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Coach Powell: A Philosophy of Love and Selflessness

The decision to become a coach at NNU was an easy one for head men’s soccer coach John Powell. He had played soccer for most of his life, including four years as a collegiate student-athlete at Cal State Stanislaus, where he was named the school’s Male Student-Athlete of the Year in 2010-11. During his playing days, two major factors stood out to him that were key in influencing his decision to become a coach once his playing career was finished.

Integrating Christ in Higher Education

My name is Viola. I am a woman of African descent. I am currently a doctoral student at Northwest Nazarene University, a higher education Wesleyan Christian institution. I am grateful for the opportunity to attend a Christian university. Choosing to go to NNU was a great decision.

Uniquely Transformative 
in Thought & Deed: Regarding Change

There are many facets of Christian higher education, and at NNU, nuances of faith and learning play out in the classroom, in chapel and in the dining and residence halls. NNU’s beauty is in its various shades of experience—worldview shaping; faculty and staff with integrity and kindness; safety to explore thought and belief; a warm place of compassion, community and belonging.

The Long Road

Nazarene higher education is part of my heritage. My grandparents graduated from Point Loma, and my parents, aunts and uncles graduated from Northwest Nazarene University. Both my parents worked for NNU when I was a kid. I basically grew up on campus.

Living into God's Story

I’m in my 30th year of getting to teach Christian theology to general education students at NNU or other Christian universities. I love all my classes, but teaching Intro to Theology to a room full of diverse students from multiple majors and backgrounds is still my favorite course to teach.

Opening Thoughts: What's in a Name?

We all have a name. In fact, we all have names. Some of us have two: first and last. Some have three: first, middle and last. Others may have four or five names. Whether it’s two, three, or more, each of the names within our name carries meaning and purpose. The ways our individual names are used in...

Winter Awakening 2023

As a Christian institution, centered in Jesus Christ, NNU routinely offers opportunities and resources for spiritual growth and engagement on campus. One of those opportunities is NNU’s annual Winter Awakening week in February, designed to provide students space for that focused spiritual engagement...

NNU's Theatre Arts Presents The Sound of Music

Northwest Nazarene University’s Theatre Arts will be performing The Sound of Music March 16 through 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 19 at 3:00 p.m. This beloved musical is the final collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, based on the true story of the Von Trapp Family...

NNU Launches New Concentration in Engineering

NNU has announced that a new program in Semiconductor Engineering is now open for enrollment as part of its ABET-accredited Engineering program. This new concentration will begin classes Fall 2023, alongside NNU’s existing concentrations in Agricultural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer...

2022 Sciences Summer Research

Each year, students in NNU’s sciences departments are invited to participate in summer research.

International Students Club

NNU's International Club is comprised of 30+ students and 10 faculty and staff members who are interested in sharing and learning about countries and cultures.

A Firm Foundation: A Culture of Christ-Centeredness Through the Years

**If you were asked to compare NNU to a younger version of itself, decades past, it would be tempting to focus the entirety of your comparison on the differences. Instead, ask what hasn’t changed. Years later, what might be the one thing that NNU has never let go of, that makes NNU’s community stand...

Living into Spiritual Life
With a change in leadership comes new vision and new ways to live into NNU’s mission. This year, NNU welcomed Grant Miller as the new University Chaplain and Ashley Gage as Associate Chaplain. Here Grant and Ashley share their plans as they continue to encourage students to live, learn and lead now and in the future.
NNU Appoints New Director of Community Life

This week NNU announced the appointment of Andy Cornelius as the University’s new Director of Community Life. Cornelius has been serving as an admission counselor at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas. "The Student Life team is excited to have Andy join us as the new Director of...

NNU Appoints New Associate Chaplain

This week NNU announced the appointment of Ashley Gage as the University’s new Associate Chaplain. Gage has been serving as the Connections Pastor at Nampa College Church of the Nazarene for the past two years. She has served as a part of the Wesleyan Holiness Women’s Clergy and as a case manager...

Leadership Changes Ahead for NNU’s Student Life

Carey Cook, Vice President for Student Life, will be stepping down from his role at NNU to pursue a new career as the CEO of local business, High Road PEO. His resignation marks the end of nearly three decades at NNU.

NNU Chaplain to become District Superintendent of the Upstate New York District

NNU announced Friday, March 26, that Chaplains Olivia and Dustin Metcalf will be stepping down from their positions following Olivia’s appointment as the District Superintendent of the Upstate New York District of the Church of the Nazarene. Olivia will take over from interim district superintendent...

NNU Honored Dr. King's Legacy with Week-Long Beloved Community Events

Last week the NNU community participated in a series of events designed to honor and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. including special speakers, a panel discussion and a display from the Idaho Black History Museum. All events were centered around NNU’s desire to become more like...

NNU Prepares for Spring Semester Face-to-Face

Northwest Nazarene University has updated its 2020-2021 Community First plan in anticipation of the beginning of spring semester. This plan outlines the COVID-19 health and safety protocols the university will follow as students return to campus for in-person classes and residential living. Students...

NNU Completes Fall Semester In Person

Unlike many college students across the Boise Valley and throughout the nation who have been confined to dorm rooms or bedrooms for fall semester, students at NNU have been predominantly in face-to-face classes since Aug. 31. They will finish the semester this Thursday, Dec. 10 just as they started...

Carrying on in Community

By Parker Akkerman, Class of 2020


When the news finally came, we were all expecting it. We could have never anticipated, however, just how much that one change would uproot our lives in the months to come.

March 13 was the last normal day. It was the night of the beloved campus event...

A letter to my sister and all her senior friends

Dear sissy and all of her senior friends,

Gosh I’m sorry that this has happened to you.

This is so far from what you deserved. This is unfair and I know it can’t be easy.

I am sorry about the last moments with your friends. You should not be grieving them.

I am sorry about sports...

NNU to Go Online for the Remainder of the Semester

Northwest Nazarene University announced Wednesday that its transition to remote learning will be extended through the end of the Spring semester. Additionally, all university faculty and staff who are able will begin working remotely Monday, March 23, 2020. Only those employees critical to...

Connecting for a Healthier Future

By Kaelen Bach, Current Nursing Student, Chehalis, Washington, Class of 2021


The Student Nursing Association (SNA) is a group of compassionate and community-minded nursing students on campus who work to provide personal, intellectual, professional and social growth for the members through...

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