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Northwestern College will hold Raider Nation Celebration, the college’s annual Homecoming and Family Weekend, Oct. 6–7. The weekend’s events include class reunions, banquets, athletic events, a music showcase, and traditions such as the Morning on the Green carnival.

Dr. Laird Edman, research professor and professor emeritus of psychology at Northwestern College, will spend the next two years studying the impact of religious ritual in faith communities thanks to a $234,000 grant from the Templeton Religion Trust.

For the fifth consecutive year, Northwestern College has set enrollment records. This fall’s enrollment is 1,715, up three students from last year.

Northwestern College will host organ soloist Dr. Daniel Huey for a guest recital on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m. in Christ Chapel. On Sept. 29, Northwestern will welcome Stephen Swanson, baritone, and Dr. David Gompper, pianist, from the University of Iowa School of Music. Their piano and vocal recital will be held in Christ Chapel at 7:30 p.m.

Northwestern College invites high school and transfer students to visit campus during the 2023–24 school year. Both individual visits and Raider Days (group visit days) serve as an introduction to the college for prospective students.

Rend Collective, a popular worship band hailing from Northern Ireland, will bring its “Campfire: The 10th Anniversary Tour” to Northwestern College on Friday, Oct. 6, as part of Raider Nation Celebration, the college’s Homecoming and Family Weekend. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Christ Chapel.

Leaders from throughout northwest Iowa have been selected as participants in Accelerate Siouxland, a regional leadership development program offered by Northwestern College’s Center for Innovation & Leadership.

Northwestern College is opening its 2023–24 art exhibit season with a show by Minnesota artist Jessica Henderson. “Look Am I” is on display through Oct. 13, with a public reception with the artist scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 5, at 4:30 p.m.

Northwestern College has hired Dr. James Ruby to serve as the director of its graduate counseling programs. He comes from California State University, Fullerton, where he was department chair and professor of human services.

The second cohort of students in Northwestern College’s physician assistant studies program will graduate Saturday, Aug. 12. Master’s degrees will be awarded to 29 students during a 10 a.m. ceremony in Christ Chapel.