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2011 News Archive

Type 75 certificates awarded

First University Students Complete Illinois School Administration Program

December 20, 2011
The first two students enrolled in the School of Education's "Type 75" certification program received their certificates Dec. 10, after presenting results of their required in-school internships. - Read More...

North Park University Presents Degrees to 192 Graduates at Winter Commencement

December 19, 2011
Degrees were awarded to 192 North Park University graduates at the University's Winter Commencement ceremonies. For the first time ever, the event was webcast live on the University website. - Read More...
Campaign North Park

Campaign North Park Continues to Raise Funds Toward New Construction

December 16, 2011
As the end of the calendar year approaches consider joining those who have already committed to Campaign North Park by making a tax-deductible gift. - Read More...
Luke and Kjel

North Park University Alumni 'Kinect' with Popular Microsoft Product

December 15, 2011
Two recent alumni, Kjel Larsen C'2007, and Luke Bruckner, C'2005, helped implement the Spanish-language voice-recognition system on Microsoft's popular XBox Kinect. - Read More...
NMR Spectrometer

University Chemistry Department to Add Key Instrument for Teaching, Research

December 9, 2011
A miniature Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer will soon find a home in the chemistry labs at North Park and students will be among the first in the nation to use this revolutionary instrument. - Read More...
Athletics Homepage

North Park University Athletics Introduces New Website

December 1, 2011
Catch what's going on with athletics at North Park with the new website featuring integrated video, photo albums, live stats, and more. - Read More...
Discovering our Voice

North Park University President Writes Booklet on University's Educational Ideals

November 29, 2011
President Parkyn has written a collection of essays to help the University tell its story. The booklet addresses seven educational ideals that reflect the University's mission, vision and values. - Read More...

North Park University Hosts Interfaith Dialogue, Highlighting Women of Faith

November 28, 2011
Three women representing Christian, Muslim and Jewish faith traditions, discussed their own faith journeys and exchanged views on religious and social topics at a 90-minute interfaith dialogue. - Read More...
Sankta Lucia

North Park University Prepares for Annual Sankta Lucia Pageant Dec. 10

November 28, 2011
North Park University's annual Sankta Lucia Pageant, complete with Christmas Carols and a reading of the Christmas story in English and Swedish, is Dec. 10 at 4:00 p.m. in Anderson Chapel. - Read More...
Diversity Leadership Conference

North Park University Diversity Conference Teaches Leadership Competencies

November 22, 2011
More than 600 students from around the Midwest learned leadership skills for working with diverse campus organizations at the Third Annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference at the University. - Read More...
Lessons and Carols

North Park University Ensembles Highlight "Festival of Lessons and Carols"

November 18, 2011
Several North Park ensembles, joined by other Chicago-area student groups and professional musicians, will lead the University's traditional Advent and Christmas worship. - Read More...
Human Circle

North Park University Community Joins in 'Human Circle of Protection'

November 17, 2011
Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, joined the North Park Justice League and over 170 community members in forming a "Human Circle of Protection" around the North Park Friendship Center. - Read More...

North Park Theological Seminary Search Committee Seeking Applicants

November 16, 2011
The Seminary is pursuing God's mission for the church, using flexible educational approaches with sustainable means — and seeking a new dean. Nominations are open now. - Read More...
Hannah Haugen

North Park University Senior Named Lincoln Academy Student Laureate

November 11, 2011
Hannah A. Haugen, a North Park University senior was honored by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois as a Student Laureate during a ceremony at the Old State Capital building in Springfield. - Read More...
President Parkyn

North Park University Board of Trustees Hears Promising Campaign Update

November 8, 2011
The Board received a progress report on Campaign North Park, heard of record success in undergraduate student recruitment, and reviewed a report on the Seminary from the President Parkyn. - Read More...
Jerome McDonennell

Chicago Radio Host Encourages North Park University Students to Make a Difference

November 8, 2011
WBEZ's Jerome McDonnell urged North Park University students to become active in their own communities during an appearance for the 2011 Campus Theme Lecture Series. - Read More...
Chamber Soloists

North Park University Ensemble to Perform in "Urban Dolorosa" Remembrance

October 31, 2011
The North Park University Chamber Soloists will perform in a memorial pilgrimage known as "Urban Dolorosa" (The Sorrowing City) with a series of five Chicago multimedia concert events. - Read More...
Robert Lane

North Park University Breakfast Features Former Deere CEO on Business Leadership

October 27, 2011
Former CEO Robert Lane focused on four qualities he brought to his leadership at John Deere: high aspirations, "gritty" ethics, uncommon teamwork, and integrated metrics. - Read More...
Interfaith Dialogue

North Park University to Host "Women Making a Difference" Interfaith Dialogue Nov. 16

October 27, 2011
Women in religious leadership roles will engage in an interfaith dialogue, answer questions from the audience, and conclude with prayers from each religious tradition. - Read More...
Vikings HOF

North Park University Welcomes Five Inductees to Vikings Hall of Fame

October 24, 2011
Five North Park University athletes were inducted into the Vikings Hall of Fame at a ceremony held here Oct. 14 during the University's annual Homecoming festivities. - Read More...
Charles Peterson

North Park University Dean Addresses Higher Education Advisory Committee

October 20, 2011
Dean Charles Peterson addressed the Faculty Advisory Council of the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) and highlighted the University as "a welcoming place" for students of all ethnicities. - Read More...
Alumni Award Winners

Three North Park University Alumni Honored at 2011 Homecoming Festivities

October 17, 2011
North Park alumni Dr. Frederick Ewald, Dr. 'John' Young Song Kim and Dr. Darlene (Duncan) Nelson were honored for outstanding career accomplishments at Homecoming. - Read More...

Viking Soccer and Football Teams Compete During Homecoming

October 14, 2011
The North Park men's soccer team earned a 3-1 win over Augustana College Friday night for Homecoming. - Read More...
Tim Lowly

Iowa Exhibition to Feature Work by North Park University Artist-in-Residence

October 14, 2011
A 12-piece exhibition of circular paintings, known as "tondos," by artist-in-residence Prof. Tim Lowly will be displayed at Northwestern College through Nov. 17. - Read More...
Gospel Choir in Michigan

North Park University Gospel Choir Set for Michigan Tour Oct 20-23

October 14, 2011
The acclaimed Gospel Choir of North Park University, Chicago, will lead worship in six concerts at Michigan churches Oct. 20-23. The theme of the choir's fall tour is "Celebrating an Incredible God." - Read More...
Viking Kids Day

Viking Kids Day Connects North Park University Students, Community Families and Children

October 12, 2011
Student volunteers spent a sunny October afternoon with children who came to campus to have fun, enjoy some pizza and ice cream, watch a Vikings football game, learn about the University, and in the process, form meaningful relationships. - Read More...
SAL 20 Years

North Park University School of Adult Learning Celebrates 20 Years of Service

October 11, 2011
Three alumni tell their personal stories about the 20-year-old School of Adult Learning as a reunion draws near. - Read More...
Cellist Wei Yu

North Park University Graduate Begins New York Philharmonic Ensemble Performances

October 7, 2011
Wei Yu is at the top of his profession as a cellist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, but he hasn't forgotten the liberal arts education he got at North Park University. - Read More...

North Park University Hosts Visiting Professor from China

October 3, 2011
A Chinese economics professor is working with the School of Business and Nonprofit Management this fall, one aspect of North Park's bilateral cooperation agreements with five Chinese universities. - Read More...
Exceptional Music

North Park University to host Concert for Families of Children with Autism and Special Needs

September 30, 2011
North Park University will host the Second Annual "Exceptional Music for Exceptional Families" concert for families of children with autism and special needs on October 8. - Read More...
Faculty Excellence on Display

North Park University Recognizes Faculty Promotion and Tenure, Published Authors, New Deans

September 29, 2011
North Park University recognized 13 faculty members who were promoted in rank or granted tenure for the start of the 2011 academic year. - Read More...
Record Enrollment

North Park University Announces Record Traditional Undergraduate Enrollment for Fall 2011

September 28, 2011
The University announced this week that traditional undergraduate enrollment for the fall semester reached a record 1,929 students. - Read More...
Ecuador

North Park University Hosts Diplomat from Republic of Ecuador

September 22, 2011
An official of the Republic of Ecuador, Dr. Sebastián Lecaro, visited the North Park University campus September 20 to meet with students and discuss his home country. - Read More...
Legislative Briefing

North Park University Hosts Legislative Briefing

September 22, 2011
President David L. Parkyn moderated a September 22 forum at the University that brought together elected officials, staff, and constituents to discuss current issues. - Read More...
9/11 Interfaith Worship

North Park University Commemorates 10th Anniversary of 9/11 with Interfaith Worship

September 21, 2011
About 100 students, faculty, and staff attended an interfaith worship event to pray together and discuss the meaning of the September 11, 2001, attacks. - Read More...
Gary Walter

Covenant President Gary Walter Preaches at North Park Theological Seminary

September 20, 2011
Gary Walter, president of the Evangelical Covenant Church, praised the community of the Seminary, saying its roots lay in the “mission covenant” concept of the denomination it serves. - Read More...

New Faculty, Coaches Join North Park University

September 14, 2011
North Park University welcomed nine new faculty and three athletics coaches to the University’s professional staff as the 2011-2012 academic year began. - Read More...

North Park University Ranked in Top Tier of Midwest Universities

September 12, 2011
North Park University again appeared in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in U.S. News and World Report’s 2012 edition of its annual "Best Colleges" rankings. - Read More...
Old Main at North Park University

North Park University Commemorates Tenth Anniversary of 9/11

September 9, 2011
North Park University commemorates the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, with worship and other remembrances, including a collection of reflections written by members of the University community. - Read More...
Leslie Moore

North Park Student Stars in Chicago Production of Torn: The Musical

September 9, 2011
North Park junior Leslie Moore will use her education and experience when she performs as the lead angel in Torn: The Musical, September 9-11 at Chicago’s Vittum Theater. - Read More...
Nursing Simulation Lab

North Park University Opens High-Tech Nursing Simulation Laboratory

September 7, 2011
This week, the University opens its state-of-the-art nursing simulation laboratory, enabling students in nursing and other disciplines to practice critical skills in a simulated, safe learning environment. - Read More...

North Park Theological Seminary Welcomes New and Returning Students

September 1, 2011
At its Fall Convocation on August 28, faculty and staff of North Park Theological Seminary welcomed 46 new degree-seeking students at a worship service in Anderson Chapel. - Read More...
Study in the Middle East

North Park University Students Prepare for Arabic Study in the Middle East

August 30, 2011
Two senior North Park University students are leaving for different places in the Middle East, where they will study Arabic and learn more about the diverse cultures of the region. - Read More...
moving in

Welcome Convocation Opens New Academic Year at North Park University

August 26, 2011
The University opened the 2011-2012 academic year at its annual “Welcome Convocation” on August 24 with the largest incoming class in the University’s history. - Read More...
president parkyn

President Parkyn Delivers "State of the University" Address

August 24, 2011
President Parkyn said he is energized by the University’s mission, committed to its students, optimistic about the future, and “above everything else, grateful to God” for what God brings to the University community. - Read More...

North Park Campus Facilities, Landscaping Improved During Summer Months

August 18, 2011
North Park's campus is undergoing landscaping and building improvements, getting ready for the start of the academic year. - Read More...

North Park Graduate to be Inducted into LSU Athletic Hall of Fame

August 8, 2011
North Park University graduate Wendell Davis will be inducted into the Louisiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame September 9. - Read More...

North Park University Joins President Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge

August 5, 2011
Leaders from North Park University traveled to Washington, D.C., August 3 for the kickoff of the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. - Read More...
Weborg Center Naming Celebration

The Center for Spiritual Direction Gets a New Name

August 3, 2011
The renaming of the C. John Weborg Center for Spiritual Direction was warmly celebrated July 30 with a program honoring not only Prof. Weborg but the work God has done through him at North Park. - Read More...
Campaign Kickoff

A Festive Evening Kicks Off "Campaign North Park"

June 8, 2011
North Park marked the formal launch of its $57 million fund-raising initiative, Campaign North Park, with an evening reception and program welcoming nearly 300 guests to campus on Saturday. - Read More...
Seminary Commencement

Seminary Commencement Awards, May 2011

May 20, 2011
At commencement services held this weekend in the University's Anderson Chapel, North Park Theological Seminary conferred a range of awards on graduating students. - Read More...
Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Mayor Rahm Emanuel Appears at Axelson Symposium

May 17, 2011
Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel made an appearance and spoke about the importance of the nonprofit community at North Park's annual Axelson Center Symposium. - Read More...
Mayor Daley Receives Nyvall Medallion

Richard M. Daley Speaks at North Park Commencement

May 14, 2011
In his final act as Chicago’s mayor, Richard M. Daley was the speaker at North Park University’s undergraduate commencement exercises on Saturday. - Read More...
Fulbright Scholarship

Michael Nelson Receives Fulbright Scholarship

May 9, 2011
North Park senior Michael Nelson has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Scholarship, becoming the sixth student to receive the honor in the last four years. - Read More...
North Park Campaign

New Website Introduces Campaign North Park

April 12, 2011
The University website is now home to a new "microsite" for Campaign North Park, a $57 million fund-raising initiative to advance science education and the campus experience. - Read More...
Reload 2011 Wrap-Up

Reload 2011 Wrap-Up

April 6, 2011
More than 380 participants gathered from around the country at the University's seventh "Reload" conference for urban youth workers. - Read More...

"Recentering" Takes a New Approach

April 5, 2011
This year, Prof. Mary Adams Trujillo’s class in conflict transformation is planning something even more experimental than usual for their annual "Recentering" conference. - Read More...
North Park University Gospel Chour

Spring Break Music Tour

April 4, 2011
The University’s Jazz Ensemble teamed up with the Gospel Choir Touring Ensemble for a whirlwind four-day tour of Minnesota in March which ignited joyous and enthusiastic response at every stop. - Read More...

Local Deals for Students for Limited Time

April 4, 2011
Neighborhood restaurants will be offering North Park students some extra deals from April 4-17. - Read More...

Gonzalez on Mayoral Transition Team

March 18, 2011
North Park University graduate Rebecca Gonzalez has been busy since Chicago's Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel chose her as one of the members of his transition team. - Read More...
Reload Conference at North Park university

North Park to Host Seventh Annual "Reload" Urban Youth Worker Conference

March 3, 2011
The Center for Youth Ministry Studies will host the seventh annual Chicago "Reload: An Urban Youth Worker Training Experience" on Saturday, April 2, 2011. - Read More...

Spring enrollment breaks North Park University record

February 15, 2011
North Park University's total spring 2011 enrollment reached 3,084 students, breaking last year's record-setting mark. - Read More...
Living Faith

Seminary faculty collaborate on Living Faith

February 10, 2011
Living Faith, a new book authored by North Park Theological Seminary faculty about the central affirmations of the Evangelical Covenant Church, has been released. - Read More...

Campus Reopens Thursday

February 2, 2011
North Park University, at all of our Chicago area locations, will reopen classes and offices Thursday, February 3. - Read More...

Snow Closes Campus

February 1, 2011
We have determined that North Park University, at all of our Chicago-area locations, will close as of 4:30 pm on Tuesday, February 1, through Wednesday, February 2. - Read More...

Snowstorm Announcements

January 31, 2011
How we plan to communicate with you about this week's severe weather conditions. - Read More...

North Park University Signs Agreement with Five Chinese Universities

January 25, 2011
Cross-cultural learning and research opportunities continue to expand for the North Park community. - Read More...
Aaron Nilson at North Park University

North Park University Student Aaron Nilson Receives Fulbright Scholarship

January 6, 2011
Nilson will teach English in Brazil and acquaint students with U.S. culture. - Read More...
Cardinal Francis George

Cardinal Francis George Visits North Park University, Addresses Catholic Social Teaching

Cardinal Francis George, OMI, archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, visited North Park University Oct. 11 to speak about Catholic social teaching. - Read More...