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NNU welcomes two new vice presidents

NNU is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. S. Bradley Shaw as vice president for academic affairs and Mr. Mark Wheeler as vice president for external affairs. “NNU is fortunate that Dr. Shaw and Mr. Wheeler have agreed to fill these vice president roles. Each brings significant experience and training to these roles and we look forward to their leadership among us,” shared President Joel Pearsall.

NNU confers 575 degrees at 101st commencement

NNU’s 101st Commencement brought family, friends and staff together to celebrate the 575 students receiving associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

Senior highlight: Roxanne Johnsen

Nursing student Roxanne shares about the personal growth she experienced in college and why coming to NNU is the best decision she’s ever made. After graduation, Roxanne will be working at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Nampa.

Senior highlight: Janessa Dyk

Instead of waiting until after graduation to start the job hunt, senior business student Janessa Dyk started early and ended up with a great job in Boise, Idaho.

Graduate highlight: Logan Gilmore

Having completed a bachelor's degree in social work in 2015, Logan decided NNU was the university at which to pursue a Master of Social Work degree. He found the experiential learning opportunities and community at NNU were ideal for his career and personal goals. He graduated with his MSW this spring.

Senior STEM projects provide real-life experience before graduation

Each spring, NNU seniors are busy completing senior projects—both to fulfill a graduation requirement and, more importantly, to prove their ability to implement and execute everything they’ve learned during their undergraduate career. Here are a few highlights from the 2017 STEM senior seminar presentations.

Senior business students see success in Seattle

A team of senior business students took 3rd place at the Social Venture Plan Competition hosted by Seattle Pacific University in April. Their winning plan is for an app that would allow individuals to donate more easily to the local charities and organizations they want to support.

Senior highlight: Kraymer Lorig

Kraymer’s involvement in ministry on and off campus has impacted his college experience and his life. He majored in Christian ministry with a minor in worship leadership and has accepted a position as a contemporary worship pastor after graduation.

Senior highlight: Krystal Duran

Engineering student Krystal Duran has gained invaluable experience and connections at NNU that led her to a job working with the City of Nampa. “NNU has made me, and continues to make me, an all around better person,” Krystal said.

Senior highlight: Phil Haunschild

After graduating with a international studies major and financial economics minor, Phil Haunschild will be working in Boise as a policy analyst for the Idaho Freedom Foundation. Hear about the people and opportunities that enriched his NNU experience.

Senior highlight: Liberty Fleming

Liberty has been involved in a wide range of leadership positions on campus and served as SGA Campus Ministries Coordinator this year. She will graduate with an individualized major in Social-Cultural Entrepreneurship.

Randy Schild awarded Educator of the Year

Tuesday, NNU honored Randy Schild with the 2017 L.E. Wesche Outstanding Educator of the Year award. The award is given each year to an alumnus who has provided distinguished service in the field of education. A native of Tillamook, Oregon, Schild has served as superintendent for the Tillamook School District since 2001.

Celebrate NNU grads at baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies May 5–6

NNU will hold its 101st commencement on Saturday, May 6 at the Johnson Sports Center. Separate ceremonies will be held to honor traditional undergraduate students and adult, professional and graduate students. The College of Arts & Science Commencement is at 9:30 a.m., and the College of Adult & Graduate Studies Commencement is at 4 p.m.

Concert to feature selection of hymns and new hymnal release

NNU’s Crusader Choir & Orchestra will present “Great Hymns of Our Faith” on April 23 at 7 p.m. in the NNU Brandt Center. The concert will feature inspiring hymn performances from the 100-member Crusader Choir & Orchestra, creative piano arrangements from NNU alumnus Jerry Nelson, and a hymn sing-along from the fresh new hymnal release, “One Voice,” led by Nelson and guest artist Johnny Hall.

Institute for Chinese Studies to host speaker

NNU’s Institute for Chinese Studies will host speaker Dr. Lili Ma on Monday, April 17 at 6 p.m. Ma is a professor of economics and Director of the Department of World Economy and Trade at Northwest University in Xi’an China. She will be speaking on “The Reform Route and Economic Development in China.”

Student work featured in Senior Art + Design Show

Join us Tuesday, April 18, 4–6 p.m. for a reception celebrating the opening of the Senior Art + Design Show presenting the work of nine of our graduating seniors. Featuring everything from artwork on skateboards to painted bones, there is something for everyone.

Working in mass comm: Jeremy Wiese, NLC Productions

Jeremy Wiese, 2008 mass communication alumnus, put his interests to work as the Creative Director of Northwest Lineman College Productions. Read about his career and the opportunities he found at NNU.

Honors College to host Professor Peter S. Onuf

The NNU Honors College will present a lecture by Professor Peter S. Onuf on Thursday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in NNU’s Wiley Learning Center. Onuf is one of the leading Thomas Jefferson scholars in the world and will be speaking on “A Faithful Republican: Thomas Jefferson and Religion.”

Working in mass comm: Josh Wiese, NLC Productions

2012 mass communication alumnus Josh Wiese shares about the opportunities at NNU that led him to his career as a director and producer for Northwest Lineman College Productions and Windrider Institute.

Special chapel speakers this semester

NNU has had the privilege of hosting some incredible speakers this semester—from author and podcast host Science Mike to local news anchor Dee Sarton. Here are just a few of the special guests we've had on campus, and a little bit about what each of them shared with our students and campus community.

NNU receives gift from Smeed Foundation

The NNU Riley Library recently received a gift from the Smeed Foundation of over 4,000 books from the private library of Ralph Smeed. The foundation offered the books to NNU as part of a continued relationship through the Center for the Study of Market Alternatives (CSMA).

NNU receives two grants from M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

NNU professors Dr. Duke Bulanon and Dr. Jennifer Chase each received $15,000 grants through the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Partners in Science Program. The program enables outstanding high school science teachers to form partnerships with research scientists from academic and research institutions in the Pacific Northwest.

AMA collegiate chapter earns award

The School of Business is pleased to announce that NNU’s American Marketing Association (AMA) Collegiate Chapter was a recipient of the Exemplary Collegiate Chapter Performance award for outstanding chapter planning at the AMA International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans.

Regional accreditation reaffirmed by NWCCU

NNU is pleased to announce its regional accreditation has been reaffirmed by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) after the organization recently completed its cyclical seven-year evaluation process of the university.

Annual piano and keyboard sale March 11

At the beginning of each school year, Kawai America Corporation provides new pianos to NNU’s Department of Music through an institutional program locally implemented by Dunkley Music. These instruments are loaned to the University free of charge; after only one year of use, the pianos are offered to the public at bargain prices.