The Hope Issue

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December 2012




FINAL STRETCH Brandon Eylander ’14 joins teammates for a post-practice stretch. Under the leadership of Coach David Blahnik, the Tigers were this year’s Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Tournament Champions and made program history by advancing to the NAIA Sweet Sixteen for the first time.


THE MAGAZINE Welcome to the inaugural issue of Olivet, the new quarterly publication of Olivet Nazarene University. Each edition will center on a key word or phrase intended to capture the imagination and encourage a broad, ecumenical audience. Our goal is that this publication will not only be a source of inspiration for current ONU students and alumni, but will also engage new audiences. The tempo is upbeat, crisp, positive, engaging — and not overly verbose. Each article will be complemented and endorsed by images of the Olivet experience and its surrounding world. And in most cases, additional articles, photos and videos can be found online to augment your reading. It is only fitting that the first issue revolves around the theme of “hope.” Olivetians have always been a people of hope and promise — an optimistic people, determined to follow a great God who spoke the world into existence and is capable of accomplishing anything. May your hearts and minds be filled with hope this day. Enjoy!

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1* The Hope Issue Dr. Mark Quanstrom, Dr. Rebecca Belcher-Rankin, and Dr. Ken Johnson examine the issue of hope.







The latest headlines from the Olivet campus and around the globe

Alumni and students gather for a grand family reunion

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ON THE COVER Embossed with Olivet’s seal, these storm-drain covers transcend functionality to become an interesting aesthetic feature of recent campus renovations that included wider, picturesque walkways for pedestrians and bicyclists.



The Presence of Hope University President John C. Bowling examines a faith-filled hope.



From its founding in 1907, Olivet Nazarene University has been a place of hope. Across the years, thousands of students have found their way to this campus in hopes of an educational experience that would prepare them academically, professionally, socially and spiritually for the demands and opportunities of life. This is a place of hope!

What does hope look like on the Olivet campus?

The hope of the Kingdom is a promise

It is a series of chapel services designed to carefully unfold a theme throughout each semester in hope of spiritual renewal for students, faculty and staff.

However, the hope we embrace at Olivet is not a “cross-your-fingers” kind of hope. It is not the hope of uncertainty. In fact, it is just the opposite. Ours is a faith-filled hope, a “sure and certain hope.” The hope we embrace is not a verb (something we do); our hope is a noun (something we have). The hope we have is rooted in our faith in God that manifests itself in expectant waiting. We are not anxious; we are hope-filled. We are confident that “He who began a good work in [us] will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” This “Olivet Hope” provides both buoyancy and balance for life. It is an anchor, as well as the wind in the sails. The hope of the world is a wishful hope. The baseball player hopes that it will not rain; the farmer hopes it will. On the other hand, the hope of the Kingdom is a promise. And, because Olivet is rooted in the Kingdom of God, it, too, is a place of promise – a place of hope.

It is a student working hard for a degree with the hope of a job and a life of significance. It is a mom and dad leaving the most important person in their world on our doorstep, hoping their son or daughter will thrive at Olivet. It is a faculty member who goes the second mile in hopes of inspiring his/her students to excellence.

It is the contributions of thousands of alumni and friends who support the University financially each year ­— hoping to make a difference and confident of an eternal return on their investments. This inaugural issue of Olivet celebrates the presence of hope at Olivet. As you turn the pages, you will see and read about hope-filled people and a hope-filled campus. We are standing on tiptoes, with faces pressed to the window, waiting to see the good things God has in store for this place. We are Hope Full!

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. The nationwide release of his latest work, Above All Else: 20 Years of Baccalaureate Sermons, was recently published by Beacon Hill Press. Dr. Bowling is married to alumna Jill (Cheeseman) Bowling '70 — an accomplished designer, creator, developer, strategist and leader in her own right — an integral part of the life and emergence of Olivet. WWW.OLIVET.EDU 00






Clad in orange T-shirts and running shoes, Shine.FM listeners and Olivet students, faculty, staff and alumni banded together to raise critical funding for World Vision through the 2012 Chicago Marathon. Together with Team World Vision (TWV), they helped raise a staggering total of $1.6 million that will be used to provide clean water to impoverished villages in Africa.

For the eighth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has named Olivet Nazarene University to its list of America’s “Best Colleges.” Olivet is also featured as a “College of Distinction” online at

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Led by former NCAA Division I coach Scott Teeters, the Olivet swim teams kick-started their new program with an impressive performance. The men’s team finished in 3rd place and the women’s team finished 4th at their first swim meet, both beating out long-established programs.

Finishing first or second in 11 of 14 conference sports during the regular season, and capturing another two league tournament championships, the ONU Tigers have claimed their third straight Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Sports Cup. The CCAC All-Sports Cup is awarded to the institution that earns the most total points in the 14 sports sponsored by the conference.

BLDD Architects recently received a WFX Solomon Award for their design of the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel. “Its beautiful aesthetic and stateof-the-art acoustics have allowed this place to become the center of spiritual life for the campus, as well as a resource for the entire Olivet community and greater Kankakee area,” said Carson Durham, AIA, architect and lead designer for the project. WWW.OLIVET.EDU 7






Led by Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Bill Bahr '96/'02 MBA, the women's soccer team advanced to the NAIA National Championship game for the first time in program history.

Olivet Nazarene University announces another year of strong enrollment, including the largest traditional undergraduate population (2,719 students) in the University’s 105-year history. Total enrollment for fall 2012 is 4,544 students, an increase of 231 over last year.

Filling a 53-foot semi-trailer, Olivet Nazarene University teamed with Nazarene Compassionate Ministries and the local community to send 2,375 cases of bottled water and 1,357 blankets to those recovering from Hurricane Sandy.

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50 WOMEN TO WATCH Leslie (Young) Parrott ’84 is featured as one of “50 Women to Watch” in Christianity Today’s October issue. Parrott is a No. 1 New York Times best-selling author and co-founder (with her husband, Les Parrott ’84) of Seattle Pacific University’s Center for Relationship Development. Her books have sold more than two million copies in more than two dozen languages.

“I love this place, and when I reconnect with it, I feel like I’m meeting up with an old, dear friend — a friend who has all the endearing qualities I’ve always loved, but who continues to surprise and delight me with how fresh and relevant she remains. I am filled with gratitude for all that Olivet was for me then, for what it is to all of us now, and for what it will be for the next generation.” BLUEFISHTV

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Always one of the highlights of the year, Homecoming is more than a weekend on a calendar — it’s a grand family reunion. From the classics like Coronation and athletic competitions, to a special Orpheus Reunion and Gaither Vocal Band concert, Homecoming 2012 (Oct. 31-Nov. 4) was an all-around memorable experience for the entire Olivet community.







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The Gaither Vocal Band took the stage in Centennial Chapel, delighting and inspiring the sold-out crowd with their praise-filled harmonies. In one of the more poignant moments, more than 3,000 concert goers lifted their voices and lights in unity.


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The Tigers gave fans lots to cheer about — with every single team (football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and men’s soccer) emerging victorious throughout the weekend. The football team pulled out a nail biting 41-39 win against Trinity International when kicker Andrew Muzljakovich ’14 (Vicksburg, Mich.) nailed a 42-yard field goal with one second remaining.


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During College Church’s Sunday morning worship service in Centennial Chapel, three men and their wives were recognized for their lasting legacy to the music of Olivet and the Church of the Nazarene: Harlow ’53 (former chair of the Department of Music) and Harriet (Boughan) ’53 Hopkins, George ’58 (former director of Orpheus Choir) and Linda (Luttrell) ’59 Dunbar, Laura (Rees) ’62 and Ovid ‘82 (artist-in-residence) Young.








In honor of Orpheus Choir’s 80th year, more than 150 Orpheus alumni joined with the 69 current members to form a mass, reunion choir, under the direction of current director Dr. Jeff Bell ’81 and former director Dr. George Dunbar ’58, who holds the longest tenure, 27 years, as Orpheus director.





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Whether they were competing, singing, acting, mingling or cheering, students played a central role in all of the weekend festivities, enlivening the campus with energy and enthusiasm. Senior nursing major Allison Wiseman ’13, of Bradford, Ohio, represented her peers with beauty and grace, reigning as Homecoming Queen.


BILL GAITHER To the student body of Olivet

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is, y for myself as the years go by One of the prayers I often pra cynicism.” “God, don’t let me fall prey to so r student body. In a day when I also pray that prayer for you ng places, wro the g divine answers in all many young people are seekin so encouraged to was I and ht, ng faces Saturday nig you of sea the at out ked loo I see the hope on your faces. to face serious probthinkers. It is good and right I urge you to become critical ing people of faith who I’ve known many well-mean lems with serious questions. t questions leads you righ us quo. But asking the were afraid to challenge the stat s yet to come. tion era gen r generation and the you for s wer ans e ctiv stru con to ich actively works from destructive cynicism, wh I pray that God will protect you void of solutions in even constructive cynicism is against spiritual progress; and world. this increasingly complicated the hard questions ce and love. Continue to ask gra h, trut His h wit m icis cyn Fight n proven trustworthy itual principles that have bee spir the g cin bra em also ile wh since the dawn of Creation. we will see great er and full of hope, I believe After seeing your faces, so eag body. things come from this student

Six-time Grammy award winner Bill Gaither, and his wife, Gloria, are long-time friends and honorary alumni of Olivet. Gaither represents the best in gospel music, with an unparalleled career as a composer, artist and producer, and the leader of the internationally renowned Gaither Music Company.



Several alumni were recognized throughout Homecoming Weekend for the impact they have made on the world and for God’s Kingdom. Dr. Mark Quanstrom ’72 and Dr. Samuel Mayhugh ’61 were this year’s “O” Award winners. Heather (Bachelor) Makarewicz ’07 and Ben Smidt ’07 were recognized as Outstanding Young Alumni.



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Freshman Jon Boss ’16 was among the 187 Marching Tigers who transformed the football field into a stage for their exhilarating halftime show, under the direction of Ryan Schultz ’06.





A SPLASH OF COLOR Armed with goggles and tube socks full of paint, more than 500 students bonded as one colorful community during the second annual Paint Wars as part of First Week activities.


Standing tall on the north side of campus, just beyond the Weber Center, Olivet’s new Student Life and Recreation Center is a place for students to gather as one vibrant, hope-filled community.

The Hope Issue



Hope. Some might say it’s more difficult to find these days. But for the Olivet community, hope is that which guides our every decision and inspires our very existence. With so much wrong in the world, there is so much right at Olivet — there is great hope for the future. Join us as we journey beyond the ordinary to explore the hope we have as a community. Our hope is that you will experience the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, both in you and with you, as we return once again to the single greatest enduring idea of all of human history. That is, “Jesus Christ, in us, the hope of glory.” #



Wishful Thinking



Dr. Mark Quanstrom ’72

I think we say “I hope” a lot. “I hope the Detroit Tigers win the World Series. I hope (you know who) wins the election. I hope I get that job. I hope it’s not serious. I hope to see you tomorrow.” “I hope … I hope … I hope … ” It’s a good word, and we probably say it more than we think. But when we use the word “hope” in all of the typical ways we do, we usually mean no more than “I wish,” or “I really want,” or “I would like.” “I wish (someone) would win the election.” (One of them did). “I really want the Detroit Tigers to win the World Series.” (They didn’t. They really didn’t!) “I would like to get that job." (Just for the record, I'm thrilled with mine!) We say we “hope for” something, but in truth, we do so without much assurance that it will ever come to pass. There are many times that what we “hope for” never happens. This is not what Christians mean by hope. Christian hope is not simply “wishful thinking.” Christian hope is, first of all, a “hoping in” and not only “hoping for.” For example, when the Psalmist refers to hope, he oftentimes refers to hope in this way. “No one whose hope is in You will ever be put to shame.” (Psalm 25:3) “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.” (Psalm 31:24) “Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him...” (Psalm 42:5) When Christians hope, they are, first of all, expressing confidence in the character of God, the goodness of God. In those verses, for example, the word “trust” could even be substituted. “No one whose trust is in You will ever be put to shame.” “Be strong and take heart,

all you who trust in the Lord.” “Put your trust in God, for I will yet praise Him.” But Christian hope is more than trust. Hope is also a “confident expectation” that what God has promised will indeed come to pass. And this assurance, this hope, changes not only how we anticipate the future, it also changes how we live in the present. Our confident expectation in the goodness of God’s future gives us a joyful assurance and a peaceful confidence each and every day of our lives. That is why the Apostle Paul wrote, at the end of his letter to the church at Rome, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13) For the Apostle Paul, God is certainly not the God of “wishful thinking.” He is the God who will come through with what He has promised. And because of Christian hope, because of that confident expectation in His promised future, Christians experience lives filled with joy and peace. Period. So in truth, we don’t “hope” we get that job or that our favorite sports team wins the game, or that our preferred candidate wins an election. That’s simply “wishful thinking” or “really wanting.” No, we hope in God and for the future God has promised. That confident expectation in that future fills us with joy and peace. May you overflow with hope!

Dr. Mark Quanstrom is a full professor of theology and philosophy at Olivet, with a Ph.D. from St. Louis University. He also gives outstanding leadership as the University Campus pastor for College Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais. Mark recently completed his second book, From Grace to Grace, published by Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, and he was honored as Olivet's 2012 ministerial "O" award recipient.

LO-RES The Thing With “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul,” Emily Dickinson aptly says, creating an image of a bird that sings through the harshest storms and keeps people warm. Yet, as she says at poem’s end, it “never, in extremity,” asks a “crumb” of her. Hope survives and sings and warms, regardless of circumstances, without diminishing the individual who harbors it within the soul. The small bird seems to be the perfect image for hope, for that feeling that burns within a person, no matter how difficult the surroundings. Dickinson’s word picture reminds us that hope survives within us, even though we can do nothing to nourish it. In fact, the little bird, independent of us, sits, waits, sings and warms, till hope is fulfilled in reality. For Christians, such language speaks of the hope we have in the resurrection, a hope we often associate with the second coming. Yet, sometimes, hope comes to fruition in strange and wonderful ways during this life.



Mission in Action team leaders, Dr. Kashama Mulamba, Professor Jill Forrestal and I, had selected student members in November 2010 and held training sessions from January to April to prepare for our trip to Burkina Faso, West Africa. Then, in late April, the political climate in Burkina Faso turned so grim that the destination became untenable. Jennifer McClellan, director of international trips at ONU, worked tirelessly to find our team a place to serve. With one week to departure, we had a new destination — Ghana, West Africa — and new tasks. Now, instead of working with university students and ESL classes, we were to hold children’s programs in primary and junior high schools and in several churches. For almost two weeks, we held our programs in the various areas of the central region of Ghana. At the end of the trip, we

Feathers were to go to the capital of Accra, hold a few more programs, and paint the district center. What we didn’t know was that we would meet a young man named Philip with hope in his soul, a hope that couldn’t be fulfilled without our help. Philip, a Liberian, had been separated from his family during a revolution and had traveled alone on a refugee ship to Ghana. As a child, he had made his own way, first living on the street, snatching food where he could get it, and lying about his condition so that he could attend school. A teacher, who was also a Nazarene pastor, had taken Philip into his home. Now, Philip was studying for the ministry himself while he worked as caretaker of the district center. Through the wonders of the internet, Philip had found out, just weeks before we arrived at the district center, that his mother and siblings were still alive, living

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in his native city. He had a hope that one day he would be able to visit them for the first time in more than 20 years. But bus travel is dangerous, air travel is costly, and Philip’s job did not pay well. He had hope, but his hope was one for the future, until we came, and the missionary told us his story. He had hope, and we had dollars, not for the future, but for the present. We were able to fund the safe air travel. A month after we left Ghana, Philip made his way to Liberia and was reunited with his family. At times during our two weeks of rugged travel in Ghana, our mission team from Olivet wished we could be at our original destination in the capital city of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. What we didn’t know till the end of our trip was that by being in a different capital, in a different country, we were to be the agents of fulfilling the hope of a young minister.

Dr. Rebecca BelcherRankin is a Fulbright Scholar and an Olivet alumna, with a doctorate degree from Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Belcher-Rankin has been teaching in the Department of English and Modern Languages at Olivet Nazarene University since 1997. She teaches a variety of literature courses, including those in her chosen field of American literature, as well as upper division courses such as literary criticism and the novel.

Students get a sneak peak at the construction of the resistance training pool and other cutting-edge features within Olivet’s new Student Life and Recreation Center.

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“It is during the formation of thoughts and ideas where an Olivet graduate’s character comes roaring into play.”

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Dr. Ken Johnson reviews architectural blue prints with engineering students.

Without question, the output of engineering activity and creativity is an incredibly powerful force that has the potential to touch, for good or bad, nearly every soul on this planet. Cell phones, computers, cars, electricity, CT scanners, artificial hearts, airplanes, microwave ovens, iPods, iPads, iEverythings — the list goes on and on — were invented by engineers.



But what drives these engineers to invent? What is their purpose, their inspiration, as they face a blank sheet of paper at the outset of a project? Clearly, this is influenced by the individual’s character. Engineering, at its core, seeks to leverage a deeper understanding of the working of God’s physical creation for some useful purpose. It is during the formation of thoughts and ideas where an Olivet graduate’s character comes roaring into play. Olivet’s engineering program approaches this unique call in two primary ways. First of all, we are passionate about providing outstanding and rigorous academic training. Our ABET accreditation attests to the fact that we meet the same program standards of other fine engineering programs, such as those found at Purdue University, the University of Michigan, the University of Southern California and the University of Texas. However, we possess an additional strategic advantage that most of our peers do not. Specifically, at Olivet, we are exclusively dedicated to a robust undergraduate engineering program. Whereas, at many large institutions the primary focus of their faculty is on graduate level endeavors, at Olivet, our faculty is fully devoted to the undergraduate engineer. In practical terms, that means Olivet’s engineering students have superior contact to our experienced faculty. They will also have the opportunity to experience activities like research and scholarship that are typically reserved for graduate level students. Second, and most importantly, we seek to develop the Christian character of students as they begin to unlock and discover the complexity, power and order of God’s creation. We do this in order that they may early know the potential for bringing hope to those in need. By the time they graduate, Olivet engineers learn to ask fundamental questions. Will this invention help people? Will it help spread the Gospel? Will it reflect the call to love our neighbors as ourselves? Will it provide hope to someone who has begun to believe there is no hope?

For example, the world of materials engineering is exploding with innovation and radical advances in nanotechnology. We are discovering new materials and applications that defy previous assumptions about material performance limitations. One such material possesses the strength of steel, but is half the weight and three times as hard. A team of senior Olivet engineering students is exploring how this material that has numerous aerospace applications might be fabricated into new shapes and used as farming implements in developing nations. Another example taking shape right now is an Olivet Missions in Action project scheduled for this spring. Engineering students are collaborating with a multidisciplined group of Olivet students to design and construct a state-of-the-art, high-yield produce garden and large agricultural field with modern irrigation. With God’s blessing, the effect of this trip will be felt long after we return, through the sustainable provision of this field for those in desperate need. Olivet recently entered its third decade of training engineers to enter the world, and we are constantly challenging ourselves to reassess what it means to be an Olivet engineer. With current engineering enrollment equaling over 60 percent of the total number of all engineering graduates over the past 25 years, the program stands poised to make a difference worthy of our calling. With engineering alumni working across the globe in companies such as Ford, John Deere, Honda, Caterpillar, Alcoa and Apple, the impact and potential continues to grow. These alumni are also creating a continuous loop of feedback and encouragement, many serving as mentors to our current students. Ask any Olivet engineer what drives them, and in more cases than not, you will get a simple answer. Olivet engineers innovate with a purpose, bringing hope to the world.

Dr. Kenneth Johnson, chair of Olivet’s Department of Engineering, previously served as the senior researcher and president of Solidica, Inc., working with a variety of Fortune 500 companies in the aerospace, automotive, industrial, medical and construction industries. He led a $20 million product development expansion culminating in new product launches in both advanced intermetallic materials and next generation vehicle telematics. In addition to his bachelor’s degree from Olivet, Dr. Johnson holds a master’s in engineering from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from Loughborough University (United Kingdom).


Student Profile



“Even as a soccer team, we play for an audience of One.” Emma Reutter ’13 is one busy woman. As senior leader of the women’s soccer team, president of Enactus (formerly SIFE), and a full-time student with majors in both marketing and business administration, there are many things that fill Emma’s calendar — but only one has captured her heart. “For the past three-and-a-half years, I have been involved with Best Buddies,” she says. “The relationship with my buddy, and the impact the program has had on both of our lives, have been monumental.” Best Buddies pairs college students with “buddies” who are individuals with special needs, and it has been a passion of Reutter’s since she first learned of the international organization her freshman year. Following graduation, she plans on helping Best Buddies achieve their “2020 Initiative,” with the goal of opening offices in all 50 states, expanding into 100 countries, and impacting 3 million people worldwide by the end of 2020. “I am passionate about this organization and want to help bring this inclusion revolution to my home state of Michigan,” she says. And she’s already in the process of establishing an office there, even as she maintains all of her other responsibilities as a student athlete.

“I realize that when I get busy, the first and most important commitment to me — growing in my personal spiritual life — is easy to let slip. So I have to be very intentional to make that a priority in my everyday life.” This is a commitment she lives out, from the classroom to the field, and everywhere in between.

Emma Reutter Grad Year: 2013 Major: Marketing and Business Administration Hometown: Mason, Mich. Campus Involvement: Women’s Soccer Enactus Best Buddies

“Even as a soccer team, we play for an audience of One; we play for the One who gave us the ability to use our bodies to compete in the way they do. I believe that’s why our team has had such success — and why playing with the Tigers has given me more joy than I have ever had in my soccer career.” Emma credits Olivet for helping clarify her personal calling in building the kingdom. “Without my decision to come to Olivet, who knows if I would have crossed paths with an organization that pairs my head for business and passion for bettering the lives of people with special needs?”

Emma and her “Best Buddy." Go to to watch a video of Emma.

She concludes, “I know I’ve spent my four years of college at ONU for a reason. God has a plan!”

As she juggles all of the items on her calendar, Emma is careful to keep first things first.






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 intramurals 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. 30


Olivet believes in affordable excellence, as the cost to attend the University is competitively priced for private colleges nationwide. Approximately 99 percent of traditional undergraduates receive financial aid, totaling nearly $68 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 Oakbrook, 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

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“God lit a fire in my soul that burns to this day.” MaryRachel Forshee

Class of 2010 Degree: B.A. Political Science Hometown: East Lansing, Mich. Third-year law student at Michigan State University

MaryRachel Forshee ’10 vividly remembers the day her calling became clear. She was watching a documentary with her teen group when, as she recalls, “God reached down into my soul and touched me in a way I had never experienced before.” A million thoughts and questions ran through her mind of how she could help the impoverished children she saw on the screen. Could she be a doctor? Maybe a social worker? Then the answer came loud and clear: she would be a lawyer. “In that moment, God lit a fire in my soul that burns to this day,” says MaryRachel. “God called me to be a ray of hope in this world. I knew I would spend my life pursuing justice, protecting the vulnerable and oppressed. As a young teen, I had no idea how God would do this. But I was confident God would guide me.” Now a third-year law student at Michigan State University, MaryRachel is well on her way to achieving her life’s ambition. She’s even had the rare opportunity to prosecute a felony trial, while still a student.

MaryRachel recently prosecuted her first trial, while she was still a law student.

And she credits Olivet for providing her the background to succeed — at law school and beyond. “I believe one of the most important decisions I have made was my decision to attend Olivet Nazarene University, a university with a foundation rooted in the hope of Jesus Christ,” says MaryRachel. “My years at Olivet increased my skills in public speaking, advocacy and leadership while providing an atmosphere for spiritual growth that placed God at the center of all things. “Olivet prepared me well to go into the world.”



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A visit to the Supreme Court building is one of the highlights for students who attend the annual Christian Student Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., as well as a White House briefing and meeting some of the nation's top government officials.

Olivet Nazarene University proudly introduces

The Center For Law and Culture



Olivet students benefit from the wisdom and experience of lawyer and full-time professor Dr. Charles Emmerich.

Law at Olivet On September 14, 2012, Olivet Nazarene University announced a new partnership with the Center for Law and Culture, a nonprofit organization now housed on the Bourbonnais campus. The partnership aspires to restore truth in law through educational initiatives in the Judeo-Christian tradition. With Olivet’s newest faculty member Charles J. Emmerich, J.D., LL.M. at the helm, Olivet and the Center are launching a legal studies program that provides training for students desiring to pursue careers in public life, particularly in the fields of law, government and politics. According to Emmerich, this partnership with Olivet will help to fill a critical void in higher education. “A handful of Christian colleges and universities have a lawyer on faculty,” he said, “but even those don’t offer the kind of comprehensive liberal arts approach to legal studies that we will offer. Olivet will be the premier choice for talented and intellectually inclined students who view leadership and public service as an extension of their deeply rooted faith.” Emmerich will serve as faculty advisor to a new student organization known as the law and politics society. He will also identify and network with law alumni, recruit talented students, formulate the legal studies minor and offer the Center’s Law, Justice and Culture Institute in May.

Dr. John C. Bowling, University president, believes Olivet students will benefit exponentially from Emmerich’s experience and vision. “Charlie Emmerich has the depth of knowledge and experience necessary to prepare our students for the academic rigor of law school and public policy,” said Bowling. “More than that, his passion will inspire a generation of leaders to positively transform every facet of our society.” Emmerich sees no limit to where students will be able to go with a degree from Olivet. “Perhaps someday we will look back and recognize that we helped cultivate champions of the faith — from lawyers, teachers, and public servants to the highest levels of leadership in the Supreme Court, halls of Congress and White House.” Olivet is currently seeking to build meaningful connections between current students and alumni in the fields of law, government and politics. To learn more, or to be part of this initiative, contact the Center for Law and Culture at 815-928-5552. WWW.OLIVET.EDU 35

“I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the god of Daniel,” declared King Darius in the sixth century B.C. "For he is the living God, and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end.” (Daniel 6:26) How is it that a Persian ruler came to honor God in this way? The answer is the courage of one strategically-placed believer. Raised to the highest levels of political leadership, Daniel placed his hope in the Lord and defied an edict requiring him to violate his religious convictions. The eternal King rescued His faithful servant, and Darius, an earthly king, honored Daniel for his courage. This episode summarizes the Christian’s twofold hope in public life: that the Lord who reigns eternally as a King also exercises dominion over nations throughout human history.



It is with this twofold outlook that the Center for Law and Culture and Olivet Nazarene University are partnering to establish a premier legal studies initiative. This partnership will inspire a new generation of virtuous leaders and citizens in public life. It will bring hope in the midst of cultural and political disillusionment by emphasizing that the Lord reigns today, as He did in Daniel’s day.


Regarding public service as noble, the legal studies initiative challenges future leaders and citizens to rediscover the venerable Anglo-American legal heritage. Now entering its tenth century, this heritage rests on the bedrock principle of the “rule of law under God,” or as Winston Churchill proclaimed, there is “a law which is above the King and which even he must not break. This is a reaffirmation of a supreme law, and its expression in a general charter is the great work of Magna Carta.”

Exemplifying the power of courage, wisdom, tenacity and faith in public life, William Wilberforce's story occupies a central place in Olivet's new legal studies curriculum.

On the other side of the Atlantic, the American Founders expressed this truth in The Declaration of Independence (1776): “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

by Dr. Charles Emmerich

As America drifts further from these founding principles, it is understandable that many have become disillusioned. However, the examples of Daniel and many others testify that, “Blessed is he … whose hope is in the Lord” because He “reigns forever” and “frustrates the ways of the wicked.” (Psalm 146).


Few modern leaders exemplify this biblical basis for hope better than British statesman William Wilberforce. He exemplified the courage, wisdom and tenacity of biblical heroes, representing kingdom values in the midst of a culture marked by indifference, callousness and skepticism. 36


The only solid hopes for the well-being of my country depend … on the persuasion that she still contains many, who, in a degenerate age, love and obey the Gospel of Christ.

– William Wilberforce, 1797

Born in 1759 into a wealthy family, young Wilberforce was a nominal Anglican and, by his own admission, squandered his time as a student at Cambridge and his early years in Parliament. Over the objections of his close friend, Prime Minister William Pitt, he became an “evangelical” Anglican in 1785. At this point he consulted his mentor John Newton, an Anglican minister, about whether he should abandon politics and become a clergyman. Newton, a former slave ship captain who later wrote the famous hymn “Amazing Grace,” wisely counseled Wilberforce to remain in politics for “the good of the nation.”

of Christians called to public life is “to do all to the glory of God.” As a result of this outlook and his unshakeable allegiance to the Bible, Wilberforce argued that those desiring to glorify God in public life should estimate “the guilt of actions” by asking first, “the proportion in which, according to Scripture, they are offensive to God,” and only secondly, the degree to which “they are injurious to society.” In other words, Christians in public life should measure their actions in light of God’s moral truth as revealed in Scripture and as transmitted correctly through the English “higher law” tradition.



In 1787, Wilberforce wrote in his diary, “God Almighty has set before me two great objects, the suppression of the slave trade and the reformation of manners.” Despite personal vilification, deteriorating health and numerous setbacks, he assembled a political and grassroots coalition and fought tirelessly for 47 years to achieve these two goals. Just three days before he died in 1791, the Methodist evangelist John Wesley encouraged his young admirer, writing, “Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you?” That God had raised Wilberforce up for “two great objects” became evident in 1807 when the House of Commons voted overwhelmingly to abolish the slave trade. But the institution of slavery remained, so Wilberforce and his coalition labored until July 26, 1833, when Parliament outlawed slavery in the British Empire. Three days later, Wilberforce died, prompting his colleague Thomas Buxton to comment, “The day which was the termination of his labors was the termination of his life.” Throughout his career, Wilberforce also threw himself into the second great object, that of reforming the nation’s moral landscape. Remarkably, he served in 69 charitable initiatives, including campaigns opposing public attacks on Christianity and its moral teachings, the undermining of marriage and the family, deplorable conditions in prisons and hospitals, inhumane treatment of the poor and the infirm, cavalier use of capital punishment and harsh criminal sentences, gambling and the lottery, child labor, political corruption, sexual promiscuity, rampant drunkenness, cruelty toward animals, illiteracy and the lack of affordable general education. Historians now generally agree that these humanitarian efforts, spearheaded by an evangelical coalition led by Wilberforce, John Wesley, George Whitfield and others, prevented Great Britain from undergoing a bloody revolution such as that experienced by France. Wilberforce’s extraordinary career prompts the question: what motivated this champion of the faith? Wilberforce answered this question in his bestselling book, A Practical View of Christianity (1797). The “grand governing maxim”

As we seek to inspire the next generation of virtuous public leadership, we can derive hope from the life of William Wilberforce. Like Daniel and other biblical heroes, he relied upon Scripture and the best within the Anglo-American legal heritage to battle those offenses in British society that most offended God, and thereby most injured humanity. Living in light of eternity, Wilberforce knew that God’s dominion in the world would not be thwarted. He attributed Great Britain’s “national difficulties” to the decline of Christianity and its moral framework. The “only solid hopes for the well-being of my country” rested, he said, on “the persuasion that she still contains many, who, in a degenerate age, love and obey the Gospel of Christ, on the humble trust that the intercession of these may still be prevalent, that for the sake of these, Heaven may still look upon us with an eye of favor.” May the Olivet-Center partnership revive Wilberforce’s hopeful example at this troubling time in American history. May it inspire future leaders to champion biblical justice, teaching them how to glorify God in public life, love and serve their neighbors, and care for the created order.

Dr. Charles Emmerich, founder and executive director for the Center for Law and Culture, has a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College, a law degree (J.D.) from the University of Idaho and an advanced law degree (LL.M.) in constitutional law and history from the University of Pennsylvania. He co-authored A Nation Dedicated to Religious Liberty, which has been praised by prominent legal scholars and cited extensively in two cases of the United States Supreme Court.



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B  John A Payton ’57 retired from Point

Loma Nazarene University in January. He had pastored Nazarene churches for 40 years and had served as regional director of planned giving at PLNU. He subsequently retired from the Arcadia California Police Department where he served as volunteer chaplain for 10 years. John is currently interim pastor in Exeter, Calif., and conducts the Sunday evening services at Visalia First Church of the Nazarene.


Donald Schlegel ’59 has received the Distinguished Alumni Award at the annual Dunkirk High School Alumni banquet. He traveled to Haiti and helped build a new school/church in the Jessome area that had been destroyed by the earthquake. Since building the new facility, the attendance on Sunday has gone from 20 to 150. He resides in Greenfield, Ind.


C  Rev. Ralph ’61 and Charity (Rodefer)

’62 Hill celebrated their 50th anniversary August 18, 2012. For 35 years, Ralph and Charity served pastorates in Anderson, Orland and Shipshewana, Ind., and Chicago, Lombard and Canton, Ill. Ralph served as hospital chaplain in Peoria, Ill., from 1999 until retirement in 2010. Charity taught in the public schools. They have two children and four grandchildren, and reside with their family in Canton, Ill.


D  Dr. Sonja J. Smith ’64, dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies and Dr. Willie Dishon ’64, graduate and professional studies chaplain, were among retiring faculty of Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Sonja and Willie were happy to celebrate college graduation and retirement together with their families and friends. 40


Professional Accomplishments,


Several Olivetians gathered for a mini reunion at Indian Lake, Mich., including Kathy (Brand) ’75 and Roger Wooten ’75, Connie (Remole) ’74 and John Alexander ’75, Nancy (Rich) ’75 and Tim Smith ’75, Jack ’74 and Mary G. (Smith) ’74 Shoff, Steve ’75 and Deanna (Allen) ’75 Butler, Mark ’78 and Beth (Rice) ’75 Pennington, Kathy (McGraw) Paul ’75 and Dr. Mary Margaret Reed ’71.


E  Cindy Ely ’78 has written a novel titled

The Superstitions. Cindy was inspired to write this novel after visiting the Phoenix area. She writes for all ages and is devoted to literature that reflects and promotes family values.


Dan Werner ’79 completed a 40-hour Dignitary Protection Program at Ohio State University. Dan, a lieutenant with the Columbus State Police Department, among his other duties, directs the Dignitary Protection Services Team at Columbus State. In the past six months, Werner has worked with the Secret Service on two presidential visits, a visit by the U.S. vice president’s wife and two visits by the secretary of labor.


F  Mark “M.K.” Gilroy ’80 has released a

debut novel titled, Cuts Like a Knife. He has been in the publishing field for more than 25 years, working for various publishing companies including Nazarene Publishing House. He and his wife, Amy, live in Brentwood, Tenn. Their children are Lindsey, Merrick, Ashley, Caroline, Bo and Zachary. G  Terry Granger ’80 has been named as the new principal and chief administrator for Bishop McNamara Catholic High School in Kankakee, Ill. His career also includes over ten years as principal at Maternity of the BVM, Bourbonnais, Ill. In addition, he serves as chair of the diocesan elementary principals association.


David Fanning ’83 retired in April 2012 from a 20-year career as an air traffic controller at the Peoria International Airport, in Peoria, Ill.


H  Lori (Frazer) Croasdell ’85 was named coordinator for CEASe (Coalition to Eliminate the Abuse of Substances) for Scott County in Scottsburg, Ind., helping reduce the incidence and prevalence of substance abuse and addictions among youth and adults. She and husband John ’87 live in Scottsburg with their three children. John is the medical director in the Scott Memorial Hospital Emergency Department. Lori holds an M.A. degree from Ball State University. Kirk R. Willard ’85 received Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.’s highest honor, the Board of Directors Award of Excellence in the category of Leadership. Previously, he received the President’s Award of Distinction. He is a senior manager in manufacturing and is serving his third term as president/chairman of the Board of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, Inc. (Washington D.C.) He resides in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., with his wife and three children.


I  Tom ’95 and Nicole Nothstine: A girl, Genevieve Claire, November 9, 2011. She joins big brothers Vincent, 6, and Thomas, 5, and twin sisters Victoria and Isabelle, 3. The family lives in Cordova, Alaska.


J  Aaron ’97 and Dawn Thompson: A girl,

Sydney Erin, April 16, 2012. She joins big sisters Emilee, 6, and Leah, 3. Aaron is an assistant professor in Olivet’s Department of Exercise and Sports Science, and Dawn is a 4th grade teacher at MBVM School. They reside in Bradley, Ill.

Weddings, Births and Adoptions


Cheri (Anthony) Betz ’98 recently received the 2012 Staff Excellence Award given at this year’s Honors Convocation at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Mich. Cheri has worked for Siena Heights for over ten years and is currently the southeast regional director for the College for Professional Studies. Cheri and her husband Steve ’96 reside in Wolverine Lake, Mich., with their two children Erich and Sophie.


1)  Travis ’00 and Erin (Alderson) McEowen ’01: Twin boys, Bryce David and Grayson Lee, May 22, 2012. They join sister Tessa, 2. Travis is an AVP and trust investment officer at Grabill Bank, and Erin works part-time as a commercial credit analyst for Wells Fargo Bank. They reside in Columbia City, Ind. 1! Brady and Shannon (Boyts) ’00 Peikert: A girl, Taylor Grace, March 9, 2012. Taylor joins her older sister, Mackenzie, 3. Brady works for Flight Safety International. Shannon continues to be a stay-at-home mom. They reside in Ballwin, Mo.


1@  Marc ’01 and Suzanne (Vance) ’01 Herington: A girl, Brooke Noel, August 24, 2011. She joins big sister Lindsay, 5. Suzanne is a stay-at-home mom, and Marc works for John Deere. The family resides in Geneseo, Ill.


1#  Jean (Anderson) ’02 and David Moy: A boy, Gavin David, March 25, 2012. He joins big sister Ava Hope, 3. Jean is an intensive care nurse at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, and David is a firefighter/EMT for the City of Kankakee. They reside in Kankakee, Ill.

1$  Tricia Allen ’02 and Adam Rife were married on April 28, 2012, in Greenwood, Ind. Adam is a freelance audiovisual technician, and Tricia works in communications at The Wesleyan Church World Headquarters. They reside in Indianapolis, Ind.


1%  Charles ’03 and Heather Ogborn: A girl, Hailey Evelyn, August 2, 2012. She joins big sister Hannah, 2. Charles is a mechanical engineer at GSI, and Heather is a domestic engineer at Ogborn Acres. They reside in Sullivan, Ill.

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’07 and Sarah (Gonzalez) ’04 Chamberlain: A girl, Caroline Adele, August 14, 2012. Sarah is the associate pastor of worship and youth at First Church of the Nazarene in Danville, Ill., and Lee teaches 6th grade science at Mary Miller Junior High School in Georgetown, Ill. They reside in Danville, Ill. 1&  Michael S. Meier ’04 moved to Korea in 2010 where he taught International Business at Korea Nazarene University. This led to an international marketing manager position in downtown Seoul. In his spare time, he played or officiated in table tennis and played the role of a table tennis umpire in a movie titled “As One.” 1*  Russell ’04 and Jaime Milburn: A boy: “Charlie” Richard, June 1, 2012. Russell is the assistant director of financial aid at Eastern Nazarene College, and Jaime is the assistant registrar at Eastern Nazarene College. They reside in Quincy, Mass.


Jesse Briles ’05 was ordained an elder in the Church of the Nazarene by the Michigan District in July 2012. He and his wife, Jenna, are currently serving with Mission Corp. and Nazarene Theology Seminary’s 365m program in Whangarei, New Zealand.

1(  Rev. Jonathan and Andrea (Suderman)

’05 Croft: A girl, Lucy Esther, October 3, 2011. She joins brother Jonas Titus, 3. Jonathan is the youth pastor at Chapman Memorial Church of the Nazarene in Vicksburg, Mich. Andrea is self-employed for Croft 3 Designs. They reside in Vicksburg, Mich. 2) Mallori (Lesh) ’05 and Jonathan Demildt: A boy, Curtis Reinier Johannes, January 15, 2012. Jonathan is a senior systems aviation engineer at Rockwell Collins, and Mallori is a former teacher and current stay-at-home mom. They reside in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 2! Rachel (Smith) ’05 and Jared ’07 Morehouse: A boy, Isaac Lain, May 18, 2012. Jared is a quality systems manager with Emerson Power Transmissions. Rachel is a stay-at-home mom, and parttime voice instructor for Rachel Marie Studio. They are moving to Florence, Ky., this fall. 2@  Sara Hart ’05 and David Risi were married November 11, 2011 in Anchorage, Alaska at Hillcrest Church of the Nazarene. Sara is a social worker for North Star Behavioral Health in Palmer, Alaska, and David is a team lead for FedEx in Anchorage, Alaska. Sara and David reside in Anchorage.


2#  Nick ’06 and Nathalie (Tomakowsky)

’05 Ruppel: A girl, Nathalie Jane, July 8, 2012. Nick is a resident physician at Eglin Air Force Base, and Nathalie is a stay-athome mom. They reside in Destin, Fla. 2$  Rebekah (Mingus) Metzger ’06 graduated with her Master of Arts in counseling with an emphasis in school counseling from Spring Arbor University. She currently works at the middle school in Sturgis, Mich. where she and her husband reside. #





were married June 23, 2012, in Chicago, Ill. Chris is getting his master’s degree at Olivet while serving as the ONU football team graduate assistant. Mary works as a corporate recruiter at Groupon, Inc. in Chicago. They reside in Chicago. 2^ Alisa (Christensen) ’07 and Phillip Herrold were married August 18, 2012, in Chesterton, Ind. Phil is a farmer. Alisa has been teaching 4th–6th grade Montessori for the past five years in Chesterton, Ind. and a year in Golden, Colo. She returned home to join Phil on the farm in Wanatah, Ind. 2&  Megan Smalley ’07 was named head softball coach for Bethel College. She served as a graduate assistant for the Olivet softball program for two years. She will reside in Mishawaka, Ind. 2* A1C Matthew R. Swenson ’07 was recently awarded Airman of the Quarter for the 99th Air Base Wing at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev. He joined the Air Force in December 2010. He is currently representing Nellis Air Force Base as an Honor Guard member. He and his wife, Stephanie (Bennett) ’08 reside in North Las Vegas, Nev.

’12 were married August 4, 2012, in New Castle, Ind. Angie graduated with a BSW and is looking to start her master’s soon. Caleb is a 1st LT in the United States Army and currently stationed in Ft. Knox, Ky. Scott Hale ’10, Tyler Hull ’09, Jonathan Shreves ’12, Dustin Vanderhoof ’10 and Alex Green ’11 have formed a full-time Christian improv comedy group/ministry. They got their start doing improv in Spoons 4 Forks at Olivet. They perform in churches, camps and at various other events.

2%  Chris Bjorkland ’07 and Mary Walas ’08


2(  Matthew ’08 and Laurryn (Trojanowski)

’08 McDaniel: A girl, Aynsley Patricia, May 27, 2012. Laurryn is a stay-at-home mom and nanny, and Matt is a police officer in Louisville, Ky. They reside in Sellersburg, Ind. 3)  Mike ’08 and Jessica (Hulsey) McDaniel ’08: A boy, Caleb Rowan, May 9, 2012. Mike is an IT analyst for the Federal Aviation Administration, and Jessica is a stay-at-home mom. They reside in Oklahoma City, Okla. Amanda “Amy” Scheve ’08: A girl, Eponine Ann, April 29, 2012. They reside in St. Louis, Mo.


3!  Caleb Erway ’10 and Angie Edwards




Ali Baig ’11 appeared on Channel 5 NBC News as the registered dietician of LifeTime Fitness to discuss milk alternatives.


Matt Gargiulo ’13 and Rachel Holmgren ’11 were married May 19, 2012. Rachel is a 2nd grade teacher at Kankakee Trinity Academy. Matt is completing his degree in elementary education at Olivet and employed through Youth for Christ as the Kankakee City Life intern and mentoring program coordinator. They reside in Bourbonnais, Ill. Audrey Mikhail ’13 is a current student at Olivet from Joplin, Mo. In May of 2011, Joplin was destroyed by the deadliest tornado in recorded history. As a result of the devastation and loss that thousands experienced, Audrey responded to that need by starting a non-profit organization named Project Restoration which focuses on the mental, emotional and spiritual side of Joplin’s rebuilding.





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B In Memoriam

B  Frederick G. Tyrrell ’34 died March 9, 2012. He was born August 8, 1916, in Dodgeville, Wis. He served as a Presbyterian minister for 25 years in Iowa, Indiana and Illinois. He then earned a doctorate from the University of Chicago and began teaching at Elmhurst College. In retirement, he volunteered with the local Kiwanis Club and at church, teaching adult classes. He was married to Carmine Marconi Tyrrell.

C   Louise

(Parmentier) Nelms ’40 died April 22, 2007. She was born September 15, 1921, in Westville, Ill. She attended Olivet and Murray State. After graduating and receiving her master’s degree from George Peabody, she worked as a secretary for Western Union and worked as a librarian for various Danville schools. She married Benton C. Nelms on September 21, 1944. Edythe L. Wessel ’44 passed away July 3, 2011. She was born August 12, 1922, in Muskegon, Mich. While at Olivet, she was the yearbook editor. Edythe taught for over 20 years in the Grand Blanc School System. She and her husband, Grant H. Wessel, learned patience and unconditional love during their 62 years of marriage. Betty Jean (Cunningham) Thomas ’50 died July 14, 2012, in San Diego, Calif. Betty worked at the Nazarene Theological Seminary and for many years served as a high school guidance counselor




in San Diego and women’s ministry leader at her church. Betty will long be remembered by her friends for a cheerful disposition, and a lifetime of loving service in Jesus’ name.

D   Dr. James A. Goldenstein ’52 passed away October 12, 2012. He was born February 5, 1931. He was an OB/GYN in Kankakee for a number of years and was a charter member of the medical staff at Riverside Medical Center. He served on numerous medical committees for Riverside. Dr. Goldenstein was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy from July 1959 to July 1961. He and his wife, Betty L. (Lemenager) ’80, married December 27, 1952. Along with his wife, he was the Riverside Foundation Samaritan of the Year in 1986. E  John L. Henderson ’56 passed away June 5, 2012. He was born July 16, 1934, in Mount Vernon, Ohio. He married Joyce Wilt July 23, 1967. He retired from the Kankakee, Ill. post office in 1997 after 30 years of service. While a student at Olivet, he sang in Orpheus Choir. Music was an important part of his life. F  Carolyn Sue (Henson) Campbell ’64 passed away June 9, 2012. She was born January 12, 1938, in Frankfort, Ind. She graduated from Olivet with a degree in elementary education and taught in public schools for 35 years. She and her husband, Rev. Alan C. Campbell, were married for 51 years.






Her life showed a zeal and joy of encouraging others to love and serve her Lord. She served in children’s summer camps, Vacation Bible Schools, visitation teams and taught Sunday School for 50 years.

Virginia’s life was characterized by discipline and focus. When it came to motherhood, she made a decision to be a stay-athome mom and poured herself into the task of raising and homeschooling their three sons.

Susan Gale ’74 joined heaven’s choir on August 10, 2012. She passed away at her home in Davison, Mich. Susan was the daughter of Floyd and Marty Gale and a graduate of Northern High School in Flint, Mich.

H  Maridel “Dell” L. (Howe) Neumann ’76 passed

G  Virginia Louise (Kranich) Vanciel ’75 died May 15, 2012 after a short and unexpected illness. She was born January 14, 1953 in Kankakee, Ill., to former Olivet music professors Irving and Wanda Kranich.    She had two compelling interests, the flute and travel. She played the flute in school bands, took private lessons in Chicago and Switzerland, and ultimately played in the Kankakee Symphony Orchestra. Summer family trips led to a family European tour for two months in 1970. This was the foundation for continued travel throughout her life.    Virginia graduated from Olivet with a degree in music and business. She met and married Steve Vanciel in 1978. They lived in Kankakee for several years where she worked at Imperial Travel Service, and he taught at Olivet. In 1989, they moved to Orlando, Fla.


away May 18, 2012. She was born January 25, 1954 in Lansing, Mich. Dell was a Hospice nurse for Hospice of Lansing. She was also an aspiring sculptor and artist, loved animals and an avid gardener with a “green thumb.” She was married to Donald.

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David Rubin ’07 died October 27, 2012. He was born December 22, 1984, in Kankakee, Ill. He worked for Benner Library and MKM Oil of Braidwood.    He attended St. Paul Lutheran School in Woodworth and graduated from Christ Lutheran High School, where he was co-valedictorian. Jonathan received a Bachelor of Science degree in geology at Olivet. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Woodworth. He enjoyed basketball, baseball, band, classical music, writing, drawing and acting in school plays.    His interest in the Japanese culture involved learning the language and his goal was to become a translator.




Proud mentor Dr. Dianne Daniels celebrates graduation day with the students she taught, prayed for, and encouraged throughout their doctoral pursuit. Olivet’s Ed.D. in ethical leadership is a three-year program, including dissertation.

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