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Once one of 455, Northwestern's Krista Bellefeuille now a top nine finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year

By Greg Johnson, UNW Athletics

The list just keeps getting smaller. After joining 455 nominations from institutions across the NCAAs three divisions, 2014 University of Northwestern graduate Krista (Stoltz) Bellefeuille (Lino Lakes, Minn./Centennial) has been announced as a top nine honoree for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Bellefeuille will join her fellow eight remaining finalists at the NCAA Woman of the Year awards dinner in Indianapolis on October 19 where one national winner will be announced. Of the top nine honorees, three are from each NCAA division, meaning Bellefeuille is one of three Division III candidates left in the selection pool.

Bellefeuille's nomination was submitted by Northwestern in May of this year and was one of 455 nationwide. Following the institutional nomination deadline, Bellefeuille advanced as the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Woman of the Year nominee in June before being named as a Top 30 honoree on September 2. Before Bellefeuille, both Northwestern and the UMAC had never had one of its nominations named to the top 30.

As part of her Woman of the Year nomination, Bellefeuille stated: "A legacy is a lasting impact impressed upon others and within myself. With others, I learned the incredible benefit of extending unconditional love, authentically investing in lives, and building lifelong friendships that will support and encourage. Within myself, I believe the opportunities I was involved in as a scholar, athlete, and leader have shaped me into a woman of character."

Bellefeuille sought to establish a legacy of leadership and service off the court during her time in college. She spent several years mentoring elementary students and tutoring children in reading, while volunteering as a club volleyball coach and leading a children's small group at Eaglebrook Church. Bellefeuille also participated for three years in a leadership development program and served for two years as an admissions ambassador.

Matt Hill, vice president of student life and athletics at Northwestern, commented, "This honor affirms what we already know about Krista: she's dedicated, caring, hard-working, committed to excellence, a team player, and a joy to be around. I'm so grateful that the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee recognizes these qualities in this exceptional individual that we have been able to see demonstrated at Northwestern for the last four years."

"To be selected as one of the nine finalists is an incredible accomplishment in itself as the quality of nominations for this award is extremely impressive," said UMAC Commissioner Corey Borchardt. He continued, "Those that have spent any amount of time around Krista will not be surprised she is being recognized at this level as she is an inspiring woman who has been successful in all of her endeavors and pursuits including academics, athletics, and community outreach and service. Krista truly represents what that UMAC strives to cultivate and develop in providing a holistic educational experience for our student-athletes."

Before graduation, Bellefeuille, an elementary education major at UNW, made the Dean's list every semester and was recognized with high honors. Finishing her college career with a 3.96 cumulative grade point average, she was a Capital One Academic All-America First Team honoree and was awarded the UMAC Scholar-Athlete Leadership Award last spring. On the court, Bellefeuille was a four-year letter winner and three time conference champion. She was the UMAC Player of the Year and conference tournament Most Valuable Player in 2013 after being an American Volleyball Coaches Association Second Team All-American in 2012. Bellefeuille was a member of the first Northwestern team to earn a berth to the NCAA tournament, and her class was the first to earn four consecutive berths. Bellefeuille graduated as the NCAA Division III leader for active setters for career assists and sets, and was awarded the Northwestern Eagle Award, presented to the school's top female student-athlete for service, leadership, academic and athletic accomplishments.

Since graduating from Northwestern, Bellefeuille has started a new legacy, teaching preschool at New Life Academy in Woodbury, Minnesota, where she also coaches with the Eagles' volleyball program.

Read more in the NCAA feature Bellefeuille Woman of the Year and get the latest updates on Twitter.

University of Northwestern Named to Victory Media’s 2015 Military Friendly® Schools List

University of Northwestern – St. Paul announced today that it has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media. Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

“We celebrate being identified as a Military Friendly school once again for 2015,” said Monica Groves, dean of student success, “Thanks to our fine military students and those who provide support for their success!”

This year marks a third consecutive Military Friendly listing for Northwestern, now serving over 40 students who are active in a military branch, holding veteran status or classified as military dependents, through the Military Student Resource Center.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.UNW Military Student Support Group

A full story and detailed list of 2015 Military Friendly Schools ® will be highlighted in the annual G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools ®, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel. 

For more information about Northwestern’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit unwsp.edu.

About Military Friendly® Schools
The Military Friendly® Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. The school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Academic Advisory Board comprised of educators from schools across the country. The survey is administered for free and open to all post-secondary schools who wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found on our website, http://www.militaryfriendly.com, and a complete list of schools can be found through our Schools Matchmaker tool on http://www.gijobs.com.

About Victory Media
Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned business serving the military community since 2001. Our data-driven lists are published in G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, and Vetrepreneur® media channels, republished in periodicals such as USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW, and frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.
 

Professor Joe Smith receives the 2014/2015 McKnight Artist Fellowship

For the second time, UNW Professor of Art and Design Joe Smith has received the prestigious McKnight Artist Fellowship, an award dedicated to identifying and supporting outstanding mid-career artists.

Smith's "Untitled" (acrylic, blanket and aluminum) was selected with the work of seven other artists in June from over 270 applicants.

"Joe Smith’s abstractions and still lifes explore the impact of weight and gesture as a means to open up psychological spaces. Each element in his work is charged with restraining and driving forces that reveal the gaps between the physical, mental, and the metaphysical." - Minneapolis College for Art & Design, press release

UNW ranked high on Top Colleges lists

Best Collegest 2015: Midwest Region

University of Northwestern – St. Paul was ranked 10th among Midwestern Colleges in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” Guide, released Sept. 9. Northwestern was the only Minnesota institution to be ranked in the top 10 Midwestern Colleges category.

“This news is a continued affirmation of academic and overall quality,” noted Vice President for Institutional Advancement Amy Bragg Carey, “as Northwestern has been recognized by a variety of organizations and ranking systems in recent years. While our greatest value is in our commitment to the Christ-centered mission, it is rewarding to see the excellence of the institution acknowledged.”

According to U.S. News, “Best Colleges 2015” ranks colleges within four regions: North, South, Midwest and West; the Midwest region is comprised of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Indicators used to measure academic quality fall into seven broad areas: peer assessment; retention and graduation of students; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; alumni giving; and graduation rate performance, the difference between the proportion of students expected to graduate and the proportion who do. Data for the 2015 edition of Best Colleges were gathered in the spring and summer of 2014.

Christian Universities Online: Top 50

University of Northwestern recently received Top 50 rankings in two categories by Christian Universities Online, an independent online resource for prospective students and their families researching Christian higher education.

In the Top 50 Christian Colleges & Universities Exceeding Expectations category, Northwestern ranked 14th. According to the ranking organization, this category provides an additional perspective on Christian universities and colleges by focusing on how much or little they enhance the achievement of their students from acceptance till graduation. The difference between predicted and actual graduation rates is denoted as the “Exceeding Expectations Value.”

University of Northwestern – St. Paul was also ranked one of The 50 Best Christian Colleges in the U.S., coming in at number 27. Christian Universities Online presents a ranking of Christian colleges and universities taking into consideration a variety of quantitative values for regionally accredited schools and considering which offered the highest degree of personal attention (student-to-faculty ratio), selectivity (acceptance rate), financial assistance (% receiving financial aid), and student satisfaction (retention and graduation rates). These factors were all given equal weight.

UNW awarded $150,000 Great Lakes Career Ready Internship Grant

University of Northwestern – St. Paul and its Academic Internship Program were awarded $150,000 through the 2014-2015 Great Lakes Career Ready Internship Grant on August 7, 2014.

The grant will fund paid internships for 76 Northwestern students with financial need from the College of Arts & Humanities, and selected majors from the College of Behavioral & Natural Sciences. While students in majors with traditionally unpaid internship opportunities have faced choosing between career experience and income, now they will be paid for industry relevant work.

Students awarded internship funding will receive professional development to bolster their transition into a career, according to Linda Ashworth, assistant director of experiential education at the Center for Calling & Career.

"One exciting aspect of this grant is the collaboration it fosters between on-campus departments and with local businesses, government agencies and non-profits," said Ashworth, "Northwestern is focusing on helping local businesses develop internship programs that could be self-sustaining beyond the grant period."

Applications for internships this fall opened on Friday August 22, 2014, and grant dollars will be distributed later in spring and summer for internships during those semesters. Ashworth, along with Dayna Taylor, manager of corporate and foundation relations, wrote and pursued the grant, awarded by Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation.

The Northwestern grant is part of a larger Great Lakes program that awarded $5.2 million in new grants to 40 colleges and universities in four states, with grants ranging from $50,000 to $150,000.

Alpha Omega Academy launches partnership with UNW

Alpha Omega Academy, an online distance learning academy for grades K-12, is pleased to announce a new dual credit partnership with the University of Northwestern – St. Paul.

The program, known as Early College at the University of Northwestern, gives high school juniors and seniors a head start on their undergraduate degree by allowing them to enroll in online college courses at a discounted rate. Students who enroll in the program at the beginning of their junior year can earn up to two full years of college credit before ever setting foot on a college campus.

"We're very excited about this new journey with the University of Northwestern," said Denise Laudenbach, President of Alpha Omega Publications. "With more than 65 college courses to choose from, Northwestern gives our students even more opportunities to follow and achieve their dreams, while preparing them for the rigors of higher education with courses from a Christ-centered university."

To qualify for the program, students must hold junior or senior status, maintain a grade point average of 2.75 or higher, and meet minimum test scores (ACT/PLAN score of at least 18 or SAT score of at least 1200 or PSAT score of at least 120). For each four-credit college course students complete, they earn a full high school credit through AOA.

Dr. Alan S. Cureton, President of the University of Northwestern, notes that in addition to dual credit, the program gives students a true understanding of what to expect when they head off to a physical college to finish their degree.

"Students need intrinsic motivation to succeed in the Early College courses," he said. "Along the way, they discover how to collaborate with peers, meet deadlines, and connect with college professors on a professional and personal level. Our professors look forward to welcoming AOA students into the program."

School of Nursing hosts community Health and Wellness Fair

School of Nursing will be hosting a community Health and Wellness Fair in partnership with 98.5 KTIS and community Night to Unite sponsors on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 from 4 p.m.–8 p.m.

The event will be hosted in the KTIS parking lot located next to the Mel Johnson Media Center. Over 40 local vendors including the Health Fair 11 Q’mmunity Van and the American Red Cross Blood Drive have decided to join in this Night to Unite event. Free health screenings including blood glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, vision and hearing will be available. Public safety officials will be present to promote safety within our communities. Come and enjoy the health and wellness activities, prize drawings and free giveaways.

Health and Wellness Fair

KTIS Radio Parking Lot
4–8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5, 2014
2993 Snelling Ave N
Roseville, MN 55113

“This is our way to give back to the community,” said Ginger Wolgemuth, Ph.D., R.N., chief nursing administrator, “Our students have worked very hard and are excited about the fair.”

Since launching the nursing program in 2013, Wolgemuth continues to lay the foundation of equipping students with the skills and abilities required of professional nurses to effectively serve individuals and families within the community. The program is centralized around a blended learning format, a Christ-centered approach to service and care, inter-professional collaboration and clinical immersions.

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UNW celebrates one year as a university

Our first year's finest moments

We became a university on July 1, 2013 and a year later, we cannot help but celebrate!

Proud to be ranked and awarded as a top university

#14 among Midwestern Colleges U.S. News
11th Healthiest College in America
Top rankings from U.S. News, Twin Cities Business
#3 on Top Online Christian Colleges & Universities list
President Cureton appointed vice chair of NCAA Division III President's Council
UNW ranked a Top 100 Workplace for 2014

Making ourselves better every day

New athletic facilities coming to campus Fall 2014
Varsity women's lacrosse program starts 2015
New Nursing and MBA programs
UNW completes Emergency Training Exercise with Ramsey County
UNW students have lower loan debt
First ever Graduate Scholarship Symposium and Summer Teacher Institute

Watching our faculty excel in their fields

Amy McCann | Award winning poet | English & Literature
John Printy | Typeface app developer | Art & Design
Juan RamirezConsulting innovator | Business
Wendy Richards | Literacy researcher | Education
Boyd Seevers | Author of Warfare in the Old Testament | Biblical & Theological Studies

Learning from our students as they take on the world

Matthew Abeler selected for Oxford Distinguished Scholar’s program
Volleyball player Krista Stoltz overcomes tumor, nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year
Spring Break world travelers photo gallery

Expressing our creativity any way we can

Five16 Film Festival | Multicultural Festival | UNW Voice | New Gospel Choir | 3 Theatre Productions | 6 Art Exhibitions

Hosting guests that inspire and teach us

Concerts with Gungor, All Sons and Daughters & Switchfoot
Guest Speakers | Ravi Zacharias, Joni Eareckson Tada, Rachel Cruze, Mike Huckabee

Congratulations to our whole community for an incredible first year!

Matthew Abeler selected for Oxford Distinguished Scholar’s Program

Sophomore Matthew Abeler will cross the pond on June 28 to study at Oxford University this summer, one of six students selected for the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) inaugural Oxford Distinguished Scholar’s Program.  Led by NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, Abeler and his fellow scholars will experience two weeks of one-on-one tutorials with a distinguished scholar at Jesus College.
 
While at Oxford, Abeler will be writing four essays in his chosen field of study, as well as absorbing the expertise of Dr. Harold Rawlings as he lectures on the Reformation leaders and martyrs.
 
"Stories from the past can help my generation learn how to live wisely as Christians," said Abeler, "It's a paradox where looking backward provides the clearest vision of running forward."
 
According to NRB, Dr. Johnson initiated the program with a vision for the future and students in his sights, “We want to encourage and equip these prospective Christian media leaders and professionals. They’ll be the ones who will drive our industry forward and impact generations to come.”
 
Abeler is studying video and audio production at Northwestern, and recently won Cengage Learning’s Instructor for a Day video contest with his entry, “Spontaneity.

 

Star Tribune names University of Northwestern a 2014 Top Workplace

University of Northwestern – St. Paul has been named one of the Top 100 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune, ranking 23rd on the large size company list. This year Northwestern receives a third recognition, ranked a Top Workplace in 2010 and 2012 as well.

"All Northwestern employees are an integral part of the Northwestern community and continually provide enthusiasm in their work and service to the organization," said Tim Rich, Associate Vice President of Human Resources. "Their dedication to serving each student or listener is the foundation for creating the Christ-centered community that makes University of Northwestern – St. Paul stand out among other organizations."

About Top Workplaces

Produced by the same team that compiles the 23-year-old Star Tribune 100 report of the best-performing public companies in Minnesota, Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health and satisfaction. The analysis included responses from over 58,600 employees at Minnesota public, private and nonprofit organizations.

The rankings in the Star Tribune Top 100 Workplaces are based on survey information collected by Workplace Dynamics, an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention.

To qualify for the Star Tribune Top Workplaces, a company must have more than 50 employees in Minnesota. Over 2,000 companies were invited to participate. Rankings were composite scores calculated purely on the basis of employee responses. Read more about 2014 Top Workplaces online at StarTribune.com/topworkplaces2014.

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Open for Innovators: Spring '14 PILOT

Enjoy our latest magazine issue...and a few web extras!

Faculty Highlights

Northwestern faculty are constantly advancing, publishing articles and books, and presenting around the world. Read what they're doing!

Spring Break '14

See our collective spring break adventure through the eyes of students, featuring photographic scenes of China, Greece, India, Washington D.C., New York, New Orleans & more!

Five16 Film Festival

Watch our award winning films from this year's festival!

Alumni Fast Forward

Learn more about Dr. Pete Black '02 and his veterinary work at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida!

Tanya Grosz featured in CCCU magazine

Tanya Grosz, director of Undergraduate Pathways, was featured in the spring issue of the CCCU Advance magazine in "Short on commute, long on community," an article exploring community building in online learning.

Read the full article online

 

UNW in the News: New sports complex featured in Athletic Business Magazine

Explore our new athletic complex, featured in the April 2014 issue of Athletic Business Magazine.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee visits UNW

On Wednesday, April 9 at 7 a.m., former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee will visit University of Northwestern – St. Paul for an exciting Lessons for Leaders event. The Lessons for Leaders series invites high-profile speakers from various disciplines to inspire students and constituents of Northwestern through interviews, chapel services and luncheons.

Media are invited to attend a brief press conference at 7 a.m. followed by the Governor's presentation in Northwestern's Maranatha Hall. Huckabee will also speak exclusively to students later at a private chapel service.

Huckabee served as Governor of Arkansas from 1996–2007 and campaigned for the Republican nomination for president in 2008. He finished second to John McCain. During Huckabee's time as governor, he was recognized nationally for his leadership and was even chosen by Time magazine as one of the five best governors in America in 2005.

Huckabee is currently host of the popular weekend show Huckabee on the Fox News Channel and Cumulus Media Network's syndicated radio feature The Huckabee Report, heard on 600 stations nationwide. He is also the author of eleven books, including Do the Right Thing and A Simple Government. Six of his books have been on the New York Times Best Seller list.

Huckabee's wife, Janet also visited Northwestern's campus in January of 2008, speaking in chapel and to communication students about her journey alongside Mike during his various political campaigns.

Listen to Mike's talk on our podcast

Stay calm, carry on: Student loans and paying for college

Amid the noisy rush of starting college, incoming students are encountering a cautionary voice about their future. Once called the “safest debt” to have, student loans are now the subject of repeated exposés warning students of a disastrous road ahead for their personal finances and, national stability.

Northwestern grads have lower loan debt, more learning options

Evaluating the financial landscape at Northwestern, the Institutional Research Office calculated that UNW graduates left with an average $22,235 of loan debt last spring, nearly $10,000 less than the 2013 average for Minnesota institutions ($31,497) and almost $7,000 less than average loan debt for Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) ($29,075) and national private colleges ($29,400) .

Even with significantly lower debt averages at Northwestern and a competitively low tuition among peers, President Alan S. Cureton offered earnest response to student financial realities in his 2012 Op-ed.:

“We believe that addressing the student loan crisis begins on campus in an environment of transparency that focuses on reducing students’ uncertainty and confusion around taking out loans and gives them a road map to minimize their debt after graduation.”

Last month, students and local leaders spent time with financial voice Rachel Cruze in chapel and a special seminar, talking about loans, costs and realistic payment principles. UNW also offers a net price calculator tool for incoming freshman and transfer students to estimate their eligible aid ahead of time. Alternative education paths like PSEO, Early College for high school students; Degree in Three, online learning and Dual B.A./M.Div. Degree have fast tracked many students to graduation.

As Northwestern graduates enter the job market with degrees in hand, they will find local advantages, according to Georgetown University’s Failure to Launch study and Recovery state report. By 2020, 74% of Minnesota jobs will require postsecondary education, with a national average of 65% . And currently, Minneapolis–St. Paul is the metropolitan area with the highest employment rate for 21 to 30-year-olds at 80% .

Getting Practical

Northwestern alumna and scholarship expert Hannah Rivard ‘12, now a writer for The Defender Foundation, tackled college costs with unconventional zeal, but looking back she offered relatable insight to students just starting to encounter the cost question:

1. Fully investigate and acknowledge the cost and demands of repayment.

“One of the biggest issues I see with students is them simply not acknowledging the reality of how much school must cost. Only with that full knowledge and walking into the situation with their eyes wide open will students be able to be motivated to do what is necessary to reduce college debt.”

Get practical: Calculate your college costs, your current assets, and the gap you will need to fill with work, scholarships or loans using a worksheet like this. Calculating the numbers and seeing the totals will provide accountability and motivation.

2. Make a payment plan ahead of time to prevent financial stress on top of school stress.

 

“Because I worked so hard at funding college through scholarships, I had no problems with financial issues at Northwestern. I didn't feel pressured to have to work or even take a summer job because college was entirely paid for. This was an incredible blessing to me and one I would encourage students to think about—the advantage of having an attainable way to pay for college in place before they enter school will remove a great deal of stress when you're actually in school.”

Get practical: Write down a list of payment possibilities (jobs, scholarships, contests etc.) that you could act on tomorrow and take this list to your parents or a trusted mentor for accountability and guidance.

3. Balance your ideal with your resources and willingness to work.

“Think of your ideal situation — if money were no object, where would you go and what would you study? —and then make a concerted effort and plan to make that ideal situation happen. If that plan does not appear to be working or attainable after a certain amount of time, then you need to start taking a look at what you are willing to sacrifice so that you can balance the education you want with the affordability you need!”

Get practical: Make sure your payment plan is SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound and then take steps as soon as possible to commit to it. Also, commit to evaluating each year/semester with parents or mentors to stay on track during college.

Get the details on scholarships, financial aid and cost at Northwestern.

Concerto-Aria Competition Winners Announced

The Department of Music is proud to announce Emily Baltzer and Anthony Potts as winners of the 2013-14 Concerto-Aria Competition. They were among the 12 contestants that participated in the annual event held Saturday, February 1, 2014, in Nazareth Chapel.

Emily Baltzer, piano, won the Concerto division with her performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, accompanied by Richard Lange, piano. Emily, a senior at University of Northwestern – St. Paul, studies piano with Dr. Richard Lange and is pursuing a Music Performance degree.

Anthony Potts, won the Aria division with his performance of Mozart’s “Bravo, signor padrone…Se vuol ballare” from Le nozze di Figaro. Tony, a junior at Northwestern, studies voice with Carol Eikum and is pursuing a Music Performance degree.

The results of the competition were announced during a reception that followed in the Blue Room. Lauren Anderson, clarinet, and Rachel Bauske, flute, were recognized with Honorable Mention for their Concerto performances, and Brandyn Tapio, tenor, received Honorable Mention for his Aria performance. Guest adjudicators for this event were Dr. Henry Charles Smith (international conductor, Grammy-winning and orchestral trombonist), Dr. Christopher Wallace (pianist, organist, chamber musician, church music director), and Dr. Wendy Zaro-Mullins (opera, musical and concert vocalist, associate professor at University of Minnesota).

Emily Baltzer and Anthony Potts will perform as featured guest artists with the University of Northwestern Orchestra, under the direction of David Kozamchak, on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in Maranatha Hall, on the campus of University of Northwestern – St. Paul.

President Cureton appointed vice chair of NCAA Division III Presidents Council

University of Northwestern President Alan S. Cureton, Ph.D., has been appointed to serve as vice chair of the NCAA Division III Presidents Council for 2014.

In 2012, Cureton was appointed to fill an immediate two-year vacancy on the council, becoming the first Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) president on the council. Now elected to a four-year term, by natural progression he will serve as the Presidents Council's chair for the 2015 calendar year.

"Serving the NCAA Division III membership in this new leadership role is a delight for me," Cureton said. "I look forward to working with my colleagues, athletic directors, and coaches from around the country as we work together to advance the mission, viability, and visibility of Division III during a critical time for collegiate athletics."

The Presidents Council is the highest ranking group in the NCAA Division III governance structure, meeting in person on a quarterly basis and exercising ultimate authority for creating, modifying and implementing policies as well as oversight of allocation of the annual NCAA Division III budget. In his new role on the council, Cureton will chair the NCAA Division III Strategic Planning and Finance Committee.

Currently Cureton also serves as the chair of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Council of Presidents and is a member of the NCAA Division III Chancellors/Presidents Advisory Group since 2010.

With over 35 years of experience in higher education, Cureton has served as president of Northwestern since 2002. He holds a B.A. in Bible and Christian Education from Sterling College and a Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Education from Iowa State University. In 2007, he received the Alumni Achievement Award from Iowa State University, recognizing his meritorious service and distinguished achievements in higher education. In 2013, he received the Outstanding Alumni Award from his alma mater.

During his collegiate undergraduate career, Dr. Cureton competed on the gridiron earning all-conference recognition his senior year. He is especially proud of having started and played in every football game throughout his four-year collegiate career.

UNW receives top rankings from U.S. News, Twin Cities Business

With a new year and a new name, the University of Northwestern has taken its place at the top of recognized higher education lists.  Northwestern has the second highest growth rate among top Minnesota institutions (Twin Cities Business), while average GPA and graduation rates remain competitive and tuition is comparatively low among peers.

UNW ranked #13 Regional College Midwest
U.S. News, College Ranking lists

Northwestern ranked 13th among 70+ schools based on data gathered nationally by U.S. News for 2014 College Ranking lists. After dividing schools into categories based on mission and location, rankings were determined by a composite score based on 16 weighted indicators related to academic excellence.

 

UNW ranked in Top 25 Colleges and Universities 
Twin Cities Business Magazine, 2014 Black Book Business Lists

Measured alongside institutions like St. Thomas, the University of Minnesota, Hamline and Bethel University, UNW had the second highest student growth rate. Among six institutions with positive growth, UNW had the second highest graduation rate (6 year), and the second highest average GPA (3.23).

 

UNW ranked #3 on Top 10 Online Christian Colleges & Universities of 2014
thebestcolleges.org

We offer PSEO and early college, graduate and undergraduate degrees online, as well as 50 available individual courses in Bible and the liberal arts, serving 1,186 students last year.

“With solid student satisfaction and instructional quality indicators, affordable tuition, and a high percentage of students receiving financial aid, Northwestern deserves to be considered one of the best places to go for an online Christian degree.”

Prof. Kent Kaiser interviews on the American family

Joining Dr. Mitch Pearlstein, professor Kent Kaiser interviewed with Broken Road Radio on Tuesday, January 21 to discuss Pearlstein's book From Family Collapse to America's Decline, which examines the relationship between government and family in America.  Listen online

Pearlstein is president, and Kaiser a senior fellow at the Center of the American Experiment, "a nonpartisan, tax-exempt, public policy and educational institution that brings conservative and free market ideas to bear on the hardest problems facing Minnesota and the nation."


 

Board approves athletic facilities, construction to begin

Spring will mark the awaited groundbreaking for new athletic facilities on Northwestern's campus, with the university's board of trustees' recent approval of a $10.7 million construction project. Completion is anticipated for fall 2014, accommodating football, soccer, baseball and softball teams with new, artificial turf fields, and welcoming UNW tennis teams back on campus with six regulation size courts. In addition to the new fields and courts, the complex will feature updated bleacher seating for nearly 1,500 fans, locker rooms for 192 student athletes, and a spirit plaza with restroom and concessions facilities. Funds for the project have been raised through the successful Soar Campaign.

"Moving forward with these improvements for the athletic facilities expands our varsity student athletics and student recreation programs, a necessary development in order to grow and maintain a competitive standard locally and regionally," said Alan Cureton, Ph.D., University of Northwestern president. "It will clearly have a positive impact on our student body and incoming students as we anticipate adding JV teams, launching new varsity programs, and increasing the roster for many of the varsity sports."

Throughout the last decade Northwestern has repurposed multiple athletic venues for academic and community growth, pushing several Eagles teams off-campus for practice and students involved in outdoor campus recreation to city-owned parks. These students will return to campus, as will summer camp attendees and outside community groups.

"This is an exciting time in Northwestern's history," said Matt Hill, Ed.D., vice president for student life and athletics. "The versatility in the design of these four excellent venues benefits our student athletes, the general student body, physical education majors and the surrounding community by providing a well-rounded student experience."

While incoming students will start their athletic careers in new facilities, staff and current students are looking forward to the transition.

"In addition to a new surface and stadium for our team's game day experience, we'll be fortunate to not wear down our baseball team's outfield for practice, and the artificial turf won't allow rain and other weather elements to be a factor in how we prepare for Saturdays," said head football coach Kirk Talley. "The larger locker rooms for student athletes will allow for more interaction among teammates."

Northwestern has contracted with PCL Construction, Inc. for the project. In the Twin Cities metro area, PCL is most recently known for its work on the University of Minnesota's $7.2 million Siebert Field baseball complex, finished in April 2013.