North Parker Magazine Summer 2019

Articles in This Issue

First Word: The Inauguration Address of Mary Karsten Surridge

“Today, we are delighted to welcome friends from near and far to celebrate and witness our commitment to advancing our vital mission in every way.”

North Park Partners With Roosevelt University for Pharm.D. Degree

North Park has embarked on a joint program with Roosevelt University in which students will spend three years at each institution, eventually graduating with a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.

Professor Takes Fulbright Trip to India

Dr. Sumie Song, North Park’s Director of Global Education, traveled to India last summer on a Fulbright educator grant to learn about recent trends, challenges, and projections in higher education.

Meet Alderman La Spata

The North Park alumnus ran, and won, the top spot in his Chicago ward on a platform of servant leadership.

North Parkers Study Abroad

North Park University offers a wide variety of study abroad opportunities, including two group programs in Sweden and Ecuador.

In a City Plagued by Gun Violence, North Park’s Oratorio Asks ‘What Can Be Done?’

This year’s Spring Oratorio addressed a topic that, while foreign to students living on North Park’s peaceful campus, can’t be ignored by many Chicago residents: gun violence.

Vikings Name New Head Football Coach

North Park has named Kyle Rooker, a former Assistant Head Coach at Carthage College in Wisconsin, as Head Coach of the North Park Vikings Football Team.

North Park Bids Farewell to Three Iconic Deans

Deans Linda Duncan, Craig Johnson, and Wesley Lindahl are retiring after a combined 70 years of service to the North Park community.

North Park Nets $650K Grant From National Science Foundation

North Park University has been awarded a $650,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to expand pathways for more undergraduate students to meet the nation’s need for well-educated scientists, engineers, and technicians.

MLK Event Features Alumna Austin Channing Brown

Austin Channing Brown C’06 visited North Park last January to discuss racial and social injustices in a Catalyst on Campus event that honored the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Scholarships to Increase for Transfer Students

High-achieving students who transfer to North Park will earn up to 44 percent more in scholarship funds, under a new award structure that will likely boost enrollment in the coming years.

Sohlberg Hall’s New Purpose

CRUX, Catalyst 606, and the Office of Diversity find a spiritual — and physical — home in the renovated former residence hall.

State of Grace

The School of Restorative Arts brings incarcerated and free students together in a unique classroom: Stateville Correctional Center.

The Inauguration of Mary Karsten Surridge

The investiture of North Park’s 10th President drew hundreds of well-wishers, who gathered for a week of celebration and pageantry to honor a new chapter in North Park’s history.

Women in Service and Leadership

In honor of the inauguration of Mary Karsten Surridge, the University’s first female President, North Park Director of Archives Andrew Meyer curated the exhibit Women of North Park, currently on display in the Johnson Center.

Commencement 2019

More than 550 North Parkers received their diplomas, graduate degrees, and certificates during a celebratory commencement weekend filled with family, friends, and University faculty and staff.


The North Park community gathered May 1 for the fourth annual Blue and Gold Day, a fundraising effort sponsored by the Office of Advancement.

Seminary Honors Alum for Work with AIDS-stricken Orphans

North Park Theological Seminary has honored Princess Kasune Zulu S’14, the first female member of Parliament in her home nation of Zambia, with the North Park Theological Seminary Award for Distinguished Service.

Fulbright Award and 2019 Distinguished Seniors

Dariel Chaidez Receives a Fulbright Award; Katerina Dague and Anosh Wasker are 2019 Distinguished Seniors.