2013 News Archive


North Park University Confers 269 Degrees at 2013 Winter Commencement

December 16, 2013
North Park awards 254 degrees at Winter Commencement, encouraging graduates to continue discovering their dream. - Read More...

Community Mourns the Loss of Recent Graduate

December 9, 2013
A memorial service for Darlene Kelley will be held Thursday, December 12, in the Seminary's Isaacson Chapel. - Read More...
Festival of Lessons and Carols

North Park University Invites You to Celebrate Advent with Lessons and Carols

November 27, 2013
North Park University's annual Festival of Lessons and Carols is scheduled for Sun., Dec. 8, at 4:00 pm, at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood. - Read More...
North Woods Retreat, photo by Karl Clifton-Soderstrom

Students and Faculty Retreat to the North Woods

November 21, 2013
A group of North Park students and faculty recently took a nature writing and philosophy retreat at Covenant Point Bible Camp. - Read More...
Kanyere Eaton

Fifth Annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference Addresses "Achieving Peace by Embracing Diversity"

November 14, 2013
The fifth annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference brought nearly 600 attendees to North Park on Sat., Nov. 2, for workshops, networking, and a keynote from Rev. Kanyere Eaton. - Read More...
An Tran, senior, 2013 Lincoln Laureate

North Park University Senior Music Major Named Lincoln Academy Student Laureate

November 4, 2013
Classical guitarist An Tran is honored for his academic and artistic achievements. - Read More...
2013-2014 Fulbright U.S. Student Top Producer

North Park University Among Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Students

October 31, 2013
Three North Park graduates were awarded Fulbright grants for the 2013–2014 year, bringing the University's total to 12 student awardees in the last five years. - Read More...
Dr. Soong-Chan Rah

Seminary Launches Doctor of Ministry in Urban Ministry Leadership

October 25, 2013
This new doctoral program is designed for seasoned pastors and ministerial leaders who desire to deepen their knowledge and practice of urban ministry while continuing to serve their congregations. - Read More...
Mayor Rahm Emanuel at River Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Mayor Emanuel Joins River Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

October 21, 2013
The rehabilitated track and soccer field at River Park, just blocks from North Park University's campus, was officially opened with a formal ceremony on Monday, October 14. - Read More...
Axelson Center Award Winners

Axelson Center to Honor Nonprofits for Exemplary Managerial Practices

October 11, 2013
The Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management is now accepting applications for the Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence and Excellent Emerging Organization Award, honors bestowed at the annual Axelson Center Symposium for Nonprofit Professionals and Volunteers. - Read More...
President Lloyd Ahlem

University Mourns Loss of Former President Lloyd Ahlem

September 30, 2013
Dr. Lloyd Ahlem C’48, president of North Park College and Theological Seminary from 1970 to 1979, died September 29 in Turlock, Calif. Ahlem, 83, served as the sixth president of North Park. - Read More...
Music for Social Change

University Launches Certificate in Music for Social Change

September 26, 2013
The School of Music is offering undergraduate students new options in arts administration, composition, jazz studies, and teaching music through El Sistema-inspired methods. - Read More...
Dr. Scott Erickson

Nyvall at 150: The Founding President's Enduring Impact at North Park

September 25, 2013
Alumnus Dr. Scott Erickson C'89 S'93 will present a lecture to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of founding University president David Nyvall on Thursday, October 10. - Read More...
University Convocation, September 16, 2013

University Convocation Recognizes Faculty Achievements

September 17, 2013
Pres. David Parkyn presided over the University Convocation ceremony on Mon., Sept. 16, honoring faculty achievements and formally installing Vice President for Student Engagement Jodi Koslow Martin. - Read More...
Aleksandar Hemon

Campus Theme Asks "What Is Peace?"

September 16, 2013
This year's Campus Theme will welcome authors, teachers, ministers, and activists to a year-long discussion of peace with students, faculty, and staff. - Read More...
North Park University student in classroom

North Park University Continues to Be Counted Among Best Midwest Schools

September 10, 2013
North Park University has been ranked 53rd among Midwest regional colleges and universities by U.S. News and World Report in their 2014 Best Colleges list published September 10. - Read More...
Professor Nnenna Okore

Professor Nnenna Okore Featured in Sculpture Magazine

September 3, 2013
Nnenna Okore, associate professor of art, is featured in the July/August 2013 issue of Sculpture magazine, a publication of the International Sculpture Center. - Read More...
Jodi Koslow Martin

New Vice President Welcomes Students to Campus

August 27, 2013
Dr. Jodi Koslow Martin, new vice president for student engagement, welcomes students to this new academic year with encouragement for to get involved in many ways. - Read More...
North Park University Dining Hall

Renovated Dining Hall Opens for New Academic Year

August 19, 2013
Changes to the campus dining options at North Park include major renovations on the main dining hall and a new Flex Dollars program available to all students, faculty, and staff. - Read More...
Chicago Public Library Bookmobile

Chicago Public Library Offers Bookmobile in University Parking Lot

August 13, 2013
The University lot at 5151 N. Kimball Ave. is now home to a Chicago Public Library bookmobile, offering limited services to the community while the Albany Park Branch is being rebuilt. - Read More...
Richard Carlson

North Park Community Remembers Richard W. Carlson

July 29, 2013
Richard W. Carlson, professor emeritus of ministry at North Park Theological Seminary, is remembered fondly for his care of students and faithfulness to God. - Read More...
Gwen Munoz-Arroyo

North Park University Hosts CPS Summer Writing Camp

July 25, 2013
North Park's Summer Writing Camp helped Chicago Public School students get ready for their college application process. - Read More...
2013 Wheel Gymnastics World Championships

North Park University to be Site of Wheel Gymnastics World Championships

July 2, 2013
The 10th Wheel Gymnastics World Championships will take place on North Park University's campus July 8–14, 2013. - Read More...
Johnny Imerman at Axelson Center Symposium

University's 14th Axelson Center Symposium Draws More than 500 Nonprofit Leaders

June 7, 2013
The annual Axelson Symposium continues to grow, attracting nearly 570 nonprofit leaders and volunteers at this year's conference. - Read More...
Bailey Schwartz

North Park University Student Earns Fulbright Grant, Headed to Turkey

May 29, 2013
Bailey Schwartz, a 2012 University history graduate, will leave this fall for a 10-month Fulbright assignment in Turkey. - Read More...
Board of trustees member David Otfinoski signs a steel beam to be used in the construction of the Johnson Center.

University Trustees Hear Positive Recruiting News, Building Progress Report

May 29, 2013
The University is expecting a good-sized recruiting class for the 2013–2014 academic year, and fundraising is nearly complete for Campaign North Park, trustees learned. - Read More...
Renee Borkowski

Marketing Transformation Driven by New Tools, New Behaviors, Says Graduate

May 24, 2013
A University graduate in a senior-level strategic marketing role says new digital tools have led to a transformation in business practices. - Read More...
In Search of Genius Event

University Hosts 'In Search of Genius' School Science Competition

May 22, 2013
The University hosted a science competition May 16 for hundreds of Chicago-area elementary school students. - Read More...
Jodi Koslow Martin

North Park University Names Jodi Koslow Martin VP for Student Engagement

May 14, 2013
Dr. Jodi Koslow Martin will join the University community July 1 as vice president for student engagement, while Elizabeth Snezek assumes the role of dean of students. - Read More...
Axelson Symposium Speaker

'The Engagement Effect' Theme of Axelson Center Nonprofit Symposium June 3-4

May 13, 2013
A full house is expected for this year's June 3-4 Axelson Symposium in Chicago, with the theme "The Engagement Effect." - Read More...
Spring Commencement

University Awards Degrees to 412 Students at Spring Commencement Ceremonies

May 13, 2013
The University presented degrees to 412 students at its 120th Spring Commencement ceremonies May 11. - Read More...
Timothy Ahlberg and Sam Auger

Two North Park University Students Earn U.S. Fulbright Awards

May 9, 2013
Two University graduates were awarded Fulbright students awards for 2013. Ten North Park students have now won these awards in the past five years. - Read More...
Isaac Bauer

North Park Student Awarded Critical Language Scholarship by State Department

May 7, 2013
Isaac Bauer earned a Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State, and will go to Morocco to study and learn Arabic. - Read More...
Minnehaha Academy

North Park Recognizes Minnehaha Academy Centennial

May 5, 2013
Several notable members of the North Park University community joined Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis as the private Christian school celebrated its 100th year this April. - Read More...
New MAEL Program

University Offers New Master's Program for Aspiring Illinois School Principals

May 2, 2013
Certified teachers in Illinois can now earn a principal endorsement and a graduate degree through a new program in the School of Education. - Read More...
Wilfredo de Jesus

North Park Theological Seminary Graduate Named to 2013 TIME 100 List

April 25, 2013
Seminary graduate Rev. Wilfredo De Jesus was named by TIME as one of the world's 100 most influential people. - Read More...
Students honored at 2013 Honors Convocation

2013 University Honors Convocation Recognizes Outstanding Students, Employees

April 23, 2013
The 2013 Honors Convocation recognized the University's top seniors, including two Distinguished Seniors chosen from five finalists. - Read More...
North Park Update

North Park University Plans to Reopen Friday, April 19

April 18, 2013
North Park University closed campus and canceled classes on Thursday, April 18, because of heavy rains and flooding around the Chicago campus. - Read More...
Bach Week Festival 2013

North Park University to Host Bach Week Festival Concert May 5

April 16, 2013
On May 5, North Park University will host the first-ever Bach Week Festival performance in the city of Chicago. - Read More...
Wilfredo de Jesus

TIME Cover Story Focuses on North Park Theological Seminary Graduate

April 9, 2013
A graduate of the University's Seminary program is featured in the April 15, 2013, cover story in TIME. - Read More...
General Education

North Park University Faculty Revises Core Curriculum for Fall 2013

March 28, 2013
The University faculty approved a significant revision of the Core Curriculum for undergraduate students beginning in fall 2013. - Read More...
Student Mary Ellis

North Park Student Named Best Presenter at Regional Scientific Meeting

March 28, 2013
North Park University Junior Mary Ellis was named the top undergraduate presenter at a significant scientific meeting in Chicago this month. - Read More...
Community Service Honor Roll

North Park University Named to Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

March 26, 2013
North Park University was again cited for outstanding community service and named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. - Read More...
Cleopatra Pendleton speaks

University Hosts Forum to Seek Solutions to Chicago Street Violence

March 22, 2013
North Park University students joined local leaders and others in a day devoted to discussion of ways to stop violence in Chicago streets. - Read More...
Chicago Reload

'Chicago Reload' Urban Youth Worker Conference at North Park April 6

March 19, 2013
North Park University hosts Chicago Reload, a popular continuing education event for urban youth workers, April 6. - Read More...
Creating Peace Chicago

University Hosts 'Creating Peace on Chicago Streets' March 20

March 14, 2013
North Park University will host a day-long series of events March 20 to promote peace and nonviolence in Chicago. - Read More...
Chicago Skyline

North Park University to Offer Undergraduate Major in Nonprofit Management

March 8, 2013
This fall, North Park University will become the only Chicago higher-education institution to offer undergraduate degree programs in nonprofit management. - Read More...
Jennifer Wiseman

Astrophysicist Reflects on Science, God, and Jesus in North Park Lecture Series

March 4, 2013
A noted NASA astrophysicist said science, and in particular, study of the universe, offers some ideas about the nature of God. - Read More...
North Park University Gospel Choir

University Gospel Choir Touring Ensemble to Visit California Congregations

February 19, 2013
North Park University is sending its Gospel Choir Touring Ensemble to California for a spring break tour of ECC congregations. - Read More...
Tim Lowly Painting

University Art Professor Uses Public Spaces to Create Artistic Pieces

February 17, 2013
Tim Lowly is creating a larger-than-life painting in Brandel Library. See what he's up to, and learn more about an art exhibition in the library beginning this month. - Read More...
Board of Trustees

Substantial Progress Reported to North Park University Trustees

February 14, 2013
Good news about many University initiatives and programs was discussed at the February 2013 meeting of the board of trustees. - Read More...
North Park University's compass in the center of campus.

North Park University to Offer Three Communication Arts Majors

January 29, 2013
The Communication Arts Department will offer majors in three disciplines beginning this fall, the result of a three-year process of study and discussion. - Read More...
Johnson Center construction in January 2013.

University President Addresses Student Recruitment, Planning, New Construction

January 29, 2013
President Parkyn welcomed North Park University faculty and staff to a busy campus for the spring semester. - Read More...
Rabbi Andrea London

Creating 'A Beloved Community' Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 22, 2013
Two speakers highlighted the influences of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in their lives, and discussed his legacy at the University's annual Martin Luther King Day activities. - Read More...
Bible translation project in India

North Park University Professor Working in International Bible Translation Project

January 21, 2013
Dr. Rajkumar Boaz Johnson is working in an international collaborative project to translate the Bible into a common Indian language, using poetic expression. - Read More...
Modesto Tico Valle accepts the Alford-Axelson Award, which was presented to the Center on Halsted in 2012 at the annual Axelson Symposium in Chicago.

University's Axelson Center Accepting 2013 Nonprofit Awards Applications

January 11, 2013
The application deadline is February 1 for the Axelson Center's Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence. - Read More...
North Park Seminary

Lilly Endowment Awards Significant Grant to North Park Theological Seminary

January 7, 2013
Lilly Endowment, Inc., provided a $250,000 grant to the Seminary to help students reduce educational debt and become more financially literate. - Read More...