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September 06, 2017

Gathering Day, Fall 2017: Coming Together, Looking Forward

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Tuesday, August 22, members of North Park University’s faculty and staff gathered in Anderson Chapel for a time of welcome and of looking forward to the year ahead. Interim President Carl Balsam encouraged faculty and staff to utilize this time of transition to come together in support of the priorities and mission of North Park. Members of the presidential search committee shared about the process and current status of the search for presidential candidates. New faculty and staff members were welcomed by name with warm applause.

All of this was followed by a worship service which both reflected on the challenges of this transitional time and gave uplifting direction for the journey ahead. Prayer and song were led by members of the faculty and University Ministries, and Pastor Judy Peterson offered an inspiring message which gathered the thoughts and themes of the day into meaningful context. Sharing about her own inclination to exert control over life’s uncertainties, Pastor Judy reminded those gathered that God does not often share with us our intended destination. Rather, he invites us into an intimate relationship, one that is deepened as we learn to rely on his guidance in each moment and appreciate the journey as it unfolds.

Welcome to Our New University Faculty

Keith Bakken, Associate Professor of Health Sciences
Melissa Pavlik, Assistant Professor of English & Director of the Writing Center
Carolyn Poterek, Assistant Professor of Education & Coordinator of Secondary and K-12 Programs
Gwendolyn Purifoye, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Daniel Walsh, Associate Professor/Coordinator of MA in Educational Leadership Program
Jessica Wardell, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Director of Design and Production

Welcome to Our New Seminary Faculty

Hauna Ondrey, Assistant Professor of Church History
Dwight Perry, Dean of Seminary Faculty and Professor of Homiletics and Leadership
Elizabeth Pierre, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care

Welcome to Our New Staff

Athletics
Mike Gravier, Associate Head Football Coach
Libby Scarlatos, Rowing Coach

Enrollment Management
Matt Bond, Transfer Admission Counselor
Michelle Carillo, Admission Counselor
Rosemary Cha, Data Entry Specialist
Emma Lundeen, Transfer Admission Counselor
Jose-Jose Palma, Assistant Director of Admission, Graduate and Adult Programs
Kara Sexton, Admission Counselor

Information Technology
Greg Neumarke, Systems Analyst

Office of Advancement
Marissa Kunkel, Annual Fund Manager

Physical Plant
Flavia Gutierrez, Housekeeper
Matthew Novak, Groundskeeper

Provost Office
Marcus Hill, Director, CRUX School of Discipleship Learning Community
Andrew Larson, Program Assistant, Catalyst Hub

School of Business and Nonprofit Management
Roman Motley, Project Assistant for the Lilly Endowment Grant

School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Kristine Aronsson, Director, Advising for Advanced Education in the Health Professions
Alexandra Blanchard, Operations Coordinator

Student Administrative Services
Hannah McCree, Student Services Specialist
Michelle Schumacher, Student Services Specialist

Student Engagement
Rebecca De Rose, Director of Student Activities
Laura Ebner, Student Success Learning Specialist
Miranda Lonzo, Intercultural Program Coordinator
Rachel Marten, Coordinator of Academic Advising and Faculty Liaison
Raevhann Rush, Resident Director
Kimberly Schiller, Wellness Education and Title IX Coordinator

University Marketing and Communications
Machaela Irving, Marketing & Communications Manager
Rebekah Putera, Web Content Manager

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