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Nebraska Wesleyan awarded 500 bachelor's and master's degrees during its 129th commencement on Saturday, May 5th.

NWU Awards 500 Degrees

Nebraska Wesleyan University awarded degrees to 500 undergraduate and graduate students at its 129thcommencement on Saturday, May 5. 

Nebraska Wesleyan has launched "Bold Designs," a $62 million campaign to raise funds for premier learning spaces, scholarships, recruitment of faculty, and life-changing student experiences.

NWU Launches $62 Million "Bold Designs" Campaign

Every day, NWU professors teach their students to be bold. To imagine possibilities. To build and create.

Carly Wahlmeier, a 2018 graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University, is among 51 students in the nation selected for the prestigious Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship. This fall Wahlmeier will begin medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Recent NWU Grad Selected for Prestigious Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

A recent Nebraska Wesleyan University graduate has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from the nation’s oldest academic honorary.

Juniors Thomas and Nathan Krick are the creators of "Identical Draw," an outdoor television show about faith, brotherhood and a love for the outdoors. The brothers developed the idea in an entrepreneurship class at NWU and competed in the NGAL pitch compe

Identical Twins Debut "Identical Draw" on CarbonTV Following NGAL Experience

Last June identical twins Nathan and Thomas Krick spent countless hours preparing to make a pitch about their outdoor television show to a panel of distinguished judges. 

Chase Hoffschneider, a sophomore from Burwell, Neb., will be joined by junior Simon Holloway of Omaha, when they pitch their "SaveMe" device during the annual Network Globally, Act Locally pitch competition on June 15th.

Students Prepare to Pitch "SaveMe" Device at International Entrepreneur Event

Chase Hoffschneider noticed something he didn’t like while walking on campus. 

The academic honors list for the 2017-2018 spring semester includes 487 students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and 105 students in the adult undergraduate program.

Spring Academic Honors List Announced

Nebraska Wesleyan University has announced its Academic Honors List for the spring semester of the 2017-2018 academic year. A student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.75 (on a 4.00 scale) for 12 or more hours of coursework to qualify for the list. 

Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences earning academic honors list recognition include: 

The US-UK Fulbright Commission has selected Danielle Anderson for the Fulbright Summer Institute, which will send her to London in July where she will study media, art, design and business in addition to working on global and leadership skills at the Univ

Fulbright Commission Selects NWU First-Year Student for UK Summer Institute

A Nebraska Wesleyan University first-year student has been selected for the Fulbright Summer Institute. Danielle Anderson of Ewing, Neb., is among 60 undergraduates from the United States and UK to be selected for the prestigious program.

NWU Choir, Alumni to Perform at Carnegie Hall

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.

And William Wyman’s music students have put in plenty of practice in preparation for their May 26th performance at one of the world’s most prestigious concert venues.

Jonathan Redding, visiting professor of religion, was named the 2017-2018 Margaret J Prouty Teaching Award winner. "There has never once been a day where he wasn't excited to teach us," said a student nominator.

First-Year Professor Wins NWU's Top Teaching Award

A handful of Jonathan Redding’s students admitted they were a little nervous about taking his “Science and Religion” course.

Iowa Western Community College is Nebraska Wesleyan's newest partner in the Pathway Scholarship Program, which aims to open more doors for bachelor's degree completion.

NWU Adds Iowa Western Community College to New Pathways Scholarship Program

Nebraska Wesleyan University has added Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa, as its newest partner in the Pathways Scholarship Program.

Nebraska Wesleyan University President Fred Ohles and Iowa Western Community College President Dan Kinney have signed a formal agreement for the program.

Natalie Hahn, a Polk, Neb. native who worked with United Nations programs for 38 years, will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during Nebraska Wesleyan University's commencement on Saturday, May 5. Hahn will also deliver the commencem

Humanitarian, Mayor to be Honored at 129th Commencement

Natalie Hahn, a humanitarian whose work with United Nations programs has empowered women across Africa and beyond, will deliver the address at Nebraska Wesleyan University’s 129thcommencement on Saturday, May 5.

Her address will be shared with 500 undergraduate and graduate students who will receive degrees. Commencement begins at 1 p.m. on Taylor Commons. 

Senior psychology major Nicole Vana turned to social media to help her cope with depression and suicidal thoughts. Now her Twitter account, website and non-profit — Spreading the Love — is a coping mechanism for thousands of others across the country.

Psychology Major Uses Personal Struggle to Help Others Cope

You are not alone.

If there’s one thing senior psychology major Nicole Vana wants people to know, you are never alone. 

Vana thought differently when she was a 17-year-old dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts.

Senior Luke Gregerson has been accepted to the prestigious Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, which will send the English and music double major to Japan for a year where he will help teach English.

JET Program to Send English, Music Major to Japan

Nebraska Wesleyan University senior Luke Gregerson admits he’s watched his share of the Travel Channel.

Elder Gallery's final art exhibit of the year will feature the work of seniors Casey Callahan, Emma Carlson, Kurstin Dean, and Joelle Sandfort. The exhibit runs April 24th through May 5th.

Elder Gallery Exhibit Features Senior Art Students

Nebraska Wesleyan University’s final art exhibition of the year will feature the work of its graduating art students.

The exhibit, titled “Loading,” will run from Tuesday, April 24ththrough Saturday, May 5th. An opening reception will be held on Friday, April 27thfrom 5 to 7 p.m. in Elder Gallery, located inside the Rogers Center for Fine Arts at 50thStreet and Huntington Ave. 

Carter Lyons, a junior mathematics and physics major, is one of just 211 undergraduates in the country to win the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship. He is the eighth NWU student to win the honor.

Math, Physics Major Becomes NWU's 8th Goldwater Scholar

A Nebraska Wesleyan University junior has been awarded the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship.

Thanks to a gift from the Pearle Francis Finigan Foundation, a professional LED lighting system has been installed in O'Donnell Auditorium to enhance the experience for both the performers and the audience.

Bold Designs Campaign Lights Up O'Donnell Auditorium

Liana Sandin (’81) fondly remembers the many hours she spent on the O’Donnell Auditorium stage.

“I was in a lot of things,” Sandin recalled of her involvement in choirs, operas and even serving as an usher at other events hosted in the auditorium. “O’Donnell means performance to me.”

Fred Ohles will retire as president of Nebraska Wesleyan University on July 1, 2019. During his tenure, he has positioned Nebraska Wesleyan for continued success through enrollment strength, new academic programs and experiences, new and improved faciliti

President Ohles Announces Retirement

After more than a decade of leading Nebraska Wesleyan University, President Fred Ohles has announced his decision to retire. Ohles will retire on July 1, 2019.

NWU alumnus Trang Ho Morton ('06) and her husband, Matthew Morton, will present this year's Curtis Lecture, "Changing the Narrative on Adolescents: U.S. and International Perspectives." Trang is a planning specialist at the Fund to End Violence Against Ch

Curtis Lecture on Public Leadership to Address Changing the Narrative on Adolescents

A Nebraska Wesleyan University alumnus and Rhodes Scholar is returning to her alma mater. Trang Ho Morton, a planning specialist at the Fund to End Violence Against Children, will be joined by her husband, Matthew Morton, research fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, to present this year’s Curtis Lecture on Public Leadership.

NWU math students and Dr. Austin Mohr (center) traveled to San Diego, Calif. where students listened to and presented research at the Joint Mathematics Meeting, which is the world's largest math conference.

NWU Students Share Research at World's Largest Math Conference

Last year Nebraska Wesleyan University student Carter Lyons welcomed the opportunity to travel to Atlanta, Ga., for the Joint Mathematics Meeting. The world’s largest math conference gave the mathematics and physics student an opportunity to hear research presentations that enhanced what he was learning in his classroom.

Music Professor Named Exemplary Teacher

Amy Spears staged a mock school board hearing for her secondary music students to help them better understand issues they could face as music educators regarding music program funding.

Last spring Spears invited the campus to an afternoon rock concert starring non-music majors who she taught to write music and learn new instruments.

Steven Pinker, one of the world's foremost writers on language, mind and human nature will deliver the 2018 Fawl Lecture. Pinker's lecture is titled, "Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress."

Harvard Psychology Professor, Pulitzer Prize Finalist Steven Pinker to Deliver NWU Lecture

Steven Pinker, one of the world’s foremost writers on language, mind and human nature, will present Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Clifford Fawl Psychology Lecture on Thursday, March 22.

His lecture, “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress,” begins at 7 p.m. in O’Donnell Auditorium.

This ceramics exhibit, "Detail of Agatha," by NWU art professor Lisa Lockman was inspired by her research into the genealogy of women in Lockman's family. She is among seven NWU faculty whose work is being featured in the newest Elder Gallery exhibit.

Elder Gallery Exhibit Features Work of Nebraska Wesleyan Faculty

The talents of Nebraska Wesleyan University’s art faculty will be on display in Elder Gallery’s newest exhibit.

The Nebraska Wesleyan Art Department Faculty Exhibition runs from March 16 through April 15. A closing reception will be held Friday, April 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Elder Gallery.

The exhibit will include work by:

Lisa Hanasono is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Bowling Green State University. Her March 19 lecture will address, "Allies and Advocates: Taking a Stand Against Hate."

Professor to Address How to Reduce Prejudice, Biased Behavior Through Communication

A Bowling Green State University professor who examines how people communicate and cope with prejudice and discrimination will deliver a lecture at Nebraska Wesleyan University on Monday, March 19.

Nebraska Wesleyan President Fred Ohles and Mid-Plains Community College President Ryan Purdy signed a formal agreement for the Pathways Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships to MPCC students who transfer to NWU's undergraduate or adult programs

NWU Partners with Mid-Plains Community College to Boost Bachelor's Degree Completion

Nebraska Wesleyan University has added Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte as its newest partner in the Pathways Scholarship Program.

Nebraska Wesleyan University President Fred Ohles and Mid-Plains Community College President Ryan Purdy have signed a formal agreement for the program.

Nebraska Wesleyan's Touch of Class Jazz Choir is a 16-member select ensemble. The choir's spring tour takes them through Iowa in early March.

Touch of Class Jazz Choir Takes Spring Tour to Iowa

Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Touch of Class Jazz Choir will perform four concerts during its spring tour to Iowa.

In 2007, NWU agreed to a bilateral exchange with the University of Tartu in Estonia. In addition to study abroad opportunities, the exchange paved the way for additional cultural experiences for the men's and women's basketball teams, the University Choir

Senior Reflects on Estonia Experience as Country Celebrates 100 Years of Independence

Alexis Rodriguez-Garcia grew up traveling the globe — Mexico, Spain and France just to name a few.

So when it came time to meet the study abroad requirement for his global studies major, he wanted to study somewhere unfamiliar.

“Estonia was that place,” said Rodriguez.

Barbara Oakley, professor of engineering at Oakland University, will deliver this year's Fetzer Science Lecture, which will provide participants with powerful mental tools to assist learning no matter your age or stage of life.

Engineering Professor, New York Times Best-Selling Author to Discuss Powerful Tools for Learning How to Learn

Barbara Oakley didn’t begin learning remedial high school algebra until age 26. Now she’s a professor of engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., a New York Times best-selling author, and instructor of the world’s largest massive open online course, with over two million registered students.

How did this happen?

NWU Announces Adult Program Fall Academic Honors List

Nebraska Wesleyan University has announced its academic honors list for students enrolled in the adult undergraduate program for the fall semester of the 2017-2018 academic year. Nebraska Wesleyan’s adult undergraduate program provides nontraditional students the opportunity to earn a college degree while pursuing a career. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.75 on a

Fall Academic Honors List Announced

Nebraska Wesleyan University has announced its Academic Honors List for the fall semester of the 2017-2018 academic year. A student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.75 (on a 4.00 scale) for 12 or more hours of coursework to qualify for the list.

Congratulations to the following students for earning academic honors recognition.

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Senior psychology major Malik Morris was honored with the Mary Butler Award, which honors a student of color who enriches the campus through extracurricular involvement, leadership, responsibility and concern for others. He is pictured with Mary Butler, w

Three Honored as Advocates for Diversity

A Nebraska Wesleyan University professor, vice president and student have each been honored as Advocates for Diversity.

Sue Wortmann, associate professor of sociology, TJ McDowell, vice president for campus community, and Malik Morris, a senior psychology major, were each recognized during the university’s Martin Luther King celebration on January 19.

Terri Seier, an English major from Petersburg, Neb., is spending the spring semester at Providence University in Taiwan. She was awarded the Freeman-ASIA Award to assist with her study abroad expenses.

Freeman-ASIA Award Sends Sophomore to Taiwan to Study Language, Culture

“The moment I walked into my first Chinese class, I knew that it was a language I wanted to stick with,” recalled Nebraska Wesleyan University sophomore Terri Seier.

Now Seier is stepping into a Chinese class in Taiwan, thanks to a Freeman-ASIA Award she received in December.

Acklie Hall Taking Shape at NWU Ahead of 2019 Ribbon Cutting - Lincoln Journal Star

President Fred Ohles presents Kim McLaughlin, assistant director of Student Health Services, with the university's CORE Award. The award recognizes a staff member whose efforts and contributions significantly exceed expectations.

McLaughlin Honored for Compassionately Serving Student Health Needs

For nearly 20 years, Kim McLaughlin has helped nurse NWU students back to good health, treating them for colds, flu, sore throats, trips and falls, and other medical calemities.

"Her affable demeanor, warm regard for individuals and diligence to duty has resulted in students and staff trusting, respecting and admiring her," said Pete Armstrong, dean of students. 

NWU professor Gerise Herndon has been selected for this year's Faculty Scholarship Presentation Award. Her presentation, "Transforming Trauma: Art and Healing after Genocide," will be held January 24 at 6 p.m.

Professor to Discuss how Genocide Survivors Express Pain, Healing Through Art

Nebraska Wesleyan University professor Gerise Herndon has conducted extensive research on Rwandan genocide survivors and through that research she’s learned the role of art in their healing.

Herndon will share her research and experiences during the Faculty Scholarship Presentation on Wednesday, January 24 at 6 p.m. The annual presentation highlights the scholarship of NWU faculty.

Senior Joseph Roper spent the summer interning at McGill University working alongside NWU alumna Koren Mann, associate professor of oncology at McGill University. They researched the role of a particular enzyme on cancer mutations.

Canadian Internship Gives NWU Student First-Hand Experience in Cancer Research

When Felix Baumgartner set the world record for skydiving—jumping 25 miles above the earth's surface from a hot air balloon—he didn't just set a new standard, he inspired a Nebraska Wesleyan University student to follow suit.

Senior Joseph Roper isn’t skydiving but he has been adhering to the lesson Baumgartner unknowingly set in motion: seek out new experiences.

The University Choir's annual winter tour will take them to four states for nine performances.

University Choir Plans Four-State Winter Tour

Nebraska Wesleyan University’s award-winning University Choir has announced a tour schedule that will take them to four states in January.

The choir begins its tour in York, Neb. on January 3 and will travel and perform for 9 days, concluding with a home concert in O’Donnell Auditorium on the Nebraska Wesleyan campus. They will also perform in Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota.

Sandy McBride, assistant professor of English and Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities, has been honored with NWU's inaugural "Faculty Mentor of the Year" award.

English Professor Wins Inaugural Faculty Mentor Award

A Nebraska Wesleyan University English professor and Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities has been recognized by her peers for generously devoting time and energy to mentoring faculty.

As a self-described "big time football fan," senior Brittany Pair knew an internship with the NFL Players Association would give her valuable experiences for a career in sports management.

Internship Takes Sport Management Major Behind the Scenes of the NFL

Brittany Pair grew up in Longmont, Colo. passionately cheering on her Denver Broncos.

So when she learned of a competitive internship opportunity with the NFL’s Player Association (NFLPA), the self-described “big time football fan” and sport management major knew it was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up even if it meant leaving school mid-semester.

Nebraska Wesleyan Provost Graciela Caneiro-Livingston thanks Sue Raftery, associate vice president of academic affairs at Metropolitan Community College, on a new partnership between the two schools, which will open more doors to bachelor's degree complet

NWU Partners With Metropolitan Community College to Boost Bachelor's Degree Completion

Nebraska Wesleyan University is expanding its partnerships with area community colleges in an effort to open more doors to bachelor’s degree completion.

Nebraska Wesleyan University President Fred Ohles and Metropolitan Community College President Randy Schmailzl have signed a formal agreement for the NWU Pathways Scholarship Program.

Nebraska Wesleyan junior Angel Geller will spend the spring semester in New Zealand where she will study art as well as create a self-published magazine that will reflect her experience as an UmonHon woman immersed in a different indigenous culture.

Gilman Scholarship Winner to Study Art, Indigenous Culture in New Zealand

The United States has 566 federally recognized Indian tribes that have a common history, common government relations and a common bond.

“I’m intrigued by the idea of going to a different country on the other side of the world that has an indigenous community I have no ties to,” said Nebraska Wesleyan University junior Angel Geller, a member of the Omaha tribe.

Senior Ty Garner is the youngest person to be accepted to the Earthship Biotecture Academy, an opportunity that took him to New Mexico where he learned to construct homes of readily available natural resources. The experience was part of his capstone proj

Environmentally Equipped: Senior Ready for Opportunity to Build Local Earthship

Ty Garner can count his remaining days at Nebraska Wesleyan on two hands.

Provost Emerita Judy Muyskens was recently awarded the Roy G. Story Award for the many NWU initiatives and programs that have brought national recognition to the university. Muyskens retired from NWU last spring.

Retired Provost Honored For Bringing National Stature to NWU

Provost Emerita Judy Muyskens has been awarded Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Roy G. Story Award.

The award — now in its 25th year — honors an individual or group of faculty, staff, students or volunteers who have significantly enhanced the national stature and reputation of NWU.

Student's Experience at World Religions Conference Leads to Valuable Classroom Lessons

Nebraska Wesleyan University junior Sarah Hunter grew up devoted in her faith. She was actively involved in an Omaha church were her uncle pastored.

“Growing up, I interacted with like-minded individuals sharing common beliefs,” the political science major recalled.

Ken Keith, a former NWU psychology professor, will join former philosophy professor John Walker on November 2 for the annual William C. Kloefkorn Nebraska Writers Series.

Professors Ken Keith, John Walker Return to NWU to Deliver Kloefkorn Lecture

Two long-time NWU professors will return to campus on Thursday, November 2, to deliver the annual William C. Kloefkorn Nebraska Writers Series lecture.

The free lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in Prairie Wolf A&B, located on the lower level of Story Student Center.

Senior Kelsey Bahe is the first Nebraskan to sweep three athletic training scholarships at the state, regional and national level.

NWU Senior Sweeps State, Regional, National Athletic Training Awards

Kelsey Bahe, a senior from Wood River, is the first Nebraskan to sweep three athletic training scholarships at the state, regional and national level. Bahe won the Nebraska State Athletic Training scholarship, the Mid-America Athletic Training Scholarship and the National Athletic Training scholarship.

Senior Emily Schumacher, an aspiring marine biologist, participated in a summer internship that took her to the South Africa coast to work with Oceans Research.

Internship on South Africa Coast Affirms Senior's Passion for Marine Biology

Emily Schumacher’s fascination with sea creatures started at a young age.

As her graduation from Millard West High School approached, she began to understand the challenges of studying marine biology in a landlocked state.

NWU President Fred Ohles and SCC President Paul Illich announce a new partnership, SCC to NWU Pathways Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships to SCC students who transfer to NWU's traditional undergraduate program or accelerated degree completio

New Pathways Scholarship Supports SCC Students

Nebraska Wesleyan University is partnering with Southeast Community College to open more doors to bachelor’s degree completion.

On Tuesday, October 10, Nebraska Wesleyan University President Fred Ohles and Southeast Community College President Paul Illich signed a formal agreement for the NWU Pathways Scholarship Program.

Artist Philip Vanderhyden's exhibit, "Dependency Graph," will be in Elder Gallery October 18-December 10. The show is a look at high-tech approaches to image making.

Elder Gallery Exhibit "Dependency Graph" Features Video Artist

Painter turned video artist and animator Philip Vanderhyden will display his work in the latest Elder Gallery exhibit, “Dependency Graph.”

The Department of Music recognized three alumni during Homecoming festivities, September 28-October 1. Pictured are Emily Bruflat ('10) who received the Outstanding Young Music Alum Award and Liana Sandin ('81) who received the Outstanding Music Alum Awar

Music Alumni Recognized During Homecoming Festivities

Three Nebraska Wesleyan University music alumni are being recognized for their career accomplishments.

Emily Bruflat (’10) has received the Outstanding Young Music Alum and Liana K. Sandin (’81) and Ray Young (’49) have received Outstanding Music Alum awards. The alumni were honored during homecoming activities September 27-October 1.

Seniors Ty Garner of Broomfield, Colo., and Hannah Rittscher of Clearwater, Neb., were crowned the 2017 Homecoming king and queen.

NWU Crowns Homecoming Royalty

Seniors Hannah Rittscher and Ty Garner have been crowned the 2017 homecoming queen and king.

Rittscher, a communication studies major from Clearwater, Neb., and Garner, an environmental studies major from Broomfield, Colo., were crowned Thursday night and will reign over weekend homecoming activities.

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