Faculty and staff met Monday morning Aug. 22, for prayer and discussion as the NCU campus community will welcome new and returning students and parents to campus on Sat., Aug. 27, to begin the Fall 2016 Semester.
The day began with an all employee Chapel Service led by Dennis Lindsay. Dr. Theol., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the School of Bible, Arts, and Sciences. Music was performed by Steve Silver, M.LS., M.Mus., and Director of the Kellenberger Library.
After Chapel, NCU President Joseph D. Womack, Ed.D. welcomed all faculty and staff back to campus. What follows is an excerpt of his address to those gathered:
“I hope you are all excited to get the year going – the 121st year of NCU.
You know this summer I was reminded afresh of what an amazing this place this University is – and how the Lord has blessed the mission of NCU through the decades and is blessing us now in our service today.
I met the wife of one of our graduates from the 1950’s who passed away this past Spring – she shared with me some of their amazing story – 60 plus years of marriage – ministry that spanned the globe in Military Chaplain service and domestic church leadership. I was amazed at the commitment to God’s work and the lives they touched.
I was at a conference where a long-time missionary in Indonesia shared about the dozens of churches planted in that country since he graduated in the 1970’s. He showed pictures of the amazing College he started that is now accredited by the Education Ministry and has educated hundreds of church leaders, community counselors and educators shining a light in dark places.
I heard about the impact a graduate from the 1990’s who works in the film industry in Hollywood – she is shedding light leading an industry devotion group and helping bring people to Christ.
I listened to one of the graduates of the last decade sing his Billboard #1 song for us as we gathered for an NCU event in Boise.
Last night – Nick (Askew) forwarded a link to one of our students being interviewed in studio on the Pac 12 channel – she was a delight and represented her University with an impressive articulate poise and ease in front of the camera.
I can’t express appropriately how proud I am of NCU – and how humbled I am to be about this work with you and I am confident that the students we have coming and returning to us now will continue this amazing legacy of service in ways we can only imagine now.”
Also during the gathering, new faculty and staff members were introduced:
William Anderson, M.A, Forensics Coach
Tammara Bovee, M.S., Instructor of Exercise Science
Ryan Carroll, M.A.T.S. and M.Ed., Teacher Education Licensure and Placement Coordinator
Kathy Owen, M.A., Director of Teacher Education, Asst. Professor of Teacher Education
Linda Veltri, Ph.D., Program Director RN to BSN Program
James Watson, Ph.D. Asst. Professor of English
Addison Wong, Music Director
Elizabeth Wosley-George, Ph.D., Professor of Counseling
Tyler Falk, Head Golf Coach
Elizabeth Flom, M.S., and ATC, Head Athletic Trainer
Garrett Holaday, Asst. Athletic Trainer
Tracy Mercer, Asst. Director of Career Development
Alyssa Sanford, Office Manager & Visitor Coordinator, Undergraduate Admissions
Brittany Ferrell, From Admissions Office Manager and Visit Coordinator to Admissions Counselor
Nathan Icenhower, From Financial Aid Counselor to Assist. Director of Financial Aid
Rachel Morse, From Admin Asst. CMHC to Admin Asst. to the VP of Advancement
Darlene Vermilyea, From Cashier/Student Services Specialist to Accounts Payable/Student Account Specialist
Student leaders and athletes competing during the Fall season arrived back on campus the week of Aug. 15. Classes start Wednesday, Aug. 31.