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Leading in Advertising
Alum Ryan Cork is an up-and-coming leader in the digital media industry. He found the education and experiences he received while at NNU gave him everything he needed to thrive—and has helped him continue living, learning and leading in the ever-changing world of advertising.
An NNU alum elevates the cybersecurity industry’s capabilities with an innovative workflow solution.
MBA Alum Says It’s Never Too Late to Pursue a Dream

Doug Reader had expected he would be one of the oldest students in his cohort in the NNU Master’s in Business Administration program. What he didn’t expect, though, was how much he would gain from the experience.


The now-president of dietary giant Slimfast, decided to pursue his MBA in 2007...

Alumni Make a Difference In Their Unique Roles During COVID-19
The Pastor


Ask Bob Luhn what his best attribute is when it comes to pastoring and it won’t be his preaching or his administrative abilities.


Rather, much like on the basketball court, it is meeting congregants face-to-face and providing encouragement, hugs, high fives or advice.

Growing Where You Are Planted

By Anna (Salisbury) Lee, Class of 2004


NNU aims to build a community that stays connected wherever people go,” said Braedon Gerdes (’17), and he and his wife Annaliese (Fereday, ’17), have embodied that goal. The couple has traveled widely in the three years since leaving NNU, building their...

2019 Alumni Award Recipients

Each year at Homecoming, NNU honors alumni for their accomplishments and service since graduation. This year, four individuals will be recognized on Friday, November 8 at 10 a.m. during chapel in the Brandt Center’s Swayne Auditorium.


Alumnus of the Year
Patrick Gray graduated from NNU in...

Cynthia Tobias Seminar: Bringing out the Best in your Strong-Willed Child

On October 11, Cynthia Ulrich Tobias will be leading a seminar based on her best-selling book, You Can’t Make Me (But I Can Be Persuaded). She will be sharing her own strategies for bringing out the best in strong-willed children, and give parents, grandparents and teachers clear insight on how to...

Cultivating a community

By Patrick Gray, Class of 1997 and 1999


Life is full of lessons big and small. Everywhere I turn, there are opportunities to learn something new about others, about myself, about God. These lessons can be found through time spent with my kids, quiet evenings with my wife or conversations...

our strengths

This fall, I began my tenth year working in higher education. When I graduated from NNU, I had no idea that I would find a passion in higher education, but here I am, and I love what I do! My first three years were at one of our sister Nazarene schools, Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville...

Around the world and back 
for good

By Courtney Ritchey, Class of 2022


After spending time across the country and researching in the neotropical region of the world, NNU biology alum David Hille (’03) returned to NNU earlier this year to become an assistant professor in the biology department.


While majoring in biology...

Dr. Scott Daniels: Alumnus of the Year

Dr. Daniels (’88) is the senior pastor of College Church of the Nazarene in Nampa, Idaho, and the pastoral scholar-in-residence at NNU. As the pastoral scholar-in-residence, Dr. Daniels enhances the student experience at both the undergraduate and graduate level. NNU's Wesley Center has special...

Lisa Nordstrom: Professional Achievement

The 2018 Professional Achievement recipient, Lisa Nordstrom (’93) has built her regulatory law career over the past two decades. She serves as lead counsel at Idaho Power Company, represents the company before Idaho and Oregon utility regulators, and has argued appeals before the Idaho Supreme Court...

Kenton Lee: Leon Doane Young Alumnus

Kenton Lee (’07) is the founder of Because International, a non-profit organization formed in 2009 committed to leveraging innovation to develop projects to improve daily life for people living in extreme poverty. Their first project, which was created by Lee, is The Shoe That Grows, a shoe that...

Alumna Q&A: Dorothy Ackerman, chemistry

Dorothy Ackerman graduated from the Department of Chemistry in 2013. Since then she completed the organic chemistry doctoral program at Vanderbilt University and her research was published in and featured on the cover of ACS Infectious Diseases journal.


Q. What do you hope you accomplished...

Alumnus Jeren Rowell elected as president of NTS

This April, NNU alumnus Dr. Jeren Rowell (’83) was elected as the 11th president of Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS). This election followed a comprehensive search process that began in July. Dr. Rowell was approved by the trustees of NTS on October 12, 2017.


“In his forty years as a...

Borders between us

by Maxwell Moser, Class of 2014


The sun is hot and stifling, beating down like a heavy rain. If only it were rain; I’ve never seen a place so dry. We’re tumbling through a sea of dust and jagged rock—what Mohammud refers to, jokingly, as a road—and slow to a halt as the Land Cruiser in front...

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