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August 2013




FINISHING STRONG As members of the Class of 2013 crossed the stage this May, they were greeted and cheered on by a multitude of their biggest fans — Olivet faculty, staff, family and friends. With a total of 1,428 graduates, this year’s graduating class was the largest in Olivet’s history.



THE MAGAZINE Barbecues, freshly cut grass, family vacations, pool time, youth camps, water skiing, baseball games, travel, concerts on the green. Our senses come alive, and our minds are renewed, with the aromas, sights, sounds and experiences of summer! As we explore VISION in this issue, our prayer is that our eyes will be opened to new ways of imagining ourselves and the world around us. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, may the words of the hymn writer be true for each of us this day:

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"Open Thou mine eyes, and I shall see; incline my heart, and I shall desire; order my steps, and I shall walk in the ways of Thy commandments." Blessings! The Editorial Board P.S. With the publication of this fourth issue, we have now completed the first full annual cycle of Olivet: The Magazine, exploring HOPE, JOY, GRATITUDE and VISION. Many thanks to all who have offered encouragement, input and feedback. Please keep it coming!

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Dr. Jay Martinson, Dr. Kent Olney and Dr. Thalyta Swanepoel ponder the power and implications of having clear vision.

ON THE COVER Two bronze sculptures by the esteemed American sculptor Richard Hunt have found a new home at Olivet, through a generous gift from Drs. John and Jill Bowling. “The Bush Was Not Consumed” is located inside Centennial Chapel, and “Eternal Life” is on the esplanade just outside the Chapel.

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VOLUME 81 ISSUE 1 (USPS 407-880) (ISSN 2325-7334) Copyright © 2013 Olivet Nazarene University One University Avenue Bourbonnais, IL 60914-2345 PRESIDENT Dr. John C. Bowling ’71/’72 M.A./’06 D.Div., Ed.D., D.Min. VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS Dennis Crocker ’75 M.M., D.M.A. VICE PRESIDENT FOR FINANCE Dr. Douglas E. Perry ’68/’95 Litt.D., M.B.A. VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT DEVELOPMENT Dr. Walter “Woody” Webb ’86/’89 M.A.R./’08 D.Div. VICE PRESIDENT FOR INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT Dr. Brian Allen ’82/’05 Litt.D. VICE PRESIDENT FOR STRATEGIC EXPANSION Dr. Ryan Spittal ’99/’04 M.B.A., D.B.A.

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Be Thou My Vision University President John C. Bowling



Even a casual environmental scan reveals sweeping changes and challenges taking place throughout society — and in higher education, in particular. Economic pressures, added competition, unstable and shifting funding sources, along with the rapid pace of technological changes and the rise of “for profit” colleges and universities, all create an uncharted course for the future. Yet, as American architect and engineer R. Buckminster Fuller advised, “We will not fight the forces of change. We will use them.” The challenge is to have the will and confidence to shape the future, not just to wait for it. During the last two academic years, Olivet, led by its Administrative Team, conducted a searching and forward-looking inquiry into its strengths, needs and opportunities going forward. The process was rooted in the University’s mission statement, gave rise to the development of a set of University values, re-embraced the school’s founding vision statement, and yielded a strategic plan for the next chapter of the University’s development. This June, at Olivet Nazarene University’s Alumni and Friends Breakfast held in Indianapolis, I introduced Vision 2022. It charts the course for Olivet from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2022. This will be a decade of unparalleled possibility. The Olivet Vision is centered on three broad priorities: (1) strengthen the core functions of the University, including academics, student development, spiritual life, financial management and institutional advancement; (2) complete the Campus Master Plan; and (3) achieve financial sustainability, continuing to augment the financial profile and resiliency of the University. Expressive of these priorities, the plan focuses on four strategic initiatives: Broaden the University’s global reach. We will equip, empower and connect the thousands of Olivet Nazarene University graduates around the globe into a unified force for good. Elevate the Olivet experience. We are committed to the whole student — body, mind and spirit — and to provide an enriched student experience where hope, faith, excellence and service are nurtured. Advance academic excellence and scholarship. We will strengthen the academic core, focusing on teaching and mentoring, innovation and preparation, while providing an exceptional education to every student, in every area, every day. Lead and develop leaders. Whatever the circumstance, whatever the opportunity, Olivet Nazarene University will lead and empower a new generation of leaders. These priorities and initiatives define an ambitious future for Olivet as one of the nation’s leading universities recognized for quality academics, a vibrant student development program, a rich spiritual life, strong financial management, innovative programs and meaningful traditions housed on a beautiful and functional campus. More than a plan, the vision sets forth a call to action to all who believe that higher education should have a higher purpose. Olivet has a great future. This is a golden moment, a divine moment of promise and possibility. Our future belongs to God. May we seek His will as the overarching vision for Olivet, as we extend the reach and influence of Olivet Nazarene University to the next generation and beyond.

Dr. John C. Bowling serves as the 12th president of Olivet Nazarene University. An Olivet alumnus and Harvard University Fellow with two master’s and two earned doctorate degrees, he is a best-selling author, a prominent national speaker, and is internationally recognized as an outstanding leader in higher education and the Church. His most recent book, Revision, from by Beacon Hill Press, provides “Thirteen Strategies to Renew Your Work, Your Organization and Your Life.”



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Doctoral students from Olivet’s ethical leadership program hosted 25 high school seniors for two days of teambuilding and learning in July 2013. Led by Dr. Jay Martinson, professor and chair of the communication department, the doctoral students planned and led a variety of interactive lessons in how to be a more effective leader. The setting was the new Student Life and Recreation Center, where they made use of the new classrooms, four-story climbing wall, field house and aquatic center.

Fulfilling her lifelong dream, Kelsey Sowards ’12 (second from left, above) recently signed a record deal with Provident Label Group’s 1 Girl Nation. The group’s first single, “While We’re Young,” was recently released, and the debut album will be available after August 20. The group co-wrote more than half of the songs and worked alongside noted songwriters like Jason Ingram, Kipp Williams, Tony Wood and others. 1 Girl Nation will begin their first tour with Dannah Gresh’s Secret Keeper Girl Crazy Hair Tour, which will come to Olivet’s Centennial Chapel on September 28.








A winner of five conference regularseason titles and three league tournament crowns in 2012-13, Olivet has claimed its fourth consecutive Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) All-Sports Cup, with an all-time high of 133.5 total points. This is Olivet’s fifth Cup in the six years since the conference started the program. ONU gained first-place finishes in women’s cross country, women’s soccer, women’s tennis, and both men’s and women’s track and field during the regular season. During tournament competition, the Tigers added conference titles in men’s soccer, men’s tennis and women’s tennis.

Ten Olivet students, led by biological sciences professors Dr. Randy Johnson, Dr. Leo Finkenbinder and Dr. Aggie Veld, traveled to Alaska this summer to observe and document one of the world’s most unique ecosystems. While there, they studied stream, mountain and glacier ecology, and observed grizzly bears, caribou, bald eagles, whales, sea otters, puffins, Dall’s porpoises and other wildlife in their natural habitats. “From sunrise to sunset, our field journals were our constant companions,” shared Dr. Johnson.

For the 12th consecutive year, the Chicago Bears held Training Camp on Olivet’s campus. This nearly three week event brings approximately 100,000 visitors to the greater Kankakee area plus members of the Chicago media, the third largest media market in the country. During Training Camp, Olivet Nazarene University’s name and images can be seen on ESPN, NFL News and Comcast SportsNet.




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Two right-handers and ONU alumni named Ben are making waves in Major League Baseball. Ben Zobrist ’04 was named to the roster for the 84th MLB AllStar Game — his second — at Citi Field in New York City. Known as Zorilla to his teammates, he is one of the MLB’s most versatile players and is currently playing second base for the Tampa Bay Rays. Pitcher Ben Heller ’13 was recently drafted by the Cleveland Indians, one of only 37 NAIA players drafted. During his collegiate career, he struck out 260 batters. He begins his professional career with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, a Class A team in Naples, Ohio.

Senior Samantha Elam captured two bronze medals for Team USA at the 22nd Summer Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria. In the 400m freestyle, she clocked 4 minutes, 43.44 seconds, an improvement of more than three seconds from her prelim swim. She then landed on the podium again with a time of 9:38.25 in the 800m freestyle, less than one second behind silver. Elam, who has been hearing impaired since birth, has been among the top swimmers on Olivet’s inaugural swim team, giving two All-American performances at the 2013 NAIA Nationals.



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Olivet has been ranked as a top university for return on investment by, today’s primary resource for higher education affordability and financial aid information. Graduates from Olivet earn more over their lifetimes, on average, than graduates from other Illinois institutions. AC Online explains, “You’d expect better earnings in your field with a college education, but these schools show consistent payoffs in the workplace, based on data from’s 2013 College Earnings Report, Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the Carnegie Foundation.”

Nearly 100 adults and children greeted alumni pilots Jonathan Oliver ’81 and David Oliver ’05 as they landed a restored B-24 Liberator (Bomber) at the Kankakee Airport July 22, as part of the Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) AirPower History Tour. In the 1940s, there were 18,000 B-24s built, but today only two are still flying. David is the youngest instructor pilot for the world’s only flying B-29 Superfortress.

Dr. Dennis Crocker ’75 has been named Olivet’s new vice president for academic affairs. He has enjoyed a notable career in academia, including his most recent position as the dean for Olivet’s School of Professional Studies. He has also served as vice president for academic services and chief academic officer at Bethel College, Mishawaka, Ind., and at MidAmerica Nazarene University, where he was chair of the division of fine arts for 22 years and associate dean for three years. Dr. Crocker’s connections with Olivet run deep with more than 100 family members who are Olivetians.








INDIANAPOLIS ALUMNI & FRIENDS TOGETHER AGAIN In June, Indianapolis was a veritable sea of purple and gold during the International Church of the Nazarene’s General Assembly. More than 25,000 leaders from around the globe flooded the Circle City to attend services, conferences and Olivet events. University President John C. Bowling presented a vision for Olivet’s future during the Alumni & Friends Breakfast on Saturday morning. Whether over a meal, in the hallways, at an Olivet concert in the Indianapolis Artsgarden or at Olivet’s exhibit booth, countless new friendships were made, and old ones rekindled. Worship pastor and Olivet alumna Katie Bennett ’06 (above) helped lead the music at the evening services. At the special request of General Superintendent J.K. Warrick, the Olivetians stirred audiences to their feet with their unique brand of gospel-infused harmonies.





SING PRAISE Olivet’s rich heritage of music was on full display throughout the International Church of the Nazarene’s 2013 General Assembly. The musicians of Olivet took center stage, ushering thousands into worship through song. Olivet’s mass choir sang a triumphant rendition of “Deeper Than the Stain Has Gone,” arranged by Olivet’s own Artistin-Residence Ovid Young ’62.

Going Global

The twinkling lights of Hong Kong illuminating the night sky. The inimitable Sydney Opera House welcoming ships into the harbor. The blazing African sun setting across Kenya’s Lake Nakuru. There are some things in this world you really must see to believe. From Oxford to Tokyo, hundreds of Olivet students experience the global classroom each year, whether through study abroad opportunities, mission trips or departmental excursions. Travelling new roads, discovering uncharted territory, being immersed in a foreign culture — these are moments that make a textbook come alive. Lessons that would be interesting in the classroom become life-transforming in the real world, as unforgettable experiences are etched into lifelong memories.




Racing Around the World Over the years, several Olivet students have taken part in the World Race, a ministry sending mission teams on a journey to 11 countries in 11 months. Amy Dillman ’12 (pictured above, center) and Abby Borland ’13 are among those currently serving the world’s citizens through the World Race.

and currently Mozambique. Thus far, her experience has been primarily focused on exploring and understanding relationships. She has also enjoyed applying her political science knowledge to the history and cultures of the different countries where she has served.

A social work major from Bloomington, Ill., Amy has been on the World Race since September 2012, and has served in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland, China, the Philippines, India, Ukraine, Romania, Honduras, Nicaragua and currently Costa Rica. Besides being the logistics coordinator for her squad of more than 50 people, she has loved connecting the people she meets with their community’s resources.

“Coming on the World Race is probably the best decision that I’ve ever made,” says Abby. “I’m really thankful I’ve had this opportunity. Even in the six months I’ve been on the race, I can tell that I’m not the same person as when I left. You transform so much when you actually listen to what the Lord is telling you and try to live the way that He tells us to.”

Hailing from Peoria, Ill., Abby began the race in January 2013 — the same month she graduated from Olivet — serving in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Romania, Ukraine, South Africa


Zipping Through Ecuador Students and faculty within Olivet’s Department of Biological Sciences journey far beyond the glass walls of the department greenhouse to explore some of the world’s most diverse ecosystems and remote populations. In recent years, destinations have included Ecuador, Alaska, Papua New Guinea and the Galapagos Islands. Led by Dr. Leo Finkenbinder and Dr. Randy Johnson, students traveled to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands for their Tropical Field Studies course. While there, they investigated alpine tundra, volcanic outflows, marine environments, cloud forests and lowland tropical rainforests. Biology major Christy Sawdon ’13 (pictured above) and her classmates also enjoyed the unique experience of “flying” through the jungle.

Oxford Experience Each year select Olivet students explore the global classroom through study abroad opportunities and off-campus study. In recent years, students have traveled to Australia, China, Colorado Springs, Costa Rica, Egypt, England, Fiji, Hungary, Japan, Los Angeles, Mexico, Romania, Russia, Uganda and Washington, D.C.


One of the more popular options, the Scholar’s Semester in Oxford through BestSemester allows students like David Timm ’13 (pictured left) the experience of being an official member of Wycliff Hall and a registered visiting student of the University of Oxford. Through Oxford, students of all majors gain access to a 900-year history, academically robust programming, and extraordinary privileges such as participating in Oxford’s athletic clubs, taking part in artistic organizations and an all-access pass to world-renowned libraries.



Diving In For alumna Dinah Samuelson ’08 (pictured right), a semester at Xiamen University in China was a gateway to a lifetime of global adventure. “Going on a study abroad trip opened my eyes to the possibilities of what my future could look like,” says Dinah. “It took the fear out of traveling for me. Since that trip, I have made multiple long-term international trips, all of which have broadened my understanding of what it truly means to serve and let others serve me.” Dinah’s international résumé includes open water diving in Grand Turk and serving as the director of curatorial services at the Turks and Caicos National Museum. This spring, she made a second voyage to China for a threeweek apprenticeship in acupuncture.

“Being introduced to the culture and history of China helped focus my intent for the future,” says Dinah. “Because of what I experienced, I am now finishing up my master’s in oriental medicine and looking to start my own business. I cannot imagine doing anything else for my career. I truly believe that had I not gone on the trip, I would not be where I am today.” For more on Dinah’s story go to




Currently, Dinah is entering her fourth and final year at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, and she credits her study abroad experiencing for setting her career into motion.

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“To this day, the vision of the world which comes most naturally to me is one in which ‘we two’ or ‘we few’ (and, in a sense, ‘we happy few’) stand together for something stronger and larger.”- C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy Three of our resident faculty visionaries, Dr. Jay Martinson, Dr. Kent Olney and Dr. Thalyta Louw Swanepoel, offer fresh insights as we ponder the implications of clear vision, and journey toward deeper levels of discovery, understanding and inspiration.





GEN ERA TION Dr. Kent Olney



Travis glared at me from the back corner. Most of the other thirty students sat with the kind of blank expressions I had come to expect on the first day of a new school year. Not so with Travis. Dressed in a black T-shirt, with his head cocked to the side, his penetrating eyes never left me as I explained I was carrying out the university president’s directive by sharing my Christian faith. At the time, I was working for a state university on the West Coast, and I was a statistical rarity. The president had sent out a memo to the entire faculty, saying we needed to be more intentional about promoting diversity during the coming year. As I read his words, it was as if the Lord whispered to me that, when compared to the majority of the faculty, I was diverse because I professed to be a believer in Jesus Christ. I prayerfully walked into my classroom with the president’s memo in one hand and some thoughts about Christ in the other. “Since we are a university that values diversity,” I began, pointing to the president’s memo, “there is something you should know about me. I am different than many of your other professors in that I have committed my life to Jesus Christ. He died on the cross for our sins, and that means everything to me. My life has purpose and meaning because of Him. I just thought you should be aware of that in a diverse environment like this.” When class ended, and all the other students had exited, Travis slowly approached the front of the room. In a slow, hesitant voice he said, “About what you shared at the beginning of class...” My mind raced: I knew it. This kid didn’t like my comments and planned to report me to the university authorities. Travis continued, “Over the summer, I gave my life to Christ and was wondering how I would make it as a Christian while away at college. Do you think you could help me?” My jaw nearly hit the floor. Though this was what I had hoped and prayed for, I confess I did not expect his response. I quickly gathered my composure and told Travis that Campus Crusade for Christ had Bible studies and activities every Tuesday night. As the organization’s faculty sponsor, I then watched as Travis jumped in, and his relationship with Christ grew over the next four years.

For nearly a decade, I found other openings at the university that allowed me to give a vocal witness to my faith. Nonetheless, I grew frustrated. Periodic opportunities to share what is central to a well-balanced and educated life seemed woefully insufficient. Students like Travis were searching for direction and vision. Yet the best I could offer was an occasional and carefully-crafted word. Holistic education was discarded in favor of a narrow and fragmented education. I have often thought of Travis since our encounter more than 20 years ago. I can still see his inquisitive eyes. “Do you think you could help me?” In truth, he probably helped me more than I helped him. Travis taught me that college students need guidance to define and refine their vision. University of Virginia psychologist Dr. Meg Jay agrees. In her 2012 book, The Defining Decade, she encourages young adults to be intentional about developing a vision for their future. Jay asserts that decisions made in the decade of one’s twenties are foundational for all that follows later in life. And yet, those years are often wasted. The premise of her book is that too many adults today are “paying a steep price... for a lack of vision in their twenties” (p. xix). Significant work and meaningful relationships that could reap major dividends down the road are being forfeited by a lack of foresight in the early adult years. Vision matters more than we realize, especially for those at the door of adulthood. We dare not miss the potential of the formative college years. A university provides the ideal setting to engage students and help them envision what they might become for the glory of God and for the good of humanity. Olivet Nazarene University creates daily openings where I may now freely discuss matters of faith and vision with my students. It is a place where old and young together can “dream dreams” and “see visions” (Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17) that lead to a promising future. As another fall semester begins, I will again be looking into the eyes of new students. Many of them will need a dream restored or their vision refined. It would not surprise me to hear that familiar question, perhaps from the back corner of the room: “Do you think you could help me?”

Dr. Kent Olney has not only distinguished himself with three master's degrees and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, but also with a stellar career as an educator, sociologist, minister, speaker, writer, researcher, sign language interpreter and student of human behavior. Firmly established as a thought leader, both at Olivet and in the greater Christian community, he teaches courses in sociology, marriage, family and human sexuality. Dr. Olney often speaks at churches and conferences, sharing his passion for strengthening families and applying biblical principles to marriage and family life.

Dr. Jay Martinson

STORY PROBLEMS Pencil in one hand, the weight of my weary head resting in the other. Those evenings seemed eternal in our Wisconsin farmhouse. Both elbows resting on the kitchen table, I sat staring at it. It, of course, was my math book. Alongside it sat the infamous canary yellow legal pad. On it were parabolas, parallelograms, columns of numbers, and the ghostly images of erased mistakes reduced to a desert of crumbles carelessly blown in all directions.

I was not alone.

Dr. Jay Martinson An expert in the art and science of communicating, a recipient of the Richard M. Jones Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence, a gifted communicator in his own right and a master teacher at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels, Dr. Jay Martinson serves as the chair of the communication department and the director of Olivet's interdisciplinary minor in leadership studies. Armed with a Ph.D and master's degree from the University of Illinois, he teaches a variety of communication courses, including public speaking, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, intercultural communication and leadership.

Alongside me sat an infinitely patient man who desperately wanted me to see that which could not be seen, touched or held — but yet was still very real. Math was a fearful, foreign world to me. But to my architect/ engineer dad, it was a dream vacation. And he desperately wanted me to come along. “Just draw a picture.” These four words of my father are still stamped on my math memories. Trust me, I had mindlessly drawn plenty of pictures, but the ones of Woody Woodpecker and Bugs Bunny in the margins were not helpful. If it was a calculus problem with parabolic curves, he made me sketch it on the legal pad as a picture. Solving for X and Y? A picture. Finding the space in some unnatural and ridiculous shape? A picture. For my dad, looking up the answer in the back of the book was not an option. “Just draw a picture.” The unknown could become known if it could be seen. And then there were the story problems — two trains, four people, a car, an elephant, a herd of cattle and shifting weather patterns. Well, they seemed this complicated to me anyway. Not so, however, to the suddenly animated architect. Story problems, even the worst of them, could be solved with a good picture. If I could just see it, he reasoned, then the problem could be solved. And regardless of how impossibly complicated the story problem was, my dad would draw it, see it and solve it. I guess all of life is about solving story problems. Although I’ve never had to calculate the timing of trains and cattle, my story problems have involved things far more serious — like marriage, friendships, prodigal teenagers, my kids’ marriages, having more month than money, disappointment, death and more fears than I care to list here. There are no simple answers printed in the back of the book.

For my story problems, vision brings hope. If I just focus on what is, I tend to ask unhelpful questions. Like: Why me? Why doesn’t someone do something? I get so lost in the story problems that I can’t move forward. I’m stuck with elbows locked on the kitchen table, waiting for a miracle while doing nothing. Vision draws me a picture. Vision asks questions like: What could be? What must I do to get there? How have I been too focused on myself instead of serving others? Have I been fighting obstacles instead of surrendering them to the Lord? Can I do the right thing, trusting the results to God? How can I inspire others to join me? Recently, my eight-year-old son was trying to make money by selling stories he had written on stapled sheets of colored construction paper. Only 25 cents each! He looked shocked when I told him I wanted to buy the whole stack; I wanted them all. The Lord wants all of our stories, too. He wants our comedies, dramas and tragedies. He wants the happy, as well as the not-so-happy, endings. He’s especially interested in the ones where we feel lost and unable to see where we’re headed. We are not alone. As the Master Architect of the universe, He sits alongside us in infinite patience. He draws us a plan to prosper and not harm us. He draws us hope and a future. Sharpen your pencil. Get your elbows off the table. Stop staring at the ghostly images of mistakes you’ve been trying to erase. Let go of the crumbles. Turn to a new page. Ask new questions. Set a new vision. Draw a picture. See what can be. The answers in the back of the Book promise victory. You are not alone. The math is simple.

But my dad was right. Problems are solved by seeing what can’t be seen, touched or held. Life requires vision that provides clarity beyond the mere senses.






How reporting on HIV/AIDS opened my eyes

Dr. Thalyta Louw Swanepoel I cannot remember the first story I wrote about HIV and AIDS. But I remember the first event I attended as a young journalist who had just inherited the medical beat at the Afrikaans daily newspaper “Beeld” in Johannesburg in 1988. It was at some medical conference I’ve forgotten the name of, but this was where I met the late Professor Ruben Sher, a Jewish researcher who became the “grandfather of AIDS” in South Africa. Sher never shied away from controversy, and he introduced the media to the language of HIV and AIDS by calling a spade a spade. He was any journalist’s dream: always ready with a “good quote” and never too busy to explain the intricacies of the syndrome. At the beginning, it was all about the journalistic “trophies” — an interview with someone with HIV, or even better, AIDS. First a gay man, then a heterosexual woman. Then someone with an HIV+ child. Asking about the cause of infection was not politically correct. But then again, editors wanted to know because people who contracted the human immunodeficiency virus through a blood transfusion, for example, were “acceptable.” HIV+ gay men, on the other hand, were not as newsworthy. HIV became the root of many a tasteless joke. And the cause of unprecedented stereotyping, stigmatization and discrimination — the flip side of the Golden Rule. I ran many beats at my newspaper and was

passionate about most of them. But none was as satisfying for me as covering health, specifically HIV/AIDS. I enjoyed the challenge of “translating” scientific information for laymen, the exhilaration of attending huge international conferences where ground-breaking research results were revealed. And no beat was as gut-wrenching, either. I will never forget the morning I spent at an AIDS clinic in Soweto, listening to HIV+ pregnant women discussing their fears and dreams. I was so used to the negative shroud covering HIV/AIDS that it hardly occurred to me that dreams could be possible. Despite AIDS fatigue among editors, pressure to focus on the political angle of the epidemic and no interest in stories about how to live productively with HIV/AIDS, I wanted to write about positive living. After all, during the 1990s it became evident that HIV/AIDS would become a chronic, manageable disease. In 2002, I had the privilege of interviewing internationally acclaimed photographer Gideon Mendel about his book and exhibition, “A Broken Landscape: HIV & AIDS in Africa.” Amidst the images of pain and hardship were many that depicted joy, compassion and tenderness. These are the ones I remember. One man who has made a particularly lasting impression on me is David Ross Patient, who has been living with HIV for 30 years. As a so-called WWW.OLIVET.EDU


long-term non-progressor, Patient attracted a lot of attention over the years. However, it was his passion for creating awareness about positive living that drew me. In an interview in 2001, he told me he does not just want to survive the HIV/AIDS epidemic, he wants to flourish. Earlier this month, Patient wrote on his “official” Facebook page: “When you live this long with a lifethreatening condition, it changes the way you view the world. It also changes the way you see what is important, and what is not.” In a way, that is what covering HIV/AIDS did for me. There was no epiphany, no defining moment; just the knowledge I gained and the people I met during the years that turned my passion for quality journalism into passion for quality, ethically accountable journalism. It brought a growing awareness about what should matter in life: love, compassion, dignity, perseverance, a desire to echo Habakkuk’s conviction (3:17-18): “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will find joy in the God of my salvation.”

When I left the newsroom for the classroom in 2003, choosing HIV/AIDS reporting as the topic for my MA thesis came naturally. For years I’d been frustrated by the criticism against the way the media reported about the epidemic, specifically by interest groups involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS. These groups campaigned against sensational reporting, lobbied for upholding the dignity of all people infected and affected by HIV. This included how people with HIV/AIDS were portrayed, appropriate language in line with scientific truth. But what guidelines there were seemed fragmented, creating the opportunity to analyze and systematically summarize criteria for ethically accountable HIV/AIDS reporting in South Africa.

The thesis is gathering dust on a shelf, but I am still preaching ethically accountable journalism in the classroom at ONU. Being able to add openly add a Christian perspective makes it so much more fulfilling. The impression the epidemic made has not waned, but I have had little contact with the topic in general in recent years. So when opportunity to once again be involved with HIV/AIDS knocked, I jumped. In May this year, I had the privilege to accompany a group of ONU students to Swaziland to work with the local HIV/AIDS Task Force. Swaziland has taken over from South Africa as the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS pandemic with one in four adults infected. But what we found in this small, land-locked country was far from a group of needy, helpless people. Senior Andrea Richardson sums it up perfectly. “I saw a living and breathing Jesus in the women of the Task Force, as they dedicate themselves to finding joy in serving the sick and dying. Their humility and self-sacrifice, even in the midst of their own personal trials, has really been a continual challenge to me.” For Jennifer McClellan, co-leader, it was the joy that stood out, regardless of the circumstances. Just like in Mendel’s photos. The last newspaper story I wrote, as a freelancer in 2005, did focus on living positively. HIV and AIDS taught me that an ethic of love and caring should permeate everything that we do. Jesus did not discriminate. In Swaziland, I learned how God wanted to love others through us. I saw terminally ill, desperately poor people who continue to look up to God for their daily bread. People who echo Habakkuk’s cry of joy every day. People who live positively. May that remain my vision.

Dr. Thalyta Louw Swanepoel joined the faculty of Olivet’s Department of Communication in 2009, following an illustrious career as a journalist and educator in her home country of South Africa. As a senior journalist for “Beeld,” the largest Afrikaans daily newspaper in the country, she covered numerous beats, eventually specializing in medical reporting. Her professional awards include Top 10 percent achiever, Feature Article of the Year, Institutional Research Excellence Award for academic publications and Excellence in Teaching Award at North-West University, South Africa.

Prayers For Swaziland Olivet and the HIV/AIDS Taskforce

Dr. Thalyta Swanepoel was among a group of 20 Olivetians who traveled to Swaziland this summer, each using his or her specific skills and knowledge to support the HIV/AIDS Task Force that cares for the sick and dying in the small African kingdom. Among their many projects, engineering students installed an irrigation system, communication students documented the stories of the caregivers, and several students led worship and VBS for the local church. While there, the group was hosted by ONU alumni Dustin ’10 and Amanda (Siems) ’10 Hogan, who have spent the last year in Swaziland as on-site coordinators for the Church of the Nazarene. With eyes wide open to the immense need there, Dustin and Amanda write about their many prayers for their home-away-fromhome:


“We have many prayers for Swaziland. We pray that the Church will continue to be a light, and that individual churches will reach out to the poor and needy in their surrounding communities. We pray for jobs for the jobless, encouragement for the widows, and hope for the children who have been orphaned or made vulnerable because of the HIV/AIDS crisis. More than anything, we pray that no matter the circumstances, our Swazi brothers and sisters will feel the Lord’s presence, relying on Him, no matter what.”

Dustin Hogan with his young Swazi friends. Learn more at



SCIENCE MEETS SOUL Dr. Cynthia Russell leads nursing and health sciences into bold future




Heart and soul, infused with science. This is what Dr. Cynthia Russell says originally drew her into a lifetime of nursing.

developed countries in terms of health indicators — even though the U.S. is number one in terms of expenditure.

“An emphasis on caring and the ability to touch the lives of others appealed to me. But I loved that nursing is grounded in science.”

As Dr. Russell suggests: “It’s going to take a diverse workforce to meet these demands. Nursing professionals bring an ability to care for the whole person, families, and the community, rather than just focusing on disease.”

Now, as Olivet’s new associate dean for nursing and health sciences, Dr. Russell is preparing the next generation of nurses to pair science with soul as they address today’s complex health care needs. In this newly created position, Dr. Russell provides leadership for Olivet’s health care programs — including traditional undergraduate, continuing studies and graduate programs — overseeing curriculum, didactic and clinical instruction, faculty recruitment, and student satisfaction and retention. With a doctorate from Rush University, on top of her vast experience as a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric mental health, she will work closely with the nursing faculty as they take Olivet’s already booming nursing programs to the next level. “The University is always looking for opportunities for growth, and we’re seeing significant growth in nursing,” she explains. “I’m working with the leadership team to determine how we can best build on that, with a focus on quality graduates who are prepared to meet health care demands and really contribute to Olivet’s mission and reach.” And the health care demands are substantial. There is an aging population, nursing and physician shortage, and according to Dr. Russell, the United States currently ranks 30th among

“We talk about different domains of the individual,” she continues. “Of course, we look at the physical, but also in the context of the social, intellectual, emotional and spiritual aspects that affect an individual or family’s well-being.” Today’s nurses face a level of complexity unparalleled in health care history. With increasing globalization, emerging technologies, new discoveries in genomics and the politicization of health care access, nurses must remain adaptable and lifelong learners regarding the ever-changing health care environment. “Those nurses who continue their education, those who seek out advanced preparation and certification, will be better prepared to help us meet those needs,” she says. Dr. Russell asserts that the possibilities for the future are virtually endless. “We’re asking ourselves, ‘How can we continue to be a resource and a blessing to our community and continue to grow?’” “I’m delighted to be part of such a distinctive institution as Olivet,” she concludes. “There is such a rich history of serving students and following God’s directive. I’m very excited to be part of that.”

DID YOU KNOW? One of the premier choices for nursing, Olivet Nazarene University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Currently, 900 nurses are enrolled in the following programs:

Traditional Undergraduate Nursing major, B.S.N. School of Graduate and Continuing Studies Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing —Online (ABSN) Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) Master of Science in Nursing — Online (MSN) Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN.F) Family Nurse Practitioner Certification (FNP.C)

Tiger Athletics Intercollegiate athletics constitute an integral and very visible part of Olivet’s education and mission. Athletics provide a link and rallying point to our community, students, faculty and alumni. Therefore, our athletes are among our finest ambassadors. They are given the daily opportunity to demonstrate that piety, scholarship and competitiveness can effectively work together to provide opportunity for ministry. #






Winning championships. Developing champions. More than just a departmental motto, this is the very purpose, the driving force, behind Olivet Nazarene University’s 20 nationally competitive, intercollegiate teams. With unrivaled facilities (including those used for the Chicago Bears’ Training Camp), first-rate academic programs, and ever-expanding athletic offerings, Olivet Nazarene University’s Department of Athletics remains on a continuing upward trajectory, garnering national attention for extraordinary athletic performances. Olivet’s unique brand of athletics focuses on the whole person — body, mind and soul. ONU coaches are carefully selected for expertise in their sport, but also for their commitment to investing in the lives of the next generation of athletes. The success of our athletes goes far beyond the field, to the classroom, the community and the world. When the clock runs out, Olivet’s athletes can be found mentoring challenged teenagers, hosting youth clinics, and serving on mission trips in Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Africa and beyond. Every summer, the department welcomes hundreds of area elementary and high school students to campus for sports camps.


Leading the pack



Under the leadership of athletic director Gary Newsome, Olivet’s intercollegiate athletics program has never been stronger. During his five years in this role, ONU has increased its number of athletic teams, Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) championships, NAIA national qualifiers, NAIA All-Americans and NAIA Academic All-Americans.

Baseball Basketball Cheerleading Cross Country Football Golf Soccer Swimming Tennis Track






Basketball Cheerleading Cross Country Golf Soccer Softball Swimming Tennis Track Volleyball

2012-2013 STATS Women’s soccer, cross country, men’s and women’s swimming all advanced to the Final Four Five conference regular-season titles and three league tournament crowns


Fourth consecutive Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Sports Cup Individual achievements include Andrew Fisher (men’s swimming) 3-time NAIA National Champion, women’s softball coach Ritchie Richardson won his 800th career game, Bill Bahr (women's soccer) was named NAIA National Coach of the Year, and Ben Heller (baseball) was drafted to the Cleveland Indians. 5th in NAIA national rankings WWW.OLIVET.EDU


GREENER PASTURES Olivet’s golf teams compete on some of the Midwest’s top courses, including TPC at Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., site of the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic. Men's golf is among Olivet's 20 intercollegiate sports teams through which nearly 600 athletes will participate this year.


Whether you desire to augment your education, advance your career or make a deeper impact on the world, Olivet Nazarene University’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies will get you to where you want to be. Choose from more than 30 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in the areas of business, education, nursing, theology and counseling. Online programs are available, as well as classroom-based experiences in more than 100 Chicagoland locations.



Join us for a special time of celebration, reunion, entertainment and blessing during Homecoming and Family Weekend. Always one of our favorite events, this year’s Homecoming will be extra special as we establish a new annual tradition of welcoming the parents and families of our current students for “Family Weekend” activities. Highlights will include Men’s and Women’s Varsity Basketball, Football, Fall Play “Almost, Maine,” Bean Bag Toss Tournament, 5-K Run, President’s Prayer Breakfast, Reunion Breakfasts, Parent-Student Breakfast with Dr. Bowling, and Homecoming Concert featuring comedian David Pendleton and Gaither Vocal Band tenor soloist David Phelps.


Planetarium Show: Undiscovered Worlds* 3 p.m., Strickler Planetarium

Engineering Open House 3–5 p.m., Reed Hall of Science

Biology Open House Coronation 8 p.m., Chalfant Hall


3–4 p.m., Reed Hall of Science 3–5 p.m., Harlow Hopkins Alumni Center

English & Modern Languages Reception 3:30–5 p.m., Fourth floor Burke Administration Building

Powder Puff Football Semifinals 8 p.m., Fortin Villa

Friday Campus Tours 9 a.m.–3 p.m., The Jill and John Bowling Admissions Center (Tours start on the hour)

Powder Puff Football Finals 4 p.m., Fortin Villa

Homecoming Science Posters 4:30–6 p.m., Reed Hall of Science

Phi Delta Lambda Reception 5–6:30 p.m., Warming House

Homecoming Chapel 9:30 a.m., Centennial Chapel

Shine.FM Open House 1–4 p.m., WONU Radio Station * Tickets Required

Missionary/TCK Reunion 5–7 p.m., Ludwig Conference Rooms B & C

TICKETS & REGISTRATION 815-928-5791 Planetarium Show: Undiscovered Worlds* 5–6 p.m., Strickler Planetarium


Women’s Basketball* 5 p.m., McHie Arena

Hall of Fame Reception 6–9 p.m., Parrott Convocation Center

Women’s Basketball Reception

29th Annual Wendy Parsons 5K Run*

6:30–9 p.m., Chalfant Hall

Registration begins at 7 a.m. in Birchard/McHie Lobby; Race at 8 a.m.

Alumni Gathering for Center for Law & Culture

Department of Mathematics Alumni Gathering

6:30–8:30 p.m., Weber Leadership Center

Men’s Basketball* 7:30 p.m., McHie Arena

Fall Play: Almost, Maine* 7:30–10 p.m., Kresge Auditorium,

Following the men’s basketball game, Ludwig

Football Team Meeting 10–11 p.m., Wisner Auditorium

9 a.m.–12 p.m., Wisner Auditorium

Undergraduate Class and Purple & Gold Reunions* 9:30 a.m., Classes of ’08, ’03, ’98, ’93, ’88, ’83, ’78, ’73, ’68, ’63 and Purple & Gold Grads (Anyone who graduated before 1963)

5 p.m., Strickler Planetarium

Volleyball Alumni Match

9:30–11:30 a.m., Larsen Fine Arts Center

3:30–5:30 p.m., McHie Arena

Nursing Tour

Missionary Reunion

11 a.m.–1 p.m., Wisner

5–7 p.m., Ludwig Center, Conference Rooms B & C

Shine.FM Open House

President’s Dinner

11 a.m.–1:00 p.m., WONU Radio Station

(By Invitation) 5–6:45 p.m., Chalfant Hall

Homecoming Concert* Centennial Chapel 7 p.m., Pre-concert 7:25 p.m., “O” Award Presentations 7:30 p.m., David Phelps

Men’s Football* 12 p.m., Ward Field

Hors d’oeuvres and Dessert Buffet*

Planetarium Show: Undiscovered Worlds*

Following Homecoming Concert, Ludwig Center

3–4 p.m., Strickler Planetarium

Student Government Reunion* 2 p.m., Honoring the Aurora’s 100th year.

9:30 a.m., Breakfast for current ONU students and their parents

Fall Play: Almost, Maine*

O.N.You! Homecoming for Kids*

Homecoming Science Posters

9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., College Church

Planetarium Show: Undiscovered Worlds*

Artsmart: Make it, Take It Workshop

8:30–9:30 a.m., Lower level, Burke Administration Building

Parent–Student Breakfast with Dr. Bowling Taste of Olivet*

Football Team Meeting


2–4:30 p.m., Kresge Auditorium

4:30–6 p.m., Reed Hall of Science

President’s Prayer Breakfast* 8 a.m., Chalfant Hall WWW.OLIVET.EDU



SAT 9:30am

Catch up with old friends over a delicious breakfast feast! Celebrating reunions this year: Classes of 2008, 2003, 1998, 1993, 1988, 1983, 1978, 1973, 1968, 1963, and Purple & Gold Grads (anyone who graduated prior to 1963).

O.N.You! for Kids

SAT 9:30am

Calling all Tiger cubs! Join us for a full morning of entertainment and allaround fun. Child care will be provided for children ages 0 to kindergarten. Activities such as the ONU Planetarium Show, art projects and the Traveling Science Circus are sure to make for an exciting day.

Fall Play: Almost, Maine

Fri 7:30pm & Sat 2pm

Welcome to Almost, Maine, where it’s almost love — but not quite. Comprised of nine short plays that explore love and loss in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine, the show premiered at the Portland Stage Company in Portland, Maine in 2004, where it broke box office records and garnered critical acclaim. Of it, a New York Times reviewer wrote: “John Cariani’s ‘Almost, Maine’ is a series of nine amiably absurdist vignettes about love, with a touch of good-natured magic realism. ...This is a beautifully structured play, with nifty surprise endings.”



Current and former campus leaders, including those from Associated Student Council, GlimmerGlass and the Aurora are invited to join us for a special time of recognition and reunion during Homecoming 2013.

Homecoming Concert

Saturday 7pm

David Phelps has one of the most electrifying voices ever to enter the world of gospel music. As a member of the Gaither Vocal Band, David has received four Dove Awards, two Grammy Awards, and more than 13 goldand 15 platinum-selling projects. As a soloist, he received 2009 Dove Award nominations for Male Vocalist of the Year and Long Form Video for his Christmas DVD, "O Holy Night." As one of the nation’s premier ventriloquists, comedian David Pendleton will leave you believing that anything can talk! A 20-year veteran entertainer, he keeps audiences laughing from start to finish.


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Taffy pull, circa 1943



Olivet students gathered on Saturday evenings for an old-fashioned Taffy Pull. The taffy was prepared by Dr. and Mrs. J.L. Leist (pictured at left).


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1$  The Bollinger-Wetzel Wedding Party  (from left to right) Joseph Wetzel, Tabitha Turner, Jaclyn Bollinger ’09 (bride), Jake Wetzel (groom), Katherine Carr ’08 and Richard Orintas

1^  The Vander Schaaf-Dillman Wedding Party ( from left to right) Justin Vander Schaaf, Melissa (Dillman) Nymeyer ’07, Jerry Scheller ’11, Kathryn Vander Schaaf, Danielle (Vander Schaaf) Dillman ’12, Jesse Dillman ’13, Isaac Dillman, Jillian Finseth, Josh Nymeyer ’08, Terese Byrne ’12







B   Kimberly

Read-Smith ’93 was named District Teacher of the Year for the San Pasqual Union School District in Escondido, Calif. She teaches sixth grade language arts/ social studies half-time and K–5 general music half-time. She is also the middle school choir director and the district visual and performing arts coordinator. She was chosen to sing the National Anthem for Teacher’s Appreciation Night at the Padres/Diamondbacks game on May 3.


C  Louis E. Gale ’42, U.S.A.F. retired, was inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor Class of 2013. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross and several other awards for his service in Vietnam.    His military career began during WWII and spanned nearly three decades of service. After the war, he decided to stay in the service and was commissioned as an officer. When he left the Air Force at age 52, it was with the rank of lieutenant colonel.    Gale received a master’s degree in advanced management from the University of Pittsburg.


D  Dallas Strawn ’69 received the Colbert Cushing Award from the Colorado Association of Superintendents and Senior Administrators. The award recognizes outstanding professional contributions to education on a national level.    He served in the public school system for 43 years as a high school educator, alternative school director, assistant high school principal, high school principal, curriculum director, assistant superintendent and superintendent. In addition to teaching courses in



the Leadership, Research and Foundations program at UCCS, he works as a consultant in the area of stress management and is president of Educational Leadership Search Associates, Inc., which assists school districts in hiring superintendents.

1972 Ken Ball ’72 was recently named to the Awards Committee of the Missouri Broadcasters Association. The association provides scholarship funding for deserving Missouri college students pursuing broadcast-related degrees at accredited Missouri colleges and universities.

1975 Joyce (Stayton) Ball ’75 recently became one of the principal owners of KCWJ-AM radio in Kansas City, Mo.


E  Katherine (Irelan) Currey ’80 was awarded her certificate as a Certified Public Accountant by the Florida State Board of Accountancy on May 23. After experiencing a call for helping others in financial stewardship, she went back to school and received a second bachelor’s degree in accounting. In June, she will be taking her children on a mission trip to Nicaragua. In her spare time, she serves as treasurer for a nonprofit organization, tax preparation volunteer for low-income and struggling families, and a board member of a local nonprofit.

edited the Vanderbilt Register, Vanderbilt View and MyVU, which serve Vanderbilt’s faculty and staff population of 22,000. She also serves as media liaison for Peabody College, which has been ranked the No. 1 education school in the nation for five consecutive years by US News and World Report.


F  Debra (Laninga) Hodgett ’89 has released her first book, Tri-Mom: Swimming, Biking, and Running Through Motherhood. In college, she ran on the track and cross country teams. Today, she is a multi-sport athlete; recipient of USA Triathlon All-American Award; a member of Power Bar Team Elite; competitor in three International Triathlon Union short course world championships; and more. She received a master’s degree in gerontology and has trained to become a hospice volunteer. She and her husband, David, have two sons, Ryan and Tyler, and reside in West Chicago, Ill.


G  Matt Lee ’91 began his new position in November as the banking center manager and assistant vice president of Old National Bank in Marion, Ill. He and his wife, Jennifer, have one son, Justus, and reside in Marion. He worked in the banking industry for nine years, but left in order to own and operate a food franchise business. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching Little League baseball and volunteering.



Joan (Yordy) Brasher ’86 has been named editor of the Peabody Reflector, the alumni magazine for Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College for Education and Human Development. She has worked in Vanderbilt’s Division of Public Affairs in Nashville for 10 years. She formerly

Eileen, January 11, 2013. She joins proud sisters, Haley (5) and Macy (3), and big brother, Dylan (2). Wayne is a real estate agent for RE/MAX River Haven, and Amy is a stay-athome mom. They reside in Gladwin, Mich.

H  Wayne II ’96 and Amy Walts: A girl, Alyssa



I  Jamie (Root) ’97 and Daryl Black: A boy, Grayson Lee, May 14, 2012. Jamie is a CDA at Central Florida Oral Surgery, as well as an Ensemble Actor at SAK Comedy Lab. Daryl is employed at Fidelity National Title Group. They reside in Winter Garden, Fla.

1@  Amanda (Goodbred) ’03 and Aaron Wilderman: A boy, Simeon Joel, July 11, 2012. He joins brothers, Levi and Silas, and sister, Lydia. Amanda is a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom. Aaron is a manufacturing engineer for Biomet. They reside in Pierceton, Ind.



Travis ’99 and Suzanne Satterlee: Twins, Gavin Parker and Annika Hope, March 18, 2013. Travis earned a M.A.C.P. from Trinity International University and works as a therapist/intake coordinator for Lydia Counseling Center.

1#  Adrian ’06 and Stacey (Maberry) ’04 Avelar: A boy, Alexavier Thomas, August 30, 2012. He joins big brother, A.J. (2). Stacey is a stay-athome mom, and Adrian works for the Sterling Fire Department as a firefighter. The family resides in Sterling, Ill.



boy, Henry Neal, September 27, 2012. He joins sister, Noelle, and brothers, Evan and Mason. Jaime stays home with her crew, and Andy is a web developer for Emma, Inc. They reside in Nashville, Tenn.

Zach Birkey ’06 and Briley Bollinger were married September 22, 2012, in Moline, Ill. Briley is a product specialist for Sprout Social in Chicago, and Zach is resident branch manager/ CFP for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Bourbonnais, Ill.

1)  Steven ’06 and Jennifer (Poff) ’01 Starkey: A girl, Adalyn Grace, October 18, 2012. Jennifer is a designer at TAM+CZ Architects, and Steve is youth pastor at Faith Community Church of the Nazarene. They reside in Clovis, Calif.

Amanda Gordon ’06 and Wesley Kopp were married February 4, 2013, in Crown Point, Ind. Amanda works as a teacher, and Wesley works as a tax preparer. They reside in East Chicago, Ind.

1!  Dawn (Minsterman) ’01 and Kimheu Teav: A boy, born at home, Blaze Rainen, April 29, 2013. He joins big sister, Azmerrah (2). Dawn is studying to be an English as a foreign language (ESL) teacher and is a stay-at-home mom. Kimheu works at a local market and is a real estate investor. The family resides in Bixby, Okla.

Toni Moran ’06 was married to Shannon Jackson, September 29, 2012. Shannon is the chief corporate pilot for Novant Health. Toni works as a physician assistant for Novant Health at Salem Family Practice in WinstonSalem, N.C. The couple resides in Clemmons with their two dogs, Bear and Cub.

J  Jaime (Bartling) ’01 and Andy Matthews: A

2008 Katherine (Katie) Sweet ’08, a mechanical engineer, helped to prepare the design for Clínica El Buen Pastor on a recent mission trip to Santa María del Real, Olancho, Honduras. She served as part of a team of architects and engineers who volunteered their time with Engineering Ministries International’s América Latina office in Costa Rica. At the end of the week, the team was able to present a master plan, schematic building designs and some details for the entire project.


1$  Jaclyn Bollinger ’09 and Jake Wetzel were married May 4, 2013, in Little Rock, Ark. Jaclyn is employed at Richards & Richards as sales coordinator in Nashville. Jake is employed at LBMC Technologies LLC in Brentwood. The newlyweds reside in Nashville, Tenn.


1%  Sarah Stephansen ’12 and Corey Holtz ’12 were married May 19, 2012. After graduating from Olivet, Sarah received a M.S.W. from Roberts Wesleyan College. Corey is earning his Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. They will move to Jeffersonville, Ind., this summer. 1^  Jesse Dillman ’13 and Danielle Vander Schaaf ’12 were married in Baraboo, Wis., August 4, 2012. Jesse graduated from Olivet in May with a degree in graphic design. Danielle is a high school teacher at Saint Anne Community High School. They reside in Saint Anne, Ill.





B Charles (Dexter) Westhafer, Sr. ’40 passed away May 17, 2013. Dexter was married to his loving wife, Susanna, for 63 years, and they had three children. He was born October 14, 1917. He graduated from Olivet as a member of the first class to graduate from the present campus location. Having studied theology, he entered ministry. After 46 years, he retired, having served as a Nazarene pastor in locations in Delaware, Indiana, Ohio and Canada. Retirement did not mean ending his ministry, though. He began his retirement activities in Anderson, Ind., and served as a part-time nursing home chaplain for 17 years and as an interim pastor on two occasions. Then, he moved to Naples, Fla., where he volunteered as the chaplain at the Naples Community Hospital. He lived a life of service to God and was a dedicated husband and father. C



Cecil Howard Crawford ’42 died peacefully on June 5, 2013, in Wilmington, N.C. Cecil was born January 1, 1920, in Corona, N.M. He and his beloved Miriam (Gregg) ’41 married in 1942. During World War II, he honorably served in the U.S. Navy. With an entrepreneurial spirit, he founded a variety of business enterprises, including Regal Beloit Corporation, TicketMaster Corporation and Masterson Art Products. As a philanthropist, he and Miriam propelled the fundraising effort for the Centennial Chapel at Olivet with their initial gift. The Crawford Auditorium inside the chapel was named in their honor. They also established two endowed scholarships and were significant contributors to the construction of the Weber Center. In 1986, he and his brothers established an award program at Olivet as a tribute to their mother, recognizing outstanding Christian women and challenging students to a life of meaningful service. He also loved sports and enjoyed playing golf and tennis. Cecil will always be remembered for his dedication to his family, Christian faith, business expertise and philanthropic spirit. For more information about Cecil Crawford, go







Millard Reed ’55 joined our heavenly Father December 27, 2012. Dr. Reed had a heart for higher education and demonstrated that through his many degrees from a variety of institutions and tenure as a university president. Before pursuing a university presidency, he served in pastorates in Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin and Tennessee. After pastoring

for 17 years at First Church of the Nazarene in Nashville, he was elected president of Trevecca Nazarene University in 1991, where he served until his retirement in 2005. Under his leadership, Trevecca experienced significant growth and transitioned from college to university. Trevecca’s School of Religion is named in his honor.


L. Selden Marquart ’63 died July 10, 2013. He was born April 28, 1941, in Kankakee. After graduation from Olivet, he attended graduate school at the University of Illinois. With his education behind him, he was poised for a rewarding career. He spent 33 years working for Kathryn Beich, retiring as the vice president in 2003.    Throughout his life, Selden was involved in various groups and organizations. He was a member of Eastview Christian Church in Normal, Ill., and a member of the Illinois High School Association. When he was the football coach at Wilmington High School, he coached the team on to victory at the state championship on two separate occasions. For a time, he also taught sales management training at Olivet Nazarene College.    Although he had many accomplishments of which to be proud, Selden was a humble man whose greatest treasure was found in the love he shared with those around him. He possessed an entrepreneurial spirit and a fierce determination to do everything to the best of his ability. He adored his family and felt richly blessed. Ronald Shaner ’65 passed away February 16, 2013, in Wabash, Ind.


Sue (Williams) Fox ’72 passed away March 31, 2013. She was born October 13, 1940, in Dayton, Ohio. She married Rev. Larry Fox ’62 on August 18, 1962, and was actively involved in his pastoral ministry with him for 50 years. She was the administrative coordinator for the Northwestern Ohio District Church of the Nazarene in St. Marys, Ohio, and served on the Board of Trustees at Mount Vernon Nazarene University from January 2000. With a heart for others, she invested a large part of her life in Nazarene missions. She served 20 years as the District Nazarene Missions International (NMI) President and on the General Church

NMI council for eight years. The Fox Library and Research Center was built in 2007 on the campus of Asia Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary in Manila, Philippines, in honor of her heart for service. She was a member of the Wapakoneta Church of the Nazarene in Wapakoneta, Ohio.


Kevin Leamon ’83 died October 22, 2012, after a brave battle with a Glioblastoma Multiforme brain tumor. He was married to Karen (Watson) Leamon ’83. While at Olivet, he played clarinet in the Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Harlow Hopkins. He graduated summa cum laude as a computer science major. Music was a very important part of his life, and he continued playing clarinet in his church’s orchestra.    Throughout his career as a computer programmer/engineer, he worked with North American Van Lines, JHK/ Transcore (for 22 years), NCR and most recently worked as a systems engineer with LexisNexis. Among his many achievements, he was recognized with a personal commendation from the City of Los Angeles for his excellent work on their traffic systems software.    He will be remembered for his witty sense of humor, loyal friendship, his faithfulness to God, and his love and provision as a father and husband. Tiffani R. (Fisher) Thomforde ’95 passed away February 21, 2013, after a 14-month battle with appendiceal cancer.


Shelly M. (Bilbrey) Parpart ’96 passed away April 27, 2013, at the age of 38 after her 16-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was a devoted wife to Randy ’94 and mother to her two sons, Blake (11) and Quinn (8). Her love and concern for others was evident in her everyday life, as well as during her two trips to Africa on medical missions, and her volunteer work at a local pregnancy center performing ultrasounds for women facing unplanned pregnancies. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends. She loved playing catch with her boys and teaching them God’s Word. Her life touched so many and displayed her confidence and joy in Christ, especially during her treatments. She was a tremendous witness to the doctors, nurses and medical staff who treated her.



Includes majors, minors and concentrations Accounting Actuarial Science Art Art Education Athletic Coaching Athletic Training Biblical Languages Biblical Studies Biochemistry Biology Broadcast Journalism Business Administration Business Administration — Not-for-profit Mgmnt Business Information Systems Chemistry Child Development Children’s Ministry Christian Education Commercial Graphics/ Marketing Communication Studies Computer Science Corporate Communication Criminal Justice Dietetics Digital Media: Graphics Digital Media: Photography Drawing & Illustration Early Childhood Education Earth & Space Science Teaching Economics & Finance Elementary Education Engineering - Computer Concentration Engineering - Electrical Concentration Engineering - Geological Concentration Engineering - Mechanical Concentration English English as a Second Language English Education Environmental Science Exercise Science Family & Consumer Sciences Family & Consumer Sciences Education Family Studies Fashion Merchandising Film Studies Finance Forensic Chemistry French General Studies Geography Geological Sciences Greek Health Education Hebrew History History Teaching Hospitality Housing & Environmental Design



Information Systems Information Technology Intercultural Studies International Business International Marketing Leadership Legal Studies Literature Management Marketing Marketing Management Mass Communication Mathematics Mathematics Education Media Production Military Affairs Military Science Ministerial Missions Missions & Intercultural Studies Multimedia Studies Music Music Composition Music Education Music Ministry Music Performance Musical Theatre Nursing Painting Pastoral Ministry Philosophy & Religion Physical Education & Health Teaching Physical Science Political Science Pre-Dental Pre-Law Pre-Medicine Pre-Optometry Pre-Pharmacy Pre-Physical Therapy Pre-Physician’s Assistant Pre-Seminary Pre-Veterinary Print & Online Journalism Psychology Public Policy Public Relations Radio Broadcasting Recreation & Leisure Studies Religion Religious Studies Science Education Secondary Education Social Science Social Science Education Social Work Sociology Spanish Spanish Education Sport Management Television & Video Production Theatre Writing Youth Ministry Zoology

More than 100 areas of study organized into four schools and one college. Bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees are offered. Students have the opportunity to study in locations such as Australia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, Egypt, Romania, Japan, Uganda, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.


As a Christian community, we are committed to making worship of God the central focus of our lives. Our faith in Jesus Christ cannot be separated from the educational experience, and we seek to honor God in all we learn, say and do. Through chapel services, each segment of the college community has the opportunity to join with others in worship, receive instruction in the Word and encouragement to serve. Notable and world-renowned speakers regularly address the Olivet community during chapel.


More than 4,600 (2,600 undergraduate) students from more than 40 states and several world areas, representing more than 40 religious denominations.


More than 120 faculty members, most with terminal degrees or the highest degrees available in their respective fields. Student-teacher ratio of 17:1.


At Olivet Nazarene University, champions are born each season within 20 intercollegiate teams, with a commitment to provide competitive athletic awards and scholarships for qualifying candidates. Varsity teams for men include basketball, baseball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, and track and field. Varsity women compete in basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. In addition to varsity sports, more than half of the student body participates in Olivet’s thriving intramural and club sports programs.


Students participate in more than 90 clubs and organizations representing diverse interests, including campus newspaper, yearbook and literary magazine, ROTC, Radio Broadcasting (Shine.FM), numerous choral and instrumental ensembles (including marching band and the University orchestra), drama and musical theatre performances, intramural athletics, as well as community volunteer and spiritual life organizations.


Olivet Nazarene University has graduated many notable alumni who have given back to the University, the Olivet region, the Church and the world in so many ways. There are more than 32,000 Olivet Nazarene University alumni living around the world.


Olivet believes in affordable excellence and the cost to attend the University is competitively priced for private colleges nationwide. Approximately 99 percent of Olivet students receive financial aid, totaling nearly $87 million in federal and state grants and institutional scholarships.


Olivet admits qualified students based on high school record (or college transcripts for transfer students) and ACT score. The average ACT score for incoming freshmen is 24.


The beautiful, park-like campus includes 31 major buildings on 250 acres. We are located in the Village of Bourbonnais, just 50 miles south of Chicago’s Loop with additional School of Graduate and Continuing Studies locations in Rolling Meadows and Oak Brook, Ill., and in Hong Kong.


Includes the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the American Dietetics Association, the Council on Social Work Education, the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Engineering Commission of ABET.


Business: Associate of Arts in Business,+ Bachelor of Business Administration,+ Master of Organizational Leadership, Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration – Executive Track Counseling: Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, Master of Arts in School Counseling Education: Safety and Driver Education Endorsement, English as a Second Language Endorsement, Middle School Endorsement, Reading Endorsement, Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction,+ Master of Arts in Education: Library Information Specialist, Master of Arts in Education: Reading Specialist,+ Master of Arts in Teaching, Doctor of Education: Ethical Leadership – Interdisciplinary History: Master of Arts: Philosophy of History or Political Theory Nursing: Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing,* Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN), Master of Science in Nursing,* Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Ministry: Master of Arts: Biblical Literature, Master of Arts: Christian Ministry, Master of Arts: Family Ministry, Master of Arts: Pastoral Ministry, Master of Arts in Religion, Master of Arts: Pastoral Leadership,* Master of Ministry, Master of Ministry in Spanish, Master of Divinity, Master of Arts: Youth Ministry, Bachelor of Practical Ministry, Master of Practical Ministry * online + classroom and online






BENEDICTION Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart; Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art. Thou my best Thought, by day or by night, Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light. Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word; I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord; Thou my great Father, I Thy true son; Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one. Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight; Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight; Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower: Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power. Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise, Thou mine Inheritance, now and always: Thou and Thou only, first in my heart, High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art. High King of Heaven, my victory won, May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun! Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

Be Thou My Vision Traditional Irish Hymn





WE BELIEVE. YOU BELONG HERE. PURPLE AND GOLD DAYS for high school seniors and families

October 4-5, 2013 October 25-26, 2013 November 15-16, 2013 November 22-23, 2013


Every weekday, Olivet offers unique visit days for high school students and their families. There’s no better way to experience all the campus has to offer.

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