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Enlisting Transformation

By Veronica Craker


Life-changing. That’s how Col. Skye Duncan, Joint Base Lewis-McChord garrison commander, describes his time at Northwest Nazarene College.


Duncan attended NNC from 1991 to 1996, studying pre-med biology and aspiring to help others. Today, he commands a joint Army...

Dr. Darrell Marks Leaves a Lasting Legacy

By Veronica Craker


Professor Emeritus Dr. Darrell Marks passed away Dec. 5, 2019. Dr. Marks dedicated more than 60 years of his life to NNU. He graduated from Northwest Nazarene College in 1958 before returning a year later to serve as a faculty member for more than 30 years.



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...

Living an NNU legacy

By Cali Carpenter, Class of 2017


NNU holds a special spot in many people’s hearts, but for Leanne Bennett Kendall, it was so much more than that—this place is part of her family’s history, dating all the way back to 1913. NNU was often talked about in Kendall’s household while she was...

Jerry Hull doesn't just talk the talk; he walks the walk

By sophomore, Courtney Ritchey


Last month, Jerry Hull, a retired NNU professor of social work, celebrated his 81st birthday by walking 81 miles to raise money for the Salvation Army. An incredible feat for anyone to accomplish, I was instantly intrigued. I had the opportunity to sit down...

NNU Alum and Honorary Degree Recipient Leaves Legacy of Support

Supporter, alumni and friend of Northwest Nazarene University, Jerry Lee Caven, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on May 24. He passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 82.

Jerry was born January 4, 1937, in Sun Valley, California, the son of Robert and Daisy (Miller)...

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...

Alumni awards at homecoming chapel

Each year at homecoming, NNU honors alumni for their accomplishments and service since graduating. Three individuals will be recognized Friday, November 9 at 10 a.m. during chapel in the Brandt Center’s Swayne Auditorium. All are welcome and encouraged to be a part of this special time of...

Choosing God’s story

by Dr. Scott Daniels, Alumnus of the Year, Class of 1988


Thirty years ago, sitting in chapel as a student in the same sanctuary where I now preach every Sunday, I heard Tony Campolo say these words, “I am convinced that the self is not an essence waiting to be discovered through...

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...

Called to invest

Barb (Vail) Robertson, class of 1976, has a long history with Northwest Nazarene University. Growing up on and around campus, she built relationships with the people of NNU that kept her connected and gave her a front row seat to the transformative work of the university.

“One of my earliest...

Making a difference overseas

Recent graduate Phil Haunschild (’17) majored in international studies with a financial economics minor during his time at NNU. In 2016 he was awarded the Values & Capitalism 2016-17 Young Scholar Award, which fosters academic research and exposition through a $5,000 scholarship. Through this...

A place that sends

by Carly (Rech) Gilmore, Class of 2017

“I am grateful for my time at NNU and for the people who invested in my life,” explained Jenica (Salisbury) Lawrence (’04). “Because of this, I am equipped to invest in the lives of so many other people in our community.”

When alumni are asked about their...

A place at the table

by Amanda Marble (’01) and Zach Marble (’04)

It is difficult to think of one’s college experience and not remember time spent in the campus dining hall, which we fondly referred to as “The Dex” during our college years. Others may remember it as Saga, The Rot, or other such endearing names. But...

Create for a living: Erick Gutierrez, YMCA

Erick Gutierrez, NNU class of 2014, majored in graphic design with a minor in marketing. Currently he is combining his skill sets in his role as marketing communication coordinator for the Treasure Valley Family YMCA where he designs, organizes, and runs digital campaigns.

Q. Erick, what does...

Create for a living: Mikayla Keating, Decorist

Mikayla (Michaelson) Keating graduated from the Department of Art & Graphic Design in December 2015. Since then she has gone on to a career at Decorist, an innovative online interior design company that specializes in affordability of design.

Q. Mikayla, will you tell us about what you do at...

Create for a living: Matt Larson, Brooks Running Co.

Matt Larson, 2012 alumnus of the Department of Art & Graphic Design, talks about his work as a designer for Seattle-based Brooks Running Co. and how his NNU education helped prepare him for success.

Q. Hey Matt, would you tell me a little bit about yourself as an NNU student?
A. I was a student...

Alumni awards to be presented at homecoming chapel

Each year at homecoming, NNU honors alumni for their accomplishments and service since graduation. For 2016, three individuals will be recognized Friday, November 11 at 10 a.m. during chapel in the Brandt Center’s Swayne Auditorium.

2016 Alumnus of the Year
Consideration for awarding the Alumnus...

An educational legacy

Matt Salisbury’s (’97) graduation from NNU was a little more special than most. It wasn’t just because he was successfully finishing a degree started prior to joining the military and getting married, but because when he walked across the stage his grandfather, Phil Salisbury (’47) was also standing...

Alumni run riverside restaurant on the Payette

The Payette River rushes below. Sunshine pours onto the valley floor. The aroma of pine trees and grilled burgers tarries. Whether you want a savory meal with an incredible riverside view or a quick snack for the road, Banks Store and Cafe is worth the stop. NNU alumni Mike and Stephanie Hammer have...

From NNU to France—alumnus Allen Johnson shares his literary journey

by Carly Gilmore, class of 2017

Author, speaker, musician, actor, pilot, painter, photographer, videographer, cyclist, scuba diver, and mountain climber—NNC alumnus Dr. Allen Johnson (’68) does not have a shortage of hobbies, nor is he hesitant about pursuing new ones. From his time at NNC to...

Expressing His love

by Alex Reich, class of 2016

“People need healing through love and personal relationship,” says Joel Ryman (’09), public communication graduate and former NNU basketball player. His desire to satisfy this need has come to fruition through Hoops4Hope, a basketball academy for refugee youth and an...

Former player Jon Hawkins returns to NNU as assistant coach

Jonathan Hawkins, former NNU basketball player and current assistant men’s basketball coach, has come full circle with his sport since graduating in 2013.

Hawkins found himself in the center of an international professional basketball whirlwind when in March 2014 he had the opportunity to leave...

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