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  • May 27, 2016 11:48:7May 27, 2016 -

    Olivet’s Enactus team once again placed in the top 40 teams in the United States during the recent national competition, where business leaders evaluated students’ entrepreneurial projects for quality and impact on the world.

    The Olivet team was among the 120 teams that emerged from regional competition earlier this year to showcase their skills in the 2016 Enactus United States National Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Here are five things to know about Olivet Enactus:

    1. It’s part of international Enactus, a global community of thousands of teams made up of student, academic and business leaders who believe the power of entrepreneurial action can transform lives and improve the world.

    2. Olivet consistently earns a berth in national competition and finishes in the top 40 of all U.S. Enactus teams.

    3. The team developed 13 local and international projects for the 2015–2016 academic year, focusing on education, empowerment and enterprise.

    4. The Internal Revenue Service certified 15 Olivet students as tax preparers. These members provided 2015 tax preparation services for 78 low-income families and 50 residents of a developmental center.

    5. Members led a cause-related marketing campaign to provide additional funding for a small business the group previously helped start in Swaziland, Africa.

    “Enactus has been one of the most challenging yet greatest things that has happened to me during college,” says Ayla Price, a business management major. “It has pushed me out of my comfort zone, taught me management skills and made me a public speaker — something I never thought would happen. Enactus is a big reason why I have landed the jobs and internships I have.”

    For information about Olivet’s School of Business and Enactus, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.
    May 19, 2016 1:36:23May 19, 2016 -

    Alexandra Mahaffey '16 is heading for graduate school with a scholarship and the prestigious award for preaching excellence presented through the School of Theology and Christian Ministry at Olivet Nazarene University.

    Mahaffey, who hails from Beecher City, Illinois, earned the top honor in Olivet’s 2016 Sylvanus Carter Homiletics Award program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry and will attend Asbury Theological Seminary to pursue a Master of Divinity degree.

    To win the award competition, Mahaffey researched, wrote and prepared the manuscript for a sermon that she presented before an audience of students and professors. She based her sermon, “Imagine,” on Scripture in Mark 14, recounting a woman’s anointing of Jesus at Bethany. A selection panel evaluated entrants’ sermons based on Scripture interpretation, focus, relevance for the audience and delivery.

    Two of Mahaffey’s classmates also received scholarships for being named finalists in the award competition.

    Michael McFerran '16 of Spring Arbor, Michigan, will intern with Ravi Zacharias Ministries and then attend Duke University. His earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology/philosophy-religion.

    Sergio Parks '16 of St. Louis, Missouri, will pursue his master’s degree in urban ministry at Olivet. His bachelor’s degree is in pastoral ministry.

    Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Carter established the Sylvanus Carter Homiletics Award in honor of Stephen’s father, Rev. Sylvanus Carter, a pastor in the Church of the Nazarene for 56 years. Rev. Carter’s life and ministry are widely acknowledged for modeling a strong commitment to preaching and pastoral care.
    May 18, 2016 4:23:37May 18, 2016 -

    This summer, Olivet students are operating medical clinics in Uganda, teaching job skills to young people in Honduras and mentoring children at risk of being sold into the sex trade in Thailand.

    Others are helping to plant churches in Argentina, develop church leadership in Tanzania, and support local pastors and missionaries as they encourage church development in Hawaii.

    Through Olivet’s Missions In Action (M.I.A.) program, students and alumni are teaming with staff and faculty members plus missionaries, churches and agencies to work in underserved locations around the world.

    Austin Siscoe, a senior marketing major, is part of the mission team traveling to Tanzania in June. "On a mission trip to India last year, our group worked in a region where the church is struggling to grow,” says Siscoe. “The small church in this rural community found it hard to keep a pastor because there was no money to pay one. We worked to earn enough so we could buy a plot of land that the church could use as a revenue source by farming it and selling the produce. The profits are now being used to support the pastor, who’s working to grow the church.”

    Siscoe adds that members of the Olivet mission group returned home and raised additional funds so the church could buy more land and expand its operation.

    For information on Missions In Action or to schedule an Olivet campus visit, contact the Office of Admissions, or 800-648-1463.
    May 12, 2016 11:18:16May 12, 2016 -

    Megan McKinley, Class of 2016, holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Christian education and intercultural studies. She is from Sugar Grove, Illinois.

    I feel honored to be a voice in sharing how Olivet has shaped me into who I am today. I know I am not alone when I say I am not the same person who walked onto Olivet’s campus four years ago.

    These four years have been filled with so much laughter, joy, pain, challenges and, most of all, growth. I have grown in my understanding of my strengths and weaknesses. I have grown in my knowledge and leadership abilities. I have grown in my relationships.

    The Olivet community is life-changing. I have made lifelong friends who have walked with me through my highest of highs and lowest of lows. I have been blessed with great professors and mentors, who have encouraged me, inspired me and pointed me to Jesus. The Lord knew that I would need these relationships as I worked through what God was calling me to do with my life.

    During my sophomore year, the Lord gave me a vision and a clear calling to global work. I was in Dr. David Wine’s spiritual formation class, and we were assigned to take an afternoon and spend four hours in prayer. That was a scary assignment. I was a resident assistant at the time and couldn’t remember the last time I had been by myself for four hours.

    I chose a Saturday morning from 6 to 10 a.m., a time when no college students are awake. As I began these four hours of prayer, I asked the Lord to help me focus on Him, to teach me more about who He is and what He has for my future.

    Our Lord is faithful, and I was completely changed by this prayer experience. I encountered the Holy Spirit in a whole new way and felt God asking me to surrender everything to follow Him, no matter where that would be. I had tears streaming down my face as I was surrendering my fears and my desires for the future. This is when He made it very clear that I was called to the global church.

    God did not stop with this prayer experience to confirm this calling. Just a week later, I was sitting in Professor Teresa Garner’s youth ministry class, asking questions about our final portfolio project, when I was struck with a vision. Instead of focusing my project on preparing for my first two years of traditional youth ministry, I wanted my project to be about bringing together two of my passions: a nonprofit called Triple Threat Mentoring and the country of Nicaragua.

    When I was in high school, I got involved with Triple Threat Mentoring. This nonprofit organization serves the community through after-school, passion-based programming for the inner city youth of Aurora, Illinois. I also had the opportunity to go on several mission trips to Managua, Nicaragua, and build relationships with the people from the local church there.

    For my class assignment at Olivet, my portfolio was going to be all about bringing together these two elements, expanding Triple Threat Mentoring to Nicaragua. It was such a fun assignment. I loved the process and just dreaming about the possibilities. When the portfolio was finished, I felt God telling me that was not the end.

    I want to share with you all that God has done with this assignment since my sophomore year. I hope you hear not what Megan McKinley has done, but what God has done through a sometimes reluctant, yet obedient, servant.

    After finishing the portfolio at the end of the fall semester, I set up a few meetings. One was with the mission board at my church, and another was with the CEO of Triple Threat Mentoring. Both went well, and everyone was very interested in the idea of Triple Threat in Nicaragua.

    I could not believe how fast everything progressed. By July, I was leading a team of Triple Threat staff on a trip to Nicaragua. We were going to run the programming to see if this could benefit the community and fit in with the culture. The pastors in Nicaragua were very intrigued by Triple Threat’s model. Since then, they have already implemented this passion-based programming and mentoring in their community.

    Doors keep opening, and I keep walking through them. Since my sophomore year, I have led two more trips to Nicaragua, one for another Triple Threat team and one for a team of women from Olivet.

    Through all of this, my faith has grown tremendously. I am so glad for my encounter with the Holy Spirit during the prayer project in my sophomore year when He called me to surrender my desires for the future. His plans are so much more fun!

    I cannot describe the joy I have as the Lord continues to open doors to develop this vision of Triple Threat in Nicaragua. Now, as a graduating senior, I have accepted a position with Triple Threat. My hope is that this next year will be all about exploring what God has in store for the future. I am so excited to see what he does with my time after Olivet.

    I would not be here today sharing all of this with you without the grace of God and the people who have invested in me. Thank you to all my wonderful friends, mentors and family members who have never stopped listening to my stories of Nicaragua, who have prayed for me and have supported me through every step.

    I want to thank Olivet for being a place where I could find all these wonderful relationships. During my high school years, I received postcards and phone calls from Olivet saying, “We believe you belong here.” After four years as an Olivet student, I can say, “You were right, Olivet. I believe I belonged here, too.”
    May 12, 2016 11:14:54May 12, 2016 -

    Garrett Muhlstadt, Class of 2016, holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.) degree. He is from Kankakee, Illinois.

    My Time at Olivet

    I’ve been a student at Olivet for four years now. Before this, I was a member of the surrounding community, as I live just 15 minutes from campus. As a result, Olivet had an impact on me, both socially and spiritually, while I was growing up.

    I have attended College Church since birth. Many Olivet students chose to invest in me through the youth group there. When I was in junior high, my faith journey really took off because I saw that “cool college students” chose to spend time with us. Since God was important enough to them to cause them to share their faith with us, I decided that He should be important to me, too.

    That was also when I gained a dream to become an Olivet student and to come back to be a leader in the same youth group. My leaders may not have known it at the time, but they were passing the torch to me simply by intentionally walking through life with us.

    When it was finally time for me to realize my dream and apply to college, of course Olivet was first on my list. I also applied to other schools. I had done well in school and on standardized tests, so throughout my senior year I had determined I should go to a “prestigious” university so that I did not “waste my opportunities.” All of my peers expected this from me. From the summer before my senior year into the spring, I had planned to go to the University of Chicago.

    But the Lord continued to work on my heart through my youth group leaders, who would talk to us about the value of a Christian education. When I was invited to an official visit on Olivet’s campus, I accepted the offer. I thought I already knew all about Olivet because I had been on the campus many times, but being on this campus is not the same as being a part of this campus.

    On my official visit, I saw teachers praying with students and could tangibly see how this was a Christ-centered community. I really wanted to be a part of that! I had another visit to a different school that week, but everything paled in comparison to Olivet. I decided to come here because I wanted to grow both academically and spiritually. Olivet was the only school I had visited where I knew that could happen.

    My first year at Olivet was a blast. I quickly gained new friends and got accustomed to college life. I also learned that Tiger dollars run out quickly if you make frequent trips to your local vending machine.

    School got harder, but I found joy in the new challenges it presented. This was my first time living and learning in an atmosphere where many people were intentional followers of Christ. I grew a lot through my interactions with others.

    The biggest lesson I learned was the value of being vulnerable. Growing up, I thought I had to have it all together. My faith had consisted of being as good as I could be in my own power so that I could hold up this “contract” I had with Christ. I was good at this for a while, but I eventually failed. I saw this as a weakness, and I did a good job of putting on a face as if nothing was wrong.

    Here at Olivet, through conversations with my peers and professors, I saw what it truly means to be dependent on Christ. Many were vulnerable with me about their areas of weakness, and I had an opportunity to be vulnerable with them. The verse I came to cling to is: “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Corinthians 12:9). There is so much freedom in realizing that you are not strong enough to be good on your own and were never meant to be. Weakness provides opportunity for God to work through your life!

    During my sophomore year, I had the opportunity to be a resident assistant (RA) in Chapman Hall. Some of my fondest memories come from this year because we had a community on our floor like no other. I had the opportunity to walk through life with some of the greatest guys on this campus. Through that time, I cried with residents who had lost loved ones and listened to others whose family life at home just wasn’t going well.

    During this time, David Morris, our resident director, was also talking with us during meetings about the importance of prayer. Up until this point, prayer for me was throwing my concerns up at God and knowing that He knows what’s best to do. Dave challenged us to take a different look at prayer and its power. Instead of a secondary spiritual discipline, prayer turned into a primary part of my spiritual life. An important part of any relationship is communication.

    I learned to spend less time talking and more time listening in my conversations with the Lord. I also learned the importance of repetitive intercession from the parable of the persistent widow, and I applied this to the RA ministry. Through this season of college, the verse that could best summarize my experience is: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25).

    I learned more about the fact that God never intended for us to walk through life alone. Life is rough, but He’s given us His Spirit and those around us to walk through the mountains and valleys of life together. I’m thankful for the time I got to spend doing life with the C3 men and the opportunity I had to encourage and pray for those alongside me.

    During my junior year, I decided to apply for a mission trip to Papua New Guinea, led by Dr. Mike and Mrs. Nancy Pyle. It was a medical mission trip, and I thought it would be a good fit because I wanted to become a physician. This isn’t the best reason to apply for a trip, but I’m thankful the Lord worked on my heart in the months to come and prepared me for the trip.

    During one of our group meetings, Dr. Pyle talked about his choice to become a doctor. He said that he didn’t have a call to a specific job or career, but he knew he had a call to serve. In his community, that meant you became a pastor or a doctor. He didn’t know it at the time, but I had been struggling with that concept. I knew many friends who had specific calls to missions or certain career paths, but I only had a call to serve. To me, this seemed like a call that everyone has. I thought I was missing something, but thanks to Dr. Pyle’s testimony, I realized that God doesn’t require us to know what He plans for the next 10 years or even tomorrow. He just asks us to be obedient today.

    That mission trip was my first international trip. I had the opportunity to worship the same God with people from different tribes halfway around the world, and I gained a greater global mindset. While I was there, I saw this sign in Dr. Jim’s office: “Grow where you are planted.” This stuck with me. I often find myself saying, “When I graduate, then I’ll do this,” or “When I get to this point in my life, then I’ll do that.” The Lord has put us in the present place and time for a reason. We don’t have to wait for a different season to further the kingdom. We can do it right where we’re at.

    This brings me to the present. This past year has been one of reflection about my time here at Olivet. I’ve been able to slow down and savor my last moments here. I’ve realized Olivet has enabled me to “grow where I’ve been planted.”

    The community here has both challenged me to grow and encouraged me along the way. Students, professors and residential life staff have all taken time to invest in me, giving me the nutrients I need to become deeply rooted in my faith. Chapel and class devotions have filled me at times when I’ve felt the emptiest.

    Now that I am leaving Olivet, I realize that more life challenges will come. The roots I’ve developed here will help me weather any storm. A verse I have reflected on this year is: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

    I’m thankful that the Lord uses Olivet as an incubator for spiritual growth. My experiences here have changed me forever. I no longer depend on my own strength, but I choose to abide in Christ because apart from him, I can do nothing.
    May 10, 2016 3:53:42May 10, 2016 -

    During Commencement ceremonies last weekend, Olivet Nazarene University conferred degrees on 1,395 graduates, including those who earned the University’s first-ever Master of Engineering Management degrees.

    Olivet’s Class of 2016 includes 598 traditional undergraduate bachelor’s, one associate’s, 159 adult studies bachelor’s, 613 master’s and 24 doctoral 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 7, Dr. Suzanne Bell — a 1998 Olivet graduate — addressed the graduates and guests as the featured guest speaker. She is a tenured associate professor of industrial and organizational psychology in the College of Science and Health at DePaul University. In 2015, she and her collaborators were awarded a $1 million grant from NASA to create a predictive team composition model for long-distance space exploration (e.g., Mission to Mars).

    “Teamwork is essential for success,” Dr. Bell told the graduates. “My message for you today is simple. Learn how to work well as part of a team. It is a brilliant person who enlists, respects and utilizes the thinking and talents of others in order to end up with a product that is far beyond the limits of a lone person’s abilities.”

    An honorary Doctor of Letters degree was conferred upon Jerry Hammes of South Bend, Indiana. He is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and longtime supporter of the University.

    Twelve students who earned bachelor’s degrees had the distinction of being Honors Program graduates. They are:
    Abigail Allen, a nursing major from Martinsville, Indiana
    Sarah Anderson, an English major from Frankfort, Illinois
    Madeline Bloom, a music ministry and Spanish major, from Eden Prairie, Minnesota
    Collin Brown, a biology major from LaFontaine, Indiana
    Barbara Budach, a nursing major from Woodridge, Illinois
    Samuel Cullado, a multimedia studies major, now living in Studio City, California
    Austin Fischer, an accounting major from Olathe, Kansas
    Caleb Gulledge, a biology major from Bourbonnais, Illinois
    Lindsay Morr, an exercise science major from Bloomington, Illinois
    Garrett Muhlstadt, an engineering major with a mechanical engineering concentration (also a pre-med concentration) from Kankakee, Illinois
    Jacob Ruetz, a business management major from Noblesville, Indiana
    Justine Von Arb, an English major from Lisle, Illinois

    Highlights of undergraduate Commencement included:
    • Maggie Sloan Crawford Award for outstanding female graduate to Justine Von Arb
    • Robert M. Milner Award for outstanding male graduate to Caleb Gulledge
    • Samuel L. Mayhugh Award for Scholarly Excellence to Dr. Leo Finkenbinder, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, School of Life and Health Sciences
    • Richard M. Jones Award for Teaching Excellence to Dr. Craig Bishop, professor in the Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice, School of Life and Health Sciences

    School of Graduate and Continuing Studies

    In a Saturday afternoon ceremony, Dr. John C. Bowling, president of the University, addressed those receiving degrees from the Olivet School of Graduate and Continuing Studies (SGCS): “Our character is our God-given, internal umpire. It is a person’s essential self. In the end, all education should seek to develop men and women of character.”

    Included among the 796 advanced-degree graduates were:
    • First cohort of three graduates from Olivet’s Master of Engineering Management degree program
    Doctor of Education: Ethical Leadership degree program graduate Patricia Lynn Starks Howard, whose son, Wesley Taylor, received his Bachelor of Science degree in the morning undergraduate ceremony

    Student and faculty awards included:
    • Willis E. Snowbarger Award for Teaching Excellence presented to Dr. Paul Fabbi, SGCS affiliate professor, teaching in the Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Education: Ethical Leadership degree programs.
    • Ralph E. Perry Student Award of Excellence presented to Dr. Derrick Wells of Flossmoor, Illinois. He recently presented his research on the topic “Toward a Sustainable Leadership Model for Pastoral Leaders” during Olivet’s 2016 Ethical Leadership Colloquium.

    Additional recognition

    The 2016 commencement was the 103rd in Olivet’s history. Other commencement weekend activities included:
    • The Friday evening baccalaureate service. Dr. Bowling delivered the sermon, “Your Days Are Numbered,” based on Psalm 90:12. He challenged the Class of 2016: “Be willing to exchange the passing moment for something eternally meaningful.” Graduates Megan McKinley, a Christian education major from Sugar Grove, Illinois, and Garrett Muhlstadt, an engineering major from Kankakee, Illinois, gave student testimonies.
    Social work pinning ceremony (28 graduates). The Spirit of Social Work Award was presented to Laura Fosnaugh of Bourbonnais, Illinois.
    Nursing pinning ceremony (41 traditional graduates). The Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Sigma chapter, Senior Nursing Excellence Award was presented to Barbara Budach of Woodridge, Illinois.
    Phi Delta Lambda, Gamma Chapter banquet. The chapter inducted 51 new members. Jamie Kraus — a junior engineering major with a concentration in geological engineering from Oak Forest, Illinois — received the chapter’s Enduring Hope Scholarship.
    Military/ROTC commissioning ceremony. Seven cadets were commissioned as new second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.
    May 06, 2016 12:51:16May 06, 2016 -

    Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA) has recognized Tanner Griffin '04/'15 M.A. of Olivet Nazarene University as the Illinois Student Employment Supervisor of the Year for 2015-16. The recognition followed Olivet’s selection of Griffin as its Student Employment Supervisor of the Year and Ashlee Sullivan '16 as Student Employee of the Year.

    Griffin serves as assistant manager of admissions operations in Olivet’s Office of Admissions. He is the second recipient of the Illinois award, which was given for the first time last year — to another Olivet staff member, Nancy Benoit, also in the University’s Office of Admissions.

    In nominating Griffin, Andrew Gaskill (senior, accounting major, White Hall, Michigan) said: “Tanner is a great manager of people and processes. He leads the culture of our office to help us become stronger and increase our collaboration. He treats student workers as assets, not expenses. He helps us gain experience and develop our leadership potential. His investment in me has helped me feel more confident in an office setting.”

    Sullivan, from Saint John, Indiana, is a member of this year’s graduating class. She majored in business with a concentration in business management.

    In nominating Sullivan, her supervisor, Beth Olney, director of The David L. Elwood Center for Student Success, said: “Because of her capabilities, Ashlee saved me hours of work. She accomplished all tasks I assigned of her and made a substantial impact on our team. She helped me survive my first year in my new position with the University.”

    “We are grateful for each of our student workers and their supervisors,” said David Pickering, director of business and human resources, during the awards ceremony. “Through these relationships, all of us have the opportunity to learn new things and do our work better.”

    Nominations for Olivet’s awards came from students, staff and faculty members to recognize nominees for attributes, expectations, leadership/style and impact to their department or office. Olivet’s awards ceremony also celebrated the value and contribution of Olivet students who worked in the 1,280 student jobs on campus during the 2015–2016 academic year.
    Apr 29, 2016 8:34:4Apr 29, 2016 -

    An Olivet Nazarene University alumna who helps NASA to select the best astronauts is the keynote speaker for Olivet’s 103rd undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7, at 9:30 a.m., in the University’s Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel.

    Suzanne Bell, Ph.D., a 1998 Olivet graduate, is a distinguished psychology educator and a noted expert on effective team composition. She is a tenured associate professor of industrial and organizational psychology in the College of Science and Health at DePaul University. 

    The U.S. Army and NASA have funded Dr. Bell’s recent research projects. In 2015, NASA awarded her and her collaborators a $1 million grant to create a predictive team composition model for long-distance space exploration, such as a mission to Mars. This year, she advised NASA on the design of the 2017 astronaut selection process. 

    Dr. Bell serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Learning and Education, and Human Performance. She is the membership chair for the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the premier professional organization for industrial and organizational psychologists.

    “Olivet provided me a great educational and spiritual background,” Dr. Bell said. “I was incredibly well-prepared for my graduate work at Texas A&M and for my career.”

    During the undergraduate commencement ceremony, several students and faculty members will receive special awards, and an honorary doctorate will be presented to Jerry Hammes, entrepreneur, philanthropist and longtime supporter of the University.

    Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies will also conduct commencement ceremonies in the chapel on May 7. That ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. and features the commencement address from Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. Student, faculty and dissertation awards will be presented.

    For additional commencement activities, see the complete schedule.

    Apr 28, 2016 1:57:40Apr 28, 2016 -

    Suzanne Bell, Ph.D. '98 is the speaker for Olivet’s 103rd undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7, at 9:30 a.m., in the University’s Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel. She is a tenured associate professor of industrial and organizational psychology in the College of Science and Health at DePaul University.

    Dr. Bell's research focuses on the strategic staffing of organizations, training and employee development, and maximizing team effectiveness. Her expertise is in how the mix of team members, or team composition, relates to team effectiveness.

    The U.S. Army and NASA have funded her recent research projects. In 2015, she and her collaborators were awarded a $1 million grant from NASA to create a predictive team composition model for long-distance space exploration (e.g., Mission to Mars). Her research appears in top peer-reviewed journals — such as Journal of Management, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Research Methods, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Development Quarterly, and Human Factors — and has been cited more than 2,500 times.

    In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses for DePaul University, Dr. Bell chairs doctoral dissertations and master’s theses. “Mentoring is a favorite aspect of my job,” she said. “I am particularly passionate about educational opportunities for first generation students and underrepresented groups.” All three of her doctoral advisees who will graduate in spring 2016 recently secured tenure-track faculty positions at excellent institutions.

    Dr. Bell serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Learning and Education, and Human Performance. She has also been appointed as the membership chair for the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the premier professional organization for industrial and organizational psychologists, which has more than 8,000 members.

    She has extensive applied experience with clients in the Fortune 500, the public sector and non-profit organizations in the areas of job analysis, employee selection and strategic staffing, maximizing team effectiveness, the development and evaluation of organizational training, leadership development, and survey design and analytics. Her experiences have included advising those in traditional contexts, such as boardrooms, as well as extreme contexts, such as teams deployed to Afghanistan. In 2016, she advised NASA on the design of the 2017 astronaut selection process.

    She also served on the advisory board and was the chief scientist for a start-up company, from which the team successfully exited in 2015 via acquisition. The company created a SaaS tool designed to reveal compatibility insights between individuals and teams to help companies make the right hires and enhance the performance of existing employees.

    Media coverage of Dr. Bell’s research and expertise includes: Live Science, Huffington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, BBC Insights Magazine, Science Recorder, Discovery, Scientific American, Sydney Morning Herald, Smithsonian Magazine, Chicago Tribune and others. She has been featured in interviews for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Chicago PBS and “Chicago Tonight” on WTTW public television in Chicago.

    Dr. Bell holds bachelor’s degrees in both psychology and history, as well as a business minor, from Olivet. She credits Dr. William Bell (retired and her father), Dr. Ray Bower (retired) and Dr. Lisa Gassin of Olivet’s Department of Behavioral Sciences as strong influencers in her academic and personal growth. “Olivet provided me a great educational and spiritual background,” Dr. Bell said. “I was incredibly well-prepared for my graduate work at Texas A&M and for my career.”

    While a student at Olivet, she was president of the Psychology Club and founding president of the Olivet chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology. She has fond recollections of her and her classmates learning how to do research together in Dr. Bower’s advanced statistics and research methods class. Several of these classmates ultimately earned Ph.D. degrees in psychology. She was also a member of Phi Delta Lambda, the international honor society for graduates of Nazarene colleges and universities who have excelled in scholarship, and Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. As a complement to her history major, she completed a study abroad to Oxford during her time at Olivet.

    She helped create the local chapter of the Best Buddies program and speaks warmly of the adventures she and her Buddy had while out for activities. She was a regular at the sand and indoor volleyball courts, and Olivet’s intramural competitions were especially fun for her. Throughout her time at Olivet, she also worked 20 to 30 hours a week in a retail shop and at Riverside Medical Center on the mental health unit.

    Dr. Bell earned Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in industrial and organizational psychology from Texas A&M University, where she was recognized with the Distinguished Graduate Student in Research and the Distinguished Graduate Student in Teaching awards.

    A native of Bourbonnais, Illinois, she grew up close to Olivet’s campus where her father, Dr. William Bell, served for 33 years as a psychology professor and department chair until his retirement. Her mother, Deborah Bell, serves as congregational care pastor at GatheringPoint Church in Bourbonnais.

    “My parents fostered my natural curiosity and instilled in me a sold work ethic,” Dr. Bell said. “They gave me a strong, Christian foundation and modeled compassion.”

    She and her husband, Josh Warren, are the parents of two sons, Zachary, age 5, and Nicholas, age 3. They live in Oak Park, Illinois. She serves as a ruling elder, leads adult ministries and is actively involved at First Presbyterian Church in River Forest, Illinois.

    Apr 27, 2016 1:28:12Apr 27, 2016 -

    Since Gary Newsome ’74 became athletic director in 2008, Olivet’s program has grown by six sports — three varsity and three junior varsity. Number of Tiger athletes has increased by 60 percent. The University has claimed its first national championship — the 2016 NAIA title for men’s swimming and diving.

    Besides fostering program growth during his tenure, Newsome sets the tone for student-athletes’ character and faith development. It’s this multi-faceted leadership that earns Newsome prestigious recognition from the college athletics community. He was the 2015 Athletic Director of the Year in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and he won his second Athletic Director of the Year award from the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC). He also collected an Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year award.

    Accepting the NAIA top honor, Newsome said: "An award like this is possible because of the outstanding coaches that work for ONU, the commitment by our administration to facilities, and even the care of those facilities by those who mow and paint the fields. This is an award for the entire ONU athletic community. My name is honored, but it is truly a department award."

    Another accolade that’s especially important to Newsome is the NAIA Champions of Character designation earned by student athletes. For the first time in any sport, the Tiger men’s and women’s swim teams won the designation for 2015. Also, ONU has consistently led the NAIA in number of scholar-athletes and scholar teams each year Newsome has been athletic director.

    “We expect our athletes and coaches to do everything they do with all their heart and for the Lord,” Newsome said. “If they do that and know they’ve done things the right way, everything else falls into place. Winning is a byproduct of those expectations and of doing your very best in the classroom and on the court or field.”

    In the 2015-2016 season, the Tigers have already had nine of 12 sports — men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and men’s and women’s basketball — advance to the post season with seven teams still vying for spring titles. Olivet captured CCAC championships titles in women’s basketball, women's cross country and volleyball (regular season), with the men's cross country team finishing as runner-up.

    Olivet teams consistently compete in NAIA national tournaments. In 2015-2016, Tiger teams entered the women's basketball, men's and women's track and field, and men’s and women’s swimming and diving championships with all five teams ranked in the top 10.

    Newsome, the commissioner of the NAIA’s Mid-States Football Association since 2014, was Olivet’s head football coach for nine seasons before he took the job as athletic director. He serves on the NAIA National Administrative Council, the NAIA committee for Awards and Statistics, and the NAIA Athletic Directors Association Board of Directors.

    Information on areas of study and ONU athletics is available through the Office of Admissions, or 800-648-1463.
    Apr 21, 2016 4:3:9Apr 21, 2016 -

    One of the two juniors named outstanding servant leaders for 2016 at Olivet Nazarene University plans to minister to inner city youth, and the other plans to plant a church in his hometown.

    Esther Paek and Jared Richey were nominated by faculty, staff and fellow students to receive Olivet’s annual David and Ella Elwood Servant Leadership Award. The honor recognizes juniors who demonstrate the qualities of a servant’s heart. As part of the award, each recipient receives $1,000, $250 of which is donated to the charity of his or her choice.

    Paek is a computer science and religious studies major from North Chesterfield, Virginia. She has served as class chaplain; volunteered with Compassionate Ministries, Youth for Christ and youth ministry at College Church of the Nazarene; served as a camp counselor and as a team member on a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic; and completed an internship with Shepherd Community Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    After graduation, she plans to continue her education in religious studies and prepare for local church ministry with a focus on inner city youth.

    “My greatest burden is for the marginalized and impoverished of this world,” Paek said in response to her nomination. “My encounter with God and His love changed my life.”

    Richey, a pastoral ministry major from Lafayette, Indiana, is a three-year member of the University’s Preaching Ambassadors program. His leadership team conducts an evening worship service on campus for students. He also serves as an intern at College Church of the Nazarene and leads an Alpha discussion group for college students. He assists the district superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene’s Chicago Central District by leading monthly informational/training meetings for those interested in planting churches. After graduation, he and his wife, Macy, plan to plant a church in Lafayette.

    “A servant leader is serving God and others,” Jared said in response to his nomination. “As servants, we posture ourselves on our knees in prayer, obey and submit to God.”

    The Servant Leadership Award program is funded by the David and Ella Elwood Foundation to promote and foster servant leadership in the Olivet community and around the world. Dr. David Elwood is a clinical psychologist and the founder of Elwood Staffing Services, Inc., a leading provider of talent-based solutions. Ella Elwood is a Century 21 real estate agent in Columbus, Indiana. They have been married for 59 years and have three sons and eight grandchildren.

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

    For more information about Olivet’s undergraduate degree programs, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.
    Apr 18, 2016 11:34:50Apr 18, 2016 -

    Olivet Nazarene University is accepting applications for 2016 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Camp, a week-long college experience for high school students considering an engineering degree and college students transferring to Olivet’s engineering program.

    Olivet’s Walker School of Engineering will host STEM Camp June 26 through July 2 for high school students just completing junior or senior year as well as college transfer students. Participants who successfully complete the camp and the online assignments that follow will earn three hours of credit toward an Olivet engineering degree.

    The University will award camp scholarships to all applicants, reducing the camp fee to $800 per person for applications received before June 1, and $850 for those received after June 1. Without a scholarship, camp fee would be more than $2,100 per person. Application requires a $200 deposit, which is applied to the total camp fee. Space is limited. Information and application instructions are available at

    Participants will get hands-on training in computer-aided design software; extended time to work in Olivet’s state-of-the-art engineering labs; and guidance to complete multiple projects, including a 3-D printing/structure design and an interactive light show. Also included is a “missioneering” service project to apply course material in a mission setting.

    Camp includes on-campus housing, three meals per day, full access to campus facilities, and several social and recreational events on and around campus.

    “If you are considering pursuing an engineering degree after high school or looking to complete your degree at a top-tier, four-year university, then Olivet’s STEM camp is the perfect opportunity for you,” says Jesse Erickson, director of external affairs for the Walker School of Engineering.

    For more information about the camp, contact Erickson at or 815-939-3903.
    Apr 14, 2016 8:23:21Apr 14, 2016 -

    Forty-four Olivet seniors have been recognized by the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges® program for 2016. The students are part of a select group from more than 1,000 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

    Olivet’s campus nominating committee — made up of representatives from the faculty, administration and student body — selected and nominated students to be considered for this prestigious recognition. Selection criteria included grade point average, participation and leadership in school activities, community involvement, and leadership ability.

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

    Recipients from Olivet for 2016, their academic majors and their hometowns are:
    • Lainee Abbott, nursing; Manito, Illinois
    • Abigail Allen, nursing; Martinsville, Indiana
    • Angelique Azouri, political science and psychology; Chicago, Illinois
    • Madeline Bloom, music ministry and Spanish; Eden Prairie, Minnesota
    • Ashley Borop, mathematics education; Chillicothe, Illinois
    • Amy Brown, elementary education; Hillsboro, Indiana
    • Annette Carr, communication studies and Christian education; Orangeville, Illinois
    • Caleb Cornell, youth ministry; Lafayette, Indiana
    • Zane Debeck, engineering with electrical and mechanical engineering concentrations; East Tawas, Michigan
    • Jessica Dirkse, mathematics education; Downers Grove, Illinois
    • Daniel Eccles, psychology; Plainfield, Indiana
    • Addyson Emmons, psychology; Canton, Illinois
    • Renee Enz, biology, pre-physical therapy; Wilmington, Illinois
    • Megan Eylander, child development and family and consumer sciences with family studies concentration; Bourbonnais, Illinois
    • Shelley Fellows, interior design; Lawton, Michigan
    • Andrew Fischer, English; Graaff-Reinet, South Africa
    • Tyler Ford, mathematics education; Flint, Michigan
    • Laura Fosnaugh, social work; Kudjip, Papua New Guinea
    • Lucas Fritch, psychology; Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    • Jacob Gouge, youth ministry; Greenville, Illinois
    • Laura Graven, social work; Bourbonnais, Illinois
    • Kara Hewett, English; Canton, Michigan
    • Austin Holton, sports fitness and recreation ; Nampa, Idaho
    • Kyle Johnston, youth ministry; Anderson, Indiana
    • Emily Kane, Christian education and intercultural studies; Decatur, Illinois
    • Michael Krebill, religious studies; Jackson, Michigan
    • Madalyn Lathrop, social work; Kankakee, Illinois
    • Jordan Lingle, Christian education; Fishers, Indiana
    • Taylor Logan, fashion merchandising; Wheaton, Illinois
    • Joelle Mannion, intercultural studies and Christian education; Sugar Grove, Illinois
    • Joseph Mantarian, multimedia production; Bourbonnais, Illinois
    • Brandon Maranion, Christian education and communication; South Elgin, Illinois
    • Michaela Maris, Christian education; Atlanta, Illinois
    • Megan McKinley, Christian education and intercultural studies; Sugar Grove, Illinois
    • Garrett Muhlstadt, engineering major with mechanical engineering concentration plus pre-med concentration; Kankakee, Illinois
    • Gwendolyn Payne, elementary education; Elgin, Illinois
    • Calvin Price, zoology; Grahamstown, South Africa
    • Catherine Reed, social work; Nairobi, Kenya
    • Chelsea Risinger, nursing; Tremont, Illinois
    • Clara Ruegsegger, social work; Greenfield, Indiana
    • Emily Sauer, business administration with non-profit management concentration; Davison, Michigan
    • Marie Sheets, biology; Peoria, Illinois
    • Michael-Andrew Spalding, art with graphic design concentration; Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Shelby Wegforth, early childhood education; Mokena, Illinois

    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.

    Information on academic areas of study and campus life at Olivet is available through the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.

    Apr 07, 2016 3:0:27Apr 07, 2016 -

    Since Professor Tiffany Greer assumed her new leadership role early this year for Olivet’s nursing programs, she has embraced the opportunity to continue helping Olivet students realize their dreams.

    As the director of nursing programs for both the undergraduate Department of Nursing and the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, Greer oversees programs with the largest enrollment among Olivet’s areas of study.

    “We have a heart for our students, and we support them in any way we can,” Professor Greer says. “Students often tell us: ‘I’m not just a number at Olivet. I feel like I matter.’”

    She underscored the importance of features that make Olivet nursing programs stand out from others. For instance, from the day they enroll in the programs, every nursing major has a nursing faculty member as a one-on-one advisor. Greer also points to Olivet’s faith-based programs and faith integration as key components of the nursing curricula. She says nursing students regularly participate in mission trips to bring health care to underserved communities in the United States and overseas.

    “Our undergraduate curriculum offers a stand-alone 300-level course on gerontology and palliative care, as well as a 400-level courses in critical care nursing,” Greer says. “Upon graduation, our students consistently exceed the national average pass rate for the NCLEX-RN, the licensing exam for registered nurses.”

    Greer also highlighted new nursing programs in the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Beginning this year, there is a program for nurses who want to earn their B.S.N. and M.S.N. degrees in one program. There is also an A.B.S.N.-P program, designed for paramedics who want to earn the B.S.N. degree.

    Greer is a 1997 Olivet graduate with a bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) degree. She also holds a master of science in nursing (M.S.N.) degree and is in the dissertation phase of her Ph.D. program. She has worked as a telemetry staff nurse, an emergency room staff nurse and as a clinical nurse educator in emergency care.

    Information about Olivet’s undergraduate nursing program is available from the Office of Admissions at 800-648-1463 or Information about nursing programs in the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies is available at
    Mar 31, 2016 4:22:50Mar 31, 2016 -

     As drought, floods, climate change, population growth and energy demands threaten the world’s water supply, scientists are rethinking how to make decisions about water and how to make better decisions under uncertain conditions.

    Dr. Ty Ferré, an international authority in hydrology and groundwater research, recently told an audience at Olivet’s Reed Hall of Science that groundwater professionals face a conundrum: “Our data are sparse. All of our models are wrong. But as hydrogeologists, we must decide how to best contribute to effectively addressing groundwater-related problems in the face of uncertainty.”

    Dr. Ferré is the National Ground Water Research and Education Foundation’s (NGWREF) 31st lecturer in the Darcy Lecture Series in Groundwater Science. Olivet’s Walker School of Engineering and Department of Chemistry and Geosciences co-hosted his lecture tour stop at Olivet, one of 100 global sites selected for the prestigious lecture series. Dr. Ferré is a professor of hydrology and water resources and a joint professor of soil, water and environmental science at the University of Arizona.

    In his lecture, “Seeing Things Differently: Rethinking the Relationship Between Data, Models and Decision-Making,” Dr. Ferré examined the role of science — through data collection and model development — in informing personal, economic and policy decisions about water as a shared resource.

    “Dr. Ferré’s time at Olivet was significant on many levels,” says Dr. Kevin Brewer, engineering professor and also a professional hydrogeologist. “Being included on his tour is an outstanding recognition of the growth of our programs. His personal attentiveness and professional advice to our students and faculty were unexpected but welcome benefits of his visit.”

    In addition to his lecture, the speaker met over lunch with Dr. Brewer and a group of students. Dylan Saltzgiver (junior, geology major, Limestone, Illinois) says his main takeaways are the importance of good data and how a researcher can use data to sway an argument. Katarena Shiner (senior, environmental science major, Cabery, Illinois) says she appreciated Dr. Ferré’s advice to “not fall in love with your hypothesis.”

    Other stops on this year’s Darcy lecture tour include Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Stanford University; USGS Alaska Science Center in Anchorage; Clemson Hydrogeology Symposium; NGWA Groundwater Summit and Geological Society of America, both in Denver, Colorado; Geological Society of London, England; Stockholm University in Sweden; Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Israel; University of New South Wales in Australia; Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil; and Groundwater Division of GSSA in South Africa.

    “It was a pleasure to visit Olivet Nazarene University as part of my Darcy lecture tour,” Dr. Ferré says. “The uniquely positive experience that students get from attending an undergraduate university with a strong focus on teaching was evident in the passion and commitment of Olivet’s professors and the high level of engagement of the students. I’m very happy that Olivet invited me to speak. I encourage other speakers to include ONU on their lecture tours.”

    Information on majors within Olivet’s Walker School of Engineering and the Department of Chemistry and Geosciences is available through the Office of Admissions at, or 800-648-1463.

    Mar 23, 2016 2:14:20Mar 23, 2016 -

    The Tiger men’s basketball players honored as scholar-athletes for the 2015-2016 season represent the largest group recognized for academic achievement in a single season in that program’s history. A total of 21 Olivet Nazarene University students in 2015-2016 winter sports were named recently as scholar-athletes by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC).

    Daktronics-NAIA scholar-athletes are juniors and seniors with a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale. To make the CCAC All-Academic Team, student-athletes must have a minimum 3.25 grade point average with at least 30 semester hours completed.

    Student-athletes recognized in men’s basketball are:
    • Abe Barwegen (junior, criminal justice, Otsego, Michigan) — CCAC, NAIA
    • Ryan Carl (senior, engineering, Galesburg, Illinois — CCAC, NAIA
    • Tyler Crater (junior, marketing, Hampshire, Illinois) — CCAC, NAIA
    • Reid Farchmin (senior, engineering, Mahomet, Illinois) — CCAC, NAIA for second time in career
    • Chris Green (junior, business management, Bonfield, Illinois) — CCAC
    • Bennet Schimmelpfennig (sophomore, political science, Bourbonnais, Illinois) — CCAC
    • Alex Thorson (senior, sport management, Philo, Illinois) — CCAC
    • Taylor Tucker (senior, physical education, Flint, Texas) — CCAC, NAIA for second time in career
    • Zach Wagner (senior, marketing, Roselle, Illinois) — CCAC

    Student-athletes recognized in women’s basketball are:
    • Amelia Denison (junior, nursing, Dearborn, Michigan) — CCAC
    • Ashley Freeman (junior, nursing, Hartford, Wisconsin) — CCAC, NAIA
    • Kayla Krassman (junior, psychology, Hartford, Wisconsin) — CCAC
    • Tori Lemke (sophomore, engineering, Brillion, Wisconsin) — CCAC
    • Lauren Rouse (sophomore, physical education, Mundelein, Illinois) — CCAC
    • Maggie Schmidt (junior, engineering, Eldridge, Iowa) — CCAC
    • Jayne Stuart (senior, physical education, Horton, Michigan) — CCAC

    Student-athletes recognized in men’s swimming and diving are:
    • Jacob Anderson (senior, accounting, Clifton, Illinois) — NAIA for second time in career
    • Andrew Fischer (senior, English, Graaff-Reinet, South Africa) — NAIA for second time in career
    • Calvin Price (senior, zoology, Grahamstown, South Africa) — NAIA for second time in career

    Student-athletes recognized in women’s swimming and diving are:
    • Tiffany Ray (junior, dietetics, Grandville, Michigan) — NAIA
    • Shanynn Santos (senior, music, Manteno, Illinois) — NAIA

    Information on Olivet academics and athletic programs is available through the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.
    Mar 17, 2016 3:4:21Mar 17, 2016 -

    As an engineering professional, Andy Kizzee, PE ’07 is dedicating his career to helping children and families step out of poverty and into a world of hope. Olivet’s Walker School of Engineering recognized Kizzee’s superior contribution as an engineer with a Christian purpose, presenting him with the 2015 Engineering Alumni Excellence Award.

    Kizzee is a structural engineer and the director of the Engineering Ministries International (EMI) office in New Delhi, India. This non-profit Christian development organization combines the talents and skills of architects, engineers, land surveyors, construction managers and design professionals to transform lives by providing hope to the poorest of the poor.

    EMI teams design hospitals, orphanages, schools, clean-water projects and other facilities to meet physical needs of the poor in developing countries and communicate God's love in a practical way. Since 1982, EMI teams have worked on more than 1,000 relief and development projects in more than 90 countries.

    “Pursuing my engineering education at Olivet was the perfect environment for my training as an engineer,” Andy says. “At Olivet, I was exposed to how God is moving and drawing people to Himself from every corner of the globe. The Walker School of Engineering has an ongoing commitment to challenge its students to use their engineering training and abilities to further God’s kingdom. I’m an example of that.”

    Olivet’s Engineering Alumni Excellence Award recognizes engineering alumni who have made sustained contributions or provided outstanding service to the engineering profession and the ONU engineering program to further its mission.

    For information about Olivet’s engineering program, visit or call an admissions counselor at 800-648-1463. Learn more of Kizzee’s story here.
    Mar 15, 2016 1:12:17Mar 15, 2016 -

    Olivet’s chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is preparing for the 2016 SHRM Central Division Student Case Competition and Career Summit in Omaha, Nebraska, April 1-2. The competition is the premier student HR conference in the United States, providing valuable opportunities for students to learn from and network with HR professionals.

    In 2015, the Olivet chapter’s inaugural year, the team placed second out of 22 undergraduate university teams in the central division competition. Last month, chapter members participated in the Illinois State HR Games and Case Competition hosted by Illinois State University in Bloomington.

    “Our SHRM chapter teams up with our Human Resource Management II course,” said Dr. Glen Rewerts, dean of Olivet’s School of Business. “Having these mutually supportive programs in place is instrumental for the success of our students who are competing nationally in the case competition event and also preparing for their certification exams.”

    Andy Corbus, assistant business professor in Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, is faculty sponsor of Olivet’s student chapter. Andrew Marcotte, a senior business major, is the first president.

    “The Human Resource Management field is growing as the business community continues to view HR’s role as more strategic and vital to company success,” says Professor Corbus. “Being involved with ONU-SHRM has given Olivet students a chance to explore current issues in HR while building a robust network of HR professionals. SHRM is one of the most supportive student organizations that I have ever seen. Our students are benefiting from these opportunities.”

    Founded in 1948, SHRM represents more than 275,000 members in more than 160 countries and is the world’s largest human resources membership organization devoted to HR management. SHRM’s student program was created in 1965 to promote mutually beneficial interaction between students and practitioners. Since the first chapter was chartered, the student program has experienced tremendous growth. The program now includes more than 250 affiliated student chapters and more than 19,000 student members.

    Information on Olivet's human resources curriculum and the School of Business is available through the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.
    Mar 10, 2016 1:50:55Mar 10, 2016 -

    An innovative educational and research facility in a Costa Rica cloud forest has been named for Dr. Leo Finkenbinder, zoology professor at Olivet Nazarene University, and his wife, Zana. The couple has worked for more than three decades in that region to advance scientific knowledge and ecological sustainability.

    Leo and Zana Finkenbinder Hall is part of the Quetzal Education Research Center (QERC) field station in San Gerardo de Dota, a town in the Talamanca Mountains in Costa Rica’s south central Pacific region. The Finkenbinders co-founded the field station in 1986, when Dr. Finkenbinder was a professor at Southern Nazarene University. He joined the Olivet faculty in 2007.

    The couple has made many trips to the region and conducted a wealth of research there. For 12 years, Zana Finkenbinder served as director of logistics at the research center.

    “Zana was the construction foreman for this building complex,” Dr. Finkenbinder says. “It is a testament to the ability of different cultures to build a first-class science laboratory. Our lives have been so enriched by the help of so many people.”

    QERC began from a relationship among Southern Nazarene, Dr. Finkenbinder and Efrain Chacón, one of San Gerardo de Dota’s first residents. The Chacón family pioneered the settlement of Costa Rica’s Savegre Valley in 1955. About 50 Chacón family members were among the crowd on hand to celebrate the naming of Finkenbinder Hall. At the same time, the family also announced the Leo and Zana Finkenbinder Sendero (trail) as the new name of the primary trail at the research center.

    The Finkenbinders have worked with the Chacón family in transforming the family's industry from dairy farming and logging to sustainable use of the land and care of the cloud forest. As the relationship developed, the Chacón family allowed the researchers to bring university students into the valley for their studies.

    This partnership — QERC — resulted in the construction of a small laboratory in 1996, plus a larger, state-of-the-art educational and research facility in 2001.

    Now, QERC provides research education opportunities to students from Olivet and Southern Nazarene. Because of this facility and the Finkenbinders’ work, students, scholars and the community of San Gerardo de Dota can engage in field biology education and research while promoting biodiversity, sustainability and social responsibility.

    “We have worked with more than a thousand students at the QERC,” Dr. Finkenbinder says. “Watching students develop research skills, in a tropical cloud-forest ecosystem, has been an amazing journey. I continue to hear from QERC alumni telling how much the experience they had is still having an impact on them. Many of them have gone on to research careers of their own.”

    During summer 2014, Daley (Schimmelpfennig) Morera ’14 worked as a student intern at QERC, an experience she says is one of the best and most impactful of her life. She saw firsthand the results of the Finkenbinders’ work in the Savegre Valley. Today, Daley is in a Ph.D. program for biochemistry and cancer research at Augusta University in Georgia.

    “I was enriched by the time I spent at QERC, and my time at Olivet was enriched even more by knowing and being mentored by the Finkenbinders,” Morera says. “I can only hope to leave a legacy like this one day. I aspire for my work in the laboratory to reflect my desire to serve God and His people just as I have watched Dr. Leo and Zana live this out in their lives.”

    Mar 09, 2016 1:41:43Mar 09, 2016 -

    UPDATE 3-14-16: The women's basketball Tigers ended their season with a 98-76 loss on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the 2016 NAIA Division II national tournament in Sioux City, Iowa. Olivet fell to the Mount Marty Lancers of Yankton, South Dakota, who advance to tonight’s semifinals. The championship game takes place tomorrow night.

    Olivet made it into the final eight teams after defeating Indiana University East in the first round and Indiana Wesleyan in the second round.

    The Tiger women's team earned an automatic tournament berth by winning the 2016 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Tournament Championship with a 124-100 victory over St. Ambrose.

    The Olivet men’s team won an at-large bid to this year’s NAIA Division II national tournament at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri. The Tigers ended their season this morning with a first-round 77-66 loss to the Seahawks of Keiser University (Fort Lauderdale, Florida). Olivet finishes the season with a 19-10 record (17-4 conference).

    Tiger women accolades

    The Tiger women enter the national tournament with a 27-5 record overall and a 16-3 record in conference play.

    “What makes this year’s team truly special is a willingness to sacrifice personal glory for team success,” says Coach Stamatis. “When you have individuals who get this, you have something special. We do."

    Three Tigers received recognition on the all-conference team. Abbey Hengesbach (senior, psychology major, Westphalia, Michigan) was named the 2016 CCAC Player of the Year for the first time in her career. She is the first ONU player to receive this honor since Hilary Disch in 2008.

    Hengesbach is a repeat selection to the All-CCAC First Team. Jayne Stuart (senior, physical education major, Jackson, Michigan) and Ally Giampapa (sophomore, psychology major, Bartlett, Illinois) were named to the 10-member honorable mention list for the first time in their careers.

    The complete list of CCAC conference honors for women can be found here.

    Final-season Tiger women’s statistics can be found here.

    Tiger men honors

    From the 2016 Tiger men’s team, two players were named to the CCAC all-conference team. Aaron Larson (senior, sport management major, Tolono, Illinois) is a three-peat selection to the All-CCAC First Team. In 2013, he was the CCAC Freshman of the Year. Zach Wagner (senior, marketing major, Roselle, Illinois) was named to the 10-member honorable mention list for the second consecutive season.

    The complete list of CCAC conference honors for men can be found here.

    Final-season Tiger men’s statistics can be found here.
    Mar 08, 2016 3:42:53Mar 08, 2016 -

    After only four seasons in existence, the Olivet Nazarene University men's swimming and diving team captured the University’s first NAIA national championship, clinching the 2016 title last weekend in Columbus, Georgia.

    The Olivet women’s swimming and diving team, also a four-year-old program, won the National Runner-Up title, marking the team’s highest-ever finish. Amanda Moran (freshman, Lockport, Illinois) became the first swimmer in program history to be named NAIA Swimmer of the Year, and Olivet’s Scott Teeters was named NAIA Men's Coach of the Year for the second time.

    “While we have had numerous final four finishes and several national runner-up finishes, this in our first national champion,” said Gary Newsome, Director of Athletics at Olivet. “There's just something special about being the best in your field. We are so proud of our swimming program and the accomplishments and dedication of our young men and women."

    Men’s team results

    The Olivet men’s team won seven individual national championships and two relay titles on its way to 714.5 points and the national title. There were 16 individual All-American performances and five relay All-American honors. Daniil Kuzmin (freshman, exercise science major, Norilsk, Russia) finished with the most honors, winning two individual titles and helping win two relays. He swam a total of eight All-American performances.

    Kuzmin, Guilherme Magnoler (sophomore, engineering major, Lins, Brazil) and Calvin Price (senior, zoology major, Grahamstown, South Africa) all earned their first national champion honors. Tyler Timmer (freshman, engineering major, Worth, Illinois) became the Tigers’ first All-American diver.

    Four seniors made their final collegiate swim during the championships. Andrew Fischer (English major, Graaff-Reinet, South Africa) finished second in the 200-yard butterfly, touching the pad in 1:49.78. Sam Borgman (music education major, Zeeland, Michigan) posted a 16:19.49 in the 1650-yard freestyle to finish fourth. Jacob Anderson (accounting major, Clifton, Illinois) finished third in the 200-yard backstroke, posting 1:51.39.

    Calvin Price took the silver in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:01.32. Kuzmin earned the seventh of his team-leading eight All-American honors in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing in second place in 45.36. Josh Bouma (sophomore, economics/finance major, Jenison, Michigan) picked up a third-place finish in the 1650-yard freestyle, touching in 16:11.03.

    Anderson finishes his Olivet career as the most decorated swimmer in school history. He has won three individual national titles and three relay titles. In all, he has eight individual All-American awards and 11 relay.

    Women’s team results

    Olivet Tigers women’s swimming and diving team amassed 502.5 points to secure second place and capture the 2016 NAIA National Runner-Up title. The team won three individual titles as well as 10 individual and five relay All-American performances.

    Amanda Moran inked her name in the NAIA and Olivet record books several times during the national competition. Moran opened the meet by becoming the first female swimmer to win multiple national championships, taking the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke titles. Moran set a new school record with her 1:59.32 finish in the 200-yard backstroke, finishing the meet with a total of eight All-American performances, three individual and five relay.

    Tiffany Ray (junior, dietetics major, Grandville, Michigan) took first place in the 200-yard individual medley, finishing in 2:05.84.
    Mar 04, 2016 8:48:24Mar 04, 2016 -

    “Every person is an artist,” says Anna Floyd ’15, the first graduate from Olivet’s pre-art therapy program. “You can find meaning from anything you make, and anyone can benefit from art therapy.”

    Anna began shaping her beliefs at Olivet. She majored in art and psychology, with an art therapy concentration. As an undergraduate student, she had the opportunity to create her own art and to encourage adults with disabilities in art classroom settings.

    Today, Anna is a full-time student in the prestigious master’s program at Adler University in Chicago. In five years, she hopes to be practicing art therapy and helping individuals with disabilities.

    “Art is a way for individuals with disabilities to let others know what’s going on inside them,” she says. “There may be no other way for them to do that.” Through art experiences, she enjoys helping people with disabilities to express themselves.

    Anna has always been creative. Her parents — Dennis and Cathy Floyd, of Westville, Indiana — encouraged her to pursue her desire to study art and help people. When different friends told her on three separate occasions that they could see her as an art therapist, she says she realized what God was telling her. She enrolled at Olivet as an undergraduate student primarily for the art therapy concentration that was available.

    As a graduate student, Anna has a new appreciation of the many ways her Olivet professors prepared her for Adler’s rigorous Master’s in Counseling: Art Therapy degree program. She says she’s indebted to Bill Greiner, chair of the Department of Art and Digital Media; and her professors, Mary Beth Koszut and Megan Campbell.

    “My professors at Olivet were all so willing to help me,” Anna says. “When I started at Adler in September 2015, I could tell how well-prepared I was in comparison with the 44 other students in my cohort. Olivet’s pre-art therapy program is obviously closely aligned with Adler’s program. My experience at Adler has been easier because of this preparation.”

    In Adler’s program, Anna will complete 63 hours of course work, a social justice practicum of 200 hours and a clinical practicum in art therapy of 1,000 hours. Her social justice practicum is with the Chicago Cultural Alliance, and she is currently in the application process for her clinical practicum. After completing the program and taking the master’s clinical qualifying exam, Anna will be eligible to take the certification exams for becoming a licensed professional counselor and a registered art therapist.

    “I gained so much academic knowledge, and I learned a lot on my own, too, while I was an art student at Olivet,” Anna says. “I’m becoming the person I was meant to be because of that educational experience.”
    Mar 01, 2016 9:48:6Mar 01, 2016 -

    Cubs second baseman and Olivet alumnus Ben Zobrist to serve as partnership ambassador

    Olivet Nazarene University today announced a new partnership with the Chicago Cubs that makes Olivet the official education partner of the Cubs organization. Ben Zobrist, Cubs second baseman and a member of Olivet’s class of 2004, will serve as the University’s spokesperson.

    Zobrist will appear in a series of promotional communications highlighting Olivet’s new ONU Global initiative, a program that oversees the University’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies and administers non-traditional learning.

    “We could not be more thrilled to announce this partnership with the Cubs organization and to find such an outstanding partnership ambassador in Olivet alumnus Ben Zobrist,” said Ryan Spittal, ONU vice president for strategic expansion. “Ben is a man of faith and an outstanding example of a friend and teammate, and we are so glad to have him as an ambassador for Olivet and this partnership.”

    Zobrist, 34, was drafted in 2004. He played nine seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays and won a 2015 World Series ring as a key position player with the Kansas City Royals.

    A native of Eureka, Illinois, Zobrist attended Olivet for three years. He played three seasons on the Tigers baseball team at pitcher, second base and shortstop before transferring to Dallas Baptist University for his senior year.

    “I would not be where I am today without Olivet and the education the University provided,” said Zobrist. “With the flexibility and variety in programs offered by Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, now everyone can advance in both career and life by letting Olivet take them from where they are now to where they want to be.”

    “We’re pleased to welcome Olivet as the official education partner of the Chicago Cubs, and we look forward to working with an inspiring role model in Ben Zobrist to encourage future generations to pursue their dreams,” said Allen Hermeling, senior director, corporate partnerships, Chicago Cubs.

    ONU Global has locations in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, offering more than 30 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs.

    Partnered with more than 200 organizations across the United States, ONU Global has more than 150 learning locations, including five regional centers. Staying true to its international reach, ONU Global has a presence in Hong Kong along with partnerships in China, the Czech Republic, South Africa, Dubai UAE and Israel.

    Information on ONU Global and the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies is available at
    Feb 29, 2016 3:52:15Feb 29, 2016 -

    Alumni and friends of Olivet are responding enthusiastically today to the University’s Day of Hope, an online giving event to support need-based grants for students who could not attend Olivet without financial assistance beyond what they and their families are able to pay.


    University administrators are confident that A Day of Hope will result in the largest-ever number of people assisting Olivet students in a single day.


    To participate in A Day of Hope, visit


    The event launches The Hope Project, a multi-faceted initiative that celebrates how Olivet students aspire to lives of significance and purpose through the Olivet experience.


    “The world is a better place with more Olivet graduates in it,” said Dr. Brian Allen, Olivet’s vice president for Institutional Advancement. “These students aren’t looking for a hand out. They’re looking for a helping hand up, to assist them in preparing for and achieving God’s very best for them. They dream of making the world a better place.”

    Feb 23, 2016 12:52:32Feb 23, 2016 -

    More than 65 Illinois pastors and community leaders attended the recent 2nd Annual Black Pastors’ Conference hosted by Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois.

    The group discussed leadership strategies, economic and community development initiatives, and how to successfully integrate the faith-based community into the economic development sphere.

    Topics included economic/financial impact, housing and restorative justice. Participants discussed leadership strategies that included mentoring, coaching and conflict resolution, with the focus of growing faith-based communities and restoring the dignity of the individual.

    "We need churches to successfully integrate into the economic development community,” said Dr. Edward Piatt, adjunct business professor and the architect of the conference. “This is a holistic approach that enables the faith-based community to develop synergistic partnerships to move to the next level of excellence."

    Future events are being scheduled to include dealing with drugs and mental illness, and keeping neighborhoods safe.

    Feb 19, 2016 12:1:48Feb 19, 2016 -

    Nearly 100 Olivet students are preparing for mission trips during the University’s upcoming spring break as they plan to work, teach, preach and otherwise assist underserved communities in the United States, Mexico, Honduras, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

    Through Olivet’s Missions In Action (M.I.A.) program, students will team with staff and faculty members as they work in these locations:
    Chicago. A team of 25 Olivet representatives will serve residents of the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s southwest side. They will reach out to residents through schools and at other community sites.
    Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. A team of 12 will partner with the local La Iglesia de Cristo (Church of Christ), reaching out and ministering to children and their families from neighborhoods adjacent to the church. The goal is to help people find their identity in Christ, as well as to create lasting, meaningful relationships with Mexico’s people.
    Shepherd Community Center, Indianapolis, Indiana. A team of 15 will work to break the cycle of poverty, volunteering with neighborhood youth and their families.
    Honduras. A team of 20 will continue work that began more than eight years ago with elementary school children. They are now young adults who have finished school and are ready for jobs. They are receiving training and preparing for careers, participating in a microenterprise development featuring a coffee shop/pizza restaurant/beauty salon/community gathering place.
    Haiti. A team of 19, comprised of nursing and engineering students, will use their Olivet training to hold community health clinics and install water catchment systems. During last year’s trip, the team served more than 600 people and installed 15 systems. Kirsten (Roberts) Lancour ’11, also an M.I.A. alumna, will serve as the missionary host for this team.
    Dominican Republic. A team of 18 will partner with Crosswinds Ministry to encourage high-risk, troubled American teenagers to complete school, become followers of Christ and gain valuable life skills.

    “The opportunity to serve in Mexico is not only a chance for me to answer a call to serve those in need, but to broaden my global view of the Church,” says Kaleb Miller, a junior from Canton, Illinois, majoring in marketing and public relations. “Last year’s trip has impacted my life, my view of our world and my faith for good.”

    “This year, all of the spring break mission trips involve a return to developing partnerships,” says Jennifer McClellan, Olivet’s director of missions and student ministries. “We believe this will increase the long-term impact for the people we are serving as well as the members of our teams.”

    McClellan says the University’s mission work is an ongoing, meaningful example of the many ways Olivet students bring hope to the world. This year’s mission trips take place as the University engages in The Hope Project, an initiative that celebrates how Olivet students aspire to lives of significance and purpose through the Olivet experience. Information on The Hope Project is available here.
    Feb 15, 2016 12:12:57Feb 15, 2016 -

    Olivet Nazarene University’s Walker School of Engineering and the Department of Chemistry and Geosciences will co-host the National Groundwater Association’s 2016 Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Ty Ferré, on Wednesday, February 17, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 330 of Reed Hall of Science on Olivet’s campus.

    Dr. Ferré will speak on the topic of “Seeing Things Differently: Rethinking the Relationship Between Data, Models and Decision-Making.”

    His lecture will address how to make decisions about water and how to improve decision-making under uncertain conditions. In particular, Dr. Ferré will examine the role of science — through data collection and model development — in informing personal, economic and policy decisions about water as a shared resource.

    “We are excited to host Dr. Ferré at Olivet,” said Dr. Kevin Brewer, engineering professor and a professional hydrogeologist. “This is an excellent opportunity for students, faculty and professionals to learn from him. He will also be talking with students about pursuing careers in the sciences.”

    As part of this prestigious lecture series, Dr. Ferré is also speaking at several other locations, including Stanford University, Boise State University, U.S. Department of Energy and the Clemson Hydrogeology Symposium at Clemson University.

    Dr. Ferré is a professor of hydrology and water resources and a joint professor of soil, water and environmental science at the University of Arizona. He holds a bachelor’s degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a doctorate in earth sciences from the University of Waterloo.

    Established in 1986, the Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecture Series fosters interest and excellence in groundwater science and technology. Each year, a panel of scientists and engineers invites an outstanding groundwater professional to share his or her work with peers and students. To date, this series has reached more than 85,000 students, faculty members and industry professionals.

    For more information about this lecture, contact Olivet’s Walker School of Engineering at 815-928-5632 or
    Feb 10, 2016 11:41:12Feb 10, 2016 -

    Olivet Nazarene University’s Walker School of Engineering is introducing three new academic concentrations within the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree program. “We are adding these concentrations in response to many requests from companies and students,” said Dr. Shane Ritter, dean of the School. “These concentrations will also open new missioneering opportunities for students who are interested in innovating and designing with a Christian purpose in order to bring hope to those in need.”

    • Environmental engineering concentration focuses on air pollution control, water and waste management, and environmental sustainability. It creates a link between geological and civil engineering.

    • Industrial engineering concentration provides a link between engineering and business. It focuses on manufacturing, design and analysis of industrial studies, and forecasting models.

    • Software engineering concentration features courses focused on embedded systems programming and the application of computer science principles. The interdepartmental collaboration between engineering and computer science disciplines is an additional benefit.

    Beginning with the fall 2016 semester, students will have the opportunity to take the required courses for each of these concentrations. Courses will be taught in a professional environment by professors with real-world experience. Olivet’s BSE program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

    Along with these new concentrations, Olivet also offers concentrations in architectural engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, geological engineering and mechanical engineering. 

    Seok Lew, Ph.D., has joined Olivet’s full-time engineering faculty, effective for the fall 2016 semester. In addition to teaching classes in mechanical engineering, he will also oversee student research. He is currently completing his work as an instructor with the Harvard Medical School and a research associate at Boston Children’s Hospital, the top children’s hospital in the United States.

    Dr. Lew holds a Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of Utah; a Master of Arts in theology from Wheaton College (Illinois); a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan; and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Yonsei University (South Korea).

    For more information about Olivet’s engineering program, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.
    Feb 04, 2016 6:5:50Feb 04, 2016 -

    Daneli Rabanalez-Hernandez of Arcola, Illinois, is the first recipient of the Media Catalyst Scholarship honoring the memory of Professor Carl L. Fletcher.

    As a full-time freshman student in 2013, Daneli worked closely with Brian McIntyre Utter, general manager of Olivet’s Shine.FM broadcasting network, to establish Brilla.FM. Initially, she served as program director and a program host for this Hispanic radio ministry.

    Brilla.FM’s mission is to collect, organize and broadcast Christian music of the Spanish culture. Broadcasting online, it reaches the entire Latin culture in many Spanish-speaking countries. Programming reflects the current focus of Spanish Christian music and is about 70 percent worship songs. These are performed in Spanish by Spanish artists. Music styles represented include salsa, norteño, bachata, rock and contemporary.

    Today, in addition to pursuing her education at Olivet, Daneli is the on-air host of “Shine Evenings” for the Shine.FM network.

    “Occasionally a student comes along with a natural talent and a God-given passion for using his or her gifts to make a difference. Daneli is such a student,” Utter says. “She is truly a catalyst for the kingdom in what she does both with Shine.FM and Brilla.FM. We are so excited for her to be the first student to receive this scholarship and honor the memory of our friend Carl.”

    Professor Fletcher — who passed away Nov. 7, 2015 — was a well-loved and well-respected professor in Olivet’s Department of Communication. To honor his life and legacy, his colleagues, family and friends have established the Media Catalyst Scholarship at Olivet. It is designated for students who are majoring in communication and committed to being catalysts for Christ in the world through media excellence.

    "Carl was passionate about the impact of Christian radio and training future Christian broadcasters,” Utter says. “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."

    Professor Fletcher also served as director of broadcasting in the Department of Communication and as operations director for the Shine.FM network. He joined Olivet’s faculty in 2007 and enjoyed sharing his expertise in radio programming and production with students and through Olivet’s radio ministry. Nurtured by his care and guidance, Olivet graduates are working in radio stations from coast-to-coast and around the world.
    Feb 02, 2016 2:45:1Feb 02, 2016 -

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


    Elisabeth Adamson, Benjamin Agan, Alexis Aguilera, Sarah Albertson, Kayla Albrecht, Harmony Alford, Kaleigh Allen, Spencer Allen, Sarah Allison, Kaitlyn Altmann, Sarah Alvord, Adrienne Anderson, Jacob Anderson, Jessica Anderson, Kaitlin Anderson, Lauren Anderson, Rachel Anderson, Riley Anderson, Sarah Anderson, Seth Anderson, Joel Andrade, Michele Andreina, Callie Archer, Christina Armbrester, Christine Ayabe, Jenna Ayers, Angelique Azouri


    Hannah Bacon, Alexis Badiac, Felicia Baer, Brooke Bahr, Emily Bahr, Brandon Baker, Justin Banks, Madylin Barker, Sarah Barker, Andrew Barnard, Megan Barnhart, Rachel Barnitz, Brandon Barrows, Melissa Bartholomew, William Bates, Devin Battice, Justin Baur, Emily Baylor, Hannah Beals, Kristin Beatty, Laura Bechtel, David Beckberger, Sara Becker, Allison Beecher, Emily Belschner, Aaron Benda, Jatupat Benjasiriroj, Daniel Bennett, Nathan Benz, Helen Berdebes, Attalyssa Berg, Connor Berg, Daniel Berkiel, Amy Bernhard, Austin Berns, Kathleen Berns, Bridget Beyer, Matthew Bieber, Diana Bilea, Holly Billiter, Candice Birr, Codey Bishop, Marisa Bishop, Kyla Bledsoe, Madeline Bloom, Amy Blucker, Noah Blunier, Rachel Blunier, Carly Blystone, Lea Bock, David Boer, Taylor Bordewick, Ashley Borop, Grace Bortner, Joel Boser, Katie Bosket, Alicia Bosman, Joshua Bouma, Ryley Bowen, Angela Brandon, Fleur Breuker, Michael Brezinski, Adam Brickner, Micaela Bright, Kristin Britt, Karalynn Brock, Ryan Brodien, Kiley Bronke, Casey Bronson, Jared Broom, Amy Brown, Austin Brown, Bethany Brown, Collin Brown, Emily Brown, Emmaline Brown, Jacob Brown, Kari Brown, Karley Brown, Nathaniel Brown, Zachary Brown, Erica Browning, Jacob Brugger, Mitchell Brummel, Kaleb Buchanan, Haley Buhler, Brenden Buhro, Kayla Bulthuis, Austin Burdine, Mark Buren, Anna Burkey, Sara Burmeister, Madeline Buseth, Jazmine Buster, Samantha Butera, Cara Butler, Kyle Butler, Megan Butler, Morgan Byers


    Rachel Cabrera, Brittlee Cadle, Cody Cadle, Jenna Cain, Luis Calderon, Stuart Caldwell, Kellie Campbell, Tung Anh Cao, Victoria Carbonell, Alyssa Carl, Ryan Carl, Margaret Carnahan, Annette Carr, Jocelyn Carrillo, Hardy Carroll, Emily Carstens, Drew Cary, Megan Casali, Steven Case, Olivia Casey, Natalie Cash, Chandler Casten, Zachary Cavanaugh, Luke Cavender, Tamara Chalikian, Sara Chamberlain, Cara Champlin, Ambree Chaplinski, Elizabeth Chapman, Stephanie Chapman, Jaimie Chen, Anna Chennault, Justin Chrastina, Jennifer Christensen, Levi Clark, Davis Clay, Ryan Clendening, Taylor Coble, Matthew Cockroft, Caleb Coe, Tristan Coghill, Vanessa Cohn, Abigail Colbert, Elise Colclasure, Sarah Collalti, Stephanie Collier, Hannah Collins, Alissa Combe, McKenna Conforti, Erin Connelly, Brandon Conrad, Taylor Conroy, Logan Cooper, Mikaela Coose, Hannah Cora, Kelley Coser, Kristen Coser, Brenten Couch, Sydney Couch, Daniel Couchenour, Laura Cox, Rebecca Cox, Zachary Craig, Tyler Crater, Cameron Craver, Ashley Crawford, Jara Crawford, Dylan Creger, Brandon Crockett, Noah Crowder, Emily Crum, Samuel Cullado, Aaron Cunningham, Maggie Cusey


    Laura D'Angelo, Drake Daniels, Bailey Darnell, Micah Dascenzo, Andrew Davis, Kelsie Davis, Kylie Davis, Madison Davis, Noah Davis, Trinity Davis, Tyler Davis, Taylor Dawson, Zackary Day, Curtis Dayton, Rachael De Graff, Lynnae De Jong, Joel DeArmond, David Decker, Jorian DeFelice, Marissa DeGroot, Lauren Delaney, Shelby Delaney, Taylor Delbridge, Trevor Delgado, Noah Dellamater, Katherine DeMeulenaere, Chase DeMott, Amelia Denison, Austin Denning, Morgan Depatis, Rebecka DeRuiter, Jacqueline DesLauriers, Adam Dettman, Devlin DeVore, Spencer Dexter, Stacie Dexter, Thomas Dexter, Joshua Dille, Isaac Dillman, Jacob Dillman, Trevor Dillman, Thomas Dinkleman, Jessica Dirkse, Sarah Dirkse, Amelia Discher, Michelle Ditchfield, Brandon Divan, Liza Dollenbacher, Jennifer D'Onofrio, Cole Doolittle, Eric Douglass, Brandon Doyle, Molly Dragoo, Caleb Drake, Dallas Drotts, Jennifer Druse, Morgan Duke, Jessica Dunahoo, Alexandra Duncan, Caleb Durbin, Randi Durbin, JoAnne Dusenbury, Molly Dwyer, Robert Dykhouse


    Kellye Eagan, Colton Ebbens, Daniel Eccles, Jenna Edington, Rebecca Eller, David Ellis, Lauren Ellis, Tyler Ellis, Joshua Emmett, Renee Enz, Sarah Eslinger, Olivia Eson, Samuel Eutsey, Jori Evans, Kara Evans, Zackry Everett, Alex Ewalt, Megan Eylander


    Nikos Fajdich, Reid Farchmin, Calli Fast, Alyssa Faulks, Jacqueline Fayne-Knox, Ashleigh Fedei, Shelley Fellows, Elise Fetzer, Kyle Fiala, Nicholas Fiene, Zachary Fienhold, Chase Fierro, Isaiah Fink, Andrew Fischer, Austin Fischer, Brittany Fischer, Scott Fischer, Bradley Fitzgerald, Travis Fleetwood, Aaron Flemming, Mark Fleschner, Caitlin Fletcher, Morgan Fly, Bethany Forbes, Tyler Ford, Micah Forshee, Megan Fort, Rachel Fosdal, Laura Fosnaugh, Sarah Fosnaugh, Cheri Foster, Hannah Francis, Trevor Franklin, Jacqueline Frazier, Brett Freeman, Lucas Fritch


    Tyler Gabriele, Joshua Galbraith, Sarah Ganster, David Gardner, Charlton Garr, Elisabeth Garratt, Mariah Garratt, Christina Garza, Andrew Gaskill, Aimee Gauss, Katie Geertsema, Kelsey Geiman, Anna George, Jenna George, Jessica Gerig, Deirdre Gerke, Carolyn Gillespie, Vera Ginter, Kennedy Gladding, Jeffery Glitz, Ana Gomez, Maria Gomez Limon, Leyanne Gonzales, Haley Goodwin, Hannah Gorecki, Seth Gorman, Tyler Goscha, Jacob Gouge, Nichole Goumas, Alexandria Grady, Ariel Grainger, Derek Grainger, Imara Granera, Laura Graven, Sara Gray, Christopher Green, Hannah Griffin, Kathryn Grimes, Michael Grimm, Jessica Grimmett, Rachel Grimmett, Mikayla Griwac, Curtis Groover, Brian Gross, Zachary Gross, Lydia Grosse, Christina Grosz, Taylor Grover, Caleb Gulledge, Jordan Gunn, Erin Gurley, Avery Gutwein, Margaret Gutwein


    Abigail Haaksma, Caitlin Hacker, Matthew Haerr, Amanda Haffer, Marianne Hall, Kayla Hallstrom, Jacob Hamachek, Katherine Hamel, Kyle Hamrick, Tara Hamstra, Abigail Hancock, Brittany Hanenburg, Brittany Harling, Holly Harlow, John Harrington-Taber, Alexandra Harris, Colleen Harris, Neely Harris, Sydney Harris, Aaron Hartke, Kymberlie Hartman, Sydney Hartman, Lindsay Hathaway, Rachel Haworth, Andrea Hay, Jordan Hayes, Bradley Hazelwood, Brooke Heaton, Cody Heaton, Kailor Hecox, Kayla Hedgren, Tyler Hedrick, Jessica Hemmer, Emily Henderson, Jessa Hendricker, Megan Hendrickson, Cassidy Henning, Rachel Hensley, Jonathan Hentschel, Jacob Herberger, Daneli Rabanalez Hernandez, Nicholas Hernandez, Lyndsey Herndon, Amanda Herr, Amanda Hertz, Corbin Hesterberg, Luke Hiatt, Grace Higgins, Jacob Hileman, Ethan Hiles, Anne Hill, Jacob Hill, Brittany Hilleary, Trent Hillier, Emily Hiter, Lara Hoaglan, Jacqueline Hobbs, Elisabeth Hobson, Hannah Hockemeyer, Anneka Hoekstra, Kurtis Hoekstra, Kyle Hoffman, Julie Hogan, Grace Hohn, Alina Holliday, Austin Holton, Chloe Homco, Alissa Homoelle, Jacqueline Horwood, Meghan Houk, Alexander Hovious, Allison Howell, Rachel Howell, Timothy Hubbard, Faith Huckabee, Christina Huebner, Ryan Hull, Zachary Hulliberger, Kristen Hung, Isabelle Huyck, Abigail Hyatt, Miles Hyde, Sydney Hyde


    Erin Ifft, Veronika Ilavska, Neil Ipock, Baylie Isaacs


    Elizabeth Jackson, Jennifer Jackson, Kati Jackson, Shelby Jackson, Emilie Janes, Emily Jarrells, Brandon Jaynes, Elizabeth Jenkins, Ryan Jennings, Rachel Jensen, Rachel Jirik, Shannon Jirik, Caitlin Johnson, Calan Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson, Kaylee Johnson, Rebekah Johnson, Sarah Johnson, Soren Johnson, Stephen Johnson, Taylor Johnson, Valerie Johnson, Jessica Johnston, Hannah Jones, Rachel Jones, Reagan Jones, Sarah Jones, W. Jones, Grant Judson, Morgan Judson, Luke Jungermann


    Marlena Kalafut, Christian Kalfas, Ashley Kamholz, Emily Kammin, Emily Kane, Michaela Kane, Callie Kant, Devon Karbach, Allie Karras, Madison Karrick, Benjamin Kasinger, Lauren Kasler, Andrew Kelly, Heather Kennedy, Ryan Kennell, Zachary Kennell, Danielle Kensinger, Cody Keppner, Colin Keppner, Jamie Kiefer, Jessica Kilbride, Celina Kilhefner, Brittany Killion, Paul Kime, Nathan King, Kent Kinnersley, Philip Kinnersley, Devin Kirkland, Sara Kitchen, Kristine Kjell, Elisa Klaassen, Kurtis Klein, Samuel Kleindienst, Bryan Klendworth, Dasan Klingenberg, Luke Knight, Whitney Knox, Savannah Ko, Courtney Kodat, Casey Koerner, David Kok, Sandra Koljovic, Mikaela Komp, Jenna Kooy, Kayla Krassman, Jamie Kraus, Nicholas Krieg, Ryan Krohne, Elizabeth Krumsieg, Jennifer Krygsheld, Cory Kucey, Anneliese Kuechenberg, Emma Kuntz, Joseph Kuntz, Katelyn Kuper, Kari Kwiatkowski, Stephen Kwiatkowski


    Karlin Labenske, Stephani LaCasse, Miriam Laffoon, Jessica Laidler, Karah Lain, Nathan Lain, Kellen Lake, Kyle Lamb, Mitchell Lamb, Thomas Lambrecht, Elizabeth Lanham, Caleb Lankford, Connie Lapinski, Stephanie Larson, Madeline LaSota, Madalyn Lathrop, Alexandra Lautenbach, Justin Lautermilch, Benjamin Lavin, Renee Layman, Jessica Learned, Carrie Leato, David Leman, Drew Leman, Elizabeth Lemus Figueroa, Michael Leppin, Jocelyn LeSage, Victoria Lilly, Ciara Lindgren, Catherine Lindquist, Hannah Lindsay, Megan Lingle, Tyler Lingle, Stephanie Linquist, Brian Linsner, Steven Loll, Christina Long, Tiara Long, Ashley Longnecker, Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales, Jordan Loudermilk, Jose Lowery, Melissa Luby, Janelle Lucas, Jacob Ludy, Jacquelyn Luecke


    Brandon Maatman, Andrea MacDonough, Kira Madl, Guilherme Magnoler, Alexandra Mahaffey, Aaron Maia, Oscar Manciñeiras Cornella, Lizbeth Mancilla, James Manes, Andrew Manganiello, Joelle Mannion, Kenrick Manswell, Brandon Maranion, Danielle Maranion, Hayley Marcordes, Tess Marcordes, Andrew Marcotte, Michaela Maris, Raymond Marquez, Keren Marsh, Austen Marshall, Brianna Marshall, Hayley Martin, Joshua Martin, Matthew Martyn, Lucas Mattox, Sarah Matyskela, Kimberly Maue, Camrie Maxon, Alisa Maxwell, Donaven Mayer, Timothy Mayotte, Savannah McCafferty, Quincie McCalla, Emily McCann, Sydney McCright, Matthew McDivitt, Holly McDonald, Abigail McGinnis, Kaitlin McHenry, Megan McKinley, Ashley McKnight, Douglas McLaughlin, Morgan McMullen, Kyle McNamara, Michael McNamara, Spencer Meador, Katie Megyesi, Mackenzie Mehaffey, Meghan Meiner, Vaughan Meiss, Jacob Mellinger, Alexis Meridith, Jacquelyn Merki, Jennefer Merza, Bethany Metzler, Brianna Meyers, Ronald Milbocker, Austin Miller, Caroline Miller, Faith Miller, Maggie Miller, Mia Miller, Tiffany Miller, Abigail Mills, Emily Mills, Daniel Mitchell, Connor Mix, Trevor Moberly, Lauren Mohler, Rebecca Mooi, Dakota Moon, Mitchell Moon, Jonah Moore, Taylor Moore, Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales, Samantha Morey, Lindsay Morr, Hope Morris, Jeanette Morris, Megan Morris, Michaela Morris, Madison Morrison, Elizabeth Moulding, Garrett Muhlstadt, Christina Mullin, Maria Munoz, Bethany Munroe, Tessa Murphy, Macy Murray, Ryan Muzljakovich, Cailey Myers, Chloe Myers, Elisabeth Myzia


    Sadie Navas, Matthew Neal, Elizabeth Nellis, Brennan Nemec, Jamie Neven, Samuel Nichols, Carolyn Nicodemus, Aliece Nielson, Cierra Nienhuis, Alyssa Nordmeyer, Steven Nowinski, Amanda Nowman


    Samuel Oberholz, Kayla O'Donohue, Johanna Oksnevad, Katina Oksnevad, Whitney Olson, Hannah Ondrey, Ashley Oosterhouse, Megan O'Rourke, Sarah Ortman, Victoria Owings


    Esther Paek, Ingrid Palmer, Richard Paret, Tiffany Paris, Jaron Parke, Caleb Parker, Olivia Parks, Olivia Parrott, Troy Parsons, Rachel Pasch, Abigail Pattara, Sophia Paulose, David Payne, Gwendolyn Payne, Seth Peachey, Grace Pelley, Julia Pennings, Samantha Pepper, Sophia Perea, Damaris Perez, Emily Perkins, Zachary Pessia, Connor Pestka, Kenneth Peters, Amanda Peterson, Lucas Peterson, Alex Petkunas, Cassandra Petrie, Madison Pettet, Paige Phillips, Drew Philson, Megan Pichaske, Dustin Pierce, Bethany Pilat, Saige Pilgrim, Danielle Pinder, Joshua Pitts, Joshua Pityer, Gregory Planck, Micah Plank, Kristena Poll, Palmer Ponstein, Nicole Pope, Courtney Posing, Matthew Posladek, Renee Poucher, Nathan Powazki, Mathew Prasser, Ayla Price, Calvin Price, Benjamin Prince, Juleah Puccinelli, Lydia Puentes, Sarah Putman, Phillip Putney, Courtney Pych


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    Jan 27, 2016 9:44:57Jan 27, 2016 -

    Dr. John C. Bowling, Olivet’s president, is The Daily Journal 2015 Citizen of the Year. This award honors his contributions to the Kankakee Valley, Illinois, area as well as his career achievements.

    Olivet, Bowling prized community partners
    by Mike Frey for The Daily Journal
    Reprinted with permission.

    John Bowling has called Bourbonnais and Kankakee County home for 33 consecutive years, and he continues to do so to this day.

    There is no shortage of people who are thankful the longtime president of Olivet Nazarene University has chosen to stay put, especially when you consider he has had numerous opportunities to move on.
    “John is a nationally recognized figure,'' said Phil Kambic, president and CEO of Riverside Medical Center. “For him to want to live and remain in Kankakee County is a blessing for the area.”

    It's a decision Bowling has grappled with several times. In 2005, he was elected to the prestigious position of general superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene. He declined, but when elected again in 2009, he accepted before quickly undergoing a change of heart and rescinding the offer to remain at Olivet.

    Those opportunities are well known to the public, and there have been others as well. An international publishing company invited him to pursue its presidency, as have several other universities. He has given at least some consideration to all of them, but always has come to the conclusion that Olivet is the place he should be. The reason is two-fold.

    “I have come to realize there is a special quality to leadership in one place over a long period of time,” he said. “The careful growth and development of a university takes time, and I felt that if I would stay at Olivet, I might be able to strengthen the university in ways that could not be done during a shorter term of leadership.”

    The other factor that has compelled Bowling to stay is what he has found off campus.

    “I also think that it takes time to genuinely become part of one's community,” he said. “My appreciation for the people of the Kankakee area has deepened across the years, and I feel an obligation to do all I can to enrich our shared life.”

    Because of Bowling's devotion to Olivet and the community at large, he has been named the Daily Journal Citizen of the Year for 2015. The newspaper has honored top citizens since 2002, and this is the 10th consecutive year it has awarded a Citizen of the Year honor.

    The award coincides with a couple of historic landmarks for Olivet. It celebrated the 75th anniversary of its move to Bourbonnais in 2015, and this year marks the 25th year Bowling has been the university president, a job he took after spending eight years as the pastor of the College Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais.

    At a community celebration held last fall to mark the anniversary of the relocation, Bowling directly addressed an issue which had not been often discussed in the public forum. He spoke of the initial uneasy relationship between Olivet, the fairly new Church of the Nazarene and its predominately French-Canadian Catholic neighbors in Bourbonnais. He spoke of how the two groups operated independently and basically kept their distance from each other.

    Then he spoke of how the barriers dissolved and a strong, thriving relationship has formed, and he continues to speak about it.

    “My sense is that the relationship between Olivet and the surrounding communities has never been better, and I am so thankful for the many ways the community enriches the life of the university,” Bowling said.

    “Over time, we have become good friends and family. Olivet graduates teach in our schools, help run our area businesses, work in our hospitals and social service agencies and raise families in our various neighborhoods.”

    Bowling tends to deflect credit for helping the relationship grow, and is more apt to praise his predecessors as president, Harold Reed and Leslie Parrott Jr.

    Those men certainly planted the roots, as Jeff Hammes, president of Peoples Bank of Kankakee County, can attest. At the same time, Bowling has furthered the relationship like no one before him.

    Hammes' grandfather, Romy Hammes, was a prominent Catholic businessman in the immediate post World War II era, and despite the perceived friction between people of his faith and those of the Nazarene faith, he developed a strong relationship with Olivet's leader.

    “One of the earliest inroads came when Dr. Reed and my grandfather became good friends,” Hammes said. “Since then, Dr. Bowling has opened the doors wide to the community.”

    Hammes points to Olivet's ability to draw the Chicago Bears here as the NFL team has held training camp on the campus since 2002. He refers to community events that take place on the campus, such as the numerous Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra performances. He also points to the outreach efforts of Olivet students, who perform volunteer work for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army.

    Bowling also is proud of the outreach, especially since it comes from the segment of the Olivet community he values the most. It's a consistently growing segment, as enrollment has more than doubled during Bowling's tenure and Olivet has set records for enrollment year after year for the past decade or more.

    “I genuinely like the many varied aspects of my job, but the students are my primary focus,” he said. “The university exists for students, and they have the potential of making a huge impact in the world.”

    The student body holds Bowling in similar esteem.

    “It seriously feels like Dr. Bowling is always with students,” said Spencer Allen, a 20-year-old junior from Bourbonnais who is studying electrical engineering.

    “From seeing him at basketball games and having the whole student section chanting his name until he acknowledges us, to showing up at all the school events, Dr. Bowling's presence is definitely always felt on our campus.”

    While Olivet has upheld its strong spiritual commitment over the years, Bowling has even embraced one of the current crazes of modern society.

    “I love that Dr. Bowling is always up for a good selfie,” Allen said. “There's so many of them out there, including a whole month dedicated to who could get the best one with him.”

    No one exactly knows what will prove popular in the coming years, but Bowling already has set his sights on the future. Olivet's strategic plan is called Vision 2022 and calls for an additional $50 million in campus construction by the time that year has passed.

    The expansion would come after Olivet invested $180 million in new construction and renovated buildings throughout the past decade. Those projects have brought two new jewels to the campus, the Hawkins Centennial Chapel, which was completed in 2010, and the Perry Student Life and Recreation Center, which was finished in 2012.

    Bowling realizes it will be a challenge to realize the vision, but it's not like he hasn't conquered challenges before. Ten years ago, he climbed to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain on the African continent and the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

    “That is a mountain of a different kind,” Bowling said of Vision 2022. “But should be just as exhilarating and rewarding.”

    Close-up: John Bowling

    Occupation: President of Olivet Nazarene University for the past 25 years

    Residence: Bourbonnais

    Education: Undergraduate and master’s degrees from Olivet; A doctoral degree in education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas; a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southern Methodist University; Chosen as a resident fellow for post-doctoral studies at Harvard University

    Past professional experience: Senior pastor of the College Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais; senior pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene in Dallas; Faculty member at Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, Colo., and at Olivet

    Civic involvement: Member of the board of directors of Peoples Bank of Kankakee County; former board member for Riverside Health System and Rush University Medical Center in Chicago; former member of the United Way of Kankakee County board and the Kankakee Valley Chamber of Commerce board

    Hobby: Bowling is an accomplished author, having written more than 60 published articles and four books. He now is in the midst of writing another book, "Everybody Loves a Story: The Parables of Jesus as Windows and Mirrors''

    Jan 21, 2016 1:45:21Jan 21, 2016 -

    New university program will oversee the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies

    Olivet Nazarene University today announced establishment of ONU Global, a program that oversees the University’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies and administers non-traditional learning.

    ONU Global has locations in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, offering more than 30 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. Students may complete programs on-ground, online or a combination of both. With approval for online programming in 46 states, ONU Global offers 14 programs fully online.

    Partnered with more than 200 organizations across the United States, ONU Global has more than 150 learning locations, including five regional centers. Staying true to its international reach, ONU Global has a presence in Hong Kong along with partnerships in China, the Czech Republic, South Africa, Dubai UAE and Israel. Students affiliated with partner organizations receive tuition discount, access to professional development seminars, use of ONU facilities and additional benefits.

    “Thousands of students are currently enrolled in the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, and many new students are starting every day, creating rapid growth in Olivet’s non-traditional programming,” said Dr. Ryan Spittal, vice president for strategic expansion. “The purpose of ONU Global is to continue expanding the missional impact and quality programming of Olivet. Over the next five years, we expect continued significant advances in our operation, including new programming and locations that expand opportunities for students.”

    ONU Global offers programs in health care, education, business, engineering, criminal justice and ministry. Spittal pointed out that most ONU Global students are non-residential, non-traditional students.

    “ONU Global provides a wide range of highly respected programs that are recognized in the industry for preparing students to compete in the job market and our constantly changing world,” Spittal said. “Olivet has become a leader in the Christian non-traditional learning environment, and ONU Global provides the opportunity for growing numbers of individuals to access Olivet programming.”

    Additional information about ONU Global and Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies is available at

    Jan 15, 2016 2:26:26Jan 15, 2016 -

    Olivet Nazarene University is one of only five U.S. higher education workplaces — and the only one in Illinois — certified as a Best Christian Workplace for 2016.

    This is the 11th 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.

    “Receiving this honor is always rewarding,” said David Pickering, Olivet’s director of business and human resources. “In addition, the information we receive gives our leadership and campus community a better understanding of the health of ONU. Our collective goal is to continue making ONU a great place to work — a place that models Christian virtues in how we interact with one another while we provide our students an education with a Christian purpose.”

    To qualify for the Best Christian Workplace designation, Olivet was required to have employees complete the BCWI employee engagement survey. Eighty-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.
    Jan 12, 2016 2:6:35Jan 12, 2016 -

    Eric Hehman is the new head football coach at Olivet Nazarene University.

    A college head coach since 2004, Hehman arrives at Olivet after six seasons at Malone University in Canton, Ohio, where he was instrumental in transitioning the program from NAIA to NCAA Division II.

    From 2005-2009, he coached at NCAA Division III Greenville College (Illinois), where he led the Panthers to their first National Christian College Athletic Association post season, playing in the Victory Bowl in 2009. The same season, the Panthers captured their first-ever Upper Midwest Athletic Conference South Division title, and Hehman earned Coach of the Year honors.

    "I'm excited that Coach Hehman is coming our way," said Gary Newsome, Olivet’s director of athletics, in announcing Hehman’s hiring. "His experience at Malone in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference prepares him to be successful at ONU and in the Mid-States Football Association.”

    Before becoming a head coach, Hehman was an assistant coach at Trinity International University (Illinois) and Taylor University (Indiana), both in the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

    As Trinity’s offensive coordinator, Hehman helped lead the team to the 2003 MSFA co-championship and an NAIA post-season appearance in 2004. He was named 2004 MSFA Assistant Coach of the Year. At Taylor, the team captured the MSFA title in 1998 and earned a trip to the post season with Hehman as offensive line coach.

    In addition to his head coach role at Olivet, Hehman joins the teaching faculty in the Department of Exercise Science. A native of Columbus, Indiana, he earned a bachelor’s degree at Taylor University and a master's degree in sports administration from Ball State University (Indiana). Hehman and his wife, Liz, have two sons, Matthew and Micah.

    "My family and I are incredibly excited to join the Olivet family. It was apparent to me after spending time on campus that ONU is a special place," said Hehman. "I firmly believe God has prepared me, with all the unique experiences I have developing football programs, to lead the Tiger program to new heights. I look forward to the challenge and the opportunity to take this program to an NAIA championship level. I am confident that we will build a program that the ONU community will be proud of, on and off the field."
    Jan 07, 2016 9:28:35Jan 07, 2016 -

    Neither ice nor cold nor flight delays could keep Olivet’s Marching Tigers from their New Year’s Day 2016 appointment in London. During their week-long visit, band members made a musical impact while experiencing the history and culture of England’s capital city.

    Music was the Tigers’ top priority as they participated in London’s 30th annual New Year's Day Parade and Festival. Under the direction of Dr. Matthew Stratton, director of Athletic Bands and the ONU Jazz Band, the Marching Tigers performed the “ONU Fight Song” as they led 10,000 participants in the big parade. The program also included “To Alma Mater, Olivet” — performed once in front of the Ritz Hotel and again near Piccadilly Circus — thrilling Olivet alumni, faculty and staff members who accompanied the band to London.

    Earlier in the week, the ONU Jazz Band — along with Dr. Don Reddick ’79, dean of the School of Music; Dr. Matt Jacklin, adjunct professor for percussion studies; and Ian Matthews ’12 — performed at Cadogan Hall as part of the Festival Concert Series.

    The band’s travel itinerary included a panoramic bus tour of the city, the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, a cruise on the Thames River to Greenwich plus visits to the Tower of London, Windsor Castle and Oxford University.

    “It was amazing to see the band members grow together and enjoy the trip together,” says Grant Penrod (junior, multimedia communication major, Saint Anne, Illinois), a band member who documented the trip for the School of Music. “We didn’t take London for granted. We will never forget this trip.”

    New Year’s Eve is not complete without fireworks, and the Olivet contingent watched London’s display over the Thames that night. Many say they will hold that memory for years to come.

    “I was proud to stand with Olivet Nazarene University on the world stage,” says Dr. Stratton. “My aim is to have the Marching Tigers always glorifying God through our art form. It was an extra blessing to be able to do that while soaking in London’s culture and being part of the city’s New Year’s Day tradition.”
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