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The Best of 2009

North Park University campus

A national advertising award, two Fulbright recipients, a new website launch, a major league draft pick, and more. . . . In case you missed these headlines the first time around, here are some of the year’s most memorable moments at North Park University.

Students and Staff Return from Inauguration With Lasting Impressions

CHICAGO (January 22, 2009) – “Twenty-four hours ago I stood on the Washington Mall wedged between an African American woman in her sixties who wore her finest fur coat and hat and a white man of the same generation wearing a ski jacket and knit cap,” Campus Pastor Judy Peterson wrote on Wednesday, January 21, following one of the most widely watched and heavily attended presidential inaugurations in history. . . . (Read more)

Linda Parkyn Receives Fulbright Award

CHICAGO (March 19, 2009) – Linda K. Parkyn, professor of Spanish at North Park University, has been selected for a prestigious Fulbright Specialists project in applied linguistics at the Universidad Nacional de Agricultura in Catacamas, Honduras. . . . (Read more)

Photography Exhibit Celebrates Multiculturalism

CHICAGO (March 27, 2009) – You might call it a virtual conversation. Currently a wall on the second floor of Brandel Library is strewn with messages left by observers of an intriguing photography exhibit that has been housed in the display area since January. The photographers—students Eric Staswick; his wife, Bethany Crino Staswick; and Lucas Larson—invited the viewing public to respond to the question, “How and where do you experience multiculturalism in your world?”. . . . (Read more)

Axelson Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary

CHICAGO (March 11, 2009) – When a mix of nonprofit leaders, educators and others began to consider developing a school of nonprofit management at North Park University, they never imagined how successful it would be. . . . (Read more)

New Website Engages Online Visitors

CHICAGO (March 28, 2009) – Current visitors to the North Park University website may notice something different. After months of preparation, the University unveiled its new-and-improved online presence on March 27—a redesigned site complete with rich media, blogs, news feeds, and other Web 2.0 features designed to make visitors’ experiences more informative and interactive.
University President David Parkyn welcomed viewers to the homepage with his own blog entry. . . . (Read more)

North Park Raises $15K for Oaxaca Ministry

CHICAGO (May 1, 2009) – The leader of a ministry that provides poor women in Oaxaca, Mexico, with microenterprise loans expressed his gratitude for $15,000 given by North Park University Ministries. Students raised $10,000 during a special chapel offering on March 25, and an anonymous donor matched $5,000. . . . (Read more)

New Book Captures North Park’s History in Pictures

CHICAGO (April 17, 2009) – North Park University and Seminary alumnus John E. Peterson knows a little something about school spirit. A former University trustee and self-described “amateur historian,” he has spent years amassing a collection of North Park memorabilia—from photographs, to yearbooks, to magazines. In fact, his affinity for his alma mater and love of its history inspired Peterson to help produce a book capturing North Park’s rich 118-year legacy in pictures. . . . (Read more)

Graduating Senior Receives Fulbright Award

CHICAGO (April 20, 2009) ¬– Ask most graduating seniors about their post-college plans, and you may get a host of answers—“traveling abroad,” “furthering my education,” and “getting a job” among them. Come September, Spanish and business double major Riley Clark will have the opportunity to do all three as the latest North Park University recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Award. . . . (Read more)

North Park Receives Advertising Award

CHICAGO, IL (May 13, 2009) ¬– North Park University ’s “Do Justice” print advertising campaign recently received a bronze award in the 24th Annual Admissions Advertising Awards—the largest educational advertising competition in the country. . . . (Read more)

Viking Pitcher Drafted

CHICAGO (June 10, 2009) – The 2009 season has been an outstanding year for Mike Giovenco. On top of earning a First Team selection for both the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) and the ABCA/Rawlings All-Central Region; setting the single-season school record for strikeouts (84); and finding his name in the NCAA rankings in several statistical categories; Giovenco can now add an even greater honor to his resume—Major League Baseball draft pick. On June 10, Giovenco was chosen by the Minnesota Twins in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft. . . . (Read more)

North Park Gets High Marks for Student Engagement

CHICAGO (October 8, 2009) – At North Park University, “distinctively Christian, intentionally urban, and purposefully multicultural,” are much more than weighty adjectives in an institutional tagline. According to the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), they are the reality of many North Park students’ college experience. . . . (Read more)

For a complete list of all of our stories this year, check our 2009 news archives.