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OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVERSITY, BOURBONNAIS, ILLINOIS VOL. 73, NO. 4

SUMMER 2006

GRADUATION 2006:

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The future starts now

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The Olivetian

Summer 2006

THE OLIVETIAN (USPS 407-880) (ISSN 0891-9712)

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University officials gathered behind Fortin Villa April 12 to watch Olivet ROTC cadets from the Rolling Thunder Battalion board two CH-47 aircrafts en route to weekend training sessions. The battalion is again among the top in the nation as this year it has received the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America award and the regional MacArthur award.

Editor Heather (Quimby) Day ’02 Design and Editorial Consultant George Andrew Wolff ’93 Contributing Writers Caleb Benoit ’06 Dr. Michael Benson Gary Griffin ’81 Seth Hurd ’06 Kate Morgan Marc Shaner ’00/’02 M.A.T. David Caudle ’79

NICOLE BATY ’06

Designer Donnie Johnson Additional Design Matthew Moore ’96 Monique (Cartier) Perry ’03 Class News Editor Christine (Mazzella) Howell ’05 Editorial Advisers Gary Griffin ’81 Brian Parker ’93 Susan (Hendley) Wolff ’94 Editorial Consultant Rev. Gordon C. Wickersham ’47

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side at this year’s Shinefest, featuring top Christian artists like Toby Mac, Grits and John Rueben.

p David Williamson ’08, Nathan Eilders ’06, Tyler Harvey ’09, and Brooklin Soulia ’09 pose with Bob and Dar Schimmelpfennig during this year’s Prime Time Tour in Branson. The Schimmelpfennigs have gone on every Prime Time tour since the trips began.

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p More than 750 freshmen and transfer students,

together with their families, descended upon Olivet during the two June orientations.

Dr. John C. Bowling,

University President

In the final chapel service of the 2005–2006 school year, Dr. Bowling explores Christian responsibility in a world where “no man is an island.”

Senior Class Chapel, April 20

Four graduating seniors share wisdom from their four years at Olivet.

Do You See in You What God Sees in You? April 19

Dr. Michael Benson, University Chaplain

Dr. Benson preaches on breaking free from the negative messages that can block the mind from communing with God.

What’s So Great about Being Married? April 6

Three Olivet professors and their spouses engage in a roundtable discussion on the personal, social and spiritual elements of being married.

Will You Kiss Dating Hello? April 5

Dr. Max Reams,

Dr. Roberston McQuilkin,

Dr. Reams examines the social and personal advantages of dating and gives pointers on how to discover the desired qualities of a “life mate.”

The DNA of Relationships (Two-part) March 29–30

Gary Smalley, Author-Speaker

Smalley explains how to create a “safe haven” in relationships and looks at how the heart is central to all relationships.

Will Living Together Give You an Advantage? March 23

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Holiness Lecture Series, March 2

Herbert McGonigle,

British Theologian

McGonigle uses the life of John Wesley to show the importance and power of Godly focus on evangelism.

The Olivetian is published quarterly by the Office of Marketing Communications under the direction of the Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Reproduction of material without written permission is strictly prohibited. Copyright © 2006 Olivet Nazarene University One University Avenue Bourbonnais, IL 60914-2345

Professor of Theology

Dr. Gudgel, author of the book Before You Live Together, takes on the cultural myth that cohabitation is good preparation for marriage and shows the devastating effects of moving in together before the vows are exchanged.

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Dr. McQuilkin shares the painful, yet inspiring, story of leaving his position of university president to give fulltime care for his wife Murial, whose mental capacities were destroyed by early-onset Alzheimers.

Vice President for Finance Dr. Douglas E. Perry ’68/ ’95 M.B.A., Litt.D.

Dr. Carl Leth,

Pastor of Bethany Bible Church, Phoenix, Ariz.

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Former President, Columbia International University

Vice President for Institutional Advancement Dr. Brian Allen ’82/’05 Litt.D.

Holiness Lecture Series, March 1

Dr. Dave Gudgel,

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President Dr. John C. Bowling ’71/’72 M.A.

Vice President for Student Development Rev. Walter “Woody” Webb ’86/ ’89 M.A.R.

Six Things Muriel Taught Me about Love, March 22

Professor of Science

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Olivet Nazarene University

Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Gary W. Streit

Go to www.olivet.edu to listen to the latest ONU podcasts: Final School Year Chapel, April 27

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Dr. Leth examines the relationship between holiness and human sexuality and takes a realistic look at the damage of pre-marital sex.

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POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Editor The Olivetian Olivet Nazarene University One University Ave. Bourbonnais, IL 60914-2345


Summer 2006

By Dr. John C. Bowling ’71/’72 M.A., University President

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Fifteen Years and Counting … on you! Just a few weeks ago, I completed my 15th year as president of Olivet Nazarene University. No wonder I’ve been feeling tired lately! Certainly, any individual who seeks to lead and administer a university is aware that he or she stands daily on an active volcano. The challenges are immense. The factors beyond one’s control, which impact the life of the university, are legion. Part of my job is to balance the centrifugal forces of institutional life which tend to pull the University apart — forces of individuality, academic freedom, generational changes, adolescent independence, economic issues and so on — against the centripetal forces which tend to preserve the integrity and unity of the University — things like mission, morale, vision, progress and community. So it is a very difficult job, particularly over the long haul. But of course, it is a magnificent profession as well. These have been stretching and enriching years for me. The best part of my work has been, and continues to be, the people part. The dominant theme of my thinking as I look back is one of gratitude. I feel a deep and genuine sense of appreciation for the entire Olivet community on campus and around the world for the many kindnesses extended to Jill and me across these years. I thank the board of trustees for their confidence, support and counsel. The relationship which exists between a board of trustees and a university president is a very important one. It is a relationship of balance, trust and shared responsibility. Presidents come and go, trustees come and go; it is the University which remains. Therefore, our shared responsibility must always focus on what is best for Olivet. JASON JONES PHOTOGRAPHY

I have also had the privilege of working with a fine group of faculty and staff colleagues. These are magnificent individuals with great expertise, vibrant faith and deep commitments to the mission and ministry of Olivet Nazarene University. I am privileged to work with them and know these folks as friends. I am also thankful for my colleagues on the administrative team: Gary Streit, Doug Perry, Woody Webb and Brian Allen. It has been a rich privilege in recent days to work closely with Michael Benson, chaplain to the University. However, in addition to the board and the great team of campus individuals, I am also aware that there is a splendid company of alumni and friends who faithfully stand by Olivet year in and year out. These are often the unsung heroes of Olivet, for they are the individuals who give sacrificially, pray regularly and encourage young people to attend ONU.

BOLD VISION. B IG H E A R T S . In 1988, after years of running their successful homebuilding business, Don ’53 and Faith (Fry) Bell ’55 were on the verge of retirement. They talked about it often and dreamed of the possibilities of a postcareer life together. But then, God had other plans. At age 56, Don received a divine revelation: obtain a loan to buy a bank and donate part of the proceeds to Christian education. With no prior banking experience, Don knew the idea seemed more than a little crazy, and he was sure Faith would say no. Instead, she gave her blessing. “If God told you to do this, we need to be faithful.” And faithful they were. God has blessed the Bells’ obedience over the years, and today their banking business is thriving. Moreover, in recent days, Don has undergone a new business venture: building long-term stay hotels in major U.S. cities. The Bells have stayed true to their promise and since 1989 have given millions of dollars in gifts and donations to various organizations. In 1994, they were able to Don and Faith Bell provide Olivet with the University’s first $1 million gift. This past December, their $3.6 million gift — the largest gift Olivet has received to date — enabled the University to obtain the Fortin Villa property and 25 adjacent acres of farm land. Fortin Villa is currently used as a base for the ROTC program and for intramural fields. Its acquisition is also the first step in establishing Olivet’s “West Campus.” Don and Faith exemplify the faith and sacrifice of thousands of alumni of Olivet who make “Education With a Christian Purpose” possible each year. They give God the glory and know that it is only through His blessing that our University is able to achieve its purpose.

As we approach the Centennial Celebration of the University, I think it is important to recognize and affirm this legacy of generosity and service which has been expressed across the years by a great cloud of witnesses who testify to the value of an “Education With a Christian Purpose.” I am humbled each spring when I review the annual report and take note of the dazzling list of donors who contribute to this work. Thank you! One last thought about the people who are Olivet and my appreciation for all of them. During the graduation ceremonies last May, I was taken by the quality of young men and women graduating from Olivet. I wish it were possible for each of you to stand at my shoulder as I greet these graduates. There is a vibrancy that radiates from each of them. They go from ONU armed with a fine education and a lively faith. I suppose I am most thankful for them, for the annual parade of possibility that crosses the graduation platform each May.

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We are a team — students, faculty, staff, parents, pastors, alumni and friends. Together we are making a difference. Olivet touches every aspect of the work of the Kingdom of God and intersects with nearly every facet of society.

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As I turn my attention from year 15 to year 16 and beyond, I do so with confidence as well as gratitude. St. Paul put it well as he wrote, “I thank my God every time I remember you … confident that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion.” (Philippians 1:3, 6a)

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The Olivetian

Summer 2006

T H E 9 3 R D A N N UA L C O M M E N C E M E N T

GRADUATION 2006: The future starts now 1,313 degrees awarded during commencement ceremonies By Heather (Quimby) Day ’02

Dr. Paul Dillinger

John “Johnny” Wakefield

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ore than 1,300 degrees — including 487 traditional undergraduate, 78 continuing studies, 85 Associate of Art degrees in business, 660 master’s, and three honorary doctorates — were awarded during Olivet Nazarene University’s commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 6. This marks the largest number of traditional undergraduates and the second largest total graduating class in the University’s history. Awards were given to the following students and faculty members: Dr. Paul Dillinger ’71 (Richard M. Jones Faculty Award), Johnny Wakefield ’06 (Robert Milner Award), Sarah Grogan ’06 (Maggie Sloan Crawford Award), Thomas J. Meyer (Willis E. Snowbarger Award for Teaching Excellence), and Paul E. Washington ’06 (Ralph E. Perry Student Award for Excellence). Honorary doctorates were presented to Rev. Wayne H. Brown, Dr. Paul M. Bassett and Rev. E.L. Wisehart. Dr. Riley Coulter, president of Canadian Nazarene University College, delivered the keynote address at the commencement for undergraduates, and University President Dr. John C. Bowling addressed the class of 2006 during the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies commencement ceremony.

Olivet’s first children’s ministry majors graduate By Kate Morgan

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As the need for trained children’s pastors increases, Olivet has become one of less than a dozen universities to offer a degree in the area. This past May, Ashley Brace, Holly Elliott, Jessica Fleck, Michael Remole and Joy Sarata became Olivet’s first children’s ministry graduates. Meeting all the educational requirements for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene, the major is a mix of theology, Bible and Christian education courses. “If there is one thing I want our students to learn, it’s to appreciate the ability of a child to have an intimate relationship with the Lord,” says Rev. Leon Blanchette, a professor in the School of Theology and Christian Ministry who oversaw the implementation of the program. Through class work, field work with local congregations and internships, they learn everything from family ministry and counseling to preaching and serving sacraments. They also prepare parents and volunteers to become spiritual developers. “We do a lot more than puppets,” says Remole. “There’s a new realization of the importance of children’s ministry. If we’re going to shape the world, we’re going to have to start with children.” Blanchette agrees the Church is beginning to recognize the need for quality, educated children’s pastors. He receives a call a week from churches looking for children’s ministers. “We’re filling a need for people called to become children’s pastors. As a result, congregations are eager for our students to graduate, to come serve at their churches.”

I am grateful to God for His work in my life. And as a result, I must be deeply grateful to Olivet for the ways in which God has used it as an agent of positive change in my life as well as the lives of those around me. Through these last four years, at the hands of our Creator, we have become new. And I am excited to look into the infinite future as we are being made new again.

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Great cloud of witnesses

And they’re off …

By Heather (Quimby) Day ’02

If there’s an unwritten rule about taking a break after college, the Class of 2006 certainly doesn’t know about it. Here’s what some of our recent grads are already doing:

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ike runners perched on starter blocks, there on the grass they stood. Any one of the graduates would tell you they didn’t make it here alone. Surrounding them is a great cloud of witnesses — their coaches, mentors, teachers, family — cheering them on to victory. Matt’s story From the time he was a little boy, Matt Smith ’06 had dreamed of attending the University of Michigan, and in his senior year of high school, he made all of the arrangements to go there. Housing selected: check. Registration completed: check. Plenty of scholarships: check. But his pastor and wife, Don and Aileen Baker, urged him to at least take a look at Olivet Nazarene University. More as a favor than anything, he agreed to go with them on a weekend trip to the University. After he made the visit, Matt recalls a strong tugging on his heart. “I knew when I left Olivet what God wanted me to do. I had never really been faced with a major life decision like this before. God’s will or my will? That decision defined my relationship with God. [I prayed] ‘I don’t understand or agree, but if that’s what You think, I will follow.” Throughout his college years, the Bakers supported Matt through personal visits, encouragement and prayer. And now at graduation, he’s thankful for the things he’s gained from ONU: important life lessons, strong preparation for medical school, lifelong friends and

Don Baker, pictured above with wife Aileen and Matt Smith vividly remembers the day he brought Smith to Olivet. “The whole day was a God thing.”

Lindsey Bellmer is training with the United States Air Force this summer and will be completing both Commissioned Officer Training (COT) and a Chaplain Candidate Course. Come August, she will begin preparations to move to Kansas City and attend Nazarene Theological Seminary. Joanna Cranston is working this summer as a research assistant at the National Soybean Research Center on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She will start medical school there in August through the Army Health Professions Scholarship Program. Cranston was commissioned as a second lieutenant in February 2006 and will attend Officer Basic Course in Texas next summer.

Katie Abbott, pictured above with Russ and Chris Bredholt says, “I feel strong enough to face the ‘real world’ because of the education I received.”

Joy Garcia will attend graduate school at San Diego State University in the fall, working toward a math education master’s with a specialization in teaching math at a college level. In addition, she will work for San Diego State University as a graduate assistant professor, teaching two sections of a math course.

a fiancée named Kerrin Jerome ’06 (whom he married June 9, 2006). Plus, Matt says, he’ll always cherish the memories he made in the biology department-sponsored rock band called “Biohazzard.”

Andrea Guengerich, through the prestigious Teach for America program, will teach high school social studies in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.

Katie’s story When Katie Abbott ’06 first mentioned her interest in Olivet Nazarene University, Russ ’71 and Chris (Reed) Bredholt ’71 immediately took it upon themselves to make her wishes come true. They helped her make arrangements to attend Purple and Gold Days and paid for round trip airfare from Florida. The Bredholts’ support continued long after Katie received her acceptance letter. She says, “The Bredholts have showered me in prayers throughout my four years at ONU. Whenever I needed anything, they were quick to assist in any way that they could. Often times, Russ would come up to Chicago and meet up with me and my friends to take us out to a good hearty dinner. When I was unsure about some of the educational choices I was making at ONU, they were there by my side with e-mails and tons of prayer.” Now, because of their support, Katie feels better prepared for the road ahead of her. “I loved receiving an ‘Education With a Christian Purpose,’ having devotions and prayers in each of my classes and being able to talk to my professors about my spiritual walk as well as my educational walk. Olivet has allowed me to become a stronger Christian woman, and I am excited to share my faith through my life.”

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Noah Hansen currently works at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in a Show and Entertainment Costuming position for the SpectroMagic night parade. Luke Hays will leave in August to teach fifth grade at Hinkson Christian Academy in the heart of Moscow, Russia. In addition to his work at the academy, he will serve as a volunteer missionary to Russia through the Mission Corps division of World Mission in the Nazarene Church. Jonathan Reed will enter law school this fall at the Capital University School of Law in Columbus, Ohio. LaToyia Strickland is working as an advertising sales research analyst at Johnson Publishing Company, the world’s largest African-American owned and operated publishing company. Carmel Swift spent seven weeks of her summer vacation in Sevilla, Spain studying the language and the culture with Trinity Christian College’s Acento program. Now that she’s back in the States, she will volunteer for Eden Place Nature Center in the heart of an urban Chicago neighborhood. Swift has applied for graduate school and upon receiving her master’s degree plans to go to the mission field. Johnny Wakefield is in Johannesburg, South Africa for 10 months with Mission Corps as the assistant coordinator for HIV/AIDS and Child Development Programs. Jesse Washkau is in Grand Bay, Ala. where he will volunteer for the next year with Nazarene Disaster Response. He serves as an on-site coordinator for volunteer teams repairing homes for those displaced by last season’s devastating hurricanes.

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Summer 2006

ONUStudents in the News

The Right Sort of Independence By Michael W. Benson, University Chaplain

Olivetians take regional SIFE title: Members of Olivet Nazarene University Students in Free Enterprise were named champions of the regional SIFE competition in Chicago. Schools from seven states competed for top honors in seven leagues, with Olivet winning league five. Six Olivet students presented the organization’s annual report, highlighting involvement in the community with projects such as eBay training sessions, international tax day and SIFE Life elementary school program, to a panel of 20 judges. Judges gave ONU SIFE the highest marks in five of the six categories: market economics, success skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and program sustainability.

We sincerely hope that the chapel series offered each semester will encourage our students to plumb the depths of life’s experiences and dreams. By addressing significant issues that the students are presently facing and will face, issues that are significant in our society at large, we are helping them to do some “pre-thinking,” if you will, on what it means to live as a human being — a person who was purposefully and intentionally created in the image of God. In our mailbag — both written notes and the e-mail variety — we often hear students express their appreciation for the topics we have covered in a given series. “This semester’s chapel services on relationships and boundaries are just awesome. They have already changed the hearts and minds of a lot of students here.” “Thanks for addressing these issues without compromise. I believe God will bless with genuine fruit. It is because people have shared their pain that I would be spared my own pain.”

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Taking on D.C. politics: Katie Nichols ’08 from Omaha, Neb. and Jonathan Swigart ’08 from Tolono, Ill., journalism students at Olivet, have been accepted to the Washington Journalism Center in the nation’s capital for the fall 2006 semester. The Washington Journalism Center is an advanced, experiential semester on Capitol Hill that cultivates professional news skills. It also enables students to experience being a Christian journalist in a city home to the powerful and the powerless. Students will balance their time with classes, industry internships, guest lectures from some of the profession’s leading names and community service projects.

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REV. GORDON C. WICKERSHAM ’47

Grad one of five to receive full fellowship from University of Kentucky: Erica Rumbley ’06, a music performance graduate from Boonville, Ind., has received one of five multi-year fellowships from the University of Kentucky Graduate School. She will begin her studies in musicology in the fall.

SIFE members, pictured, from left: Ryan Walker ’06, Stephanie Henderson ’06, Clint Puckett ’07, Katie Sifferd ’07, Jonathan Agan ’06, Lindsey Reeves ’06, and Ben Schmitt ’06.

DeWees wins national music director honors: Mallory DeWees ’07, a mass communications major from Bourbonnais, recently received the Music Director of the Year award from the Program Directors Forum. Music directors from the four formats of Christian radio — contemporary hits, adult contemporary, rock and inspirational — were eligible for the national award. DeWees was picked from more than 100 other music directors, most of whom have had years of professional radio experience.

For more on these and other ONU news stories, go to www.olivet.edu and click on “News & Events.”

for these UPCOMING EVENTS!

Prime Time at Olivet with guest speaker Dr. Talmadge Johnson General Superintendent Emeritus

and special music by Larry Ford

ONU again one of “Best Christian Places to Work”: For the second year in a row, the Best Christian Workplaces Institute has chosen Olivet Nazarene University as one of “The 40 Best Christian Places to Work” in a survey published in the April 2006 issue of Christianity Today magazine. “We are thrilled with the achievement,” says David Pickering ’89/’94 M.B.A., director of Business Services at ONU. “Our employees’ satisfaction with their work and their environment ultimately encourages better relationships with their peers and employer, and with students, parents and friends of the University.”

APRIL 14, 2007

Ladies Day at Olivet

Olivet’s Bishop goes the “Second Mile” for his students: Department of Communication professor Mark Bishop ’93 has received Olivet Nazarene University’s annual Second Mile Award. Each year, members of Olivet’s faculty, staff and student body are invited to nominate a full-time teaching faculty member for the award. Recipients demonstrate a commitment to student success that goes above and beyond the call of duty. Bishop is the director of the television and video production and film studies concentrations. He also manages Olivet’s television news magazine, “Access ONU.” His students have landed internships with Emmy award-winning Towers Productions, the Chicago Bears media department, ABC-TV of Chicago, FOX SportsNet of St. Louis and Comcast Sports Network. In addition to his responsibilities at Olivet, Bishop serves as the on-air weekend meteorologist for WLS-TV, the ABC-owned television station in Chicago.

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Jeannie McCullough

Watch for more information in future issues of The Olivetian.

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We strive to get to the crux of the matter in each chapel service and to proclaim clear teaching from the Word of God. As these students move forward toward the right sort of independence, the gift of solid, scriptural guidance will last a lifetime.

Olivet names Upchurch dean of School of Education: Olivet Nazarene University has appointed Dr. James D. Upchurch, a 1971 graduate of the University, as dean of the School of Education. “Dr. Upchurch brings a wealth of significant experience in the field of education, having served as a teacher, principal and long-tenured superintendent of schools in the Chicagoland area,” says Dr. Gary Streit, Olivet’s vice president for academic affairs. “His academic preparation well supports his practical experience, having earned degrees at Olivet, St. Xavier, Northern Illinois University and his doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from Loyola University.”

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“Our daughter enjoys sharing with us about her times in chapel. We have seen spiritual growth in her unlike any time in her past. It is our continued prayer that she will desire to serve the Lord all her life and we can see that ONU is preparing her to do just that.”

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“The girls on my floor are very impressed with the chapel services. [These] messages definitely touch the heart. Thank you for giving us solid, biblical teaching.”

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HOMECOMING

Ticket Reservations Schedule of Events

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November 2006–November 2007


HOMECO CONC

November 9–12 WEEKEND

SCHEDULE Thursday, Nov. 9 8 p.m.

Coronation, Chalfant Hall

Friday, Nov. 10 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 1–4 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Following game

Homecoming Chapel, Chalfant Hall Foundation Scholarship Luncheon, Weber Leadership Center Shine.fm Open House, Radio station Alumni Board Meeting, Harlow E. Hopkins Alumni Center Powder Puff Football, Snowbarger Athletic Park Planetarium Show, Strickler Planetarium Women’s Basketball (ONU vs. PLNU), McHie Arena Alumni Welcome Center, Tiger Den Men’s Basketball (ONU vs. PLNU), McHie Arena Taste of Olivet, Chalfant Hall

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Saturday, Nov. 11 8 a.m. 8–9:15 a.m. 9–10:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. 12–2 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Following Concert

22nd Annual Wendy Parsons 5K Run (registration begins at 7 a.m. in Birchard Gymnasium Lobby) Phi Delta Lambda Reception, Larsen Fine Arts Center Formal Lounge Department of Art and Digital Media Alumni Exhibit and Breakfast Reception, Larsen Brandenburg Gallery Undergraduate Class Reunions O.N.You! Homecoming for Kids, College Church MERC Breakfast, Ludwig Center Viatorian Room 1996 Graduate Cohorts Reunion, Alumni Center Shine.fm Open House, Radio Station Social Work Alumni Reception, Weber Center Lobby Department of Nursing Open House, Wisner 146 Men’s Football (ONU vs. St. Ambrose), Ward Field Music Department Ensembles, Kresge Auditorium Men’s Club Volleyball Alumni Match, Birchard Gymnasium Planetarium Show, Strickler Planetarium Planetarium Show, Strickler Planetarium Missionary/MK Reunion Dinner, Viatorian Room Partner/Pacesetter/Investor Dinner, Weber Leadership Center Homecoming Concert, A Festival of Keyboards, Chalfant Hall O.N.You! Homecoming for Kids, College Church Dessert Buffet, Ludwig Center

Sunday, Nov. 12 8 a.m.

President’s Prayer Breakfast, Chalfant Hall

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Never has there been a concert like this!

A Festival of Keyboards brings together four of today’s most gifted pianists, writers and arrangers for an unforgettable musical event! This virtuoso foursome features sacred, classical and popular favorites for solo, duet and of course the thrilling quartet — four piano artistry at its finest; a repertoire to remember! Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Chalfant Hall. Advance tickets required.


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EVENTS Homecoming Chapel This always memorable worship service kicks off our Homecoming festivities Friday at 11 a.m. in Chalfant Hall. Homecoming Concert A Festival of Keyboards, Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Chalfant Hall. Advance tickets required. Tiger Basketball Olivet’s men’s and women’s teams will tip off their 2006–07 seasons in McHie Arena on Friday against Point Loma Nazarene University. The women will play at 5:30 p.m. and the men will play at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets required.

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Stephen Nielson Ovid Young ’62 Jeff Bennett Gerald Anderson Saturday, Nov. 11

7:30 p.m. • Chalfant Hall

Alumni/Adults, $12 ONU Students/Children, $6

Register early! Call the ONU Ticket Line at 815-928-5790.

Taste of Olivet Work up an appetite cheering for the Tigers, then head to Chalfant Hall to satisfy your cravings. Enjoy fellowship with others from your class and decade, for a reunion before the reunion! Advance tickets required. Wendy Parsons 5K Run Join Bob Kring, director of intramurals, and Wendy Parsons ’56 for the 22nd Annual Wendy Parsons 5K Run, set for Saturday, Nov. 11, at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $6 per person ($12 maximum for immediate family). To request a registration form, contact Bob Kring by phone at 815-939-5102 or e-mail at bkring@olivet.edu. All ages are welcome! Undergraduate Class Reunions Come reminisce with your classmates at the class reunion breakfasts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Celebrating reunions this year are the classes of ’01, ’96, ’91, ’86, ’81, ’76, ’71, ’66, ’61, ’56 and Golden Graduates. What a great opportunity to catch up with your friends! Tiger Football Don’t miss the exciting action as the Tigers battle St. Ambrose University at 1:30 p.m. at Ward Field. Advance tickets required. Coach Gary Newsome and this year’s ONU Tiger football team invite all members of the 1976 team (the inaugural year for intercollegiate competition) to attend this year’s 2006 Homecoming event. A very special tribute to former head coach C.W. “Butch” Ward ’52 will take place at half-time. For more information, contact the ONU athletic department at 815-939-5372. President’s Prayer Breakfast Join Olivet President Dr. John C. Bowling ’71/’72 M.A., Orpheus Choir and other musicians for this 15th annual event at 8 o’clock Sunday morning in Chalfant Hall. Advance tickets required.


HOMECOMING Ticket Reservations 2006 Must be received by Friday, Nov. 3

O.N.You! Homecoming for Kids

Instructions

• Complete the reservation form below and return with check or complete credit card information • Be sure to indicate the number of tickets in each category • Make checks payable to ONU

November 11

Super Saturday Morning* Child Care at College Church (beginning at 9:15 a.m.)

Register early! Call the ONU Ticket Line at 815-928-5790. JASON ELLIS ’03

9:30–11:45 a.m. Ages 0–3

For the following events, check in at the College Church Parlor beginning at 9:15 a.m.:

Ages 4–K Exploration Station The Tiger Bus will transport children to this always-popular children’s museum, located less than a mile from Olivet’s campus.

Grades 1–6 (students attend two classes) The Wild Wacky World of Water What do building blocks, Mickey Mouse, skin and pond scum have in common? Come to this class to find out as we discover the wild, wacky world of water. ONU Planetarium Show Come and explore the solar system with “Rusty Rocket” and find out how long it would take to deliver a pizza to Pluto. Water Rockets Build a homemade rocket out of ordinary stuff and find out how to propel it using water pressure. Arts & Crafts Making a craft is always such fun! Come and make a new creation to take home and show your family! Broadcasting Take a tour of ONU’s radio station, meet the Shine.fm staff and observe the work the DJs perform each day.

Super Saturday Night* 7:30–9:30 p.m.

(Please pick up your children immediately after the concert.)

Ages 0–K Child Care at College Church beginning at 7:10 p.m.

Grades K–6 Hula, Hula, Hula, Kids Luau

College Church Gymnasium; doors open at 7:10 p.m. Get ready to do the limbo! This will be a fun-packed evening including a 3-in-1 inflatable bounce house, climbing wall and slide. *To ensure the safety and supervision of all participants, registration is required by Friday, Nov. 3.

Hotels and Motels (within driving distance of Olivet Nazarene University)

Country Inn & Suites, Manteno 815-468-2600 Fairfield Inn, Bradley • 815-935-1334 Hampton Inn, Bradley • 815-932-8369 Hilton Garden Inn, Kankakee 815-932-4444 Holiday Inn Express, Bradley 815-932-4411 Lees Inn, Bradley • 815-932-8080 Quality Inn, Bradley • 815-939-3501 Super 8, Bradley • 815-939-7888 Welcome Inn and Suites, Manteno 815-468-8657

30 Minutes From Campus:

Baymont Inn, Matteson 708-503-0999 • 1-800-428-3438 Country Inn & Suites, Matteson 708-481-3960 Hampton Inn, Matteson 708-481-3900 • 1-800-HAMPTON Holiday Inn, Matteson 708-747-3500 • 1-800-HOLIDAY Holiday Inn Express, Monee 708-534-0022 • 1-800-HOLIDAY Super 8, Monee • 708-534-1900

O.N.You! Registration

Ticket Reservations

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Subtotals

Basketball

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5:30 p.m., Women’s Basketball vs. Point Loma, McHie Arena 7:30 p.m., Men’s Basketball vs. Point Loma, McHie Alumni/Adults, $8 ONU Students/Children 9–17, $3 Children 8 and under, no charge

Taste of Olivet ________ ________

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Super Saturday Morning

Ages 0–3/Child Care/$5 per child NAME(S) AND AGE(S) ___________________________________ ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________

Ages 4–K/Exploration Station/$5 per child NAME(S) AND AGE(S) ___________________________________

Following the basketball game, Chalfant Hall Alumni/Adults/ONU Students/Children 9–17, $8 Children 8 and under, $3

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Saturday, November 11 O.N.You! Homecoming for Kids

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9:30–11:45 a.m., College Church Please complete registration information at right. Activities for grades 1–6; Exploration Station program for ages 4–kindergarten; child care at College Church for ages 0–3. $5 per child

Undergraduate Reunion Celebration and Breakfast $ __________

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9:30 a.m., locations posted in McHie Arena and Ludwig Center lobbies Classes celebrating reunions: ’01, ’96, ’91, ’86, ’81, ’76, ’71, ’66, ’61, ’56 and Golden Graduates $12 per person Tell us your reunion class year! _______

1996 Graduate Cohorts Reunion Breakfast ________

Football ________ ________ ________

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11:30 a.m., Harlow E. Hopkins Alumni Center $12 per person 1:30 p.m., ONU vs. St. Ambrose, Ward Field Alumni/Adults, $8 ONU Students/Children 9–17, $3 Children 8 and under, no charge

O.N.You! Homecoming for Kids

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NAME AND GRADE _____________________________________

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NAME AND GRADE _____________________________________

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7:30–9:30 p.m., College Church Gymnasium Please complete registration information at right. Child care at College Church for ages 0–K, $5 Kids Luau for grades K–6, $5

NAME AND GRADE _____________________________________

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7:30 p.m., Chalfant Hall Alumni/Adults, $12 ONU Students/Children, $6

Dessert Buffet ________ ________

Grades 1–6/Activities/$5 per child

List choices in order of preference

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Homecoming Concert A Festival of Keyboards ________ ________

5–10 Minutes From Campus:

• Tickets will be reserved only with • Mail completed form to receipt of your check or credit card. Office of Alumni Relations Please, no refunds! Tickets will Olivet Nazarene University not be mailed. You may pick them One University Avenue up at the Homecoming Hospitality Bourbonnais, IL 60914-2345 Center in McHie Arena’s lobby.

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Following the concert, Ludwig Center Alumni/Adults/ONU Students, $7 Children 8 and under, $2

Super Saturday Night

Ages 0–K/Child Care/$5 per child NAME(S) AND AGE(S) ___________________________________ ______________________________________________________

Sunday, November 12 President’s Prayer Breakfast ________ ________

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Doors open at 8 a.m., program begins at 8:30 a.m., Chalfant Hall Alumni/Adults/ONU Students/Children 9–17, $8 Children 8 and under, $2

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PAYMENT Check or cash

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Grades K–6/Kids Luau/$5 per child NAME(S) AND GRADE(S) ________________________________ ______________________________________________________

Credit card ($1 processing fee will be added to your total)

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CONTACT INFORMATION Name(s) _____________________________________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________________________________ City ________________________________________________ State _____ ZIP _________ Phone ( ________ ) __________________________

Undergraduate Class of ________ Graduate Class of ________

Registration for children will be made upon receipt of this form. To ensure the safety and supervision of all participants, registration is required by Monday, Nov. 3.

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Class Notes Paul ’52 and Rachel (Timm) McCleary ’53 have been running an international child development program called ForCHILDREN, Inc. They recently spent time in Spain visiting archeological sites, Roman ruins and the Cathedral of St. James.

Larry Reinhart ’62, dean of the School of Theology at Malone College, was awarded a sabbatical for the spring semester of 2007. The research focus of the sabbatical will be spirituality among the elderly population. Larry lives in Canton, Ohio, and is married to Loretta, who also serves at Malone College in the role of dean of the School of Nursing. They have three children, David, Brenda and Christy, and 12 grandchildren. Dennis Ryther ’69 has been voted into the National Junior College Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame. Induction will take place at the National Championship in Buffalo, N.Y.

Harold Graves Jr. ’74 was elected as Nazarene Bible College (NBC) president on March 30. Graves, who currently serves as the superintendent for the Northeast Oklahoma District of the Church of the Nazarene, was elected on the first ballot according to Jerry E. Porter, general superintendent in jurisdiction. Graves has served on the NBC Board of Trustees for 13 years and at the time of his election was the chairman of the board. Graves graduated from Olivet with a B.S. in Christian Education. He also has degrees from Mount Vernon Nazarene University (Master of Ministry, 1994; honorary Doctor of Divinity, 2004) and Southern Nazarene University (honorary Doctor of Divinity, 2004). He and his wife Cheryl have two children. Ray Baker ’75 was honored by the Southwest NYI Region and Point Loma Nazarene University for 25 consecutive years of participation in its annual activities weekend. Ray has coached or assistant coached a church or all-star basketball team annually since 1981. He is in the 24th year as youth pastor at L.A. Grace Nazarene and teaches fifth grade at its day school.

Tim Kellerman ’84 recently launched a ministry of encouragement called The Abundant Life Project (www.abundantlifeproject.com). The heart of the project is his recently released book entitled, The Abundance Principle: Five Keys to Extraordinary Living. Tim is pastor of First Church of the Nazarene in Conway, Ark., where he and his wife Jamie ’84 have served for 10 years. Donna (Rice) ’85 and Michael Cella: Adopted their second daughter, Abigail Joy Cella, from Nanchang, China, on Feb. 7, 2006. Abigail is two years old and joins sister, Anna, 3. Donna is working as a nurse in Outpatient Infusion Center, and Michael works for John Deere managing a nursery. They reside in Naples, Fla. David Tingley ’86 recently received news that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had given approval for Chantix, a smoking cessation drug that he was involved with creating. He and his team have been working on this since 1994 and he says that its approval is the highlight of his career at Pfizer, Inc. Pamela (Tremain) ’87/’88 and Brad Koch: A boy, Theodore Wesley Linshan, June 24, 2005. He joins sister, Josephine, 2. Pamela is an assistant professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and Brad is also a faculty member at the school. They reside in Singapore. Rob North ’87 was recently appointed to serve as senior administer with Nazarene Mission International Office team and World Mission at the Global Ministry Center in Kansas City. Rob has served as a missionary for the Church of the Nazarene since 2000.

Brenita Nicolas ’91 received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2006. The award was presented by Dr. E. LeBron Fairbanks, president of Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Brenita has taught at the university for 11 years

in social work. She received her master’s degree from Ohio State University and is currently writing her dissertation for her Ph.D. from the same university. She recently spent 10 months in Romania as a Fulbright scholar studying the street children as part of her research.

Dear Friends, When Olivet alumni connect and reconnect with their alma mater and each other, some very good things happen.

Stephanie (Collins) ’94 and Jason Barten ’98: A girl, Finley Shea, April 5, 2006. She joins sister, Brenna, 2. Jason is an investigator for the Shorewood Police Department, and Stephanie is a first grade teacher in Naperville. They reside in Plainfield, Ill. Finley Barten

There is no better venue for that to take place than at Homecoming. I hope you’re making plans to attend this fall, especially if this is a reunion year for you.

All ONU alumni should have recently received a postcard in the mail announcing this launch, and your personal Web ID number (which allows you to access all that the Alumni & Friends Web site has to offer) was included.

Nancy (Urbon) ’96 and Jorge Bonilla: A boy, Alex Abraham, Nov. 18, 2005. Nancy is a credit counselor at Chestnut Health Systems, and Jorge is an outreach therapist at Center for Human Services. They reside in Normal, Ill.

Creating an online alumni account is this easy: 1. Go to www.olivet.edu and click on Alumni & Friends. 2. Click “Log in.” 3. Click “Create an Account” and fill out the form with your information. 4. Click “Authenticate yourself” and fill in the blanks with your last name and your personal Web ID number.

Rob ’96 and Kristen Council: A girl, Callah Ronae, Oct. 29, 2005. Rob works for Indiana Wesleyan University, and Kristen is an RN at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Ind. They reside in Jonesboro. Alex Bonilla

Nate ’96/’02 and Sarah Johnson: A girl, Mia Elizabeth, Oct. 29, 2005. She joins brother, Cager, 11 months. Nate is teaching at Independence High School and coaching golf and basketball, and Sarah works part time at Trevecca Nazarene University. They reside in Nashville, Tenn.

Connecting and reconnecting has never been easier. Please call (toll-free 800-648-1463 or direct 815-939-5258) or e-mail (alumni @olivet.edu) if we can assist you with this.

Donna (Pierson) ’96 and Fred Retter: A boy, Isaac Evan, Jan. 18, 2006. He joins sister, Julie, 3. Donna is a stay-at-home mom and piano teacher. Fred is a senior project engineer at Underwriters Laboratories. They reside in Wildwood, Ill.

I look forward to seeing you at Homecoming! Connecting and reconnecting,

David Caudle ’79 Director of Alumni Relations

Brian Fish ’97 accepted a position as the offensive coordinator for the Sterling College football team in Sterling, Kan. Emily (Murphy) ’97 and Paul Overly: A boy, Micah Joseph, June 1, 2005. He joins his sister, Madison Jayne, 5. They reside in Holland, Mich.

Jennifer (Jahnssen) ’99 and Ryan Burnette: A boy, Brooks David Coslaya Burnette, adopted Feb. 22, 2006. Brooks was born July 24, 2005 in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Jennifer is a PC support specialist for Purdue University College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health. Ryan is the band director at Wea Ridge Middle School. They reside in Brooks Burnette Lafayette, Ind.

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Stephen ’97 and Deven Swan: A girl, Katelyn Grace, Sept. 28, 2005. Stephen is employed at Indiana Wesleyan University, and Deven teaches at Lakeview Christian School. They reside in Marion, Ind.

Kyle Himmelwright ’99 graduated Magna Cum Laude from Nazarene Theological Seminary with his Master’s of Divinity degree.

Landon Jankus

Jayme (Hancock) Himmelwright ’99 graduated Suma Cum Laude from Nazarene Theological Seminary with her Master’s of Divinity degree. Adam Ledyard ’99 and Theanna Joy Truesdale were married July 1, 2005, in Rockford, Ill. Adam is the director of sports information at Southwest Baptist University (SBU), in Boliva, Mo., and Thea is the graduate assistant volleyball coach. Thea graduated May 2006 with her Master’s of Education Adam and Theanna Ledyard degree from SBU.

Laurel (Saunders) ’98 and Jack L alicker: A boy, Travis Jadien, July 19, 2005, and adopted April 3, 2006. Laurel is a registered nurse and does acute inpatient dialysis, and Jack is a detention corporal for the Larimer County Sheriff. They reside in Wellington, Colo. Marcus and Kelley Tragesser

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Marysa (Griffin) ’99 and Steven Jankus: A boy, Landon Chase, April 24, 2006. Marysa is a stayat-home mom, and Steve is an operating engineer with Union 150 at Vulcan Materials Company in McCook, Ill. They reside in Braidwood.

Katelyn Swan

Marcus Wood ’97 and Kelley Tragesser were married on Dec. 17, 2005, in St. Louis, Mo. Marcus is the head women’s soccer coach at Hardin-Simmons University (HSU), and Kelley is the director of admissions and recruiting at HSU. They reside in Abilene, Texas.

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Realizing that connecting and reconnecting today is increasingly taking place through electronic communication, we have launched a new Alumni & Friends section of our Web site (www.olivet.edu).

Janey (Walker) ’95 and Andrew Malander: A boy, Luke Andrew, Jan. 11, 2006. He joins a sister, Julia, 2. They reside in Windsor, Colo.

Eric ’97 and Alexis Richter: A boy, Tristan Xander, Feb. 19, 2006. Eric works for First National Bank of Olathe, and Alexis is a stay-at-home mom. They reside in Olathe, Kan.

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Cynthia (Jagger) Hoover ’92 and James Hoover II: A girl, Emma Kaye, March 15, 2006. She joins brother, Andrew Paul, 4. Cindy is a teacher in the Flint Community Schools and an instructor at Baker College. James is a research manager at Maritz Research in Southfield. They reside in Grand Blanc, Mich.

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Vera Dillard ’99 and Matthew Pape were married Oct. 20, 2001 in Las Vegas, Nev. On Oct. 22, 2005, Matt and Vera renewed their vows in a small ceremony at Casa Rondena Vineyard in Albuquerque, N.M. Matt is a seventh-grade math and science teacher at Laguna Middle School. Vera is a sixth-grade science teacher at Bernalillo Middle School. She is also pursuing her master’s degree in geology at New Mexico Tech University. They reVera and Matthew side in Albuquerque. Pape

Mark ’00 and L eah (Reynolds) Garrett ’01: A boy, Seth Aidan, Sept. 14, 2005. He joins brother, Levi, 2. Mark is a senior pastor at College Park Church of the Nazarene, and Leah is joining the Seth Garrett staff as a part-time pastor. They reside in College Park, Md. Jeanette (Berger) ’00 and Nathan Kurth: A boy, Zander Charles, Feb. 21, 2006. Jeanette is a piano teacher and foster/ adoptive parent trainer for Blackhawk College, and Nathan is an executive assistant manger for Walgreens. They reside in Hanna City, Ill. Zander Kurth


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Jill (Stipp) ’00 and Scot Riggins: A boy, Aden Dean, Feb. 18, 2006. They are missionaries with the Church of the Nazarene on the Melanesia Field. They reside in Papua New Guinea. Brent ’00 and Lyndsi (Wisher) Smith ’00: A girl, Kalli Ann, Jan. 25, 2006. Lyndsi finished her master’s degree in education from Indiana Wesleyan University in May 2006 and is a teacher/literacy coordinator at Pettit Park Elementary School. Brent is the general manager at his family’s business. They reside in Kokomo, Ind. Laura (Gant) ’01 and William Bebout: A girl, Elizabeth Christine, Oct. 7, 2005. Her older sister Kelsey Marie passed away in childhood. William is a manager for Speedway Superamerica, and Laura is a teacher for Watseka High School. They reside in Bourbonnais.

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Brent ’01 and Carla (Edwards) Duncan ’03: A girl, Aubry Nicole, Jan. 30, 2006. Brent is a geologist working with RT Environmental, and Carla is a stay-at-home mom. They reside in New Holland, Pa.

Jennifer (Brown) Gibbons ’01 earned her Ph.D. in Pharmacology and certificate in Integrated Toxicology from Duke University. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Pathology department of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in Frank Church’s laboratory, where she researches the effect of serine protease inhibitors on breast cancer metastasis. Her and her husband reside in Durham, N.C. Danielle Pospisil ’01 recently accepted a new position near San Diego, Calif., as the broadcast representative in the radio department of the Institute for Creation Research (IRC). ICR is a non-profit ministry with the purpose to serve as an education, research and communications media for creationism, Biblical creationism, and related fields.

Phillip Kuchar ’03 and Erin Hilligus ’05 were married on June 18, 2005, in Bourbonnais. Phil works as a coach and is finishing the MAT program at Olivet, and Erin works for Manteno Middle School as a sixth grade teacher. They reside in Bourbonnais.

Landon Colling ’02 graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield in May 2006. He will enter a transitional residency at Riverside Methodist Hospitals in July, followed by an ophthalmology residence at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Madeleine Francis

Erin (Stephenson) ’02 and Jason Francis ’02: A girl, Madeleine Marie, Jan. 12, 2006. Erin is a teacher at Swartz Creek Middle School, and Jason is a financial advisor for Waddell & Reed. They reside in Flint, Mich.

Ashley (Legg) ’02 and Bradley Zurcher ’02: A girl, Addison Grace, Aug. 20, 2005. Ashley is a marketing assistant for Wiley Publishing, and Brad is an assistant manager for Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Noblesville, Ind. They reside in Fishers, Ind.

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Paul Gilmore ’03 and Allison Heckler ’03 were married on July 16, 2005, in Indianapolis, Ind. Paul works for Progressive Insurance while being a youth pastor at Southwest Church of the Nazarene, and Allison is a teacher for Greenwood Christian Academy. They reside in Indianapolis.

Amanda Goodbred ’03 and Aaron Wilderman were married Dec. 23, 2005, at Decatur First Church of the Nazarene in Decatur, Ill. Aaron is a processing engineer at Caterpillar, and Amanda teaches at Decatur Christian School. They reside in Decatur.

C.W. “Butch” Ward ’52 C.W. “Butch” Ward ’52 passed away May 1, 2006 after an extended illness. He was 81. Ward, after whom Olivet Nazarene University’s Ward Field is named, began his athletic career in high school in Murphysboro, Ill. where he participated in football and basketball. His high school career was interrupted for three-and-one-half years during World Ward II while C.W. “Butch” Ward ’52 he served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific. While in service, he was decorated with 22 battle stars and eight ribbons. Ward enrolled in Olivet Nazarene College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in education in 1952. In college, he participated in football, basketball and track, received 10 athletic letters and was offered eighteen athletic scholarships. Ward also holds a Master of Arts degree from Auburn University, Auburn, Ala. and a director of physical education certificate from Indiana University. Ward served Olivet Nazarene University for 22 years, beginning in 1958 and ending in 1980. During this time, he served as chairman of the physical education department and athletic director. From 1966 to 1976, Ward was founding head coach of Olivet’s intercollegiate basketball team. In the fall of 1976, he left the hardwood to become ONU’s first intercollegiate football coach. In basketball, his teams had a record of 168-93, and his 1974–75 team went 30-4 to win the National Christian College national title, the first national title in any sport for Olivet Nazarene. In football, his coaching record was 14-17-1. He was the first inductee into the ONU Hall of Fame in 1982, and in 1976, Olivet’s Alumni Association awarded him with the prestigious “O” Award. Survivors include his wife Lillie M. Ward ’72; daughter and son-in-law, Joyce ’72 and Tom Pasko ’70 of Urbana, Ohio; grandson and wife, Brian and Jessica Pasko of Urbana, Ohio; daughter, Kathy Warby ’05 of Bourbonnais; granddaughter, Becky Warby of Bourbonnais; grandson and wife, Ryan ’05 and Lorna (Rasco) Warby ’06 of Fenton, Mich. Memorials may be designated to the C.W. “Butch” Ward Scholarship, created by his family to support deserving Olivet students with an interest in athletics. For more information, contact Olivet’s Office of Development at development@olivet. edu or 815-939-5171.

Phillip and Erin Kuchar

Jodi Rogers ’03 and Eric Forsyth were married on Dec. 28, 2005. Jodi is an RN at Baptist Memorial Hospital, and Eric is a pilot in the United States Air Force. They reside in Columbus, Miss. Michon (Ledyard) ’04 and Joe Dersien were married on July 30, 2005, in Bradley, Ill. Michon works as a Family and Consumer Science teacher at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, and Joe is a signalman for the CN railroad. They reside in Michon and Joe Dersien Bradley. Kris Dunlop ’04 has accepted a position as technical arts director for Central Christian Church, a non-denominational Christian church in Beloit, Wis. Michael Meier ’04 received the Coaches Award for Texas Wesleyan University where he is a graduate business student and table tennis team member. This award is given to a player for outMichael Meier standing qualities in leadership and athletic performance. Timothy ’04 and Christy (Farr) Thompson ’04: A girl, Julia Hayli, April 9, 2006. Tim is currently enrolled in the MAT program and plans to teach middle school history. Christy is a social worker for foster care children. They reside in Champaign, Ill.

Jermiah ’01 and Charlene (Long) Thompson ’01: A boy, Reece Isaiah, April 14, 2006. Jeremiah is youth pastor at Elgin Church of the Nazarene and accounts payable specialist at Judson College. Charlene is a reference/instruction librarian at Judson College. They reside in Elgin, Ill. Jennifer Shelton ’01 and Walter Dean ’02 were married on Oct. 9, 2005. Walter is an admissions counselor for Kaplan University, and Jennifer is a first grade school teacher. They reside in Park Forest, Ill.

In Memoriam

Julia Thompson

Naomi Kathryn (Grimes) Graves ’26 passed away March 4, 2006, at the age of 102.

Kristin Heppe ’05 and Matthew Collins were married on June 11, 2005, in Springfield, Ill. Kristin is a fourth grade teacher at Chatham Intermediate School, and Matt is employed by American General. They reside in Springfield. Janna Knight ’04 is currently working within the sales department of Costa Rica Expeditions and through this new position will be traveling throughout Costa Rica for the next four months.

June (Mongerson) Dippel ’36 passed away June 1, 2006. She was called to preach at 15 years of age. She was a minister for over 60 years, both in the United States and abroad. She taught briefly at Olivet in the religion department. She was born June 30, 1913, in Muscatine, Iowa, the daughter or Orval and Ada Ives Mongerson. Her husband Harold Dippel, whom she married April 26, 1962 at Creve Coeur Church of the Nazarene in Creve Coeur, Ill., died April 26, 1963. In 1941, she built the Creve Coeur Church of the Nazarene, where she also pastored from 1941–1963. She received her bachelor’s degree from Frankfort Pilgrim College and her master’s degree in theology from Olivet. June was also dean of women at Frankfort Pilgrim College in Indiana. She was a member of First Church of the Nazarene in Kankakee, Ill. She is survived by one daughter, Doris Dippel of Bourbonnais; son, David (Louise) Street of Vancleve, Ky.; one nephew, John (Jana) Mongerson of Bradley, Ill.; several cousins in California; and many close friends.

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Jackie (Schwemin) ’05 and Tom Sergeant: A girl, Natalie Marie, April 2, 2006. Jackie works for the Country Inn & Suites hotel chain, and Tom is a HVAC tech for Temperature Engineering. They reside in Richton Park, Ill. Bethany Brown ’05 will be leaving home September 7 to volunteer teach English to K-12 school children in Santa Marta, Colombia. She has been working as a first-grade teacher at United Elementary School in Alexis, Ill., this past year, and has been raising money for her trip by teaching Spanish at Monmouth College this summer.

Leo Steininger ’41 passed away July 14, 2005.

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Irwin Windoffer ’45 passed away May 7, 2006 in Jacksonville, Fla. He was active in pastoral ministry for 20 years and was also a teacher and school administrator. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in theology from Olivet and a Master of Arts of Divinity from Nazarene Theology Seminary. He was married to DeLores Wiley for 63 years. He is survived by his wife, one brother, daughters, Leora Legacy and Gayla Williams and a son, and five great grandchildren. Charles Oswalt ’48 passed away November 26, 2005.

Virginia (Altman) Walmsley ’53 passed away June 27, 2005. She was born June 24, 1920 in Findlay, Ohio. She was a member of College Church of the Nazarene, Bourbonnais. Her husband, Gardner Walmsley, died June 15, 1976. He was a professor of languages at Olivet. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, David and Vera Walmsley, daughter, Sharon (Walmsley) Martin ’77, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Thomas Judd ’63 passed away on May 4, 2006. Al Forquer ’67 passed away on March 4, 2006, in his home in Bourbonnais. He is survived by his wife Barbara (Snowden) ’74, and three children Jerrell, Rebecca (Forquer) Brown ’94, Andy, and stepson, Dru Fleming.

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Lauren Chessum: a ‘coach’s dream’ By Caleb Benoit ‘06

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oftball coach Ritchie Richardson ’93 M.A.T. likes to give Lauren Chessum ’08 a hard time. Chessum travels from her hometown of Wheaton, Ill., to Bourbonnais once a week to give young girls pitching lessons during the summer months. But Richardson tells her she needs to stop by to clean his office. “Every time she wins another award, we have to make room for it and move some of the others out,” he quipped. But he’s hardly complaining. In fact, he has nothing but praise to pour on the junior ace, who during her sophomore season earned NAIA Second-Team All-American honors while pitching over half of her team’s innings. “She’s just a great kid,” Richardson said. “She’s a team leader by example: the first one to practice and the last one to leave. She’s a coach’s dream.” But what has been a dream for Richardson is a nightmare for opposing coaches and offenses. Chessum finished the 2006 season with 298 strikeouts in 258 innings and held hitters to a .190 average. She also led the Chicago Collegiate Athletic Conference in both wins (26) and saves (four). Her best string of performances may have come during the NCCAA Tournament. During the three-game span in April, the two-time NCCAA Player of the Year threw 152/3 innings without allowing an earned run. She struck out 18 while walking just two, and Olivet won all three games on its way to the school’s fourth NCCAA National Championship.

Sports Shorts Richardson wins 500th game: With its 9-3 game one win over Robert Morris College (Ill.) on Tuesday, April 25, the Olivet Nazarene University softball team gave head coach Ritchie Richardson ’93 M.A.T. his 500th career coaching victory. In his 11 seasons, Richardson has put together a 501-184 overall record and averaged 50 wins per season over his last nine campaigns. Richardson took over the reins in 1995 and went 14-23. The year before Richardson arrived, the Tigers went 1420. “500 wins is not my personal milestone,” said Richardson. “But one that is shared with a lot of outstanding players and fine assistant coaches that have come through our program over the past 11 seasons. My thanks go to all of them.” The Tigers gave Richardson win 501 with a 7-1 victory in the nightcap of their doubleheader against Robert Morris. Richardson has guided the Tigers to 10 winning seasons in 11 years. The only non-winning season the Tigers had in that stretch, was a 28-32 finish in 2001 when Richardson was an assistant coach at the University of Illinois. In 2003, the Tigers finished with a school record 61 wins and finished third at the NAIA World Series. “Each game and victory is a special time in an athlete’s short college career,” commented Richardson. “I hope that past and present players here at Olivet Nazarene University have enjoyed them as much as I have.” Since taking over the program in 1995, Richardson has guided the Tigers to six Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Regular Season Titles, seven CCAC Tournament Championships, four NAIA Region VII Championships and four NAIA World Series appearances. The Tigers have also won three NCCAA National Championships under his direction. He has coached nine players that were named Coach Ritchie Richardson

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“Every time she pitches, we have a chance to win the ville University (Ohio) when Richardson saw her play at ballgame,” Richardson added. “And that means any team a tournament and invited her to visit Olivet. After seeing in our conference as well as Division I schools.” the campus and softball program, she changed her mind Last fall, she pitched Olivet to a win over Loyola Uniand decided to sign with Olivet. versity Chicago and fanned 12 batters in a game against And for that, Richardson is happy. Indiana University. Both play in the NCAA’s Division I. “She’s one of the best we’ve ever had, and we’ve But according to Chessum, that’s something she may had a lot of outstanding players,” he said. “She’s one have not been able to do as a freshman. of those kids who could have starred at a “I struggled with some of the pressure,” Division I school.” said Chessum, a former three-sport high But while the accolades she has racked school athlete at Wheaton Academy. “But you up have come while wearing an Olivet unikind of grow into the role that you’re put in. I form, she’s quick to note she’s not playing grew up a lot as a player, and I grew up a lot for the Tigers, or Richardson, or even heras a person.” self. It’s all much bigger than that. One year made a difference, and the 15“I’m not playing for coach or for my year veteran of the game now enjoys the teammates, but for God,” she said. “It’s pressure of being the No. 1 starter for Richreally easy to lose focus of that. God gave ardson. But it almost never happened. me the ability to play, and I’m just out there Lauren Chessum Chessum was ready to sign with Cedarplaying for Him.”

BASEBALL NAIA First or Second Team All-Americans and eight players who were named Daktronics NAIA All-American Scholar-Athlete. Richardson was inducted into the CCAC Hall of Fame in the fall of 2005. Six of Richardson’s former players are either a head coach or an assistant coach. Amezqueta, Gregory and Acosta named NAIA All-America Scholar-Athletes for men’s tennis: Three seniors from Olivet Nazarene University’s men’s tennis team were named NAIA All-America Scholar-Athletes. Fermin Amezqueta is majoring in Business/Economics. Amezqueta started as the Tigers’ one singles player, but finished the year at two singles. He went 8-9 overall, playing at one and two singles. Aaron Gregory is majoring in Youth Ministry. Gregory split time between the team’s five singles and one singles position. He finished the year with a 9-11 record, 6-1 while playing at five singles. Jaime Acosta is majoring in Business Administration. Acosta split time as the team’s second singles and third singles player. He finished the year with a 13-5 record. For all three, it was their second time being named NAIA All-America Scholar-Athletes. Olivet was one of seven schools to have three players named NAIA All-America Scholar-Athletes. No other institution had more than three players named. Savage and Fry named NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete for women’s tennis: Two Olivet Nazarene University women’s tennis players were named NAIA Scholar Athletes. Amanda Savage ’06 is majoring in Physical Education and was named an NAIA All-American Scholar-Athlete for the second time. Allison Fry ’06 is majoring in Social Work and was also named to her second NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete squad. One male Tiger runner named NAIA All-America ScholarAthlete: One of Olivet Nazarene University men’s track team members was named an NAIA AllAmerica Scholar-Athlete for his effort in the classroom. Kacey Carr ’07 was named an NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete for the first time. Carr ran at the NAIA National Meet, competing in the 10,000-Meter Run and

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named NAIA All-America Scholar-Athletes by the NAIA. The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference had five players named NAIA All-American Scholar-Athletes, with Olivet having three of those players. Second baseman Elliott Procyshen ’06 was a second-time NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete selection. Procyshen hit .326 with 47 hits in 144 at-bats. He also had eight doubles, one triple and one home run. Procyshen scored 34 runs, driving in 23. He appeared in 42 games, making 41 starts. He also appeared in five games on the mound, going 2-2 with two complete games and a 3.72 ERA. He allowed 12 earned runs in 29 innings, striking out 15 batters and walking just three. Pitcher Tyler Delamater ’06 was a first-time NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete selection. Delamater won a teamtying high six games, going 6-1 with a 4.20 ERA. He appeared in 10 games, making nine starts and throwing three complete games. Delamater was second on the team with 60 innings pitched and 31 strikeouts. Infielder Alexander Butler ’06 was a first-time NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete selection. Butler appeared in 40 games for the Tigers, making 30 starts. 24 of Butler’s 30 starts came in centerfield. He batted .337 with 31 hits in 92 atbats. He scored 19 runs and drove in 13. Pasch and Smalley named NAIA All-America Scholar-Athletes: Olivet Nazarene University first baseman Liz Pasch ’06 and outfielder Megan Smalley ’07 were named NAIA All-America Scholar-Athletes. Pasch, who was a CCAC First Team All-Conference, was second on the team with a .365 average. She had 62 hits in 170 at-bats. Her seven home runs were tied for the team-lead. She also had 41 RBI, 12 doubles and three triples. Pasch also had 350 putouts and 18 assists with only six errors, finishing with a fielding percentage of .984. She finished with 17 multi-hit games. For Pasch, it is her second NAIA All-America ScholarAthlete selection. She graduated with a degree in Psychology. Smalley finished with a .258 average, collecting 51 hits in 198 at-bats. She scored 34 runs, driving in 26. She also had nine doubles, a team-leading five triples and one home run. She was one of four Tiger players to steal with at least 10 steals, swiping 10. Smalley finished with 29 putouts, four assists and no errors. For Smalley, it is her first NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete selection. She is majoring in Psychology. —Compiled by Marc Shaner ’00/’02 M.A.T., Sports Information Director


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“It’s automatic,” said Mike McDowell, who coaches both the men’s and women’s cross country and track teams. “With those two, we can’t help but be successful.” McDowell noted points in the season that when he saw them run, he knew right away they were ready for the Championships. He also never doubted his distance medley team’s chances of repeating as champions at the highly-competitive Drake University Relays — they won by more than 16 seconds — not with “the two best ends in the country.” Need proof? The pair, along with Cheri Hoffmann ’08 (Noshotah, Wis.) and Abby Heinold ’07 (Eureka, Ill.), helped guide Olivet’s 4x800 relay team to a second-place finish at the Championships. But the success hardly comes without hard work. Since McCoy and Green also participate in cross country in the fall, run5 ning has no off-season — just four weeks Bethany McCoy and Carmin Green off the entire calendar year, two at the conclusion of the fall and spring seasons. It’s like a full-time job, except the vacations aren’t paid. And it wouldn’t be as easy if they didn’t have each other. “We run a lot of miles together,” Green said. “I could be having a bad day, but I get out to practice and she’s there with a listening ear. That, along with the running high, makes it all worthwhile.” Green, like many other collegiate athletes, played multiple sports in high school before deciding to continue her career in just one area. For her, it was just a matter of following her heart instead of a ball. “God granted me talent, and that’s what I’m best at, so running just won out over the other things,” Green said. “I played volleyball and softball through junior high and high school, but running became more than just an activity — it’s a passion.” It’s also a chance to build a lasting friendship, something for which McCoy is grateful. “Just having someone to empathize with and to laugh with makes the sport much more enjoyable,” she said. “She’s an amazing runner and an amazing person. It’s hard for me to get used to training by myself in the summer because I’m so used to having her there.”

By Caleb Benoit ’06 Bethany McCoy ’08 and Carmin Green ’07 didn’t know each other when they competed as individuals at the 2003 Illinois High School Association State Track Meet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Three year later, it’s hard to find them not running together.

“It’s a lot easier to push yourself when there’s someone right there with you.” — BETHANY MCCOY ’08

“We race together. We train together. … I consider her one of my closest friends.” — CARMIN GREEN ’07

McCoy (Metamora, Ill.) will be a junior this fall, and Green (Rock Island, Ill.) a senior, and each are hoping for a campaign that was as successful as their last. The pair finished second and fourth, respectively, in the 1,500-meter run at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Fresno Pacific University (Calif.) in May. And the only thing that separated the inseparable duo: a little over three seconds. “We race together. We train together. We’re always running side-by-side,” Green said. “I couldn’t ask for a better training partner. She’s always there to encourage me. I consider her one of my closest friends.” Both run middle-distance events, so they share the same daily training regimen. But after running just two years together, sharing the same trophy case wouldn’t be a good idea. Between the cross country and indoor and outdoor track seasons each year, McCoy and Green have racked up a dozen NAIA All-American awards, an honor reserved for the country’s top six athletes in each event. And if an award was given for the nation’s top teammates, they’d probably have one of those as well. “It’s a lot easier to push yourself when there’s someone right there with you,” McCoy said. “She also relieves a lot of tension. Having her helps my nerves at the big meets. As much as we’d like to say there is no pressure, we put a lot on ourselves to perform well. That pressure can get draining at times.” But they’ve handled it well. Olivet has yet to see a more dynamic pair of female runners. And they’re not done.

TIGER TRACKS BASEBALL Baseball: The Olivet Nazarene University baseball team had another successful season, finishing the year 27-19-1, their eighth straight winning season. The team also finished 14-6 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, good for third place. After returning from Florida with a sub-.500 record, the Tigers went 19-10-1. Shortstop John Arisohn ’06 led the team with a .416 batting average, collecting a team-leading 72 hits, 20 doubles, two triples, scored 47 runs and stole eight bases. He also drove in 40 runs, second on the team. Centerfielder Ryan Morefield ’07 missed 26 games due to an injury, but still batted .392 with six doubles. He scored 27 runs and drove in 22. Designated hitter Nic Higgins ’07 batted .385 with seven doubles and 27 RBI. Catcher Darren Meloche ’06 drove in a team-leading 44 runs and tied the team lead with four home runs. Tyler Delamater ’06 and Jay Sayes ’06 won six games a piece on the mound to lead the pitchers. Luke Highley ’07 and Nick Austin ’08 each won five games. Softball: For the fourth time in school history and first since 2000, the Olivet Nazarene University softball team won the NCCAA National Championship, sweeping the field. The Tigers also advanced to the NAIA Region VII Tournament, but fell in their first two games, finishing 45-22 overall and 16-2 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Their mark in the CCAC tied them for their sixth CCAC Championship. Centerfielder Marcia Grimes ’08 led the team with a .367 average,

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collecting a team-leading 81 hits. She also stole a team-high 35 bases and finished second on the team with 46 runs scored. First baseman Liz Pasch ’06 hit .365 with 12 of her 62 hits for doubles. Pasch also hit a team-tying high seven home runs. Shortstop Christina Shelton ’06 finished with a team-leading 15 doubles, 44 RBI and scored 49 runs. Lauren Chessum ’08 went 26-12 on the mound for the Tigers, finishing with a 1.49 ERA. She threw 34 complete games and nine shutouts. Opponents batted only .190 off Chessum and she struck out 298 batters. Abby Page ’09 backed up Chessum with a 17-8 record with a 3.03 ERA.

Green ’07 ran the second fastest time in the NAIA. McCoy and Green also scored in an individual event, as both placed in the 1,500-meter run. McCoy finished runner-up, running a 4:31.20, while Green placed fourth with a 4:34.64. Heinold finished tied for 13th in the pole vault with a 10'10", while Simone Mulieri ’06 took 11th in the marathon, running a 3:09:41.30. Jenny Ellis ’07 also took part at the NAIA National Meet, running a 40:35.34 in the 10,000-meter run to place 17th. Erica Batkiewicz ’06 finished 14th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, running a 12:23.76.

Men’s Track: For the first time in school history, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s track team had an individual crowned as an NAIA Champion. Mark Hollis ’07 was crowned as the champion in the pole vault, winning with a vault of 17'2¾". Hollis out-vaulted reigning NAIA Champion Robbie Johnston from Southern Oregon, who finished second with a vault of 16'10¾". Also competing at the national championships were Kacey Carr ’07 and Alvin Smith ’08. Carr ran a 33:16.83 in the 10,000-meter run, placing 27th, while Smith ran a 55.20 in the 400-meter hurdle semifinals.

Men’s Tennis: In 2003, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team qualified for their first NAIA National Tournament, winning the NAIA Region III-VII Championship. This spring, the men’s tennis team qualified for their fourth straight national tournament, but qualified as an at-large bid. The Tigers finished the year 14-7 and ranked 19th in the final NAIA Top 25. They also won the Greenville College (Ill.) Tournament. Jaime Acosta ’06 finished the year 13-5, splitting time as the team’s second and third singles player. As a team, the Tigers finished with the 11th highest team GPA in the NAIA and the team was one of six schools at the national tournament to be named an NAIA Scholar Teams.

Women’s Track: The Olivet Nazarene University women’s track team narrowly missed a top 10 finish at the NAIA National Meet, finishing 11th, scoring 21 points. The 4x800-meter relay led the way, finishing runner-up, running an 8:59.63. The quartet of Bethany McCoy ’08, Cheri Hoffmann ’08, Abby Heinold ’07 and Carmin

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scholar’s award. What does that mean? In the particular program in which I served, a Fulbright scholar is a full-time professor at an American university who has had at least three years of university teaching experience after receiving the Ph.D. Scholars apply for a specific country and a specific assignment. I chose to apply for the position in Burkina Faso because the University of Ouagadougou wanted a scholar in American literature. The Fulbright program is committed to fostering good will between the United States and other nations through education, as well as other kinds of interactions between the visiting scholar and the citizens of the country where the scholar is serving.

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about adjusting to life in Africa? The most challenging part of adjusting to Burkina Faso was the language: officially French and unofficially Moore. I knew neither. I learned a very rudimentary form of French so that I could buy vegetables at the night market, pay for gasoline at the essence station and tell the housekeeper what needed to be done. Other challenges included driving on streets that had lanes for cars and mopeds with two sets of stoplights and dealing with dust everywhere. The lanes and stoplights sound like a good idea, but most people — especially taxi drivers — observe none of the traffic laws, lanes or lights. The dust is a nuisance for house cleaning, but, more importantly, for breathing. Both my son Geoffrey and I contracted pneumonia in January, mostly because the air quality is so unhealthy.

4 What was the most rewarding part

about living in Africa? I have to mention two different kinds of “rewarding parts” of living in Africa. The first, of course, was teaching. I love to teach literature anytime, anywhere, to anyone. I had so much fun introducing students to American authors, time periods, historical facts and customs. All the knowledge that our students have before they come to the university level were unknowns, and, therefore, novelties to my students. The second rewarding part was my contact with our Churches of the Nazarene. The churches have so many needs that I was privileged to connect people here in the States with the neediness in Burkina Faso. My department (English and Modern Languages) provided almost 700 items of underclothing for the children of the various churches. One of my young friends and an ONU graduate Christine Carney McConnell ’03 had her children’s church group raise money for playground equipment at a school run by one of our churches. My Sunday school class, Christian Life Builders at College Church, raised money for desks and chairs for the same school. I was able to provide funding for a cement floor to cover the dirt in one of the classrooms at the school.

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United States? I missed hot water, fast foods and, on a more serious note, fiancé, family, friends. I missed being able to worship in my language and in my chosen “style.” I missed being able to talk on anything more than a superficial level with most people, either because of the limitation of my French-speaking ability or because of the limitation of not enough time to develop close relationships. son was able to travel with you to Africa. 6 Your What was that like?

Having Geoffrey with me was a life saver. The first six weeks we lived in university guest housing, ate university café food and walked everywhere. I was extremely homesick. I skipped the whole “honeymoon” experience of a new culture and went straight to “rejection.” Having to take the anti-malarial drug Larium did not help the situation. I had bad dreams, restlessness and extreme emotional reactions. His reasonable attitude about everything and his patience with my crying jags helped me to mellow out some. Later, when we bought a car, he was such a help to me because I hated driving on the bad, crowded roads.

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from teaching in the United States? Teaching in Burkina Faso was very different from university teaching in the United States because Burkina Faso has copied the French educational system. That means that the university system is more like our high school. Students take about 14 classes at a time, sitting in two-hour lectures all day long for 5½ days a week. Evaluation consists of two or three four-page essays, written during mid-term and final weeks for each of those courses. Basically students repeat the professors’ lectures in those essays. Then the evaluations for all 14 courses are given to a jury of professors who decide whether each student will pass or fail that particular academic year. When students fail, they may write “second chance” examinations in the failing courses in September at the beginning of the following school year.

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at Olivet? My office! Of course I am joking, but it is nice to have my office back, complete with computer, shelves of books and a copy machine available in the office complex. One of my greatest joys at Olivet is beginning each class period with prayer. I missed that so much at the University of Ouaga, which, of course, has a mixture of Christian, Muslim and Animist students. One day I just asked my poetry class to talk to me about their prayers. We had quite a good discussion about how we of varying religions pray.

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I read many books. I really don’t like to watch television, especially in French. My favorite author hasn’t changed with my Africa journey: William Faulkner. His Absalom, Absalom is my favorite book. Of course, I’ve added several new favorites this year, including Don DeLillo’s White Noise and Richard Russo’s Empire Falls. ture. Where does that come from? When I started college, my intended majors were math and science, a choice based mostly on aptitude and my father’s insistence. From the beginning, though, I should have known that I would end up in a career associated with words. I clepped out of English composition and was able to move straight into literature courses. Perhaps that’s when I really began to develop this passion. I had always loved reading, and I found out that there was a major that would let me read to my heart’s content. Specifically, my passion for literature comes from my belief that fiction is more universal than fact, that it shows more truth than the history books. From literature I can know about people in all countries, past, present and future; I can comprehend all kinds of careers and jobs; I can experience the joys of traveling without moving from my chair; I can understand what makes people think the way they do and act the way they do. Then I can share what I’ve learned with others, as well as ask them what they can teach me about what they have learned from their literary readings.

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Tell us a little about your family. I have three sons: Jonathan, 28, who works for the state of Tennessee and lives in Nashville and writes a mean sports blog; David ’02, 26, who, with his wife Jodi (Anglin) ’03 and son Samuel, lived in my house while I was gone and who, along with Jodi, is finishing a master’s degree in theology at Vanderbilt; Geoffrey, 24, who was my personal chauffeur and best confidant in Burkina and who has this great desire to get down South where he belongs when he’s in the States. All three sons logged time at ONU: Jonathan and Geoffrey for just a semester each, but David for 3½ years. Both he and Jodi are graduates of ONU.

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