Olivet the Magazine Winter '17 The Most Excellent Way

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HALLELUJAH! Olivet’s School of Music presenting its annual performance of Handel’s Messiah in Centennial Chapel. With combined choirs, the University Orchestra, and selected student soloists, this concert has become a yearly tradition for not only the Olivet family, but the surrounding community at large.




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‟How did I get here?”

ON THE COVER Huge shout-out to Ben Zobrist, Olivet alumnus, member of the World Champion Chicago Cubs and Most Valuable Player of the 2016 World Series. Way to go, Ben! Cover photo: Alex Trautwig/Getty Images OLIVET THE MAGAZINE is published quarterly by the Office of Marketing and Engagement under the direction of the Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Reproduction of material without written permission is prohibited. EDITORIAL BOARD Dr. Brian Allen ’82/’05 Litt.D. Remington J. Anksorus ’05 Dr. Brian W. Parker ’93/’11 Ed.D. for 989 Group George Wolff ’93 for 989 Group ART DIRECTION George Wolff ’93 for 989 Group DESIGN Matt Moore ’96 for 989 Group DESIGN SUPPORT Donnie Johnson Monique Perry ’03 PHOTOGRAPHY (PHOTOS AS CREDITED) JonesFoto Image Group Mark Ballogg Jordan T. Hansen ’13/’15 MBA for Jordan T. Hansen Productions Joe Mantarian ’16

VOLUME 85 ISSUE 1 (USPS 407-880) (ISSN 2325-7334) Copyright © 2016 Olivet Nazarene University One University Avenue Bourbonnais, IL 60914-2345

In the midst of this Advent season and nearly at the beginning of a new year, we pause to center our thoughts on the enormity and expanse of God’s kindness and generosity to each of us — and to once again locate ourselves on The Most Excellent Way — the way of love.


Honoring God and serving others


Dennis F. Kinlaw wrote, ‟We expect that when we follow God, we are doomed to a life of significant smallness, but the truth is He is waiting to explode our smallness and put us in places of which we have only dreamed … Are you ready for an adventure?”

An interview with Jill Bowling

During this holiday season, may your heart be warmed, your spirit lifted, your mind renewed and your life enriched as we encounter this unspeakable joy — afforded to all of us through our excellent God, His Son and the Holy Spirit — in a brand new way. May the magnitude of our gratitude exceed the extent of our blessings.

PRESIDENT Dr. John C. Bowling ’71/’72 M.A./’06 D.Div., Ed.D., D.Min. VICE PRESIDENT FOR FINANCE Dr. Douglas E. Perry ’68/’95 Litt.D., MBA VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT DEVELOPMENT Dr. Walter “Woody” Webb ’86/’89 M.A.R./’08 D.Div.

As you turn the pages of this issue, may you be startled and overwhelmed by the love of Christ. For “in Him was life, and that life was the light of men (John 1:4).”


May the peace of Christ and the joy of Christmas be yours. Our best wishes to you and your families for a wonderful holiday and a very Happy New Year.



EDITORIAL SUPPORT Brad Arthur ’10 Sheryl Feminis Renee Gerstenberger ’85 Luke Olney ’10/’12 M.O.L. Laura Warfel

The Editorial Board

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Too often, the approach of the prevailing culture is that “good enough” is good enough. By contrast, Olivet believes that a person is most fulfilled and most productive when he or she is challenged and equipped for a life of excellence. Thus, the University seeks to help students develop the habits and aspirations that lead to excellence in all aspects of life — academics, social life, character development and service to others.

The call to excellence is a hallmark of Olivet Nazarene University. It is not the exception. It is a prevailing attitude. The University seeks to provide the very best educational and campus life experience we can.

Excellence is modeled by a gifted faculty and staff and is inspired by a campus culture that seeks the best. We are convinced that excellence is a continuous process and not an occasional pursuit. Aristotle observed: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” Excellence was on display in grand fashion earlier this fall at Olivet’s annual Homecoming. The beauty of the campus, the outstanding music and dramatic performances, the presentation of awards recognizing exceptional graduates all gave evidence that the Olivet way is the way of excellence. Take for example the recognition of Dr. Teresa Woodruff, 2016 “O” Award recipient. Dr. Woodruff is the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology; vice chair of Research (OB/GYN); chief of the Division of Reproductive Science in Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine; and Professor of Molecular Biosciences at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University. She graduated magna cum laude from Olivet and received the Maggie Sloan Crawford Award as the outstanding female graduate. Dr. Woodruff earned her Ph.D. at Northwestern University and was recruited to the faculty in 1995. An internationally recognized expert in ovarian biology, she coined the term “oncofertility” in 2006 to describe an emerging field of research and medicine intended to preserve the fertility of cancer survivors. She has edited five



In 2007, Dr. Woodruff founded the Women’s Health Science Program, encouraging high school girls to envision themselves on a professional trajectory for their careers. For this work, she received the highest award for science mentorship and accepted the award in Washington, D.C., from President Barack Obama in an Oval Office ceremony. Dr. Woodruff is an elected member of The Economic Club of Chicago and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She served on the school board of the Chicago-based Young Women’s Leadership Charter School. In 2013, she was named to Time magazine’s list of Most Influential Persons. Reflecting on her undergraduate years, Dr. Woodruff said, “I formulated my intellectual and spiritual values at Olivet. My education provided these fundamental building blocks that have made me who I am today, and I am eternally grateful.” She is an example that excellence, fostered at Olivet, bears fruit for a lifetime! It is through raising expectations and striving for excellence that students reach their full potential. Opportunity expands where and when there is excellence in education. Thus, a commitment to excellence is an expression of stewardship — a way to honor God as well as serve others. This issue of Olivet The Magazine addresses this theme in a variety of articles and features, so keep reading. This emphasis to pursue excellence continues in the pages that follow, and in the lives of the students, faculty and staff of Olivet.

DR. JOHN C. BOWLING is in his 26th year as president of Olivet Nazarene University. He is the University’s 12th president. An Olivet alumnus and Harvard University Fellow with two master’s degrees and two earned doctorates, Dr. Bowling is a best-selling author and a prominent national speaker. He is internationally recognized as an outstanding leader in higher education and the Church. His most recent book is “ReVision: 13 Strategies to Renew Your Work, Your Organization, and Your Life.”



books on the subject, covering every aspect of this new field of study — including religious viewpoints and ethical questions about these emerging technologies.



Heidi Anksorus ’01, Pharm.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill “How did I get here, and why am I doing this?” While I sometimes wonder, there are other times when the answer is crystal clear. I left Olivet with a fantastic biology degree and absolutely no idea what I wanted to do. I’d explored options and knew what I didn’t want to do, but I hadn’t decided next steps. And then … I knew. I would go to pharmacy school. I would move to Chicago, live with a dear friend from Olivet and attend the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). And I would “grow up” to be a pharmacist. The UIC learning environment was vastly different from ONU. While there were many uncertainties during my first year, there was one thing I knew without a doubt: I wanted an advisor like the one I had at Olivet. So I selected my UIC advisor, not fully knowing his impact in the world of pharmacy (which is actually quite extensive and impressive). I chose him because of the qualities I’d admired in my advisor at Olivet. I was fortunate to have the department head as my ONU advisor. What stood out most was the overwhelming assurance that while he was interested in me as a student, he was more concerned with my well-being as a person and a Christian. When I selected my advisor at UIC, I chose someone who loved Jesus and would genuinely care about me — not just my grades or my career success, but me.

One day during pharmacy school, my advisor said he thought I might have a future as a teacher. And a seed was planted. After a few years of doors closing that I thought should swing right open and others opening with an ease that could be attributed only to the hand of God, I’m now a faculty member — and advisor. The pharmacy school assigns students to me each fall, and I’m also an unofficial advisor to any other students who want to share their stories with me. While I no doubt often fail at being a Christ-like example, I sincerely hope to be a safe place for students to talk about their dreams as well as express hurts and frustrations. I try to convey that I appreciate the times they trust me with what’s going on in their lives. I want them to see me not just as their teacher, but also as someone who genuinely cares about them and wants them to succeed not only as a student or future pharmacist, but also as a person — a parent, a spouse, a friend. So, back to my question: “How did I get here, and why am I doing this?” My answer: Beginning at Olivet, I had godly advisors who willingly poured into my life, and now I hope I can make the same investments in my own students.

DR. HEIDI ANKSORUS ’01 was voted the 2016 Overall Instructor of the Year, the highest award voted by Doctor of Pharmacy classes in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The students selected her as the third-year student instructor of the year in 2016, 2015, and 2013. In addition, she was the White Coat Ceremony speaker in 2015 and 2016. Dr. Anksorus is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist and practices in the UNC School of Dentistry dental student clinic, where she is also an adjunct clinical assistant professor in the Department of Dental Ecology. 6






FRIENDS FOR A LIFETIME The Olivet difference is lived out on campus every day in an environment that fosters lifelong friendships. From class chapels and team building, to residence hall small groups and Bible studies, to meals around a table in Common Grounds or Ludwig Center — a student’s years at Olivet are steeped in lasting relationships.








Olivet’s public relations and strategic communication majors get a big boost in learning from actual PR practice and exposure to professionals in the industry.

Olivet’s National Championship men’s swimming and diving team began the title defense that the team hopes will culminate in a repeat performance next March at the 2017 championship competition.

Ranked No. 16 in the 2016 Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Preseason Poll, Olivet’s 2016-17 Tiger women's basketball team looks to continue its up-tempo tradition known as “Tigerball.”

Olivet’s School of Business recently added four study concentrations to the bachelor’s degree in business administration program:

As expected, the Tiger men’s team was top-ranked early in the current season in the NAIA Men’s Swimming & Diving Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.

The Tigers hold 18 NAIA records and have led the nation in scoring 11 out of the past 12 years. Most recently, they set a new women's basketball all-time scoring record of 109.2 points per game.

Inspired Strategies, Olivet’s studentrun PR agency under the direction of Professor Liz Kerns, is developing and executing public relations strategies for four clients. Also, students and Professor Kerns attended the Public Relations Student Society of America 2016 National Conference in Indianapolis. The conference provided opportunities to connect with public relations students and professionals from across the country, learn about public relations as a career and develop professional skills.






In another historic first, the women’s swimming and diving team registered its first-ever No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Women’s Swimming & Diving Coaches’ Top 25 Poll early this season. In 2016, the women’s team was the NAIA National Runner-up.

Last season, the Tigers led the NAIA in 10 statistical categories and broke six program records, including an all-time best 29 wins in a season and their firstever quarterfinal appearance on the big stage at the NAIA Division II National Championships in Sioux City, Iowa.

Public Administration offers the Federal Seminar in Washington, D.C. Human Resource Management includes an opportunity to join Olivet’s Student Society of Human Resource Management. Operations Management provides opportunities for Microsoft® certifications through the Certiport® Authorized Testing Center at Olivet and training in lean management techniques. Additionally, students can become “SAP Recognized,” based on experience with the leading executive resource planning software used by Fortune 500 companies. Healthcare Management incorporates the Lean Continuous Process Improvement course taught by leaders in healthcare administration. Students work alongside hospital staff to improve efficiency and quality and can apply for medical center internships.





For the first time ever, and in celebration of 50 years of Tiger athletics, the University inducted two Tiger teams into the ONU Athletics Hall of Fame. Players from the 1998 football team and the 1999-2000 men’s basketball team returned to campus for induction ceremonies during Homecoming 2016.

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors at Olivet often reach beyond the traditional classroom to go deeper in their learning.

Olivet computer science students recently competed in the premier global programming competition conducted by and for the world’s universities.

Led by Head Coach Mike Conway ’84, the 1998 Tiger football team was the first to play in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) post-season, finishing as National Runner-up. The Tigers posted an 11-3 record that year — the most wins in the 41-year history of the program.

Here are just a few recent opportunities Olivet STEM students had to enhance learning and investigate careers:

Two three-person Olivet teams competed in the 2016 Mid-Central USA Regional Contest of the Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest. Over nearly four decades, the contest has grown to be a game-changing, global, competitive educational program that raises aspirations and performance of the world’s problem solvers in the computing sciences and engineering.

Tiger men’s soccer won the 2016 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) regular season title and the CCAC tournament championship, the team’s fourth postseason tournament title in five years.

The 1999-2000 basketball team won the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) regular season title and went on to be crowned champions. In the NAIA National Tournament, the Tigers advanced to the Final Four. Head Coach Ralph Hodge ’75/’96 M.Ed. led the team along with assistant coaches Obie Coomer ’64, Jeff Schimmelpfennig ’86/’91 MBA and Rich Vana; and Jeremy Foster ’98/’00 M.A.T., graduate assistant.




The 1998 team still holds a total of 16 team and individual records with four Olivet team records for offensive plays, yards, yards per game and first downs plus the individual single-game records for passing yards and longest return.








Field research in Costa Rica at the QERC (Quetzal Education Research Station). Professional conferences for engineering students: Smartforce Student Summit and Career Launch Pad at the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show, Chicago; Society of Women Engineers WE16 conference, Philadelphia. Professional conference for computer science and computer engineering students: 2016 Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges.

Tiger soccer finished unbeaten in conference for the first time in program history. At press time, the team was preparing for the NAIA national tournament opening round, aiming for a finals berth at Delray Beach, Florida. Tiger Head Coach David Blahnik was named CCAC Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year, repeating the title he earned in 2014. Under Blahnik in 2016, the Tigers tied the program record for regularseason wins and scored a new program high for overall wins, even before the national tournament began. olivet.edu





JOB FAIRS OFFER CAREER AND INTERN OPPORTUNITIES Olivet has increased the number of career/job/internship fairs to connect students with employers. In addition to the annual ONU Internship and Job Fair, three events are specific to majors. Walker School of Engineering Career Fair: Engineering, manufacturing, high-level logistics, computer science, programming and technology companies schedule interviews with students. School of Business Internship and Career Fair: Business majors meet with representatives from several industries, including research, accounting and finance, and healthcare. Nursing/Healthcare Career Fair: The newest opportunity for students interested in healthcare professions to meet with prospective employers and investigate job opportunities. At the annual ONU Internship and Job Fair, more than 80 companies visit campus each February to connect in person with students. They offer opportunities for full-time jobs, internships and real work experience.



OLIVET NAMED A BEST VALUE BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT Olivet Nazarene University is a top-10 best value among regional universities in the Midwest, according to the 2017 Best Colleges Guide published by U.S. News & World Report, the most widely recognized annual analysis of its kind.

The Best Colleges information, published at usnews. com, points out: “You wouldn't go out and buy a computer, cell phone or car without making sure it was the best you could afford given your budget. The same rule should apply in choosing a college.”

In addition, U.S. News ranks Olivet among the best regional universities in the Midwest.

“The college search is subject to greater scrutiny than ever as students and their families seek value — the best-quality education for a reasonable cost,” said Dr. Carol Maxson, Olivet’s vice president for Academic Affairs. “Year after year, tomorrow’s leaders arrive at Olivet to find the value they’re seeking — and so much more.”

U.S. News defines best-value schools as those that are above average academically and cost considerably less than many other schools after accounting for financial aid awarded in the form of need-based grants and scholarships.






FROM ONU TO MVP Tiger Nation humbly appreciates Olivet’s footnote in the 2016 World Series Game 7 that’s now in the history books as one of the great baseball games of all time. Olivetians everywhere celebrated when alumnus Ben Zobrist ’04 hit the RBI double that put the Chicago Cubs ahead of the Cleveland Indians in the 10th inning. Each team would score one more run before Zobrist and the Cubs celebrated the end of the longest drought in professional sports — 108 seasons without a championship. The euphoria was contagious. Fans went wild. Media from all over the world captured every facet of the Cubs’ longcoveted jewel. At the celebratory parade and rally in Chicago, millions cheered.




What started as a moment to get a breath of air turned into several hours of Zobrist obliging fans of all ages in an impromptu celebration with their hero. He appeared to enjoy himself as much as the fans, conversing, laughing, showing his appreciation, making the fans feel like they were the celebrities. Now that’s a champion. We’re proud to call you one of our own, Zo, an ambassador for Christ and for Olivet. Congratulations!








The night after the Greatest Game in Baseball History, there was a much quieter, unscripted scene playing out in a neighborhood on Chicago’s north side. Zobrist, holding his infant daughter, had wandered out of his house, famously located about a mile’s bike ride from Wrigley Field. As the World Series MVP chatted casually with a few neighbors, a crowd gathered. Kids wanted autographs. Everyone snapped photos. Word spread. The crowd swelled.









Zobrist helped lead Olivet to three CCAC championships and Tiger baseball’s first two NAIA World Series appearances, in 2002 and 2003. He was a utility player and closing pitcher, wearing number 12 in the purple and gold. Zobristʼs ONU jersey was retired in 2014, the year he was inducted into the ONU Hall of Fame and the NAIA Hall of Fame.




And now I will show ou the most excellent wa . These words from the apostle Paul (I Corinthians) serve as inspiration for this issue of Olivet the Magazine.

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Because God has blessed us with such an extravagant love, we are now free to live excellent lives of love, passion, compassion, generosity and grace– lives of service to God and humanity. The most excellent way, indeed. 22


Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.



all around me

MARK R. QUANSTROM ʼ77, Ph.D., is dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry and serves as senior pastor of College Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais, Illinois. He is author of both, “A Century of Holiness Theology” and “From Grace to Grace.”



I am surrounded by people of excellence. By that I don’t necessarily mean I am surrounded by men and women of great accomplishment or notoriety or those who might make a list of “Who’s Who in America.” By the way, and for the record, I am privileged to work at a university with people who are indeed accomplished, notable and recognized. But I am not necessarily writing about them. No, the people of excellence that I am writing about, who I am privileged to live among, are the very usual men and women who, without any applause or recognition, live a life of excellence, which the Apostle Paul defined, in 1 Corinthians 13, as love. When the Apostle Paul wrote, “And now I will show you the most excellent way,” the most excellent way that he showed them was nothing more and nothing less than the way of agapelove. And when the Apostle Paul defined agape-love, he defined it in terms everyone could understand. He defined agape-love as patience and kindness. He described agape-love as never being envious or boastful or proud or rude. He wrote that agape-love was not selfseeking or easily angered. He insisted that agape-love never remembered wrongs and that it never rejoiced in anyone else’s misfortune. And he wrote that of the three Christian graces that were eternal, agape-love was the greatest. Now, in this description of the most excellent way, the Apostle Paul was correcting a particular church’s confusion about what was important. This particular church, in first-century Corinth, had become sidetracked with “signs and wonders.” The people had become enamored with special feats of spiritual strength, like healing and speaking in strange languages. They fawned over leaders

who were considered important, and they were especially drawn to the powerful orators that could move them. They had made what is a common mistake among church people. They identified the movement of God’s spirit with the spectacular. The Apostle Paul bluntly contradicted that understanding of excellence. He wrote that even if one could speak the language of angels, understand deep mysteries of the faith, have a faith that could move mountains, or even die a heroic martyr’s death, that was all worthless without love. The most excellent way in God’s kingdom is the unassuming, unpretentious and oftentimes very usual practice of love. Persons of excellence are those who are patient and kind, generous and humble, gracious and protective of others. Persons of excellence are those who love. That is why I began by writing that I am surrounded by people of excellence, for I witness these expressions of love almost daily. I witness it in the professor who is patient with the aggravating student. I witness it in the church volunteer who misses the morning worship service to work in the nursery. I witness it in the husband who faithfully tends to his dying wife. I witness it in the ugly word not spoken. I witness it in the encouraging word timely spoken. I witness it in the giving of time to another that one does not have. There are just too many examples to record! I am surrounded by people of excellence, but that is not because I work at a university populated by people of accomplishment. I am surrounded by people of excellence because I work at a university where people understand the true definition of excellence, which is to love.

they had made what is a common mistake among church people. they identified the movement of God’s spirit with the spectacular. olivet.edu




let them eat cake LYNDA ALLEN ʼ82, DM, specializes in management and marketing. She is the faculty sponsor of Olivet’s nationally recognized Enactus team, part of the global organization that encourages university students to change the world through entrepreneurial action. She is a member of the prestigious Sam Walton Fellow Hall of Fame administered by Enactus.



In this season, I am focused on praying for mindfulness and a spirit of gratitude. I am increasingly aware of the blessings of family, friendship and meaningful work. These blessings are intricately tied together for my family. There are many reasons why my husband, Brian, and I are giving our lives here at Olivet. Foremost among them is the relationships we have formed over the years with the students we have come to know. Our lives have been enriched in ways I cannot begin to describe. We have all heard the phrase “your home is your castle,” suggesting that a home is a fortress — a place where we huddle together and isolate ourselves from the world around us. While that may appear to be an attractive option in these tumultuous times, my family has chosen to think of our home as something more inviting. Our home is not a castle, but it is a refuge — full of laughter and music, with people crowded around tables, engaging in conversation, making memories and forging bonds of friendship. We are a family of traditions. Some of the traditions we have built and shared are as simple as Friday-night pizza and games with family and friends. We host pumpkin carving parties, flannel Fridays by the fire and simple gatherings around hot chocolate. These traditions serve as anchors for our family. Julia Child once said, “A party without cake is just a meeting.” I am on board with her philosophy! We have chosen to make celebration an everyday

occurrence in our home. I cannot begin to count the birthday cakes I have made over the years, and the rousing renditions of “happy birthday to you” sung in our kitchen. Last year, my favorite Christmas gift was from a group of Olivet students who made a photo collage of the birthdays we have celebrated in our home. As we welcome students into our home, these students become friends, and these friends become family. Sometimes we are tempted to believe that in order to have an impact we must do something extraordinary. But in reality, most of the best things in life are as simple as baking a cake and inviting a few people over to share life. Many of the most holy moments in my life appear out of very ordinary circumstances. This Christmas, don’t miss the moments. Let’s live in a spirit of mindfulness and gratitude.

these students become friends and these friends become family. olivet.edu




stay on the path LAMORRIS CRAWFORD ’06/’12 M.O.L. was born on the south side of Chicago and raised without parents in an atmosphere of poverty and violence. He was a popular athlete who learned survival through gangs and drugs. His encounter with Jesus Christ changed his life when he was 19 years old. Today, Crawford and wife Megan ’08 are team chaplains for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. He has a passion for preaching and communicating the Word of God by sharing how He can do incredible work in people’s lives.



When the world is in turmoil, it often seems that we can’t find anything to be thankful for. We allow our perspective to be clouded by what’s going on around us and the experiences that affect us. We must guard ourselves and stay on the road of thanksgiving. Looking through the thankful lenses will always yield a vision of purpose and hope. I remember the season of my life where I had no reason to be thankful. My life circumstances seemed to have me bound by bitterness and anger. When I was 10 months old, my 17-year-old mother was murdered. Three years later, my uncle was murdered, and shortly after that, my aunt was killed as well. I have never met my father and my family does not know who he is. I didn’t understand why I came into life under these circumstances. I struggled with coming from poverty and a broken family. But God had a plan for me that I could never have imagined on my own. I had an encounter with Jesus Christ, and my life was completely transformed. My journey led me to Olivet, where I earned undergraduate and graduate degrees. I was the first in my family to attend college. My perspective on life radically changed. I realized that God does not waste pain. Instead, He uses it for His glory if we allow Him to. I realized that new life happens through brokenness. My attitude changed, and I became very grateful for what God had done and was doing then in my life. The dictionary defines thanksgiving as “the act of giving thanks.” “Act” is a verb, which means that thanksgiving is a choice. I had to choose to be thankful to the Lord for what occurred in my life, no matter how traumatic it was. I had no control over the circumstances I faced, so I let it go and allowed God to heal it.

Whatever we expose our heart to gives us hope for the future. Instead of focusing on the pain of my past, I intentionally set my heart on the future and the plan that God had for my life. Thankfulness is the key that unlocks the blessings of heaven. One of my favorite scriptures is I Thessalonians 5:18, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Paul said in EVERYTHING give thanks! What is excluded from “everything”? Nothing! No matter what we face in life, we are commanded by God to give thanks. You can be a prisoner of your past or a pioneer of your future. The attitude of gratitude suggests that we embrace life because of what Christ did for us. He endured lowliness, pain, shame and embarrassment, and eventually he died of a broken heart. He endured all of that so we can have new life in Him. For that reason alone, we should stay in the lane of gratefulness. For eight years, I have been happily married to Megan, a fellow Olivetian. We have four beautiful children. When I sit at the Thanksgiving table, I am in awe of God’s goodness in my life. Because of my change of attitude, I am able to be the father to my children that I never had. I have started a godly legacy, and that allows me to stay on the path of thanksgiving and gratitude.

thanksgiving is a choice. i had to choose to be thankful to the Lord for what occurred in my life, no matter how traumatic it was. olivet.edu



one family’s act of kindness sparks a movement

generosity and kindness



“It was like 2 a.m. It was crazy,” laughs Maddie Holdren ’20, recalling the moment her parents first invited her into what would become an annual Christmas tradition. Earlier that week, Al and Chris Holdren had learned of a family in crisis near their home in Muncie, Indiana. Without hesitation, the couple decided to forgo buying presents for each other, instead using the money they’d set aside to purchase clothing and Christmas gifts to bless this family in need. “I was in kindergarten at the time,” recalls Maddie. “They woke me and my sister, and said, ‘Hey, we’re going shopping!’ We got all bundled up and went out for three hours. We bought pants, coats, boots and other things to make sure they were all set for the winter. Then we bought toys for the kids.” Upon returning home, the Holdrens wrapped the gifts and then delivered them to the home of the family in need. Forever changed by the experience, Maddie and her sister, Katie, and their parents resolved to provide Christmas for two families the next year. As extended family members learned of the Holdrens’ generosity, they asked how they could get involved in the Christmas initiative. Those family members told their friends, and those friends told their friends. It didn’t take long for the Holdrens’ single act of generosity to become a “secret families” movement that inspired an entire community. Today, Secret Families Christmas Charity is an annual tradition and a nonprofit organization in its 13th year. Shopping, wrapping and delivering still takes place in a single day — the first Saturday in December — with thousands of volunteers participating. A local car dealership gives over its showroom to serve as the volunteers’ base of operations. Last year, Secret Families sent out 150 shopping teams to purchase clothing and presents for 394 families in the greater Muncie area. More than 2,000 volunteers wrapped the gifts before another army of volunteers hand-delivered the presents, Christmas trees, grocery gift cards and a year’s supply of toiletries to the homes of families in need.

Delivering the gifts is “awesome and heartbreaking at the same time,” explains Maddie. “There are areas in our community that are struggling so much. You just don’t see that until you go out there.” Maddie’s passion for her community runs deep, so it was natural for her to select elementary education as her major at Olivet. Her goal is to spend a few years teaching in the classroom and then to eventually get her master’s to become a school counselor. “After I graduate, I hope to go back into the community and to serve them even more,” she says. “I want to inspire those kids and let them know they’re not alone, that God is always there for them, and that there are always people there to help.” And she’s grateful to those who have helped make her dream possible through Friends of Olivet scholarships. In her life’s work, she intends to treasure that kindness and pay it forward. “This Olivet experience has been phenomenal, so completely life-changing for me,” she says. “And I would not have been able to come here without the support of those who gave toward my scholarships. It’s made me feel loved, and I’m just so, so, so happy to be here. Their generosity is really changing my life.” Reflecting on her upbringing, Maddie says that her parents’ generosity has forever shaped her paradigm and passions. “Secret Families is the best life lesson my parents could have ever given me,” she says. “My family has been so involved in the community and in serving others. It’s really opened up my heart to knowing what I want to do the rest of my life.” “I’m willing to go wherever the Lord leads me,” Maddie concludes. “Wherever I end up, I just want to be God’s hands and feet.” What began as one family’s act of kindness has blossomed into Secret Families Christmas Charity chapters throughout Indiana and beyond. In 2012, NBC’s Today Show featured the Holdrens’ founding chapter, spurring a multitude of inquiries from individuals who wanted to volunteer and donate, as well as corporate sponsors from around the world. Read more at: secretfamilies.org olivet.edu






It’s 4:45 on a Wednesday morning. The first day of the school year is here, and Brooke wakes with hope and optimism for the kindergarten class she will welcome today. After seven years of teaching, she knows that each new school year brings new challenges and new promise. For the last month of the summer, Brooke has been preparing her room, purchasing supplies and planning lessons. She is ready. She starts a pot of coffee and prepares for the day. After getting her own young children ready for school, Brooke starts her 30-minute commute to the rural grade school that she calls her second home. The bell rings, and Brooke greets the students that she has prayed over all summer. She looks into their eyes and sees innocence, hope and promise. She also sees anxiety, hurt and longing. She knows these students populate life’s broad spectrum — outgoing to shy, funny to serious, wealthy to impoverished, loved to abused. Brooke knows that she’ll purchase milk at lunch for a student whose parents can’t afford it. She will purchase new clothes and a coat for a child who comes to school unbathed. In a parent-teacher conference, she will console and pray with a single mother who lost her husband



According to industry research cited by Dr. Robert Hull, dean of the School of Education at Olivet, the demand for qualified educators continues to increase. Projections underscore the need for competent, qualified and certified teachers in a wide variety of classrooms. The research shows:

before the school year and doesn’t know how to continue parenting. She will comfort and advise parents whose son is beginning to show signs of autism. On top of all of this, Brooke will manage and teach in a classroom that is continually changing. She will face mounting regulations and standards. She will simultaneously feel inadequate and invigorated. She will sacrifice money and time with her family to improve the lives of her students. She will discipline, protect, support, encourage and pray for her students. She will laugh with them and cry over them. Above all else, she will love them. Brooke represents thousands of teachers who wake up every morning and courageously face the unknown. Her time as an education major at Olivet taught her that being a successful teacher is about much more than teaching — it is about influencing lives. Without a doubt, teaching is a call from God. To answer this call is to empower students to reach their highest potential inside and outside of the classroom — to showcase the love of Jesus and the power of the Spirit in tangible, everyday ways. If asked, Brooke would tell you — in spite of the uncertainty, stress and sacrifice teaching requires — she would never choose to do anything else. To see a student achieve success, gain confidence or feel love for the first time replaces doubt with hope, discouragement with joy, and anxiety with fulfillment.

· There will be a 20 percent increase in the annual demand for teachers. · Student enrollment is expected to increase by three million in the next decade. · More than 40 states report shortages in special education, math and science teachers. · At least 30 states report shortages in English Language Learners (ELL) instructors. The School of Education at Olivet has shaped thousands of alumni who are impacting the lives of tens of thousands of students around the world. Many of these alumni have chosen to serve in marginalized urban and rural areas. These professionals are sacrificing their own comfort to courageously ensure that all children have access to excellent education. Hull believes this type of service-minded education stems from the core mission of ONU’s School of Education — to “produce graduates who become professionals influencing lives.” The variety of education courses and programs is distinctly based in a Christian learning environment. Education majors at Olivet are learning how to teach and how to showcase the fruits of the Spirit for their students. ONU students can concentrate on elementary education, early childhood education, special education or one of 10 secondary disciplines that include art, math, music, science, Spanish and English. All programs are accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Olivet also offers graduate degrees or endorsements in six areas and a doctoral program in ethical leadership.





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The Christmas season often conjures thoughts of family traditions and everything that makes the holiday especially meaningful. Olivet’s first lady, Dr. Jill Bowling, shares a few of her cherished favorites. (Spoiler alert: “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is non-negotiable.) Enjoy!





Olivet The Magazine: In this Christmas season, for what are you most thankful?

OTM: What is your favorite Christmas movie, album, carol or poem?

I am thankful also for lifelong friends who have filled my life with joy and a lot of laughter. Most are Olivet alumni from many different decades. There is a bond that exists among Olivet alums. I am so thankful for Olivet and our time here. Byron Carmony said it well in “To Alma Mater Olivet”: “The time we’ve spent within these halls will ne’er forgotten be.”

But the very first thing I do is play the CD “Christmas” by Promise, which was a very popular trio at Olivet. I start Promise’s CD and then begin taking ornaments out of boxes. Favorite carols include “In the Bleak Midwinter,” “I Wonder as I Wander,” and “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence.” Handel’s “Messiah” is also a favorite. A poem I associate with Christmas is Robert Frost’s “Stopping By Woods On a Snowy Evening.” It was an assigned memorization in my high school literature class. (Thank you, Mrs. Theurer.)

JB: Definitely family and friends. I don’t have a large family. John and I each have only one sibling, so cousins become very important! Five of my second cousins have graduated from Olivet since John has been president. Now, he has a second cousin and a third cousin who are freshmen this year.

JB: My favorite Christmas movie is “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Watching this movie is second in my Christmas decorating ritual. I love the part where Linus steps into the spotlight and quotes Luke 2:8-11 — “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night …”

OTM: What are your favorite Christmas traditions?

JB: When I was a child, it was going to Grandma’s house for Christmas Day. My grandparents lived on a farm four miles out of the town where I grew up. We literally went “over the river and through the woods” to Grandmother’s house. As an adult, it is still about going home. Also, I like to set out our collection of nativities. We have collected them for many years, and several stay out year-round. After John climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, he stopped by a souvenir shop in Arusha, Tanzania, and spotted a nativity set to bring home. It was labeled, “activity set.” We laughed about that possibly being a more descriptive term for what it must have been like in the stable that first Christmas.



OTM: Have you set any resolutions for 2017?

JB: This New Year’s Eve, John and I will be together with the same friends with whom we have celebrated the last 38 New Year’s Eves. Long ago, this group of three couples made a decision that no matter how far apart we lived from each other, we would get together on New Year’s Eve every year. We all attended Olivet. This is where the bond began.

OTM: What books are you reading?

JB: I always have several books going at once. I’m reading “With,” by Skye Jethani. It was a gift from friends for my birthday. Also in the line-up are “Evangelical Is Not Enough,” by Thomas Howard, and “Encountering Truth,” by Pope Francis.

OTM: What is the biggest change from the Olivet that you attended a few years back to the Olivet of 2016? JB: The biggest change is the culture and climate from which today’s students come. One of my old friends says of our day, “If there was a line, we just got in it.” Today’s student says, with all due respect, “Why?” Or, “Isn’t there an app for this?”

Students today have traveled widely for mission trips or studies abroad — things we never even dreamed about. Having grown up with social media, students know more when they arrive on campus than we knew when we graduated. We came from high schools with dress codes and families with curfews. Many students today have had neither. Also, 40 years ago, much of the local community surrounding Olivet knew very little about the school. Today, hundreds and hundreds of community people attend ONU’s concerts, sporting events, art shows and theatre productions.

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went over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house

This group has a tradition of writing resolutions and predictions for each new year. These papers are sealed in individual envelopes and opened the next year when we’re together. Last year we predicted who the presidential candidates would be and who the newly elected president would be. I’m looking forward to seeing what I wrote last year!




OTM: Do you have a favorite quote?

JB: “Only one life, ’twill soon be past. Only what’s done for God will last.” Charles Studd.

Homecoming & Family Weekend 2016 showcased the University’s long tradition of quality performance on stage, field, court and throughout the world.

As for favorite scripture, I have to make a lot of decisions in my work at Olivet, so Proverbs 3:5-6 comes to mind often: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”

OTM: What brings you the greatest joy in life?

JB: Outside of family and friends, it would be any time I get to be with Olivet students. This is true whether we are having them in our home or just watching them file into chapel, mill about in Ludwig or participate in sideline antics at a basketball game. They are incredibly funny and so clever. And did I mention smart?!

JILL (CHEESEMAN) BOWLING ’70 became the first lady of Olivet in 1991, when her husband, Dr. John C. Bowling ’71, was appointed University president. Dr. Jill Bowling earned her bachelor’s degree in zoology before she went to the University of Texas for a master’s in environmental science. She served as an environmental specialist for the state of Colorado as well as a Dallas, Texasbased company in the construction industry. Dr. Jill Bowling returned to Olivet to graduate in the University’s first MBA class in 1988. She worked in the president’s office before her husband did, serving as administrative assistant to former President Leslie Parrott II. She was awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree in 2007, during the University’s centennial celebration.

Homecoming Queen Emily Mills and her court presided over Homecoming festivities, highlighted by Tiger football under the lights at Ward Field, the President's Dinner and School of Music Concert, Shine.FM’s MercyMe concert in Centennial Chapel, and so much more. Tiger team members and coaches came home to campus for a very special commemoration of 50 years of intercollegiate Tiger Athletics. The 1998 ONU football team and the 1999-2000 men's basketball team became the first two inductees into the ONU Athletics Hall of Fame’s “Outstanding Teams” category. The ’98 football team was the NAIA national runner-up, and the ’99-’00 hoops squad won the CCAC championship and made it to the NAIA final four. Honors went to Olivetians making the world a better place. The University’s highest alumni honor — the “O” Award — went to Dr. Teresa Woodruff, Ph.D. ’85 and Rev. Larry Leckrone ’72. Young Alumni Awards went to Dr. Robert Hegna ’07, Dr. Stephanie Suprenant ’06 and Dr. Suzanne (Suprenant) VanderWaal ’06.






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soccer CHAMPS The Tigers men始s soccer team won the 2016 CCAC Conference title as well as this year始s CCAC Tournament. It was the team始s fourth post-season tournament title in five years. Also, Head Coach David Blahnik won his second Men始s Soccer Coach of the Year title.





Mary Jean (Purinton) Johnson ’40 was the oldest person at her Purple & Gold class reunion during Homecoming 2016. In fact, she has the honor of being the oldest of all Olivet’s living alumni.

It was an historic Homecoming a half-century ago, when the men’s basketball team scored a victory in Olivet’s first-ever intercollegiate game. The head coach was C.W. “Butch” Ward ’52, who would become known as the “father of Olivet Nazarene athletics.” (Yes, that’s a live tiger lending authenticity to the festivities.)

“It’s always very nice to be at Olivet,” she says. “This year, Dr. Bowling came down off the platform and spoke with me! But not one of my classmates was there.” At age 99, Mary remembers the original campus in Olivet, Illinois, where she completed her college education. She went home every weekend to her hometown of Danville, 10 miles away. Sometimes she had to ride a trolley to the closest stop and then walk the last three miles. Every Saturday, she worked at Woolworth’s five-and-dime store. She recalls when her father, a pastor, moved their family to Bourbonnais and built a house where Centennial Chapel now stands. “Olivet is so different these days,” she says. “I can hardly recognize it. Especially that recreation center! My next goal is to climb the rock wall, but I don’t think I’ll get to do that.”

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B Joseph Bentz ’83 authored a book, “Nothing Is Wasted: How God Redeems What Is Broken.” Bentz taught English at Olivet from 1986–1991. He is a professor of English at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California, where he lives with his wife and two children.


C Dr. Jay Martinson ’86 authored a book, “Story: The

Power of Narrative for Christian Leaders.” The book offers a variety of examples to demonstrate the power stories can wield when told in timely, relevant and clever ways. Tips and instructions are meant to help Christian leaders evangelize, instruct and mentor for the sake of the gospel.


D Dr. Burton J. Webb ’87 was appointed president of

the University of Pikeville, Kentucky, in October 2015, and took office in January. Burton is the former vice president for academic affairs at Northwest Nazarene University (NNU). Before NNU, Burton was at Indiana Wesleyan for 16 years where he served as associate dean for the School of Physical and Applied Sciences, chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and interim dean for the College of the Arts and Sciences. Webb also spent 14 years teaching medical immunology to first-year medical students at Indiana University School of Medicine.

E Dr. Jo Williamson ’87 was promoted to full professor of instructional technology in the Bagwell College of Education, Kennesaw State University. She has also released her second book, “Effective Digital Learning Environments: Your Guide to the ISTE Standards for Coaches.”


James Tews ’91 became director of communications in March at Trine University, Angola, Indiana.





G Anthony ’01 and Colleen (Baker) Mason ’03 welcomed

Ezekiel “Zeke” Mason, born Sept. 11, 2016. Zeke is baby brother to sisters Ruby, 8; Isla, 6; Jovi, 4; and Luna, 2. Tony is a signalman for Canadian National Railroad, and Colleen is a homeschool mom and childbirth educator. The Masons reside in Bradley, Illinois.







F Jason Sharp ’93 became senior vice president of media at University of Northwestern, St. Paul, Minnesota. Sharp, the former station manager at KTIS/Minneapolis, took on his new role in May. He oversees the stations Northwestern Media owns and operates in six states.




I Nicholas and Rebekah (Mingus) ’06 Metzger welcomed their daughter, Ariel Rose, born June 8, 2016. They also have a 2-year-old son, Noah. The Metzgers reside in Sturgis, Michigan. Rebekah is an elementary school counselor for Lakeland School Corporation. Nicholas is executive director of Habitat for Humanity in St. Joseph County.


J David ’06 and Colleen Steele welcomed daughter Madelyn Rose in May 2016. Her sister, Ellie Rachell, is 16, and another sister, Aubrey Violet, lived for one day and now resides in heaven. The Steele family lives in Plainfield, Illinois. David is a detention officer and Colleen is a special education teacher.


1) Jessica (Allison) ’06 Swanson earned her doctorate in education from the University of Virginia in September 2016. She and husband Nate Swanson — along with Great Pyrenees dogs Sammy and Lily — welcomed a son, Luke Timothy, on October 3, 2016. The family lives in Falls Church, Virginia. Dr. Swanson is director of resource allocation at District of Columbia Public Schools. Her husband is a senior foreign affairs officer at the U.S. Department of State.

Grace (Cook) Fields ’04 became coordinator of family programs and outreach at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden in Columbia, South Carolina. She and her husband and two children reside in Irmo.

H Laura (Banks) ’05 and Nathan Goble married on March 26, 2016, in Rome, Georgia, where the couple now resides. The ceremony and reception took place in historical buildings located on the campus of Berry College. Laura is a physician’s assistant at Harbin Clinic Orthopedic and an adjunct faculty member at Berry College. Nathan teaches high school history and coaches softball and baseball.


Daryl LeBar ’06, a computer science and business graduate, was recognized by Microsoft as a Most Valuable Professional. The award recognizes exceptional technology community leaders worldwide who actively share high-quality, real-world expertise with users and Microsoft. LeBar and his family live in Fishers, Indiana.



1! Matthew ’08 and Laurryn (Trojanowski) ’08 McDaniel announced the birth of daughter Eliana Katherine, rounding out their family of five. The McDaniels live in Sellersburg, Indiana. Cliff and Bria (Wellenreiter) ’08 McMichael announced the birth of Cohen Newell McMichael, born Sept. 10, 2016, at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia. The McMichaels reside in Hampton, where Cliff, a U.S. Air Force master sergeant, is stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. Bria teaches third grade in Hampton City Schools.


Amy (Hale) Koch ’07 was named Teacher of the Year at Plainfield (Indiana) Community Middle School. She and her husband, Josh Koch ’07, reside in Plainfield with their two sons. Nathan P. Stout ’07 earned his doctorate in philosophy from Tulane University, where he now teaches in the Department of Philosophy. Dr. Stout and his wife, Jennifer (Graham) ’07, reside in New Orleans. olivet.edu






1@ Britni McDonald ’09 won an Emmy award this year during the 58th National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter Emmy Awards in Baltimore, Maryland. McDonald and her NBC12 co-anchor, Mike Valerio, won the Emmy for Best Weekend Newscast for a medium-sized market for their coverage of a devastating charter bus crash in November 2015. McDonald recently joined the news team at WINK‑TV, a CBS affiliate in southwest Florida.






Allen Posey ’10 became the youth pastor at Ark City Church of the Nazarene in Arkansas City, Kansas.


Katie (Eccles) Maneiro ’11 completed the formal defense of her dissertation at Boston University and began a post-doctoral program at Boston College. Her dissertation work focused on developing an age‑dating method on an important mineral system in a unique set of rock types. This work opens up new opportunities for geoscientists to better understand Earth’s history and development. A member of Olivet’s first Honors Program Cohort, Maneiro was her class valedictorian and maintained a 4.0 grade‑point average.

1# Nora (Duffy) Reece ’11 is the new head softball coach at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana. Reece comes to the Grace Lancers from her role as assistant softball coach at Division 1 Georgia Tech. She also served as head coach at Houghton College in Caneadea, New York, and assistant coach at Shorter University in Rome, Georgia, where she earned a master’s degree. At Shorter, she helped the Hawks to an NAIA national crown in 2012 and a national runner-up finish in the NCCAA in 2013. As an Olivet



Tiger, Reece was an NCCAA First Team All-American and NCCAA All-Tournament catcher. She played on Tiger teams that reached the NAIA World Series three times, and she was a member of the Tigers’ NCCAA national championship team in 2008. ONU won three conference championships during her career, and Reece was named Team MVP, All-Conference and an NAIA Scholar-Athlete.

1$ Merrick Robison ’11 stars in an independent film released this year and making the rounds of national and international film festivals. Robison stars in “Empty Space,” a coming-of-age story produced in Chicago and shot on location in small towns in western Illinois. Robison also appeared in the Agency Theater Collective’s production of “Chagrin Falls,” a dramatic stage play that completed its Chicago run in early December.


1% Matthew ’13 and Nicole (Merry) ’12 Wilson are proud parents of Lincoln Taylor, born March 9, 2016. The Wilsons reside in Omaha, Nebraska. Matt is a control center technician for Traveler’s Insurance, and Nicole is an international project manager for AGCO Corporation.



Pearl Marcelle “Marcy” (Eaton) Cornett ’44, 96, died October 4, 2016. Mrs. Cornett was a teacher and missionary who helped establish a Bible school in 1957 that would become Korea Nazarene University. Mrs. Cornett served God in the United States and abroad alongside Eldon, her husband of 68 years.    The Cornetts taught and pastored in Reverie, Tennessee, and Brownstown, Indiana, before moving as missionaries to South Korea, where they lived for 15 years. Mrs. Cornett mastered the Korean language and taught classes that included English and Old Testament history. After the Cornetts and their children returned to the United States in 1971, they settled in Florida, where Mrs. Cornett’s work encompassed teaching, managing cases for men with developmental disabilities, and assisting her husband in his work as a prison chaplain and leading Kairos Prison Ministry.    In 2014, Korea Nazarene University invited the Cornetts and other foreign missionaries to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the university, then serving 6,000 students. At a closing ceremony, Mrs. Cornett said: “I trust that this institution shall stand as a citadel of holiness in this part of the world until Jesus comes. My heart’s feeling is best expressed in the words of Simeon when he first saw the Baby Jesus in the temple: ‘Now lettest thy servant depart in peace,’ for I have seen the miracle thou hast performed in Cheonan, Korea.”    Mrs. Cornett is survived by her husband and their children, Mike (Ayling), Phil, Esther (Jim) Getker, Dave (Norma Jean) and Steve (Linda); nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Naomi Lois Peters ’44, 94, of Cincinnati, Ohio, died October 3, 2016. Mrs. Peters retired from Northwest Local School District in Cincinnati. She is survived by her son, Stephen; grandsons Stephen, Brian and Jonathan Peters; her sister, Hope Mote; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by brothers Ralph and Gerald Bouse, and sister Ruth McKillen. T. Jane (Starr) Arnold ’46 of Faith Countryside, Highland, Illinois, died March 21, 2016. She was born in Lansing, Michigan, on February 7, 1923, to Rev. Roy and Louise Starr. A graduate of Olivet College, she married Urey B. Arnold and began her teaching career in Bradley, Illinois. She also taught in St. Anne and Sycamore, Illinois. The Arnolds relocated to Plymouth, Michigan, where Mrs. Arnold continued teaching, retiring in 1982. She served her church, teaching young children in Sunday school and working in women’s ministries. Carol Elizabeth (Chesemore) Coons ’51, 86, of San Diego, California, died February 14, 2015. A teacher for 40 years, Mrs. Coons was a lifelong Methodist and nature lover. Survivors include her husband, Jim; daughter Linda; and sons Richard and Michael. Rev. Leonard J. Bayler ’53 died March 23, 2016. He was called to the ministry early in life. After serving his country, he attended Olivet to prepare for his life’s work. There he met Norma Larson ’48, who would become his wife of 67 years. Rev. Bayler ministered in churches in Illinois, Missouri and Arizona. He founded Community Christian Chapel in Clovis, California, and pastored there for more than 40 years. He also taught school. Rev. Bayler acknowledged that anything accomplished was only a result of what Jesus can do in a life. He is survived by his wife and a daughter, Elaine Morris (Don); four grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and six great-great‑grandchildren.




IN MEMORIAM Rev. Leonard J. Skodak Sr. ’54 of Big Rapids, Wisconsin, died August 4, 2016. He was born October 20, 1921, in Mauston, Wisconsin, the son of Joseph and Katherine (Lipar) Skodak. Young Leonard quit school after eighth grade to work on the family farm. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Providence, Rhode Island, where he met his future wife, Mildred Marshall. The couple married on December 5, 1942. Leonard was honorably discharged after serving during World War II.    The Skodaks and their children settled in Bourbonnais, Illinois, where Rev. Skodak earned an Olivet bachelor’s degree in ministerial studies. The family relocated to Wisconsin, where Rev. Skodak was ordained in the Church of the Nazarene. He began his pastoral career in Portage and Laona, Wisconsin, before moving to Big Rapids in 1966. There, he pastored the First Church of the Nazarene and directed Nazarene daycare with his wife. Leonard also started the Fremont Church of the Nazarene. Most recently, he was a member of the Reed City Church of the Nazarene.    He is survived by his four children, Leonard J. (Mary) Skodak Jr. of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Joyce E. (Paul Jr.) Hutchings of Smyrna, Georgia; Edward John (Marlene) Skodak of Reed City; and Juanita J. (Duane) Smith of Forrest, Illinois; his grandchildren, Leonard J. “Lee” Skodak, Loren J. (Bridgett) Skodak, Nicholas Hutchings, Kendra Sue (Joseph) Quales, Aaron Joseph Skodak, Carrie Ann (Ryan) Rafferty, Jennifer Lynn (Justin) Snell, Aaron Jesse Smith and Joshua Joseph (Kirsten) Smith; his great-grandchildren, Tyler, Megan and Owen Rafferty, Kaya and Thomas Coleman, Toby Snell, Brailynn Smith, Braydon Quales and Jacob Christian Skodak. Thomas Weber Craig ’60 died February 4, 2016, in Holland, Michigan. Mr. Craig was a Michigan public school administrator for 24 years, serving in the Leslie Public Schools and Mason Public Schools. He earned his master’s degree from Michigan State University. His two-year service in the U.S. Army included a year in the Korean conflict. After he retired, he was a salesman for Coldwell Banker Real Estate. A longtime member of Kiwanis Club, he completed 40 hours of guardianship classes in Pinellas County, Florida. He is survived by his wife, Norma (Morse) ’57; their children, Steven ’81 and wife Susan (Humphreys) ’83, and Daniel and wife, Kathy; six grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. William R. Dyon ’60, a longtime community leader in his hometown of Kankakee, Illinois, died August 2, 2016, in Kankakee. He retired as vice president of First Trust Bank, and he was director of personnel for Riverside Medical Center. He was a longtime Kiwanis member and past president, a past board member of Kankakee Chapter of the Red Cross, past board member of the Kankakee Historical Society, and past president and founding board member of Hospice of Kankakee Valley.    Mr. Dyon was a charter board member of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association, and past treasurer and board member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board. He served on the boards of Kankakee County Mental Health Center, Riverside Foundation and Heritage House Retirement Home. He was recognized as Riverside Samaritan of the Year and Kankakee Chamber Citizen of the Year.    A long-time member of Faith Reformed Church, Mr. Dyon was a member of St. Anne Masonic Lodge and Kankakee Order of the Eastern Star. In 1982, he helped start the Kankakee Trinity Academy.    Mr. Dyon is survived by his sons, James William (Michelle) of Whitefish, Montana, and Michael Richard (April) of Columbia Falls, Montana; his daughter, Margaret (Greg) Stenger of Columbia Falls; his mother, Cleva of Kankakee; his sister, Betty (Albert) Biggs of Meridian, Texas; six grandchildren; and longtime friend, Peggy Carlson of Scottsdale, Arizona.



Sharon (Skinner) Reedy ’62 of Bourbonnais, Illinois, died May 18, 2016, at Hospice House in The Villages, Florida, after a long illness. She was born March 16, 1942, in Allen Park, Michigan, the daughter of Ed and Wanda Skinner. She married Gerald Reedy ’63 on June 5, 1965.    Mrs. Reedy once served as receptionist and secretary for Reedy Apartments on Grand Drive in Bourbonnais. She owned and managed Victorian House Florals, Bourbonnais, from 1988 until 2003. In 2013, the Reedys began spending winters in The Villages. Surviving Mrs. Reedy are her husband and their daughters, Joy Reedy ’92 and Susan (Henry) Logan ’90, formerly of Bourbonnais. John Kyle Lunsford ’66 of Silver Spring, Maryland, passed away August 3, 2016. Mr. Lunsford was born in Bourbonnais, Illinois, and moved to Washington, D.C., to pursue a law career. In 1981, he helped found Community of Hope, where he worked as an attorney for more than 15 years. More recently he assisted in starting the College Park Community Food Bank, providing food for nearly 150 families each month.    Mr. Lunsford is survived by his wife of 35 years, Beverly (Koehler); and their five children, Lisa (John) Bartusek, Jeff (Jackie) Lunsford, Leah (Ryan) Thompson, Jeremy (Michele) Lunsford and Jaymes Lunsford; and nine grandchildren. Dr. Edward H. Heck ’75, 62, senior pastor of Kankakee (Illinois) First Church of the Nazarene and an adjunct professor at Olivet, died September 6, 2016. Dr. Heck died in West Chester, Ohio, where he had just helped coach his church softball team to the championship in the 2016 Nazarene national softball tournament. He had been fighting a courageous battle with cancer, chronicling his experience in his blog, “Shards of Grace.”    Born July 24, 1954, in Rock Island, Illinois, Dr. Heck was first raised by his grandfather, Fred Swanson. After Mr. Swanson’s death, he made his home with foster parents Burton and Irene Lang in Sylvis, Illinois. On June 7, 1975, Dr. Heck married Kathleen Welton in Three Rivers, Michigan. Mrs. Heck is the administrative assistant in Olivet’s David L. Elwood Center for Student Success.    In addition to a Bachelor of Arts in biblical literature from Olivet, Dr. Heck held a Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary.    He taught in Olivet’s School of Theology and Christian Ministry as well as the Department of Communication, where he taught leadership courses. Dr. Heck was a former member of Olivet’s Board of Trustees. In 2014, he received Olivet’s Ministerial “O” Award, the University’s highest honor for alumni. In his memory, the Dr. Edward H. Heck Scholarship has been established at Olivet.    Dr. Heck’s pastoral assignments included Michigan churches in Morenci, Flint and Vicksburg, as well as Vandalia, Ohio. He served on the Future of the Church Commission as well as other boards and committees for the global Church of the Nazarene. For 12 years, he was the Church’s Chicago central district secretary.    Dr. Heck is survived by his wife and their daughter, Alea, a December 2016 Olivet graduate; brothers David (Lea) Lang of Louisburg, Kansas, and Doug Lawson; two sisters, Sandra (Ambrose) Canty of Davenport, Iowa, and Virginia (Jerry) Thomas of Colorado; his mother-in-law, Kathleen Welton Scutt of Bourbonnais; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Todd Daniel Larsen ’87 of Dallas, Texas, died June 14, 2016, after a long battle with heart disease. He was born in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Sandra (Ide) Larsen Anderson ’57 and the late Lauren Larsen. After college, Mr. Larsen worked in sales for Kraft Foods before joining the sales team at Paradigm Publishing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For 18 years, he served as vice president and national sales manager at Paradigm. Mr. Larsen is survived by his daughters, Cameron and Avery; their mother, Kimberly (Williams) Larsen ’90; his mother; and brothers Lauren (Sharon) and Larry Larsen. Loretta Faye (Allen) Riley, 80, who was instrumental in developing Olivet’s nursing program in the 1960s, died May 2, 2016, in Hermitage, Tennessee. Mrs. Riley was born in Stacy Fork, Kentucky, on February 8, 1936. She was a graduate of Mount Carmel High School, Kentucky Mountain Bible College, Alton Memorial Hospital, Greenville College in Illinois and Indiana University. During missionary service in Swaziland and South Africa, Mrs. Riley served as a nurse and midwife and a Bible college and nursing instructor. She also worked at Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute and later taught classes in grief management at the Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville, Tennessee. She is survived by Rev. Thomas Riley, her husband of 55 years; sisters Carole (Roger) Costa of Nashville and Denise Travers of Port Canaveral, Florida; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.




More than 4,900 — 3,000 of them undergrads — from nearly every U.S. State, 17 countries and more than 40 religious denominations.


Based on ACT score and high school records (college transcripts for transfer students). For incoming freshmen, average ACT score is 24.


More than 140 areas of study offered through the School of Business, School of Engineering, School of Life and Health Sciences, School of Education, School of Music, School of Theology and Christian Ministry and the College of Arts and Sciences. Study- abroad opportunities have included Australia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, Egypt, Romania, Japan, Uganda, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.


Includes the Higher Learning Commission, 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 Accreditation Commission of ABET.


Beautiful, park-like campus features 35 major buildings on 275 acres. Located in the Village of Bourbonnais, Ill., just 50 miles south of Chicago’s Loop, with additional School of Graduate and Continuing Studies locations in Rolling Meadows and Oak Brook, Ill.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Grand Ledge and Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Hong Kong.

dollars in financial aid awarded last year to $110 million ONU students



Christian community committed to making worship of God the central focus of our lives. Our faith then 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 University community has the opportunity to join with others in worship and receive instruction in the Word and encouragement to serve. Notable and world-renowned speakers regularly address the Olivet community during chapel.


At Olivet Nazarene University, student-athletes compete on 21 intercollegiate teams. Olivet provides 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 teams for women include 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.


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.


local ministry and global mission trip opportunities



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 40,000 alumni living around the world.

GRADUATE STUDIES AND PROGRAMS Business: Bachelor of Applied Science in Management, Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Organizational Leadership, Master of Business Administration

Criminal Justice: Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Education: Bilingual Endorsement, Driver’s Ed 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, Doctor of Education: Ethical Leadership Engineering: Master of Engineering Management Nursing: Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Paramedics Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN), Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing (RN-MSN), Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Ministry: Master of Arts: Biblical Studies, Master of Arts: Christian Ministry, Master of Arts: Family Ministry, Master of Arts: Pastoral Ministry, Master of Arts in Religion, Master of Arts in Pastoral Leadership, Master of Arts: Urban Ministry, Master of Ministry, Master of Ministry in Spanish, Master of Divinity, Bachelor of Practical Ministry, Master of Practical Ministry

advanced degrees offered through the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies


study-abroad opportunities

Accounting Actuarial Science Art Art - Drawing/Illustration Art - Digital Graphics Art - Painting Art - Photography Art Education Athletic Coaching Athletic Training Biblical Languages Biology Biology Teaching Business Administration Business - Healthcare Management Business Human Resource Management Business - Management Business - Not-for-Profit/ Philanthropy Business - Operations Management Business - Public Administration Chemistry Chemistry - Biochemistry Chemistry - Forensics Chemistry Teaching Child Development Children’s Ministry Christian Education Communication Studies Communication Teaching Computer Science Corporate Communication Criminal Justice Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement


Dietetics Early Childhood Education Earth and Space Science Teaching Economics Economics and Finance Applied Economics Economics and Finance Certified Financial Planning Economics and Finance Corporate Finance Elementary Education Engineering - Architectural Engineering - Chemical Engineering - Civil Engineering - Computer Engineering - Electrical Engineering - Environmental Engineering - Geological Engineering - Industrial Engineering - Mechanical Engineering - Software English English as a Second Language English as a Second Language Teaching English Education Environmental Science Exercise Science Family and Consumer Sciences Family and Consumer Sciences Family Studies Family and Consumer Sciences Hospitality Family and Consumer Sciences Education Fashion Merchandising

intercollegiate athletic teams compete in NAIA and NCCAA conferences


Finance French General Studies Geography Geological Science Greek Health Education Hebrew History History Teaching Information Systems Information Technology Intercultural Studies Interior Design International Business Leadership Studies Legal Studies Literature Management Information Systems Marketing Marketing - Commercial Graphics Marketing - International Marketing - Management Marketing - Public Relations Mass Communications Mathematics Mathematics Education Military Affairs Military Science Ministerial Missions Multimedia Communication Multimedia Communication Film Studies Multimedia Communication Journalism

intramural sports and tournaments with more than 3,200 participants each year

Multimedia Communication Live Event Media Management Multimedia Communication Ministry Media Multimedia Communication Radio/Record Industry Multimedia Communication TV/Video Production Music Music Composition Music Education Music Ministry Music Performance Musical Theatre Nursing Pastoral Ministry Philosophy Physical Education and Health Teaching Physical Sciences Political Science Pre-Art Therapy Pre-Dental Pre-Law Pre-Medicine Pre-Optometry Pre-Pharmacy Pre-Physical Therapy Pre-Physician’s Assistant Pre-Seminary Pre-Veterinary Psychology Psychology Teaching Public Policy - Domestic Public Policy - Foreign


percent of students receive financial aid

Public Relations and Strategic Communication Recreation Recreation, Sport and Fitness Religion Religion - Biblical Studies Religion - Philosophy Religion - Theology Religious Studies Social Science Social Science Education Social Work Sociology Spanish Spanish Education Special Education Sport Management Administration Sport Management - Marketing Theatre Writing Youth Ministry Zoology


student-to-faculty ratio, with a total enrollment of 4,916

Statistics compiled from 2014, 2015 and/or 2016



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O Love that will not let me go, I rest my weary soul in Thee; I give Thee back the life I owe, That in Thine ocean depths its flow May richer, fuller be. O Light that followest all my way, I yield my flickering torch to Thee; My heart restores its borrowed ray, That in Thy sunshine’s blaze its day May brighter, fairer be. O Joy that seekest me through pain, I cannot close my heart to Thee; I trace the rainbow through the rain, And feel the promise is not vain, That morn shall tearless be. O Cross that liftest up my head, I dare not ask to fly from Thee; I lay in dust life’s glory dead, And from the ground there blossoms red Life that shall endless be.

George Matheson


THE benediction

SNOWY DAYS When trees and sidewalks are covered in morning snow, the Olivet campus reflects the beauty of the season. With concerts and activities to celebrate Christmas and the annual performance of Handel's glorious Messiah, winter is welcome here.


PURPLE & GOLD DAYS A special Olivet visit event, individually designed for high school seniors and their parents.

REGISTER TODAY AT OLIVET.EDU Your visit may include: Chicago sightseeing trip or campus event, meals with the student body, customized visits with faculty, guided campus and departmental facility tours, ONU Tiger athletic events, personal appointments with your admissions counselor and financial aid seminars, overnight housing in a residence hall with a current ONU student (don’t forget your sleeping bag!), and reduced lodging rates for parents at recommended area hotels!

2017 DATES: January 27 - 28 February 24 - 25 March 17 - 18 April 7 - 8

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