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Fall 2011

A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME


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A New Sign for Important Times

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never lose the excitement of the fall school year. My first teaching job out of college was more than 35 years ago. It never gets old. This fall is particularly exciting as we celebrate a new sign at Crown’s front entrance. It matches so well with our main campus and the timing was perfect in that we were able to match a donor’s interest with the update of our brand. Crown College is committed to three central values: Christ-centered, Academic Excellence, and being Globally Connected. This fall’s incoming undergraduate class is once again, larger than last year’s. We also have the largest group of new international students ever to enroll at Crown. Within our Undergraduate and AGS programs, we have students from over 40 states and 34 countries. In keeping with our value of academic excellence, the North Central Association, our accrediting body, will have a team on campus this November to do a onceevery-decade review of our campus and programs. Accreditation certifies Crown’s competency and credibility as a higher learning institution, an important signal to prospects, students, employees, alumni and donors that Crown is the quality institution it claims to be. On a related note, our incoming class of undergraduate students has the highest ACT scores in the history of the College. As you read the story about military chaplains, you see once again that Crown’s Christ-centered focus continues. Thanks to Jonathan and the many others who serve Christ and our nation through the military. I am also pleased to announce the establishment of Crown Cornerstone, an organization created to honor those who make exceptional annual financial gifts to Crown College. Throughout our history, Crown has been lifted up by a dedicated group of alumni, friends, faculty and staff who have provided time, talent and treasure to advance the mission of the College. These individuals fortify the spirit and success of Crown and we are deeply grateful to them all. To advance Crown to a more effective and vigorous future, we need our partners to provide consistent and significant resources. Crown Cornerstone will recognize this community of partners who provide gifts of $1,000 or more within a calendar year. I encourage those of you who embrace our vision to develop Christian leaders who will serve and influence the world for Christ to become a member of Crown Cornerstone and renew that affiliation each year. Lastly, please pray for us–these are, indeed, important times for fulfilling God’s purpose. Thank you for your prayers and support of Crown College. Blessings,

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The Bridge is published by the Crown College Office of Marketing & Media Relations.

Rick Mann, PhD President

P.S. This year’s theme is MERGE from Romans 15:5, 6. We want to see the fullness of God’s unifying spirit merge in the life of our campus. “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:5-6 (NIV)

The Bridge Mission Statement The mission of The Bridge magazine is to enhance Crown College’s connection with its alumni, and the alumni with each other. This will be accomplished with up-to-date news stories and features that are designed to inform and educate its readership. The editorial content will speak to contemporary events and issues from a Christian perspective. Ultimately, this publication will provide a quality resource for Crown’s alumni and friends, further equipping them as Christian leaders in today’s global landscape. ____________________________ College Administration Rick Mann, Ph.D., President Wendy Edgar, Vice President of Advancement Scott Moats, Ph.D., Vice President for Academics Michael Price, Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing Michael Sohm, Interim Vice President of Student Development David Tarrant, Vice President of Finance ____________________________ Alumni Executive Committee Rick Yount ’01, President; Rob Wilkening ’05, Vice President; Dave Osterhus ’55; Dwight Williams ’72; Kathi Braland ’94; Alisia Guild ’96; Karl Jensen ’99 Mike Wood, Alumni Director ____________________________ Magazine Staff and Contributors Editor Brian Wright Director of Marketing & Media Relations Creative Director Tim Prusha Contributing Writers Karol Allen, Carol Aslanian, Josh Dunwoody, Wendy Edgar, Rick Mann, Scott Moats, Mike Wood, Brian Wright Please send comments to editor@crown.edu ____________________________ Financial contributions may be made online at www. crown.edu/give or by calling 1-800-646-2586 or mail to: Office of Advancement, Crown College 8700 College View Drive, St. Bonifacius, MN 55375 ____________________________ Crown College is the Midwest regional college of The Christian and Missionary Alliance. Crown has a strong evangelical Christian commitment. No discrimination with regard to gender, age, handicap or national/ethnic origin is practiced. Crown College is a nonprofit organization funded by student tuition as well as through gifts and contributions from alumni and friends. The Bridge magazine (USPO 979-20) is published by Crown College, 8700 College View Dr, St. Bonifacius, MN 55375-9001.

Called to Serve. Prepared to Lead.

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Crown’s Online Programs Nationally Ranked in Top 10 Crown College’s online programs, offered through the Adult & Graduate Studies division (AGS), have been recognized among the nation’s best in a recent ranking of online programs offered by Christian colleges and universities across the U.S. According to TheBestColleges.org, Crown College’s online program is characterized by “exemplary student satisfaction indicators, a low student-to-faculty ratio and relatively competitive admissions, [which helps] Crown College to stand out from the crowd of online Christian colleges.” (See page 18 for a related article about how Online Education is a growing trend in higher education.)

Crown Named Military Friendly School Crown College has been named by G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School® for 2012! This honor ranks Crown in the top 20% of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide and is the result of extensive research and a datadriven survey of more than 8,000 schools. Noted, were Crown’s efforts to improve its military-friendliness each year by bolstering its policies, efforts and results used to recruit and retain military and veteran students. There are 8 million military members and veterans currently seeking a school. For information about Crown’s veterans programs, go to www.crown.edu/veterans.

Main Building Restoration Project As faithful stewards, taking care of “our house” helps extend our service into the next century. The Main academic building at Crown College is in year two of a three year project to restore the Mankato Stone exterior. The Main building, built in 1958, was constructed with natural Mankato Stone, concrete, and steel. Over time, the extreme weather conditions in Minnesota causes natural wear on the stone surface, mortar joints, and sealant joints on window and door frames. In addition, the slight erosion on the surface of the stone allows dirt accumulation, and eventually moisture penetrates through the stone walls and begins wicking into interior spaces. The College contracted with J. Carlson and Sons to clean the building’s masonry and concrete sections, tuck point loose mortar joints, replace individual loose stones, re-caulk windows, doors and building expansion joints, and reseal through-wall flashing systems above openings to stop moisture infiltration. This process is quite involved but is needed to restore the integrity of the exterior stone structure. The most notable result of this work is that the stone has a “new” appearance and has been restored to its original color. The third and final phase of the project is scheduled to begin in May of 2012 after our graduation ceremonies. Phase two, completed this summer, restored the building’s Mankato Stone to it’s original appearance.

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Watch the full video on Crown’s Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/crowncollege1916

Q&A

with Don Berglund Crown’s new Chairman of the Board

Q: Can you tell us a bit about you, your family and your career? A: I am a Twin Cities native, having grown up in the Minnetonka area. I received both my undergrad and graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota, and have spent most of my career in healthcare, running hospitals and hospital systems. Currently, I am in the blood industry specializing in services that help people donate blood and provide a safe supply of blood to hospitals and the medical community. My wife Cindy and I have been married for almost 35 years and we have four wonderful kids all in their 20’s. Cindy and I met while we were both on staff at Campus Crusade for Christ. God had it in mind for us to fall in love and have this wonderful ministry together. We just love being parents, love being married, love the ministry together.

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Q: How did you come to know Christ? A: I came to know Jesus as my Savior when I was a young child, growing up in a church where Christ was proclaimed and the Bible was taught. I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t know that God loved me. Because of my sin, I was separated from him and needed a Savior; Jesus Christ was God’s provision for my sin. During my college years, I became involved in several on-campus student ministries. In the process, God worked in my heart to change my plans. I had planned to get my undergraduate degree and move right into graduate courses in healthcare management at the University of Minnesota. I had a pretty solid focus on that and spent a lot of time and energy preparing for that. But while I was a senior, God placed a desire in my heart to spend time in vocational ministry. So I became involved in Campus Crusade for Christ, spending four years with this ministry on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City. During this time, I had an opportunity to spend the summer in Hong Kong working with a local church. It was wonderful to get a taste of cross-cultural international missions by going into another part of the world. Getting students to know Christ and then sending them into the world through this ministry made a significant impact on my life.

Q: What is your history with Crown College? A: We have a history with Crown dating back to growing up at Minnetonka Community Church-they had a strong relationship with St. Paul Bible College (now Crown). A number of my peers growing up attended St. Paul Bible College as did my younger brother, Marty, who attended and met his wife here. He went on to seminary where he became a C&MA pastor for 30 years in the northeastern part of the United States. In addition, our daughter, Sarah, transferred to Crown from another college. Our four children have attended four very different colleges. By comparison, Sarah said that the welcoming and caring environment at Crown was wonderful, and that it was also challenging and stimulating academically. As a parent, I saw a difference in Sarah’s life as a student on several fronts. She became more engaged as a student and would often talk about her interaction with faculty in a way that she hadn’t in her other college experience. She would also comment on how she appreciated Crown’s encouraging and safe environment. I’m thankful she had a great experience here! Q: As a parent, what advice would you give to other parents looking at colleges today? A: As I think about being a parent of a Crown student, a number of the things that my daughter experienced here are consistent with what we focused on at home. For one thing, it’s important for your kids to have the right circle of friends because who they choose as friends will have a lot of influence on who they become. It’s also important to make sure you’re doing what you can to insure your child is being exposed to what God says is true. There are thousands of messages that we each receive every day suggesting that certain things may be true. As Christians, we have to keep centering ourselves on what God says is true in His word. One of our challenges as parents is to have our kids keep God’s Word in front of them, especially during their college years. A place like Crown allows your daughter or son to be a student, having the opportunity to pursue the skill-set that God is leading them toward, all in the context of biblical truth. That’s an amazing opportunity presented to students—and their parents—at Crown.


around campus student experience here. As I have begun to meet them, and some have been here for decades, they are all passionate about their role in pursuing academic excellence but doing so in a way that integrates their own personal faith while they coach students on how to think about their particular topic in the context of biblical truth. One of the great things about Crown is that students can be prepared to do whatever God calls them to do for the rest of their life in the context of great biblical understanding and commitment to follow Christ. As a parent, a professional and a believer, I’m encouraged by the atmosphere at Crown. That’s one of things that drives my passion for being involved at Crown and supporting all that

“I believe God is directing Crown in a clear direction for a great future, based on its core values.” The Board also likes the passion we see in the students, staff, faculty and administration—all are clearly supportive of Crown’s vision, values and distinctives. Our faculty adds incredible value to the

God wants Crown to be. As I have had a chance to meet leaders of other Christian colleges and compare notes, I am so impressed with Crown’s relationship with The Christian

and Missionary Alliance (C&MA). I’m so impressed with how Crown is being loyal to the principles of faith of the C&MA and their focus on the world and on making a difference. This past February, while on a missions trip to Vietnam, I was stirred to think back on all the persecution the country had endured over the past few decades and how the C&MA church has persevered in that country. Crown has enabled people to be part of that ministry. Q: How can the Crown Community be praying for you and the rest of our Board? A: As a board you can pray that we would be wise and courageous as Board members who are trusting God to set the direction for Crown College through its leaders. My life verse is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and don’t lean on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your path.” I believe God is directing Crown in a clear direction for a great future, based on its core values. Pray, too, that Crown will be a distinctive force in Christian ministry in the decades to come. I’ve been impressed within my own family, through my daughter and brother, how God has used Crown College to accomplish His purpose in their parts of the world. n

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Q: From the Board’s perspective, what does the future look like for Crown College? A: This is an exciting time to be a Crown College. As a Board, we support the vision that Dr. Mann has established for the College. It’s exhilarating to be a part of an institution that prepares Christians to serve and influence the world! We’re glad to hear of Crown’s continued growth in enrollment and new programs like the recent addition of the online MBA. We’re also very passionate about the fact that Crown has distinctives that no other college in the region can claim. The genuine integration of faith into the equipping process is more than a statement in a brochure.


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Each week, the Presiden’ts Cabinet meets to discuss important issues and to to pray. Cabinet members include (from left): Mike Sohm, Wendy Edgar, Miike Price, Scott Moats, President Rick Mann and David Tarrant.

Recent Changes to President’s Cabinet

Mike Price (top) is an avid fisherman and lives in St. Bonifacius with his wife, Kathy, and their three children. During lunch, you’ll find Mike Sohm (bottom)

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playing hoops in the gym. He and his wife, Nancy (also a Crown employee), live in nearby Waconia.

Mike Price

Mike Sohm

Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing

Interim Vice President of Student Development

With three children of his own, Mike Price is passionate about the need for Christ-centered higher education. Joining Crown in June, 2010, with fifteen years of higher-ed admissions experience, Mike knows the best-practices of running an enrollment and marketing division for a growing private Christian college like Crown. Most of all, Mike realizes that without seeking the Lord’s guidance through prayer, none of it will work. Mike’s tenure in higher education includes both for-profit and non-profit institutions. Prior to coming to Crown, he was the Admissions Director for Adult Programs at Bethel University (St. Paul, MN). He also serves on a leadership committee for NACCAP, a coalition of Christian admissions professionals. Mike is motivated by making progress—moving an organization forward, not resting on the past. His vision for Crown, by the end of this decade, is to have 1,000 undergrad students on campus and 2,000 online adult students. He feels confident with an engaged and passionate staff who is also ignited by this common vision. Mike’s top priorities include enrollment growth, building Crown’s awareness, creating a framework with professional processes and systems, and developing key partnerships for the College. While he knows these are bottom-line priorities, Mike says, “There is so much more to this job than the bottom-line; we are doing kingdom work at Crown, equipping students to combine their learning with their faith in Christ, in very real ways.”

Mike Sohm is not new to Crown College. For the last five years, Mike has been the College’s Executive Vice President—a role that, in Mike’s words, was “heavily administrative.” If you know Mike Sohm, you know his personality and passion lean more toward leadership development. With Dwight Carlblom’s recent departure to Korea, Mike saw this as a perfect opportunity to move back into his sweet spot, playing an integral role in developing the leadership skills of student leaders and staff. This key role within Student Development is at the core of developing a ministry mindset. Referring to Matthew 9: 36-38, Mike believes it’s this ministry mindset that prepares the “few” workers for being “sent out to his harvest fields.” As Mike says, “It is important that our alumni understand that we are staying true to our historic mission of providing an authentic Christian education for the purposes of equipping marketplace ministers.” One near-term priority for Mike is to hire a Dean of Students who will strengthen resident living. To parents, Mike would say, “Crown’s campus is a safe place. Not only do we have an excellent relationship with the County Sheriff, but this is also a safe place for your daughter’s and son’s to ask the difficult questions, about faith, about self, about the world. And, the answers will be grounded in Scripture. Your child’s education at Crown will be more integrated with Christian faith than a number of other places available.”


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International Student Population at Crown Grows by More Than 200%

OUR STUDENTS COME FROM AROUND THE GLOBE Countries represented at Crown Australia Austria Brazil Burkina Faso Cambodia Cameroon Canada China Dominican Republic Ecuador Ethiopia Ghana Honduras Hong Kong Kenya Korea Kyrgyzstan Liberia Malaysia Mali Moldova Morocco Panama Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Russia Rwanda Singapore Somalia Tanzania Thailand United States Vietnam

grow cross-culturally.” International students currently participate in both our resident undergraduate and Adult & Graduate Studies (AGS) programs. In addition, Crown’s faculty and staff exhibit a vast history of cross-cultural service in education, business and ministry. With our low faculty to student ratio, students are given significant access to globally connected mentors, who understand the importance of advising and serving around the globe. Edgar says, “We believe we have one of the best environments available for incoming international students and MKs.

We intentionally help these students adjust to life in the United States and Minnesota. Crown provides one week of international orientation to undergraduate students prior to the arrival of other new and returning students. International students participate in a variety of activities on the campus including athletics, intramurals, music, choir, theater, debate, student government, urban ministry, and InterCultural Experiences (ICE Trips) as well as serving in local churches. Crown is rapidly becoming a national collegiate leader in the area of multi-cultural diversity among students.”

“Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations you do not know will come running to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor.” (Isaiah 55:5)

7 GALA KEYNOTE SPEAKER WITH POWERFUL MESSAGE Don’t miss this year’s President’s Gala on Friday, October 21, 2011 as Dr. Daniel Shayesteh shares his transforming journey of helping bring the Ayatollah Khomeini into power in Iran, to becoming an outspoken Christian evangelist and author. You will be captivated! (See page 23 for registration and details.)

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This year, Crown’s student body represents 35 countries. More than ever, International students, Missionary Kids (MKs) and Third Culture Kids (TCKs) bring an important and valued dynamic to the Crown College community. Global connection and diversity are integral to the mission of Crown enabling our students to experience the world in a greater context and it is our responsibility to develop leadership in the students we serve from throughout the world. According to Crown’s International Admissions Recruiter, Bob Edgar, “Crown seeks to attract international students based on their intellectual interests, desire for spiritual growth and their aspiration to


By Brian Wright Director of Marketing and Media Relations

The Updating of a Brand

AFTER NEARLY 20 YEARS, CROWN’S BRAND GETS AN UPDATE THAT HONORS ITS PAST, ENGAGES ITS FUTURE, AND FORTIFIES ITS FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.

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hen you think of a brand, what first comes to mind? Many think of a logo…the Golden Arches, the stylized apple missing a bite, a red bull’s-eye. Others recall an experience…seeing Cinderella’s Castle for the first time, not paying for luggage when you fly, disappointment when the server says they offer the “other cola.” Some will remember a slogan… “Just do it” or “What can Brown do for you?” A “brand” is an experiential relationship created between two entities. You experience a brand. A brand’s logo is the visual representation of the desired experience. The brand’s value is the amount of incremental emotional change that happens when you experience the brand. Based on recollections of your experiences,

you may choose to drive ten miles further, knowing you’ll pay more to shop where the salesperson remembers you, your size and that you purchased the navy blazer two months ago. So, what about the Crown College brand? What does it mean to you, your family, the community, the world? Why is our brand important, and why did it need updating? With alumni in nearly every time zone around the world, it is safe to say that the Crown College brand has global influence. Our stakeholders include not only our alums, but current and prospective students, parents, faculty, staff, administration, the Board of Trustees, neighbors, service providers, the media, even other Christian colleges and universities, and the C&MA. With the multiple ways we communicate…via social media, the


KEY FINDINGS FROM RESEARCH • Initial sources of awareness about Crown are “close to home” -- Alums, current students and family members represented – 47%

In addition, e10 conducted research among Crown’s faculty and staff, to help identify the need for and themes surrounding the importance of a unified approach to marketing and branding strategies. Key findings (see sidebar) from e10’s research revealed Crown’s brand has much influence, especially among its most immediate stakeholders. Yet, there were important areas to improve upon. For example, internal constituents expressed a desire to create a unified message and appearance for prospective students, donors and other stakeholders. In addition to the research, a brand audit was conducted reviewing all logos, marketing materials and websites involving the Crown brand. The audit revealed significant inconsistencies in how the Crown brand was represented in the marketplace. In fact, one of the primary logos used during the period of the audit was actually creating a negative perception of Crown’s academic excellence. One of the branding tools Mike Price, Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing, recommended during this process was a book called, BrandTender

• Most influential sources of information about Crown are “insiders” -- Campus visit and Admissions Counselor – 48% -- Crown’s website – 24% • While there is a high awareness of other area Christian colleges and universities, relatively few apply to other colleges than Crown. • Relative to other colleges, Crown is perceived to do more to: -- Provide a Christ-centered curriculum -- Develop a heart for service -- Build life-time relationships -- Be more affordable • Other schools are perceived to do more to -- Offer academic excellence and rigor

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phone, in-person, over email, snailmail, direct mail, at college fairs, on billboards, advertisements, financial aid award letters, donor proposals… our brand is communicated in dozens of ways. Strong brands also have a positive impact on financial results. In the corporate world, from 2000-2009, the Top 100 Global Brands outperformed the S&P 500 by nearly 50%. Given the vastness of our stakeholders, communication channels and financial implication, the topic of branding is quite important. With Crown’s centennial on the horizon, our Cabinet expressed a desire to enter the next century with new vigor and a fresh look. In addition, much of the NCA Self-Study focuses on Crown’s ability to articulate and execute why and how the College exists (i.e. brand messaging). Therefore, a solid plan for gathering information and research was essential to turn the complexity of branding into something concrete. The best place to start was with our students. In January, 2010, an extensive research project was undertaken with Crown’s branding partner, e10, a marketing and branding agency located in Minneapolis. More than 500 surveys were completed by current Crown students as well as from recently withdrawn students. Student groups from both, traditional Undergrad and Adult & Graduate Studies (AGS) programs were represented in the survey feedback. The objective of the research was to gain a meaningful understanding of: • Initial sources of brand awareness • Most valuable sources of influence and information about Crown • Other schools of interest during the application process • Perceptions of Crown relative to the competitive set • Relative importance of Crown’s attributes, and how well we deliver on the promised attributes


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1) The gym floor was refinished with the new crest featured prominently at center court, new logo running along the baseline and new protective pads under the hoops 2) The football scoreboard truss was replaced 3) Student athletes, coaches and visitors have new seats to sit on 4) The Crown College Bookstore is well-stocked with new Crown clothing and gear 5) All marketing materials have been updated for consistent look and messaging.

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Marketing: True Customer Engagement from the Inside Out, by Dan Day. At Mike’s suggestion, the entire Enrollment and Marketing division read the book. As the author points out, “Great brands get their strength from inside the organization. True customer engagement can be driven only by brand-conscious insiders who are engaged themselves.” An organization’s insiders are the strongest allies of the brand—they are the “brandtenders.” That came through in the research as well; those who know Crown the best are the primary and most influential source of information about Crown. How and what we communicate about Crown College to our family, friends, church, work associates and community makes us Crown’s brandtenders. While the College’s Mission Statement remains unchanged, the research, brand audit and added awareness, helped establish the vision, values and visuals which unify the Crown College brand message. These elements combine to reinforce our history and beliefs, fortify our aspirations and intensify our commitment to serving God around the globe.

Called to Serve. Prepared to Lead. While the brand message remains constant over the long term, it is supported by something called a tagline. Taglines are updated periodically, every couple of years. In developing the new tagline, featured above, the Marketing department presented a dozen tagline options to the President’s Council and Cabinet, who narrowed them down to six. These six were sent via an online survey to alumni, parents, students, prospective students, donors, faculty and staff. Almost 800 survey responses were tallied. The overwhelming winner—in every segment—was: Called to Serve. Prepared to Lead. This tagline has begun appearing on new marketing materials for the College over the last few months. As we enter a new academic school year, our 95th, after nearly two years of research and engagement, Crown’s new brand presence is beginning to appear in what we see as well as what we say. Students coming to campus this fall will see a new sign by the highway featuring the College’s new logo (see page 26). The Marketing department is creating new brochures,


will be announced in the next edition of The Bridge. As you reflect on your own experiences at Crown College, think about the brand and what it represents. Many will be reminded of the famous Hustad-Gianoulis bantering, Jay Steele’s beard, Bill Bedford’s one-liners or Don Hardy’s dry humor. Others will recall John Auer’s pregame pep talks, Karen Gustafson’s lectures, chapel worship, prayer time with RA’s, Christmas in Crown Chapel, the Homecoming Regatta, Dr. Mann’s vision or Dr. Benedict’s slap on the back. THESE are the Crown College brand, and YOU are the Crown College brandtenders. ALL for the glory of God, our Heavenly Father. n

Mission Statement The mission of Crown College is to provide a biblically-based education for Christian leadership in The Christian and Missionary Alliance, the church-at-large, and the world.

Vision Statement Christians prepared to serve and influence the world.

Core Values

• Christ-centered—Uphold a curriculum and community that is focused on Christ • Academically excellent—Prepare students for a wide range of professional careers • Globally connected—Interaction with learning communities around the world

Planning Values

• Affordable—A private college experience within reach of the average American home • Accessible—Open to students across a continuum of academic abilities • Professional—Over 40 accredited undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs

Visuals (logo)

• Crest and Word mark—Traditional symbols of excellence reinforce Crown’s high academic standards • Stylized Crown (do you see the “C” under the crown?)—Crown’s acknowledgement of Christ as King • Curve and Colors—Crown’s role in the world (gray) is to equip students for moving heavenward (majestic purple) through knowledge of, and reliance on, Jesus Christ.

PHOTO CONTEST HAVE BRAND—WILL TRAVEL Show us how far you’ll go to show-off your Crown College pride! Send us a photo of you wearing your Crown gear. The four photos from the furthest distance away from St. Bonifacius win NEW Crown gear (for future travels, of course!). Winning photo (furthest distance) wins $100 of new Crown gear. (next three will each win $50 of new gear; top ten photos will appear in next edition of the Bridge). Tell us your size and where the photo was taken (show us visual evidence in the photo). Send your Photo Contest entries to Marketing@crown.edu

Entries must be received by December 1, 2011.

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collateral materials, letterhead and campus signage that not only features the new logo, but also speaks directly to our core values whenever possible. The Crown Bookstore has all new inventories of apparel and other merchandise featuring the new look. In addition, faculty and staff have attended various information sessions about the updated brand, its meaning and importance of being brandtenders. In addition, Crown’s website is in the midst of a massive update, which will launch later in the year. The new update will, of course, feature the new look as well as a new philosophy on key market segments (such as prominent display for those interested in online learning; see page 18) and a streamlined user experience getting you where you want to go within no more than three clicks. More on this


ac•cred•i•ta•tion “The lengthy process of having an external organization certify the competency and credibility of a higher education institution.”

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You do not see the word ‘decennial’ in print very often. Perhaps many have never seen the word before now. It’s a word reserved for events that happen every ten years ... like the event that’s happening at Crown College in November– an accreditation visit from NCA. By Scott Moats, PhD


also be a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities. This accreditation and membership is a signal to our graduates, employees, and donors that Crown is a quality institution. The process of accreditation is not easy or quick. To prepare for a ten-year visit, an institution assembles a core group (a self-study committee) to collect evidence. Once the evidence is verified, individuals describe the evidence and document its existence. The self-study coordinator assembles all the descriptions and evidence and formulates a self-study document. A team of external auditors read the document and visits the institution to verify the veracity of its content. The self-study process spans several semesters and requires significant institutional commitment. In our most recent self-study, more than 45 staff, faculty, administration and students were involved over four semesters to assemble and write our Self Study. Alumni and community leaders were also consulted. This intuition-wide commitment marks a new level of involvement from our last self study (2001). The work culminated this summer with a 300-plus-page document that was mailed to external auditors in August. The self-study process provides us the opportunity to understand how the institution has grown and changed over the last ten years—this is a key and immediate benefit of compiling this information. During the on-campus visit portion of the accreditation process, students, staff, faculty, administration, or alumni may provide input to the visiting team of auditors.

Some interesting highlights Key findings have emerged from the selfstudy. Crown has renewed its commitment to professional preparation in the areas of ministry, business, nursing, and education. While this has been a focus of Crown College, the self study has shown us that this professional preparation is at the core of who we are. Crown has developed its strategic plan around solid professional preparation.

NCA SELF STUDY CRITERIA

1. Mission and Integrity 2. Preparing for the Future 3. Student Learning and Effective Teaching 4. Acquisition, Discovery, and Application of Knowledge 5. Engagement and Service

Crown is also committed to hiring high-quality employees and providing competitive salaries. The College has developed a greater capacity to understand data using it to plot a bright future. Finally, the College is more committed than ever to maintaining a global focus. While this focus is not new for Crown, the College has recommitted efforts and personnel to expand our reach across the globe. Our decennial study has shown us that we are completing our mission to provide a biblically-based education for Christian leadership. As this is the last self study prior to our centennial, the accreditation process propels us into our next 100 years of educating the next generation. We have grown in strength, in size, and in reach and plan to continue moving forward in these areas. We covet your prayers during this semester and particularly in early November when the team of external auditors arrives. If you would like more information or would like to participate in the accreditation visit, please do not hesitate to contact the College to see how you can get involved. n

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egional accreditation is the process used by the federal government, specifically the United States Department of Education, to certify to the public that an institution of higher education is credible and stable. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) regionally accredits Crown College and more than 1,000 other colleges and universities in nineteen states. Candidate status was originally granted to Crown College (then St. Paul Bible College) in 1974 and full accreditation was granted in 1980. This first accreditation was sponsored by the University of Minnesota and culminated in regional accreditation along side our American Association of Biblical Higher Education accreditation. Crown College is regionally accredited and is seeking recertification for another ten years. Accreditation is the process where an external organization certifies the competency and credibility of an institution. NCA has five criteria that are used to evaluate an institution’s level of competency and credibility. These criteria are: Mission and Integrity; Preparing for the Future; Student Learning and Effective Teaching; Acquisition, Discovery, and Application of Knowledge; and Engagement and Service. Accreditation makes it possible for colleges and universities to distribute federal financial aid, import and export class credits, and participate in transferring students in and out of the institution. Crown’s accreditation allows us to


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if there’s one thing that could be said about Jonathan Groeneweg (’07), it’s that he’s a good steward. Jonathan doesn’t waste time or opportunities. By Karol Allen

I grew up in the C&MA (Christian & Missionary Alliance). “I never wanted to go anywhere else. It’s the only place I visited or applied to.” Jonathan said the Quest youth convention for high school students held at Crown also contributed to his enthusiasm for the school. Jonathan learned as a freshman that juggling homework, choir, football, a part-time job and weekend drills, along with a bustling social life, were just too much. So he gave up football his sophomore year. “I was more into the social aspects than academic. I spent a lot of time with people. The most fun was concert choir and going on tour to the East Coast and then touring for three weeks in Scandinavia over the summer. I got good grades, but my parents shook their heads and thought if I tried harder I could do even better.” Nevertheless, God would use the relational gifts He gave Jonathan to His good purposes. Jonathan began at Crown as a Youth Ministry major, switched to Biblical and Theological Studies, then to Communication, reasoning that he would be more marketable. He interned as a play-by-play radio announcer for Crown sports, and announced the national championship game for the 2006 women’s soccer team. There was always the potential that he could be called to active duty during his time at Crown, but he wasn’t. “I just wanted to get my four years and be done.” That’s what God had in mind, too, and Jonathan graduated in December 2007, but not without some challenges. “Before my last semester at Crown, the Guard announced a full-time chaplain assistant position was opening up.” Even though they wanted the person to start right away, Jonathan applied. While he wasn’t their first choice, he was God’s choice. The first person selected turned the position down, and the unit was willing to wait until Jonathan graduated. Well, sort of. “I started full time during finals week. “In my life so far, I’ve gone where the wind was

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he Crown 2007 graduate enlisted in the military before his senior year of high school in Marshall, Minn., and in just eight years, he’s lived through experiences and touched lives in ways that many of us will only read about. Jonathan deployed to Iraq as a chaplain assistant in February 2009 – a member of the famed 34th Infantry Red Bull Unit of the Minnesota National Guard. He served there until February 2010, and now serves God and country as a sergeant in the reserves and as a civilian contractor, who provides long-term care to families who have lost soldiers. His story invites thoughtful consideration – not only because his persistence and drive are compelling, but also to appreciate the value of a Crown College education in preparing students to lead and serve on any frontier and in any arena – even in harm’s way. So let’s start at the beginning. It was the summer before his senior year of high school – in 2002 – that Jonathan, then 18 years old, walked into the local Guard recruiting office and “demanded” to be a chaplain assistant. The recruiter told him that no positions were available, so Jonathan “called his bluff,” saying, “thanks but no thanks” to other positions, and walked out. Two weeks later, the phone rang, and it was the recruiter offering him the chaplain assistant position he desired. It’s the only position he’s ever wanted and the only position he’s ever held. He began to drill with his unit in Willmar, Minn., one weekend a month, but attended basic training and then, advanced individual training, when he graduated from high school in June 2003. He completed his training in December 2003 and started at Crown in January 2004. “It was a shoo-in that I’d go to Crown,” Jonathan says, chuckling. “I’m a third-generation Crown alum. My parents attended Crown when it was known as St. Paul Bible College, and were married in the chapel. My grandmother attended St. Paul Bible Institute in St. Paul.


Jonathan, on assignment in Kuwait, with 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Chaplain (1st Lt.) Mike Lotzer.

blowing. I walk through doors where I feel an opportunity has been given to me. That decision has shaped my life. I’m more of a red light Christian than a green light Christian. Some people want to wait on God until they see a flashing green light. That’s not how I operate. I mostly go where opportunities present themselves and stop when I see a red light. I try not to be a

without the distractions of many other universities. Most important, he says that while at Crown he saw and interacted with faculty and staff who didn’t just teach faith, but demonstrated it every day. Seeing that over several years made a significant impression. “It created a desire in me for that as well. “Being at Crown helped me make

“My father always told me, ‘God can’t steer a parked car.’” parked car God can’t steer. My father always told me, ‘God can’t steer a parked car.’” As a chaplain assistant, Jonathan provides religious support to all the soldiers, including helping with weekend services, Bible studies and marriage retreats. He said Crown prepared him for the military by giving him “a good and virtuous foundation.” Crown was a safe place to establish the roots of his faith – a place

faith a priority, which has helped me serve God and the soldiers in my role as a chaplain assistant.” The highlight of his military career has been his deployment to Iraq, where he led a team for worship services, helped out with different Bible classes and financial seminars, delivered care packages and interacted with the soldiers and encouraged them. “I didn’t have any expectations of what

it would be like. I knew it would be a long year and tough to be away from home. I chose to roll with the punches and invest in my time there, which made the experience meaningful and purposeful.” One of the larger challenges was maintaining war zone resiliency. Chaplains and chaplain assistants absorb the secondary trauma of problems and soldiers’ issues – from marital problems to depression and loneliness. “You hear many sad and hard stories. You need to be intentional about taking care of yourself. We lost four soldiers there and that was the low point. We had to deal with those deaths. I helped plan and execute a memorial service for them. “You can get lonely – miss the home rituals, family, friends and activities.” Jonathan says it was the formative things at Crown that helped him prepare for the demands and hardships of military service. He makes it clear that a college education is much more than academics – something we don’t always value in our success-oriented culture. In the trenches

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assistance for service men and women. And he has other ideas as to how students can get involved. He suggests that a student group could lead and organize support for military families when a spouse is deployed – everything from mowing the lawn to shoveling snow to babysitting the children. Today, Jonathan is a full-time Survivor Services Coordinator, a civilian contractor, who works with military families who have lost a soldier. The Army helps the family manage and cope with the initial details of receiving the body, if the soldier was killed overseas, managing the funeral, working with benefits and other paperwork. Once the short-term support has ended, Jonathan works with the military to provide assistance as long as the family desires. This support includes working as a resource referral to help them collect benefits to which they are entitled and to find appropriate support groups, continuing education classes or counselors in mental health or financial services – to “reinvest in life and move forward.” How does he keep from taking the problems and issues home with him? “I’m a guy, so I compartmentalize,” Jonathan says, laughing. On a serious note. “I meet amazing people and families, so there’s a lot of joy in what I do. I get to serve fallen soldiers by taking care of their families. I’m really blessed. It’s pretty cool. An honor.” And now, Jonathan has found a partner with whom to share his passion and

mission – his new wife, Laura – who is also employed as a civilian contractor, working with the children of soldiers who will be or have been deployed. “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” – John 3:8 (NIV) Karol Allen is a freelance writer and communications consultant from Minnetonka, Minnesota. Read more at www.karolallen.com.

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Clockwise from top right: Jonathan fellowshipping with two local nationals on Camp Basra; having fun at a ziggurat during downtime in Iraq; taking a photo to send back home; a photo of a bootstand honoring three soldiers killed during an attack.

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of everyday living – whether you’re a civilian or a soldier – good character and dependence on God are required. “It’s really hard to relate one world (civilian) with the other (military), because they are so different. But Crown prepared me to face next to anything – to do whatever I needed to do to help the soldiers. The most powerful thing is that Crown prepared me ‘period’ for what lay ahead.” But it’s all in the line of his work, he says, matter-of-factly. What civilians need to understand is that soldiers do not want to be “overhyped.” They don’t want to be known only for being a soldier; they want to be appreciated as a person. He says another way the college community can be sensitive to a soldier’s needs is to understand the time and energy it takes to serve their country while they attend classes, if they are mingling school and service. There are college course conflicts with military obligations that require educators to be flexible and sensitive. Jonathan says his Crown gym class requirement was waived because his drills were physically demanding. He also recommends that colleges make it possible for service men and women to receive academic credit for equivalent military service or experience to help them continue or complete their education. Crown was recently named a Yellow Ribbon institution, which means that Crown is partnering with the Veterans Administration to provide college tuition


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by Carol Aslanian and Susan Baer

Delivery of higher education is changing dramatically, especially for adult learners. Find out why Crown’s AGS program sees a bright future for its Online programs.

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hen you were in college or graduate school, did you or anyone you knew take courses outside of a classroom, through the Internet? If you graduated before the late 90’s, chances are good you answered “no.” But the delivery of higher education has changed dramatically over the past 20 years. Today nearly 30 percent of college and university students take at least one online course. Even more impressively, ten percent of students take all of their courses online. And these numbers are growing fast: by 2014, one out of every two students is projected to take one or more courses online, and one in five will study online exclusively. This growth is far outpacing the overall growth rate in higher education. While enrollments in colleges and universities overall is projected to grow at a rate of two percent between 2008 and 2014, the growth rate for online-only programs is pegged at 21 percent. Most students entering college today already have experience with online learning. Enrollments in online high school courses are growing even faster than in college programs. According to International Association of K-12 Online Learning, supplemental or full-time K-12 online learning opportunities are now available in 48 states plus the District of Columbia. Having experienced the unique benefits of this kind of learning in high school or even earlier, many more students come to college today expecting a range of opportunities to take coursework online. Although for-profit online education providers such as the University of Phoenix and DeVry University have become a highly visible force in online higher

education, the majority of enrollment in online-only courses and degree programs—close to 60 percent—is based at not-for-profit institutions, both public and private, such as Crown. The growing demand for courses and degrees delivered online has posed a significant challenge for many colleges and universities that are struggling to keep up. In a recent study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, close to 70 percent of colleges surveyed reported that their supply of online courses did not meet the demand. There are numerous reasons colleges may be behind in offering online courses, including lack of technology infrastructure, objections from faculty, and a common tendency of higher education institutions to resist major change. Online postsecondary education is taking hold especially quickly with adult learners: in 2007-2008, about 45 percent of graduate students taking at least one online course were age 24 and older. For undergraduates, the proportion of adults was even higher: 60%. For adult students, online learning affords the kind of flexibility and convenience they need to pursue a degree or other credential while also juggling jobs, families and other commitments. These commitments are significant: about 60 percent of adult online learners are employed full time and another 23 percent have parttime jobs. Nearly 70 percent of adults studying online are women with a median age of 37, many of whom have one or more children under 18 living with them. One aspect of convenience most frequently cited by adults who study online is the ability to do so from their home without having to


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travel to a campus for classes. Interestingly enough, even when online learners never have to set foot on their school’s campus, they are still most likely to choose an institution that is within their region. Although each day more fully-online courses and degree programs become available, adult students also show an increased interest in courses that include at least some portion of face-to-face instruction. This so-called “hybrid” model is preferred by 43 percent of all adult students, while 31 percent would choose online-only and only 25 percent want their courses given entirely in the classroom. Another aspect of convenience and flexibility that adult learners seek from online programs is shorter terms. Since more than two-thirds of adults study part time, courses of shorter duration allow them to complete more courses during the year than the traditional 15-week semester model permits. While one in five adult online learners was most recently enrolled in semester-length courses, less than ten percent would prefer to do so in the future. Courses, like those offered in Crown’s AGS Online program, lasting eight weeks or fewer are sought by close to 50 percent of undergraduate adults and more than half of those pursuing graduate study. The majority of adult online learners—53 percent—enroll in undergraduate or graduate degree programs. Another 24

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percent take courses towards a certificate or professional license, while the remainder take individual courses. Among undergraduate degree seekers, one third pursue an online associate degree and the remainder a bachelor’s. Online master’s degrees are the focus of 91 percent of graduate degree seekers, with only 9 percent working towards a doctorate. These courses and credentials are often a second go-round for many learners age 25 and older who enroll in online programs. According to Aslanian Market Research’s national study of online learners, conducted between 2007 and 2009, about 30 percent of adults taking graduate courses online had already completed a master’s degree or higher. Among adults pursuing undergraduate studies online, nearly one in five had already earned a bachelor’s degree or higher. For the majority of adult students, an undergraduate or graduate degree is seen as a critical step for their careers. When asked about their primary motivation for enrolling in college most recently, 80 percent of adult undergraduates in the Aslanian study said “advance in a current career,” “change careers” or “enter a first career.” For graduate students, those three choices plus “keep up-to-date in current career” encompassed fully 94 percent of the responses.

This focus on careers is also evident in the subject areas in which adults are pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees online: the top three programs are business, health professions and education, together comprising 69 percent of the total number of online degree programs pursued. Non-degree study leans heavily towards these same three subjects, representing 58 percent of all online courses taken. Because of its “anytime, anywhere” quality, online learning is especially suited to members of the military. Recognizing this, the U.S. Army in 2001 launched eArmyU, a higher education program that lets active duty members participate for free in over one hundred online degree programs offered by regionally-accredited colleges and universities. To date, more than 1,900 degrees have been conferred on soldiers enrolled through the eArmyU program. More than 32,000 U.S. soldiers participate in eArmyU from 50 countries, four U.S. territories, and all 50 states. Clearly, online learning is in higher education to stay, and its participants— especially among adults and other “nontraditional” students—will continue to grow. Carol Aslanian is the Executive Vice President of Aslanian Market Research and has conducted market research studies for hundreds of universities. Susan Baer is a research project manager at Aslanian Market Research.

TRENDS IN CROWN’S AGS PROGRAM • Top 10 National Ranking-Online (see page 3) • Nearly 80% of AGS programs offer online classes • 2011 AGS online enrollment increased 22% over 2010 • Crown’s online MBA launched in February 2010 • Crown is one of only 4 Christian colleges in the nation to offer an online B.S. degree in Psychology/Counseling

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Tyler Hallblade

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New Look, Same Commitment to Excellence By Josh Dunwoody, Director of Athletics

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Crown’s mission to educate and prepare Christian leaders. This year we look forward to significantly updating our virtual presence with an entirely new website and an increased presence on our social media sites. We are particularly excited about beginning to “live webcast” many of our sports for the first time. This will allow us to reconnect Crown College athletics with alumni family, friends and fans from all over the nation and the world! You may also notice an updated look for the athletic department. This is in conjunction with some updating throughout the college to better represent who we are as an institution. You can see a prime example of our new branding in photos of our new gym floor on our Facebook page. As we look to the future as an NCAA Division III program, I envision a Crown athletic department with full rosters of competitive student-athletes who want that unique blend of a Christian environment with competitive athletics and prioritized academics. I envision a full staff of committed coaches who are available to their student-athletes on a full-time basis. I also envision an outdoor athletic facility complete with spacious locker rooms and artificial turf so our football and soccer players can practice and play in safety despite the unpredictability of Minnesota weather. As we work toward that end we welcome your support of our coaches and student-athletes and look forward to seeing you at one of our many athletic events this fall.

Coach of the Year Finalist Liberty Mutual

Head Football Coach John Auer was one of five national finalists in the NCAA III for the 2010 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, and was highlighted in the December 2010 issue of Sports Illustrated.

“Today a group of your players came in, all wearing their Crown College football shirts, and impressed my entire staff at how respectful they were…unlike many of the college students that come into the store. It was refreshing—keep up the great work.” Josh Lawson, manager of the Mall of America’s Brookstone store.


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As part of Crown’s updated brand strategies, the Athletic Department website and web address are also being updated (see new url below). The new website look and feel enables students, parents, family and friends to get updated game information and statistics much quicker. There’s also a direct feed to the UMAC conference website, so Crown’s statistics will be automatically integrated into the entire conference stats. You’ll find up-to-date schedules, standings, game-day photos, YouTube videos, and much more.

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Watch Crown Games From Anywhere! Another exciting feature of the new website, is the ability to provide streaming video of the action from the field or court right to your computer…no matter where (in the world) you are located! This exciting new feature is in partnership with the Athletic department and Crown’s Communication department.

HOMECOMING 2011 ATHLETIC EVENTS FRIDAY 9/23 • 7 PM | Volleyball vs Martin Luther

SATURDAY 9/24 •11 AM | Volleyball vs. Bethany •1 PM | Football vs. Martin Luther

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alumni profile

JEFF DYE

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s a fifth-generation farmer, growing up in north central Iowa, I felt isolated from the world. With a bit of a rebellious DNA and a curious spirit, I began experimenting with drugs as a teenager, even though I had good, loving parents and had accepted Christ while at church camp when I was nine. Experimentation turned to addiction. Attending a local community college, I decided to go to an event featuring David Wilkerson, author of The Cross and the Switchblade. My life changed that night. One day I was reading a Christian magazine and there was an ad for Crown College. I had a year at the junior college and had taken several other classes at three or four other colleges. But, I really felt that Crown College and their Adult and Graduate Studies program was a place that I could go and get more training and finish an undergrad degree in ministry. I enrolled in their AGS program in 1997 would drive up from Iowa every Monday for class, stay overnight and drive back home on Tuesday. When I think of my own time at Crown, I have great memories of classmates and peers that I knew that I still have relationships with. My experience at Crown really met a need for me. It helped prepare me for the programming and delivery of ministry services that we offer at Minnesota Teen Challenge. In fact, Dr. Mann and I have crafted a partnership between Crown and MN Teen Challenge that enables qualified students from our Leadership Institute program to receive a degree from Crown, in one of four majors. This gives our students an opportunity for a new beginning and a career. Believe it or not, I’m even an adjunct professor for Crown. I couldn’t have scripted this story!

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on campus this fall

Come visit us and enjoy three very important events that will be held on Crown’s campus this fall. See some of the new changes, talk with the Crown Community and share your stories with us!

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Whether you’re a Golden Grad, Recent Grad, or Crown Parent, this is a great time to see classmates or family and hear about all that’s going on at Crown. Meals, entertainment, and of course, athletic competition will make this a weekend to remember! Here’s a schedule, more details are available online.

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On Sunday, attend an area church with your family and friends and then enjoy the remainder of the day together on campus or at area attractions like the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, local apple orchards, golf courses or shopping.

Join us for a very special President’s Gala at Crown College on October 21, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. This year, we are highlighting the College’s campus and its 200+ acre beauty in the fall season. Come and see God’s creative goodness as you enter the grounds. Take a tour of the campus buildings and experience student life at Crown. Enjoy a sumptuous meal with us and listen to in the amazing story of Dr. Daniel Shayesteh, a former high-ranking militant Muslim now an outspoken Evangelical Christian author and television host who will be our keynote speaker for the evening. This year’s Gala promises to be memorable and powerful. We look forward to having you with us! To order tickets, go to www.crown.edu/gala.

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An overnight sensation! For any high school juniors or seniors who want to visit Crown and get a real taste of what college life is really like, this is a great opportunity. Come and spend the day, and night. You’ll visit classes, get to know students, talk with faculty, enjoy chapel, be entertained, get FREE meals and stay in the dorms! Totally FREE, so sign up early by visiting www.crown.edu/visit.


advancement

Mike Wood Director of Alumni and Church Relations woodm@crown.edu | 952-446-4137 Karen Rose Director of Advancement rosek@crown.edu | 952-446-4392

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he past year has been a good one in the Advancement Department. Mike Wood joined the team in November as the Director of Alumni and Church Relations. Mike brings 18 years of experience with Crown as well as being an alumnus and having served 13 years as a C&MA pastor. Karen Rose joined Mike and Wendy in April as the Director of Advancement. She brings a strong background in fundraising, consulting and writing. This year the College was blessed with gifts of all sizes—from a few dollars toward a missions trip to a large estate gift. Thank you to each one that made a contribution of any size to Crown College this past fiscal year, or made a planned gift by putting Crown in your will. Your gifts do make a difference not only to the College, but in the lives of our students and then in the communities where they serve after graduation. Overall giving is up this year for which we thank the Lord, but annual gifts to the Crown Fund are down in giving levels of $1000 and below. Your gifts of any size are important and do make a difference. In fact, if each alumnus that hasn’t given in the past three years gave only $10 (two bistro coffees) a month, we would receive well over $1 million each year from this group only! In fact, those donations alone would have been enough to fund our entire annual budget, freeing up the other giving to make needed improvements and advances that are not possible at this time. If you watch Wall Street, you are keenly aware of the volatility of the market. Investing is risky, but putting your money in low yield CDs guarantees you very little return. A gift to Crown College is an investment with a long-term guaranteed high-yield return. You are investing in the training and preparation of young people who want to make a difference both on the mission field and in the marketplace across the street. If you haven’t given recently, would you please prayerfully consider a gift and/or an estate gift to the College? No gift is too small, and consistent giving adds up quickly. If you are investing in the College, we thank you, and ask that you would consider keeping our needs before the Lord and in your budget.

WHAT TO GIVE • Cash – a cash gift to Crown is as easy as writing a check or authorizing a credit card charge (www.crown.edu/give). • Stock – a donation of stock can provide a gift to the College while realizing valuable tax benefits without capital gains implications. • Real Estate – a gift to Crown of property such as farmland or a home enables you to make a significant contribution while enjoying tax benefits. • Life Insurance – life insurance is not only a form of financial protection for loved ones, it is also a powerful tool you can use to make a considerable contribution to the College. If you no longer need the coverage to protect your loved ones, consider changing your policy’s beneficiary to support the work of the College. • Gifts in Kind – a gift in kind is a non-monetary gift, such as a car, for which the donor receives a tax receipt. OTHER WAYS TO GIVE • Estate Gift –an estate gift is established when someone puts the College in a will. We would be glad to give more information on this and provide a visit with a professional planned giving representative to advise so that the maximum tax benefit allowable is realized. • Endowed Scholarships – a gift of $20,000 or more can establish an endowed scholarship, which will provide students with consistent scholarships indefinitely. • Memorial and Honorary Gifts – when you wish to honor someone or a loved one passes, gifts can be made to the College in honor or in memory of that person. The College will notify the person being honored or the family of the loved one that the gift has been made. • If you have questions on making donations or would like a visit from the Advancement staff, please call Wendy Edgar, Vice President of Advancement at 952 446-4138.


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“Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” – Matthew 9:38

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hroughout its 95-year history, Crown College has prepared tens of thousands of Christian leaders to serve and influence the world for Jesus Christ. As missionaries, pastors, teachers, nurses, coaches and business leaders, Crown graduates are empowered to change lives, even whole communities, in every time zone on the planet. Crown is poised to significantly expand that reach and impact with a record number of students on campus and strong growth in our online programs. To help advance Crown College to a new level of excellence and global impact, the College has established Crown Cornerstone, a faithful community of alumni, friends and churches who support the mission of Crown College with exceptional financial blessings of $1,000 or more per calendar year. A cornerstone is “a vital element; a basic, essential part”. Crown Cornerstone is just that to the College – a vital and essential part of our vision for growth and effectiveness. This very important group of friends will enable Crown to continue to provide an affordable educational experience that is Christ-centered, academically excellent and globally connected. Crown Cornerstone members will be kept informed of College successes and progress through personal communication from President Dr. Rick Mann. Cornerstone members are also honored with special seating at Crown events, recognition in Crown publications, and a special members-only appreciation event. We invite you to become a Charter Member of the Crown Cornerstone by making gifts of $1,000 in 2011 and/or 2012. Join this special community of people who are passionate about the Crown mission as a significant way to impact the world for the Kingdom of God.

What about my spouse? Both spouses are members of Crown Cornerstone with household giving of $1,000 or more within a calendar year. What types of gifts count toward membership? Unrestricted dollars are currently our greatest need, but if you wish to dedicate your gifts to a particular program, scholarship or endowment, these gifts will also apply toward Crown Cornerstone membership. Gifts via check, credit card, or monthly or quarterly automatic withdrawal are all accepted. Transfer of stock or other appreciated securities are also welcome. What if my employer will match my gift? Your employer’s matching gift will be credited toward the $1,000 required for your membership. Corporations,

small businesses, churches, organizations and foundations may also become Crown Cornerstone members with direct gifts and grants to Crown College. Are there benefits for members of Crown Cornerstone? Yes! Members will receive special news updates and messages from the President and Cornerstone Chair. They will enjoy reserved seating at Crown College events and be invited to an annual members-only celebration. Members will also recognize Crown Cornerstone members in various college publications. How do I become a Charter Member of the Crown Cornerstone? Since we are launching the program mid-year, Charter membership will be recognized for annual giving of $1,000 or more for all of 2011 or 2012. Who can I talk to if I have more questions? Please call the Advancement Office at 952-446-4392 or email Karen Rose, Director of Advancement at rosek@crown.edu.

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How do I become a member? Gifts of $1,000 or more during the calendar year will qualify you for annual membership in Crown Cornerstone. Gifts may be made in one payment or as multiple gifts throughout the year. A commitment of $84 per month will achieve this level of giving and qualify for membership.


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Jack and Suzie Jordan celebrated more than a halfcentury of marriage together

Legacy Gift Makes New Sign Possible

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feel this world is a better place because of Crown College,” says Jack Jordan who gave the College a gift to cover the costs related to the new entrance sign in memory of his beloved wife Suzie who passed away last December. Jack and Suzie were well acquainted with Crown College through their oldest son Craig who worked in Crown’s Finance Office for many years until he sustained serious injuries from a skiing accident. For 15 years he was unable to work, but acquired his master’s degree

in Rehabilitation Counseling. Craig has since fully recovered from his accident and works in the rehabilitative counseling field. Jack always loved to fly, and during World War II was a bomber pilot. After the war he joined Republic Airlines as a commercial pilot and flew with them for 30 years. Suzie was a devoted wife and mother to her three children. She was also an accomplished musician who played the clarinet, saxophone, piano and oboe. Jack donated the funds to cover the costs of building a much needed new sign

at the entrance of the College in memory of his life-long sweetheart Suzie. Crown has projects like the entrance sign, in most price ranges that are great opportunities to create a legacy honoring or memorializing a loved one ranging from a new chapel building to renovating the athletic field or even starting an endowed scholarship to provide permanent tuition assistance to students. To discuss these possibilities please call Wendy Edgar, Vice President of Advancement at 952 446-4138.

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The vast majority of American families do not have a will or trust that matches their current goals with their estate plan. Does your current plan take into account the most recent tax laws? Does it maximize your charitable giving options? This fall, Crown College is introducing a new online planning tool call My Legacy Planner (MLP). My Legacy Planner is a confidential online questionnaire that will not only allow you to assess your current will, but also provide you with a thoughtful framework as you prepare to meet with

your attorney or financial advisor. When completed, MLP allows you to review a variety of estate plan options, the corresponding tax implications, and give you some creative planning ideas in an easy-to-use format...and best of all, it’s FREE. When you finish this short four-step process, you can print your MLP summary as you prepare to meet with your attorney or estate consultant. Find the My Legacy Planner link at www.crown.edu/planner.


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Scott and Lisa Flom have four children. Their youngest, Janelle, is a sophomore at Crown College.

The Flom’s are co-chairs of the Crown Parents Community (CPC), a volunteer-based organization developed to support the mission of Crown College and enrich the lives of undergraduate students and their families. There are several opportunities for families to come together and share the Crown experience. Parents of Crown students are invited to participate in the activities of the CPC by submitting contact information on our website: www.crown.edu/parents

It’s hard to believe that our daughter will already be a sophomore on

Crown’s campus this year. From our first time of hearing about Crown College to now in our second year, we have been overwhelmed with a peace about our decision to join the Crown Community. Immediately we sensed something different about this higher education institution. It was more than just the friendly atmosphere, the strong Biblical teaching, and the comfortable size of this college. It was clear this college had a vision that aligned with our beliefs and the passions we wanted to share with our child. The theme of the 2011-2012 year is “Merge: Influencing the World for Christ”. We are thrilled that not only is our daughter continuing to strengthen her Biblical worldview, but she is also increasing her knowledge academically, truly learning how to influence the world for Christ in her home, work place, and in the mission field. It is exciting to think that God is at work at Crown preparing the next generation to make an impact for Him around the world. This Christian campus has a vision that we can all get excited about. As parents it is so important that we join our children in prayer as they enter into these transitions of life. We have been comforted knowing that our daughter is being taught the truth of God’s word, is surrounded by faculty and staff that challenges (and mentors) her to make her faith her own, and she is loving her college experience. She couldn’t wait to get back to campus this fall. Nothing is better than that! – Scott and Lisa Flom

Career Services Can Help Alumni & Students Need to begin a job search, update your resume, write a cover letter or fine-tune your interviewing skills? Maybe you’re considering graduate school, or wondering how you can mentor students and help them network within the community to find internships. Crown’s Career Services helps connect the right people with the right need. Contact Don Talbert, Director of Career Services & Academic Advising. 952-446-4352, or talbertd@crown.edu. Area job postings are updated regularly at www.crown.edu/career

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alumni news DON WIGGINS Alumnus of the Year

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ach year the Crown College Alumni Association recognizes members whose lives exemplify the ideals and principles of Crown College within various career fields and areas of service with awards. Nominations are solicited from our alumni base via email and the website each spring, and recipients are selected by the Alumni Association Committee. This year, awards will be presented in the recipient’s local community, except for the two Alumnus of the Year awards, which will be presented during the Homecoming Chapel on September 23. Congratulations to all our 2011 class of Alumni Award Recipients.

Dr. Don Wiggins ‘70 has served as superintendent for the Northwestern District since 2006 and previously held various positions of leadership within the C&MA including vice president of church ministries; Great Lakes District superintendent; pastor at churches in Florida, Georgia, and Illinois; and educator having taught at both Toccoa Falls College and Crown College. In addition he serves as secretary of the Board of Trustees of Crown College. The biggest influence on Don’s life during his college years was “without a doubt” the people. He remembers, “During my student years, two men, Dr. Joe Tewinkel and Rev. Charles Shepson, helped me to see that all adequacy and all gifting comes from Christ Himself, and that He would lead me and give me strength if I were willing. I have found their counsel true and wise in all the years since!” Don and his wife Linda (Romin) ‘70 live in Waconia, Minnesota. They rejoice that all five of their children and/or spouses serve full time with the C&MA.

JEFF DYE AGS Alumnus of the Year

HARRY AND JANE LANDAW Missionaries of the Year

KATIE PAULL Musician of the Year

Jeff Dye ‘99 attended Crown’s adult program, received his B.S. in Christian Ministry, and went on to Adler Graduate School for his master’s in counseling psychology. He and his wife, Vicki, live in Champlin, Minnesota, and have two married children, Amy and Joshua.

Harry ‘72 and Jane (Garwood) Landaw ‘71 live in Japan, where, as C&MA missionaries, they have served through church planting and development and field leadership. Harry has taught courses at Japan Alliance School of Theology as well as seminars in local churches. Jane’s heart for the people has opened the door to numerous opportunities for teaching English/Bible classes as well as marriage/family classes, which have brought people into a relationship with the Lord.

Katie (Paxson) Paull ‘00 lives in Owatonna, Minnesota, and received a degree in English Education with a Music Minor. Together with her songwriting mother, Cathie Paxson, Katie started Sweetwater Revival. The band has received the So Gospel News Music Award for “Female Group of the Year” for the past four years. They are currently recording for their sixth CD.

Jeff grew up in a rural family and farmed with his father and grandfather for 19 years. He started driving up from Iowa every Monday night to attend class. Following graduation, he was hired as the dean of teen boys program for Minnesota Teen Challenge and now serves as the vice president.

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Jeff says, “The biggest influence of my education at Crown was the encouraging interaction and instruction that I had with professors and peers. Submitting to the educational process was what I needed to equip my life and open the doors for where God was leading me.” See page 22 for a full biography on Jeff.

A career highlight has been seeing nonChristian, Japanese friends come to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ and then be baptized. Both Harry and Jane agree that the best memories of their college years were the people. Friendships were started and have maintained over the years to provide insight and encouragement, and professors intentionally invested immense amounts of time and energy into their lives. The Landaws have two daughters, a son-in-law and two grandchildren.

Katie says, “My years spent at Crown will always be a beautiful time in my life. I still hold onto many of the friendships I cultivated there, along with memories of chapel speakers, professors, and how I grew in my walk with the Lord. Perhaps some of my fondest memories are merely singing hymns in the beautiful chapel. It was moments of praise like this when the music God had planted in me really began to take root and pour out...” To learn more about Sweetwater Revival go to www.SweetwaterRevival.com or www. GospeltownRecords.com.


alumni news PAUL GEDDEN Award of Merit

WAYDE W. KENNEKE Pastor of the Year

VICKY PHILLIPS Nurse of the Year

As senior adults pastor at Christ Community Church in Omaha, Nebraska, Paul Gedden says, “I love and respect our seniors, their hearts, their histories, their passion to pray and worship Jesus, and their love for the Word of God.”

Wayde Kenneke ‘89 has pastored the Alliance Church in Tyler, Minnesota, for 20 years and has enjoyed walking along people who are in all stages of life and seeing them grow. “It is humbling that the Lord has entrusted people into your care, to walk with them through life” says Wayde. He has seen first-hand how God answers prayers through changed lives and through The Rock Christian Youth Center.

Vicky (Nelson) Phillips ’79 is the first recipient of the Nurse of the Year award. She lives in Champlin, Minnesota, and received a B.S. in Missionary Nursing. She received her RN from Mounds Midway School of Nursing and a BSN from Viterbo College. Married to her husband, Shawn, for 29 years, they have two children, Erin and Layle.

Wayde received a degree in Missions for the College. His wife, Sharon, also attended Crown from 1984-1986. They have three daughters, Lynn, Tina and Jennifer.

Paul and his wife, Marcia, were married in the Crown Chapel in 1980 and his two children, Lisa and Jeff, are also graduates of Crown. They have a two year old grandson named Carson.

One of the influences the College had on Wayde’s life was receiving a solid foundation for his faith and ministry. “The professors were both teachers and mentors in my life. They were accessible and founded in an authentic faith.” One of the biggest things that helped Wayde to become who he is today was the emphasis professors placed on the Word, prayer, sanctification and relationships. He often reflects upon the “formative years” he spent at Crown College.

MATT ARCHER Youth Pastor of the Year

FAITH TIESZEN Educator of the Year

Matt Archer ‘94 lives in Baldwinsville, New York, and graduated from Crown with a B.S. in Youth Ministry. He is married to Shellie (Reibling) Archer who also graduated from the College in 1994. Matt and Shellie have three daughters: Anika 12, Madison 10, and Taite 7.

Faith (Boese) Tieszen ‘70 lives in Vermillion, South Dakota, and graduated with a B.A. in Christian Education. She has also received a B.S. as well as M.A. in Elementary Education at the University of South Dakota. Faith and her husband Jim have two married children, a daughter, Noel, and a son, Ross.

The Award of Merit is given to an individual who is not an alumnus, but who exemplifies the ideals of the College through their service and life. Paul was chosen because of his dedication to using the gifts that God has given him both for the College and for the body of Christ.

Since his graduation, Matt has worked as a Youth Pastor for Cheyenne Alliance and Snoqualmie Alliance Church. Starting in 2006, Matt served as a family ministries pastor at Riverside Church in Monticello, Minnesota, until he accepted the position of lead pastor at Baldwinsville Alliance Church this summer. Some of the biggest influences Crown College had on Matt were the people. He told us that Crown provided the atmosphere to develop the great relationships through other students. He said that “I am so grateful for that season of my life.” Matt also told us “I am honored to be considered for this award, and I thank God for rescuing me and redeeming my broken life.”

For 24 years, Faith taught kindergarten in the Vermillion Public Schools. After retiring in 2010, she began teaching English as a Second Language and GED classes at the Southeast Job Link adult learning center. Faith says her experience at Crown College allowed her to “build on a strong spiritual and academic foundation to become a positive Christian influence in my world”. Faith was chosen as Educator of the Year because of her dedication to the teaching profession, her example of being the light of Christ’s love to her classroom and colleagues, and her commitment to serve others upon retirement.

Vicky works in the labor and delivery department Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital. “I go to work and participate in miracles every day. One of the most difficult, but rewarding, aspects of my current job involves being the coordinator of our perinatal/infant loss program. God has put me there to extend love, care and hope to these families.” In 2009, Vicky was selected as one of five Nurses of Excellence in the Park Nicollet Health Systems. Some of Vicky’s favorite college memories involve her roommate, Peggy Drake. They shared hugs, laughter, passion, tears, prayers, hymns and hot chocolate. Vicky says, “I am delighted that there is a nursing program at Crown and recently enjoyed visiting the nursing students with Peggy last fall.”

SUSAN KOHLS Professional of the Year

Susan Kohls ’02 finds joy and fulfilment in serving as the business administrator for Christ Community Lutheran School in Watertown, Minnesota.

Her gifts to lead change, build communication, and persist through challenges have produced successful outcomes with committees and boards on both big and small projects. Susan was selected as the Professional of the Year because of her commitment to excellence and her determination to bring the biblical ideals of unity and service to her life and work. Treasured memories of her college experience which was from 1997-2002 include praying with professors and classmates, the openness and honesty of Crown’s faculty, and their love for the Lord. A highlight of her educational experience was developing a personal mission statement which still helps shape and direct her life and daily decisions. Susan and Loren, her husband of 30 years, live in Watertown. They have two children and five beautiful granddaughters.

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From 1979-2007, Paul served at Crown College in various areas including student development, Christian service, registrar, and advancement. He recalls, “I came to the College as a relatively new follower of Jesus and grew through 28 years of chapels, Deeper Life and Missionary Conferences, classes, and especially the relationships with the students, faculty and staff, parents, alumni, and friends.”


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1940 Eleanor (Puckett) ‘45 and Virgil Johnson report that they are grateful to say that several of their grandchildren are in ministry. Jean Sodemann ‘49 reports “Recently I have been involved in making an orientation course for workers going overseas. This will be available for anyone interested at The Evangelical Alliance Mission.

1950 Marian (Culver) ‘52 Kahle reports that she lives with her daughter to assist her with household chores.

Jerry ‘55 and Mary Lou McCauley report that Jerry serves as Visitation Pastor at Memorial United Methodist Church. Their 54th wedding anniversary is this November.

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Florence (Gregersen) ‘56 and Murray Carter report, “We have become active volunteers as the TEAM India representative in Canada. We have each written our life stories; Florence’s is: God will Provide and Murray’s is: I Walked Among the Giants.” Betty (Bystrom) ‘56 and James Williams report that Betty was diagnosed with a brain tumour but is doing well so far. They have two great kids and 6 grandsons.

Earl ‘52 and Helen (Argo) ‘52 Leeder report that they will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary February, 2012. They are thankful for one another, their children and grandson.

Edith Hansen ‘56 reports that she has returned to the U.S. from serving for 50 years in Indonesia. In July of 2012 she will officially retire.

Donald Lindburg ‘54 has retired from the Zoological Society of San Diego after 27 years of being the Director of Animal Research. Richard ‘54 and Marjorie (Metzger) ‘54 Pendell report that they are working with the Vietnamese Church in Florida. They have 5 children and 11 grandchildren, all doing well.

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Palmer ‘58 and Shirley (Frankenberry) Zerbe are praising God that the Hopewell Alliance Church that he pastors and Brodhead Alliance Church are merging together.

Rex Talmage ‘52 reports that he is now actively involved in prayer and visitation ministries at Salem Alliance Church, OR.

Mary (Adamson) ‘54 Kyle reports that she is involved in music and missions ministries at First Baptist Church in Milaca, Minnesota.

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‘55 and James Zdrazil do visitation together through the Kinship program. Vernice is on the Steering Committee for their neighborhood and Jim is Secretary of the Hopkins Historical Society.

Luezetta (Symes) ‘56 and James Anderson reports that they organize a monthly potluck ministry in their neighborhood, and that James writes articles for the local Daily News-Sun.“ John ‘56 and Carol (Brandt) ‘57 Olson report that in December of 2010 John suffered a nearly fatal fall down a flight of steps. He has recovered quite well. Carol remains cancer free after major surgery two years ago.

Shirley (Croucher) ‘54 and Richard Jacobson just moved from the house they had lived in for 33 years.

John ‘57 and Mary (Navarrete) ‘56 Dennert report that John teaches Adult Sunday school Classes and serves on the Evangelism and Membership Committee at First Baptist Church, NE. Mary is a substitute organist for the church.

Norman Stanton ‘55 reports that he is enjoying retirement and travelling with his wife Susan, and continues to do substitute preaching when called upon.

Royce ‘57 and Marilyn Wolden reported that “We are “actively” retired and living in the Christian community of Bethany Beach. We have visited 13 foreign countries.”

Robert ‘55 and Svea (Anderson) ‘53 Henry report that Robert was able to travel back to Hong Kong and Viet Nam. He continues to be involved in preaching and mentoring younger pastors.

Gene ‘58 and Marion (Morden) ‘57 Huntzinger report that Gene is used by the South Central Presbytery as a pastor for troubled churches. He’s currently an interim pastor at Trinity Presbyterian in Texarkana, TX.

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Merle Kinnick ‘60 is retired and coordinates Alliance Women Ministry (Billings). Curtis ‘60 and Katharine (Heppner) ‘60 Atneosen celebrated their 50th year of marriage by going on a cruise to Alaska. Robert Hopkins ‘61 reports that he is enjoying retirement with his wife, Ruth. He is struggling with Parkinson’s Disease. Annie (Pendell) ‘62 and Earl Peterson are retired and enjoying the area and climate of South Carolina. Judith (Gowdy) ‘62 and Orland Abel help facilitate Boundaries Classes, mentor and facilitate Theophostic Prayer at their church. Lois Hultberg ‘65 says, “In May I had a bicycle accident which required surgery to insert a plate in my left knee. I’m grateful for the prayers of many friends. Lord willing, July 30, I return to sub in the GRRL libraries.” Dan and Dianne (Johnson) ‘65 Bagley are involved in many church ministries and are planning to retire in September. Thier oldest son Shaun and his wife Amy gave birth to twin sons on June 17, 2010. Edna (Beck) ‘65 and Richard ‘66 Williams retired from missionary service with the C&MA in 2010. They continue ministry through a public charity they founded, Philippi International. Richard ‘65 and Lois (Wenzel) ‘57 Korns report that Lois has a part-time job and Richard still does odds and ends of ministry. They will celebrate 46 years of marriage this August and just participated in the marriage of their youngest son. Jane (DeMars) ‘66 and Gordon Peterson report that Jane has retired from nursing. She and Gordan have been traveling to Ping Liang, China to work with students at the Oasis Training

Center. Elisabeth (Enstice) ‘66 and James ‘66 Lutz are very active in their church and are excited to be involved in the creation of the new church building that is being built. Karen (Nicholas) ‘67 and Rev. David Phillips are currently living in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Dave is the Interim Pastor at First Baptist Church. Roy ‘68 and Margaret Reese report that they have served as missionaries in France for 29 years and have been led to begin ministry under the French Alliance Church. Roy is on the Executive Committee of the French C&MA. David ‘68 and Sheryl (Mertz) ‘66 O’Brien have served as missionaries in places such as Liberia and Nigeria since 1988. During this time David has contributed multiple articles and revisions for Bibles and encyclopedias. They currently reside in Nairobi, Kenya. Ken and Lois (Jaques) ‘68 Helvie keep busy with various missions trips, including going to Israel, the Voice of the Martyrs, and the Wall of Martyrs. Rick ‘68 and Sandy Jashinske celebrated 39 years of marriage and ministry. Rick served as the Senior Pastor at Bellevue Community Church in Nebraska for 15 years. Robert ‘68 and Susan (Crawford) ‘69 Weidman explored the Philippines in February and are heading to Romania and Turkey in September. John (J.P.) ‘69 and Cheryl (Raney) ‘70 Morgan report that J.P. is now an Awana Missionary in Northern Illinois. They celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary and are hoping to go to Ecuador to help with the Awana conference. Gwendolyn (Franz) ‘69 and Norman ‘65 Bowman have been studying at the Ashland Theological Seminary to obtain the Formational Prayer Certificate. Upon completion they will return to Spain and continue their ministry with the Muslim population. Wanetta (Wagoner) ‘69 and Rev. Dale ‘68 Groeneweg are still teaching at the Alliance Academy in Quito.


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Faith (Boese) ‘70 and Jim ‘66 Tieszen report that Faith retired this year after teaching kindergarten for 24 years. She now teaches adult basic education and English as a Second Language. Edna Hooper ‘70 is living in Sarasota, Florida and volunteers at Sarasota Alliance. Jeanne (Gettle) ‘71 and Jonathan Larson spent time in Haiti with Global Outreach in 2010, and also met the first child they had sponsored through World Vision. Marsha (Fifield) ‘71 and Kelly ‘70 Wolcott celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this year. Marsha received a degree in Biblical Counseling and works at Care Net Pregnancy as a pregnancy counselor. Walt ‘71 and Linda (Johnson) ‘68 Lowe are teaching C&MA elementary and middle school missionary children in Guinea, West Africa. Dianne (Esau) ‘71 and Rick Porter ‘72 are involved in the preparations for the 77th Okoboji Bible Conference and are celebrating the birth of their granddaughter. Bradley ‘72 and Sandra (Olson) ‘69 Stoldt moved back to Waconia this year. Lynn (Thomas) ‘72 and Bill Geiger report that Lynn has recently been named as an Assistant to Human Resources at Danfoss. Harry ‘72 and Jane (Garwood) ‘71 Landaw are stepping down from the Team Leader ministry in Japan and are moving to the devastated area of northern Japan to do church planting for two years. Deb (Anderson) ‘73 and John Wiseman report that Deb directs the Sequoia Middle School bands. John serves on the staff of Risen King Community Church in Redding, CA. Their daughter was married in August 2010. Joyce (Fifield) ‘74 and Myron Poley report that Joyce completed a master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy and has joined a practice in St. Louis Park while still working at the University of St. Thomas. George ‘74 and Susan (Phillips)

‘74 Woods report that George works at University of Michigan as the interim Area Maintenance Coordinator. Sue is the Activities Professional at Medilodge of Howell. Maryanne (Brown) ‘74 and Daniel ‘73 Dainsberg celebrated their 20-year anniversary of Dan becoming the Sr. Pastor at Faith Chapel of the C&MA in Green Bay, WI. Carolyn Thorson ‘75 continues to work at Bongolo Hospital in Gabon, Africa. She teaches in the nursing school and helps with the hospital bookkeeping. Dwight ‘75 and Lori (Dole) ‘80 Carlblom moved to South Korea to work at Gyeonggi Suwon International School (GSIS). Lori will be a reading specialist, and Dwight will be the High School Principal. Coleen (Johnson) ‘75 Lofgren went to the Bongolo Hospital in Gabon where she used to be a missionary nurse. She is still the Donation Coordinator for the hospital.

Debbie (Rexilius) ‘79 and Randy ‘78 Discher celebrated 25 years of ministry at Constance Evangelical Free Church in Andover, MN. Tim ‘79 and JoLee (Peterson) ‘79 Bubna continue to minister in Brazil and are now grandparents of five.

College friends of the 70s era gathered at the Harris home in Elko, Minnesota, in mid-July (from left to right) Brian ‘79 and Diane ‘77 (Gleason) Harris, Dave ‘79 and Sue ‘77 (Erickson) Lloyd, Larry and Miriam ‘73 (Romin) Olson, Larry ‘77 and Leslie ‘75 (Fox) Thorson, Tim ‘78 and Janice ‘77 (Wiggins) Greenfield, Mike ‘78 and Janelle ‘77 (Decker) Wood, John ‘92 and Becky (former staff) Maas.

Bill ‘76 and Janice (Anson) ‘75 Gear are teaching at Inner Mongolia University of Technology in Hohhot, China.

A group from the class of ‘71 recently got together.

Timothy ‘77 and Beverly (Ray) ‘77 Wright are celebrating 25 years of missionary service.

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Peggy Drake ‘78 reports that she was on home assignment for the past year and is now back in West Africa. Randy ‘78 and Jeannine Larson report that he is working as an Outreach Specialist for Innovative Outreaches United which is connected with the “Salvation Poem Foundation.” Jim ‘79 and Kathy Peterson report that he will be completing the Business Management degree at Metro State University fall of 2011.

Kent ‘81 and Cyndi Miller moved to Montgomery, AL. Kent is the Director of Environmental Services and serves on the national board for the Association for the Healthcare Environment. Don Bouchard ‘81 is now the Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Crown College and Melody (McFadden) ‘81 works at the Caribou Coffee shoppe on campus.

Carol (Nodland) ‘75 and Alan ‘76 Clason currently live in Paris, France, as International Workers with the C&MA. Alan is Field Director, FBA Director and Senior Pastor.

Keith ‘77 and Priscilla Rich have been involved in a bilingual church plant in Fullerton, CA. They returned to Haiti to help build a new health clinic and are retiring next June.

Laurie (Dunn) ‘80 and Randy Eisenbraun have a new daughter-in-law, Laura, as of March 5, 2011.

Angie (Erickson) ‘80 and Lew Freeman report that she is a data architect and enjoys ministry as Crown Financial’s Money Map Coach. J. Timothy ‘80 and Alice Yale celebrated 20 years of ministry at Pelham Road Alliance Church, 30 years of ministry with the C&MA, and 30 years of marriage. Gerry ‘80 and Barbara Fraley report that he is in a bi-vocational ministry, spending time in Pastoral Counselling while also working for 3M. Steve ‘80 and Terry (Nemec) ‘81 Walters celebrated their 31st year of marriage and 15 years at Christ Community Church, NE. Steve is working on his M.A. in Ministry Leadership through the Crown AGS Online program.

Penny (Tanberg) ‘81 and Tim Iverson have just returned to church planting in Taiwan and begin their fifth term as international workers with the C&MA. Holly (Hand) ‘82 and Daniel ‘84 Waite report that Dan is serving his 11th year as pastor of First Free Methodist, Sault Ste Marie, MI. Craig ‘82 and Daralyn (Mowery) ‘83 Hofer recently saw their two sons, Andrew and Luke, each get married; their oldest daughter, Brooke, become a student at Crown; and their younger daughter, Anna, graduate high school. Cindy (Hansen) ‘82 and Jerry Frey report that Cindy hopes to start a Bible study in her neighbourhood this fall. Mary (Laun) ‘82 and Jeff ‘81 Larson report that Jeff is the creator and author of “The Back Pew” which features Christian cartoons. Wanda (Babcock) ‘83 and Ed Apperson are parents of two sons and are involved in their church’s ministry. John ‘83 and Julie (Patterson) ‘83 Kitchen report that John had two books published in the last year—“Long Story Short: God, Eternity, History and You” and “Pathways to Peace.” Lynnette Kyle ‘83 teaches at Shanghai American School in Pudong, China. She leads worship and a women’s study at International Fellowship. Dan ‘83 and Sandy (Haney) ‘84 Adler report that their band, Heart of the City Worship, released their fourth CD this year. Their daughter Danielle

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alumni news graduated from Crown this spring and got married. Janet (Longenecker) ‘83 and Patrick ‘84 Otte report that Pat is the Vice President of Human Relations at Micron Technology. All three of their children attend Biola University.

Carol (Watt) ‘86 and Bruce Matson saw their two children attend Crown and their oldest son Mark get married.

Larry ‘84 and Nancy (Babcock) ‘84 Burg had a wonderful 20102011 at Crown College serving as missionaries-in-residence, and are now pastoring a new C&MA church in Aitkin, MN.

Lori “Buffy” (Foeks) ‘86 Wright moved from Dubai to North Carolina and then to Pennsylvania. She has purchased a large home in Western Pennsylvania for travelling youth and ministry teams.

Amy (Ilgenfritz) ‘84 and Steve ‘82 Nehlsen worked 22 years in West Africa and are now the missionaries-in-residence at Nyack College. While in Burkina Faso, they opened a center for girls called the Dorcas House.

Kerri Abel ‘87 just completed two years as a guidance counsellor at Brent International School in the Philippines and is now studying to be a School Psychologist at UW Stout.

Kathleen (Larson) ‘85 and John McBride report that she enjoys her new position at the Crown Library as the Public Services Manager. Theresa (Tousley) ‘85 and Albert ‘85 Klasky celebrated 25 years of marriage in 2010 and have one of their daughters attending Crown this year. Felix Rivera ‘85 is dean of students at Robinson School in San Juan, Puerta Rico, as well as the senior pastor of the C&MA Church of Barceloneta in Betania. Wendy (Nemec) ‘85 and Tim Clark continue serving at Riverside and have their oldest son, Tom, attending Crown. Dean ‘86 and Janice (Stebbins) ‘88 Erickson report that Dean earned his Ph.D. in Old Testament from Luther Seminary and enjoys teaching at Crown College. The couple celebrated their 25th anniversary this summer .

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Gary ‘86 and Cico (Fisher) ‘80 Hempel report that their son Brandon safely returned home from a tour in Iraq, serving with the MN Army National Guard.

Karen Halterman ‘83 reports that she works at the hospital in registration. She is also involved in a church plant (Osage, IA).

Astrid Thompson ‘85 is serving as a deaconess and adult Sunday school teacher at Sungshan C&MA Church in Taipei, Taiwan.

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say that Don drives a school bus and serves as deacon at his church in Charleston, SC.

Leigh (Delph) ‘86 and Jeff ‘86 Pies report that Leigh completed an Ed.S degree in Administrative Leadership and Educational Policy Studies with an emphasis in ESL, obtained her K-12 principal license, and accepted an assistant principle position. Donald ‘86 and Darla Creese

Ron ‘87 and Kris Ruder report that Ron serves on the trustee board with Oak Haven Church, MN. Kari (Lindstrom) ‘87 and Dennis Johnson have three children, and Kari is an RN at a psychiatric hospital and the Parish Nurse at Elim Mission Church in Cokato, MN. Dennis ‘88 and Jayne (Olson) ‘88 Christianson report that Dennis now works as Financial Controller for Koelsch Senior Communities. Jayne is the Customer Relations Manager for RM Services. Evangeline (French) ‘88 and David ‘87 Kindervater have been involved with the Hallelujah Gospel Family. David directs or works with several choirs. They experienced the Eastern Japan earthquake this past March. Heather (Ford) ‘89 and Daron Schleske are both registered nurses. Her husband went to Kenya last year to perform eye surgeries. Joann (Stephens) ‘89 and Joel ‘88 Korns took their four children on a short-term missions trip to Ecuador this summer.

He survived an arson fire at the Alliance Center in Jerusalem. Carol (Sundeen) ‘90 and Darin ‘90 Kelsey report that Carol speaks at homeschool conventions and Darin is a Fire Apparatus Engineer.

Lyn is a part-time secretary and substitute teacher. Pete is the senior pastor. Bob ‘95 and Sherrill Kemper helped plant a nondenominational Bible Church in Brainerd.

Mark ‘90 and Heather (Hartman) ‘91 Feldkamp report that Mark went to Kenya with daughter, Ainsley, to do medical and teaching work.

Tina (Sutton) ‘97 and Bret Toman report that Bret is the associate pastor at Church on the Ancient Path as well as being selfemployed.

Jesse ‘90 and Gina ‘91 Godding report that Jesse was named Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Southwestern Assemblies of God University. He is also studying to attain his doctorate in Sports Management.

Kelly ‘97 and Angela (Leitz) ‘97 Spann live in Natchitoches, LA. Kelly is the head baseball coach, assistant football coach and teacher at the High School. Angela is a secretary at the elementary school.

Wendy (Burgett) ‘90 and Wayland ‘90 Richards report that Wendy is enjoying her 11th year at Northwestern and was recently promoted to Associate Professor. Wayland is traveling to Jamaica frequently, working on several business initiatives.

Gerald ‘98 and Thelma Hintz report that Gerald is retired and involved with his church.

Lynnae (Cauble) ‘90 and Billy Bussell report that Lynnae is a local director for her church and uses her part-time consultant status with Mary Kay Cosmetics for women’s ministry. Larry ‘91 and Sarah Bower report that he works for The Advantage Software Company in Mooresville, NC. Tong ‘91 and Dao (Her) ‘91 Yang are living in Northglen, CO. Shelly (Redmond) ‘92, ‘11 and Jerry ‘91 Kragt have become the Regional Director Couple for Europe and the Middle East for the C&MA and live in Germany. Tim ‘92 and Yvonne Bolin started Alliance Kingdom Builders (akbuilders.org), a ministry that assists people in supporting themselves in today’s society. Dawn (Knak) ‘93 and Marty ‘95 Hoeft report that Dawn is a substitute teacher. They have two children, Jale and Karis. EvLyn Gilbertson ‘95 enjoys working as the Volunteer Coordinator at PioneerCare in Fergus Falls.

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Lance Remund ‘95 is currently seeking to relocate to Alexandria, MN.

Tim ‘90 and Meg Heffer report that he founded The Justice and Mercy Foundation (tjamf.org).

Pete ‘95 and Lyn (Bakk) ‘95 Lillestolen work at Sherwood Community Church in Iowa.

Karl ‘99 and Michele Jensen report that he completed the Certified Financial Planner designation and began working at Raymond James Financial Services. Carey (Davis) ‘99 and Nick Sash report that Carey obtained her license for home daycare and Nick started his own business.

2000 Jo ‘00 and Chad Piehl report that Jo is in her seventh year as executive director of McLeod Alliance for Victims of Domestic Violence, Inc. Jesse ‘00 and Angela (Gilbertson) ‘00 Doughty report that Jesse is the pastor of family ministries at Southside Alliance Church in Sheboygan WI. Boni (Kaiser) ‘00 and Jerome Schanil report that Boni travelled to Israel, was baptized in the Jordan River and went to Estonia to help with an English Language Camp. Laura (Michaelson) ‘00 and Shawn Boyd were recently accepted as missionary appointees to Europe with Trans World Radio. Kirk ‘01 and Jenny (Johnson) ‘01 Knudsen continue to minister at Bridge Community Church in Sauk Rapids, where Kirk is the Lead Pastor. Emily (Smith) ‘02, ’06 and Joey


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Richard ‘02 and Jody Crampton report that Richard is working on a Doctorate of Ministry in Biblical Counseling at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Nate ‘03 and Christina (Brown) ‘05 Erickson report that Nate began his new job as Sr. Academic Advisor and Retention Specialist at Crown College and also attained his M.A. in Organizational Leadership and Intercultural Leadership Studies. Josie Siler ‘03 works part-time at her local Alliance Church and has a nature photography business (Glory Displayed) to help fund organizations that fight against human trafficking. Lani (Swenson) ‘03 and Jeff ‘03 Clark moved to Madison, WI, so Jeff can begin medical school. Jessica (Muske) ‘04 and Martin Rowles report that Jessica was tenured with St. Francis school district. Marty now works for Best Buy managing their music department. Victoria (Zimmerman) ‘04 and Bret Pederson report that Victoria finished her Master of Divinity at Luther Seminary. Bret and Victoria celebrated their 7th wedding anniversary. Nathan ‘04 and Heather Hawes report that they purchased their first home in New Richmond, WI. Jodi (Lane) ‘04 and Matthew Raisl report that Jodi’s second book will be published this December! It is called “A Walk in Their Dust” which is the story of her father’s journey from New Mexico to Minnesota. Eric ‘05 and Sara ‘06 Folsland report that Eric now works for Fiserv in Sioux Falls, SD. Elliott Malm ‘05 reports that he completed his Master of Divinity at Luther Seminary and serves as a pastor in rural Minnesota. They anticipate the birth of their second child this October.

the publishing of Dave’s first novel, The Freshman Fifteen. Nancy (Hulme) ‘06 and Timothy Cooper say Nancy is currently leading small group studies at a women’s shelter and is the Administrative Secretary at Eureka United Methodist Church. Sara Haimes ‘06 graduated with a PhD in Clinical Psychology, is commissioned into the U.S. Army as a Captain and works as a psychologist. Kathryn (Roth) ‘06 and Mark ‘07 Voigt report that Katie graduated with her Associate of Nursing and Mark has a CDL which enables him to drive truck for Minot Builders Supply. Laura (Daum) ‘07 and Matthew McGuire report that Laura is working for Amerprise Financial in downtown Minneapolis. Joan Rose ‘08 is Co-Director of INSPIRE Ministry for Women at Christ the King (Oak Harbor) as well as being involved in youth ministry. Korena ‘08 and Michael Muehlberg report that she currently works as an MDS nurse and is working on her master’s degree in Health Care Administration. Toby ‘08 and Heather Zook report that Toby received a M.Div. from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN and began working in the Crown Admissions Office in July.

has been appointed interim pastor at the Warrensburg Free Methodist Church.

birth of a son, Hayden, on July 8, 2010, and a daughter, Noelle, on May 2, 2011.

Samuel ‘09 and Juliene Muhlbauer currently oversee the Student Ministries and Life Groups at Living Hope Church.

Emily (Smith) ‘02, 2006 and Joey ‘05 Cano announce the birth of a daughter, Lydia Elena, on October 19, 2010. Lydia was six weeks early at 5 lb. 6 oz. and 19 inches.

Jason Bents ‘09 works as a youth minister and is also a substitute teacher in Willmar, Minnesota. Christina Brown ‘09 became an official worker of the C&MA. Abigail Anderson ‘10 joined the Peace Corps and is serving as a volunteer in Eastern Ukraine. She teaches at a school, works with a non-governmental youth organization, and does youth development projects. Hannah Trosen ‘10 is the interim assistant site director for Envision (C&MA) in Gabon, Africa. Jennifer (Weidenaar) ‘11 and Thomas ‘06 Henely report that Tom started working at Vermeer in February 2011, while Jen graduated from nursing school and passed her boards. Annette (Dotson) Nabaa is working on her doctorate in ministry at Tennessee Temple University. She also published “Anointed Prayers from the Heart.”

Births

Daniel ‘08 and Michelle Crocker report that Dan is serving as the Associate Pastor of Worship and Discipleship in Crosslake, Minnesota.

Rebecca (Kragt) ‘96 and Rich Haukos announce the birth of a daughter, Hannah Joy, on April 18, 2009. Hannah joins siblings Ashley, Tanner, Caly and Braden.

Jonny ‘08 and Brittany Nelson report that Jonny has started the JSAW foundation, led a missions trip to build a indoor skatepark in Guatemala and is starting his master’s at Crown.

Jerry ‘06 and Anne Van Wyk announce the birth of twins on January 12, 2010, a daughter, Juila Marie, who was 4 lb. 1 oz. and 21 inches, and a son, Graham Dennis who was 2 lb. 3 oz. and 19 inches long. Julia was born first by 2 minutes.

Nikki (Rollins) ‘08 and Jordan ‘09 Brown report that Nikki is attending Trinity Int’l U. to get a M.A. in Counselling and Jordan is attending Wheaton College for a M.A. in Biblical Exegesis.

Daphne (Griffith) and Joshua Christenson ‘05 report that Josh has travelled to both Guatemala and California on mission trips with his Senior High students.

Esther (Becky) Roby ‘08 has worked as the Director of Music and Worship at Elm Baptist Church in Isanti, MN, and is also recording her first album of original music.

David ‘05 and Kati (Johnson) ‘05 Prantner are excited about

Nancy (MacClelland) ‘09 and Joseph Barrow report that she

Jodi (Sayre) ‘00 and Jeffrey Karvandi announce the birth of a son, Nathan Jennings, on April 3, 2010. He joins Nicholas, age 3. Danae (Burdick) ‘08 and Jeffrey ‘08 Andersen announce the birth of a daughter, Makenna Brielle, on May 28, 2010. Micah (Bartlett) ‘08 and Scott ‘09 Meissner announce the

Michael ‘00 and Rachelle (Benson) ‘01 Galvin announce the birth of a daughter, Michaela Diane, on November 14, 2010. Michaela was 7 lb. 9 oz. and 19 inches. Nathan ‘04 and Serena (Vaughn) ‘05 Grossoehme announce the birth of a son, Carter Titus, on January 25, 2011. Molly (Donelson) ‘04 and James Midgette announce the birth of a daughter, Penelope Virginia, on April 18, 2011. Penelope was 7 lb. 6 oz. and 19 inches. Mark ‘03 and Kristen Sydness announce the birth of foster daughter, on March 30, 2010 and brought into the family June 16, 2011. Their hope and prayer is to be able to adopt her in 2012. Brenda (Soman) ‘91 and Tim Van Dixhorn announce the birth of a daughter, Cally Yuechan, on June 25, 2009. Cally was adopted from China on August 8, 2010. Rhonda (Ronzheimer) ‘00 and Steve Munson announce the birth of a son, Mateo Steven, on February 18, 2010. Bobbi (Johnson) ‘03 and Jeremy ‘05 Gray announce the birth of a son, Jeremy Gray Jr., on May 5, 2010. Jodi (Lane) ‘04 and Matthew Raisl announce the birth of a son, Levi William, on June 1, 2010. Ben and Sarah (Conley) ‘98 Holloway announce the birth of Girl, Lucy Verity, on July 8, 2010. Lucy joined siblings William and Sam. Kristina (Tina) (Sutton) ‘97 and Bret Toman announce the birth of a son, Joel Daniel, on October 25, 2010. Joel joins siblings Isaac (8), Libby (7), Sam (5), and Luke (3). Carrie (Frese) ‘05 and Brad Behling announce the birth of a son, Jackson James, on November 22, 2010.

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‘05 Cano report that Joey is on his third deployment this year and Emily completed her military schooling in February 2010.


alumni news Laura (Michaelson) ‘00 and Shawn Boyd announce the birth of a daughter, Brooklyn Grace, on January 26, 2011. Brooklyn was 7 lb. 13oz. and 20 inches. Brad ‘04 and Julie (Black) ‘05 Nelson announce the birth of a son, Clive Hudson, on May 23, 2011. Clive was 8 lb. and 20 inches. Kao Dua Chi (Moua) ‘98 and Khomsouk ‘06 Vang announce the birth of Sophia KaoZong.

John-Michael Miller and Emily Meyer ‘05 were married on April 09, 2011, in San Francisco, California. The couple resides in Sausalito, California. Toby Zook ‘08 and Heather Bartlett were married on September 18, 2010, in Chicago, Illinois. The couple resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Craig ‘98 and Terri (Trumble) ‘97 Sixta announce the birth of a daughter, Rowan Saoirse, on February 26, 2010. Rowan was 7 lb. 13 oz. and 20.5 inches.

Adam Lucey ‘09 and Katie Walters ‘09 were married on June 5, 2010, in Mound, Minnesota. The couple resides in Little Canada, Minnesota.

Kyle ‘09 and Alyssa (Breske) ‘05 Prins announce the birth of a son, Aaron Matthew, on May 21, 2010.

Blaine Raushel and Jennifer Karkula ‘08 were married on May 29, 2011, in McGregor, Minnesota. The couple resides in McGregor.

Daphne (Griffith) ‘05 and Joshua Christenson announce the birth of a son, Elijah Patrick, on September 6, 2010. Nathan ‘03 and Janice Briggs announce the birth of a daughter, Kaylee Elaine, on October 27, 2010. Samuel ‘09 and Juliene Muhlbauer announce the birth of a son, Ryland Thomas, on November 24, 2010. Jessica (Muske) ‘04 and Martin Rowles announce the birth of a daughter, Jane, on February 27, 2011. Brook (Lay) ‘05 and Jordan ‘02 Martin announce the birth of a son, Uzziah Axel, on June 11, 2011.

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Michael Matanic and Linda Stolp ‘11 were married on March 26, 2011, in Bloomington, Minnesota. The couple resides in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Christina (Peters) ‘00 and Burt Muller announce the birth of sons, Joshua Harrison, on January 5, 2010, and Luke Daniel, on March 3, 2011.

David ‘05 and Kati (Johnson) ‘05 Prantner announce the birth of a daughter, Alyce Ann, on June 11, 2010. Alyce was 7 lb. 6 oz. and 20.6 inches.

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resides in Mundelein, Illinois.

Melissa (Busch) ‘04 and Andrew Dahl announce the birth of a daughter, Abigail, on April 16, 2011.

Marriages Jordan Brown ‘09 and Nikki Rollins ‘08 were married on October 24, 2010, in St. Anthony, Minnesota. The couple

Alan Ruiter ‘04 and Danielle Dunn were married on October 10, 2010, in Kansas City, Missouri. The couple resides in Kansas City. Phillip Ammann and Kimberly Pust ‘08 were married on July 17, 2010, in Waconia, Minnesota. The couple resides in Watertown, South Dakota.

With The Lord Adeline (Jacobson) McBain ‘40 was born on January 27, 1918, and entered eternal glory on January 2, 2010, at the age of 92 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Adeline passed away after a short diagnosis of cancer. Jeannie Wardell ‘41 was born on May 8, 1917, and entered eternal glory on May 3, 2011 at the age of 93 in Red Wing, Minnesota. She was a graduate of St. Paul Bible College and University of MN Nursing School. Jeannie’s lifelong passion was world missions and enjoyed china painting. She is survived by daughter Terri. June (Jaeschke) Breid ‘42 was born on June 29, 1920, and entered eternal glory on March 11, 2011, at the age of 90 in Bloomington, Minnesota. She is survived by husband, Ferdinand.

A. Mae (Scanlan) Malm ‘43 was born on July 3, 1920, and entered eternal glory on June 6, 2011, at the age of 90 in Ohama, Nebraska. Mae was born in Wisconsin and attended the Oconto Gospel Chapel where, as a teenager, she put her faith in Christ. She attended SPBI in 1937 and became engaged to Irving Malm in her senior year. Together they served six pastorates in Minnesota and Nebraska. They also served for ten years in the Rocky Mountain District Office of the C&MA. She will long be rememebered for her parting words “I love you” and “Keep looking up!” Mae passed into the presence of Jesus her Lord and Savior following several weeks in the Hospice House of Omaha. She is survived by her husband Irving and their children: Judy, Ruth, Marilyn, Rebecca, Gordon ‘76, and Kenneth. Lorayne E. (Habas) Gunderson ‘47 was born on August 7, 1924 and entered eternal glory on September 6, 2010 at the age of 86 in Little Falls, Minnesota. She is survived by children, Gordon, Janet, Joyce and Patricia. Betty Ann (Allen) Waggoner ‘52 was born on June 25, 1926, and entered eternal glory on October 1, 2010, at the age of 84 in West Unity, Ohio. She is survived by husband, Robert. Linda C. Talmage entered eternal glory on July 18, 2010, at the age of 76 in Sulphur Springs,, Texas. She is survived by her husband, Rex Talmage ‘52, a son, Randall and a daughter Cathy. She was a volunteer at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, accumulating thousands of hours of service. She was also an active member at League Street Church of Christ. Nureda (Carter) Siechert ‘53 was born on December 13, 1931, and entered eternal glory on May 6, 2011, at the age of 79 in Clovis, California. She is survived by husband, Paul and children Jonathan, Daniel, Ruth and Rhonda. Paul Robert Stuve ‘53 was born on January 14, 1929, and entered eternal glory on July 17, 2010. Paul served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War and retiree from the State of Minnesota Veterans Home. He is survived by wife, Louise and children Gary, Sharon and Carol.

Sara L. (Chamberlain) Jansen ‘54 was born on November 27, 1927, and entered eternal glory on September 27, 2010, at the age of 82 in Ventura, Calilfornia. She is survived by a sister, Darlene Chamberlain ‘55. Gayle (Buck) Wayland ‘58 was born on April 18, 1938, and entered eternal glory on May 18, 2010, at the age of 72 in Camano Island, Washington. She grew up in South Sioux City, Nebraska and after high school attended St. Paul Bible College where she met her husband, Bill. They were married on June 12, 1959. Gayle happily served as a pastor’s wife alongside Bill, first for six years at Horsecreek Community Church in Horsecreek, California, and then for twentyeight years at Camano Chapel. After retiring from Camano Chapel in 1996, she and Bill began Peace Haven Ministries, a ministry to help support Village Missions pastors and their wives. She is survived by her children Randy and Kerri. Dr. William W. Conley Sr. ‘65 was born on October 31, 1917, and entered eternal glory on March 27, 2010, at the age of 92 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. His rich and blessed life included service as U.S. Army Chaplain in the 111th Airborne and 82nd Airborne Divisions, missionary to Indonesia under The Christian and Missionary Alliance, Professor at Crown College, and pastor. He also graduated from Nyack College, the University of Minnesota, and Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. Dr. Conley served as the missions professor at the College for many years and was honored by having Conley Hall named after him. He is survived by his wife, Anita of 37 years and children Diana ‘66, Bill, Steve, Mike, Caleb, and Sarah ‘98. Sam Tieszen was born on September 9, 1931, and entered eternal glory on February 10, 2011, at the age of 79 in Sidney, Montana. Sam is survived by: his wife, Myrna; sons Bruce ‘81, Gary, Hardin, Bruce, Frank; daughters Judy ‘80, Beth ‘82, and Deb; and eight grandchildren. Sam served many years on local church boards, multiple terms as treasurer for the Rocky Mountain District, and as a trustee for Crown College. He is best remembered for is his love of music and a heart for youth ministry.


student profiles

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had planned on going into the Air Force after high school. But God changed those plans when I came to visit Crown with a friend. While visiting, I met so many other friendly people that I felt called to apply. Having just graduated, one of my favorite things about Crown was my professors. They’re very encouraging, but not afraid to challenge us and get us to think about how the biblical principles apply to our everyday lives. They are certainly passionate about what they do. I also really liked that there is a Caribou Coffee Shoppe right here on campus…lots of awesome time with my friends in there. Being on the worship

Class of 2011 Major: Youth & Social Ministries

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heard about Crown through my parents, who both attended Crown. My dad was good friends with Dean Erickson who is now one of Crown’s professors; they used to pull pranks together on campus. I had applied to three different colleges but with my passion for film, Crown’s digital arts concentration in the Communication department made Crown the best fit for me. Crown is a very close knit community, like a family, you get to know everyone on campus and your classmates care about you as friends. The professors do an excellent job of getting to know the students as people, not just a number in a classroom. I’ve gotten

to know the chairman of our Communication department, Johnny Grainger. He understands where people are and where they’re coming from so he’s not too pushy; really personable. We’ve all really enjoyed his passion and knowledge of theater production. I made two films for Crown’s Reelie Film Festival, winning Best Musical Score, Best Integration of Themes, and Viewer’s Choice. It’s cool how film let’s you reach a person’s emotion by displaying a great story. Another fun experience for me last year was performing in our Spring Musical, Singing in the Rain. My freshman floor was a lot of fun too…and we even did some studying.

JOEL FOUST Class of 2014 Major: Communication Arts

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team, our chapels were another favorite of mine. Getting everyone in one place where they are just worshiping Jesus is a powerful experience, one of those things I’ll always remember. I am so blessed to have been a part of it. Having some student leadership opportunities allowed me to get to know many of the girls. As a spiritual mentor for some of them, I learned about myself, my walk with Christ, and how full-time ministry will be as my chosen career. For those thinking about coming to Crown, know that this is where God wants you to be. Like me, you’ll be in for an awesome journey and blessed more than you could ever imagine. Crown’s great!


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Crown College is an affordable, accredited private Christian college located just west of Minneapolis. For nearly 100 years, Crown has prepared Christians to serve and influence the world by focusing on the values of being Christcentered, academically excellent and globally connected.


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