The Agenda for Excellence
In 1992, Dr. John C. Bowling '71/'72 M.A. introduced the agenda for excellence, focusing the University's priorities on quality, vitality and unity. On the doorstep of the centennial, we take a look at the success thus far, and the Promises to Keep campaign, still ahead.
OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVERSITY, BOURBONNAIS, ILLINOIS VOL. 72, NO. 4 SUMMER 2005 WWW.OLIVET.EDU THE AGENDA FOR Periodicals Postage Paid at Bourbonnais, Illinois 60914, and additional mailing ofямБces PROMISES TO KEEP Highlights from the 26th General Assembly, p. 6 Homecoming 2005 special pullout 2 The Olivetian Summer 2005 What’s on the Inside... From graduation ceremonies to the Holocaust A Testimony From Dr. Michael Benson, Chaplain JASON JONES PHOTOGRAPHY 4 The Agenda for Excellence Within a six day span I have witnessed the very high and the very low. During the ﬁrst weekend of May, on a beautiful, sunny day, the 2005 class of nearly 1,500 students graduated from Olivet Nazarene University. The joy of that moment and the promise of the next year is a wonderful thing to behold. It is an event as bright and as optimistic as one is ever privileged to witness. Less than a week later I was in Washington, D.C., standing among hundreds in the silence as we viewed the horrors of the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. This surely must be the record of one of the darkest moments of mankind, the systematic genocide of so many persons. The devastation of sin and depravity on every aspect of human life and history is clearly seen in the photographs and images on display in that museum. This is what happens when we are left to ourselves and to the pursuit of our own egocentric ways. The doctrinal convictions of historic ChristiAny hope anity, to which Olivet Nazarene University subscribes, clearly promote the hope that a different way of living is possible. This “different way” is the we have central truth behind the power of the Gospel. that we Humanity — born with a fallen nature and hopelessly lost — can be will not repeat redeemed and regenerated through the atoning work of Jesus, the only begotten of the Father. A new birth — the gift of God’s grace to us — saving the horrors us from our sins. More than what grace hides, his grace has the capacity of the Holocaust to save us from the dominion of sin and transform us into new creatures and any hope full of promise and hope. Any hope we have that we will not repeat the horrors of the Holocaust that springs forth and any hope that springs forth at moments like graduation rests solely in at moments the person and work of Jesus. like graduation Our work at Olivet is built on the redemptive work of God in Jesus … the incarnate one. God has a Son. He came in the ﬂesh. You do not get to the rests solely incarnation through evolution. Eugene Peterson writes: in the person “Jesus is the personal name of a person who lived at a datand work able time in an actual land that has mountains we can still climb, wildﬂowers that can be photographed, cities in which we can still of Jesus. buy dates and pomegranates, and water which we can drink and in which we can be baptized. “Jesus is the central and deﬁning ﬁgure in the spiritual life. His life is, precisely, revelation. He brings out into the open what we could never have ﬁgured out for ourselves, never guessed in a million years. He is God among us: God speaking, acting, healing, helping.”1 The Christian premise that “the chief end of man” is to bring glory to God implies not only the existence of God but that God cares about what we do. This is why the promise seen in a redeemed life is so hopeful. Real, substantive changes are possible. “The old is gone and the new has come.” The fallen condition is redeemable through Jesus. Graduation at Olivet is the end result of a good, sound, biblical worldview at work. Worldview studies are concerned with three major areas of thought: Creation (Where did we come from and who are we?), Fall (What has gone wrong with the world?) and Redemption (What can we do to ﬁx it?). These three areas are not symbolic, but are based in fact. Creation is not merely a term of dependency upon God but something God actually did. “The Fall” is not only a symbol of moral corruption, but a historical event. “Redemption” has to do with the fact of an empty tomb on Easter Sunday. In the redeeming work of God we may expect more out of a life than persecution and torment and bigotry. We have the expectation that God is doing something new and creative, something that reﬂects His glory. Thank God for His Son. In 1992, Dr. John C. Bowling ’71/’72 M.A. introduced the agenda for excellence, focusing the University’s priorities on quality, vitality and unity. On the doorstep of the centennial, we take a look at the success thus far, and the Promises to Keep campaign, still ahead. JASON ELLIS ’03 9 Highlights from the 26th annual General Assembly “ Every four years, the Church of the Nazarene gathers a delegation for its General Assembly. The 2005 assembly included several historymaking moments, and Olivet Nazarene University was there. JASON ELLIS ’03 Special pullout Homecoming 2005 October 27–30, alumni from around the world will gather for Homecoming 2005 on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University. This special pullout section has all you need to make your arrangements to “come home to Olivet!” ” 18 Football Freedom Thanks to a number of former and current players, the Olivet Nazarene University football team now gets together to study more than just the coach’s playbook. 19 10 Questions with Sarah Brown ’08 Many of us recall hearing the question, “Have you ever heard of Olivet Nazarene University?” Sarah Brown heard it early one morning in Sri Lanka. Rev. Michael Benson writes “Chaplain’s Notebook” which is published weekly online at www.olivet.edu. Rev. Benson and his wife, Gwen, have three children: Emily ’07, Andrew and Katie ’05. 1 Eugene H. Peterson, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2005), p. 31. DEPARTMENTS 2 3 4 8 15 18 19 Testimony Perspectives Cover Story ONUAlumni ONUNews ONUSports Spotlight THE OLIVETIAN (USPS 407-880) (ISSN 0891-9712) Dr. John C. Bowling ’71/ ’72 M.A., President Caleb Benoit ’06, Assistant to the Editor Dr. Brian Allen ’82/ ’05 Litt.D., Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Editor On the Cover George Wolff ’93, Art Director Photo by Jason Jones Photography. Christine (Mazzella) Howell ’05, Julie (Habegger) Zehr ’99, Class Notes Editors Gary Grifﬁn ’81, Dan Ferris ’69, Brian Parker ’93, Contributing Editors Donnie Johnson, David Moore ’06, Matthew Moore ’96, Monique (Cartier) Perry ’03, Designers w w w . o l i v Rev. Gordon C. Wickersham ’47, Copy Editor Caleb Benoit ’06, Dr. Michael Benson, Dr. John C. Bowling ’71/ ’72 M.A., Gary Grifﬁn ’81, Marc Shaner ’00/’02 M.A.T. Susan (Hendley) Wolff ’94, Contributing Writers Image Group Photography, Photographs, or as credited POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Editor, The Olivetian, Olivet Nazarene University, One University Ave., Bourbonnais, IL 60914-2345. e t . e d u The Olivetian is published quarterly by Olivet Nazarene University, One University Avenue, Bourbonnais, IL 60914-2345. Periodicals Postage Paid at Bourbonnais, IL, 60914, and additional mailing ofﬁces. This ofﬁcial publication of Olivet Nazarene University has been published continuously since 1926 under the name “The Olivet Collegian.” The name was changed to “The Olivetian” in 1987. The publication is sent without charge to inform alumni, parents, friends and prospective students. Summer 2005 By Dr. John C. Bowling ’71/’72 M.A., University President ON SEVERAL MORNINGS DURING THE LAST FEW WEEKS, mornings of soft sun and quiet stillness, I have slipped out the front door of the President’s Home very early to walk the campus. About the time I leave the house, the sun peeks just one eye up over the fence at the far end of the soccer ﬁelds. It is light, but not quite light. The very early morning is perhaps the most serene part of the day on a college campus. It is tranquil and calm, even soothing. Soon, the dorms will stir; the music will start; and the cars will begin pouring onto campus from all directions. But, not yet … for now, it is still still. I use this time to think about my day — not what I have to do, as that is already lined out and waiting for me at the ofﬁce — but about why I am here. I think about students who are the reason we exist. I think about the faculty and staff, for they are the ones who do the work of the University day in and day out. I think of others also — the great cloud of witnesses who surround this school with interest, love, and support. I think of alumni, friends, donors, trustees, pastors, and congregations. I particularly think about the moms and dads who entrust us with the most important people to them in the entire world — their children. I must tell you, though, that I am detecting a disturbing trend. It used to be that Jill and I would comment to one another about how the students, particularly the freshmen, looked younger and younger each year. But now, as I am ﬁnishing my 14th year as president, it is the parents who are starting to look younger and younger each year! That’s disturbing. For moms and dads, I know that there have been series of “sending-kids-away” moments. The ﬁrst day of kindergarten — what a day that was. It was the ﬁrst lasting separation from home. Then came elementary school, followed by the “lost years” — junior high and, ﬁnally, high school. Suddenly, these parents of kindergarten children are moving sons and daughters to Olivet for their freshman year of college. On my early morning walks, I think about moms and dads a lot. It’s great fun to live and work on a college campus. A university campus, particularly one like Olivet, is home to the most serious work in the world. Olivet does not exist to simply provide a sequential set of courses whereby, given enough time, a student can accumulate an education. Our mission is really not about education, per se, as important and as valued an education is and ought to be. We believe that higher education should have a higher purpose. The business of Olivet is transformation — not through indoctrination — but through the careful considered integration of education and the living of life. Our goal is to arm young men and women for life and to give them the tools of mind and heart that they will need to be the people God is calling them to be. You help make this important work possible through your support. Thank you for all that you do for Olivet! Graduation is past, and a new group of students is already beginning to make its way to walk this campus. Morning Walks w w w . o l i v e t . e d u The Olivetian 3 4 The Olivetian Spring 2005 Summer 2005 BY RE V. G ORDON C. WICK ERSHA M ’47 “Olivet Nazarene University needs an agenda for excellence, not mere existence,” declared Dr. John C. Bowling ’71/’72 M.A. at the President’s Dinner for Faculty and Staff in August 1992. PHOTOS: JASON JONES PHOTOGRAPHY Thus he began his second year as Olivet’s president. Enrollment had already risen dramatically: Fall 1990 — 1,700 students; Fall 1991 — 1,898 students; Fall 1992 — 1,996 students, the highest since 1981; Fall 2004 — 4,373 students enrolled. In May 1992, 378 students received degrees. In May 2005, 1,443 students graduated. These are some of the signs of progress in the agenda for excellence proposed by Bowling. In 1992, Bowling said, “Ours is to be an agenda for excellence, not mere existence. An agenda where quality is our benchmark, vitality our trademark, and unity our hallmark. Every aspect of our work and life together must be touched by excellence to the glory of God. “Many scholars have suggested that there is an historic drift which affects all institutions, one which moves them from being mission driven to being maintenance driven. And they are right, except for one thing that is the possibility of mission renewal,” Bowling challenged. Mission renewal in this agenda for excellence has become reality in the 14 years of Bowling’s leadership at Olivet Nazarene University. THE AGENDA FOR PROMISES TO KEEP Renovate and expand Reed Hall of Science Establish and endow the ONU Center for Student Enrichment w w w . o l i v e t . e d Establish and endow ONU Faculty Research and Writing u Summer Spring 2005 The Olivetian 5 STEPS IN THE AGENDA FOR EXCELLENCE In the Annual Report of 2001, he wrote, “The mission of Olivet has remained constant: to provide highquality academic instruction for the purpose of personal development, career and professional readiness, and the preparation of individuals for lives of service to God and humanity. Enrollment has continued its steady increase. More and more young people are coming under the inﬂuence of an “Education With a Christian Purpose. … Olivet’s academic and student development programs are strong and growing in effectiveness, and campus morale is positive.” He added, “ONU seeks to address new concepts in creative ways and with an unapologetic Christian commitment to higher education. The future does not belong simply to the learned, but to the Christian learner in particular. A Christian education not only helps a person prepare to make a living; it also helps that individual learn how to live even in the midst of change and challenge. “Olivet has a rich heritage, but our most important days are just ahead.” Dr. Bowling and the senior leadership team at Olivet are now turning their attention toward the ONU Centennial Celebration and the University’s Centennial Campaign, “Promises to Keep” which encompasses ﬁve strategic initiatives: • Establish and Endow the ONU Center for Student Enrichment • Establish and Endow ONU Faculty Research and Writing • Strengthen the ONU Foundation for additional student scholarship support • Renovate and expand the Reed Hall for Science • Construct the Olivet Nazarene University Centennial Chapel 1992 Upgrading of the campus-wide computer system with expanded quarters in the Benner Library. Restructuring of School of Graduate and Adult Studies. WONU FM radio goes 24 hours a day. Infrastructure completed to initiate an electronic campus. Chalfant Hall remodeling to enhance worship experience for students, faculty and staff. Harlow E. Hopkins Alumni Center dedicated. Ofﬁces, meeting and dining rooms and guest suites are furnished on three ﬂoors. Ludwig Center’s Red Room renovation ﬁnished. Master of Professional Counseling program established. Social Work degree program fully accredited. Dedication of the renovated Milby Clock Tower including electronic carillon chimes. “In Word and Deed” capital campaign for $10 million kicked off at General Assembly for campus improvements. Record enrollment reaches 2,295, marking the ﬁrst of ﬁve consecutive years of record enrollment. Master of Arts in Education program introduced. Ludwig Center student lounge transformed into “Common Grounds” coffeehouse. Ludwig Center dining hall remodeled to serve students more efﬁciently. New campus entrance completed at Main Street and University Avenue with 10 ﬂags adorning the two street corners. New Admissions Center ready to welcome the 1999–2000 student body. Addition of Master of Education program via distance learning. Howe Hall refurbished as women’s residence hall. Engineering program received full accreditation. 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 Master of Science in Nursing established and approved by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education which also granted the bachelor’s degree nursing program approval for 10 years. Enrollment at alltime high of 3,361 with highest freshman count of 548. School of Graduate and Adult Studies enrollment of 1,289, doubling its enrollment since 1999. Percentage of faculty with earned doctorates or terminal degrees is highest ever at 72 percent. Weber Center dedicated to house divisions of Social Sciences and Education, Departments of Business, Sociology, Psychology and Education. The largest campaign in Olivet’s history “In Word and Deed” surpassed the goal of $10 million to fund the Weber Center and other campus improvements. Educational Fund from Nazarene churches of the Central Region devoted entirely to scholarships for Nazarene students. Athletic facilities upgraded for summer practice by NFL’s Chicago Bears. Improved facilities beneﬁt ONU students throughout the year. Ward Field improved with lights for night games. Birchard Gymnasium refurbished with addition of a complete exercise and health facility in place of the former swimming pool. Campus telephone system upgraded. More “SMART” classrooms developed. Blackboard communication system for students and faculty installed. Baseball ﬁeld named for Coach Larry Watson ’65. President Bowling introduces theme of “Promises to Keep” toward students, faculty, churches and alumni. Concept established for the Centennial Chapel to seat about 3,500 for chapel and other activities. Information Technology services expanded for wireless access throughout the campus in 2001 2002 2003 2004 Strengthen the ONU Foundation to provide additional student scholarship support addition to wired connections in every classroom and residence hall room. Olivet purchases former Fortin Villa property of 25 acres along Main Street from Provena Healthcare. Shine.fm/WONU radio station studios move from Benner Library to former Hardees restaurant building. Department of Communication and some Art Department classes move into the north wing of the Benner Library, including new television and graphic arts studios. North Central Association grants continued accreditation for the maximum 10 years without conditions. Reorganization of academic divisions, departments and schools plans are completed. Olivet’s Centennial Year 2007 will begin at Homecoming in November 2006. Foundation for Scholarships for ONU students grows with capital funds now totaling $14 million. Since 1969, Olivet students have received $6 million in scholarships. Record number of graduates reaches 1,445, including the 20,000th graduate in ONU history. At the Alumni and Friends breakfast in Indianapolis June 25 during the 26th General Assembly, Bowling spoke fervently about the need for the Centennial Chapel, saying that what happens spiritually in chapel is the foundation of what we are about. Since all our resident students cannot be seated at the same time in Chalfant Hall for chapel or revival services, the construction of the larger Centennial Chapel must be of highest priority. Freshman Class again shows signs of growing — 600 freshmen attended orientation sessions in June. Well over 700 freshmen are expected in the Fall semester, plus another increase of transfer students. A major new plan is the creation of the Center for Student Development in which each student may seek personal development spiritually, academically and socially. Another goal set forth is raising an endowment fund for faculty writing and research. 2005 Construct the Olivet Nazarene University Centennial Chapel The Centennial Campaign for Olivet Nazarene University w w w . o l i v e t . e d u The Olivetian Spring 2005 Summer 2005 2 JEFF BROWER, NCN NEWS 4 6 1 “… I feel a deep commitment for my work at Olivet and a passion for Christian higher education and its potential to shape the next generation.” — JOHN C. BOWLING ’71,’72 M.A. 2 3 3 3 4 5 PHOTOS: JASON ELLIS ’03 w w w . o l i v e t . e d u Summer Spring 2005 BY REV. GORDON C. WICKERSHAM ’47 The Olivetian 5 7 Highlights from the 26th annual General Assembly An estimated 40,000 people 1 from seven continents attended the 26th General Assembly O and Conventions June 22–30 livet Nazarene University President John C. Bowling ’71/’72 M.A. was challenged in one of several historical moments in the 26th General Assembly of the Church of the Nazarene held in the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. During the assembly of international delegates, Rev. W. Talmadge Johnson and Rev. Jim D. Bond, two of the six general superintendents, were honored upon their retirement. The 900 voting delegates began the balloting process to elect their successors. From the ﬁrst ballot, Bowling was the clear leader among the 231 candidates nominated by the delegates. When Bowling’s total of 591 votes elected him as the 35th general superintendent, the delegates and attendees in the RCA Dome stood spontaneously and burst into applause. Upon election, Bowling was escorted to the podium and addressed the general assembly delegates and guests, requesting time to seek God’s direction. “We need to talk … there is an utter necessity for clarity of the will of God for my life and ministry.” As he and his wife Jill made their way to a quiet place for prayer and reﬂection, a group of ONU faculty, staff and alumni gathered in the hall of the RCA Dome, praying for Dr. Bowling and his decision. After a brief break of the delegation, Bowling again addressed the audience indicating that he had prayed, seeking conﬁrmation from the Lord for the general superintendency position and a release from his present assignment as president of ONU. Sharing from his heart, Bowling expressed, “I am fully committed to our core values, our theology, and the evangelistic zeal of our church. I believe that God will continue the good work he began in us nearly 100 years ago. We have a mandate and a calling that is uniquely ours.” in the RCA Dome and Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. In what felt more like a family reunion, Olivet Nazarene University alumni and friends attended and led numerous events and activities. From general superintendents, departmental leaders, and student language translators to assembly musicians and child care professionals, the mission of Olivet Nazarene University and the missions of the church intersected in Indianapolis. 2 Bowling makes history Alumni and Friends Breakfast Nearly 2,000 alumni and friends of Olivet met for a breakfast on Saturday that felt like a family reunion. Rev. Paul Cunningham ’60, general superintendent of the church, said, “Olivet is a gift that keeps on giving — a gift that impacts the rest of your life. The Olivet atmosphere: It’ll be with you forever.” Martha Garvin ’58 accompanied her son Brad ’87 in several musical selections. Brad is a frequent performer at the prestigious Metropolitan Opera in New York City. ONU began as an idea, a dream at the beginning of the 20th century,” Bowling said at the breakfast. “At Old Olivet south of Danville, they had 40 acres and four buildings. Now we have 44 buildings and 4,300 students.” New Appointments Dr. John Bowling was reelected to represent Nazarene higher education on the 50-member Nazarene General Board, and was also reelected president of the General Board for the 2005–2009 quadrennium. He has been president of the board since 2001. “Students who graduate are different than they were at orientation. Something wonderful happens here. Life happens, learning happens, students learn to live. Something spiritual happens at Olivet. This divine encounter is the establishing factor at Olivet. Through education, we are telling His story. This makes the spiritual mooring of this college.” 4 Dr. Ted R. Lee ’68, chairman of the ONU Board of Trustees and superintendent of the Indianapolis District, was elected to the Executive Committee of the Nazarene General Board. Arts in the Garden w w w . o l i v e t . e d Shine On Shine.fm, Olivet’s 35,000-watt radio station, attracted nearly 11,000 visitors to their display booth in the Indiana Convention Center. Broadcasting live from Indianapolis, the station hosted live bands on-site, and handed out over 10,000 Shine.fm wrist bands from their ultra-hip listening lounge. 5 ONU alumni and friends appeared in the Artsgarden, overlooking downtown Indianapolis in this series of musical events. Special guest artists included Orpheus Choir, Proclamation (the ONU gospel choir), Mark Murphy, Gerald Anderson, Martha Garvin and Brad Garvin. 3 Olivet Music, Front and Center Don Reddick ’79, head of the ﬁne arts and music departments at ONU, coordinated and conducted the music for 12 evening and daytime sessions of the conventions and assembly in the RCA Dome, including vocal ensembles, soloists and an orchestra of 30 members. The group of instrumentalists and vocalists included numerous Olivet alumni. A mass choir of nearly 600 voices, including Olivet’s Orpheus Choir, and Proclamation (the ONU gospel choir), added to the evening worship services. Brian Parker ’93, served as worship leader in several services. Mark Holcomb ’81, professor of Christian Education in the ONU School of Theology and Christian Ministry, was elected to the General Board to represent the 337,000-member Nazarene Youth International as global vice president. The breakfast concluded with a video montage and song entitled “Because of Who You Are,” with soloist Cyndi (Green) Frame ’83 and Orpheus Choir, under the direction of Dr. Jeff Bell ’81. Yet, he shared that, “Without that clear sense of divine leadership and ought,” he could not accept the position of general superintendent. “I do that believing fully that God is at work in all of our hearts and lives, and in my heart as well. And I would ask at a personal level for your kindness and understanding. It may be that at a later date I will have some sense of clarity as to the why of this. But I owe it to you to be as transparent and as honest and obviously as close to the Lord in this process. In fact I had no sense of conﬁrmation from the Lord. I love you, but I decline this wonderful expression of support. God bless you.” In that historical moment, Bowling became only the second person in history of the church to decline the election, saying, “To be elected general superintendent and be asked to give leadership and oversight to the international church is both a high and humbling honor. However, I feel a deep commitment for my work at Olivet and a passion for Christian higher education and its potential to shape the next generation.” In a few moments after Bowling declined the superintendency, Rev. Aguiar Valvassoura, pastor of the 7,000 member Nazarene church in Campinas, Brazil, asked the delegates to take his name off the ballot. “I heard the voice of God and … My place … my heart is still in Brazil,” he said. Valvassoura rose earlier that day to 555 votes, some 40 votes short of election. The ﬁrst woman elected as general superintendent, Rev. Nina Gunter, executive director of Nazarene Missions International for 20 years, was elected on the 24th ballot as the 35th general superintendent. Voting continued by electronic keypads until 9 p.m. Wednesday when Rev. J.K. Warrick, pastor of College Church in Olathe, Kansas, was elected as the 36th general superintendent. An alumnus of Southern Nazarene University, Warrick was previously pastor of Westside Church of the Nazarene in Indianapolis. u The Olivetian Summer 2005 Class Notes completed her master’s degree in elementary education. Dave is a manager of planning and purchasing for Magnatech International. They reside in Robesonia, Pa. Edsal Mattax ’52 and Kathy Hasselbring ’57 were married on Sept. 5, 2004, in Byron Center, Mich. They reside in Lawton, Mich. Susan (Johnson) ’87 and Richard Jacob and Leah Norquist were Neiswender married Sept. 25, 2004, in Elgin, Ill. Richard works for Bank One as a fraud analyst, and Susan is a compliance automation specialist for the Internal Revenue Service. They reside in Elgin. Joseph Phillips ’65 retired from Miami University of Ohio in June 2005. He relocated to Tulsa, Okla., and hopes to live part of each year in the Dingle Peninsula area of Ireland. He also hopes to return to the University of St. Petersburg, where he taught in the American Studies program in 2001, or teach English in the Tosno region south of St. Petersburg. Most important will be lay ministry work both in Tulsa and abroad. Michele (Gregory) Korbel ’68 and Paul Jones were married April 2, 2005 in Newberry, Fla. Michele was widowed six years ago. They reside in Richmond, Va. Joyce (Beeman) Himes ’73 was elected to the American College of Physicians. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Olivet, master’s from Southwest Missouri State University and an MD from University of Texas in Houston. She resides in Springﬁeld, Mo., with her husband and son. Alan Lyke ’75 was appointed to the Dr. Eugene and Faye Stowe Chair of Pastoral Care of Nazarene Bible College on March 21, 2005. The Stowe Chair is the ﬁrst endowed faculty chair at NBC. Lyke, the ﬁrst professor named to the position, also serves as chaplain of the college. He and his wife Marilyn reside in Colorado Springs, Colo. Brenda (McCorkle) Nixon ’76 contributed to her 17th book, Soul Matters for the Heart, published by Journeyman. Brenda’s story, “Faith, Not Fear,” is included in the new book released in June at New York City’s Book Expo America. She is a contributing author to the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series and author of Parenting Power in the Early Years. Brenda lives in Mount Vernon, Ohio, with husband, Paul, and daughter, Laura. Edward Thomas ’76 earned his doctor of philosophy degree in organization and management with specialization in ﬁnance and marketing from Capella University. He serves as an ordained elder and associate pastor at the Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene in Pittsburgh, Pa. Thomas has recently accepted a teaching position in the master of management program at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. He currently resides in Monroeville, Pa., with his wife Dawn (Campbell) ’77. Max ’81 and Ellen (Merrell) McComb ’81 celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on May 30, 2005. Max owns Premier Delivery Service, and Ellen is an IV specialist at BroMenn in Normal, Ill. They have one son, Jonathan, 15. They reside in Mahomet, Ill. Clayton ’82 and Kathy Walker: A girl, Allysa Meghan, Nov. 12, 2004. She joins sister, Margaret Caelen, 6. Clayton is a partner in the law ﬁrm Jones and Walker, and Kathy is a senior administrator with KPMG. They reside in Anchorage, Ala. Cecilia Dion ’84 completed her bachelor of science in nursing degree in 1994 and graduated in 2004 as a legal nurse consultant and paralegal. She is currently completing her master of science in nursing degree with a specialization as a family nurse practitioner at Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University. Elizabeth (Merrell) ’84 and George Richard Paulson were married Oct. 18, 2003, at Southwest Community Church of the Nazarene in Minneapolis, Minn. Rick works for the Metropolitan Name Council as a maintenance machinGeorge and ist, and Lizz is a graduate student who does public speaking, con- Elizabeth Paulson ducts educational parent and professional seminars, and writes for A Strong Child, a nonproﬁt child and community advocacy company. They reside in St. Paul, Minn. Jo Williamson ’87 has been appointed the director of Instructional Susan and Technology and Media Division of the Richard Georgia Department of Education. Norquist This appointment follows six years of service with state education agencies in Illinois and Georgia, and three years of teaching at the high school and university level. Williamson and her husband, Brent Ewers ’89, live in Kennesaw, Ga., where Ewers serves as the executive director of Northwest Cobb Co. YMCA. Glenna (Ludwig) ’88 and Jon Gabriete: A boy, Trent David, Oct. 31, 2003. He joins Tyler, 8, Jana, 5, and Trevor, 3. Glenna is a stay-at-home mom, and Jon teaches fourth grade. They reside in Wheaton, Ill. Lynnette (Myers) Hammond ’88 received certiﬁcation as a hospice and palliative care nurse. She is employed by Visiting Nurse Service-Howard Regional Home Care and Hospice. She and her husband Steve live in Kokomo, Ind. Rick ’88 and Julie (Dingman) Rindt ’92: A girl, Jenna Nicole, Dec. 31, 2004. She joins a brother, Jordan, 5, and sisters Carly, 3, and Kayla, 2. Julie is a stay-at-home mom, and Rick is a technical writer and Web designer for State Farm Insurance. They reside in Bloomington, Ill. Jenna Rindt Candi (Murray) ’89 and Bill Burdine ’89: A girl, Carsyn McKay, Oct. 11, 2004. She joins brother, Trey, 6. Candi is a fourth grade teacher in Warren Township, and Bill is a ﬁfth grade teacher at Heritage Christian in Indianapolis, Ind. Dan Davidson ’90 and Karen (Godwin) ’92: Twin boy and girl, Ian Daniel and Jenica Grace, April 12, 2004. They join sister, Kendra, 5. Karen is a chief home ofﬁcer, and Dan is in engineering management at Ford Motor Co. They reside in Canton, Mich. General Assembly in Indianapolis was an exciting time! It was wonderful to visit with so many of you throughout the week. Between the exhibit booths, the hospitality suite, the Saturday breakfast, and the Sunday lunch, we saw thousands of Olivetians. Plus, I met many new friends, including Gladys (Campbell) Kelly ’40 (pictured above) and her sister, Muriel Scammahorn. They were a joy. The entire week was so incredible, it is impossible to pick a single highlight that stands out above the rest. Brad Yoder ’90 recently earned his Ph.D. degree in educational leadership, school administration from Indiana State University. He is currently assistant superintendent for Smith-Green Community Schools in Churubusco, Ind. He and his wife, Linda (Gross) ’90, reside in Columbia City, Ind., with their four daughters. A renewed energy has captured the campus of Olivet Nazarene University! The day Dr. Bowling announced his decision to remain at Olivet as president was an emotional one for those of us in the RCA Dome. God is in control! Sandy (Carlson) ’91 and Roger Schenck: A boy, Cade Christian, Jan. 20, 2005. He joins brothers, Clay, 15, Corey, 8, Cannon, 1, and sisters, Colette, 11, and Cree, 4. Sandy is a stay-at-home mom, and Roger is a partner with Technical Solutions and Services. They reside in Germantown Hills, Ill. As we focus on the coming weeks, there are many plans to be made. The new semester begins on August 31 and faculty and staff are getting everything ready for a successful 2005–2006 academic year. Please remember our new and returning students in your prayers. John A. Small ’91, of Tishomingo, Okla., was among 18 journalists recently inducted into the Oklahoma Press Association’s Quarter Century Club for 25 years of service in journalism. He has written for The Daily Journal of Kankakee, the Johnston County Capital-Democrat and the Durant Daily Democrat in Oklahoma. At Olivet he wrote copy for the Aurora and Glimmerglass, was editor of the Glimmerglass in 1990, was the creator and ﬁrst editor of Tygr, a literary magazine for the Department of English, and started a Nazarene Colleges journalism contest. He has earned 110 journalism awards in Oklahoma, is a past president of the Johnston County Chamber of Commerce, and served two years in the U.S. Air Force. He and his wife Melissa (Ulrich) ’85, live in Tishomingo with their sons Joshua and William. Homecoming 2005 is around the corner, too, and is scheduled for Oct. 28––30. Be sure to review the special Homecoming pullout for a schedule of the weekend’s activities. Please plan ahead, as many of our events sell out in advance. If this is your reunion year, don’t forget about your special breakfast on Saturday morning. You’ll receive more detailed information from your class president/reunion coordinator. We hope that you can be here! I’m looking forward to hearing from many of you about new jobs, babies, degrees, and lots more! Susan (Fitzpatrick) ’91 and John Stockton ’94: A girl, JoAnna Joy, Oct. 28, 2004. She joins brother, John William, 3. Susan teaches Spanish and John teaches science at the International Academy of Flint. They reside in Flushing, Mich. Eric Buchtenkirch ’92 has been promoted to national director of regional services for EMF Broadcasting. He manages the regional staff, covering 40 states for both the K-LOVE and Air 1 Christian Music Radio Networks. He and his wife, Julie (Lambert) ’92, and their two children, Evan and Olivia, reside in Lincoln, Calif. Brian ’86 and Marla Kennedy: A boy, Joshua David, Dec. 23, 2004. He joins brother, Andrew, 2. They reside in Linwood, Mich. Carl Fletcher ’92 has accepted the position of general manager and director of broadcasting for Spring Arbor University. He will be giving direction to a four station radio group which broadcasts throughout south central Michigan. He is an adjunct instructor in the Communications Department of Spring Arbor University. Carl resides in Concord, Mich., with his wife, Camille ’92, and two daughters, Caitlin, 7, and Camryn, 5. Ronda (Monday) ’87 and David Neiswender: A boy, Jacob David, Sept. 24, 2004. He joins a sister, Leah, 5. Ronda is a stay-at-home mom and recently Dear Fellow Olivetians, Jenica and Ian Davidson Patricia (Davidson) ’86 and Gary Johnson ’87: A boy, Luke Edward, Oct. 30, 2004. He joins brothers Joshua, 12, Benjamin, 10, Caleb, 6, and Philip, 2. Gary is a computer program author for Verizon Wireless, and Patricia home schools the boys and teaches piano lessons. They reside in Humble, Texas. Susan Cunningham ’87 and Robert Hurst: A girl, Sarah Grace, March 29, 2005. She joins sisters Courtney, 14, and Christina, 10, Joshua and brothers Joseph, 4, and Kennedy Benjamin, 2. Susan is a stay-athome mom and home schools. Robert is a small business owner. They reside in Victorville, Calif. From the Director… Sincerely, Susan (Hendley) Wolff ’94 Director of Alumni Relations firstname.lastname@example.org Fred ’90 and Lynnette (Holmgren) Yantes ’92: A boy, Benjamin Warren, April 27, 2004. He joins sister, Emily, and brother, Stephen. They reside in Manteno, Ill. Dawn (McLaughlin) ’92 and Ben Heid ’93: A boy, Caleb Benjamin, Jan. 27, 2004. He joins brothers, Samuel, 6, and Nathaniel, 4. Dawn is the director for Kids Crossing Learning Center at Chapman Memorial Church of the Nazarene, and Ben is the production control manager at American Axle & Manufacturing. They reside in Portage, Mich. Jerrian (Pace) ’90 and John Travis Jr.: A girl, Zoe Elizabeth, Feb. 11, 2005. She joins sister, Kendrianna Marie, 7. They reside in Fort Stewart, Ga. Zoe Travis w w w . o l JASON ELLIS ’03 8 Trina (Grable) ’92 and Matthew Meyering ’93: A girl, Mackenzie Paige, Feb. 24, 2005. She joins brothers, Jacob, 7, and Jarrett, 4. Trina is a stay-athome mom, and Matthew works for Cardinal Health. They reside in Albuquerque, N.M. Marcy (Johnson) ’92 and Ken Whittington: A boy, Coy Thomas, Dec. 27, 2004. He joins a brother, Chase, 3. Marcy is ﬂight attendant for American Airlines in New York, and Ken is a cardiac sonographer. They reside in Coy Whittington Hermitage, Tenn. CONTINUED i v e t . e d u Special Pullout Section 2 0 0 5 HOMECOMING Ticket Reservations Schedule of Events THE MAIN Pastors, Please Post! EVENTS Homecoming Concert and Dessert An Evening at the Pops: The Great American Songbook featuring the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra and members of the Olivet Nazarene University Orchestra under the skillful direction of Ovid Young ’62. Desserts included. Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Chalfant Hall. Advance tickets required — individual or table of eight purchasing available. Homecoming Chapel This always-memorable worship service includes Dr. Dee Kelley ’78 as our speaker, and kicks off our Homecoming festivities on Friday at 11 a.m. in Chalfant Hall. Tiger Basketball Olivet’s men’s and women’s teams will tip off their 2005–06 seasons in McHie Arena on Friday. The women will take on Kalamazoo Valley Community College at 5:30 p.m. and the men will face Memorial College at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets required. The Taste of Olivet by Decade Work up an appetite cheering for the Tigers, then head to Chalfant Hall to satisfy your cravings. Enjoy fellowship with others from your class and decade. This is a great place to eat while having the opportunity to catch up with long-lost friends. Get your classmates together for a reunion before the reunion! Advance tickets required. Wendy Parsons 5K Run Join Bob Kring, director of intramurals, and Wendy Parsons ’56 for the 21st Annual Wendy Parsons 5K Run, set for Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $6 per person ($12 maximum for immediate family). To request a registration form, contact Bob Kring by phone at (815) 939-5102 or e-mail at email@example.com. All ages are welcome! Class Reunions Come reminisce with your classmates at the class reunion breakfasts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Celebrating reunions this year are the classes of ’00, ’95, ’90, ’85, ’80, ’75, ’70, ’65, ’60, ’55 and Golden Graduates. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch up with your friends! Tiger Football Don’t miss the exciting action as the Tigers battle McKendree College at 1:30 p.m. Advance tickets required. President’s Prayer Breakfast Join Olivet President John C. Bowling ’71/’72 M.A., Orpheus Choir and other musicians for this 14th annual event at 8 o’clock Sunday morning in Chalfant Hall. Advance tickets required. Just for Teens! Zion’s Wake, Olivet’s popular praise and worship band, will be playing in Larsen Fine Arts Center on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. HOM CONCE A An vening E POP THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK Ovid Young ’62 D i r e c t o r Featuring the KANKAKEE VALLE SYMPHONY OR and members of the OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVER and Saturday, Oct. 29 7:30 p.m. • Chalfant Hall ALUMNI GUES Alumni/Adults, $15; Table of 8, $120 ONU Students/Children, $7 Register early! Call the ONU Ticket Line at (815) 928-5790. MECOMING 2005 ERT AND DESSERT g at the PS 2 EY RCHESTRA RSITY ORCHESTRA ST SOLOISTS October 27–30 WEEKEND SCHEDULE Thursday, Oct. 27 8 p.m. Coronation, Chalfant Hall Friday, Oct. 28 11 a.m. Homecoming Chapel, Chalfant Hall 1–4 p.m. Shine.fm Open House 1:45 p.m. Alumni Board of Directors Plenary Session, Harlow E. Hopkins Alumni Center 2 p.m. Powder Puff Football, Snowbarger Athletic Park 2:30 p.m. Planetarium Show, Strickler Planetarium 5:30 p.m. Women’s Basketball Exhibition Game, ONU vs. Kalamazoo Valley Community College, McHie Arena 7–9:30 p.m. Alumni Welcome Center, Tiger Den 7:30 p.m. Women’s Basketball Reception, Birchard 213 7:30 p.m. Men’s Basketball, ONU vs. Memorial College, McHie After game Taste of Olivet by Decade, Chalfant Saturday, Oct. 29 8 a.m. 21st Annual Wendy Parsons 5K Run; registration begins in Birchard at 7 a.m. 8–9:15 a.m. Phi Delta Lambda Reception, Larsen Formal Lounge 9:30 a.m. Individual Class Reunions and Breakfast 9:30–11:45 a.m. O.N.You! Homecoming for Kids, College Church 9:30 a.m. MERC Reception and Breakfast, Ludwig Viatorian Room 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Social Work Alumni Reception, Weber Center Lobby 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Theology and Christian Ministry Reception, Burke 3rd Floor 12–2 p.m. Division of Nursing Open House, Wisner Hall of Nursing 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Shine.fm Open House 1–4 p.m. Alumni Tent, Ward Field 1:30 p.m. Varsity Football, ONU vs. McKendree College (Ill.), Ward Field 4 p.m. Music Department Ensembles, Kresge Auditorium 4 p.m. Men’s Club Volleyball/Alumni Match, Birchard 4 p.m. Planetarium Show, Strickler Planetarium 5 p.m. Planetarium Show, Strickler Planetarium 5:30 p.m. Partner/Pacesetter Dinner, Weber Leadership Center, by invitation only 7:30 p.m. Homecoming Concert and Dessert, Chalfant 7:30–9:30 p.m. O.N.You! Homecoming for Kids, College Church 9:30 p.m. Youth Concert with Zion’s Wake, Kresge Sunday, Oct. 30 8 a.m. President’s Prayer Breakfast, Chalfant HOMECOMING Ticket Reservations 2005 Must be received by Monday, Oct. 24 Instructions O.N.You! Homecoming for Kids • Complete the reservation form below and return with check or complete credit card information. • Be sure to indicate the number of tickets in each category. • Make checks payable to ONU. October 29 Super Saturday Morning* Child Care at College Church (beginning at 9:15 a.m.) For the following events, check in at the College Church Parlor beginning at 9:15 a.m.: Ages 4–K Exploration Station The Tiger Bus will transport children to this always-popular children’s museum, located less than a mile from Olivet’s campus. Grades 1–6 Balloon Art Learn how to twist and turn balloons to make amazing creations! Beauty Shop If you like to learn new hair-dos and paint your nails in beautiful shades of color, then this class is for you! Crafts Making a craft is always such fun! Come and make a new creation to take home and show your family! Scrapbooking This is a fun way of recording your memories. You’ll leave with a scrapbook ready for pictures or bring some pictures with you when you come! Sign Language Have you ever thought about learning a second language? This class will teach you how to communicate with your hands! Water Rockets Build a homemade rocket out of ordinary stuff and ﬁnd out how to propel it using water pressure. Super Saturday Night* (Please pick up your children immediately after the concert.) Ages 0–K Grades 1–6 ONU Carnival for Kids College Church Gymnasium; doors open at 7:10 p.m. Join us for an evening of fun with carnival games, yummy food and groovy music! Enjoy playing on an inﬂatable, too! *To ensure the safety and supervision of all participants, registration is required by Monday, Oct. 24. O.N.You! Registration Ticket Reservations Friday, October 28 Subtotals Men’s/Women’s Basketball ________ ________ ________ $ __________ 5:30 p.m., Women’s Basketball vs. Kalamazoo Valley, McHie Arena 7:30 p.m., Men’s Basketball vs. Memorial College, McHie Alumni/Adults, $8 ONU Students/Children 9–17, $3 Children 8 and under, no charge Taste of Olivet by Decade ________ ________ $ __________ (within driving distance of Olivet Nazarene University) Country Inn & Suites, Manteno (815) 468-2600 Fairﬁeld Inn, Bradley • (815) 935-1334 Hampton Inn, Bradley • (815) 932-8369 Hilton Garden Inn, Kankakee (815) 932-4444 Holiday Inn Express, Bradley (815) 932-4411 Lees Inn, Bradley • (815) 932-8080 Quality Inn, Bradley • (815) 939-3501 Super 8, Bradley • (815) 939-7888 Welcome Inn and Suites, Manteno (815) 468-8657 30 Minutes From Campus: Baymont Inn, Matteson (708) 503-0999 • 1-800-428-3438 Country Inn & Suites, Matteson (708) 481-3960 Hampton Inn, Matteson (708) 481-3900 • 1-800-HAMPTON Holiday Inn, Matteson (708) 747-3500 • 1-800-HOLIDAY Holiday Inn Express, Monee (708) 534-0022 • 1-800-HOLIDAY Super 8, Monee • (708) 534-1900 Ages 0–3/Child Care/$5 per child NAME(S) AND AGE(S) ___________________________________ ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ Ages 4–K/Exploration Station/$5 per child NAME(S) AND AGE(S) ___________________________________ After the basketball game, Chalfant Hall Alumni/Adults/ONU Students/Children 9–17, $8 Children 8 and under, $3 ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ O.N.You! Homecoming for Kids ________ $ __________ 9:30–11:45 a.m., College Church Please complete registration information at right. Activities for grades 1–6; Exploration Station program for ages 4–kindergarten; child care at College Church for ages 0–3. $5 per child Reunion Celebration and Breakfast ________ Football ________ ________ ________ $ __________ 9:30 a.m., locations posted in McHie Arena and Ludwig Center lobbies Classes celebrating reunions: ’00, ’95, ’90, ’85, ’80, ’75, ’70, ’65, ’60, ’55 and Golden Graduates $12 per person Tell us your class! 19_____ 1:30 p.m., ONU vs. McKendree College, Ward Field Alumni/Adults, $8 ONU Students/Children 9–17, $3 Children 8 and under, no charge O.N.You! Homecoming for Kids ________ ________ NAME AND GRADE _____________________________________ List choices in order of preference 1. ___________________________________________________ 2. ___________________________________________________ 3. (ALT) _______________________________________________ NAME AND GRADE _____________________________________ 1. ___________________________________________________ 2. ___________________________________________________ 7:30–9:30 p.m., College Church Gymnasium Please complete registration information at right. Child care at College Church for ages 0–K, $5 ONU Carnival for Kids for grades 1–6, $5 3. (ALT) _______________________________________________ NAME AND GRADE _____________________________________ $ __________ Evening at the Pops 7:30 p.m., Chalfant Hall Alumni/Adults, $15 Table of 8, $120 ONU Students/Children, $7 List choices in order of preference 1. ___________________________________________________ 2. ___________________________________________________ 3. (ALT) _______________________________________________ President’s Prayer Breakfast ________ ________ Grades 1–6/Activities/$5 per child List choices in order of preference $ __________ Homecoming Concert and Dessert ________ ________ ________ $ __________ Sunday, October 30 Hotels and Motels Super Saturday Morning Saturday, October 29 Child Care at College Church beginning at 7:10 p.m. 5–10 Minutes From Campus: • Tickets will be reserved only with receipt of your check or credit card. No refunds! Tickets will not be mailed. Pick them up at the Homecoming Hospitality Center in McHie Arena’s lobby. Register early! Call the ONU Ticket Line at (815) 928-5790. JASON ELLIS ’03 9:30–11:45 a.m. Ages 0–3 • Mail completed form to Ofﬁce of Alumni Relations Olivet Nazarene University One University Avenue Bourbonnais, IL 60914-2345 $ __________ Doors open at 8 a.m., program begins at 8:30 a.m., Chalfant Alumni/Adults/ONU Students/Children 9–17, $8 Children 8 and under, $2 TOTAL $ __________ Super Saturday Night Ages 0–K/Child Care/$5 per child NAME(S) AND AGE(S) ___________________________________ ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ PAYMENT Check or cash Credit card ($1 processing fee will be added to your total) Credit card account number ____________________________________________ Circle one: Visa MasterCard Kids/$5 per child NAME(S) AND GRADE(S) ________________________________ Discover Name as it appears on card ____________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ Expiration date ___________________ CONTACT INFORMATION Name(s) _____________________________________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________________________________ City ________________________________________________ State _____ ZIP _________ Phone ( _______ ) ___________________________ Grades 1–6/ONU Carnival For Class of ________ Registration for children will be made upon receipt of this form. To ensure the safety and supervision of all participants, registration is required by Monday, Oct. 24. Register Early! BY MAIL OR PHONE The following instructions will allow this Homecoming ticket order form to be mailed in a No. 10 business envelope: First, remove this page from The Olivetian. Fold the top down to meet the bottom of the page. Fold the resulting half-page in thirds, beginning from each side. Summer 2005 Douglas ’93 and Wendy (Floyd) Buuck ’93: A boy, Keaton Christopher, Aug. 25, 2004. He joins a sister, Mackinzie Renee, 3, and a brother, Corbin Douglas, 18 months. Corbin, Keaton, and Wendy works as a part-time Mackinzie Buuck pharmaceutical consultant for GlaxoSmithKline. Doug is an independent ﬁnancial adviser for American Express. They reside in Crown Point, Ind. Glenard G. Grifﬁths ’42 died May 9, 2004. Marjorie Jean Mayo Moore Kellie (Hannah) ’95 and Paul Lukowiak: A boy, Reagan Matthew, May 18, 2004. He joins brother, Jacob Carter, 2. Kellie is an English teacher at Peru High School, and Paul is a physical therapist. They reside in Greentown, Ind. Brad ’95 and Sheri (Stumpfel) Michaels: A girl, Abigail Rose, April 23, 2004. Brad is a retail specialist for Target Corporation, and Sheri is a project assistant for Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co., Inc. They reside in Worth, Ill. Olivet students mourn death of Heather Wagoner, a resident assistant in Williams Hall Rachel Leigh O’Brien Heidi Lane ’94 and Jason Middleton were married on April 2, 2005, in Somerset, Ky. Heidi is self employed as a professional training consultant, and Jason is director of Internet sales at Pro-Trac Performance in Stanford, Ky. They reside in Somerset. David ’94 and Amy Spodeck: A boy, Samuel Cooper, Feb. 16, 2005. Amy and David were married Nov. 22, 2003, in Brentwood, Tenn. David is an adviser with First Tennessee & First Horizon National Corporation, and Amy is a stay-at-home mom. They reside in Franklin, Tenn. Patrick ’94 and Rachel Thimangu: A boy, Benjamin Muthomi, Jan. 31, 2005. Patrick is a journalist covering the defense and telecom industry for the Saint Louis Business Journal, and Rachel is a biotechnology reporter at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. They reside in St. Louis, Mo. Brent ’95 and Cindy Freesmeyer: A girl, Kaitlyn Michelle, March 16, 2005. Brent is a project engineer at Parsons Brinckerhoff in Chicago, and Cindy is an accountant in Wheaton. They reside Aurora, Ill. Natalie (Creel) ’95 and Cary Chandler: A boy, Kamea Kristofer, Oct. 17, 2004. Natalie is a marriage and family therapist in her own private practice, Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Cary is an information technology manager for Allied Solutions, Inc. They reside in Carmel, Ind. Kamea Chandler Rebecca (Maier) ’95 and Richard Wendal: A boy, Craig Richard, Dec. 14, 2004. He joins sister, Lya, 1. Rebecca is an RN working part-time in private duty nursing, and Richard is a youth care provider for delinquent teenage boys. They reside in Birnamwood, Wis. William ’96 and Kirstyn (Polmounter) Bahr ’98: A boy, Ethan Grant, March 24, 2005. He joins sister, Alaina, 2. Bill is an assistant to the chaplain at Olivet and women’s soccer coach. Kirstyn is a kindergarten and ﬁrst grade physical education teacher. They reside in Bourbonnais, Ill. Sherri (Sloan) ’96 and Scott Ethan Bahr Bohinc: A girl, Ava Grace, March 22, 2005. Sherri is an advertising accountant executive at Google.com, and Scott is a ﬁnancial analyst at Hewlett Packard. They reside in Menlo Park, Calif. Debra (Pratt) ’96 and Douglas Briggs were married on May 14, 2005, in East Lansing, Mich. Debby works for EXPO Design Center as a kitchen designer in Bridgewater, N.J., and Doug is a category manager for Home Decor Products in Edison, N.J. They reside in Sayreville, N.J. Ava Bohinc Charles Carrigan ’96 received his doctor of philosophy degree in the ﬁeld of geology from the University of Michigan. Chuck’s research focused on the geochronology and geologic history of Eastern Europe, speciﬁcally Bulgaria. He also holds a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University. Charles ’96 and Dana (Ferris) Carrigan ’98: A girl, Carly Elizabeth, Sept. 11, 2004. Chuck teaches geology and chemistry at Olivet, and Dana is a stay-at-home mom. Carly Carrigan Aaron ’96 and Stephanie (Wood) Coffey ’95: A boy, Hunter Stephen, Nov. 19, 2004. He joins big brother, AJ, 3. Aaron is the senior pastor at Cullman First Church of AJ and Hunter the Nazarene in Cullman, Ala., and Coffey Stephanie is a stay-at-home mom. Tammy (Smith) ’96 and James Davis ’96: Twin boys, Nathaniel Austin and Tyler Matthew, Feb. 3, 2005. They join sisters, Han- Nathaniel and Tyler Davis 13 In Memoriam Marjorie Jean Mayo Moore ’48, associate professor of education emeritus, went to her heavenly reward April 23, 2005, after a brief illness. Born in Texas, June 6, 1922, she moved with her parents in 1924 to Natoma, Kan. Converted at age 12, she felt a call to missionary service in China at age 14. After graduating from Olivet in 1948, she worked brieﬂy in the Nazarene Marjorie Jean Mayo Moore World Mission ofﬁce in Kansas City. Her goal of missionary service in China was blocked by World War II, so she accepted an assignment to teach mission children in Chicalayo, Peru, for three years. After returning to Kansas due to illness, she taught ﬁrst grade in Wichita, Kan., 1954–64. She earned a master’s degree in 1962 from Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kan., and was accepted for doctoral studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. She began teaching at Olivet in 1964, became principal of Lincoln Elementary school, the ﬁrst integrated school in Kankakee, Ill., in 1966, then returned to teaching at Olivet from 1968 until she retired in 1984. She was president of the Kankakee School Board for District 111 in 1980–81. Her leadership role in organizing the integrated Wildwood Church of the Nazarene in Kankakee in 1967 included service as organist, Sunday school superintendent and board secretary. In 1989, Marjorie married Rev. Norman L. Moore, former Olivet admissions director and associate dean of instruction. Together they sensed a calling to form a Wesley Cell for seniors at College Church of the Nazarene, Bourbonnais. She taught a Sunday school class and held a weekly Bible study in their home until March 31. She was diagnosed with cancer April 6, and passed away April 23. She is survived by her husband Norman L. Moore of Bourbonnais, four stepchildren, one brother, 13 nieces and nephews, and her best friend Genevieve Arnold. The service, ﬁlled with memorable tributes held in College Church, was led by Rev. Dan Boone and Rev. Norman Bloom. The memorial service and burial in Natoma, Kan., was led by Rev. Victor Calcote. Terry ’93 and Stacey O’Brien: A girl, Rachel Leigh, Feb. 28, 2005. She joins a brother Jacob, 3, and a sister, McKenzie, 2. Terry is a veterinarian and part-owner of the Petersburg Veterinarian Clinic. After teaching for 10 years, Stacey is now a stay-at-home mom. The Olivetian Heather Wagoner, a sophomore at Olivet from Avon, Ind., passed away Thursday morning, April 7, 2005, as a result of a brain injury sustained after she was involved in a car accident on Friday, April 1. The accident occurred in New Lenox, Ill., approximately 30 miles north of the Olivet campus. She was airlifted to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., for treatment of severe trauma. She never recovered. Funeral services were held in Indianapolis, Ind., at the Westside Church of the Nazarene where Wagoner was a member. The Wagoner family has strong ties to Olivet. Heather’s sister Melissa graduated from Olivet in 2003, and sister Kim graduated in May 2005. Woody Webb ’86/’89 M.A.R., vice president for student development at Olivet, said Heather was a vibrant young lady, a real and vibrant person who exempliﬁed the Christian spirit that Olivet is all about. She was a resident assistant in Williams Residence Hall on campus, and greatly loved by her friends. A prayer vigil was held Monday morning on campus. Since Heather’s favorite color was pink, small papers were taped to doors all over campus saying, “Think Pink — Pray for Heather.” The incident hit the Olivet campus community very hard. University Chaplain Michael Benson led an evening memorial service in College Church of the Nazarene April 7. Three other Olivet students in the car, Rachel Lees, Hannah Huguenin, and Karen R. Anderson, were treated and released from Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet, Ill. The accident occurred when their car slowed for a turning car in front of them and was rear-ended, pushing the vehicle into oncoming trafﬁc where it was hit a second time. The vehicle came to rest in a ﬁeld. Wagoner was trapped and had to be extracted from the vehicle. While en route to Joliet, Heather and her friends were conversing about the necessity of being prepared for eternity. Moments before impact, Heather stated that she was prepared for eternity. In addition to her sisters, her parents, Gwen and Terry Wagoner of Indianapolis, survive Heather. Wesley K. Poole ’43 died April 5, 2005. He served as district administrative assistant since 1986, and ordained elder on Southwestern Ohio District. He was district secretary for 35 years. He served 62 years in the ministry and pastured six churches on this district. He also served as trustee to Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Olivet Nazarene University. He was ordained in 1945. He is survived by his wife, Pauline (Bearing) ’42; and daughters Lois Schultz ’67 and Janet Tocheff ’74. Harold L. Frye, Sr. ’45 died April 1, 2004. John D. Perkins ’45 died Feb. 23, 2004. He was born in Detroit in 1920. He is survived by his wife, Juanita Perkins. Seldon Nutt ’48 passed away on May 9, 2005. Raymond M. Young ’48 died March 8, 2005 in Montclair, Calif. He is survived by his wife, Helen Young ’50; three sons, Arthur, Larry and Edward; and ﬁve grandchildren. Floyd Zurcher ’48 died on May 10, 2004. Everett Combs ’58 died Jan, 27, 2005 at his home in Saginaw, Mich. He was an executive for General Motors, a husband, and a father of ﬁve. He is survived by his wife, Penny; sons, Brad, Sheldon and Chad ’87; two step-children Kevin Dalton and Laurie Kinsey; one sister, Naomi Gilroy; and 12 grandchildren. Charles A. James ’59 died March 28, 2004. He was born in Piedmont, Mo. He was an accountant and internal auditor of Pet. Inc. in St. Louis and later was the director of research for St. Louis Regional Industrial Development Corporation. He earned a master’s degree in commerce and a doctorate in economics and ﬁnance from St. Louis University. He was a professor for 30 years at St. Louis University. He is survived by his wife, Mary; a brother, Donald; a son, Charles James, Jr.; a daughter, Kristin Kostecki; and two granddaughters. Andrew S. Bruce ’60 died Jan. 11, 2005. He was born June 10, 1934, in Corydon, Ind. He was an Army veteran, an auditor for the State of Indiana, and an accountant for Carrier Corporation for 29 years. He is survived by his wife, Lenore; son, Richard Bruce; grandchildren, Connie, Sam, Justin and Haley Bruce; sisters, Evelyn Vaughn, Julie Atkins, Doris Sutton, Janice Fritz; and brothers, Everett and Earl Bruce. Vivian (Plumley) Eldridge ’62 died Jan. 10, 2005. She was born April 22, 1940. She received a master’s degree in education and a master’s degree in social work from IUPUI. She was a third grade teacher for 15 years, and then became psychotherapist, specializing in Play Therapy with children. She is survived by her husband, Charlie Eldridge; daughters, Michelle Jones, Christina Tarrant, Cheryl Moore; sister, Elaine Mumma; and three grandchildren. Donna Irene Bass ’64 died March 23, 2004. Mary Beth (Helms) Tucker ’68 died March 12, 2005, at Community Hospital South in Indianapolis. She was 60 years old. She is survived by her husband, Paul ’65; mother, Virginia L. Piper Helms; son, John Tucker; daughter, Amy (Brodrick) Gaines; brother, Paul Helms; and two grandchildren. Delores Naese ’79 died June 19, 2004. Jacqueline (Southland) Moody ’80 died Nov. 18, 2004. She was born April 19, 1958. She was a police ofﬁcer with the Richmond Police Department for 16 years, and a member of the American Psychology Association. She is survived by her husband, David Moody; four daughters, Kathey Bledsoe, Kristen, Kandace, and Kelsey; her mother, Naomi (Stufﬂebeam) ’54; one grandson, Khalil Bledsoe; and two sisters, Donna Jo Miracle ’78 and Janelle Marcum. Charles Robert Hamilton was born on June 8, 2004 and introduced to his forever family, Jennifer (Hostetler) ’97 and Jason Hamilton, on Aug. 5, 2004. He passed away on Nov. 26, 2004, after a brave ﬁght to overcome his health issues associated with his premature birth. — Rev. Gordon C. Wickersham ’47, NCN News Brian ’96 and Bonni Jackson: A girl, Maci Elizabeth, Dec. 13, 2004. Brian is a sales manager for Keen Tile, and Bonni is a stay-at-home mom. They reside in Normal, Ill. nah, 6, and Katie, 3. James is attending Nazarene Bible College and is assistant to the youth pastor at Springs First Church of the Nazarene, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Tammy is a chemist for Pyxant Labs Inc., Colorado Springs. They reside in Colorado Springs. Shaun ’96 and Krista (Kress) Grable ’97: A girl, Kennedi Anne, Nov. 15, 2004. She joins a brother, Grant Joseph. They reside in Saint Anne, Ill. Nate ’96 and Sarah Johnson: A boy, Andrew Cager, Nov. 17, 2004. Nate teaches history and wellness and coaches basketball at an area high school, and Sarah is an admissions counselor at Trevecca Nazarene University. They reside in Nashville, Tenn. Grant and Kennedi Grable Andrew Johnson Tricia (Bushey) ’96 and Mike Lacey: A girl, Avery Maelen, Jan. 3, 2005. She joins brother, Brayden, 2. They reside in Dayton, Ohio. Joel ’96 and Sonda (Hippenhammer) Hansen: A boy, Micah Terrance, April 5, 2005. Joel is the front ofﬁce manager of Hilton Garden Inn. They currently reside in Orlando, Fla. Aaron ’97 and Jennifer (Kile) Dicer ’97: A boy, Ethan Edward, Oct. 27, 2004. He joins three brothers. They reside in Coleman, Mich. Micah Hansen Janet (Devore) ’97 and Kevin Graham: A girl, Kathryn Lula, Feb. 7, 2005. Janet is a stay-at-home mom, and Kevin is an assistant manager for a home furnishings store. They reside in Cadillac, Mich. Mary (Dillinger) ’97 and Joseph Kathryn Meek ’98: A girl, Katherine Malia, Graham Jan. 19, 2005. Mary and Joseph are assigned to the 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schoﬁeld Barracks, Hawaii. Mary serves as a civil law attorney, and Joseph serves as a division nurse. They reside in Waipahu, Hawaii. Katherine Meek CONTINUED w w w . o l i v e t . e d u 14 The Olivetian Summer 2005 CONTINUED Karen (Schnell) ’97 and Shane Nelson: A girl, Christina Lucille, Sept. 4, 2004. Shane is selfemployed, and Karen works in human resources at Agri-Fab in Sullivan, Ill. They reside in Bethany, Ill. Damon ’97 and Heather (Kreitzer) Price ’97: A girl, Amber Kay, March 18, 2004. They reside in Amarillo, Texas. Amber Price Kari (LaFave) Salo ’97 recently earned her master’s degree in counseling from Spring Arbor University. She is currently a school counselor at Bentley High School in Burton, Mich. She and her husband Scott ’99 reside in Clio, Mich. Jeremy ’98 and Kari (Hoffman) Alderson ’98: A girl, Blair Elyse, March 23, 2005. She joins sister, Jae Ellen Joy. They reside in Kankakee, Ill. Allison (Flisyn) ’98 and Tony Bouie: A girl, Natalie Celeste, Dec. 18, 2004. Allison is a cheerleading coach for Boulder Creek High School. Tony is president and CEO of Halo Cups, Inc. They reside in Anthem, Ariz. Natalie Bouie Todd Buckingham ’98 was named 2005 Softball Coach of the Year by the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. He is a teacher in the West Virginia school system and a coach at Blueﬁeld State College. He resides in Blueﬁeld, W.Va. Matthew Davis ’98 and Melinda (Pennington) Davis ’98: A boy, Collin Matthew, Oct. 25, 2004. Matthew is a veterinarian in McHenry, Ill., and Melinda is a stay-at-home mom. Charity (Willard) ’98 and Martin Eigenberger: A girl, Grace Dylan, Feb. 14, 2005. She joins sister, Haven, 2. Charity is an elementary school teacher, and Martin teaches educational psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. They reside in Kenosha, Wis. Mandy (Jarrell) ’98 and James C. Fannin Jr. were married on June 12, 2004 in Newark, Del. Mandy will graduate from Drexel University’s College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa., in May 2006. James works at Value City Furniture. They reside in Wilmington, Del. Grace Eigenberger Jennifer King ’98 recently earned her master’s degree in education with an emphasis in special education from MidAmerica Nazarene University on May 7, 2005. She is currently teaching fourth grade in the Turner School District in the Kansas City area, and will be teaching children with special needs next fall. She and her husband Daniel ’98, who recently returned from serving in Iraq, reside with their two children, Bryanna and Joshua, in Shawnee, Kan. Jodi Dennis ’98 and Robert Loyd were married June 19, 2004, in New Albany, Ind. Jodi is a nurse at Jewish Hospital, and Robert works with mentally-handicapped adults at Rescare. They reside in Jeffersonville, Ind. David Mendez ’98 earned his private pilot certiﬁcate on May 3, 2005. He is a software engineer in Frederick, Md., where he and his wife Elizabeth (Arello) ’98 reside with their daughter, Anna, 1. Nikki (Stapler) ’98 and Luke Wilder: A boy, Nathaniel Gary, April 7, 2005. He joins sisters, Hannah, 4, and Deborah, 2. Nikki is a stay-at-home mom, and Luke is a captain in the United States Army. They reside in Sanford, N.C. Scott ’99 and Emily (Kortanek) Armstrong ’99: A girl, Sydney Joy, Feb. 12, 2005. She joins a brother, Elijah, 2. Scott and Emily are intern missionaries with the Church of the Nazarene and work in the Mexico and Central America Regional Ofﬁce of the World Mission MAC ofﬁce. They reside in Guatemala. Kelly Cleek ’01 and Kevin McConnell were married on Oct. 25, 2003. Kelly is a fourth grade teacher in Morris, Ill., and Kevin is a licensed plumber for Local 422. They reside in Diamond, Ill. Ryan Hendricker ’01 recently earned his M.D. degree with honors from the University of Illinois. He will begin residency training in otolaryngology at the Ohio State University in July 2005. Ryan was married to Julie Driessnack in June 2004. Julie will work for a real estate agency in Columbus, Ohio, while Ryan continues training. They reside in Hilliard, Ohio. Sydney Armstrong Nikki (Stapler) ’98 and Luke Wilder: A boy, Nathaniel Gary, April 7, 2005. He joins sisters, Hannah, 4, and Deborah, 2. Nikki is a stay-at-home mom, and Luke is a captain in the United States Army. They reside in Sanford, N.C. Anthony ’01 and Heather Herrera: A boy, Trent Adrian, Dec. 17, 2004. Anthony and Heather were married on March 20, 2004, in Gurnee, Ill. Anthony is a graphic artist and they reside in Chicago, Ill. Joel ’99 and Jocelyn (French) Christie ’00: A girl, Geneviéve Noelle, Feb. 22, 2005. Jocelyn is a new account specialist in Healthcare Electronic Billing for Gateway EDI, Inc., and Joel is a supervisor at the National Reservation Call Center for Enterprise Rent-A-Car while completing his master’s degree in choral conducting. They reside in Geneviéve Webster Groves, Mo. Christie Rebecca Isackson ’01 and Steven Schmeltzer were married Oct. 29, Trent Herrera 2004, in Warrenville, Ill. Steven is a truck driver working for ABC Supply, and Rebecca is an orthopedic nurse at Central Dupage Hospital. They reside in Carol Stream, Ill. Tara Cunningham ’02 and Andrew Birk were married Oct. 9, 2004, in Lemont, Ill. Tara is a registered nurse at Trinity Services in Joliet, Ill. Andy graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology as a chemical engineer and is ﬁnishing his master’s degree of food processing. He works for the National Center for Food Safety and Tara and Technology in Summit-Argo, Ill. They Andrew Birk reside in New Lenox, Ill. Kyle ’99 and Jayme (Hancock) Himmelwright ’99 were ordained as elders in the Church of the Nazarene in Aug. 2004 by the Kansas City District. Presently, they serve as co-pastors of Kingston (Mo.) Church of the Nazarene and are full-time students at Nazarene Theological Seminary. They reside in Kingston. Chad ’00 and Becky (Reiser) Charon ’00: A girl, Abbigail Lauren, March 9, 2004. Chad is vice president of business development at Professional Building Services, and Becky is a stay-at-home mom. They reside in Crete, Ill. Erin (Stephenson) ’02 and Jason Francis ’05 were married on July 16, 2004. Erin works for Swartz Creek Community Schools as a seventh grade science teacher. Jason works with Waddell & Reed as a ﬁnancial adviser. They reside in Flushing, Mich. Michelle (Birky) ’00 and Chris ’00 Gonzalez: A boy, Trevor Donovan, April 3, 2005. Chris is associate pastor of pastoral care and worship at Council Bluffs (Iowa) First Church of the Nazarene. They reside in Council Bluffs. Kevin Rector ’02 and April Van Kley ’03 were married July 10, 2004, in DeMotte, Ind. Kevin works for a landscaping company, and April is a fourth grade teacher at DeMotte Christian School. They reside in DeMotte. Benjemin ’00 and Brooke (Nicol) Shaw ’02: A girl, Ella Elizabeth, Feb. 28, 2005. They reside in Terra Haute, Ind. Ryan Cummings ’03 accepted the position as general assignment reporter for WRCB-TV, NBC 3, in Chattanooga, Tenn. For the past year he has been a reporter at KEVN, the Fox afﬁliate, in Rapid City, S.D. Jeremy ’00 and RaAnn (Ware) Tally ’00: A girl, Katie Ann, June 22, 2004. Jeremy is a family medicine resident, and RaAnn is a stay-at-home mom. They reside in Quincy, Ill. Jamy VanSyckle ’00 recently earned his master’s in social work from Western Michigan University. He currently works at Bethany Christian Services as an Older/Special Needs Adoption worker. He and his wife continue to reside in Grand Rapids, Mich. Keely (Long) ’00 and Mike Vollmar: A boy, Daniel Evan, May 5, 2005. Keely is a high school English teacher, and Mike is a high school math teacher. They reside in Canton, Ill. Brittany and Kyle Thomas Brittany Jackson ’04 and Kyle Thomas were married Oct. 16, 2004, in Palos Heights, Ill. Kyle works for Chicago Global Technology Group in Bolingbrook, Ill., and Brittany is a teacher’s aide at Manteno (Ill.) High School. Brittany will begin her master’s degree in social work at the University of Illinois at Chicago this fall. They reside in Manteno. Patricia Wilson ’04 and Jeffery DiSandro ’04 were married Dec. 11, 2004, in Carbondale, Ill. Jeff is working on his M.A. in religion at Trinity International University, and Patty is employed at RTC Industries in Rolling Meadows, Ill. They reside in Lincolnshire, Ill. Autumn (Dicer) ’00 and Scott Wyndham: A girl, Abigail Lorraine, Dec. 16, 2004. Autumn is a school psychologist for the MSD of Wayne Township in Indianapolis, and Scott teaches students with emotional disabilities for Brownsburg Community Schools. They reside in Danville, Ind. Christopher ’05 and Erin Sneed ’05 were married Dec. 18, 2004. Evelyn Rojas Sánchez ’05 and Pawel Oboz were married Aug. 9, 2004. Joshua ’01 and Karen (Coose) Billington ’03: A boy, Brayden Joshua, April 14, 2005. Karen is a kindergarten teacher at Noblesville Christian School, and Joshua is an account manager at The Creative Edge sign company. They reside in Noblesville, Ind. Two Events For Seniors A Jennifer Anderson ’05 and Mark Walker were married April 9, 2005. Mark is senior pastor at Eau Claire (Wis.) Church of the Nazarene, and Jennifer is an early childhood teacher. They reside in Eau Claire. Reginald ’05 and Leah Wilkins: A girl, Alyssa Marie, June 2, 2004. She joins brother, Phillip Charles, 7. Reginald works for Cingular Wireless as the systems technician, and Leah is a special education teacher at Elgin (Ill.) High School. They reside in South Elgin, Ill. Jennifer and Mark Walker Alyssa Wilkins Military Notes Daniel Reese ’72 is on active duty with the US Army, stationed in Ft. Irwin, Calif. He is currently the Commander, US Army Dental Activities, Ft. Irwin. This summer he will be assuming a new position as Assistant Chief of Staff, Headquarters, Dental Command in Sam Houston, Texas. Captain R. Anthony Beville ’87, a Battalion Training Ofﬁcer in the 224th Military Intelligence Battalion of the U.S. Army, is the incoming HSC commander at an Army base in Georgia. His previous service has included Korea, Ft. Bragg, Ky., Ft. Richardson, Alaska, San Antonio, and Fort Riley, Kansas. He has many awards and decorations including the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters. Beville came to Olivet from New Albany, Ind. He and his wife Jody ’90, live in Richmond Hill, Ga., with their two daughters and two sons. Matt Ulmen ’89 is a Captain in the Missouri Army National Guard. He is currently serving as Supply and Services Ofﬁcer for 35 Division Support Command. His unit was scheduled to be activated July 2005 for deployment to Iraq in Sept. 2005. Andrew Chovancek ’03 is 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army currently serving in Najaf, Iraq. WE’D LOVE TO HEAR from you! Send us your news and pictures. Please submit alumni news, less than one year old, in the format printed in this section. Be sure to include all information, including class year. Due to space constraints, not all pictures will be used. Pictures will be accepted only via e-mail to TheOlivetian@olivet.edu. News should be sent via e-mail or through the mail to The Olivetian, Olivet Nazarene University, One University Ave., Bourbonnais, IL 60914. Mark Your Calendar t hr e e- da y t r ip t o t h e National Quartet Convention featuring From the Gaither Homecoming videos Kentucky Fair & Expo Center Louisville, Kentucky Wednesday–Friday, Sept. 14–16, 2005 Also appearing Dr. John C. Bowling President, Olivet Nazarene University Call 1-800-648-1463 for more information and a special appearance by Orpheus Choir w w w . o l i v e t . e d u Senior Pastor, College Church of the Nazarene, Olathe, Kansas Summer 2005 Reorganizing Olivet’s academic departments to energize new concepts The Olivetian 15 onu Insider By Rev. Gordon C. Wickersham ’47 I n hope of creating new educational opportunities for students, Olivet will implement a different academic structure this fall, joining the majority of Nazarene universities and a variety of others across the country. Olivet has had seven academic divisions with 23 departments and one “school.” This will be replaced with one college and four schools. These are: the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Professional Studies, School of Theology and Christian Ministry, School of Education, and School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Structures similar to this are common across the country. “The purpose of the academic reorganization is to create new groupings that will lead to new conversations, which we hope will lead to new academic programs,” said Dr. Gary W. Streit, vice president for academic affairs. Although the outward effects of the changes may not be noticeable right away, Dr. Gregg Chenoweth ’90, associate professor of communication who will become Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has high hopes for the reorganization. “Through this restructuring, we believe in the new programming, students will have a fundamentally different experience here at Olivet,” he said. The College of Arts and Sciences includes these departments: Art and Digital Media, Behavioral Sciences, Biological Sciences, English and Modern Languages, History and Political Science, Mathematics, Music, and Physical Sciences. The School of Professional Studies includes these departments: Business, Communication, Computer Science, Engineering, Exercise and Sports Science, Family and Consumer Sciences, Nursing, and Social Work and Criminal Justice. The School of Education includes all teacher education programs including 14 undergraduate initial certiﬁcation programs, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education degrees. Academic leadership team, pictured, from left: The School of Theology and Christian Ministry Dr. Carl Leth, dean, School of Theology and Christian includes Biblical Studies, Theology, Philosophy, Ministry; Dr. Carol Maxson ’88/’90 M.A.E., dean, Pastoral and Youth Ministry, Children’s Ministry, School of Graduate and Continuing Studies; Dr. Gregg Christian Education and Spiritual Formation. Chenoweth ’90, dean, College of Arts and Sciences; The long established School of Graduate and Dr. Fran Reed, dean, School of Professional StudContinuing Studies assumes administrative oversight ies; Dr. Karen Lea, dean, School of Education; Brock for all graduate programs, baccalaureate degree Schroeder ’91/’99 M.A.T., dean of administrative sercompletion programs, as well as an associate of vices; Dr. Gary W. Streit, vice president for academic arts degree in business. affairs and dean of the University. Christianity Today magazine survey: ONU is one of “The 40 Best Christian Places to Work” Olivet Nazarene University has been chosen as one of “The 40 Best Christian Places to Work” in a survey published in the May 2005 issue of Christianity Today magazine. The announcement was made to a faculty and staff meeting in April 2005. David Pickering ’89/’94 M.B.A., director of business services, including human resources, said Olivet conducted a survey last fall prepared by Best Christian Workplaces Institute, a human resources consulting ﬁrm. The conﬁdential online survey form was distributed to all 370 full-time Olivet faculty and staff, he said. “We are thrilled with the results of the survey,” he commented. “The most favorable response was a high level of trust between senior management and employees.” Pickering also said, “We wanted to learn through this anonymous survey in what areas we need to improve upon among our employees. The survey provided details of human resources practices from workplaces that have a Christian mission statement. Participants were broken up into 11 categories. The survey polled more than 8,400 employees from 84 organizations. Independent judges weighed the data and selected the top 40. Olivet was placed in the category “Higher Education — more than 300 Employees.” The other chosen universities in this category were Bethel University of Minnesota, Cedarville University of Ohio, and Columbia International University of California. ONU professor chosen ABC 7 Chicago weekend meteorologist: Mark Bishop ’93, a communication professor at ONU, has found an open door as an on-the-air meteorologist at Chicago’s ABC 7 TV. He was selected from a pool of industry applicants to be the Saturday morning freelance weatherman on both local and national programs. Mark has worked hard becoming a certiﬁed meteorologist prior joining the ONU faculty in 2001. A 1993 Olivet graduate with a major in communication, he earned the Broadcast Meteorology Certiﬁcation at Mississippi State University in 1999, and a master’s degree in 2004 in communication at Governors State (Ill.) University. He now practices the art and craft of television meteorology while directing ONU’s television/video program. Among his favorite courses are TV News, Communication Ethics, Studio Production, Video Editing and News Production. In fall 2004, 108 students were in his classes in Benner Library’s north wing where two TV studios plus graphic arts and digital photo labs enhance learning opportunities for ONU students. Bishop’s previous television work in weather and news include Rockford, Ill., Lincoln and Omaha, Neb. He received an Associated Press award for reporting while in Lincoln. Youth and Children’s Ministry programs extend beyond ONU By Gary Grifﬁn ’81 W Retirees honored: Rev. Frank Garton ’79/’82 M.A.E., Dr. Norma Wood and Mr. David Romer, were honored on the occasion of their retirement from ONU this summer. Garton, associate professor of Psychology, taught here since 1979. He also headed the Counseling and Career Services and taught photography. An Olivet graduate of 1958, he earned master’s degrees at Ball State and ONU. He was pastor of Nazarene churches for 22 years in Indiana, Missouri and Michigan, and taught public school in Indiana. Dr. Norma Wood, professor of Nursing since 1995, was chair of the Division of Nursing. Of her 25 years of teaching, 13 years were at SNU and 12 at Olivet. She was chair of the Illinois Association of Colleges of Nursing four years, and a consultant six years for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. In 2001, the CCNE granted Olivet’s nursing program a full 10-year accreditation. In the Christian Nursing Coalition, she helped develop the Nazarene School of Nursing at Papua, New Guinea. She and her husband George were also Nazarene missionaries. David Romer was head of the painting department in campus maintenance, serving since 1978. He said in these 27 years he has painted just about every wall of every room on campus, and trained many students in the working art of painting. ONU also honored retirements this year for Efton ’66 and Betty Elliott. Efton served since 1967 and was manager of facility systems. Betty served since 1976 and was director of human resources. The Elliots now live in Winter Haven, Fla. J AS ON E LLIS ’0 3 hile Olivet Nazarene University has a long history of being one of its denomination’s leaders in training young men and women within Christian Education and the Pastorate Ministries, it is now breaking new ground for training people who are already working in the 730 churches of the Central Educational Region of the Church of the Nazarene. According to Dr. Carl M. Leth, dean of ONU’s School of Theology and Christian Ministry, the addition of Rev. Mark Holcomb ’81 and Rev. Leon Blanchette to our facility reﬂects a commitment by Olivet to “ministry partnership” with these churches. Holcomb and Blanchette have a combined 37 years of service in their respective ﬁelds of youth ministry and children’s ministry. Molly Taylor ’08 at the Holcomb will divide his time between teaching in Olivet’s growing youth ministry O.N.You! Breakfast for Kids major and being a ministry resource to churches by working with current youth event at General Assembly leaders to support, instruct and encourage their vital work with young people. He will also develop a new track in youth ministry for the Master of Ministry degree. This is a ﬁrst among the Nazarene colleges of the United States and Canada. “This effort isn’t just for a church with a full-time youth pastor,” Holcomb said. “We are also equipping the volunteer youth workers in the local churches, which includes 84 percent of our four-state region.” Blanchette has designed and launched a new major in Children’s Ministries, one of just a handful of such programs among all Christian universities. This major addresses the pressing need for quality ministry to children and their families. “Olivet will produce graduates who are well prepared to serve the church in this area of need and opportunity,” Leth added. He observed that the Children’s Ministry program is off to a strong start but not fast enough for the churches on the region. “Leon Blanchette is already ﬁelding numerous requests for graduates, so many that the number of requests is greater than the number of our graduates.” “The ﬁnal measure of our success will extend beyond the classroom into the work of the Kingdom in the churches and communities we serve,” Leth projected. If you would like more information about the Youth Ministry or Children’s Ministry majors, contact the School of Theology and Christian Ministry at 1-800-648-1463. w w w . o l i v e t . e d u 16 The Olivetian Summer 2005 ONU Interpreters bridge the continents By Rev. Gordon C. Wickersham ’47 K JEFF BRO WER, NC N NEWS nowing that several thousand international delegates and visitors to the 2005 Nazarene General Assembly would come from many nations, three ONU faculty members led a dozen students and friends from Olivet, to communicate in Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Korean, Lingala, Ciluba and Swahili. Based in the convention center near the RCA Dome, the translators were available to international delegates and visitors. The team of interpreters helped make connections between internationals of different languages and those of English speaking nations. The spark of this program came from Sylvette Rivera Geeding of Milwaukee, Wis., who contacted Bárbara Martínez, a Spanish professor at Olivet, about this urgent need. Together with D’Wayne Leatherland ’93 of Nazarene Headquarters in Kansas City, they offered a pilot program for volunteer informal interpreters at the assembly. Dr. Kashama Mulamba, English professor at ONU, Ruthie Cordova, teacher at the Nazarene Seminary of the Americas in Costa Rica, Nathan Reiss, who will be teaching Spanish at ONU this fall, and Dr. Dan Geeding ’71, all assisted in the pilot program. Among the leaders, Sylvette Rivera Geeding aided in SpanDr. and Mrs. John C. Bowling with General Assembly interpreters ish. Bárbara Martínez helped from Olivet (from left): Alan Santos ’06, Jill Bowling ’70/’89 M.B.A., John in Spanish and German. C. Bowling ’71/’72 M.A., Holly Yang ’08, Marcus Winn ’07, Dr. Kashama Kashama Mulamba who grew Mulamba, Bárbara Martínez. up in Congo, Africa, assisted in French, Lingala, Ciluba and Swahili. The Olivet students and their language skills included Amber Drake ’07 of Jacobus, Pa. (German); Nicole Kokoszki ’06 of St. Clair Shores, Mich. (Spanish); Aline Mulieri ’06 of Sao Paulo, Brazil (Spanish, Portuguese); Simone Mulieri ’06 of Sao Paulo, Brazil (Spanish, Portuguese); Nicki Parks ’05 of Muskegan, Mich. (Spanish); Marcus Winn ’07 of Kewanee, Ill. (Spanish); Holly Yang ’08 of Kansas City, Mo. (Korean); Alan Santos ’06 of Foz Do Iguaçu, Brazil (Portuguese); and Andrea Suderman ’05 of Midland, Mich. (Spanish). Four ONU freshmen receive Golden Apple Awards: The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program recruits and prepares bright and talented high school graduates for successful teaching careers in high need schools throughout Illinois. Four incoming freshmen at Olivet this fall have been awarded substantial four-year Golden Apple scholarships of $4,500 a year. They are Adriana Espinoza of Palatine, Elizabeth Hernandez of Chicago, Laura Hofer of Sherrard, and Whitney Weller of East Peoria. Their ﬁrst assignment is attending a two-week workshop each summer. Only 100 new awards are granted each year. This is the ﬁrst year Olivet has been included in the program which began in 1988. Olivet is one of seven schools with four or more Golden Apple recipients this year. The other universities are DePaul, Eastern Illinois, Illinois State, Northern Illinois, University of Illinois Chicago and University of Illinois Champaign, according to Adam Asher ’01, associate director of admissions for the Illinois educational region. These future educators agree to serve in areas of need in the state of Illinois ﬁve years upon completion of their degree. A total of 900 Golden Apple graduates are currently teaching in Illinois schools. Every year since 1986, the Foundation also has chosen 10 outstanding Illinois teachers to receive the Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching. Olivet senior receives research award: Katherine Jones ’05 won the 2005 Harold Young Research Award (HYRA) presented by the Association of Nazarene Sociologist and Researchers (ANSR). The prize includes a $1,000 scholarship and a trip for Katie and her adviser, Dr. Ray Bower, to the ANSR Conference at Nazarene Church headquarters in Kansas City, March 10–12, where she presented her work to the membership. Katie researched “The Effect of Recipient of Donation and Circumstance of Donation upon the Decision to Make a Charitable Donation.” She shared that her work’s inspiration came from two sources: compassion being an integral characteristic of the Nazarene Church and a summer mission trip. Last year’s HYRA winner was also an Olivet student … Kerry (Maiolo) Dillman ’04. The year before, Lisa Lockwood ’03 was awarded a unique second place prize. ONUStudents in the News The Women’s Tennis squad was named one of the top 2005 NAIA Scholar-Teams. Its collective 3.87 GPA ranked tops among 20 schools. No player had a GPA lower than 3.65. The varsity team was Kayla Ballard ’08 (Middletown, Ind.), Rebecca Beeson ’07 (Fishers, Ind.), Allison Fry ’06 (Tinley Park, Ill.), Amanda Savage ’06 (Danville, Ill.), and Debbie Zwirkowski ’07 (Oak Lawn, Ill.). Other players were: Joy Garcia ’06 (Byran, N.J.), and Danielle Thiess ’05 (Greenville, Ill.). Other Scholar-Athletes this year are — Football: Nick Bradley ’05 (Chugiak, Ala.), Joey Brewer ’06 (Bourbonnais, Ill.), Daryl LaBar ’06 (Union City, Mich.), Gary Page ’05 (Catlin, Ill.), Chad Ruzich ’06 (Pittsﬁeld, Ill.), Ryan Walker ’06 (Fort Collins, Colo.) Women’s Volleyball: Laura Banks ’05 (Adrian, Mich.), Emily Lindquist ’06 (Brighton, Mich.), Lindsay Redman ’05 (Westﬁeld, Ill.), Chelsie Rountree ’06 (Middletown, Ohio), Rachel Studebaker ’05 (Congerville, Ill.) Men’s Cross Country: Doug Swanson ’06 (Eureka, Ill.) Women’s Cross Country: Sara Batkiewicz ’06 (Bourbonnais, Ill.), Simone Mulieri ’06 (Sao Paulo, Brazil) Men’s Soccer: Jon Christiansen ’05 (Porter, Ind.), Mariano Lanus ’05 (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Landon Nelson ’05 (Indianapolis, Ind.) Women’s Soccer: Adelaide Anderson ’05 (Chicago, Ill.), Elizabeth Bailey ’05 (Kirkland, Ill.), Joanna Cranston ’06 (Champaign, Ill.), Lauren Goodson ’06 (Melbourne, Fla.), Sarah Groghan ’06 (Woodstock, Ontario, Canada), Emily Ouimette ’05 (Danvers, Mass.), Joy Sarata ’06 (Jackson, Mich.) Men’s Basketball: Brandon Barr ’05 (Falmouth, Maine), Zach Birkey ’06 (Mt. Zion, Ill.), Zach Johnson ’06 (Greenville, Ill.) Women’s Basketball: Niki Disch ’06 (Mattawan, Mich.), Erica Martin ’06 (Kouts, Ind.), Alynn Vanden Bosch ’07 (Grand Rapids, Mich.) Men’s Baseball: Dee McDonald ’05 (LaPorte, Ind.), Elliot Procyshen ’06 (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), Jordan Taylor ’05 (Iron Mountain, Mich.) Women’s Softball: Emily Johnston ’06 (Momence, Ill.), Liz Pasch ’06 (Lockport, Ill.) All 18 varsity sports offered at Olivet strive to reach the Department of Athletic’s mission, “Winning Championships, Developing Champions.” ONU students win honors for “Cirque de Spring” table design: For the ﬁrst time, some Olivet students majoring in Housing and Environmental Design were invited to compete in the International Home and Housewares Show at McCormick Place, Chicago, March 20–22. Their design of a dining table won second place in competition with other universities, all of whom had made presentations in previous years. Only four schools are selected to compete. The ONU team’s selections for décor, menu and dinnerware were purchased at seven Chicago stores or provided by vendors at the show. HGTV ﬁlmed their work in progress as they created the table display with a window setting in the background. They had the creative freedom to do whatever style they desired, and chose the modernistic style and design of today. The competition was actually on the First Day of Spring. Even the menu evoked a feeling of springtime. Learning how to work together quickly with effective time management were highlighted as lessons the students said they cherished. Dr. Diane Richardson ’73/’85 M.A.E., chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, said the students were Raechel (Pennington) Myers ’05 of Adrian, Mich., Elizabeth Meehan ’05 of Moline, Ill., Katie Cherry ’06 of Bourbonnais, Ill., and Aubrey Marks ’05 of Glen Ellyn, Ill. The teams were given $500 to purchase supplies for their projects. The $500 prize for second place honors has been applied to an application for Olivet’s accreditation by the National Kitchen and Bath Association for schools, Richardson said. ONU places 40 on NAIA Scholar-Athletes roster: The Olivet men’s and women’s tennis teams highlighted a list of over 40 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes honored by the University’s Department of Athletics at the annual All-Sports Banquet April 28 in McHie Arena. The Men’s Tennis team reached the NAIA National Tournament in Mobile, Ala., for the third consecutive year, and placed ﬁve of its players — most of any university — on the NAIA Scholar-Athlete list: Jaime Acosta ’06 (Quito, Ecuador), Fermin Amezqueta ’06 (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Aaron Gregory ’06 (Terre Haute, Ind.), Mark Hervey ’06 (Greenwood, Ind.), A.J. Sansom ’06 (Novi, Mich.) w w w . o l i v e t . e d u Olivet SIFE chapter judged winner at national competition: For the second consecutive year, Olivet Nazarene University students were among 3,800 participants from more than 200 schools nationwide who participated in the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) USA National Exposition held in Kansas City, Mo., May 22–24 for the 16th year. The Olivet SIFE chapter was one of two overall winners in the Chicago Regional Competition in April. “It’s really a great experience for our students,” said Lynda (Bradford) Allen ’83/’88 M.B.A., SIFE faculty adviser and assistant professor of business at Olivet. “Corporate recruiters from all over the United States are there to see and potentially hire some of the brightest students in the country, and our students were among them.” Students were judged on the community impact of their projects and the quality of their audio-video presentations. Alison (Gates) Prince ’05 was this year’s Olivet SIFE chapter president. Olivet education graduate wins essay contest: Recent Olivet Nazarene University grad Katie Bennett ’05 was one of four winners of ACI’s 2005 “Making the Grade Essay Contest.” The theme of this year’s contest, Making the Grade: High Expectations for High-Need Schools, challenged students majoring in education to express why they have made the decision to teach in high-need schools and how their college education has prepared them for the special challenges of these schools. Katie’s essay was judged one of the best efforts from among 23 competitors from ACI institutions throughout the state. Her published essay will be distributed to those attending the meeting, as well as to a select list of business leader and policy-makers throughout the state. Summer 2005 The Olivetian 17 Record Number of Grads, Broad Scope of Majors A record number of students in the Olivet Nazarene University graduation class of 2005 received diplomas Saturday (May 7) in both morning and afternoon ceremonies. The total of 1,445 graduates exceeded last year’s record of 1,240 graduates, with 381 traditional grads and two honorary degrees in the morning ceremony and 1,062 in the afternoon ceremony for graduate and continuing education students, according to Dr. Jim D. Knight, registrar. Among the leading majors of traditional undergraduate students, 86 chose teacher education, 57 chose business, 50 in social sciences, 44 in natural sciences, and 40 in religion and theology. The School of Graduate and Continuing Studies awarded 1,062 degrees. 914 students earned master’s degrees, 100 earned bachelor’s degrees and 48 earned associate of arts degrees. Special honors awarded at ONU Commencement ALLEN, WILSON RECEIVE HONORARY DOCTORAL DEGREES REV. GORDON C. WICKERSHAM ’47 Brian D. Allen ’82 (pictured left), vice president for institutional advancement, received the doctor of letters degree. Allen graduated from Olivet in 1982 with a degree in social science, and his graduate work since has taken him to both Governors State University and the University of Illinois. He has served Olivet 21 years as a resident director, admissions counselor, director of alumni relations, executive director and now vice president. Dr. Gary Streit, academic dean, said Allen is “one who passionately oversees the unique relationship between the University and the nearly 800 congregations of the Church of the Nazarene throughout Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois. These churches faithfully pray for Olivet, send us their sons and daughters, and this past year contributed $3.5 million of ﬁnancial assistance for Olivet students.” Allen served for the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelism for what Time Magazine called “possibly the widest-ranging meeting of Christians ever,” culminating with more than 4,000 evangelical leaders from 200 countries at their Congress in Manilla, the Philippines. Rev. Brian E. Wilson ’81/’89 M.A. (pictured left) received the honorary doctor of divinity degree. He is an Olivet graduate who earned both the bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees, then the master of divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary, and is currently a candidate for the doctor of philosophy degree in Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Wilson served as a pastor in the Chicago area, and as missionary for the Church of the Nazarene as ﬁeld director in Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, as rector of the South American Nazarene Theological Seminary, and also served as a professor of missions at European Nazarene College. In 1997 he was elected superintendent of the Chicago Central District of some 80 Nazarene churches in northeastern Illinois, and is presently a member of the ONU Board of Trustees and the Nazarene USA/Canada Multicultural Task Force. REV. GORDON C. WICKERSHAM ’47 STUDENTS EARN HIGHEST HONORS 1,062 degrees were conferred in the afternoon ceremony held in McHie Arena for the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Stephen Reid Case (pictured left), a physical science major from Swartz Creek, Mich., received the Robert Milner award for an outstanding male graduate. Case earned summa cum laude honors with a 3.9 grade point average. The award is named for Rev. Robert Milner of Michigan, a Nazarene minister who is the father and grandfather of several Olivet graduates. Kerrie Joy Ericson (pictured left), of Funk, Neb., who majored in family and consumer science, received the Maggie Sloan award for an outstanding female graduate. Ericson earned summa cum laude honors with a 4.0 grade point average. The award is named for Maggie Sloan ’10 who was Olivet’s ﬁrst graduate. Dr. Jim Knight, registrar, said four students graduated with 4.0 grade averages: Kerrie Joy Ericson; Adam Elroy, psychology major from Bradley, Ill.; Bruce Puckett, religion major from Morenci, Mich.; and Mallori Lesh, social science major from Beaverdam, Wis. FACULTY RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING Dr. Gerald Anderson, professor of music, received the Richard M. Jones Award for Teaching Excellence. Anderson has appeared on WTTW Chicago, the Chicago Public Broadcasting Station, playing his own hymn arrangements for piano. He earned the doctor of musical arts degree from Texas Tech University, and has been an Olivet music faculty member since 1978. Anderson’s piano artistry can also be heard on the CD Classic Hymns, on the ONU Presents label. Pat Chaplinski, a full-time teacher at Manteno High School, received the Ralph E. Perry Student Award of Excellence, awarded by the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Chaplinski has taught at the grade school, high school and junior college levels, and has held various leadership positions with the Junior League of Kankakee and the Pledge for Life program. Graduating from the Master of Arts in Education program, she demonstrated openness to new teaching philosophies, materials and methods with academic excellence. Dr. Phyllis (Brockman) Reeder ’75, professor of nursing for 22 years, was presented with the Willis E. Snowbarger Award for Teaching Excellence. After her retirement as a full-time faculty member in June 2000, Reeder continued to teach in the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Serving as a board member of the Kankakee Board of Health, Bradley Public Library Advisory Board and the Board of Elders for Our Savior Lutheran Church, her nursing students describe her as compassionate, considerate, caring, and willing to go the extra mile to help every student succeed. ABOVE Eight Olivet graduates were commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army (from left): Ruth Browne, Christopher Crofford, Erin Crofford, Cynthia Peters, Erin Pitzer, Staci Rutledge, Scott Smith, and Lucas Wadsworth. LEFT Commencement speaker for the traditional under- graduate ceremony was Robert C. Andringa, president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities w w w . o l i v e t . e d u 18 The Olivetian Summer 2005 TIGER TRACKS 2005 SPRING REVIEW BASEBALL (40-12) The Tiger baseball team went 17-3 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference and earned their fourth regular season championship in six years. After returning from Florida with a 14-7 record, the Tigers went 26-5, including an 18-game winning streak. Leading the Tigers at the plate was Jordan Taylor ’05, who was limited to 38 games due to a back injury. Taylor hit .415 with 51 hits in 123 at-bats. He drove in 38 runs and scored 29 runs. Centerﬁelder Darin Zimmerman ’06 had a .386 average, with 68 hits in 176 at-bats. He scored 41 runs and stole 13 bases. Third baseman John Arisohn (’06) hit .378 with 11 doubles and 38 RBIs. He also scored a team-high 42 runs. On the mound, the Tiger pitching staff was solid, combining for a team ERA of 3.05. Headlining the group was Rick Weber ’05. Weber went 8-2 with a 1.51 ERA. He made 16 appearances, starting 12 and throwing eight complete games. He also threw four shutouts and had three saves. Weber struck out 106 batters in 101 innings and walked only 21. Tyler Delamater ’06 went 9-0 with a 1.61 ERA. Delamater struck out 45 batters in 61.1 innings. Matt Seufert ’08 went 5-1 with a 2.61 ERA, Robbie Johnston ’05 went 4-0 with a 2.97 ERA and Luke Highley ’07 had a 3.27 ERA with an 8-3 record. SOFTBALL (40-25) A three-game losing streak midway through the season left the Tiger softball team 13-19. However, the Tigers were able to respond in the second half of the season, going 27-6 and winning the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship. The Tigers went 17-3 during conference play, ﬁnishing second. Lisa Bergmann ’06 led the Tigers at the plate, batting .403 with 75 hits in 186 at-bats. She also had a team-high 16 doubles and was perfect in steals with 13. Liz Pasch ’06 hit .376 with 67 hits in 178 at-bats. She had a team-leading 15 home runs and drove in 53 runs. Marcia Grimes ’08 batted .345 with a team-leading 78 hits in 226 at-bats. She stole a team-high 38 bases in 42 attempts. Lauren Chessum ’08 was stellar on the mound, going 31-11 with a 1.70 ERA. Her 43 appearances are the fourth most in a season in the NAIA, while her 41 starts, 31 wins, 264.2 innings and 263 strikeouts are the third most in a season. The Tigers ﬁnished with a 2.90 team ERA, allowing opponents to hit just .239 off them. MEN’S TRACK Despite being shutout at the NAIA National Indoor Meet, the men’s track team rebounded to place 19th at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, scoring 13 points. Mark Hollis ’07 led the way by placing second in the pole vault with a leap of 16'8¾". Hollis had the eighth best qualifying jump and his second place vault would have won the event last season. Josh Franklin ’06 became a three-time placer in the shot put, picking up fourth place with a 52'6¾". Franklin ﬁnished third as a freshman and seventh as a sophomore. WOMEN’S TRACK The women’s track team sent a strong contingent to the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships and came away with a 20th place ﬁnish, scoring 16 points. The 4x800-Meter Relay of Carmin Green ’07, Abby Heinold ’07, Sara Batkiewicz ’06 and Bethany McCoy ’08 sprinted to an NAIA record, 8:50.09, but ﬁnished third. McCoy and Green also placed in individual events. McCoy ﬁnished fourth in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:09.67, knocking off nearly six seconds from her semiﬁnal time. Green ﬁnished sixth in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:39.15. Jenny Ellis ’07 placed seventh in the 10,000-meter run, ﬁnishing with a time of 37:16.62, knocking off 13 seconds from her qualifying time. MEN’S TENNIS (21-3) Following two straight-game wins in the NAIA Region III/VII Tournament, the men’s tennis team qualiﬁed for the NAIA National Tournament for the third straight year. Like the 2004 national tournament, the Tigers won their ﬁrst round match, defeating Webber International (Fla.) 5-4. The Tigers then squared off against second-ranked Azusa Paciﬁc (Calif.) and were defeated, ending their season at 21-3. Along the way, the Tigers were runner-up at the NCCAA National Tournament. —Compiled by Marc Shaner ’00/’02 M.A.T., Sports Information Director BY C A L E B B E N O I T ’ 0 6 T hanks to a number of former and current players, the Olivet Nazarene University football team now gets together to study more than just the coach’s playbook. Started four years ago, a Friday night team Bible study involving four or ﬁve players has evolved into Freedom Groups — player-led small groups meeting once a week to develop spiritual maturity among the team. Now, as many as 35 players belong to one of four Freedom Groups that meet four different nights of the week. Eight juniors and seniors — Andy Kizzee ’06, Matt Soulia ’05, Dwight Moser ’05, Joey Brewer ’06, Derek Diehl ’08, Daryl LaBar ’06, Jason Kwast ’06 and Justin DiSandro ’08 — have paired up and head the Freedom Groups. “I wish I could take credit for it, but I can’t,” Olivet coach Gary Newsome ’74 said. “It’s totally student-led. Those eight guys have a heart for what they are doing. They have a heart for God, their teammates, and for Olivet.” The former Bible study met on Friday nights before Saturday games, either at school or on the road in a motel. Now, players can plan around their work and study schedules and choose whether Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday works best for them. “So many times we hear about the worst of the worst in athletics,” director of university relations Gary Grifﬁn ’81 said. “But this is the best of the best. This is really what it is all about.” The Tigers concluded their 2004 season with a 24-14 win over Northwestern College (Minn.) at the NCCAA Victory Bowl in St. Paul, Minn. Football is one of 18 varsity sports Olivet offers under the guidance of Athletics Director, Jeff Schimmelpfennig ’86/’91 M.B.A. Each program strives to reach the department’s mission, “Winning Championships, Developing Champions.” —Caleb Benoit is a Journalism major from Bonﬁeld, Ill., and works in the Ofﬁce of Public Information. Sports Shorts Distance Medley Relay sets Drake (Iowa) Relays record: The Tiger women’s Distance Medley Relay etched its name into the Drake Relays record books, posting a 11:43.41 and winning the college division race. Carmin Green ’07 ran the 1,200-meter leadoff leg in 3:37.2. Abby Heinold ’07 ran a 56.1, 400-meter, the second leg of the relay. Sara Batkiewicz ’06 ran the third leg of the relay, the 800-meter, in a time of 2:15.6. Bethany McCoy ’08 wrapped up the race, running a 4:44.4 in the ﬁnal leg of the event. The previous record was held by North Dakota State, who ran a 11:47.81 in 2003. Weber named NAIA Second Team All-American: Tiger pitcher Rick Weber ’05 went 8-2 in his ﬁnal collegiate season and was named an NAIA Second Team All-American. Weber threw 101 innings, striking out 106 batters, walking only 21. Weber, who made 16 appearances on the mound, threw eight complete games and four shutouts. He also recorded a team-high three saves. He is Olivet’s ﬁrst two-time NAIA All-American since Ben Zobrist in 2002–03. Jordan Taylor ’05 and John Arisohn ’06 were NAIA Honorable Mention All-American selections. Taylor was chosen as a designated hitter, where he had a team-leading .415 with 51 hits in 123 at-bats. Arisohn was selected as a third baseman and batted .378 with a team-leading 71 hits in 188 at-bats. He also scored a team-high 42 runs. Chessum earns NAIA Honorable Mention: Not since 1998 had an Olivet freshman earned NAIA All-American status. Pitcher Lauren Chessum ’08 became the ﬁrst Olivet freshman since Anna (Babinski) Welsh ’01 to pick up NAIA All-American accolades, being named an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American. Chessum went 31-11 with a 1.70 ERA. She made 43 appearances making 41 starts and threw 29 complete games. Opponents hit .198 off Chessum, and batters struck out 263 times against her. Chessum also became the ﬁrst Olivet pitcher since Cory Allen in 1999 to be named an NAIA All-American. 16 Tigers named NAIA Scholar Athletes: Five individuals from men’s tennis headlined the list of Tiger athletes who were named NAIA Scholar Athletes. Fermin Amezqueta ’06, Mark Hervey ’06, A.J. Sansom ’06, Aaron Gregory ’06 and Jaime Acosta ’06 were selections from the men’s tennis squad. Women’s tennis had four members selected: Danielle Thiess ’05, Amanda Savage ’06, Allison Fry ’06 and Joy Garcia ’06. Dee McDonald ’05, Jordan Taylor ’05 and Elliot Procyshen ’06 were selected from the baseball team, while Sara Batkiewicz ’06, Jenny Ellis ’07 and Simone Mulieri ’06 were selected from the women’s track team. Liz Pasch ’06 was the lone NAIA Scholar Athlete from the Tigers’ softball team. Anderson, Bradley picked as Larry D. Watson Ambassador Award recipients: Women’s soccer player Adlelaide Anderson ’05 and football player Nick Bradley ’05 were recently named as the Larry D. Watson Ambassador Award recipients at the Athletic Department’s awards banquet. Anderson was a team captain and leading defensive players for the women’s soccer team. She ﬁnished with one assist, as the Tigers went 15-7-3 and advanced to the NAIA Region VII Tournament. Bradley recorded 46 tackles (20 solo) with eight tackles for loss and one sack. He also had a team-leading 14 quarterback hurries, two pass deﬂections and one forced and recovered fumble, helping the Tigers to a 7-5 record and a 24-14 victory in the NCCAA Victory Bowl. —Compiled by Marc Shaner ’00/’02 M.A.T., Sports Information Director BY CA L E B B E N O I T ’ 0 6 S omeone should tell the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team that it’s spoiling its fans. While the Tigers failed in their bid for a third NAIA World Series appearance in four years, they turned in another season that has become the standard under Coach Elliot Johnson — 40-plus wins, a conference title, a top-25 national ranking and a serious run at Lewiston, Idaho. This year was no different. Olivet, which ﬁnished the season right at the 40-victory mark, rebounded from an opening-round loss in the NAIA Region VII Tournament to pick up two victories before falling to St. Xavier (Ill.) in 12 innings for the regional championship. That loss, however, did nothing to mar the Tigers’ performance in 2005, which again included a Chicago Collegiate Athletic Conference trophy. In fact, Olivet had already beaten St. Xavier twice in April — once in a 13-inning affair and again in a 15-inning marathon. BASEBA w w w . o l “It was really an exciting year,” said Johnson, who owns a .762 winning percentage in six years at Olivet. “We have a lot to be thankful for. There are so many little things that have to come together to make a trip to the World Series, but you can’t complain about a 40-12 season. You can’t get too disappointed about that.” Again led by senior ace Rick Weber ’05 (DeRidder, La.), the Tigers battled through a number of nagging injuries to key players and pieced together an 18-game winning streak before the postseason, largely due to solid efforts on the mound. Weber, who recorded eight complete games and three saves, struck out over a batter per inning, held opposing hitters to a .194 average and posted a 1.51 ERA in 101 innings. Junior hurler Tyler Delamater ’06 (Bakersﬁeld, Calif.) did his best to imitate Weber, the First-Team All-American, ﬁnishing the season with a perfect 9-0 and an equally impressive 1.61 ERA. LL — Caleb Benoit is a Journalism major from Bonﬁeld, Ill., and works in the Ofﬁce of Public Information. i v e t . e d u Summer 2005 The Olivetian 19 QUESTIONS With Sarah Brown ’08 O L I V E T 1. Do you come from a large family? to hear how God has moved in their lives and brought them in unique ways to this place called Olivet. I come from a typical family of four — with a dog! I grew up in Homewood, Ill., about 25 minutes south of Chicago. It wasn’t really a small town, but it deﬁnitely had the small-town feel. Summers were spent at the baseball park and the Dairy Queen. Winters — at the ice arena or sledding down Willow Hill. Everyone knew when Homewood Days was and everyone was there. Tom’s was the best restaurant in town and we all knew the ladies who worked at the White Hen. I loved it. 5. Any “a-ha” moments this year? There were many. One of the biggest things I realized this year was just how vast the knowledge and the understanding of God is. Sitting in math class, I got the revelation that God can solve any equation or crunch any number. In my Wellness class I was able to see how intricately God created my body and mind. In Sociology we heard statistics about large groups of people, and God knows them individually and loves them each deeply. He is in the middle of any area that we could ever study. 2. Did you attend college right after high school? No. After graduation, I spent six months at a Discipleship Training School with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). I spent the ﬁrst three months in Perth, Western Australia, and the next two in the nation of Sri Lanka, located just below India. We traveled all around the country speaking in churches, tea plantations, villages, city streets, rehab centers, beaches, Buddhist temples, and basically anywhere we could ﬁnd people. My time in Sri Lanka was winding down and after a month working with the aboriginal people back in Australia, I was heading home. I was feeling really anxious about my future and the plans that God had for me. 6. Any summer (non-textbook) reading? YES! I have enough books on my list to last me years and the list seems to get longer by the week. I am currently working on Why Revival Tarries, by Leonard Ravenhill, and We Cannot But Tell, by Ross Tooley. The Heavenly Man, by Brother Yun is next. 7. How do you plan to spend the remaining days of summer? I’m working as a waitress at The Chicago Dough Company in Bourbonnais and spending as much time as I can with my family and friends. Beach trips are on my to-do list. I am going backpacking for ﬁve days in Colorado with a group from my church. It will be good to get away from all the craziness of life and spend just a few moments soaking up the beauty of God’s awesome creation. 3. How did you ﬁnally choose Olivet? One Sunday morning in a small village near Kandy, I was spending some time with God. The day before we had walked to a village that had never before heard the gospel of Jesus Christ! I spoke to God and asked what he would have me do next. As I sat there in silence, I felt God speaking to me about this place called “Olivet.” Olivet was all that I could think about. I knew nothing about Olivet. I didn’t know what kind of school it was, or what programs they offered. I was very confused and unsure, so I asked God to make His plans very clear to me. Later, I headed to church. It was a small church, about the size of the average living room, but it was packed. There was a guest speaker that morning from India — Mr. Atul P. Meshramkar, the national director for Nazarene Compassionate Ministries in India. Only God knows how this man ended up at the same church as me in this small village in Sri Lanka! After he spoke, I thanked him for sharing the word of God and he noticed my accent and pale skin. He asked me where I was from. When I told him that I was from America, near Chicago, his face lit up. He then asked me a question that, thinking about it now, makes my heart beat fast. “Have you ever heard of Olivet Nazarene University?” Olivet Nazarene University! This was the same school that God had been speaking to me about that very morning! I told Mr. Meshramker that I didn’t know much about the school and he spent the next 30 minutes telling me how amazing it was. I began to see how God was going to use Olivet to prepare me for something greater than I could ever imagine. Needless to say, I was now sure this was where God was leading me. After arriving back in the states, I immediately applied to Olivet. The perfect plans of God always prove to be better than any plans that I could ever make. 8. So, after your ﬁrst year of school, I have to ask — apartment life or dorms? I would deﬁnitely have to go with the dorms. I love being around people. I love talking with people, seeing people, and hearing people. I am not one who likes to be alone. In the dorms there is always someone around. If I have a question about a math problem, there was always someone who could help. If I was really excited about something and felt like I was going to burst, there was always someone around to be excited with me. If I was having a rough day, words of encouragement were literally steps away. 9. Your journey to Olivet is quiet unique. What advice would you give a young person engaged in choosing a college or university? My advice would ﬁrst be to never settle for less than the perfect plans of God. Also — choose a school that can facilitate your passions. If you absolutely love to sing, make sure the school offers a opportunity to do so. If you just love being around needy people and serving them, make sure that the school you choose has a group of people who share this passion or would support you in starting this ministry. God has given us all different passions for a reason. Make sure you do the God-instilled things you love. 10. Well, what’s next? I am pursuing a degree in Sociology, which I love. I would like to attend seminary at some point in my life. I feel called by God into full-time ministry in the mission ﬁeld. My heart is for evangelism and for people to speak boldly about the saving grace of God and His work in their lives. 4. What has been the biggest surprise about your ﬁrst year at Olivet? 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