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Leading in Advertising
Alum Ryan Cork is an up-and-coming leader in the digital media industry. He found the education and experiences he received while at NNU gave him everything he needed to thrive—and has helped him continue living, learning and leading in the ever-changing world of advertising.
An NNU alum elevates the cybersecurity industry’s capabilities with an innovative workflow solution.
NNU names 2021 L.E. Wesche Outstanding Educator of the Year

Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) has named Robin Gilbert, Superintendent of the Payette School District, this year’s L.E. Wesche Outstanding Educator. The award was presented at a private reception on April 21.

“Robin is an excellent leader and is well respected by her peers,” Dr. Eric Kellerer,...

MBA Alum Says It’s Never Too Late to Pursue a Dream

Doug Reader had expected he would be one of the oldest students in his cohort in the NNU Master’s in Business Administration program. What he didn’t expect, though, was how much he would gain from the experience.


The now-president of dietary giant Slimfast, decided to pursue his MBA in 2007 at...

Alumni Make a Difference In Their Unique Roles During COVID-19
The Pastor


Ask Bob Luhn what his best attribute is when it comes to pastoring and it won’t be his preaching or his administrative abilities.


Rather, much like on the basketball court, it is meeting congregants face-to-face and providing encouragement, hugs, high fives or advice.


Challenging the Church

Someone once described NNU’s annual Wesley Center Conference as “Where the Church comes to think.” While the phrase originates with Catholic University of America, I believe it’s an apt descriptor for us, too. For more than 20 years, our conferences have stretched and inspired thousands of clergy,...

Transforming My Corner of the World

by Tahmina Martelly


My country was changing identities when I was growing up. It went from being part of India to East and West Pakistan to becoming Bangladesh. I can tell you the night it became real. My grandparents and one of my aunts were visiting. I have two elder sisters and a younger...

Growing Where You Are Planted

By Anna (Salisbury) Lee, Class of 2004


NNU aims to build a community that stays connected wherever people go,” said Braedon Gerdes (’17), and he and his wife Annaliese (Fereday, ’17), have embodied that goal. The couple has traveled widely in the three years since leaving NNU, building their...

Dr. Ryan Heyborne is in the business of helping others

NNU Alumnus Dr. Ryan Heyborne (‘15) has always wanted a career where he could make a difference.


Upon entering college, he was searching for a profession that allowed him to help others. He found that when he became a physician more than a decade ago, but he says it’s his new role as Chief...

Enlisting Transformation

By Veronica Craker


Life-changing. That’s how Col. Skye Duncan, Joint Base Lewis-McChord garrison commander, describes his time at Northwest Nazarene College.


Duncan attended NNC from 1991 to 1996, studying pre-med biology and aspiring to help others. Today, he commands a joint Army and Air...

Dr. Darrell Marks Leaves a Lasting Legacy

By Veronica Craker


Professor Emeritus Dr. Darrell Marks passed away Dec. 5, 2019. Dr. Marks dedicated more than 60 years of his life to NNU. He graduated from Northwest Nazarene College in 1958 before returning a year later to serve as a faculty member for more than 30 years.


Dr. Marks’ wife...

Offering a Seat

By Veronica Craker


Garry Rodney Smith was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed camping, hiking, hunting and fishing. He especially loved taking his bike out for a ride. The NNU alum graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a minor in Computer Science. His love for both the...

2019 Alumni Award Recipients

Each year at Homecoming, NNU honors alumni for their accomplishments and service since graduation. This year, four individuals will be recognized on Friday, November 8 at 10 a.m. during chapel in the Brandt Center’s Swayne Auditorium.


Alumnus of the Year
Patrick Gray graduated from NNU in 1997...

Join us for Homecoming & Family Weekend 2019

Plans for Northwest Nazarene University’s 2019 Homecoming & Family Weekend are officially underway! We encourage all of the NNU community of alumni, friends and family to make plans now to join us on November 7-9 for a weekend full of rooting, rallying and reminiscing.


Apart from the annual...

Cynthia Tobias Seminar: Bringing out the Best in your Strong-Willed Child

On October 11, Cynthia Ulrich Tobias will be leading a seminar based on her best-selling book, You Can’t Make Me (But I Can Be Persuaded). She will be sharing her own strategies for bringing out the best in strong-willed children, and give parents, grandparents and teachers clear insight on how to...

Grandson of NNU Founder Passes Away

The NNU community is mourning the loss of Earl L. Emerson (‘57), who went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 14, 2019. Earl was the grandson of Eugene Emerson, founder of Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) (which began as the Idaho Holiness School and then became Northwest...

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