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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    About Indy Eleven Professional Soccer 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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    Christopher Ingersol, Hayley Ivanic, Caitlin Iwema


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


    Marta Quereda Jareno


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

    “The Lord knew all along,” she says.

    Legacy of a little heart 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Growing following, growing family 

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

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

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

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

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

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

    No pause to His plans 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    * * * * *

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The two also share an enduring fascination with football.

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    A higher standard

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

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

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

    Appreciating the gifts

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

    And after that?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

    2014 Bears Training Camp Video 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Setting a new pace for education

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

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

    Catching the excitement

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Dates: May 12 to June 3, 2014

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

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

    Monday, May 19

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

    Wednesday, May 21

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

    Thursday, May 22

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

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

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

    Friday, May 23

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

    Sunday, May 25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thursday, May 28

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

    Saturday, May 31

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

    Sunday, June 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Find Acker’s complete collegiate bio here.

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

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

    During three weeks of individual skills camps, the Tiger coaches had the opportunity of working with approximately 180 campers from ages six to college-age. In addition, all current and incoming ONU men’s basketball student-athletes were on campus participating and helping with the Overnight Skills Camp (June 22-25). Each camp included teaching through the explanation of terminology, warm-up, demonstration, drills, practice situations, individual instruction, 1-on-1 and 3-on-3. Throughout every camp, the ONU coaching staff took time each day to talk about the importance of sportsmanship, teamwork, sacrifice within a team concept and integrated faith. Campers also had the opportunity to stay in Chapman Hall, eat meals in Ludwig Center, and swim each night in the Perry SLRC's aquatic center.

    The men’s basketball team also held two round-robin style shootouts for high school players, featuring teams from central Illinois, Chicagoland and Indiana. This summer, 30 varsity and junior varsity teams — including more than 350 athletes and coaches — played at least five games in ONU’s Perry SLRC Fieldhouse and were given the opportunity to stay on campus. Many local teams took advantage of the shootout: Bishop McNamara, Bradley-Bourbonnais, Beecher, Dwight, Herscher, St. Anne and Watseka. Gardner-South Wilmington High School's team, coached by alumnus and former Tiger assistant coach Chris Gibson ’06, also made the trip.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The final standings for 2013-14 follow:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Bring it on

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

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

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

    Dedication and determination

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    More than expected

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Honored Olivet grad

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

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

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

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

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

    Personal future strategy

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Mutual support

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

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

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

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

    Benefits for both 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Making a difference in the nation’s capital

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

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

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

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

    Standing out from the crowd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The Capital One College Division Academic All-America® men’s and women’s at-large teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.

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

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

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

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

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

    The Capital One College Division Academic All-America® men’s and women’s at-large teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Shoulder to shoulder they stand

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

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

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

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

    HeArt Show

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2014 Rawlings-NAIA Baseball Gold Glove Team 








    Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 




    Sterling (Kan.) 




    Belhaven (Miss.) 




    The Master's (Calif.) 




    College of Idaho 




    Cumberland (Tenn.) 




    Webber International (Fla.) 




    AIB (Iowa) 




    Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    COLUMBUS, Ga. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced Wednesday that 297 softball student-athletes have been named 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Softball Scholar-Athletes. The No. 4 Olivet Nazarene University softball team was represented by three: seniors Cheryl Sendzik and Justine Phillips and junior Jordy Truelock.

    Sendzik, a native of Mokena, Illinois, graduated earlier in May with a degree in multimedia studies. Sendizik is a two-time honoree.

    A Metamora, Illinois native, Phillips will graduate in December 2014 with a degree in Elementary Education. She will spend the fall of 2014 student teaching. Truelock, a native of Princeton, Indiana, is also majoring in elementary education.

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

    2014 Daktronics-NAIA Softball Scholar-Athletes - PDF

    May 28, 2014 1:39:4May 28, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Illinois — Coming off their second consecutive CCAC Tournament Championship and NAIA National Tournament appearance, Coach Blahnik and the Tiger men's soccer team is gearing up for the 2014 season.  

    “With five senior starters graduating, there will be some great competition for some starting spots that are up for grabs. Our guys worked really hard this spring, and we are looking forward to adding our new players in August. I will greatly miss our graduating seniors, as both players and young men, but am extremely excited for the group of incoming players that are coming this fall. All of the incoming recruits are great soccer players. They are also great young men who will work very hard in the classroom and contribute to the mission of ONU.” — Coach Blahnik 

    2014 Recruiting Class 

    Austin Miller — Transfer from Eastern Illinois University

    Hometown: Manteno, Illinois

    High School: Manteno HS

    Club: Chicago Magic/South Suburban Academy

    Position: GK

    Intended Major: Mathematics

    As a Player:

    Manteno HS

    - All-Conference (2011, 2012)

    - All-Area (2011, 2012)

    - Columbus Cup All-Tournament Team (2011)

    - Defensive MVP (2012)

    Chicago Magic

                    - US Youth Soccer National Qualifier (2013)

    South Suburban Academy

                    - State Cup Champions (2011, 2012)

                    - US Youth Soccer National Qualifier (2011, 2012)

    Adam Schaeffer 

    Hometown: Manteno, Illinois

    High School: Manteno HS

    Club: Chicago Fire

    Position: FWD, MID

    Intended Major: Engineering

    As a Player:

    Manteno HS

    - All-Conference (2011, 2012, 2013)

    - All-Area (2012, 2013)

    - All-Sectional (2013)

    - Manteno Athlete of the Year (2013)

    - 18 Goals, 25 Assists (2013)

    - Conference Champions (2012, 2013)

    Chicago Fire

                    - Columbus Cup Tournament MVP (2013)

    Christian Henock-Berhanu 

    Hometown: Bourbonnais, Illinois

    High School: Bradley Bourbonnais Community HS

    Club: Chicago Magic Academy

    Position: MID/FWD

    Intended Major: Sports Management

    As a Player:


    - All–Conference (2010, 2013)

    - All-Area (2010, 2013)

    - 22 Goals, 13 Assists (2013)

    - 21 Goals, 20 Assists (2010)

    Chicago Fire Juniors

                    - US Youth Soccer National Champions (2011)

                    - US Youth Soccer National Tournament Golden Boot Winner (2011)

    - US Youth Soccer National Tournament MVP (2011)

    Chicago Fire Academy

                    - USSDA National Championship 3rd Place (2012)

    Chicago Magic Academy

                    - USSDA Playoffs Qualifier (2013, 2014)

    Chris Taborn 

    Hometown: Matteson, Illinois

    High School: Marian Catholic HS

    Club: Chicago Fire

    Position: GK

    Intended Major: Education

    As a Player:

    Marian Catholic HS

                    - Windy City Classic Champions (2013)

    - Windy City Classic Golden Gloves Award (2013)

                    - All-Conference (2013)

                    - All-Area (2013)

    Chicago Fire

                    - State Cup Runner-Up (2012)

                    - US Youth Soccer Regional Champions (2012)

                    - Disney Showcase Champions (2012)

    - MRL Champions (2013)

    Clay Selby 

    Hometown: Fenton, Michigan

    High School: Genesee Christian HS

    Club: CSA Wolves Academy

    Position: FWD

    Intended Majors: Spanish, Intercultural Studies, International Business

    As a Player:

    Genesee Christian HS

    - All-State HM (2010)

    - All-State 3rd Team (2011)

    - All-State 1st Team (2012)

    - 48 Goals, 20 Assists (2012)

    CSA Wolves Academy (2013)

    Zach Homco 

    Hometown: Canton, Michigan

    High School: Canton HS

    Club: Canton Celtic

    Position: DEF

    Intended Major: Engineering

    As a Player:

    Canton HS

    - Division Champions (2012, 2013)

    - State Champions (2011)

    Canton Celtic

    - State Cup Semi-finals (2013)

    Florian Cors 

    Hometown: Frankfurt, Germany

    High School: Bertha-von-Suttner-Schule

    Club: Kickers Offenbach II

    Position: DEF

    Intended Major: Business Administration

    As a Player:

    Kickers Offenbach II

                    - Plays in the top amateur division in Germany

    Nathan East 

    Hometown: Fraser, Michigan

    High School: Fraser HS

    Club: Legacy

    Position: DEF

    Intended Major: Undecided

    As a Player:

    Fraser HS

    - All-State HM (2013)

    - Defensive Team MVP (2013)

    - Undefeated Regular Season (2013)

    - 17 shutouts

    Collin Hewett 

    Hometown: Canton, Michigan

    High School: Salem High School 

    Club: Canton Celtic

    Position: GK

    Intended Major: Business/Marketing

    As a Player:

    Salem HS

    - State Semi-finals (2013)

    - 1st Team All-State (2013)

    - 1st Team All-Region (2012, 2013)

    - 1st Team All-Conference (2011, 2012, 2013)

    Canton Celtic

    - State Cup Semi-finals (2013)

    Paul Miller 

    Hometown: New Lenox, Illinois

    High School: Lincoln-Way West High School

    Club: Legacy Soccer Club

    Position: MID

    Intended Major: Mathematics

    As a Player:

    Lincoln-Way West HS

    - Regional champs (2010, 2012, 2013)

    - Lincoln-Way Invite champs (2013)

    - All-Sectional HM (2013)

    - All-Area HM (2013)

    - New Lenox patriot player of the week (2013)

    - 9 Assists, 1 Goal (2013)

    Jaime Flores 

    Hometown: Matteson, IL

    High School: Rich South High School

    Club Team: Chicago Fire Juniors South

    Position: DEF/MID

    Intended Major: Mechanical Engineering

    As a Player:

    Rich South HS

                    - Team MVP (2011)

                    - All-Tournament Team (2011, 2012, 2013)

                    - All-Conference (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)

    Chicago Fire

                    - Premiership B2 Champions (2013)

                    - Mid-America College Showcase Champions (2012)

                    - Nike Academy Showcase Champions (2012)

    May 28, 2014 1:29:2May 28, 2014 -

    LEWISTON, Idaho – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that 257 baseball student-athletes have been named 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Hastings (Neb.) leads all institutions with 11 individuals on the list.

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

    Olivet Nazarene University had five honored this year: senior pitcher Steven Beckham (Mt. Vernon, Illinois), senior pitcher Jonathan Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Illinois), junior pitcher Ryan Archer (Moline, Illinois), junior outfielder Aaron King (Pekin, Illinois), and junior catcher Stefan Sauder (Morton, Illinois).  Beckham and Fightmaster were named to the list for the second time.

    Complete List:

    May 28, 2014 11:16:35May 28, 2014 -

    Conflict happens in every area of our lives. And one of the worst ways to deal with conflict is to ignore it.

    In his new book Conflict Management for Faith Leaders, Dr. Houston Thompson provides guidance and encouragement for dealing with conflict. Dr. Thompson currently serves at Olivet as dean of the School of Professional Studies, dean of academic affairs for the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, and director of the Doctor of Education in Ethical Leadership degree program.

    “One of my goals in writing this book was to provide a framework for understanding and assessing conflict, and then knowing how to manage it in a way that preserves the dignity and respect of all involved,” Dr. Thompson says.

    With a wealth of experience in nonprofit management and social work, Dr. Thompson draws on real life situations and biblical truths for the practical insights included in this book. He offers several techniques for managing conflict, as well as guidelines for choosing which technique to use in a particular situation.

    “Houston Thompson has provided a field manual for ‘faith leaders’ that clearly and pragmatically guides the leader through the key steps of assessing, engaging and navigating conflict toward resolution,“ said Dr. Jeren Rowell, district superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene’s Kansas City District.

    Dr. Thompson’s academic and professional interests include leadership; positive youth development using a strengths-based approach to working with youth and their communities; and not-for-profit and organizational management. Currently, he serves on the board of directors for United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties.

    Before taking on his current administrative positions, Dr. Thompson was chair of Olivet’s Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice. A licensed social worker in the state of Indiana and an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, he has served as a pastor in Nazarene churches in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Indiana; a school social worker; and executive director of a faith-based community ministry.

    After earning his associate’s degree from Nazarene Bible College, he went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from MidAmerica Nazarene University. He holds a master’s degree in church management from Olivet and a Master’s in Social Work degree from Spalding University. In 2007, he received his doctorate degree from Trevecca Nazarene University.

    Conflict Management for Faith Leaders is available online at and Nazarene Publishing House, and at Hammes Bookstore on Olivet’s campus.
    May 27, 2014 3:25:47May 27, 2014 -

    “I'm responsible for this company. I stand behind the results. I know the details, and I think the CEO has to be the moral leader of the company,” said Jeffrey Immelt about his role as CEO of General Electric since 2001. “I think high standards are good, but let's not anybody be confused, it's about performance with integrity. That's what you have to do.”

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

    Named one of the “World’s Best CEOs” three times by Barrons, he holds a B.S. degree from Dartmouth College and a M.B.A. from Harvard University. Under his leadership, General Electric has been named “America’s Most Admired Company” in polls conducted by Barrons and Financial Times. He has also served as chair of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

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

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

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

    For more local information about the event or the Bourbonnais live telecast site, contact Laura Warfel at 815-928-5403 or
    May 26, 2014 3:11:31May 26, 2014 -

    GULF SHORES, Alabama — For the second consecutive season, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s track and field team finished 13th at the NAIA Outdoor National Championships. Seven different Tigers contributed to the Tigers' top 20 placing (18 points) among 72 teams. Two earned all-American status, including a runner-up finish by sophomore Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Illinois) in the discus throw with a mark of 52.59 meters — good for a new school record. He also finished fourth in the shot put, throwing it a finals best 16.95 meters and making him a two-time all-American in 2014.

    Freshman Zach Gordon (Harvey, Illinois) continued an excellent rookie season and placed fourth in the long jump with a mark of 7.24 meters, good for all-American status. 

    On the track, the 4x100 meter relay team of senior Ty’rel Fields (Harvey, Alabama), Zach Gordon, junior Rey Keys (Matteson, Illinois) and junior Jared Carl (Galesburg, Illinois) finished 15th with a time of 41.60, outpacing 13 other teams.

    Junior Lucas Limberg (Rockford, Illinois) competed in the high jump, but did not have a qualifying height in the finals to place. Junior Brian Michell (Reed City, Michigan) placed 10th in the pole vault, defeating six other athletes with a mark of 4.75 meters in the finals.

    Finally, senior Marcus Reynolds (Green Bay, Wisconsin) capped off a great senior campaign by placing 10th in the javelin throw with a finals mark of 56.50 meters and defeating eight other throwers.

    ONU finishes their 2014 season at the NAIA Outdoor National Meet.


    May 26, 2014 2:33:1May 26, 2014 -

    GULF SHORES, Ala. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced Saturday that 233 men’s track and field student-athletes have been named 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Concordia (Neb.) leads all institutions with 18 individuals on the list. Nebraska Wesleyan and Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) are tied for the second most with 10 each.

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

    Representing the Olivet Nazarene University men's track and field team are 10 individuals, two more than in 2013. Selected for a second straight year are James Fisher (Wales, Michigan)Brian Willoughby (Elkhart, Indiana), Jesse Stanford (Bolingbrook, Illinois), and Daniel Wells (Danville, Illinois). Named to the list for the first time are senior Matthew Logan (Dixon, Illinois) and juniors: Jared Carl (Galesburg, Illinois), Dylan Creger (Almont, Michigan),Marshall Hawn (Goshen, Indiana), Joel Lynn (Naperville, Illinois), and David Powers (Security, Colo.). 

    Complete List: 

    May 24, 2014 10:19:12May 24, 2014 -

    GULF SHORES, Ala. – The Olivet Nazarene University women’s track and field team return home from NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Nationals with two All-American relay performances and five individual. Sophomore Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) added two more in the final two days to lead the Tigers.  

    Top performances from days two and three of competition:

    The 4x400m relay team of sophomore Takena Lawson, junior Kamaria Goedhart, freshman Laura D’Angelo and sophomore Peyton Kirkland crossed the finish line in 3:49.65 to finish sixth overall.

    Senior Christy Trank, freshman Angelica Lafemina, junior Kyie Lippencott and freshman Karley Brown placed eighth in the 4x800m relay with a time of 9:41.28.

    Blucker placed second in the shot put, posting a 15.10m (49-06.50) and third in the discus throw with a 46.05m (151-07).

    The Tigers finished with 12th overall with 23 points out of the 51 scoring teams at the event. The National Championship was claimed by Indiana Tech who finished with 102 points.

    May 24, 2014 9:15:57May 24, 2014 -

    COLUMBUS, Ga. – Not since May of 2012 had the Olivet Nazarene University softball team been held scoreless, 112 consecutive games. But the Tigers found themselves unable to push a run across the plate at the NAIA World Series…not once, but twice. The No. 3 seeded Tigers were on the losing end of a 2-0 opening game with No. 6 seeded William Carey University on Friday, May 23 and couldn’t snap back in game two the next day, falling 3-0 to College of Idaho.

    Olivet (49-5-1) outhit the William Carey nine to six, leaving runners in scoring position three times. In the first, junior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ind.) reached on a single and advanced to third on a double by senior Hannah Gardner (Frankfort, Ill.), but both were stranded with back-to-back ground outs.

    In the third, the Tigers loaded the bases with two outs on a single by Gardner, double off the bat of junior Erika Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) and a walk by senior Cheryl Sendzik (Mokena, Ill.) but failed to score. The final missed scoring opportunity happened in the fourth when freshman Megan Semro doubled and reached third on a single by senior Justine Phillips (Metamora, Ill.).

    Senior Caitlin Santefort (Mokena, Ill.) suffered the loss, going 5.2 innings before being relieved by sophomore Lindsay Stotler (Bloomington, Ill.). Santefort allowed four hits and one run, earned. She also walked three while striking out none. Stotler threw 1.1 innings, allowing two hits and one earned run. She struck out one and walked one.

    Day two saw the Tigers struggle with plating a run and hitting as they were held to four hits against the Coyote.  Truelock continued to be hot in the post season, going 2-for-3 with a double, but no one could push her around to put the Tigers on the board. Gardner and Krippel each added a single.

    Stotler picked up the loss, going the distance. She allowed five hits, while striking out three and walking one.

    Olivet finished a highly successful season which saw them go on a 43-game winning streak after suffering back-to-back losses to start the season. The streak is the second longest in NAIA history. They went 45-games without a loss, having ended the winning streak with a tie to Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival St. Xavier University (Ill.). The 112-games without a shut-out is also second in NAIA history. The Tigers captured the CCAC Regular Season Title with a 19-0-1 record and went on to win the CCAC Tournament. They also went 3-0 in the Davenport Bracket of the NAIA Opening Round to earn their trip to Columbus. Olivet had seven 1st Team CCAC All-Conference honorees and Gardner repeated as Player of the Year.

    Off the field, the Tigers have two CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-Americans (Sendzik and Phillips), three NAIA Scholar Athletes (Sendzik, Phillips and Truelock) and nine CCAC All-Academic team honorees.

    May 23, 2014 10:46:3May 23, 2014 -

    LINCOLN, Neb. – The Olivet Nazarene University women’s golf team saw their season come to an end on Wednesday, May 21 after the second round of competition at the NAIA National Championships at the Wilderness Ridge Golf Course in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Tigers finished tied for 17th overall in the field of 27 teams with a two round score of 663 (+87).

    After having three players shoot opening rounds of +8 or better, the Tigers struggled to find consistency on day two. Senior Ashley Miller (Springhill, Kan.) finished her career with an 83 (+11). Her two-day of 183 (+19) tied her for 57th place in the 140 player field.

    Freshman Sydney Tyler (Bloomington, Ill.) finished the event tied for 64th overall after an opening day 77 (+5) and a day two 88 (+16) to finish with a 165 (+21). Junior Lydia Bilyeu (Fulton, Ill.) placed tied for 68th with a 166 (+22) with rounds of 77 (+5) and 89 (+17).

    Sophomore Bridget Wolff (East Peoria, Ill.) had the second best day two round, shooting an 84 (+12). She opened play with an 87 (+15) to finish at 171 (+27) and tied for 104th. Sophomore Kelsey Fisk (Greeenfield, Ind.) finished tied for 117th place with a two-round total of 178 (+34) after rounds of 91 (+19) and 87 (+15).

    The Tigers finished up another successful season and will hit the links again in the fall.


    May 23, 2014 10:44:8May 23, 2014 -

    Olivet’s fourth cohort of Honors Program students graduated as part of the Class of 2014 during the 101st Commencement Convocation on Saturday, May 10, 2014.

    As their time at Olivet came to a close, these fourteen graduates presented their required honors research projects during Scholar Week 2014, April 22 to 26. Now, they are beginning the next chapter in their personal and professional lives.

    Lacey Austin (Glenmont, Ohio), B.S., English education
    Project: “Rationales for the Use and Pairing of Young Adult Literature and Classic Novels in the Secondary English Classroom”
    She is pursuing plans for a teaching career in Ohio.

    Breanne Bambrick (Washington, Illinois), B.S.W., social work
    Project: “The Collaboration of Faith and Social Work in Creating a Gateway of Helping”
    She will be pursuing her master’s degree in social work (M.S.W.) at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

    Emily Borger (South Elgin, Illinois), B.S.. dietetics
    Project: “The Effect of Direct Human Service on Volunteers' Self-Perceived Generosity and Expected Appreciation, Satisfaction, and Value of Work”
    She has been accepted into an internship and master’s degree program in dietetics at Northern Illinois University.

    Rebecca Busler (Maryville, Illinois), B.S.N., nursing
    Project: “Effectiveness of Wellness and Life Skills Education for Adolescent Females of Inner-City East St. Louis”
    She is pursuing plans for a nursing career in women’s health.

    Kaitlin Carlson (Washington, Illinois), B.S., education
    Project: “Writing a Reading and Language Arts Unit Designed to Motivate Elementary School English Language Learner (ELL) Students of Poverty”
    She has accepted a position as a language arts and social studies teacher for sixth grade students in Morton, Illinois.

    Treavor Dodsworth (Vernon, Colorado), B.S., accounting/economics/finance
    Project: “Trading Intraday Volatility: Basic Futures Trading Strategy”
    He has accepted a position with Northwest Financial, Indianapolis, Indiana. Investment News, a financial planning magazine, will be blogging about him as he begins his career in the financial planning industry.

    Brian Ginn (Bourbonnais, Illinois), B.S., biology
    Project: “Genetic Determination of ABO Genotype from Buccal Cells: Incorporating PCR, Gel Electrophoresis, and ABO Genotyping into Undergraduate Study”
    He is the recipient of Olivet’s Robert M. Milner Award as the outstanding male graduate in the Class of 2014. Currently, he is considering acceptances from medical schools and will be entering medical school this fall.

    John Hall (Tinley Park, Illinois), B.S., mathematics education
    “Implementing Common Core State Standards for Mathematics”
    Selected as the Department of Mathematics’ outstanding graduate, he is currently applying for a teaching position.

    Ryan Kee (Bourbonnais, Illinois), B.S.E., engineering
    Project: “Detection Systems for Airbag Deployment”
    He has accepted a position as an electrical engineer with DRS Technologies in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    Molly Koleczek (Tinley Park, Illinois), B.S., zoology
    “A Survey of the Ratio of Melanistic to Gray Squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) on five Midwestern College Campuses”
    She has accepted an internship in the Department of Stranding Investigations at Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, Florida.

    Lorisha Riley (Kankakee, Illinois), B.S., mathematics
    Project: “Relationships Between Elements of Leslie Matrices and Future Growth of the Population”
    She has been accepted into a doctorate degree program at the University of Florida.

    Logan Smith (Ridge Farm, Illinois), B.S., chemistry
    Project: “Exploring Cycloaddition Reactions for the Synthesis of Novel Organic Compounds, Including Microwave Promotion”
    He has accepted a laboratory research position with Bunge North America in Bradley, Illinois.

    Kelsey Steines (Mount Vernon, Iowa), B.S., business administration
    Project: “An evaluation of Youth In(VOL)ved: Impact on participants' attitudes toward volunteerism”
    She is pursuing plans for a career in nonprofit development.

    Jessica Sturgeon (Chillicothe, Illinois), B.S.N., nursing
    Project: “An Exploration of the Relationship Between Religiousness and Treatment Seeking Trends Among College Students”
    She has accepted a nursing residency at Carle in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.

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

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

    In addition to fulfilling the requirements for their respective majors, Honors Program students take four interdisciplinary, team-taught classes covering an intriguing topic. Then, they complete a substantial, faculty-mentored research project during their last two years, doing one-on-one mentored research with a professor of their choice with funding provided. They may also choose to study abroad during junior year.
    May 23, 2014 9:39:47May 23, 2014 -

    GULF SHORES, Ala. – Opening day of the 34th Annual NAIA Women’s Outdoor Track and Field National Championships proved to be quite successful for the Olivet Nazarene University women’s track and field team. Among the first All-Americans recognized at the meet on Thursday, May 22 were two Tigers, sophomore Amy Blucker and freshman Ambria Tisdell.

    Blucker and Tisdell finished sixth and seventh in the hammer throw to get things started for the Tigers. Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) posted a 53.48m (175-05) to capture sixth place, while Tisdell tossed 53.06m (174-01) and broke her own freshman record.

    The 4x800m relay team of senior Christy Trank (Winnebago, Ill.), freshman Angelica Lafemina, junior Kylie Lippencott (Crawfordsville, Ind.) and freshman Karley Brown (Lees Summit, Mo.) entered the meet as the 13th seeded team, but crossed the finish line in 9:15.96 to qualify for the finals in eighth place. The foursome will compete in the finals on Friday.

    Also competing on opening day was junior Emily Reader (Mason, Mich.) in the pole vault, senior Rachel Carman (Keokuk, Iowa) in the long jump and junior Madison Moyer (Burlington, Iowa) in the 3000m Steeplechase. Reader cleared 3.40m (11-01.75) to finish 16th.  Moyer crossed the line in 11:26.44 to finish 19th and Carman jumped 5.32m (17-05.50) to place 14th.

    Competing on day two will be Blucker in the shot put, the 4x800m relay team in the finals, and the 4x400m relay team of Laura D’Angelo, Kamaria Goedhart, Peyton Kirkland and Taneka Lawson in the preliminaries.

    May 22, 2014 3:3:59May 22, 2014 -

    “For God So Loved the World,” a work by sculptor Scott Stearman of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was dedicated at Olivet as part of the 101st Commencement weekend activities. It is installed near the east entrance of the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel.

    “This sculpture and other public works of art installed on Olivet’s campus provide an avenue through which the University makes a symbolic statement about who we are, both to ourselves and to those who visit the campus,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. “They also represent the growing commitment to add significant works of art to our University landscape in order to portray our values in a very tangible and public way.”

    The Stearman sculpture is a gift from alumni Dr. Ed '66 and Mrs. Judy (Goodman) '66 Nash, who met while they were students at Olivet. Dr. Nash grew up on the Olivet campus while his father, the late Dr. Forrest Nash, was the pastor of College Church of the Nazarene.

    Dr. and Mrs. Nash have devoted their lives in service to Christ and His kingdom. Currently, Dr. Nash serves as the district superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene’s Kansas District. Mrs. Nash is a member of the Olivet Nazarene University Foundation Board of Directors.

    With the gift of this sculpture, Dr. and Mrs. Nash hope to remind all who see it of God’s redeeming love for the world.

    Inspired by the well-known passage of scripture from John 3, “For God So Loved the World” is an image of Christ and the world. The bronze globe represents the world, and the figure of Christ stands behind. He touches it tenderly with His hands, and His expression is kindness, care, concern and prayer.

    Scott Stearman began sculpting in the early 1980s. His works, centering primarily on the themes of the military and faith, grace the buildings and/or grounds of Knox Rescue Mission, Knoxville, Tenn.; Celestial Seasonings, Boulder, Colo.; Church of the Nazarene International Headquarters, Kansas City; City of San Marino, California; Word Entertainment, Nashville, Tenn.; and a host of other locations across the country.

    He has also created works to honor award recipients, war veterans, deceased loved ones, distinguished alumni and others. One of his favorite pieces to create is the challenge coin, which he presents in a handshake to express gratitude to a member of the military.
    May 22, 2014 2:14:1May 22, 2014 -

    Dr. James Miles is the 2014 recipient of The Willis E. Snowbarger Award for Teaching Excellence, as announced during Olivet’s 2014 School of Graduate and Continuing Studies (SGCS) Commencement ceremony.

    Dr. Miles has served as an adjunct professor with Olivet since 2010 and is also an active consultant in community formation and sustainability. Described as a thought leader in his content area of economics and sustainability, he displays an obvious passion for how these two forces can impact an organization and, ultimately, the community.

    He holds two degrees from Virginia Union University: Doctor of Ministries in Faith-Based Economic Development and Finance, and Master of Divinity in Community Formation. His Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems degree is from Park University.

    “Dr. Miles cares about his students, often going out of the way to assist them with challenges they are facing,” said Dr. Jonathan Bartling, SGCS associate dean. “He continues to model the importance of lifelong learning and community engagement. Students praise his understanding of the content he teaches and also his ability to utilize his past experiences to make real life applications. He is passionate about engaging his students in learning.”

    The Snowbarger Award honors the legacy of Dr. Willis Snowbarger, as well as honoring the outstanding service of an adjunct faculty member. Dr. Snowbarger served Olivet as a professor, dean and vice president for academic affairs. He was instrumental in the development of Olivet’s expanded liberal arts and professional curriculum, the building of a strong faculty and the achievement of numerous accreditation initiatives.
    May 21, 2014 11:33:43May 21, 2014 -

    During the 101st Commencement ceremony, Olivet conferred honorary doctorate degrees upon Rev. Lindell Browning, Mrs. Kay Browning and Dr. Gustavo Crocker for their outstanding professional achievements and Christian service.

    Rev. Lindell Browning received the Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) degree for his many years of service as a missionary in the Middle East and, most recently, as the Eastern Mediterranean field strategy coordinator for the Church of the Nazarene. Prior to his missionary service, he was associate pastor at First Church of the Nazarene, Anderson, Indiana. He is a 1972 graduate of Olivet and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary.

    Kay (Embick) Browning received the Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) degree for her many years of service as a missionary in the Middle East. She is certified as an English as a second language instructor and has taught ESL classes. In the Church of the Nazarene’s Eastern Mediterranean field office, she has served as administrative assistant and financial officer. She is a 1972 graduate of Olivet and holds a Master of Arts degree from Bethany Nazarene College (now Southern Nazarene University).

    “The Brownings are scheduled to retire in early 2015. They leave a lasting legacy through a growing number of churches and pastors who have been nurtured by them,” said Dr. Dennis Crocker, Olivet’s vice president for academic affairs.

    Dr. Gustavo Crocker — who also delivered the Commencement address to the Class of 2014's traditional undergraduates — received the Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) for his outstanding Christian leadership in a variety of administrative roles. Born in Guatemala and fluent in four languages, he has authored several books and articles in Spanish and English. His writings have been translated into more than 20 languages. In 2013, he was elected as the 41st general superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene.

    Dr. Crocker holds a master’s degree in community planning from the University of Cincinnati, where he attended as a Fulbright Scholar, and is a licensed architect. As a Latin American Leadership Scholar, he earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership in Business at Regent University. He has also completed further post-doctoral studies at the prestigious Kennedy School of Government at Harvard 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.

    “Architecture and urban planning were not to become Gustavo Crocker’s life’s work,” said University President John C. Bowling during the ceremony. “Responding to the needs of others and a sense of spiritual calling on his life, he entered the Christian ministry. He has had a distinguished career of leadership and service around the world.”
    May 21, 2014 11:15:53May 21, 2014 -

    OTTER LAKE, Mich. – North Branch High School standout Rachel Losey has signed a letter of intent to continue her basketball playing career and education at Olivet Nazarene University.

    Losey, a 5-4 guard, is a native of Otter Lake, Michigan. As a senior, she averaged 12.0 points per game, while shooting .410 from behind the arc. She also averaged 2.5 assists and 3.1rebounds per game.  The local sportswriters voted her the top female player in Lapeer County. She led the Tri Valley-East Conference in three-point percentage and three-pointers made.

    While at Olivet, Losey intends to major in psychology. In the classroom, she was a two-time scholar-athlete and member of National Honor Society.

    “I chose to come to ONU because they run one of the most exciting offenses in college basketball,” said Losey. “Also, I loved the coaches, the campus is beautiful, and it's the perfect place for my faith to grow.”

    Losey is the daughter of Ken and Charlotte. 

    May 21, 2014 10:37:59May 21, 2014 -

    DEARBORN, Mich. – Head Coach Lauren Stamatis and the Olivet Nazarene University women’s basketball team are pleased to announce the addition of Amelia Denison for the upcoming season. Denison recently signed a letter of intent to continue her education and playing career at Olivet.

    Denison is a 5-8 guard from Southfield Christian High School in Dearborn, Michigan. Her senior season, she averaged 13.8 points per game, while pulling down 3.8 rebounds and 2.1 steals. She was named All-State Honorable Mention by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan and 2nd Team All-Michigan Independent Athletic Conference. She served as team captain for two seasons.

    Off the court, Denison is a member of National Honor Society and a four year member of the Honor Roll. She will graduate Summa Cum Laude with the top GPA in the Class of 2014. She was also honored as the top student in Organic Chemistry and Math.

    While at Olivet, Denison plans to study nursing. She is the daughter of Andy and Colleen Denison and sister to Ryan and Seth.

    “I wanted to attend a Christian university with a strong nursing program,” said Denison of her decision. “I also wanted to have the opportunity to play collegiate basketball and I’m excited about Olivet’s up-tempo style of basketball.”

    May 21, 2014 9:54:57May 21, 2014 -

    TOWSON, Md. – Seniors Cheryl Sendzik (Mokena, Ill.) and Justine Phillips (Metamora, Ill.) are among 22 players in the country to be named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Softball Team. The duo has led the No. 4 Olivet Nazarene University softball team to a 49-3-1 record and their ninth appearance at the NAIA World Series.

    Sendzik is a multimedia major with a 3.87 GPA. A first team All-CCAC pick, Sendzik has played in 49 games this season and ranks third on the team with a .444 batting average. She also ranks second on the team with 10 home runs while driving in 54 runs, which is tied for fourth on the team.

    Phillips is an elementary education major with a 3.58 GPA. She led the Tigers in runs scored 77), hits (89), triples (7) and doubles (21). She was second on the team in batting average (.471) and total bases (136).

    Capital One Academic All-America® College Division softball team is comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve player on a university college team, who maintains at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA. Voting takes place at the district level by members of CoSIDA and at the national level by a committee.

    May 21, 2014 9:28:53May 21, 2014 -

    LINCOLN, Neb. – Junior Lydia Bilyeu (Fulton, Ill.) and freshman Sydney Tyler (Bloomington, Ill.) shot matching opening round 77s to lead the Olivet Nazarene University women’s golf team at the NAIA National Championships on Tuesday, May 20 at the Wilderness Ridge Golf Club. The Tigers sit in 13th place overall in the 27 team field after round one.

    Bilyeu and Tyler are tied for 25th place individually out of the 143 participants. Senior Ashley Miller (Springhill, Kan.) finished the day at +8 (80) and sits tied for 47th.  Sophomore Bridget Wolff (East Peoria, Ill.) shot an 87 (+15) to finish the day tied at 112th, while sophomore Kelsey Fisk (Greenfield, Ill.) shot a 91 (+19) and sits tied in 130th place.

    The Tigers will take the early tee times for Round Two on Wednesday, hitting the links at 8:20 a.m. (MST). 

    May 20, 2014 1:33:15May 20, 2014 -

    Dr. Ray Bower received Olivet's 2014 Samuel L. Mayhugh Award for Scholarly Excellence during the 101st Commencement Convocation on Saturday, May 10, 2014.

    Having joined the faculty in 1987, Dr. Bower will soon be retiring from his position as professor and chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences. His areas of special interest for teaching and research are human learning, memory and cognition.

    In 2011, he received the Bill M. Sullivan Founder's Award from the Association of Nazarene Sociologists and Researchers (ANSR). The award is the highest honor given by ANSR, and Dr. Bower was chosen unanimously by his peers for his work in developing a new generation of social researchers to serve the Church of the Nazarene.

    For the past 11 years, ANSR has also sponsored the Harold Young Research Award (HYRA) as a way of engaging students from the 11 U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities in researching issues that pertain to the Church of the Nazarene. Over the past decade, Dr. Bower has mentored Olivet students in their research for this prestigious award and has enjoyed working with five winners and four runners-up.

    “Dr. Bower is highly respected by his colleagues and students — steady, dependable, passionate and a model of Christ,” said Dr. Kent Olney, ONU sociology professor.

    A graduate of Miami University of Ohio, Dr. Bower earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology.

    He is a member of two national honor societies, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa; a charter member of the Association for Psychological Science; a member of the Midwestern Psychological Association; and a member of ANSR.

    “Dr. Bower’s focus on challenging his students in their academic pursuits is one of the many ways he helps Olivet provide ‘Education with a Christian Purpose,’” said Dr. Dennis Crocker, vice president of academic affairs. “Sharing his own passion for learning, he encourages his students to stretch into new discoveries and observations. He is a man of service, on our campus and in our world.”
    May 20, 2014 12:34:27May 20, 2014 -

    MAHOMET, Ill. – Mahomet-Seymour High School standout, Maggie Schmidt, has signed a letter of intent to continue her education and playing career at Olivet Nazarene University. Schmidt will join the women’s basketball team in the fall of 2014.

    Schmidt, a 5-10 forward, was named Honorable Mention All-IHSA as a senior. She was also named Cornbelt Conference 1st Team and 1st Team All-Area. The team captain averaged 15.2 points per game, while pulling down 7.8 rebounds. She also averaged 4.0 assists per game and 2.5 steals.

    “It’s a great Christian campus with very welcoming people,” said Schmidt of her decision to attend Olivet. “The location is great and the scholarships were a nice bonus. I love the coaches and can’t wit to get to know the team better.”

    Schmidt plans to major in architectural engineering while at Olivet. She is the daughter of John and Jacki Schmidt and sister to Olivia and Carter.

    May 20, 2014 12:22:8May 20, 2014 -

    BRILLION, Wis. – Head Coach Lauren Stamatis and the Olivet Nazarene University women’s basketball team is pleased to announce the addition of Brillion High School standout, Tori Lemke to the team for the fall of 2014. Lemke signed her letter of intent to continue her playing career as a TigerBall member.

    Lemke, a 5-10 forward led the Lions to a 14-3 record and a second place finish in the Olympian Conference. As a senior, she averaged 13.4 points per game, while dishing out 1.5 assists and pulling down 5.8 rebounds.

    “The school and atmosphere were great,” said Lemke of her decision. “I loved it and the basketball girls, coaches and program.”

    When off the basketball court, Lemke is also a member of the BHS volleyball and softball teams. She is also member of the National Honor Society.

    Lemke intends to major in Engineering while at Olivet. She is the daughter of James and Tracy Lemke.

    May 20, 2014 10:11:59May 20, 2014 -

    Dr. Rosalie Tuttle, nursing professor, received Olivet's 2014 Richard M. Jones Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence during the 101st Commencement Convocation on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Also that day, 38 of her students in the Class of 2014 received the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

    Dr. Tuttle’s work in the field of maternal child health has spanned more than 35 years. As a member of Olivet’s faculty, she teaches courses in childbearing family health and serves as an advisor in the ethical leadership doctoral program.

    Known by her students as a kind and dedicated professor, she often holds special study sessions outside of her regular teaching and supervisory responsibilities. Her goal is to make sure that her students understand course content and pass all exams necessary for them to advance in their careers.

    Recently, she served as student honors preceptor for Rebecca Busler, a 2014 Olivet graduate, in the completion of Rebecca’s honors research project on “Effectiveness of Wellness and Life Skills Education for Adolescent Females of Inner-City East St. Louis.”

    In 2011, she co-led a team of nine students — including six nursing students — on a mission trip to Argentina. The group traveled a total of 27,000 miles to assist the Argentine Church by conducting medical clinics; providing dental hygiene training; distributing clothing; evangelizing children; and helping the Toba people to have clean drinking water. During five days of six-hour clinics, they saw more than 900 patients.

    She is a member of the National League for Nursing, an organization dedicated to excellence in nursing education; Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society; and Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. In the local community, Dr. Tuttle serves on the Kankakee County (Illinois) Breast Feeding Coalition.

    She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas, a master’s degree in nursing from Texas Women’s University and a Ph.D. from Capella University. Her dissertation topic was “The Impact of Simulation in Nursing Education on the Self-Efficacy and Learner Satisfaction of Nursing Students.” She was instrumental in the launch and recent expansion of the Virtual Learning Center for Olivet’s Department of Nursing.

    “Dr. Tuttle approaches all that she does with a Christ-like attitude that encourages others,” said Dr. Dennis Crocker, vice president for academic affairs. “She devotes countless hours and great energy to preparing our nursing students to become knowledgeable and caring professionals. Her dedication and commitment are inspiring to all who know and work with her. She remains passionate about the nursing profession and nursing education.”
    May 18, 2014 9:45:29May 18, 2014 -

    MOBILE, Ala. – Senior Lindsey Peterson, a senior on the No. 23 Olivet Nazarene University team was among 101 women’s tennis student-athletes to be recognized by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as a 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete.

    Peterson, a native of New Castle, Pennsylvania, graduated in May with a degree in art. She is a two-time honoree.

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

    May 16, 2014 4:52:19May 16, 2014 -

    MOBILE, Ala. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Friday that 94 men’s tennis student-athletes have been named 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Belhaven (Miss.) led all institutions with six individuals on the list.

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

    Olivet Nazarene University had two athletes honored this year: senior Landon Williams (Erie, Pennsylvania) and junior Peter Jensen (Yuba City, California). Williams is a second time recipient and Jensen was awarded for the first time. 

    Complete List:

    May 16, 2014 1:24:16May 16, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- A total of 299 student-athletes from Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference member schools have been named to their respective spring sport all-academic teams, it was announced by the league office on Friday morning.  The total is an increase of 37 student-athletes from the previous year when 262 individuals were recognized in the eight spring sports – baseball, men's and women's golf, softball, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's outdoor track & field.

    Olivet Nazarene University claimed the most representatives with 71 Tiger student-athletes being awarded, bolstered by league-best numbers in the sports of men's golf (four), women's golf (five), women's outdoor track & field (19) and men's outdoor track & field (21).  The 21 awardees in the latter sport also represented the most for any spring sport.

    Placing second behind Olivet Nazarene was University of St. Francis with 61 honorees.  Saint teams topped the charts in the sports of baseball (10), men's tennis (four) and women's tennis (eight). 

    Also finishing among the top five were Cardinal Stritch University (27 recipients), Robert Morris University (25) and Saint Xavier University (24).  Cardinal Stritch boasted the most softball recipients among conference members with 10. 

    Other schools with as many as 10 honorees across the eight sports were Trinity Christian College (21), Judson University (17), Calumet College of St. Joseph (16) and Roosevelt University (15). 

    Rounding out the list were Holy Cross College, Purdue University Calumet and Trinity International University with six recipients each and Purdue University North Central with four.   

    Of the eight sports, both baseball and women's outdoor track & field had the most selections with 60 each.  Softball had the biggest increase in recipients from the previous year, going from 39 to 56. 

    Seven of the 299 awardees maintained a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade point average with 68 selections being repeat choices and another 49 earning the designation for the third year in a row. 

    To be nominated for the award, a student-athlete must have been enrolled at his/her respective CCAC school for a minimum of one academic year, have completed at least 30 semester hours and boast no less than a 3.25 cumulative grade point average.

    May 16, 2014 11:55:9May 16, 2014 -

    Registration for the ONU Alumni & Fans Golf Scramble has been extended until June 7th. The event will take place on Saturday June 28th, at the Kankakee Elks Country Club. Sign in for the event begins at 7:30 a.m. You can use the online registration or print out the PDF version and send to: ONU Football - One University Ave. Bourbonnais, IL 60914.  It will be a great time to reconnect & connect with the Tiger football family!

    FIGHT ON!” 

    May 16, 2014 10:32:50May 16, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament champion Olivet Nazarene University claimed three of seven spots on the all-league team, while Saint Xavier University registered the top two individual accolades when the league office announced its 2014 CCAC women's golf award winners late Thursday May 15.

    Lydia Bilyeu (Fulton, Ill.), Ashley Miller (Springhill, Kan.) and Bridget Wolff (East Peoria, Ill.) headlined the seven-member all-conference team for the Tigers. Saint Xavier's Taylor Thompson (East Galesburg, Ill.) was named the CCAC Player of the Year.

    The Tigers are in final preparation for their return to the NAIA National Championships. The CCAC title game Olivet an automatic bid to the 20th Annual Women’s Golf National Championship. This year’s even is at the Wilderness Ridge Golf Club, Lincoln, Nebraska and runs from May 20-23, 2014. The Tigers first and second round opponents will be William Woods University (Mo.) and Rocky Mountain University (Mont.). Tee times are set for 1:20 p.m. (MST) on Tuesday, May 20 and 8:20 a.m. on Wednesday.

    May 16, 2014 10:25:50May 16, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Olivet Nazarene University and Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) combined to earn all but two honors when the 2014 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference women's tennis awards were announced by the league office on Friday May, 9.

    Olivet Nazarene's Priscila Nunez (Montreal, Canada) made a big first impression gaining CCAC Player of the Year honors in her inaugural collegiate campaign.  She went 12-1 in singles play and 13-2 in doubles action during the regular season.  Among Nunez's big wins on the season were both singles and doubles victories against opponents from NCAA II Winona State, NAIA No. 20 Marian (Ind.) and No. 19 Cardinal Stritch.

    Teammates Seraphine Buchmann (Illnau, Switzerland) and Aziza Butoyi (Burundi, Bujumbura), last year's CCAC Player of the Year, were also named to the singles team.  Cardinal Stritch was represented by Alexi Loomis (Cedarburg, Wis.) and Amanda Timm (Milwaukee, Wis.).  St. Francis' Princess Clemente (Tinley Park, Ill.) rounded out the list.

    Of the six, Butoyi, Buchmann and Clemente were repeat selections.

    The names were much the same on the doubles side, where the teams of Nunez and Buchmann and Loomis and Timm were honored.  Also making it as a doubles pair were Cardinal Stritch's Katuiska Adarmes (San Cristobal, TA, Venezuela) and Emily Kaftan (West Bend, Wis.)

    Among that grouping, Buchmann was the only repeat choice.

    May 15, 2014 4:55:42May 15, 2014 -

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced Thursday that 114 men’s golf student-athletes have been named 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Clarke (Iowa) and Madonna (Mich.) lead all institutions with five individuals each on the list.

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

    ONU had one golfer honored for his work in the classroom; junior Michael Bork (Rapid City, Michigan). He received the award for the first time.

    Complete List:

    May 15, 2014 4:20:22May 15, 2014 -

    Gary Newsome, Olivet's athletic director, is the new commissioner of the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA), effective May 5, 2014. He will oversee the operations of the 13-team Association, filling the position left vacant by the retirement of James D. Houdeshell, who helped National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) schools in three states form the MSFA in 1993.

    “I am very honored and humbled to be chosen by the MSFA coaches to sit in the commissioner’s chair,” Newsome said. “History shows us that the MSFA has been the strongest NAIA football conference in America over the past 20 years. Knowing that I cannot replace someone like Dr. Houdeshell, I just hope to serve the coaches and universities in the MSFA with never tiring energy and to be their biggest cheerleader. And I can’t wait to get to Daytona [NAIA championship] and cheer on the next MSFA/NAIA football champion.”

    As he continues in his role as Olivet’s athletic director, a position he has held for six years, Newsome will also continue to serve on the NAIA National Administrative Council’s Awards and Statistics committee.

    During 2012–13, the Tigers won their fourth consecutive CCAC All-Sports Cup and fifth in six years; finished sixth in the NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings; had six of nine teams finish first or second during the regular season; and had seven teams win their respective tournament championships. ONU also sent 13 teams to NAIA National Tournaments.

    As the Tigers’ head football coach for nine years, he was named MSFA Coach of the Year twice, guided his team to the NAIA playoffs, had a league championship and two runner-up finishes, as well as two NCCAA Victory Bowl titles. His teams won 46 games, 15 more than any coach in Olivet history.

    A 1974 Olivet graduate, Newsome earned a master’s degree from Chicago State University in 1982. While an Olivet student, he was a four-year starter in baseball, as well as being the team’s MVP his senior year and leading hitter his junior year. He later returned to Olivet to serve as head baseball coach and the football team’s defensive coordinator from 1980 to 1981. His 1981 team won a then-school record 21 baseball games and advanced to the NAIA District 20 playoffs.

    Newsome also has a wealth of administrative experience during his 25 years of service in the Ohio public school system, where he served 14 years as a public school administrator. As a high school football coach at Paint Valley and Chillicothe, he took his teams to 110 victories, two undefeated seasons, and four playoff appearances. He won eight honors as Coach of the Year. He also coached in the Ohio North-South All-Star game twice and was inducted into the Paint Valley Hall of Fame. In addition to football, he also coached men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, wrestling, swimming, tennis and track.

    May 15, 2014 2:17:56May 15, 2014 -

    Brian Ginn (biology major, Bourbonnais, Illinois) was honored during Olivet’s 101st annual traditional undergraduate Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 10, 2014. He received the Robert M. Milner Award as the outstanding male graduate. He is the son of Dr. Dwight and Denise Ginn.

    An Honors Program graduate, Brian was named to the dean’s list every semester and graduated summa cum laude with Olivet’s Class of 2014. During Scholar Week 2014 at Olivet in April, he presented the results of his capstone research project, “Genetic Determination of ABO Genotype from Buccal Cells: Incorporating PCR, Gel Electrophoresis, and ABO Genotyping into Undergraduate Study.” Earlier this year, he was recognized by the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges® program as one of Olivet’s outstanding graduating seniors.

    While a student at Olivet, he was a teaching assistant for biology and chemistry labs. He also served as the student representative to the Honors Council and was a member of the Academic Affairs Committee. 

    Outside the classroom, Brian was president of Biophilic biology club, a member of Heart 4 Missions and a part of the LifeSong worship ministry team. His volunteer experiences include medical missionary work at Kudjip Nazarene Hospital, Papua New Guinea, and locally with the Kankakee River Cleanup.

    “Brian always brings a contagious, joyful energy to everything he does,” said Dr. Randy Johnson, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. “For example, in the ecology course — not his ultimate career direction — he still came with a genuine passion for learning and exploring this new knowledge. He then was committed to making a practical difference by volunteering multiple times in our local community.”

    Each year, the Robert M. Milner Award –– named after a Nazarene minister who is father and grandfather to several Olivet alumni –– is given to a male student who exemplifies the highest standard of excellence in character, scholarship achievement and contribution to extracurricular activities.
    May 15, 2014 1:59:41May 15, 2014 -

    Andrea Richardson (double major in math education and information systems, Bloomington, Illinois) was honored during Olivet’s 101st annual traditional undergraduate Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 10, 2014. She received the Maggie Sloan Crawford Award as the outstanding female graduate. She is the daughter of Mike and Kathy Richardson.

    Graduating summa cum laude with Olivet’s Class of 2014, Andrea was named to the dean’s list each semester. Earlier this year, she was recognized by the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges® program as one of the outstanding graduating seniors.

    She is a member of Pi Mu Epsilon, the mathematics honor society. While at Olivet, she was a teaching assistant in the mathematics and computer science departments.

    A music minor, vocalist and pianist, Andrea was a member of Orpheus Choir and Chrysalis women’s choir. She also serves as an accompanist for the Department of Music. She was the two-time runner-up in Olivet’s Nielson/Young piano competition.

    Outside of the classroom, Andrea was a Sister-to-Sister mentor to incoming students. She also served on mission trips to Kenya; Swaziland; the Democratic Republic of Congo; and Washington, Illinois, in the aftermath of last spring’s devastating tornadoes.

    While an Olivet student, Andrea completed two summer internships at State Farm’s headquarters in Bloomington. As a technical analyst one summer, she enjoyed the manipulation of data, as well as the ways math and information systems worked together. As a data analyst the other summer, she worked on some of the company’s top projects and learned the back-end structure of new smartphone apps that were in development.

    “Andrea is a wonderful young lady, who has excelled academically and has been active both on campus and beyond,” said Dr. Dale Hathaway, chair of Olivet’s Department of Mathematics. “Her service to others has literally extended around the world.”

    Each year, the Maggie Sloan Crawford Award –– named after Olivet’s first graduate –– is given to a female student who exemplifies the highest standard of excellence in character, scholarship achievement and contribution to extracurricular activities.

    May 14, 2014 1:22:13May 14, 2014 -

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Junior Erika Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) put the No. 4 Olivet Nazarene University softball team on the board early in the Davenport Bracket of the NAIA Opening Round tournament. Tatum hit her third home run in as many games in the top of the first to score junior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ind.) and help propel the Tigers to an 11-2, five-inning victory over Davenport University (Mich.) and earn a bid to the 34th Annual NAIA World Series in Columbus, Georgia.

    The Tigers (49-3-1) added six runs in the top of the sixth inning to put the game out of reach for the host Panthers. Truelock started things off with her second homer of the tournament, a shot over the right center field wall. Then, with two outs Tatum and senior Cheryl Sendzik drew walks and scored on a double to left field by sophomore Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.). A Megan Butler (Frankfort, Ill.) walk and a single by Megan Semro loaded the bases for the Tigers. Sophomore Lindsey Krippel (Fairbury, Ill.) then doubled to left center to add two more runs. Senior Justine Phillips (Metamora, Ill.) singled to left center to score the final run and put the Tigers up 8-1.

    Olivet would add three more in the top of the fifth on just one hit, a double by Tatum. The Panthers would add one run in the bottom of the fifth inning, but it was too little too late to stop the mercy rule from going into effect.

    Junior Lindsay Stotler (Bloomington, Ill.) got the win for the Tigers in the circle, throwing four-innings. She allowed just two hits and one earned run. Senior Virginia McAndrews (Wheaton, Ill.) entered for the final inning in relief. She saw four batters, allowing just one hit and one run.

    Tatum and Truelock both finished the game a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate. Tatum added four RBIs.

    Olivet will head make its ninth appearance at the NAIA World Series. The 10-team tournament runs from May 23-29 at the South Commons Softball Complex in Columbus, Georgia.

    May 14, 2014 11:35:3May 14, 2014 -

    The following is a reflection by Nate Ferris ’14, who delivered this testimony during Olivet’s Baccalaureate service on Friday, May 9.

    Thank you for this incredible opportunity to share briefly how God has used my time at Olivet to shape and mold me into the man I am today. This is an honor, and I am humbled as I stand here.

    What makes my testimony so beautiful is the opportunity to reflect and share on how faithful God has been throughout my life. It is my prayer that as I share my testimony, each one of you will be encouraged to dwell intentionally on how faithful the Lord has been in your lives, as well.

    If I had to sum up my entering Olivet as a freshman, I would use the following phrase: “Excited, but slightly lost and confused.”

    Up to that point in my life, I had accepted Christ and understood logically how that was the most important decision I could have ever made. However, at the same time, I don’t know if I always felt or believed that was the most important decision. I found myself putting my confidence in the things of life that I could control, such as my own talents and abilities.

    When sophomore year came around, for the first time in my life, I had been completely stripped of all my confidence. There were many days I lived in confusion and sadness. I eventually found myself in Kelley Prayer Chapel, on my knees, broken and crying. I finally learned to forgive certain people in my life for how they had wronged me. More importantly, I learned to forgive myself. The Lord showed up in my brokenness. I experienced Him, and I knew without a doubt He was the one true God, the only way to live life. My confidence from then on was placed in Him and Him alone.

    I am forever changed. My heart longs to care, to show compassion, to love, to forgive, to pray, to read my Bible, to worship. My focus every day is no longer to live a life for myself, but to live a life for Christ — and because of that, to live a life for others, as well. I want walk hand in hand with the people around me, sharing in their struggles, being vulnerable before them, and providing a caring heart in the time of need. It is my desire that my days be intentional as I continue to learn what it means to love and live a life for Christ. I want to be a better witness to those around me.

    To close, I share a reminder from Paul from 1 Corinthians 13:12-13 (The Message): “We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.”

    May 14, 2014 9:9:22May 14, 2014 -

    MOBILE, Alabama — In his first NAIA National Tournament as a head coach, Chris Tudor led the No. 23-ranked Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team into their 12th consecutive nationals appearance. The Tigers were matched up with No. 16 College of Coastal Georgia in first round action on Tuesday, May 13. Both teams came into Tuesday’s action with 12-7 records and would get an opportunity to play No. 1 Embry-Riddle University (Florida) with a win. ONU fell 5-4 to the Mariners after leading 3-0 after doubles action.

    The top 25-ranked Tigers' (12-8) 10th straight win was in reach following three solid doubles matches and three victories. Landon Williams (Erie, Pennsylvania) and Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) defeated Louis Volclair and Jose Zaatini 9-8. In the No. 2 doubles match, Caio Barros (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) and Juan Morales (Madrid, Spain) beat Rhan Burton and Alejandro Aquilino 8-4. Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) and Oscar Cornella (Lleida, Spain) defeated Robin Lucas and Erick Bermudez 8-4.

    In singles play, the Tigers claimed only one point, one short necessary to move on to the second round. No. 1 Veys fell to Louis Volclair (6-2, 4-6, 6-3). No. 2 Cornella lost to No. 2 Jose Zaatini (6-3, 6-2). No. 3 Rodolfo Sanchez lost a point to Erick Bermudez (6-3, 6-0).

    No. 5 Juan Morales lost to Rhan Burton (7-5, 6-2), and No. 6 Barros gained the Tigers' lone singles point (6-0, 6-1) against Leif Shuman (6-0, 6-1). No. 4 Williams lost to Malhar Mali (6-2, 1-6, 6-4) in the deciding match.

    The Tigers' loss ends the career of Landon Williams. He will forego his fourth year of eligibility.


    May 13, 2014 3:53:47May 13, 2014 -

    During the 101st Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 10, 2014, Olivet conferred degrees upon the largest graduating class in history: a total of 1,537 graduates. From the 15 graduates in the Class of 1913 to today’s record-setting number, the University remains committed to providing “Education with a Christian Purpose.”

    The Class of 2014 includes: 541 traditional undergraduate bachelor’s, 244 adult studies bachelor’s, 15 associate, 718 master’s and 16 doctorate degrees. Fourteen undergraduate students had the additional distinction of being Honors Program graduates.

    A Guatemalan by birth, a licensed architect and a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Gustavo A. Crocker delivered the keynote address at the 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.

    “You have been given the unique opportunity to be the generation of change,” Dr. Crocker said in addressing the graduates. “As you commence your professional life, take time to celebrate. Keep your head in the right place. Embrace your call to be a change agent.”

    Honorary doctorate degrees were conferred upon Mrs. Kay (Embick) Browning '72, Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.); Rev. Lindell Browning '72, Doctor of Divinity (D.D.); and Dr. Gustavo Crocker, Doctor of Divinity (D.D.).

    Bringing greetings from the Class of 1964 was Dr. Willie Dishon, who was class president and student body president during his years at Olivet. Now a pastor and professor, he has also served on Olivet’s Board of Trustees and on the Alumni Board. “My charge to you today is to go confidently and joyfully to become all that God has in mind for you to be,” he said. “Do that in the power of His Spirit and to the praise and glory of God.”

    Additional highlights of the traditional undergraduate Commencement ceremony included:
    Maggie Sloan Crawford Award for outstanding female graduate to Andrea Richardson (double major in information systems and mathematics education, Bloomington, Illinois)
    Robert M. Milner Award for outstanding male graduate to Brian Ginn (biology major, Bourbonnais, Illinois)
    Samuel L. Mayhugh Award for Scholarly Excellence to Dr. Ray Bower, chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Bower will be retiring at the end of this academic year.
    Richard M. Jones Award for Teaching Excellence Award to Dr. Rosalie Tuttle, professor, Department of Nursing

    The Commencement ceremony for the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies was held at 2:30 p.m. in Centennial Chapel. Dr. John C. Bowling '71/'72 M.A./'06 D.Div., Ed.D., D.Min., president of the University, gave the address.

    “We live in a world that wants to set our identity for us,” Dr. Bowling said. “Are you you, or are you the other guy?”

    Included among the graduates were:
    • The first cohort to complete the requirements for the accelerated degree program and receive the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree
    • The first cohort to complete the first fully online Reading Specialist degree program (READ-O.1)
    • The conferring of the first Master of Divinity (MDIV) degree in pastoral ministry upon Jacob Crowley '10 (Auburn, Illinois)

    Several student and faculty awards were presented, including:
    • Willis E. Snowbarger Award for Teaching Excellence presented in absentia to Dr. James Miles, adjunct professor in the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. This award honors the legacy of Dr. Willis Snowbarger and recognizes the excellence in teaching throughout his time as part of Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.
    • Ralph E. Perry Student Award of Excellence presented to Jeffrey Vizueta (Chicago). This award honors the legacy of Dr. Perry’s long career with Olivet and the outstanding work of a student.

    Other Commencement weekend activities included:
    Baccalaureate service in Centennial Chapel, including the sermon on “Where Will You Be Living?” and charge to the Class of 2014 from Dr. Bowling. Allison Hill (music ministry major, Quincy, Illinois) and Nate Ferris (engineering major, Bourbonnais, Illinois) gave the student testimonies.
    • Dedication of the Douglas E. Perry Student Life and Recreation Center
    Installation of “For God So Loved the World,” a bronze sculpture by sculptor Scott Stearman, near Centennial Chapel
    • Social work pinning ceremony (26 graduates), with the Spirit of Social Work Award presented to Rachel Devine (Elgin, Illinois) and Cristina Gómez (Chicago).
    • Nursing pinning ceremony (38 traditional graduates), with the Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Sigma chapter, Senior Nursing Excellence Award presented to Brena Glendenning (Stillman Valley, Illinois). During the Sigma Theta Tau installation ceremony on Thursday, May 8, 150 inductees were welcomed into the chapter.
    • School of Theology and Christian Ministry graduation chapel service (47 graduates)
    • Phi Delta Lambda, Gamma Chapter, induction of 71 new members and Dr. Janna McLean, dean of Olivet’s College of Arts and Sciences, as an honorary member. The Mary Ada Dillinger Service Award was presented to Carol Reams '86/'94/'00 M.P.C., assistant to the registrar at Olivet. Shanna Rull (junior, education major, Maryville, Illinois) received the chapter’s Enduring Hope Scholarship. Retiring Olivet faculty members Dr. Stan Tuttle, Dr. Gerald and Mrs. Mary Anderson '87 M.Ed. were also honored. Guest speaker was alumna Tiffanie (Mason) West '91/'07 M.B.A. of Bungee Foods.
    • Military/ROTC commissioning ceremony, commissioning nine cadets as new second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. Guest speaker was Olivet alumnus Gerald Smith '75, Lt. Col., USA (Ret.), Esq., M.A., Ph.D. Sam Pimpo (engineering major, Antioch, Illinois) was honored as a distinguished military graduate.
    May 13, 2014 2:24:54May 13, 2014 -

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Despite a slightly sluggish start to the morning, the No. 4 Olivet Nazarene University softball team exploded into the championship game of the NAIA Opening Round - Davenport Bracket with a huge 15-2, five-inning win over the host Panthers on Tuesday, May 13. The Tigers managed just one base runner through the opening two innings, but produced 12 in the final three innings, including three home runs and four doubles.

    The 1-2 batting combo of senior Justine Phillips (Metamora, Ill.) and junior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, (Ind.) went a matching 3-for-4 at the plate with three runs scored each. Truelock’s day included a double and a homerun to produce a team-leading six RBIs.

    Juniors Erika Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) and Megan Butler (Frankfort, Ill.) each added home runs on the day, Butler’s first of the season. Tatum also added a double and finished with five RBIs.

    Olivet’s biggest inning came in the top of the fifth where the Tigers put the game out of reach, plating eight runs while batting around the lineup. Senior Cheryl Sendzik (Mokena, Ill.) led things off with a walk and scored on Butler’s home run over the left field fence. Freshman Megan Semro then reached on a walk and advanced to third on sophomore Lindsey Krippel’s (Fairbury, Ill.) doubled to left. Phillips then reached first on the fielder's choice, scoring Semro and advancing Krippel to third. Truelock doubled to deep left-center, to score both Krippel and Phillips. Tatum took a 2-1 pitch over the centerfield wall to score Truelock. Back at the beginning, Sendzik was then hit by pitch. Megyesi followed that with a walk before Butler picked up her second hit of the inning, a single to shallow right-center to score Sendzik.

    Senior Caitlin Santefort (Mokena, Ill.) picked up with win in the circle for the Tigers, allowing just six hits and two runs, both unearned. She struck out five Panthers and allowed no free passes.

    The Tigers will play tomorrow at noon, local time in the championship game. The winner of the Davenport Bracket will advance to the NAIA World Series in Columbus, Georgia. Olivet will sit and wait to see who the will face. Huntington University (Ind.) is taking on William Woods University (Iowa), the winner will face Davenport at 5:00 today with the winner of that game taking on the Tigers. Should Olivet lose at noon tomorrow, there will be an “if necessary” game to follow.

    May 13, 2014 1:17:41May 13, 2014 -

    The following is a reflection by Allison Hill ’14, who delivered this testimony during Olivet’s Baccalaureate service on Friday, May 9.

    Four years ago this spring, like every 18-year-old, I was faced with the decision of where to spend the next season of my life. It’s kind of a big deal. For me, I didn’t need too much. I was only looking for a small, Christian school that felt kind of like a bigger school; where you didn’t know everyone, but could know a lot of people; class sizes small enough so I could have a personal relationship with the professor; not too close to home, but no more than four hours away; and with a good music program.

    My parents were very involved in this decision-making process. In order to find this school that met my every desire, my dad Googled “small, Christian colleges within four hours of Quincy, Illinois.” And what do you know? Olivet Nazarene University popped up. So after an immediate interest, visiting the school twice and getting accepted, Olivet was going to be my home-away-from-home.

    Now, four years later, I’ve been doing a lot of reflection over my time at Olivet. One way I’ve done that is through my Facebook page. And I want to share some of the posts I wrote within my first month as a freshman:

    “Well, Olivet, I guess you are my new home.”

    “How does everyone here already have best friends??? When did this all happen?”


    “Officially the most stressful situation of my entire life: Laundry for the first time by myself!!!!!”

    “I am craving a set schedule and routine ... but am somehow at peace and thrilled with the way God is working!”

    I want to focus on the first and last posts I shared, this idea of Olivet’s being my “home.” “Honey, I’m home,” has been a common phrase when any of my roommates walks in.

    So I decided to look up the definition of home: The place where one lives, especially as a member of a family or household. That’s it exactly. These last four years I have been a resident at Olivet, but I have also been a member of an incredible family.

    Sitting right behind me is a group of 60 individuals in beautiful purple robes. Through them, God has blessed me with more than I can describe. For me, it was through this family that God showed me the power and importance of prayer; what it truly means to rest in Him; and how to live with an attitude of thankfulness, no matter the circumstances.

    A key part of this family is our Orpheus “dad,” Dr. Jeff Bell. He keeps us together, seeking the same purpose of excellence so that we can share the gospel of Jesus most efficiently. Orpheus is only a glimpse of what makes Olivet home for me. And it’s truly because of the people I’ve lived life alongside, in and outside of choir, why I will miss this place so much.

    Four years ago, I stepped out of my comfort zone and into a world that was new and unknown. Tomorrow, that step will repeat once again. Not just for me, but for everyone here in a cap and gown. Today, I can confidently say, just like I said on Facebook my freshman year, that I am somehow at peace and thrilled with the way God is working.

    As seniors, we are approaching a season of change. Yet, really our time here has been full of change. Change is hard. Yet, through times of transition and uncertainty, I have found that only God can provide a peace which surpasses all understanding. I feel most at home when I have peace from the Lord.

    So where will home be for each graduate? It will be different for each of us. But wherever we end up for this next season of life, be encouraged with what the Lord used to encourage me.

    In John 14:19, Jesus said to his disciples: "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home within them."

    May 13, 2014 9:42:32May 13, 2014 -

    When he came to the United States from the South American country of Ecuador in 1991, Jeffrey Vizueta didn’t speak English. He didn’t have a high school diploma. On Saturday, May 10, 2014, Olivet conferred upon him the Doctor of Education in Ethical Leadership (Ed.D.) degree, and he received the Ralph E. Perry Student Award of Excellence.

    What happened in between was even better than his childhood dream.

    Crossing many borders

    In the early 1970s, Jeffrey’s mother emigrated from Ecuador to the U.S. to help provide for her family. He and his younger brother remained in their country with his grandmother. “She provided my education and helped me a lot,” he recalls. Although they attended church together, he really didn’t understand the meaning of faith and the difference God could make in his life.

    Desperate to provide more for his family, Jeffrey dropped out of school and went to work. Soon, he was following a path that took him further from God. Rebellion, crime and violence became part of his life.

    Daytime and nighttime. At work and on the streets. Serving in the Ecuadorian military. Jeffrey never gave up on his dream of coming to the U.S. Then in 1991, when he was 22 years old, his mother invited him to join her in Chicago.

    Right away, he began working at a factory on the south side of the city. “I knew I wanted to go to college and succeed in the U.S.,” he says.

    His first step was to go through GED® (General Educational Development). He passed the GED Test in December 1991 and earned the equivalent of a high school diploma.

    Learning English was the next important step, but that didn’t come as easily for him. He took several English as a second language (ESL) classes. But he often felt frustrated when people didn’t understand him because of his accent.

    “I was going through greater challenges than I’d ever gone through before,” he says. “I began going to church more often, but I still felt detached from God.”

    Lessons in servanthood

    After earning his associate’s degree, Jeffrey was hired by Ameritech (now AT&T). In 1999, he received his bachelor’s degree and was promoted into management.

    As his career was moving forward, his personal life was, too. On a visit to Ecuador in 1999, he met Haydee, who later became his wife and joined him in the U.S. “She is my pillar,” Jeffrey says.

    In 2011, he received his Master of Business Administration degree. At the invitation of his friend, Jim Kanichirayil ’14 Ed.D., he applied to Olivet’s Doctorate of Ethical Leadership program right away.

    While studying at Olivet, he received an unexpected benefit. “My faith has been renovated,” he says. “I began to understand that we are here to serve and help others, not ourselves.”

    “I’m not the same person spiritually now,” he explains. “Now, it’s all about servant leadership for me. I want to teach my children about this.”

    Redefining success

    Today, Jeffrey is the ecommerce business manager with AT&T in Chicago. He manages companies that provide call center resources to his company. He has great benefits and financial stability. He speaks English well and communicates easily with all types of people from a variety of places. Some would define that as success.

    But Jeffrey will be the first to say that his greatest success is being able to help his relatives. Most of their extended family lives in Ecuador, and they visit there for several weeks each year. And soon, he and Haydee will welcome an adopted son and daughter from Ecuador into their family here.

    His advice to others who are thinking about coming to the U.S. and pursuing their dreams: “You have to be prepared to go over many hurdles. If you’re willing to work hard, you will find rewards here. Don’t forget where you came from. And don’t forget to help others.”

    May 12, 2014 9:39:4May 12, 2014 -


    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The No. 4 Olivet Nazarene University softball team had a one of those days. Sometimes it appeared that nothing could go wrong…and sometimes they definitely felt like nothing could go right. In the end, the Tigers pulled out a 15-10 win over Huntington University (Ind.) in their opening game of the Davenport Bracket of the NAIA Opening Round. Olivet will face the host Panthers of Davenport University (Mich.) at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow. The winner of the 3-day, 4-team opening round tournament will advance to the NAIA World Series.

    Olivet (47-3-1) jumped out to a quick, early lead when senior Justine Phillips (Metamora, Ill.) led the game off with a double over the centerfielder’s head. She advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by junior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ind.) and scored on a single by senior Hannah Gardner (Frankfort, Ill.).

    The Foresters (31-22) fought right back, tying it at 1-1 in the bottom half of the inning. Things remained deadlocked until the top of the third when sophomore Lindsey Krippel (Fairbury, Ill.) scored on a sacrifice fly by Truelock.  Huntington came back with a fury, scoring six runs on five hits before the Tigers could stop the bleeding.

    The Tigers went on their own scoring frenzy in the top of the fifth, plating seven runs on five hits with two Forester errors to take a 9-7 lead. Truelock started the inning off with a double to deep left-center field. A single by junior Erika Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) and a walk by senior Cheryl Sendzik (Mokena, Ill.) load the bases. Tatum scored on a wild pitch, with everyone else advancing. The two Huntington errors results in two more Tiger runs. Phillips doubled to score junior Megan Bulter (Frankfort, Ill.) and Truelock picked up her second hit of the inning to score Krippel and Phillips.

    Huntington wasn’t down and out yet, scoring three runs on three hits in the bottom half of the inning to retake the lead, 10-9. Tatum homered on a 2-2 count over the wall in center field to tie things back up in the top of the sixth.  Sendzik followed it up with a double to left field and advanced to third an infield single by sophomore Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.). Sendzik scored on a single by freshman Megan Semro before a two-run double by Phillips plated the final runs of the inning, putting the Tigers up 13-10.

    Senior Caitlin Santefort (Mokena, Ill.) came in to close things out for the Tigers in the bottom of the sixth.  She recorded three outs in less than 10 pitches, allowing just one hit in the inning. The lone base runner was then called out for failing to commit to a base after the ball returned to the pitching circle.

    Olivet added two more insurance runs in the top of the seventh off of another Forester error, a double by Sendzik and singles by Megyesi and Semro. Santefort allowed just one more hit by Huntington to close out the game.

    Senior Virginia McAndrews (Wheaton, Ill.) got the start for the Tigers, going two innings while allowing four runs on three hits. She struck out one and walked two. Junior Lindsay Stotler (Bloomington, Ill.) came on in relieve to pick up the win and improved to 14-1 on the season. She went three innings, allowing six runs on six hits.

    No. 1 seed Olivet will take on No. 3 seeded Davenport at 11:00 a.m., weather permitting. If the Tigers win that game, they would advance to the championship game on Wednesday. Should the Tigers lose, they would play again at 5:00p.m. (EST).

    May 12, 2014 9:44:11May 12, 2014 -

    NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Following a great outcome at the CCAC Championships and with only a couple of weeks prior to the NAIA National Championships, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s track and field team competed at the Dr. Keeler Invite at North Central College (Illinois).

    The Tigers were great on the track starting with freshman Zach Gordon (Carol Stream, Illinois), who came in third in the 100 meter dash (10.89) and beat 45 other runners. Junior Jared Carl (Galesburg, Illinois) was eighth in the 200 meter dash with a finals finish of 21.89 and beat 59 other sprinters. Senior Ty’rel Fields (Huntsville, Alabama) finished third in the 400 meter dash with a time of 48.71 and beat 32 other sprinters.

    Sophomore Isaiah Fink (Ypsilanti, Michigan) came in 32nd in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:56.63. Sophomore Ron Milbocker (Whitmore Lake, Michigan) came in 33rd in the 3000 meter run with a time of 15:51.45. Senior Andrew Cowen (Carmel , Indiana) finished 15th in the 10000 meter run with a time of 34.49.55. Junior Ian Lofgren (Rockford, Illinois) came in 18th in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:32.14. The 4x100 meter relay finished fifth with a time of 41.62.

    On the field, Brian Michell (Reed City, Michigan) won the pole vault with a finals mark of 5.01 meters. In addition, junior Lucas Limberg (Rockford, Illinois) finished fourth in the high jump (1.97 meters), and sophomore Conner Stroud (Manteno, Illinois) came in eighth with a mark of 1.92 meters.

    Sophomore Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Illinois) finished third in the shot put (15.77 meters) and won the discus throw (51.92 meters). Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Illinois) came in seventh in the shot put (14.68 meters) and fourth in the discus (46.80 meters). Senior Seth Wonch (Olathe, Kansas) finished sixth in the hammer throw with a mark of 48.61. Senior Marcus Reynolds (Green Bay, Wisconsin) competed in the javelin throw with a mark of 50.67 meters, finishing fourth.

    ONU will be back in action Friday, May 16, at the Augie Twilight hosted by Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, starting at 4 p.m.


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