Northwestern College mission trip in the news

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).

Annual music competition winners announced

Northwestern Students Win Music Competition

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.

NWC announces efforts to contain costs for students

Modest tuition increase, salary freeze and cuts, direct lending to keep college affordable

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."

Modest tuition increase

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."

Salary freeze and cuts

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."

Switch to Direct Loan Program

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:

  • Direct funding by the federal government
  • More repayment plans
  • A Public Service Loan Forgiveness program
  • Full integration with the federal financial aid process
  • Loans never being sold to other lenders, and more

"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.

About Northwestern College

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.

Douglas Yeo presents master class and recital

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.

Public Notice

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.

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