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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.
Sports 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.


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...

Cultivating a community

By Patrick Gray, Class of 1997 and 1999


Life is full of lessons big and small. Everywhere I turn, there are opportunities to learn something new about others, about myself, about God. These lessons can be found through time spent with my kids, quiet evenings with my wife or conversations with...

Living an NNU legacy

By Cali Carpenter, Class of 2017


NNU holds a special spot in many people’s hearts, but for Leanne Bennett Kendall, it was so much more than that—this place is part of her family’s history, dating all the way back to 1913. NNU was often talked about in Kendall’s household while she was growing up...

Jerry Hull doesn't just talk the talk; he walks the walk

By sophomore, Courtney Ritchey


Last month, Jerry Hull, a retired NNU professor of social work, celebrated his 81st birthday by walking 81 miles to raise money for the Salvation Army. An incredible feat for anyone to accomplish, I was instantly intrigued. I had the opportunity to sit down with...

NNU Alum and Honorary Degree Recipient Leaves Legacy of Support

Supporter, alumni and friend of Northwest Nazarene University, Jerry Lee Caven, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on May 24. He passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 82.

Jerry was born January 4, 1937, in Sun Valley, California, the son of Robert and Daisy (Miller) Caven...

Board of Trustees elects new Chair

The Northwest Nazarene University Board of Trustees has elected Mike Zahare as its newest chair.


“I have been honored and privileged to serve under the Chair leadership of Monte Chitwood and Randy Craker on the NNU Board of Trustees,” said Zahare. “Although quite overwhelming to follow in their...

Around the world and back 
for good

By Courtney Ritchey, Class of 2022


After spending time across the country and researching in the neotropical region of the world, NNU biology alum David Hille (’03) returned to NNU earlier this year to become an assistant professor in the biology department.


While majoring in biology as a...

Isaac Mitchell awarded Alpha Epsilon Delta scholarship

Recent alumni Isaac Mitchell has been awarded the Maurice and Charlotte Moore Scholarship for medical school from Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED). This $2500 scholarship is awarded to only one student per region, and is in honor of Dr. Maurice Moore who served AED for over 60 years.


During his time at...

Dr. Scott Daniels: Alumnus of the Year

Dr. Daniels (’88) is the senior pastor of College Church of the Nazarene in Nampa, Idaho, and the pastoral scholar-in-residence at NNU. As the pastoral scholar-in-residence, Dr. Daniels enhances the student experience at both the undergraduate and graduate level. NNU's Wesley Center has special...

Lisa Nordstrom: Professional Achievement

The 2018 Professional Achievement recipient, Lisa Nordstrom (’93) has built her regulatory law career over the past two decades. She serves as lead counsel at Idaho Power Company, represents the company before Idaho and Oregon utility regulators, and has argued appeals before the Idaho Supreme Court...

Kenton Lee: Leon Doane Young Alumnus

Kenton Lee (’07) is the founder of Because International, a non-profit organization formed in 2009 committed to leveraging innovation to develop projects to improve daily life for people living in extreme poverty. Their first project, which was created by Lee, is The Shoe That Grows, a shoe that...

Google Staff Software Engineer will speak at NNU

Faculty of Northwest Nazarene University’s Department of Mathematics & Computer Science will host their third annual department lecture series November 12-13, 2018.


The lecture series features NNU computer science alumnus Chuck Jazdzewski (’87) as the guest speaker. Over the past 20 years,...

Class reunion gatherings during homecoming

Calling all alumni from graduation years ending in 3 and 8, this is your class reunion year!


Come reconnect with classmates and friends at your reunion gathering and dinner during Homecoming and Family Weekend. Even if you already share photos and messages on Facebook, it gives you a chance to...

Food Truck Rally and Overtime at homecoming

Friday night of NNU’s Homecoming & Family Weekend, November 8-10, offers a complete lineup of activities for families, students, supporters and alums to root, rally and reminisce together.


All ages are invited to join in on the Food Truck Rally from 5:00-7:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to...

Homecoming breakfast events

This year’s Homecoming & Family Weekend, November 8-10, 2018, is packed full of exciting events for the NNU community. What better way to start it all off than with a delicious breakfast? Here’s a few breakfast events happening across campus you may be interested in.


Legacy Partners Breakfast

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