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Messenger Winter 2018

Opening thoughts

Winter 2018

Recently, I decided I wanted to make a career change and go in a new direction. I wanted something more, and I felt I needed something more—something that would nourish my dry soul and feed my hungry heart. So I began asking myself, “What am I passionate about?” In the midst of exploring the answer to that question, I boarded a plane to India.


In the weeks that followed that trip, I came to realize that in the slum a small spark had ignited a new passion in my dry soul. A passion to be tied to a transformational mission. A passion to lead others in trajectory-altering ways. A passion that ultimately led me to NNU.

Here you’ll read similar stories of people on a journey through life, of God using life to ignite passion, of people pursuing that passion and living out the call of God on their lives.

In Continual Pursuit,

Mark Cork

Mark Cork
AVP for Marketing & Public Relations

Alumna Q&A: Dorothy Ackerman, chemistry

Winter 2018

2013 chemistry alumna Dorothy Ackerman shares about the research she’s doing and how NNU prepared her to excel in the doctoral program at Vanderbilt University.

Borders between us

Winter 2018

Alumnus and videographer Maxwell Moser shares about his time spent in Somalia. He was there to document the worsening famine for World Vision—a famine the United Nations has called the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.

To change hearts

Winter 2018

Traveling from the Pacific to the Atlantic, a group of cyclists participated in Pedal to Plant, an Extreme Nazarene campaign raising awareness, friends and funds for church plants. Their journey across the continent covered 4,259 miles—from Seaside, Oregon, to Yorktown, Virginia.

Eyes to see, ears to hear

Winter 2018

Chasing their passion for social justice and ministry, this past summer chaplain Olivia Metcalf and her family went on a pilgrimage tracing the Civil Rights Movement. "Why were we there? What kind of journey was this? The only way I can explain it is to say we felt like we had to be there."

The worst critique

Winter 2018

Art professor Amy Gilles shares how a devastating critique shaped her and the way she teaches for the better. "In front of a room full of people, I suddenly doubted something foundational about my identity, and it struck at a very deep place in me."

Making an impact

Winter 2018

After her long journey to NNU, soccer student-athlete Anita Maryskova has experienced not only great success on the field—enjoying a historic season in which the team made the GNAC tournament for the first time in NNU’s history—but also true teamwork built on trust.

Seeking discovery

Winter 2018

NNU and the Boise Valley provided Austin Reich with invaluable opportunities to gain experience in the field of biology. As a junior, he is volunteering as a zoo naturalist at Zoo Boise, working as head animal TA for the biology department and conducting research with professor Dr. Cossel.

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