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Archived press releases from 2006

DEC27
NWC to dedicate new nursing arts laboratory
NWC to dedicate new nursing arts laboratoryNorthwestern will hold a ceremony of dedication and open house for its new nursing arts laboratory on Friday, Jan. 12, at 4 p.m. The facility is located in the former obstetrical unit of the Orange City Area Health System’s downtown campus.
DEC27
Music prof to guest teach at Russian seminary
Music prof to guest teach at Russian seminaryHeather Josselyn-Cranson will spend a week in Russia teaching current and future pastors how to use music to benefit their congregations.
DEC7
Alumnus exhibits entreneurial spirit
Alumnus exhibits entreneurial spiritJames Li entered the LCD television market early and now serves as president and chief operating officer of Syntax-Brillian, one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of high-definition TVs.

November

NOV29
Five students chosen for Iowa Collegiate Honor Band
Five students chosen for Iowa Collegiate Honor BandFive members of the Northwestern College Symphonic Band were selected recently to be part of the 100-member Iowa Collegiate Honor Band.
NOV16
Jeff Barker named Iowa Professor of the Year
Jeff Barker named Iowa Professor of the YearJeff Barker, theatre professor, has been named Iowa Professor of the Year for 2006 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
NOV14
Northwestern begins presidential search process
Northwestern begins presidential search processNWC has begun the search process for a successor to President Bruce Murphy, who announced in October his plans to retire upon the hiring of a new president.
NOV14
NWC team wins local site of programming competition
NWC team wins local site of programming competitionA team of three Northwestern College students placed first among the 12 teams at the NWC site during the Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest.
NOV6
NWC announces tuition guarantee program
NWC announces tuition guarantee programNorthwestern’s Tuition Guarantee, effective for incoming students in the fall of 2007, promises new freshmen and transfer students their tuition, room and board will not increase while they earn their degree from Northwestern.
NOV6
Huffman speaks at conference on institutional research
Huffman speaks at conference on institutional researchDr. Tim Huffman spoke at the Association for Institutional Research in the Upper Midwest conference in Bloomington, Minn., Nov. 2 and 3.
NOV6
Retired professor inducted into high school hall of fame
Retired professor inducted into high school hall of famePhil Patton, professor emeritus of business and economics, was inducted into the hall of fame of his high school in Philip, S.D., in October.

October

OCT25
Edman to speak at psychology teachers' conference
Edman to speak at psychology teachers' conferenceDr. Laird Edman will be one of the keynote speakers at the Iowa Teachers of Psychology annual conference in Pella on Nov. 10.
OCT23
Daily presents paper at International Conference on the Book
Daily presents paper at International Conference on the BookDan Daily, director of Ramaker Library, presented a paper at the fourth International Conference on the Book in Boston on Oct. 21.
OCT20NWC honored for hurricane reliefNorthwestern has been named to the first President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in recognition of its efforts to serve Gulf Coast communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
OCT17
Playhouse windows available for bidding
Playhouse windows available for biddingMany stained glass windows from the Playhouse are available for bidding in preparation for the building's razing.
OCT11
Board meeting focuses on strategic plan
Board meeting focuses on strategic planNorthwestern's fall Board of Trustees meeting, Oct. 9–10, was focused on discussions about the college’s strategic plan that is currently under development.
OCT9Murphy announces plans to retireDr. Bruce Murphy, Northwestern's president since January 2001, announced to the Board of Trustees that he will retire from the presidency upon the conclusion of a search for his successor.

September

SEP29
Two to speak at mission conference
Two to speak at mission conferenceBarb Dewald, associate dean of spiritual formation, and Dr. Rod Spidahl, associate professor of religion/missiology, will present workshops at the Fellowship of Short-Term Mission Leaders conference in Atlanta Oct. 11 to 15.
SEP29
Koene named certified court interpreter
Koene named certified court interpreterPiet Koene, instructor of Spanish, has been named to the roster of certified court interpreters for the state of Iowa.
SEP26
Davis presents research poster
Davis presents research posterDr. Ralph Davis, associate professor of biology, presented a research poster at the Symposium on Research Frontiers in Brain Function and Disorders.
SEP11
Business department receives accreditation
Business department receives accreditationNorthwestern’s business department has received accreditation from the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.
SEP8
Edman presents Manchester College convocation speech
Edman presents Manchester College convocation speechDr. Laird Edman, associate professor of psychology, gave the opening convocation address at Indiana’s Manchester College on Sept. 4.
SEP8
Student conducts research for Pioneer Hi-Bred
Student conducts research for Pioneer Hi-BredMelinda Jansen, a senior biology-health professions major, is conducting research for Pioneer Hi-Bred International during a seven-month internship.

August

AUG29
Fall enrollment sets record
Fall enrollment sets recordNorthwestern College’s enrollment is at an all-time high, with 1,342 students attending classes this fall.
AUG23Princeton Review lists NWC among Midwest's bestNorthwestern is among 163 institutions selected for 2007 “Best in the Midwest” designation by the Princeton Review, based on the opinions of current students.
AUG16
Eight join Northwestern faculty
Eight join Northwestern facultyEight new full-time faculty members at Northwestern College are preparing for the Aug. 22 start of the fall semester.
AUG8
Professors attend seminar on using language to present Christian themes
Professors attend seminar on using language to present Christian themesKaren Barker, professor of theatre/speech, and Dr. Joonna Trapp, associate professor of English, attended a seminar on "Writing as Christian Proclamation in Contemporary Contexts: The Truth's Superb Surprise."
AUG2
Business professor earns doctorate
Business professor earns doctorateJan Carrell, a member of Northwestern’s business faculty since 2002, has earned her doctoral degree.

July

JUL26Renovation under way on student centerNorthwestern is renovating its Rowenhorst Student Center in a yearlong project that will cost nearly $5 million.
JUL24
Northwestern names interim dean of spiritual formation
Northwestern names interim dean of spiritual formationDr. Susan Heeren Reese has been named Northwestern's interim dean of spiritual formation and vocation and director of the Lilly Grant.
JUL24
State grant to help NWC maintain historical records
State grant to help NWC maintain historical recordsNorthwestern has received a grant of $12,317 from the State Historical Society of Iowa to aid in translating, cataloging and digitizing college historical records.
JUL7
Westenberg earns doctorate
Westenberg earns doctorateWayne Westenberg, a member of Northwestern’s mathematics faculty since 2001, has earned his doctoral degree.

June

JUN22
Actuarial program receives advanced classification
Actuarial program receives advanced classificationNorthwestern’s actuarial science program has received approval from the Society of Actuaries to be moved from its introductory classification to the “advanced” level.
JUN19
New bleachers to be installed at De Valois Stadium
New bleachers to be installed at De Valois StadiumDe Valois Stadium is getting new bleachers this summer. Aluminum bleachers with 3,100 seats will be installed by Aug. 14.
JUN16
Library receives additional gifts for Kooiker Collection
Library receives additional gifts for Kooiker CollectionDr. Anthony Kooiker recently donated an additional 1,800 music scores and books to Ramaker Library.

May

MAY30
NWC receives reaccreditation from Higher Learning Commission
NWC receives reaccreditation from Higher Learning CommissionNorthwestern has received formal notification of its reaccreditation by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
MAY30
Northwestern receives renewal grant from Lilly Endowment
Northwestern receives renewal grant from Lilly EndowmentNorthwestern has received a renewal grant of $499,800 from Lilly Endowment Inc. to build upon its Vocare: Find Your Place project.
MAY24
NWC receives federal grant for research on antiparasitic drugs
NWC receives federal grant for research on antiparasitic drugsNorthwestern has been awarded a $197,466 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for research Dr. Ralph Davis is conducting on antiparasitic drugs.
MAY15
Dean of spiritual formation accepts position in Seattle
Dean of spiritual formation accepts position in SeattleDr. Keith Anderson, dean of spiritual formation and vocation and director of the Lilly Grant, has resigned to become the senior vice president of academic affairs and academic dean at Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle.
MAY13
Graduates awarded Faculty Honors at commencement
Graduates awarded Faculty Honors at commencementTwo international students are among three 2006 Northwestern graduates who received Faculty Honors at commencement ceremonies on May 13.
MAY10
Lilly Grant funds summer research and scholarship
Lilly Grant funds summer research and scholarshipTwenty-three Northwestern faculty and one student will receive funds from the college’s $2 million Lilly Grant for summer research and scholarship related to vocation and helping students discover God’s call on their lives.
MAY5
Students selected for competitive summer research programs
Students selected for competitive summer research programsThree NWC students have been chosen from applicants across the country to participate in National Science Foundation-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates programs this summer.
MAY2
Professor speaks at ethnic ministries summit
Professor speaks at ethnic ministries summitDr. Rod Spidahl, assistant professor of religion, led a seminar at the Atlanta 2006 Ethnic Workers’ Summit held April 27 to 29. The conference sought to encourage and enable intercultural ministry connections.
MAY2
Kugler receives Northwestern Teaching Excellence Award
Kugler receives Northwestern Teaching Excellence AwardDr. Mike Kugler, associate professor of history, has been named this year's recipient of the Northwestern Teaching Excellence Award.
MAY2
Jeff Barker appointed to endowed professorship
Jeff Barker appointed to endowed professorshipJeff Barker, professor of theatre and speech, has been appointed to the Northwestern College Endowed Professorship.
MAY2
Psychology seniors present research at conference
Psychology seniors present research at conferenceNine NWC senior psychology majors presented the results of their research at the Siouxland Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference, hosted by Northwestern on April 27.

April

APR27
Board members updated on campus developments
Board members updated on campus developmentsSeveral campus developments were highlighted at the Northwestern College spring Board of Trustees meeting, April 24–25.
APR26
Students to participate in summer missions
Students to participate in summer missionsTwenty-two students from Northwestern will spend their summer on short-term mission experiences as members of the college’s Summer of Service team.
APR26
Students to study abroad over summer
Students to study abroad over summerFour groups of Northwestern students will travel and study overseas this summer. Each trip is connected with a class that has a different academic focus and is led by NWC faculty members.
APR26
NWC appoints alumnus to new fund-raising position
NWC appoints alumnus to new fund-raising positionJason Schrock of Bellflower, Calif., has been appointed by Northwestern to serve in the newly created role of regional development director.
APR21
Thayer receives staff recognition award
Thayer receives staff recognition awardPatti Thayer, director of academic support, has been named the 2006 recipient of the college’s Staff Recognition for Inspirational Service Award.
APR21
Four students speak at history conference
Four students speak at history conferenceFour NWC history majors spoke at the 41st annual Student History Conference, sponsored by the Phi Alpha Theta history honors society at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, on April 20.
APR21
Northwestern honors longtime employees
Northwestern honors longtime employeesFifteen longtime Northwestern employees were honored at the college’s Spring Recognition Banquet on April 20.
APR20
Turnwall lobbies for National Writing Project funding
Turnwall lobbies for National Writing Project fundingBarb Turnwall, assistant professor of English, joined educators from 40 states in Washington, D.C., on April 7 to promote continued funding for the National Writing Project and local and regional writing projects.
APR20
Biology faculty and students to present research
Biology faculty and students to present researchTwo Northwestern biology professors and five students will present results of their research at the annual meeting of the Iowa Academy of Science in Storm Lake April 21–22.
APR13
Andres earns doctorate
Andres earns doctorateMichael Andres, a member of Northwestern's religion faculty since 1998, has earned his doctoral degree and been promoted to associate professor.
APR12
Northwestern appoints De Jong to VP position
Northwestern appoints De Jong to VP positionRon De Jong, associate vice president of development, has been appointed to the new role of vice president for external relations.
APR6
Incoming students win Peale Scholarships
Incoming students win Peale ScholarshipsEight incoming freshmen—from Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota—have been selected to receive Norman Vincent Peale Scholarships. Each student will receive a total of $48,000 over four years at NWC from the prestigious scholarship.
APR4
Trapp leads efforts to develop bibliography
Trapp leads efforts to develop bibliographyDr. Joonna Trapp, associate professor of English, chaired a sub-section of scholars working on a bibliography for eventual publication on the web.

March

MAR24
Prof and student present papers at conference
Prof and student present papers at conferenceDr. Michael Avery, assistant professor of business and economics, and senior Emily Hennager of Ames, Iowa, presented papers at the Midwest Business Administration Association conference held from March 15–17 in Chicago.
MAR17
Board announces faculty promotions
Board announces faculty promotionsThe Northwestern College Board of Trustees has announced the awarding of tenure and promotions to several faculty.
MAR17
Northwestern to be featured at Christian college forum
Northwestern to be featured at Christian college forumNorthwestern will be well represented when 1,200 people gather for the International Forum on Christian Higher Education in Dallas March 30–April 1.
MAR9
Biology majors to present research at animal science conference
Biology majors to present research at animal science conferenceNorthwestern biology majors Jason Helmus and Laura Rensink will present papers at the annual meeting of the Midwest American Society of Animal Science in Des Moines from March 20–22.
MAR2
Nursing program receives approval from Iowa Board of Nursing
Nursing program receives approval from Iowa Board of NursingThe Iowa Board of Nursing unanimously granted full approval for Northwestern to admit students to its new Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (BSN) March 2.

February

FEB15
Edman publishes article on teaching critical thinking
Edman publishes article on teaching critical thinkingDr. Laird Edman, associate professor of psychology, wrote an article published in the online journal of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, E-xcellence in Teaching, in January.
FEB15
Remmerde makes 256 in a row on CBS' The Early Show
Remmerde makes 256 in a row on CBS' The Early ShowDeb Remmerde, the All-American guard who broke all known records by hitting 133 consecutive free throws this season, was featured on CBS’ The Early Show on Monday, Feb. 13.
FEB14
Gala Auction raises $38,000
Gala Auction raises $38,000The 23rd annual Northwestern College Gala Auction on Saturday, Feb. 11, raised around $38,000, bringing the total raised through the auction to nearly $550,000.
FEB10
Northwestern names Forgette associate academic dean
Northwestern names Forgette associate academic deanDr. Adrienne Forgette, associate professor of psychology, has been appointed associate dean for academic affairs.
FEB9
Remmerde's free-throw record ends at 133
Remmerde's free-throw record ends at 133Deb Remmerde's record-breaking streak of consecutive made free throws ended at 133 during a 95-66 win at Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, S.D., on Wednesday, Feb. 8.
FEB8
Kang featured at symphony concert
Kang featured at symphony concertDr. Juyeon Kang, assistant professor of music, was featured on a Grieg piano concerto at a South Dakota Symphony Orchestra benefit concert.
FEB1
Theatre students excel at regional competition
Theatre students excel at regional competitionThree Northwestern students, one alumnus and a theatre faculty member received recognition for outstanding theatre work at this year’s regional Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival.

January

JAN26
Visual identity system earns district award
Visual identity system earns district awardNorthwestern’s new visual identity system—the logo and wordmark that represent the college—has been recognized in the 2006 Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District Six awards competition.
JAN24
Anderson contributes to book on religion in the Pacific region
Anderson contributes to book on religion in the Pacific regionDr. Douglas Firth Anderson, professor of history, is one of seven contributors to a new book, "Religion and Public Life in the Pacific Region: Fluid Identities."
JAN23Sally Edman named to national psychologists' committeeDr. Sally Oakes Edman, director of Northwestern’s counseling services, has been appointed to the Continuing Education in Psychology Committee of the American Psychological Association (APA).
JAN20
Northwestern justice program to be used nationwide
Northwestern justice program to be used nationwideInternational Justice Mission (IJM), a Christian human rights organization that rescues victims of violence, sexual exploitation and oppression, has adopted Northwestern’s Season of Justice program as a national program to be used by other IJM chapters.
JAN12
Student featured in nationally televised documentary
Student featured in nationally televised documentaryKari Broadway, a Northwestern senior, is being featured in a documentary on mental illness. The hour-long show produced by Mennonite Media, "Shadow Voices: Finding Hope in Mental Illness," is airing nationwide on ABC affiliates.
JAN5
Religion professor completes doctoral degree
Religion professor completes doctoral degreeMitch Kinsinger, assistant professor of religion and Christian education, has earned his doctoral degree.

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