INSIDE THIS ISSUE: VOL. 74, NO. 4 SUMMER 2007 WWW.OLIVET.EDU OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVERSITY, BOURBONNAIS, ILLINOIS Periodicals Postage Paid at Bourbonnais, Illinois 60914, and additional mailing ofﬁces
OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVERSITY, BOURBONNAIS, ILLINOIS VOL. 74, NO. 4 SUMMER 2007 WWW.OLIVET.EDU Periodicals Postage Paid at Bourbonnais, Illinois 60914, and additional mailing offices Homecoming registration and event information INSIDE THIS ISSUE: 2 The Olivetian Summer 2007 THE OLIVETIAN (USPS 407-880) (ISSN 0891-9712) Editor Heather (Quimby) Day '02 Design and Editorial Consult George Andrew Wolff '93 Contributing Writers Dr. Michael Benson Gary Griffin '81 Seth Hurd '06 Casey Manes Kate Morgan Marc Shaner '00/'02 M.A.T. Designer Donnie Johnson Additional Design Matthew Moore '96 Monique (Cartier) Perry '03 Editorial Advisers Brian Parker '93 Susan (Hendley) Wolff '94/'06 M.B.A. Editorial Consultant Rev. Gordon C. Wickersham '47 Photography Image Group Photography, or as credited Sports Editor Gary Griffin '81 business owners and community leaders gathered in Chalfant Hall on May 1 for a formal dinner signifying the official kickoff of the community portion of the Centennial Campaign for a new chapel and performing arts center. Groundbreaking for Centennial Chapel is tentatively scheduled for Homecoming 2007. Pictured above: Brian McCaskey, Chicago Bears. t p Approximately 200 local Olivet Nazarene University President Dr. John C. Bowling '71/'72 M.A./ '06 D.Div. Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Gary W. Streit 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. and Muriel Caven of Boise, Idaho, was formally dedicated May 4 to commemorate the launch of the University's China Initiative. The vessel was formerly on display in the entryway of the Shanghai National Museum. p An ornate, hand-carved replica of a Chinese ship donated by Jerry p As part of an April 22nd prayer walk, students gathered in the quad to pray for Virginia Tech and the families of the victims. u Student leaders from the U.S. Nazarene colleges and universities gathered on the campus of Olivet April 11�15 for their annual Nazarene Student Leadership Conference. S CO T T S AR G ENT 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 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to K IM BERLY JEWE LL Editor The Olivetian Olivet Nazarene University One University Ave. Bourbonnais, IL 60914-2345 w w w . o l i v e t . e d u By Dr. John C. Bowling '71/'72 M.A./ '06 D.Div., University President Summer 2007 The Olivetian 3 Friends of Olivet a rehearsal in Martin Board Room, Burke Administration Building, ca. 1987 p Byron Carmony and Ray Moore during T wo of our most beloved and distinguished alumni passed a few months ago, Ray Moore and Byron Carmony. Their friendship, which spanned 70 years, began on the campus of "old Olivet." There, when they were young men, they studied together, socialized, worshipped and made music -- lots of music. My sense is that they are making music once more ... in heaven, because friendships last a lifetime and beyond. I continue to be amazed at the staying power of the few weeks a person spends on a university campus like Olivet. In the grand sweep of life, college years are brief. Yet in terms of lasting impact, those years have inordinate staying power. I saw this played out in two dramatic ways a few days ago as I participated in the various events of Commencement weekend. First, I saw the graduates of 2007, the Centennial class of Olivet, hugging, shaking hands, looking one another in the eyes, pledging to never forget their shared memories. Second, I noticed classmates from the Olivet class of 1957, who were our special guests on campus, talking with one another as if their last conversations were only yesterday. They were reliving days gone by and celebrating friendships still in place a half-century since graduation. A university education is rooted in the classroom. There students begin to mas- ter a discipline and establish a foundation had a birthday earlier this month -- a big for the learning that will take place for the one. I looked for a card, but couldn't find rest of their lives. The core of what happens one that expressed my thoughts, so I wrote him a letter. Among other things I said, here takes place in class ... but there is more. A great college experience incorpo"As I look back, I want to thank you for your rates learning with living. friendship -- it has stood the test of time. Olivet Nazarene UniverLooking forward, I know there sity is committed to helping are good days ahead for you as I CONTINUE each student experience well -- sixty is the new forty!" TO BE AMAZED AT a well-rounded university The network of friendships experience so that they will first established on a university THE STAYING POWER have a well-rounded life in campus can and does, indeed, OF THE FEW YEARS the years to come. A major enrich the rest of one's life. source of the personal deAnd this web of relationships A PERSON SPENDS velopment that takes place also provides a set of connecON A UNIVERSITY in the lives of students is tions that offers ongoing supthe network of campus report for the work of the UniverCAMPUS sity. It is not accidental that the lationships. Getting to know LIKE OLIVET. students from around the annual fund for Olivet is called world and across the coun"Friends of Olivet." try broadens one's understanding of life. The cycle I observed with the class of Having a few close friendships deepens a 2007 and the class of 1957 will begin person's appreciation for others. again, as we host the summer orientation I recall the lines of William Butler Yeats sessions for incoming freshmen. In those (Mrs. Jordan would be so proud), "Think brief beginning days on campus, friendships where man's glory most begins and ends, will form. This fall those relationships will and say my glory was I had such friends." take root and many of them will bear fruit One of my best friends from college, for a lifetime, like Ray Moore and Byron whom I have not seen too often since then, Carmony -- friends for life. " " w w w . o l i v e t . e d u REV. GORDON C. WI C KERSHAM ' 47 / UNI VEERSI T Y ARC HI VES 4 The Olivetian Summer 2007 t Anastasia White (left) and Beth Barnes (right), leaders in Best Buddies, accept the award for Volunteer of the Year. q Anthony Kennedy Shriver (middle, posing with Anastasia White and her buddy, Michael) personally congratulated Olivet for the state award. "Best Buddies" ministry receives prestigious state recognition By Casey Manes eth Barnes '08, along with a host of fellow Olivet students, regularly carry out Christ's call to minister to the least of these -- right in their own neighborhood. The junior elementary education major came to Olivet with a passion for people with disabilities. Her interest found a home in the ONU chapter of Best Buddies, an international organization founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. Currently the student leader of the campus group, Barnes holds a passionate stake in the organization. I have learned "I began freshman year and immediately fell in love with all the buddies," that everyone, explains Barnes. no matter who The Olivet chapter of Best Buddies began on campus in 1996, and Olivet students participating in the program are paired with residents of the Samuel you are, has H. Shapiro Developmental Center in Kankakee, Ill. something to Throughout the 2006�2007 year, 10 to 15 Olivet students volunteered to offer in life. reach out and spend time with residents at Shapiro, often turning down a host Beth Barnes '08 of other activities to invest in the lives of individuals hungry for relationships and a taste of normal life. The Best Buddies program director at Shapiro, Dr. Hany Girgis, witnessed the outpouring of friendship by this group of Olivet students throughout the year. "The ONU students hosted activities that included: bingo, pumpkin painting, card games, art projects, attending ONU basketball games, bowling outings, as well as individual visits, telephone calls and letters to our individuals at Shapiro," explains Girgis. B " " STANDING OUT Impressed by what he saw, Girgis nominated the Olivet chapter of Best Buddies for the Illinois Department of Human Services Volunteer of the Year Award -- an honor given annually to one volunteer group from the entire state of Illinois. "I was impressed by how consistent the ONU students were in their volunteer activities throughout the program's history. I also saw the tremendous amount of joy they brought to the individuals that we service at Shapiro Center," recalls Girgis. Through a DHS selection committee, the Olivet students were chosen as recipients of the Volunteer of the Year Award. The honor is an esteemed one, as they were picked above a wide array of volunteers from across the state of Illinois. Through her volunteer work, Barnes has witnessed not only a change in the residents she encounters, but also within herself. "I learned so much from being in this program over the last three years. I have learned that everyone, no matter who you are, has something to offer in life. It is so exciting when we visit the buddies [and] see their faces light up when we walk in," shares Barnes. These Olivet students not only minister to the residents, impacting their local community, but they also make an impression on the Shapiro staff. "We are the only group that volunteers from the community to go and become friends with the people who live at Shapiro. I feel that this is such a great ministry -- not only do we become friends to someone who really needs one, but we are also examples to the workers as well," explains Barnes. "I have been asked numerous times by the workers why we come and volunteer to be there. It is hard for them to understand, but through what we do they can see something different about our group." Something different is indeed evident in these Olivet students, as they continue to befriend those who have been nearly forgotten by the rest of the world -- not doing it for recognition, but out of love. u Alumni relations: Following David Caudle's '79 transition to pastor of Westside Church of the Nazarene (Indianapolis, Ind.), Gary Griffin '81 was appointed Olivet's new director of alumni relations. Griffin has worked at Olivet for 26 years, and in addition to this new assignment, will continue to serve as director of university relations. u Presidential appointment: After a rigorous national search, Dr. Gary Streit has been elected president of Malone College (Canton, Ohio). For nearly 35 years, Streit has served Olivet in various capaci- ties, including his most recent appointment to provost in 2006. "Dr. Gary Streit is an outstanding educator, administrator, churchman and a gifted leader," said Dr. Bowling. "He has everything it takes to be an outstanding university president, and we wish him well in this exciting and prestigious endeavor." will lead the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies as dean of that School. u Leading the way: Susan Wolff '94/'06 MBA and Ryan Spittal '99/'04 MBA will be transitioning into new leadership roles for the 2007�2008 school year. Wolff has been appointed Olivet's new director of admissions and Spittal u Volunteer of the year: The United Way of Kankakee County has named Fran Reed '73, dean of the School of Professional Studies, "Volunteer of the Year." United Way President Brian Rogers said of Reed, "She is hard working, generous, efficient and a champion for those who need help in our community and those who serve them." u Second mile: Cathy Anstrom, assistant professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, is the recipient of the 2007 Second Mile Award. Each year, members of Olivet's faculty, staff and student body nominate full-time faculty members who have demonstrated a willingness to go "the second mile" to ensure student achievement. u Best Christian workplace: For the third consecutive year, the Best Christian Workplaces Institute has chosen Olivet Nazarene University as one of the "40 Best Christian Places to Work." The complete list was printed in the April issue of Christianity Today. w w w . o l i v e t . e d u Summer 2007 The Olivetian 5 New M.A. in youth ministry unique among Nazarene universities eginning August 2007, Olivet Nazarene University will offer a Master of Arts degree in youth ministry, making it the first Nazarene university to offer such a program. The two-year interdisciplinary program combines a year of traditional, residential study with a year of mentored ministry alongside a working professional. Residential faculty will team with adjunct professors including Tony Jones, Kelly Schwartz and Duffy Robbins to make this a strong and broad degree. "We're excited to be able to offer the next step in academic training as we help prepare youth pastors for local church ministry. We believe this program offers the best of academic and experiential learning from some of the sharpest minds in the youth ministry academic world, and is competitive with the best graduate school training anywhere," says Mark Holcomb, program director. "Because of Olivet's variety of graduate school programs," he continues, "we're able to partner with other disciplines, such as the M.A. in counseling and organizational leadership, to supplement our M.A. in youth ministry, making it both collaborative and integrative in its academic approach." For more information about the M.A. in youth ministry, contact Pam Meadows in Olivet's School of Graduate and Continuing Studies at 1-815-939-5009. B p ONU's Students in Free Enterprise team received second runner-up honors in their league at this year's SIFE National Exposition, held in Dallas, Texas. This marks the best showing ever by Olivet at the competition. t The men's basketball team recently partnered with the Chicago Heights Church of the Nazarene for a weekend of basketball and worship. Here senior Stan Chismark '08 autographs media guides for two young fans from the church's basketball league. SUBMITTED PHOTO p Photography students received first-hand experience with the newest in digital equipment during a day-long workshop led by Calumet Photographic Equipment. u The second annual resident assistant of the year awards were presented to D a n Rodriguez, RA in Chapman Hall, and Ashley Downs of Williams Hall. The award is given in honor of the late Heather Wagoner, a well-loved, former RA who passed away two years ago and would have graduated with this year's class. Dan Rodriguez '09 Ashley Downs '08 u Photography students Matt Avignone '10 and Keri Shay '07 have recently had their work featured by high-profile publications. Avignone's photo appeared in JPEG magazine within a "9-5" theme. Shay's work appeared in a book by actor Don Cheadle and John Prendergast titled, "Not on our watch: The mission to end genocide in Darfur and beyond." Original photograph by Matt Avignone '10 Original photograph by Keri Shay '07 w w w . o l i v e t . e d u SUBMITTED PHOTO 6 The Olivetian Summer 2007 Building for eternity By Casey Manes ater holds a special significance for Andrew Kizzee '07. He is keenly aware of how clean water can impact an entire community, and how detrimental tainted amounts of the liquid can be. The recent engineering graduate came to Olivet with the intention of fulfilling his dream of designing and building skyscrapers that would redefine the skylines of American cities. But in the midst of his sophomore year, through conversations with friends and speakers in chapel, a similar topic kept emerging -- money and stewardship. Andrew looks back on the time now and realizes God was preparing his heart for a shift in focus. Following the lead of the stewardship theme, Andrew opted to set aside goals of making a lot of money and spent his summer working at an inner city home repair ministry in Memphis, Tenn. There he served as a camp counselor while he and others worked on buildings badly in need of repairs. Through this ministry, Andrew developed relationships with leaders at the camp. One such leader shared his involvement in Engineering Ministries International as a full-time missionary, designing buildings for people overseas and constructing wells and other structures. Andrew felt a tug toward this area of work, and as time went on, he knew God was calling him to invest his life in architectural ministry. "As soon as I heard the testimony [of the engineer] I knew it was what I was supposed to do," remembers Andrew. CHAPLAIN'S NOTEBOOK 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: W "A sweet idea" y May 7, 2007 "Last year, an Olivet student spent his summer months in Zambia. His host was the Mtumba family. The father is the Nazarene district superintendent. While in Africa, our student felt a growing concern for the oldest of these children and, specifically, for his education. Believing that God was laying a burden on his heart, our student came up with a sweet idea ... " To read the full article, go to www.olivet.edu and select "Chaplain's Notebook" from the drop-down menu. 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: The Bible on MP3 y March 22, 2007 Morgan Jackson, Hosanna Ministries Through vivid storytelling, Jackson reports on the amazing work God is doing through Hosanna ministries' provision of audio recordings of Scripture in more than 200 languages. Jackson challenges the ONU community to experience transformation firsthand by listening to the New Testament over a 40-day period. Senior year, as part of his capstone project, Andrew and three other senior engineering majors tackled the creation of a water purification system to be installed at a startup seminary in Argentina. The new school was having difficulty recruiting staff due to the dangerously unclean water. Along with this, in area villages, the infant mortality rate was at 50 percent, largely due to pathogenic water. Andrew and his classmates set to work, putting their education into action for a real world purpose. The team designed a water purification system that would be used with an existing well in Argentina. They designed an automated system complete with carbon filters, which remove impurities, and an ultraviolet filter that kills harmful microorganisms. This July, Andrew and other Olivet graduates will travel to Argentina to install the system. CONSTRUCTING HOPE p A team of ONU students and staff went to Argentina over Spring Break for preliminary construction for the water purification system. Andrew is pictured in the back row, far right. Church of the Nazarene Middendorf explains how God wants us to have a close relationship with Him and those around us so that we can go and change the world. Additional Podcasts include addresses by: n n n n n John C. Bowling, University president Michael Benson, University chaplain Richard Swenson, author, Margin Kathy Peel, Family Manager Network, Inc. McCartha McKenzie, vice president for spiritual life "The love of God" y April 13, 2007 Jess Middendorf, general superintendent, Following a summer wedding to fellow Olivet alum, Susan Fleming '07, Andrew will attend graduate school at the University of Memphis for work toward a master's in civil engineering. He intentionally chose the Tennessee school so he can continue to work with the inner city building camp that started his interest in architectural ministry in the first place. Beyond further education, Andrew has plans to become a full-time missionary in either India or Jordan through Engineering Ministries International where he will have opportunities to build wells and help others achieve access to clean p Andrew and three fellow Olivet graduates will complete the water as well as construct orinstallation on the new system in July. phanages, churches, aid in disaster relief and assist in many AN INTENTIONAL FUTURE other projects. He knows it will be a challengAlong with the satisfaction of obeying ing step, but is confident it is his life's call. God's call, Andrew appreciates the reward"The hardest thing will probably be being aspect of the work he does. ing so far away from friends and family and "The feeling that I'm doing something depending on others for support. I will have meaningful is really fulfilling. It's just really to raise support, and to accept income from great, there just isn't really anything else like others is humbling," he shares. it," he shares. Andrew realizes since entering Olivet four Andrew appreciates the environment he years ago, his life plans have altered dramatiwas a part of while at Olivet that helped precally, but he wouldn't have it any other way. pare him for his current path. "Professor Mike "This is what I am called to do." Morgan was so encouraging, he [reminds] stuThis Olivet graduate isn't turning back, as dents to realize they can do many things with he fixes his eyes on accessing clean water their degree. Along with that, the whole Olivet and building structures that will count toward atmosphere really encourages people." eternity. SU B MIT TED PH OTO w w w.o l i v e t.e d u w w w . o l i v e t . e d u SUBMIT TED PHOTO 1907 2007 To Alma Mater, Olivet is a fascinating glimpse at the history, people, architecture and accomplishments of Olivet Nazarene University's first 100 years. This limited, special-edition book features more than 200 black and white and color images and six contributed essays you and your family are sure to treasure for many years to come. A beautiful centerpiece for your coffee table or bookshelf, To Alma Mater, Olivet is available for $50. Proceeds benefit student scholarships. Order your copy today by calling 1-815-939-5258 or visiting the ONU bookstore. 8 The Olivetian Summer 2007 p As part of the University's year-long Centennial Celebration, additional elements of pageantry were added to this year's undergraduate ceremony, including banners for each of the University's four Schools and one College, and commemorative bronze medallions worn by graduates and faculty. Members of the class of 1957 were also invited to participate in the commencement ceremony. t Nursing students participated in the Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Friday, May 4. Here, Adrienne Blue receives her pin from Dr. Bonnie Beardsley, head of the Department of Nursing. With 25 graduates, nursing was the third-largest undergraduate degree this year, behind elementary education and art. u Each year, the University presents the Robert Milner award for an outstanding male graduate and Maggie Sloan Crawford award for an outstanding female graduate. This year, Matthew Scheibel, an elementary education major from Highland, Ill., and Rebekah (McCoy) Smidt, a Spanish education major from Metamora, Ill., received the awards. The School of Graduate and Continuing Studies awarded Geraldine Holmes, a Master of Arts in Teaching student from Dwight, Ill., the Ralph E. Perry Student Award for Excellence. t Four Olivet graduates were commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army during the Centennial Commencement: Bethany Bowman, Katie Jo Bushard, Aaron Payne and Kevin Sandell. REV. GO RDO N C . WI CK ERSHAM ' 47 For stories about members of the Class of 2007 and additional Commencement news, go to www.olivet.edu and select "The Olivetian" from the dropdown menu w w w . o l i v e t . e d u REV. GO RD O N C . WICKERSHAM '47 Olivet awarded 1,422 degrees during Centennial Commencement ceremonies, Saturday, May 5. Recipients included 455 traditional undergraduate, 167 continuing studies, 102 associate of art degrees in business, 696 master's degrees and two honorary doctoral degrees. t Honorary doctoral degrees were presented to alumni Cecil Crawford '42, entrepreneur and founder of Ticketmaster Corporation, and Rev. Mark Hostetler '88/'04 MCM, senior pastor of Grace Church of the Nazarene in Portage, Ind. Special Pullout Section HOMECOMING NOVEMBER 1�4, 2007 Ticket Reservations Schedule of Events HOME Thursday, Nov. 1 8:30 p.m. SCHEDULE Coronation, Chalfant Hall 10:30 a.m. 12 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 1�4 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 2�4 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 8:15 p.m. Homecoming Chapel, Chalfant Hall Centennial Chapel Groundbreaking Centennial Luncheon, Birchard Gymnasium Shine.fm Open House, Radio station Women's Volleyball (ONU vs. Taylor), McHie Arena Powder Puff Football, Snowbarger Athletic Park Reception for all School of Education Alumni, Weber Center, second floor Planetarium Show, Strickler Planetarium Women's Basketball (ONU vs. MidAmerica Nazarene University), McHie Arena Men's Basketball (ONU vs. Rochester College), McHie All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten, Kresge Auditorium Taste of Olivet, Ludwig Center WEEKEND THE MA Friday, Nov. 2 N O V E M B E R 1� 4 Friday Nov 2 Tiger Basketball Olivet's men's and women's teams will tip off their seasons in McHie Arena on Friday. The women will play MidAmerica Nazarene University at 5:30 p.m., and the men will play Rochester College at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets required. Friday Nov 2 Saturday, Nov. 3 6�7 a.m. 8 a.m. 8�9:15 a.m. 8�11 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m.�1 p.m. 11 a.m.�1 p.m. 12�2 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 1 p.m. 1�4 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 2�4 p.m. 2�4 p.m. 4 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. Following Concert Roaring Tiger Battalion Fun Run, Fortin Villa 23rd Annual Wendy Parsons 5K Run (registration begins at 7 a.m. in Birchard Gymnasium Lobby) Phi Delta Lambda Reception, Larsen Fine Arts Center Formal Lounge Military Science Department Pancake Breakfast and Open House, Fortin Villa Undergraduate Class Reunions and Golden Grad Reunion O.N.You! Homecoming for Kids, College Church MERC Breakfast, Ludwig Center Viatorian Room 1996 Graduate Cohorts Reunion, Alumni Center Shine.fm Open House, Radio Station Social Work Alumni Reception, Weber Center Lobby Art Show: J. Apple '82, Brandenburg Gallery Orpheus Reunion Chorus Rehearsal, McHie All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten, Kresge Auditorium Department of Nursing Open House, Wisner, Simulated Learning Center Men's Football (ONU vs. McKendree), Ward Field Orpheus Reunion Gathering, Birchard Gymnasium Benner Library Reception for former student assistants Department of History and Political Science Alumni Reception, Weber Center, second floor All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten, Kresge Auditorium Planetarium Show, Strickler Planetarium Missionary/MK Reunion Dinner, Viatorian Room Partner/Pacesetter/Investor Dinner, Weber Leadership Center Centennial Concert, McHie Arena O.N.You! Homecoming for Kids, Birchard Gymnasium & College Church Centennial Birthday Celebration, Chalfant Hall Women 5:30 p.m. Men 7:30 p.m. McHie Arena Alumni/Adults, $10 ONU Students, $3 Children 9�17, $3 8 and under, free 7:30 p.m Kresge Auditorium Alumni/Adults, $1 ONU Students, $ Children, $ ADDITIONAL Saturday Nov 3 Undergraduate Class Reunions Come reminisce with your classmates at the reunion breakfasts for the classes of '02, '97, '92, '87, '82, '77, '72, '67, '62, '57 and Golden Graduates. Advance tickets required. Saturday Nov 3 9:30 a.m. Locations posted in McHie Arena and Ludwig Center lobbies $12 per person 12:30 p.m Birchard Gymnasium No charg Saturday Nov 3 7:30 p.m. Chalfant Hall Sunday, Nov. 4 8:30 a.m. 10 a.m. Centennial Worship Service, McHie Arena Sunday Brunch, Chalfant Hall REGISTER EARLY! Call the ONU Ticket Line at 815-928-5790. Alumni/Adults, $18 ONU Students, $10 Children 17 and under, $10 A celebration of Olivet's extraordinary musical history, the will feature an array of soloists and ensembles represent past 100 years. Don't miss this unforgettable evening tha Saturday evening at 7 p.m. in McHie Arena. Advance ticke ECOMING 2007 Thursday AIN Nov 1 8:30 p.m. Chalfant Hall No charge Friday Nov 2 10:30 a.m. Chalfant Hall No charge Coronation Witness the crowning of the 2007 Homecoming Queen during this beautiful, annual ceremony. Homecoming Chapel This always memorable worship service kicks off our Homecoming festivities. Immediately following, join us as we break ground for our Centennial Chapel. v 2 "All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten" Based on the best selling books by Robert Fulghum, Kindergarten takes a funny and insightful look at what is profound in everyday life. Bring your family to enjoy Olivet students performing this whimsical take on the goodness of life. Friday Nov 2 Taste of Olivet Work up an appetite cheering for the Tigers, then head to Ludwig Center to satisfy your cravings. Enjoy fellowship with others from your class and decade, for a reunion before the reunion! Advance tickets required. Saturday Nov 3 Wendy Parsons 5K Run Join Wendy Parsons '56 for the 23rd Annual Wendy Parsons 5K Run. Entry fee is $6 per person ($12 maximum for immediate family). To request a registration form, call 815-939-5333. All ages are welcome! m. m 8:15 p.m. Ludwig Center Alumni/Adults, $8 ONU Students, $8 Children 9�17, $8 8 and under, free 8 a.m. Birchard lobby $6 per person ($12 per family) 10 $5 $5 PERFORMANCES: Saturday, 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. v 3 Centennial Reunion and Performance All former members of Orpheus Choir are invited to attend a Centennial Reunion on Saturday, Nov. 3, and Sunday, Nov. 4. The schedule will include a 90-minute rehearsal on Saturday, beginning at 12:30 p.m., followed by a wonderful time of reminiscing and fellowship. The Sunday morning Centennial Worship Service will feature the current Orpheus Choir and the Orpheus Alumni Reunion Choir. For more details, go to www.olivet.edu and click on "Alumni and Friends," then "Alumni & Friends Events," or call 815-928-5790. Saturday Nov 3 1:30 p.m. Ward Field m. m Tiger Football Don't miss the exciting action as the Tigers battle McKendree College at 1:30 p.m. at Ward Field. Advance tickets required. ge Alumni/Adults, $8 ONU Students, $3 Children 9�17, $3 8 and under, free Saturday Nov 3 Centennial Birthday Celebration Enjoy birthday cake and fellowship with friends as we honor 100 years of "Education With a Christian Purpose." Advance tickets required. Sunday Nov 4 8:30 a.m. McHie Arena No charge e Centennial Homecoming Concert ting each of the decades from the at will be a delight for the entire family. ets required. Following the concert Chalfant Hall Alumni/Adults, $6 ONU Students, $6 Children 9�17, $6 8 and under, $2 Centennial Worship Service Worship with the entire Olivet community during this special Centennial service. Dr. Bowling will deliver the message, and special music will include a performance by the Orpheus Reunion Choir and the artistry of Ovid Young. Following the service, join us for Sunday brunch. S CO T T S ARG ENT O.N.You! Homecoming for Kids November 3 HOMECOMING Ticket Reservations 2007 � Complete the reservation form below and return with check or complete credit card information � Be sure to indicate the number of tickets in each category � Make checks payable to ONU Instructions Must be received by Monday, Oct. 29 � Tickets will be reserved only with � Mail completed form to receipt of your check or credit card. Office of Alumni Relations Please, no refunds! Tickets will Olivet Nazarene University not be mailed. You may pick them One University Avenue up at the Homecoming Hospitality Bourbonnais, IL 60914-2345 Center in McHie Arena's lobby. Super Saturday Morning* 9:30�11:45 a.m. Ages 0�3 Child Care at College Church (beginning at 9:15 a.m.) For the following events, check in at the College Church Parlor beginning at 9:15 a.m.: Register early! Call the ONU Ticket Line at 815-928-5790. Ticket Reservations Subtotals O.N.You! Registration Super Saturday Morning $ __________ Ages 0�3/Child Care/$5 per child NAME(S) AND AGE(S) ___________________________________ ______________________________________________________ Friday, November 2 ________ ________ Centennial Luncheon 12:30 p.m., Birchard Gymnasium Alumni/Adults/ONU Students/Children 9�17, $12 Children 8 and under, $5 Ages 4�K Exploration Station The Tiger Bus will transport children to this always-popular children's museum, located less than a mile from Olivet's campus. Basketball $ __________ Grades 1�6 (students attend two classes) Campus Tour Would you like to know what it's like to be a college student at ONU? Join us for this special tour of campus. ONU Planetarium Show Come and explore the solar system with "Rusty Rocket" and find out how long it would take to deliver a pizza to Pluto. Water Rockets Build a homemade rocket out of ordinary stuff and find out how to propel it using water pressure. Arts & Crafts Making a craft is always such fun! Come and make a new creation to take home and show your family. Broadcasting Take a tour of ONU's radio station, meet the Shine.fm staff and observe the work of the DJs. ________ ________ ________ ________ ________ 5:30 p.m., Women's Basketball vs. MidAmerica, McHie Arena 7:30 p.m., Men's Basketball vs. Rochester College, McHie Alumni/Adults, $10 ONU Students/Children 9�17, $3 Children 8 and under, no charge Alumni/Adults/ONU Students/Children 9�17, $8 Children 8 and under, $3 7:30 p.m., Kresge Auditorium Alumni/Adults, $10 ONU Students/Children 17 and under, $5 ______________________________________________________ Ages 4�K/Exploration Station/$5 per child NAME(S) AND AGE(S) ___________________________________ ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ Taste of Olivet Following the basketball game, Ludwig Center $ __________ All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten $ __________ ________ ________ Grades 1�6/Activities/$5 per child NAME AND GRADE _____________________________________ List choices in order of preference 1. ___________________________________________________ 2. ___________________________________________________ 3. (ALT) _______________________________________________ Saturday, November 3 O.N.You! for Kids � 9:30�11:45 a.m., College Church ________ $ __________ $5 per child Please complete registration information at right. 9:30 a.m., locations posted in McHie Arena and Ludwig Center lobbies Classes celebrating reunions: '02, '97, '92, '87, '82, '77, '72, '67, '62, '57 and Golden Graduates $12 per person Tell us your reunion class year! _______ 1 p.m., Kresge Auditorium Alumni/Adults, $10 ONU Students/Children 17 and under, $5 1:30 p.m., ONU vs. McKendree, Ward Field Alumni/Adults, $8 ONU Students/Children 9�17, $3 Children 8 and under, no charge 4 p.m., Kresge Auditorium Alumni/Adults, $10 ONU Students/Children 17 and under, $5 Undergraduate Reunion Celebration and Breakfast $ __________ NAME AND GRADE _____________________________________ Super Saturday Night* (Please pick up your children immediately after the concert.) List choices in order of preference 1. ___________________________________________________ 2. ___________________________________________________ 3. (ALT) _______________________________________________ 7�9 p.m. ________ All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten $ __________ ________ ________ Ages 0�K Child Care at College Church beginning at 6:40 p.m. Grades K�6 Hula, Hula, Hula, Kids Luau Football ________ ________ ________ $ __________ Birchard Gymnasium; doors open at 6:40 p.m. Get ready to do the limbo! This will be a fun-packed evening including a 3-in-1 inflatable bounce house, climbing wall and slide. *To ensure the safety and supervision of all participants, registration is required by Monday, Oct. 29. NAME AND GRADE _____________________________________ List choices in order of preference 1. ___________________________________________________ 2. ___________________________________________________ 3. (ALT) _______________________________________________ All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten $ __________ ________ ________ Hotels and Motels (within driving distance of Olivet Nazarene University) O.N.You! for Kids � 7�9 p.m., Birchard Gymnasium ________ $ __________ $5 per child Please complete registration information at right. Super Saturday Night 5�10 Minutes From Campus: Centennial Concert � 7 p.m., McHie Arena ________ ________ Alumni/Adults, $18 ONU Students/Children 17 and under, $10 $ __________ Ages 0�K/Child Care/$5 per child NAME(S) AND AGE(S) ___________________________________ ______________________________________________________ Country Inn & Suites, Manteno 815-468-2600 Fairfield Inn, Bradley � 815-935-1334 Hampton Inn, Bradley � 815-932-8369 Hilton Garden Inn, Kankakee 815-932-4444 Holiday Inn Express, Bradley 815-932-4411 Howard Johnson, Manteno 815-468-8657 Lees Inn, Bradley � 815-932-8080 Motel 6, Bradley � 815-933-2300 Quality Inn, Bradley � 815-939-3501 Super 8, Bradley � 815-939-7888 Centennial Birthday Celebration ________ ________ Following the concert, Chalfant Hall Alumni/Adults/ONU Students/Children 9�17, $6 Children 8 and under, $2 $ __________ ______________________________________________________ Sunday, November 4 Sunday Brunch Following Worship Service, Chalfant Hall ________ ________ Alumni/Adults/ONU Students/Children 9�17, $12 Children 8 and under, $3 Grades K�6/Kids Luau/$5 per child NAME(S) AND GRADE(S) ________________________________ $ __________ ______________________________________________________ TOTAL PAYMENT Check or cash $ __________ ______________________________________________________ Credit card ($1 processing fee will be added to your total) Credit card account number ____________________________________________ Circle one: Visa MasterCard Discover 30 Minutes From Campus: Baymont Inn, Matteson 708-503-0999 � 1-800-428-3438 Country Inn & Suites, Matteson 708-481-3960 Hampton Inn, Matteson 708-481-3900 � 1-800-HAMPTON Holiday Inn, Matteson 708-747-3500 � 1-800-HOLIDAY Holiday Inn Express, Monee 708-534-0022 � 1-800-HOLIDAY Super 8, Monee � 708-534-1900 Name as it appears on card ____________________________________________ Expiration date ___________________ Registration for children will be made upon receipt of this form. To ensure the safety and supervision of all participants, registration is required by Monday, Oct. 29. CONTACT INFORMATION Name(s) _____________________________________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________________________________ City ________________________________________________ State _____ ZIP _________ Phone ( ________ ) __________________________ Undergraduate Class of ________ BY MAIL OR PHONE Register Early! Summer 2007 The Olivetian 13 Your makes "Education With a Christian Purpose" Students featured in this issue of The Olivetian are recipients of the following scholarships: McCartha McKenzie Orpheus Memorial Scholarship Matthew Scheibel Marjorie L. McCoy and Harold E. Phillips Scholarship Rebekah (McCoy) Smidt Frank and Elizabeth Kelley Scholarship Katie Jo Bushard Dr. Gerald L. Decker Scholarship Aaron Payne Columbus, Ind., First Church of the Nazarene Scholarship Andrew Kizzee Marjorie L. McCoy and Harold E. Phillips Scholarship Larry D. Watson Ambassador Scholarship Ashley Downs Donald and Faith Bell Family Scholarship James H. Crawford Scholarship Katie Sweet George I. Alden Trust Scholarship Terry L. Kochersperger Scholarship Ashley James Julie A. Weber Scholarship To establish a student scholarship, or to contribute to an existing foundation scholarship, e-mail the Office of Development at email@example.com or call 815-939-5171. UPCOMING EVENTS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS JULY St. Louis OCT 19�20 10�15 27�29 NOV 9�10 25 NYC in Orientation Red Carpet NOV 16�17 III Days Purple and Gold Days AUG SEP For more information about upcoming admissions events, visit www.olivet.edu or call 1-800-648-1463 w w w . o l i v e t . e d u 14 The Olivetian Summer 2007 We asked, "What special memories do you have of chapel or ONU revival services?" Here's how some of you responded. "I remember revivals and the movement of the Holy Spirit and students at the altar and victories being found through the grace and mercy of God. I remember true repentance and students not waiting for the formal invitation, but responding to the call of God on their lives. I remember invitations for those who wanted to follow Him in full-time service and that altar being lined." LAVONNE (LIDDELL) MCNABB '72 fervently. Then another, and another. Suddenly it became a steady stream of humanity coming to the altar. One thing impressed me deeply. As the altar filled, and front row seats were being cleared to make more room to accommodate seekers, Dr. Harold Reed, ONC president, left his chair [and] came to the floor to guide seekers to a place of prayer. The revival ... made a lasting impression on my life and ministry. It cemented my appreciation for Olivet and `Education With a Christian Purpose' for a lifetime. REV. HAROLD BOWLBY '72 My favorite memories of chapel are all about the music, especially the singing of the hymn "Wonderful Grace of Jesus." This has become my favorite after hearing it sung in chapel by perhaps the greatest `choir' outside of heaven -- my fellow Olivetians and the faculty and staff of Olivet. DARLA DONALDSON '91 RICHARD A. UNGERBUEHLER, SR. '67 Chapel service in the basement of Burke Administration Building, ca. 1950s. I have so many memories of chapel, both humorous and serious. [One humorous memory] was the day all the chairs were put into the bathrooms of Chalfant and chapel was cancelled. JULIE (DAUSE) LEE '73 I was fortunate to be at Olivet during the spontaneous revival that broke out during a chapel service in 1970. College Church had completed a revival the evening before. Several students had come on stage to testify. As they were testifying, one student ran forward, knelt at the altar and began to weep and pray Chapel was wonderful when I attended ONU. I remember two special s p e a ke r s : A n n K i e m e l ("Hi, I'm Ann ...") and Joni Erickson. What an inspiration to this day they have been to me. I also always enjoyed listening to Rev. Ted Lee. He really was the embodiment of Olivet, and we knew he and his wife Beverly loved us students. RORA LUTTRELL '82 Share your memories! For the Fall 2007 issue of The Olivetian, we'd like to know: What life lessons did you learn outside of the classroom while at Olivet? Send your responses by e-mail to TheOlivetian@olivet.edu or mail them to One University Ave., Attn: Olivetian Editor, Bourbonnais, IL, 60914. Our chapel services were held in the basement of Burke. We had many memorable chapel services and revivals. I remember Dr. Hardy Powers telling of being in Papua New Guinea and looking it over for future work. They just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the opening of that field! O. PATRICIA COX '48 Dr. Harold Reed, 1964. Making the Climb Beacon Hill By Dr. John C. Bowling Making the Climb is both a journal of the journey Dr. Bowling took last year as he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in all of Africa, and a reflection of lessons learned from that adventure. The sub-theme of the manuscript is that life is filled with mountains. Making the Climb is divided into three sections. Section one is titled The Principle of Preparation. The chapters in this section explore the importance of getting ready and living ready to face life's mountains as they chronicle the specific preparations made to climb Kilimanjaro. The next section, The Principle of Perseverance, provides a daily journal of the climb itself -- nine days on the mountain. The final section is called The Principle of Perspective. This is a collection of reflections about life and the lessons of the climb. Making the Climb is published by Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City. It will be available through the Olivet bookstore or directly from the publisher at www.NPH.com. You'll be Okay PublishAmerica By Delmar G. Neely '65 Del moved to Sarasota, Fla., in 1982 where he became owner and president of a family-owned business. Nine years later, he experienced a sudden-death, cardiac arrest followed by a three-week coma. Upon awakening, he discovered he had no memory and could not walk, talk, read or even feed himself. In this book, Del -- who began work toward his doctorate less than one year after emerging from the coma -- gives a personal account of what it's like to be in a coma and the struggle it takes to recover from ground zero. Order this book online at www. publishamerica.com/shopping. w w w . o l i v e t . e d u UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES How well we remember the first chapel service of the new semester. Dr. Leist was asked to pray. He prayed for every faculty member and staff member by name -- along with a long laundry list of hopes and desires for the student body. [His prayer consumed] more than half of the allotted chapel time and firmly fixed his name and image in the hearts and minds of those in attendance. Summer 2007 The Olivetian 15 Class Notes Phillip '60 and Darlene (Broom) '60 Kellerman celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary May 30, 2007. They will be returning to China, where Phillip pastors an international fellowship. They previously taught English for three years in China. With their 16 years in Taiwan, they have spent more than 22 years in that region. of Trevecca Nazarene University and currently serves as an administrative assistant at Nashville First Church. Nicole plans to return to school this fall to pursue a degree in interior design. Brandon and Nicole attend Nashville First Church where Brandon teaches the Fusion 20/30 Sunday School class for young adults. The couple resides in Nashville. Brad '94 and Marissa Jones: A boy, William Arthur, January 16, 2007. Will joins brother Jackson, 1. Brad is employed at Ford Motor Company, and Marissa currently stays at home to care for the boys. Lindy (Arrowood) '96 and Mike Bethke: A girl, Paige Sola, Sept. 3, 2006. Lindy is an advertising account manager at Imaginasium, and Mike is a packaging engineer for Schreiber Foods. They reside in De Pere, Wis. Jamie (Fussner) '96 and Brian Foley: A girl, Keira Lynn, December 16, 2006. Jamie is an analytics services manager for ACNielsen, and Brian is a trader for a hedge fund. They reside in Norwalk, Conn. Keira Foley Cherilyn (Woodruff) '97 and Kevin Klomp: A girl, Olivia Joanne, November 2, 2006. Cherilyn is a stay-at-home mom and part-time teacher, and Kevin owns his own business. They reside in St. John, Ind. News from the Office of Alumni Relations I am both honored and excited to have been named the new director of university and alumni relations. As I begin my 27th year working at my alma mater, I am still inspired by her mission and energized by the loyalty of those called Olivetians. ards of our resources, all future voting for the Alumni Board will be done online. If you are unable to access www.olivet.edu, you may call the Office of Alumni Relations and have a copy of the ballot sent to you. Your ballot can be mailed back to Olivet in order to register your vote. A post card will be sent to all alumni in late July as a reminder of the new voting procedures. Brenda Nixon '76 recently released four powerful parenting CDs: "Understand Your Child's Temperament," "Creative Discipline," "Finally, No More Diapers," and "Ages & Stages of Early Development." Floyd Darden: A boy, Adam, August 8, 2006. Floyd is a former Olivet faculty member, working in the Department of Music. His book, "Drumdee Makes a Drum," has been published and is receiving positive reviews. n ALUMNI VOTING: In order to be good stew- William and Jackson Jones Gary Griffin '81 Director of university and alumni relations A. Terrance Gunter '80 completed his Doctor of Education degree in adult education from Nova Southeastern University this past spring. Terrance is completing his 19th year at MidAmerica Nazarene University where he is an associate professor of adult education. He resides in Olathe, Kan., with his wife, Donna (Dikeman) '81, who teaches FACS and reading at Basehor-Linwood Middle School, and their three sons: Brandon, 21; Trenton, 19 (who will be a junior at Olivet); and Cameron, 13. Ben Birchfield '83, along with his brother John, recently finished their latest CD, "Laguna Lights." Their music is available online at www.burchfieldbrothers.com. Toni (Oneal) '86 and Larry Stephens: A girl, Abigail Faith, February 20, 2007. She joins big brothers Isaac, 15, Jacob, 13, Kyle, 4, and big sisters Sarah, 11, Rachel, 9, Rebecca, 6, and Michelle, 2. Larry is an account executive for Hallmark Office Products Inc. Toni is a homemaker and homeschools the children. They reside in Hockley, Texas. Paige Bethke n INTERNSHIP PROGRAM: The Olivet Alumni Association is in the early planning stages of developing an internship program for our current student body. This would include identifying companies that would be interested in securing ONU students for paid internships during the summer months. This program would eventually lead to a job fair, hosted at Olivet, and carried out by ONU alumni. If your business would have interest in participating, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. n ORPHEUS REUNION: If you are an Orpheus Choir alum, be sure to secure your hotel reservations for the Centennial Orpheus Choir Reunion during Homecoming. Because of the Centennial, hotel rooms are going fast, so don't delay. Both Dr. George Dunbar and Dr. Jeff Bell are planning a wonderful program. We are all anxious to hear the Orpheus Reunion Chorus on Sunday morning of Homecoming! n GOLF SERIES: Nearly 350 alumni and friends participated in the three outings that comprise the Larry Watson Memorial Golf Series. These three events raised $100,000 to help underwrite scholarships for Olivet freshmen students in need. Be sure to save the date, February 14�17, 2008, for the next Winter Golf Outing in Orlando, Fla. E-mail me at email@example.com for additional information. Richelle (Schmidt) '98 and Jeffrey Stackert '98: A boy, George Jeffrey, February 15, 2007. Richelle is an adjunct faculty member at Bethel University, and Jeffrey is an assistant professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of Minnesota. They reside in Minneapolis, Minn. Allison (Flisyn) '98 and Tony Bouie: A girl, Eboni Grace, January 12, 2007. She joins sister Natalie, 2. Allison is a stay-at-home mom, and Tony is chairman/CEO of Halo Cups, Inc. They reside in Anthem, Ariz. Bruce and Dana (Smith) '98 Heavner: A boy, Maverick Arlington, March 15, 2007. He joins big brother Keegan, 6, and sister Jacqueline, 3. Bruce is a senior network engineer for RapidApp in Chicago, and Dana is a homeschooling mom. They reside in Crete, Ill. Gary Griffin '81 Director of Alumni Relations Jerriann (Pace) '90 and John A. Travis, Jr.: A girl, Danielle Jenai, December 21, 2006. She joins siblings Kendrianna Marie, 9, and Zoe Elizabeth, 2. Jerri is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother, and John is active duty military with the Third Infantry Division stationed at Fort Stewart, Ga. Scott '91 and Stacy Schoenwetter: A girl, Aubrie Renae, April 6, 2007. Scott works in guest relations at Disney World, and Stacy works for Animal Kingdom, Disney World, Florida. 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-athome mom and Mark is an attorney with Lewis, Rice, and Fingersh in St. Louis, Mo. They reside in Clayton, Mo. Eleanor Winings Brandon Arbuckle '94 and Nicole Marley were married October 21, 2006, at Nashville First Church of the Nazarene in Nashville, Tenn. Brandon is a licensed marital and family therapist and is an adjunct professor at Trevecca Nazarene Nicole and Brandon University. Brandon will Arbuckle complete a master's degree in religion this fall. Nicole is a graduate Maverick, Jacqueline and Keegan Heavner Kyle '99 and Jayme (Hancock) '99 Himmelwright have been assigned as missionaries with the Church of the Nazarene. They are living in Madrid, Spain, and serving in Portugal, Spain, France and Italy. Keri (Gaskill) '99 and Trevor Cook: A girl, Kianna Jacquelyn, August 11, 2006. She joins sister Kaylee Rebecca, 2. Keri is a stayat-home mom. Trevor works at Rockwell Collins. They reside in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Jill (Olson) '00 and Justin Clardie '99: A boy, Elijah David, September 24, 2006. Jill is a social worker at Cameo Care Center nursing home in Milwaukee, Wis. Justin is pursuing his Ph.D. in political science at the University of WisconsinMilwaukee. They reside Elijah Clardie in Oak Creek, Wis. Jamie (Waller) '01 and Scott Nelson '02: A boy, Caleb Ross, July 21, 2006. He joins brother Micah, 3. Jamie is a stay-at-home mom. Scott is a physical education/health teacher and football coach at Plainfield South High School. They reside in Minooka, Ill. Lisa Lockwood '03 and Scott Hewitt married August 12, 2006. Lisa is completing her doctoral degree is school psychology at Texas A&M, and Scott is a state trooper in the Texas Highway Patrol. They will move to Fort Worth, Texas, this summer. Lisa and Scott Hewitt Angela Smith '04 and David Dowden David and Angela were married SeptemDowden ber 1, 2006, in Anderson, Ind. David works for Paragus Inc., and Caleb Nelson CONTINUED, NEXT PAGE u Kianna and Kaylee Cook Send us your news and pictures. Please submit WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM Kent '00 and Laura Dinius: A girl, Brooke Addison, February 20, 2007. She joins sister Zoe. 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, at www.olivet.edu or through the mail to The Olivetian, Olivet Nazarene University, One University Avenue, Bourbonnais, IL 60914-2345. w w w . o l i v e t . e d u 16 The Olivetian Summer 2007 Angie is pursuing a career in church music. They reside in Anderson, Ind. Angela (Smith) '04 and David Dowden: A girl, Dylan Nicole, January 30, 2007. David works for Paragus Inc., and Angie is a stay-athome mom. They reside in Anderson, Ind. Dwight Moser '06 and Andrea Carter '05 were married December 9, 2006, at Kokomo First Church of the Nazarene. Dwight completed his Master of Arts in Teaching from Olivet in May of 2007. Andrea is a registered nurse. They reside in Kokomo, Ind. In Memoriam Doris (Sparrow) McCoy '37, age 88, passed away August 7, 2006. Doris was born August 11, 1917 in Snyder, Colo., the daughter of Orville and Hazel P (Morrison) . Sparrow. She attended Olivet and on August 22, 1937, married Kenneth P MCoy. She was . a member of the United Methodist Church in which she belonged to various women's organizations. She was also a member of the P.E.O. Chapter CX, the Half Hour Club and the Cedar Crest Country Club. Doris and her husband were the owners of the Columbus Canning Company from 1940�1962. She and Kenneth enjoyed traveling with the Avion Travel Club, and she especially enjoyed sports and following the Iowa Hawkeyes. In 1982, the McCoys established the Kenneth and Doris McCoy Scholarship for worthy and needy pre-med and nursing students. Doris will be dearly missed by her son, William David McCoy, and his wife, Dale, of Palm City, Fla., seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kenneth, on December 6, 1996; her daughter, Margy Kay Smith; two brothers (one in infancy); and two sisters in infancy. dren and taught them the joys of painting and drawing. She will be remembered for her free spirit, her generosity and her loving heart. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1975. She is survived by daughters, Carol Parrott and Joy Wells; son Randy Wells; and grandsons Andrew and Justin Parrott. Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Janice Kesler and Denise Routzahn (husband: Troy); one son, Phil Jackson (wife: Amy); five grandchildren; and a large extended family. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; one son, James O. Kesler I; one brother; and one sister. Rockwell Smith Brank '65 died March 4, 2007. Brank, widely known for his oilon-canvas paintings depicting maritime and coastal scenes, was born December 19, 1917, to the late Rockwell Smith Brank and his wife, Virginia Roberts Cox Brank. Rocky's family includes his wife of 52 years, the former Ruth Keffer, and their three daughters: Tricia Brank, Gwen (husband Walter) Welker, and Stephanie (husband Roderick) Leupp. Three grandchildren, William Welker and Rebecca and Emily Leupp complete the family. Phillip Eibe Wilken '65 recently passed away. He was born June 29, 1941 in Milwaukee, Wis., the son of Eibe Switters and Phyllis Margaret Lauermann Wilken. He had been employed by MidWest Agriculture, Chicago; was overseas division product line manager for International Harvester Company, Chicago; general manager at Channel Master Corporation, Taipei, Taiwan; manager at Midland International Corporation, Seoul, Korea and Taipei; professor at Sung Kyun Kwan University; and accountant for Trans-Asia Engineering is Saigon, Vietnam. He held a top-secret security clearance for the U.S. Army and was awarded a certificate of achievement for distinguished service. He was a reserved commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and a Veteran of Foreign Wars, a member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association, the Kankakee County Farm Bureau, Delta Phi Epsilon National Professional, Sigma Iota Epsilon and Delta Sigma Pi. Surviving are his mother of Kankakee; one sister, Susan Louise Wilken of Rochester Hills, Mich.; two nieces and one nephew. Dylan Dowden Andrea and Dwight Moser Earl Armstrong '55 passed away December 28, 2006. He was 77 years old. His first pastorate was the Church of the Nazarene in Sheldon, Ill., in 1955. He continued pastoring for 52 years, spending the last 36 years with the Presbyterian Church in California, Mich. He was loved by his congregation and had agreed to stay one more year as their pastor. He also taught school and was a principal for 19 years. He leaves his wife, Evelyn J. Armstrong '55, and three sons and their families. Ryan Graft '06 has joined Equicor, a real estate development and investment firm, as a leasing agent. In his position, Ryan will act as an intermediary between the landlord and potential tenant. He assists potential tenants to determine and fulfill their needs for office and retail spaces. Amanda Bosworth '07 has been accepted to the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). She plans to pursue a Master of Social Work degree in child welfare. Correction: Natalie Chovancek Ebnet's name was incorrectly spelled in the Spring 2007 issue of The Olivetian. We apologize for this mistake. Violet (Philebaum) Wells-Maxwell '49, age 79, died in Mount Vernon, Ohio, September 21, 2006. Violet was born August 3, 1927, the youngest of 13 children. When she was six years old, she heard an Olivet quartet and always dreamed of attending the University. She came to Kankakee in 1945, met and married Paul Wells in 1947 and graduated in 1949. The Wells were deeply committed to Christian higher education, first at Eastern Nazarene College 1955�1969, and then establishing the business department at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 1970. With her unique artistic vision, Violet created many beautiful works of art. Known as "Grandma Vi," she was devoted to chil- Rev. James "Jim" O. Kesler '60, age 70, passed away October 30, 2006. Jim was born August 24, 1936. After graduating from Olivet, he became an ordained elder of the Church of the Nazarene in 1962. He married Marilyn E. Morehead on June 2, 1962. Jim and Marilyn successfully pastored churches at Ora, Knox, Portage, West Lebanon and State Line, Ind. congregations, giving pastoral care and support to everyone with whom they came in contact. "Dad and Mom Kesler" parented 14 foster children and two biological children. He worked as a truant officer and substitute teacher for Attica and Seeger schools for 20 years. He was past president of Indiana Attendance Officers Association. He was also a volunteer on the Potawatomi Board for many years, a member of the Covington Church of the Nazarene where he had been pastor for six years, and served on the NMS District Council. Jim received the distinguished service award for the Nazarene for Church Mission Society and Parish Ministry and the Attendance Officer of the Year Award from the Indiana State Teachers Association. Dennis J. Yanchick '78 died February 13, 2007. OFFICE OF ALUMNI REL AT IONS ' 815-939-5258 : www.olivet.edu uestions about planned giving? Contact Olivet's Office of Development for answers to your questions about: � � � � � Endowed Scholarships Gift Annuities Wills and Trusts Retirement Planning NEW! IRA Rollover Gift Want to learn more? � Sign up to receive Olivet's Gift Legacy E-newsletter, including finance tips and updates about the latest financial legislation from Washington. Request a sample e-newsletter or subscribe today at www.olivet.edu. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 815-939-5171. OFFICE OF DEVELOPMENT w w w . o l i v e t . e d u Summer 2007 The Olivetian 17 Leap to Victory By Casey Manes he whistle of wind from friction against his speedy attempt is all Olivet senior Mark Hollis '07 hears as he executes a pole vault leap over 17 feet into the air. His intense focus delves him into a vacuum of disciplined concentration as his feet slap the pavement along the vaulting runway. Then, as he lands in a fold on the mat, he holds his breath, praying the crossbar will remain in place. Mark has been a pole vaulting member of the Tiger track team since he was a freshman in 2003 -- excelling with each passing year of his participation. In 2004, he was named an NCCAA indoor and outdoor All-American, a 2005 NAIA runner-up, and in 2006, NAIA national champion -- the first pole vaulter in Olivet history to earn the honor. The 2007 season has proven to be just as promising. Mark placed second at NAIA Indoor Nationals with a clearance of 17'2�". In early April, he earned first place in his event at the Chicagoland Championships and placed second at the NCCAA Outdoor National meet in early May with a height of 17'0". At the NAIA National Outdoor Championships May 24�26 at Fresno Pacific University in California, Mark won his second straight NAIA National Championship with a vault of 17'6�". He entered the meet with the best vault in the NAIA this season at 17'6�". Mark became interested in pole vaulting while growing up in Freeport, Ill. He followed in his older brother's footsteps and tried the sport while in high school and discovered his niche. "Once I started, it was just so much fun, and I started getting better. At first, I thought I wanted to do MEN'S TRACK T hurdles, but I started enjoying vaulting so much I decided to focus on that," he explains. The independence the sport brings is something that appeals to Mark. "[In pole vaulting,] you can always be better. I enjoy the challenge of it -- success and mistakes, they are both up to me. If I fail, I know it was my fault; and if I succeed, that was from me," he says. Along with his athletic achievements, Mark feels that he benefited in a variety of ways from being a student at Olivet. "A lot of people asked me why I am still here -- why I didn't go to a Division I school. I wouldn't change where I went at all; being here and meeting the people I met has made such an impact. It's great having teachers that know what I'm [involved] in; that are interested -- [as well as] having the spiritual support," explains Mark. Juggling athletics with studying has caused Mark to become more disciplined. "It has improved my time management, having to balance practice for five hours a day with school. It has increased my work ethic, knowing I get out of it what I put into it," he states. Mark's training is time consuming and intense, and consists of a range of strength training, gymnastics, speed exercises and body awareness work. He utilizes rings and high bar apparatuses as well as weight resistance to achieve the fine balance of strength, agility and speed that successful pole vaulting requires. As Mark prepares for an August graduation from Olivet, the sports management major sets his sights on even loftier pole vaulting goals. "I am a big believer in goals and goal setting," he begins. "I am not done with pole vaulting after graduation. I am going to compete in the USA Outdoor Championships in Indianapolis this summer. My ultimate goal is for the [pole vaulting] world record." "I want to train and compete in the Olympic trials and then in five years, my goal is to make the Olympic team and win gold. I'd like to make a living pole vaulting as a professional. Only the top ten in the U.S. usually get sponsored, so it's highly competitive," he says. Mark would be the first Olympian from Olivet -- a heady goal -- but if anyone can meet the challenge, it is this athlete, according to Tiger track coach Mike McDowell. "Mark is perfect proof that being coachable pays big dividends. His hard work and dedication have made him a leader among his peers. He has what it takes to compete at the highest level, and I firmly believe he'll be my first Olympic Trials athlete." Find the latest news, stats and scores at www.olivet.edu Sports Shorts Baseball: Despite finishing with a 13-7 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference record, and tying with three other teams for second place, the baseball team had to play in the conference tournament. The team entered the tournament as the fifth seed, but swept through the competition, winning the conference tournament. The win in the conference tournament allowed the Tigers to participate in the NAIA Region VII Tournament, where they were eliminated in two games. The Tigers finished with a 26-18 record, the team's ninth straight winning season. Nic Higgins '07 batted a team-leading .404 with a team-tying high five home runs and a teamleading 42 runs batted in. Zach Williams '10 batted .373 with 38 RBI and a team-leading 37 runs scored. Steve Held '08 finished with a team-leading 2.92 earned run average, winning a team-high seven games. Luke Highley '07 finished with a 3.04 ERA and a 3-3 record. Heath Groves '10 and Erich Holsten '08 both won four games, with Holsten registering a team-leading 39 strikeouts. Softball: Shortly after they returned from their spring trip, the softball team saw their season record fall to 10-10, after they lost eight of 11. However, the Tigers finished the season by win- ning 30 of their final 39 games, as they finished with a 40-19 record. More importantly, the Tigers went 16-2 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, winning their sixth regular season conference championships, but first since 2003. The Tigers finished second at the rain-shortened NCCAA World Series and second in the CCAC Tournament. Amy Murray '08 led the team with a .406 average. Marcia Grimes '08 batted .368 and stole 29 bases. Marisa Baker '10 scored a team-leading 53 runs, while Caitlin Gidcumb '10 drove in a team-leading 68 runs. Lauren Chessum '08 was ace of the pitching staff, going 21-11 in 35 appearances. She threw 194.2 innings and finished with a 3.28 earned run average. Chessum also struck out 234 batters. Kellie Koverman '10 went 15-4 with a 4.09 ERA in 134.1 innings. Men's Track and Field: As their outdoor season wrapped up, the men's track and field sent seven individuals to the NAIA National Meet in Fresno, Calif. Kendall Thomas '09 scored the first points for the Tigers' track and field team taking seventh in the hammer throw with a toss of 173 feet, four inches. Mark Hollis '07 successfully defended his NAIA National Pole Vault Championship, easily outvaulting the field and winning his second straight NAIA National Championship. Hollis entered the national meet with the best vault in the NAIA this season at 17 feet, 6� inches. Although he did not equal that height, Hollis still won the event with a vault of 17'5�". His winning effort set a Fresno Pacific University (Calif.) track record that he had set last year in winning the event. Ryan Richert '10 and Kacey Carr '09 finished second and third in the marathon, running 2:25:23.38 and 2:27:55.91, respectively. Women's Track and Field: Following the conclusion of their regular season, six individuals and one relay team qualified from the women's track team to run at the NAIA National Meet. Bethany McCoy '08 outdistanced the field by five seconds to cruise to the 1,500-meter NAIA Championship. McCoy, who had the second-fastest time entering the NAIA National Meet, posted a winning time of four minutes, 25.87 seconds. She set a Fresno Pacific University (Calif.) track record, breaking the record that had been set last year of 4:29.11. Carmin Green '07 finished the race third with a time of 4:30.92. Jenny Ellis '07 took fourth in the marathon, running a 3:01:44.78. The Tigers' 4x800-meter relay entered the NAIA National Track and Field Meet with the secondfastest time in the country. Bethany McCoy, Carmin Green, Cheri Hoffmann '07 and Aulbrey Gailey '10 teamed to win the race with a time of eight minutes, 55.13 seconds, the first time that a Tiger relay won an NAIA National Championship. The time set a track record at Fresno Pacific University (Calif.). The previous record was 8:56.06. Kaylin Himes '10 finished third in the pole vault, earning the team six points. Men's Tennis: Despite the loss of their top two players from the start of the season, the men's tennis team rallied to finish with a 14-4 mark. During the fall season, the Tigers team went 5-0 and followed that with a 9-4 mark during the spring season. NAIA Region VII did not have a post-season tournament, so the Tigers had to finish in the NAIA Top 25 to qualify for the NAIA National Tournament. That's exactly what the Tigers did, finishing the season ranked No. 22, earning a trip to the national tournament. The trip to the NAIA National Tournament for the Tigers was their fifth straight trip. The Tigers suffered a 9-0 setback to Benedictine College (Kan.) in the first round of the national tournament. Arka Mondal '07 and Christian Sanchez '07 played at first and second singles at the end of the season, with Mondal finishing with a 5-2 mark at first singles and Sanchez finishing with a 4-1 record at second singles. Women's Tennis: Although they played only three matches during the spring season, the women's tennis team finished the regular season with a 13-2 mark. NAIA Region VII did not have a post-season tournament, so the Tigers had to finish in the NAIA Top 25 to qualify for the NAIA National Tournament. That's exactly what the Tigers did, finishing the season ranked No. 19, qualifying the team for the national tournament. The trip marked the fourth time that the women's tennis team had qualified for the NAIA National Tournament, although it was the first trip since 2004. The Tigers suffered a 9-0 setback to Oklahoma Christian University in their opening-round match. Lily Gonzalez '09 and Jennifer Ramsay '09 went 10-1 in third and fourth singles action. The two teamed to post a 13-2 record at second doubles, while Jill Haas '08 and Jade Stanlick '09 posted the same 13-2 record at first doubles. w w w . o l i v e t . e d u 18 The Olivetian Summer 2007 TIGER TRACKS French and Chismark named NAIA All-Americans: Center Phil French '08 joined the ranks of nine other former Tigers to be named an NAIA All-American. French was selected to the NAIA Second Team, his first All-American selection. Forward Stan Chismark `07 was named an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American, a year after being named an NAIA Third Team All-American. French averaged a team-leading 18.1 points per game. He also grabbed a team-leading average of 7.7 rebounds. Chismark finished second on the team, averaging 16.7 points per game. His 54 three-pointers and an average of 6.4 rebounds were also second on the team. With two players named all-Americans, it marked the first time since 2000 that the Tigers had two players listed. Chismark is Olivet Nazarene's fifth two-time NAIA All-American. '08 joined a short list of NAIA All-Americans from Olivet Nazarene University. Disch was tabbed an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American, becoming the first Tiger player since 2001 to be named an all-American. Disch finished second on the team with a 15.0 scoring average. She also finished second by hitting 84 three-pointers and fifth in rebounding, grabbing 3.7 rebounds per game. She did post a team-leading 140 assists. Finding the Faith BASKETBALL � By K ate Morgan tan Chismark '08 came to Olivet for one reason: to play basketball. A star athlete, Stan had no connection to the Church and even considered himself an atheist. Feeling like an outsider and tired of the rules, he almost left Olivet after his freshman year. He talked openly about his struggles with those close to him. But eventually, coaches Ralph Hodge '75/'96 M.A.E. and Dan Voudrie '96 M.A.T., along with Stan's parents, talked him into staying. By second semester of his junior year, though, Stan had had enough of the University rules and especially chapel. In an act of defiance, he decided that -- instead of paying attention to the chapel message -- he was going to read the book of Matthew. At that point, he started to believe that Jesus was a great teacher. He remembered initial thoughts being, "`Hey, this man is pretty deep. And a lot of what He's saying rings true.'" S Disch named NAIA All-American: Guard Hilary Disch Jessica Mateer '08 and Maggie Sillar '08, were named NAIA Women's Basketball All-America Scholar-Athletes. The five Tigers represented five of the seven Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) members named to the NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete list, with Saint Xavier University (Ill.) having the other two members. Kalas, an elementary education major, averaged 6.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. Mullin, a health and physical education major, averaged a team-leading 15.8 points and 2.7 rebounds and finished her career with 1,403 points, the eighth most in the program's history. Jaeger, an athletic training major, averaged 1.8 points and dished out 129 assists, the second most on the squad. She is already listed among the program's top 20 assist and steals leaders. Mateer, an athletic training major, averaged 5.9 points and grabbed 2.2 rebounds. Sillar, a communication studies major, averaged 10.4 points and grabbed a team-leading 6.6 rebounds. Five Tigers named NAIA All-America ScholarAthletes: Missy Kalas '07, Kellie Mullin '07, Codi Jaeger '08, medley relay won the college division championship. Carmin Green '07 ran the leadoff leg, running the 1,200-meter, passing the baton to Sarah Juenger '07 (400-meter) who then passed to Cheri Hoffmann '08, (800-meter) and Bethany McCoy '08 ran the final 1,600 meters. The quartet ran the race in a meet record 11 minutes, 26.59 seconds, shattering the previous record of 11:35.01, set last year by the Tiger relay team that included Green, McCoy and Juenger. It marked the third different team that head coach Mike McDowell had used to set the record. Distance Medley Relay wins third straight Drake Relay: For the third straight year, the Tigers' women's distance AN OPEN DOOR Sensing their teammate was searching for something, Phillip Howell '07, Zach Birkey '06 and Dave Blahnik '06 gave Stan a Bible. Inside they had written the verse, Matthew 7:7, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." As he continued seeking, he attended a Good Friday service with his girlfriend, Ashley Prince '06, a pastor's daughter. Toward the end of the service, Rev. Fred Prince '78 asked members of the congregation to write their names on a piece of paper and nail it to the cross. "I didn't go up there, obviously," Stan remembers. "Giving your life to Christ -- I wasn't really at that point." But he began to pray. "It was probably the first time in my entire life that I prayed. I just said, `Lord, I'm seeking and I'm knocking. Will you open a door? Please give me a sign, God.'" After the service, a stranger approached Stan. He told of how he, too, had been an unbeliever who dated a preacher's daughter. "It took me 20 years, and I wish I would have started believing earlier," the man told him. "But I'm sure you'll find that if you keep dating Ashley." Stan was amazed. "Wow! If that was not the door opening, I don't know what is," he says. That day, Stan began to believe in God, which ultimately led him to give his heart to Christ. REJOICING THROUGH TRIALS During the next year, Stan experienced ups and downs as a new Christian. There were times when he got discouraged and questioned his faith. But he credits Ashley, his teammates and coaches with encouraging him as he continued to grow. His faith was tested when a knee injury ended his college career near the end of this year's season. He candidly confides that had the injury happened before he came to know Christ, he probably would have turned to alcohol. "That's how I always dealt with my problems before. But because I had God, I didn't have any need to do that," he says. So while he had moments of anger, Stan was, more than anything, grateful. He found himself constantly thinking of Philippians 4:4, "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" He rejoiced in the fact that God had given him basketball in the first place, that he had great success at Olivet and that he would receive a college education because of the sport. "We are given so much. It's just hard to take that and say, `Oh, my life is terrible,'" he reflects. Stan plans to graduate next year with a degree in history. His hope is to rehab his knee throughout the summer, concentrate on working out during the next school year and then play professional basketball overseas. He sees Europe as a huge opportunity to witness to others, using basketball as a tool. Eventually, he'd like to earn a master's degree in education and coach high school or college basketball. Throughout his career he will use basketball as a way to minister to others, especially unbelievers. Having lived nearly 21 years without believing in God, Stan's passion is for those who do not yet know the Truth. "We need to treat people who aren't in the Church with love and compassion. I always think of when Christ said, `It's not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick' [Matthew 9:12]. Here at Olivet and within the Church, that's what I'm here for, that's who I'm trying to reach." Four softball players named all-conference: Led by Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year Lauren Chessum '08, Olivet Nazarene University has placed three members on the first team all-conference squad and one on the honorable mention squad. Chessum was named to her third allconference squad and won her second CCAC Pitcher of the Year Award. Chessum went 21-11 this season and has struck out 234 batters, while allowing 163 hits and a 3.28 ERA in 194.2 innings. She has thrown five shutouts and two combined shutouts. Outfielder Caitlin Gidcumb '10 was named the CCAC Freshman of the Year and to the first team all-conference squad. Gidcumb is third on the team with a .353 average, with 65 hits in 184 at-bats. She is fourth on the team with 42 runs scored and leads the team with 68 runs batted in. She has also registered 16 doubles, seven home runs and one triple. Outfielder Marcia Grimes '08 was named to her first allconference squad. Grimes finished second on the team in batting, hitting .368 with 67 hits in 182 at-bats. She is second on the team with 51 runs scored. Grimes drove in 22 runs and stole a teamleading 29 bases. She is one of four players to start all 59 games for the Tigers this season. Pitcher Kellie Koverman '10 was named to her first honorable mention all-conference team. Koverman went 15-4 in 30 appearances with 20 starts. She has thrown 12 complete games with three shutouts and two combined shutouts. Koverman posted a 4.09 ERA in 134.1 innings, allowing 122 hits. She walked only 30 batters, while striking out 124. Held '08 was the only Tiger baseball player selected to the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic First Team All-Conference squad. Held finished the season with a 7-1 record and a 2.92 earned run average. He made 12 appearances, with eight starts and five complete games. Held struck out 25 batters in 61.2 innings of work. Pitcher Erich Holsten '08 was an honorable mention all-conference selection. Holsten went 4-2 with a 3.68 ERA. He made 11 appearances on the mound, making eight starts and throwing one complete game. He struck out a team-high 39 batters, while throwing 44 innings. BASEBALL Johnson wins 800th game livet Nazarene University head baseball coach Elliot Johnson picked up his 800th career victory with the Tigers' 4-1 win over the Illinois Institute of Technology in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday, April 28. Johnson now has a 803-4143 record in 27 seasons as a collegiate head coach. Johnson had previous head � By Marc Shaner O Held and Holsten named all-conference: Pitcher Steven coaching stints at Trevecca Nazarene University (Tenn.) a n d L e To u rneau University (Texas). He joins nine other active coaches in the NAIA with at least 800 victories. The Tigers have a 26-18 record, following a split with Illinois Tech. Illinois Tech won the first game of the doubleheader 4-2 in nine innings. Johnson, who is in his eighth season at Olivet, has gone 303115-3 as the Tigers' skipper. In his stint as the Tigers' head coach, Johnson has guided the team to four Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships, two NAIA Region VII Championships, two NAIA World Series appearances, one NAIA Heartland Super Regional Championship and one NCCAA National Championship. w w w . o l i v e t . e d u Summer 2007 The Olivetian 19 QUESTIONS Benjamin Smidt '07 Accounting/Economics-Finance major � Morton, Ill. I am excited to put my education to work and to live a life witness in the corporate environment. Bekah will be teaching Spanish and theater to young children at Kultural Kids Learning Center in Morton. How do you feel Olivet has pr epared you for taking the plunge into the "real world"? Just a few weeks ago, you crossed Olivet's "finish line," so to speak, and received your diploma. Can you describe what that moment felt like? With 1 Crossing the stage was a blur, but throughout senior week and Commencement weekend, I felt very grateful. It is a privilege to attend college, and to have spent four years in Christcentered education is valuable beyond a degree. Your wife, Rebekah Ann (McCoy) '07, was surprised at Commencement with the Maggie Sloan award. Care to brag on her a bit? 2 8 Sure, I love talking about her. You don't need to spend five minutes with her to realize she loves the Lord with a servant's heart. Her compassion for people is evident in her quick smile. With so many outstanding women in our class, it is a special honor for her to be recognized as the Maggie Sloan award recipient. This year, you served as the president of ONU's chapter of Students in Free Enterprise. For those who aren't familiar with SIFE, tell us a little bit about the organization and some of the ways SIFE got involved in the community. 3 SIFE is a leadership development organization that educates about the benefits of free enterprise. Every SIFE team across the world completes projects in five different categories. The ONU SIFE team completed 25 projects in all and committed over 3,000 hours of work this year. Our activities involved a wide range of audiences and topics. We educated fourth graders about money management through an interactive game; we performed ethics skits for junior high students; we taught high schoolers about credit issues; we completed a feasibility study for the USDA allowing a local entrepreneur to receive a $3.5 million loan; and we helped put together several oncampus seminars. Beyond the SIFE criteria, we led a campus service project and worked as election judges throughout Kankakee County. I feel ready; in fact, I feel anxious. I know my education has been top notch and that I have been nurtured for a life of Christian service. I know that God is always walking with me and that real faith takes action. I have learned to not be defined by my employment and that everyone is a missionary. 4 SIFE has received quite a bit of special recognition lately. Tell us a little bit about that. In early March, ONU SIFE was recognized as one of the Chicago Regional Champions, which qualifies the team to compete in the National Competition. At Nationals, our team was called on stage to receive second runner-up in our division. This is the best performance in the 17-year ONU SIFE history and has been our goal for the last several years. Being called on stage in front of the audience of more than 4,000 people is a tremendous accomplishment. Without a doubt, I will miss the relationships. Relationships with students, professors and faculty will be my most meaningful memories of Olivet. 5 What will you miss most about Olivet? What's something very few people know about you? 9 6 Finish this sentence: 10 years from now, my friends and I will still be laughing about the time ... One of the guys on our floor brought back a boa constrictor snake from Christmas Break. I guess since it was a "sweet deal," he thought it was allowed in the dorm. I am very competitive. I think I tend to come across as mild mannered, but I love to make a game out of everything. I even go as far as trying to be the first one to flip to the right page in the hymnal on Sunday mornings. I am moving to Morton, Ill., to work for Caterpillar in their logistics division. I am part of the logistics development group and will be working on a mergers and acquisition team. 7 So what's next for you? I would recommend meeting as many people as you can, especially professors and faculty, and to get involved. The relationships you form will last a lifetime, so make many, and be committed to them. Come with an openness to learn and a desire for education. There is a wealth of experience and brilliance on the campus. Soak it in. 10 Have any advice for next year's freshman class? w w w . o l i v e t . e d u 76 Together As One L ive s a r e c h a n ge d a n d l i f e lo n g d e c i s i o n s a r e ma d e w h e n w e gat h e r to g e t h e r .