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  • Dec 10, 2014 3:3:29Dec 10, 2014 -

    The world famous Harlem Globetrotters®, featuring some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet, will bring their 2015 “Washington Generals’ Revenge” Tour to Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois. Enjoy this unrivaled family show on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 7 p.m., at McHie Arena. This game night is presented by Olivet and Shine.FM radio network.

    The Globetrotters will face a great challenge this year as their rivals, the Washington Generals, are more determined than ever to match their historic last victory over the Globetrotters nearly a half century ago. It has been five years since the Globetrotters and Generals have faced off. The Generals have been searching far and wide for the best players to retool their roster and have been preparing for one thing: victory over the Globetrotters.

    In addition to the highly-anticipated matchup on the court, the Globetrotters, known worldwide as the Ambassadors of Goodwill™, will honor a Harlem Globetrotters Hometown Hero at this game — one of their 310-plus games in North America. The team is searching for active, wounded or retired members of the military who have made their community proud with their brave service and exemplary character. The Globetrotters will also play a portion of each game with a camouflage basketball as a sign of respect to all who protect our freedom.

    With a star-studded roster featuring Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard, Firefly Fisher and Moose Weekes — plus female stars TNT Maddox, T-Time Brawner and Sweet J Ekworomadu* — the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. With incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and be available to the fans for photos.**

    Tickets start at $20 and are available now at harlemglobetrotters.com, ticketweb.com or by phone at 866-468-3401. Information on group and scout tickets is available at harlemglobetrotters.com. Tickets will also be available at the McHie Arena box office the day of game.**

    *Rosters will vary in each city and are subject to change.
    **Subject to availability.
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    Dec 10, 2014 11:13:42Dec 10, 2014 -

     

    The best teachers are not always seen. An interesting philosophy for a teacher who was just named the 2014 Outstanding Biology Teacher of Illinois this fall by the National Association of Biology Teachers. But that is exactly how Jennifer Pfannerstill ’01 MED runs her classroom.

    A peek beyond her door at North Shore Country Day School reveals pods of students coming to their own conclusions while she navigates the room as well as their ideas. And according to her peers, Pfannerstill’s strategy works. As she battles the belief that teachers belong in front of the class, she hopes that her unconventional way of teaching will continue to find a larger place in education.

    Life science on the lake

    Jennifer initially studied pre-med. “But the roots of teaching in my family changed my mind,” she says. “I knew in the end that I was supposed to be a teacher.”

    Biology was a natural choice for her. After growing up on a lake, Jennifer says, “I just had a natural love for being outside. We would go on hunts in the woods and that is one of the first things that drove me to life science.

    “And I always ask questions,” she adds.

    Jennifer graduated from Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies with her master’s in education in 2001. She went through the program with her husband, Noel ’01 MED, at a time while they were both already educators.

    Noel is now a primary teacher, and Jen is the scientist in residence at North Country Day School in Winnetka, Illinois. They have three daughters: Kali, Meg and Haidyn.

    “I think going back to school when you’re a practicing teacher is different. We were thoughtful practitioners because we could try what we were learning,” she says. “A master’s program shouldn’t be theoretical.”

    Lessons in learning

    Jennifer was immediately able to apply what she learned at Olivet, just as she hopes her students can do in her biology classes. “We need to put students in authentic situations,” she says.

    “Teachers don’t have to be Google, and lessons don’t have to go perfectly. As teachers we need to remember that we are facilitators,” says Jennifer. “If we provide the questions and the means, what our students do with those questions is what drives the lesson.”

    Even though she may be hard to find in her own classroom, her students find her worthy of the award. “They were really excited,” she says. “They like hearing that we are doing something a little bit different and that it is being recognized.”

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    Dec 09, 2014 11:41:6Dec 09, 2014 -

    Marking the launch of the Catalyst Innovation Center for Kankakee County, Illinois, area business, education and community leaders gathered at the historic David Bradley Building in Bradley on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Founded to provide comprehensive services and programs to support both business growth and entrepreneurial opportunities in Kankakee County, this business and research venture is a cooperative effort of Olivet Nazarene University, Riverside Healthcare and the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County.

    “Catalyst Innovation Center is the first of its kind in Kankakee County and neighboring counties,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. “South of Chicago and north of Champaign, Catalyst is the only creative, entrepreneurial space for business and research that is available.”

    Other collaboration leaders for this venture are:

    • Phillip Kambic, president and CEO, Riverside Healthcare
    • Michael Van Mill, president and CEO, Economic Alliance of Kankakee County
    • Pat Martin, president and CEO, HomeStar Bank, and chair, Economic Alliance Board
    • Dr. Doug Perry, vice president of finance, Olivet Nazarene University
    • Dr. Jeff Williamson, director of corporate and community engagement, Olivet
    • Dr. Shane Ritter, chair, Olivet’s Department of Engineering
    • Jesse Erickson, director of Catalyst and project manager, Olivet’s Department of Engineering

    “The organizations and ideas that are bringing the Catalyst Innovation Center to life represent a commitment to creativity, innovation and growth for our community,” Kambic said. “Riverside is excited to be part of this collaboration.”

    The vision for Catalyst is to assist in creating local economic growth and diversity, business success, new employment opportunities and overall community enrichment. One of the outcomes of this focus will be growth of a culture that supports entrepreneurship in Kankakee County. Discussions about this initiative began in summer 2013. Construction will begin in early 2015. Full facility programming is scheduled to begin in fall 2015.

    The first phase of the launch utilizes 22,000 square feet located on the first floor of the five-story building with walk-in access from the east side. Open floor space will be utilized as collaboration stations for Olivet’s engineering students and faculty. The overall plan is to provide a creative educational and work environment while preserving the building’s history and integrity throughout the entire space.

    Future plans include:
    • More student and faculty workspace to be utilized by Olivet’s Department of Business
    • MakerSpace programming, providing workspace and tools for creating and building projects
    • Training, meeting and event space
    • Co-working facilities for business start-ups and small businesses
    • Partnerships with more local businesses to provide internships, full-time and part-time jobs for students and recent college graduates
    • Project support, workforce training and technical assistance for local businesses utilizing the expertise of Olivet students, faculty and staff as well as area professionals
    • Mentoring services to help businesses succeed
    • Dedicated space to house up to 35 small or start-up businesses
    • Riverside innovation design space and multi-discipline engagement projects, including student collaboration

    “The Economic Alliance has ambitious goals for small business and entrepreneurial development through 2019, as outlined in our Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy,” said Van Mill. “Catalyst will absolutely be a hub in not only our business attraction plan, but also for post-secondary graduate and Millennial retention in our community. We salute ONU and Riverside for this monumental investment in Kankakee County’s workforce and economic vitality.”
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    Dec 03, 2014 9:56:57Dec 03, 2014 -

    For the first time in the history of the Reed Leadership Award, Olivet honored two individuals simultaneously: Trudy Dickinson and Jean Thomas. During a recent luncheon, they were inducted as Reed Leadership Fellows in recognition of their lifetime of achievement. This 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.

    “As business and science leaders, Trudy and Jean have shown us how to move from an idea to a product to an end result,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president, as he presented the award to Dickinson and Thomas. “This award honors the lasting legacy of both of you and Dr. Harold W. Reed.”

    Family members, friends, pastors and former employees came from Florida, Texas and California — as well as the greater Kankakee area — to participate in honoring Trudy and Jean. Professors and students representing the business, communication, biological sciences and engineering departments also attended.

    In 1953, two young chemists at Armour and Company (later Armour Pharmaceuticals, now CSL Behring) in Bradley decided to start their own company for the production of specialized biochemicals. Added to this entrepreneurial endeavor was one important fact: Both of them were women. And women just didn’t own businesses or even work as chemists at that time. Together — along with Arlan Roberts, John Henninger and Ed Nelson — Trudy Dickinson and Jean Thomas founded Pentex, Inc. Soon, the company grew to reach the international marketplace.

    Trudy headed up the research and development aspects. Jean was responsible for sales and developed their business internationally.

    Miles Laboratories bought all of the Pentex stock in 1968. Trudy and Jean remained with the company until 1995. The business has been sold several times and has had several different names but continues to operate today as EMD Millipore. The company holds eight patents.

    “I learned about the value of teamwork while I was with Pentex,” said Joe Montalto, now retired. “I also learned about listening, serving the customer and blending theory with practice. I thank Trudy and Jean for being an inspiration to their employees.”

    Business isn’t the only area where these two Kankakee residents have made a contribution. Trudy has served in several Kankakee organizations, including the YMCA, Salvation Army and United Way. In addition to her professional growth, she credits these experiences with teaching her how to interact with people and how to network. Thomas is an active member of the Board at Riverside Medical Center. Both are active members of Zonta, a worldwide organization of executives in business and the professions working together to advance the status of women.

    “We will never forget those who worked for us,” Trudy said in her acceptance of the award. “And the world will never forget what our employees have done through this business.”

    Jean added, “Many people have worked with us for 25 or more years, and we appreciate them.”
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    Dec 02, 2014 11:46:46Dec 02, 2014 -

     

    “Because I’m happy, clap along if you feel like a room without a roof. Because I’m happy…”

    Pharrell Williams’s lyrics and catchy tune have perhaps been heard in every corner of the world except Olivet’s Centennial Chapel. This year, that is going to change.

    There is a new choir ensemble on campus called “Apollo” and, unlike every other choir at Olivet, the only music it performs is secular.

    The choir’s chaplain, senior Sierra Navarro (Rochester, Indiana), explains that the mission of Apollo is to reach out to the community surrounding Olivet. “Singing secular music allows us to go into places the School of Music and the University have never gone before,” she says. “We go straight into the schools in the Bourbonnais community and even perform at community events, like the Kankakee Farmers Market.”

    “We knew we wanted it to be different,” says Kay Welch, Apollo director and adjunct professor. “We wanted it to be something Olivet hasn’t had before, and that’s how we decided to do pop music.”

    Not the norm

    The co-ed, 52-member choir is hoping to bring worship to the Bourbonnais community in a new, nontraditional way. All of Olivet’s choral ensembles are known to minister through music, and Apollo’s ultimate objective is the same. “It just looks a little different,” says Professor Welch.

    The choir hopes that what sets them apart will further their reach and, therefore, further the reach of the gospel message. "Apollo Choir will bring God's love, healing, and beauty to others through music,” says its mission statement. “We will serve and support all of those whom we encounter, going beyond our comfort zones to be a light to those in need."

    Going out and getting in

    Apollo will go on educational outreach tours this fall to junior high and high schools in local towns like Peotone, Chebanse, Bradley and Bourbonnais. Programs like “Choir Buddy” will allow Apollo members to connect with public school students individually through workshops and demonstrations. The students they work with will then be invited to participate in Apollo’s spring concert as well as a virtual choir video that will be debuted at the same event.

    Building relationships is their main goal. “We get to set an example of what it means to be a choir, what it is to be a college student, show them that they are loved and, most importantly, what it means to be a believer and follower of Jesus Christ,” says Sierra.

    “We believe that Apollo Choir can truly make a difference and shine God’s light to the students of Kankakee County,” she adds.

    Only this time, an Olivet choir will shine by singing words shared by Natasha Bedingfield, Elvis Presley, Bill Withers and Marvin Gaye.

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    Dec 02, 2014 11:25:8Dec 02, 2014 -

    Within the span of three months, Olivet Nazarene University has welcomed four leading Christian music artists to campus in partnership with Shine.FM. Some of the top names in the industry — TobyMac, Tenth Avenue North, Switchfoot and Gungor — have performed this fall semester alone.

    Each event has been a unique experience, providing plenty of opportunities for interaction with students. The husband and wife duo of Gungor brought their recent album “I Am Mountain” to life as the opener for the Switchfoot concert. Switchfoot’s lead singer Jon Foreman hung out with concertgoers after the group’s performance, putting on a set of acoustic songs for his fans.

    As students sat in Crawford Auditorium for a morning chapel service, anticipating a “secret show,” Tenth Avenue North set up an arrangement of acoustic instruments in the foyer of Centennial Chapel.  As students exited, the group greeted them with two of their current songs. To watch the performance, click here.

    Most recently, Toby Mac returned to campus, bringing the high-energy Diverse City band along with him. 

    The caliber of these artists speaks volumes to the work Shine.FM has accomplished. There are a combined 42 GMA Dove Awards among the four artists mentioned as well as three Grammy Awards. 

    “Shine.FM is proud to bring the biggest names in Christian music to the campus of Olivet,” says Brian Utter, general manager of Shine.FM. “We love to share great family experiences with our audience and introduce them to this beautiful campus.”

    The recent concerts truly have been great experiences in the lives of students on campus. Junior Ryan Muzljakovich (Vicksburg, Michigan) was overcome with nostalgia during the Switchfoot and Gungor concert in Centennial Chapel. “I grew up listening to Switchfoot, so I was excited to hear that they were coming here. Being able to see them live for the first time with all of my friends was an incredible experience.” 

    The Shine.FM team consistently coordinates events for the community that bring a diverse set of talented artists to Olivet. The University and Shine.FM look to continue that trend, bringing more high-profile Christian artists to campus in years to come.

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    Nov 14, 2014 3:25:46Nov 14, 2014 -

    Olivet officially opened the new engineering addition to Reed Hall of Science during the 2014 Homecoming and Family Weekend festivities. The first phase of this project, the Kenneth E. Johnson Technology Center, was introduced during last year’s Homecoming and opened for students in spring 2014.

    “This new facility, now complete, bears witness that the engineering program at Olivet continues to grow,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. “Our programs are gaining enhanced regional and national attention. I want to commend the members of the engineering faculty for their fine work and Dr. Shane Ritter for his leadership as department chair.” Enrollment for the Department of Engineering has nearly doubled since 2011.

    Cutting the ribbon during the ceremony were: Dr. Bowling; Dr. Shane Ritter; Dr. Joseph Schroeder, engineering professor; Mrs. Jennifer Johnson, wife of the late Dr. Kenneth Johnson; and engineering students Kendra Maxon (senior, Ottawa, Illinois), Zane DeBeck (junior, East Tawas, Michigan), Sam Kleindienst (sophomore, Peotone, Illinois) and Deirdre Gerke (freshman, South Lyon, Michigan).

    This 19,000-square-foot, three-story engineering addition opened for Olivet’s fall 2014 semester. A spacious lobby area featuring a water sculpture and other environmentally friendly amenities greets those who enter the building each day. New facility capabilities for the engineering program include:
    • Eight offices for full-time and adjunct faculty, designed to accommodate current and anticipated growth of the department
    • Four research/hands-on laboratories (robotics, materials and senior design)
    • Physics laboratory equipped for 32 students
    • Large student collaborative project area and Engineering Technology Center
    • Electrical engineering classroom/laboratory with 30 full workstations
    • Engineering design studio and computer lab with 30 new workstations
    • Industry collaboration conference room for program development meetings and project review meetings with industry sponsors
    • 90-seat classroom to support growing enrollments in engineering and physics courses

    “At Olivet, we seek to offer a value added education,” Dr. Bowling said. “We believe higher education should have a higher purpose, and we work diligently to integrate faith, living and learning. This is a deep commitment on the part of our engineering department and our University.”

    Also during the ceremony, Wes Gerbig, P.E., was recognized as the recipient of the 2014 Engineering Alumni Excellence Award. Currently, he is the validation systems manager with Roche Diagnostics in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has been instrumental in the development and launch of the Master of Engineering Management degree program for Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, and also serves as an adjunct professor. His career includes twelve years in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Indiana.

    Following the ceremony, students and faculty hosted visitors in several open house information centers located throughout the new engineering addition, including: Society of Women Engineers, Missioneering, Alumni Connection, Robotics Club, 3D Printing and SAE Baja Club.
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    Nov 14, 2014 11:47:31Nov 14, 2014 -

    Olivet formally dedicated The David L. Elwood Center for Student Success during its Homecoming and Family Weekend activities. Present for the ribbon cutting ceremony were Dr. David L. Elwood '55 — for whom the Center is named — with his wife, Ella (Anderson) '57; his son, Mike; and other family members and friends.

    “A deep, heartfelt thank you to my sons, Mike, Mark and John, for stimulating this idea,” said Dr. Elwood during the ceremony. “Never in my life did I have an impulse or a thought or a feeling of any kind that a building would be named in my honor.”

    To encourage success and leadership in the lives of Olivet’s students, Dr. Elwood’s family recently presented a significant gift to the University. The family has designated their gift to expand and strengthen the programming of the Center for Student Success; to coordinate and strengthen various leadership efforts in the new Elwood Leadership Program; to honor the University where Dr. Elwood’s faith and values were firmly established; to recognize the life and legacy of Dr. Elwood, an Olivet alumnus; and to invest directly in future generations of Olivetians.

    “We are seeing the difference that intentional preparation makes when we equip students to lead their peers,” said Mrs. Beth Olney, director of the Center. “We thank the Elwood family for providing the resources needed to equip new generations of Olivetians to lead.”

    The Center is home to Career Services, Counseling Services, Health and Wellness Services, academic support, leadership and relationship initiatives.

    “The Elwood family story is a story of significance,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. “The David L. Elwood Center for Student Success touches the life of every student who comes on our campus.”

    To close the ceremony, Olivet’s Concert Singers — directed by Dr. Neal Woodruff '91, music professor — presented the first public performance of “O God Our Friend,” written by Dr. David Elwood.

    “This gift from the Elwood family is very significant for Olivet students,” said Chelsea Risinger (senior, nursing major, Tremont, Illinois), student body president. “The Elwood family is investing in us. The Center for Student Success is helping students grow professionally, to take hold of who they are and what they’ve been given, and then pursue something greater.”

    Dr. Elwood earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology while at Olivet. He also met and fell in love with his future wife, Ella. He and Ella married in 1956. Later, he earned advanced degrees from two other universities. He enjoyed a successful career as a psychologist, and she was a top performer in her real estate career. But that was just the beginning of their unfolding life of significance and success.

    In 1980, he and his son, Mark, founded Elwood Staffing®, and Dr. Elwood continues to serve as chairman of the board. Their company operates in 250 service locations across the United States and Canada, employs nearly 1,000 while serving more than 6,000 clients and putting tens of thousands of people to work every day.
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    Nov 05, 2014 5:18:21Nov 05, 2014 -

    Olivet presented its fourth annual Young Alumni Awards to Katherine Kalemkarian and Scott Karalis, during the morning chapel service on Friday, October 31, as part of the 2014 Homecoming and Family Weekend activities.

    With a vision for a fashion industry career, Katie Kalemkarian '06 graduated summa cum laude from Olivet with a degree in family and consumer sciences. Majoring in fashion merchandising, she also completed minors in business management, marketing and French.

    In 2006, she was hired by TJX Companies as an allocation analyst and moved to Boston to work out of the corporate headquarters there. This is the parent company of TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods in the U.S., as well as retail chains in Canada and Europe. In 2010, her two-year assignment as a planning manager with TK Maxx, the European division, took her to London to live and work. Currently, as a ladies dress buyer with TJX, she is based in the Los Angeles satellite buying office. Each year, she purchases dresses that ship to nearly 2,000 stores nationwide. Identified as a potential leader for her company, she is on a leadership mentoring and training track.

    Beginning his academic career at Olivet, Scott Karalis '08 graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in corporate communication and received the communication department’s Honor Award. In 2007, he studied jurisprudence and Aristotle as a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford in England.

    Focusing on his career goal of practicing law, he graduated with distinction in 2011 from the University of Iowa College of Law, one of the top 30 law schools in the nation. He was executive editor of The Journal of Corporation Law, which is ranked third in the nation for corporate law journals. Today, he is an associate at the Chicago firm of BatesCarey LLP, one of the largest firms in the country focused exclusively on representing and protecting the interests of insurers and reinsurers. 

    Scott and his wife, Brittany (Dahl) '08, reside in Palatine, Illinois. She teaches Spanish at Wauconda High School. They are expecting their first child in December.

    Each year, as part of the Homecoming celebration, Olivet honors one outstanding alumna and one outstanding alumnus with this award. Recipients are chosen by vote of the Alumni Board, and must have graduated from Olivet within the last 10 years. These awards are underwritten by alumni Mel '73 and Judith (Tucker) '73 Sayes of Little Rock, Arkansas.

    Also honored during the Friday morning chapel service were two current Olivet students who are juniors: Laura Graven (social work major, Bourbonnais, Illinois) and Zane DeBeck (engineering major, East Tawas, Michigan). They received financial scholarships underwritten by the Sayes family. Laura and Zane were selected by a committee of faculty and administrators, and approved by the executive committee of Olivet’s Alumni Board of Directors, to receive these scholarships.

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    Nov 05, 2014 3:0:52Nov 05, 2014 -

    Olivet’s Alumni Association recently honored Ralph Hodge with the 2014 Lay “O” Award and Dr. Edward Heck with the 2014 Ministerial “O Award. Begun in 1957, this is the highest honor that the University gives to its alumni. The awards were presented as part of the 2014 Homecoming and Family Weekend activities.

    “Ralph Hodge has influenced not only hundreds of Tiger athletes and staff members, but also NAIA and CCAC coaches and teams, by his commitment to excellence and Christian character,” said University President John C. Bowling. “We are delighted to honor him for his contributions to Olivet and God’s kingdom, as well as for his many career achievements.”

    For more than 35 seasons, Ralph Hodge '75/'96 M.A.E. has manned the sidelines as the head coach of the Olivet men’s basketball team. Since 1979, he has led 16 Tiger teams to national tournament appearances, the most by any team from Illinois. 

    Coach Hodge is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ 700-win club, one of only five other active NAIA coaches who have reached this career achievement. His induction as a member of the 2013-14 NAIA Hall of Fame class — along with Olivet alumnus Ben Zobrist of the Tampa Bay Rays — made him the first Tiger to receive this honor. This distinction recognizes service to intercollegiate athletics and is the highest individual honor that the NAIA bestows. For his achievements and success as a Tiger basketball guard, Olivet honored him by retiring his number 20 in 1975.

    He and his wife, Janice (Barr) '75, are the parents of three adult children, Scott '03, Kurt '06 and Kellie '09, and have one grandson, Paxton.

    “Dr. Ed Heck is one who lives out what it means to be an Olivetian and a minister of the gospel,” said President Bowling. “His service for our Lord in the global Church marks him as a good and faithful servant. This award is one small way to recognize the great impact of his dedicated service.”

    Dr. Edward H. Heck '76 is in his 15th year as the senior pastor of Kankakee First Church of the Nazarene, Kankakee, Illinois. Broadly experienced in the ministry of the local church, he brings to the pulpit a heart sensitized by nearly 35 years of pastoral ministry.

    Prior to his ministry at Kankakee First, Dr. Heck experienced great growth and spiritual vitality in each of his pastor assignments, including Morenci, Michigan; First Church of the Nazarene, Flint, Michigan; Chapman Memorial Church of the Nazarene, Vicksburg, Michigan; and Vandalia, Ohio.

    He travels and speaks frequently for the Nazarene Church. He has served on the Future of the Church Commission for General Assembly, as well as on other boards and committees of the Global Church of the Nazarene. Currently, he is the district secretary of the Chicago Central District and a mission area assistant to the District Superintendent. At Olivet, he is an adjunct professor in the School of Theology and Christian Ministry and also teaches courses for the new interdisciplinary minor in leadership.

    He and his wife of 39 years, Kathy (Welton) '77, have one daughter, Alea, who is a junior at Olivet.
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    Nov 05, 2014 11:32:33Nov 05, 2014 -

    Olivet’s Department of Athletics recognized the newest inductees into the Athletics Hall of Fame during the 2014 Homecoming and Family Weekend festivities, Friday, October 31, 2014. This year’s honorees are Lauren (Chessum) McLain, softball; Hilary (Disch) Lochner, women’s basketball; Michelle (McFadden) Schneider, volleyball; Ben Zobrist, baseball; and Coach Ralph Hodge, men’s basketball. An additional honor for Zobrist is the retiring of his Tiger number 12 and baseball jersey.

    “Recognizing these outstanding representatives of Tiger athletics is one of the highlights of every year at Olivet,” said Gary Newsome, director of athletics. “Lauren, Hilary, Michelle, Ben and Coach Hodge continue to uphold our standards of excellence in their careers and post-college activities.”

    Lauren (Chessum) McLain

    During her four-year softball career at Olivet, Lauren (Chessum) McLain '09 dominated in the circle from 2005 to 2008. When the dust settled, she held 10 individual records, seven of which were new program records, including: games started (144), appearances (159), complete games (112), innings pitched (918.4) and strikeouts (967). She was the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Freshman of the Year in 2005, and the CCAC Pitcher of the Year for 2006, 2007 and 2008. She was named National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Player of the Year all four years and was a three-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-American.

    She is married to Marc McLain '06/'09 M.A.T., an Olivet football alumnus and former assistant coach, and currently resides in Orlando, Florida. She is a teacher at The Master’s Academy and is the head of the student government association.

    Hilary (Disch) Lochner

    A Tiger women’s basketball player from 2004 to 2008, Hilary (Disch) Lochner '08/'11 M.A.T. holds the all-time program scoring record with 1,875 points while averaging just 18 minutes of play per game. She is also ranked first in program history in steals with 398 and seventh in assists with 401. She helped ONU lead the nation in scoring all four seasons and captured two CCAC regular season titles and a tournament championship. She was the CCAC Freshman of the Year in 2005, the CCAC Most Valuable Player in 2008, a four-time CCAC All-Conference honoree and an NCCAA First Team All-American in 2008.

    She is married to Jeremy Lochner '09, an Olivet football alumnus. The couple has a daughter, Charlee Mae, and is expecting their second child in 2015. The couple resides in Upland, Indiana, and she is a first grade teacher at Marion Community Schools.

    Michelle (McFadden) Schneider

    Coming to Olivet as a middle blocker, Michelle (McFadden) Schneider '09 was an important part of Tiger volleyball from 2004 to 2008. After a teammate's injury, she was moved to outside hitter. She definitely made the best of it by becoming a NAIA All-American. She reached that honor two more times, in two different positions. She was the CCAC Freshman of the Year in 2004, CCAC Player of the Year in 2007 and received the Larry Watson Ambassador Award as a senior. She helped lead the Tigers to three CCAC regular season titles and four tournament championships.

    She is married to Seth Schneider, and the couple is expecting their first child. A watercolor illustrator specializing in custom portraits, she owns her own business, The Art of Michelle. She was recently named “Best New Artist” at an art show in Lincoln, Illinois. The couple resides in Minier, Illinois.

    Ben Zobrist

    A three-year (2000 to 2003) letter winner with the Tigers, Ben Zobrist '04 helped lead Olivet to a 120-39-1 record, three CCAC Championships and the programs first two NAIA World Series appearances in 2002 and 2003. He was an NAIA First Team All-American in 2003 and an Honorable Mention in 2002. He still holds the records for the longest hitting streak at 25 games and is second in saves in a season with six. He finished with a career batting average of .376 with 65 runs scored and 65 RBIs. He is the 2003 recipient of the NAIA’s AO Duer Award, awarded annually to one male junior student-athlete who demonstrates character and citizenship. In 2014, he was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame. Drafted by the Houston Astros in 2004, he just finished his ninth season with the Tampa Bay Rays.

    He is married to Julianna, a nationally acclaimed Christian alternative recording artist. The couple has two children and resides near Nashville, Tennessee, in the off-season. In nine seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, he has amassed 1,016 hits in 3,850 at-bats for a career batting average of .264. He is a two-time MLB All-Star (2009, 2013), played in the 2008 World Series and was a member of Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

    Ralph Hodge

    Coach Hodge is the first person to be inducted into the ONU Athletics Hall of Fame in two categories. In 1988, he was honored for his career as a player, and this year he is recognized for his coaching career at the helm of the Tigers. He took over the Tiger men’s basketball program in 1979 and currently has a career record of 705-433. He has led the Tigers to 16 NAIA National Tournament appearances, including a final four appearance in 2000. Under Coach Hodge, the Tigers have claimed 12 CCAC regular season titles and five tournaments championships. He has coached 86 CCAC All-Conference players, 24 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes and 16 NAIA All-Americans. He was a 2002 recipient of the NAIA’s Charles A. Kriegel Award for Sportsmanship and was inducted into the CCAC Hall of Fame in 2002, the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2004 and the NAIA Hall of Fame in 2014.

    He and his wife, Janice (Barr) '75, are the parents of three adult children — Scott '03, Kurt '06 and Kellie '09, all of whom are Olivet graduates — and have one grandson, Paxton. During the 2014 Homecoming festivities, he was also honored with the Lay “O” Award.

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    Oct 31, 2014 9:24:40Oct 31, 2014 -

    Pfizer. Yale. Lilly. A career path any science graduate would be proud of. And F. David Tingley III ’86 is grateful for those achievements. But he is even prouder to be an Olivetian.

    During a recent presentation to Olivet chemistry students in Dr. Douglas Armstrong’s seminar class, David shared about his career, some recent research, his focus and some career advice. His primary areas of expertise are drug discovery, assay development and biomarker identification in neuroscience. He has a wealth of experience in the areas of in vivo and in vitro pharmacology with instrumentation, is a neuroendocrine and biomarker specialist, and has worked extensively with animal models.

    As a scientist, David has conducted landmark research in the areas of neurochemistry and behavioral pharmacology. While at Pfizer, one of the world’s oldest and largest pharmaceutical companies, he devoted 12 years to the development of Chantix® (Varenicline), a prescription smoking cessation medication. The drug was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration within six months of submission in 2005.

    “When some legal matters surfaced with regard to Chantix, I learned that it really is important to keep a detailed, well-organized research notebook,” he says. “Just like my Olivet professor, Dr. Larry Ferren, told us so many times.”

    In 2012, David did postgraduate work at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, in the area of neurophysiology. The research that he and his team conducted on the use of neurophysiological biomarkers to understand Huntington’s disease is now on PubMed.gov: “Application of neurophysiological biomarkers for Huntington's disease: Evaluating a phosphodiesterase 9A inhibitor.

    Today, he is a consultant biologist with Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, doing neurodegeneration-related research in a laboratory setting. “Science gets very narrow and very specific,” he says. “Now in research, we are targeting material inside of cells, not just binding to the outside of cells. One of the biggest challenges is staying up on research that is going on in your field.”

    Since his Olivet days of studying chemistry with Dr. Ferren and Dr. Armstrong, and then biology with Dr. Robert Wright and Dr. Richard Colling, David has pursued a career in research. Opting out of the pre-med track after his graduation, he went on to earn a master’s degree in biology from the University of Illinois in 1990.

    “I was pre-med at Olivet, and research was my Plan B,” David says. “My best advice to students is to always have a Plan B. I’m living out my Plan B.”
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    Oct 30, 2014 1:31:49Oct 30, 2014 -

    Alana Steward became the 60th Homecoming Queen for Olivet Nazarene University during the coronation ceremony on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. Chosen by her peers for this honor, she is a senior and a leader among the student body. She is the daughter of David and Lois Steward of Overland Park, Kansas.

    At Olivet, Alana is majoring in accounting with a Spanish minor. She has been involved in varsity track and field, Enactus and intramural sports. She has served as a resident assistant in Williams Hall and the Oaks apartments, as an accounting tutor, and as a student manager in Ludwig Center.

    Philip Caffee (Oak Lawn, Illinois), was Alana’s escort. A senior and a Christian education major, he is the son of Philip and Debra Caffee.

    Other members of the 2014 Homecoming Court, all seniors and also chosen by their peers, are: Haley Carroll (elementary education major, Mokena, Illinois), escorted by Caleb Burkey (elementary education major, Lima Ohio); Loren Crawford (engineering major, Lima Ohio), escorted by Daniel Hegel (nursing major, Elgin, Illinois); Sarah Fox (music major, Visalia, California), escorted by Enos Hershberger (music performance major, Clare, Michigan); and Susan Morrill (music ministry major, Oak Lawn, Illinois), escorted by Kyle Zeman (exercise science major, Kenosha, Wisconsin).

    Michaela Maris (junior, youth ministry major, Atlanta, Illinois), vice president for Women’s Residential Life at Olivet, welcomed the guests. She emphasized the theme scripture verse, Proverbs 10:6, “Blessings crown the head of the righteous.” Then she introduced Chaplain Mark '81 and Mrs. Terry (Hodge) '82 Holcomb as emcees for the ceremony.

    Soloist Ali (Carter) Deckard '13 and musicians Melissa Carroll, Ben Cherney, Lynnae Dejong, Wes Reece, Jacqulynn Rhea and Kari Sunnarborg provided music for the evening.

    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 a 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.
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    Oct 29, 2014 4:2:43Oct 29, 2014 -

    She is 23 and graduated from Olivet in 2013 with 2 majors. Her cozy apartment is number 202, and she lives an ideal 60 minutes from her family.

    Numbers certainly play a large role in Sarah Langeland’s life — in her work as well as in her play. But truthfully, math used to make her cry.

    “I am a logical thinker, but I wasn’t always that way,” she laughs. “In elementary school, I would come home crying because I couldn’t understand the problems.”

    Today, she just began her second year as the senior actuarial analyst at Jackson, an annuity provider in Lansing, Michigan. Her title reflects the three professional exams she has already passed in her field.

    Odds for a favorable future

    “My classes at Olivet prepared me well,” says Sarah, who served as president of the math club while a student. “The professors are really good about getting us ready for work in our field, and they do everything they can to help us get jobs after we graduate.”

    Sarah interned at Transamerica in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, during the summer before her senior year at Olivet. “Sarah passed the first two actuarial exams on her first attempt,” says Dr. Dale Hathaway, chair of the mathematics department. “These are challenging exams with an overall pass rate of about 40 percent.”

    Sarah says that the tools her professors shared with her more than educational tools. “My time on campus gave me a solid spiritual foundation. My professors taught me that faith and business can be integrated.”

    When Transamerica offered her a position, Sarah knew that she really wanted to find a career near her family in Michigan. She applied to Jackson and was offered a job four months before her graduation.

    More than numbers

    Her way with numbers often leaves Sarah as scorekeeper when she plays games with friends, but she doesn’t mind. “And I love it when friends come to me with math questions,” she says.

    Although she is a genius at reading numbers, she treasures words as well. “I love reading,” Sarah says, adding that she is currently moving through three novels. “I try to read at least a few pages before turning out the lights at night.”

    “I’m starting to get more involved in Lansing,” she says. “At work, I’m in a younger department. So I’m hanging out with my co-workers.” She has also enjoyed getting to know people through her church and by volunteering at a local soup kitchen.

    Sarah was thrilled to return to Michigan, and her job allows her to use applied math like she always wanted to do. “I like having a plan in place and knowing what I have to do to achieve a goal,” she says. And this tenant of apartment 202 has already realized more than one of her goals.
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    Oct 24, 2014 4:22:16Oct 24, 2014 -

    What is bigger than the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and viewed by more people than Pasadena's Rose Parade? London, England’s New Year’s Day Parade and Festival is the biggest event of its kind in the world! And Olivet’s Marching Tigers have been invited to perform there for the 30th annual event on New Year’s Day 2016.

    The official invitation came by personal delivery on Thursday, October 23, 2014, when Her Majesty’s Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London Roger Bramble and his entourage visited Olivet’s campus. Lord Bramble, representing Queen Elizabeth II, is the senior patron of the Parade. Olivet is one of only 12 schools to receive such an invitation.

    “My greatest passion from childhood has been music, and I seize the musical chores of this event, including this Parade,” said Deputy Lieutenant Bramble in his address to the audience of Olivet students, staff and faculty who gathered in Kresge Auditorium. “Olivet’s bands have a reputation for outstanding performance abilities.

    “I extend this invitation to the bands of Olivet Nazarene University to participate in the Parade and Festival in London, England, on New Year’s Day 2016.” Mr. Bramble presented Dr. John C. Bowling, University president, with the formal invitation, printed and framed.

    “We are honored by this invitation, and we look forward to participating,” Dr. Bowling said as he accepted the invitation on behalf of Olivet. Addressing the students present, he added, “What a great opportunity for you to participate in this great event. This will be a signature event in your Olivet experience and one that you will cherish for the rest of your life.”

    The London Parade and Festival’s magnificent, prestigious and historic parade route will include Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall with a final arena adjacent to The Palace of Westminster, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. The Parade lasts for nearly four hours and includes 8,500 participants who represent 20 countries. The street audience will be in excess of 650,000 plus a television broadcast on 500 stations that will reach more than 300 million people worldwide. The band will also perform in one of the London Gala concerts that are part of the Parade and Festival.

    “We have some work to do to get ready for this event,” said Dr. Matthew Stratton, associate director of bands and director of athletic bands at Olivet. “And we’ll do that with joy and enthusiasm!”

    This year’s Marching Tigers, including 196 students, is the largest marching band at any Christian university in the United States. Dr. Neal McMullian of Olivet’s School of Music is director of bands. Dr. Matt Jacklin is director of percussion studies.

    “This is an honor for our School of Music and the University,” said Dr. Don Reddick, dean of the School of Music. “I commend Dr. Stratton on this achievement. He has been instrumental — in more ways than one — in making this a reality for Olivet.”
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    Oct 24, 2014 11:34:21Oct 24, 2014 -

    Olivet announces the winners of its First Annual Regional Juried Exhibition, Expanding Borders:

    • First Prize: Hannah Freeman, Jacksonville, Illinois
    No Outlets
    Oil on Maple
    24" x 24" x 0.75"

    • Second Prize: Paige Mostowy, Bloomington, Indiana
    Mother and Daughter
    2 channel audio, frames w/ 4 transparent photos, table
    4’ x 4’ x 2’

    • Third Prize: Chelsea Vinyard, Chrisman, Illinois
    The Creation
    Found Objects
    13" x 11" x 12"

    For this exhibition, guest juror Sergio Gomez reviewed over 125 submissions from Midwestern artists in Illinois and its surrounding states. There are 35 selected works, including the prize winners, now on display at Olivet’s Brandenburg Gallery in the Larsen Fine Arts Center and Strickler Gallery in Strickler Planetarium, Bourbonnais, Illinois. The exhibit continues through October 28, 2014.

    Mr. Gomez is a Chicago based visual artist and owner/director of 33 Contemporary Gallery. A graphic designer and art/design faculty member at South Suburban College, he is the founder/director of VisualArtToday.com. His professional résumé also includes contributor for Italia Arte Magazine, co-founder and creative director of 3C Wear, and curator of the National Wet Paint Exhibition and Chicago's Twelve.

    For more information, contact Professor Mary Beth Koszut in Olivet’s Department of Art and Digital Media at 815-928-5612 or mbkoszut@olivet.edu.
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    Oct 23, 2014 5:26:5Oct 23, 2014 -

    DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE SCHOOL OF NURSING AND HEALTH SCIENCES AT 815-939-5340.

    Olivet is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Kappa Sigma chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau international nursing honor society. To mark this milestone, a gala event, “History in the Making,” takes place on Saturday, November 1, 2014, 4 to 6 p.m. in the Christian Life Center at College Church of the Nazarene. This event also celebrates Olivet’s new School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

    All alumni, current students, faculty, staff, community leaders and health care professionals are invited to attend. This special evening will include a formal dinner, live music and a silent auction to raise funds for an upcoming nursing mission trip.

    Guest speaker for the gala event is Dr. Paul Dillinger, retired Olivet nursing professor and member of Olivet's first graduating class of nurses. Also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, he served as a staff and head nurse on several different mental health units, and later became the head nurse of a surgical unit in the United States Army Nurse Corps. He taught at ONU from 1989 to 2013, and his specialty is mental health nursing. As a member of the Kappa Sigma chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society, he continues to mentor those who are preparing for nursing careers.

    Tickets for the gala event are $45 per person or $320 for a single reservation table of eight. Order tickets online at kappasigma.nursingsociety.org (click on the “Gala” tab) or by mail from the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Attention: Dr. Rosalie Tuttle, Olivet Nazarene University, One University Ave., Box 6046, Bourbonnais, IL 60914.

    For more information about this event, contact Professor Mary Nehls at 815-939-5362 or manehls@olivet.edu or Dr. Rosalie Tuttle at 815-939-5304 or rtuttle1@olivet.edu.

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    Oct 22, 2014 11:59:40Oct 22, 2014 -

    Olivet recently honored Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., of Laurel, Maryland, with the Harold W. Reed Leadership Award for a lifetime of ethical leadership and her service in the areas of education, government, human rights and religious freedom. She is the 14th recipient of this prestigious award.

    "Dr. Crouse knows how to lead effectively and be a voice for change," said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president, in presenting the award. "She is a strong public voice on many of society's most pressing issues. Her work has had an international impact."

    "This award honors the lasting legacy of both Janice Crouse and Dr. Harold W. Reed," said Dr. Bowling. The award and the Reed Institute for Advanced Study of Leadership were established by Dr. Reed, who was president of the University from 1949 to 1975.

    Wealth of experience

    A recognized authority on national and international issues, Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse serves on the executive committee for the Howard Center and is chairman of the board for the Institute on Religion and Democracy. She writes a weekly column for Townhall.com, American Thinker, The Washington Times, The American Spectator and HumanEvents.com. Her opinion editorials and columns appear in major newspapers, journals and magazines across the nation, including Washington Post and USA Today.

    She appears on all the major television networks - ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX News, C-SPAN, MSNBC and CNN - as a commentator on contemporary events and as an expert on domestic issues. And she is a popular speaker at national and international events and on college campuses.

    "My life is testimony to the importance of faith," Dr. Crouse says. "I lead a very practical life. We have to bring our faith down to where we live, in the practicalities of life."

    Her career also includes serving as a presidential speechwriter during the George H.W. Bush administration, authoring major presidential policy addresses; heading up a Washington, D.C. think tank; leading the Beverly LaHaye Institute; directing the work of a 94-member faculty as associate vice president for academic affairs at Taylor University; serving as president of Crouse Communications; and teaching interpersonal communications and coaching debate at Asbury College and Ball State University.

    Wisely influencing others

    One of the most influential people in Dr. Crouse's life is her mother, Ruth (Baird) Shaw, who married at 15 and gave birth to her first child at 16. "My mother was a full-time mom," Dr. Crouse says. "Her life seemed like drudgery to me then. Now I admire her." When Mrs. Shaw was 65, she became a widow. Her husband was a pastor, so she filled in as interim minister at their church. Then she went to seminary, served in full-time ministry until she was 70 and has continued serving in ministry ever since.

    Dr. Crouse is the author of Children at Risk (2010) and Marriage Matters (2012), released by Transaction Publishers, as well as Gaining Ground: A Profile of American Women in the Twentieth Century. She co-authored A Different Kind of Strength, which was a Conservative Book of the Month selection in 2000 and has been printed in four foreign language editions.

    Passionate about children's issues and ending human trafficking, Dr. Crouse received two appointments (2002 and 2003) from the President of the United States as a delegate to the United Nations. In 2013, she was named Woman of the Year by the World Congress of Families. She continues to serve on national task forces and coalitions on national and international issues: against sexual trafficking, against abuse of women, promoting human rights and promoting religious freedom.

    Family first

    Dr. Crouse's husband of 53 years, Dr. Gil Crouse, has also enjoyed a successful career in public service. Together, they are the parents of two adult children and grandparents to seven grandchildren. Dr. Crouse takes the greatest satisfaction in being able to balance family and career - and in being an example and role model for young women.

    "Marriage and children are a privilege," she says. "Guard them. Protect them. Be the best spouse and parent you can be."

    During a difficult time in their marriage, the Crouses were both unemployed. When the opportunity came for them to move to Washington, D.C., God opened doors for them there that resulted in more than 25 years of being a Christian influence in our U.S. government and political scene. 

    "God still works miracles," Dr. Crouse says. "When God wants you somewhere, He will put you there, even against the odds."

    Her best advice to those who are still studying for or just beginning their careers is grounded in her strong faith. "Put God and your family first, and everything else falls into place," she says. "When you're not looking for power, prestige, fame or celebrity and when you are looking for service for the Lord, you'll find it."

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    Oct 22, 2014 9:53:23Oct 22, 2014 -

    Olivet Nazarene University’s fall play will leave audience members thinking about humanity as they exit after the final bows. This year’s production, “The Boys Next Door,” takes the stage at Kresge Auditorium in the Larsen Fine Arts Center at Olivet.

    Show times are: Friday, Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 1, 2 p.m.; Friday. Nov. 7, 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m.

    “The Boys Next Door,” written by Tom Griffin, premiered in 1987, off Broadway in New York City at the Lamb’s Theatre, which was owned and operated under the auspices of the Lamb’s Church of the Nazarene. A wonderful combination of laughter and heart, this play follows the lives of four mentally disabled men living in Boston. Through humor and pathos, the audience learns about the memorable moments and monumental changes in their lives.

    Directed by Professor Jerry Cohagan of Olivet's Department of Communication, this hilarious and heartfelt production stars:
    Nick Allen (senior, Kankakee, Illinois) as Lucien P. Smith
    Brady Bettis (sophomore, Bolingbrook, Illinois) as Arnold Wiggins
    Joe Brunker (junior, Plainfield, Illinois) as Mr. Klemper
    Cody Curtis (junior, Kankakee) as Barry Klemper
    Dan Flynn (junior, Mascoutah, Illinois) as Mr. Corbin
    Lisa Hartman (sophomore, Aurora, Illinois) as Clara
    Jessa Hendricker (sophomore, Clinton, Illinois) as Mrs. Warren
    T. Paul Hubbard (freshman, Cascade, Idaho) as Mr. Hedges
    Matthew Jones (graduate student, Roanoke, Illinois) as Norman Bulansky
    Logan Long (senior, Washington, Illinois) as Senator Clarke
    Miles Kolby Meador (senior, Oreana, Illinois) as Jack
    Hope Morris (freshman, Houston, Texas) as Sheila
    McKenzie Smith (junior, Columbia City, Indiana) as Mrs. Fremus

    For the Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 shows: Tickets are $13 for adults; and $6 for students, children ages 4 through 17, and senior adults 60 and older. For more information or to purchase tickets for these shows, call 815-928-5791.

    For the Nov. 7 and 8 shows: Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students. For more information or to reserve tickets for these shows, call 815-928-5543.
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    Oct 20, 2014 3:29:14Oct 20, 2014 -

    Honored members of the Olivet Nazarene University community are now being honored in the greater Kankakee, Illinois, area as influential leaders under the age of 40. The Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce has released its new “40 Under Forty” list, and five Olivet alumni have been recognized after being nominated by members of the community: Matt Smith, Trevor Alcorn, Justin Caldwell, Todd Creek and Cierra Davis.

    Matt Smith, Olivet’s director of campus recreation, has become the face of the Perry Student Life and Recreation Center. A 2000 Olivet graduate, Smith was as a youth pastor at South Church of the Nazarene in Lansing, Michigan, until he returned to Bourbonnais, Illinois, in 2008. A natural emcee, he is a popular campus personality through his hosting of events such as JumpStart and Ollies Follies. He also currently serves as interim pastor for GatheringPoint Church, Bourbonnais.

    “Olivet is fortunate to have Matt Smith,” said Dr. Woody Webb, vice president for student development. “He is a natural relationship builder.”

    Appreciation for Smith now extends beyond the campus with this recognition of his regional leadership in the Kankakee area. He is humbled to think that people see him as one of the area’s “40 Under Forty.”

    “I am blessed with opportunities to interact with students on Olivet’s campus and people in our community daily,” Smith said. “I often find I come away learning more from that person than he or she did from me. I’m grateful for the chances I have to speak into someone’s life.”

    Other Olivet graduates recognized as regional leaders are:

    Trevor Alcorn began working as an IT system analyst at CSL Behring right after he graduated from Olivet in 2013. When he was 20 years old and still a student, he served as a village trustee in Herscher, Illinois. Currently, he serves as the chair of the CSL Behring United Way committee.

    Justin Caldwell earned his Ed.D. in ethical leadership from Olivet in 2013, as well as his master’s degree in organizational leadership in 2008. Currently, he is in his seventh year as director of retail at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

    Todd Creek, a 1997 graduate of Olivet, is an expert in information technology and services. He is currently the president of Webfoot Designs and Dura-Tech Enterprises, web consulting firms located in Manteno, Illinois, specializing in establishing clients’ professional online presence.

    Cierra Davis received her master’s degree in professional counseling from Olivet in 2009. Today, she is the assistant director of the pre-college program TRIO Talent Search at Kankakee Community College. She works with the high school population of the area and is described by her supervisor, Jamal Hawkins, as “a dynamic interpersonal communicator.” As a role model for the young women and men with whom she works, she helps them achieve their collegiate dreams.

    In addition to the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce, the “40 Under Forty” list is sponsored by Presence St. Mary’s Hospital, ComEd, Riverside HealthCare, Midland States Bank, Borschnack Pelletier & Co., McColly Bennett Commercial, Peoples Bank of Kankakee County, HomeStar Bank and CSL Behring.
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    Oct 09, 2014 4:24:33Oct 09, 2014 -

    Olivet Nazarene University recently received a significant gift to encourage success and leadership in the lives of its students. In recognition of the life and legacy of alumnus Dr. David L. Elwood, this gift — given by Dr. Elwood’s family — is a direct investment in future generations of Olivetians. It is designated to expand and strengthen the programming of the Center for Student Success, as well as to coordinate and strengthen various leadership efforts in the new Elwood Leadership Program.

    In further recognition, the University will rename the current Center and dedicate it as the David L. Elwood Center for Student Success on October 31, 2014, during Olivet’s Homecoming and Family Weekend.

    The Elwood family gift also honors the University where Dr. Elwood’s faith and values were firmly established. “David Elwood represents what we celebrate as an Olivet community,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president, when announcing the gift to the campus community on October 1, 2014. “His life reminds us that success is not just about the bottom line. More importantly, it’s about a life of service, faithfulness, family and achieving a higher purpose.”

    Dr. Elwood graduated from Olivet in 1955 with a degree in psychology. There, he met and fell in love with his future wife, Ella (Anderson) '57. He and Ella married in 1956. Later, he earned advanced degrees from two other universities. He enjoyed a successful career as a psychologist, and she was a top performer in her real estate career. But that was just the beginning of their unfolding life of significance and success.

    In 1980, he and his son, Mark, founded Elwood Staffing®, and Dr. Elwood continues to serve as chairman of the board. Their company operates in 250 service locations across the United States and Canada, employs nearly 1,000 while serving more than 6,000 clients and putting tens of thousands of people to work every day.
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    Oct 08, 2014 3:45:0Oct 08, 2014 -

    Enjoy the music of Sandi Patty, one of the most highly acclaimed vocal performers of our time, as part of the 2014 Homecoming and Family Weekend celebration. This concert takes the stage on Saturday, November 1, 7 p.m., at the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel.

    As the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history, Sandi Patty has received 40 Dove Awards, as well as five Grammy® awards, four Billboard Music Awards, three platinum records, five gold records, and 11 million units sold. She was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2004 and as an Indiana Living Legend in 2007.

    Her 30-year career, heavily rooted in gospel music, has included the release of more than 30 albums. Her latest project, “Everlasting,” is available exclusively at Target Stores, through Somerset, Ltd.

    Introduced to the world with her rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” during the re-dedication of the Statue of Liberty in 1986, she became one of the country’s best-loved performers almost overnight. She has performed with symphonies across the country, including the New York Pops, Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Dallas Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, and Oklahoma City Philharmonic. She also headlined the title role in sold out performances of the musical “Hello, Dolly!” with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in 2012.

    In addition to her prolific musical career, she is also an accomplished author of seven books. For her bestseller, Broken on the Back Row, she received the 2006 Silver Angel Award. Her down-to-earth style and sturdy common sense have endeared her to Women of Faith® audiences since 2005.

    Tickets are $34.95, $24.95 and $19.95 with special student prices of $15, $12 and $10, based on seat location. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here or call 815-928-5791. The public is welcome to attend.
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    Oct 01, 2014 3:35:43Oct 01, 2014 -

    Olivet welcomed 4,877 traditional undergraduate, graduate and adult studies students for fall 2014 — exceeding last year’s enrollment by 277 — making this the largest enrollment in the University’s 107-year history. This also represents the largest number of first-time freshmen, totaling 780 students.

    “This year’s record number of new students is our largest freshman class ever, and is complemented with a strong group of transfer students from across the U.S.,” said Susan Wolff, dean of undergraduate enrollment. “We celebrate these increases, but most important is the opportunity that each of our students has in this incredible place to experience transformation in all areas of his or her life.”

    Record enrollments are accompanied with a historically high retention of students, which continues to be a strong emphasis for the University. The results of increased efforts to maintain direct communication with students and support them in their educational process are evident in the 77 percent retention of freshman students who entered in fall 2013. This is the highest percentage since 1994.

    “We want our students to succeed, and we are committed to doing all we can to help them,” said Beth Olney, director of Olivet’s Center for Student Success. “This increase reflects the hard work, collaboration and cooperation of many staff and faculty members across campus. In addition, our Center works closely with the family advocates in the Office of Admissions, the Office of Financial Aid, and the resident assistants and resident directors.”

    These historic highs have inspired and affirmed success across campus. The School of Professional Studies has the largest number of undergraduate majors in its history. Within that School, the Department of Engineering has nearly doubled enrollment since 2011. The Department of Exercise and Sports Science and the Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice also report record enrollment numbers. Nursing continues to be the most popular major with a total of 779 in undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

    With more than 1,900 new students enrolled during the last fiscal year, the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies (SGCS) is expanding the reach of Olivet. Solid growth continues in all academic areas.

    Now approved by the Higher Learning Commission to host programs in more than 200 locations throughout Illinois — including the extension centers in Oak Brook and Rolling Meadows — the SGCS has also extended the on-ground presence into Grand Ledge, Michigan, and Indianapolis, Indiana.

    In addition, the SGCS is now approved in 38 states for online study and degree programs. Olivet’s newest online program is a Master of Engineering Management degree.

    Olivet’s fall enrollment data is based on the 10-day count, the standard used by colleges and universities nationwide to measure student enrollment. Its timing is based on the start of the traditional undergraduate calendar.
     
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    Sep 25, 2014 2:35:18Sep 25, 2014 -

     

    His route after graduation was not typical. After receiving his diploma, nursing major Matt Bennett ’14 accompanied Jason Martin (senior, Muncie, Indiana) from Chicago to New York City — on bicycle.

    The tour would document the birth of Jason’s comedy career and test their physical stamina as well as their friendship. Determination to inspire the apathetic helped the roommates reach their goal.

    And they did that — after 33 days of pedaling — on July 11, 2014.

    Effort instead of excuses

    During the spring 2014 semester, as he was preparing his senior speech on the topic of failure, Jason realized that he was afraid of following his dreams to become a comedian. “I was making excuses,” he admits. “People our age feel entitled to success, but we have to put in the effort. We should go out and try something without caring whether it turns out badly.”

    This mindset led Jason to begin his campaign titled “What’s the worst that could happen?” Matt agreed to join, and they planned the bike ride to NYC with stops along the way for Jason to perform. Even though a lot of initial feedback was not positive, the financial support of their family and friends eventually exceeded what they had originally hoped for.

    “Most people think we are stupid,” Matt admitted in their promotional video. Some may argue that criticism was justified as Jason had never camped before or ridden on a bike for more than 22 miles at a time, but he contends: “When people tell me I can’t do things, it just eggs me on to do it.

    “But the first day was 77 miles,” he laughs. “That was a hard day.”

    Pedaling for a purpose

    Departing on June 9, Matt and Jason biked between 80 and 100 miles a day, often beginning at 7:30 a.m. When they didn’t have connections to stay in someone’s home, they quit pedaling to pitch tents in parking lots.

    Other times, they camped in strangers’ backyards. In Francisville, Indiana, they asked a man sitting on his front porch if they could pitch their tent on his property. The man was hesitant. “But he agreed when we offered him ice cream,” Jason says. “Then he thought we were cool enough.”

    Matt may have been more comfortable with the physical demands since he had been a collegiate soccer player, but he went along with the theme of inexperience by attempting standup comedy twice. “If I was going to do the biking thing, he had to try comedy,” says Jason.

    Matt admits that he doesn’t remember anything from his time in the lights in Philadelphia. “He got some laughs!” assures Jason.

    Other trip highlights included:
    • Dodging a tornado with the help of a friendly stranger in Logansport, Indiana
    • Being interviewed for a Washington Post story while watching the U.S. vs. Belgium World Cup game in D.C.
    • Making it on The Today Show in New York City and being interviewed by Kathie Lee after waking up at 4:30 a.m. to get in line

    Memories to save, lessons to share

    Both Jason and Matt kept daily journals during their 33-day journey. They also recorded the trip through GoPro cameras strapped to their helmets. As part of the original plan, Jason is making a documentary about the trip, and Matt is writing a book. They hope that both will be available by March 2015.

    “What’s the worst that could happen? Everyone has something they want to do, and this was mine,” Jason says. “We wanted to inspire people to do things with their lives instead of waiting for the ‘right’ time to do it.”

    And 1,100 miles later, the stories of inspired fans continue affirming a bike ride to the Big Apple.
     

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    Sep 16, 2014 1:35:39Sep 16, 2014 -

    Olivet Nazarene University has been ranked as one of the Best Colleges for 2015 by “U.S. News & World Report” in its “College Guidebook” and on its website. This is the University’s 10th consecutive year for inclusion on the list.

    “U.S. News & World Report” has shared this ranking in the 30th edition of its Best Colleges rankings and 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.

    “Education with a Christian Purpose guides everything that Olivet does,” said Dr. Dennis Crocker, vice president for academic affairs. “We strive to prepare men and women intellectually, spiritually and relationally for impacting our world in meaningful ways. This recognition is an affirmation of Olivet’s commitment to investing in the lives of our students.”

    The 2015 Best Colleges rankings and data are now available at usnews.com. The guidebook may be ordered online or by calling (800) 836-6397.
     
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    Sep 11, 2014 2:44:6Sep 11, 2014 -

     

    Hear about an ordinary woman who served as a nurse during extraordinary times in world history. Susan Fox, R.N., will speak about her book, Little Women of Baghlan, at Olivet on Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the auditorium of Wisner Hall of Nursing.

    Susan’s book is the true account of how Joanne (Carter) Bowling answered the call to serve others. Drawing from Joanne’s journal and recordings, Susan documents the many adventures — against the backdrop of world challenges and changes — that took Joanne first to Afghanistan with the Peace Corps in 1968. There, she began a nursing school for Afghan girls. During her career, Joanne witnessed changing social mores, much of the Cold War, the rise and fall of governments, and the continuing conflict in the Middle East. In the midst of change, she faithfully continued to care about and for others.

    After returning from Afghanistan, Joanne went on to direct a medical-surgical unit at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

    A Kankakee County resident, author Susan Fox has been a keynote speaker at The Indiana Center for Middle East Peace, hosted by Dr. Michael Spath, and has read excerpts from her book at one of Chicago’s premier independent book stores, The Book Cellar. The opening pages of the book recently took honors in the nonfiction category at the Writers’ Institute in Madison, Wisconsin.

    Professionally, she has worked as a technical writer for a major consulting firm in the Chicago area and is a member of the Literary Writers Network, currently serving as senior editorial assistant for its online publication, “10,000 Tons of Black Ink.” She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a nursing degree, and a certificate in technical writing from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

    Fox works at Presence St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee; serves on the Human Rights Committee for Good Shepherd Manor in Momence; and is a member of the Kankakee Valley Wind Ensemble. She lives in Momence with her husband, Ken.

    This event is hosted by Olivet’s Kappa Sigma Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. All are invited and welcome to attend this exceptional presentation. Light refreshments will be served.

    There is no admission charge, but all attendees are asked to bring women’s scarves and hats as donations. The items will go to “A Pretty Hat for Her,” a supportive effort for women battling breast cancer.
     

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    Sep 10, 2014 11:10:1Sep 10, 2014 -

     

    How does a community best honor a departed musician and composer who enjoyed a career spanning 50-plus years and over 7,000 performances? Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 7 p.m., Olivet will host a memorial concert honoring the artistic work of Dr. Ovid Young, who passed away in August. This concert will take place in the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel.

    The Ovid Young Memorial Concert will be a grand night of music featuring outstanding musical guests. Soloists include acclaimed soprano Shirley Close, a 1970 Olivet graduate and associate professor of voice at Florida State University; and bass-baritone opera singer Robert Hale. Stephen Nielson — Dr. Young’s musical partner in the Nielson & Young piano duo for more than four decades — will perform on piano. The program also includes Olivet’s Orpheus Choir, the ONU Orchestra, a 240-voice Festival Choir and artists playing the 125-rank Ruffatti pipe organ.

    A Steinway artist, Dr. Young performed for audiences in virtually every sizable city in the United States, as well as in Europe and Asia. Millions more witnessed his performances on television throughout the United States, Australia, Western Europe and the former Soviet Union. As an organist, he played many of the largest and most interesting organs in America, as well as numerous cathedral church organs in Europe.

    His many compositions and arrangements are published by several American publishers. A composer of orchestral scores for several feature-length films, he is widely remembered as the pianist-arranger-conductor for the prominent operatic singing duo of Robert Hale and Dean Wilder, and as one-half of the celebrated piano duo Nielson & Young.

    Dr. Young’s orchestral appearances — in addition to a ten-year musical directorship of a Chicago-area symphony — span Europe, Asia and the U.S. From 1974 to 1984, he served as the music director and conductor of the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra.

    A 1962 graduate of Olivet, Dr. Young served his beloved alma mater in numerous capacities, including his most recent appointment as artist-in-residence for the School of Music. In this role, he performed, taught and oversaw Olivet concerts and recital series, and acted as an ambassador-at-large for the music program.

    There is no admission charge for this concert. For more information, call 815-939-5258 or email alumni@olivet.edu.
     

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    Sep 04, 2014 11:0:27Sep 04, 2014 -

     

    Are we alone in the universe? “We Are Aliens” — the newest show added to the collection at Olivet’s Strickler Planetarium — examines that question. This 360-degree digital presentation is from NSC Creative, based in the United Kingdom. The Museum of Science in Boston, the Royal Museums in Greenwich, London, England, and several other planetaria have also shown it.

    The first showings at Strickler Planetarium will be on Saturday, September 13, and Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Each showing also includes a live tour of the Kankakee summer skies and a ride on a space coaster.

    “We’re finding that earth-like planets seem to be common in our galaxy,” Dr. Case says. “Even five years ago, we couldn’t say this.”

    Ideal for all age groups, the show is narrated by Rupert Grint of Harry Potter fame. It is also timely because of two current scientific trends in science: discovery of earth-like planets and discovery of thriving ecosystems on earth in places where we wouldn’t expect to find life. “We Are Aliens” combines these two ideas in a fun, family-friendly way.

    “This show is an excellent example of how the scientific community works together to discover, apply and share information,” said Dr. Steve Case, director of Strickler Planetarium.

    As part of the planetarium’s collection, this show is available for viewing by the public, as well as by school and special interest groups who book and request it. Accompanying classroom activities and lesson starters are available. “My four children, ages three through seven, give this show a thumbs up,” Dr. Case added.

    Tickets are $3 per person and available at the door. For more information about viewing “We Are Aliens” and other shows at Strickler Planetarium, go to strickler.olivet.edu, call 815-939-5395 or email scase@olivet.edu.

    Strickler Planetarium, located near the center of Olivet’s main campus, is a state-of-the-art digital planetarium dedicated to educating the public about the natural world. Constructed in 1967, the recently renovated venue features the Evans and Sutherland Digistar 3 SP2 HD digital projector. This planetarium is one of only a few in Illinois with digital projection capabilities.

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    Sep 03, 2014 2:55:19Sep 03, 2014 -

     

    Olivet's Department of Engineering announces a 90 percent pass rate for its students who took the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam during the 2013–2014 academic year.

    Dr. Shane Ritter, chair of the department, underscores that a 90 percent pass rate is a phenomenal achievement. “This test sets the standard across the country,” he says. “Since the average pass rate was 76 percent for 2013 and 84 percent for 2014, our high score indicates that we are on the right track.”

    Passing the FE exam is half of the requirement in order to become a Professional Engineer in the United States; the next step is to pass the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam (PE exam). Generally, engineering students take the FE exam during the fall or spring semester of their senior year.

    The FE exam incorporates several branches of engineering: chemical, civil, electrical and computer, environmental, industrial and mechanical. The exam became computer-based in January 2014 and is made up of 110 questions to be answered in five hours, with additional time set aside for a break and a survey.

    “It was more difficult than I had expected,” says Kaleb Soller, who spent hours in preparation by taking pretests with classmates. “The pretests really helped and made me feel more confident after I took the test.”

    Due to the test’s transition to a computer-based format this year, students received their test results just one week after taking the exam. Kaleb took the test on May 8, 2014; graduated on May 10; and learned his results the very next week. Now he is a test engineer at Honda R&D Americas in Raymond, Ohio.

    Dr. Ritter knows that the high pass rate is a testament to the dedication and hard work of Olivet’s engineering department. “We are confident that our students are well-equipped to enter the workforce as engineers,” he says.
     

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    Sep 02, 2014 10:48:50Sep 02, 2014 -

    This story about alumnus Ed Gilbreath was originally published as "Writing the past into the present" in September 2014. Ed speaks in Olivet's chapel service on Thursday, March 19, 2015.

    In 2009, Ed Gilbreath made his commute to work alongside prophetic billboards advertising Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

    At the time, he was not planning on getting a master’s in philosophy of history. When the purple and gold advertisements caught his attention, Ed had been developing himself as a writer for years. His résumé already included Christianity Today, Promise Keepers’ magazine New Man, and Urban Ministries, Inc. But when he began perusing Olivet’s SGCS website to explore the MBA program, he caught a glimpse of the history option.

    “My eyes lit up,” he says. “I was like a little kid with a toy catalog.”

    He soon found himself at breakfast with the chair of Olivet’s Department of History and Political Science, and Dr. William Dean’s warmth and wisdom added another affirmation to Ed’s interest in the MHIS degree. “I have a passion for connecting the dots between history and present events,” he says. “I felt like the program could enrich me as a thinker and as a writer.” He joined his master’s cohort in 2010.

    Nailing a thesis

    Ed is determined to combat mankind’s unfortunate tendency to forget. “Philosophies and ideas have led to the predicaments and situations that we are in today, but we have a short memory,” he says. As a prominent writer and speaker on issues of race, faith and culture, he knew early on that he wanted his master’s thesis to be about Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of justice.

    A conversation with his professor Dr. David Van Heemst steered Ed toward MLK’s letter written during his Birmingham imprisonment. “I began thinking about the letter as a centerpiece for King’s vision and philosophy. More than any other message from King, it gives you a picture of his theology,” he says. The title of Ed’s thesis became “The Birmingham Epistle.”

    While piecing his paper together, Ed did not foresee publication. “I was not thinking about turning it into a book; I was in survival mode,” he says. Toward the end of reshaping his work and receiving feedback, however, Ed was “finally able to take a deep breath and realize: there’s something here.”

    Beyond a grade

    “I thought it would be easy because I had done the work already,” says Ed about when he first considered publication. “Just smooth out the transitions.”

    But he realized that his ambitions would require additional effort — almost a year of additional effort. He had avoided his natural writing tendencies by making his paper academic, but his editor at InterVarsity Press was looking for something else.

    Ed’s talent as a writer is evident in his ability to rewrite depending on his audience. He added chapters and an introduction as well as a contemporary wrap-up at the end of what is now the published Birmingham Revolution. “Instead of making some tweaks, I reworked almost everything,” he says. “But the heart of the book is still the thesis.”

    He graduated with his MHIS degree in May 2012. In March 2013, he handed over Birmingham Revolution for publication. His first book, Reconciliation Blues, had been published in 2006.

    Today, Ed is employed as the executive director of strategic communication for the Evangelical Covenant Church. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife of nineteen years, Dana, and his children, DeMara and Daniel.

    He has also recently “sensed the rumbling” to write another book. “I have some ideas in mind,” he says, “all related to history and connecting the dots.”

    For a man passionate about studying ideas and their consequences, Ed says that his MHIS degree continues to inform all that he does.

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    Sep 01, 2014 2:15:57Sep 01, 2014 -

    Expressions of love and admiration continue to pour in, as the Olivet and musical communities honor the life and legacy of Ovid Young. Fellow musicians, friends, colleagues and former students remember a man who lived life to its fullest, glorifying his Savior all the way.

    Among them, Bill and Gloria Gaither, two of the most prolific songwriters and Gospel recording artists of the past century, write:

    “We are both sad and celebrative to hear of the successful passage of Ovid Young to the waiting arms of Jesus and the place He has prepared for those who trust Him. Ovid was a dear friend and collaborator with us in the beautiful ministry of music, the language of the soul.

    “From the years of working with Ovid at the gatherings we called ‘Praise Gathering for Believers,’ to our most recent visits to Olivet for retreats and concerts, Ovid has been a gracious host, a fellow servant of our Lord, and a visionary who shared so many hopes and dreams of a united and redeemed Body of Christ. We will miss him.

    “At the same time, we rejoice that the suffering of these last few miles of his journey on this earth have given way to freedom, joy and total wholeness in every way. It is our hope that many of the young people he so impacted will rise up as an army of loving and convinced ‘music makers’ to take his place.”


    On Saturday, September 27, Olivet will host the Ovid Young Memorial Concert, where some of Ovid’s closest friends and musical collaborators will also pay tribute to his life and artistry. Performers will include Robert Hale, Stephen Nielsen, Shirley Close, George Wolff, Kay Welch, a 240-member student choir and full orchestra. The event will take place at 7 p.m., in Centennial Chapel, on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University.
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    Aug 27, 2014 11:38:49Aug 27, 2014 -

    Olivet Nazarene University is recognized as a 2014–2015 College of Distinction for providing innovative, teacher-centered undergraduate education and preparing students for real-world success.

    Nominated and assessed for this honor by education professionals, Olivet excels in all four stated distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

    As a College of Distinction, Olivet is:
    • nationally recognized as an excellent school
    • strongly focused on teaching undergraduates
    • home to a wide variety of innovative learning experiences
    • highly valued by graduate schools and employers for outstanding preparation of its graduates

    College counselors, college administrative members and the Colleges of Distinction selection team nominate U.S. colleges and universities for participation. Olivet — along with the other nominated schools — has an excellent reputation among college admission experts and education professionals, as well as employers and graduate schools.

    Olivet now has a personal profile on the Colleges of Distinction website. To view this profile, or to find more information about the online guide, go to CollegesofDistinction.com.
     
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    Aug 26, 2014 11:46:3Aug 26, 2014 -

    Olivet Nazarene University has received unanimous approval from the Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (SEPLB) to begin offering a new undergraduate major in Special Education on campus beginning in spring 2015.

    “Olivet is committed to providing students who are called by God to teach special education with the opportunity to pursue that calling,” said Dr. Robert Hull, dean of the School of Education. “We’ve had many requests for this major from prospective students, special education professionals and our local community. This major is designed to begin responding to that demand at the undergraduate level.”

    Distinctives of Olivet’s special education major include preparing teacher candidates to be reflective practitioners who pursue longevity and leadership in their careers. Courses are designed to train them to provide emotional support that goes beyond mere behavior management. As part of their coursework, candidates will complete 173 hours of clinical experience in both self-contained special education classrooms and inclusion settings. Olivet students who successfully complete the requirements for this major will receive the Bachelor of Science in Special Education degree.

    This major is the culmination of diligent work by faculty and staff. The process of receiving SEPLB approval began four years ago with discussions among University faculty and staff, as well as discussions with Illinois state representatives. When Professor Brian Stipp joined Olivet’s faculty in 2013, he was asked to shepherd the writing of a curriculum for this new major.

    While conducting an intense evaluation of programs offered by five other higher education institutions and input from top-rated consultants, Professor Stipp and the team listened to input from area schools. Then they began the work of course design.

    “We included over 250 state and national standards in our courses,” Professor Stipp said. “We also had to adhere to State of Illinois requirements and, at the same time, maintain the spirit of the program as we envisioned it. We want our students to be prepared to carry out their vocation of caring for students with disabilities. And we want them to do that with excellence and for a long time. Ultimately, our program has been built to prepare our candidates in a way that honors the God-given dignity of their future students.”

    Joining Professor Stipp in implementing and teaching the courses related to this new major is Dr. Ruth Reynolds. Both are experienced special education teachers. Professor Stipp taught students with a broad range of disabilities in grades one through eight in the Chicago Public Schools for 10 years. Dr. Reynolds brings 34 years of special education teaching experience in Bradley, Illinois.

    Registration for courses related to this major will begin this October. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 815-939-5203.

    Olivet’s School of Education is currently listed among Top U.S. Colleges and Universities for Teaching Education by the online College Database. Colleges and universities included on this list offer their students the widest range of education program options.
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    Aug 25, 2014 12:6:13Aug 25, 2014 -

    A memorial concert honoring the life and work of Dr. Ovid Young will be held in the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 7 p.m. This is open to the public.

    Memorial gifts may be made to Olivet's Friends of the Fine Arts Fund or to the Nielson-Young Piano Scholarship at Olivet.

     

    Dr. Ovid Young '62 passed into the arms of his Lord and Savior on Sunday, August 24, 2014. A world-renowned and versatile musician, Olivet’s Artist-in-Residence and alumnus will be remembered by the entire Olivet community as a beloved mentor, teacher, inspiration and friend. 

    “The University, and our community at large, has lost a great man,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. “Although he will be greatly missed, his legacy will live on, and his music will be performed for generations to come.”

    A pianist, organist, composer and conductor, Dr. Young had to his credit more than 7,000 performances in major concert halls, churches and colleges around the world. He performed for audiences in virtually every sizable city in the United States, as well as in England, Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Denmark, India and the Caribbean. Millions more witnessed his performances on television throughout the United States, Australia, Western Europe and the former Soviet Union. In 2000, he was named a Steinway Artist and often said that one of his greatest artistic pleasures was playing Steinway pianos.

    As an organist, Dr. Young played many of the largest and most interesting organs in America, as well as numerous cathedral church organs in Europe. Because of his knowledge of and passion for the instrument, he played an integral role in acquiring the mighty Ruffatti Pipe Organ for Olivet’s Centennial Chapel. He took great joy in bringing it to life through University and community-wide concerts.

    Dr. Young’s orchestral appearances — in addition to a ten-year musical directorship of a Chicago-area symphony — include the English Chamber Orchestra, English Symphony Orchestra, Seoul (Korea) Philharmonic, Bohuslav Martinu (Czech Republic) Philharmonic, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Aarhus (Denmark) Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, and the symphonies of Denver, Phoenix and Nashville. He was the music director and conductor of the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra from 1974 to 1984.

    His many compositions and arrangements are published by several American publishers. A composer of orchestral scores for several feature-length films, he is widely remembered as the pianist-arranger-conductor for the prominent operatic singing duo of Robert Hale and Dean Wilder, and as one-half of the celebrated piano duo Nielson & Young.

    Dr. Young, a graduate of Olivet, served his beloved alma mater in numerous capacities, including his most recent appointment as artist-in-residence for the School of Music. In this role, he performed, taught and oversaw Olivet concerts and recital series, and acted as an ambassador-at-large for the music program.

    For nearly four decades, Dr. Young was commissioned annually by the president of Olivet — first by Dr. Leslie Parrott in 1976 and later by Dr. Bowling — to write an original arrangement of an outstanding hymn or gospel song for presentation by Orpheus Choir and instrumentalists at the conclusion of the Baccalaureate sermon. His latest composition of “How Deep the Father’s Love” for the 2014 Baccalaureate Service was a fitting summary of Dr. Young’s life and legacy. He did “not boast in anything, no gifts, no power, no wisdom.” Rather, he always pointed back to his first great love and the saving grace of his heavenly Father.

    Dr. Young is survived by his wife, Laura (Rees) '62; two adult sons: Kirk '85 and Erik '94 and his wife, Heather; and six grandchildren.
     

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    Aug 18, 2014 2:22:4Aug 18, 2014 -

    Olivet congratulates all students named to the dean's list during the spring 2014 semester. To qualify for inclusion, a student must have been enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and must have attained a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 grading scale.

    A

    Oluwayonda Abogunrin, Nicole Abraham, Sarah Aeschliman, Benjamin Agan, Allison Alexy, Monika Alfke, Rachel Alfonso, Abigail Allen, Nicholas Allen, Spencer Allen, Brooke Alleva, Brandon Allison, Sarah Allison, Abigail Anderson, Jacob Anderson, Jessica Anderson, Rachel Anderson, Riley Anderson, Joel Andrade, Emily Arnold, Evanne Astell, Lacey Austin, Jenna Ayers, Angelique Azouri

    B

    Jessica Bachelor, Brooke Bachtold, Jonathan Bader, Candace Baird, Kristen Baird, Breanne Bambrick, Madylin Barker, Andrew Barnard, Kilmeny Barnell, Megan Barnhart, Seth Barrigear, Elizabeth Bart, Mary Bass, Anthony Bazil, Hannah Beals, Benjamin Beck, Sara Becker, Steven Beckham, Alicia Beckmann, Cassandra Belcher, Austin Bencsics, Nathan Benz, Attalyssa Berg, Timothy Berkey, Daniel Berkiel, Caleb Bernhardt, Eliseo Betancourt, Gina Bianchi, Matthew Bieber, Diana Bilea, Holly Billiter, Lydia Bilyeu, Candice Birr, Codey Bishop, Marisa Bishop, Sydney Bland, Keegan Block, Madeline Bloom, Amy Blucker, Rachel Blunier, Lisa Boaz, Bailey Boicken, Katelyn Boicken, Brennen Bollinger, Amy Bolton, Holly Bonenberger, Brittany Booth, Emily Borger, Nicholas Borger, Michael Bork, Katie Bosket, Kiley Boudreau, Staci Bradbury, Antonette Brandes, Angela Brandon, Richard Breeden, Amy Brenner, Anouk Breuker, Fleur Breuker, Melanie Breunig, Cameron Brewer, Jordan Britt, Joshua Brooks, Marisa Brooks, Amy Brown, Jessica Brown, Karley Brown, Heather Bruder, Mitchell Brummel, Alexis Brutlag, Aaron Buchanan, Julie Buck, Brandy Buckholt, Barbara Budach, Anna Burkey, Caleb Burkey, Amanda Bursztynsky, Kristen Burton, Madeline Buseth, Cara Butler

    C

    Madison Caise, Caitlin Call, Carolina Campos, Tung Anh Cao, Emma Capps, Victoria Carbonell, William Carey, Jared Carl, Ryan Carl, Kaitlin Carlson, Rachel Carman, Annette Carr, Caleb Carr, Jocelyn Carrillo, Haley Carroll, Katelyn Carroll, Olivia Casey, Kelsey Castleman, Michaela Casto, Benjamin Cataldo, Zachary Cataldo, Christine Caven, Faith Cavender, Tamara Chalikian, Cara Champlin, Ambree Chaplinski, Elizabeth Chapman, Jaimie Chen, Lindsay Chenoweth, Benjamin Cherney, Kaitlyn Childs, Taylor Chitwood, Claire Chlasta, Justin Chrastina, Jennifer Christensen, Amelia Claus, Ryan Clendening, Alexander Cobb, Karisa Cobb, Jamila Coker, Isabella Colangelo, Nicholas Colangelo, Rebekah Colbert, Katie Cole, Taylor Cole, Stephanie Collier, Abigail Combs, Erin Connelly, Stephanie Connolley, Jocelyn Cook, Ashley Coon, Logan Cooper, Kirsten Cornella-Carlson, Katlyn Coser, Kristen Coser, Daniel Couchenour, Andrew Cowen, Mary Cowen, Haley Cox, Lance Craft, Joshua Craig, Tyler Crater, Ashley Crawford, Courtney Crawford, Loren Crawford, Dylan Creger, Rebecca Crofoot, Abigail Crowder, Michelle Curran, Wesley Curtis, Maggie Cusey, Megan Cwayna

    D

    Laura D'Angelo, Jennifer D'Onofrio, Michael Da Silva, Taryn Dahlquist, Paul Dasilva, Peter Davies, Dimitrian Davis, Madison Davis, Noah Davis, Emily Davisson, Lynnae De Jong, Zane DeBeck, Kenneth DeCook, Marissa DeGroot, Mary DeMent, Bethany DeMik, Michelle deRamos, Amber DeYoung, David Decker, Belal Degedeh, Ryan Degutis, Derek Delgado, Trevor Delgado, Paige Demierre, Jared Dennis, Jacqueline Deslauriers, Joseph Devine, Rachel Devine, Shelley Dexter, Sara DiLeonardo, Tatiana Diaz, Nathan Dicamillo, Scott Dillman, Stephanie Dillman, Ashley Dinneweth, Jessica Dirkse, Laurel Dispenza, Michelle Ditchfield, Brandon Divan, Treavor Dodsworth, Olivia Doner, Andrea Donley, Eric Douglass, Molly Dragoo, Ryan Drenth, Clarence Driver, Jennifer Druse, Caleb Duffy, Morgan Duke, Jonathan Dulinsky, Catherine Dulworth, Zachary Dunbar, Alexandra Duncan, JoAnne Dusenbury, Robert Dykhouse, Michelle Dykstra

    E

    Nicholas Eckart, Beth Ellcessor, Brianne Elless, Devon Elliot, Jonathan Elliott, Tammy Ellis, Tyler Ellis, Jessica Ellison, Jamie Elmer, Cana Elmhorst, Megan Elroy, Rachel Elson, Jessica Emmons, Roman Endrizzi, Cory Engel, Brittany Engelland, Nathan Ennis, Renee Enz, Valerie Erickson, Ernesto Esparza, Justine Espersen, Ericka Esters, Erin Evans, Zackry Everett, Jennifer Ewing, Megan Eylander

    F

    Nikos Fajdich, Chantalle Falconer, Reid Farchmin, Chase Farley, Calli Fast, Alyssa Faulks, Jacqueline Fayne-Knox, Ashleigh Fedei, Shelley Fellows, Caleb Fernette, Emily Fernette, Nathaniel Ferris, Kyle Fiala, Chase Fierro, Jonathan Fightmaster, Andrew Fischer, Austin Fischer, Scott Fischer, Aimee Fish, Caleb Fisher, James Fisher, Kelsey Fisk, Kaitlyn Fitzgerald, David Flack, Travis Fleetwood, Aaron Flemming, Erin Florence, Anna Floyd, Tyler Ford, Laura Fosnaugh, Cheri Foster, Sarah Fox, Alynn Franklin, Ashley Freeman, Tasha French, Drew Frey, Jordan Fry, Robin Funk, Shealeigh Funni

    G

    Selina Gaines, Katherine Gajewski, Ethan Gallagher, Keila Galloway, Ronald Gamache, Sarah Ganster, David Gardner, Charlton Garr, Mariah Garratt, Dolly Garrison, Laura Garwood, Christina Garza, Andrew Gaskill, Benjamin Geeding, Miranda Geever, Nicholas Geever, Robin Gerboth, Jessica Gerig, Jeffrey Gerstenberger, Frederick Gifford, Samuel Gifford, Brian Ginn, Brena Glendenning, Ashley Glover, Garrett Goff, Maria Gomez Limon, Cristina Gomez, Alicia Gonzalez, Michael Gonzalez, Rebecca Goodman, Heather Goodspeed, Kristyn Goodwin, Mark Gordon, Hannah Gorecki, Seth Gorman, Myranda Gors, Jacob Gouge, Jessica Govern, Alexandria Grady, Derek Grainger, Shannon Grant, Sara Gray, Shanon Gray, Julia Gregory, Rebecca Gremar, Jeri Grevis, Anna Grieder, Kathryn Grimes, Mikayla Griwac, Alise Gromala, Allyse Groover, Curtis Groover, Andrew Grosch, Lydia Grosse, Nicholas Grosz, Elizabeth Grove, Lillian Guenseth, Melanie Guenzi, Caleb Gulledge, Julie Gulledge, Margaret Gutwein, Griselda Guzman

    H

    Andrew Haack, Carrie Hacker, Jenna Haenni, Matthew Haerr, Alaina Hagen, Isaac Hale, John Hall, Marianne Hall, Mary Hall, Lindsey Hamlin, Kyle Hamrick, Hyebin Han, Abigail Hancock, Shayla Hancock, Lanae Harding, Holly Harlow, Alexandra Harris, Neely Harris, De'Niece Harrison-Hudson, Kymberlie Hartman, Sarah Hass, Luke Hasselbring, Haley Hatalla, Lindsay Hathaway, Lauren Hausken, Marshall Hawn, Andrea Hay, Lindsey Hayes, Taylor Haymes, Kara Heath, Brooke Heaton, Michael Hedrick, Bailey Heemstra, Jenna Height, Elizabeth Hein, Joanna Helmker, Jessa Hendricker, Megan Hendrickson, Hannah Henry, Rachel Hensley, Jacob Herberger, Daneli Rabanalez Hernandez, Elias Hernandez, Rebekah Hernandez, Jonathan Herndon, Lyndsey Herndon, Corbin Hesterberg, Haley Hetfleisch, Karalyn Hewett, Andrew Hickman, Shannon Hicks, Ethan Hiles, Allison Hill, Glenn Hinkley, Jordan Hirl, Lara Hoaglan, Jacqueline Hobbs, Stephanie Hobson, Alexandria Hodges, April Hogan, Grace Hohn, Elisabeth Holaway, Austin Holton, Alissa Homoelle, Nathaniel Honeyager, Amber Hope, Austin Hoppe, Jordan Horn, Alexander Hottle, Allison Howell, Elizabeth Hubbell, Mariah Hudson, Justin Hughes, Amy Huish, Kayle Hull, Alexander Hunt, Sydney Hunt, Tori Hunt, Sean Hurley, Brianna Hutchins, Chaz Hutchison

    I

    Christopher Ingersol, Hayley Ivanic, Caitlin Iwema

    J

    Jordan Jackson, Kati Jackson, Lauren James, William James, Emilie Janes, Stephanie Jansma, Marta Quereda Jareno, Emily Jarrells, Hannah Javaux, Joy Jenen, Elizabeth Jenkins, Ryan Jennings, Allison Jensen, Peter Jensen, Rachel Jensen, Gloria Jentz, Amanda Johnson, Caitlin Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson, Jessica Johnson, Jessica Johnston, Elizabeth Jolly, Brenda Jones, Rachel Jones, Brandon Juodikis

    K

    Lucas Kamely, Emily Kammin, Teresa Kamper, Emily Kane, Madison Karrick, Lauren Kasler, Kellye Kazlausky, Ryan Kee, Michael Keigher, Nickolas Kellar, Benjamin Kelsey, Heather Kennedy, Austin Kennell, Danielle Kensinger, Cody Keppner, Colin Keppner, Kate Kettelkamp, Alyssa Keuther, Brittany Killion, Kent Kinnersley, Kurtis Klein, Samuel Kleindienst, Brandon Klemm, Dasan Klingenberg, Victoria Knight, Stacy Knoderer, Scott Knol, Whitney Knox, Elizabeth Koch, Jessica Koch, Sydney Koch, Courtney Kodat, Colin Koerner, Molly Koleczek, Jace Kost, Anna Krajec, Kayla Krassman, Lindsey Krippel, Samantha Kryger, Alana Krzyzak, Joseph Kuntz, Katelyn Kuper, Joshua Kurchinski, Joseph Kuschman

    L

    Stephani LaCasse, Darin LaMont, Jacqueline LaPash, Karlin Labenske, Natalie Lacer, Kylie Laferney, Nicole Lafond, Karah Lain, Scott Lambert, Caleb Lankford, Dylan Lantz, Kaylee Lapenas, Cory Lara, Paulina Lara, Stephanie Larson, Madalyn Lathrop, Justin Lautermilch, Carrie Leato, Andrew Leavitt, Emily Leffew, Jon Lehman, Grace Leighton, David Leman, Kaia Lenzi, Michael Leppin, Tyson Lersch, Kelly Lickteig, Megan Lingle, Tyler Lingle, Stephanie Linquist, Kylie Lippencott, Kira Litras, Matthew Logan, Emily Lohr, Steven Loll, Jessica Lolli, Jennifer Long, Melody Long, Tiara Long, Ashley Longnecker, Madelyn Lorenz, Jordan Loudermilk, Joshua Love, Laura Love, Stephen Lowe, Melissa Luby, Janelle Lucas, Julia Luecke, Kaitlyn Lukhard, Lauren Lyman, Joel Lynn, Cody Lyon

    M

    Amy Mackiney, Aaron Maia, Oscar Manci±eiras Cornella, Emily Mann, Joelle Mannion, Hayley Marcordes, Ryan Marcotte, Keren Marsh, Brianna Marshall, Kristin Marshall, Kathleen Marston, Danielle Martin, Joshua Martin, Cameron Mason, Erica Matheis, Courtney Mathison, Paul Matthews, Jessica Matulis, Sarah Matyskela, Abigail Maurer, Kendra Maxon, Hanna McBroom, Ethan McCallister, Amelia McCann, Christina McCoy, Michael McFerran, Kaitlin McHenry, Megan McKinley, Ashley McKnight, Samantha McLain, Ashley McLaughlin, Douglas McLaughlin, Dana McMahan, Heather Mead, Miles Meador, Spencer Meador, Hayley Meadows, Katie Megyesi, Vaughan Meiss, Faith Meitzler, Katelynn Meli, Jacob Mellinger, Gabrielle Metzger, Adam Metzler, Bethany Meyer, Brianna Meyers, Ronald Milbocker, Austin Miller, Jacob Miller, Katelyn Miller, Kyle Miller, Leslie Miller, Lindsay Miller, Luke Miller, Sarah Miller, Scott Miller, Stephanie Miller, Tessa Miller, Abigail Mills, Emily Mills, Jason Mills, Kristin Minerd, Daniel Mitchell, Michelle Mitchell, Vittoria Miulli, Trent Moberly, Maha Mohammad, Erica Moncelle, Rebecca Mooi, Andrew Moore, Shelby Moreland, Samantha Morey, Lacey Morgan, Lindsay Morr, Randi Mortimer, Ethan Mowry, Madison Moyer, Hannah Moyers, Garrett Muhlstadt, Bethany Munroe, Sarah Murphy, Macy Murray, Truitt Murrow, Rebekah Musselman, Ryan Muzljakovich, Justine Myers

    N

    Elizabeth Nellis, John Neuman, Jamie Neven, Rachel Nichol, Kristin Nichols, Kyle Nolan, Christina Norwood, Phillip Novak, Amanda Nowman, Casey Nugent, Priscila Nunez, Carl Nutter, Alexander Nuxoll

    O

    Eric O'Brien, Johanna Oksnevad, Ashlie Olkoski, Hope Olson, Alec Ondrajka, Ashley Oosterhouse, Katelyn Oprondek, Kevin Osterink, Rachel Oswalt

    P

    Jessica Palm, Ingrid Palmer, James Palmer, Lincy Panackal, Richard Paret, Jaron Parke, Colton Parker, David Parker, Rachel Pasch, Paige Patterson, Lillian Patton, Elise Payne, Gwendolyn Payne, Seth Peachey, Tai Peachey, Ashley Peet, Hailey Pellegrom, Grace Pelley, Austin Pendry, Faith Pepper, Damaris Perez, Manuel Perez, Emily Perkins, Zachary Pessia, Haley Jo Peterson, Katherine Peterson, Lindsey Peterson, Molly Peterson, Cassandra Petrie, Simon Pheasant, Alexander Phillips, Justine Phillips, Drew Philson, Brian Pickering, Daniel Pickering, Emily Picklesimer, Rebecca Piechur, Dustin Pierce, Kaitlyn Pierce, Bethany Pilat, Bethany Pilcher, Samuel Pimpo, Michelle Pinkney, Michael Piotrowski, Joshua Pityer, Micah Plank, Ross Pleva, Alex Pollock, Palmer Ponstein, Ainsley Ports, Katelyn Posing, Nicole Potts, David Powers, Kimberly Powers, Eugene Poynter, Amanda Price, Ayla Price, Calvin Price, Serena Procknow, Benjamin Prude, Gianna Puccinelli, Juleah Puccinelli, Natalie Puent

    Q

    Marta Quereda Jareno

    R

    Daneli Rabanalez Hernandez, Steve Rachan, Samantha Rasmussen, Jacob Rattin, Laneah Ravn, Josilee Ray, Juliana Ray, Sarah Ray, Emily Reader, Molly Reamon, Catherine Reed, Matthew Reed, Heidi Reichelt, Sabra Reichow, William Reilly, Angela Reinbacher, Daniel Reinke, Hannah Reister, Elveka Remy, Meredith Rennewanz, Kyle Reopelle, Brandon Reyes, Katelyn Reynhout, Olivia Rhoades, David Rice, David Richardson, Kristina Richardson, Kristen Richey, Michelle Richey, Kacey Richman, Shana Riedlinger, Lorisha Riley, Holly Risinger, Allison Ritzert, Zachary Rivett, Lisa Rizzo, Reilly Roberts, Justin Robertson, Kaitlyn Robertson, Jonathen Robey, Janalis Roche, Ariel Rock, Rachel Rodeheaver, Vanessa Rodriguez, Caleb Rogers, Anna Rooney, Andrea Rose, Catherine Rose, Emily Rosenboom, Julia Ross, Leah Roth, Kimberly Rothacker, Andrew Rothen, Jacob Ruetz, Shanna Rull, Renee Runyan, Lyndsey Rupp, Emily Rush, Matthew Ryan

    S

    Edward Saliba, Luke Salomone, Annie Salsgiver, Thomas Salsgiver, Ryan Sample, Rodolfo Sanchez, Hannah Sanders, Thomas Sanders, Shanynn Santos, Andrew Sayre, Evan Schafer, Julie Schaver, Melissa Schaver, Amber Scheidt, Brittany Scheidt, Daley Schimmelpfennig, Hannah Schmerschneider, Andrew Schneider, Alexandra Schoessler, Nicholas Schoon, Taylor Schott, Christian Schrader, Katharyn Schrader, Tia Schrader, Kaitlin Schultz, Susan Schulz, Alyssa Secor, Hunter Selby, Cheryl Sendzik, David Shaffer, Nicholas Shaffer, Lauren Shaner, Loren Shattuck, Brian Shaw, Maxwell Shaw, Colin Sheehan, Charles Sheldon, Kyle Shelton, Ryan Shelton, Brooke Shepherd, Brittany Sherwood, Edward Shilka, Lindsey Shoemaker, Charity Shonamon, Julie Shreves, Justin Shutt, Diana Silva, Kyndall Singletary, Kallie Siscoe, Kara Sitton, Kyle Sleik, Audrey Smith, Bethany Smith, Brooke Smith, Christina Smith, Cortney Smith, Karissa Smith, Kylie Smith, Logan Smith, Nathanael Smith, Neil Smith, Octavia Smith, Ryan Smith, Sonia Smith, Steven Snider, Abigail Snow, Katelynn Soendlin, Hannah Sohl, Brandon Song, Abigail Songer, Jonathan Songer, Lucas Sorensen, Raquel Sotomayor, Jenna Souhrada, Raven Southard, Alexander Southe, Victoria Sparks, Jordan Spay, Blake Spencer, Charles Spencer, Michelle Spencer, Nathan Spinnie, Janna Spriester, Jessica Springer, Wesley Sproul, Samuel Sprunger, Emily Spychalla, Monica Stamper, Jesse Stanford, Lucas Stefanski, Shannon Steffen, Samuel Steiber, Kelsey Steines, Erin Stephens, Lexington Stephens, Molly Stephens, Kylee Stevens, Alana Steward, Brody Stewart, Rachel Stidham, Sarah Stidham, Anna Stiker, Rebecca Stolberg, Caleb Strand, Luke Strasser, Stefanie Strothmann, Conner Stroud, Kerry Strzyzewski, Jayne Stuart, Jessica Sturgeon, Ashley Sullivan, Matthew Sullivan, Kariana Sunnarborg, Etienne Swanepoel, Emily Swartzwelder

    T

    Hannah Taylor, Jacob Taylor, Jennifer Taylor, Jordan Terbush, Grace Tervin, Jaimie Teske, Ashley Tetter, Chelsea Thacker, Erik Tharp, Shelby Thein, Morgan Thomas, Brianna Thompson, Alexander Thorson, Zachary Thurston, Rebecca Timmer, Andrew Tipton, Lindsey Tobias, Lauren Tollefson, Bradley Ton, Sarah Toporek, Michelle Towle, Christy Trank, Jacqueline Trauscht, Carlson Triebold, Jordyn Truelock, Taylor Tucker, Ariel Turner, Breanna Turner, Jacklyn Tusack

    U

    Hayley Uhlman, Chanteil Ulatowski

    V

    Dustin Vail, Tracy Van Zandbergen, Alexandra VanDehey, Kerry VanSyckle, Justin Vander Ploeg, Marissa Vander Ploeg, Caitlin Volz, Justine Von Arb, Samuel Vroman, Sarah Vrosh

    W

    Jacob Wagner, Robert Wagner, Joellen Wainwright, Jason Walker, Rebecca Walker, Sarah Walmsley, Allison Walsh, Kari Walters, Natalie Wangler, Joshua Ware, Jacob Warfle, Katherine Watson, Troy Watson, Jeremy Weber, Rachel Weber, Adam Weeks, Shelby Wegforth, Daniel Wells, Ethan Weniger, Andrew Wenz, Seth Wenzelman, Megan Weretka, Ellen West, JonNann West, Taylor Westrate, Michael Whalen, Jennifer Wieringa, Angela Wilcox, Sahara Wilcoxen, Cymone Wilder, Megan Wiley, Briana Wilkey, Rebecca Wilkinson, Laura Willging, Landon Williams, Jordan Williamson, Emily Willis, Brian Willoughby, Roy Wilseck, William Wilson, Kayla Winter, Anna Winters, Eva Winters, Andrea Wojciechowski, Cody Wolf, Bridget Wolff, Megan Woods, Jennifer Workman, Kaitlyn Worrall, Emma Wright, Paul Wright, Andrea Wulff

    Y

    Donelle York, Megan York, Morgan Youman, Sydney Young, Caleb Yourdon

    Z

    Mateusz Zajchowski, Kyle Zeman, Olivia Zimmer, Hannah Zobrist, MeriBeth Zweizig, Sarah Zylstra
     
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    Just before graduating from Olivet in 2005, Raechel (Pennington) Myers received the Alumna Award from Dr. Diane Richardson and the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

    Two years later, Raechel questioned whether she had truly been the most likely to succeed. A stay-at-home mom, she didn’t believe her interior design degree was getting much use outside of the Myers’ home.

    Little did Raechel know just how vast her influence would be. Today, she is a renowned blogger and co-founder of She Reads Truth, a ministry that reaches thousands of lives well beyond her backyard in Franklin, Tennessee.

    “The Lord knew all along,” she says.

    Legacy of a little heart 

    “It’s hard to tell Evie’s story without telling the whole story,” says Raechel, recounting how her blogging ministry began.

    During her fourth pregnancy, Raechel and her husband Ryan ’05 found out that a little girl would be added to their family of three (on this side of heaven). They named her Evie Grace.

    Their 20-week ultrasound turned into a concerning journey to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Doctors revealed that Evie had Trisomy 9, a chromosomal disorder which resulted in a heart defect and fluid on the brain of their little girl.

    “Everything was the same,” Raechel says, remembering how she could still feel the baby somersaulting inside her belly the next morning. “But I knew that everything had changed.”

    During the next 11 weeks of carrying her daughter whose heaven day would come much sooner than her own, she sent emails to family and friends.

    “We knew we couldn’t do it on our own,” she says. “We sent the emails to say, ‘We need the body of Christ right now.’

    “The reach grew. Those on the email list and in our local church became an immense support to us.”

    After Evie was born into the arms of Jesus, Raechel knew that people still wanted to be updated — and that is when she began to blog.

    Growing following, growing family 

    “I just invited people to come if they wanted to,” she says, “and God grew it and grew it and grew it.”

    Raechel’s blog became her testimony. “I get to share what it is to be in Christ. Every day, we are celebrating the lives of our kids and God at work.”

    Today, her blog brims with photos of her towheaded blondes: Oliver, who loves wearing striped shorts, and his little sister Hazel, who usually gets to pick out which movies they watch.

    “The next moment might be crazier than ever,” she admits in one blog entry, “but this moment, this is one I want to remember.”

    Raechel’s blog also incorporates designing, sewing, and product giveaways — as well as homeschooling tips and cupcakes. By networking through her blog, Raechel was given the opportunity to “flex those design muscles” by becoming a partner with children’s furniture company The Land of Nod®.

    “Designing from home with projects I love is my dream job,” she says.

    No pause to His plans 

    In May of 2012, Raechel connected with women on Twitter who expressed a desire to read Scripture together regularly. They quickly realized that many Christian women desired this accountability.

    “Our followers were watching,” Raechel recalls, thanking God for the platform of social media.

    The hashtag #SheReadsTruth went viral. “It went nuts only like the Lord could make it do,” Raechel says. She Reads Truth became a website and “a community of women who are committed to reading the Bible daily.”

    Raechel is in awe of a simple hashtag’s reach. “I’ve even had friends tell me about She Reads Truth, asking if I’ve heard of it,” she laughs.

    Reflecting on Dr. Richardson's sweet exhortation to success nine years ago at Olivet, and the joys and sorrows of life that followed, Raechel can see how each moment bears God’s fingerprints. She views each success — and indeed each sorrow — as opportunities to bring Him glory.

    "We'd take Evie back in a second," she says. "But The Father's plans are good. He is to be praised!"

    Raechel’s blog can be found at RaechelMyers.com. The women’s daily devotional is available at SheReadsTruth.com and the She Reads Truth app (designed by Ryan) was released for iPhones in July 2014. With over 47,000 downloads already, Raechel is “so in awe of God’s hand at work!”
     

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    Corporations, hospitals, schools, nursing homes and treatment facilities are looking for art therapists. Useful for counseling and assessment purposes, art therapy — within a professional relationship — provides individuals with therapeutic benefits through artistic expression and reflection.

    By offering a Pre-Art Therapy program within its B.A. degree in art, Olivet is helping meet this demand and providing students opportunities to serve others using their artistic creativity.

    Professor Bill Greiner, chair of the Department of Art and Digital Media, describes art therapy as a science. “People with problems don’t always have to talk,” he says. “When there aren’t words, there are always images. Art therapists perceive things and read people through art.”

    The recommended program offers an art therapy introductory course as well as a capstone course, with a combination of psychology and art classes woven in. Students will also complete observation hours at facilities provided by the University.

    After completing the program at Olivet, students will be prepared to continue their education in art therapy at the graduate level.

    Introduced in the fall 2013 semester, Olivet’s program aligns with the standards of the Adler School of Professional Psychology, one of the nation’s best-known leaders in art therapy programs. “We had to do it right,” says Professor Greiner. He also enlisted the help of adjunct professor Megan Campbell '08, who is a certified art therapist for Camelot Therapeutic Day Schools at the Bourbonnais school.

    Anna Rooney (senior, Monte Vista, Colorado), who plans on getting her master’s degree in art therapy, says: “It’s incredible because Olivet’s program not only prepares students for grad programs, but it also gives us valuable insight concerning what it looks like to be a light in the healing profession.”

    Professor Greiner is confident: the hard work and research that went into developing this program ensures the success of the students who complete it. For those who go on to get their master’s degree in art therapy, “getting a job is not going to be a problem,” he says.

    Anna, who dreams of working in a school or children’s hospital, considers the program valuable for many reasons. “I have learned about myself and about how God can use me and my peers in the lives of others,” she says.

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    A new wrinkle in the relationship between the Chicago Bears and Olivet Nazarene University surfaced Thursday when the NFL club signed Dennis Roland to a one-year contract.

    Roland, an offensive tackle who spent the previous six seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, is experiencing a homecoming as he reports to Olivet for training camp, which continued today and runs through Aug. 13.

    His father, also named Dennis Roland, was Olivet's head football coach from 1986-90, and his son, now 31, was a familiar sight at Tigers' team functions during those years.

    The elder Roland passed away in 2008 at the age of 51. The Bears began training at Olivet in 2002 and the current camp is in its 13th year at the Bourbonnais campus.
    Roland will add size, experience and depth to the Bears' offensive line. He stands 6-foot-9 and weighs 315 pounds. He played in 71 games for the Bengals, starting in 30. He also played in four playoff games while in Cincinnati, starting in one.

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    Boyhood home beckons Bears' lineman Roland
    by Kyle Nabors for The Daily Journal, 8/2/14, reprinted with permission

    Dennis Roland walked across Olivet Nazarene University's campus and into a Bourbonnais neighborhood to the south Thursday afternoon.

    Roland, a 6-foot-9-inch, 315-pound offensive lineman who had signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears earlier in the day, turned onto Blanchette Avenue.

    There he ran into retired Olivet professor John Hanson and asked where he lived.

    "'Right here for 40 years,'" Roland recalled Hanson saying. "I said, 'Well, I was right around here a long time ago.'"

    After a bit more discussion, Hanson was able to point out the house Roland once called home.

    Born in Lynchburg, Va., Roland moved to Bourbonnais when he was 3 years old and spent the next five formative years there as his father, Dennis Roland Sr., served as the head football coach at ONU from 1986 to 1990.

    A quarter century later, the memories of Robert Frost School and becoming a Chicago Cubs fan still stick with Roland. And, of course, all the time spent on campus with his dad.

    "It's changed a good bit," he said. "But I still recognize a lot of it. It's still a beautiful place."

    The family left Bourbonnais when the elder Roland pursued other coaching opportunities. The Bears established training camp at Olivet in 2002, and the younger Roland's career path brought him back to town this week.

    A roster spot with the Bears isn't guaranteed. Roland will spend the remainder of training camp and preseason trying to make the 53-man regular season squad. He does have experience on his side having played for the Cincinnati Bengals for the past six seasons.

    His father lost a battle with cancer and died in 2008. But the lessons he taught his son remain with Roland Jr. today and provide him with strength as he faces the challenges of his professional and personal life.

    "His faith is No. 1," Roland said of his dad. "Then what it means to be a man and everything that comes with it."

    The two also share an enduring fascination with football.

    "It's all I've ever known," he said. "I grew up playing in the locker room and on the field. I became a player at some point and have been fortunate to hang around the NFL for this long and be successful. Maybe one day, I'll transition into coaching myself."


     

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    Aug 04, 2014 1:38:8Aug 04, 2014 -

     

    Olivet’s 137 candidates for teaching certification in the state of Illinois in 2013 are in a select group.

    In a recent public report, the School of Education shared that 100 percent of these program completers passed all of the Illinois Certification Testing System (ICTS) tests required to obtain an Illinois teaching certificate. This is another indicator of the ongoing commitment to preparing quality teachers who will serve our world’s students and communities.

    These assessments include applicable content-area tests, as well as the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) and the Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) test. Candidates who pass these tests are eligible to receive a Professional Educators License.

    Olivet students have maintained a high pass rate for the last four years with a 99 percent pass rate in 2010, 98 percent in 2011 and 99 percent in 2012.

    “The mission of our School of Education is to produce graduates who become ‘Professionals Influencing Lives,’” said Dr. Robert Hull, dean. “Our teacher candidates are prepared through well-conceived and sound academic programs in a distinctively Christian environment. We are pleased with the 100 percent ICTS pass rate and proud of the students who have worked hard to achieve this requirement.”

    The U.S. Department of Education gathers and compiles this Title II data as part of its report on the quality of teacher preparation, and the states’ requirements and assessments for initial teaching credentials.

    Olivet’s School of Education is currently listed among Top U.S. Colleges & Universities for Teaching Education by the online College Database. Colleges and universities included on this list offer their students the widest range of education program options.
     

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    Jul 31, 2014 2:39:16Jul 31, 2014 -

    Seth Lowery (senior, music major, Bourbonnais, Illinois) has come a long way since his first vocal performance at age two. Recently, he competed in the inaugural National Student Auditions program, sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). This was his first national competition.

    Finishing in the top three for the Central Region, he was a semi-finalist in the College/Private Music Theater Men category. He competed against 13 other performers in Boston.

    “This is the most excited I’ve ever been about anything in my entire life!” Seth says.

    A higher standard

    To enter the competition, he used his iPad to produce four performance videos and then posted them to YouTube. His selections were: “Lonely House” from “Street Scene;” “Maria” from “West Side Story;” “Movin’ Out” from “She’s Got A Way;” and “Taking the Wheel” from “It’s Only Life.”

    Through the competition in Boston, Seth also received free registration for the NATS national conference that was taking place at the same time. There, he attended several seminars and a master class with a Broadway composer.

    “It was such a privilege to be there,” he says. “This was just the encouragement I needed to push me forward in my training and to provide me with a higher standard.”

    Appreciating the gifts

    Seth is on track to receive his degree from Olivet in May 2015. Before then, he will direct the 2014 Broadway Revue, serve as the assistant conductor of Olivet’s new Apollo Choir, and continue to teach private voice and trumpet lessons.

    And after that?

    “I want to work for a while,” he says. “Then I’ll go on to graduate school, possibly in vocal performance, voice pedagogy or musical theater. Maybe on the East Coast or in Chicago.”

    “I want to be famous like a buttonhole,” he adds. “I don’t want to gain immense notoriety. I want to use the gifts God has given me to shape the world around me. That’s why God gave me these gifts.”
     

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    Jul 31, 2014 11:5:29Jul 31, 2014 -

    What do you do after you lead the turnaround of your country’s revenue authority? You share your knowledge and experience with others, just as Allen Catherine Kagina is doing.

    Serving as commissioner general for more than 20 years, she is credited with a successful process of reorganizing and reforming the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) in that East African country.

    Ms. Kagina is one of 14 featured speakers for Willow Creek Association’s 20th Global Leadership Summit. Olivet is partnering with College Church of the Nazarene to host this premier leadership training event August 14 and 15, at College Church’s North Campus in Bourbonnais.

    Boldly taking on corruption, she worked to increase URA’s service orientation. Motivated by her desire to convert Uganda from a borrower to a giver nation, she led reforms that resulted in higher revenue attainment, allowing the government to increasingly fund its national development plan.

    In the process, she has received several awards for innovation, including the Corporate Leadership Award from noted industry group Destiny Consult in 2006. Today, the URA is a model public institution for developing countries.

    A native of Uganda, she began her career as a psychologist and became one of her country’s premier tax administrators. Ms. Kagina continues to be a sought-after speaker who regularly addresses international forums on the topics of domestic mobilization and resource management.

    Other leadership experts presenting at this year’s event include: Bill Hybels, Jeffrey Immelt, Tyler Perry, Joseph Grenny, Susan Cain, Wilfredo De Jesús, Patrick Lencioni, Carly Fiorina, Ivan Satyavrata, Bryan Loritts, Louie Giglio, Erica Ariel Fox and Don Flow. Click here to find more information about each of them.

    The Summit is a two-day event that seeks to transform leaders around the world with an injection of vision, skill development and inspiration from a Christian perspective. This is a unique opportunity for business, church, government, nonprofit and education leaders — and their teams — to experience quality leadership training close to where they are. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

    To register you and your group for the live telecast of this event in Bourbonnais, click here or call 800-570-9812. Best registration price is available prior to the event. Walk-in registration on the event days is also available.

    For more local information about the event or the Bourbonnais live telecast site, contact Laura Warfel at 815-928-5403 or lwwarfel@olivet.edu.
     
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    Jul 30, 2014 12:26:57Jul 30, 2014 -

     

     

     

    When the Chicago Bears organization arrived on Olivet’s campus, they discovered several new features. As Gary Griffin, director of university and alumni relations, shares in this Fox News report, these changes are most important for our students.

    2014 Bears Training Camp Video 

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    Recognizing the music program’s outstanding achievements and growth, Olivet announces the renaming of the “Department of Music” to the “School of Music,” effective July 1, 2014. Dr. Don Reddick '79 is appointed as dean.

    “Our new name is an affirmation of what our current music program truly is,” says Dr. Reddick. “Since 1982, we have maintained our accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). We are at the front of where music education is heading.”

    Over the past ten years, Olivet’s music program has experienced unprecedented expansion, including:
    • Growing from one concert band with 60 members, to three concert bands with approximately 60 members each
    • Increasing from a single orchestra with 25 string players, to two orchestras with a total of more than 70 string players
    • Adding of Proclamation Gospel Choir and Show Choir
    • Doubling the number of adjunct faculty members
    • Continually increasing the number of concerts and performances given by students and faculty members

    More than 500 students (majors and non-majors) currently participate in Olivet’s music programs. The School offers five degree programs: Bachelor of Music degrees in music education, music performance, music composition and music ministry; and a Bachelor of Arts in music degree.

    In 2013, the then Department of Music launched the iLearn@Olivet initiative, providing sheet music, textbooks and apps to all music students through the iPad. This was the first distribution of the iPad in the University’s history and one of the first iPad deployments at any college in the country designed specifically to empower young musicians and transform music education.

    “Olivet recognizes the music program’s growth in accomplishments, degree offerings and involvement by moving to this new designation,” says Dr. Dennis Crocker '75, vice president for academic affairs. “It is a tribute to the work of the faculty and staff — now as in the past — to bring the program to this point of development and maturity. For students, this is an additional recognition of the quality program from which they will be receiving their degrees.”

    A building expansion of about 18,000 square feet is planned for the current Larsen Fine Arts Center, where the School of Music is housed. The School also hopes to establish a Master in Music degree program.

    “As an Olivet alumnus, as well as the dean, I want Olivet to be the best it can be,” Dr. Reddick says. “We are building on our strengths while keeping our eyes on our potential for growth.”
     
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    Jul 17, 2014 2:53:27Jul 17, 2014 -

    In response to the growth of the nursing program and the worldwide demand for quality professionals in all healthcare fields, Olivet has established the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, effective July 1, 2014.

    “With this new School in place, Olivet is well-positioned to expand the academic offerings for career preparation in more healthcare fields,” says Dr. Dennis Crocker, vice president for academic affairs. “This is a major goal realized for the University, and we look forward to serving more students while offering the same quality education with a Christian purpose in new areas of study.”

    Olivet’s nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. The traditional undergraduate nursing major results in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree. The School of Graduate and Continuing Studies’ program offers five tracks: Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (A.B.S.N.); Bachelor of Science in Nursing (R.N. to B.S.N.); Family Nurse Practitioner Certification (F.N.P.C); Master of Science in Nursing – Leadership or Education (M.S.N.); and Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner (M.S.N.F). Currently, there are 1,460 students — undergraduate and graduate — majoring in nursing at Olivet.

    Dr. Linda Davison has been appointed dean of the School. She earned her doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University, and her M.S.N. and B.S.N. degrees are from Governors State University. She also holds an M.B.A. from Olivet. Dr. Davison’s professional experience in nursing is primarily in the acute medical/surgical, orthopedic and long-term mental health areas. She has been part of Olivet’s nursing faculty since 1984, teaching courses in both the undergraduate and graduate programs, and has also served as chair of the Department of Nursing. She is developing Olivet’s nursing research thread while teaching research in the B.S.N., R.N.-B.S.N. and M.S.N. curriculum areas.

    With this academic expansion, a building expansion of about 10,000 square feet is planned for the current Wisner Hall of Nursing. This is part of the University's six-year plan for completing the footprint of the main campus.
     
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    Jul 16, 2014 11:25:19Jul 16, 2014 -

    Olivet’s School of Music has just completed a successful inaugural year of iLearn@Olivet — the first distribution of the iPad in the University’s history and one of the first iPad deployments in the country designed specifically to empower students and faculty while transforming the education landscape. In fall 2014, Olivet's School of Education and the Department of Art & Digital Media will be joining the initiative.

    “We are proud to be at the forefront of technology in higher education,” says Dr. Dennis Crocker, vice president for academic affairs. “We are especially pleased with the opportunities and experiences this initiative brings to our students.”

    For the School of Education, this means the launching of an innovative method of course delivery through the use of technology. The initiative is designated to enhance Olivet’s Teacher Education Program in course delivery and equipping students for success, as well as preparing them for the edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment), a national multiple-measure assessment required by the Illinois State Board of Education. Gaining this experience with iPad will also help prepare them for the expanded use of technology as a teaching and learning method.

    For the Department of Art and Digital Media, iPad use will be an excellent tool for students, especially in the studio courses, as they create electronic thumbnail drawings/concepts for their assignments. In many courses, they will use iMovies to describe and document the process of creating their artwork — which will also enhance their portfolios. When used for research, iPad will provide additional information about specific works of art and topics for class discussion, enriching courses with new content.

    For the School of Music, iPad content and usage is tailored for specific needs as iPad is now being used for all band, orchestra, choral and instrumental ensemble music scores, ebooks, note-taking and email. Right at the students’ fingertips are countless thoughtful and innovative applications of the technology, including field formation diagraming, vocal coaching, and recording apps and solutions. In some instances, students don’t even have to lift a finger as the department now has 50 AirTurn Bluetooth page turning devices for use with iPad, which allows instrumentalists to turn the pages of their music wirelessly with the use of a foot pedal.

    As the 2014–2015 academic year begins in August, in the next phase of this initiative, nearly 1,000 students, staff and faculty have received or will receive their devices. Students purchase their own devices at a discounted price through the University, as part of their tuition and fees.

    Setting a new pace for education

    Working with Olivet’s information technology staff to implement this initiative, faculty determined that iPad is the best technology available for transforming the teaching and learning experience. Getting iPad into the hands of the faculty, staff and students is fundamentally transforming the higher education experience for them.

    To enhance iPad usage, Larsen Fine Arts Center, home of the School of Music and the art and digital design department, now has more than twice as many WiFi access points throughout the building. The Weber Center, where the School of Education is based, will also have a vastly increased number of WiFi access points installed. Also, several of the smart classrooms will be upgraded to support both wired and wireless iPad connections. These improvements are scheduled to be completed in August 2014.

    Catching the excitement

    “For Olivet’s education majors, the iPad will be an instrumental tool in assisting teacher candidates as they prepare for edTPA, a new multi-measure teacher performance assessment required by the Illinois State Board of Education,” says Dr. Bob Hull, dean of the School of Education. “Students and faculty will also implement this new technology to improve teaching effectiveness and student learning. Professor Lance Kilpatrick and Professor Marianne Glenn are taking the lead in assisting them as they incorporate iPad into their daily routines.”

    “For art majors, the iPad is going to be a great asset, especially in terms of being able to show our work to people without having to carry around a whole studio's worth of tools,” says Paul Matthews (senior, graphic design major, Dubuque, Iowa). “They will also help with watching videos of how to technically create a piece of artwork, like how to throw a piece of clay on a pottery wheel or how to shade an area of a drawing.”

    Zach Kohlmeier, an adjunct professor in the School of Music and an employee in the information technology department, is especially enjoying the merging of iPad technology and music in this initiative. He began using his iPad during when he played piano at church and for musicals. “I just pushed a button once to turn a page of music, and I didn’t have to worry about pages getting blown by the wind,” he says.

    As Zach puts it so well: “Technology is moving forward, and Olivet is at the forefront.”

     

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    Jul 14, 2014 3:4:6Jul 14, 2014 -

    “I believe that introversion is my greatest strength,” said Susan Cain, acclaimed author and today’s leading speaker on that topic. “I have such a strong inner life that I’m never bored and only occasionally lonely. No matter what mayhem is happening around me, I know I can always turn inward.”

    Cain is one of 14 featured speakers for Willow Creek Association’s 2014 Global Leadership Summit. Olivet Nazarene University is partnering with College Church of the Nazarene to host this premier leadership training event August 14 and 15, at College Church’s North Campus in Bourbonnais, Illinois.

    Cain’s extensive research into the leadership strengths of introverts became the basis for her award-winning New York Times best seller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking. Sparking a conversation about management stereotypes, the book has been translated into 36 languages and became a TIME cover story.

    Her TED talk, “The Power of Introverts,” ranks among the most watched on TED.com — with more than 8 million views — and was named by Bill Gates as one of his all-time favorite talks. Fast Company magazine named her book as best book of the year in 2012 and also named her one of its Most Creative People in Business.

    The co-founder of Quiet Revolution LLC, Cain has partnered with office design company Steelcase to create “Susan Cain Quiet Spaces,” with a range of architecture, furniture, materials and technology to empower introverts at work.

    An honors graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School — and a self-described introvert — Cain's early career was spent on Wall Street as a corporate attorney and negotiations consultant. Her clients included JP Morgan and General Electric, and she trained all kinds of people, from hedge fund managers to TV producers to college students negotiating their first salaries.

    Other leadership experts presenting at this year’s event include: Bill Hybels, Jeffrey Immelt, Tyler Perry, Joseph Grenny, Wilfredo De Jesús, Patrick Lencioni, Carly Fiorina, Ivan Satyavrata, Bryan Loritts, Allen Catherine Kagina, Louie Giglio, Erica Ariel Fox and Don Flow. Find more information about each of them at http://willowcreek.com/summit

    The Summit is a two-day event that seeks to transform leaders around the world with an injection of vision, skill development and inspiration from a Christian perspective. This is a unique opportunity for business, church, government, nonprofit and education leaders — and their teams — to experience quality leadership training close to where they are. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

    To register you and your group for the live telecast of this event in Bourbonnais, go to http://bit.ly/1p5Usz9 or call 800-570-9812. Best registration price is available prior to the event. Walk-in registration on the event days is also available.

    For more local information about the event or the Bourbonnais live telecast site, contact Laura Warfel at 815-928-5403 or lwwarfel@olivet.edu.
     
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    Location:Kudjip Nazarene Hospital, Papua New Guinea (PNG)

    Dates: May 12 to June 3, 2014

    Team:
    Dr. Mike Pyle, professor, Department of Biological Sciences
    Mrs. Nancy Pyle, professor, School of Nursing and Health Sciences
    Mary DeMent (senior, biology major, Quincy, Illinois)
    Jonathan Elliott (senior, biology major, Petersburg, Indiana)
    Katie Fitzgerald (senior, mathematics major, Duncanville, Texas)
    Allison Javorka ’14
    Rob Johnson (senior, nursing major, La Grange, Illinois)
    Teresa Kamper (senior, nursing major, Pickford, Michigan)
    Jonathan Kee (junior, nursing major, Yorkville, Illinois)
    Melody Long ’14
    Amanda Oden (senior, nursing major, South Elgin, Illinois)
    Lisa Rizzo (senior, biology major, Bartlett, Illinois)

    Following are excerpts from the team’s journal entries made during the trip.

    Monday, May 19

    Allison: I had an awesome day shadowing Dr. Pyle. I was part of the hospital rounds with two other doctors. The first patients we saw had been in a car accident the night before, and they were the ones who survived. One had pneumothorax, another was partially paralyzed and another had a possible ruptured spleen. In the afternoon, we saw a woman with an ectopic pregnancy.

    Wednesday, May 21

    Dr. Pyle: I got called about 11:30 a.m. for a stab wound. This gentleman’s two wives were fighting, and he tried to break it up. His reward was a single stab to the right lower chest, just above the rib margin and to the right of the sternum. Later that day, I operated on a five-year-old boy with extensive osteomyelitis (bone infection) and a woman with an advanced type of breast cancer. I repaired a left inguinal hernia and did another breast cancer surgery. I was exhausted by the end of the fourth case.

    Thursday, May 22

    Teresa: I was in the clinic today with Dr. Susan. I saw a variety of cases – abdominal tuberculosis, HPV, an infant with HIV and TB, an infant with malnutrition and a skin condition. The days are full and exhausting, but I love every bit of it.

    Jonathan K.: Yesterday I helped out with a C-section. After delivering the baby, there was a short scare because the newborn was unresponsive. I worked with the student nurses in helping bring the baby back. We applied oxygen, and I helped with a bag valve mask. I dried and swaddled her, and after a few suctions, she started crying. It was a cool experience to witness life coming into the world, and to assist with it was even more rewarding.

    Mrs. Pyle: I see more and more brand name “western” food items every time we come to PNG. I thought about making Rice Krispies treats, but nixed that when I saw the price of the Rice Krispies: $20 a box!

    Friday, May 23

    Melody: Today was my big day. I shadowed Dr. Pyle as he made rounds in the ward full of post-op patients, checking on and discharging them as necessary. He’s a super great teacher. I was also able to see my second C-section of this trip. This time I actually got to help!

    Sunday, May 25

    Dr. Pyle: Our team accompanied two of our young missionaries — ONU grads Jordan ’08 and Rachel (Baranow) Thompson ’07 — and their infant son on an hour-long climb to one of our bush churches (Kondu). We had worshiped there on our first visit in 2004. The service lasted about two hours. The sense of connection, in Christ, to a worldwide church and mission is always a highlight for our students.

    Jonathan E.: The beauty of the landscape here cannot be captured in a picture. The church was a small, one-room building with no benches. Everyone sat on the floor, with men on the right side and women on the left. They sang some songs to start the service, and it was the most beautiful thing I have ever heard! After church, they gave us a bunch of bananas and oranges, and climbed up a tree to pick some sugar fruit for us.

    Katie: I had an incredible opportunity to meet one of the few people in the Kudjip area who remember when my grandparents were here. Wi was a “doctor’s boy” for my grandpa back in the 1960s when my grandpa was serving here as the hospital’s first doctor. Wi was the first local to work in the hospital. When we went to Wi’s house, Dr. Pyle asked me to explain my connection. All I said was, “My grandpa was Dr. Dudley Powers,” before the man broke down in tears and immediately hugged me. That is unusual in the PNG culture. Through his tears, he explained how my grandpa was like a father to him. He didn’t receive any formal medical education, but my grandpa taught him everything he needed to know to work in the hospital.

    Dr. Pyle: As I was leaving the hospital after rounds today, I made a last pass through the ER. An elderly woman had just been brought in. She was the victim of an assault. “Chop-chop” is the term for injuries produced by machete. While on her way home after decorating her church with flowers, she came across some men who were attacking a relative. When she called out, they assaulted her. Your reflex when someone swings a machete at your head is to lift your arm in protection. In this case, it probably saved her life but resulted in a near amputation of her left arm at the wrist.

    Teresa: The Lord has been teaching and speaking to me in so many ways during my time in PNG so far; I can hardly find time to journal about it all. He has been teaching me so much about all of the different roles, experiences and sacrifices that come with working on the mission field.

    Dr. Pyle: There are three full-time chaplains who record their visits to patients, and Dr. Jim monitors this actively. Today, on medical ward, we found a man who had been hospitalized for five days without a chaplain visit. Dr. Jim summoned the head nurse. He suggested a review of all charts to find any patients who had not yet had a visit. The gospel takes center stage here.

    Melody: I saw the beheading of a chicken (which I later ate), stargazed, met a missionary family’s pet tree kangaroo named Wilson, tried a cream pastry, and had my first Coke in weeks.

    Thursday, May 28

    Mary: I made a friend with a little girl in the clinic. Her grandmother was sick. The little girl climbed into my lap, smiled at me and held my hands like we were old friends. She was so sweet! Tonight I ate my first banana spider. Whether it will be my last remains undecided; it wasn’t as bad as I thought! I know I will miss this place when I leave, and I am trying to soak up as many experiences as possible. God is good, and this trip has been simply amazing!

    Saturday, May 31

    Mrs. Pyle: After getting soaked by a wonderful rain as we walked back to the car, we headed home. Finishing leftovers and playing games ended the day for us. What a great birthday day. Thank you, Lord, for such wonderful people to spend it with! Thanks again, parents, for your sons and daughters who made it so special for me.

    Sunday, June 1

    Dr. Pyle: We had a wonderful closing time tonight, a time we call the Overflowing Heart. The students shared what the Lord had taught them over the past weeks together. Then we prayed for each of them, one by one.

    “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10).
     

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    Jul 02, 2014 9:34:22Jul 02, 2014 -

    You need not look far to see the impact Kenneth E. Hawkins has had on God’s kingdom and this world.

    Kenneth E. “Ken” Hawkins passed away on June 25, 2014, as a man who truly embodied the qualities of an Olivetian.

    As enthusiastic supporters of Olivet’s mission, Ken, and his wife Betty, have invested in the lives of countless students over the years. Out of their generous hearts, Olivet was able to construct the Centennial Chapel in 2010. Their lead gift provided students, faculty and staff a place to worship together, as well as Olivet’s world-class Ruffatti organ, and two Steinway pianos used for worship, concerts and teaching.

    In addition to leading the way on the Centennial Chapel, Ken provided financial assistance for the renovation of the Harlow Hopkins Alumni Center in 1995, and for the addition of the Larsen Fine Arts Center in 1981.

    “Ken Hawkins was one of the most generous men I’ve ever known,” says Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. “As God blessed him, he never hesitated to bless others. His commitment to serving the Lord was evident in his life, work and family. Serving alongside him in the mission of Olivet has always been a privilege and a pleasure.”

    Ken’s personal investment in God’s kingdom was equally matched by his distinguished career. He was the founder of Hawkins & Associates in Clearwater, Florida, and later became the chairman and CEO of Jones & Hawkins Insurance. For more than 25 years of his 40-year career, he rendered valuable professional service to his alma mater by directing and advising Olivet’s insurance program. His counsel helped ensure adequate coverage while saving several million dollars for the University.

    A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Ken was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, served on the board of the Florida Association of Insurance Agents, and was a past commodore of the Treasure Island Yacht Club.

    He is survived by his wife, Betty; daughter, Cheryl, and her husband, Mike McClain; son, Terry, and his wife, Jamie; stepdaughter, Gina Johnson; brother, Wilford; four granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren.

    Ken’s funeral service was held on July 1 with Dr. Bowling and Colonel Jeffrey Hawkins, U.S. Army chaplain, officiating. Ken will be remembered as a tireless advocate for Olivet Nazarene University and a model for all alumni, both personally and professionally.
     

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    Jun 18, 2014 10:31:45Jun 18, 2014 -

    When was the last time you worked with an Excel® spreadsheet that had 1 million rows? Or analyzed data from the past 50 years?

    Those were only two of the challenges that Justin Vander Ploeg (senior, Manteno, Illinois) dealt with in completing his final project for Olivet’s course in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS).

    When beginning his project for the spring 2014 semester, Justin asked the question: “What county in the United States’ lower 48 states has the worst winter?” Working with his professor, Dr. Kevin Brewer, he undertook what became the biggest research project he’d ever done. The result is “An Analysis of the Severity of Winter Throughout the United States,” showing that it is possible to quantitatively determine the severity of winter across a geographic area.

    Bring it on

    Hard work isn’t unusual for Justin, who is double majoring in environmental science and business administration. This summer, he is working at Deer Creek Organics, an organic produce farm in St. Anne, Illinois, and also doing an internship at the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) in Chicago.

    CNT is an award-winning innovations laboratory for urban sustainability. Justin is part of the transportation team, dedicated to improving efficiency and sustainability for the City of Chicago.

    “I’m glad I learned ArcGIS in my GIS/GPS course with Dr. Brewer,” Justin says. “I’m using it on the job in this internship.”

    Dedication and determination

    Learning ArcGIS was only one of the challenges that Justin faced in taking on and completing his GIS/GPS research project.

    After deciding on the project’s parameters — with Dr. Brewer’s guidance — he requested 50 years (1963 to 2013) of weather data from the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA). That resulted in 18 Excel spreadsheets with 1 million rows each — which he received from NOAA at no charge and within two weeks of his original request.

    Defining “worst” was the first challenge. Since “worst” is a subjective term, he had to define it as objectively and universally as possible.

    He also had to decide what data to include and exclude. He limited his analysis to snowfall, rainfall, temperature and wind speed for the months of December, January, February and March — for the past 50 years.

    Getting this data into a format he could use for analysis was one of the most challenging parts of the project. Working with Dr. Brewer, he separated columns, selected only winter months and eliminated false values. He used ArcGIS, the industry standard tool for spatial analysis, to format and analyze the data. 

    “As I was working on the project, I was learning ArcGIS,” Justin says. “I also learned to be thorough and detailed, and to keep records that I can refer back to.”

    Applying an equation to the data he gathered, Justin designed a map to show the severity of winter in every U.S. county.

    “Justin tackled a deceptively complex problem that challenged his abilities and skills in a number of areas,” Dr. Brewer says. “I was impressed with his perseverance, independence and eagerness to learn new skills." 

    “All his hard work paid off with an excellent and interesting report," Dr. Brewer adds. "But more importantly, Justin has new skills and practical experiences that he can use and build on in his future academic and career endeavors.”

    More than expected

    Getting to know and work with Dr. Brewer on this project was an unexpected benefit for Justin. “I tapped into Dr. Brewer’s expertise,” Justin says. “I was able to ask him questions whenever I needed help. Then we’d work through the issues together. He was willing to take the extra time with me, and we developed a friendship in the process.”

    Justin appreciates seeing Dr. Brewer’s thought processes on different topics. “I learned that he’s very technologically minded, even as a geology professor. He is knowledgeable about the new advances in technology, too.”

    “If I could have seen the finished project before I started, I would never have believed I could do it,” Justin adds. “I’ve learned that if I work hard and diligently, I can do what I want to do.”

    In case you’re wondering, the counties with the worst winters are: Lewis County, New York (first); Keweenaw County, Michigan (second); and Oswego County, New York (third). And the counties with the best winters? Monroe County, Florida (first); Imperial County, California (second); and Miami-Dade County Florida (third).

     

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    Jun 17, 2014 11:26:21Jun 17, 2014 -

    “Start every change project with a clear and compelling statement of the goal you’re trying to achieve,” says Joseph Grenny, co-chairman and co-founder of VitalSmarts, an innovator in corporate training and leadership development. “Measure your progress. Measure the right thing, and measure it frequently.”

    Grenny is one of 14 featured speakers for Willow Creek Association’s 2014 Global Leadership Summit. Olivet is partnering with College Church of the Nazarene to host this premier leadership training event August 14 and 15, at College Church’s North Campus in Bourbonnais.

    His 2014 Summit presentation on “Mastering the Art of Crucial Conversations” further establishes him as a key influencer for leaders who want to get better. An acclaimed keynote speaker and business strategy expert, Grenny has designed and implemented major corporate change initiatives for more than 25 years. He has advised thousands of leaders on every major continent, from the board rooms of Fortune 500 companies to the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.

    Formerly president of California Computer Corporation and an executive for the Covey Leadership Center, he is co-author of the New York Times best sellers Change Anything, Crucial Conversations, Crucial Accountability and Influencer. He co-founded Unitus, a nonprofit organization that helps third-world citizens achieve economic self-reliance. He has appeared on “The Today Show,” CNN, Bloomberg and “Fox Business News.”

    Other leadership experts presenting at this year’s event include: Bill Hybels, Jeffrey Immelt, Tyler Perry, Susan Cain, Wilfredo De Jesús, Patrick Lencioni, Carly Fiorina, Ivan Satyavrata, Bryan Loritts, Allen Catherine Kagina, Louie Giglio, Erica Ariel Fox and Don Flow. Find more information about each of them here.

    The Summit is a two-day event that seeks to transform leaders around the world with an injection of vision, skill development and inspiration from a Christian perspective. This is a unique opportunity for business, church, government, nonprofit and education leaders — and their teams — to experience quality leadership training close to where they are. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

    To register you and your group for the live telecast of this event in Bourbonnais, click here or call 800-570-9812. Best registration price is available through June 24, 2014. Later registration and walk-in registration on the event days are also available.

    For more local information about the event or the Bourbonnais live telecast site, contact Laura Warfel at 815-928-5403 or lwwarfel@olivet.edu.
     
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    Jun 05, 2014 3:11:14Jun 05, 2014 -

    Delivering the keynote address wasn’t the only honor Dr. John C. Bowling, Olivet’s president, received during the recent annual meeting of the Kankakee Area YMCA. Later in the evening, he received the Ray Lindner Service to Youth award from Wes Walker, who was executive director of this YMCA from 1970 to 1994.

    Dr. Bowling has served as Olivet’s president since 1991, and University enrollment has grown to 4,600. “That’s a lot of youth,” Walker said as he presented the award.

    Along with Dr. Bowling’s many achievements as University president, he has served the local community in countless ways, including as vice chairman of the Riverside Health System Board. He has also been a board member for the United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties and the Kankakee Valley Chamber of Commerce. His previous community awards include Samaritan of the Year and the Community Alliance Beacon Award.

    In his address to an audience of 100-plus at the Kankakee Country Club, Dr. Bowling said: “Our community has been strengthened by the work of The Y. Across the years, organizations have come and gone — but The Y has come and stayed. The Y is accessible, affordable and accountable. That’s a winning combination. I congratulate you on another year of outstanding service. As a member of this community, I thank you not only for what you do, but perhaps more importantly, for who you are. You are the 'why' of The Y.”

    Founded in 1894, the Kankakee Area YMCA is celebrating 120 years of serving the community. The current location at 1075 N. Kennedy Dr., Kankakee, is the fourth location. The Y’s daily programming meets the challenge of enhancing the quality of life for all persons within Kankakee County. In 2011, a member satisfaction survey ranked this Y in the top 10% across the country. The facility includes a gym, Kids’ Fit Zone, swimming pool, a preschool, a wellness center, an indoor track, an aerobics studio, a cycling room and more. The Y continues the commitment to help shape character and self-esteem while continuing to meet human needs and develop potential.
     
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    On a Thursday night, thirteen pairs of outstretched arms balanced framed or free artwork against the west wall of Common Grounds. A final person stood back to approve the lineup.

    HeArt Ministry was preparing for their “HeArt Show,” a spring 2014 art exhibition event which would take place the next week. This moment of prep perfectly revealed the club’s goal: to create a masterpiece by standing shoulder to shoulder and reaching out.

    “Our art can get trapped down in the lower level of Larsen,” says Art Education major Tatiana Diaz (Plainfield, Illinois). “But HeArt gives us a chance to share it with the campus and reach out to people in the community.”

    Shoulder to shoulder they stand

    The new ministry is focused on outreach. “When we volunteer, our intentions are to do art and share the love of Christ,” says Alina Ellis '14, co-leader with Taylor Cole (Peoria, Illinois).

    There are no limitations; club members encourage anyone to get involved, whether they are art majors or not. HeArt also welcomes artists of every kind, from painters to graphic designers and anyone else who creates.

    “I wasn’t sure how to serve,” said Monica Stamper (Plainfield, Illinois) in Common Grounds at the art show in April. “I had seen the ads for the club, but I just never went to the meetings.” The art major glanced at her piece of work on the wall while explaining that she finally joined HeArt when God — and other students — pushed her.

    As she already felt devoted to helping the community, a push is exactly what Monica needed. “Artists find encouragement from one another,” she smiled.

    HeArt Show

    “This year we were specifically dedicated to serving other ministries on campus,” Alina explains, which included Evangels, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Best Buddies, Urban Children's Ministry and Compassionate Ministries.

    Some of HeArt’s services included visiting a local nursing home, painting with children, and building the set of Olivet’s fall musical. When they went to the nursing home with the ministry Evangels, residents participated in various ways: “We allowed them to paint whatever they liked, but some just liked to watch and told us to paint something for them,” laughs Alina.

    Students involved in HeArt are able to do ministry through an outlet which they are collectively passionate about. “I’ve seen so many great relationships develop,” says Alina. “We were able to get to know one another really well and share our lives with each other inside and outside of our meetings.” She adds that HeArt has “come together as a group that loves God and loves other people.”
     
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    May 29, 2014 1:34:4May 29, 2014 -

    Reed Hall of Science won’t be void of study — or laughter — this summer. Cell lab 119 will be especially jovial while biology professor Dr. Gregory Long and student researcher Curtis Groover work together to solve complex scientific riddles.

    “Curtis is known around here as a goofball, but you wouldn’t know it by the way he researches,” says Dr. Long.

    Curtis is a biology major from Avon, Indiana, and one of three Olivet students chosen for the 2014 Elbert Pence and Fanny Boyce Undergraduate Summer Research Experience Grant. Funded by alumni and friends of Olivet, the summer research program honors two former faculty members, physics professor Elbert Pence and mathematics professor Fanny Boyce.

    Students chosen for research are paired with faculty members in order to pose a question that, according to Dr. Long, can “actually be solved.” Curtis, for example, will be studying hamster cells and what effects metals have on their ability to live and function. He thought of this project after Dr. Long set parameters and helped him brainstorm.

    At the end of 10 weeks, students are required to write a paper, present what they discovered, and create a poster which will be displayed during Homecoming week in the fall.

    The recipients and their projects for the summer of 2014 include:

    • Curtis and Dr. Long: “Concentrations of heavy metals inducing apoptosis and necrosis in baby hamster kidney cells”

    Amy Brenner (Lansing, Michigan) and biology professor Dr. Aggie Veld: “Connections between the effects of various chemicals on the development of Drosophila melanogaster and Homo sapiens

    Brian Pickering (Chebanse, Illinois) and biology professor Dr. Dan Sharda: “Toll-like receptor 4 activation of non-canonical signaling pathways modulates mitochondrial respiration”

    Visiting Dr. Long and Curtis Groover in Reed clarifies two things. One, they work with collections of cells instead of with furry, fully-developed hamsters. Two, according to Curtis, research is not just about sitting in a lab. He describes the hours of intellectual discussion required for this type of research, which means a significant amount of time is spent in Dr. Long’s office.

    “It requires a lot of this,” adds Dr. Long, tapping his temple with both index fingers.

    “I always thought that the student would just help the professor out,” says Curtis, “but I actually get to do it on my own, which is cool.”
     
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    May 28, 2014 11:16:35May 28, 2014 -

    Conflict happens in every area of our lives. And one of the worst ways to deal with conflict is to ignore it.

    In his new book Conflict Management for Faith Leaders, Dr. Houston Thompson provides guidance and encouragement for dealing with conflict. Dr. Thompson currently serves at Olivet as dean of the School of Professional Studies, dean of academic affairs for the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, and director of the Doctor of Education in Ethical Leadership degree program.

    “One of my goals in writing this book was to provide a framework for understanding and assessing conflict, and then knowing how to manage it in a way that preserves the dignity and respect of all involved,” Dr. Thompson says.

    With a wealth of experience in nonprofit management and social work, Dr. Thompson draws on real life situations and biblical truths for the practical insights included in this book. He offers several techniques for managing conflict, as well as guidelines for choosing which technique to use in a particular situation.

    “Houston Thompson has provided a field manual for ‘faith leaders’ that clearly and pragmatically guides the leader through the key steps of assessing, engaging and navigating conflict toward resolution,“ said Dr. Jeren Rowell, district superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene’s Kansas City District.

    Dr. Thompson’s academic and professional interests include leadership; positive youth development using a strengths-based approach to working with youth and their communities; and not-for-profit and organizational management. Currently, he serves on the board of directors for United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties.

    Before taking on his current administrative positions, Dr. Thompson was chair of Olivet’s Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice. A licensed social worker in the state of Indiana and an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, he has served as a pastor in Nazarene churches in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Indiana; a school social worker; and executive director of a faith-based community ministry.

    After earning his associate’s degree from Nazarene Bible College, he went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from MidAmerica Nazarene University. He holds a master’s degree in church management from Olivet and a Master’s in Social Work degree from Spalding University. In 2007, he received his doctorate degree from Trevecca Nazarene University.

    Conflict Management for Faith Leaders is available online at Amazon.com and Nazarene Publishing House, and at Hammes Bookstore on Olivet’s campus.
     
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    “I'm responsible for this company. I stand behind the results. I know the details, and I think the CEO has to be the moral leader of the company,” said Jeffrey Immelt about his role as CEO of General Electric since 2001. “I think high standards are good, but let's not anybody be confused, it's about performance with integrity. That's what you have to do.”

    Immelt is one of 14 featured speakers for the live telecast of the 2014 Global Leadership Summit, August 14 and 15, at College Church, North Campus in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Olivet Nazarene University is partnering with College Church to host this premier leadership training event.

    Named one of the “World’s Best CEOs” three times by Barrons, he holds a B.S. degree from Dartmouth College and a M.B.A. from Harvard University. Under his leadership, General Electric has been named “America’s Most Admired Company” in polls conducted by Barrons and Financial Times. He has also served as chair of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

    Other leadership experts presenting at this year’s event include: Bill Hybels, Tyler Perry, Susan Cain, Wilfredo De Jesús, Patrick Lencioni, Carly Fiorina, Ivan Satyavrata, Bryan Loritts, Joseph Grenny, Allen Catherine Kagina, Louie Giglio, Erica Ariel Fox and Don Flow. Find more information about each of them here.

    The Summit is a two-day event that seeks to transform leaders around the world with an injection of vision, skill development and inspiration from a Christian perspective. This is a unique opportunity for business, church, government, nonprofit and education leaders — and their teams — to experience quality leadership training close to where they are. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

    To register you and your group for the live telecast of this event in Bourbonnais, click here or call 800-570-9812. Best registration price is available through June 24, 2014. Later registration and walk-in registration on the event days are also available.

    For more local information about the event or the Bourbonnais live telecast site, contact Laura Warfel at 815-928-5403 or lwwarfel@olivet.edu.
     
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    Olivet’s fourth cohort of Honors Program students graduated as part of the Class of 2014 during the 101st Commencement Convocation on Saturday, May 10, 2014.

    As their time at Olivet came to a close, these fourteen graduates presented their required honors research projects during Scholar Week 2014, April 22 to 26. Now, they are beginning the next chapter in their personal and professional lives.

    Lacey Austin (Glenmont, Ohio), B.S., English education
    Project: “Rationales for the Use and Pairing of Young Adult Literature and Classic Novels in the Secondary English Classroom”
    She is pursuing plans for a teaching career in Ohio.

    Breanne Bambrick (Washington, Illinois), B.S.W., social work
    Project: “The Collaboration of Faith and Social Work in Creating a Gateway of Helping”
    She will be pursuing her master’s degree in social work (M.S.W.) at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

    Emily Borger (South Elgin, Illinois), B.S.. dietetics
    Project: “The Effect of Direct Human Service on Volunteers' Self-Perceived Generosity and Expected Appreciation, Satisfaction, and Value of Work”
    She has been accepted into an internship and master’s degree program in dietetics at Northern Illinois University.

    Rebecca Busler (Maryville, Illinois), B.S.N., nursing
    Project: “Effectiveness of Wellness and Life Skills Education for Adolescent Females of Inner-City East St. Louis”
    She is pursuing plans for a nursing career in women’s health.

    Kaitlin Carlson (Washington, Illinois), B.S., education
    Project: “Writing a Reading and Language Arts Unit Designed to Motivate Elementary School English Language Learner (ELL) Students of Poverty”
    She has accepted a position as a language arts and social studies teacher for sixth grade students in Morton, Illinois.

    Treavor Dodsworth (Vernon, Colorado), B.S., accounting/economics/finance
    Project: “Trading Intraday Volatility: Basic Futures Trading Strategy”
    He has accepted a position with Northwest Financial, Indianapolis, Indiana. Investment News, a financial planning magazine, will be blogging about him as he begins his career in the financial planning industry.

    Brian Ginn (Bourbonnais, Illinois), B.S., biology
    Project: “Genetic Determination of ABO Genotype from Buccal Cells: Incorporating PCR, Gel Electrophoresis, and ABO Genotyping into Undergraduate Study”
    He is the recipient of Olivet’s Robert M. Milner Award as the outstanding male graduate in the Class of 2014. Currently, he is considering acceptances from medical schools and will be entering medical school this fall.

    John Hall (Tinley Park, Illinois), B.S., mathematics education
    “Implementing Common Core State Standards for Mathematics”
    Selected as the Department of Mathematics’ outstanding graduate, he is currently applying for a teaching position.

    Ryan Kee (Bourbonnais, Illinois), B.S.E., engineering
    Project: “Detection Systems for Airbag Deployment”
    He has accepted a position as an electrical engineer with DRS Technologies in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    Molly Koleczek (Tinley Park, Illinois), B.S., zoology
    “A Survey of the Ratio of Melanistic to Gray Squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) on five Midwestern College Campuses”
    She has accepted an internship in the Department of Stranding Investigations at Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, Florida.

    Lorisha Riley (Kankakee, Illinois), B.S., mathematics
    Project: “Relationships Between Elements of Leslie Matrices and Future Growth of the Population”
    She has been accepted into a doctorate degree program at the University of Florida.

    Logan Smith (Ridge Farm, Illinois), B.S., chemistry
    Project: “Exploring Cycloaddition Reactions for the Synthesis of Novel Organic Compounds, Including Microwave Promotion”
    He has accepted a laboratory research position with Bunge North America in Bradley, Illinois.

    Kelsey Steines (Mount Vernon, Iowa), B.S., business administration
    Project: “An evaluation of Youth In(VOL)ved: Impact on participants' attitudes toward volunteerism”
    She is pursuing plans for a career in nonprofit development.

    Jessica Sturgeon (Chillicothe, Illinois), B.S.N., nursing
    Project: “An Exploration of the Relationship Between Religiousness and Treatment Seeking Trends Among College Students”
    She has accepted a nursing residency at Carle in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.

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

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

    In addition to fulfilling the requirements for their respective majors, Honors Program students take four interdisciplinary, team-taught classes covering an intriguing topic. Then, they complete a substantial, faculty-mentored research project during their last two years, doing one-on-one mentored research with a professor of their choice with funding provided. They may also choose to study abroad during junior year.
     
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    “For God So Loved the World,” a work by sculptor Scott Stearman of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was dedicated at Olivet as part of the 101st Commencement weekend activities. It is installed near the east entrance of the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel.

    “This sculpture and other public works of art installed on Olivet’s campus provide an avenue through which the University makes a symbolic statement about who we are, both to ourselves and to those who visit the campus,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. “They also represent the growing commitment to add significant works of art to our University landscape in order to portray our values in a very tangible and public way.”

    The Stearman sculpture is a gift from alumni Dr. Ed '66 and Mrs. Judy (Goodman) '66 Nash, who met while they were students at Olivet. Dr. Nash grew up on the Olivet campus while his father, the late Dr. Forrest Nash, was the pastor of College Church of the Nazarene.

    Dr. and Mrs. Nash have devoted their lives in service to Christ and His kingdom. Currently, Dr. Nash serves as the district superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene’s Kansas District. Mrs. Nash is a member of the Olivet Nazarene University Foundation Board of Directors.

    With the gift of this sculpture, Dr. and Mrs. Nash hope to remind all who see it of God’s redeeming love for the world.

    Inspired by the well-known passage of scripture from John 3, “For God So Loved the World” is an image of Christ and the world. The bronze globe represents the world, and the figure of Christ stands behind. He touches it tenderly with His hands, and His expression is kindness, care, concern and prayer.

    Scott Stearman began sculpting in the early 1980s. His works, centering primarily on the themes of the military and faith, grace the buildings and/or grounds of Knox Rescue Mission, Knoxville, Tenn.; Celestial Seasonings, Boulder, Colo.; Church of the Nazarene International Headquarters, Kansas City; City of San Marino, California; Word Entertainment, Nashville, Tenn.; and a host of other locations across the country.

    He has also created works to honor award recipients, war veterans, deceased loved ones, distinguished alumni and others. One of his favorite pieces to create is the challenge coin, which he presents in a handshake to express gratitude to a member of the military.
     
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    Dr. James Miles is the 2014 recipient of The Willis E. Snowbarger Award for Teaching Excellence, as announced during Olivet’s 2014 School of Graduate and Continuing Studies (SGCS) Commencement ceremony.

    Dr. Miles has served as an adjunct professor with Olivet since 2010 and is also an active consultant in community formation and sustainability. Described as a thought leader in his content area of economics and sustainability, he displays an obvious passion for how these two forces can impact an organization and, ultimately, the community.

    He holds two degrees from Virginia Union University: Doctor of Ministries in Faith-Based Economic Development and Finance, and Master of Divinity in Community Formation. His Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems degree is from Park University.

    “Dr. Miles cares about his students, often going out of the way to assist them with challenges they are facing,” said Dr. Jonathan Bartling, SGCS associate dean. “He continues to model the importance of lifelong learning and community engagement. Students praise his understanding of the content he teaches and also his ability to utilize his past experiences to make real life applications. He is passionate about engaging his students in learning.”

    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.
     
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    During the 101st Commencement ceremony, Olivet conferred honorary doctorate degrees upon Rev. Lindell Browning, Mrs. Kay Browning and Dr. Gustavo Crocker for their outstanding professional achievements and Christian service.

    Rev. Lindell Browning received the Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) degree for his many years of service as a missionary in the Middle East and, most recently, as the Eastern Mediterranean field strategy coordinator for the Church of the Nazarene. Prior to his missionary service, he was associate pastor at First Church of the Nazarene, Anderson, Indiana. He is a 1972 graduate of Olivet and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary.

    Kay (Embick) Browning received the Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) degree for her many years of service as a missionary in the Middle East. She is certified as an English as a second language instructor and has taught ESL classes. In the Church of the Nazarene’s Eastern Mediterranean field office, she has served as administrative assistant and financial officer. She is a 1972 graduate of Olivet and holds a Master of Arts degree from Bethany Nazarene College (now Southern Nazarene University).

    “The Brownings are scheduled to retire in early 2015. They leave a lasting legacy through a growing number of churches and pastors who have been nurtured by them,” said Dr. Dennis Crocker, Olivet’s vice president for academic affairs.

    Dr. Gustavo Crocker — who also delivered the Commencement address to the Class of 2014's traditional undergraduates — received the Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) for his outstanding Christian leadership in a variety of administrative roles. Born in Guatemala and fluent in four languages, he has authored several books and articles in Spanish and English. His writings have been translated into more than 20 languages. In 2013, he was elected as the 41st general superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene.

    Dr. Crocker holds a master’s degree in community planning from the University of Cincinnati, where he attended as a Fulbright Scholar, and is a licensed architect. As a Latin American Leadership Scholar, he earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership in Business at Regent University. He has also completed further post-doctoral studies at the prestigious Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has taught in the areas of global missions, evangelism and church planting, cross-cultural ministry, international development, international business, and social development at various universities in Latin America, Europe and the United States.

    “Architecture and urban planning were not to become Gustavo Crocker’s life’s work,” said University President John C. Bowling during the ceremony. “Responding to the needs of others and a sense of spiritual calling on his life, he entered the Christian ministry. He has had a distinguished career of leadership and service around the world.”
     
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    Dr. Ray Bower received Olivet's 2014 Samuel L. Mayhugh Award for Scholarly Excellence during the 101st Commencement Convocation on Saturday, May 10, 2014.

    Having joined the faculty in 1987, Dr. Bower will soon be retiring from his position as professor and chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences. His areas of special interest for teaching and research are human learning, memory and cognition.

    In 2011, he received the Bill M. Sullivan Founder's Award from the Association of Nazarene Sociologists and Researchers (ANSR). The award is the highest honor given by ANSR, and Dr. Bower was chosen unanimously by his peers for his work in developing a new generation of social researchers to serve the Church of the Nazarene.

    For the past 11 years, ANSR has also sponsored the Harold Young Research Award (HYRA) as a way of engaging students from the 11 U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities in researching issues that pertain to the Church of the Nazarene. Over the past decade, Dr. Bower has mentored Olivet students in their research for this prestigious award and has enjoyed working with five winners and four runners-up.

    “Dr. Bower is highly respected by his colleagues and students — steady, dependable, passionate and a model of Christ,” said Dr. Kent Olney, ONU sociology professor.

    A graduate of Miami University of Ohio, Dr. Bower earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology.

    He is a member of two national honor societies, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa; a charter member of the Association for Psychological Science; a member of the Midwestern Psychological Association; and a member of ANSR.

    “Dr. Bower’s focus on challenging his students in their academic pursuits is one of the many ways he helps Olivet provide ‘Education with a Christian Purpose,’” said Dr. Dennis Crocker, vice president of academic affairs. “Sharing his own passion for learning, he encourages his students to stretch into new discoveries and observations. He is a man of service, on our campus and in our world.”
     
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    Dr. Rosalie Tuttle, nursing professor, received Olivet's 2014 Richard M. Jones Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence during the 101st Commencement Convocation on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Also that day, 38 of her students in the Class of 2014 received the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

    Dr. Tuttle’s work in the field of maternal child health has spanned more than 35 years. As a member of Olivet’s faculty, she teaches courses in childbearing family health and serves as an advisor in the ethical leadership doctoral program.

    Known by her students as a kind and dedicated professor, she often holds special study sessions outside of her regular teaching and supervisory responsibilities. Her goal is to make sure that her students understand course content and pass all exams necessary for them to advance in their careers.

    Recently, she served as student honors preceptor for Rebecca Busler, a 2014 Olivet graduate, in the completion of Rebecca’s honors research project on “Effectiveness of Wellness and Life Skills Education for Adolescent Females of Inner-City East St. Louis.”

    In 2011, she co-led a team of nine students — including six nursing students — on a mission trip to Argentina. The group traveled a total of 27,000 miles to assist the Argentine Church by conducting medical clinics; providing dental hygiene training; distributing clothing; evangelizing children; and helping the Toba people to have clean drinking water. During five days of six-hour clinics, they saw more than 900 patients.

    She is a member of the National League for Nursing, an organization dedicated to excellence in nursing education; Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society; and Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. In the local community, Dr. Tuttle serves on the Kankakee County (Illinois) Breast Feeding Coalition.

    She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas, a master’s degree in nursing from Texas Women’s University and a Ph.D. from Capella University. Her dissertation topic was “The Impact of Simulation in Nursing Education on the Self-Efficacy and Learner Satisfaction of Nursing Students.” She was instrumental in the launch and recent expansion of the Virtual Learning Center for Olivet’s Department of Nursing.

    “Dr. Tuttle approaches all that she does with a Christ-like attitude that encourages others,” said Dr. Dennis Crocker, vice president for academic affairs. “She devotes countless hours and great energy to preparing our nursing students to become knowledgeable and caring professionals. Her dedication and commitment are inspiring to all who know and work with her. She remains passionate about the nursing profession and nursing education.”
     
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    Gary Newsome, Olivet's athletic director, is the new commissioner of the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA), effective May 5, 2014. He will oversee the operations of the 13-team Association, filling the position left vacant by the retirement of James D. Houdeshell, who helped National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) schools in three states form the MSFA in 1993.

    “I am very honored and humbled to be chosen by the MSFA coaches to sit in the commissioner’s chair,” Newsome said. “History shows us that the MSFA has been the strongest NAIA football conference in America over the past 20 years. Knowing that I cannot replace someone like Dr. Houdeshell, I just hope to serve the coaches and universities in the MSFA with never tiring energy and to be their biggest cheerleader. And I can’t wait to get to Daytona [NAIA championship] and cheer on the next MSFA/NAIA football champion.”

    As he continues in his role as Olivet’s athletic director, a position he has held for six years, Newsome will also continue to serve on the NAIA National Administrative Council’s Awards and Statistics committee.

    During 2012–13, the Tigers won their fourth consecutive CCAC All-Sports Cup and fifth in six years; finished sixth in the NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings; had six of nine teams finish first or second during the regular season; and had seven teams win their respective tournament championships. ONU also sent 13 teams to NAIA National Tournaments.

    As the Tigers’ head football coach for nine years, he was named MSFA Coach of the Year twice, guided his team to the NAIA playoffs, had a league championship and two runner-up finishes, as well as two NCCAA Victory Bowl titles. His teams won 46 games, 15 more than any coach in Olivet history.

    A 1974 Olivet graduate, Newsome earned a master’s degree from Chicago State University in 1982. While an Olivet student, he was a four-year starter in baseball, as well as being the team’s MVP his senior year and leading hitter his junior year. He later returned to Olivet to serve as head baseball coach and the football team’s defensive coordinator from 1980 to 1981. His 1981 team won a then-school record 21 baseball games and advanced to the NAIA District 20 playoffs.

    Newsome also has a wealth of administrative experience during his 25 years of service in the Ohio public school system, where he served 14 years as a public school administrator. As a high school football coach at Paint Valley and Chillicothe, he took his teams to 110 victories, two undefeated seasons, and four playoff appearances. He won eight honors as Coach of the Year. He also coached in the Ohio North-South All-Star game twice and was inducted into the Paint Valley Hall of Fame. In addition to football, he also coached men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, wrestling, swimming, tennis and track.
     

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    Brian Ginn (biology major, Bourbonnais, Illinois) was honored during Olivet’s 101st annual traditional undergraduate Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 10, 2014. He received the Robert M. Milner Award as the outstanding male graduate. He is the son of Dr. Dwight and Denise Ginn.

    An Honors Program graduate, Brian was named to the dean’s list every semester and graduated summa cum laude with Olivet’s Class of 2014. During Scholar Week 2014 at Olivet in April, he presented the results of his capstone research project, “Genetic Determination of ABO Genotype from Buccal Cells: Incorporating PCR, Gel Electrophoresis, and ABO Genotyping into Undergraduate Study.” Earlier this year, he was recognized by the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges® program as one of Olivet’s outstanding graduating seniors.

    While a student at Olivet, he was a teaching assistant for biology and chemistry labs. He also served as the student representative to the Honors Council and was a member of the Academic Affairs Committee. 

    Outside the classroom, Brian was president of Biophilic biology club, a member of Heart 4 Missions and a part of the LifeSong worship ministry team. His volunteer experiences include medical missionary work at Kudjip Nazarene Hospital, Papua New Guinea, and locally with the Kankakee River Cleanup.

    “Brian always brings a contagious, joyful energy to everything he does,” said Dr. Randy Johnson, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. “For example, in the ecology course — not his ultimate career direction — he still came with a genuine passion for learning and exploring this new knowledge. He then was committed to making a practical difference by volunteering multiple times in our local community.”

    Each year, the Robert M. Milner Award –– named after a Nazarene minister who is father and grandfather to several Olivet alumni –– is given to a male student who exemplifies the highest standard of excellence in character, scholarship achievement and contribution to extracurricular activities.
     
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    The following is a reflection by Nate Ferris ’14, who delivered this testimony during Olivet’s Baccalaureate service on Friday, May 9.

    Thank you for this incredible opportunity to share briefly how God has used my time at Olivet to shape and mold me into the man I am today. This is an honor, and I am humbled as I stand here.

    What makes my testimony so beautiful is the opportunity to reflect and share on how faithful God has been throughout my life. It is my prayer that as I share my testimony, each one of you will be encouraged to dwell intentionally on how faithful the Lord has been in your lives, as well.

    If I had to sum up my entering Olivet as a freshman, I would use the following phrase: “Excited, but slightly lost and confused.”

    Up to that point in my life, I had accepted Christ and understood logically how that was the most important decision I could have ever made. However, at the same time, I don’t know if I always felt or believed that was the most important decision. I found myself putting my confidence in the things of life that I could control, such as my own talents and abilities.

    When sophomore year came around, for the first time in my life, I had been completely stripped of all my confidence. There were many days I lived in confusion and sadness. I eventually found myself in Kelley Prayer Chapel, on my knees, broken and crying. I finally learned to forgive certain people in my life for how they had wronged me. More importantly, I learned to forgive myself. The Lord showed up in my brokenness. I experienced Him, and I knew without a doubt He was the one true God, the only way to live life. My confidence from then on was placed in Him and Him alone.

    I am forever changed. My heart longs to care, to show compassion, to love, to forgive, to pray, to read my Bible, to worship. My focus every day is no longer to live a life for myself, but to live a life for Christ — and because of that, to live a life for others, as well. I want walk hand in hand with the people around me, sharing in their struggles, being vulnerable before them, and providing a caring heart in the time of need. It is my desire that my days be intentional as I continue to learn what it means to love and live a life for Christ. I want to be a better witness to those around me.

    To close, I share a reminder from Paul from 1 Corinthians 13:12-13 (The Message): “We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.”
     

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    During the 101st Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 10, 2014, Olivet conferred degrees upon the largest graduating class in history: a total of 1,537 graduates. From the 15 graduates in the Class of 1913 to today’s record-setting number, the University remains committed to providing “Education with a Christian Purpose.”

    The Class of 2014 includes: 541 traditional undergraduate bachelor’s, 244 adult studies bachelor’s, 15 associate, 718 master’s and 16 doctorate degrees. Fourteen undergraduate students had the additional distinction of being Honors Program graduates.

    A Guatemalan by birth, a licensed architect and a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Gustavo A. Crocker delivered the keynote address at the traditional undergraduate Commencement ceremony. In June 2013, he was elected as the 41st general superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene at the 28th General Assembly in Indianapolis, Ind. Fluent in four languages, he has authored several books and articles in Spanish and English, and his writings have been translated into more than 20 languages.

    “You have been given the unique opportunity to be the generation of change,” Dr. Crocker said in addressing the graduates. “As you commence your professional life, take time to celebrate. Keep your head in the right place. Embrace your call to be a change agent.”

    Honorary doctorate degrees were conferred upon Mrs. Kay (Embick) Browning '72, Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.); Rev. Lindell Browning '72, Doctor of Divinity (D.D.); and Dr. Gustavo Crocker, Doctor of Divinity (D.D.).

    Bringing greetings from the Class of 1964 was Dr. Willie Dishon, who was class president and student body president during his years at Olivet. Now a pastor and professor, he has also served on Olivet’s Board of Trustees and on the Alumni Board. “My charge to you today is to go confidently and joyfully to become all that God has in mind for you to be,” he said. “Do that in the power of His Spirit and to the praise and glory of God.”

    Additional highlights of the traditional undergraduate Commencement ceremony included:
    • Maggie Sloan Crawford Award for outstanding female graduate to Andrea Richardson (double major in information systems and mathematics education, Bloomington, Illinois)
    Robert M. Milner Award for outstanding male graduate to Brian Ginn (biology major, Bourbonnais, Illinois)
    Samuel L. Mayhugh Award for Scholarly Excellence to Dr. Ray Bower, chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Bower will be retiring at the end of this academic year.
    Richard M. Jones Award for Teaching Excellence Award to Dr. Rosalie Tuttle, professor, Department of Nursing

    The Commencement ceremony for the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies was held at 2:30 p.m. in Centennial Chapel. Dr. John C. Bowling '71/'72 M.A./'06 D.Div., Ed.D., D.Min., president of the University, gave the address.

    “We live in a world that wants to set our identity for us,” Dr. Bowling said. “Are you you, or are you the other guy?”

    Included among the graduates were:
    • The first cohort to complete the requirements for the accelerated degree program and receive the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree
    • The first cohort to complete the first fully online Reading Specialist degree program (READ-O.1)
    • The conferring of the first Master of Divinity (MDIV) degree in pastoral ministry upon Jacob Crowley '10 (Auburn, Illinois)

    Several student and faculty awards were presented, including:
    • Willis E. Snowbarger Award for Teaching Excellence presented in absentia to Dr. James Miles, adjunct professor in the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. This award honors the legacy of Dr. Willis Snowbarger and recognizes the excellence in teaching throughout his time as part of Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.
    • Ralph E. Perry Student Award of Excellence presented to Jeffrey Vizueta (Chicago). This award honors the legacy of Dr. Perry’s long career with Olivet and the outstanding work of a student.

    Other Commencement weekend activities included:
    Baccalaureate service in Centennial Chapel, including the sermon on “Where Will You Be Living?” and charge to the Class of 2014 from Dr. Bowling. Allison Hill (music ministry major, Quincy, Illinois) and Nate Ferris (engineering major, Bourbonnais, Illinois) gave the student testimonies.
    • Dedication of the Douglas E. Perry Student Life and Recreation Center
    Installation of “For God So Loved the World,” a bronze sculpture by sculptor Scott Stearman, near Centennial Chapel
    • Social work pinning ceremony (26 graduates), with the Spirit of Social Work Award presented to Rachel Devine (Elgin, Illinois) and Cristina Gómez (Chicago).
    • Nursing pinning ceremony (38 traditional graduates), with the Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Sigma chapter, Senior Nursing Excellence Award presented to Brena Glendenning (Stillman Valley, Illinois). During the Sigma Theta Tau installation ceremony on Thursday, May 8, 150 inductees were welcomed into the chapter.
    • School of Theology and Christian Ministry graduation chapel service (47 graduates)
    • Phi Delta Lambda, Gamma Chapter, induction of 71 new members and Dr. Janna McLean, dean of Olivet’s College of Arts and Sciences, as an honorary member. The Mary Ada Dillinger Service Award was presented to Carol Reams '86/'94/'00 M.P.C., assistant to the registrar at Olivet. Shanna Rull (junior, education major, Maryville, Illinois) received the chapter’s Enduring Hope Scholarship. Retiring Olivet faculty members Dr. Stan Tuttle, Dr. Gerald and Mrs. Mary Anderson '87 M.Ed. were also honored. Guest speaker was alumna Tiffanie (Mason) West '91/'07 M.B.A. of Bungee Foods.
    • Military/ROTC commissioning ceremony, commissioning nine cadets as new second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. Guest speaker was Olivet alumnus Gerald Smith '75, Lt. Col., USA (Ret.), Esq., M.A., Ph.D. Sam Pimpo (engineering major, Antioch, Illinois) was honored as a distinguished military graduate.
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    May 13, 2014 1:17:41May 13, 2014 -

    The following is a reflection by Allison Hill ’14, who delivered this testimony during Olivet’s Baccalaureate service on Friday, May 9.

    Four years ago this spring, like every 18-year-old, I was faced with the decision of where to spend the next season of my life. It’s kind of a big deal. For me, I didn’t need too much. I was only looking for a small, Christian school that felt kind of like a bigger school; where you didn’t know everyone, but could know a lot of people; class sizes small enough so I could have a personal relationship with the professor; not too close to home, but no more than four hours away; and with a good music program.

    My parents were very involved in this decision-making process. In order to find this school that met my every desire, my dad Googled “small, Christian colleges within four hours of Quincy, Illinois.” And what do you know? Olivet Nazarene University popped up. So after an immediate interest, visiting the school twice and getting accepted, Olivet was going to be my home-away-from-home.

    Now, four years later, I’ve been doing a lot of reflection over my time at Olivet. One way I’ve done that is through my Facebook page. And I want to share some of the posts I wrote within my first month as a freshman:

    “Well, Olivet, I guess you are my new home.”

    “How does everyone here already have best friends??? When did this all happen?”

    “PATIENCE”

    “Officially the most stressful situation of my entire life: Laundry for the first time by myself!!!!!”

    “I am craving a set schedule and routine ... but am somehow at peace and thrilled with the way God is working!”

    I want to focus on the first and last posts I shared, this idea of Olivet’s being my “home.” “Honey, I’m home,” has been a common phrase when any of my roommates walks in.

    So I decided to look up the definition of home: The place where one lives, especially as a member of a family or household. That’s it exactly. These last four years I have been a resident at Olivet, but I have also been a member of an incredible family.

    Sitting right behind me is a group of 60 individuals in beautiful purple robes. Through them, God has blessed me with more than I can describe. For me, it was through this family that God showed me the power and importance of prayer; what it truly means to rest in Him; and how to live with an attitude of thankfulness, no matter the circumstances.

    A key part of this family is our Orpheus “dad,” Dr. Jeff Bell. He keeps us together, seeking the same purpose of excellence so that we can share the gospel of Jesus most efficiently. Orpheus is only a glimpse of what makes Olivet home for me. And it’s truly because of the people I’ve lived life alongside, in and outside of choir, why I will miss this place so much.

    Four years ago, I stepped out of my comfort zone and into a world that was new and unknown. Tomorrow, that step will repeat once again. Not just for me, but for everyone here in a cap and gown. Today, I can confidently say, just like I said on Facebook my freshman year, that I am somehow at peace and thrilled with the way God is working.

    As seniors, we are approaching a season of change. Yet, really our time here has been full of change. Change is hard. Yet, through times of transition and uncertainty, I have found that only God can provide a peace which surpasses all understanding. I feel most at home when I have peace from the Lord.

    So where will home be for each graduate? It will be different for each of us. But wherever we end up for this next season of life, be encouraged with what the Lord used to encourage me.

    In John 14:19, Jesus said to his disciples: "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home within them."

     
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    May 13, 2014 9:42:32May 13, 2014 -

    When he came to the United States from the South American country of Ecuador in 1991, Jeffrey Vizueta didn’t speak English. He didn’t have a high school diploma. On Saturday, May 10, 2014, Olivet conferred upon him the Doctor of Education in Ethical Leadership (Ed.D.) degree, and he received the Ralph E. Perry Student Award of Excellence.

    What happened in between was even better than his childhood dream.

    Crossing many borders

    In the early 1970s, Jeffrey’s mother emigrated from Ecuador to the U.S. to help provide for her family. He and his younger brother remained in their country with his grandmother. “She provided my education and helped me a lot,” he recalls. Although they attended church together, he really didn’t understand the meaning of faith and the difference God could make in his life.

    Desperate to provide more for his family, Jeffrey dropped out of school and went to work. Soon, he was following a path that took him further from God. Rebellion, crime and violence became part of his life.

    Daytime and nighttime. At work and on the streets. Serving in the Ecuadorian military. Jeffrey never gave up on his dream of coming to the U.S. Then in 1991, when he was 22 years old, his mother invited him to join her in Chicago.

    Right away, he began working at a factory on the south side of the city. “I knew I wanted to go to college and succeed in the U.S.,” he says.

    His first step was to go through GED® (General Educational Development). He passed the GED Test in December 1991 and earned the equivalent of a high school diploma.

    Learning English was the next important step, but that didn’t come as easily for him. He took several English as a second language (ESL) classes. But he often felt frustrated when people didn’t understand him because of his accent.

    “I was going through greater challenges than I’d ever gone through before,” he says. “I began going to church more often, but I still felt detached from God.”

    Lessons in servanthood

    After earning his associate’s degree, Jeffrey was hired by Ameritech (now AT&T). In 1999, he received his bachelor’s degree and was promoted into management.

    As his career was moving forward, his personal life was, too. On a visit to Ecuador in 1999, he met Haydee, who later became his wife and joined him in the U.S. “She is my pillar,” Jeffrey says.

    In 2011, he received his Master of Business Administration degree. At the invitation of his friend, Jim Kanichirayil ’14 Ed.D., he applied to Olivet’s Doctorate of Ethical Leadership program right away.

    While studying at Olivet, he received an unexpected benefit. “My faith has been renovated,” he says. “I began to understand that we are here to serve and help others, not ourselves.”

    “I’m not the same person spiritually now,” he explains. “Now, it’s all about servant leadership for me. I want to teach my children about this.”

    Redefining success

    Today, Jeffrey is the ecommerce business manager with AT&T in Chicago. He manages companies that provide call center resources to his company. He has great benefits and financial stability. He speaks English well and communicates easily with all types of people from a variety of places. Some would define that as success.

    But Jeffrey will be the first to say that his greatest success is being able to help his relatives. Most of their extended family lives in Ecuador, and they visit there for several weeks each year. And soon, he and Haydee will welcome an adopted son and daughter from Ecuador into their family here.

    His advice to others who are thinking about coming to the U.S. and pursuing their dreams: “You have to be prepared to go over many hurdles. If you’re willing to work hard, you will find rewards here. Don’t forget where you came from. And don’t forget to help others.”

     
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    May 09, 2014 10:0:53May 09, 2014 -

    Kelly Services® has selected Julie Bright-Allott, RN, BSN — a student in Olivet's School of Graduate and Continuing Studies — as National Nurse of the Year in conjunction with National Nurses Week, May 6–12, 2014. She is receiving this award for her professionalism, competence and strong work ethic.

    This award is given to recognize the significant contribution, hard work and dedication of our nation's 2.7 million registered nurses. Based on performance feedback from Kelly customers, this award was developed to recognize Kelly nurses for their outstanding work in the healthcare industry.

    “We congratulate Julie on receiving this honor,” says Dr. Linda Davison, dean of Olivet’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences. “She is an outstanding example of what it takes to be successful in the field of nursing and of the many quality nurses that our University is graduating each year.”

    A nurse for 20 years, Julie has worked for Kelly for the past six months in an occupational health setting. Her new role complements previous experiences as a labor and delivery, venous access and ostomy educational nurse. She is currently enrolled in Olivet’s family nurse practitioner program.

    “Working for Kelly has allowed me the flexibility to pursue a rigorous graduate academic nursing program while honing my nursing skills,” Julie says. “I have the best of both worlds.”

    “Julie clearly possesses commitment to the field of nursing," says Grace Paranzino, chief clinical officer of Kelly’s Healthcare Product Group. "She is a dedicated student and has consistently provided excellent care to her patients. Choosing to continue her education in nursing as a family nurse practitioner will provide her with clinical autonomy to provide high-quality, cost-effective, and individualized care for patients, their families, and their communities. She is a dedicated nurse and will make a significant contribution to the field. We are excited to have her as a member of the Kelly team and to honor her as our Nurse of the Year.”
     
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    May 08, 2014 2:43:21May 08, 2014 -


    Matthew Jones, Class of 2014
    Hometown: Eureka, Illinois
    Major: Pastoral ministry

    What’s next for you after you graduate?

    I plan to stay at Olivet for graduate school, where I will study pastoral ministry. We have an awesome program here. We take classes in residence for the first year. For the second year, we are placed as a full-time pastor while taking week-long module courses. Ultimately, I hope to become a senior pastor at a church.

    When did you know that you wanted to go into the ministry, and how did you come to that decision?

    When I was three or four years old, I told my mom that I wanted to be a pastor when I grew up. I have felt God’s leading ever since, but He has changed and shaped my plan. I have considered going into children’s and youth ministry, but my classes at Olivet have shown me that I’m called to be a senior pastor.

    You’ve been involved in a number of groups and activities during your time at Olivet. What are some of your favorites?

    My top two are Spoons4Forks, the improve comedy troupe, and Orpheus Choir. Spoons4Forks has really shaped my sense of humor. What we do is a gift to the student body, and it’s a privilege to perform for our classmates. We give them a chance to rest and laugh for an hour or two. We’re also like a family.

    With Orpheus, I enjoy the music and the chance to worship. Our director, Dr. Jeff Bell, is not just a choir director. He’s an example of what a life devoted to Christ looks like.

    What are some of your favorite memories of your time here at Olivet?

    All of the times spent with friends, laughing, talking and playing games. It’s such a blessing to be able to talk about the Lord and life with friends. I live in Hills Hall, where I have lived since I transferred to Olivet. Hills Hall is a wonderful community; the guys from Hills will be lifelong friends of mine. I’ll continue to be a resident assistant there while I’m in grad school.

    One of my favorite lessons from Olivet was on the Doctrine of Holiness in Dr. Mark Quanstrom’s class. As we were discussing John Wesley’s sermons, Dr. Quanstrom told us that the last thing that Wesley said was “best of all, God is with us.” That quote was sort of the culmination of my undergraduate studies. I just appreciate Wesley’s sincere awe of the beauty of the gospel and the realization that God has come close to us.

    Which Olivet professor has impacted you most?

    Dr. Bell, even though he’s not a professor in my major. He’s so attentive to what God would have us do in every moment. He is constantly seeking the Lord’s will. He’s a man of prayer, and he teaches us to do the same.

    There’s this one prayer that he often prays which has particularly impacted me: “Lord, let us do what we do for the right reasons.” Whenever I need something, he’s there, and he’s willing to open his home to students. His wisdom and kindness are evident in the way he presses us to be better.

    You recently received the Sylvanus Carter Homiletics Award. What did that mean to you?

    It was so humbling just to be part of the process. I know all other students who applied, and it’s an honor to be part of that group. At first, I thought it was intimidating to preach for the professors, but then I realized that the professors are our biggest cheerleaders — they’re on our side!
     
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    May 07, 2014 2:9:20May 07, 2014 -

    She worked at ESPN last summer, but she doesn’t like sports.

    And that is what made Cecilia Pivarunas the perfect intern.

    “I was up front about wanting to know the ins and outs of the broadcasting industry,” she says. “I wasn’t distracted by the glamour.”

    In a few days, Cecilia (Oak Lawn, Illinois) will graduate in Olivet’s Class of 2014 with a degree in business administration and a minor in communications. Interning in summer 2013 for “The Worldwide Leader in Sports” prepared her well to join the corporate world.

    On set

    A family friend from Virginia who once worked for ESPN suggested that Cecilia apply for the internship position. She was accepted to work in a program which educated her on six different sections of the sports media industry: breaking news, makeup, green screens, business, scripting and assistant directing.

    While at ESPN, Cecilia worked closely on the set of “Pardon the Interruption,” a sports television show that she says is similar to a halftime show. “PTI” is produced by Erik Rydholm and hosted by commentators Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon. In 2009, it won a Sports Emmy Award for being the Best Outstanding Studio Show.

    Her lack of interest in sports kept her from getting distracted by the fame of the show’s hosts, as well as the athletes interviewed on “PTI.”

    Cecilia says that Mike and Tony always recognized her and would even compliment the outfits she wore. “They’re not what most people think celebrities are,” she said of the two sports-renowned hosts. “Sometimes I would hear them say, ‘I don’t want to go to this meeting. I just want to wear my PJs today.’ They’re really down to earth, and they’re just real people.”

    Unexpected blessings

    Her ESPN internship confirmed to Cecilia that she is ready to join the corporate world. “One of my bosses wanted me to feel confident. So he gave me a gift card to get Michael Kors shoes,” she says.

    But she attributes much of her confidence to her alma mater. “At Olivet, I’ve learned how to truly be successful. I’ve learned about the importance of soft skills and developing personal relationships.” After graduation, she will be joining a Bourbonnais recruiting company as an executive recruiter.

    Cecilia values her internship experience according to the relationships she formed there. She counts going out to lunch with her directors and getting to know them as some of the best perks.

    One of her greatest blessings was forming a friendship with Erik Rydholm, the show’s producer. “I felt really blessed because it’s not something I sought out,” she says. “God put him in my path. Having someone so well-known invest in my life was humbling and really cool.”

    “I have a creative mind and I like to think outside of the box,” she adds. “I have a lot of respect for ESPN. This internship helped confirm that I want to work with people and that I want to do something different every day.”

     

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    May 05, 2014 12:28:55May 05, 2014 -

    NOTE: Application deadline has been extended through June.

    High school students entering their senior year are invited to attend Olivet's second annual Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) on July 10, 2014. Students must apply by no later than June 1.

    The program consists of an intensive, two-day training course on Olivet's campus followed by a three-week online course. The coursework focuses on six key aspects of leadership, including communication, conflict management and goal setting. Completion of the course offers students not only the benefit of leadership training, but also three hours of college credit applicable to either a leadership minor or an elective credit.

    “Whether in public or private schools or homeschooled, many young people want to be positive influences on culture rather than being passively influenced by culture,” said Dr. Jay Martinson, chair of Olivet’s communication department and program director. “The SLI includes an inward focus challenging students to take inventory of their individual strengths.”

    To apply, interested students should first complete the application found on Olivet’s website. Each student also needs to submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher, coach or pastor plus a 400-word essay describing a past situation in which he/she exhibited leadership qualities. All documents need to be submitted by June 1, 2014.

    The first 50 applicants accepted will receive a full-tuition scholarship to the Institute — a $1,230 value. They will still be required to pay the $179 fee for room and board during the on-campus portion of the Institute.

    Applications, recommendations and essays should be submitted to:

    Olivet Nazarene University
    Attn: Director of Admissions
    One University Avenue #6005
    Bourbonnais, IL 60914

    For more information, call the Office of Admissions at 800-648-1463 or email admissions@olivet.edu.

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    May 02, 2014 2:33:37May 02, 2014 -

    Hannah Taylor always knew she wanted to be a teacher.

    But until this year — her senior year — the elementary education major from Fenton, Mich., had no idea she wanted to be a missionary.

    “I’ve always wanted to make a difference in someone’s life,” she says. Now, Hannah is going to have the opportunity to do both. She has accepted a two-year position as a fourth grade teacher at West Nairobi School, an American curriculum international school in the Karen area of Nairobi, Kenya.

    Hannah’s students will be a diverse group, both culturally and nationally. Besides native Kenyans, her class will also include American and Asian children whose parents reside in the country as missionaries or business people.

    An unexpected place

    During her senior year at Olivet, Hannah shared an apartment with three women who were raised in Kenya. One of those roommates, Katie Reed, approached Hannah one day and mentioned that the school she had attended while living in Kenya was seeking a music teacher.

    Hannah, who also has a minor in music, decided to apply for the position. Numerous interviews later, she was offered a position — not as a music teacher, but rather as a fourth grade teacher.

    She has never traveled to Kenya before. Her only opportunity to see her school and classroom has been through photos on the school’s website. “The school has modern amenities, including whiteboards, desks and American curricula,” she says.

    Other features, however, are distinctly African. “We eat outside in little huts,” Hannah adds with a smile. “I forget what they’re called, but that’s the cafeteria.”

    Response to a change of plans

    Hannah’s friends and family have mixed emotions on her decision to teach in Africa. “No one is neutral,” she says. “They’re either very excited or a little nervous.”

    Initially, Hannah’s father was the most vocal voice against her decision to teach in Kenya. “My dad said no right away,” she recalls. "I'm his baby girl, and the thought of my moving to a foreign country is scary for him." Hannah’s father eventually agreed to let his daughter teach in Africa and has joined the rest of the family in being supportive of her choice. They are continually laying their fears before the Lord and are reminded of His faithfulness.

    Her friends are also supportive. “They think it’s cool,” she says.

    Dr. Roxanne Forgrave, professor in Olivet's School of Education and one of Hannah’s mentors, is excited about this opportunity for Hannah. She is not the first of Dr. Forgrave’s students to teach abroad, however. Cassidy Lancaster ’13 is currently teaching third grade in Paraguay, and Katrina Holm ‘13 teaches in South Africa.

    Ready, set, go

    Hannah credits Olivet’s education program as preparation for this experience. “I cannot say enough positive things about our program,” she says. “All of our professors have been teachers in an actual classroom. And they aren’t just professors in the classroom. They are always there to help, and they are always up to date.”

    Dr. Forgrave and Hannah agree that Olivet’s Christian focus strengthens the program. “I once described our program as ‘mission-based’ to a colleague outside of Olivet,” she says. “Everything has a ministry aspect. Education is a mission.” Dr. Forgrave cited examples of student ministry on campus, including tutoring and Kappa Delta Pi’s book drive.

    Hannah affirms that Olivet’s program also prepared her spiritually for ministering in Kenya. “It’s very ministry-based,” she says.

    “This is the time for Hannah to go,” Dr. Forgrave adds. “This is a wonderful opportunity for her to see the world and experience another culture.”
     

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    Apr 30, 2014 11:56:25Apr 30, 2014 -

    The formal dedication ceremony for the Douglas E. Perry Student Life and Recreation Center will take place on Friday, May 9, 2014, 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

    The Perry Center officially opened to students, staff and faculty on December 12, 2012. In October 2013, Olivet’s Board of Trustees voted to name the building in honor of Douglas E. Perry, the University’s current vice president of finance.

    “It is not an overstatement to say that we would not have the Student Life and Recreation Center without Doug’s leadership,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. “He was the first to catch the vision, and he did the initial research. It was Doug who identified and enlisted the architectural firm for the project and, perhaps most importantly, Doug created the financial plan to make it a reality.”

    Measuring approximately 168,000 square feet — roughly two-and-a-half times the size of Ludwig Student Center — the Perry Center includes: an eight-lane, 200-meter running track with Mondo surface; two pools, including a 10-lane competition pool; a four-story rock climbing wall; a 72,000-square-foot field house with running track and four basketball courts; workout facilities; large game area; spacious central lounge; and several classrooms and offices.

    Dr. Douglas Perry grew up on the Olivet campus because his father, Dr. Ralph Perry, was a professor for many years. His grandfather, A.L. Parrott, and his uncle, Leslie Parrott, both served as Olivet presidents. His father, Ralph, was also instrumental in beginning Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

    Doug’s first job, at age 15, was with the buildings and grounds department, mowing grass and cleaning buildings. He attended Olivet and, after graduation, began a career as a mathematics teacher in the local school system.

    Just a few years later, Olivet’s business manager offered Doug a position in the finance department working with student accounts. Doug accepted the position and began what has now become a 40-year career with Olivet. He became a certified public accountant and then earned the executive MBA degree from the University of Illinois. He has been Olivet's chief financial officer for the past 30 years.

    “Doug is a quiet but very effective and efficient administrator whose service has contributed greatly to the growth and stability of the University,” said Dr. Bowling. “He has an entrepreneurial spirit and a deep, personal faith.”

    Doug’s wife, Sheila (Oswalt), and their two children, John and Lauren (Perry) McClymonds, are all Olivet graduates.
     
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    Apr 29, 2014 3:22:30Apr 29, 2014 -

    Olivet will honor the extraordinary life and service of Col. James Helms Kasler during a special memorial service, May 4, 2014, at 4 p.m., in the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel. One of the U.S. military’s most decorated soldiers, Kasler passed away on Thursday, April 24, at the age of 87.

    The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this memorial service.

    Col. Kasler was a combat veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was a three-time recipient of the Air Force Cross, the second highest U.S. decoration for bravery behind the Medal of Honor. No other U.S. warrior has ever received that distinction.

    An August 1966 article in Time Magazine labeled Kasler “the hottest pilot” in Vietnam and said his wing mates called him “a one-man Air Force.” That same week, on his 91st bombing mission in South Vietnam, he was shot down near Hanoi while providing cover for his wingman. His right leg shattered. He was subsequently captured and spent August 1966 to March 1973 at the infamous Hanoi Hilton, where he suffered unimaginable torture.

    Col. Kasler flew a combined total of 198 combat missions. With a total of 76 awards for valor and service, Kasler received the aforementioned three awards of the Air Force Cross, was decorated twice with the Silver Star, a Legion of Merit, nine awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Bronze Star Medals, two Purple Hearts and eleven awards of the Air Medal.

    After Col. Kasler’s retirement from the Air Force, he bought and redeveloped the South Shore Golf Course in Momence, Illinois. He and his wife, Martha, became valued members of the Kankakee community, including as longtime friends and financial supporters of Olivet Nazarene University. A bronze statue was dedicated to Kasler by the people of Momence and Kankakee County on September 15, 2007, at the Kasler-Momence Veteran’s Park.

    For additional information about Sunday’s memorial service, contact Olivet’s Office of Alumni and University Relations at 815-939-5258.
     
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    Apr 29, 2014 10:48:45Apr 29, 2014 -

    Her first name may be a phonetic combination of both of her parents’ names, but Lamica Simmons credits her tenacious spirit to the influence of a single mom.

    “I learned about independence and autonomy at a young age,” says Lamica, who spent her childhood in Kalamazoo, Mich. “My mom didn’t have a lot of time to dote on us because she was busy providing for us.” Lamica has six siblings total and attributes their closeness to her mom’s hard work to keep the kids together.

    Mirroring her mom’s never-give-up attitude, Lamica will cross the stage next year as a member of the Class of 2015 — the first in her family to graduate from college.

    Discovering life at the lake

    In the sixth grade, Lamica moved down the road from Indian Lake Nazarene Camp. “That’s where I first heard about Nazarenes,” she says.

    And it was there that she accepted Christ into her life in the seventh grade. Working at the camp every summer since the age of 14, she says she can show anyone the exact spot on the “big stony altar” where she surrendered her life.

    “A lot of my tears have been shed on that altar,” she says.

    Maintaining her faith hasn’t always been easy, however; Lamica is the only Christian in her home.

    “It’s hard to talk to my family about struggles, because they have such a different view on things,” she says. “But I love my family, and as I have been growing in my faith, it has been a ministry to them.”

    The journey to Olivet

    Everyone at camp wanted her to go to Olivet when the time for college approached, but Lamica resisted due to faith struggles she experienced during her senior year of high school. When her youth pastor and his wife took her to Purple and Gold Days, however, they were on the road home for less than an hour before she announced, “Guys, I’m going to go to Olivet.”

    Lamica is now a junior and a double major in psychology and business. She hopes to attend grad school and eventually work within the field of medical administration or sustainable studies.

    A different story

    Since coming to Olivet, she has been inspired by psychology professor Dr. Kristian Veit. “In every class, he makes sure to glorify God in every way,” she says. She benefits from the specific prayers he offers in class and says that they always speak right to her heart, leaving her nothing else to say but, “Alright God, I hear you.”

    Lamica has learned from Dr. Veit that it is important to hold on to Christian principles in a secular world.

    “It is a dangerous world, and we need good people like Lamica out there to say, ‘Let me tell you what happened to me,’” says Dr. Veit.

    “Everyone has a different story,” says Lamica. “The good thing is that God meets us where we are.”

    Dr. Veit recognizes the value of Lamica’s story and says that she is an “absolute joy.”

    “She works hard, and she wants to ‘get it’. She wants to succeed. Lamica is going to do the work and take responsibility.”
     
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    Apr 28, 2014 1:37:21Apr 28, 2014 -

    A fusion of the best in business practice and management, the new Master of Engineering Management (MEM) degree program at Olivet launches its first cohort on June 23, 2014. This is an ideal choice for recent graduates, as well as experienced engineers, who want to advance their careers within an engineering- or technology-based organization.

    The MEM program provides a technical alternative to the traditional Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. Designed to prepare graduates for leadership in their fields, it emphasizes managing systems, processes, procedures, organizations and business.

    “As a practicing engineering manager and founding faculty member in this program, I know this program has been built to help technical professionals develop the skills they need to advance in the workplace and succeed in all facets of their life,” said Wes Gerbig, adjunct professor.

    “Experiences in this program will stretch engineers in their leadership abilities and faith while applying their technical skills,” Gerbig adds. “All of this will happen while they are deliberately building a professional network among fellow students and accomplished faculty. I don't believe there is anything else like this in Christian higher education.”

    This 24-month program offers two concentrations: Technical Entrepreneurship (12 credit hours required) and Project and Program Management (12 credit hours required). The focus is on planning, organizing, controlling and leading primarily technical projects.

    Students complete one course at a time in a completely online format, earning a total of 36 credit hours. They must complete the curriculum with a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Sample required courses include: professional communications, patents and intellectual property law, sustainable economics, technology and enterprise integration and engineering project management.

    This degree is especially for engineering professionals who already hold a bachelor’s degree from an ABET-accredited (or equivalent) college or university engineering program and a grade point average of 3.0 or better. It is also open to professionals who have an undergraduate degree in an engineering-related field, such as physics, mathematics or computer science.

    For more information, call 877-9-OLIVET or go to graduate.olivet.edu.
     
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    Apr 24, 2014 2:20:4Apr 24, 2014 -

    Alex Phillips and Chase Deaton are the recipients of Olivet's 2014 Servant Leadership Award, presented during the chapel service on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. This is a national award that Olivet has been presenting for the past seven years.

    Faculty, staff and students submit nominations of students in the junior class who demonstrate the qualities of a servant’s heart. As part of the award, each recipient receives $1,000 — $250 of which is donated to the charity of his or her choice.

    Alex Phillips is a junior engineering major from Monee, Illinois. He finds great joy in “reminding people of their worth as declared by God.” He began serving at Olivet as a Freshman Connections mentor. Since then, he has been involved in several Olivet ministries, including Mission: Possible, Olivet’s prison ministry; LifeSong ministry team; Spiritual Life Council; and Prayer Warriors. Additionally, he is active in Men’s Residential Life as a resident assistant in Hills Hall. He chose Shepherd Community Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, to receive his donation.

    Chase Deaton is a junior sociology major from Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition to serving as a Freshman Connections mentor, he is a member of Olivet’s Preaching Ambassadors, works for Shine.FM radio network, and volunteers at the Center of Hope in Kankakee. He is also the junior class chaplain. He hopes to continue serving others by pursuing a career as a high school guidance counselor. He chose to make his donation to the Center of Hope in Kankakee, Illinois.

    This year’s Servant Leadership Award is named in honor of the late Dr. Kenneth Johnson '93, formerly the chair of the Department of Engineering. Dr. Johnson left an engineering firm in Michigan to join Olivet’s faculty in 2012. During his brief tenure at Olivet, the engineering department saw unparalleled growth in enrollment, added a new wing, and achieved ABET accreditation through 2016. Besides his academic accomplishments, Dr. Johnson also demonstrated servant leadership in his personal and professional life.

    “He was committed above all to serving Christ,” said Dr. Jay Martinson '86, chair of the Department of Communication, in his introduction to the award. Dr. Johnson had a heart for missions. He served on several “Work and Witness” teams with the Church of the Nazarene. In the summer of 2013, he led a missioneering team from Olivet to Swaziland, Africa, to help a village ravaged by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

    “Ken was clear about his purpose at Olivet,” said Jennifer (Burt) McClellan '91, director of Missions In Action and spiritual life ministries, in the statement read by Dr. Martinson. “He influenced students and everyone around him. His drive and energy challenged us to move away from building the American dream to building God’s kingdom.”

    Dr. Johnson passed away during a bicycle race in 2013. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer (Alberts) '93, and their four children, who were present for the awards ceremony. “His legacy of servant leadership lives on in the lives of those he touched,” said Dr. Martinson.
     
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    Because of the combined generosity of Olivet students and graduates, a $500 scholarship was presented to one member from each of Olivet’s current classes during chapel on April 10, 2014:

    Michelle Erickson (freshman, Essex, Ill.), presented by Carol (Whitmore) Doenges on behalf of the Class of 1967

    Jada Fisher (sophomore, Chicago Heights, Ill.), presented by Genevieve (Norton) Arnold on behalf of the Class of 1966

    Mandy Haffer (junior, Troy, Ill.), presented by Tim Spackey on behalf of the Class of 196

    Bethany Meyer (senior, Rochester, Ind.), presented by Leah Ruth (Woods) Kensey on behalf of the Class of 1964

    Since 2009, 50-year reunion classes have partnered with current Olivet classes. This commitment includes praying for class members, marching together at Commencement and helping to fund Student 4 Student scholarships. 

    Five previous graduating classes (2009-2013) and five 50-year reunion classes (1959-1963) have joined together to make an impact on the scholarship money that is available to Olivet students.

    Through Student 4 Student, current Olivet students pool their resources with gifts from their peers to create new scholarships for one another. They give toward the initiative in practical ways, such as collecting extra change in a jar on the dresser; forfeiting one latte per month and redirecting their funds to help fellow students; participating in service projects and Student 4 Student-sponsored events throughout the year.

    An emphasis of Student 4 Student is that the size of individual student gifts doesn’t matter as much as the number of students who participate. The 50-year reunion class from each graduating year is asked to match student gifts, potentially doubling, tripling or even quadrupling the impact.

    Olivet’s Student 4 Student emphasis is now part of the Student Philanthropy Council. Kelsey Steines (Mt. Vernon, Iowa) currently serves as council president.

    “Many people are investing their time, talent and treasure into our students’ lives,” says Jenny Schoenwetter ’13, coordinator for development and sponsor of Olivet’s Student Philanthropy Council. “When Olivet students and 50-year reunion classes create a partnership of giving, the Olivet experience is possible for more students. Education about and awareness of the generosity that surrounds us are key to the success of our Student 4 Student scholarship awards.”


     

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    NOTE: Brian Ginn will present his research project, "Genetic Determination of ABO Genotype from Buccal Cells: Incorporating PCR, Gel Electrophoresis, and ABO Genotyping into Undergraduate Study," during Scholar Week 2014 at Olivet. He is an Honors Program student and graduating with the Class of 2014.

    Things are getting a little bloody over in Reed. But don’t worry — it’s in pursuit of science.

    Senior biology major Brian Ginn is pricking fingers, smearing blood and analyzing DNA, with the goal of creating a new method for undergraduate students to study blood types.

    “The end goal of the research is to have a protocol that goes from cheek cells to [DNA] for undergraduate labs,” Brian says as he drew blood cells on the white board.

    The beginnings of the project started two years ago, when Brian began his capstone honors project. He went through five different project ideas before settling on this one: using cheek cells to determine someone’s blood type.

    Blood type is usually determined with a finger prick test. The finger is poked with a small needle, and blood from the prick is smeared on three separate plates. A different type of serum is added to each plate. How the serum reacts with each blood sample shows blood type: A-, A+, B-, B+, AB or O.

    This is where Ginn’s testing gets complicated. He doesn’t want to just know the blood type, but the DNA behind it. This means another test, requiring gels, electromagnetic waves and ultraviolet light.

    But Brian’s goal is to bypass all that, doing the same test, but much less painfully. Cheek cell testing just requires rinsing the mouth and spitting into a cup — good news for biology students who may not want their fingers pricked.

    “The goal is to get the students to learn,” he says.

    Creating a new experiment method, though, can be challenging.

    “You’re often going to do the test and not get the results you want.... Doing something that’s not been done before, you have to start with what you think will work, and go from there.” And although Brian has a new found respect for research, this project has solidified his dreams of being a doctor, possibly on the mission field.

    In the past few years, he has been to Papua New Guinea with medical work teams twice. On the last trip, he worked the entire summer in a mission hospital.

    “[This project] tells me I don’t want to be a researcher full-time. I’d rather interact with people.”
     
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    On their second day of school, two freshmen found each other and grabbed their gloves to play catch on the field that would become their home turf for the next four years. The first time Steven Beckham (senior, Mount Vernon, Ill.) and John Fightmaster (senior, Bourbonnais, Ill.) met was with a baseball in their hands.

    “We played catch once, and then it was history. Friends forever,” laughs Steven. His shove to John’s shoulder emits a smile from both of them.

    “We really became close our sophomore year,” says John. “The only other sophomore on the team was injured.” Since then, the two pitchers have been the only players on the team from the class of 2014.

    “Whether it’s pitching in a game, running or lifting weights, they’re always competing,” says Todd Reid, head coach of Tiger baseball. “And that has made them good.”

    Beyond the baseball diamond

    Both will soon hold math-related degrees — John in math education and Steven in actuarial science — and they even took general education courses like geology together.

    With so much close contact, they admit that their relationship hasn’t always been conflict-free. Times of irritation between them don’t last long, however.

    “If we have a bad round of catch, we get over it in an hour,” says Steven.

    “Or a bad Indian Run,” adds John, exposing a memory that causes both of them to laugh.

    They can smile now at the argument that took place last year: during practice, the team was performing an “Indian Run,” in which the final position of a single-file line of jogging players is constantly replaced as players take turns sprinting to the front.

    “I was keeping the pace maybe a little too fast,” smirks John.

    Steven quickly corrects him. “He was going really fast. That was probably the most we’ve ever yelled at each other,” he says, and John agrees.

    But when Steven is angry, no one besides John can make him laugh.

    “If Fight [John’s nickname] comes up and cracks a joke, it’s only funny because it’s Fight. It doesn’t work that way for anybody else.”

    All eyes on the pitching mound

    John and Steven’s friendship is an example to many.

    “They are both seniors, both pitchers, both successful scholar athletes, both great young men of God,” says Coach Reid. “The younger guys watch them and see how to work hard, play hard, and be followers of Christ.”

    Steven and John cherish many memories from their four years on the baseball team, including stops at Chipotle and the time they got stuck on the side of the road. Stranded for a while, the team watched “Batman Begins” in an unexpected movie theater at a truck stop. They will remember times like these as opportunities for “serious team bonding.”

    “The team will be much different next year without these two guys,” says sophomore baseball player Parker Shelton (Columbus, Ind.). “They really hold down the fort for us.”

    Junior Joel Woodbridge (Brockton, Mass.) agrees. “I firmly believe that their example of leadership will carry on to our team,” he says. “Steven and John are spiritual as well as athletic leaders.”

    After graduation, Steven wants to be involved in ministry and find a job in finance, while John intends to be a teacher and — not surprisingly — a high school baseball coach.

    Coach Reid knows that next year will look very different without these two Tigers on the team. He also speaks for his team when he says: “We’re certainly going to miss them.”
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    From Olivet's senior class, 57 students have been recognized by the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges® 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 2014, their hometowns and their academic majors are as follows:
    Rivka Atadja (Acton, Mass.), majoring in biochemistry
    Kristin Attig (Ann Arbor, Mich.), majoring in youth ministry
    Jonathan Bader (Chicago, Ill.), majoring in business administration
    Breanne Bambrick (Washington, Ill.), majoring in social work
    Steven Beckham (Mt. Vernon, Ill.), majoring in actuarial science
    Lisa Boaz (Marseilles, Ill.), majoring in mathematics education and actuarial science
    Emily Borger (South Elgin, Ill.), majoring in dietetics
    Jamison Burchfield (St. Jospeph, Mich.), majoring in mathematics
    Rebecca Busler (Maryville, Ill.), majoring in nursing
    Adrian Calhoun (New Paris, Penn.), majoring in religious studies
    Kaitlin Carlson (Washington, Ill.), majoring in elementary education
    Caleb Carr (Orangeville, Ill.), majoring in music and religious studies
    Benjamin Cherney (Norway, Mich.), majoring in music composition and theory
    Sarah Cochran (Craftsbury, Vt.), majoring in psychology and religious studies
    Jesse Dawson (Rochester, Minn.), majoring in engineering
    Joel Deckard (Centerville, Ind.), majoring in athletic training
    Rachel Devine (Elgin, Ill.), majoring in social work
    Shelley Dexter (Dimondale, Mich.), majoring in biology
    Treaver Dodsworth (Wray, Colo.), majoring in accounting and economics/finance
    Ryan Drenth (Lansing, Ill.), majoring in mathematics education
    Beth Ellcessor (Selma, Ind.), majoring in dietetics
    Alina Ellis (Hazelton, Ind.), majoring in Christian education
    Erin Evans (Lake Geneva, Wis.), majoring in ministerial missions
    Chantalle Falconer (Byron, Ill.), majoring in music performance (piano)
    Ronald Gamache III (Flint, Mich.), majoring in corporate communications
    Tanner Garner (Jackson, Mich.), majoring in athletic training
    Brian Ginn (Bourbonnais, Ill.), majoring in biology
    Lindsey Hayes (Galesburg, Ill.), majoring in elementary education
    Allison Hill (Quincy, Ill.), majoring in music ministry
    Christopher Ingersol (Mount Vernon, Ohio), majoring in biology
    Matthew Jones (Eureka, Ill.), majoring in religious studies
    Brandon Klemm (Crystal Lake, Ill.), majoring in marketing with public relations concentration
    Ryan Klingen (Plainfield, Ill.), majoring in zoology
    Madison Leeseberg (Tulsa, Okla.), majoring in fashion merchandising
    Amber Leffel (Flint, Mich.), majoring in biblical studies
    Kyle Miller (Sesser, Ill.), majoring in music education
    Hope Olson (Crystal Lake, Ill.), majoring in interior design
    Jessica Palm (Winnebago, Ill.), majoring in business administration
    Bradley Palmer (Franklin, Ind.), majoring in criminal justice
    Lindsey Peterson (New Castle, Penn.), majoring in graphic design and photography
    Samuel Pimpo (Antioch, Ill.), majoring in mechanical engineering
    Amanda Price (Homer Glen, Ill.), majoring in actuarial science
    David Rice (Traverse City. Mich.), majoring in music ministry
    Andrea Richardson (Bloomington, Ill.), majoring in math education and information systems
    Katharyn Schrader (Monmouth, Ill.), majoring in English
    Kelsey Steines (Mount Vernon, Iowa), majoring in business administration with not-for-profit management concentration
    Blake Spencer (Prairie Village, Kan.), majoring in business administration and marketing
    Hannah Taylor (Fenton, Mich.), majoring in elementary education
    David Timm (Oak Park, Ill.), majoring in corporate communication
    Michelle Towle (Waterville, Vt.), majoring in nursing
    Hillary Vaughn (Kankakee, Ill.), majoring in intercultural studies
    Rebecca Walker (Pine River, Minn.), majoring in dietetics and biology
    Allison Walsh (Orland Park, Ill.), majoring in marketing and business administration
    Thomas Ward (Geneva, Ill.), majoring in youth ministry
    Heidi Watson (Keller, Texas), majoring in family and consumer science
    Adam Weeks (Mendota, Ill.), majoring in actuarial science and mathematics
    Hannah Williams (Beavercreek, Ohio), majoring in communications with concentrations in corporate communications and theatre
     
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    Apr 10, 2014 1:58:7Apr 10, 2014 -

    A Guatemalan by birth, a licensed architect and a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Gustavo A. Crocker will deliver the keynote address at Olivet’s 101st traditional undergraduate Commencement ceremony. In June 2013, he was elected as the 41st general superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene at the 28th General Assembly in Indianapolis, Ind. Fluent in four languages, he has authored several books and articles in Spanish and English, and his writings have been translated into more than 20 languages.

    The undergraduate ceremony will be held in the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel on Saturday, May 10, 2014, 9:30 a.m. Several special awards to honored students and faculty members will be presented during the ceremony, including honorary degrees to Dr. Gustavo Crocker, and to alumni Lindell Browning and Kay (Embick) Browning.

    Dr. Crocker holds a master’s degree in Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati, where he attended as a Fulbright Scholar. As a Latin American Leadership Scholar, he earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership in Business at Regent University. He has taught in the areas of global missions, evangelism and church planting, cross-cultural ministry, international development, international business, and social development at various universities in Latin America, Europe and the United States.

    Previously, Dr. Crocker served as Eurasia regional director, responsible for overseeing church planting and development efforts of the Church of the Nazarene in Eurasia. In addition, he was senior vice president for programs at World Relief Corporation, the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals in more than 25 countries; director of field management for Compassion International; administrative director of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries International; and regional coordinator of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Quito, Ecuador.

    The Commencement ceremony for the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies will be held Saturday, May 10, 2:30 p.m., in Centennial Chapel. Dr. John C. Bowling, president of the University, will give the Commencement address. Student, faculty and dissertation awards will be presented.

    Commencement also includes these related on-campus activities:
    Commencement Concert featuring Olivet’s Orchestra and selected student soloists with Dr. Neil Woodruff, music professor, conducting, Saturday, May 3, 7 p.m., Kresge Auditorium in Larsen Fine Arts Center
    Dedication of the Douglas E. Perry Student Life and Recreation Center, 11 a.m.
    Installation of the sculpture “For God So Loved the World” by noted sculptor Scott Stearman, Friday, May 9, 3:45 p.m., near the east entrance of Centennial Chapel
    Social work pinning ceremony and presentation of the Spirit of Social Work Award, May 9, 1 p.m., Kresge Auditorium
    Honors Program reception, May 9, 1:30 p.m., Warming House
    Nursing pinning ceremony for traditional graduates, May 9, 2 p.m., College Church of the Nazarene
    School of Theology and Christian Ministry graduation chapel, May 9, 2:30 p.m., Kelley Prayer Chapel
    Baccalaureate service, May 9, 7:30 p.m., Centennial Chapel, with Dr. John C. Bowling delivering the sermon and charge to the Class of 2014
    Military commissioning ceremony for ROTC cadets, May 10, noon, Kresge Auditorium
     
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    “I’ve never seen a lawn mower in a Spanish-speaking country. Do my students really need to learn how to say ‘I mow the grass’ in Spanish? Their language study needs to apply to what they want to know and do.” These are the words of a dedicated, experienced educator: Linda (Sievert) Egnatz ’81.

    From her 30-plus years of experience as a high school Spanish teacher, Linda realizes she needs to teach her students practical uses of language that apply to their lives. That is one of the many demonstrations of her commitment to being the best teacher she can be.

    During the past year, Linda’s excellence in teaching has brought her two prestigious awards. She was chosen as the 2014 National Language Teacher of the Year by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and was recognized as one of Illinois’ top teachers with a 2013 Golden Apple Award of Excellence in Teaching.

    As a National Board Certified Teacher, she is one of the first in Illinois’ Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 to achieve this. She also serves as president of the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ICTFL).

    Linda recently visited Olivet’s campus and presented several insights about foreign language teaching to students and faculty.

    Her advice to them: “Language isn’t something you should teach by itself. Bring the rest of the world into your classroom. Teach practical uses for the language your students are learning.”

    Willing to make changes

    Entering Olivet as a piano performance major, Linda soon realized that her true calling was in the area of education. “Professor Minnie Wills made me fall in love with communication and helped me become a language teacher,” she said.

    Since graduating from Olivet, Linda has devoted her career to engaging high school students in the classroom and helping them learn to communicate with more people. Currently on sabbatical to travel and speak on behalf of ACTFL, she is usually in the classroom teaching Spanish language classes at Lincoln-Way North High School in Frankfort, Ill.

    “If a student knows one language, he or she can learn another,” Linda says. “I’m their coach, assisting them in learning. I create an environment that invites conversation, a space where they can learn the language I’m teaching them. I provide meaningful learning experiences for them. Their fear goes down, and their performance goes up.

    “It’s not about me. It’s about the students.”

    Always improving

    Linda believes in the power of travel in educating her students. She will soon lead a trip to Panama, accompanied by several Spanish language students and two environmental science teachers.

    In addition to leading several trips to Spanish-speaking countries, she has also lived and traveled in Asia. Before a trip to China with other language teachers, she studied Mandarin Chinese. That experience of being the student gave her new insights and ideas about ways to improve language learning for her students.

    “I’m not the teacher I want to be,” Linda says. “I want to be better. I’m still learning. And I’m humbly representing teachers who are still learning to be better teachers.”

    To learn more about Linda and her adventures:
    Website
    Facebook
    @miprofeAP on Twitter
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    Scholar Week 2014
    Olivet Nazarene University
    April 22 to 26, 2014

    All presentations are in Chalfant Hall, unless otherwise noted.

    Tuesday, April 22
    All presentations are in Chalfant Hall.


    9:30 to 10:20 a.m.
    Dr. David Van Heemst ’96 MPC/’98 MA, political science professor and recipient of 2013 Samuel L. Mayhugh Award for Scholarly Excellence — “Political Ideology and the Global Crises of the 21st Century”

    1 to 1:30 p.m.
    Dr. David Johnson ’95, English professor — “The Secret Life of a Short Story: Graham Greene’s ‘The Lieutenant Died Last’”

    1:30 to 2 p.m.
    Dr. Kristian Veit, psychology professor, and Joseph Hanks ’13 — “Investigating the Dimensionality of Strain-based Work-family Conflict”

    2 to 2:30 p.m.
    Olivet’s Enactus team — “Enactus Edu: Changing the World”

    2:30 to 2:50 p.m.
    Treavor Dodsworth (senior, Honors Program, Vernon, Colo.) — “Trading Intraday Volatility: Basic Futures Trading Strategy”

    3 to 3:50 p.m.
    Presentations by student members of Psi Chi international psychology honor society

    4 to 4:20 p.m.
    Molly Koleczek (senior, Honors Program, Tinley Park, Ill.) — “A Survey of the Ratio of Melanistic to Gray Squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) on 5 Midwestern College Campuses”

    4:20 to 4:40 p.m.
    Daley Schimmelpfennig (senior, Honors Program, Bourbonnais, Ill.) — “A Comparative Analysis of Phytoplankton Populations and Nutrient Levels in Freshwater Quarries of North-Eastern Illinois”

    4:40 to 5 p.m.
    Brian Ginn (senior, Honors Program, Bourbonnais, Ill.) — “Genetic Determination of ABO Genotype from Buccal Cells: Incorporating PCR, Gel Electrophoresis, and ABO Genotyping into Undergraduate Study”

    7 to 8 p.m.
    History and Political Science Senior Research Projects
     

    • Paul Wright (senior, Phi Alpha Theta national history honor society, Danville, Ill.) — “Issei & Nisei: Two generations of Japanese-Americans in the Tule Lake Internment Camp during World War II”
    • Alex Pollock (senior, Pi Sigma Alpha national political science honor society and Phi Alpha Theta) — “Rohrbach's Bridge: The Endeavor to Cross Antietam Creek”
    • Lindsey Tobias (senior, Phi Sigma Alpha and Phi Alpha Theta, Antioch, Ill.) — “Assessing Alternative Lifestyles within a Select Population”
    • Kimberly Powers (senior, Colorado Springs, Colo.) — “The Failure of Operation Market Garden”

    8 to 9 p.m.
    Debate by Capitol Hill Gang: “Religious Freedom and the Affordable Care Act”
    Debaters: Matt Logan (senior, Franklin Grove, Ill.); Lindsey Tobias; Brandon Allison (senior, Carthage, N.Y.); Jake Hileman (sophomore, Grand Ledge, Mich.); Jake Ryan (senior, Moline, Ill.); Alex Ewers (sophomore, Bourbonnais, Ill.)

    Wednesday, April 23
    All presentations are in Chalfant Hall.


    1 to 1:30 p.m.
    Dr. Neal Woodruff ’91, music professor, and Dr. Mark Frisius, theology professor — “The Message in Our Music: What Popular Congregational Songs Say About Our Beliefs”

    1:30 to 2 p.m.
    Dr. Tom Knowles, education professor — “Successful School Study: Identification of Strategies Implemented in Kankakeeland PK-8 Schools that have Contributed to Significant Increases in ISAT Scores”

    2:10 to 2:30 p.m.
    Rebecca Busler (senior, Honors Program, Maryville, Ill.) — “Effectiveness of Wellness and Life Skills Education for Adolescent Females of Inner-City East St. Louis”

    2:30 to 2:50 p.m.
    Jessa Sturgeon (senior, Honors Program, Chillicothe, Ill.) — “An Exploration of the Relationship Between Religiousness and Treatment Seeking Trends Among College Students”

    3 to 3:20 p.m.
    Rebecca Walker (senior, Pine River, Minn.) — “Nutritional Profiling Systems: Can They Be Implemented in Subsidiary Food Pantries for Reducing Nutrient Deficiencies Among the Elderly?”

    3:20 to 3:40 p.m.
    Emily Borger (senior, Honors Program, South Elgin, Ill.) — “The Effect of Direct Human Service on Volunteers' Self-Perceived Generosity and Expected Appreciation, Satisfaction, and Value of Work”

    3:40 to 4 p.m.
    John Hall (senior, Honors Program, Tinley Park, Ill.) — “Implementing Common Core State Standards for Mathematics”

    4 to 4:20 p.m.
    Kaitlin Carlson (senior, Honors Program, Washington, Ill.) — “Writing a Reading and Language Arts Unit Designed to Motivate Elementary School English Language Learner (ELL) Students of Poverty”

    4:20 to 4:40 p.m.
    Lacey Austin (senior, Honors Program, Glenmont, Ohio) — “Rationales for the Use and Pairing of Young Adult Literature and Classic Novels in the Secondary English Classroom”

    4:40 to 5 p.m.
    David Modica (junior, Sigma Tau Delta international English honor society, Des Plaines, Ill.) — “Sex in William Blake's 'The Chimney Sweeper'”

    5 to 5:20 p.m.
    Garrett Corpier (senior, Sigma Tau Delta, Hensley, Ark.) — “The Boundary of the Trace: Specular Liminality Between the Imaginary/Symbolic and the Real”

    Thursday, April 24
    All presentations are in Chalfant Hall.


    1 to 1:20 p.m.
    Logan Smith (senior, Honors Program, Ridge Farm, Ill.) — “Exploring Cycloaddition Reactions for the Synthesis of Novel Organic Compounds, Including Microwave Promotion”

    1:20 to 1:40 p.m.
    Ryan Kee (senior, Honors Program, Bourbonnais, Ill.) — “Detection Systems for Airbag Deployment”

    1:50 to 2:30 p.m.
    Dr. Judson Strain, reference librarian — “Universities, Copyright and the Georgia State University Case (Cambridge University Press v. Becker)”

    2:30 to 2:50 p.m.
    Lorisha Riley (senior, Honors Program, Kankakee, Ill.) — “Relationships Between Elements of Leslie Matrices and Future Growth of the Population”

    3 to 3:30 p.m.
    Dr. David Claborn, history professor, and Lindsey Tobias — “If You Can't Join ‘Em, Don't: Untangling Attitudes on Social, Economic and Foreign Issues by Graphing Them “

    7 to 7:30 p.m.
    Dr. Craig Bishop ’08 MOL/’13 Ed.D., criminal justice professor — “Human Trafficking: A Consumer’s Guide to the Value of a Human Being”

    7:30 to 7:50 p.m.
    Courtney Kodat (sophomore, New Lenox, Ill.) — “More Than Just a Number”

    7:50 to 8:10 p.m.
    Nathan Roberts (senior, Harold Young Research Award participant, Orland Park, Ill.) — “What Matters? A Study Concerning the Perception of Victims of Human Trafficking and Sexual Abuse”

    8:10 to 8:30 p.m.
    Faith Cavender (senior, Harold Young Research Award participant, North Aurora, Ill.) — “Human Trafficking and the Church”

    8:30 to 8:50 p.m.
    Breanne Bambrick (senior, Honors Program, Washington, Ill.) — “The Collaboration of Faith and Social Work in Creating a Gateway of Helping”

    8:50 to 9:10 p.m.
    Kelsey Steines (senior, Honors Program, Mt. Vernon, Iowa) — “An evaluation of Youth In(VOL)ved: Impact on participants' attitudes toward volunteerism”

    Friday, April 25
    Presentations are at the Fishbowl, Benner Library and Resource Center.


    10 to 10:50 a.m.
    Phi Delta Lambda presentation: Shane Emaus '12, commercial banking representative with MB Financial Bank on the value of internships and the current banking environment

    Saturday, April 26
    Ethical Leadership Symposium
    Presentations by graduate students in the 2013–2014 classes for the Doctoral of Ethical Leadership (Ed.D.) degree
    All presentations are in Wisner Auditorium.


    8:10 a.m.
    Brad Sikora — “The Effect of the Freshman Learning Center on Ninth Grade Students' Success Rate”

    8:30 a.m.
    Yasmia Dunn — “Characteristics of Successful Minority Female Police Supervisors within a Large Urban Midwest Police Department”

    9 a.m.
    Jeffery Vizueta — “Identifying Work-Related Factors Leading to Job Burnout: A Review of e-Commerce Back Office Call Center Employees”

    9:20 a.m.
    Julia Greiner — “Multicultural Competencies: A Case Study of Cohort Counseling Students”

    9:40 a.m.
    Candace Norris — “Partnering for Support: An Exploratory Study into Foster Parent Mentorship”

    10 a.m.
    Sherrie Birts — “The Impact of Common Core State Standards on Cross-Curriculum Instruction an on Formal Assessment”

    10:35 a.m.
    Mark Lanting — “Assessment of a Community College's First Year Experience Course: Analysis of a Student Retention and Success Strategy”

    10:55 a.m.
    Angel Downs-Brooks — “How Does Parent - School Involvement in an At-Risk Prekindergarten Program in a Public School Impact Third Grade Students' Illinois Standardized Achievement (ISAT) Scores in Reading?”

    11:15 a.m.
    Diana Ponce-Pertchi — “Evaluating English Language Learner (ELL) Instructional Strategies and Their Effectiveness on ELL Students in a Small Rural Elementary School District”

    11:35 a.m.
    Lisa Davis-Smith — “A Case Study of a Comprehensive Reading Reform Model”

    11:55 a.m.
    Jim Kanichirayil — “The Influence of Leadership Style and Leadership Training on Salesperson Voluntary Turnover in the Staffing and Recruiting Industry”

    1 p.m.
    Dallas Gatlin — “The Voice of the Homeless Adult Male: Perceptions of Those Who have Successfully Transitioned to Self-Sufficiency”

    1:20 p.m.
    Diane Chester-Mullins — “What Effect Do Employees' Perception of Servant Leadership Have on For-Profit Organizations?”

    1:40 p.m.
    Jesse Ivory — “The Impact of Race on the First Generation Ethnic Minority College Experience”

    2 p.m.
    Jeremy Hayes — “Increasing Enrollment: Evaluating College-Choice Factors at a Midwest Christian University”

    2:20 p.m.
    Bonnie Perry — “Resourcing the Postmodern Pastor: An Examination of Young Pastors' Attitudes and the Implication for Denominational Publishers”
     

     

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    Apr 08, 2014 2:1:56Apr 08, 2014 -

    Olivet recently recognized Seth Wenzelman as the 2013-2014 Student Employee of the Year. A senior from Bonfield, Ill., he is majoring in elementary education. Along with this award, he also received the Illinois Student Employee of the Year award from the National Student Employment Association.

    “It’s hard to quantify the peace of mind that I feel when Seth comes into the office,” said Matt Slimmer, informatics assistant and one of his supervisors in the recommendation of Seth for the award. “Even his peers take comfort in his presence.”

    Seth works in the informatics department of Benner Library and Resource Center, where his responsibilities include helping library patrons with technical problems — particularly printer jams — editing the library website, aiding library management with scheduling of student workers, and being on call when full-time staff is off campus. He has worked at Benner since April 2011.

    “I’m very honored to receive this award,” Seth says. “I’m thankful for the support of my supervisors and also my parents, Meg and Derek Wenzelman. I wouldn’t be here today without that.” Although he plans to find employment as a teacher, he added that he would find working in a library setting again to be “enjoyable.”

    This year’s ceremony celebrated the accomplishments of 13 of the University’s 945 student employees. Nominations for the award came from staff and faculty members, recognizing nominees for their reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and uniqueness of contribution to their department or office.

    Sharon Bellomy, one of the four staff judges for this year’s competition at Olivet, reminded the honorees how important their contributions to the school are. “It’s not just a paycheck, it’s a ministry,” she said.

    Runners up for Olivet’s award are Lindsay Miller (junior, Plainfield, Ill.), who works for the Office of Admissions, and Jake Gregory '13 (Potomac, Ill.), an employee of the Office of Church and University Relations. Other finalists include: Beth Ellcessor (senior, Selma, Ind.); Gretchen Elliot (junior, Rolla, Mo.); Ashley Glover (senior, Wauconda, Ill.); Alyssa Keuther (junior, Marshfield, Mass.); Madelyn Lorenz (senior, Savoy, Ill.); Hannah Moyers (junior, Montello, Wis.); Ashley Peet (junior, Abingdon, Ill.); Emily Picklesimer (senior, Terre Haute, Ind.); Lorisha Riley (senior, Kankakee, Ill.); and Reece Storey (senior, Bourbonnais, Ill.).

    “You never know how what you’re learning today will impact your life later,” said David Pickering, director of business and human resources, who acted as master of ceremonies for the award presentation.
     
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    Apr 01, 2014 12:15:51Apr 01, 2014 -

    Chosen as a premier host site, Olivet and College Church of the Nazarene, Bourbonnais, will co-host the live telecast of the Willow Creek Association’s 20th Global Leadership Summit on August 14 and 15, 2014. This two-day event will be broadcast live from Willow Creek Community Church in real time at College Church's North Campus.

    Olivet’s live telecast provides a unique opportunity for local leaders of businesses, churches and organizations to experience the quality speakers and learning of the Summit close to where they are.

    This year’s presenters include:

    Bill Hybels, founder and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, Ill.
    Jeffrey Immelt, president and chief executive officer of General Electric
    Louie Giglio, pastor of Passion City Church, Atlanta, and founder of the Passion Movement
    Tyler Perry, filmmaker, actor and philanthropist
    Susan Cain, best-selling author and viral TED speaker on The Power of Introverts
    Wilfredo De Jesús, senior pastor of New Life Covenant Church and named one of the 100 Most Influential People 2013 by TIME
    Patrick Lencioni, best-selling author; founder and president of The Table Group
    Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and now chairman of Good 360
    Ivan Satyavrata, senior pastor of Assembly of God Church, Kolkata, India
    Bryan Loritts, founder and lead pastor of Fellowship Memphis
    Joseph Grenny, co-founder of VitalSmarts and social scientist for business performance
    Allen Catherine Kagina, commissioner general for the Uganda Revenue Authority
    Erica Ariel Fox,New York Times best-selling author and president of Mobius Executive Leadership
    Don Flow, chairman and CEO of Flow Companies Inc.

    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. Following the August live event, Summit events will take place in an additional 300-plus cities in 92 countries — and translated into 42 languages. The 2014 Summit will ultimately reach more than 190,000 leaders across the globe.

    A discounted registration fee is offered through June 24, 2013. To register for the live telecast event in Bourbonnais, click here or call 800-570-9812. Later registration and walk-in registration on the event days are also available.

    For more local information about the Bourbonnais live telecast site, contact Laura Warfel at 815-928-5403 or lwwarfel@olivet.edu.

    Bill Hybels introduces speakers for 20th Global Leadership Summit

    Olivet will host the live telecast of the Willow Creek Association’s 20th Global Leadership Summit.

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    Mar 31, 2014 10:46:14Mar 31, 2014 -

    Shine.FM and Olivet present Ladies Day 2014, a time of hope, encouragement and inspiration for women of God. Guest speaker Lisa Harper of the Women of Faith Tour and Dove-award-winning artist Meredith Andrews headline the program. The Olivetians will provide special music, and the day also includes a luncheon.

    The event takes place on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Centennial Chapel.

    Lisa Harper is a storyteller and scholar who has touched women worldwide through her ministry. Her unique combination of humor and theology communicates Bible truths in a way that reaches modern audiences. For six years, she served as director of Focus on the Family’s national women’s ministry, where she created the popular Renewing the Heart women’s conference. She was also the women’s ministry director at a church in Nashville for six years.

    Lisa has a Master of Theological Studies degree with honors from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. She has written ten books and has two best-selling video-based Bible study curriculums. She has appeared on syndicated radio and television programs, and was featured on the cover of Today’s Christian Woman. Currently, she is a featured speaker on Women of Faith Tour 2014, “From Survival to Revival” — an event that reaches thousands of women with messages of God’s love and grace.

    Meredith Andrews grew up in a house filled with music, and began singing in church at age six. While in college, she felt God call her into music ministry. She signed with Word Records in 2006 and has released three albums with the label. Her sophomore album, “As Long As It Takes,” received a Dove Award in 2011 as “Worship Album of the Year.” She also won a Dove Award for the song “How Great Is The Love.” Her last album, “Worth It All,” was released in 2013. This project was charted by Billboard magazine as the 144th most popular album in the United States and seventh most popular Christian album for the week of Feb. 9, 2013.

    In addition to her recording and performing career, Meredith serves as a worship leader for Harvest Bible Church in Chicago. She also travels with the Girls of Grace Tour, an event to help teen girls find their security in Christ.

    Tickets are $35 per person, which includes all programming, lunch and a special gift. For more information or to purchase tickets for this one-day event, click here or call 815-928-5791.
     
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    Mar 28, 2014 3:0:10Mar 28, 2014 -

    When it comes to delivering power to remote or devastated locations around the globe, I-TEC is the expert. Olivet students and faculty in the Department of Engineering had an introduction to this organization’s work when its president brought a power container — custom-designed by expert volunteers — to Olivet’s campus recently.

    Dr. Shane Ritter, who will become engineering department chair on July 1, 2014, has worked with I-TEC for the past five years. He is excited about this new opportunity for Olivet’s innovators with a Christian purpose, also known as missioneers.

    “We want our students and faculty to assist I-TEC in its efforts to provide high and low voltage services to mission areas, hospitals, schools, orphanages and a host of other locations,” Dr. Ritter says.

    Challenging students to think globally

    The power container is an actual shipping container, 20 feet long by 8 feet high. It has been customized and adapted to provide electrical services in a location where power is either not available, not reliable or is too expensive to purchase. Power of varying wattages is provided by a combination of solar panels and gel-cell batteries. The container is ideal for delivering directly to underdeveloped countries via boat, train, semi or even helicopter, depending on the particular needs.

    “During I-TEC’s visit, I learned more about the electric power circumstances in Africa and about the use of solar energy in the I-TEC power container,” says Sam Kleindienst (freshman, engineering major, Peotone, Ill.).

    Since 1986, Tom Garber — I-TEC’s founder, president and high voltage project coordinator — has worked to deliver power containers, generators and other electrical services to faith-based organizations in more than 40 countries. He hosted Olivet groups as they toured a power container, explaining its operation and answering questions.

    “We know what works and what doesn’t work,” says Tom. “Our goal is to deliver simpler, stronger, cleaner power to countries that need it. These containers are designed to stay in the country permanently. We train the locals to care for the system and want them to have ownership of it.”

    Real problems, real solutions

    Soon, I-TEC will deliver power containers to locations in Papua New Guinea and Burundi. The container for Burundi will provide 20 KW using 85 solar panels and 24 gel-cell batteries.

    “I’m impressed with the straightforward resourcefulness of I-TEC’s staff,” says Nathan Honeyager (freshman, engineering major, Waukesha, Wis.). “I-TEC’s design takes into account a relative lack of technical expertise in the target areas, and emphasizes durable design, independently functioning electronics and sustainable energy choices. Tom Garber and his staff also challenged Olivet’s engineering students, as future engineers, to perhaps help them tackle and improve issues such as cost-efficiency and ease of construction.”

    I-TEC is a nondenominational ministry utilizing volunteers to meet the technical needs of missionaries and not-for-profit organizations worldwide, and to actively support local and international disaster relief. Services include: surveys for power quality and system improvements, new construction, and the rebuilding of existing systems as well as generator installations, maintenance and repairs. Expansion of services into new technology, such as solar systems, hydro generation and wind turbines, is on the horizon.


     
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    Mar 27, 2014 2:11:22Mar 27, 2014 -

    Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies (SGCS) announces a new educational partnership with the American Nurses Association (ANA) Illinois and its affiliates, Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing (ISAPN), Philippine Nurses Association of Illinois (PNAI) and Illinois Association of School Nurses (IASN).

    “Olivet is proud to partner with such a prestigious organization and its respected affiliates,” said Joe DeJohns, director of educational partnerships for SGCS. “We look forward to helping ANA-Illinois members and members of the affiliated associations achieve their educational goals and excel in the ever-changing landscape of professional health care.”

    This new relationship includes a tuition incentive of a 20 percent discount for Olivet’s RN to BSN degree completion program — both the online and hybrid programs — as well as the MSN degree programs. Olivet is looking forward to reaching and welcoming to its student body more nursing students from all areas of Illinois and beyond.

    Dr. Cynthia A. Russell, associate dean of nursing and health sciences at ONU, shared: “The healthcare environment is fast-paced and ever-changing. Today’s nurses need programs like Olivet’s RN to BSN program that facilitate completion of the baccalaureate degree, enabling graduates to pursue career advancement opportunities and graduate studies.”

    Through its educational partnership with ANA-Illinois, Olivet is extending this tuition incentive to all members of affiliate organizations as well. As the recognized leader in serving the needs of nurses and the nursing profession, ANA-Illinois invites other nursing organizations to partner with it as organizational affiliates.

    ANA-Illinois is committed to helping registered nurses (RNs) achieve their professional and educational goals. “By pursuing a bachelor's or advanced nursing degree, RNs can operate from a broader knowledge base for the benefit of patients and families,” said ANA-Illinois Executive Director Susan Y. Swart, MS, RN, CAE. “Additionally, baccalaureate and advanced-degreed RNs benefit from enhanced career prospects in various areas, including teaching, research, administration, and advanced practice.”

    ANA-Illinois is the professional association for registered nurses in Illinois. Together with its national partner, the American Nurses Association (ANA), this organization is focused on building a community of nurses dedicated to advancing their profession and providing safe, affordable healthcare. As an advocate for the nursing profession, it works to provide a voice for all nurses across all specialties and practice settings.

    In addition, ANA-Illinois is committed to protecting the practice of nursing by ensuring that nursing's priorities are incorporated into legal and regulatory decisions. Important issues — such as oversight of scope of practice, appropriate use of unlicensed personnel and the impact of managed care — are foremost in the organization’s work. It also focuses its efforts on safeguarding and promoting licensure, credentialing and the right of the profession to define nursing practice.
     
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    Mar 26, 2014 10:13:10Mar 26, 2014 -

    New construction, enhanced programming and leadership appointments were the highlights of President John C. Bowling’s annual “State of the University” address to the faculty and staff of Olivet Nazarene University on March 25, 2014.

    “We are not looking back, we are not looking down, nor are we looking around wringing our hands,” said Dr. Bowling. “Today, we are looking up, and we are looking forward with a strong sense of promise and purpose, and a record of fine achievement — even during these days of recession.”

    Outlining the University’s strategic plan known as “Vision 2022,” Dr. Bowling said, “I believe this plan will help us preserve the past, manage the present, and map and secure the future for the purposes of sustaining our mission, strengthening our value proposition and equipping our students to engage the world in transformational ways.”

    Dr. Bowling highlighted four major construction projects that will take place on Olivet’s campus in the near future. These include a second addition to Reed Hall of Science, expansions to Wisner Hall of Nursing and the Larsen Fine Arts Center, and the construction of a new resident hall for freshman women. These are in addition to numerous improvements scheduled throughout the campus, including significant upgrades to outdoor athletic facilities. New graduate and continuing studies regional centers are opening soon in Indianapolis, Ind., and Lansing, Mich., and a new location is being planned for the northwest Chicago suburbs.

    Dr. Bowling also announced changes to the academic structure in preparation for continued growth and quality enhancement, including the establishment of two new schools within the University: a School of Music and a School of Nursing and Health Sciences. He formally announced the appointment of Dr. Robert Hull as the dean of the School of Education, Dr. Shane Ritter as the chair for the Department of Engineering, and Dr. Jim Upchurch as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

    Started in the spring of 2009, Dr. Bowling’s inaugural State of the University address was scheduled, in part, to discuss the economic challenges evident across the landscape of higher education. Since then, the gatherings have become an annual tradition, offering faculty and staff an overview of the University’s current state of affairs, and the opportunity to hear directly from the president regarding his vision for the future.

    “In these past few years, as colleges and universities of nearly every stripe have struggled, you have held steady,” said Dr. Bowling, expressing his gratitude to the faculty and staff. “You have done more with less, and God has blessed your efforts. He has taken our loaves and fish, blessed and multiplied them, and fed thousands of students. God has helped us.”
     

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    Mar 25, 2014 2:3:59Mar 25, 2014 -

    Olivet’s Green Room theatre group presents the student production of “Middletown,” a deeply moving and funny play exploring the universe of a small town in the United States. Seniors Hannah Williams and Ron Gamache direct the cast of Olivet students. Jerry Cohagan, theatre professor, is the group’s faculty sponsor.

    Show times are at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 3; Friday, April 4; and Saturday, April 5, 2014. The production will be presented on stage in Kresge Auditorium in Larsen Fine Arts Center on Olivet’s campus. Tickets are $5 ($2.50 for students with I.D.), available for purchase at the door. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 815-928-5543 or email hewilliams@olivet.edu.

    The production of “Middletown” marks Hannah Williams' directing debut, but she is no stranger to the stage. She has appeared in ten productions while at Olivet. A senior from Beavercreek, Ohio, she is majoring in corporate communications and theatre, and is also the president of Green Room. 

    Ronald Gamache III a senior majoring in corporate communications, is from Flint, Mich. This is his 10th ONU production. He was the director of “Broadway Revue” for two years and is currently serving as the co-president of Green Room. Most recently, he has appeared on stage in “The Music Man,” “God’s Favorite,” “Once Upon a Mattress” and “These Shining Lives.” 

    Playwright Will Eno captures the intersection of lives in Middletown by exploring the friendship between longtime resident John Dodge and new arrival Mary Swanson. The strange and poignant journey takes them from the local library to outer space and points between. “Middletown is about life and what we do with the time in the middle,” Hannah says. “We all long for the best possible life. There is beauty in how we fill the middle. Extraordinary is woven into the ordinary.”

    The cast of “Middletown” includes:

    Nick Allen (junior, multimedia studies major, Kankakee, Ill.) as the Cop
    Emmaline Brown (sophomore, communications major, Osseo, Mich.) as Mary Swanson
    • Jamison Burchfield (senior, mathematics major, Saint Joseph, Mich.) as John Dodge
    Adam Deckard (sophomore, Christian education major, Centerville, Ind.) as the Male Tourist, Freelancer, Radio Host
    Dan Flynn (sophomore, philosophy and religion major, Mascoutah, Ill.) as the Public Speaker, Greg, Male Doctor
    Mary Hall (junior, journalism and Spanish double major, Maryland Heights, Mo.) as the Sweetheart
    Joe Mantarian (sophomore, multimedia production major, Bourbonnais, Ill.) as the Man, Landscaper, Janitor, Ground Control
    Michaela Maris (sophomore, youth ministry major, Atlanta, Ill.) as the Female Tourist, Woman, Attendant
    Miles Kolby Meador (junior, multimedia studies major, Oreana, Ill.) as the Mechanic
    Cassandra Petrie (junior, vocal performance and music education double major, Albion, Ind.) as the Aunt, Female Doctor, Cop, Radio Host
    Ashley Sarver (junior, journalism major, Springfield, Ohio) as the Librarian
    Blaire Toms (senior, zoology major, Wheaton, Ill.) as the Tour Guide, Attendant, Radio Host

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    Mar 21, 2014 11:27:43Mar 21, 2014 -

    Imagine a situation in which students could apply for and receive grants from their peers that will make a significant impact in their local community. Through the work of Olivet’s Student Philanthropy Council (SPC), this has become a reality.

    “Students have an increasing interest in employment and volunteer opportunities in the nonprofit sector,” says Jenny Schoenwetter, coordinator for development and staff liaison for SPC. “We want to prepare them for what to expect, and also teach them about the importance of living philanthropically by investing in others.”

    Founded in the fall of 2012, the student-ran SPC exists to provide meaningful ways to educate and engage students in philanthropy. The goal is to develop a culture of giving so that students will leave Olivet as generous leaders in their respective communities. As part of this pursuit, the SPC’s Grant Committee awards mini-grants to groups, clubs, ministries and programs to enrich the campus or surrounding community by investing in educational, spiritual and significant needs.

    Applicants must be current Olivet students applying on behalf of a group, club, ministry or program in which they are currently active. Reward money may not be used for personal benefit.

    This year, SPC selected four applicants to receive funding:

    ONU Tiger tennis team — Awarded money will be used to buy supplies for an event the team will host for students from Kennedy Elementary School in Kankakee, Ill.

    MuKappa, a campus organization that serves Olivet students from international missionary and military homes — Awarded money was used to provide a refugee family in the Chicago area with a “Welcome to America!” pack, which included items such as kitchenware, towels, bedding and food items.

    Reach Community — Awarded money was used for paint supplies as part of an ongoing effort to remodel Grace Christian Academy in Kankakee.

    Youth for Christ — Awarded money will be used to help purchase new chairs, tables, furniture and a water fountain for the City Life Center in Kankakee.

    Grant recipients must use the funds by a given deadline. They are also required to submit a follow-up report detailing how they used the funds. If they fail to meet the terms of the grant agreement, they will be required to pay back the money.

    “This is a great opportunity for students on the Council to see what goes into the grant process,” says Kelsey Steines, SPC president.

    Peer-to-peer education

    The SPC also ensures that each applicant receives feedback for writing future grant proposals. After announcing the grant recipients, committee members provide helpful input to all the applicants focusing on parts of their application that could be strengthened or improved. With this knowledge, students will be prepared to apply again next year.

    As they educate their peers, committee members are also learning about this process. Many are new to grant procedures and eagerly learned how to evaluate applications properly.

    To continue the trend of peer education, committee members attend a seminar hosted by students who have experience with grants through the “Fundamentals of Fundraising” course that Olivet offers.
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    Mar 21, 2014 8:42:18Mar 21, 2014 -

    Experience the majesty of the Ruffatti pipe organ played by three accomplished performers. “The Spring Festival of Organ Music” will take place in the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel on three consecutive Fridays from 12:10 to 12:55 p.m. The performance schedule is:

    Friday, March 21, 2014 — Elizabeth K. Walden is the director of music ministries at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Downers Grove, Ill. She has performed with the Salt Creek Sinfonietta and the Downers Grove Choral Society, and is a board member of the Fox Valley chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

    Friday, March 28 — Señor Hector Guzman is the music director of Texas’ Plano Symphony Orchestra, the Irving Symphony and the San Angelo Symphony. A native of Mexico, he has received many accolades, including the “Outstanding National Young Artist” award given by the government of Mexico, the 2012 “For the Love of Art” Lifetime Achievement award, and the “Mozart Medal” given by the Embassy of Austria and the Mozart Academy in Mexico.

    Friday, April 4 — David Schrader is a member of the music faculty at Roosevelt University, and is accomplished on harpsichord, organ, pianoforte and piano. He has been invited to perform at the national convention of the American Guild of Organists three times, and has also performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

    There is no admission charge for these concerts. For more information, call 815-939-5258.
     
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    Mar 18, 2014 4:35:28Mar 18, 2014 -

    Olivet congratulates all students named to the dean's list during the recently completed fall 2013 semester. To qualify for inclusion, a student must have been enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and must have attained a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 grading scale.

    A

    Lainee Abbott, Sarah Abner, Oluwayonda Abogunrin, Nicole Abraham, Malory Adam, Sarah Aeschliman, Allison Alexy, Monika Alfke, Rachel Alfonso, Abigail Allen, Spencer Allen, Cortney Allenbaugh, Brooke Alleva, Brandon Allison, Sarah Allison, Ernestina Amponsah-Ayewa, Abigail Anderson, Jacob Anderson, Jessica Anderson, Rachel Anderson, Riley Anderson, Sarah Anderson, Seth Anderson, Joel Andrade, Emily Arnold, Evanne Astell, Kristin Attig, Lacey Austin, Jenna Ayers, Angelique Azouri

    B

    Jessica Bachelor, Brooke Bachtold, Jonathan Bader, Alexis Badiac, Michael Bahena, Brandon Baker, Careena Barker, Madylin Barker, Elisabeth Barnes, Megan Barnhart, Seth Barrigear, Elizabeth Bart, Mary Bass, Hannah Beals, Benjamin Beck, Sara Becker, Steven Beckham, Alicia Beckmann, Cassandra Belcher, Nathan Benz, Connor Berg, Amy Bernhard, Gina Bianchi, Karina Bihar, Diana Bilea, Holly Billiter, Lydia Bilyeu, Candice Birr, Codey Bishop, Sydney Bland, Keegan Block, Amy Blucker, Rachel Blunier, Austin Blyly, Lisa Boaz, Bailey Boicken, Katelyn Boicken, Amy Bolton, Holly Bonenberger, Hannah Bontrager, Brittany Booth, Emily Borger, Nicholas Borger, Michael Bork, Katie Bosket, Jacob Boyce, Ashton Boyer, Zachary Bozman, Staci Bradbury, Derek Bradshaw, Antonette Brandes, Angela Brandon, Danielle Branham, Amy Brenner, Fleur Breuker, Melanie Breunig, Cameron Brewer, Jordan Britt, Drew Brodien, Veronica Broger, Brent Brooks, Joshua Brooks, Marisa Brooks, Jared Broom, Amy Brown, Collin Brown, Derick Brown, Emmaline Brown, Jessica Brown, Karley Brown, Heather Bruder, Mitchell Brummel, Alexis Brutlag, Aaron Buchanan, Julie Buck, Brandy Buckholt, Barbara Budach, Jennifer Buhr, Wanzie Burden, Anna Burkey, Caleb Burkey, Amanda Bursztynsky, Kristen Burton, Madeline Buseth, Cara Butler

    C

    Philip Caffee, Madison Caise, Montana Caise, Tammy Cantrell, Tung Anh Cao, Emma Capps, Victoria Carbonell, William Carey, Jared Carl, Ryan Carl, Kaitlin Carlson, Zechariah Carlton, Annette Carr, Caleb Carr, Jocelyn Carrillo, Emily Carroll, Haley Carroll, Jordan Carroll, Katelyn Carroll, Holly Carter, Olivia Casey, Kelsey Castleman, Michaela Casto, Benjamin Cataldo, Zachary Cataldo, Taylor Cavanaugh, Faith Cavender, Tamara Chalikian, Cara Champlin, Naina Chandan, Elizabeth Chapman, Jaimie Chen, Benjamin Cherney, Kaitlyn Childs, Taylor Chitwood, Claire Chlasta, Jennifer Christensen, Zachary Christensen, Amelia Claus, Ryan Clendening, Alexander Cobb, Matthew Cockroft, Joanne Coffey, Isabella Colangelo, Nicholas Colangelo, Rebekah Colbert, Emily Cole, Katie Cole, Taylor Cole, Erin Connelly, Stephanie Connolley, Jocelyn Cook, Ashley Coon, Kirsten Cornella-Carlson, Garrett Corpier, Kristen Coser, Daniel Couchenour, Marisa Covington, Andrew Cowen, Haley Cox, Tyler Crater, Ashley Crawford, Loren Crawford, Dylan Creger, Rebecca Crofoot, Abigail Crowder, Abigale Crowder, Samuel Cullado, Michelle Curran, Maggie Cusey

    D

    Michael Da Silva, Taylor Dace, Kristopher Dagen, Taryn Dahlquist, Riley Dale, Laura D'Angelo, Kirsten Davenport, Peter Davies, Hannah Davis, Madison Davis, Emily Davisson, Lynnae De Jong, Zane DeBeck, David Decker, Kenneth DeCook, Belal Degedeh, Marissa DeGroot, Ryan Degutis, Kate Dekoning, Derek Delgado, Trevor Delgado, Mary DeMent, Paige Demierre, Bethany DeMik, Jared Dennis, Michelle deRamos, Jacqueline Deslauriers, Joseph Devine, Rachel Devine, Shelley Dexter, Amber DeYoung, Tatiana Diaz, Nathan Dicamillo, Jessica Dieken, Scott Dillman, Stephanie Dillman, Ashley Dinneweth, Jessica Dirkse, Michelle Ditchfield, Brandon Divan, Treavor Dodsworth, Liza Dollenbacher, Olivia Doner, Andrea Donley, Jennifer D'Onofrio, Christine Dorband, Eric Douglass, Molly Dragoo, Ryan Drenth, Clarence Driver, Ethan Drooger, Amber Drozd, Jennifer Druse, Caleb Duffy, Morgan Duke, Jonathan Dulinsky, Catherine Dulworth, Alexandra Duncan, Michael Durazo, JoAnne Dusenbury, Michelle Dykstra

    E

    Nicholas Eckart, Taihla Eddins, Krista Eddy, Beth Ellcessor, Devon Elliot, Jonathan Elliott, Alina Ellis, Scott Ellis, Tammy Ellis, Tyler Ellis, Jessica Ellison, Cana Elmhorst, Megan Elroy, Rachel Elson, Addyson Emmons, Roman Endrizzi, Cory Engel, Brittany Engelland, Demarkus English, Nathan Ennis, Renee Enz, Seth Erickson, Valerie Erickson, Alberto Escobar Ruiz, Ernesto Esparza, Justine Espersen, Ericka Esters, Aimee Etzel, Erin Evans, Kara Evans, Zackry Everett, Alexander Ewers, Jennifer Ewing

    F

    Chantalle Falconer, Assiba Fandohan, Reid Farchmin, Muaz Farooq, Calli Fast, Alyssa Faulks, Jacqueline Fayne, Ashleigh Fedei, Shelley Fellows, Caleb Fernette, Emily Fernette, Nathaniel Ferris, Kyle Fiala, Chase Fierro, Jonathan Fightmaster, Isaiah Fink, Andrew Fischer, Austin Fischer, Scott Fischer, Aimee Fish, Caleb Fisher, James Fisher, Kelsey Fisk, Kaitlyn Fitzgerald, Aaron Flemming, Mark Fleschner, Erin Florence, Anna Floyd, Tyler Ford, Laura Fosnaugh, Matthew Fowler, Ryan Fowler, Sarah Fox, Alynn Franklin, Ashley Freeman, Tasha French, Drew Frey, Lindee Fry, Robin Funk, Shealeigh Funni

    G

    Katherine Gajewski, Alicia Gallagher, Keila Galloway, Ronald Gamache, Sarah Ganster, David Gardner, Hannah Gardner, Charlton Garr, Mariah Garratt, Dolly Garrison, Rebecca Garst, Kameron Garwood, Laura Garwood, Christina Garza, Andrew Gaskill, Benjamin Geeding, Miranda Geever, Quiana Gentry, Robin Gerboth, Jessica Gerig, Kendall Gher, Frederick Gifford, Samuel Gifford, Camilo Giraldo, Jeffery Glitz, Ashley Glover, Bryce Goldade, Cristina Gomez, Alicia Gonzalez, Michael Gonzalez, Rebecca Goodman, Mark Gordon, Hannah Gorecki, Jacob Gouge, Jessica Govern, Richard Graczyk, Alexandria Grady, Derek Grainger, Shannon Grant, Laura Graven, Sara Gray, Shanon Gray, Julia Gregory, Rebecca Gremar, Anna Grieder, Paul Griffin, Mikayla Griwac, Alise Gromala, Erin Gromala, Allyse Groover, Curtis Groover, Andrew Grosch, Zachary Gross, Lydia Grosse, Erika Grossi, Stephanie Grossoehme, Nicholas Grosz, Elizabeth Grove, Ashley Gulder, Caleb Gulledge, Julie Gulledge, Margaret Gutwein, Griselda Guzman

    H

    Carrie Hacker, Matthew Haerr, Amanda Haffer, Alexander Hagberg, Alaina Hagen, John Hall, Marianne Hall, Mary Hall, Lindsey Hamlin, Kyle Hamrick, Abigail Hancock, Shayla Hancock, Lanae Harding, Brittany Harling, Holly Harlow, Neely Harris, Shelbi Harris, Sydney Harris, De'Niece Harrison-Hudson, Lisa Hartman, Danielle Harvick, Luke Hasselbring, Haley Hatalla, Amber-Mali Hatchett, Lindsay Hathaway, Lauren Hausken, Marshall Hawn, Andrea Hay, Taylor Haymes, Desiree Hays, Kara Heath, Brooke Heaton, Michael Hedrick, Jenna Height, Elizabeth Hein, Cole Heinz, Joanna Helmker, Aaron Hemgesberg, Jessa Hendricker, Megan Hendrickson, Hannah Henry, Rachel Hensley, Jacob Herberger, Elias Hernandez, Rebekah Hernandez, Jonathan Herndon, Lyndsey Herndon, Corbin Hesterberg, Haley Hetfleisch, Karalyn Hewett, Andrew Hickman, Jessica Higer, Ethan Hiles, Allison Hill, Jordan Hirl, Lara Hoaglan, Anna Hoekstra, Kurtis Hoekstra, Jorie Hoffrage, Grace Hohn, Elisabeth Holaway, Cory Holloway, Alissa Homoelle, Nathaniel Honeyager, Amber Hope, Jordan Horn, Jacob Hoskins, Molly Hotle, Alexander Hottle, Meghan Houk, Allison Howell, Kara Huber, Mariah Hudson, Christina Huebner, Justin Hughes, Amy Huish, Kayle Hull, Kristen Hung, Alexander Hunt, Sydney Hunt, Tori Hunt, Sean Hurley, Megan Huschen, Brianna Hutchins, Chaz Hutchison, Taylor Hutson, Ryan Hutton, Isabelle Huyck

    I

    Christopher Ingersol, Neil Ipock, Bethany Isley, Hayley Ivanic, Caitlin Iwema

    J

    Jordan Jackson, Kati Jackson, Lauren James, William James, Emilie Janes, Stephanie Jansma, Emily Jarrells, Hannah Javaux, Allison Javorka, Joy Jenen, Elizabeth Jenkins, Ryan Jennings, Allison Jensen, Peter Jensen, Rachel Jensen, Gloria Jentz, Amanda Johnson, Caitlin Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson, Brenda Jones, Dalton Jordan, Brandon Juodikis

    K

    Christian Kalfas, Lucas Kamely, Emily Kammin, Teresa Kamper, Emily Kane, Madison Karrick, Lauren Kasler, Sarah Kearney, Rachel Keck, Ryan Kee, Mallory Keenan, Michael Keigher, Angela Kellar, Nickolas Kellar, Kristen Keller, Heather Kennedy, Austin Kennell, Ryan Kennell, Danielle Kensinger, Cody Keppner, Colin Keppner, Alyssa Keuther, Rachel Kilbry, Brittany Killion, Elizabeth Kimball, Kent Kinnersley, Andrew Klauba, Kurtis Klein, Samuel Kleindienst, Bryan Klendworth, Stacy Knoderer, Andrew Knol, Scott Knol, Whitney Knox, Jessica Koch, Sydney Koch, Courtney Kodat, Colin Koerner, Molly Koleczek, Mark Kosrow, Anna Krajec, Lindsey Krippel, Samantha Kryger, Alana Krzyzak, Joseph Kuntz, Katelyn Kuper, Joseph Kuschman, Samuel Kwak

    L

    Karlin Labenske, Kylie Laferney, Nicole Lafond, Karah Lain, Mitchell Lamb, Luke Lambert, Scott Lambert, Caleb Lankford, Dylan Lantz, Jaqueline LaPash, Cory Lara, Madalyn Lathrop, Justin Lautermilch, Kayla Layman, Joseph Leach, Carrie Leato, Jon Lehman, Grace Leighton, David Leman, Tyson Lersch, Kelly Lickteig, Lucas Limberg, On Ling, Megan Lingle, Tyler Lingle, Stephanie Linquist, Kira Litras, Leah Livingston, Emily Lohr, Jessica Lolli, Logan Long, Melody Long, Tiara Long, Ashley Longnecker, Madelyn Lorenz, Jordan Loudermilk, Laura Love, Melissa Luby, Janelle Lucas, Julia Luecke, Kaitlyn Lukhard, Joel Lynn

    M

    Amy Mackiney, Caleb Macon, Tiffany Madura, Alexandra Mahaffey, Aaron Maia, Brittany Main, Kasey Main, Sadie Malone, Oscar Manci±eiras Cornella, Jessica Manning, Brandon Maranion, Hayley Marcordes, Michaela Maris, Keren Marsh, Brianna Marshall, Kristin Marshall, Kathleen Marston, Danielle Martin, Joshua Martin, Ryan Martin, Cameron Mason, Erica Matheis, Courtney Mathison, Jared Mathison, Paul Matthews, Jessica Matulis, Sarah Matyskela, Kimberly Maue, Abigail Maurer, Kendra Maxon, Virginia McAndrews, Amelia McCann, Morgan McCormick, Matthew McDivitt, Michael McFerran, Kaitlin McHenry, Abigail McKay, Megan McKinley, Dana McMahan, Miles Meador, Spencer Meador, Hayley Meadows, Katie Megyesi, Vaughan Meiss, Faith Meitzler, Jacob Mellinger, Gabrielle Metzger, Adam Metzler, Bethany Meyer, Brianna Meyers, Natily Meyers, Hannah Milby, Ashley Miller, Hannah Miller, Katelyn Miller, Kyle Miller, Leslie Miller, Lindsay Miller, Sarah Miller, Scott Miller, Stephanie Miller, Taylor Miller, Tessa Miller, Tiffany Miller, Abigail Mills, Emily Mills, Jason Mills, Daniel Mitchell, Destiny Mitchell, Julianne Mitchell, Vittoria Miulli, Trent Moberly, David Modica, Alyssa Mol, Erica Moncelle, Rebecca Mooi, Mitchell Moon, Andrew Moore, Garren Moore, Shelby Moreland, Samantha Morey, Johnie Morgan, Lacey Morgan, Ian Morley, Lindsay Morr, Randi Mortimer, Kayla Moutvic, Ethan Mowry, Shae Mowry, Madison Moyer, Hannah Moyers, Garrett Muhlstadt, Bethany Munroe, Macy Murray, Rebekah Musselman, Ryan Muzljakovich, Justine Myers

    N

    Elizabeth Nellis, Aaron Nelson, John Neuman, Jamie Neven, Rachel Nichol, Ashley Nogoda, Kyle Nolan, Alyssa Norden, Phillip Novak, Amanda Nowman, Casey Nugent, Alexander Nuxoll

    O

    Johanna Oksnevad, Hope Olson, Alec Ondrajka, Hollie O'Nions, Ashley Oosterhouse, Katelyn Oprondek, Rachel Oswalt

    P

    Michael Paarlberg, Esther Paek, Jessica Palm, Ingrid Palmer, James Palmer, Lincy Panackal, Nicole Panka, Richard Paret, Jaron Parke, Troy Parsons, Rachel Pasch, Paige Patterson, Lillian Patton, Elise Payne, Gwendolyn Payne, Seth Peachey, Tai Peachey, Austin Pendry, Faith Pepper, Damaris Perez, Emily Perkins, Zachary Pessia, Haley Peterson, Lindsey Peterson, Molly Peterson, Rachel Peterson, Cassandra Petrie, Simon Pheasant, Justine Phillips, Drew Philson, Brian Pickering, Daniel Pickering, Emilie Pickering, Rebecca Piechur, Dustin Pierce, Kaitlyn Pierce, Lauren Pierson, Bethany Pilat, Bethany Pilcher, Samuel Pimpo, Michelle Pinkney, Michael Piotrowski, Joshua Pityer, Cecilia Pivarunas, Micah Plank, Michael Poff, Palmer Ponstein, Ainsley Ports, Katelyn Posing, Krista Postell, David Powers, Kimberly Powers, Mathew Prasser, Amanda Price, Ayla Price, Calvin Price, Benjamin Prince, Serena Procknow, Benjamin Prude, Gianna Puccinelli, Juleah Puccinelli, Natalie Puent, Jessica Putnam, Breanne Putney

    R

    Daneli Rabanalez-Hernandez, Steve Rachan, Ashley Raffauf, Francisco Ramirez, Samantha Rasmussen, Laneah Ravn, Josilee Ray, Sarah Ray, Tiffany Ray, Catherine Reed, Matthew Reed, Heidi Reichelt, Sabra Reichow, Angela Reinbacher, Hannah Reister, Meredith Rennewanz, Kyle Reopelle, Brandon Reyes, Katelyn Reynhout, Olivia Rhoades, Tanner Ribbe, David Rice, Andrea Richardson, Kristina Richardson, Kristen Richey, Michelle Richey, Elisabeth Rickard, Shana Riedlinger, Lorisha Riley, Chelsea Risinger, Holly Risinger, Allison Ritzert, Zachary Rivett, Lisa Rizzo, McKenzi Roberson, Nathan Roberts, Brett Robertson, Justin Robertson, Kaitlyn Robertson, Jonathen Robey, Ariel Rock, Rachel Rodeheaver, Beth Rodriguez, Caleb Rogers, Rebekah Rogers, Andrea Rose, Catherine Rose, Scott Roseberg, Emily Rosenboom, Julia Ross, Kimberly Rothacker, Olivia Ruby, Clara Ruegsegger, Jacob Ruetz, Shanna Rull, Renee Runyan, Madison Rupert, Lyndsey Rupp, Matthew Ryan

    S

    Karisa Sabisch, Edward Saliba, Luke Salomone, Jack Salsgiver, Thomas Salsgiver, Ryan Sample, Rodolfo Sanchez, Thomas Sanders, Shanynn Santos, Ashley Sarver, Joel Sauder, Stefan Sauder, Jordan Saunders, Leah Saunders, Geoffrey Sauter, Kelly Saylor, Andrew Sayre, Evan Schafer, Julie Schaver, Amber Scheidt, Hannah Schmerschneider, Alexandra Schoessler, Nicholas Schoon, Collin Schoonover, Taylor Schott, Christian Schrader, Katharyn Schrader, Tia Schrader, Troy Schultz, Susan Schulz, Derek Schwartz, Alyssa Secor, Lindsay Seiberlich, Cristen Seiders, Hunter Selby, Cheryl Sendzik, Gabriel Sevigny, David Shaffer, Nicholas Shaffer, Brian Shaw, Maxwell Shaw, Colin Sheehan, Charles Sheldon, Kyle Shelton, Preston Shelton, Ryan Shelton, Brooke Shepherd, Christalle Shepley, Lindsey Shoemaker, Charity Shonamon, Diana Silva, Kyndall Singletary, Kallie Siscoe, Adam Smith, Audrey Smith, Bethany Smith, Brooke Smith, Karissa Smith, Katelyn Smith, Katherine Smith, Kylie Smith, Logan Smith, McKenzie Smith, Nathanael Smith, Nathaniel Smith, Neil Smith, Olivia Smith, Ryan Smith, Sonia Smith, Erich Sneideraitis, Steven Snider, Abigail Snow, Lauren Snow, Katelynn Soendlin, Hannah Sohl, Abigail Songer, Christopher Sonnenberg, Lucas Sorensen, Raquel Sotomayor, Raven Southard, Alexander Southe, Kristina Southerland, Chyna Sparks, Victoria Sparks, Benjamin Speakman, Blake Spencer, Michelle Spencer, Kassandra Spinnie, Nathan Spinnie, Janna Spriester, Wesley Sproul, Samuel Sprunger, Emily Spychalla, Allison Staggs, Monica Stamper, Jesse Stanford, Jeremiah Stark, Lucas Stefanski, Shannon Steffen, Kelsey Steines, Erin Stephens, Lexington Stephens, Molly Stephens, Kylee Stevens, Alana Steward, Lauren Steward, Brody Stewart, Rachel Stidham, Sarah Stidham, Anna Stiker, Amber Stoffel, Rebecca Stolberg, Caleb Strand, Luke Strasser, Stefanie Strothmann, Matthew Sullivan, Kariana Sunnarborg, Erin Suttor, Etienne Swanepoel, Alexander Swickard

    T

    Grace Talbott, Erika Tatum, Erin Taylor, Hannah Taylor, Jacob Taylor, Jennifer Taylor, Grace Tervin, Jaimie Teske, Ashley Tetter, Chelsea Thacker, Erik Tharp, Shelby Thein, Brianna Thompson, McKenzie Thompson, David Timm, Britny Timmer, Rachel Timmer, Rebecca Timmer, Andrew Tipton, Lindsey Tobias, Blaire Toms, Christy Trank, Jacqueline Trauscht, Carlson Triebold, Jordan Tripp, Jordyn Truelock, Taylor Tucker, Abigail Turner, Ariel Turner, Breanna Turner, Briana Turner

    U

    Sarah Uhey, Hayley Uhlman, Chanteil Ulatowski

    V

    Dustin Vail, Emily Vallender, Tracy Van Zandbergen, Justin Vander Ploeg, Marissa Vander Ploeg, Navarro Veys, Mitchell Vieth, Kelsey Vihnanek, Luke Vihnanek, Caitlin Volz, Justine Von Arb, Allyson Vrabel, Samuel Vroman, Sarah Vrosh

    W

    Carly Wade, Jacob Wagner, Robert Wagner, Joellen Wainwright, Jason Walker, Rebecca Walker, Sarah Walmsley, Allison Walsh, Kari Walters, Deborah Walton, Natalie Wangler, Jordan Wanner, Joshua Ware, Jacob Warfle, Heidi Watson, Katherine Watson, Rachel Weber, Adam Weeks, Shelby Wegforth, Brittney Weiske, Daniel Wells, Whitney Wells, Ethan Weniger, Seth Wenzelman, Megan Weretka, Ellen West, Michael Whalen, Leslie White, Corrine Wieringa, Angela Wilcox, Sahara Wilcoxen, Megan Wiley, Lexis Wilke, Rebecca Wilkinson, Laura Willging, Derek Williams, Hannah Williams, Landon Williams, Taylor Williams, Brian Willoughby, Bailey Wilmot, Roy Wilseck, Kayla Winter, Andrea Wojciechowski, Brianna Wolf, Cody Wolf, Bridget Wolff, Megan Woods, Kaitlyn Worrall, Catherine Wright, Emma Wright, Paul Wright, Samantha Wuske

    Y

    Donelle York, Megan York, Sydney Young

    Z

    Mateusz Zajchowski, Bailey Zeilenga, Kyle Zeman, Hannah Zobrist


     
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    Mar 11, 2014 12:31:56Mar 11, 2014 -

    Marriage, Inc. joins Wedded Bliss Foundation, Inc. (WBF) and hundreds of organizations in cities around the country to celebrate Black Marriage Day (BMD) on Saturday and Sunday, March 22 and 23, 2014. This event will remind the local community of two very important elements that have remained constant in building strong foundations for marriages and families: the element of laughter and the element of spirituality.

    On Saturday, March 22, a pre-BMD comedy event features comedian Ron Baker Jr. He will entertain at Chalfant Hall on Olivet's campus, beginning at 6 p.m. There will also be a live band, games, prizes and giveaways. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

    On Sunday, March 23, a community worship service will be held at Second Baptist Church, 717 N. Wildwood Ave., Kankakee, Ill. It begins at 4 p.m. with Dr. James Hudson — a Kankakee native and senior pastor of Harrison Street Baptist Church in Paducah, Ky. — as the keynote speaker. A free-will offering will be collected.

    “Although the primary focus of Black Marriage Day is on Black marriages, this celebration is designed to and will offer resources to empower the divine institution of marriage in all races,” says Alisha Clark, associate director/cultural liaison for Marriage, Inc. “This event is not exclusively for Black married couples and is open to all who are interested in learning more about the culture of Black marriage, in particular.”

    This year’s event theme is “Building a Strong Foundation — Back to the Basics.” The goal is to let communities know that marriage promotes positive and permanent change in the lives of individuals and families.

    BMD has been celebrated annually at locally sponsored events hosted by faith-based and community groups on the fourth Sunday of March since 2003. The purpose is to highlight and promote marriage in the Black community. In 2013, supporters of marriage in more than 300 cities participated.

    "Married couples in the Black community are nearly invisible, but they do exist,” says WBF’s Executive Director Nisa Muhammad. “We're creating a cultural shift in the Black community to reconsider the benefits of marriage and show the many couples who know that with marriage couples are ‘Building a Strong Foundation.’”

    Tickets for the comedy event and additional information for the worship service are available at marriageinc.org/bmd or call 815-939-5385.
     
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    Mar 07, 2014 2:7:39Mar 07, 2014 -

    Orpheus Choir will perform at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, on Friday, March 21, 2014, as part of a special concert series. The concert begins at noon and concludes at 12:50 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Dr. Jeff Bell, music professor, conducts.

    For 82 years, Orpheus Choir has been providing “A Ministry in Music,” blessing and inspiring audiences across the country and worldwide. One of the many musical ensembles in Olivet’s Department of Music, this select 70-voice group of singers performs a repertoire of anthems, hymns, spirituals and contemporary compositions, representing different styles and periods of choral music. Dr. Bell has served as conductor since 1999.

    Olivet has long enjoyed a distinguished reputation for the quality of its music program and the professional preparation of its graduates. Students are challenged to use their musical gifts in a variety of professional settings, including concerts, worship services, clinics and camps.

    Olivet's Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1982. Dr. Don Reddick serves as department chair. The department exists to cultivate the musical skills of student scholars as an act of personal commitment to Christ, and to encourage a life of service to others. The educational thrust is threefold: to complement a broad liberal arts education; to provide the intensive professional training that aspiring musicians need; and to meet the musical needs of the University, community and the educational region it serves.

    There is no admission charge for this concert. For more information, call 815-939-5110 or email lrutter@olivet.edu.
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    Feb 18, 2014 3:58:49Feb 18, 2014 -

     

    Matt Reed, freshman

    Hometown: Plainfield, Ind.

    Majors: Political science and Spanish, with a minor in legal studies

    What inspired you to choose those areas of study?

    Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved politics and arguing a point. My junior year in high school, I took a class on constitutional law. I knew from then on that I wanted to study political science. I chose Spanish because I want to understand the culture, and I like the language and the challenge. I really want to study abroad in Spain.

    I’m minoring in legal studies because I want to be able to use my Spanish in the legal field — and also someday in the political field. I want to understand the culture and the language so I can connect with people in those ways, too.

    Why Olivet?

    When looking at colleges, I looked at both Christian colleges and non-Christian colleges. My friend, Daniel Eccles (Plainfield, Ind.), is a resident assistant in Chapman. He told me to come and stay for a weekend, just to hang out with him. The environment was amazing, and the people were so genuinely friendly. I even sat through a class, and the professor acknowledged me.

    The tipping point for me was the availability of the political science major and legal studies minor. I met with a few of the political science teachers and with Professor Charles Emmerich of the Center for Law and Culture. 

    I see there is now an emphasis and an opportunity here, along with the great environment and the great Christian community. There’s always something going on at Olivet.

    What is something you didn’t expect to find at Olivet?

    On the first day, I met guys who would be my friends. Now, we’re best friends.

    At orientation, I was at Jimmy John’s with my parents. So many freshmen were there! We took a seat by ourselves while we were eating. Spencer Allen (freshman, Bourbonnais, Ill.) sat down at our table and said, “Hi, are you a freshman?” I thought he worked for Admissions. I said, “Yeah.” Then, he said, “I’m Spencer, and we’re going to be friends. We should hang out. Where are you from?”

    On our first day as Olivet students, I went to Spencer’s room. He introduced me to his roommate, who introduced me to more people. Now, we have a giant group of guys who just love hanging out together. I think this group of people will do great things one day.

    Which professor has already made an impact on your life?

    Professor Emmerich because he has taken time to meet with me. He helped me get into the Law and Politics Society, and I am the treasurer. He opened up a lot of opportunities for me and also challenges me in class.

    What has been your favorite event at Olivet?

    That’s a tough one! I think it would be Paint Wars. It was fun to get just completely messy and not even care. I had paint everywhere in my hair. It was a cool experience that I’ve never seen anywhere else.

    Where do you see yourself after graduation?

    I definitely see myself going to law school after graduation. Olivet is giving me the opportunity to study political science classes and also law classes with an interesting Christian perspective. You don’t find that in many colleges today.
     

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    Feb 12, 2014 12:54:50Feb 12, 2014 -

    Olivet announces the appointment of Dr. R. Shane Ritter as the new chair of the Department of Engineering, effective July 1, 2014.

    Dr. Ritter has 25 years of experience in the engineering design industry, and is the owner and director of electrical engineering with Ritter Engineering, P.C. He is also a licensed professional engineer in 38 states and Canada, and has served as the director of electrical engineering/principle electrical engineer with Perigon International. Both companies are based in the Charlotte, N.C., area.

    As department chair and professor of electrical engineering, Dr. Ritter steps into a booming engineering program where student enrollment has tripled within the last five years. To accommodate the growing program, engineering design labs and a new three-story wing dedicated to the study of technology and innovation are being added to Olivet’s Reed Hall of Science.

    “We are excited to have Dr. Shane Ritter joining Olivet’s faculty,” said Dr. Houston Thompson, dean of the School of Professional Studies. “He brings a diverse and rich background of engineering experience that will serve our students well. He is passionate about missions, enabling us to continue our focus on ‘missioneering’ — connecting engineers and missions.”

    Dr. Ritter will help train young engineers for leading companies, mission organizations and the world. “As Christian engineers, we are to apply our knowledge and training for the purpose of bringing hope to the hopeless in the name of Jesus Christ,” he said. “I’m excited about this opportunity to influence young engineers in realizing this goal and approach in their lives.”

    Dr. Ritter’s entire professional and academic career has involved working with and studying light. Since 2006, he has conducted research in the field of meta-materials and their effects on light and electromagnetic waves. The ultimate goal is to develop the perfect lens and cloaking materials. Both of these efforts involve the development of new types of materials that can be produced using MakerBot or 3D printers.

    He is also working with Dr. Michael Fiddy of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte to write “An Introduction to Inverse Imaging from Scattered Fields” — a senior- to graduate-level textbook for engineering, physics and/or mathematics students and professionals.

    Dr. Ritter holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

    He is certified as a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) by the Building Industry Consulting Service International; holds the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP) Lighting Certification; and is a USGBC (U.S Green Building Council) LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Accredited Professional.

    During his professional career, Dr. Ritter has also worked for Padia Consulting; Syska Hennessy Group; TLC Engineering for Architecture; and Harrell, Mantai & Hopper, P.C. (formerly Telesis Solutions). He has also served as an adjunct faculty member for ITT Technical Institute and the University of Phoenix.

    He and his wife, Julie, are the parents of eight children and have one grandson.
     
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    Feb 07, 2014 2:16:42Feb 07, 2014 -

    Olivet presents “The Music Man” — the award-winning and well-loved musical — February 27 to March 1. Ben Geeding (senior, music ministry major, Manteno, Ill.) brings to life the shyster-turned-honest-man Harold Hill. Christine Caven (senior, music ministry major, Boise, Idaho) plays lovely librarian Marian Paroo.

    Show times are Thursday, February 27, at 7 p.m.; Friday, February 28, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 1, at 2 and 7 p.m. All shows are on stage in Kresge Auditorium in Larsen Fine Arts Center on Olivet’s campus. Jerry Cohagan, theatre professor, directs with Dr. Neal Woodruff, music professor, as music director; Kay Welch, music professor, as vocal director; and Hannah Jacobson as choreographer.

    “The Music Man” is the first musical written and composed by Meredith Willson. The story was written by him with Franklin Lacey. Book, music and lyrics are by Willson. The original Broadway production opened in 1957 with revivals in 1980 and 2000. The film adaptation debuted in 1962, and a made-for-television adaptation first aired in 2003. Well-known songs from the production include: “Good Night My Someone,” “76 Trombones,” “Wells Fargo Wagon,” “Gary, Indiana,” and “Till There Was You.”

    The cast also includes:

    Brady Bettis (freshman, English education major, Bolingbrook, Ill.) as Tommy Djilas
    Joe Brunker (junior, communication studies major, Plainfield, Ill.) as Oliver Hix
    Matthew Jones (senior, religious studies major, Eureka, Ill.) as Mayor Shinn
    Seth Lowery (senior, music performance major, Kankakee) as