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Olivet: The Magazine

  • The official, quarterly publication of the University, Olivet The Magazine is a vibrant and engaging glimpse into campus life and Olivet’s impact around the globe. 

  • The magazine is designed to strengthen current relationships with alumni and friends, and also introduce Olivet to prospective students and their parents.  

    To subscribe to Olivet: The Magazine, email To submit a class note for inclusion in “The Classes” section, click here. To contact the editor, email

  • Parent Guide

    Summer 2017

    Welcome to The Parent Guide, a special issue of Olivet the Magazine, published by Olivet Nazarene University. This issue is designed specifically to assist you, the parents of future college students, in navigating the college search process alongside your child. Our aim is to provide information that will help you evaluate each college and university you want to explore. Choosing the right school is an extremely important process for students and families. The college search process can be vast, complicated, time-consuming and even stressful at times, so we hope you find this issue informative, useful, inspiring and reassuring. We hope you embark on this journey with a sense of excitement and that you are startled by the grace and goodness of God at many stops along the way. No matter which colleges you are exploring, the entire Olivet community is with you in spirit and available to you should you have questions at any point.


    The Ideas Issue

    Spring 2017

    Albert Einstein remarked after teaching for over 20 years at Princeton, “It’s a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” The real trick is not only knowing what to think, but how to think. Einstein observed, “The value of a college education is not the learning of facts but the training of the mind to think. Genius is making complex ideas simple, not making simple ideas complex.” Assisting students as they separate good ideas from bad, consequential ideas from trivial, is part of the daily, formative work of university faculty and staff. And organizing all of the knowledge in between is the stuff of a great education. This is our aim for this issue — to wade into the ideological ocean and bring a few key ideas to the surface of our collective attention. We'll explore certain tenets of the Olivet ethos such as God, calling, vocation, service, inspiration and influence.


    The Most Excellent Way

    Winter 2017

    As you turn the pages of this issue, may you be startled and overwhelmed by the love of Christ. For“in Him was life, and that life was the light of men(John 1:4).”May the peace of Christ and the joy of Christmas be yours. Our best wishes to you and your families for a wonderful holiday and a very Happy New Year


    Be Issue

    Autumn 2016

    Our hope is that this issue of Olivet the Magazine will bring a smile to your faces — and that you will feel the pages smiling at you — as we explore good-news stories of God at work in marvelous ways in and around the Olivet community. Olivetians have always been a people of hope and promise — an optimistic people, determined to follow a great God who spoke the world into existence and is capable of accomplishing anything. We begin this BE journey close to home, with images, articles and stories from current students, faculty and staff. We will continue to explore the influence of the broader Olivet family by sharing stories of hope from every corner of the human experience.


    Parent Guide

    Summer 2016

    Welcome to The Parent Guide, a special issue of Olivet The Magazine, published by Olivet Nazarene University. This issue is designed specifically, to assist you, the parents of future college students, in navigating the college search process alongside your child. Our aim is to provide information that will help you evaluate each college and university you want to explore. Choosing the right school is an extremely important process for students and families.


    Esse Quam Videri

    February 2016

    Esse quam videri is the theme of this issue of Olivet The Magazine. It means “to be rather than to seem.” This thought is embedded in the Olivet educational process,which calls for authenticity in every aspect of life – academic, social and spiritual. At ONU, we are convinced that  being precedes doing. Our mission statement underscores this thought by stating that the first of three core pillars of our work is “personal development.” The aim of an Olivet education is for each student to be the best person he or she can be.


    Possibilities and Miracles

    November 2015

    In this season of change, we test our assumptions, take time to think and dream, and we certainly look forward to great moments with those who matter most. As we give thanks for life’s blessings and prepare once more for Advent, it seems fitting to center our thoughts on a multiplicity of miracles and possibilities. We begin with what C.S. Lewis referred to as “the Grand Miracle.” He wrote: “The central miracle asserted by Christians is the Incarnation. ... Every other miracle prepares for this, or exhibits this, or results from this. ... It was the central event in the history of the Earth — the very thing that the whole story has been about. … He comes down; down from the heights of absolute being into time and space, down into humanity; down further still ... (to) the womb ... down to the very roots and sea-bed of the Nature He has created. But He goes down to come up again and bring the whole ruined world up with Him.” (Miracles, chapter 14).    


    Believe. Belong.

    August 2015

    As it should be, the rhythm of University life continues. Thousands of students will arrive soon — eager to BELIEVE and BELONG. The journey from Olivet to everywhere, and the realization of the infinite possibilities that lie ahead, will begin again for these Olivetians.


    A Life Well Lived

    April 2015

     "The unexamined life is not worth living.” That’s a rather bold declaration, even for Socrates. But with this thought, not surprisingly, the master teacher illuminates a fundamental aspect of the human condition. On this journey and in the quiet moments of life, we all grapple with the big questions at one point or another: What is my purpose here? What does it mean to live a significant life? What will my legacy be? And does any of this even matter? Viktor E. Frankl, Holocaust survivor and author of “Manʼs Search for Meaning,” determined that a life well lived is singularly and ultimately only about love. He wrote: “For the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth — that love is the ultimate and highest goal to which man can aspire. Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love.


    Value and Power

    January 2015

    This issue of Olivet the Magazine is really an invitation to all of us to discover or rediscover  the value and power of an Olivet education and to then engage or reengage in the movement  of God in this place.   Since 1907, Olivet has aimed to produce Spirit-filled, hope-inspired, learned followers of Jesus  Christ — women and men who pray deep prayers, attempt great things for God, and  boldly step into leadership roles across every segment of the Church, culture and society. 


    In Search of Character and Courage

    November 2014

    As we explore this issue, may our hearts and minds once again be startled by the immense and impeccable character of our great God and may our souls "be strong and take courage" as we endeavor to faithfully follow Christ in this complex world.


    Imagination and Innovation

    August 2014

    A keen imagination and a creative bent often lead to breakthrough thinking, innovation and change. Join us in celebrating the creative spirit in the arts, sciences, humanities and the world of ideas. Members of the greater Olivet family are living at the corner of imagination and innovation, making our world a better place every day.  


    Who Is The Christ

    April 2014

    As we enter into Holy Week, we once again encounter the risen Christ through these pages. Who is the Christ? Drs. Gary Henecke, David Van Heemst, and Kashama Mulamba offer unique perspectives on this question, and how Christ is at work in our every day lives. 


    Lessons in Leadership

    February 2014

    One individual fully surrendered to God can challenge the status quo and change the course of history. Drs. Lynda Allen, Stephen Lowe, and Russ Bredholt, Jr. discuss what it will take for leaders to shape the great ideas, movements and organizations of the next century. 


    Fall Fresh: The Spirit Issue

    November 2013

    Given the vast mystery of the work of the Spirit and the limitations of our humanity, our minds often wander and wonder about the great spiritual and existential questions of life. In search of greater understanding, we turned to Rev. Corey Jones, Dr. Jeff Bell, and Dr. Darcel Brady for inspirational stories of the Holy Spirit and the human spirit. 


    The Vision Issue

    August 2013

    As we gear up for the start of a new school year, we pause to ponder the implications of clear vision, journeying toward deeper levels of discovery, understanding and inspiration. Featuring articles from three resident visionaries: Dr. Jay Martinson, Dr. Kent Olney and Dr. Thalyta Louw Swanepoel. 


    Living a life of gratitude

    April 2013

    Counting our blessings, we remember that gratitude is more than an occasional “thank you,” but a mindset that empowers and inspires our daily life. Featuring reflections from Dr. Carl Leth, Dr. Karen Dean Frye and Dr. Beth Patrick-Trippel, as well as a “State of the University” article by Dr. John C. Bowling.


    The Hope Issue

    December 2012

    Hope. Some say it’s more difficult to find these days. But for the Olivet community, hope is that which guides our every decision and inspires our very existence. With so much wrong in the world, there is also so much right at Olivet — there is great hope for the future.