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Carrying on in Community

When the news finally came, we were all expecting it. We could have never anticipated, however, just how much that one change would uproot our lives in the months to come.


March 13 was the last normal day. It was the night of the beloved campus event, Mr. NNU. Campus was buzzing with talk of...

Honoring a Theological Legacy

A collection of essays are being published in a new book titled “Listening Again to the Text: New Testament Studies in Honor of George Lyons.” The book, edited by Dr. Richard P. Thompson, honors the impact Lyons has had on the theology of the Church of the Nazarene.


Lyons served as professor of...

The Making of a Major

After years of equipping students to enter careers in wildlife biology, Northwest Nazarene University now has the official degree program to accompany it. This fall NNU is introducing a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and a minor in Wildlife Biology and Ecology.


“The Wildlife Biology...

NNU Athletics Recognized for Outstanding Writing

NNU Athletics Communication Director Craig Craker—a 2002 English Literature graduate—has a special ability for seeing stories in the everyday. He can turn a simple anecdote about a cookie hidden in a coach’s pocket into an analogy of how a serious coach used humor to motivate and bond with his team....

Supporting a Community

Like many in the world of education, Emmie Wright’s  life changed in an instant when the Glenns Ferry School District in Idaho moved to remote learning in mid-April. The 2020 Master of Science in Counseling graduate received the unique opportunity of trading her internship as a school counselor for...

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...

Changing Hearts, Inside and Out

By Veronica Craker ('20)

 

In the Fall of 2019, Northwest Nazarene University offered its first for-credit course inside the walls of the Idaho Department of Corrections. The idea to integrate NNU students and inmates into one classroom came when Rev. Olivia Metcalf (’00), one of the campus...

Dancing Through a Pandemic

NEVER WASTE A CRISIS.

Along with the words “mitigate the risk of infection” and “quick pivot to remote learning,” this leadership mantra has been a near constant in my email feed, podcasts, webinars and Zoom meetings this past spring.

Never waste a crisis has a noble management history. It is a...

Opening Thoughts, Summer Messenger 2020

The mission of Northwest Nazarene University is the transformation of the whole person. This is how NNU’s

Mission Statement begins. As is evident, transformation is NNU’s reason for existence. But in fairness, there are tens, if not hundreds, of other colleges and universities that also state that...

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...

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...

Investing in Student-Athletes

By Craig Craker, Sports Information Director, Class Of 2002

 

Basketball brought Nikola Prvulj to Northwest Nazarene University. Community is why he is still here.

 

The 2019 graduate came to Nampa, Idaho, sight unseen, from his native Serbia. He left behind a cycle of violence and quickly...

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...

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...

Connecting for a Healthier Future

By Kaelen Bach, Current Nursing Student, Chehalis, Washington, Class of 2021

 

The Student Nursing Association (SNA) is a group of compassionate and community-minded nursing students on campus who work to provide personal, intellectual, professional and social growth for the members through local...

Building Community Together

By Cali Carpenter, Class of 2017

 

Over the past six decades, many different partners have come together to create a place for students to build community. Through it all, one thing has remained the same: NNU’s ongoing commitment to students. Join us as we journey through the past, present and...

Remembering an NNU champion

Where would Northwest Nazarene University women’s athletics be without Dr. Martha Hopkins? Would there be three trips to the NAIA volleyball final four? Or two national titles in track and field for Ashley Puga? Or two trips to the women’s basketball national title game, culminating in the 1997 win?...

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...

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...

Putting holistic education to work

By Cali Carpenter, Class of 2017

 

Starting out as a computer science major, switching to business, then ending with theology, Ian Williams (’07) was no stranger to experiencing all that campus had to offer. As a student, he was involved in every activity that he could participate in—two summer...

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...

Highlighting the “student” in student-athlete

By Craig Craker, Sports Information Director, Class of 2002

 

As a high school senior, Abigail Otto was stubborn. She was being recruited by a myriad of schools in the Northwest and beyond for her softball skills, but she was adamant that she wanted to major in nursing. Playing a team sport while...

Crossing the bridge

By Vice President of Academic Affairs, Brad Kurtz-Shaw

 

When I hear employers tell me that they love NNU graduates because of their high integrity, I think I know what they mean: An NNU grad develops habits of heart that set her apart from other potential employees. NNU grads have cultivated...

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