Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minn., announces the Varsity Men’s Chorus Northland Tour under the direction of Timothy Sawyer, choir conductor. The chorus, 40 strong, presents a concert of rousing fraternal fun with sacred, folk music and spirituals, and a little surprise thrown in for good measure! In addition, the tour features two guest instrumentalists, Jordan and Colton Cox, brothers from the Northwestern College Orchestra.
Tour dates and locations are as follows:
All concerts are free and open to the public (with the exception of the April 12 date). For more information visit nwc.edu/music or contact the Northwestern College Department of Music at 866-532-8687.
March 26 – The Northwestern College Choir presents two Bon Voyage concerts in the Twin Cities as part of their “Sacred Bridges” tour to the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Finland. The concerts are free and open to the public. They will be held:
Under the direction of Timothy Sawyer, the choir will perform Baltic and American folk music, hymns and spirituals by U.S. composers. The College Choir will also sing the newly-composed O Crux Splendidior by American composer John Orfe, which they will premiere in Europe while on tour. The concert will also feature guest artist Jeremy Kolwinska, trombone.
For more information visit nwc.edu/music or contact the Northwestern College Department of Music at 651-631-5218.
A legacy has come to an end at Northwestern as head women’s basketball coach Linda Schuck announced on Monday that she would step down from her position, ending a 13-year tenure. Schuck, who is looking forward to spending more time with her family, will leave as the program’s most-winning coach, having amassed 216 career victories.
After wearing an Eagles uniform in the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons, Schuck almost immediately took her place on Northwestern’s bench as an assistant coach. Following a six-year stint as Sherri Holm’s assistant, Schuck began what became an impressive resume as the team’s head coach in 1997.
"The success of Linda’s teams has gone far beyond the basketball court," said Dr. Matt Hill, Director of Athletics at Northwestern. "I have had the privilege to watch our student-athletes grow under her direction in their personal faith journeys, in the classroom and in the game of basketball."
For more details on Schuck’s journey at Northwestern and her successful career as women’s basketball coach, visit nwceagles.com.
The search for Northwestern’s next head coach will begin immediately.
Northwestern College won its first National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Division I Men's Basketball National Tournament on Saturday, March 20.
After defeating the Nos. 2 and 3 seeds in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the tournament, the Eagles defeated the King College Tornadoes, an NCAA Division II team, 58-54.
Northwestern, who trailed by 11 points midway through the game, took the lead on a three-pointer, breaking a 49-49 tie before winning by four.
It was the first-ever NCCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship for Northwestern. NWC head coach Tim Grosz was honored with NCCAA Coach of the Tournament accolades, while senior Stephen Hanson was named the tournament MVP.
The Eagles finished the 2009-10 campaign with a 22-7 overall record, winning 18 of their final 19 games of the season.
For full story on the Eagles NCCAA win and their journey to the title, visit nwceagles.com.
Michael Wise, Ph.D., Northwestern College professor of Hebrew Bible and ancient languages and chair of the Northwestern Department of Biblical & Theological Studies, served as expert advisor for the Science Museum of Minnesota’s exhibition The Dead Sea Scrolls: Words That Changed the World (which opened March 12 in St. Paul).
Wise heavily influenced the creating of the supporting materials surrounding the scrolls exhibit—the largest and most expensive storyline ever presented by the Science Museum.
In conjunction with the exhibit’s anticipated opening, Wise has been interviewed by numerous media outlets and was recently quoted in the Pioneer Press front page feature, “Mystery of the Scrolls.”
A world-renowned expert, Wise has written seven books and more than 100 scholarly articles and book reviews on the scrolls including works profiled in Time magazine, Vanity Fair, National Geographic, the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and the Times of London, and on the old MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour, the BBC, A&E’s "Mysteries of the Bible," and in many other media outlets in the United States and abroad.
The second edition of his book, The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation, appeared in 2005 and is the most comprehensive non-technical introduction to, and translation of, the scrolls.
Though Wise’s knowledge of the Scrolls has an impact globally, he focuses a majority of his time on teaching and mentoring students at Northwestern College while engaging in active study and research.
March 8, 2010 – For many Northwestern students, Spring Break means service. From March 4–14, these students and college leaders will be engaging the world on a deeper level and gaining a broader perspective of global and local missions.
The teams are working with youth and families in urban communities in Alaska, San Diego, Minneapolis, Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador.
In Anchorage, Alaska, a team is running a day camp for children in a multiethnic community of Hmong, Samoan, Hispanic and First Nations people.
In San Diego, students are building on NWC’s nine-year partnership with World Impact, a nationwide inner-city mission. They are working primarily with youth and children in a church plant.
In Minneapolis, a team of students are making a difference right here in the metro by serving with Source Ministries, an urban outreach for at-risk young people.
In Tijuana, Mexico, a team is ministering at La Roca, a clinic, church, and shelter for battered and homeless women and children. For 11 years NWC students have assisted with construction, activities and ministering to the moms and kids in Mexico.
Off the court, in Guatemala and El Salvador, the women’s volleyball team is doing another kind of serving—working with Sports Ambassadors, a ministry of OC International.
Northwestern College is participating in a two-day, multi-campus celebration of Black History Month. Special guest Ewuare X. Osayande, activist, poet and scholar, is scheduled to speak at a series of Black History Month events.
Wednesday, February 3, 1 p.m. Luther Seminary Chapel
Multi-college and community gospel choir and lecture Wednesday, February 3, reception at 5 p.m., music and lecture at 6:30 p.m. Bethel University, Benson Great Hall
Spoken Word/Open Mic event Wednesday, February 3, 8:30 p.m. Robertson Student Center, Northwestern College
All events are open to the public. Details for these events and other activities can be found online.
Black History Month Collaboration Project is presented by Northwestern College, Bethel University, Concordia University, Luther Seminary, St. Catherine University, United Theological Seminary, William Mitchell College of Law, and Minnesota’s Private Colleges.
ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 25, 2010 – Janet Sommers, Ph.D., has joined the senior administration of Northwestern College as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. She began her new role January 1, 2010.
Sommers has more than 20 years of teaching and leadership experience in higher education, including 18 years at Northwestern. Most recently, Sommers served as chair and professor for Northwestern’s Department of English & Literature. There she collaborated on the addition of two new concentrations and three new minors, facilitated the growth of the college’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, and saw a 66 percent increase in the number of English majors.
“Dr. Sommers is an excellent professor with outstanding student evaluations. She is deeply respected by her peers and staff,” said Alan Cureton, Ph.D., president of Northwestern College. “She has a deep understanding of the institution’s ethos. She is a gracious, soft-spoken, yet firm leader who is willing to listen and open to discussing all possible options, viewpoints and scenarios. Her gifts and skills are exactly what Northwestern needs.”
An internal faculty committee conducted the search and facilitated interviews of several candidates before recommending two final candidates for the president’s consideration. “I am deeply grateful to the committee for their hard work and for their willingness to take on such a significant and critical search,” said Cureton. “The process was thorough, reflective, insightful and bathed in prayer. The results reflect that effort.”
In her new role, Sommers serves as the chief academic officer and senior member of the president’s cabinet. She oversees academic life for the traditional undergraduate programs, from faculty and curriculum to policies and practices.
Sommers’ administrative and writing expertise played a key role in several Northwestern College initiatives. In 2009, she served as writing chair and lead writer for the college’s self-study report for reaccreditation. In 2006, she was a member of the task force that revised Northwestern’s core curriculum. She also collaborated with the Northwestern College Christian Center for Communications in Quito, Ecuador to help assess their English program.
In 2005, Sommers received Northwestern’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Past positions include assistant and associate professor of English at Northwestern College and assistant professor of English at Pillsbury Baptist Bible College, Owatonna, Minn.
Sommers holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Gwynedd-Mercy College in Gwynedd Valley, Penn., a Master of Arts in English from the University of Toledo in Ohio, and a Doctor of Philosophy in English from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities).
Sommers resides in New Brighton, Minn. with her husband Daniel and their two sons.
January 15, 2010 – The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) announced the winners of the 2010 student production awards in the Intercollegiate National Religious Broadcasters (iNRB) competition.
Northwestern College students in the Electronic Media Communication major have won 24 iNRB awards, including eight 1st Place Awards and the $2,500 Bob Dobbs Scholarship. Also, NWC’s student radio station, WVOE 97.7 FM, won the NRB Media Award for College Radio Station of the Year for the second year in a row.
"Our students consistently pursue their craft with excellence," said Mark Seignious, associate professor of communication and WVOE advisor. "But for them it’s about more than just excellence or doing good productions. They set out to be faithful and bring glory to God. We [the department of communication] are thrilled for the students. We share in their joy and God gets the glory."
Northwestern students won half of the all the available 1st place awards and out of the 45 total possible awards, Northwestern students will take home 24.
These awards are presented to undergraduate students for outstanding examples of audio, video, and web productions. First place winners in each category win a $150 cash prize, plus free registration to the NRB National Convention in Nashville, TN. In addition to prize money, all first place entries receive an award and a certificate along with a $300 travel stipend to attend the NRB National Convention.
The following Northwestern students will receive their awards at the annual NRB National Convention in Nashville, TN, February 27–March 2, 2010:
1st Place Web Content/Design: Ben Paulson ’09 2nd Place Web Content/Design: Micah Murray ’11
2nd Place Radio PSA: Drew Hoekema ’11
1st Place Radio Audio Post for Film: Daniel Bernstrom ’10
1st Place Radio Music Production: Brice LaBelle ’10, Daniel Sullivan ’09 and John Weirick ’09
1st Place Radio On-Air Demo: David Youso ’09 2nd Place Radio On-Air Demo: Daniel Bernstrom ’10 3rd place Radio On-Air Demo: Ben Paulson ’09
1st place Radio Short Form Feature/Drama: Adam Rozanas 2nd Place Radio Short Form Feature: Nicole Koester ’10 3rd Place Radio Short Form Drama: Daniel Bernstrom ’10
2nd Place radio News: Kayla Schaeffer ’10 3rd Place Radio Newscast/Newstory: Nicole Koester ’10
3rd Place Promo/PSA/Commercial/Promo/Imaging: Nicole Koester ’10
1st Place TV Field Production Narrative: David Youso ’09, Daniel Stewart ’09, Tim Ingold ’09 2nd Place TV Field Production Narrative: Micah Murray ’11
1st Place TV Field Production Informative: Micah Murray ’11 2nd Place TV Field Production Informative: Tim Ingold ’09
3rd place TV Informative: Daniel Stewart ’09
2nd Place TV PSA/Short Form/Commercial: Daniel Bernstrom ’10
1st Place TV Music Video: Tim Ingold ’09 and Daniel Stewart ’09 2nd Place TV Music Video: Daniel Bernstrom ’10
$2,500 Scholarship, Bob Dobbs Essay Contest Winner: Nicole Koester ’10
To learn more about the iNRB Awards, visit the iNRB website.
The Northwestern men’s basketball team won the Nicolet National Bank Holiday Tournament in DePere, Wis., last week, defeating Edgewood College for the championship.
NWC’s Brian Lecheler was named the tournament MVP. Joining him on the all-tournament team were sophomore Gabe Jefferson and senior Stephen Hanson.
On the way to their championship win, the Eagles stripped the Green Knights from host-St. Norbert College of their 7-0 undefeated record in 2009-10 in a 72-70 final in the opening round of the tournament. St. Norbert, whose 7-0 start was their best since 1923, entered the game ranked No. 15 in the D3hoops.com Top 25 poll.
With the tournament win, the Eagles climb to 6-6 overall (1-1 UMAC). NWC’s next game will be on the road at UMAC conference opponent Martin Luther College on January 8.
For more information about the Eagles tournament championship or win over St. Norbert College, visit www.nwceagles.com.
The Northwestern College Child Development Center is holding a 15-year anniversary celebration on Saturday, August 8 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Center, 2945 Lincoln Drive in Roseville, Minn. Current and former students, families and staff will gather for a celebration of the fun and learning that takes place every day at the Center. The celebration will include food, games and family activities, and include a special display of photos and memories from past students at the Center.
Founded in 1994 as a ministry of Northwestern College, the Child Development Center provides childcare services and a preschool program for children in the Roseville/Arden Hills/Shoreview communities and surrounding areas. The Center offers a warm and welcoming environment structured around a family model that views students, parents and staff as extended family.
Located within the EagleCrest community run by Presbyterian Homes of Minnesota, the Child Development Center integrates a unique intergenerational dimension in its programs. Through specifically designed and developmentally appropriate activities, children learn to appreciate and interact with the residents of EagleCrest—lovingly referred to as “Grandfriends.”
The Child Development Center is open year-round and serves students ages 16 months through kindergarten.
On Wednesday, May 13, the Northwestern College Department of Science & Mathematics invites you to attend the debate, “Grand Canyon: Evolution or Creation.”
Steve Austin, Ph.D., and author of Catastrophes in Earth History, Grand Canyon: Monument to Catastrophe, and Footprints in the Ash will debate local science teacher and evolutionist Steve Johnson. Austin and Johnson will debate how the Grand Canyon was formed—by creation or evolution—with FM107.1’s Ian Punnett serving as moderator.
The debate will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13 at Northwestern’s Totino Fine Arts Center in Maranatha Hall.
$10 for adults $5 for students (with ID) $25 for groups of five or more. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the Northwestern Ticket Office at 651-631-5151 or online at nwc.edu/tickets.
Russ McGlenn, Creation Science expert, is presenting the “Mystery of the Mistreated Mummy” on Tuesday, May 19 at Northwestern’s Totino Fine Arts Building, room F2128. Event starts at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Brian Young, of Creation Instruction Association, is presenting “The Pre-World Flood” on Tuesday, June 16 at Northwestern’s Totino Fine Arts Building, room F2128. Event starts at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Every year the Northwestern College staff, faculty and students alike take a day off from regularly scheduled classes and activity to pause for a time of prayer and service in the community.
The Day of Prayer & Service is Northwestern's way of looking past our gates and into the world beyond. Our commitment to God and His world forms the foundation of our community. On the Day of Prayer & Service we celebrate the things we love most, connecting to God through prayer and connecting to the world through service.
The 2009 Day of Prayer & Service is Thursday, April 30. Over the course of the day, from 8 a.m.–8 p.m., a "prayer room" will be occupied on a drop-in basis. The Day will begin with a campus-wide worship service from 10–10:45 a.m. followed by a picnic lunch.
Then, starting at 12 p.m., staff, faculty and students will be bused to different service sites all over the Twin Cities, and will participate in various forms of work for those who need it. New this year is the option for participants to stay on campus and pack food to send to Haiti.
For a complete schedule and a list of service sites visit nwc.edu/day.
The Department of Modern Languages & Cultures is pleased to announce the addition of a Spanish major beginning Fall 2009. Students majoring in Spanish at Northwestern will be equipped to use their language skills in careers and ministry.
The Spanish major will focus on the development of oral proficiency and exposure to Hispanic culture in the Western Hemisphere and in Spain. As part of the program, students will spend a full semester studying in Seville, Spain where they will participate in the Semester in Spain (SIS) program of Trinity Christian College.
During this study-abroad semester, students are fully immersed in the language. All classes are taught entirely in Spanish by native Spanish speakers. Students are expected to speak only Spanish at school and with their host family. Professor Linda Gianoulis said that students will benefit greatly from spending an entire semester in Spain. "The longer you live in a culture, the better the chance of developing fluency in that culture’s language," she said.
The program will consist of 38 credits; 20 credits at Northwestern, 16 credits abroad in Seville, Spain, and a senior project.
On Friday, March 27, 2009 two busloads of Northwestern students went to Grand Forks, N.D. to assist with sandbagging efforts as the waters of the Red River continued to rise. The whirlwind service project—orchestrated in less than 48 hours by Dean of Student Development Paul Bradley—came originally as a response to a plea for help from officials in Fargo, N.D.
By the time the students gathered to leave at 3:30 p.m. the college had received word that Fargo was now closed to any inbound traffic. Rather than cancel, Bradley moved forward in faith and was able to find another opportunity in Grand Forks, where they were still sandbagging and would welcome the students’ help.
The eager-to-serve students departed at 5 p.m. and after experiencing some delays en route, arrived in Grand Forks at 1 a.m. Saturday, where they bagged nonstop until 7:30 a.m. Their last task was to load the more than 100,000 bags they had filled onto multiple trucks and roll-offs for distribution around the community.
Bradley wholeheartedly felt it was worth everything it took to make this happen. "It was very rewarding," he said. "Our students were captured by it and seeing a new part of life that experientially put them outside of Northwestern." He noted that the people of Grand Forks were "just really intrigued that we were willing to go that far. I’m very, very glad we did this."
KARE-11 news ran a story on Friday, February 27 regarding the recent travel alerts that have been issued concerning travel in Mexico. The story referenced Northwestern College since we have been sending students to the Tijuana community of La Roca for over 10 years, providing the opportunity for students to serve abused women and children as part of the Servants Network ministry.
Melody Walburg coordinates a variety of spring break mission trips which involve dozens of NWC students and leaders from Northwestern's faculty and staff. Numerous proactive precautions are taken in preparation for these international trips, including registering each group with the U.S. State Department, tracking alerts and warnings, and consulting with hosts in the field. You can view the KARE-11 story online (click the "watch video" on the right side of the page).
February 17, 2009 – The Northwestern College Music Department announces the winners of the 2009 Concerto-Aria Competition, which took place Saturday, Feb. 7 in Nazareth Chapel. The winning students were chosen from among 15 contestants who participated in the competition.
Andrea Needham, flute, won the concerto division with her performance of Ballade by Frank Martin.
Shaylee Carlson, soprano, won the aria division with her rendition of "Ain't It a Pretty Night?" from Carlisle Floyd's Susannah.
Needham and Carlson will perform as featured guest artists with the Northwestern College Orchestra at the Spring Music Festival on May 3 at 7 p.m. at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minn.
Rebecca Molitor, piano, and Natalie Cromwell, soprano, were also recognized with honorable mention.
This year’s adjudicators were Thomas Ashworth, faculty of the University of Minnesota and trombonist with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; Lawrence Weller, retired faculty of the U of M, singer and conductor; and Paul Wirth, artistic director with the Central Minnesota Music School in St. Cloud, Minn., piano performer and instructor.
February 9, 2009 – A college degree is crucial in order to succeed in today's tough economic environment. That's why Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minn. is implementing numerous efforts to keep costs reasonable for its students: a modest tuition increase, a faculty and staff salary freeze, a salary cut for senior executives, and a switch to the U.S. Department of Education's Direct Loan Program.
"We understand the challenges that families face in these economic times," said Alan Cureton, Ph.D., president of Northwestern College. "These prudent measures will help to ensure that the goal of earning a college degree continues to be a reality."
For the fall 2009-10 school year, annual full-time tuition will be $22,990, a 3.3 percent increase from the current rate. The estimated 2009-10 annual total cost of education for a student living on campus (including tuition, room, meal plan, books and supplies, personal expenses and transportation) will be $33,381, a 3.9 percent increase from the 2008-09 school year.
"Despite increasing costs to run Northwestern College, we have kept tuition increases to a minimum," said Cureton. "By a modest increase and by cutting costs we will serve and assist students and their families. Our commitment is to affordability."
To keep costs low for students, Northwestern College also is implementing a hold on salary increases for its faculty and staff, effective July 1, 2009 (the beginning of the next fiscal year). In addition, members of the president's cabinet—senior executives—have agreed to show their commitment by taking a salary cut of 5 percent.
"We sincerely appreciate the understanding and cooperation of our faculty and staff during this time," Cureton said. "Their sacrifices will benefit our students in tremendous and practical ways."
Northwestern College also has decided to switch federal student and parent loans to the U.S. Department of Education's Direct Loan Program starting with the 2009 fall semester. The college currently offers loans through the Federal Family Educational Loan Program.
The Direct Loan Program offers many benefits to students, including:
"The switch to the Direct Loan Program stabilizes student access to loan funds and guarantees students' ability to borrow," said Cureton. "Through the Direct Loan Program, we are ensuring that students get the best benefits possible while providing the opportunity to consolidate their loans."
For the 2009 fall semester, students will need to process their Stafford or PLUS loans directly through the U.S. Department of Education.
Founded in 1902, Northwestern College is a private Christian liberal arts college in St. Paul, Minn. offering 50 majors, two master's degrees and several associate degree and certificate programs. Over 3,000 students representing 35 states and 23 countries are enrolled in NWC's traditional undergraduate and continuing and graduate education programs in North and South America.
Northwestern College exists to provide Christ-centered higher education equipping students to grow intellectually and spiritually, to serve effectively in their professions, and to give God-honoring leadership in the home, church, community, and world.
February 6, 2009 – Boston Symphony Orchestra Bass Trombonist Douglas Yeo will conduct a master class and perform a recital at Northwestern College on Monday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Nazareth Chapel.
At this free event, Yeo will be accompanied by Leonard Danek. Attendees will receive expert tips and instruction during the master class and enjoy works by Schumann, Bevan, Ewazen, and Vaughan Williams, performed on the bass trombone as well as the serpent, a precursor to the modern tuba.
Yeo, who holds a bachelor of music degree from Wheaton College and a master of arts degree from New York University, is a faculty member at the New England Conservatory of Music. Before joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra/Boston Pops Orchestra in May 1985, he was a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and the Gerry Mulligan Big Band.
Yeo's performance at Northwestern College is part of a series of performances scheduled across the country during his six-month sabbatical from the Boston Symphony Orchestra/Boston Pops Orchestra.
February 3, 2009 – Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minn. is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The College will undergo a required ten-year comprehensive evaluation visit April 6–9, 2009, by a team representing The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Northwestern College has been accredited by the Commission since 1978. The team will review the institution's ongoing ability to meet the Commission's Criteria for Accreditation.
The public is invited to submit comments regarding the College to: Public Comment on Northwestern College (MN) The Higher Learning Commission 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400 Chicago, IL 60602
Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing and signed; comments cannot be treated as confidential.
Note: Individuals with a specific dispute or grievance with an institution should request the separate Policy on Complaints document from the Commission office. The Higher Learning Commission cannot settle disputes between institutions and individuals, whether those individuals are faculty, students or others. Complaints will not be considered third party comment.