Thursday evening, October 10, NNU students, friends, partners and alumni gathered with Boise Valley businesses at the NNU Centennial Gala. This black tie event at the Boise Centre showcased the University’s history over the past 100 years by telling the stories of its people. Twenty-two of 100 Centennial Medallion honorees received their awards while their stories of service to the University and world were shared in the context of the University’s four values: transformation, truth, community and service.
Over 800 guests attended the event to celebrate NNU’s contributions to and support from the Treasure Valley over the past century. Stacey Berggren, Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing, said, “the overwhelming turnout at this event really speaks to the mutual support between the University and Treasure Valley community.”
The evening began with passed hors d’oeuvres in the grand lobby while guests perused historical displays and enjoyed music by NNU Jazz Revival. They were then served a three-course meal while experiencing a dazzling program that included live music, videos on three large screens and a variety of speakers. The honored guests included scientists, philanthropists, civic leaders, businessmen and women and an astronaut, among many others.
President David Alexander made the first presentation of four Centennial Medallions to civic partners who represent many whose generosity and vision helped the University take root and grow in the Boise Valley: John and Orah Brandt, Stan Olson, Ken Harward, and Harold and Phyllis Thomas. Vice President Joel Pearsall then presented the 2013 Eugene Emerson Award to the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce in gratitude for fostering a mutually beneficial spirit of cooperation between the Treasure Valley and the University.
The first of the four values of NNU presented was Transformation. Five Centennial Medallion recipients were honored as agents of transformation in the world: Kent Hill, Senior Vice President for World Vision’s International Programs; Jeff Carr, COO of the Special Olympics World Games; Perla Aragon, who works with the Los Angeles Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development; Tom Dale, Mayor of the City of Nampa; and Richard Hagood, NNU President Emeritus.
The dinner program included two performances by the NNU Crusader Choir and Orchestra joined by choral alumni and directed by Dr. Philip Miller. The final piece, “How Great Thou Art,” brought the crowd to its feet. Dr. Miller commented, “I’m incredibly proud of this group of students and their accomplishment tonight. It was an honor for us to perform for this significant event in the University’s centennial celebrations.”