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  • Jun 24, 2015 1:49:59Jun 24, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Led by Head Coach Ralph Hodge and the coaching staff, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball program hosted a month full of camps and high school shootouts in June. The Tigers held 15 days of activities — three weeks of individual skills camps and two weekends of high school shootouts — on campus using McHie Arena, Birchard Gymnasium, and the Perry Student Life and Recreation Center (SLRC).

    During three weeks of individual skills camps, the Tiger coaches had the opportunity of working with approximately 170 campers from ages six to college-age. In addition, all current and incoming ONU men’s basketball student-athletes were on campus participating and helping with the Overnight Skills Prospect Camp (June 21-24). Each camp included teaching through the explanation of terminology, warm-up, demonstration, drills, practice situations, individual instruction, 1-on-1, 3-on-3 and the annual exciting dunk contest. Throughout every camp, the ONU coaching staff took time each day to talk about the importance of sportsmanship, teamwork, sacrifice within a team concept and integrated faith. Campers also had the opportunity to stay in Chapman Hall, eat meals in Ludwig Center, and swim each night in the Perry SLRC's aquatic center.

    The men’s basketball team also held two round-robin style shootouts for high school players, featuring teams from central Illinois, Chicagoland and four from Indiana. This summer, 34 varsity and junior varsity teams — including more than 400 athletes and coaches — played at least five games in ONU’s Perry SLRC Fieldhouse and were given the opportunity to stay on campus. Many local teams took advantage of the shootout: Bishop McNamara, Bradley-Bourbonnais, Beecher, Herscher, St. Anne and Wilmington.

    Information about the 2016 ONU Men’s Basketball Summer Camps will be released online in early spring 2016.

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    Jun 17, 2015 11:55:39Jun 17, 2015 -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    “I am thrilled for Josh. It is very difficult to draw attention from scouts, and even more so as a positional player,” said Todd Reid, head baseball coach at Olivet. “Teams have to see you multiple times, and there is pressure on each at-bat. Josh played above the pressure and had an incredible year. He was about team first and himself second. We won’t have him back for his senior year, but Josh is already making plans to finish his degree along the way. He is and always will be a Tiger."
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    Jun 11, 2015 7:52:16Jun 11, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The smooth, consistent infielder Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.), who batted .432 his junior season, become the 24th player in Olivet Nazarene University history to play professionally. Altmann was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 22nd round with the 648th pick on Wednesday, June 10. He is the first Tiger drafted in the MLB First-Year Player Draft since Ben Heller (651st pick) in 2013 by the Cleveland Indians.

    Altmann had this to say about being drafted: “Right now, I am at a loss for words. This moment has been a dream come true for me since I started playing the game. Moving forward from here, I look to continue with the hard work and run with this opportunity. I don’t lose focus that there is still a ways to go in the organization, but I am going to put in the work.”

    Altmann was one of 40 NAIA players drafted and the 17th taken. Also, there were three selected from the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC).

    During his junior campaign for the Tigers, Altmann was named to the CCAC All-Conference First Team for a second time. He started all 50 games and played all four infield positions. He batted .432 (led team) (155 at-bats) with 67 hits (led team) and 15 doubles, two triples and six homeruns (led team). He also had 23 walks (led team), 16 HBP (led team), 49 runs (led team), 104 total bases (led team), 36 RBIs (led team) and 23 stolen bases (led team). He finished with a .671 slugging percentage (led team) and .535 OBP (led team), and had 195 putouts (led team) with a .962 fielding percentage. Among NAIA leaders, he finished eighth in batting average, 38th in slugging percentage and 50th in steal attempts (28).

    Olivet Tigers baseball Head Coach Todd Reid commented on Altmann's being drafted: “I am thrilled for Josh. It is very difficult to draw attention from scouts, even more so as a positional player. Teams have to see you multiple times, and there is pressure on each at-bat. Josh played above the pressure and had an incredible year. He was about team first and himself second. I couldn’t be happier for him, even though we may not get him back for his senior year. And knowing Josh, he will undoubtedly finish his degree at some point.”

    Following Altmann’s three years with the Tigers, he finished fifth all-time in batting average (.386) with 174 hits, a .499 slugging percentage, and .479 on-base percentage and 62 stolen bases.

    The Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft began in 1965. It now consists of 40 rounds and 1,215 picks. This year, it was conducted June 8 to 10 on MLB.com.

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    Jun 11, 2015 7:46:6Jun 11, 2015 -

    CHICAGO, Ill. — The 2015 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) baseball postseason awards, voted on by the schools' head coaches, were announced by the league office on May 5. Two Olivet Nazarene University Tigers were selected to the all-conference first team and one to the second team. The conference named a total of 17 to the first team, 18 to the second team and nine to the Gold Glove team — one for each position on the field.

    Two members of the Tiger baseball team were named to the CCAC all-conference first team: junior Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) and freshman Nick Campe (Manteno, Ill.). Altmann is a two-time first team selection and was selected to the first team as a freshman. Campe was also named CCAC Relief Pitcher of the Year, and this is his first all-conference selection. Sophomore Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) was selected to the second team for the first time in his career.

    Junior infielder Josh Altmann is among only four other infielders named. He started all 50 games and played all four infield positions. He batted .432 (led team) (155 at-bats) with 67 hits (led team) and 15 doubles, two triples and six homeruns (led team). He also had 23 walks (led team), 16 HBP (led team), 49 runs (led team), 104 total bases (led team), 36 RBIs (led team) and 23 stolen bases (led team). He finished with a .671 slugging percentage (led team) and .535 OBP (led team), and had 195 putouts (led team) with a .962 fielding percentage. Among NAIA leaders, he finished eighth in batting average, 38th in slugging percentage and 50th in steal attempts (28).

    In CCAC action, Altmann started all 30 games. He batted .411 (95 at-bats) with 39 hits and 10 doubles, one triple and four homeruns. He also had 14 walks and 10 HBP, 31 runs, 63 total bases, 19 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. He finished with a .663 slugging percentage and .516 on-base percentage, and had 134 putouts with a .964 fielding percentage. Among CCAC leaders, he finished second in batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. He was also fourth in runs, fifth in hits, ninth in RBIs, seventh in doubles, fourth in homeruns, fifth in total bases and third in stolen bases.

    Freshman right-hander Nick Campe led the team with 22 appearances, which is second most all-time in Tiger history for a season. He finished with a 2-2 record, including nine saves (led team), which is the second most for any pitcher in a single season in ONU history. Campe finished with a 3.54 ERA (led team), throwing 28.0 innings allowing 29 hits, 12 runs (11 earned), 15 walks and had 17 strikeouts. Overall, Campe finished 16th in the NAIA in saves and first in the CCAC.

    In conference play, Campe went 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 14 appearances. He pitched a total of 18 2/3 innings, allowing 19 hits, nine runs (eight earned), 12 walks and 10 strikeouts.

    Sophomore outfielder Bryan Klendworth is among only three other outfielders named. He started 45 of the 47 games he played this year. He batted .352 (second on team) (145 at-bats) with 51 hits and 11 doubles (second on team), two triples and one homerun. He also had 17 walks (second on team), 10 HBP (second on team), 32 runs, 69 total bases, 30 RBIs and 22 stolen bases (second on team). He finished with a .476 slugging percentage (second on team) and .453 OBP (second on team), and had 74 putouts with a .949 fielding percentage.

    In CCAC action, Klendworth started 29 of 30 games. He batted .333 (96 at-bats) with 33 hits and eight doubles, two triples and one homerun. He also had 14 walks and seven HBP, 21 runs, 47 total bases, 19 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. He finished with a .490 slugging percentage and .453 on-base percentage, and had 43 putouts with a .936 fielding percentage. Among CCAC leaders, he finished 17th in batting average, 13th in doubles, fifth in stolen bases and 12th in on-base percentage. 

    The CCAC also awards a Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, Freshman of the Year, Coach of the Year and Champions of Character Team Award.

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    Jun 10, 2015 7:52:10Jun 10, 2015 -

    TORONTO, Canada — The Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL) announced today that the team has signed punter/kicker Andrew Muzljakovich (Vicksburg, Mich.). He has been participating in training camp and has played in a preseason game for the Argonauts.

    As a Tiger, Muzljakovich started all 11 games and finished second on the team in scoring with 58 points during his senior season (2013). His other achievements included finishing with: 13 made field goals (13-17) with a career-long of 49 yards and converting all 19 PATs; 59 punts for 2,443 yards (41.4 avg.) and a long of 64 yards; first in the very strong Mid-States Football Leauge (MSFA) in punting, second in kickoff coverage (39.9), second on field goal percentage (.765) and first in PATS (1.000). He finished his career fourth all-time for the Tigers in punting yards (4,924) and scoring (198).

    His additional awards and recognitions include: 

    2013 AFCA-NAIA First Team All-American Placekicker

    2013 Top 10 finalist for the Fred Mitchell Award

    2013 Overall Special Teams MVP at National Bowl Game

    2013 Mid-States First Team (MSFA) Offense (placekicker) and honorable mention (punter)

    2012 MSFA Second Team Offense (placekicker) and Second Team Defense (punter)

    Muzljakovich was a nine-time MSFA Special Teams Player of the Week in his career — more than any other MSFA Midwest player since the 2011 season.

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    Jun 08, 2015 8:2:45Jun 08, 2015 -

    AUSTIN, Texas - Junior Jake Anderson and senior Simon Pheasant finished up the 2014-2015 season with one final award, both were named to the 2015 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Men's and Women's At-Large Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Anderson earned First Team honors, while Pheasant earned Second Team.

    The Capital One Academic All-America® College Division At-Large Teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.

    The at-large program for the Capital One Academic All-America® program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo for both men and women; bowling, crew and field hockey for women; and volleyball and wrestling for men.

    Anderson, an accounting major, finished his junior season with a repeat as NAIA National Champion in the 200 Individual Medley, while adding a title in the 800 freestyle relay. He also finished third in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke, finishing the meet with seven All-America performances.

    Pheasant, who graduated in May with a degree in business administration, finished his stellar career with silver medal performances in the 200-yard freestyle. He also captured his first national title, joining Anderson on the winning 800 freestyle relay team. In all, Pheasant finished with five All-America performances at the national meet.

    To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average. Nominated student-athletes must have competed in at least 50 percent of their team's games. 

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    Jun 04, 2015 9:37:37Jun 04, 2015 -

    MACKINAW, Ill. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's cross country and track and field teams are pleased to announce the addition of Calan Johnson for the fall of 2015. Johnson, a standout at Dee-Mack High School, recently signed her letter of intent to continue her career and education at Olivet.

    On the track, Johnson is a six-time outdoor and five-time indoor state medalist, including being a member of the 2014 IHSA state champion 4x800m relay team and the 2015 state runners-up.  She holds the DMHS school record in the 400m run and is a member of the 4x800m relay team which holds the school record.  She is also a two-time medalist at the Peoria Journal Star Honor Roll Meet and helped her team capture first place at 2014 Pantagraph Honor Roll Meet in 4x800.  She was selected as "Miss Track" in 2014 by the coaching staff and served as captain for three seasons.

    Johnson also served as captain of the Cross Country team her senior season. She was selected as the Most Improved Runner in 2012.

    Johnson is undecided as to what she will major in while at Olivet. She is the daughter of Craig and Connie Johnson and sister to Cauriana and Colby. 

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    Jun 04, 2015 9:36:35Jun 04, 2015 -

    WILMINGTON, Ill. - Kara Brock, a standout distance runner at Wilmington High School, signed a letter of intent to continue her education and runner career as a member of the Olivet Nazarene University cross country and track and field teams.

    Brock, a 2015 IHSA State Track and Field qualifier in the 3200m run, comes to the Tigers after a very successful high school career where she set numerous WHS records. In 2015, Brock set a new Wildcat record in the 1600m run (5:40), breaking her own record set in 2014. She also holds the record in the 3200m run finishing sub-12 minutes.

    "The signing shows that we are competitive and putting out a competitive product," said Wilmington head track Coach Mark Shell. "She is an excellent student. Her grades do come first, and academics are very important to her. As an athlete she is reliable and determined."

    Brock chose Olivet due to their strong academics, the close proximity to her family, as well as a chance to remain competitive in long distance running.

    "The facilities and staff are amazing," said Brock of the decision. "I wanted to continue running while receiving a quality education."

     

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    Jun 04, 2015 9:35:43Jun 04, 2015 -

    CHANNAHON, Ill. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's cross country and track and field teams are pleased to announce the signing of Gabrielle Gall, a senior at Minooka Community High School.

    Gall, was a member of the 2014 MCHS cross country that captured a team sectional championship. She was awarded the team Sportsmanship Award.

    "I chose Olivet for their nursing program and the opportunity to participate on the ONU cross country and track and field programs," said Gall of the decision.

    In the classroom, Gall is four-time Southwest Prairie Conference Scholar-Athlete.

    Gall is the daughter of Tadd and Tess Gall and sister to Kate. The family resides in Channahon, Illinois.
     

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    Jun 02, 2015 2:53:17Jun 02, 2015 -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Dr. Dean is a leader in the conference of the Evangelical Methodist Church, serving on its General Board of Education. In his local community, he serves as vice president of the Board of Governors for the Kankakee County Historical Society. Dr. Dean’s wife, Joan, is the director of Missions Outreach for Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. The Deans are co-pastors of Zoar Community Church in Reddick, Illinois.
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    May 28, 2015 1:49:1May 28, 2015 -

    LEWISTON, Idaho – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that 354 baseball student-athletes have been named 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. AIB (Iowa) leads all institutions with 13 individuals on the list.

    In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.

    Olivet Nazarene University had three honored this year: senior pitcher Ken DeCook (Kankakee, Ill.), junior pitcher Eric Douglass (Indianapolis, Ind.) and for the second time, outfielder senior Aaron King (Pekin, Ill.).

    Complete List: 

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    May 28, 2015 1:21:14May 28, 2015 -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    “Ryan is an outstanding young man and a wonderful role model for younger students,” said Dr. Dale Hathaway, chair of the Department of Mathematics. “He switched his major during his freshman year but still excelled academically. Yet what is most striking about his many accomplishments is the consistent theme of Christian service.”
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    May 25, 2015 4:23:51May 25, 2015 -

    GULF SHORES, Ala. — Competing against seven other NAIA Outdoor Track and Field All-Americans, junior Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) shined the brightest. He won the national championship as an individual in the discus, throwing it 57.12 meters and bettering his runner-up finish as a sophomore by almost five meters. Head Coach Mike McDowell and the Tiger men's track and field team finished a program-best sixth place out of 64 teams, earning 34 points.

    Besides his discus title run, Armbrust finished fourth in the shot put with a mark of 16.94 meters, earning a second
    All-American honor.

    The Tigers were led by eight individuals who earned All-American status at the NAIA Outdoor National Championships. Sophomore Zach Gordon (Carol Stream, Ill.) finished fifth in the 200 meter dash with a time of 21.15. He also ran the second leg in the 4x100 meter relay and helped the Tigers finish sixth with a time of 41.28. He also placed sixth in the long jump with a mark of 7.33 meters.

    Joining Gordon on the 4x100 meter relay team were junior Jonathan Hutchison (Morton, Ill.); junior Jared Carl (Galesburg, Ill.); and junior Thomas Zidek (Hoffman Estates, Ill.).  

    Senior Andrew Cowen (Carmel, Ind.) raced to an eighth place finish in the marathon, finishing with a time of 2:39.27.90.

    In the pole vault, senior Brian Michell (Reed City, Mich.) came in fourth with a mark of 4.85 meters to earn All-American honors. In the triple jump, junior Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) came in sixth with a jump of 14.68 meters. He also placed 15th in the long jump with a mark of 6.82 meters.

    In addition, sophomore Caleb Drake (Rockford, Ill.) came in 22nd in the 1500 meter run prelims with a time of 4:03.10. Junior Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.) came in 20th in the shot put with a throw of 15.33 meters and 17th in the discus with a toss of 46.39 meters. He also came in 12th in the hammer throw with a mark of 48.31 meters.

    Results 

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    May 23, 2015 9:51:58May 23, 2015 -

    GULF SHORES, Ala. - With the bad weather out of the region, the Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field team went back to work on days two and three of the NAIA Outdoor National Championships, picking up right about where they left off on the rain shortened opening day. Junior Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) added a national runner-up finish to her championship title, this time in the shot put.

    Blucker posted a 15.37m (50' 5.25") throw to take second place, less than three inches behind the first place thrower.

    Emily Reader earned her NAIA All-American status, finishing seventh in the pole vault. Reader cleared 3.65m, but failed to clear the next height of 3.70m. Teammate Anna Stiker finished tied for 15th place, clearing 3.40m.

    In her third and final event of the championship, Blucker posted a 47.50m (155' 10.25") toss in the discus put in the opening flight, smashing the old school record on her way to a seventh place, All-American performance.

    The Tigers finished 12th overall in the 60 team field with 22 points. Wayland Baptist University captured the overall team title, finishing with 91 points. Oklahoma Baptist University finished second with 66 points, while British Columbia placed third with 55 points. Round out the top five were defending national champion Indiana Institute of Technology and Doane University with 52 and 39 points, respectively.

    Other top performances:

    The 4x800m relay team posted a time of 9:12.90 in an extremely competitive field where the winning four-some posted an impressive 8:47. The team was led by Karley Brown and and anchored by Alexa Beezhold, with Angelica Lafemina and Kylie Lippencott in the middle.

    In her first national meet, Hannah Gee posted a discus throw of 36.72m (120' 6").

    Kammy Goedhart ran a career personal best time in the 400m, crossing in 56.18, just missing the finals. Goedhart broke the school record, which she had set earlier this season. 

    Sarah Ray (Warsaw, Ind.) made an incredible final lap push, passing three people, to post a 37:20 in the 10,000m run. She just missed the podium, finishing tenth.

    The 4x400m relay team of Peyton Kirkland, Taneka Lawson, Karley Brown and Kammy Goedhart just missed qualifying for the finals, finishing ninth with a time of 3:49.17.

    Alyssa Faulks finished the 3000m steeplechase in 11:40.33, placing 29 th  overall.

    The Tigers finished the three-day event with one national championship, four All-American performances and numerous personal bests. 

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    May 22, 2015 3:13:0May 22, 2015 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Friday that 287 men’s indoor and outdoor track & field student-athletes have been named 2014-15 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

    In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.

    Representing the Olivet Nazarene University men's track and field team are 10 individuals. Selected for a second straight year are seniors: Jared Carl (Galesburg, Ill.), Dylan Creger (Almont, Mich.), Marshall Hawn (Goshen, Ind.), Joel Lynn (Naperville, Ill.), and David Powers (Security, Colo.). For the first time were seniors Andrew Cowen (Carmel, Ind.), juniors: Brandon Divan (Oakwood, Ill.), Ryan Hull (Chebanse, Ill.), Ronald Milbocker (Whitmore Lake, Mich.) and Conner Stroud (Manteno, Ill.).  

    Complete List:

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    May 22, 2015 2:15:20May 22, 2015 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Friday that 450 women's indoor and outdoor track & field student-athletes have been named 2014-15 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. The Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field team had seven athletes earn the honor, five for the second time.

    Five seniors earned the honor for the second time in their careers, including:

    Alyssa Faulks (Caldwell, Idaho)

    • Kylie Lippencott (Crawfordsville, Ind.)
    • Madison Moyer (Burlington, Iowa)
    • Bethany Pilat (Livonia, Ill.)
    • Anna Stiker (Waterman, Ill.)

    Two juniors earned the honor in their first time to be eligible.

    • Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.)
    • Alyssa Combe (Kuna, Idaho)

    In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.

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    May 22, 2015 12:39:32May 22, 2015 -

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced Thursday that 165 men’s golf student-athletes have been named 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Campbellsville (Ky.) lead all institutions with eight individuals on the list.

    In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.

    ONU had three golfers honored for their work in the classroom; senior Michael Bork (Rapid City, Michigan), junior Ryan Muzljakovich (Vicksburg, Mich.) and junior Robert Wagner (Bethel, Ohio). Bork received the award for the second time.

    Complete List

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    May 22, 2015 9:7:42May 22, 2015 -

    GULF SHORES, Ala. - The best way to prove that you're ready for competition is to come out of the gate and show the world. Junior Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) set the tone early for the Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field team, capturing the first title of the three-day event, bringing home a national championship in the hammer throw. Rain then moved in and put a damper on the 2015 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National, eventually postponing and causing a massive rescheduling of events. Only two national champions were crowned on Thursday at the Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium and Gulf Shores Sports Complex.

    Blucker, who entered the competition seeded fifth, went into the final throw in a tie for first.  But a 54.84m (179-11.25) toss in the final round was all it took to capture her second career national championship, her first in outdoor competition. Kali Robb of Concordia University (Neb.) took second while Grand View University (Iowa) senior, Jena Krebs, took third in the event. Freshman Valerie Johnson made her post season debut, finishing 21st.

    Pole vault got underway shortly after hammer, but was cut short due to lightening in the area. The Tigers had three vaulters qualify, Kristin Beatty, Emily Reader (Mason, Mich.) and Anna Stiker (Waterman, Ill.). Both Reader and Stiker have cleared 3.5m (11-5), while Beatty finished with no height.

    Day two of competition is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. 

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    May 20, 2015 2:57:17May 20, 2015 -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    “Lisa is an intelligent, service-oriented woman who represents all of the best qualities of this award,” said Dr. Dwight Ginn, chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. “In addition to her hard work as a student, which gained her acceptances into three different physician assistant programs, she found time to volunteer in numerous service organizations on campus and beyond. We are proud of Lisa and her accomplishments.”
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    May 19, 2015 11:53:29May 19, 2015 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2015 NAIA Men’s Tennis All-America teams on Monday, May 18. Honorees were selected by the NAIA All-America committee, with 16 student-athletes being named to both the first and second teams.

    As the CCAC Regular Season champions, the Olivet Nazarene University men's tennis team was led by sophomore Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) all year. For his effort all season, he was named a NAIA Second Team All-American for the first time in his career. He was also named the CCAC Player of the Year, and was named to the All-CCAC Singles team — for a second time — and the All-Doubles teams for the first time.

    In addition, he was ranked third in the ITA NAIA East Region in singles (4/15/15). He finished the season 20-7 in singles (most on team), 18-7 in doubles (most on team) and went undefeated in CCAC play. He had singles wins against NAIA nationally ranked (13) Aquinas, (24) Davenport, and (25) Indiana Wesleyan, as well as NCAA Division II Ferris State. He won the Singles B Flight title at the UW-Wisconsin Warhawk Invite; finished 3-1 in the Singles Flight A at the EIU Fall Invitational; and won the USTA/ITA Small College Regional Championship Singles bracket.

    Mancineiras Cornella and his doubles teammate, Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium), competed in 26 matches together. They went 20-6 in doubles play and went undefeated in conference play. In addition, they had doubles wins against NAIA ranked (13) Aquinas, (24) Davenport and (25) Indiana Wesleyan. They won the No. 3 Doubles Flight at the UW-Wisconsin Warhawk Invite. They also went 2-1 in the Doubles Flight A at the EIU Fall Invitational.

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    May 19, 2015 11:42:15May 19, 2015 -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    May 19, 2015 9:5:10May 19, 2015 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Priscila Nuñez (Montreal, Canada) became just the fourth Olivet Nazarene University women's tennis player to be earn NAIA Second Team All-America status when the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2015 NAIA Women's Tennis All-America teams Monday May 18. Honorees were selected by the NAIA All-America committee, with 16 student-athletes being named to both the first and second teams.

    Nuñez, just a sophomore, was named Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year earlier this month and was named all-conference on both the singles and doubles teams.  Boasting a current overall record of 15-6 in singles play and 19-6 in doubles action, Nuñez went a perfect 5-0 in both singles and doubles action during the league's regular season.  She currently ranks No. 27 nationally in singles play and No. 7 on the singles side and No. 2 in doubles play with teammate Seraphine Buchmann (Illinau, Switzerland) in the East Region.

    Nuñez joins Erica Engelbrecht who became the Tiger's first ever NAIA All-American when she earned Honorable Mention honors in 2009. Engelbrecht and Aziza Butoyi both earned Honorable Mention honors in 2011, while Butoyi and junior Serephine Buchmann (Illnau, Switzerland) both made the list in 2013. Butoyi becoming Olivet's first ever First Team honoree and Buchmann earning Honorable Mention honors. 

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    May 17, 2015 10:1:13May 17, 2015 -

    SKILLMAN, N.J. — For only the second time in school history, a member of the Olivet Nazarene University women's tennis team has been named the ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award recipient. Clara Ruegsegger (junior, Greenfield, Indiana) received the 2015 edition of the prestigious award when the ITA announced its 2015 national award winners for NAIA men's and women's tennis on May 11.

    Ruegsegger earned the 2015 ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship Award for her leadership on and off the court. At ONU she serves on the Student Philanthropy Council, the Grant Committee, the Social Work Council, and is the founder and President of the Social Justice Club. She was Olivet's representative at the National Freedom Summit in Kansas City, Missouri, and has spent time volunteering in orphanages, pregnancy care centers and senior homes. Ruegsegger works hard both on the court and off it, and exemplifies the characteristics of what this award signifies.

    "It is truly an honor to receive this award and be able to represent what the award stands for," said Ruegsegger.  "I'm very thankful for the opportunities that Olivet provides me to be able to be involved in which allows me to even be considered for such an honor. I'm really looking forward to the activities in August at the US Open. It's a great honor to receive such an award."

    Ruegsegger will travel to New York City in August to be formally recognized with all of the 2015 ITA award winners from all Divisions (NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, Junior & Community Colleges). Among the festivities, she will attend a special Awards Luncheon at the USTA Presidents Dining Room at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and will be recognized, along with the winners of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Essay Contest, at a special brunch hosted by former New York City mayor, David Dinkins, following Arthur Ashe Kids Day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    School of Graduate and Continuing Studies

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

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

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

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

    Additional recognition

    The 2015 commencement was the 102nd in Olivet’s history. Other commencement weekend activities included:
    • The Friday evening baccalaureate service, including the sermon on “The Promise of His Presence” and charge to the Class of 2015 from Dr. Bowling. Graduates Jessica Ellison (communication studies major, Walton, Indiana) and Johnnie Butler Jr. (multimedia studies major, Chicago) gave student testimonies.
    • Social work pinning ceremony (29 graduates). The Spirit of Social Work Award was presented to Casey Nugent (Beaver Dam, Wisconsin).
    • Nursing pinning ceremony (55 traditional graduates). The Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Sigma chapter, Senior Nursing Excellence Award was presented to Sahara Wilcoxen (Champaign, Illinois).
    • School of Theology and Christian Ministry graduation chapel service (10 graduates)
    • Phi Delta Lambda, Gamma Chapter, banquet with the induction of 48 new members. The Mary Ada Dillinger Service Award was presented to Jeff Enfield '93/'04 M.A.P.C. Amy Brown (junior, elementary education major, Hillsboro, Indiana) received the chapter’s Enduring Hope Scholarship. Guest speaker was Dr. Max Reams '00 M.P.C., chair of Olivet’s Department of Chemistry and Geosciences.
    • Military/ROTC commissioning ceremony with five cadets commissioned as new second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.
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    May 15, 2015 11:27:20May 15, 2015 -

    MOBILE, Ala. - Clara Ruegsegger was the lone member of the Olivet Nazarene University women's tennis team to be named a 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes when the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced the honorees on Friday May 15. In all, there were 135 women's tennis student-athletes to earn the honor.

    Ruegsegger, a native of Greenfield, Indiana, just completed her junior year at Olivet. She is majoring in social work.

    In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved junior academic status.

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    May 15, 2015 10:51:22May 15, 2015 -

    MOBILE, Ala. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Friday that 110 men’s tennis student-athletes have been named 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Pikeville (Ky.) led all institutions with six individuals on the list.

    In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved junior academic status.

    Olivet Nazarene University had two athletes honored this year: senior Peter Jensen (Yuba City, California) and junior Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico). Jensen is a two-time recipient.

    Complete List: http://www.naia.org/fls/27900/1NAIA/SportsInfo/Championships/2015Tennis/MTennis%20Scholar-Athletes.pdf?DB_OEM_ID=27900

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    May 14, 2015 2:12:57May 14, 2015 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Three Olivet Nazarene University women's golfers were named 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes when the list was announced the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) on Thursday May 14. In total, there were129 women's golf student-athletes earning the honor.

    Representing the Tigers for the second consecutive year was senior Lydia Bilyeu. Bilyeu, a Fulton, Illinois native, graduated in May with a degree in accounting. Joining Bilyeu are first time honorees Kelsey Fisk of Greenfield, Indiana and Bridget Wolff of East Peoria, Illinois. Fisk is a nursing major, while Wolff is studying dietetics.

    In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved junior academic status.

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    May 14, 2015 8:34:55May 14, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The Olivet Nazarene University men's basketball team and Head Coach Ralph Hodge have signed their 10th member to the 2015 recruiting class: Zack Pruim, a 6'1" guard from Lansing, Illinois. He played for Illiana Christian High School during his high school career.

    During his senior season, Pruim averaged 14.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.0 steals per game. He also shot 84 percent from the free-throw line. He had a huge game against Oak Forest, scoring 27 points. He poured in 24 points, five rebounds, four steals and three steals, going 5-for-5 from the three-point line in a game against Elwood Park. 

    Pruim helped lead the Vikings to a 22-7 overall record, a Metro Suburban Conference Regular Season title and an IHSA 2A Regional Championship. He was named All-Metro Suburban Conference and the League MVP. He led the Vikings to the Kankakee Holiday Tournament and Seneca Thanksgiving Tournament titles.  He earned all-tournament honors at Seneca and was named the Kankakee Holiday Tournament MVP.

    Pruim was also a three-year varsity player on the soccer team at Illiana Christian and was selected All-Metro Suburban Conference his senior season.

    He and his family attend Faith Church in Hammond, Indiana. He plans to major in business management at Olivet.

    He joins fellow members of the 2015 recruiting class: Zach Tuxhorn (Naperville, Ill.); Joey Olson (Muskegon, Mich.); Josh Berquist (Crown Point, Ind.); Brady Williams (Defiance, Ohio); Zac Craig (Monroe, Tenn.);Solomon Barwegen (Otsego, Mich.); Jake Tuttle (Hampshire, Ill.); vAlex Clark (Dunlap, Ill.); and Christian Dunning (Carrier Mills, Ill.).  

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    May 13, 2015 5:51:37May 13, 2015 -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    May 13, 2015 10:59:27May 13, 2015 -

    TINLEY PARK, Ill. - Andrew High School standout, Amanda Roche, recently signed a letter of intent to continue her playing career as a member of the Olivet Nazarene University women's soccer team. Roche will join the Tigers for the fall 2015 season.

    "I am very excited to have goal keeper like Amanda join our team this fall.  She has great technical skills, determined, teachable and hard working," said Head Coach Bill Bahr.  "Amanda is going to be huge asset for our team going into one of our most challenging schedules ever.  She is a seasoned keeper who has had a lot of quality keeper training and experience."

    Roche, a 5-6 goal keeper, earned Southwest Suburban Conference All-Conference honors as a junior and she and the Thunderbolts currently have a 9-6-1 record.

    In the classroom, Roche is a member of National Honor Society and was named a 2015 Illinois State Scholar. She has also been recognized for her academic achievements as a member of German National Honor Society, Prairie State Achievement Exam Scholar and a National Merit Scholar Commended Student.

     "I chose Olivet because I feel so comfortable on campus.  The people are very welcoming and friendly and I really feel like I belong here," said Roche.  "I am excited to pursue my major while playing the sport I love.  I can't wait to be a Tiger."

    Roche is the daughter of Michael and Claudia Roche and sister to Chris. While at Olivet, she intends to major in forensic chemistry.

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    May 13, 2015 10:16:6May 13, 2015 -

    BURLINGTON, Ill. - Olivet Nazarene University Head Women's Soccer Coach, Bill Bahr, is pleased to announce the addition of Cassandra Ciganek for the fall of 2015. Ciganek recently signed her letter of intent to continue her playing career and education as a Tiger.

    "Cassi is going to be very helpful to our team this coming fall," said Bahr of the addition.  "She is a ball winner and will provide immediate depth to our midfield.  She is strong, fast and distributes the ball very well.."

    Ciganek, a 5-7 center-mid forward, was a four-year letter winner and three-year starter at Burlington Central High School. As of the signing, she had helped lead her team to a 17-2 season and a conference championship. She is also a member of the Heat United club team.

    "I really enjoyed the atmosphere, and all of the players made me feel welcomed," said Ciganek of her decision. "It not only has a great team to play with, but I'm also excited for the academics, that I heard are pretty good."

    While at Olivet, Ciganek intends to study pre-physical therapy and minor in business. She is the daughter of Jaimie and Richard Ciganek. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Olivet Engineering continues to expand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    He is waiting for us to turn the page. The next chapter is fast approaching, and I can’t wait to see what God has written for me, for my fellow seniors, for all of us. As they say, “The plot thickens …”
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    May 11, 2015 2:18:47May 11, 2015 -

    NAPERVILLE, Ill. — With one final meet remaining prior to the NAIA National Outdoor meet, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s track and field team competed in the two-day Dr. Keeler Invitational hosted by North Central College (Ill.). Of the 15 individuals who competed, junior Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) excelled with two individual titles in the discus and shot put. He threw a 16.28 meter mark in the shot put finals and a 54.61 meter throw in the discus finals.

    Just as he has all year, sophomore Zach Gordon (Carol Stream, Ill.) competed well in the 100 meter dash, finishing second with a time of 10.74 meters. Junior Alvin Best (Portage, Ind.) placed 10th in the 400 meter dash with a time of 49.30. Sophomore Nicholas Borger (St. Charles, Ill.) ran a personal record time of 15:35.78 in the 5000 meter run, finishing 34th. Senior Dylan Creger (Almont, Mich.) finished fifth in the 10000 meter run (31:57.18). Junior Derrick Booth (Roseville, Calif.) placed 11th in the 400 meter hurdles (55.80).

    The 4x400 meter relay team finished fifth of 14 teams, running a time of 3:17.07 — three seconds better than the week before.

    Senior Brian Michell (Reed City, Mich.) was seventh in the pole vault with a finals mark of 4.66 meters. Junior Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) finished fourth in both the long jump and triple jump with a mark of 13.79 meters in the triple and 6.94 meters in the long. Junior Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.) placed third in the shot put with a mark of 15.57 meters and 12th in the discus with a mark of 43.03 meters.

    ONU will be back in action for the NAIA Outdoor National Championships at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex in Gulf Shores, Alabama, Thursday through Saturday, May 21 to 23.

    Results

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    May 11, 2015 12:23:29May 11, 2015 -

    NAPERVILLE, Ill. - Several Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field athletes made the most of their final chance to punch their tickets to the upcoming NAIA Outdoor National Championships. The Tigers added two individual automatic qualifiers on the track, Kammy Goedhart and Sarah Ray, along with the 4x400m relay team. Freshman Valerie Johnson added a "B" standard throw in the hammer. Olivet finished up the regular season at the Dr. Keeler Track & Field Invitational hosted by North Central College (Ill.) at the Benedetti-Wehrli Stad/Jay & Dot Buikema Track on May 8-9.

    On the Track:

    Goedhart (Rochester, Minn.) posted a third place finish in the 400m dash. She crossed the finish line in 56.81 to earn her trip to Alabama.

    Ray (Warsaw, Ind.), in just her second race back from injury, posted a 37:18.37 in the 10,000m run, well under the automatic qualifying time.

    The Tiger's 4x400m relay team took second place overall to get their bid to nationals, finishing in 3:51.19.

    In the Field:

    Johnson finished the regular season up with a 47.70m (156' 6") hammer throw to put herself in contention for a trip the post season. The Tigers are only allowed to take three "B" standard qualifiers.

    Other top finishers included Amy Blucker, who finished second in the discus with a 44.44m (145' 10") throw. Teammate Hannah Gee was right behind in third place with a 44.00m (144' 04") performance.

    Olivet will now look to prepare for the 35 th Annual Women's Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. The Tigers will take 16 female athletes to the event which will be held at the Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Events begin on May 21 and run through the 23 rd .

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    May 11, 2015 11:31:29May 11, 2015 -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    "I just want to continue to train hard and give everything I have every day,” Jacob said. “If I continue to work hard and stay hungry, the future is full of great possibilities."
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    May 08, 2015 10:46:48May 08, 2015 -

    XENIA, Ohio — Athletes in Action (AIA) is announcing the 2015 New Zealand Basketball tour roster. Austin Davis (5’11" guard) of Olivet Nazarene University has been selected to participate in this year’s AIA New Zealand tour.  

    This team is made up of 11 players from 10 different universities from across the country. The tour will be from July 26 through August 12, 2015.  

    Davis, a 5’11" versatile guard, started all 34 conference games, leading the team in three-pointers made (102), attempted (256) and free-throw percentage (.812). He finished second on the team in minutes (29.9), scoring (14.6), field goals attempted (389), three-point percentage (.398) and steals (38). Davis finished third in field goals made (169), free-throws made (56) and assists (95). Among CCAC leaders, he led the league in three-pointers made, was 11th in scoring, 11th in three-point percentage and 15th in assists. In the NAIA, he was fifth in three-pointers made. Davis set the school record for three-pointers made in a season (102) and in a single game with nine against IU-South Bend on Feb. 21, 2015. He finished his career with 250 three-pointers (second all-time), 1,239 points (29th all-time) and 326 assists (20th all-time).  

    Before embarking to New Zealand, the team will attend a five-day training camp in Los Angeles, where they will train for games and prepare for their cross-cultural experience. In New Zealand, games are scheduled with university teams, clubs teams and the New Zealand Breakers Development team. The team will also conduct youth camps, experience the local culture and see what is considered one of the most beautiful places on earth.    

    The team is being coached by Kelly Combs, who has 18 years of college coaching experience and currently is on the Athletes in Action staff. This is the second tour he has coached to New Zealand after coaching the 2013 tour. Coach Combs says, “I am very excited about this group of young men. I think they are all great people as well as basketball players. I believe this is a great opportunity for these young men to get international playing experience while giving them a chance to grow in their faith. It will be a life-changing experience.”

    “Basketball provides such a unique experience for these guys. Many have never left North America. Because of basketball, they will get to go halfway around the world and develop friendships with the influencers of a country,” says Tour Cirector Jason Stankus. 

    This team hopes to win on the court as well as off. The heart of this team is to show athletes in New Zealand how they can know and experience God’s love and plan for their lives. The team will participate in daily Bible studies and will seek to share through words and deeds the hope that they have experienced through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

    For more information about Athletes in Action, visit www.athletesinaction.org.

    There will be a New Zealand team blog at: http://teamblogs.athletesinaction.org/2015-teams/2015/basketball---new-zealand

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    AIA Basketball on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aiabasketball

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    May 07, 2015 9:6:3May 07, 2015 -

    CHICAGO --- For the second year in a row, Olivet Nazarene University's Priscila Nunez (Montreal, Canada) has been named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Year, while another three players were repeat selections on the all-conference squads when the league office announced its 2015 women's tennis honor roll Thursday morning.

    Nunez, just a sophomore, also repeated as all-conference on both the singles and doubles teams.  Boasting a current overall record of 15-6 in singles play and 19-6 in doubles action, Nunez went a perfect 5-0 in both singles and doubles action during the league's regular season.  She currently ranks No. 27 nationally in singles play and No. 7 on the singles side and No. 2 in doubles play with teammate Seraphine Buchmann (Illnau, Switzerland) in the East Region.

    Speaking of Buchmann, she three-peated as an all-conference singles and doubles player.  Teammate Viktoria Monakhova (Moscow, Russia) was an all-conference singles selection, as well.

    Rounding out the all-conference singles team was Purdue University Calumet's Lori Haas (Bismarck, Ill.) and Robert Morris University's Beatriz Miranda (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Gvantsa Robakidze (Tbilisi, Georgia).

    On the doubles team, Cardinal Stritch University's Alexi Loomis (Cedarburg, Wis.) and Amanda Timm (Milwaukee, Wis.) were repeat selections, while University of St. Francis' Danielle Hoffman (Tinley Park, Ill.) and Eva Lopez (Zaragoza, Spain) were first-time picks.

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    May 07, 2015 9:3:33May 07, 2015 -

    JOLIET, Ill. - Mickey Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) was recently named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, while teammate Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) earned First Team All-Conference honors. The Tigers also placed Ashley McKnight (Deer Creek, Ill.) and Erika Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) on Second Team.

    Goetz finished her rookie season hitting a stellar 34-for-68 (.500), including six doubles and two home runs for a slugging percentage of .676. She also added 19 RBIs and a fielding percentage of .953, committing just four errors at second base.

    Megyesi connected for 12 extra-base hits in the CCAC regular season, including seven home runs. She finished 28-for-67 (.418) with a slugging percentage of .821 and a team-leading 27 RBIs.

    Primarily in the lead-off position, McKnight finished the season 31-for-71 (.437). She was second on the team with 20 runs scored in conference play and was a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts. Tatum finished her final conference season 22-for-66 (.333) with five doubles and a home run with 16 RBIs.

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    May 07, 2015 8:56:20May 07, 2015 -

    CHICAGO, Ill. — The NAIA No. 24-ranked CCAC Regular Season champions, the Olivet Nazarene University men's tennis team, headlined the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic All-Conference team selections for the fourth straight season. Sophomore Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) was named the CCAC Player of the Year, and was named to the All-CCAC Singles — for a second time — and the All-Doubles teams.  

    Three of the seven selections to the All-CCAC Singles Team were Tigers, including Mancineiras Cornella; junior Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium); and junior Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico). Two of the three All-CCAC Doubles teams were from ONU. The team of Mancineiras Cornella and Veys were honored along with freshman Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) and Sanchez.  

    Oscar is ranked third in the ITA NAIA East Region in singles (4/15/15). He finished the season 20-7 in singles (most on team), 18-7 in doubles (most on team) and went undefeated in CCAC play. He had singles wins against NAIA nationally ranked (13) Aquinas, (24) Davenport, and (25) Indiana Wesleyan, as well as NCAA Division II Ferris State. Oscar won the Singles B Flight title at the UW-Wisconsin Warhawk Invite; finished 3-1 in the Singles Flight A at the EIU Fall Invitational; and won the USTA/ITA Small College Regional Championship Singles bracket.

    Navarro was named to the All-CCAC Singles Team for the second time. He is ranked 16th in the ITA NAIA Central Region in singles (4/15/15). He was 14-11 in singles play, 21-5 in doubles and went undefeated in CCAC play. He had singles wins against NAIA nationally ranked (13) Aquinas, (24) Davenport and (25) Indiana Wesleyan. He had doubles wins against NAIA ranked (24) Davenport and (25) Indiana Wesleyan. He won the No. 3 Doubles Flight at the UW-Wisconsin Warhawk Invite. He finished 2-1 in the Doubles Flight at the EIU Fall Invitational and finished in the semifinals of the USTA/ITA Small College Regional Championship Doubles bracket.

    Rodolfo was named to the All-CCAC Singles Team for the first time. He was 14-5 in singles play, 14-7 in doubles and went undefeated in CCAC play. He had singles wins against NAIA nationally ranked (24) Davenport and (25) Indiana Wesleyan. He had doubles wins against NAIA ranked (13) Aquinas, (24) Davenport and (25) Indiana Wesleyan.

    The team of Mancineiras Cornella and Veys was named to the All-CCAC Doubles team for the first time. Competing in 26 matches together, they went 20-6 in doubles play and went undefeated in conference play. In addition, they had doubles wins against NAIA ranked (13) Aquinas, (24) Davenport and (25) Indiana Wesleyan. They won the No. 3 Doubles Flight at the UW-Wisconsin Warhawk Invite. They also went 2-1 in the Doubles Flight A at the EIU Fall Invitational.

    Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales and Rodolfo Sanchez were named to the All-CCAC Doubles team for the second time. Competing in 19 matches together, they went 13-6 in doubles play and went undefeated in conference play. In addition, they had doubles wins against NAIA ranked (24) Davenport and (25) Indiana Wesleyan.

    The Tigers finished the season 12-6 overall and won the CCAC Regular Season title. 

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    May 06, 2015 11:37:8May 06, 2015 -

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

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

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

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

    Dr. John C. Bowling, University president, accepted the resolution on behalf of Olivet. “What has been recognized here didn’t just happen,” Dr. Bowling said. “This is the result of Dr. Don Reddick’s leadership as dean of the School of Music, and the dedicated work of the men and women on our music faculty.”
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    May 04, 2015 10:19:59May 04, 2015 -

    JOLIET, Ill. — A combined nine champions and 29 all-conference athletes led the six-time CCAC Outdoor Champion, Olivet Nazarene University men’s track and field team, to its sixth straight title. CCAC Coach of the Year, Mike McDowell, and the Tigers earned 302 points — winning by 91 points over the runner-up, University of St. Francis (Ill.), and defeating a total of eight other teams. Sophomore Zach Gordon (Carol Stream, Ill.) earned CCAC Track Athlete of the Meet honors for winning the 100 meter dash (10.89), 200 meter dash (21.36) and helping the 4x100 meter relay to a title (41.68).

    The six-time outdoor champion Tigers had eight other wins in events this weekend in addition to Gordon's wins. Sophomore Caleb Drake (Rockford, Ill.) won the 1500 meter run with a time of 3:56.21. Sophomore Nicholas Borger (St. Charles, Ill.) won the 10000 meter run, running a 33:07.21. Junior Caleb Parsons (Watseka, Ill.) won the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 16.00. In the 3000 meter steeplechase, senior Ian Lofgren (Rockford, Ill.) won with a time of 9:37.95. Senior Brian Michell (Reed City, Mich.) won the pole vault with a finals mark of 4.55 meters. Junior Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.) won the hammer throw with a mark of 51.52 meters.

    The 4x100 meter relay team won with a time of 41.68. The team consisted of Delano Harris-Samuels (Bourbonnais, Ill.), Zach Gordon, Jonathan Hutchison (Morton, Ill.) and Jared Carl (Galesburg, Ill.).  

    Among the all-conference finishers for ONU were junior Alvin Best (Portage, Ind.), who placed second in the 400 meter dash with a time of 48.74. Senior Dylan Creger (Almont, Mich.) finished second in the 5000 meter run (15:37.51). Senior Andrew Cowen (Carmel, Ind.) finished second in the 10000 meter run (33:09.56). Freshman Jacob Ludy (Gridley, Ill.) came in third with a time of 33:16.97. In the 400 meter hurdles, junior Derrick Booth (Roseville, Calif.) came in second (55.06), and junior Cody Harper (Bourbonnais, Ill.) was third (56.73). Sophomore Jason Reynolds (Rockford, Ill.) came in sixth (9:40.52) in the 3000 meter steeplechase.  

    The 4x400 meter relay team finished second with a time of 3:20.43. Alvin Best, Jeff Britton, Alex Hunt (Eureka, Ill.) and Austin Holton (Nampa, Idaho) ran in the race. The 4x800 meter relay team of David Powers (Security, Colo.), Brandon Divan (Oakwood, Ill.), Tyler Gabriele (Wheaton, Ill.) and Caleb Drake finished second with a time of 7:49.99.

    The Tigers did well in field events starting with junior Conner Stroud (Manteno, Ill.), who came in fifth in the high jump with a mark of 1.95 meters. Senior Lucas Limberg (Rockford, Ill.) came in third in the high jump with a mark of 1.92 meters. Freshman Matt McCoy (Lewistown, Ill.) came in second in the pole vault with a mark of 4.25 meters, and sophomore Jacob Wilson (Geneseo, Ill.) was third (4.10 meters). In the triple jump, junior Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) finished second with a mark of 14.45 meters. Junior Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) finished second in the shot put with a mark of 16.38 meters and in the discus throw with a mark of 54.86 meters. He also was second in the hammer throw with a mark of 50.58 meters. Jjunior Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.) placed third in the shot put (15.24 meters) and third in the discus (49.36 meters). Derrick Booth came in third in the javelin with a throw of 44.76 meters.

    ONU will be back in action on Thursday, May 7, for the Dr. Keeler Invite hosted by North Central College (Ill.) at 2 p.m.

    Results
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    May 04, 2015 10:4:56May 04, 2015 -

    JOLIET, Ill. - The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Champion title remain in Bourbonnais as the Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field team brought home the hardware again on Saturday, May 3 but the competition is getting tighter. Olivet used first place finishes in the 4x800m relay, the shot put, hammer throw, discus and pole vault to finish with 281 points in the two-day event, just 41 points ahead of the host, University of St. Francis (Ill.), but enough to repeat as champions.

    The Tigers and the Saints were joined by Trinity Christian College (Ill.) as the only institutions to reach the triple digit mark in points, as the Trolls finished third with 101. Judson University (Ill.) recorded 63 points for fifth place, while Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) finished fifth with 53.

    While several athletes improved upon their NAIA National Championship qualification standards, the only new addition to the national team is the 4x800m relay team, comprised of Karley Brown, Angelica Lafemina, Kyie Lippencott, and Alexa Beezhold.  The foursome improved their "B" standard qualification to an automatic qualification, posting at time of 9:16.76.

    Top finishes for the Tigers included:

    • Peyton Kirkland, third place, 100m dash (12.74)
    • Kamaria Goedhart, second place, 200m dash (25.35)
    • Kamaria Goedhart, second place, 400m dahs (57.61)
    • Karley Brown, second place 800m run (2:17.83)
    • Angelica Lafemina, third place 800m run (2:18.60)
    • Alexa Beezhold, fourth place, 800m run (2:21.07)
    • Sarah Ray, first place, 5000m run (17:50.90)
    • Kylie Bradley, third place, 100m hurdles (16.36)
    • Emily Troemel, fourth place, 100m hurdles (16.78)
    • Emily Troemel, second place, 400m hurdles (1:06.85)
    • Alyssa Faulks, second place, 3000m steeplechase (11:20.02)
    • 4x100m Relay: Taneka Lawson, Peyton Kirkland, Shaelyn White, Kamaria Goedhart, first place (48.85)
    • 4x400m Relay: Karley Brown, Angelica Lafemina, Kyie Lippencott, Alexa Beezhold, third place (4:06.84)
    • 4x800m Relay: Karley Brown, Angelica Lafemina, Kyie Lippencott, Alexa Beezhold, first place (9:16.76)
    • Anne Brown, high jump, second place (1.65m, 5' 5")
    • Emily Reader, pole vault, first place (3.65m, 11' 11.75")
    • Kristin Beatty, pole vault, second place (3.35m, 10' 11.75")
    • Anna Stiker, pole vault, third place (3.2m, 10' 6")
    • Olivia Casey, long jump, second place (5.33m, 17' 6")
    • Kylie Bradley, long jump, third place (5.33m, 17' 6")
    • Erin Farley, long jump, fourth place (5.27m, 17' 3.5")
    • Amy Blucker, shot put, first place (14.49m, 47' 6.50")
    • Hannah Gee, discus, first place (45.92m, 150' 8")
    • Amy Blucker, discus, third place (43.07m, 141' 4")
    • Amy Blucker, hammer throw, first place (54.06m, 177' 4")
    • Valerie Johnson, hammer throw, third place (46.27m, 151' 10")
    • Carlie Vannatta, hammer throw, fourth place (45.57m, 149' 06")
    • Kylie Bradley, javelin, first place (36.21m, 118' 9")

    A top three finish earns the athlete CCAC All-Conference honors. Head Coach, Mike McDowell, was named Coach of the Year.

    The Tigers have one more chance to add qualifiers and hone their skills before the NAIA Outdoor National Championships. Olivet will head to the Dr. Keeler Invitational hosted by North Central College (Ill.) on Thursday, May 7 at 2:00p.m. 

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    May 04, 2015 9:20:23May 04, 2015 -

    ROSEMONT, Ill. - The beauty of the post season is that everyone starts with a clean slate, the No. 7 seed has the same chance to win as the No. 1 seed. The Olivet Nazarene University softball team found themselves in a position they had not been in for quite some time…being the underdog. Olivet entered the seven-team Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Tournament as the final team, and the Tiger embraced the challenge.  

    Olivet Nazarene 5  Cardinal Stritch 3

    Olivet started things off with a come-from-behind 5-3 win over No. 19 Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.).  Olivet gave up three runs off of three hits in the second inning, but the Tigers came back with three of their own in the top of the fourth before adding the game winners in the top of the seventh. Freshman Sarah Collalti (St. Charles, Ill.) went 2-for-3 at the plate, while freshman Samantha Alberto (St. Charles, Ill.) and junior Lindsey Krippel (Fairbury, Ill.) added a hit and two RBIs each.

    Junior Maggie Tidrow (Liberty, Ind.) went the distance in the circle for the Tigers against her former team, to improve to 12-5 on the season. She allowed seven hits, while striking out six and walking two.

     

    Olivet Nazarene 8  Purdue University - Calumet 4

    A grand slam by senior Erika Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) and a complete game from freshman Haley Beno (St. Charles, Ill.) led the Tigers to an 8-4 win over Purdue University - Calumet (Ind.). Junior Ashley McKnight (Deer Creek, Ill.) added a near perfect day at the plate, finishing 4-for-5 with two runs scored. Senior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ind.) added two hits, including her 14 th  double of the season.

    Beno improved to 7-2 on the year in going the distance in the circle. She allowed 12 hits, while striking out seven and walking three.

     

    Olivet Nazarene 3  No. 5 Saint Xavier 6

    The underdog Tigers would now face their rival, Saint Xavier University (Ill.) in the winner's bracket championship. A win would guarantee Olivet the second automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round. Despite giving up two runs in the bottom of the first inning off of two hits and a defensive error, the Tigers settled down, holding the powerful Cougars scoreless and tying the game up in the top of the fifth.

    A walk, a hit-by-pitch and a bunt base hit set up a two-RBI single by freshman Mickey Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) to get the Tigers on the board and bringing Olivet to within one. But, the Cougars responded with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning and two more in the bottom of the sixth.

    Olivet managed one run in the top of the seventh off of another Goetz hit, but not enough to upset the Cougars. Freshman Jamie Kiefer (Chicago) suffered the loss, throwing all six innings. She allowed eight hits, while striking out three and walking two.

    Olivet Nazarene 4  University of St. Francis 12

    Now in the loser's bracket, Olivet opened play against the University of St. Francis (Ill.) as you should in this situation, play to stay alive. McKnight opened the bottom of the first with a bunt base hit and advanced to second on a single by freshman Sarah Collalti (St. Charles, Ill.). Goetz came through again with an RBI double to get the Tigers on the board first. A wild pitch and another Tatum home run put the Tigers up 4-0 after just one inning.

    After a scoreless second, St. Francis put together a six run third inning off of five hits, a walk, a hit-by-pitch and a Tiger error. The Saints added another six run inning in the top of the fifth to put the game of out of reach and eliminate the Tigers from the tournament.

    Tidrow got the start in the circle and suffered the loss. She threw 2.2 innings, allowing six runs while striking out two and walking one. Beno threw 1.1 innings, allowing six runs, striking out two and walking two. Kiefer threw the final inning, striking out one and allowing one hit.

    Goetz, Tatum and McKnight all earned CCAC All-Tournament honors for their performances over the three-day event.  

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    May 01, 2015 9:45:35May 01, 2015 -

    NORMAL, Ill. — Following another championship season, the head coach of the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team, Ralph Hodge, was recognized as the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) NAIA Division II Co-Coach of the Year. Hodge led the Tigers to a 25-9 mark, the sixth-best record (by percentage) in program history. ONU was the CCAC Regular Season Co-Champion and won the CCAC Tournament, making a 17th appearance in NAIA National Championships, a first in Division II. Hodge will be recognized by the IBCA Board of Directors at the Annual Hall of Fame Banquet on May 2, 2015, at Illinois State University's Bone Center.

    Hodge, the NAIA Hall of Fame member, added to his collection of championships in his 36th season. He has led 17 teams to national tournament appearances, the most by any team from Illinois. On 12 different occasions, he led his team to CCAC regular season championships and to six CCAC Tournament titles. Prior to membership in the CCAC, Hodge and the Tigers won four Northern Illinois Intercollegiate Conference (NIIC) championships and also won four NAIA District 20 titles. 

    The third-winningest active coach in NAIA Division II, Hodge now has 730 wins (.623 win percentage). He has done this by winning 20-plus games 26 times and averaging more than 20 wins per year in his career. He went 15 straight seasons from 1989 through 2003 gathering 20 or more wins, which included the Tigers' only NAIA Final Four appearance (2000) and two NAIA Elite Eight finishes (2002 and 2003). The Tigers reached another Elite Eight in 2006. 

    Throughout his career, Hodge has coached some of the best players who played in the CCAC and NAIA, including recent NAIA Third Team All-American selection, Aaron Larson. He has coached a total of 92 All-CCAC players (since voting started in 1987) and six CCAC Player of the Year winners. Along with the program’s leading scorer, Zach Freeman, Hodge has coached seven other all-Americans, three of whom were multiple year honorees. There have also been eight other Tigers named NAIA Honorable Mention All-Americans. In addition to his own retired number, Hodge has coached the other three Tigers with retired numbers: Jeff Prather, Corey Zink and Zach Freeman. 

    Coach Hodge’s teams have also achieved off the court. All but one of his four-year players has graduated. His outstanding leadership also points to his team’s focus on their academic pursuits. Since 2000, the men’s basketball team has had 27 named as NAIA Scholar-Athletes. 

    Throughout his 36-year coaching career, Ralph Hodge has been recognized for his achievements, the ways he has impacted his program and the game of basketball. He is a nine-time CCAC Coach of the Year recipient and won the award for NAIA District 20 in 1989. He was inducted into the CCAC Hall of Fame (2002) and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Hall of Fame (2004); awarded the NAIA’s Charles A. Kriegel Award for Sportsmanship (2002); named the IBCA-NAIA Division I Co-Coach of the Year (2010 and 2011) and The Daily Journal (Kankakee, Ill.) Sports Citizen of the Year (2008); and was NAIA national rater for CCAC Division I for 15 years.

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    Apr 30, 2015 5:1:2Apr 30, 2015 -

    FLOSSMOOR, Ill. — Playing for the chance to compete at the NAIA National Championships, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s golf team and Head Coach Damon Jensen took to Flossmoor Country Club for an historic league title. However, steep competition and poor weather on day two caused another year without a trip to the postseason for the Tigers.

    A total of 59 golfers played in the 36-hole, two-day event at the par-72, 6,764-yard course. ONU finished fifth with a team score of 663 (+87), only eight strokes back of fourth. Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) won the league title with 603 (+27). The University of St. Francis (Ill.) came in second with 625 (+49), and St. Xavier University (Ill.) came in third with 652 (+76).

    For the final tournament of the season, the Tigers were led by their most consistent player, senior Michael Bork (Rapid City, Mich.), who finished with 157 (77-80) (+13) and tied for seventh. Freshman Kyle Dwyer (Bourbonnais, Ill.) shot a combined 164 (79-85) (+20) and tied for 19th. Junior Robert Wagner (Bethel, Ohio) finished third for the Tigers, shooting 172 (89-83) (+28) and finishing tied for 37th.

    Sophomore Luke Lambert (Crown Point, Ind.) shot 174 (85-89) (+30) and tied for 39th. Sophomore Cole Evenson (Princeton, Ill.) finished with 178 (85-93) (+24), tied for 45th.

    The four-year career of senior Michael Bork was concluded with today’s round.

    Results

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    Apr 30, 2015 8:42:35Apr 30, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The Olivet Nazarene University men's basketball team and Head Coach Ralph Hodge have signed their ninth member to the 2015 recruiting class: Christian Dunning, a 6'4" swingman from Carrier Mills, Illinois. He played for Frankfort Community High School in West Frankfort during his high school career.

    During his senior season, Dunning helped lead his team to a 17-9 record, despite breaking his wrist on his shooting hand in February. The Redbirds lost in the IHSA 2A Regional Championship to Carterville, an eventual supersectional participant. He earned IBCA 1A/2A Honorable Mention and All-Southern Illinois River-to-River Conference honors. He was selected to the Southern Illinois Coaches Association Boys Basketball 2A All South Team and played in the all-star game.

    He also was selected to play in the Rend Lake Lion’s Club All-Star Game. He was also selected to two all-tourney teams, the Eldorado Holiday Tournament and the Midwinter Classic hosted by West Frankfort.

    In addition to his career at Frankfort Community, Dunning played AAU for the Illinois Bears. He played high-level events in Chicago, Louisville, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee and St. Louis.

    Dunning was also a four-year member of the baseball team at Frankfort Community and ran cross country for one season.

    He and his family are members of Trinity United Methodist Church in West Frankfort, Illinois, where his dad, Rev. Joey Dunning, is the directing pastor. Dunning plans to major in business administration at Olivet.

    He joins fellow members of the 2015 recruiting class Zach Tuxhorn (Naperville, Ill.); Joey Olson (Muskegon, Mich.); Josh Berquist (Crown Point, Ind.); Brady Williams (Defiance, Ohio); Zac Craig (Monroe, Tenn.); Solomon Barwegen (Otsego, Mich.); Jake Tuttle (Hampshire, Ill.); and Alex Clark (Dunlap, Ill.).

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    Apr 30, 2015 8:39:28Apr 30, 2015 -

    NEW LENOX, Ill. - After a shaky opening round, the Olivet Nazarene University women's golf team knew they needed to settle down and play their game if they hoped to repeat as the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Champions and earn the automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships. The Tigers found themselves fourteen strokes back from the leader after day one of competition at The Sanctuary Golf Club. Despite a front nine 33 to open day two by junior Bridget Wolff (East Peoria), the Tigers couldn't stage the comeback they needed, finishing third overall in the six team field.

    Wolff, who finished seventh overall with a 166 in the 31 player field, finished day two with a team-leading 77 after opening with an 89. Senior Lydia Bilyeu (Fulton, Ill.) led Olivet overall, finishing with a two-day total of 165 in sixth place. Bilyeu shot an opening round 87, but came back on day two with a 78.

    Saint Xavier University (Ill.) captured the title with a 664, just one stroke ahead of the University of St. Francis (Ill.). Olivet finish with a team total of 684 and rounding out the top five were Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) with a 696 and Holy Cross College (Ind.) at 716.

    Junior Kelsey Fisk (Greenfield, Ind.) finished 12 th overall after shooting an 84 and an 88 for a 172 total. Junior Sydney Tyler (Bloomington, Ill.) shot rounds of 94 and 87 to finish with a 181 in 17 th place. Freshman Julie Hogan (Pontiac, Ill.) finished 25 th  with a 192, 95 in the opening round and 97 on day two.

    Senior Jessie Eckerley (Peru, Ind.) participated as an individual in the event, finishing tied for 20 th with a 187. Eckerley shot rounds of 90 and 97.

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    Apr 29, 2015 4:2:31Apr 29, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, lll. — Due to inclement weather on Saturday, April 25, the Tigers moved their doubleheader with Holy Cross College (Ind.) to Wednesday, April 29. Once the game started, Olivet was already eliminated from postseason play, but the Saints were playing for seeding in the CCAC Tournament that began on Friday. In game one, Holy Cross shutout the Tigers for only the second time this season. In game two, led by three seniors, the Tigers won 8-5 and ended the season on a high note.

    The Tigers (29-21. 13-17) started sophomore Dave Cericola (Villa Park, Ill.) (6-3). He went 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs — one earned — off four hits while walking four and striking out three.

    Holy Cross (29-19, 19-11) sent Rodney Bettcher to the mound, but he went only three innings, allowing three hits and walking four. Darwing Ereu (3-5) went the final four innings, earning the win as he struck out four batters.

    Game two featured senior Stephen Martin (Tampa, Fla.) who went three innings and allowed four runs off seven hits. Junior Blake Uhlman (Tremont, Ill.) threw 2 1/3 innings and allowed one unearned run. Freshman Jonathan Hentschel (Midland, Mich.) (5-6) struck out three in 2 2/3 innings. Freshman Nick Campe (Manteno, Ill.) (9) earned the save in the ninth inning, striking out the side.

    For the Saints, Ereu started and went five innings, allowing three runs — two earned — off two hits while striking out four. Eventually CJ Supercynski (0-1) came in the eighth inning and allowed four runs off three hits.

    In game one, the Tigers were held scoreless but had multiple runners on base in the second and third innings. In the second, they had runners on second and third with two outs, and Bettcher got the third out on a strikeout. In the third inning, the Tigers had the bases loaded with two outs but squandered the opportunity with a groundout. Meanwhile, the Saints scored one in the third with a two out single and in the seventh on an error by the Tigers.

    In game two, the Saints put three runs up early with three in the first. ONU responded with three combined between the first and second. They fell behind in the fourth 5-3 after a three-hit inning by the Saints. In the sixth inning, the Tigers made it 5-4 on a Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) sacrifice fly. Eventually after four straight scoreless innings for Holy Cross, the Tigers completed the comeback and tacked on a couple of insurance runs. Altmann tied the game with a RBI single. Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.), the pinch-hitter, singled up the middle to make it 7-5. Hayes eventually stole home on a double steal to make it 8-5.

    At the plate for the Tigers, Hayes was 3-for-4 with one run and two RBIs. Altmann was 1-for-3 with three RBIs and two walks. Jordan Wanner (Morton, Ill.) went 3-for-6 with two runs and one walk.   

    For the Saints, Corleone Desimone went 3-for-9 with two RBIs, Stephen Clancy went 2-for-8 with three runs. Tommy Goodale was 2-for-7 with one run and two RBIs.

    Wednesday’s games end the career of these seniors: Seth Tschetter (Plymouth, Mich.), Stefan Sauder (Morton, Ill.),Aaron King (Pekin, Ill.), Ken DeCook (Kankakee, Ill.) and Stephen Martin (Tampa, Fla.).  

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    Apr 28, 2015 9:7:17Apr 28, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill./ MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The No. 22 Olivet Nazarene University women's tennis team will have to sit and wait as their post-season fate is decided by their ranking and how other team finish instead of taking care of it on the court themselves. The Tigers fell 5-2 to Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) on Saturday, April 25 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletics Conference Tournament, missing out on the automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships.  The Tigers easily defeated Purdue University - Calumet (Ind.) 5-0 earlier in the week.

    Olivet Nazarene University 2    Cardinal Stritch University 5

    Sophomore Priscila Nunez (Montreal, Canada) helped the Tigers to their two points in the championships match, teaming up with junior Serephine Buchmann (Illinau, Switzerland) to win at No. 1 doubles and taking the win at No. 1 singles. The Nunez and Buchmann duo continued to dominance of the CCAC, defeating Jitsupa Sirinit and Volvy Boilevin 8-5. Nunez then made quick work of Alexi Loomis, winning 6-3, 6-1 but the Wolves picked up the decisive wins at Nos. 4-6 to with the championships and earn the bid to nationals.

    Olivet Nazarene 5     Purdue University - Calumet 0

    All three doubles matches with the Peregrine in the semifinals finished with matching 8-1 scores to put the Tigers up 3-0. Olivet was leading Nos. 1-4 singles, but sophomore Marta Quereda (Alicanta, Spain) and freshman Mikaela Coose (Twin Lakes, Wis.) finished off Purdue Cal with wins at No. 5 and 6, both winning 6-0, 6-0, leaving the top spots unfinished.

    Olivet (17-7) will sit and wait for the NAIA National Champion qualifiers will be announced on Tuesday, April 28 to know if their season is over or they receive new life in the post season. 

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    Apr 28, 2015 9:2:57Apr 28, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The Olivet Nazarene University men's basketball team and Head Coach Ralph Hodge have signed their eighth member to the 2015 recruiting class: Alex Clark, a 5'11" guard from Dunlap, lllinois. He played for Peoria Christian High School during his high school career.

    During his senior campaign, Clark started and averaged 9.7 points, 2.5 assists, 2.3 rebounds, shot 45 percent from the floor, 35 from behind the arc and 76 percent from the free-throw line. He led the team with 56 made three-pointers. In a standout game, he had 23 points, including seven three-pointers, two steals and three assists.

    Clark helped the Chargers to an outstanding 25-3 record, losing in the IHSA 1A Regional Championship to eventual state champion Brimfield. Along the way, Peoria Christian won the Tri-County Conference and postseason Tri-County Conference Tournament, and the Quest Gators 36th Annual Patriot Thanksgiving Classic. His team finished third at the State Farm Holiday Classic.

    Clark plans to major in business management at Olivet. He and his family attend Harvest Bible Chapel in East Peoria, Illinois.

    He joins fellow members of the 2015 recruiting class Zach Tuxhorn (Naperville, Ill.); Joey Olson (Muskegon, Mich.); Josh Berquist (Crown Point, Ind.); Brady Williams (Defiance, Ohio); Zac Craig (Monroe, Tenn.); Solomon Barwegen (Otsego, Mich.); and Jake Tuttle (Hampshire, Ill.)

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    Apr 27, 2015 1:18:18Apr 27, 2015 -

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

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

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

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

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

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

    NURSE Corps gives nurses nationwide the opportunity to turn their passion for service into a lifelong career. Committed to building healthier communities in urban, rural and frontier areas, this organization supports nursing and nursing students as they work in communities with inadequate access to care. The NURSE Corps Scholarship Program has helped critical shortage facilities meet their urgent need for nurses since 2002 and helped more than 2,200 dedicated nurses provide quality care where they are needed most.
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    Apr 27, 2015 12:24:13Apr 27, 2015 -

    LISLE, Ill. - It was another great outing for the Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field team on this time at the Benedictine University Twilight Invitational on Friday, April 24. The Tigers captured third place overall in the 20 team field, led by Kylie Bradley and Amy Blucker who each posted top three finishes in three events.

    Bradley (Portland, Tenn.), a sophomore, best finish was second in the javelin where she posted a toss of 36.34m (119' 3"). She also finished third in both the long jump with a jump of 5.26m (17' 3.25") and the 100m hurdles with a time of 16.40.

    Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) finished the day with a first, second and third place finish. Her top finish came in the shot put with a toss of 14.62m (47' 11.75"). She then finished second in the discus with a throw of 45.10m (147' 11") and third in the hammer throw with a throw of 49.59m (162' 8").

    Other top finishes:

    • Hannah Gee (McKinney, Texas), third place, discus (44.91m, 147' 4")
    • Carlie Vannatta, fourth place, discus (40.51m, 132' 11")
    • Emily Reader, third place, pole vault (3.49m, 11' 5.25")
    • Anna Stiker, fourth place, pole vault (3.49m, 11' 5.25")
    Olivet sent a split squad to the Drake Relays, the top Tiger finish was a "B" qualifying time of 9:28.86 by the 4x800m relay team of Karley Brown, Angelica Lafemina, Kylie Lippencott and Alexa Beezhold. 

    The Tigers return to action at the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships on May 1-2. The two-day event is hosted by the University of St. Francis (Ill.) at ATI Memorial Stadium in Joliet, Illinois. 

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    Apr 27, 2015 12:20:8Apr 27, 2015 -

    WESTFIELD, Ind. - The Olivet Nazarene University softball team got just what they needed on Friday, April 24 on the road at Purdue University -North Central (Ind.)…two wins. The Tigers, who have struggled of late, picked up two wins in their final Chicagoland Collegiate Athletics Conference regular season games. The wins came just in time to start preparing for the CCAC Tournament, where everyone starts over and it's anyone's to win.

    In the opener, Olivet (28-21, 11-11) picked up a 13-3 win over the Panthers off of 13 hits. Junior Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) was near perfect at the plate, finishing 4-for-5 with five RBIs, including a home run. Freshman Mickey Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) added a three hit performance, also connecting for a home run.

    In the circle, freshman Jaime Kiefer ( ) picked up the win, throwing five innings. She allowed three hits and three run, striking out five and walking one. Freshman Erica Cebulski ( ) threw the final two innings, allowing two hits and striking out one.

    In the nightcap, the Tiger offense stayed hot, collecting 16 hits.  Junior Ashley McKnight (Deer Creek, Ill.) finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored, while Megyesi and freshman Sarah Collalti ( ) also added three hits. Megyesi connected for her second homer of the day, Collalti added a double.

    Junior Maggie Tidrow ( ) got the win for the Tigers, throwing five innings. She allowed four hits and one run, striking out seven and walking four. Freshman Haley Beno (St. Charles, Ill.) tossed the final two innings, allowing three hits while walking one and striking out one.

    Olivet will return to action on Thursday, April 30 in the CCAC Tournament. Brackets have not been finalized. All games will be hosted by Roosevelt University (Ill.) in Rosemont, Illinois. 

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    Apr 26, 2015 11:43:26Apr 26, 2015 -

    LISLE, Ill. — During the last weekend in April, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s track and field team appeared in two separate meets: the world-renowned Drake Relays (Iowa) and the Twilight Invite hosted by Benedictine University (Ill.). 

    Olivet finished second of 20 teams at the Twilight Invite — the fourth time this outdoor season they have finished in the top four at a meet. Each of three Tigers won his respective event. The 12th ranked discus thrower in the world and third in the U.S., junior Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.), again won the discus with a throw of 54.33 meters. He also won the shot put with a mark of 16.33 meters. Fellow thrower, junior Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.), won the hammer throw with a mark of 51.54 meters. He also placed fourth in the shot put (14.75 meters) and second in the discus (46.20 meters). Senior Brian Michell (Reed City, Mich.) won the pole vault with a jump of 4.70 meters.

    Junior Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) finished second in the triple jump with a mark of 14.22 meters, and was a third-place finisher in the long jump (6.73 meters). Junior Alvin Best (Portage, Ind.) placed third in the 400 meter dash with a time of 49.62 and helped the 4x100 meter relay team finish fourth with a time of 42.97. He was joined by Caleb Parsons (Watseka, Ill.), Tyson Lersch (Archbold, Ohio) and Derrick Booth (Roseville, Calif.). Booth also threw the javelin, finishing 14th (41.23 meters). Sophomore Brandon Baker (Lakeland, Fla.) placed sixth in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.40. Senior David Powers (Security, Colo.) came in seventh in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:59.19. Sophomore Caleb Drake (Rock Island, Ill.) was a fifth-place finisher in the 1500 meter run (3:56.57).

    In the 3000 meter steeplechase, sophomore Jason Reynolds (Rockford, Ill.) came in sixth (9:44.34). In the high jump, junior Conner Stroud (Manteno, Ill.) came in fifth in with a mark of 1.95 meters.

    At the Drake Relays, the 4x100 meter relay team of Thomas Zidek (Hoffman Estates, Ill.), Zach Gordon (Carol Stream, Ill.), Jonathan Hutchison (Morton, Ill.) and Delano Harris-Samuels (Bourbonnais, Ill.) competed in the College Division Heat One Preliminaries and ran a 41.78 (third place). Zidek, Gordon, Hutchison and Jared Carl (Galesburg, Ill.) also ran the 4x200 meter relay in the College Division Section 3 and finished 1:26.90 (sixth place).

    ONU will be back in action on Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2, for the CCAC Championships hosted by University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.

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    Apr 26, 2015 11:19:55Apr 26, 2015 -

    MILWAUKEE, Wis. — A bid for a fourth consecutive CCAC Tournament Championship on Saturday, April 25, was spoiled when the Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis ran into the Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) team. The Wolves took it from the Tigers 5-0. ONU failed to gain a point on the road after completing the regular season unscathed.

    In the Tigers' (12-6) loss to Cardinal Stritch (14-5), the No. 1 team of Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) and Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) lost by a score of 8-4. Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) and Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) came up short in a tight match by a score of 9-8 (10-8). Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.) and Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) finished with an 8-3 loss to Fiesse and Barros.

    No. 1 Mancineiras Cornella was leading (6-4, 2-4), but his singles match did not matter. No. 2 Navarro Veys’s singles fell to Feo Fiesse (6-1,6-3). No. 3 Sanchez’s match went unfinished, even though he did lead (6-2, 6-3). No. 4 Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales did not finish his match but led (7-5, 3-6, (11-9)).

    No. 5 Peter Jensen’s match went unfinished, but he trailed (1-6, 7-5, 3-6). ONU’s No. 6 Tyler Ellis lost a singles point (6-2, 6-1) to Nader Murad.

    ONU will wait for an at-large bid to its 13th consecutive NAIA National Championships appearance.

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    Apr 26, 2015 9:14:59Apr 26, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - Freshman pitcher Haley Beno (St. Charles, Ill.) looked the No. 5 Saint Xavier University Cougars in the eye on Wednesday, April 22 and didn't flinch. Beno held the Cougars to just one run in eight innings, but the strong veteran team finally got the best of the young pitcher in the top of the ninth inning. The Tigers fell 6-1in nine innings in game two after a 10-0, five-inning loss in game one.

     

    Beno and the Olivet defense had worked out of some sticky situations as the Cougars connected for 16 hits in the nightcap. The Tigers, who managed just four hits off of two of the best pitcher in the NAIA, failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities.

     

    Game two proved to be a close battle to the very end.  The Tigers responded to a run scored by Saint Xavier in the third inning tying the game.  The game remained tied 1-1 pushing it into extra innings.  The Cougars rallied in the top of the ninth scoring five runs to which the Tigers could not respond.  The game ended in a score of 6-1.  Freshman Mikaela Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double.  Senior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ind.) went 1-for-4 with an RBI.  Junior Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) also added a double going 1-for-4.  

     

    Beno, now 6-2, was relieved by freshman Jamie Kiefer (Chicago, Ill.) in the top of the ninth, striking out the final batter.  

     

    Junior Ashley McKnight (Deer Creek, Ill.) connected for the Tigers only hit of the game.  This lack of offense led to a scoreless end for the Tigers whose defense also lacked allowing the Cougars to score ten earned runs resulting in the final score of 10-0.

     

    Freshman Erica Cebulski (Lockport, Ill.) struggled in the circle taking her seventh loss of the season.  She allowed five hits and three runs.  Junior Maggie Tidrow (Liberty, Ind.) came in the second inning to relieve Cebulski.  She struck out six, allowing six hits and seven runs.

     

    The Tigers continue play in a rescheduled game at Purdue University - North Central.  Play begins at 3:00 p.m.

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    Apr 25, 2015 11:16:49Apr 25, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, lll. — Needing every win left on the schedule to have any opportunity to play in the postseason tournament, the Olivet Nazarene University Tigers were ready to host Holy Cross College (Ind.) and hopefully get a win. However, the Saints's pitching staff was stingy throughout the game, allowing only five hits to Olivet all game and handing the Tigers a 6-2 loss.

    Game one featured freshman Jonathan Hentschel (Midland, Mich.) (4-6) on the mound. He went five innings and allowed four runs — three earned — off six hits while striking out four and walking five. Junior Blake Uhlman (Tremont, Ill.) threw four innings and allowed two runs off five hits.

    For the Saints (27-16, 17-8), Trey Bickel (6-2) went six innings, allowed one run off three hits, struck out five and walked seven. Darwing Ereu (4) earned his fourth save, allowing only one run off three hits in three innings.

    Holy Cross took a quick 2-1 lead after three innings. The Tigers (28-20, 12-26) scored their first run when Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.) stole second and made it home on a two-base error by the catcher. Unfortunately, Olivet was unable to score again before the Saints put two more on the board, making it 4-1 after six innings. Again in the ninth, the Saints led 6-1 going into the bottom of the ninth. ONU did manage a second run in its final at-bat on a Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) RBI single.

    At the plate, Foster was 3-for-4 with one RBI. Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) was 2-for-3.  

    For the Saints, Jacob Lanning went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and one run. Jordan Hinton was 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI.

    Due to rain, the Tigers will make up Saturday’s games on Wednesday, April 29, at Watson Field.

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    Apr 25, 2015 10:57:8Apr 25, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The CCAC Regular Season competition was no match for the Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team. On Friday afternoon, April 24, the Tigers began their pursuit of their fourth straight tournament title with a match at home against Roosevelt University (Ill.). The Tigers ended the match quickly and short of nine complete points with a 5-0 win, giving them an opportunity to win a fourth consecutive title.

    In the Tigers' (12-5) shutout of Roosevelt (14-9), the No. 1 team of Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) and Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) won by a score of 8-3. Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) and Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) came up big with a shutout of 8-0. Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.) and Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) finished with an 8-8-04 win.

    No. 1 Mancineiras Cornella did not need to finish his match, but he led (6-0, 1-0). No. 2 Navarro Veys’s singles match went unfinished but he was up (6-1, 1-0). No. 3 Sanchez took a point with a shutout (6-0, 6-0). No. 4 Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales also won his singles match (6-1, 6-0).

    No. 5 Peter Jensen’s match went unfinished, but he led (6-3, 3-1). ONU’s No. 6 Tyler Ellis was leading (6-3, 1-2), but his singles match went unfinished.

    ONU will play for the CCAC Tournament Championship on Saturday, April 25, at Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.).

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    Apr 23, 2015 11:22:7Apr 23, 2015 -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    In her nomination of Nancy, Shelby Wegforth (junior, Mokena, Illinois) said: “Nancy models the behavior and poise student employees should have in the office. She expects the best from us and holds us accountable. She is professional in every aspect of her work and treats everyone with respect and care. She makes a difference in the lives of the students she leads.”
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    Apr 23, 2015 10:30:56Apr 23, 2015 -

    CHICAGO, lll. — After a tough one-run loss in game one (5-4) of a doubleheader with St. Xavier University (Ill.) on Wednesday, April 22, the Tigers responded with a 10-5 win in game two. Olivet put together 14 hits in the win which helped them split the doubleheader with the rival Cougars. Freshman Nick Campe (Manteno, Ill.) earned his eighth save of the season in game two, and he now leads the CCAC.

    Game one featured junior Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) (6-2) on the mound. He went 2 1/3 innings and allowed four runs off six hits while striking out four. Junior Blake Uhlman (Tremont, Ill.) threw 3 2/3 innings and allowed one run off two hits.

    For the Cougars (10-26, 8-17), Tyler Hebel (4-2) went 6 2/3 innings and allowed four runs — two earned — off five hits and struck out four. Erik Eggert (2) earned his second save, striking out the final batter.

    In game two, Stephen Martin (Tampa, Fla.) (4-4) started his eighth game and went eight innings, allowing five runs — three earned — off 13 hits while striking out four. Sophomore Jordan Wanner (Morton, Ill.) pitched 2/3 innings and walked one. Nick Campe (8) earned the save with a fly out.

    Jeremy Dryier (2-4) lost in game two, throwing three innings and allowing seven unearned runs off seven hits, walking four. Matthew McKenzie went 3 2/3 innings and allowed two runs off four hits. Dan Wetzel pitched 2 1/3 innings and allowed one run off three hits while striking out three.

    The Cougars started game one with four runs through the first two innings using six hits, two of which were for extra bases. ONU (28-19, 12-15) got two runs back in the fourth and fifth with a Josh Atlmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) triple, who eventually scored, and a Jordan Wanner RBI double. St. Xavier made it 5-2 in the sixth. In the seventh, ONU tried to make a run at a comeback but fell one run short.

    In game two, ONU started hot, scoring seven runs in the first three innings and taking a 7-2 lead. Freshman Jeff Szubert (Tinley Park, Ill.) doubled for three runs. Tanner McLain (Rantoul, Ill.) singled for the fifth run of the inning. The Cougars tried to stay within reach, scoring a third run in the fourth and two more in the sixth. But they still trailed by three runs going into the seventh. That’s when ONU tacked on two more runs over the next two innings to seal the deal. Philip Steward (Bourbonnais, Ill.) added a RBI to his season total on a single in the seventh, and Altmann had a RBI single in the eighth.

    At the plate, Travis Hill (Romeoville, Ill.) went 3-for-8 with three runs and two RBIs for Olivet. Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.) was 4-for-8 with one run and two RBIs. Jordan Wanner was 4-for-7 with two runs and four RBIs. Josh Altmann went 3-for-7 with three runs and one RBI. 

    St. Xavier’s Alec Barnhart went 5-for-7 with four runs and three RBIs. Bryan Villanova went 3-for-9 with two RBIs.

    ONU will be back on the field Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, at home against Holy Cross College (Ind.) for a three-game series starting at 4 p.m. on Friday and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday for a doubleheader.

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    Apr 23, 2015 9:42:3Apr 23, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — On Saturday, April 18, Olivet Nazarene University junior Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) made history with his 63.17 meters (207 feet, three inches) throw in the discus at the Augustana College (Ill.) Meet of Champions. His throw earned him NAIA and CCAC Men's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week honors.

    Armbrust gained recognition for the second time this season after breaking his own school record in the discus by nearly six meters. His throw qualified him for the USA Outdoor Championships in June, and is the longest ever by a collegiate athlete in the state of Illinois. The effort ranks him third in the nation and ranked him second in a field of 43 competitors at the Saturday meet.

    In addition, his 63-plus meter throw ranks him No. 12 in the world, No. 2 in all college divisions (NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA), and No. 1 in the NAIA. He leads all NAIA in Power Ranking Points (every event leader), and this throw was the second longest throw in the history of the NAIA.

    In addition, Armbrust — who is ranked No. 3 in the NAIA — won the shot put event at the meet, outdistancing 37 other challengers with a throw of 16.85 meters (55-3.5). He also collected national recognition in week two (April 1).

    Armbrust says, "I just want to continue to train hard and give everything I have every day. If I continue to work hard and stay hungry, the future is full of great possibilities."

     

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    Apr 23, 2015 9:6:1Apr 23, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - The Olivet Nazarene University took on the University of St. Francis (Ill.) on Tuesday April 21 at Tiger Field.  The Tigers just can't seem to get out of their slump as they dropped both games against the Fighting Saints 12-5 and 9-7.

     

    The first game on the evening was a rough start as the Saints scored nine runs unanswered runs.  It wasn't until the bottom of the fifth that Olivet was able to put up three runs off of back-to-back homers from seniors Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ind.) and Erika Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.).  Truelock and Tatum went 1-for-4 and 2-for-4, respectively, with Tatum adding a double.  Also contributing a double was freshman Mikaela Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) who went 2-for-4.    An additional run in the sixth and seventh innings was not enough to put the Tigers in the lead resulting in the final score of 12-5. 

     

    In the circle for the Tigers was junior Maggie Tidrow (Liberty, Ind.) who took her fifth loss of the season.  She struck out five, allowing eight hits and nine runs.  Freshman Erica Cebulski (Lockport, Ill.) came in to relieve Tidrow in the fifth.  She allowed seven hits and three runs. 

     

    Game two was another slow start for the Tigers as they watched the Saints take an early lead, scoring seven runs in the first four innings. A two-run inning in the top of the fourth coupled with three runs in the fifth brought Olivet back in the game.  Junior Ashley McKnight (Deerk Creek, Ill.) had a perfect night at the plate going 4-for-4.  Tatum went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) went 1-for-3 with three RBIs.   St Francis scored an additional two runs in the top of the seventh.  In the bottom of the inning the Tigers tried to battle their way back scoring two runs off a Megyesi homerun, but again their efforts fell short and the game ended in a 9-7 Saints win. 

     

    Freshman Jamie Kiefer (Chicago, Ill.) now 6-7 pitched the first half of the game.  She struck out one and allowed nine hits and seven runs.  In relief was freshman Haley Beno (St. Charles, Ill.) who struck out two, allowing six hits and two runs. 

     

    The Tigers return to action Wednesday April 22 at Tiger Field playing No. 4 Saint Xavier University (Ill.).  Play begins at 3:00 p.m.

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    Apr 23, 2015 8:56:36Apr 23, 2015 -

    GELENA, Ill. - Junior Kelsey Fisk (Greenfield, Ind.) continues to pace the Olivet Nazarene University women's golf team, this time capturing the individual title at the Clarke Spring Invitational on Wednesday, April 22 at the Eagle Ridge Resort. Fisk and the Tigers posted a team score of 365 to take first place in the five team competition.

    Fisk shot an 85 on the par 72, 6,386 yard North Course to pace the Olivet contingency. Senior Lydia Bilyeu (Fulton, Ill.) finished tied for fourth in the 25 player field, entering the club house with a 91. Junior Bridget Wolff (East Peoria, Ill.) was right behind with a 92 to finish in sixth place. Rounding out the Tigers top-five finishers were sophomore Sydney Tyler (Bloomington, Ill.) and freshman Julie Hogan (Pontiac, Ill.) with 97 and 104, respectively.

    The Tigers will defend their Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference title on April 27-28 at the CCAC Championship at the Sanctuary Golf Course in New Lenox, Illinois. The winner of the two-day event will earn an automatic bid to the21st Annual Women's Golf NAIA National Championships on May 12-15 in Pooler, Georgia. 

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    Apr 22, 2015 10:36:41Apr 22, 2015 -

    LONG BEACH, Calif. - Former Olivet Nazarene University swimmer, Bradley Adamson, has recently been named the head swim coach at Long Beach Community College.

    In his career Olivet, Adamson helped build the ONU program into the national powerhouse it has become in just its three short years of existence. His leadership in the pool and out has helped prepare him for this new endeavor.

    "I am excited about continuing my swim coaching career at the collegiate level," said Adamson of the opportunity.  "I have learned a lot about the sport from all different perspectives, from being an athlete, a coach and a student in the Exercise Science program at Olivet.  God's timing opened up this opportunity and I am eager to accept the challenge."

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    Apr 22, 2015 9:59:40Apr 22, 2015 -

    ELGIN, Ill. - The Olivet Nazarene University softball team took on Judson University Thursday, April 16, dropping both games to the Eagles,  2-1 and 9-3. The loses put the Tiger's record at 22-13 and 9-5 in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference action. 

     

    Game one was a battle to the end.  Judson scored their first run in the bottom of the first and the Tigers responded with a run of their own in top of the seventh to tie it up.  In an extra inning Judson scored an additional run bringing the final score to 2-1.  Freshman Mikaela Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) went 1-for-2 with an RBI.  Sophomore Kristina Shahan (Plainfield, Ill.) went 2-for-3 accounting for the Tigers only run. 

     

    Junior Maggie Tidrow (Liberty, Ind.) took the loss for the Tigers putting her record at 10-4.  She struck out six allowing eight hits and two runs.

     

    Game two the Tigers were down early.  Judson scored eight runs in the bottom of the second leaving a large deficit for the Tigers to overcome.  Olivet scored two runs in the top of the fifth off a Goetz homerun and an additional run in the top of the sixth off a Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) homerun.  Despite their efforts, the Tigers were unable to close the gap and the game ended in a score of 9-3. 

     

    In the circle was freshman Erika Cebulski (Lockport, Ill.) who took her fifth loss of the season.  She was relieved after giving up seven runs in the second inning by freshman Jamie Kiefer (Chicago, Ill.).  Kiefer struck out eight and gave up five hits and two runs.

     

    The Tigers return to action on Tuesday April 21 at Tiger Field against the University of Saint Francis. Game one is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

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    Apr 21, 2015 1:48:58Apr 21, 2015 -

    CARACAS, Venezuela - Freshman Eugenia Sebastiani recently returned home to compete at the Venezuela National Swim Championship where she captured silver in the 50m freestyle. Sebastiani posted a 26.88 time in the long course event. The national meet was held in at the Parque Naciones Unidas. More details will be provided as they become available.
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    Apr 21, 2015 11:44:44Apr 21, 2015 -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The Summit is a tool for transforming Christian leaders around the world with an injection of vision, skill development and inspiration. Following the August live event, Summit events will take place in an additional 850 cities in 150 countries and be translated into 52 languages.
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    Apr 20, 2015 9:11:32Apr 20, 2015 -

    ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field team used six NAIA National Outdoor Championship performances to capture first place at the Augie Invite hosted by Augustana College (Ill.) on Friday, April 17. The Tigers added two automatic qualifiers to their growing list as two pole vaulters, Kristin Beatty and Emily Reader, punched their tickets to Alabama.

    Both Beatty and Reader cleared 3.60m (11'9.75"), but because Beatty did it in her first attempt, she earns the second place finish while Reader finishes third overall. The 3000m steeplechase duo of Alyssa Faulks and Madison Moyer (Burlington, Iowa) both earned "B" standard qualifications with their 2-3 finish. Faulks finished in 11:27.54, while Moyer was right behind at 11:29.01. Emily Troemel also added a "B" standard finish in the 400m hurdles, plaing sixth overall with a time of 1:04.68.

    Other top finishes:

    • Kamaria Goedhart, second place, 400m dash (58.14)
    • Karley Brown, second place 800m run (2:17.19)
    • Angelica Lafemina, third place 800m run (2:18.25
    • 4x100m relay (Laura D'Angelo, Peyton Kirkland, Taneka Lawson, Goedhart), third place (48.98)
    • 4x400m relay (Kirkland, Kalla Gold, D'Angelo, Goedhart), second place (3:57.27)
    • Anne-Lorraine Brown, second place, high jump (1.58m, 5' 2.25")
    • Olivia Casey, first place, long jump (5.43m, 17' 9.75")
    • Amy Blucker, first place, shot put (14.78m, 48' 6")
    • Amy Blucker, sixth place, discus (40.86m, 134' 1")

    Olivet finished the event with a team total of 165 points, followed by the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point with 158. Rounding out the top five were the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater with 143.5, Augustana with 132 and St. Ambrose University (Iowa) with 103.

    Olivet will return to action on April 23-25 at the Drake Relays hosted by Drake University (Iowa) and April 24 at the Twilight Invite hosted by Benedictine University (Ill.). 

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    Apr 20, 2015 8:27:13Apr 20, 2015 -

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Junior Kelsey Fisk (Greenfield, Ind.) dropped two strokes off her opening day performance to move up six spots in the final standings and finish fifth overall at the Pilot Spring Invitational. The annual, two-day event hosted by Bethel College (Ind.) was held April 17-18 at the Blackthorn Golf Course in South Bend, Indiana.

    Fisk opened the weekend with an 80, but followed it up with a 78 to finish at 158 (+14). Junior Bridget Wolff (East Peoria, Ill.) started things off for the Tigers on Friday shooting an round low 73, but fell off slightly on Saturday shooting an 87 to finish at 169 (+16) tied for eighth place. Junior Sydney Tyler (Bloomington, Ill.) and freshman Julie Hogan (Pontiac, Ill.) played back-to-back steady rounds. Tyler finished tied for 19 th place with rounds of 87 and 85 to put her at 172 (+28), while Hogan opened with an 89 and followed it with an 87 for a 176 (+32) to finish tied for 26th.  Jessie Eckerley (Peru, Ind.) opened with a 91, but shaved four strokes off on day two to finish at 178 (+34) in 27 th place.

    The University of St. Francis (Ill.) captured the overall team championship, shooting a two-day 638. Bethel College (Ind.) took second with a 646, followed by Olivet and Grand View University (Mich.) in third with matching 655's. Rounding out the top five was Saint Xavier University (Ill.) with a 688.

    Olivet will return to action on Wednesday, April 22 at the Clarke University Spring Invitational. The event will be held at the Eagle Ridge Golf Resort and is scheduled for a shot gun start at 10:30 a.m.

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    Apr 19, 2015 12:37:1Apr 19, 2015 -

    ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Junior Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) had an exciting weekend. He won the shot put and came in second in the discus throw at the Meet of Champions hosted by Augustana College (Ill.) on Saturday, April 18. He helped lead the Tigers to a fourth place finish out of 12 teams (108.5 points) with a new school record in the discus of 63.17 meters — almost six more than his former record. His mark exceeds the qualifying mark for the USA Outdoor Championships in June, and he is currently ranked No. 3 in the U.S.

    Ambrust won the shot put with a mark of 16.85 meters, beating out 37 other athletes. Sophomore Zach Gordon (Carol Stream, Ill.) won the 200 meter dash by breaking a 16-year record, running a 21.02 in the finals. Junior Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) won the triple jump with a mark of 14.50 meters, beating out 20 others. He also was a third-place finisher in the long jump (7.10 meters). Gordon was also a member of the second place finisher 4x100 meter relay team. He was joined by Thomas Zidek (Hoffman Estates, Ill.), Jonathan Hutchison (Morton, Ill.) and Jared Carl (Galesburg, Ill.). Gordon, DeRamus and the 4x100 meter relay team were all NAIA “A” qualifiers with their times on Saturday.

    In addition, Hutchison finished sixth in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.94. Junior Alvin Best (Portage, Ind.) placed eighth in the 400 meter dash with a time of 49.06. Sophomore Caleb Drake (Rock Island, Ill.) was a third-place finisher in the 1500 meter run (3:57.93). Sophomore Alec Ondrajka (Interlochen, Mich.) came in seventh in the 5000 meter run with a time of 16:06. 87. Junior Derrick Booth (Roseville, Calif.) came in fifth in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 56.01. Senior Ian Lofgren (Rockford, Ill.) placed sixth in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:56.23.

    In the high jump, junior Conner Stroud (Manteno, Ill.) came in third in with a mark of 1.93 meters. Junior Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.) came in sixth in the shot put with a toss of 15.11 meters and fifth in the discus (50.85 meters).

    ONU will be back in action on Thursday through Saturday, April 23-25, for the Drake Relays hosted by Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Also on Friday, April 24, is the Benedictine University Twilight Invite at 3 p.m.

    Results

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    Apr 19, 2015 9:57:21Apr 19, 2015 -

    HAMMOND, Ind. - The No. 22 Olivet Nazarene University women's tennis team used a 9-0 win over Purdue University -Calumet (Ind.) to clinched second place in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Regular Season on Saturday, April 18. The CCAC Tournament begins next week with an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships on the line.

    Olivet (15-6, 6-1) picked up straight 8-0 wins at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles. Sophomore Priscila Nunez (Montreal, Canada) and junior Serephine Buchmann (Illinau, Switzerland) finished the CCAC regular season undefeated in the No. 1 spot by downing Lori Hass and Amber Haworth. Junior Clara Ruegsegger  (Greenfield, Ind.) and Marta Quereda ( ) topped Kasey Kulesa and Emily Pearson in the final doubles match. The freshmen duo of Viktoria Monakhova (Belgrade, Serbia) and Anica Knezevic (Moscow, Russia) defeated Ashely Pahey and Abbey Kuachkoft 8-4 at No. 2 doubles.

    The Peregrine were little match for the Tigers in singles action, picking up just a combined 17 games on the days. Nunez, Monakhova and Buchmann all finished the CCAC Regular Season undefeated in singles action. Nunez added another win at No. 1 singles, downing Hass 6-3, 6-1. Monakhova made quick work of Haworth winning 6-0, 6-1h in the second slot. Buchmann defeated Pahey 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3 singles. Quereda downed Kulesa 6-0, 6-3 at No. 5, while sophomore Mikaela Coose (Twin Lakes, Wis.) picked up a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 6 over Pearson.

    The Tigers will host Robert Morris University (Ill.) in the quarterfinals of the CCAC Tournament on Monday, April 20. The match is set to begin at 3:30 p.m. The winner will advance to the semifinals on Thursday, April 24 to face the winner of the University of St. Francis (Ill.) and Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.). Should the Tigers win on Monday; the match on Thursday will be at home.

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    Apr 18, 2015 6:40:53Apr 18, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill.  — Following their first multiple game win streak since late March, the Tigers were anxious to stretch it but were unable to do so against rival CCAC opponent University of St. Francis (Ill.). ONU fell in all three games of the series with the Saints over the weekend. On Friday, April 17, the Tigers lost 12-11 in 11 innings after leading 11-5 after five innings. On Saturday, April 18, the Saints handed Olivet a 10-2 lost in game one and scored two runs in the ninth inning to win 6-4.

    In game one, Dave Cericola (Villa Park, Ill.) started and went only three innings, allowing five runs off six hits. In 1 2/3 innings of relief, Stephen Martin (Tampa, Fla.) allowed four runs off four hits. Eventually freshman Nick Campe (Manteno, lll.) (2-2) gave up the winning run in the 11th.

    Cori Herbert started for the Saints (21-21, 17-6) but went only three innings, allowing four runs off five hits. Eventually Dan Darling (2-2) pitched the final four innings, allowed only two hits and gained the win.

    The Tigers (27-18, 11-14) sent freshman Garret Bronkema (Edwardsburg, Mich.) (3-2) to the mound for game two. He went three innings and allowed nine runs — four earned — off nine hits. Junior Eric Douglass (Indianapolis, Ind.) threw the final four innings and allowed only one run off four hits.

    Adam Panayotovich (10-1) pitched a complete game, allowing only two runs — one earned — off six hits while striking out eight.

    In game three, ONU junior Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) started and went seven innings, allowing three runs off eight hits. Jonathan Hentschel (Midland, Mich.) (4-5) gave up the winning run to the Saints. He threw 1 1/3 innings and allowed three runs off two hits, walking three.

    For the Saints, Kevin Mampe started and went 6 2/3 innings, giving up four runs — three earned — off six hits. Dan Darling (3-2) went 2 1/3 innings, allowing only four hits in the win.  

    At the plate for the Tigers in the series, Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) went 6-for-12 with two RBIs and one run. Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) was 5-for-10 (four doubles) with four runs and three RBIs, walking three times. Madison Foster was 5-for-12 with three RBIs and one run. Tanner McLain (Rantoul, Ill.) had four hits and two doubles.

    St. Francis’s bats were good all weekend. They totaled 37 hits led by Zach Barkdull who was 7-for-12 with five RBIs. Kyle Cunningham was 7-for-15 with four runs and six RBIs. Matt Scott was 5-for-11 and had two runs with one RBI.

    In game one, the Tigers led 11-5 after five innings. But with four runs in the sixth inning and two more in the ninth, they put the game into extra innings; and the Saints gave themselves a chance to win it. The Tigers struggled to put the ball in play after the fifth inning, managing only two hits the final six innings.

    Game two went the way of the Saints as they scored seven quick runs through three innings. They tacked on three more through five, as the Tigers could manage only two of their own. Through the first five innings, St. Francis had 12 of their 13 hits while Olivet managed only six altogether.

    Game three was tied 3-3 after six innings. With a fourth run in the seventh, the Tigers led going into the eighth; but a Saints hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded brought home the tying run. In the ninth, the Saints needed only two extra base hits to make it 6-4.

    ONU will be back on the field Wednesday, April 22, on the road against St. Xavier University (Ill.) for a doubleheader at 1 p.m.

    Boxscore (Friday)

    Boxscore (G1)

    Boxscore (G2)

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    Apr 17, 2015 9:11:35Apr 17, 2015 -

    OAK BROOK, Ill. — For the second time in three days, Head Coach Damon Jensen and the Olivet Nazarene University men’s golf team were on the course for competition. Coming off their best finish of the spring season, the Tigers placed seventh of 13 teams at the Elmhurst College (Ill.) Spring Invite played at Oak Brook Golf Club on Thursday, April 16.

    A total of 83 golfers played in the 18-hole, one-day event at the par-72, 6,541-yard course. ONU finished seventh with a team score of 312 (+24), only five strokes back of third. Elmhurst College (Ill.) won its own event with 295 (+7). Carthage College (Wis.) came in second with 298 (+10). Aurora University (Ill.) came in third with 307 (+19).

    For the third consecutive tournament, the Tigers were led by a different player. On Thursday, they sent five golfers and were led by sophomore Cole Evenson (Princeton, Ill.), who finished with 74 (+2), tied for seventh. Freshman Kyle Dwyer (Bourbonnais, Ill.) shot a career-best 78 (+6) and tied for 22nd. Senior Michael Bork (Rapid City, Mich.) finished with 79 (+7), coming in tied for 30th.

    Sophomore Luke Lambert (Crown Point, Ind.) shot 81 (+9) and tied for 46th. Junior Robert Wagner (Bethel, Ohio) finished second for the Tigers, shooting 73 (+2) and finishing tied for sixth

    The Tigers will return to action on Wednesday and Thursday, April 29 and 30, for the CCAC Championships played at Flossmor Country Club in Flossmor, Illinois. The event is hosted by St. Xavier University (Ill.).

    Results:

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    Apr 16, 2015 9:43:27Apr 16, 2015 -

    CHICAGO --- Leading their teams to unbeaten weeks, Olivet Nazarene University's Kristina   Shahan (Plainfield, Ill.)  and Saint Xavier University's Nicole Nonnemacher (Bloomington, Ill.) have claimed Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week honors, respectively, for their performances the week of April 6-12, it was announced on Tuesday.

    Shahan, a sophomore catcher, opened her week authoring five straight multi-hit games among the six contests played by the Tigers and finished with a .706 batting average and a 1.059 slugging percentage.  She collected 12 hits in 17 at bats with four doubles - one in each of her first four games - and one triple.  She also drove in eight runs, while scoring another two.

    Shahan's biggest game on the week was a perfect 4-for-4 reading at the plate in a 17-6 win against Ashford University (Iowa) on Friday.  Each of her other four multi-hit affairs were two-hit games.  She also drove in three runs twice.

    Olivet Nazarene is 26-11 overall and 9-1 in league play, two games behind front-running Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.).

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    Apr 16, 2015 9:40:51Apr 16, 2015 -

    CHICAGO --- A busy week paid off for Olivet Nazarene University's Viktoria Monakhova (Moscow, Russia) , who was named Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week for the seven-day period ending April 12, it was announced by the league office on Wednesday.

    Monakhova, a freshman, went 6-2 on the week, including an unblemished 4-0 mark in singles play at the No. 2 spot.  On the doubles side, three of her four matches came in the No. 2 slot with the other one coming at No. 1.

    Two of Monakhova's biggest wins during the week came on the singles side, where she gained a 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 win against NCAAA II Lewis University and a 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 victory versus No. 14 Cardinal Stritch University.

    For the year, Monakhova is 12-2 in singles play and 11-5 in doubles action.

    Ranked No. 20 in the nation, Olivet Nazarene is 13-5 overall and 4-1 in league play after going 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the CCAC last week. 

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    Apr 16, 2015 9:37:21Apr 16, 2015 -

    WHITING, Ind. - It was another tough night for the Olivet Nazarene University softball team as they dropped two more to Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) on Wednesday April 15.  The Tigers are now 26-15 after their two losses 8-5 and 6-4.

     

    In game one the Tigers pulled ahead in the first inning scoring one run on an error.  The lead did not last long as Calumet scored all of their eight runs in the bottom of the second.  Olivet made an attempt at a comeback in the top of the seventh but their efforts fell short and the game ended in a final score of 8-5.  Junior Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) went 3-for-4.  Both freshman Mikaela Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) and sophomore Megan Semro (Marengo, Ill.) went 2-for-3 and Semro added two RBIs.

     

     Freshman Erica Cebulski (Lockport, Ill.) took the loss in the circle.  She pitched all six innings of play, gave up nine hits, eight runs, and struck out three.

     

    In game two the Tigers started out strong scoring three runs in the second inning.  A homerun by senior Megan Butler (Frankfort, Ill.) brought in two runs followed by a triple by junior Ashley McKnight (Deer Creek, Ill.) to bring in the third.  Goetz was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate accounting for two of Olivet's four runs.  The Tigers scored an additional run in the fourth but were unable to answer Calumet's three consecutive two-run innings putting the final score at 6-4.

     

    In the circle for the Tigers was freshman Jamie Kiefer (Chicago, Ill.) who pitched the first five innings of play.  She struck out nine and gave up six hits and six runs.  Coming in to relieve Kiefer in the final inning was junior Maggie Tidrow (Liberty, Ind.).  She struck out two and allowed no hits or runs. 

     

    The Tigers return to action Thursday April 16 at Judson University (Ill.).  Play begins at 5:00 p.m.

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    Apr 16, 2015 10:18:55Apr 16, 2015 -

    HAMMOND, Ind. — With 6-1 and 4-2 wins over Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) on Wednesday afternoon, April 15, the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team completed the sweep and moved back to .500 in league play. It was the Tigers' first sweep of an opponent since March 21, giving them four wins in their last six games.

    Freshman Jonathan Hentschel (Midland, Mich.) (4-4) started his sixth game and threw his third complete game, allowing only one run off six hits.  

    For the Peregrines (18-11, 11-11), Phil Madvek (5-2) threw five innings and allowed five runs off eight hits. Jeremy Swart gave up one run off two hits in two innings of relief.

    In game two, Stephen Martin (Tampa, Fla.) (3-4) started his seventh game and went 6 1/3 innings, allowing one unearned run off four hits while striking out four. Freshman Garret Bronkema (Edwardsburg, Mich.) pitched one inning and allowed one unearned run off one hit. Freshman Nick Campe (Manteno, Ill.) (7) earned his CCAC-leading seventh save in 1 2/3 innings of relief.

    Willie Bennett (2-2) lost game two and went 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs — two earned — off seven hits while walking two. Justin Stowe and Mike Poulos pitched in relief and allowed one run off four hits.

    The Tigers (27-15. 11-11) put together multiple runs in two separate innings to help propel them to a 6-1 win. It wasn’t until the third inning that Jordan Wanner (Morton, Ill.) tripled to put the first run on the board and Tanner McLain (Rantoul, Ill.) eventually scored him. In the fifth inning, McLain tallied another RBI on a single, and Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) doubled to bring home the fourth and fifth runs. ONU scored again in the seventh inning on a Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.) single.

    In game two, Purdue-Calumet started with a run in the top of the first and led until the third inning when Madison Foster singled and McLain scored. Two innings later, Foster recorded another RBI, giving the Tigers a 2-1 lead. Eventually Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) walked with the bases loaded and gave Olivet a 3-1 lead. The Tigers added a fourth run before the inning was over. ONU’s pitching staff shut the door late in the game, allowing only one run and holding on to the win.

    At the plate, the Tigers’ Foster was 3-for-7 with one run and three RBIs. McLain was 2-for-7 with three runs and two RBIs. Wanner was 3-for-5 with three runs and one RBI in the doubleheader.  

    Purdue-Calumet’s Eric Sickles was 3-for-6 with two runs and one RBI. Micah Rooke was 3-for-7.

    ONU will be back on the field Friday, April 17, on the road against University of St. Francis (Ill.) at 3 p.m.

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    Apr 16, 2015 9:14:52Apr 16, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — For the second consecutive year, the Tiger men's tennis team has won the CCAC Regular Season Championship and did so with an undefeated league record. ONU took care of its final two opponents on Wednesday afternoon, April 15: Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) with a 9-0 result and Roosevelt University (Ill.), winning 8-1. The Tigers will be the No. 1 seed in the postseason tournament.

    In the Tigers' (11-5, 6-0) shutout of Purdue-Calumet (1-8, 1-5), Tyler Lingle (Avon, Ind.) and Lucas Bolt (Anderson, Ind.) won their doubles match 8-2. Ryan Champlin (Manhattan, Ill.) and Kyce Stewart (Galesburg, Ill.) won 8-3. The third point was won by default.

    In singles play, senior Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) won (6-2, 7-6 (5)). Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.) gained a point by a score of (6-1, 6-3), and Tyler Lingle won (6-1, 6-0). The No. 4 singles match was won by Lucas Bolt (6-2, 6-0), Kyce Stewart took his match (6-0, 6-0), and the Tigers took the ninth point by default.

    Against the Lakers (11-8, 2-3), the Tigers nearly captured their fifth shutout of the season. The No. 1 team of Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) and Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) won by a score of 8-3. Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) and Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) came up big with a shutout of 8-0. Tyler Ellis and Peter Jensen finished with an 8-0 win.

    No. 1 Mancineiras Cornella gained a point with a (6-1, 6-0) in singles play. No. 2 Navarro Veys came up with a big win (6-1, 6-2). No. 3 Lopez-Isasi Morales took a point with a shutout (6-0, 6-0). No. 4 Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales also won his singles match by shutout (6-0, 6-0).

    No. 5 Peter Jensen won his match (8-6). ONU’s No. 6 Lucas Bolt took a point for the Tigers (6-7 (3), 6-0 (10-7).

    ONU will begin postseason play in the CCAC Tournament next week.

    Results

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    Apr 16, 2015 8:44:32Apr 16, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The Olivet Nazarene University men's basketball team and Head Coach Ralph Hodge have signed their seventh member to the 2015 recruiting class: Jake Tuttle, a 6'5" forward from Hampshire, Ill. He played for Hampshire High School during his high school career.

    As a varsity player, Tuttle averaged 21 minutes, 7.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.0 assist. He shot 45.2 percent from the floor, 33 percent from behind the arc and 70 percent from the free-throw line. He helped lead Hampshire to a 17-12 record and IHSA 3A Regional Championship. One of his standout games his senior season was a 15 point, eight rebound, five block and one steal performance.

    In addition to his career at Hampshire, Tuttle played AAU for Illinois Select. He played high-level events in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. He finished second in scoring at nine points per game, led the team in three-pointers made and was 84 percent from the line (31-for-37).

    Tuttle was also a four-year varsity golfer at Hampshire and will play for ONU. At Hampshire, he played the No. 1 position and led the Whippurs to a regional championship his senior year. His best recorded rounds include 36 for nine holes and 79 for 18 holes. He was the medalist four times for Hampshire and finished fourth out of 115 golfers at the 2013 Fran Noyes Invite in Genoa, Illinois. He finished 12th out of 115 varsity golfers at the 2014 Fran Noyes Invite in Genoa, Illinois.

    Tuttle was in the top five percent of his graduating class, finishing with a 3.96 GPA. He plans to major in engineering while at Olivet.

    He and his family attend Harvest Bible Chapel in Elgin, Illinois, where he has served at the food pantry.

    He joins fellow members of the 2015 recruiting class Zach Tuxhorn (Naperville, Ill.); Joey Olson (Muskegon, Mich.); Josh Berquist (Crown Point, Ind.); Brady Williams (Defiance, Ohio); Zac Craig (Monroe, Tenn.); and Solomon Barwegen (Otsego, Mich.). 

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    Apr 15, 2015 6:48:26Apr 15, 2015 -

    CHICAGO --- A 5-1 week, including a singles win over an NCAA II program, has netted Olivet Nazarene University's Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week honors for the week ending April 12, it was announced on Wednesday.

    Morales, a sophomore, went 4-0 in CCAC action and 1-1 against NCAA II Lewis University, not to mention being perfect (3-0) in singles action over the seven-day period.  Two of his singles wins came in the No. 4 slot with the other one coming at No. 3.  All three of his doubles matches were at No. 1.

    Morales was a key contributor in a battle of first-place teams last Wednesday when the Tigers defeated Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.), 6-3.  He won at No. 4 singles, 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (11-9), and No. 1 doubles, 8-4.  His win against Lewis (6-2, 6-2) came at No. 4 singles.

    Morales is 10-8 overall in singles play and 11-6 in doubles action this year.  As a team, Olivet Nazarene is 9-5 overall and 4-0 in league play.  The Tigers are ranked No. 23 in the latest NAIA Coaches' Poll.

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    Apr 15, 2015 6:47:2Apr 15, 2015 -

    CHICAGO --- A pair of top two finishes by both Olivet Nazarene University's Zach Gordon (Carol Stream, Ill.) earned him Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Track Athlete of the Week recognition for the seven-day period ending April 12, it was announced on Wednesday.

    Gordon, a sophomore, picked up CCAC Men's Track Athlete of the Week honors after placing first in the 200-meter dash and second in the long jump at the Chicagoland Championships over the weekend.  He bested 46 others in the dash with a time of 21.78 seconds, while authoring a height of 22 feet, 8 inches in a field of 22 competitors in the long jump.

    Gordon helped lead his team to a second-place finish out of 17 teams at the Chicagoland Championships.

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    Apr 15, 2015 11:11:52Apr 15, 2015 -

    HAMMOND, Ind. — For the third time this season, the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team won in extra innings. With three runs off four hits in the 10th inning, the Tigers won 6-3 over Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.). On Tuesday afternoon, April 14, junior Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) won his sixth game of the year, allowing only three runs through nine innings and striking out eight batters.

    Foster pitched nine innings and allowed three runs off six hits. He has won three straight decisions and leads the team in wins. Freshman Nick Campe (Manteno, Ill.) (6) earned the save in the 10th inning, allowing one hit, striking out one and walking two.

    Anthony Spangler (3-1) was handed his first loss by the Tigers (25-15, 9-11). He went 9 1/3 innings, allowing four runs off seven hits while striking out seven. Aurelio Cazares went 2/3 inning and allowed two runs off three hits.

    Neither team was successful at getting someone across home plate until the fifth inning when the Peregrines (18-9, 11-9) scored on an Eric Sickles single. The Tigers responded with three runs in the sixth inning, using two walks, a hit-by-pitch plus freshman Philip Steward (Bourbonnais, Ill.) doubling all three runners. The Tigers led 3-1 until the bottom of the ninth when Purdue-Calumet tied the game at 3-3, using a triple and single to tie the game with two outs. However, in the 10th inning, ONU put together three consecutive singles following the first out, and Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) gave the Tigers the go-ahead run. Freshman Ben Hill (Grand Rapids, Mich.) then laid down a sac bunt and scored two more runs who had stolen second and third on the pitch before.

    At the plate, the Tigers’ Philip Steward was 4-for-5 with three RBIs. Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) was 2-for-4 with two runs. Bryan Klendworth was 2-for-5 with one run and RBI.   

    Purdue-Calumet’s Eric Sickles went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. John Cristo was 1-for-3 with one RBI and run scored.

    ONU will be back on the field Wednesday, April 15, on the road against Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) for a doubleheader at 2 p.m.

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    Apr 15, 2015 8:36:45Apr 15, 2015 -

    JOLIET, Ill. — On Tuesday, April 14, senior Michael Bork (Rapid City, Mich.) was the individual medalist at the University of St. Francis (Ill.) Spring Invite. He shot a two-under 69, winning by two strokes. He led the way on a day meant for golf at Inwood Golf Club in Joliet, Illinois. He led the Tigers to second place, their best finish of the spring season.

    A total of 76 golfers played in the 18-hole, one-day event at the par-71, 6,078-yard course. ONU finished second with a team score of 300 (+16), seven strokes back of first. University of St. Francis finished first with 293 (+9). Trinity Christian College (Ill.) came in third with 301 (+17). Purdue University-North Central came in fourth with 305 (+21).

    The Tigers sent five golfers and were led by Michael Bork who shot 69 (-2), winning the event. Junior Robert Wagner (Bethel, Ohio) finished second for the Tigers, shooting a 73 (+2) and finishing tied for sixth. Sophomore Cole Evenson (Princeton, Ill.) finished with 77 (+6), tied for 16th.

    Freshman Kyle Dwyer (Bourbonnais, Ill.) shot 81 (+10) and tied for 33rd. Sophomore Luke Lambert (Crown Point, Ind.) shot 82 (+11) and tied for 39th.

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    Apr 14, 2015 2:21:10Apr 14, 2015 -

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

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

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

    Charles Sheldon is now the traffic director graduate assistant for the Shine.FM network. A native of Naperville, Illinois, he majored in multimedia communication and recently received his bachelor’s degree from Olivet. While at Olivet, Sheldon served as co-vice president of Lambda Pi Eta, the communication honor society. He also volunteered in the Pembroke community and helped establish the library there. As an undergraduate student, he completed an internship at STARadio in Kankakee.
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    Apr 14, 2015 2:2:14Apr 14, 2015 -

    The Olivet Nazarene University men's tennis team and Head Coach Chris Tudor welcome Tyler Cannon of Denison, Texas, as the newest signee. Tyler has an extensive amount of tournament play and is a three-star recruit on the Tennis Recruiting website. He honed his skills through tournaments, club lessons and private instructions rather than playing on his high school team.

    Tyler plans to study economics and finance at Olivet. Throughout high school, he maintained a high GPA and is one of the top students in his class.

    The men’s tennis team is excited to have him join the Tigers and to see the impact he will make. Not only is he a gifted athlete, but Tyler also exemplifies great character that will help shape his teammates in a positive way.

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    Apr 14, 2015 8:30:24Apr 14, 2015 -

    MORRISON, Ill.  - It was a winning weekend for the Olivet Nazarene University softball team at the Ashford Jamboree on Friday, April 10   and Saturday, April 11.  The Tigers went 4-0 in the tournament, bringing their record for the season to 26-11.

       

    Olivet Nazarene 10     Robert Morris 0  

    Game one of the tournament added another shutout to the Tigers season.  They scored early on and continued to put runs on the board throughout the game.  Junior Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) went 2-for-3 at the plate, added a double, and accounted for three of the Tigers 10 runs.  Senior Erica Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) went 1-for-3 with a double and three RBIs.  Sophomore Kristina Shahan (Plainfield, Ill.) also contributed three RBIs, going 2-for-3 with a double and a triple.  Freshmen Samantha Alberto (Tinley Park, Ill.) and Mikaela Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) were good for two RBIs apiece and added a double and a triple respectively. 

    In the circle for the Tigers was junior Maggie Tidrow (Liberty, Ind.).  Tidrow ended the game with eleven strikeouts and gave up just four hits and no runs. 

    Olivet Nazarene 17     Ashford 6  

    Game two on Friday proved to be an offensive showcase.  Although the Tigers started out slow scoring just one run in the first three innings, the bats came alive in the fourth as they tacked on sixteen more runs by the end of the game.  Junior Ashley McKnight (Deer Creek, Ill.) was 5-for-6 at the plate with two doubles and two RBIs.  Four more Tigers added doubles including senior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ind.) who was 1-for-6 with two RBIs, Shahan (4-for-4), senior Megan Butler (Frankfort, Ill.) 1-for-1, and freshman Sarah Collalti (St. Charles, Ill.) who went 1-for-3 with two RBIs.  Alberto was also good for a homerun and two RBIs.

    Freshman Jamie Kiefer (Chicago, Ill.) was credited with the win.  She pitched 4.2 innings allowing four hits and five runs.  She struck out five.  Freshman Haley Beno (St. Charles, Ill.) was solid in relief pitching 2.1 innings.  She allowed just two hits and one run and struck out four. 

    Olivet Nazarene 3     Purdue Calumet 2  

    Back in action on Saturday, the Tigers added yet another win.  The defense was solid for both teams and the bats struggled in what turned out to be a low scoring game.  Sophomore Megan Semro (Marengo, Ill.) and Shahan both went 2-for-3 and added an RBI apiece.  An additional unearned run was scored to give the Tigers their 3-2 victory over Purdue.

    It was a team effort in the circle.  Beno pitched the first four innings of the game striking out seven and allowing just four hits and one run.  Tidrow, credited with the win pitched 2.2 innings.  She struck out three and allowed four hits and one run.  Kiefer ended the game striking out one, allowing no hits or runs.

    Olivet Nazarene 7     Trinity Christian 0  

    The Tigers ended the tournament on Saturday in yet another shutout win, against Trinity Christian.  Junior Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) went 3-for-3 at the plate snagging two RBIs.  Collalti went 2-for-3 adding a double and a triple.  Goetz went 1-for-4 with a homerun and an RBI.  Alberto added two RBIs as well. 

    In the circle with the win was freshman Erica Cebulski (Lockport, Ill.).  She ended the game allowing just six hits and striking out five.   

    The Tigers return to action Tuesday, April 14 at Tiger Field against No. 24 Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.).  Play begins at 3:00 p.m.

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    Apr 13, 2015 10:57:21Apr 13, 2015 -

    MARION, Ind. - Senior Lydia Bilyeu (Fulton, Ind.) shot a team-leading 162 in the Indiana Wesleyan University Spring Invitational on April 10-11 to help the Olivet Nazarene University women's golf team finish fourth overall for the second consecutive week. The two-day event was held at the 5,820 yard, par 73 Arbor Trace Golf Course in Marion, Indiana.

    Bilyeu, who shot an opening round 79, finished tied for eighth overall in the 51 player field. Kelsey Fisk (Greenfield, Ind.) finished tied for 20 th  place, shooting rounds of 84 and 86 to finish at 170. Bridget Wolff (East Peoria, Ill.) shot a two day 173, 91 and 82, to finish tied for 25 th . Jessie Eckerley (Peru, Ind.) shot 185 to finish tied for 42 nd , while Tara Schneider (Davison, Mich.) finished 44 th  with a 186.

    The University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) captured to overall team title, finishing at 630. Siena Heights University (Mich.) combined for a 642 to finish second. Rounding out the top five were Marian University (Ind.) in third at 665, Olivet in fourth at 687 and Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) in fifth at 688.

    Olivet will return to action on April 17-18 at the Pilot Invitational hosted by Bethel College (Ind.). The two-day event will take place at the Blackthorn Golf Course in South Bend, Indiana. 

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    Apr 13, 2015 10:42:42Apr 13, 2015 -

    MILWAUKEE, Wis. - A year ago, the Wolves of Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) surprised the Olivet Nazarene University women's tennis team, capturing the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament title and earning the automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament. The Tigers haven't forgotten that, but also knew that the regular season matchup is just a chance to see what the Wolves have, a chance to know what they need to do to prepare for the CCAC Tournament, when the match really matters.  Though disappointed to not upset the No. 14 ranked Wolves, the No. 20 ranked Tigers came away from their 5-4 loss on Friday, April 10 with a game plan for their next matchup.

    The always strong duo of sophomore Priscila Nunez (Montreal, Canada) and junior Serephine Buchmann (Illinau, Switzerland) outlasted Jitsupa Sirinit and Volcy Boilevin at No. 1 doubles, picking up a 9-7 win.  The freshmen combination of Viktoria Monakhova (Moscow, Russia) and Anica Knezevic  battled hard at No. 2 doubles, but fell in a tie-breaker 9-8 (1) to Alexis Loomis and Amanda Timm.

    Nunez and Buchmann both picked up relatively easy singles wins. In the top spot, Nunez downed Loomis 6-2, 6-1, while Buchmann defeated Grieve 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3. Monakhova and Knezevic followed up their marathon doubles match with an equally intensive, grueling singles matches. Monakhova outlasting Boilevin 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 in the No. 2 spot, but Knezevic couldn't hold Timm at No. 4, falling 7-5, 7-6 (3).

    With the win, Cardinal Stritch clinches home court for the CCAC Tournament. Post season action begins on Thursday, April 23. Olivet's opening opponent is yet to be determined.

    Olivet (13-6, 4-1) returns to action on Saturday, April 11 in a CCAC matchup with Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.). The match is scheduled to begin at noon.

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    Apr 13, 2015 9:20:54Apr 13, 2015 -

    GLEN ELYN, Ill. - Outdoor athletes learn to adjust to just about anything. The Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field team proved that at the two-day Chicagolands Championship hosted by the College of DuPage on April 10-11. Friday's high, gusting winds turned into a beautiful, sunny spring Saturday. The Tigers were unaffected by the drastic weather changes however, capturing second place overall of the 22 competing teams.

    Among the biggest highlights came at the pole vault where the Tigers went 1-2-3, led by senior Anna Stiker (Waterman, Ill.), followed by Kristin Beatty and Emily Reader (Mason, Mich.). Stiker cleared an NAIA "B" standard height of 3.50m with Beatty clearing 3.35m and Reader 3.2m.

    Junior Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) had another impressive weekend, capturing first in the discus and shot put and second in the hammer throw. Freshman Emily Troemel picked up a first place finish in the 400m hurdles.

    Other top finishes:

    • 4x800m Relay: (Alexa Beezhold, Angelica Lafemina, Kylie Bradley, Karley Brown), second place, 9:48.65
    • 3000m Steeplechase:  Alyssa Faulks, third place, 11:40.63
    • 400m Hurdles: Emily Troemel, first place 1:08.22
    • Discus: Amy Blucker, first place, 45.95m
    • High Jump: Anne-Lorraine Brown, second place, 1.58m
    • Hammer Throw: Amy Blucker, second place, 49.17m
    • Javelin: Kylie Bradley, second place, 32.92m
    • Shot put: Amy Blucker, first place, 14.90m

    Olivet finished the event with 134 points, just 17 points behind Northern Illinois University. Rounding out the top five were North Central College (Ill.) in third place with 99 points, Chicago State University with 64 and DePaul University with 64.

    Olivet will return to action on Friday, April 17 at the Augie Invite hosted by Augustana College (Ill.). Events are scheduled to being at noon.

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    Apr 13, 2015 8:44:1Apr 13, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The Olivet Nazarene University men's basketball team and Head Coach Ralph Hodge have signed their sixth member to the 2015 recruiting class: Solomon Barwegen, a 6'1" guard from Otsego, Michigan. He played for Otsego High School his senior season and for Vicksburg his freshman through junior seasons.

    During his varsity career, Barwegen averaged 12.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.0 steals. He was named All-Wolverine conference (2014, 2015); Kalamazoo Area Dream Team Honorable Mention; Kalamazoo Gazette Player of the Week; and was ranked the 31st best senior by “Eyes on Michigan” Basketball Report.

    He helped lead Otsego to a 24-4 record in 2014-2015 (best record in school history), conference championship, district championship, regional championship and state quarterfinal appearance. Otsego’s only losses were to teams ranked in the top five of the state. 

    He had a career-high 29 points against Dowagiac and a career-high six three-pointers and 25 points against Plainwell. During his junior season, he scored 27 points, had eight assists and 11 rebounds against Paw Paw. Against No. 2-ranked team in the state, Wayland Union, he had 14 points, five rebounds and three assists. He scored nine points, had four rebounds and three assists against No. 1-ranked Milan.

    In addition to his career at Otsego and Vicksburg, he played AAU with ACB Hoops beginning in seventh grade. He played in tournaments in Fort Wayne, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Chicago, Louisville, Milwaukee and Indianapolis.

    He also played football and track, playing defensive end and long snapper, and ran the 400m and 800m in track.   

    Barwegen was a member of the academic all-state basketball team and earned honor roll distinction in each semester his junior and senior years.

    He and his family are members of Cross Community Church of the Nazarene in Portage, Michigan. He will join his older brother, Abe, a sophomore at Olivet, on the men’s basketball team.

    He joins fellow members of the 2015 recruiting class Zach Tuxhorn (Naperville, Ill.)Joey Olson (Muskegon, Mich.); Josh Berquist (Crown Point, Ind.); Brady Williams (Defiance, Ohio); and Zac Craig (Monroe, Tenn.).

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