Campus News Highlights
So much has been happening at North Park University this year! Here are a few highlights. You can read further about each of these stories — and more — by clicking on the teasers below.
President Parkyn Authors Booklet on University’s Educational Ideals
University President David L. Parkyn has written a collection of essays focusing on the University’s “voice” in the community and the world. Discovering Our Voice: Reflections on Learning at North Park University addresses seven educational ideals that reflect the University’s mission, vision, and its three core values: Distinctively Christian, Intentionally Urban, and Purposefully Multicultural.
North Park University Athletics Introduces New Website, Features Enhanced Content
A new website for fans of North Park University athletics features Viking team information and news about the University’s athletics program. Among the enhancements, the new site makes it possible for photo galleries to be featured; videos can be added throughout the site; live stats can be displayed with athletes’ photographs; stats can be displayed on mobile phones; and visitors can be surveyed through “quick polls.”
O’Hea Appears on Food Network Show Chopped
Shanna (Horner) O’Hea, North Park University alumna (C’94) and chef and co-owner of the Kennebunk Inn and Academe, was one of four chefs who appeared in March on the popular Food Network show, Chopped. Last summer, O’Hea headed to New York City to film the episode. Titled “Plenty of Fish,” it featured unusual items such as an Indian gourd, lutefisk, and for dessert, Chinese sausage and baby eggplant.
Daniel White Hodge Named Director of Center for Youth Ministry Studies
Dr. Daniel White Hodge joined the University in February to direct the University’s Center for Youth Ministry Studies (CYMS). Hodge has 18 years of urban-youth experience with organizations such as Young Life and World Vision and related scholarship, speaking, teaching, and writing experience.
Group Visits China, Meets Business and Education Leaders
Fifteen students, faculty, and alumni of the School of Business and Nonprofit Management (SBNM) visited China in March to study its rapidly growing economy and to further the University’s partnership agreements with one of five Chinese universities, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GUFS).
North Park Justice Summit and Chicago Reload Conference Features West, Wallis
More than 900 people attended the two-day North Park Justice Summit and Chicago Reload conference in March to learn about justice and how to work for it in their communities. Attendees filled the University Gymnasium to hear Dr. Cornel West deliver a rousing commentary on Christianity, love, and justice. Other speakers included Rev. Jim Wallis, Rev. Judy Peterson, Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, and Rev. Harvey Carey.
North Park University Choir Performs in New England
The 45-member North Park University Choir performed before packed congregations in three New England states in March. Choir members also led a workshop with area high school choirs at a Massachusetts school. The tour theme was “Towards a Peaceable Kingdom: Songs of Faith, Inspiration, and Community.” Dr. Julia Davids, the Stephen J. Hendrickson Endowed Chair of Choral Activities, School of Music, directed the choir.
Annual Sankta Lucia Pageant Celebrates Saint Known for Bringing Light into Darkness
The University’s Anderson Chapel was filled for the annual Sankta Lucia (Saint Lucia) Pageant Dec. 10, a traditional Advent celebration similar to events honoring the saint in Scandinavian countries. Students read the Christmas story in English and Swedish from the Gospel of Luke, told of Christmas traditions in Scandinavian countries and here in the United States, and recalled the story of Sankta Lucia.
North Park University Alumni Work on Spanish-Language XBox Kinect
North Park University alumni Kjel Larsen C’2007 and Luke Bruckner C’2005 were part of a team that worked on a Spanish version of the Kinect, an accessory for the popular Microsoft Xbox 360 video-game console that detects movement by players so that physical controllers are not necessary.
Chemistry Students Benefit from New Spectrometer and Microwave System
Students in North Park University’s chemistry department are using new, high-tech equipment that improves classroom learning and research. North Park became one of the first U.S. universities to acquire a miniature Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer, which helps a user identify molecules in a solution by providing a “spectrum” or picture in graph form. The department has also added a Discover SP System, allowing students to improve experiments.