s research, using four different studies related to nutrition literacy, comes in.

    She developed and tested her original way of measuring nutrition literacy called the Nutrition Literacy Assessment Instrument (NLAI). Although health literacy has recently become a national priority within health care, prior to the NLAI, there were no tools specific to nutrition literacy.

    As she shared her research with other registered dietitians at professional conferences, she received enthusiastic, positive responses. “It’s nice to know that my research is important to other professionals in the field,” she says.

    Contributing her knowledge

    Publishing her research results is another aspect of the Ph.D. process for Heather. Her dissertation, “Nutrition Literacy: Foundations and Development of an Instrument for Assessment,” is now in print and online.

    Her article, “Exploring nutrition literacy: Attention to assessment and the skills clients need,” recently appeared in Health. Another article, "A Review of Health Literacy and Its Relationship to Nutrition Education," is in the October/December 2012 issue of Topics in Clinical Nutrition. 

    “I learned writing from my dad, a former newspaper reporter and editor,” she says. “He taught me about the economy of language, saying the most with the fewest words.”

    Prioritizing life and love

    Family continues to be Heather’s top priority. She and her husband, Andrew Gibbs, an English professor and coach of Tiger men’s and women’s tennis teams for Olivet, are the parents of three daughters.

    “By God’s grace, I was able to keep all aspects of my life going while I completed my Ph.D. degree,” she says. “I chose to say yes to the most important things: my family, work and school. But that required me to say no to many other good things.” She recalls times of bouncing a baby on her knee while writing her dissertation on her laptop, and tucking little girls into bed before devoting more hours to her research.

    “This wasn’t just about reaching a goal,” she continues. “I want my daughters — Emelia, Audra and Eleanor — to believe they can be ‘anything God wants them to be,’ as the children’s song goes.”

    Following Heather’s Ph.D. graduation ceremony in Urbana-Champaign, Ill., Emelia wore the tam (cap) all the way home in the car. Later, when visiting Heather’s ONU office, Audra noticed that Heather had a new name plate on her door.

    Heather dedicated her dissertation to her three daughters: “May you grow up to be women of integrity, compassion and strength.” These are the three characteristics she hopes to display to them as she continues her work of mothering and career.

    “Audra told me one day: ‘Some are good at teaching, some are good at singing. But I’m good at science, and I’m going to be a scientist!’ I told her: ‘Yes, Audra, I believe you are.’”


    Nov 19, 2012 4:10:38Nov 19, 2012 -

     Recently, the students at Olivet enjoyed “Occupy Ludwig,” a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Alumni Association.

    Breakfast at 10 p.m. attracted many students to take a break from studying, march into Ludwig dining hall and enjoy pancakes. Alumni paid for and organized the event, then served the students.

    The Alumni Board came up with the idea and started it last year. It was such a success, that it may become an annual tradition. Junior Staci Bradbury said she thought it was even better this year than last.

    “It’s a great opportunity for the alumni board to interact with, and to see, our top priority — our students,” Gary Griffin, director of alumni and university relations said.

    The goal was to remind the students that they are already alumni. Students enjoyed the breakfast and appreciated taking the time to relax.

    They can all echo Sophomore Nick Allen, “Thank you for taking the time for doing something so thoughtful.”

    Nov 19, 2012 3:57:30Nov 19, 2012 -

     Olivet’s 191-member marching band finished the marching season with their Homecoming performance of “The Race.”

    Checkered flags, an announcer and a skilled marching band came to entertain during the halftime show at football games throughout the 2012 season.

    Based on the idea of a car race, it was fast-paced and upbeat, with complicated music and drill moves.

    “We’re different than a normal collegiate show. I feel that we need to challenge students in a different way,” Marching Band Director Ryan Schultz said.

    Schultz, who is now full time faculty-staff at Olivet, arranged all the music except for the percussion feature which was arranged by Dr. Matt Jacklin.

    “Professor Schultz is a great leader and really knows how to connect with students,” said senior Joy Matthews, second-year drum major.

    Because of the leadership of Professor Schultz and the increased talent level of the students, Matthews thinks that it’s the “best year we’ve had.”

    Every year, the band starts practicing two weeks before school and continues to practice during the year. Rather than performing a new show every week, they work on one show. By the end of the season, the show is complete and at its best.

    “Our talent level over the years has gotten better,” Schultz explained. “We try to push the envelope on what we can do.”

    Schultz graduated from Olivet in 2006 and came back in 2008 specifically for the marching band. He wants to see how far the band can go by continually challenging them.

    But you don’t have to major in music to participate in this exciting and rewarding experience. All students are welcome in enjoying the band’s success, now and for years to come.

    Nov 15, 2012 5:0:36Nov 15, 2012 -

    In the inaugural event partnering Olivet Nazarene University’s Weber Leadership Center and the Center for Law and Culture, Martin “Marty” Ozinga III addressed students and community leaders on the topic of economic liberty and free enterprise.

    The grandson of Dutch immigrants, Ozinga shared his family’s story of living the “American Dream.”

    Shortly after graduating from college, he took over the family business and grew Ozinga Bros. into what it is today — the largest privately owned concrete company in the United States. Along the way, he maintained an active involvement in Church, state and society, including a run for a U.S. congressional seat in 2008.

    “We live in the greatest country on the face of this earth,” he said. “I’ve traveled many places around the world, and whenever I return, I feel like kissing the ground. We are so blessed, and we are so free. This is the land of opportunity.”

    And he doesn’t take that opportunity for granted.

    “Freedom isn’t free. It took a lot of conviction and sacrifice to secure this system, this way of life for all of us.”

    Ozinga challenged the students in attendance to live up to that gift by seeing whatever career they pursue as an avenue for service.

    “As those who love the Lord, we need to work hard every day in whatever job God has given us. We need to engage in public life, to be salt and light, for the health and well-being of our country and our world.”

    He also encouraged them to remain optimistic about the impact they can make.

    “People are always asking me, ‘Why do you stick your neck out?’ ‘Why are you going out on a limb?’ The answer is: that’s where the fruit can be found.”

    “Young people,” he said, “don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it, that it’s too hard. Go for it! Change the world! That’s the only way the world will ever change.”

    Throughout his presentation, Ozinga repeatedly credited any success his family has achieved to God’s blessings.

    “All of this belongs to God,” he said. “And whatever we have, we have a responsibility to use it to glorify and serve Him.”

    In thanking Ozinga for his presentation, Dr. John C. Bowling, University president, expressed gratitude for the legacy he has left for his family and the next generation of leaders.

    “Marty Ozinga is a living example that you can have success in life and also be a person of integrity.”

    Nov 15, 2012 4:38:12Nov 15, 2012 -

    The Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel will be the setting for the Department of Music’s two special music performances for the Christmas season.

    On Saturday, December 1, 2012, 7 p.m., Olivet’s 77th annual production of Handel’s “Messiah” expresses the life of Jesus Christ in music. Composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel in just 24 days, it is still one of the most popular works in Western choral literature. “Hallelujah” is undoubtedly its most well-known chorus.

    This year’s performance features the Concert Singers, Chrysalis Women’s Choir, Testament Men’s Choir and Orpheus Choir. The University Orchestra and University String Ensemble, including the harpsichord and the Ruffatti pipe organ, provide musical entertainment. Dr. Jeff Bell and Dr. Neal Woodruff conduct the orchestra and choirs.

    Student soloists are: Ashley Raffauf, soprano (Homewood, Ill.); Taylin Frame, alto (Centreville, Va.); Seth Lowery, tenor (Kankakee, Ill.); and David Rice, bass (Traverse City, Mich.).

    On Saturday, December 8, 2012, 7 p.m., celebrate Christmas with Olivet’s presentation of “Sounds of the Season.” The program features holiday music performed by all vocal and instrumental ensembles and music professors. Combined University choirs, the Wind Symphony and Orchestra perform familiar Christmas selections. This concert is sure to brighten the coldest, busiest days of December. 

    There is no charge to attend either event. A free-will offering will be received the night of each performance.

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    “On the Rise: Your avenue for the holidays,” sponsored by Olivet's Enactus student business organization, is your opportunity to discover unique ideas for your holiday gift giving.

    On Saturday, December 8, 2012, noon to 5 p.m., artwork, crafts and jewelry created by Olivet student artists will be available for sale at 577 S. Main St. (formerly Higher Grounds Café), Bourbonnais, Ill.

    Live music by Olivet student musicians will enhance the holiday mood. Local restaurant Twig and Barry’s will sell seasonal food items.

    This business entrepreneurship project is sponsored by Olivet’s chapter of Enactus, an international organization dedicated to preparing future business leaders.

    For more information about this event, call 586-907-1612 or email

    Enactus (formerly known as SIFE) brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, the student leaders of Enactus create and implement community empowerment projects around the globe. The experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to leadership in an ever-more complicated and challenging world.
    Nov 14, 2012 11:19:36Nov 14, 2012 -

    Orpheus Choir will be the featured group in the first performance of The Art Institute of Chicago’s 2012 Holiday Choral Series on Monday, December 3, 2012, noon to 12:30 p.m. The group will present holiday selections from the Woman’s Board Grand Staircase in the main foyer, 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

    Under the direction of Dr. Jeff Bell of Olivet’s Department of Music, the choir’s selections will include “Gloria” (J. Rickard), “Midnight Clear” (a 14-part choral piece by M. Nielson), “Some Children See Him” (A. Burt), and “Hallelujah!” (from Handel’s Messiah).

    Featured performers are Kyle Hance (Arenzville, Ill.), Wesley Taylor (Kankakee, Ill.), Brad Palmer (Franklin, Ind.) and Chris LeFevre (Ashton, Ill.) singing as a men’s quartet, and Dr. Bell as soloist.

    There is no charge for this event with museum admission.

    For more information about this performance by Orpheus Choir, call 815-939-5110 or email
    Nov 13, 2012 2:13:5Nov 13, 2012 -

    Filling a 53-foot semi -trailer with donated blankets and cases of bottled water in one day might seem like an impossible task. But not for those who responded to Olivet’s request to help survivors of Hurricane Sandy.

    During the day on Monday, November 12, 2012, generous donors from campus and the surrounding area brought a total of 2,375 cases of bottled water and 1,357 blankets to the designated collection site on Olivet’s campus. Other donations included a total of $1,300 and some canned food items.

    “Seeing all the photos and news stories about the struggles people are having on the East Coast motivated me to volunteer today,” said Jose Cruz (Island Lake, Ill.), a senior communication major in Olivet’s Honors Program. “I can’t go there to help them, but I can help from here in Bourbonnais. I’m also here to show our appreciation to the donors.”

    More than 100 student, staff and faculty volunteers worked at the donation site at various times throughout the day. They enthusiastically greeted donors and unloaded donations from vehicles. Temperatures hovered in the 30s for much of the day.

    “I’m blessed by the excitement of the donors as they arrive and by the outpouring of generosity from our community,” said Bre Bambric (Washington, Ill.), a junior majoring in social work.

    One woman donated 25 baby sweaters that she had knit. A church van from Indiana arrived with a donation of 35 fleece tied blankets that their youth group had made.

    Kroger sold 15 pallets of water for the effort from a special display created by store employees at the Bourbonnais store, ordered eight more around midday and sold out of that supply as well. Store employees also assisted volunteers from Olivet to make sure that the cases of water were safely tracked and delivered to campus.

    By sundown, all donations were safely packed into the trailer, awaiting Tuesday’s dawn.

    The loaded trailer, plus an additional trailer containing more donations, are on the way to New York City, where donations will be received and distributed by Nazarene Compassionate Ministries from a warehouse in the Bronx area of New York City.

    “All of you are amazing,” said Chaplain Mark Holcomb at the end of the busy but rewarding day.

    See more photos of donations being received and loaded here.
    Nov 09, 2012 2:12:47Nov 09, 2012 -

    Steer clear of discussing politics? Try telling that to the Capitol Hill Gang (CHG), one of the most active clubs at Olivet Nazarene University. The members are passionate about politics, and not surprisingly, this happens to be one of their favorite times of the year.

    Brandon Allison, a leader in CHG, described the club as “a group of politically interested students who engage in substantive discussion about social, political, and religious issues of the day.” He thinks it is part of the club’s job to keep students on campus informed about political issues.

    Several weeks before Election Day, CHG hosted a mock debate in Wisner Auditorium between student representatives speaking for Governor Romney and President Obama. They wanted to give students who might not have seen all of the presidential debates a clear idea of what stance each candidate defends.

    Eight ONU students duked it out, with political science professor David Claborn as moderator. They advocated for Romney and Obama on such diverse issues as job creation, China, Iran and social issues.

    At the end of the debate, audience members were asked to vote for one of the two candidates, with Romney winning 50-30.

    CHG member and leader Matthew VanDyke said, “The debate was a success; it was informative, and helped the audience get a better idea of who they are going to vote for.”

    On election day, CHG hosted a party celebrating the election, and the American privilege to vote. Allison said it was “a lot of fun discussing various elections from different home districts while sharing predictions and reactions to the actual returns.”

    Though Election Day may be over, CHG will continue to play an active role on campus. The club is already planning various future events, including a spring debate.
    Nov 08, 2012 12:24:46Nov 08, 2012 -

    On Friday, November 2, Olivet students had a chance to interact with gospel music legends Bill and Gloria Gaither. After 50 years of marriage and a lifetime of music, the Gaithers were an inspiration and wealth of information for everyone in attendance.

    For students who aspire to be involved in music, the Gaithers stressed the importance of relating to people.

    "If you want to know music, you need to know something about people," Gloria Gaither said.

    They also discussed the importance of world-views. The way someone looks at their culture and how they live will show in their careers.

    “It's more than just the music," Bill Gaither said.

    Letter from Bill Gaither

    Following his visit, Bill sent the following letter to the students he’d met.

    To the Student Body of Olivet Nazarene University,

    One of the prayers I often pray for myself as the years go by is, "God don't let me fall prey to cynicism."

    I also pray that prayer for your student body. In a day when so many young people are seeking divine answers in all the wrong places, I looked out at the sea of young faces Saturday night, and I was so encouraged to see the hope on your faces.

    I urge you to become critical thinkers. It is good and right to face serious problems with serious questions. I’ve known many well-meaning people of faith who were afraid to challenge the status quo. But asking the right questions leads you to constructive answers for your generation and the generations yet to come.

    I pray that God will protect you from destructive cynicism, which actively works against spiritual progress; and even constructive cynicism is void of solutions in this increasingly complicated world.

    Fight cynicism with His truth, grace and love. Continue to ask the hard questions while also embracing the spiritual principles that have been proven trustworthy since the dawn of Creation.

    After seeing your faces, so eager and full of hope, I believe we will see great things come from this student body.

    Bill Gaither
    Nov 07, 2012 1:30:16Nov 07, 2012 -

    Cuba, Thailand, Burkina Faso, Korea, China. Ever dreamed of going to any of these places to make a difference? Give Your Life Away Week was the launching point for all of these and many other Olivet sponsored mission trips, also known as Missions in Action (MIA).

    The movement to “give your life away” began when chapel speaker Wayne Francis challenged students to be faithful in whatever God calls them to do. His closing words of “When I sit down, God stands up,” emphasized that we need to give our lives to the call God has placed on our lives, because it is then that He can do so much more with us than we ever imagined. Whether it is being a teacher, a father, a lawyer, a missionary, or anything in between, we must give our lives away to the call God has given us.

    Olivet students have a myriad of opportunities to give their lives away. Throughout this special week of emphasis, there was a poverty seminar, Team World Vision celebration, two MIA informational meetings, world art displays, and table talk session with Wayne Francis. Students were inspired to begin the process of living missionally, however that looks in their lives.

    Senior Cassidy Lancaster, co-leader of the student ministry Heart for Missions, was thrilled to see how members of her ministry were becoming involved, putting what they talk about in their ministry into action.

    “It is so exciting to see others becoming involved and catching the vision, especially those in my ministry,” said Lancaster.

    And that is what Give Your Life Away Week is all about. Catching the vision. Becoming involved. Deciding right here and now to do everything possible to fulfill God’s call on your life.

    For more information about MIA trips, click here.
    Nov 07, 2012 1:12:34Nov 07, 2012 -

    Homecoming 2012 began Wednesday evening when the 58th Homecoming Queen was crowned.
    All of the class and elegance that has been built into the tradition of Coronation was blended with the fresh theme coined by VP of Women’s Residential Life Madison Leesburg: Shimmer.

    The night began with Leesburg telling a story of how she watched the power of the Florida sun as it played and shimmered off the waves. She compared that imagery to the five men and five women represented on the Homecoming Court. Their lives shimmer throughout the Olivet community.

    The “ten shimmers,” as Leesburg referred to them, are prominent leaders on Olivet’s campus, showing outstanding work both in the classroom and in their extracurricular activities. They have lengthy lists of areas in which they have been involved and served during their time at ONU. In addition to their long list of accomplishments, they also have earned the respect of their peers, receiving their spot on the Homecoming Court by student vote.

    While at the end of the night one queen was crowned, Allison Wiseman of Bradford, Ohio, all ten of the students on the court represent the Olivet community well. They continue the tradition of excellence that has come to be expected from Olivet students, faculty and staff.

    Nov 07, 2012 1:2:11Nov 07, 2012 -

    When two empty 28-foot trailers arrive at Olivet early on Monday, November 12, 2012, the goal is to fill them with blankets and cases of bottled water before 5 p.m. that day. Survivors of Hurricane Sandy are in great need of these particular items.

    Olivet’s students, staff and faculty are inviting residents of area communities to be part of this effort. Donations will be collected from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Blankets and cases of bottled water are the only items that will be collected at Olivet on Monday. Blankets may be new — still in store packaging — or clean, used blankets. Bottled water must be already packaged.

    Kroger in Bourbonnais, Ill., is partnering with Olivet in this effort. From this Friday through Monday only, the store will be selling cases of bottled water at a special price of $2.29 for donation to Hurricane Sandy survivors through Olivet. Water purchased for donation may be designated to be held at the store for pick-up by Olivet on Monday.

    The donation drop-off site is on Olivet’s campus, One University Ave., Bourbonnais, between College Church and the west parking lot of Centennial Chapel. Entry and exit signs will be posted to direct drivers. Student volunteers will receive and unload donations of blankets and cases of bottled water from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    “This may seem like a small way to help, but there is a great need right now for clean water and blankets by our East Coast friends,” said Mark Holcomb, University chaplain. “We are working with Nazarene Compassionate Ministries on this to make sure the items reach those who need them.”

    Jay Height, director of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (NCM) and father of Olivet students Jeremy Height and Jenna Height, assured Olivet that items collected will be stored and distributed from a warehouse NCM has secured in the Bronx area of New York City.

    For more information, call 855-987-4463 or email
    Nov 06, 2012 4:50:9Nov 06, 2012 -

    From the classics like Coronation, basketball and football, to the sold-out Gaither Vocal Band concert, Homecoming 2012 (Oct. 31-Nov. 4) was an all-around memorable experience for the entire Olivet community.


    One of the longest standing of Olivet’s traditions, Coronation provided a beautiful beginning to Homecoming weekend. Senior nursing major Allison Wiseman ’13 from Bradford, Ohio was crowned queen during the ceremony that was themed “Shimmer” and based off of 2 Corinthian 3:18. She was escorted by Cal Samuelson ’13 of Federal Way, Wash.

    Other members of the 2012 Homecoming Court included:

    • Lauren Beatty ’13, Kankakee, Ill. (escorted by Jeremy Height ’13, Indianapolis, Ind.)
    • Cassidy Lancaster ’13, Lakeland, Fla. (escorted by Michael Doherty ’13, Fenton, Mich.)
    • Whitney (Swick) Means ’13, Grinnell, Iowa (escorted by Seth Means ’13, Grinnel, Iowa)
    • Taylor Polatas ’13, Kent, Ohio (escorted by Josue Sanchez ’13, Morelia, Mexico)

    Alumni Awards

    Since 1957, Olivet’s Alumni Association has honored one ministerial and one lay person as outstanding alumni through the presentation of the “O” Awards. This year’s recipients were Dr. Samuel Mayhugh and Dr. Mark Quanstrom.

    Dr. Samuel Mayhugh '61, of Newport Beach, Calif., has focused his 36-year career as a psychologist and healthcare executive in the area of behavioral health. He is the founder of Integrated Behavioral Health in Laguna Niguel, Calif., and serves as a principal consultant for the Department of Homeland Security.

    Dr. Mark Quanstrom '77, of Bourbonnais, Ill., has served more than 30 years in the ministry and is now a full-time professor of theology and philosophy at Olivet and the preaching pastor at College Church of the Nazarene’s University campus.

    Olivet’s Alumni Association presented the second annual Young Alumni Awards to Heather (Bachelor) Makarewicz and Ben Smidt.

    After studying both engineering and mathematics at Olivet, Heather (Bachelor) Makarewicz '07went on to pursue her life-long dream of working for NASA, before returning to ONU as an adjunct professor.

    Ben Smidt '07, a distribution consultant at Catepillar Inc., has served in several capacities in their logistics division, Cat Logistics, where he focuses on reducing services parts inventory.

    For their long time support and friendship with Olivet, the Alumni Board also recognized Eastern Michigan District Superintendent Stephen Anthony and his wife, Marilyn, and Harold and Ruth Severance as “Honorary Alumni.”

    Tiger Sports

    With McHie Arena at near capacity, the No. 13 Olivet Nazarene University women’s basketball team made quick and easy work of visiting Lincoln Trail College (Ill.) in an exhibition game in front of the Homecoming crowd. Under the leadership of new head coach Lauren Stamatis, the Tigers walked away with a 109-45 victory. 

    The men's basketball team started the 2012-13 season by hosting Clarke University (Iowa) and defeating the Crusaders 78-70. The Tigers got off to an early 17-point lead, lost it in the second half, but held on late to secure its first win of the season.

    In a game that seemingly had it all, the football team  put on quite a show against Trinity International University (Ill.), pulling out a 41-39 last second win in front of a Homecoming weekend crowd at Ward Field. The victory came as junior kicker Andrew Muzljakovich (Vicksburg, Mich.) nailed a 42-yard field goal with one second remaining. The kick gave the Tigers their second straight win and first in league play.

    Coming off a regular season that concluded with five wins, the men's soccer team  was ready for postseason play. They welcomed Judson University (Ill.) for CCAC Tournament Quarterfinal play on Saturday, Nov. 3. The Tigers played in their sixth overtime game this season, but were victorious again in a 2-1 overtime win.

    Gaithers in Concert

    The Gaither Vocal Band returned for a repeat ONU Homecoming performance on Saturday evening in Centennial Chapel. The show, which had been sold out since September, featured Bill Gaither, Olivet’s combined student choir and some of be best loved voices in gospel music: Wes Hampton, David Phelps, Michael English and Mark Lowry.

    Orpheus Choir Reunion
    In honor of Orpheus Choir’s 80th year, several Orpheus alumni joined with the 69 current members to form a mass, reunion choir, under the direction of current director Dr. Jeff Bell ’81 and former director Dr. George Dunbar ’58 BS/’59 BA who holds the longest tenure as Orpheus director (27 years).

    Following rehearsals and reconnecting on Saturday, the choir performed favorites like “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” and “A Mighty Fortress” during the Sunday morning worship service in Centennial Chapel. During the service, three men and their wives were recognized for their lasting legacy to the Department of Music at ONU: George Dunbar (former director of Orpheus Choir) and his wife, Linda (Luttrell) ’59, Ovid Young ’82 (artist-in-residence) and his wife, Laura (Rees) ’62, and Harlow Hopkins ’53 (former chair of the Department of Music) and his wife, Harriet (Boughan) ’53

    Nov 06, 2012 4:15:51Nov 06, 2012 -

     ONU alumnus Dr. Robert Taylor ’77 was recently named “District Superintendent of the Year” by the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents. He began serving as superintendent of the Lebanon Community School Corporation in 2007.

    Dr. Taylor’s impressive career in education is virtually unmatched, having served as teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal across all grade levels and on two continents. From 1981-1995, Dr. Taylor worked in Germany with the Department of Defense Overseas Education Activity.

    “The key to being a successful Christian in the workplace,” he says, “is having the faith to believe, the strength to commit, and the dedication to minister by example.”

    Born in Corydon, Ind., Robert spent much of his early school years overseas with his family in both Turkey and Germany. After completing his high school education back in Greenwood, Ind., he went on to study education at Olivet Nazarene College, where he was also a varsity letter-winner in wrestling.

    The marks of an Olivet education are written all over Dr. Taylor’s life. What is most memorable? “People, people, people,” he says. Two ONU professors had a particularly profound impact on his life.

    “Coach Watson impressed me by his example. I learned a very important life lesson from Coach Watson — appreciating the dedication of an individual’s commitment to a team goal, verses individual recognitions.

    “Professor Collins allowed me to sit at the same potter’s wheel with my future wife, Jackie Voss ’77, knowing all along that I would never be an artist. But he gave me the opportunity to ‘sculpt’ a wonderful partnership that is still strong after 38 years.”

    Jackie also works as a school administrator, serving as the director of guidance and student services. Dr. and Mrs. Taylor have two adult sons, Matthew and Cole.


    Nov 06, 2012 9:37:32Nov 06, 2012 -

    Olivet presented its second annual Young Alumni Award to Heather (Bachelor) Makarewicz '07 and Ben Smidt '07 during Homecoming 2012.

    After studying both engineering and mathematics at Olivet, Heather Makarewicz fulfilled a lifelong dream by interning at NASA before her senior year at ONU. While completing her master’s degree in mathematics at the University of Kansas, she spent three summers in NASA’s fellowship program, researching the mineral content of the surface of Mars. Then, Heather was hired on as a research assistant at the NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP), where she worked for a year.

    Now back at Olivet as an adjunct professor, Heather is married to ONU engineering professor Joseph Makarewicz '07, and mom to their two children, Scarlette and Berenger.

    Ben Smidt is a distribution consultant at Caterpillar Inc., the world’s chief manufacturer of mining and construction equipment, natural gas and diesel engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. Ben first connected with Caterpillar through an internship opportunity during summer 2005, which led to being hired on full-time. Since then, he has served in several capacities within their logistics division, Cat Logistics, where he focuses on reducing Caterpillar’s service parts inventory.

    In 2009, Caterpillar sent Ben and his wife, Bekah (McCoy) '07, to Belgium for three years, where he worked as a Six Sigma Black Belt for transportation management. It was during this time that their two children, Isaiah and Brooklyn, were born.

    Each year, during Homecoming celebration, Olivet honors one outstanding female and one outstanding male recipient with the Young Alumni Awards. Recipients are chosen by vote of the Alumni Board, and must have graduated from Olivet within the last 10 years. The winners will present a financial scholarship to two current Olivet juniors, who will be selected by a committee of faculty and administrators, and approved by the Executive Committee of the Alumni Board. This year’s award is underwritten by alumni Mel '73 and Judith (Tucker) '73 Sayes.
    Nov 05, 2012 2:29:12Nov 05, 2012 -

    Olivet’s Alumni Association honored two outstanding alumni during Homecoming 2012: Dr. Mark Quanstrom ’77 with the Ministerial “O” Award and Dr. Samuel Mayhugh ’61 with the Lay “O” Award. This is the highest honor that the University gives to its alumni.

    A 1977 graduate of Olivet, Dr. Mark Quanstrom is a professor of theology and philosophy in Olivet’s School of Theology and Christian Ministry. He also serves as the teaching pastor and preacher at College Church of the Nazarene, University Campus, Bourbonnais.

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

    Dr. Quanstrom is also an accomplished author of two books and numerous articles, including A Century of Holiness Theology (2004) and From Grace to Grace (2011).

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

    He and his wife, Debi (Lucas) ’78, are the parents of three sons: Lukas ’04, married to Rachel (Studebaker) ’05, who are the parents of their two grandsons, Gabriel and Reuben; Ryan ’07; and Daniel ’09, married to Kayla (Luna).

    A 1961 graduate of Olivet, Dr. Samuel Mayhugh is the founder of Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH), Laguna Niguel, Calif., which specializes in behavioral health plan administration, employee assistance programs, psychiatric disability management and work-life services. Today, IBH serves 15,000 employers and more than 3 million people.

    As a principal consultant for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Dr. Mayhugh has provided training for employers regarding terrorism, post-violence and threats to high-risk employers. He is also leading a research project on threat assessment and violence prevention, which will include two Olivet students as interns in 2013.

    Dr. Mayhugh has served as chair of the Department of Psychology, at both Olivet and Point Loma University, San Diego, Calif. In 2010, he established the Samuel L. Mayhugh Award for Scholarly Excellence to honor members of Olivet’s faculty.

    He supports on-field Nazarene missionaries by providing counseling and teaching services, and he developed the counseling center for the Manhattan Church of the Nazarene in New York City. In 2010, he was the commencement speaker for the Hong Kong Institute for Christian Counseling, where he also serves as a consultant.

    He has a bachelor’s degree in biological science from Olivet (1961), a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Purdue University (1965) and a doctorate degree in psychological services from Indiana State University (1969). He participated in Harvard Medical School’s initial post-graduate program for managed behavioral health (1984) and also attended Oxford University’s Executive Programme (2008).

    Dr. Mayhugh and his wife, Arlene (Middleton) ’59, met at Olivet. They are the parents of two sons, Brian and Todd, and they have two grandsons.

    Nov 02, 2012 11:14:57Nov 02, 2012 -

    Gary Morsch, M.D., M.P.H. is the recipient of Olivet’s 2012 Reed Leadership Award. A man of action and a servant of Jesus Christ, Dr. Morsch leads a ministry with international impact, has served in clinics and hospitals around the world, and once led a motorcycle ride from the southern tip of South America to Kansas City to raise $500,000 for charity.

    “We recognize Dr. Morsch today for his life of service and mobilization of people to make a difference in our world,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president, as he presented the award. “Leaders are individuals who have a bias for action, and Dr. Morsch certainly exemplifies that.”

    Olivet’s Reed Leadership Award and the Reed Institute for Advanced Study of Leadership were established by Dr. Harold W. Reed, who was president of the University from 1949 to 1975.

    Dr. Morsch’s career as a physician and his volunteer medical missions service led him to establish two successful nonprofit organizations:
    Heart to Heart International, one of the largest volunteer relief organizations in the world and the third most efficient charity in the United States. This medical relief organization that stages airlifts of medicines and medical supplies to needy countries, responds to disasters, and organizes volunteer medical teams who work throughout the world.
    Docs Who Care, providing health care services in rural areas of the United States. Doctors volunteer to work in community hospitals on a job-sharing basis, with the time and flexibility to make a difference in the world through their service.

    Speaking in Olivet’s morning chapel service on October 31, Dr. Morsch shared with students, faculty and staff about meeting Mother Teresa in 1987 in Calcutta, India, and working with her during the last 10 years of her life. “When I arrived in Calcutta, the first assignment Mother Teresa gave me was to shovel garbage into buckets, and then carry the buckets to a dump site,” he said. In completing that task, he learned the truth of one of her teachings: “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”

    Dr. Morsch told about the results of a challenge he gave to his Rotary Club in Olathe, Kan., in 1991. “I told them that we needed to love our enemies and that we should go to Moscow, Russia, to do that,” he said. Ultimately, they collected donations of 90 tons of medicines to benefit the people in a country that was on the verge of collapse. The U.S. Air Force provided a military cargo plane to transport the donations. That was the beginning of Heart to Heart International.

    “God has been talking to be about how to bring leadership and service together,” said Taylor Haymes, a senior elementary education major from Wentzville, Mo. “Dr. Morsch did that for me in his presentation.”

    “Seeing a leader put his ideas into action inspires me to go and fulfill my ideas,” said Alex Buchmann, a freshman student from Denver, Colo.
    Nov 01, 2012 12:8:5Nov 01, 2012 -

    Allison Wiseman from Bradford, Ohio, became Olivet's 58th Homecoming Queen during the coronation ceremony on October 31, 2012. Chosen by her peers for this honor, Allison is a senior and leader among the student body. She is the daughter of Mark and Bobbi Wiseman.

    A nursing major, Allison is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the nursing honor society. This past summer, she traveled with Olivet’s nursing department on a medical mission trip to Argentina. While at Olivet, she has sung with Chrysalis Women’s Choir and Proclamation Gospel Choir, and traveled for two years with The Olivetians ministry team.

    Other members of the 2012 Homecoming Court, all seniors, are: Lauren Beatty (Kankakee, Ill.), escorted by Jeremy Height (Indianapolis, Ind.); Cassidy Lancaster (Lakeland, Fla.), escorted by Michael Doherty (Fenton, Mich.); Whitney (Swick) Means (originally from Grinnell, Iowa), escorted by her husband, Seth Means (originally from Honey Creek, Iowa) of Bourbonnais; Taylor Polatas (Kent, Ohio), escorted by Josue Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico). Escorting Wiseman was Calum Samuelson (Federal Way, Wash.).

    Rev. Randy and Nancy Dodd served as masters of ceremonies for the coronation. Special music was provided by Elisabeth Holaway, cellist (Wheaton, Ill.); Lizzy Link, vocalist (Fergus Falls, Minn.); Kyle Miller, pianist (Sesser, Ill.); and Logan Miller, vocalist and guitarist (Bradley, Ill.).

    Olivet’s Homecoming Queen and members of her Court have been honored each year since 1955. The Queen is a senior woman chosen by the student body. She is person of integrity; gives glory to God in her life; helps others feel loved and accepted; and expresses Olivet’s academic, social, and spiritual ideals.
    Nov 01, 2012 10:2:52Nov 01, 2012 -

    “It’s the end of the world as we know it.” A rather dismal idea for a show, but Orpheus Choir successfully transformed it into comedy.

    During their annual variety show, Orpheus Choir pulled out all the stops, performing everything from pop songs and comedy sketches to dance numbers. Consisting of 69 members, Orpheus proved, once again, that singing isn’t their only talent.

    “It’s just a variety of short acts and numbers designed to brighten people’s day,” Kyle Hance, president of Orpheus Choir said.

    Students enjoy the humor and the quality of the show, but they aren’t the only audience members. Also in attendance were faculty, staff, community members and several Orpheus alumni.

    Audience favorites included a glow-in-the-dark dance routine, hilarious You-Tube personalities coming to life on stage, an original song by sophomore Ashley Sarver and a satirical newscast, “Olivet Update” by Wesley Taylor and David Rice.

    Dr. Bowling makes it a point to attend every year, and often gets pulled in as a performer. This year, a cardboard cut-out in his likeness made a cameo.

    “I think it’s good for the student body to get together, relax and enjoy a funny show,” Lillian Guenseth, Orpheus member said.

    Determined to up the ante, choir members are already planning ahead for next year’s performance. That show is sure to be the best one yet — unless, of course, this really is “the end of the world as we know it.”
    Oct 29, 2012 2:49:31Oct 29, 2012 -

    God is faithful. At Olivet that message rings out loud and clear — even in Spanish.

    On Monday, October 24, faculty, staff and students attended the first-ever Celebration of Heritage Dinner. Sponsored by the Center for Student Success and Multiethnic Relations Club, the event celebrated the importance of an individual’s story.

    "Olivet is home to many people. We want to affirm them and celebrate who they are," Jasper Taylor, multicultural campus coordinator said. "We may look different, we may even speak different languages, but we all have a story."

    The celebration coincided with National Hispanic Heritage Month, started by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968. After dining on fajitas, rice, chocolo and white tortillas, students shared their stories.

    The theme of those stories was evident: God’s faithfulness. Mayra Escoto and Camilo Giraldo were asked to share about how God has worked in their lives. Spencer Cook then spoke on the celebration of Hispanic heritage.

    Giraldo, originally from Colombia, summed up his story by saying, “It doesn’t matter how much you turn your back on God, He never turns His back on you.”

    At the end of the night, it was clear that no matter where you come from or what language you speak, “Dios es fiel.”

    Oct 26, 2012 11:46:7Oct 26, 2012 -

     Choir tours, devotions, host homes, excellence in music; these traditions are familiar to Orpheus choir members — and they have been going on for 80 years.

    Orpheus alumni will join the 69 current choir members to celebrate 80 years of Orpheus Choir during a special reunion this Homecoming.

    “We’re expecting maybe close to 200 singers,” Dr. Jeff Bell, Orpheus Choir director said.

    On Saturday, Nov. 3, there will be a reunion/rehearsal from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., where alumni can reconnect.

    There will also be a silent auction to raise money for the Orpheus Memorial Scholarships given to current Orpheus members. Items on auction include old Orpheus memorabilia: CDs, cassettes, records and a quilt.

    The choir will sing in Centennial Chapel for College Church of the Nazarene’s Sunday morning worship service (Nov. 4), accompanied by both the Ruffatti pipe organ and piano.

    Dr. George Dunbar, former Orpheus choir director, will be conducting a portion of the performance. With 27 years, he had the longest tenure of any choir director.

    The music, camaraderie and common experiences will bring the choir members together not only in song, but also as a family.

    “It’s an opportunity to come back and see that excellence in choral music is still the standard at Olivet,” Dr. Bell said.

    For a full listing of Homecoming 2012 events, or to register, click here.

    Oct 23, 2012 10:15:7Oct 23, 2012 -

    Write what you know — that’s one guideline that each of these Olivet authors has followed. Combining their education, research, faith and life experience, they explore a variety of topics. We share some of their most recent and requested books with you here.

    John Bowling, University president

    Above All Else: 20 Years of Baccalaureate Sermons
    Dr. Bowling shares the often-requested text from messages he prepared and delivered to Olivet’s graduating classes.

    Grace-Full Leadership: Understanding the Heart of a Christian Leader (book and audiobook)
    God has redefined the world of management for the Christian leader through scripture. In this book, Dr. Bowling explores the leadership qualities and practices that are Christian distinctives.

    Making the Climb: What a Novice Climber Learned About Life on Mount Kilimanjaro
    Making the Climb: Lessons for Faith Communities (DVD + book)
    This riveting first-person account documents one man’s attempt to climb to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Dr. Bowling describes the challenges and difficulties he encountered during those nine days.

    To be published in spring 2013:Re-Vision: Thirteen Strategies to Renew Your Work, Your Organization, and Your Life
    As president of Olivet for more than 20 years, Dr. Bowling gives his perspective on the challenges and opportunities that come with long-term leadership. This book addresses how to keep one’s leadership fresh and how to re-vision an organization, as needed, from time to time. 

    Mark Quanstrom, professor of theology and philosophy, School of Theology and Christian Ministry

    From Grace to Grace: The Transforming Power of Holiness
    Dr. Quanstrom offers an original explanation of the call to holiness which is faithful to the Wesleyan holiness tradition in a way that makes holiness relevant to this generation. Determining the call to holiness depends on a renewed appreciation for the entire revelation of God.

    David Van Heemst, professor of political science, Department of History and Political Science

    College: What’s the Point? Embracing the Mystery of the Kingdom in a Postmodern World
    This challenge to Christian college students addresses the significant issues they face. Dr. Van Heemst offers the biblical foundation to help them grapple with the tough questions and draw closer to God.

    Splashing in Puddles: How to Be a Father to Your Daughter
    As the father of five daughters, Dr. Van Heemst details what a father must do in order to give his daughter a strong foundation in Christ. His goal is to bring clarity to fatherhood’s complexity.

    Mark Frisius, assistant professor of theology, School of Theology and Christian Ministry

    Tertullian's Use of the Pastoral Epistles, Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, and Jude (Studies in Biblical Literature)
    Dr. Frisius discusses the material that Tertullian, a third-century theologian, used for his theological controversies. This book, in addition to being a resource for scholars, is also useful in senior level and graduate courses on ancient biblical interpretation.

    Kevin Mellish, associate professor of biblical literature, School of Theology and Christian Ministry

    1 & 2 Samuel: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition (New Beacon Bible Commentary)
    Dr. Mellish writes from the Wesleyan theological perspective. This commentary provides a critical, relevant and inspiring interpretation of the Word of God in today’s world.

    Oct 19, 2012 11:2:37Oct 19, 2012 -

    Leslie (Young) Parrott, Olivet Nazarene University Class of 1984, is one of the "50 Women to Watch" from Christianity Today's October issue.

    The magazine surveyed dozens of evangelical leaders to "identify Christian women in North America whom evangelicals admire, and who are shaping the life of the church and culture in significant ways."

    Parrott is a No. 1 New York Times best-selling author and co-founder (with her husband, Les Parrott) of Seattle Pacific University’s Center for Relationship Development. She is a marriage and family therapist who has written books for Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City (a division of Nazarene Publishing House) and articles for Holiness Today. Her books have sold more than two million copies in more than two dozen languages.

    Leslie speaks to a wide variety of audiences, and her TV appearances include CNN, "Good Morning America," "The View with Barbara Walters," and "Oprah."
    Oct 18, 2012 10:21:36Oct 18, 2012 -

    Olivet is now featured on, a website dedicated to honoring U.S. colleges and universities that exhibit excellence in student-focused higher education.

    “Schools designated as ‘Colleges of Distinction’ create well-rounded graduates and are among the very best in the country,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor of Colleges of Distinction™.

    Colleges and universities are nominated for participation in Colleges of Distinction through high school counselors’ recommendations, as well as quantitative research.

    Once nominated, the colleges are assessed for four distinctions: student engagement, quality of teaching, vibrancy of the college community and success of graduates. Olivet was found to excel in all four distinctions and will receive a personal profile on the Colleges of Distinction website. offers dynamic college profiles and easy-to-use search tools for students, parents and counselors. The website includes tips from high school guidance counselors and essays from college students, presidents and other members of campus communities.

    To view Olivet Nazarene University’s profile, or to find more information about the online guide, visit
    Oct 16, 2012 10:42:58Oct 16, 2012 -

    Clad in orange T-shirts and running shoes, Shine.FM listeners and Olivet students, faculty, staff and alumni banded together to raise critical funding for World Vision through the 2012 Chicago Marathon. As Team Shine and part of Team World Vision (TWV), they helped raise a staggering total of $1.6 million that will be used to provide clean water to impoverished villages in Africa.

    Team Shine launched at Olivet in April 2012 with the encouragement of two alumni: Rusty Funk ’07, Chicago area director for TWV, and Mike Chitwood ’93, who founded TWV in 2005 as a fundraising focus for World Vision.

    First-time marathoners

    Compelled by the stories of children in need, more than 70 Olivet students, faculty and staff signed up for the marathon — many of them running a race for the very first time.

    “I’d always wanted to run a marathon, and TWV gave me a great cause and motivation to train and do it,” says Blake Swanson ’13 of Columbus, Ohio, a youth ministry major. “Running to save lives was my motivation.”

    Using the six-month training plan recommended by TWV, they learned how to conquer both the physical and mental challenges of marathon running.

    For Caylee Wagner ’13, a business administration major from of Merillville, Ind., that preparation helped her power through the “wall” she hit at mile 13.

    “I know a lot of people stop halfway through, but I kept going,” she recalls. “Even though I had already gotten really sick and felt weak, I fought through it.”

    “Pain is temporary”

    Bethany (Anderson) Knight ’97, resident director for Grand Apartments and Howe Hall, saw her husband, Justin Knight ’97/’07 MOL, general manager of Shine.FM, among the cheering fans at mile 16. He encouraged her by giving her orange slices and fresh snacks.

    “I looked at my orange shoelaces and orange Team World Vision shirt to remind me why I was running,” she says. “And I thought about the people who had supported me by donating money to help Africa’s children.”

    Wesley Sproul ’15 of Kankakee, a business administration major, found motivation to finish at mile 23. “I saw a person holding a sign that said: ‘Pain is temporary, quitting is forever.’ I thought to myself, I can’t quit now.”

    Finishing strong

    As the members of Team Shine crossed the finish line, they were flooded with emotion.

    “When I saw the finish line, I went numb,” Wesley says. “All the pain went away as I ran down that hill. I made it!”

    Each received water and a race medal. But there was an even greater reward: helping to provide a lifetime of clean water for 64,000 people in Africa.

    “I’ve run 26.2 miles on the streets of Chicago,” says Tiffany (Hardy) Greer ’97, professor in Olivet’s Department of Nursing. “I would never have done this for any other reason than to provide clean water for the children of Africa.”

    Bethany looks forward to seeing the power of that first hand, as she will lead Olivet students on a Missions in Action (M.I.A.) trip with World Vision to Rwanda next year. There, she will be able to see both the effects of having no water and the differences that clean water is making.

    Caylee, a long-time World Vision supporter, emphasizes her continued respect for the organization’s work: “It’s a blessing to me anytime I can be part of what World Vision is doing.”

    Oct 15, 2012 10:12:25Oct 15, 2012 -

    Olivet's production of “God’s Favorite,” a comedy of biblical proportions by Neil Simon, takes a comedic look at a modern-day Job. Jerry Cohagan, theatre director and professor, directs the cast: 

    • Samuel Cullado (sophomore, Stow, Ohio) as Joe Benjamin
    • Hannah Williams (junior, Beavercreek, Ohio) as Rose Benjamin
    • Ron Gamache (junior, Flint, Mich.) as Ben Benjamin
    • Kristina Kirkham (senior, Rushville, Ill.) as Sarah Benjamin
    • Kolby Meador (sophomore, Oreana, Ill.) as David Benjamin
    • Andy Breeden (junior, Shelbyville, Ill.) as Morris
    • Chelsea Risinger (freshman, Tremont, Ill.) as Mady
    • Nick Allen (sophomore, Bourbonnais, Ill.) as Sidney Lipton

    Joe Benjamin is a successful New York businessman with a demanding wife, ungrateful children and wise-cracking employees. When a messenger from God arrives, Joe is put to the test. This contemporary morality story adds laughter to the trials and temptations of life.

    On stage in Kresge Auditorium at Larsen Fine Arts Center, show times are: Friday, November 2, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, November 3, 2 p.m.; Thursday, November 8, 7 p.m.; Friday, November 9, 7 p.m.; Saturday, November 10, 7 p.m.

    Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for students and senior adults over 65. To reserve tickets for the shows on November 2 and 3, call 815-928-5791. For more information or to reserve tickets for the shows on November 8, 9 and 10, call 815-928-5543.

    Oct 11, 2012 3:26:38Oct 11, 2012 -

    Olivet presents a musical tribute to composer George Gershwin (1898–1937) in “By George!” on Friday, October 20, 2012, 7:00 p.m. in the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel. Featured singers and instrumentalists from Olivet’s Department of Music join musical theatre star Chad Hilligus in this revue featuring many of the tuneful creations from one of the most famous and beloved American composers.

    Hilligus, a 2003 Olivet graduate, is the newest member of the multi-platinum Australia-based rock-opera group The Ten Tenors. Performing an average of 250 shows each year across seven continents, this group has also appeared on “Oprah’s Ultimate Australian Adventure,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” and at the opening ceremonies for EURO 2012 in Warsaw, Poland.

    Starring as Tony in the critically-acclaimed 50th Anniversary World Tour of “West Side Story” gained Hilligus international attention. His performance as Tony with the Tokyo NHK Symphony was nationally televised in Japan. He has also performed with many opera companies and orchestras throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. In addition to his music degree from Olivet, Hilligus earned a master of music degree from the University of Utah’s School of Music. He has also completed post-graduate studies in Italian at Centro Studi Italiani in Italy and in French at the Azurlingua School in France.

    Kay Suzanne Welch, Olivet alumna, will be a featured soloist and will also sing with Hilligus. She was the 2009 Women’s Voice first prize winner in the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist competition, and has been a district winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council competition. She is also an Olivet music professor, teaching voice and directing Chrysalis Women’s Choir. In addition to her bachelor’s degree from Olivet, she earned her master’s degree and is completing her doctorate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Accompanying the singers will be Dr. Ovid Young, artist in residence at Olivet, as pianist and musical director. Dr. Neal Woodruff will conduct the University Orchestra and direct the Concert Singers.

    There is no admission charge for this concert. For more information, call 815-939-5258.
    Oct 05, 2012 10:22:14Oct 05, 2012 -

    Laboratories, locker rooms, offices, theaters, rivers.

    During the past few months, Olivet students and 2012 graduates have had a glimpse into what their futures might hold through numerous exciting internships.

    Ryan Lingle ’13, Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee, Ill.

    Biology professor Dr. Mike Pyle helped Ryan find this internship. He worked in the pathology lab, observing Dr. Betlej, one of the pathologists, doing grossing of specimens and looking at slides to make a diagnosis. He also presented a case at the tumor board.

    “I learned how to recognize tissue under a microscope, and how to distinguish between and diagnose different types of cancer,” he says. “Now that I've spent time in the lab watching a pathologist, I am much more confident about this as my future career.”

    Andrew Koch ’12, Argonne National Laboratories, Lemont, Ill.

    Working in the tribology department, Andrew performed friction tests with different engine lubricants. Then, he graphed the data from the tests to make the data easier to analyze.

    “One of the most important things I learned during this internship was how important the details are when conducting research,” he says. “This internship gave me the opportunity to experience one on my career goals of working at a national laboratory.”

    Andrew is now in a Ph.D. program in mechanical engineering at Michigan State University.

    Jennifer Anderson ’12 , Indianapolis Colts

    Following her internship with the Super Bowl Committee in summer 2011, Jennifer began her internship with the Indianapolis Colts NFL football team. She is now employed as interim marketing coordinator.

    “I’m responsible for all game day entertainment, including pregame on-field visits, the national anthem, color guard, full field flags, halftime entertainment, youth activities and postgame visits,” she says. “I also oversee our three official fan clubs, including membership benefits and gift packages for our members. I was a corporate communication major, and this is exactly what I want to be doing.”

    Caleb Rogers ’15, Southdale Church of the Nazarene, Anderson, Ind.

    Working alongside Brad Buhro ’96, senior pastor, Caleb was primarily involved with youth ministry. He taught a Sunday school class for junior and senior high students, and helped with a mission trip to Pineville, Ky.

    “I learned to never underestimate what teens are willing to do for God’s kingdom,” he says. “This internship helped prepare me for my future work as a pastor.”

    Alejandra Magana ’13, Chicago Bears

    As part of the Events and Entertainment team, Alejandra helped with the set up/break down of the Bears training camp at Olivet, as well as premium distribution, activation of sponsor displays, and execution of event and autograph sessions. She also assisted Staley, the team mascot.

    “I learned that communication is key in executing an event smoothly,” she says.

    Jenny Schoenwetter ’13, Carriage Town Ministries, Flint, Mich.

    Jenny worked in the development and communication department and the business department for this nonprofit organization. Angie (Beauvais) Field ’07 was her supervisor. One of the most important things Jenny learned was the importance of teamwork.

    “Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in daily tasks and think that one department is more powerful than the rest,” she says. “I saw firsthand the importance of working together to accomplish goals and dreams. This was an excellent learning opportunity that helped me grow in my personal, spiritual, and academic life. I would absolutely love to be a business administrator (and one day executive director) of a nonprofit organization.”

    Rachel Groters ’13, Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Ill.

    Rachel learned about this internship in public relations when she attended Olivet’s 2012 Career Fair.
    Her job was to compile a “how-to” manual for the department to serve as a reference for current publicists and a comprehensive guide for future hires. She also wrote press releases, media alerts, author interview questions, and a cover memo for Joel C. Rosenberg’s book Implosion. She interacted online with bloggers and reviewers, worked extensively with a media database, and helped implement a new online public relations planning tool.

    “I grew in my faith and professional experience as a result of my internship at Tyndale,” she says. “I’m better prepared to enter the workplace when I graduate.”

    Kelsey Dixon ’13, Visit Sarasota County, Sarasota, Fla.

    As an intern in the Sales and Marketing Department, Kelsey interacted with area hoteliers, attractions and restaurants on what tourist packages they were offering. She helped prepare materials and organize Tourism University sessions to educate partners on the upcoming Cooperative Advertising Marketplace event.

    “I learned how to increase multitasking in a fast-paced, changing environment while adapting to a new place,” she says. “This internship opened my eyes to a whole new world of marketing in the tourism industry.”

    Kristina Kirkham ’13, Taproot Theatre, Seattle, Wash.

    “Our youngest summer camper was three years old, and the oldest was 17,” says Kristina about her internship experience. “I learned that I prefer to work with an older age group. I also learned how important communication is among individuals in a theatre company.” 

    As a teaching intern, she assisted the lead teacher with crafts, and helped students memorize lines or do character work. She acted in two scenes of the show that the interns presented. During one week, she worked in the office and saw the marketing side of Taproot. 

    Kendra Maxon ’15, Vactor, Streator, Ill.

    “I have never learned so much in such a short time, or had so many people help in confirming that I am in the right field,” Kendra says. “God had his hand on me when I was looking for internships and placed me in the perfect spot. Now I’m 100 percent sure I want to be an engineer.”

    At Vactor, Kendra was assigned to work on projects the first day on the job because of her understanding of Pro/E, as well as her excellent critical thinking and organizational skills. During her 13 weeks on the job, she modeled and drew parts from scratch, updated drawings, learned sheet metal mode, learned how to make weld symbols, and worked with huge assemblies. She plans to work there over Christmas break and next summer.

    Cameron Cholewa ’13, Jeremy Roesel ’13, Ashley McMaster ’12, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), northern Illinois

    Dr. Randy Johnson and Dr. Leo Finkenbinder worked with Lynn Boerman of IDNR to arrange these internships. These are the first internships of their kind that IDNR has offered to college and university students.

    Cameron, Jeremy and Ashley worked in the field along the Illinois, Des Plaines, Calumet, and Kankakee Rivers, Lake Calumet, the Kankakee River State Park, and many other wildlife areas from large open prairie fields to suburban parks.

    “Our work was always hands-on, gritty field work,” Cameron says. “We electroshocked for fish collection, and aided in game pheasant propagation, goose banding, wildlife heritage (rare plant monitoring and invasive plant control), reptile and amphibian monitoring. This is opening career opportunities for me.”

    “This internship is helping me narrow down what I want to do for my career,” Ashley says.

    Jeremy adds, “This confirmed for me that I want to be a wildlife biologist. I also discovered the joy of fieldwork. When you’re with your friends, it’s a lot of fun.”

    Oct 03, 2012 2:45:1Oct 03, 2012 -

    Armed with nothing but tube socks and goggles, Olivet Nazarene University students took to the battlefield last Saturday to wage the epic “Paint Wars.” The second annual Associate Student Council (ASC) sponsored event was a fantastic success by any standard. Approximately 500 students sprinted around the intramural fields screaming war cries and wielding soggy, colorful balls of paint.

    This year’s turn-out bested last year’s by several hundred — and probably would have been even greater had registration not been capped at 500.

    ONU student Nick Kellar said the event was not so much about competition as it was about “getting as messy as possible.”

    Junior Treavor Dodsworth said, “It was the best way to spend my Saturday.”

    Paint Wars is part of ASC’s overall mission to make Olivet a tight-knit college community. So far, the 2012 school year has seen many large-scale events ranging from the Block Party at the beginning of the year to an outdoor pre-screening of the “Avengers” on an enormous, inflatable screen.

    Life at Olivet, a student-run organization dedicated to documenting student life posted almost 200 pictures of Paint Wars. Currently, the Life at Olivet Facebook page sports a cover photo showing several hundred students huddled together, dripping with paint and beaming at the camera.

    The caption of the picture sums the event up emphatically, “Life at Olivet is: Colorful.”
    Oct 01, 2012 9:52:49Oct 01, 2012 -

    After studying both engineering and mathematics at Olivet, Heather (Bachelor) Makarewicz’07 fulfilled a life-long dream by working at NASA.

    She began her internship with NASA the summer before her senior year at ONU. While completing her master’s degree in mathematics at the University of Kansas, she was accepted into a fellowship program, researching the mineral content of the surface of Mars.

    After spending three summers there, Heather was hired on as a research assistant at the
    NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP), where she worked for a year. 

    From a young age, Heather was fascinated with the space program and wanted to be an astronaut.

    “I was very interested in astronomy and geology, as well as the design and development of space shuttles,” she says. “In middle school, I researched the careers of many astronauts. At that point, I decided I wanted to be an engineer and someday work for NASA.”

    Even before graduating from college, Heather achieved her goal — but not without the help of the rigorous and supportive academic community at Olivet Nazarene University.

    “The combination of engineering and math was a solid background for my research with NASA. It combined math, science, engineering and computer programming.  My background at Olivet gave me the ability to tackle this kind of project.”

    Now back at Olivet as an adjunct professor, Heather counts it a privilege to work among mentors.  She cites math professors Dr. Atkinson and Dr. Hathaway as two instructors who made an especially profound impact on her education.

    Heather is also wife to ONU engineering professor Joseph Makarewicz, and mom to their two kids, Scarlette (2 ½) and Berenger (10 months).

    Heather is being recognized for her achievements this coming November as recipient of the ONU Young Alumni Award during Olivet’s annual Homecoming celebration.

    Sep 24, 2012 10:13:51Sep 24, 2012 -

    Dr. Dianne M. Daniels of Olivet Nazarene University will be featured on a panel of experts at the “6th Annual Women in the Workforce Conference,” Thursday, October 25, 2012, in Chicago Heights, Ill. Daniels is an assistant professor of business at administrative faculty in the doctorate of education in ethical leadership program for Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Olivet is one of the event sponsors.

    Before joining Olivet’s faculty, Daniels served as Assistant Vice President of Finance and in other capacities as a corporate finance professional for major corporations, including Hewlett-Packard, Agilent Technologies, Sprint and Sprint PCS, Conseco, and ABN AMRO/LaSalle Bank. She is also a trained Six-Sigma DMAIC Greenbelt with process improvement experience and has earned certification in strategy and management from The American Management Association and as a Registered Leadership Coach from the Institute for Life Coach Training. As principal at The Dawson Daniels Consulting Group, LLC, she specialized in business development and executive coaching, serving as an advisor to boards of directors, presidents, and owners of national non-profit and for-profit organizations. She also serves on the board of directors of Esusu Investments, Inc.

    Prairie State College hosts this event at the Conference Center on the Chicago Heights campus. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with the conference from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Other presenters include: keynote speakers Linda McGill Boasmond, owner and president of Cedar Concepts Corporation, and Micah Materre WGN-TV news anchor; Monique Caradine, owner of Momentum Media Group; Debra Glanton, owner and president of Illinois Welding School; and Renee Hill, insurance professional with Warren Insurance Agency.

    Helping women connect with other women to share experiences, discuss different viewpoints and invest in themselves are the goals of the conference. Social workers, counselors and teachers may earn continuing education credits by attending.

    Joining Olivet as event sponsors are: U.S. Small Business Administration, State of Illinois, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development, Chicago Heights Business Council, Kankakee Community College and Professional Women’s Network.

    Cost for the event is $15 per person, which includes a boxed lunch. Deadline for registering is October 19, 2012. To register or for more information, go to
    Sep 21, 2012 3:38:33Sep 21, 2012 -

    Bringing an evening of music and ministry to the Chicagoland area, the “Hundred More Years Tour” is a night of stories and songs for all ages. Francesca Battistelli and Sidewalk Prophets with Andy Cherry will appear at Olivet Nazarene University on Friday, October 26, 2012, at the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m. This concert is presented by Christian music station Shine.FM.

    Francesca Battistelli ( is one of the most successful newcomers to contemporary Christian music. Her 2008 debut album, “My Paper Heart,” received the RIAA-certified Gold status for sales surpassing 500,000 and topped Billboards Christian Albums chart in August 2010. It features No. 1 single, “Free To Be Me,” and top 10 hits “I’m Letting Go,” “It’s Your Life” and “Beautiful, Beautiful.” In 2011, she received Dove Awards for Artist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year.

    Her second release, “Hundred More Years,” features “This Is The Stuff,” which debuted in the top 20 on the Christian charts and in the top 10 on iTunes Christian and Gospel songs. Songs on this project draw on a variety of styles from jazz and rock to gospel and R&B. She has performed at Disney World’s “Night of Joy” and toured with MercyMe. She and her husband, Matthew Goodwin, the percussionist for NewSong, are the parents of a son, Matthew Elijah.

    On the strength of independent album releases, Sidewalk Prophets ( expanded into touring with popular Christian music artists Jeremy Camp and Audio Adrenaline. “These Simple Truths,” the group’s first release with Word Records, led to a Dove Award for Best New Artist. From that project, “The Words I Would Say hit No. 3, “You Can Have Me” went top 20 and “You Love Me Anyway hit No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Singles chart. The band has toured with Mercy Me and Battistelli as part of the “Rock and Worship Roadshow.” “Live Like That,” the newest project, includes the title hit.

    Grounded in worship music, Andy Cherry ( has branched out into other styles in his first album release, “Nothing Left To Fear,” on Essential Records. Percussion underlines on “Our God’s Alive,” fingerpicked guitars on “Running to Our Savior,” melodic rock on “City of Light” combine to make this a project that speaks to all generations and denominations.

    Tickets are available through For more information about this event, call 815-939-5330 or go to
    Sep 18, 2012 2:53:54Sep 18, 2012 -

    At the 10 day count, Olivet Nazarene University announces another year of strong enrollment, including the largest traditional undergraduate population (2,719 students) in the University’s 105-year history. Total enrollment for fall 2012 is 4,544 students, an increase of 231 over last year.

    In addition to the 673 first-time freshmen, the traditional undergraduate population was boosted by the extraordinarily high percentage of returning students. The 76 percent retention rate of last year’s freshmen is the second highest in ONU history, topped only by 78 percent in 1994.

    “Retention is everyone’s business,” said Woody Webb, vice president for student development. “We want our students to have positive, life-transforming experiences while at Olivet. So we strive to provide the academic, social, spiritual and financial support they need to succeed — through graduation and beyond. There are some things we can’t control, but many things we can. I’m pleased that our efforts are making a difference.”

    With 2,148 students living on Olivet’s campus, this year’s residential population is the second highest on record.

    Also included in the 10-day count are 1,825 graduate and nontraditional students enrolled through the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

    “The School of Graduate and Continuing Studies continues to see strong enrollment, due to an increase in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, as well as a positive year for graduate education programs,” said Ryan Spittal, vice president for graduate and continuing education.

    The 10-day count is the standard measurement used by colleges and universities nationwide, but is based on the traditional undergraduate calendar.

    “As a result of our learning format and year-round enrollment process, we anticipate continued enrollment growth as we welcome new learners each month throughout the year," said Spittal. 
    Sep 17, 2012 8:9:55Sep 17, 2012 -

    Olivet Nazarene University has been ranked as one of the Best Colleges for 2013 by “U.S. News & World Report” in its “College Guidebook” and on its website. This is the University’s eighth consecutive year for inclusion on the list.

    For more than 25 years, “U.S. News & World Report” has published its Best Colleges guidebook, which is the most widely recognized list of its kind. Students around the country use the report as a tool to help them find the right college to attend.

    “At Olivet, we value our rich traditions while maintaining our passion for excellence,” says Dr. Brian Allen, vice president of institutional advancement. “Our rigorous academic programs and love for students continue to be hallmarks of the Olivet experience.

    “Olivet’s dedicated faculty and staff are enriching the lives of our students, churches and communities through their dedication to providing Education with a Christian purpose. Together, we are making a difference for our world.”

    The 2013 Best Colleges rankings and data are now available at Orders for the guidebook are now being accepted online or by calling 800-836-6397.
    Sep 14, 2012 9:49:31Sep 14, 2012 -

    Olivet announces a new partnership with the Center for Law and Culture, a non-profit organization now housed at Olivet that aspires to restore truth in law through educational initiatives in the Judeo-Christian tradition. With Olivet’s newest faculty member Charles J. Emmerich, J.D., LL.M. at the helm, the Center and Olivet are launching a legal studies program that provides training for students desiring to pursue careers in public life, particularly in the fields of law, government and politics.

    According to Emmerich, founder and executive director for the Center, this partnership with Olivet will help to fill a critical void in higher education.

    “A handful of Christian colleges and universities have a lawyer on faculty,” he said, “but even those don’t offer the kind of comprehensive liberal arts approach to legal studies that we will offer. Olivet will be the premier choice for talented and intellectually inclined students who view leadership and public service as an extension of their deeply rooted faith.”

    Emmerich will serve as faculty advisor to a new student organization known as the law and politics society. He will also identify and network with law alumni, recruit talented students, formulate the legal studies minor and offer the Center’s Law, Justice and Culture Institute in May.

    Dr. John C. Bowling, University president, believes Olivet students will benefit exponentially from Emmerich’s experience and vision.

    “Charlie Emmerich has the depth of knowledge and experience necessary to prepare our students for the academic rigor of law school and public policy,” said Bowling. “More than that, his passion will inspire a generation of leaders to positively transform every facet of our society.”

    Prior to joining Olivet’s faculty, Emmerich served as chair of the political science department at Trinity Christian College. He earned his bachelor’s from Wheaton College, a law degree (J.D.) from the University of Idaho and an advanced law degree (LL.M.) in constitutional law and history from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied under federal Appeals Court Judge Arlin M. Adams. He also worked as a research consultant on the Penn Project on Religious Liberty. He has served as national director of Law Student Ministries of the Christian Legal Society, as pre-law director at Wheaton College and at Trinity International University, and as executive director of the Center for Church/State Studies at DePaul University College of Law.

    Emmerich has published numerous articles on Christian worldview formation and on the historical development of religious liberty in the Anglo-American tradition. Along with his mentor, Judge Adams, he also co-authored the book “A Nation Dedicated to Religious Liberty.” Published by the University of Pennsylvania and graced with a foreword by Warren E. Burger, the book has been praised by prominent legal scholars and cited extensively in two cases of the United States Supreme Court.

    “In the Center’s annual Law, Justice and Culture Institute, I challenge students aspiring to public service to emulate the courage of Christian leaders such as William Wilberforce, John Witherspoon, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer,” said Emmerich. “Perhaps someday we will look back and recognize that we helped cultivate champions of the faith — from lawyers, teachers, and public servants to the highest levels of leadership in the Supreme Court, halls of Congress and White House.”
    Sep 13, 2012 3:58:2Sep 13, 2012 -

    Major Roman Ortega Jr. was recently named as the new chair of the Department of Military Science. With more than thirteen years of military service, he comes to Olivet as a U.S. Army officer specializing in military intelligence-counter terrorism.

    During his career, he has served with the Illinois National Guard and was deployed to Iceland in 2001. He also served as a platoon leader with the Army’s 35th Infantry Division, Kankakee, Ill., and with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Irwin, Calif. He completed one deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    With the 3rd U.S. Infantry, stationed in Fort Myer, Va., he served as an intelligence officer and rear detachment commander of the President of the United States Honor Guard. At Fort Sheridan, Ill., he was with the U.S. Army Reserve as a military intelligence officer working with Special Operations Command.

    After pursuing a civilian career with Kraft Foods Global, the world’s largest bakery, Chicago, he returned to active duty as assistant professor of military science at Wheaton College (Ill.) and director of military science at Lewis University, Romeoville, Ill. While at Lewis University and Wheaton College he was promoted early to the rank of Major, a promotion reserved for the top 4 percent of his peers.

    His military awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold), Ranger Tab, Airborne Badge, Air Assault Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and is Rappel Master certified.

    Other distinguished awards he has received are The Dean’s Award at Northern Illinois University (2003) and Lewis University’s Faculty of the Month Award (2011). He is multi-lingual, speaking fluent Spanish, as well as some Arabic and Mandarin.

    “Major Ortega brings a wealth of both military and business experience to his new assignment at Olivet,” said Dr. Dennis Crocker, dean of the School of Professional Studies. “Our military science students and our ROTC Roaring Tiger Battalion will benefit from his leadership strengths. We are looking forward to the impact he will have on our program and his contributions in growing our students into outstanding leaders.”

    As chair, Major Ortega leads the Department of Military Science, managing a staff of ten as well as the ROTC recruiting program. He also teaches courses in junior officer leadership and military science leadership.

    Graduating in 2003 from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill., he holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology and recognition, and was a distinguished military graduate. Currently, he is in the master’s of business administration degree program at Lewis University, with a concentration in international relations and finance.

    A native of Plainfield, Ill., he is a graduate of Plainfield High School. He and his wife, Julie, are the parents of a daughter, Halie, and a son, Roman.

    Sep 12, 2012 12:44:11Sep 12, 2012 -

    Taping ankles, making mouthpieces, checking hydration, standing in the blazing August sun on the practice fields at Olivet. A dream come true? For Micah Gerhart ’12, it certainly is.

    Starting May 21, 2012, when he reported to Halas Hall in Chicago, and continuing with Training Camp at Olivet, Micah is living out his dream of working in professional sports with the Chicago Bears.

    “I knew I was going to be learning from professionals, but I didn’t know they would be so intentional and helpful,” Micah says. “Trainers Chris [Hanks], Bobby [Slater], Will [Rogers] and Jeremy [Smith] are teaching the other interns and me techniques that we’ll be able to use in our future careers.”

    During Training Camp, Micah works closely with the trainers, physicians and players. Up at 5 a.m., he is in the training room by 7.

    As the players lift weights or participate in morning rehab or practice sessions, he stays nearby. “We determine hydration needs for each player,” he says. “And we keep a chart for each of them. Different body types and different positions on the field matter.”

    Micah’s day switches into high gear around 12:30 p.m., when he stocks the practice field tent and the golf carts with water, Gatorade and ice.

    By 2:00, he meets his position group, the running backs, on the field. He talks with them to see how they’re feeling and what they might need, and then assists them with stretching until the horn blows to start practice.

    Micah stays with the players throughout their hours of practice. He makes sure they have their mouthpieces and retapes any ankles or wrists when needed. If he sees a problem, he alerts one of his superiors.

    “My job is to help the players stay as safe as possible,” Micah says. “Even when I’m tired, I give my best.”

    After practice, Micah assists the trainers and doctor as they evaluate the players’ needs. At 5 p.m., after cleaning up the training room and restocking for the next day, he and the other interns meet with Will to debrief, get feedback and plan.

    “Olivet has an excellent and very demanding sports medicine program,” Micah says. “At Olivet, I was doing things my sophomore year that interns from other schools didn’t do until they were juniors.

    “I have the knowledge and abilities to fit right in as a professional with the Bears. It’s easy to do what I was taught, especially when I worked as a trainer for Tiger football with B.J. Geasa [Olivet’s head athletic trainer].

    “My goal was to work in a professional sports setting. Olivet prepared me up to accomplish that goal.”
    Sep 11, 2012 8:41:18Sep 11, 2012 -

    “I believe that a small number of individuals can have a dramatic impact on our world,” says Dr. Charles Carrigan ’96, geology professor and the new director of Olivet’s Honors Program. “Our program is in its seventh year, and we’re already hearing about our graduates’ successes.”

    Serving on the Honors Council for the past four years, Dr. Carrigan experienced one of his career highlights during that time. He supervised geology major Katie Eccles ’11 in her two-year scholarship project, “Trace Element Analysis of Rutile and Zr-in-Rutile Thermometry for Southern Appalachian Pelitic Schists.”  Today, Katie is a geochemistry Ph.D. student at Boston University (Mass.).

    This year’s cohort of 30 freshmen entering the program has an average ACT score of 31.8. Ten of them have a score of 33 or higher. Sixteen are from Illinois, four from Indiana, three from Michigan, two from Kansas, two from Ohio, and one each from Wisconsin, Minnesota and California. Their majors connect them with two schools and ten departments at Olivet.

    Their commitment to this program includes completing four honors courses during their freshman and sophomore years, and the scholarship project during their junior and senior years.

    Being 1,700 miles and the farthest from home is an additional challenge Ryan Shelton (Clovis, Calif.) accepted when he entered the program. He is an engineering major. Other members of the cohort and their majors are:
    Abigail Allen (Martinsville, Ind.), nursing
    Sarah Anderson (Frankfort, Ill.), English, intercultural studies
    Madeline Bloom (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Spanish, music
    Collin Brown (LaFontaine, Ind.), biology
    Barbara Budach (Woodridge, Ill.), nursing
    Madison Caise (Bourbonnais, Ill), photography, Spanish
    Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.), biology, chemistry, accounting, business
    Austin Fischer (Olathe, Kan.), management
    Scott Fischer (Olathe, Kan.), mechanical engineering
    Keila Galloway (Avon, Ill.), mathematics education
    Caleb Gulledge (Spring Arbor, Mich.), biology
    Cody Harper (Bourbonnais), biochemistry, Spanish
    Lauren Kasler (Cambridge, Ohio), English
    Matthew Larson (Hamilton, Ohio), chemistry
    David Leman (Normal, Ill.), actuarial science
    Hayley Marcordes (Normal, Ill.), English secondary education
    Daniel Mitchell (Fort Wayne, Ind.), pastoral ministry
    Lindsay Morr (Bloomington, Ill.), exercise science
    Garrett Muhlstadt (Kankakee, Ill.), chemistry
    Julie Pilaczynski (Parma, Mich.), international business
    Micah Plank (Sullivan, Ill.), actuarial science
    Zachary Rivett (Howell, Mich.), computer science, math
    Megan Rogahn (Muskego, Wis.), biology
    Leah Roth (Morton, Ill.), biology
    Jacob Ruetz (Carmel, Ind.), business management
    Christian Schrader (Monmouth, Ill.), English
    Audrey Smith (DeKalb, Ill.)
    Alexandra Van Dehey (Bourbonnais), English
    Justine Von Arb (Lisle, Ill.), English

    Recently, the program received its first financial gift, which has been matched by Dr. John C. Bowling, University president.

    “We want to take all of our Honors Program students from start to success,” Dr. Carrigan says. “We’re here to guide them on that path. My hope and prayer for each of them is to realize his or her potential.”

    Sep 07, 2012 2:41:30Sep 07, 2012 -

    Hundreds of sneezing marine iguanas. Biology major Christy Sawdon ’13 of Williamston, Mich., remembers that snapshot of Ecuador — a country about the size of Colorado and one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet.

    Christy and nine more Olivet students spent 17 days discovering Ecuador’s ecological and cultural wonders in the summer of 2012. Leading the group were Dr. Randy Johnson and Dr. Leo Finkenbinder of the Department of Biological Sciences, and Dr. Johnson’s wife, Peggy.

    Antisana volcano and the páramo, northern Andes Mountains

    One of the coldest, wettest places in Ecuador, the páramo is a valley between two mountain ranges.

    “I had to stop and catch my breath a few times,” Christy recalls about hiking in the higher altitude and through dense vegetation.

    A zoological highlight was the group's sighting of three Andean condors. Only about 60 remain in the entire country.

    Galapagos Islands

    Giant tortoises are a common sight in the Galapagos. At Darwin Station, the group saw Lonesome George, a 100-year-old tortoise and the last of his species. Just two weeks later, the news came that this tortoise had died.

    “Our students know firsthand what it means for a species to disappear,” Dr. Johnson observed.

    Sam Craven ’13 — a biology and biochemistry major from Frankfort, Ill. — went scuba diving in the Pacific.

    “When I started my second dive with Dr. Finkenbinder, a sea lion was swimming around us,” Sam says. “He stayed with us for the entire dive.”

    Yasuni National Park, Amazon region

    Next stop was the Amazon rainforest. After a two-and-one-half-hour canoe trip on the Napo River, a tributary of the Amazon, the group arrived at the Kichwa tribe’s field station.

    The following day, a two-hour hike took them to a treetop canopy formed by kapok trees. Around sunset, squawking scarlet macaws flew over.

    About 8 p.m., group members got out their headlamps and went on a hike. “When we shined light at the ground, we saw the glowing green eyes of hundreds of spiders,” Christy says.

    Santa Lucia Field Station, cloud forest reserve 

    There was no road to their next location, the Santa Lucia Field Station. Burros carried the backpacks as the group hiked in.

    “When I stood on the equator, I marveled that exactly one year ago to the day, Dr. Johnson and I had stood on the Arctic Circle during Olivet’s first biology research trip to Alaska,” says Dr. Finkenbinder.

    Leaving at 4 a.m. the next day, group members hiked for two hours to witness the mating ritual of the Cock-of-the-Rock birds. As the sun came up, they heard the loud, long, eerie screeching sounds of the males flying into the lek [meeting place for male and female birds].

    “That sound was like nothing I’ve ever heard and so loud we couldn’t even talk. We sat there for an hour and just listened,” says Christy.

    While Dr. Finkenbinder recorded that location with his GPS, the rest of the group recorded the sights and sounds of Ecuador in their memories.

    View photos of trip highlights, taken by Danny Ernest ’13 (biology major, Plainfield, Ill.), here.

    Watch a video of ziplining in the canopy, taken by Sam Craven, here.


    Sep 07, 2012 10:20:36Sep 07, 2012 -

    Hear three of the country’s most accomplished church organists share more of the myriad sounds of the Ruffatti pipe organ during a series of lunchtime concerts. Olivet Nazarene University invites you to the 2012 “Fall Festival of Organ Music” in the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel, 12:10 to 1 p.m. on the following days: 

    • Friday, September 21Colin Howland, director of music and organist at Park Cities Presbyterian Church, Dallas, Texas
    • Friday, September 28Daniel Mau '07, cantor at Trinity Lutheran Church and organist at St. Margaret Mary Church, Herscher, Ill. He is a graduate of Olivet’s music program.
    • Friday, October 5Stephen Self '76, professor of music at Bethel University (Minn.) and minister of music at Grace University Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. He is a former accompanist of the Orpheus Choir.

    An instrument of 125 ranks, the organ's size and quality rival the best pipe organs found in the churches and concert halls of the United States, as well as the great cathedrals of Europe. It contains 75 ranks of Ruffatti handmade, wind-blown pipes. The digital component features the remaining 50 ranks, created by the Massachusetts firm of Marshall & Ogletree. The four-manual console controls the “speech” of thousands of pipes, many of which are visible to the audience.

    There is no admission charge for these events. For more information, call 815-939-5258.



    Sep 04, 2012 10:20:20Sep 04, 2012 -

    "Integrity is essential to enduring success,” says ONU alumnus Ben Smidt ’07, a top employee at Caterpillar Inc., the world’s chief manufacturer of mining and construction equipment, natural gas and diesel engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives.

    Mexico, Belgium and a black belt

    Ben first connected with Caterpillar through an internship opportunity during summer 2005. The following summer, he interned again, making a positive impression on his superiors.

    “I worked hard during my internship,” he recalls. “That was recognized and I was given increasing responsibility and opportunities. They even sent me to Mexico for a couple weeks to review facilities there.”

    As a result, Ben connected with some of the leaders at Caterpillar, who eventually hired him fulltime. He has served in several capacities within their logistics division, Cat Logistics, and is currently a distribution consultant. “Our team is focused on reducing service parts inventory, which is important to the long-term financial health of the company,” he explains.

    In 2009, Caterpillar sent Ben and his wife Bekah (McCoy) ’07 to Belgium for three years, where he worked as a Six Sigma Black Belt for transportation management. It was also during this time that their two children, Isaiah (3) and Brooklyn (1), were born.

    The Olivet difference

    Now living back in his hometown of Morton, Ill., Ben reflects on his impressive professional path thus far. While studying accounting and economics/finance at Olivet Nazarene University, Ben was being prepared for his current career in three ways:

    “At Olivet, I developed a very good technical and analytical skill set. It’s important to use your college training to get a marketable skill — Olivet provided that for me.”

    “I was able to complete requirements for my CPA exam during my time at ONU. Not many schools would have offered that flexibility. My Olivet professors trained and prepared me very well, and I passed the exam on my first try.”

    “Working with others is a critical part of long-term success in the industry. In my business experience, you can either see people as machines from which you are trying to maximize output, or as God’s children. Olivet helped me to see people with a loving heart.”

    Eternal investment 

    All of Ben’s Olivet professors contributed to the overall atmosphere and environment of his college experience. But two in particular invested in Ben in special ways — Dr. Lynda Allen, business, and Dr. Mark Williams, accounting. 

    “Dr. Allen helped me grow as a person and develop my leadership skills while serving as SIFE president. Her personal and professional guidance left a lasting impression on Bekah and me. Dr. Williams showed me how to use accounting as a ministry. If I become a professor, I would model myself after him.”

    Eventually, Ben thinks he may do just that. “I’m currently building a practical base of experience, which is important for a professor to have. Then I would love to eventually give back to students in the classroom.”

    Ben will be recognized for his achievements this coming November with the ONU Young Alumni Award during Olivet’s annual Homecoming celebration.

    Sep 04, 2012 10:14:34Sep 04, 2012 -

    What did you do this summer? Olivet traveled the world! 

    This summer, Olivet spanned the globe as our students, faculty and staff traveled to the four corners of the world. In every time zone and on every continent, they invested their time and talents in groundbreaking research, hands-on learning, and ministry to others, often reaching “the least of these.”  

     They saw firsthand the needs of this world and, in the process, were reminded of a powerful truth — just one person empowered by God can bring transformation. In the midst of seeing and experiencing the great wonders of our world, Olivetians became a catalyst for hope, healing and learning!

    Here is just a glimpse of Olivet’s global footprint this summer. 

    Dr. Neal Woodruff '91 and his wife, Shannon, led ONU’s Concert Singers on a singing tour in Brazil, spending time in Campinas and Rio de Janeiro. The group, which included 19 students, sang at a variety of venues, including churches, schools and the National Basilica.
    Business majors Kristin Mathias '12 and Jameson Forshee '13 traveled across Europe and Asia for the International Business Institute program this summer. The 10-week program is designed to offer business courses from a new perspective, demonstrating how business principles are applied on an international scale.

    Assistant baseball coach Garret Shively '10 MAT coached the Niagara Power FCA baseball team in New York.

    Dr. Mike and Nancy Pyle took 14 students to Kudjip Nazarene Hospital in Papua New Guinea, combining a construction project with observation time in the hospital and its clinics.

    Education major and president for the Nu Beta Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society Jade Green ’13 visited Thailand with Mary and Tim Mercer to assist young girls living in unsafe conditions, in hopes of saving them from prostitution.

    Religion professor Jason Robertson spent time in South Africa and began a Ph.D. program at the University of Pretoria.  

    Communication major Matt Kearney ’13 led a city evangelism festival in Musoma, Tanzania, preaching to nearly 2,000 people every night.  He also ministered in Sacramento, Calif., and in Chetwin, British Columbia.

    Chair of the Department of Physical Sciences Dr. Max Reams ’00 MPC and his wife, Carol, spent two weeks in Scotland and Ireland. They visited what many consider a birthplace of modern geology, Edinburgh, Scotland. They walked in the footsteps of James Hutton, where he discovered how to interpret a major principle of geoscience.

    Olivet’s Missions in Action (M.I.A.) sent nearly 100 students around the planet to Honduras, Korea, Australia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Kenya and Argentina. Teams left their mark wherever they went — at times with visible evidence of building and maintenance projects, and other times simply through a Bible lesson or a hug.

    Aug 27, 2012 2:34:12Aug 27, 2012 -

    Another Training Camp has wrapped for the Chicago Bears. As with every year, the arrival of the Bears brought endless media coverage and thousands of fans to the University.

    National media outlets — including ABC, NBC, CBS and ESPN — set up camp on many of Olivet’s campus locations, broadcasting Olivet Nazarene University’s name and images to millions of sports fans across the nation. Through television, computer screens and prominent publications, Olivet has made its way into living rooms, offices and restaurants from coast to coast.

    Additionally, diehard Bears’ fans came to watch the practices in droves. More than 100,000 Bears supporters flooded the campus this year alone, many being introduced to ONU for the very first time.

    The Bears-Olivet relationship is now 11 years strong, and there are no signs that ties will be severed anytime soon. Head Coach Lovie Smith was recently quoted in the Chicago Tribune, saying this about Olivet: “They are great hosts for us. Everything around here was good. We had excellent support. This is a second home for us.”

    With a new contract already underway, it seems that both organizations are happy with the current arrangement, and it will continue for the foreseeable future.
    Aug 27, 2012 11:36:30Aug 27, 2012 -

    Thane Moore, Olivet’s media services manager, was honored as the 2012 Staff Member of the Year during the President’s Dinner on August 24. “Thane, for your late nights, adaptability and dedication to serving behind the scenes with a smile, we salute you,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president, as he presented the award.

    At Olivet, Thane oversees a wide range of areas, including audio/video services for classrooms and conferences; live video streaming of sports, concerts and events; lights and sound for plays and musicals, on‑campus cable television, and so much more. Usually the first person to show up and the last one to leave, Thane’s behind-the-scenes mastery of technology is paramount to the success of countless events on campus, big or small.

    Because of this, his job is often done in front of thousands of people — which is where he does his best work. Thane’s amiable demeanor and sense of humor help diffuse high pressure situations. “Even under stress, my crew finds time to laugh and have a good time. That’s very important to me,” he says.

    Thane admits the job keeps him on his toes, as each situation is different and technology does not always cooperate. “I love problem solving,” he says. “I enjoy the challenge of going in on the fly and working out the last minute kinks.”

    The most challenging, but rewarding, payoff was the dedication service of the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel in 2010. Thane’s team spent months tirelessly readying new equipment for the Homecoming celebration event of a lifetime. “That was the very first event in the chapel, and we were pushed to the limit,” Thane says.

    It was a daunting task — operating all new sound, lights, projection screens and more in front of Olivet’s largest audience to date. The room overflowed with more than 3,000 people, hundreds watched a live video stream at alternate on-campus locations, and countless others tuned in from their homes, including the Hawkins family. The pressure was on.

    Thankfully, Thane and his team perform well under pressure because the ceremony went off without a hitch. It will go down as a high point in ONU history. “When it was all over,” Thane recalls, “the Hawkins family called and said, ‘You guys knocked it out of the park!’ That made it all worthwhile.”

    Thane is committed to the mission and vision of ONU. “I bleed Olivet,” he admits. Even when he’s not on the clock, Thane finds himself picking up trash when walking across campus, or calling in a work order when something needs fixing. He is a team player in every sense of the word.

    Attending Olivet is tradition in the Moore family. Although everyone is given the option of going someplace else, they always choose Olivet. In 1990, a long line of Moores had already attended or worked at ONU — Thane decided he would do both. A 1994 graduate, Thane began full-time ONU employment in 1999 and has worn a variety of hats in the area of technology and media.

    He and his wife, Dawn (Triezenberg) ’94, are the parents of three children: Ethan, Emma and Abby.

    Aug 22, 2012 1:52:56Aug 22, 2012 -

    Olivet is launching a new cross-departmental strategy that will build and strengthen the University’s connections with business owners and successful alumni around the world.

    The ultimate goal of these relationships is twofold:
    1. to assist ONU students in finding internships and job opportunities, and
    2. to help meet the business needs of Olivet alumni and friends around the world, particularly in the recruitment of quality interns and employees.

    At the helm of this new initiative is Dr. Jeff Williamson ’84, who is uniquely qualified to bridge the gap between higher education and the corporate world. Over the years, he has held key leadership positions, such as the academic dean of Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, professor of organizational leadership at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and director of admissions at Southern Nazarene University.

    As the new director of corporate and community engagement, Jeff will be collaborating with various Olivet departments and divisions, including academics, student development and institutional advancement.

    “The purpose is to more intentionally facilitate links between our students and alumni and friends of Olivet,” he explains. “This initiative will help students make employment connections during a time when the job market is challenging. It will also assist alumni and friends who are looking for high quality students with good character.”

    “It’s a win-win,” Jeff says.

    When he meets with a business owner or entrepreneur, Jeff simply asks, “What do you need from Olivet? How can we help you?”

    Just weeks into the launch of this initiative, Jeff is already amazed by the response.

    “Employers are eager to partner with our students. For example, I could already name specific people who have told me, ‘I could use a marketing intern right now.’”

    “The possibilities are endless,” he concludes. “There is definitely a need that Olivet can help fill.”

    For more information about the Corporate and Community Engagement Initiative, or if your company would like to partner with Olivet in recruiting quality interns and employees, contact Jeff Williamson at 815-939-5292 or
    Aug 20, 2012 4:7:26Aug 20, 2012 -

    Olivet professors Dr. Paul Koch (Department of Business) and Dr. Kevin Lowery (School of Theology and Christian Ministry) recently received one of 11 mini-grants given by the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities to business and economics faculty from its member institutions.

    Dr. Koch and Dr. Lowery received their grant to write and publish Adam Smith Meets John Wesley: Engaging Capitalism with Wesleyan Theology. Their book examines the relationship between free market capitalism (as presented in Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith) and the distinctive emphases of Wesleyan systematic theology. They identify the elements of Wesleyan theology that are most relevant to capitalism and outline an approach to capitalism that is consistent with Wesley’s core commitments. They also apply Wesleyan principles to various aspects of capitalist society.

    “Kevin and I are honored to receive this grant, and to be included in the same company as the previous and current recipients from other CCCU institutions,” said Dr. Koch. “It is my privilege to work with Kevin, who was recently recognized by the University with the 2012 Samuel L. Mayhugh Award for Scholarly Excellence.”

    “I was excited when Paul invited me to be his partner for this project, and I am looking forward to collaborating with him,” said Dr. Lowery. “I have always been interested in interdisciplinary research. I want to encourage other scholars to get involved in such efforts, because they help us broaden the scope and relevance of our own disciplines. Paul and I are especially enthused about bringing a Wesleyan voice into scholarly conversations on economics.”

    These CCCU mini grants are used to enhance effectiveness in the teaching, scholarship and practice of market economics.

    “The CCCU is very pleased to be able to support faculty teaching and scholarship across a number of academic disciplines as faculty examine the connections between free market economics and political and economic development,” said Ron Mahurin, CCCU vice president for professional development and research. “These are important issues for scholars to explore, and Christian scholars have important contributions to make in this field of inquiry.”

    Grant recipients will be acknowledged during the 2012 Free Market Forum, scheduled for October 4-6, 2012, in Houston.
    Aug 17, 2012 1:21:52Aug 17, 2012 -

    “Everyone wins when a leader gets better,” said Bill Hybels as he launched the 2012 Global Leadership Summit for attendees at Olivet Nazarene University and hundreds of other worldwide locations. “God makes you a leader so that you can move people to their preferred future. Thank God for the privilege of getting to lead.”

    An annual event since 1995, the Summit was based out of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., and presented another line-up of speakers who wowed their audience. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, renowned author Jim Collins, and megachurch pastor Craig Groeschel, plus nine others — top leaders in the fields of education, ministry and business — shared the best of their knowledge and experience during the two-day event.

    Olivet hosted the live telecast site at College Church, North Campus — one of more than 200 satellite locations across the United States. In a few weeks, the Summit broadcast will continue overseas and extend to include 90 countries in 42 languages, touching more than 160,000 people this year.

    Patricia Krohmer, professor in Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies and coordinator for this live telecast site, praised the conference for its application to what her students are studying in class. “Hearing from these real world leaders helps students realize that what they are learning is pertinent in today’s world.”

    “I loved hearing Condoleezza Rice say that with education, it doesn’t matter where you came from but where you’re going,” said Michael Perez, student in Olivet’s organizational leadership graduate program. “In continuing my education, I am seeking the best.”

    “I like what Craig Groeschel said: ‘If you’re not dead, you’re not done,’” said Larry Schreffler of Kankakee. “This is my first Summit, and I’m looking forward to thinking about and digesting all that I’ve heard.”

    Aug 15, 2012 4:3:12Aug 15, 2012 -

    Rev. Ray J. Hawkins ’49 of Pueblo, Colo. has fulfilled a lifelong dream by donating his extensive fossil collection to the Department of Physical Sciences at Olivet.

    A World War II veteran, Rev. Hawkins served as a Nazarene pastor in Kansas and Colorado for his entire career. In his spare time, he hunted and collected fossils —both vertebrates and invertebrates — and gave “rock talks” to countless classes of schoolchildren over the years.

    “This collection represents years of family memories, but I want it to continue to be used for education,” Hawkins says. “My dream is that my collection might be used by a new generation of Olivet students.”

    Plans to incorporate the fossils into this year’s paleontology curriculum are already underway, according to Dr. Max Reams, chair of the Department of Physical Sciences and geology professor. He adds, “This collection represents a lifetime of attention to the wonderful world of the past.”
    Aug 15, 2012 3:1:29Aug 15, 2012 -

    ONU Chaplain and Global NYI President for the Church of the Nazarene Mark Holcomb recently returned from speaking at Mesoamerica’s first Nazarene Youth Congress (NYC) in Panama City, July 17-22. With four main languages represented, more than 700 people attended the conference, which was held at the University of Panama.

    “The conference focused on evangelism, discipleship and leadership development,” he says. “It was a great event, and very encouraging for the region to come together in this way.”

    Holcomb will continue serving as Global NYI President until next summer’s General Assembly in Indianapolis, Ind., when a new president will be elected. He was elected in 2009 at the General Assembly in Orlando, Florida.

    Aug 06, 2012 10:32:5Aug 06, 2012 -


    Dr. Kashama Mulamba was recently appointed the new chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages at Olivet Nazarene University. Dr. Mulamba has been a professor at Olivet since 1997, and is excited to serve in this new capacity.

    A specialist in sociolinguistics, pragmatics, language and culture, Dr. Mulamba is fluent in English, French, Ciluba, Lingala, nearly fluent in Swahili and Kisonge, and can read and translate Latin.

    “I am impressed with Dr. Mulamba’s great passion and energy about the future of the department as a whole. In fact, he is already working to develop new ways to integrate different languages and cultures into the life of Olivet,” said Dr. Janna McLean, dean of Olivet’s College of Arts and Sciences. “As a linguist and one for whom English is a second language, he has expertise in both main areas of EML.”

    An internationally recognized scholar, Dr. Mulamba has been published in Zaire, his homeland, in such journals as the “Zaire English Teachers Review” and “Les Cahiers de l'I.S.P.-Gombe,” as well as in the “Bulletin de Liaison” in Gabon.

    In addition, Dr. Mulamba has received such professional awards and recognition as the British Council Scholarship from Moray House College of Education in Scotland and a Fulbright Hays Scholarship from Ball State University. He also received both doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships from the Department of English at Ball State University, among other honors.  

    His many research grants include one from the Canadian Government to study the "Profile of the Zairean Secondary School Student" in 1974. He also received a round-trip Fulbright Travel Grant between the United States and Zaire to perform "A Cross-linguistic Study of Speech Act Performance by Multilingual Speakers in Zaire" in 1988-89.

    “Besides Dr. Mulamba’s long experience and highly credible professional stature, he is a fascinating person with a compelling story of immigration, advanced education, upward mobility, salvation, and churchmanship,” notes Dr. Gregg Chenoweth, vice president for academic affairs. “This personal-professional brew mixes very well around his ambition for the department. Since English and Modern Languages touches every ONU student, many hundreds more will come under his direct influence in the classroom, but thousands more indirectly as he shepherds colleagues, curricula, service, and scholarship, and is a boundary-spanner to various other University units across campus.”

    Dr. Mulamba and his wife, Madolie, are the parents of five children. Four — Gentille, Paty, Nana, and Oeuvre — live in the Midwest, and the eldest, Godee, lives in the Congo in Africa. 

    Jul 30, 2012 9:53:32Jul 30, 2012 -

    Fatherhood is under siege in this country, with the number of absent and uninvolved fathers on the rise. In this context, Olivet professor Dr. David Van Heemst ‘96 M.P.C./’98 M.A. releases his newest book. Splashing in Puddles: How to Be a Father to Your Daughter, from Kirkdale Press, is a guide for fathers on how and why to be involved in their daughters’ lives.

    Splashing in Puddles is a call for a return to true fatherhood. Based on his extensive academic research, as well as his personal experience as the father of five daughters — twins and triplets — Dr. Van Heemst discusses how fathers need to spend time with their daughters.

    “I wrote this book to dads, but I wrote it for daughters. The most important thing I’ve learned is that young girls need a relationship with their dad,” Dr. Van Heemst said.

    “If a dad tends to the needs of his young daughter’s heart, he’ll set her on a trajectory toward success and a firm foundation in Christ. By cultivating his daughter’s inner world with security and significance, he’ll do the single most significant thing he can do for his daughter.”

    A professor of political science at Olivet for two decades, Dr. Van Heemst also holds two master’s degrees in counseling. He is the author of Empowering the Poor: Why Justice Requires School Choice (2004), Herman Dooyeweerd and Eric Voegelin: A Comparative Study (2005) and College: What’s the Point? Embracing the Mystery of the Kingdom in a Postmodern World (2011); and the co-author of Hope in Troubled Times: A New Vision for Confronting Global Crises (2007).

    He and his wife, April, enjoy bike riding, going to the park, reading books and playing games with their five daughters, Maggie, Ellie, Anni, Libby and Jessie.

    “I want fathers to recognize the uniqueness of their daughters,” Dr. Van Heemst said. “They can help foster their daughters’ healthy femininity and ability to be Christ-like women in the world. They can be a positive and godly influence upon their daughters and leave an eternal impact by engaging in the small moments of life, like splashing in puddles.”

    This digitally published book contains tagged Bible references that readers can use to pull up Scripture passages as they read. It is available through Vyrso, the Christian ereader app from Logos Bible Software, as well as through Kindle, Nook and other ereaders.

    Kirkdale Press is a division of Logos Bible Software, the leading provider of multilingual tools and resources for Bible study on Macs, PCs and mobile devices. Since 1992, Logos has served pastors, scholars and everyone who wants to study the Bible.

    Jul 26, 2012 9:18:57Jul 26, 2012 -

    Roger Dale Newsome '83 is the new director of public safety for Olivet, effective July 1, 2012. As director, Dale is managing the operations of the department and supervising 12 staff members who are responsible for providing and maintaining a safe environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors to the University. He is also administering several programs, including: deterrent and awareness programs, emergency management operations, incident documentation and investigation, traffic and parking regulations, and proactive community relations.

    “We are thankful for Dale’s leadership on campus,” said Dr. Woody Webb, vice president of student development. “During his interview for this position with Olivet, he revealed that when he was a student here, he worked the third shift with Public Safety. He is a wonderful man of God, and is active in his local church and community.”

    While at Olivet, Dale majored in social justice and physical education, and earned a bachelor’s degree in both. In 1984, he began his work as a patrol officer with the Pontiac, Ill., police department and advanced to sergeant. In his work with the investigations division, he advanced to commander. In 2005, he accepted the position of Chief of Police, supervising 22 sworn full-time and four civilian employees.

    Being selected to attend the 209th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., was one of the greatest honors of his career. There, he completed additional training in leadership, administration and investigative techniques. He also received the Fitness Challenge Award.

    His additional awards include: an award from the Illinois Chapter of International Arson Investigators in 2003, Tactical Officer of the Year Award in 2003, and St. Joseph Medical Center’s Gold Star Life Saving Award in 1992.

    Dale is certified by the State of Illinois as an instructor for control and arrest tactics, emergency vehicle operations, criminal investigation and anti-terrorism; as a hostage negotiator; and as an investigator for homicides and arson.

    He is a member of the International and Illinois Associations of Chiefs of Police; the FBI National Academy Associates; and the International and Illinois Associations of Arson Investigators.

    Active in his local community, Dale is an administrative and youth leader in his church. He also coaches youth baseball and football. From 2000 to 2004, he was an assistant football coach at Olivet.

    Dale and his wife, Teri, are the parents of four children: Bethany (Newsome) Warby '08/'11 MAE, Christopher, Aaron and Andrea.

    Jul 24, 2012 4:45:3Jul 24, 2012 -

    “Engineering is a great field because it’s so versatile,” says ONU engineering graduate Matt Krajec ’12. “Just about every company can use an engineer.”

    Originally from Berthoud, Colo., Matt first heard about Olivet from a family at his church, the Walkers. Through their influence, Matt found the perfect school for him, which led him to his first fulltime job — as an engineer for the worldwide company, Otterbox, out of Ft. Collins, Colo.

    For two summers, Matt interned with Otterbox, a company that specializes in designing protective cases for phones and tablets. In March 2012, he was officially offered a job as a mechanical engineer, doing reverse engineering.

    “I’m very involved with the whole process, but I mostly work on the first step of the design,” Matt explains. “I am in charge of the fit of the case.”

    He adds, “The work is challenging and I like that. Nothing is better than people needing your work.”

    Despite the challenge, Matt felt fully prepared for his new endeavor — thanks to Olivet’s rigorous engineering program.

    “It’s a well-rounded program,” Matt says. “Even though I studied mechanical engineering, I had to study electrical as well, so I have a good understanding of both sides.”

    Matt formed a special bond with his professor, Dr. Robert Allen, who also served as Matt’s faculty advisor on his senior design project. “With over 30 years of engineering experience, he really understood what he was teaching. He was encouraging and fun to have for class.”

    Dr. Allen was especially influential, but Matt credits all of his ONU professors for helping him come this far. “At Olivet, professors always have their doors open,” Matt says. “They take time out of their day for you as a student — if you’re having problems with homework, or anything else.”

    Jul 23, 2012 1:7:17Jul 23, 2012 -

    Winning for the fourth time and by their largest margin — 26.5 points — since the award began in 2008, Olivet Nazarene University’s Tigers have received the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) All-Sports Cup for the third consecutive year. To earn this award, Tiger teams finished first or second in 11 of 14 conference sports during the regular season plus won two league tournament championships.

    With a total of 116 points — the CCAC’s highest total ever recorded — Olivet captured regular-season CCAC titles outright in softball; women’s cross country; men’s tennis; both men’s and women’s track and field; and women’s basketball on the Division I side, while sharing titles in women’s soccer and volleyball.

    The Tigers placed second in baseball, men’s cross country, women’s tennis and men’s basketball in Division I.

    They also captured CCAC Tournament crowns in softball, women’s soccer and men’s tennis.

    “Our Tiger athletes look like, act like, play like, talk like champions,” said Gary Newsome, athletic director. “They show athletic prowess, know how to think, are strong academically and play for a higher purpose than their own glory. They see beyond themselves, both on and off the field of play. We are all very proud of how our athletes represent the name of Christ.”

    The CCAC All-Sports Cup is awarded to the institution that earns the most total points in the 14 sports sponsored by the conference (men's & women's cross country, men's & women's soccer, volleyball, men's & women's basketball, men’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track & field, baseball and softball) on an annual basis. Schools are awarded points based on their conference finish in each of those sports. An additional point is awarded to any school that claims a conference tournament title.
    Jul 12, 2012 10:0:36Jul 12, 2012 -

    Rev. George H.D. Reader, Olivet Nazarene University’s oldest living alumnus, was recently honored by the Church of the Nazarene and the Illinois District for the 80th anniversary of his ordination as an elder. This milestone also marks a record in the church's history. The award was presented to Rev. Reader, age 105, on July 11, 2012, during the Illinois District Assembly held at Decatur First Church of the Nazarene, Decatur, Ill.

    “This recognition is well-deserved,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, president of Olivet. “From the day he first sensed God’s call in his life in the summer of 1920 until now, Rev. Reader has honored that calling as a loving and faithful husband, father, pastor, and servant of God.”

    A resident of Chrisman, Ill., Rev. Reader pastored, taught and evangelized throughout the Midwest until his retirement in 1976. He and his late wife, Gertrude (Sill) Reader, an Olivet alumna, led many revival services together. She assisted in her husband's evangelistic ministry by doing chalk art work.

    Rev. and the late Mrs. Reader are the parents of four sons: John, James and Daniel; and Paul, who passed away in 1996.

    While a student at Olivet in the 1920s, Rev. Reader sang bass in a student quartet and preached on weekends. He and Gertrude met while she was serving on Olivet’s faculty. He graduated from “Old Olivet,” Olivet, Ill., in 1929.

    He served on Olivet’s Board of Trustees for 21 years, and numerous members of the Reader family have attended Olivet.

    Even today, he remains a faithful supporter of the University.
    Jul 10, 2012 3:36:53Jul 10, 2012 -

    Olivet will host the live telecast of the Willow Creek Association’s 2012 Global Leadership Summit on August 9 and 10. This two-day event will be broadcast live from Willow Creek Community Church to Olivet’s site at College Church of the Nazarene, North Campus, in Bourbonnais, Ill. — one of more than 200 telecast sites.  

    Since on-site seats at the main site — Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill. — are already sold out, this provides a unique opportunity for local leaders of businesses, churches and organizations to experience the Summit via live telecast. After the event, the Summit moves into more than 260 cities in 85 countries across the globe via videocast. 

    Willow Creek Association (WCA) recognizes that the leadership core of any church includes leaders from the business, education, government and social sectors. The Global Leadership Summit welcomes leaders from all these sectors to this leadership training event. The Summit is a tool for transforming Christian leaders around the world with an injection of vision, skill development and inspiration. 

    This year’s presenters include: 

    • Bill Hybels, founder and senior pastor, Willow Creek Community Church 
    • Condoleeza Rice, former U.S. secretary of state 
    • Jim Collins, national business thinker and author 
    • Marc Kielburger, co-founder of Free the Children; co-founder and co-CEO of Me to We, Toronto, Ontario 
    • Sheryl WuDunn, best-selling author, Pulitzer Prize winner, business executive 
    • Craig Groeschel, founder and senior pastor, 
    • John Ortberg, senior pastor and author 
    • Mario Vega, senior pastor, Mision Christiana Elim, El Salvador 
    • Patrick Lencioni, founder and president, The Table Group; best-selling author 
    • Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO, Harlem Children’s Zone 
    • Pranitha Timothy, director of aftercare, International Justice Mission, Chennai, India 
    • William L. Ury, co-founder and senior fellow, Harvard University’s Program on Negotiation 

    Guest music artists include: 

    • Kevin Olusola, cellist and a cappella member of Pentatonix from “The Sing Off” 
    • Gungor, the iTunes Rewind 2011 pick for Christian & Gospel Breakout Artist of the Year 

    A discounted registration fee is offered through July 24, 2012. For more information or to register to attend the live telecast at College Church of the Nazarene, North Campus, contact Lorna Guimond at 815-928-5484 or Later registration and walk-in registration on the event days are also available. 


    Jul 03, 2012 1:23:48Jul 03, 2012 -

    Olivet Nazarene University congratulates all students named to the dean's list during the recently completed spring 2012 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. 


    Bethany Abbott, Sarah Abner, Oluwayonda Abogunrin, Katherine Abrassart, Sarah Adams, Bethany Addington, Ayodeji Adeyemi, Sarah Aeschliman, Orobola Akinmoladun, Desmond Albert, Trevor Alcorn, Monika Alfke, Rachel Alfonso, Nicholas Allen, Brooke Alleva, Ashlan Allison, Davina Anderson, Lauren Anderson, Zane Anderson, Ryan Archer, Allison Ascher, Evanne Astell, Anna Aukerman, Barbara Aust, Lacey Austin 


    Kristina Back, Joseph Badagliacco, Candace Baird, Ashleigh Baker, Breanne Bambrick, Kilmeny Barnell, Olivia Barnett, Seth Barrigear, Elizabeth Bart, Ann Bastien, Caitlyn Beans, Lauren Beatty, Benjamin Beck, Steven Beckham, Alicia Beckmann, Natalie Begick, Cassandra Belcher, Anna Benoit, Jordan Bergren, Indalia Berner, Todd Bevan, Gina Bianchi, Karina Bihar, Lydia Bilyeu, Kaitlyn Blakeley, Sydney Bland, Joseph Blaney, Keegan Block, Owen Blough, Amy Blucker, Kelly Blucker, Lauren Blunier, Lisa Boaz, Katelyn Boicken, Danielle Bolander, Amy Bolton, Kathryn Booker, Kyle Boone, Brittany Booth, Emily Borger, Lineah Borggren, Michael Bork, Abigail Borland, Jacob Boss, Cassandra Brainard, Antonette Brandes, Danielle Branham, Amy Brenner, Melanie Breunig, Cameron Brewer, Richard Briggs, Joshua Brooks, Jessica Brown, Wade Bruce, Kyle Bruner, Laura Bruns, Dayna Bruss, Aaron Buchanan, Julie Buck, Brandy Buckholt, Jennifer Buhr, Katherine Bultema, Pamela Burnett-Couture, Joshua Burns, Andrew Burrington, Amanda Bursztynsky, Natalie Bursztynsky, Kristen Burton, Olivia Bus, Melissa Buseth, Rebecca Busler, Andrew Butler, Megan Butler, Zackary Byard, Terese Byrne 


    Emily Caldwell, Ashley Camden, Emma Capps, Scott Cardimen, Kelly Carey, William Carey, Jared Carl, Kaitlin Carlson, Rachel Carman, Caleb Carr, Haley Carroll, Jordan Carstens, Kelsey Castleman, Zachary Cataldo, Christine Caven, Alex Cavender, Faith Cavender, Ryan Cawvey, Allison Chadwick, Stephanie Chaplinski, Grant Chenoweth, Lindsay Chenoweth, Benjamin Cherney, Claire Chlasta, Zachary Christensen, Kaylie Church, Tate Church, Melanie Clark, Samantha Clark, Amelia Claus, Dana Clausing, Alexander Cobb, Chase Cohagan, Isabella Colangelo, Katie Cole, Taylor Cole, Lenee Cole, Alexander Colwell, Nathaniel Colwell, Abigail Combs, Lauren Comfort, Rebecca Compton, Sarah Condreay, Victoria Conley, Amanda Cook, Elizabeth Cook, Sarah Cook, Kristine Cooper, Christian Cornish, Garrett Corpier, Jonathan Coulman, Kellee Cousins, Andrew Cowen, Alexandra Cox, Haley Cox, Amy Crane, Samuel Craven, Loren Crawford, Dylan Creger, Craig Crisp, Rebecca Crofoot, Robert Croumlich, Hannah Crowder, Caitlyn Crum, Samuel Cullado, April Culver 


    Taryn Dahlquist, Mitchell Dale, Ashton Davey, Alexis Davis, Sarah Davis, Emily Davisson, Jesse Dawson, Michelle De Ramos, Chelsea Deaton, Aubrey Dee, Belal Degedeh, Dustin Dehart, Brianna Denhart, Stephanie Denius, Drew Dennis, Jared Dennis, Anna Deputy, Nicole DeVries, Amber DeYoung, Jason DeYoung, Kara DeYoung, April Dhennin, Joseph Diaz, Nicholas Dickrell, Sara DiLeonardo, Emily Dillard, Tamera Dillard, Trina Dillard, Amy Dillman, Stephanie Dillman, Connor Dimick, Ashley Dinneweth, Katie Dirkse, Laurel Dispenza, Kelsey Dixon, Lynn Dixon, Treavor Dodsworth, Michael Doherty, Rae Marie Donaldson, Olivia Doner, Andrea Donley, Abigail Doran, Brandon Doyle, Clarence Driver, Pam Dubach, Caleb Duffy, Hollie Dulin, William Dulworth, Zachary Dunbar, Richard Dykhouse, Michelle Dykstra 


    Olivia Eaton, Heather Eby, Nicholas Eckart, Elizabeth Eddy, Krista Eddy, Angela Edwards, Roberta Eggert, Stephanie Eis, Rachel Eliason, Beth Ellcessor, Jonathan Elliott, Alina Ellis, Samantha Ellis, Tammy Ellis, Jessica Ellison, Jamie Elmer, Shane Emaus, Hannah Endrizzi, Kara Engel, Brittany Engelland, Jonathan Erdahl, Valerie Erickson, Danny Ernest, Wendy Espejel, Chad Evans, Erin Evans, Corrie Everson 


    Lauren Faber, Kelly Fagerburg, Justin Fahy, Chantalle Falconer, Katlyn Farris, Danielle Fase, Jacqueline Fayne, Emily Fernette, Kasey Ferrigan, Nathaniel Ferris, Breanna Fetkavich, Christina Fiehn, Christopher Field, Tara Fieldhouse, James Fisher, Kelly Fisher, Rachel Fisher, Kaitlyn Fitzgerald, Melyssa Fitzpatrick, Laura Fleschner, Erin Florence, Anna Floyd, Jameson Forshee, Joy Fosnaugh, Whitney Foster, Sarah Fox, Taylin Frame, Thomas Francoeur, Megan Franseen, Allison Fraser, Jaelyn French, Drew Frey, Tianna Frey, McKenzie Fritch, Chad Frownfelter, Geoffrey Fuller, Robin Funk 


    Selina Gaines, Katherine Gajewski, Alicia Gallagher, Brianne Gallivan, Nicholas Garcia, Scott Gardner, Matthew Gargiulo, Dolly Garrison, Rebecca Garst, DeeAnn Garvin, Laura Garwood, Melissa Garwood, Courtney Gawthorp, Gabrielle Gaytan, Benjamin Geeding, Miranda Geever, Robin Gerboth, Stacey Gerstung, Adam Gilbert, Abigail Gillett, Rachel Gilmore, Brian Ginn, Camilo Giraldo, Brena Glendenning, Jeffery Glitz, Sarah Gliwa, Ashley Glover, Emily Goergen, Daniel Going, Molly Goldbach, Cristina Gomez, Beth Gomez, Mark Gordon, Michael Gorski, Geoffrey Graham, Malia Grainger, Benjamin Graniczny, Cherise Green, Jade Green, Darrin Greene, Julia Gregory, Rebecca Gremar, Anna Grieder, Allyse Groover, Rachel Groters, Griselda Guzman 


    Jasen Hackman, Jenna Haenni, Alexander Hagberg, Alaina Hagen, Isaac Hale, Ashley Hall, Christian Hall, John Hall, Mary Hall, Clara Hall, Lindsey Hamlin, Hyebin Han, Shannon Hancock, Shayla Hancock, Desmond Handson, Joseph Hanks, Jessica Hannapel, Lanae Harding, Marshall Harris, Rebekah Harrison, Martha Harrouff, Rachael Hartman, Luke Hasselbring, Haley Hatalla, Lauren Hausken, Jeffrey Hawkins, Marshall Hawn, Emily Hay, Patti Hayes-Sliozis, Taylor Haymes, Chelsea Hays, Desiree Hays, Rebekah Hazen, Kara Heath, Michael Hedrick, Kelly Hedtcke, Jeremy Height, Benjamin Heincker, Alexandria Heinold, Kelsey Heinold, Benjamin Heintz, Benjamin Heller, Abigail Helmker, Joanna Helmker, Aaron Hemgesberg, Kyle Henning, Elena Herath, Jonathan Herndon, Dana Hersha, Emma Hershberger, Haley Hetfleisch, Michael Hileman, Allison Hill, Austin Hill, Jamie Hill, Logan Hines, Glenn Hinkley, Rebecca Hinkley, Shanna Hoekstra, Jessica Hoffman, April Hogan, Bethany Holaway, Elisabeth Holaway, Katrina Holm, Katelyn Holmer, Gwendelyn Holmes, Ellen Holte, Corey Holtz, Amber Hope, Jennifer Horne, Andrew Hotle, Bethany Hotle, Meghan Houk, Joshua Howells, Katherine Hozian, Tyler Hubbell, Kyle Huber, Cynthia Huber, Elizabeth Huebner, Justin Hughes, Amy Huish, Amy Humrichouser, Chelsea Hunt, Sydney Hunt, Tori Hunt, Megan Huntsman, Chaz Hutchison, Bethany Hyde 


    Christopher Ingersol, Hayley Ivanic 


    Hannah Jacobson, Lauren James, William James, Stephanie Jansma, Emily Jarrells, Hannah Javaux, Joy Jenen, Erica Jenkins, Christian Jenkins, Andrew Jensen, Karley Jensen, Peter Jensen, Sarah Jensen, Meiling Jin, Lindsey Johnson, Mitchell Johnson, Robert Johnson, Toni Johnson, Devin Johnston, Elizabeth Jolly, Brenda Jones, Denee Jones, Justin Jones, Melinda Jones, Nicole Jones, Elise Jordan, Amanda Joseph, Patricia Joseph, Amanda Jurisch 


    Kristen Kalinski, Teresa Kamper, Linda Kasal, Alexandra Kayser, Matthew Kearney, Rachel Kearney, Michele Keckler, Ryan Kee, Autumn Keiss, Nickolas Kellar, Kristen Keller, Taylor Kelsey, Austin Kennell, Erin Kennell, Alyssa Keuther, Rachel Kilbry, Eunji Kim, Elizabeth Kimball, Ann Kincaid, Aaron King, Carmen King, Gabrielle Kirby, Lindsey Kirchner, Matthew Kirkpatrick, Brandon Klemm, Emily Klinefelter, Cherish Klossing, Deena Knapp, Stacy Knoderer, Alaina Knoedler, Andrew Koch, Jessica Koch, Mary Koch, Sydney Koch, Colin Koerner, Zachary Kohlmeier, Heather Kohout, Molly Koleczek, Denise Koranda, Mark Kosrow, Anna Krajec, Kelly Kraker, Joshua Krup, Hannah Kruse, Samantha Kryger, Alana Krzyzak, Elizabeth Kuhns, Lisa Kurtz, Michelle Kurtz 


    Kylie Laferney, Nicole LaFond, Andrea LaMontagne, Cassidy Lancaster, Sarah Langeland, Rebecca Lankford, Cory Lara, James Larcom, Gabrielle LaSpina, First Name Last Name, Allison Laubenstein, Kenneth Lautenbach, Kayla Layman, Ryan Leander, Marcus Lehman, Stephen Lehman, Grace Leighton, Linda Leighton, Jordan Lewis, Christina Liakopoulos, Kelly Lickteig, Lamere Lillard, Ryan Lingle, Brian Linsner, Kylie Lippencott, Morgan Lishka, Kira Litras, Leah Livingston, Ryan Logan, Brianna Lomas, Alyse Long, Joshua Long, Melody Long, Kaitlin Loos, Cynthia Lopez, Heidy Lopez-Haas, Madelyn Lorenz, Lashaan Lott, Melanie Loulousis, Autumn Lourash, Susanna Lovik, Seth Lowery, Amanda Luby, Benjamin Lucas, Andrew Luiten, Lauren Lyman, Joel Lynn, Mark Lynn 


    Joy MacDonald, Caleb Macon, Lucas Madding, Martha Magana, Brittany Main, Seth Major, Blaine Manning, Jessica Manning, Amanda Mansfield, Britney Marko, Danielle Martin, Gina Martin, Olivia Martin, Taylor Martin, Robert Mason, Ian Matthews, Joy Matthews, Abigail Maurer, Kendra Maxon, Amanda Mazzaro, Brandi McCarrey, Katie McCooey, Morgan McCririe, Chad McDaniel, Katherine McFee, Kate McGill, Ashley McGuire, Kylie McGuire, Janelle McInerney, Abigail McKay, Joshua McLaren, Dana McMahan, Carolyn McPhearson, Angela McQuillin, Heather Mead, Sarah Mead, Miles Meador, Hayley Meadows, Lindsey Mecum, Evonne Menard, Adam Metzler, Bethany Meyer, Alan Meyers, Jesse Mezera, Anne Milaneses, Hannah Milby, Aaron Miles, Ashley Miller, Ellen Miller, Joni Miller, Kyle Miller, Leslie Miller, Lindsay Miller, Mallory Miller, Sarah Miller, Scott Miller, Stephanie Miller, Stephen Miller, Robert Mitchell, Deanna Mize, Nicholas Mizeur, Trent Moberly, Alyssa Mol, Andrew Moore, Sarah Moore, Stephanie Moore, Athina Morehouse, Jaclyn Morgan, Johnie Morgan, Melinda Morgan, Elizabeth Morley, Susan Morrill, Alisa Morris, Spencer Morris, Katherine Mount, Kayla Moutvic, Ethan Mowry, Madison Moyer, Hannah Moyers, Jacob Mundo, Sarah Murphy, Khari Myer, Justine Myers 


    Kelly Nelson, Kelsey Nelson, Robert Newell, Kelsey Newlin, Rachel Nichol, Karyn Nichols, Kristin Nichols, Joss Nicholson, Kirsten Niederwimmer, Kyle Nolan, Alyssa Norden, Casey Nugent, Keith Nunez, Obilo Nwokogba 


    Jerald Obotte, Lisa O'Connor, Aimee O'Donnell, Hope Olson, Margaret O'Neill, Katelyn Oprondek, Linnea Orne, Kevin Osterink, Gretchen Oswalt 


    Michael Paarlberg, Katrina Pageloff, Jessica Palm, Bradley Palmer, James Palmer, Lincy Panackal, Allison Park, Colton Parker, David Parker, Paige Patterson, Lillian Patton, Heather Pavlik, Elise Payne, Isaiah Peachey, Tai Peachey, Vanessa Pearson, Audrey Penrod, Paige Penrod, Jessica Peters, Lindsey Peterson, Molly Peterson, Cassandra Petrie, Kathryn Peugh, Joseph Pflederer, Alexander Phillips, James Phillips, Rebecca Phipps, Emilie Pickering, Nicholas Pickering, Emily Picklesimer, David Picone, Craig Pierce, Jana Pierce, Kaitlyn Pierce, Samuel Pimpo, Michelle Pinkney, Danielle Pipal, Meghan Pipal, Jessica Plantilla, Christina Poe, Taylor Polatas, Megan Polsley, Elisabeth Pond, Katherine Ponsetto, Tracie Popp, Krista Postell, Nicole Potts, Jane Powell, David Powers, Kimberly Powers, Marcus Powers, Thomas Powers, Amy Price, Serena Procknow, Benjamin Prude, Brittany Pruitt, Natalie Puent, Breanne Putney 


    Christopher Raasch, Carrie Rabe, Steve Rachan, Megan Radcliffe, Olivia Rairden, Meagan Ramsay, Diane Rankin, Amy Ratliff, Josilee Ray, Alexander Raymond, Sarah Ready, Anna Reed, Katina Reedy, Heidi Reichelt, Sabra Reichow, Nicole Reinsma, Justin Reisinger, Kyle Reopelle, Emma Reutter, Katelyn Reynhout, Jordan Reynolds, Collin Riberdy, David Rice, Andrea Richardson, Kristina Richardson, Kristen Richey, Michelle Richey, Elisabeth Rickard, Jacob Ridenour, Lorisha Riley, Kristin Rinehart, Joshua Ring, James Rio, Allison Ritzert, Angela Rivas, Elise Rivett, Lisa Rizzo, McKenzi Roberson, Jacob Roberts, Kaitlyn Roberts, Nathan Roberts, Brandon Robyn, Krista Robyn, Ariel Rock, Emily Roesslein, Caleb Rogers, Nicholas Rogers, Kayla Rolling, Catherine Rose, Jacqueline Rose, Julia Ross, Kimberly Rothacker, Ron Rottmann, Cory Rovens, Hannah Rowen, Amanda Royalty, Olivia Ruby, Shanna Rull, Renee Runyan, Madison Rupert, Myrtle Rycraw 


    Karisa Sabisch, Paula Saewert, Daniel Saffell, Edward Saliba, Calum Samuelson, Thomas Sanders, Lucas Sanor, Stefan Sauder, Tyler Sauer, Jordan Saunders, Leah Saunders, Christy Sawdon, Anne Sawka, Andrew Sayre, Holly Schacht, Leslee Schafer, Alyssa Schaffer, Melissa Schaver, Rebecca Schaver, Daley Schimmelpfennig, Christopher Schkerke, Clarissa Schlegel, Erika Schmidt, Hannah Schmidt, Jacob Schmidt, Gina Schmidt, Daniel Schneider, Heidi Schoenbein, Jennifer Schoenwetter, Katharyn Schrader, Tia Schrader, Sarah Schrock, Stephanie Schueman, Katelyn Schultz, Troy Schultz, Derek Schwartz, Paige Schwartz, Hannah Scott, Calley Seefeldt, Kimberly Segraves, Stephanie Seidl, Rebah Seidler, Cheryl Sendzik, Garrett Sevigny, Kyle Shaughnessy, Emily Shelden, Charles Sheldon, Deidre Sheldon, Maggie Shenk, Brooke Shepherd, Erika Sherer, Lindsey Shoemaker, John Shoffstall, Hannah Short, Ryan Shrout, Justin Shutt, Kyle Sikorski, Ashley Sims, Kallie Siscoe, Kara Sitton, Krista Skelton, Kaccey Skrbec, Nicole Sloan, Victoria Smallegan, Samuel Smidt, James Smit, Adam Smith, Colton Smith, Kaitlin Smith, Kallie Smith, Logan Smith, Matthew Smith, Nathaniel Smith, Ryan Smith, Abigail Snow, Katelynn Soendlin, Brandon Song, Jessica Soosh, Raven Southard, Alexander Southe, Meredith Spainhour, Victoria Sparks, Jonathan Spear, Chelsea Speas, Kalene Spence, Blake Spencer, Nathan Spinnie, Olivia Spooner, Janna Spriester, Wesley Sproul, Emily Spunaugle, Jesse Stanford, Joshua Stauffenberg, Ainsley Stebbins, Katie Steelman, Rachel Steen, Samuel Steiber, Kelsey Steines, Sarah Stephansen, Erin Stephens, Kyrstin Stephens, Molly Stephens, Taylor Stephens, Bryan Stevens, Kylee Stevens, Alana Steward, Alexandra Steward, Brody Stewart, Rebekah Stewart, Anna Stiker, Amber Stoffel, Lisa Stokell, Brandon Streets, Lauren Streicher, Jessica Sturgeon, Joshua Sturgeon, Alyssa Swan, Blake Swanson, Erica Swanson, Alexander Swickard 


    Amy Tamblyn, Carrie Tapp, Clarissa Tawel, Erin Taylor, Jacob Taylor, Rachel Taylor, Heather Terpenning, Shelby Thein, Anna Theis, Morgan Thomas, Timothy Thomas, Zachary Thomas, Kristin Thompson, Mark Thorson, Elizabeth Thrall, Zachary Thurston, David Timm, Rachel Timmer, Lindsey Tobias, Blaire Toms, Sarah Toporek, Melanie Toppmeyer, Michelle Towle, Jakob Trancoso, Carl Trank, Christy Trank, Jacqueline Trauscht, Quinn Treleven, Conrad Triebold, Jordan Tripp, Jordyn Truelock, Ariel Turner, Jacklyn Tusack 


    Chanteil Ulatowski 


    Marci Vallejo, Jennifer Valpatic, Monica Van Deneede, Tracy Van Zandbergen, Natalie VanDenack, Brittany Vander Naald, Justin Vander Ploeg, Danielle Vander Schaaf, Tyler Vander Schaaf, James Vandermark, Emily Vellutini, Kurtis Viehdorfer, Kelsey Vihnanek, Caitlin Volz, Rachel Von Arb, Jessica Voss, Allyson Vrabel 


    Carly Wade, Caylee Wagner, Samantha Wagner, Alanna Waldvogel, Rebecca Walker, Jordan Wallek, Nathaniel Waller, Allison Walsh, Emily Walters, Kari Walters, Rachel Waltz, Cassie Warner, Sara Warner, Emily Waskow, Kelsey Watson, Jeremy Weber, Joseph Weber, Rachel Weber, Adam Weeks, Sharon Weitendorf, Daniel Wells, Matthew Wells, Whitney Wells, Jonnann West, Elizabeth White, Sarah Whitten, Maggie Whittington, Jennifer Wieland, Angela Wilcox, Sahara Wilcoxen, Jenna Wiley, Megan Wiley, Daniel Wilgenbusch, Lexis Wilke, Lisabeth Wilke, Megan Wille, Abigail Willey, Angela Williams, Derek Williams, Hannah Williams, Landon Williams, Rachel Williams, Jordan Williamson, Taylor Williamson, Brian Willoughby, Heather Willoughby, Roy Wilseck, Matthew Wilson, Sarah Wingo, Anna Winters, Eva Winters, Lauren Winters, Brianna Wolf, Dianna Wood, Emily Wood, Ted Woolsey, Jennifer Workman, Emma Wright, Paul Wright, Andrea Wulff, Hollie Wymore 


    Krista Yabsley, Rebecca Yates, Todd Yeoman, Megan Yoder, Sydney Young, Emily Younglove 


    Ewelina Zajkowski, Sarah Zelhart, Rose Zell, Kyle Zeman, Destiny Zorman-Smith, Benjamin Zwolinski 


    Jun 27, 2012 3:58:49Jun 27, 2012 -

    “By the world’s standards, I had achieved success in every sense of the word,” recalls Dr. Kenneth Johnson ’93, Olivet’s new department chair for the Department of Engineering. “But I knew in my heart there had to be more.”

    As the senior researcher and president of Solidica, Inc. — a Michigan-based developer of wireless systems that works with a variety of aerospace, automotive, industrial, medical and construction companies — Ken had reached the pinnacle of his career as an engineer. While at Solidica, he led a $20 million dollar product development expansion culminating in new product launches in both advanced intermetallic materials and next generation vehicle telematics. During his tenure, the company significantly expanded its customer base to a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies.

    However, God began to give Ken a new vision.

    “I want to help unlock the potential of technology, engineering and innovation for a greater, Christian purpose.”

    The more he prayed for direction, the more Ken became convinced he was called to Christian higher education. So when Ken received the call from Olivet about the need for a new chair for the Department of Engineering, he knew God had opened that door.

    “The vision God had placed on my heart was absolutely in line with Olivet’s mission. We had a shared vision.”

    As a professor and department chair, Dr. Johnson will bring the latest in technological innovations, as well as preparation for internships and careers, to Olivet students. His vast experience enables him to be a powerful mentor for future engineers.

    Prior to his work with Solidica, Johnson served as commercialization executive for Delphi Corporation, Troy, Mich. He has also been executive director for Technology Research Corporation, Ann Arbor, Mich.; advanced technology program manager for the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences; and a principal investigator for several research and development programs sponsored through federal and state government agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy and Department of Transportation. He has also served as a featured guest lecturer at Africa Nazarene University (Kenya), Clemson (S.C.) University and Eastern Michigan University.

    A member of ASM International, Dr. Johnson holds two patents related to ultrasonic welding technology. His awards include the 2010 Corp! Magazine Science and Technology Award; speaker recognition from the Society of Automotive Engineers in 2008; and recognition for valuable contributions by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 2007. His technology and business articles have appeared in several publications, including “Journal of Materials,” “Materials Science and Engineering,” “Crain’s Detroit Business,” “Welding Design and Fabrication” and “Technology Business.” He has presented several times at AeroMat conferences and exposition, as well as several other professional meetings in England, Germany, Kenya and the Philippines.

    “Dr. Johnson’s wealth of technical and managerial experience will be great assets for our Department of Engineering and the University,” said Dr. Dennis J. Crocker, dean of Olivet’s School of Professional Studies. “His natural curiosity and creative nature, combined with his people and presentation skills, are a winning combination to serve our students.”

    Growing up in Swaziland, Africa, where his father worked with a USAID program, Johnson has long had a heart for overseas missions. He has served with several “Work and Witness” mission teams through the Church of the Nazarene and looks forward to leading mission teams for Olivet students in the area of engineering compassionate aid.

    This summer, he will even help lead a team of engineering students to a destination that was selected two months prior to him being hired — to his former home, Swaziland.

    “It’s absolutely amazing to think how God has been involved in these kinds of details,” he reflects.

    Summing up his vision, Ken says, “Christian engineers have tremendous potential to transform the world for Christ. Whether they go on to work for Boeing, Caterpillar, serve on the mission field or wherever, our students can be a powerful force for achieving Christ’s mandate to help those in need and spread the hope of the Gospel around the world.”

    Johnson earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering — with emphasis in micro structures, additive manufacturing and solid state joining — from the Wolfson School, Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. His master’s of Engineering in Manufacturing (M.Eng.) — with emphasis in lean manufacturing, heat transfer and fluid mechanics — was granted by the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

    He and his wife, Jennifer (Alberts), both received bachelor’s degrees — he in engineering and she in biology — from Olivet in 1993. They are the parents of four children: Sydney, Erick, Luke and Bethany.
    Jun 19, 2012 4:54:51Jun 19, 2012 -

    Pastors and church leaders are invited to be part of “Telling our story — a leadership luncheon seminar for church leaders,” Friday, July 13, 2012, 1 to 4 p.m. This event is sponsored by Olivet and hosted by College Church of the Nazarene at its main campus, 200 University Ave., Bourbonnais.

    Click here for a personal invitation from Dr. Jay Martinson, communication department chair and director of the event.

    Designed to help pastors, staff and lay leaders communicate the Gospel more effectively within their communities, this interdenominational leadership training seminar focuses on telling faith stories. As churches seek to reach more people, especially teens through early 30s, leaders need to hone and refine their interpersonal communication skills.

    Led by a cohort in Olivet’s Doctor of Education: Ethical Leadership program — under the direction of Dr. Martinson — participants will focus on:
    • Using personal storytelling to form genuine connections with others
    • Listening to what others say and don’t say
    • Telling faith stories in ways that connect to each listener’s needs
    • Encouraging others with the stories of grace from personal experiences

    “Leaders in the marketplace want to share insights on how pastors and church leaders can more effectively communicate the goals and mission of a local church to their constituents, and I want to be there,” said Dr. Michael A. Taylor, pastor of Vincennes (Ind.) First Church of the Nazarene. “Olivet’s learning programs attract quality people from many walks of life. The Olivet community of ethical leaders will give me information I can trust. This event will provide pastors and leaders greater understanding of some ‘best practices’ for engaging our culture.”

    The cost is $15 per person for the seminar and lunch. Childcare will not be provided. Registration deadline is Monday, July 2.

    For more information, contact Dr. Jay Martinson at 815-263-5114 or
    Jun 19, 2012 4:51:21Jun 19, 2012 -

    When did Garrett Wasson ’13 (Bourbonnais, Ill.), exercise science major, teach Dr. Bill Dean, chair of the history and political science department, something new? When they recently partnered to complete Garrett’s senior-level project.

    For six weeks, Dr. Dean was the client, and Garrett was his personal trainer.

    Exercise in education

    “For this project, we refer to our students as ‘personal trainers,’” says Dr. Scott Armstrong, department chair. “By the time they take the personal training class, they’ve learned how to assess fitness levels and prescribe exercise for older and younger clients, male and female, athletes and non-athletes.”

    As the instructor for this class — and a professional personal trainer himself — Michael Grimsley ’90 starts the semester by focusing on the various aspects of personal training. Then, he connects the students with their “clients,” who are volunteers from Olivet’s faculty and staff.

    To recruit volunteers, Michael sends an invitation email to all of Olivet’s faculty and staff members. Within two hours, he has enough responses. “I hear some great stories as people plead their cases for why we should choose them for the project. When I make the choices, I keep in mind that our students need clients they are equipped to work with, and also that we need a variety of clients.”

    Next, Michael matches each client with a personal trainer. Understanding Dr. Dean’s fitness goal of continuing to overcome the effects of a stroke he suffered in 2011, Michael decided the personal trainer for him was Garrett.

    Getting to know you and your routine

    Garrett and Dr. Dean agreed to meet twice a week in Olivet’s fitness center.

    During their first session, Garrett used The President’s Challenge Adult Fitness Test to assess Dr. Dean’s fitness level.

    “In designing a program for Dr. Dean, Garrett was applying textbook ideas to a real client for the first time,” Michael says. “He drew from what he’d learned in classes, as well as from his own sports and exercise experiences. I gave him feedback, suggestions and modifications to the program he’d designed.”

    “The next time we met, Dr. Dean showed me the workout he normally does,” Garrett says. “I was thinking about things I might change.”

    During their third session, Garrett began to implement his program. He enjoyed demonstrating and explaining the proper technique for each exercise.

    “Dr. Dean was really interested in the science and in understanding why the exercises help him and why it’s important to do them a certain way,” Garrett says. “That helped give him the motivation to do things correctly.

    “Typically in our program, we work with people our own age or younger. Working with someone who’s older and has different fitness goals is good experience.”

    Teaching one another

    At the end of six weeks, Garrett and the other trainers gave presentations about their clients’ health history, fitness level and fitness program — without using clients’ names — to the class.

    “By the end, we had an even better idea about how to handle different personalities and health styles,” Michael says. “I learn something from my students every semester.”

    “Dr. Dean didn’t realize his own exercise potential,” Garrett says. “He had been underestimating himself. I helped him choose exercises correctly and the right weights to use. He found out he’s in a lot better shape than he thought.”

    “Garrett showed me how much more I could do and set me to it,” says Dr. Dean. “He knows his field and communicated to me what I need to do. He has a great future as a physical therapist.”
    Jun 19, 2012 4:49:54Jun 19, 2012 -

    Competing at calculus certainly isn’t for everyone, but there are at least 12 Olivet students who thrive on the challenge.

    During the 2012 Calculus Competition — sponsored by Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA) — Olivet’s top team of Carl Trank ’12, Katie Cole ’15 and Mark Lynn ’13 placed third out of 43 teams from nine colleges and universities. The other Olivet teams finished in ninth, 14th and 16th places.

    This competition allows teams of up to three students to compete against other area teams in solving calculus problems. The competition is 90 minutes long and involves 10 short answer questions and 15 multiple choice questions with a penalty for an incorrect guess on a multiple choice question.

    “What impressed me the most about our students who competed was that all of our teams placed in the top 40 percent,” said Dr. Dale Hathaway, department chair. “Their hard work and determination to do well was certainly obvious.”

    “This is the third year I’ve participated in this competition,” Mark said. “I participate because I enjoy the challenges of fresh calculus problems.

    “A math problem is considered challenging when after a few minutes of looking at it there is still no intuitive way to solve it. The test was very hard but rewarding when we completed a hard problem. Usually, with the collaboration of the whole team, we can fight through the problem one step at a time until we are all satisfied with the answer.”

    “This competition not only allowed us to compare our knowledge of calculus with those from other schools in the area, but also tested our mathematical reasoning skills in a time-sensitive environment,” Carl added. “Many of the problems were not straight-from-the-textbook examples. They required that we know our calculus formulas, and that we know how to reason well and think like mathematicians.

    “I distinctly remember one problem which none of us could solve individually. Yet, when we talked about it together, our ideas were complementary and resulted in a correct answer.”

    Congratulations to all teams for their correct answers in a challenging competition!
    Jun 19, 2012 4:48:25Jun 19, 2012 -

    Olivet's Gamma Chapter of Phi Delta Lambda, the international honor society for graduates of Nazarene colleges and universities who have excelled in scholarship, awarded its first Enduring Hope Scholarship to Lucas Madding (Dixon, Ill.), a junior majoring in Spanish education. The announcement and presentation were made at the annual banquet May 4, 2012.

    Lucas is the first person in his immediate family to attend college. He plans to teach English as a second language for English language learners in an inner city school. “So many people come to the United States seeking opportunity, only to be met with the language barrier,” he said. “I’m hoping to help them with their journey.”

    In addition, the Gamma Chapter inducted 56 new student graduate members and one new honorary member at the banquet. Members are elected by Olivet’s faculty. Requirements for membership include: strong personal character; commitment to the ideals of Olivet; pursuit of excellence in all areas; and graduating in the top 15 percent of the baccalaureate degree candidates.

    “Our 2012 graduates have had a myriad of field experiences and are well steeped in the latest technologies,” said Rev. Jeffery Enfield '93, president of the local chapter and Shine.FM’s business underwriting director. “They have demonstrated success both in the classroom and in practicums. They are committed to the Phi Delta Lambda tenant of ‘life-long learning.’”

    Enfield also recognized Olivet’s professors who are retiring in 2012, including: Dr. Stephen Brown (mathematics); Janice Hockensmith '74, M.S.W. (social work); Dr. Timothy Nelson (music); and Dr. Sue Williams '69 (English and modern languages).

    William (Bill) Bahr '96/'02 MBA was inducted as the newest honorary member of the Gamma Chapter. He is a professor in the Department of Exercise and Sports Science, and head women’s soccer coach at Olivet. He is one of the top 10 career active coaches in the NAIA. In 2011, he was named the NAIA-Midwest Regional Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

    “I believe faith can, and should, be integrated into all aspects of life,” Bill said. “Athletics is more than just a competition. Sport becomes the playing field on which life’s lessons are taught and learned. It’s the opportunity for each athlete to experience deep truths and values.”
    Jun 19, 2012 4:43:47Jun 19, 2012 -

    James Smit and Emily Spunaugle were honored as outstanding graduates during Olivet Nazarene University’s annual traditional undergraduate Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 5, 2012.

    James Smit, a biology major from Byron Center, Mich., received the Robert M. Milner Award for outstanding male graduate. During his time at Olivet, he was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, and was on the Dean’s List every semester of his college career. He served as Biophilic (biology club) president, as a member of Urban Children’s Ministry, and as a resident assistant for three years.

    “I have had the opportunity to work with James as both a student and as a leader in the Biophilic Club,” said Dr. Greg Long '84, biology professor. “James is an excellent biologist, seeing the connections of various levels of organization of living systems. He is also an excellent leader, serving as president of Biophilic this year. I expect him to excel as he continues on to graduate school.”

    Emily Spunaugle, an English major from Bella Vista, Ark., received the Maggie Sloan Crawford Award for outstanding female graduate. While at Olivet, she served as a teaching assistant in the Department of English for three years, as president of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society (Tau Theta chapter), and participated in two summer mission trips to Africa — Burkina Faso in 2010 and Ghana in 2011. A member of the second cohort of Olivet’s Honors Program, she graduated with a 4.0 grade point average.

    “Emily has demonstrated her high academic ability here at ONU by maintaining a 4.0, studying in the Oxford scholars’ program, and writing an honors thesis worthy of graduate credit,” said Dr. Rebecca Belcher-Rankin '69, English professor. “She has recently accepted the invitation to study at Loyola University in their Master of English Studies program. We’re confident that her title of servant scholar will continue to fit Emily as she now strives toward the goal of becoming a professor.”

    Each year, the Maggie Sloan Crawford Award –– named after Olivet’s first graduate –– and the Robert M. Milner Award –– named after a Nazarene minister who is father and grandfather to several Olivet alumni –– are given so students who exemplify the highest standard of excellence in character, scholarship achievement and contribution to extracurricular activities.
    Jun 19, 2012 4:41:54Jun 19, 2012 -

    Two special awards were presented during Olivet Nazarene University’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 5, 2012. LaMorris Crawford '06/'12 MOL (Bourbonnais, Ill.) received Olivet's Ralph E. Perry Student Award of Excellence, and Robert Wennberg (Lockport,Ill.) received, in absentia, the Willis E. Snowbarger Award for Teaching Excellence. LaMorris was also granted his master of organizational leadership (MOL) degree during the ceremony.

    The first person in his family to attend college, LaMorris overcame a past that included the loss of both parents, and a downward generational spiral of poverty, drugs and gang activity. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Olivet in 2006, he was hired by the University as an admissions counselor. He is passionate about sharing his story and experiences with high school students and other audiences.

    “LaMorris Crawford has been an incredible asset to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions,” said Susan Wolff '94/'06 MBA, director of admissions. “His individual character and personal integrity are above reproach. He has been a role model for many staff, student workers and incoming Olivet students as we have witnessed his obedience to Christ. While his contagious spirit powerfully inspires those around him to dream big, LaMorris relentlessly encourages us to grab hold of God’s best for our lives.”

    Following a successful career as an elementary and middle school teacher, assistant principal and principal, Robert began his work as an adjunct professor for Olivet in 2006. His particular passions are academic excellence, school improvement and development of teacher leaders in schools. His degrees include a bachelor of arts from Valparaiso (Ind.) University and a master of arts from Chicago State University. He has sung the national anthem at Chicago Rush Arena Football games; University of Illinois at Chicago basketball games; and the 2005 commemoration ceremony of 9/11, Washington, D.C.

    “Robert Wennberg is most deserving of this award!” said Jonathan Bartling '99, director of graduate programs in education for the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. “He is a consummate gentleman and a professional who brings wonderful knowledge and experience to the classroom. He is entirely approachable, warm, honest and works hard to make sure that all of his students succeed. He speaks the truth about the trials and tribulations of a school administrator, but does so in a way that encourages and inspires. As one of his faculty colleagues noted, he lives out the mission of Olivet as he ‘fosters the discipline of scholarship and spirituality’ in his classroom.”

    The Perry award is named for the late Dr. Ralph Perry, the first director of graduate studies at Olivet in 1959. He was also head of the division of religion and philosophy, a member of the faculty from 1948-1952, and 1955-1975. The award is presented annually to a graduate student nominated by faculty and staff. Criterion for receiving nomination includes exemplifying excellence in academic and community endeavors.

    The Snowbarger Award honors the legacy of Dr. Willis Snowbarger as well as honoring the outstanding service of an adjunct faculty member. Dr. Snowbarger served Olivet as a professor, dean and vice president for academic affairs. He was instrumental in the development of Olivet’s expanded liberal arts and professional curriculum, the building of a strong faculty and the achievement of numerous accreditation initiatives.
    Jun 19, 2012 4:40:38Jun 19, 2012 -

    During the 99th Commencement ceremony, Olivet Nazarene University conferred honorary doctor of divinity degrees upon Rev. Charles H. (Chuck) Sunberg '78 and Rev. Carla D. Sunberg.

    Citing their exemplary professional achievement, Christian influence and dedicated service to the Lord, the Church of the Nazarene, Olivet and their family, Dr. Gregg Chenoweth, vice president of academic affairs, stated: “The Sunbergs are wedded not only in marriage, but in ministry. They have distinguished themselves as gifted ministers for more than 20 years. They began a work from scratch in the former Soviet Union, a region double the land mass of the United States. After planting the Moscow Church of the Nazarene, they planted 50 churches in Ukraine, Armenia, Kazakhstan and other fledgling states.”

    Currently, Chuck and Carla Sunberg are serving as co-district superintendents of the Church of the Nazarene’s East Ohio District. They are the first husband-wife team to serve in this capacity. Their appointment was effective November 1, 2011.

    From 2005 to 2011, they pastored at Grace Point Church of the Nazarene, Fort Wayne, Ind., where Chuck served as senior pastor, and Carla as evangelism and discipleship pastor.

    From 1992 to 2005, they were pioneer missionaries and field directors in the former Soviet Union. Their work helped to establish the Church of the Nazarene in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Giving leadership to more than 60 ministries during that time, they led believers in starting churches, compassionate ministry centers and clergy education centers. They also raised their two daughters, Christy '09 and Cara (Sunberg) Shonamon '11, during that time.

    Carla is the author of “Faxes from Russia” (Beacon Hill Press, 1996), as well as numerous articles for such publications as “Holiness Today,” “Grow Magazine” and “Reflecting God Magazine.” She has served as president of the Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy group. A graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene University, she was recognized as Alumna of the Year in 2008.

    Chuck received his bachelor’s degree from Olivet in 1978. In 2009, he received Olivet’s “O” Award for dedicating his life to ministry. He has also served on Olivet’s Alumni Board and Board of Trustees.

    Both Chuck and Carla are graduates of Nazarene Theological Seminary, and are ordained elders in the Church of the Nazarene.
    Jun 19, 2012 4:38:46Jun 19, 2012 -

    Congratulations to Krystal Meyer ’14, Kara Engel ’13, and Luverta Reames ’12, who were recently selected from a group of 84 applicants to receive Student 4 Student scholarships.

    Olivet 50-year alumni made these scholarship presentations to the recipients and prayed for students during class chapel services on March 22, 2012. Mrs. Karen (Reeves) Spackey ’64 presented to Krystal, a nursing major from Momence, Ill.; Dr. Harry Fulton ’63 to Kara, an elementary education major from Minooka, Ill.; and Dr. Bill ’62 and Karen (Swinehart) ’62 Scott to Luverta, a business major from Hazel Crest, Ill.

    Each of these scholarships — as well as the scholarship presented to freshman Desmond Albert in November 2011 — is made possible through the partnership and generous gifts of current Olivet students and graduating classes from 50 years ago.

    Student 4 Student is a scholarship program that helps make the “Olivet Experience” possible for more students. Funding these scholarships is one of the many opportunities for students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the University to help cover the 20 percent of students’ education costs not covered by tuition.
    Jun 19, 2012 4:37:19Jun 19, 2012 -

     Olivet’s Center for Student Success recently brought employers who are hiring to campus for the 2012 Job Fair. Representatives from health care agencies, human services and nonprofit agencies, as well as businesses and corporations, hosted displays. During the event in Weber Center, they talked with more than 140 students who are seeking jobs and internships.

    Several of the representatives eagerly shared their enthusiasm about interviewing and hiring Olivet students and graduates. Here are a few of their comments.

    “We like to hire from Olivet because we know we’re getting quality people.”
    Krystal Tollefson, administration and business associate
    E2i, Bourbonnais, Ill.

    “Most of the Olivet graduates we’ve hired have been in Information Technology. They are very knowledgeable and know the programming languages we use. They are ready to hit the ground running when they start with us. They adjust quickly to the work environment and are a great asset for our company.”
    Erica Lee, sourcing specialist
    Applied Systems, Inc., University Park, Ill.

    “We’ve had an amazing experience hiring Olivet students for internships. And many of our senior staff members are Olivet graduates. Last year, our rep met Mark Bundy at Olivet’s Job Fair. We hired him for a summer internship as a quality control analyst. He worked out so well with us that we hired him as a temporary employee until he gets his degree this May.”
    Monica Ruiz, specialist, learning & development
    CSL Behring, Bradley, Ill.

    “I’m always impressed with Olivet’s nursing students I talk with. They’re well-prepared for the Job Fair and for interviews.”
    Kris Wallek, R.N., recruiter
    Ingalls Health System, Harvey, Ill.

    “CNAs who are in Olivet’s nursing program are responsible and always smiling. They treat our residents with love and affection. They embody the care and compassion that we stand for. We are happy to provide a good starting place for them in their careers.”
    Judy Lucker-Mierzwa, R.N. coordinator
    Bickford Independent & Assisted Living, Bourbonnais, Ill.

    “We want to add full-time account executives and marketing salespersons to our staff. We’ve set up eight interviews with Olivet students for next week. We’re also considering internships. We have an entrepreneurial environment.”
    Ed Wilkins and Jeanine Atiq, agents
    Farmers Insurance Group, Kankakee, Frankfort and Orland Park, Ill.

    “Olivet is a quality school with quality people. Olivet students and grads share Tyndale’s vision and mission. They are well-prepared for the job search, dress professionally and have their résumés ready. Current employees who are Olivet grads include: Heather Alred [’02] in Special Sales; Erin (Laning) Gwynne [’04] in Editorial; Debbie (McClelland) Greer [’96] in Production.
    Kathy Beggs, employment manager
    Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Ill.
    Jun 19, 2012 2:27:2Jun 19, 2012 -

     Olivet students garnered seven awards from the Illinois College Press Association (ICPA) for their work on The GlimmerGlass, the campus newspaper, during 2011. Competing in 26 categories, primarily with schools in the “Non-Dailies Under 4,000” group, the following students were recognized for their achievements:

    First place for sports page design, Rachel Kearney ’13 (journalism major, Marion, Iowa) for "We pink we can"

    Second place for critical review (film), Cameron Carpenter ’14 (Maysville, Ky.) for "Moneyball"

    Third place for feature photo, Dianna Wood ’13 (Wyoming, Ill.) for Broadway Revue photo with orange and pink lighting

    Honorable mentions:
    • Editorial cartoon, Stephanie Williams ’12 (Wheeling, Ill.) for “Occupy Wall Street and Michael Moore”
    • Sports column, Rachel Kearney for "Olivet sports are legit"
    • In-depth story, Rachel Kearney for "There's no place like... college???"
    • Photo essay, Catherine Schutt ’12 (journalism major, Oak Lawn, Ill.), Levi Barse ’08, Morgan McCririe ’13 (journalism major, Hillsdale, Mich.) for "Big bands rock ONU"

    ICPA was founded as a modern-day organization in 1983. Membership is open to all four-year colleges in Illinois. Member schools may nominate their journalists for awards in 29 different categories each year, and are eligible to have their staff members attend the annual convention.

    Eight Olivet students attended this year’s convention, along with student journalists from 35 Illinois state and private universities, on February 17 and 18 in Chicago. They had the opportunity to learn from professional journalists and also attended the awards luncheon.

    “We have a consistently good performance when compared to other papers at secular as well as Christian universities,” said Thalyta Swanepoel, journalism professor and faculty advisor for The GlimmerGlass. “That says a lot about the quality of the paper and our staff. Our team has proven that yet again.”
    Jun 19, 2012 2:21:53Jun 19, 2012 -

     Olivet has registered with Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board) to provide a new financial planning undergraduate degree program.

    An independent certifying organization, CFP Board owns the CFP® and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM certification marks, which it awards to individuals who meet its education, examination, experience, ethics and other requirements. Students completing the financial planning program at Olivet will be eligible to sit for the national CFP® Certification Examination administered by CFP Board.

    “CFP Board is pleased to have an educational institution of the caliber of Olivet Nazarene University now offering its approved financial planning curriculum,” said Alan Goldfarb, CFP®, chair of CFP Board’s board of directors. “As student interest in financial planning as a career continues to grow, we anticipate that ONU’s program will contribute significantly to the number of qualified candidates seeking to attain the CFP® certification, the standard of excellence for competent and ethical financial planning.”

    “Adding this degree program is beneficial to the University and our students,” said Dr. Glen Rewerts, professor and chair of Olivet’s Department of Business. “We are preparing our graduates to compete successfully in the evolving business world. They will have more opportunities to use their skills and talents to influence that world for Christ.”

    Persons interested in the program should send inquires to Matthew Dwyer, CFP®, professor and director of business programs for Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies at 815-928-5452 or Prof. Dwyer led the efforts for Olivet to qualify for this certification. He is also teaching the Certified Financial Planning® capstone course for the University.

    In considering a school’s application to register a program, CFP Board compares the program with the financial planning content areas identified in extensive, periodic job-task analysis studies. The job-task analyses survey financial planning professionals to determine areas students should master in order to provide competent, ethical financial planning services.

    The topics to be mastered can be categorized into the following broad subject areas: general principles of financial planning, insurance planning and risk management, employee benefits planning, investment planning, income tax planning, retirement planning and estate planning.

    The mission of CFP Board is to benefit the public by granting the CFP® certification and upholding it as the recognized standard of excellence for personal financial planning. CFP Board owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM, CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements. CFP Board currently authorizes more than 64,000 individuals to use these marks in the United States. For more about CFP Board, visit

    CFP®0 - The Recognized Standard of Excellence in Personal Financial Planning
    Jun 19, 2012 1:59:47Jun 19, 2012 -

    Olivet Nazarene University announces that 54 Olivet students have been recognized by the Who’s Who Among Students program. They are part of a select group of students from more than 2,842 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to accept this prestigious award.

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

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

    Recipients from Olivet for 2012, their hometowns and their academic majors are as follows:

    Bethany J. Abbott, Bethany Decatur, Ill., children’s ministry
    Allison R. (McGuire) Ascher, Caledonia, Ill., mass communication
    Zachary W. Baker, Brownsburg, Ind., social work
    Natalie M. Begick, Bay City, Mich., nursing
    Jordan C. Bergren, Homewood, Ill., pastoral ministry
    Kelsea G. Beville, Lubbock, Texas, graphic design
    Michael C. Bishop, Bourbonnais, Ill., recreation and leisure studies
    Lauren A. Blunier, Morton, Ill., marketing
    John D. Christensen Jr., Monee, Ill., intercultural studies and Spanish
    Lauren P. Comfort, Joliet, Ill., sports management
    Kara M. DeYoung, St. Anne, Ill., elementary education
    Christian R. Cornish, Dubuque, Iowa, accounting and economics/finance
    Sarah N. Di Monte, Bolingbrook, Ill., nursing
    Tyson L. Dodd, Crete, Ill., church music
    Shane M. Emaus, South Holland, Ill., accounting and economics/finance
    Hannah M. Escalante, El Cajon, Calif., youth ministry
    Corrie A. Everson, Orland Park, Ill., fashion merchandising
    Laura R. Fleschner, Terre Haute, Ind., mass communication
    Martha N. Harrouff, Aledo, Ill., dietetics
    Emily M. Hay, Fort Wayne, Ind., marketing
    Michael D. Hileman, Grand Ledge, Mich., criminal justice
    Austin P. Hill, Muncie, Ind., youth ministry
    Nathan A. Iwema, Dyer, Ind., nursing
    Mitchell S. Johnson, Loves Park, Ill., marketing
    Cynthia M. Lopez, Wood Dale, Ill., nursing
    Kyle A. Lowry, Winamac, Ind., Christian education
    Amanda J. Mazzaro, Ann Arbor, Mich., housing and environmental design
    Katie E. McCooey, Columbiana, Ohio, English education
    Kate E. McGill, Madison, Wisc., social work
    Ashley N. McGuire, Lowell, Ind., elementary education
    Jacob R. Naldi, Delhi, Calif., art
    Staci N. Oliver, Redford, Mich., marketing and business administration
    Allison R. Park, Morton, Ill., social work
    Audrey N. Penrod, Saint Anne, Ill., accounting and business administration
    Holly J. Pflederer, Morton, Ill., nursing
    Jana K. Pierce, Mason, Mich., social work
    Jaclyn A. Puroll, Gaylord, Mich., biology
    Morgan R. Radzimanowski, Shorewood, Ill., art
    Matthew J. Reynolds, Bourbonnais, Ill., art education
    Karen A. Ritter, Bloomington, Ill., child development
    Angela V. Rivas, Newton Grove, N.C., history and intercultural studies
    Kayla T. Rolling, Green Bay, Wisc., dietetics
    Jacob A. Schmidt, Fort Wayne, Ind., actuarial science and economics/finance
    Sarah J. Sinn, Tremont, Ill., nursing
    Krista A. Skelton, Newark, Ill., art education
    James T. Smit, Byron Center, Mich., biology
    Colton J. Smith, Olathe, Kan., biology
    Shara D. Southerland, Martinsville, Ind., exercise science
    Bryan R. Stevens, Janesville, Wisc., nursing
    Danielle M. Vander Schaaf, Baraboo, Wisc., math education and elementary education
    Rachel C. Waltz, Mason, Mich., nursing
    Maggie E. Whittington, Brownstown, Ind., social work
    Angela D. Williams, Mount Vernon, Ohio, social science
    Sarah E. Zelhart, Momence, Ill., elementary education
    Jun 18, 2012 5:2:4Jun 18, 2012 -

    “Celebration of Marriage 2012: Date Night” brought warmth to a wintry Friday night for the 1,600 people who attended this special evening. Designed to encourage, strengthen and revitalize marriages, the January 20 event was sponsored by Marriage Inc. Laughter and love filled the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University as couples gathered to learn more about Christian marriage.

    Marriage Inc. Director Beth Olney and her husband, sociologist Dr. Kent Olney, teamed up to co-host the evening with Associate Director Alisha Clark and her husband, Rev. Vincent Clark of Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church.

    Welcoming the group to this fourth annual event. Dr. Olney said: “We’re here tonight to honor marriage as a sacred institution.” Then, referring to the many couples who had braved the snowstorm to attend, he added: “We’re married people. We know how to do tough things!”

    The Clarks introduced the featured speaker for the evening, Dr. Kevin Leman. Known as “The Relationship Doctor,” Dr. Leman is the author of 25 books —including “The Birth Order Book,” “Have a New Husband by Friday,” “Living in a Step-Family Without Getting Stepped On” and “Stopping Stress Before It Stops You,” — husband of Sandy for 40-plus years and father of five.

    “The average marriage today lasts seven years. Marriage is simple, but it’s not easy,” Dr. Leman said as he began. He went on to tell the story of how he and his wife met, and how he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior when he attended a church service with her.

    “There are married couples here tonight who have trouble being in the same car together. I want you to know that a lot of people are counting on you to stay married. And your kids are taking notes on how you live your life,” he said. Talking to men, then women, then both as a couple, Dr. Leman encouraged them to return to the “plot of marriage” as God designed it.

    Dr. Olney, a sociology professor at Olivet, shared thoughts on why marriage matters, encouraging couples to value and enjoy the numerous benefits of marriage. “Marriage is good for the economy and the community,” he said. “Everyone benefits when marriage is a prized cultural value. Keep investing in your marriage.”

    The Date Night Ensemble — Steve Betz, drums; Spencer Keyes, piano; Jerry Luzenieki, saxophone; and Eric Penrod, bass — provided instrumental music for the evening. Musical entertainment was provided by David and Laticha Richardson singing romantic standards; and Luke Olney ’10 and Jenna Dickey ’11 performing “Old-Fashioned Wedding” from the musical “Annie Get Your Gun.”

    “Marriage is worth saving. Marriage is worth fighting for,” Dr. Leman said in closing the evening.

    Watch “Date Night 2012” on demand here.

    Find out more about the work of Marriage Inc. here.
    Jun 18, 2012 4:55:16Jun 18, 2012 -

    Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI) announces that Olivet Nazarene University has qualified as one of the 18 Best Christian Workplaces in the United States for 2012. This is the eighth consecutive year that Olivet has earned this honor.

    To be certified, an organization must complete the BCWI employee engagement survey and meet predetermined standards of excellence.

    Olivet employees voluntarily and anonymously answered more than 50 questions about how well Olivet is doing in the areas of employee satisfaction; employee commitment; Christian witness; supervisory effectiveness; opportunities for personal growth and development; customer/supporter satisfaction; teamwork; communication; and fairness of pay and benefits. Additional open-ended questions also gave employees the opportunity to share more information about how their employer is doing and suggestions for improvement.

    Employees’ survey responses continued to demonstrate a high level of trust in senior management, including President John C. Bowling and the administrative team. This was also a consistent theme in their answers to the open-ended questions on the survey.

    “Our employees continue to have a high level of engagement and love the contribution that they are making to the mission of the University,” said David Pickering, director of business and human resources for Olivet. “Our students ultimately benefit from having employees who enjoy their work atmosphere and feel that their work has a purpose.”

    Al Lopus, BCWI president, notes: “It takes intentional effort to create a positive workplace environment. Olivet Nazarene University is a witness to the world for Christ, not only in ministry, but also in how you serve and treat one another in a Christ-like manner.”

    The Best Christian Workplaces Institute’s vision is that Christian workplaces would be the world’s best and most effective workplaces. Its employee survey is one way of helping Christian organizations achieve that.
    Jun 18, 2012 4:53:10Jun 18, 2012 -

    When Olivetians gather, you can be sure there will be prayer, praise and memories — and lots of laughter, too! This year’s Homecoming festivities were no exception. Here are some of the best moments of a memorable weekend on campus in Bourbonnais.

    Coronation (Wednesday): Shelbi Miller ’12, escorted by Michael Bishop ’12, was crowned as the 57th Homecoming Queen.

    Homecoming Chapel (Thursday): Mark Powell ’79, with special music by Cyndi Frame ’84, brought back memories with Ken Medema’s 1970s song “Throw It Down Moses.” Mark reminded us: “God will use the ‘are nots’ in your life to show ‘I AM.’” The Sayes Young Alumni Awards, underwritten by Mel ’73 and Judith (Tucker) ’73 Sayes, were presented to Jessica (Allison) Swanson ’06 and Lauren Seaman ’03.

    Biology Open House (Friday): Winners of the 2011 Life Sciences Photo Contest were announced. Congratulations to Chris O’Brien ’96 (first and second places) and Chad Hemphill ’14 (third place). Alumni who visited also got to see the new 650-gallon freshwater aquarium recently installed in Reed Hall of Science.

    Class of 1961 gathering (Friday): Celebrating their 50-year marker since graduating from Olivet, 35 alumni enjoyed catching up with one another on Friday evening. They were joined by more of their classmates for their reunion breakfast on Saturday morning.

    Women’s basketball game (Friday): Our Tigers brought in a last-second victory for a 92-91 win against Davenport University.

    Hall of Fame (Friday): Ben Colling ‘03 (baseball player), Benjamin Richardson ’04/’07 MAC (football player), Ritchie Richardson ’92 MAT (softball coach), Brenda Williams (volleyball coach) were inducted into Olivet’s athletics Hall of Fame.

    “These Shining Lives” (Friday and Saturday): An outstanding production telling the story of real-life events that occurred in the 1920s and 1930s in Chicago and Ottawa, Ill. Stars Olivet students Jenny Ward ’14, Kristina Kirkham ’13, Hannah Williams ’14, Courtney Weihman ’15, David Timm ’14, Cameron Carpenter ’14, Andrew Mann Nielson ’14, Ron Gamache III ’14, Samuel Cullado ’15 and Nicholas Allen ’15. Dr. Jerry Cohagan, communication professor, directs.

    Wendy Parsons 5K Run (Saturday): Rising early to enjoy the day, 67 people ran, jogged and walked in this 27th annual event.

    Class reunions (Saturday): More than 800 people returned to campus to attend the various class reunions and the Purple & Gold grad reunion. Largest representation was by the Class of 1971 with 113 alumni attending, and the Class of 1961 — the “Golden Grads” — with 104.

    Men's football game (Saturday): Tigers took to the field with spirit and didn’t stop until they sang the last note of “Alma Mater.” Their 14-13 win over McKendree University was their fourth and final win of the season.

    Nursing reunion (Saturday): More than 90 nursing graduates gathered for their first reunion dinner since the program began in 1968. Program founder Faye Riley attended, and all decades were represented among the group. As of May 2011, there have been 4,612 graduates of Olivet’s nursing program.

    Phi Delta Lambda Homecoming dinner (Saturday): Mary Mercer ’71 received the Mary Ada Dillinger Service Award. Honors program students Martha Harrouff ’12, a dietetics major, and Liz Abfall ’12, a religious and intercultural studies major, presented their research and findings from their senior projects.

    2011 “O” Awards presentation (Saturday): Before Saturday night’s concert, Dr. John C. Bowling ’71 presented the Lay “O” Award to Robert Wall ’57 and the Ministerial “O” Award to Neil Wiseman ’55.

    Homecoming concert (Saturday): Bill Gaither and his Vocal Band filled the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel with beautiful music — and with a “sold out” crowd! Dr. Bowling announced that Bill and Gloria Gaither are now honorary ONU alumni. Smiles among the members of the Proclamation Gospel Choir lit up the room. Their combined choir of current students and alumni opened the evening. Then the current choir joined Bill and his band, Orpheus Choir, Chrysalis women's choir, Testament men's choir, and Concert Singers for a memorable musical experience.

    President’s Prayer Breakfast (Sunday): Winners of the Young Alumni Awards, Jessica Swanson and Lauren Seaman, and “O” Award winner Robert Wall shared their testimonies. Honorary alumni Bob and Dar Schimmelpfennig were recognized. In his message, Dr. Bowling told the 488 attendees that Facebook doesn’t define friendship because Jesus did that more than 2,000 years ago. He invited everyone to “put your ear to the Word and listen. God has spoken and still speaks to us. Are you listening? Do you hear God asking you to friend Him?”
    Jun 18, 2012 4:49:34Jun 18, 2012 -

     Olivet Nazarene University is pleased to announce a gift from Drs. Fay and Walter Quanstrom for the establishment of “The Reverend Dr. Fay Quanstrom Endowed Chair of Pastoral Ministry.” This marks Olivet’s first endowed chair.

    An endowed chair is established through a financial gift, which is invested to provide ongoing financial support for the employment of a given faculty member in a specific area of study.

    Dr. Carl Leth, dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry said, “We in the School of Theology and Christian Ministry are so pleased that Olivet’s first endowed chair is the Dr. Fay Quanstrom Chair of Pastoral Ministry. This is right on many levels.”

    He continued, “It places Olivet’s first endowed chair as an investment in service to the Church. It affirms the role of pastoral ministry and the importance of the best preparation possible for this high calling. It affirms the role of the faculty in the School of Theology and their contribution to that preparation. It also highlights the affirmation of women in ministry, an important message to our students and constituency. Lastly, it affirms the work of all the faculty of Olivet by recognizing the importance of this work.”

    Olivet celebrated this contribution with a chapel convocation service in the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel on Thursday morning, September 29, 2011. The service included an academic processional with faculty in their regalia, and music by Orpheus Choir. Dr. Fay Quanstrom provided the message of the morning. Visit Olivet's live streaming portal to watch this service on demand now.

    “The Rev. Dr. Fay Quanstrom provides a wonderful model for our students,” stated President John C. Bowling. “This generous gift from the Quanstroms will establish a legacy of influence for generations to come.”

    Fay and Walter Quanstrom met at Southern Nazarene University. Fay is ordained in the United Church of Christ and has pastored several churches, including serving as the visiting minister at Westminster Central Hall in London, England. In addition to having served as biology professor at Olivet Nazarene University and Northwestern Nazarene University, Walter was named vice president of Amoco Corporation in 1992. Amoco was later purchased by British Petroleum. In 1998, Dr. Quanstrom was appointed to serve as a member of the company’s top 35 executives based in London, England.
    Jun 18, 2012 4:46:17Jun 18, 2012 -

    In ten years, Olivet Nazarene University has processed over a half billion dollars in student financial aid, easing the financial burden of college for ONU students and their families.

    Since fall 2001, the total amount of processed financial aid is $602,866,824.

    Of this total, over $207 million came from ONU scholarships and grants, and over $308 million in total gift aid. The ONU Foundation paid nearly $9 million in student scholarships over the past decade.

    Greg Bruner, director of financial aid, said, “This is a testament to the efforts of our financial aid team at Olivet, supported by an administrative team dedicated to providing opportunities for students to come to ONU. The half billion in financial aid represents countless students who were able to attend Olivet, who might not have been able to attend otherwise. I am grateful for a staff who values the importance of this work.”

    Olivet is committed to continue working on behalf of its students, making Olivet’s quality education an affordable option.
    Jun 18, 2012 3:56:13Jun 18, 2012 -

    After 10 days of classes, Olivet Nazarene University reports another year of strong enrollment with a total of 4,313 students. This includes 2,627 traditional undergraduate students and 1,686 students enrolled through the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. The academic profile of the University also continues to improve. Nearly 10 percent of the first-time freshmen who took the ACT achieved scores of 30 or above; only 4 percent of test takers achieve this level nationally.

    The top areas of study for traditional undergraduates include education (447 students), nursing (304 students, all-time record), business (260 students), exercise and sports science (199 students), social work and criminal justice (186 students, all-time record), theology and Christian ministry (182 students), biological sciences (172 students), communication (141 students), engineering (105 students, all-time record), art (103 students) and behavioral sciences (103 students).

    The 10-day count is the standard used by colleges and universities nationwide to measure student enrollment. Because it is based on the traditional undergraduate calendar, it does not include those students who will enroll at Olivet over the coming weeks and months through the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

    Dr. John Bowling, university president, noted, “In addition to the official count, within the next few weeks, several hundred more students will enroll in our School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, which will give the University an overall enrollment of nearly 5,000 students.”
    Jun 18, 2012 3:20:55Jun 18, 2012 -

    Ruben and Bettie Smith of Kankakee, together with their son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Nikki Smith of Limestone, have gifted the facility located at 21 Heritage Dr., in Bourbonnais, Ill., to Olivet Nazarene University.

    The multi-million dollar building is 52,000 square feet and located on five acres of land, making it the single largest gift Olivet has ever received from members of the local community.

    In honor of their gift, the building will be renamed the “Ruben and Bettie Smith Center for Educational Leadership.” The renaming will take place during an official ribbon cutting ceremony to be held on Thursday, October 6 at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow. Community members are encouraged to attend.

    Currently, the donated facility houses administrative offices for Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, as well as a fitness center and some operational offices for Provena St. Mary’s Hospital. The building will continue to be used by both Olivet and Provena.
    Jun 18, 2012 3:16:27Jun 18, 2012 -

    Olivet Nazarene University has been ranked as one of the Best Colleges of 2012 by U.S. News & World Report. Olivet’s ranking increased by eight spots since last year’s report. Its inclusion on the 2012 list marks Olivet's seventh consecutive year in the magazine.

    For over 25 years, U.S. News & World Report has published its Best Colleges guidebook, which is the most widely recognized list of its kind. Students around the country use the report as a tool to help them find the right college to attend.

    “Our rich traditions, passion for excellence, rigorous academic programs and love for students continue to be hallmarks of the Olivet experience,” says Dr. Brian Allen, vice president of institutional advancement.

    “Olivet’s dedicated faculty and staff are intent on preparing a new generation of biblically grounded leaders who will continue to use their influence to bring about transformational change to local communities, churches, businesses and the broader culture.” Allen adds, “These are our very best days!”

    The 2012 Best Colleges guidebook will be on newsstands September 20.
    Jun 18, 2012 3:10:58Jun 18, 2012 -

    Olivet Nazarene University announces that Dr. Ted R. Lee has accepted the invitation to serve as director of church and university relations for the state of Michigan. In this new position, he will be commissioned to augment the ongoing relationship between Olivet and the pastors, congregations and ONU alumni residing in Michigan.

    Dr. Lee is no stranger to Olivet. Over the course of 24 years, he served in several senior leadership positions with the University, including his work as the dean of students and senior vice president for institutional advancement. He has been a member of Olivet’s Board of Trustees for the past 16 years, and for the past nine years, served as chairman.

    In 1995, Dr. Lee was named district superintendent for the Church of the Nazarene’s Indianapolis District, his most recent position until retiring in August of this year.

    Dr. John C. Bowling, president of Olivet, looks forward to an ongoing partnership with Dr. Lee. “Over the past several years, I have admired Dr. Lee’s passion for the Church and for Olivet. His unique insight, tenacity and genuine love for people will make him an asset in this position.”

    “Dr. Lee has distinguished himself as a capable leader and administrator,” said Dr. Brian Allen, vice president for institutional advancement. “I’ve also known him as a boss, mentor, encourager and friend. I’m looking forward to the relationships he will strengthen with congregations and alumni across Michigan.”

    Dr. Lee is married to Beverly Lee, who was also employed by Olivet for 24 years, including her work as secretary to President Harold Reed and later in the office of student development. The Lees will reside in Vicksburg, Mich.
    Jun 11, 2012 4:24:45Jun 11, 2012 -

    The Shine.FM network, broadcast from the campus of Olivet Nazarene University, has made a recent move toward a major expansion in Indianapolis, Ind.

    In the coming months, Shine.FM plans to work alongside an existing ministry in Indianapolis and will launch its “Positive. Hit.” format across the region this fall. This will be in addition to its four current stations in the Chicagoland and northwest Indiana regions, which include approximately 100,000 listeners.

    With the expansion in its beginning stages, Shine.FM is looking for volunteers in the Indianapolis area to help lay the groundwork. Anyone passionate about the mission of Shine.FM and interested in making an impact on Indianapolis through this radio ministry should contact station manager Justin Knight at

    “This is a great opportunity to expand the ministry and reach of Shine.FM,” says Knight. “We look forward to announcing the official launch date this fall.”

    The Shine.FM network is a Christian, hits radio ministry of Olivet Nazarene University. In addition to the 100,000 listeners who listen weekly through four stations in Chicagoland and northwest Indiana, thousands more stream Shine.FM, Shine Worship and Shine Rock online or through their mobile apps.

    Olivet Nazarene University is an accredited Christian, liberal arts university offering over 120 areas of study. It is centrally located in the historic village of Bourbonnais, Illinois — just 50 miles south of Chicago’s loop — with additional School of Graduate and Continuing Studies locations in Rolling Meadows and Oak Brook, Ill., and throughout Chicagoland.
    Jun 11, 2012 4:22:53Jun 11, 2012 -

    Ruben and Bettie Smith of Kankakee, together with their son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Nikki Smith of Limestone, have gifted the facility located at 21 Heritage Dr., in Bourbonnais, Ill., to Olivet Nazarene University. The multi-million dollar building is 52,000 square feet and located on five acres of land, making it the single largest gift Olivet has ever received from members of the local community.

    In honor of their gift, the building was renamed the “Ruben and Bettie Smith Center for Educational Leadership” during an official ribbon cutting ceremony held on October 6.

    When thanking the Smiths for their gift, Dr. John C. Bowling, president of the University, said, “Ruben and Bettie, we obviously appreciate your gift – what you have done is very significant for the University. But I want you to know that even more than that, we appreciate who you are. You are people of faith and faithfulness. God has blessed your hard work, and you have been good and generous stewards of those blessings. Thank you for all you have done for our community across the years.”

    Both Ruben and Bettie Smith say they wanted to support Olivet’s mission in a tangible way.

    “Olivet’s impact on the whole community is outstanding,” said Ruben Smith. “They help out the community in so many ways. I just thought gifting this building was the right thing to do. It’s a blessing to have Olivet in our community.”

    They also placed great emphasis on the value of Christian higher education. “Olivet is the only Christian college within the area, and it’s so important to us,” said Bettie Smith. “You can have everything else in the world, but if you don’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ, nothing else matters.”

    Originally constructed by the Smiths for Cigna in 1980, the donated facility currently houses administrative offices for Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, as well as a fitness center and some operational offices for Provena St. Mary’s Hospital. The building will continue be used by both Olivet and Provena.

    Both lifelong residents of Kankakee County, Ruben and Bettie Smith own Ruben E. Smith Construction/R&R Inc. and R&B Rentals, L.P. He is the acting president and CEO, and she is the treasurer. Through their businesses, the Smiths have constructed many business facilities in six states, including 28 Ponderosa and 20 Arby’s restaurants. Locally, they have erected several buildings and developed Hunters Run Subdivision. On Olivet’s campus, they are responsible for the construction of Kelley Prayer Chapel, as well as several projects involving roadways, parking lots, sewer and water.

    Brad and Nikki Smith currently have two children enrolled at Olivet: Colton, who is a senior studying business, and Abigail, who recently graduated from ONU with degrees in marketing and fashion merchandising, and is now studying for her MBA through the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.
    Jun 11, 2012 4:21:4Jun 11, 2012 -

    Olivet’s winter revival series kicked off on Sunday morning, February 5 in Centennial Chapel. Dr. J.K. Warrick, general superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene, is the special speaker for the week.

    On Monday morning, Warrick spoke on the “wonderful plan God has for your life” — an encouraging word for college students struggling with their future. The altars were flooded with students in response to Warrick’s timely message.

    Chaplain Mark Holcomb says, “I believe God is already moving on our campus this semester. Revival week is a part of the rhythm of life here at Olivet. It’s a time for renewal and awakening when we focus our attention to the things God is saying to us.”

    Services are being held each morning at 9:35 in Centennial Chapel and at 7:00 at College Church. Tune in live or watch “On Demand” here.
    Jun 11, 2012 4:19:39Jun 11, 2012 -

    During the February 18, 2012, Nielson & Young concert at Olivet Nazarene University, Stephen Nielson received the special distinction of being named an honorary alumnus of the University. University President John C. Bowling presented him with the award.

    “Stephen Nielson truly bears the marks of an Olivetian, in addition to his many years of service to the University and his accomplishments in the music industry,” Dr. Bowling said. “We want to honor him as a lifelong member of the Olivet family, so we are making him an honorary alumnus. This action by our Alumni Board merely formalizes the long and productive relationship we have enjoyed with him. At Olivet, we respect and honor our alumni as blessings, and we now include him in this treasured group.”

    Upon receiving this honor, Nielson said: “What a surprise! I count it a privilege to be an honorary alumnus, and I cherish beyond words both my faculty years at Olivet and countless friendships spanning a lifetime. An old axiom I often quote says, 'Every task is a self-portrait of the person (or institution) who does it. Autograph your work with excellence.' Since its founding, Olivet has coupled an unswerving Christian character with excellence encompassing all disciplines, and I am gratified to be a proud member of the Olivet family.”

    Distinguished in both classical and sacred music, Nielson is a Steinway artist and widely regarded as one of the distinctive artists of his generation. His concert schedule has taken him to many cities, including Hong Kong, Bogota, Copenhagen, Berlin, London, Vienna, Brussels, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Prague, Salzburg, Jerusalem and Chennai, India. He is an ambassador of culture for the World Cultural Alliance. His North American solo and chamber music career, spanning more than a quarter century, has taken him from Los Angeles to Boston, Seattle to Naples, Detroit to Mexico City, Miami to Toronto, Chicago to Dallas.

    His discography includes recordings of the classical repertoire, music for piano and cello, and hymn tunes in the classical style. His writing achievements appear in the catalogues of several American publishers.

    Since 1971 he has been one-half of Nielson & Young, one of the most acclaimed duo-piano teams of our time. They have played together in concert halls, on college campuses and cruise ships, and at countless churches and festivals.
    Jun 11, 2012 4:17:57Jun 11, 2012 -

    In its ongoing effort to receive professional certification for degree programs, Olivet's Department of Business recently received an important certification.

    Olivet is now certified as an official member of the SAP University Alliance and one of 200 universities in the United States to offer an Enterprise Resource Planning program using SAP resources. SAP, a software company based in Germany, has developed the ERP software for use by for-profit corporations. The need for workers qualified to support the software continues to grow. By taking the courses ERP I and ERP II, students will be prepared to interact with companies around the globe who are using this software package. Professors E. Steven Butler and Brad Thomas are overseeing this program at Olivet.

    “Adding this certification is beneficial to the University and our students,” said Dr. Glen Rewerts, professor and chair of the department. “We are preparing our graduates to compete successfully in the evolving business world. They will have more opportunities to use their skills and talents to influence that world for Christ.”

    For more information about this and other degree programs, contact Olivet’s undergraduate admissions office at 815-939-5203 or graduate admissions office at 815-939-5291.

    Founded in 1972, SAP is the world leader in enterprise applications in terms of software and software-related service revenue. Based on market capitalization, it is the world’s third largest independent software manufacturer with more than 183,000 customers in more than 130 countries. The SAP Group includes subsidiaries in every major country and employs more than 54,000 people.
    Jun 11, 2012 3:2:37Jun 11, 2012 -

    Michael Poff '15
    Hometown: Danville, Va.
    Major: Youth ministry

    Extracurricular activities: Freshman class chaplain, intern working with junior high students at College Church North Campus

    What are two things that people may not know about you?
    I was born in Oklahoma and adopted into my family as an infant. I’m the only one in my family who has ministry as a career — other than my brother-in-law, who is a pastor.

    What have you enjoyed most about life in Chapman?
    I really appreciate our community. There are always friends I can talk with, even at 2 a.m. Our resident assistant, Jordan Bergren [‘12], is my best friend, and I enjoy hanging out with him.

    And the challenges of dorm life for you?
    I wasn’t used to living with another person and having to care what our room looks like. I apologize to my roommate at least once a week about how messy I am.

    What on-campus events have you enjoyed most this semester?
    Party With Jesus is a great time to worship. And I go to every “Spoons 4 Forks” improv comedy show. Two of my friends are in it, and it’s always funny! I like how they make up their skits. The “Mr. ONU” competition was really funny, too.

    Who has been one of you best encouragers since you’ve been at Olivet?
    I know Jonathan Burkey [’10, Olivet’s coordinator of community worship,] is there whenever I need him. I can talk with him about life in general. He helped me prepare for leading freshman class chapel last fall. John Mongerson [’76, director of development and planned giving] is a family friend and is also there for me.

    What is one of the biggest adventures you’ve had so far?
    I was driving home with my friend, Liz Kuhn [’13], last Christmas. We were driving behind a friend in her car. It was snowing when we left. We were about 45 minutes away from Bourbonnais when our friend wrecked into the median, right beside another car that had just wrecked. An older lady was driving that car. We got out to help. No one was hurt, but the older woman was really scared. She was on the way to her son’s house and wasn’t sure where she was. We prayed with her and stayed until help came, about 40 minutes. There was no damage to our friend’s car, and we pushed it out of the snow and got back on the road.

    What is one of your greatest passions?
    I’m passionate about prayer. I want to intertwine the community of prayer with the entire Olivet community. I want more people coming to the Lord in prayer. I co-lead a Tuesday night prayer group in Kelley Prayer Chapel. Several weeks before the Winter Revival this year, we prayed for God to move on our campus. I was also involved in 24-Hour Prayer on March 23.

    What advice do you want to give the freshmen who will be arriving on campus this fall?
    Have an open heart for God’s direction. He has a purpose for where He’s taking you.
    Jun 11, 2012 2:58:7Jun 11, 2012 -

    “Coming back down a mountain is the hardest part,” says Olivet geology major Jeri Grevis.

    Jeri learned this — along with how to better identify rock types, how to use geological equipment and how to cook creatively while camping — during the recent field trip led by Dr. Charles Carrigan ’96, geology and chemistry professor. Assisting him was Ryan Alexander ’07, adjunct physical sciences professor.

    Not your typical tourist attractions

    Using Google maps and his trusted GPS, Dr. Carrigan carefully planned the route—with some special considerations: finding examples of the geological features he’d talked about in class; travel times; places to stay, get food and buy gas; and seeing multiple sites each day.

    The trip itinerary included the Valley and the Ridge in eastern Tennessee, and the Blue Ridge in North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina. Along the way, the group spent three nights camping in tents and cooking their meals outdoors, one night in cabins, and two nights in a conference building at the East Tennessee Nazarene campground.

    Highs and lows of the natural world

    Having fun while learning on this trip were:
    • Geological engineering majors Jonathan Erdahl (junior, Tinley Park, Ill.); Becca Garst (senior, Peotone, Ill.); and James Fisher (junior, Wales, Mich.)
    • Geology majors Jeri Grevis (sophomore, Crown Point, Ind.); Caroll Karns (junior, Burlington, Wis.); Julia Ross (freshman, Mahomet, Ill.); and Jacob Galloway (senior, Gilman, Ill.)
    • Chemistry major Julia Gregory (junior, Roscoe, Ill.)
    • History major Monica Galarowski (junior, Orland Park, Ill.)
    • Elementary education major Rachel Domaoal (junior, Bremerton, Wash.)
    • Teaching assistant Brian Schrock (senior, geology major, Houston, Texas)

    They enjoyed many interesting experiences together, including:
    • Climbing Mount Le Conte — the tallest mountain in Tennessee at 6,593 feet — near Gatlinburg in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
    • Exploring Ocoee River Gorge in southeastern Tennessee
    • Experiencing the beauty of North Carolina’s Whitewater Falls, the highest falls in Eastern America at 411 feet
    • Visiting an active quarry operation in northeast Georgia

    “In one place, we stopped to look at rock formations. On the other side of the road, there was a makeshift landfill, an old dump,” Dr. Carrigan says. “Couches, tires, televisions and junk had been thrown into a little valley. Students got to see the bad alongside the good that day.”

    Making memories while mapping

    “The first couple of days, it was so cold that I couldn’t take notes in my field book because my hands were shaking so much,” Jeri says. “Then I stepped in mud up to my knees, and I was covered from the knees down. I was still muddy when we went to a restaurant for dinner that night.”

    “One success was that I unraveled the mystery of the Brunton compass on this trip,” Jon says. “I really knew what I was doing with it this time. I used it to find the angles of a road cut when we were mapping the folds.

    “I learned a lot more about geology on this trip than I could have learned in the classroom or by looking at pictures. Actually seeing everything helped me grasp the descriptions I’d heard. Field trips are a necessity for learning geology, and also a lot of fun!”
    Jun 11, 2012 2:45:20Jun 11, 2012 -

    Ladies Day 2012 brought together more than 1,600 women at the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel for a time of relaxation, inspiration and reflection. They came from as far away as southern Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin and Virginia to enjoy this annual event.

    Comedian Paul Aldrich kept everyone laughing with his humorous impressions of life as a Christian. His rendition of “Kumbaya” and his observations about the challenges of middle age brought many enthusiastic responses.

    Lysa TerKeurst, “New York Times” best-selling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, shared insights about many of the struggles women face in today’s world.

    Author of more than 20 books, Lysa opened with thoughts from her bestseller Made to Crave: “I relied on food more than I relied on God. The scale can measure your weight, but it can never measure your worth.” She invited her audience to take on her 21-day challenge in their process of getting healthy.

    She also shared her family’s poignant story of faith in adopting two teen boys from an orphanage in Liberia, Africa. “God interrupted me — us — in the middle of my safe life. I was stunned. Sometimes there’s a big difference between what we want and what we need. That’s the intersection where God works.”

    In her concluding session, Lysa spoke on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. “Be joyful, prayerful, thankful. Blessed is the person who wakes up every day and says, ‘I want to see, hear, know you, God. Show me the people who need my time, money, encouragement today.’”

    Echoing the feelings of many of those attending this special event, Lysa concluded: “Thank you for my Jesus girlfriends.”

    Orpheus Choir, directed by Dr. Jeffery Bell, Proclamation Gospel Choir, directed by Jasper Taylor, and alumni of The Olivetians led worship and provided special music throughout the day. Dr. Bell also played a hymn on the University’s Ruffatti pipe organ. The Don Reddick Jazz Trio provided music during break times.

    “We make Ladies Day our annual women’s retreat weekend, Friday and Saturday. This is our fourth year here. When you’re worshiping with women in a group this size, you can help but be moved.”
    Alisha Whited, Auburn, Ill.

    “What a blessing it is to spend the day with fellow sisters in Christ, being inspired by Lysa, singing and listening to the choirs, and laughing! The five-hour drive to get here was definitely worth it.”
    Barbara Dorris, Bethalto, Ill.

    “My niece is an Olivet student and sent me an email about Ladies Day. We made a last-minute decision to come and walked in today. This is our first Ladies Day, and we’re amazed at how organized everything is. The food was delicious. We loved the music. We can’t wait until next year! We’re going to invite other friends to join us in Lysa’s ‘Made to Crave’ challenge.”
    Mary Andrews, Peotone, Ill., and Kerry Wright, St. John, Ind.

    “I was a student at Olivet, and it’s always a thrill to come back to campus. Both of my daughters attended here, too, and so did all my brothers and sisters. My mom, Peggy Damron, treated me to Ladies Day this year.”
    Cheryl (Damron) Reich ’76, Macomb, Mich.

    “I really enjoyed Paul Aldrich’s comedy. This has been a day of laughter, crying and music. The facilities are wonderful. I liked the variety of the program, a good mix. Ladies Day is a very well-planned event.”
    Kathy Knutson, Homewood, Ill.
    Jun 11, 2012 2:28:17Jun 11, 2012 -

    Olivet Nazarene University has appointed Dr. Carl Leth, dean of Olivet’s School of Theology and Christian Ministry, the recipient of the University’s first-ever endowed professorship for a term of three years.

    Established through a $1.2 million gift from Drs. Fay and Walter Quanstrom of Arizona, the “Reverend Dr. Fay Quanstrom Chair of Pastoral Ministry” is intended to provide encouragement and support to faculty who are engaged in preparing women and men to follow God’s call to ministry as both volunteers and professionals.

    “I am humbled by the honor I am being given today,” said Dr. Leth, during Olivet’s morning chapel service on Wednesday April 18, 2012. “I appreciate the generosity of the Quanstroms, their vision for Olivet, for our enterprise of education, and for the work of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry in preparing young men and women for ministry.”

    Dr. Carl Leth has been the dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry at Olivet Nazarene University since August, 2005, and has served as chairman of the Department of Theology and Christian Ministry since 2003. He is also currently pastoring Wildwood Church of the Nazarene, Kankakee, Ill.

    Prior to joining Olivet’s faculty, Dr. Leth pastored Detroit First Church of the Nazarene in Novi, Mich., and North Raleigh Church of the Nazarene in Raleigh, N.C. He also served for four years as a missionary on specialized assignment in Kaiserslautern, Germany. His articles have been widely published in magazines and professional journals, and his book, “A Holy Encounter,” was published by Beacon Hill Press in 1998.

    The Quanstroms chose to establish an endowed chair to help reduce overall costs for the University in the future. “We hope our gift will inspire others to do the same so that we can significantly reduce tuition for students,” said Dr. Walter Quanstrom.

    Both of the Quanstroms have had numerous connections to Olivet over the years. She was an adjunct professor in Olivet’s School of Theology and Christian Ministry. He served for two years as assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences before becoming one of the top 35 executives for BP/Amoco. Their daughter, Anna, is a graduate of Olivet.

    “We believe in Olivet,” said Dr. Walter Quanstrom. “At Olivet, you can get an education that is as good as anywhere, but you also get something more, something bigger than yourself. At Olivet, you develop the internal moral compass that is needed to navigate this world — now more than ever.”
    Jun 11, 2012 2:16:12Jun 11, 2012 -

    ONU’s electrical foreman Mark Ekhoff has been named the recipient of the eighth annual Richard and Aline McHie Distinguished Service Award, as announced April 25, 2012. He received his award during the morning chapel service.

    Mark has been employed at Olivet since December, 2001, as a full-time electrician and has been an integral part of the physical plant department, overseeing all aspects of the electrical distribution system.

    Mark received this award for his service as a leader in Olivet’s sustainable initiatives. He has upgraded numerous lighting systems across the campus and has been instrumental in procuring grants for several projects. “Mark is constantly looking for new ways to improve the efficiency of the campus’ electrical infrastructure,” said David Pickering, director of business and human resources, when presenting the award.

    Mark is also an active member of his community, serving as Sunday school teacher and leader in his local congregation in Grant Park, Ill. He also invests his time and talents with Habitat for Humanity in the greater Kankakee area by providing guidance as a member of the board and practical instruction to volunteers, as well as working on Habitat building projects.

    “Mark carries out his duties with a wonderful attitude and a caring disposition,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president.
    Jun 11, 2012 2:9:37Jun 11, 2012 -

    Three Olivet Nazarene University students and their faculty mentors have received research grants for summer 2012. The grant recipients and research projects include:

    • Sam Craven ’13 (Frankfort, Ill.) and Dr. Janna McLean, professor of biology: “Locating the modifier of segregation distorter in drosophilia melanogaster.”
    • Elise Rivett ’13 (Howell, Mich.) and Dr. Willa Harper, professor of chemistry: “Synthesis and polarographic analysis of A2E.”
    • Jonathan Lyle ’13 (Marcellus, Mich.) and Joseph Makarewicz, assistant professor of engineering: “Data collecting sensor array for optimizing alternative energy.”
    Such experiences have helped past recipients achieve significant career opportunities and graduate school awards.

    Posters illustrating the summer projects will be on display in the foyer of Reed Hall of Science on Olivet’s campus beginning November 1 during Homecoming 2012.
    These grants are the result of generous giving by Olivet alumni and named in honor of two former Olivet faculty members:

    • Elbert Pence (professor of physics at Olivet, 1962-1969). His energy and enthusiasm were driving forces in developing the physics major at ONU. He exemplified excellence in higher education in physics and engineering.
    • Fanny Boyce (professor of mathematics at Olivet, 1963-1970). Her high standards and teaching performance served as inspiration to those she taught.

    Additional funding comes from alumni donations to Olivet Research Associates.

    For more information, contact Dr. Max Reams, administrator of summer research awards, at
    Jun 11, 2012 2:4:24Jun 11, 2012 -

    With the theme "Strong scholarship. Deep piety," Olivet’s Scholar Week, April 16-21, brought acclaimed thought leaders to campus and celebrated the intellectual prowess of ONU students, faculty and staff.

    Dr. Tim Larsen, the Carolyn and Fred McManis Professor from Wheaton College, presented the opening address: “How reading the Bible saves civilization.”
    Throughout the remainder of the week, Olivet’s faculty and students (undergraduate, graduate and doctoral) presented on a variety of topics, including:

    • Spirituality in the police force, and the impact it has on officers’ stress levels
    • The effects of nutrigenomics education on the dietary habits of college students
    • Ethical challenges of reporting HIV/AIDS as a journalist
    • Writing a fantasy novel
    • The awareness and understanding of Down Syndrome in children’s literature
    • Race, class and gender in the Church of the Nazarene
    • The relationship between parental involvement and student achievement on standardized tests

    "Scholar Week makes clear that Olivet is a community of scholars," said Dr. Janna McLean, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "As a University, our goal is to emphasize the importance of serving God with our minds, as well as our hearts, souls and strength."
    Jun 06, 2012 11:27:3Jun 06, 2012 -

    “Jehovah God reigns, let the earth proclaim, ‘Rejoice!’”

    At the base of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue, these words, sung by the Concert Singers, rang out over the city of Rio de Janeiro.

    From May 7-17 2012, Olivet’s Concert Singers traveled throughout Brazil, where they gave concerts at a range of venues, including Brazil’s national basilica (Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida), and a variety of churches, schools, and universities.

    Faculdade Nazarena do Brasil

    Upon arrival, the group was met by Nazarene missionary Steve Heap, who served as the Concert Singers’ host and tour guide, along with his wife, Brenda. Pioneers in the Brazilian Nazarene Church, the Heaps have been serving in Brazil for almost 40 years.

    Much of the group’s time was spent at Faculdade Nazarena do Brasil (Brazil Nazarene College), in Campinas, Brazil, a city within the Sao Paulo State. Olivet students quickly developed friendships with the students at FNB, staying up late at night talking, sharing music, and learning each other’s languages.

    Because plans for the day often changed at a moment’s notice, flexibility proved to be important. On one particular morning, a concert was cancelled, so Steve told the group they could go shopping instead.

    But instead of choosing free time, the students suggested they help around campus. Though it was not originally planned, the group spent two afternoons cleaning, painting, doing yard work and other manual labor — all of which proved to be a great help to the college.

    The city dump

    From Campinas, the Concert Singers took a six-hour bus ride to Rio de Janeiro, where they had an opportunity to see a different side of Brazil.  They visited a Nazarene Compassionate Ministries center located in the city dump — home to hundreds of impoverished families. 

    At the dump, the team met a young girl with Down syndrome who accompanied them throughout their visit. One choir member recalls, “She said she would pray for God to bless us. There she was, living in the worst conditions, but she was praying for us!  That was a humbling moment.”

    The choir toured the village together, taking time to pray with several  people in their tattered homes, surrounded by foul-smelling piles of garbage, swarms of flies, hovering vultures and scavenging pigs.

    After seeing these devastating conditions, and the good work being done at the Compassionate Ministries center, the college students donated several hundred dollars of their own money toward the work at the dump.  “I still am touched by the fact that the group willingly gave in response to what they had seen,” says director of Concert Singers, Dr. Neal Woodruff.

    Making more than memories

    A few days after returning from Brazil, Dr. Woodruff wrote the entire group a letter via email, in which he recounted some of the wonderful moments from the trip — both humorous and poignant.

    His letter concluded with this: “I have some great memories of our time in Brazil.  But memories cannot simply become nostalgic recounting of past times.

    “What I hope and pray for the Concert Singers who traveled to Brazil is that as we tell our stories, we will not simply be remembering them, but instead reliving them in new and fresh ways every day — in and among the people to whom God will call each of us.”

    Jun 06, 2012 10:47:21Jun 06, 2012 -

    Shine.FM will celebrate its new 88.3 station in Indianapolis, Ind., with a worship service at Indianapolis First Church of the Nazarene on Sunday, June 24, 2012.

    Officially called “Set-A-Button Sunday,” the goal is for everyone in the church congregation to set 88.3 as one of their radio buttons in their vehicles, to build a listener base in the community.

    Dr. John C. Bowling, president of Olivet Nazarene University, will be speaking at the service, which begins at 10:30 a.m. Music will be provided by Shine.FM artist Rhett Walker and the Olivetians.

    The celebration serves as an opportunity for the Indianapolis community to learn more about the mission of Shine.FM.

    “Shine.FM strives to be more than just a radio station playing positive hit music,” says Lisa Graft, director of listener engagement at Indy’s 88.3 Shine.FM. “We want to be the catalyst of change in the community by connecting our listeners to area ministries like Wheeler Mission, Shepherd Community Center, Outreach Inc., and Central Indiana Youth for Christ.”

    The Shine.FM network is a Christian, hits radio ministry of Olivet Nazarene University. In addition to the 100,000 listeners who listen weekly through four stations in Chicagoland and northwest Indiana, thousands more stream Shine.FM, Shine Worship and Shine Rock online or through their mobile apps.
    May 14, 2012 8:55:39May 14, 2012 -

     Dr. Kevin Lowery and Dr. Catherine Anstrom '95 MBA were honored at Olivet Nazarene University’s 99th Commencement Convocation on Saturday, May 5, 2012. 

    Theology professor Dr. Kevin Lowery received the 2012 Samuel L. Mayhugh Award for Scholarly Excellence. He joined Olivet’s School of Theology and Christian Ministry in 2004, and teaches classes in ethics, philosophy and theology. 

    Lowery received his doctorate in 2004 from the University of Notre Dame and has served in pastoral ministry for 10 years. A renaissance man, Lowery is a member of Mensa; tutors music students in piano, percussion, trumpet; is a member of math, physics, and religion honors societies; has read about 400 books over the past eight years; has published three books while at Olivet; and has coached Little League. 

    “Dr. Lowery’s gifts in the classroom have been clearly validated by faculty colleagues and students,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. “His enthusiasm and energy as a scholar are evident to us all, as is his deep commitment to shape students in a Christian worldview.” 

    Dr. Catherine Anstrom, professor of family and consumer sciences and a registered and licensed dietitian, received the 2012 Richard M. Jones Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. She became director of the ONU dietetics program in 1999, and oversees Kappa Omicron Nu, the honorary society for family and consumer sciences. She also advises, mentors and communicates directly with her students until they receive their dietetics certification, helping to arrange internship opportunities for them. 

    Receiving her doctoral degree from Capella University with a 4.0 grade point average, Dr. Anstrom has demonstrated an impressive mastery of her discipline. 

    Dr. Bowling stated, “This award does not commend Dr. Anstrom for her formal degrees alone. It recognizes the art, the craft and the methodology which she employs to ensure her students learn and succeed.”
    May 11, 2012 11:1:9May 11, 2012 -

    Olivet and College Church of the Nazarene, Bourbonnais, present the summer musical production “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” Show times are Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, 2012, 7 p.m., at College Church North Campus, 897 W. 6000 N. Rd., Bourbonnais. 

    Based on author Robert Fulghum’s best-selling books, “Kindergarten” is a comical, heartwarming look at the truths found in the events of everyday life. Delightful stories feature memorable characters, such as a shy little boy who becomes star, a man with a usual dream that comes true in an unusual way, a mother of a bride at a slightly imperfect wedding and a modern-day philosopher looking for the meaning of life. Performing in the revue style, the cast presents monologues, dialogues, multiple voice narration and musical numbers, underscored by piano. 

    Cast members — all Olivet students, graduates and faculty — are: Nick Allen, Karen Ball, Tessa Dattilo, Kenneth Delaney, Emily Dillard, Michael Kirkpatrick, Ronald Gamache, Zarah Miller, Shelby Van Buren and Hannah Williams. Jerry Cohagan, communication professor at Olivet, directs. 

    Tickets are $5 in advance at the College Church office, 200 University Ave., Bourbonnais, or $7 at the door (general seating). Dessert is included with the show. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. each evening. Tables of eight seats can be reserved for $40. To reserve tickets in advance or for more information, call 815-933-7749.
    May 09, 2012 4:42:52May 09, 2012 -

     CHICAGO, Ill. – Olivet Nazarene University freshman Alexis Davis (Trotwood, Ohio) has been named the track co-MVP in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference(CCAC) and head coach Mike McDowell has been named Coach of the Year, for the third year in a row.

    Davis placed first in three events at the CCAC Track and Field Championships hosted by Olivet at Ward Field on Saturday, April 21. Her 12.48 seconds in the 100m set a new stadium record and missed the school record by just .01 of a second. She also set a new CCAC record in the 200m (26.31). Davis, along with sophomore Rachel Carmen (Keokuk, Iowa), freshmen Kelsie Williams (St. Charles, Mich.) and Kamaria Goedhart (Rochester, Mich.), set a new CCAC, stadium and school record in the 4X100m relay (49.04).

    Coach McDowell has led the Tigers to three consecutive CCAC outdoor track and field championships. This year, the team posted a score of 331 points; more than double the score of second place University of St. Francis (Ill.) who finished with 151.5. 

    The Tigers return to action, with split squads competing at either the Drake Relays at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa on April 26-28 or at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill. on April 27-28. 
    Jan 25, 2011 11:32:23Jan 25, 2011 -

    WHITING, Ind.- The No. 10 Olivet Nazarene University (53-7) softball team only needed three games in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Tournament to win the championship for the third consecutive year. The championship earned the Tigers an automatic berth to the NAIA National Championship in Gulf Shores, Ala. later this month.

    “I am very pleased with our performance at the tournament. It would have been easy to lay an egg this weekend considering our No. 10 ranking and the fact that we stood a good chance of getting to the national tournament anyway with an at-large bid”, said head coach Ritchie Richardson . “We talked all week about controlling our own destiny and not leaving it to chance. I was pleased that we DID control it.”

    All three victories came on late inning clutch hits by three different players. On Satuday, May 5 it was sophomore Cheryl Sendzik’s turn. The game proved to be a pitcher’s duel as Tiger senior Kelly Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) and Amie Brown kept it scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when St. Xavier scored on two hits and a sacrifice fly.

    The Cougar lead held until the top of the sixth when junior Bethany Holaway (Wheaton, Ill.) singled and was sacrificed over by sophomore Hannah Gardner (Frankfort, Ill.). Freshman Erika Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) then was intentionally walked to get to Sendzik, who had struggled offensively all tournament. Both runners scored on a double to left-center field, giving the Tigers a 2-1 lead and ultimately the victory.

    Blucker picked up her 17th win of the season throwing 5.1 innings and scattering five hits. Freshman Linsday Stotler (Bloomington, Ill.) picked up her fifth save of the season and her second of the tournament as she came in to retire the last five batters of the game.

    After the victory, the players all donned “ONU” hard hats for the celebration and team photo. 

    “The hard hat and the lunch pail symbolize 'hard work' in America. Workers who wear hard hats are employed at jobs that require hard physical labor. They show up every day, work their tails off, then do it again the next day. One of the rewards of working at these occupations is that you can see the fruits of your labor at the end of every work day”, explained Richardson. 

    “An example - A construction worker can see block being set, concrete poured, stud walls go up, roof trusses go on, drywall hung, at the end of every work day until the house is complete. These girls have been blue collar all year long; they’ve shown up every day and worked hard. We talked about doing it each day of the tournament and that at the end of each day they would see the fruits of their labor, a CCAC Tournament Champions and heading to the World Series. They loved it.”
    Jan 25, 2011 11:30:34Jan 25, 2011 -

    During the 99th Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 5, 2012, Olivet Nazarene University presented its 30,000th diploma to Diana Mora of Chicago, who received her bachelor of nursing degree, and its 20,000th bachelor’s degree to Carrie Tapp of Kankakee, Ill., who received her bachelor of science for teaching mathematics. 

    Olivet conferred degrees upon a total of 1,368 graduates: 453 traditional undergraduate; 127 bachelor’s/continuing studies; 30 associate’s; 742 master’s; 16 doctoral degrees, including one posthumous doctor of education (Ed.D.) degree. 

    Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D. ’85, director of the Institute for Women’s Health Research and chief of the Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology–Fertility Preservation, Northwestern University, gave the address during the morning’s traditional undergraduate Commencement ceremony. Dr. Woodruff, an ONU alumna, is the first scientist to deliver the keynote address for this event. 

    “At Olivet, I learned how to collaborate and coordinate,” Dr. Woodruff said to the Class of 2012. “As you leave this place, you will meet emerging needs in our society. We are counting on you to become the thought leaders and doers of this century. The way will not always be well lit, but you have been prepared to light candles. Shine the light of the Lord brightly.” 

    Special highlights of the traditional undergraduate Commencement ceremony included conferring of honorary doctor of divinity degrees to Rev. Charles H. Sunberg ’78 and Rev. Carla D. Sunberg, as well as presentation of several student and faculty awards including: 
    • Maggie Sloan Crawford Award for outstanding female graduate to Emily Spunaugle(English major, Belle Vista, Ark.) 
    • Robert M. Milner Award for outstanding male graduate to James Smit (biology major, Byron Center, Mich.) 
    • Samuel L. Mayhugh Award for Scholarly Excellence to Dr. Kevin Lowery, theology professor, School of Theology and Christian Ministry 
    • Richard M. Jones Award for Teaching Excellence Award to Dr. Catherine Anstrom ’95 MBA, dietetics professor, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences 

    The Commencement ceremony for the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies was held at 2:30 p.m. that same day in Centennial Chapel. Dr. John C. Bowling, president of the University, gave the address. 

    “If you are to thrive, grow, bear fruit, sustain yourselves over time, you have to have a strong root system,” Dr. Bowling said. “Your time at Olivet has enabled you to strengthen the root system of your life. The prosperity of your life — the health of who you are — is nurtured by your spiritual root system. What a difference you will make in this world that desperately needs men and women of character.” 

    During the afternoon ceremony, the first two cohorts of the Master of Business Administration – Executive Track (EMBA) program received their degrees. Several student, faculty and dissertation awards were presented, including: 
    • Posthumous doctor of education (Ed.D.) degree to Kymberlea Calco — who passed away in 2012 — accepted by her family 
    • Willis E. Snowbarger Award for Teaching Excellence to Robert Wennberg, adjunct education professor in the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, in absentia 
    • Ralph E. Perry Student Award of Excellence presented to LaMorris Crawford ’06(Bourbonnais, Ill.), who received his master’s of organizational leadership (MOL) degree 

    Other Commencement weekend activities included: 
    • Social work pinning ceremony (20 graduates), with the Spirit of Social Work Award presented to Kathryn Booker (Tremont, Ill.) 
    • Nursing pinning ceremony (51 traditional graduates), with the Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Sigma chapter, Senior Nursing Excellence Award presented to Rachel Waltz (Mason, Mich.); and special recognition given by the students to their classmate, Kelle Ill, and Professor Phil Crouch, both deceased, and classmate Krista Fiala, who is recovering from serious injuries following an accident 
    • School of Theology and Christian Ministry graduation chapel service (36 graduates) 
    • Baccalaureate service, held May 4 in Centennial Chapel, with Dr. John C. Bowling delivering the sermon and charge to the Class of 2012 
    • Military/ROTC commissioning ceremony (12 cadets), with Jason Chew (master’s of organizational leadership program, Bourbonnais, Ill.) and Benjamin Lucas (engineering major, Momence, Ill.) recognized as distinguished military graduates 

    Watch the undergraduate ceremony and the graduate ceremony on demand at Olivet Live.
    Jan 25, 2011 11:28:10Jan 25, 2011 -

    FULLERTON, Calif. – The Blues are excited to announce they have added Cory Miller to the squad. The 6’3” center back joins the Fullerton-based club after being invited into camp by MLS side Portland Timbers in 2011 and subsequently winning the NASL regular season crown with the Carolina Railhawks. Miller, who has been training with the Blues for about a month, reunites with former Carolina teammates Allan Russell and Brian Farber and is eligible to play in tonight’s USL PRO home match against the Wilmington Hammerheads.

    “We always knew that we wanted another tall center back who is good in the air,” Associate Head Coach Shayon Jalayer explained. “Around USL PRO, you see a lot of crosses whipped into the box from the wide positions, or even long balls hit directly over the top of the defense. Cory is a great player for those situations as well as on defensive set pieces. In addition, he could be very dangerous on our own attacking set pieces.

    “One thing we never neglect is technical ability, so we made sure Cory is also good with his feet. Finally, he brings the experience of having played at a very similar level before. That’s huge because it means he doesn’t need to adjust to it and we can utilize him right away.”

    Miller was an All-Conference defender at Illinois’s Olivet Nazarene University from 2006 to 2009, leading the Tigers to the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship and the NAIA national tournament as a senior – both first-time accomplishments for the school. That same year, Miller’s performances earned him NAIA Scholar-Athlete, CCAC All-First Team and CCAC All-Academic Team honors.

    The Georgia-native also suited up for the Premier Development League’s (PDL) Atlanta Blackhawks and DFW Tornados before being invited into camp by the Timbers and ultimately signing with the Railhawks. After playing in 10 matches for the NASL regular season champions as a rookie, Miller is excited about the next step in his career.

    “When I joined the Blues camp, I instantly sensed a great camaraderie,” he remembered “That’s something I was looking for because it makes for an environment that is conducive to my improvement as a player. I’m here to keep working and get better, and the coaches are helping me tremendously. They do a good job of balancing being hard on us when we deserve it and letting us know when we did something right. That made the Blues really attractive to me.”

    Despite his side struggling to finish their chances in two consecutive defeats to the Rochester Rhinos to open the 2012 campaign, Miller is confident that the squad assembled by Head Coaches Charlie Naimo and Shayon Jalayer has what it takes to turn things around.

    “The sky is the limit for us,” he offered. “The individual talent here is among the best I’ve ever been surrounded by, which includes my time with the Railhawks. I think we just need to gel together a little more and we could be very successful. We want to reach the final, which doesn’t seem like an outlandish goal at all. We definitely have the players and the coaching staff to do it.

    “Personally, I want to be on the field and contribute as much as possible. Aside from that, I enjoy being a leader, encouraging the guys to get the most out of themselves and lifting them up when needed. Hopefully those things can help the team win some hardware this year.”