Olivet the Magazine - Winter 2022

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CAMPUS EXPLORATION For high school seniors and their families wanting to learn more about Olivet Nazarene University, Purple & Gold Days is the best way to start. Our unique campus visit experience is an immersive step into university life. Hosted by the Office of Admissions and a staff of student ambassadors, it’s a jampacked day of all things ONU. PHOTO BY JONES FOTO

WINTER 2022 OLIVET THE MAGAZINE is published quarterly by the Office of Marketing and Engagement under the direction of the Vice President for Institutional Advancement. VOLUME 90 ISSUE 1 (USPS 407-880) (ISSN 2325-7334) Copyright ©2022 Olivet Nazarene University One University Avenue Bourbonnais, IL 60914-2345 800-648-1463 PRESIDENT Dr. Gregg Chenoweth ‘90/M.A./Ph.D. EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER Dr. David J. Pickering ’89/’94 MBA/D.B.A. VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT DEVELOPMENT Dr. Walter “Woody” Webb ’86/’89 M.A.R./’08 D.Div. VICE PRESIDENT FOR INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT Dr. Brian Allen ’82/’05 Litt.D. VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS Dr. Stephen Lowe ’88/M.A./Ph.D. VICE PRESIDENT FOR ONU GLOBAL Dr. Ryan Spittal ’99/’04 MBA/D.B.A. EDITORIAL BOARD Dr. Brian Allen ’82/’05 Litt.D. Dr. Brian W. Parker ’93/’11 Ed.D. for 989 Group George Wolff ’93 for 989 Group Lauren Beatty ’13 Erinn Proehl ’13/’19 MBA ART DIRECTION George Wolff ’93 for 989 Group DESIGN Matt Moore ’96 for 989 Group Donnie Johnson Rebecca Huber ADDITIONAL ILLUSTRATION AND PHOTO EDITING Thomas Dinkleman ’18 PHOTOGRAPHY Jones Foto, Image Group, Mark Ballogg, Joe Mantarian ’16, Austin Siscoe ’17, Kelli Neal ’22, Eric Decker Additional photography submitted EDITORIAL SUPPORT AND DESIGN Adam Asher ’01/’07 M.O.L. for 989 Group, Alicia (Gallagher) Guertin ’14, Rebecca Huber, Andrew Perabeau ’20 , Austin Siscoe ’17, Heather (Kinzinger) Shaner ’98 STUDENT SUPPORT Morgan Conner ’24, Jamie Kuiken ’21, Brenna Johnson ’23, Joe (Josiah) Mayo ’23, Kelli Neal ’22, Raegan Pedersen ’22, Madison Thompson ’23 Periodicals postage paid at the Bourbonnais, Illinois, Post Office and at additional mailing offices. Postmaster, send address changes to: Editor, Olivet The Magazine Olivet Nazarene University One University Avenue Bourbonnais, IL 60914-2345 Reproduction of material without written permission is prohibited. News, events and announcements are printed at the discretion of the editorial board. Opinions expressed in this magazine do not necessarily represent Olivet Nazarene University policy.

Dear Friends, In this season of Advent, we also celebrate a new beginning for Olivet Nazarene University. We congratulate Dr. Gregg Chenoweth on his inauguration as the 13th president of Olivet. His inspired inaugural message, “We Will Always Be Called Olivet; May God Always Call Olivetians,” can be viewed along with the entire inaugural ceremony at Olivet.edu/events. For those new to the Olivet experience, “Olivetians” is shorthand for the students and alumni of Olivet. We sincerely hope that many of you will be Olivetians or the parents of Olivetians in the very near future! Dr. Chenoweth is off to a tremendous start of leading Olivet into the future and engaging faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, friends and other constituency groups in conversations around mission, ethos, vision and calling. In his recent book, Everyday Discernment, he frames the topic of calling in the following way: There is a big difference between the calling of God and careerism. A careerist asks themselves, “Is this good for me?” or, “Will this improve my standard of living?” or, “Will this provide a launching pad for the next thing?” or, “Does this enhance my résumé or my reputation?” But when we pursue our God-given calling, we ask things like, “What did God create me to do, and am I doing that? Am I using my gifts to serve the Kingdom in the way God created me to do?” This shift in thinking changes everything. We did not just choose Him, He chose us and appointed us to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last (John 15:16). Once we embrace our God-given calling, we will find deep meaning and we will have great endurance, despite the difficulties we face. Why? Because we are doing what God Almighty created us to do (Ephesians 2:10). As we move through this Christmas season and into 2022, may we once again explore our calling as the people of God, participate in the miraculous, and encounter the love of God through Jesus Christ in a brand-new way. And may God be especially close to you during this Christmas season and the winter months.

ON THE COVER: Eric Decker snapped this epic picture of Tigers wide receiver Brian Jenkins as he snatched a touchdown pass during Homecoming football action.


OLIVET NEWS Headlines From Campus and Beyond


WELCOME HOME Recap of Homecoming & Family Weekend 2021 and the Presidential Inauguration

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ASK THE EXPERTS Alumni Panel Weighs In on Life After Olivet

GLOBAL SENIOR SEMINAR Students From Around the World Share About Their Olivet Experiences

Blessings! The Editorial Board



ALL THE FEELS The annual Life at Olivet Silent Disco is a student favorite. Hundreds of students wear headphones tuned to different and individual DJ-selected and curated playlists and move to the music at this outdoor event. PHOTO BY JOE MANTARIAN

BUILDING THE FUTURE The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Olivet Nazarene University helps students develop innovative, analytic and quantitative reasoning skills and provides opportunities outside the classroom such as programming competitions, research presentations at conventions and networking experiences with professional organizations. PHOTO BY JONES FOTO

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Olivet Receives Rankings in U.S. News 2022 Best Colleges Report Olivet has received rankings and recognition in five unique categories in the U.S. News & World Report 2022 Best Colleges Report — including a top 10 ranking as a Best Value School for Regional Universities in the Midwest. Olivet has also been recognized among the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest; as a Top Performer on Social Mobility for Regional Universities Midwest; as a Best Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program; and as a Best Undergraduate Engineering Program for national non-doctoral engineering programs. These rankings took into consideration various factors, including retention and graduation rates; faculty and financial resources; student excellence; and alumni engagement. For more than 30 years, the U.S. News rankings and advice have served as a valuable consumer reference. The annual report provides nearly 50 different types of numerical rankings and lists to help students narrow their college search. This third-party endorsement provides clarity for prospective students as they go through the college search process.



NEWS Heating Up the Ice With Inaugural Club Hockey Team


Olivet recently announced the addition of full-contact ice hockey as a club team. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions has started to recruit talented players for the inaugural team. This fall, the Department of Athletics hired Bjorn Lindgren ’97 as the head coach and Brad Featherston ’15 as the assistant coach. Olivet’s addition of men’s club ice hockey is a natural expansion of the ONU athletics program. The sport is affiliated with the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) and MidAmerican Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA). The team will play during the fall and winter in Kankakee at the Ice Valley Centre Ice Arena, which features an NHL-sized rink.

Nursing Student Receives Statewide Award


Chloe Hanegraaf, senior nursing student at Olivet, was recently named the recipient of the Student Nurse of the Year Award from the American Nurses Association (ANA) Illinois. The statewide association honors one student nurse each year with this special recognition. The nominee must “exemplify compassion, exceptional promise in clinical expertise, and academic achievement.” Chloe is the first Olivet student to receive this honor. “I am very excited to extend my goals in nursing,” she said. “There is no limit to how far you can go in this field. I am eager to see how God continues to write my story as a nurse.”

Iconic Olivet Clock Tower Commemorated



Through a partnership between the Office of Alumni Relations and the Office of Development, Olivet is spreading Christmas cheer with the release of a 2021 Christmas ornament. Manufactured by the creators of the White House Historical Association’s Official White House Christmas Ornament, this year’s piece features the Milby Clock Tower. The Thomas H. Milby Memorial Clock Tower was provided by the J. Harlan Milby family and is the only structure on campus named for a student. On Oct. 25, 1956, it was discovered that Tom Milby had leukemia. Milby Clock Tower was built on the spot where the Milbys were told about their son’s disease. The clock tower was dedicated on Sept. 29, 1972, and was restored in 1996 and 2011. Purchase ornaments at Olivet.edu/2021-Olivet-christmas-ornament.


Local Mural Displays Unity In Community United Way, a longtime community partner of Olivet, hosted a mural design competition last spring to create a public symbol of the community’s commitment to racial equity. Allison (Beecher) Freytes ’15 submitted the winning design, which she also painted with the help of Olivet students and staff. The mural debuted on the side of the Mi Casa Authentic Mexican Cuisine restaurant on Oct. 26. “I chose the phrase ‘We are stronger together’ and translated it into the most common languages spoken in the central Illinois region, putting them into different fonts to further represent the beauty in our diversity,” she said. “The world can be ugly, full of prejudice and hate, and I think it’s our job as community members to show our commitment toward equity. Whether that’s by making art, giving support to those in need, listening to those who are affected by injustice — we all have a role to play, and we are truly stronger when we stand together.”





ONU Theatre’s Original Musical Receives Dove Award Nomination Professor and theatre program director Ashley Elizabeth Sarver ’15/’18 MBA, videographer Joe Mantarian ’16 and the production team behind ONU Theatre’s original musical, Still: The Artistry & Life of Fanny J. Crosby Reimagined, were nominated for a Dove Award in the category of Long Form Video of the Year. In that category, Still was nominated among industry giants including for KING & COUNTRY, Brandon Lake, Natalie Grant and Hillsong UNITED. The musical premiered in spring 2021 and is available to stream at Olivet.edu/tickets through the end of the year.



Baja SAE Races to the Design Finish Line Baja SAE, a student-run engineering club on campus, includes six senior design members and a group of mechanical engineering students who design, build and test the performance of a vehicle to compete against other teams from around the globe. The competition course requires a vehicle capable of enduring very difficult obstacles, yet the construction of the vehicle consists of a simple frame, engine, transmission, drivetrain and steering mechanism. Olivet has competed in this competition since 2002. The team is sponsored by the Walker School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and by Walker Manufacturing, which provides funding to buy necessary parts, tools and software. The goal is to finish the construction of the vehicle by April 12 before the May 12-15, 2022, competition at Tennessee Tech University.



School of Graduate and Continuing Studies Offers New Certification Beginning in February 2022, the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Olivet will offer an online certificate in Diversity, Equity and Restorative Justice in Education for professionals who are committed to serving their students and communities by understanding, shaping and implementing prevention-oriented approaches to classroom management. The certificate will provide the tools to develop transformative approaches to issues including race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, social status and poverty. The program is designed to equip kindergarten through 12th grade education professionals with the skills needed to implement initiatives that reduce the use of suspensions and expulsions by providing alternative methods to handle such issues. More information about the certificate can be found at online.Olivet.edu.


Revival Services Provide Spiritual Renewal During the week of Sept. 19-22, Olivet was pleased to welcome Dr. Dale Schaeffer as the guest speaker for the fall 2021 revival series. Over four days and eight services, students gathered for an intentional time of concentrated worship and instructional teaching. The services, back after a two-year break due to the pandemic, were moved this year to Centennial Chapel to allow for more social distancing. The Narrow, a student-led ministry team at Olivet, led worship. Dr. Schaeffer, preaching from passages in John, encouraged the Olivet community to grow closer to Christ. “Revival was a special time of encouragement and refreshment for me,” said sophomore Anna Parmenter of her first fall revival experience. “Worshiping, praying and learning together was an experience I will never forget.”





Hundreds of visitors enjoyed the sights and sounds of Homecoming & Family Weekend 2021. Traditions, honors, athletic victories and, of course, great food and fellowship are the backdrop against which Olivet Nazarene University’s Homecoming & Family Weekend 2021 came to life. After forgoing the celebratory events last year, the campus was alive with energy and activities through more than 45 unique events.

The Hiding Place

As part of the Homecoming chapel service on Thursday morning, senior Alison Lee of Germantown Hills, Illinois, was crowned Homecoming queen and senior Nathan Gonzalez of Kenosha, Wisconsin, was crowned king during the 66th annual coronation ceremony. Members of the court also included Tsakani Chambo, Natalie Cook, Kelli Neal, Makenzie Sherwood, Adam Keller, Kwame McGee, Derek Stark and Joshua Wolfe. Also during the service, Ministerial “O” Award recipient Rev. Rob Prince ’85 and Young Alumni Award recipient Ben Heller ’13 were recognized and gave testimony to the role of faith in their professional careers. Following tradition on Thursday evening, the Alumni Board served breakfast to the student body in Ludwig Center at the Throwback Thursday Student Pancake Feed. Friday morning, campus was abuzz with alumni and friends checking out departmental open houses, taking campus tours and filing in to attend the inauguration of Olivet’s 13th president, Gregg A. Chenoweth ’90, Ph.D. During the ceremony, Dr. Chenoweth was installed by Dr. Ron Blake ’78, chair of the Board of Trustees, and a covenant litany was read by representatives of Olivet constituents. Dr. Shirley Hoogstra, president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, also was honored with the Maggie Sloan Crawford Award, which recognizes an outstanding woman whose life exemplifies Christian ideals and a commitment to service. In celebration of the historic inauguration, Dr. Chenoweth also hosted a breakfast for the Board of Trustees and a luncheon for members of the Leadership Society. At both meals, a panel of esteemed alumni shared about how their Olivet education propelled them into extraordinary careers. The panel was moderated by Dr. Kent Olney, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. 14 OLIVET.EDU

In the afternoon, the Quad was full of students in purple and gold enjoying food trucks and outdoor games. Following the women’s and men’s basketball victories and the official dedication of the McHie Arena court to the late Ralph “Tres” Hodge ’75/’96 M.A.E., the night concluded with the Taste of Olivet dessert reception in Chalfant Hall. On Saturday, the classes of 2016, 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996, 1991, 1986, 1981, 1976, 1971 and Purple & Gold Grads (anyone who graduated prior to 1971) gathered in the morning to celebrate their undergraduate reunions. Because they missed last year’s reunions due to the pandemic, the classes of 2020, 2015, 2010, 2005, 2000, 1995, 1990, 1985, 1980, 1975 and 1970 met in the afternoon for reunions. The afternoon also included wins from the football and men’s soccer teams. In the evening, many guests attended the School of Music concert featuring alumni soloists and the full University Orchestra led by Dr. Neal Woodruff ’91. Throughout the weekend, there were multiple opportunities to take in a show at Strickler Planetarium and to see the fall play, The Hiding Place, produced by ONU Theatre. The weekend concluded on Sunday morning with the President’s Prayer Breakfast. Orpheus Choir, led by Dr. Jeff Bell ’81, opened the breakfast, followed by testimonies from Lay “O” Award recipient Dr. Rick Dykhouse ’85 and Young Alumni Award recipient Dr. Katie Fitzgerald ’15, and congregational singing led by Dr. Marvin Jones, Dr. Don Reddick ’79, Jackie Owens ’11 and Joy Nance ’80. First Lady Tammy (Salyer) Chenoweth ’89 gave a prayer of thanksgiving.





For more class reunion photos from Homecoming 2021 as well as additional photos from other events, visit Olivet.edu/homecoming

Homecoming Concert


MONUMENT TO LEADERSHIP The Weber Center hosts a variety of academic departments, classrooms and labs as well as the McGraw School of Business. The Weber Leadership Center, located on the first floor, presents programming which includes national and international speakers and experts in their respective fields. PHOTO BY JONES FOTO


Raving Fans Martha (Arnston) ’13 and Ben Heller ’13 No one is surprised that Ben Heller ’13 ended up playing on a Major League Baseball (MLB) team, given his experience on the Olivet baseball team, love of Ollies Follies competition, participation in intramural sports, and academic interests in studying psychology with a minor in sport management. But beyond the natural attraction to and talent for athletic ventures, during his time at Olivet, Ben was even more intent on building a strong character. “Choosing to spend your college years at Olivet will give you the opportunity to develop your worldview with Christ at the center,” he reflects. “You will form some of the deepest and longest-lasting relationships you will ever have. You will be challenged to question what the outside world tells you is important and to learn how to align your actions in life with your most important ideals. Choosing Olivet is choosing to develop as a person as well as a professional.” At Olivet, Ben met Martha (Arnston) ’13, a math education major. She was also highly active on campus, participating in the University Honors Program, Ollies Follies and intramural sports. The couple married shortly after graduation. “Olivet gave me the unique opportunity to make connections with SO many people across the entire campus due to its relatively small size and the number of commonalities I discovered with so many people,” Martha says. “My strongest friendships — still to this day — came from people I’ve met at Olivet. Four years goes faster than you think, so take full advantage of all it has to offer.”



Ben was drafted as a pitcher by the Cleveland Indians soon after graduation. After a stint in the minor leagues, he made his MLB debut in 2016 with the New York Yankees and was most recently on the Arizona Diamondbacks’ roster. Additional career highlights have

included being interviewed with other rookie players for a special segment on the MLB Network and organizing and leading a youth baseball camp in Guatemala. After graduation, Martha taught seventh and eighth grade math and ran the local chapter of the National Junior Honor Society, overseeing service projects for her students to complete. She enjoyed connecting with students throughout the school year and building unique relationships as she earned their trust. Similar to her own educational experiences, she found that working in a school setting fostered relationships beyond the graduation stage. In the eight years since the Hellers graduated, Ben’s job as a professional baseball player has required multiple cross-country trips and a few moves. But in addition to taking in great games, highlights as a baseball family have included attending former Yankee player CC Sabathia’s formal charity event in New York City, which honors his PitCCh In Foundation, and attending the MLB playoff games in 2019 — plus lots of opportunities to see old Olivet friends along the way.


Martha works remotely as the social media coordinator for a local physical therapy company, and Ben is currently rehabbing an injury and considering options for future baseball opportunities. For his outstanding baseball career so far, Ben received a Young Alumni Award during Homecoming & Family Weekend this past October at Olivet. “During day-to-day life, it can be hard to zoom out and take a look at the impact I’m making from a broader view,” Ben says. “While I am always trying to be the best man I can be, it is truly an honor to be told that I have in some way inspired others or lived out the Olivet ethos. At the same time, I am inspired to strive to make an even bigger positive impact on those around me and to seek God in all aspects of my life, letting Him use me for His will.”


BEN AND MARTHA HELLER are parents to Carson and are expecting a baby girl in February 2022. They live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Opposite Page: Ben made his MLB debut for the New York Yankees in August 2016.



EDUCATION AND PURPOSE Olivet faculty are committed to the development of the whole student. Instruction goes beyond the lecture hall and laboratory to include personal development and growth as well as career preparedness. Faculty, who are not only scholars but also pracademics, become mentors. PHOTO BY JONES FOTO



Olivet Nazarene University alumni have a far-reaching influence. That influence is felt in the areas of business, education, entertainment, medicine, ministry, science, social services and beyond. At the inauguration breakfast and lunch, President Chenoweth invited a panel of eight esteemed alumni, facilitated by Dr. Kent Olney, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, to recognize their contributions to their respective industries and communities and to hear their perspectives on the value of a Christian education.



Kent: Looking back at your career thus far, how would you say Olivet prepared you for your professional path? Eric: From the first time I came to campus, the mentorship of the people at Olivet really stood out to me. There were so many things that I felt underprepared for, but people at Olivet said, “try it.” When I graduated from Olivet, I was poised to go to grad school. But I still thought, “I don’t know how to do that.” I still remember words from a professor who said, “It is how hard you work that really drives your success.” One sermon series from my time as a student focused on the coexistence of science and faith, and how the two can gel together. That really set the stage for my career journey. Suzanne: There really is academic excellence here at Olivet. There are for sure technical skills we all develop, but then there are also those incidental, smaller lessons you learn as well that make a difference. I had a class in which I had to debate for a side of a controversial topic that I didn’t actually believe in. It was really eye-opening to learn that when people have a divergence in viewpoints, there is probably a reason why. Understanding that concept of perspective-taking set me up for a career in studying group dynamics and conflict management. Angel: When I came to Olivet, I was not a Christian. My goal was to come to get an education, play baseball and have a lot of fun. My life was radically changed on campus, and I came to know the Lord. So, “Education With a Christian Purpose” is not just a tagline for me. At Olivet I had to also learn English. One of my professors took the time to sit and explain things to me even though it took extra time and was inconvenient. That type of servant leadership has impacted the way I view my career.


Mary Lou: When I look back at what I learned at Olivet, I don’t initially think of the classroom. I think of the positive energy that permeated campus. I think about ministry opportunities, fall revival and how professors prayed before class started. Olivet didn’t simply teach me what to think; it taught me how to think. That is a skill that has made me fearless. Shirley: I remember a class in which the professor said, “All of life is sacred.” When I came to Olivet, I was sure I was going to be a missionary. I never dreamed that the Lord would call me to the opera world. But I learned that there is no secular and sacred; everything we do is for the glory of God. LaMorris: Before the academic piece, Olivet was a safe place. Before I really stepped into my calling, Olivet changed my life. The atmosphere at Olivet changed me. I was close to failing a class and begged my professor for the five points that would get me the needed grade. He looked me in the eye and said, “You have got to put in the work.” That changed me. I eventually ended up as the graduate student of the year. Jessica: I grew up in the Church and inherited the Christian tradition. But at Olivet, and through the opportunity to spend a semester in Washington, D.C., I had the chance to really explore what it means to have a Christian worldview. There was also an emphasis in my political science classes on God’s call to justice. David: The degree in accounting that I received in 1984 has really stood the test of a 35-year career. That is what really resonates with me. I got the foundation I needed to go on to what I wanted to do. The degree prepared me for the CPA exam, which I passed on the first try. I think that Olivet also helped me figure out who I was, who I wanted to be, and how to build relationships with other people. Running a division of the IRS, that ability to manage people served me well.

Kent: What has been the most fulfilling project or professional experience you have had the opportunity to be a part of?

their systems, strengthen their business, create jobs in their communities, and change lives. It is a ripple effect of positivity of people changing their communities.

Eric: As a researcher for developing personal care products, I spent more than 20 years perfecting certain formulas. But, in the past few years, my team has been asked to reformulate many products to avoid using certain ingredients. I had to not be offended that what I have been devoting my career to is being challenged. Instead, I have found it to be fulfilling to creatively find solutions and ways to solve problems that I didn’t have before to stay on the cutting edge to win with consumers. Having to pivot can seem like an overwhelming challenge, but I found it to be a wonderful challenge.

Mary Lou: I have done so many fun things in my career. But one of the most fulfilling things was launching my first magazine with Guideposts — Guideposts for Kids. I was able to do that magazine because of a successful four-book series I had done. The only problem was that I didn’t know anything about magazines. So I went to the library and read some books about editing, and I asked a bunch of questions. What I did know was how to delight children. So I mocked up a magazine to pitch. The rest is history. That began my 30-year career as an editor. We grew the magazine to have 200,000 children reading the publication.

Suzanne: When I was a full-time professor, I received external funding from NASA to study to look at how to compose groups of people to go to Mars. One of the things I knew would be benefical was to share knowledge with Russian colleagues who take a very different approach. At the time, Russia was not listed as a country we were allowed to collaborate with. But, I was approved to coordinate a U.S.-Russian effort to effectively help compose the teams that will go to space. It ended up being a really significant effort to bridge the relationship between the two groups. Angel: There is a part of my job that is managing diversity in the suppliers we work with. There are a lot of small businesses that offer great products, but they have to compete with multinational companies that are established in large retail spaces already. My team provides mentorship to help the entrepreneurs, many of which exist in underserved areas, so that they can improve

LaMorris: There were times in my life that I didn’t do everything right, and there were leaders on Olivet’s campus who stood with me who were compassionate. So, when I have sat across from professional athletes who have made negative choices, compassion wells in my heart. Olivet taught me excellence, and I hold to that standard in every area of my life. Shirley: I have traveled the world and lived abroad for my career in opera. But there have been lots of peaks and valleys. There were many times I was unemployed, but God always provided. When I took leaps of faith and risks, I had to rely on His provision. I still had to practice and seek opportunities, but I was also relying on prayer and God’s peace to take new opportunities. The Lord leads us step by step, so if we cling to what we have now and we don’t release it to His will, we will never know what God has for us next.



David: When I worked as the director of international individual compliance, I had responsibility for every individual around the world to file taxes. There were many U.S. citizens who lived abroad for many years who had no idea they were required to pay taxes. This was a really tough process because the things we needed to do, we didn’t have control of. I got together with some other executives and we listened to each other about priorities. We needed to know the process well to be able to process the audits. Together, we wrote streamlined procedures. The people who had to do the work were involved in the process. I learned that if you understand what is important to people and they feel like they have been heard, the extra time required to create the process is worth it. Jessica: I love helping people consider trade-offs in using resources to do the most for students. My team helps districts put their opportunities in context and reasonable terms so they can make informed decisions. Students have been so disrupted the last few years, and I love being a part of giving them a chance to reengage in and accelerate their learning.

Kent: You all have shared so much wisdom through your stories. What advice would you give to a current student or a recent graduate of Olivet? Eric: Take on challenges. The opportunities you have at school are limitless. Get involved in the music program. Become a resident assistant. Get a campus job. Those challenges make connections, open doors and stretch you. Just try something. I love to see the fruit of that. It helps build a résumé and establish a career off of those experiences. Angel: Know that there is so much to learn! Respect the boss. Work well with others. Be teachable. Suzanne: Be open to God’s smaller prompts. A lot of times, it is hard to see the big picture or the long-term plan. What God has in mind is way more interesting than what we can think of anyway. It is OK to lead without having it all figured out. Jessica: Just go ahead and start your career. If it doesn’t work out, try something else.


Suzanne Bell ’98 Lead Research Psychologist for NASA’s Behavioral Health and Performance Laboratory 24 OLIVET.EDU

Jessica Swanson ’06 Senior Research Fellow at the Edunomics Lab, a Georgetown University Research Center

Angel Colón ’90 Senior Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Kroger

Shirley Close ’70 Professor of Voice at the Manhattan School of Music and Opera Singer

Shirley: Have a passion for what you are doing. There will be many times when you think things aren’t working, so you have to be committed to it.

Kent: Complete this sentence: “Olivet Nazarene University … ”

LaMorris: Work on your character before your platform. God has opened doors for you based on talents and skills, but it will be your character that keeps you in the position.

David: … is a great place to become a Christ-centered accountant.

Mary Lou: The world needs your unique abilities. Refuse to think inside the box. Give yourself wholly to God, and then expect Him to give you a life above anything you can think or ask. David: Dream big, but be prepared. There will be opportunities constantly presented, and you have to be ready to take them. A lot of times, there are risks involved, but sometimes we need to take them. I believe that the God I serve and my experiences at Olivet gave me the confidence to take those risks.

Suzanne: … is important.

Mary Lou: … is the best investment you can make. The world needs more ONU graduates. Go Tigers! Eric: … is a foundation and a springboard — both providing propulsion into God’s will. Shirley: … prepares you spiritually, professionally, emotionally, psychologically. It will take you far. Angel: … drastically changed the direction of my life by educating me with a Christian purpose. Jessica: … is home. LaMorris: … changed my life. It is a safe place. It is not a perfect place, but it is a perfect place to be.

LaMorris Crawford ’06 ’12 M.O.L. Pastor and Former NFL Chaplain for the Cincinnati Bengals

Eric Johnson ’94 Research Fellow at Proctor & Gamble and U.S. Patent Holder

Mary Lou Carney ’73 Author and Retired Senior Editor for Guideposts for Kids Magazine

David Horton ’84 Professor of Accounting at Olivet and Former Acting Commissioner of the Tax Exempt/Government Entities Division of the Internal Revenue Service


DR. KATIE FITZGERALD holds a Ph.D. in statistics from Northwestern University. She is a 2021 Young Alumni Award recipient.



First Person Katie Fitzgerald ’15, Ph.D.

“Olivet is a place that formed me holistically — as a thinker, an interdisciplinary academic and a Christ-follower. It also provided me with some of my very best friends!”

As a student at Olivet, Dr. Katie Fitzgerald ’15 played with the University Orchestra; completed the Honors Program; and served the community through the Mission Possible jail ministry, Save Our Streets homeless ministry and Mission in Action trips to Burkina Faso and Papua New Guinea. In addition to providing a well-rounded academic foundation, many of these opportunities exposed her to great needs and injustices around the world. Katie occasionally wrestled with how to use her math degree to address the pressing needs in society. She pursued an internship with Barna Group following her junior year and one with World Vision following her senior year to broaden her understanding of society. Through those experiences, she discovered the need for statisticians in global development and social policy. “I came to appreciate statistics as a unique way to combine my love of numbers and mathematics with my Gospel-informed desire to work towards justice,” she says. “Olivet is a place that formed me holistically — as a thinker, an interdisciplinary academic and a Christ-follower. It gave me space to ask hard questions and provided the tools to develop a framework for understanding the world and my place in it through the lens of the Gospel. It also provided me with some of my very best friends!”

opened doors to address questions about maternal and child health in Kenya; facilitate discussion among inmates at the Cook County Jail about data ethics in the criminal justice system; and study how to use data to address human rights abuses. “Data and statistics have the power to unearth knowledge, to illuminate injustices, and to tell stories that otherwise remain hidden, which can, in turn, empower people to think and perhaps respond differently in the world,” Katie says. “I am excited to expose future students to the many possibilities for using data for social good in their spheres of interest.” Now working as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics at Azusa Pacific University, Katie is proud to teach at another Christian liberal arts university. She hopes to impact the lives of future generations of students through an engaging academic environment similar to her Olivet experience. “Olivet offers a great college experience, but, more than that, it equips us for the life we will lead afterwards,” she reflects. “Olivet is a great place to explore hard questions and discern truth in community together. Beyond preparing you for a career, Olivet provides so many opportunities to grow holistically as a person.”

Katie’s training in statistical methods for social policy broadened her understanding of how statistics can be used for social good, whether that be in addressing homelessness or unequal access to education. Her graduate experience at Northwestern University



REVIVE US AGAIN Antonio Marshall ’13/’17 M.A./’20 M.Div. was recently announced as the University’s associate chaplain, a new position at Olivet. Serving alongside Chaplain Mark Holcomb ’81/’18 D.D., he will mentor students and provide leadership for student ministries, including the development of a small-group network for students on campus. He will also be a featured speaker in chapel each semester. PHOTO BY IMAGE GROUP

TEAM MENTALITY The mission of athletics at Olivet is to “Win Championships and Develop Champions.” This is accomplished through nationally recognized coaching staff, state-of-the-art training facilities and a consistent goal of glorifying God through trials and success both on and off the court. PHOTO BY IMAGE GROUP


Scholarly Pursuits Stephen Case ’05, Ph.D.

Theologian N.T. Wright writes of the three roles Christians play as God’s image-bearers in the world. As prophets, we are called to speak truth about the nature of creation, as Adam named the animals in the garden. As priests, we offer creation back to God through our praise and thanksgiving. And as sovereigns, kings and queens, we steward and care for the creation. All these roles depend on knowledge: to see the world “as the outflowing of divine creative love, [we] must pay attention to that creation. It isn’t enough to know that it is God’s creation, and so to infer that we already know all that’s important to know about it. Love demands patient curiosity.” 1 A Christian liberal arts university is where one gains the knowledge, experience and perspective for the “patient curiosity” needed to fulfill these roles of prophet, priest and sovereign in creation. To speak truth, offer praise and steward creation, students must grow from being consumers to creators of knowledge — but creators in a specific way. Again, Wright says we are called “not to a cool, detached appraisal exposition, in which respect and enjoyment go together.”1 At a Christian university, this delighted exploration and exposition is called scholarship. Scholarship isn’t just the icing on the cake of a college education or something extra to pad a résumé. It’s the pursuit of knowledge central to who we are as Christians and what it means to be created in God’s image. The greed that threatens stewardship, the disinterest and ingratitude that threatens praise, the ignorance that makes prophecy impossible — all of these are overcome through the humble pursuit of knowledge through scholarship. At Olivet, the missional goals to “seek the strongest scholarship and the

deepest piety” are not two separate things that happen on the same campus. They are, rather, two sides of the same coin: Each makes the other possible. One place where scholarship especially flourishes at Olivet is in the University Honors Program. Team-taught courses and a cohort model immerse underclassmen in a scholarly community and equip them with tools to pursue sustained, mentored research projects as upperclassmen. Whether that’s analyzing the thermal fluctuations a satellite experiences in orbit, like Katie Chenault ’19; creating and composing a multimedia presentation based on the book of Ruth, like Elizabeth Kijowski ’21; or developing, implementing and evaluating a food recovery program on campus, like Madeira Sherwood ’21, the Honors Program gives students from all disciplines the opportunity to pursue “the strongest scholarship” as they grow in “the deepest piety.” Many students who graduate from the program go on to fully funded positions in graduate school or to positions of leadership in their industry or field. But all who complete the Honors Program become creators, having added to the body of knowledge — to that “delighted exploration and exposition” of God’s creation. For more details about the Honors Program and application information, visit www.Olivet.edu/Honors. 1N.T. Wright, “Loving to Know,” First Things, February 2020, https://www.firstthings. com/article/2020/02/loving-to-know. Accessed 12 October 2021

The culmination of students’ Honors Program research is published in ELAIA: The Honors Journal of Olivet Nazarene University, featuring the work of the previous year’s graduating class.

The 2021 ELAIA was published in early September. For more details about the Honors Program and application information, visit www.Olivet.edu/Honors.



DR. STEPHEN CASE is the director of the University Honors Program and teaches astronomy, physics and courses covering the history of science and theology.





Recent Olivet graduate John Parrott ’21 is the first to admit he isn’t musically inclined. “Let’s put it this way,” says Parrott with a smile, “nobody ever suggested I audition for Orpheus Choir.” But John will sing the praises of Olivet all day long. “I can’t imagine another place that could have prepared me for what I’m doing now,” he says. “I would have never thought I’d be studying theology at Oxford University, but here I am — and I wouldn’t be here without Olivet.”

Parrott is among the 3,000 students who began their studies at Oxford this past fall. The matriculation ceremony, marking formal admission to the university’s academic community, required a formal white bow tie and full academic dress, including a mortarboard, that is referred to as a “commoners’ gown” until one graduates as a true scholar. A brief speech is given in Latin. “Apparently, this ceremony used to be followed by an exam in Latin,” John explains. “But no more. I’m grateful to have dodged that bullet.”

A business major with an emphasis in marketing, John didn’t discover his passion for Biblical studies until the last semester of his junior year. An elective class opened his eyes to a professional path he hadn’t considered.

In addition, students traditionally wear a single carnation to adorn their commoners’ gown for each of their course examinations — white for first exams and red for final exams.

“Dr. Chad Maxson taught the Bible in a way that made me hungry for more knowledge,” recounts John. “I came to Olivet with a heartfelt passion to follow Jesus, but my Christian walk became more intentional at ONU. My faith grew deeper roots on Olivet’s campus, and the mentoring relationship with professors helped me clarify my calling to see that I might someday teach Scripture, just as my professors taught me.”

“Oxford is steeped in age-old traditions,” John confesses. “I’m still catching on.”

Wycliffe Hall is a uniquely evangelical college within Oxford — the oldest university in the English-speaking world — and it attracts notable Bible scholars from around the world.

As for singing instead of speaking? John is not trying out for any choral groups at Oxford. “I sometimes look at the fabled spires of this university and count my blessings for Olivet and how it prepared me to discover my calling,” recounts Parrott. “At this point, my heart does my singing for me.”

“I’m not exactly sure where this experience will lead me,” says John, “but I know I’m where God wants me to be for the next step in my education, and I feel so honored to be here.” OLIVET.EDU


One of the great wonders of life at Olivet is the collection of classmates that one encounters as a student. This year alone, students came from 46 states and 27 countries with multiple dreams and aspirations to experience the power of an Olivet education. As believers, we have an inner sense of knowing that something greater is at work. God is indeed ordering our steps according to His grand plan and in accordance with His purposes.


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“What I love most about Olivet is that I am taking back home the best experiences that have contributed to my personal growth as well as the finest relationships I could ever ask for.”


We caught up with Dr. Lynda Allen ’82/’88 MBA, professor in the McGraw School of Business, to look further into where students are coming from and where they are going. Like so many professors at Olivet, Dr. Allen routinely meets one-on-one with students in a mentoring and advisory role. She says this connection is “one of her greatest joys.” It also proves to be a significant advantage for her students. Early in the fall semester, Dr. Allen met with 90 students from her senior seminar course and, on one particular day, students from eight different countries showed up — and this was just one day. Remarkable? Yes. Coincidence? Maybe. Divinely ordered? Highly likely. The reach of Olivet continues to expand. The following is a portion of each senior’s story: Camila “Cami” Mass, Honduras Studying: Economics and Finance Speaks: Spanish and English What I love most about Olivet is that I am taking back home the best experiences that have contributed to my personal growth as well as the finest relationships I could ever ask for. Before I attended school at Olivet, I started my college career at a school in Tennessee. After one semester, I was determined to return home because it was hard for me to adapt, and things were not what I expected. After meeting Olivet’s swim team, I felt welcomed, and my dream of studying abroad kept me from giving in. Once I started my sophomore year, I couldn’t be more grateful for the decision I made to transfer to Olivet and swim for the University. After I graduate in May 2022, I am planning on applying to the OPT program granted to international students for a year of legal working in the United States. Afterward, I would like to guide my home country, Honduras, to reach its highest potential and succeed by applying all my knowledge and experience earned while studying abroad.

Alex Verdu, Spain Studying: Business Administration and Marketing Speaks: Spanish, Catalan, French and English I have been able to make great friends during my four years at Olivet and from my time on the tennis team. Most of my friends are international, so we are all in the same situation. Far away from our families and living in a different culture, this has made us have a closer relationship and bond all together like a family. It is a whole new environment for all of us — different cultures and different traditions. What is the most different is probably the people. You can find very unique people at Olivet. I have one more year of eligibility, so I am going to try to play one more year while getting a master’s degree. Ronald Artavia, Guatemala Studying: Business Administration – Human Resources (HR) Management Speaks: Spanish and English I love that all professors at Olivet want to see you succeed. They are always available when you need them, and that shows that they truly care about their students. To be honest, Olivet has challenged me to move out of my comfort zone. I transferred from Joliet Junior College as a part-time student to become a full-time student at Olivet. That was a big step for me, because it meant working fewer hours and investing more time in my education. My lifestyle and priorities completely changed for good. I still cannot believe I am a college student who is a few steps closer to graduation. There is no doubt that God has been opening doors for me, because everything seems to be working out. As part of one of my classes this semester, I am working with professor Chris Perez and writing a few blogs for the McGraw School of Business. I plan to find a job in the HR field and gain years of experience to eventually manage a whole department.



Narjis Mzibri, Morocco Studying: Marketing-Management Speaks: French, Arabic and English What I love most about my Olivet experience is being a student-athlete. I enjoy the time I spend studying for my degree and the time I spend playing tennis. I have also made a lot of connections that are valuable to me. One challenge has been to adapt to living on my own — very far from my home country — and adjust to the language change. My first year, just like any other international, was the toughest in terms of adapting to the new culture, but we all got used to it. Now, I am a senior, and I feel like I have been here forever. I am involved in the Zenith [student-run] Marketing Agency. After I graduate, I would love to attend graduate school to earn a master's degree. Whichever opportunity opens up to me and is best for me, I will go with it. Francisco Faria, Portugal (not pictured) Studying: International Business Speaks: Portuguese, Spanish and English What I love the most about my Olivet experience is being able to interact with quite distinct cultures, countries and even languages. There is a wide diversity of origins among the athletes, who are the people I have good relationships with, and being able to share our experiences is amazing. Being at Olivet has helped me a lot to improve my Spanish and English, especially since no one speaks Portuguese in the school. Being in college has taught me how to manage my time the best way possible. I am on the tennis team, and I would like to try and play pro for a couple of years in the U.S. If that does not work out, I would like to coach — probably at a college level.


Helina Reyes, Dominican Republic Studying: International Business and MarketingCommercial Graphics; Spanish Minor Speaks: Spanish and English I have loved the fact that I am challenged in new ways. Though at times the challenges have been hard, I have always been surrounded by community, from my peers to my swim team, professors and mentors. I have been stretched and I have grown, knowing that I can lean on the people God has put in my life to help me along the way. Before Olivet, I thought I knew how to work with different groups of people. After Olivet, I can say I know how to work with different groups of people, but I also know how to collaborate and learn from different personalities. I have learned the importance of taking risks and “failing forward” to learn new things. No longer do I wait for someone else to raise their hand and hope they have the same question I have been pondering. I ask questions and look for answers. I am more comfortable with being uncomfortable, and I welcome challenges. During my four years at Olivet, I have had the privilege to be a part of the swim and dive team. I participated in Enactus and, for the last two years here, I have been a part of Zenith [student-run] Marketing Agency. I am currently a part of Olivet's MBA+1 program, and I plan on finishing my master's degree next year. I plan on working with organizations that want to help build bridges between different communities nationally and internationally by helping developing countries build health businesses that will not only benefit the organization but also the community where it is located.

Daniela Chavez, El Salvador Studying: International Business; Spanish Minor Speaks: Spanish and English I really enjoy that Olivet is a small school when compared to other universities. Because of this, I have been able to really get to know some of my professors, and it has been very helpful for my overall academic success. Before Olivet, I really did not attend church for about four years. At the end of 2020, I transferred to ONU, and attending chapel here has honestly changed my life. It has helped me build my life in a better way, and I am thankful for that. My goal after getting my bachelor’s degree is to work for a global company where I can manage operations of the business and use my language skills. After getting some experience, one of my goals is to open my own business in either the food or fitness industry. I also would love to get my MBA and to stay in the U.S. for the next couple of years. Marharyta “Margie” Makovei, Ukraine Studying: Finance-Corporate; Accounting Minor Speaks: Russian, Ukrainian and English What I love the most about my Olivet experience is the people that I have met. All of my friends became like family to me, and I will forever be grateful to Olivet for bringing them to me. Coming to Olivet made me realize who I am and what kind of person I want to be in the future. It made me open up, try new things and be more outgoing. After graduating, I am hoping to get a work visa and find a job in the United States in finance. After a couple of years, I want to go back to school and get a master’s degree.

Do you know an international student who would benefit from an Olivet Nazarene University education? Learn more at Olivet.edu/internationalstudents, or call the Office of Admissions at 800-648-1463.



ART COMES ALIVE While many choose to study art as a major, all students get to experience the full breadth of a liberal arts education. Well beyond the lecture hall, the expression of the arts thrives through exhibits of student works in nearly every medium. Olivet’s campus galleries host a variety of events each year. PHOTO BY JONES FOTO

Grateful Through It All For the past 12 years, Olivet professors Dr. Don Daake and Dr. Edward Piatt ’11 Ed.D. have contributed a regular Daily Journal column addressing a variety of topics from leadership to personal finance and everything in between. In this special article for Olivet The Magazine, Dr. Daake and Dr. Piatt share how they focus on adopting a sense of gratitude in their daily lives.


Over the last 10 years, a large part of my research, writing and presentations have been focused on positive psychology. This relatively new academic discipline goes well beyond traditional positive thinking. It comes out of top U.S. research universities such as the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, the University of North Carolina, the University of Michigan and many others. Positive psychology includes themes such as contentment, peace of mind, happiness, sharing with others, kindness, grace and gratitude. When I first started exploring the positive psychology literature, I saw so much in common with Proverbs, Psalms, the fruit of the Spirit and the message of hope in the Gospels. Of course, the Scripture got there first. But scientific research affirms the message of the Scripture in powerful ways. Let me focus on gratitude in particular and how it relates to the culture and heritage of Olivet. When I joined Olivet’s faculty in the fall of 1995 after completing my Ph.D. at Florida State University, I was warmly welcomed by a dedicated and caring faculty, administration and staff. I was pleased to have the opportunity to join a community with a God-centered mission and vision. And I was so grateful to be among Christian colleagues and friends. I was especially grateful to Olivet’s parents, grandparents and friends who entrusted their children to us to educate them with a Christian purpose and help develop their God-given potential. As much as I loved my time at large public universities, what a privilege it was to be able to share the “whole truth” with students. It has also been a privilege for Dr. Piatt and myself to share these values and a Christian perspective in the Daily Journal for over 12 years and in a combined 650 business articles. Now that I’m retired, when I get up most mornings, I command my Amazon Echo, “Play ‘Great Is Thy Faithfulness’ by the legendary George Beverly Shea.” It makes me thankful that, during my years at Olivet, God’s great faithfulness was evident, and it continues to this day both for Olivet and me.

Dr. Don Daake

DON DAAKE, Ph.D., holds degrees from Kansas State University, the University of Iowa and Florida State University. He is professor emeritus at Olivet, where he taught for 22 years. Dr. Daake was named ONU Faculty Member of the Year in 2011 and

was awarded the Richard M. Jones Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence in 2017. Over 170 of his past columns are available to read at daakecomments.wordpress.com.



Gratitude is rooted in the expression of what God has done for us. From this perspective, gratitude is the expression of being thankful, readiness to show appreciation and giving of kindness in return. A great example of being grateful came from our late president, John F. Kennedy, who stated, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” Taking this to the next level of gratitude, words are always empty without the requisite action. I like to say the term love is not a noun (thing) but a verb that requires action. Gratitude follows the same dictum of love; it must follow with deeds and not words. I would emphatically state that we should express thanks for others who have done something for us and then, more importantly, pay it forward. Building upon the salient components of gratitude, we can implement three obvious pronouncements, as articulated by noted author David Horsager in his article “Your Most Forgotten Weapon: Gratitude.” These three salient points include, first, taking a few minutes each morning to list three to five things you appreciate, which inculcates a spirit and habit of gratitude. Second, find ways to personalize your appreciation. Get into a routine of practicing and extending gratitude to those with whom you work and serve. Finally, leave yourself open to feedback. Part of expressing gratitude also means hearing what the other person has to say. The caveat is to express genuine appreciation and have the ability to understand what the other person needs, and then convey your sincere gratitude.

Dr. Edward Piatt

EDWARD PIATT ’11 Ed.D. is a retired manager from the state of Illinois with 32 years of frontline leadership experience. He is

an adjunct professor of business in the Master of Business Administration and Master of Organizational Leaderhip programs at

Olivet Nazarene University. He is also an organizational/economic development consultant and lectures frequently on emotional intelligence, organizational culture and leadership.


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GIVE THROUGH OLIVET Picture a healthy athlete with aspirations of military service. After Hayden Rankin ’22 arrived at Olivet, however, a fractured spine forced critical adjustments. Basketball — stopped. ROTC — dropped. Hayden pushed pause on all physically demanding activity for eight months. “I did the only thing my body allowed,” he says. “I began my walk with Christ, as I truly read the Bible for the first time.” Hayden learned to play guitar and became a worship leader. He joined ONU’s Gospel Choir, served as a resident assistant and launched a successful business. He did all of this while being a full-time student during a pandemic. Your gift to the Olivet Fund goes to work immediately. Will you consider a year-end gift to fuel even more inspiration? Hayden is still dreaming. “I hope to grow my business,” he says. “Mostly, I hope to grow the Kingdom of God and invest in others. I intend to pay it forward.”

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MUSIC AND MORE Olivet Nazarene University School of Music vocal and instrumental groups come together several times each year to present concerts such as the Homecoming 2021 Evening in Centennial, pictured here. Seasonal family favorites Sounds of the Season and Handel’s Messiah will fill Centennial Chapel with the spirit of Christmas this winter. ERIC DECKER



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The Classes In April 2021, retired Olivet professor STEVE BUTLER ’76 and his pickleball partner won the U.S. Open title in the men’s skill 4.5, ages 65–69. Steve currently holds the U.S. National Championship title as well in the same category.

Old Testament. This book is a follow-up to the author’s 2019 book, 12 New Testament Passages That Changed the World.

GEORGIA (ENGLISH) ’09 and NATHAN MERKI ’07/’10 MBA welcomed their fifth

son, Silas Berean, on Dec. 29, 2020. Silas joins brothers Benjamin, Asher, Lincoln and Phineas. The Merki family resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.


become the new executive director of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents (IAPSS) in January 2022. Dr. J.T. Coopman, the current IAPSS executive director, announced the selection of  Taylor after a unanimous vote of support by the IAPSS Executive Committee.   Dr. Taylor has more than 32 years of experience in public education administration in Indiana and in Europe. Previously, he was the superintendent of schools for the Lebanon Community School Corporation in Lebanon, Indiana, for 13 years. He has also been an active member of  IAPSS, including a term as president of  the association as well as serving on the executive committee and as chairperson of the legislative and policy resolution committee for four years.   Dr. Taylor is well known in the state for his work in developing school/business partnerships that expand work‑based learning opportunities for all students. He joined the IAPSS leadership team in 2019 as the first associate director for the association.


LINDSAY (CARROLL) ’08 and Zach Chupp



BETHANY (ENGLISH) ’09 and Nathan Barr welcomed their son, Lee Asaph, on Jan. 18, 2021. Lee joins sisters Daisy and Ramona. ALI (WOODS) ’09 and PJ Denault welcomed Paisley Faith Denault in February 2021. The Denaults reside in Bourbonnais, Illinois.

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MELINDA (BRAULT) ’10 and TIMOTHY PHILLIPS ’12 were married on July 24, 2021, in Bloomington, Illinois. The couple resides in Heyworth, Illinois.

JESSICA (MOREY) ’15 and DAVID GARDNER JR.’17/M.A.’19/M.DIV. ’21 welcomed their first son, Walter David, on July 16, 2021.


JOSEPH BENTZ ’83 celebrated the release of

his new book, 8 Old Testament Passages That Changed the World (The Foundry Publishing, 2021). The book looks at the many ways culture has treated, mistreated and brought to life the most well-known portions of  the

welcomed their son, Logan Benjamin, on Aug. 19, 2021. He joins big sisters Lily and Emma. The family of five resides in Elkhart, Indiana.

DANIEL ECCLES ’16 and his wife, GWENDOLYN (PAYNE) ’16, recently created a



new podcast, “Learned Opportunity Podcast,” to help listeners find and create opportunities in their personal and professional lives. The podcast can be found on the major podcast platforms.

For more details about class news, alumni features and complete obituaries of Olivet friends and family, go to Olivet.edu/alumni OLIVET.EDU


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GRACE PELLEY ’17 has launched

PAULA (HANEY) COLDIRON ’66 April 20, 1944–May 14, 2021 Kettering, Ohio

EMILY (BAHR) ’18 and Joseph Michael

CAPT. DUANE ROMEY ’90 Nov. 8, 1967–Sept. 9, 2021 Newnan, Georgia

her business, Second Chance Book Coaching. She will be working with writers to plan, draft, revise and pitch their novels.



Howells III welcomed their first child, Joseph Michael Howells IV, on March 16, 2021. Joseph III is an air traffic control specialist stationed at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

KATIE (FINNERTY) ’20 and KEVIN MONTES ’18 were married on May 30,

2021. The couple met during an internship experience at Indian Lake Nazarene Camp during their time at Olivet.

SAMANTHA (MCCLARY) ’20 and JARROD LESAGE ’20 were married on


June 26, 2021, in Shelby, Michigan. Jarrod works for ITW Fasteners, and Sam works for Riverside Medical Center. They reside in Manteno, Illinois.

ANNA (EADS) ’20 and RIGO SANCHEZ ’20 were married on Dec. 23, 2020, in


Fort Wayne, Indiana. At Olivet, Rigo studied criminal justice and participated in ROTC. He is now a second lieutenant in field artillery. Anna studied social work and is currently a full‑time dog mom and part‑time nanny. They reside on the island of  Oahu in Hawaii.

CHARITY (COSBY) ’21 and GRANT PRAIRIE ’21 met and fell in love at

Olivet, graduated, got married in May and moved to work at a Bible camp in Washington. Grant accepted a youth pastor position in Kalamazoo, Michigan, this past summer.



MARTA ANN (COE) SHALLEY ’71 Jan. 14, 1949–July 6, 2021 Bourbonnais, Illinois

F A C U LT Y & S T A F F

HARVEY ARNOLD COLLINS JR. Aug. 22, 1927–Sept. 6, 2021 Bradenton, Florida Art Professor Emeritus JOANNE GREMAR Nov. 15, 1934–Aug. 30, 2021 Bourbonnais, Illinois Former Secretary at Olivet Nazarene University WILLIAM “BILL” W. JOHNSON June 1, 1960–Aug. 11, 2021 Bourbonnais, Illinois Director of Golf and Head Women’s Golf Coach DR. ROBERT (BOB) W. WRIGHT May 13, 1943–Oct. 17, 2021 Bourbonnais, Illinois Biology Professor Emeritus FRIENDS OF OLIVET

DOROTHY DIEHL July 9, 1936–Aug. 30, 2021 Lakewood, Colorado Wife of General Superintendent Emeritus Jim Diehl ’59

Statistics compiled from 2018, 2019 and/or 2020.





Intercollegiate athletic teams compete in NAIA and NCCAA


MILLION DOLLARS in financial aid awarded last year to ONU students

Advanced degrees offered through the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies









Intramural sports and tournaments, with more than 1,540 participants each school year



AT A G LA N C E STUDENTS More than 3,700 — 2,500 undergraduates — from nearly every U.S. state, 21 countries and more than 40 religious denominations. ALUMNI Olivet Nazarene University has graduated many notable alumni who have given back to the University, the Olivet region, the Church and the world in so many ways. There are more than 40,000 living alumni making a worldwide impact. ACADEMICS More than 140 areas of study offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Professional Studies, School of Theology and Christian Ministry and the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Study-abroad opportunities have included Australia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, Egypt, Romania, Japan, Uganda, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. ACCREDITATION Includes the Higher Learning Commission, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Council on Social Work Education, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training, the National Association of Schools of Music and the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. In addition, the Teacher Education Program is a recognized education preparation provider by the Illinois State Board of Education. ATHLETICS At Olivet, student-athletes compete on 22 intercollegiate teams. Olivet provides competitive athletic awards and scholarships for qualifying candidates. Varsity teams for men include basketball, baseball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Varsity teams for women include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. In addition to varsity sports, more than half the student body participate in Olivet’s thriving intramural and club sports programs. CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS More than 90 clubs and organizations representing diverse interests, including a campus newspaper, yearbook and literary magazine; Enactus; Student Philanthropy Council; ROTC; radio broadcasting (Shine.FM); numerous choral and instrumental ensembles (including University Marching Band and the University Orchestra); drama and musical theatre performances; intramural athletics; and community volunteer and spiritual life organizations.

CAMPUS Beautiful, park-like campus features 35 major buildings on 275 acres. Located in the Village of Bourbonnais, Illinois, just 45 miles south of Chicago’s Loop, with additional School of Graduate and Continuing Studies locations in Illinois. SPIRITUAL LIFE Christian community committed to making worship of God the central focus of our lives. Our faith in Jesus Christ cannot be separated from the educational experience, and we seek to honor God in all we learn, say and do. Through chapel services, each segment of the University community has the opportunity to join with others in worship and receive instruction in the Word and encouragement to serve. Notable and world-renowned speakers regularly address the Olivet community during chapel. GRADUATE STUDIES AND PROGRAMS Business: Bachelor of Applied Science in Business, Bachelor of Applied Science in Leadership, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Leadership, Master of Organizational Leadership, Master of Business Administration Education: Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction, Master of Arts in Education: English Language Learners, Bilingual Endorsement, Safety and Driver’s Education Endorsement, English as a Second Language Endorsement, Learning Behavior Specialist Endorsement, Reading Endorsement, Teacher Leader Endorsement Multidisciplinary Studies: Bachelor of Applied Science in Multidisciplinary Studies and Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies Nursing: Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion (RN-BSN), Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing (RN- MSN), Master of Science in Nursing: Education, Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner, Master of Science in Nursing: Transformational Leadership, Postgraduate Certificates in Education, Family Nursing Practitioner, and Transformational Leadership. Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics Ministry: Master of Arts: Christian Ministry, Master of Arts: Family Ministry, Master of Arts: Ministerial Studies, Master of Arts: Missional Multiplication, Master of Arts: Pastoral Ministry, Master of Arts in Religion, Master of Arts in Pastoral Leadership, Master of Arts: Urban Ministry, Master of Ministry, Master of Ministry in Spanish, Master of Divinity Doctor of Education: Ethical Leadership

AREAS OF STUDY Accounting Actuarial Science Art Art - Graphic Design Art - Drawing/Painting Art - Media Arts Art - Photography Art Education Biblical Languages Biblical Studies Biology Business Administration Business - Entrepreneurship Business - Healthcare Management Business - Human Resource Management Business - Management Business - Philanthropy/ Not-for-Profit Business - Operations Management Business - Public Administration Chemistry Chemistry - Biochemistry Chemistry - Forensics Child Development Children’s Ministry Christian Education Christian Studies Communication Studies Computer Science – Networking & Data Communications

Computer Science Software Development Computer Science Software Entrepreneurship Corporate Communication Criminal Justice Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Cybersecurity Data Science Dietetics Early Childhood Education Earth & Space Science Economics Economics & Finance Applied Economics Economics & Finance Certified Financial Planning Economics & Finance Corporate Finance Elementary Education Engineering - Architectural Engineering - Chemical Engineering - Civil Engineering - Computer Engineering - Electrical Engineering - Mechanical English English as a Second Language English as a Second Language Education English Education Environmental Science Family & Consumer Sciences Family & Consumer Sciences Hospitality

Finance French Geography Geological Science Greek Health Education Hebrew History Intercultural Studies Interior Design International Business Kinesiology Leadership Studies Legal Studies Literature Management Management Information Systems Marketing Marketing - Commercial Graphics Marketing - Corporate Relations Marketing - International Marketing - Management Mathematics Mathematics Education Military Affairs Military Science Ministerial Missions Multimedia Communication Multimedia Communication Film Studies Multimedia Communication Journalism

Multimedia Communication Live Event Media Mgmt. Multimedia Communication Ministry Media Multimedia Communication Radio/Record Industry Multimedia Communication TV/Video Production Music Music – Composition Music – Performance Music – Jazz Studies Music – Recording Arts Music Education Music Ministry Musical Theatre Nursing Pastoral Ministry Philosophy Philosophy & Religion Photography Physical Education Physical Sciences Political Science Pre-Art Therapy Pre-Athletic Training Pre-Dental Pre-Law Pre-Medicine Pre-Optometry Pre-Pharmacy Pre-Physical Therapy Pre-Physician’s Assistant Pre-Seminary Pre-Veterinary

Psychology Public Policy - Domestic Public Policy - Foreign Public Relations & Strategic Communication Recreation, Sports & Fitness Religious Studies Science Education Biology Science Education Chemistry Science Education Earth/Space Science Social Science Social Science Education Social Work Sociology Spanish Spanish Education Special Education Sport Management Theatre Theology Writing Youth Ministry Zoology


BENEDICTION Every day God invites us on the same kind of adventure. It’s not a trip where He sends us a rigid itinerary, He simply invites us.

God asks what it is He’s made us to love, what it is that captures our attention, what feeds that deep indescribable need of our souls to experience the richness of the world He made.

And then, leaning over us, He whispers, “Let’s go do that together.”

From Love Does by Bob Goff



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