UNW is #3 on Top Online Christian Colleges & Universities list

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BestColleges.com has named UNW third on their Top 10 Online Christian Colleges & Universities list, which features "accredited, high-quality institutions with a serious commitment to their student’s spiritual and academic growth." 

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Northwestern volleyball team scores a win for Miracles of Mitch Foundation

UNWeagles.com, October 31, 2013
By Greg Johnson

The University of Northwestern may have lost its battle against the University of St. Thomas on the volleyball court on Wednesday night, but the Eagles, and more importantly, the Minnesota-based Miracles of Mitch Foundation, scored a big win at "Purple for Gold" night in the Ericksen Center.

Over $2,000 was raised through a silent auction coordinated by the Northwestern varsity and junior varsity squads. Each player was asked to donate goods or services to the auction while numerous local businesses also provided the same opportunity to have their products bid on by those who attended the match that featured both teams wearing the color purple. Some volleyball players donated time raking leaves or babysitting, while others offered movie night gift baskets, tae kwon do lessons and tickets to an upcoming Minnesota Wild game. One student-athlete even went as far as to put a coffee date with herself on the table. In all, 65 items were up for bid as part of the silent auction...

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President Cureton receives 2013 Sterling College Alumni Award

Nominated for his many accomplishments and contributions to his Alma Mater, Dr. Alan Cureton was awarded the 2013 Sterling College Alumni Award at the homecoming alumni banquet on Saturday, Oct. 19. Cureton is currently the president of University of Northwestern – St. Paul.

“It was an honor to recognize Dr. Cureton with the Alumni Award. He has a lifelong commitment to personal enrichment and has worked to provide opportunities for others to attain higher education. He has a love and devotion to Christ and His Word, and has embodied a servant leader through the many ways he has served God at Sterling College as an employee, Trustee, and parent of SC students. Dr. Cureton exemplifies the Sterling College mission of developing creative and thoughtful leaders who understand a maturing Christian faith, and we are proud to have him as an alumnus of our College” said Scott Rich, president of Sterling College.
 

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UNW students awarded GIlman, Fulbright funding to go abroad

After 10 years of Fulbright winners, Gilman scholarship recipients Britany Dumas-Jones '15, Kou Thao '14 and Maly Lee '15 have contributed to a new legacy at Northwestern.  Dumas-Jones is studying Chinese and history in Hong Kong for the semester, and Thao and Lee left last week on a tri-country tour of Asia on an internship with 11 other UNW students.

“I was almost 100 percent sure I wasn’t going to get the scholarship, because it’s pretty competitive," said Thao, intercultural studies major, "They get thousands and thousands of applicants.”

A friend of Thao's, Lee shared her surprise with him after they received the news this summer.

"When I saw the email, I was in shock because I wasn’t expecting it. But it was more this presence of awe of God's work."

Prior to applying for the Gilman, Lee had just added an international studies minor, whetting her appetite to experience the overseas internship offered by the program each year.  This year students will spend a two weeks in China, then a month in Thailand and finally another two weeks in South East Asia.  After years of wanting to be in China, for Thao, the alignment of the Gilman and this year's internship was undeniable.

Upon their return, Dumas-Jones, Thao and Lee will complete a service project to share their experience, inform other students about the Gilman scholarship and encourage study abroad opportunities. Thao planned a dinner of local food from the nations he experienced abroad, with topical discussions at each table.

"I wanted to do it in a very casual way where students would be able to ask questions freely and just be comfortable, " said Thao.

The Gilman International Scholarship Program was established under the International Opportunity Act of 2000 and is funded by Congress, providing opportunities for studying abroad to minority or non-traditional students and students with disabilities. Eligibility is limited to US citizens who receive Pell Grants for their education, and recipients may study abroad for a partial or whole semester, with grants up to $5000, and up to $8000 for studying a critical need language.

While Thao, Lee and Dumas-Jones experience South East Asia this fall, UNW's 2013 Fulbright recipient Anastasia Pederson is completing a yearlong teaching assitantship in Slovakia.

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Professor Juan Ramirez featured in Minnesota Business Magazine

Market acceso: How Grupo Avance found a niche in helping local companies tap markets south of the border
Minnesota Business Magazine, October Issue
By Caitlin Hill

After moving from Mexico to the United States, Juan Ramirez received an MBA from the University of Minnesota and spent part of his career working in corporate America, including stints at IBM and General Electric. But an entrepreneur by nature, he eventually began to ponder other paths.

“I started looking at different potential opportunities [to start new companies] and didn’t realize it was staring me right in the face,” Ramirez says. “Someone told me to look at the trends, and I realized that the trend was that emerging markets were growing in Latin America, and in the United States within the Hispanic markets.”

In 2003, he leveraged his experience and cultural knowledge to launch a consulting firm that helps companies expand business in the Mexican, Latin American, and U.S. Hispanic markets. Called Grupo Avance, today the Minneapolis firm includes a handful of executive consultants who on average have 15 to 20 years of international business experience.

 

 

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