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  • Jul 27, 2017 11:54:47Jul 27, 2017 -

    “I looked at three different doctoral programs before selecting Olivet Nazarene University,” says Veronica Abney, a church administrator from Chicago and current doctoral degree candidate. “I chose Olivet’s program because I would complete my coursework and dissertation simultaneously. I’m working hard, but I appreciate applying what I’m learning directly and immediately to my dissertation work.”

    Many students in and alumni of Olivet’s Doctor of Education in Ethical Leadership (Ed.D.) program echo Veronica’s endorsement. On July 14, 2017, they gathered for a special reception and dinner to catch up with members of their cohorts and celebrate their accomplishments.

    “Being with this group is always an incredible experience,” says Dr. Houston Thompson, program director and associate vice president for academic affairs. “This gathering has majestic and celebratory overtones that speak directly to the uniqueness and quality of the Ed.D. program. I enjoy seeing alumni and current students share about their common experience of earning Olivet’s highest degree.”

    Special recognitions, introductions, presentations about accomplishments and, of course, time to share memories highlighted the evening. John Mongerson, executive director of development and the ONU Foundation, and Mr. Erinn Proehl, director of alumni and university relations, congratulated the group on their commitment to the importance of education.

    “No one in this room is a stranger to effort and commitment,” Proehl told the group. “You are truly amazing. Wherever you go, I know you will take Olivet with you.”

    Mongerson underscored the group’s efforts in endowing the Ethical Leadership Scholarship to benefit Olivet undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need and a strong GPA. He challenged the group to continue supporting this scholarship and make it a University tradition.

    “Several alumni shared with me that Olivet’s academics and support are excellent,” Mongerson says. “But they were quick to add that the Ed.D. program allowed them to discover their real calling in life. Earning this degree set their course for what they could aim to accomplish.”

    The first Ed.D. cohort — known as the Centennial Cohort in honor of Olivet’s 100-year milestone celebration — graduated in 2010. Subsequently, one cohort graduated each year through 2015; two cohorts in 2016; and three cohorts in 2017. Today, 155 alumni hold the University’s Ed.D. degree and are serving in an array of professional roles across the U.S.

    To learn more about Olivet’s advanced degree programs, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.



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    Jul 25, 2017 2:52:28Jul 25, 2017 -

    When the Chicago Bears travel 100 miles south from Halas Hall in Lake Forest to Bourbonnais, Illinois, they will be ready for their 16th consecutive Training Camp on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University. This partnership brings together the oldest professional football organization with its most loyal fans in an easily accessible, quality setting.

    Team practices open to the public begin on Thursday, July 27, and continue as scheduled through Tuesday, August 13, 2017. Fans are welcomed to watch the team practice during scheduled times. This year, for the first time, they must have FREE tickets to enter. There is no admission charge. Click here to get FREE tickets.

    “Having this opportunity to work with Head Coach John Fox and the Bears organization never loses its excitement,” said Jeff Domagalski, Olivet’s director of community relations. “We look forward to welcoming the team and all of the fans back to campus this year.”

    A complete schedule and list of special theme days is available at ChicagoBears.com, along with the team’s official mobile app for Android, iPhone/iPod Touch, Windows Phone and other devices.

    Special features of this year’s Training Camp include several theme days, a Bears NFL merchandise store on site, autograph sessions and a Youth Football Day.

    This year, 21 of 32 teams (66 percent) will stay home and hold training camp at their regular practice facility, home stadium or at a site within 10 miles of their team headquarters. The Bears continue to travel for training camp because they recognize the value of this effort for players, coaches and fans. The team appreciates the outstanding facilities available at Olivet, including four full grass fields and the 168,000-square-foot recreation center.

    Bears Training Camp brings 75,000 to 100,000 people to the greater Kankakee area each summer. In addition to having opportunities to meet and interact with the players, fans also frequent the many restaurants, shopping and lodging options available to them.

    Breaking news about the team and players, camp events and other activities is reported by Chicago media, the third largest media market in the country. A variety of sports media and other news organizations — including Chicago Bears Network TV and Radio, ESPN, NFL.com, Comcast SportsNet, Chicago Tribune and The Daily Journal — also report from Bourbonnais.

    Chicago Bears’ George Halas founded professional football in 1920 and led the move to form the American Professional Football Association, which later became the NFL. His first team, the Decatur Staleys, became the Chicago Bears. The team’s history includes nine NFL Championships, including one Super Bowl, and more than 740 victories on the field. To date, 32 from this organization have been named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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    Jul 20, 2017 11:39:25Jul 20, 2017 -

    Sarah Fosnaugh, a senior majoring in social work, is an Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) Scholar for 2017. This article from the Summer 2017 issue of “ACI Reporter” is reprinted with permission. Sarah's sisters, Joy (Fosnaugh) Arnold '13 and Laura (Fosnaugh) Flemming '16; her father, Lane Fosnaugh '83; and her late mother, Janelle (Zurcher) Fosnaugh '83, are Olivet graduates.

    Sarah Fosnaugh
    Olivet Nazarene University


    Sarah Fosnaugh spent most of her growing-up years overseas, the daughter of Church of the Nazarene missionaries. Fosnaugh was born in Papua New Guinea where she spent most of her early years, followed by three years with her family in the Philippines and one year in Haiti, while she was in high school.

    Her father, Lane, was a pastor working in leadership development, and her mother, Janelle, reached out to people living in mountainous areas of Papua New Guinea through a radio ministry. Her childhood experiences were formative in Fosnaugh's life, leading her to pursue a degree in social work at Olivet Nazarene University.

    Though she went to college unsure of a possible major and career, Fosnaugh found her calling through an introductory class in social work. Now, she thinks about possible careers, including "working in the foster care system with the aging population, working with homeless population and helping them rebuild their lives, and also working with refugees," she says. "I'd love to work with refugees."

    Fosnaugh is a junior at Olivet Nazarene. She chose the school because it was nearby at the time she began college, plus her parents went there and so did her two older sisters. Being able to visit the school while her sisters were students there made a difference, and so did the quality of the community and the Christian atmosphere, she says.

    Fosnaugh's social work classes are small, and students get to know professors through constant interaction and discussion. Students in the social work program work several hours in the community with groups such as secondary school students and nursing home residents. "This past semester, I was in a class about social work with the aging. We went to a nursing home in the area, and we worked one-on-one with residents in nursing homes," Fosnaugh says. "We get really great experience by getting out there. Social work is such a broad field, and we can explore different areas."

    When she began her college experience, Fosnaugh wasn't so sure she'd be able to stay. Her mother had died tragically in a car accident when Fosnaugh was a senior in high school. Her family struggled. "It was a financially, emotionally and physically taxing situation," Fosnaugh recalls. "At one point, I assumed I wouldn't be able to go to school. My dad talked to Olivet, and they helped us with extra funds through the ACI scholarship."

    Since then, Fosnaugh has been on the dean's list at Olivet Nazarene. She is a member of Olivet Nazarene's Orpheus Choir, an elite choir of the university's music program. Fosnaugh has also participated in MuKappa, an international club for students from international missionary and military homes, been a camp counselor and was an intern at an equine therapy ranch.

    Fosnaugh says her dad was very determined that she would attend college. "My parents always valued the college experience. The ACI funds made a huge difference in reducing stress on my family, as I was trying to figure out how I would come up with the money for school," she says.


    To learn more about the educational and scholarship opportunities Olivet offers, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    Jul 19, 2017 3:50:55Jul 19, 2017 -

    On July 1, 2017, Olivet Nazarene University (ONU) and Illinois State Police (ISP) officials graduated 43 teens from the Rockford and Chicago areas from the TeamIllinois Youth Police Camp held at Olivet Nazarene University.

    TeamIllinois Cadets received classroom education on suicide prevention, CPR, First Aid, personal hygiene, bullying, cyber bullying, the dangers of social media, and flag etiquette.

    During “Safety Days,” the Cadets had the opportunity to meet the flight crew of the Air Methods Medical Helicopter Transport, Officers of the Bourbonnais Police Department, Illinois State Police Motorcycle Unit members, and an ISP K-9 and his handler.

    ISP Safety Education Officers (SEOs) taught Cadets the importance of not texting and driving or driving impaired, and the importance of wearing your seatbelt. The SEOs used DUI goggles, golf carts, and the roll over simulator to drive their point home.

    The Northern Illinois Anglers Association treated the Cadets to an afternoon of fishing. The Cadets were taught the importance of respect, self-discipline, and how to push themselves, both mentally and physically, to be the best they could be.

    “During the week TeamIllinois Camp was on Olivet’s campus, I personally witnessed changes in the teens who attended camp,” said Jana Hacker, Olivet’s director of conference services. “They began the week skeptically. But by the end of the week, they were disciplined and had appropriate pride in themselves. It is Olivet’s pleasure to support TeamIllinois Camp in the work they are doing to help make a better future for teenagers in our area.”

    A formal graduation ceremony was held on July 1, 2017, where 43 proud Cadets walked across the stage and received their diplomas.

    The camp counselor team consisted of members of the ISP, RPD, Chicago Police Department, and the Indiana State Police. The one-week para-military run youth camp provided the teens team building training with the Illinois National Guard, physical training with the ISP PT coordinator, and Drill with the ISP Teaching Assessing and Correcting Officer. 

    Reprinted with permission.
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    Jul 17, 2017 9:50:37Jul 17, 2017 -

    CHICAGO — For the second time in the 10-year history of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) All-Sports Cup standings, one point has separated the top two league members. Olivet Nazarene University captured its eighth cup in as many years and ninth overall by edging out University of St. Francis, 136.5 to 135.5.

    Aided by no less than a share of five regular-season titles, seven second-place finishes and one conference tournament title, the Tigers' program — led by Director of Athletics Gary Newsome — earned outright titles in men's soccer and both women's indoor and outdoor track and field, while tying for league crowns in women's soccer and women's volleyball. The men's soccer team claimed the tournament title.

    The CCAC All-Sports Cup is awarded annually to the institution that earns the most points from a total of 12 sports out of the 18 sponsored by the conference (men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's volleyball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's indoor track and field, men's and women's outdoor track and field, baseball and softball). Points are awarded based on conference finish in each sport. An additional point is awarded to any school that claims a conference tournament title.

    The final standings for 2016–2017 are as follows:
    Olivet Nazarene (136.5 points)
    St. Francis (135.5)
    Cardinal Stritch (121.5)
    St. Ambrose (112.0)
    Saint Xavier (104.0)
    Purdue Northwest (97.0)
    Judson (95.0)
    Trinity Christian (80.0)
    Robert Morris Illinois (77.5)
    Roosevelt (60.0)
    Calumet St. Joseph (49.5)
    Trinity International (43.5)
    Holy Cross (37.5)
    Indiana South Bend (30.0)
    Governors State (20.0)

    Reprinted with permission.



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    Jul 14, 2017 10:52:1Jul 14, 2017 -

    Career outcomes for Olivet Nazarene University’s Class of 2016 — undergraduates receiving traditional bachelor's degrees — are already exceeding the national average of all U.S. colleges and universities. Based on information from 95 percent of graduates, 92 percent are employed (full time or part time), serving in the military or missions, or in graduate school.

    Several of the University’s most popular majors — communication studies, economics/finance, exercise science, intercultural studies and social work — report 100 percent career outcome rates.

    Olivet’s School of Education reports a career outcome rate of 96.9 percent, followed closely by the Department of Communication with 96.3 percent, the School of Business with 95 percent and the Department of Nursing with 94 percent.

    “These results underscore the commitment of Olivet and its students to academic excellence and career preparation,” says Poppy Miller ’10, associate director of career services with the David L. Elwood Center for Student Success.

    To learn more about Olivet’s areas of study and career preparation, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    Jul 13, 2017 12:50:11Jul 13, 2017 -

    You can get anywhere from Olivet Nazarene University, and Benjamin Geeding ’15/’17 M.A. is proving that this year.

    “When I started my master’s program at Olivet, my professors encouraged me to look ahead to the next step,” Ben says. The professors in the School of Theology and Christian Ministry — and all Olivet professors — put the needs of their students first. From day one in any degree program, they are preparing students for success in their education, careers and lives.

    As Ben planned for his next steps after completing his Master of Christian Thought degree at Olivet, he evaluated all aspects of 25 of the top graduate programs in the country. He received acceptances and offers from Vanderbilt University, Duke University and Yale University. After prayer and consultation with his Olivet professors, he decided to attend Yale Divinity School. Beginning in fall 2017, he will pursue a Master of Arts in Religion degree there.

    “I’ve received an amazing education at Olivet,” Ben says. “I know I will be successful at Yale because of this.”

    When he came to Olivet as a freshman, Ben was an atheist. He just wanted to study and perform music. God had different plans for him, however. By the time he received his bachelor’s degree, he had sung in several musical ensembles, conducted Orpheus Choir and become a follower of Christ.

    One major ingredient for Ben’s success is the friendships he formed while he was a student at Olivet — especially Christine (Caven) ’14/’16 M.A., who is now his wife, and Ben Cherney ’14. “They are my anchors,” he says. “I can confide in them and be vulnerable with them. We grew up together at Olivet. Now, they remind me who I used to be and who I’ve become. I’m thankful for their grace, patience and love.”

    As he reflects on his years at Olivet, Ben has some advice for the incoming Class of 2021:
    • Every person you meet is a potential reference, resource and/or connection with your future.
    • Your professors are champions for you.
    • Be flexible with your plans. Doors will open that you aren’t even expecting.
    • When you say you don’t want to get married, you will meet your future spouse.
    • Take your classes seriously, pools of wisdom are at your fingertips
    • Allow your imagination to be ignited. Feed your creativity.
    • Take breaks. Have fun. Education is much more than hitting the books.

    To learn about Olivet’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs in theology and ministry, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    Jul 06, 2017 2:27:6Jul 06, 2017 -

    Olivet Nazarene University announces the appointment of Erinn Proehl '13 as the director of alumni and university relations, effective immediately. He is responsible for leading strategy, operations and vision, as well as working with the administration and the alumni association leadership.

    "Erinn Proehl is a gifted young administrator,” says Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. “His leadership gifts and mission commitment make him well suited to serve as director of alumni and university relations. Erinn is highly regarded on campus and among our wider constituency. I am very pleased that he is willing to serve his alma mater in this important role."

    Erinn previously served as both associate director and acting director of alumni and university relations at Olivet. He began working for the University as an admissions ambassador and later became an admissions counselor in the Office of Admissions. While he was a freshman at Olivet, he had a brother who was a sophomore, a brother who was a junior and a sister who was a senior. All of them are now working in his/her chosen field of study. Erinn's familiarity with the University, its constituents and the local community will serve him well as he takes on these new responsibilities.

    "I am very pleased about this promotion for Erinn,” says Dan Taylor '79, president-elect of Olivet’s alumni association. “He has demonstrated that he is well-equipped for this position, with wisdom beyond his years along with excellent leadership acumen. Olivet’s Office of Alumni and University Relations is in great hands."

    In addition to his work with alumni, Erinn is also a seasoned mission trip leader and has led 12 Missions In Action trips for Olivet. He recently led his fourth trip to Honduras, where he taught job and business skills to teenagers at The Garden of Love and Hope — an orphanage sponsored by Footsteps Missions — and mentored a team of Olivet students.

    Erinn is married to Kelsey (McNulty) ’13. She is a registered nurse, working in labor and delivery at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, Illinois. She also volunteers 120 hours each semester as the assigned tutor for students taking Olivet’s nursing courses in obstetrics.

    “I am thrilled with this new assignment,” Erinn says. “I see it as my duty to maintain and enhance a highly engaged, vibrant community of alumni and friends around the world. With each day and every task in our work at Olivet, we have an opportunity to glorify God and impact lives for Him. I am humbled by this great opportunity to serve.”
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    Jun 26, 2017 10:33:8Jun 26, 2017 -

    From meeting room to exhibit hall to ballroom, Olivet Nazarene University’s global reach is evident in Indianapolis, Indiana, this month. Connecting with alumni and friends of the University through a variety of special events is a top priority.

    More than 1,000 attendees enjoyed the music and messages at the Alumni and Friends Breakfast, hosted by Olivet on Saturday, June 24. Time for catching up on Olivet news, as well as with old friends, made this a memorable event for all. Special guests included Olivet alumni Dr. Leah Marangu ’65, vice chancellor, and Dr. Rodney Reed ’84/’86, deputy vice chancellor for academic affairs, of Africa Nazarene University, Nairobi, Kenya.

    “At Olivet, our goal is wisdom, not just knowledge,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president, as he addressed the gathering. “It is transformation as well as education. You see, Olivet Nazarene University does not belong to me. I belong to it, as do each of you who are part of the life and legacy of Olivet. “

    Dr. David Roland, chairman of Olivet’s Board of Trustees, honored Dr. Bowling and his wife, Jill, for their many years of service to the University. In August 2017, Dr. Bowling will begin his 27th year as president and become the longest serving president in Olivet history.

    Olivet’s School of Music added touches of spiritual beauty to the program with Dr. Don Reddick ’79, dean of the School of Music, directing. Professor Freddie Franken, guitarist and a native of Aruba, set the tone for the relaxing mealtime. Orpheus Choir, directed by Dr. Jeff Bell ’81, and a student/alumni vocal ensemble underscored Olivet’s mission of “Education with a Christian Purpose” with their selections. An alumni orchestra of brass and strings, formed especially for this event, accompanied them.

    Alumni Luke Olney ’10/’13 M.O.L., Amber (Leffel) Olney ’14 and Wesley Taylor ’16 — performing as The Playlist — thrilled the audience with their rendition of “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.” Amber and Wesley also sang with Orpheus Choir and the orchestra for “Giving My Best.”

    A get-together for young alumni at Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company on Thursday evening, June 22, brought more than 100 classmates together for fun and conversation. This Indianapolis not-for-profit coffee roasting and retail venture is managed by Olivet alumnus Jeff Litsey ’07. Coffee from Mexico, Peru and Uganda pleased even the most discerning guest.

    Also in Indianapolis, Olivet welcomed attendees at its exhibit for the 29th General Assembly and Conventions for the Church of the Nazarene. This international gathering takes place only once every four years. Olivet staff — including the ever popular mascot, Toby the Tiger — shared news and facts about great days for the University. Today 3,000 undergraduate students come from more than 20 countries and more than 40 U.S. states to attend Olivet. The academic structure now includes the College of Arts and Sciences plus six schools: Walker School of Engineering, School of Business, School of Music, School of Theology and Christian Ministry, School of Education and the School of Life and Health Sciences. With more than 140 areas of study offered, nursing continues to be the most popular major, followed closely by engineering.

    As Addison Newell ’15, who will soon be serving as a missionary in South Africa, expressed so well when giving his personal testimony at the Saturday morning breakfast: “I saw a joy I wanted in my life, and I chased that joy to Olivet Nazarene University. That’s where I met Jesus, met my fiancée and found my calling to bring Jesus to the world.”

    For more information about Olivet’s areas of study, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    Jun 22, 2017 11:50:13Jun 22, 2017 -

    Recently recognized for excellence by CollegesofDistinction.com, the School of Business at Olivet Nazarene University is preparing students for success in their chosen careers. Employers are underscoring the value of Olivet graduates in the workplace, specifically because of their integrity and skills in communication and problem solving. Alumni continue to report on the excellent jobs they are landing and promotions they are receiving.

    “Olivet provided a rewarding first step in my career journey,” says Kyle Henning ’13, account executive for LinkedIn, Chicago. “My professional mindset and the way I approach interactions with customers and colleagues has been greatly influenced by my Olivet education.”

    Incoming students and their parents point to several distinctives when choosing Olivet for studying business with a Christian purpose. Students and graduates underscore the value of these, too.
    Professional certifications: Students have many opportunities to earn the certifications that set them apart from other college graduates — Advanced Microsoft Specialist, Foreign Service Office, Microsoft Office Specialist, Microsoft Advanced Office Specialist, QuickBooks, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Managerial Accountant, Certified Financial Planner, Society for Human Resource Management and more.
    SAP certifications: Olivet is one of only 10 Illinois schools offering this benefit. SAP is the worldwide market leader in enterprise applications software. Students with these certifications find many career doors open to them.
    CPA exam pass rate: Olivet accounting students who sat for the Certified Public Accountants (CPA) exam had the second highest pass rate among Illinois colleges and universities, according to Accounting.com. In addition, Olivet students had the highest average exam score among the top 11 Illinois institutions, including top-ranked Northwestern University.
    Top-notch faculty members: With a total of more than 125 years of business education experience, business professors make sure Olivet’s degree programs, courses and professional certifications are relevant and current.
    International Business Institute: Offered each summer, this two-month study abroad opportunity adds an intense, real world experience. Students learn about international travel and cultures while studying companies and business practices in Europe, China and India.
    Intercollegiate competitions: Olivet’s Enactus presentation team ranked in the top 32 of the 457 presentation teams in the nation, based on the team’s performance at regional and national competitions during the 2016-2017 academic year. Olivet’s Student Society of Human Resource Management (SSHRM) presentation team came out on top with first place among 30 teams in the 2017 Division I Case Competition.
    Career preparation: Career fairs, highlighting a variety of company and job openings, take place on campus. Workshops on interviewing, résumé building and networking help students prepare for the job search process.
    Internship requirement: All juniors and seniors complete a field placement and/or internship as a degree requirement.
    Networking: Olivet students and graduates have access to a global network of more than 40,000 alumni to help connect them with jobs.

    In 2016, the School of Business added four new study concentrations to the bachelor’s degree in business administration program: Public Administration, Human Resource Management, Operations Management and Healthcare Management. Student/consultants, applying the Lean Continuous Process Improvement training they are receiving at Olivet, saved $725,000 for Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee, Illinois, in 2016 alone.

    “My experiences in Enactus and multiple internships helped me build the resume I needed to land a great job and excel at it,” says Hannah Reister ’15, social media strategy associate for Lilly USA Biomedicines. “Presenting brand strategies to groups of more than 200 marketers wasn’t that difficult because I’d been preparing for it since my sophomore year.”

    To learn more about Olivet’s School of Business, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.



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    Jun 21, 2017 3:23:42Jun 21, 2017 -

    Recently recognized for excellence by CollegesofDistinction.com, the Martin D. Walker School of Engineering at Olivet Nazarene University sets high standards for its students. As a result, its graduates are highly valued by employers for their ethics and skills in teamwork, communication and problem solving. They also enter the workforce well prepared with the knowledge of the most current design and application principles.

    Olivet holds the distinctions of being the only Nazarene institution offering nine or more engineering concentrations and with a School of Engineering.

    Incoming engineering students and their parents point to several distinctives when choosing Olivet for the engineering program. Students and graduates underscore the value of these, too.
    Leading technology in a variety of shops and labs on campus: a circuit board and 3D printing lab, a tech shop, a weld shop and a mechanical engineering lab
    • Internship and co-op opportunities
    • Senior design projects working with real world clients
    Participation in the top student competitions, such as SAE Baja competition, American Society of Civil Engineers Concrete Canoe national competition and Vex Robotics competition
    • Active student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers with membership open to men and women
    • Learning directly from professors who are engineering professionals with years of real world experience
    International missioneering teams that solve real problems in a variety of global locations
    • Professional networking and relationships necessary to build and shape careers

    More than 95% of 2015 Olivet engineering graduates secured a job or entered graduate school within six months of graduation. Companies where graduates have interned and/or accepted full-time jobs include Caterpillar, CSL Behring, FAA, Google, Honda, John Deere, Kellogg’s, Otterbox, Proctor & Gamble, State Farm — to name a few.

    Steve Angus ’93 is now a senior engineer with Ford Motor Company. Currently, there are a total of nine Olivet engineering graduates working in multiple Ford Motor Company facilities. Two of them, Kendra Maxon ’15 and David Powers ’15, are going through the Ford College Graduate professional development program.

    “After the first Olivet engineers were hired at Ford, one of the supervisors came up to me and said, ‘Where did you get these guys? They are awesome!’” Steve says.

    Samantha Reynolds ’17 is now a field applications engineer with MAX Technologies USA, based in Florida. The company builds databuses used for the testing and simulation for avionics equipment. After graduating in May and starting her job in June, she flew to Paris with her team for the International Air Show, the world’s largest air show with more than 2,300 exhibitors and 150,000 professional visitors.

    “At Olivet, I learned how computer hardware works, and I am using this knowledge on the job as a foundation for additional learning,” Sam says. “Since my field is relatively specific, and will continue to be for a long time, I’m in a constant learning process.”

    All engineering majors graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.) degree. Each chooses his/her concentration(s) from the following options: Architectural, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, Mechanical, Software.

    Olivet’s engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Students, employers and society can be confident that an ABET-accredited program meets the quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter a global workforce.

    To learn more about the Walker School of Engineering at Olivet, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    Jun 21, 2017 10:36:14Jun 21, 2017 -

    Celebrating the most recent honor from CollegesofDistinction.com, Olivet Nazarene University’s Department of Nursing continues its commitment to quality education and faculty. As the demand for nurses increases, Olivet graduates are entering the profession well-prepared for success.

    Incoming nursing students and their parents point to several distinctives when choosing Olivet. Students and graduates underscore the value of these, too.
    Licensing exam pass rate: Olivet graduates enrolled in the traditional program consistently exceed the national average pass rate for the NCLEX-RN, the licensing exam for registered nurses.
    Simulation labs: These learning laboratories on campus feature the best in training and equipment. Students work with mannequins that breathe, cry and sweat to develop their patient care skills.
    Experienced faculty: All faculty members have professional experience in the healthcare field. Many also have experience serving on the mission field, in churches or with nonprofit organizations.
    Dedicated advisors: From the day they enroll in the program, each nursing major has a nursing faculty member as a one-on-one advisor.
    Christian faith: Faith-based programs and faith integration are key components of the nursing curricula at Olivet.
    Specialization: The undergraduate curriculum offers a stand-alone 300-level course on gerontology and palliative care, as well as a 400-level course in critical care nursing.

    Currently Olivet’s largest major, nursing now extends into the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies with these advanced degrees: Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing (RN-MSN), Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner Certification.

    As an Olivet graduate, Davina (Anderson) Morse received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree as well as her commissioning as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 2015. Today, she is working at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Pennsylvania. She also serves in the U.S. Army National Guard.

    “Studying nursing at Olivet was the best decision I ever made,” Davina says. “I never felt like ‘just a number.’ I truly believe Olivet cares about its students and wants them to succeed.”

    Olivet’s nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and Illinois Department of Professional Regulation and meets the quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter a global workforce. Coursework covers each essential of learning, as defined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

    For more information about enrolling in Olivet’s nursing program, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    Jun 20, 2017 1:56:4Jun 20, 2017 -

    Recently recognized for excellence by CollegesofDistinction.com, the School of Education at Olivet Nazarene University continues to prepare students for success in their chosen career of teaching. This is no small assignment, given the changing landscape of education in the U.S.

    Incoming education students and their parents point to several distinctives when choosing Olivet for teacher preparation programs. Students and graduates underscore the value of these, too.
    • As early as sophomore year, education majors are in the classroom to experience the education system they will soon be entering.
    • Prior to joining Olivet’s faculty, 100 percent of faculty members have worked for multiple years in PK-12 classrooms.
    Lifelong learning is a priority for faculty members with 80 percent of full-time faculty holding an earned doctorate degree in education, and the remaining 20 percent currently enrolled in a doctoral program.
    Overall pass rate is 98 percent for graduating seniors who take the edTPA tests, a student teacher performance assessment test required for licensure in Illinois.
    • Professors encourage and challenge education majors to integrate their faith with learning so they will enter their own classrooms as Christ-like examples and role models.

    The School of Education strives for responsiveness in keeping its programs current. Within the last three years, it has:
    Revised the Early Childhood, Elementary Education and Middle Grades programs to meet licensing and hiring requirements
    Successfully launched a new undergraduate special education teacher training program with the first graduates in the Class of 2017

    A recent graduate of Olivet and in the first class to graduate with a degree in special education, Sarah Matyskela ’17 has a large love and passion for her career. For the 2017-2018 school year, she will be teaching fifth grade special education at Liberty Intermediate School in Bourbonnais, Illinois, which is the school where she completed her student teaching.

    “At Olivet, our lead professors, Dr. Ruth Reynolds and Dr. Brian Stipp, invested so much in the heart of this program and in us as pre-service teachers to give us an enriching experience,” Sarah says. “The most unique thing about our program and about the School of Education as a whole is the focus on teaching the whole child — the academics, the social, the emotional, all of it! The special education program at Olivet was designed with great detail so we as teacher candidates would walk away with not only a head full of knowledge, but also a heart full of love and excitement for the work ahead of us.”

    Majors, minors and concentrations currently offered by the School of Education are: art teaching, communication teaching, early childhood education, elementary education, English teaching, English as a Second Language teaching, family and consumer science education, mathematics teaching, music education, physical education and health teaching, science education, secondary education, social studies education, Spanish teaching, special education teacher training program.

    Olivet’s School of Education is accredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards through the CAEP Accreditation System, for a period of six years, from 2012 to 2018. Olivet also holds the accreditation and approval of the nation’s top associations, including the Higher Learning Commission.

    For more information about Olivet’s School of Education, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    Jun 19, 2017 11:11:38Jun 19, 2017 -

    Wrigley Field. June 8, 2017. Bobblehead night. Just another workday for Major League Baseball player Ben Zobrist ’04.

    Side note: This was Ben’s bobblehead night. And there was a pre-game surprise waiting for him. Olivet Nazarene University and the Chicago Cubs arranged that surprise. His name was Tom Zobrist, Ben’s dad, and he was there to throw the first pitch to Ben.

    “Just like old times but switched around,” Ben said to his dad after deftly catching the ball.

    Also there to witness this memorable event were Dr. John C. Bowling, University president; Julianna, Ben’s wife, and their three children; Cindi, Ben’s mother; and Noah, Ben’s brother.

    Tiger Nation humbly appreciates the Olivet footnote in the 2016 World Series Game 7, now in the history books as one of the great baseball games of all time.

    Olivetians everywhere celebrated when Ben hit the RBI double that put the Chicago Cubs ahead of the Cleveland Indians in the 10th inning. Each team would score one more run before Zobrist and the Cubs celebrated the end of the longest drought in professional sports — 108 seasons without a championship.

    Immediately following that game, Ben was named Most Valuable Player of the 2016 World Series.
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    Jun 16, 2017 9:39:19Jun 16, 2017 -

    Connection is the focus of Orientation, a three-day event for new students at Olivet Nazarene University. Connecting with Olivet faculty, staff and Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. Finding a roommate. Meeting future classmates. Making technical connections with my.olivet.edu. Formalizing financial connections with the Tiger Card.

    Parents learn more about Olivet’s values and mission. Learn meaningful ways to help their students make the transition from home life to college life. Learn how to face the financial realities with confidence.

    We won’t ignore the obvious here. Orientation includes nervousness, anticipation, anxiety and a little awkwardness. But the benefits far outweigh the discomfort for incoming students — and their parents. The goal is to take care of all the necessary details before the first day of college arrives.

    Time on campus together — from the worship kick-off service on Thursday evening to the closing breakfast on Saturday morning — reduces stress and casts the vision for quality higher education. At the Friday evening dinner, the reality that the incoming freshmen are part of something bigger than themselves begins to take root. Dr. Bowling tells the Olivet story in an articulate way, encouraging students with the truth that they are at Olivet because of an amazing series of events that began in 1907.

    Click here for more details about Orientation.

    Students remember their Orientation experience. Just ask sophomore Westin Edwards. “Orientation showcases the environment of joy and excellence that Olivet provides on campus,” he says. “Being part of this event sets the perspective of the students and parents who attend.”

    “During that Orientation weekend, you start believing that there is a reason why you are at Olivet,” Westin adds. “You feel called to live out that reason and figure out what God has in store for you during this time in your life.”

    To learn more about becoming an Olivet student, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    Jun 15, 2017 9:48:10Jun 15, 2017 -

    Olivet Nazarene University (ONU) and Illinois State Police (ISP) are collaborating in facilitating the annual TeamIllinois Youth Police Camp for northern Illinois.

    The 2017 TeamIllinois Youth Police Camp (Camp) for northern Illinois will take place June 25 to 30 on the ONU campus. The week-long residency camp is a highly structured program for 13- to 16-year-old males and females, emphasizing the principles of self-respect and service to others.

    The Camp is conducted by local police and sheriff departments, Illinois National Guard and the ISP. Dr. Craig Bishop and Professor Matt Adamson of ONU’s Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice will represent ONU during the Camp.

    “This collaboration is giving ONU an opportunity to be missional in a new way,” said Dr. Bishop. “Our criminal justice program holds respect for the rights, dignity and worth of all people as a core value. The Camp is an excellent way for our students and faculty to live that out.”

    Now in its 12th year in the state of Illinois, the Camp has changed the lives and attitudes of the youth who have attended the program. The partnership between the ISP and ONU will bring the same commitment to the African American and Latino youth in the northern Illinois region.

    Dr. Bishop emphasized the importance of this collaboration in living out ONU’s values and principles and increasing community engagement. Supporting law enforcement agencies is a critical need in today’s society and also a high priority for ONU.

    “Law enforcement officers face many new challenges in providing effective community policing,” said ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz. “The greatest of those challenges is building trust between police and the citizens they serve through positive relationships. The Camp affords the opportunity to break down barriers, change perceptions and foster character growth at a pivotal time in teen lives.”

    ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz recognized the valuable partnership with ONU and thanked the University staff for its gracious offer to host the 2017 Camp.

    “We value community partnerships,” said Dr. David Pickering, ONU’s executive vice president for administration and human resources. “This partnership with ISP connects us with young people who are interested in lives of service. We are grateful to be working together.”

    This collaboration also increases internship and job opportunities for criminal justice majors at ONU. Dr. Bishop added: “During the two-year process of bringing the Camp to ONU, we have developed professional networking relationships that will continue to benefit our students.”

    To learn more about Olivet’s Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    Jun 08, 2017 10:49:57Jun 08, 2017 -

    A coast-to-coast, historical event that hasn’t happened since 1918 is piquing the interest of astronomers, photographers and scientists. Dr. Steve Case, professor and director of Strickler Planetarium at Olivet Nazarene University, is no exception. He is already promoting this August 21st event — the first total solar eclipse to pass across the entire continental United States in 99 years — in big ways.

    “Eclipse: The Sun Revealed” is the newest show at Strickler Planetarium on Olivet’s campus. Each Saturday from June 3 through August 19 at 6 and 7:30 p.m., viewers have the opportunity to learn more about eclipses: causes, safety, history and science. Tickets are $3 per person and available at the door. For more information, go to strickler.olivet.edu, call 815-939-5395 or email scase@olivet.edu.

    Celebrating 50 years of immersing audiences in a three-dimensional visualization of the night sky, the solar system, the galaxy and beyond, Strickler Planetarium is located near the center of Olivet’s main campus in Bourbonnais, Illinois. This state-of-the-art digital planetarium is dedicated to educating the public about the natural world. Constructed in 1967, the recently renovated venue features the Evans and Sutherland Digistar 3 SP2 HD digital projector and a sound system by Bowen Technovations. Strickler is one of only a few Illinois planetariums with digital projection capabilities.

    When the solar eclipse occurs on August 21, in Kankakee, Illinois, the sun will be 90 percent eclipsed. The path of totality actually passes through southern Illinois. Olivet is sponsoring an eclipse viewing event at Murphysboro Church of the Nazarene, Murphysboro, Illinois. The sun will be totally blocked at 1:20 p.m. there.

    “Seeing this new planetarium show at Olivet is the best way to prepare for the actual event,” Dr. Case says. “The solar eclipse is the astronomical event of a lifetime.”

    For more information about Olivet’s Department of Chemistry and Geosciences, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    May 31, 2017 3:6:40May 31, 2017 -

    Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D. ’85, a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University’s Department of Biological Sciences, has devoted her career to helping restore fertility in women who have undergone life-preserving cancer treatments that left them unable to conceive. Recently, CNN.com featured her in the article “3-D printed ovary allows infertile mouse to mate and give birth.”

    Click here to read the entire story.

    Dr. Woodruff is the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Vice Chair of Research (OB/GYN); Chief of the Division of Reproductive Science in Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine; and Professor of Molecular Biosciences at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University (NU). She earned her doctorate at NU and joined the faculty in 1995.

    An internationally recognized expert in ovarian biology, she coined the term oncofertility in 2006 to describe an emerging field of research and medicine intended to preserve the fertility of cancer survivors. She has edited five books on the subject, covering every aspect of this new field of study — including religious viewpoints and ethical questions about these emerging technologies.

    In 2013, TIME named Dr. Woodruff to its list of Most Influential Persons.

    “I formulated my intellectual and spiritual values at Olivet,” Dr. Woodruff says. “My education provided these fundamental building blocks that have made me who I am today, and I am eternally grateful.”

    To learn more about Olivet’s Department of Biological Sciences and areas of study, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    May 31, 2017 1:29:3May 31, 2017 -

    Competition is serious business for Olivet Nazarene University’s Enactus chapter. The 2016–2017 presentation team added to the history of success by competing in the U.S. National Exposition and achieving a second place finish in the opening round of competition for its division. Teams representing Enactus chapters from 105 other schools — out of 457 chapters at schools nationwide — qualified for and competed at nationals.

    Olivet’s presenters for this 2016–2017 competition season were:
    • Elizabeth Jackson, a sophomore majoring in marketing from Nineveh, Indiana
    • Jason Mangantulao, a sophomore majoring business management from Bourbonnais, Illinois
    • Samantha Morey ’17, also the scriptwriter for the team’s presentation
    • Juleah Puccinelli ’17
    • Kyndall Singletary ’17
    • Nicholas Stoewsand, a sophomore majoring in international business from Bourbonnais

    Cody Robinson served as the production coordinator. He is a sophomore majoring in marketing from Fort Wayne, Indiana.

    "Being part of the presentation team for Olivet Enactus has been a blessing,” says presenter Jason Mangantulao. “During our competition season, I gained real world experience, networked with successful business professionals, and promoted sustainability, all while giving glory to His name. I'm thankful to say that I walk away from this experience with a full heart and big hopes of where Olivet Enactus goes next year."

    Adding to the honors for Olivet’s Enactus is the chapter’s ranking in the top 32 of 457 Enactus presentation teams in the nation, based on the team’s performance at regional and national competitions during the 2016-2017 academic year. At the national competition, Olivet’s team placed second in its division, just behind the team that ultimately finished third in the nation.

    Olivet’s Enactus chapter is the largest club on campus, reflecting the strength of degree programs offered by the School of Business. The emphasis on education, practical experience and service is a winning combination for providing “Education with a Christian purpose.”

    “I continue to be impressed by the performance of our students at this high level of competition,” says Dr. Lynda Allen, professor in the School of Business and faculty sponsor for Olivet’s Enactus chapter. “Throughout this academic year, our team of over 100 students completed 13 entrepreneurial projects, directly impacting thousands of lives. Students gain practical experience, and lives are changed through the work of our team.”

    To learn more about Enactus and Olivet’s School of Business, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    May 30, 2017 1:57:49May 30, 2017 -

    Westin Edwards is a sophomore at Olivet Nazarene University, double majoring in multimedia studies and public relations/strategic communication, from Simpsonville, South Carolina. In May 2017, he traveled with the School of Music’s Orpheus Choir to minister in Puerto Rico.

    I admit I was skeptical about the Orpheus Choir mission trip to Puerto Rico, but God was keen on making me understand his sovereignty in the situation.

    The week of final exams was extremely stressful for me. I found it difficult to prepare myself spiritually for the trip. When I looked at the itinerary for the week, I saw that we were doing more performances than service projects. It almost felt like a tour we would do in the Olivet region.

    Puerto Rico is gorgeous. The tropical foliage spread over spontaneous hills is just so beautiful. The culture also feeds into the beauty of the territory. Having lived in South America before, I was not a stranger to the culture.

    Everyone is inviting and almost overly servant-like. Every church or school we visited made us meals and fed us. The people were extremely eager to help us out with whatever we needed at the time. Watching the Puerto Ricans act the way they did was very inspiring. In fact, at some points it was a little convicting.

    Every church we visited was ecstatic to have us come and sing there. None of our songs were in Spanish, but the people heard the Lord speak through the music. They were open to the Holy Spirit in their churches, so He came and moved among them. Who was I to discredit the work God had us participate in by worshiping Him?

    After we finished one of our concerts near the end of our tour, a Puerto Rican woman stood up and said how much she appreciated our music. She told us how the Holy Spirit was apparent in the choir. Hearing from this woman had a tremendous impact on me.

    Even though we were not painting or building something every day, we were still used by God. God was using Orpheus Choir and our talents for His good. That’s why we were needed there.

    I am privileged to be a part of Orpheus Choir, and I was even more blessed by being able to go on this mission trip. I learned that God works in ways that are sometimes counter to how we think He should work, in ways we do not expect Him to. He will spread His kingdom regardless of any circumstances.

    For more information about Olivet’s School of Music, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    May 26, 2017 11:42:23May 26, 2017 -

    What happens when you blend two creative minds and Taco Bell? One of the best senior photoshoots ever!

    Wesley Taylor ’16, a professional photographer, recently captured Andrew McBurnie of Olivet Nazarene University’s Class of 2021 in his natural element: dining at Taco Bell. The result is fabulously fun photos that are rapidly catching the attention of publishers, social media and news media — including Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, Buzzfeed, Teen Vogue, Yahoo and countless others.

    Click here to see the latest. Taco Bell has already endorsed their creativity. And watch for this story online, on air and on demand!

    To learn more about Olivet and how you can become a student, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    May 25, 2017 3:54:38May 25, 2017 -

    Olivet Nazarene University will host a special, county-wide training event for all Kankakee County government leaders on June 28, 2017. This overview of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Open Meetings Act is open to all elected and appointed officials. Presenters are Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jim Rowe and Assistant Attorney General Leah Bartelt.

    “Hosting this event on our campus underscores Olivet’s commitment to integrity in all walks of life,” said Dr. David Pickering, Olivet’s executive vice president for administration and human resources. “We look forward to welcoming all our local government leaders for this outstanding training opportunity.”

    The State’s Attorney’s Transparency Project, the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office, Illinois Attorney General’s Office and Olivet Nazarene University have partnered to offer this training at no charge to attendees. “The goal of this training is to ensure that leaders in our community operate in the most transparent manner possible in all dealings,” Rowe said. “This is an important component to restoring trust in local government, and we are thankful to Olivet and the Attorney General’s Office for their support in this endeavor.”

    The training event will take place at Kresge Auditorium in Larsen Fine Arts Center on Olivet’s campus. Attendees may choose which session they want to attend: daytime (1:30–2:30 p.m.) or evening (5:30–6:30 p.m.). For more information or to register to attend, email Jim Rowe at JRowe@k3County.net or call 815-936-5800.
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    May 24, 2017 9:57:15May 24, 2017 -

    Olivet Nazarene University congratulates all students named to the dean's list during the spring 2017 semester. To qualify for inclusion, a student must have been enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and must have attained a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 grading scale.

    A

    Andrew Aardema, Alexis Acierno, Heidi Ackerson, Elisabeth Adamson, Alexis Aguilera, Nicholas Aills, Alyssa Alexakos, Harmony Alford, Kaleigh Allen, Spencer Allen, Sarah Allison, Annamarie Aloisio, Kaitlyn Altmann, Sarah Alvord, Magnus Andersen, Abigail Anderson, Adrienne Anderson, Audrey Anderson, Joshua Anderson, Lauren Anderson, Rachel Anderson, Rachel Anderson, Tamareia Anderson-Wilson, Elizabeth Andringa, Cassandra Appleton, Callie Archer, Bailey Arcillas, Jacob Arnold, Luis Arroyo, Emily Ausmus, Marcella Axelrad, Jenna Ayers

    B

    Hannah Bacon, Felicia Baer, Brooke Bahr, Emily Bahr, Jamie Baker, Abigail Balducci, Justin Banks, Victoria Barclay, Madylin Barker, Kaira Barnes, Kylie Barnhart, Megan Barnhart, Adrian Barron, Brandon Barrows, Ashley Basham, Vincent Basile, Devin Battice, Justin Baur, Landon Beachy, Hannah Beals, Kristin Beatty, Emily Becker, Allison Beecher, Chelsea Beers, Alexa Beezhold, Emily Belschner, Jatupat Benjasiriroj, Dakota Bennington, Haley Beno, Connor Berg, Jacob Bergman, Brittany Bergstrand, Kathleen Berns, Diana Bilea, Anthony Bird, Codey Bishop, Zachariah Bishop, Austin Blair, Kyla Bledsoe, Julia Bleich, Noah Blunier, Rachel Blunier, Carly Blystone, Wyatt Bol, Cassidy Bonnell, Joel Boser, Logan Boudreau, Joshua Bouma, Caylee Bourdoin, Ryley Bowen, Kordell Bowling, Derek Bradshaw, Fleur Breuker, Micaela Bright, Karalynn Brock, Alexa Brodien, Ryan Brodien, Kiley Bronke, Rachel Bronkhorst, Jared Broom, Austin Brown, Bethany Brown, Jacob Brown, Kari Brown, Leah Brown, Erica Browning, Mitchell Brummel, Sierra Bruner, Tomlyn Brza, Morgan Brzeszkiewicz, Angela Budach, Sarah Buffum, Haley Buhler, Austin Burdine, David Burnett, Zane Burtron, Madeline Buseth, Samantha Butera, Alvy Butler, Cara Butler, Megan Butler, Morgan Byers

    C

    Rachel Cabrera, Cody Cadle, Jenna Cain, Ryan Campbell, Alexander Campe, Nicholas Campe, Carolina Campos, Vanessa Candela, Tyler Cannon, Christine Cano, Tung Anh Cao, Jessica Carara, Abriella Caravette, Victoria Carbonell, Alyssa Carl, Ryan Carl, Margaret Carnahan, Ann Bernadette Carpio, Katelyn Carroll, Emily Carstens, Kendall Carstens, Denise Casali, Steven Case, Natalie Cash, Madison Castle, Benjamin Cataldo, Hannah Cataldo, Kaylee Cavanah, Luke Cavender, David Cericola, Jasmine Chacko, Sara Chamberlain, Ambree Chaplinski, Tyler Chapman, Aaron Chenoweth, Kirstin Childs, Zachariah Chism, Ethan Chitty, Logan Chitty, Michael Christensen, McKenna Christian, Jacob Clark, Kelly Clendening, Ryan Clendening, Taylor Coble, Caleb Coe, Tristan Coghill, Vanessa Cohn, Julianne Colangelo, Nicholas Colangelo, Taylor Colby, Hannah Collins, Samantha Colvin, Michaela Comer, McKenna Conforti, Erin Connelly, Rachel Conner, Danielle Conrad, Taylor Conroy, Craig Cook, Mikaela Coose, Tyson Copeland, Hannah Cora, Kristen Coser, Brenten Couch, Morgan Cradic, Zachary Craig, Tyler Crater, Cameron Craver, Ashley Crawford, Ryan Crawley, Emily Crum, Matthew Currid, Maggie Cusey, Christina Cusumano

    D

    Joshua Dale, Tiffany Damato, Christian Daniels, Micah Dascenzo, Paul DaSilva, Sophie Davenport, Allann Davidson, Alexander Davis, Alexandria Davis, Kelsie Davis, Madison Davis, Stephen Davis, Trinity Davis, Tyler Davis, Taylor Dawson, Hannah Dayhoff, Rachael De Graff, Lynnae De Jong, Benjamin De Young, Joel DeArmond, Daniel Debord, David Decker, Elijah Decker, Jorian Defelice, Aaron Degner, Levi DeHaven, Lauren Delaney, Taylor Delbridge, Alexandra Delgado, Trevor Delgado, Noah Dellamater, Kara Delong, Chase DeMott, Amelia Denison, Emily Denton, Daulton Depatis, Morgan Depatis, Jacqueline DesLauriers, Adam Dettman, Devlin DeVore, Colleen DeVries, Evan Dexter, Spencer Dexter, Stacie Dexter, Marlene Diaz, Stephanie Dileonardo, Joshua Dille, Thomas Dinkleman, Sarah Dirkse, Karley Divan, An Doan, Brenna Dohm, Amanda Donahoe, Jacqueline Donahue, Lauren Donaldson, Cole Doolittle, Amanda Dotlich, Dallas Drotts, David Druse, Jennifer Druse, Keely Dugan, Alexandra Duncan, Emily Dykema, Robert Dykhouse

    E

    Taryn Eckart, Nathan Eckerle, Jenna Edington, Ni'dra Edwards, Ethan Eisenbeis, Michelle Elizondo, Rebecca Eller, David Ellis, Kaitlyn Elmer, Corey Elrod, Rachel Elson, Charniqua Emel, Haley Emmert, Joshua Emmett, Zachary Emptage, Katie Enfield, Stephen Erutti, Melissa Esparza, Grant Esposito, Jaclyn Evans, Cole Evenson, Zackry Everett, Hannah Ewoldt

    F

    Nikos Fajdich, Rodolfo Sanchez Farias, Thomas Farmer, Ashleigh Fedei, Nicole Feltz, Jamison Ferguson, Kyle Fiala, Chase Fierro, Timothy Fike, Jacob Finn, Dexter Fish, Rachel Fisher, Bradley Fitzgerald, Julia Fitzgerald, Caitlin Fletcher, Jacob Flynn, Jasmin Folkers, Maria Forbes, Micah Forshee, Megan Fort, Sarah Fosnaugh, Gabriella Fowler, Matthew Fowler, Victoria Fox, Andrew Franklin, Trevor Franklin, Marta Franseen, Kassidi Franzen, Ashley Freeman, Brett Freeman, Emilee French, Tierney Frey, Ryan Froidcoeur, Shealeigh Funni

    G

    Tyler Gabriele, Joshua Galbraith, Levi Gambill, Sarah Ganster, Elisabeth Garratt, Mariah Garratt, Dominick Gasperini, Courtney Gearhart, Kelsey Geiman, Avery Geistdorfer, Anna George, Andrea Gibson, Daria Gielczynski, Jessica Gignac, Carolyn Gillespie, Vera Ginter, Holly Goad, Ashleigh Godby, Breeanna Goetz, Ethan Goetzinger, Leyanne Gonzales, Jocelyne Gonzalez, Jonathan Gonzalez, Haley Goodwin, Rachael Gordon, Tyler Goscha, Nichole Goumas, Miya Graham, Shannon Grant, Elizabeth Graven, Peter Gray, Christopher Green, Rachel Greene, Breanna Greer, Terriana Gregory, Kathryn Grimes, Michael Grimm, Jessica Grimmett, Rachel Grimmett, Megan Groen, Andrew Grosch, Brian Gross, Zachary Gross, Christina Grosz, Abigail Groters, Elizabeth Grove, Brianna Grusy, Erin Gurley, Avery Gutwein

    H

    Abigail Haaksma, Stephanie Habel, Caitlin Hacker, Yusuf Haddad, Matthew Haerr, Meggie Hall, Heather Halverson, Kristi Hamachek, Katherine Hamel, Kyle Hamrick, Tara Hamstra, Brittany Hanenburg, Kyle Hardy, Abrial Harkins, Holly Harlow, Elizabeth Harman, Katherine Harnisch, Alexandra Harris, Colleen Harris, Sydney Harris, Aaron Hartke, Kymberlie Hartman, Danielle Harvick, Joel Hasselbring, Frenz Joshua Hayag, Tony Hazel, Bradley Hazelwood, Brooke Heaton, Cody Heaton, Jenner Hecox, Kailor Hecox, Kayla Hedgren, Tyler Hedrick, Elizabeth Hein, Kaylin Heitmeyer, Cody Hempstead, Emily Henderson, Jessa Hendricker, Jordan Hendricker, Megan Hendrickson, Cassandra Hendrix, Rachel Hensley, Jonathan Hentschel, Joicelyn Hereford, Daneli Rabanalez Hernandez, Karla Hernandez, Lyndsey Herndon, Emily Hess, Corbin Hesterberg, Kassidy Hewett, Grace Higgins, Jacob Hildebrandt, Ethan Hiles, Anne Hill, Benjamin Hill, Helena Hill-Schaeffer, Collin Hills, Elizabeth Hissom, Emily Hiter, Lara Hoaglan, Jacqueline Hobbs, Elisabeth Hobson, Ashley Hochsprung, MacKenzie Hock, Hannah Hockemeyer, Victoria Hodge, Anneka Hoekstra, Kyle Hoffman, Bennett Hofmeister, Julie Hogan, Grace Hohn, William Hohn, Brett Holder, Amber Holup, Joshua Hoskins, Sydney Houzenga, Allison Howell, Rachel Howell, Timothy Hubbard, Sarah Hudi, Christina Huebner, Rachel Hughes, Anne Hughes-Wagner, Kristen Hung, Alexander Hunt, Sean Hurley, Mia Hurst

    I

    Lauren Imhoff, Neil Ipock, Baylie Isaacs, Derek Iwema

    J

    Elizabeth Jackson, Jacari Jackson, Jennifer Jackson, Diana Jacob, Brandon Jaynes, Ryan Jennings, Jenna Jeske, Rachel Jirik, Shannon Jirik, Calan Johnson, Christy Johnson, Courtney Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson, Jesse Johnson, Kylie Johnson, Rebekah Johnson, Sarah Johnson, Soren Johnson, Stephen Johnson, Jessica Johnston, Joshua Johnston, Hannah Jones, Rachel Jones, Reagan Jones, Sarah Jones, Grant Judson, Morgan Judson, Luke Jungermann

    K

    Amy Kaczor, Marlena Kalafut, Maria Kambwiri, Ashley Kamholz, Alex Kania, Callie Kant, Drew Kant, Allie Karras, Madison Karrick, Nathan Karsten, Joshua Kelley, Austin Kelly, Alexander Kempen, Ryan Kennell, Zachary Kennell, Cody Keppner, Colin Keppner, Kate Kettelkamp, Jessica Kilbride, Celina Kilhefner, Tristin Kimberly, Paul Kime, Anna King, Grace King, Nathan King, Kent Kinnersley, Lindsey Kinnersley, Cameron Kinney, Devin Kirkland, William Kirkpatrick, Sara Kitchen, Elisa Klaassen, Samuel Klauba, Grace Kleindienst, Samuel Kleindienst, Noelle Klimek, Zachary Klippert, Emma Knabe, Luke Knight, Savannah Ko, Isabella Koenig, Casey Koerner, David Kok, Mikaela Komp, Kyle Korb, Nathan Kraiss, Kayla Krassman, Jamie Kraus, Michael Kren, Nicholas Krieg, Ryan Krohne, Elizabeth Krumsieg, Cory Kucey, Anneliese Kuechenberg, Emma Kuntz, Joseph Kuschman, Kari Kwiatkowski, Stephen Kwiatkowski

    L

    Karlin Labenske, Stephani LaCasse, Leah Lagestee, Jessica Laidler, Karah Lain, Kellen Lake, Mitchell Lamb, Lydia Lambert, Thomas Lambrecht, Natalie Lang, Caleb Lankford, Dylan Lantz, Haley Lapanowski, Hannah Lapanowski, Connie Lapinski, Leanne Latocha, Justin Lautermilch, Nathan Alfred Lauvina, Benjamin Lavin, Renee Layman, Jessica Learned, Carrie Leato, Rachel LeBeau, Emily Ledford, Isaac Lee, Patrick Lee, Aimee Leger, Kendra Leimbach, Drew Leman, Mason LeMay, Rebecca Lemke, Victoria Lemke, Joshua Lenz, Anna Lerner, Tyson Lersch, Jarrod LeSage, Jocelyn LeSage, Michelle Leth, Connor Letts, John Lewis, Victoria Lilly, Nicholas Limentato, Ciara Lindgren, Ashley Lindman, On Ling, Tyler Lingle, Shawn Link, Steven Linton, Mitchell Lockwood, Emily Lohr, Sarah Loisch, Megan Lonergan, Christina Long, Tatiana Long, Samantha Lopez, Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales, Kyle Love, Brooke Luchene, Bethany Luchtenburg, Jonathan Ludwig, Jacob Ludy, Karson Lueck, Jacquelyn Luecke, Julia Luecke, Hannah Luginbill, Isaac Luginbill, Sarah Luginbill, Morgan Luhman, Tyler Lundquist, Jessica Lyons

    M

    Brandon Maatman, Madeline MacKenzie, Anna Maclean, Winsome Maddock, Guilherme Magnoler, Alexia Maldonado, Lizbeth Mancilla, Oscar Mancineiras Cornella, James Manes, Danielle Maranion, Bryce Marcordes, Tess Marcordes, Ryan Marcotte, Austen Marshall, Deborah Marshall, Cassidy Martin, Hayley Martin, Joel Martin, Joshua Martin, Landon Martin, Alfonso Martinez Garcia, Laura Mason, Erica Matheis, John Mathy, Lana Mattice, Lucas Mattox, Tabitha Mattox, Sarah Matyskela, Katherine Maurer, Claire Maxwell, Donaven Mayer, Timothy Mayotte, Nicole Mazon, Hanna McBroom, Mary McCabe, Quincie McCalla, Emily McCann, Cammi McClurg, Abigail McGinnis, Shannon McGowan, Ian McGuire, Thomas McGuire, Kristen McIntyre, Tanner McLain, Morgan McMullen, Jenna McMullins, Michael McNamara, Julia McQueen, Spencer Meador, Nicole Medina, Mackenzie Mehaffey, Angela Meier, Jill Meier, Vaughan Meiss, Faith Meitzler, Emma Melchior, Lynn Meller, Dakota Mellish, Alexandra Melton, Jacquelyn Merki, Joshua Mettille, Bethany Metzler, William Meyer, Alexander Meyers, Erin Meyers, Alexis Mickelson, Leah Milam, Austin Miller, Caroline Miller, Faith Miller, Jacob Miller, Jamie Miller, Rebecca Miller, Abigail Mills, Emily Mills, Christian Miranda, Mattheus Mitchel, Connor Mix, Trevor Moberly, Lauren Mohler, Rebekah Mondy, Matthew Montgomery, Dakota Moon, Mitchell Moon, Adalyn Moorehead, Amanda Moran, Emily Morris, Jeanette Morris, Megan Morris, Michaela Morris, Madison Morrison, Lisbeth Munoz, Maria Munoz, Marissa Murray, Molly Murray, Maya Mwilambwe, Cailey Myers, Chloe Myers, Madison Myers

    N

    Ashley Nagel, Jesse Nagel, Carolyn Neubaum, Rebecca Neville, James Newby, Samuel Nichols, Carolyn Nicodemus, Cierra Nienhuis, Ashley Nogoda, Brittany Nush, Priscila Nunez

    O

    Ashley O'Connell, Kayla O'Donohue, SarahAnn O'Malley, Chinwendu Obi Obasi, Abigail Olcott, Matthew Oliva, Erin Olson, Julie Olsson, Alec Ondrajka, Hannah Ondrey, Ashley Oosterhouse, Caroline Orndorff, Sarah Ortman, Victoria Owings, Gabrielle Ozee

    P

    Esther Paek, Patrick Palmer, Noel Parcel, Tiffany Paris, Natalie Park, Jaron Parke, Caleb Parker, Olivia Parks, Caleb Parsons, Rachel Pasch, Arizbeth Pastenes, Puja Patel, Seth Peachey, Emma Peebles, Marriah Peebles, Elizabeth Peeler, Allison Peet, Grace Pelley, Faith Pepper, Samantha Pepper, Andrew Perabeau, Zachary Pessia, Connor Pestka, Makaila Peters, Haley Peterson, Lucas Peterson, Mitchell Peterson, Alex Petkunas, Madison Pettet, Tanner Philipps, Paige Phillips, Colin Pickering, Ashley Piekarczyk, Dustin Pierce, Joshua Pitts, Joshua Pityer, Kristena Poll, Palmer Ponstein, Nicole Pope, Chris Powell, Ayla Price, Benjamin Prince, Jaycie Prindle, Joshua Propst, Gianna Puccinelli, Juleah Puccinelli, Phillip Putney

    Q

    MacKenzie Quakenbush

    R

    Daneli Rabanalez Hernandez, Chad Radford, Emily Raduns, Adam Raeburn, Megan Ralston, Andrew Ramirez, Kelsey Rasmussen, Hannah Rattin, Erika Ray, Juliana Ray, Sarah Ray, Tiffany Ray, Francesca Rebesco, Jacob Rechsteiner, Michael Reddy, Gregory Redwinski, Nicholas Reed, Jacquelynn Reif, Angela Reinbacher, Daniel Reinke, Marjorie Remy, Daniel Reyes, Alison Reynolds, Jennifer Rhoades, Sierra Rhodes, Zachary Rice, Anna Richards, Sara Richards, John Richardson, Robert Rienow, Samuel Riggenbach, Sierra Riley, Maggie Risher, Holly Risinger, Della Ritter, Seth Rivett, Jeslyn Roat, William Roberts, Justin Robertson, Kyle Robertson, Cody Robinson, Jessica Robinson, Isaiah Robles, Kanisha Rodriguez, Micah Rodriguez, Andrea Rose, Brianna Rose, Emma Ross, Jane Ross, Melissa Rounds, Chesley Rowlett, Olivia Ruhberg, Michalah Rumbold, Katie Rummery, Thomas Russell, Hannah Ryan, Jack Ryan, Christina Rybicki

    S


    John Saliba, Luke Salomone, Rodolfo Sanchez Farias, Erica Sandtorv, Joshua Sapulich, Kristen Sass, Sarah Scasny, Victoria Schaefer, Evan Schafer, Josie Schaver, Julie Schaver, Brittany Scheidt, Annah Schick, Joshua Schien, Bennet Schimmelpfennig, Zachary Schinzing, Hannah Schmerschneider, Maggie Schmidt, Andrew Schneider, Kirsten Schneider, Lillian Schneider, Richard Schneider, Rachel Schramm, Nichole Schuitema, Noah Schuitema, Jordan Schultz, Katy Schultz, Susan Schulz, Grace Schwegel, Rachel Sedgwick, Valerie Seehafer, Christopher Segiet, Clay Selby, Hunter Selby, James Selvey, Megan Semro, Grace Sennese, Kyle Serpe, Katie Settingsgaard, Darcie Sharrow, Corey Shaughnessy, Katelyn Shaw, Brendan Shea, Colin Sheehan, Bailey Shehorn, Samantha Shepherd, Brittany Sherwood, Elizabeth Sherwood, Morgan Shride, Breanna Sikes, Joseph Sikes, Michaela Sikes, Mattison Sills, Diana Silva, Kyndall Singletary, Brianna Skelton, Kaitlyn Sladek, Brandon Slatton, Kyle Smeltzer, Abigail Smith, Alexis Smith, Allison Smith, April Smith, Brooke Smith, Kylie Smith, Nathanael Smith, Reed Smith, Regan Smith, Sonia Smith, Timothy Smith, Cassie Smock, Kayla Smock, Erich Sneideraitis, Alyssa Snodsmith, Lauren Snow, Danielle Snuckel, Susan Soda, Bradley Soendlin, Lauren Soller, Elizabeth Soper, James Southerland, Matthew Spear, Amanda Spriggs, Jessica Springer, Macy Sprunger, Emily Spychalla, Aubrey Stafford, Marena Stair, Jarrett Stalinger, Shelby Stamper, Taylor Stamper, Kelsey Stang, Taylor Stark, Eric Steffen, Samantha Stejskal, Jordan Stephens, Tyler Steppe, Caitlyn Stevenson, Connor Stevenson, Rachel Stidham, Austin Stillman, Nicholas Stoewsand, Corinne Stout, Aubreigh Stowell, Caleb Strand, Kaitlyn Strand, Kelsey Strand, Alexis Stratton, John Straw, Sarah Struck, Ashley Sullivan, Daniel Sullivan, Spencer Sumner, Caleb Suwanski, Julia Swanson, Emily Swartzwelder, Aaron Swedberg, Troy Swindle, Jill Sylvester

    T

    Katie Tabisz, Nathan Tabor, Kelsey Tachick, Jenna Tackaberry, Caroline Tajnai, Honomi Takizawa, Zachary Tamez, Benjamin Tapp, Bethany Taylor, Madeline Tengblad, Grace Tervin, Alexia Thill, Cassandra Thomas, Aubrey Thomson, Matthew Thomson, Kayla Thornton, Zachary Thorp, Zackary Thorson, Parker Tibbs, Amanda Timm, Debora Timmer, Andrew Tipton, Rachel Tobey, Abigail Toepper, Anna Town, Alexis Trevino, Jacob Tripp, Kyle Trojan, Courtney Troyer, Feleo Tuazon, Alexandra Tucker, Luke Tuttle, Zachary Tuxhorn

    U

    Hira Uddin, Hayley Uhlman, Patrick Ullrich, Megan Ulm

    V

    Blake Van Bruggen, Brian Van Der Dyke, Jurren Van Der Gun, Roel Van Linschoten, Vanessa Van Oost, Jenna Vance, Courtney Vande Vorde, Emma Vandermark, Kimberly VanderPloeg, Jacob Vangore, Shariden Varner, Kensen Vaughan, Anderson Verhoeven, Jakob Verhulst, Benjamin Vertin, Navarro Veys, Luke Vihnanek, Daniel Villagomez, Nicholas Vinolus, Sarah Vrosh

    W


    Nicole Waddell, Rachel Waddock, Alexis Wade, Ryan Wagner, Emilie Walder, Cameron Walker, Gabrielle Wallace, Jordan Wanner, Darian Ward, Kaitlin Ward, Lucas Ward, Jacob Warfle, Emily Warren, Emma Wartman, Trevor Watkins, Rachel Watson, Abigail Webster, Anne Webster, Austin Wegforth, Samantha Weigt, Gabrielle Weitzel, Emily Welch, Robert Welch, Alex Welling, Emily Wendling, Courtney West, Ellen West, Michael Whalen, Sean Whalen, Keefer Whaley, Brooke Whetstone, Andrea Whitacre, Tyler Whitaker, Amanda White, Jacob White, Karalee White, Ciara Wichtner, Joseph Wickes, Brittnay Widdowson, Emilie Wiedner, Micaela Wiegand, Amanda Wiegers, Reagan Wigboldy, Elizabeth Willford, Laura Willging, Sarah Willging, Andrew Williams, Brady Williams, Hannah Williams, Megan Williams, Monique Williams, Rebecca Williams, Jayna Williamson, Kayla Wilson, Noah Wilson, Ashlyn Wingate, Morgan Winkler, Brandon Winter, Kayla Winter, Nicole Winters, Jonathan Wisdom, Karina Wise, Daniel Wiseman, Sadie Witvoet, Mason Witzke, Andrea Wojciechowski, Bridget Wolff, Britten Wolff, Marcus Wollak, Jacob Woodard, Zachary Woodford, Ryan Woodruff, Jonathan Wozniak, Austin Wray, Matthew Wray, Abigail Wright, Catherine Wright, Reise Wyatt, Lindsay Wyld

    Y

    Tyler Yager, Emily Yantes, Morgan Youman, Alyssa Young, Emma Yourdon

    Z

    Alejandra Zamudio, Alexi Zastrow, Jonathan Zatorski, Tanya Zavala, Hannah Zientara, Haleigh Zorn, Kimberly Zralka
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    May 22, 2017 3:36:1May 22, 2017 -

    Beginning in fall 2017, Olivet Nazarene University will offer free laundry service for all residential students. With the support and input from the Associated Student Council, the University decided to provide this benefit as an excellent cost savings and convenience booster for students in each of the resident living areas. All residence halls and apartment housing already have laundry equipment installed and available for use.

    In the past, students paid for laundry by swiping their Tiger Dollars cards. The cost was deducted from their prepaid funds loaded on their student ID cards. The machines did not accept cash payment. “The software and hardware used to accept Tiger Dollars was scheduled for replacement,” says Dr. Woody Webb, vice president for student development. “This gave us the perfect opportunity to institute the free laundry benefit for students.”

    The laundry equipment will remain the same, but the card readers to accept Tiger Dollars are being removed. As this conversion is made, summer residents will be able to take advantage of the free laundry service.

    “Students will be saving money and taking more responsibility in caring for their clothing,” says Thomas Dinkleman, a senior art major from Hillsdale, Michigan. “Having this convenience will reduce the work and expense for parents, too.”

    For more information about Olivet’s housing options for undergraduate students, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    May 19, 2017 11:13:33May 19, 2017 -

    Olivet Nazarene University is recognized by CollegesOfDistinction.com as a 2016–2017 College of Distinction for providing innovative, teacher-centered undergraduate education and preparing students for real-world success. In addition, Olivet is an Illinois College of Distinction and a Christian College of Distinction for 2016–2017.

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

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

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

    Click here to view Olivet’s profile on the Colleges of Distinction website.

    To learn more about the areas of study and learning opportunities at Olivet, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    May 18, 2017 9:47:1May 18, 2017 -

    Olivet Nazarene University’s Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Dr. David Pickering '89/'94 M.B.A. as the University’s executive vice president for administration and human resources, effective immediately.

    “Dr. Pickering is an outstanding administrator with a breadth of higher education experience,” said University President John C. Bowling. “His role as executive vice president will significantly strengthen the work of the University.”

    As the newest member of Olivet’s Administrative Team, Dr. Pickering is charged with strengthening the work of the administration by providing additional senior administrative support and leadership. He is now the senior executive responsible for assisting the University President and Administrative Team with creating, communicating, executing and sustaining strategic initiatives. He provides senior leadership to the Office of Human Resources and also many of the administrative areas of the University.

    “I have been blessed to be a part of Olivet for 28 years,” Dr. Pickering said. “I have had the opportunity to work half of my time directly with students and half of my time directly with employees. In both scenarios, the focus is on improving the educational experience that our students encounter.”

    Prior to this assignment, Dr. Pickering served as Olivet’s director of business and human resources for 12 years and director of student accounts and business services for 15 years. His work has contributed significantly to the healthy growth and development of the University. The University has been recognized as a Best Christian Workplace every year during Dr. Pickering’s tenure in Human Resources. The benefit program for the University has also continued to be enhanced in order to recruit and retain highly skilled employees.

    He is a member of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) and the Association of Business Administrators of Christian Colleges (ABACC). In 1995, he was honored as Olivet’s Staff Member of the Year.

    Dr. Pickering is involved in many community and church activities. He leads a weekly teenage basketball Bible Club in his community, is active in his local church and takes regular mission trips to Nigeria, Africa.

    He received his D.B.A. (Business Administration) in 2016 from Northcentral University. His M.B.A. (Finance and Financial Management Services) and B.A. (Finance) are from Olivet.
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    May 16, 2017 10:8:52May 16, 2017 -

    Tiger Nation humbly appreciates Olivet Nazarene University’s footnote in the 2016 World Series Game 7 that’s now in the history books as one of the great baseball games of all time.

    Olivetians everywhere celebrated when alumnus Ben Zobrist ’04 hit the RBI double that put the Chicago Cubs ahead of the Cleveland Indians in the 10th inning. Each team would score one more run before Zobrist and the Cubs celebrated the end of the longest drought in professional sports — 108 seasons without a championship.

    The euphoria was contagious. Fans went wild. Media from all over the world captured every facet of the Cubs’ long-coveted jewel. At the celebratory parade and rally in Chicago, millions cheered.

    The night after the Greatest Game in Baseball History, there was a much quieter, unscripted scene playing out in a neighborhood on Chicago’s north side. Zobrist, holding his infant daughter, had wandered out of his house, famously located about a mile’s bike ride from Wrigley Field. As the World Series MVP chatted casually with a few neighbors, a crowd gathered. Kids wanted autographs. Everyone snapped photos. Word spread. The crowd swelled.

    What started as a moment to get a breath of air turned into several hours of Zobrist’s obliging fans of all ages in an impromptu celebration with their hero. He appeared to enjoy himself as much as the fans, conversing, laughing, showing his appreciation, making the fans feel like they were the celebrities.

    Now that’s a champion. We’re proud to call you one of our own, Zo, an ambassador for Christ and for Olivet.

    “College is a stepping stone to get where you want to get in your life,” he says. “Olivet was that time for me. It was a time to discover who I was and what I wanted to be.”

    Zobrist helped lead Olivet to three CCAC championships and Tiger baseball’s first two NAIA World Series appearances, in 2002 and 2003. He was a utility player and closing pitcher, wearing number 12 in the purple and gold. Zobristʼs ONU jersey was retired in 2014, the year he was inducted into the ONU Hall of Fame and the NAIA Hall of Fame.

    He adds: “Olivet was a place where I felt like I could grow, where I could become the man that I am today.”
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    May 12, 2017 1:28:44May 12, 2017 -

    Olivet Nazarene University recognized the outstanding achievements of two Class of 2017 graduates during the 104th Commencement Convocation on May 6.

    Andrea Wojciechowski received the Maggie Sloan Crawford Award as the outstanding female graduate in the Class of 2017. Andrea graduated in the seventh cohort of Olivet’s Honors Program with B.S. degrees in chemistry and biology.

    While at Olivet, she was a member of the Tiger women’s track and field team. She is from Roselle, Illinois, and is the daughter of Diane and Bill Wojciechowski. She will be attending graduate school at Vanderbilt University for a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences.

    “Andrea is a very able, gifted student,” says Dr. Greg Long, her research project mentor and professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. “She puts in the time and hard work to make the most of her abilities. I am amazed at the way she accomplishes all that she does in so many different areas — and always with excellence.”

    “Andrea’s honors research project was of such high caliber that I hope to continue and extend research in this area, involving additional students in the project,” he adds. “I look forward to keeping in touch with Andrea and following her career in biomedical/molecular biology research.”

    Matt Reed received the Robert A. Milner Award as the outstanding male graduate in the Class of 2017. Matt graduated with B.A. degrees in political science and Spanish. He is from Plainfield, Indiana, and is the son of Gordon and Michelle Reed.

    While at Olivet, he served as senior class president. He studied abroad and received the International Studies and Business Certificate from the University of Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain. He volunteered with the Kankakee County (Illinois) Teen Court, and did Spanish-English interpretation and translation work for parent-teacher conferences in local Kankakee County schools.

    For his internships, he worked at the Victims Assistance Department, Hendricks County (Indiana) Prosecutor’s Office and at the Department of Local Government Finance, State of Indiana. He will be attending law school at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in downtown Indianapolis as one of only two recipients in its Kennedy Scholars Program for the Class of 2020.

    "Matt is a gifted scholar who has distinguished himself both inside and outside the classroom,” says Dr. David Van Heemst, mentor for Matt’s research project and chair of the Department of History and Political Science. “Beyond his intellectual gifts, Matt possesses a radiating faith. I've been thankful for his willingness to encourage his peers over the past few years. It will be exciting to see what he'll accomplish for Christ and His kingdom."

    “Matt devoted himself to the Spanish major in order to become a linguistically and culturally competent speaker,” says Dr. Nancy Bonilla, chair of the Department of Modern Languages. “We are very proud of Matt in how he has already used his talents to serve God and others.”

    For more information about Olivet’s areas of study, athletics program and study abroad opportunities, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    May 12, 2017 9:49:23May 12, 2017 -

    Sheila Khalili, 27-year-old Olivet Nazarene University nursing student, disappeared Friday, May 5, 2017. She had checked out of the residence hall and left campus for the summer.

    On the morning of Thursday, May 11, the University learned from the family and local authorities that Sheila’s car was found just north of Bourbonnais and that Sheila was in the car, having passed away.

    The University community is shocked and deeply saddened by this news. Our hearts go out to the family. The ONU family is surrounding Sheila’s family, friends and Sheila’s nursing faculty with our thoughts and prayers.

    We grieve the loss of such a bright young student whose warm heart and passion for serving others was so evident in her life. We are continuing to pray for her family and friends.

    Sheila’s family has announced a visitation on Friday, May 12, from 3 to 9 p.m. at Ahlgrim and Sons Funeral Home, 330 West Golf Road, Schaumburg, IL 60195.
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    May 10, 2017 10:25:16May 10, 2017 -

    Olivet Nazarene University conferred degrees on 1,429 graduates — including the first graduates from the public relations and strategic communication major and the special education teacher training major — during the 104th Commencement Convocation.

    Degrees awarded to Olivet’s Class of 2017:
    631 traditional undergraduate bachelor’s degrees
    165 adult studies bachelor’s degrees
    609 master’s degrees
    22 doctorate degrees

    Commencement ceremonies for traditional undergraduate students and those in the University’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies highlighted a weekend of activity to recognize the accomplishments of graduates and faculty.

    During the traditional undergraduate ceremony held Saturday morning, May 6, Dr. Shannon Bradshaw — a 1994 Olivet graduate — addressed the graduates and guests as the featured guest speaker. He is vice president of education for MongoDB, Inc., a software company dual-headquartered in New York City and Palo Alto, California. He leads a team of engineers responsible for the company’s online training portal, mobile apps for learning, and MongoDB documentation, which together serve more than 4 million users.

    “All beginnings are hard, mostly because we just don’t know enough,” Dr. Bradshaw said in addressing the graduates. “Make your objective continuous improvement in your work and in your life. In moments of quiet reflection, you will make measurable progress in achieving your goals. And hear from God. Relatively few graduates adopt a strategy for improving. Be one of the few.”

    Two honorary Doctor of Letters degrees were conferred: Dr. Max Reams, geology professor who is retiring from Olivet, and Rev. Scott Sherwood ’92 M.A.T., district superintendent for the Northwestern Illinois District of the Church of the Nazarene. Dr. Reams was also honored with a special presentation celebrating his 50-year teaching career. 

    Ten students who earned bachelor’s degrees had the distinction of being Honors Program graduates.
    Sarah Allison, a double major in psychology and sociology, of Carthage, New York
    Erica Browning, a political science major, of Mount Vernon, Ohio
    Joshua Dille, a political science major, of Bartlett, Illinois
    Lisa Hartman, a history major, of Aurora, Illinois
    Grace Hohn, a biochemistry major, of Grand Blanc, Michigan
    Emily Lohr, a multimedia communications major, of Cleveland, Ohio
    Ryan Marcotte, a music major, of Herscher, Illinois
    Luke Salomone, a psychology major, of Bridgeview, Illinois
    Macy (Murray) Sprunger, a biochemistry major, of Keokuk, Iowa
    Andrea Wojciechowski, a double major in chemistry and biology, of Roselle, Illinois

    More highlights of undergraduate Commencement:

    • Maggie Sloan Crawford Award for outstanding female graduate to Andrea Wojciechowski
    • Robert M. Milner Award for outstanding male graduate to Matt Reed, a political science and Spanish double major, of Plainfield, Indiana
    • Samuel L. Mayhugh Award for Scholarly Excellence to Dr. Mark Frisius, professor in the School of Theology and Christian Ministry
    • Richard M. Jones Award for Teaching Excellence to Dr. Don Daake, professor in the School of Business who recently retired

    School of Graduate and Continuing Studies

    In the Saturday afternoon ceremony, Dr. John C. Bowling, University president, addressed those receiving degrees from the Olivet School of Graduate and Continuing Studies (SGCS). “The highest purpose of higher education is transformation, the renewing of our minds, that we gain knowledge and wisdom," he said. "Use this moment to think about your life and to strengthen your own sense of self. Live with a higher purpose.”

    Student and faculty awards presented during the ceremony were:
    • Willis E. Snowbarger Award for Teaching Excellence presented to Dr. Douglas Garfield, a business professor in the M.B.A. program who has been a faculty member since 1994
    • Ralph E. Perry Student Award of Excellence presented to Dr. Gary Hartke, a 2017 Ed.D. graduate from Olathe, Kansas. A model of a true global learner, he is the global director of Nazarene Youth International in 162 world areas with 31,000 churches and 448,000 members.

    Additional recognition

    Highlights of other Commencement weekend activities:

    • The Friday evening Baccalaureate service. Dr. Bowling delivered the sermon, “Give Your Best to the Lord,” based on Philippians 1:27. “We are to stand our ground, and we are to take a stand for Christ,” he said. “Sometimes we say, ‘Don’t just stand there. Do something.’ The reverse is also true. The Scripture also seems to say, ‘Don’t just do something. Stand there.’” Graduates Madeline Buseth, a mathematics and intercultural studies major, of Kasota, Minnesota, and Seth Peachey gave student testimonies.
    Social work pinning ceremony (28 graduates). The Spirit of Social Work Award was presented to Caroline Miller of Issaquah, Washington. “Very few have not been touched by Caroline’s desire to serve,” Dr. Rachel Guimond, department chair, said in presenting the award.
    Nursing pinning ceremony (44 traditional graduates). “You transition today from student to nurse, from mentee to colleague,” said Dr. Tiffany Greer ’97, director of nursing programs, as she addressed the students. The Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Sigma chapter, Senior Nursing Excellence Award was presented to Grace Tervin of Mokena, Illinois.
    Military/ROTC commissioning ceremony. Four cadets were commissioned as new second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. “These new lieutenants are special,” said Col. Victor Hamilton as he addressed the graduates. “They are the best and brightest, our single most precious national treasure.”

    To learn more about undergraduate and graduate degree programs at Olivet, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.

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    May 09, 2017 3:10:26May 09, 2017 -

    During the 2017 Baccalaureate service at Olivet Nazarene University, two graduating seniors shared testimonies and memories. Following is an excerpt from each student’s presentation.

    Madeline Buseth, Class of 2017, holds bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and intercultural studies. She is from Kasota, Minnesota.

    “At Olivet, there have been people who have powerfully witnessed to the love of Christ by sharing my burdens. I was shown kindness countless times. Like the admissions ambassador who showed kindness toward me when I was in distress about my college choice. Professors who took time out of their busy schedules to answer my questions. Friends who encouraged me on tough days. Resident directors who went above and beyond to care for residents. These were all small acts of kindness that meant the world to me. During times of loneliness, frustration, confusion, I have experienced the beauty of belonging to a Christ-centered community that feels like family.

    “No matter what we’ve gone through over the past four years, we’ve gone through it together. I am moved to tears now when I think about leaving the people here who have become home to me. As we graduate, I am sure quite a few tears will be shed as a testament to the love that we have shared here. A love that is irreplaceable and a love we will carry with us no matter where our futures take us.

    “As we go our separate ways, we take the love and support of one another with us, knowing we are all just one phone call away. As we go out into the world, let us continue to be moved to tears by what has come to matter most to us.”

    Seth Peachey, Class of 2017, holds a bachelor’s degree in management information systems/business administration. He is from Galesburg, Illinois.

    “This past March, my grandpa passed away. He was the patriarch of the Peachey family who led by example on how to be a true follower of Christ. Whenever I think of him, I think of how I want to lead my future family in the same way. A way that shows people God’s love through coming alongside them as they are, ready to help out in any way possible. My grandpa has passed down his legacy to my father, who has passed on his legacy to me. I carry the power of their legacies — and the responsibility that goes with that — in my hands. Their legacies have become mine.

    “From this point forward, you have the ability to change your legacy. If you have a great legacy, awesome, continue it on into your own life. If you don’t have a legacy or you inherited one that hurts to even think of, right here, right now, is the time to change that. No one can change their past, but we are all responsible for our own futures.

    “There is one legacy that matters more to me than any other: the legacy of Jesus Christ. As a follower of Christ, my life’s goal is to live like Jesus did. Love like Jesus loved and sacrifice like Jesus sacrificed. As my undergraduate career draws to an end, I am constantly thinking about how my life compares to the life of Jesus. Am I living my life in a way that continues his legacy?

    “Go out into the world with God as your foundation, Christ as your blueprint, and see how great he is and how much impact you can truly have. Life will be tough, but let God be your strength.”
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    May 09, 2017 8:45:41May 09, 2017 -

    “One of the strengths of Olivet Nazarene University’s Honors Program is the strong Christian focus,” says Dr. Stephen Lowe, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, who serves as program director. “We are committed to preparing scholars who will be servant leaders in the Church and our world.”

    Meet the seventh cohort of Honors Program students — 10 graduates who are part of Olivet’s Class of 2017 — and learn more about their plans for the future.

    Sarah Allison
    Majors: Psychology and Sociology
    Hometown: Carthage, New York
    Capstone research project, presented during Scholar Week 2017, and faculty mentor: “Male Body-Satisfaction and Ideal Body Images in the Media: A Positive Intervention” with Dr. Kristian Veit, mentor.
    Post-graduation plans: Find employment and work for a year or two. Then go on to graduate school to become a mental health counselor.

    Erica Browning
    Major: Political Science
    Hometown: Mount Vernon, Ohio
    Capstone research project, presented during Scholar Week 2017, and faculty mentor: “The Political Glass Cliff: How Seat Selection Contributes to the Underperformance of Female Congresswomen” with Dr. David Van Heemst, mentor.
    Post-graduation plans: Currently interviewing with the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps with the goal of working in the area of humanitarian aid.

    Joshua Dille
    Major: Political Science with minors in Legal Studies and Music
    Hometown: Bartlett, Illinois
    Capstone research project, presented during Scholar Week 2017, and faculty mentor: "Predictable Politics: Whether Students' College Majors Relate to their Sociopolitical Views at Olivet Nazarene University" with Dr. David Van Heemst, mentor.
    Post-graduation plans: Attend law school at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law through the early decision scholarship. Marry my fiancée, Allison Westfallen.

    Lisa Hartman
    Major: History
    Hometown: Aurora, Illinois
    Capstone research project, presented during Scholar Week 2017, and faculty mentor: “Dividing the House: Divorce and the Great Depression in Aurora, Illinois” with Dr. Bill Dean, mentor.
    Post-graduation plans: Continue as lead historical interpreter at Blackberry Farm in Aurora with plans to pursue a degree in public history and become a certified archivist.

    Grace Hohn
    Major: Biochemistry
    Hometown: Grand Blanc, Michigan
    Capstone research project, presented during Scholar Week 2017, and faculty mentor: “Synthesis, including Microwave Promotion, of Selected Cyclopropyl Derivatives as Stereochemically Rigid Probes of Certain Pharmalogical Receptors” with Dr. Douglas Armstrong, mentor.
    Post-graduation plans: Attend University of Michigan College of Pharmacy.

    Emily Lohr
    Major: Multimedia Communications
    Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
    Capstone research project, presented during Scholar Week 2017, and faculty mentor: "A Mixtape for your Minivan: Writing the Line Between Fiction and Non" with Professor Ian Matthews, mentor.
    Post-graduation plans: An internship with the Walt Disney Company in Orlando, Florida.

    Ryan Marcotte
    Major: Music with a minor in Legal Studies
    Hometown: Herscher, Illinois
    Capstone research project, presented during Scholar Week 2017, and faculty mentor: "A Unified Approach: In Defense of Town of Greece v. Galloway" with Professor Charles Emmerich, mentor.
    Post-graduation plans: Attend law school.

    Luke Salomone
    Major: Psychology
    Hometown: Bridgeview, Illinois
    Capstone research project, presented during Scholar Week 2017, and faculty mentor: “The Effect of Website Design, Need for Cognition, and Argument Quality on Information Assessment” with Professor Alison Young-Reusser, mentor.
    Post-graduation plans: Attend graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in medical sciences.

    Macy (Murray) Sprunger
    Major: Biochemistry with a minor in Music
    Hometown: Keokuk, Iowa
    Capstone research project, presented during Scholar Week 2017, and faculty mentor: “Partial Preparation of 1-Anilino-8-(Mercaptoamino)-1,8-Octadione as a Potential Therapeutic Agent for the Treatment of Huntington's Disease and Selected Cancers” with Dr. Douglas Armstrong, mentor.
    Post-graduation plans: Attend graduate school at Washington University in St. Louis for a doctoral program in chemistry.

    Andrea Wojciechowski
    Majors: Chemistry and Biology
    Hometown: Roselle, Illinois
    Capstone research project, presented during Scholar Week 2017, and faculty mentor: “Using α-Mangostin from Garcinia mangostana to block cell death caused by paclitaxel in proliferating BHK cells” with Dr. Greg Long, mentor.
    Post-graduation plans: Attend graduate school at Vanderbilt University for a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences.

    The Olivet Honors Program began in the fall 2010 semester, dedicated to encouraging and nurturing academically gifted students in integrating Christian faith and learning. As cohorts bond and learn to work together, they experience an intellectual and social community. They study together in interdisciplinary classes taught by a faculty team of subject-matter experts, experience cultural events and engage in service projects with nonprofit organizations. During the junior and senior years, each student completes a funded, faculty-mentored research project and presents his/her work during Olivet’s Scholar Week.

    “One of the major aspects of Olivet’s Honors Program is creative, cross-disciplinary group learning,” says Dr. Stephen Case ’05, associate director and a professor on the faculty team. “This learning is student-driven and has a real impact in our community.”

    For more information about Olivet’s Honors Program, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    May 08, 2017 1:15:13May 08, 2017 -

    Eight in a row. That's how many Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) titles the Olivet Nazarene University Tiger women’s track and field team has achieved. With the leadership of Head Coach Mike McDowell and his coaching staff, the team dominated from start to finish at the 2017 competition on May 5–6. The Tigers picked up gold place finishes in eight events, and added two more individual qualifiers to the NAIA Outdoor Championships and two relays.

    Olivet’s team compiled 264 total points over the two-day event. The next closest competitor was Saint Ambrose University (Iowa) with 204. The University of St. Francis (Illinois) finished third with 171 in the 10-team field. Rounding out the top five were Calumet College of St. Joseph (Indiana) with 48 and Trinity Christian College (Illinois) with 42.

    On May 11–12, the Tigers have one more chance to improve their qualification and add new before the upcoming NAIA Championships. They will compete at the Dr. Keeler Invitational, hosted by North Central College (Illinois), on May 11–12.

    All-Conference first place finishes for the Tigers:

    Javelin
    Kylie Bradley (senior, Portland, Tennessee), first place (43.05m/141'03")

    Discus
    Jezri Rinehart (sophomore, Rockwood, Michigan), first place (43.19m/141' 8")

    High Jump
    Anne Brown (junior, New Sharon, Iowa), first place (1.63m/5' 4.25")

    Long Jump
    Kylie Bradley, first place (5.67m/18' 7.25")

    Pole Vault
    Savannah Ko (sophomore, Lenexa, Kansas), first place (3.19m/10' 5.5")

    800m Run
    Alexa Beezhold (junior, St. John, Indiana), first place (2:13.70)

    1500m Run
    Alexa Beezhold, first place (94:40.75)

    5000m Run
    Sarah Ray (senior, Warsaw, Indiana), first place (18:03.90)

    For more information about Olivet’s athletic programs, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    May 03, 2017 10:32:1May 03, 2017 -

    Presence St. Mary’s Hospital (PSMH) of Kankakee, Illinois, recently honored the student volunteers of Olivet Nazarene University with its Inspire Award. This is an annual recognition awarded to groups, individuals or community organizations that exemplify the values of Presence Health: Honesty, Oneness, People and Excellence. The award also celebrates inspirational leadership that advances the health and well-being of the community.

    “Each of us has something to offer in building the kingdom of God,” said Chris Shride ’93, PSMH president, in presenting the award during a special gathering at Olivet. “The best places to do this are in our own homes, in our own relationships and in our own communities. Volunteering the way you do not only serves the Lord, but truly and deeply blesses the lives of those who prosper and grow as a result of your selflessness.”

    With more than 20 unique volunteer groups and more than 1,400 student volunteers, Olivet students volunteer their time to multiple initiatives.

    “We are fortunate to have such a quality health care partner as Presence St. Mary’s Hospital,” said Dr. Woody Webb, vice president for student development at Olivet. “It means so much when a community organization recognizes the efforts and commitment of our students.” Dr. Webb and Kaleb Miller, a senior and student body president, accepted the award on behalf of the students. In the audience were students, faculty and staff representing many of Olivet’s volunteer groups.

    The recipient of the annual award is chosen by PSMH’s Community Board. The Honorable Mary K. O’Brien, judge of the 3rd District Appellate Court and chair of the Presence Health Kankakee River Valley Community Leadership Board, said in addressing students during the presentation: “You answered the calling to be part of something larger than yourself. This award appropriately reflects your enduring commitment to our community and those we serve.”

    To learn more about Olivet's student volunteer opportunities, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    May 02, 2017 2:29:40May 02, 2017 -

    When Matt Reed took time from his busy schedule as a Class of 2017 graduate to talk with us, we made time to learn more about his Olivet experience.

    Matt Reed
    Class of 2017

    Hometown: Plainfield, Indiana

    Majors: Political science and Spanish, with a minor in legal studies

    Honors: Senior class president, dean’s list all semesters, internships with State of Indiana government agencies, study abroad experience in Spain, Kennedy Scholar Program

    Yes, four years have passed since we spoke with Matt Reed. Click here to read our previous interview with him. Then, he was looking forward. Now, he looks back on his Olivet experience.

    What are you plans for after graduation?

    I’ll be attending the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in downtown Indianapolis. I actually had three full-ride offers from law schools. I chose McKinney because of its Kennedy Scholars Program. I’m one of only two recipients for the Class of 2020. I will receive full tuition for the first year of law school, renewable for two additional years by maintaining the designated grade point average, plus an annual stipend for living expenses and a trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the Supreme Court.

    I’m also marrying my fiancée, Hayley Uhlman from Morton, Illinois. She’s a fashion merchandising and hospitality major and also a member of the Class of 2017.

    Now that your time at Olivet is coming to a close, what are some of your favorite memories?

    I made lasting friendships with Spencer Allen, Gunther Maddock and Jacob Neal when we lived in Chapman Hall.

    I met Hayley at the Warming House on campus. We were rehearsing for an Ollies Follies video. When I asked her to marry me in 2016, there was only once place to do it. I proposed to her at the Warming House.

    I will always remember trips my friends and I took together during breaks: New York City, Boston, the Smoky Mountains.

    When I attended the Federal Seminar in Washington, D.C., I had the opportunity to meet and pray over my state’s senator.

    What are some of the accomplishments you’re most proud of?

    My senior thesis, “Comparative Immigration Policy and Economic Outcomes,” with Dr. David Van Heemst as my mentor was quite an achievement. Through that process, I saw how I had grown as a scholar and a student during my Olivet years. Dr. Van Heemst has pushed me academically to be a better student than I ever thought I could be.

    As a Spanish major, I helped in the local schools by translating at parent-teacher conferences. I realized that my Spanish is now at a level where I can use it in society with Spanish speakers. My goal was conversational achievement, and I’ve reached my goal.

    Where would you like to be in five years?

    I see myself working at a law firm in Indianapolis, in corporate law or health law. I want to be the best I can be at whatever I choose to do. One step at a time, I’ll figure out the plan God has for me. And I want to have a dog.

    What advice would you like to give to Olivet’s incoming freshmen?

    Get involved. Meet new people. Don’t slack off during your freshman year. The effort you put in from the beginning will translate into the options you’ll have after graduation. College is a lot of fun and a lot of work.

    If I could make the decision to come to Olivet again, I would. Olivet has equipped me with the skills I need to succeed after Olivet, both academically and spiritually.

    I’m really sad to leave. Four years go by really fast.


    To learn more about Olivet’s areas of study, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    May 02, 2017 10:1:12May 02, 2017 -

    Olivet Nazarene University's Matt Winkelmann — a sophomore sport management major from Wheaton, Illinois — was named the CCAC Player of the Year for men’s golf. He is also the lone repeat selection on the current five-member all-conference team.

    Matt registered eight top five finishes among the 12 meets in which he competed during the 2016-17 campaign. In four of those meets, he claimed individual medalist honors and was runner-up on one occasion.

    He also placed third at the CCAC Championships to earn all-tournament accolades. He placed fourth place as a freshman in last year's championship rounds.

    Matt shot eight of his 22 rounds at par or better on the season highlighted by a five under par 67 at the University of St. Francis (Illinois) Fall Classic back in September. He finished the year with an average round of 74.2.

    To learn more about Olivet’s athletics program, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    May 01, 2017 12:50:38May 01, 2017 -

    Olivet Nazarene University’s School of Theology and Christian Ministry (STCM) is pleased to congratulate Esther Paek on receiving the 2017 Sylvanus Carter Homiletics Award. She is a senior, majoring in religious studies and computer science, from Richmond, Virginia. During Olivet’s chapel service on April 20, 2017, Esther received the award from Dr. Mark Quanstrom, STCM dean.

    Seniors Connor Berg and Brendan Shea were also finalists for this award. Both received scholarships and were recognized during chapel.

    Each participant in the competition for this award researches, writes and submits the manuscript of a sermon that he/she has prepared. Next, selected participants deliver their sermons to an audience. Each sermon is rated on exegesis of scripture, focus and relevance for the audience who will hear it, as well as the participant’s delivery of it. Three finalists are then chosen to receive scholarships, and one of those is designated as recipient of the award. STCM Professor Jason Robertson serves as chair of the selection committee.

    “We are grateful for Dr. Stephen and Donita Carter’s generosity that makes these scholarships possible,” Professor Robertson says. “The process of evaluating the sermons of our students and working with them as they grow as preachers is a highlight of our year. We couldn’t be more proud of our three recipients this year. Not only did they write and deliver excellent sermons but each embodies the values the School of Theology and Christian Ministry seeks to foster in our students.”

    Esther Paek, Olivet’s VP for Spiritual Life, has served as a freshman and sophomore class chaplain, resident assistant, Preaching Ambassador and youth ministry volunteer at College Church of the Nazarene, Bourbonnais, Illinois. She has served on three mission trips to the Dominican Republic. She also plays Ultimate Frisbee with the Lady Penguins and has run the Chicago Marathon twice with Team World Vision. After graduation, she plans to intern with Compassion International as a database administrator and pursue a Master of Arts in Religion degree at Olivet. Her hope is to pursue her calling in social justice and urban ministry by continuing her education and investing in local church ministry.

    Esther’s award-winning sermon, “Honest Christianity,” included her personal testimony, her call to ministry and the value she places on honesty. “One of the biggest struggles in society is honesty,” she said. “Whenever we make a mistake or feel like something weakens our case, we usually try to cover to it up. I also believe one of the biggest struggles in the church today is honesty. How often do we hide doubt? Whether we admit it or not, Christians doubt.”

    Connor Berg, a pastoral ministry major from Mount Airy, Maryland, has served as a resident assistant, a chaplain for Proclamation Gospel Choir, a Preaching and Music Ambassador, and a small group leader at College Church of the Nazarene. He is planning to pursue his Master of Divinity degree.

    Brendan Shea, also a pastoral ministry major from Mount Airy, Maryland. He is a leader of the Preaching Ambassador Program and is actively involved at Chicago First Church of the Nazarene. He has served with Mission Possible prison ministry and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has completed internships with Grace Harbor Church of the Nazarene and Richland Center Church of the Nazarene, both in Wisconsin. During his freshman year at Olivet, he was a member of the Tiger men’s swim team and competed at NAIA Nationals. After graduation, he will pursue his Master of Arts degree in family ministry, work full time as an admissions counselor in Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, and marry his fiancée, Arika Schmitt ’16.

    The Sylvanus Carter Homiletics Award was established by Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Carter 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 modeled a strong commitment to preaching and pastoral care.

    To learn more about Olivet’s areas of study in ministry and theology, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    Apr 28, 2017 10:28:59Apr 28, 2017 -

    Human resource students from Olivet Nazarene University won the 2017 Division I Case Competition at the recent Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Student Case Competition and Career Summit – East in Philadelphia. This major SHRM award competition centers on developing effective solutions to business problems and is open to human resource (HR) students. Olivet teams have also done well in these competitions previously, placing second in 2015 and fifth in 2016.

    Olivet students on the 2017 winning team are:
    Juleah Puccinelli, a senior majoring in business administration with concentrations in management and human resource management, of West Chicago, Illinois
    Holly Risinger, a senior majoring in business management, of Tremont, Illinois
    Mitchell Lockwood, a junior majoring in business administration with concentrations in management and human resource management, of Manteno, Illinois
    Annah Schick, a junior majoring in business administration with concentrations in management and human resource management, of Plainfield, Illinois
    Luke Cavender, a sophomore majoring in business administration with a concentration in human resource management, of Aurora, Illinois

    In the April 2017 competition, 30 teams — comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from schools across the United States — competed. Runner-up in Division I was the University of Toledo. West Virginia University won the Division II title with East Carolina University taking second place. Other participating schools include Pennsylvania State University, Ball State University, Rutgers, Texas A&M, University of Tennessee, West Virginia University, Quinnipiac University, Temple University, Baldwin Wallace University and James Madison University.

    During the competition, each team analyzed and solved a business case by preparing a written executive summary and 15-minute oral presentation. This required integrated HR thinking, ethical decision-making, and strong communication and presentation skills. A panel of certified SHRM members judged preliminary and final oral presentation rounds onsite.

    Olivet’s School of Business sponsors a Student Chapter of SHRM. The club hosts multiple events each year to provide HR-related opportunities to fellow students, is active in local and region HR chapters, and participates in the SHRM Case Competition. Faculty sponsors are Professor Andy Corbus ’91 and Professor Faith Newman ’05.

    To learn more about Olivet’s School of Business and areas of study in business, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    Apr 26, 2017 11:45:42Apr 26, 2017 -

    “I was at Olivet Nazarene University 49 years ago, working as a lab instructor while also studying Christian education and the American way of life,” says Dr. K.M. Abraham ’71, a native of India and a pioneer in the development of the lithium-ion battery. Today, he is the principal of E-KEM Sciences, a battery consulting company in Needham, Massachusetts, and a professor at Northeastern University in Boston. He holds 16 U.S. patents and is the author of more than 200 published articles and papers. The Royal Society of Chemistry, NASA, Tufts University and the Electrochemical Science and Technology Society have honored him.

    One of his greatest achievements of all, however, is the opportunity for his career success to benefit Olivet students.

    Dr. Abraham and his wife, Deborah, recently established an endowed scholarship in the ONU Foundation. Their gift is in honor of Dr. John Hanson ’57, a retired Olivet chemistry professor, who was a supervisor and mentor for Dr. Abraham. This scholarship is designated for students who are preparing for careers in chemistry and chemical engineering.

    “I thank Olivet and Dr. Hanson for all the help they gave me in getting the opportunity to live a life filled with blessings,” Dr. Abraham says. “Having Dr. Hanson as my mentor was a big morale booster for me. He encouraged me to go on for an advanced degree in chemistry.” Dr. Abraham holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Tufts University and conducted post-doctoral research at Vanderbilt University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    During a special presentation to Olivet students on campus, Dr. Abraham gave an overview of his 40 years of work with the rechargeable lithium and lithium-ion batteries, which began in 1979 at EIC Laboratories, Inc. He told students that, when it comes to the lithium-ion battery, scientists continue to address the question: “What better thing can you give me for tomorrow?” He also referenced the need to find new batteries for electric cars and his work in the current development of the Lithium-Air battery, which would be the ultimate battery.

    Dr. Abraham told students: “All these problems are opportunities for you to work and make a career for yourself.”

    To learn more about Olivet’s areas of study in chemistry and engineering, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    Apr 25, 2017 9:38:38Apr 25, 2017 -

    Four Olivet Nazarene University students and their faculty mentors are already planning how they will spend summer 2017. This year, it’s all about research for them as they pursue intensive research projects funded by grants from the University’s Pence-Boyce Committee. This alumni group fosters mentoring of individual students by Olivet faculty in mathematics, science or engineering research.

    Recipients of the 2017 grants are:

    Kimberly Zralka and Dr. Derek Rosenberger, Department of Biological Sciences: “The effects of imperiled bur and black oak savanna habitat on red-headed woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus L.) population density and nest success.” Kimberly is a junior, majoring in zoology, from Frankfort, Illinois. Dr. Rosenberger is a zoology professor.

    Jon Zatorski and Dr. Bruce Heyen, Department of Chemistry and Geosciences: Investigating the specificity of malate dehydrogenase in Escherichia coli through the use of an R811 mutant and histidine tag purification. Jon is a senior, majoring in biochemistry, from Crown Point, Indiana. Dr. Heyen is department chair and a chemistry professor.

    Joel DeArmond and Dr. Justin Brown, Department of Mathematics: Points on elliptic curves over finite fields; exploring and improving elliptic curve cryptography. Joel is a senior, majoring in actuarial science, from Monroe, Indiana. Dr. Brown is a mathematics professor.

    Emily Rull and Dr. Stephen Case ’05, Walker School of Engineering: Using artificial double stars to calibrate a 3D-printed filar micrometer. Emily is a senior engineering major with a concentration in mechanical engineering. She is from Maryville, Illinois. Dr. Case is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Geosciences.

    “We are excited for these students as they engage in cutting edge research in a broad variety of fields,” says Dr. Max Reams, director of the Pence-Boyce Summer Research Program at Olivet. “We thank the faculty members who will be working with them.”

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

    Elbert Pence was professor of Physics at Olivet from 1962 to 1969. His extensive experience with the U.S. Navy provided valuable background for his students. His energy and enthusiasm were driving forces in developing the physics major at Olivet. He exemplified excellence in higher education in physics and engineering. Professor Pence passed away in 2016.

    Fanny Boyce was professor of Mathematics at Olivet from 1963 to 1970. She came to Olivet after many years of service at Wheaton College. Her high standards and teaching performance served as inspiration to those she taught. Dr. Boyce passed away in 1986.

    To learn more about Olivet’s areas of study in the sciences and engineering, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    Apr 21, 2017 10:21:56Apr 21, 2017 -

    On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, Todd Reid — head coach of Tiger baseball at Olivet Nazarene University — made personal and program history. Under his leadership, his team racked up two wins that day, putting him at 304 wins and over the previously held wins record.

    Coach Reid, now in his 10th season with the Tigers, was named the 2016 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Coach of the Year. That same season, his team captured the CCAC Regular Season Co-Championship and advanced to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Championship Opening Round. The Tigers and Coach Reid have also enjoyed five appearances in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) World Series. In 2010, he led the Tigers to the program’s 1,000th victory.

    Two of Coach Reid’s players have been selected in the Major League Baseball draft. Ben Heller made his major league debut in 2016 with the New York Yankees. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 2013. Josh Altmann was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2015.

    In his career and personal life, Coach Reid does all in the name of Jesus. In baseball, professional pursuits, relationships with others, and the study and discipleship of faith, he holds fast to his commitment to “Winning Championships and Developing Champions.”

    “I am blessed to be part of the Olivet athletics program and its rich history and tradition,” Coach Reid says. “I’m standing on the foundation laid by previous coaches to make Tiger baseball one of the top Christian college baseball teams in the country. Our players represent greatness on and off the field.”

    To learn more about Olivet’s athletic programs, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    Apr 18, 2017 9:33:58Apr 18, 2017 -

    Jeslyn Roat and Chad Radford, both juniors at Olivet Nazarene University, are the 2017 recipients of Olivet’s annual presentation of The David and Ella Elwood Servant Leadership Award. They were nominated by faculty, staff and fellow students for this honor. Each has demonstrated — through a variety of service opportunities — the qualities of a servant’s heart.

    Now in its 10th year at Olivet, this award recognizes juniors who demonstrate the qualities of a servant’s heart. As part of the award, each recipient receives $1,000. Of that amount, $250 is donated to the charity of his or her choice. Jeslyn has designated Kankakee Pregnancy Resource Center. Chad has designated the Alzheimer’s Association.

    Jeslyn Roat is a social work major from Greenville, Illinois. She has served as a reading volunteer for a local elementary school, a children’s church volunteer, a mentor to junior high students, a volunteer at a pregnancy resource center — to name just a few of her many service activities. She has also had the privilege of being part of three mission trip experiences.

    After graduation, she plans to pursue graduate school or go directly into a social work career.

    “My motivation to serve is rooted in the belief that I have been called by Christ to serve others,” Jeslyn says. “I believe God has wired me for my future vocation as a full-time social worker. I’m ready to help anyone He places in my path. I want to lead as a servant and by following Christ’s example.”

    Chad Radford is a psychology major from Roseville, Michigan. As the junior class chaplain, he has also been part of the Party With Jesus student-led worship and volunteered with Mission Possible, a ministry to inmates. He has served as a Preaching Ambassador, an Alpha group leader and as a captain for the Team World Vision marathon run to help provide clean water for Africa’s people.

    After graduation, he plans to work with people through the area of counseling. He believes that working with the entire family unit, not just the individual, is the key to helping families find harmony.

    “I believe that through serving others, a Christian is able to be Christ in the world,” says Chad. “Christ humbled himself to the position of a servant and displayed a better way of life by being a servant to those He was leading.”

    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 ’55 is a clinical psychologist and the founder of Elwood Staffing Services, Inc., a leading provider of talent-based solutions. Ella Elwood ’57 is a Century 21 real estate agent in Columbus, Indiana. They have been married for 60 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.”

    To learn more about Olivet’s undergraduate degree programs and service opportunities, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    Apr 12, 2017 3:38:38Apr 12, 2017 -

    Dr. Shannon Bradshaw, an Olivet Nazarene University alumnus and vice president of education for MongoDB, Inc., is the keynote speaker for Olivet’s 104th undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 6, at 9:30 a.m., in the University’s Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel.

    Dr. Bradshaw is a 1994 Olivet graduate who holds B.S., S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science. At MongoDB — a software company dual-headquartered in New York City and Palo Alto, California — he leads a team of engineers responsible for MongoDB’s online training portal, mobile apps for learning, and MongoDB documentation, which together serve more than 4 million users. He is also the author of the forthcoming book from O'Reilly Media, MongoDB: The Definitive Guide, 3rd Edition.

    Additionally, Dr. Bradshaw helps direct MongoDB's involvement in New York City's CS4All initiative to bring computer science education to all 1.1 million NYC public school students.

    “Olivet Nazarene University provided me not only the foundation for a career in computer science, but also lasting relationships that have shaped who I am today,” Dr. Bradshaw says.

    Dr. Larry Vail, computer science professor in Olivet’s Walker School of Engineering, is a person from whom Dr. Bradshaw regularly sought advice during his undergraduate years. “Dr. Vail always made time for discussion and even played on our intramural basketball team,” he recalls. “Over the years, he’s reached out to me at various points throughout my career — something I have always valued — both because of his insights and the care this demonstrates.”

    “In so many ways, I continue to receive the benefits of my undergraduate education,” he adds. “It is an enormous honor be the keynote speaker for the 2017 Commencement.”

    Prior to joining MongoDB, Dr. Bradshaw was associate professor and chair of computer science at Drew University. As an academic, he published research in the areas of information science and human-information interaction. This work was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). While at Drew University, he also regularly consulted with Wall St. firms on information and data analytics projects.

    Dr. Bradshaw grew up in Sterling, Illinois, and attended the Sterling First Church of the Nazarene. In August 2017, he and his wife, Anna (Quanstrom) ’96, will celebrate 20 years of marriage. They are the parents of three children: Sigourney, Graham and Beckett. Anna is a licensed social worker, currently practicing as a therapist in the Drug and Alcohol IOP at Summit Oaks Hospital in Summit, New Jersey.

    During the undergraduate Commencement ceremony, several students and faculty members will receive special awards, and two honorary doctorate degrees will be presented.

    Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies will also conduct Commencement ceremonies in the chapel on May 6. 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, click here to view the complete schedule.
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    Apr 07, 2017 10:41:52Apr 07, 2017 -

    Olivet Nazarene University congratulates Austin Burdine as Student Employee of the Year and Professor Jennifer (Ratliff) Love as Student Employment Supervisor of the Year for 2016–2017.

    “Our student employees are critical for the work we do at Olivet,” said Dr. David Pickering ’89/’94 M.B.A., executive vice president for administration and human resources, during the awards ceremony. “The skills they learn here can transfer to their future careers. They learn good supervisory techniques by observing their supervisors.”

    Austin Burdine is a senior, majoring in computer science, from Greenwood Village, Colorado. He is a student employee for Benner Library & Resource Center.

    Austin’s supervisor, Matt Marcukaitis, Informatics web application manager, said in his nomination of Austin: “Austin single-handedly coded two programs, which will allow all of the library’s programs to be built into a consistent framework. His work will impact the entire library by providing a new system with permissions controlled within a single system. He is committed to helping our team prepare for this transition before he graduates in August.”

    Professor Jennifer Love serves as the student employee supervisor and laboratory assistant for the Department of Biological Sciences. She supervises more than 50 student employees each semester, most of whom are teaching assistants.

    Her supervisor, Dr. Mike Pyle, department chair, said in his nomination of Professor Love: “Jennifer’s door is always open to our students and student workers. She always has a professional, pleasant demeanor. She sets high standards for honesty, hard work, accountability, safety and cleanliness. And she shares freely of her professional skills in microbiology.”

    Alyssa (Eilders) Bass ’13 manages all student employees and the presentation of these awards. 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 1,257 student jobs on campus during the 2016–2017 academic year.

    To learn more about how student employment opportunities benefit Olivet students, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    Apr 05, 2017 11:20:24Apr 05, 2017 -

    When students at Olivet Nazarene University and experienced professionals share together, the result is new ideas and new relationships. During March 2017, three of those opportunities helped students make valuable connections.

    Business After Hours Networking Event, co-hosted by Olivet’s Inspired Strategies Agency and Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce

    Local business leaders came to Olivet’s campus to meet students in person. Many commented how much they enjoyed the conversation and connection — and seeing the inside of Reed Hall of Science. Hayden Keifer, a junior majoring in public relations and strategic communication, led the student team in planning this event.

    One of the event highlights was a presentation on leadership by a panel diverse in age, experience and expertise:
    • Blake Bradley, student at Bradley-Bourbonnais (Illinois) Community High School
    • Sarai Guerrero, president of Olivet’s sophomore class and a communications major
    • Jake Lee, auditor, Kankakee County, Illinois
    • Jeff Hammes, president, Peoples Bank of Kankakee County
    • Kaleb Miller, Olivet’s student body president and a senior majoring in marketing
    • Professor Elizabeth Kerns, Department of Communication, served as moderator.

    “I learned that being an event planner is not an easy task,” Hayden said. “But watching our event come together was one of the most rewarding things that I have ever experienced.”

    Panel discussion on civic discourse, hosted by The Center for Faith and Culture at Olivet

    Students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to engage with a distinguished panel of experts from different disciplines to learn more about the state of civil discourse in today’s world. Together, they examined the escalation of rhetoric and the dominance of adversarial public discourse. Panel members’ presentations explored how we got here and the dynamics currently in motion. Finally, the group addressed the question of how Olivet as an institution and a community can help bring a redemptive and peace-making presence to the University, the Church and our society.

    Panel members were:
    • Dr. John C. Bowling, University president
    • Dr. Beth Patrick-Trippel, professor, Department of Communication
    • Dr. Charles Perabeau ’94, professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences
    • Dr. Carl Leth, director of The Center for Faith and Culture, served as moderator.

    “We increasingly know people for what they do instead of for who they are,” Dr. Perabeau said. “We once learned and practiced civil discourse around our dining room tables each evening, but in today’s society we have many faceless relations with others through social media.”

    “Philanthropy Speaks,” a panel discussion hosted by Olivet’s Student Philanthropy Council

    How does servant leadership change the world? That was the question addressed from a variety of angles during a presentation for Olivet students, staff and faculty. Discussion began with definitions of philanthropy and concluded with a question-and-answer session. Those attending heard the experiences and insights of panel members with differing levels of experience in the nonprofit sector:
    • Tracey (Noe) Slach ’06/’13 E.M.B.A., executive director of the Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault (KC-CASA)
    • Nick Allen ’06/’13 M.B.A., a business development representative for Applied Systems and owner of The Allen Group, a political consulting business
    • Kyndall Singeltary, a senior majoring in marketing and a concentration in communications with minors in nonprofit management and intercultural studies
    • Emilie Walder, Council president and a senior majoring in interior design, served as moderator.

    “My dad is my role model for working and serving in a nonprofit organization,” Tracey said. “In the work that I do, I’m surrounded by servant leaders every day. I’ve learned to lead with others in mind.”

    For more information about Olivet and the variety of learning opportunities available to students, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
     
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    Apr 04, 2017 10:29:54Apr 04, 2017 -

    Mason LeMay, a sophomore majoring in exercise science, is an Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) Scholar for 2017. This article from the Spring 2017 issue of “ACI Reporter” is reprinted with permission.

    Mason LeMay
    Olivet Nazarene University


    When she attended Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School, Mason LeMay worked with an organization called Best Buddies, a volunteer organization that works to improve and enhance the lives of people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

    Since her freshman year in college, she has volunteered her time with organizations such as the River Valley Special Recreation Association which provides programs, activities and Special Olympics for adults.

    The first in her family to attend a four-year college, LeMay brought these interests with her to Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, about five minutes from her home. Majoring in exercise science with a minor in psychology, LeMay is focused on attending graduate school to study occupational therapy, with an eye on becoming a pediatric occupational therapist.

    "Originally I was looking for physical therapy, but the population I want to work with is adults and children that have disabilities," she says. "I have really enjoyed watching patients grow and regain the strength they had prior to the accident or the illness that caused them to lose function or strength."

    LeMay, a sophomore, knows first-hand about serious illness. In September 2015, she was diagnosed with Stage 3 non-Hodgkin anaplastic large cell lymphoma, a rare cancer. She took a year off from school for treatment, including chemotherapy.

    With the cancer cured, she began planning for her return to Olivet Nazarene for the 2016 fall semester. Because the costs of cancer treatments are high, the university awarded her a McGraw Emergency Financial Aid grant from ACI to help her return last fall. The ACI scholarship was helpful to her family, she said.

    "The scholarship helped me return to school after being diagnosed," she says. "It lessened the financial burden for my parents who were helping pay for college. They were able to put more money toward the medical bills that we received."

    LeMay has made the most of her college experience. She has been on the dean's list twice for academic achievement. LeMay plays for the university's junior varsity volleyball team, continuing an interest she developed in the sport at a young age. "I've actually gotten the opportunity to help coach a local club team," LeMay says. "It feels good getting to share the same passion with younger girls, and I hope they develop the same passion that I have."

    She also continues to work with Best Buddies through Olivet Nazarene, which supports residents at Shapiro Developmental Center in Kankakee. Student volunteers such as LeMay spend time with buddies, and host events or parties for Shapiro residents.

    What keeps LeMay at Olivet Nazarene are small classes, professors who care, her faith and friends who supported her through difficult times. Unfortunately, LeMay won't be able to graduate with the students she started with, but there is a bigger goal, she says.

    "I've realized in college it's not a big deal to graduate with your friends," LeMay says. "It's much more about the education you receive in college and everything you're learning for a successful career."


    To learn more about the educational opportunities Olivet offers, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    Mar 31, 2017 10:2:36Mar 31, 2017 -

    NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — It didn't take long for the Olivet Nazarene University women's golf team to get back into form after five months off from competition. On Saturday afternoon, March 25, 2017, the Tigers were crowned champions of the Taylor University (Indiana) Purgatory Intercollegiate.

    They were led by individual medalist Mackenzie Mehaffey (sophomore, Winchester, Indiana), who won by two strokes. Two other Tigers finished in the top 10: Stephanie Eby (sophomore, Lemont, Illinois) and Sydney Tyler (senior, Bloomington, Illinois).

    A total of 33 golfers played in the 36-hole, two-day event at the par-72, 5,810-yard course, Purgatory Golf Club. ONU won the invite with a team score of 675 (344-331, +99). Taylor University came in second with a score of 678 (346-332, +102). Wheaton College (Illinois) was third with a score of 682 (359-323, +106). Huntington University (Indiana) finished fourth with a 755 (377-378, +179). IU-Kokomo was fifth with a 760 (390-370, +184).

    The Tigers completely dominated the top 20. Mackenzie Mehaffey shot a 162 (80-82, +18) to win the Tigers' first event back from the off-season. Stephanie Eby finished fourth overall with a 168 (85-83, +24). Sydney Tyler finished tied for fifth overall, just one stroke back of Eby, with a 169 (86-83, +25). Kayla Owens (FR/Richmond, Ind.) came in tied for 14th with a 176 (93-83, +32). Jacqueline Donahue (FR/Lafayette, Ind.) finished 20th with a 184 (94-90, +40).

    For more information about Olivet’s athletics program, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    Mar 30, 2017 1:48:51Mar 30, 2017 -

    Andrew Ramirez is a junior at Olivet Nazarene University, majoring in economics and finance, from Flint, Michigan. He is currently participating in the BestSemester, American Studies Program, Washington, D.C., through the end of April 2017. This blog post is reprinted with permission from BestSemester.

    Andrew Ramirez, Olivet Nazarene University
    3/29/17

    “I have the honor of interning in the Office of Enterprise Business Solutions (EBS) at the U.S. Department of Treasury. This office deals with the creation of website products, development, and data analytics.

    “Because of the sensitive nature of my work, I actually can’t share specific details about it with anyone outside of my department! But I can say this — I am learning how to balance a serious workload and how to perform under the pressure of the professional world.

    “Two highlights of my internship have been:

    “First, I get to regularly meet with high-ranking officials from all across the Treasury, including individuals in financial crimes and terrorism; I even met the Secretary of the Treasury and shook his hand!

    “Second, as an intern at the Treasury Department, I have access to the Main Treasury building which means I get to walk the historic golden hall where Hamilton once walked (presumably), and I get to be surrounded every day by the amazing history of our country at work.

    “And if those weren’t enough, I also have access to the west side of the White House and can walk that side of the lawn in the morning before work!”

    For more information about Olivet’s School of Business and study abroad opportunities, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    Mar 29, 2017 2:29:40Mar 29, 2017 -

    Our Olivet Nazarene University community is saying the final good-bye to Dr. John Seaman ’69/D.D. ’03, alumnus and faithful servant of the Lord. He passed away March 19, 2017, after a battle with cancer.

    "Dr. John Seaman embodied all that Olivet seeks to instill in its students — strong academic preparation, a vibrant personal faith and a commitment to lifelong service,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. “Added to these qualities, he possessed a winsome personality and a deep loyalty to his alma mater. He was an articulate and passionate supporter of the University, and an effective and highly respected trustee."

    Since 2003, Dr. Seaman had faithfully served as district superintendent for the Michigan District of the Church of the Nazarene. For many years prior to that, he and his wife, Linda (Smith) ’70, served the Lord together on the mission field in Africa. Throughout their marriage, the couple kept God at the center of their lives and answered His many calls to serve.

    In 2003, Olivet bestowed honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees upon John and Linda in recognition of their missionary service. From 2003 to 2016, John served as a member of Olivet’s Board of Trustees. In 1982, John received Olivet’s “O” Award, the highest honor the University gives to its alumni.

    All of John and Linda’s children are Olivet graduates: Kendra (Seaman) Burchfield ’97, Lauren Seaman ’03 and Ketly (Seaman) Diehl ’06.

    John’s life was a sterling testimony of Deuteronomy 13:4, “It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.”

    Click here for more information about Dr. Seaman’s life and ministry.
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    Mar 27, 2017 3:37:4Mar 27, 2017 -

    In a special essay competition for sophomores only, 37 Olivet Nazarene University students accepted the challenge to write on this topic: “What are the challenges and complexities of embracing the call to leadership in a world that is demanding something new of you as a Christian leader, especially in a globally diverse, multi-cultural world?” The resulting essays became their entries in the annual Reed Leadership Essay Contest, sponsored by The David L. Elwood Center for Student Success.

    This year’s winners are:
    Jennifer Cox, a psychology major from Caldwell, Idaho; first place ($500); “A New Weapon
    Timothy Mayotte, a biology major from Jackson, Michigan; second place ($250); “Called to Lead
    Rachel Tobey, a music ministry major from Howell, Michigan; third place ($100); “Christian Leadership in Modern Culture

    The winning essays are now available on Olivet’s Digital Commons academic repository site at digitalcommons.olivet.edu.

    This annual essay competition occurs in conjunction with the Reed Institute for the Advancement of Leadership’s Lifetime Achievement Award. This year’s award recipient is Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil, recognized for her tireless work in the area of racial reconciliation over the past 30 years. Each essay contest participant received a copy of her book, Roadmap to Reconciliation.

    To learn more about the services Olivet provides to encourage and assist its students, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    Mar 27, 2017 10:41:21Mar 27, 2017 -

    Travel to the farming country of Ireland and glimpse the lives of two families involved in a decades-long dispute when Olivet Nazarene University presents “Outside Mullingar” in March. This student production of a Broadway hit is sure to ignite the imagination while telling a timeless story of love.

    Show times are: Thursday, March 30, 2017, 7 p.m.; Friday, March 31, 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 1, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Kresge Auditorium in Larsen Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $8 for general admission, with 100 student discount tickets available. Purchase tickets online at olivet.edu/tickets or call 815-928-5543.

    Presented by Olivet’s Green Room student theatre group, the play introduces Jessa Hendricker in her directing debut. She has previously performed in 11 Olivet productions, most recently “Guys and Dolls.” A senior communication major with minors in theatre and musical theatre, she is from Clinton, Illinois.

    "Throughout my four years in Olivet’s theatre program, I have had the opportunity to have hands-on experience in almost every aspect of theatre, both onstage and off,” Jessa says. “Through many classes and eight different productions, Professor Jerry Cohagan has poured into me the wisdom of a director in both planning and preparing. Professor AE Sarver has also been an incredible mentor and friend to me, allowing me to learn lessons the hard way and truly grow as a person and director.”

    “I hope those who come to see this show leave feeling lighter with a renewed sense of hope,” she adds. “This play is truly a breath of fresh air."

    Set in rural Ireland, “Outside Mullingar” is the story of two families whose farms border one another. Through the years there has been an ongoing dispute regarding a certain section of the land. But what happens when the heir-apparent son is attracted to the heir-apparent young lady? It is a sweet, quirky love story which played Broadway in 2014. The New York Times called John Patrick Shanely's work "a lighter, slighter play, a softhearted comedy freckled with dark reflections on the unsatisfactory nature of life and the thorns of love."

    Cast in the Olivet production

    Grace Higgins as Rosemary — She is a sophomore international business major from Geneva, Illinois. Her previous appearances at Olivet were in “West Side Story” and “Guys and Dolls.”

    Jackson Loudermilk as Tony — He is a sophomore communication major from Otisville, Michigan. His previous appearances at Olivet were in “Wit” and “Guys and Dolls.”

    Shane Trail as Anthony — He is a sophomore multimedia communications major from Carmi, Illinois. He previously appeared in “Guys and Dolls” at Olivet.

    Lindsay Parpart as Aoife — She is a sophomore zoology major from Portage, Indiana.

    To learn more about Olivet’s theatre program, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    Mar 23, 2017 8:26:41Mar 23, 2017 -

    Chase Means ’08 has packed three careers into nine years. And he’s still packing! His latest (ad)venture is LegalBoard, a customized keyboard designed especially for attorneys. The product debuted to a large — and enthusiastic — audience in January 2017.

    Chase combines the knowledge gained through earning an undergraduate degree in engineering from Olivet plus a J.D. degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. After working for a construction and engineering firm for a few years, he decided to build on that experience by entering the field of patent law. Today, he is an associate with Foley & Lardner, a law firm with 20 offices and 900 attorneys across the country.

    “As a patent attorney, I get to help people protect their inventions,” Chase says. To date, he has prepared 70 U.S. patent applications, and several have already been granted. He works with individuals, small start-ups and corporations such as American Family Mutual Insurance, QUALCOMM Incorporated, Rockwell Collins, U.S. Bancorp and Vibrant Media.

    Both specialties prepared him well for his role in delivering the new invention, LegalBoard, to law offices and corporations across the country.

    As an attorney himself, Chase recognized the need for a keyboard that serves the unique needs of those in law and related professions. He is the co-founder and first investor in Pro-Boards, LLC, the company that designs and distributes the LegalBoard. His friend and business associate, Brian Potts, is the inventor.

    The LegalBoard features keys for the symbols, terminology and document formats unique to those in the legal profession and related fields. Chase helped design and test the prototype, as well as set up the corporation. He also oversees the manufacturing of the product, helping to develop the features, troubleshooting problems and consulting with technical experts.

    “Working with inventions, I get to see new stuff on a weekly or monthly basis,” Chase says. “Each time, it’s almost like taking a new class. I get to learn about technology I didn’t know existed. And I realize how much thought goes into inventing.”

    To learn more about Olivet’s School of Engineering, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    Mar 22, 2017 1:33:4Mar 22, 2017 -

    As Christians, all of us have the same principal callings: Go and make disciples. Pick up your cross and follow Him. To name just two.

    Each of us also has a specific mission on earth, personalized to us. Introducing college students to their responsibility for making a global impact is one of my most realized personal missions. Pair that with the obligation I have as a Christian to care for the orphaned, and it is no astonishment that I spent spring break 2017 in a developing country with Olivet students.

    I am probably the least likely person to go on a mission trip. I love cool air and hot water, American food and a comfortable bed. I continue to go on mission trips — this trip was my 11th — because I have the opportunity to fully live how God intended us to live. Serving Him from the moment we wake up until the moment our heads hit the pillows. If I can bring others along to multiply the mission, that’s a game-changer for me.

    This was my third time to go to Honduras and the eighth time for my wife, Kelsey (McNulty) Proehl ’13. She is a registered nurse, working in labor and delivery at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. I am the acting director of Olivet’s Office of Alumni Relations. On the spring break 2017 trip, we brought along 17 Olivet students. Eight members of this team are studying in Olivet’s School of Business and are part of the successful Enactus team.

    We worked at The Garden of Love and Hope, sponsored by Footsteps Missions, in Santa Barbara, Honduras. This is a highly effective center for economic orphans. Though the children still have some type of guardian, they spend the day at The Garden and receive a hot meal, help on homework and, most importantly, love and hope.

    One of our team’s assignments was to teach job training and business skills to the youth. The goal was to prepare them for the Job Skills Center that will be available to them in summer 2017. The Center will help equip the children at the orphanage with practical job skills, giving them a hand up from the cycle of poverty.

    Olivet’s business students on our team put together an excellent curriculum to teach valuable job skills to the youth: customer service, interpersonal skills, inventory, supply and demand, and cleanliness in the workplace. Each day they taught a two-hour business lesson with an application and activities.

    At the end of the week, our team led a case study with 12 teens. The youth came up with a product, store name, prices and target market. Then they sold their product to earn money for attending a camp/retreat. Using the tools that our Olivet students provided during the training sessions each day, they raised a few hundred dollars.

    This trip proved to me once again that Olivet students are a powerful force for good. They showed me how we can be effective players in trying to combat the issues of poverty, hunger and darkness in our world.

    To learn more about Olivet’s Missions In Action mission opportunities, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    Mar 17, 2017 9:39:36Mar 17, 2017 -

    Caleb Gray is feeling pulled these days. Pulled by soccer. Pulled by his Florida friends. Pulled by his career choice of environmental engineering. But when he visited Olivet Nazarene University during spring break in March 2016, for soccer camp in July, and for Purple & Gold Days in October, he experienced an even stronger pull to enroll at Olivet.

    “Most of my Florida friends will go to state schools,” Caleb says. “They keep asking me why I want to go up north, why I want to go to college so far away.”

    Here’s why Caleb is choosing Olivet.

    1. Environmental engineering program
    “Seeing the quality of Olivet’s engineering program is eye-opening,” Caleb says. He has researched a lot of engineering schools and discovered that very few offer environmental engineering in a Christian setting. He is drawn to the Walker School of Engineering because it is preparing engineers with a Christian purpose.

    2. Relationship with Tiger men’s soccer team and coaches
    When Caleb attended the soccer camp on campus this past summer, he was impressed by the mentoring relationship that the coaches have with the players. “Olivet’s coaches are involved with their players and take a personal interest in them,” he says. “That’s different from what I’ve experienced in high school.”

    3. Academic scholarship offer
    Caleb will be graduating from high school fourth in his class with a 4.4 GPA. Olivet is rewarding him with financial aid based on his achievements.

    Sharing Purple & Gold Days (and some Monical’s Pizza) with his dad, Rusty ’90, sealed the selection for Caleb. “Having my dad here with me and getting the ball rolling for my becoming an Olivet student is the best part of this weekend,” Caleb says. The two met with a professor, had an entrance interview with an admissions counselor, met with a family advocate and met with an enrollment advisor. And they still found time to enjoy attending football and soccer games while on campus.

    Caleb’s younger brother, Sam, is a high school junior. He’s already looking at Olivet and the Tiger men’s basketball program.

    For more information about Olivet’s Purple & Gold Days events, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    Mar 16, 2017 1:5:4Mar 16, 2017 -

    Missy Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” and Christian music artists Grayson Reed will headline Ladies Day 2017 on April 22 at Olivet Nazarene University.

    Hosted by Shine.FM, a broadcasting ministry of Olivet, the annual Ladies Day program brings together the best in Christian teaching and music to provide hope, encouragement and inspiration for women. This year’s program will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Centennial Chapel.

    Click here to purchase tickets online. For a group ticket purchase of 10 or more on a single order, you will automatically receive 1 complimentary ticket for every 10 paid tickets.

    To order a boxed lunch for the event, attendees must purchase these on or before March 31. Lunches will not be available for purchase at the event.

    Missy Robertson is a strong voice for morality and virtue, both locally and globally. A devoted mother of three children, she focuses on having a strong, happy and loving family. She married Jase Robertson at age 19 and has been an integral part of the family’s and company’s success in recent years. She is also the founder of a clothing line and a jewelry line.

    Much of Robertson’s time is devoted to volunteering in her community and to domestic and international mission work. She is passionate about music, performing vocally and writing songs. One of her greatest joys is touring the U.S. and sharing her testimony of faith in Jesus Christ.

    Grayson Reed — Mike Grayson and Molly Reed, married in 2013 — debuted as a duo with Centricity Music following successful solo careers. For 13 years, Grayson was the lead singer for the band MikesChair with five Top 5 radio singles. Reed was one-half of the duo City Harbor and an in-demand songwriter. They are the parents of a daughter, Grailey. Their first release, “Walk,” features them as writers, singers and players of their original songs.

    For more information, call 800-648-1463 or email shine@olivet.edu.
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    Mar 15, 2017 11:48:49Mar 15, 2017 -

    As the only university certified as a Best Christian Workplace for 2017, Olivet Nazarene University continues the tradition of employment excellence. The University is serving students at the main campus in Bourbonnais, Illinois; additional locations in Rolling Meadows and Oak Brook, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; Grand Rapids and Grand Ledge, Michigan; Hong Kong; more than 100 School of Graduate and Continuing Studies learning locations throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest; and offering many online degree opportunities.

    This is the 12th consecutive year Olivet has earned this honor from Best Christian Workplaces (BCWI), an organization that provides consultation and research to help Christian workplaces flourish.

    “While we are grateful for the honor of this recognition, we use the results of the survey to identify areas where we can learn and improve,” said Dr. David Pickering, Olivet’s executive vice president for administration and human resources. “Our collective goal is to make ONU a wonderful place to serve — one that models Christian virtues in how we interact with one another as we continue to provide 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, and 84 percent of employees participated.

    Responses were assessed against BCWI standards in the areas of staff calling and passion, trustworthy culture, talent management, strategy and execution, innovation and staff involvement, authentic Christian leadership, personal development, compensation and benefits, and teamwork. Additional open-ended questions allowed employees to share more information about Olivet as an employer and to suggest improvements.

    For more information about enrolling as a student at Olivet, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    Mar 14, 2017 9:49:3Mar 14, 2017 -

    From high school days to his last day on earth, Wally Cramer invested in the lives of others. His passing on Jan. 9, 2017, marked the end of an era for many dedicated to the sport of pole vaulting.

    Coach Cramer is survived by thousands of students whom he coached in a variety of settings across the U.S. He is also survived by three sons, Derek; Wes and his wife, Kristin; and Austin; as well as his father, Walter, and sister, Charmaine.

    Following his own successful pole vaulting career in high school in Lockport, Illinois, Wally enlisted and served in the U.S. Marines for 30 years. He also retired from a career with Caterpillar.

    Jan Johnson remembers competing against Wally when they attended different Illinois high schools. After graduation, Wally went on to serve his country in Vietnam and received four medals for his service. Jan went on to college and eventually became the 1972 Olympic bronze medalist in pole vault.

    Jan recalls Wally’s love of pole vaulting and how Wally returned to coach the sport after retiring from his military career. As the owner of Skyjumpers.com, based in California, Jan has hosted pole vaulting camps all over the country for many years. “Wally was always there to help me with the camps,” he says. “The kids loved him. He knew how to be tough and also how to help. As a pole vaulting coach, you have to be able to do both. You’re a suggester, and Wally knew that. The kids liked that in him.”

    Throughout his adult life, Wally tirelessly dedicated his time and efforts to his students’ success. He coached pole vaulting at the high school and college levels, most recently at Olivet and Reed-Custer High School, Braidwood, Illinois.

    “Wally spent 15 years coaching our Tiger pole vaulters and raising the level in that group,” says Mike McDowell, head coach of Olivet’s track and field teams. “The greatest thing about him as a coach was that he invested in the athletes. He was a great friend to all of us.”

    Second Lieutenant Ryan Hutton ’16 of the U.S. Army recalls Coach Cramer’s influence on him while he was at Olivet. “Wally brought me into the pole vault team when no other coach would,” Hutton says. “He loved on me more than anyone ever has in the sport I love so much. He also continually taught me how to take care of my soldiers in a very special way.”

    One of Coach Cramer’s most successful protégés is Mark Hollis ’08. “Wally was so much more than just a coach to me,” Mark says. “He was a friend, a supporter, an employer, a surrogate father and a mentor.”

    Mark credits Coach Cramer for giving him direction and encouragement at a critical time in his life. After he graduated from Olivet, Mark went on to a professional pole vaulting career. He is a two-time Olympic Trials pole vault finalist, a 2016 inductee into the NAIA Hall of Fame and the 2014 pole vault winner in the USA Outdoor National Championship.

    “My buddy Wally was one of a kind,” Mark adds. “I'll never forget him and what he did for my life."
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    Mar 13, 2017 4:15:25Mar 13, 2017 -

    TUCSON, Ariz. – Riding a four-game winning streak, the Olivet Nazarene University softball team returns home from spring break after a solid 7-4 week at the Tucson Invitational. The Tigers capped off the week with a 9-1 win over Dickinson State University on Saturday, March 11 after defeating Hiram University and Presentation College decisively on Friday.

    Olivet Nazarene 17 Hiram 5 (5 innings)

    Megan Semro (SR/Marengo, Ill.) and Kelly Rinker (FR/St. Charles, Ill. ) led the Tigers 12 hit outing, both going 3-for-4 at the plate. Rinker connected for a triple, while Semro added a double and four RBIs. Samantha Alberto (JR/Tinley Park, Ill.) added a home run, also finishing with four RBIs.

    Erica Cebulski (JR/Lockport, Ill.) picked up her first win on the season, going the distance in the circle. In five innings, she allowed six hits and five runs, three earned. She struck out three and walked three.

    Olivet Nazarene 9  Presentation 1

    Emily Carstens (SO/Peotone, Ill.) improved to 4-2 on the season in the circle, throwing all seven innings. She scattered just four hits and struck out five.

    Makenna Emerson (FR/Coal City, Ill.) and Carstens both connected for home runs to lead the Tigers offense. Emerson also added a double. Carstens finished with a team-high three RBIs.

    Olivet Nazarene 9   Dickinson State 1

    Carstens and Emerson combined for seven of the Tiger's 14 hits in the final game. Carstens connected on a double and a triple with four RBIs and a run scored. Emerson went a perfect 4-for-4.

    Jamie Kiefer (JR/Chicago, Ill.) threw all seven innings, allowing four hits. She struck out six, while walking none.

    Olivet returns to Bourbonnais and will hope that Mother Nature is ready for spring to arrive in Illinois. The Tigers are scheduled to face the University of St. Francis (Ill.) on Wednesday, March 22 on Tiger Field. Game one is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

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    Mar 13, 2017 1:27:43Mar 13, 2017 -

    Olivet Nazarene University invites you to experience the majesty of the Ruffatti pipe organ played by three accomplished performers. The spring 2017 performances in the Ovid Young Memorial Organ Recital Series begin March 27 in the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel for three consecutive Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. There is no admission charge for these performances.  

    The performance schedule and guest performers are:

    Monday, March 27, 2017 — Joshua McClure is the director of worship and music at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Saint Charles, Illinois. He oversees a comprehensive music program there, including multiple choirs, instrumental ensembles, liturgical arts, handbell choirs, and a contemporary praise team and band. A former student of Ed Zimmerman, he has participated in church worship services since he was eight years old. A former local resident, he graduated from Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School and Wheaton College (Illinois).

    Monday, April 3, 2017 — Matt Gerhard '08 is director of music at Kokomo Zion United Methodist Church in Indiana, as well as being an accomplished organist, pianist and conductor. He began studying organ with William Brown on a three-manual Austin pipe organ when he was a freshman in high school. While a student at Olivet, he studied organ with Dr. Timothy Nelson and traveled with The Olivetians ministry team. He also studied organ with Dr. Beverly Howard at California Baptist University. The music of the Church has always been important to him.

    Monday, April 10, 2017 — "Festival of Spirituals" with Dr. M. Jane Holstein '80, piano/organ, and Elizabeth Harrison, soprano 

    Dr. Holstein is the music editor at Hope Publishing. She studied organ at Olivet with Dr. Nelson, and also at The University of Kansas and Northwestern University. Recently, she compiled Hymns of Praise, a new book of 200 hymns and songs. She stays busy as an arranger, clinician, organist, worship planner, grandmother of two and concert artist. She also serves as director of music ministries at First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, Illinois.

    Ms. Harrison is an artist recognized for her work as a concert performer, recitalist, opera and oratorio singer. In 2007, she made her debut as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in their presentation of Wynton Marsalis’ "All Rise." She has performed across the country with various opera companies and at festivals. Also an active recitalist, she performs African-American spirituals throughout Chicagoland. 

    This recital series honors the memory and musical career of Dr. Ovid Young '62, who passed away in 2014. An Olivet alumnus, he is remembered by many as a beloved performer, teacher, mentor and colleague. A pianist, organist, composer and conductor, Dr. Young had to his credit more than 7,000 performances in major concert halls, churches and colleges around the world.

    Olivet’s Ruffatti pipe organ — custom built and installed by Famiglia Artigiana Fratelli Ruffatti (Ruffatti Brothers, Family of Artisans) of Padua, Italy, and Marshall & Ogletree of Boston — features a four-manual console and a concave pedal board with 32 notes. It has 125 ranks: 75 ranks of wind-blown pipes and a digital component of 50 additional ranks.

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    Mar 13, 2017 10:10:57Mar 13, 2017 -

    As the only four-year university on the Kankakee River, Olivet Nazarene University was the ideal host for the recent bi-state Kankakee River Watershed Conference. More than 260 attendees came from across northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana, united by their interest in the health and future of the Kankakee River and areas surrounding it.

    “This conference brought many key people together,” says Dr. Randal Johnson, conference chair and a professor in Olivet’s Department of Biological Sciences. “Some had never visited ONU’s campus before. This gathering has opened up new opportunities for community partnering.”

    United under the conference theme, “Kankakee: The River That Connects Us,” stakeholder attendees represented government agencies, elected officials, universities, businesses, farmers and citizens. Goals of this conference were to: 1) educate citizens on issues critical to the watershed, 2) have conversations among stakeholders that look to find common ground, and 3) strengthen connections among bi-state watershed users.

    Fifteen conference speakers covered a variety of science, recreation, economic and ethical topics. The speakers came from government agencies and universities. They covered the best and most recent science, as well as a historical overview of the basin and an introduction to the new designation of the Kankakee River as a National Water Trail. The concluding plenary session focused on building partners for a sustainable future. Click here to review the conference program and some of the presentations.

    “Feedback from conference attendees has been overwhelmingly positive,” says Dr. Johnson. “There is a strong interest in building on the dialog and momentum generated in order to strengthen bi-state connections going forward. Participants are already asking when the next conference will be held.”

    To learn more about Olivet’s Department of Biological Sciences, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    Mar 09, 2017 3:45:46Mar 09, 2017 -

    Standing at the top of the podium gives champions a great view. Just ask the Olivet Nazarene University men's AND women’s swimming and diving teams. Both teams reached that pinnacle of success in the 2017 NAIA National Championships. Head Coach Scott Teeters received the Women’s Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year honor.

    Recap of women’s team honors

    Leading from start to finish, the Tiger women's swimming and diving team became just the second team in school history — and the first women's team ever — to achieve program success as NAIA National Champions.

    In just five years of existence as a program, the Tigers used a core of experienced swimmers to anchor the victory and bring home the banner. Olivet finished with 639 points, followed closely by the defending national champions from Savannah College of Art and Design with 632.5 points. No other team was even close to contending.

    Amanda Moran, a sophomore, was honored as the swimmer of the meet and led the Tigers in individual points with 57. She added the 200 backstroke title to her list of accomplishments for the competition. But just winning it wasn't enough. She smashed the NAIA record set in 2012, touching the wall in an astonishing 1:56.87. She also won this event in the 2016 Nationals.

    Vanessa Van Oost, a sophomore, earned the honor of NAIA Diver of the Year. She placed first in both the women’s one-meter diving and women’s three-meter diving events.

    Tiffany Ray, a senior, captured first place in the women’s 200-yard individual medley and the 400-yard individual medley.

    Amanda and sophomore Andrea Vega captured eight NAIA All-American honors — three individual and five relay. Tiffany added six — three individual and three relay. Deirdre Gerke, a junior, added five from relays.

    Recap of men’s team honors

    Tiger men’s swimming and diving team returned to the top step with a decisive win at the 2017 NAIA National Championships. The Tigers outscored their closest competition by 215.5 points, leading from the beginning and never looking back or letting up. Savannah College of Art and design took second place with 443 points.

    Magnus Poulsen, a freshman from Denmark, placed first and set a new Olivet school record in the 200-yard butterfly. He also won the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard butterfly. The Triple Crown earned him the 2017 NAIA Swimmer of the Year award. He earned 60 points alone, enough to have beaten six teams. He finished with three individual All-American honors and four with relays.

    Magnus Andersen, a freshman from Denmark, captured the 200-yard backstroke in 1:46.94, setting a new school record for Olivet. He brought home five honors — two individual and three relay.

    Daniil Kuzmin, a sophomore from Russia, added six All-American performances — two individual and four relays.

    Olivet’s 2017 NAIA Swimming and Diving National Champions

    Women’s 200-Yard Free Relay (1:34.69)
    Men’s 200-Yard Free Relay (1:20.90)
    Women’s 200-Yard Individual Medley: Tiffany Ray (2:05.07)
    Men’s 200-Yard Individual Medley: Magnus Andersen (1:48.11)
    Women’s 1-Meter Diving: Vanessa VanOost (203.70)
    Women’s 200-Yard Medley Relay (1:44.25)
    Women’s 400-Yard Individual Medley: Tiffany Ray (4:25.90)
    Men’s 400-Yard Individual Medley: Daniil Kuzmin (3:55.88)
    Men’s 100-Yard Butterfly: Magnus Poulsen (47.63)
    Women’s 100-Yard Backstroke: Amanda Moran (55.19)
    Men’s 100-Yard Backstroke: Magnus Poulsen (49.22)
    Women’s 3-Meter Diving: Vanessa VanOost (195.70)
    Women’s 200-Yard Backstroke: Amanda Moran (1:56.87, a new NAIA record)
    Men’s 200-Yard Backstroke: Magnus Anderson (1:46.94)
    Men’s 200-Yard Butterfly: Magnus Poulsen (1:47.38)
    Women’s Coach of the Year: Scott Teeters

    To learn more about the Olivet Tigers athletic program, visit www.onutigers.com or contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    Mar 09, 2017 2:53:52Mar 09, 2017 -

    In the love story of Ben Zobrist ’04, and his wife, Julianna, Christ and family continue to be at the center. The Zobrists shared their love story on PEOPLE ICONS: “Celebrity Love Stories,” hosted by Lara Spencer, when Season 1, Episode 1, aired on Tuesday, March 7, on ABC.

    “Julianna was always in the back of my mind,” Ben says about his time as a single man. “Whenever I would start to date somebody, she would always come into my mind. I needed to find out if this was supposed to happen.”

    The couple soon got engaged. They married on December 17, 2005.

    Today, Ben plays Major League Baseball with the Chicago Cubs and was named as the 2016 World Series MVP. Olivet is the official education partner of the Cubs, and Ben is the spokesperson. Julianna has a career as a Christian music artist and recently released her newest project, “Shatterproof.”

    With two careers and constant travel, Ben and Julianna work hard to keep their family together. “The divorce rate in baseball is over 84 percent,” Julianna shares. “So it was a deliberate decision for us to put into place a six-day rule. We’re not apart from each other for any longer than six days.”

    Click here to watch the complete first episode of PEOPLE ICONS: “Celebrity Love Stories,” hosted by Lara Spencer, featuring Ben and Julianna Zobrist.

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    Mar 07, 2017 11:29:20Mar 07, 2017 -

    Olivet Nazarene University congratulates all students named to the dean's list during the fall 2016 semester. To qualify for inclusion, a student must have been enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and must have attained a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 grading scale.

    A

    Alexis Acierno, Heidi Ackerson, Jessica Ackman, Elisabeth Adamson, Kati Agan, Alexis Aguilera, Nicholas Aills, Kayla Albrecht, Alyssa Alexakos, Mattie Alexander, Allison Alexy, Harmony Alford, Caleb Allen, Kaleigh Allen, Spencer Allen, Kadee Allenbaugh, Sarah Allison, Annamarie Aloisio, Kaitlyn Altmann, Sarah Alvord, Adrienne Anderson, Audrey Anderson, Faith Anderson, Kaitlin Anderson, Lauren Anderson, Rachel Anderson, Michele Andreina, Elizabeth Andringa, Cassandra Appleton, Callie Archer, Jacob Arnold, Luis Arroyo, Nicole Arvidson, Emily Ausmus, Marcella Axelrad, Christine Ayabe, Jenna Ayers

    B

    Brooke Bachtold, Hannah Bacon, Madison Badiac, Felicia Baer, Brooke Bahr, Emily Bahr, Christopher Bailey, Brandon Baker, Makayna Barger, Madylin Barker, Kylie Barnhart, Megan Barnhart, Adrian Barron, Brandon Barrows, Abraham Barwegen, Ashley Basham, Vincent Basile, Devin Battice, Justin Baur, Landon Beachy, Hannah Beals, Kristin Beatty, Laura Bechtel, Heather Becich, Emily Becker, Allison Beecher, Alexa Beezhold, Anna Belschner, Emily Belschner, Aaron Benda, Jatupat Benjasiriroj, Charles Bennett, Dakota Bennington, Haley Beno, Helen Berdebes, Connor Berg, Jacob Bergman, Kathleen Berns, Auston Bevins, Diana Bilea, Anthony Bird, Candice Birr, Codey Bishop, Jessica Bishop, Zachariah Bishop, Kyla Bledsoe, Julia Bleich, Noah Blunier, Rachel Blunier, Kelly Boatman, Lea Bock, Megan Bohac, Cassidy Bonnell, Taylor Bordewick, Sam Borgman, Austin Borop, Grace Bortner, Joel Boser, Logan Boudreau, Joshua Bouma, Ryley Bowen, Kordell Bowling, Derek Bradshaw, Alissa Braschler, Fleur Breuker, Michael Brezinski, Micaela Bright, Karalynn Brock, Alexa Brodien, Ryan Brodien, Kiley Bronke, Rachel Bronkhorst, Jared Broom, Austin Brown, Bethany Brown, Emily Brown, Jacob Brown, Kari Brown, Kasey Brown, Kaylee Brown, Leah Brown, Erica Browning, Gabriel Brumm, Mitchell Brummel, Sierra Bruner, Tomlyn Brza, Morgan Brzeszkiewicz, Angela Budach, Sarah Buffa, Sarah Buffum, Haley Buhler, Kayla Bulthuis, Joshua Bumgardner, Brandon Burchfield, Austin Burdine, David Burnett, Madeline Buseth, Samantha Butera, Cara Butler, Kyle Butler, Megan Butler

    C

    Rachel Cabrera, Jenna Cain, Bethany Callister, Ryan Campbell, Carolina Campos, Vanessa Candela, Tyler Cannon, Christine Cano, Tung Anh Cao, Jessica Carara, Abriella Caravette, Victoria Carbonell, Alyssa Carl, Ryan Carl, Margaret Carnahan, Ann Bernadette Carpio, Katelyn Carroll, Denise Casali, Jordan Case, Steven Case, Natalie Cash, Madison Castle, Benjamin Cataldo, Kaylee Cavanah, Courtney Cavanaugh, Nathaniel Cavanaugh, Luke Cavender, Jasmine Chacko, Sara Chamberlain, Elizabeth Chapman, Stephanie Chapman, Anna Chennault, Aaron Chenoweth, Kirstin Childs, Logan Chitty, Michael Christensen, Jacob Clark, Davis Clay, Kelly Clendening, Ryan Clendening, Lynn Clevenger, Taylor Coble, Caleb Coe, Joanne Coffey, Tristan Coghill, Vanessa Cohn, Paul Colabuono, Taylor Colby, Sarah Collalti, Hannah Collins, Samantha Colvin, Michaela Comer, Erin Connelly, Rachel Conner, Mikaela Coose, Hannah Cora, Hannah Cornell, Matthew Cosby, Kristen Coser, Brenten Couch, Sydney Couch, Mary Cowen, Jennifer Cox, Hannah Craig, Tommy Craig, Zachary Craig, Tyler Crater, Cameron Craver, Ashley Crawford, Molly Crawley, Ryan Crawley, Breanna Creek, Seth Cripe, Brandon Crockett, Emily Crum, Matthew Currid, Maggie Cusey

    D

    Elizabeth Daanen, Joshua Dale, Tiffany Damato, Micah Dascenzo, Allann Davidson, Alexander Davis, Kelsie Davis, Madison Davis, Trinity Davis, Tyler Davis, Vernice Davis, Taylor Dawson, Hannah Dayhoff, Curtis Dayton, Rachael De Graff, Lynnae De Jong, Benjamin De Young, Elijah Decker, Aaron Degner, Lauren Delaney, Taylor Delbridge, Alexandra Delgado, Trevor Delgado, Noah Dellamater, Amelia Denison, Emily Denton, Daulton Depatis, Morgan Depatis, Jacqueline DesLauriers, Adam Dettman, Anthony Deutsch, Devlin DeVore, Evan Dexter, Spencer Dexter, Stacie Dexter, Thomas Dexter, Haley Dickey, Paige Dickison, Stephanie Dileonardo, Joshua Dille, Trevor Dillman, Thomas Dinkleman, Sarah Dirkse, Karley Divan, Joshua Docea, Erin Doherty, Jacqueline Donahue, Lauren Donaldson, Cole Doolittle, Amanda Dotlich, Dallas Drotts, Jennifer Druse, Keely Dugan, Alexandra Duncan, Amanda Durbin, Kyle Dwyer, Emily Dykema

    E

    Colton Ebbens, Jenna Edington, Westin Edwards, Michelle Elizondo, Rebecca Eller, David Ellis, Matthew Ellis, Tyler Ellis, Kaitlyn Elmer, Megan Elmer, Rachel Elson, Charniqua Emel, Haley Emmert, Zachary Emptage, Jaclyn Evans, Cole Evenson, Zackry Everett, Alex Ewalt, Nathan Eylander

    F

    Nikos Fajdich, Olivia Fassino, Destinee Ferguson, Caleb Fernette, Sydney Ferris, Elise Fetzer, Kyle Fiala, Michael Fiene, Zachary Fienhold, Timothy Fike, Dexter Fish, Rachel Fisher, Bradley Fitzgerald, Julia Fitzgerald, Travis Fleetwood, Aaron Flemming, Caitlin Fletcher, Jacob Flynn, Jasmin Folkers, Bethany Forbes, Sydney Ford, Micah Forshee, Megan Fort, Sarah Fosnaugh, Taylor Foulks, Ethan Fowkes, Breanna Fowler, Gabriella Fowler, Matthew Fowler, Victoria Fox, John Franklin, Trevor Franklin, Kassidi Franzen, Jacqueline Frazier, Ashley Freeman, Emilee French, Ryan Froidcoeur, Shealeigh Funni

    G

    Joshua Galbraith, Levi Gambill, Sarah Ganster, David Gardner, Elisabeth Garratt, Mariah Garratt, Dominick Gasperini, Courtney Gearhart, Elijah Gebre, Kelsey Geiman, Avery Geistdorfer, Quiana Gentry, Anna George, Jessica Gerig, Deirdre Gerke, Jeffrey Gerstenberger, Andrea Gibson, Daria Gielczynski, Carolyn Gillespie, Vera Ginter, Holly Goad, Rebecca Gobin, Ashleigh Godby, Breeanna Goetz, Leyanne Gonzales, Makenzie Gonzales, Jonathan Gonzalez, Tatiana Gonzalez, Haley Goodwin, Kristyn Goodwin, Rachael Gordon, Hannah Gorecki, Tyler Goscha, Nichole Goumas, Alexandria Grady, Jose Granados, Elizabeth Graven, Bethany Gray, Peter Gray, Rachel Greene, Kathryn Grimes, Ashley Grimm, Michael Grimm, Rachel Grimmett, Megan Groen, Andrew Grosch, Brian Gross, Zachary Gross, Christina Grosz, Abigail Groters, Elizabeth Grove, Taylor Grover, Brianna Grusy, Sarai Guijosa, Erin Gurley, Avery Gutwein

    H

    Abigail Haaksma, Caitlin Hacker, Matthew Haerr, Meggie Hall, Kayla Hallstrom, Katherine Hamel, Kyle Hamrick, Tara Hamstra, Brittany Hanenburg, Kyle Hardy, Star Hardy, Abrial Harkins, Holly Harlow, Elizabeth Harman, Katherine Harnisch, Alexandra Harris, Sydney Harris, Aaron Hartke, Kymberlie Hartman, Joel Hasselbring, Amber-Mali Hatchett, Maggie Hawley, Andrea Hay, Frenz Joshua Hayag, Jordan Hayes, Tony Hazel, Bradley Hazelwood, Brooke Heaton, Cody Heaton, Jenner Hecox, Kailor Hecox, Kayla Hedgren, Tyler Hedrick, Bailey Heemstra, Jessica Hemmer, Cody Hempstead, Emily Henderson, Brandon Hendrex, Jessa Hendricker, Jordan Hendricker, Megan Hendrickson, Cassandra Hendrix, Avery Henningsen, Jonathan Hentschel, Lindsy Hentschel, Daneli Rabanalez Hernandez, Nicholas Hernandez, Tara Hernandez, Lyndsey Herndon, Emily Hess, Corbin Hesterberg, Kassidy Hewett, Amanda Heyworth, Grace Higgins, Ethan Hiles, Anne Hill, Jacob Hill, Helena Hill-Schaeffer, Collin Hills, Elizabeth Hissom, Emily Hiter, Lara Hoaglan, Elisabeth Hobson, MacKenzie Hock, Hannah Hockemeyer, Anneka Hoekstra, Kyle Hoffman, Julie Hogan, Sarah Hogenson, Grace Hohn, Brett Holder, Kaylie Holderness, Amber Holup, Chloe Homco, Meghan Hopkins, Jordan Houser, Sydney Houzenga, Allison Howell, Rachel Howell, Peter Hrab, Dana Huck, Sarah Hudi, Christina Huebner, Melissa Huenerberg, Rachel Hughes, Zachary Hulliberger, Alexander Hunt, Dakota Hunter, Sean Hurley, Abigail Hyatt, Michael Hyde, Miles Hyde, Sydney Hyde

    I

    Neil Ipock, Johnathan Irions, Baylie Isaacs, Derek Iwema

    J

    Elizabeth Jackson, Jennifer Jackson, Ashley James, Brandon Jaynes, Ryan Jennings, Rachel Jirik, Shannon Jirik, Benjamin Johnson, Christy Johnson, Courtney Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson, Jesse Johnson, Jessica Johnson, Kylie Johnson, Lexi Johnson, Rebekah Johnson, Sarah Johnson, Soren Johnson, Stephen Johnson, Taylor Johnson, Hannah Jones, Rachel Jones, Sarah Jones, Dalton Jordan, Grant Judson, Morgan Judson, Luke Jungermann

    K

    Amy Kaczor, Marlena Kalafut, Jonathan Kanaga, Callie Kant, Drew Kant, Allie Karras, Madison Karrick, Nathan Karsten, Ellie Kaufman, Jonathan Kee, Alexander Kempen, Justin Kennedy, Zachary Kennell, Cody Keppner, Colin Keppner, Megan Kettelkamp, Jamie Kiefer, Jessica Kilbride, Celina Kilhefner, Tristin Kimberly, Anna King, Grace King, Nathan King, Kent Kinnersley, Lindsey Kinnersley, Cameron Kinney, Devin Kirkland, William Kirkpatrick, Samantha Kirstein, Elisa Klaassen, Samuel Klauba, Grace Kleindienst, Samuel Kleindienst, Bryan Klendworth, Noelle Klimek, Zachary Klippert, Emma Knabe, Luke Knight, Amanda Knutte, Savannah Ko, Casey Koerner, David Kok, Kyle Korb, Kayla Krassman, Jamie Kraus, Nicholas Krieg, Ryan Krohne, Elizabeth Krumsieg, Brittney Kubina, Cory Kucey, Anneliese Kuechenberg, Brianna Kulhan, Emma Kuntz, Joseph Kuschman, Kari Kwiatkowski, Stephen Kwiatkowski

    L

    Karlin Labenske, Stephani LaCasse, Jessica Laidler, Karah Lain, Mitchell Lamb, Luke Lambert, Lydia Lambert, Scott Lambert, Thomas Lambrecht, Natalie Lang, Caleb Lankford, Haley Lapanowski, Connie Lapinski, Justin Lautermilch, Nathan Alfred Lauvina, Benjamin Lavin, Jessica Learned, Carrie Leato, Rachel LeBeau, Emily Ledford, Isaac Lee, Kendra Leimbach, Drew Leman, Victoria Lemke, Joshua Lenz, Tyson Lersch, Jocelyn LeSage, Marissa Lester, John Lewis, Nicholas Limentato, Ciara Lindgren, Catherine Lindquist, Taylor Lindsay, Ryan Lingle, Tyler Lingle, Brady Lockenour, Mitchell Lockwood, Emily Lohr, Sarah Loisch, Christina Long, Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales, Elizabeth Lowe, Brooke Luchene, Bethany Luchtenburg, Edward Ludwig, Jonathan Ludwig, Jacob Ludy, Jacquelyn Luecke, Hannah Luginbill, Sarah Luginbill, Morgan Luhman, Tyler Lundquist

    M

    Brandon Maatman, Sammy-Lou Macatangay, Madeline MacKenzie, Anna Maclean, Guilherme Magnoler, Jonathan Magry, Shani Malagon, Alexia Maldonado, Emelina Mancha, Andrew Manganiello, Hunter Mantor, Danielle Maranion, Bryce Marcordes, Tess Marcordes, Ryan Marcotte, Raymond Marquez, Austen Marshall, Leeanne Marshall, Austin Martin, Brenna Martin, Cassidy Martin, Hayley Martin, Joshua Martin, Alfonso Martinez Garcia, Laura Mason, Erica Matheis, John Mathy, Lana Mattice, Lucas Mattox, Sarah Matyskela, Katherine Maurer, Camrie Maxon, Claire Maxwell, Donaven Mayer, Timothy Mayotte, Hanna McBroom, Mary McCabe, Megan McCafferty, Quincie McCalla, Emily McCann, Cammi McClurg, Sydney McCright, Matthew McDivitt, Abigail McGinnis, Jeremy McGrath, Thomas McGuire, Morgan McMullen, Jenna McMullins, Kyle McNamara, Michael McNamara, Julia McQueen, Spencer Meador, Nicole Medina, Mackenzie Mehaffey, Angela Meier, Vaughan Meiss, Dakota Mellish, Alexis Meridith, Jacob Mettille, Joshua Mettille, Bethany Metzler, Wesley Meyer, William Meyer, Alexander Meyers, Erin Meyers, Kamil Michorczyk, Alexis Mickelson, Leah Milam, Austin Miller, Caroline Miller, Faith Miller, Jamie Miller, Kaleb Miller, Madeline Miller, Abigail Mills, Emily Mills, Kurtis Minton, Mattheus Mitchel, Rebekah Mitchell, Connor Mix, Trevor Moberly, Lauren Mohler, Rebekah Mondy, Jared Monsma, Dakota Moon, Mitchell Moon, Adalyn Moorehead, Amanda Moran, Samantha Morey, Emily Morris, Hope Morris, Jeanette Morris, Megan Morris, Michaela Morris, Madison Morrison, Joshua Mugler, Maria Munoz, Molly Murray, Cailey Myers, Chloe Myers, Madison Myers

    N

    Carolyn Neubaum, Rebecca Neville, Samuel Nichols, Carolyn Nicodemus, Aliece Nielson, Cierra Nienhuis, Taylor Novak, Steven Nowinski, Brittany Nush

    O

    Ashley O'Connell, SarahAnn O'Malley, Chinwendu Obi Obasi, Abigail Olcott, Matthew Oliva, Erin Olson, Julie Olsson, Hannah Ondrey, Ashley Oosterhouse, Caroline Orndorff, Sarah Ortman, Victoria Owings, Gabrielle Ozee

    P

    Geena Paoli, Nicholas Paquet, Noel Parcel, Natalie Park, Jaron Parke, Caleb Parker, Olivia Parks, Rachel Pasch, Abigail Pattara, Seth Peachey, Andrew Pearson, Marriah Peebles, Elizabeth Peeler, Allison Peet, Faith Pepper, Samantha Pepper, Andrew Perabeau, Zachary Pessia, Connor Pestka, Kenneth Peters, Makaila Peters, Haley Peterson, Lucas Peterson, Mitchell Peterson, Alex Petkunas, Madison Pettet, Paige Phillips, Drew Philson, Jenna Philson, Hannah Piatek, Megan Pichaske, Ashley Piekarczyk, Dustin Pierce, Nicole Pilbeam, Morgan Pinski, Joshua Pityer, Katherine Plesniak, Kristena Poll, Palmer Ponstein, Nicole Pope, Nathan Powazki, Ayla Price, Benjamin Prince, Jaycie Prindle, Joshua Propst, Gianna Puccinelli, Juleah Puccinelli, Phillip Putney, Courtney Pych

    Q

    MacKenzie Quakenbush, Andrew Quinones

    R

    Daneli Rabanalez Hernandez, Derek Racek, Kaylee Rademacher, Chad Radford, Emily Raduns, Alexa Rain, Andrew Ramirez, Lindsey Ramirez, Jazmin Rangel, Kelsey Rasmussen, Hannah Rattin, Erika Ray, Sarah Ray, Tiffany Ray, Jacob Rechsteiner, Michael Reddy, Hannah Redlinger, Gregory Redwinski, Matthew Reed, Nicholas Reed, Jake Reeverts, Jacquelynn Reif, Daniel Reinke, Isabella Reisen, Briana Reist, Ericka Renollet, Michael Resciniti, Ashley Reves, Daniel Reyes, Alison Reynolds, Jennifer Rhoades, Olivia Rhoades, Chelsea Rhodes, Sierra Rhodes, Tanner Ribbe, Zachary Rice, Michelle Rich, Anna Richards, Sara Richards, John Richardson, Robert Rienow, Samuel Riggenbach, Josie Rigsby, Joshua Riley, Sierra Riley, Holly Risinger, Courtney Ritchey, Della Ritter, Susanna Ritter, Seth Rivett, Jeslyn Roat, Reilly Roberts, William Roberts, Brett Robertson, Jake Robertson, Kyle Robertson, Jonathen Robey, Cody Robinson, Amanda Roche, Micah Rodriguez, Nicholas Roedl, Hayley Ronci, Andrea Rose, Brianna Rose, Emma Ross, Jane Ross, Melissa Rounds, Lauren Rouse, Chesley Rowlett, Jonathan Ruby, Olivia Ruhberg, Michalah Rumbold, Katie Rummery, Morgan Runge, Lyndsey Rupp, Hannah Ryan, Jack Ryan, Christina Rybicki

    S

    John Saliba, Luke Salomone, Lauren Sanchez, Rigoberto Sanchez, Rodolfo Sanchez Farias, Emily Sanders, Erica Sandtorv, Nicole Sanservino, Shanynn Santos, Joshua Sapulich, Sarah Scasny, Paige Schaefer, Victoria Schaefer, Josie Schaver, Julie Schaver, Brittany Scheidt, Annah Schick, Joshua Schien, Jennifer Schlomas, Jessica Schmidt, Maggie Schmidt, Andrew Schneider, Kirsten Schneider, Richard Schneider, Ashley Schofield, Rachel Schramm, Nichole Schuitema, Noah Schuitema, Jordan Schultz, Susan Schulz, Sheri Schweizer, Rachel Sedgwick, Valerie Seehafer, Clay Selby, Hunter Selby, James Selvey, Grace Sennese, Kyle Serpe, Katie Settingsgaard, Jacy Shank, Corey Shaughnessy, Katelyn Shaw, Brendan Shea, Colin Sheehan, Bailey Shehorn, Samantha Shepherd, Dominique Sherrod, Brittany Sherwood, Morgan Shride, Michaela Sikes, Mattison Sills, Meseret Sima, Kyndall Singletary, Brianna Skelton, Brandon Slatton, Kyle Smeltzer, Abigail Smith, Alexis Smith, Allison Smith, April Smith, Brooke Smith, Katrina Smith, Kylie Smith, Nathanael Smith, Reed Smith, Regan Smith, Sonia Smith, Zenobia Smith, Cassie Smock, Kayla Smock, Erich Sneideraitis, Josiah Snider, Alyssa Snodsmith, Danielle Snuckel, Susan Soda, Danielle Solomon, James Southerland, Hannah Speakman, Amanda Spriggs, Jessica Springer, Macy Sprunger, Samuel Sprunger, Emily Spychalla, Jared St Aubin, Savannah St John, Marena Stair, Jarrett Stalinger, Shelby Stamper, Kelsey Stang, Taylor Stark, Aaron Steele, Eric Steffen, Samantha Stejskal, Tyler Steppe, Connor Stevenson, Rachel Stidham, Nicholas Stoewsand, Rebecca Stolberg, Corinne Stout, Aubreigh Stowell, Caleb Strand, Kelsey Strand, John Straw, Sarah Struck, Cody Stuart, Jayne Stuart, Ashley Sullivan, Spencer Sumner, Todd Suttor, Caleb Suwanski, Julia Swanson, Avery Sweeder, Troy Swindle, Jill Sylvester

    T

    Katie Tabisz, Nathan Tabor, Jenna Tackaberry, Caroline Tajnai, Honomi Takizawa, Zachary Tamez, Benjamin Tapp, Sherrarr Tate, Bethany Taylor, Madeline Tengblad, Grace Tervin, Chelsea Thacker, Alexia Thill, Bradley Thomas, Rachel Thompson, Aubrey Thomson, Matthew Thomson, Kayla Thornton, Tyler Thornton, Zachary Thorp, Taylor Thorsen, Parker Tibbs, Debora Timmer, Andrew Tipton, Rachel Tobey, Abigail Toepper, Spencer Tong, Anna Town, Jonah Trank, Alexis Trevino, Jacob Tripp, Kyle Trojan, Courtney Troyer, Feleo Tuazon, Alexandra Tucker, Taylor Tucker, Luke Tuttle, Zachary Tuxhorn

    U


    Hayley Uhlman, Patrick Ullrich

    V

    Blake Van Bruggen, Amanda Van Houten, Roel Van Linschoten, Vanessa Van Oost, Jenna Vance, Courtney Vande Vorde, Cristi Vander Naald, Leah Vanderwall, Jacob Vangore, Jeni Varghese, Kensen Vaughan, Anderson Verhoeven, Jakob Verhulst, Benjamin Vertin, Daniel Villagomez, Nicholas Vinolus, Ashli Voeller, Bryce Vollrath, Sarah Vrosh

    W


    Nicole Waddell, Alexis Wade, Jacob Wagner, Ryan Wagner, Emilie Walder, Cameron Walker, Gabrielle Wallace, Tami Walters, Yichao Wang, Jordan Wanner, Darian Ward, Kaitlin Ward, Lucas Ward, Jacob Warfle, Emily Warren, Emma Wartman, Trevor Watkins, Rachel Watson, Namukulwa Wauna, Luke Weaver, Abigail Webster, Anne Webster, Christian Webster, Austin Wegforth, Gabrielle Weitzel, Emily Welch, Robert Welch, Alex Welling, Mary-Grace Wells, Ellen West, Michael Whalen, Sean Whalen, Brooke Whetstone, Andrea Whitacre, Tyler Whitaker, Amanda White, Joelle White, Whitney Whitehead, Ciara Wichtner, Joseph Wickes, Brittnay Widdowson, Micaela Wiegand, Amanda Wiegers, Reagan Wigboldy, Elizabeth Willford, Laura Willging, Sarah Willging, Andrew Williams, Brady Williams, Hannah Williams, Mylana Williams, Rebecca Williams, Jayna Williamson, Kayla Wilson, Noah Wilson, Seth Wilson, Tyler Wilson, Ashlyn Wingate, Matthew Winkelmann, Brandon Winter, Kayla Winter, Marcus Winters, Jonathan Wisdom, Karina Wise, Daniel Wiseman, Sadie Witvoet, Mason Witzke, Andrea Wojciechowski, Bridget Wolff, Britten Wolff, Marcus Wollak, Jacob Woodard, Joshua Woodard, Zachary Woodford, Ryan Woodruff, Megan Woods, Hannah Woolridge, Austin Wray, Abigail Wright, Catherine Wright, Lindsay Wyld

    Y

    Tyler Yager, Emily Yantes, Anna Yoder, Alyssa Young, Hannah Young, Emma Yourdon

    Z

    Kaitlyn Zaleski, Allison Zalinski, Alexi Zastrow, Jonathan Zatorski, Tanya Zavala, Hannah Zientara, Taylor Zirkle, Hannah Zobrist, Kimberly Zralka
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    Mar 02, 2017 1:9:19Mar 02, 2017 -

    When people gather to honor one another and God, the beauty of diversity is a cause for celebration. Olivet Nazarene University students, faculty and staff experienced that beauty when they gathered recently for the African American Heritage celebration dinner on campus. Music, dance and a stirring message set the tone for an evening of unity.

    The event, sponsored by The Elwood Center for Student Success, featured a greeting from Tatiana Long, a sophomore majoring in psychology and fashion merchandising. “Black history is our American history,” she said. “No single race or its culture can comprehensively display the infinite glory of God’s image, so He gave us our differences to help in order for us to appreciate His splendor from various perspectives.”

    Rev. Charles DeLoach — a senior majoring in criminal justice and a member of Olivet’s Social Justice Club — spoke on character and investing in the lives of others. “Change will only come from Christ himself,” he reminded the audience. “We must refuse to conform to the things that make us ungodly. If you want to see change, it starts with you.”

    To learn more about all that Olivet offers, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    Mar 01, 2017 2:45:20Mar 01, 2017 -

    Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges® program has recognized 45 Olivet Nazarene University seniors for 2017.

    “These selected individuals exemplify the highest Christian ideals, strong academic achievement and a commitment to service,” said Dr. 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.”

    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 Olivet students are part of a select group from more than 1,000 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

    Recipients from Olivet for 2017, their academic majors and their hometowns are:
    • Spencer Allen, engineering with a concentration in electrical engineering, Bourbonnais, Illinois
    • Megan Barnhart, social work, Jamestown, Indiana
    • Rachel Blunier, marketing, Morton, Illinois
    • Mercy Bray, art with a concentration in painting, Wilmington, Ohio
    • Madeline Buseth, mathematics and intercultural studies, Kasota, Minnesota
    • Maggie Cusey, elementary education, Lincoln, Illinois
    • Riley Dale, Christian education, Bloomington, Illinois
    • Laura (D’Angelo) Mason, social work, McHenry, Illinois
    • Paul Dasilva, marketing, Bourbonnais, Illinois
    • Madison Davis, elementary education, Edwards, Illinois
    • Nathan DiCamillo, communications with a concentration in multimedia journalism, Annapolis, Maryland
    • Tyler Ellis, accounting and business administration, Danville, Illinois
    • Jessica Emmons, art with a concentration in pre-art therapy, Wentzville, Missouri
    • Sarah Faivre, psychology and criminal justice, Shabbona, Illinois
    • Alynn Franklin, engineering with a concentration in electrical engineering, Country Club Hills, Illinois
    • Jeffrey Gerstenberger, social work, psychology and sociology, Avon, Indiana
    • Sydney Houzenga, child development, Brimfield, Illinois
    • Kristen Hung, art with a concentration in graphic design, Hawthorn Woods, Illinois
    • Dalton Jordan, engineering with a concentration in mechanical engineering, Churchville, Maryland
    • Christian “Ralph” Kalfas, art with a concentration in digital graphics, Bethany, Oklahoma
    • Kate Kettelkamp, English, Taylorville, Illinois
    • Joseph Kuschman, economics/finance and business administration, Sycamore, Illinois
    • Caleb Lankford, biology, Midlothian, Virginia
    • Tyler Lingle, social studies education, Avon, Indiana
    • Isaac Luginbill, sport management, Decatur, Indiana
    • Hayley Martin, political science, McCordsville, Indiana
    • Kaleb Miller, marketing, Canton, Illinois
    • Emily Mills, interior design, Milan, Illinois
    • Mitchell Moon, marketing and business administration, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Esther Paek, computer science and religious studies, Richmond, Virginia
    • Rachel Pasch, accounting, Eaton Rapids, Michigan
    • Seth Peachey, business administration with a concentration in management information systems, Galesburg, Illinois
    • Ayla Price, business administration and marketing, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    • Benjamin Prince, business administration, Grand Blanc, Michigan
    • Juleah Puccinelli, business administration, West Chicago, Illinois
    • Daneli Rabanalez Hernandez, multimedia studies with a concentration in radio broadcasting, Arcola, Illinois
    • Matthew Reed, political science and Spanish, Plainfield, Indiana
    • Reilly Roberts, communication studies with a concentration in theatre, Dixon, Illinois
    • Luke Salomone, psychology, Bridgeview, Illinois
    • Macy (Murray) Sprunger, biochemistry, Keokuk, Iowa
    • Aubrey Stafford, social work, Bourbonnais, Illinois
    • Emilie Walder, interior design, Prospect Heights, Illinois
    • Michael Whalen, zoology, Sierra Vista, Arizona
    • Christian Wizieck, social work, Morton, Illinois
    • Hannah Zobrist, elementary education, Morton, Illinois

    For more than 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.

    For more information about academic areas of study and campus life at Olivet, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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    Feb 28, 2017 10:57:16Feb 28, 2017 -

    Update: Olivet Nazarene University's Tigerball women's basketball team has qualified for the 26th annual NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship tournament, March 8 to 14, 2017, in Sioux City, Iowa.

    Leading the NAIA — Division I and Division II — is no easy feat. But that doesn’t stop Olivet’s Tigerball women’s basketball team from continuing to set records. As of February 21, 2017, the team led all NAIA, NCAA and NJCAA schools with an average of 111.3 points per game and a total of 449 three-pointers made this season. In addition, the team broke the Olivet program record of 155 points scored in one game, setting a new program best and just 4 points shy of NAIA record.

    “This year’s Tigerball team has a relationship that is rare,” says Gary Newsome ’74, director of athletics. “They care for each other, support each other and are completely unselfish. That attribute can be directly linked to their coach, Lauren Stamatis [’09 M.OL.]. She is not only knowledgeable about the Tigerball system and basketball in general, but is genuinely concerned about each of her athletes.”

    This season’s scoring leaders, average 17 points per game, are junior Maggie Schmidt and sophomore Jess Learned.

    "After coming off of a record breaking Elite Eight appearance in the NAIA Tournament last year and graduating several of our top scorers and leaders, we came into this season with a lot of unknowns,” says Head Coach Lauren Stamatis ’09 M.O.L. “I am incredibly proud of this team and how they stick with one another through the good and not-so-good times. Because of this, I know we are better as people and as a team."

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    Feb 23, 2017 11:24:52Feb 23, 2017 -

    When the “Guys and Dolls” cast takes the stage at Olivet Nazarene University, rehearsals will be history. But the audiences will get to experience the camaraderie and fun the actors — including University President John C. Bowling as Arvide Abernathy — share together.

    Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect from this talented cast, directed by Professor AE Sarver ’16.

    From Abriella Caravette (freshman, multimedia communications major) as Mimi and a Havana waitress: "Everyone in this show has worked so very hard to make it the best it can be, and it is going to be amazing! This is definitely a show that you do not want to miss!"

    From Jessa Hendricker (senior, communication major) as Roxie the Hot Box Dancer: "My favorite moment in the show is the song ‘More I Cannot Wish You,’ the song Dr. Bowling's character sings to Sarah. It's a soft and sweet moment that allows the audience to breathe. It essentially is what we all want for those we love, their happiness."

    From Shane Trail (sophomore, multimedia communications major) as Lt. Brannigan: "It's a very funny show! Everyone involved has worked very hard to create it. It could quite honestly be the greatest show that will ever be performed in the entire universe. And that's being humble about it.”

    From Chase Waterbury (sophomore, multimedia communications major) as Lanni the gambler: "I love the song ‘Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat.’ It's such a fun song to do, and the scene is really funny."

    Olivet’s Department of Communication and School of Music present this production of “Guys and Dolls.” All performances are in Kresge Auditorium, Larsen Fine Arts Center on Olivet’s campus in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Showtimes are: Thursday, February 23, 7 p.m.; Friday, February 24, 7 p.m.; Saturday, February 25, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

    Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior adults (ages 65+). Tickets for all performances are available online at olivet.edu/tickets, by calling 815-939-5110 or at the door.

    For more information about Olivet’s areas of study in music and communication, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.

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    Feb 23, 2017 11:19:27Feb 23, 2017 -

    Olivet Nazarene University faculty, staff and alumni have lost a dedicated servant. Wendell “Wendy” Parsons ’56 passed away on February 19, 2017, after battling cancer. He will long be remembered by many students and athletes as a caring coach and encourager.

    Wendy’s love for young people was the foundation of his career. For 27 years, he served as a teacher, coach, principal and administrator in the Sterling, Illinois, area. For more than 20 years, he and his family attended the Sterling First Church of the Nazarene, where he worked with the youth. He also directed the Nazarene Youth Camp in Manville, Illinois, during many summers.

    “When you enjoy what you’re doing, it doesn’t seem like work,” he often said.

    In 1985, Wendy began a 15-year tenure as director of intramurals and retention at Olivet. His dedicated service and boundless enthusiasm impacted the lives of thousands of Olivet students.

    Matt Smith ’00, Olivet’s director of recreation services, was one of those students who benefited from knowing Wendy. Matt credits Wendy’s work as the foundation of what is now an expansive recreation program on Olivet’s campus.

    “Wendy was so full of life,” Matt recalls. “I often told folks he had more energy and passion in his pinky finger than I would ever have. His love for Olivet was evident in every conversation we had. He gave all of himself to his work so that each student’s experience would be top-notch. Wendy’s example is one I strive to follow, and I hope to have an impact on students just like he did.”

    For many years, the Wendy Parsons 5K Run was part of the University’s Homecoming celebration. At age 60, Wendy ran in the Chicago Marathon with his two sons.

    “You didn't have to spend much time with Wendy to know what was most important to him,”says Dr. Woody Webb ’86/’88 M.A. “Above all else, he loved Jesus and he loved his family.”

    Even after retirement, Wendy continued to promote Olivet to prospective students from his hometown. Several students have attended ONU as a direct result of his remarkable influence. He was part of the Church of the Nazarene’s Regional Celebrate Life for 30 years.

    “Like so many other Olivet alumni and friends, I'm a better person for having known Wendy Parsons,” Dr. Webb adds. “The ripple of his influence is seen in the lives of students scattered around the world. He modeled and inspired Kingdom values.”

    Wendy is survived by his wife, Betty Lou (Botner) ’56; two sons, Michael ’82 and Monte ’86; one daughter, Wendy Jo Melton ’89; one sister; six grandchildren; and one great grandchild; plus many cousins, nieces and nephews.

    Click here for Wendy’s complete obituary and information about visitation and services.
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    Feb 10, 2017 2:4:16Feb 10, 2017 -

    “I’m not surprised by the news,” says Olivet alumna and licensed social worker Katelyn Dircks ‘15. “Olivet prepared me well to succeed in graduate school and my career.”

    The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has recognized Olivet’s program for its high-caliber preparation of social work professionals. CSWE has reaffirmed the program’s accreditation through 2024.

    Olivet graduates begin their careers with top-notch education in a program that is well respected in the field. “Our program is recognized by the social work profession,” says Dr. Rachel Guimond, department chair. “That means our students are, too. When they graduate, they’re well-prepared to enter and succeed in a master’s program. Their graduate school acceptance rate is consistently high, exceeding 90 percent.”

    Olivet social work students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed. They benefit from mentoring by experienced professionals and invest 540 hours in practical social work experience. Program focus includes professionalism, career advancement and team-building.

    “My supervisor evaluated me as a valuable team member who works well in all situations,” says Dircks. “That definitely reflects my training at Olivet. The professors really invested in me, sharing their knowledge and passion for social work as a profession.”

    For more information about Olivet’s social work degree program, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.

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    Feb 02, 2017 9:41:33Feb 02, 2017 -

    America’s bosses are not entirely happy. They say recent college grads lack skills in leadership, problem-solving and critical thinking.*

    Olivet students have the advantage of a leadership path that could begin before high school ends.

    Consider these four milestones in the Olivet leadership path:

    Summer Leadership Institute. This week of intensive study after junior year in high school equips you to be visionary, live with integrity and gain experience in team development, motivation and persuasion. When you participate, you’re automatically enrolled in LEAD-235: Teambuilding & Leadership, a course in Olivet’s Leadership Studies minor.

    Leadership Studies minor. Elect this minor with any major. Goals: highly developed leadership skills along with solid training and character-building.

    Master of Organizational Leadership (M.O.L.). Earn this advanced degree in only one additional year after receiving your Olivet bachelor’s degree. Learn to effectively plan, communicate and solve problems in a professional setting.

    Doctor of Education in Ethical Leadership (Ed.D.). Learn to become an exemplary leader in your chosen career field. Current research combines with real-world experience to provide relevant and rigorous learning in a cohort setting. The dissertation is part of this three-year program.

    “Olivet goes beyond the skills to develop the person within the crucible of healthy relationships,” says Dr. Jay Martinson, founder of Olivet’s Summer Leadership Institute and director of the Leadership Studies minor. He also serves as chair of Olivet’s Department of Communication and teaches leadership courses for the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

    Want to get started on Olivet’s leadership path? Contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.

    *Forbes 2016

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    Jan 25, 2017 11:33:37Jan 25, 2017 -

    Tara Beth (Moore) Leach ’05 comes home to Olivet as the guest speaker for this year’s Winter Revival, the current semester’s time for spiritual renewal, sponsored by the University and College Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais.

    Tara Beth is senior pastor at Pasadena (California) First Church of the Nazarene, an intergenerational, intercultural and missional church. Her revival message will focus on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

    At each revival service, Jonathan ‘10/’12 M.A.R. and Kate (Myatt) ’10 Burkey will lead worship. Jonathan is the worship arts pastor at Lima (Ohio) Community Church.

    Revival services are scheduled Sunday, Jan. 29 through Wednesday, Feb. 1.

    The schedule
    Sunday:
    6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at College Church
    Monday:
    10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Centennial Chapel
    7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at College Church
    Tuesday:
    9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at Centennial Chapel
    7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at College Church
    Wednesday:
    10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Centennial Chapel
    7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at College Church

    Click here to view all services live or on demand at Olivet Live.

    To learn more about spiritual development and growth opportunities at Olivet, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.

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    Jan 11, 2017 2:11:16Jan 11, 2017 -

    “This is a once-in-a-lifetime event!” says Olivet senior Jacob Rechsteiner as Olivet’s Tiger Marching Band prepares to march in the Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C., on January 20.

    Rechsteiner is the band’s drumline section leader. His bandmate and Band Council president, junior Tori Kober, is equally excited about the opportunity. She says: “People who have never heard of Olivet will see our band marching on a massive stage. Everything our band does is #fortheLord, and this is an amazing opportunity for us to bring the love of God to our nation’s capital.”

    This will be the first Inaugural Parade appearance for any Olivet band. The Tiger band is among only 40 bands and marching groups chosen to participate and the only Illinois group invited to perform.

    “The response from our band members has been overwhelmingly positive,” says Dr. Matthew Stratton, band director. “We are honored to be marching in this parade, and in the company of several award-winning bands. The support of the Olivet community is helping make this possible.”

    Private donations are covering costs associated with the trip, including transportation and lodging. While in Washington, D.C., band members will deliver to local homeless shelters donations of hats, gloves, scarves and socks that they are collecting now. To contribute these items on campus before January 19, please use the drop-off bin in Larsen Fine Arts Center. Items should be new or in like-new condition.

    By the time they depart on January 19, band members will have rehearsed six times to polish two songs and perfect their marching technique. The Inaugural Parade requires the drum and fife military tradition, so the band is learning that structure plus a few new formations.
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    Jan 03, 2017 11:53:59Jan 03, 2017 -

    Dr. D. George Dunbar ’58, beloved Olivet Nazarene University music professor for 30 years and former director of Olivet’s Orpheus Choir, passed away on Dec. 24, 2016. He is remembered for his humility, faithfulness to God and gentleness by the thousands who studied and served with him. And his legacy continues to live on in Olivet’s School of Music.

    The Service of Celebration to honor Dr. Dunbar was held at College Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais, Illinois, on Jan. 4, 2017. His family requests that memorial gifts be made to the Orpheus Memorial Scholarship Fund at Olivet.

    A native of Canada, Dr. Dunbar once noted that he conducted "The Star Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America" countless times before becoming an American citizen in 1998 — 41 years after coming to Olivet as a music student.

    Recalling George Dunbar as a student, Dr. Harlow Hopkins ’53 — retired chair of Olivet’s music department and Dr. Dunbar’s friend for 62 years — says: “He was a tall, thin young man with a serious demeanor who sang bass in Orpheus Choir and had eyes for a soprano named Linda.” In 1960, George Dunbar and Linda Luttrell ’59 married.

    As a student, Dr. Dunbar also played string bass in the Olivet Orchestra and was a pitcher on the intramural softball team. Early on, Hopkins observed Dr. Dunbar’s innate musicianship plus his heart for choral conducting and training young vocalists.

    “He was born to be conductor of Orpheus Choir,” Hopkins says.

    After graduating from Olivet, Dr. Dunbar later joined Olivet’s faculty. Three years after his arrival, University President Harold W. Reed chose him to succeed Dr. Walter B. Larsen and Mrs. Naomi Larsen as the third director of the renowned Orpheus Choir. For 27 years, Dr. Dunbar directed 60 to 70 student singers each year in that choir, along with the Concert Singers (for 17 years) and the Chancel Choir at College Church of the Nazarene (for 11 years).

    During his tenure, Dr. Dunbar expanded the reach and musical ministry of Orpheus Choir nationally and internationally. Choir tours throughout Olivet’s five-state region plus California, Canada, Mexico and Israel blessed countless people and drew hundreds of students to enroll at Olivet.

    “Dr. D expected so much from us,” shares one of Dr. Dunbar’s students, Teresa Garner ’86/’87 M.A.E., now a professor in Olivet’s School of Theology and Christian Ministry. “He set the bar high and believed we could reach it. Then he set the bar higher. When I was a student at Olivet, he also believed I was worth his time. His kindness will never be forgotten.”

    The Service of Celebration concluded with a fitting tribute. Former Orpheus Choir members in attendance surrounded the College Church sanctuary as they sang, “The Lord Bless You and Keep You,” conducted by current Orpheus Choir Director Dr. Jeff Bell. The song has been the choir’s benediction for decades and was sung throughout Dr. Dunbar’s tenure.

    Under Dr. Dunbar’s direction, Orpheus Choir appeared twice at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.; three times at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs; once at the Bruton Parish Chapel in Williamsburg, Virginia; 20 times at the Bill Gaither Praise Gathering; 10 times at the International General Assembly of the Church of the Nazarene; and several times in Indianapolis, Indiana, singing the national anthem before NBA games.

    Dr. Dunbar earned a degree from Canadian Nazarene College, a bachelor’s degree in church music and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Olivet, a master’s degree in voice from the University of Illinois, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California.

    He began his teaching career at Cascade College in Portland, Oregon, before joining Olivet’s faculty. During his tenure at Olivet, he received the Faculty Member of the Year Award in 1980, the “O” Award as an outstanding alumnus in 1982, and the Teaching Excellence Award in 1989.

    When he retired from Olivet in 1999, the D. George Dunbar Orpheus Award was established. It is given to an outstanding member of the choir who "embodies the spirit of excellence and ministry" taught by Dr. Dunbar.

    Dr. Dunbar is survived by his wife, Linda; a daughter, Kathleen ’90, of Seattle, Washington; a son, David ’93, of Bourbonnais; a sister, Ruth Markus, of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada; and two grandchildren, Jordyn and Joshua. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Jean Jensen.

    Click here to view the Service of Celebration on demand.
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