U.S. News & World Report named Northwest Nazarene University one of the top universities in the West in its 2016 Best Colleges ranking that was released on September 9. In addition to ranking again with U.S. News, NNU was again named one of the best colleges in the West according to The Princeton Review.
“I am pleased with our enrollment numbers this year. But beyond the numbers, I’m delighted by the individuals I’ve personally encountered who are now calling NNU their home. Having just spent time getting to know our freshmen better at Freshman Retreat, I know this class of students will contribute greatly to the NNU community in the years ahead,” said Pearsall.
Monday, August 31, 2015, NNU celebrated the recent accreditation of its Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) program by the international Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Achieving ABET accreditation is the culmination of an intense five-year process of program building, growth, assessment and evaluation to meet ABET’s rigorous standards.
NNU’s Department of Engineering is pleased to announce its programs have officially achieved ABET accreditation. ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that is an internationally recognized accreditor of college and university programs, specializing in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.
NNU’s RockSat-X engineering team, in collaboration with Boise-based American Semiconductor, Inc. (ASI), launched an experimental payload on a sub-orbital sounding rocket to 100 miles above the Atlantic Ocean on a half-hour flight on Wednesday, August 12. The payload parachuted down into the Atlantic where it was recovered by ship and returned to the NNU research lab for post-flight data analysis by the team and their collaborators.
On July 15, Heather Skovgard was named the 2016 Miss Rodeo Idaho at the centennial celebration of the Snake River Stampede. While being Miss Rodeo Idaho will be an intense task in and of itself, Heather is also entering her fourth and final year at NNU. She plans to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in May 2016.
Spring semester, three NNU seniors participated in a course titled “Franchise Venture,” which tasked each student to prepare a business plan for a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory franchise.
Thoughts from alum Jodi (Peterson) Lindley (’96). Jodi is currently serving as Asia policy advisor for cooperative threat reduction for the Department of Defense. She was also the recipient of the 2014 Leon Doane Young Alumnus Award.
Alumnus Mark Kasinger (recipient of the 2014 Professional Achievement Award) knows from experience where an NNU degree can take you. He credits dedicated professors who taught him how to think beyond the subject matter for giving him the foundation he’s needed to work in the aerospace industry. The hard skills as well as the creative thinking ability he gained at NNU have allowed him to keep his head in the clouds working for NASA.
Northwest Nazarene University values experiences that are out-of-this-world. For the third consecutive year, NNU students are participating in RockSat-X, a NASA program that allows students a chance to research and develop experiments that will be launched into space.