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The Olivetian

Spring 2007

THE OLIVETIAN (USPS 407-880) (ISSN 0891-9712)

Editor Heather (Quimby) Day ’02 Design and Editorial Consultant George Andrew Wolff ’93 Contributing Writers Dr. Michael Benson Gregg Chenoweth ’90 Gary Griffin ’81 Seth Hurd ’06 Casey Manes Kate Morgan Mark Quanstrom Marc Shaner ’00/’02 M.A.T. Designer Donnie Johnson

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Additional Design Matthew Moore ’96 Monique (Cartier) Perry ’03

p ONU, home to summer training camp for the Chicago Bears, held a campus-wide celebration of Super Bowl XLI, Sunday, February 4. Fans celebrated an early Chicago lead before Indy’s ultimate victory. In addition, a number of Olivet staff members made the trek to Miami, including University President Dr. John C. Bowling and his wife, Jill.

Editorial Advisers Brian Parker ’93 Susan (Hendley) Wolff ’94 Editorial Consultant Rev. Gordon C. Wickersham ’47 Photography Image Group Photography, or as credited Sports Editor Gary Griffin ’81

Olivet Nazarene University President Dr. John C. Bowling ’71/’72 M.A./ ’06 D.Div.

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Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Gary W. Streit

p Dr. Mary Paul, associate professor of Christian ministry at Olivet, led Olivet’s revival services that took place on campus and at College Church of the Nazarene, January 28–31. Audio downloads of campus revival services are available at www.olivet.edu.

p Members of the Olivet community began spring semester with Makom Festival, a series of student-led revival services, January 12–14 in Chalfant Hall. This year’s event hosted speaker Eric Willits ’03. t The National Guard celebrated its 370th birthday with a presentation at Olivet Nazarene University. On behalf of the Department of Military Science at Olivet and the Army National Guard, SFC Frank Hayden presented Provost Gary Streit with a painting of the National Guard’s first muster. Birthday cakes were presented to schools and organizations across the state that have supported the mission of the Guard.

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Vice President for Student Development Rev. Walter “Woody” Webb ’86/ ’89 M.A.R. Vice President for Institutional Advancement Dr. Brian Allen ’82/’05 Litt.D. Vice President for Finance Dr. Douglas E. Perry ’68/ ’95 M.B.A., Litt.D.

The Olivetian is published quarterly by the Office of Marketing Communications under the direction of the vice president for Institutional Advancement. Reproduction of material without written permission is strictly prohibited. Copyright © 2007 Olivet Nazarene University One University Avenue Bourbonnais, IL 60914-2345

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Spring 2007

By Dr. John C. Bowling ’71/’72 M.A./ ’06 D.Div., University President

The Olivetian

‘Tell me your story’ “Tell me your story” and “How did you end up at Olivet?” are phrases I often use in conversations with students. I am very aware that everyone who enrolls at the University has a story and one by one those stories become interwoven to create the tapestry we know as Olivet. On the Friday evening before classes began last fall, Jill and I opened the door of our house to greet a young woman who had just arrived for her freshman year. Her name was Dolphy Biswas. She did not make the trip to Olivet with friends and family from southern Illinois or Wisconsin. She had not come from Michigan or Indiana. Her trip to our front door started at her front door in Calcutta, India. She came alone, and therefore spent her first night on campus in our spare bedroom. How did Dolphy end up at Olivet? MAT THEW MOORE ’96

Her journey began with a trip I made to India several years ago. I accompanied a wonderful friend named John Anderson who grew up in India as the son of missionary parents. As a young adult, he returned to India as a missionary himself. He and his wife, Doris, spent 39 years there in service to the Church, and then retired near the campus here at Olivet. The purpose of my trip to India was to accompany John as he traveled back across a lifetime of ministry and service.

Dr. Bowling with Dolphy Baswas ’10

In that conversation a seed was sown in her young mind and in the hearts of her parents — could she study at a place as wonderful as ONU? The years slipped by and we stayed in touch with e-mails back and forth across the globe. In her last year of high school Dolphy took the necessary tests and applied for admission. Even if she were to be admitted, there was the difficulty of securing a visa in this post 9/11 world and there was the distance and the financial hurdle. What were they thinking … how would this ever be possible?

Our trip was not a luxury tour where we were isolated in pleasant hotels and air-conditioned cars. We had not gone to see the sights but to be with the people, those whom John and Doris had loved into the Kingdom. We stayed in homes and slept on trains and crisscrossed that great mysterious country from north to south and west to east. At every stop, we were welcomed with gracious, humble hospitality.

Yet God has a way of making a way. Her visa was granted almost immediately; her family saved enough money for an airline flight to America and the Olivet family stitched together the financial support necessary. Last fall Dolphy started school with the Centennial class. She attended her first football game and began to adjust to American culture. On a crisp morning in mid-October, she stopped by my office to ask, “Uncle, is this winter?” I had to break the news to her that winter at Olivet was much colder. She had never seen snow or felt temperatures below freezing.

After several weeks on the road, we arrived worn and ragged in the great teeming city of Calcutta — a city filled with human need. We were met there by two fine young men, Sunil and Daniel. Sunil was a pastor and district superintendent and Daniel was a member of his church. Daniel and Sunil met us every morning with wide smiles and faces filled with optimism and joy. Day after day we visited schools, clinics, churches and compassionate ministry centers. I was nearly overwhelmed by the poverty and despair; yet where I saw only obstacles my India friends saw divine opportunity. They modeled Christ-likeness as they reached out to those in need.

Dolphy finished her first semester with a 3.5 GPA, won the intramural women’s ping pong tournament, and is already making plans for next year. She has come a long way! Although her journey is still in its early stages, I am convinced that the God who planted the dream of Olivet in a young girl’s heart years ago and made a way for that dream to come true will surely lead Dolphy and each of her classmates through their days at Olivet and on to futures filled with promise and possibility.

Near the end of my stay in Calcutta, Daniel invited me to his home to spend some time with him and his wife Radha. They were converts from Hinduism. She was a teacher and he a social worker. And they were tireless workers in the church. During that visit in their home, I met their only child, a young girl named Dolphy. Although she was a shy 11 or 12-year-old, she showed me her room and talked to me about her school, and I told her and her parents about a place called Olivet.

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Ovid Young to serve as artist-in-residence By Kate Morgan

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Pastor-Preacher-Scholar: Bob Branson,

r. Ovid Young, Olivet graduate and a member of the famed Nielson and Young duopianists, will become an artist-in-residence beginning fall 2007. One of the most versatile musicians before the public today, Young is a pianist, organist, composer and conductor. His more than 7,000 performances — in major concert halls, in churches, on college campuses and before millions more via television — have led him across the United States and throughout Europe, Japan, South Korea, India and the Caribbean. A widely published arranger and the composer of orchestral scores for several feature-length films, Young was, from 1974–1984, music director and conductor of the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra. His duo-piano career with Stephen Nielson has spanned more than three decades. The two have toured the globe, appearing in nearly 4,000 concerts together since the inception of their collaboration in 1971. Along with eminent British conductor, Sir David Willcocks, they have also served on the artistic staff of the International Church Music Festival in Switzerland, Germany and England since 1985. “Ovid and [wife] Laura have had a long association with Olivet and the broader Kankakee community as well,” says Dr. John C. Bowling. “We are thrilled to have him back, bringing his artistic passion and musical experience as Olivet’s artist-in-residence.” Dr. Don Reddick, chairman of the Department of Music, agrees. “Dr. Young’s years as a professional musician, his notability as an accomplished performer and his dedication to his alma mater will be invaluable assets to the University and to the department.” As an artist-in-residence, Dr. Young will perform, teach, oversee Olivet concerts and recital series and act as an ambassador-at-large for the music program. He will continue to arrange the University’s baccalaureate hymn and compose works for per formance during Olivet’s Centennial Celebration and beyond. Further, he will continue his professional partnership with Nielson. “Laura and I look forward to this return to our Midwest roots to rejoin the academic and artistic community which, more than ever, is flourishing at Olivet Nazarene University,” Young says. “Having lived and worked in Chicago and Bourbonnais for a significant period of time early in my career, the prospect now of coming home to live and teach and make music in the ONU community is one which fills me with eager anticipation.” Dr. and Mrs. Young presently reside in Dallas, Texas, but will be relocating to this area within the next few months.

professor of biblical literature at Olivet, received the prestigious Wesleyan Theological Society Pastor-Preacher-Scholar Award for his outstanding example of Wesleyan/Holiness ministry. The award was given during the society’s 42nd annual meeting, hosted by Olivet in March 2007. Branson has worked in the academic field for more than 40 years. Before arriving at Olivet in 1992, he served at Warner Southern College, Eastern Nazarene College and Nazarene Theological Seminary. He also had a career as a military chaplain, serving in the United States Army Reser ves from 1976–2001. During this time, he received the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Ser vice Metal, the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit. His numerous articles have appeared in such publications as Herald of Holiness, Emphasis, Illustrated Bible Life and The Preacher’s Magazine.

Sports hall of fame: Olivet football coach

and assistant professor Gary Newsome was recently elected into the Paint Valley High School (Blanchester, Ohio) sports hall of fame. An Olivet graduate, Newsome coached the Paint Valley football team for 11 seasons. Looking forward to his eighth season as Olivet’s head coach, Newsome plans to continue the tradition of excellence on and off the field that he began in Paint Valley.

Who’s Who: 38 seniors from Olivet Naza– rene University have been named to the 2006–07 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges: Lindsey Bailey, Angela Beauvais, Emily Benson, Gary Bishir, Julia Bridges, Jordan Bumgarner, Lisa Denault, Russell Funk, Megan Gullickson, Erin Hall, Ryan Holcomb, Elizabeth Hollenberg, Rebecca Ibrahim, Briana Kassebaum, Andrew Kizzee, Christina Lopez, Peter Lustig, Rebekah McCoy, Sarah McDevitt, Wesley McKain, Tyler Mowry, Aaron Payne, Ryan Quanstrom, David Rucker, Christian Sanchez, Kevin Sandell, Christopher Sanders, Matthew Scheibel, Dana Scheller, Benjamin Smidt, Luke Smith, Matthew Soulia, Jessica Tuttle, Emily Waltrip, Shane Wesley, Marcus Winn, Katie Zurcher and Deborah Zwirkoski. The students were elected by University faculty and students based on academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, leadership potential and Christian witness.

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Record number study abroad: During the spring 2007 semester, a record 35 Olivetians studied in 18 worldwide locations. The number marks a dramatic increase from the four students who participated in programs only a decade ago.

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Learn more about these and other news stories at www.olivet.edu.

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Colorado avalanche just misses Olivet freshman By Gregg Chenoweth ’90

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n Jan. 6, David Hamilton ’10, in his Jeep Wrangler, labored through four switchback turns up Berthoud Pass in the Colorado Rockies. His ski buddy, Greg Foley, rode shotgun while Third Day’s “Sing Praises” thumped the speakers. The slopes of Winter Park Resort lay ahead with three feet of fresh powder beckoning. By 10 a.m., the pair headed west, blissfully ignorant to what was unfolding just behind them. A pummeling avalanche, 18 feet deep and 100 feet wide swept down the mountain. “It is the largest we’ve ever seen,” according to Stacy Stegman, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Transportation. The force blasted two cars off their tires and 250 yards down the mountain, creasing them like tinfoil. It’s amazing all eight passengers lived. Survivor Darren Johnson told the Denver TV news, “Every time I close my eyes, I can see it all over again. I can feel the impact.” Two weeks later, Hamilton picked at his lunch in Olivet’s cafeteria, sobered by the awareness that he evaded the crosshairs of an avalanche. “I’m so grateful,” he said pensively. “God spared us. I don’t know why, but he did. We’re close to the edge all the time, even if we don’t know it.” Such edges inspire rather than frighten him. He’s both a child of God and a native to the mountains. He was raised at the foot of Rocky Mountain National Park and accepted Christ at Golden Bell Campground in Colorado Springs by age 8. “I’ve always liked going to the mountains to clear my mind and think,” he said, “because they show me how powerful and wonderful God is.” An avalanche is power personified, particularly at Berthoud Pass. A Denver man was killed there in 2005, eight crushed in a tour bus in 1987 and two others buried until spring in 1937, according to Cyberwest magazine. Foley received a call informing him of the disaster during their second ski run, rendering him “wide eyed … looking up to the sky” in disbelief. They decided to leave early to avoid wind and weather. Despite this, the duo faced visibility of “only about one foot” in darkness and “total whitewash.” After about five hours following brake lights, they were home and feeling blessed. Hamilton’s confidence in Berthoud Pass remains unchanged, but the near-brush with an avalanche created an internal shift of his own. “I started in engineering because my dad is an engineer,” he said, “but now I realize I’m more passionate about art.” In fact, he’s already put his gifts to work, having previously designed the icon for Phusion Engineering, the family business. If Hamilton were to create a logo for Berthoud Pass, “It would say ‘God made this for us,’ with a hole cut out of the middle.” Hamilton feels that would help motorists see creation through the sign — only Hamilton’s deeper wish is that they’d see the Creator too.

p Traveling to Romania through the Veritas Romanian Studies Program offered Chelsi Clauson ’08 (far left)

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and Jennifer Lennon ’08 (second from left) a chance to polish their medical skills and gain priceless experience in their field. Here Clauson and Lennon distribute vitamins and soap to villagers who attended a health seminar they led. Olivet offers the program for students majoring in a number of different areas.

Ill., received hands-on experience identifying minerals and rocks as Rebecca Einoris ’08, Jami Dewey ’09, Rachel Bedell ’09, Vanessa Draear ’09 and Monica Nontell ’08 presented a geology lesson to the girls. Professor Priscilla Skalac says, “I watched the faces and listened to the voices of the Indian Oaks students transform with each affirmation they received from their Olivet teachers. Defiance and shyness melted into respect and wonder.” Pictured above, from left: Geology students Jami Dewey, Rebecca Einoris, Rachel Bedell, Vanessa Draear and Monica Nontell.

Six Olivet ROTC students of the Rolling Thunder Battalion received gold badges during the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency Feb. 17 and 18 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. Cadets Matt Wheeler ’09, Caleb Stewart ’09, Trenton Gunter ’09, Ryan Herr ’10, James Nuxoll ’10 and Jordan Maurer ’10 each earned top markings at the competition. To receive a gold badge, cadets must complete a series of grueling physical and mental challenges: score at least 75 percent on a first-aid test; swim 200 meters in six minutes or less; throw a shot put at least 24 feet, four inches; high jump a minimum of four feet, six inches, or long jump a minimum of 14 feet, 10 inches; sprint 400 meters in 60 seconds or less; run 5K in 23 minutes or less; hit five out of five targets with a 9m pistol; and road march 30K within five hours.

uIndependent research award: Jennifer Engelland

’08, a double major in psychology and sociology from Bourbonnais, Ill., has won the annual Harold Young Research Award for her independent research submitted to the Association of Nazarene Sociologists and Researchers (ANSR). Under the supervision of Dr. Ray Bower, ONU professor of behavioral sciences, Engelland collected and analyzed survey data from local churches, utilizing statistics that might represent how church size is related to the degree of responsibility taken by church members. Engelland will present her research findings at the annual ANSR conference in Kansas City, Mo., March 22–24. Her paper will then be posted on the ANSR Web site and publicized in various ways. “Briefly put, Jennifer is an undergraduate Nazarene college student who did an outstanding job in conducting research on a topic that is extremely relevant for the church today,” explains Bower.

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p Students at Indian Oaks Academy in Manteno,

p Olivet was well represented at the recent Third Wave emerging youth leaders conference in South Africa as three Olivet students joined professor and global NYI vice president Mark Holcomb for the event. Converging with 220 other delegates from 55 countries, they prepared to be in God’s presence.

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CHAPLAIN’S NOTEBOOK

COURTESY OF THE DAILY JOURNAL

Seeking fresh spiritual inspiration and biblical insight? University Chaplain Michael Benson, noted author and evangelist, has a regular blog on Olivet’s Web site. FEATURED POSTING:

“Lessons from the seasons”

(February 19, 2007) “I actually appreciate living somewhere where there is seasonal change. Those changes serve as one of the constant reminders that there is change in life and that those changes are not dependent upon our wanting them or even our welcoming them. If we ‘go with the flow,’ we will weather the alterations in climate much better.”

Captain David Sifferd thanks the ONU community via video address for the care packages sent to Camp Victory.

A daughter’s mission By Kate Morgan

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To read the full article, go to www.olivet.edu and select “Chaplain’s Notebook” from the drop-down menu.

irena Sifferd and her family worried for three years that her father would be called to serve overseas. When Cirena was home for Christmas break 2005, they received word that Captain David Sifferd, Army Reserve chaplain, would ship out to Iraq’s Camp Victory in February. Cirena understands her father has real purpose in Iraq. “These men are searching for truth. They’re searching for meaning in what they’re doing,” she says. “I’m so thankful my dad is there to be a light to them in these really dark times.” But on the home front, the family has struggled. For Cirena, the pressures of college added to the stress of a family member serving in Iraq. She needed an outlet. “I was trying to think of how I could send things to my dad to tell him, ‘We did not forget about you. We want to show you how much we care.’” She and her boyfriend, Nathan Evenson, talked about what they could do. And one Sunday in church, during prayer, she knew. She decided to collect supplies to send to the troops — things from home they might not even know they missed. She got Omega drama group members, a group of which she is a co-leader, involved in the collection. “I really started to think, ‘I can do this. This could work,’” she remembers. “God gives you little outlets you can use to do something so much bigger. The little opportunities He gives you can turn into these huge things. And you may not see that in the beginning. But you just have to be willing.” Last March, Cirena and a few of her willing Omega friends visited dorm rooms to collect spare change and items for the soldiers. “We thought we would be able to send a couple of care packages,” she says. The “couple of care packages” turned into 12 boxes full of supplies. Items collected included devotionals, books, toiletries, snacks, Sudoku puzzles and letters of encouragement. “It was so much more than we expected. But if you expect great things from God, so much more will come to you,” she says confidently. Not long after they shipped the boxes, Cirena heard from her father. The soldiers were over-

PODCASTS Free, downloadable broadcasts of weekly chapel services and other ONU events are now available online. Go to www.olivet. edu and select “Podcasts — Listen Now!” from the drop down menu. FEATURED PODCASTS:

Spring revival services (Jan. 29–31, 2007)

Three-part series

Dr. Mary Paul, Olivet professor of Christian ministry Dr. Paul leads the ONU community through the book of Ephesians for spring revival services.

“Take charge of your own success”

(Feb. 7–8, 2007) Two-part series Cynthia Tobis, Author and Founder, Apple St., LLC Best selling author Cynthia Tobias shares with students the steps to take charge of their own success using their unique, God-given learning styles.

Finances (Feb. 21–22, 2007) Two-part series Mary Hunt, Creator and

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Editor, “Debt-proof living”

Internationally known money guru Mary Hunt speaks to the ONU community about getting out of debt and avoiding the pitfalls that lead us there.

Additional Podcasts include addresses by n John C. Bowling, University president n Mike Slaughter, author and pastor, Ginghamsburg Church (Tipp City, Ohio) n Bethany Mills, ONU counseling services n Michael Benson, University chaplain n Victor Walter, pastor, House of Prayer, Richton Park, Ill. n Steve Stratton, professor, Asbury Theological Seminary

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whelmed with the kindness shown them. In a letter addressed to Friends at Olivet Nazarene University, Captain Sifferd states, “Because of your suppor t and patriotism, our soldiers here have been blessed. Your generosity to our troops has truly made a difference in their lives. May God bless you in your mission there at home as He has blessed me here in Iraq in mine.” Further showing their appreciation, on December 1, 2006, the soldiers flew a United States flag over Camp Victory in honor of the Omega drama ministry. Captain Sifferd brought the flag home with him during the holidays; and Cirena, escorted by two Olivet ROTC cadets, proudly presented the flag to President John C. Bowling during chapel service February 15. With such overwhelming positive feedback, Cirena decided to collect supplies again this year. This time they hoped to send at least 20 boxes overseas. Cirena watched as her peers gave dozens of devotionals, books, movies, even bags of clothes. The two cars they’d brought with them could not contain all the gifts. She estimates they will be able to ship more than 30 boxes to the troops. She could not be more pleased with the efforts of Omega and the people of Olivet. And she knows the gifts will be used to further God’s work. Even so, Cirena is, at her core, a college student worried about her father’s safe return. With milestone events like Commencement approaching, she’d like nothing more than to have her dad back. “He keeps saying, ‘God will provide. Just be strong.’ It’s easy to know God will provide. But the ‘being strong’ part is the harder of the two parts,” she says, trying to hold off tears. For now, the outpouring of support from her Omega counterparts and the Olivet community strengthens her. “What more can you say? God is so good,” she says. “People don’t even know what it means that they’re giving. They think, ‘Oh this is an old book I haven’t read in years.’ But for someone in Iraq, that could make the difference between reaching God and still searching.”

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We asked, “What memories, events or moments occurred during your time at Olivet that stand out as particularly meaningful or significant?” Here are a few of your responses:

❝ Our senior class trip — the close bond

❝A moment that stands out for me from my time at Olivet was the time I accidentally set my dorm room on fire in Parrott Hall on Valentine’s Day. I had to sleep in a friend’s room until the smell cleared the room.❞

that was present, we knew we would all be special to each other and that we would always be praying for each other even across the miles. What a wonderful way to seal our friendship.❞

MELODY CORBIN ’96

CORALIE “CORKY” (HESS) RICE ’71

❝I prayed to be sanctified holy at the altars

of College Church as a sophomore on April 20, 1971. I recall Professor Joe Nielson counseling with me, saying, ‘When you commit your life to God, you obligate Him to make something of it.’ Bill Gaither’s chorus ‘Something Beautiful’ has deep, lasting significance for me since that time.❞ PHIL PINCKARD ’73

UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES

❝ Those of us who were here in 1966 can never forget the excitement of the approval of intercollegiate sports.❞ CAROL (MOORE) WATSON ’66

❝I, too, remember the tornado. I was in ‘The

Universe’ on my way to the dining hall where I was to work in the dish room at 4:30. I sensed pressure on my ears at about 4:20, and the lights flashed and then went out. I ran out the south door of Chapman just in time to see the tornado leaving Trailerville. The evening meal was then served at the high school ... and I didn’t have to wash dishes, after all. Over the next few days, we were all glorifying the Lord for the timing of the tornado. Any earlier and there would have been students in classes on the fourth floor of Burke. A few moments later, and students would have been under the chimney as they would be making their way to Miller Dinning Hall. God is so good.❞ DARWIN L. PRESSLER, ‘65

▲ Professor Ray Moore with the first recording equipment in Burke Administration Building, 1941.

❝ In 1967, with the goal of being able to broadcast beyond the boundaries of the campus, Professor Ray Moore applied to the FCC for a more powerful transmitter. I was there that January evening when the switch on the transmitter was turned on. Talk about excitement! In fact, there was more excitement than any of us had anticipated. When WKOC’s transmitter was turned on, many television sets in the Kankakee area went blank! We began to receive lots of calls from very unhappy viewers. [They] had their antennas aimed north to receive the Chicago television stations, and there was our little ten watt transmitter directly in their way, blocking their reception. Professor Moore told me that he had quite a few sleepless nights working on the problem, which I am happy to report, was eventually solved.❞ THEODORE “TED” YOUNG ’69

❝I’ll always remember the van accident that

❝I remember the first day I was on campus

took the lives of Alex [Anderson], Cindy [Langdon] and Andrea [Green]. The night of November 1, 1990, we sat together with several students in our RD’s apartment and waited to hear if we would lose another friend. That day, the campus was filled with students weeping, some even yelling out to God for help. It’s not really an easy memory to recall. It was definitely a time when all that we had heard and learned at Olivet was put to the test. The ‘God of all Comfort’ came to our rescue personally and corporately.❞

I passed a lady in front of the library and she greeted me. She called me by name. I asked the upperclassman with me who that person was that knew my name. He said, ‘That was Mrs. Reed, the college president’s wife!’ I don’t know how Dr. and Mrs. Reed did it, but they knew many of the students’ names. I was even invited to eat at their home. All missionary kids were invited to their house once a year. What a privilege!❞ MARILYN (BRYANT) BAKER ’68

ELLEN (BARNHART) STEWARD ’91

Share your memories! For the summer 2007 issue of The Olivetian, we’d like to know … What special memories do you have of chapel or ONU revival services? Send your responses by e-mail to TheOlivetian@olivet.edu or mail them to One University Ave., Attn: Olivetian Editor, Bourbonnais, IL, 60914.

Your generosity makes “Education With a Christian Purpose” possible! Students featured in this issue of The Olivetian are recipients of the following scholarships: Chelsi Clauson

Lisa Denault

Emily James

Rev. Harvey E. and Mary Edna Doud Scholarship

ONU Foundation Board of Directors Scholarship

Julie A. Weber Scholarship

Jennifer Lennon

Marjorie L. McCoy and Harold E. Phillips Scholarship

Marjorie L. McCoy and Harold E. Phillips Scholarship

Paul Rice Scholarship

Larry D. Watson Ambassador Scholarship

Alvin A. and Joy E. Neubert Scholarship

Jami Dewey

ONU Foundation Board of Directors Scholarship

Lindsey Bailey

The Rev. Dr. Victor Eugene Dillman Scholarship Joseph F. and Esther J. Nielson Scholarship

Julia Bridges

John and Esther Cole Scholarship Rev. James Andrew Cumming Scholarship George M. and Martha R. Galloway Scholarship

Jordan Bumgarner

Central Nazarene Youth International Scholarship

Alexander Butler

Bessie Fern Mumbower Scholarship

Caleb Erway

Morenci, Mich., Church of the Nazarene Scholarship

Christian Sanchez

Jesse Brantson and Mary Hazel Pitts Scholarship

Andrew Kizzee

Matthew Scheibel

Marjorie L. McCoy and Harold E. Phillips Scholarship

Alvin Smith

Dr. Lloyd G. and Thelma A. Mitten Scholarship

Peter Lustig

Columbus, Ind., First Church of the Nazarene Scholarship

Russell Funk

Charles M. and Gladys L. Prescott Scholarship

Jessica Tuttle

Better Day Scholarship

Rebekah McCoy

Daniel Walker

Frank and Elizabeth Kelley Scholarship

John Lawson White Scholarship

Terry L. Kochersperger Scholarship

Joshua McDaniel

Erin Hall

Emily Waltrip

Donald N. and Irene L. Gustavsen Scholarship

Indianapolis, Ind., Westside Church of the Nazarene Scholarship

Kenneth and Doris McCoy Scholarship

Dr. C. Neil Strait Scholarship

Ashley Woodburn

Aaron Payne

Sarah Horvath

ONU Foundation Board of Directors Scholarship

Columbus, Ind., First Church of the Nazarene Scholarship

Rebecca Ibrahim

Richard Pinkowski

A. Ralph Boxell Scholarship

Paul E. and Ruth O. Peffer Scholarship

Katie Zurcher

Kokomo, Ind., First Church of the Nazarene Scholarship

Felesena Family Scholarship

Kankakee First Church of the Nazarene Scholarship Frank and Elizabeth Kelley Scholarship

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David Rucker

Marjorie L. McCoy and Harold E. Phillips Scholarship

Howard and Adda H. Farmer Scholarship

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To establish a student scholarship, or to contribute to an existing foundation scholarship, e-mail the Office of Development at development@olivet.edu or call 815-939-5171.

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true home is more than brick and mortar; it is a space of belonging that exudes love and warmth. It is a community made of up everyday heroes. Sara Hart ’05 had a deep ache for such a place. Sara’s early life was characterized by transition. Before even reaching high school, her family made a series of moves — including a few years in Japan — and eventually settled in Alaska. From there, she experienced one heartache after another: physical abuse from her father, her father’s admission of a homosexual preference which led to her parent’s divorce, moving in with her grandparents, relocating again to live with her mother in Michigan, and finally, shouldering the responsibility of paying half the monthly bills. Sara concedes it was her faith in God that sustained her through these trying seasons in life. She explains, “I prayed constantly. In some ways, it didn’t seem that hard, only because I know God completely carried me. There were days I don’t know how I would have gotten out of bed if I hadn’t had my faith.” In 2001, Sara was dealt the ultimate blow to her hope for a stable home. Unable to cope with all that life had brought her, Sara’s mom attempted suicide. The attempt failed, but it left deep wounds in their relationship. Blaming Sara for the situation, her mother locked her out of the house indefinitely, rendering Sara homeless. Out of desperation, Sara proceeded to a homeless shelter in Adrian, Mich. Deprived of all other modes of support, Sara explains, “I had to really cling to God because no one else was there. I just knew God was going to take care of it. I didn’t know how, I just knew.”

— SARA HART ’05

Freshman year at Olivet, from left: Meghan Casey ’05, Sara Hart, Susan Sanchez ’06 and Sarah (Buxton) Sanchez ’05.

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COURTESY OF SARA HART ’05

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During this time, Sara’s involvement at Adrian First Church of the Nazarene became extremely significant. Her youth pastor offered to include Sara on a trip to Olivet for Red Carpet Days, an informative weekend for prospective students. Sara’s response was dismay, “There’s no way I’ll be able to go to college!” But her youth pastor didn’t give up. He offered to bring Sara anyway, suggesting the trip could simply serve as a refreshing weekend away from the shelter. Sara agreed and made her first visit to Olivet. The weekend passed quickly, but one night stands out in Sara’s memory. While listening to a speaker, Sara felt a nudge from God to attend Olivet. “It was this strong impression that God wanted this to be my home, the home I had been longing for.” Despite the hurdles that blocked her way, she was convinced it was where she should go. Back at the shelter, she approached her counselor about attending Olivet, but was discouraged from pursuing it. “I was told I would only become jealous of the other students that had money and families — that I would not fit in.” Discouraged, but not willing to give up, Sara spoke to the shelter’s social work staff. They advised her that it would be difficult, but not impossible. Empowered, Sara applied and was accepted to Olivet for the spring semester of 2002. The glimmer of hope was soon overshadowed by a new obstacle. “I lived four hours from Olivet, with no Amtrak or Greyhound, and no way to get there. But I decided to pray. About three weeks after praying, a car was donated to the shelter, and the staff decided to give it to me.” Sara loaded up all of her belongings and directed her car toward a fresh start at life.

to her by her professors. “Classes were therapeutic; I knew I wanted to help people. I liked that social work takes the perspective of finding people’s strengths and building on that. We learned how to help ‘hopeless cases.’ Social work became a mirror of how God looks at me — God saw what was right with me, and I’m not a hopeless case.” A spiritual turning point came for Sara in the fall of 2002 during chapel revival ser vices. “The speaker taught about forgiveness. I carried a lot of hurt and anger within me. That night at revival, I forgave my parents. I don’t harbor any hard feelings or blame toward them. It was only through the grace of God.”

Sara Hart ’05 currently oversees two residential group homes for adults through Pinnacle Opportunities in Kankakee, Ill.

A promising future

Since graduating from Olivet in 2005, Sara has set her dreams into motion. Leaving what was her place of growth and healing for four years, Sara went on to receive her master’s in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Sara attributes her success in her master’s program to her exemplary undergraduate training. “Olivet was the best education I could have asked for. When I went to graduate school, I felt so prepared — some of my master’s work was review from what I learned at Olivet.” With her degrees in hand, Sara secured a position as a qualified mental retardation professional. She currently oversees two residential group homes for adults through Pinnacle Opportunities in Kankakee, Ill. Her responsibilities cover a wide range of duties including staffing the homes, daily programming of activities, and overseeing virtually every aspect of the residents’ lives. Five other Olivet graduates hold similar positions in the Kankakee area, making for a network of alumni who also connect professionally. Sara’s glowing smile and jovial spirit shine brightly as she shares, “Helping people and knowing it’s something I [have] done, is really rewarding. Social workers are heroes. Maybe I can be someone’s hero, too.” The future for Sara is rich with possibilities. Without missing a beat, she proudly shares her long-term goals, “I have a passion for the [social work] profession. My dream is to be a professor,” she laughs, “maybe even at Olivet someday! I want to learn more about helping others. I’m going to be ‘Dr. Sara!’” No one can doubt that she will do just as she dreams. After all of the impossibilities God has already brought her through, Sara Hart has truly found her home.

JOSEPH PANOZZO

CECIL CRAWFORD

MICHELE BLANCH

SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Sara found the home she’d been looking for at Olivet. “Olivet gave me a family when my family wasn’t there. They cried with me; they challenged me. They were there for me. I had friends and roommates that would pray for me if I had a bad day.” She looks back on her decision to attend a private school and explains, “Olivet became my home. If I had gone to the community college or a state school, I wouldn’t have gotten that. I know I would have fallen away from my faith.” Deciding on a major in social work, Sara soaked up the knowledge imparted

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“I had to really cling to God because no one else was there. I just knew God was going to take care of it. I didn’t know how.”

Finding home

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Don’t take our word for it … . “To be sure, the secret is out on Olivet. Not long ago, far fewer people knew about the charm of the campus, its first-rate academic programs, and its dedicated staff. Yet now, as the school marks 100 years of preparing young people for their careers with a faith-based focus, the accolades are beginning to roll in, and people the world over are taking note … The congratulations expressed to this great university during this time of celebration are well-deserved. Thank you for your continued commitment to East Central Illinois, the region, and the world.” – JERRY WELLER, United States congressman “Olivet University produces thousands of well-rounded scholars every year by not only providing students with a high-quality liberal arts education, but also by teaching students the values needed to succeed in life. From inspirational work in the classroom to sponsorship of service projects throughout the country, Olivet’s many years of dedication have impacted the lives of countless members of our nation’s youth.” – DICK DURBIN, United States senator “The alumni of Olivet Nazarene University have gone on to influence the lives of more people than you can possibly realize by being active in their local churches and communities. It is our prayer that Olivet will continue to train men and women to be ambassadors for Christ for many years to come.” – JOEL B. AARSVOLD, vice president for corporate affairs, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

“Yes, I received an awesome education that has enabled me to excel in my career choice; but [also] the fire of learning, compassion and yearning for God was ignited and fueled to a blazing inferno that still rages today.”– BETH (PRINCE) KRING ’81, pediatric research director

for William Beaumont Hospital (Detroit, Mich.)

“Institutions like Olivet have enhanced and changed the future for countless students.Thank you for your continued commitment. I wish you much continued success and happiness in your endeavors in the many years to come.” – BARACK OBAMA, United States senator

“100 years of educating kids with a Christian purpose. You’ve done a great job, and you’ve done it with class. God bless and keep up the great work.” – BILL GAITHER, best-selling Christian song artist “Education with a Christian purpose is so much more than just words. I remember the chapel programs, the revivals on campus, the examples of professors. It’s impossible to measure the full impact of all those factors put together. My life would have been completely different if I would have attended a different college. It was God’s hand that brought me to Olivet.” – CECIL CRAWFORD ’42, founder of Ticketmaster

“Not only has ONU committed itself to providing its students with a rigorous education throughout the last 100 years, but it has also distinguished itself as an institution that is passionate about bringing glory to Jesus Christ through its students and alumni. … Here at Focus on the Family, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed having a number of your students participate in our Institute program, and we look forward to seeing more Olivet undergraduates come through our doors in the future!” – DR. JAMES C. DOBSON, founder and chairman of Focus on the Family

“At Olivet, I grew up, made my faith my own, saw things and people through different lenses and challenged myself to become a better person.” – BROOKE (BLIGHT) AMASH ’96, deputy probation officer

“Since your inception in 1907, you have grown to become a respected and valued Christian liberal arts college. One hundred years is certainly a significant milestone in any university’s life. I am truly proud of the longevity that Olivet Nazarene University has experienced. It is evident that your dedication to the education of your students grows stronger with each passing year, and I am certain that it will continue for many more years into the future.” – ROD R. BLAGOJEVICH, governor of Illinois

“I met my husband [at Olivet], and I’ve built a group of friends from there. And even though they are all far away now, I know they all pray for me and love me. It’s a priceless community that helps me each and every day.” – NATALIE (CHOVACEK) EBNET ’00, Hollywood television editor

OLI V ET NA Z A R ENE U N I V ER SI T Y CEN T EN N I A L CELEBR AT ION

Join us during this season to pay tribute to our past, celebrate the present and dream about our future.

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Dear Friends, By the time you read this, spring revival services at Olivet will have been several weeks ago. But at the time of this writing, it ended just four days ago, and it is still on my mind. Our own Dr. Mary Paul, an associate professor of theology and Christian ministry, was the speaker, and she led us all through a study of the book of Ephesians. The sanctuary at College Church was full every night and many students responded to the gracious invitations by going forward to the altar. It was my and many others’ privilege to pray around the altar with wonderful young people who were seeking God’s will and direction for their lives.

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ev. George H.D. Reader (3rd from the left, front row), Olivet’s oldest living alum, turned 100 in September 2006. Joining him for the celebration were members of Chrisman Church of the Nazarene (Chrisman, Ill.), as well as dozens of friends and family members. Rev. Reader first graduated from Olivet Nazarene College in 1929 and then earned a second Olivet degree (Bachelor of Divinity) in 1932. While a student at Olivet, he sang bass in a student quartet and preached on weekends. He met his wife, Gertrude Sill, at “Old Olivet,” where she was serving on the faculty after having graduated from there in 1925. The Readers pastored, taught and evangelized throughout the Midwest until their 1976 retirement in Chrisman. Rev. Reader served on the ONU Board of Trustees for 21 years, and numerous members of the Reader family have attended Olivet. Even today, he remains a faithful supporter of his alma mater, commenting that his gifts are for a “great cause” and are given “as unto the Lord.”

Class Notes James ’61 and Jean (Nielsen) ’58 Ewers celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 22, 2006. James served as a teacher/choral director in Howell and Milford, Mich., for 32 years before his retirement in 1994. He also served as a minister of music at several churches on the Eastern Michigan District Church of the Nazarene. Jean served as the district secretary/treasurer for the Eastern Michigan District for 22 years before her retirement in 2003. Both have been awarded distinguished service awards for their service to the Howell, Mich., Church of the Nazarene and to the Eastern Michigan District. They live in Howell, Mich., where they have resided for the past 42 years. They have two sons, Byron and Brent ‘89.

Londa Fausz ’64 retired December 31, 2006, as the office manager of the Northeastern Indiana District Church of the Nazarene. She began her ser vices in December 1964 and ser ved under Londa Fausz the following superintendents: Paul C. Updike, Fletcher C. Spruce, Bruce T. Taylor, Oval L. Stone, F. Thomas Bailey and David G. Roland. The occasion was celebrated during the 2006 campmeeting. The 42-year tenure is among the longest for any district within the Church of the Nazarene. Lt. Colonel Paul E. Bollwahn ’65 was honored as a “Social Work Pioneer” by the National Association of Social Workers Foundation. For more than 35 years, Bollwahn has been active in directing, overseeing and providing consultation to a wide variety of The Salvation Army’s social ser vices ministries. He currently ser ves as the divisional commander for Southern California. Thomas F. Lambert ’65 nominated the Chesapeake and Ohio 2755 steam locomotive and the Elk River Coal and Lumber 10 steam locomotive for placement on the National Register of Historic Places. They met approval by the National Park Service on September 28, 2006. Any train buffs can reach Thomas at chessie2you@verizon.net. Roy F. Quanstrom ’69 received the Ian T. Sturrock Outstanding Fundraising Executive honor during the 23rd Annual Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon hosted by the Central Illinois Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He currently serves as the divisional development director of The Salvation Army, with responsibilities in Peoria, Central Illinois and Eastern Iowa.

During this past revival, I couldn’t help but reflect on the times when I, as a student at Olivet, also knelt at that same altar seeking God’s will and direction for my life. I thought of the thousands of young people who, through the faithful ministry of Olivet and College Church, have made life-changing and life-saving decisions at that very altar. And I was once again grateful for Olivet Nazarene University. These are good days at Olivet and not simply because enrollment is up, or because morale among faculty and staff is high, or because of the recognition Olivet is receiving for being the quality institution that it is. These are good days at Olivet because the work of God is continuing in the lives of the students because of the faithfulness of all of those who work and support Olivet Nazarene University. These are good days at Olivet because we are remaining faithful to the mission of an Education with a Christian Purpose.

M. Margaret Scott ’69 received the Ph.D. degree in education at the University of Pretoria in South Africa in the fall of 2006.

Michael McCaslin ’70 retired December 31, 2006, from the Illinois State Librar y (Chicago), where he served in a variety of positions for the past 20 years. At retirement, he was program coordinator for the State Library Diversity Program. His 35 year professional librarian career included positions at DuPage Library System (Geneva, Ill.) and the American Library Association (Chicago). He earned his library degree at Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, Mich., in 1971.

I look forward to seeing many of you in the months ahead as we continue to celebrate all that Olivet has been and all that it is going to be. Keep us in your prayers. And thanks for continuing to believe in and support Olivet Nazarene University. Sincerely,

Dr. Roy Baker ’71 has been awarded tenure at Austin Peay State University and teaches in the Graduate School of Business.

Dr. Mark R. Quanstrom President, alumni board of directors

Paul Snellenberger ’74 was selected as the Illinois 2006–2007 Elementary Principal of the Year. One principal is chosen annually from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to represent their states in the National Distinguished Principal Award Program. Paul is Paul Snellenberger the principal of Liberty Intermediate School in Bourbonnais, Ill.

Richard Thompson ’80 recently accepted a faculty position at Northwest Nazarene University. He will join the School of Theology and Christian Ministries. In addition, his book, Keeping the Church in Its Place, was published in November. Brent ’84 and Cindy (Rose) ’84 Campbell: A boy, Dyson Kade, March 6, 2004, and adopted November 17, 2006. He joins brothers Brandon, 17; Terek, 16; Devon, 14; Tristan, 3; and sisters Laryn, 11; Keely, 7; and Jaedyn, 6. Brent works as a business technology consultant for Best Buy and Cindy is a stay-at-home mom and home schools the children. They reside in Elizabeth, Colo.

Cheryl Salisbury Carroll ’76 became head of the anesthesia department at Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital in Rocky Mount, Va., in June 2006. She has two sons. Whit is an administrator at an assisted living center, and Devin is a submariner in the USN. She is also the proud granny of Khalei and another grandchild still in production who will make his or her debut in July. Brenda (McCorkle) Nixon ’76 was a featured speaker at the Hearts at Home National Conference in March. She will also be faculty for Write to Publish writers conference at Wheaton College in June. She is a contributing author to the newly released Chicken Soup for the New Mom’s Soul and a frequent writer for Focus on Your Child. She and her husband, Paul, reside in Brenda Nixon Mount Vernon, Ohio.

Bradley Garvin ’87 recently performed the national anthem for a Chicago Bulls home game. A bass-baritone opera singer with New York Metropolitan Opera, Bradley’s credits include the “Clerk” in Death in Venice, “Angelotti” in Tosca, and the “Corporal” in La Fille du Regiment. Bradley has also performed the role of “Colline” in Puccini’s La Bohème, and “Angelotti” in Puccini’s Tosca with the New York City Opera.

Phyllis G. (Taylor) Sumner ’80 was selected Teacher of the Year for Wright Middle School, Metro Schools, in Nashville, Tenn.

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Dave ’84 and Sandy (Gary) ’87 Horton: A boy, Mark Douglas Horton, December 17, 2006. He joins big brother Gideon, 5. Dave is a territory manager for the Large Corporation Division of the IRS; and Sandy stays at home, while working remotely for Oakwood Healthcare System.

Gideon and Mark Horton

Jeanne (Drake) Bruce ’86 recently completed a master’s degree in education, specializing in curriculum and instruction. She teaches special education in the White County School System in Sparta, Tenn., where she lives with her husband, David ’84, and their four children.

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Jody (Sutherland) ’87 and Tony Beville ’87 adopted Abraham Lucas, born September 14, 2006. He joins four siblings. Jody lives in Kansas, while Tony is deployed in Kuwait. Abraham Beville

Pam (Stouder) ’90 and Richard Eide: A boy, Christian Eugene, June 1, 2006. Christian joins big sister Jenna, 3. Pam is the learning and development manager for Hallmark Cards, and Richard is a mechanical engineer for Justrite Machine Works in Kansas City. They reside in Leawood, Kan. William Techau ’90 recently began a new career as safety specialist with High Concrete Technology, Inc., in Paxton, Ill. He resides in Champaign, Ill. Christina (Wilkins) ’90 and Daniel Ray: A girl, Jadelyn Breanne, Oct. 14, 2006. She joins sisters Josilee, 13, Juliana, 11, and Jennica, 5. Dan is a software engineer with SAIC and Christina is a stay-at-home mom. They reside in San Diego, Calif. Duane ’90 and Shelley Romey: A boy, Chase Wickham Romey, October 12, 2006. Duane is a captain with AeroRescue Pty. Ltd, training pilots to fly the Dornier 328. Shelley is a homemaker. They currently reside in Dar win, Nor thern Territory, Australia. Duane Romey ’90 was selected by AeroRescue Pty Ltd. of Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia as a Dornier 328 turbo-prop expert to train search and rescue pilots. Employed since September of 2005, Duane has been involved in pilot training, ferrying of aircraft from Germany to Australia and numerous live search and rescue missions in and around Australia. Currently on furlough, Duane expects to return to the cockpit at Delta Air Lines in 2007. Melissa (Baldwin) ’91 and Brian Harder: A boy, Greyson Lane, October 6, 2006. He joins his four big brothers: Grant, 13; Guy and Gerod, 11; and Griffin, 8. Melissa is a high school social studies teacher, and Brian works for the county engineer. They reside in Paulding, Ohio.

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Jim ’97 and Emily Pilat: A girl, Allison Emma, March 26, 2006. They reside in Novi, Mich.

in community journalism. Small earned first-place honors in the Best Serious Column category for his column, “A Ghost of Christmas Future.”

Greyson Harder

Cheryl (Massey) ’91 and Craig Vieira: A girl, Kiley Lynn, November 13, 2006. She joins stepbrother Cole, 12. Cher yl teaches fifth grade at Franklin Park School. Craig works for Aurora Casket Company. They reside in Salem, Ill.

Wes ’91 and Noelle (Brown) ’93 Nolen: A boy, Max Wesley, born September 7, 2006. He joins big sister Maggie, 2. Wes is a district sales manager with sanofi-aventis. They reside in Little Rock, Ark. Brock Cameron SchroMaggie and Max eder ’91 was awarded Nolen the Doctor of Philosophy in education from Walden University on January 26, 2007. His coursework and dissertation topic focused on science education. Schroeder is married to Karen (Daugherty) ’93. They have one child, Reed, 4, and reside in Kankakee, Ill. John A. Small ’91 was among the newspaper writers from across America named as a winner in the National Newspaper Association’s 2006 Better Newspaper Contest, recognizing the best

Jennifer (Lebert) ’93 and Brad Ayres: A boy, Luke Lorence, May 24, 2006. He joins sister Vivienne Rose, 4. Brad is a film director/producer, and Jennifer is a writer and stay-at-home mom. They reside in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Britta (Mitchell) ’97 and Todd Robran: A boy, Andrew Levi, August 13, 2006. He joins sister Alexandra, 6, and brother David, 4. Britta is a stayat-home mom and Todd is a regional sales manager for DuPont. They reside in Ottawa, Ill.

Andrew Robran

Brad Klontz ’93 was elected 2007 presidentelect of the Hawaii Psychological Association. He also published his first book last year: “The Financial Wisdom of Ebenezer Scrooge: 5 Principles to Transform Your Relationship with Money.”

Heather (Kreitzer) ’97 and Damon Price ’97: A boy, Jonathan Aidan, December 6, 2006. He joins sister Amber, 2. Heather is an emergency room nurse, and Damon is a children’s pastor. They reside in Wichita, Kan. Bill ’97 and Sherry (Galey) Passo ’97: A boy, Luke Angelo, Aug. 23, 2006. Bill is a sales representative for Kraft/Nabisco, and Sherry works part-time as a school social worker. They reside in Schererville, Ind.

Beth (Schoenwetter) ’93 and Jeffrey Zirgibel: A boy, Joshua Daniel, December 29, 2006. He joins brothers, Jake, 5, Zachary, 4, and Riley 2. Beth is an assistant district attorney in the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, Wis., and Jeff is an attorney at Karp, Karp, & Zirgibel in Milwaukee, Wis. They reside in Merton, Wis.

Jenni (Muncie) Poe ’98 and Gary Bryant were married May 29, 2006 in Columbus, Ind. Jenni is a freelance writer, and Gary is an owner-operator of a freightliner tractor trailer. They are also praise team leaders at Milestone Ministries. They reside in Columbus with their children: Jenni and Gary Bryant Torrie, 18; Skyler, 16; Luke, 7; and Whitney, 5.

Rula (Braik) ’94 and Mark Winings: A girl, Eleanor (Elle) Mae, Feb 3, 2006. She joins sister Annie, 5 and twin brothers, Will and Jack, 3. Rula is a stay-at-home mom, and Mark is an attorney with Lewis, Rice and Fingersh in St. Louis, Mo. They reside in Clayton, Mo. Darren ’95 and Trisha (Tolin) ’95 Kochersperger: A girl, Ayden Eleanor Winings Elise, September 14, 2006. She joins a sister Rylee, 6, and a brother Mason, 3. Darren is a plant supervisor at Abbott Labs in Nor th Chicago. They reside in Kenosha, Wis.

Lori (Pointer) ’98 and Mark ’03 Owen: A boy, Andrew Dalton, Nov. 17, 2006. He joins a brother, Anthony, 3. Lori is currently a homemaker, and Mark is a manager at the Cingular Wireless call center in Rantoul, Ill. They reside in Rantoul.

Ryan ’95 and Tina McCallum: A boy, Gavin Harrison, May 21, 2006. He joins Jaxin, 3. Ryan is a business education Jaxin and Gavin McCallum teacher, assistant football coach and head wrestling coach at Kamiakin High School. Tina is a stay-at-home mom. They reside in Kennewick, Wash.

Brad ’99 and Cindi (Drake) ’03 Lacey: A boy, Noah Graham Lacey, born December 2, 2006. Brad works for Golden Rule Insurance Co.; Cindi teaches second grade. They reside in Indianapolis, Ind. Noah Lacey

Sherri Hull ’99 and Adam Jachelski were mar ried October 7 in Vinings, Ga. Sherri is employed at the Nor th American Mission Board; and Adam is employed at Atlanta Pest Control. They reside in Woodstock, Ga. Melinda (Wolf) Miller ’99 recently moved to Nampa, Idaho, where she

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Stephanie (Dittmer) ’01 and Sean Partridge: A boy, Wyatt Nicholas, September 2, 2006. Sean is currently pursuing a career in law enforcement. Stephanie has been an elementar y teacher and is currently a stay-at-home mom. They reside in Edinburg, Ill.

Anna (Babinski) ’01 and Jeffrey Welsh: A girl, Izabelle Rose, born October 7, 2006. Tara (Holder) ’01 and Tim Boudreau: A girl, Kaylee Grace, born September 2, 2006. She joins brother Caleb, 7. Tara is a Izabelle Welsh first-grade teacher in Frankfort, Ill., and Tim is a firefighter/paramedic in Manteno, Ill. They reside in Manteno.

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Mandi (Lowrance) ’98 and Andrew Hall ’00: Isaac Roetheli A boy, Eric Jackson, Sept. 21, 2006. He joins brother Tyler, 3. Mandi is a homemaker, and Andrew is in sales at Scantron Service Group. They reside in Fishers, Ind.

Brian ’96 and Darla (Smith) ’96 Hancock: A girl, Cara Lynn, September 26, 2006. She joins her two sisters Emma Leigh, 5, and Alyssa Beth, 2. Brian is the youth pastor and music minister at LifeStream Church of the Nazarene, and Darla is an early childhood art and music specials teacher. They reside in White Plains, Md.

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Jeremy ’00 and RaAnn (Ware) ’00 Tally: A girl, Hannah Mae, May 18, 2006. She joins sister Kate, 2. Jeremy will begin working as a Hannah and Kate Tally family practice physician in Hermann, Mo., summer 2007. RaAnn will continue to stay home with the girls.

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Michelle (Stroud) ’98 and Steffan Roetheli: A boy, Isaac Noah, August 14, 2006. Michelle is a stay-at-home mom, and Steffan is a detective with the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department. They reside in Kansas City, Mo.

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Craig Manes ’00 graduated with the Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in August of 2006 and was hired as the assistant to the dean of undergraduate enrollment and adjunct professor in the religion department at Olivet. His wife, Casey, works as a writer and editor for the Office of Marketing and Communications at Olivet.

Beth (Arello) ’98 and Dave ’98 Menendez: A girl, Cara Marie, February 26, 2006. She joins sister Anna, 2. Dave is a senior software engineer at Sycamore US. Beth currently stays home to care for the girls. They reside in Jefferson, Md.

Chris ’94 and Susie (Cummings) ’93 Antkoviak: A girl, Madeline Grace, December 12, 2006. She joins big sister Hannah.

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Heather (Imig) ’97 and Jacob Barlow: A girl, Nadia Grace, January 14, 2007. Jacob is a union electrician, and Heather works part-time as a medical social worker. They reside in Vacaville, Calif.

Jennifer (Bromwell) Rebel ’93 and Chad Rebel: A boy, Greyson Kane, April 19, 2006. Jennifer is a school counselor with the Des Moines School District, and Chad is employed as a Mac Genius with Apple Computer. They reside in Windsor Heights, Iowa.

Andrea Mann ’99 and Klaytor Burden were married October 7, 2006 in Salem, Ill. Andrea is employed at Green River District Health Department as a registered nurse, and Klaytor is employed by the state of Kentucky. They reside in Marion, Ky.

Autumn (Dicer) ’00 and Scott Wyndham: A girl, Adelyn Elizabeth, August 28, 2006. She joins sister Abigail, 2. Autumn is a par t-time school psychologist for Wayne Township schools in Indianapolis, and Scott is a special education administrator for the same school district. They reside in Danville, Ind.

Tiffany (Thorpe) ’97 and Chris Clark: A boy, Christian, May 23, 2006. Tiffany is the manager of program scheduling for Gospel Music Channel. Chris is the deputy commissioner for Georgia’s Depar tment of Economic Development. They reside in Atlanta, Ga.

Brent L. Williams ’93 Luke Ayres has begun a financial consulting business in Tampa, Fla. His friendship with former Tampa Bay Buc football player Rob Taylor resulted in a joint business enterprise to develop a financial planning business that places God at the center of all money decisions. The business was awarded recognition by a group of business leaders in the Tampa area.

ser ves as the MBA program administrator for Northwest Nazarene University’s School of Business.

Christina (King) ’01 and Zach ’02 Freeman: A boy, Braden Andrew, September 26, 2006. He joins brother Owen, 2. Zach is a foreman at Vulcan Material Ser vice in Joliet, Ill. Christina is a stay-at-home mom. They reside in Morris, Ill.

Jennifer (Gray) ’02 and Michael Lewellen: A girl, Alida Leanna, December 8, 2006. She joins brother Lorne. Jennifer is a social worker at Ball Memorial Hospital, and Michael is a physical therapy assistant at Midwest Health Strategies. They reside in Anderson, Ind. Alida Lewellen Christine (Carney) ’03 and Sean McConnell: A boy, Aiden Isaac, April 18, 2006. Christine is a children’s minister at Mountaintop Community Church; and Sean is a Ph.D. student at University of Alabama in Birmingham. They reside in BirAiden McConnell mingham. Erica (Phelps) Herzog ’03 and Brad Herzog: Twins, Catelyn Brooke and Charles Nicholas, October 23, 2006. Erica is a homemaker and Brad is a project engineer for CH2MHill. They reside in Colorado Springs, Colo. Beth (Hanson) ’03 and Matthew ’02 Rensberry: A boy, Caleb Matthew, June 26, 2006. Beth is a critical nurse at The Ohio State University East Hospital, and Matthew is finishing his last year of medical school at The Ohio State University

Caleb Rensberry

College of Medicine and will be stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, for residency starting in July. They reside in Newark, Ohio.

In Memoriam

Ted Walker ’04 and Nikki Danielson were married July 29, 2006 in Idaho. Ted works for a company that builds experimental helicopters. Nikki attended Northwest Nazarene University and is a physical therapist. They live in Meridian, Idaho.

‘Alma Mater, Olivet’ composer passes away

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Lindsay Myers ’04 and Wyatt Partlow ’05 were married June 24, 2006, in Bourbonnais, Ill. Lindsay works in the housing department at Eastern Illinois University and Wyatt is a self-employed oil producer. They reside Lindsay and Wyatt Partlow in Charleston, Ill. Whitney Wood ’04 and Zach Stewart were married July 8th, 2006, in Springfield, Ill. Whitney works for Resource One as a designer, and Zach is a youth minister at Chatham Christian Church. Zach is also studying to get his master’s degree in preaching at Lincoln Christian College. They reside in Springfield, Ill. Sara Dittmer ’04 and Corey Bender were married January 21, 2006. Corey is an electrical engineer for Lee County Electric Cooperative, and Sara works in marketing for Lehigh Regional Medical Center. They reside in Lehigh Acres, Fla. Sara J. Hart ’05 recently earned her Master of Social Work degree from Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is employed as a social worker for Pinnacle Opportunities in Kankakee, Ill., where she also resides. Holly (Stultz) ’05 and Robbie Johnston ’05: A boy, Tate William, born November 24, 2006. Holly is a second grade teacher at Floral Ave. Elementary, Tate Johnston and Robbie is completing a second degree in accounting while working at a golf course and for Polk County as an accounting intern. They reside in Lakeland, Fla. Joshua ’05 and Jeanna Hugo: A girl, Norah Iris, born April 18, 2006. Joshua works at the Kankakee Daily Journal. They reside in Bourbonnais, Ill.

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Lisa ’05 and Joe Depoister: A girl, Madison Jo, June 5, 2006. Lisa is a super visor at Cigna Insurance. They reside in Herscher, Ill. Matt ’05 and Kasi (Nohmer) Anderson: A boy, Rylan Blake, November 14, 2006. Matt works at Big R in Tilton, Ill. and attends Lincoln Christian Seminary. Kasi is at home with Rylan for now and will look for a nursing job in the Lincoln area.

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Leslee Jones ’05 has accepted a position as Rylan Anderson the project coordinator at Operation Mobilization Headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. Operation Mobilization uses short-term, customized and long-term mission trips to spread the glory of God worldwide. Jennifer (Bast) ’05 and Brian Durbin were married May 27, 2006, at Springfield First Church of the Nazarene in Springfield, Ill. Jennifer is a seventh and eighth grade literature teacher at Auburn Middle School in Auburn, Ill, and Brian is a retail store manager for T-Mobile, USA. The couple resides in Chatham, Ill. Lisa Boyce ’05 and Bradley Barr ’05 were married August 12, 2006 at Flint (Mich.) Central Church of the Nazarene. Lisa works as a sales representative for Quest Diagnostics in Chicago, and Brad works as a medical Lisa and Bradley Barr device sales representative for Wright Medical. The couple resides in Schaumburg, Ill.

livet mourns the loss of a friend and prominent historical figure in the life of our University. Byron M. Carmony, 90, passed away Jan. 24, 2007. Born May 8, 1916, in Morristown, Ind., he was the son of Harry E. and Fannie E. (Brown) Carmony. He married Virginia Lee Nigh in September of 1941. Carmony earned his Bachelor of Theology degree from Olivet Byron M. Carmony in 1939 and his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1941. Olivet also presented him with an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree. Carmony began writing music at a young age and at the age of 13 wrote “Then I Met Jesus.” Combining his talents in music with his love for Olivet, he penned several songs for his beloved University, most notably “Alma Mater, Olivet” in 1938. For 41 years, Carmony served the Church of the Nazarene as a pastor, ministering in Harrisburg, Ill., Chicago Heights, Ill. and Elgin, Ill. He received the Ministerial “O” Award from Olivet in 1959. Carmony was a faithful supporter of his alma mater to the very end. Though it would be difficult to officially document it as a record, his Homecoming attendance is astonishing — he participated in 65 consecutive celebrations. “From the time he first arrived at ‘Old Olivet’ through his college graduation and later with his service on the Board of Trustees, Byron’s influence, humor, leadership and wit left its mark,” says Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. “Towering above his many contributions to the University, his most loved gift to Olivet is its alma mater. His words and music are now a part of every significant Olivet gathering.” In lieu of flowers or gifts, the Carmony family asks that memorials be designated to Olivet Nazarene University’s Department of Music.

Ray Howard Moore ’41, 88, passed away January 7, 2007. Moore was born on Februar y 17, 1918, in Bronson, Mich., to Jessie and Mattie Moore. A 1941 college graduate of Olivet Nazarene College, Moore earned his Master of Arts degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1956. He was honored with a doctorate in music from Olivet in 1980. Moore faithfully served as a minister of music and educator in the Church of the Nazarene for more than 60 years. He served churches in Detroit, Kansas City, and Bethany, Oklahoma. He was also a professor at Olivet Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological Seminar y, Southern Nazarene University, and European Nazarene Bible College. For 20 years Moore was music director of the radio broadcasts, “Showers of Blessings” and “La Hora Nazarena,” which were broadcast around the world from Nazarene Headquarters in Kansas City. He also led Ambassador Ministry Teams to Central and South America as well as Europe. Moore led the effort to broadcast Olivet’s radio station (WKOC) outside of campus to Kankakee, Ill., and beyond. He also established a radio station in Kansas City and built communication equipment for missionaries around the world. Moore (W5RSL) was an avid ham radio operator, beginning at the age of nine. Moore’s life of distinguished ser vice was marked by numerous awards and recognitions, including the “O” Award from Olivet, Heritage Award from Southern Nazarene University, and the Cathedral Choir Heritage Award from Bethany First Church of the Nazarene.

for 23 years and represented Central Ohio as a delegate to General Assembly five times. After retirement in 1989, he continued to preach until his health began to decline.

Dr. Marvin D. Carmony ’50, 83, of Terre Haute, Ind. died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006. Dr. Carmony attended Olivet Nazarene University where he met his wife, Jody Nicholson. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana State University and his doctorate from Indiana University. Dr. Carmony ser ved on the Alumni Board of Directors of Olivet and was also a member of ONU’s Board of Trustees. He was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church in Terre Haute. He married Mar y Joan “Jody” Nicholson on May 31, 1947, and she preceded him in death on Aug. 9, 2000. Dr. Carmony’s brother, Dr. Byron Carmony of Pompano Beach, Fla., passed away less than one month after him, January 24, 2007. Rev. James E. Wright ’53 passed away December 19, 2006. Wright grew up and attended school in Kankakee, Ill. In March of 1944, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. He ser ved in the Asiatic Pacific Area from September 1944 to April 1945. He participated in action at Iwo Jima, during which time he was wounded. He received an honorable discharge in 1945. September of 1960, he entered the chaplains Corps of the United States Army. Wright served as chaplain in

J. Kenneth Grider ’44 passed away December 6, 2006. Grider received a Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow, and a M.A. and M.Div. from Drew University. He was also a graduate of Nazarene Theological Seminary. Returning to NTS in 1953, Grider served as professor until 1992. He authored numerous books and articles, including “A WesleyanHoliness Theology.” Grider, an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, was on the translation committee for the New International Version of the Bible. In 1999, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Wesleyan Theological Society and the Christian Holiness Partnership.

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Vietnam, Germany and with the 101st Airborne. Among his many postings he served as the chaplain for Chaplain’s School in New York. He retired from active duty after receiving numerous honors in December 1978, having achieved the rank of colonel. Prior to entering the United States Army, Wright served as the pastor of churches in Illinois and in Belle Fourche, S.D. Following his retirement from active duty, Wright returned to the civilian pastorate. He ser ved in churches in Spearfish, S.D.; Scottsbluff, Neb.; Pillsbury; Colgate and New Rockford. In 1999, he was one of the recipients of the Pastor of the Year from Moody Bible Institute, in recognition of his over 49 years of active ministry. His ministry touched thousands of lives around the world. He will be deeply missed by his family and many friends. John Neff ’56 passed away December 31, 2006.

Ruth Marie Eimer ’62 died Jan. 26, 2007.Miss Eimer was an associate professor in the music depar tment at Olivet Nazarene University. She worked full-time from 1958 for 25 years. Since then she has worked there part-time on and off. She also taught elementary school in Herscher and Momence. She was born Nov. 24, 1940, in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of Kurt and Marjorie (Flowers) Eimer. She graduated from Olivet Nazarene College in 1962 and then received her master’s from the University of Illinois in music education. She was a talented singer, performing with the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra and also with the Olivet Orchestra on many occasions. She also directed the choir at the First Baptist Church in Kankakee and at the Momence United Methodist Church. Leeman Braford ’65 passed away January 1, 2007. Braford was a medical laboratory surveyor for the Illinois Department of Public Health, retiring after 20 years of ser vice. He was a former laboratory director at Provena St. Mary’s Hospital. He was also a licensed insurance and real estate broker. He was born in Chicago, the son of Leeman R. and Ger trude (Kennedy) Braford. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Olivet; a Master of Science degree in pathology from the University of Illinois; and a master’s in healthcare from Governors State University. He married Carol J. Morgan on Christmas Day, 1973. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He attended Maternity BVM Catholic Church. He was a member of the Moose, the VFW and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. He was treasurer of the Bourbonnais Friendship Festival for eight years. He was devoted to caring for the homeless and enjoyed traveling throughout the world. He was a licensed pilot. Lois “Tot” Schultz Ashworth ’67 passed away Saturday, January 13, 2007, after a lengthy struggle with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease. She was a teacher in the Lakota School District for 30 years before retiring in 2000. Her specialty was in gifted education. Lois also taught education classes at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Lois was an active volunteer in Middletown with Middletown Lyric Theatre, Friends of the Sorg Opera House and Middfest International. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society for women educators, Ohio Education Association and National Education Association.

WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM 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, and content may be edited. 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 Avenue, Bourbonnais, IL 60914-2345.

Elbert R. Speckien ’46, age 85, passed away October 10, 2006. He was a retired elder in the Church of the Nazarene. Elbert was born November 26, 1920, to Abram E. and Bertha M. Speckien in Ligonier, Ind., and was raised in Ft. Wayne, Ind. After graduating from Ft. Wayne Bible Institute in 1942, he enrolled at Olivet to study theology. There he met Helen Rush ’46, whom he married May 27, 1945. After graduation, he began his ministry on the Central Ohio District. He pastored churches in Columbus, New Lexington, Willard and Wheelersburg. In 1975, he accepted a position as district office manager and served for 14 years under Dr. Terrell Sanders and Dr. J. Wilmer Labert. Elbert was also district secretary

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THANK YOU … For all the positive feedback regarding the Friends of Olivet calendar mailed to Olivet alumni September 2006! ■ Please note: Sunday, June 10, 2007 was mislabeled June 11, throwing off the dates for the following two weeks. Sunday, June 24, and all dates from that point forward are accurately labeled. The Prime Time Tour in May is to Nashville and Gatlinburg, Tenn. ■ We apologize for any inconvenience and hope that his calendar will be a blessing to you and your family in the months to come!

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auren Chessum ’08 and Amy Murray ’08 told it, a different part of her heart became alive,” Amy learned quickly that tall, athletic, blonde remembers. The day their flight back to the States was to take females stand out in a crowd in East Asia. As two softball players from across the off, the translator told the team she wanted to know nation traveling with Competitive Edge who this person, Jesus, was. Hours before leaving the International, an international sports min- country, team members led her to Christ. istr y organization, eyes followed them wherever they “The one person you wouldn’t really expect to minwent. ister to, the person who is just there to help you, is the When they played the countr y’s national team, one person who actually had her life changed. It was people noticed them. When they worked children’s the perfect ending to the trip,” Lauren says. sports clinics, people noticed them. When they travThe translator was not the only person to have eled the countr y to her life changed, visit standard tourist though. Amy and spots, people noticed Lauren have each them. had transformations But it wasn’t just of sor t. “We had their blonde hair or such a time of growtheir athletic build ing and deepening in — people noticed our faiths. Learning something in their how to talk to peospirits. ple, to show them “They would ask love — you had to us, ‘What is it about be right on with what you that makes you Christ was doing, or so different? You just you were lost,” Amy have this joy,’” Amy reflects. shares. The athletes “We came back used those opportuso on fire, ready nities to share what to share with our made them dif ferteammates at Olivet ent — their love for and with ever yone and relationship with around us. After the Christ. incredible summer LAUREN CHESSUM AND AMY MURRAY IN EAST ASIA Sharing with othexperience, we realers in a country in which more than 90 percent of peo- ized sharing your faith, with or without words, just isn’t ple had never even heard the name of Jesus proved so scary.” intimidating at first. Amy and Lauren found, though, that And they now certainly understand the importance even when people did not know the message, they had of sharing faith without words. They have become aware a hunger for it. of just how often people watched their actions, espe“It was incredible how people who did not know the cially as representatives of Olivet athletics. “I’m now Lord could feel His presence when they would meet us,” so careful about how I conduct myself on and off the Amy adds. “People can see that; they can sense that. field. You think, ‘There’s someone who may be watching People were drawn to it.” me who doesn’t know anything about Christ; but they’ll Perhaps the one most drawn to the athletes’ spirit know there’s something different by the way I conduct was their translator. As a government worker, the trans- myself.’” lator should have turned in the team for trying to spread Going into the season, then, the focus is on more the Gospel. Instead, she chose to translate the girls’ than just winning. “We want to just play for Him. In message of hope again and again as they toured the anything we do and say, in how we present ourselves country. to other teams, we should just be a light,” Lauren says. “It was beautiful to see the Gospel work in her life. “God should be so evident that people ask, ‘What is it She had never even heard it before. But ever y time about these girls?’” she told it, she’d have more questions. Every time she

Sports Shorts Chismark, French named CCAC Player of the Week: Stan Chismark ’07 and Phil French ’08 were each named Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week, with French winning the award twice. Chismark won the award on Jan. 16, following two 25-point games. French’s first award came on Jan. 23, as he averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds in two games. French’s second award came on Feb. 6, when he averaged 22 points and 4.5 rebounds. Mullin and Disch take CCAC honors: Kellie Mullin ’07 and Hilary Disch ’08 each were named Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Players of the Week. Mullin won the award Jan. 16, after scoring 33 points in the Tigers’ two games during the week. Disch won the award on Jan. 23, as she scored 45 points and averaged four rebounds. Six Tiger football players named NAIA All-America Scholar-Athletes: Six Olivet Nazarene University football players were tabbed NAIA All-America Scholar Athletes. Andy Kizzee ’07 is majoring in engineering. Kizzee appeared in 10 games for the Tigers, recording 41 tackles (13 unassisted), six tackles for loss, 14 quarterback hurries, five sacks, two blocked kicks, two defended passes, and one forced fumble. Jerod Lucas ’08 is majoring in accounting. Lucas appeared in 10 games for the Tigers, recording 13 tackles (six solo) with two tackles for loss and one blocked kick. Joshua McDaniel ’08 is majoring in elementary education. McDaniel appeared in 11 games for the Tigers, recording 40 tackles (13 solo) with three quarterback hurries, 2.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, two defended passes and one fumble recovery. Richard Pinkowski ’08 is majoring in accounting. Pinkowski appeared in all 11 games for the Tigers, posting 22 tackles (three solo), seven quarterback hurries, four tackles for loss, two sacks and one fumble recovery. Marcus Stuart ’08 is majoring in accounting. Stuart was fifth on the team with 48 tackles (25 solo), four interceptions, three defended passes, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.Dan Walker ’08 is majoring in mechanical engineering. Walker appeared in all 11 games for the Tigers, finishing fourth on the team with 60 tackles (23 solo). He also posted six tackles for loss, four quarterback hurries, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one pass defended and one sack. Kizzee was named for the second time, while Lucas, McDaniel, Pinkowski, Stuart and Walker were selected for the first time. —Compiled by Marc Shaner ’00/’02 M.A.T., Sports Information Director

Find the latest news, stats and scores at www.olivet.edu Men’s Basketball: After finishing the first semester at 8-7, the men’s basketball team had won 9-of-13 games, heading into their opening-round game at the NAIA Division I National Tournament against Park University (Mo.) on Wednesday, March 14. Two of the team’s nine wins came without the services of NAIA Third Team All-America Stan Chismark ’07, who was out with a sprained ankle. After Chismark suffered a career-ending knee injury on Feb. 20, the Tigers will have to do without their second leading scorer and rebounder (16.7 ppg., 6.4 rpg.) the remainder of the season. Chismark finished his career as one of only three Tiger players to finish in the top 20 of the Tigers’ career scoring, rebounding and assist list. He finished 1,433 points (14th), 596 rebounds (18th) and 337 assists (15th). Phil French ’08, the team’s leading scorer at 18.1 points per game, scored his 1,000th career point against Robert Morris College (Ill.) on Feb. 24. Through most of the second semester, the Tigers have been ranked or receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll, including a high of No. 20 in the Feb. 7 poll. The trip to the NAIA National Tournament is the Tigers’ 13th, the most by a school from Illinois.

Women’s Basketball: The women’s basketball struggled to a 6-10 mark prior to the start of the conference season. However, a 102-87 victory over third-ranked Saint Xavier University (Ill.) to open the conference portion of the schedule has fueled a 14-3 finish, as the Tigers advanced to the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Final for the second straight year. The Tigers were ranked 32nd in the final NAIA Coaches Poll and just missed receiving an at-large bid to the NAIA Division I National Tournament. Kellie Mullin ’07 finished her career with 1,403 points, the eighth highest point total in team history. Mullin averaged a team-leading 15.8 points this season. Hilary Disch ’08, who averaged 15 points, has scored 1,287 career points, the 11th most in team history. One of their losses was a 15-point setback to NCAA Division I Chicago State University, while the other two were to Saint Xavier. The Tigers finished the season averaging 102.7 points per game, leading the nation in scoring.

Kacey Carr ’08 ran an 8 minute, 40.70 seconds to set a school record in the 3,000-meter run. Carr also broke the 5,000-meter run mark, setting the new record at 15:06.31. Mark Hollis ’07, who won the NAIA Outdoor Pole Vault Championship last spring, set a school indoor record in the same event with a vault of 16'10". Kendall Thomas ’09 set a new record in the 35-pound weight throw with a toss of 51'10½". Jerad Koch ’10 ran a 1:55.27 to set a new record in the 800-meter run. Alvin Smith ’08, Nathan Ticknor ’10, Jonathan Thompson ’07 and Koch teamed to set a school record in the 4x400-meter relay, running a 3:26.52. Carr, Smith and Koch teamed with Caleb Erway ’10 in running a 10:25.32 to set a school record in the distance medley relay. The distance medley relay also became the first men’s relay team in school history to qualify for an NAIA National Meet (indoor or outdoor). Hollis scored the team’s only points at the NAIA National Meet, taking second in the pole vault with a leap of 17'2¾". The team’s best finish of the indoor season was a second-place finish at the season-opening Illinois Wesleyan University Relays.

Men’s Track and Field: As their indoor season wrapped up, the men’s track and field squad had set seven school records (five individual, two relays).

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Women’s Track and Field: Four school records were set (three individual, one relay) by the women’s track and field team by the end of the season. Carmin Green ’07 and Bethany McCoy ’08 each set their second individual school records and fourth overall (two relays each). Green set an 800meter run record, running a 2 minute 14.29 second race, while McCoy ran a 4:50.24 to set the record in the mile run. Kaylin Himes ’10 set a record with a vault of 12'2" in the pole vault and then teamed with Sarah Juenger ’07, Melissa Cox ’10 and Lindsey Zurlinden ’10 to set a record in the 4x200-meter relay with a time of 1:50.94. Green and McCoy won individual NAIA National Championships, with Green winning the 1,000-meter run with a 2:55.85, while McCoy won the mile with a 4:58.63. The distance medley relay finished runner-up, running an 11:55.41, while Himes was third in the pole vault with a leap of 11'11¾". As a team, the Tigers’ scored 34 points, good for seventh, which is the highest place ever for a Tiger indoor track team. The Tigers’ best finishes were two third-place finishes, one at the season-opening Illinois Wesleyan University Relays and the other at the DePauw University (Ind.) Indoor Invitational.

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walk the campus on a tour, see the dorms, attend chapel, meet coaches, check out our music program and have lunch on us! Professors can speak to the student and answer all of their questions. Some students request sitting in on a class; some want to spend the night in the dorms. Visiting students feel the energy on campus that can’t be felt through reading a brochure. We want this visit to be the best representation of Olivet possible as this may be the only time the prospective student will be on our campus.

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SARAH MULLIN ’08: What do you do on the weekends? I answer it by saying there are a lot of things to do, and that college students can come up with lots of creative ideas. My favorite thing to do is visit Chicago. Students at ONU can pretty much come up with anything from watching a movie on a laptop outside to attending music and theater events to rooting for the Olivet Tigers and sledding. C O U R T N E Y F U L L E R ’ 0 8 : Is there a curfew? Yes, there is curfew. The curfew for freshmen is midnight on weekdays and 1 a.m. on the weekends. For upperclassmen the curfew is an hour later.

7. What is the strangest question a guest has asked? M AT T B O W M A N :

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ELYSE BISHOP ’08: A guest once asked if we had a problem with squirrels spreading rabies.

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8. What do you like to highlight on the campus tour?

I love highlighting Dr. Bowling because I think his relationship with the campus and students is very special and unique to ONU and a small private school. All of the guests love hearing that he is seen on campus and at events and that he is also very active and knowledgeable.

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9. What’s your favorite part about being an Olivet student?

I love the people! Everyone at Olivet is so friendly. We are truly a community of believers, striving for excellence in all venues. COUR TNEY FULLER: I love the friendly atmosphere of Olivet, and I love getting to know other students. I enjoy going to sports events and musicals on campus, and I love the community feel that Olivet focuses on. ABBY HAY ’08:

STUDENT AMBASSADORS NOT PICTURED: KYLE ALLEN, CARRIE DOBIN, GRACE GESSNER, ABBY HAY, MATT POLLOCK, CARRIE RATTIN, BROOK SOULIA, LUKE SMITH, J.P. TROGLIO, BEN WILLIAMS

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Olivet Admissions Student Ambassadors 1. Why did you decide to come to Olivet?

I have never felt such a strong bond between students, especially students of God, until I visited this campus. I felt that at Olivet, I would have all the resources to further my faith while getting my education. J E N I F E R B O W M A N ’ 0 8 : After assuring my father that I was not going to Olivet, I attended a visit on which the welcoming community and professionalism on campus overwhelmed me. On a subsequent visit, I met with Dr. Jay, chair of the communication department, who sealed the deal! He took the time to talk to me about the communications program and how it sought to integrate communications with faith. ASHLEY WOODBURN ’09:

2. How does one set up a campus visit?

Most people call me after they pick a visit date; some sign up for a campus visit online; others I call from refer-

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rals given to me; and occasionally someone stops in to set up a future campus visit. We do have a few walk-ins, but unfortunately we can’t always guarantee they will be able to see a professor when it is a last-minute visit. The best visit can be arranged if I have at least a week’s notice. I like to be prepared ahead of time!

4. What’s the best time to visit campus?

Olivet offers an event called Purple and Gold Days, which is centered on high school seniors. I have seen great success in this because students mingle with other students their own age while trying to grasp the college experience. It’s neat to see when students come to Olivet and remember each other and me from their Purple and Gold Days experience. It helps take that first-day fear away.

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3. Tell us about the Fly on Us program. JEAN: Fly on Us is a program Olivet offers that will reimburse a prospective student’s airfare up to $500, with a valid receipt, for one visit to our campus. Prospective students need to arrange visits through the Office of Admissions to qualify. Olivet will reimburse the student upon enrollment and will credit it to the student’s account after classes begin. Prospective students can learn more about this option on our Web site, www.olivet.edu.

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5. How do you think visiting a campus helps a student make a college decision?

Learning about the community and overall attitude of the campus is essential when figuring out if it is the right place for you. JEAN: Students can also get a “feel” for the campus. They can speak face-to-face with an admissions counselor, financial aid counselor, professors and students. They can SAR AH HORVATH ’09:

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10. What is the most random or interesting fact you like to give on your campus tour?

You can use your Tiger Dollars card in the community at local stores and restaurants. I always encourage the parents to make sure their sons’ and daughters’ Tiger Dollars are always full. MAT T SOULIA ’07: The bell tower doesn’t really have any bells in it. J.P. TROGLIO ’09: I like to talk about the girl to guy ratio [2:1]. Parents always get a kick out of that one. ALEX ANDER BUTLER ’08:

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