Whether or not you had the privilege of coming home last weekend to Nampa to share in the incredible events of the Centennial Finale and Homecoming & Family Weekend, you won’t want to miss reliving these special moments.
1. Hundreds of cell phones swaying in the air to “Place in this World.” Truly a night to remember for the next 100 years, the Centennial Finale featuring Michael W. Smith, Choir and Orchestra brought down the 3000-plus packed house. Carrie Goldsmith, a 2001 alum who has been living abroad for several years, shared her excitement to be a participant in the choir, “At one point while singing ‘Agnus Dei,’ I realized how grateful I am to be here in this special moment, home, after being away so long.”
“At one point while singing ‘Agnus Dei,’ I realized how grateful I am to be here in this special moment, home, after being away so long.”
2. The incredible turnout for the Pep Rally and Dinner at the Bean and the 80 Years of Basketball events. Everyone from children to college students to alumni geared up for the game over a burger and a float. Come game time, the bleachers were packed and the crowd pumped to support Crusaders past and present during the competition against Point Loma and the halftime parade for basketball alumni.
3. Ed Robinson and Sue Stands closing the Centennial Medallion Recipient Banquet in “Friends are Friends Forever.” While slightly less impressive than the version Michael W. Smith and the alumni choir performed, this was memorable in its own way as hundreds of alumni, family and friends gathered in honor of the Medallion Recipients and impact that NNU has had over the past 100 years.
4. Former First Lady Junella Hagood sharing an inspirational memory at the Centennial Tea Party. Her story about establishing the NNU Lucile Little Prayer Chapel was a highlight of the event where women of all ages gathered to celebrate NNU first ladies. Dorcas Riley’s daughters offered hats from her extensive collection as a fundraiser, and many took one home as a memento of the centennial.
5. Dr. Marvin Stallcop leading the attendees of the Humanities Brunch in singing the doxology before beginning the meal. Just one of seven events reuniting alumni from the various academic disciplines, the Humanities event brought together alumni of the same academic interest for program updates, networking and reminiscing.
6. The impromptu 1 a.m. tea party at the Schandorff’s home during the 100-Mile Ultra. Career Center Director Amanda Marble shared that she, Gene and LaRita Schandorff rode bikes alongside participant Julene Tegerstrand on her middle-of-the-night leg of the run. The group passed the baton to Josh Walker (’05) and then gathered for a celebratory toast of tea.
7. The fellowship of some of NNU’s most dedicated friends at the Legacy Partners Appreciation Breakfast. Members of the Legacy Partners have chosen to remember NNU in their estate planning, and this event that kicked off the first morning of Homecoming saw a who’s who of NNU’s most sacrificial supporters. Shawn Blenker (’00) shared why he and his wife have chosen to become Legacy Partners: “When we think of the impact NNU has had on our lives, how could we not consider her like family in our plans?”
“A ridiculously large cake and cupcakes was the perfect way to end the centennial. I think we have all gained a better appreciation for the school over the past year... NNU is a school to be proud to attend and to celebrate.”
8. The NNU call-outs and audience participation at “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).” Audience members were delighted by the hilarious comedy put on by an amazing cast of three actors. Especially clever were the added NNU jokes and references made to specific attendees at each performance.
9. President Alexander’s emotional moment at Homecoming Chapel as he presented a Centennial Medallion to outstanding elementary educator Steven Wyborney. Dr. Alexander’s pride in NNU’s alumni was evident as he expressed the significant impact that Wyborney and the 99 other Centennial Medallion honorees have had on their communities and the world.
10. An eight-foot birthday cake photo-op and cupcakes for all at the Birthday Bash following a sold-out concert. NNU SGA President Missy Colby summed up her sentiments about the Birthday Bash and her centennial experience, “A ridiculously large cake and cupcakes was the perfect way to end the centennial. I think we have all gained a better appreciation for the school over the past year with all the special events focusing on the history of the campus and the legacy left behind. NNU is a school to be proud to attend and to celebrate.”