Five highlights of 2016
As we enter 2017 with anticipation of what is to come, we want to take a minute to reflect on some of the highlights of the year past. From a project with NASA to the inauguration of the thirteenth president, NNU has had an exceptional year. Celebrate these exciting changes and accomplishments with us as we look forward to many more in 2017.
On February 18, NASA announced its selections for the seventh round of its CubeSat Launch Initiative that “provides opportunities for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned for upcoming launches.” NNU’s project will be the first satellite or spacecraft ever built in space and the first satellite from an Idaho university.
NNU's Department of Nursing announced their new Master of Science Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN FNP) program in April, with the first cohort starting in August. “The MSN FNP program will uphold the mission of NNU with its goal to transform the undergraduate nurse into the advanced practice nurse who will become the next creative and redemptive agent in our world,” shared program director Dr. Bethany Mello.
Crusader student-athletes excelled well beyond the playing fields and gym floors during the 2015-16 season. For the second straight year and the sixth time overall, the Crusader student-athletes proved to be the best in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, claiming the GNAC Academic All-Sports Championship in July.
On October 6, Joel K. Pearsall, JD, was inaugurated as the thirteenth president of Northwest Nazarene University. Longtime member of the university community and son of a former president, Pearsall comments, “I am a product of NNU and ‘bear the fingerprints’ of many NNU faculty and staff who shaped me while I was a student and who continue to have significant impact on my life. To now serve as president of the university is both an honor and a humbling experience.”
NNU was ranked #4 in the U.S. for private universities and #19 for four-year public/private universities and colleges overall in Military Times’ Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 rankings. “At NNU we recognize and honor the sacrifices and services of our military members, veterans, and their families and are blessed with the leadership and broad experiences they bring to our campus community to include the important contributions they make each day,” stated Dr. Bob Sanchez, director of NNU's Office of Veteran Services.