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University of Northwestern – St. Paul Our new name builds on our history and positions Northwestern for an exciting, God-led future.


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Cover: Celebrating the timeless tradition of commencement. (Photo by Josh Stokes)





Nursing at Northwestern It’s official. Northwestern’s new nursing degree program welcomed its first students


on May 20. This unique addition to nursing education in Minnesota has been a professional and spiritual journey


for Department Chair Ginger Wolgemuth, Ph.D.




Soar Campaign Most Northwestern Eagle athletes will tell you they play here for love of the Lord and love of

Northwestern. Few will tell you they play for the great facilities—but that’s about to change. Read how the Soar Campaign for Eagle Excellence is poised to make a difference for student-athletes and campus visitors.


Becoming a University A new name signals Northwestern’s official status as a university but the path toward

and readiness for this move have been in progress for several years. Community input and involvement were pivotal in deciding what the new name would be.


Q & A with the University Commission How does a college decide to become a university? Find out in an

engaging Q & A interview with members of the Presidential Commission on University Status.


Community Voices What will it mean to be University of Northwestern – St. Paul? Tune in to voices from our

community discussing the impact this transition will have on them and what it means for Northwestern.

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The President

Preparing for a Life of Service – Nursing program focuses on servanthood By Ben Bradbury ’09

computerized mannequins that mimic the medical conditions of patients. “This guy can talk, sweat, cry, [and his] pupils dilate,” Wolgemuth explained about one of the

I love commencement. One might think something that happens twice

Northwestern’s Bachelor of

a year, every year, in the world of a college president could become rote,

Science in Nursing (BSN) program

routine and predictable. It never does.

officially launched in May and has

These ceremonies—filled with Pomp and Circumstance and students

all the impressive features of a

and faculty in caps, gowns and regalia telling the story of their

world-class academic program.

achievements—stir my heart with praise to God for the dreams with which

Take, for example, the

He inspires us.

credentials of the department

The Class of 2013 offers a true reflection of the outcomes of a Christ-

chair, Ginger Wolgemuth: an

centered education. You will meet some of our traditional undergraduate

R.N. with a Ph.D., Wolgemuth

students on page 7. As they share their excitement about moving toward their

has experience teaching and

careers and calling, these students unapologetically point to God and His

writing curricula at several

work in their lives as the cornerstone of their Northwestern experience.

Christian colleges.

the next.

Northwestern’s first Master of Divinity students received their graduate

Janet Sommers, Ph.D., affirms

degrees and traditional hoods on May 18. It was an honor to greet them

Wolgemuth as the right person

More than credentials

as they crossed the stage during commencement. They will now have new

for the job. “Dr. Wolgemuth is

letters, M.Div., to signify their degree and reflect a new stage in their lives.

a strong leader, characterized

As they move forward in service for the Kingdom, I am glad that as an

by vision, perseverance and

institution we have answered the call to provide quality graduate education.

fortitude,” said Sommers, senior

The next chapter The May Class of 2013 marks history as the last class to graduate from this institution under the name Northwestern College. Our next graduates will bear diplomas with a new name, University of Northwestern – St. Paul. I can emphatically assure that the “why” of what we do has not changed and will not change when we become a university, officially, on July 1. The “how” of what we do is, by necessity, more adaptable as we seek to meet the educational needs and demands of our students in a challenging

vice president for academic affairs. New state-of-the-art nursing facilities include a classroom with floor-to-ceiling whiteboards, an eight-bed clinic lab and more— all the equipment students will need to practice their chosen profession, including life-sized,

department’s dolls. “You can take pulses all the way down to his toes!” Additionally, the program is taught on an accelerated track to help students save money and enter their careers faster. Students who meet the prerequisites can complete the coursework in just 16 months, attending class yearround from one summer through

and facilities But for Wolgemuth, the most important aspect of Northwestern’s nursing program is the biblically based curriculum. “It’s all about service and servanthood,” she said. She is passionate about the curriculum, in part, because its creation was a profound, spiritual experience for her. The curriculum plan “came” to Wolgemuth last summer. Having attempted to write the plan to no

economy and changing world. You will read in this issue of the Pilot a reminder of the path that has led us to becoming a university and how God is leading us forward. In this new chapter with a new name, our story will continue to be one of equipping Christ-centered learners and leaders to invest in others and impact the world.

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Alan S. Cureton, Ph.D., President

importance of accountability to patients, the curriculum points clearly to the future nurses’ ultimate accountability to Jesus Christ. “We want the students to understand that it’s what they do in their spiritual lives that’s going to drive what they do professionally, and not vice versa,” Wolgemuth passionately explained. “Nursing as a whole is not a calling—it’s a profession. But when God calls, it transforms our lives, and in transforming our

Bruce Simat, Ph.D. (Biology)

lives, we can be His hands and

discusses anatomy with

feet to minister to others.”

potential nursing students. In

patient situations. avail throughout the week, she

Essential questions

left her office one Friday feeling

The nursing curriculum asks

discouraged. When she got home

and answers nine questions,

she began reading her Bible but

two of which are of particular

her frustration only increased.

prominence to Wolgemuth:

Studying a passage about

• With whom do we serve?

Christ’s resurrection, Wolgemuth

• To whom are we accountable

recalled with candor, “I was a little

when we serve?


students train to respond to actual

The Department of Biblical & Theological Studies (B&TS) and Department of World Languages teamed up second semester to launch a new Bible class taught entirely in Spanish. Students in the two-credit course experienced allSpanish lectures, textbooks and homework. The course was a first effort and World Languages. Adjunct

how the program has come

Professor Fernando Rogante, a

together, but not surprised. “From the very beginning of this process, we committed Northwestern’s BSN program to the Lord,” Sommers said, “and we have continually gone before His throne, asking Him to intercede and bless the development of our program. He has been overwhelmingly faithful!”

By Charity Hayden ’15

in collaboration between B&TS

Sommers is pleased with

the simulation lab (below left)

Spanish Bible Class Connects Culture, Language and the Gospel

native Argentinean, was pleased with the response. “Mark in Spanish” launched with 20 students—double the number typically required for a pilot class. The book of Mark was chosen for this pilot class because it is fastpaced and action-oriented, helpful for students to gain vocabulary to effectively spread the good news of

cocky, and I said, ‘Well, this is

The answers to these questions

the Gospel in a second language.

great, Lord, but this is not helping

reveal what makes the program

Rogante hopes students will

me with the curriculum.’


embrace the class not just for the

“Instantaneously, the entire

First, as they develop as nursing

credits but also for the opportunity

curriculum came into my mind like

professionals, students will

to make an impact.

a download ... the next thought I

serve with interprofessional

The final project for the class

had was the Lord saying to me,

health-care teams made up of

asked students to share the Gospel

‘You don’t think I have the power

Christians in the medical field—

with a native Spanish speaker.

to help you in this?’’’

doctors, physical therapists,

Through the project, students were

Wolgemuth wrote furiously

chaplains and others—who will

compelled to follow one of Mark’s

until 2 a.m. After sleeping only a

meet regularly with students to

themes — Jesus in action.

few hours, she woke up and began

discuss their professions.

writing again. By 1 a.m. Monday,

The answer to the second

the curriculum road map was

question is even more pivotal.


In addition to instilling the UNIVERSITY OF NORTHWESTERN – ST. PAUL SPRING 2013 PILOT


Eagles’ Tom Gisler (right) became

his diabetes on and off the court.

Diabetes Doesn’t Sideline Eagles’ Gisler


the top three-point shooter in program history while managing

Tom Gisler ’13 had a stellar senior basketball season. After leading all

The Department of Mathematics & Engineering has announced the addition of a computer science major beginning fall 2013. “The computer science (CS) major is a four-year program designed to give students the tools to develop and use computer algorithms and computerbased systems,” said Associate Professor of Mathematics Jonathan Zderad, Ph.D. The CS major will combine computer technologies with additional training in mathematics. “This allows students additional expertise to be on the front line

major in management information systems (MIS) which focuses on computer technologies in the context of business. Computer science is a versatile major that will create opportunities for students to work in different careers as software developers, information technology consultants, information technology analysts, database administrators and systems analysts. Students must complete a required internship experience before graduation to ensure adequate training in the field. “The program is designed to provide students with either immediate employment upon graduation or sufficient preparation for a master’s level program in computer science,” said Zderad.

Division III scorers in three-point accuracy for the past two seasons, Gisler hit 49.6 percent from three-point range as the team advanced to its third consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament in March. What’s not visible from the statistics—or from watching Gisler on the court—is that he’s been living with Type 1 diabetes since seventh grade. Gisler’s athletic success in the face of diabetes was the focus of a Feb. 28 Star Tribune (Minneapolis) article, “Northwestern’s Gisler doesn’t let diabetes keep him off the court,” by reporter Rachel Blount. Blount wrote, “When Tom Gisler was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, his doctor urged him to view the condition as an annoyance rather than a limitation. Though he would have to frequently test his blood sugar, monitor his food intake and give himself insulin injections, Gisler understood it did not have to interfere with his basketball career.” It may be an annoyance when Gisler needs to leave a game to do one of his five-a-day blood sugar checks, but his teammates support him and even insist he put his health first. He is grateful for a team that backs him up on the court and in managing his diabetes. “My teammates know when I’m not acting like myself,” Gisler told Blount. “They’ve been a big help.” The team’s success in supporting Gisler is mirrored by their success on the court—a legacy well established by Head Coach Tim Grosz ’92. Grosz has won 10 UMAC regular season championships in his 13 years at the team’s helm and has led Northwestern to the NCAA tournament each year

of developing and evaluating

since the Eagles’ Division III membership began.

current computer programs

In 2013 Gisler was named for the third time to the UMAC All-Conference

and applications,” said Zderad.

Second Team and is the Eagles’ top three-point shooter in program history

Northwestern’s Business

with a 48.6 career three-point percentage. He graduated in May with a degree in accounting.




By Jacob Fletcher ’14

Department will continue to offer a


Northwestern Introduces Computer Science Major

Launching Pad: Meet the Class of 2013


As they head out the gates, members of the Class of 2013 reflect on their time at Northwestern.

Chase Donahue

Bernice Fernandes

Major: Public Relations Hometown: Pine Island, Minn. Most important

Major: Finance Hometown: Born in Kenya; raised in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

thing you learned at Northwestern? The importance of recognizing

Most important thing you learned while at Northwestern? To completely look

how God has gifted you and using that to the best of your ability. We

to Christ to satisfy me. I will not take for granted the Christian community,

are all equipped to change the world; it’s time that we do. Plans after

chapel, prayer tower, intentionality, accountability, Bible classes, Christian

graduation? Strategic Planner at Fallon Advertising. How have you

worldview, etc. Plans after graduation? To get a job and seek a master’s

changed in your time here? My overall transition into adulthood and being

degree. How have you changed in your time here? I have become a confident

a man. Northwestern has prepared me to: (In the words of Robert Lewis),

woman of God and have a better view of my self-worth. I have learned what

reject passivity; accept responsibility; lead courageously; expect the greater

it is like to be a servant leader and I continue to strive to do that every day of

reward. Advice to current juniors: Dream big. Be passionate. Jump into

my life. Northwestern has prepared me to: Be more intentional, use time

your endeavors wholeheartedly. People inherently want to help people—

management and leadership skills and be more spiritually competent.

ask questions, be curious. Make every experience an adventure.

Advice to current juniors: Give your senior year one hundred percent! This is your last chance. Leave a legacy. Mentor and serve younger students. Above




all, strive to reflect Christ in all you do.

Zach Fredman

Lauren Wineinger

Major: Biology Hometown: Litchfield, Minn. Most important thing you

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies: Electronic Communication Hometown:

learned while at Northwestern? How to build deeper friendships—rooted

Hartland, Wis. Most important thing you learned while at Northwestern?

in the Gospel and focused toward Jesus through good and difficult times.

To lean on God in everything. Plans after graduation? I’ll be pursuing a job

Plans after graduation? Medical school. How have you changed in your

that requires both marketing skills and technology savvy. How have you

time here? I’ve gained a better understanding of the Gospel. Northwestern

changed in your time here? I have a better understanding of and confidence

has prepared me to: I have learned the biology and chemistry of the human

in my identity in Christ. I’ve also developed a greater appreciation of others’

body to prepare me for medical school; I have also learned a lot about the

unique gifts and talents. Northwestern has prepared me to: Be successful in

Bible to be able to bring others to know Jesus. Advice to current juniors:

the workplace, live with a biblical worldview and persevere. Advice to current

Enjoy your last year at NWC growing spiritually, relationally and intellectually.

juniors: Get work experience (and establish contacts) through internships!



Meet the Board: Megan Doyle Connection to Northwestern As founders of the nonprofit outreach Nehemiah Partners, trustee Megan Doyle and her husband, Dennis, work frequently in partnership with 98.5 KTIS to promote food drives in association with concerts and Christian events. Through these interactions, Doyle became attracted to the mission of the college and accepted an invitation to join the Board of Trustees in 2008. Background and career

Northwestern Media Launches Station in Nation’s Heartland By Nancy Cawley Zugschwert On May 1, Northwestern Media became the proud owner of its 15th radio station, KLJC in Kansas City. The station will be renamed Life 88.5 on June 17, with call letters KJNW. Kansas City is located in two states—Kansas and Missouri—in the country’s heartland. The station is located in Missouri now, but according to Paul Virts, Ph.D., vice president for media, plans are under way for a move to more updated space in Kansas later this summer. Virts is exuberant about the challenge and opportunities to reach people in Kansas City for Christ and is confident that Northwestern’s experience

a child and credits her religion teacher with helping her “fall in love with Jesus” in the first grade. “Just the way she taught about Jesus—she made Him real,” Doyle recalled. After building a successful commercial real estate business, the Doyles had a vision for serving people in need in the Twin Cities. “We started Hope for the City in 2000 because we had a heart for the poor and that was the top of our giving priorities,” Doyle said. Hope for the City collects corporate surplus and uses it as a tool to fight poverty, hunger and disease. The ministry has grown from “one guy and a rented truck” to an international organization that in 2011 gave away over five million pounds of surplus food and supplies at a wholesale value of $10 million.

and format will be a good fit. “Kansas City will become the second largest

Family and interests

of Northwestern Media’s markets,” he noted. “It’s approximately two-

The Doyles have two grown sons they adopted in 1985. “They were born

thirds the size of the Twin Cities and because of the flat geography of

10 weeks apart,” she noted. “We raised them like fraternal twins.”

Kansas, the signal reaches a 50- to 75-mile radius and has a potential

As a breast cancer survivor, Doyle turned her habits upside down and

audience of more than two million people.”

created a life passion for health. “I went on the Gerson diet to prevent

The Internet in recent years has allowed Northwestern’s radio stations

recurrence and become as healthy as I could. Having had cancer once,

to have a reach far beyond the traditional listening area, and the new

I determined to do everything I could to die healthy,” she said. “I’ve

KJNW will operate on the network’s most robust website platform yet.

eliminated all toxins in my house, from household cleaners to dry cleaning

Web visitors can listen to music, access biblical teaching, and respond

to pesticides on our lawn.”

to opportunities to serve and pray for those in their community. Since the beginning of the year the new website format has been successfully implemented for all Northwestern Media stations. In a note to faculty and staff in February, President Alan Cureton said, “I am pleased to report that because of God’s faithfulness and the support of many friends, the Media division has generated enough financial reserves in the last four years to be able to make a down payment,” and noted that the purchase will be made without using college resources.


Doyle is a lifelong Minnesota resident. She attended parochial school as


Values to live by Doyle, who was also Northwestern’s May 2013 commencement speaker, is passionate about integrating faith and work. “There is no substitute for integrity in everything that you do,” she said. “People are watching you, how you make decisions, how you treat people, how you run your business. It matters to the people within your influence and it also matters at the end.”


organizations Hope for the City and


Chapel Snapshots

Laurie Bolthouse On March 5 Laurie (LeGree ’89) Bolthouse spoke

By Jacob Fletcher ’14

about the horrific tragedy of human

Northwestern’s daily chapel schedule

trafficking and her personal journey

periodically includes special Faith &

of action that included producing the

Thought Week* chapels that focus

film Trade of Innocents. JOSH STOKES

on relevant issues of faith, knowledge and life. Some of 2012–13’s notable

Bolthouse also hosted a special screening of the movie on campus. “It was very valuable to have Laurie’s

speakers included Jon Acuff, Lee Strobel and Laurie (LeGree ’89) Bolthouse.

His wife’s conversion to Christianity

movie presented at Northwestern

led him to investigate the claims of

… a lot of students were prompted

Christ on a two-year journey that

to start praying for ministries like

Jon Acuff Jon Acuff’s blog Stuff

resulted in his own conversion.

this, for the freedom and the truth of

Christians Like had more than 4.5

Strobel published his findings in The

the Gospel to be boldly proclaimed

million readers and led to open

Case for Christ.

in this dark industry,” said Emily

doors for him to pursue his dream of

Speaking on campus Feb. 6 and 7,

Johnson ’14.

writing and speaking professionally.

Strobel made the case for God as

In his November chapel messages Acuff shared, “Dreaming is not

for average, but to pursue their dreams for greatness in both their faith and their vocation.

about discovery; it’s a recovery of

the Creator of the world and pointed to key evidence found in science and the Bible. He also talked about

something you lost, that you knew

Lee Strobel As an award-winning

the importance of the local church

all along.” Acuff, also the author of

legal editor for the Chicago Tribune,

in helping nonbelievers come to an

Quitter, urged students not to settle

Lee Strobel was an avowed atheist.

understanding of the truth.

*Faith & Thought Week (formerly the Faith & Thought Lecture Series), conceived by President Alan Cureton, is a forum which welcomes scholars and leaders to campus.

Meet the Board: Ron Halverson

Family and interests

Connection to Northwestern

Ron Halverson’s high school Sunday school

skiing and traveling together and try to make family activities a priority.

teacher was a KTIS announcer who invited

him into the world of radio. “He taught me


how the radio station runs and they hired me to be a control board operator when I was in

high school,” Halverson said.

Celebrating 50 years of marriage next December, Halverson and his wife, Joyce, have five children and nine grandkids. An active family, the Halversons enjoy

Uniquely mentored As chair of the board’s media committee, Halverson has a personal perspective on the value of Christian radio. Over the course of a career that involved regular travel, he found Christian radio to be both companion and mentor. “Because of the time spent alone, driving in cars,” he said, “Christian radio has had more

Halverson maintained a connection with KTIS over the years and joined the

impact in my life than any other activity.”

Board of Trustees in 1999. After serving three consecutive three-year terms,

Guiding principles

he took a year off, then rejoined the board in 2009. Halverson also serves as chairman of Northwestern Foundation. Education and career Working full time throughout college, Halverson earned a Bachelor of Science in Education Sociology from the University of Minnesota. He worked at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) for 20 years. After BGEA, Halverson

A voracious reader, Halverson’s favorite everyday read is Jesus Calling, a devotional. He takes his role as trustee and steward seriously, evidenced in a prominent display in his office of a passage from Deuteronomy 8:11–20, which reminds, “Take care lest you forget the Lord your God—when you have eaten your fill, and have built fine houses to live in…. Remember that it is the Lord your God who gives you the power to get wealth.”

spent the next 27 years in the financial industry as an advisor/consultant.



Faculty Highlights Read additional highlights online after July 12 at

Biology and Bioinformatics: Joanna Klein Joanna Klein, Ph.D. (Biology) published “Using Bioinformatics to Develop and Test Hypotheses: E. coli-Specific Virulence Determinants” with Theresa Gulsvig in the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education, Vol. 13, Issue 2, December 2012. The abstract for the paper explains, “Bioinformatics, the use of computer resources to understand biological information, is an important tool in research and can be easily integrated JOSH STOKES

into the curriculum of undergraduate courses.”

Prolific Poet: Amy McCann Amy McCann ’00, MFA (English), a 2012 McKnight Artist Fellowship winner, published two poems in the winter 2013 issue of the Kenyon Review, a lyric essay in Rock & Sling and a prose poem in Beecher’s. Other recent activities include residency at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts; four weeks of language study in Panama in conjunction with a translation project; featured reader at North Central University’s Twin Cities Writing Revue; and current Writer in Residence at the Banfill-Locke Center for the JOSH STOKES

Arts in Fridley.

Researching Russia: Matthew Miller Matthew Miller, Ph.D. (History) published The American YMCA and Russian Culture: The Preservation and Expansion of Orthodox Christianity, 1900–1940 (Lexington Books 2012). Miller has been invited to participate as a summer fellow in “America’s Russian-Speaking Immigrants & Refugees: 20th Century Migration and Memory,” an institute sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities at Columbia University in New York City, June 9–29. This JOSH STOKES

institute will bring together college and university professors to reflect on the challenges faced by Russian-speakers in the U.S. and the contributions they have made in the fields of culture, science and faith.

Resounding on Reconciliation: Ken Young Kenneth N. Young, D.Min., Ph.D. (Biblical & Theological Studies) published The Trouble with Racial Reconciliation – Why John Perkins’ Theological Approach Works (NextStep Resources 2012) and presented the book at the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) National Conference last September. A Sept. 2012 article on said, “With a vision for true reconciliation, Young develops three related concepts in his book: He exposes the roots of racism in

the Gospel to reconcile with each other and with God through Christ.” 10



biblical history, reveals a false ‘compensatory identity’ that began after the Fall and encourages people to reject that false identity and embrace the full power of


Soar Campaign Takes Flight

The Soar campaign will fund facilities to better

By Jacob Fletcher ’14

forced six varsity sports teams to use high school

An Eagles “home” tennis match at Lifetime Fitness.

or neighborhood venues for practices and games.

Indoor practices at 10 p.m. Tired turf from overuse

The expansion plans—which will be

and tired players from crazy schedules. Welcome to

implemented in phases—include new tennis

the challenging side of Eagle athletics.

courts, additional gym space, synthetic turf fields,

The Soar Campaign for Eagle Excellence,

outdoor lighting, and a stadium complex with

launched publicly in May, will change these

locker rooms, concessions, restrooms and a press

temporary realities into opportunities to create

box. The new facilities will bring teams back to

world-class athletic facilities for Northwestern

campus and open up room for more intramural

athletes and visitors. The campaign goal is to


invest in the physical and spiritual well-being

“With Northwestern’s continued growth

of Northwestern students and provide needed

and an increase in participation in athletics

facilities to improve and expand athletic and

and intramurals, now is the right time for this

intramural programs.

campaign,” explained Vice President for Student

Varsity sports continue to grow in size and

Life & Athletics Matt Hill ’89, Ed.D.

success, with more than 325 students competing

To learn more about the Soar campaign and

on 18 different teams at the NCAA Division III

opportunities to support Eagle athletes, visit

level. Nearly 900 students participate in intramural

accommodate varsity and intramural athletics while improving the fan experience for the Northwestern community and visitors.


sports. Despite the increased interest in athletics, a lack of adequate facilities—or any facilities at all—has

Help the Eagles Soar Athletics are a vital part of student life at Northwestern. NCAA Division III varsity sports provide an arena for excellence for the student-athletes and fans alike. Intramural sports engage nearly 900 students in recreation that contributes to their physical health and well-being. Your gift to the Soar Campaign for Eagle Excellence will help ensure that future generations of Eagles can participate in athletics and recreation JOSH STOKES

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U of Northw Becoming

By Shelly Barsuhn / Photos by Josh Stokes

“Is it time for Northwestern College to become a university?” When President Alan Cureton posed this question several years ago, Northwestern seemed ready. The institution met the technical criteria for university status. Cureton convened a faculty group to investigate the possibility of a transition, but after thoughtful deliberation, the group came back with its answer: “Not right now.” The president’s response was philosophical. “The timing of any decision,” he said, “is just as important as the decision.” By 2011, the college’s reputation for excellence had grown, along with its rich variety of study opportunities. The graduate program was established and thriving; the school had produced a flurry of Fulbright scholars; the Eagle Scholars Honors Program mentored gifted students; and when Northwestern undergraduates competed with students from across the country, they often brought home prestigious awards. In enrollment size, program offerings and academic rigor, Northwestern was functioning like a university. In addition, Northwestern had been confronting the frustrating confusion over its college moniker for years. In other countries, the term “college” often refers to “high school,” which created issues for graduates, professors traveling overseas and prospective international students.



A new name, increased scholarship and a renewed commitment to mission

University hwestern

– St. Paul



President Alan Cureton addressed a full house in Maranatha Hall on May 8 as he announced the new name: University of Northwestern – St. Paul

Believing it was time to revisit the question, Cureton formed the Presidential Commission on University Status and invited respected faculty, an alumnus and an administrator to again look into the value and feasibility of such a change. The commission hosted town hall meetings and sent out alumni questionnaires: “Is this the right time for us to consider making a transition to university status? Why or why not? What factors should be considered?” Commission members looked closely at other colleges that had made the switch. They polled faculty and found that nearly 84 percent were positive about the possibility of a transition. After their research, the commission returned its report recommending that Northwestern begin the transition process

University status… …signals that Northwestern offers more than traditional undergraduate degrees. …communicates credibility as Northwestern recruits students and faculty. …conveys academic rigor to prospective students and future employers. …appeals to adult learners who are interested in professional and graduate degree programs. …is clear to international audiences that Northwestern is an institution of higher learning and not a high school.

option—Northwestern University—is in prominent use in Evanston, Ill. And although many alumni desired to have Christian in the name, graduates and faculty who traveled or ministered overseas warned that the name could close doors and put people at risk—a harsh reality in a global world. From a short list of top contenders, a final decision regarding the new name was placed in the hands of the Board of Trustees. They voted to move forward with University of Northwestern – St. Paul. College administrators began the process of trademarking the name, securing a new URL, filing forms and planning the unfolding of the

to a university status. The Board of Trustees

change internally and externally. The new name

voted in unanimous agreement.

was revealed to students, faculty, staff and a number of guests during chapel on May 8. The

A name that fits

name change will be official on July 1, 2013.

The next challenge? A new name. Parents-to-be agonize over a baby name. “How

Prepared for the world stage

does it sound? What does it mean? Does it work

University status gives Northwestern

with our last name?” Northwestern leaders found

professors a wider doorway to opportunities

themselves making a similarly difficult choice,

for research and relationships with universities

and they wanted the input of constituents.

around the world. Students will also have more

The president’s office and Marketing &


There were challenges. The obvious name

chances to participate in research alongside

Communications began collecting e-mails,

portrait of the Northwestern community, one

their professors.

suggestions and concerns. To systematically

that showed remarkable consistency across

The pursuit of excellence is not new at

gather the feedback of students, alumni, faculty,

all groups. An overwhelming 71 percent of

Northwestern. Faculty and students are driven to

staff and KTIS listeners, Northwestern engaged

respondents said the new name should contain

give their highest and best. Now on level ground

a professional research firm. Online surveys

the word Northwestern—a refrain that led

with other institutions, Northwestern’s reach and

and focus groups helped paint a fascinating

decision makers to push hard in that direction.

influence will be extended.


After July 1, visit Northwestern at its new online address: UNWSP.EDU “Our graduates,” said Cureton, “are playing on an international stage and that is positive. Evangelicals need to be counted among the intelligentsia of our society. We need to stand with them as new knowledge is created and developed.” Here, pursuit of the highest level of scholarship is about much more than personal achievement. Faculty and students often speak of their desire to honor God through advanced study, outstanding performance or hard-driving athletics, and they are likely to attribute their accomplishments to God. Becoming a university gives everyone a solid foundation for the pursuit of excellence. Core values intact This discovery process provided a chance to take a fresh look at Northwestern and ask, “What are the core values that make this institution uniquely Northwestern?” When asked to describe the school, survey respondents used many of the same words: Christian focus, community, investing in others, engagement, challenge,

one connections are hardwired into the culture,”

engineering and math) courses and programs.

support, academic quality, passion, caring. The

said Marita Meinerts, director of Marketing &

To assure that University of Northwestern

consistency was affirming.

Communications. “We stand by one another and

– St. Paul is viable for decades to come, a

Some alumni expressed concerns that

walk with one another, whether faculty to student,

strategic plan will guide growth over the next

Northwestern would lose its distinctly Christ-

coach to athlete or staff to staff. That’s not

decade. Administrators anticipate an increase

centered curriculum and environment—the

something we tout in news releases, but there’s

in enrollment both on campus and online, so

heart, soul and backbone of the school. To

a history of connectedness here that is carried

planning is already under way to handle growth.

that, Cureton stated unequivocally: “That is not

forward without an overt command to do so.”

changing. The board reaffirmed the doctrinal

That richness of relationships will continue

statement and mission, and we keep it at the

among a new wave of students, whether

forefront. In no way is this a change in the ethos

graduate or undergraduate, online or on

of the institution.”

campus. Faculty and staff will continue to

A second recurring theme was the desire to

build community in every classroom, even via

preserve the school’s intimate, community feel.

electronic conversations and interactions.

This is a campus where your fellow students and professors know your name and face and where it is virtually impossible to fade into the wallpaper. Although the University of Northwestern – St. Paul anticipates growth, it will continue to invite students into an environment steeped in relationships and mentoring. “One-to-

A history of transformation Change can be exciting—and sometimes daunting. It is reassuring to know that transition is a thread that runs throughout Northwestern’s history. An institution that began as a small missionary training school now educates thousands of Christ-followers each year.

Wisely planning for the future

Through all the growth, prayer has saturated

Cureton says he wants to see Northwestern

this institution and God’s guidance has been

grow and prosper so it can educate more

central. Becoming University of Northwestern

outstanding teachers, physicians, lawyers and

– St. Paul is another natural step in a 111-year

businesspeople who have a biblical worldview at

journey and the fulfillment of Northwestern’s

their core. There will be even greater emphasis

long-standing mission.

on scholarship and STEM (science, technology, UNIVERSITY OF NORTHWESTERN – ST. PAUL SPRING 2013 PILOT


March 2011

May 2011

President Cureton created the Presidential Commission on University Status to determine if a transition was feasible and in Northwestern’s best interest.

April 2011

Commission members conducted faculty town hall meetings and solicited feedback via e-mails and letters sent to faculty and alumni. They also contacted other CCCU institutions.

Based on its research, the Commission recommended to Dr. Cureton that Northwestern “begin the process of transitioning to a university status.”

JanuaryAugust 2012

A public relations firm developed and conducted a comprehensive survey regarding the new name and presented the results. The report included the feedback of faculty, staff, students, alumni and KTIS listeners.

September 2012

Northwestern College’s Board of Trustees approved the recommendation to move to university status, giving the green light for the administration to begin the transition process.

March 2013

Northwestern registered its status change with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and notified The Higher Learning Commission.

A Journey to

Northwestern filed for the use of the name University of Northwestern – St. Paul with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

University Status July 1, 2013 May 8, 2013

The new name was announced to the Northwestern community and the media.


December 2012


The name change becomes official. The public face of Northwestern, including signage, web pages, spirit wear and stationery will reflect the new name. The old URL will redirect visitors to

Summer 2013

Northwestern will introduce media campaigns to build awareness of the status change and the quality of educational opportunities at the university.


with the Presidential Commission In early 2011, President Alan Cureton gave the newly assembled Presidential Commission on University Status one charge: “Determine


The transition will continue as Northwestern responsibly allocates resources and labor to both large and small projects.

if it is feasible and in the best interest of Northwestern to begin transition to university status.” To gain broad perspectives, he appointed five faculty (Randy Nelson ’85, Ph.D.; Charles Aling, Ph.D.; John Easterling, D.Miss./D.Min.; Lisanne Winslow, Ph.D. and Ken Young, Ph.D., D.Min.), an alumnus (Ron Soderquist ’65, Ph.D.) and Northwestern’s vice president for institutional advancement (Amy Bragg Carey, Ed.D. Cand.). The commission first met on March 17, 2011, and pressed immediately into the research. What did they discover? Commission members provided answers. UNIVERSITY OF NORTHWESTERN – ST. PAUL SPRING 2013 PILOT


What are the main benefits of Northwestern becoming a university?

What was your process?

Carey: “We surveyed a group of 140 alumni

Nelson: “We started out meeting twice a week,

Nelson: “We contacted other CCCU [Council for

then once a week. Everybody on the team had

Christian Colleges & Universities] institutions

a role, based on interest. One was interested in

that had made transitions to university status.

intellectual property. One had done reading on

We also sent e-mails to colleges that had

Winslow: “In a university, there’s an emphasis on

leadership and governance….”

decided not to become universities to get their

professors as leaders in their fields doing high-

perspectives. The Education Advisory Board

level research and bringing it to the classroom.

Winslow: “Randy headed the commission

prepared a useful resource for us, ‘Transitions

Northwestern would get the best of both worlds,

and researched other institutions. He looked

to University Status at Christian Liberal Arts

a beautiful merger of the intimate setting of a

at enrollment, marketing and quality of the

Colleges.’ It provided valuable information on the

college with the dedication to scholarship.”

education. The rest of the committee was

benefits of university status, the process and the

there to bring our own experiences to the table

costs of the transition from college to university.”

and consider whether the transition would be beneficial to the students, faculty and institution. We also had town hall meetings—basically open forum discussions—with faculty and staff. We took good notes!”

“Our change to the university organizational structure will give students more flexibility in the kinds of classes they can take.”

via e-mail.”

What convinced you that the time was right?

“Growth is necessary.”

Aling: “Northwestern really was more than a college. Normally a college doesn’t offer graduate-level degrees.” Nelson: “There was consensus that the university title allowed us to be competitive. As we looked at the evidence, it became pretty clear what direction we should move.” Carey: “To be sustainable we have to continue

Randy Nelson, Ph.D. (faculty)

on our path and provide options that the 21stcentury learner is seeking.”

Easterling: “It opens doors wider on an international scale. When I’m traveling overseas I

Young: “Students want to know that what they’re

have to explain, ‘I’m from Northwestern College,

getting is marketable. We’ve got to offer a

a university in Minnesota.’”

product that can meet that expectation.” Young: “The university organizational structure is conducive to growth both on the undergraduate and graduate level. The structure allows different schools to more easily develop programming. There’s more independence. In a university

Ken Young, Ph.D., D.Min. (faculty) 18


structure, the schools have the freedom to develop a graduate program with more fluidity.”

Winslow: “When we change the name of the school to university, doors of opportunity— including collaborations and grants— immediately open for faculty. That opens up a wealth of opportunities for students. This is about the quality of education for our students. The more scholarship I do, the more direct interaction I have with students. When you do

“It was good to have faculty who were wrestling with the issue.”

Nelson: “The name will change, but the intimacy will continue. Relationships are just part of our DNA.” Easterling: “The world knows us as Northwestern Bible College and we haven’t had a Bible College

Young: “Probably the biggest disadvantage

John Easterling, D.Miss./D.Min. (faculty)

Northwestern will be doing this gradually so it

Winslow: “But the costs are minimal when you look at the benefits of grant opportunities, publishing and collaboration.”

“Northwestern will be as spiritually fit and have as strong a biblical worldview as ever.” Ron Soderquist, Ph.D. (alumnus)

meet the market. The market is going to require

are positive.”

Are there disadvantages to transitioning to university status?

won’t be a major up-front hit.”

professionalism. We’ve got to change to

scholarship. Those kinds of changes

them as brothers and sisters in Christ.”

switch—all uniforms, literature and marketing.

Young: “The change will raise our level of

us to expand our offerings and increase our

research, you get to be very close and understand

was the up-front financial cost to make the

How will this transition change Northwestern?

What happened after the commission completed its research? Nelson: “We provided a report to the president

since 1956; it’s a reputation from the past. Our history is a standard to live up to, but we also want to move ahead.”

“We’re poised to continue to grow to be financially sustainable as an institution.”

stating, ‘The commission recommends that Northwestern begin the process of transitioning to a university status.’” Carey: “Once the recommendation was made, the decision went through various channels and the Board of Trustees.” Aling: “The president wanted to survey the various constituencies—donors, students, alumni, current faculty—doing it thoughtfully over time.”

Amy Bragg Carey, Ed.D. Cand. (administrator)



“The term ‘university’ communicates that the institution has a level of excellence in the research domain.”

Carey: “Many small private colleges are

Easterling: “I’d like to see Northwestern

struggling. We want to be on the leading edge

have more overseas relationships with other

and continue to grow. We’re actively developing a

schools. I’d love to see students learning French

strategic plan to enhance students’ experience

and German, studying in France and faculty

and provide more opportunities for online and

exchanges back and forth.”

blended learning. There are strategies in place to increase enrollment at all levels.”

What are your dreams for Northwestern? Aling: “Another international campus would be fun, somewhere in the English-speaking world. I’d like to see us expand to have more graduate programs. My own preference is to see more traditional graduate programs—not all online or cohort model.”

Lisanne Winslow, Ph.D. (faculty) Soderquist: “I know that Northwestern will preserve its biblical worldview.” Winslow: “Just because we have university in

“Many schools that are smaller than Northwestern are going to university status.”

our name won’t change how we feel about our students. That’s part of us and extends from the mission. When I interviewed at Northwestern, the administration wanted to know who I was as a believer in Christ … my heart for students … how I integrated science and faith in the classroom. There’s a lot that goes into looking for faculty who understand the mission and feel the calling. We believe strongly in the mission of the institution.”

Charles Aling, Ph.D. (faculty)



Soderquist: “I would love for Northwestern to market itself, bring more students in and build the scholarship fund. Northwestern could continue to grow academically, increasing its leadership impact.” Winslow: “I pray that God would use this change to open up more effective doors to minister to our students through scholarship—and that ministry would be opened through our scholarship.” Carey: “My hope is that the community will take another look at Northwestern and recognize the growth and quality that’s present here and has been present for quite some time. This will give us that opportunity for people to look at us with fresh eyes and recognize all Northwestern has to offer.”

Voices of the Community “What does Northwestern’s university transition mean to you?” Kathleen Black, Ph.D. Professor of English and Education; Chair, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies; Director of Honors Program “In my years at Northwestern, I have participated in many changes. We have grown and created new programs, yet we still focus on developing our students so that they can follow and serve the Lord in all that they do. I am very proud of the students whom I teach and mentor; their many accomplishments are impressive. However, we remember that it is the Lord who has overwhelmingly blessed us. The glory goes to Him.”

Jim Bender ’83, ’00 Director of Alumni & Parent Relations “As the second of three generations of Benders to attend Northwestern, I am excited for this institution’s future. We have been known as Northwestern Bible and Missionary School, Northwestern Theological Seminary, Northwestern Schools, Northwestern Bible School and Northwestern College. The name has changed many times, but our mission remains the same, to equip Christfollowers to be leaders in the home, church, community and world. This next step in our growth will bring definition to what we do, accurately express the rigor of our academics and reduce confusion about who we are. I am honored to help educate and update our alums and friends about this transition and encourage them to embrace our future.”

Paul Bradley Dean of Student Development “I believe that the change to university status will serve as an impetus for expanding and improving all of the great programs we have here. Northwestern is Bible-based and centered on Christ. It provides excellent academics while building relationships in community and impacting the world. I look forward to even more students being able to experience these strengths of Northwestern. Christian higher education is life-changing and transformational. I have seen countless students experience significant and powerful growth in their walk with Christ, their knowledge and their readiness for their Godgiven calling, career and ministry. As Northwestern grows and expands, my greatest desire is that God would use Northwestern to impact students even more powerfully throughout their time here.”



Marla Dennison Senior Director of Business Services “This transition will better associate our excellence with our name. My daughter is a Northwestern alumna who was equipped to serve in her field of choice. She is now in medical school, furthering her education alongside graduates of Johns Hopkins, Harvard and Cornell University. Many staff members and departments will play critical roles in the transition. The Campus Store will need to turn over thousands of merchandise items. The Print Center will assist in printing and become a gatekeeper for new branding materials. Event Services will change promotional items used for events on campus. All Northwestern employees will have a continual role in the transition. This change is not about the announcement day alone. As Doug Schroeder, our vice president for business/CFO said, ‘It is a journey, not an event.’”

Voices of the Community Benjamin Fernandes ’14 Resident Assistant Accounting major “We are already functioning as a university, so this change gives others a greater sense of clarity and understanding. It gives us an opportunity to become who we already are. Our institution will keep the foundational principles that it was founded upon. It will be an alignment to our mission and enhance the institution’s overall marketability. In my home country of Tanzania, people think that a university is more prestigious than a college. In many countries around the world, the term college is used for prep schools and not for institutions of higher learning. I think it is a positive thing that we should look forward to.”

Ken Faffler ’84 Senior Director of Admissions “The move to university status could increase the number of applications that we receive, especially in the graduate area. Of course, we would welcome an increase in applications across the board. The sign of true success, however, will be in attracting those students who resonate with Northwestern’s mission of serving Christ and impacting our world. The university status change provides an excellent opportunity to dig deep into our roots and create a strong passion—internally and externally—around our very rich legacy and history. We are not changing who we are, just taking the next logical step in our development.”



Brian Humphries Associate Vice President for Facility Operations & Planning “My tasks in this adventure are related to the name change. I have been tasked to replace all of the signage on campus. I am working with a number of vendors, obtaining bids and scheduling. The signage on all of our vehicles—including our bus, vans and public safety vehicle—need to be changed. These will be changed during the month of July. I am focusing on the external signage right now, planning to have campus signage complete and installed by August 1. I am also working with MNDOT to ensure that the signage along Snelling Ave is correct and installed by our deadline. With help from Public Safety and MarComm, we’ll be implementing new ID cards. It is cost prohibitive to replace everyone’s ID with a newly designed card, but after the name is announced, all cards going forward will be under the new name.”

Matt Hill ’89, Ed.D. Vice President for Student Life & Athletics “Northwestern has gone through many great changes. This transition allows us to distinguish ourselves from other academic institutions. It also gets the new name out there so the public can again take a look at Northwestern. This change won’t greatly affect the daily operations of Student Life, but I believe it will help recruiting. The university name seems to carry more weight with prospective students. In the months ahead, I’ll be preparing and changing all athletic items that have the Northwestern College name attached to them. As an alumnus, I always desire for this institution to continue serving students who want to receive an education based on a biblical foundation. Northwestern will remain true to its roots, providing quality, Christ-centered higher education and developing leaders who will change the world.”

Jim Johnson ’94 Senior Director of Constituent Relations and Campus Ministries “As an alumnus, employee and member of the University Conversion Committee, I believe the change brings a quality in name that represents the excellence in education that has been and is so evident here at Northwestern. With each passing year Northwestern has expanded in reach and depth of excellence, yet we unwaveringly remain rock solid on our core foundation of being a Christ-centered institution. My desire for the future is that God will continue to utilize this amazing place to touch the lives of students so that they can impact the world through their vocation and ministry. In the months and years ahead, I will be praying and planning. I love this place and long to see students attend Northwestern for decades to come. I truly believe God draws students to this campus, trains them during their time here and then launches them into God’s greater calling for their lives.”



Janet Sommers, Ph.D. Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs “University status signifies the offering of diverse programs and venues. At Northwestern, we offer certificates, associate degrees and over 70 undergraduate areas of study. We are the largest private school provider of Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) in Minnesota. We offer accelerated adult degree completion programs and five master’s degrees. Every program reflects a biblical worldview and rigor distinctive to a university committed to Christ-centered higher education. University status also signifies excellence in teaching and scholarship. Northwestern professors are passionate about their academic disciplines, committed to high-quality teaching, research and scholarship. Our students, in turn, are thriving in mind and spirit. We recently celebrated Northwestern’s tenth Fulbright scholar in ten years and the annual spring Sigma Tau Delta English honor society induction As we plan for future growth and pray for the Lord’s abundant blessings, we eagerly anticipate a new era for Northwestern marked by a continued, deep commitment to God and our students.”

Jeremy Kolwinska, D.M.A. Chair, Department of Music “Our status change to a university is a reflection of what we already are as an institution. The rigor of our classes compares with our university peers, and our faculty produces the quality and quantity of research and creative activity one would expect in a university. In the Department of Music, our conducting faculty members frequently appear as guest conductors and clinicians around the region, and many of our instrumental faculty members can be seen performing with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Opera Orchestra. The strongest reason I see for the change is that we live in a global society. The Department of Music’s ensembles tour internationally and many faculty, students and graduates work or minister overseas. The term ‘university’ will bring clarity to our identity and credentials in those contexts.”



Voices of the Community

Diann Lloyd-Dennis, MS Interim Director, Center for Calling & Career “The Center for Calling & Career is excited about expanding our work with undergraduate, graduate and online students and exploring new career programming to meet the needs of these 21st-century learners. The university conversion gives us a fabulous opportunity to establish collaborative relationships with the colleges and schools to provide professional development opportunities for all students in an even more effective way.”



The Facets of University of Northwestern – St. Paul

Undergraduate Adult Undergraduate



Graduate Studies Online Learning and Pseo




Lisanne Winslow, Ph.D. (Biology)


Professor of Philosophy Walter Schultz, Ph.D.,

That first meeting was electric with intellectual

conduct the research and let students observe

and Professor of Biology Lisanne Winslow, Ph.D.,

energy. Both viewed their scholarly work as an

and help inside of a course?” They proposed

were deep in discussion, creating a sprawling and

expression of love for the redeeming God of the

the interdisciplinary class to Janet Sommers,

complex diagram on the whiteboard. “Theology,

Bible and both were fascinated by the opportunity

Ph.D., senior vice president for Academic Affairs,

ontology, divine compositionalism…” The terms were

to conduct research joining their areas of academic

received approval and developed the course over

clues to a groundbreaking research project that they

expertise. They chose one very specific and

three months of intensive planning.

conducted partially inside the classroom this spring

complicated mechanism in biology to study—

“We had a syllabus,” said Winslow, “but we really

when they taught a course called “Metaphysics, An

protein synthesis (how human bodies make protein)

didn’t know how it was going to go. It depended

Interdisciplinary Quest for a Christian Understanding

—and determined to try and understand every

on discussions in class. How would students

of Mechanisms in Science.” How did these scholars

piece of it and the powers that drive the molecules.

perceive and understand with their brilliant minds?”

from separate disciplines find their fields intersecting

“There’s this whole world of nature that

Scholars have biases, but students would have no

in this rare and wonderful way? And what made this

scientists explain without God,” said Winslow.

agenda, just inquisitive minds.

class unlike any before it?

“Walter and I approached the natural world from

In the classroom, the professors’ different

biblically grounded faith, asking, ‘Where is God in

teaching styles came together in a unique

Although Winslow and Schultz both officed in

the actual molecular world?’” This question placed

synthesis. They began with deep theology and

Nazareth Hall, their paths seldom crossed. One

them inside a very new field of study, Christian

philosophy, then offered foundations of scientific

day in April 2012, they were making copies in

philosophy of biology, also called the philosophy

mechanism and finally brought the parts together.

the office center. Small talk led to a conversation

of scientific mechanisms. It was so new, in fact,

Students learned how to analyze a scientific

about the book Schultz was writing, God Acts:

that no scholarly papers in this area had been

mechanism theologically and philosophically. They

The Dynamic Underlying Reality, and his need

presented yet. They decided to be the first. The

participated in interactive group work, with each

for a biologist to help write one crucial chapter.

term they proposed to describe this activity in the

of five groups having a little piece of the protein

Winslow’s enthusiasm confirmed that they should

universe: divine compositionalism.

synthesis mechanism to analyze. Finally, they

meet and talk in more depth.

During one meeting they thought, “Why not

wrote a critical paper on a scientific mechanism



An Interdiscip


from a theistic worldview. Schultz said, “The

that I wished the course were a semester long

Schultz and Winslow have written two papers

class was designed like a graduate-level course.

instead of a half semester,” said Schultz.

on divine compositionalism. They presented the

We pushed students way beyond traditional

Biology major Jennifer Terhark, ’14, valued the

first in late May for the Association of Christians

undergraduate expectations.”

class because “it wasn’t just about introducing

in the Mathematical Sciences at Bethel University.

Their diverse group of students—philosophy

us to materials. It was about a project. We were

They also traveled to Harvard University in early

majors, biology majors and others—rose to

working toward a goal—proving the professors’

May to present at the International Conference

the challenge.

thesis. I never really thought about how

on Occasionalism.

“The facial expressions have been really great,”

philosophy relates to scientific mechanism and

Did God create the world and bow out or is

said Schultz, smiling.

how it all relates to God.”

God intimately involved in even the movement of

“… and the e-mails,” added Winslow.

While satisfying a philosophy or biology

molecules? Through biblical scholarship, logic and

Students did strong, integrative work and even

requirement, “Metaphysics” gave students a taste

science, Schultz and Winslow are seeking to show

requested a voluntary online forum to discuss

of what it means to do Christian scholarship in a

that the universe is a dynamic composite process

their research. Neither professor had ever seen

field outside of theology. Students came to understand

and that the fundamental truth of Scripture is that

this intense desire to continue conversations

in a whole new way how God acts, and in the process

God is sustaining and guiding creation.

outside of class. “It was the first time in my life

helped enhance their professors’ research.

By Shelly Barsuhn


ciplinary Quest

Walter Schultz, Ph.D. (Philosophy)




alumni Through the Years ’79 Deborah (Crane ’79) Barrows is living in Germany and teaching

Fast Forward: Kristina Grothen ’93 Major: Office Administration Career: ELIC China Director of Programs

a military post in Bavaria for the Department of Defense.

and Resources

’82 ’84 John Deedrick ’84

Grew Up In: Hastings, Nebraska

owns a venture capital company

Current Home: Beijing, China

based out of Rochester, MN. He

Called to China

and his wife Kelly (Hemmen ’82)

Kristina Grothen ’93 graduated from Northwestern determined to be a “power worker” in the Twin Cities. For five years she did just that, even working a stint for Northwestern’s FOCUS program. In 1998 she began a job as an administrator in a local church. The

Deedrick are active in leadership of the nonprofit organization GreatDeeds, which they helped start in 2001.

church’s emphasis on overseas impact and Grothen’s participation in

’87 ’88 Kristie (Friesen ’87)

four consecutive teaching trips to Mongolia reawakened her heart for the

and Stephan ’88 Lindskov

world. These experiences brought back memories of being at Bible camp

adopted their daughter, Hadassah

when she was just 13 years old, sensing that one day God would use her

(“Haddie”) Gename, from Addis

Oct. 5, 2012.

full time overseas.

Ababa, Ethiopia in July 2012.

In 2003 Grothen accepted an assignment with English Language

’00 ’01 Sara Mortensen ’00

’89 Nathan and Laura (Daggett

and Jonathan Koss were married

Institute/China (ELIC) to teach English. After spending her first year teaching English full time in Chongqing, she moved to Hohhot in Inner Mongolia to serve as a member care specialist. She currently works as the ELIC China Director of Programs and

Jude on June 7, 2012. He joins

Kyle ’00 and Emilie (Probst ’00)

Isaac, Julia and Anna Kate.

neighbors, former students and other Chinese friends, this role allows her

Richert completed her MBA, with

to travel for her work with university and government partners from Beijing

a concentration in management,

to Tibet and many other areas in China.

from Carlson School of Management

Jodi (Hacquebord ’92)

at the University of Minnesota.

Grothen has found that her Northwestern education molded her to fit the

’95 John and Tayna (Anderson ’95)

work she does today, noting that she gained top-notch occupational skills

Pinkerman welcomed Maria Joy on

and took courses that shaped her heart and her calling. The life-changing

Oct. 4, 2012.

influence her life and work—even across the world in Asia. “Though I’ve lived abroad for nine years, every day that I wake up in China and walk down the street, I remember that I am a foreigner living in China for a purpose. When I went to China, I made a two-year commitment. At that time, I honestly couldn’t imagine being away from the U.S. any longer than that,” Grothen reflected. “But year after year, I sense that my calling is still to be in China where I will remain until the Father clearly directs me somewhere else.” PILOT SPRING 2013 UNIVERSITY OF NORTHWESTERN – ST. PAUL

welcomed Abigail Grace on

on July 27, 2012.


interpersonal relationships with professors, staff and students continue to

’99 Amy and Ray Phillips ’99

’89) Murphy welcomed Malachi

Resources in Beijing. Beyond day-to-day relationships with Chinese

Shaping her heart and calling


music in an elementary school on

Chris ’95 and Kristin (Mertens ’95) Salvevold welcomed Jakely Jami on June 28, 2012. He joins Max, Maci, Tygen, Tate, Brinkley and Britlyn. (Correction from the fall 2012 Pilot)

Schmitz welcomed Joshua Tobias (Toby) on Sept. 7, 2012. Nathan ’01 and Carey (Eppright ’00) Statezni welcomed Bold Faith on Sept. 17, 2012. Justin and Lindsay (Kinney ’01) Elkins welcomed Weston on Sept. 17, 2012. Reed and Jana (Reimer ’01) Gregg welcomed Autumn Elizabeth on July 2, 2012. She joins Gavin. Tim and Trisha (Smith ’01) Huset welcomed Brayden Jeffrey in August 2011. Amber and Joshua Jipp ’01 welcomed Lukas Joshua on Sept. 7, 2012.

The Students You Bless New name, same Eagles Our first Homecoming as University of Northwestern is Sept. 27–28. Join us!

Christopher wants only to follow where God leads, whether to Tanzania or into the ministry. “God is using classes at JOSH STOKES

Northwestern to ignite the

’02 Brent Carlson ’02, his wife, Jennifer, and their two sons are serving with Frontiers Mission Agency in South Asia. Christopher and Courtenay (Krumlauf ’02) Guttormson adopted their first child, Evan James, who was born on

passionate worship of Christ in my heart,” he said. “After every Adam ’03 and Tonya (Lee ’04) Boettcher relocated to Flagstaff, AZ, where Adam is beginning his career as a plastic, reconstructive and hand surgeon. Amanda Ferris ’03 is teaching second grade at the International Christian School of Budapest

Jan. 24, 2013.

(Hungary). Her students come

Ben and Melissa (Zimmerman

include several students from

’02) Wilhelm welcomed Maxwell Jerome on Sept. 20, 2012. Kelly and Rebecca (Price ’02) Pruss welcomed Emily Makenna on Aug. 17, 2012. She joins Alex, Matthew

from five different countries, and

on Sept. 12, 2012.

Feb. 4, 2013. She joins Madelyn

(Dominguez ’03) Wagner welcomed Lia Elizabeth on Feb. 10, 2011 and Tessa Grace on July 24, 2012.

Jenny Collins ’05, after seven years as a communications specialist at Northwestern College, launched into self-employment with her new writing and marketing business, Jenetic Communications.

Cecelia and Joseph Marco on

Houareau welcomed Luka Marc

’04 welcomed Naomi Dawn on

Montermini welcomed Gianna July 18, 2012. Ryan ’05 and Stephanie (Fremont ’05) Smidt welcomed Bayley Alise

Nohemi Weekley ’05 is finishing her

Desirae Kleinsasser ’04 and Coalt

St. Mary’s University in the marriage

2011. Adam ’04 and Katie (Padden ’04) Witter welcomed Shawn Clark on Jan. 23, 2013.

reason to hit my knees and praise my Savior.” He looks forward to a Gospel-

Your gift to the Northwestern Fund will help students like Christopher impact the world for Christ. Give today at or call 855-GIVE2NW 855-448-3269

on Aug. 15, 2011.

and Asa.

Robinson were married in Dec.

class period, I have yet another

proclaiming future.

He joins Elliot.

Yvan and Stephanie (Leaman ’03)

Amy and Steven Stepec ’02

’03 ’04 Nathan and Anna

Micah Ronald on June 28, 2012.

Marco and Abigail (Norris ’05)

and Anna.

2012. She joins Jack and Henry.

(Kelley ’04) Janssen welcomed

missionary families.

Jennifer and Andrew Bartholomew

welcomed Evelyn Ann on April 25,

’05 Christopher ’05 and Summer

last semester of graduate school at and family therapy program. She is working as an intern at Rekindle Counseling and is also working at the Domestic Abuse Project with the men’s group. UNIVERSITY OF NORTHWESTERN – ST. PAUL SPRING 2013 PILOT


Meara cummings

Fast Forward: Homar Ramirez ’96 Major: Business and Bible Career: Director of Athletics and Facilities, Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis) Grew Up In: Baytown, TX Current Home: Eagan, MN Family: Wife: Kim (Rose ’97); Children: Ryan (8), Kate (5)

Far From Home and Back Again Minneapolis, Homar Ramirez ’96 works less than a dozen miles from

Give thanks and go, Eagles!

Northwestern. But the path that led him there stretched to Texas and the

Homecoming is Sept. 27–28.

Middle East before he returned to Minnesota. After graduation from Northwestern Ramirez accepted a position as athletic director at a Christian school in his Texas hometown. His intention was to move toward athletics in higher education but he would first need experience in a university setting. This led Ramirez to work for Texas A&M University in Doha, Qatar, where he, his wife and their young children were stationed at a branch campus in the oil-rich nation in the Persian Gulf.

’07 Joy and Benjamin Brekke ’07

received performing opportunities

welcomed Adelaide Miriam on

in the Twin Cities area with

Dec. 27, 2012. She joins Eleanor.

Cantus, Guthrie Theater and Minnesota Opera. Among various performances and teaching engagements, he will

Derrick and Melissa (Pickar ’07) Ellis welcomed Lilliyn Jean on July 24, 2012. She joins Elijah.

also begin teaching voice lessons

Joshua and Mikalah (Olmstead

at the Academy of Music at

’07) Marx welcomed Evangeline

administrator in Qatar, but his Bible major proved vital as he worked in the


Grace on Sept. 26, 2012.

heart of the Islamic world.

Nick and Amber (Wilson ’06)

Adam Minnie ’07 is doing

Kmoch welcomed Elliana Mae

freelance writing, editing and

on June 5, 2012. She joins Aaron

development work supervising


other writers with a small press

Well prepared His business major prepared him well for his work as a business

“As a business administrator, I dealt with administrative assistants and almost every one was Muslim,” Ramirez recalled. “The Christian component at Northwestern did more to impact me than learning the theory of business because it helped me interact with people; it helped me share my beliefs in a nonthreatening way; it made me receptive to listen to

Felicia and Mike Lindstedt ’06

people even though we clearly saw things differently.”

welcomed Erik on Sept. 8, 2012.

In an interview posted in Redhawks Online (Minnehaha Academy, April

Joel and Tricia (Burton ’06)

2012), Ramirez noted, “We’re really thankful that we had the chance to see the world from a different perspective.” Questioning his sanity only slightly in returning to Minnesota and its winters, the native Texan is glad he came back in 2012. “Being back in the area I’ve reconnected with several friends and met several people who’ve

Matasovsky welcomed Andrew Robert on Sept. 13, 2012. Nathan Don and Julie (Russell ’06) Olson welcomed Kalisha Joyce on

graduated from Northwestern, so there’s this constant encouragement

Aug. 6, 2012. She joins Marta.

happening,” he said. “My education prepared me from a discipline

Sarah Selby ’06 and Nathan Willey

standpoint, but it’s the foundation of relationships and people that I see impacting my work the most.” 30

’06 Nathan Bird ’06 has


were married on Aug. 11, 2012.

publisher in the role-playing games industry. His work has included anthologies and a project with the Marvel Comics license.


As director of athletics and facilities for Minnehaha Academy in

Claire Thurman ’07 is working for

Rachel Edwards ’10 and Daniel

a nonprofit that serves refugee

Radke ’11 were married on

youth and their families in

Aug. 11, 2012.

Clarkston, GA, the Fugees Family. The organization helps child

Ally Vohs and Tim Utecht ’10 were

Connecting Lives Through Thoughtful Planning

In Memory We extend condolences to the families of the following Northwestern alumni, employees

married on July 27, 2012.

and friends who have passed away.

through access to educational

Jonathan Charles ’11 was accepted

Carl Barber ’37 on Jan. 29, 2013.

opportunities, enabling them to

at William Mitchell College of Law

enter the workforce prepared to

for their full-time JD program this

Eunice (Nelson ’37) Knutson on

break free of the generational cycle

year. He is set to graduate in May

of poverty.


Dan and Julie (Strnad ’07) Vallier

Janelle Hamre ’11 and Taylor

welcomed Joel Daniel on

Higdon ’11 were married on

May 14, 2012.

June 22, 2012. Janelle recently

Nov. 9, 2012.

’08 ’09 Ryan and Molly

started work as a communications

Marjorie (Shedenhelm ’64) Meyers

survivors of war rebuild their lives

(Wilken ’08) Grimmius welcomed Anne Marie on Dec. 24, 2012. Marlys Allard ’08 and Joel Livingston ’09 were married on July 13, 2012. Chad and Cassy (Wilson ’08) Vos welcomed Natalie Susan on July 30, 2012. Daniel and Holly (Browne ’08) Williams welcomed Abram David on Aug. 18, 2012. Kristina Plumer ’09 and Adam Olson ’09 were married on Oct. 7, 2012.

’10 ’11 Natalie Cromwell ’10 recently released her first solo CD, recorded in Nashville with Gordon Mote, a Grammy-award-winning producer. Kenny King IV ’10 is the morning anchor for KAAL TV (ABC affiliate)

specialist for Northwestern College. Katie Moe ’11 and Erick Klein were

Oct. 14, 2012. Donald Klassen ’47 on Sept. 18, 2012. Charles “Chuck” Long ’53 on Matthew never met Pete W.

in 2012.

’43 or Naomi Fast. But his life has been influenced by their generosity.

Gary Hovda ’65 on June 9, 2011. As a way to honor God with

married on July 14, 2012.

John Kulp ’80 on Oct. 23, 2012.

Catherine Ebben ’11 and Andrew

Dwight Gunberg on Apr. 19, 2013.

up a Charitable Gift Annuity.

He served Northwestern from

This annuity provided steady

1980–87 as dean of faculty and

income for them and, after

dean of students.

the Lord called them home,

Penning ’13 were married on July 7, 2012.

’12 Drew Elrick ’12 joined the Northwestern College Office of Marketing & Communications as a graphic designer. Heidi Heitzman ’12 accepted a full-time marketing position at Novus Media. Abby Miller ’12 is the Iron Mountain Bureau reporter for WLCU-TV in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

their resources, the Fasts set

created a scholarship that now enables Matthew and others in the future to pursue Christcentered music education at Northwestern.

Learn more about planning your gifts to bless generations. Office of Planned Giving 800-692-4020, ext. 5139

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specialty tie collection with King Brothers Clothiers entrepreneurs

A Business Fit for the Kings

Kenny ’10 (left) and Danny ’10 (right) King.

By Jenny Collins ’05 As twins, Danny King ’10 and Kenny King IV ’10 were typically identified in

The Kings went to work on the business, all while maintaining their

childhood by the clothes they wore.

full-time careers—Kenny as a morning anchor for ABC 6 News in

“Growing up, it was ‘Kenny’s in red and Danny’s in blue,’” explained

Rochester, Minn., and Danny as the youth pastor at Roseville (Minn.)


Covenant Church.

This spring the Kings have made a name for themselves in the

For the Kings, entrepreneurialism is part of the family DNA. Their

menswear and style business as King Brothers Clothiers. In February they

great-grandpa Kenneth King started one of the first Kentucky Fried Chicken

launched a specialty tie collection capitalizing on the name of a tie knot—

(KFC) franchises and was a business partner with Colonel Sanders. Kenny

the ShelbyKnot™—named after WCCO-TV news veteran Don Shelby for

and Danny always looked up to their grandfather Kenny King Jr. who

the signature knot he sported for much of his 30-year career.

expanded the business and ran over 60 restaurants at its peak.

In 2011, six months after Shelby retired, Kenny, working as a news

reporter in Alexandria at the time, had the opportunity to interview Shelby

energizes us,” admitted Kenny. “We’re in the fun part now—for the first

on camera, during which the veteran reporter taught him how to tie his

time seeing the fruit of our labor.”

first Shelby knot.

The King Brothers and the ShelbyKnot have been featured in the Pioneer

While the tie collection is brand new, the Shelby knot is … not. In fact,

Press, Mpls. St. Paul magazine, and more.

the Kings weren’t even born yet when Shelby himself first learned the perfectly symmetrical knot from a 92-year-old man in 1986. Coined the “Shelby knot” in 1989 by Minneapolis clothier Kingford Bavender, the knot caught on in men’s fashion and The New York Times covered it, as it is the only knot named after a living person.

Family ties and friends Kenny and Danny are the sons of Northwestern alums Kirsten (Broman ’86) and Kenny III ’85 King. Interestingly, the majority of the support for the ShelbyKnot product launch came through their Northwestern connections: Guy Magno ’08 (photography), Tyler Clements ’09 (video),

Why knot?

Justin Redman ’09 (web and graphic design) and Dan Stoltz ’83 (financial

Danny came up with the idea of doing a line of ties bearing Shelby’s

advising and support).

name after watching Kenny’s interview with Shelby and hearing the story

ShelbyKnot ties are exclusively available at select men’s stores in the Twin

behind the knot. “We always knew we’d do something entrepreneurial

Cities. Visit for details and learn how to tie the ShelbyKnot

together,” said Danny. “We work well together.”

from Don Shelby himself.

The brothers developed a business plan and pitched it to Shelby and his wife, Barbara, and they supported the idea. 32

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Alumni Authors Christa (Milbrandt ’92) Kinde

Douglas S. Huffman ’84, Ph.D.

The Blue Door (Zonderkidz 2012)

The Handy Guide to New

The Hidden Deep (Zonderkidz 2013)

Testament Greek: Grammar,

In fall 2012, Zonderkidz launched a

Syntax, and Diagramming

series for kids 11 and up authored

(Kregel 2012)

by Christa (Milbrandt ’92) Kinde.

Douglas Huffman ’84, professor

The Blue Door, the first book in

and associate dean, Division of

the Threshold Series, introduced

Biblical & Theological Studies at

Prissie Pomeroy, a teen who

Biola University, recently authored

discovers she can see what others

The Handy Guide to New Testament

cannot: angels all around. Even

Greek. The book is a summary of

more startling is the surprising

first-year Greek grammar, second-

secret she uncovers about people

year Greek syntax and step-by-

she thought she knew.

step instructions for phrase

The Hidden Deep, the second

diagramming (“For fast sermon

book in the series, was released in

and lesson outlines,” Huffman

April and a third installment in the

comments)—all contained in

series is set to release in September.

100 pages. Other charts and

Kinde’s nonfiction endeavors

books offer one or two of these

include numerous biblical

aspects, but this resource

resources, Bible study guides

combines all three.

and workbooks, devotionals and

More information about The

magazine articles, including 15

Handy Guide is available at

Women of Faith Bible studies.

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Baking Up a Sweet Career

Marks eventually found her

Sterling, returned to the Twin

100 percent of the time.”

niche by combining her passion

Cities, where she’s worked at

In the first challenge and in

for baking and art, enrolling

several bakeries including Rustica,

honor of celebrity guest judge

in a 9-month pastry program

The Bikery and Sweets Bakeshop.

“Weird Al” Yankovic, contestants

By Jenny Collins ’05

at a cooking school. “I always

It must’ve been a clever person

knew they [art and baking] were

Battling batter on ‘Cupcake Wars’

selection of weird ingredients (Lo

with a sweet tooth who first

interrelated,” Marks said. “It takes

Last fall, when Marks was working

and Marks picked dragon fruit

realized that the word “stressed”

a lot of creative skill to create

as head baker and kitchen

and lychee) to create a tasteful

spelled backwards is “desserts.”

pastries.” Her background in art

manager at Sweets Bakeshop


For studio art graduate Emily

really set her apart in the class and

in Minneapolis (now Cupcake

Making it to the second round,

(Osterbauer ’06) Marks, stress

her instructors commented on her

Caramel), she and owner Ly Lo

the teams had to create three

and desserts seemed to be a

artistic eye.

were selected to be contestants on

different cupcakes paying homage

perfect pairing. “Making desserts

“The attention to detail that

the Food Network’s competition

to Weird Al’s personality and

was something I always liked to

comes from art is useful—things

show Cupcake Wars.

songs. Marks was encouraged

do,” said Marks. “Whenever I was

need to look the same and be

On April 7, they appeared in

when one judge called their salted

stressed out, I would bake stuff.”

consistent,” she said. She also

Season 8, episode 1, competing

caramel buttercream “divine” and

After graduation, she moved to

discovered that making edible

against three other bakeries for

another noted it was probably the

Oregon, got married and found

flowers and working with sugar

$10,000. On the show, Lo said

best buttercream he’d ever tasted

herself working at a coffee shop,

sculptures was a lot like working

of Marks, “Emily is the perfect

on the show.

struggling to find full-time work in

with clay.

person to have with me…because

Lo and Marks made it to the

the competitive field of fine arts.

Marks and her husband,

she has everything under control

final round, where they had two


had to choose from a surprise

hours to create 1,000 Pinterestworthy cupcakes and work with a master carpenter to design a 1,000-cupcake display for Weird Al’s book release party. In the end, the judges chose the other team, but Lo and Marks represented their bakery, and Minnesota, with class and poise. Reflecting on the 12-hour day of prepping, baking, judging and filming, Marks concluded, “It was a lot of fun and a lot of work.” A sweet reward for following your passion. Marks is now the pastry manager at Cossetta’s in St. Paul for their new



Pasticceria, which opened in April.



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