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Spring 2021 Emeriti Recipients Announced
Six faculty and staff were presented with emeriti status this month at NNU’s annual Celebration of Service. Please join us as we honor these devoted NNU community members.
Becker Successfully Defended Her PhD Dissertation

On June 23, 2020, Catherine Becker successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Seriality, Context, and Format: Early American Literature and the Periodical" to earn her PhD from Idaho State University.
Becker is currently an assistant professor at the NNU Writing Center. Her defense was a...

College of Theology and Christian Ministries Holds Virtual Ceremony

The College of Theology and Christian Ministries honored and celebrated student achievements during a virtual awards program held April 20.


“Obviously, this year has provided extra challenges for everyone, but also an intense degree of loss for our Seniors,” Dr. Brent Peterson, Dean of the...

NNU Uses 3D Printer to Make Medical Gear Amid COVID-19

By Veronica Craker


In the face of unprecedented times surrounding the global pandemic of COVID-19, the NNU engineering department is finding a way to use its knowledge and resources to help the community. The university sprang to action last week in response to a plea from Idaho Sen. Jim Risch...

NNU Relaunches RN-BSN Program

NNU’s College of Nursing is excited to announce the relaunch of its RN-BSN program. This program is designed to help current registered nurses (RN) earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.


In today’s healthcare industry, many hospitals are encouraging their nurses to earn their...

Expanding Educational Partnerships

By Stephanie Tomlinson


Transformation. Truth. Community. Service. These are the four values at the heart of NNU’s mission to provide each student an education that “instills habits of heart, soul, mind and strength to enable [him or her] to become God’s creative and redemptive agent in the world...

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...

Introducing Deans and New Faculty for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

NNU is excited to introduce its new faculty to campus for the upcoming academic year. There are four returning faculty members who have been selected to serve in new roles as deans and nine new faculty members.



College of Arts & Humanities – Dr. Judy Marlett

Dr. Marlett is a Professor...

Missing Walden

By Veronica Craker


Northwest Nazarene University mourns the loss of longtime Music Professor Walden Hughes, who passed away on March 26 at the age of 64 years. Dr. Hughes served the university and students for more than 40 years.


“It has been my privilege to count this truly unique...

Men's Lacrosse Program secures their leadership

Albany, New York native, Tom Blanchard, has agreed to become the first ever Men’s Lacrosse Coach for Northwest Nazarene University. The agreement comes after months of discussions between the two sides.


“The way this entire thing unfolded I can’t help but think it was a God thing. I didn’t have...

NNU announces Head Women's Lacrosse Coach

Jeff Einfalt is ready for the challenge. The Boise native, local high school graduate and veteran college coach was hired as NNU’s first ever women’s lacrosse coach. In December 2018, NNU announced that they will be forming a Women’s Lacrosse Club beginning play in the 2019-20 school year. They will...

Campus mourns the loss of beloved music professor

Northwest Nazarene University is mourning the loss of longtime Music Professor Walden Hughes. Dr. Hughes served the university and students for more than 40 years. He passed away on March 26 at the age of 64 years.


The memorial service will take place at 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 2. NNU will be...

A generation of kingdom builders unleashing the gospel

In February, Nazarene pastors and leaders across the nation gathered together in Kansas City, Missouri for an event that only comes around every four years. M19 is a Church of the Nazarene sponsored conference that is centered around mission and evangelism. Designed to give pastors, leaders and...

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...

Building for good

By Craig Craker, Class of 2002, Sports Information Director


Roger Schmidt is a builder. He’s a builder of basketball teams, ballfields, students’ minds and the Kingdom of Christ. Take a stroll around the Northwest Nazarene University campus with the recently retired Schmidt, and the history just...

Faculty Award Lecture Series with Dr. Stephen Riley

On Thursday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m., Northwest Nazarene University will be hosting the Twenty-Fourth Faculty Award Lecture. The event will be held on NNU’s campus in the Brandt Center Grand Lobby.


In this year's Faculty Award Lecture, Dr. Stephen Riley, Associate Professor of Old Testament,...

Fostering student transformation

by Jane Weis, Assistant Professor of Nursing


Ever since I read the mission statement when I first came to NNU, the word transformation has been my focus for the students. God taught me that transformation occurs through the lived experience of service. In 1 Peter 4:10 it says, “As each has...

Behind the creation of the Nighthawk

Alumnus and art professor Mike Bartlett and current student Korte Zickefoose are the designers behind NNU's new mascot. After being commissioned for this project last October, Mike enlisted the assistance of Korte, a senior graphic design major. Here they share the process of creating our Nighthawks...

Eyes to see, ears to hear

by Olivia Metcalf, Class of 2000


It was afternoon, and the sun was high as we walked slowly across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. It was hot and humid, and we were thirsty. The Alabama River was below us, steadily rolling down toward the Gulf of Mexico. By the time we found...

NNU celebrates the lives of two former professors

Former professors and supporters of NNU, Drs. Gary Ganske and C.S. Cowles passed away this August. Ganske and Cowles will be missed greatly by the NNU community—their colleagues, students and friends.

Dr. Gary Ganske passed away on August 4, 2017, at the age of 74. Coming to NNU in 1975 as a...

Beloved professor and administrator Dr. Edwin Robinson passes away

Dr. Edwin “Ed” Robinson, Northwest Nazarene University alumnus and senior fellow, passed away unexpectedly Saturday night.

Ed came to NNU in 2011 as the director of the Office of Leadership Studies and Servant Leadership. In 2016, he accepted the position of vice president for academic affairs and...

NNU welcomes two new vice presidents

Northwest Nazarene University is pleased to announce the hiring of two vice presidents. Dr. S. Bradley Shaw will assume the role of vice president for academic affairs on July 1, and Mr. Mark Wheeler assumed the role of vice president for external affairs on May 1. NNU President Joel Pearsall noted,...

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