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The Olivet Experience STILL EXPLORING Not a 'Major' Issue

TRANSFORMATION The Case for Christian Higher Education



Career Placement Career outcome rate for 2016 graduates exceeds the national average of all U.S. colleges and universities. 92 percent are employed, serving in the military or missions, or in graduate school. PHOTO BY JONES FOTO

SPRING 2018 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 1 (USPS 407-880) (ISSN 2325-7334) Copyright © 2018 Olivet Nazarene University One University Avenue Bourbonnais, IL 60914-2345 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. Laura Wasson Warfel ART DIRECTION George Wolff ’93 for 989 Group DESIGN Matt Moore ’96 for 989 Group Donnie Johnson Monique Perry ’03 PHOTOGRAPHY (PHOTOS AS CREDITED) Jones Foto Image Group Mark Ballogg Jordan T. Hansen ’13/’15 M.B.A. Wes Taylor ’16 Joe Mantarian ’16 Nick Rasmussen ’18 Rachel LeBeau ’18 Dan Kuruvilla ’19 EDITORIAL SUPPORT Adam Asher ‘01/‘07 M.O.L. for 989 Group Esther Paek ‘17 STUDENT SUPPORT Alexis Meredith ‘19 Alissa Braschler ‘19 Austin Siscoe ‘17 Jimmy Southerland ‘18 Thomas Dinkleman ‘18 Westin Edwards ‘20 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 Ave. 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.



FROM THE PRESIDENT Higher education must have a higher purpose

10 NEWS Headlines from the Olivet campus


HIGHER PURPOSE Six students finding their calling

42 EXPLORING Finding your way at Olivet

OLIVET THE MAGAZINE Dear Friends, Many of the fundamental precepts of various academic disciplines are the same across the landscape of higher education, and Olivet is no exception. The pianos in our studios have 88 keys. The periodic tables in our labs have 118 elements. Shakespeare is critical to our study of literature, and Aristotle is central to our understanding of philosophy. We are a university, and education is our daily task. But at Olivet, students receive so much more than just the transfer of knowledge. The real Olivet difference — setting us apart from so many of the rest — is our mission, our purpose, our calling. We believe higher education should have a higher purpose, and that higher purpose is transformation! In this issue, our aim once again is to elevate the grand mission of Olivet and illuminate the core tenets of the Olivet experience. May we all once again be startled by the call of our great God to live significant lives and be inspired to revisit our own personal calling. Let’s be candid. The world does not need just another college or university. There are 4,500 in the United States alone. But a university dedicated to the cause of Christ, emboldened by the Holy Spirit and intent on continually sending young women and men into the world as a force for good and for God — now that is a university with a higher purpose! And a purpose worth believing in. That is Olivet. Blessings to all of you! The Editorial Board

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FROM THE PRESIDENT Higher education must have a higher purpose

The word “university” is derived from the Latin phrase universitas magistrorum et scholarium, which means “community of teachers and scholars.” A university is a place of learning, a crossroads of ideas and opinions, a place where there is an appropriate measure of freedom to think and evaluate and challenge prevailing thought. It is a place to learn and to learn how to learn. However, for those of us in Christian higher education, a university must also be the place where all of these intellectual pursuits are brought under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, as we fulfill His commandment to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). Therefore, the Olivet experience transcends the mere granting of degrees. We believe that higher education ought to have a higher purpose. Although we offer a robust array of academic programs, our commitment is to provide students with more than a fine education. It is our desire that every student will: Know God. Know yourself. Ignite a passion for learning. Discover your purpose. Develop the leader within. Live a life of service.

one of the main purposes of a Christian college or university is to provide a clear presentation of a Christian worldview. One’s values and point of view determine his or her understanding of reality. There is a dynamic tension now present on Christian college campuses that we have not experienced in quite the same way before. It is the tension between an increasingly secular, tolerant, postmodern culture and traditional Christian values. This tension has existed for some time, but it is more pronounced these days. In the midst of such cultural crosscurrents, the value of an Olivet education is clearly seen. Like trapeze artists high above the arena, our students are letting go of adolescence to take hold of adulthood. During their years on this campus, they will move from dependence to independence and from the faith of their families to their own faith. I am reminded of C. S. Lewis’ observation: “There is no neutral ground in the universe; every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan.” We live and work in the midst of that tug-of-war. Our work is Kingdom work, and it has eternal consequences; thus, it demands our best efforts. We are fully committed to a higher purpose!

We recognize that all education, whether religious or secular, comes with a built-in point of view — a worldview. There is no such thing as a value-neutral or valueless education. Therefore,

DR. JOHN C. BOWLING is in his 27th year as president of Olivet Nazarene University. He is the University’s 12th president. An Olivet alumnus and Harvard University Fellow with two master’s degrees and two earned doctorates, Dr. Bowling is a best-selling 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.”




FIRST PERSON Two swimmers, one purpose


Personalized. Personable. Professional. When talking about their Olivet experience, seniors Amanda Moran and Josh Bouma agree that God guided them to the right place for their college education. Amanda transferred to Olivet in her sophomore year and had not yet chosen a major. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” she shares. “I’m a creative person, and I was searching for a business career.” When she discovered the marketing major in The McGraw School of Business, she knew what a good fit that is for her. Josh was definite about majoring in finance because of his desire to help people improve their money management. But he had some challenges to address as a college student. His learning disability in the area of reading comprehension added some struggles to his freshman year.

With assistance and encouragement — and the academic requirements for men’s swimming and diving team eligibility — he turned the situation around in his sophomore year. “I’ve been on the dean’s list every semester since,” he says. “I know I can’t drive home to my parents every time I have a life struggle. I had to figure out how to be a student-athlete and figure out what I believe in.” The quality, award-winning Tiger swimming and diving program and the outstanding head coach Scott Teeters were key in bringing Amanda and Josh to Olivet. The athletic and academic scholarships they receive make it possible for them to complete their higher education here. “Swimming is my job at Olivet, and my scholarship is my pay,” says Josh. “I couldn’t be here without these scholarships.” In their academic pursuits, both Amanda and Josh credit professor Douglas Nielsen as one of the most influential people. “Prof. Nielsen

JOSH BOUMA SWIMMING ACHIEVEMENTS 2015–2016: Helped lead Tigers to NAIA National Championship; NAIA All-American in 1650 free (3rd); 2016–2017: Helped lead Tigers to NAIA National Championship; 2017–2018: Named CollegeSwimming.com Swimmer of the Week (twice) PERSONAL RECORDS: 200 free, 1:39.74; 500 free, 4.33.07; 100 free, 46.26; 800 free relay, 6:38.44


genuinely cares about every student in his classes,” says Amanda. “Even in a challenging class like business stats, no one is just a student to him.” Josh adds, “Professor Nielsen is the first professor to attend one of my swim meets. In class, it’s important to him that we learn the content. But the devotions he leads are even more important to him.” As their years of swimming competitions and academic courses come to a close at Olivet, Amanda and Josh have many fond memories of their swimming and diving teams family.

As they look ahead to what the future holds, Amanda and Josh want other students to know about the value of an Olivet education. “At Olivet, you will find people who genuinely care about you,” Amanda says. “That is a great foundation for building a support system.” “I’m looking for a full-time job right now,” Josh says. “I’m already realizing how well Olivet prepares you to work and succeed in the real world.”

“The Water 4 Water swim at Lake of the Ozarks for Team World Vision is one of my best Olivet memories,” Josh says. “And of course, when our men’s team won the NAIA National Championship.” “I remember hugging every woman on our team when the women’s team won the NAIA National Championship,” Amanda says. “It was so rewarding to share the same goal and to lift one another up to achieve that goal.”

AMANDA MORAN SWIMMING ACHIEVEMENTS 2015–2016: NAIA Female Swimmer of the Year; two-time NAIA National Champion in 200 backstroke and 100 backstroke; eight-time NAIA All-American in 200 medley relay (2nd), 800 free relay (2nd), 200 free relay (2nd), 100 butterfly (2nd), 100 backstroke (1st), 400 medley relay (2nd), 200 backstroke (1st), 400 free relay (2nd). 2016–2017: Helped lead Tigers to program’s first NAIA National Championship; four-time NAIA National Champion in 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 200 free relay, 200 medley relay; five-time NAIA All-American: 800 free relay, 200 free relay, 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, 100 fly, 100 back, 200 back, 400 free relay; set new NAIA record in 200 back. PERSONAL RECORDS: 100 back, 55.10; 200 back, 1:56.87; 100 fly, 55.57




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PREPARING STUDENTS FOR CAREER SUCCESS To engage alumni and friends in the success of current students, Olivet’s Department of Biological Sciences launched Catalyst ONU in 2017. The founding gift of $50,000 is already at work with 80 percent of those dollars awarded in support of student research and field study. Catalyst ONU embraces the multifaceted vision of alumni mentoring, facilitation of internships, recruitment to graduate programs, employment post-graduation and financial support for current student research and field study. “Regardless of the size or extent of the gifts, we are dedicated to building a base of many givers to sustain this transformative initiative,” says Dr. Mike Pyle, chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. “As that base grows, we can reach our goal of assigning all incoming freshmen an alumni mentor in their field of interest.” To learn more about Catalyst ONU and how you can help, contact Dr. Pyle at mpyle2@olivet.edu.


SENIOR BUSINESS MAJOR HONORED BY AAF When advertising industry professionals selected the American Advertising Federation (AAF) 2018 class of Most Promising Multicultural Students (MPMS), Olivet senior Rachel Grimmett was among the group. She is a marketing major in The McGraw School of Business. In 1997, AAF began the MPMS program to connect the advertising industry with the nation’s top multicultural college students. As part of the honor, Rachel and the rest of the 2018 class will participate in a four-day industry immersion program that includes professional development workshops, company visits and a recruiters’ expo. IMAGE GROUP

NIC REED PLAYS LIKE A TIGER When sophomore Nic Reed looks back on his Tiger men’s basketball career, he will have a lot to remember. The current season is already overflowing with success for him: six Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Player of the Week honors; NAIA Division II Player of the Week; breaking the Tigers’ single-game scoring record by scoring 51 points; being named to the Bevo Francis Award Top 100 Watch List of the finest men’s basketball players in the country who compete in the affiliations of NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA Division I, NAIA Division II, USCAA and NCCAA; playing on the Tiger men’s basketball team that tallied the program’s 1,000th win; and scoring his 1,000th career point in his 45th career game. ONU ATHLETICS

NEW SCHOLARSHIP FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS Olivet has a passion to educate transformational global thinkers by giving them a vision of how God is working globally. The Global Immersion Scholarship is now available for students in the Master of Business Administration and Master of Organizational Leadership degree programs through Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. This funding helps new and current students explore the cultural, historical and business climate of some of the most vibrant economies on earth: mainland China and Hong Kong; Czech Republic and Prague; United Arab Emirates; and other locations to be announced. To learn more, call 877.9.OLIVET.




CHICAGO INTERN, MUSEUM STYLE Eight weeks in 2017 flew by for junior Goldene Brown. ABC7 Chicago. CNN. Fox 32 Chicago. Magazine. Newsletter. Social media. Summer Brain Games. Her internship at one of the world’s largest science museums in the third largest U.S. city challenged her and changed her career ambitions. Goldene, a multimedia journalism major, was part of a dynamic professional team at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. Her supervisor made sure that she experienced many facets of her future career. “I learned a lot about flexibility during this internship,” Goldene says. “I learned how to work well with a lot of different people and how to be productive.” CMSI

ALUMNUS HELPS EAGLES TO FIRST SUPER BOWL VICTORY When the Philadelphia Eagles claimed their first Super Bowl title on Feb. 4, 2018, Olivet alumnus and professional athletic trainer Micah Gerhart ’12 was celebrating, too. His career began with a Chicago Bears internship in 2012 and hit an unmistakable high point at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Living out his dream career, Micah is an assistant athletic trainer for the Eagles. In a previous interview, he shared, “My job is to help the players stay as safe as possible. Even when I’m tired, I give my best. My goal was to work in a professional sports setting. Olivet prepared me to accomplish that goal.” SUBMITTED

LOVE HONORED FOR ACADEMIC MILESTONE The Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) recently named senior Kyle Love, a sport management major, to the 2017 MSFA All-Academic Team. This is Kyle’s third consecutive season to earn the honor. Of the 177 student-athletes from 13 member schools to be recognized for 2017, he is one of only two with this distinction. In order to be nominated by a school’s head coach or sports information director, a studentathlete must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a sophomore academic status. Olivet had a total of 14 Tigers honored by the MSFA for their work in the classroom — 10 for a second or third time — for the 2017 season.




LEADERSHIP FROM A THEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE Olivet’s School of Theology and Christian Ministry hosted the 2018 Theological Leadership Conference on Feb. 16–17 at College Church of the Nazarene University Avenue in Bourbonnais. The featured conference speaker was Dr. William Willimon, noted author, church leader and ministry professor at Duke Divinity School. For eight years, Dr. Willimon served as bishop of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church. For 20 years prior to the episcopacy, he was dean of the Chapel and professor of Christian ministry at Duke University. He has taught at various seminaries in Germany, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia. He is the author of 70 books, and more than a million copies of his books have been sold. “Caring for others in the name of Jesus is a peculiar kind of care in the culture in which we live,” he said during his Friday afternoon presentation. “We must give our children skills to be Christian in a culture that isn’t.” Dr. John C. Bowling, University president, addressed the group on Saturday. “Our theological role as pastors is not to help people feel better but, by the grace of God, to BE better,” he said. “If theology matters, it must matter to daily life. Theology must become biography.” More than 300 pastors, lay leaders, and ministry and theology students enjoyed gathering for four presentations by Dr. Willimon plus the presentation by Dr. Bowling. They also participated in conversation and discussion groups based on fields of ministry. Olivet’s 2018 Theological Leadership Conference is an event of the Fruin Holiness Lecture Series and is underwritten by Richard ’86 and Deborah Dykhouse.



OLIVET COMMUNITY CHALLENGED TO GROW IN FAITH The Rev. Dr. Deirdre Brower Latz, principal (president) of Nazarene Theological College, Manchester, England, was the guest speaker for Olivet Nazarene University’s Winter Revival 2018. She delivered eight special messages over four days, challenging her listeners to “provoke the world around you to say: ‘Who is Jesus?’” Five services took place at College Church of the Nazarene University Avenue. Dr. Mark Quanstrom ’77, dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry, is senior pastor. Curtis Dayton, a senior majoring in pastoral ministry, led the worship team. Three services were in the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel. University Chaplain Mark Holcomb ’81 and Joey Ramirez ’11, chapel worship leader, led those services. SUBMITTED

BASEBALL FACILITIES UPGRADE Olivet’s indoor baseball facility, the Turf Room, received a remodel in December 2017 and the technology updates are already benefiting Tiger players. HitTrax™ measures realtime data; displays live results for immediate feedback; and generates reports for players, coaches and MLB scouts. Rapsodo™ brings powerful insights into every pitch, helping players and coaches improve their performance with spin rates, axis and efficiency data. This remodel was made possible by gifts from some former Tiger players: a lead gift from Chicago Cubs player Ben ’04 and Julianna Zobrist; Dan Heefner ’01, head baseball coach of Dallas Baptist University baseball; and Chip Maxson ’03, general manager of the Sacramento Rivercats, the AAA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. ONU ATHLETICS

CRIMINAL JUSTICE STUDENTS GAIN PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVE When 75 criminal justice majors participate in a mock crime scene and mock trial experience, the benefits extend into their future careers. For the fifth time in recent years, students were part of a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement training experience on Olivet’s campus. Officers from the Bourbonnais Police Department, Kankakee County Sheriff ’s Department, Bradley Police Department and Kankakee Police Department shared their expertise. A few weeks later, Kankakee County Judge Clark Erickson presided over a mock jury trial at the Kankakee County Courthouse. Based on an actual case, it followed legal procedures. Political science and criminal justice students took the roles of attorneys, jury, bailiff, court reporter, plaintiff, defendant and witnesses. DANIEL KURUVILLA



TIGER MEN’S BASKETBALL TALLIES 1000TH WIN IN PROGRAM HISTORY January 10, 2018, will forever be a historic day in Olivet Tiger men’s basketball history. With an 86-79 victory over Judson University (Illinois) in McHie Arena, the ONU men’s basketball team tallied the 1,000th win in program history. In their 52nd season of competition, the Tigers are 1,006-609 overall, including 14-15 for the 2017–2018 season as of Feb. 17, 2018. Head Coach Ralph Hodge, a NAIA Hall of Fame member, is in his 39th season with the Tigers. He has been on the sidelines for more than 700 of ONU’s 1,000 wins and on the court for 86 more as a player. Olivet first took the court in the 1966-67 season, recording its first win of 61-53 over Bethany Nazarene College (Oklahoma) (now Southern Nazarene University) on Nov.12, 1966, at the Abe Lincoln Gymnasium in Kankakee, Illinois. In NAIA National Tournament play, Olivet has accumulated 12 wins. The Tigers have also claimed four Northern Illinois Intercollegiate Conference (NIIC) and 12 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) regular season championships, four NAIA District 20 titles and six CCAC Tournament titles. Eight different players have been named NAIA All-America, and 13 more have earned honorable mention honors. There have also been 96 CCAC All-Conference players.



PREPARING STUDENTS FOR CAREER SUCCESS “Nursing is not a job. It’s a calling,” says nursing major Jenelle Wilson, a senior and president of Olivet’s Nursing Student Association. “God has called us to care for others and help them heal. We are called to spend that extra 10 minutes with our patients and to be Christian nurses.” On that foundation, the Department of Nursing at Olivet has built a strong and dynamic program. Today, nursing has the largest enrollment of any major. Adjusting to the changing healthcare needs makes it one of the top programs in the country. One thing has never changed: Olivet remains committed to encouraging future generations of nurses to provide compassionate and high-quality care. In 1967, St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee, Illinois, had just closed its nursing program, and the first nursing class began at Olivet. Faye Riley was instrumental in establishing Olivet’s program. Wisner Hall of Nursing opened in 1971. Olivet’s Kappa Sigma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society was chartered in 1988. The nursing program now extends into the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies with five advanced degrees. Currently offered are Master of Science in Nursing: Leadership/Management, Master of Science in Nursing: Education, Master of Science in Nursing: RN-MSN, Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner, and Family Nurse Practitioner Certification. A member of Olivet’s first Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) graduating class, Dr. Paul Dillinger ’71, RN, has a unique perspective. From his observation point, he says: “The joy of accomplishment and the commitment of the nursing faculty at Olivet have never changed.”





Mike Barwegen ’89/’93 M.A.T. has received the Catalyst Education Award as the Winning Principal for 2018. He was honored recently during Catalyst University, a one-day leadership event hosted by Southwest Michigan First, a regional economic development organization. This award recognizes those who are preparing young people to thrive in education and employment. Mike serves as principal of Tobey Elementary School in Vicksburg, Michigan. In an interview with 269 Magazine, Mike said, “I am all for the kids. When you create the environment that gives them that opportunity, they do incredible things.” With Mike’s leadership, Tobey students have raised money after natural disasters, started campaigns to support local food banks, redesigned a playground to help increase mobility for a student with cerebral palsy and tirelessly worked to improve their community.

AND THE EMMY GOES TO … Brad Moore ’10, a graduate of Olivet’s Department of Communication, recently received an Emmy Award for a public service announcement he produced. He is on staff with Daily Planet, Ltd., a creative production company in Chicago. The video “How Do You Find An Angel” was produced for Imerman Angels, an organization providing free one-on-one cancer support. Brad joins alumna Britni McDonald ’09 on Olivet’s list of Emmy Award winners. Britni — an anchor and reporter for WINK News, based in Fort Myers, Florida — has received two Emmy Awards for her work. BRAD MOORE

ELWOOD PENS LYRICS TO NEW HYMNS RECORDING Dr. David Elwood ’55 recently announced the release of “Will Win Your Heart,” his newest recording of original songs. Featured songs are “I Hoped For An Angel,” “Jesus Happened On My Way,” “O God Our Friend,” “Life Has Worth,” “I Looked For One To Run With Me,” and “Olivet Will Win Your Heart.” Proceeds from sale of the CD recording benefit The David L. Elwood Center for Student Success at Olivet. To order online, go to olivet.edu/store. Dr. Elwood is a clinical psychologist and the founder of Elwood Staffing Services, Inc., a leading provider of talent‑based solutions.







Olivet Nazarene University proudly announces the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Deirdre Brower Latz as the recipient of the Rev. Dr. Fay Quanstrom Chair of Pastoral Ministry.


Dr. Dierdre Brower Latz serves as the principal (president) and senior lecturer in pastoral and social theology at Nazarene Theological College (NTC), Manchester, England. “Rev. Brower Latz more than fulfills the qualifications for this professorship,” said Dr. Mark Quanstrom, dean of Olivet’s School of Theology and Christian Ministry (STCM). “She holds the distinction of being the first female president of NTC, in addition to her youth ministry, pastoral, teaching and church leadership experience.” Established through a generous gift from Drs. Fay and Walter Quanstrom of Arizona, the Quanstrom Chair is intended to provide encouragement and support to faculty who are engaged in preparing women and men to follow God’s call to ministry as both volunteers and professionals. “I feel truly privileged to receive this honor,” Rev. Brower Latz said. “I am always staggered by the generosity of people who support the development and formation of leaders who will serve the present and future Church.”

In addition to her administrative duties at NTC, she also teaches and explores issue relating to urban mission and ministry, John Wesley, Wesleyan theology, and contextual and practical theology. She was ordained as an elder in the Church of the Nazarene in 1996. She has served as a youth pastor and professor. In her work with Nazarene Youth International, she held the position of global secretary from1995 to 2001 and global president from 2001 to 2005. Rev. Brower Latz holds a B.A. degree in pastoral theology from NTC; a M.A. degree in Christian holiness, emphasizing corporate holiness, from NTC; and a Ph.D. in practical theology from the University of Manchester (England). The Quanstroms chose to establish an endowed chair to help reduce overall costs for the University. “We hope our gift will inspire others to do the same so that we can significantly reduce tuition for students,” said Dr. Walter Quanstrom. “We believe in Olivet. At Olivet, you develop the internal moral compass that is needed to navigate this world — now more than ever.”

Born in Canada and now a resident of Manchester, England, Rev. Brower Latz has the heart of a pastor and the mind of a theologian.





T RA N S FO R M AT I O N The case for Christian higher education


By Dr. David Van Heemst First impressions stick with you. In Daryl’s case, this isn’t a good thing. A freshman from Michigan in my American government class, Daryl got into a friendly pencil fight with another student. I met with him after class and explained that it wasn’t funny that he won the pencil fight. He agreed not to pencil fight again. Seven years later, Daryl — armed with his Olivet degree and a law degree — was in Mexico, working to free young women and girls from human trafficking. What happened? Daryl got it. He immersed himself in Christian higher education and caught wind of a different way — The Way. Christian higher education captured his heart, transformed his mind and captivated his imagination. He wanted to make a difference for Christ in the world. He asked how God might use him for His purposes in this world. Why Christian higher education? Allow me to answer that question with a question: What if you could discover how God might use you to transform the world for Christ? What if that question could shape an entire university’s curriculum? One crucial question about higher education in today’s postmodern world: Which worldview is shaping higher education? Education is not neutral, according to many educational theorists. Some type of perspective or ideology shapes all educational inquiry. In Christian higher education, Jesus Christ and His kingdom are preeminent. Christian faith shapes higher education. Classes begin with prayer, and the Christian faith is integrated into each discipline — from accounting to zoology. Who you become is closely connected to the worldview that shapes your education. A Biblical or some other perspective will shape the person you will be and the way you will live for decades to come. What type of person would you like to be when you graduate? So much of the answer to that question falls upon the 18- to 22-yearolds’ shoulders. In Christian higher education, you are nurtured — in community and with Godly mentors — into becoming a disciple of Jesus who follows His Spirit into a broken and dying world. At Olivet, you can catch a glimpse of The Way, or what Duke University ethicist Stanley Hauerwas calls the “in-breaking Kingdom of God.”

You will be challenged to become a part of His reconciling work. You will join other late-teen and early twenty-something students being shaped into young women and men who will not only see things differently in their future vocations, but who will also become passionate about justice where there is no justice and about healing where there is great suffering. Christian higher education nurtures students into becoming kingdom people who ask, “How can I live with open palms, seeking to share the blessings that God has given me with those who are hurting?” At its finest, Christian higher education deepens students’ insights and equips them with the skills to engage the culture for Christ. Students are challenged to be counter-cultural in so many ways and then inspired to transform the culture for Christ. In so doing, students begin to live out of the center of God’s will for their lives. At a Christian college, you cannot only discover your purpose, but you can also wrestle with connecting that purpose to the world’s needs. Frederick Buechner, writer and theologian, eloquently stated, “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” Christian higher education prepares students to be agents of reconciliation by nurturing their hearts and minds to become salt and light in a broken and dying world. John Bernbaum, president of the Russian-American Christian University, captured this insight: “Christian higher education ought not be an effort in cocoon building, seeking to hide us from the harsh realities of the present world. Rather, Christian higher education should be an effort in raising up peacemakers, those whose task is a harvest of righteousness.” The letters B.A. or B.S. will be attached to your name for decades to come. The experience of being saturated in a Christian environment for four years can deepen you into becoming a transforming influence in your job, a listening ear to those who are suffering and a willing servant committed to bringing God’s kingdom to this world. Much of higher education today is dedicated to self-interest, having a good time or strategizing to monetize your skill sets. What if your education could transform you so that you could become the person God knit you together to be when you were in your mother’s womb? Daryl found his calling at Olivet. Now, it’s your turn. Are you open to the transformative possibilities of a Christian higher education?

DR. DAVID VAN HEEMST ’96 M.P.C./’98 M.A. is a leading political scientist, historian, author, researcher and professor at Olivet Nazarene University. In a 10-year period, he has authored five books, including Empowering the Poor: Why Justice Requires School Choice, Herman Dooyeweerd and Eric Voegelin: A Comparative Study, Hope in Troubled Times: A New Vision for Confronting Global Crises, Splashing in Puddles: How To Be a Father to Your Daughter and College: What's the Point? Embracing the Mystery of the Kingdom in a Postmodern World. In 2013, he received Olivet’s Samuel L. Mayhugh Award for Scholarly Excellence. Other Olivet awards include the Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence and the Second Mile Award.



Technology Degrees The Martin D. Walker School of Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (B.S.E.), and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Computer Science or Information Systems. PHOTO BY JONES FOTO





FIRST PERSON Hayward Suggs, Ed.D. candidate

“One day, my wife, Gia, asked me: ‘Have you thought about getting your doctorate?’ Two months later, I was enrolled in Olivet’s Doctor of Education in Ethical Leadership program,” says Ed.D. student Hayward Suggs. “This wasn’t on my radar at all. Now I’m doing it.” Already a busy professional, Hayward is the owner of CommonQuest Consulting. For more than 20 years, he has assisted individuals and corporations with healthy development

their students and does an awesome job of being inclusive. This program and Olivet have already exceeded my expectations.” As he enters his second year of the three-year program, Hayward is already applying what he is learning to help his clients. “It’s easy for an experienced professional to fall into a developmental trap,” he says. “You learn about what you like. Olivet’s Ed.D. program is pushing me to study things I wouldn’t have ever studied. And my writing skills are already improving.” He is used to being a solo performer as an entrepreneur and business owner. “The cohort model in Olivet’s program forces me into a team environment,” he says. “I’m learning that when I really want to be successful, working with a team has better outcomes for me.” Hayward credits his cohort — Marjorie, Grace, Nicole, Nikki, Barb, Abby, Corn and Tom — for pushing him and helping him learn. He recalls one exercise when they were asked to make a pair of shoes from duct tape and newspaper. “The shoes I made were awful,” he says. “But people in that room, who had the same amount of time and same resources I had, actually made useful and beautiful shoes. You never know what other people can do until you give them the opportunity.”

for success. He was recently named to the Forbes Coaches Council and is a featured contributor for Forbes CommunityVoice™ on Forbes.com.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only about 2 percent of Americans have a doctoral degree. Hayward has asked himself why the other 98 percent of people don’t. “I know a lot of smart friends and colleagues who started doctoral programs but didn’t finish,” he says. “There can be obstacles that keep people from being as successful as they could be.”

When he walked into his first Ed.D. class meeting, Hayward knew right away he had made the right choice with Olivet’s program. “I felt welcome,” he says. “Olivet works hard to meet the needs of all

Hayward adds, “I will be somewhere totally different as a person and a professional at the end of this program. Olivet puts its students in a position for success.”


A higher purpose, I believe, is the call God has placed on my life. Before college, my purpose in life was always about what I could achieve and how I could be successful in the future. Then God interrupted my personal plan and gave me a higher purpose: a lifelong missions calling overseas. It wasn’t an easy yes to the Lord, but He is so loving and patient with me and so faithful toward me and all that I do in life. Last spring, during class chapel, God showed me a vision of the future in a foreign land, and my heart pounded with an overwhelming joy.

SIERRA BRUNER '20 Bourbonnais, Illinois Ministerial Missions That is the day I finally laid down my fear and said ‘yes’ to His calling for my life, and I will continue to trust in the Lord and say ‘yes’ to Him every step of the way because His purpose, His ways and His thoughts are higher than my own. My purpose in life is no longer about me, but it is all about God and His in-breaking Kingdom. It is no longer about what I can do, but it is all about being an image-bearer of Christ and loving all of God’s people with the heart of the Father — all because He first loved me, and His love is never-ending and overwhelming.

HIGHER PURPOSE The Olivet Experience




HIGHER PURPOSE I believe a higher purpose means to serve something or someone greater than yourself. To serve a higher purpose is serving God in ways that do nothing to benefit yourself, rather they benefit the Kingdom of God and His children. It is important to love everyone. That could be as simple as a greeting in the hallway to an extensive conversation over lunch. If we want to start bringing heaven down to earth, we must form relationships with people to encourage them in their journey with Christ.

LANDON JONES '21 Morris, Illinois Political Science


TERRIANA GREGORY '17 Bellwood, Illinois Social Work Olivet gives each and every individual the dream of a lifetime. When I think of a higher purpose in relation to my future after Olivet, I think of success and shining my light amongst others. Being a graduate from one of the most amazing schools in the world, my higher purpose in life has become shining my light among others. When people notice me, they will see Jesus, success, and a gifted woman. A higher purpose after Olivet is also empowerment. The tools that Olivet has given me are not just for me; they are to be shared with all of God’s people. Thank you, Olivet. AURORA


KATIE COX '20 Waterford, Michigan Public Relations & Strategic Communication Higher purpose to me represents what I know to be a calling or purpose from something much bigger than myself. Specifically, and this comes from my walk of faith, it means a purpose that is God’s purpose. I recognize that this life is not my own; it is not meant to be as small as this world, but it is meant to be much bigger, as God is so much bigger than anything that can be contained on this earth. I am a ‘big picture’ kind of gal, so everything I do, every decision I make, every missed turn, every yes and no, and so on are all working together, in my favor, to direct and lead me to the bigger picture (higher purpose) of God.



New Albany, Indiana Business Administration

I believe that a higher purpose means that we are on this earth for something more than ourselves. We are on the earth to glorify God in everything we do. As Christians, we should be living with this higher purpose in mind all the time.



I have thought about my ‘higher purpose’ a lot lately. I recently switched my major as a second semester sophomore. A lot of the classes I took my freshman year don’t apply to what I am currently studying. This is discouraging to me, especially when I thought about my higher purpose. How am I going to do what God has called me to if I am constantly falling behind due to my own indecisiveness? I have mulled over this question a lot and realized that my priorities and view of God’s calling on my life may be out of whack. I have to come to terms with the fact that I might not do revolutionary or historically groundbreaking things in my lifetime. God has not called me to break and change the very fabric of my society. He has called me to love Him and to love others. My higher purpose should not rely on earthly things; it needs to rely on the lifestyle God has called me to live.

WESTIN EDWARDS '20 Simpsonville, South Carolina Psychology








SERVICE Embedded in this world of uncertainty and change is a sure and steady presence — unseen but not unknowable. We believe in gravity, though we do not see it, for we can feel its steady pull and see its effects. In the same way, can we not see His hand at work in this world?

T H E OLIVE T EXPERIENCE It is by trusting our lives to that which is unseen that transforms what is seen into a deeper reality — one not subject to the changes that come year by year. For as Hebrew 11:1 says, “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”





Christian hope is more than trust. It is a confident expectation that what God has promised will indeed come to pass. And this assurance, this hope, changes not only how we anticipate the future; it also changes how we live in the present. Our confident expectation in the goodness of God’s future gives us a joyful assurance and a peaceful confidence.

DR. MARK QUANSTROM Dean, School of Theology and Christian Ministry





The Lord wants all of our stories: our comedies, dramas and tragedies. He wants the happy as well as the not-so-happy endings. He’s especially interested in the ones where we feel lost and unable to see where we’re headed. We are not alone. As the Master Architect of the universe, He sits alongside us in infinite patience. He draws us a plan to prosper and not harm us. He draws us hope and a future.

DR. JAY MARTINSON Chair, Department of Communication



The shaping of the whole person mind, body and soul is the touchstone of a liberal arts education. Skills and knowledge are certainly part of the educational endeavor, but they cannot be the only part. The formation of personhood is the groundwork upon which all further learning — in career, graduate school or life itself — is built. Career preparation is training for a job. Liberal arts education is preparation for life. DR. STEPHEN CASE Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Geosciences





Students work beside faculty who lovingly teach that ‘becoming’ emerges only after repeated testing, trying, learning and owning moments of character development. Students clarify their values and morals. Our intentional interactions are dedicated to helping students develop, transform and become. In fact, ‘becoming’ involves finishing strong every hour, in every project and within every opportunity. It means showing up with a predetermined commitment to excellence, integrity and service. DR. AMBER RESIDORI Dean, School of Life and Health Sciences




Vision matters, especially for those at the door of adulthood. We dare not miss the potential of the formative college years. A university provides the ideal setting to engage students and help them envision what they might become for the glory of God and for the good of humanity. Olivet creates daily openings where I may now freely discuss matters of faith and vision with my students. It is a place where old and young together can ‘dream dreams’ and ‘see visions’ (Joel 2:28, Acts 2:17) that lead to a promising future.

DR. KENT OLNEY Chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences



Storytellers spread the great news about Jesus from village to village. Songwriters write masterpieces that praise His faithfulness. Poets arrange the words into rhyming stanzas that glorify His magnitude. I wish I were a storyteller, a songwriter or a poet. I’m not. I’m His subject who praises Him my way, with my story. And my story is His story — a story about divine irony and the countless ways God uses every opportunity for His purposes, regardless of our roots. DR. KASHAMA MULAMBA Professor, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences





THE SCIENCE OF YOU “Relationships are the hub of the wheel in life,” says Dr. Les Parrott ’84, relationship expert. He and his wife, Dr. Leslie (Young) Parrott ’84, are co-directors of the Center for Healthy Relationships at Olivet. The Parrotts have a heart for assisting college students in developing healthy relationships in all areas of their lives. That is their motivation in developing the Yada assessment as an important tool for success. The goal is for each student to become the best person he or she can be and to have the healthiest relationships possible. Yada — from a Hebrew word meaning “to know” — is The Science of You. This tool introduces and enhances the concepts of knowing yourself, being known by other people and knowing other people. Assessment results become a customized roadmap for incredible relationships with friends, family, roommates, teammates and even soulmate. YA DA . C O M

Teaching college students about healthy relationships for more than three decades gives the Parrotts a unique perspective. One of their insights is the need for people to become healthy individuals as well as people who are in healthy relationships — personal, professional, living, dating, marriage.

A S S “If E Syou S Mtry EN toTbuild intimacy, connection, relationship before you

are whole on your own, your relationships become an attempt to complete you,” says Dr. Leslie Parrott. “That often fails. We know from experience and research. Your relationships are only as healthy as you are.” In development for more than a decade, Yada is a highly customized assessment tool. It gives excellent feedback about an individual’s personality type and personal needs. The resulting self-understanding and self-awareness help in building healthy connections with other people. Olivet’s Class of 2021 is the first to benefit from Yada. Pepperdine University, Wheaton College and Baylor University are already interested. “We want this and future generations to have better selfawareness and deeper empathy,” Dr. Les Parrott says. “If you have a lock on those two things, all of your relationships go to a different level.” He adds, “One student told me she wants to post her Yada results snapshot on her residence hall door. Then people will know her right away. Yada.com is a great tool to help improve understanding for college life and beyond.”

DRS. LES ’84 AND LESLIE ’84 PARROTT are psychologists and New York Times bestselling authors of numerous books. Their book, Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts, has sold more than 2 million copies. They have been featured on “The Today Show,” Fox News, CNN, “Oprah,” and many other top media outlets. They are also co-directors of Olivet’s Center for Healthy Relationships. Their son, John, is a freshman at Olivet. See LesandLeslie.com for more about them and their work.






Join the Network Matching students with internships and graduates with potential employers is a top priority at Olivet. As of November 16, 2017, more than 7,000 students, alumni and employers are registered users on the job search site HireOlivetians.com. PHOTO BY JONES FOTO



Not every student has a simple answer when asked the unavoidable question

What’s your major? Welcome to the perfect place to explore all the possibilities that question presents.


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So, you’re still exploring what to do with your life. You’re not alone.

Each year, about 17 percent of students entering college haven’t declared or decided on a major. Around 15 percent of Olivet’s incoming students are unsure of their exact field of study. Considering that nearly 50 percent of all college students change their major (at least once), why worry? Olivet Nazarene University is higher education focused on the liberal arts — where you get to explore all areas of knowledge and understanding: literature, science, religion, mathematics, health and the arts. The Center for Student Success, located on Olivet’s campus, strives to create a culture and climate that encourage students to explore all their educational and academic interests and assists students in identifying their specific career or calling.


“Choosing a major can be a daunting task — especially when you feel as if everyone else already knows what they are doing. And there are so many different majors from which to choose. Here, students are not left alone. We partner with each student through the process.”

Beth Olney

Director, The David L. Elwood Center for Student Success

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Ask yourself these questions: What is most important to me in life and in a career? In which areas do I naturally excel? What do I most enjoy doing? Which majors and careers fit best with my personality? What do I most think about regarding the future? For which issue or cause am I most passionate? If I could do anything I wanted and knew I would be successful, what would I do?

Academic Coaching Center Peer coaches help students develop independent learning skills in a relaxed, comfortable setting. Students’ unique learning preferences and education goals are primary in all sessions. Coaches help with enhancing academic skills, improving critical-thinking skills and fostering independent scholarship. Career Services Students explore careers and employment opportunities using a variety of resources. Assistance with résumés, cover letters, the job search process and interviewing skills sets students apart in the professional world. On-campus job fairs give potential employers opportunities to meet students in person. HireOlivetians.com connects employers with job seekers and employees with jobs. Counseling Services When stresses build, professional counselors are available to help students grow and succeed. Students’ well-being is the top priority at Olivet. Health and Wellness Services Being healthy physically benefits students as they pursue their education and prepare for their future careers. Complete, personalized, quality health care is available for all students.


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“ Starting at Olivet without a major had me feeling a bit anxious. Freshman Connections provided me the support I needed, answered any questions I had and encouraged me to explore the many areas of study that Olivet offers. My anxiety and stress turned into excitement when I learned more about all the opportunities available to me. This was a crucial time for me in discovering what the Lord was calling me to do. I am thankful for the Olivet process that led me to the major I now love: social work.” Sarah Ritter ‘18



The Explorer’s Toolbox

Freshman Connections JumpStart

Catalog Consult Olivet’s online course catalog for a list of available majors and requirements for each.

MyPlan Assessment Get free access to four inventories that help you learn more about your values, skills, interests and personality.


This three-day conference introduces new students to college life and life at Olivet. Large and small group events, challenging messages and many opportunities to get acquainted make this a valuable start to a life-changing adventure.

Meet weekly with your small group throughout the first semester in this for-credit class. Study the book Habitudes for the Journey. Learn about people, places, resources and ideas that pave your way to college success.

CliftonStrengths Imagine the Future Review the 140 areas of study Olivet offers. List careers you might want to pursue. Consider the majors that will help you get there.

This assessment helps you discover the one true you. Find out more about what you naturally do best. Use the results to live your best life.

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Introductory Courses Take the first course in one or two areas that interest you. Sample before committing.

Prayer Ask God to direct you in your decisions. Listen for His answers.

Career Coaching Meet with a career coach or faculty advisor to work through the rewarding process of choosing your major.

Shadowing Experience Learn more about the careers that interest you. Reach out to professionals in those fields. Arrange to interview them or shadow them on the job.

For more information about how you can begin your exploration with Olivet Nazarene University, go to olivet.edu or call us at 800.648.1463.



Pre-Medicine Olivet is committed to preparing students for the next steps as they pursue a career in biological sciences. Graduates exceed the national average when it comes to acceptance rates into advanced degree programs and medical schools. PHOTO BY JONES FOTO



FIRST PERSON Cameron Walker connects with the National Cathedral

“My internship at the Washington National Cathedral combines my two biggest passions, my faith and my country,” says Olivet Nazarene University senior Cameron Walker. For the spring 2018 semester, Cameron is a student in the American Studies Program, sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities BestSemester program in Washington, D.C. As soon as he received his class schedule, he realized he would also have time to complete an internship while he was there. He immediately began pursuing another part of his dream: to intern with the programs team at the National Cathedral. Through a series of emails, he connected with Michelle Dibblee, director of Cathedral programs. During a phone interview, he had 90 minutes to present himself and his dream.

“I wouldn’t have had the confidence to pursue this program and internship without the guidance of Dr. David Van Heemst, my political science professor at Olivet,” Cameron says. “His genuine excitement and encouragement showed me once again how much he cares about his students.” While studying, working and living in the U.S. capital, Cameron is aware that he is surrounded by people who disagree with him. “I am going to be faced with a lot of choices that I never faced at Olivet,” he says. “I have to trust that my education and my faith will guide me to make the right decisions.”

Many students in the American Studies Program work in the offices of members of Congress or federal agencies. When Cameron was hired, he knew he would have the opportunity to impact people on a deeper level. His supervisor told him “everything that isn’t worship or tours is what you’ll be doing,” which was the most exciting job description he could have imagined. “When I walked into the Cathedral for the first time as an employee, I was in awe,” Cameron says. “Even this building itself testifies to the majesty of the God we worship.. This Cathedral is my church and my office during my time in D.C. It’s also a spiritual home for our nation. That’s intimidating and exhilarating at the same time!” His internship began in January 2018 with his meeting and hearing Dr. Otis Moss Jr., a contemporary and friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., preach at the Cathedral. Just one week later, he met noted author and speaker Brené Brown. He was also part of planning the programming to celebrate Black History Month in February.


To learn more about Olivet’s Department of History and Political Science, go to olivet.edu or call 800-648-1463.



Thanks to the prayers and gifts from Friends of Olivet, students are able to experience an “Education With a Christian Purpose.”

To join others in making Olivet a reality for “hope-filled” students, go to olivet.edu/give, or call the Office of Development at 815-939-5171. Thank You!




Valentine’s Day Party Memories See more photos from this 1950s student event on the Archives’ Facebook page. W E VA LU E YOU R M E M ORA B I L I A !


To donate to the University Archives, or if you have any questions about Archives, contact Archives@olivet.edu or 815-939-5148.





Professional Accomplishments, Weddings, Births and Adoptions



 DR. HARLOW HOPKINS ’53 continues to bless musicians and audiences as a guest conductor. During Olivet’s Homecoming 2017, he conducted the alumni concert band performance in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Concert Band. In December 2017, he conducted the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra’s (KVSO) performance of a Christmas medley during their concert at Olivet’s Centennial Chapel. KVSO is celebrating its 50th anniversary year. He was KVSO’s first conductor, serving for 13 years, and then principal clarinetist for 37 years. In 2015, he received the KVSO’s Janet Leonard Con Spirito Award for a lifetime of service. At Olivet, he taught and served in various leadership capacities for more than 40 years, retiring in 1996.

 DR. DAVID ELWOOD ’55 announces the release of “Will Win Your Heart,” his newest recording of original songs. Featured songs are “I Hoped For An Angel,” “Jesus Happened On My Way,” “O God Our Friend,” “Life Has Worth,” “I Looked For One To Run With Me,” and “Olivet Will Win Your Heart.” Proceeds from sale of the CD recording benefit The David L. Elwood Center for Student Success at Olivet. To order online, go to olivet.edu/store. All major credit cards accepted. Dr. Elwood is a clinical psychologist and the founder of Elwood Staffing Services, Inc., a leading provider of talent‑based solutions.





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JACK SHOFF ’74 is the recipient of the Bayer Pharmaceutical’s Award of Excellence in recognition of outstanding sales achievement, leadership and professional customer service. He is an executive sales consultant with the company. This special award is presented annually to one person in the Hematology Division. Jack and his wife, Mary (Graham) Shoff ’74, reside in Frederick, Maryland.

 MICHAEL LANE ’79 is the author of The Stones Bear Witness: A Journey through Archaeological Israel (2017). The first of a multivolume set, this book gives evidence that the Bible is true and accurate using the science of Biblical archaeology. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Olivet. Currently, he is the director of the Nature Center at Fort Wilderness Ministries in McNaughton, Wisconsin. He also leads trips to Israel and marine biology trips to the Florida Keys. He has taught school in the Bahamas, Illinois and Wisconsin, and he has also worked at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

1975  STEVEN ZURLINDEN, PA-C ’75 was recently spotlighted by the National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistants (NCCPA) in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the physician assistant (PA) profession, NCCPA and the NCCPA Health Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Olivet and a master’s degree in physiology from Ball State University. He earned his PA degree at the University of Alabama and has been a surgical PA since 1980, always in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. Affiliated with Tennova Healthcare, in Knoxville, Tennessee, he spends approximately 50 percent of his time in the operating room assisting in surgery. The rest of his time is spent in all aspects of clinical care, and he sees an average of 70 patients a week. He and his wife, Cheryl, reside in Knoxville. They are the parents of three married children: Natalie (Zurlinden) ’08, married to Ryan Huish ’06; Lindsey (Zurlinden) ’10, married to Josh Fields; and Brian, married to Taylor.



DAVID PRINDLE ’80 was elected as the 2017–18 president of the Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning (MACUL). The organization has a membership of 24,000 educators. David is married to Cheryl (Brillhart) ’78, and they are the parents of four children: David, Michael, Kaitlyn and Jaycie ’20. They reside in Byron Center, Michigan. JANE (HENKLER) POSTIN ’80 is now the corporate controller for all Shriners children’s hospitals worldwide. She and her husband, Jody, reside in Auburndale, Florida.


1984  AL HILGENDORF ’84 has just released “Restore,” his third album of guitar-driven praise and worship music. He is a worship leader at Agape Christian Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. More information is available at www.everydaypraise.com. OLIVET.EDU






 MARSHA NEAL ’93 is currently a sixth grade math teacher at HardeevilleRidgeland Middle School in South Carolina. She recently received her National Board Certification, which is the highest level of certification for teachers. She resides in Ridgeland.

 SARA (DITTMER) BENDER ’04 became the executive director of the Avon Education Foundation (AEF) on Aug. 14, 2017. Previously, she was the marketing consultant for Sonshine Family Dental in Avon, Indiana; business development representative for Olivet’s Shine.FM in Indianapolis; and marketing director for Lehigh Regional Medical Center in Lehigh Acres, Florida. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing from Olivet, as well as a master’s degree in hospitality and tourism management from Purdue University. She and her husband, Corey, are the parents of two daughters, Simone and Corinne. The family resides in Avon.

 KIM READ-SMITH ’93 is a teacher in the San Pasqual Valley Unified School District, California. She is a classroom teacher and is also the K-8 music teacher, the visual and performing arts coordinator and the middle school choir director. In 2013, she was named District Teacher of the Year. Recently, her school district’s visual and performing arts program received a distinguished award from the State of California and was honored by the California School Boards Association.




2001  ROB ’01 AND AMY (M C DANIEL) ’05 KRING welcomed a boy, Robert Michael “Trey” Kring III, on June 9, 2017. He is their first child. The Kring family resides in Saint Anne, Illinois.



2005  Several friends from the CLASS OF 2005 met for a reunion weekend in August 2017 in Madeira Beach, Florida: Jenni (Bast) Durbin, Laura (Banks) Goble, Kelsey (Gardner) Hendrix, Megan (Dunaway) Lowry (not pictured), Kati (Dafoe) Morris, Tara (Mast) Pomerhn, Cyndi (Peters) Smith and Jenna (McGraw) Stapleton. This was their 12th reunion since graduating from Olivet.

 BRAD ’05 AND LISA (BOYCE) ’05 BARR welcomed a boy, Broderick Michael, on Jan. 2, 2017. He joins older sisters, Elisabeth and Emmarie. The family resides in Geneva, Illinois.



2006  ROB ’06 AND NICOLE (BATY) ’06 STARKEY welcomed a girl, Lauren Paige, on April 28, 2017. She joins older sister, Sarah. The family resides in Sylvania, Ohio.


2007  MATTHEW ’07 AND NICOLE (MABERRY) ’08 POLLOCK welcomed their third son, Jaxton, on Oct. 30, 2017. The family resides in Des Moines, Iowa.


 PHIL AND ALISA (CHRISTENSEN) ‘07 HERROLD welcomed a boy, Crusoe David, on Dec. 26, 2017. He joins his proud big brother, Quintin. They reside on their farm in Wanatah, Indiana.  AMY (FERGUSON) ’07 AND KEVIN ‘07 SANDELL welcomed a girl, Adaline, on April 14, 2016, and a boy, Landon Cooper, on March 10, 2017. They join big brothers, Ethan and Callen. Amy is a stay-athome mom. Kevin is a U.S. Army captain. They reside in Harker Heights, Texas.


LUKE OLNEY ’10/’12 M.O.L. and AMBER LEFFEL ’14 were married on Sept. 24, 2016, at College Church of the Nazarene University Avenue in Bourbonnais, Illinois. All members of their wedding party (with the exception of their siblings) were Olivet graduates. OLIVET.EDU






 CHRIS ’08 AND SARAH (EVENSON) ’09 RICHARDSON welcomed a boy, Carter James, on April 18, 2017. Chris is a branch manager/loan officer at Union Savings Bank. Sarah is a transfer relations coordinator with Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies in Indianapolis. They reside in Greenwood, Indiana.

 DR. DAVID ’09 AND MALLORY (STUDNIARZ) ’10 TAYLOR welcomed their first child, Samuel Leonard, on Oct. 10, 2017. David recently graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and is now working for Walgreens. Mallory is a registered nurse in an adult and pediatric critical care unit at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois.

 TYLER AND AMANDA (ESSEX) RECTOR ’08 welcomed a girl, Katelyn Whitney, on Sept. 2, 2017. She joins big sister, Claire. Amanda works part-time in accounting and payroll for Cameron Brothers Construction. Tyler is an owner/operator in his family’s seventh-generation grain farming business. The family resides in Table Grove, Illinois.  LINDSAY (CARROLL) ’08 AND ZACH CHUPP welcomed a girl, Emma Adalynn, on March 29, 2017. She joins big sister, Lily. Lindsay is a stay‑at-home mom. Zach is the service team manager at Keystone Insurers Group. They reside in Elkhart, Indiana.







 BETHANY (ENGLISH) ’09 AND NATHAN BARR welcomed a girl, Ramona Lynn, on Dec. 3, 2016. She joins big sister, Daisy. Bethany works at Western Illinois University and also sells LuLaRoe and homemade screen printed goods. Nathan works for Napier Roofing. They reside in Bushnell, Illinois.  MATTHEW ’09 AND KATIE (BRASHAW) ’08 LYLE welcomed a girl, Myla Jane, on Nov. 8, 2017. Myla joins Avalon and Brielle, the proud big sisters. Matthew is a supplier quality engineer at GE Aviation. Katie is a stayat-home mom. They reside in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

2010  CALEB AND SARAH (WEBB) ’10 WHEATON were married on Nov. 11, 2017, in Endicott, New York.


2011  STEVEN ’11 AND ASHLEY ZABOROWSKI welcomed a boy, Lukas Timothy, on March 18, 2017. The family resides in Fishers, Indiana.


2012  ALLISON (REED) ’12 AND JAKE ’13 GREGORY welcomed a son, Darren John, on June 19, 2017. He joins big brother Carter. Both Jake and Allison were ordained as elders in the Church of the Nazarene at Indian Lake Nazarene Campground on July 16, 2017. Allison is the processing clerk at the Theodore Cutler Memorial Library. Jake is the lead pastor at St. Louis Church of the Nazarene. They reside in St. Louis, Michigan.



 RACHEL WALTZ ’12 and DAVID CAMPBELL were married on May 6, 2017, at Lovett Hall in Dearborn, Michigan. Rachel is a women’s health nurse at Covenant Community Care, Inc., in Detroit and is pursuing her M.S.N. degree from Drexel University. David works as a pharmacist for Beaumont Health. They reside in Royal Oak, Michigan.  CAITLYN CRUM ’12 and CHRISTOPHER LEIMBACH were married on Dec. 30, 2017. Caitlyn works in full-time ministry with OnePlusGod Ministries. Chris is a math professor at Marion Technical College. They reside in Marion, Ohio.


TREVOR DELGADO ’17 and SARAH READY ’15 were married on July 15, 2017, at Second Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, Illinois. Sarah is the high school English teacher at Kankakee Trinity Academy in Kankakee, Illinois. Trevor is a junior cost analyst at Provisur Technologies in Mokena, Illinois. Their bridal party included ONU gradutes: Hannah Ready ’13, sister-in-law of the bride; Derek Delgado ’15, brother of the groom; Alexandra Delgado ’19, sister of the groom; Mackenzie (Stephens) Delgado ’14, sister-in-law of the groom; Kate Reynhout ’15; Sydney Hunt ’15; Ashley (Wagner) Griffith ’15; Alicia (Gallagher) Guertin ’14; Brendan Moorehead ’17; Zack Everett ’18; Neil Ipock ’17; Phil Caffee ’15; Ben Prince ’17; and Kyle Fiala ’17. [Photo is of all ONU graduates who attended the wedding.] OLIVET.EDU






 RUTH (PETERS) KINNERSLEY ’42 passed away on Dec. 4, 2017, in Kankakee, Illinois. She left Olivet before graduating to join her husband, Robert ’42, when he graduated and began pastoring in Iowa. She later completed her bachelor’s degree, earned her master’s degree and taught elementary school for many years. She and Robert were married for 53 years.

DR. KENNETH MERLE ROTH ’81 went to be with his Lord and Savior on Dec. 14, 2017, after a valiant and private nine-month battle with cancer.

When Robert passed away in 1996, Ruth became a volunteer missionary for the Church of the Nazarene. She had the privilege of serving in several world areas, including Romania, Papua New Guinea, Kazakhstan, Guatemala, Madagascar, Russia and Trinidad.


Born in Marion, Ohio, to Merle and Kathy Roth, Dr. Roth earned a bachelor’s degree from Olivet and his Juris Doctor degree from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Over his 25-plus years with the State of Michigan, he was an attorney for the Michigan Public Service Commission. His work focused on public utility and regulatory policy. He previously worked for the Michigan Court of Appeals. Ken was a member of the Bar Associations of both Michigan and Ohio. An active member of Red Cedar Church in Okemos, Michigan, he was also a volunteer with the Salvation Army Food Pantry and Walls of Warmth.

All eight of Ruth’s children graduated from Olivet, and more than half of her grandchildren are also Olivet graduates. One of her children or grandchildren has been a student at Olivet most years since 1961. Her youngest grandchild is in the Class of 2020.

Ken is survived by his wife, Karen (Kerzak), of East Lansing, Michigan.



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AT A G LA N C E STUDENTS More than 5,000 — 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, average ACT score is 24. 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 alumni living around the world. 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, Ill., just 50 miles south of Chicago’s Loop, with additional School of Graduate and Continuing Studies locations in Rolling Meadows and Oak Brook, Ill.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Grand Ledge and Grand Rapids, Mich.; 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 world-renowned speakers regularly address the Olivet community during chapel.



million dollars in financial aid awarded last year to ONU students


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 of 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: Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Paramedics, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-B.S.N.), Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing (RN-M.S.N.), Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner, 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.

percent of students receive financial aid


intercollegiate athletic teams compete in NAIA and NCCAA


local ministry and global mission trip opportunities


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


advanced degrees offered through the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies

Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement 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 - Environmental Engineering - Industrial Engineering - Mechanical Engineering - Software 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


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

Fashion Merchandising Finance French General Studies 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 Marketing - Public Relations 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 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

study-abroad opportunities and numerous mission opportunities available


Public Policy - Foreign Public Relations & Strategic Communication Recreation Recreation, Sport & Fitness Religion Religion - Biblical Studies Religion - Philosophy Religion - Theology Religious Studies Social Science Social Science Education Social Work Sociology Spanish Spanish Education Special Education Sport Management Administration Sport Management Marketing Theatre Writing Youth Ministry Zoology

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


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BENEDICTION Rev. Dr. Deirdre Brower Latz May God give you strength to resist the urge to contain Him and confine Him and create categories that would refuse to allow Him to work. May God grant you the passion and the drive and the depths of friendship that would mean you are faithful to the people around you, and draw them steadily to the presence of Jesus. May God grant you the ability to have enough trust in Jesus that when you do draw your friends toward Him, you trust Him to say the words of forgiveness and healing that they need to hear. May God grant you the ability, the passion, the heart to be totally vulnerable before Jesus and discover that He declares freedom from sin over you, that He enables you to stand up and walk in a different direction. May God grant you the capacity to be men and women who encounter Jesus and discover that He is the Holy One of God and that He yearns for the world to be made new. And that you align yourselves with Him in such a way that the world around you is changed. Not because you are able, but because He is both able and faithful. May God grant you the imagination to find the boundaries that would keep people away from Jesus and tear the roofs off. May God grant you hope — deep hope — that the kind of encounter that all of these people have with Jesus is not just a first-century thing but a 21st-century thing. That in your lives, you, too, can discover that Jesus’ love is for you and for the world. ONU Chapel, January 31, 2018


UPCOMING EVENTS April 7 Introduce a Girl to Engineering For Girls Grades 6-8

June 24-30 STEM Camp For High School Juniors, Seniors and Transfer Candidates

July 12-14 Summer Leadership Institute For High School Juniors 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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