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CONTENTS 1$ In the Spirit Rev. Corey Jones, Dr. Jeff Bell and Dr. Darcel Brady share how the Spirit has revealed itself in their lives and the lives of others.
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THE MAGAZINE There is a wonderful excitement and energy endemic in the autumn months and the start of a new academic year. With the leaves beginning to turn, the Friday night football games, the chill in the air and the holidays on the horizon, we once again bid farewell to summer. Our minds, hearts and spirits are engaged with renewed purpose and rigor. As George Eliot put it, “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it!” In the midst of this glorious season, we pause to carefully consider the complexities of the human spirit and to illuminate the person, work and blessings of the Holy Spirit. As A.W. Tozer once said to his Chicago congregation,“The instant cure of most of our religious ills would be to enter His presence in spiritual experience, to become suddenly aware that we are in God, and God is in us. This would lift us out of our pitiful narrowness and cause our hearts to be enlarged!” May we all be somehow startled by the power and presence of the thirdperson of the Trinity this day. May our hearts be enlarged as we read and reflect on these pages. Blessings to each of you! - The Editorial Board
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Where the Spirit Is University President John C. Bowling
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In any organization, there exists an intangible, but very real, element that impacts the effectiveness and ethos of the organization. It is sometimes described as morale. Others may talk about an esprit de corps, a common spirit of comradeship, enthusiasm and devotion to a cause among the members of a group. In athletics, it is manifested as “team spirit.” For colleges and universities, it may be a matter of school spirit. We embrace the benefits of strong morale among students, an esprit de corps among our faculty and staff, and the role of team spirit in athletics. Nonetheless, we seek a deeper sense of “spirit” on the campus of Olivet. The first Olivet Catalog, published in the summer of 1909, contained Olivet’s first printed statement of purpose: “This school has been founded at the call of God. It is a child of faith and prayer. It is (our) purpose to have an institution at the front in educational facilities and scholastic attainments, and yet to make it a distinctly spiritual school.” That statement, now more than one hundred years old, continues to be the benchmark, the hallmark and the guiding vision for Olivet: a University “at the front in educational facilities and scholastic attainments, and yet a distinctly spiritual school.” At Olivet Nazarene University, we have school “Spirit” with a capital S, for it is the Holy Spirit who guides us into the future. We seek to be a toptier University 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. In the last decade, from 2003 through 2012, the University focused on its Centennial Plan. This included the School’s Centennial Celebration in 2007, as well as the establishment of the first
doctoral program, first endowed chair, the Center for Student Success, the Olivet Hong Kong extension, the Honors Program and the Center for Law and Culture. Program quality throughout the institution — teacher education, nursing, pre-law, pre-med, social work, engineering and many others — has been significantly enhanced. We constructed the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel and the stunning new Douglas E. Perry Student Life and Recreation Center. During this same period of time, our traditional undergraduate enrollment increased by 31.4 percent, ACT scores for incoming freshmen rose by 10 percent, our retention and graduation rates increased, and the student-to-faculty ratio improved by 24 percent. This fall, we have the highest traditional undergraduate enrollment in our history. With these accomplishments now in place, we look to the future. The University must ensure that it remains true to its founding vision and the mission and values that have guided it for more than a century. While at the same time, we must pursue new ways of providing an “Education with a Christian Purpose” to a wider constituency. We pray for the Holy Spirit’s wisdom, guidance and strength as we pursue this higher calling.
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. One of his most recent books, Above All Else: 20 Years of Baccalaureate Sermons, was published by Beacon Hill Press. Dr. Bowling is married to alumna Dr. 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.
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CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER
Olivet recently earned the designation as a 2012-2013 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character Five Star Institution. During the academic year, Tiger athletes and programs were evaluated for excellence in the areas of character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition, character promotion and student-athlete grade point averages. As they serve on mission trips, sponsor various special programs at athletic events and volunteer in the community, our Tigers continue to prove they are champions both on and off the field.
Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies recently announced partnerships with Kankakee Community College and Highland Community College, which will allow students additional opportunities to complete the bachelor’s degree in nursing. “The healthcare environment is fast-paced and always changing,” says Dr. Cynthia A. Russell, associate dean of nursing and health sciences at ONU. “Today’s nurses need programs like Olivet’s RN to BSN program that facilitate completion of the baccalaureate degree, enabling graduates to pursue career advancement opportunities and graduate studies.” For more information, call 887-886-3590 or go to graduate.olivet.edu.
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Recently listed as one of the Top U.S. Colleges & Universities for Teaching Education, Olivet’s School of Education continues to prepare educators to influence lives through their careers. “Olivet is blessed with a dedicated faculty that defines and shapes the ‘Olivet Difference’ for our students,” says Dr. Jim Upchurch, dean. “Our school district partnerships have enhanced and prepared our candidates for success in the classroom for the last 72 years.” Olivet’s Teacher Education programs hold the accreditation and approval of the Illinois State Board of Education, and the Teacher Education Unit is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Olivet’s first scuba certification class, in partnership with Haigh Quarry in Kankakee, included three sessions in the pool of the new Student Life and Recreation Center on campus. After completing two open-water dives at the Quarry, these divers will have a lifetime certification to dive anywhere in the world. “I signed up for the class to start my journey in becoming a dolphin trainer,” says Brenna Martin ’17, (zoology major from Bourbonnais, Ill.) “There’s nothing like getting a chance to observe a new world. I am definitely blessed to have this opportunity!”
Students who feel called to music ministry or youth ministry are now finding new ways to serve and gain valuable experience through Olivet’s Preaching Ambassadors program. Joining the students who are preparing to serve as pastors, they are leading worship, speaking with youth groups and preaching in churches across the Midwest. The Program has grown from two preaching ambassadors visiting 12 churches in 2009 to 35 students who will reach more than 200 churches this year.
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VISITING THE CUP
During their fall session, Olivet’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name the University’s newest student facility the Douglas E. Perry Student Life and Recreation Center — already affectionately known to students as “The Dougie” — in honor of Olivet’s vice president of finance. In response, Dr. John C. Bowling said, “It is not an overstatement to say that we would not have the Center without Doug’s leadership.” Interior Image Group and Buchar, Mitchell, Bajt Architects, Inc. recently received the Bronze Citation award from American School & University Magazine for their interior design of the 168,000-square-foot center that features a 72,000-square-foot field house; 200-meter running track; four-story climbing wall; workout facilities; large game area; several classrooms; and an aquatic center, which includes a 10-lane competition pool, resistance pool and whirlpool.
Cancer survivor and avid Blackhawks fan Lindsay Miller ’15 recently had the opportunity to kiss the Stanley Cup while at her second-to-last chemotherapy treatment. Lindsay’s mother, Mariann, said watching her daughter that day was a stirring reminder of God’s power and just how far they’d come. Lindsay, for whom a recent PET scan came back clear, said the Hawk’s championship season was an inspiration to her. “It was such an encouragement to cheer them on in their battle as I was fighting my own.”
AMERICA'S BEST COLLEGES For the ninth consecutive year, Olivet has been ranked as one of the Best Colleges by “U.S. News & World Report” in its “2014 College Guidebook” and on its website. Students around the country use this guidebook as a tool to help them find the right college to attend. “We continue to prepare men and women for impacting our world in meaningful ways,” says Dr. Brian Allen, vice president of institutional advancement. “This recognition is an affirmation of the quality education Olivet provides.” The 2014 Best Colleges rankings and data are now available at usnews.com.
Another year of strong enrollment continues this fall with a total of 4,600 traditional undergraduate, graduate and adult students. This breaks numerous records, including the largest groups of: traditional undergraduates (2,793); full-time students (3,185); residential students (2,212); and new traditional undergraduate students (940, including first-time freshmen and transfers) in the University’s 106-year history.
Dr. Houston Thompson is Olivet’s new dean of the School of Professional Studies and administrative dean of the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. He left his duties as chair of Olivet’s Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice to accept this position. He leads 10 undergraduate departments, as well as providing direction for the master’s and doctoral programs. A licensed social worker in the state of Indiana, he has previously enjoyed successful careers as a school social worker and director of a faithbased community ministry. As an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, he has served as a pastor in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Indiana.
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With nearly 30,000 downloads this year, Olivet Live — featuring live streaming and “On Demand” archived videos of chapel, concerts, athletics and other events — remains one of the most popular resources on www.olivet.edu. Check out recent uploads like chapel addresses by Rev. Stephen Manley, Dr. John C. Bowling and Lynne Hybels; the Fall Festival of Organ concert series; the Nielson and Young concert, and more!
Olivet’s pre-med students gain unparalleled job shadowing experience through Riverside Medical Center’s Silhouette program. Recently, this program received national accolades from the Association of Hospital Volunteer Resource Professionals. Surgeon and ONU Professor Dr. Mike Pyle says, “It’s a fabulous connection for our students. Whatever their mentor physicians do throughout the day, our students have the opportunity to experience, including following them into the operating room. It’s extremely valuable as it helps confirm or redirect their career paths.”
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ANTIDOTE FOR DESPAIR As the 2013 recipient of the Maggie Sloan Crawford Award, Lynne Hybels emboldened and challenged the Olivet community during a chapel address not soon to be forgotten. Lynne — an author, social activist and co-founder of the Willow Creek Community Church along with her husband, Bill — spoke passionately about some of the world’s greatest needs — and the potential for students to meet them.
“I read Isaiah 58 every day for 30 days,” Lynne reflected. “I prayed, ‘God, what is mine to do?’ Once I knew, I couldn’t sit back and do nothing.”
After traveling to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2008, Lynne initiated a movement called “Ten for Congo” to raise awareness and funding for those suffering because of Congo’s ongoing civil war. That same year, she also began traveling regularly to Israel and the Palestinian Territory to stand in solidarity with both Jewish and Arab peacemakers who are committed to security and equality for all people living in the Holy Land. “I have discovered tragedy worse than I’d ever imagined,” she said. “I also discovered the most powerful force in the world: hope. There is always someone needier than we are, and we must help them. The antidote to despair is action. Each of us has the power to do something. When we join our efforts together, we can begin to change the world.”
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IPAD INVASION Each equipped with an iPad, students involved in the University’s choral and instrumental ensembles have music scores, ebooks, email and numerous apps right at their fingertips. “We want to improve the quality of the education process for our students and faculty,” says Dr. Don Reddick, department chair. “This also reduces the cost of college expenses, and equips our students with the skills they need for current technology trends in education and the workplace.”
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“Life must be lived with one hand lifted in praise to God and with the other hand immersed in the necessary activities of daily life. We must learn the delicate lesson of listening to His voice. Here is the place we learn how to live a Spirit-filled, Spirit-led, sanctified life.” – Dennis Kinlaw from This Day with the Master
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Given the vast mystery of the work of the Spirit and the limitations of our humanity, our minds often wander and wonder about the great spiritual and existential questions of life. In search of greater understanding, we turned to Rev. Corey Jones, Dr. Jeff Bell and Dr. Darcel Brady for inspirational stories of the Holy Spirit and the human spirit.
God’s Mighty Breath Rev. Corey Jones
Ezekiel witnessed the Spirit’s resolve in the middle of a boneyard where hopelessness had won the day. Much like God had done in the garden, when God formed man from the dust and breathed life into his nostrils, Ezekiel was told to prophesy to this lifegiving Breath. Whoa, what a rattling sound ensued! The Spirit rushed into that valley of dry bones and raised an entire nation, a mighty army from a mangled mess. I have personally experienced the potency of this mighty Breath of God, when I witnessed the Spirit’s hovering over my own dryness and over the deadness of an all-but-abandoned church. After leaving Olivet in the early 90s, my wife, Beth Ann, and I moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area for graduate school. We agreed to take a church near the inner city. There were only a few families in the church when we got there, and with such a small number, they chose to meet in a classroom for services rather than in the sanctuary. The building itself was sorely dilapidated, in total disrepair and terribly dated. The old pews in the sanctuary were a burnt orange color, and the best way to describe the color of the grimy carpet was that it resembled broccoli cheese casserole. Beyond all physical appearances, you couldn’t help but sense that the breath had been knocked out of this hopeless little church.
Sacred Scripture reminds us that at the genesis of all things, the Spirit of God was there, hovering over the dark emptiness. Like a fighter pacing back and forth, anxious to get into the ring. Like a scrappy player tugging on the coach’s arm at the end of an all-butlost game, urging, “Put me in, Coach. I can do this!” The Spirit is drawn to the struggle, the challenge and the unlikely odds. This theme runs like a thread throughout Scripture. That is, wherever life becomes desperately dry, interminably dull or irreversibly dead, the Spirit is there hovering, drawn to the apparently impossible challenge. Curiously, Jesus found his own little band of followers in a very similar place of disillusionment. Like a little valley of dry bones, Jesus breathed on them, challenging the believers to receive the Holy Spirit (John 20:22). In this act of performing spiritual mouth-to-mouth, Jesus reminded His disciples that flesh would only give birth to flesh. The Spirit alone could give life. For about three years, I tried as best as I knew how to restart and revive this breathless little church. In my own well-intentioned flesh, I tried different programs, outreach strategies and leadership approaches. Ultimately, I came to a lonely altar in that cavernous sanctuary. Kneeling there, I realized that I was in a dry valley, and I felt like the Spirit’s breath had somehow been knocked out of me along the way. In a moment of despair, I cried out for God to breathe on me or I would surely dry up and die. Very quickly, I could sense the Spirit hovering over my circumstances. After a series of divinely orchestrated events, I found myself sitting in a Tuesday night prayer meeting in New York City. The church, a sister church of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, was packed that night with serious seekers who came to pray. Fervent, forceful and, yes, vocal intercession rose all around me — and
at times, overwhelmed me. Basking in this prayersaturated environment, I could feel myself thawing out, warmth returning to my heart. As I began to faintly cry, I felt elusive things like peace, joy and hope flood my soul again. With renewed life and faith, I returned to my church in Texas. On a Tuesday night, we began to ask, seek and knock for God to breathe on us again, to fill everyone and everything in our church with the Spirit. A few months later, in the middle of what had been a normally dry, dusty and lifeless church service, I was startled as I sensed a fresh wind of the Spirit blowing through the sanctuary. My wife and I later remarked that it felt as if Jesus had just walked right into the building. Suddenly and repeatedly, we began to experience the rattling of dry bones. People would get up in the middle of the services to go to the altar, weeping and seeking God. The most broken of people — strippers, drug dealers, addicts, gang members, the poor and the hurting — were experiencing new birth through the breath of God’s saving and delivering Spirit. When the healing presence of Jesus’ Spirit fills a place, it won’t be long until the hurting and broken world comes seeking and filling that same place!
addiction for more than 17 years. During that prayer service, Jason fell to the ground in a heap, crying out to God to save and deliver him. I know the Spirit was hovering over Jason’s darkness and chaos that night. God’s breath filled and healed Jason as he cried for mercy. Jason has been free and clean for more than six years now, and he serves in the ministry! I’m still astounded and overwhelmed every time I witness the Spirit’s transforming work breathing, blowing and creating new life in people. You know, we are always in need of fresh outpourings of the Spirit. We are no different than the first disciples. We need Jesus to breathe on us. We need what happened on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2) to happen, again and again, in our lives. Remember what happened? After 10 days of fervent intercession, heaven was opened, and the gathered believers experienced the force of heaven’s wind, God’s very Breath. That same hovering Spirit that was at creation, and unleashed over the arid boneyard, again came down in power, creating something dramatically new — the Church! Breathe on us again, Father. Breathe on us your mighty Spirit. Manifest in us Jesus’ likeness for your glory.
At a prayer meeting a few years ago, a man named Jason came in, weary, worn and ready to end his life. Jason was a meth addict who had suffered with his
Rev. Corey Jones ’92 (pictured right with wife Beth Ann (Turner) ’91, and sons Matthew and Luke) live in Fort Worth, Texas where Corey and Beth serve as lead pastors at Crossroads Tabernacle. Crossroads was recently listed among the top 35 fastest growing churches in the Church of the Nazarene. Pastor Corey has a master's degree in theology from the Southern Methodist University Perkins School of Theology. Crossroads hosts a yearly Prayer Conference for hundreds of pastors and leaders from around the country. Learn more at www.ctgiveshope.com
Singing with the Spirit
Dr. Jeff Bell ’82 (pictured right with Orpheus Choir) is a published composer/arranger, an accomplished conductor, music educator, pianist, organist and vocalist. He brings his broad expertise to the musical landscape of Olivet. As the director of the nationally celebrated Orpheus Choir, now in its eighth decade, and professor in the Department of Music, Dr. Bell has produced and conducted three albums of sacred music with Orpheus Choir: “A Mighty Fortress,” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” and the a cappella Christmas album, “Love Came Gently.” He is also music director and conductor of the Kankakee Valley Symphony Chorus, and organist at College Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais. A proud Olivet alumnus, Dr. Bell holds a master's degree from the University of Illinois and a doctorate degree from Ball State University.
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Dr. Jeff Bell
In the fall of 1977, I came to Olivet as an excited freshman, ready to experience college life. That soon included Orpheus Choir, a choral ensemble that quickly became a major part of my life, musically and spiritually. In fact, it is the spirit of the choir that has encouraged and challenged me all these years. Dr. George Dunbar ’58 always encouraged the spiritual aspect of the Orpheus Choir “family,” while never sacrificing the musical excellence that has been a hallmark of the group. The “spirit” of the choir manifests itself in several ways. The spirit of heritage For any campus group that includes freshmen through seniors, there is a continual passing down of traditions, stories, inside jokes and other things important to the identity and success of the group. This is how cultures throughout the world transmit what is important from one generation to the next, and Orpheus Choir is no exception. Stories abound of tours, concerts, retreats, variety shows, host homes and campus events. Many choir members have relatives who were also Orpheus members, and they relish the opportunity to continue the traditions that they’ve heard about for years.
Two years ago, Orpheus Choir was privileged to travel to Nairobi, Kenya, on a mission trip. Since one of the ministry opportunities planned for us was managing a “Family Fun Day” for about 250 children, each choir member was asked to bring some candy and small toys for prizes. With so many children expected, I wondered if we would have enough. A table was designated as the place to put the gifts, but it quickly became obvious one table was not enough. Several students had used half of their allotted luggage just for candy and toys for the children. The blessings — and candy — overflowed!
But doing things a certain way just because they’ve always been done that way is not enough, nor is it always best. Over the years, Orpheus Choir members have found ways to pass along what’s important, while embracing the new and beginning fresh traditions.
Sometimes the act of caring becomes intensely personal. There have been a few times over the past several years when a parent of an Orpheus member has been gravely ill or even has passed away. What a precious thing it is to see the other choir members rally around one who is hurting! Often, they have driven great distances to be with the family, or helped with other responsibilities to lighten the load. It’s really a very visible demonstration and reflection of God’s love for us. I know. My wife, Carole, and I have been on the receiving end of this care.
Musical excellence is one of the most important traditions of Orpheus Choir. Since Walter B. Larsen organized 17 singers to form the first Orpheus Choir in 1932, the goal of excellence in singing has not been compromised. This has been, and will continue to be, a witness to all who hear the choir. The spirit of heritage is visible in the Orpheus alumni who greet us enthusiastically when we sing in local churches, and who give so generously of time and treasure to support the ongoing ministry of the choir. They remember the spirit they felt years ago and are helping us pass it on. The spirit of care During the 14 years I have been privileged to conduct Orpheus Choir, I’ve seen many examples of God’s Spirit at work, prompting Christ-like acts of kindness. On one occasion, a student was in dire financial need, and a few of her friends in the choir knew about it. Announcing that proceeds would go to a worthy project, they organized an “auction” on the tour bus, with choir members bidding to have lunch with other members when we reached our noontime destination. Later, they discreetly gave the money to the student in need so that she could purchase insulin.
The spirit of hope Each time the choir assembles to rehearse, travel or perform, I am reminded of the tremendous potential of these students. They come from different backgrounds, representing all the various areas of study at ONU. Each year, the seniors graduate to go literally around the globe, serving in a variety of professions and situations. But for a few years, they are here at Olivet, learning to combine artistry and ministry, sharpening their shared tool of music to be used by the Master. Such is the course of events in a choral ensemble that has touched the lives of countless singers and listeners, now into the ninth decade. As I stand looking into the eager faces of Orpheus Choir, my prayer is that the spirit of the original (and current) motto of the choir, “A Ministry in Music,” will carry on for generations to come. WWW.OLIVET.EDU
Igniting a Love for Learning
Dr. Darcel Brady
It happened when my niece, Aundrea, was five years old. My sister, Phyllis, and I thought she would like to go to the Butterfly Exhibit at the Field Museum in Chicago. We made all the plans – train ride, tour of the Butterfly Garden and lunch. As a lover of butterflies, I just knew this would be a wonderful and enjoyable learning experience for my young niece. We arrived, began the tour and the Butterfly Garden was as wonderful as I had imagined it would be. Beautiful butterflies everywhere — monarchs, swallowtails and skippers flitting around among the flowers in the garden. As we strolled through the garden, Aundrea’s hand gripped my hand tighter and tighter. It was not until we had been there for awhile that I realized Aundrea was not enjoying the experience. She later told me she had been afraid of the butterflies. As a professor in the School of Education, I go into the classroom each semester excited about the topics and policies we will discuss as part of the History and Philosophy of Education course. This is a foundation course that introduces the underpinnings of the field of education. It shares the beginnings of what you need to know before you get into a classroom. Not every student who comes into the classroom is excited about taking the course. Every semester, I ask God to give me the Spirit of wisdom to ensure that each student will leave the class with a passion to be a great teacher in his or her future classroom.
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The life cycle of the butterfly begins with an egg. Each semester begins with new students. The only thing all of the students have in common is that they have all been students before coming to college. As a student she or he could have attended a public school, a private Christian school and/or a home school. Therefore, the students come to my course with different frames of reference as to what being a teacher really means. So from the beginning, I share with them the dichotomy in the thinking of individuals who are going into the field of education. They now have to think from both the professional teachers’ and the students’ viewpoints. This is the beginning of the metamorphosis for the students. Another phase of the butterfly’s lifecycle is as a worm in a chrysalis. Generally, butterfly people are not interested in the caterpillar, but look forward to the beautiful butterfly that will emerge from the chrysalis. The time that the caterpillar spends in the chrysalis is a time of feeding and growth. I look at the time students are in my class as a time of feeding and growth. In order for the caterpillar to grow
Dr. Darcel Brady (pictured right in Benner Libraryʼs Jazzmanʼs Café) is a distinguished and celebrated educator with more than 30 years of experience. She is firmly established as an important and effective faculty member in Olivet’s School of Education. With a master's degree from Governorʼs State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, she teaches history and philosophy of education for undergraduate and graduate students; middle school and secondary reading for the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies; and MEDCI courses for the graduate program. Before arriving at Olivet in 2002, Dr. Brady was a teaching principal in a private school for 15 years. Currently, she works as executive director of programs for C.R.A.F.T., Inc., a nonprofit organization that mentors youth in Hopkins Park, Ill. She is a member and Christian education director of the Pembroke Community Reformed Church, Pembroke Township, Ill.
appropriately, it must feed on a proper diet. In class, it is imperative I engage my students in a manner that will inspire them to grow in their passion to teach others. The students I have in History and Philosophy are not too different from the students they will one day teach. Attending class is a social experience just like being a student in middle or high school. But as I tell my students, your most disinterested student has an interest in something. It is the responsibility of the teacher to discover that area of interest. Once you have discovered a student’s interest, you next have to determine how to develop that interest and integrate it with lessons that must be learned. Is the student interested in other people, music, art, words, numbers, nature or technology? Showing a students how their interest can become a vital and engaging part of their school life is the way to light the fire of engagement in learning. This time of discovery is the time of feeding and growth for all students. In addition to discovering the students’ interests, it is crucial to know whether they are visual learners, auditory learners or kinesthetic learners. Connecting the interests and styles of
learning inspires students in ways that make learning an exhilarating contribution to their lives. The passion of the teacher has to be there to feed the students. Once the students make the connection between their interests and their learning style, the metamorphosis is complete. There is a transformation in the students and their confidence in learning. Butterflies are the manifestation of a lifecycle that is natural, but one that can never be completed without all the important phases. Having a passion for learning is imperative for inspiring young people to be excited about learning. Aundrea still does not like butterflies, but she says that the experience did open her up to the “beauty” of exploring and having new experiences. I still want to give young people the opportunity to see the butterflies.
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MICHAEL SKINNER '16
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WE DO WE'VE GOT SPIRIT Community Life Life at Olivet. For every past and current Olivet student, this phrase conjures up a different set of memories, emotions and reflections. Late nights in the dorms. Extended conversations over a meal in the cafeteria. Intramurals and Ollies Follies. Campus ministries, clubs or musical ensembles. The list goes on. Whatever the experience, life at Olivet is abundant.
Olivet Nazarene University is rich with opportunities for students to get connected and build community. From intramural sports, campus clubs and ministry opportunities, to major concerts by some of todayâ€™s hottest artists, Olivet students are never at a loss for things to do. Sometimes community gets a little bit messy! Here, hundreds of students gather after the annual Paint Wars â€” a new favorite Olivet tradition.
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In 2010, the Office of Community Life launched the “Life at Olivet” brand, along with a social media campaign that includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube. All of these platforms tell the story of community life at Olivet in a unique way. Within five days of launching the social media campaign, Life at Olivet gained 1,400 active users — approximately half of the undergraduate population. That doubled in the first month. More than a successful campaign, it’s indicative of a vibrant and connected student body that loves each other and their school. That is Life at Olivet. Brent Brooks ’14, creator of the Life at Olivet brand and student marketing director: “Our goal is to capture the spirit of a student’s Olivet experience. In short, we desire to help students make the most of their life at Olivet.” Matt Smith ’99, director of campus recreation: “The most rewarding part of my work is seeing our students experience everything Olivet has to offer. In my opinion, the best part of Life at Olivet is the recognition that each student's experience is unique.”
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FIGHT LIKE A GIRL The women’s soccer team defeated Purdue University-Calumet 7-1 on October 1. But the real story that evening was the yellow balloons rising into the sky as the Tigers and the 400 fans in attendance recognized Zayla Mitsdarffer, a young girl from the Kankakee area who is battling cancer for the third time in her life. “Our women’s soccer team continue to show us how to care for others with the love of Jesus,” says Gary Newsome, athletic director.
Preparing for College
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The best way to start preparing for college is to make the most of your high school experience â€” beginning your freshman year! Dig into your classes; reading, writing, math and science skills will be crucial on your ACT and/or SAT, not to mention, in college! Get to know your guidance counselor so you can be sure youâ€™re on the right track with college preparatory classes. Explore new clubs and extracurricular activities to uncover your passions and talents. Talk to your family about your college savings plan, and maybe even consider setting aside funds from an afterschool or summer job. Start researching colleges through your guidance counselor and online college search sites while tracking priorities that matter most to you in choosing a school.
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Preparing for College grade fall Stay on track with your classes and grades. Check on your class rank and your GPA. It’s never too late to improve; colleges like to see an upward trend. Take the PSAT. If offered at your school, taking the test qualifies you for the National Merit Scholarship program, possibly earning you money for college. Continue gathering information. Go to college fairs, attend college nights, and speak with representatives who visit your high school. Pray for direction as you narrow your choices. Make a college list. Include schools that meet your most important criteria (for example, size, location, areas of study, scholarship opportunities, spiritual life and special programs, sports, internships, etc.). Develop a preliminary ranking, based on what matters most to you. Organize a testing plan. Figure out when you’ll be taking important tests like the SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, and AP exams, and mark the dates on your calendar. You’ll want plenty of time to prepare. Make sure you’re meeting any special requirements. If you want to play sports in college, check with your counselor to make sure you’re taking a core curriculum that meets athletic association requirements.
winter Stay involved with extracurricular activities. Colleges look for consistency and depth. Leadership roles are more important than trying out tons of new activities each year. Narrow your college choices. Make sure you have all the information you need (entrance requirements, academic scholarships, course offerings, student activities, other program specific scholarships, financial aid, etc.). Compare schools by the factors most important to you and rank your choices. Prepare for standardized tests. Colleges require the SAT, ACT, or SAT Subject Tests. Register to take the tests you need; most juniors take them in the winter or spring. Prepare by attending prep classes offered at your school or in your community. You can take them again in the fall of your senior year. Talk and pray with your family. Have a discussion about the colleges you’re interested in. Your family can learn about what you want to pursue, while you hear any concerns or suggestions they might have.
Learn more about financial aid. Examine your family’s financial resources and gather information about financial aid from the schools you’re interested in. High-school sponsored financial aid nights, college admissions and financial aid counselors, are good sources of information.
spring Prepare a challenging schedule for senior year. Meet with your guidance counselor to determine what classes you’ll take next year and to make sure you’re on track for graduation. Start a scholarship search. There are lots of scholarships out there. Check with your guidance office and your home church for scholarships and use online scholarship search tools. Local scholarship searches should take priority over continued national online searches. The sooner you start looking for scholarships, the better opportunities you will have during your senior year. Apply for a summer job or internship. Summer employment and internships in your field of interest will look appealing on a college application or résumé. The money you earn can also be used to help pay application and testing fees in the fall. Set up appointments at your top college choices. You’ll often have to plan ahead when visiting colleges. Call the admissions office to set up a personal interview, tour, and a meeting with a professor or coach if you’re interested. Olivet offers personalized campus visits every weekday and Just for Juniors visit days (February 12, March 27, April 10) Get advice from other college students. If you have friends or relatives in college, talk to them! It’s important to hear what the admissions staff has to say about a school, but it’s also important to get student perspectives. Organize your financial aid information. Develop a plan that includes a list of the aid sources, requirements for each application, and a timetable for meeting the filing deadlines. Start working on your application essays. Compose rough drafts of the essays you’ll need for your college applications. Don’t forget to proofread your final essays a few times.
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Visit! Fall is a great time to look at the schools on your college lists. Classes are in session and you are better able to meet and talk with students and professors. You may even be able to sit in on a class or two. Olivet’s Purple and Gold Days (Nov. 15, Nov 22, Jan. 31, Feb. 28, March 21, April 4) for seniors is an ideal comprehensive visit.
Follow up on your applications. Verify with your counselor that all forms are in order and have been sent out to colleges.
Finalize your college list. Use the information you’ve gathered from college visits, interviews, and your own research to determine for which schools you will complete the applications process. Stay on track with your grades and activities. Colleges will look at what you’ve done in your senior year, so stay focused in your classes and maintain your commitments to extracurricular activities. Take standardized tests. Register for and take the ACT, SAT, or SAT Subject Tests as necessary. Be sure when taking tests, you add Olivet's school codes in order for your test scores to be sent automatically Keep track of deadlines. You’ll be filling out lots of forms this year, so it’s important to know what form is due when. Make a calendar showing the application deadlines for admission, financial aid and scholarships. Meet with your guidance counselor. Your counselor can help you stay on track with admissions requirements. Make sure they know which colleges you want transcripts, score reports and letters sent to. Give your counselors any necessary forms much earlier than the actual deadlines so they’ll have time to send the forms.
Submit financial aid forms. Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov and fill out the FAFSA. The FAFSA is your priority for financial aid purposes because it will determine how much you’re expected to pay. Submit as soon as possible after January 1, for priority scholarships (Olivet's school code is 001741). Many states have priority deadlines for specific state grants. Do not pay outside agencies for scholarship searches — we will be happy to assist you! Send mid-year grade reports. Ask your counselor to send your mid-year grade reports to the colleges to which you applied. Remember, schools will continue to keep track of your grades, so it’s important to keep working hard throughout your senior year.
spring Review college financial aid packages. You should receive award letters by end of March. Though finances should never be the only factor in your decision, make sure to consider each package carefully as not all colleges use the same format. Be sure to call your Olivet family advocate and enrollment advisor for further clarification at 800-648-1463. Prepare for any last standardized tests and ACT/SAT retakes (Statistically, students improve their score on the second or third attempt.). You may be taking AP or CLEP tests to earn some college credit as the school year winds down.
Complete applications. Finish the application forms for the schools you’re interested in. Make sure you and your school’s guidance office have sent all necessary materials, including test scores, recommendations, transcripts and application essays. You should plan to get all this done before winter break, so you won’t be rushed on deadlines.
Make your final college decision. Notify all schools of your intent by May 1. If still undecided, schedule campus visits to the schools you’re considering. Send your enrollment deposit and ask your guidance counselor to send your final transcript upon graduation. Submit your pre-registration questionnaire and health forms.
Continue your scholarship search. Apply for scholarships with approaching deadlines and keep searching for more scholarship and grant opportunities. Using online scholarship search tools is a great way to find potential aid. Ask colleges about what scholarships for which you may qualify. Talk specifically with your Olivet family advocate and enrollment advisor for further guidance.
Follow up on financial aid information. Make sure you have received a FAFSA acknowledgement. If necessary, apply for loans. Maintain contact with your family advocate and enrollment advisor to discuss best options. Interact with future classmates. Attend college events, check out class Facebook pages and finalize your roommate questionnaire. Attend Olivet's summer Orientation. Finalize your course selections, choose your dorm room, meet your freshman classmates, interact with faculty and staff, and learn all about your upcoming college experience! for more information, go to olivet.edu
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PRACTICE WHAT YOU TEACH Central to Olivet’s mission is the belief that the “strongest scholarship and deepest piety” are thoroughly compatible. Three professors discuss the advantage scholarship projects give them as they teach and mentor the next generation.
Dr. Aggie Veld // Department of Biological Sciences When it came time for Dr. Aggie Veld to select a topic for her dissertation, she saw it as an opportunity to answer a question that plagues countless science educators. How could she increase student perception of the relevance of biology to everyday life? Specifically, she wanted to find the “magical method” for engaging non-majors in the general biology course. “To me, it’s more than just a general education,” she explains. “This is the last science class most students will take for life. When I think of the long-term implications of those 15 weeks in their minds, on their health, and on the environmental condition of the planet, it’s very important to engage them.” Combing through the results of numerous student focus groups, Dr. Veld looked for common themes. “What they really want to do is talk about things that affect their lives,” she explains. With this in mind, she helps facilitate discussions that bring biology close to home. One of the ways she accomplishes this is team-based analysis of case studies. She also allows students to submit anonymous questions that determine the direction of her classroom presentations. “It’s amazing what college students don’t realize about things like digestion, respiration and fertility. I have no problem keeping their interest there,” she laughs. Today, Dr. Veld continues to conduct new research on ways to engage students in the classroom. “I’m not so concerned with teaching them the stages of mitosis,” says Dr. Veld. “I want to move them to a place where they have to think and apply. This is real stuff. I have 15 weeks to teach them how to take care of their bodies, make healthy babies and treat the planet in such a way that their grandchildren will have green grass to play on.” “I want to get them excited,” she concludes. “I want to get on their nerves, if that’s what it takes. I want them to have an emotional response, because research shows us that when people have an emotional response, they are ripe for learning.”
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“WHAT THEY REALLY WANT IS TO TALK ABOUT THINGS THAT AFFECT THEIR LIVES”
“A UNIVERSITY IS A PLACE WHERE RESEARCH NEEDS TO BE ONGOING” Dr. Kashama Mulamba // Chair, English and Modern Languages
Dr. Kashama Mulamba is a man of many words. Born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he is fluent in the African languages of Ciluba and Lingala, as well as in English and French. He is nearly fluent in Swahili and Kisonge, and he can read and translate Latin. He is unequivocally qualified to chair the Department of English and Modern Languages as a specialist in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, pragmatics, and language and culture, with an emphasis on foreign and second language teaching and learning. Even so, Dr. Mulamba asserts, there is always more to learn. “A university is a place where research needs to be ongoing,” he says. “There is no way for someone to stay abreast of his or her field if he or she is not continually seeking to learn new things.” Because of this belief, Dr. Mulamba has established himself as an internationally recognized scholar. He’s published numerous articles in academic journals; received two prestigious Fulbright Scholarship awards for research and teaching; obtained numerous governmental grants to continue his studies; and completed doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships at Ball State University. Dr. Mulamba declined a third research and teaching Fulbright scholarship award to go to his native Congo last year because he was appointed chair of the department the same year. With an unquenchable thirst for learning, Dr. Mulamba is sure to add more scholastic credentials to his ever-expanding vita. “One can never say, ‘Okay, I’ve done enough,’ or ‘I’m finished now that I have my Ph.D.,’” he says. “Research is an ongoing process. It’s not a final product.” WWW.OLIVET.EDU
“Psychology is not a field of opinions. It’s a field of data,” explains Dr. Kristian Veit. “I tell my students that when it comes to research, be prepared to end with more questions than answers. We have to be willing to go wherever the data takes us.” For Dr. Veit, a professor in Olivet's Department of Behavioral Sciences, gathering data is particularly enjoyable. “The fun part,” he explains, “is to bring students on board and to say, ‘What can we do with this? Where should we take this next?’” His students seem to get a kick out of the research, too. One intriguing study examined how personality variables such as Type A and affect intensity work together to better predict stress responses. Naturally, they hooked up dozens of students to heart rate monitors and blood pressure cuffs while playing a fast-paced word game called “Bananagrams.” More than fun, Dr. Veit’s Bachelor of Science students gain valuable experience that will benefit them in graduate school and beyond. Prior to graduation, they each complete what is essentially a miniature master’s thesis, conducting a quantitative research project from inception to finish. Some of his students have even had the opportunity to present their findings to the American Psychological Association. “With my student researchers, I try to emphasize the process,” he says. “If you enjoy the process and have designed a good project, then ultimately what you end up with is a fantastic story: ‘Here’s what I thought would happen, but here’s what the data said.’” Dr. Veit says Olivet students have a unique advantage over students at larger schools. “At a state university, professors churn out lots of research, while their students are taught by TAs. Students there might jump into an ongoing project, sort of like skip rope, where they assist the professor with a minor portion and then jump out.” “At Olivet,” he contrasts, “We will help you start your own jump rope. You might occasionally trip and skin your knee on the concrete, but I will come alongside you, help you get started, and teach you to avoid those things that tripped me up in graduate school or in previous studies.” The end result, he says, is particularly rewarding. “When you apply to graduate school, you are able to say, ‘I became a self-starter. I didn’t do my professor’s research. I did my own.’”
“IF YOU ENJOY THE PROCESS,YOU ULTIMATELY END UP WITH A FANTASTIC STORY” Dr. Kristian Veit // Behavioral Sciences
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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.
REGARDS TO BROADWAY Hosted annually by Green Room, Olivet’s theatre club, Broadway Revue is entirely student directed and performed. This year’s show featured favorite musical numbers from classic and new shows like, Wicked, Dreamgirls, Shrek: The Musical, Newsies, and more!
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Jenny Anderson ’12 Corporate communications major Rockford, Ill.
"It was a class I took at Olivet that inspired me to pursue this internship with the Colts. I’ve gained more hands-on experience than I could have ever imagined — not to mention, countless connections in the world of events and sports marketing."
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Olivet graduates have the tools and training they need to get where they want to go. In fact, a recent survey of last year's graduates showed that 92 percent of them had a job, acceptance into graduate school, or other opportunity following graduation. Four students share the role internships and networking play in landing the careers of their dreams.
Nicole LaFond ’14
Multimedia studies major Journalism concentration Mahomet, Ill. Nicole Lafond has a job offer even without a diploma. As a junior, she decided to apply for an internship in Washington, D.C., through a BestSemester program. On the first day, she met the editors of The Daily Caller, an online news source, where she would spend the next semester. “After only a couple hours on the first day of the job, I was asked to work on a story with the White House correspondent,” Nicole says. “I was able to go to the White House press briefing room on multiple occasions with this reporter. By the end of the semester, I was covering President Obama’s speeches by myself.” Nicole met and interviewed politicians, but it was the relationship she created with Tucker Carlson, CEO of The Daily Caller and a Fox News analyst, that showed her just how powerful her internship would be. “I had a lot of personal conversations with him about my future. These conversations were beneficial to me because he’s someone so respected in the news media, and because I got to know him on a personal level. He offered me a job when I graduate,” Nicole says.
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Evan Lowen ’15
Jessica Benz ’14
Evan Lowen has a heart for large, corporate worship settings. The son of a megachurch pastor, he jokes, “I feel like I’ve been bred for it.” And with his innate musical ability, he’s particularly interested in a career in worship ministry. “That’s where I feel called,” he says. “It sounds cliché, but that’s where I feel God has given me the most ability to be organized.”
Last spring, Jessica Benz designed and carried out a research project with a partner in Costa Rica. The project was a comparison study of the effect of government protection levels on the health of Costa Rican beaches.
Business administration major Management concentration Springfield, Ill.
Currently, Evan is interning at Parkview Community Church, a congregation of about 8,500 people. There, he assists the worship team with a myriad of tasks. He says, “They’re giving me the kind of tools I need to operate within this kind of setting and to see how it all works behind the scenes. I’ve gained a greater appreciation for just how difficult ministry is.” Evan chose to major in business because he believed it would best prepare him to handle the kind of decisions he will face some day. “With a congregation of that size, a church has to run like a business, with everything done as efficiently as possible.” Still, he emphasizes, ministry has to be at the heart of every decision. “I also want to cultivate a sense of love for the people I work with and for the congregation.”
Zoology major Fountain City, Ind.
“The opportunity to design and carry out my own original research project was very beneficial,” Jessica says. “I've been learning about the scientific method since elementary school, but until last semester, I never knew just how difficult it is to take that knowledge into the field.” Jessica was able to use the knowledge from her classes to combine missions work with research. “My favorite part of my internship was traveling all across Costa Rica to study, and seeing the creative and powerful hand of God in the beauty of the beach and ocean.”
Senior Elise Payne can already scratch one major worry off the list: How and where to get a job after she graduates. The 21-year-old electrical engineering student from Elgin, Ill., has just been accepted into the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Officer program. “When the recruiter for the Navy came last fall, I liked what I heard. So I signed up for more information about being a surface warfare officer,” Elise says, adding that she never thought she would work for the military. Elise’s love for math and science led her to consider engineering as a career, and her preference for a Christian education led her to Olivet. The program is personalized and flexible — characteristics that appealed to her. In November 2012, Elise was one of 20 national candidates invited to San Diego, Calif., to tour the training facility and the submarines, and to talk to people who had completed the program. Then came the paperwork and a physical — tame precursors to the technical interviews to follow. “First, there was the academic side, then came several technical interviews over the phone before they said I was ready to go to Washington, D.C. We had a whole study and practice day before we met with engineers who could ask us any questions,” Elise says. After they cleared that hurdle, she met with Admiral John M. Richardson, the director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion, who had already looked at their reviewers’ reports. “They told us that meeting with him was equivalent to meeting the CEO of a multimillion dollar company,” she says. “We had to follow the correct protocol. We only spoke to him for about two minutes and then waited outside the door for his decision.” Elise became one of 18 admitted to the program, sworn in there and then. “This is not an average desk job,” she says. “It’s a crazy experience. Right away, I’ll be an officer with eight to 20 people under me. There’s a lot of training. I’ll be going into Officer Candidate School right away. Then comes a six-month tour on a cruiser or destroyer, which will be good practice for nuclear power school. After that, I’ll be on a carrier. They are huge. There are two nuclear power plants on that ship.” Although she is excited about what the future holds, she clarifies, “I am ready for one more year at Olivet.” For her, it’s the people who make ONU such a great place. “What makes them so special is that God is in them. That is why Olivet is a unique place to learn a scientific discipline.” And she is certain she made the right decision about her future. “Throughout the application process, God proved himself to be faithful and trustworthy. And to think, the Navy. What a great place to be a light to those around me!”
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Elise Payne ’14 Engineering major with electrical concentration Math minor Elgin, Ill.
“I’ll be going into Officer Candidate School right away. Then comes a six-month tour on a cruiser or destroyer, which will be good practice for nuclear power school.”
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Around the country and across the globe, Olivet Nazarene University's network of Ambassadors "speak Olivet" in their classrooms, neighborhoods and workplaces.
Do You Speak Olivet? Steve Sidle, retired after 35 years of a successful career with Fireman’s Fund Insurance, is a 1972 graduate of Olivet who makes his home in Hackettstown, N.J. Steve has been instrumental in seeing more than 20 students from his circle of influence enroll at Olivet. Steve says, “It's really not about the numbers, but how Olivet changes lives.”
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“Steve talked to me about his hidden gem: Olivet Nazarene University. After one visit, I knew this is where God wanted me to go. This is where I would begin the next chapter of my life.” Dan Reinke ’17 Business Administration and Computer Science Major Randolph, N.J.
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“I can confidently say, if it wasn’t for Steve, I wouldn't be at Olivet! He had been talking to me about ONU since I hit high school, and so when my senior year came, I decided to schedule a visit. The rest is history.” Rivka Atadja ’14 Biochemistry Major Acton, Mass. (currently living in Shanghai, China)
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of Ministry degree on May 11 from GordonConwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass. He is currently the editor of Reflecting God and Standard for Nazarene Publishing House in Kansas City. He and his wife Nora (Holmes) Brush ’71 reside in Grandview, Mo.
girl, Katharine Sophia Grace Whitacre, born on January 28, 2013. She joins proud sister Allison (13). Duane is the general manager at Iron Skillet; Jacki is a home-schooling mom. They reside in Effingham, Ill.
B Duane Brush ’74 graduated with a Doctor
Edward Thomas ’76 was promoted to the rank of full professor at Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU). He is currently a professor of management and marketing, but also teaches in other schools at the university. Dr. Thomas is also the co-editor and co-author of the textbook Foundations of Church Administration from Beacon Hill Press publishing house.
Danielle Ainley-Wallarab ’85 earned her master's degree in May of 2013 in Teaching and Leadership from St. Xavier University in Chicago, Ill.
Jason and Heidi (Lane) Middleton ’94: A girl, Piper Elizabeth, was born on July 15, 2013. Heidi is the assistant operations director at First Southern National Bank, and Jason is a financial representative with Springleaf Financial. The family lives in Somerset, Ky.
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C Duane and Jaclyn (Black) Whitacre ’95: A
D David ’95 and Valerie Johnson: A girl, Abigail Ruby Johnson, born August 7, 2013. Proud sister Anna (2) gladly welcomes her new baby sister. The family also celebrated Dave completing his Ph.D. in English from Northern Illinois University.
E Sean and Alison (Krock) Kelley ’01: A girl, Ruby Alison, born May 26, 2013. Alison works on the HR learning team at Deloitte Tax, and Sean is an investment manager at OFS Management. They reside in Lombard, Ill.
F Ben and Stephanie (Quimby) Kumor ‘04: A boy, Titus, born March 28, 2013. He joins proud brothers, Caleb, Nathaniel and Luke. Ben is a family practice provider with the U.S. Air Force, and Stephanie is a stay-at-home mom. They reside in Anchorage, Alaska.
G Greg and Grace (Cook) Fields ’04: A girl, Eliza Lea Fields, born September 6, 2013. She joins big brother Wesley (2). Grace is a conservation education specialist at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, and Greg is the Operations Manager for Springboard Kitchens. They reside in Freedom, Pa.
girl, Lynae Annika, born June 11, 2013. She joins big brother Josiah (2). Kara is an independent consultant with Thirty-One Gifts and stayat-home mom; Landon is the lead pastor of Fishers Point Community Church in Fishers, Ind. They reside in McCordsville, Ind.
’07: a boy, Miles James Thompson was born December 30th, 2012 at the hospital in Kudjip, Papua New Guinea. Rachel teaches the missionary kids. Jordan is the Maintenance Supervisor/Project Manager.
H Landon and Kara (Klinger) DeCrastos ’05: A
I Brian ’05 and Jenny Schafer: A son, Isaac Nielson Schafer, born April 17, 2013. He joins big sister Ellie (2). Brian is a youth pastor at Gaithersburg Church of the Nazarene, and Jenny is a stay at home mom. The family resides in Gaithersburg, Md.
J Adam and Abbey (Wiles) Banter ’05: Twins, Olivia Annmarie and Weston David, born March 28, 2013. Abbey is a labor and delivery nurse at Advocate Christ Medical Center. Adam works as a family advocate and enrollment adviser at Olivet Nazarene University. They reside in Manteno, Ill.
1) The 7th annual reunion of friends from the class of 2005 was held near Destin Beach, Fla, in June. In attendance were Laura Banks, Courtney (Bergman) Baker, Jenni (Bast) Durbin, Kati (Dafoe) Morris, Tara (Mast) Pomerhn, Nathalie (Tomakowsky) Ruppel, Cyndi (Peters) Smith and Jenna (McGraw) Stapleton. Although they are spread out across the United States, with one friend serving as a missionary in a creative access country, this group gathers each year to reconnect.
1!Jordan and Rachel Thompson (Baranowski)
Eric ’07 and Joy (Sarata) Paul ’06 have been called and sent to be missionary-pastors in North and Central Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. Moving in September, they will be leading various ministry work in the neighborhood: ethnic church plants, compassionate ministry sites, multi-cultural discipleship groups, and community development. They are also excited for their daughter, Justice, to be a big sister in January 2014. Follow their ministry and shared experiences at joytpaul.blogspot.com.
1@ Charles ‟Billy” Heller ’08, won two silver medals in powerlifting at the 2013 World Police and Fire Games held in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Billy is currently a police officer with the Louisville Metro Police Department. He and his wife, Lauren (Jackson) ’07, live in New Albany, Ind.
David Taylor ’09 and Mallory Studniarz ’10 were married in June 2013. While both ONU grads Mallory and David met on eHamony after graduation. David, after teaching high school chemistry for four years, is now attending Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville to pursue a career as a pharmacist. Mallory is a registered nurse at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville, Ill. They have recently moved to the St. Louis, Mo. Katie (Golwitzer) Riley ’09 recently accepted a position as a high school social studies teacher at Rocky Bayou Christian School in Niceville, Fla.
1# Phil and Caitlin (Gidcumb) Colling ’10: A boy, McCovey James Colling, born May 26, 2013. Phil is a teacher at Hendersonville High School and Caitlin is an image consultant and wardrobe stylist. The family lives in Nashville, Tenn.
1$Jonathan Mellette ’12 and Michele Keckler
’12 were married November 10, 2012 in Shannon, Ill. They now reside in Huntsville, Ala. Michele is the youth pastor and Jonathan works with children’s ministries and youth ministries at the church.
B Roy Lee Baker ’71 died peacefully on April 23, 2012, in Clarksville, Tenn. Roy was born November 12, 1946, in Flint, Mich. He had two daughters and one grandchild, with another on the way. C
John Mark Brillhart Jr. ’74 joined our heavenly Father on January 5, 2013, in Kentwood, Mich. John was born 1947, in Battle Creek, Mich. He graduated from Olivet with a master’s in theology. He later attended Wheaton College, where he received his teaching credentials, and then Western Michigan University for a master’s in educational leadership. John had four children and many grandchildren.
D Paul A. Baker ’47 died on August 13, 2013, in Palm Bay, Fla.
He was born December 21, 1922, in Dayton, Ohio. He earned a degree in political science from Olivet, graduating as senior class president in 1947. Paul married Eleanor Patterson in 1944 while he was in the Navy. After graduation, he worked a short stint for Dunn & Bradstreet credit agency, then began his 30-year career as a civilian working for the Air Force Logistics Command, mostly at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. He retired at age 57 and spent the final 33 years of his life enjoying retirement in Ohio, California and Florida. He was a godly man, and all his children and grandchildren are serving the Lord with their lives.
E Forrest Calvin ‟Bud” Goble ’51 passed away on June 14, 2012. He was born on August
8, 1922, and married Mary Maxine Bishop on July 12, 1944. As a staff sergeant in the Army, he was captured out of the Battle of the Bulge, and was a prisoner with Rev. Mark Moore for six months. He was freed when the war ended. He served as Sunday school teacher, board member, and S.S. Superintendent. He served on the District Advisory Board and the Olivet Board of Trustees from the Northwest Indiana District for more than 25 years. As a banker, Bud had the opportunity to help many people. He was an honest, loving, caring husband and father.
Following a short battle with cancer, Thomas Drake ’76 went to be with the Lord on January 14, 2013. He was born in Decatur, Ill., and he married Debra Coppenger on July 26, 1974. He was the vice president for Benteil Corporation from 1991 until his passing. He was also employed by Wesley Co. from 1976 to 1991. He was a member of the Westside Church of the Nazarene.
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UNDERGRADUATE AREAS OF STUDY
Includes majors, minors and concentrations Accounting Actuarial Science Art Art Education Athletic Coaching Athletic Training Biblical Languages Biblical Studies Biochemistry Biology 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 Information Systems Information Technology Intercultural Studies
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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 (2,700 undergraduate) students from more than 45 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.
CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
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 37,000 Olivet Nazarene University alumni living around the world.
AFFORDABILITY AND FINANCIAL AID
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 more than $90 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 23.
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.
GRADUATE STUDIES AND PROGRAMS
Business: Bachelor of Business Administration,+ Master of Organizational Leadership, Master of Business Administration 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, Teacher Leader 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
AT A GLANCE
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BENEDICTION Dear listening God, grant me the ease to breathe deeply and unhurriedly in this moment of prayer. Help me to see You more clearly and understand Your ways more fully. Give me ears to hear You clearly. Give me eyes to see Your hand at work in the world, in my world. Give me a heart quickened by Your Spirit, so that it beats in rhythm with the very heart of God. Teach me to pray, even as I pray. In Jesus' name.
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