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  • Sep 22, 2014 1:55:32Sep 22, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The Holiday Inn Express Invitational has built quite a reputation, good enough to attract some of the best NAIA volleyball teams in the nation to comet ot he home court of the Olivet Nazarene University Tigers. As with the majority of their games this season, the Tigers didn’t pad their schedule with easy teams as they played host to the invitational on Sept. 19-20 in McHie Arena. Day one saw the Tigers play No. 5 Columbia College of Missouri only to follow that up with No. 14 Grand View University (Iowa), while facing NCAA DII Ohio Valley University (W.V.) and always strong Campbellsville University (Ky.) on day two.

    Columbia showed their power early and often, finishing the three-set match with 46 kills in 108 attempts with just 15 errors (.287) to down the Tigers 25-15, 25-23, 25-17. Olivet (3-16) was led by junior Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.) with six kills, while sophomore Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) and senior Kaia Lenzi (Beach Park, Ill.) each added five. Junior setter Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) finished with 14 assists and eight digs, while senior Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.) added 12 digs.

    The Tigers came alive in game two, taking the highly ranked Vikings to five sets, falling 23-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21, 15-11. DeRuiter finished the match with a team-high 15 kills, while Hatalla added nine. Senior Tiffany Madura (Munster, Ind.) led the Tigers with seven block assists. Enz added 24 assists and 13 digs to finish with a double-double, while Tabisz finished with 19 assists and three service aces.

    DeRuiter continued to dominate the net, finishing the match with Ohio Valley with a season-high 19 kills. Tabisz dished out a season-high 23 assists on the match, while adding five kills and nine digs. Hatalla tied her career-high with 11 kills and picked up a double-double with 10 digs. Enz also added 21 assists and 12 digs. Freshman Kelsey Geiman (Carleton, Mich.) added a career-high 26 digs.

    Enz picked up a career-high 39 assists in the five-set marathon win over Campbellsville to finish out the weekend. Down two-sets to none, the Tiger battled back to sweep three sets in a row to win 20-25, 19-25, 25-17, 25-23, 15-12. DeRuiter finished with 17 kills in 39 attempts with just seven errors (.256), while Lenzi added 14 kills with four errors in 27 attempts (.370). Junior Melissa Bartholomew (Newton, Iowa) led the defense with 19 digs, while Hatalla added 14 and junior Hannah Reister (Mason, Mich.) added 11.

    Olivet returns to action on Tuesday, Sept. 23 traveling to Purdue University – Calumet (Ind.). The Tigers and the Peregrines will face off at 7 p.m. in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference action.

    Sep 22, 2014 8:51:5Sep 22, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Despite a valiant effort on both sides of the ball, the Olivet Nazarene University football team experienced a tough loss on Saturday, Sept. 20, falling 24-21 to the Cardinals of Concordia University-Ann Arbor (Mich.). The Cardinals overcame an 11-point deficit on two scores through the air. Olivet was unable to overcome the late difference to claim the win, falling by three in the second home game of the season.

    After forcing a quick three-and-out on the Cardinals (2-1) opening drive of the game, junior Zach Gross (Elgin, Ill.) was able to connect with Antonio Tyson (Bourbonnais, Ill.) on a broken play for a 59-yard touchdown to take a 7-0 lead with 12:09 left in the first quarter.  In the following series, the Tigers (0-3) were unable to secure the football and lost possession on three consecutive drives. At the same time, the Tiger defense was able to force two punts, and junior Lucas Limberg (Rockford, Ill.) intercepted Beau Perry in their third possession. On the Cardinals' final series of the first quarter, Corey Turner caught a four-yard pass for a score, making it 7-7.

    After three straight punts to begin the second quarter, M.J. Green (Albany, Ga.) fumbled on a 2-and-9 with six minutes to go in the half. The next Cardinal possession led to 35-yard field goal by Brayden Bennett and their first lead of the game. The remainder of the half was left with punts and an ONU possession that ended on the 50-yard line with an incomplete pass. However, prior to halftime, there was a 45-minute lightning delay.

    Upon returning to the field after the break, freshman quarterback Gage Buckley (Lompac, Calif.) took over for the Tiger offense. In their second drive, they scored on four plays in only a minute and 28 seconds. Buckley ran it in from 11 yards out. Ron France (St. Charles, Ill.) caused a fumble to give the Tigers the ball on the possession prior to the touchdown drive.

    Later in the third quarter with only 36 seconds remaining, sophomore Gino Prestia (Elk Grove, Ill.) ripped the ball away and ran it back for a 65-yard touchdown. This put the Tigers up 21-10 entering the fourth quarter.

    ONU’s first possession of the fourth quarter started with a fumble by Gage Buckley on the ONU 24-yard line. The Tigers were able to stop the Cardinals and get the ball back but had to punt after a four and out. Austin Holton (Nampa, Idaho) intercepted Beau Perry on the next drive to give the ball back to the Tigers on the Concordia 48. However, they punted for the seventh time after four plays. On the Cardinals' next drive, Tyler Steele led them 69 yards for a Herman Mason touchdown and a Corey Turner two-point play to make it 21-18. ONU punted on the next possession, and Steele again led Concordia down the field for the go-ahead score. Ashton Hundley caught a one-yard score to make it 24-21. The Tigers' final drive went eight plays and to the ONU 45-yard line, but the ball was turned over on downs.

    Three different ONU quarterbacks took snaps on Saturday. Zach Gross started his third straight game but left with a leg injury late in the first quarter. He was 1-for-3 for 59 yards and a touchdown, running for eight yards on four carries. Freshman Derek Durkes (Converse, Ind.) went 3-for-9 and 37 yards. In his debut, Gage Buckley saw his first action in uniform and went 3-for-9, throwing for 47 yards and running nine times for 16 times and a score, fumbling once.

    Antonio Tyson led the Tigers on the ground with 90 yards on 25 carries, averaging 3.6 yards per carry, and fumling once. He also scored the first touchdown of the game, going 59 yards after the catch. M.J. Green rushed for 20 yards on eight carries and fumbled twice. Freshman Adam Glanders (Elkhart, Ind.) caught two balls for 42 yards, and senior Tyler Swindle (Lindenhurst, Ill.) had two catches for 32 yards.

    The Olivet defense allowed the least amount of yards all season (331). The Tigers also forced the Eagle offense into four turnovers. Senior Brandon Ruemler (Williamsport, Ind.) led the way for the third straight game with 11 total tackles, four for loss (seven yards). Sophomore Gino Prestia (Elk Grove, Ill.) finished with five tackles, one for loss (three yards) and returned a 65-yard fumble return for a touchdown.

    Concordia-Ann Arbor threw it 62 times on Saturday, led by 44 attempts from Beau Perry. He went 21-for-44 for 183 yards, throwing one touchdown and two interceptions. Tyler Steele came in the fourth quarter, went 12-for-18, threw for 131 yards and made both scores in the final quarter. Ashton Hundley ran for 31 yards on 13 carries. Nine different Cardinals caught passes, Corey Turner had six for 90 yards and a score, and Herman Mason went for five catches for 76 yards and a touchdown.

    The Cardinal defense was led by Takari Johnson, who finished with a team-high 16 tackles, three tackles for loss (15 yards), two sacks (12yards), one forced fumble and two forced fumbles. Ty Peterson had seven tackles, two sacks (18 yards), and two and a half tackles for loss (23 yards).

    The Tigers will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 1 p.m. (EST) against Siena Heights University (Mich.).


    Sep 20, 2014 10:7:53Sep 20, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — In a matter of 72 hours, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team recorded 11 goals and allowed none en route to two wins. Senior Paddy Hoepp (Frankfurt, Germany) led the way with a goal and assist in the Saturday, Sept. 20, game giving him eight points for the week. The Tigers defeated Moody Bible Institute (Ill.) 5-0 in a home game. Olivet is undefeated so far on campus this season.

    Unlike in Thursday’s game, the Tigers (4-3) needed only eight minutes to score their first goal. Sophomore Miguel Fierro (Urbana, Ill.) put away his first goal of the year off the foot from Christian Henock-Berhanu (Bourbonnais, Ill.). Fierro headed it in after the ball was crossed in from left side. Following the 1-0 goal, neither defense gave in again until right before the half when freshman Matheus Guimaraes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) scored his second goal for 2014 off a deflection right in front of the goal. Olivet allowed only one shot to Moody Bible (3-4) the entire first half.

    Following the half, Guimaraes was back at it when Hoepp played it in off a set piece, and the ball found the back of the net in the 58th minute. Hoepp was able to get a goal of his own in the 62nd minute to make it 4-0. Henock-Berhanu assisted for a second time in the goal, and Hoepp scored his fifth goal — good for top five in the conference. Finally, senior defenseman Elliott Totsch (Oswego, Ill.) scored off a corner kick from sophomore Aaron Chatfield (Petoskey, Mich.). The goal is Totsch’s first of the season and made it 5-0. He also played on the Tiger defense that has allowed only five goals all year.

    The Tigers allowed only five shots for the Archers but none on goal. For ONU, nine different Tigers recorded a shot, and two had multiple shots. ONU had 11 corner kicks to Moody Bible’s one.

    In goal for the Tigers, sophomore goalkeeper Austin Miller (Manteno, Ill.) finished his fourth career shutout against the Archers. He has a goals against average of 0.74 this season, good for tops in the CCAC. Freshman Collin Hewett (Canton, Mich.) played 21 minutes in his first action of the year.

    ONU will be at home again Wednesday, Sept. 24, against CCAC opponent Holy Cross College (Ind.) at 6 p.m.


    Sep 20, 2014 9:40:16Sep 20, 2014 -

    On Saturday, October 4th at 6 p.m., the Olivet Nazarene University football team, in conjunction with Legends Sportsplex, will BLACK OUT Ward Field by sponsoring the “Black Out Ignorance and Spread the Hope” campaign.  On this evening, the team invites everyone to dress in black and help the Tigers support the Village of Hope and the fight against the ignorance associated with HIV.

    The Village of Hope exists to nurture needy children in a holistic manner, to provide excellent secondary-level health care services, and to educate students to excel in character, scholarship, service and leadership to transform the world.  They are primarily focused on special need orphans living with HIV/AIDS.   Founders of Village of Hope, Todd and Amy Block, parents of ONU football player Keegan Block, partner with Project Hopeful ( in order to spread awareness for these children.

    For the past two years, members of the Tiger football program have traveled to San Lucas, Guatemala to serve in an orphanage and the surrounding neighborhoods.  Last season the Tiger Football team kicked off the year with a “spREDtheHope” campaign. This campaign raised over $4,000 in support of the orphanage.  This year, black t-shirts will be sold in the weeks leading up to the game against Trinity International University, with all proceeds going to The Village of Hope in Guatemala.

    Tiger Football would like to thank Legends Sportsplex for sponsoring this event.  

    For more information regarding Village of Hope please view the video



    Sep 18, 2014 10:16:11Sep 18, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Following their toughest stretch of the season, playing three road games against teams with a combined record of 12-1-1, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team responded in a big way. During the first home game since August, the team won 6-0, defeating Marygrove College (Mich.) on a beautiful evening. Four Tigers scored goals during the match on Thursday, Sept. 18.

    It took all of 32 minutes before either team scored. At the 31:36 mark, Paddy Hoepp (Frankfurt, Germany) scored his third goal of the season off a free kick around 35-40 yards off the left side of the 18-yard box. Only three minutes later, ONU (3-3) went up 2-0 when sophomore Aaron Chatfield (Petoskey, Mich.) found the net when freshman Richard Schneider (Moerfelden-Walldorf, Germany) put the ball on net. It was deflected, earning the assist.

    The Tigers took a two-goal lead into the break, but they were dominating on all fronts. Only 4:07 into the second half, Hoepp scored his second goal of the game off a set piece five yards north of the 18-box. He curved it around the wall and into the right side of the goal to make it 3-0. ONU was pulling away and, in the 53rd minute, senior Tyler Gill (Plainfield, Ill.) headed it in off a corner kick from Hoepp to earn his second goal of the season.

    Only seven minutes later, the Tigers showed that they had no signs of stopping. Marygrove (0-7) couldn’t stop Olivet as freshman Clay Selby (Fenton, Mich.) scored on a deflection, when Aaron Chatfield assisted on the goal. In the 67th minute, freshman Matheus Guimaraes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) put away his first goal of 2014 when Seth Erickson set him up for the Tigers’ sixth goal.

    The Tigers allowed only one shot to the Mustangs and had 17 of their own, 11 of which were on goal. Hoepp led the Tigers with three on goal, and nine Tigers total put shots on Ryan Plonka, the Marygrove keeper.

    In goal for the Tigers, sophomore goalkeeper Austin Miller (Manteno, Ill.) came away with his third career shutout against the Mustangs. He had one save on the night, bringing his goals against average to 0.83.

    ONU will be at home again Saturday, Sept. 20, against Moody Bible Institute (Ill.) at 6 p.m.


    Sep 18, 2014 7:25:25Sep 18, 2014 -


    “Every audition is a chance to do what I love: perform,” says Merrick Robison ’12, who is pursuing a professional acting career in Chicago. “I’m usually more nervous when I’m about to go in. But once I enter the room, the performer in me kicks in.”

    On September 23, Merrick will appear on NBC’s Chicago Fire — his first time on network television and his biggest break in acting to date.

    Stage beginnings

    “Merrick was always very eager and talented,” says Professor Jerry Cohagan, who serves as Olivet’s theater director. While at Olivet, Merrick acted in several shows, directed “Broadway Revue” and “Number’s Down,” and performed with instrumental and vocal ensembles.

    “More importantly, though,” adds Professor Cohagan, “Merrick had and has a great work ethic—such passion and discipline and commitment.”

    And that work ethic has kept Merrick busy as a Chicago actor.

    Always auditioning

    “Actors audition for a living,” he says. “That’s the life we lead. God has blessed me with the talents and drive to do this, and I love it.”

    He began actively pursuing a career in acting after attending Actors, Models, and Talent for Christ seminars. AMTC prepares Christians to positively influence the entertainment industry. “That gave me the push to move to Chicago,” says Merrick. He moved a year after graduation.

    The concept of AMTC reflects what he learned at Olivet: “Professor Cohagan directed me to look at human material and see the need for Christ,” he says.

    In the Chicago theater scene, Merrick has discovered a mission field as well as a remarkable community. “If you’re an actor in Chicago, you have to have a second job. So you have to love what you do. And after a couple of shows, you start to know everyone.”

    A God-given role

    Two months ago, Merrick saw a casting notice for a role that fit his description perfectly. “It was like God said, ‘What role can I make specifically for you to appear in Chicago Fire?’” He submitted his information and was invited to audition.

    “There are hundreds of applicants, so to be separated from the crowd at that point is a huge deal,” he says.

    After some weeks of waiting, Merrick received a call from his agent telling him that he had booked the role.

    “Just being able to audition in front of very important people in Chicago was cool enough; booking the role was icing on the cake,” says Merrick. “It is a big deal to put Universal/NBC on my résumé.”

    He will appear in the premiere episode of Chicago Fire’s third season on September 23, 2014, at 9 p.m. (CDT), playing a character who is rescued from a fire. “I can’t tell you much, but I can tell you they use real fire,” he laughs.

    Sep 17, 2014 1:30:25Sep 17, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- A first-place finish at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships has netted Olivet Nazarene University's Ethan Gallagher (Parsippany, NJ) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week accolades for the week ending Sept. 14, it was announced on Wednesday by the conference office.

    Gallagher, a senior, authored a time of 25:06 over the 8K course at the Aspen Ridge Golf Course in Bourbonnais, Ill. to defeat 157 other runners in claiming top individual honors.

    Olivet Nazarene, as a team, also captured first-place honors at the 14-team meet.

    Sep 17, 2014 1:6:8Sep 17, 2014 -

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Led by junior Bridget Wolff (East Peoria, Ill.), the Olivet Nazarene University women’s golf team finished third at the Battle at Blackthorn, hosted by Bethel College on Sept. 12-13. The Tigers finished with a combined 661 (+85) on the 7,136-yard, par 72 course.

    Wolff capitalized on her consistent play to finish tied for fifth overall in 50 player field.  After shooting an opening round 81, she followed up with an 83 on day to to finish at 164 (+20) on the weekend.

    Senior Lydia Bilyeu (Fulton, Ill.) opened the tournament with an impressive 78, but fell behind on day two shooting an 83 to finish at 165, tied for ninth overall. Sydney Tyler (Bloomington, Ill.) also showed her consistent side, shooting near-matching rounds of 83 and 82 to finish tied with Bilyue in ninth place.

    Rounding out the top five for the Tigers were junior Kelsey Fisk (Greenfield, Ind.) and senior Jessie Eckerley (Peru, Ind.). Fisk finished at 167 (+23) with rounds of 84 and 83, while Eckerley finished at 189 (+45) shooting 93 and 96.

    Madonna University (Mich.) captured the team overall title, shooting 639 (+63), followed by Bethel College (Ind.) at 658 (+82). The University of St. Francis (Ill.) placed fourth overall at 674 (+98) with Saint Xavier University (Ill.) rounding out the top five at 681 (+105)

    The Tigers will return to action on Sept. 26-27 at the University of St. Francis Invite at the Autumn Ridge/Cherry Hill Golf Course in Fort Wayne, Ind. Tee times are set for 12:30 p.m. (EST) on Friday and 8 a.m. (EST) on Saturday.

    Sep 16, 2014 2:53:4Sep 16, 2014 -

    HAMMOND, Ind. — It was an exciting day from the start for the Olivet Nazarene University men's golf team as junior Ryan Muzljakovich (Vicksburg, Mich.) scored a hole in one (first career) on his first shot of the day, hole No. 11, a 161-yard, par-3. He helped the Tigers finish strong on day two of the two-day event hosted by fellow CCAC school, Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.), at Lost Marsh Golf Course in Hammond, Indiana, Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 15 and 16.

    A total of 41 golfers played in the 36-hole, two-day event at the par-72, 6,803-yard course. ONU finished with a team score of 639 (+63) and shot 15 strokes better on day two with a score of 312, finishing six strokes back of fifth after trailing by 14 to start the day. Carthage College (Wis.) won the event with a 604 (+28). Owens Community College (Ohio) came in second with a 613 (+37) with the host school Purdue-Calumet finishing third with a score of 614 (+38). Fellow CCAC school, Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.), shot a 631 (+55).

    Placing in the top 10 was senior Michael Bork (Rapid City, Mich.), who shot two strokes (152: 77-75, +8) better on day two to move up one spot in the standings. Sophomore Cole Evenson (Princeton, Ill.) finished 19th with a 158 (80-76, +14). Freshman Kyle Dwyer (Bourbonnais, Ill.) came in tied for 25th with a two-day score of 163 (83-80, +19).

    Muzljakovich shot a 170 (87-83, +26), finishing 31st. Junior Robert Wagner (Bethel, Ohio) shot a 173 (94-79, +29), finishing tied for 34th.

    ONU will return to action in the Troll Classic, hosted by Trinity Christian College and played at the Calumet Country Club in Homewood, Illinois, on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 10 a.m.


    Sep 16, 2014 1:35:39Sep 16, 2014 -

    Olivet Nazarene University has been ranked as one of the Best Colleges for 2015 by “U.S. News & World Report” in its “College Guidebook” and on its website. This is the University’s 10th consecutive year for inclusion on the list.

    “U.S. News & World Report” has shared this ranking in the 30th edition of its Best Colleges rankings and guidebook, which is the most widely recognized list of its kind. Students around the country use the report as a tool to help them find the right college to attend.

    “Education with a Christian Purpose guides everything that Olivet does,” said Dr. Dennis Crocker, vice president for academic affairs. “We strive to prepare men and women intellectually, spiritually and relationally for impacting our world in meaningful ways. This recognition is an affirmation of Olivet’s commitment to investing in the lives of our students.”

    The 2015 Best Colleges rankings and data are now available at The guidebook may be ordered online or by calling (800) 836-6397.
    Sep 15, 2014 5:7:48Sep 15, 2014 -

    ADRIAN, Mich. – After suffering a loss to their national rival, the No. 16 Olivet Nazarene University women’s soccer team headed north to the Siena Heights Classic on Sept. 12-13. In the tournament opener, the Tigers let at 2-1 lead slip through their fingers as Siena Heights scored four unanswered goals to pick up a 2-5 win. The Tigers rebounded in game two, picking up a 2-1 overtime win over Madonna University.

    Off the opening kick, Siena Heights’ Samantha Bartelotti had an open shot to find the back of the net just 28 seconds into the match on Friday night. Olivet (2-3-1) came right back as junior Liz Wahl (Lockport, Ill.) tied things up at 9:56 on a long shot over the top from 30 yards out off of a pass by freshman Taylre Devine (Chabanse, Ill.). The Tigers took the lead at 30:25 briefly when junior Sarah “Lenny” Lentini (Kouts, Ind.) made her first goal of the season off of a pass by freshman Tess Marcordes (Normal, Ill.). The Saints came right back with the first of their four unanswered goals just six minutes later on a free kick from 40 yards out to tie the score going into the half. In the closing 45 minutes, the Saints were unstoppable, finding the net three more times.

    Sophomore keeper Sarah Vrosh (Ada, Mich.) played 77:35 of the match, finishing with all five goals against, with four saves. Junior Amanda Siciak (Bloomingdale, Ill.) came in to finish the match out, finishing with one save in 12:25 of play.

    Saturday proved to be a better day for the Tigers, coming away with a 2-1 overtime win over Madonna University (Mich.).  The Crusaders struck first, scoring at the 19:36 mark to take an early lead. Junior Betsy Hetrick (Plainfield, Ill.) capitalized on a pass from Wahl to knot the score at 23:34 in the opening half.

    Wahl found the open net just five minutes into extra time with assists to freshman Sara Chamberlain (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and sophomore Ellen West (West Chester, Ohio) to break the three-game losing skid the Tigers had found themselves on.

    Siciak played the entire 95:29 in goal for Olivet, finishing with four saves.

    Olivet takes a 10 day break from action before opening Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play on Tuesday, Sept. 23 against Holy Cross College (Ind.). The match is set to start at 7 p.m. at Snowbarger Athletic Field in Bourbonnais. A year ago, the Tigers came away with a 6-0 win over the Saints in their only match up of the season.

    Sep 15, 2014 9:18:44Sep 15, 2014 -

    CHARLESTON, Ill. — Only five days prior to the Eastern Illinois University Fall Invitational, the event was added to the schedule for the Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team. The Tigers traveled to Charleston, Illinois, and competed in the individual round-robin event against NCAA Division I Eastern Illinois and NCAA Division III University of Missouri-St. Louis.

    There were three Flights (A, B, C) in singles play, and doubles had Flights A and B. Junior Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) finished 0-4 in singles play in Flight A, falling to Touliatos (EIU), Henderson (EIU) in three sets, Mueggenburg (UMSL) and Skolik (EIU) in three sets. Sophomore Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) finished 3-1 in singles play in Flight A, defeating Mueggenburg (UMSL) (3-6, 6-3, 15-13), Heyburn (UMSL) (6-1, 6-2) and Skolik (EIU) (6-0, 6-0), then losing to Touliatos (EIU). Sophomore Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) went 0-2 in singles play in Flight A, losing to Henderson (EIU) and McLarty (EIU).

    In singles Flight B, senior Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) went 1-3 with a win over Maza (UMSL) (6-4, 3-6, 11-9) and losses to Thompson (EIU), Silva (EIU) and Vidaurre (UMSL). Sophomore Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.) won a match against Woodson (EIU) (3-6, 7-5, 10-6). He lost to Vidaurre (UMSL), Lindal (UMSL) in three sets and Thompson (EIU). Sophomore Tyler Lingle (Avon, Ind.) finished with losses to Woodson (EIU), Mazal (UMSL) and Lindal (UMSL).

    In Flight C, sophomore Riley St. Clair (Corona, Calif.) lost in matches to Constantinescu (EIU), G. Reiman (EIU) and T. Reiman (EIU). Freshman Ryan Champlin (Manhattan, Ill.) went 0-3, falling to Corrales (UMSL), T. Reiman (EIU) and Bower (UMSL).

    The Tigers, in total, went 5-7 in doubles play. In Flight A play. Lopez-Isasi Morales and Jensen defeated Thompson and Constantinescu (EIU) 8-6. They lost to Touliatos and Skolik (EIU) 8-6, and Mueggenburg and Maza (UMSL) 8-7. Navarro Veys and Mancineiras Cornella won two matches: 8-1 over Mueggenburg and Mazal (UMSL), and McLarty and Vidaurrel (UMSL) 8-5. They lost to Thompson and Constantinescu (EIU) 8-7.

    In Flight B doubles play, Tyler Ellis and Tyler Lingle won against Lindal and Bower (UMSL) 8-2 but lost to Heyburn and Corrales (UMSL) 8-1, and Henderson and Silva (EIU) 8-3. Riley St. Clair and Ryan Champlin lost to Reiman and Reiman (EIU) 8-0, and Henderson and Silva (EIU) 8-3 but defeated Lindal and Bower (UMSL) 8-5.

    ONU will be back in action on USTA-ITA Central-East Regional on Friday through Sunday, Sept. 19-21, in Joplin, Missouri.


    Sep 14, 2014 4:59:52Sep 14, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – On a night perfect for football, the Olivet Nazarene University football team had a great opportunity to put a win on board in its first game played on the flawless new Ward Field surface. The visiting Robert Morris University (Ill.) Eagles had different plans, however. ONU got off to a strong start, taking an early 13-0 lead. But only three second-half points and key injuries affected the remainder of the game. The Eagles finished a comeback and handed the Tigers a 17-16 loss in the Tigers' home opener.

    After forcing a three-and-out in the Eagles (2-0) first possession, the Tigers (0-2) scored after only six plays, highlighted by two 20-plus-yard runs by running backs senior Michael Ho-Lewis (Boise, Idaho) and M.J. Green (Albany, Ga.). Junior quarterback Zach Gross (Elgin, Ill.) ended the drive with an eight-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Matt McDivitt (Marion, Ind).

    After exchanging a few punts, Olivet Nazarene struck again, this time on a 51-yard bust-out touchdown run by M.J. Green to start off the second quarter. However, following the score there was a blocked extra point attempt by the Eagles. making it 13-0 — which would prove to be costly in the closing minutes of the game.

    After struggling to find continued consistency on offense for the rest of the half, largely due to the injury sustained to the Tigers' Michael Ho-Lewis, the Eagles were able to muster up three points on a made field goal by Josh Techeira after a fake punt in their final possession of the half.

    A seven-minute drive opened up the second half for Olivet, but the Tigers were able to come up with only a 37-yard field goal by senior Jonathan Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Ill.) to make it 16-3. The clock read 8:16 in the third quarter, and it would be important as the Tigers would fail to score for the remainder of the game. Robert Morris went on to score twice before the end of the night.

    Matt Westerkamp found Deshawn Weaver for a 65-yard touchdown on the next play to make it 16-10. Following the Eagles' score, there were three consecutive turnovers and a punt by the Tigers that gave the Eagles the ball at their own 42. Their drive ended with a Weaver 43-yard catch to give them the lead.

    A Robert Morris fumble late in the third quarter and two early punts in the fourth quarter led to the Tigers' best and final attempt at taking the lead back from the Eagles. However, a 49-yard attempt by Nick Paquet (Cadillac, Mich.) was blocked. ONU got the ball back at their own 14 with 5:19 to play but only managed to gain 12 yards and turned it over on downs.

    The Tiger offense got started quick on Saturday night but suffered due to key injuries in the running game. However, there was much improvement from week one. Zach Gross had a steady night passing for 85 yards and a touchdown going 7-for-13, making plays with his feet throughout the night. Senior Michael Ho-Lewis went for 20 yards on three carries before he left the game in the second quarter. M.J. Green was the leading rusher for Olivet, going for 108 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. 

    The defense played up to par for the entire game, allowing 135 total yards less than last week. The Tigers also forced the Eagle offense into three turnovers. Robert Morris was among the league leaders in turnovers last season. Senior Brandon Ruemler (Williamsport, Ind.) once again led the way with 16 total tackles and a forced fumble. Junior Thomas Dexter (Canal Winchester, Ohio) added five tackles, two sacks (five yards) and one and a half tackles for loss (five yards).

    Special teams played a big difference in the outcome, ONU had only half of their combined tries converted, missing one field goal, and Robert Morris blocked an extra point. On the flip side, the Tigers’ punter Derrick Booth (Sacramento, Calif.) had a very productive night, averaging 41.2 yards per attempt on six punts and pinning the Eagles inside their 20 yard line four times.

    Dontaye Johnson finished with eight tackles, one sack (four yards) and a half tackle for loss (five yards). Alex Spanos had seven tackles, three sacks (21 yards), and two and a half tackles for loss (21 yards).

    Eagles' quarterback Matt Westerkamp went 14-for-22 for 195 yards, throwing for two touchdowns and an interception. Lamont Wims dominated the backfield for Robert Morris, garnering 26 carries and totaling 147 yards. Deshawn Weaver caught 10 balls for 169 yards and two scores, one for 65 yards.

    Tigers will be back at Ward Field on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 1:30 p.m. against the Cardinals of Concordia University-Ann Arbor (Mich.).


    Sep 13, 2014 11:3:0Sep 13, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The Olivet Nazarene University women’s cross country team showed the amount of depth that they hold when nine runners finished the 2014 Illinois Intercollegiate Championship cross the finish line in under 20 minutes each. The Tigers captured first place overall in the 14 team field, with sophomore Sarah Ray (Warsaw, Ind.) and junior Bethany Pilat (Livonia, Mich.) leading the way. 
    Ray finished third overall in the 93 athlete field, crossing the finish line at 18:13.4. Pilat was not far behind at 18:38.1, finishing in fifth place overall. Sophomore Elizabeth Soper (Livonia, Mich.) finished 11th overall at 19:03.9, while freshman Naomi Springer (Minier, Ill.) and junior Alyssa Faulks (Caldwell, Idaho) rounded out the Tigers top-five finishers, crossing back-to-back in 11th an 12th place. Springer finished at 19:17.3 and Faulks at 19:18.5. 
    “I’ve said all along that our ladies are a mid-season team and today they started to show that they are on their way,” said Head Coach Mike McDowell. “Young, but with endless potential.”

     Jessica Disselkoen of Trinity Christian College (Ill.) took the overall individual title, finishing at 18:11.7.  North Central College’s Megan Constanzo finished second at 18:12.0. 

    Led by Constanzo, North Central placed second in the team standings, followed by Judson University (Ill.), Trinity Christian and Elmhurst College (Ill.). 
    Olivet will travel to Augustana College on Saturday, Sept. 26 for the Bissman Lundeen Invitational. The meet will take place at the Saukie Golf Course with the women’s race beginning at 5:45 p.m.
    Sep 13, 2014 10:38:14Sep 13, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The much needed win, that’s what the Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team came away with on Thursday, Sept. 11 in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference action. The Tiger’s took the match with Purdue University – North Central in straight sets, putting a nine-match losing streak behind them.

    The Tigers (2-12, 1-1) put together an impressive offensive attack, finishing the match with an amazing team attack percentage of .341, with 39 kills in 82 attempts with just 11 errors. The Tigers also combined for 20 team blocks, limiting the visiting Panthers to just 15 kills on the night.

    Leading Olivet was junior Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.) with 11 kills in 14 attempts with only one error (.714). Seniors Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.) and Heidi Schoenbein (Morton, Ill.) each added six kills, while senior Kaia Lenzi (Beach Park, Ill.) led the Tigers with six block assists, while adding five kills.

    The setting duo of junior Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) and sophomore Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) combined for 25 assists, Enz with 13 and Tabisz with 12. Enz also added 11 digs, along with freshman Kelsey Geiman (Carleton, Mich.).

    “A win is always good, this team needed one,” said Head Coach Brenda Williams. “I liked the way we stayed in control.”

    “(Becky) DeRuiter had a great match, a total all-around game. (Renee) Enz and (Kelsey) Geiman both had double figure digs, and 10 team blocks was great to see”.

    Olivet will travel to CCAC rival University of Saint Francis (Ill.) on Tuesday, Sept. 16. The Tigers are set to face the Fighting Saints at 7 p.m. in Joliet, lllinios.

    Sep 13, 2014 12:4:0Sep 13, 2014 -

    DES MOINES, Iowa — With a result of the same score (3-2) almost exactly a year ago, No. 12 Grand View University (Iowa) reversed the outcome in their favor. The Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team upset the Vikings by the same score on Sept. 21, 2013, when the Vikings were a top 10 team, but they were unable to do the same again in 2014. Two late goals by sophomore Aaron Chatfield (Petoskey, Mich.) got the Tigers back within one goal with less than 11 minutes to play. But when a third goal escaped ONU, the Tigers experienced a third straight loss.

    Olivet Nazarene (2-3) played the first 18 minutes of the first half without a blemish until Paul Riesthuis was able find the back of the net to put the Vikings up 1-0. Jordan Burns assisted in the first goal of the year for Riesthuis. The rest of the first half, neither team was able to score, but a total of 18 shots were tallied.

    The start of the second half was similar to the end of the first until the Vikings (4-1) benefited from a second goal from Riesthuis in the 59th minute. Jeppe Madsen was able to provide the assist. Down 2-0 and heading into the final 30 minutes of the game, the Tigers couldn’t afford another Grand View goal. At the 77:00 mark, Aaron Scott scored his third goal of the season when he was assisted by Marten Muelenhaus.

    However, only 40 seconds later, Aaron Chatfield provided some excitement for the Tigers when he scored his first goal of 2014 to make it 3-1. Richard Paret (West Chicago, Ill.) assisted on the goal, his first of the season. A minute and 34 seconds later, Chatfield scored again when Miguel Fierro (Urbana, Ill.) provided his first points of the year in his second game back from injury. With only 10 minutes to play, the Tigers were unable to find the net for a third time to tie the game.

    The Vikings outshot the Tigers 22 to 13, and 10 to six in shots on goal. Tuesday’s game was a very cleanly played game with only 24 fouls between the two teams. Kyle Reopelle (Elgin, Ill.) and Aaron Chatfield each had two shots on goal to lead the Tigers in shots on goal.

    In his fifth start for the Tigers, sophomore goalkeeper Austin Miller (Manteno, Ill.) had a career high seven saves against the Vikings, seeing 10 shots on goal.

    ONU will be at home again Thursday, Sept. 18, against Marygrove College (Mich.) at 7 p.m.


    Sep 13, 2014 11:5:53Sep 13, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Following a cancellation of the Midwest Classic a week ago, the No. 3-ranked Olivet Nazarene University men’s cross country team and Head Coach Mike McDowell finally were able to get on the course at Aspen Ridge Golf Course. The reigning Illinois Intercollegiate meet champions did not disappoint, following up last year’s title by completing the task as back-to-back champions on Friday, Sept. 12, over 13 other teams. The Tigers had eight runners in the top 15. A total of 158 runners competed in the 8K race.

    The course was relatively flat with a couple of minor inclines. It also was soft due to the recent amount of rain, not to mention the 55 degree temperature at race time with light winds.

    The Tigers were led by senior Ethan Gallagher (Parsippany, N.J.) who won the race (25:06.5) by more than five seconds. Senior Ian Lofgren (Rockford, Ill.) finished fourth with a time of 25:31, only four seconds ahead of teammate, sophomore Caleb Drake (Rock Island, Ill.), who came in seventh with a time of 25:35.1. Junior Dylan Creger (Almont, Mich.) finished ninth with a time of 25:38.1.

    Finishing fifth for the Tigers was junior Brandon Divan (Oakwood, Ill.) who finished 25:49.1 and in 11th place. Senior Mitchell Dale (Rochester Hills, Mich.) came in 12th at 25:49.4, and junior Marshall Hawn (Goshen, Ind.) finished 13th with a time of 25:50.

    In all, 14 Tigers ran in the team's first race of the 2014 season.

    North Central College (Ill.) finished second, Augustana College (Ill.) came in third, Harper College (Ill.) came in fourth, and Elmhurst College (Ill.) rounded out the top five.

    The Tigers will run again on Friday, Sept. 26, at 5 p.m. in the Brissman-Lundeen Invitational at Saukie Golf Course in Rock Island, Ill., hosted by Augustana College.


    Sep 11, 2014 2:44:6Sep 11, 2014 -


    Hear about an ordinary woman who served as a nurse during extraordinary times in world history. Susan Fox, R.N., will speak about her book, Little Women of Baghlan, at Olivet on Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the auditorium of Wisner Hall of Nursing.

    Susan’s book is the true account of how Joanne (Carter) Bowling answered the call to serve others. Drawing from Joanne’s journal and recordings, Susan documents the many adventures — against the backdrop of world challenges and changes — that took Joanne first to Afghanistan with the Peace Corps in 1968. There, she began a nursing school for Afghan girls. During her career, Joanne witnessed changing social mores, much of the Cold War, the rise and fall of governments, and the continuing conflict in the Middle East. In the midst of change, she faithfully continued to care about and for others.

    After returning from Afghanistan, Joanne went on to direct a medical-surgical unit at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

    A Kankakee County resident, author Susan Fox has been a keynote speaker at The Indiana Center for Middle East Peace, hosted by Dr. Michael Spath, and has read excerpts from her book at one of Chicago’s premier independent book stores, The Book Cellar. The opening pages of the book recently took honors in the nonfiction category at the Writers’ Institute in Madison, Wisconsin.

    Professionally, she has worked as a technical writer for a major consulting firm in the Chicago area and is a member of the Literary Writers Network, currently serving as senior editorial assistant for its online publication, “10,000 Tons of Black Ink.” She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a nursing degree, and a certificate in technical writing from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

    Fox works at Presence St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee; serves on the Human Rights Committee for Good Shepherd Manor in Momence; and is a member of the Kankakee Valley Wind Ensemble. She lives in Momence with her husband, Ken.

    This event is hosted by Olivet’s Kappa Sigma Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. All are invited and welcome to attend this exceptional presentation. Light refreshments will be served.

    There is no admission charge, but all attendees are asked to bring women’s scarves and hats as donations. The items will go to “A Pretty Hat for Her,” a supportive effort for women battling breast cancer.

    Sep 10, 2014 11:10:1Sep 10, 2014 -


    How does a community best honor a departed musician and composer who enjoyed a career spanning 50-plus years and over 7,000 performances? Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 7 p.m., Olivet will host a memorial concert honoring the artistic work of Dr. Ovid Young, who passed away in August. This concert will take place in the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel.

    The Ovid Young Memorial Concert will be a grand night of music featuring outstanding musical guests. Soloists include acclaimed soprano Shirley Close, a 1970 Olivet graduate and associate professor of voice at Florida State University; and bass-baritone opera singer Robert Hale. Stephen Nielson — Dr. Young’s musical partner in the Nielson & Young piano duo for more than four decades — will perform on piano. The program also includes Olivet’s Orpheus Choir, the ONU Orchestra, a 240-voice Festival Choir and artists playing the 125-rank Ruffatti pipe organ.

    A Steinway artist, Dr. Young performed for audiences in virtually every sizable city in the United States, as well as in Europe and Asia. Millions more witnessed his performances on television throughout the United States, Australia, Western Europe and the former Soviet Union. As an organist, he played many of the largest and most interesting organs in America, as well as numerous cathedral church organs in Europe.

    His many compositions and arrangements are published by several American publishers. A composer of orchestral scores for several feature-length films, he is widely remembered as the pianist-arranger-conductor for the prominent operatic singing duo of Robert Hale and Dean Wilder, and as one-half of the celebrated piano duo Nielson & Young.

    Dr. Young’s orchestral appearances — in addition to a ten-year musical directorship of a Chicago-area symphony — span Europe, Asia and the U.S. From 1974 to 1984, he served as the music director and conductor of the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra.

    A 1962 graduate of Olivet, Dr. Young served his beloved alma mater in numerous capacities, including his most recent appointment as artist-in-residence for the School of Music. In this role, he performed, taught and oversaw Olivet concerts and recital series, and acted as an ambassador-at-large for the music program.

    There is no admission charge for this concert. For more information, call 815-939-5258 or email

    Click HERE for a Downloadable PDF 

    Sep 10, 2014 10:43:36Sep 10, 2014 -

    LIMA, Ohio — For the third time in five days, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer game saw action. The Tigers traveled over four hours to the University of Northwestern Ohio for an afternoon match against the Racers. Olivet would see a second consecutive team without a defeat, and the Racers would leave the game in that way, winning 1-0.

    Early on in the Tuesday, Sept. 9, contest, the Tigers (2-2) and Racers (3-0-1) showed that their respective defenses were both something to be appreciated. Not until the 26th minute of the game did the first shot of goal occur when Adam Waern challenged ONU’s net. Only nine minutes later, Christian Henock-Berhanu (Bourbonnais, Ill.) put one of goal, but Liam Davies was there to save it. The Tigers had a corner kick and one more shot over the next two minutes but were unable to finish. Olivet finished with two more shots before the half but were unable to convert.

    In the second half, the first 20 minutes-plus were played similar to the first half. Following a goal kick by the Racers, Pascal Debowiak scored his fifth goal of the year when he was assisted by Carlos Suarez. The Tigers played the remaining 20 minutes trying to find the tying goal but weren’t able to threaten until five minutes left when Liam Davies turned away two shots on goal by the Tigers.

    The Racers won in the shot column, finishing with 15 shots to ONU’s 12. UNOH had seven on goal to ONU’s four. Tuesday’s game was very physical with 26 fouls and a yellow card handed out. Henock-Berhanu led the Tigers in shots with three on goal.

    Sophomore goalkeeper Austin Miller (Manteno, Ill.) had a career high in saves, six, against the Racers. Even though the Tigers have dropped the last two games, they still hold the best mark in the CCAC in goals against average with .500.

    ONU will be on the field again Friday, Sept. 12, against Grand View University (Iowa) starting at 7 p.m.


    Sep 10, 2014 9:56:9Sep 10, 2014 -

    JOLIET, Ill. — On a gorgeous day for golf, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s golf team competed in the University of St. Francis (Ill.) Fall Invite at Inwood Golf Course. In only their second match of the year, the Tigers tried to better their effort from five months earlier when they finished second and eight strokes better at the same course when St. Francis hosted a spring invite.  

    A total of 95 golfers played in the 18-hole, one-day event at the par-71, 6,196-yard course. ONU finished with a team score of 311 (+27). The host, University of St. Francis (Ill.), won the event with a 278 (-6). Lewis University (Ill.) came in second with a 288 (+4), fellow CCAC opponent Trinity Christian College (Ill.) finished third with a score of 295 (+11), and North Central College (Ill.) shot a 297 (+13).

    Sophomore Luke Lambert (Crown Point, Ind.) led the Tigers for the second straight tournament with a 76 (+5), placing tied for 28th. Sophomore Cole Evenson (Princeton, Ill.) finished tied for 34th with a 77 (+6).

    Three Tigers placed tied for 43rd; senior Michael Bork (Rapid City, Mich.) shot a 79 (+8); junior Robert Wagner (Bethel, Ohio) also finished with a 79; and freshman Kyle Dwyer (Bourbonnais, Ill.), in his second match of his young career, came in at eight over.

    ONU will return to the course on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 15 and 16, for the Mike Lalaeff Memorial Invitational, hosted by Purdue University-Calumet at Lost Marsh Golf Club in Hammond, Ind. The Tigers play at 11 a.m. on Monday and 9 a.m. on Tuesday.


    Sep 10, 2014 9:36:54Sep 10, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The No. 3 Blue Raiders of Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.) have become a bit of a nemesis to the No. 16 Olivet Nazarene University women’s soccer team. The two teams have faced each other annually since 2012, the first two times at the NAIA National Championships with the Raiders winning both, eliminating the Tigers and sending them home. On Tuesday, Sept. 9 the Tigers went head-to-head with them on their own turf, hoping to break the streak.  Unfortunately, Olivet found themselves on the losing end of a 2-0 final.

    Lindsey Wilson’s (3-1) Anna Vig found the net at the 32:32 mark off of a pass by Amanda Kander to take an early lead. The Tigers managed three shots in the opening half, but none were on-goal.

    Senior Kenzie Hengesh (Canton, Mich.) played an impressive defensive match in the mid-field, breaking up numerous offensive attacks by the Blue Raiders. Sophomore keeper Sarah Vrosh (Ada, Mich.) finished with five saves, four in the opening half. The Tigers managed five shots on the night, led by junior Betsy Hetrick (Plainfield, Ill.) with two, none on-goal.

    With time about to expire, Vig found the net again to put the Raiders up 2-0 with just under three minutes to play.

    “Our team played very well in every phase of the game,” said Head Coach Bill Bahr. “The second goal was a result of taking a risk to try to equalize. Ultimately, the game shows that we can still compete with the best.”

    “I am encouraged by our performance and think if we can regularly play like this, we are going to win a lot of games this season.”

    Olivet will head to Adrian, Michigan for the Sienna Heights Classic on Sept. 12-13. The Tigers will face the host Sienna Heights at 8 p.m. (EST) on Friday night and Madonna University (Mich.) on Saturday at 6 p.m. local time.

    Sep 10, 2014 9:0:47Sep 10, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Every team needs a break out game - game with high intensity and lots of enthusiasm, where the parts all start to click. On Tuesday, Sept. 9 in McHie Arena that is exactly what the match between Olivet Nazarene University and Trinity Christian College was. The only problem was, it was a break out game for both teams and the Tigers found themselves on the short end of the 2-3 final.

    “It was a fun game to coach and watch,” said Head Coach Brenda Williams. “The team is learning to get their confidence back; they are beginning to play like a team. I loved their fight, they never quit. I really hated to see them lose, but loved the process and what they took away from the match.”

    Olivet (1-12, 0-1) Trinity Christian (4-5, 1-0) both played tough schedules heading into the match. The Tigers had faced seven teams ranked in the NAIA Coaches Top 25 Poll already this season, while Trinity Christian had faced four. Both saw last night that they tough competition early only helps in a close match later.

    Junior Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.) led the Tigers with 17 kills with just five errors in 41 attempts (.293), while senior Kaia Lenzi (Beach Park, Ill.) finished with an impressive .379 attack percentage with 13 kills in 29 attempts with just two errors.

    Junior setter Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) not only played stellar defense with 22 digs, but also dished out a team-high 26 assists. Sophomore setter Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) added 23 assists, while also finishing with seven kills in 18 attempts with one error (.333).

    The Tigers return to action on Thursday, Sept. 11 when they take on Purdue University – North Central (Ind.) at 7 p.m. in McHie Arena in CCAC action. 

    Sep 08, 2014 9:44:31Sep 08, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The Olivet Nazarene University women’s soccer team that played in the second half of their match with the University of Northwestern Ohio on Saturday, Sept. 6 did not seem like the team that played in the opening half. The Tigers dropped their home opener 0-1 on an early goal by the Racers.

    Olivet (1-1-1), normally upbeat and quick, seemed unusually sluggish or out of sorts in the opening half, not even getting a single shot off. The Racers took advantage of this just four and a half minute into the match when Alice Coyne put a deflected shot into the back of the net.

    Sophomore keeper Sarah Vrosh (Ada, Mich.) kept the game close for her teammates, finishing the first half with five saves. The Racers outshot the Tigers 13-0 in the opening 45 minutes of play.

    In the second half, however, the Tigers came alive. Olivet outshot UNOH 11-5, with three shots-on-goal, all stopped by Racer’s keeper Nadine Stonejek. The Tigers had two other shots hit off the cross bar.

    Olivet will return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 9, hosting No. 3 Lindsey Wilson University (Ky.) at 7 p.m. The Tigers have some unfinished business they would like to take care of with the Blue Raiders. Lindsey Wilson has been the team to send the Tigers home from the NAIA National Tournament the past two seasons. In 2012, it was the Raiders who squelched the Tigers hopes of the University’s first ever National Championship when they came away with a 3-2 win. Last season, the Tigers fell 1-5 in the round of 16.

    Sep 08, 2014 9:21:55Sep 08, 2014 -

    GEORGETOWN, Ky. – Eight matches into the 2014 season, the Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team has noticed a pattern in the team’s performance. If the offensive attack is playing well then the passing game is struggling, and vice versa. Hoping to snap that pattern, the Tigers headed south to the 2014 Rumpke Invitational hosted by Georgetown College (Ky.) on September 5-6.

    In the opening match, the Tigers (1-11) fell in straight sets to Asbury University (Ky.), 24-26, 13-25, 21-25. Senior Heidi Schoenbein (Morton, Ill.) led with seven kills in 13 attempts with just two errors (.385), while sophomore Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) added six kills, while dishing out a team-high 15 assists. Junior Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) added 14 assists, five digs and two service aces. Senior libero Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.) anchored the defense with nine digs.

    Things didn’t get any easier for the Tigers who faced No. 11 Georgetown in their second match of the day, falling 18-25, 16-25, 11-25. As a team, the Tigers mustered a mere 16 kills combined while committing 17 hitting errors in 82 attempts (-.012). Senior Kaia Lenzi (Beach Park, Ill.) led with five kills, while Tabisz added four. Enz and Tabisz combined for 15 assists, eight and seven, respectively. On the other side of the net, Georgetown combined for 47 kills.

    Olivet kept things much closer in their third match of the weekend, falling 1-3 to Marian University (Ind.), 25-27, 25-23, 23-25, 20-25. Schoenbein and junior Hannah Reister (Mason, Mich.) each finished with nine kills to lead the Tigers. Hatalla, a three-year starter at libero, moved to outside hitter and added four kills, two solo blocks, two block assists and 13 digs. Enz led with 23 assists, while Tabisz added 12 assists and six kills. Freshman Kelsey Geiman (Carleton, Mich.) took over the libero roll and finished with 18 digs.

    In their final match, the Tigers struggled early against St. Catherine College (Ky.), dropping the first two sets 7-25 and 14-25, but came back to win the third 25-22 before falling 17-25 in the final. Schoenbein led with six kills in 22 attempts with just one error (.227), while adding four block assists and a solo block. Lenzi added five kills and five block assists. Enz dished out 14 assists, while Tabisz added eight. Geiman finished with 11 digs.

    Schoenbein was named to the Rumpke All-Tournament Team for her performance on the weekend.

    The Tigers will return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 9 hosting Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference defending champion Trinity Christian College (Ill.) at 7 p.m. in McHie Arena. The Trolls swept the two match series a year ago, winning both in straight sets.

    Sep 08, 2014 9:12:18Sep 08, 2014 -

    JOLIET, Ill. — A win in its season opener for the Olivet Nazarene University Tiger football team would end an eight-year drought of victories in week one. The Tigers opened the season, unfortunately, with a loss to the University of St. Francis (Ill.) Saints 41-10.

    After gaining possession following a missed field goal by the Fighting Saints (1-0), the Tigers (0-1) were unable to gain traction and ended up punting the ball away. The game was deadlocked as a defensive struggle for much of the first quarter. But as the second and third quarter number came, the 20th-ranked Saints twice scored touchdowns on consecutive drives, taking a 28-0 lead into the fourth quarter.

    Despite the deficit of four touchdowns, Olivet continued to fight and finally broke through in the box score when senior kicker Jonathan Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Ill.) converted on a 35-yard field goal to start the fourth quarter. In addition to this, despite the tame passing game, the Tigers were able to total 214 yards on the ground. The two biggest contributors were senior Michael Ho-Lewis (Boise, Idaho) and sophomore M.J. Green (Albany, Ga.), who ended up scoring a quick touchdown for ONU on a 25-yard run in the closing minutes of the game.

    Freshman quarterback Derek Durkes (Converse, Ind.) played in his first collegiate game as a Tiger and struggled to get things going against St. Francis, giving up three interceptions and completing three of his passes for a total of 30 yards. Running back Michael Ho-Lewis led all rushers with 125 yards on only 16 carries, while M.J. Green provided Olivet’s lone touchdown and tacked on 59 yards.

    The Tiger defense was forced to hold strong throughout the afternoon, giving up 470 total yards and allowing 147 through the air and 374 on the ground. Senior linebacker Brandon Ruemler (Williamsport, Ind.) led all Tigers with 11, two tackles for loss (19 yards) and one forced fumble. Junior Lane Craft (Onondaga, Mich.) added a sack for six yards, two tackles for loss (10 yards), as well as an interception (eight yards), while adding seven tackles of his own.

    Sophomore punter Derrick Booth (Sacramento, Calif.) had quite the day on special teams, averaging nearly 40 yards per attempt and pinning the Saints inside their 20 twice, featuring a long of 51 yards.  

    Fighting Saints quarterback Trace Wanless threw for 113 yards and a touchdown through the air going 5-for-13. He was also St. Francis’s leading rusher with 100 yards on the ground. Wide out Tray Torrence was the main beneficiary of the Saints' passing game, gaining 106 yards on three receptions.

    Mike Passo led the Saints with 12 tackles and had one of the three interceptions for St. Francis. Brett Ditchman had eight tackles and a sack for five yards.

    The Tigers will be back at it this coming Saturday, Sept. 13, for their home opener against Robert Morris University (Ill.) at 6 p.m.


    Sep 07, 2014 11:40:8Sep 07, 2014 -

    SPRING ARBOR, Mich. — A solid effort on Saturday night, Sept. 6, was needed to complete a sweep at the Cougar Showcase against the undefeated host, Spring Arbor University (Mich.). The Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team faced the Cougars on the road and lost by a score of 1-0. The Tigers were unable to convert any of their 11 shots on goal.

    In the first half, the Tigers (2-1) put together a barrage of shots and tallied six only 16 minutes into the game. Again in the 18th minute, Olivet had four shots, two on goal, and a corner kick to take the lead. But they were unsuccessful as Cobi Piper kept the game scoreless for Spring Arbor (5-0).

    ONU started the second half just as they did in the first by attacking the Cougar end, putting two shots at goal in the first eight minutes but again failed to score. As soon as the Cougars got the ball, they quickly scored the first goal of the game when Michael Caccavo headed it in off the foot of Stevenson Storm.

    For the remainder of the game, the Tigers tried to find the equalizer and had many chances with 13 shots in the second half. The Cougar defense and goalie were just there to keep the Tigers out of the net.

    The Tigers again controlled the stat column, finishing with 23 shots and 11 on goal to only eight and five, respectively, for the Cougars. Saturday’s game was more physical than the first two games for the Tigers, as each team had fouls in double digits. Senior Tyler Gill (Plainfield, Ill.) led the Tigers in shots with five and three on goal.

    Sophomore goalkeeper Austin Miller (Manteno, Ill.) saw his first real action of the season facing five shots on goal, finishing with four saves in his third start.

    ONU will play again at the University of Northwestern Ohio on Tuesday, Sept. 9, starting at 4 p.m. (EST).


    Sep 06, 2014 8:58:54Sep 06, 2014 -

    WHITEWATER, Wis. — Following the loss of only one senior and the return of a host of solid upper classmen, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team began its fall season. The Tigers played in the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawk Invite. The team competed in eight different singles flights and four doubles flights. Sophomore Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) led the Tigers with a win in the No. 2 Singles Flight and, along with his teammate junior Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium), won the No. 3 Doubles Flight.

    The Tigers competed against players from NCAA Division I Chicago State University (Ill.), NCAA Division II Grand Valley State University (Mich.) and Ferris State University (Mich.), Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.), University of St. Francis (Ill.) and UW-Whitewater.

    Junior Navarro Veys got things started for the Tigers by playing in the Consolation Final in the No. 1 Singles Flight, falling to Mario Naboa (Chicago State) (6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (10-5)0. Mancineiras Cornella won the No. 2 Singles Flight with victories over Raman (UW-Whitewater), Bridges (Ferris State) and Muresan (Chicago State) (6-2, 6-3) in the title match. Junior Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) was one win short of claiming a second title for the Tigers, losing in the championship of the No. 3 Singles Flight to Navratil (UW-Whitewater) (4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-8)). He defeated players from Cardinal Stritch and St. Francis en route to the final.

    In the No. 4 Singles Flight, sophomore Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) finished third, defeating Grabovic (Ferris State) (7-6, 5-7, 1-0 (10-8)) to come away with a win. He defeated Murad (Cardinal Stritch) and lost to Phillips (Grand Valley) in the semifinals. Senior Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) also was a third place finisher with a win over Penna (Cardinal Stritch) (6-0, 6-4). He beat Da Costa (Cardinal Stritch) in the quarterfinals and lost to Schnarr (UW-Whitewater) in the semifinals.

    Sophomore Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.) won the third consecutive third place finish for ONU in the No. 6 Singles Flight. He had to defeat Guimaraes (Cardinal Stritch) and Watson (Cardinal Stritch) (6-2, 6-1). Sophomore Tyler Lingle (Avon, Ind.) fell in the Consolation Final to Zurowski (UW-Whitewater) (6-3, 6-3) after winning over Lauterback (UW-Whitewater) by default. Sophomore Riley St. Clair (Corona, Calif.) finished seventh in the No. 8 Singles Flight with a win over Vugrnick (Cardinal Stritch) (6-0, 6-1).

    In doubles action, Morales and Sanchez made it to the semifinals in the No. 1 Doubles Flight after defeating  Fresse and Le from Cardinal Stritch 8-4. They finished third with a win over Chavez and Sandberg (St. Francis) 8-3. Jensen and Ellis finished fourth in the No. 2 Doubles Flight after winning their first match over Penna and Murad (Cardinal Stritch) 8-4. They fell to Heckman and Phillips from (Grand Valley) 8-3.

    Veys and Mancineiras Cornella won the No. 3 Doubles Flight with wins over a team from UW-Whitewater 8-1, St. Francis 8-1 in the semifinals, and Bole and Sylow (Grand Valley) 8-4 in the finals. Tyler Lingle and Riley St. Clair fell in the quarterfinals of the No. 4 Doubles Flight 8-4.

    ONU will be back in action on USTA-ITA Central-East Regional on Sunday and Monday, Sept. 21 and 22, in Joplin, Missouri.


    Sep 06, 2014 7:4:47Sep 06, 2014 -

    SPRING ARBOR, Mich. — In its second shutout of the season, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team displayed offensive fire power. Four different Tigers scored a goal en route to a 4-0 win in the first of two games at the Cougar Showcase hosted by Spring Arbor University (Mich.). Head Coach David Blahnik and the Tigers defeated Huntington University (Ind.) and will go for a win on Saturday, Sept. 6, to stay unbeaten.

    The Tigers (2-0) used an early goal by junior Richard Paret (West Chicago, Ill.) when he chipped it in from eight yards out. He was assisted by sophomore Aaron Chatfield (Petoskey, Mich.). Only three minutes later, freshman Christian Henock-Berhanu (Bourbonnais, Ill.) put his first career goal in the back of the net from the right side. Junior Tyler Gill (Plainfield, Ill.) helped in action with an assist.

    For the rest of the first half, the Tigers continued to put pressure on the Foresters (0-3) with shot after shot — unable to manage a third goal but putting 16 shots on the stat sheet. Defensively, Olivet was very solid, not allowing any shots in the first 45 minutes.

    In the second half, junior Tyler Gill got his first goal of the season in the 48th minute when he headed it in off a corner kick from Christian Henock-Berhanu. The Tigers again found the net only nine minutes later on a goal by junior Brett Robertson (Monee, Ill.). Robertson’s first goal of the year was assisted by Gill for his fourth point of the game.

    For the remainder of the game, ONU continued to play strong and put shots on goal. They also played 20 different players in Friday’s win.

    Olivet absolutely controlled in all aspects of the game including shots and shots on goal; 35 to four in shots and 25 to one in shots on goal. ONU also included seven corner kicks to Huntington’s zero.

    Sophomore goalkeeper Austin Miller (Manteno, Ill.) saw only one shot on goal all afternoon and recorded a save, finishing with his second shutout of his career in the young season.

    ONU will play again in the Cougar Showcase, hosted by Spring Arbor University (Mich.), on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m (EST) against Spring Arbor University (Mich.).


    Sep 06, 2014 6:43:25Sep 06, 2014 -

    CRETE, Ill. — Following a successful 2014 campaign and with all but one Tiger back for the new season, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s golf team started the fall season on familiar ground. The Tigers hosted the ONU Fall Invite at Balmoral Woods Country Club on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 4 and 5. Inclement weather forced a three-hour rain delay on Thursday, allowing only nine holes to be played and making the course wet on both days.  

    A total of 46 golfers played in the 27-hole, two-day event at the par-72, 6,648-yard course. Olivet (A) finished with a team score of 491 (+59), and its second team came in with a team score of 514 (+74). Fellow CCAC opponent Trinity Christian College (Ill.) won the event with a score of 475 (+43), College of Holy Cross College (Ind.) came in second with a 476 (+44), and Purdue University-North Central (Ind.) tied with ONU’s team A for third at 491.

    Sophomore Luke Lambert (Crown Point, Ind.) took off from where he left off in spring 2014 as he led the Tigers with a 117 (40-77, +9), placing fifth. Senior Michael Bork (Rapid City, Mich.) shot a 122 (41-81, +14), finishing ninth. Sophomore Cole Evenson (Princeton, Ill.) finished 21st with a 126 (42-84, +18). Freshman Kyle Dwyer (Bourbonnais, Ill.) finishedtied for 22nd in his first collegiate action, shooting a 127 (41-86, +19). Junior Ryan Muzljakovich (Vicksburg, Mich.) rounded out the first team with a 132 (47-85, +24), placing tied for 32nd.

    The Tigers played a second team of five led by junior Robert Wagner (Bethel, Ohio) who shot a 125 (45-80, +17) and placed tied for 17th. Sophomore Jordan Spay (Bettendorf, Iowa) was one stroke behind with a 126 (41-85, +18), finishing 20th. Freshman Cody Kinstner (Momence, Ill.) shot a 129 (41-88, +21) in his first action as a Tiger, coming in tied for 28th. In their first rounds for ONU, sophomore Stephen Lowe (Bourbonnais, Ill.) put up a 134 (45-89, +26) (tied for 37th), and freshman Zack Thorson (Philo, Ill.) shot a 136 (46-90, +28) (40th).

    ONU’s junior Darin LaMont (Crawfordsville, Ind.) played as an individual and was unable to finish, shooting 47 (+11) in day one.  

    ONU will return to the course on Tuesday, Sept. 9, for the University of St. Francis (Ill.) Fall Classic at Wedgewood Golf Course in Plainfield, Ill., at 11 a.m.


    Sep 05, 2014 11:54:37Sep 05, 2014 -

    LOCKPORT, Ill. – Battling the unpredictable weather, as well as a strong field of competitors, the Olivet Nazarene University women’s golf team still struggles to find consistency. The Tigers fielded two teams at the Prairie State Preview hosted by Lewis University on Friday, Sept. 5.

    Junior Kelsey Fisk (Greenfield, Ind.) posted at team-leading 78 (+6), to finish sixth overall, followed by junior Bridgett Wolff (East Peoria, Ill.) at 80 (+8) in ninth. Senior Lydia Bilyeu (Fulton, Ill.) finished tied for 17th overall with an 82 (+10). Sophomores Sydney Tyler (Bloomington, Ill.) and Hannah Petraitis (Frankfort,Ill.) finished back-to-back at 24th and 25th, shooting 89 (+17) and 90 (+18), respectively.

    The second Tiger team was led by freshman Tara Schneider (Davidson, Mich.) who placed tied for 20th overall with a round of 85 (+13). Rounding out the team were Julie Hogan (Pontiac, Ill.) who posted a 96 (+24), senior Jessie Eackerly (Peru, Ind.) at 97 (+25) and freshman Madison Brown (Linden, Mich.) with a 98 (+26).

    Next up for the Tigers is Midwest Collegiate Invitational at The Preserve Gold Course at Honey Creek Resort State Park in Moravia, Iowa on Sept. 8-9. Tee times for both days will be 10:00 a.m.

    Sep 05, 2014 11:23:6Sep 05, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – With a thunderstorm looming in the distance, the No. 4 Olivet Nazarene University women’s cross country team was anxious to get the 2014 season underway. The Tigers, who finished fifth at last year’s NAIA National Championship, aren’t satisfied and feel that there is some unfinished business to take care of. So, on a hot and humid afternoon, the new season kicked off with the annual Midwest Classic held at Aspen Ridge Golf Course.

    Leading the Tigers charge was sophomore Sarah Ray (Warsaw, Ind.), crossing the finish line third overall at 19:05.92. Ray missed most of the spring track season with an injury, but showed signs of complete recovery today. The only two runners to edge her out were Jessica Disselkoen of Trinity Christian College (Ill.) who finished at 18:45.19 and Brianna Hickey of the University of Chicago who crossed at 18:52.77.

    Junior Bethany Pilat (Livonia, Mich.) was the second Tiger to finish, coming in sixth overall at 19:09.19. Sophomore Elizabeth Soper (Grand Rapids, Mich.) placed ninth at 19:25.67, while freshman Naomi Springer (Minier, Ill.) made the most of her Olivet debut finishing 13th overall at 19:47.89. Rounding out the top five, in 15th place was senior Kylie Lippencott (Waveland, Ind.) crossing at 19:59.97, the last of the sub-20 finishers.

    The University of Chicago captured the overall team title, with their top five finishers averaging 19:15.71. Olivet was not far behind at 19:29.73, followed by Trinity Christian at 20:09.71. Rounding out the top five in the six team field were Moraine Valley Community College (Ill.) and Trinity International University (Ill.).

    "Considering that Sarah Ray was sick and Alyssa Faulks dropped out early, the team performed very well," said Head Coach Mike McDowell. "The University of Chicago ladies are ranked fourth in the NCAA DIII preseason poll and only beat us by 14 points. With our ladies not at 100% and being so young as a team, I believe we competed very well today."

    Olivet will return to action on Friday, Sept. 12 as they host the Illinois Intercollegiate at Aspen Ridge. The women’s race is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m., with the men to follow.



    Sep 04, 2014 11:17:6Sep 04, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Olivet Nazarene University's Kara Huber (Grand Blanc, Mich.) sparked a Tiger defense that allowed just one goal over two games, while Calumet College of St. Joseph's Rebecca Berry (Bendingo, Victoria, Australia) made quite the impression in her first week of college soccer as the pair came away as the recipients of the first 2014 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference women's soccer weekly honors, it was announced on Wednesday morning.

    Huber, a sophomore defender, anchored an Olivet Nazarene defense that went 1-0-1 on the week, including a 2-1 win Friday over Grace College (Ind.), which was among others receiving votes in the preseason NAIA rankings.  The Tigers then tied Taylor University (Ind.) on Saturday, 0-0.

    Over the two games, Huber and her defensive unit limited the opposition to just 13 shots on goal with 12 saves leading to her being named the CCAC Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week.

    Berry, the CCAC Offensive Player of the Week, was named the Crimson Wave Soccer Invitational Most Valuable Player after leading the hosts to the invite title with a pair of goals and one assist.  The freshman forward tallied a goal and an assist in a 5-1 victory over St. Mary of the Woods College (Ind.) on Friday before adding a single tally in a 3-2 win over Clarke University (Iowa) on Saturday to claim the invitational.

    Olivet Nazarene is ranked No. 16 in the NAIA Preseason Coaches' Poll.

    Sep 04, 2014 11:0:27Sep 04, 2014 -


    Are we alone in the universe? “We Are Aliens” — the newest show added to the collection at Olivet’s Strickler Planetarium — examines that question. This 360-degree digital presentation is from NSC Creative, based in the United Kingdom. The Museum of Science in Boston, the Royal Museums in Greenwich, London, England, and several other planetaria have also shown it.

    The first showings at Strickler Planetarium will be on Saturday, September 13, and Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Each showing also includes a live tour of the Kankakee summer skies and a ride on a space coaster.

    “We’re finding that earth-like planets seem to be common in our galaxy,” Dr. Case says. “Even five years ago, we couldn’t say this.”

    Ideal for all age groups, the show is narrated by Rupert Grint of Harry Potter fame. It is also timely because of two current scientific trends in science: discovery of earth-like planets and discovery of thriving ecosystems on earth in places where we wouldn’t expect to find life. “We Are Aliens” combines these two ideas in a fun, family-friendly way.

    “This show is an excellent example of how the scientific community works together to discover, apply and share information,” said Dr. Steve Case, director of Strickler Planetarium.

    As part of the planetarium’s collection, this show is available for viewing by the public, as well as by school and special interest groups who book and request it. Accompanying classroom activities and lesson starters are available. “My four children, ages three through seven, give this show a thumbs up,” Dr. Case added.

    Tickets are $3 per person and available at the door. For more information about viewing “We Are Aliens” and other shows at Strickler Planetarium, go to, call 815-939-5395 or email

    Strickler Planetarium, located near the center of Olivet’s main campus, is a state-of-the-art digital planetarium dedicated to educating the public about the natural world. Constructed in 1967, the recently renovated venue features the Evans and Sutherland Digistar 3 SP2 HD digital projector. This planetarium is one of only a few in Illinois with digital projection capabilities.

    Sep 03, 2014 2:55:19Sep 03, 2014 -


    Olivet's Department of Engineering announces a 90 percent pass rate for its students who took the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam during the 2013–2014 academic year.

    Dr. Shane Ritter, chair of the department, underscores that a 90 percent pass rate is a phenomenal achievement. “This test sets the standard across the country,” he says. “Since the average pass rate was 76 percent for 2013 and 84 percent for 2014, our high score indicates that we are on the right track.”

    Passing the FE exam is half of the requirement in order to become a Professional Engineer in the United States; the next step is to pass the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam (PE exam). Generally, engineering students take the FE exam during the fall or spring semester of their senior year.

    The FE exam incorporates several branches of engineering: chemical, civil, electrical and computer, environmental, industrial and mechanical. The exam became computer-based in January 2014 and is made up of 110 questions to be answered in five hours, with additional time set aside for a break and a survey.

    “It was more difficult than I had expected,” says Kaleb Soller, who spent hours in preparation by taking pretests with classmates. “The pretests really helped and made me feel more confident after I took the test.”

    Due to the test’s transition to a computer-based format this year, students received their test results just one week after taking the exam. Kaleb took the test on May 8, 2014; graduated on May 10; and learned his results the very next week. Now he is a test engineer at Honda R&D Americas in Raymond, Ohio.

    Dr. Ritter knows that the high pass rate is a testament to the dedication and hard work of Olivet’s engineering department. “We are confident that our students are well-equipped to enter the workforce as engineers,” he says.

    Sep 03, 2014 9:15:49Sep 03, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Olivet Nazarene University's Austin Miller (Manteno, Ill.) registered his first collegiate shutout to land Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week honors, respectively, for the week ending August 31, it was announced by the conference office Wednesday morning.

    Miller, a sophomore making his collegiate debut in goal, kept all shots away from the net in a 3-0 victory over University of Michigan-Dearborn on Friday.

    Olivet Nazarene is among others receiving votes in the NAIA Preseason Coaches' Poll.

    Sep 02, 2014 10:48:50Sep 02, 2014 -


    In 2009, Ed Gilbreath made his commute to work alongside prophetic billboards advertising Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

    At the time, he was not planning on getting a master’s in philosophy of history. When the purple and gold advertisements caught his attention, Ed had been developing himself as a writer for years. His résumé already included Christianity Today, Promise Keepers’ magazine New Man, and Urban Ministries, Inc. But when he began perusing Olivet’s SGCS website to explore the MBA program, he caught a glimpse of the history option.

    “My eyes lit up,” he says. “I was like a little kid with a toy catalog.”

    He soon found himself at breakfast with the chair of Olivet’s Department of History and Political Science, and Dr. William Dean’s warmth and wisdom added another affirmation to Ed’s interest in the MHIS degree. “I have a passion for connecting the dots between history and present events,” he says. “I felt like the program could enrich me as a thinker and as a writer.” He joined his master’s cohort in 2010.

    Nailing a thesis

    Ed is determined to combat mankind’s unfortunate tendency to forget. “Philosophies and ideas have led to the predicaments and situations that we are in today, but we have a short memory,” he says. As a prominent writer and speaker on issues of race, faith and culture, he knew early on that he wanted his master’s thesis to be about Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of justice.

    A conversation with his professor Dr. David Van Heemst steered Ed toward MLK’s letter written during his Birmingham imprisonment. “I began thinking about the letter as a centerpiece for King’s vision and philosophy. More than any other message from King, it gives you a picture of his theology,” he says. The title of Ed’s thesis became “The Birmingham Epistle.”

    While piecing his paper together, Ed did not foresee publication. “I was not thinking about turning it into a book; I was in survival mode,” he says. Toward the end of reshaping his work and receiving feedback, however, Ed was “finally able to take a deep breath and realize: there’s something here.”

    Beyond a grade

    “I thought it would be easy because I had done the work already,” says Ed about when he first considered publication. “Just smooth out the transitions.”

    But he realized that his ambitions would require additional effort — almost a year of additional effort. He had avoided his natural writing tendencies by making his paper academic, but his editor at InterVarsity Press was looking for something else.

    Ed’s talent as a writer is evident in his ability to rewrite depending on his audience. He added chapters and an introduction as well as a contemporary wrap-up at the end of what is now the published Birmingham Revolution. “Instead of making some tweaks, I reworked almost everything,” he says. “But the heart of the book is still the thesis.”

    He graduated with his MHIS degree in May 2012. In March 2013, he handed over Birmingham Revolution for publication. His first book, Reconciliation Blues, had been published in 2006.

    Today, Ed is employed as the executive director of strategic communication for the Evangelical Covenant Church. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife of nineteen years, Dana, and his children, DeMara and Daniel.

    He has also recently “sensed the rumbling” to write another book. “I have some ideas in mind,” he says, “all related to history and connecting the dots.”

    For a man passionate about studying ideas and their consequences, Ed says that his MHIS degree continues to inform all that he does.

    Sep 01, 2014 2:15:57Sep 01, 2014 -

    Expressions of love and admiration continue to pour in, as the Olivet and musical communities honor the life and legacy of Ovid Young. Fellow musicians, friends, colleagues and former students remember a man who lived life to its fullest, glorifying his Savior all the way.

    Among them, Bill and Gloria Gaither, two of the most prolific songwriters and Gospel recording artists of the past century, write:

    “We are both sad and celebrative to hear of the successful passage of Ovid Young to the waiting arms of Jesus and the place He has prepared for those who trust Him. Ovid was a dear friend and collaborator with us in the beautiful ministry of music, the language of the soul.

    “From the years of working with Ovid at the gatherings we called ‘Praise Gathering for Believers,’ to our most recent visits to Olivet for retreats and concerts, Ovid has been a gracious host, a fellow servant of our Lord, and a visionary who shared so many hopes and dreams of a united and redeemed Body of Christ. We will miss him.

    “At the same time, we rejoice that the suffering of these last few miles of his journey on this earth have given way to freedom, joy and total wholeness in every way. It is our hope that many of the young people he so impacted will rise up as an army of loving and convinced ‘music makers’ to take his place.”

    On Saturday, September 27, Olivet will host the Ovid Young Memorial Concert, where some of Ovid’s closest friends and musical collaborators will also pay tribute to his life and artistry. Performers will include Robert Hale, Stephen Nielsen, Shirley Close, George Wolff, Kay Welch, a 240-member student choir and full orchestra. The event will take place at 7 p.m., in Centennial Chapel, on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University.
    Sep 01, 2014 11:2:34Sep 01, 2014 -

    Olivet Nazarene University is pleased to announce that Gary Newsome, director of athletics, has been nominated for and accepted the role of serving on the Board of Directors for the NAIA Athletic Directors Association (ADA). The goal of this newly formed Board is to help lead the NAIA into a more productive future, one in which the ADs are at the forefront. This will include recognizing the accomplishments of members and encouraging professional growth.

    “I am honored to have been asked to fill a spot on the NAIA’s ADA Board,” said Newsome of the appointment.  “I hope I can provide some added insight and direction within our association.”

    Entering his seventh year as Olivet’s athletic director, Newsome will also continue to serve on the NAIA National Administrative Council’s Awards and Statistics committee, and as the commissioner of the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA). During his tenure at the helm of the Tigers, Olivet has won five consecutive Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) All-Sports Cups and finished fifth in the NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings — the highest finish in University history.

    One athletic director from each NAIA conference in the country has been nominated to serve on the new ADA Board. Throughout the past year, the ADA Executive Committee, along with an ad-hoc advisory board, has worked tirelessly to help the ADA become a more relevant and participative organization. NAIA CEO Jim Carr has been very receptive to the goal of greater ADA participation in NAIA initiatives, as well as allowing for more opportunity to increase professional development and visibility. 


    Sep 01, 2014 10:56:34Sep 01, 2014 -

    WINONA LAKE, Ind. – It took just over six minutes into the season opener for junior Liz Wahl (Lockport, Ill.) to put the No. 16 Olivet Nazarene University women’s soccer team on the board against Grace College (Ind.) at the Grace Classic held Aug. 29-30. The Tigers would go on to win the opener 2-1 before battling Taylor University (Ind.) to a 0-0 double overtime dual on day two.

    Wahl added a second goal in the game with the host Lancers at the 24:30 mark to lead Olivet (1-0-1), to break the tie after Grace’s Mallory Rondeau tied the game up at 12:55.

    Sophomore keeper Sarah Vrosh (Ada, Mich.) allowed the lone goal while finishing with eight saves. Offensively, the Tiger were outshot by the Lancers 19-9.

    Saturday’s long draw with Taylor was a statistically balanced game, much like the 0-0 score. The Tigers took 20 shots, nine on goal while the Trojans finished with 19 shots, five on goal. Senior McKenzie Hengesh (Canton, Mich.) and junior Betsy Hetrick (Plainfield, Ill.) led the Tigers with four shots each, both with two on-goal. Taylor threatened more in the overtime periods, with three shots on goal that were stopped by Vrosh.

    Olivet will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 6 when they play host to the University of Northwestern Ohio at 1:00 p.m.

    Sep 01, 2014 10:31:15Sep 01, 2014 -

    GAYLORD, Mich. – Rain is rarely the friend of a golfer and that is certainly the case for the Olivet Nazarene University women’s golf team. For the second straight year the Tigers have had their season opener cut short by bad weather. Rain forced the cancellation of day two of the Crusader Classic hosted by Madonna University at The Tradition at Treetops, forcing the scores back to the day one finals.

    Senior Lydia Bilyeu (Fulton, Ill.) led the Tigers, shooting an 83 (+11) in the opening round to finish tied for eighth place overall. No far behind was teammate junior Kelsey Fisk (Greenfield, Ind.) with an 85 (+13) in 13th place. Bridget Wolff (East Peoria, Ill.) finished tied for 19th place with an 87 (+15), while senior Jessica Eckerley (Peru, Ind.) and sophomore Sydney Tyler (Bloomington, Ill. ) finished in 30th and 31st, respectively just one shot apart at 93 and 94.

    The Tiger finished tied for fourth in the team competition, shooting a combined 348 (+60). William Penn University (Iowa) captured the team title with a 317 (+29), well ahead of second place Madonna at 332 (+44). Bethel College (Ind.) finished third at 342 (+54).

    Olivet will return to action on Sept. 8-9 at the Midwest Collegiate Invitational at The Preserve Gold Course at Honey Creek Resort State Park in Moravia, Iowa. Competition is scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m. both days.

    Sep 01, 2014 10:12:59Sep 01, 2014 -

    IRVINE, Calif. – Week two of the Olivet Nazarene University volleyball schedule didn’t get any easier than week one. In reality, it actually got harder. The Tigers traveled across the country to the Asics/Wyndham Labor Day Classic hosted by Concordia University- Irvine, facing two of the top ten teams in the NAIA Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

    Olivet (1-7) came out of the gate a little sluggish in the opening match with Carroll College (Mont.), falling 15-25, 11-25, 25-21, 22-25. The Tigers finished the match with just 35 kills in 115 attempts, led by junior Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.) with eight. Junior Melissa Bartholowew (Newton, Iowa) added four service aces.

    The Tigers nightcap put them up against the host, No. 2 Concordia Irvine. Despite strong serving by Bartholomew again, Olivet fell quickly 13-25, 10-25, 24-26 to the Eagles.

    “Concordia was big and very fast,” said head coach Brenda Williams. “They are a legit team with all the pieces.”

    Struggling to put solid sets together, the Tigers lost 1-3 to Menlo University (Calif.) to open day two of competition.  Despite solid defense by freshman Kelsey Geiman (Carleton, Mich.), junior Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) and senior Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.), Olivet fell 26-28, 25-17, 18-25, 15-25. Offensively, the Tigers ten mustered an attack percentage of just .079 with 41 kills in 139 attempts with 30 errors. DeRuitter led with kills.

    In the west coast finale, the Tigers fell in straight sets to No. 9 Biola University (Calif.), 17-25, 13-25, 19-25.  Offensively, the Tigers put together a solid game against a good team, finishing with 31 kills in 87 attempts with just 10 errors (.241). The setting duo of Enz and sophomore Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) combined for 27 assists, 15 and 12, respectively.

    Overall on the weekend, the Tigers were led by senior Kaia Lenzi (Beach Park, Ill.). Lenzi ended the four match tournament with an attack percentage of .264 with 20 kills in 53 attempts with just six errors. She also added 10 blocks. Enz finished with 51 assists, while adding nine service aces. Tabisz added 41 assists and nine kills.

    Next, Olivet travels to Georgetown College (Ky.) for the Rumpke Invitational on Sept. 5-6. On Friday, the Tigers will face Asbury University (Ky.) at 2:30 p.m. and the host, No. 10 Georgetown at 6:45 p.m. Saturday the team will square off with Marian University (Ind.) at 11:45 a.m. and Saint Catherine College (Ky.) at 2:00 p.m.

    Aug 29, 2014 9:56:43Aug 29, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Illinois — Senior Paddy Hoepp (Frankfurt, Germany) got the 2014 season started off right with two goals in the season and home opener win for the Olivet Nazarene University men's soccer team on Friday night, Aug. 29. He converted a penalty kick in the fifth minute and a third goal for the Tigers in the 72nd minute to seal the 3-0 win.

    ONU (1-0) captured their first win of 2014 against the University of Michigan-Dearborn (0-2) in front of one of the largest crowds in ONU men’s soccer history. Over 600 fans showed up to support the home team.

    Following Hoepp’s goal that put the Tigers up 1-0, the defense held steady as the offense continued to throw shots the Wolverines’ way, seven in the first half. Just past halftime, ONU converted a missed shot when sophomore Keefer Whaley (Conifer, Colo.) put in a goal who was assisted by fellow sophomore Aaron Chatfield (Petoskey, Mich.). 

    Even though the Tigers had 12 more shots in the second half, they were able to manage only one more goal when Hoepp put away a rebound. But it didn’t diminish their excellent play in the first game of the year.

    The Tigers dominated in the shot column, 19 to two, and put nine on goal. It was a very clean game with only 11 fouls on each side.

    Sophomore goalkeeper Austin Miller (Manteno, Ill.) didn’t have any saves in his first win and shutout as a Tiger. He didn’t see a shot on goal all night.

    ONU will play in the Cougar Showcase hosted by Spring Arbor University (Mich.) on Friday, Sept. 5, at 1 p.m (EST) against Huntington University (Ind.).


    Aug 29, 2014 2:9:4Aug 29, 2014 -

    INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Indy Eleven Professional Soccer made official today the second addition to its roster in recent days with the signing of defender Cory Miller. Per club policy, terms of the contract will not be released. The 26-year-old Miller, a resident of nearby Zionsville, will be available for selection immediately, starting with this Saturday night’s contest against the New York Cosmos.  

    “We liked what we saw out of Cory while training with us in recent weeks and are glad to bring him on board at an important time of our season,” said Juergen Sommer, Indy Eleven head coach and director of Soccer Operations. “Not only does he give us more cover and flexibility in the back, but he’s also a player with professional experience under his belt that can help bring some composure to the group.” 

    After graduating from Zionsville High School in 2006, Miller went on to stand out for NAIA side Olivet Nazarene University in south suburban Chicago from 2006 to 2009, leading the Tigers to their first-ever Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship and appearance in the NAIA national tournament during his senior season in 2009. During his time at ONU, Miller also spent two summers suiting up for teams in the USL Premier Development League (PDL) – the Atlanta Blackhawks (2008) and DFW Tornadoes (2009). 

    ONU men’s soccer Head Coach David Blahnik commented on Miller, a former assistant coach: “I am very excited for Cory. He has proven himself as a reliable professional soccer player in both the NASL and USL over the last four years. It is especially exciting because Cory is from Indianapolis, a fantastic organization averaging over 10,000 fans per game.” 

    “I’m just excited about the opportunity here with Indy Eleven," Miller said. "I’ve been looking for an opportunity to play since the last USL PRO season, so to make that happen with my hometown team here in Indianapolis is nice. The results for the team have been tough, but I’ve been watching the squad and it’s a good team that’s been built here. I’m excited to come in and contribute to it.” 

    Miller was the first Olivet Nazarene product to play professionally after signing on with the NASL’s Carolina RailHawks in 2011, where he played 10 contests during his rookie season. He played the following two years with the USL PRO League’s Los Angeles Blues, racking up 43 appearances during the 2012-13 seasons. 

    “Cory gives us another physical presence that will ramp up the day-to-day competition in training at the center back position,” said Indy Eleven President/General Manager Peter Wilt. “He’s another talented player with Indiana roots that can help the team down the stretch drive of the fall season.” 

    Indy Eleven will return to action this Saturday, August 30, welcoming the defending NASL Soccer Bowl champion New York Cosmos for a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff at IUPUI’s Carroll Stadium. A limited number of tickets for the contest, which will include Indy Eleven’s “Indiana Soccer Heritage Night” festivities, remain available and can be purchased at or by phone at 317-685-1100 during regular business hours through Friday. 

    About Indy Eleven Professional Soccer 

    Indy Eleven has kicked off its inaugural season in the North American Soccer League (NASL), a professional soccer league based in the United States and Canada. The squad contests its home games at Michael A. Carroll Stadium on the campus of IUPUI in downtown Indianapolis. Born Indy Pro Soccer after launching as the 11th member of the North American Soccer League on January 16, 2013, Indy Eleven established its identity 99 days later on the 152nd anniversary of the establishment of the 11th Indiana Regiment during the Civil War on April 25, 1861. 

    Aug 27, 2014 11:38:49Aug 27, 2014 -

    Olivet Nazarene University is recognized as a 2014–2015 College of Distinction for providing innovative, teacher-centered undergraduate education and preparing students for real-world success.

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

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

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

    Olivet now has a personal profile on the Colleges of Distinction website. To view this profile, or to find more information about the online guide, go to
    Aug 26, 2014 11:46:3Aug 26, 2014 -

    Olivet Nazarene University has received unanimous approval from the Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (SEPLB) to begin offering a new undergraduate major in Special Education on campus beginning in spring 2015.

    “Olivet is committed to providing students who are called by God to teach special education with the opportunity to pursue that calling,” said Dr. Robert Hull, dean of the School of Education. “We’ve had many requests for this major from prospective students, special education professionals and our local community. This major is designed to begin responding to that demand at the undergraduate level.”

    Distinctives of Olivet’s special education major include preparing teacher candidates to be reflective practitioners who pursue longevity and leadership in their careers. Courses are designed to train them to provide emotional support that goes beyond mere behavior management. As part of their coursework, candidates will complete 173 hours of clinical experience in both self-contained special education classrooms and inclusion settings. Olivet students who successfully complete the requirements for this major will receive the Bachelor of Science in Special Education degree.

    This major is the culmination of diligent work by faculty and staff. The process of receiving SEPLB approval began four years ago with discussions among University faculty and staff, as well as discussions with Illinois state representatives. When Professor Brian Stipp joined Olivet’s faculty in 2013, he was asked to shepherd the writing of a curriculum for this new major.

    While conducting an intense evaluation of programs offered by five other higher education institutions and input from top-rated consultants, Professor Stipp and the team listened to input from area schools. Then they began the work of course design.

    “We included over 250 state and national standards in our courses,” Professor Stipp said. “We also had to adhere to State of Illinois requirements and, at the same time, maintain the spirit of the program as we envisioned it. We want our students to be prepared to carry out their vocation of caring for students with disabilities. And we want them to do that with excellence and for a long time. Ultimately, our program has been built to prepare our candidates in a way that honors the God-given dignity of their future students.”

    Joining Professor Stipp in implementing and teaching the courses related to this new major is Dr. Ruth Reynolds. Both are experienced special education teachers. Professor Stipp taught students with a broad range of disabilities in grades one through eight in the Chicago Public Schools for 10 years. Dr. Reynolds brings 34 years of special education teaching experience in Bradley, Illinois.

    Registration for courses related to this major will begin this October. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at or 815-939-5203.

    Olivet’s School of Education is currently listed among Top U.S. Colleges and Universities for Teaching Education by the online College Database. Colleges and universities included on this list offer their students the widest range of education program options.
    Aug 25, 2014 12:6:13Aug 25, 2014 -

    A memorial concert honoring the life and work of Dr. Ovid Young will be held in the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 7 p.m. This is open to the public.

    Memorial gifts may be made to Olivet's Friends of the Fine Arts Fund or to the Nielson-Young Piano Scholarship at Olivet.


    Dr. Ovid Young '62 passed into the arms of his Lord and Savior on Sunday, August 24, 2014. A world-renowned and versatile musician, Olivet’s Artist-in-Residence and alumnus will be remembered by the entire Olivet community as a beloved mentor, teacher, inspiration and friend. 

    “The University, and our community at large, has lost a great man,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. “Although he will be greatly missed, his legacy will live on, and his music will be performed for generations to come.”

    A pianist, organist, composer and conductor, Dr. Young had to his credit more than 7,000 performances in major concert halls, churches and colleges around the world. He performed for audiences in virtually every sizable city in the United States, as well as in England, Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Denmark, India and the Caribbean. Millions more witnessed his performances on television throughout the United States, Australia, Western Europe and the former Soviet Union. In 2000, he was named a Steinway Artist and often said that one of his greatest artistic pleasures was playing Steinway pianos.

    As an organist, Dr. Young played many of the largest and most interesting organs in America, as well as numerous cathedral church organs in Europe. Because of his knowledge of and passion for the instrument, he played an integral role in acquiring the mighty Ruffatti Pipe Organ for Olivet’s Centennial Chapel. He took great joy in bringing it to life through University and community-wide concerts.

    Dr. Young’s orchestral appearances — in addition to a ten-year musical directorship of a Chicago-area symphony — include the English Chamber Orchestra, English Symphony Orchestra, Seoul (Korea) Philharmonic, Bohuslav Martinu (Czech Republic) Philharmonic, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Aarhus (Denmark) Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, and the symphonies of Denver, Phoenix and Nashville. He was the music director and conductor of the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra from 1974 to 1984.

    His many compositions and arrangements are published by several American publishers. A composer of orchestral scores for several feature-length films, he is widely remembered as the pianist-arranger-conductor for the prominent operatic singing duo of Robert Hale and Dean Wilder, and as one-half of the celebrated piano duo Nielson & Young.

    Dr. Young, a graduate of Olivet, served his beloved alma mater in numerous capacities, including his most recent appointment as artist-in-residence for the School of Music. In this role, he performed, taught and oversaw Olivet concerts and recital series, and acted as an ambassador-at-large for the music program.

    For nearly four decades, Dr. Young was commissioned annually by the president of Olivet — first by Dr. Leslie Parrott in 1976 and later by Dr. Bowling — to write an original arrangement of an outstanding hymn or gospel song for presentation by Orpheus Choir and instrumentalists at the conclusion of the Baccalaureate sermon. His latest composition of “How Deep the Father’s Love” for the 2014 Baccalaureate Service was a fitting summary of Dr. Young’s life and legacy. He did “not boast in anything, no gifts, no power, no wisdom.” Rather, he always pointed back to his first great love and the saving grace of his heavenly Father.

    Dr. Young is survived by his wife, Laura (Rees) '62; two adult sons: Kirk '85 and Erik '94 and his wife, Heather; and six grandchildren.

    Aug 24, 2014 10:26:40Aug 24, 2014 -

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Facing three nationally ranked opponents in the first four matches of the season, no one can accuse Olivet Nazarene University volleyball coach Brenda Williams of not challenging her team. The Tigers opened the 2014 season at the Grand View University Tournament on August 22-23, taking on No. 9 Northwestern College (Iowa), No. 12 Columbia University (Mo.) and No. 20 Indiana Wesleyan University.

    The Tigers (1-3) finished the opening weekend with a 3-1 win over rival Indiana Wesleyan, 19-25, 27-25, 25-23, 25-18. The win was a culmination of a weekend of tweaking the lineup, fighting through opening year jitters and getting back into a rhythm.  This was the Tiger’s first win over a ranked opponent for several years.

    “Like many teams at the beginning of the season, we juggled the lineup and looked at many different options”, said Williams. “We saw some major improvement over the course of the weekend and defeating Indiana Wesleyan was just icing on the cake.”

    Olivet opened the weekend with a 0-3 loss to Northwestern, 17-25, 22-25, 12-25. The Tigers stuggled offensively, finishing with just 19 kills in 81 attempts with 23 errors. Junior Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.) led the team with seven kills and four blocks, while junior Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) dished out 10 assists. Senior libero Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.) and freshman Jeslyn Roat (Greenville, Ill.) each added six digs.

    With minimal time to rest, the Tigers came out strong against Columbia, winning the opening set 25-21 before dropping the close ones 18-25, 18-25, 21-25. With the opening game jitters out of the way, the Tigers finished with 39 kills in 110 attempts with 20 errors. They also added 10 service aces. DeRuiter again led the Tigers on the attack with 10 kills, while seniors Kaia Lenzi (Beach Park, Ill.) and Heidi Schoenbein (Morton, Ill.) each added seven. Lenzi also led with three blocks. Enz finished with 28 assists, while Hatalla added 13 digs. Junior Melissa Bartholomew (Newton, Iowa) led with five service aces.

    The Tigers suffered their most lopsided defeat to Carroll College (Mont.), falling 13-25, 17-25, 19-25. Senior Tiffany Madura (Munster, Ind.) led the offense with nine kills in 13 attempts with just one error (.615), while adding two blocks. Lenzi added seven kills with two errors in 14 attempts (.357) and two blocks. Enz finished with 13 assists, while sophomore Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) added nine. Hatalla ended with 10 of the teams 31 digs.

    In the tournament finale with Indiana Wesleyan, the Tigers finished with 49 kills, led by DeRuiter with 13 and Schoenbein with 12. Madura, Lenzi and Tabisz were walls at the net, combining for 16 of the team’s 24 blocks. Madura finished with six, while Lenzi and Tabisz added five each. Enz added 28 assists and Tabisz 10, while Roat added three service aces.

    DeRuiter was named to the All-Tournament Team for her effort over the weekend. She finished with 32 kills with 21 errors in 89 attempts (.124). She added 10 blocks and 13 assists.

    Olivet will travel to Concordia University-Irvine (Calif.) for the Asics/Labor Day Classic. Things don’t get any easier for the Tigers as they will face No. 2 Biola University (Calif.) and No. 3 Concordia-Irvine in two of their four matches. They will also take on Carroll again and Menlo University (Calif.). Olivet takes the court first on Friday against Carroll and Concordia, then Saturday against Menlo and Biola.

    Aug 21, 2014 2:21:41Aug 21, 2014 -

    MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Head Coach Lauren Stamatis and Olivet Nazarene University’s women basketball are pleased to announce the addition of Chelsea Rhodes to their team for this upcoming season. Rhodes signed her letter of intent to continue her education and playing career at Olivet this summer.

    Rhodes is a 5’3” graduate from Pulaski High School. In her senior season at Pulaski, Rhodes averaged 18.9 ppg while pulling down an average of 5 rebounds and 3 steals per game. She was also named First Team All-Conference, voted team MVP, added to the “Seniors to Watch” list, and voted team captain.

    “I choose ONU because from the first visit I just fell in love with the campus.” Rhodes says about her decision to play at Olivet. “It’s nice and small. Once I was told about the up-tempo style of play, I knew that ONU would be a good fit for me. Running and hustling is just my thing. ONU will make sure I'm on top of my game on and off the court.”

    Rhodes plans major in Physical Therapy while at Olivet. She is the granddaughter of Alfreda Thompson and sister to Aqualania Rhodes, Isaiah Rhodes, Darius Rhodes, and Edwin Rhodes. 

    Aug 18, 2014 2:22:4Aug 18, 2014 -

    Olivet congratulates all students named to the dean's list during the spring 2014 semester. To qualify for inclusion, a student must have been enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and must have attained a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 grading scale.


    Oluwayonda Abogunrin, Nicole Abraham, Sarah Aeschliman, Benjamin Agan, Allison Alexy, Monika Alfke, Rachel Alfonso, Abigail Allen, Nicholas Allen, Spencer Allen, Brooke Alleva, Brandon Allison, Sarah Allison, Abigail Anderson, Jacob Anderson, Jessica Anderson, Rachel Anderson, Riley Anderson, Joel Andrade, Emily Arnold, Evanne Astell, Lacey Austin, Jenna Ayers, Angelique Azouri


    Jessica Bachelor, Brooke Bachtold, Jonathan Bader, Candace Baird, Kristen Baird, Breanne Bambrick, Madylin Barker, Andrew Barnard, Kilmeny Barnell, Megan Barnhart, Seth Barrigear, Elizabeth Bart, Mary Bass, Anthony Bazil, Hannah Beals, Benjamin Beck, Sara Becker, Steven Beckham, Alicia Beckmann, Cassandra Belcher, Austin Bencsics, Nathan Benz, Attalyssa Berg, Timothy Berkey, Daniel Berkiel, Caleb Bernhardt, Eliseo Betancourt, Gina Bianchi, Matthew Bieber, Diana Bilea, Holly Billiter, Lydia Bilyeu, Candice Birr, Codey Bishop, Marisa Bishop, Sydney Bland, Keegan Block, Madeline Bloom, Amy Blucker, Rachel Blunier, Lisa Boaz, Bailey Boicken, Katelyn Boicken, Brennen Bollinger, Amy Bolton, Holly Bonenberger, Brittany Booth, Emily Borger, Nicholas Borger, Michael Bork, Katie Bosket, Kiley Boudreau, Staci Bradbury, Antonette Brandes, Angela Brandon, Richard Breeden, Amy Brenner, Anouk Breuker, Fleur Breuker, Melanie Breunig, Cameron Brewer, Jordan Britt, Joshua Brooks, Marisa Brooks, Amy Brown, Jessica Brown, Karley Brown, Heather Bruder, Mitchell Brummel, Alexis Brutlag, Aaron Buchanan, Julie Buck, Brandy Buckholt, Barbara Budach, Anna Burkey, Caleb Burkey, Amanda Bursztynsky, Kristen Burton, Madeline Buseth, Cara Butler


    Madison Caise, Caitlin Call, Carolina Campos, Tung Anh Cao, Emma Capps, Victoria Carbonell, William Carey, Jared Carl, Ryan Carl, Kaitlin Carlson, Rachel Carman, Annette Carr, Caleb Carr, Jocelyn Carrillo, Haley Carroll, Katelyn Carroll, Olivia Casey, Kelsey Castleman, Michaela Casto, Benjamin Cataldo, Zachary Cataldo, Christine Caven, Faith Cavender, Tamara Chalikian, Cara Champlin, Ambree Chaplinski, Elizabeth Chapman, Jaimie Chen, Lindsay Chenoweth, Benjamin Cherney, Kaitlyn Childs, Taylor Chitwood, Claire Chlasta, Justin Chrastina, Jennifer Christensen, Amelia Claus, Ryan Clendening, Alexander Cobb, Karisa Cobb, Jamila Coker, Isabella Colangelo, Nicholas Colangelo, Rebekah Colbert, Katie Cole, Taylor Cole, Stephanie Collier, Abigail Combs, Erin Connelly, Stephanie Connolley, Jocelyn Cook, Ashley Coon, Logan Cooper, Kirsten Cornella-Carlson, Katlyn Coser, Kristen Coser, Daniel Couchenour, Andrew Cowen, Mary Cowen, Haley Cox, Lance Craft, Joshua Craig, Tyler Crater, Ashley Crawford, Courtney Crawford, Loren Crawford, Dylan Creger, Rebecca Crofoot, Abigail Crowder, Michelle Curran, Wesley Curtis, Maggie Cusey, Megan Cwayna


    Laura D'Angelo, Jennifer D'Onofrio, Michael Da Silva, Taryn Dahlquist, Paul Dasilva, Peter Davies, Dimitrian Davis, Madison Davis, Noah Davis, Emily Davisson, Lynnae De Jong, Zane DeBeck, Kenneth DeCook, Marissa DeGroot, Mary DeMent, Bethany DeMik, Michelle deRamos, Amber DeYoung, David Decker, Belal Degedeh, Ryan Degutis, Derek Delgado, Trevor Delgado, Paige Demierre, Jared Dennis, Jacqueline Deslauriers, Joseph Devine, Rachel Devine, Shelley Dexter, Sara DiLeonardo, Tatiana Diaz, Nathan Dicamillo, Scott Dillman, Stephanie Dillman, Ashley Dinneweth, Jessica Dirkse, Laurel Dispenza, Michelle Ditchfield, Brandon Divan, Treavor Dodsworth, Olivia Doner, Andrea Donley, Eric Douglass, Molly Dragoo, Ryan Drenth, Clarence Driver, Jennifer Druse, Caleb Duffy, Morgan Duke, Jonathan Dulinsky, Catherine Dulworth, Zachary Dunbar, Alexandra Duncan, JoAnne Dusenbury, Robert Dykhouse, Michelle Dykstra


    Nicholas Eckart, Beth Ellcessor, Brianne Elless, Devon Elliot, Jonathan Elliott, Tammy Ellis, Tyler Ellis, Jessica Ellison, Jamie Elmer, Cana Elmhorst, Megan Elroy, Rachel Elson, Jessica Emmons, Roman Endrizzi, Cory Engel, Brittany Engelland, Nathan Ennis, Renee Enz, Valerie Erickson, Ernesto Esparza, Justine Espersen, Ericka Esters, Erin Evans, Zackry Everett, Jennifer Ewing, Megan Eylander


    Nikos Fajdich, Chantalle Falconer, Reid Farchmin, Chase Farley, Calli Fast, Alyssa Faulks, Jacqueline Fayne-Knox, Ashleigh Fedei, Shelley Fellows, Caleb Fernette, Emily Fernette, Nathaniel Ferris, Kyle Fiala, Chase Fierro, Jonathan Fightmaster, Andrew Fischer, Austin Fischer, Scott Fischer, Aimee Fish, Caleb Fisher, James Fisher, Kelsey Fisk, Kaitlyn Fitzgerald, David Flack, Travis Fleetwood, Aaron Flemming, Erin Florence, Anna Floyd, Tyler Ford, Laura Fosnaugh, Cheri Foster, Sarah Fox, Alynn Franklin, Ashley Freeman, Tasha French, Drew Frey, Jordan Fry, Robin Funk, Shealeigh Funni


    Selina Gaines, Katherine Gajewski, Ethan Gallagher, Keila Galloway, Ronald Gamache, Sarah Ganster, David Gardner, Charlton Garr, Mariah Garratt, Dolly Garrison, Laura Garwood, Christina Garza, Andrew Gaskill, Benjamin Geeding, Miranda Geever, Nicholas Geever, Robin Gerboth, Jessica Gerig, Jeffrey Gerstenberger, Frederick Gifford, Samuel Gifford, Brian Ginn, Brena Glendenning, Ashley Glover, Garrett Goff, Maria Gomez Limon, Cristina Gomez, Alicia Gonzalez, Michael Gonzalez, Rebecca Goodman, Heather Goodspeed, Kristyn Goodwin, Mark Gordon, Hannah Gorecki, Seth Gorman, Myranda Gors, Jacob Gouge, Jessica Govern, Alexandria Grady, Derek Grainger, Shannon Grant, Sara Gray, Shanon Gray, Julia Gregory, Rebecca Gremar, Jeri Grevis, Anna Grieder, Kathryn Grimes, Mikayla Griwac, Alise Gromala, Allyse Groover, Curtis Groover, Andrew Grosch, Lydia Grosse, Nicholas Grosz, Elizabeth Grove, Lillian Guenseth, Melanie Guenzi, Caleb Gulledge, Julie Gulledge, Margaret Gutwein, Griselda Guzman


    Andrew Haack, Carrie Hacker, Jenna Haenni, Matthew Haerr, Alaina Hagen, Isaac Hale, John Hall, Marianne Hall, Mary Hall, Lindsey Hamlin, Kyle Hamrick, Hyebin Han, Abigail Hancock, Shayla Hancock, Lanae Harding, Holly Harlow, Alexandra Harris, Neely Harris, De'Niece Harrison-Hudson, Kymberlie Hartman, Sarah Hass, Luke Hasselbring, Haley Hatalla, Lindsay Hathaway, Lauren Hausken, Marshall Hawn, Andrea Hay, Lindsey Hayes, Taylor Haymes, Kara Heath, Brooke Heaton, Michael Hedrick, Bailey Heemstra, Jenna Height, Elizabeth Hein, Joanna Helmker, Jessa Hendricker, Megan Hendrickson, Hannah Henry, Rachel Hensley, Jacob Herberger, Daneli Rabanalez Hernandez, Elias Hernandez, Rebekah Hernandez, Jonathan Herndon, Lyndsey Herndon, Corbin Hesterberg, Haley Hetfleisch, Karalyn Hewett, Andrew Hickman, Shannon Hicks, Ethan Hiles, Allison Hill, Glenn Hinkley, Jordan Hirl, Lara Hoaglan, Jacqueline Hobbs, Stephanie Hobson, Alexandria Hodges, April Hogan, Grace Hohn, Elisabeth Holaway, Austin Holton, Alissa Homoelle, Nathaniel Honeyager, Amber Hope, Austin Hoppe, Jordan Horn, Alexander Hottle, Allison Howell, Elizabeth Hubbell, Mariah Hudson, Justin Hughes, Amy Huish, Kayle Hull, Alexander Hunt, Sydney Hunt, Tori Hunt, Sean Hurley, Brianna Hutchins, Chaz Hutchison


    Christopher Ingersol, Hayley Ivanic, Caitlin Iwema


    Jordan Jackson, Kati Jackson, Lauren James, William James, Emilie Janes, Stephanie Jansma, Marta Quereda Jareno, Emily Jarrells, Hannah Javaux, Joy Jenen, Elizabeth Jenkins, Ryan Jennings, Allison Jensen, Peter Jensen, Rachel Jensen, Gloria Jentz, Amanda Johnson, Caitlin Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson, Jessica Johnson, Jessica Johnston, Elizabeth Jolly, Brenda Jones, Rachel Jones, Brandon Juodikis


    Lucas Kamely, Emily Kammin, Teresa Kamper, Emily Kane, Madison Karrick, Lauren Kasler, Kellye Kazlausky, Ryan Kee, Michael Keigher, Nickolas Kellar, Benjamin Kelsey, Heather Kennedy, Austin Kennell, Danielle Kensinger, Cody Keppner, Colin Keppner, Kate Kettelkamp, Alyssa Keuther, Brittany Killion, Kent Kinnersley, Kurtis Klein, Samuel Kleindienst, Brandon Klemm, Dasan Klingenberg, Victoria Knight, Stacy Knoderer, Scott Knol, Whitney Knox, Elizabeth Koch, Jessica Koch, Sydney Koch, Courtney Kodat, Colin Koerner, Molly Koleczek, Jace Kost, Anna Krajec, Kayla Krassman, Lindsey Krippel, Samantha Kryger, Alana Krzyzak, Joseph Kuntz, Katelyn Kuper, Joshua Kurchinski, Joseph Kuschman


    Stephani LaCasse, Darin LaMont, Jacqueline LaPash, Karlin Labenske, Natalie Lacer, Kylie Laferney, Nicole Lafond, Karah Lain, Scott Lambert, Caleb Lankford, Dylan Lantz, Kaylee Lapenas, Cory Lara, Paulina Lara, Stephanie Larson, Madalyn Lathrop, Justin Lautermilch, Carrie Leato, Andrew Leavitt, Emily Leffew, Jon Lehman, Grace Leighton, David Leman, Kaia Lenzi, Michael Leppin, Tyson Lersch, Kelly Lickteig, Megan Lingle, Tyler Lingle, Stephanie Linquist, Kylie Lippencott, Kira Litras, Matthew Logan, Emily Lohr, Steven Loll, Jessica Lolli, Jennifer Long, Melody Long, Tiara Long, Ashley Longnecker, Madelyn Lorenz, Jordan Loudermilk, Joshua Love, Laura Love, Stephen Lowe, Melissa Luby, Janelle Lucas, Julia Luecke, Kaitlyn Lukhard, Lauren Lyman, Joel Lynn, Cody Lyon


    Amy Mackiney, Aaron Maia, Oscar Manci±eiras Cornella, Emily Mann, Joelle Mannion, Hayley Marcordes, Ryan Marcotte, Keren Marsh, Brianna Marshall, Kristin Marshall, Kathleen Marston, Danielle Martin, Joshua Martin, Cameron Mason, Erica Matheis, Courtney Mathison, Paul Matthews, Jessica Matulis, Sarah Matyskela, Abigail Maurer, Kendra Maxon, Hanna McBroom, Ethan McCallister, Amelia McCann, Christina McCoy, Michael McFerran, Kaitlin McHenry, Megan McKinley, Ashley McKnight, Samantha McLain, Ashley McLaughlin, Douglas McLaughlin, Dana McMahan, Heather Mead, Miles Meador, Spencer Meador, Hayley Meadows, Katie Megyesi, Vaughan Meiss, Faith Meitzler, Katelynn Meli, Jacob Mellinger, Gabrielle Metzger, Adam Metzler, Bethany Meyer, Brianna Meyers, Ronald Milbocker, Austin Miller, Jacob Miller, Katelyn Miller, Kyle Miller, Leslie Miller, Lindsay Miller, Luke Miller, Sarah Miller, Scott Miller, Stephanie Miller, Tessa Miller, Abigail Mills, Emily Mills, Jason Mills, Kristin Minerd, Daniel Mitchell, Michelle Mitchell, Vittoria Miulli, Trent Moberly, Maha Mohammad, Erica Moncelle, Rebecca Mooi, Andrew Moore, Shelby Moreland, Samantha Morey, Lacey Morgan, Lindsay Morr, Randi Mortimer, Ethan Mowry, Madison Moyer, Hannah Moyers, Garrett Muhlstadt, Bethany Munroe, Sarah Murphy, Macy Murray, Truitt Murrow, Rebekah Musselman, Ryan Muzljakovich, Justine Myers


    Elizabeth Nellis, John Neuman, Jamie Neven, Rachel Nichol, Kristin Nichols, Kyle Nolan, Christina Norwood, Phillip Novak, Amanda Nowman, Casey Nugent, Priscila Nunez, Carl Nutter, Alexander Nuxoll


    Eric O'Brien, Johanna Oksnevad, Ashlie Olkoski, Hope Olson, Alec Ondrajka, Ashley Oosterhouse, Katelyn Oprondek, Kevin Osterink, Rachel Oswalt


    Jessica Palm, Ingrid Palmer, James Palmer, Lincy Panackal, Richard Paret, Jaron Parke, Colton Parker, David Parker, Rachel Pasch, Paige Patterson, Lillian Patton, Elise Payne, Gwendolyn Payne, Seth Peachey, Tai Peachey, Ashley Peet, Hailey Pellegrom, Grace Pelley, Austin Pendry, Faith Pepper, Damaris Perez, Manuel Perez, Emily Perkins, Zachary Pessia, Haley Jo Peterson, Katherine Peterson, Lindsey Peterson, Molly Peterson, Cassandra Petrie, Simon Pheasant, Alexander Phillips, Justine Phillips, Drew Philson, Brian Pickering, Daniel Pickering, Emily Picklesimer, Rebecca Piechur, Dustin Pierce, Kaitlyn Pierce, Bethany Pilat, Bethany Pilcher, Samuel Pimpo, Michelle Pinkney, Michael Piotrowski, Joshua Pityer, Micah Plank, Ross Pleva, Alex Pollock, Palmer Ponstein, Ainsley Ports, Katelyn Posing, Nicole Potts, David Powers, Kimberly Powers, Eugene Poynter, Amanda Price, Ayla Price, Calvin Price, Serena Procknow, Benjamin Prude, Gianna Puccinelli, Juleah Puccinelli, Natalie Puent


    Marta Quereda Jareno


    Daneli Rabanalez Hernandez, Steve Rachan, Samantha Rasmussen, Jacob Rattin, Laneah Ravn, Josilee Ray, Juliana Ray, Sarah Ray, Emily Reader, Molly Reamon, Catherine Reed, Matthew Reed, Heidi Reichelt, Sabra Reichow, William Reilly, Angela Reinbacher, Daniel Reinke, Hannah Reister, Elveka Remy, Meredith Rennewanz, Kyle Reopelle, Brandon Reyes, Katelyn Reynhout, Olivia Rhoades, David Rice, David Richardson, Kristina Richardson, Kristen Richey, Michelle Richey, Kacey Richman, Shana Riedlinger, Lorisha Riley, Holly Risinger, Allison Ritzert, Zachary Rivett, Lisa Rizzo, Reilly Roberts, Justin Robertson, Kaitlyn Robertson, Jonathen Robey, Janalis Roche, Ariel Rock, Rachel Rodeheaver, Vanessa Rodriguez, Caleb Rogers, Anna Rooney, Andrea Rose, Catherine Rose, Emily Rosenboom, Julia Ross, Leah Roth, Kimberly Rothacker, Andrew Rothen, Jacob Ruetz, Shanna Rull, Renee Runyan, Lyndsey Rupp, Emily Rush, Matthew Ryan


    Edward Saliba, Luke Salomone, Annie Salsgiver, Thomas Salsgiver, Ryan Sample, Rodolfo Sanchez, Hannah Sanders, Thomas Sanders, Shanynn Santos, Andrew Sayre, Evan Schafer, Julie Schaver, Melissa Schaver, Amber Scheidt, Brittany Scheidt, Daley Schimmelpfennig, Hannah Schmerschneider, Andrew Schneider, Alexandra Schoessler, Nicholas Schoon, Taylor Schott, Christian Schrader, Katharyn Schrader, Tia Schrader, Kaitlin Schultz, Susan Schulz, Alyssa Secor, Hunter Selby, Cheryl Sendzik, David Shaffer, Nicholas Shaffer, Lauren Shaner, Loren Shattuck, Brian Shaw, Maxwell Shaw, Colin Sheehan, Charles Sheldon, Kyle Shelton, Ryan Shelton, Brooke Shepherd, Brittany Sherwood, Edward Shilka, Lindsey Shoemaker, Charity Shonamon, Julie Shreves, Justin Shutt, Diana Silva, Kyndall Singletary, Kallie Siscoe, Kara Sitton, Kyle Sleik, Audrey Smith, Bethany Smith, Brooke Smith, Christina Smith, Cortney Smith, Karissa Smith, Kylie Smith, Logan Smith, Nathanael Smith, Neil Smith, Octavia Smith, Ryan Smith, Sonia Smith, Steven Snider, Abigail Snow, Katelynn Soendlin, Hannah Sohl, Brandon Song, Abigail Songer, Jonathan Songer, Lucas Sorensen, Raquel Sotomayor, Jenna Souhrada, Raven Southard, Alexander Southe, Victoria Sparks, Jordan Spay, Blake Spencer, Charles Spencer, Michelle Spencer, Nathan Spinnie, Janna Spriester, Jessica Springer, Wesley Sproul, Samuel Sprunger, Emily Spychalla, Monica Stamper, Jesse Stanford, Lucas Stefanski, Shannon Steffen, Samuel Steiber, Kelsey Steines, Erin Stephens, Lexington Stephens, Molly Stephens, Kylee Stevens, Alana Steward, Brody Stewart, Rachel Stidham, Sarah Stidham, Anna Stiker, Rebecca Stolberg, Caleb Strand, Luke Strasser, Stefanie Strothmann, Conner Stroud, Kerry Strzyzewski, Jayne Stuart, Jessica Sturgeon, Ashley Sullivan, Matthew Sullivan, Kariana Sunnarborg, Etienne Swanepoel, Emily Swartzwelder


    Hannah Taylor, Jacob Taylor, Jennifer Taylor, Jordan Terbush, Grace Tervin, Jaimie Teske, Ashley Tetter, Chelsea Thacker, Erik Tharp, Shelby Thein, Morgan Thomas, Brianna Thompson, Alexander Thorson, Zachary Thurston, Rebecca Timmer, Andrew Tipton, Lindsey Tobias, Lauren Tollefson, Bradley Ton, Sarah Toporek, Michelle Towle, Christy Trank, Jacqueline Trauscht, Carlson Triebold, Jordyn Truelock, Taylor Tucker, Ariel Turner, Breanna Turner, Jacklyn Tusack


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    Jacob Wagner, Robert Wagner, Joellen Wainwright, Jason Walker, Rebecca Walker, Sarah Walmsley, Allison Walsh, Kari Walters, Natalie Wangler, Joshua Ware, Jacob Warfle, Katherine Watson, Troy Watson, Jeremy Weber, Rachel Weber, Adam Weeks, Shelby Wegforth, Daniel Wells, Ethan Weniger, Andrew Wenz, Seth Wenzelman, Megan Weretka, Ellen West, JonNann West, Taylor Westrate, Michael Whalen, Jennifer Wieringa, Angela Wilcox, Sahara Wilcoxen, Cymone Wilder, Megan Wiley, Briana Wilkey, Rebecca Wilkinson, Laura Willging, Landon Williams, Jordan Williamson, Emily Willis, Brian Willoughby, Roy Wilseck, William Wilson, Kayla Winter, Anna Winters, Eva Winters, Andrea Wojciechowski, Cody Wolf, Bridget Wolff, Megan Woods, Jennifer Workman, Kaitlyn Worrall, Emma Wright, Paul Wright, Andrea Wulff


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    Aug 14, 2014 8:37:3Aug 14, 2014 -

    Olivet Nazarene University head women's basketball coach, Lauren Stamatis, is pleased to announce that Abbey Hengesbach of Westphalia, Michigan has signed her national letter of intent to join the Olivet Nazarene Tigers this fall.

    Hengesbach comes to the TigersBall family as a transfer from Concordia University - Ann Arbor. During her time at Concordia, she was selected as an NAIA First Team All-American, named WHAC Player of the Week five times and WHAC Player of the Year in 2012. During her sophomore season, Hengesbach averaged 18.91 points per game, while pulling in eight rebounds. To date, she has amassed 1,052 points in her college career.

    “I chose ONU because it was the perfect fit for my goals both on and off the court,” Hengesbach said of her decision to transfer. “The beautiful campus, awesome coaches and Christian atmosphere made the choice to come to ONU an easy one.”

    While at Olivet, Hengesbach will be studying marketing. She is the daughter of Warren and Dicksie Hengesbach and the sister to Brie and aunt to Ace.  

    Aug 14, 2014 8:36:6Aug 14, 2014 -

    The Olivet Nazarene University women’s basketball team would like to welcome Capriana Christian to the TigerBall family for the fall of 2014.

    Capriana is a 5-8 shooting guard from Vacaville, California. In Caprianas junior and senior year, she took a total of 107 charges and as a senior she averaged 18.4 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game. She was named to the first team All-League and was an offensive MVP for her team. Aside from the court, she also lettered in cross country and swimming.

    “I chose ONU because I wanted to try something completely different. ONU has a beautiful campus, the friendliest people, supportive basketball and nursing programs, and the spirituality piece I was looking for in my future home,” said Capriana on her choice to attend Olivet.

    While attending Olivet, Capriana will major nursing. She is the daughter of Jeff and Delia Christian and has one sister, Alia.

    Aug 14, 2014 8:20:9Aug 14, 2014 -

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Morgan Winkler, a senior at Perry Meridian High School, has signed a letter of intent to continue her education and softball playing career as a Tiger at Olivet Nazarene University.

    Winkler, a 5-7 catcher, was named the Falcon’s Defensive Player of the Year.  She also finished her junior season with a stellar .391 batting average. As a member of the Edgewood Elite Bulldogs, she finished the summer of 2014 with a .375 average including five home runs, eight doubles and a triple for 18 RBIs.

    “I chose Olivet because of their outstanding athletic department and softball coaching, as well as their amazing exercise science program,” said Winkler of her decision. “I love the family atmosphere and the beauty of the campus.”

    Winkler intends to major in exercise science while at Olivet. She is the daughter of Dawn Winkler-Parmelee and Eric Winkler.

    Aug 12, 2014 8:46:6Aug 12, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Illinois — The Olivet Nazarene University baseball team and Head Coach Todd Reid have announced their fall schedule. This features their season and home-opener, and a series of four home scrimmages versus Kankakee Community College (Ill.), Alumni Day, and the annual Purple versus Gold Intrasquad Series. Also, the Tigers will play their play their first two regular season games against Indiana Wesleyan University on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3 and 4, starting at 7 p.m. (EST) on Friday. ONU’s home-opener will be Friday, October 10, against St. Ambrose University (Iowa) at 3:30 p.m.

    Wed., Sept. 3, scrimmage vs. KCC 3:05 p.m. 

    Wed., Sept. 10, scrimmage vs. KCC 3.05 p.m. 

    Tues., Sept. 16, scrimmage @ KCC 3:05 p.m. 

    Wed., Sept. 24 scrimmage @ KCC 3:15 p.m. 

    Sat., Sept. 27, Alumni Day, games starting at 10 a.m. 

    Fri., Oct 3, @ Indiana Wesleyan University, 7 p.m. (EST) 

    Sat., Oct. 4, @ Indiana Wesleyan University, 1 p.m. (EST) 

    Fri., Oct. 10, vs. St. Ambrose University (Iowa),  3:30 p.m. 

    Sat., Oct. 11, vs. St. Ambrose University (Iowa), 11 a.m. (DH)

    Aug 06, 2014 2:33:48Aug 06, 2014 -


    Just before graduating from Olivet in 2005, Raechel (Pennington) Myers received the Alumna Award from Dr. Diane Richardson and the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

    Two years later, Raechel questioned whether she had truly been the most likely to succeed. A stay-at-home mom, she didn’t believe her interior design degree was getting much use outside of the Myers’ home.

    Little did Raechel know just how vast her influence would be. Today, she is a renowned blogger and co-founder of She Reads Truth, a ministry that reaches thousands of lives well beyond her backyard in Franklin, Tennessee.

    “The Lord knew all along,” she says.

    Legacy of a little heart 

    “It’s hard to tell Evie’s story without telling the whole story,” says Raechel, recounting how her blogging ministry began.

    During her fourth pregnancy, Raechel and her husband Ryan ’05 found out that a little girl would be added to their family of three (on this side of heaven). They named her Evie Grace.

    Their 20-week ultrasound turned into a concerning journey to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Doctors revealed that Evie had Trisomy 9, a chromosomal disorder which resulted in a heart defect and fluid on the brain of their little girl.

    “Everything was the same,” Raechel says, remembering how she could still feel the baby somersaulting inside her belly the next morning. “But I knew that everything had changed.”

    During the next 11 weeks of carrying her daughter whose heaven day would come much sooner than her own, she sent emails to family and friends.

    “We knew we couldn’t do it on our own,” she says. “We sent the emails to say, ‘We need the body of Christ right now.’

    “The reach grew. Those on the email list and in our local church became an immense support to us.”

    After Evie was born into the arms of Jesus, Raechel knew that people still wanted to be updated — and that is when she began to blog.

    Growing following, growing family 

    “I just invited people to come if they wanted to,” she says, “and God grew it and grew it and grew it.”

    Raechel’s blog became her testimony. “I get to share what it is to be in Christ. Every day, we are celebrating the lives of our kids and God at work.”

    Today, her blog brims with photos of her towheaded blondes: Oliver, who loves wearing striped shorts, and his little sister Hazel, who usually gets to pick out which movies they watch.

    “The next moment might be crazier than ever,” she admits in one blog entry, “but this moment, this is one I want to remember.”

    Raechel’s blog also incorporates designing, sewing, and product giveaways — as well as homeschooling tips and cupcakes. By networking through her blog, Raechel was given the opportunity to “flex those design muscles” by becoming a partner with children’s furniture company The Land of Nod®.

    “Designing from home with projects I love is my dream job,” she says.

    No pause to His plans 

    In May of 2012, Raechel connected with women on Twitter who expressed a desire to read Scripture together regularly. They quickly realized that many Christian women desired this accountability.

    “Our followers were watching,” Raechel recalls, thanking God for the platform of social media.

    The hashtag #SheReadsTruth went viral. “It went nuts only like the Lord could make it do,” Raechel says. She Reads Truth became a website and “a community of women who are committed to reading the Bible daily.”

    Raechel is in awe of a simple hashtag’s reach. “I’ve even had friends tell me about She Reads Truth, asking if I’ve heard of it,” she laughs.

    Reflecting on Dr. Richardson's sweet exhortation to success nine years ago at Olivet, and the joys and sorrows of life that followed, Raechel can see how each moment bears God’s fingerprints. She views each success — and indeed each sorrow — as opportunities to bring Him glory.

    "We'd take Evie back in a second," she says. "But The Father's plans are good. He is to be praised!"

    Raechel’s blog can be found at The women’s daily devotional is available at and the She Reads Truth app (designed by Ryan) was released for iPhones in July 2014. With over 47,000 downloads already, Raechel is “so in awe of God’s hand at work!”

    Aug 06, 2014 12:11:34Aug 06, 2014 -


    Corporations, hospitals, schools, nursing homes and treatment facilities are looking for art therapists. Useful for counseling and assessment purposes, art therapy — within a professional relationship — provides individuals with therapeutic benefits through artistic expression and reflection.

    By offering a Pre-Art Therapy program within its B.A. degree in art, Olivet is helping meet this demand and providing students opportunities to serve others using their artistic creativity.

    Professor Bill Greiner, chair of the Department of Art and Digital Media, describes art therapy as a science. “People with problems don’t always have to talk,” he says. “When there aren’t words, there are always images. Art therapists perceive things and read people through art.”

    The recommended program offers an art therapy introductory course as well as a capstone course, with a combination of psychology and art classes woven in. Students will also complete observation hours at facilities provided by the University.

    After completing the program at Olivet, students will be prepared to continue their education in art therapy at the graduate level.

    Introduced in the fall 2013 semester, Olivet’s program aligns with the standards of the Adler School of Professional Psychology, one of the nation’s best-known leaders in art therapy programs. “We had to do it right,” says Professor Greiner. He also enlisted the help of adjunct professor Megan Campbell '08, who is a certified art therapist for Camelot Therapeutic Day Schools at the Bourbonnais school.

    Anna Rooney (senior, Monte Vista, Colorado), who plans on getting her master’s degree in art therapy, says: “It’s incredible because Olivet’s program not only prepares students for grad programs, but it also gives us valuable insight concerning what it looks like to be a light in the healing profession.”

    Professor Greiner is confident: the hard work and research that went into developing this program ensures the success of the students who complete it. For those who go on to get their master’s degree in art therapy, “getting a job is not going to be a problem,” he says.

    Anna, who dreams of working in a school or children’s hospital, considers the program valuable for many reasons. “I have learned about myself and about how God can use me and my peers in the lives of others,” she says.

    Aug 04, 2014 4:13:13Aug 04, 2014 -

    A new wrinkle in the relationship between the Chicago Bears and Olivet Nazarene University surfaced Thursday when the NFL club signed Dennis Roland to a one-year contract.

    Roland, an offensive tackle who spent the previous six seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, is experiencing a homecoming as he reports to Olivet for training camp, which continued today and runs through Aug. 13.

    His father, also named Dennis Roland, was Olivet's head football coach from 1986-90, and his son, now 31, was a familiar sight at Tigers' team functions during those years.

    The elder Roland passed away in 2008 at the age of 51. The Bears began training at Olivet in 2002 and the current camp is in its 13th year at the Bourbonnais campus.
    Roland will add size, experience and depth to the Bears' offensive line. He stands 6-foot-9 and weighs 315 pounds. He played in 71 games for the Bengals, starting in 30. He also played in four playoff games while in Cincinnati, starting in one.

    * * * * *

    Boyhood home beckons Bears' lineman Roland
    by Kyle Nabors for The Daily Journal, 8/2/14, reprinted with permission

    Dennis Roland walked across Olivet Nazarene University's campus and into a Bourbonnais neighborhood to the south Thursday afternoon.

    Roland, a 6-foot-9-inch, 315-pound offensive lineman who had signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears earlier in the day, turned onto Blanchette Avenue.

    There he ran into retired Olivet professor John Hanson and asked where he lived.

    "'Right here for 40 years,'" Roland recalled Hanson saying. "I said, 'Well, I was right around here a long time ago.'"

    After a bit more discussion, Hanson was able to point out the house Roland once called home.

    Born in Lynchburg, Va., Roland moved to Bourbonnais when he was 3 years old and spent the next five formative years there as his father, Dennis Roland Sr., served as the head football coach at ONU from 1986 to 1990.

    A quarter century later, the memories of Robert Frost School and becoming a Chicago Cubs fan still stick with Roland. And, of course, all the time spent on campus with his dad.

    "It's changed a good bit," he said. "But I still recognize a lot of it. It's still a beautiful place."

    The family left Bourbonnais when the elder Roland pursued other coaching opportunities. The Bears established training camp at Olivet in 2002, and the younger Roland's career path brought him back to town this week.

    A roster spot with the Bears isn't guaranteed. Roland will spend the remainder of training camp and preseason trying to make the 53-man regular season squad. He does have experience on his side having played for the Cincinnati Bengals for the past six seasons.

    His father lost a battle with cancer and died in 2008. But the lessons he taught his son remain with Roland Jr. today and provide him with strength as he faces the challenges of his professional and personal life.

    "His faith is No. 1," Roland said of his dad. "Then what it means to be a man and everything that comes with it."

    The two also share an enduring fascination with football.

    "It's all I've ever known," he said. "I grew up playing in the locker room and on the field. I became a player at some point and have been fortunate to hang around the NFL for this long and be successful. Maybe one day, I'll transition into coaching myself."


    Aug 04, 2014 1:38:8Aug 04, 2014 -


    Olivet’s 137 candidates for teaching certification in the state of Illinois in 2013 are in a select group.

    In a recent public report, the School of Education shared that 100 percent of these program completers passed all of the Illinois Certification Testing System (ICTS) tests required to obtain an Illinois teaching certificate. This is another indicator of the ongoing commitment to preparing quality teachers who will serve our world’s students and communities.

    These assessments include applicable content-area tests, as well as the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) and the Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) test. Candidates who pass these tests are eligible to receive a Professional Educators License.

    Olivet students have maintained a high pass rate for the last four years with a 99 percent pass rate in 2010, 98 percent in 2011 and 99 percent in 2012.

    “The mission of our School of Education is to produce graduates who become ‘Professionals Influencing Lives,’” said Dr. Robert Hull, dean. “Our teacher candidates are prepared through well-conceived and sound academic programs in a distinctively Christian environment. We are pleased with the 100 percent ICTS pass rate and proud of the students who have worked hard to achieve this requirement.”

    The U.S. Department of Education gathers and compiles this Title II data as part of its report on the quality of teacher preparation, and the states’ requirements and assessments for initial teaching credentials.

    Olivet’s School of Education is currently listed among Top U.S. Colleges & Universities for Teaching Education by the online College Database. Colleges and universities included on this list offer their students the widest range of education program options.

    Aug 04, 2014 10:24:59Aug 04, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Illinois — Congratulations are in store for former Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer standout, Yonda Abogunrin, a 2014 graduate. Yonda has signed his first professional contract to play soccer with IFK Stockyard/Rörvik IF (Sweden). 

    He traveled to Europe with Bridges FC, along with former ONU players Cory Miller and Josh Ayers. Bridges FC is a Christian soccer club in Chicago that promotes unsigned players with professional talent to professional teams all over the world. IFK Stockyard/Rörvik IF is currently in the middle of their season and will begin to use Yonda immediately.

    Yonda came to ONU from Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois. He became a staple in the Tigers' starting lineup as an outside back. He was a two-time CCAC All-Conference Second Team Selection (2011, 2012), a two-time Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete and CCAC All-Academic Team member (2012-2013) and was named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Men’s Soccer First Team.

    Yonda becomes the third ONU men’s soccer player to sign a professional contract in the last four years, joining Cory Miller (NASL & USL) and Josh Ayers (Ecuadorian Serie A).

    Head Coach David Blahnik commented on Yonda’s time at ONU: “I am very excited for Yonda. He is one of the hardest working student-athletes I have ever been around. He embodied what it meant to be an ONU student-athlete. He was a fantastic player and great teammate who always played as hard as he could while still showing great sportsmanship. He was a fantastic student and was twice named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete in the difficult field of mechanical engineering. Most importantly, Yonda always represented ONU in a great way as a godly man and was a great spiritual influence to anyone who knew him.”

    “Studying mechanical engineering and playing soccer at Olivet taught me time management and discipline,” Yonda said about his experience at Olivet. “Following graduation, I was confident of my ability to hold my own and standout as a professional. The Christian atmosphere at ONU enabled me to grow spiritually. My experience at ONU pushed me to seek more of God and to pursue a deeper relationship with Him. What I learned during my four years is still shaping my spiritual journey.”

    Jul 31, 2014 2:39:16Jul 31, 2014 -

    Seth Lowery (senior, music major, Bourbonnais, Illinois) has come a long way since his first vocal performance at age two. Recently, he competed in the inaugural National Student Auditions program, sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). This was his first national competition.

    Finishing in the top three for the Central Region, he was a semi-finalist in the College/Private Music Theater Men category. He competed against 13 other performers in Boston.

    “This is the most excited I’ve ever been about anything in my entire life!” Seth says.

    A higher standard

    To enter the competition, he used his iPad to produce four performance videos and then posted them to YouTube. His selections were: “Lonely House” from “Street Scene;” “Maria” from “West Side Story;” “Movin’ Out” from “She’s Got A Way;” and “Taking the Wheel” from “It’s Only Life.”

    Through the competition in Boston, Seth also received free registration for the NATS national conference that was taking place at the same time. There, he attended several seminars and a master class with a Broadway composer.

    “It was such a privilege to be there,” he says. “This was just the encouragement I needed to push me forward in my training and to provide me with a higher standard.”

    Appreciating the gifts

    Seth is on track to receive his degree from Olivet in May 2015. Before then, he will direct the 2014 Broadway Revue, serve as the assistant conductor of Olivet’s new Apollo Choir, and continue to teach private voice and trumpet lessons.

    And after that?

    “I want to work for a while,” he says. “Then I’ll go on to graduate school, possibly in vocal performance, voice pedagogy or musical theater. Maybe on the East Coast or in Chicago.”

    “I want to be famous like a buttonhole,” he adds. “I don’t want to gain immense notoriety. I want to use the gifts God has given me to shape the world around me. That’s why God gave me these gifts.”

    Jul 31, 2014 11:5:29Jul 31, 2014 -

    What do you do after you lead the turnaround of your country’s revenue authority? You share your knowledge and experience with others, just as Allen Catherine Kagina is doing.

    Serving as commissioner general for more than 20 years, she is credited with a successful process of reorganizing and reforming the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) in that East African country.

    Ms. Kagina is one of 14 featured speakers for Willow Creek Association’s 20th Global Leadership Summit. Olivet is partnering with College Church of the Nazarene to host this premier leadership training event August 14 and 15, at College Church’s North Campus in Bourbonnais.

    Boldly taking on corruption, she worked to increase URA’s service orientation. Motivated by her desire to convert Uganda from a borrower to a giver nation, she led reforms that resulted in higher revenue attainment, allowing the government to increasingly fund its national development plan.

    In the process, she has received several awards for innovation, including the Corporate Leadership Award from noted industry group Destiny Consult in 2006. Today, the URA is a model public institution for developing countries.

    A native of Uganda, she began her career as a psychologist and became one of her country’s premier tax administrators. Ms. Kagina continues to be a sought-after speaker who regularly addresses international forums on the topics of domestic mobilization and resource management.

    Other leadership experts presenting at this year’s event include: Bill Hybels, Jeffrey Immelt, Tyler Perry, Joseph Grenny, Susan Cain, Wilfredo De Jesús, Patrick Lencioni, Carly Fiorina, Ivan Satyavrata, Bryan Loritts, Louie Giglio, Erica Ariel Fox and Don Flow. Click here to find more information about each of them.

    The Summit is a two-day event that seeks to transform leaders around the world with an injection of vision, skill development and inspiration from a Christian perspective. This is a unique opportunity for business, church, government, nonprofit and education leaders — and their teams — to experience quality leadership training close to where they are. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

    To register you and your group for the live telecast of this event in Bourbonnais, click here or call 800-570-9812. Best registration price is available prior to the event. Walk-in registration on the event days is also available.

    For more local information about the event or the Bourbonnais live telecast site, contact Laura Warfel at 815-928-5403 or
    Jul 30, 2014 12:26:57Jul 30, 2014 -




    When the Chicago Bears organization arrived on Olivet’s campus, they discovered several new features. As Gary Griffin, director of university and alumni relations, shares in this Fox News report, these changes are most important for our students.

    2014 Bears Training Camp Video 

    Jul 29, 2014 11:32:1Jul 29, 2014 -

    Olivet now offers accounting majors the best track for career preparation with the new 4+1 Accelerated Bachelor/Master program. This is designed specifically to equip undergraduate accounting majors for the Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.) exam as they are earning their bachelor’s degree, while also giving them the opportunity to earn a Master in Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree.

    “Accounting majors must have 150 credit hours to sit for the C.P.A. exam,” said Dr. Glen Rewerts, chair of Olivet’s Department of Business. “They were double and triple majoring to get those hours. We are responding to that need and situation. With this accelerated five-year program, students now get not only the undergraduate credit hours they need, but also a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration.”

    Beginning this fall, incoming freshman accounting majors may enter the program. Current or transfer students may dovetail into the program. During their senior year, they will begin taking graduate-level business administration courses. At the end of four years, they receive the B.S. degree. In one more year, they complete the M.B.A. degree.

    “Olivet’s goal in offering this program is to further equip and resource our students to be workplace missionaries both within corporate America and globally,” said Dr. Houston Thompson, associate vice president for academic affairs, dean of the School of Professional Studies and director of the Doctor of Education in Ethical Leadership program.

    For more information, contact Olivet’s Office of Admissions at 815-939-5203 or
    Jul 29, 2014 11:2:54Jul 29, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Illinois — The Olivet Nazarene University men's basketball team and Head Coach Ralph Hodge have signed their newest member to the 2014-15 recruiting class. Tiger basketball welcomes an athletic, versatile presence in Leke Solanke, a 6’6” forward from Abeokuta, Nigeria. He is transferring from NCAA Division I, Stetson University (Florida) after two years with the Hatters. Solanke played for Michigan City Marquette (Indiana) during his prep career.

    During his career with Stetson in the Atlantic Sun Conference, he played in 52 games. He shot 52.2 percent from the field and 57 percent from the free-throw line. He shot 70 percent from the field his freshman season and finished with 14 blocks between both seasons, nine in his sophomore campaign (third on the team). Solanke competed against the likes of University of Miami (Florida), Clemson University (South Carolina), and University of Notre Dame (Indiana.) during his time with Stetson.

    During his senior season at Michigan City Marquette, he averaged seven points and six rebounds, earning North West Indiana All-Star honors.

    In addition to his career at Michigan City Marquette, Solanke played with the Indiana Dawgs and Indy Species Heat as a member of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). He traveled with his team throughout the Midwest.

    While in high school, Solanke also played soccer, earning team Defensive Player of the Year honors.

    He attends Calvary Church in Valparaiso, Indiana. He will be a communications major while at Olivet.

    Solanke joins fellow members of the 2014-15 recruiting class: Bennet Schimmelpfennig (Bourbonnais, Illinois); Chris Green (Bonfield, Illinois); Mitchell Schwarzkopf (Kankakee, Illinois); Xavier Parker (Richton Park, Illinois); Ethan Chitty (White Heath, Illinois); Aaron Sutton (Martinsville, Indiana); Alec Goetz (St. Charles, Illinois); Dylan Brink (Brighton, Colorado); and Josiah Blan (Minooka, Illinois). 

    Jul 28, 2014 1:5:7Jul 28, 2014 -

    There are rare moments in your life where you meet special people whose impact is so profound within your life, that it changes your entire perspective. Each person can recall an individual who has affected them in such a way throughout the course of their life - the Olivet Nazarene football program has encountered a special group of people who have done just that.

    You never know the ways that you will come into contact with these individuals, but it is fair to say the impact that has been felt by ONU Football has come in a unique way. When the relationship first began, Tiger Football set out to impact the lives of those in need, and although they have achieved their goal, they have gained far more than they have given.

    During the past two years, Tiger Football has been fortunate enough to form a relationship with The Village of Hope in Guatemala. The Village of Hope is an orphanage that houses children who are infected with HIV.  The parents of Keegan Block (Caddo Mills, Tex.), a Tiger linebacker, are missionaries that live in Guatemala and work with the orphanage. Through this connection, ONU football has been proactive in creating a relationship that helps increase the quality of life for the children there.

    In May of 2013, the team took its first trip to The Village of Hope and partook in many different activities that helped the people there: they built a perimeter wall for the community, helped dig septic lines, and filling in large trench holes. The team also held community outreaches where they taught the children, played games with them, and provided food for families. The things they saw there made them want to continue the relationship, and the act to further their reach began with the 2013 season opener. 

    Creatively dubbed the “spRED the Hope” game, opening night 2013 saw a sea of red fill the stands to support the Tigers and the Village of Hope. Red is the international color associated to aids awareness. The night proved to be quite successful, raising over $4,000 to support for the orphanage. The Block family was on hand to experience the impact that the football team has had on our community through these experiences and to gratefully accept the contribution.

    Tiger Football furthered their relationship by taking a second trip in May of 2014.  Head Coach Brian Fish, along with his wife, Jodi, and Associate Head Coach Nate Brown took an even larger group of players down. This year the team helped build rafters for a house and prepare the area for electric lines. They again also held outreaches working with the children and provided food for different families.

    “It’s important to go on this trip not only because we needed to do God's work, but because we need to do something that’s out of our own comfort zones. This trip really helps you see what other cultures struggle with every day, and puts your focus back onto what you can take advantage of,” shared senior wide receiver and team captain Tyler Swindle on the importance of the trip.

    The impact of the activities done by the players while visiting the city is immeasurable, many of them were humbled by their experience and expressed how fortunate they were to be able to go. Junior quarterback Zach Gross (Elgin, Ill.) shared some insight into the perspective that this trip gave him: “Bringing bags of food to the families in need, is what really impacted me the most. We only brought them $16 worth and just yesterday I spent $20 on one meal. It showed me how fortunate we are and that I should be grateful for all the opportunities my family and I have been given.”

    Senior linebacker and team captain, Brandon Ruemler (Williamsport, Ind.), made both trips and it affected him just as much the second time around. After visiting The Village of Hope again, seeing new and old faces, he spoke about some takeaways from the trip: “Two lessons that I took to heart are to really value the little things in life (like family, a house, food, etc.) and to not only look to God during bad time but all the time and be thankful for every situation He puts you in.”

    Even though Tiger football is having an impact in the lives of those who are less fortunate, the impact these trips have on the team and its players are far greater. The lessons of thankfulness, joy and perspective are taught daily on this trip as they interact with the people of Guatemala who have less material things than we do in the United States, but still are able to have happiness. These lessons that have been learned are priceless and will continue to drive the relationship between Guatemala, The Village of Hope, and Tiger Football.  

    Jul 23, 2014 12:25:48Jul 23, 2014 -

    Recognizing the music program’s outstanding achievements and growth, Olivet announces the renaming of the “Department of Music” to the “School of Music,” effective July 1, 2014. Dr. Don Reddick '79 is appointed as dean.

    “Our new name is an affirmation of what our current music program truly is,” says Dr. Reddick. “Since 1982, we have maintained our accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). We are at the front of where music education is heading.”

    Over the past ten years, Olivet’s music program has experienced unprecedented expansion, including:
    • Growing from one concert band with 60 members, to three concert bands with approximately 60 members each
    • Increasing from a single orchestra with 25 string players, to two orchestras with a total of more than 70 string players
    • Adding of Proclamation Gospel Choir and Show Choir
    • Doubling the number of adjunct faculty members
    • Continually increasing the number of concerts and performances given by students and faculty members

    More than 500 students (majors and non-majors) currently participate in Olivet’s music programs. The School offers five degree programs: Bachelor of Music degrees in music education, music performance, music composition and music ministry; and a Bachelor of Arts in music degree.

    In 2013, the then Department of Music launched the iLearn@Olivet initiative, providing sheet music, textbooks and apps to all music students through the iPad. This was the first distribution of the iPad in the University’s history and one of the first iPad deployments at any college in the country designed specifically to empower young musicians and transform music education.

    “Olivet recognizes the music program’s growth in accomplishments, degree offerings and involvement by moving to this new designation,” says Dr. Dennis Crocker '75, vice president for academic affairs. “It is a tribute to the work of the faculty and staff — now as in the past — to bring the program to this point of development and maturity. For students, this is an additional recognition of the quality program from which they will be receiving their degrees.”

    A building expansion of about 18,000 square feet is planned for the current Larsen Fine Arts Center, where the School of Music is housed. The School also hopes to establish a Master in Music degree program.

    “As an Olivet alumnus, as well as the dean, I want Olivet to be the best it can be,” Dr. Reddick says. “We are building on our strengths while keeping our eyes on our potential for growth.”
    Jul 17, 2014 2:53:27Jul 17, 2014 -

    In response to the growth of the nursing program and the worldwide demand for quality professionals in all healthcare fields, Olivet has established the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, effective July 1, 2014.

    “With this new School in place, Olivet is well-positioned to expand the academic offerings for career preparation in more healthcare fields,” says Dr. Dennis Crocker, vice president for academic affairs. “This is a major goal realized for the University, and we look forward to serving more students while offering the same quality education with a Christian purpose in new areas of study.”

    Olivet’s nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. The traditional undergraduate nursing major results in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree. The School of Graduate and Continuing Studies’ program offers five tracks: Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (A.B.S.N.); Bachelor of Science in Nursing (R.N. to B.S.N.); Family Nurse Practitioner Certification (F.N.P.C); Master of Science in Nursing – Leadership or Education (M.S.N.); and Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner (M.S.N.F). Currently, there are 1,460 students — undergraduate and graduate — majoring in nursing at Olivet.

    Dr. Linda Davison has been appointed dean of the School. She earned her doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University, and her M.S.N. and B.S.N. degrees are from Governors State University. She also holds an M.B.A. from Olivet. Dr. Davison’s professional experience in nursing is primarily in the acute medical/surgical, orthopedic and long-term mental health areas. She has been part of Olivet’s nursing faculty since 1984, teaching courses in both the undergraduate and graduate programs, and has also served as chair of the Department of Nursing. She is developing Olivet’s nursing research thread while teaching research in the B.S.N., R.N.-B.S.N. and M.S.N. curriculum areas.

    With this academic expansion, a building expansion of about 10,000 square feet is planned for the current Wisner Hall of Nursing. This is part of the University's six-year plan for completing the footprint of the main campus.
    Jul 16, 2014 11:25:19Jul 16, 2014 -

    Olivet’s School of Music has just completed a successful inaugural year of iLearn@Olivet — the first distribution of the iPad in the University’s history and one of the first iPad deployments in the country designed specifically to empower students and faculty while transforming the education landscape. In fall 2014, Olivet's School of Education and the Department of Art & Digital Media will be joining the initiative.

    “We are proud to be at the forefront of technology in higher education,” says Dr. Dennis Crocker, vice president for academic affairs. “We are especially pleased with the opportunities and experiences this initiative brings to our students.”

    For the School of Education, this means the launching of an innovative method of course delivery through the use of technology. The initiative is designated to enhance Olivet’s Teacher Education Program in course delivery and equipping students for success, as well as preparing them for the edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment), a national multiple-measure assessment required by the Illinois State Board of Education. Gaining this experience with iPad will also help prepare them for the expanded use of technology as a teaching and learning method.

    For the Department of Art and Digital Media, iPad use will be an excellent tool for students, especially in the studio courses, as they create electronic thumbnail drawings/concepts for their assignments. In many courses, they will use iMovies to describe and document the process of creating their artwork — which will also enhance their portfolios. When used for research, iPad will provide additional information about specific works of art and topics for class discussion, enriching courses with new content.

    For the School of Music, iPad content and usage is tailored for specific needs as iPad is now being used for all band, orchestra, choral and instrumental ensemble music scores, ebooks, note-taking and email. Right at the students’ fingertips are countless thoughtful and innovative applications of the technology, including field formation diagraming, vocal coaching, and recording apps and solutions. In some instances, students don’t even have to lift a finger as the department now has 50 AirTurn Bluetooth page turning devices for use with iPad, which allows instrumentalists to turn the pages of their music wirelessly with the use of a foot pedal.

    As the 2014–2015 academic year begins in August, in the next phase of this initiative, nearly 1,000 students, staff and faculty have received or will receive their devices. Students purchase their own devices at a discounted price through the University, as part of their tuition and fees.

    Setting a new pace for education

    Working with Olivet’s information technology staff to implement this initiative, faculty determined that iPad is the best technology available for transforming the teaching and learning experience. Getting iPad into the hands of the faculty, staff and students is fundamentally transforming the higher education experience for them.

    To enhance iPad usage, Larsen Fine Arts Center, home of the School of Music and the art and digital design department, now has more than twice as many WiFi access points throughout the building. The Weber Center, where the School of Education is based, will also have a vastly increased number of WiFi access points installed. Also, several of the smart classrooms will be upgraded to support both wired and wireless iPad connections. These improvements are scheduled to be completed in August 2014.

    Catching the excitement

    “For Olivet’s education majors, the iPad will be an instrumental tool in assisting teacher candidates as they prepare for edTPA, a new multi-measure teacher performance assessment required by the Illinois State Board of Education,” says Dr. Bob Hull, dean of the School of Education. “Students and faculty will also implement this new technology to improve teaching effectiveness and student learning. Professor Lance Kilpatrick and Professor Marianne Glenn are taking the lead in assisting them as they incorporate iPad into their daily routines.”

    “For art majors, the iPad is going to be a great asset, especially in terms of being able to show our work to people without having to carry around a whole studio's worth of tools,” says Paul Matthews (senior, graphic design major, Dubuque, Iowa). “They will also help with watching videos of how to technically create a piece of artwork, like how to throw a piece of clay on a pottery wheel or how to shade an area of a drawing.”

    Zach Kohlmeier, an adjunct professor in the School of Music and an employee in the information technology department, is especially enjoying the merging of iPad technology and music in this initiative. He began using his iPad during when he played piano at church and for musicals. “I just pushed a button once to turn a page of music, and I didn’t have to worry about pages getting blown by the wind,” he says.

    As Zach puts it so well: “Technology is moving forward, and Olivet is at the forefront.”


    Jul 14, 2014 3:4:6Jul 14, 2014 -

    “I believe that introversion is my greatest strength,” said Susan Cain, acclaimed author and today’s leading speaker on that topic. “I have such a strong inner life that I’m never bored and only occasionally lonely. No matter what mayhem is happening around me, I know I can always turn inward.”

    Cain is one of 14 featured speakers for Willow Creek Association’s 2014 Global Leadership Summit. Olivet Nazarene University is partnering with College Church of the Nazarene to host this premier leadership training event August 14 and 15, at College Church’s North Campus in Bourbonnais, Illinois.

    Cain’s extensive research into the leadership strengths of introverts became the basis for her award-winning New York Times best seller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking. Sparking a conversation about management stereotypes, the book has been translated into 36 languages and became a TIME cover story.

    Her TED talk, “The Power of Introverts,” ranks among the most watched on — with more than 8 million views — and was named by Bill Gates as one of his all-time favorite talks. Fast Company magazine named her book as best book of the year in 2012 and also named her one of its Most Creative People in Business.

    The co-founder of Quiet Revolution LLC, Cain has partnered with office design company Steelcase to create “Susan Cain Quiet Spaces,” with a range of architecture, furniture, materials and technology to empower introverts at work.

    An honors graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School — and a self-described introvert — Cain's early career was spent on Wall Street as a corporate attorney and negotiations consultant. Her clients included JP Morgan and General Electric, and she trained all kinds of people, from hedge fund managers to TV producers to college students negotiating their first salaries.

    Other leadership experts presenting at this year’s event include: Bill Hybels, Jeffrey Immelt, Tyler Perry, Joseph Grenny, Wilfredo De Jesús, Patrick Lencioni, Carly Fiorina, Ivan Satyavrata, Bryan Loritts, Allen Catherine Kagina, Louie Giglio, Erica Ariel Fox and Don Flow. Find more information about each of them at

    The Summit is a two-day event that seeks to transform leaders around the world with an injection of vision, skill development and inspiration from a Christian perspective. This is a unique opportunity for business, church, government, nonprofit and education leaders — and their teams — to experience quality leadership training close to where they are. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

    To register you and your group for the live telecast of this event in Bourbonnais, go to or call 800-570-9812. Best registration price is available prior to the event. Walk-in registration on the event days is also available.

    For more local information about the event or the Bourbonnais live telecast site, contact Laura Warfel at 815-928-5403 or
    Jul 03, 2014 2:5:19Jul 03, 2014 -

    A former Olivet point guard has kept his passion for basketball and remains active with students even after getting his diploma.

    Antonio Marshall ’13 — now the graduate assistant for Olivet’s Tiger men’s basketball program — mentors basketball students in what he calls “man on fire training.”

    Many who know of it speculate about the origin of the name. “Since the day I was born, I’ve been struggling. I was born a sinner,” Antonio says. “I had a fire inside of myself for sin, and the Lord replaced that with a passion for the Holy Spirit. [Now,] I’m a man who is lighting myself on fire for the world.”

    The name also spawns, in part, from Antonio’s survival skills. He has survived three house fires. The most recent fire occurred in June 2012. He awoke that night to his mother yelling “fire,” upon which the family evacuated the house and watched it burn down.

    Antonio first got involved as a trainer after Coach Ralph Hodge, head coach for Tiger men’s basketball, set him up with two students to mentor in 2012. After that, news of his training got around via word-of-mouth.

    Antonio’s skills on the court and his sturdy knowledge in the sport of basketball were some of the reasons Coach Hodge chose him to train other students. “As a player and an athlete, he is one of the top players I’ve ever had in over 35 years in this position,” Coach Hodge says.

    Antonio doesn’t train with the mindset to teach only the ins and outs of basketball; he trains to build relationships. “I mentor to be a part of [other peoples’] lives,” he says. “I have a passion and a desire for basketball that [made] me want to give back.”

    Mainly, he trains in McHie Arena or Birchard Gymnasium. “I’m glad that I have a place and that ONU has made these spaces available to me,” he says.

    When school is not in session, Antonio likes to keep himself available to members of the local community — not just as a mentor and a trainer, but also as a friend.

    “There was one student who would have a couple of friends over, and he actually texted me to come [to his home]. We just hung out together and played basketball, and I really enjoy being able to do that,” Antonio says.

    So far, Coach Hodge has heard positive feedback about Marshall’s mentoring. “I was recruiting another player at one of the local high schools, and one dad of a player sought me out,” Coach Hodge explains. “He said, ‘I really appreciate you sending Antonio our way because it has worked out great.’

    “Not just from a basketball standpoint, but just the motivation, [we appreciate] the enthusiastic approach he has in working with kids and helping them build up their skills.”

    Coach Hodge, too, sees beyond the student-mentor roles Antonio has established. “I think this mission of Antonio’s goes beyond basketball,” he adds. “It’s there to help kids in all areas. Whether it’s home problems or whatever situation they may be in, he wants to help them with their basketball journey. But he also wants to help them with some life skills and some other more important things than just basketball.”

    Jul 03, 2014 8:33:12Jul 03, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Olivet Nazarene University Head Track and Field Coach Mike McDowell is pleased to announce the addition of Nicole Farr to the coaching staff. Farr brings a multitude of coaching and competing experience to the Tiger staff. She comes to Olivet most recently from Xavier University, an NCAA Division I institution located in Cincinnati, Ohio.

    Farr was a four-year cross country and track athlete at Calvin College (Mich.) where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in sports management in 2010. She completed her eligibility with Bowling Green State University (Ohio) where she competed in indoor track in 2011 while working on her Masters of Education in Sports Administration. She graduated from BGSU in 2012.

    In 2012, Farr became an Assistant Coach at Frostburg State University (Md.). She concentrated on distance runners, recruiting and academic monitoring. In 2013, Farr moved to Xavier University (Ohio) where she focused on sprints and distance, while being heavily involved in recruiting.

    "I'm excited about Nicole joining our staff and the new ideas and perspectives she'll bring. Her success as a former distance and steeplechase athlete should transfer well into her role as a coach,” said McDowell.  “The relationships she has developed with coaches in the Chicagoland area over the years should enhance her recruiting efforts and make it easier to connect with prospective athletes."

    Jul 02, 2014 3:53:55Jul 02, 2014 -

    Location:Kudjip Nazarene Hospital, Papua New Guinea (PNG)

    Dates: May 12 to June 3, 2014

    Dr. Mike Pyle, professor, Department of Biological Sciences
    Mrs. Nancy Pyle, professor, School of Nursing and Health Sciences
    Mary DeMent (senior, biology major, Quincy, Illinois)
    Jonathan Elliott (senior, biology major, Petersburg, Indiana)
    Katie Fitzgerald (senior, mathematics major, Duncanville, Texas)
    Allison Javorka ’14
    Rob Johnson (senior, nursing major, La Grange, Illinois)
    Teresa Kamper (senior, nursing major, Pickford, Michigan)
    Jonathan Kee (junior, nursing major, Yorkville, Illinois)
    Melody Long ’14
    Amanda Oden (senior, nursing major, South Elgin, Illinois)
    Lisa Rizzo (senior, biology major, Bartlett, Illinois)

    Following are excerpts from the team’s journal entries made during the trip.

    Monday, May 19

    Allison: I had an awesome day shadowing Dr. Pyle. I was part of the hospital rounds with two other doctors. The first patients we saw had been in a car accident the night before, and they were the ones who survived. One had pneumothorax, another was partially paralyzed and another had a possible ruptured spleen. In the afternoon, we saw a woman with an ectopic pregnancy.

    Wednesday, May 21

    Dr. Pyle: I got called about 11:30 a.m. for a stab wound. This gentleman’s two wives were fighting, and he tried to break it up. His reward was a single stab to the right lower chest, just above the rib margin and to the right of the sternum. Later that day, I operated on a five-year-old boy with extensive osteomyelitis (bone infection) and a woman with an advanced type of breast cancer. I repaired a left inguinal hernia and did another breast cancer surgery. I was exhausted by the end of the fourth case.

    Thursday, May 22

    Teresa: I was in the clinic today with Dr. Susan. I saw a variety of cases – abdominal tuberculosis, HPV, an infant with HIV and TB, an infant with malnutrition and a skin condition. The days are full and exhausting, but I love every bit of it.

    Jonathan K.: Yesterday I helped out with a C-section. After delivering the baby, there was a short scare because the newborn was unresponsive. I worked with the student nurses in helping bring the baby back. We applied oxygen, and I helped with a bag valve mask. I dried and swaddled her, and after a few suctions, she started crying. It was a cool experience to witness life coming into the world, and to assist with it was even more rewarding.

    Mrs. Pyle: I see more and more brand name “western” food items every time we come to PNG. I thought about making Rice Krispies treats, but nixed that when I saw the price of the Rice Krispies: $20 a box!

    Friday, May 23

    Melody: Today was my big day. I shadowed Dr. Pyle as he made rounds in the ward full of post-op patients, checking on and discharging them as necessary. He’s a super great teacher. I was also able to see my second C-section of this trip. This time I actually got to help!

    Sunday, May 25

    Dr. Pyle: Our team accompanied two of our young missionaries — ONU grads Jordan ’08 and Rachel (Baranow) Thompson ’07 — and their infant son on an hour-long climb to one of our bush churches (Kondu). We had worshiped there on our first visit in 2004. The service lasted about two hours. The sense of connection, in Christ, to a worldwide church and mission is always a highlight for our students.

    Jonathan E.: The beauty of the landscape here cannot be captured in a picture. The church was a small, one-room building with no benches. Everyone sat on the floor, with men on the right side and women on the left. They sang some songs to start the service, and it was the most beautiful thing I have ever heard! After church, they gave us a bunch of bananas and oranges, and climbed up a tree to pick some sugar fruit for us.

    Katie: I had an incredible opportunity to meet one of the few people in the Kudjip area who remember when my grandparents were here. Wi was a “doctor’s boy” for my grandpa back in the 1960s when my grandpa was serving here as the hospital’s first doctor. Wi was the first local to work in the hospital. When we went to Wi’s house, Dr. Pyle asked me to explain my connection. All I said was, “My grandpa was Dr. Dudley Powers,” before the man broke down in tears and immediately hugged me. That is unusual in the PNG culture. Through his tears, he explained how my grandpa was like a father to him. He didn’t receive any formal medical education, but my grandpa taught him everything he needed to know to work in the hospital.

    Dr. Pyle: As I was leaving the hospital after rounds today, I made a last pass through the ER. An elderly woman had just been brought in. She was the victim of an assault. “Chop-chop” is the term for injuries produced by machete. While on her way home after decorating her church with flowers, she came across some men who were attacking a relative. When she called out, they assaulted her. Your reflex when someone swings a machete at your head is to lift your arm in protection. In this case, it probably saved her life but resulted in a near amputation of her left arm at the wrist.

    Teresa: The Lord has been teaching and speaking to me in so many ways during my time in PNG so far; I can hardly find time to journal about it all. He has been teaching me so much about all of the different roles, experiences and sacrifices that come with working on the mission field.

    Dr. Pyle: There are three full-time chaplains who record their visits to patients, and Dr. Jim monitors this actively. Today, on medical ward, we found a man who had been hospitalized for five days without a chaplain visit. Dr. Jim summoned the head nurse. He suggested a review of all charts to find any patients who had not yet had a visit. The gospel takes center stage here.

    Melody: I saw the beheading of a chicken (which I later ate), stargazed, met a missionary family’s pet tree kangaroo named Wilson, tried a cream pastry, and had my first Coke in weeks.

    Thursday, May 28

    Mary: I made a friend with a little girl in the clinic. Her grandmother was sick. The little girl climbed into my lap, smiled at me and held my hands like we were old friends. She was so sweet! Tonight I ate my first banana spider. Whether it will be my last remains undecided; it wasn’t as bad as I thought! I know I will miss this place when I leave, and I am trying to soak up as many experiences as possible. God is good, and this trip has been simply amazing!

    Saturday, May 31

    Mrs. Pyle: After getting soaked by a wonderful rain as we walked back to the car, we headed home. Finishing leftovers and playing games ended the day for us. What a great birthday day. Thank you, Lord, for such wonderful people to spend it with! Thanks again, parents, for your sons and daughters who made it so special for me.

    Sunday, June 1

    Dr. Pyle: We had a wonderful closing time tonight, a time we call the Overflowing Heart. The students shared what the Lord had taught them over the past weeks together. Then we prayed for each of them, one by one.

    “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10).

    Jul 02, 2014 9:34:22Jul 02, 2014 -

    You need not look far to see the impact Kenneth E. Hawkins has had on God’s kingdom and this world.

    Kenneth E. “Ken” Hawkins passed away on June 25, 2014, as a man who truly embodied the qualities of an Olivetian.

    As enthusiastic supporters of Olivet’s mission, Ken, and his wife Betty, have invested in the lives of countless students over the years. Out of their generous hearts, Olivet was able to construct the Centennial Chapel in 2010. Their lead gift provided students, faculty and staff a place to worship together, as well as Olivet’s world-class Ruffatti organ, and two Steinway pianos used for worship, concerts and teaching.

    In addition to leading the way on the Centennial Chapel, Ken provided financial assistance for the renovation of the Harlow Hopkins Alumni Center in 1995, and for the addition of the Larsen Fine Arts Center in 1981.

    “Ken Hawkins was one of the most generous men I’ve ever known,” says Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. “As God blessed him, he never hesitated to bless others. His commitment to serving the Lord was evident in his life, work and family. Serving alongside him in the mission of Olivet has always been a privilege and a pleasure.”

    Ken’s personal investment in God’s kingdom was equally matched by his distinguished career. He was the founder of Hawkins & Associates in Clearwater, Florida, and later became the chairman and CEO of Jones & Hawkins Insurance. For more than 25 years of his 40-year career, he rendered valuable professional service to his alma mater by directing and advising Olivet’s insurance program. His counsel helped ensure adequate coverage while saving several million dollars for the University.

    A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Ken was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, served on the board of the Florida Association of Insurance Agents, and was a past commodore of the Treasure Island Yacht Club.

    He is survived by his wife, Betty; daughter, Cheryl, and her husband, Mike McClain; son, Terry, and his wife, Jamie; stepdaughter, Gina Johnson; brother, Wilford; four granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren.

    Ken’s funeral service was held on July 1 with Dr. Bowling and Colonel Jeffrey Hawkins, U.S. Army chaplain, officiating. Ken will be remembered as a tireless advocate for Olivet Nazarene University and a model for all alumni, both personally and professionally.

    Jul 01, 2014 8:12:38Jul 01, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Mike McDowell, head coach of the Olivet Nazarene University track and field team, is excited to announce the addition of Alexandra Acker to his staff. Acker, an NCAA Division I All-American, comes to Bourbonnais from the University of Oklahoma where she holds the program record in the pole vault.

    A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Acker graduated from Oklahoma with an undergraduate degree in elementary education in August of 2011 after transferring from West Virginia University.  She received her masters of education from Oklahoma in December of 2013, graduating with a 4.0 GPA.                                               

    During her career, Acker broke the Sooner pole vault record five times. She currently holds both the indoor (13-6.00) and outdoor (14-3.25) marks. She earned her first NCAA All-America honor with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championship in 2012. She has also competed at the US Olympic Team Trials.

    "Alexandra is a great addition to our staff. She is obviously a great pole vaulter but has also mentored in the other jumping events under one of the best jumps coaches in the country,” said McDowell of the addition.  “The knowledge and experience she has attained in the jumping events will benefit our athletes. I also anticipate that Alexandra will be a leader away from the track as a missions and discipleship leader."

    Find Acker’s complete collegiate bio here.

    Jun 25, 2014 4:32:17Jun 25, 2014 -

    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 180 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 Camp (June 22-25). Each camp included teaching through the explanation of terminology, warm-up, demonstration, drills, practice situations, individual instruction, 1-on-1 and 3-on-3. 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 Indiana. This summer, 30 varsity and junior varsity teams — including more than 350 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, Dwight, Herscher, St. Anne and Watseka. Gardner-South Wilmington High School's team, coached by alumnus and former Tiger assistant coach Chris Gibson ’06, also made the trip.

    Information about the 2015 ONU Men’s Basketball Summer Camps will be released online in early spring 2014.

    Jun 24, 2014 10:17:52Jun 24, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Keyed by seven regular-season conference titles and another three league tournament championships, Olivet Nazarene University totaled an all-time best 141 points en route to winning its fifth straight Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Sports Cup, it was announced on Monday morning. It was also the Tigers' sixth cup in seven years since the conference started the program in the 2007-2008 season.

    Second-place finisher Cardinal Stritch University made the biggest jump from the previous year going from 66.5 points to 110. The Wolves edged out third-place University of St. Francis by one point as the Saints totaled 109 points.

    Saint Xavier University also made for a close race between the Nos. 2-4 positions with its 104 points, while Trinity Christian College placed fifth for the second year in a row with 86.5 points.

    Olivet Nazarene's league-leading seven regular-season championships came in the sports of men's and women's cross country, women's golf, softball, men's tennis and men's and women's track & field. The Tigers also claimed postseason tournaments in softball and men's tennis, not to mention men's soccer. The Tigers, under the sixth-year leadership of director of athletics Gary Newsome, also posted regular-season runner-up finishes in men's and women's soccer and women's tennis. In all, 12 of 15 Olivet Nazarene teams placed among the top three in the league in CCAC championship sports during the 2013-14 academic year.

    Cardinal Stritch, meanwhile, produced three regular-season titles in men's basketball, men's soccer and its first-year women's tennis program. The latter also won the conference tournament. Two other Stritch teams placed second in conference play.

    As for St. Francis, it earned the most second-place league finishes, doubling its next closest competitor with six runner-up performances. The Saints also shared the regular-season baseball title with Judson University.

    The CCAC All-Sports Cup is awarded to the institution that earns the most total points in the 15 sports sponsored by the conference (men's & women's cross country, men's & women's soccer, volleyball, men's & women's basketball, men's & women's golf, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track & field, baseball and softball) on an annual basis. Schools are awarded points based on their conference finish in each of those sports. An additional point is awarded to any school that claims a conference tournament title.

    The final standings for 2013-14 follow:

    Olivet Nazarene (141 points)
    Cardinal Stritch (110)
    St. Francis (109)
    Saint Xavier (104)
    Trinity Christian (86.5)
    Judson (79.5)
    Robert Morris (77)
    Calumet St. Joseph (66)
    Roosevelt (58.5)
    Purdue Calumet (47)
    Holy Cross (45)
    Indiana South Bend (23.5)
    Trinity International (22.5)
    Purdue North Central (11.5)

    Previous All-Sports Trophy Recipients
    2007-08: Olivet Nazarene University
    2008-09: Saint Xavier University
    2009-10: Olivet Nazarene University
    2010-11: Olivet Nazarene University
    2011-12: Olivet Nazarene University
    2012-13: Olivet Nazarene University

    Jun 18, 2014 3:37:16Jun 18, 2014 -

    EASTLAKE, Ohio — Ben Heller (Whitewater, Wisconsin), former Olivet Nazarene University baseball standout, has been named the Kensington Advisory Group of UBS Financial Services, Inc. “Captains Player of the Week.”  He is a member of the Lake County Captains, the Class A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. He earned the honor on Monday, June 16, after throwing five scoreless innings in three appearances, striking out seven.

    During the 2014 season, Heller has thrown in 22 games (28 2/3 innings), allowing 10 runs off 14 hits. He has a 3.14 ERA, 3-1 overall record and 43 strikeouts. He is second on the team in appearances.

    ONU's head baseball coach, Todd Reid, had a chance to see Ben in action. “Ben looked great," Coach Reid said. "His fastball sat in mid 90s, and he touched 96 both innings. His new slider looked like his best pitch, and his command of all three pitches was very good. I am so proud of him. It has been really special watching his progress. And I am just as proud of how he is carrying himself on and off the field.”

    Even though the Captains sit at the bottom of Midwest League Eastern, Heller is maintaining a positive outlook on his time as a professional. "I have really enjoyed my pro career so far," he says. "I have been coming in as a back end reliever and helping slam the door shut at the end of the game. The biggest difference between pro and college baseball is the emphasis on development rather than winning, but I enjoy the opportunity to compete everyday while perfecting my craft at the same time."

    Heller was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 22nd round with the 651st pick on Saturday, June 8, 2013. He is the first former Tiger drafted in the MLB First-Year Player Draft since Ben Zobrist (184th pick) in 2004 by the Houston Astros.

    During his career with the Tigers, Heller was a CCAC Second Team All-Conference (2013), NCCAA All-American Honorable Mention (2013), and Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete twice.

    Check out more information on Ben Heller and the Lake County Captains at

    Jun 18, 2014 10:31:45Jun 18, 2014 -

    When was the last time you worked with an Excel® spreadsheet that had 1 million rows? Or analyzed data from the past 50 years?

    Those were only two of the challenges that Justin Vander Ploeg (senior, Manteno, Illinois) dealt with in completing his final project for Olivet’s course in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS).

    When beginning his project for the spring 2014 semester, Justin asked the question: “What county in the United States’ lower 48 states has the worst winter?” Working with his professor, Dr. Kevin Brewer, he undertook what became the biggest research project he’d ever done. The result is “An Analysis of the Severity of Winter Throughout the United States,” showing that it is possible to quantitatively determine the severity of winter across a geographic area.

    Bring it on

    Hard work isn’t unusual for Justin, who is double majoring in environmental science and business administration. This summer, he is working at Deer Creek Organics, an organic produce farm in St. Anne, Illinois, and also doing an internship at the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) in Chicago.

    CNT is an award-winning innovations laboratory for urban sustainability. Justin is part of the transportation team, dedicated to improving efficiency and sustainability for the City of Chicago.

    “I’m glad I learned ArcGIS in my GIS/GPS course with Dr. Brewer,” Justin says. “I’m using it on the job in this internship.”

    Dedication and determination

    Learning ArcGIS was only one of the challenges that Justin faced in taking on and completing his GIS/GPS research project.

    After deciding on the project’s parameters — with Dr. Brewer’s guidance — he requested 50 years (1963 to 2013) of weather data from the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA). That resulted in 18 Excel spreadsheets with 1 million rows each — which he received from NOAA at no charge and within two weeks of his original request.

    Defining “worst” was the first challenge. Since “worst” is a subjective term, he had to define it as objectively and universally as possible.

    He also had to decide what data to include and exclude. He limited his analysis to snowfall, rainfall, temperature and wind speed for the months of December, January, February and March — for the past 50 years.

    Getting this data into a format he could use for analysis was one of the most challenging parts of the project. Working with Dr. Brewer, he separated columns, selected only winter months and eliminated false values. He used ArcGIS, the industry standard tool for spatial analysis, to format and analyze the data. 

    “As I was working on the project, I was learning ArcGIS,” Justin says. “I also learned to be thorough and detailed, and to keep records that I can refer back to.”

    Applying an equation to the data he gathered, Justin designed a map to show the severity of winter in every U.S. county.

    “Justin tackled a deceptively complex problem that challenged his abilities and skills in a number of areas,” Dr. Brewer says. “I was impressed with his perseverance, independence and eagerness to learn new skills." 

    “All his hard work paid off with an excellent and interesting report," Dr. Brewer adds. "But more importantly, Justin has new skills and practical experiences that he can use and build on in his future academic and career endeavors.”

    More than expected

    Getting to know and work with Dr. Brewer on this project was an unexpected benefit for Justin. “I tapped into Dr. Brewer’s expertise,” Justin says. “I was able to ask him questions whenever I needed help. Then we’d work through the issues together. He was willing to take the extra time with me, and we developed a friendship in the process.”

    Justin appreciates seeing Dr. Brewer’s thought processes on different topics. “I learned that he’s very technologically minded, even as a geology professor. He is knowledgeable about the new advances in technology, too.”

    “If I could have seen the finished project before I started, I would never have believed I could do it,” Justin adds. “I’ve learned that if I work hard and diligently, I can do what I want to do.”

    In case you’re wondering, the counties with the worst winters are: Lewis County, New York (first); Keweenaw County, Michigan (second); and Oswego County, New York (third). And the counties with the best winters? Monroe County, Florida (first); Imperial County, California (second); and Miami-Dade County Florida (third).


    Jun 17, 2014 11:26:21Jun 17, 2014 -

    “Start every change project with a clear and compelling statement of the goal you’re trying to achieve,” says Joseph Grenny, co-chairman and co-founder of VitalSmarts, an innovator in corporate training and leadership development. “Measure your progress. Measure the right thing, and measure it frequently.”

    Grenny is one of 14 featured speakers for Willow Creek Association’s 2014 Global Leadership Summit. Olivet is partnering with College Church of the Nazarene to host this premier leadership training event August 14 and 15, at College Church’s North Campus in Bourbonnais.

    His 2014 Summit presentation on “Mastering the Art of Crucial Conversations” further establishes him as a key influencer for leaders who want to get better. An acclaimed keynote speaker and business strategy expert, Grenny has designed and implemented major corporate change initiatives for more than 25 years. He has advised thousands of leaders on every major continent, from the board rooms of Fortune 500 companies to the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.

    Formerly president of California Computer Corporation and an executive for the Covey Leadership Center, he is co-author of the New York Times best sellers Change Anything, Crucial Conversations, Crucial Accountability and Influencer. He co-founded Unitus, a nonprofit organization that helps third-world citizens achieve economic self-reliance. He has appeared on “The Today Show,” CNN, Bloomberg and “Fox Business News.”

    Other leadership experts presenting at this year’s event include: Bill Hybels, Jeffrey Immelt, Tyler Perry, Susan Cain, Wilfredo De Jesús, Patrick Lencioni, Carly Fiorina, Ivan Satyavrata, Bryan Loritts, Allen Catherine Kagina, Louie Giglio, Erica Ariel Fox and Don Flow. Find more information about each of them here.

    The Summit is a two-day event that seeks to transform leaders around the world with an injection of vision, skill development and inspiration from a Christian perspective. This is a unique opportunity for business, church, government, nonprofit and education leaders — and their teams — to experience quality leadership training close to where they are. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

    To register you and your group for the live telecast of this event in Bourbonnais, click here or call 800-570-9812. Best registration price is available through June 24, 2014. Later registration and walk-in registration on the event days are also available.

    For more local information about the event or the Bourbonnais live telecast site, contact Laura Warfel at 815-928-5403 or
    Jun 11, 2014 2:22:48Jun 11, 2014 -

    The Olivet Nazarene University men's basketball team and Head Coach Ralph Hodge have signed their newest member to the 2014-15 recruiting class. Tiger basketball welcomes an athletic big man in Josiah Blan, a 6’8” forward from Minooka, Illinois. He played for Families of Faith Christian Academy (Channahon, Illinois) and finished his prep career in March 2014.

    During his senior season, the Eagles finished second in the South Shore Christian Conference. During an outstanding senior campaign, Blan scored a career-high 63 points, grabbed 26 rebounds, recorded nine assists and had a career-high eight blocks.

    Following the 2013-14 season, Blan was selected to the South Shore Christian All-Conference First Team and was honored as the Calumet Tournament MVP. He finished his career with 2,060 points (school record), as the leading rebounder in school history, and with the highest field goal percentage in FOFCA history. He also placed second in the conference dunk contest.

    In addition to his career at FOFCA, Blan played with Chicago Old Gold, Illinois Ambush and Illinois Elite as a member of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). He traveled with his team throughout the Midwest.

    While in high school, Blan also played baseball, batting .405 during his senior season.

    Blan joins fellow members of the 2014-15 recruiting class: Bennet Schimmelpfennig (Bourbonnais, Illinois); Chris Green (Bonfield, Illinois); Mitchell Schwarzkopf (Kankakee, Illinois); Xavier Parker (Richton Park, Illinois); Ethan Chitty (White Heath, Illinois);Aaron Sutton (Martinsville, Indiana), and Alec Goetz (St. Charles, Illinois). 

    Jun 10, 2014 4:33:51Jun 10, 2014 -

    Treavor Dodsworth graduated on May 10. The very next day, a photographer from Chicago arrived in Bourbonnais for a photo shoot with him on Olivet’s campus — his alma mater.

    In addition to securing a full-time position at a financial planning firm in Indianapolis, Treavor was chosen by InvestmentNews as one of five recent college graduates to be featured in its blog. Treavor’s first year in the financial planning industry, as well as the photos taken on campus, will be featured on InvestmentNews’ website.

    Onlookers might have assumed that Treavor was a celebrity. “He took pictures of me behind Chapman and by the clock tower. He was much more intense and professional than any other photographer I’ve seen,” says Treavor. “He was even hired to take pictures of the last four presidents. It was a really cool experience.”

    Honored Olivet grad

    Treavor graduated with degrees in accounting and finance/economics. While at Olivet, he served in several leadership positions including as sophomore class representative, vice president of finance and a resident assistant.

    Treavor handles pages as well as cash. He is an avid reader, with C.S. Lewis among his favorite authors and Lewis’ Screwtape Letters among his favorite books. He also loves to travel and, while a student at Olivet, Treavor went on mission trips to Argentina and Papua New Guinea.

    An Honors Program graduate, he completed his honors research project on the buying and selling of corn futures contracts in order to form a strategy for profitable trading. Since his family farms in Colorado, Treavor says that it was his dad who initially sparked his interest in corn futures and trading. “It’s like trying to solve a very complex and dynamic puzzle,” he says.

    Before the summer of 2013, NorthWest Financial requested interns from Olivet. Treavor headed to Indianapolis as the chosen candidate and at the end of his internship was offered a job.

    Treavor knows that the education he has received in the past four years — inside and outside of the classroom — has been invaluable. He credits business professor Ralph Goodwin for life lessons that are already influencing his career. “He taught me how business could be used in the workplace as a witnessing tool,” says Treavor.

    Personal future strategy

    Olivet equipped him spiritually as well as professionally for the next stage of his life. “I learned how to deal with people and how to relate with people from many different backgrounds. Communication is important, especially when dealing with money,” he says.

    In less than one month, Treavor will be working for NorthWest Financial full-time.

    A wedding is also in his near future. Treavor’s first home with Allison Wiseman (class of ’13) after their June 13 wedding will be in Richmond, Indiana. It’s far from Colorado, but Treavor is not worried about the Midwest setting. “I like Indianapolis a lot, so I know I’ll be happy working there.”

    “I’m really excited for what’s next,” says Treavor. “I’m graduating, getting married and moving to a new place. They’re big changes, but they’re good ones.”
    Jun 09, 2014 4:40:46Jun 09, 2014 -

    At its annual meeting in April, United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties awarded Olivet Nazarene University for their long-standing partnership in the community. Olivet contributes to the mission of United Way through staff fundraising campaigns, providing students as interns, and sharing faculty and staff as volunteers.

    United Way seeks to provide for peoples’ health, education, and financial needs at a global level. United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties funds 45 programs at 25 agencies in the community, and Olivet Nazarene University serves as a community employer for this local chapter.

    Mutual support

    “We’ve been really lucky to work with the students who have served here,” says the executive director of the local United Way, Nick Allen ’06. He describes the interns from Olivet as being necessary staff members. “Our interns are not around just to do little things. We have a small staff, so if we weren’t able to hire interns, we wouldn’t be able to accomplish what we do.”

    Ron Gamache ’14 interned with United Way during the spring 2014 semester. “Working for a nonprofit organization as a student was a unique opportunity for me,” he says.

    “There are similar values between United Way and Olivet, so there’s a lot of alignment between what I learned in the classroom and what I did for my internship,” says Ron. “The best thing was being able to see a direct impact on the community through partnerships like this one.”

    A recent Olivet graduate, Ron now works at the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. He says that working for a nonprofit that is similar to United Way has made the transition easier because they both operate independently and focus on outreach to the community. “The work is different, but the principles are the same,” he says.

    Benefits for both 

    Dr. Houston Thompson, dean of the School of Professional Studies, has served the United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties for six years and is now the Endowment Chair. He was familiar with United Way, however, even before he came to Olivet in 2006.

    A shared resource between Olivet Nazarene University and United Way, he sees the benefits that each organization offers the other. “The partnership helps United Way save resources, and it gives Olivet students the experience they need,” he says.

    As interns like Ron go on to work for nonprofit organizations, and United Way continues to value Olivet’s’ services, Dr. Thompson has no doubt that the common thread is providing help that people need.

    “It’s about making sure that everyone has the best quality of life possible,” he says.

    Jun 05, 2014 5:32:14Jun 05, 2014 -

    YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — The 2014 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Men’s At-Large Team was selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). 
    Representing Olivet Nazarene University is Landon Williams (junior, business administration major, Erie, Pennsylvania), who had a 3.93 G.P.A. Williams finished the season with a 9-5 record in singles and 8-4 in doubles play. He helped the Tigers to a CCAC Regular Season and Tournament Championship. He led the Tigers to their 12th consecutive NAIA National Tournament appearance and helped gain a point in doubles; ONU was 12-8 (6-0) overall. 
    Following the season, Williams was named to the First All-CCAC Doubles Team. He also finished the year ranked fourth in the NAIA-ITA East Region rankings and 15th nationally. In addition, he was a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete and a CCAC All-Academic Team selection. He was also named the NAIA-ITA East recipient for the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sportsmanship & Leadership Award. Only four athletes in the entire NAIA are awarded this honor. 
    Williams was one of six tennis players to be honored among the 22-member men’s at-large team. He was the only tennis athlete to be named to the second team. 
    The Capital One College Division Academic All-America® men’s team is comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions. To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution, and be nominated by his/her sports information director. 
    Voting for Capital One Academic All-District is done by current CoSIDA members. Those who obtain First Team All-District status move onto the national Capital One Academic All-America® ballot; these national awards are voted upon by Academic All-America® Committee members and current CoSIDA Board of Directors. 
    Jun 05, 2014 3:11:14Jun 05, 2014 -

    Delivering the keynote address wasn’t the only honor Dr. John C. Bowling, Olivet’s president, received during the recent annual meeting of the Kankakee Area YMCA. Later in the evening, he received the Ray Lindner Service to Youth award from Wes Walker, who was executive director of this YMCA from 1970 to 1994.

    Dr. Bowling has served as Olivet’s president since 1991, and University enrollment has grown to 4,600. “That’s a lot of youth,” Walker said as he presented the award.

    Along with Dr. Bowling’s many achievements as University president, he has served the local community in countless ways, including as vice chairman of the Riverside Health System Board. He has also been a board member for the United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties and the Kankakee Valley Chamber of Commerce. His previous community awards include Samaritan of the Year and the Community Alliance Beacon Award.

    In his address to an audience of 100-plus at the Kankakee Country Club, Dr. Bowling said: “Our community has been strengthened by the work of The Y. Across the years, organizations have come and gone — but The Y has come and stayed. The Y is accessible, affordable and accountable. That’s a winning combination. I congratulate you on another year of outstanding service. As a member of this community, I thank you not only for what you do, but perhaps more importantly, for who you are. You are the 'why' of The Y.”

    Founded in 1894, the Kankakee Area YMCA is celebrating 120 years of serving the community. The current location at 1075 N. Kennedy Dr., Kankakee, is the fourth location. The Y’s daily programming meets the challenge of enhancing the quality of life for all persons within Kankakee County. In 2011, a member satisfaction survey ranked this Y in the top 10% across the country. The facility includes a gym, Kids’ Fit Zone, swimming pool, a preschool, a wellness center, an indoor track, an aerobics studio, a cycling room and more. The Y continues the commitment to help shape character and self-esteem while continuing to meet human needs and develop potential.
    Jun 05, 2014 2:25:39Jun 05, 2014 -

    Adapting to big city life. Being plucked out of large talent pools. Meeting and working with leaders in their chosen fields. Olivet students continue to make their mark with exciting and impressive internship placements.

    Making a difference in the nation’s capital

    Emily Davisson was not accustomed to city life, but seeking justice is no foreign task. The senior political science major and nonprofit management minor put her passions to work in an internship with the Center for Public Justice (CPJ) in Washington, D.C.

    CPJ is a non-partisan organization focused on leadership development, civic education and public policy research. Emily’s interest in faith-based nonprofits, as well as her leadership experience and academic background, made this placement a benefit for all involved.

    Although Washington D.C. is different in many ways from her hometown of New Castle, Indiana, Emily found this experience exciting. “Interning with CPJ was a great opportunity to work in a Christian environment that aims to make a difference in our country,” Emily said. “I’ve met new people and made connections.”

    As a result of her internship during spring 2014, she is working as an assistant editor with CPJ this summer — and supervising two interns as part of her job.

    Standing out from the crowd

    Each year, home services company Defender Direct attracts more than 100 applicants to its internship program. Defender is a leading dealer of ADT Home Security Systems and operates branches of heating, cooling and plumbing services in Central Indiana, Louisville and Cincinnati. In summer 2014, Defender’s internship class is being bolstered with the skills and expertise of two Olivet students.

    Robin Gerboth (senior, Crawfordsville, Indiana) and Hannah Reister (junior, Mason, Michigan) landed paid, full-time internships with Defender after weathering an extensive and competitive hiring process. Both heard about the openings through their business classes. Dr. Jeff Williamson '84, Olivet’s director of corporate and community engagement, helped them make the connections and led them through the process.

    After sending in their résumés, Hannah and Robin went through a phone interview. This was followed by a personal interview on campus during Defender’s campus interview day at Olivet in November 2013.

    “It was a little nerve-wracking,” Hannah says. “We were competing with other students from schools like Indiana University, Butler and Purdue for the few positions offered in each area.”

    Finally, in late November, they were invited to Defender’s main office in Indianapolis for a day of interviews. The pool for the final interview day included more than 30 students.

    “Defender’s values and location are extremely attractive to me,” Robin says. “I am excited to learn and gain valuable business experience from such a successful company. As a business major, I want to add an internship to my resume and gain necessary experience. Defender has a wonderful program to do just that.”

    “I think this internship will not only be great for personal growth, but also for connections for future jobs,” Hannah adds. “I'm excited to be on my own for the summer to start pursuing a career in marketing.”

    “It has been really exciting to see our corporate engagement efforts bearing fruit and opening doors for excellent ONU students,” Dr. Williamson says. “My belief is that this kind of opportunity will become the norm for our students as companies learn more and more that our students can compete with anyone.”

    Jun 05, 2014 10:1:49Jun 05, 2014 -

    Sophomore Sydney Harris (Fort Wayne, Ind.) was named a second team 2014 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division At-Large Team selection for his efforts in the classroom and in the pool.

    Each school’s Sports Information Director nominates athletes, who must have a class standing of sophomore or higher, have a cumulative GPA of 3.3  higher and either be a “varsity starter or key reserve.” Capital One sponsors the All-District and All-America teams. These teams are made up of athletes from across the range of different sports. There are All-District and All-American teams for Division II, Division III and the College Division (made up of NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools).

    Harris, a psychology major with a 3.63 GPA, helped the Tigers secure a 3rd place team finish at the NAIA National Championships with a gold medal performance in the 200-yard breaststroke. She also had All-American performances in the 200 Medley Relay, the 100-yard breaststroke and the 400 Medley Relay.

    A 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® second-team selection, Buchanan won the NAIA national championship in the 200 butterfly and was the national runner-up in the 200 individual medley. In all, he earned NAIA All-American honors in three events for Olivet Nazarene.

    The Capital One College Division Academic All-America® men’s and women’s 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.

    Jun 05, 2014 9:54:18Jun 05, 2014 -

    Senior Aaron Buchanan (Beavercreek, Ohio) was named a first team 2014 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division At-Large Team selection for his efforts in the classroom and in the pool.

    Each school’s Sports Information Director nominates athletes, who must have a class standing of sophomore or higher, have a cumulative GPA of 3.3  higher and either be a “varsity starter or key reserve.” Capital One sponsors the All-District and All-America teams. These teams are made up of athletes from across the range of different sports. There are All-District and All-American teams for Division II, Division III and the College Division (made up of NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools).

    Buchanan, recorded a 3.60 G.P.A. while majoring in psychology. A 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® second-team selection, Buchanan won the NAIA national championship in the 200 butterfly and was the national runner-up in the 200 individual medley. In all, he earned NAIA All-American honors in three events for Olivet Nazarene.

    The Capital One College Division Academic All-America® men’s and women’s 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.

    Jun 04, 2014 10:18:54Jun 04, 2014 -

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The National Fastpitch Coaches Association is pleased to announce the 2014 NFCA NAIA All-America teams.

    This year’s squad is comprised of 32 players representing 19 schools across the five NFCA geographic regions on each of two All-America teams.

    NAIA national champion Auburn Montgomery and Olivet Nazarene garnered the most selections, with four apiece, while six other institutions — including World Series runner-up William Carey — had two players each honored.

    Named to the 16-player 1st Team was senior Hannah Gardner (Frankfort, Ill.). Gardner was named NAIA Player of the Year and NAIA 1st Team All-American just a week ago, batted .531 for the Tigers with 86 hits. She finished with 19 doubles, two triples and a team leading 12 homers for 73 RBI and 74 runs scored. She had a .888 slugging percentage and a .570 on-base percentage.

    Seniors Justine Phillips (Metamora, Ill.) and Cheryl Sendzik (Mokena, Ill.), along with junior Erika Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) all received 2 Team honors. Phillips, the Tiger’s short stop, was second on the team with a .459 batting average, including a team leading 21 doubles and seven triples. She also added four home runs and 56 RBIs. She also led the Tigers with 27 stolen bases in 32 attempts.

    Sendzik and Tatum finished 5-6 in batting average on the season, finishing at .427 and .404, respectively. Sendzik finished second on the team with a .747 slugging percentage with 18 doubles and 10 homers in her 64 hits. She also added 54 RBIs. Tatum finished with 65 hits, including 16 doubles, two triples and nine home runs. She also was second on the team with 17 hit-by-pitch free passes.

    On the season, the Tigers finished with a team batting average of .389 with 127 doubles, 17 triples and 56 home runs. They combined for a .615 slugging percentage and a .451 on-base percentage. Their opponents hit a mere .199 on the season with 57 extra base hits. Olivet finished ranked 9th in the final NAIA Coaches Poll.

    Jun 04, 2014 1:53:45Jun 04, 2014 -

    On a Thursday night, thirteen pairs of outstretched arms balanced framed or free artwork against the west wall of Common Grounds. A final person stood back to approve the lineup.

    HeArt Ministry was preparing for their “HeArt Show,” a spring 2014 art exhibition event which would take place the next week. This moment of prep perfectly revealed the club’s goal: to create a masterpiece by standing shoulder to shoulder and reaching out.

    “Our art can get trapped down in the lower level of Larsen,” says Art Education major Tatiana Diaz (Plainfield, Illinois). “But HeArt gives us a chance to share it with the campus and reach out to people in the community.”

    Shoulder to shoulder they stand

    The new ministry is focused on outreach. “When we volunteer, our intentions are to do art and share the love of Christ,” says Alina Ellis '14, co-leader with Taylor Cole (Peoria, Illinois).

    There are no limitations; club members encourage anyone to get involved, whether they are art majors or not. HeArt also welcomes artists of every kind, from painters to graphic designers and anyone else who creates.

    “I wasn’t sure how to serve,” said Monica Stamper (Plainfield, Illinois) in Common Grounds at the art show in April. “I had seen the ads for the club, but I just never went to the meetings.” The art major glanced at her piece of work on the wall while explaining that she finally joined HeArt when God — and other students — pushed her.

    As she already felt devoted to helping the community, a push is exactly what Monica needed. “Artists find encouragement from one another,” she smiled.

    HeArt Show

    “This year we were specifically dedicated to serving other ministries on campus,” Alina explains, which included Evangels, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Best Buddies, Urban Children's Ministry and Compassionate Ministries.

    Some of HeArt’s services included visiting a local nursing home, painting with children, and building the set of Olivet’s fall musical. When they went to the nursing home with the ministry Evangels, residents participated in various ways: “We allowed them to paint whatever they liked, but some just liked to watch and told us to paint something for them,” laughs Alina.

    Students involved in HeArt are able to do ministry through an outlet which they are collectively passionate about. “I’ve seen so many great relationships develop,” says Alina. “We were able to get to know one another really well and share our lives with each other inside and outside of our meetings.” She adds that HeArt has “come together as a group that loves God and loves other people.”
    Jun 02, 2014 11:55:31Jun 02, 2014 -

    Computation has become essential to the practice of contemporary biology. Storytelling and concept maps, with the right tools, can quickly turn ideas in biology into dynamic, visual models.

    “Computational Biology for Biology Educators” — a workshop for biology, general science, math, and computer science professors and pre-college teachers — will take place at Olivet on July 21–23, 2014. With funding provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the XSEDE program and with additional funds from the National Computational Science Institute (NCSI), there is no registration fee to attend this workshop. Online registration is required, however. Click here to register.

    This workshop will benefit those who teach biology in college or high school. Math and computer science faculty who want to use modeling in biology as an application area will also benefit.

    “Training provided in this workshop aims to provide educators with an introductory overview of computational resources and methods for the classroom,” said Dr. Cathy Bareiss, chair of Olivet’s Department of Computer Science. “These can be used with students who are interested in biology or the biological applications of math at the secondary or introductory college level.”

    Beginning Monday morning and continuing through Wednesday afternoon, participants will develop lesson plans and materials for use in their own classrooms. Thursday is optional as a project work day or getting individual help from instructors.

    Faculty and teachers will work with nationally known experts in computational science to explore, modify, and build interactive, dynamic, and visual models across the topics of the typical introductory college or high school biology curriculum, including population dynamics, spread of disease, bioinformatics, cellular function, and pharmakinetics.

    A limited number of scholarships for housing and travel are available. For more information or to apply for scholarships, click here.
    Jun 02, 2014 10:45:42Jun 02, 2014 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2014 Rawlings-NAIA Baseball Gold Glove Team, as selected by the NAIA-Baseball Coaches Association All-America Selection Committee. For the eighth year, a total of nine players were chosen based upon their defensive success. 

    Olivet Nazarene University baseball had its first representative in the program’s history named to the team. Senior righthander Jonathan Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Illinois) earned Gold Glove honors as the only pitcher selected in the NAIA. In 15 appearances, he had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage, including 25 assists, 11 putouts and four double plays. He was the only Tiger starter to finish the season without an error.

    In 2014, Fightmaster appeared in 15 games, starting 14. He had a team-best 9-4 record with a 2.86 ERA (team best). He threw seven complete games with three shutouts (team highs). He pitched a total of 97 2/3 innings, allowing 118 hits, 46 runs (31 earned), 20 walks and had 61 strikeouts (second on team). Also, he was named to the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference First Team and Gold Glove Team following the 2014 season.

    Ian Josh of Sterling (Kan.), Tyler Akins of Belhaven (Miss.), Zach Close of AIB (Iowa) and Danny Carroll of Culver-Stockton (Mo.) are also receiving their respective program’s first-ever Gold Glove honoree.

    2014 Rawlings-NAIA Baseball Gold Glove Team 








    Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 




    Sterling (Kan.) 




    Belhaven (Miss.) 




    The Master's (Calif.) 




    College of Idaho 




    Cumberland (Tenn.) 




    Webber International (Fla.) 




    AIB (Iowa) 




    Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 

    Rawlings is a leading marketer and manufacturer of baseball equipment and other sports goods in the United States. Rawlings is the exclusive official baseball for the NAIA, and many other organizations as well as the official football and basketball of the NAIA. For more information, please visit

    May 30, 2014 7:51:47May 30, 2014 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2014 Softball All-America teams, selected by the NAIA All-America committee. Senior second baseman Hannah Gardner of Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) is recognized as the NAIA Player of the Year and sophomore Nicole Nonnemacher of Saint Xavier (Ill.) is honored as the NAIA Pitcher of the Year.

    Gardner finished her season ranked first in the NAIA in RBIs per game (1.33), second in total RBIs (73), third in runs scored (74), sixth in total hits (90) and sixth in batting average (.533). On the season, Gardner started in 55 games and tallied 20 doubles, a team-high 12 home runs and only struck out six times in 169 at-bats. The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Player of the Year hit safely in 47 contests and had a season-long 13-game hitting streak. She was part of a team to win the CCAC regular-season and tournament titles, advance to the NAIA Softball World Series and hold a No. 4 ranking in the final Coaches’ Poll.

    Nonnemacher, the younger sister and teammate of Megan, was the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year. The native of Bloomington, Ill., led the NAIA in ERA (0.67), ranked third in batters struck out per game (10.68) and was 16th in total wins (21). On the year, she went 21-6 overall, starting 24 games and compiled 16 shutouts. She tossed 189 1/3 innings and had an opponent batting average of .153, which was good for third in the NAIA. Nonnemacher led the Cougars to a No. 8 ranking in the final Coaches’ Top 25 Poll (May 6) and a trip to the National Championship Opening Round.

    Since the Player of the Year award inception in 1998, Gardner earns Olivet Nazarene University’s first such honor. Nonnemacher is the first Cougar to become Pitcher of the Year since it began in 1999.

    May 30, 2014 7:48:17May 30, 2014 -

    COLUMBUS, Ga. – Seniors Hannah Gardner and Justine Phillips repeated as NAIA All-Americans and were joined by seniors Caitlin Santefort and Cheryl Sendzik when the NAIA announced the teams on Friday, May 30. The foursome helped lead the Tigers to a 49-5-1 record, including winning the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Regular Season and Tournament, the Davenport Bracket of the NAIA Opening Round and a trip the NAIA World Series.

    Gardner , Phillips and Santefort all earned 1st Team All-American honors. Gardner, the NAIA Player of the Year, finished the season with a scorching .531 batting average, including 12 home runs, two triples and 19 doubles. She drove in 73 RBIs on 86 hits. Phillips was not far behind with a .471 season batting average. She amassed 21 doubles, seven triples and four home runs, scoring 77 times with 56 RBIs. Santefort finished with a near perfect record in the circle at 21-1. She had a season ERA of 1.06 and a strike out to walk ratio of 120:17. She held opponents to a mere .199 batting average.

    Sendzik received Honorable Mention All-American honors. She finished the season with a .444 batting average with included 10 home runs and 18 doubles. She added 54 RBIs and 45 runs scored.

    A complete list of NAIA All-Americans can be found here.

    May 29, 2014 1:34:4May 29, 2014 -

    Reed Hall of Science won’t be void of study — or laughter — this summer. Cell lab 119 will be especially jovial while biology professor Dr. Gregory Long and student researcher Curtis Groover work together to solve complex scientific riddles.

    “Curtis is known around here as a goofball, but you wouldn’t know it by the way he researches,” says Dr. Long.

    Curtis is a biology major from Avon, Indiana, and one of three Olivet students chosen for the 2014 Elbert Pence and Fanny Boyce Undergraduate Summer Research Experience Grant. Funded by alumni and friends of Olivet, the summer research program honors two former faculty members, physics professor Elbert Pence and mathematics professor Fanny Boyce.

    Students chosen for research are paired with faculty members in order to pose a question that, according to Dr. Long, can “actually be solved.” Curtis, for example, will be studying hamster cells and what effects metals have on their ability to live and function. He thought of this project after Dr. Long set parameters and helped him brainstorm.

    At the end of 10 weeks, students are required to write a paper, present what they discovered, and create a poster which will be displayed during Homecoming week in the fall.

    The recipients and their projects for the summer of 2014 include:

    • Curtis and Dr. Long: “Concentrations of heavy metals inducing apoptosis and necrosis in baby hamster kidney cells”

    Amy Brenner (Lansing, Michigan) and biology professor Dr. Aggie Veld: “Connections between the effects of various chemicals on the development of Drosophila melanogaster and Homo sapiens

    Brian Pickering (Chebanse, Illinois) and biology professor Dr. Dan Sharda: “Toll-like receptor 4 activation of non-canonical signaling pathways modulates mitochondrial respiration”

    Visiting Dr. Long and Curtis Groover in Reed clarifies two things. One, they work with collections of cells instead of with furry, fully-developed hamsters. Two, according to Curtis, research is not just about sitting in a lab. He describes the hours of intellectual discussion required for this type of research, which means a significant amount of time is spent in Dr. Long’s office.

    “It requires a lot of this,” adds Dr. Long, tapping his temple with both index fingers.

    “I always thought that the student would just help the professor out,” says Curtis, “but I actually get to do it on my own, which is cool.”
    May 28, 2014 11:23:37May 28, 2014 -

    GULF SHORES, Ala. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced Saturday that 337 women’s track and field student-athletes have been named 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. A total of 10 members of the Olivet Nazarene University women’s track and field team were among them.

    Three seniors were recognized for the second straight year: Annie Brandes (Waukegan, Ill.), Rachel Carman (Keokuk, Iowa) and Christy Trank (Winnegago, Ill.). Making the list for the first time were sophomore Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) and juniors Jacqueline Fayne (Chicago, Ill.), Kylie Lippencott (Crawfordsville, Ind.), Madison Moyer (Burlington, Iowa), Natalie Puent (Eureka, Ill.) and Anna Stiker (Waterman, Ill.)

    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.

    2014 Daktronics-NAIA Women’s Track and Field Scholar-Athletes - PDF

    May 28, 2014 11:13:49May 28, 2014 -

    COLUMBUS, Ga. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced Wednesday that 297 softball student-athletes have been named 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Softball Scholar-Athletes. The No. 4 Olivet Nazarene University softball team was represented by three: seniors Cheryl Sendzik and Justine Phillips and junior Jordy Truelock.

    Sendzik, a native of Mokena, Illinois, graduated earlier in May with a degree in multimedia studies. Sendizik is a two-time honoree.

    A Metamora, Illinois native, Phillips will graduate in December 2014 with a degree in Elementary Education. She will spend the fall of 2014 student teaching. Truelock, a native of Princeton, Indiana, is also majoring in elementary education.

    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.

    2014 Daktronics-NAIA Softball Scholar-Athletes - PDF

    May 28, 2014 1:39:4May 28, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Illinois — Coming off their second consecutive CCAC Tournament Championship and NAIA National Tournament appearance, Coach Blahnik and the Tiger men's soccer team is gearing up for the 2014 season.  

    “With five senior starters graduating, there will be some great competition for some starting spots that are up for grabs. Our guys worked really hard this spring, and we are looking forward to adding our new players in August. I will greatly miss our graduating seniors, as both players and young men, but am extremely excited for the group of incoming players that are coming this fall. All of the incoming recruits are great soccer players. They are also great young men who will work very hard in the classroom and contribute to the mission of ONU.” — Coach Blahnik 

    2014 Recruiting Class 

    Austin Miller — Transfer from Eastern Illinois University

    Hometown: Manteno, Illinois

    High School: Manteno HS

    Club: Chicago Magic/South Suburban Academy

    Position: GK

    Intended Major: Mathematics

    As a Player:

    Manteno HS

    - All-Conference (2011, 2012)

    - All-Area (2011, 2012)

    - Columbus Cup All-Tournament Team (2011)

    - Defensive MVP (2012)

    Chicago Magic

                    - US Youth Soccer National Qualifier (2013)

    South Suburban Academy

                    - State Cup Champions (2011, 2012)

                    - US Youth Soccer National Qualifier (2011, 2012)

    Adam Schaeffer 

    Hometown: Manteno, Illinois

    High School: Manteno HS

    Club: Chicago Fire

    Position: FWD, MID

    Intended Major: Engineering

    As a Player:

    Manteno HS

    - All-Conference (2011, 2012, 2013)

    - All-Area (2012, 2013)

    - All-Sectional (2013)

    - Manteno Athlete of the Year (2013)

    - 18 Goals, 25 Assists (2013)

    - Conference Champions (2012, 2013)

    Chicago Fire

                    - Columbus Cup Tournament MVP (2013)

    Christian Henock-Berhanu 

    Hometown: Bourbonnais, Illinois

    High School: Bradley Bourbonnais Community HS

    Club: Chicago Magic Academy

    Position: MID/FWD

    Intended Major: Sports Management

    As a Player:


    - All–Conference (2010, 2013)

    - All-Area (2010, 2013)

    - 22 Goals, 13 Assists (2013)

    - 21 Goals, 20 Assists (2010)

    Chicago Fire Juniors

                    - US Youth Soccer National Champions (2011)

                    - US Youth Soccer National Tournament Golden Boot Winner (2011)

    - US Youth Soccer National Tournament MVP (2011)

    Chicago Fire Academy

                    - USSDA National Championship 3rd Place (2012)

    Chicago Magic Academy

                    - USSDA Playoffs Qualifier (2013, 2014)

    Chris Taborn 

    Hometown: Matteson, Illinois

    High School: Marian Catholic HS

    Club: Chicago Fire

    Position: GK

    Intended Major: Education

    As a Player:

    Marian Catholic HS

                    - Windy City Classic Champions (2013)

    - Windy City Classic Golden Gloves Award (2013)

                    - All-Conference (2013)

                    - All-Area (2013)

    Chicago Fire

                    - State Cup Runner-Up (2012)

                    - US Youth Soccer Regional Champions (2012)

                    - Disney Showcase Champions (2012)

    - MRL Champions (2013)

    Clay Selby 

    Hometown: Fenton, Michigan

    High School: Genesee Christian HS

    Club: CSA Wolves Academy

    Position: FWD

    Intended Majors: Spanish, Intercultural Studies, International Business

    As a Player:

    Genesee Christian HS

    - All-State HM (2010)

    - All-State 3rd Team (2011)

    - All-State 1st Team (2012)

    - 48 Goals, 20 Assists (2012)

    CSA Wolves Academy (2013)

    Zach Homco 

    Hometown: Canton, Michigan

    High School: Canton HS

    Club: Canton Celtic

    Position: DEF

    Intended Major: Engineering

    As a Player:

    Canton HS

    - Division Champions (2012, 2013)

    - State Champions (2011)

    Canton Celtic

    - State Cup Semi-finals (2013)

    Florian Cors 

    Hometown: Frankfurt, Germany

    High School: Bertha-von-Suttner-Schule

    Club: Kickers Offenbach II

    Position: DEF

    Intended Major: Business Administration

    As a Player:

    Kickers Offenbach II

                    - Plays in the top amateur division in Germany

    Nathan East 

    Hometown: Fraser, Michigan

    High School: Fraser HS

    Club: Legacy

    Position: DEF

    Intended Major: Undecided

    As a Player:

    Fraser HS

    - All-State HM (2013)

    - Defensive Team MVP (2013)

    - Undefeated Regular Season (2013)

    - 17 shutouts

    Collin Hewett 

    Hometown: Canton, Michigan

    High School: Salem High School 

    Club: Canton Celtic

    Position: GK

    Intended Major: Business/Marketing

    As a Player:

    Salem HS

    - State Semi-finals (2013)

    - 1st Team All-State (2013)

    - 1st Team All-Region (2012, 2013)

    - 1st Team All-Conference (2011, 2012, 2013)

    Canton Celtic

    - State Cup Semi-finals (2013)

    Paul Miller 

    Hometown: New Lenox, Illinois

    High School: Lincoln-Way West High School

    Club: Legacy Soccer Club

    Position: MID

    Intended Major: Mathematics

    As a Player:

    Lincoln-Way West HS

    - Regional champs (2010, 2012, 2013)

    - Lincoln-Way Invite champs (2013)

    - All-Sectional HM (2013)

    - All-Area HM (2013)

    - New Lenox patriot player of the week (2013)

    - 9 Assists, 1 Goal (2013)

    Jaime Flores 

    Hometown: Matteson, IL

    High School: Rich South High School

    Club Team: Chicago Fire Juniors South

    Position: DEF/MID

    Intended Major: Mechanical Engineering

    As a Player:

    Rich South HS

                    - Team MVP (2011)

                    - All-Tournament Team (2011, 2012, 2013)

                    - All-Conference (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)

    Chicago Fire

                    - Premiership B2 Champions (2013)

                    - Mid-America College Showcase Champions (2012)

                    - Nike Academy Showcase Champions (2012)

    May 28, 2014 1:29:2May 28, 2014 -

    LEWISTON, Idaho – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that 257 baseball student-athletes have been named 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Hastings (Neb.) leads all institutions with 11 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 five honored this year: senior pitcher Steven Beckham (Mt. Vernon, Illinois), senior pitcher Jonathan Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Illinois), junior pitcher Ryan Archer (Moline, Illinois), junior outfielder Aaron King (Pekin, Illinois), and junior catcher Stefan Sauder (Morton, Illinois).  Beckham and Fightmaster were named to the list for the second time.

    Complete List:

    May 28, 2014 11:16:35May 28, 2014 -

    Conflict happens in every area of our lives. And one of the worst ways to deal with conflict is to ignore it.

    In his new book Conflict Management for Faith Leaders, Dr. Houston Thompson provides guidance and encouragement for dealing with conflict. Dr. Thompson currently serves at Olivet as dean of the School of Professional Studies, dean of academic affairs for the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, and director of the Doctor of Education in Ethical Leadership degree program.

    “One of my goals in writing this book was to provide a framework for understanding and assessing conflict, and then knowing how to manage it in a way that preserves the dignity and respect of all involved,” Dr. Thompson says.

    With a wealth of experience in nonprofit management and social work, Dr. Thompson draws on real life situations and biblical truths for the practical insights included in this book. He offers several techniques for managing conflict, as well as guidelines for choosing which technique to use in a particular situation.

    “Houston Thompson has provided a field manual for ‘faith leaders’ that clearly and pragmatically guides the leader through the key steps of assessing, engaging and navigating conflict toward resolution,“ said Dr. Jeren Rowell, district superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene’s Kansas City District.

    Dr. Thompson’s academic and professional interests include leadership; positive youth development using a strengths-based approach to working with youth and their communities; and not-for-profit and organizational management. Currently, he serves on the board of directors for United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties.

    Before taking on his current administrative positions, Dr. Thompson was chair of Olivet’s Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice. A licensed social worker in the state of Indiana and an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, he has served as a pastor in Nazarene churches in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Indiana; a school social worker; and executive director of a faith-based community ministry.

    After earning his associate’s degree from Nazarene Bible College, he went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from MidAmerica Nazarene University. He holds a master’s degree in church management from Olivet and a Master’s in Social Work degree from Spalding University. In 2007, he received his doctorate degree from Trevecca Nazarene University.

    Conflict Management for Faith Leaders is available online at and Nazarene Publishing House, and at Hammes Bookstore on Olivet’s campus.
    May 27, 2014 3:25:47May 27, 2014 -

    “I'm responsible for this company. I stand behind the results. I know the details, and I think the CEO has to be the moral leader of the company,” said Jeffrey Immelt about his role as CEO of General Electric since 2001. “I think high standards are good, but let's not anybody be confused, it's about performance with integrity. That's what you have to do.”

    Immelt is one of 14 featured speakers for the live telecast of the 2014 Global Leadership Summit, August 14 and 15, at College Church, North Campus in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Olivet Nazarene University is partnering with College Church to host this premier leadership training event.

    Named one of the “World’s Best CEOs” three times by Barrons, he holds a B.S. degree from Dartmouth College and a M.B.A. from Harvard University. Under his leadership, General Electric has been named “America’s Most Admired Company” in polls conducted by Barrons and Financial Times. He has also served as chair of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

    Other leadership experts presenting at this year’s event include: Bill Hybels, Tyler Perry, Susan Cain, Wilfredo De Jesús, Patrick Lencioni, Carly Fiorina, Ivan Satyavrata, Bryan Loritts, Joseph Grenny, Allen Catherine Kagina, Louie Giglio, Erica Ariel Fox and Don Flow. Find more information about each of them here.

    The Summit is a two-day event that seeks to transform leaders around the world with an injection of vision, skill development and inspiration from a Christian perspective. This is a unique opportunity for business, church, government, nonprofit and education leaders — and their teams — to experience quality leadership training close to where they are. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

    To register you and your group for the live telecast of this event in Bourbonnais, click here or call 800-570-9812. Best registration price is available through June 24, 2014. Later registration and walk-in registration on the event days are also available.

    For more local information about the event or the Bourbonnais live telecast site, contact Laura Warfel at 815-928-5403 or
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