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CRUX: A Little Discomfort Goes a Long Way

Covenant Companion features North Park’s student discipleship community.

40 Students Enroll in New NPTS Program at Stateville Correctional Center

Covenant Companion reports on the opening of the first full degree program through North Park Theological Seminary’s School of Restorative Arts.

A Tale of Two Cities: North Park University Provost Michael O. Emerson Co-authors Book About Urban Development

Emerson’s new book, Market Cities, People Cities: The Shape of our Urban Future, explores differences in how Houston and Copenhagen treat their residents (and what it means for the rest of us.)

Summer Science Academy at North Park University

High School students gain college-level skills and learn to love science in hands-on classes.

The Chicago Audubon Society’s Birding America Conference Held at North Park University

The Chicago Sun-Times features Birding Conference held at North Park amongst other signs of spring.

North Park University Alumnus Alvaro Gago Wins a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival

Chicago Sun-Times celebrates the growing influence of the Chicago film community at Sundance Film Festival.

Meet RaD Lab Artist Nnenna Okore

North Park professor and artist Nnenna Okore shares her creative process and passion for the environment at a public interactive presentation.

Engaging Chicago

PUPN Magazine shares Dean Thuswaldener’s insights into experiential learning and North Park’s new curriculum.

Lilly Endowment for Congregational Ministry

Lilly Endowment Inc. has launched a national initiative to help clergy working in congregations thrive in their roles as pastoral leaders.

Men’s Soccer to Play in First-Ever Final Four

North Park University is preparing for its first-ever Final Four appearance in the men’s NCAA Division III soccer tournament this weekend in Greensboro, North Carolina.

North Park University’s Men’s Soccer Heads to First-ever NCAA Final Four

Following a record-breaking 20-1-1 season, North Park University’s Men’s Soccer Team will make its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III Final Four tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina, Dec. 1.

North Park to Host Former Presidential Authority on “Religious Freedom in the Culture Wars,”

Two leading religious scholars explore how Christian identity is shaped by the current culture in a North Park University-sponsored forum.

Giving Students Real-world Experiences Means Putting Community Into Curriculum

Education DIVE interviews North Park University’s Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Gregor Thuswaldner, regarding the University’s innovative curriculum.

Recovered Plaque Honoring North Park University Vets to Be Dedicated on 70th Anniversary of WWII’s End

WFLX Fox 29-TV shares the news of North Park’s rededication of WWII plaque on campus.

How This Chicago Organization Is Using Sports To Empower Young Girls

Lucy Mucino, a North Park student, is working with Girls in the Game. Girls in the Game is improving the lives of those who might otherwise get left behind.

Bach Week Festival and North Park University’s School of Music, Art, and Theatre Partner for 2017 Festival

The Chicago area’s 44th annual Bach Week Festival, opening April 28 in Evanston, Ill., will feature festival debuts of local and visiting artists of international stature in concerts devoted to the music of the festival’s namesake, German Baroque composer J. S. Bach.

North Park University Helps to Fill Digital Marketing Talent Shortage by Offering New Degree

Undergraduate students prepare to launch careers with covetable skills

North Park Faculty: Standing With the Vulnerable

Inside Higher Ed calls attention to a letter—Confessing Faculty—circulated among Christian college professors who pledged support for marginalized people. The letter was inspired by the North Park Theological Seminary Post-election Statement.

Changing Chicago Community Through Music

Tom Zelle, professor of music, interviewed by NBC local news about the SHIFT/Englewood orchestra program.

God’s Glory, Neighbor’s Good: Revisiting the Pietist Vision for Christian Higher Education

Professor John Laukaitis facilitated a conversation with historian Chris Gehrz about the Pietist vision for Christian higher education.

Vikings Earn Share of CCIW Title

North Park Vikings can finally call themselves CCIW Men’s Basketball Champions.

North Park Theological Seminary Post-election Statement

Faculty and staff offer statement in response to current national climate.

Innovative Scholars Loan Program to Benefit Seminarians

A new Covenant Scholars pilot program will provide 0 percent interest loans to 10 North Park Theological Seminary MDiv students a year over the next three years to cover tuition costs, it was announced at the Midwinter Conference.

‘Hate has no home here’ campaign, started in North Park, goes viral

North Parker Steven Luce designed the “Hate has no home here” poster, and neighbors quickly printed and posted them — in North Park, Albany Park, West Ridge, Rogers Park. Now, they can’t keep up with requests for the posters.

Interview — Balodimas-Bartolomei: Researching the Greek Communities of the World

Dr. Angelyn Balodimas-Bartolomei, coordinator of the ESL and Master of Arts in Literacy, Language, and Culture programs at North Park University is interviewed on her forthcoming book, Greek Communities of the World. The book focuses on the demography and history of the people while also providing information on their religious, community and cultural lives.

Video — Liberal Arts Colleges & Universities: A Hidden Resource for Chicago and Illinois

David L. Parkyn, president of North Park University, spoke at the City Club of Chicago along with Donna M. Carroll, president of Dominican University. Dr. Parkyn discussed aspects and outcomes of a liberal arts education at North Park University and similar institutions.

Akvavit Theatre Announces New Artistic Leadership; Associate Company Members

North Park University alumnae, Kirstin Franklin, now serves as the company’s new co-artistic director. Joe Giovannetti, another alumnus, was also added as a new associate company member.

Letters from Stateville

In 2015 North Park Theological Seminary began offering theology courses at Stateville Correctional Center outside Chicago. The letters that follow are from incarcerated students and their professor on their transformative experiences of faith.

As Obamas exit center stage, they get to work shaping legacy

Dr. Wesley Lindahl, dean of North Park University’s School of Business and Nonprofit Management, comments on the Obama Foundation fundraising campaign. Dr. Lindahl is an expert in nonprofit fundraising.

Video — Bobby Flay and Hoda Kotb cook up a surprise for this Salvation Army volunteer

Merrill Powers, a graduate of North Park’s masters in business administration and nonprofit administration programs, was surprised by TODAY show and Bobby Flay. In an edition of “Hoda’s Bucket List Granted,” TODAY’s Hoda Kotb had a heartwarming surprise for Merrill Powers, head of a Salvation Army center in Chicago.

Rhodes School hires new assistant principal

Cindy Salas, graduate of North Park University’s master of arts in educational leadership program, has been hired as the west suburban school’s new assistant principal. Rhodes is an elementary school in River Grove, and Salas hopes to use her bilingual skills and Hispanic heritage to help connect with the community.

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church America’s Churches: Often a reflection of the nation’s racial divide

Dr. Michael Emerson, North Park University provost and author of Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America, is interviewed by Reuters for their story in the wake of the Charleston, South Carolina massacre.

Let’s Talk with Mark Elfstrand—Christians and Ramadan

On Friday, June 19, Dr. Boaz Johnson, professor of biblical and theological studies at North Park, sat down with the radio host to discuss what Christians can learn from Ramadan. Tune in to the 38:00 minute mark to hear from Dr. Johnson.

Ancient Faith Commentaries—Boring Work: Good for the Soul

Following his article in Christianity Today (see below), Dr. Brad Nassif, professor of biblical and theological studies at North Park, discussed the topic in depth in an Ancient Faith Commentaries podcast.

A Chemistry Department’s Epic Transformation

Caliper magazine explores the Nancy and G. Timothy Johnson Center’s use of LabQuest 2 and the Connected Science System in its laboratories.

Boring Work: Good for the Soul

Dr. Brad Nassif, professor of biblical and theological studies, writes in the April issue of Christianity Today that “No matter how monotonous, unseen, or ordinary, our jobs can powerfully transform us into Christlikeness.”

2015 March Madness by the Numbers

Professor John Born, assistant professor of sports management, was recently interviewed by WalletHub and gave his thoughts on March Madness and the issues surrounding compensation for student athletes.

Science Center at North Park University Earns LEED Gold

Green Building News shares the news of the Nancy and G. Timothy Johnson Center for Science and Community Life achieving LEED Gold Status.