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NCU, UO students seek esports glory

As published in The Register Guard on October 21, 2018 by Christian Hill. As team-based video game competitions grow in popularity, Northwest Christian University is offering partial scholarships to gamers, and the University of Oregon has added esports as a club sport Behind a door secured by a keypad lock, three college students sit at a large table in a dark blue ...


NCU Assoc. Athletic Director Sarah Freeman gives KDUK the scoop on Esports

NCU Assoc. Athletic Director Sarah Freeman gives KDUK the scoop on Esports

Northwest Christian University Associate Athletic Director Sarah Freeman gave an interview on the 104.7 KDUK highlighting the recent addition of Beacon Esports to NCU's varsity athletic teams. From Facebook: "This morning on 104.7 KDUK, we had Sarah Freeman from Northwest Christian University in the studio for an interview! Sarah is the Associate Athletic Director and oversees the new E-Sports program! Pretty cool ...


Campus Preps For Students Arrival Aug. 25

Campus Preps For Students Arrival Aug. 25

There is plenty of activity happening on the Northwest Christian University campus. Summer remodel projects are receiving final touches. The grounds are in garden-like conditions (as always) and the athletes competing in fall sports are back for practice. “It has been too quiet for too long,” said Princess Fox, M.A., Director of Student Programs. “We have missed the students during ...


Beacon Esports Signs First Four Gamers

Beacon Esports Signs First Four Gamers

Northwest Christian University head esports coach Taylor Lind announced the signing of the first four gamers to NCU letters of intent at a signing event on Friday afternoon. The four players will all compete in Overwatch in year one, with expansion into League of Legends in the plans for year two. Coach Lind said, "We are extremely excited to announce ...


NCU Athletics Recognized for Writing and Marketing Excellence.

NCU Athletics Recognized for Writing and Marketing Excellence.

The NAIA-Sports Information Directors Association (NAIA-SIDA) recently announced their annual publications contest results and once again the Northwest Christian University sports information office was honored for work across multiple disciplines in writing, publication and media contests. In all, NCU was honored 16 times in nine different categories. With one first-place finish and a trio of third-place finishes, NCU also finished fourth in ...


Students Receive Honors

Students Receive Honors

Northwest Christian University students who excelled in the classroom received honors or induction into professional societies for achievements during the Honors Convocation on Thurs., May 3, 2018, in the Morse Events Center on campus. Associated Students of Northwest Christian University also presented its awards to the top faculty member, staff member, and student. Faculty members from each undergraduate program and ASNCU ...


NCU First in Oregon to Add Esports to Varsity Roster

NCU First in Oregon to Add Esports to Varsity Roster

Northwest Christian University’s mix of recruits for the 2018-2019 school year will include a new group of student-athletes: Video Gamers. They will comprise the first intercollegiate esports varsity team roster in Oregon. When they sign letters of intent this spring and begin play in Fall 2018, they will be Beacons. “NCU is excited to add esports as its 15th varsity sport ...


Marathon Monday: NCU Corporate Wellness Challengers

Marathon Monday: NCU Corporate Wellness Challengers

As published on KEZI 9 on February 26, 2018. Many people set a personal goal of finishing a 5K, a full or half marathon. Some train on their own, others with a friend, and friends may just be their co-workers. A group of students, faculty, alumni, and friends from Northwest Christian University have their sights set on the finish line. “That crossing the ...


Family Weekend: Oct. 13 & 14

Family Weekend: Oct. 13 & 14

Parents, siblings, grandparents, and other family members are invited to mark their calendars for Family Weekend at Northwest Christian University on Oct. 13 and 14. “Family Weekend is an excellent time for family members to experience what their NCU students do every day on campus, in the classroom and socializing with classmates,” said Princess Fox, Director of Student Programs. “Family members ...


Community Tees-Off For NCU

Community Tees-Off For NCU

The 23rd Annual NCU Golf Classic and Auction brought Northwest Christian University alumni and friends together on Sept. 14-15, for dinner and a day of golf and camaraderie to raise money for student scholarships. “Ninety-eight percent of NCU students receive scholarships and financial aid,” said Keith Potter ’84 D.D.’11, Vice President for Advancement. “The golf classic and dinner auction is an ...


Students Back On Campus Aug. 26

Students Back On Campus Aug. 26

New freshmen, transfer students and returning Beacons will arrive on campus for the 2017-’18 school year beginning on Sat., Aug. 26, 2017. Athletes competing in fall sports and student leaders have been on campus since Weds., Aug. 9. 2017. Here is the complete schedule for fall orientation. Classes begin for traditional undergraduate students on Weds., Aug. 30, 2017. Fall classes for students ...


Fletcher, Hackman Sweep CCC Scholar-Athlete Awards

Fletcher, Hackman Sweep CCC Scholar-Athlete Awards

NCU's Michelle Fletcher and Jack Hackman were announced on Tuesday as the Cascade Collegiate Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Year. The distance runner and basketball player were selected based on a vote by the conference's athletic directors. Source: Fletcher, Hackman Sweep CCC Scholar-Athlete Awards


Askew Named CCC Sports Information Director of the Year

Askew Named CCC Sports Information Director of the Year

Northwest Christian University's Nick Askew has been named the Cascade Collegiate Conference Sports Information Director of the Year, the league office announced Wednesday. Source: Northwest Christian University Athletics - Askew Named CCC Sports Information Director of the Year


Beacon Men’s Golf Claims CCC Tourney Title

Beacon Men’s Golf Claims CCC Tourney Title

Host Northwest Christian University held on for a two-shot victory, winning their first ever Cascade Collegiate Conference Men's Golf Tournament presented by U.S. Bank, taking place at Springfield Golf Club. Source: Northwest Christian University Athletics - Beacons Claim CCC Tourney Title


Beacons Snag #3 Seed for National Tourney

Beacons Snag #3 Seed for National Tourney

The pairings for the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball national tournament were announced on Wednesday and NCU was awarded a No. 3 seed for the event. Source: Northwest Christian University Athletics - Beacons Snag #3 Seed for National Tourney


Winning Streak Ends, Outright Title Clinched

Winning Streak Ends, Outright Title Clinched

No. 16 Oregon Tech Owls put a lid on the a 15-game winning streak on Thursday night, but No. 6 Northwest Christian University was still able to clinch the outright Cascade Collegiate Conference championship. Source: Northwest Christian University Athletics - Winning Streak Ends, Outright Title Clinched


Beacons Take Second at NAIA Nationals

Beacons Take Second at NAIA Nationals

A repeat national title was not to be but the Northwest Christian University women's cross country team still had a remarkable morning on Saturday, claiming the runner-up position at the NAIA National Championship. Source: Northwest Christian University Athletics - Beacons Second at NAIA Nationals


Student Athletes Enhance Campus And Community

Student Athletes Enhance Campus And Community

There is valid controversy about spending on college athletics. There are unresolved problems with the monetization of big sports. Those issues aside, college athletics are entwined on campuses in multiple, positive ways. In the college application process, getting high schoolers to be aware of a school can start with sports. Jim Rawlins is The University of Oregon's Director of Admissions: Rawlins: “Football ...


Women’s Basketball Season Preview

Women’s Basketball Season Preview

When the 2016 NCU women's basketball season kicks off on Tuesday night it does so with some high expectations. Source: Northwest Christian University Athletics - Women's Basketball Season Preview


Men’s Basketball Season Preview

Men’s Basketball Season Preview

The 2016 NCU men's basketball team, ranked No. 12 in the NAIA, is embarking on their first ever season as the defending conference champions and the cupboard is stocked once again for a possible historic run. Source: Northwest Christian University Athletics - Men's Basketball Season Preview


Community Swings for NCU at <br>Annual Golf Tournament</br>

Community Swings for NCU at
Annual Golf Tournament

Nearly 300 Northwest Christian University supporters took to the links for a day of golf and fellowship at the NCU Golf Classic, Dinner and Auction, Sept. 14 and 15, at Shadow Hills Country Club near Junction City, Oregon. Presented by Kendall Subaru and Chambers Construction, the annual event raises money to fund scholarships awarded to students attending NCU. “Nearly 98 percent of ...


Men’s Soccer Team Fenderbender

The Northwest Christian University Men’s Soccer Team was involved in a vehicle accident on Interstate 5 near the southbound Glenwood Exit near Eugene, Oregon, on Thurs., Sept. 1, 2016, at approximately 4:30 pm.  No one on the NCU team bus or occupants in the other vehicles involved in the accident were injured.  The NCU team bus driver and coaches cooperated ...


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 ...


NCU teams shooting for national tourneys

NCU teams shooting for national tourneys

The Register-Guard article by Bob Clark There is another men’s college basketball team in Eugene leading its league. That would be Northwest Christian University, which hasn’t lost since Dec. 6, has risen to No. 8 in the latest NAIA Division II poll and has a coach who offers a familiar-sounding cautionary refrain. “We haven’t won anything yet” NCU coach Luke Jackson said. What the ...


NCU’s Javonte Byrd carries heavy heart through Beacons’ breakthrough season

NCU’s Javonte Byrd carries heavy heart through Beacons’ breakthrough season

The Register-Guard article by Austin Meek A picture hangs in the locker room at Northwest Christian, showing Javonte Byrd in a blissful moment before his world crashed down around him. Byrd’s teammates are holding him in their arms, celebrating a last-second win against rival Corban. It was a tradition the Beacons started, to hold up one player after a victory and let ...


Beacon to Shine on as Duck Pitching Coach

Beacon to Shine on as Duck Pitching Coach

NCU Alumnus Mitch Karraker, M.Ed. ’14, has been named the pitching coach for the University of Oregon baseball team. Karraker, a native of Clovis, Calif., attended Fresno Community College before joining the Ducks as a catcher during the 2009 through 2011 seasons. He has spent the past few years as the head coach of the Klamath Falls Gems in the West Coast ...


Northwest Christian University Athletics – Women Bring Home NAIA Championship

Northwest Christian University Athletics – Women Bring Home NAIA Championship

The Northwest Christian University women's cross country team finished what they started, claiming NCU's first ever NAIA National Championship as they survived a pre-race scare to conquer the 35-team field. The Beacons top-four runners all earned All-American honors with top-15 finishes. Source: Northwest Christian University Athletics - Women Bring Home NAIA Championship


Homecoming: Two-Time Hall of Famer Returns to Campus

Homecoming: Two-Time Hall of Famer Returns to Campus

EUGENE, Ore. – They were simpler times. Without a gym to call their own, the NCC men’s basketball team played home games at O’Hara Catholic School. Road games remained mostly along the I-5 corridor. They still wore short shorts. While the location and style have changed, one thing that most certainly remains from the glory days is a focus on ...


Media Explodes over Luke Jackson

Media Explodes over Luke Jackson

The Northwest Christian University athletic department announced during a press conference Wednesday, February 20 at 12:15 pm in the lobby of the Morse Event Center. At that time NCU introduced former NBA and Oregon Duck basketball player Luke Jackson as the new Head Coach for the Northwest Christian University men’s basketball team. The local media and well as social media blew up ...


18th Annual Golf Classic Raises $170,000 for Scholarships

18th Annual Golf Classic Raises $170,000 for Scholarships

Just days after, many of the volunteers are still recovering from the buzz and excitement of having completed yet another successful Golf Classic for NCU. It was an honor and a gift to serve as the 2012 Tournament Director – what a pleasure to work with so many great NCU staff and volunteers whose commitment to the students of NCU ...