Olivet the Magazine Winter 2019

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LIGHT AND LIFE Life Beyond the Classroom Gathering Light Reaching for the Light Within

TO ALL HE BRINGS Students Travel the World OLIVET.EDU


THE ART OF TECHNOLOGY The world of technology continues its rapid pace of growth and change. Students at Olivet are using the latest equipment and software for learning in all disciplines. Through the iLearn@Olivet initiative, they have access to what will best prepare them for career success. PHOTO BY JONES FOTO

WINTER 2019 OLIVET THE MAGAZINE is published quarterly by the Office of Marketing and Engagement under the direction of the Vice President for Institutional Advancement. VOLUME 86 ISSUE 4 (USPS 407-880) (ISSN 2325-7334) Copyright © 2018 Olivet Nazarene University One University Avenue Bourbonnais, IL 60914-2345 800-648-1463 PRESIDENT Dr. John C. Bowling ’71/’72 M.A./’06 D.Div., Ed.D., D.Min. VICE PRESIDENT FOR FINANCE Dr. Douglas E. Perry ’68/’95 Litt.D., M.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. Carol Summers ’88/’90 M.A.E., Ed.D. VICE PRESIDENT FOR STRATEGIC EXPANSION Dr. Ryan Spittal ’99/’04 M.B.A., D.B.A. EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT FOR ADMINISTRATION AND HUMAN RESOURCES Dr. David J. Pickering ’89/’94 M.B.A., 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 Luke Olney ’10/’12 M.O.L. Erinn Proehl ’13 Laura Wasson Warfel ART DIRECTION George Wolff ’93 for 989 Group DESIGN Matt Moore ’96 for 989 Group Donnie Johnson PHOTOGRAPHY (PHOTOS AS CREDITED) Jones Foto Image Group Mark Ballogg Joe Mantarian ’16 Dan Kuruvilla ’19 EDITORIAL SUPPORT AND DESIGN Adam Asher ‘01/‘07 M.O.L. for 989 Group Esther Paek ‘17 Austin Siscoe ’17 Thomas Dinkleman ’18 Heather (Kinzinger) Shaner ’98 STUDENT SUPPORT Goldene Brown ’19 Sara Easter ’21 Westin Edwards ‘20 Solomon Jothi ’20 M.A. Elizabeth Kijowski ’21 Alexis Meredith ‘19 Andrew Perabeau ’20 Rachel Sedgwick ’20 Jordan Stephens ’19

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FROM THE PRESIDENT Light and Life to All He Brings


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OLIVET THE MAGAZINE Dear Friends, In the midst of this Advent season and looking to the beginning of yet another new year, we pause to center our thoughts on one small phrase embedded in a timeless Christmas hymn written by Charles Wesley: “Light and life to all He brings.” Once again, we locate ourselves in this magnificent story. Olivet is a light and life place. Olivet students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are light and life people. But even in the midst of so much good news, sometimes routine or fatigue or even darkness creeps in. The same campus community that began the semester with seemingly endless energy now seeks rest, renewal and pause over the holiday break. Dr. Dennis Kinlaw put it this way as he contemplated the plight of the shepherds in the Christmas story: All of a sudden a heavenly being breaks into their world of monotony with the best news that the world has ever heard. The angel declares that if they will run quickly into the city, they will see the One on whom all of history will depend. They will experience personally the greatest event of all time. There are moments for all believers when the eternal breaks into the normal routines of daily life — when God himself comes to visit us.* May it be so for each of us this Christmas! As we turn the pages of this issue, as we wrap gifts, visit family, sip cider and put up our trees, may we be startled and overwhelmed by the love of the giver of life and the One who declared, “Let there be Light”! And may this divine, all-consuming light and life —afforded to all of us through our excellent God, His Son and the Holy Spirit —invade our lives in a brand-new way. May the peace of Christ and the joy of Christmas be yours. Our best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful holiday season and a very happy 2019!

The Editorial Board *Excerpt from Dennis F. Kinlaw’s This Day with the Master: 365 Daily Meditations, Copyright ©2004.

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FROM THE PRESIDENT Light and Life to All He Brings

This is Christmas carol time, and I recently noticed a phrase tucked away in the third stanza of Charles Wesley’s hymn, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” The phrase declares, “Light and life to all He brings.” Throughout this season, we celebrate Jesus, the light of the world, with Christmas lights and candles, which echo the declaration of the Apostle John: “In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind” (John 1:4).

Our goal at Olivet is wisdom, not just knowledge. It is transformation rather than the transfer of information. We hope that there will be a series of “light bulb” moments for students throughout their Olivet education. Our work rests on the conviction that “in Your light we see light.” I think of another song, in addition to Wesley’s “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” It is not a Christmas carol but a children’s Sunday School song, which declares

Knowing that individuals see things much better in the light suggests that a university ought to be a place of light, of enlightenment. The lamp of learning symbolizes that idea of learning as illumination.

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

At Olivet, we seek the light. We want to know and understand the arts and sciences. We look for light to help us grasp the truth of history and culture. We hope to illuminate the disciplines of psychology, business, nursing, computer science, theology, engineering and much more.

This reminds us that light is to be shared. Near the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus said: “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

One of the major projects at Olivet in fall 2018 has been to convert all of the lighting on campus from incandescent to LED. This is a common practice in businesses because of the significant savings that accrue over a relatively short span of time. During this process, however, I have been reminded that not all light is the same. In some sections of the campus, the new bulbs significantly changed the atmosphere and the look. Therefore, we had to keep working to find the “right” light. That same principle holds true for life in general and for those of us at work in higher education. We need to find the right light! It is only in God’s light that we truly see and understand ourselves and the world around us. As Psalm 36 says, “ … in Your light we see light.” Thus, our educational commitment is one that integrates faith and learning. Our calling is to form and inform minds and hearts and personalities by arousing intellectual curiosity about the best that has been thought and taught across the ages. It is to set forth a synthesis of Jerusalem and Athens, if you will — of faith and reason. That is the Christian intellectual tradition.

In the pages that follow, you will find a series of Light and Life stories from the Olivet community — stories of God at work in the hearts, minds and lives of students, faculty and staff who seek to walk in the light, as He is in the light. May you be inspired to let your light shine!

DR. JOHN C. BOWLING is in his 28th year as president of Olivet Nazarene University. An Olivet alumnus and Harvard University Fellow with two master’s degrees and two earned doctorates, Dr. Bowling is a bestselling author and a prominent national speaker. He is internationally recognized as an outstanding leader in higher education and the Church. His most recent book is “ReVision: 13 Strategies To Renew Your Work, Your Organization, and Your Life.”



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FIRST PERSON Taeho Kim: Experiencing God at Olivet

“Life with people who believe in God is amazing! This is what the communion of saints means to me.” Taeho Kim came to the United States for the first time at age 16. By himself. As an international student on a visa. He didn’t know about God. He didn’t know who Jesus was. God had great plans for him. Staying with host families in Kankakee, he attended Kankakee Trinity Academy and Grace Christian Academy. He studied the Bible and learned about God and Christianity, but he continued to live a worldly life. In his college plans, Olivet wasn’t even a possibility. When his mother suggested that he apply at Olivet, he did. His acceptance plus scholarships convinced him to give Olivet a try. “I was learning how to survive on my own and take care of myself,” he says. “I was selfish and protective of my things. I didn’t want to trust anyone.” His freshman year at Olivet was rocky, and he changed majors twice. Then he met Nate Frantz ’11. Nate pastors One:Seven Church in Bradley, Illinois. “At Olivet, Nate was the first person to ask me challenging questions about my faith and my life,” Taeho says. “He sat next to me, and we talked. He shared his faith with me, and I shared my own story with him.” In December 2017, Taeho gave his life to Christ. Today, he is active with One:Seven Church, working with Nate to tell others about Jesus and help them put their faith in Him.

“As an Olivet student, I have more people to invest my time in and share the gospel with,” Taeho says. “I’m bolder about my faith.” Each week, Taeho reaches out to students, hosting events so he can get to know them and minister to them. Just like Nate did for him. Taeho and the people he has met at Olivet are doing life together: Studying the Bible, holding one another accountable, having fun, enjoying retreats and trips to Chicago. “Life with people who believe in God is amazing,” he says. “This is what the communion of saints means to me.” He continues to be impressed by the way Olivet faculty and staff are available SUBMITTEDto him and openly share their faith with him. “Every day, I’m with people who are living for God,” he says. “All my professors are passionate about God. Dr. Brian Allen [Olivet’s vice president for institutional advancement] is teaching me how to be a servant to others. He challenges me and encourages me to be available for God to use me.” In Taeho’s Olivet experience, he has found many opportunities for academic success. More importantly, he will be the first to tell you that he has found God’s truth here. “Find your identity in Christ, and know the definition of true success,” Taeho says. “That changes your whole life.”



FACULTY/MENTORS Everywhere on Olivet’s campus, you will find faculty members engaging with students — answering questions, discussing current issues, guiding and directing careers. Today, a growing number of Olivet faculty members are “pracademics” as they work, teach and publish in their fields of expertise. Students benefit from their wealth of knowledge and real-world experience. PHOTO BY JONES FOTO





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NEW STARBUCKS LOCATION COMING TO LUDWIG CENTER Starbucks® is about to become a major feature of Olivet’s campus social experience. Construction on a licensed store location in Olivet’s Ludwig Center began in early November 2018 with the opening scheduled for early January 2019. This is Phase 1 of a complete update and expansion project for Ludwig. “These renovations are only possible because of the generous support of Sodexo Food Service,” says Dr. Woody Webb, vice president for student development. “Sodexo not only invests in food options, but they also invest in facilities.” Phase 2 of this update and expansion project, beginning in summer 2019, is a complete renovation of Ludwig’s lower level. This will include a new retail grill café, additional seating, a new gaming area and expansion of the University Post Office. Phase 3, during summer 2020, will include the renovation of Ludwig’s main dining room, featuring the addition of a second level of seating on the north side, two additional food stations plus upgrades for existing stations, and several round tables for seating. One of the new food stations will be Simple Servings, addressing the needs of those with food allergies. To add more dining variety, The 360 Grill will provide new choices — from authentic Mongolian food to a pancake bar. “Since Ludwig Center was built, we have added over 1,000 residential students,” says Dr. Webb. “To address the needs of students, it’s important that Olivet remains relevant and responsive to current trends and expectations.”


ICELAND PRESENTS A PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE Nick Rasmussen ’18 recently left Indiana for Skagaströnd, Iceland, and his first artist residency. During November 2018, he lived among 11 other artists and 450 residents of this small fishing village on the north coast. His goals for the adventure were to engage in community, work and nature while simultaneously engaging less in technology (excluding his cameras, of course). Shortly after he arrived, he joined three photographers in their search for the Northern Lights. What he found were belowfreezing temperatures and a vivid presentation for a magical photograph. Nick says, “Stepping out of your comfort zone can lead to unforgettable experiences.” See more at @nickraz00 on Instagram and his blog at asimpleheartbeat.wordpress.com. NICK RASMUSSEN

IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCES AND BROKEN RECORDS Tiger football notched a dominating win over Trinity International University (Illinois) on Sept. 29, 2018. The Tigers finished the game with a new league record of 77 points. Four players finished the night with double-digit tackles plus a pick six by Caleb Coe, a senior exercise science major, and a 30-yard touchdown fumble recovery by Owen Weaver, a freshman engineering major. Rashaan Gaymon, a senior sport management major, returned a punt 89 yards for a touchdown as well.


Jayvion Daniels, a freshman business major, entered the record books on Oct. 20, 2018, in an impressive 42-28 win over longtime rival University of St. Francis (Illinois). Jayvion rushed for an ONU record 274 yards in 26 attempts, breaking the record set by Greg Huff in 1986. He also crossed the goal line four times, tying the single-game rushing touchdown record held by himself and five other former ONU players.

OLIVET PROFESSOR RELEASES NEW BOOK Researching and sharing about the astronomy of Sir John Herschel (1792–1871) — one of the most important scientists of the Victorian era — was a career-defining experience for Dr. Stephen Case ’05. His book, Making Stars Physical: The Astronomy of Sir John Herschel, was published by University of Pittsburgh Press in 2018. This is the first-ever book-length treatment about the historically significant contributions Herschel made to astronomy. Working with an academic press challenged and grew Dr. Case as a writer. This book is an expanded version of his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Notre Dame in 2014.




CAREER FAIR CONNECTS STUDENTS AND EMPLOYERS Employers met face-to-face with 100 Olivet engineering and computer science students during the 2018 Martin D. Walker Engineering Career Fair on campus. Representing the military, government, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, sales, production, healthcare and other sectors, they provided information and accepted résumés while interacting with students. This year’s sponsors were Koops Factory Automation Systems, Nucor Steel Kankakee, Inc., Robinson Engineering and e2i. McKenzie Goselin ’18, now a process engineer with CSL Behring in Kankakee, enjoyed representing her employer and meeting with students. Her internship with CSL solidified her desire to work with a pharmaceutical company, and she is thriving as a full-time member of the CSL team. IMAGE GROUP

ALUMNA RECEIVES OUTSTANDING NEW TEACHER AWARD Hannah (Gorecki) Keppner ‘17 is one of only two 2018 recipients of the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ICTFL) Award for New Teachers of Foreign Languages. This award recognizes Illinois teachers who have recently entered the foreign language teaching profession. Hannah is a second-year teacher at Minooka Community High School (Illinois). As a first-year teacher, she led the process of creating a proficiency-based curriculum – free from the textbook. She wrote entire units and lesson plans as needed. She showed her department how to create interpretive and interpersonal tasks and assessments, giving teachers the confidence to take risks and step outside textbook exercises and worksheets. SUBMITTED




MercyMe recently performed for an audience of 3,000-plus in the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel at Olivet. Hosted by Shine.FM, Olivet’s broadcast network ministry, the Imagine Nation Tour event brought fans closer to God and one another. “This was a special concert for us,” says Daneli Rabanalez Hernandez ’17, Shine.FM’s events coordinator, Brilla.FM music director and on-air host of “Shine Afternoons.” “Our Shine team was keenly aware that, because of the success and recognition of the ‘I Can Only Imagine’ film, we were much more likely to have at this concert people who are only recently coming to know the Lord. We were so excited for the possibility of these new believers having a special time to connect with the Lord and with other believers through MercyMe’s music. We worked hard to make sure nothing would get in the way of this night of worship.”

DR. DOUG PERRY CONCLUDES STELLAR CAREER AT OLIVET From a kindergarten student in Fliermans Hall to his own office in Miller Business Center, Dr. Doug Perry ’68/’79/’95 D.Litt. has experienced Olivet like few others. He will conclude his Olivet career at the end of 2018 as vice president for finance and chief financial officer. “Olivet has been my whole life,” Dr. Perry says. “Growing up on the campus, attending and graduating, and now a career of over four decades with the University. What a privilege to invest one’s life in an institution with such a great mission and purpose. I will always be grateful to Olivet for the wonderful opportunity I have had to serve in work that has great eternal significance.” WESTIN EDWARDS

Read more about Doug and Sheila Perry and his career at Olivet on Olivet.edu.

TEAM OLIVET IN 2018 CHICAGO MARATHON Forty Olivet runners wore the trademark bright orange and white jersey of Team World Vision (TWV) in the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. On Sunday, Oct. 6, they joined more than 44,000 runners in downtown Chicago for the race. Team Olivet raised more than $41,000 to help provide clean water for the people of Africa. In its inaugural Chicago Marathon run in 2006, TWV consisted of 100 runners. For the 2018 event, it had the largest charity team with more than 1,800 runners. Olivet alumnus and former Tiger football player Michael Chitwood ’93 founded TWV in 2006 as a fundraising focus for World Vision. Alumnus Rusty Funk ’07 currently serves as its national director and heads up a staff of 24. DANIEL KURUVILLA

40 UNDER FORTY HONORS OLIVET ALUMNI The 40 Under Forty program for Kankakee County, Illinois, identifies people under the age of 40 who are center stage in the local community. They are working hard to drive the economy and demonstrating dynamic leadership. “We expect these young professionals will leverage these connections to make even greater contributions to the region’s economy and civic dialogue for years to come,” says Jeff Hammes, board chair for the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce. Olivet alumni honored in the 2018 group are Kirstin (Butler) Carson ’15 M.S.N., Curtis Crossley ’17 M.B.A., Ryan Gorecki ’08, Nicholas Irvin ’10, Maggie Kuckie ’10, Casey (Nugent) Meier ’08 M.A.T., Emily (Davisson) Poff ’15 and Lauren (Blunier) Short ’12. KANKAKEE COUNTY




OLIVET ALUMNUS’ ‘RUN THE RACE’ OPENS IN FEBRUARY Olivet alumnus Ken Carpenter ’82 recently produced a feature film, “Run the Race,” with executive producer and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. The story of two brothers in high school set against the backdrop of high school sports opens in theaters nationwide on Feb. 22, 2019. The film stars Mykelti Williamson (“Fences”), Frances Fisher (“Titanic”) and Tanner Stine (“Indivisible”). It was directed by Chris Dowling (“Where Hope Grows”), filmed by Kris Kimlin (“I Can Only Imagine”) and scored by Paul Mills (“War Room”). After starting his career in Los Angeles, Ken — now based in Nashville — produced and directed numerous award-winning productions across television, documentaries, commercials, branding films and music videos, including projects with Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, dc Talk, Steven Curtis Chapman and many others. In recent years, his career has shifted to feature film production. He also produced “The World We Make,” which will release in 2019. He has numerous other films in development. His next film is “There You’ll Find Me,” a romance/drama set in a small coastal village in Ireland, where filming will begin in early 2019. Ken credits his time at ONU as preparing him for his career as a filmmaker. “My communication degree from Olivet equipped me to think about story telling in a very valuable way,” he says. “At Olivet, we unpacked the vital and pragmatic disciplines of how to communicate with and understand others across a broad spectrum of culture and methodology.”



NEW DATA SCIENCE MAJOR LAUNCHES Data science is now a major and minor at Olivet. Enrollment is open for fall 2019 to students who want to enter this interdisciplinary field that is growing in popularity. Completion of Olivet’s program will lead to a Bachelor of Science degree. “Data science is now being called the hottest job in the United States,” says Dr. Dale Hathaway, chair of Olivet’s Department of Mathematics and program designer. “Employers are looking for analytic skills and abilities in their new hires. Students who have an interest and aptitude in quantitative areas like data science are in high demand and are receiving impressive salaries for their expertise.”


FROM SHINE.FM TO NASHVILLE Brian Dishon ’95 recently received a promotion to senior vice president for Provident Label Group (PLG), a division of Sony Music focusing primarily on Christian music in Franklin, Tennessee. Provident handles its own physical distribution through its Provident-Integrity Distribution service. Brian oversees marketing, promotions, digital, creative and label operations. Provident’s artist roster includes Shine.FM artists Casting Crowns, Matt Maher, Steven Curtis Chapman, Tenth Avenue North, Third Day and Zach Williams plus many others. “My interest in and introductory knowledge of the music business and marketing started at Olivet over 25 years ago,” Brian says. “I’m proud to be an Olivet alumnus. Olivet is where lifelong dreams are born.” SUBMITTED

NURSING STUDENTS PROVIDE CARE AT IRONMAN® CHAMPIONSHIP Seven students from Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program and their professor, Debra Chudzik, D.N.P., RN, worked as medical volunteers for the 2018 IRONMAN® World Championship. The triathlon took place in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on Oct. 13, 2018. Olivet students worked in the medical tent, a highly sought-after area not usually open to students. They worked the 4 to 10 p.m. shift — the busiest shift of the day — as part of ICU, triage, emergency medicine and IV teams. The medical tent serviced an estimated 30 percent of the more than 2,400 athletes who competed that day. Read more about this outstanding learning experience for nursing students at Olivet.edu. SUBMITTED






Dr. Teresa Woodruff ’85, an alumna of Olivet’s Department of Biological Sciences, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. This is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievements and commitment to service. “I’m thrilled about my election, which recognizes not only my work but also that of my students over a 33-year career,” said Dr. Woodruff. “I have been privileged to work in the fundamental sciences, from cloning the genes that drive reproductive cycles in women to solving the structure of these hormones.” Currently, Dr. Woodruff is the vice chair for research in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern, and dean of The Graduate School at Northwestern.

MARCHING BAND TO APPEAR IN ROME Olivet’s Marching Band has accepted the formal invitation to perform in the 2020 New Year’s Day Parade in Rome, Italy. This spectacular annual event is part of the Rome Festival, a series of indoor concerts and outdoor performances at iconic locations citywide. Olivet’s 2018–2019 Marching Band, with 180 students, is the second largest marching band at any Christian university in the United States and the largest marching band at a Nazarene university. “This is an honor for our School of Music and the University,” says Dr. Don Reddick ’79, dean of the School of Music. “I commend Dr. Matt Stratton, our director of bands, on this achievement. He has been instrumental — in more ways than one — in making this a reality for Olivet.” IMAGE GROUP

TIGER WOMEN’S GOLF TEAM WINS 1-2-3 The Olivet Tiger women’s golf team dominated the Fall Tiger Intercollegiate home meet on Sept. 7 and 8, 2018. Led by Margaux Catafort-Silva, a freshman engineering major from Mehun-sur-Yevre, France, the Tigers finished 1-2-3. Margaux shot a stellar 3-over-par 75 to open play on Friday and finished the weekend at 155 (+11). Makenzie Fisk, a junior majoring in business administration and economics, placed second at 156 (+12) — just one shot behind Margaux. Mackenzie Mehaffey, a senior majoring in multimedia communications, dropped six shots on Day 2 to finish third at 163 (+19).



OLIVET RECEIVES COLLEGE OF DISTINCTION HONORS. AGAIN. Olivet has received the 2018–2019 recognition from Collegesof Distinction.com for implementation of high-impact educational practices. Additional 2018–2019 honors for Olivet are Illinois College of Distinction, Christian College of Distinction, College of Distinction for Business, College of Distinction for Nursing, College of Distinction for Education and College of Distinction for Engineering. As a College of Distinction, Olivet is nationally recognized by education professionals as an excellent school. With a strong focus on teaching undergraduates, the University is home to a wide variety of innovative learning experiences and an active campus with many opportunities for personal development. Olivet is highly valued by graduate schools and employers for its outstanding preparation, emphasizing such core competencies as critical thinking, writing, oral skills, research and global perspectives. College counselors, college administrative members and the Colleges of Distinction selection team nominate U.S. colleges and universities for participation. Olivet — along with the other nominated schools — has an excellent reputation among college admission experts, education professionals, employers and graduate schools.



a Lifelong Journey In May 2015, I made the call to the social worker that started our lifelong journey into adoption. My husband, Jorge, and I decided that we could no longer read the Bible without seeing that God expected us to take an active role in caring for the orphan. After investigating several countries, we decided to pursue an international adoption from Mexico. It was not a difficult decision for various reasons: Jorge was born and raised in Mexico, we both speak Spanish, and the minimum age of a child eligible for international adoption there is 5 years old. That minimum age was very important to me because our motive for adopting was “missional.” Although there are some unique challenges to adopting older children, we specifically wanted to provide a home to children who might not readily be considered by others for adoption. After three long years of paperwork, trips to Mexico and delays, we brought home our two youngest children, Aimé and Eduardo, on Sept. 1, 2018. Even though we spent three years praying for that day to come, our family grew from four to six overnight. Growing pains are sometimes hard, and we have had our share of challenges.



Behaviors that allowed Aimé and Eduardo to survive an orphanage setting do not transfer well to a family. We are teaching them what it means to live in a family because family experiences and expectations are new to them. Currently, we are only a few months into our transition. Although it has been tough, it has been good. Everything worth doing is tough at times, isn’t it? Despite the struggles, we have had many rewarding moments in which we have witnessed Aimé and Eduardo come to life. They have been given a voice and are learning to express themselves as they experience various emotions. They are learning how to pray to a God who loves them and has a plan for them. They have also shared with us their excitement for new life experiences, like riding on elevators, eating at buffets and having someone who wants to read books to them or to answer their many questions. Adoption is beautiful, but it can only occur after heartache. Working through that heartache with our children is difficult. We are thankful for many people who have breathed life into us so we could invest in our children. Neighbors dropped off clothing in the kids’ sizes, knowing we did not have time to shop. Family and friends brought over restaurant gift cards, homemade meals and groceries, allowing us to spend valuable time trying to blend our new family of six. Current and former students surprised us with monetary gifts, making the financial expense less burdensome. And countless friends, acquaintances and strangers prayed for us — and are continuing to pray — as we attempt to make our home a place of healing, where God heals past hurts. Without the Church breathing life into us, we would not have had any energy left to give to our four precious children. Why did we adopt? Adoption is God’s idea. He first adopted us into His family. And if I am completely honest with myself, He is still teaching me — and our family — what it looks like to live in His family.

DR. NANCY BONILLA ’96 is chair of Olivet’s Department of Modern Languages and teaches courses in Spanish and the methods course for Spanish education majors. After her graduation from Olivet in 1996, she decided to immerse herself in the Spanish language and culture. She traveled to Mexico and worked as a missionary at Niños de Mexico for one month. When it came time for her to return home, she was offered a job teaching at the Niños de Mexico school. In August 1997, she relocated to Mexico and fell in love — with the culture, the language and the people. That is where she met her husband, Jorge. They were married in 2000. He serves as the retention coordinator for Olivet. SUBMITTED



LIGHT AND LIFE IN THE BEGINNING was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1–5 (NIV)


As we once again ponder the wonder of this season, may we be inspired by this series of Light and Life stories from the Olivet community — stories of God at work in the hearts, minds and lives of our students, faculty, staff and friends.




Life Beyond the Classroom First, life is a gift. Second, we are blessed to be able to figure out as much as we have figured out. And third, we should be thankful that we don’t have to understand it all for life to work! That’s how I start each semester teaching the general biological science course at Olivet. Then, I usually ask for an “Amen” — and I usually get it from those students whose passion lies beyond the scope of biology, but who have dutifully signed up for the general education credit in the life sciences. Because I have implied that they don’t have to understand it ALL, we are able to break the silence with a discussion of the chemistry of life, noting how, even in the simplest of structures, God has established order and mechanisms to continue the creation He began. From the study of the atom, the human body, ecosystems and stewardship, students gather that biology is a full-body-contact sport, rich with opportunities for enlightenment. Throughout the semester, we cover the gamut: the effect of caffeine on the brain; tanning beds and melanoma; designer babies; and what sleep does for the brain. You see, the greater the perception of relevance, the greater the learning — the topic of my dissertation, by the way! Winding our way through the labyrinth of content takes a fair amount of interest on the part of the students. I help them make the connection by finding ways to tie what I am teaching to what students are experiencing. Teaching this way has opened my eyes to some awesome moments in life. I never tire of seeing the light bulb go off in a student’s eye in class — about life and faith — giving them glimpses of the future beyond their years at Olivet. The best part? The email that I received from a student telling me how biology came alive for her. She and her friend were out running one night, when she turned to her friend and said she was making new mitochondria (a process that the body goes through in response to aerobic exercise). Thinking about biology outside of class! Now, that’s success! That’s the evidence that some neurons are making memories. 24 OLIVET.EDU

Last semester, I received the most touching email from a student who had an epiphany in our class: The more I reflect on this course, the more I realize how ungrateful I have been. Your lectures, the labs and, dare I say it, even some of the assignments have changed my perspective and grown my perception. I have learned, been challenged and grown in this course. He also described his attitude for much of the course as lacking, but shared how a lecture video changed his heart that particular day. And, praise God, he chose to share that with me. I know Who worked in his heart. I have to believe that in the tedium of content and rigor of assignments, God is at work in the lives of my students, preparing them for a future I will never know. I am a professor at Olivet because God called me to share what I do know — and to help others celebrate the gift of life from our Creator — no matter at what level we are engaged. In the classroom, I share life at its smallest level of existence and take students on a journey through stewardship and bioethics. Because of the relationships I have with them, I also get to share the life that they are living here at Olivet and beyond. From a heartfelt academic point of view, I’m sure education doesn’t get much better than this.

DR. AGGIE VELD is a full-time professor and an advisor for biology and zoology majors in Olivet’s Department of Biological Sciences. With more than 25 years of teaching experience, she teaches biological connections with everyday life. Her teaching combines learning styles and current effective teaching strategies with her passion for biology. She artfully blends her love for Olivet’s students and the gift of life that God gave us to celebrate.





Experiencing Life Together I would have never dreamed that I would ever be living the life I am right now. On Saturday, August 22, 2015, Olivet student leaders helped me carry my items to Chapman Hall, room 327. I had driven all the way from Richmond, Virginia, to the unfamiliar state of Illinois to study both youth ministry and history. There was a mix of excitement, nervousness and uncertainty about what life would be like. Classes and student life began fairly quickly. I fell in love with campus events, such as Ollies Follies and Block Party, and with the community on my floor in Chapman. Through the different student life events, I became interested in Associated Student Council (ASC) and decided to run for freshman class chaplain. I was elected and immediately fell in love with ASC and the servant leadership aspect it brings to Olivet’s student body. The following year, I was re-elected to serve as the sophomore class chaplain. My junior year, I was selected to serve as the ASC student body president. One common theme across my time at Olivet is growth. Growth has risen from experiences that I would consider good memories and also from challenging and tough periods in my life. When I was a freshman, I tore my ACL and had to have surgery in the middle of the semester. Through this experience, I learned that Olivet is a community, supporting and loving me even through my darkest valleys. My life at Olivet has provided me with so many meaningful experiences that have furthered not only my education but also my relationships with others and with God. One of my favorite aspects of campus life is chapel services that take place twice a week. This is a time for the entire student body to come together and just pause to proclaim collectively our priorities as a community.

At Olivet, I have had the opportunity to serve in Argentina, France and Michigan through Olivet’s Missions In Action program. These trips were wonderful experiences that broadened my worldview. I connected with other brothers and sisters in Christ locally and around the globe. Those relationships I formed on missions trips will be relationships that I carry with me for the rest of my life. One of the biggest blessings of my life at Olivet is my relationships with my professors. Dr. Teresa Garner ’87/’91 M.A., and her husband, Pastor Ken Garner ’88/’01 M.A., professors in the School of Theology and Christian Ministry are two people I have spent a lot of time with. I volunteer at the church where Ken is the senior pastor and meet with them at their house every month. The opportunity to learn about ministry from Dr. Garner — not just in class, but in an actual church setting — has been an integral part of my ministerial education. Olivet’s history department has prepared me to continue my studies in history at the graduate level. While I was working on my senior capstone paper, I had the opportunity to meet regularly with Dr. Stephen Lowe ’88 and Dr. David Van Heemst ’96 M.P.C./’98 M.A., who were my faculty mentors for the project. They encouraged me and helped me get a partnership with the local museum, where I gained access to a vast collection of resources for my paper about Kankakee, Illinois. I owe much of the life I’m living now to my experience at Olivet.

TOMMY LAMBRECHT is in his second year of serving as Olivet’s student body president. He is a senior, double majoring in youth ministry and history.




Light is a slippery concept, defying our common-sense notions of how things should behave. Sometimes it acts like a particle, and sometimes it acts like a wave. Careful experiment has shown that it is somehow — incredibly — both. As I tell my students, light is somewhat like the testimony of Scripture and the apostolic witness showing that Christ sometimes acted like man and sometimes acted like God. Early Christians were left to conclude that Christ was somehow — incredibly — both.i

Gathering Light Light is, of course, central to astronomy. Consider the stars of a crisp, clear winter evening. By carefully disentangling the message that light carries, those tiny points of brilliance are translated into physical objects: burning hydrogen furnaces with distinct chemical compositions, unique life histories and perhaps even accompanying planets. All this knowledge comes from clues hidden in light that has been traveling to us from those stars for possibly hundreds of years. For most of the history of astronomy, light was the only messenger we had from those distant objects. ii


“Olivet equips students to engage with a universe that is far more wonderful than we could ever imagine.” OLIVET.EDU IMAGE GROUP



One way to understand astronomy is that it is simply the practice of gathering light. When my students and I use Olivet’s fleet of telescopes to observe from a nearby prairie or the campus esplanade, we rely on these instruments to gather and focus light for our eyes. These telescopes do on a smaller scale what I was able to witness on a vast scale in Chile during summer 2018, when I toured some of the world’s largest and most advanced light-gathering instruments, perched in the Atacama Desert and the heights of the Andes Mountains. The lights in the southern skies were completely unfamiliar to me — a vista of stars not visible from the northern hemisphere. Every place I looked in that sky, I saw something new. The Olivet experience is similar. Every year, new constellations of students assemble on this campus. They learn and grow together, kindling sparks of knowledge and insight, gaining experiences and interactions that may forever alter their trajectories. Then, after four short years — the same amount of time it takes light to travel from the nearest star to Earth — they go off into the world after college, lighting up the darkness with their own light. After about a decade of being part of this, I’ve been privileged to see bright constellations added to that vista. I see young scholars leaving Olivet to enroll in some of the nation’s premier graduate schools, to start families and businesses, to put down roots and begin the long, slow work of transforming communities. In some sense, the pages of this magazine are like a telescope, gathering the light of these stories, magnifying and focusing the work God is doing through them.


But here’s the thing about light: it’s a spectrum. Our eyes are adapted to see only the slimmest sliver of the light that fills the sky. A huge swath of the universe’s true light — from radio waves to gamma rays — is invisible to us. In the same way, I know I only see a fraction of the work that Olivet does in the lives of students and the good work they ultimately do in the world. The astronomer Arthur Stanley Eddington (1882–1944) has been attributed with the saying, “The universe is not only stranger than we imagine but stranger than we can imagine.” iii I offer my own variation on this: “Olivet equips students to engage with a universe that isn’t more wonderful than we imagine; it’s more wonderful — more full of light — than we can imagine.” i For more on this analogy, see James Polkinghorne, Quantum Mechanics and Theology: an Unexpected Kinship (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008). ii Gravitational waves offer another means of gaining information about the distant universe, independent of light, but these were only first detected and confirmed in 2015. iii The original version of this quote is actually by the biologist J. B. S. Haldane (1892–1964). See J. B. S. Haldane, Possible Worlds and Other Essays (London: Chatto and Windus, 1927), p. 286.

DR. STEPHEN CASE ‘05 is a professor in Olivet’s Department of Chemistry and Geosciences, assistant director of the Olivet Honors Program and the director of Strickler Planetarium on Olivet’s campus. He teaches astronomy, history of science and Honors Program courses. He is the author of Making Stars Physical: The Astronomy of Sir John Herschel (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018). In 2014, he completed a doctorate degree in the history and philosophy of science at the University of Notre Dame.

One of the world’s largest and most advanced light-gathering instruments in the Andes Mountains. Photo by Stephen Case.




Reaching for the Light Within Watercolor artists paint from light to dark, general shapes to specific. When I begin a painting, I generally work from the sky to the shapes of the buildings, then down the paper until I get to the road or footpath. All of this I call investment for the future. This part of the painting is easy: no details, just color and shapes. The next layer, however, is harder. It’s decision-making time, when details begin to form and be created by using darker colors. It’s in this layer that I must rely on my knowledge of the medium to know what will happen. Watercolor dries lighter, and some colors can fade off the paper. Knowing this and trusting my instincts, I can paint with confidence and with boldness. I must create in this layer a mix of light and dark values to tell my story, and light creates the drama from the darkness. Also, a good watercolor looks as though there is light shining from within. Watercolor paintings are very much like our faith. From the darkness of the world comes the light. At this time of year, darkness engulfs us earlier and earlier in the day until we reach the shortest day of the year. Then comes Christmas, the birth of our Savior. From out of the darkness comes light! Many of us are control freaks, wanting to control our day, our lives and the future. That’s layer two in the watercolor process: Adding what is needed and omitting what is not with the hope that we get it right. When was the last time you saw the light from within? Do others see light coming from you, or are you simply dark inside? As I work my way through this layer, I struggle, second-guess, hope, pray and believe. As layer two becomes complete, I tend to look over the image and see if the lights and darks are telling the story.


The real drama comes next in the third layer. I let the paper dry before beginning this layer. So often, I tell my students that the more out of control we are, the more likely our paintings will be successful. It’s an oxymoron to think being out of control makes us better. As Christians, we are more successful when we let God do the painting in our daily lives. When we allow ourselves to be out of control and let God be in control, we can be more successful when talking to others or making hard decisions. As the final layer in the painting begins, now the fun begins. I add the details of the figures in the scene. What was investment in the future has now become the backdrop or stage in the image. The figures are my actors that take center stage and are the focal points of the painting. I never worry about the future because God has me in His hands. The Bible says that I’ve been blessed for a lifetime. I could not have created or achieved what I have if it weren’t for God bringing light into my life. I have surrendered my life to Him. He can paint me any way He wants because the light will shine through!

DR. BILL GREINER is chair of the Department of Art and Digital Media at Olivet and a professor. He enjoys challenging students to use their talents for the Lord in a secular world. He is also a working artist with paintings on display in several galleries across the Midwest and in five national Art Institute collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago. Discover his watercolor work at BillGreiner.net.

“When was the last time you saw the light from within? Do others see light coming from you, or are you simply dark inside?”





To All He Brings Olivet’s Missions In Action (MIA) program provides opportunities for students to serve over breaks and the summer months with trips to Uganda, South Africa, Armenia and Georgia, Panama, Thailand, Honduras, Chicago and many other U.S. and international locations. Each trip allows students to use their unique gifts and abilities to help build the kingdom of God. During summer 2018 in Panama, students presented skits and music to local churches and schools in Panama. In Uganda, a team of premedical and nursing students experienced medical procedures and care firsthand. IBI PHOTOS BY GRACE HIGGINS, MIA PHOTOS SUBMITTED





Each year, Olivet students from the McGraw School of Business attend the International Business Institute (IBI). The 10-week summer experience takes students to major political and economic centers in India, Dubai, China and 10 more overseas countries. For more information about MIA, IBI and other world opportunities, contact the Office of Admissions at 800-648-1463.



How To Be Happy This Christmas My quest began when I was a student at Olivet more than 30 years ago. How can a person love like Jesus? Is it even possible? After all, He raised the bar of love to extraordinary heights. Love your enemies? Walk the extra mile? Turn the other cheek? Seriously? This is love beyond reason, isn’t it? Of course. And that’s the point. In 2018, I published a book, Love Like That (HarperCollins), revealing five practical ways to love more like Jesus. And one thing I can tell you: If you are looking for a reasonable love, you’ll miss out on an extraordinary love. You will miss out on the power to find a love you didn’t know you had. One of my biggest concerns in this quest was the risk of discovering that loving like Jesus means becoming a doormat. A weak wimp. Well, it doesn’t. Nor is it true that when you love like Jesus, you miss out on all the fun. Some people think that loving like Jesus means sacrificing happiness. They think it’s all about self-denial. They think it will squash joy. They are wrong. God designed us to have a driving desire for happiness. It’s bred in our bones. It’s in our DNA. God wants us happy as much has he wants us holy. Too often, what we think will make us happy, what will give us abiding joy, won’t. In fact, the great hindrance to true enjoyment is our willingness to settle for pitiful pleasures. We become accustomed to such meager, short-lived pleasures that we miss out on the deepest enjoyment of all.


In this Christmas season, I want to remind you of a fundamental psychological law: When you help other people, you immediately receive a payoff yourself. George Burton Adams, an American educator and historian, said it well: “Note how good you feel after you have encouraged someone else. No other argument is necessary to suggest that you should never miss the opportunity to give encouragement.” Ralph Waldo Emerson put it this way: “You cannot sincerely help another without helping yourself.” And he could not have been more right. When we empty ourselves of our self-centered desires, when we surrender our desire to get our way, we are filled with grace. Each act of kindness, each act of self-giving love expands our life. Numerous studies find that the ability to practice appreciation and love is the defining mark of the happiest of human beings. When people engage in self-giving love by doing something extraordinarily positive, they use higher-level brain functions and set off a series of neurochemical reactions that shower their system in positive emotions. Perhaps you are wondering if this kind of happiness is triggered just as readily by having fun as it is by an act of self-giving love. Martin Seligman of the University of Pennsylvania wondered the same thing. He gave his students an assignment: to engage in one pleasurable activity and one philanthropic activity, and then to write about both.

CERTIFIED LIFE COACH When we empty ourselves of our self-centered desires, when we surrender our desire to get our way, we are filled with grace. Turns out, the “pleasurable” activity of hanging out with friends, watching a movie or eating a delicious dessert paled in comparison with the effects of the loving action. Seligman states that “when our philanthropic acts were spontaneous … the whole day went better.” He goes on to say that self-giving love is not accompanied by a separable stream of positive emotion; rather, “it consists in total engagement and in the loss of self-consciousness.” Time stops when we lend a helping hand, nurture a hurting soul or offer a listening ear. No one has ever truly enjoyed Christmas at the highest levels — let alone lived an effective life — unless they have learned to love others without selfish gain. This single skill is the very hinge upon which happy living opens. Without a generous spirit, a benevolent attitude, a civilized mindset, a person remains in the dark ages. Let me say it straight. Until you wrap your life in love — the kind of love Jesus modeled — you will never be genuinely happy.

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DR. LES PARROTT ‘84 is a psychologist and No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including the new, Love Like That: 5 Relationship Secrets from Jesus. Visit LoveLikeThatBook.com for more information. He and his wife, Dr. Leslie Parrott are both Olivet alumni.

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FRESHMAN CONNECTIONS Staying on Track for Success From Freshman Through Senior Years




To counteract the feelings of confusion and being overwhelmed, Olivet provides The Freshman Experience for all incoming freshman students. Structured to help students plug into college life, this is a requirement that includes preparatory work in the summer before arriving on campus, group activities for study and socializing, and personal growth opportunities. The Freshman Experience features Orientation in June; College Essentials, an online series of graded assignments which become available in July; Jump Start, a three-day conference at the end of August; and Freshman Connections, a semester-long course in the fall. “Freshman Connections has put me in an environment where I feel comfortable asking my questions and sharing my opinion,” says Elizabeth Duncan, a freshman engineering major and president of the freshman class. “This is one way Olivet truly lives its purpose by helping us navigate our way through college.”

He assists the professor by leading devotionals and small-group discussions, responding to discussion posts, grading and helping to plan outside activities for the group. Drew Benson ’10, dean of residential life at Olivet, served as a Freshman Connections professor for the fall 2018 semester. “Together, we talked about the adversity and challenging times we all face in life,” he says. “Facing opposition doesn’t mean we have to quit where we are. We can learn from this and move onward in our journey.” “Getting off on the right foot in college and not being blind about what’s happening on campus or confused about how Olivet works are so important for a student’s college success,” Tyler adds. “Because of Freshman Connections, incoming students have a guide and a direction to go.”

Components of Freshman Connections are nine weekly class sessions with devotions during the fall semester; Habitudes for the Journey: The Art of Navigating Transitions by Tim Elmore; Clifton StrengthsFinder test plus a reflection paper; sexual assault prevention tutorial; five discussion posts on Canvas; class presentations and discussions on the topics of time management and student finances; and midterm and final exams. “In Freshman Connections, I learned a lot that I wasn’t expecting to learn,” Elizabeth says. “The book we study, Habitudes for the Journey, has opened my mind to new perspectives.” Tyler Robinson, a junior majoring in pre-art therapy and psychology and a Freshman Connections mentor, has a different perspective on his college experience. “When I came to Olivet as a freshman, I wasn’t a very social person,” he says. “Now, I enjoy talking with people a lot more because of my Freshman Connections experience. Going to class and department events [and] getting to know my professors and people outside my major have all been good for me.” As an upperclassman, Tyler finds that he is also more attentive to the incoming freshmen each year. As a Freshman Connections mentor, he goes through JumpStart with them and then continues through the weekly class meetings throughout the semester.








DYKHOUSE CENTER From Orientation to Graduation: Center for Academic Excellence at Olivet

“This is one more testimony of a great God doing great things because He chooses to use us. What a blessing and honor it is for us to partner with you in what God is doing.” From the time students first step onto Olivet’s campus to the time they walk across the stage in Centennial Chapel to receive their diplomas, the new Rick and Debbie Dykhouse Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) will have served and encouraged them. Thanks to a generous gift from Rick ’86 and Debbie Dykhouse, all current and future students will benefit from a wealth of services designed to help them succeed in college and in life. Debbie shares the vision she and her husband, Rick, have for Olivet students: “This is one more testimony of a great God doing great things because He chooses to use us. What a blessing and honor it is for us to partner with you in what God is doing.” “Through the CAE, we’re developing a new synergy for working with students in a holistic way,” says Dr. Carol Summers ’88/’90 M.A.E., vice president for academic affairs. “Investment in our students is our highest priority.” Located in Benner Library and Learning Resource Center, the CAE will offer academic support programming, learning support services, disability services, multicultural services, retention services, career services and much more.

“Helping students face challenges and celebrating in their victories is why we’re here,” says Dr. Jennifer Boender, dean of the CAE. “We are excited to bring all these services together to serve the full spectrum of our student body. Our team includes a variety of faculty and staff as we work together to uphold the long history of academic excellence at Olivet.” The power of collaboration is already infusing two aspects of the CAE: the Academic Coaching Center and the Writing Center, working together for the first time this semester in supporting students. Any student on campus may request a tutor in any class. Tutors, recommended by faculty members, are already excelling in their areas of study and receive specialized training for helping others. Writing Center workers are exemplary students who have received training and are ready to assist their peers in the growth and development of writing skills. At the formal dedication of the CAE during Homecoming 2018, University President John C. Bowling said, “This is a program — more than a place. This is our investment as a university community in intersecting with students on their academic journey. We are renewing our commitment to every student’s success at Olivet.”



Olivet Nazarene University Homecoming & Family Weekend 2018







Tradition, honors and victories are the backdrop against which Olivet’s Homecoming 2018 came to life. From the arena to the athletic field to the chapel, Olivetians and friends gathered to celebrate together. Reunions buzzed in Ludwig Center. Music filled the air in Chalfant Hall and Centennial Chapel. Strickler Planetarium and Shine.FM greeted visitors. Campus tours showcased the University’s progress across the decades. Drama took the stage in Kresge Auditorium. Testimonies of faith, success and the impact of Olivet on countless lives rang true across campus once again.




One of the best 2018 Homecoming stories came from Lowell Short ’79. His parents met at Olivet, married at Olivet and, a year later, gave birth to him at Olivet. He is the recipient of the 2018 Lay “O” Award. Lisa Lehman ’93 echoes the Olivet memories of many: “When John Mongerson [’76/’88 M.A.T.] visited my church in Florida and said to me, ‘I will pray that you will know where God wants you to go to college,’ that clenched my decision to choose ONU.” She is the recipient of the 2018 Ministerial “O” Award.



















Homecoming & Family Weekend scheduled for 2019 isOctober 23–27

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RAVING FANS Q&A With Dan and Anne Taylor

Encouraging enthusiasm is part of everything Dan ’79 and Anne (Barker) ’81 Taylor do. From their years as Olivet students to their careers today, they rally others to participate in life and life at Olivet.

company. In 1984, I started my own business, which morphed into a printing company. We started BamBams, our promotional products business, in 2001 and incorporated in 2003.

Dan is the current president of Olivet’s Alumni Association. Anne works for BAE Systems as a director of cyberdefense in research and development. Dan is the majority owner of BamBams, a promotional products supplier specializing in sports marketing. Their sons, Ben and Brock ’08, are also a part of the BamBams team. Their daughter, Megan (Taylor) Schmitz ’09, and her husband, Matthew, are parents to their grandchild, Luke. Ben is married to Keeley, and Brock is married to Ashley (James) ’10.

OTM: From your view, what is Olivet doing well?

Olivet The Magazine: How did Olivet bring you together? Dan Taylor: I majored in psychology and Biblical studies as an Olivet student, and I thought I would go into Christian psychology. In my junior year, I became interested in business. I began dating a young lady who was a business major and, well, the rest, as they say, is history. Anne Taylor: We met when I was a freshman at Olivet during my first week on campus. I saw Dan in Ludwig Center, and he introduced himself to me in front of Benner Library. The next day, we went to Pizza Hut together with some friends. We’ve been together ever since and just celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary. OTM: How did being an Olivet student change the trajectory of your life? Dan: Olivet taught me how to become a learner and how to work hard. I came to Olivet as a believer in Christ, but our spiritual life on campus and in chapel really grounded me in my faith. Olivet also led me into my career as a business entrepreneur. Right after I graduated, I worked with Anne’s father for four years in his business forms

Anne: Two of our children and one of our daughters-in-law are Olivet graduates. The University offers a vast number of degrees as well as higher education. But more importantly, Olivet gives every student the opportunity to grow in their faith along their journey. I have seen the University from many perspectives and continue to be impressed with how it balances excellence and education, while protecting its mission of “Education with a Christian Purpose.” OTM: Dan, what are you enjoying most about your role as president of the Alumni Association? Dan: I’ve served on the Alumni Board since 2004, and I’m in my second year as president. My kids are off living their lives, but I keep coming back. I love staying connected and participating in the Olivet mission. OTM: What continues to be special to you about Olivet? Anne: Olivet prepares students for life in unique ways. It’s a safe place to prepare. Those who make the most of their four years at Olivet are ready for the next 40. Dan: Olivet is a great place to get a solid education, make lifelong friends, get grounded in your faith and prepare for your future. This University is making an impact in our world. We can’t think of a better place to invest our resources.



November 2–10, 2019 Tour the Holy Land with John and Jill Bowling

walk where

JESUS walked

Designed to be a rich spiritual experience, the trip will include 30 of the most meaningful Christian sites, including two nights on the Sea of Galilee, four nights in Jerusalem and a very special visit to Bethlehem.

Caesarea Mount Carmel Cana of Galilee Sea of Galilee Mount of Beatitudes Gideon’s Spring Mount of Olives Garden of Gethsemane The Western Wall Bethlehem and more


Plus round-trip group airfare from Chicago. Includes tour transportation, 5-star hotels, all meals, gratuities and more.

For registration and more, visit olivet.edu/holyland or call 815-939-5255 Dr. Marc and Dr. Marceil Royer of The Christian Resource Group will serve as our tour coordinators.




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Professional Accomplishments, Weddings, Births & Adoptions a pit on a snowy day,” Michael says. He and his wife, Lynnett, reside in Pennville, Indiana.

1973 After 42 years of pastoral ministry in the Church of the Nazarene, REV. GARY L. CABLE ’73 has announced his retirement from active ministry. Following his graduation from Olivet, he continued his education at Nazarene Theological Seminary. He pastored three churches during his career: Washington, Illinois; Rockford, Illinois; and First Church of the Nazarene, Anderson, Indiana, for 25 years. He has served the global Church in many capacities, including SDMI chairman on two districts, member of the District Advisory Board, delegate to numerous General Assemblies, and member of the Olivet Board of Trustees. He and his wife, Linda, have been married for 46 years and are the parents of two sons: Brian ’04, who is married to Molly (Robertson) ’04, and Jonathan ’13, who is married to Megan (Klossing) ’13.



 BRIAN DISHON ’95 is now senior vice president for Provident Label Group (PLG), overseeing marketing, promotions, digital, creative and label operations. Provident’s artist roster includes Shine.FM artists Casting Crowns, Matt Maher, Steven Curtis Chapman, Tenth Avenue North, Third Day and Zach Williams plus many others.

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1987 MICHAEL HECKMAN ’87 received his local pastor’s license in December 2017. Currently, he is in the Pastor’s Education Program of the Church of the Nazarene’s Northeastern Indiana District. “It’s amazing what happens when you meet Jesus at the bottom of

 WAYNE ’96 AND AMY WALTS welcomed a daughter, Paisley Grace, born on Nov. 27, 2017. She joins sisters Haley, Macy and Alyssa and brothers Dylan and Brady. Wayne is the associate broker for RE/MAX River Haven Real Estate, and Amy is a very busy homeschool mom. The family lives in Gladwin, Michigan.

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 NATHAN ’07 AND GEORGIA (ENGLISH) MERKI ’09 welcomed a son, Phineas Oliver, born on April 14, 2018. He joins three brothers, Benjamin, Asher and Lincoln. Nathan is an insulins forecaster at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Georgia works at home raising four boys.

2001  DR. DALE ’01 AND EMILY (STEDEFORD) ’12 M.A.T. SMITH welcomed a son, William Henry, born on Jan. 31, 2018. The family resides in Bourbonnais. Henry’s paternal grandparents, Dr. Henry and Teresa Smith, are former members of the Olivet community.



2002  DAVID ’02 AND KATI (ONDERSMA) ’03/’06 M.A. FORD welcomed a daughter, Ruby Carolynn, in November 2018. She joins two older siblings, Ezra and Joy. The family resides in Kankakee.

 MATT ’08 AND LAURRYN (TROJANOWSKI) ’08 M C DANIEL welcomed a daughter, Sofia Evelyn, born on Aug. 6, 2018. She joins older siblings, Aynsley, Gavriel and Eliana. Matt is a police sergeant in Louisville, Kentucky. Laurryn stays home with the children, serving as a member of leadership for the local community Bible study and volunteering at a pregnancy center.


2004  MICHAEL ’04 AND ANGELA (NEVE) MEIER welcomed a son, Jaxson Eberhart, born on Sept. 1, 2018. Mike is a wholesale insurance broker. Angela is a certified neurological music therapist. The family resides in San Diego, California.



2006  NATE AND JESSICA (ALLISON) ’06 SWANSON welcomed a son, Benjamin Lee, born on Oct. 20, 2018. He joins older brother, Luke. The Swansons live in Falls Church, Virginia.



2007  AARON ’07 AND KATIE JO (BUSHARD) ’07 PAYNE welcomed a son, Tobiah “Toby” Bradley, born on Sept. 1, 2018. He joins an older sister, Eden. They reside in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Aaron is a major in the U.S. Army, currently attending the School of Advanced Military Science (SAMS). Katie Jo stays at home with Eden and Tobiah.


2009  STEPHEN ’09 AND KIMBERLY (PRESSLEY) HAMILTON welcomed their first child, a son, Carson James, born on Sept. 18, 2018. They reside in Spencerville, Indiana. Stephen works as a regional sales manager for Sterling Water Treatment. Kimberly works for OMSA of Fort Wayne, assisting in oral and maxillofacial surgeries at the local hospitals. Together, they own and operate two businesses: Chemical Technologies, manufacturers for LivingWaterFilters. com, and Kimberly Hamilton Floral Design & Photography. Stephen adds, “We love the Lord our God and passionately serve Him with everything we have.” continued on next page







 MATT BULLER ’10 and Haley Henderson were married on April 7, 2018, at First Baptist Church in Russellville, Arkansas. Matt is a financial advisor with Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. Haley is an occupational therapist at Carle Foundation Hospital. The couple resides in Champaign, Illinois.

GEORGE M. BRASSEA III ’14 M.A./’17 M.B.A. is now a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) in private practice with True Heights Treatment LLC in Chicago Heights, Illinois. He is the owner of this counseling service, which is dedicated to serving the underserved populations of the Chicago Southland. “All of this would not be possible without ONU and my graduate programs,” George says. “I will be forever grateful.”

 JACK AND JOHANNA (KEARNEY) ’10 MARTIN welcomed a son, Wesley Dale, born on April 26, 2018. The family resides in Flower Mound, Texas.




2011  MATTHEW ’11 AND ELIZABETH MAE (BERNHARDT) ’10 KEE welcomed their first child, a son, Josiah Jack, born on July 28, 2018.




 BRANDON DUNHAM ’15 of Springfield, Illinois, and KATLYN COSER ’14 of Arlington Heights, Illinois, were united in marriage on Oct. 14, 2017. They reside in Palatine, Illinois.  DAVID NELSON AND HANNAH JONES ’18 were married on June 2, 2018, at College Church of the Nazarene in Olathe, Kansas. Olivet alumni in their wedding party were Jorian DeFelice ’19, Robin (Gerboth) Runyan ’15, Sarah Struck ’18 and Jill Meier ’18.



1940  MARY JEAN (PURINTON) JOHNSON ’40 entered heaven on Feb. 3, 2018. She was born June 29, 1917, in Chicago to Wallace and Ollie Purinton. Wallace pastored First Church of the Nazarene in Danville, Illinois, from 1926 to 1941. Mary celebrated her 100th birthday there and received the Nazarene Heritage Award.    Mary attended “old” Olivet at the original campus in Olivet, Illinois. Due to the fire, she graduated at the Bourbonnais campus.    She taught at a one-room school near Danville and then in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where she met her husband, C. A. Richard Johnson. Together, they raised four daughters. In 1974, they moved to Bourbonnais. After Richard passed away, she sold her house to Olivet. That property is now part of the Centennial Chapel grounds. Later, she moved to Danville and then to Indiana.    Mary is survived by four daughters — Judy Roth and her husband, Dave; Ginny (Johnson) Stieren ‘74 and her husband, Bill; Jean Boyce and her husband,

Amory; and Susan Hess-Decorie and her husband, Brian -- along with 18 grandchildren and 18 greatgrandchildren.




 NORMAN WAYNE BLOOM ’45 stepped into heaven on Feb. 22, 2018. An ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene, he pastored in Leavenworth, Kansas, and Hastings, Nebraska. In 1964, he began serving as a district superintendent for the Church of the Nazarene in Minnesota.    In 1979, Norman returned to Olivet as director of funds for scholarships and expansion, overseeing the investment and distribution of all donations. He also served as interim director of alumni and was a major coordinator of all 1983 Homecoming activities. The 1984 Aurora Yearbook was dedicated to him. Known for his open-door policy, he worked faithfully with students and staff until his retirement.    Many recall the sign Norman had on his office wall in Burke Administration Building: “Bloom where you are planted.”

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In 2010, he moved to Minnesota and lived in Eden Prairie.    Survivors include a son, Mark, and his wife, Mary; a daughter, Mary Beth Skinner, and her husband, Jeff; along with five grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren.

1949 KENNETH ALLEN BADE ’49 passed away on Sept. 19, 2018, in Kankakee. He was a beloved music professor at Olivet, teaching piano and theory, leading the organ program and directing the Apollo Choir. He also served as organist at College Church of the Nazarene, Bourbonnais.    He began taking piano lessons at the age of 11 and also played clarinet in high school.    In 1945, Kenneth became a student at Olivet Nazarene College (now University), double-majoring in piano and organ. He joined the faculty after his graduation in 1949. In 1954, he received a master’s degree in music from the University of Illinois. He was the first organist ever to appear with the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra.    During his career, he served as a church organist, choir director and music director for several churches. In the local community, he was active in music events and initiatives. He also taught and inspired numerous piano and organ students throughout his life.


Memorial gifts may be made to the Olivet School of Music.

1957 WILLARD RAY D E WITT ’57 passed away on Sept. 25, 2018. He was born on Aug. 17, 1932, in Iowa to Lecil and Hannah DeWitt.    After graduating from Olivet, he began his career in education teaching junior high science in the Manteno School District in Illinois. He later served as principal of Bradley East School in Bradley, Illinois, until his retirement in 1991.    He continued to support education by serving as a board member for Bradley-Bourbonnais High School, advisor at the Kankakee Area Career Center and student teacher supervisor for Olivet.    Willard was an active member of First Church of the Nazarene in Kankakee, where he served on the church board for many years.    He loved to tell stories about funny things that children said and the heartwarming moments he shared with students, parents and teachers. His family remembers him for his tender tears and his hearty laugh.   Helen (Reeves) ’70, his wife of 44 years, survives. Also surviving are his children: Delaine DeWitt-Logston ’85/’88 M.A.E. and her husband, Neal; Jaymie ’93 and her wife, Audrey; Nicole (DeWitt) Gassman ’01/’07 M.A.E. and her husband, Brent; and three grandchildren.

1962 CARL BIRCHARD ’62, M.D., passed away on Sept. 10, 2018, while traveling in northern Europe with his wife, Dee (Sabik) ’64, and friends. He was a dedicated man of faith and beloved husband, father, grandfather, physician and surgeon from Chehalis/Centralia, Washington.    Born June 10, 1940, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Carl was the son of Russell and Margaret Birchard, who were missionaries then on furlough. When he was six months old, he returned to Guatemala with his mother, a registered nurse, and his father, a Nazarene minister.    At age 15, he left Guatemala to complete high school in Wisconsin. In 1962, he graduated from Olivet with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Olivet later honored Carl with the Outstanding Alumni Award.    Carl earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago.    He married his college sweetheart, Delores, on March 22, 1963, in Kankakee. She was a registered nurse. Carl and Dee were devoted partners and soulmates in ministry, medicine and life.    Carl’s career of service included work with the remote Indian tribes in Panama, flying in one-engine planes to land on World War II jungle airstrips, riding upriver in dugout canoes to see patients in

open-walled schools on stilts, and pro bono pastoring an Englishspeaking church in the Canal Zone and a Spanish-speaking church in Panama.    Carl was active in the Centralia Nazarene Church. He participated in Work and Witness mission trips to Africa, Papua New Guinea, India, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Mexico.    He is survived by his wife, Dee, and their two sons: Kevin ’89 and his wife, Rhonda (Rundberg) ’88; Keith, and his wife, Cecilia as well as five grandchildren.    Olivet’s Birchard Gymnasium bears his family’s name.

1968 DR. NEDUMPURATH PHILIP “N.P.” JOHN ’68/’71 M.A.E. passed away on Oct. 3, 2018. His life was devoted to his strong Christian faith. He dedicated his time to serving the Mar Thoma Church in Florida and providing Christian counseling to those in need. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many and will be remembered for his kindness, love and joyful spirit.   N.P. was the first of his family to migrate to the U.S. and become a U.S. citizen. He was dedicated to supporting his family members and brought many of them to the U.S. Because of his commitment, his family’s presence has expanded to more than100 relatives in the U.S.

A mental health professional, N.P. practiced as a social worker and psychologist for the State of Illinois for almost 30 years. He also had success in real estate investments and franchise-ownership business ventures.    He is survived by two sons and one daughter: Dilip ’92 and his wife, Robyn, and Mathew and his wife, Shalu, a daughter Preetha, and four grandchildren. also survives.

1974 DOROTHY EILEEN (NEWBY) SMEENGE ’74 M.A.E. passed away on Sept. 29, 2018, at her home in Grand Haven, Michigan. She was the wife of the late Gerald Smeenge, an art professor at Olivet from 1970 to 1975. She taught for 25 years at Shabbona Elementary School in Bourbonnais before retiring to Phoenix, Arizona. Survivors include daughters Beth (Smeenge) Werking ‘73 and her husband, Paul, Jan Wierenga and her husband, Mark, and Gretchen Demarah-Panner and her husband, Michael; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

1976 JEFFREY ALLISON GROSVENOR ’76 passed away on Oct. 16, 2018. Born in Murphysboro, Illinois, Jeff attended Olivet, where he met his wife, Sheila (Reed) ’75.    In May 1976, Jeff entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a first lieutenant for three years.    A fan of math and sciences, he worked for the DMAF/AC Gravity Library in St. Louis before relocating to Florida in 1986. There, he became a software engineer. His career included work for DBA, STI, Exigent, Harris Corp. and Peraton.    Jeff was a faithful, baptized member of the Melbourne First Church of the Nazarene for more than 32 years. During that time, he led a prayer ministry, served on the leadership board, played the church organ, served in Stephen Ministry, and was a choir director and worship team leader. A faithful supporter of the global missionary efforts of the Church of the Nazarene, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award and the Heritage Award.    A wonderful husband and father, Jeff is survived by his wife, Sheila, and his adult children, Robert and Erin.

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1977  MARK ALLAN BRADFORD ’77 passed away on July 29, 2018. Mark was a gifted and creative musician. He wrote, arranged and recorded original works and song parodies for radio stations, including weekly songs for several NFL teams.    Mark’s wit and gift for parody took him down a career path that he never could have anticipated. His musical career included 20 Righteous Pop Music CDs that were the soundtrack of puppet and children’s ministries across the country. He performed on many platforms and followed his dream of making music, touching lives, building friendships and marching to the beat of his own drum.    During Mark’s journey with cancer, he bore witness to Christ’s faithfulness to thousands who followed his blog. He was a person of deep faith and an avid student of God’s Word. Sharon (Cox) ’78, his wife of more than 40 years, is compiling Mark’s blogs into a book.


 MICHELLE THOMAS, a faithful servant in Olivet’s Office of Student Accounts, went to be with the Lord on Oct. 28, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer. Her husband, Brad ’86/’90 M.B.A., is a professor in the McGraw School of Business at Olivet.




Most recently, Michelle was a student accounts coordinator at Olivet. For 18 years, she served as a financial secretary with the Chicago Central District Church of the Nazarene.    “Michelle was part of our ‘front line’ in Student Accounts,” says Brent Nelson ’07, director of student accounts and her supervisor. “She worked directly with students and families — in person, by phone and via email. She was a team player and never turned down a new task. Every day, she provided a breath of fresh air to our office and was a pleasure to work with. She will always be remembered.”    “Mrs. Thomas is a person who will remain alive for me for the rest of my life,” says Misael Lopez, a senior art major at Olivet. “I have to admit that if it were not for her, I would not be an ONU student. Not only was she a tremendous help to me, but she was humble about helping others. She was genuine and gracious without expecting anything in return. That’s the true meaning of service. Although her path here on Earth came to a stopping point, her footprints are remarkable.”    Surviving are her mother and father, Norma and Ivan TeBrake; husband, Brad; two daughters, Chaney ’16 and Cassie, a senior at Olivet; one brother, Matthew Morse; and one sister and brotherin-law, Julie and Phil Hoffman.


AT A G LA N C E STUDENTS Nearly 5,000 students — 3,000 of them undergrads — from nearly every U.S. state, 21 countries and more than 40 religious denominations. ADMISSION Based on ACT score and high school records (college transcripts for transfer students). For incoming freshmen, the average ACT score is 22.55. 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 School of Business, School of Engineering, School of Life and Health Sciences, School of Education, School of Music, School of Theology and Christian Ministry and the College of Arts and Sciences. 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 Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the American Dietetics Association, the Council on Social Work Education, the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. CAMPUS Beautiful, park-like campus features 35 major buildings on 275 acres. Located in the Village of Bourbonnais, Illinois, just 50 miles south of Chicago’s Loop, with additional School of Graduate and Continuing Studies locations in Rolling Meadows and Oak Brook, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; Grand Ledge and Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Hong Kong. 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 worldrenowned speakers regularly address the Olivet community during chapel.



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ATHLETICS At Olivet, student-athletes compete on 21 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, tennis, and track and field. Varsity teams for women include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. In addition to varsity sports, more than half the student body participates 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; ROTC; radio broadcasting (Shine.FM); numerous choral and instrumental ensembles (including marching band and the University Orchestra); drama and musical theatre performances; intramural athletics; and community volunteer and spiritual life organizations. GRADUATE STUDIES AND PROGRAMS Doctor of Education: Ethical Leadership Business: Bachelor of Applied Science in Management, Bachelor of Business Administration, 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, Master of Arts in Education: Ethical Building Leadership (Principal Preparation Program), Bilingual Endorsement, Driver’s Education Endorsement, English as a Second Language Endorsement, Reading Endorsement, Teacher Leader Endorsement. Nursing: RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing; RN to Master of Science in Nursing; Master of Science in Nursing: Education, Leadership/ Management or Family Nurse Practitioner tracks; Family Nurse Practitioner Certification. Ministry: Master of Arts: Biblical Studies, Master of Arts: Christian Ministry, Master of Arts: Family Ministry, 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, Bachelor of Practical Ministry, Master of Practical Ministry.

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intercollegiate athletic teams compete in NAIA and NCCAA


local ministry and global mission trip opportunities



ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS We Believe. You Belong Here. High school seniors who apply today for fall 2019 receive immediate processing, a waived application fee and priority consideration for scholarships and financial aid. Visit olivet.edu to get started! PHOTO BY JONES FOTO



AREAS OF STUDY Accounting Actuarial Science Art Art - Drawing/Illustration Art - Digital Graphics Art - Painting Art - Photography Art Education Athletic Coaching Athletic Training Biblical Languages Biology Biology Teaching Business Administration Business - Healthcare Management Business - Human Resource Management Business - Management Business - Not-for-Profit/ Philanthropy Business - Operations Management Business - Public Administration Chemistry Chemistry - Biochemistry Chemistry - Forensics Chemistry Teaching Child Development Children’s Ministry Christian Education Communication Studies Communication Teaching Computer Science Corporate Communication Criminal Justice Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement


advanced degrees offered through the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies

Cybersecurity Defense Data Science Dietetics Early Childhood Education Earth & Space Science Teaching 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 Teaching English Education Environmental Science Exercise Science Family & Consumer Sciences Family & Consumer Sciences - Family Studies Family & Consumer Sciences - Hospitality Fashion Merchandising Finance French General Studies


intramural sports and tournaments with more than 3,490 participants each year

Geography Geological Science Greek Health Education Hebrew History History Teaching Information Systems Information Technology Intercultural Studies Interior Design International Business Leadership Studies Legal Studies Literature Management Information Systems Marketing Marketing - Commercial Graphics Marketing - International Marketing - Management Mass Communications Mathematics Mathematics Education Military Affairs Military Science Ministerial Missions Multimedia Communication Multimedia Communication - Film Studies Multimedia Communication - Journalism Multimedia Communication - Live Event Media Management Multimedia Communication - Ministry Media


study-abroad opportunities and numerous mission opportunities available

Multimedia Communication - Radio/Record Industry Multimedia Communication - TV/Video Production Music Music Composition Music Education Music Ministry Music Performance Musical Theatre Nursing Pastoral Ministry Philosophy Physical Education & Health Teaching Physical Sciences Political Science Pre-Art Therapy Pre-Dental Pre-Law Pre-Medicine Pre-Optometry Pre-Pharmacy Pre-Physical Therapy Pre-Physician’s Assistant Pre-Seminary Pre-Veterinary Psychology Psychology Teaching Public Policy - Domestic Public Policy - Foreign Public Relations & Strategic Communication Recreation Recreation - Sport & Fitness Religion Religion - Biblical Studies Religion - Philosophy Religion - Theology


student-to-faculty ratio, with a total enrollment of more than 4,900

Religious Studies Science Education Secondary Education Social Science Social Work Social Studies Education Sociology Spanish Spanish Education Special Education Sport Management Administration Sport Management Marketing Theatre Writing Youth Ministry Zoology


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WRITE YOUR STORY Doctor of Education in Ethical Leadership


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BENEDICTION Lord Jesus, Master of both the light and the darkness, send Your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas. We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear Your voice each day. We who are anxious over many things look forward to Your coming among us. We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of Your kingdom. We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of Your presence. We are Your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light. To You we say, “Come Lord Jesus!�

From Advent and Christmas: Wisdom from Henri J.M. Nouwen


UPCOMING EVENTS Purple & Gold Days For high school seniors and their parents

January 25-26 February 8-9 February 22-23 March 1-2

Just for Juniors February 6 March 20 March 27 April 10 For registration and details or to schedule your personal campus visit day, go to Olivet.edu or call 800-648-1463.

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