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Fall ’18 Semester Begins

Fall ’18 Semester Begins

It is on! Classes for traditional undergraduate students began Wed., Aug. 29, 2018. From Sat., Aug. 25 through Tues., Aug. 28, new incoming students began their Beacon education by meeting their classmates, checking into campus housing and apartments, registering for classes, and participating in a variety of scheduled activities, known as Fish Week, designed to introduce new students to each ...


Largest Undergraduate Class Arrives

Largest Undergraduate Class Arrives

Northwest Christian University’s largest new undergraduate class arrived on Aug. 25, 2018, bringing with it a 3.46 grade point average, the highest average grade point average in modern school history. The class is comprised of 100 freshman and 45 transfer students from 11 states and five countries. “This is an impressive group of students,” said Michael Fuller, M.S., Vice President ...


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 ...


MSN Program Achieves Applicant Status

MSN Program Achieves Applicant Status

As recently seen in the Register Guard: NCU's MSN program has achieved applicant status with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and anticipates an on-site visit September 17 – 19, 2018. As part of the accreditation process, CCNE is accepting 3rd party written comments concerning the MSN program’s qualifications for accreditation. NCU is required to notify partners and other interested ...


NCU’s Online MBA Ranked #3

NCU’s Online MBA Ranked #3

Northwest Christian University’s online Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program has been ranked third in Oregon by Online MBA Today, a comprehensive resource for students seeking an MBA online. “NCU’s ranking among the best online MBA programs in Oregon is a reflection of the outstanding faculty and curriculum we offer students,” said President Joseph D. Womack, Ed.D. “It is a ...


Governor Kate Brown Proclaims July 23-27 Oregon Private College Week; Northwest Christian University Opens Campus to Students, Families

Governor Kate Brown Proclaims July 23-27 Oregon Private College Week; Northwest Christian University Opens Campus to Students, Families

Northwest Christian University is joining 10 other private, nonprofit colleges and universities to celebrate Oregon Private College Week (OPCW) by welcoming hundreds of prospective students and their families to campus. Students who register in advance and visit at least four participating colleges during the week will be eligible for application fee waivers when they apply for admission to any of ...


NCU and Chemeketa Community College’s Nursing Program Sign Articulation Agreement

NCU and Chemeketa Community College’s Nursing Program Sign Articulation Agreement

Northwest Christian University and Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon, have signed an articulation agreement that clears a pathway for graduates of the community college’s registered nursing program to enroll in NCU’s Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science of Nursing (RN to BSN) online program who are ready to take classes in the major. “NCU is pleased to welcome ...


NCU Students Welcome University of Macau Students

NCU Students Welcome University of Macau Students

Students from the University of Macau’s Shiu Pong College arrive on campus June 21, 2018, for the NCU American Culture and Language Program. “We are excited to welcome the students from the University of Macau to NCU,” said Timothy Veach, Ph.D., an associate professor of business and director of NCU’s American Culture & Language Program. “UM students will live in NCU ...


Spring Education Consortium Meeting

Spring Education Consortium Meeting

The Teacher Education Program’s Spring Consortium brought leadership from school districts, cooperating teachers and community members together with faculty to share information and indentify opportunities for program improvement and growth. NCU hosts the consortiums every school year in the fall and spring. Information shared at recent meetings led to the development of NCU’s special education endorsement and master’s of education program.


NCU Welcomes Marylhurst Students

NCU Welcomes Marylhurst Students

Northwest Christian University will accept credits earned by Marylhurst University students, waive application fees and expedite applications from Marylhurst transfers. Marylhurst students working to complete a bachelor’s degree are eligible do so through NCU’s traditional on campus undergraduate program and its online adult degree completion program. For Marylhurst students seeking completion of an MBA, MAT, or ME.d., as many as 40% ...


Memorial Day: Womack and Box Present on Bushnell

Memorial Day: Womack and Box Present on Bushnell

Northwest Christian University (NCU) President Joseph Womack, Ed.D. and Executive Assistant Jennifer Box will present The Story of James A. Bushnell: In His Own Words at 10 AM on Sat., May 26,2018 at the Luper Cemetery on Beacon Drive in Eugene’s Santa Clara Neighborhood. Bushnell was NCU’s first president of the University’s Board of Trustees. He is buried at Luper Cemetery ...


2018 Student Award Winners Announced

2018 Student Award Winners Announced

Rosa Marie Schmidt, Michael Buss and Joe Dysert received Northwest Christian University’s highest student honors for academic achievement and leadership during the University’s 119th Commencement on May 12, 2018, in the Morse Event Center on campus. Schmidt, from Nome, Alaska, received the President’s Scholastic Award for the highest cumulative grade point average with at least 61 credit hours earn at NCU. ...


Crichton and Owen Receive President’s Awards

Crichton and Owen Receive President’s Awards

Elyse Crichton ’12, MBA’14 , Instructional Technology Specialist, and Kathy Ditommaso Owen, M.S., Assistant Dean of Teacher Education and Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, received the President’s Award for Excellence and Campus Leadership during Northwest Christian University’s 119th Commencement on Sat., May 11, 2018, in the Morse Event Center on campus. “Elyse distinguished herself as a leader from the moment she ...


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 ...


ACE Day Marks End of Semester

ACE Day Marks End of Semester

Academic Creativity and Excellence Day or ACE Day, a student research colloquium, is a Northwest Christian University tradition that marks the end of each academic semester when seniors and juniors present their final capstone or end-of-term projects. This semester’s ACE Day was May 3rd. Student presenters provided a short overview of their project or research and then invited attendees to ask ...


Northwest Christian University Graduation Set For May 12

Northwest Christian University Graduation Set For May 12

For the second consecutive year, Northwest Christian University will graduate a record number of students when its Board of Trustees confers degrees for 174 graduates (61 graduate degrees and 113 undergraduate degrees) during the University’s 119th commencement ceremony on Sat., May 12, 2018, at 10 A.M. in the Morse Event Center located on West 11th Avenue between Kincaid Street and ...


CMHC Students Earn Prestigious National Scholarships

CMHC Students Earn Prestigious National Scholarships

Two Northwest Christian University Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate students have won scholarships from the NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), that will provide additional opportunities for them to learn how best to counsel underserved minority youth in transition, ages 16 to 25. NCU student Shirah D. Canaga, of Myrtle Point, Oregon, was selected for ...


2018 Graduation Events Announced

2018 Graduation Events Announced

End of the Spring Semester events have been announced, culminating with Northwest Christian University’s 119th Commencement on Sat. May 12, 2018, in the Morse Event Center on campus located at the corner of Alder Street and 11th Avenue. The Commencement Ceremony begins at 10:00 am. Graduation schedule April 26 Senior Banquet & Celebration – 6:30 pm Banquet Room May 1 Cutting of the Ivy - ...


NCU Adds New Graduate and Undergraduate Programs

NCU Adds New Graduate and Undergraduate Programs

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities has approved Northwest Christian University to add a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish, a master of arts degree in leadership, and master of education degree to the University’s growing roster of outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs. “The addition of these three programs under our accreditation umbrella provides more opportunities for NCU to serve traditional ...


Plans Filed For New Building

Plans Filed For New Building

For the first time in more than 100 years the southeast corner of East 11th Avenue and Alder Street on the Northwest Christian University campus will soon look very different. NCU has filed plans with the city of Eugene to build a $24 million building on the property where the Goodrich Administration Building now stands. No date has been set for ...


NCU Doubles Study Abroad Opportunities

NCU Doubles Study Abroad Opportunities

Northwest Christian University has joined the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to help more college and university students gain international experience through study abroad programs. “Through our new partnership with Generation Study Abroad, Northwest Christian University plans to double its study abroad opportunities for students during the school year and summer,” said Dennis Lindsay, D.Theol., Vice President for ...


Tickets on Sale March 1 for Spring Show: The Prodigal

Tickets on Sale March 1 for Spring Show: The Prodigal

Tickets go on sale Thurs., March 1, 2018, for Spring Show: The Prodigal, produced by the Northwest Christian University Performing Arts Department. Performances are Sat., April 7, 2018, at 7 PM and Sun., April 8, 2018, at 2:30 PM and 5 PM in the Morse Event Center at the corner of Alder Street and 11th Avenue in Eugene. Spring Show ...


Enrollment Underway for New MEd

Enrollment Underway for New MEd

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities has approved NCU’s new Master of Education program. The MEd provides a pathway for highly qualified educators to earn a master’s degree in education with an additional endorsement in special education, physical education, or English to Speakers of Other Languages. The program is also available to NCU undergraduate Teacher Education students who, with ...


Gerlach Wins 56th Annual Bash-Whisler Bible Reading Contest

Gerlach Wins 56th Annual Bash-Whisler Bible Reading Contest

Jesse Gerlach, a first-year biology and music major from Medford, Oregon, won the 2018 Bash-Whisler Bible Reading Contest on Thurs., Feb. 8, 2018. Students from all majors are encouraged to enter the annual contest. Established 56 years ago, student entrants select two passages of scripture, one from the Old Testament, to read aloud, and another from the New Testament, that is ...


Hain Launches New Book: Concubines and Courtesans: Women and Slavery in Islamic History

Hain Launches New Book: Concubines and Courtesans: Women and Slavery in Islamic History

Kathryn Hain, Ph.D., assistant professor of history and world Christianity, will read from a new book she recently co-edited entitled: Concubines and Courtesans: Women and Slavery in Islamic History. The book brings together the work of 16 scholars in this relatively new field of women’s slavery in Middle Eastern History. Dr. Hain will speak about the books and answer questions during ...


NCU’s RN to BSN Program Signs Articulation Agreement with Central Oregon Community College

NCU’s RN to BSN Program Signs Articulation Agreement with Central Oregon Community College

Graduates of Central Oregon Community College’s Registered Nurse program now have a pathway to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northwest Christian University. COCC RN graduates can immediately enroll in NCU’s RN to BSN online classes. “We are excited to offer Central Oregon Community College RN graduates the opportunity to earn a BSN though Northwest Christian University’s growing RN ...


Northwest Christian University Accredited by National Financial Accountability Organization

The ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) announced today the accreditation of Northwest Christian University of Eugene, OR. ECFA accreditation is based on the ECFA Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™, including financial accountability, transparency, sound board governance and ethical fundraising. Northwest Christian University joins a growing number of Christ-centered churches and ministries across America, supported by over 27 million donors that have ...


Students Are ACES

Students Are ACES

Faculty, staff and fellow students gathered on Weds., Dec. 6, 2017, to hear 78 juniors and seniors present their capstone or end-of-term projects during Northwest Christian University’s semi-annual research colloquium known as Academic Creativity and Excellence Day or ACE Day. Several sophomores and first year students also took a turn at the podium to make presentations. Presentation formats included lectures, posters, ...


NCU and Treasure Valley Community College’s Nursing Program Sign Articulation Agreement

NCU and Treasure Valley Community College’s Nursing Program Sign Articulation Agreement

Northwest Christian University and Treasure Valley Community College’s Nursing Program in Ontario, Oregon, have signed an articulation agreement that creates a pathway for graduates of the community college’s registered nursing program to enroll in NCU’s Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science of Nursing (RN to BSN) program ready to take classes in the major. “NCU is pleased to partner with Treasure ...


Fall 2017 Consortium Meetings

Fall 2017 Consortium Meetings

On Tuesday, November 28th, NCU’s Education Department hosted their Education Consortium. The purpose of the Consortium is to partner with our community and neighboring school districts to share information about our program and to receive feedback to improve our program. Participants include NCU students currently enrolled in the Teacher Education programs, NCU Faculty and Field Supervisors, Cooperating Teachers, and District ...


Fall Commencement is Dec. 15

Fall Commencement is Dec. 15

Northwest Christian University’s Fall Commencement is set for Fri., Dec. 15, 2017, in the Morse Event Center on campus beginning at 6 p.m. The commencement speaker is Sam Thomas MA ’93, who founded Good Sam Gospel and Medical (the name is inspired be the story of the Good Samaritan) in Cambium Valley, Theni District, in the Southeast State of India. Good ...


NCU’s Offers Graduate Certificate/Endorsement in Special Ed.

NCU’s Offers Graduate Certificate/Endorsement in Special Ed.

The Department of Education has approved Northwest Christian University to offer a graduate certificate program in Special Education. The Special Ed. endorsement has already been approved as part of NCU’s Master of Arts in Teaching program. The recent approval means that NCU graduate students seeking a Special Education Certificate may now be eligible for federal financial aid. “We are pleased to ...


SCJ Names Sutherland A Promising Scholar

SCJ Names Sutherland A Promising Scholar

Nathaniel Sutherland ’17 received a Promising Scholar Award from Stone-Campbell Journal for the 2016-’17 academic year. Sutherland was one of 14 undergraduates in the nation to receive the annual award given to students who show outstanding promise in biblical and theological education. Stone-Campbell Journal announced the award recipients in late September “I am humbled to receive this award,” Sutherland said. “Northwest ...


NCU Ranked #2 in Psychology

NCU Ranked #2 in Psychology

Northwest Christian University’s psychology program was ranked number two in Oregon by Zippia, an online career service providing innovative ways for students to discover new job options with Career Map, an interactive visualization of millions of careers. The University of Portland’s psychology department topped the list, followed by NCU, Oregon State University, Lewis & Clark College, University of Oregon, Concordia University-Portland, ...


NCU’s Library and Special Collections Honors the Protestant Reformation

NCU’s Library and Special Collections Honors the Protestant Reformation

The Kellenberger Library is honoring the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation by displaying several of its Reformation-era Bibles in a joint exhibit with the University of Oregon Libraries’ Special Collections. “The beginning of the Protestant Reformation is traditionally associated with Oct. 31, 1517, when Martin Luther tacked his 95 theses to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany,” said Steve Silver, ...


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 ...


NCU Offers The Northwest’s Most Affordable Online Business Degree

NCU Offers The Northwest’s Most Affordable Online Business Degree

Northwest Christian University’s online bachelor of science in business administration has been ranked 11th in the nation and is first in the Northwest for affordability, according to rankings released by SR Education Group on OnlineU.org. “A quality university education should be in reach for all students who are willing to work to earn a bachelor’s degree,” said Peter Diffenderfer, Ph.D., Assistant ...


Performance Hour and Fall Concert Announced

Performance Hour and Fall Concert Announced

Northwest Christian University students will showcase a variety of vocal and instrumental solos during the fall semester’s Performance Hour on Thurs., Oct. 12, Thurs., Oct. 26, and Thurs., Nov. 16, at 2 PM in the Evans Chapel. Each Performance Hour will feature a different group of talented student musicians and vocalists. The annual Fall Concert is Sat., Oct. 14, at 7 ...


If it is a Matter of Degrees, Just Finish It! Info Fair is Sept. 19

If it is a Matter of Degrees, Just Finish It! Info Fair is Sept. 19

After years on the job, many people hit a career plateau. When it happens, it is important to determine what needs to be done to keep their job moving forward. “Oftentimes, a person needs a bachelor’s degree to be eligible for the next promotion,” said Kacie Gerdrum, Dean of Admissions at Northwest Christian University. “Many people start their education at a ...


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 ...


NCU Hosts Annual Church Fair

NCU Hosts Annual Church Fair

Pastors from Northwest Christian University’s Heritage Churches as well as pastors, priests and representatives from 30 churches and student ministries from the greater Eugene-Springfield area greeted students, faculty and staff after the Thurs., Sept. 7, Chapel Service in the Morse Event Center. “Our annual Church Fair gives NCU students an easy pathway to connect with churches in the area,” said Rev. ...


Classes Begin Aug. 30

Classes Begin Aug. 30

The first day of classes for traditional undergraduate students is Wed., Aug. 30, 2017. From Sat., Aug. 26 through Tues., Aug. 29, students checked into their dorm rooms and apartments, registered for classes, and participated in a variety of activities designed to introduce new students to each other and life at Northwest Christian University. It was also a ...


President Womack Meets With Faculty & Staff

President Womack Meets With Faculty & Staff

Faculty and staff gathered on Tues., Aug. 22, 2017, for Chapel and a conversation with President Joseph D. Womack, Ed.D., to officially open campus for the 2017-’18 academic year. Dennis Lindsay. Dr. Theol., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the School of Bible, Arts, and Sciences led the Chapel service. The music was provided by Addison K.H. Wong, ...


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 ...


Teacher Education Program Endorsed For Special Education and Physical Education

Teacher Education Program Endorsed For Special Education and Physical Education

Students enrolled in Northwest Christian University’s teacher education undergraduate degree program can now earn endorsements in special education and physical education. “There is growing demand for teachers with special education and physical education endorsements,” said Dennis Lindsay, Dr. Theol., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. “It is a credit to our faculty and staff that NCU is ...


NCU Hosts Perinatal Rescue Training

NCU Hosts Perinatal Rescue Training

Northwest Christian University hosted the Perinatal Rescue Network’s (PRN) Helping Babies Breathe master training course on Aug. 2, 2017, in the Banquet Room. Dr. James Hulse taught the course to a dedicated group of volunteer healthcare professionals who want to improve the survival of mothers and babies in resource limited settings by creating more sustainable opportunities for access to newborn resuscitation ...


NCU and Sumner College’s Nursing Program Sign Articulation Agreement

NCU and Sumner College’s Nursing Program Sign Articulation Agreement

Northwest Christian University has signed an articulation agreement with Sumner College-Portland that creates an opportunity for graduates of the college’s Associate Degree Nursing program to enroll in NCU’s Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program ready to take classes in the major. “NCU is pleased to partner with Sumner College to provide its RNs and alumni with a pathway ...


University of Macau Students Set To Arrive

University of Macau Students Set To Arrive

Eleven students from the University of Macau’s Shiu Pong College will arrive on campus June 21, 2017, for the NCU American Culture and Language Program. “This is the third year students from the University of Macau have come to NCU to study and experience American culture,” said Tim Veach, Ph.D., an associate professor of business and director of NCU’s American Culture ...


NCU’s Online Accounting Degree Ranked in Top 17

NCU’s Online Accounting Degree Ranked in Top 17

Northwest Christian University’s online bachelor’s degree in accounting was ranked 17th in the nation for quality and affordability, according to rankings released by affordablecolleges.com, whose mission is to provide students a path to a rewarding education that minimizes student loan debt. The rankings placed NCU’s online accounting degree program ahead of any university in the Pacific Northwest as well as many ...


NCU’s Nursing Program Receives Prestigious Accreditation

NCU’s Nursing Program Receives Prestigious Accreditation

Northwest Christian University’s RN to BSN undergraduate nursing program has received accreditation by the prestigious Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an autonomous accrediting agency contributing to the improvement of the public's health by ensuring the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. “Accreditation by CCNE means that NCU’s RN to BSN program adheres to the nation’s ...


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


Review: NCU Performing Arts Celebrates a Wonderful Year of Growth!

Review: NCU Performing Arts Celebrates a Wonderful Year of Growth!

The 2016-‘17 academic year was a big one for The Grove Collective as its four bands, including two traveling groups, led worship in 40 campus chapels, six University sponsored events and partnered with many churches throughout Oregon, including The First Baptist Church of Eugene, Valley Christian Church of Wilsonville, The Onyx House of Eugene Faith Center, Riviera Baptist Church of ...


Governor Kate Brown Declares July 24-28 Oregon Private College Week

During Oregon Private College Week, twelve campuses will welcome hundreds of prospective students and their families. "It's important for prospective students to find the school that's the best fit for them, that best supports their college and career aspirations," said Kristen Grainger, President of the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities (The Alliance). "Campus visits are the best way for ...


NCU’s MA in Counseling Among Most Affordable

NCU’s MA in Counseling Among Most Affordable

Northwest Christian University’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling was named one of the most affordable in the West, according to Bestcounselingdegrees.net, whose mission is to share expert information about the top counseling degrees to help students achieve their goals. NCU ranked 14th out of 70 programs in 13 Western States that are accredited by the Council for Accreditation ...


Speers, GloryBee, & Eugene Mission Honored at An Evening of Tribute

Speers, GloryBee, & Eugene Mission Honored at An Evening of Tribute

More than 400 friends, community leaders, and University supporters gathered for dinner in the Morse Event Center to honor the 2017 Exemplary Ethical Leadership Award recipients during An Evening of Tribute presented by Northwest Christian University's Center for Leadership and Ethics and sponsored by Moss Adams LLP. The annual event was held on Thurs., May 11, 2017. This year's awards ...


Faculty Leads Study Abroad Program

Faculty Leads Study Abroad Program

Twenty Northwest Christian University students left for Rome, Italy, on May 9, 2017, for a 26-day study abroad experience that will take them through history from the catacombs to the renaissance. Students will take two classes during the trip that are taught by NCU Associate Professor Brian Kaelin, Ed.D. and Assistant Professor Stacey Lewis, M.B.A. Rome, Florence, Venice, and Paris will ...


Student Award Winners Announced

Student Award Winners Announced

Seniors Kelsey Chaloupka, Michelle Fletcher, Lindsey Heikes and Samara Eilert received Northwest Christian University’s highest student honors for academic achievement and leadership during the 118th Commencement on May 6, 2017, in the Morse Event Center on campus. Chaloupka. Fletcher, and Heikes received the President’s Scholastic Award for the highest cumulative grade point average with at least 61 credit hours earn at ...


Lewis and Mills Receive President’s Awards

Lewis and Mills Receive President’s Awards

Assistant Professor Stacey Lewis, MBA, and Brian Mills, M.A., director of assessment and assistant professor of humanities, received the President’s Award for Excellence and Campus Leadership during Northwest Christian University’s 118th Commencement on Sat., May 6, 2017, in the Morse Event Center on campus. “The President’s Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership honors the faculty member who is not only ...


NCU Students Begin Summer Mission Trips

NCU Students Begin Summer Mission Trips

Thirty-two Beacons and eight staff members from campus will do mission work this summer in Central America and Asia. “My hope is that each student who participates in one of these trips will come away with a world that is both smaller and bigger,” said Jennifer Little, NCU’s Resident Director and Coordinator for Campus Ministry. “Smaller, through building relationships across language ...


Northwest Christian University Set To Graduate Largest Class

Northwest Christian University Set To Graduate Largest Class

Northwest Christian University will graduate the largest class in its history when the Board of Trustees confer degrees for 174 graduates (76 graduate degrees and 98 undergraduate degrees) during the University’s 118th commencement ceremony on Sat., May 6, 2017, at 10 A.M. in the Morse Event Center located at the corner of West 11th Avenue and Alder Street. “NCU provides a ...


‘I was going to have to do all I could to get here’: NCU student’s scholarships pay off

‘I was going to have to do all I could to get here’: NCU student’s scholarships pay off

EUGENE, Ore. – Graduation is Saturday at Northwest Christian University. It’s an exciting time, but for many it means the beginning of paying off debt. Unlike many students leaving a private university, one graduate is leaving with a debt amount lower than the cost of a new car. Sherry Reeder had a dream of going to Northwest Christian University to pursue a ...


Baccalaureate 2017 Speakers Announced

Baccalaureate 2017 Speakers Announced

Northwest Christian University’s Baccalaureate is Fri., May 5, 2017, at 7:30 P.M. in the Ross Evans Chapel on campus. Speakers for this year’s Baccalaureate are: Vivian Moen, M.Ed., retiring Associate Professor of Teacher Education Calvin Anderson ’17, Graduating Senior, Recipient of 2017 William T. Siefke Evangelism & Church Growth Award, Christian Ministry Stacey Lewis, M.B.A., ASNCU Professor of the Year, Assistant Professor, of Accounting Jennifer ...


Honors Convocation

Honors Convocation

Honors Convocation was held on Thurs., April 27, 2017, in the Morse Event Center. Faculty members presented awards to outstanding students in each academic discipline. Students who were inducted into professional and academic organizations were also recognized, including new members of the Song Nai Rhee Honors Program. Students leaders of the year were also announced. Arts & Sciences: Pi Gamma Mu Student ...


Eugene Mission, GloryBee Foods and Phil Speers honored by Northwest Christian University

Eugene Mission, GloryBee Foods and Phil Speers honored by Northwest Christian University

Eugene car dealer Phil Speers, GloryBee Foods and the Eugene Mission have been named as this year’s recipients of ethical leadership awards by Northwest Christian University’s Center for Leadership & Ethics. “Phil Speers, GloryBee and the Eugene Mission embody the very best of what we strive to teach our students in the classroom and through internships and missional work,” Keith Potter, ...


Seniors Take Next Step to Graduation

Seniors Take Next Step to Graduation

Students, faculty and staff met for the final Chapel of the 2016-’17 academic year on Tues., April 25. Graduating seniors gathered in a circle holding a strand of ivy that had covered the exterior of the Kellenberger Library. As Dr. Doyle Srader read the message each senior had written about their Northwest Christian University experience, the piece of ivy they were ...


2017 NCU Graduation Activities

2017 NCU Graduation Activities

The schedule of events for students graduating from Northwest Christian University has been announced. Graduation is in the Morse Events Center on campus located at the corner of Alder Street and 11th Avenue on Sat., May 6, 2017, with the Commencement Ceremony beginning at 10:00 am. Graduation festivities begin with Senior Chapel and Cutting of the Ivy on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, ...


NCU Hosts Model United Nations General Sessions

NCU Hosts Model United Nations General Sessions

Northwest Christian University President Joseph D. Womack, Ed.D. welcomed 1,100 students from 50 Oregon high schools during the Oregon Model United Nations’ opening general session held in the Morse Events Center on Thurs., April 13, 2017. The student delegates will also gather in the MEC for general sessions on Friday and Saturday. Model United Nations – Oregon’s oldest youth organization – ...


“E3 — Earn, Educate, Empower” Leverags Student Savings to Increase Degree Attainment, Reduce Borrowing

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities (The Alliance), in partnership with Community and Shelter Assistance Corp. of Oregon (CASA of Oregon), today announced the launch of a new matched college savings program, "E3 -- Earn, Educate, Empower." (www.e3savings.org) "For every dollar, up to $500 a year, that eligible students at Alliance member colleges and universities save ...


NCU Spring Commencement Speaker Announced

NCU Spring Commencement Speaker Announced

Pastor Joe Wittwer ’73, pastor of the Life Center in Spokane, Washington, will be the commencement speaker at Northwest Christian University’s 118th graduation ceremony on Sat., May 6, 2017, at 10 a.m. in the Morse Event Center on campus. Beginning his career in Eugene, Oregon as a youth pastor at Westside Church of Christ and then the Faith Center, Pastor Wittwer ...


NCU and Linn-Benton Community College’s Nursing Program Sign Articulation Agreement

NCU and Linn-Benton Community College’s Nursing Program Sign Articulation Agreement

Northwest Christian University and Linn-Benton Community College’s Nursing Program have signed an articulation agreement that creates a pathway for graduates of the community college’s registered nursing program to enroll in NCU’s Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program ready to take classes in the major. “NCU’s RN to BSN program is a workforce development initiative that leverages ...


Educators and Administrators Invited to Consortium

Educators and Administrators Invited to Consortium

Northwest Christian University’s Teacher Education Program is inviting area educators, superintendents, school board members, students, community members, and cooperating teachers to its semi-annual Teacher Education Consortium. March 7, 2017, in the campus Banquet Room. “The Consortium is an opportunity for NCU to engage the community in discussion about the education we are delivering to students preparing to become the next generation ...


NCU Music Degrees Get a Make-Over

NCU Music Degrees Get a Make-Over

Beginning fall 2017, Northwest Christian University music students will be able to pursue a music major in Contemporary Music Industry or Christian Worship to prepare them for professions in the music industry and Christian worship. “Contemporary Music Industry and Christian Worship are for students who are called to lead from the pulpit, choir, director’s booth, studio, or boardroom,” said Dennis Lindsay, ...


Dates Set For Spring Desserts: A Moses Story

Dates Set For Spring Desserts: A Moses Story

Tickets go on sale Wed., March 1, 2017, for Spring Desserts: A Moses Story, produced by the Northwest Christian University Music Department. Performances are Sat., April 8, 2017, at 7 p.m. and Sun., April 9, 2017, at 3 p.m. in the Morse Event Center on campus. “Spring Desserts: A Moses Story" is based on the New York City Triangle Shirtwaist Factory ...


Students Inducted into Chi Sigma Iota

Students Inducted into Chi Sigma Iota

  Chi Sigma Iota, a prestigious international honor society for professional counselors, initiated 13 new student members, one professional and one counselor educator into the Nu Chi Upsilon Chapter at Northwest Christian University. The initiation ceremony was held on campus. More than 40 students, colleagues, family and staff attended the event on Fri., Feb. 10, 2017. “Chi Sigma Iota brings students, faculty, ...


Forensic Team Prepares for Competition

Northwest Christian University’s Forensics Team continues to compete in speech and debate tournaments against teams in the Northwest Forensics Conference comprised of colleges and universities in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. After competing in two tournaments during the fall semester, the team is preparing for competition in a special event with Willamette University at the Oregon State Prison in Salem, ...


Graduate Counseling Program Receives CACREP Accreditation

Graduate Counseling Program Receives CACREP Accreditation

Northwest Christian University’s Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is now one of the five such institutions in Oregon to receive program accreditation from The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). “CACREP accreditation places NCU’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Degree ...


NWCCU Invites Comments

Northwest Christian University will host a routine comprehensive “Year Seven” site visit for reaffirmation of accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) on April 5-7, 2017. Northwest Christian University currently enjoys accredited status by NWCCU with the most recent reaffirmation of accreditation enacted in 2013. In advance of the April 2017 site visit, the public is invited to ...


Students Shine on ACE Day

Students Shine on ACE Day

Academic Creativity and Excellence Day or ACE Day, is Northwest Christian University’s semi-annual research colloquium for juniors and seniors. Nearly 40 students presented their capstone or end-of-term projects to faculty, staff and fellow students on campus Wed., Dec. 7, 2016. Presenters provide a short overview of their project or research and then invited attendees to ask questions. Presentation formats included lectures, ...


Health Professionals Offer Advice for Holiday Blues – Dr. Marilyn Montgomery

Health Professionals Offer Advice for Holiday Blues – Dr. Marilyn Montgomery

For many of us the holidays are a time to spend with friends and family, but mental health professionals said many others don't share that excitement. Watch Video Mental health professionals said they see an influx of people during the holiday season because it is a time when many people experience sadness, depression and anxiety. Mental health counselors at Northwest Christian University said ...


Looking at the Impact and Significance of Cyber Monday – Dr. Tim Veach

Looking at the Impact and Significance of Cyber Monday – Dr. Tim Veach

About half of Americans are expected to do some online shopping on Cyber Monday this year, and several local retailers are taking advantage of it. The National Retail Federation estimates 122 million Americans will be shopping online to score even more discounts after Thanksgiving weekend. But could Cyber Monday be losing its momentum? With all these other consumer holidays around, that ...


Winter Commencement is Dec. 16

Winter Commencement is Dec. 16

Northwest Christian University’s Winter Commencement is set for Fri., Dec. 16, 2016, in the Morse Events Center on campus beginning at 6 p.m. The commencement speaker is former pastor Randall Gross, who teaches in NCU’s RN to BSN program and currently is the system director for learning and development for PeaceHealth Hospital and Health Care in Vancouver, Washington. Eighty NCU students are ...


South Korea roiled by government scandal – Dr. Song Nai Rhee

South Korea roiled by government scandal – Dr. Song Nai Rhee

During the recent election campaigns a friend, depressed and disheartened, sighed, “What a mess we have in America!” “This is nothing,” I replied. “In South Korea, the president is in hiding. The cabinet is paralyzed. Political chaos is the order of the day. The whole nation is coming unglued.” After 32 years of harsh military dictatorship launched by Park Chung-hee, a general ...


NCU Named Military Friendly School

NCU Named Military Friendly School

Eugene, Ore. ---- Northwest Christian University has been named a Military Friendly School for 2017 by Military Friendly®, a Division of Victory Media, a nationally recognized organization that annually ranks universities and colleges as a service to members of the military, veterans and their families. “We are honored to be ranked among the nation’s top colleges and universities for veterans, active ...


Election Reminds Us of Importance of Listening

Election Reminds Us of Importance of Listening

Twenty years ago, I was at a fever pitch of excitement, because college debaters I helped coach had stormed through the national tournament all the way to the finals. If they won just once more, they would be crowned national champions. A few hours later, after they lost, we struggled to understand how such a promising setup fell apart. It took ...


America’s Best Christian Colleges: Northwest Christian University

America’s Best Christian Colleges: Northwest Christian University

Northwest Christian University is ranked among the America’s Best Christian Colleges as determined by the 26th Annual National College Survey administered by Institutional Research and Evaluation, Inc. “We are pleased to be included in this prestigious list of Christian institutions of higher education,” said Joseph D. Womack, Ed.D., President of Northwest Christian University. “Being ranked among America’s Best Christian Colleges is ...


Military Chaplain to Speak at NCU

Military Chaplain to Speak at NCU

On Nov. 10, 2016, the day before Veterans’ Day, the executive director of the Chaplaincy Endorsement Commission, Chaplain Kal McAlexander, will speak during Thursday Chapel at 11 a.m. in the Morse Event Center at the corner of Alder Street and 11th Avenue in Eugene. Chaplain McAlexander is a retired United States Navy Chaplain with more than 27 years of service. “As we ...


Speech and Debate Team Announces Schedule

Northwest Christian University’s Forensics Team has announced its tournament schedule for the academic school year, according to William Andersen, the University’s forensics coach. “We compete in the Northwest Forensics Conference with many of the top ranked programs in the nation,” said Andersen. “NCU has a strong team that is growing in participation and its competitiveness.”   November 18-20:  Mahaffey Tournament.  This tournament is ...


Experience Christmas With Northwest Christian University

14th Annual Christmas Concert is Dec. 3 & 4  EUGENE, Ore.---- Experience Christmas, Northwest Christian University’s annual concert to celebrate the Christmas Season with the community in song is Sat., Dec. 3, and Sun. Dec. 4, 2016, in the Morse Event Center on campus at the corner of Alder Street and 11th Avenue in Eugene. This year’s theme for Experience Christmas is ...


Prof. Johnny Lake Participates in 4j Panel On Race

NCU's professor in the Teacher Education department, Dr. Johnny Lake, recently participated in a 4j disctrict panel on race. The Register Guard reports here: http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/34921461-75/roosevelt-students-look-at-hot-topics-through-mathematical-lens.html.csp


Dr. Watson Weighs-In on Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize

Dr. James Watson, assistant professor of English, weighs-in on Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize. The Register Guard has the story here: http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/34890794-75/oregon-music-literary-experts-say-bob-dylan-deserving-of-nobel-prize-for-literature.html.csp


Drs. Diffenderfer and Veach Present Case Study at IACBE Assembly

Drs. Diffenderfer and Veach Present Case Study at IACBE Assembly

  Business professors, Dr. Pete Diffenderfer and Dr. Tim Veach, will present: “Cultivating Global Leadership Skills Through Cultural Exchange: A Case Study on Northwest Christian University-University of Macau Summer Program” to the regional assembly of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education on Oct. 14, 2016 in Spokane, Wash. “This is an exciting opportunity to present how a strong, multi-faceted program between ...


NCU is One of Oregon’s Safest

In case you missed it, NCU is one of Oregon's safest universities! KEZI reports: http://www.kezi.com/news/New_Report_Ranks_Safest_Colleges_in_Oregon.html  


Prof. Srader Grades Presidential Debates

Professor and experienced speech and debate coach, Dr. Doyle Srader, gives recent Presidential debates a grade. Story from KVAL News: http://kval.com/news/local/local-experts-say-connecting-to-the-audience-and-camera-makes-a-difference-in-debates  


Year End Letter from President Joseph D. Womack

Year End Letter from President Joseph D. Womack

November 27, 2015 Dear Friends, As Thanksgiving comes to a close and Christmas approaches, it’s easy to get nostalgic. For me, family and church traditions stacked up year after year until, over time, the deep meaning of Christmas took hold—and carried me even farther back to the first Christmas. That powerful message 2000 years ago is as real today as it was in ...