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OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVERSITY, BOURBONNAIS, ILLINOIS Vol. 76, No. 2

Fall 2008

www.olivet.edu

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2008 FORMER TIGERS SHINE UNDER HOMECOMING REWIND INTERNATIONAL page 5 SPOTLIGHT page 14

WORLD’S MOST INTERESTING OLIVETIANS page 6


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Editor Heather (Quimby) Day ’02

Rachel Forshee ’09 and John Keating ’10 had the honor of “lighting” the University’s Christmas tree during the Center for Student Success’ ceremony Dec. 1.

Contributing Writers Casey Manes Kate Morgan Jalisa Smith ’11 Designer Donnie Johnson Additional Design Matthew Moore ’96 Monique (Cartier) Perry ’03 Editorial Consultant Rev. Gordon C. Wickersham ’47 Photography Image Group Photography, or as credited Sports Editor Gary Griffin ’81/’07 M.A. Class Notes Editor Martha Thompson

drumbeat Not only did Dr. John C. Bowling lead the ONU community and College Church through an intense time of spiritual renewal, but he also impressed the student body with his bongo playing skills during fall revival services.

Olivet Nazarene University

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President Dr. John C. Bowling ’71/’72 M.A./ ’06 D.Div.

Shine.fm saw significant growth during the third quarter of 2008 with a 50-percent increase in listenership. This was the largest Arbitron ratings in the station’s history. Listeners further demonstrated their support by meeting and exceeding goals for the Fall Pledge Drive. These funds will aid in the launch of three new HD stations in January, including a 24/7 worship channel.

Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Gregg Chenoweth ’90 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 Finance Dr. Douglas E. Perry ’68/ ’95 M.B.A., Litt.D.

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.

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ONU volleyball players raised awareness and critical dollars for Breast Cancer Research during their “Dig Pink” event on October 21. Proceeds benefitted the Side-Out Foundation. And like pink icing on the cake, they beat St. Xavier 2518, 25-16, 25-14. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Editor The Olivetian Olivet Nazarene University One University Ave. ­ ourbonnais, IL 60914-2345 B

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‘Hey, mist er! Want to b uy a

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By Dr. John C. Bowling ’71/’72 M.A./’06 D.Div., University President

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bout a year ago, Jill and I were on a brief tour of archeological sites in western Turkey. One afternoon when we had a little time on our hands, we visited a place where a team of craftsmen/women were weaving fine rugs. We followed the manufacturing process from its beginning stages to the final showroom where hundreds of rugs were on display. It was fascinating.

   During our visit there, we saw the production of fine threads of wool, cotton and silk. We watched the dyeing process, which produced both muted and brilliant colors. We observed artists developing intricate patterns and designs. Then we stood for a long time watching a young woman operating an ancient loom; strand by strand she wove the threads together. Through the work of her nimble fingers and strong grip, a rug began to appear. It was durable, useful, and most of all — it was beautiful.    The secret to the beauty and permanence of such rugs lay in the fact that the various threads were “interwoven.” A single thread alone cannot compare in strength or splendor to a thousand threads that have been woven together in harmony with a grand design.    What is true of fine rugs is true of a place like Olivet. Thousands of threads are joined together to produce a vibrant and energetic place of faith and learning. Each strand is important to the fabric of Olivet. It is the variety of threads that give the University its color and texture.    As you might have guessed, before we left that afternoon, we purchased a rug. It is in our home, and I see it nearly every day. When I look at the rug, I think of our trip to Turkey, but I also think of the tapestry being woven day in and day out by God, as He pulls together students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. The strength and beauty of Olivet comes as we are interwoven to display His grace in pursuit of an Education with a Christian Purpose.

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He answered her prayers through you.

I come from a family of eight with a less than wealthy income. My eldest sister is mentally delayed, and my younger brother was born with a severe medical condition. Meeting the needs of these two has drawn a large chunk from our monetary sources. Additionally, my second eldest sister has just graduated from Olivet, and my parents are still paying for her education.

“ I knew Olivet was where I wanted to go because it is not solely focused on education, but even more so on using one’s life to give glory to God. Yet I was concerned about how we would afford it.

“ Attending Olivet has made the greatest difference in my life. Professors and fellow students truly care about me and motivate me to make a difference on this earth with the time God has given me.

“ I made plans to come to Olivet on the faith that God would provide a way for me to attend, and I prayed fervently that He would. Thankfully, through many scholarships, I was able to come here.

“ Thank you for your contribution, whether it is of monetary value, or simply praying for the students and administrators of this school. Sometimes the smallest contribution can make the largest difference.” — Cynthia Lopez ’11, music education major, Wood Dale, Ill.

Give Today. Change Tomorrow. 815-939-5171  |  www.olivet.edu  |  development@olivet.edu

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omecoming weekend began with the annual Coronation ceremony [3], where Brooklin Soulia was crowned queen. Friday evening, the men’s and women’s basketball teams [13, 15] both cruised to victory in exhibition games, while a surprise proposal [6] from Brock Taylor ’08 to Ashley James ’09 added a little romance to the festivities. Saturday morning brought classmates back together for reunion brunches [1] and the men’s choir reunion. Later in the day, a bundled up crowd watch the football team [5] come up just short of a win.

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his year’s Homecoming concert [16] took on a Pops feel as Ovid Young led Robert Hale, Kay Welch ’96 and George Wolff ’93 and orchestra in a series of popular music. During the concert, Dr. Harold B. Graves Jr. ’74 [7] and Gary Floyd ’72 [8] were recognized as Ministerial and Laymen “O” Award recipients. In addition to the traditional Homecoming concert, alumni enjoyed a contemporary concert headlined by Luke Quanstrom’s ’04 Beckon Q [11] and comedian Paul Aldrich [17]. Several alumni were named Olivet All-Stars [18] for their participation in athletics prior to the induction of varsity competition.

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onu news Dale ’65 and Liz ’66 VonSeggen, winners of the 2008 “World’s Most Interesting Olivetian” contest, say that their lives are proof that God can use all of us to share His life-changing message — even through puppets.

No strings attached ONLINE

Watch a video about the VonSeggens and read their story by visiting www.olivet.edu and selecting “The Olivetian” from the “Quick Links” menu.

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RECENT STORIES ▶ married students find ways to ‘thrive’

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▶ David Claborn, professor of political science ▶ Bethany Mills, director of counseling services

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Sociology students learn valuable lessons from local farmers

▶ Houston Thompson, chairman of the department of social work SUBMITTED PHOTOS

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Announcing Olivet Nazarene University on iTunes U! TM

A fun and interactive event where you and your spouse will celebrate marriage!

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livet on iTunes U features hundreds of audio downloads of chapel, academic lectures, campus events, and Shine.fm interviews plus dozens of ONU videos. It’s THE place to be for the virtual Olivet experience.

Now playing:

 Coffee Talk: A series of short, Q&A format videos for high school students wanting to know more about life on the Olivet campus.

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Cost $20 per couple in advance $30 per couple at the door (scholarships available) tickets Available online at www.olivet.edu or charge by phone through iTickets at 800-965-9324

 Chapel Messages: Audio and video downloads of inspiring and thought-provoking messages.

 My Freshman Year: Hilarious videos featuring Toby the Tiger as he experiences freshman year along with his Chapman roommate, Ben.

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Please contact Marriage Inc. at marriageinc@olivet.edu or call 815-939-5385. An initiative of the ONU Center for Student Success

“Education with a Christian Purpose” is made possible for our students because of your generosity. Students featured in this issue of The Olivetian are recipients of the following scholarships: Brittany Anderson* Robert Paul Meyer Scholarship Joshua Ayers* Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Soccer Matthew Boyce* Olivet Nazarene University Nazarene Scholarship Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Football Lukas Burr Olivet Nazarene University Pastor’s Child Scholarship Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Football Sara Byrne* Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Volleyball AJ Carraway ROTC Scholarship Amy Catlett* Andrew Clausen* Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Track and Field Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Cross Country Drew Collette* Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Track and Field Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Cross Country Michelle Davis* Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Soccer Seth Doran* Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Golf Tate Dugger* Indianapolis Westside Church of the Nazarene Scholarship Olivet Nazarene University Nazarene Scholarship

William Jackson Olivet Nazarene University Pastor’s Child Scholarship Andrew Johnson Dr. E.W. Martin Scholarship Olivet Nazarene University Pastor’s Child Scholarship Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Golf Danielle Johnston* Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Soccer Friends of Olivet Scholarship Jeremy Lochner* Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Football Cynthia Lopez* Olivet Nazarene University Nazarene Scholarship Olivet Nazarene University Music Scholarship Kenneth MacDonough* Detroit First Church of the Nazarene Scholarship Olivet Nazarene University Nazarene Scholarship Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Track and Field Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Cross Country Brandon McClure* Olivet Nazarene University Nazarene Scholarship Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Football Michelle McFadden* Sylvia L. Austin Scholarship Aubrey E. and Margaret Cooper Scholarship Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Volleyball

Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Golf Caleb Erway Morenci (Mich.) Church of the Nazarene Scholarship Rob Foley* Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Football Rodrigue Fontem* Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Soccer Friends of Olivet Scholarship Ryan Forneris* Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Baseball Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Football Marshall Fraley* Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Football Rory Fry* Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Football Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Track Olivet Nazarene University Resident Assistant DeeAnn Garvin* Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Volleyball Olivet Nazarene University Nazarene Scholarship Brittany Hengesh* Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Soccer Dan Herrmann* Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Football Joshua Howells* Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Football

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Vincent Mkhwanazi* Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Soccer Crawford International Scholarship Rachel Page* Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Soccer Jacob Peterson* Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Football Travis Powers* Olivet Nazarene University Nazarene Scholarship Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Football David Scherer* Olivet Nazarene University Nazarene Scholarship Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Football Tara Schmidt* Olivet Nazarene University Nazarene Scholarship Donald and Faith Bell Family Scholarship Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Volleyball Janel Schmitt Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship Erin Sikora* Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Volleyball Emily Tadla* Buker Family Scholarship Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Soccer Megan Taylor* Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Scholarship: Soccer

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To establish a student scholarship, or to contribute to an existing foundation scholarship, e-mail the Office of Development at development@olivet.edu or call 815-939-5171.


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    rittany Anderson’s ’09    adoption story is more     complicated than    most — she sees her    birth brothers and sisters often, only they are also her cousins. Her birth father, she knows as her uncle.    But perhaps what has figured into her story even more than criss-crossed family is how she’s overcome the stares and taunts and naysayers in her life — telling her the disability she was born with couldn’t be conquered.    Brittany was born premature, 10 weeks before her due date, weighing only 3 pounds, 12 ounces. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and was moved in and out of foster care due to suspicion of neglect on her parents’ part.    Her birth parents knew they needed to give Brittany better healthcare and an increase in future opportunities. So they made the difficult choice to create an adoption plan. At the age of 2, her birth father’s sister and her husband legally made Brittany their own.    This made her cousins her brothers, her aunt and uncle her parents, and swapped the role of her birth parents to aunt and uncle. Confusing, right?    “I don’t tell a lot of people my whole story because it’s so complicated and it’s hard to explain. But when I came to Olivet a few years ago, I formed close relationships, and I wanted my friends to know my story so they could be there for me on hard days,” confides Brittany.

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   When she was born, doctors predicted the worst: Brittany might not be able to graduate high school. At that point, college didn’t seem like a possibility. The number of disabilities she would have to live with and how much she would be able to accomplish independently were looming question marks.    Thankfully, Brittany has several victories disproving the professionals.    “Once I hit middle school, I pushed and made myself do all that I could. I worked hard because I had the goal to achieve.”    The stares of others as she walked with a wobbly gait down the halls of middle and high school did more to inspire her to success than to discourage her.    “I used to have a walker and people really stared then, but I got used to it. It made me angry sometimes, but by high school, I let it be a part of who I was and I worked harder.”    Brittany then did what doctors had deemed impossible: She signed up to attend college.    “My parents were a bit worried at first with me going to college so far away,” shares Brittany of the distance between Olivet and BRIT TANY her Michigan home. ANDERSON ’09    “But I wanted the environment Olivet had to offer. When I came to ONU, people stared at first. But now, people don’t even notice. It doesn’t feel like I stand out as much here. People have gotten to know me and have accepted me.”

They saw possibilities where I couldn’t find them.

… my triumph over obstacles does not go unnoticed.

Help over the hurdles

   Helping make Brittany’s dreams for college a reality is former ONU student R. Paul Meyer ’59, who fully understands the physical struggles Brittany has had to overcome.    He has conquered one powerful obstacle of his own — polio. Stricken with the virus in 1951, the then-17-year-old was just weeks away from becoming a senior at old Kankakee High School.    Following the onslaught of the disease, he was paralyzed for several weeks and told by his doctor he might not walk again. But Paul rallied, and with the help of his parents, rehabilitated.    Paul then went on to earn his high school diploma, a degree in economics and education from Olivet, as well as a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Arizona State University.

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   The Kankakee School District hired Paul as a junior high teacher, making them the first district in the state to hire a person with a physical disability as a teacher. He taught for six years in the classroom and served as a guidance counselor in the Kankakee School District for 33 years.    Paul, a humble, friendly man, still lives with the physical effects of polio. For years, he taught using crutches or sitting in a chair. Now he spends much of his time in a wheelchair.    He still vividly remembers visiting Olivet with his dad before he chose to attend, discussing with then-University president, Dr. Harold W. Reed, and Professor Kent Hall, how he could get up and down the stairs of Burke Administration Building for daily classes.


“They saw possibilities where I couldn’t find them,” shares Paul. The possibilities included a team of four fellow male students who alternated amongst others within the student body to carry him up the stairs, day in and out.    “The guys would make a competition of it. One guy had a stopwatch, and they would time themselves and try and beat the time from the day before. So we’d race up the stairs,” shares Paul, remembering.    “Back then, it never occurred to us that something bad could happen, like getting hurt,” he chuckles.

Paying it forward

   Those memories of the true challenge it was to attend school prompted him to continue to touch the lives of Olivetians through his scholarship fund to students with physical disabilities.

   Brittany is very grateful he does. She is one of many students he has assisted along their paths through Olivet toward fulfilling their goals.    “I have had a lot of obstacles to overcome to get to where I am today, and I believe that receiving this scholarship from [Mr. Meyer] is just another way of God showing me that He is in control and that my triumph over obstacles does not go ­unnoticed,” shares Brittany in a thank you note to Paul.    “Having faith that God created me for a purpose has helped me overcome because I have faith that God is using my cerebral palsy for some reason. My faith helps me get through school and to work hard, to keep trying, even though I don’t know why I have cerebral palsy or why my life is the way it is.”    Brittany’s dream is to work in a hospital with children. She’s had her share of stints in a hospital room due to multiple childhood surgeries. Unlike

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most kids who hope to avoid doctors’ offices, Brittany is trying her hardest to spend much of her time there.    Brittany savored the community and the friendly atmosphere of the hospitals she frequented as a kid and it is primarily those good memories and her own struggles with health that have ignited a desire to go back.    A senior majoring in medical social work, she hopes to eventually work at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.    Like Paul, Brittany’s faith causes her to give back and allow her challenges and victories to enable and encourage people mustering their own journeys through physical disability.    “Understanding more about what faith is has helped me overcome the obstacles of feeling inferior to everyone else. Faith is something I will always be learning.”

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Class Notes 19 60s Richard Nye ’64 will serve as principal of the newly formed Veritas Christian High School, the first and only Christian college/prep high school in the greater Ann Arbor, Michigan, area. The high school will be opening in 2009 with grades 9 and 10. Grades 11 and 12 will ­follow.

19 70s Duane ’74 and Nora (Holmes) ’71 Brush, after nearly 30 years in pastoral ministry, have moved to Kansas City, where Duane is a new assistant editor in the WordAction adult curriculum at Nazarene Publishing House. Nora is enjoying being full-time nanny to their threeyear-old grandson, Christopher. Mark ’77 and Kris (Harp) ’76 Ryan recently began their work as missionaries with the Church of the Nazarene in Madrid, Spain.

Mark and Kris Ryan

Dan Danner ’78 is currently adjunct professor of psychology and sociology at DeVry University, in Kansas City, Mo. He and his wife, Mickie, have a 14-year-old son, David, and a daughter, Sara, who is a senior at Olivet.

19 80s David Canton ’80 retired from the United States Public Health Service after nearly 28 years of active federal service. He has assumed the position of medical director for the Emanuel Physician Center, Turlock, Calif. The Physician Center is the hospital-based clinic system of Emanuel Medical Center, a faithbased facility owned by the Evangelical Covenant Church. Vern Horner ’81, recently joined Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics as manager of secondary technical operations. He and his wife, Wanda (Hodge) ’82, relocated to Liverpool, England. Dr. David Reinhart ’85 recently became lecturer in philosophy and religious studies at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. For the past five years, David has taught business ethics and Christian thought at DePaul University. David is married to Rev. Elisa Brandt and they have two daughters, Greta, 2 and Sophia, 5. David has two sons, Jake, 14, and John, 17. Patrick Kuntz ’88 and Renata KuntzMeszaros: A boy, William Patrick, April 15, 2008. He joins older brothers Austin, 14, Matt 11, and Andrew, 3. Patrick is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, William and serving as a nurse direcAustin Kuntz tor in Heidelberg, Germany. Renata is a small business owner. The family resides in Heidelberg, Germany. Dennis Thompson ’88 has completed the Principal’s Licensure Program at Indiana Wesleyan and is currently the principal at Selma Middle School in Selma, Ind. He and his wife, Melina (Wedmore) ’87, live near Selma with their sons Kyle, 18, and Grant, 11.

19 90s Brian ’91 and Jill (Holder) Penrod ’92: A boy, Aiden Scott, November 15, 2007. He joins siblings Madison, 5, Sarah, 15, and Matthew, Madison and 14. Brian is a supervisor Aiden Penrod of distribution at Millipore and Jill is a teacher at Lavasseur Elementary School. The family resides in Bourbonnais, Ill. Richard and Amy (Gillespie) ’93 Ashley: Twins, Clark Kiattisak and Amanda Chiraphat, adoption finalized July Clark and Amanda Ashley 15, 2008. Richard is a middle school science teacher, and Amy is an elementary art teacher. The family resides in Fenton, Mich. Jodi Goble ’93 announces the UNC Charlotte Opera Workshop in partnership with the Digital Design Center in the School of Architecture will premiere her new work for women’s chorus and soloists, “Solomon Songs,” in conjunction with Randall Thompson’s one-act chamber opera ‘Solomon and Balkis.’ Ms. Goble will also give a master class at UNC and perform a recital of her own works with Anne Harley, soprano, during the week leading up to the premiere. Forrest and Kathleen (Bigham) ’93 Jonson: A boy, Blake Matthew, September 16, 2008. Kathleen works as an orthopedic physical therapist and Forrest works for the Oregon Zoo. They reside in Portland, Ore.

Jim ’97 and Emily Pilat: A girl, Riley Katherine, February 8, 2008. She joins Allison Emma, 2. They reside in Novi, Mich.

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M a rc u s ’ 9 7 a n d Kelley Wood: A girl, Kamryn Marie, April 9, 2008. The family is currently living in Abilene, Texas.

Kamryn Wood

Karla (Godwin) ’97 and Daniel Pralle: A boy, Keenan Wade, November 30, 2007. He joins sister Kiara, 5, and brother Kyler, 4. Karla is presently a stay-at-home mom. They reside in Bourbonnais. Kristie (Tussey) ’99 and Jason Delk ’98: A boy, Jace Walker, May 26, 2008. Kristie is a psychology/world history teacher and varsity softball coach at St. Petersburg High, and Jason is a sr. vice president and commercial lending manager at Old Harbor Bank. They reside in St. Jace Delk Petersburg, Fla.

Tracee (DiGiulio) ’98 and Doug Smith ’98: A girl, Emilie Ann, August 7, 2008. She joins brother Douglas Tyler, 6. Tracee is a part-time RN at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Doug is in sales with Hilti, Inc. They reside in Fla.

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Emilie and Douglas Smith

Catherine (Boles) ’98 and David Farling: A girl, Sarah Ruth, August 13, 2007. Sarah joins big sister Elizabeth. Catherine is a quality auditor with Kraft Foods. David is a stay-at-home dad. They reside in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Bruce ’98 and Dana (Smith) ’98 Heavner: A girl, Louisa Madeline, July 9, 2008. She joins big brothers and sister, Keegan, 7, Jacqueline, 4, and Maverick, 16 months. Bruce is a senior network Louisa, Keegan, Jacqueline and Maverick Heavner engineer for Glasshouse Technologies in Chicago and Dana is a busy homeschooling mom.

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Janet (Gross) ’95 and Steve Rohde ’90: A girl, Adaline Ruth, December 26, 2007. She joins brothers Jackson, 2, and Maxwell, 8. ­Janet works in the Building Department for the city of Valparaiso, Ind. Steve is the ministry equipping pastor at Real Life Community Church. They reside in Portage, Ind. Adaline Rohde Jay ’95 and Shayne (Morrison) ’97 Phillips: A boy, Logan Ethan, February 23, 2008. Logan joins big brother Tyler, 3. Jay is a real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty and Shayne is a stay-athome mom. They reside Logan Phillips in Ballwin, Mo. Brent ’95 and Cindy Freesmeyer: A girl, Kelsey Ann, April 4, 2008. Kelsey joins big sister Kaitlyn, 3. Brent is a project manager at Klingner & Associates in Quincy, Ill. Cindy is an accountant at Shotts, Merryman & Co. in Pittsfield, Ill. They reside in Pittsfield. Kevin ’95 and Andrea (Holmgren) ’97 Rector: A girl, Anna Grace, June 5, 2008. She joins big brother Zeb, 4 and big sister Isabelle, 3. Kevin is the pastor of the Wausau Church of the Nazarene and Andrea is currently a stay-atZeb, Anna and home mom. They reIsabelle Rector side in Wausau, Wis.

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Alumni & Friends Gatherings in a city near you!

Send us your news and pictures. Please submit alumni news, less than one year old, in the format printed in this section. Be sure to include all in­for­mation, including class year. Due to space constraints, not all pictures will be used, and content may be edited. News should be sent via e-mail to TheOlivetian@olivet.edu, at www.olivet.edu or through the mail to The Olivetian, Olivet Nazarene University, One University Avenue, Bourbonnais, IL 60914. Pictures must be sent through e-mail or uploaded online. For detailed Class Notes guidelines, visit www.olivet.edu and select “The Olivetian” from the Quick Links menu.

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Robert (RJ) ’99 and Angela (Harris) ’99 ­Droese: A girl, Taylor Jo, October 3, 2008. She joins sister, Catherine Janelle (CJ), 3. RJ is serving as youth pastor in North Carolina. Angela is enjoying being a stay-at-home mom.

Taylor Droese

Tara (Heflick) ’99 and Dale Trump: A boy, Joel Silas, October 9, 2008. He joins his two brothers, Justin, 5, and Jamin, 3. Tara is a stay-at-home mom and Dale works at Indiana Heat Transfer Corp. They reside in Argos, Ind. Joel Trump

20 00s Bridget (Nixon) ’00 and Lee Yowell ’00: A boy, Peyton Graham, April 21, Peyton Yowell 2008. He joins sister Grace, 2, and brothers Ashton, 4, and Houston, 5. Bridget is a first grade teacher for the Mount Vernon City School District, and Lee is the associate dean of student development at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. They reside in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

Melissa Rice

Melissa Rice ’00 completed her MBA from Kaplan University on September 23, 2008. She currently resides in San Diego, Calif. She is an executive assistant for Janus Research Group in support of the JPEO JTRS HMS DOD program.

Ryan ’00 and Cara (McElhinney) Hively ’00: A boy, Gavin Reis, August 14, 2008. He joins big brother, Grahm Ryan, 2. Cara is a full-time mom and Ryan is in the Indianapolis commercial real estate industry. They reside in Gavin Hively Fishers, Ind.

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Jaime (Bartling) ’01 and Andy Matthews: A boy, Evan Joseph, October 7, 2008. He joins sister Noelle, 2, and sister in heaven, Charlotte. They reside in Nashville, Tenn.

David Jr. ’02 and Margaret (Hicke) Lampton, adopted their second daughter on August 19, 2008. Her name is Marie Angelica. She was born on August 29, 2005. On October 20, 2008, a son, Zachariah Dawson was born. Marie and Zacha- Angel and Marie Lampton riah join sister, Angel Victoria, 7. Peggy is a stay-at-home mom and David is a manager for Burger King. They reside in Portage, Ind. Kristi (Bennett) Gruver ’02 just received her PhD in molecular genetics in November of 2007 from The Ohio State University. She married Aaron Gruver on April 12, 2008 in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. Kristi is now pursuing a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Cleveland Kristi and Aaron Gruver Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute, continuing in her research on head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, and Aaron is in his residency in anatomical and clinical pathology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. The couple currently lives in University Heights, Ohio. Amanda (Wangler) ’02 and Phil Cox ’02: A girl, Payton Alexandra, August 7, 2008. She joins brother Landon, 2. Phil is a dean of students at Danville High School, and Amanda is a first grade teacher at Judith Giacoma Grade School in Westville, Ill. They rePayton Cox side in Catlin, Ill.

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Joel ’03/’07 MBA and Lauren (Gidcumb) Mingus ’04/’06 MA: A girl, Isadora Chloe, October 2, 2007. Joel is a project manager at a civil engineering firm MG2A and has recently been certified as a professional engineer. Lauren is a coach and is currently a stay-at-home mother. They reside in Lauren, Isadora and Kankakee, Ill. Aaron and Amanda (Goodbred) ’03 Wilderman: Twin boys, Levi and Silas, February 19, 2008. Amanda now enjoys staying home and being a mommy. Aaron is employed at Caterpillar, Inc. as a manufacturing engineer.

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Reid Peachey ’06 and Tracey Staples ’06 were married on December 15, 2007, in DeMotte, Ind. Reid works at Bourbonnais Upper Grade Center and Tracey works for Dr. Stephen Hermes. They reside in Bourbonnais, Ill.

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Tracey (Staples) ’06 and Reid Peachey ’06: A boy, Ryder Brent, September 11, 2008. Reid is a teacher and coach and Tracey is a registered nurse. The family resides in Bourbonnais, Ill.

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Aaron ’05 and Jenna (McGraw) ’05 Stapleton have moved to London, England, as a result of a job transfer by Aaron’s company, Ernst and Young LLP. They will be staying in London for 18 months.

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Erin (Ouwenga) ’05 and Nicholas Rogers: A girl, Katherine Eleanor, July 2, 2008. Erin is the program/training Assistant for Dallas CASA, and Nicholas is a first year Gastroenterology Fellow Katherine Rogers at UT Southwestern in Dallas. They reside in Richardson, Texas.

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Karla (Crawford) ’03 and Jason ­Aukerman: A girl, Brynne ­Reece, August 23, 2008. Karla is a second grade teacher and Jason works at Olivet as the Web marketing manager. They reside in Bourbonnais, Ill.

Amanda (Stephenson) ’04 and Joshua Sollie ’04: A girl, Hannah Grace, September 14, 2008. Amanda is a school social worker with Valley View School District 365U and Joshua is a Spanish teacher at Hannah Sollie Lockport Township High School. They reside in Crest Hill, Ill. Jessica (Costanzo) ’05 and Ken Bloom ’03: A boy, Lukas Raymond, June 6, 2008. Jessica is a stay-at-home mom. Ken works as a police officer in Richton Park, Ill. They reside in Monee, Ill. Stephen ’05 and Christine (Becker) Case ’05: A girl, Charlotte Anne, August 30, 2008. She joins twin brothers Jack and Baylor, 18 months. Stephen is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Charlotte Case Sciences and director of Strickler Planetarium at Olivet. Christine is a stay-at-home mom. The family resides in Kankakee, Ill.

Brian Canaday ’07 and Audrey Lareau ’06 were married on April 19, 2008, in Lenexa, Kansas, at Central Church of the Nazarene. Brian is a news reporter for WAND Newscenter 17 and Audrey is a manager at Victoria’s Secret. They currently reside in Brian and Audrey Springfield, Ill. Canaday

Lauren Kehl ’07 and Michael Ryba ’07 were married on July 12, 2008 in Palos Heights, Ill. Lauren teaches math at Lincolnway East High School in Frankfort, Ill. Michael is employed as a network administrator at NASS in Burr Ridge, Ill. They reside in Orland Michael and Lauren Ryba Park, Ill. Robert Thimons ’08 and Susan Ritzema ’08 were married on June 7, 2008 in Oak Lawn, IL. They now reside in Wilmore, Ky. where Robert works at Asbury College. Susan and Robert Thimons continued, next page

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Jessica Swanson ’06 has completed an MA in teaching at American University in Washington D.C. She is currently working as operations manager of D.C. Prep Benning Elementary School and resides in D.C.

Anne (Wadsworth) ’03 and Scott Whalen ’04: A girl, Elizabeth Faith, August 15, 2008. Scott is the associate pastor at the Sterling First Church of the Nazarene. Anne is the choir director at Challand Middle School. They currently reside in Sterling, Ill.

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Elizabeth (Angell) ’02 and Brian Bloom ’04: A girl, Grace Elizabeth, July 21, 2008. Brian is a premium insurance auditor for Information Providers, Inc. and Elizabeth is a stay-at-home mom. They reside in Indianapolis, Ind.

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Sarah (Lewis) Kemp ’01 and Bobby Kemp ’04: A girl, Sophia Grace, April 18, 2008. Bobby is the student ministries pastor at Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene and Sarah is the senior social worker for Harrisonburg Rockingham Sophia Kemp Social Services. They reside in Harrisonburg, Va.

Sarah (Mastroianni) ’03 and Josh Luff: A girl, Madison Olivia, April 13, 2008. Sarah is a stay-at-home mom, and Josh is an account manager for CDW. They reside in Wheaton, Ill.

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James Harlan Milby ’68 LLD

went to his heavenly home on July 3, 2008. He was born on May 3, 1911 in New Berlin, Ill. He was raised and educated in Springfield, Ill. where he attended Brown Business College. He owned Milby Brothers Legal Supply Company, Tom and Sally’s Card and Gift Store and Tom and Sally’s Christian Bookstore in Springfield, Ill. He was one of four founders of Alexander Hamilton Life Insurance Company which is now part of Jefferson Pilot Insurance Company. Jim spent a lifetime in service to others. He taught a Sunday school class for over 30 years. He was a member of Rotary Club of Brentwood and was active in Rotary for over 40 years. He was also an active member of Gideon’s International and a member of Harpeth Heights Baptist Church.    From 1957–1961, James raised $5,000,000 for Olivet Nazarene University to build five buildings in memory of his son, Tom. For his service to Olivet, Jim received an honorary doctorate degree in 1968.

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with his parents and two younger brothers in Glendale. Ken met and married Margaret Jones in 1951, in Charleston, W. Va. Ken and Margaret settled in southern Calif., living first in Glendale and then Torrance and were long time members of the Torrance Church of the Nazarene. Ken’s professional life was spent in the service of Hughes Aircraft Company where he was employed for 32 years. Ken’s commitment to God and the church was expressed through many avenues of service. Ken and Margaret had four children.

James A. Weeks ’47 of Nashville, Tenn., passed away Tuesday, August 19, 2008. He was married for 68 years to his loving wife, Violet. Rev. Weeks has been an Elder in the Church of the Nazarene for more than 50 years. He pastored in the Midwest, Nashville, and also served as director of the American/British Bible Societies in Beirut, Lebanon from 1958– 1962. Kenneth Noble Jilbert ’49 passed away on October 7, 2008. Ken was born on September 10, 1923 in Pontiac, Mich., to William and Francis Jilbert. Following a childhood in Pontiac, he enrolled in Olivet Nazarene College in Bourbonnais, Ill. and then volunteered for service in the Army. He returned to Olivet Nazarene College, where he received a bachelor of arts in business administration. Following college, he located in southern Calif., living

19 50s Rev. Leslie Wooten ’51 of Las Vegas, formerly of Decatur, passed away on Sunday, March 2, 2008 at NV State Veteran’s Home. Rev. Wooten was born on January 13, 1923 in White County, Ill., to Jerry M. and Anna B. (Wimpleberger) Wooten. He

married Opal Nadyne Garwood on March 30, 1946 in Carmi, Ill. From 1940–1942 he was employed by the Ashland Oil company as a gauger. In 1943, he joined the army and served in the 9th Armored Infantry in the WWII Rhineland/Central European Theatre, where he achieved the rank of sergeant. He was awarded the Purple Heart. He graduated from Olivet Nazarene College in 1951 with a bachelor of theology degree. That same year Rev. Wooten founded the Oak Grove Church of the Nazarene, where he served as pastor until his retirement in July of 1997.

19 70s Donna L. (Najarian) Green ’76, of San Jose, Calif., passed away on October 6, 2008. Donna was married to Jerry Green and had three sons, Paul, Phillip and Timothy.

‘It’s just who he was’ Remembering Robert “Bob” Kring ’74

UPCOMING EVENTS

  Robert M. “Bob” Kring Sr. ’74, age 56, entered into a new life with His Savior on Friday, Nov. 28, 2008 at his home.    The following is a tribute which was prepared and read by friend and co-worker Rev. Woody Webb during his memorial service.

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   In moments like this, it is difficult to capture with words the breadth of emotion when speaking about a spiritual giant. Over the years, and particularly in recent months, it’s been a joy to hear others talk about how Bob Kring impacted their life. And this, of course, includes his own family, which is often the true test of a man’s character and witness.    Many of us can identify one or two individuals who played a significant part in our own spiritual growth and development. For many of you and hundreds of others, that person was Bob Kring.    I had the privilege of knowing and appreciating Bob through his ministry on the campus of Olivet. However, Bob’s impact on Olivet was felt long before he joined the student development staff.    Bob spent his entire ministry career on the Olivet region. One of his many responsibilities included eight years as the regional NYI president. It was through Bob’s vision and leadership that the annual Celebrate Life event grew from a one-day Bible quiz meet involving 200 students into a three-day event with dozens of competitions and over 2000 participants.    As a result, Celebrate Life became a tradition that played an important role in the number of students who attended Olivet. Think of the impact of just that one contribution.    Although Bob left traditional full-time church youth ministry when he joined the Olivet staff, he continued to view his work as ministry. It’s just who he was.    When Bob and his family moved to Bourbonnais, he didn’t even think about whether or not he would volunteer with the youth staff at College Church. Bob was never shy about stepping up and asking, “How can I help?” It’s just who he was.    Throughout Bob’s life, he had several ministry titles: youth pastor, district president, regional director, campus recreation and intramurals director, coach, resident director, staff member. However, I learned quickly that titles didn’t mean much to Bob unless they provided opportunities for ministry. It’s just who he was.    As a key member of the Student Development Leadership Team, he meant the world to those of us who worked with him on a daily basis. When Bob spoke, we listened, because he was speaking from 25 years of experience and a heart for young people.    As Olivet’s director of campus recreation and intramurals, Bob carried on a tradition of excellence which involved more student participants than in Olivet’s history. It was not unusual for directors from other colleges and universities to seek Bob’s advice and input.    Bob understood what “incarnational ministry” meant. Whether he was refereeing a game, organizing a large event, traveling with Club Volleyball or praying with a student, his life embodied the call of Christ: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” It’s just who he was.

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Women’s Cross Country

   After qualifying for the NAIA National Meet six consecutive years, the Tigers struggled through the 2008 season with a string of injuries sidelining three of their five runners.    With only two runners competing, the Tigers were unable to post a team score in any of their meets. Both ­Katie Thorne ’11 and Amy Catlett ’10 posted their best times in their first meet, the Mel Brodt Invitational, when Thorne’s 21:10.44 took 32nd place and Catlett’s 25:25.56 was good enough for 69 th place.

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BY JALISA SMITH ’11

“She is the best person I know,” says Marcio Das Neves ’11, describing his wife. “I wake up everyday and think about her.”

tended Mid-Continent University in Mayfield, Ky. The school did not offer his major, so he transferred to Olivet. The defenseman impressed newly hired head coach Justin Crew at tryouts.    “He is an intelligent man, a fantastic guy and just a hard worker,” said Justin. “He is a big-time addition    Driven by the love for his wife and a passion for to our team.” the game, Marcio knows that playing soccer at Olivet    Marcio is one of many international athletes at will provide an opportunity for a better life for the Olivet, and one of seven on the men’s soccer team. both of them. Coach Crew believes the international players bring    Although playing soccer in the United States is a lot to the table. something Marcio loves doing, he finds it    “I love having the international guys, difficult at times. His wife of one year still and I think they bring a passion for the lives in Brazil, but he trusts the separasport that is beyond just competing,” tion is for the best. said Crew. “They also bring a maturity    “I’m just sad because I’m married level, not just on the field but in life in and this is my second year so far away general.” from my wife,” Marcio says. “But I know    Because Marcio is an international it would bring us a better life.” athlete, he does not receive federal aid    From the time he wakes up in the for tuition like many students at Olivet. morning until the time he goes to sleep He is here on a scholarship, but he also at night, Marcio Das Neves Jr. has a true works on the clean-up crew and lives off passion for soccer. In fact, Marcio has campus to cut down expenses. MARCIO DAS NEVES JR. soccer in his blood.    “I work on campus in the mainte   Marcio’s father played professionally in Brazil, nance center, but I can’t live on campus because it and his younger brother still plays professionally. The is too expensive,” he says. “And the price of books 26-year-old sophomore followed in his family’s foot- just makes it hard on my life.” steps.    But Marcio does see a light at the end of the    “I started playing soccer when I was 10 years old tunnel. and went to the soccer club until I was 20 years    “I’m pretty sure my wife is coming to the United old,” he says. “So I have been playing soccer all of States in January, and everything is looking good so my life.” far,” he says. “I can’t wait until December when I go    Marcio has always had the support of his parents, back to Brazil and get a visa for her, and then we but his father encouraged him the most. come back [together] in January.”    “My dad always asked me if I wanted to come    Marcio may have a lot of question marks in his life and play, and try to get a better life like him,” said right now, but he is sure of one thing. Marcio. “Coming to the United States, I knew I could    “I know getting a United States degree will be so do that.” good for me when I go back home to Brazil; it’ll be    Marcio moved from his home town in Porto Alegre, easier to find a job,” said Marcio. “I know I will have Brazil, to the United States two years ago, and at- a better life in the future.”

SPORTSSHORTS

   The men’s cross country team again had a strong season, receiving their firstever NAIA Top 10 ranking. After winning a third consecutive Chicago­land Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship, the team moved up to No. 9 in the polls and finished 14th at the National NAIA Meet. In addition to their CCAC Meet victory, the Tigers won the Brissman Lundeen Invitational and finished in the top 10 in every regular season meet.    Drew Collette ’11 led the Tigers throughout the season and won the CCAC meet with a time of 25:46.87. The top of the CCAC leader board was Tigerheavy with four more Olivetians finishing in the top 10: Alex Gerber ’09 (second), Kenny MacDonough ’11 (fourth), Andrew Clausen ’10 (sixth) and Caleb Erway ’09 (eighth).

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Marcio Das Neves Jr. is one of many international athletes at Olivet, and one of seven on the men’s soccer team.

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tional and capped the year with a sixth place finish at the NCCAA National Meet. Tate ­Dugger ’10 led the way early in the season, posting Olivet’s low scores in the first two tournaments. Andrew Johnson ’08 posted the low score for the Tigers’ third place finish at the Illinois Valley Invitational, while Seth Doran ’10 led the team at the NCCAA National Championship.    The Tigers will look to take their success and turn it into momentum for the spring season, when they’ll have the opportunity to compete in the NAIA National Tournament.

Football

   While the Tigers had hoped to give coach Gary Newsome a winning record during his final season as head football coach, the team dropped three of their first four games and could never gain momentum for the season. Through 10 games, they were 3-7 overall and 2-4 in the MSFA Midwest League.    Quarterback Ryan Forneris ’09 directed the offense, throwing for 893 yards on 95-of-73 passing. He had six touchdowns and three interceptions. Dan Herrman ’08 led the receivers with 39 receptions for 373 yards and four touchdowns, while Marshall ­Fraley ’10 added 30 receptions for 198 yards and a touchdown. Fraley also led the ground attack with 204 rushes for 915 yards and six touchdowns.    Defensively, Travis Powers ’12 led the team with 99 tackles. Rob Foley stepped up for four interceptions for 143 yards and two touchdowns.    Jeremy Lochner ’09 anchored the return game with six punt returns for 43 yards and 23 kick returns for 397 yards. Josh Howells ’12 connected on six of 11 field goals, while Jordan Thompson ’08 and Zach Alexander ’10 split the punting responsibilities.

Men’s Soccer

   Thanks to a hot start, the men’s soccer team earned their first-ever national ranking. Ranked No. 25 in week two, they reached as high as No. 13 in the regular season. After a 6-0-4 start, the Tigers cooled a bit, going 4-4-0 for the remainder of the season. They finished 10-3-5 and 5-3-1 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, losing in a shoot out in the CCAC quarterfinals.    Ian Perrotte ’12 led the offense with six goals. Josh Ayers ’10 led the team with 13 total points, was second with five goals, and led the team with three assists. Marcio Das Neves ’11, Chris Walker ’08 and Billy Jackson ’11 finished the year with four goals and multiple assists.    Rodrigue Fontem ’09 and goalkeeper Matt Walker ’12 led the defense, which gave up 13 goals for a .66 goals against average and had 11 shutouts in 18 games.

Golf

   The Tiger golf team prepped for their traditional spring season with a successful fall outing. The team started the shortened season with a second place finish at the College of DuPage Invita-

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   Much like the previous year, the season started promisingly — and a strong finish led to the Tigers taking home the National Christian College Athletic Association National Championship. After a 6-1 start, the women’s soccer team lost five of their next nine games. After a double overtime loss to Robert Morris in the CCAC tournament quarterfinals, the Tigers regrouped to win the NCCAA North Central Regional Quarterfinal and Semifinal for a chance to compete in the NCAA National Tournament in Kissimmee, Fla. There, they won three straight, including a 2-1 decision against The Master’s College in the championship game. The Tigers finished the season 15-7-1.    Michelle Davis ’11 posted a teamhigh 24 goals, including three against both Calumet College-St. Joseph and St. Xavier. Rachel Page ’09 scored 10 goals and dished out eight assists, while Janel Schmidt ’11 scored seven goals and dished out a team-leading 12 ­assists.    Goalkeeper Danielle Johnston ’10 posted a 1.45 goals against average, recording 92 saves.

Women’s Tennis

   For the second consecutive year, the lone setback on the women’s tennis fall schedule was a loss to the University of Chicago. The Tigers easily handled the fall season, going 7-1, including shut outs to St. Ambrose University, Calumet College of St. Joseph and University of St. Francis.

Volleyball

   Expectations were high after the Tigers put together an incredible run to the NAIA National Tournament in 2007. With a strong mix of newcomers and veterans, the team went unbeaten in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, winning the regular season championship and the tournament championship. Ranked No. 23 in the preseason poll, the Tigers climbed to No. 15 by the end of the regular season.    After dropping six of their first eight matches, the Tigers went on a tear, winning 31 of their last 34 regular season matches, including an incredible 15-match winning streak. The streak included wins over No. 9 Georgetown College and No. 23 Campbellsville University. In post season play, the team defeated Asbury College in the opening round of the NAIA National Tournament to advance to the final round of 24 in Sioux City, Iowa. The Tigers dropped their first two matches in pool play, including a five-set thriller against No. 3 Concordia University, but concluded the season with a win over No. 22 Walsh University. They finished the season with a 38-11 record.    Erin Sikora ’10 directed the offense with 1,555 assists, while ­M ichelle ­McFadden ’09 led the attack with 478 kills. DeeAnn Garvin ’12 anchored the defense with 827 digs and Sara Byrne ’11 added 168 blocks. Garvin also contributed 52 aces on the season.

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Former Tigers shine under international spotlight    Unlike his former teammate, Landon Colling ’02 never intended to take his baseball career to the big time, and instead set his sights on becoming an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon). Ironically, it was just a “hobby” that took him for his second appearance at the Re/Max World Long Drive Championships in Mesquite, Nevada. After trying long driving while in medical school, Colling began winning both local and regional championships, qualifying him for the sport’s culminating event in front of a sellout crowd and national media.    Colling placed third out of 128 international competitors, and first amongst U.S. competitors. Colling’s average drive in the competition was 396 yards, with his longest reaching 414 yards. He made it into the semifinal round with a drive of 405. The competition will be broadcast by ESPN at 3 p.m. ET Christmas Eve and 2 p.m. ET on Christmas Day. Also look for a spread on Colling in an upcoming issue of Golf Tips Magazine (Power Golf Edition).

TOP: Zobrist catches a ball hit by Philadelphia Phillies’ Shane Victorino during the seventh inning of Game 4 in Philadelphia, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008. LEFT: Colling, currently a resident at Ohio State University, out performed a legion of seasoned golf pros with his long drive.

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College-St. Joseph. A hat trick by Michelle Davis, and two more goals against Spring Arbor College, and a shut out by Brittany Hengesh propelled them to CCAC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week. Goalkeeper Danielle Johnston was a twotime Defensive Player of the Week after posting two shut outs and 17 saves the week ending Aug. 30 and a shut out with eight saves the week ending Sept. 14. The team wrapped up the regular season with Davis again being named Offensive Player of the Week after a hat trick against St. Xavier University and Emily Tadla being named CCAC Defensive Player of the Week after recording numerous takeaways,

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   Football: All-MSFA: Lucas Burr, Travis Powers; Second team: Marshall Fraley, David Scherer; Honorable mention: Kendall Thomas, Matt Boyce, Rory Fry, Jeremy Lochner, Brandon McClure, Jake Peterson, Rob Foley.    Men’s Soccer: All-Conference: Rodrigue Fontem, Vincent ­Mkhwanazi, Matt Walker; Honorable mention: Josh Ayers.    Women’s Soccer: All-Conference: Michelle Davis, Janel Schmitt; Honorable mention: ­Brittany Hengesh.    Volleyball: Player of the Year Michelle McFadden; Setter of the Year Erin Sikora; Freshman of the Year DeeAnn Garvin; Coach of the Year Brenda Williams; All- CCAC : Sara Byrne, Michelle McFadden, Tara Schmidt, Erin Sikora; Honorable mention: DeeAnn Garvin.

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   Zobrist, of the Tampa Bay Rays, got his first start of the postseason Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Game 1 of the MLB World Series. He made the first out of the game on a running catch and went 1-for-3 at the plate.    Though the World Series was certainly the highlight of his career to date, Zobrist also made a splash the last week of the regular season. He earned American League Player of the Week honors after totaling four home runs and seven RBI as the Rays clinched the AL East Division title.    Zobrist played for Olivet from 2002 to 2004, leading the Tigers to two College World Series appearances.

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s they sat side-by-side in the Tiger dugout just a few short years ago, no one would have imagined Ben Zobrist ’04 and Landon Colling ’02 would enter the international spotlight — on completely different stages — during the exact same week. Yet that is exactly what transpired this October.


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You wear a lot of musical ‘hats.’ Describe a typical day.    I teach grades 5–12 band and choir in Donovan, Ill., a small school about 40 miles away from Bourbonnais. I also ­direct Olivet’s marching band and concert band.    I am at school early, then I leave school around 3:30 p.m. to make it to Olivet for rehearsal nights. There, we run off drill charges, do stretches, music warm-ups and marching basics. We review and clean up music for a few hours.

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After a long summer, how did you whip the ONU band into shape for the fall football season?   You do need to get into shape to play most of these instruments while also marching. To do that, we have a two-week band camp in August. We rehearse for about nine hours a day. This year, we had 90 degree days!    Then, we get out there onto the practice field and get used to holding something while marching and learn the new songs. There is a lot of repetition. We rehearse hard, in the same way we will perform, and it pays off.

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What is the difference between teaching elementary and college students?    I have found that many of the same basics apply to all of my students. No matter the age, I strive to hold everyone accountable for their performance and participation in class. A music ensemble is one of the clearest definitions of a democracy; every part has an equal voice and contributes to the overall sound of the group.

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How do you organize all of the details, the music, the ­choreography?    I have these panic moments now and then. When I write the drill piece and see real people actually moving to it and think, ‘that doesn’t work so well.’ Sometimes it’s chaotic. But that’s why we practice. We

have a great group of faculty and student leaders. I couldn’t do it all without them.

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Who is the band made up of?   Both music and nonmusic majors. Everyone has to audition, but we encourage and get people from all different backgrounds. We have players from 20-people [high school] programs and others from programs of 200 people.    We are the only Nazarene school with a marching band, and one of only 11 schools — out of 110 — in the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities with one. This has become a source of pride for the students and community.

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What were the songs on the marching band’s playlist this       fall?    Some new, groovin’ pieces: Swing Swing Swing, Kuidam and a Big Band chart. They are challenging but approachable for all players.

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Any funny stories you have from teaching?    On graduating from college, I dreamed of a high school job at a large school. God had other plans, and quite a great sense of humor. He dropped me into a K–12 program where I was confronted by a class full of five-year-olds. I have an absolute blast, after being quite nervous the first couple of class periods.    I learned early on to adapt and be a little less structured than I was used to. In the end, I was able to meet some of the most responsible and mature people in the world — kindergarteners!

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What songs are on your iPod?   Solti’s recording of Mahler 7 with the Chicago Symphony, North Texas

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You write some music for the marching band. Where do you get your inspiration?    I currently write the drill, or movements, for the marching band. I admit that I get inspiration from a little bit of everywhere. I am constantly attending competitions, performances, and rehearsals by students of all ages and learning how different groups put together a successful program.    Some of my drill ideas came from my high school director, Greg Bimm, and his innovative ways of dealing with forms and textures. All of these have an influence on how I write.

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In what ways do you see   ONU’s Department of Music preparing students for their careers?    The music department is blessed with a faculty whose aim is to see students succeed. They realize excellence is always found in the journey and the day-to-day rehearsals and classes. All of this is done with a Christian focus. Students are also a part of a wider community that has many musical needs and opportunities.    Being close to Chicago also exposes students to world class opera, music theatre, and symphonic concerts by the Chicago Symphony (my favorite!). Students are given all the tools necessary to prepare them for their careers. They are then responsible to utilize these tools in preparing themselves and maturing their own musical talents and interests.


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