Off the Cuff with Jon Acuff

Jon Acuff, author of Quitter and Stuff Christians Like, spoke in chapel for a few days in November, talking about letting go of your boring view of God.  Since he was around, we thought we'd ask him a few questions:

  • What was your biggest challenge growing up and how did it change you?
  • How is support and responsibility different for someone who is single or starting a new relationship, rather than married? 
  • How did you start your blog Stuff Christians Like and why do you think it's popular?
  • What is the greatest danger and greatest opportunity for this generation? 

Watch on YouTube

Twitter Shout Out: 

@Benji_Fernandes @jcoil10 @Neecy_Bernice @TraceyTrouten & @AfiIsGolden
(for their brilliant questions)

Congratulations Benji and Jacob for winning copies of Jon's books Quitter and Stuff Christians Like in our #AskAcuff drawing!

Off the Cuff with Jon Acuff

Jon Acuff, author of Quitter and Stuff Christians Like, spoke in chapel for a few days in November, talking about letting go of your boring view of God.  Since he was around, we thought we'd ask him a few questions:

  • What was your biggest challenge growing up and how did it change you? 
  • How is support and responsibility different for someone who is single or starting a new relationship, rather than married? 
  • How did you start your blog Stuff Christians Like and why do you think it's popular?
  • What is the greatest danger and greatest opportunity for this generation? 

Hear Jon Acuff's answers on YouTube

Twitter Shout Out: 

@Benji_Fernandes @jcoil10 @Neecy_Bernice @TraceyTrouten & @AfiIsGolden
(for their brilliant questions)

Congratulations Benji and Jacob for winning copies of Jon's books Quitter and Stuff Christians Like in our #AskAcuff drawing!

Ask Jon more questions @jonacuff

Dr. Geston named 2012 Choral Director of the Year

Dec. 4—Dr. Mary Kay Geston was named Minnesota's 2012 Choral Director of the Year by the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota in November. Geston returns to Northwestern after serving this past year as visiting associate professor of choral studies at University of Colorado Boulder.

"Minnesota is renowned as 'choral country' and has a national and international reputation for excellence in choral music, so to receive the Choral Director of the Year award from my professional colleagues in the American Choral Director's Association of Minnesota is deeply humbling," said Geston, "My joy comes from using and developing the gifts I've been given to help those around me embrace music as a gift from God while using and developing their own gifts. I love what I do!"

Upon her return to Northwestern, Geston has resumed conducting the 75-voice Women's Chorale and the Chamber Singers, simultaneously teaching choral methods, conducting and voice, and supervising secondary student teachers.

"Dr. Mary Kay Geston is the most qualified person I can think of to deserve this distinguished award," said alumna Natalie Cromwell '10 in a recommendation, "She demonstrates nothing but an overwhelming support of her students, not just in Northwestern's vocal department, but also in the music department as a whole."

In past roles ranging from chair to president, Geston is a faithful member of ACDA-MN and five other choral organizations. She is in high demand across the Midwest, having conducted All-State and honor choirs in six states and presented at several professional choral conferences.

In February, Dr. Geston conducted an all-state choir in Kentucky, and served as a panelist at the Southwest American Choral Directors Association conference in Texas. Traveling overseas in May, she worked with choirs at National Taiwan University and Kaohsiung Medical University.

NWC's first Gilman Scholarship recipients

Juniors Mai Kia Thao and Yana Lenta, and senior Miriam Navamanie are Northwestern’s first recipients of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, a $3,000 grant allowing them to join 16 other students on Wednesday for a two-month internship tour of Southeast Asia.

Through the Gilman Scholarship Program, the U.S. Dept. of State offers funding "for students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad.”  Dr. John Easterling, professor of intercultural studies, leads a group of students on an overseas internship every year, and found that six current students qualified for the scholarship.

Easterling called on Sally Harris, Ph.D., Northwestern’s Fulbright Program Advisor, to help five eligible students through the extensive application last fall.  In the spring, only Lenta and Thao were awarded initially, eventually followed by alternate Navamanie, awarded after other recipients declined the scholarship.

“I’ve always wanted to go to Japan…” said Navamanie, “And I’m really excited to spend a whole month in Thailand, just being there for so long and learning the culture.”

Before receiving the scholarship Navamanie was hoping to scrape together funding for the trip, but Thao said that without the funding, a trip overseas wouldn’t have been possible:

”I don’t have that many family members to support me financially, so it would have been really hard to make the trip happen.”

As the internship departure approaches, Thao, holds a quiet eagerness to return to family roots in Thailand, where her parents grew up after the Vietnam War.  Lenta expressed anticipation and gratitude similar to her fellow recipients:

“I feel so blessed to have been able to receive the scholarship and I am very excited to see the beauty that exists in other cultures,” she said.

While all three Gilman recipients are Intercultural Studies majors, the trip roster includes students majoring in psychology, studio arts, health science, accounting, ESL and elementary education.

“This (internship) program is open to the entire student body,” said Easterling, “But if a student goes on the trip, the need to declare an Intercultural Studies minor.”

This year, Easterling is co-leading the internship trip with Kai Thoni, a staff member from student development.  After touring Asia, the group will end their travels in December with a debrief in England.

Students can apply for the 2013 trip this fall and are required to attend a lab in the spring and completing eight credits of coursework in the fall before going overseas.  For more information, contact Professor John Easterling.

NWC President appointed to NCAA council

Nov. 20—President Alan Cureton, Ph.D., has been appointed to the NCAA Division III Presidents Council, becoming its first member to represent the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.

"This is a great opportunity for Dr. Cureton to serve the over 450 NCAA Division III institutions in the United States," said Vice President for Student Life & Athletics Matt Hill '89, Ed.D., "The Presidents Council is considered the top committee in the organization as they deal with many legislative issues, student-athlete well-being issues, and encourage the co-curricular participation of over 100,000 student-athletes."

Dr. Cureton's appointment followed Brian Levin-Stankevich's necessary departure from the council as he transitioned into a new presidency with an NAIA institution, according to the NCAA.

Prior to this council position, Dr. Cureton has been leading for two years as a member of the NCAA Division III Nominating Committee and the NCAA Division III Chancellors/Presidents Advisory Group. He also serves as chair for the Midwest Athletic Conference Council of Presidents.

"His appointment is a great representation for Northwestern College and the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference," said Hill.

The Presidents Council meets on a quarterly basis at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis, Ind., and Dr. Cureton will join the council at the NCAA Convention in January. Though his term will expire in 2014, Dr. Cureton will be eligible for another four year appointment.

Dr. Cureton was inaugurated in January 2002 as the eighth president of Northwestern College. Under his leadership Northwestern College continues the commitment to build the college's academic, fiscal and program strengths while holding firm to the Christ-centered, biblical foundation upon which Northwestern was founded.

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