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  • Dec 23, 2015 12:37:29Dec 23, 2015 -

    Happy New Year!

    Today is THE day our Marching Tigers have been working toward for months. The world will be treated to “ONU Fight Song” as the band leads the 30th annual New Year’s Day Parade in London, England. Also on the program is “Eye of the Tiger” and “Chicago Tribune March” from the band’s 2015 halftime performances.

    In a street performance after the parade, the band will perform “London Magic,” an original composition. Collaborating on “London Magic” were Dr. Matt Jacklin, Dr. Andrew Poor and Dr. Matthew Stratton. Student band captains Trinity Evans and Liz Sonnefeld wrote the guard work for the number.

    Information on viewing the band’s parade performance is available here.
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    Dec 23, 2015 12:28:41Dec 23, 2015 -


    Olivet’s Jazz Band performs today at Cadogan Hall in the London Gala Concert Series that is part of the 30th annual New Year’s Day Parade and Festival.

    The concert begins at 1:30 p.m. Central time (7:30 p.m. in London) and will be streamed in real time here. The Cadogan Hall concert will not be available on demand after the event.

    As the entire marching band prepares for its parade-leading performance on New Year’s Day, the Jazz Band will represent Olivet with these selections at today’s concert:
    • “In the Mood”
    • “Change My Heart, O God”
    • “Birdland”
    • “The Chicken”
    • “His Name Is Wonderful”
    • “Pressure Cooker,” featuring Dr. Don Reddick on piano and Dr. Matt Jacklin on drums
    • “To God Be The Glory”
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    Dec 23, 2015 12:17:54Dec 23, 2015 -

    Olivet’s Marching Tigers — 150 strong — depart today for London, England, and their performances in the city’s 30th annual New Year’s Day Parade and Festival. The Marching Tigers will be leading the parade, placing Olivet Nazarene University front and center on a world stage.

    The London experience results from months-long preparation by band members, directors and many others in the Olivet School of Music. Dr. Don Reddick, dean of the School of Music, has overseen the preparation, and he is among the Olivet contingent traveling to London.

    “Our students, faculty and staff have worked together long and hard to bring this unique experience to life,” Dr. Reddick said. “We are tremendously proud of our students and everyone involved. And we appreciate the support of our students’ families and the Olivet supporters who have helped make this possible.”

    Details on the Olivet band performances are available here.
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    Dec 23, 2015 9:54:44Dec 23, 2015 -

    Tom Zidek is a risk-taker. The senior marketing major has expanded an Instagram account into Hooked & Tagged, a thriving online retail business offering quality products that appeal to hunting, fishing and outdoor enthusiasts.

    Zidek manages to devote five or more hours each day to maintaining and growing his business while juggling the demands of being a full-time student and an athlete on Olivet’s track and field team.

    He credits any success so far to the support of his parents, David and Linda Zidek, and that of other family, friends and the Olivet School of Business. Zidek says business classes and professors have been invaluable resources. Sales classes taught by Dr. Lynda Allen and the advertising and promotion class taught by Dr. Don Daake have been most helpful.

    “Dr. Allen and Dr. Daake have opened my eyes to things I wouldn’t have thought about on my own,” he says.

    In his sophomore year, Zidek, from Hoffman Estates, Illinois, began @hookedandtagged as a site where he and other outdoor enthusiasts could share their hunting and fishing successes. He developed the idea with friends Mike Miller ’14, a corporate communications major from Elk Grove Village, Illinois; and Andrew Pals ’14, a business management major from Crown Point, Indiana. The response was much greater than the three friends expected.

    When Zidek took the initiative to expand the site into a business, his vision was to offer quality products and low prices to outdoor enthusiasts around the country. These logo products — many designed by Zidek — now include shirts, hats, hoodies and a bumper sticker.

    “When I started Hooked & Tagged, my biggest question was: ‘Am I going to get any return on what I’m putting into this business?’” Zidek says. “I wouldn’t be able to keep going without the financial investment and prayer support of my family and friends.”

    Through a lot of trial and error over the past two years, Zidek has found some niches in his field. About 60 percent of his company’s sales come from college students. His top-selling product is the Camo Flat-Brim (Fish Patch) Hat, his own design inspired by a dream.

    In 2016 — the year Zidek will graduate from Olivet — Hooked & Tagged will expand into the expo and sport show market. With help from his friend and roommate, Noah Ballweg — a senior criminal justice major from Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin — Zidek will peddle his products in trade show exhibit booths.

    To future business owners, Zidek says: “There will be some days when you feel like quitting. There will be some days when you feel like what you’re doing is worth it. Give your business to the Lord. Have a support system. Follow your passion. Don’t give up.”
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    Dec 22, 2015 9:54:10Dec 22, 2015 -

    Statistics show that seven percent of homeless people die of hypothermia each year. Olivet freshman Kyle Gorman, a computer science major from Newburgh, Indiana, finds that unacceptable. He is working to help reduce that percentage for the homeless in Evansville, Indiana.

    New coats designed to save lives in Evansville
    by Jess Raatz, reporter for NBC14, Evansville, Indiana

    Click here to view the NBC14 WFIE news story.

    EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) — A new program coming to Evansville is the first of its kind in Indiana.
    And stats show it's a life saver.

    Evansville Rescue Mission now has 20 coats that turn into sleeping bags.

    So those who live on the streets and refuse to come inside won’t freeze as the temperatures plummet.
    Rick Greubel lived under a car for five years before coming to the Evansville Rescue Mission.

    "And they told me that I could live underneath the car,” Greubel said. “They would knock on it if they had to move the car."

    He knows how close he came to dying out on the streets during freezing nights.

    "I snuggled up real tight … real tight with a big coat on,” Greubel told us. “I snuggled up in that and I froze."

    That's why he says these 20 new sleeping bag jackets will save lives in Evansville.

    "Let's see how much money we can raise. Each coat is expensive, but it's worth it."

    That's where Kyle Gorman comes in.

    He first came across the idea from the empowerment plan, a Detroit organization founded by a woman who used to be homeless.

    They made these empowerment coats to save lives in freezing temps.

    "The coat looks like a regular jacket during the day. When you open it up you can actually slide your feet in all the way to your knees and Velcro it closed again to make a sleeping bag."

    The Evansville Rescue Mission is the first organization in Indiana to receive these coats.

    Soon, they will be given to those who are homeless and won't seek shelter when it gets dangerously cold outside.

    "Immediately my staff was interested because we saw the potential to save lives with such a warm unit,” Tracy Gorman. “We began investigating, finding out how much the cost would be, raising the funds, then getting them manufactured."

    Approximately seven percent of homeless people die from hypothermia each year.

    That's why Kyle Gorman was so desperate to get these coats to Evansville — and before winter sets in.

    "It's definitely amazing,” Gorman told us. “I loved the fact that I could do something that's going to save someone's life. And it doesn't have to be at that moment - but I know it was a good pay off in the end and I know it's going to save someone's life. So it gives me a good sense of I was doing something for the world."

    Copyright 2015 WFIE. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.
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    Dec 17, 2015 2:31:57Dec 17, 2015 -

    “Attending this Society of Women Engineers international conference is the first thing I’ve done for my professional development, and it was absolutely incredible!” says Harmony Alford, a junior computer science major from Morris, Illinois.

    Harmony was among the group representing Olivet’s section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at the recent WE15, the world’s largest conference and career fair for women in engineering and technology. This event, sponsored by SWE, was held in Nashville, Tennessee. Conference attendees included college engineering majors — male and female — and engineering professionals from companies and organizations in a wide variety of industries.

    At the conference, Olivet students interviewed with top companies — including John Deere, Northrop Grumman, Fiat Chrysler Automotive, UTC Aerospace, 3M, Bridgestone, Sikorsky, Daimler, Kellogg, Honeywell and Hormel — for internships and full-time jobs. Several students had follow-up interviews after the conference, and one already received and accepted a post-graduation job offer.

    “This conference solidified and validated my decision to major in computer science,” Harmony says. “I’m blessed with many professional opportunities in this field. I’m also more aware of the important social and gender issues that go along with my choice of a STEM [science, technology, engineering and math] career.”

    To arrange a campus visit and request information on academic offerings within Olivet’s Walker School of Engineering, contact the Office of Admissions, 800-648-1463.
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    Dec 16, 2015 11:51:20Dec 16, 2015 -

    The full-service public relations agency run by Olivet Nazarene University students is developing its first campaigns for two large organizations in the community around the University’s main campus. Student PR practitioners are gaining professional experience, and clients are benefitting from the high-quality work of students learning their craft through cutting-edge instruction and training.

    The current client roster for Olivet’s Inspired Strategies Agency includes the Kankakee County (Illinois) Chamber of Commerce and the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra. “Students have opportunities to interact with and work as professionals,” says Professor Liz Kerns, faculty advisor. “They are learning how to work within an organizational hierarchy with me as an experienced professor and with one another as a team in serving our clients. We keep focus on the needs of the client while using every opportunity to teach professional skills and apply them.”

    A group of Olivet public relations and strategic communication majors recently established the Olivet Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) club. They applied for an official charter as a chapter of the national PRSSA organization. PRSSA National is affiliated with the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the world’s largest public relations industry organization for professional development, standards and advocacy. The Suburban Chicago PRSA chapter has agreed to sponsor the Olivet PRSSA chapter.

    “I’m excited about the opportunity we have to start PRSSA at Olivet,” says Rachel Schramm (sophomore, Roseville, Michigan), chapter president. “We are paving the way for more students to gain real-life skills and experience, and to succeed in their future careers.”

    Schramm and Professor Kerns attended the PRSSA 2015 National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, where Schramm networked with members of other student chapters as well as professionals in public relations, media relations and advertising.

    To arrange a campus visit and obtain information about the public relations and strategic communication major at Olivet, contact the Office of Admissions, 800-648-1463.
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    Dec 11, 2015 3:53:27Dec 11, 2015 -

    Dan Mitchell enjoyed a recent glimpse of his future career: “I love economics, and I plan to work for the Federal Reserve. So preparing for the debate and participating in it was fun and educational for me,” said the economics and finance major from Homewood, Illinois.

    Mitchell and his classmates recently squared off in this year’s annual economic debate for students in the School of Business at Olivet Nazarene University. Two student teams – one from the Financial Markets and Institutions class and one from Intermediate Macroeconomics – went head-to-head after researching a current economic topic and preparing their arguments. This year’s main topic: Should the independence of the U.S. Federal Reserve be restricted or enhanced?

    Another point of contention was whether the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors is truly independent in practice, given that members are appointed for 14-year terms but typically serve less than half of their terms before moving on to other positions.

    Two faculty advisers oversaw the debate and the students’ preparation. Dr. Paul R. Koch, in his third decade as an Olivet professor of economics, is a noted scholar and researcher who serves on the faculty of the International Business Institute. Professor Steven Butler, executive-in-residence for the School of Business, served more than 30 years as a financial expert with the U.S. government. In his most recent government role, he was chief financial officer for the Food Nutrition Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he oversaw the budget, accounting, grants and financial systems required to manage more than $100 billion.

    For information about Olivet’s School of Business, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463, or schedule a campus visit.
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    Dec 01, 2015 3:16:38Dec 01, 2015 -

    “I’ve learned that I can only get good grades if I’m willing to put in the time to earn them,” says Michaela Marino (sophomore, biology major, Lemont, Illinois). “I recommend Olivet’s Academic Coaching Center to any student who is struggling or needs extra help.”

    Michaela, who gave permission for her name to be used in this article, found chemistry difficult in her freshman year. A classmate suggested that she visit the Academic Coaching Center (ACC). Her experience was so positive that this year, she is getting a peer coach’s help with calculus. “I appreciate how my coaches help me learn the material in a different light,” she adds.

    Designed to help students succeed in their classes, the ACC — which began in January 2015 — is one of many ways the Elwood Center for Student Success is meeting students’ needs. Since the beginning of the fall 2015 semester, nearly 950 coaching sessions have already taken place.

    Peer coaching is the ACC approach. The 39 peer coaches are student employees of Olivet. Coaches provide assistance for almost any course in the following areas of study: anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, calculus, nutrition, psychology, sociology, history and economics.

    Students may also request help for specific classes. “We do our best to find a coach for them,” says Arlene Hoffman, ACC director and academic liaison for the Elwood Center for Student Success. “Sometimes the student needs help with study skills or test taking. All coaches are trained to help in these two areas.”

    One of the peer coaches, Angie Azouri (senior, political science major, Chicago), finds it especially rewarding to lead a student, step by step, in the right direction. “It can be difficult for students to come in for help because they are feeling defeated,” she says. “I love seeing how students’ facial expressions and attitudes change when they feel confident and capable.”

    The ACC, located on the lower level of Ludwig Center, is open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. Students may make appointments for coaching or drop in during hours of operation. Each coaching session may last up to 50 minutes. Students are advised to bring textbooks and any other class materials necessary to complete the work they want to accomplish. They may bring their own computers or use those available at the center. 

    Peer coach Jaimie Chen (senior, actuarial science major, Bourbonnais, Illinois) says: “The ACC does a great job of actively discovering the students’ needs. We maintain a strong focus on giving students the study skills they need to succeed.”

    More information about the Academic Coaching Center is available at acc@olivet.edu or 815-936-3963.


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    Dec 01, 2015 9:42:27Dec 01, 2015 -

    When Rod Bushey ’72 retires next year as director of choirs at Howell (Michigan) High School, he’ll leave a lasting reminder of his 44 years of service: His name forever attached to the building where he developed the choral program and inspired more than 10,000 students.

    The Howell Board of Education last year voted to rename the high school auditorium in Bushey’s honor when he retires at the end of the 2015-16 school year. A campaign to raise funds for costs associated with naming the Rod Bushey Performing Arts Center recently reached a milestone: Donations have exceeded the goal of $10,000 to pay for signage and a dedication plaque. The school continues to accept donations to cover costs that include the dedication ceremony and choir scholarships.

    The renaming ceremony, dedication and a reunion concert by Howell choral program alumni will take place on May 22, 2016. Information is available at facebook.com/RodBusheyPerformingArtsCenter.

    Bushey started his career at Howell after earning a music education degree at Olivet, where he played trombone, sang in Orpheus Choir and served as Orpheus president in his senior year. He also pitched on the Tiger baseball team. In 1998, he began a six-year term as ONU Alumni Association president.

    Bushey recently expressed thanks to Olivet and his mentors — including Bob Starcher ’64, his Tiger baseball coach; and professors Dr. Harlow Hopkins ’53, Dr. George Dunbar ’58 and Naomi Larsen ’33: “At Olivet, my relationships with my professors and other students were so valuable for me. I realized where my gifts were, and I learned how to deal with people.”

    Howell High School’s choir program is the school’s largest program with 376 students and eight performing ensembles. Bushey often puts in 60 to 75 hours a week, doing, he says, “what I most love to do.”

    In addition, he takes four ensembles on tour each year, including the annual out-of-state tour for the 100-voice A Cappella Choir. Howell’s choirs have a reputation for outstanding choral performances, receive consistently high marks at choral festivals and make numerous appearances throughout the Midwest.

    Bushey’s accolades throughout his career include the Michigan School Vocal Music Association’s 2012 teacher of the year. He was also one of only 13 Michigan teachers to receive the 2012 Michigan Youth Arts Foundation Touchstone Award for advocating arts programs, dedication to bringing out the very best in students and showing continued commitment to artistic excellence. In December 2015, ABC7 Detroit named him an All Star.

    In addition to teaching music at the high school, Bushey was the minister of music and directed the choir and orchestra for 20 years at First Church of the Nazarene in Detroit.
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    Nov 24, 2015 4:24:4Nov 24, 2015 -

    A trio of computer science students from Olivet Nazarene University placed in the top 10% of teams that competed in the 2015 Mid-Central U.S.A. Regional Collegiate Programming Contest (MCPC), a division of the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) annual International Collegiate Programming Contest.

    Olivet’s “ONU Tigers” tied for 15th place. They competed in a field of 155 teams that included the University of Chicago, Wheaton College (Illinois), Saint Louis University, Northwestern University, Vanderbilt University, Indiana University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The University of Chicago hosted the regional competition on November 7.

    Members of Olivet’s team are Aaron Hartke (senior, engineering major with a concentration in computer engineering, Marion, Iowa); Joe Melsha (junior, computer science major, Cedar Rapids, Iowa); and Zach Rivett (senior, computer science major, Howell, Michigan). Dr. Cathy Bareiss, chair of the Department of Computer Science in the Walker School of Engineering, is their faculty sponsor.

    Each team in the MCPC competition received nine problems with a time limit of five hours to program complete solutions. The teams’ final rankings depended in part on the amount of time devoted to solving each problem. Olivet’s team solved six of the nine problems in the allotted time. No team solved more than eight problems.

    “I learned that success in this competition is just as much about communication as it is about problem solving,” said Rivett. “Sometimes it takes a few heads working together to solve the tougher problems.”
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    Nov 24, 2015 4:18:13Nov 24, 2015 -

    Receiving a special award is always an honor. It’s even better when you don’t know it’s coming.

    So said Jill Bowling when she received the ATHENA Leadership Award® at a recent ceremony on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University, where Bowling earned two academic degrees and where she reigns as “first lady.” Her husband, John C. Bowling, has been University president since 1991.

    “I was very honored and surprised to receive this award,” Jill Bowling said. “The name of the recipient is kept secret until the night of the award ceremony. To me, this award recognizes what Olivet does to help young women achieve their goals during and after Olivet. I get to be a part of that, along with our great faculty and staff.”

    The award, given locally by the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce, is part of the larger international award program. More than 6,700 individuals in more than 500 communities worldwide have received the ATHENA award since its inception in 1985. Bowling is the 26th recipient in Kankakee County.

    The ATHENA Leadership Award Program is dedicated to supporting, honoring and developing women leaders. Criteria for the award include professional excellence, community service and actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.

    Bowling’s many acts of service for the greater Kankakee community include 10 years on the Foundation Board of Provena (now Presence) St. Mary’s Hospital.

    At Olivet, Bowling has served as a resident director, faculty member, adjunct faculty member and guest lecturer. In her frequent interactions with students, staff and faculty, she is known for modeling professionalism and accountability along with friendship and concern. She regularly takes the initiative to interact with international students coping to adapt in U.S. culture.

    Bowling serves as a resource person for many University studies and projects, and she often plays a major role in designing the interiors of campus facilities. Her expertise in planning aesthetics that influence the learning environment, as well as her understanding of technical and environmental impact, have helped create the interiors of the Admissions Center, Weber Center, Centennial Chapel, Perry Student Recreation Center and the Engineering wing of Reed Hall of Science.

    Bowling holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Olivet, a master’s degree in environmental science from the University of Texas and an MBA from Olivet. In 2007, Olivet’s Board of Trustees awarded her an honorary doctorate for her commitment to excellence throughout the life of the University.
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    Nov 23, 2015 3:20:4Nov 23, 2015 -

    Rev. George H.D. Reader ’29, age 109, was Olivet Nazarene University’s oldest living alumnus until his passing on November 6, 2015. He was a resident of Chrisman, Illinois.

    In 2012, the Church of the Nazarene’s general church headquarters and the Illinois District honored Rev. Reader, then 105, as the oldest living ordained elder in the church’s history. “This recognition is well-deserved,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, president of Olivet. “From the day he first sensed God’s call in his life in the summer of 1920 until now, Rev. Reader has honored that calling as a loving and faithful husband, father, pastor and servant of God.”

    Rev. Reader was born September 13, 1906, in Sprague, Missouri. He was a pastor, teacher and evangelist throughout the Midwest until his retirement in 1976. He and his late wife, Gertrude M. (Sill) Reader ’25, led many revival services together. She assisted in her husband's evangelistic ministry by doing chalk art work.

    While a student at Olivet in the 1920s, Rev. Reader sang bass in a student quartet and preached on weekends. He and Gertrude met while she was serving on Olivet’s faculty. He graduated from “Old Olivet,” Olivet, Illinois, in 1929. Later, he served on Olivet’s Board of Trustees for 21 years. He was a faithful supporter of the University throughout his lifetime, and numerous members of the Reader family have attended Olivet.

    In addition to his wife, Rev. Reader was preceded in death by two of their sons, James and Paul. He is survived by two sons, John W. (Lois) Reader of Bourbonnais and Daniel L. (Verna) Reader of Naples, Florida; two daughters-in-law, Deloris Reader (wife of Paul) of Okemos, Michigan, and Mary Lou Reader (wife of James) of Chrisman; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

    In 2013, Rev. Reader accepted Olivet’s invitation to appear in a video that was shown to the Class of 2013 during the Commencement Convocation. That day marked the University’s 100th Commencement.

    Words from Rev. Reader to the graduates, written in his own hand on papers that he held during the recording of the video in spring 2013: “I’m 106 years old, and I’m in a race with Joshua and Joseph, who lived to be 110. As you step out into the fields of service, I trust you will be true to God and use your education to glorify Him. May God bless you, guide you and enable you in your fields of service.”
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    Nov 19, 2015 4:20:16Nov 19, 2015 -

    Nearly 100 high school seniors and their parents, representing 14 states, will be on the main campus at Olivet Nazarene University tomorrow and Saturday for Purple & Gold Days. Students and their parents will spend 24 hours exploring the Bourbonnais campus and experiencing life at Olivet. They will connect with professors, admissions counselors and current students.

    “Purple & Gold Days are perfect opportunities to really feel the heartbeat of Olivet,” says Susan Wolff, dean of undergraduate enrollment. “These are popular events when students and parents fall in love with the campus and the Olivet spirit.”

    Due to increased interest this fall, the University has added another Purple & Gold Days event on December 4. Additional Purple & Gold Days are scheduled throughout spring semester 2016. Visits may be scheduled at olivet.edu/admissions/events.
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    Nov 18, 2015 9:41:35Nov 18, 2015 -

    Dr. Karen Dowling, director of Graduate Education Programs at Olivet Nazarene University, was recently named vice president for the Association of Teacher Educators Indiana Unit (ATE-I). Her installation took place at the organization’s 2015 fall conference in Columbus, Indiana. Dr. Dowling also led the administrator panel, made up of principals and superintendents from various parts of the state, during the conference.

    ATE-I’s vision statement is “The Professional Organization for People Who Care About Quality Teaching.” In her new role and with her experience as an education professional, Dr. Dowling has already begun having important conversations with key state leaders, school superintendents and influencers. Her duties also include coordinating communications and serving as a liaison with other political and professional organizations in collaboration with the organization’s president.

    Dr. Dowling became Olivet's director of graduate programs in education in 2015. She oversees and teaches courses in education, multicultural education, secondary education, and curriculum and instruction. She holds three degrees from Ball State University: a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Spanish and Japanese teaching, a Master of Arts in education leadership and supervision, and a doctorate in educational studies.

    Her professional career in education includes eight years teaching at the preschool through grade 12 level. She also served as a professor at the college level for 10 years, including five years in Christian higher education.

    Her love for education comes from her parents. Her father, now deceased, came from India — with only seven dollars to his name — to pursue his additional graduate education in engineering. Her mother is a registered nurse.

    Dr. Dowling received the Toyota International Teacher study abroad grant to study in Japan. She is a 1998 Fulbright Memorial Fund scholar and studied in Japan through that program. In 2003, she was named Teacher of the Year at Muncie (Ind.) Central High School and received the Excellence in Teaching Award.
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    Nov 17, 2015 11:5:25Nov 17, 2015 -

    Chelsea Risinger, Olivet's student body president, is a 2015 recipient of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award, recognizing her as a student laureate and earning her induction into the academy.

    Chelsea, a senior nursing major, received the award on Saturday, Nov. 7, alongside 53 other college students in a ceremony at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. She is the daughter of Stan and Julie Risinger of Tremont, Illinois.

    “Civic engagement, as exemplified by President Lincoln, is crucial to our democracy and the process of our government,” said Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner in announcing the recipients of the award. “The young men and women receiving this recognition embody the spirit of President Lincoln through their hard work and dedication to their schools and communities.”

    The student laureate distinction recognizes outstanding college seniors for overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities. Chelsea is a member of the Kappa Sigma chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing. This is her second academic year serving as Olivet’s student body president and leader of the 38-member Associated Student Council (ASC). She served as president of her sophomore class and ASC representative for her freshman class.

    “I am truly humbled to be Olivet's 2015 Lincoln laureate,” Chelsea said. “It is a great honor to be recognized for serving in a capacity that I love. I have found my niche in leading the Associated Student Council and pouring into the Olivet community. Serving Olivet and its students is a privilege, and I appreciate this recognition.”

    Chelsea received the Lincoln Academy student laureate medallion, an educational grant of $1,000 and a certificate of achievement. This is the 41st year Lincoln Academy has celebrated the excellence of Illinois students.

    “Chelsea is an outstanding nursing student who finds a glimmer of hope in every situation,” said Professor DeAnna VanKuren of Olivet's Department of Nursing. “I have worked with Chelsea in both classroom and clinical settings. She has a Christ-filled heart and relates well with both her peers and her patients. Chelsea consistently displays a high degree of integrity, responsibility and ambition.”

    In addition to her on-campus involvement, Chelsea completed a summer internship in 2013 with Josiah Venture, a faith-based leadership organization in Central and Eastern Europe. She taught conversational English in summer camps across Slovakia and led mission trips to Slovakia in 2014 and 2015.

    “Chelsea embodies the qualities of a servant leader,” said Dr. Woody Webb, Olivet’s vice president for student development. “She has provided outstanding leadership to the Associated Student Council. She is respected by her peers, faculty and the administration.”
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    Nov 09, 2015 2:34:59Nov 09, 2015 -

    Olivet Nazarene University mourns the sudden loss of Carl L. Fletcher ’92/’99, assistant professor and director of broadcasting in the University’s Department of Communication. Professor Fletcher also served as operations director for the Shine.FM network. He passed away Saturday, Nov. 7.

    Loved by all who knew him, Professor Fletcher, 45, will be remembered for his ever-present smile and fun-loving nature. He was a son, husband, father, professor, mentor and friend. His family, students, colleagues and friends are testaments to his care, encouragement and love.

    Professor Fletcher shared his expertise in radio programming and production by teaching and mentoring students and through his service in Olivet’s radio ministry. He oversaw operations and programming for Olivet-owned and -operated Shine.FM and for student radio stations Shine RX3 and Shine Worship.

    "Carl Fletcher was my personal friend for more than 27 years,” said Brian McIntyre Utter, general manager at Shine.FM. "He was passionate about the impact of Christian radio and training future Christian broadcasters. The outpouring of tributes by colleagues in the Christian radio industry, and his students past and present, shows what a huge impact Carl had on all of us at Shine.FM and Olivet."

    One of Professor Fletcher’s greatest desires was to see Olivet students join the ranks of successful alumni influencing the world for Christ through the radio industry. Nurtured by his care and guidance, Olivet graduates are working in radio stations from coast-to-coast and around the world.

    Professor Fletcher joined Olivet’s faculty in 2007. Throughout his career, he worked in various capacities including news, fundraising, announcing and management at commercial and non-commercial radio stations.

    Professor Fletcher is survived by his wife, Camille (Smith) ’92; and their daughters, Caitlin, Camryn, Carly and Cara.

    Services

    Visitation for Professor Fletcher will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at Manteno Church of the Nazarene. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at College Church of the Nazarene on the campus of Olivet.

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    Oct 30, 2015 2:46:16Oct 30, 2015 -

    From field to stage, table to track, and everywhere in between, Olivet’s campus was buzzing with activity. Alumni, students, parents, friends, staff, faculty joined in the festivities Oct. 21 to 25, connecting with old and new friends. Following are a few highlights of Homecoming & Family Weekend 2015.

    Celebration through music

    Two new musical events contributed to making this special weekend one of the best ever. 

    • President’s Dinner and School of Music Concert on Saturday, Oct. 24, showcased the many talents of current students and alumni. Soloists Bradley Garvin ’87, Joy (Swartz) Nance ’80 and Jenna (Dickey) Fawcett ’11 performed with the ONU Orchestra and Concert Singers, under the direction of Dr. Neal Woodruff ’91, music professor.

    Shine.FM presented top contemporary Christian music artists Tenth Avenue North and Sidewalk Prophets in concert at the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel, also on Saturday. More than 2,000 fans of all ages filled the seats and joined in this time of glorifying God through music.

    Homecoming Queen and Court

    Jessica Dirkse (senior, math education major, Downers Grove, Illinois) became Olivet’s 61st Homecoming Queen during the coronation ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 21. She is the daughter of David and Malinda Dirkse. She was escorted by Levi Himes (senior, ministerial missions major, Indianapolis, Indiana).

    Other members of the Homecoming Court, all seniors, are:
    • Laura Graven (social work major, Bourbonnais, Illinois), escorted by Jacob Gouge (youth ministry major, Greenville, Illinois)
    • Joelle Mannion (Christian education and intercultural studies major, Sugar Grove, Illinois), escorted by Kyle Johnston (youth ministry major, Anderson, Indiana)
    • Megan McKinley (Christian education and intercultural studies major, Sugar Grove, Illinois), escorted by Brandon Maranion (Christian education and communication studies major, South Elgin, Illinois)
    • Katie Reed (social work major, Nairobi, Kenya), escorted by Andrew Fischer (English major, Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape, South Africa)

    “O” Awards

    Olivet’s Alumni Association honored two alumni with the “O” Award on Saturday. Begun in 1957, this is the highest honor that the University gives to its alumni.

    Dr. Donald Williamson ‘54/’02 D.Litt. retired in 2011 from successful careers in the insurance and financial services businesses. For the 30 years prior to his retirement, he worked in asset management, was a Registered Investment Advisor and owned Williamson Financial Services. For many years, Dr. Williamson served on Olivet’s alumni board, board of trustees and foundation board, including terms as chairman. In 2002, he received an honorary doctorate degree from Olivet.

    He and his wife, Marilyn, are the parents of three children, all Olivet grads: Denny ‘75, Steve ‘76 and Rhonda (Williamson) Watson ’80. Five of their seven grandchildren are fourth generation ONU grads, and they also have three great-grandchildren.

    Dr. Rodney Reed ’84/’86 M.A. has served as a global missionary for the Church of the Nazarene since 2000. Currently, he is deputy vice chancellor of academic affairs at Africa Nazarene University in Nairobi, Kenya. He also serves on several boards and committees for the Church of the Nazarene, both regionally and internationally, that work to ensure the quality of the ministerial training for pastors.

    He and his wife, Sarah (Van Meter) ’84 are the parents of three daughters: Rebecca ’15; Katie, a senior at Olivet and a member of the Homecoming Court; and Hannah, a high school student in Nairobi.

    Young Alumni Awards

    For the fifth annual Young Alumni Awards, Olivet’s Alumni Board honored two individuals for their exemplary service and success. The awards were presented during the morning chapel service on Friday, Oct. 23. Recipients are chosen by vote of the Board and must have graduated from Olivet within the last 10 years. These awards are underwritten by alumni Mel ’73 and Judith (Tucker) Sayes ’73 of Little Rock, Arkansas.

    Lauren (Hawkins) Larsen ’08 majored in business management and was active in Enactus while a student at Olivet. Today, she lives and works in Chicago, leading a $130 million feminine health business for Procter & Gamble (P&G). Her career with P&G includes a quick rise from an intern to a senior account executive, working on more than 30 brands. She lived and worked in Boston for two years and then transferred to Chicago. Thanks to the influence of her parents and the Nazarene church, she has always had a strong desire to serve in local and global missions. Her passion for Operation Christmas Child inspired her to lead the effort for bringing it to Olivet in 2006. She and her husband, Joe, are the parents of a son, Samuel.

    Rusty Funk ’07 moved to Chicago’s East Garfield Park Neighborhood, — one of the city’s most underserved and violent neighborhoods, after he graduated from Olivet. There, he worked with Breakthrough Urban Ministries alongside men experiencing homelessness. In 2011, he joined the staff of Team World Vision. Since then, he and his team have partnered with more than 300 U.S. churches and schools. They have empowered more than 20,000 individuals to finish their FIRST half or full marathon races, resulting in more than $25 million for World Vision’s water projects in East Africa. He has even activated Olivet’s student body to be part of this movement. Since 2011, more than 400 ONU students, faculty and staff have finished the Chicago Marathon — and raised the funds to provide clean water for 6,000 individuals. He and his wife, AnnaLisa (Munoz) ’09, share a passion for connecting the American church to the global poor in new and innovative ways.

    Also honored during the Friday morning chapel service were two current Olivet students who are juniors: Kaleb Miller (vice president for social life, junior, marketing and corporate communications major, Canton, Illinois) and Anna Burkey (junior, family and consumer sciences major, Lima, Ohio). They received financial scholarships underwritten by the Sayes family. Kaleb and Anna 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.

    Dedication of Donald H. and Faith N. Bell West Campus

    Don ’53 and Faith (Fry) ‘55 Bell from Olathe, Kansas, purchased and gifted 24 acres of land in Bourbonnais to Olivet for development of a West Campus site. The formal dedication took place on Friday. The property is located across Route 45 from the main campus and is currently in use for the ROTC Roaring Tiger Battalion training center, intramural sports fields and a practice field for the Marching Tigers. Dr. John C. Bowling, University president, publicly thanked the Bells for coming alongside and helping to provide a rich, transformative experience for Olivet students. “I love Olivet,” Don said in his remarks. “This growth is amazing to me.”

    First School of Music Chair established

    The Charline S. Hawkins Chair of Instrumental Music was announced and celebrated on Friday. Funding for the Chair is a gift from the Hawkins family. Charline is the late wife of the late Kenneth Hawkins ’53, who also provided the lead gift for Olivet’s Centennial Chapel project.

    Athletics Hall of Fame inductees

    Rachel (Page) Sayre ’09 was a four-year member of the ONU women’s soccer team from 2005 to 2008. During her career, she amassed 32 goals and 16 assists for 80 points. She currently ranks sixth all time in goals scored and total points. She led the Tigers to back-to-back NCCAA National Championships and earned All-American status both seasons. Today, she is a marketing coordinator for Bordeaux Construction in North Carolina. She still plays soccer in a local women’s league and has started training the next generation of girl soccer players, coaching a u-10 team.

    Phil French ’08 is one of only three Tigers to be honored as a NAIA All-American twice, a second team selection in 2007 and 2008. As a four-year varsity Tiger men's basketball player, he helped the Tigers to 79 wins, a 2006 CCAC regular season title and three NAIA National Tournament appearances, including the Elite Eight in 2006. He accumulated 1,547 points, good for 10th all-time; 765 rebounds, the eighth most all-time; and attempted 550 free-throws in his career, the sixth most in program history. He averaged 13.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and shot 57 percent from the field in his career. Today, he works for Dell and lives in Illinois.

    Coach Mike McDowell ’09 M.O.L. joined the Olivet coaching staff in 2001, serving as the head coach of both men’s and women’s cross country and track and field. In cross country, he has coached 16 NAIA All-Americans. The women’s team has won six CCAC Championships, while the men have won four. He earned CCAC Coach of the Year honors each time. In track and field, he has coached 47 Indoor All-Americans and 53 Outdoor. Both Tiger teams have won six consecutive CCAC Track and Field titles, again earning him Coach of the Year honors. A total of 13 athletes have won NAIA National Championships under his tenure, including Mark Hollis who is being inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 2016 and is looking to represent the United States in the 2016 Olympics.


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    Oct 19, 2015 4:26:3Oct 19, 2015 -

    Since 1970, Olivet has prepared engineers for professional careers. With the dedication of the Martin D. “Skip” Walker School of Engineering on October 6, 2015, the ABET-accredited engineering program enters a new era.

    “Today Olivet recognizes the professional accomplishments and Christian witness of Skip Walker,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president, to a large crowd of students, the board of trustees, corporate partners, alumni, faculty and staff at the ceremony in Reed Hall of Science. “Mr. Walker’s generous gift of $5 million will significantly strengthen our growing engineering program.” Dr. Bowling specifically acknowledged the large group of engineering students present for the ceremony and challenged them to prepare to be “missioneers” — engineers with a Christian purpose.

    The ceremony recognized the generosity and career of Mr. Walker. Both he and his wife, Mary, were present for the day’s festivities.

    “God is really the giver of this gift. He just used me as the conduit,” Walker said, addressing the future engineers present. “I’m proud to be associated with Olivet students. I’m convinced you are going to leave here and honor ONU and God in what you do. I hope and pray you will enjoy this profession as much as I did.”

    In a career spanning six decades, Martin D. “Skip” Walker epitomized Christian business leadership in guiding and growing a number of leading manufacturing and business enterprises. He and his family have supported countless industry, corporate and nonprofit organizations through volunteer service.

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

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

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

    “Our goal as the Walker School of Engineering is to be a premier engineering program nationally, while staying true to our faith and values,” Dr. Ritter said. “Today, we celebrate all the good works Mr. Walker’s gift has helped and will help us to accomplish.”

    Significant accomplishments for the School include 20 percent growth in enrollment and a doubling of faculty size within the past year alone. Additionally, the newly established co-op program and “4+1” bachelor’s/master’s degree program join a robust arsenal of student experiences that bolster the career preparation process.

    The Walker School of Engineering was officially named in May 2015 by Olivet’s Board of Trustees and is located in the engineering wing of Reed Hall of Science on the University’s main campus in Bourbonnais, Illinois. The School offers a bachelor’s degree in engineering with electrical, computer, geological, mechanical, architectural, chemical and civil engineering concentrations. Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies offers the Master of Engineering Management degree. Mr. Walker’s gift ensures the continued success of an already vibrant professional program.
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    Oct 19, 2015 11:40:10Oct 19, 2015 -

    Olivet has received national recognition as a College of Distinction for providing students with innovative learning opportunities in 2014–2015.

    Olivet students earn college credit and valuable life experience while participating in study abroad programs in more than 15 countries, including England, China, India and Costa Rica. Students also expand their learning through service opportunities with nonprofit organizations and churches in the Chicago metro and greater Kankakee areas in Illinois. Each year, student groups serve on mission trips to more than 10 countries, including Honduras, Thailand, France and Haiti.

    Internship opportunities in Illinois and beyond continue to expand. A wide variety of companies — including ANN, Inc. (Ann Taylor); Cincinnati Bengals NFL football team; Defenders; Wolverine Worldwide; and CSL Behring — have employed Olivet students as interns.

    “Colleges of Distinction is delighted to honor Olivet for its success in expanding programming by developing competencies relevant to graduates’ lives,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor for Colleges of Distinction. “Students increasingly demand access to hands-on learning, and Colleges of Distinction congratulates Olivet for leading the way in the development of new methodologies that prepare students for the future.”

    The annual process to select the nation’s Colleges of Distinction begins with nominations from high school counselors and educators. Each nominated school is evaluated on key indicators, including student engagement, student empowerment and curricular innovation. The evaluation process also includes a review of each institution’s freshman experience, as well as its general education program, strategic plan, and alumni success and satisfaction measures.

    Schools must also demonstrate results across the four distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, Successful Outcomes. Colleges that have distinguished themselves in each of these four distinctions and that have demonstrated dedication to enriching student outcomes through innovative learning opportunities are then invited to join Colleges of Distinction.

    To view Olivet Nazarene University’s profile or to find more information about the innovative learning experiences Olivet offers, visit CollegesofDistinction.com.
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    Oct 13, 2015 4:45:25Oct 13, 2015 -

    By a vote of 52 to 0, Olivet’s Board of Trustees voted to renew Dr. John C. Bowling’s appointment as president of the University for five more years.

    During their semiannual meeting, October 7, 2015, the Board expressed their confidence in Dr. Bowling by standing to their feet in a lengthy applause, recognizing a 25-year tenure that is marked by bold vision and great success. “Dr. Bowling’s incredible leadership as a scholar, educator and churchman speaks volumes about why Olivet continues to chart a healthy course for a dynamic future.” said Dr. David Roland, chairman of the Board.

    Dr. Bowling has been Olivet’s president since 1991. Under his leadership, the University has flourished, as evidenced by continued record enrollments, stunning campus improvements, expanded undergraduate and graduate degree programs, increased academic standards, successful athletic programs and multiple education sites across three states along with a strong educational program in Hong Kong, as well as a rapidly expanding online presence, known as “ONU Global.”

    Dr. Bowling holds a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees, two earned doctorates, and was chosen as a Resident Fellow for post-doctoral studies at Harvard University. In 2007, he was honored by Olivet with the conferral of the Doctor of Divinity degree as part of the University’s Centennial Celebration.

    In addition to more than 60 published articles, he has authored six books: A Way With Words, Grace-full Leadership, Packin’ Up and Headin’ Out: Making the Most of Your College Adventure, Above All Else, ReVision and Making the Climb, which chronicles his ascent to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa and one of the great mountains of the world.

    Dr. Bowling has been active with a variety of professional organizations and local community affairs during his presidency. He has held positions on various boards, including Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, People’s Bank in Kankakee, Nazarene Publishing House, United Way of Kankakee County, Church of the Nazarene Foundation, the General Board of the international Church of the Nazarene, Kankakee Valley Chamber of Commerce, and served for many years as vice chairman of the Riverside Health System Board of Directors.

    He was selected as "Citizen of the Year" by the Chamber and is a recipient of the "Community Alliance Beacon Award" in recognition of service, vision and leadership in the community. He was also selected for special community recognition as "Samaritan of the Year." In 2014, he received the "Ray Lindner Service to Youth Award" from the Kankakee Area YMCA.

    Prior to accepting his current position in August 1991, Dr. Bowling served for eight years as the senior pastor of College Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais, Illinois. He also served as senior pastor of First Church of the Nazarene, Dallas, Texas. He has been a member of the faculty at Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and at Olivet.
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    Oct 06, 2015 12:55:15Oct 06, 2015 -

    More than 100 of Olivet’s engineering and computer science students benefited from the recent career fair hosted by the Walker School of Engineering. The Economic Alliance of Kankakee County joined 17 area employers and Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies in hosting display booths, talking with students and providing information. Students had the opportunity to learn more about internship and job opportunities.

    “I was able to talk with experienced professionals and find out what I needed to do in order to have internships at their companies,” says Catie Lindquist (junior, engineering major, Round Lake, Illinois). “As a student, I realize more about what employers are looking for. I was able to talk with and make connections with company representatives. I enjoyed the experience and look forward to other opportunities like this in the future.”

    One of the most popular displays was the LinkedIn booth, hosted by Olivet. Students had the opportunity to learn about setting up or improving their LinkedIn profiles and could also have a professional headshot photo taken there. Twenty students actually created a profile, and 25 had their current profiles critiqued.

    “For me, this career fair was a great opportunity to learn and explore two questions I had,” says Muaz Farooq (senior, engineering major, Kankakee, Illinois). “First, what it would be like to be an entry level electrical engineer in their companies. Second, what qualities or skills employers are looking for in an electrical engineer. Personally, I was very happy with the number of employers I was able to talk with and the wide range of answers I received. The whole experience was wonderful for me.”

    This event was sponsored by E2i Inc., BASF, Kay Manufacturing, Piggush Engineering, Robinson Engineering and State Farm.
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    Oct 01, 2015 3:4:1Oct 01, 2015 -

    U.S. presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson told students today at Olivet that the United States was “a place of dreams” for him as he overcame poverty, pursued higher education and rose to the top of his profession as a pediatric neurosurgeon.

    Carson was the featured speaker at today’s service in Centennial Chapel on Olivet’s main campus in Bourbonnais, Illinois. He shared details of his life story, describing his childhood in inner-city tenements in his native Detroit and Boston. His mother, married and divorced early in her life, had a third-grade education and pushed her two sons to excel, Carson explained.

    “I was a poor student — about as bad as you could imagine,” he said, also acknowledging anger issues and low self-esteem. “But I learned that if you’re not always looking for excuses, then you start looking for solutions. And that can change the trajectory of your life.”

    He said his mother’s insistence on reading helped him develop intellectually, and he began to dream of a career in medicine. He earned a scholarship to Yale and graduated from the School of Medicine at the University of Michigan. At age 33, he became the youngest major division director in the history of Johns Hopkins University, where he directed pediatric neurosurgery for 29 years.

    In addition to his presidential candidacy, Carson, 64, is recognized for outstanding contributions and numerous historic surgeries in the field of pediatric neurosurgery. CNN and TIME named him one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists in 2001. “U.S. News & World Report” and Harvard University named him one of “America’s Best Leaders.” A 2014 Gallup poll ranked him among the 10 most-admired men in the world. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Springarn Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the NAACP.

    Carson has published eight books, including his autobiography, Gifted Hands, which was made into an award-winning television movie of the same name in 2009. He authored two New York Times bestsellers — America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great and One Nation: What We All Can Do to Save America’s Future. Carson and his wife, Candy, are co-founders of the Carson Scholars Fund, a foundation that grants scholarships to young students and promotes reading in the younger grades.

    Carson’s visit to Olivet was co-sponsored by The Center for Law and Culture with Freedom’s Journal Institute for the Study of Faith and Public Policy. The partnership between Olivet and the Center seeks to restore our noble legal heritage by equipping students to become virtuous public leaders and citizens.
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    Sep 29, 2015 11:17:15Sep 29, 2015 -

    Olivet reported the highest enrollment in the University’s 108-year history, including the largest-ever senior class and a record number of students living in residence on the main campus in Bourbonnais, Illinois.

    Enrollment figures show a total of 4,916 students, including 1,390 who are new or transfer students. Of nearly 2,900 undergraduates, 2,358 live on campus. The senior class numbers 756.

    In Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, enrollment topped 2,000 for fall semester, reflecting the University’s midwest expansion with new regional centers in Indianapolis, Indiana; and Grand Rapids and Grand Ledge, Michigan.

    “At a time when many universities are experiencing significant decreases in enrollment, Olivet continues to attract quality students from around the nation and the world,” said Susan Wolff, dean of undergraduate enrollment. “Interest in the University remains high from students and families who value the distinctive blend of quality academics and career preparation in a Christian setting.”

    Dr. Walter “Woody” Webb, Olivet vice president for student development, said students are more interested than ever in living on campus at Olivet. “Students appreciate that the Olivet experience extends beyond the classroom and into the entire campus community, where resident directors and advisors, mentors and coaches are dedicated to helping students develop throughout their college careers,” Dr. Webb said.

    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 18, 2015 4:15:55Sep 18, 2015 -

    University President John C. Bowling provided this assurance for students during the first chapel service of the 2015-16 academic year: “The most important thing that will take place during your years at Olivet is for you to have an encounter with God. Look for that. Listen for that. God wants to unfold a marvelous future for you.”

    The 3,000-seat Centennial Chapel was filled to capacity for the service, where Dr. Bowling was the featured speaker. Underscoring Olivet’s mission to provide education with a Christian purpose, he said God is “willing to take an imperfect person and unfold a future.”

    Chapel is a tradition that allows Olivet students, faculty and staff to worship in community twice a week. Throughout the year, services feature local, national and international speakers who provide information and lend perspective to help equip students to have an impact in the world.

    Reflecting on the importance of chapel services, senior Hannah Martin (Fort Wayne, Indiana) said, ”Chapel has been so formative and important to my faith. The amazing speakers have put me in check with how to live my life day to day. I try to walk out of each chapel with at least one thing that I feel God is trying to tell me, and then I do my best to live it out.”

    Senior Michael Andrew Spalding (Cincinnati, Ohio) said chapel days are perfectly timed for him: “Wednesday and Thursday are the hardest days of the week for me. Being able to sing and proclaim the truth along with my classmates and to hear wisdom from different speakers give me definite encouragement.”

    Dr. Bowling’s complete remarks, archived chapel services and real-time viewing are available here.

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    Sep 10, 2015 9:40:3Sep 10, 2015 -

    Olivet Nazarene University has been ranked as one of the Best Colleges for 2016 by “U.S. News & World Report” in its “College Guidebook” and on its website. This is the University’s 11th consecutive year for inclusion on the list.

    “U.S. News & World Report” has shared this ranking in the 31st 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.

    “This recognition for Olivet is one more affirmation of our commitment to providing a quality education to our students,” said Dr. Carol Maxson, vice president for academic affairs. “We enjoy receiving these honors. But more importantly, they strengthen our commitment to continue providing ‘Education with a Christian Purpose’ for the students we serve.”

    Come and see why Olivet is a Best College. Click here or call 800-648-1463 to schedule your visit.
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    Sep 07, 2015 12:7:31Sep 07, 2015 -

    Olivet’s freshman class burst onto campus with big smiles and high expectations. Side-by-side with sophomores, juniors and seniors, these first-year students have completed the semester’s first chapel services, the first days of class and their first Ollie’s Follies — the high-energy showcase where classes compete in athletics, games and a variety show extravaganza.

    Deemed the “Empowered Class of 2019,” this year’s freshman class is one of Olivet’s largest ever. Numbering more than 700, the students hail from 36 U.S. states and nine countries. More than 11% of the class scored 30 or higher on the ACT.

    “Being a freshman at Olivet is — in a word — exciting!” said Christian Hamilton, from Pella, Iowa. “I’m excited for all the new people I’m connecting with in classes, on my dorm floor and on my soccer team. I think this will be one of the best years of my life!”

    Empowered class of 2019

     

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    Aug 19, 2015 11:42:20Aug 19, 2015 -

    Olivet announced today that Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will serve as a spokesman for the University this season.

    Hasselbeck, an 18-year veteran of the National Football League, will appear in television, radio and web advertisements promoting Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

    “We are thrilled to have such a good mission-fit for our organization,” said Ryan Spittal, ONU Vice President for Strategic Expansion. “Matt is a man of character both on and off the field, and we are honored to have him represent our brand here in Indianapolis.”

    A three-time Pro Bowler, Hasselbeck has played for four NFL teams. “There are obvious parallels between life in the NFL and the decision to continue your education,” he said.

    “While every play is designed to score, things can change, and you have to call an audible,” said Hasselbeck. “It can be the same with education. A person’s original plan often changes or needs to be expanded. Just like with an audible, this is where trust and teamwork come into play. You need a team to get you from where you are to where you want to be. Olivet Nazarene University provides that opportunity.”

    Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies offers degrees in business, nursing, education and more. As one of the nation’s top Christian universities, Olivet has been providing education with a Christian purpose since 1907. With more than 30 programs offered online and in more than 100 locations throughout Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies offers programs that meet you where you are.

    Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is entering his 18th NFL season. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. After one season on the practice squad and two seasons backing up Brett Favre, he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in 2001. Hasselbeck gained the starting role in 2003, and led Seattle to six playoff appearances and an appearance in Super Bowl XL against Pittsburgh. He was named to the Pro Bowl is 2003, 2005 and 2007. He signed on as the Colts’ back-up quarterback prior to the 2013 season.
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    Jul 27, 2015 2:54:26Jul 27, 2015 -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    A

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

    B

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

    C

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

    D

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

    E

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

    F

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

    G

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

    H

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

    I

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

    J

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

    K

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

    L

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

    M

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

    N

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

    O

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

    P

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

    Q

    Genevieve Quell

    R

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

    S

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

    T

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

    U

    Hira Uddin, Hayley Uhlman

    V

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

    W

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

    Y

    Megan Yoder, Caleb Yourdon, Olena Yousif

    Z

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The Boeing B-29 Superfortress, first flown in 1942, began active service in 1944 and is best known as the aircraft whose missions over Japan helped bring about the end of World War II. It was designed as a replacement for the older B-17s and B-24s, with longer range and greater bomb loads. The B-29 was also used in the Korean War in the early 1950s and was a staple of the U.S. Air Force until the late 1950s.
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    Jun 17, 2015 11:55:39Jun 17, 2015 -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    “I am thrilled for Josh. It is very difficult to draw attention from scouts, and even more so as a positional player,” said Todd Reid, head baseball coach at Olivet. “Teams have to see you multiple times, and there is pressure on each at-bat. Josh played above the pressure and had an incredible year. He was about team first and himself second. We won’t have him back for his senior year, but Josh is already making plans to finish his degree along the way. He is and always will be a Tiger."
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    Jun 02, 2015 2:53:17Jun 02, 2015 -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Dr. Dean is a leader in the conference of the Evangelical Methodist Church, serving on its General Board of Education. In his local community, he serves as vice president of the Board of Governors for the Kankakee County Historical Society. Dr. Dean’s wife, Joan, is the director of Missions Outreach for Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. The Deans are co-pastors of Zoar Community Church in Reddick, Illinois.
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    May 28, 2015 1:21:14May 28, 2015 -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    “Ryan is an outstanding young man and a wonderful role model for younger students,” said Dr. Dale Hathaway, chair of the Department of Mathematics. “He switched his major during his freshman year but still excelled academically. Yet what is most striking about his many accomplishments is the consistent theme of Christian service.”
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    May 20, 2015 2:57:17May 20, 2015 -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    “Lisa is an intelligent, service-oriented woman who represents all of the best qualities of this award,” said Dr. Dwight Ginn, chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. “In addition to her hard work as a student, which gained her acceptances into three different physician assistant programs, she found time to volunteer in numerous service organizations on campus and beyond. We are proud of Lisa and her accomplishments.”
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    May 19, 2015 11:42:15May 19, 2015 -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    School of Graduate and Continuing Studies

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

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

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

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

    Additional recognition

    The 2015 commencement was the 102nd in Olivet’s history. Other commencement weekend activities included:
    • The Friday evening baccalaureate service, including the sermon on “The Promise of His Presence” and charge to the Class of 2015 from Dr. Bowling. Graduates Jessica Ellison (communication studies major, Walton, Indiana) and Johnnie Butler Jr. (multimedia studies major, Chicago) gave student testimonies.
    • Social work pinning ceremony (29 graduates). The Spirit of Social Work Award was presented to Casey Nugent (Beaver Dam, Wisconsin).
    • Nursing pinning ceremony (55 traditional graduates). The Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Sigma chapter, Senior Nursing Excellence Award was presented to Sahara Wilcoxen (Champaign, Illinois).
    • School of Theology and Christian Ministry graduation chapel service (10 graduates)
    • Phi Delta Lambda, Gamma Chapter, banquet with the induction of 48 new members. The Mary Ada Dillinger Service Award was presented to Jeff Enfield '93/'04 M.A.P.C. Amy Brown (junior, elementary education major, Hillsboro, Indiana) received the chapter’s Enduring Hope Scholarship. Guest speaker was Dr. Max Reams '00 M.P.C., chair of Olivet’s Department of Chemistry and Geosciences.
    • Military/ROTC commissioning ceremony with five cadets commissioned as new second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.
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    May 13, 2015 5:51:37May 13, 2015 -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Olivet Engineering continues to expand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    He is waiting for us to turn the page. The next chapter is fast approaching, and I can’t wait to see what God has written for me, for my fellow seniors, for all of us. As they say, “The plot thickens …”
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    May 11, 2015 11:31:29May 11, 2015 -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    "I just want to continue to train hard and give everything I have every day,” Jacob said. “If I continue to work hard and stay hungry, the future is full of great possibilities."
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    May 06, 2015 11:37:8May 06, 2015 -

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

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

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

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

    Dr. John C. Bowling, University president, accepted the resolution on behalf of Olivet. “What has been recognized here didn’t just happen,” Dr. Bowling said. “This is the result of Dr. Don Reddick’s leadership as dean of the School of Music, and the dedicated work of the men and women on our music faculty.”
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    Apr 27, 2015 1:18:18Apr 27, 2015 -

    Four students in Olivet's School of Nursing and Health Sciences have received the prestigious NURSE Corps Scholarship. These were awarded for fiscal year 2014 by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    The scholarship recipients are:
    Larina Branch, graduate student, Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner program, Lansing, Illinois
    Margaret Luckenbill, graduate student, Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner program, Bethany, Illinois
    Kendra Vansant, graduate student, Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner program, Champaign, Illinois
    Brianna Wolf, senior, nursing major, Bourbonnais, Illinois

    These students received the NURSE Corps Scholarship for their commitment to primary care. The scholarship enables these students to receive funding for tuition, fees and other educational costs in exchange for working at an eligible critical shortage facility for at least two years after graduation. They will earn the same competitive salary and benefits as any new hire.

    “We are proud of these Olivet students and their willingness to use their skills and education in service to the underserved,” said Dr. Linda Davison, dean of Olivet’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences. “Their dedication to nursing is demonstrated by their commitment to being part of the NURSE Corps program.”

    For fiscal year 2014, HRSA received a total of 2,467 applications from students at more than 700 schools. Olivet ranked among the top 20 schools for number of students receiving these scholarships. Less than 10 percent of the applicants received the scholarship. The application process is highly competitive, and those applying must fulfill several requirements, including professional reference letters, transcripts, résumé and an essay.

    “After graduation, I’ll be studying for my family nurse practitioner board exams,” said Larina Branch, one of the scholarship recipients. “When I’m licensed, I plan to get out there and focus on patient care. I want to care for my patients and see the difference I’m making in their lives.”

    NURSE Corps gives nurses nationwide the opportunity to turn their passion for service into a lifelong career. Committed to building healthier communities in urban, rural and frontier areas, this organization supports nursing and nursing students as they work in communities with inadequate access to care. The NURSE Corps Scholarship Program has helped critical shortage facilities meet their urgent need for nurses since 2002 and helped more than 2,200 dedicated nurses provide quality care where they are needed most.
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    Apr 23, 2015 11:22:7Apr 23, 2015 -

    Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA) has recognized Ian Lopshire of Olivet as the Illinois Student Employee of the Year. A junior majoring in computer science, he is from Auburn, Indiana. This is the second consecutive year an Olivet student has received this honor.

    In this inaugural year of MASEA’s award for student employment supervisors, Nancy Benoit of Olivet’s Office of Admissions was named Illinois Student Employment Supervisor of the Year, making her the first-ever recipient.

    The Illinois award recognition followed Olivet’s selection of Ian as its Student Employee of the Year and Nancy as its Student Employment Supervisor of the Year.

    Nominations for Olivet’s awards came from students, staff and faculty members to recognize nominees for reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and uniqueness of contribution to their department or office. Olivet’s awards ceremony on April 17 also celebrated the value and contribution of Olivet students who worked in the 1,258 student jobs on campus during the 2014–2015 academic year.

    Ian has worked in the library services department of Olivet’s Benner Library and Resource Center since 2013. His responsibilities include serving the needs of the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies (SGCS). He is also instrumental in the design and maintenance of the library’s website.

    In nominating Ian, Ann (Wissmiller) Johnston '91/'14 MOL, informatics librarian, and Pam (DeZwaan) Greenlee '70/'14 MOL, SGCS librarian, said: “Ian implements critical skills to meet office needs. He teaches skills to new programmers. He coded almost our entire new website, and he is co-authoring an article with a library team about the website redesign process.”

    Nancy serves as the student ambassador supervisor and receptionist for Olivet’s Office of Admissions. This May, she will receive her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing studies during the May 9 Commencement convocation.

    In her nomination of Nancy, Shelby Wegforth (junior, Mokena, Illinois) said: “Nancy models the behavior and poise student employees should have in the office. She expects the best from us and holds us accountable. She is professional in every aspect of her work and treats everyone with respect and care. She makes a difference in the lives of the students she leads.”
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    Apr 21, 2015 11:44:44Apr 21, 2015 -

    Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies recently opened a new regional center in Indianapolis and began accepting enrollment for classes there in summer and fall 2015.

    Programs open for enrollment are:
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Master of Business Administration

    The Indianapolis center, at 7302 Woodland Drive, is Olivet’s first location in the state of Indiana. Located on the northwest side of Indianapolis near Interstate 465 and 73rd Street, the 17,000-square-foot building is home to nine classrooms, a student break room and offices.

    The University’s main campus is in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Additional Olivet sites are in Rolling Meadows and Oak Brook, Illinois; Grand Rapids and Grand Ledge, Michigan; and Hong Kong.

    “As a nationally recognized university, Olivet is committed to strategic growth as part of our mission and vision,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. “This expansion into Indianapolis provides opportunities for more students to benefit from Olivet’s commitment to providing education with a Christian purpose.”

    Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana and Olivet have entered into an articulation agreement which paves the way for Ivy Tech students to continue studies at Olivet. In addition, all Ivy Tech students, employees and alumni are eligible to receive Olivet tuition discounts for programs offered through the Indianapolis location.

    As a member of the local community, Olivet continues to lay the groundwork for developing affiliations with companies and organizations throughout Indiana. To date, employees of Community Health Network, Indiana University Health, Hendricks Regional Health, The Villages and Hamilton County are eligible to receive Olivet tuition discounts for programs offered through the Indianapolis location.

    Information about graduate programs and enrollment is available at graduate.olivet.edu and 877-965-4838.
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    Apr 20, 2015 10:56:24Apr 20, 2015 -

    Pixar Animation Studios co-founder Ed Catmull and best-selling business author Jim Collins are among presenters at the 2015 Global Leadership Summit, the world-class leadership training event to be broadcast live August 6 and 7 from Willow Creek Community Church to GatheringPoint Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais.

    Olivet and GatheringPoint Church will co-host the live telecast for leaders from all sectors, especially business, academia, non-profit organizations and churches. This live telecast in Bourbonnais provides a rare opportunity for local leaders to experience the quality speakers and learning of the Summit close to where they live or work.

    Registration for the live telecast site in Bourbonnais is available at http://www.willowcreek.com/events/leadership or 800-570-9812. A discounted registration fee is offered through May 19.

    Local event information is available from Laura Warfel at lwwarfel@olivet.edu or 815-928-5403.

    The 2015 event is the 21st annual Summit produced by the Willow Creek Association. Here is the full list of this year’s presenters:

    Bill Hybels, founder and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, Illinois
    Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and president of Walt Disney Animation Studios
    Brian Houston, founder and global senior pastor of Hillsong Church

    Business experts
    Jim Collins, nationally acclaimed business thinker and best-selling author of Good to Great
    Sallie Krawcheck, chair of Ellevate Network and former president of Bank of America’s Global Wealth & Investment Management
    Horst Schulze, chairman and CEO of Capella Hotel Group, founding president and former COO of The Ritz-Carlton Group
    Liz Wiseman, president of The Wiseman Group and best-selling author of Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work

    Church leaders
    Sam Adeyemi, founder and senior pastor of Daystar Christian Centre in Nigeria
    Albert Tate, founder and senior pastor of Fellowship Monrovia in southern California
    Craig Groeschel, founder and senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv

    Educators
    Dr. Brené Brown, research professor at University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and best-selling author of Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection
    Adam Grant, professor at Wharton School of Business and best-selling author of Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success
    Sheila Heen, founder of Triad Consulting Group and professor at Harvard Law School

    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 850 cities in 150 countries and be translated into 52 languages.
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    Apr 14, 2015 2:21:10Apr 14, 2015 -

    Shine.FM, a broadcasting ministry of Olivet, recently announced staff appointments, effective April 1, 2015.

    Gary Dearth is now Shine.FM’s director of broadcast systems. He has been an Olivet staff member for 12 years, supporting Shine.FM through the information technology office. He is certified for computer system repair and Apple technical repair. At GatheringPoint Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais, Illinois, he volunteers in information technology. An ordained pastor,
    Dearth served as a youth and associate pastor for Church of the Nazarene before starting at Olivet.

    Rob Rodewald is now the assistant program director graduate assistant of the Shine.FM network. A graduate of Olivet’s radio broadcasting program, he has worked in several capacities for Shine.FM over a 10-year period and currently serves as the morning news anchor. Rodewald has more than 25 years of experience in all facets of radio station operations. He also manages public relations for a local school district, is president of the school board in another school district, and serves on the board of directors for the Kankakee County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

    Charles Sheldon is now the traffic director graduate assistant for the Shine.FM network. A native of Naperville, Illinois, he majored in multimedia communication and recently received his bachelor’s degree from Olivet. While at Olivet, Sheldon served as co-vice president of Lambda Pi Eta, the communication honor society. He also volunteered in the Pembroke community and helped establish the library there. As an undergraduate student, he completed an internship at STARadio in Kankakee.
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    Apr 07, 2015 11:36:37Apr 07, 2015 -

    Marriage, Inc. will host events in Bourbonnais and Bradley on April 25 and 26 to celebrate Black Marriage Day 2015. This year’s theme is “Respect the Ring: Join the Celebration!”

    On Saturday, April 25, an Interactive Marriage Workshop takes place at 2 p.m. in Olivet's Chalfant Hall. Bishop J. Drew Sheard and Lady Karen Clark-Sheard will offer insight on marriage and life with relevant content for married and engaged couples.

    The Sheards have been married for more than 30 years. Bishop Sheard is a megachurch pastor in Detroit, and Lady Clark-Sheard is a Grammy-award winning gospel music artist. Their most recent project is “The Sheards,” a weekly docudrama airing on the BET network.

    Tickets for the Interactive Marriage Workshop are $35 per person before April 15 and $45 per person on and after that date. Tickets will not be available at the door. Information and tickets are available by clicking here or calling 815-939-5385.

    On Sunday, April 26, at 6 p.m., a community worship service will celebrate and encourage marriage, specifically black marriages. The service will feature a vow renewal service for which brides are asked to white, and grooms wear black. The service will take place at Mount Olivet Baptist Church, 650 Fairview Avenue, Bradley.

    Keynote speaker is Dr. James Hudson, a Kankakee native and senior pastor of the Harrison Street Baptist Church, Paducah, Kentucky. Information is available clicking here or calling 815-933-3411 or 815-937-1817.

    Marriage, Inc., a cooperative organization based in Kankakee, sponsors the annual Black Marriage Day celebration in cooperation with Wedded Bliss Foundation. Wedded Bliss is a community-based organization helping teens, singles and couples develop healthy relationships and healthy marriages to improve their lives, better the outcomes for children and create stronger communities.

    “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,” said 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.”
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    Mar 19, 2015 2:2:49Mar 19, 2015 -

    Shine.FM radio network and Olivet welcome Jeff “Cruz” Cornett as the new network program director and station manager of the WHZN station, effective April 1, 2015. He will be based in Indianapolis.

    “Shine.FM is excited to welcome Jeff to our team” said Brian McIntyre Utter, network general manager. “As a recognized leader in the broadcast industry, he is an asset to our ministry. He brings skills, talents and programming savvy that will help Shine.FM continue to impact lives and build stronger families in our markets.”

    Jeff is a member of the leadership team for Christian Music Broadcasters. Prior to joining Shine.FM, he was with WMHK in Columbia, South Carolina, and Z88.3FM in Orlando, Florida.
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    Mar 06, 2015 12:13:16Mar 06, 2015 -

    Two-time Grammy-nominated artist David Crowder will bring his “Neon Steeple Tour” to Olivet's Centennial Chapel at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

    Tickets are on sale at www.itickets.com. Information is available at 815-939-5330, shine@olivet.edu and http://chicago.shine.fm. The concert is sponsored by Olivet-owned radio network Shine.FM.

    David Crowder has nine Gospel Music Association Dove Awards for excellence in gospel music. He has 22 Dove Award nominations and has sold nearly two million albums and three million digital tracks. After a long run as lead singer of the David Crowder Band, Crowder launched his solo career in 2012. “Neon Steeple,” Crowder’s debut solo album, includes “I Am,” a single that reached no. 3 on the Billboard Christian Songs chart. The New York Times called Crowder one of the “most thoughtful, progressive and exciting acts in contemporary Christian music.”

    The concert at Olivet will also feature contemporary Christian singer-songwriters Tim Timmons and Dan Bremnes.
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    Feb 26, 2015 11:31:36Feb 26, 2015 -

    Speaker and author Patsy Clairmont and Christian music artist Lindsay McCaul will headline Ladies Day 2015 on April 11 at Olivet.

    The annual Ladies Day program brings together the best in Christian teaching and music to provide hope, encouragement and inspiration for women. This year’s program will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Centennial Chapel. Registration is $35 per person and includes lunch and a special gift.

    Registration and information are available by calling 815-939-5258 or by clicking here. The program is presented by Olivet and Shine.FM, the University’s Christian radio network.

    Patsy Clairmont is a founding Women of Faith speaker. For nearly 40 years, she has offered spiritual and emotional hope to millions throughout the U.S. and Canada, Israel and Africa.

    She has written books in several genres, including devotional, fiction, children’s and gift offerings. Her newest book, You Are More Than You Know: Face Your Fears, Grow Stronger, is scheduled for March publication. TWIRL: A Fresh Spin at Life was published last year. Her other works include God Uses Cracked Pots, Normal Is Just a Setting on Your Dryer and I Love Being a Woman.

    Lindsay McCaul, singer/songwriter and Shine.FM recording artist, recently released “One More Step,” her second album and her first for the Centricity label. The 11 songs chronicle her journey through personal and professional challenges and convey a message of real hope. She has toured with artists including Casting Crowns, Matthew West, Sanctus Real, The Afters, Brandon Heath and Mandisa.
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    Feb 25, 2015 10:47:53Feb 25, 2015 -

    The School of Education at Olivet and Two Rivers Reading Council (TRRC), an affiliate of the Illinois Reading Council, invite area educators to a presentation by noted Illinois educator and reading specialist Dr. Maria Walther.

    Dr. Walther will present “Common Sense Strategies for Meeting Common Core Standards” on Saturday, March 14, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Olivet's Wisner Auditorium.

    Tickets are $10 each for TRRC members and $20 each for non-members. Ticket price includes breakfast and the program. Tickets and information are available by emailing tworiversreadingcouncil@gmail.com. Payment for tickets may be made by mail to TRRC, 2208 W. Garden Dr., Kankakee, IL 60901.

    Dr. Walther was honored as Illinois Reading Educator of the Year. She earned the 2008 ICARE for Reading Award from the Illinois Council for Affective Reading Education for fostering the love of reading in children. She also received the Outstanding Research Award and the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Northern Illinois University. She is the author of several books, including Month-by-Month Instruction for the Differentiated Classroom, Transforming Literacy Teaching and Month-by-Month Trait-Based Writing Instruction.

    Committed to staying in the classroom, Dr. Walther teaches first-grade students in Indian Prairie District 204, Aurora, Illinois. She has earned National Board Certification and has served on numerous committees dedicated to helping teachers improve literacy instruction. She is also dedicated to inspiring other education professionals by sharing ideas rooted in her continued commitment to teaching, researching, reading, reflecting, writing and collaborating with her colleagues.
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    Feb 24, 2015 11:23:26Feb 24, 2015 -

    The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) this month reauthorized the institutional accreditation of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois, culminating the extensive self-study process the University undertakes every 10 years for accreditation.

    Olivet was recognized for maintaining a solid financial situation, being significantly mission-focused, having realistic goals and planning processes, and meeting all criteria for accreditation.

    The University has earned accreditation continuously since 1965. Accreditation assesses an institution’s capacity to assure its own quality and requires the institution to produce significant evidence that it does so. The HLC, one of six independent U.S. regional accreditors, evaluates degree-granting, post-secondary educational institutions in 19 states that comprise the North Central region.

    “This accreditation continues to justify the trust that our students, prospective students and their families have in our University,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. “The comprehensive review process allowed the Higher Learning Commission to affirm our vision and the progress that has taken place at the University over the past decade.”

    In addition to assuring quality and adherence to academic standards, accreditation determines a school’s eligibility for participation in federal (Title IV) and state financial aid programs and supports institutional eligibility for employer tuition assistance.

    Accreditation standards ensure the acceptance and transfer of college credit, and a degree from an accredited institution is a prerequisite for many graduate programs. Also, professions that require licensure may not accept degrees from schools without regional accreditation.

    Dr. Bowling thanked everyone on the University faculty and staff for meeting the rigorous requirements of the HLC’s affirmation process. He cited the efforts of the Olivet committee that shepherded the University-wide project over a two-year period: Dr. Sue Rattin, committee chair and Olivet’s director of Assessment and Learning Support Services; Dr. Kent Olney, chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences; Dr. Paul Koch, business professor; Dianne Schaafsma, director of Financial Services; Jonathan Bartling, dean, School of Graduate and Continuing Studies; Dr. Ivor Newsham, consultant; and Cheryl Paarlberg, administrative assistant for Dr. Rattin.

    “Commitment to educating our students well, along with professional diligence, continues to make the Olivet experience an educational hallmark for our students and alumni,” said Dr. Rattin. “We take our place confidently among the best higher education institutions. The key to a successful effort to receive HLC reauthorization of accreditation is the collection of substantive and meaningful evidence to support the claims we make about our University.”

    “Through focus groups, surveys, end-of-course evaluation, faculty and staff evaluations, audit reports, and a plethora of other sources of evidence, we have affirmed that Olivet is indeed a place that fosters ‘Higher Learning for a Higher Calling,’ the theme of our self-study,” Dr. Rattin added.
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    Feb 18, 2015 1:23:44Feb 18, 2015 -

    Olivet congratulates all students named to the dean's list during the fall 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

    Sarah Aeschliman, Benjamin Agan, Kayla Albrecht, Amanda Aldeir, Monika Alfke, Rachel Alfonso, Abigail Allen, Kaleigh Allen, Nicholas Allen, Spencer Allen, Brooke Alleva, Sarah Allison, Kaitlyn Altmann, Abigail Anderson, Audrey Anderson, Bethany Anderson, Emily Anderson, Jacob Anderson, Jessica Anderson, Lauren Anderson, Maria Anderson, Rachel Anderson, Riley Anderson, Ryan Anderson, Sarah Anderson, Joel Andrade, Jessica Arellano, Liliana Arroyo, Anton Arvidsson, Jenna Ayers, Angelique Azouri

    B

    Felicia Baer, Candace Baird, Claire Barber, Madylin Barker, Kilmeny Barnell, Brandon Barrows, Elizabeth Bart, Abraham Barwegen, Mary Bass, William Bates, Morgan Baumert, Justin Baur, Emily Baylor, Anthony Bazil, Hannah Beals, Sara Becker, Alicia Beckmann, Brigette Beggs, Emily Belschner, Teagan Bencsics, Charles Bennett, Haley Beno, Nathan Benz, Attalyssa Berg, Timothy Berkey, Daniel Berkiel, Kathleen Berns, Jesse Beutler, Gina Bianchi, Karina Bihar, Diana Bilea, Holly Billiter, Lydia Bilyeu, Anthony Bird, Brittany Bird, Candice Birr, Codey Bishop, Marisa Bishop, Austin Blair, Alexander Blakeley, Keegan Block, Madeline Bloom, Amy Blucker, Rachel Blunier, Carly Blystone, Megan Bohac, Katelyn Boicken, Amy Bolton, Holly Bonenberger, Hannah Bontrager, Tyler Bontrager, Brittany Booth, Taylor Bordewick, Nicholas Borger, Michael Bork, Austin Borop, Katie Bosket, Angela Brandon, Danielle Branham, Amy Brenner, Fleur Breuker, Cameron Brewer, Casey Bronson, Jared Broom, Amy Brown, Brandon Brown, Erica Browning, Jessica Brown, Kari Brown, Karley Brown, Lauren Brown, Zachary Brown, Maxwell Buche, Jennifer Buhr, Brandon Burchfield, Ryan Burch, Austin Burdine, Haley Burge, Anna Burkey, Sara Burmeister, Amanda Bursztynsky, Madeline Buseth, Jazmine Buster, Samantha Butera, Cara Butler, Megan Butler, Morgan Byers

    C

    Brittlee Cadle, Jenna Cain, Madison Caise, Christine Cano, Tung Anh Cao, Emma Capps, Victoria Carbonell, Jared Carl, Ryan Carl, Zechariah Carlton, Annette Carr, Jocelyn Carrillo, Haley Carroll, Katelyn Carroll, Megan Casali, Steven Case, Olivia Casey, Natalie Cash, Madison Castle, Michaela Casto, Benjamin Cataldo, Tamara Chalikian, Sara Chamberlain, Cara Champlin, Ambree Chaplinski, Elizabeth Chapman, Jaimie Chen, Kaitlyn Childs, Taylor Chitwood, Claire Chlasta, Justin Chrastina, Jennifer Christensen, Alena Christopherson, Ryan Clendening, Karisa Cobb, Taylor Coble, Matthew Cockroft, Vanessa Cohn, Isabella Colangelo, Nicholas Colangelo, Rebekah Colbert, Taylor Cole, Sarah Collalti, Alissa Combe, Erin Connelly, Ashley Coon, Logan Cooper, Mikaela Coose, Kirsten Cornella-Carlson, Sydney Couch, Shanna Covarrubias, Andrew Cowen, Mary Cowen, Jonathan Cramer, Abigail Crane, Rebecca Crane, Tyler Crater, Ashley Crawford, Courtney Crawford, Jara Crawford, Loren Crawford, Molly Crawley, Breanna Creek, Dylan Creger, Brandon Crockett, Jose Cruz Mejia, Samuel Cullado, Michelle Curran, Brandi Curtis, Maggie Cusey

    D

    Laura D'Angelo, Jennifer D'Onofrio, Mitchell Dale, Riley Dale, Clay Dargert, Madison Davis, Emily Davisson, Stephen Davis, Lynnae De Jong, Joel DeArmond, David Decker, Kenneth DeCook, Rachael DeGraff, Marissa DeGroot, Dustin Dehart, Kate Dekoning, Derek Delgado, Trevor Delgado, Mary DeMent, Chase DeMott, Amelia Denison, Jared Dennis, Jacqueline Deslauriers, Adam Dettman, Anthony Deutsch, Devlin DeVore, Stacie Dexter, Thomas Dexter, Amber DeYoung, Stephanie DiLeonardo, Joshua Dille, Isaac Dillman, Scott Dillman, Trevor Dillman, Thomas Dinkleman, Jessica Dirkse, Sarah Dirkse, Laurel Dispenza, Michelle Ditchfield, Brandon Divan, Erin Doherty, Liza Dollenbacher, Andrea Donley, Eric Douglass, Brandon Doyle, Molly Dragoo, Clarence Driver, Amber Drozd, Caleb Duffy, Jonathan Dulinsky, Alexandra Duncan, Kaci Dunnum, Celia Durazo, Randi Durbin, JoAnne Dusenbury, Michelle Dykstra

    E

    Nicholas Eckart, Taihla Eddins, Rebecca Eller, Gretchen Elliott, Jonathan Elliott, Shauna Elliott, Jessica Ellison, Tammy Ellis, Tyler Ellis, Rachel Elson, Samuel Emaus, Roman Endrizzi, Renee Enz, Valerie Erickson, Ericka Esters, Nicole Eulert, Zackry Everett

    F

    John Falco, Thomas Farmer, Calli Fast, Alyssa Faulks, David Faux, Jacqueline Fayne-Knox, Ashleigh Fedei, Shelley Fellows, Caleb Fernette, Emily Fernette, Chase Fierro, Jonathan Fightmaster, Andrew Fischer, Austin Fischer, Brittany Fischer, Scott Fischer, Caleb Fisher, Bradley Fitzgerald, Kaitlyn Fitzgerald, Melyssa Fitzpatrick, Travis Fleetwood, Aaron Flemming, Erin Florence, Anna Floyd, Morgan Fly, Tyler Ford, Micah Forshee, Rachel Fosdal, Laura Fosnaugh, Sarah Fosnaugh, Matthew Fowler, Alynn Franklin, Trevor Franklin, Ashley Freeman, Drew Frey, Lindee Fry, Robin Funk, Shealeigh Funni

    G

    Tyler Gabriele, Katherine Gajewski, Keila Galloway, Levi Gambill, Sarah Ganster, Julie Gant, Genesis Garcia, David Gardner, Lydia Gardner, John Gargiulo, Mariah Garratt, Charlton Garr, Dolly Garrison, Christina Garza, Andrew Gaskill, Benjamin Geeding, Kate Geiman, Kelsey Geiman, Robin Gerboth, Jessica Gerig, Deirdre Gerke, Jeffrey Gerstenberger, Andrea Gibson, Frederick Gifford, Samuel Gifford, Carolyn Gillespie, Tyler Gill, Jeffery Glitz, Sarah Gliwa, Mikaela Goetz, Bryce Goldade, Ana Gomez, Haley Goodwin, Kristyn Goodwin, Rachael Gordon, Hannah Gorecki, Seth Gorman, Jacob Gouge, Nichole Goumas, Alexandria Grady, Ariel Grainger, Derek Grainger, Cleda Grammer, Meredith Green, Rebecca Gremar, Kathryn Grimes, Jessica Grimmett, Rachel Grimmett, Mikayla Griwac, Alise Gromala, Allyse Groover, Curtis Groover, Andrew Grosch, Brian Gross, Lydia Grosse, Whitney Grossman, Stephanie Grossoehme, Zachary Gross, Christina Grosz, Nicholas Grosz, Elizabeth Grove, Taylor Grover, Lillian Guenseth, Ryan Guertin, Caleb Gulledge, Julie Gulledge, Robert Gunderson, Margaret Gutwein, Griselda Guzman

    H

    Andrew Haack, Janelle Hackathorn, Caitlin Hacker, Carrie Hacker, Matthew Haerr, Amanda Haffer, Alexander Hagberg, Alaina Hagen, Marianne Hall, Mary Hall, Kayla Hallstrom, Heather Halverson, Lindsey Hamlin, Kyle Hamrick, Tara Hamstra, Abigail Hancock, Shayla Hancock, Brittany Hanenburg, Robert Harjo, Cody Harper, Colleen Harris, Danyne Harris, Neely Harris, Sydney Harris, Aaron Hartke, Lisa Hartman, Haley Hatalla, Lindsay Hathaway, Marshall Hawn, Rachel Haworth, Andrea Hay, Jordan Hayes, Brooke Heaton, Kayla Hedgren, Jenna Height, Cole Heinz, Mary Heinz, Jessica Hemmer, Tiffany Henderson, Jessa Hendricker, Megan Hendrickson, Cassidy Henning, Hannah Henry, Rachel Hensley, Jonathan Hentschel, Lindsy Hentschel, Jacob Herberger, Daneli Rabanalez Hernandez, Elias Hernandez, Rebekah Hernandez, Jonathan Herndon, Lyndsey Herndon, Corbin Hesterberg, Haley Hetfleisch, Larita Hickey, Jessica Higer, Ethan Hiles, Brittany Hilleary, Zachary Hir, Elizabeth Hissom, Emily Hiter, Lara Hoaglan, Jacqueline Hobbs, Anna Hoekstra, Anneka Hoekstra, Patrick Hoepp, Julie Hogan, Grace Hohn, Rachel Holaway, Alina Holliday, Nathaniel Honeyager, Amber Hope, Jordan Horn, Jacqueline Horwood, Jacob Hoskins, Alexander Hottle, Jordan Houser, Noelle Howard, Allison Howell, Elizabeth Hubbell, Taylor Hudelson, Christina Huebner, Amy Huish, Kayle Hull, Ryan Hull, Alexander Hunt, Sydney Hunt, Tori Hunt, Chaz Hutchison, Ryan Hutton, Isabelle Huyck

    I

    Erin Ifft, Baylie Isaacs, Hayley Ivanic

    J

    Kati Jackson, Lauren James, Emilie Janes, Marta Quereda Jareno, Hannah Javaux, Joy Jenen, Elizabeth Jenkins, Ryan Jennings, Allison Jensen, Rachel Jensen, Rachel Jirik, Shannon Jirik, Amanda Johnson, Caitlin Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson, Kelsey Johnson, Rebekah Johnson, Stephen Johnson, Valerie Johnson, Brenda Jones, Rachel Jones, Sarah Jones, Morgan Judson, Luke Jungermann

    K

    Christian Kalfas, Andrew Kallas, Lucas Kamely, Emily Kammin, Teresa Kamper, Emily Kane, Michaela Kane, Callie Kant, Allie Karras, Madison Karrick, Lauren Kasler, Morgan Kauffman, Rachel Keck, Michael Keigher, Austin Kelly, Anne Kennedy, Heather Kennedy, Austin Kennell, Danielle Kensinger, Colin Keppner, Alyssa Keuther, Jamie Kiefer, Rachel Kilbry, Celina Kilhefner, Brittany Killion, Paul Kime, Kent Kinnersley, Philip Kinnersley, Courtney Kinstle, Devin Kirkland, Sydney Kirkpatrick, Samuel Kleindienst, Kurtis Klein, Breanne Klemm, Andrew Kline, Luke Knight, Stacy Knoderer, Scott Knol, Whitney Knox, Victoria Kober, Elizabeth Koch, Courtney Kodat, Casey Koerner, Colin Koerner, Sandra Koljovic, Mikaela Komp, Leighton Kraft, Elizabeth Krumsieg, Anneliese Kuechenberg, Samuel Kuehl, Joseph Kuntz, Katelyn Kuper, Kari Kwiatkowski

    L

    Karlin Labenske, Stephani LaCasse, Jessica Laidler, Karah Lain, Nathan Lain, Kellen Lake, Nicole Landis, Elizabeth Lanham, Caleb Lankford, Jacqueline LaPash, Connie Lapinski, Stephanie Larson, Madalyn Lathrop, David Latko, Justin Lautermilch, Renee Layman, Carrie Leato, Kaley Ledford, Grace Leighton, Kendra Leimbach, David Leman, Drew Leman, Mason LeMay, Victoria Lemke, Michael Leppin, Tyson Lersch, Jocelyn LeSage, Monica Lewis, Emma Lilley, Victoria Lilly, Andrew Lindell, Ciara Lindgren, Caleb Lingle, Megan Lingle, Tyler Lingle, On Ling, Stephanie Linquist, Brian Linsner, Kylie Lippencott, John Litrenta, Mitchell Lockwood, Ian Lofgren, Emily Lohr, Jessica Lolli, Alyse Long, Ashley Longnecker, Tiara Long, Jordan Loudermilk, Abigail Loughran, Jonathon Loughran, Kyle Love, Laura Love, Melissa Luby, Bethany Luchtenburg, Edward Ludwig, Jacob Ludy, Jacquelyn Luecke, Julia Luecke, Isaac Luginbill, Morgan Luhman, Kaitlyn Lukhard, Michaela Lutz, Joel Lynn

    M

    Andrea MacDonough, Tiffany Madura, Guilherme Magnoler, Alexandra Mahaffey, Aaron Maia, Kasey Main, Oscar Manciñeiras Cornella, Jessica Manning, Joseph Mantarian, Danielle Maranion, Hayley Marcordes, Tess Marcordes, Ryan Marcotte, Brianna Marshall, Leeanne Marshall, Keren Marsh, Danielle Martin, Jason Martin, Joel Martin, Joshua Martin, Ryan Martin, Cameron Mason, Erica Matheis, Jessica Matulis, Sarah Matyskela, Kimberly Maue, Abigail Maurer, Katherine Maurer, Collin Maxon, Kendra Maxon, Kara Mayer, Quincie McCalla, Ethan McCallister, Emily McCann, Cammi McClurg, Melissa McDannell, Matthew McDivitt, Michael McFerran, Kaitlin McHenry, Abigail McKay, Ashley McKnight, Samantha McLain, Tanner McLain, Miles Meador, Spencer Meador, Hayley Meadows, Katie Megyesi, Jill Meier, Vaughan Meiss, Faith Meitzler, Gabriella Mejia, Makayla Meredith, Adam Metzler, Bethany Metzler, Brianna Meyers, Erin Meyers, Jessica Middleton, Ronald Milbocker, Caroline Miller, Jacob Miller, Kelly Miller, Leslie Miller, Lindsay Miller, Maggie Miller, Sarah Miller, Stephanie Miller, Abigail Mills, Emily Mills, Kristin Minerd, Daniel Mitchell, David Modica, Maha Mohammad, Sanni Mohammed-Haruna, Rebekah Molnar, Rebecca Mooi, Andrew Moore, Taylor Moore, Shelby Moreland, Samantha Morey, Hope Morris, Lindsay Morris, Michaela Morris, Lindsay Morr, Kayla Moutvic, Ethan Mowry, Shae Mowry, Madison Moyer, Hannah Moyers, Garrett Muhlstadt, Maria Munoz, Bethany Munroe, Macy Murray, Truitt Murrow, Ryan Muzljakovich, Justine Myers

    N

    Sadie Navas, Joseph Neely, Elizabeth Nellis, Nathaniel Nelson, Carolyn Neubaum, Robert Newell, Rachel Nichol, Kathleen Nicholson, Carolyn Nicodemus, Stephen Njoroge, Kyle Nolan, Brenda Norman-Campbell, Steven Nowinski, Amanda Nowman, Casey Nugent, Priscila Nunez, Morgan Nusbaumer

    O

    Desiree O'Brien, Kayla O'Donohue, Gabriel Ojeda, Johanna Oksnevad, Whitney Olson, Hannah Ondrey, Ashley Oosterhouse, Katelyn Oprondek, Alexandra Ortiz, Kevin Osterink, Victoria Owings

    P

    Ingrid Palmer, Geena Paoli, Richard Paret, Cali Pargulski, Jaron Parke, Colton Parker, David Parker, Caleb Parsons, Rachel Pasch, Seth Patchett, Lillian Patton, Allyssa Paulsen, Gwendolyn Payne, Samantha Payne, Seth Peachey, Tai Peachey, Marriah Peebles, Damaris Perez, Emily Perkins, Grant Perkins, Zachary Pessia, Austin Peters, Haley Jo Peterson, Cassandra Petrie, Simon Pheasant, Alexander Phillips, Paige Phillips, Drew Philson, Hannah Piatek, Brian Pickering, Rebecca Piechur, Dustin Pierce, Kaitlyn Pierce, Bethany Pilat, Bethany Pilcher, Saige Pilgrim, Francisco Pirela, Joshua Pityer, Micah Plank, Kristena Poll, Palmer Ponstein, Kelli Poole, Matthew Posladek, Renee Poucher, David Powers, Ayla Price, Calvin Price, Colin Prominski, Gianna Puccinelli, Juleah Puccinelli, Lydia Puentes, Natalie Puent, Jessica Putnam, Phillip Putney, Courtney Pych

    Q

    Marta Quereda Jareno

    R

    Daneli Rabanalez Hernandez, Shani Rademan, Chad Radford, Emily Raduns, Abigail Ragsdale, Francisco Ramirez, Kelsey Rasmussen, Megan Rasmussen, Hannah Rattin, Josilee Ray, Juliana Ray, Sarah Ray, Emily Reader, Sarah Ready, Jacob Rechsteiner, Michael Reddy, Catherine Reed, Matthew Reed, Kristen Reese, Jake Reeverts, Alexander Regets, Amanda Regets, Sabra Reichow, Angela Reinbacher, Daniel Reinke, Hannah Reister, Meredith Rennewanz, Julie Reopelle, Kyle Reopelle, Brandon Reyes, Jared Richey, Kristen Richey, Shana Riedlinger, Samuel Riggenbach, Holly Risinger, Allison Ritzert, Rebekah Rivers, Seth Rivett, Zachary Rivett, Lisa Rizzo, Jeslyn Roat, Kaitlyn Robertson, Jonathen Robey, Vanessa Rodriguez, Taylor Roix, Andrea Rose, Brianna Rose, Catherine Rose, Julia Ross, Kimberly Rothacker, Lauren Rouse, Chesley Rowlett, Capri Rubitschung, Clara Ruegsegger, Emily Rull, Katie Rummery, Morgan Runge, Lyndsey Rupp, Emily Rush, Matthew Ryan

    S

    Rittu Sabu, Maggi Sall, Luke Salomone, Rodolfo Sanchez, Emily Sanders, Samantha Sanders, Ashley Sarver, Stefan Sauder, Katherine Saunders, Grace Savage, Paige Schaefer, Evan Schafer, Josie Schaver, Julie Schaver, Amber Scheidt, Brittany Scheidt, Annah Schick, Bennet Schimmelpfennig, Daley Schimmelpfennig, Hannah Schmerschneider, Maggie Schmidt, Annika Schmit, Autumn Schmitz, Andrew Schneider, Alexandra Schoessler, Nicholas Schoon, Collin Schoonover, Christian Schrader, Tia Schrader, Rachel Schramm, Nichole Schuitema, Troy Schultz, Susan Schulz, Sheri Schweizer, Alyssa Secor, Lindsay Seiberlich, Clay Selby, Hunter Selby, Anamar Serrano, David Shaffer, Nicholas Shaffer, Loren Shattuck, Brian Shaw, Katelyn Shaw, Colin Sheehan, Charles Sheldon, Ryan Shelton, Brooke Shepherd, Hannah Shiner, Lindsey Shoemaker, Charity Shonamon, Morgan Shride, Amanda Siciak, Breanna Sikes, Kallie Siscoe, Emilly Siwicki, Matthew Slack, Kyle Sleik, Kyle Smeltzer, Alexis Smith, Allison Smith, Audrey Smith, Bethany Smith, Brooke Smith, Katherine Smith, Kylie Smith, McKenzie Smith, Nathanael Smith, Neil Smith, Reed Smith, Regan Smith, Ryan Smith, Sonia Smith, Timothy Smith, Steven Snider, Abigail Snow, Lauren Snow, Bradley Soendlin, Katelynn Soendlin, Ashley Sonnenberg, Christopher Sonnenberg, Elizabeth Sonneveld, Kenneth Sons, Alexander Southe, James Southerland, Victoria Sparks, Benjamin Speakman, Matthew Spear, Christopher Spence, Amy Spencer, Shyanne Spence, Jessica Springer, Naomi Springer, Wesley Sproul, Emily Sprunger, Samuel Sprunger, Courtney Spurgeon, Emily Spychalla, Morgan St Aubin, Allison Staggs, Marena Stair, Monica Stamper, Taylor Stark, Shannon Steffen, Samuel Steiber, Erin Stephens, Kylee Stevens, Alana Steward, Kyce Stewart, Rachel Stidham, Sarah Stidham, Anna Stiker, Rebecca Stolberg, Corinne Stout, Caleb Strand, Kaitlyn Strand, Luke Strasser, Conner Stroud, Sarah Struck, Jayne Stuart, Spencer Sumner, Todd Suttor, Etienne Swanepoel, Justine Szetela, Michael Szostek, Jeffrey Szubert

    T

    Honomi Takizawa, Jessica Tarchala, Erin Taylor, Jacob Taylor, Jennifer Taylor, Jordan TerBush, Grace Tervin, Ashley Tetter, Chelsea Thacker, Erik Tharp, Bradley Thomas, Morgan Thomas, McKenzie Thompson, Alexander Thorson, Zachary Thurston, Parker Tibbs, Adam Timmer, Debora Timmer, Andrew Tipton, Alexander Tolley, Bradley Ton, Jordyn Truelock, Hannah Tschetter, Seth Tschetter, Taylor Tucker, Abigail Turner, Briana Turner, Sydney Tyler

    U

    Hayley Uhlman, Patrick Ullrich

    V

    Dustin Vail, Morgan Van Peursem, Jenna Vance, Alexandra VanDehey, Justin Vander Ploeg, Marissa Vander Ploeg, Jacob Vangore, Carlie Vannatta, Benjamin Vertin, Kelsey Vihnanek, Ashli Voeller, Justine Von Arb, Samuel Vroman, Sarah Vrosh

    W

    Jacob Wagner, Robert Wagner, Zachary Wagner, Elisabeth Wahl, Joellen Wainwright, Emilie Walder, Cameron Walker, Jamie Walker, Sarah Walmsley, Natalie Wangler, Yichao Wang, Samantha Wanless, Joshua Ware, Jacob Warfle, Troy Watson, Namukulwa Wauna, Luke Weaver, Shelby Wegforth, Gabrielle Weitzel, Nathan Wells, Ethan Weniger, Michael Whalen, Tyler Whitaker, Leslie White, Lynn White, Hope Whitis, Joseph Wickes, Brittany Widdowson, Jennifer Wieland, Jennifer Wieringa, Laprincia Wiggins, Angela Wilcox, Sahara Wilcoxen, Cymone Wilder, Nicole Wilder, Elizabeth Willford, Laura Willging, Edmund Williams, Hannah Williams, Jayna Williamson, Rebecca Williams, Connor Willis, Samuel Wilner, Kayla Wilson, Noah Wilson, Seth Wilson, Eva Winters, Sadie Witvoet, Andrea Wojciechowski, Ashley Wolfe, Colton Wolfe, Bridget Wolff, Megan Woods, Jeff Woodward, Staci Woolley, Jennifer Workman, Logan Wright

    Y

    Morgan Youman, Carissa Young, Caleb Yourdon, Olena Yousif

    Z

    Mateusz Zajchowski, Jonathan Zatorski, Kyle Zeman, Jasmine Zenobia, Hannah Zobrist, Amanda Zoladz
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    Feb 16, 2015 10:39:27Feb 16, 2015 -

    Student life at Olivet is about more than simply obtaining a degree. For many, the desire to gain experience in the field through service to the community drives them to experience more. In the senior level course, “Professional Issues and Actions,” Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) students manifest their ideas into service projects that impact the local community.

    Students learn firsthand how to work with professionals, enhancing the lives of children and families through their service projects. Learning the ins and outs of event planning, organizing and research, the course prepares students to make the transition from school to the workplace.

    This year, 35 senior FACS majors formed seven groups to assess community needs and choose organizations with which to partner. The teams spent a minimum of 10 hours with their organizations for researching, planning, organizing and conducting each service project.

    In partnering to serve meals for families at the Ronald McDonald House, Hannah Moyers (senior, Montello, Wisconsin) was able to maintain a meaningful relationship she had created prior to college. “I worked at a camp in northern California for the Ronald McDonald House before coming to Olivet,” she says. “I have a huge heart for the organization. I thought it would be hard to continue serving, but this project provided me with that opportunity.”

    Previous projects have included giving baby showers for teen moms, teaching horseback riding to children with disabilities, coordinating a mother-daughter sewing night, and running a school fun fair. “The focus on Family and Consumer Sciences resides in the community,” says Professor Debra Kimberlin, who teaches the course and oversees the projects.

    Dr. Diane Richardson, department chair, attests to the impact students are able to make. “We are the hands and feet of Jesus,” she says. “We want to encourage our students to continue to serve others.”

    The program has seen overwhelming success, with all students involved voicing their desire to continue these partnerships with the local organizations.

    “It’s been a wonderfully successful year already,” Hannah says, “We’re all looking forward to seeing what happens next.”

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    Feb 10, 2015 3:55:25Feb 10, 2015 -

    Olivet’s musical theatre production of “The Spitfire Grill” weaves student talent with the compelling story of personal redemption and a folk/bluegrass musical score.

    Show times are Thursday and Friday, February 26 and 27, 7 p.m.; and Saturday, February 28, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. All shows are at Kresge Auditorium in Larsen Fine Arts Center on Olivet’s campus. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students and senior adults over age 65. Tickets and information are available at 815-939-5110.

    Olivet’s production stars:
    Joe Brunker (senior, communication major, Plainfield, Illinois) as Caleb Thorpe
    Cody Curtis (junior, criminal justice major, Kankakee, Illinois) as The Visitor
    Paul Davison III (freshman, multimedia studies major, Gilberts, Illinois) as Sheriff Joe Sutter
    Selina Gaines (senior, music major, Flushing, Michigan) as Shelby Thorpe
    Reilly Roberts (sophomore, music performance major, Dixon, Illinois) as Percy Talbott
    Ashley Sarver (senior, multimedia studies major, Urbana, Ohio) as Hannah Ferguson
    McKenzie Smith (junior, communication studies major, Columbia City, Indiana) as Effy Krayneck

    Jerry Cohagan, theatre professor, directs with Dr. Neal Woodruff, music professor, as music director. Olivet’s School of Music provides the orchestral accompaniment.

    First a film released in 1996, “The Spitfire Grill” was performed off-Broadway in 2001, just after the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center. The musical depicts the journey of a young woman just released from prison and ready to restart her life in Gilead, a rural Wisconsin town that represents a redemptive hideaway.
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    Feb 10, 2015 12:19:10Feb 10, 2015 -

    Olivet will host gatherings in several cities beginning this spring to inform University alumni and friends about the University’s growth, progress and plans. 

    The first three gatherings are scheduled: 

    • March 7 in Tampa Bay, Florida
    • March 28 in Washington, D.C. 
    • April 18 in Kansas City, Kansas  

    Additional gatherings will be announced as they are scheduled. Olivet alumni from any class as well as friends of the university, donors and parents of students are encouraged to attend any of the gatherings. Registration is available at http://olivet.edu/events/briefings or through Olivet Alumni Relations at 815-939-5258.

    “Over the past two decades, Olivet has experienced the greatest era of expansion and growth in the university’s 108-year history,” said Denny Williamson, 2015 president of the Olivet Alumni Association. “We know that many Olivet alumni and friends all over the world cannot always make it back to campus for Homecoming or other events. So the Alumni Association will visit various regions of the United States to give nearby alumni the opportunity to hear about all the great things happening at the alma mater.”

    Williamson, regional vice president for Ash Brokerage of Bradenton, Florida, is a 1975 graduate of Olivet. He and other Alumni Association board members will host the regional gatherings along with Gary Griffin, director of Olivet Alumni and University Relations.

     

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    Feb 05, 2015 10:28:59Feb 05, 2015 -

     Tickets are on sale for “Date Night 2015: A Celebration of Marriage,” this year’s evening of entertainment and marriage enrichment sponsored annually by Marriage, Inc., for couples who are married, engaged or dating.

    Date Night 2015 takes place at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 20, at Centennial Chapel on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Tickets are $15 per person and may be ordered at celebrationofmarriage.org or 815-939-5385. The first 1,000 couples who purchase tickets online prior to the event will receive a complimentary copy of the book, The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages by Shaunti Feldhahn.

    Featured entertainers at Date Night 2015 are Jay and Laura Laffoon, founders of Celebrate Ministries; and Michael Jr., comedian and author. The evening also features musical entertainment, a photo booth, marriage enrichment resources and opportunities for fellowship.

    The Laffoons are self-titled marriage “edu-tainers” for their comic approach of blending their 30-plus years of relationship experience with insight and encouragement for couples. They have interviewed thousands of couples about marriage and family issues.

    “Creating and regularly celebrating a thriving marriage reaches beyond a husband and wife to positively impact three critical arenas in our culture: our homes, churches and local communities,” says Jay Laffoon. “We’re determined to be a part of that impact.”

    Comedian Michael Jr. uses comedy to explore universal themes that resonate with family audiences. In addition to television and comedy club appearances, Michael Jr. regularly speaks at universities, church events and conferences, including Willow Creek Association’s Global Leadership Summit. He authored a children’s book, The Parts We Play, and directed the documentary, “Comedy: The Road Less Traveled.”

    Marriage, Inc. is a co-operative of citizens and organizations in the Kankakee, Illinois, community who are “concerned about marriage and the future we are leaving for the next generation,” says Beth Olney, co-director of Marriage, Inc.

     

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    Jan 26, 2015 3:10:27Jan 26, 2015 -

    Shine.FM radio network officially marked its launch in Michigan at 95.3 FM in the Lansing market with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 12.

    The network — a Christian radio ministry of Olivet — began broadcasting in Lansing on December 1, 2014.

    The ceremony was co-hosted by Shine.FM and Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies for ONU alumni, community leaders and Lansing Regional Chamber professionals.

    “We’re excited about the relationships we’re building in the greater Lansing community,” said Brian Utter, Shine.FM general manager. “This project has been community-funded from the beginning. The Church of Greater Lansing, a network of more than 1,000 area churches — as well as civic, business and government leaders — embraces our ministry. The people of Lansing have grasped the mission of Shine.FM.”

    Shine.FM aims to augment the work of churches, ministries and organizations by providing Christ-centered media and messages to build stronger families and stronger communities.

    In addition to the radio broadcast ministry, Shine.FM will bring top Christian artists to the area for concerts and appearances. On Saturday, February 28, 2015, Shine.FM presents Sidewalk Prophets in concert at South Church, 5250 Cornerstone Dr., Lansing. Information is available at lansing.shine.fm

    On Sunday, April 26, 2015, Shine.FM will host an evening concert and celebration at the conclusion of the third annual I Love My City-Lansing! event.

    With humble beginnings in 1947 as an AM station operated by Olivet students and faculty using World War II surplus equipment and 13,000 feet of wire, Shine.FM today is among the top Christian contemporary radio broadcasting networks in the country. Dedicated to building stronger families and stronger communities, the network strives to present messages of hope and encouragement through the truth of God’s Word. Providing listeners with meaningful connections to Christ and an optimistic view of the future is the goal of every day’s programming.

    The network has more than 200,000 listeners weekly through stations in Chicagoland, northwest Indiana and Indianapolis. Thousands more worldwide stream Shine.FM, Shine Worship, Shine RX3 and Brilla.FM online or through mobile apps.
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    Jan 21, 2015 2:46:27Jan 21, 2015 -

    Olivet is one of only three higher education workplaces named Best Christian Workplaces in the United States for 2015.

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

    To qualify for the Best Christian Workplace designation, Olivet was required to have employees complete the BCWI employee engagement survey. Ninety percent of employees participated. Responses were assessed against BCWI standards in the areas of staff calling and passion, trustworthy culture, talent management, strategy and execution, innovation and staff involvement, authentic Christian leadership, personal development, compensation and benefits, and teamwork. Additional open-ended questions allowed employees to share more information about Olivet as an employer and to suggest improvements.

    “Our employees make this University distinctive,” said David Pickering, Olivet’s director of Business and Human Resources. “For more than 10 years of this survey, our employees have consistently rated their co-workers as dedicated and passionate about the roles they play in meeting the needs of our students. There’s an enduring high level of trust among everyone who works at Olivet, as well as an appreciation for the culture and benefits of being here.”

    This recognition comes on the heels of Olivet’s being named as one of the friendliest college campuses in the United States by Niche.com.
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    Jan 19, 2015 2:41:24Jan 19, 2015 -

    Olivet is among the friendliest college campuses in the United States, according to rankings released late in 2014.

    The Christian liberal arts university placed 13th among 589 colleges in student friendliness rankings compiled by Niche, a content service that provides insight and reviews on neighborhoods and schools. Olivet placed higher than all other Illinois colleges and universities as well as larger institutions including the University of California-Davis and Texas A&M University. Olivet’s main campus is in Bourbonnais, 50 miles south of Chicago.

    Rankings were based on 84,115 opinion-based survey responses from 55,204 current college students and recent alumni.

    “My first day at Olivet, I was sitting alone in the dining room because I didn’t know anyone yet,” said Becca Mooi (junior, social work major, Frankfort, Illinois). “In less than five minutes, an upperclassman started a conversation with me. One of the things I love best about Olivet is how students you don’t know go out of their way to be kind and even open a door for you.”

    “Big smiles and friendly waves are common at Olivet,” said Micah Forshee (freshman, engineering major, Grand Blanc, Michigan). “The students make Olivet such a warm and pleasant place to be.”
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    Jan 16, 2015 1:58:36Jan 16, 2015 -

    Olivet students have a new place to go for academic help — from wrestling with a tough assignment to preparing for a test to getting through a rough patch during a course.

    The University’s newly launched Academic Coaching Center is open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, in the lower level of Ludwig Center. Peer coaching is available in five subject areas, and others will be added as faculty members identify coaching needs. For now, students may get coaching in anatomy and physiology, chemistry, psychology, sociology and biology.

    Most of the 24 peer coaches who staff the center are juniors and seniors who have completed many of the courses for which students will seek help. Recommended by professors and/or department chairs, the coaches have completed initial training in academic coaching and will continue to receive training throughout the semester. One coach is available for each subject during each hour the center is open. A student receptionist greets students, and Laura Contreras ’09 is the center supervisor.

    Other means of academic assistance already underway — including tutoring and supplemental instruction, mathematics labs and Spanish labs — will continue in other campus locations. Students with disabilities will continue to work through the Learning Development Center to arrange for services they require.

    “Peer coaches will enrich and support the learning process for many levels of student need,” says Dr. Carol Maxson, associate vice president for academic support. “The Academic Coaching Center embodies the concept that academic assistance benefits students at all levels of understanding and accomplishment, and that students should seek help and enrichment at any time — not only when they are failing or close to failing.”

    Students may make appointments for coaching or visit the center during hours of operation. Each coaching session lasts 50 minutes. Students are advised to bring textbooks and any other class materials necessary to complete the work they want to accomplish. Students may bring their own computers or use those available at the center. Cell phones are permitted for academic use only.

    “Though students’ academic progress is the purpose for this center, I’m thrilled about the strong relationships that will be developed through the whole process,” says Ethan Weniger (junior, psychology major, Normal, Illinois), a peer coach. “My desire is that students will come to the center and find a comfortable place where they can grow.”

    More information about the Academic Coaching Center is available at my.olivet.edu, acc@olivet.edu or 815-936-3963.
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    Jan 06, 2015 10:11:43Jan 06, 2015 -

    Olivet’s School of Music has received the Apple Distinguished Program designation for 2014 through 2016 for its iLearn@Olivet initiative which provides iPad to every member of the Marching Tigers and all music majors, as well as faculty and staff members.

    The Apple Distinguished Program designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments.

    For the marching band, using iPad for music scores and formation diagrams greatly reduces the amount of items band members have to carry with them. The Coaches’ Eye is a valuable app which allows directors to video the band’s performance with iPad. Then directors use the video to give feedback to the students and isolate sections on the field for drills. And practices can continue later into the evenings because the screens light the music.

    Olivet is partnering with the creators of “Drill Book” in making it fully available on iPad. The ease of this new technology and the convenience of having new drills sent directly to each band member’s device are benefiting students and directors.

    iPad content and usage is tailored for Olivet’s School of Music needs as iPad is 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 vocal coaching and recording apps and solutions. In some instances, students won’t even need to lift a finger with the use of AirTurn Bluetooth page turning devices paired with iPad These allow instrumentalists to focus on creating beautiful music while turning the pages of their music wirelessly with the use of a foot pedal.

    To enhance iPad usage, Larsen Fine Arts Center — home of the School of Music — has tripled the number of WiFi access points throughout the building.

    “The selection of Olivet’s School of Music as an Apple Distinguished Program highlights our success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment,” said Dr. Don Reddick, dean of the School of Music. “Working with our Information Technology specialists, we determined that iPad is the best technology available for transforming the teaching and learning experience for our students and faculty. Having the iPad in the hands of our School’s faculty, staff and students is fundamentally transforming the higher education experience for everyone.”
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