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The North Parker is published two times each year and contains the latest news from the North Park campus and community. Whether you are interested in reading about the achievements of students, faculty, and alumni; or learning about upcoming lectures, forums, and performances; the North Parker will help you stay connected.
At the center of the Winter 2014 North Parker we spotlight Nancy and G. Timothy Johnson and the Johnson Center for Science and Community Life. We recognize the contributions that the Johnson's have made to North Park University. Read about the "All Roads Lead to Foster" 2014 Homecoming celebration, the 2014 alumni award honorees, and this years campus news highlights.
All Vikings know the North Park legacy carries on long after graduation has come and gone. This issue of the North Parker highlights some of our "masters in mentoring," exceptional alumni whose contributions are invaluable to both students and fellow graduates. Also in this issue: a glimpse of the Viking experience through the eyes of recent graduates, honoring inaugural Seminary alumni award-winner Rev. Dr. Robert L. Owens S'94, exploring our new academic programs, recapping a great athletic year, and updates on the nearly-completed Nancy and G. Timothy Johnson Center for Science and Community life.
Something magical happens when professors are able to walk alongside their students and make connections that further enrich lectures and learning in the classroom and beyond. The Winter 2014 North Parker celebrates this sort of "academic alchemy" that develops, taking a closer look at six unique professor-student pairings within our academic environment. The issue also highlights exciting new developments happening on campus, offers a recap of various Homecoming festivities, and pays tribute to two leaders—former College and Seminary president Dr. Lloyd Ahlem and Seminary professor Richard Carlson—who passed away earlier this year.
Journey across Africa with us in this North Parker as we explore connections alumni and friends have cultivated with communities in the world's second largest continent. Hear from Amy Russell C'10, who is traversing more than 7,000 miles on foot across the continent as an advocate for clean water access; Spark Ventures, a Chicago-based nonprofit working closely with Zambian communities; and North Parkers working for the empowerment of women in Kenya. We also pause to celebrate the achievements of our graduating class, note the exciting addition of several new academic programs and majors, and honor the late Jimmie R. Alford and his legacy of service to the nonprofit sector.
This edition of the North Parker is full of celebration: the community gathering to break ground for the Nancy and G. Timothy Johnson Center for Community Life, recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of eight recent alumni honored with Fulbright Awards, and taking a look back at this year's campus news and Homecoming festivities. We also share stories from many alumni and friends: parents who are giving to the University, winners of the 2012 Alumni Awards, as well as the marriages, births, life-achievements, and remembrances in the Alumni Notes.
Building a community "where faith, learning, and service meet" is a key aspect of the vision and mission of North Park University which plays out across campus and in our students' experiences. In this North Parker we hear from current students, alumni, faculty, and friends about their own experiences navigating this crossroads through the Sankofa journey, key classes and projects, and building memories that last a lifetime. We also look toward the future and a literal building that will present new and exciting opportunities — the Nancy and G. Timothy Johnson Center for Science and Community Life.
What is community? This year's Campus Theme has been challenging students, faculty, and staff to consider this question in many ways. This edition of the North Parker invites you into the conversation. Hear from our campus pastor, students, and faculty about what we're learning. Carl Balsam discusses the planned Science and Community Life Building in this context. Alumni profiles of Shanna Horner O'Hea and Lois Brorson continue the theme, as well. And don't miss photos from Homecoming 2011 in October!
This edition of the North Parker takes an in-depth look at Campaign North Park, North Park's campaign to raise funds for a new Science and Community Life Building, student scholarships, faculty and student enrichment, and the Annual Fund. Other stories include a tribute to Rev. James Hawkinson and profiles of three new academic deans.
This issue of the North Parker magazine walks us down memory lane with classic stories from North Park's campus and celebrates individuals who exemplify lives of significance and service in the science arena. A professor shares his family's adoption story, and tribute is paid to Byron Gustafson, an alum whose contribution to the professional music world will leave a lasting legacy.
This North Parker invites you to look back on the history-making Viking men's soccer season, discover the significant impact of North Park's practitioner faculty on students' classroom experiences, and explore the relationships between our campus and the surrounding community for the past 100+ years.
North Park custodian Ivan Hadzhiminov painted his first icon in secret in Bulgaria, but now paints and donates them freely in Chicago. Willow Creek Community Church's weekend worship is led by a team of North Park alumni. These stories, and more, highlight members of the North Park family who are passionately engaging in their work in churches, their communities, and around the world.
This issue of the North Parker tells of the soul of North Park: its people. Looking through the eyes of alumni with personal ties to Haiti, we feel the continuing pain of the tragic January 2010 earthquake. We experience a global culture through the stories of faculty members whose classrooms are made richer through their international perspectives. And current student Stephanie Weber hopes to make us laugh for years to come.
In this issue, three professors and an alumnus challenge the North Park community to think deeply about what it means to "do justice", three University science faculty members pair the traditional curriculum with creativity, and alumni share their passion for urban sociology, film production, and teaching English as a second language in Eastern Europe.
"Chicago is our classroom, and all Chicagoans are our teachers," is a familiar maxim at North Park. This edition examines how the University exemplifies this through a lasting relationship with a local elementary school, a study partnership with Rush University Medical Center, and by providing adult learners with a first-class educational opportunity. What's more, initiatives like Global Partnerships are extending North Park's classroom to all corners of the world.
Motivation and innovation are exemplified in three recent North Park graduates, who are determined to change the world in unique ways. A student photography exhibit captures our community's cultural diversity. North Park Academy graduates recall the many ways in which their high school has influenced their lives, and how many have become rich contributors to the continuing tradition of the University and Seminary.
North Park's Campus Theme Program, asking the question Who's life is it, anyway?, challenged students in a variety of ways this year. An essay by professor Mary Adams Trujillo challenges North Parker readers to consider the possibilities present in conflict. Profiles of several creative alumni, including two textile artists, two musicians, and a professor of neonatology, examine how others are confronting this question in their professional endeavors.
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