NCU NEWS Month: June 2016

Governor Kate Brown Declares July 25-29 as Oregon Private College Week

Governor Kate Brown Declares July 25-29 as Oregon Private College Week

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Governor Kate Brown has declared July 25-29, 2016 to be Oregon Private College Week. The proclamation cites the indispensable contributions of the state's private, nonprofit sector of higher education to Oregon's communities and to the state's 40-40-20 education attainment goal. Twelve private, nonprofit colleges and universities across the state are opening their doors to prospective students and their ...


Nicaragua Final Post – Background on Villa Esperanza

Nicaragua Final Post – Background on Villa Esperanza

Villa Esperanza or "Village of Hope" where our NCU team stayed for the past week: Villa Esperanza is not simply a beacon of light for the 29 Nicaraguan girls who reside there but it's a place of transformation for the hearts of team members who come as well. In 2007, Villa Esperanza opened their doors to girls living in La Chureca, one ...


Nicaragua Reflections – Last Day

Nicaragua Reflections – Last Day

Today was our last day in Nicaragua Managua. The week was full of laughter and joy, which touched my heart and the hearts of those on our team. I could not ask for a more incredible time here in Nicaragua. The people in Nicaragua are deeply filled with joy and love; and it’s so evident in their lives. Throughout the ...


Nicaragua Reflection – Maddi and Melz in Managua

Nicaragua Reflection – Maddi and Melz in Managua

Signing on, this is Maddi and Melz… Once again our alarms went off at 7am, which isn’t easy for us gals. After six straight nights of staying up way later than intended, due to Jessica’s endless cackle and Gianna’s puppet shows (that only Maddi attends), we dragged ourselves out of bed and to the front porch where Zoe led us in ...


Nicaraguan Reflection – Top 20 Adventures Today

Nicaraguan Reflection – Top 20 Adventures Today

Welcome from Hannah and Kirsten, Today was our excursion day! We are not great writers, so we decided to make a list of the Top 20 things we did! Hope you enjoy! Woke up to a beautiful devotion by Gianna (about language barriers) Ate a delicious breakfast at the Villa Traveled to Granada (a wealthier city about an hour away from ...


Nicaragua Reflections – Joy & Intrigue

Nicaragua Reflections – Joy & Intrigue

Today is the fourth day we have been in Nicaragua. So far, so incredible. For the first two days (Saturday and Sunday) we were blessed to have rain and overcast weather, a big contrast to the 95 degree, 75% Central American humidity that we have had for the last two days (Monday and Tuesday). The weather is a nice intro, ...


Beacons Meet Up in Idaho’s Treasure Valley

Beacons Meet Up in Idaho’s Treasure Valley

Northwest Christian University President Joseph Womack, Ed.D. met with Alumni in the Meridian/Boise, Idaho area, June 11 and 12, to report on the 2015-’16 academic year and to get reacquainted with friends and supporters of the university . “It was wonderful connecting with Beacons in the Treasure Valley,” Dr. Womack said. “The area has a strong group of alums and friends ...


ALMA to Replace Voyager for Library Staff

ALMA to Replace Voyager for Library Staff

ALMA has joined the team at the Kellenberger Library at Northwest Christian University as its new integrated library system, according to Steve Silver, M.L.S., the library’s director.  ALMA, a cloud-based software system, replaces Voyager, a software system that has met the library’s needs for many years.  Both are Ex Libris products, a leader in library software. “We welcome ALMA to the ...


Nicaragua Reflection – Calling & Connection

Nicaragua Reflection – Calling & Connection

We find the Lord when we seek him with all of our heart. Sometimes life is a very scary and intimidating thing and we don’t always want to follow what the Lord is giving us or putting in front of our lives. Coming on this mission trip was a big step for me. It has pushed me in my walk ...


Nicaragua Reflections – Family Day

Nicaragua Reflections – Family Day

Today, in the grand land of Nicaragua, was family day! What an incredible experience that was. To begin the day, we welcomed the girls’ families into the villa and had a church service with them. It was super incredible to be able to worship along side the families because we were singing in Spanish. It hit me at that moment ...


Nicaragua Initial Reflections

Nicaragua Initial Reflections

It has been an incredible first day. We arrived at the Villa in the early afternoon and had a little bit of downtime to settle in as a heavy rainstorm came through. Later, we got to help set up a volleyball net and put together gift bags for tomorrow’s family carnival. My favorite part of the day came in the ...


Runners Earn Conference Awards

Runners Earn Conference Awards

NCU junior cross country and track runners Michelle Fletcher and Sierra Brown recently earned major year-end awards from the Cascade Collegiate Conference. Both ladies were part of an historic year for the Beacon running program which included an NAIA National Championship in Cross Country and an 11th-Place finish in Track & Field.   On June 8, Fletcher (pictured, right) was named the ...


Unexpected Happy Place

Unexpected Happy Place

I found my happy place unexpectedly this week. I was getting uneasy because I'm not great with kids, I'm not the best person for teaching others about the Bible and I'm not musically inclined enough to give lessons. These are all things that people on our team are so gifted with and I'm very thankful to be experiencing Cambodia with ...