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Dr. Michael Poe Named NNU’s 2022 L.E. Wesche Outstanding Educator

Dr. Michael Poe, Professor of Graduate Education, has been named this year’s L.E. Wesche Outstanding Educator by Northwest Nazarene University. The award was presented at a private reception on Wednesday, April 27, 2022.

Dr. Poe received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Science in 1978...

NNU Honors Community Partners

On September 16, 2021, Northwest Nazarene University honored Steve and Betty Hill and the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation at their annual President’s Reception. These honorees have been instrumental partners with NNU for several decades.

 

“Our community partners have such a significant and...

NNU names 2021 L.E. Wesche Outstanding Educator of the Year

Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) has named Robin Gilbert, Superintendent of the Payette School District, this year’s L.E. Wesche Outstanding Educator. The award was presented at a private reception on April 21.

“Robin is an excellent leader and is well respected by her peers,” Dr. Eric Kellerer,...

Spring 2021 Emeriti Recipients Announced
Six faculty and staff were presented with emeriti status this month at NNU’s annual Celebration of Service. Please join us as we honor these devoted NNU community members.
Craker Recognized for Outstanding Writing

NNU Athletics Communication Director Craig Craker has a special ability for seeing stories in the everyday. He can turn a simple anecdote about a cookie hidden in a coach’s pocket into an analogy of how a serious coach used humor to motivate and bond with his team. He has the innate ability to get...

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 1997...

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...

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...

Eugene Emerson Award Recipient: Salvation Army of Nampa

The 2018 Eugene Emerson Award recognizes the partnership between Northwest Nazarene University and an organization committed to the success and well-being of families in the Nampa Community. Yesterday evening, we honored one of Nampa’s most important and essential organizations, the Salvation Army.

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Alumni awards to be presented at homecoming

Each year at homecoming, NNU honors alumni for their accomplishments and service since graduation. For 2017, four individuals will be recognized Friday, November 10 at 10 a.m. during chapel in the Brandt Center’s Swayne Auditorium.

2017 Alumnus of the Year
As a result of his distinguished career...

Serving at-risk youth

“Steve Woodworth represents the finest achievement of Northwest Nazarene University,” stated Dr. Jerry Hull, NNU alumnus (’60) and former professor of social work (1978-2007). “Steve has invested 37 years serving Idaho’s needy, vulnerable, and at risk youth. Throughout the years Steve has worked...

Inspiring students through international experiences

Matthew Chitwood graduated from NNU in 2004 with Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and an emphasis in Global Management. His most memorable experience during his undergrad years was the semester he spent studying abroad in Central America. This experience was a time of transformation for...

Empowering a future generation of biophysicists

“I could have received the academics at any number of institutions, but NNU met me at a place where I needed nurturing coupled with the academic rigor all the while being trained to be successful in life after NNU,” remarked Dr. Carolyn A. Fitch.

Since her college days, Dr. Fitch has compiled an...

Leaving a legacy of service

Prior to joining the faculty of Northwest Nazarene College in 1970, Dr. Francis A. Sharpton graduated from the College of the Ozarks in Arkansas in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. In 1960 he received his master’s degree in physics from the University of Arkansas and in 1968 he received a...

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 of...

Preparing the next generation

“Our job is not finished until we have prepared the next generation.” This anonymous quote has inspired Dr. Ray Lindley, NNU’s Alumnus of the Year Award recipient, and it defines his lifelong dedication to education. This love of education was fostered in Lindley while at NNU and has ultimately led...

Empowering learners of all ages

It’s no secret that Steve Wyborney’s career in education is impressive. NNU’s 2016 Alumni Professional Achievement Award recipient is an award-winning teacher and instructional coach well known for his use of instructional technology and his passion for mathematics. He has written 13 math textbooks...

Serving through medicine, missions and mentoring

As the university’s vision statement proclaims, “[NNU] seeks a more excellent way, to be a transformative learning community expressing the love of Jesus by forming scholars, nurturing disciples, serving the Church, shaping the culture, redeeming the world.” Dr. Daniel Benedick embodies this vision...

We love when our alumni make us proud

“Judy and Andy have given themselves fully to service in the Kingdom of God. They are wonderful missionaries with a deep love for the people of Papua New Guinea. They are tremendous examples of Christ-centered compassion and sacrifice,” said Dr. Bill McCoy, a colleague at Kudjip Nazarene Hospital,...

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