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  • Apr 23, 2014 2:51:23Apr 23, 2014 -

    Olivet’s 101st Commencement Concert provides an opportunity to recognize and feature several top music students on Saturday, April 26, 2014, 7 p.m., at Kresge Auditorium in Larsen Fine Arts Center. A varied classical music program includes the University Orchestra with Dr. Neal Woodruff conducting.

    Nearly 40 Olivet students auditioned to perform as soloists. For this year’s concert, the Department of Music faculty selected the following, based on their musical skills and accomplishments:

    Chantalle Falconer (senior, Byron, Ill.), violin, Sibelius’ Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, Allegro, ma non tanto; and piano, Barber’s Concerto, Op. 38, Canzone

    Christine Caven (senior, Boise, Idaho), soprano, Donizetti’s Regnava nel silenzio (from Lucia di Lammermoor)

    Amy Humrichouser (senior, Danville, Ind.), marimba, Sammut’s Concerto for Marimba, “Sugaria,” Movement III

    Lillian Guenseth (senior, Galesburg, Ill.), soprano, Lehár’s Meine lippen sie küssen so heiss (from Giuditta)

    Josh Kurchinski (junior, Palos Heights, Ill.), bassoon, Vivaldi’s Concerto in A minor, F. VIII, No. 2, Allegro, ma molto moderato

    Rebecca Stolberg (junior, Bolingbrook, Ill.), piano, Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto

    David Rice (senior, Traverse City, Mich.), baritone, Rossini’s Largo al Factotum (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)

    Ben Geeding (senior, Manteno, Ill.), baritone; Christine Caven, soprano; and Lillian Guenseth, soprano, Mozart’s Susanna or via sortite (from Le nozze di Figaro)

    Sarah High (junior, Champaign, Ill.), soprano, Strauss’s Meine Herr Marquis (from Die Fledermaus)

    Kyle Miller (senior, Sesser, Ill.), piano, Lecuona’s Rapsodia Negra

    “This year’s program displays a wide variety of styles and moods,” Dr. Woodruff says. “Selections include some of the time-honored standards of Western art music, as well as pieces by composers within the past decade.”

    There is no admission charge for this concert. For more information, call 815-939-5110 or email
    Apr 23, 2014 11:21:56Apr 23, 2014 -

    OAK FOREST, Ill. — With an opportunity to play at the NAIA National Championships, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s golf team had to win the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships. The match was played on Monday and Tuesday, April 21-22 between 12 conference schools. The Tigers finished sixth with a combined score of 652 (+76).

    A total of 58 golfers played in the 36-hole, two-day event at the par-72, 7,262-yard George W. Dunne National Golf Course. Olivet finished with a team score of 652 (+76). St. Xavier University (Ill.) finished won the event with a score of 618 (+42), Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) finished second at 625 (+49), Holy Cross College (Ind.) came in third with a 630 (+54), University of St. Francis (Ill.) was fourth with a 644 (+68), and Trinity Christian College (Ill.) came in fifth with a 649 (+73).

    Freshman Cole Evenson (Princeton, Ill.) finished tied for seventh with a 157 (+13). Junior Michael Bork (Rapid City, Mich.) finished tied for ninth shooting at 158 (+14). Freshman Luke Lambert (Crown Point, Ind.), who finished tied for second with 162 (+18). Freshman Jordan Spay (Bettendorf, Iowa) shot an 175 (+31) to finish 45th. Senior Tyler Karraker (Bourbonnais, Ill.) rounded out the top five for the Tigers with a 180 (+36), finishing 47th.

    ONU’s season concluded with the CCAC Championships.


    Apr 21, 2014 10:10:36Apr 21, 2014 -

    DEERFIELD, Ill./SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Due to inclement weather earlier in the week, the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team was forced to play five road games in three days. In a three-game series, the Tigers played CCAC North Division opponent Trinity International University (Ill.) in a doubleheader on Thursday, and South Division foe Holy Cross College (Ind.) on Friday and Saturday.

    On Thursday, April 17, the Tigers (15-24, 9-11) played two against the Trojans (8-20, 4-11). The Tigers shutout TIU in game one 7-0 but fell in 11 innings 6-5 after leading most of the game. 

    Holy Cross (19-26, 13-7) hosted the Tigers at Four Winds Field for a nine-inning game on Friday. The Saints took game one of the three-game series 3-2, holding onto a one-run lead for the final four innings. On Saturday, the Tigers were shutout in game one 3-0, but did the same to the Saints in game three by the same score.  

    Notable performances at the plate for the Tigers during the weekend started with the leadoff man, Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.), who started all five games and went 7-for-17 with two runs and four RBIs, finishing with two multiple hit games (one hit in every game). He batted .412 and also stole two bases. Freshman Jordan Wanner (Morton, Ill.) started all five games and went 5-for-12 with two runs and one RBI, stealing three bases. Freshman Gabriel Sevigny (Terre Haute, Ind.) led the Tigers batting .600 (6-for-10), scoring five runs and walking once. He also had two multiple hit games and finished with a .692 on-base percentage and .600 slugging percentage. Junior Aaron King (Pekin, Ill.) went 4-for-13 in five starts, stealing two bases.

    The Tigers' pitching staff had seven different arms throw this weekend, including five different pitchers who started games. Madison Foster (2-1) started against TIU in the Tigers’ 7-0 win. He pitched a complete game, allowing only three hits while striking out three. It was his fourth start and first shutout of the season. In game two versus TIU, Jonathan Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Ill.) went three of eight innings, allowing three runs — two earned — off 11 hits and receiving a no decision. Parker Shelton (Columbus, Ind.) pitched an inning, allowing only one hit. Dave Cericola (Villa Park, Ill.) (2-7) gave up one unearned run off two hits in the 11th inning in the 6-5 loss.

    In ONU’s first game with Holy Cross, Steven Beckham (Mt. Vernon, Ill.) (2-7) started his 11th game of the season. He allowed three runs off six hits in seven innings of work. Joel Woodbridge (Brockton, Mass.) pitched the eighth inning. Freshman Jordan Wanner (1-2) started his fourth game of the season against Holy Cross on Saturday. He pitched a complete game, allowing three runs — two earned — off six hits while walking two. In arguably the best outing of the weekend, Dave Cericola (3-7) pitched a complete game against Holy Cross on Saturday, allowing only six hits in a shutout effort. He struck out a career-high 11 batters.

    In all, the Tigers stole 15 of 17 attempted stolen bases, batted .253, finished with five errors and a .972 fielding percentage. The Tiger pitching staff finished with a 1.80 ERA, 28 strikeouts in 40 innings pitched and three two shutouts.

    ONU will be back on the field Wednesday, April 23, at Watson Field against CCAC North Division opponent St. Xavier University (Ill.) for a doubleheader at 1:30 p.m.

    Boxscore: All five boxscores from the weekend can be found at 

    Apr 21, 2014 9:25:0Apr 21, 2014 -

    PONTIAC, Ill. – Head coach Bill Johnson is pleased to announce the addition of Julie Hogan of Pontiac Township High School to the Olivet Nazarene University women’s golf team for the fall of 2014.

    Hogan enters her senior season having qualified for IHSA sectionals in all three previous season, advancing the state as a sophomore. As a junior, she finished second in regionals. She is a two-time Cornbelt Conference All-Conference honoree.

    In 2013, Hogan captured the titles of both the Lincoln Elks Jr. Golf Tournament and the Railside Golf Club Jr. Open. Off the links, Hogan is a member of the National Honor Society and an Illinois State Scholar.

    Hogan is undecided on a major, but looks forward to continuing her education and playing career in the environment Olivet provides.

    “I chose ONU because it was the University where I felt God’s presence everywhere,” said Hogan of her decision. “I wanted to go to a Christian university where God was at the center of everything, and from the very first time I stepped onto the Olivet campus, I got that feeling.”

    “Also, being able to play the sport I love in a Christian environment was very important to me because, in the end, we are all playing for His glory,” added Hogan.

    Hogan is the daughter of Sheri Hogan and has two siblings, Lee and April.

    Apr 21, 2014 8:48:47Apr 21, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – While their classmates were enjoying a little break from college-life for Easter Break, the No. 7 Olivet Nazarene University softball team didn’t get much time to relax. The Tiger played six games in three days, including facing two of the stronger teams they have seen all season thus far.  Olivet came away from the weekend 6-0, extending their winning streak to 40 games, with sweeps over Trinity Christian College (Ill.), RV Grand View University (Iowa) and William Penn University (Iowa).

    Thursday, April 17

    Olivet (40-2, 16-0) picked up two more Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) wins over Trinity Christian, 8-0 and 8-3 on Thursday. In the opener, the Tigers outhit the Trolls 12-6 led by senior Hannah Gardner (Frankfort, Ill.) who went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Senior Justine Phillips (Metamora, Ill.) added two hits and two runs scored, while junior Megan Butler (Frankfort, Ill.) added two and two RBIs.  In the circle, senior Virginia McAndrews (Wheaton, Ill.) improved to 11-0 on the season, throwing all six innings and allowing six hits. She allowed no walks and struck out four.

    The Tigers scored early and often in game two, putting two runs up in the first, third, fifth and sixth innings. Phillips, Gardner and junior Erika Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) had two hits each. Gardner connected on her ninth home run of the season, while Tatum hit numbers four and five. Junior Lindsay Stotler (Bloomington, Ill.) went the distance for the Tigers, allowing seven hits with five strike outs. She improved to 10-1 on the season.

    Friday, April 18

    Olivet jumped on Grand View early, scoring three runs each in the two opening frames and another in the third to take game one over the Vikings 7-0 on just six hits. Gardner continued to produce at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Phillips added a triple and scored two runs. Senior Caitlin Santefort (Mokena, Ill.) picked up the complete game win, allowing two hits while striking out nine and walking three.

    In game two proved to be a pitching duel with both pitchers finishing with nearly identical stats. Both allowed just two hits, while striking out seven and walking three. The lone difference was an extra wild pitch that proved to be costly for Vikings pitcher Jessica Stickel. Olivet put two runs on the board in the third inning when Phillips led off with a triple and scored on a single off the bat of junior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ind.). Truelock would later score what would be the game-winning run on a wild pitch. Two hits is the lowest offensive outing for the Tigers on the season. McAndrews picked up her 12th win of the season to improve to 12-1 in the 2-1 win.

    Saturday, April 19

    In game one with the Statesmen, Stotler took a no-hitting into the sixth inning before surrendering the only hit of the game. She improved to 11-1 on the season, striking out two and walking two. Gardner hit her team-leading ninth home run of the season, while senior Cheryl Sendzik (Mokena, Ill.) added a double in her 2-for-3 performance.

    Santefort led the Tigers to a 5-1 win over William Penn in game 2, going the distance in the circle. She allowed just three hits, while striking out seven. Phillips and Gardner each finished with two hits, while Tatum picked up home run number six on the season.

    Olivet will return to action on Monday, April 21 in a CCAC matchup with Roosevelt University (Ill.) at 3:00 p.m. on Tiger Field in Bourbonnais. The game is a makeup game from earlier in the season. 

    Apr 17, 2014 3:37:52Apr 17, 2014 -

    Because of the combined generosity of Olivet students and graduates, a $500 scholarship was presented to one member from each of Olivet’s current classes during chapel on April 10, 2014:

    Michelle Erickson (freshman, Essex, Ill.), presented by Carol (Whitmore) Doenges on behalf of the Class of 1967

    Jada Fisher (sophomore, Chicago Heights, Ill.), presented by Genevieve (Norton) Arnold on behalf of the Class of 1966

    Mandy Haffer (junior, Troy, Ill.), presented by Tim Spackey on behalf of the Class of 196

    Bethany Meyer (senior, Rochester, Ind.), presented by Leah Ruth (Woods) Kensey on behalf of the Class of 1964

    Since 2009, 50-year reunion classes have partnered with current Olivet classes. This commitment includes praying for class members, marching together at Commencement and helping to fund Student 4 Student scholarships. 

    Five previous graduating classes (2009-2013) and five 50-year reunion classes (1959-1963) have joined together to make an impact on the scholarship money that is available to Olivet students.

    Through Student 4 Student, current Olivet students pool their resources with gifts from their peers to create new scholarships for one another. They give toward the initiative in practical ways, such as collecting extra change in a jar on the dresser; forfeiting one latte per month and redirecting their funds to help fellow students; participating in service projects and Student 4 Student-sponsored events throughout the year.

    An emphasis of Student 4 Student is that the size of individual student gifts doesn’t matter as much as the number of students who participate. The 50-year reunion class from each graduating year is asked to match student gifts, potentially doubling, tripling or even quadrupling the impact.

    Olivet’s Student 4 Student emphasis is now part of the Student Philanthropy Council. Kelsey Steines (Mt. Vernon, Iowa) currently serves as council president.

    “Many people are investing their time, talent and treasure into our students’ lives,” says Jenny Schoenwetter ’13, coordinator for development and sponsor of Olivet’s Student Philanthropy Council. “When Olivet students and 50-year reunion classes create a partnership of giving, the Olivet experience is possible for more students. Education about and awareness of the generosity that surrounds us are key to the success of our Student 4 Student scholarship awards.”


    Apr 17, 2014 1:30:6Apr 17, 2014 -

    The Olivet Nazarene University men's basketball team and Head Coach Ralph Hodge welcome two more members to the 2014-15 recruiting class. Tiger basketball is pleased to announce Xavier Parker and Ethan Chitty have committed to the Tigers starting in the fall. Xavier Parker, a 6’2” guard from Richton Park, Ill., played for Marian Catholic High School (Chicago Heights). Ethan Chitty, a 6’7” post player from White Heath, Ill., played for Judah Christian High School in Champaign, Ill.

    During his senior season, Parker played for the 28-3 Spartans who finished in the IHSA 4A Super Sectional game, losing to Edwardsville in overtime. The Spartans also won the McDipper Classic (Rich South High School) in December.

    In addition to his career at Marian Catholic, he played with Example Sports as a member of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). He helped his team win the NAYS Nationals in 2013 as a team captain. He averaged 15 points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals per game.

    Parker finished high school with an overall 3.8/4.0 GPA; he was also an honor student throughout his prep career. He will study business finance while at Olivet. He was also a member of the National Honor Society at Marian Catholic.

    He and his family attend Believers Church in Matteson, Ill.

    During his senior year, Chitty averaged 14 points, six rebounds, four assists, making 47 three-point field goals, and shot 73 percent from the free-throw line. In addition, he had multiple double-double games (points and rebounds). He helped his team to an East Central Illinois Conference regular season title this season.

    Chitty was selected to the East Central Illinois Conference First Team (2013 and 2014), Champaign News-Gazette All-Area Special Mention selection (2013 and 2014), and Champaign News-Gazette All-Area Honorable Mention selection (2012). He was also a two-year team captain.

    In addition, Chitty was a Schlarmann Invitational All-Tournament Team selection (2012 and 2013), Bismarch-Henning Invitational All-Tournament Team member (2013), and was named to the Champaign News-Gazette All-Area Senior All-Star Game in 2014. Also in 2013, he was a Country Companies IHSA Three-Point Shootout Sectional Finalist in 2013.

    In addition to his high school career, he played with the Mansfield Tygers from Mansfield, Ohio, as a member of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).

    He and his family attend First Baptist Church in Savoy, Ill., and he participated in a mission trip to Puerto Rico in 2013. He is currently undecided on his area of study.

    Parker and Chitty join fellow members of the 2014-15 recruiting class; Bennet Schimmelpfennig (Bourbonnais, Ill.); Chris Green (Bonfield, Ill.); and Mitchell Schwarzkopf (Kankakee, Ill.). 

    Apr 17, 2014 11:11:51Apr 17, 2014 -

    NOTE: Brian Ginn will present his research project, "Genetic Determination of ABO Genotype from Buccal Cells: Incorporating PCR, Gel Electrophoresis, and ABO Genotyping into Undergraduate Study," during Scholar Week 2014 at Olivet. He is an Honors Program student and graduating with the Class of 2014.

    Things are getting a little bloody over in Reed. But don’t worry — it’s in pursuit of science.

    Senior biology major Brian Ginn is pricking fingers, smearing blood and analyzing DNA, with the goal of creating a new method for undergraduate students to study blood types.

    “The end goal of the research is to have a protocol that goes from cheek cells to [DNA] for undergraduate labs,” Brian says as he drew blood cells on the white board.

    The beginnings of the project started two years ago, when Brian began his capstone honors project. He went through five different project ideas before settling on this one: using cheek cells to determine someone’s blood type.

    Blood type is usually determined with a finger prick test. The finger is poked with a small needle, and blood from the prick is smeared on three separate plates. A different type of serum is added to each plate. How the serum reacts with each blood sample shows blood type: A-, A+, B-, B+, AB or O.

    This is where Ginn’s testing gets complicated. He doesn’t want to just know the blood type, but the DNA behind it. This means another test, requiring gels, electromagnetic waves and ultraviolet light.

    But Brian’s goal is to bypass all that, doing the same test, but much less painfully. Cheek cell testing just requires rinsing the mouth and spitting into a cup — good news for biology students who may not want their fingers pricked.

    “The goal is to get the students to learn,” he says.

    Creating a new experiment method, though, can be challenging.

    “You’re often going to do the test and not get the results you want.... Doing something that’s not been done before, you have to start with what you think will work, and go from there.” And although Brian has a new found respect for research, this project has solidified his dreams of being a doctor, possibly on the mission field.

    In the past few years, he has been to Papua New Guinea with medical work teams twice. On the last trip, he worked the entire summer in a mission hospital.

    “[This project] tells me I don’t want to be a researcher full-time. I’d rather interact with people.”
    Apr 17, 2014 10:19:33Apr 17, 2014 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Amy Blucker of Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) has been named the NAIA National Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week and Zalika Dixon of Indiana Tech has been selected as the NAIA National Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Blucker and Dixon were chosen based on their performances from April 7 – 13.

    Blucker, a native of Galesburg, Ill., set school records in the shot put, hammer throw and discus at the Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational, hosted by Western Illinois University, April 10 – 12 in Macomb, Ill. The sophomore’s shot put of 14.95m (49’-0.75”) not only bested a field of 19 athletes that included three NCAA Division I schools, but also is the top mark in the NAIA so far this season. Blucker also won an individual title in the discus with a season-best 45.14m (148’-1”) – eighth-best in the NAIA – and finished second in the hammer throw with a toss of 53.16m (174’-5”) – fourth-best in the NAIA. All three of the 2014 NAIA Indoor Track and Field All-American’s performances were automatic qualifiers for outdoor nationals.

    Apr 17, 2014 10:12:4Apr 17, 2014 -

    HAMMOND, Ill. — A perfect 6-0 record in the CCAC regular season has gained the No. 22-ranked Olivet Nazarene University men's tennis team a regular season title and number-one seed in the postseason tournament next week. The Tigers defeated Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) 9-0 on the road to complete the undefeated conference season. Olivet lost only one point in six matches, leading to a seven-match win streak in all.

    The nationally ranked Tigers (10-7, 6-0) dominated doubles play against the Peregrines (0-6, 0-4), winning all three doubles matches, including two by default. Juan Morales (Madrid, Spain) and Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) defeated Alberto Monaco and Patrick Mudd 8-2. Caio Barros (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) and Oscar Cornella (Lleida, Spain) won by default. The third match was not played but went to the Tigers.

    In singles play against Purdue-Calumet, No. 1 Oscar Cornella defeated Bruno Chiaroni (6-1, 6-0). No. 2 Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) defeated Alberto Monaco (6-1, 6-0). No. 3 Caio Barros won against Mudd (6-1, 6-1).

    No. 4 Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) defeated Carlo Garcia (6-0, 6-2). No. 5 Riley St. Clair (Corona, Calif.) won over Juan Pablo Garza by default. No. 6 Juan Morales won by default.

    ONU will be back on the court Thursday, April 24, at home for the CCAC Tournament. The Tigers' opponent is yet to be determined.


    Apr 17, 2014 9:41:9Apr 17, 2014 -

    CRETE, Ill. — For the second time in only four tournaments this spring, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s golf team has finished atop the standings. The Tigers won the ONU Spring Invite at Balmoral Woods Country Club among eight teams, finishing with a 326 (+38). During play, the temperature was in the 30s, and the day was windy and sunny. The course played very difficult due to the conditions. 

    A total of 48 golfers played in the 18-hole, one-day event at the par-72, 6,683-yard course. Olivet finished with a team score of 326 (+38). Fellow CCAC opponent, Roosevelt University (Ill.), finished second with a 330 (+42). College of DuPage (Ill.) came in third with a 331 (+43). University of St. Francis (Ill.) was fourth with a 333 (+45), and Trinity Christian College (Ill.) came in fifth with a 344 (+56).

    Junior Michael Bork (Rapid City, Mich.) was the individual medalist for the day, shooting at 75 (+3). He finished three strokes better than teammate, freshman Luke Lambert (Crown Point, Ind.), who finished second (scorecard playoff) with 78 (+6). Freshman Cole Evenson (Princeton, Ill.) finished tied for 16th with an 86 (+14). Freshman Jordan Spay (Bettendorf, Iowa) shot an 87 (+15) to finish tied for 22nd. Senior Tyler Karraker (Bourbonnais, Ill.) rounded out the top five for the Tigers with a 93 (+21), finishing tied for 37th.

    ONU played three individuals on Wednesday. Sophomore Robert Wagner (Bethel, Ohio) shot an 88 (+16), finishing tied for 28th and third best among individuals. Sophomore Ryan Muzljakovich (Vicksburg, Mich.) finished with a 93 (+21) and tied for 37th, fourth best among individuals. Sophomore Darin LaMont (Crawfordsville, Ind.) shot a 101 (+29).

    ONU will return to the course on Monday and Tuesday, April 21-22, for the CCAC Championships at George W. Dunne National Golf Course in Oak Forest, Ill. Both rounds will start at 9 a.m.


    Apr 16, 2014 12:24:51Apr 16, 2014 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Virginia McAndrews of Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) has been named the NAIA Softball National Pitcher of the Week and Kamara Trice of Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) has been selected as the National Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. McAndrews and Trice were selected based on their performances from April 7 – 13 and were chosen out of a pool of conference, independent and unaffiliated group winners.

    McAndrews, a 5-foot-4 senior pitcher from Wheaton, Ill., was the pitcher of record in four contests last week for the Tigers. In 20 innings pitched, McAndrews did not allow a run and gave up just five hits. She twirled a perfect game in five innings against Viterbo (Wis.) on April 11 and finished with a no-hitter in five innings versus Roosevelt (Ill.) on April 12. In another contest, an 11-0 win over Robert Morris (Ill.) on April 9, McAndrews allowed just one hit. Overall on the week, she had a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 21:1.

    In national statistics, McAndrews ranks No. 3 in ERA (0.550) and No. 6 in opponent batting average (.153)

    Apr 16, 2014 12:21:45Apr 16, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Olivet Nazarene University's Cheryl Sendzik (Mokena, Ill.) has claimed her second straight Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Softball Player of the Week honor, while teammate Virginia McAndrews (Wheaton, Ill.) has been named the CCAC Pitcher of the Week for the second time in three weeks, it was announced by the league office Tuesday morning.

    Sendzik, a senior third baseman, eclipsed virtually all of her numbers from one week ago when she batted .538, boasted an .846 slugging percentage and drove in 10 runs.  During the week of April 7-13, she hit .567, turned in a 1.267 slugging percentage and drove in 19 runs in the Tigers' perfect 10-0 week.

    Sendzik authored 17 hits in 30 official plate appearances with nine of her 17 hits going for extra bases, including six home runs.  She also registered three doubles.

    Sendzik hit safely in each of her first nine games during the week with multi-hit contests in each of her first five games and six of her first seven.  Besides averaging the 1.9 runs batted in and 1.7 hits per game, she also averaged 1.6 runs scored for the week with 16 total runs scored.

    Sendzik's best game of the week came in the first game of a doubleheader with Trinity International University on Thursday when she went 4-for-4 with four runs scored and six driven in.

    Sendzik ranks among the top ten players in the nation in no fewer than five categories highlighted by a No. 1 ranking in both doubles per game (0.53) and runs batted in per contest (1.57).  She also sits fourth in slugging percentage (.947), sixth in batting average (.553) and ninth in hits per game (1.73).

    McAndrews, a senior pitcher, was perfect in more ways than one last week.  Besides going 4-0 on the mound with four shutouts, she also tossed both a perfect game and a no-hitter in back-to-back outings to close out the week.  McAndrews' perfect game came in a 15-0 victory over Viterbo University on Friday, where she struck out eight batters in the five-inning affair.  The next day, in an 8-0, five-inning win against Roosevelt University, the only batter that reached base off McAndrews was hit by a pitch.  She struck out four batters in that contest.

    For the week, McAndrews only yielded five hits in 20 innings, while striking out 21 against just one walk.

    Like Sendzik, McAndrews also ranks high nationally with her 0.51 earned run average placing third-best in the nation and her .161 opponents' batting average in the No. 8 spot.

    Apr 16, 2014 12:14:51Apr 16, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- School records went by the wayside during the week of April 7-13 thanks to the Olivet Nazarene University's Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) who was recognized for her accomplishments by the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference office on Tuesday.  Blucker earned her second CCAC Women's Field Top Performer of the Week award of the season.

    Blucker, a sophomore, set new school records in the shot put, hammer throw and discus on Saturday with her 14.95-meter hammer throw not only earning her top billing at the Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational, but also a No. 1 rating in the NAIA this year.  She also placed first at the meet in the discus with a throw of 45.14 meters, eighth-best in the nation.

    Blucker's other top mark came in the hammer throw, where she placed second in the meet and sits No. 4 in the nation after her throw of 53.16 meters.


    Apr 16, 2014 12:12:8Apr 16, 2014 -


    CHICAGO --- Olivet Nazarene University continued its run of Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week honors with sophomore Seraphine Buchmann (Illnau, Switzerland) gaining the distinction for the week ending April 13, it was announced by the league office on Tuesday morning.  The award marks the fourth time in as many weeks that an ONU player has been recognized.

    Buchmann, a sophomore, went a perfect 6-0 on the week between her play on the singles and doubles circuit.  On the singles side, she lost only seven games in earning two-set wins in three separate matches in the No. 3 slot.  At No. 1 doubles, she won 8-1, 8-6 and 8-3.

    Included in the win count was a pair of victories over opponents from NAIA No. 21-ranked Marian University (Ind.) leading to the Tigers' 5-4 team win.  Buchmann won 8-1 in doubles action and 6-2, 6-0 in singles play in the match on Tuesday.

    Olivet Nazarene also handled both University of St. Francis (Ill.) and Robert Morris University by identical 8-1 counts in CCAC play later in the week to improve to 11-5 overall and 5-1 in league play.

    Apr 16, 2014 12:6:27Apr 16, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Olivet Nazarene University's Lydia Bilyeu (Fulton, Ill.) is the recipient of this week's Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Golfer of the Week award for her performances during the seven-day period from April 7-13, it was announced by the league office on Tuesday.

    Bilyeu becomes the second Olivet Nazarene player honored in the past three weeks joining teammate Ashley Miller, who was recognized back on April 1.

    Shooting rounds of 80 and 79 at the Bethel College (Ind.) Spring Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Bilyeu's two-round score of 159 placed her fourth out of 38 competitors at the 36-hole event.  As a team, Olivet Nazarene finished second among eight schools participating.

    Apr 16, 2014 11:51:0Apr 16, 2014 -

    ELGIN, Ill. – Senior Hannah Gardner (Frankfort, Ill.) used a 5-for-7 night at the plate, including a home run and two doubles with 5 RBIs, to lead the No. 7 Olivet Nazarene University softball team to a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference sweep of Judson University (Ill.) on Tuesday, April 15. The unseasonably cold, snowy conditions slowed the Tiger’s bats slightly, keeping them from scoring until the fifth inning of each game. But Olivet extended their winning –streak to 34 games with the 7-0, 10-3 wins over the Eagles.

    Olivet (34-2, 14-0) used a single by senior Cheryl Sendzik (Mokena, Ill.) to push their first run across the plate in the opener. An inning later, Sendzik then homered for the eighth time this season to give the Tigers some breathing room. She finished the game with three RBIs, while Gardner added a double and two RBIs.

    Junior Lindsay Stotler (Bloomington, Ill.) picked up her ninth win, throwing a complete game four-hit shutout. She finished with four strikeouts and walked just one batter.

    Judson struck first in the nightcap, plating a run in the third inning. But, four runs in fifth inning followed by a five-run sixth inning quickly turned things in favor of the Tigers.  Sophomore Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) used a leadoff home run in the fifth to tie things up, then four more hits and an Eagle errors helped four more runs cross. In the sixth, Olivet scored five runs on three hits, headlined by Gardner’s home run. Freshman Kristina Shahan (Plainfield, Ill.) and junior Rachel Holaway (Wheaton, Ill.) added two more runs in the seventh with back-to-back home runs.

    Senior Caitlin Santefort (Mokena, Ill.) improved to 15-1 on the season with the complete game win. She allowed five hits, while walking one and striking out four.

    Olivet will host Trinity Christian College (Ill.) in CCAC action at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 17. The Tigers took two earlier in the season from the Trolls in non-conference action.

    Apr 16, 2014 11:30:28Apr 16, 2014 -

    CHICAGO — Olivet Nazarene University freshman Caio Barros (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) became the third Tiger player in four weeks to earn Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week honors when the award was announced on Tuesday, April 15, by the league office.

    Barros went 5-0 individually as part of ONU's overall 3-0 week, including a pair of conference wins over University of St. Francis and Roosevelt University.

    Barros was dominant in two singles matches, winning 6-1, 6-2 at No. 5 against Marian University (Ind.) and 6-1, 6-1 in the No. 2 slot versus Roosevelt. In doubles play, he picked up 8-4 and 8-5 wins at No. 2 and an 8-1 victory at No. 1.

    A winner of five straight singles and doubles matches each, Barros is currently 10-7 overall in singles play and 8-9 in doubles competition.

    As a team, NAIA No. 23-ranked Olivet Nazarene is 9-7 overall and 5-0 in league competition.

    Apr 15, 2014 3:14:55Apr 15, 2014 -

    On their second day of school, two freshmen found each other and grabbed their gloves to play catch on the field that would become their home turf for the next four years. The first time Steven Beckham (senior, Mount Vernon, Ill.) and John Fightmaster (senior, Bourbonnais, Ill.) met was with a baseball in their hands.

    “We played catch once, and then it was history. Friends forever,” laughs Steven. His shove to John’s shoulder emits a smile from both of them.

    “We really became close our sophomore year,” says John. “The only other sophomore on the team was injured.” Since then, the two pitchers have been the only players on the team from the class of 2014.

    “Whether it’s pitching in a game, running or lifting weights, they’re always competing,” says Todd Reid, head coach of Tiger baseball. “And that has made them good.”

    Beyond the baseball diamond

    Both will soon hold math-related degrees — John in math education and Steven in actuarial science — and they even took general education courses like geology together.

    With so much close contact, they admit that their relationship hasn’t always been conflict-free. Times of irritation between them don’t last long, however.

    “If we have a bad round of catch, we get over it in an hour,” says Steven.

    “Or a bad Indian Run,” adds John, exposing a memory that causes both of them to laugh.

    They can smile now at the argument that took place last year: during practice, the team was performing an “Indian Run,” in which the final position of a single-file line of jogging players is constantly replaced as players take turns sprinting to the front.

    “I was keeping the pace maybe a little too fast,” smirks John.

    Steven quickly corrects him. “He was going really fast. That was probably the most we’ve ever yelled at each other,” he says, and John agrees.

    But when Steven is angry, no one besides John can make him laugh.

    “If Fight [John’s nickname] comes up and cracks a joke, it’s only funny because it’s Fight. It doesn’t work that way for anybody else.”

    All eyes on the pitching mound

    John and Steven’s friendship is an example to many.

    “They are both seniors, both pitchers, both successful scholar athletes, both great young men of God,” says Coach Reid. “The younger guys watch them and see how to work hard, play hard, and be followers of Christ.”

    Steven and John cherish many memories from their four years on the baseball team, including stops at Chipotle and the time they got stuck on the side of the road. Stranded for a while, the team watched “Batman Begins” in an unexpected movie theater at a truck stop. They will remember times like these as opportunities for “serious team bonding.”

    “The team will be much different next year without these two guys,” says sophomore baseball player Parker Shelton (Columbus, Ind.). “They really hold down the fort for us.”

    Junior Joel Woodbridge (Brockton, Mass.) agrees. “I firmly believe that their example of leadership will carry on to our team,” he says. “Steven and John are spiritual as well as athletic leaders.”

    After graduation, Steven wants to be involved in ministry and find a job in finance, while John intends to be a teacher and — not surprisingly — a high school baseball coach.

    Coach Reid knows that next year will look very different without these two Tigers on the team. He also speaks for his team when he says: “We’re certainly going to miss them.”
    Apr 14, 2014 11:10:59Apr 14, 2014 -

    From Olivet's senior class, 57 students have been recognized by the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges® program. They are part of a select group of students from more than 2,842 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to accept this prestigious award.

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

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

    Recipients from Olivet for 2014, their hometowns and their academic majors are as follows:
    Rivka Atadja (Acton, Mass.), majoring in biochemistry
    Kristin Attig (Ann Arbor, Mich.), majoring in youth ministry
    Jonathan Bader (Chicago, Ill.), majoring in business administration
    Breanne Bambrick (Washington, Ill.), majoring in social work
    Steven Beckham (Mt. Vernon, Ill.), majoring in actuarial science
    Lisa Boaz (Marseilles, Ill.), majoring in mathematics education and actuarial science
    Emily Borger (South Elgin, Ill.), majoring in dietetics
    Jamison Burchfield (St. Jospeph, Mich.), majoring in mathematics
    Rebecca Busler (Maryville, Ill.), majoring in nursing
    Adrian Calhoun (New Paris, Penn.), majoring in religious studies
    Kaitlin Carlson (Washington, Ill.), majoring in elementary education
    Caleb Carr (Orangeville, Ill.), majoring in music and religious studies
    Benjamin Cherney (Norway, Mich.), majoring in music composition and theory
    Sarah Cochran (Craftsbury, Vt.), majoring in psychology and religious studies
    Jesse Dawson (Rochester, Minn.), majoring in engineering
    Joel Deckard (Centerville, Ind.), majoring in athletic training
    Rachel Devine (Elgin, Ill.), majoring in social work
    Shelley Dexter (Dimondale, Mich.), majoring in biology
    Treaver Dodsworth (Wray, Colo.), majoring in accounting and economics/finance
    Ryan Drenth (Lansing, Ill.), majoring in mathematics education
    Beth Ellcessor (Selma, Ind.), majoring in dietetics
    Alina Ellis (Hazelton, Ind.), majoring in Christian education
    Erin Evans (Lake Geneva, Wis.), majoring in ministerial missions
    Chantalle Falconer (Byron, Ill.), majoring in music performance (piano)
    Ronald Gamache III (Flint, Mich.), majoring in corporate communications
    Tanner Garner (Jackson, Mich.), majoring in athletic training
    Brian Ginn (Bourbonnais, Ill.), majoring in biology
    Lindsey Hayes (Galesburg, Ill.), majoring in elementary education
    Allison Hill (Quincy, Ill.), majoring in music ministry
    Christopher Ingersol (Mount Vernon, Ohio), majoring in biology
    Matthew Jones (Eureka, Ill.), majoring in religious studies
    Brandon Klemm (Crystal Lake, Ill.), majoring in marketing with public relations concentration
    Ryan Klingen (Plainfield, Ill.), majoring in zoology
    Madison Leeseberg (Tulsa, Okla.), majoring in fashion merchandising
    Amber Leffel (Flint, Mich.), majoring in biblical studies
    Kyle Miller (Sesser, Ill.), majoring in music education
    Hope Olson (Crystal Lake, Ill.), majoring in interior design
    Jessica Palm (Winnebago, Ill.), majoring in business administration
    Bradley Palmer (Franklin, Ind.), majoring in criminal justice
    Lindsey Peterson (New Castle, Penn.), majoring in graphic design and photography
    Samuel Pimpo (Antioch, Ill.), majoring in mechanical engineering
    Amanda Price (Homer Glen, Ill.), majoring in actuarial science
    David Rice (Traverse City. Mich.), majoring in music ministry
    Andrea Richardson (Bloomington, Ill.), majoring in math education and information systems
    Katharyn Schrader (Monmouth, Ill.), majoring in English
    Kelsey Steines (Mount Vernon, Iowa), majoring in business administration with not-for-profit management concentration
    Blake Spencer (Prairie Village, Kan.), majoring in business administration and marketing
    Hannah Taylor (Fenton, Mich.), majoring in elementary education
    David Timm (Oak Park, Ill.), majoring in corporate communication
    Michelle Towle (Waterville, Vt.), majoring in nursing
    Hillary Vaughn (Kankakee, Ill.), majoring in intercultural studies
    Rebecca Walker (Pine River, Minn.), majoring in dietetics and biology
    Allison Walsh (Orland Park, Ill.), majoring in marketing and business administration
    Thomas Ward (Geneva, Ill.), majoring in youth ministry
    Heidi Watson (Keller, Texas), majoring in family and consumer science
    Adam Weeks (Mendota, Ill.), majoring in actuarial science and mathematics
    Hannah Williams (Beavercreek, Ohio), majoring in communications with concentrations in corporate communications and theatre
    Apr 13, 2014 3:7:53Apr 13, 2014 -

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. –The Olivet Nazarene University women’s golf team took full advantage of the sunshine on what was the nicest weekend thus far this spring in the Midwest. The Tigers captured second place at the Pilot Spring Invite hosted by Bethel College. The two-day event took place at the 7,136 yard, par 72 Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend, Ind.

    The Tiger’s team total of 657 placed them second overall, behind the host Bethel College at 613. Rounding out the top-five were Ashford University (Iowa) at 669, Holy Cross College (Ind.) at 720 and Bethel College – B at 724.

    Junior Lydia Bilyeu (Fulton, Ill.) shot an opening round 80 and closed out the weekend with a 79 to finish fourth overall, behind three Pilot’s. Sophomore Bridget Wolff (East Peoria, Ill.) finished tied for sixth overall, posting rounds of 83 and 80. Freshman Sydney Tyler (Bloomington, Ill.) posted matching rounds of 82 to finish tied for eighth, while senior Ashley Miller (Springhill, Kan.) shot an opening round 79 and a second round 87 to finish 11th overall. Rounding out the top-five for the Tigers was sophomore Kelsey Fisk (Greenfield, Ind.) who finished tied for 12th with rounds of 85 and 83.

    The Tigers will return to action on April 23-24 at the Glen Eagles Golf Course in Lemont, Ill. for the first ever Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. The team winner of the weekend will represent the conference at the NAIA National Championships.

    Apr 13, 2014 2:51:15Apr 13, 2014 -

    MACOMB, Ill./KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Splitting the squad to allow their athletes to face the best competition, the Olivet Nazarene University women’s track and field team picked up three more NAIA National Championship qualifying performances and placed eight in the top three of their events. While part of the team headed south to compete at the Sea Ray Relays hosted by the University of Tennessee, the rest headed west to the Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational at Western Illinois University.

    Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational highlights:

    Field Events:

    Sophomore Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) continues to dominate in the throwing events for the Tigers. This weekend she set new school records in the shot put, discus and hammer throw and her throws all rank in the top-seven of the NAIA so far this season. Her first place shot put toss of 14.95 (49’ 0.75”) captured first at the meet and puts her atop the NAIA. She is currently fourth in the NAIA in the hammer throw with her second place 45.14m (148’ 1”) performance. She took first in the meet in the discus at 53.16m (174” 5”) which is currently seventh in the NAIA.

    Junior Jacqueline Fayne (Chicago) placed third in the triple jump, posting a jump of 10.92m.

    Track Events:

    Freshman Sarah Ray (Warsaw, Ind.) captured gold in the 5000m run, crossing the finish line in 18:11.09.

    Sophomore Jordyn Nettleton (Foosland, Ill.) posted a 1:06.37 in the 400m hurdles to finish in third for the Tigers, while freshman Mikayla Griwac finished third in the 100m hurdles with a 16.54 time. Senior Annie Brandes (Waukegan, Ill.) finished third in the 3000m steeple chase, finishing at 12:22.55.

    Sea Ray Relay hightlights:

    The 4x400m relay team of freshman Laura D’Angelo (McHenry, Ill.), junior Kamaria Goedhart (Rochester, Minn.), sophomore Peyton Kirkland (Lindenhurst, Ill.) and sophomore Kalla Gold (Eureka, Ill.) qualified for the NAIA Nationals with a time of 3:52.43. The time is the fastest in school history in April and third all-time.

    Junior Madison Moyer (Burlington, Iowa) and sophomore Alyssa Faulks (Caldwell, Idaho) both qualified in the 3000m steeplechase, both posting new personal bests. Moyer finished in 11:27.13, while Faulks was right behind at 11:29.83.

    Next up for the Tigers is the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa from April 24-26 and the Twilight Invite hosted by Benedictine University on April 25.

    Apr 13, 2014 1:51:38Apr 13, 2014 -

    MORRISON, Ill. – How does a pitcher follow up a perfect game? For senior Virginia McAndrews (Wheaton, Ill.) the answer would be with a no-hitter of course. McAndrews led the No. 7 Olivet Nazarene University softball team to a 10-0 week which extended their winning-streak to 32 games by throwing a perfect game in a 15-0 win over Viterbo University (Iowa) and a near perfect game in a 8-0 win over Roosevelt University (Ill.) at the Ashford Spring Jamboree. The lone base runner against the Lakers was a hit-by-pitch.  The Tigers also picked up wins over William Penn University (Iowa) 3-0 and St. Ambrose University (Iowa) 6-0.

    The Tigers (32-2, 12-0) opened up the two-day invitational picking up right where they had left off the day earlier, with hot bats and strong arms on the mound. Olivet produced 14 hits and scored 15 runs against Viterbo, led by senior Justine Phillips who was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored and two RBIs connecting on her third home run in two days. Juniors Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ind.) and Erika Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.), seniors Hannah Gardner (Frankfort, Ill.) and Cheryl Sendzik (Mokena, Ill.) and sophomore Lindsey Krippel (Fairfury, Ill.) added two hits each for the Tigers.

    McAndrews picked up her ninth win of the season in as many outings, shutting the V-Hawks down. She faced the minimum 15 batters, striking out eight and allowing no free passes.

    In the nightcap Friday, Olivet jumped out to an early lead on William Penn, plating two in the bottom of the first. The Tiger were held to just four hits in the game, tying the fewest of the season. Gardner, Tatum, Sendzik and junior Megan Butler were the only Tigers to connect for hits, with Sendzik double being the only one for extra bases.

    Junior Lindsay Stotler (Bloomington, Ill.) picked up the win in the circle, improving to 8-1. She pitched 6.2 innings, allowing seven hits. She walked two and struck out two. Senior Caitlin Santefort (Mokena, Ill.) picked up the save, facing the final batter of the game.

    On Saturday, Santefort got the start for the Tigers, picking up her team-leading 14th win of the season over St. Ambrose. She allowed just two hits, while striking out six and not allowing a walk.

    Sendzik connected on her team-leading seventh homer of the season, while Phillips went 3-for-4 with a double. Sophomore Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) and Krippel each added two hits.

    McAndrews was back in the circle for the Saturday nightcap, narrowly missing back-to-back perfect games as she let a pitch drift too far inside to hit the leadoff batter of the third inning. She faced just 16 batters, striking out four to improve to 10-1 on the season.

    Phillips and Gardner each connected for doubles. The Tigers were limited to just five hits, but capitalized on the Laker’s three fielding errors.

    Olivet will return to action at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15 as they travel to Judson University for a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference double header. 

    Apr 13, 2014 1:35:36Apr 13, 2014 -

    JOLIET, Ill. — A very important opportunity lay before the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team: to win a series against the CCAC South Division leader University of St. Francis (Ill.) Saints. However, the Tigers gave up multiple run leads in both games and accumulated seven errors in the doubleheader, dropping both games, 9-5 and 3-2 (10). The doubleheader was played at Silver Cross Field where the Frontier League Joliet Slammers play their home games.

    Freshman Dave Cericola (Villa Park, Ill.) (2-6) started his sixth game of the year in game one. He went five innings, allowing nine runs — three earned — off 10 hits while striking out seven. Matt Webber (Kankakee, Ill.) pitched the sixth inning, allowing one hit.

    Chris Blatti started for the Saints (24-15, 12-3) and went one inning, allowing five runs off seven hits. Dan Darling (1-1) pitched the next five innings, allowing only two hits. Brad Porter pitched the seventh, striking out two.

    Over the first two innings, the Tigers (13-21, 7-8) accumulated five runs off seven hits using two RBIs each by Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) and Seth Gorman (Newburgh, Ind.). St. Francis scored three of their own in the bottom of the first, two of which were unearned because of two errors in the inning. Following the second inning, the Tigers went cold, not managing a hit until the sixth inning. Meanwhile, the Saints scored six unanswered runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, using five hits and one error to take a 9-5 lead. ONU managed only three more baserunners the rest of the game.

    For the Tigers, Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) went 2-for-4 with two runs. J. P. Batts (Spring Lake, Mich.) went 3-for-4 with two runs, and Bryan Klendworth went 1-for-2 with two RBIs.

    For the Saints, David Kuhne went 3-for-4 with one RBI and two runs. Joe Ruge went 1-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs. Matt Scott went 2-for-3 with one RBI, and Luke Wyss went 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

    Senior Steven Beckham (Mt. Vernon, Ill.) started game two and went nine innings, allowing two runs — o earned — off eight hits. Parker Shelton (Columbus, Ind.) (0-1) lost the game for the Tigers in the 10th inning after facing only two batters.

    Jake Evans started for St. Francis and pitched 8 1/3 innings, allowing two runs off eight hits. Mike Chimera (2-2) pitched 1 2/3 innings, striking out one batter to win his second game of the season.

    Not until the fourth inning did either team seriously threaten to score, and the Tigers did just that by putting two on the board. RBIs by Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) and Travis Hill (Romeoville, Ill.) made it 2-0. Beckham allowed only two hits over the next three innings until the eighth when St. Francis finally made it a game, tying the game at two apiece. Neither team made any fireworks in the ninth inning, and in the Tigers’ 10th inning at-bat, they went down in three. The Saints finally won the game in the 10th inning when Rick Faron singled to score Columbus, who stood on third with one out.

    For the Tigers, Klendworth went 2-for-3, and Travis Hill went 2-for-3 with one RBI.

    For the Saints, Brandon Mendoza went 3-for-5 with one run, Trevor Cherwin went 2-for-4, and Rick Faron had the winning RBI.

    ONU will be back on the field Tuesday, April 15, against CCAC opponent Trinity International University (Ill.) for a doubleheader at 1:30 p.m. on the road.


    Apr 13, 2014 1:3:36Apr 13, 2014 -

    MACOMB, Ill./KNOXVILLE, Ill. — Occasionally the Olivet Nazarene University men’s track and field team splits and goes to two different meets. The weekend of April 10-12, the Tigers did just that. Head Coach Mike McDowell scheduled the Lee Calhoun Memorial Invite at Western Illinois University and Sea Ray Relays at the University of Tennessee. 

    At the Calhoun Invite at WIU, ONU came in sixth of 13 teams, scoring 95 points. Augustana College (Ill.) won with 172.5 points. The Tigers were excellent on the track. Freshman Zach Gordon (Carol Stream, Ill.) finished second in the 100 meter dash (10.74) and 200 meter dash (22.00). Senior Rey Keys (Matteson, Ill.) came in 11th in the 400 meter dash with a time of 50.83. Nicholas Mizeur (Moline, Ill.) finished third in the 800 meter run out of 31 runners (1:56.87). Junior Marshall Hawn (Goshen, Ind.) came in sixth with a time of 4:08.97 in the 1500 meter run. Senior Andrew Cowen (Carmel, Ind.) finished fifth in the 5000 meter run (16:15.43). Junior Ian Lofgren (Rockford, Ill.) finished third in the 3000 meter steeplechase (9:53.04).

    At the Sea Ray Relays in Tennessee, Jared Carl (Galesburg, Ill.) finished 19th in the 200 meter dash (21.88). Senior Ty’rel Fields (Huntsville, Ala.) broke his own school record in the 400 meter dash with a time of 48.91. Mitchell Dale (Rochester Hills, Mich.) finished 22nd in the 5000 meter run (15:26.31).

    At the Calhoun Invite, several Tigers performed well. Lucas Limberg (Rockford, Ill.) finished fourth in the high jump with a finishing jump of 2.03 meters. Sophomore Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) finished second in the discus throw (51.35 meters) and shot put (15.22 meters). Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.) came in sixth in the discus (46.65 meters), sixth in the hammer throw (46.02 meters) and fifth in the shot put (14.10 meters). Senior Marcus Reynolds (Green Bay, Wis.) won the javelin throw with a finals throw of 52.30 meters. The ONU 4x100 meter relay team of Jared Carl, Ty’rel Fields, Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) and Jonathan Hutchinson (Morton, Ill.) finished ninth (42.63).  

    At the Sea Ray Relays, the Tigers were successful on the field. Brian Michell (Reed City, Mich.) came in fifth in the pole vault with a mark of 4.80 meters. Elisha DeRamus finished 12th in the triple jump (14.02 meters).

    ONU will be back in action Thursday, April 24, through Saturday, April 26, at the Drake Relays at Drake University (Iowa). The Tigers will also compete on April 25 at the Twilight Invite hosted by Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill.



    Apr 13, 2014 12:42:36Apr 13, 2014 -

    CHICAGO, Ill. — A six-match win streak has allowed the No. 23-ranked Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team to win all five CCAC contests and clinch the regular season title with one more match to play next week. The Tigers clinched with a 9-0 win over Roosevelt University (Ill.) on Saturday, losing onlyk one point in conference play.

    ONU (9-7, 5-0) started off on the right track against the Lakers (0-12, 0-4), winning all three doubles matches by a combined score of 16-4. Juan Morales (Madrid, Spain) and Caio Barros (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) won 8-1 over Carlos Alcantar and Jake Ligelnik. Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.) and Alef Guimaraes (Palmas, Brazil) won 8-3 over Matt Kuntzi and Dalton Rothe. Riley St. Clair (Corona, Calif.) and Tyler Lingle (Avon, Ind.) shutout Mann Eudave and Tyler Weber 8-0.

    In singles play against the Lakers, No. 1 Juan Morales defeated Matt Kuntzi (6-1, 6-4). No. 2 Caio Barros defeated Jake Ligelnik (6-1, 6-1). No. 3 Tyler Ellis won against Alcantar (6-2, 6-2).

    No. 4 Alef Guimaraes defeated Dalton Rothe (6-1, 7-6). No. 5 Riley St. Clair won over Manny Eudave (6-2, 6-0). No. 6 Tyler Lingle defeated Weber (7-5, 5-7, unknown).

    ONU will be back on the court Tuesday, April 15, at CCAC opponent Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.), starting at 2 p.m.


    Apr 13, 2014 12:29:44Apr 13, 2014 -

    ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Following back-to-back top two finishes to begin the spring season, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s golf team played against the strongest field so far at the Augustana College (Ill.) Invitational. The Tigers finished 11th of 17 schools with a score of 651 (+75).

    A total of 89 golfers played in the 36-hole, two-day event at the par-72, 6,830-yard course. Olivet finished with a team score of 651(+75). Indiana Hills Community College (Iowa) (589, +13) won the event, Illinois Wesleyan University (603, +27) came in second, University of Dubuque (Iowa) (604, +28) was third and Monmouth College (Ill.) came in fourth (617, +41).

    Junior Michael Bork (Rapid City, Mich.) finished tied for eighth with 152 (76-76, +8). Freshman Cole Evenson (Princeton, Ill.) finished tied for 53rd with a 165 (81-84, +21). Senior Tyler Karraker (Bourbonnais, Ill.), with a two-day score of 166 (86-80, +22), finished tied for 55th. Freshman Luke Lambert (Crown Point, Ind.) finished fourth for the Tigers with a 168 (88-80, +24), finishing tied for 64th overall. Freshman Jordan Spay (Bettendorf, Iowa) shot a 187 (101-86, +43) to finish tied for 84th.

    Sophomore Ryan Muzljakovich (Vicksburg, Mich.) finished with a 187 (91-96, +43) and tied for 84th as an individual.

    ONU will return to the course on Wednesday, April 16, at the ONU Spring Invite, played at Balmoral Woods Country Club in Crete, Ill., at 9 a.m.


    Apr 12, 2014 10:55:15Apr 12, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Arguably earning their biggest win of the year, the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team defeated current CCAC South Division leader University of St. Francis (Ill.) 2-1 without starting shortstop and three-hole hitter Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.). Altmann was out of the game on Friday, April 11, with a concussion suffered on Wednesday. Freshman Jordan Wanner (Morton, Ill.) threw a gem in only his third start, allowing one unearned run and giving the Tigers their fourth win in five games.

    Head Coach Todd Reid sent out freshman Jordan Wanner (1-1) in only his third start of the season. Wanner earned his first win of the year, throwing 8 1/3 innings and allowing only one unearned run off six hits. Ken DeCook (Kankakee, Ill.) faced one batter in the ninth, and then Parker Shelton (Columbus, Ind.) (2) earned his second save of the year  facing the final two batters, striking out one and forcing a groundout for the final out of the game.

    Adam Panayotovich (4-2) pitched a complete game for the Saints, allowing two runs off five hits while striking out six. Following the first inning where he gave up two runs off two hits, he allowed only three hits and no runs, but it was enough to record his second loss of the year.

    Olivet (13-19, 7-6) knew they would need to get to Panayotovich in order to win Friday’s game. They did just that, scoring twice in the first inning. Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) and J.P. Batts (Spring Lake, Mich.) each reached, and eventually Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) singled to plate. Foster and Batts scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0. It remained 2-0 until the fourth inning when the Saints (21-15, 10-3) and David Kuhne scored following an error and a fielder’s choice by Burton. Over the next four innings, the Saints continued to threaten by leaving multiple runners on base, including three in the fifth and two in the sixth. In the ninth inning, the Saints had the bases loaded again with one out, but Shelton got out of the jam with a strikeout and groundout.

    For the Tigers, Batts went 2-for-4 with a run, Travis Hill (Romeoville, Ill.) went 2-for-3, and Klendworth had the Tigers’ lone RBI.

    For the Saints, Joe Ruge went 2-for-4, Brandon Mendoza went 1-for-5, and David Kuhne scored the Saints lone run in the fourth inning.

    ONU will be back on the field tomorrow, April 12, at Silver Cross Field in Joliet, Ill., against CCAC opponent University of St. Francis (Ill.) for a doubleheader at 12 p.m.


    Apr 11, 2014 9:23:2Apr 11, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Playing in their third match in as many days, the No. 23 Olivet Nazarene University women’s tennis put together another spectacular performance to pick up an important 8-1 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) win over the University of Saint Francis (Ill.).  The Tigers sit in second place in the conference standings behind No. 20 Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) with just two matches to play before heading into the tournament.

    The No. 1 doubles team of freshman Priscila Nunez (Montreal, Canada) and sophomore Seraphine Buchmann (Illnau, Switzerland) improved their record to 11-2 on the season with an 8-3 win over Princess Clemente and A.C. Tompkin. Sporting an identical season record, the duo of seniors Aziza Butoyi (Burundi, Bujumbura) and Tifanny Aguirre (Bogota, Columbia) downed Danielle Hoffman and Leah Fuessel at No. 2 doubles 8-2. In the closest match of doubles play, senior Lindsey Peterson (New Castle, Penn.) and freshman Marta Quereda (Alicante, Spain) battled to an 8-6 win over Ewelina Szwed and Devan Trueba.

    The Tigers (10-5, 4-1) swept Nos. 1-4 singles fairly easily. Nunez picked up a 6-0, 6-2 win over Clemente to improve to 11-2 on the season. Butoyi improved to 13-1 with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Hoffman at No. 2, while Buchmann picked up her ninth win of the season over Tompkin 6-0, 6-1. At No. 4, Peterson downed Fuesel 6-3, 6-2 and Quereda picked up a win at No. 6 over Golda 6-1, 6-3. The lone Fighting Saints win came at No. 5 where Szwed downed Aguirre 3-6, 4-6.

    Olivet gets a small break, not heading back to the courts until Saturday, April 12 when they will travel to Roosevelt University (Ill.) for an 11:00 a.m. match with the Lakers. The match will take place at Flames Outdoor Courts on the campus of the University of Illinois-Chicago on the corner of Maxwell and Newberry. 

    Apr 11, 2014 8:59:15Apr 11, 2014 -

    DEERFIELD, Ill. – Senior Justine Phillips (Metamora, Ill.) went 5-for-6  and produced 10 RBI’s, while senior Hannah Gardner (Frankfort, Ill.) went 5-for-5 with five runs scored to lead the No. 7 Olivet Nazarene University softball team to a 30-0 five-inning win over Trinity International University (Ill.) in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action. And that was just game one. The Tigers finished up the afternoon with an 18-0 five-inning win in the nightcap and extended their winning-streak to 28 games.

    In the opener, the Tigers tallied 27 hits in 43 at-bats. Phillips was just a double away from hitting of the cycle, connecting for a triple and her first two home runs of the season. Sophomore Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) produced her third homer of the season, while junior Erika Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) added three doubles and senior Cheryl Sendzik (Mokena, Ill.) added a double in her 4-for-4 day at the plate.

    Phillips’ RBI performance ranks her second in the NAIA. The 30 run performance ranks the Tigers tied for seventh, while the 12 run fourth inning ranks third.

    Junior Lindsay Stotler (Bloomington, Ill.) threw a complete game, one-hit shutout to pick up her 7th win of the season. She struck out seven and walked one.

    Junior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ill.), Tatum, sophomore Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) and junior Rachel Holaway (Wheaton, Ill.) produced three hits each in the night cap. Gardner and Holaway each had three RBIs, while Truelock, Tatum, Megyesi and Holaway each scored three runs.  The Tigers combined for seven doubles, while Megyesi added a triple.

    In the circle, senior Caitlin Santefort (Mokena, Ill.) improved to 13-1 on the season, throwing a complete game. She allowed just one hit, while striking out nine and walking one.

    The Tigers (28-2, 12-0) head to the Ashford University Invitational in Morrison, Ill., a two-day event beginning on April 11. Olivet will face Viterbo University (Iowa) at 2:30 p.m. on Friday and William Penn University (Iowa) at 5. On Saturday, the Tigers will face Purdue University – North Central at 10:00 a.m. and St. Ambrose University (Iowa) at 3:00 p.m.

    Apr 11, 2014 7:53:55Apr 11, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — On Thursday afternoon in CCAC action the Olivet Nazarene men’s tennis put away rival University of St. Francis (Ill.) 8-1 for a fifth straight win to move to 4-0 in conference play. The No. 23 ranked Tigers handed the Saints their first loss in league play only suffering one loss in singles play. Olivet can finish undefeated in CCAC action with two more wins over the next week.

    The Tigers (8-7, 4-0) got moving in the right direction against the Fighting Saints (10-8, 2-1) closing out all three doubles matches. Landon Williams (Erie, Pa.) and Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) defeated Alex Hanzel and Boris Peshev 8-0. Juan Morales (Madrid, Spain) and Caio Barros (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) won 8-5 over Mack Zubor and Andy Stecker. Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) and Oscar Cornella (Lleida, Spain) took match No. 3 by a score of 9-7 over Anders Sandberg and Lucas Randall.

    In singles play on Thursday, No. 1 Navarro Veys defeated Mack Zubor in comeback fashion (4-6, 7-6, 10-1). No. 2 Oscar Cornella defeated Alex Hanzel (6-0, 6-2), and No. 3 Rodolfo Sanchez lost the Tigers’ lone point to Boris Pershev  in a close match (2-6, 6-4, 10-7).

    No. 4 Landon Williams defeated Anders Sandberg (6-0, 6-2). No. 5 Juan Morales won over Stecker (6-2, 6-1), and No. 6 Ciao Barros put away Randall (6-4, 6-0).

    ONU will be back on the court Saturday, April 12, at CCAC opponent Roosevelt University (Ill.) on the road, starting at 11 a.m.


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    A Guatemalan by birth, a licensed architect and a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Gustavo A. Crocker will deliver the keynote address at Olivet’s 101st traditional undergraduate Commencement ceremony. In June 2013, he was elected as the 41st general superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene at the 28th General Assembly in Indianapolis, Ind. Fluent in four languages, he has authored several books and articles in Spanish and English, and his writings have been translated into more than 20 languages.

    The undergraduate ceremony will be held in the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel on Saturday, May 10, 2014, 9:30 a.m. Several special awards to honored students and faculty members will be presented during the ceremony, including honorary degrees to Dr. Gustavo Crocker, and to alumni Lindell Browning and Kay (Embick) Browning.

    Dr. Crocker holds a master’s degree in Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati, where he attended as a Fulbright Scholar. As a Latin American Leadership Scholar, he earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership in Business at Regent University. He has taught in the areas of global missions, evangelism and church planting, cross-cultural ministry, international development, international business, and social development at various universities in Latin America, Europe and the United States.

    Previously, Dr. Crocker served as Eurasia regional director, responsible for overseeing church planting and development efforts of the Church of the Nazarene in Eurasia. In addition, he was senior vice president for programs at World Relief Corporation, the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals in more than 25 countries; director of field management for Compassion International; administrative director of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries International; and regional coordinator of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Quito, Ecuador.

    The Commencement ceremony for the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies will be held Saturday, May 10, 2:30 p.m., in Centennial Chapel. Dr. John C. Bowling, president of the University, will give the Commencement address. Student, faculty and dissertation awards will be presented.

    Commencement also includes these related on-campus activities:
    Commencement Concert featuring Olivet’s Orchestra and selected student soloists with Dr. Neil Woodruff, music professor, conducting, Saturday, May 3, 7 p.m., Kresge Auditorium in Larsen Fine Arts Center
    Dedication of the Douglas E. Perry Student Life and Recreation Center, 11 a.m.
    Installation of the sculpture “For God So Loved the World” by noted sculptor Scott Stearman, Friday, May 9, 3:45 p.m., near the east entrance of Centennial Chapel
    Social work pinning ceremony and presentation of the Spirit of Social Work Award, May 9, 1 p.m., Kresge Auditorium
    Honors Program reception, May 9, 1:30 p.m., Warming House
    Nursing pinning ceremony for traditional graduates, May 9, 2 p.m., College Church of the Nazarene
    School of Theology and Christian Ministry graduation chapel, May 9, 2:30 p.m., Kelley Prayer Chapel
    Baccalaureate service, May 9, 7:30 p.m., Centennial Chapel, with Dr. John C. Bowling delivering the sermon and charge to the Class of 2014
    Military commissioning ceremony for ROTC cadets, May 10, noon, Kresge Auditorium
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    “I’ve never seen a lawn mower in a Spanish-speaking country. Do my students really need to learn how to say ‘I mow the grass’ in Spanish? Their language study needs to apply to what they want to know and do.” These are the words of a dedicated, experienced educator: Linda (Sievert) Egnatz ’81.

    From her 30-plus years of experience as a high school Spanish teacher, Linda realizes she needs to teach her students practical uses of language that apply to their lives. That is one of the many demonstrations of her commitment to being the best teacher she can be.

    During the past year, Linda’s excellence in teaching has brought her two prestigious awards. She was chosen as the 2014 National Language Teacher of the Year by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and was recognized as one of Illinois’ top teachers with a 2013 Golden Apple Award of Excellence in Teaching.

    As a National Board Certified Teacher, she is one of the first in Illinois’ Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 to achieve this. She also serves as president of the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ICTFL).

    Linda recently visited Olivet’s campus and presented several insights about foreign language teaching to students and faculty.

    Her advice to them: “Language isn’t something you should teach by itself. Bring the rest of the world into your classroom. Teach practical uses for the language your students are learning.”

    Willing to make changes

    Entering Olivet as a piano performance major, Linda soon realized that her true calling was in the area of education. “Professor Minnie Wills made me fall in love with communication and helped me become a language teacher,” she said.

    Since graduating from Olivet, Linda has devoted her career to engaging high school students in the classroom and helping them learn to communicate with more people. Currently on sabbatical to travel and speak on behalf of ACTFL, she is usually in the classroom teaching Spanish language classes at Lincoln-Way North High School in Frankfort, Ill.

    “If a student knows one language, he or she can learn another,” Linda says. “I’m their coach, assisting them in learning. I create an environment that invites conversation, a space where they can learn the language I’m teaching them. I provide meaningful learning experiences for them. Their fear goes down, and their performance goes up.

    “It’s not about me. It’s about the students.”

    Always improving

    Linda believes in the power of travel in educating her students. She will soon lead a trip to Panama, accompanied by several Spanish language students and two environmental science teachers.

    In addition to leading several trips to Spanish-speaking countries, she has also lived and traveled in Asia. Before a trip to China with other language teachers, she studied Mandarin Chinese. That experience of being the student gave her new insights and ideas about ways to improve language learning for her students.

    “I’m not the teacher I want to be,” Linda says. “I want to be better. I’m still learning. And I’m humbly representing teachers who are still learning to be better teachers.”

    To learn more about Linda and her adventures:
    @miprofeAP on Twitter
    Apr 10, 2014 10:49:45Apr 10, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The race to earn the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships is getting pretty heated and the No. 23 Olivet Nazarene University women’s tennis team has its sights set on returning.  The Tigers picked up an 8-1 win over conference rival Robert Morris University (Ill.) on Wednesday, April 9.

    The Tigers (8-5, 3-1) picked up all three doubles wins, though narrowly escaping an upset at Nos. 1 and 2. Freshman Priscila Nunez (Montreal, Canada) and sophomore Seraphine Buchmann (Illnau, Switzerland) held off Bia Miranda and Steph Messina at No. 1, winning 8-6. Rosie Fernandez and Maria Bellorin gave a scare to seniors Aziza Butoyi (Burundi, Bujumbura) and Tifanny Aguirre (Bogota, Columbia), but the Tigers outlasted the Eagles to pick up a 9-7 win. Senior Lindsey Peterson (New Castle, Penn.) and Marta Quereda (Alicante, Spain) easily defeated Paige Selkal and Briann Jones at No. 3 doubles, 8-0.

    Nunez and Butoyi finished with nearly identical scores to win at Nos. 1 and 2 singles. Nunez beat Miranda 6-1, 6-0, while Butoyi defeated Messina 6-0, 6-1. Buchmann downed Fernandez 6-3, 6-1 at No. 3 singles. Robert Morris picked up it’s lone set at No. 4 singles where Bellorin defeated Peterson in a marathon match 6-3, 4-6, 9-11. Aguirre and Quereda make quick work of Selkal and Jones at Nos. 5 and 6, winning 6-1, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-0, respectively.

    Olivet gets little rest, heading back into action in CCAC action on Thursday, April 10 to host the University of Saint Francis (Ill.) at 4:00 p.m. The Fighting Saints come to town sitting in second place in the CCAC standings with a 2-0 record.

    Apr 10, 2014 10:31:27Apr 10, 2014 -

    CHICAGO – The No. 7 Olivet Nazarene University softball team used 26 hits, including five home runs to sweep Robert Morris University (Ill.) in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference action on Wednesday, April 9. The 9-1 and 11-0 wins improves the Tiger’s conference record to 10-0 and keeps them atop the standings.

    Senior Cheryl Sendzik (Mokena, Ill.) got things started early for the Tigers, hitting a three-run homer in the top of the first. Senior Justine Phillips (Metamora, Ill.) and sophomore Lindsey Krippel (Fairbury, Ill.) each connected for three hits in the game, while Sendzik, senior Hannah Gardner (Frankfort, Ill.) and junior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ill.) added two each.

    Senior Caitlin Santefort (Mokena, Ill.) picked up her conference leading 12th win of the season, throwing a complete seven inning game. She allowed just five hits, while striking out five and walking one.

    In game two, Sendzik again got the Tigers on the board first, connecting for a two-run homerun.  She would lead off the top of the third inning with yet another homerun, her sixth of the season. Also going yard for the Tigers was Gardner and sophomore Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.).   Gardner and Phillips also added triples, while Krippel added a double.

    Senior Virginia McAndrews (Wheaton, Ill.) improved to 8-0 on the season, pitching a complete game one-hit shutout. She struck out five and walked just one.

    The Tigers (26-2, 10-0) will travel to Trinity International University (Ill.) on Thursday, April 10 to take on the Trojans in a 3:00 p.m. double header.

    Apr 10, 2014 10:15:7Apr 10, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — A beautiful spring day gave way to an exciting day of baseball at Watson Field between the Olivet Nazarene University Tigers and Cardinal Stritch Wolves. The CCAC matchup saw 36 runs and 33 hits in only 16 innings of play. The Tigers took game one in a 6-5 decision. In game two, the Wolves won 14-11. Both games saw 12 different pitchers on the mound and 12 errors.  

    Sophomore Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) started game one3 and went 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs — two earned — off eight hits. Steven Beckham (Mt. Vernon, Ill.) (2-6) pitched the final 1 1/3 innings and earned the win, allowing only one run off two hits.

    Nate Friday started his first game of the year for the Wolves (7-14, 2-8) and went five innings, allowing four runs off six hits. Kevin Murphy (2-4) lost the game in the final inning, allowing two unearned runs off two hits.

    Entering the fourth inning, the Tigers (12-19, 6-6) led 3-0 following a two-RBI single by Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill) in the first inning. The Wolves scored two in the fourth to make it 3-2 using two hits and an error. In the bottom of the fifth, the Tigers stretched the lead to 4-2 with a solo home run by Madison Foster that led off the inning, his second of the year. Cardinal Stritch tied the game in the top of the sixth on a stretch double, but it wouldn’t hold for long as the Tigers put two more on the board in the bottom of the inning to make it 6-4. Foster’s double scored Seth Gorman (Newburgh, Ind.). The Wolves made it 6-5 in the seventh, but it wouldn’t be enough.

    For the Tigers, Foster went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs. Crater had two RBIs on his lone hit, and J.P. Batts (Spring Lake, Mich.) added a RBI on a hit.

    At the plate for the Wolves, Josh Sidley went 3-for-4, and Chad went 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs. Devon Kornowski went 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

    Head Coach Todd Reid sent out senior Jonathan Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Ill.) (7-3) in game two. He pitched four innings, allowing six runs — three earned — off nine hits, walking three. Steven Beckham pitched an inning of relief, allowing five runs — two earned — off five hits. Ryan Archer (Moline, Ill.) allowed one run and two hits in 1 1/3 innings of relief. Ken DeCook (Bourbonnais, Ill.) went 1 2/3 innings, allowing on unearned runs. Parker Shelton (Columbus, Ind.) finished the ninth inning, allowing one more unearned run off two hits.

    Cardinal Stritch started Ryan DeRosa (2-2) who went 5 1/3 innings, allowing six runs off three hits. Jordan Stretch went 1/3 inning of relief, allowing three runs, and Mitchell Schnulle allowed two unearned runs in three innings of relief. Luke Erickson (1) struckout out one in the last 1/3 inning to earn the save.

    Trailing 11-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Tigers put six on the board started by three straight walks and a hit-by-pitch that scored a fourth run. Eventually the Tigers made it 11-7 when Madison Foster continued his hot day at the plate and tripled to empty the bases. Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) tripled later in the inning to make it 11-9 with two outs. In the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, the Wolves tacked on a run in each inning to make it 14-9. However, the Tigers had one last at-bat and rally in them. The Tigers loaded the bases and eventually scored two straight runs when Jordan Wanner (Morton, Ill.) walked, and Madison Foster was hit-by-pitch. Cardinal Stritch eventually struck out the winning run at the plate to end the game.

    For the Tigers, Foster had four RBIs to go with hit and run scored. Klendworth went 2-for-4 with one RBI and run scored. Jordan Wanner went 2-for-3 with four RBIs and one run scored.

    At the plate for the Wolves, Sidley went 4-for-7 with three runs. Schulle had three hits, two RBIs and two runs. Kornwoski went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Chris Bass went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs, and Chad Mazur went 2-for-5 with two runs and RBIs. Brandon Helt went 2-for-5 with one run scored.

    ONU will be back on the field Friday, April 11, at home against CCAC opponent University of St. Francis (Ill.) at 3:30 p.m.


    Apr 09, 2014 10:49:44Apr 09, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Coming off of a disappointing loss just three days earlier, the No. 23 Olivet Nazarene University women’s tennis team snapped back to upset No. 21 Marian University 6-3 in non-conference action on Tuesday, April 8.

    Freshman Priscila Nunez (Montreal, Canada) and senior Aziza Butoyi (Burundi, Bujumbura) continue to dominate at Nos. 1 and 2 singles. Nunez picked up a 6-1, 6-2 win over Brittney Horlacher, while Butoyi downed Hannah Knust 6-3, 6-1. Sophomore Seraphine Buchmann (Illnau, Switzerland) also picked up a 6-2, 6-0 win over Olivia Pursell at No. 3 singles. Marion picked up singles victories at Nos. 4 and 5, with Anna Putter defeating Lindsey Peterson (New Castle, Penn.)  6-1, 6-1. Grace Neathing defeated Tifanny Aguirre (Bogota, Columbia) 2-6, 6-4, 10-5. Sophomore Clara Ruegsegger (Greenfield, Ind.) picked up a win at No. 6 singles, downing Colleen Younger 6-3, 6-4.

    In doubles action, Nunez and Buchmann picked up an 8-1 win at No. 1 over Horlacher and Knust. Sarah Putter and Anna Putter put up a fight at No. 2 doubles, but Butoyi and Peterson held them off to pick up an 8-5 win. Marion took No. 3 doubles 8-3.

    The Tigers return to action at 3:00p.m. Wednesday, April 9 when they take on defending CCAC regular season champion Robert Morris University.


    Apr 09, 2014 9:29:55Apr 09, 2014 -


    Scholar Week 2014
    Olivet Nazarene University
    April 22 to 26, 2014

    All presentations are in Chalfant Hall, unless otherwise noted.

    Tuesday, April 22
    All presentations are in Chalfant Hall.

    9:30 to 10:20 a.m.
    Dr. David Van Heemst ’96 MPC/’98 MA, political science professor and recipient of 2013 Samuel L. Mayhugh Award for Scholarly Excellence — “Political Ideology and the Global Crises of the 21st Century”

    1 to 1:30 p.m.
    Dr. David Johnson ’95, English professor — “The Secret Life of a Short Story: Graham Greene’s ‘The Lieutenant Died Last’”

    1:30 to 2 p.m.
    Dr. Kristian Veit, psychology professor, and Joseph Hanks ’13 — “Investigating the Dimensionality of Strain-based Work-family Conflict”

    2 to 2:30 p.m.
    Olivet’s Enactus team — “Enactus Edu: Changing the World”

    2:30 to 2:50 p.m.
    Treavor Dodsworth (senior, Honors Program, Vernon, Colo.) — “Trading Intraday Volatility: Basic Futures Trading Strategy”

    3 to 3:50 p.m.
    Presentations by student members of Psi Chi international psychology honor society

    4 to 4:20 p.m.
    Molly Koleczek (senior, Honors Program, Tinley Park, Ill.) — “A Survey of the Ratio of Melanistic to Gray Squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) on 5 Midwestern College Campuses”

    4:20 to 4:40 p.m.
    Daley Schimmelpfennig (senior, Honors Program, Bourbonnais, Ill.) — “A Comparative Analysis of Phytoplankton Populations and Nutrient Levels in Freshwater Quarries of North-Eastern Illinois”

    4:40 to 5 p.m.
    Brian Ginn (senior, Honors Program, Bourbonnais, Ill.) — “Genetic Determination of ABO Genotype from Buccal Cells: Incorporating PCR, Gel Electrophoresis, and ABO Genotyping into Undergraduate Study”

    7 to 8 p.m.
    History and Political Science Senior Research Projects

    • Paul Wright (senior, Phi Alpha Theta national history honor society, Danville, Ill.) — “Issei & Nisei: Two generations of Japanese-Americans in the Tule Lake Internment Camp during World War II”
    • Alex Pollock (senior, Pi Sigma Alpha national political science honor society and Phi Alpha Theta) — “Rohrbach's Bridge: The Endeavor to Cross Antietam Creek”
    • Lindsey Tobias (senior, Phi Sigma Alpha and Phi Alpha Theta, Antioch, Ill.) — “Assessing Alternative Lifestyles within a Select Population”
    • Kimberly Powers (senior, Colorado Springs, Colo.) — “The Failure of Operation Market Garden”

    8 to 9 p.m.
    Debate by Capitol Hill Gang: “Religious Freedom and the Affordable Care Act”
    Debaters: Matt Logan (senior, Franklin Grove, Ill.); Lindsey Tobias; Brandon Allison (senior, Carthage, N.Y.); Jake Hileman (sophomore, Grand Ledge, Mich.); Jake Ryan (senior, Moline, Ill.); Alex Ewers (sophomore, Bourbonnais, Ill.)

    Wednesday, April 23
    All presentations are in Chalfant Hall.

    1 to 1:30 p.m.
    Dr. Neal Woodruff ’91, music professor, and Dr. Mark Frisius, theology professor — “The Message in Our Music: What Popular Congregational Songs Say About Our Beliefs”

    1:30 to 2 p.m.
    Dr. Tom Knowles, education professor — “Successful School Study: Identification of Strategies Implemented in Kankakeeland PK-8 Schools that have Contributed to Significant Increases in ISAT Scores”

    2:10 to 2:30 p.m.
    Rebecca Busler (senior, Honors Program, Maryville, Ill.) — “Effectiveness of Wellness and Life Skills Education for Adolescent Females of Inner-City East St. Louis”

    2:30 to 2:50 p.m.
    Jessa Sturgeon (senior, Honors Program, Chillicothe, Ill.) — “An Exploration of the Relationship Between Religiousness and Treatment Seeking Trends Among College Students”

    3 to 3:20 p.m.
    Rebecca Walker (senior, Pine River, Minn.) — “Nutritional Profiling Systems: Can They Be Implemented in Subsidiary Food Pantries for Reducing Nutrient Deficiencies Among the Elderly?”

    3:20 to 3:40 p.m.
    Emily Borger (senior, Honors Program, South Elgin, Ill.) — “The Effect of Direct Human Service on Volunteers' Self-Perceived Generosity and Expected Appreciation, Satisfaction, and Value of Work”

    3:40 to 4 p.m.
    John Hall (senior, Honors Program, Tinley Park, Ill.) — “Implementing Common Core State Standards for Mathematics”

    4 to 4:20 p.m.
    Kaitlin Carlson (senior, Honors Program, Washington, Ill.) — “Writing a Reading and Language Arts Unit Designed to Motivate Elementary School English Language Learner (ELL) Students of Poverty”

    4:20 to 4:40 p.m.
    Lacey Austin (senior, Honors Program, Glenmont, Ohio) — “Rationales for the Use and Pairing of Young Adult Literature and Classic Novels in the Secondary English Classroom”

    4:40 to 5 p.m.
    David Modica (junior, Sigma Tau Delta international English honor society, Des Plaines, Ill.) — “Sex in William Blake's 'The Chimney Sweeper'”

    5 to 5:20 p.m.
    Garrett Corpier (senior, Sigma Tau Delta, Hensley, Ark.) — “The Boundary of the Trace: Specular Liminality Between the Imaginary/Symbolic and the Real”

    Thursday, April 24
    All presentations are in Chalfant Hall.

    1 to 1:20 p.m.
    Logan Smith (senior, Honors Program, Ridge Farm, Ill.) — “Exploring Cycloaddition Reactions for the Synthesis of Novel Organic Compounds, Including Microwave Promotion”

    1:20 to 1:40 p.m.
    Ryan Kee (senior, Honors Program, Bourbonnais, Ill.) — “Detection Systems for Airbag Deployment”

    1:50 to 2:30 p.m.
    Dr. Judson Strain, reference librarian — “Universities, Copyright and the Georgia State University Case (Cambridge University Press v. Becker)”

    2:30 to 2:50 p.m.
    Lorisha Riley (senior, Honors Program, Kankakee, Ill.) — “Relationships Between Elements of Leslie Matrices and Future Growth of the Population”

    3 to 3:30 p.m.
    Dr. David Claborn, history professor, and Lindsey Tobias — “If You Can't Join ‘Em, Don't: Untangling Attitudes on Social, Economic and Foreign Issues by Graphing Them “

    7 to 7:30 p.m.
    Dr. Craig Bishop ’08 MOL/’13 Ed.D., criminal justice professor — “Human Trafficking: A Consumer’s Guide to the Value of a Human Being”

    7:30 to 7:50 p.m.
    Courtney Kodat (sophomore, New Lenox, Ill.) — “More Than Just a Number”

    7:50 to 8:10 p.m.
    Nathan Roberts (senior, Harold Young Research Award participant, Orland Park, Ill.) — “What Matters? A Study Concerning the Perception of Victims of Human Trafficking and Sexual Abuse”

    8:10 to 8:30 p.m.
    Faith Cavender (senior, Harold Young Research Award participant, North Aurora, Ill.) — “Human Trafficking and the Church”

    8:30 to 8:50 p.m.
    Breanne Bambrick (senior, Honors Program, Washington, Ill.) — “The Collaboration of Faith and Social Work in Creating a Gateway of Helping”

    8:50 to 9:10 p.m.
    Kelsey Steines (senior, Honors Program, Mt. Vernon, Iowa) — “An evaluation of Youth In(VOL)ved: Impact on participants' attitudes toward volunteerism”

    Friday, April 25
    Presentations are at the Fishbowl, Benner Library and Resource Center.

    10 to 10:50 a.m.
    Phi Delta Lambda presentation: Shane Emaus '12, commercial banking representative with MB Financial Bank on the value of internships and the current banking environment

    Saturday, April 26
    Ethical Leadership Symposium
    Presentations by graduate students in the 2013–2014 classes for the Doctoral of Ethical Leadership (Ed.D.) degree
    All presentations are in Wisner Auditorium.

    8:10 a.m.
    Brad Sikora — “The Effect of the Freshman Learning Center on Ninth Grade Students' Success Rate”

    8:30 a.m.
    Yasmia Dunn — “Characteristics of Successful Minority Female Police Supervisors within a Large Urban Midwest Police Department”

    9 a.m.
    Jeffery Vizueta — “Identifying Work-Related Factors Leading to Job Burnout: A Review of e-Commerce Back Office Call Center Employees”

    9:20 a.m.
    Julia Greiner — “Multicultural Competencies: A Case Study of Cohort Counseling Students”

    9:40 a.m.
    Candace Norris — “Partnering for Support: An Exploratory Study into Foster Parent Mentorship”

    10 a.m.
    Sherrie Birts — “The Impact of Common Core State Standards on Cross-Curriculum Instruction an on Formal Assessment”

    10:35 a.m.
    Mark Lanting — “Assessment of a Community College's First Year Experience Course: Analysis of a Student Retention and Success Strategy”

    10:55 a.m.
    Angel Downs-Brooks — “How Does Parent - School Involvement in an At-Risk Prekindergarten Program in a Public School Impact Third Grade Students' Illinois Standardized Achievement (ISAT) Scores in Reading?”

    11:15 a.m.
    Diana Ponce-Pertchi — “Evaluating English Language Learner (ELL) Instructional Strategies and Their Effectiveness on ELL Students in a Small Rural Elementary School District”

    11:35 a.m.
    Lisa Davis-Smith — “A Case Study of a Comprehensive Reading Reform Model”

    11:55 a.m.
    Jim Kanichirayil — “The Influence of Leadership Style and Leadership Training on Salesperson Voluntary Turnover in the Staffing and Recruiting Industry”

    1 p.m.
    Dallas Gatlin — “The Voice of the Homeless Adult Male: Perceptions of Those Who have Successfully Transitioned to Self-Sufficiency”

    1:20 p.m.
    Diane Chester-Mullins — “What Effect Do Employees' Perception of Servant Leadership Have on For-Profit Organizations?”

    1:40 p.m.
    Jesse Ivory — “The Impact of Race on the First Generation Ethnic Minority College Experience”

    2 p.m.
    Jeremy Hayes — “Increasing Enrollment: Evaluating College-Choice Factors at a Midwest Christian University”

    2:20 p.m.
    Bonnie Perry — “Resourcing the Postmodern Pastor: An Examination of Young Pastors' Attitudes and the Implication for Denominational Publishers”


    Apr 09, 2014 9:19:53Apr 09, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Junior Erika Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) had just one hit in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) double header with Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) on Tuesday, April 8...but that one hit was an opposite field home run that cleared the pines behind the right field fence to give the Tigers an 8-6 come-from-behind victory.  The No. 7 Olivet Nazarene University softball team narrowly escaped suffering their first loss in the conference and ending their winning streak, now at 24 games, playing the team that had just upset then No. 4 St. Xavier University four days earlier.

    In game one, the Tigers (24-2, 8-0) jumped on the Crimson Wave early thanks for a grand slam over the left field fence in the bottom of the first by senior Cheryl Sendzik (Mokena, Ill.) for an 8-0 five-inning win. One pitch earlier, the Wave gambled on a foul ball to right field, letting the ball fall to keep a run from scoring.  Two innings later, senior Hannah Gardner (Frankfort, Ill.) connected on her fifth home run of the season, plating two more runs for the Tigers.

    Senior Virginia McAndrews (Wheaton, Ill.) improved to 7-0 on the season, picking up the complete game win. She allowed just four Crimson Wave hits, while striking out four and walking none.

    In game two, Calumet’s Kristen Ashby showed the Tigers they weren’t done playing, connecting on two home runs and accounting for four of the Wave’s six runs. The Crimson Wave took a 6-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning, but momentum changed on a questionable call at first base and the Tiger’s never looked back, scoring seven runs to take the lead.  Senior Justine Phillips (Metamora, Ill.), junior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ill.) and Sendzik connected for two hits each to go with Tatum’s home run.

    Senior Caitlin Santefort (Mokena, Ill.) picked up her 11th win of the season, throwing 2.2 innings in relief. Facing just 10 batters, she struck out four and allowed just one hit. Junior Lindsay Stotler (Bloomington, Ill.) started for Olivet, going 4.1 innings while allowing three hits. She struck out four and walked one.

    Olivet returns to action at 4:00 p.m. in CCAC action against Robert Morris University. The two teams faced each other earlier this season in non-conference action with the Tigers winning 8-0. 

    Apr 09, 2014 8:47:52Apr 09, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — In five of their last six matches, the No. 23 ranked Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis has been victorious, winning four straight in the last two weeks. The Tigers made it five wins with a 6-3 decision over Marian University (Ind.) on Tuesday afternoon, April 8, in a nonconference match. Olivet swept all three doubles points and half of the singles to take the contest.

    Coach Chris Tudor’s Tigers (7-7) got back to .500 with three doubles points against Marian (12-15). Landon Williams (Erie, Pa.) and Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) defeated Jason Denton and Marty Pochop 8-4. Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) and Caio Barros (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) won 8-4 over Danny Albert and Taylor Kinney. Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) and Oscar Cornella (Lleida, Spain) took match No. 3 by a score of 8-3 over Nick Batiello and T. Cunningham.

    In singles play, No. 1 Veys lost to Denton (6-3, 6-2). No. 2 Cornella defeated Sach Miatt (6-0, 6-4), and No. 3 Barros lost by a score of (6-4, 6-4) to Albert.

    No. 4 Landon Williams defeated Pochop (6-4, 6-4). No. 5 Barros won over Kinney (6-1, 6-2), and No. 6 Jensen lost to Ryan Meller (6-4, 6-2).

    ONU will be back in action Thursday, April 10, against CCAC foe (RV) University of St. Francis (Ill.) at home, starting at 3:30 p.m.


    Apr 09, 2014 7:32:51Apr 09, 2014 -

    JOLIET, Ill. — Placing two golfers in the top 10 among 56 total participants, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s golf team continued their hot play early in the spring season. The Tigers finished second out of 10 teams in the University of St. Francis (Ill.) Spring Invite. They shot a combined score of 303 (+19) at Inwood Golf Course. The Tigers’ score is the program’s best team total in a year (fall and spring season).

    A total of 56 golfers played in the 18-hole, one-day event at the par-71, 6,196-yard course. Olivet finished with a team score of 303 (+19). St. Francis (Ill.) (286, +2) won the event, Elmhurst College (Ill.) (306, +22) came in third, and Roosevelt University (Ill.) (310, +26) was fourth.

    Freshman Cole Evenson (Princeton, Ill.) finished tied for seventh with senior Tyler Karraker (Bourbonnais, Ill.) with a 75 (+4). Junior Michael Bork (Rapid City, Mich.) finished tied for 12th with 76 (+5). Freshman Luke Lambert (Crown Point, Ind.) led the Tigers with a 77 (+6), finishing tied for 18th overall. Freshman Jordan Spay (Bettendorf, Iowa) shot a 78 (+7) to finish tied for 23rd.

    Two individuals played on Tuesday. Sophomore Ryan Muzljakovich (Vicksburg, Mich.) finished with a 78 (+7) and tied for 23rd. Sophomore Robert Wagner (Bethel, Ohio) came in 29th overall, shooting an 80 (+9).

    ONU will return to the course on Friday and Saturday, April 11-12, at the Augustana College (Ill.) Invite,  played at Pinnacle Country Club in Milan, Ill. Friday’s round begins at 12 p.m. and Saturday’s at 9 a.m.


    Apr 08, 2014 2:1:56Apr 08, 2014 -

    Olivet recently recognized Seth Wenzelman as the 2013-2014 Student Employee of the Year. A senior from Bonfield, Ill., he is majoring in elementary education. Along with this award, he also received the Illinois Student Employee of the Year award from the National Student Employment Association.

    “It’s hard to quantify the peace of mind that I feel when Seth comes into the office,” said Matt Slimmer, informatics assistant and one of his supervisors in the recommendation of Seth for the award. “Even his peers take comfort in his presence.”

    Seth works in the informatics department of Benner Library and Resource Center, where his responsibilities include helping library patrons with technical problems — particularly printer jams — editing the library website, aiding library management with scheduling of student workers, and being on call when full-time staff is off campus. He has worked at Benner since April 2011.

    “I’m very honored to receive this award,” Seth says. “I’m thankful for the support of my supervisors and also my parents, Meg and Derek Wenzelman. I wouldn’t be here today without that.” Although he plans to find employment as a teacher, he added that he would find working in a library setting again to be “enjoyable.”

    This year’s ceremony celebrated the accomplishments of 13 of the University’s 945 student employees. Nominations for the award came from staff and faculty members, recognizing nominees for their reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and uniqueness of contribution to their department or office.

    Sharon Bellomy, one of the four staff judges for this year’s competition at Olivet, reminded the honorees how important their contributions to the school are. “It’s not just a paycheck, it’s a ministry,” she said.

    Runners up for Olivet’s award are Lindsay Miller (junior, Plainfield, Ill.), who works for the Office of Admissions, and Jake Gregory '13 (Potomac, Ill.), an employee of the Office of Church and University Relations. Other finalists include: Beth Ellcessor (senior, Selma, Ind.); Gretchen Elliot (junior, Rolla, Mo.); Ashley Glover (senior, Wauconda, Ill.); Alyssa Keuther (junior, Marshfield, Mass.); Madelyn Lorenz (senior, Savoy, Ill.); Hannah Moyers (junior, Montello, Wis.); Ashley Peet (junior, Abingdon, Ill.); Emily Picklesimer (senior, Terre Haute, Ind.); Lorisha Riley (senior, Kankakee, Ill.); and Reece Storey (senior, Bourbonnais, Ill.).

    “You never know how what you’re learning today will impact your life later,” said David Pickering, director of business and human resources, who acted as master of ceremonies for the award presentation.
    Apr 07, 2014 11:59:20Apr 07, 2014 -

    GREENVILLE, Ill. – On what was arguable the nicest day so far this spring, the Olivet Nazarene University women’s track and field team showed up at the Greenville College Select Meet on Saturday, April 5 ready to compete.  In all, the Tigers captured gold in six events, led by senior Rachel Carman ( Keokuk, Iowa) and sophomore Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) with two each.

    The Tigers finished second overall in the 11 team field with 116.5 points, while Lindenwood University (Mo.) took first with 133.50. Rounding out the top five were Illinois Wesleyan University with 103, Washington University (Mo.) with 89 and the host with 54.

    Carman set a new school record in the high jump when she posted a 1.65m (5’ 5”) performance. She followed that up with another first place finish in the long jump, notching 5.38m (17’8”).  Meanwhile, Blucker captured the titles of the hammer throw and the shot put, setting new school records in both.  She tossed the shot put 14.41m (47’ 3.5”) and the hammer 51.93m (170’ 4”). She also took second in the discus, throwing 41.35m (135’8”). Junior Jacqueline Fayne (Chicago) won the long jump, posting 10.84m (35’ 6.75”).

    On the track, junior Kammie Goedhart (Rochester, Minn.) posted a 58.10 in the 400m to take first place. Senior Christy Trank (Winnebago, Ill.) and junior Kylie Lippencott (Crawfordsville, Ind.)finished 2-3 in the 800m, posting times of 2:19.54 and 2:20.60, respectively.

    Next up, some of the Tigers head to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville for the Sea Ray Relays from April 10-12. The rest of the squad will head to Western Illinois University on Satuday, April 12 for the Lee Calhoun Invitational.

    Apr 07, 2014 11:29:38Apr 07, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The No. 12 Olivet Nazarene University softball team extended their winning streak to 22-games and took over the sole lead of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) with four wins on their home field on April4-5. On Friday afternoon, the Tigers downed Purdue University – North Central in CCAC action 12-0 and 8-0 in a combined 10-innings. Then Olivet turned around and made equally as quick work of Trinity Christian College in non-conference action, 8-0 and 9-1.

    Senior Caitlin Santefort (Mokena, Ill.) and junior Jordy Truelock teamed up to make game 1 with the Panthers quite exciting. Santefort earned a complete game victory, facing just 16 batters. She struck out 11 while yielding just one hit and no free passes. At the plate, Truelock accounted for six of the runs as she connected for a home run and a grand slam to go 2-for-3 at the plate. Seniors Justine Phillips (Metamora, Ill.) and Cheryl Sendzik (Mokena, Ill.) and junior Megan Butler also went 2-for-3, with Sendzik connecting for a double.

    In game 2 with Purdue-North Central, senior Hannah Gardner (Frankfort, Ill.) and sophomore Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) each went 3-for-3 at the plate, while Sendzik connected for two more hits. Megyesi finished with four RBI’s and connected for her first home run of the season. Senior Virginia McAndrews (Wheaton, Ill.) picked up the win, pitching a complete game. She allowed just one hit, while striking out seven and walking just one.

    In game 1 with Trinity Christian on Saturday afternoon, Sendzik continues where she left the evening before, going 3-for-4 at the plate. Truelock added two hits and two RBIs, while Phillips and Gardner both connected for doubles. Junior Lindsay Stotler (Bloomington, Ill.) picked up the win, throwing all six innings while allowing just two hits and striking out four.

    The Trolls continued to struggle offensively in game 2, with Santefort back in the circle. She finished the game with eight strikeouts, while allowing just one hit and one walk. Three Tigers, juniors Erika Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) and Rachel Holaway (Wheaton, Ill.) and freshman Kristina Shaham (Plainfield, Ill.),  stepped to the plate and launched the ball over the fence. Phillips ended the game with three hits and three RBI’s, while Gardner added two hits.

    Olivet returns to action on Tuesday, April 8 as they host Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) in CCAC action. The Crimson Wave come to town having just upset No. 4 St. Xavier University on Friday and nearly getting the sweep, falling by one run in nine innings to the Cougars.

    Apr 06, 2014 12:6:30Apr 06, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The weather gave the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team something it had not experienced yet in 2014, a beautiful day. The Tigers hosted Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) in the second and third game of the CCAC weekend series. In game one, the Tigers out-scored the Crimson Wave 13-7 to tie the series. In game two, senior Jonathan Fightmaster (Bourbonnas, Ill.) threw a nine-inning shutout, striking out a career-high 11 batters to gain win No. 7 and take the series.

    Freshman Dave Cericola (Villa Park, Ill.) (2-5) started his fifth game of the season, throwing 4 1/3 innings. He allowed six runs off nine hits and walked walking four in his second win. Parker Shelton (Columbus, Ind.) threw an inning of relief, allowing one run off one hit. Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) (1) earned his first save of the season, throwing 1 2/3 innings, walking two and striking out one.

    Mitchell Dubois (1-4) started for Calumet-St. Joseph (8-20-1, 3-7). He went three innings allowing eight runs — six earned — off six hits. Michael Matuszczak went two innings, allowing three runs — two earned — off three hits. Garrett Stanley finished the final inning and allowed two unearned runs off one hit.

    Six runs crossed the plate in the first two innings, with the Tigers (11-8, 5-5) taking a 4-2 lead. Neither team scored again until the bottom of the fourth, when ONU scored big. The team put up a five-spot off of five hits and five different players with RBIs. However, the 9-2 lead did not last long, as the Crimson Wave scored four in the next inning to make it 9-6. Luis Rondon’s single scored two and Mikyl Flemming brought home one. The Tigers took advantage of  three errors and defensive miscues to score four more runs over the next two innings, making it a 13-7 game.

    For the Tigers, J.P. Batts (Spring Lake, Mich.) stayed hot in the series going 3-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs. Jordan Wanner (Morton, Ill.) went 2-for-3 with three runs and one RBI. Madison Foster scored twice and Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) had two RBIs and one run to go with his lone hit.

    At the plate for the Crimson Wave, Flemming went 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run. Cesar Mari went 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run. Rondon went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and Joseph Romero had one hit, RBI, and run each.


    In his seventh win of the season, senior Jonathan Fightmaster (7-2) pitched his third complete game, won his fourth straight decision and recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts. He allowed only five hits and walked one.

    Calumet-St. Joseph started Sergio Esquivia (0-6), who went four innings allowing three runs off five hits, walking six. Jorge Melero went 1 1/3 innings, allowing four runs off four hits, and Michael Ryerson pitched 2 2/3 innings allowing one unearned run.

    ONU began to build its lead in the fourth inning. Batts doubled to score one and the Tigers used sacrifices to score two more. Fightmaster did not allow a hit until the top of the fifth, but the Crimson Wave could not get anything going. In the bottom of the sixth, the Tigers tacked on four more runs off of four singles, including RBIs by Altmann and Wanner. Fightmaster continued to cruise the final three innings, allowing only two hits. The Tigers added an unearned run in the eighth to take an 8-0 lead.

    For the Tigers, J.P. Batts again was solid at the plate with three hits, one RBI and two runs. He finished with 15 total bases and four extra-base hits in the series (.714 slugging percentage). Wanner scored twice, had one hit and walked three times. Altmann went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and one run, and Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) went 2-for-4 with one RBI, one run scored and two stolen bases.

    At the plate for the Crimson Wave, five players recorded one hit, including centerfielder Mikyl Flemming who had five in the series.

    ONU will be back on the field Wednesday, April 9, at home against CCAC opponent Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) at 1:30 p.m. for a doubleheader.


    Apr 06, 2014 11:31:35Apr 06, 2014 -

    GREENVILLE, Ill. — In the second week of the Olivet Nazarene University men’s track and field team’s outdoor season, the Tigers traveled to southern Illinois for the Greenville (College) Select. ONU scored 99 points and finished second of 11 schools. Lindenwood University (Mo.) won the event with 143 points.

    The Tigers competed well on the field. Lucas Limberg (Rockford, Ill.) won the high jump with a finishing jump of 2.00 meters. Brian Michell (Reed City, Mich.) came in third in the pole vault with a mark of 4.60 meters. In the men’s long jump, freshman Zach Gordon (Carol Stream, Ill.) won the long jump with a mark of 7.17 meters. Sophomore Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) won the discus throw (49.70 meters) and shot put (15.34 meters). Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.) came in fourth in the discus (43.41 meters), fifth in the hammer throw (43.64 meters), and third in the shot put (14.05 meters). Senior Marcus Reynolds (Green Bay, Wis.) won the javelin throw with a finals throw of 54.08 meters.

    Not only did the Tigers perform on the field, but on the track as well. Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) came in fifth in the 110 meter hurdles (16.45). Senior Mitchell Dale (Rochester Hills, Mich.) finished fifth out of 43 runners in the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:05.03. Senior Ty’rel Fields (Huntsville, Ala.) beat 16 other athletes in the 400-meter dash with a finishing time of 49.03 seconds. Zach Gordon also finished third out of 22 sprinters in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.08. Nicholas Mizeur (Moline, Ill.) came in sixth out of 32 in the 800-meter run  with a time of 1 minute 56.14 seconds. Jared Carl (Galesburg, Ill.) finished seventh in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.26, defeating 29 others sprinters. Freshman Alec Ondrajka (Interlochen, Mich.) finished 10th in the 5000-meter run with a time of 16:57.54.

    ONU will be back in action on Thursday, April 10 through Saturday, April 12 at the Sea Ray Relays at the University of Tennessee. The Tigers will also compete on April 11-12 at the Lee Calhoun Invite hosted by Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill.


    Apr 06, 2014 11:8:54Apr 06, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — For their third straight match, the No. 23-ranked Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team and head coach Chris Tudor were in CCAC action, facing off against Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.). ONU swept its third straight conference match over the Wolves, only losing only 11 sets out of 35 in doubles play and only 18 sets in six singles matches.

    On Friday, the Tigers (6-7, 3-0) dominated the No. 1 doubles matches by the score of 8-2 against the Crimson Wave (7-11, 1-1). Landon Williams (Erie, Pa.) and Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) defeated George Watson and Phillip Meller. Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) and Caio Barros (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) won 8-4 over Donnersson Penna and Jimmy Le. Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) and Oscar Cornella (Lleida, Spain) took match No. 3 by a score of 8-5 over Nader Murad and Raymond Welch.

    In singles, No. 1 Veys, No. 2 Cornella, and No. 5 Barros won by a score of (6-1, 6-2) over Watson, Le, and Murad, respectively.

    Rodolfo Sanchez won by a score of (6-1, 6-1) over Welch, No. 4 Williams won (6-2, 6-0) over Meller, and No. 6 won over Penna (6-0, 7-5).

    ONU will be back in action Tuesday, April 8, against Marian University (Ind.) at home, starting at 3:30 p.m.


    Apr 05, 2014 10:46:13Apr 05, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — On a windy overcast day the Olivet Nazarene University hosted CCAC opponent Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.). The Crimson Wave was scheduled to host the game, but rain earlier in the week moved the game to Watson Field. Olivet entered the seventh inning with a 5-3 lead before surrendering five runs, eventually leading to a 10-5 loss.

    Senior Steven Beckham (Mt. Vernon, Ill.) (1-6) started his ninth game for the Tigers (9-18, 3-5), going 6 2/3 innings. He allowed eight runs — six earned — off 11 hits, while striking out five. Sophomore Parker Shelton (Columbus, Ind.) came in his sixth relief appearance of the season and allowed two runs off two hits in 1 1/3 innings of work.

    Francisco Unzueta (2-1) pitched a complete game for the Crimson Wave (8-18-1, 3-5) throwing north of 160 pitches. He allowed five runs — three earned — off nine hits, striking out two.

    The game remained scoreless until the the top of the third inning when Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) singled following a J.P. Batts (Spring Lake, Mich.) double to make it 1-0. In the bottom of the inning the Crimson Wave took a two-run lead, highlighted by a double from Cesar Mari that drove in two. ONU was able to tie it in the fifth with two outs off back-to-back doubles by Batts and Altmann, also scoring Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.). Olivet scored a fourth in the sixth and a fifth in the seventh when J.P. Batts tripled and made it home on a throwing error to make it 5-3. However, in the bottom of the seventh the Crimson Wave scored five runs off five hits and two errors to take a commanding three-run lead that would not be matched by ONU. Thomas Mosley tacked on two more runs in the eighth on a single to make it 10-5.

    For the Tigers, Batts went 3-for-5 with one RBI and three runs, totaling seven bases. Altmann went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Foster had one hit to go along with one run scored and Seth Gorman (Newburgh, Ind.) scored a run for ONU.

    At the plate for the Crimson Wave, Reinhold Navas went 2-for-5 with two runs, Jesus Alvarez went 2-for-3, and Cesar Mari went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs. Evan Frantini led the team with three hits and one RBI and Thomas Mosley went 1-for-4 with three RBIs and one run scored.

    ONU will be back on the field tomorrow, April 5, at home against CCAC opponent Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) at 12:30 p.m. for a doubleheader.


    Apr 03, 2014 5:24:42Apr 03, 2014 -

    The Olivet Nazarene University men's basketball team and head coach Ralph Hodge have signed their third member to the 2014-15 recruiting class. Tiger basketball welcomes local product Mitchell Schwarzkopf, a 6-foot guard from Kankakee, Ill. He played for Herscher High School and finished his prep career in March.

    During his senior season, Schwarzkopf averaged a team-high 15.8 points, 4.8 assists, 3.0 rebounds, and a single-season school record 68 made three-pointers.

    Recently, Schwarzkopf was selected to the Daily-Journal (Kankakee) All-Area Team (2012-13, 2013-14). He was a two-time Interstate Eight First Team All-Conference selection in 2012-13 and 2013-14 and will participate in the 2013-14 Interstate Eight All-Star Game.

    During his career, Schwarzkopf has led the Herscher Tigers to the 2012 Olivet Nazarene University Thanksgiving Classic Championship, where he was named the tournament MVP. In 2013-14 he led Herscher to a second place finish in the Interstate Eight Conference. In 2012-13, he helped Herscher to a third-place finish in the Interstate Eight Conference Tournament and a fourth-place finish in 2013-14. Schwarzkopf was named the team MVP in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

    During his senior year, Schwarzkopf scored 26 points and made seven three-pointers against Momence. He scored 25 points (13-13 FT), had 10 assists and seven rebounds against IHSA 2A Sectional finalist Reed-Custer. He also made five three-pointers twice scoring 20-plus points against Lisle and Dwight.

    In addition to his career at Herscher, Schwarzkopf played with Example Sports as a member of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). He helped his team win the NAYS Nationals in 2012 and 2013.

    While in high school, Schwarzkopf also had an outstanding soccer career. He was named to the IHSA 1A All-State team (2012 & 2013), two-time Daily-Journal (Kankakee) Player of the Year (2012 &2013), three-time Daily-Journal (Kankakee) All-Area team (2011, 2012, & 2013), and three-time Interstate Eight First Team All-Conference selection (2011, 2012, & 2013). He scored a school record, 95 career goals and single season 39 goals, and led Herscher to an IHSA 1A State Finals Runner-Up finish in 2013.

    Schwarzkopf finished high school with an overall 4.67/5.0 GPA, taking advanced placement classes all four years. He will study elementary education while at Olivet. He was also a member of the National Honor Society and an honor roll student at Herscher.

    He and his family attend College Church of the Nazarene-North Campus, and he has participated in a mission trip to Goshen, Ind.

    Schwarzkopf joins fellow members of the 2014-15 recruiting class; Bennet Schimmelpfennig (Bourbonnais, Ill.) and Chris Green (Bonfield, Ill.).

    Apr 03, 2014 4:48:56Apr 03, 2014 -

    Olivet's School of Theology and Christian Ministry is pleased to present the 2014 Sylvanus Carter Homiletics Award to Matthew Jones, a senior religious studies major from Eureka, Ill. During a special chapel service at College Church of the Nazarene on April 1, 2014, Matt received the award from University President John C. Bowling and delivered the sermon he had written.

    Seniors Nick Kellar and Adrian Calhoun were also finalists for this award. Both received scholarships and were recognized during the service.

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

    “We are pleased to honor three men of God who will preach the Word of God,” said Professor Jason Robertson, chair of the selection committee.

    Matthew Jones has been involved with many aspects of campus life during his years at Olivet. He has participated in Associated Student Council, Spiritual Life Council, Orpheus Choir, and Olivet’s improvisational comedy troupe, Spoons4Forks. In addition, he is a resident assistant for Hills Hall, a role that he plans to continue while pursuing his Masters of Arts in Pastoral Ministry degree at Olivet next year.

    Matt’s award-winning sermon, “The Foundation of our Faith," was based on John 5. “The resurrection is what we are about,” he said in his sermon. “It is in the resurrection that we have the possibility of hope. The resurrection makes all the difference.”

    Nick Kellar, a youth ministry major from Comstock Park, Mich., is a member of Olivet’s Preaching Ambassadors program. He has also been involved with the Men’s Residential Life council and volunteers for Youth4Christ at a local school. He plans to return to Olivet next year to pursue a Master of Arts in Family Ministry degree.

    Adrian Calhoun of New Paris, Pa., is a religious studies major with a minor in sociology. He serves as a resident assistant in the Olde Oak apartment complex, a student ambassador for Public Safety, and the co-president and co-chaplain of Proclamation Gospel Choir. He will return to Olivet next fall to pursue a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry degree.

    “Preach the Word. That is central to the work of the ministry,” Dr. Bowling said as he addressed Matt, Nick and Adrian during the service.

    The Sylvanus Carter Homiletics Award was established by Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Carter in honor of Stephen’s father, Rev. Sylvanus Carter — a pastor in the Church of the Nazarene for 56 years. Rev. Carter’s life and ministry modeled a strong commitment to preaching and pastoral care.

    Apr 03, 2014 9:50:18Apr 03, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — On Wednesday, April 2, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team took an afternoon to give back, literally. Head Coach Ralph Hodge and Assistant Coach Nick Birkey, along with 17 returning players, donated blood to the American Red Cross Blood Drive in Chalfant Hall. The donation event was organized by Olivet's Nursing Students’ Association (NSA) and President Emily Picklesimer.  

    The men’s basketball team was a small share of the 181 people who donated to the blood bank, helping collect 165 pints of blood which exceeded the day’s goal of 140.

    Junior point guard Austin Davis (North Augusta, S. C.) commented on his experience: “I was nervous initially because it was my first time donating. After hearing that one pint of my own blood can save three lives, it helped reassure me that it was all for a great cause.”

    Picklesimer and the NSA are pleased to be a part of something so significant. “NSA thoroughly enjoys hosting the Red Cross Blood Drive every semester and count it as an honor to be a part of saving so many lives," she said. "We truly appreciate all the support we get from students campus-wide to help provide our community with a blood bank.”

    The ONU Nursing Students' Association (NSA) is a council that organizes the campus-wide blood drive every semester, organizes nursing department events to keep everyone connected, and serves as a voice from students to professors. Their desire is to create a connected body of nursing students.

    The NSA has a multitude of volunteers from every level of nursing who assist during the blood drive. This year there were 38 volunteers from the ONU Nursing Department. The Level 5 (Senior) Nursing Students' Association (NSA) members stay the entire day to manage the blood drive. This year those students were Emily Picklesimer (president), Tyler Cary (vice president), Rebecca Busler (fundraiser), Michelle Towle (secretary), Lindsey Johnson (treasurer), and Sarah Toporek and Jeremy Weber (Level 5 Representatives).

    Each semester the NSA develops a theme for the blood drive; Wednesday’s theme was "Building a Better Community One Blood Bank at a Time." The nursing students were wearing hard hats and vests, and the blood bank was decorated with orange cones and caution tape.

    The Red Cross donation center in Peoria, Ill., serviced Wednesday’s blood drive and counts on Olivet every semester as being one of their largest blood drives. NSA hosts a blood drive at least once a semester each school year. 

    Apr 02, 2014 11:1:17Apr 02, 2014 -

    JOLIET, Ill. – The first four batters in the lineup for the No. 12 Olivet Nazarene University softball team have a combined batting average of .637 and account for 32 of the Tigers 54 extra base hits. Very rarely does the opposition hold this foursome to a 1-for 15 game at the plate, but that’s exactly what the University of Saint Francis (Ill.) did in game one of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) opener on Tuesday, April 1. Despite the lower-than-usual performance of their batting leaders at the plate, the Tigers managed a 10-2, six inning victory thanks for five Fighting Saints errors, three wild pitches and three hit batsman. Olivet made a clean sweep of the day, winning game two 14-1 in five innings.

    The Tigers (16-2, 2-0) proved that they were strong from top-to-bottom as the second half of the lineup combined for 10 hits, led by senior Cheryl Sendzik (Mokena, Ill.) who finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored. Junior Megan Butler (Frankfort, Ill.) also went 3-for-4 with a double and four runs scored. Freshman Megan Semro (Marengo, Ill.) connected for two hits.

    Junior Lindsey Stotler (Bloomington, Ill.) went the distance for the Tigers in the circle, finishing with six strikeouts while allowing just three hits and three walks. The win improved her season record to 4-1.

    In the night cap, the top of the batting order contributed a bit more. Junior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ill.) went a perfect 4-for-4 with a double, six RBIs and two runs scored to the lead the Tigers. Senior Justine Phillips (Metamora, Ill.) added a 3-for-4 performance with four runs scored. Sendzik connected for her first home run of the season, a three-run shot in the seven run fifth inning.

    Senior Caitlin Santefort (Mokena, Ill.) improved to 7-1 on the season with the complete game win. She struck out four while allowing no free passes. She allowed just three Fighting Saints hits.

    Olivet will return to action at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 to take on Purdue University – North Central in CCAC action. The Tigers beat the Panthers in both meetings last season, winning 13-0 and 11-0 on April 3, 2013.

    Apr 02, 2014 10:17:9Apr 02, 2014 -


    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Olivet Nazarene University women’s golf team has its sights set on returning to the NAIA National Championships. The Tigers captured the title at the Marian University Spring Invite held on March 31-April 1 at the Broadmoor Country Club, leading from start to finish.

    Led by freshman Sydney Tyler’s (Bloomington, Ill.) third place individual finish, the Tigers combined for a two-day total of 691, three strokes ahead of Marian. Holy Cross College (Ind.) finished in third with 752, while Indiana Wesleyan University finished fourth at 758.

    Tyler shot an opening round 83 and finished up the tournament with an 86 to finish at 169, tied for third. Senior Ashley Miller (Springhill, Kan.) and sophomore Bridget Wolff (East Peoria, Ill.) were only two and three strokes behind, respectively. Miller shot an 84 and an 87 to finished sixth overall, while Wolff shot 84 and 88 to finish tied for seventh.

    Sophomore Kelsey Fisk (Greenfield, Ind.) shot consistently over the two days, 91 in the opening round and 90 in round two to finish at 181 and tied for 13th. Junior Lydia Bilyeu (Fulton, Ill.) rounded out the top five Tiger finishers, posting an 89 and a 93 to finish tied for 15th.

    Olivet will take a little break from competition after the back-to-back tournaments, heading to the Bethel College (Ind.) Spring Invitational on April 11-12. The tournament will be held at the Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend, Ind.

    Apr 02, 2014 8:29:23Apr 02, 2014 -

    ELGIN, Ill. — Judson University (Ill.), the CCAC North Division leaders, awaited the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team on Tuesday afternoon, April 1, at Hoffer Field for a doubleheader. The Tigers were anxious to rebound following a series loss the previous weekend. The Eagles, however, were unwilling to yield in conference play, defeating Olivet 7-0 and 5-3, and staying atop the standings. ONU struggled at the plate, managing only nine hits and three runs all day.

    In game one, Coach Reid started sophomore Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) (1-1), who went 5 2/3 innings, allowing all seven runs — six earned — off 10 hits while striking out six. Junior Ryan Archer (Moline, Ill.) pitched the final 1/3 inning, walking two.

    Ryan Perez (7-1) started for the Eagles (19-12, 5-2) and went the distance, allowing three hits in 6 2/3 innings to go along with six strikeouts.

    The first three innings were scoreless as the Tigers managed only one hit but, in the bottom of the fourth, Judson put two runs on the board. Mark DeYoung tripled, and Tony Rallo grounded out for a second run. Again in the fifth inning, the Eagles tacked on four more runs aided by three singles, one of which was scored with two outs off the bat of Luke Rojas. ONU was unable to make a dint in the deficit, managing only one hit and again giving up a run in the bottom half to make it 7-0.

    For the Tigers (9-17, 3-4), Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.), Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) and Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) managed hits.

    At the plate for Judson, Mark DeYoung went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs. Josh Raymond had two hits, one RBI and two runs. Shortstop Luke Rojas had two RBIs, and Ryan Burke scored twice. 

    The Tigers needed a great pitching effort from sophomore Eric Douglass (Indianapolis, Ind.) (0-2) in game two, his first start of the season. He went four innings, allowing four runs — one earned — off three hits. Coach Reid then went to his bullpen and stayed there the rest of the game. Matt Webber (Kankakee, Ill.) pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing a run off two hits. Ken DeCook (Kankakee, Ill.) went 2/3 innings, and Joel Woodbridge (Brockton, Mass.) walked two in his appearance. Parker Shelton (Columbus, Ind.) struck out one in 1 1/3 innings of work, and Steven Beckham (Mt. Vernon, Ill.) finished the final 2/3 innings.

    For Judson, Kenny Lowden (2-2) sent seven innings in his start, allowing three runs — two earned — off six hits. Andrew Bergmann (1) recorded his first save of the season, pitching two innings and striking out two.

    As game two started, the lights were on at Hoffer Field. Unlike in game one, the first inning had a score as the Eagles took advantage of an error with Balough hitting a sacrifice fly and Ryan Burke scoring. Not until the bottom of the third did either team get another hit, and they used two to score three runs and take a 4-0 lead. Mark DeYoung continued his great day at the plate and piled on two more RBIs. Again, Lowden shutout the Tigers at the plate and allowed the Eagles to add an insurance run off of Rallo’s bat. 

    Meanwhile, the sixth inning became the final hope for the Tigers as they loaded the bases with no outs. Jordan Wanner (Morton, Ill.) eventually scored on a wild pitch. Josh Altmann grounded out to allow Foster to score. Eventually Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) singled, and J.P. Batts (Spring Lake, Mich.) to score. A double play ended the inning and the comeback effort for the Tigers.

    For the Tigers, Madison Foster went 2-for-4 with one run, and Jordan Wannerwent 2-for-3 with one run. Bryan Klendwort hand Josh Altmann each had a RBI.

    For the Eagles, Tony Rallo and Mark DeYoung each had two RBIs, and Ryan Burke scored twice.

    ONU will be back on the field Friday, April 4, on the road against CCAC opponent Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) at 5 p.m. in Whiting, Ind.


    Apr 01, 2014 12:45:48Apr 01, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Setting a school record en route to placing second overall at the University of St. Francis (Ill.) Spring Invite, Olivet Nazarene University's Ashley Miller (Springhill, Kan.) has been named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Golfer of the Week for the seven-day period ending March 30, it was announced on Tuesday by the CCAC office.

    Miller, a senior, opened the two-day tournament with a school-record and tournament-low round of 73 on Friday.  On Saturday, she registered an 85 to finish four strokes out of first place with her two-round total of 158.

    A total of 42 golfers took part in the event with Olivet Nazarene placing second as a team, 10 strokes behind frontrunner Bethel (Ind.) College.

    The event was played at the 6,054-yard, par-72 Prairie Bluff Golf Course.  

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

    Apr 01, 2014 12:44:10Apr 01, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Olivet Nazarene University's Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) set a new school record in the hammer throw to garner the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Field Athlete of the Week honors for her performances during the week of March 24-30, it was announced on Tuesday.

    Blucker, a sophomore, was named the CCAC Women's Field Athlete of the Week after setting the ONU mark in the hammer throw with a toss of 51.15 meters.  That bested the field of 70 competitors at the Washington (Mo.) University Invitational on Friday.  It was also an "A" standard qualifying effort, ranking as the fifth-best throw in the NAIA this year.

    Apr 01, 2014 12:41:23Apr 01, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Olivet Nazarene University's Aziza Butoyi (Burundi, Bujumura) registered a perfect 4-0 record to gain Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week honors for the week ending March 30, it was announced on Tuesday morning by the league office.  

    Butoyi, a senior, was also nearly perfect in each of her six sets dropping only one singles game and one doubles game in conference victories over Calumet College of St. Joseph on Friday and Judson University on Saturday.  At No. 2 singles, Butoyi won her two matches by 6-1, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-0 scores.  At. No. 2 doubles with Tifanny Aguirre, the pair won 8-0 and 8-1.

    Olivet Nazarene won both matches by 9-0 counts.

    With the wins, Butoyi is now 7-1 in singles play and 4-3 in doubles action

    Apr 01, 2014 12:39:26Apr 01, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Tossing a two-hit shutout in a non-conference affair against Robert Morris University, Olivet Nazarene University's Virginia McAndrews (Wheaton, Ill.) has been named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week for the seven-day period ending March 30, it was announced by the conference office Tuesday morning.

    McAndrews, a senior, needed only five innings to dispense of the Eagles, 8-0, on Saturday.  She struck out four, while walking just one and allowing the two hits in the only game of the week for ONU.

    The shutout was McAndrews' third of the season and lowered her earned run average to a mere 0.62.  She is now 5-0 on the season, while the No. 11-ranked Tigers are 14-2 overall.

    Apr 01, 2014 12:15:51Apr 01, 2014 -

    Chosen as a premier host site, Olivet and College Church of the Nazarene, Bourbonnais, will co-host the live telecast of the Willow Creek Association’s 20th Global Leadership Summit on August 14 and 15, 2014. This two-day event will be broadcast live from Willow Creek Community Church in real time at College Church's North Campus.

    Olivet’s live telecast provides a unique opportunity for local leaders of businesses, churches and organizations to experience the quality speakers and learning of the Summit close to where they are.

    This year’s presenters include:

    Bill Hybels, founder and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, Ill.
    Jeffrey Immelt, president and chief executive officer of General Electric
    Louie Giglio, pastor of Passion City Church, Atlanta, and founder of the Passion Movement
    Tyler Perry, filmmaker, actor and philanthropist
    Susan Cain, best-selling author and viral TED speaker on The Power of Introverts
    Wilfredo De Jesús, senior pastor of New Life Covenant Church and named one of the 100 Most Influential People 2013 by TIME
    Patrick Lencioni, best-selling author; founder and president of The Table Group
    Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and now chairman of Good 360
    Ivan Satyavrata, senior pastor of Assembly of God Church, Kolkata, India
    Bryan Loritts, founder and lead pastor of Fellowship Memphis
    Joseph Grenny, co-founder of VitalSmarts and social scientist for business performance
    Allen Catherine Kagina, commissioner general for the Uganda Revenue Authority
    Erica Ariel Fox,New York Times best-selling author and president of Mobius Executive Leadership
    Don Flow, chairman and CEO of Flow Companies Inc.

    Willow Creek Association (WCA) recognizes that the leadership core of any church includes leaders from the business, education, government and social sectors. The Global Leadership Summit welcomes leaders from all these sectors to this leadership training event. The Summit is a tool for transforming Christian leaders around the world with an injection of vision, skill development and inspiration. Following the August live event, Summit events will take place in an additional 300-plus cities in 92 countries — and translated into 42 languages. The 2014 Summit will ultimately reach more than 190,000 leaders across the globe.

    A discounted registration fee is offered through June 24, 2013. To register for the live telecast event in Bourbonnais, click here or call 800-570-9812. Later registration and walk-in registration on the event days are also available.

    For more local information about the Bourbonnais live telecast site, contact Laura Warfel at 815-928-5403 or

    Bill Hybels introduces speakers for 20th Global Leadership Summit

    Olivet will host the live telecast of the Willow Creek Association’s 20th Global Leadership Summit.

    Apr 01, 2014 9:7:29Apr 01, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Yielding only three points over four matches, Olivet Nazarene University's Juan Morales (Madrid, Spain) has been named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week for the period from March 24-30, it was announced by the league office on Tuesday.

    Morales, a freshman, went a combined 4-0 in contests against CCAC foes Calumet College of St. Joseph on Friday and Judson University on Saturday.  In his two singles matches, Morales did not lose a game at the No. 5 spot, winning 6-0, 6-0 each time.  Teaming up with Caio Barros at No. 2 doubles, the tandem won 8-1 and 8-2 in identical 9-0 whitewashes for the Tigers.

    Morales improved his record to 6-9 in singles play and 5-11 on the doubles circuit with his victories over the weekend.

    Olivet Nazarene, which is ranked No. 23 in the latest NAIA poll, is 5-7 overall and 2-0 in CCAC play.

    Mar 31, 2014 3:47:50Mar 31, 2014 -

    LAPORTE, Ind. — After a 196 day layoff from their last match, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s golf team showed zero rust playing in their first action in the spring. The Tigers competed in the Purdue University-North Central (Ind.) Invite at Briar Leaf Golf Club in LaPorte, Ind., Monday morning, March 31, against six other schools.

    A total of 35 golfers played in the 18-hole, two-day event at the par-72, 6,850-yard course. Olivet finished with a team score of 306 (+18). Purdue University-Calumet (309, +21) came in second, Trinity Christian College (320, +32) came in third, and the host school shot a 336 (+48) to come in fourth. ONU’s second squad shot a combined 344 (+56).

    Freshman Luke Lambert (Crown Point, Ind.) led the Tigers with a 74 (+2), finishing tied for second overall. Freshman Jordan Spay (Bettendorf, Iowa) shot a 75 (+3) to finish fourth. Sophomore Robert Wagner (Bethel, Ohio) came in seventh overall shooting a 78 (+6). Junior Michael Bork (Rapid City, Mich.) finished tied for ninth with 79 (+7) along with senior Tyler Karraker (Bourbonnais, Ill.).

    The Tigers' second squad to compete was led by sophomore Ethan Drooger (Holland, Mich.) shot an 80 (+8) to finish tied for 13th. Freshman Cole Evenson (Princeton, Ill.) finished 19th with an 83 (+11). Sophomore Ryan Muzljakovich (Vicksburg, Mich.) finished with an 87 (+15) and tied for 25th. Sophomore Darin LaMont (Crawfordsville, Ind.) came in tied for 31st with a 94 (+22).

    ONU will return to the course on Tuesday, April 8 for the University of St. Francis (Ill.) Spring Invite at 12 p.m. The match will be played at Inwood Golf Course Joliet, Ill.


    Mar 31, 2014 2:30:56Mar 31, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — After starting the CCAC portion of their season with two wins, the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team played their first three-game series against south division opponent Purdue University-North Central (Ind.) on Friday and Saturday, March 28-29. The Tigers dropped the first two (5-3 and 2-1) but managed to win game three 7-3 on the back of Jonathan Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Ill.), who continues to put together a great senior campaign.

    Notable performances at the plate for the Tigers (9-15, 3-2) during the weekend series start with sophomore Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.), who continued his hot streak going 5-for-12 with three RBIs and a double. He leads the Tigers in eight different categories, including batting average and stolen bases (17). Freshman outfielder Jordan Wanner (Morton, Ill.) went 3-for-10 with one RBI and one run scored. Freshman Seth Gorman (Newburgh, Ind.) had two hits in Friday’s game with one RBI and one run to go along with one hit in game one on Saturday. The Tigers’ leadoff batter, Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.), went 3-for-11 with one RBI and run scored.

    For the Panthers (8-12, 2-1), centerfielder Cody Haver had four hits and three RBIs in the series. Shortstop Joe Czarnecki went 5-for-10 with three runs and one RBI.

    Senior Steven Beckham (Mt. Vernon, Ill.) (1-5) started on Friday for the Tigers and went seven innings allowing five runs — two earned — off nine hits. Ken DeCook (Kankakee, Ill.) pitched two innings of relief, striking out three. In game one on Saturday, freshman Dave Cerciola (Villa Park, Ill.) (1-5) went the distance, allowing only two runs off four hits and striking out eight. In the Tigers' win on Saturday, Fightmaster won his sixth game of the season after 8 2/3 innings of work, allowing only three runs — two earned — off 10 hits. Parker Shelton (Columbus, Ind.) (1) earned his first save of the season in 1/3 inning of work.

    In Friday’s game, Dan Snyder (3-1) went eight innings, allowing only three runs in his third win of the season. In the Panthers' second win of the series, Brendan Spongberg (2-2) pitched a complete game, striking out six while allowing only one run.

    In all, the Tigers stole seven bases and finished with six errors.

    ONU will be back on the field Tuesday, April 1, at 4 p.m. for a doubleheader against CCAC opponent Judson University (Ill.) in Elgin, Ill.


    Mar 31, 2014 11:18:33Mar 31, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The No. 24 Olivet Nazarene University women’s tennis team picked up two Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference wins, despite the frigid temperatures and high winds, sweeping all the matches. On Friday, March 28 the Tigers downed Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) at home and defeated Judson University (Ill.) on the road on Saturday.

    With the temperatures hovering around the freezing point at the start of the match on Friday afternoon, the Tigers (7-4, 2-0) made quick work of the Crimson Wave. Freshman Priscila Nunez (Montreal, Canada) and sophomore Serephine Buchmann (Illnau, Switzerland) downed Carolina Monterrubio and Leticia Monteiro 8-0 at No. 1 doubles, while seniors Aziza Butoyi (Burundi, Bujumbura) and Tifanny Aguirre (Bogota, Columbia) won 8-0 at No. 2 doubles over Mariana Portela and Paula Nieto. Senior Lindsey Peterson (New Castle, Penn.) and freshman Marta Quereda (Alicante, Spain) won at No. 3 doubles by default.

    In singles action, Nunez downed Monterrubio 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, while Butoyi defeated Monteiro 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 singles. Buchmann picked up a win at No. 3 singles 6-2, 6-0 over Portela and Peterson downed Nieto 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4 singles. Aguirre swept Castellanos 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5 singles and sophomore Clara Ruegsegger (Greenfield, Ind.) won at No. 6 singles by default.

    Less than 24 hours later, the Tigers took the court against the Eagles. Nunez and Buchmann picked up a No. 1 doubles win over Emmie Chan and Nyssa Fetzer 8-3. Butoyi and Aguirre dominated Marcilyn Rowen and Kirstie Shales at No. 2 doubles picking up an 8-1 win, while Peterson and Quereda downed Marissa Gauss and Michaela DeLong at No. 3 doubles 8-3.

    The Tigers kept the Eagles from getting on the board in the top three singles matches, with Nunez, Butoyi and Buchmann all winning 6-0, 6-0. Peterson downed Shales 6-2, 6-4 at No. 4 singles, while Aguirre dominated Gauss 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5. Ruegsegger picked up a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 6 singles over DeLong.

    Olivet will return to action at home on Tuesday, April 1 against the University of St. Francis in CCAC action. The match is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m.

    Mar 31, 2014 10:46:14Mar 31, 2014 -

    Shine.FM and Olivet present Ladies Day 2014, a time of hope, encouragement and inspiration for women of God. Guest speaker Lisa Harper of the Women of Faith Tour and Dove-award-winning artist Meredith Andrews headline the program. The Olivetians will provide special music, and the day also includes a luncheon.

    The event takes place on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Centennial Chapel.

    Lisa Harper is a storyteller and scholar who has touched women worldwide through her ministry. Her unique combination of humor and theology communicates Bible truths in a way that reaches modern audiences. For six years, she served as director of Focus on the Family’s national women’s ministry, where she created the popular Renewing the Heart women’s conference. She was also the women’s ministry director at a church in Nashville for six years.

    Lisa has a Master of Theological Studies degree with honors from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. She has written ten books and has two best-selling video-based Bible study curriculums. She has appeared on syndicated radio and television programs, and was featured on the cover of Today’s Christian Woman. Currently, she is a featured speaker on Women of Faith Tour 2014, “From Survival to Revival” — an event that reaches thousands of women with messages of God’s love and grace.

    Meredith Andrews grew up in a house filled with music, and began singing in church at age six. While in college, she felt God call her into music ministry. She signed with Word Records in 2006 and has released three albums with the label. Her sophomore album, “As Long As It Takes,” received a Dove Award in 2011 as “Worship Album of the Year.” She also won a Dove Award for the song “How Great Is The Love.” Her last album, “Worth It All,” was released in 2013. This project was charted by Billboard magazine as the 144th most popular album in the United States and seventh most popular Christian album for the week of Feb. 9, 2013.

    In addition to her recording and performing career, Meredith serves as a worship leader for Harvest Bible Church in Chicago. She also travels with the Girls of Grace Tour, an event to help teen girls find their security in Christ.

    Tickets are $35 per person, which includes all programming, lunch and a special gift. For more information or to purchase tickets for this one-day event, click here or call 815-928-5791.
    Mar 31, 2014 10:37:59Mar 31, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS/ELGIN, Ill. — The No. 23-ranked Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team opened CCAC play with two matches on Friday and Saturday, March 28-29, against Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) and Judson University (Ill.). The Tigers swept both matches 9-0 and 9-0, losing only 13 sets out of 61 in doubles play and winning seven singles matches (6-0, 6-0) in 12 attempts.

    On Friday, the Tigers (5-7, 2-0) won all three doubles matches by the score of 8-1 against the Crimson Wave (2-4, 0-1). Landon Williams (Erie, Pa.) and Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico), Juan Morales (Madrid, Spain) and Caio Barros (Belo Horizonte, Brazil), and Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) and Oscar Cornella (Lleida, Spain) all won matches.

    In singles, Veys, Cornella, Williams, Morales and Barros all won (6-0, 6-0); and Sanchez defeated Martinez (6-0, 6-1).

    Against the Eagles (1-4, 0-2), Williams and Sanchez won 8-6 over Andrew Moment and Reilly Good. Morales and Barros won 8-2, and Veys and Cornella gained a third point by a score of 8-2.

    Against Judson, Sanchez and Morales won (6-0, 6-0). Veys won (6-0, 6-2), Cornella defeated Isnz Balase (6-0, 6-1), Williams won (6-1, 6-1), and Barros won (6-3, 6-0).

    ONU will be back in action Wednesday, April 2, against (RV) University of St. Francis (Ill.) in CCAC action at 3 p.m.


    Mar 31, 2014 10:14:55Mar 31, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The No. 11 Olivet Nazarene University softball team picked up two wins in the weather shortened ONU Invite on Saturday, March 29. The Tigers downed Purdue University – Calumet (Ind.) 2-0 before beating Robert Morris University (Ill.) 8-0 in five innings behind the strong pitching arms of seniors Caitlin Santefort (Mokena, Ill.) and Virginia McAndrews (Wheaton, Ill.).

    In the opener, Santefort went the distance to pick up her sixth win of the season. She allowed just three hits in seven innings, while striking out five and allowing five walks. Offensively, the Tigers were held to just four hits. Sophomore Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) connected for a double, while seniors Hannah Gardner (Frankfort, Ill.) and Cheryl Sendzik (Mokena, Ill.) and junior Megan Butler (Frankfort, Ill.) each added a single.

    In the night cap, McAndrews improved to 5-0 on the season, throwing all five innings. She allowed just two hits and struck out four, while allowing just one walk. The bats woke up as the Tiger’s connected for 12 hits. Gardner connected for two doubles, while junior Erika Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) added one. Sophomore Lindsey Krippel (Fairbury, Ill.) added a triple, while junior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ill.) added three singles. Sendzik went 2-for-3 with a team-leading three RBIs.

    Olivet (14-2) will open Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play on Tuesday, April 1 at the University of St. Francis (Ill.). Game one is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. The Tigers swept the Fighting Saints in their three contests a season ago, including knocking them out of the CCAC Tournament with a 10-2 win.

    Mar 31, 2014 9:32:1Mar 31, 2014 -

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Following a 13th-place finish at the NAIA Indoor Nationals, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s track and field team was back in action to begin the outdoor season at the Washington University-St. Louis (Mo.) Invite on Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29. The Tigers finished 22nd of 33 teams.

    The Tigers sent only a few athletes to the meet, and those athletes performed well in a field of outstanding teams. In the men’s hammer throw, Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.)  finished sixth out of 73 athletes with a finals throw of 48.84. Seth Wonch (Olathe, Kan.) came in 12th with a finals throws of 44.84. Marcus Reynolds (Green Bay, Wis.) threw 36.48 to finish 35th. Freshman Grant Judson (Toledo, Ohio) finished 47th with a throw of 32.13, and Zach Fienhold (Chenoa, Ill.) also competed.

    Marcus Reynolds competed in the javelin throw with 55 other athletes and finished second with a throw of 53.83.

    In the men’s 5000 meter run, senior Daniel Wells (Danville, Ill.) ran 15:27.10 to come in 49th. Jason Reynolds (Rockford, Ill.) came in 69th with a time of 15:39.59, and Brandon Divan (Oakwood, Ill.) ran 15:46.20 to finish 75th out of 164 runners.

    Out of 28 athletes in the men’s 10000 meter run, Dylan Creger (Almont, Mich.) finished 10th (31:51.23), and Andrew Cowen (Carmel, Ind.) came in 11th (31:56.65).

    ONU will be back in action on Saturday, April 5, at 11 a.m. for the Greenville Select, hosted by Greenville College (Ill.).


    Mar 31, 2014 9:21:10Mar 31, 2014 -

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Olivet Nazarene University women’s track and field team kicked off their 2014 outdoor season at the Washington University (Mo.) Invite on Friday, March 28. The Tigers came away with two NAIA National qualifiers and a 14th place finish.

    Sophomore Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) shattered her own school record with a 167’10” (51.15m) toss in the weight throw. The throw put her 5th in the NAIA and qualified her “A “standard for the NAIA National Championships.

    Freshman Sarah Ray (Warsaw, Ind.) crossed the line at 37:15.18 to finish fourth in the 10,000m run and qualify “A” standard.

    The Tigers return to action on Saturday, April 5 at 11:00 a.m. at the Greenville Select hosted by Greenville College. 

    Mar 31, 2014 8:41:36Mar 31, 2014 -

    LOCKPORT, Ill. – Senior Ashley Miller (Springhill, Kan.) shot a school record opening round of 73 to kick off the spring 2014 season and help the Olivet Nazarene University women’s golf team begin their quest to return to the NAIA National Championships. The Tigers got things started with their first tournament of the season at the University of Saint Francis University Spring Invitational held March 28-29 at Prairie Bluff Golf Course.

    Olivet came out the opening round with a four shot lead over Bethel College (Ind.). The Tigers got off to a fast start, shooting 324 to lead the field. Miller’s 73 was the low round of the tournament and took two strokes off of the school record which was set by sophomore Bridgett Wolff (East Peoria, Ill.) in the fall. Junior Lydia Bilyeu (Fulton, Ill.) shot an opening round 80, while Wolff was just four shots back at 84. Freshman Sydney Tyler (Bloomington, Ill.) opened with an 87 and rounding out the top five Tigers was sophomore Kelsey Fisk (Greenfield, Ind.) with a 92.

    The Tigers had a rough second day, shooting a team 336. Olivet finished second overall at 660, behind Bethel at 649. Rounding out the top five were St. Francis at 678, Wheaton College (Ill.) at 705 and Cardinal Stritch University at 711.

    Miller finished second overall in the 42 player field after a second round 85. A pillar of consistency, Bilyeu matched her opening round with another 80 to finish third overall.  Wolff finished tied for 12th overall after a second round 88, while Fisk’s 82 propelled her to a tie for 15th overall. Tyler finished tied for 20th with a second round 91.

    Olivet returns to action on Monday, March 31 for the opening round of the Marian University (Ind.) Spring Classic at the Broadmoor Country Club at Indianapolis, Ind.

    Full results, click here.

    Mar 28, 2014 3:0:10Mar 28, 2014 -

    When it comes to delivering power to remote or devastated locations around the globe, I-TEC is the expert. Olivet students and faculty in the Department of Engineering had an introduction to this organization’s work when its president brought a power container — custom-designed by expert volunteers — to Olivet’s campus recently.

    Dr. Shane Ritter, who will become engineering department chair on July 1, 2014, has worked with I-TEC for the past five years. He is excited about this new opportunity for Olivet’s innovators with a Christian purpose, also known as missioneers.

    “We want our students and faculty to assist I-TEC in its efforts to provide high and low voltage services to mission areas, hospitals, schools, orphanages and a host of other locations,” Dr. Ritter says.

    Challenging students to think globally

    The power container is an actual shipping container, 20 feet long by 8 feet high. It has been customized and adapted to provide electrical services in a location where power is either not available, not reliable or is too expensive to purchase. Power of varying wattages is provided by a combination of solar panels and gel-cell batteries. The container is ideal for delivering directly to underdeveloped countries via boat, train, semi or even helicopter, depending on the particular needs.

    “During I-TEC’s visit, I learned more about the electric power circumstances in Africa and about the use of solar energy in the I-TEC power container,” says Sam Kleindienst (freshman, engineering major, Peotone, Ill.).

    Since 1986, Tom Garber — I-TEC’s founder, president and high voltage project coordinator — has worked to deliver power containers, generators and other electrical services to faith-based organizations in more than 40 countries. He hosted Olivet groups as they toured a power container, explaining its operation and answering questions.

    “We know what works and what doesn’t work,” says Tom. “Our goal is to deliver simpler, stronger, cleaner power to countries that need it. These containers are designed to stay in the country permanently. We train the locals to care for the system and want them to have ownership of it.”

    Real problems, real solutions

    Soon, I-TEC will deliver power containers to locations in Papua New Guinea and Burundi. The container for Burundi will provide 20 KW using 85 solar panels and 24 gel-cell batteries.

    “I’m impressed with the straightforward resourcefulness of I-TEC’s staff,” says Nathan Honeyager (freshman, engineering major, Waukesha, Wis.). “I-TEC’s design takes into account a relative lack of technical expertise in the target areas, and emphasizes durable design, independently functioning electronics and sustainable energy choices. Tom Garber and his staff also challenged Olivet’s engineering students, as future engineers, to perhaps help them tackle and improve issues such as cost-efficiency and ease of construction.”

    I-TEC is a nondenominational ministry utilizing volunteers to meet the technical needs of missionaries and not-for-profit organizations worldwide, and to actively support local and international disaster relief. Services include: surveys for power quality and system improvements, new construction, and the rebuilding of existing systems as well as generator installations, maintenance and repairs. Expansion of services into new technology, such as solar systems, hydro generation and wind turbines, is on the horizon.

    Mar 27, 2014 2:11:22Mar 27, 2014 -

    Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies (SGCS) announces a new educational partnership with the American Nurses Association (ANA) Illinois and its affiliates, Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing (ISAPN), Philippine Nurses Association of Illinois (PNAI) and Illinois Association of School Nurses (IASN).

    “Olivet is proud to partner with such a prestigious organization and its respected affiliates,” said Joe DeJohns, director of educational partnerships for SGCS. “We look forward to helping ANA-Illinois members and members of the affiliated associations achieve their educational goals and excel in the ever-changing landscape of professional health care.”

    This new relationship includes a tuition incentive of a 20 percent discount for Olivet’s RN to BSN degree completion program — both the online and hybrid programs — as well as the MSN degree programs. Olivet is looking forward to reaching and welcoming to its student body more nursing students from all areas of Illinois and beyond.

    Dr. Cynthia A. Russell, associate dean of nursing and health sciences at ONU, shared: “The healthcare environment is fast-paced and ever-changing. Today’s nurses need programs like Olivet’s RN to BSN program that facilitate completion of the baccalaureate degree, enabling graduates to pursue career advancement opportunities and graduate studies.”

    Through its educational partnership with ANA-Illinois, Olivet is extending this tuition incentive to all members of affiliate organizations as well. As the recognized leader in serving the needs of nurses and the nursing profession, ANA-Illinois invites other nursing organizations to partner with it as organizational affiliates.

    ANA-Illinois is committed to helping registered nurses (RNs) achieve their professional and educational goals. “By pursuing a bachelor's or advanced nursing degree, RNs can operate from a broader knowledge base for the benefit of patients and families,” said ANA-Illinois Executive Director Susan Y. Swart, MS, RN, CAE. “Additionally, baccalaureate and advanced-degreed RNs benefit from enhanced career prospects in various areas, including teaching, research, administration, and advanced practice.”

    ANA-Illinois is the professional association for registered nurses in Illinois. Together with its national partner, the American Nurses Association (ANA), this organization is focused on building a community of nurses dedicated to advancing their profession and providing safe, affordable healthcare. As an advocate for the nursing profession, it works to provide a voice for all nurses across all specialties and practice settings.

    In addition, ANA-Illinois is committed to protecting the practice of nursing by ensuring that nursing's priorities are incorporated into legal and regulatory decisions. Important issues — such as oversight of scope of practice, appropriate use of unlicensed personnel and the impact of managed care — are foremost in the organization’s work. It also focuses its efforts on safeguarding and promoting licensure, credentialing and the right of the profession to define nursing practice.
    Mar 26, 2014 10:13:10Mar 26, 2014 -

    New construction, enhanced programming and leadership appointments were the highlights of President John C. Bowling’s annual “State of the University” address to the faculty and staff of Olivet Nazarene University on March 25, 2014.

    “We are not looking back, we are not looking down, nor are we looking around wringing our hands,” said Dr. Bowling. “Today, we are looking up, and we are looking forward with a strong sense of promise and purpose, and a record of fine achievement — even during these days of recession.”

    Outlining the University’s strategic plan known as “Vision 2022,” Dr. Bowling said, “I believe this plan will help us preserve the past, manage the present, and map and secure the future for the purposes of sustaining our mission, strengthening our value proposition and equipping our students to engage the world in transformational ways.”

    Dr. Bowling highlighted four major construction projects that will take place on Olivet’s campus in the near future. These include a second addition to Reed Hall of Science, expansions to Wisner Hall of Nursing and the Larsen Fine Arts Center, and the construction of a new resident hall for freshman women. These are in addition to numerous improvements scheduled throughout the campus, including significant upgrades to outdoor athletic facilities. New graduate and continuing studies regional centers are opening soon in Indianapolis, Ind., and Lansing, Mich., and a new location is being planned for the northwest Chicago suburbs.

    Dr. Bowling also announced changes to the academic structure in preparation for continued growth and quality enhancement, including the establishment of two new schools within the University: a School of Music and a School of Nursing and Health Sciences. He formally announced the appointment of Dr. Robert Hull as the dean of the School of Education, Dr. Shane Ritter as the chair for the Department of Engineering, and Dr. Jim Upchurch as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

    Started in the spring of 2009, Dr. Bowling’s inaugural State of the University address was scheduled, in part, to discuss the economic challenges evident across the landscape of higher education. Since then, the gatherings have become an annual tradition, offering faculty and staff an overview of the University’s current state of affairs, and the opportunity to hear directly from the president regarding his vision for the future.

    “In these past few years, as colleges and universities of nearly every stripe have struggled, you have held steady,” said Dr. Bowling, expressing his gratitude to the faculty and staff. “You have done more with less, and God has blessed your efforts. He has taken our loaves and fish, blessed and multiplied them, and fed thousands of students. God has helped us.”

    Mar 25, 2014 2:3:59Mar 25, 2014 -

    Olivet’s Green Room theatre group presents the student production of “Middletown,” a deeply moving and funny play exploring the universe of a small town in the United States. Seniors Hannah Williams and Ron Gamache direct the cast of Olivet students. Jerry Cohagan, theatre professor, is the group’s faculty sponsor.

    Show times are at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 3; Friday, April 4; and Saturday, April 5, 2014. The production will be presented on stage in Kresge Auditorium in Larsen Fine Arts Center on Olivet’s campus. Tickets are $5 ($2.50 for students with I.D.), available for purchase at the door. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 815-928-5543 or email

    The production of “Middletown” marks Hannah Williams' directing debut, but she is no stranger to the stage. She has appeared in ten productions while at Olivet. A senior from Beavercreek, Ohio, she is majoring in corporate communications and theatre, and is also the president of Green Room. 

    Ronald Gamache III a senior majoring in corporate communications, is from Flint, Mich. This is his 10th ONU production. He was the director of “Broadway Revue” for two years and is currently serving as the co-president of Green Room. Most recently, he has appeared on stage in “The Music Man,” “God’s Favorite,” “Once Upon a Mattress” and “These Shining Lives.” 

    Playwright Will Eno captures the intersection of lives in Middletown by exploring the friendship between longtime resident John Dodge and new arrival Mary Swanson. The strange and poignant journey takes them from the local library to outer space and points between. “Middletown is about life and what we do with the time in the middle,” Hannah says. “We all long for the best possible life. There is beauty in how we fill the middle. Extraordinary is woven into the ordinary.”

    The cast of “Middletown” includes:

    Nick Allen (junior, multimedia studies major, Kankakee, Ill.) as the Cop
    Emmaline Brown (sophomore, communications major, Osseo, Mich.) as Mary Swanson
    • Jamison Burchfield (senior, mathematics major, Saint Joseph, Mich.) as John Dodge
    Adam Deckard (sophomore, Christian education major, Centerville, Ind.) as the Male Tourist, Freelancer, Radio Host
    Dan Flynn (sophomore, philosophy and religion major, Mascoutah, Ill.) as the Public Speaker, Greg, Male Doctor
    Mary Hall (junior, journalism and Spanish double major, Maryland Heights, Mo.) as the Sweetheart
    Joe Mantarian (sophomore, multimedia production major, Bourbonnais, Ill.) as the Man, Landscaper, Janitor, Ground Control
    Michaela Maris (sophomore, youth ministry major, Atlanta, Ill.) as the Female Tourist, Woman, Attendant
    Miles Kolby Meador (junior, multimedia studies major, Oreana, Ill.) as the Mechanic
    Cassandra Petrie (junior, vocal performance and music education double major, Albion, Ind.) as the Aunt, Female Doctor, Cop, Radio Host
    Ashley Sarver (junior, journalism major, Springfield, Ohio) as the Librarian
    Blaire Toms (senior, zoology major, Wheaton, Ill.) as the Tour Guide, Attendant, Radio Host

    Mar 25, 2014 10:24:29Mar 25, 2014 -

    The Olivet Nazarene University men's basketball program and Head Coach Ralph Hodge have signed their second member to the 2014 recruiting class. Tiger basketball welcomes local standout Chris Green, a 6-foot guard from Bonfield, Ill. He plays for Kankakee Trinity Academy and will finish his great prep career this month.

    Chris recently broke the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) record for career points (3,391) in 123 games (32.2 ppg), previously held by Charles Vaughn (Tamms High School). He broke the record in his final game of the season, making two free-throws early in the contest.

    Currently during his senior season, Chris averaged 33.9 points, 6.2 assists, 6.8 rebounds, 3.2 steals, shooting 40 percent from the three-point line (112 made three-pointers), 53 percent from the field and 85 percent from the free-throw line. He helped his team to a 30-5 overall record and was named to The Daily-Journal All-Area Team in March.

    During his career, Chris has many achievements, including earning South Shore Christian Conference (SSCC) First Team All-Conference honors in 2013 and 2014. He was a Daily Journal All-Area selection in 2012 and 2013. He was selected as the Berean Tip-Off Tournament MVP in 2011 and the Kankakee Trinity Academy Roundball Invitational MVP (2012, 2013, 2014). In addition, he was an all-tournament selection for the Calumet Winter Classic (2012, 2013) and Berean Tip-Off Tournament (2013).

    During his junior year, Chris scored a career-high 58 points and made nine three-pointers against Mountain Top Christian. He scored 51 points in the championship game of the KTA Roundball Tournament versus Victory Christian Academy. 

    During his senior year, Chris scored 58 points, going 20-for-21 from the free-throw line, and 17-for-26 from the floor in an overtime win against Families of Faith Christian. Also, he scored 32 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds and a game-winner against Heritage Christian. He scored 44 points, 34 in the second half, in the SSCC Championship Game.

    Chris has helped his team to the 2014 SSCC Conference Tournament Championship, second place ACSI State Tournament finish (2014) and KTA Roundball title (2012, 2013, 2014). In 2012, he helped his team to the Calumet Christian Winter Classic Championship.

    In addition to his career with Kankakee Trinity Academy, Chris played with Example Sports as a member of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). He helped his team win the NAYS Nationals in 2012 and 2013.

    While in high school, Chris also played baseball for Grace Baptist Academy and will play for Trinity this spring. He batted .460 during his sophomore season and was selected as his team’s Defensive Player of the Year.

    Chris finished high school with an overall 4.0 GPA. He will study exercise science while at Olivet.

    He and his family attend Herscher Christian Church. He participated in a 300-mile bike ride for HIS Home 300 to bring water to a village in Africa. He also helped at a homeless shelter and volunteered with Feed My Starving Children. 

    Green joins fellow member of the 2014-15 recruiting class; Bennet Schimmelpfennig (Bourbonnais, Ill.).

    Mar 24, 2014 2:18:3Mar 24, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — In the bottom of the ninth, one out and the bases loaded, sophomore Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.) singled to bring home the winning run in game one against Robert Morris University (Ill.) on Saturday, March 22. The Olivet Nazarene University baseball team hosted the Eagles in their first CCAC action of the season. ONU went on to beat Robert Morris 3-2 in game two to start the conference season 2-0. Prior to Saturday’s wins, the Tigers were 0-8 in one-run games this season.

    In game one, senior Steven Beckham (Mt. Vernon, Ill.) (1-4) started in his seventh game of the season. He threw 6 2/3 innings allowing six runs — four earned — off nine hits, walking three. Freshman Dave Cericola (Villa Park, Ill.) (1-4) pitched the final 2 1/3 innings, allowing two runs off one hit, but gained his first career win in relief.

    Mike Topp started for the Eagles (7-7) and went five innings, allowing six runs off 10 hits, striking out six. Josh McQuery pitched two innings of relief, allowing only one hit. Josh Howard allowed two runs off two walks in 1/3 inning of work. Kyle Bledsoe (2-1) recorded the loss in the ninth inning, allowing one run off three hits and four walks.

    Following a rough top of the first inning, Beckham settled down over the next five innings, allowing only three hits. Meanwhile, the Tigers took control over the first three innings, scoring six runs of their own, including a two-run single in the second by Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.). In the seventh, the Eagles tied it at 6-6, and followed it up with two more in the top of the eighth. However, the Tigers' (8-13) first baseman Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) scored two on a single to tie the game. After three straight outs, Hayes took advantage of the bases loaded and game-winning run, Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) game across the plate.

    For the Tigers, Foster went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and four runs. Altmann had three hits and two RBIs. Hayes had three hits and the walk-off RBI. Klendworth had one hit and three RBIs.

    Andrew Sebastian led the way for the Eagles at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and one run. Tony Urbaniak went 2-for-2 with one run and RBI. Tim Delany scored three of the Eagles eight runs, while four others had one hit, two of which had an RBI. 

    Since the first game went extra innings, game two was only seven innings. Senior Jonathan Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Ill.) (5-2) pitched a complete game, allowing only two runs — one earned — off six hits, while striking out five.

    For Robert Morris, Brendan Delaney (1-2) went the distance, allowing three runs — two earned — off four hits, walking five and striking out seven.

    Unlike in game one, the Tigers got things started in game two with the first run in the third inning. Caleb Gulledge (Spring Arbor, Mich.) stole home while J.P. Batts (Spring Lake, Mich.) stole second. The following inning, Robert Morris took the 2-1 lead with Sebastian and Koehler singles. In the bottom of the inning, Aaron King’s (Pekin, Ill.) single scored Jordan Hayes to tie the game, following a hit-by-pitch to start the inning. Subsequently, the next inning would prove to be the deciding inning as Fightmaster got three outs and Klendworth’s sacrifice fly scored Batts to take the decisive 3-2 run.

    For the Tigers, Aaron King went 2-for-3 with one RBI, and Bryan Klendworth went 1-for-2 with a RBI.

    For the Eagles, Jory Koehler went 2-for-3 with one RBI and Sebastian had one hit, RBI, and run apiece. Austin Zakrocremski went 1-for-3 with one run.

    ONU will be back on the field Friday, March 28, at Watson Field against CCAC opponent Purdue University-North Central (Ind.) at 3:30 p.m.


    Mar 24, 2014 10:22:38Mar 24, 2014 -

    Olivet announces the appointment of Robert E. Hull, Ed.D., as dean of the School of Education, effective July 1, 2014. His 30-plus years of experience in various public education and community leadership positions have prepared him well for taking on this new assignment.

    “I have known Dr. Hull for more than 25 years and have seen him to be a man of great integrity and ability,” says Dr. Dennis Crocker, vice president of academic affairs. “His gracious, kind spirit comes, I believe, from his strength of character. He is a genuine servant leader. We are thrilled to welcome him to the Olivet community.”

    Dr. Hull comes to Olivet from his position as the founding director of the Kansas Center for Safe and Prepared Schools. He led this collaborative office in its work to assist school districts in fulfilling their mission of providing a safe and prepared learning environment for students and staff. He also led in bridging gaps and helping provide the necessary resources and training for responding to school emergencies.

    Previously, he served as the assistant superintendent of the Olathe (Kan.) District Schools; superintendent of schools in Osawatomie, Kan., and Blakesburg, Iowa; and secondary principal for Altoona-Midway, Jefferson County North and Lawrence (Kan.) High Schools. He also taught graduate-level courses at MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, for 15 years. In 2013, he was elected as a member of MidAmerica’s Board of Trustees.

    “As a leader at Olivet, I will work to promote the success of every staff member by developing a climate with high expectations and one that fosters continual growth,” Dr. Hull says. “I am a servant leader and an active listener. I am learning that greatness is not found in possessions, power, possibilities or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service and character.”

    Nationally recognized for his extensive work in the areas of school safety and emergency preparedness, Dr. Hull was appointed by former Kansas Governor Kathleen Sibelius in 2007 to chair the Commission on Healthy & Prepared Schools. In 2006, he was invited to be part of President George W. Bush’s Conference on School Safety. His articles have been published extensively, and he is a sought after speaker on these topics for conferences and seminars. A certified emergency manager in Kansas and a nationally certified firefighter, he has also served as an instructor for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

    Dr. Hull holds a bachelor’s degree in biology/education from MidAmerica. His two master’s degrees — one is in administration and supervision, and one is an educational specialist degree in general administration — are from Pittsburg (Kan.) State University. His doctorate in education administration and leadership is from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. He also holds certifications as an emergency manager, firefighter, district and building level school administrator, and secondary science teacher.

    He and his wife, Marsha (Howk), are the parents of two adult sons, Michael and Brett. Marsha holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from MidAmerica. Mike is the senior pastor of Parsons Nazarene Church, Parsons, Kan. Brett is a correctional advisor for Johnson County, Kan.
    Mar 21, 2014 11:27:43Mar 21, 2014 -

    Imagine a situation in which students could apply for and receive grants from their peers that will make a significant impact in their local community. Through the work of Olivet’s Student Philanthropy Council (SPC), this has become a reality.

    “Students have an increasing interest in employment and volunteer opportunities in the nonprofit sector,” says Jenny Schoenwetter, coordinator for development and staff liaison for SPC. “We want to prepare them for what to expect, and also teach them about the importance of living philanthropically by investing in others.”

    Founded in the fall of 2012, the student-ran SPC exists to provide meaningful ways to educate and engage students in philanthropy. The goal is to develop a culture of giving so that students will leave Olivet as generous leaders in their respective communities. As part of this pursuit, the SPC’s Grant Committee awards mini-grants to groups, clubs, ministries and programs to enrich the campus or surrounding community by investing in educational, spiritual and significant needs.

    Applicants must be current Olivet students applying on behalf of a group, club, ministry or program in which they are currently active. Reward money may not be used for personal benefit.

    This year, SPC selected four applicants to receive funding:

    ONU Tiger tennis team — Awarded money will be used to buy supplies for an event the team will host for students from Kennedy Elementary School in Kankakee, Ill.

    MuKappa, a campus organization that serves Olivet students from international missionary and military homes — Awarded money was used to provide a refugee family in the Chicago area with a “Welcome to America!” pack, which included items such as kitchenware, towels, bedding and food items.

    Reach Community — Awarded money was used for paint supplies as part of an ongoing effort to remodel Grace Christian Academy in Kankakee.

    Youth for Christ — Awarded money will be used to help purchase new chairs, tables, furniture and a water fountain for the City Life Center in Kankakee.

    Grant recipients must use the funds by a given deadline. They are also required to submit a follow-up report detailing how they used the funds. If they fail to meet the terms of the grant agreement, they will be required to pay back the money.

    “This is a great opportunity for students on the Council to see what goes into the grant process,” says Kelsey Steines, SPC president.

    Peer-to-peer education

    The SPC also ensures that each applicant receives feedback for writing future grant proposals. After announcing the grant recipients, committee members provide helpful input to all the applicants focusing on parts of their application that could be strengthened or improved. With this knowledge, students will be prepared to apply again next year.

    As they educate their peers, committee members are also learning about this process. Many are new to grant procedures and eagerly learned how to evaluate applications properly.

    To continue the trend of peer education, committee members attend a seminar hosted by students who have experience with grants through the “Fundamentals of Fundraising” course that Olivet offers.
    Mar 21, 2014 8:42:18Mar 21, 2014 -

    Experience the majesty of the Ruffatti pipe organ played by three accomplished performers. “The Spring Festival of Organ Music” will take place in the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel on three consecutive Fridays from 12:10 to 12:55 p.m. The performance schedule is:

    Friday, March 21, 2014 — Elizabeth K. Walden is the director of music ministries at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Downers Grove, Ill. She has performed with the Salt Creek Sinfonietta and the Downers Grove Choral Society, and is a board member of the Fox Valley chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

    Friday, March 28 — Señor Hector Guzman is the music director of Texas’ Plano Symphony Orchestra, the Irving Symphony and the San Angelo Symphony. A native of Mexico, he has received many accolades, including the “Outstanding National Young Artist” award given by the government of Mexico, the 2012 “For the Love of Art” Lifetime Achievement award, and the “Mozart Medal” given by the Embassy of Austria and the Mozart Academy in Mexico.

    Friday, April 4 — David Schrader is a member of the music faculty at Roosevelt University, and is accomplished on harpsichord, organ, pianoforte and piano. He has been invited to perform at the national convention of the American Guild of Organists three times, and has also performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

    There is no admission charge for these concerts. For more information, call 815-939-5258.
    Mar 20, 2014 8:20:29Mar 20, 2014 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Senior Miranda Geever (Moline, Ill.) was among the 60 student-athletes recognized by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as a 2014 Division II Women’s Basketball All-American when they announced the selections on Wednesday, March 19. Geever was named one of 30 Third Team honorees.

    Geever led the No. 25 Olivet Nazarene University women’s basketball team and the NAIA Division II in steals and steals per game, swiping a total of 137 on the season, 4.03 per game. She also led the Tigers in scoring, averaging 19.50 points per game and assists with 4.79.

    Geever finished her career with 1,500 points, having reached the 1,000 point milestone on November 26. She finished her career ranked eighth all-time for the Tigers. Her 370 career steals puts her at second all-time, while her 390 assists ties her for ninth.

    Geever is also a two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete and a three-time Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic Team honoree.  She will graduate in May with a degree in chemistry.

    The 2014 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball All-America Teams were selected by the NAIA-Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America Committee.

    Mar 19, 2014 2:34:16Mar 19, 2014 -

    POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2013-14 Division II Men’s Basketball All-America teams. The All-America Teams are selected by the NAIA All-America committee.

    Of the 68 individuals named to the first, second, and third teams and honorable mention list, the Tigers had one player honored. He is one of six players from the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference who were honored.

    Olivet Nazarene University forward Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) is one of 38 players in the nation who have been selected to the NAIA Division II Honorable Mention All-American list. He is the 12th different Tiger to be named to the distinction and the second youngest (Jordan Harks, freshman, 2010).

    Larson, a 6-foot-7 sophomore, led the Tigers in minutes per game (31.7), scoring average (16.3), rebounds per game (8.9), free-throw percentage (.802), blocks (24), and field goals made and attempted (181-347). He was third on the team in three-pointers made (25), and second in free-throws made and attempted (69-86).

    He also finished with 11 double-doubles and scored in double figures 25 times. On February 1, he recorded a career-high 30 points against Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) and a career-high in rebounds (17) on January 25 against Roosevelt University (Ill.). Among CCAC leaders, he was sixth in scoring, fourth in rebounding, third in free-throw percentage, seventh in blocked shots, first in defensive rebounds and seventh in offensive rebounds.

    His rebounding average was 23rd best in the NAIA. He also ranked 13th in defensive rebounds per game (6.54), 30th in total rebounds (248) and 43rd in field goal percentage (.522).

    Larson, a CCAC First Team All-Conference selection in 2014, was named the 2013 CCAC Freshman of the Year. He is the first Tiger since Ben Worner (2012) to be named to the Honorable Mention list.

    The complete lists are found here.

    Mar 19, 2014 9:14:17Mar 19, 2014 -

    Led by Head Coach Ralph Hodge and his coaching staff, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball program will again host a summer full of camps and shootouts during the month of June 2014. The Tigers have scheduled 18 days of activities — one junior high team camp, 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 last summer’s camp schedule — starting with three weeks of individual skills camps — the Tiger coaches had the privilege of working with close to 185 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. Each camp included teaching through terminology, warm-up, demonstration, drills, practice situations, 1-on-1 and 3-on-3. Throughout every camp, the ONU coaches 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 aquatic center.

    The team also held two ONU High School Shootouts. The round-robin style shootouts were open to any team willing to make the trip. Last summer, 30 teams — including more than 350 athletes and coaches — played at least five games on ONU’s campus and were given the opportunity to stay on campus. Many local teams took advantage of the shootout, including: Bradley-Bourbonnais, Beecher, Clifton Central, Herscher, Kankakee, Peotone and St. Anne. Covington High School's team, coached by alumnus and former Tiger point guard Kent Chezem, made the trip from Covington, Ind.

    For information on the 2014 ONU men’s basketball summer camps, please to to and click on the "Summer Camps" link on the right side of the page.


    Sun., June 8, and Mon., June 9: Junior High Team Camp (Cost: $120, resident; $100, commuter), campus housing available

    Tues., June 10, through Fri., June 13: Little Tigers Basic Training Camp (Boys/Girls Grades 1 to 3)/Advanced Training Camp (Boys/Girls Grades 4 to 12), Session I (Cost: $60 for Little Tigers, $75 for Advanced Training)

    High School Shootout I will be scheduled during the weekend of June 13-14, still determining times and dates (Cost: $300 for first team, $250 for second team), campus housing available

    Mon., June 16, through Thurs., June 19: Little Tigers Basic Training Camp (Boys/Girls Grades 1 to 3)/Advanced Training Camp (Boys/Girls Grades 4 to 12), Session II (Cost: $60 for Little Tigers, $75 for Advanced Training)

    High School Shootout II will be scheduled during the weekend of June 20-21, still determining times and dates (Cost: $300 for first team, $250 for second team), campus housing available

    Sun., June 22, through Wed., June 25: Overnight Skills Camp (Boys entering grades 5 to 12) (Cost: $175, resident; $125, commuter), campus housing available

    All camps/shootouts will be held in either McHie Arena, Birchard Gymnasium or Perry Student Life and Recreation Center.

    If you need more information or have questions, contact:
    Assistant Coach Nick Birkey


    Mar 18, 2014 4:35:28Mar 18, 2014 -

    Olivet congratulates all students named to the dean's list during the recently completed fall 2013 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.


    Lainee Abbott, Sarah Abner, Oluwayonda Abogunrin, Nicole Abraham, Malory Adam, Sarah Aeschliman, Allison Alexy, Monika Alfke, Rachel Alfonso, Abigail Allen, Spencer Allen, Cortney Allenbaugh, Brooke Alleva, Brandon Allison, Sarah Allison, Ernestina Amponsah-Ayewa, Abigail Anderson, Jacob Anderson, Jessica Anderson, Rachel Anderson, Riley Anderson, Sarah Anderson, Seth Anderson, Joel Andrade, Emily Arnold, Evanne Astell, Kristin Attig, Lacey Austin, Jenna Ayers, Angelique Azouri


    Jessica Bachelor, Brooke Bachtold, Jonathan Bader, Alexis Badiac, Michael Bahena, Brandon Baker, Careena Barker, Madylin Barker, Elisabeth Barnes, Megan Barnhart, Seth Barrigear, Elizabeth Bart, Mary Bass, Hannah Beals, Benjamin Beck, Sara Becker, Steven Beckham, Alicia Beckmann, Cassandra Belcher, Nathan Benz, Connor Berg, Amy Bernhard, Gina Bianchi, Karina Bihar, Diana Bilea, Holly Billiter, Lydia Bilyeu, Candice Birr, Codey Bishop, Sydney Bland, Keegan Block, Amy Blucker, Rachel Blunier, Austin Blyly, Lisa Boaz, Bailey Boicken, Katelyn Boicken, Amy Bolton, Holly Bonenberger, Hannah Bontrager, Brittany Booth, Emily Borger, Nicholas Borger, Michael Bork, Katie Bosket, Jacob Boyce, Ashton Boyer, Zachary Bozman, Staci Bradbury, Derek Bradshaw, Antonette Brandes, Angela Brandon, Danielle Branham, Amy Brenner, Fleur Breuker, Melanie Breunig, Cameron Brewer, Jordan Britt, Drew Brodien, Veronica Broger, Brent Brooks, Joshua Brooks, Marisa Brooks, Jared Broom, Amy Brown, Collin Brown, Derick Brown, Emmaline Brown, Jessica Brown, Karley Brown, Heather Bruder, Mitchell Brummel, Alexis Brutlag, Aaron Buchanan, Julie Buck, Brandy Buckholt, Barbara Budach, Jennifer Buhr, Wanzie Burden, Anna Burkey, Caleb Burkey, Amanda Bursztynsky, Kristen Burton, Madeline Buseth, Cara Butler


    Philip Caffee, Madison Caise, Montana Caise, Tammy Cantrell, Tung Anh Cao, Emma Capps, Victoria Carbonell, William Carey, Jared Carl, Ryan Carl, Kaitlin Carlson, Zechariah Carlton, Annette Carr, Caleb Carr, Jocelyn Carrillo, Emily Carroll, Haley Carroll, Jordan Carroll, Katelyn Carroll, Holly Carter, Olivia Casey, Kelsey Castleman, Michaela Casto, Benjamin Cataldo, Zachary Cataldo, Taylor Cavanaugh, Faith Cavender, Tamara Chalikian, Cara Champlin, Naina Chandan, Elizabeth Chapman, Jaimie Chen, Benjamin Cherney, Kaitlyn Childs, Taylor Chitwood, Claire Chlasta, Jennifer Christensen, Zachary Christensen, Amelia Claus, Ryan Clendening, Alexander Cobb, Matthew Cockroft, Joanne Coffey, Isabella Colangelo, Nicholas Colangelo, Rebekah Colbert, Emily Cole, Katie Cole, Taylor Cole, Erin Connelly, Stephanie Connolley, Jocelyn Cook, Ashley Coon, Kirsten Cornella-Carlson, Garrett Corpier, Kristen Coser, Daniel Couchenour, Marisa Covington, Andrew Cowen, Haley Cox, Tyler Crater, Ashley Crawford, Loren Crawford, Dylan Creger, Rebecca Crofoot, Abigail Crowder, Abigale Crowder, Samuel Cullado, Michelle Curran, Maggie Cusey


    Michael Da Silva, Taylor Dace, Kristopher Dagen, Taryn Dahlquist, Riley Dale, Laura D'Angelo, Kirsten Davenport, Peter Davies, Hannah Davis, Madison Davis, Emily Davisson, Lynnae De Jong, Zane DeBeck, David Decker, Kenneth DeCook, Belal Degedeh, Marissa DeGroot, Ryan Degutis, Kate Dekoning, Derek Delgado, Trevor Delgado, Mary DeMent, Paige Demierre, Bethany DeMik, Jared Dennis, Michelle deRamos, Jacqueline Deslauriers, Joseph Devine, Rachel Devine, Shelley Dexter, Amber DeYoung, Tatiana Diaz, Nathan Dicamillo, Jessica Dieken, Scott Dillman, Stephanie Dillman, Ashley Dinneweth, Jessica Dirkse, Michelle Ditchfield, Brandon Divan, Treavor Dodsworth, Liza Dollenbacher, Olivia Doner, Andrea Donley, Jennifer D'Onofrio, Christine Dorband, Eric Douglass, Molly Dragoo, Ryan Drenth, Clarence Driver, Ethan Drooger, Amber Drozd, Jennifer Druse, Caleb Duffy, Morgan Duke, Jonathan Dulinsky, Catherine Dulworth, Alexandra Duncan, Michael Durazo, JoAnne Dusenbury, Michelle Dykstra


    Nicholas Eckart, Taihla Eddins, Krista Eddy, Beth Ellcessor, Devon Elliot, Jonathan Elliott, Alina Ellis, Scott Ellis, Tammy Ellis, Tyler Ellis, Jessica Ellison, Cana Elmhorst, Megan Elroy, Rachel Elson, Addyson Emmons, Roman Endrizzi, Cory Engel, Brittany Engelland, Demarkus English, Nathan Ennis, Renee Enz, Seth Erickson, Valerie Erickson, Alberto Escobar Ruiz, Ernesto Esparza, Justine Espersen, Ericka Esters, Aimee Etzel, Erin Evans, Kara Evans, Zackry Everett, Alexander Ewers, Jennifer Ewing


    Chantalle Falconer, Assiba Fandohan, Reid Farchmin, Muaz Farooq, Calli Fast, Alyssa Faulks, Jacqueline Fayne, Ashleigh Fedei, Shelley Fellows, Caleb Fernette, Emily Fernette, Nathaniel Ferris, Kyle Fiala, Chase Fierro, Jonathan Fightmaster, Isaiah Fink, Andrew Fischer, Austin Fischer, Scott Fischer, Aimee Fish, Caleb Fisher, James Fisher, Kelsey Fisk, Kaitlyn Fitzgerald, Aaron Flemming, Mark Fleschner, Erin Florence, Anna Floyd, Tyler Ford, Laura Fosnaugh, Matthew Fowler, Ryan Fowler, Sarah Fox, Alynn Franklin, Ashley Freeman, Tasha French, Drew Frey, Lindee Fry, Robin Funk, Shealeigh Funni


    Katherine Gajewski, Alicia Gallagher, Keila Galloway, Ronald Gamache, Sarah Ganster, David Gardner, Hannah Gardner, Charlton Garr, Mariah Garratt, Dolly Garrison, Rebecca Garst, Kameron Garwood, Laura Garwood, Christina Garza, Andrew Gaskill, Benjamin Geeding, Miranda Geever, Quiana Gentry, Robin Gerboth, Jessica Gerig, Kendall Gher, Frederick Gifford, Samuel Gifford, Camilo Giraldo, Jeffery Glitz, Ashley Glover, Bryce Goldade, Cristina Gomez, Alicia Gonzalez, Michael Gonzalez, Rebecca Goodman, Mark Gordon, Hannah Gorecki, Jacob Gouge, Jessica Govern, Richard Graczyk, Alexandria Grady, Derek Grainger, Shannon Grant, Laura Graven, Sara Gray, Shanon Gray, Julia Gregory, Rebecca Gremar, Anna Grieder, Paul Griffin, Mikayla Griwac, Alise Gromala, Erin Gromala, Allyse Groover, Curtis Groover, Andrew Grosch, Zachary Gross, Lydia Grosse, Erika Grossi, Stephanie Grossoehme, Nicholas Grosz, Elizabeth Grove, Ashley Gulder, Caleb Gulledge, Julie Gulledge, Margaret Gutwein, Griselda Guzman


    Carrie Hacker, Matthew Haerr, Amanda Haffer, Alexander Hagberg, Alaina Hagen, John Hall, Marianne Hall, Mary Hall, Lindsey Hamlin, Kyle Hamrick, Abigail Hancock, Shayla Hancock, Lanae Harding, Brittany Harling, Holly Harlow, Neely Harris, Shelbi Harris, Sydney Harris, De'Niece Harrison-Hudson, Lisa Hartman, Danielle Harvick, Luke Hasselbring, Haley Hatalla, Amber-Mali Hatchett, Lindsay Hathaway, Lauren Hausken, Marshall Hawn, Andrea Hay, Taylor Haymes, Desiree Hays, Kara Heath, Brooke Heaton, Michael Hedrick, Jenna Height, Elizabeth Hein, Cole Heinz, Joanna Helmker, Aaron Hemgesberg, Jessa Hendricker, Megan Hendrickson, Hannah Henry, Rachel Hensley, Jacob Herberger, Elias Hernandez, Rebekah Hernandez, Jonathan Herndon, Lyndsey Herndon, Corbin Hesterberg, Haley Hetfleisch, Karalyn Hewett, Andrew Hickman, Jessica Higer, Ethan Hiles, Allison Hill, Jordan Hirl, Lara Hoaglan, Anna Hoekstra, Kurtis Hoekstra, Jorie Hoffrage, Grace Hohn, Elisabeth Holaway, Cory Holloway, Alissa Homoelle, Nathaniel Honeyager, Amber Hope, Jordan Horn, Jacob Hoskins, Molly Hotle, Alexander Hottle, Meghan Houk, Allison Howell, Kara Huber, Mariah Hudson, Christina Huebner, Justin Hughes, Amy Huish, Kayle Hull, Kristen Hung, Alexander Hunt, Sydney Hunt, Tori Hunt, Sean Hurley, Megan Huschen, Brianna Hutchins, Chaz Hutchison, Taylor Hutson, Ryan Hutton, Isabelle Huyck


    Christopher Ingersol, Neil Ipock, Bethany Isley, Hayley Ivanic, Caitlin Iwema


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


    Christian Kalfas, Lucas Kamely, Emily Kammin, Teresa Kamper, Emily Kane, Madison Karrick, Lauren Kasler, Sarah Kearney, Rachel Keck, Ryan Kee, Mallory Keenan, Michael Keigher, Angela Kellar, Nickolas Kellar, Kristen Keller, Heather Kennedy, Austin Kennell, Ryan Kennell, Danielle Kensinger, Cody Keppner, Colin Keppner, Alyssa Keuther, Rachel Kilbry, Brittany Killion, Elizabeth Kimball, Kent Kinnersley, Andrew Klauba, Kurtis Klein, Samuel Kleindienst, Bryan Klendworth, Stacy Knoderer, Andrew Knol, Scott Knol, Whitney Knox, Jessica Koch, Sydney Koch, Courtney Kodat, Colin Koerner, Molly Koleczek, Mark Kosrow, Anna Krajec, Lindsey Krippel, Samantha Kryger, Alana Krzyzak, Joseph Kuntz, Katelyn Kuper, Joseph Kuschman, Samuel Kwak


    Karlin Labenske, Kylie Laferney, Nicole Lafond, Karah Lain, Mitchell Lamb, Luke Lambert, Scott Lambert, Caleb Lankford, Dylan Lantz, Jaqueline LaPash, Cory Lara, Madalyn Lathrop, Justin Lautermilch, Kayla Layman, Joseph Leach, Carrie Leato, Jon Lehman, Grace Leighton, David Leman, Tyson Lersch, Kelly Lickteig, Lucas Limberg, On Ling, Megan Lingle, Tyler Lingle, Stephanie Linquist, Kira Litras, Leah Livingston, Emily Lohr, Jessica Lolli, Logan Long, Melody Long, Tiara Long, Ashley Longnecker, Madelyn Lorenz, Jordan Loudermilk, Laura Love, Melissa Luby, Janelle Lucas, Julia Luecke, Kaitlyn Lukhard, Joel Lynn


    Amy Mackiney, Caleb Macon, Tiffany Madura, Alexandra Mahaffey, Aaron Maia, Brittany Main, Kasey Main, Sadie Malone, Oscar Manci±eiras Cornella, Jessica Manning, Brandon Maranion, Hayley Marcordes, Michaela Maris, Keren Marsh, Brianna Marshall, Kristin Marshall, Kathleen Marston, Danielle Martin, Joshua Martin, Ryan Martin, Cameron Mason, Erica Matheis, Courtney Mathison, Jared Mathison, Paul Matthews, Jessica Matulis, Sarah Matyskela, Kimberly Maue, Abigail Maurer, Kendra Maxon, Virginia McAndrews, Amelia McCann, Morgan McCormick, Matthew McDivitt, Michael McFerran, Kaitlin McHenry, Abigail McKay, Megan McKinley, Dana McMahan, Miles Meador, Spencer Meador, Hayley Meadows, Katie Megyesi, Vaughan Meiss, Faith Meitzler, Jacob Mellinger, Gabrielle Metzger, Adam Metzler, Bethany Meyer, Brianna Meyers, Natily Meyers, Hannah Milby, Ashley Miller, Hannah Miller, Katelyn Miller, Kyle Miller, Leslie Miller, Lindsay Miller, Sarah Miller, Scott Miller, Stephanie Miller, Taylor Miller, Tessa Miller, Tiffany Miller, Abigail Mills, Emily Mills, Jason Mills, Daniel Mitchell, Destiny Mitchell, Julianne Mitchell, Vittoria Miulli, Trent Moberly, David Modica, Alyssa Mol, Erica Moncelle, Rebecca Mooi, Mitchell Moon, Andrew Moore, Garren Moore, Shelby Moreland, Samantha Morey, Johnie Morgan, Lacey Morgan, Ian Morley, Lindsay Morr, Randi Mortimer, Kayla Moutvic, Ethan Mowry, Shae Mowry, Madison Moyer, Hannah Moyers, Garrett Muhlstadt, Bethany Munroe, Macy Murray, Rebekah Musselman, Ryan Muzljakovich, Justine Myers


    Elizabeth Nellis, Aaron Nelson, John Neuman, Jamie Neven, Rachel Nichol, Ashley Nogoda, Kyle Nolan, Alyssa Norden, Phillip Novak, Amanda Nowman, Casey Nugent, Alexander Nuxoll


    Johanna Oksnevad, Hope Olson, Alec Ondrajka, Hollie O'Nions, Ashley Oosterhouse, Katelyn Oprondek, Rachel Oswalt


    Michael Paarlberg, Esther Paek, Jessica Palm, Ingrid Palmer, James Palmer, Lincy Panackal, Nicole Panka, Richard Paret, Jaron Parke, Troy Parsons, Rachel Pasch, Paige Patterson, Lillian Patton, Elise Payne, Gwendolyn Payne, Seth Peachey, Tai Peachey, Austin Pendry, Faith Pepper, Damaris Perez, Emily Perkins, Zachary Pessia, Haley Peterson, Lindsey Peterson, Molly Peterson, Rachel Peterson, Cassandra Petrie, Simon Pheasant, Justine Phillips, Drew Philson, Brian Pickering, Daniel Pickering, Emilie Pickering, Rebecca Piechur, Dustin Pierce, Kaitlyn Pierce, Lauren Pierson, Bethany Pilat, Bethany Pilcher, Samuel Pimpo, Michelle Pinkney, Michael Piotrowski, Joshua Pityer, Cecilia Pivarunas, Micah Plank, Michael Poff, Palmer Ponstein, Ainsley Ports, Katelyn Posing, Krista Postell, David Powers, Kimberly Powers, Mathew Prasser, Amanda Price, Ayla Price, Calvin Price, Benjamin Prince, Serena Procknow, Benjamin Prude, Gianna Puccinelli, Juleah Puccinelli, Natalie Puent, Jessica Putnam, Breanne Putney


    Daneli Rabanalez-Hernandez, Steve Rachan, Ashley Raffauf, Francisco Ramirez, Samantha Rasmussen, Laneah Ravn, Josilee Ray, Sarah Ray, Tiffany Ray, Catherine Reed, Matthew Reed, Heidi Reichelt, Sabra Reichow, Angela Reinbacher, Hannah Reister, Meredith Rennewanz, Kyle Reopelle, Brandon Reyes, Katelyn Reynhout, Olivia Rhoades, Tanner Ribbe, David Rice, Andrea Richardson, Kristina Richardson, Kristen Richey, Michelle Richey, Elisabeth Rickard, Shana Riedlinger, Lorisha Riley, Chelsea Risinger, Holly Risinger, Allison Ritzert, Zachary Rivett, Lisa Rizzo, McKenzi Roberson, Nathan Roberts, Brett Robertson, Justin Robertson, Kaitlyn Robertson, Jonathen Robey, Ariel Rock, Rachel Rodeheaver, Beth Rodriguez, Caleb Rogers, Rebekah Rogers, Andrea Rose, Catherine Rose, Scott Roseberg, Emily Rosenboom, Julia Ross, Kimberly Rothacker, Olivia Ruby, Clara Ruegsegger, Jacob Ruetz, Shanna Rull, Renee Runyan, Madison Rupert, Lyndsey Rupp, Matthew Ryan


    Karisa Sabisch, Edward Saliba, Luke Salomone, Jack Salsgiver, Thomas Salsgiver, Ryan Sample, Rodolfo Sanchez, Thomas Sanders, Shanynn Santos, Ashley Sarver, Joel Sauder, Stefan Sauder, Jordan Saunders, Leah Saunders, Geoffrey Sauter, Kelly Saylor, Andrew Sayre, Evan Schafer, Julie Schaver, Amber Scheidt, Hannah Schmerschneider, Alexandra Schoessler, Nicholas Schoon, Collin Schoonover, Taylor Schott, Christian Schrader, Katharyn Schrader, Tia Schrader, Troy Schultz, Susan Schulz, Derek Schwartz, Alyssa Secor, Lindsay Seiberlich, Cristen Seiders, Hunter Selby, Cheryl Sendzik, Gabriel Sevigny, David Shaffer, Nicholas Shaffer, Brian Shaw, Maxwell Shaw, Colin Sheehan, Charles Sheldon, Kyle Shelton, Preston Shelton, Ryan Shelton, Brooke Shepherd, Christalle Shepley, Lindsey Shoemaker, Charity Shonamon, Diana Silva, Kyndall Singletary, Kallie Siscoe, Adam Smith, Audrey Smith, Bethany Smith, Brooke Smith, Karissa Smith, Katelyn Smith, Katherine Smith, Kylie Smith, Logan Smith, McKenzie Smith, Nathanael Smith, Nathaniel Smith, Neil Smith, Olivia Smith, Ryan Smith, Sonia Smith, Erich Sneideraitis, Steven Snider, Abigail Snow, Lauren Snow, Katelynn Soendlin, Hannah Sohl, Abigail Songer, Christopher Sonnenberg, Lucas Sorensen, Raquel Sotomayor, Raven Southard, Alexander Southe, Kristina Southerland, Chyna Sparks, Victoria Sparks, Benjamin Speakman, Blake Spencer, Michelle Spencer, Kassandra Spinnie, Nathan Spinnie, Janna Spriester, Wesley Sproul, Samuel Sprunger, Emily Spychalla, Allison Staggs, Monica Stamper, Jesse Stanford, Jeremiah Stark, Lucas Stefanski, Shannon Steffen, Kelsey Steines, Erin Stephens, Lexington Stephens, Molly Stephens, Kylee Stevens, Alana Steward, Lauren Steward, Brody Stewart, Rachel Stidham, Sarah Stidham, Anna Stiker, Amber Stoffel, Rebecca Stolberg, Caleb Strand, Luke Strasser, Stefanie Strothmann, Matthew Sullivan, Kariana Sunnarborg, Erin Suttor, Etienne Swanepoel, Alexander Swickard


    Grace Talbott, Erika Tatum, Erin Taylor, Hannah Taylor, Jacob Taylor, Jennifer Taylor, Grace Tervin, Jaimie Teske, Ashley Tetter, Chelsea Thacker, Erik Tharp, Shelby Thein, Brianna Thompson, McKenzie Thompson, David Timm, Britny Timmer, Rachel Timmer, Rebecca Timmer, Andrew Tipton, Lindsey Tobias, Blaire Toms, Christy Trank, Jacqueline Trauscht, Carlson Triebold, Jordan Tripp, Jordyn Truelock, Taylor Tucker, Abigail Turner, Ariel Turner, Breanna Turner, Briana Turner


    Sarah Uhey, Hayley Uhlman, Chanteil Ulatowski


    Dustin Vail, Emily Vallender, Tracy Van Zandbergen, Justin Vander Ploeg, Marissa Vander Ploeg, Navarro Veys, Mitchell Vieth, Kelsey Vihnanek, Luke Vihnanek, Caitlin Volz, Justine Von Arb, Allyson Vrabel, Samuel Vroman, Sarah Vrosh


    Carly Wade, Jacob Wagner, Robert Wagner, Joellen Wainwright, Jason Walker, Rebecca Walker, Sarah Walmsley, Allison Walsh, Kari Walters, Deborah Walton, Natalie Wangler, Jordan Wanner, Joshua Ware, Jacob Warfle, Heidi Watson, Katherine Watson, Rachel Weber, Adam Weeks, Shelby Wegforth, Brittney Weiske, Daniel Wells, Whitney Wells, Ethan Weniger, Seth Wenzelman, Megan Weretka, Ellen West, Michael Whalen, Leslie White, Corrine Wieringa, Angela Wilcox, Sahara Wilcoxen, Megan Wiley, Lexis Wilke, Rebecca Wilkinson, Laura Willging, Derek Williams, Hannah Williams, Landon Williams, Taylor Williams, Brian Willoughby, Bailey Wilmot, Roy Wilseck, Kayla Winter, Andrea Wojciechowski, Brianna Wolf, Cody Wolf, Bridget Wolff, Megan Woods, Kaitlyn Worrall, Catherine Wright, Emma Wright, Paul Wright, Samantha Wuske


    Donelle York, Megan York, Sydney Young


    Mateusz Zajchowski, Bailey Zeilenga, Kyle Zeman, Hannah Zobrist

    Mar 18, 2014 4:17:42Mar 18, 2014 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Hannah Gardner of Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) has been named the NAIA Softball National Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Gardner was selected based on their performances from March 10 – 16 and were chosen out of a pool of conference, independent and unaffiliated group winners.

    Gardner, a Frankfort, Ill., native, hit .568 with 21 RBI, 18 runs scored, four doubles and three home runs in a 10-2 week for the Tigers. The senior second baseman’s week was highlighted in Olivet Nazarene’s 12-0 victory against Jamestown (N.D.) on March 12. Gardner ended the game 4-for-4 at the dish with four RBI and three runs scored. She also blasted one of her three home runs in the contest. With the week’s performance, Gardner set the NAIA and Olivet Nazarene record for career RBI (264), while also setting the program standard in career home runs (39).

    On the season, Gardner ranks among the top 10 nationally in RBI per game (2nd; 1.8), runs scored per game (5th; 1.5) and batting average (6th; 0.568).

    Mar 18, 2014 3:12:6Mar 18, 2014 -

    “I may serve as a missionary, a professor or a pastor, but I will be teaching,” says Cal Samuelson ’13. “In Olivet’s master of Christian thought program, I’m gaining valuable experience.”

    Cal is the first — and right now, the only — scholar accepted into this new program, offered by the School of Theology and Christian Ministry.

    The Master of Arts in Christian Thought (MACT) degree program is a 46-hour, two-year, on-campus program. Scholars accepted into this program take seven theology courses. In addition to the regular content that all students receive, they take an associated tutorial with the professor of each of the seven courses. The tutorials focus on the scholarly literature in each area, including the methods and research.

    “God is calling us to bigger things, and we never have an excuse to plateau or become bored,” Cal says. “What I’m learning now is really important and changing my life.”

    Challenges change students

    As a graduate student, one of the toughest lessons Cal has already learned is the importance of diligence in undergraduate courses of study. Building on that learning, a graduate student learns much more than information or facts in his or her studies.

    Cal is also finding that graduate-level research projects and papers require much more work. “I can’t just knock out my papers in a week,” he says. “Ideas have to have a lot more support. It hit me that I’m really doing scholarly work now. Time restriction is challenging the way I have to think. Basically, I’m thinking about and doing multiple assignments in three different classes, but I must keep those separated in my mind.”

    As an example, he had to find a balance between theological reading and historical reading. During the same time period, he was researching and reading secondary works about John Wesley’s eschatological views for one class, and primary texts from the Church fathers for another class. “Essentially, I’m being trained to do good research,” he says.

    Callings change people

    In the context of his plan to teach, Cal is considering several career possibilities. “I believe God has given me the gift to teach,” he says. “That may mean being a professor, maybe even at Olivet. Or a pastor, although that probably won’t be immediately. I’m also really called to missions work.”

    Next year — as part of his MACT program —Cal will be an adjunct professor at Olivet, teaching the Christian Faith course to undergraduates. This will be an opportunity for him to gain experience at the university level before he moves forward in his career.

    “In this program, I’m seeing more of how God uses everything to build His kingdom,” Cal says. “There’s not a cut-off point.”

    As he continues his studies, he will not only be acquiring knowledge, but also be involved in the synthesis of knowledge. “Sharing our knowledge about Jesus has very little value unless it connects with and is sensitive to an individual’s context and situation in life,” he says.

    Cal is embracing opportunities to connect with different people in different contexts. This past summer, he completed an internship with a missionary in the Middle East. (Because of the nature of the work, he is not free to reveal any details due to security concerns.) This summer, he will be preaching and teaching in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    “God is so much bigger than a degree or a vocation,” Cal says. “God will use everything I’m doing in my life for His good.”
    Mar 18, 2014 10:36:27Mar 18, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Going a combined 6-2 in singles and doubles play this past week, Olivet Nazarene University's Priscila Nunez (Montreal, Canada) has been named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week for the week ending March 16, it was announced Tuesday morning by the league office.

    Nunez's only setbacks came on Friday when she dropped both her singles and doubles matches to NAIA No. 7-ranked Embry-Riddle (Fla.). She won each of her three other singles matches as well as her other three doubles matches in the No. 1 spot on both levels.

    Just a freshman, Nunez defeated Winona State (Minn.), Warner (Fla.) and Northwestern (Iowa) in the minimum two sets in singles action, while dropping only seven games out of 24 against those foes on the doubles side between March 10-12.

    For the season, she is 7-1 in both singles and doubles play.

    Olivet Nazarene, which is ranked No. 24 in the latest NAIA poll, went 3-1 on the week to improve to 5-4 overall.

    Mar 18, 2014 10:26:57Mar 18, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Ridiculous numbers authored by Olivet Nazarene University's Hannah Gardner (Frankfort, Ill.) and Saint Xavier University's Nicole Nonnemacher (Bloomington, Ill.) during the seven-day period from March 10-16 have earned the pair Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week honors, respectively, it was announced by the conference office on Tuesday morning.

    Gardner, a senior second baseman, batted .581 and averaged nearly both two hits and two RBIs per game. She finished the 14-game stretch with 25 hits and 24 runs batted in, while also scoring 21 runs.
    Gardner also updated both the ONU and NAIA record books in the process with ONU records for career home runs and RBIs and the NAIA career record for RBIs. Her four home runs on the week, along with her four doubles, led to a .953 slugging percentage.

    Gardner hit safely in 12 of 13 games – she did not have an official at bat in one contest – posting eight multi-hit games and seven multiple-RBI affairs topped by a 4-for-4, 4-RBI game against Jamestown (N.D.) on March 12. She also produced three three-hit games and four two-hit contests.

    The No. 10-ranked team in the NAIA, Olivet Nazarene opened its season with 12 wins in 14 games. 

    Nonnemacher, just a sophomore, threw three no-hitters among her five starts during the week in going 4-1 with one save and an unblemished earned run average of 0.00. She gave up only one unearned run over her 35 innings pitched, while striking out 57 batters – 9.5 K's per game – against a mere two walks in six total appearances. She also allowed just seven hits all told.

    Nonnemacher registered two of her no-hitters against Lourdes (Ohio) in 1-0 and 7-0 victories on March 10 and March 13. One day after the second no-hitter, she recorded her third such game in a 2-0 victory against Spring Arbor (Mich.). In each of the latter two games, she struck out 13 batters without yielding a walk. In the first no-hitter, she posted 15 strikeouts and no walks.

    Nonnemacher's only loss came in a 1-0 setback against Ave Maria (Fla.) on March 12, where she allowed just the one unearned run.

    Saint Xavier, ranked No. 5 in the latest NAIA poll, is off to a 14-2 start after going 8-2 this past week.

    Mar 18, 2014 10:2:35Mar 18, 2014 -

    FLORIDA – Despite seeing her undefeated streak come to an end, freshman Pricila Nunez (Montreal, Canada) helped lead the No. 24 Olivet Nazarene University women’s tennis team to a 3-1 record over their annual southern spring break trip. Nunez, who had not lost a singles or doubles match since arriving in Bourbonnais in January, fell in the Tigers only loss of the week to No. 7 Embry Riddle University (Fla.).

    Tuesday, March 11

    The Tigers picked up their second win of the trip, defeating Warner University (Fla.) 7-1, including sweeping the singles matches.

    Nunez and doubles partner sophomore Seraphine Buchmann (Illnau, Switzerland) continued their dominance at No. 1 doubles, defeating Nhatalia Ocampo and Monique Frandji 8-2, while teammates senior Aziza Butoyi (Burundi, Bujumbura) and Tifanny Aguirre (Bongota, Columbia) defeated Fernada Correa and Paula Garcia 8-2 also. Warner picked up their only point at No. 3 doubles where senior Lindsey Peterson (New Castle, Penn.) and freshman Marta Quereda (Alicante, Spain) fell in a tight battle 9-8 (8-6) to Claudia Sequera and Caitlyn Ryan.

    Nunez picked up a win over Ocampo at No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-4. Butoyi made quick work of Frandji at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-1 before the Tigers faced their biggest challenges at No. 3 and 4. Buchmann toyed with Correa, falling in the opening set 6-7 (6-8) before putting her away 6-0, 6-0. Peterson also dropped the opening set, 1-6 before coming back to win 7-6 (7-5), 10-7 in a marathon match. Aguirre made it a clean sweep with a 6-4, 6-0 over Ryan at No. 5 singles.

    Thursday, March 13

    Olivet picked up a clean sweep of Northwestern College (Minn.), downing the Eagles 9-0.

    Priscila and Serephine started things off, downing the sister team of Megan and Kelly Johnson 8-1 at No. 1 doubles. Butoyi and Aguirre took down Karen Moe and Tina Matetich 8-4 at No. 2, while Peterson and Quereda won 8-3 over Rachel Bostrom and Courtney Lawlor at No. 3 doubles.

    In singles play, the Eagles kept things close in several matches. The Tigers needed three sets at Nos. 2, 4 and 5. At No. 1, Nunez easily defeated M. Johnson 6-1, 6-1, while Buchmann won at No. 3 over K. Johnson 6-0, 6-1 and sophomore Clara Ruegsegger (Greenfield, Ind.) won at No. 6 singles 6-1, 6-2. Butoyi took the long road with Moe before winning 1-6, 6-0, 10-3 at No. 2. Peterson and Aguirre finished with nearly identical scores, defeating Matetich and Bostrom, respectively. Peterson won 6-1, 3-6, 10-7, while Aguirre won 6-1, 2-6, 10-6.

    Friday, March 14

    Olivet faced their toughest competition of the week on the final day of the trip, facing their only NAIA ranked opponent in Embry Riddle, on their home courts. The Eagles picked up a 2-7 win over the Tigers.

    The two Tiger wins came at No. 2 doubles and No. 2 singles. Butoyi and Aguirre picked up the doubles victory, downing Eva Vilar and Ana Gotz 8-2 before Butoyi defeated Gotz 6-4, 6-3 in singles.

    Kristina Marova and Hui-I Huang handed Nunez and Buchmann their first loss of the season 8-2, while Paula Ortiz Couder and Paola Montero downed Quereda and Peterson at No. 3 doubles 8-0.

    Nunez suffered her first singles loss as a Tiger, falling 6-1, 6-2 to Huang. Maronva downed Buchmann 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles, while Vilar defeated Peterson 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4. Aguirre went down 6-2, 6-0 to Montero and Ruegsegger fell 6-0, 6-2 to Couder.

    The Tigers are scheduled for their spring home opener against Marian University (Ind.) on Tuesday, March 25 at 3:30 p.m., weather permitting.

    Mar 18, 2014 9:33:8Mar 18, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Earning a pair of doubles wins against ranked teams and four victories overall during the week ending March 16, Olivet Nazarene University's Oscar Cornella (Lleida, Spain) has been named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday.

    Cornella, a freshman, teamed up with Navarro Veys at No. 3 doubles to knock off NAIA No. 19 Warner's (Fla.) team of Daniel Mora and Vitor Schepper, 9-7, on Tuesday and then paired up with Peter Jensen at No. 3 on Friday to defeat NAIA No. 1 Embry-Riddle's (Fla.) combination of Miguel Lopez Gomez and Juan Verberne, 9-8 (11-9).  In between, Cornella and Veys picked up an 8-4 win against Young Harris (Ga.), also at No. 3.  Cornella also won his No. 2 singles match that day, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2).

    Cornella is 16-5 in singles play this year and 7-8 on the doubles circuit.

    As a team, Olivet Nazarene – No. 23 in the latest poll – defeated Young Harris, 5-4, while dropping identical 6-3 contests to Warner and Embry-Riddle during the week to sit at 3-7 overall on the season.

    Mar 17, 2014 3:32:22Mar 17, 2014 -

    TUCSON, Ariz. – Senior Hannah Gardner (Frankfort, Ill.) put together quite a record setting week for the No. 10 Olivet Nazarene University softball team on their annual spring break trip. On Thursday, March 13, she broke the NAIA career RBI record and tied the Olivet career home run record. On Friday, she connected for her fourth homer of the season to break the record. Collectively, the Tigers finished up the week with a 12-game winning streak to improve to 12-2 on the season.

    The RBI record (260) had previously been held by Tiger alum Corrie Allan (‘99), while the home run record (39) was held by current assistant coach Jordan Reynolds (’12).

    Friday, March 14

    In the opener, the Tigers easily defeated Briar Cliff University (Iowa) 11-5 despite being outhit by the Chargers 9-7. Briar Cliff committed five errors on the game. Junior Megan Butler (Frankfort, Ill.) and sophomore Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) each connected for two hits. Junior Lindsay Stoterl (Bloomington, Ill.) picked up the win.

    The Tigers bats came back to life for the nightcap, finishing with 13 hits to beat Valley City State University (N.D.) 6-3. Senior Virginia McAndrews (Wheaton, Ill.) improved her record to 4-0, going five inning while allowing five hits. Senior Caitlin Santafort (Mokena, Ill.) picked up her first save of the season, throwing the final two innings. Seniors Justine Phillips (Metamora, Ill.) and Cheryl Sendzik (Mokena, Ill.) led Olivet with three hits each, while Gardner and junior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ind.) each added two. Gardner finished with three RBI’s, including two off of a sixth inning home run.

    Saturday, March 15

    On the final day, Phillips got things going early for the Tigers, going 3-for-3 in the opening 8-2 win over Dickinson State University (N.D.). Megyesi also added two hits for the Tigers. Santefort picked up the win in the circle, throwing a complete game. She allowed nine hits, while striking out six and walking four.

    Gardner, junior Erika Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) and Sendzik combined to go 8-for-8 in the 3-4-5 spots of the lineup in game two, with seven runs scored and seven RBI’s. Gardner connected for her fourth home run of the season in the fourth inning. Phillips added a triple and a single, while Megyesi added two hits. McAndrews picked up her fifth win of the season, throwing all six innings while allowing just six hits and striking out four.

    Olivet is scheduled for their home opener at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, weather permitting. The Tigers are to play a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader against Purdue University – North Central on Tiger Field.

    Mar 17, 2014 2:40:4Mar 17, 2014 -

    TUCSON, Ariz. — For the first time in three seasons, Head Coach Todd Reid led the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team west for their annual spring break trip. The Tigers traveled to Tucson, Ariz., for 10 games in six days against fellow NAIA teams. ONU finished 2-8 overall, winning its last game on Saturday afternoon, March 15.

    On Monday, March 10, the Tigers led off the series with a doubleheader against the University of Jamestown (N.D.) (6-2). ONU fell in both games, 10-7 and 10-3. They looked to rebound with two wins on Tuesday afternoon against Mt. Marty College (S.D.) (7-3), but lost two one-run games, 4-3 and 6-5. 

    Following their only day off during the week, Olivet matched up with Dakota State University (S.D.) (4-10). The Tigers earned their first win on Thursday 7-2, but fell in game two 4-3. Friday, March 14, was the only day that ONU did not play a true doubleheader, but did play two games. In game one against Dakota Wesleyan University (S.D.) (9-7), the Tigers lost 7-1. In game two against Valley City State University (N.D.), the team (6-9) lost their fourth one-run game of the week, 5-4. On its final day of the series, Olivet took the field against Briar Cliff University (Iowa) (7-11) for a doubleheader. On Saturday morning, the Tigers lost 3-2 in game one and won game two 5-3.

    Notable performances at the plate for the Tigers during the week started with freshman Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.). He finished 11-for-27 starting in all 10 games, batting .407 with two doubles and 10 RBIs, including an insurance run in the fifth inning during Saturday’s second game and four RBIs in the Tigers' first win against Dakota Wesleyan. He finished with a .556 slugging percentage and three runs scored. Freshman Jackson Batts (Spring Arbor, Mich.) led the Tigers batting .480 and stole four bases in nine games. He had 12 hits, bringing in three, and finished with 13 total bases.

    Sophomore Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) started all 10 games, walking four times, reaching base 14 times on 12 hits and scoring six times. He batted .387 and had a .472 on-base percentage. Freshman Jordan Wanner (Morton, Ill.) led the Tigers with 17 total bases (three doubles, two triples), starting in nine games. He scored seven times and with 10 hits. The Tigers' starting shortstop, sophomore Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.), led the team with seven stolen bases and three doubles. He had two hits and two runs scored against Briar Cliff on Saturday.

    The Tigers' pitching staff had 10 different arms see action this week, with six different Tigers starting for ONU. Senior Jonathan Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Ill.) (4-2) started two games, going 13 innings and allowing nine runs — seven earned — off 22 hits. He struck out nine, finishing with a 4.85 ERA and went 1-1, winning the Tigers’ last game by throwing a complete game. Senior Steven Beckham (Mt. Vernon, Ill.) (1-4) threw 13 1/3 innings over two starts against Mt. Marty and Briar Cliff. He allowed seven runs — six earned — off 16 hits and struck out eight.

    Freshman Dave Cericola (Villa Park, Ill.) (0-4) started twice for ONU, throwing 10 innings and allowing 13 runs — six earned — off 14 hits and struck out 11. Madison Foster (1-0) won in his first appearance of the year against Dakota Wesleyan, throwing a complete game, only allowing two innings off five hits. Jordan Wanner started twice (0-1), throwing 9 1/3 innings and allowing nine runs — eight earned — off 13 hits. Sophomore Parker Shelton (Columbus, Ind.) threw 2 2/3 innings in three appearances of relief, allowing three runs. Junior Ken DeCook (Kankakee, Ill.), sophomore Eric Douglass (Indianapolis, Ind.), sophomore Joel Woodbridge (Brockton, Mass.) and sophomore Matt Webber (Kankakeee, Ill.) each threw multiple innings as well.

    In all, the Tigers stole 23 bases, batted .299, finished with 10 errors and a .967 fielding percentage.

    ONU will be back on the field Saturday, March 22, at Watson Field against CCAC opponent Robert Morris University (Ill.) for a doubleheader at 12:30 p.m.

    Bxscore: All 10 boxscores from spring break trip can be found at 

    Mar 17, 2014 2:8:15Mar 17, 2014 -

    POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. – The National Association of the Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced Monday that 134 Division II men’s basketball student-athletes have been named 2013-14 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.

    To learn more about the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete award, click here…

    ONU had two Tigers honored for their work in the classroom; junior forward Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) and junior guard Taylor Tucker (Tyler, Tex.). Both were selected for the first time in their career.

    Complete List:

    Mar 17, 2014 10:43:11Mar 17, 2014 -

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Seniors Liz Bart (Cary, Ill.), Miranda Geever (Moline, Ill.) and Taylor Haymes (Wenzville, Mo.) were among 243 student athletes named to the 2013-14 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes on Monday, March 17.

    Bart, a physical education major, maintains a 3.658 GPA. She will finish her student teaching responsibilities in the fall of 2014. Geever will graduate in May with a degree in chemistry and currently has a 3.562 GPA. Haymes has a 3.922 GPA as an elementary education major and will also graduate in May. All three are two-time honorees.

    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.

    Mar 16, 2014 12:12:56Mar 16, 2014 -

    FLORIDA — The No. 23-ranked Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team and Head Coach Chris Tudor traveled to Florida for four matches over 2014 spring break. The Tigers competed in three after rain forced their match with Southeastern University (Fla.) to be cancelled. ONU went 1-2 in the three other matches, defeating Young Harris College (Fla.) 5-4 on Thursday, March 13. On Tuesday, March 11, the Tigers fell to No. 19 Warner University (Fla.) 6-3. On Friday, March 14, they fell to No. 1 Embry-Riddle University (Fla.) 6-3.

    Against the Royals (8-0), the Tigers (3-7) managed only three points, two of which came in singles play. The Tigers’ No. 1 Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) defeated Julian Ramirez (6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 10-5). Caio Barros (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) defeated Vitor Schepper 8-3. In doubles, Veys and partner Oscar Cornella (Lleida, Spain) won 9-7 over Mora and Schepper.

    In the Tigers’ lone win over Young Harris College (5-5), ONU won three points in singles play. Veys defeated Vangrinsven (6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (9)). Cornella won in the No. 2 match over Frias (6-2, 7-6, (2)). Landon Williams (Erie, Penn.) defeated W. Edin (7-6, 5-7, 1-0 (9)). In doubles play, Williams and Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) won 9-8 (4) over S. Edin and W. Edin. Veys and Cornella won 8-4 over Morack and Pugache.

    The Tigers finished their trip against the No. 1 team in the NAIA, Embry-Riddle (8-2), losing 6-3 and managing one point in doubles play. Cornella and Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) won 9-8 (11-9) over Gomez and Verberne. In singles, Williams defeated Besch (5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 15-13), and Jensen won (7-6 (7-5), 6-1).

    ONU will be back in action Tuesday, March 25, against Marian University (Ind.) at home starting at 3:30 p.m.


    Mar 14, 2014 1:51:44Mar 14, 2014 -

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa – The No. 25 Olivet Nazarene University women’s basketball team is in the difficult time between seeing their season come to an end and realizing what an amazing season they put together. The Tigers fell 107-112 in the round of 16 at the NAIA National Tournament Friday, March 14 to Southwestern College (Kan.). Olivet led the majority of the game, but couldn’t hold on to advance.

    The Tigers appeared to continue where it left off against Concordia (Neb.) in the first round, as the Tigers burst out of the gate with a 14-5 run only three-and-a-half minutes into the opening frame. Southwestern chipped away at the deficit, eventually taking a one-point, 35-34. However, the Moundbuilders quickly found themselves trailing again as TigerBall exploded with a 22-4 run to take a 59-47 lead into the lockerrooms.

    The Tigers ended the period shooting 43.5 percent from the field, including an 81.8 percent (9-for-11) success rate from beyond the arch. Southwestern shot a respectable 48.6 percent (18-for-37) in the period, but was hampered by 21 turnovers.

    However, the Tigers went cold in the second half, while Southwestern continued its steady play. The Tigers, who went 2-for-20 from 3-point range in the second half, saw their lead continually fade throughout the period until a Moundbuilder jumper in the paint tied the score at 97 with 5:02 remaining. The lead bounced back-and-forth over the course of the next four minutes until the Moundbuilders finally put it out of reach as time began to expire.

    Senior Miranda Geever (Moline, Ill.) finished her collegiate playing career on a personal high, scoring 30 points to lead the Tigers. She finished 10-of-18 from the field and 6-of-9 from the charity stripe, while adding six steals. Junior Dakota Hack (Bristol, Tenn.) has a career-high 21 points, going 9-of-12 from the field. She also collected seven rebounds. Sophomore Holly Carter (Pueblo, Colo.) added 14 points, while sophomore Cortney Allenbaugh (Morton, Ill.) finished with 12. Senior Malory Adam (Aurora, Ill.) added 11 points and a team-leading eight rebounds. 

    The Tigers finished the season averaging 107.545, a new NAIA Division II record. They also set a new NAIA National Tournament record with a combined score of 219 points in their final game with Southwestern. 

    Mar 14, 2014 12:38:20Mar 14, 2014 -

    WE WON!!!  WE WON!!!  WE WON!!!  WE MADE IT TO THE SWEET 16!!   We beat Concordia Nebraska 91-86.  It was such a fun game.  Everyone on the team gave 100% the whole time.  We flew to the ball, we trapped, and we played together.  We did everything needed to be as successful as we were.  I was at a loss for words after the final buzzer went off, which for me is unusual.   Everyone was cheering and smiling from ear to ear.  But a moment I know I’ll always remember was as we were celebrating, I heard coach telling one of the players “You guys did it.”  For me it made the moment even more special because you could hear how happy, proud, and excited she was.   We went into the locker and started cheering, “It just doesn’t matter.  It just doesn’t matter.” Because before the game we watched a clip from the movie Meatballs, thanks to Coach Porter, who gave a Devotional on it a few weeks ago.  The clip was from the scene where Bill Murray starts cheering, “It just doesn’t matter.  It just doesn’t matter.”  It was how we went into the game.  We went out there being the lower the seed and told ourselves “it just doesn’t matter.”  We went out there and did just that.  We showed that ranking and seeds “just doesn’t matter.”  

    Mar 14, 2014 12:16:50Mar 14, 2014 -

    TUCSON, Ariz. – In No. 10 Olivet Nazarene University’s first 10 games of their annual spring break trip to Tucson, the Tigers are 8-2 and have outscored their opponents 95-21. The Tigers have a combined batting average of .435 including 38 extra-base hits.

    Monday, March 10

    The Tigers two losses came on opening day, their first back-to-back losses since March 30, 2013. Olivet fell 5-1 in the opener to Concordia University (Neb.). Both teams finished with seven hits apiece, but the Tigers two errors came back to hurt them. Senior Cheryl Sendzik (Mokena, Ill.) connected for a second inning double, but was stranded by her teammate. Senior Hannah Gardner (Frankfort, Ill.), junior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ind.) and junior Rachel Holaway (Wheaton, Ill.) each added a single. Junior Linsday Stotler (Bloomington, Ill.) suffered the loss, throwing 4.2 innings while allowing seven hits and three walks. She finished with four strike outs.

    Olivet faced their highest ranked opponent next in No. 24 Park University (Mo.), falling 3-7. The defense continued to struggle, committing six errors on the game. Senior Caitlin Santefort (Mokena, Ill.) suffered the loss, throwing a complete game. She allowed eight hits, while striking out three. Offensively, the Tigers were led by junior Megan Butler (Frankfort, Ill.) who went 2-for-4 at the plate, both hits for extra bases in a triple and a double.

    Tuesday, March 11

    Things improved tremendously for the Tigers overnight. Olivet opened the triple-header with a 12-0, five inning win over Missouri Valley College. Senior Virginia McAndrews (Wheaton, Ill.) picked up the Tigers first win of the season, throwing a complete game one-hitter. She finished with eight strike outs and just one walk. Gardner, Truelock and freshman Kristina Shahan (Plainfield, Ill.) each connected for two hits in the game, with the Tigers finishing with nine overall.

    The offense stayed hot in game two against College of St. Mary (Neb.), connecting for 15 hits in the 16-2 five inning victory. Stotler earned her first win of the season, throwing all five innings while allowing just two hits and striking out four. Gardner finished with three hits, including a double. Senior Justine Phillips (Metamora, Ill.), junior Erika Tatum (Bourbonnnais, Ill.) Truelock and sophomore Lindsey Kripple (Fairbuy, Ill.) each added two hits. Truelock connected for her first and the Tigers first homerun of the season.

    In the nightcap, the Tigers made quick work of Dordt University (Iowa), winning 10-0 in five innings. Truelock, Butler, freshman Megan Semro (Marengo, Ill.) and sophomore Ashley McKnight (Deer Creek, Ill.) each connected for two hits. Santefort picked up the win, throwing all five innings while allowing just three hits with four strike outs.

    Wednesday, March 12

    Taking on the University of Jamestown (N.D.) in the opener of the triple-header, the Tigers picked up another five-inning win, 12-0. Gardner picked up her first homerun of the season, making her only two away from becoming Olivet’s all-time leader. She finished the game 4-for-4 with three runs scored and four RBI’s. Sendzik connected for three hits, including two doubles. She finished with three RBI’s. Tatyum and sophomore Katie Megyesi Washington, Ill.) each added two hits. McAndrews inproved to 2-0 on the season, allowing just five hits while striking out five and walking two.

    The Tigers were looking for a little revenge in the middle of the three games, taking on Aquinas College (Mich.) who unexpectedly knocked off Olivet a year ago. The Tigers used a 10-run second inning to put things out of reach, winning 12-2 in five innings. Phillips finished 3-for-3, just a home run short of the cycle. Truelock went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and three RBI’s. Tatum connected on a home run in the second, while McKnight added two hits. Santefort picked up the win, allowing six hits while striking out five.

    In the nightcap, Olivet needed just five innings again to pick up a win over Peru State University ( ). The Tigers connected for 15 hits, led by Phillips, Truelock and Tatum with three each. Gardner added two, while Holaway connected on her first homerun of the season in the third.

    Thursday, March 13

    Phillips and Gardner combined for a perfect 7-for-7 at the plate against Dakota Wesleyan University (S.D.) with two doubles each. Gardner also connected for her second home run of the season. Tatum, Sendzik and McKnight each added two hits. McAndrews picked up the win, going all six innings while allowing just three hits and striking out four.

    Truelock connected for three triples and a single in game two, a win against the University of Jamestown (N.D.). Gardner added two singles. Santefort carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, allowing just four hits while striking out 10.

    Olivet will finish up their southern schedule with Briar Cliff University (Iowa) at 1:30 p.m. (PST) and Valley City State University (N.D.) at 3:30 p.m. on March 14. They end the week on Saturday, March 15 with the University of British Columbia at 1:30 p.m. and Dickinson State University (N.D.) at 3:30 p.m.

    Mar 13, 2014 11:39:14Mar 13, 2014 -

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Sophomore Cortney Allenbaugh (Morton, Ill.) picked the perfect time to bust out a season-high scoring performance. Allenbaugh’s 22 points helped lead the No. 25 Olivet Nazarene University women’s basketball team to a 91-86 win over Concordia University (Neb.) in the opening round of the NAIA National Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Tyson Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

    The Tigers (23-10) led throughout the first half of play and entered the lockerrooms with a 50-46 lead. But the Bulldogs came out in the second half with new life and quickly took the lead. Olivet stayed focus and tied it back up with 15 minutes to play and never relinquished it again.

    Allenbaugh shot a perfect 7-of-7 from the field and 8-of-10 from the charity stip. She also added a team-high seven rebounds. Senior Miranda Geever (Moline, Ill.) added 16 points and four assists.

    Freshman Carlee Nicolas (Momence, Ill.) matched her career-high of 11 points, shooting 3-of-5 from behind the three point line. Senior Taylor Haymes (Wentzville, Mo.) also added 11 points on the day, while pulling down five rebounds. Nicolas also added three rebounds.

    The Tigers advance to the Field of 16 for the first time since the 2010-11 season. Olivet will face Southwestern College (Kan.) at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 14. 


    Mar 13, 2014 11:35:38Mar 13, 2014 -

    After a hard three games in a row we finally had a few days to relax and recover. Coach gave us the Monday after our Purdue-Calumet game off. It was a good few days for all of us. Not only did we get to relax but we knew we didn’t have to worry about whether or not we were going to Nationals. We could go to practice with our normal mindset, no questions in the back of our mind. It was definitely a different feeling than we had the year before but it was by far a better feeling. Last year we weren’t even sure we were going to make it, we had lost in the first round of the tournament. By Wednesday we were all anxious to know when/who we were going to be playing. So in honor of the Nationals Drawing we sat down and had a team dinner of the Tigerball favorite…..Jimmy Joe’s. We (including coaches and practice squad) all gathered in room 100 for a “family” dinner and watched what we thought was the beginning of the drawings.

    Unfortunately, the screen kept buffering so we missed our name. It didn’t start working until the very last round. We were seeing all the teams but ours. Suddenly it was over and we all sat there confused, until we realized we had missed it. We were sitting there not even knowing who/when we were playing. Being a pessimist at heart I naturally thought something went wrong and we didn’t actually make it nationals like we thought. But of course, Moms always know when to message their kids because right as I was thinking that my mom sent a text with the time and team. As soon as I saw the time, my first thought was “are you kidding me? 8:30 in the morning, this has to be a joke. Who wants to play that early?” I had to tell myself at least you’re playing in the national tournament. I kept thinking that “by this time next week we will be marching in the parade of champions. We will either be looking forward to a game Friday or planning a trip home.” But we don’t need to worry about the later one. All we need to worry about at this point is “what are we going to wear for the banquet?”

    Mar 11, 2014 4:39:28Mar 11, 2014 -

    ORLANDO, Fla. – Freshman Priscilla Nunez remains unbeaten at No. 1 singles for the Olivet Nazarene University women’s tennis team. Nunez and the Tigers got spring break off to a great start, downing NCAA DII Winona State University 7-2 in action on Monday, March 10.
    The Tigers (3-4) swept in doubles play with Nunez teaming up with sophomore Serephine Buchmann to win 8-4 at No. 1 doubles. Senior Aziza Butoyi and Tifany Aguirre held on to in 8-6 at No. 2 doubles, while senior Lindsey Peterson and sophomore Clara Ruegsegger won 9-7 at No. 3 doubles.

    Nunez defeated Hannah Potter 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, while Butyi picked up a 6-4, 6-0 win over Jess Urban at No. 2 singles and Buchmann defeated Aimee Basinski 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3. Winona’s only two wins came at No. 4 and No. 6 singles where Marta Quereda fell 1-6, 1-6 to Bri Havelka and Ruegsegger lost 4-6, 5-7 to Brittney Freund. Aguirre picked up the win at No. 5, defeating Andrea Krueger 6-1, 6-2.

    Olivet returns to action on Tuesday, March 11 to take on Warner University at 5:00 p.m. (EST).
    Mar 11, 2014 4:17:55Mar 11, 2014 -

    The first installment of a blog by junior Dakota Hack as she shares the national tournament experience with #TigerNation.  

    WE’RE GOING TO NATIONALS!!!... It has been a long, hard season for us Tigerballer’s. After starting out the season with more losses than we would normally get all year, no one was sure if we would be going. But we came together as a team at just the right moments. Our conference tournament play was nothing but exciting. We like to keep the spectators at the ends of their seats, right on the verge of having heart attacks. We could not ask for a better three games. Our team should definitely be thanking everyone’s favorite point guard…drumroll….Miranda Geever! The first two games having the last second shots that gave us the VICTORY! Without her we might not have made it this year. But the high and best shot of season came in game No. 2 of the tournament, against St. Xavier. It is hard to explain the emotion our team felt when Geev hit the shot putting us up by two. (Here’s a re-enactment of our faces)

    Geev, seriously made it up the court in five seconds. Full court in five seconds with a defender on her and hit the shot. I was on the court at the time and watched the shot in awe. Before when she was dribbling down the court in my head I was like “don’t pass it to me, I will miss this shot” and I think she knew that. Because she took it all the way, but as her shot went up my thought process changed. I remember thinking “please let this go in, please let this go in…” I honestly have no idea what would have happened if she would have missed. At that moment I wasn’t even thinking of rebounding, I couldn’t even think of rebounding I could only think of “please let it go in.” I was just standing there like a deer in headlights. It took me a second to even realize she made it. It’s the moment where you wanted that outcome so bad but when you get it you don’t know what to do, you just stand there kind of shocked. But as soon as I heard everyone else cheering I snapped back into reality. Before I even knew it a handful of our fans (A.K.A parents and our practice squad) had already crossed the court and were celebrating with us. At that moment there was clapping, cheering, tears of joy, tears of sadness, basically everything that comes with the perfect game. It was the game that got us the automatic bid into nationals. After a whole season of uncertainty it was finally clear in that moment.


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