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5 highlights of 2015

January 1, 2016


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The year 2015 has come and gone. But before we launch into 2016, we want to take a minute to reflect on some of the best moments of the year past. NNU saw its ups and downs in 2015, but has been overwhelmingly blessed along the way. Here are the top five highlights:

Joel Pearsall named president.

In June, the NNU Board of Trustees named Vice President of University Advancement Joel Pearsall to the role of president for an interim period of two years. Joel has brought enthusiasm and a great love for NNU to the role: “I’m excited about the future; I have great hope for the future. I believe the best days for NNU are ahead.”

NNU Crusaders take the GNAC Academic All-Sports title for a fifth year in a row.

Go Saders! Last July, Northwest Nazarene University Athletics claimed an unprecedented honor as the Crusaders swept the season-long Great Northwest Athletic Conference Academic All-Sports title for the fifth time, tying for the most academic titles in league history.

NNU Engineering Program achieves ABET accreditation.

In August, NNU’s Department of Engineering announced that its programs officially achieved ABET accreditation. “This ABET ‘stamp of approval’ ensures that the education offered in our NNU engineering program meets the international measure of high quality and that NNU’s graduates are well prepared to serve at the forefront of engineering both here in the Valley and around the globe,” said NNU engineering program director Dr. Stephen Parke.

Conrad family provides largest gift in NNU history.

In September, NNU received a second distribution of a gift from the estate of Mary and Howard Conrad. The first portion of the gift, received in March of 2014, came in at $10 million and the university’s remainder interest was determined after various other estate matters were settled and totaled over $8 million. This gift—now exceeding $18 million, the largest in NNU history—will be truly transformative for the university, current and future students, and the greater Boise Valley.

Installation of the Christ sculpture completes the campus quad project.

Last fall, NNU celebrated the completion of the first phase of the campus quadrangle project outlined in the university’s Vision 2025 plan. At the center of the new quad is a statue of Christ sculpted by Danny Edwards, class of 1968. Standing at 7½ feet, the 412-pound Christ sculpture serves as a visual reminder to those who pass Him that Christ is the Center and foundation of everything we do at NNU.

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