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North Parker Magazine Winter 2017

Articles in This Issue

First Word: Leading by Faith—Yesterday and Into Each Tomorrow

This is the nature of leadership—we lead by faith. We know well the stories of faith told in the 11th chapter of the Epistle to the Hebrews. These are accounts of people who followed God into unchartered territory, to an unknown destination.

New Academic Programs Prepare Students for Urban Engagement and Future Careers

This fall, North Park University launched and announced several programs that will uniquely prepare students for a variety of careers and allow them to engage directly with the city of Chicago.

Provost Emerson on North Park’s Chicago Intensive

Provost Dr. Michael O. Emerson offers an update on the newly expanded Chicago Intensive, which first ran as a pilot program last spring.

Alumnus Wins International Guitar Competition

An Tran C’14 won first prize at the 2016 Hamilton International Guitar Competition in Ontario, Canada.

Acclaimed Chef Alumna Returns to Campus for 125th Anniversary Celebration

When Shanna Horner O’Hea C’94 returned to campus for the University’s 125th Anniversary Celebration, she spoke at an Alumni Panel session about her experiences as a chef.

New Dean Joins North Park

Dr. Gregor Thuswaldner began his position as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of humanities August 15.

NPRESS Students Share Research Findings

At the beginning of the academic year, students and faculty in the North Park Research Experience for Summer Students (NPRESS) presented their findings to their peers, members of the Board of Trustees, and University donors.

125th Anniversary Celebration

More than 600 alumni and friends joined with the North Park community on Friday, September 23, for North Park’s all-day 125th Anniversary Celebration.

Homecoming 2016

Following the 125th Celebration, alumni returned to campus for annual festivities on September 24.

Faculty and Staff Welcomed

North Park welcomed new full-time faculty and staff to the University as the 2016–2017 academic year began. They were introduced to the University community August 25 at the annual faculty and staff Gathering Day. New faculty members include Dr. Gregor Thuswaldner, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of humanities; Dr. Lindsey…

Faculty Authors Explore a Range of Topics

Reflecting the breadth of expertise and interests at North Park, several University faculty recently authored books on a wide
range of topics

North Park Joins White House in Launching Nationwide Fair Chance Higher Education Pledge

Last summer, North Park University joined with the Obama Administration and 24 other colleges and universities around the country as a founding partner for the launch of the Fair Chance Higher Education Pledge.

Four Brothers Play Together on Same Viking Team

This season, Vikings football explored uncharted territory: building a squad with four brothers simultaneously playing on the same team.

New Diversity Team Focuses on Intercultural Campus Initiatives and Student Success

In an effort to better serve its intercultural campus community, North Park formed the strategic Diversity Team this academic year.

Nonprofit Management Awards Announced at Axelson Center Symposium

Last summer, the 17th Annual Axelson Center Symposium for Nonprofit Professionals and Volunteers announced its nonprofit management award winners.

Campus Theme Asks, “What is Beauty?”

This fall, North Park’s Campus Theme series began its 14th year, as the campus community together explored the question “What Is Beauty?

2016 Honor Roll

North Park University is grateful for the generous support received from many individuals, families, and organizations each year. We are proud to recognize your gifts through the Honor Roll of Donors and Annual Report, published online.

North Park Salutes 2016 Alumni Honorees

Honoring Janice Phillips C’76, Ted Ernst A’51 C’54, Mary Helwig C’06 and Joanna (Ericson) Kanakis C’06.

To a Bold and Distinctive Future

Faith-filled leadership ensures North Park’s trajectory as the nation’s leading city-centered university.

Trustee Vision: Past, Present and Future

It is our faith that binds our mission as a Christian university to our core value of nurturing Christian faith while welcoming students from all traditions.

Trustee Vision: Connecting Work and Faith

Every North Park student has the power to influence others and the potential to make the world a better place.

Trustee Vision: The City as Laboratory

One of the aspirations of North Park University’s strategic plan is “adopting the city as both subject and place of learning as a foundation for academic excellence.”