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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.

The Duane W. Acklie Hall of Science is the university's first academic building to be constructed on campus in decades. The facility will house the biology, chemistry and psychology programs and is scheduled to open in early 2019.

Momentum Marks the Start of NWU's New Academic Year

Momentum.

That’s how Nebraska Wesleyan University President Fred Ohles describes the new academic year.

“We have lots to celebrate,” said Ohles. “There’s no better time than now to ensure that our current momentum is sustained.”

Members of the Acklie family are the first to sign a beam to the Duane W. Acklie Hall of Science.

NWU Breaks Ground on Duane W. Acklie Hall of Science

Nebraska Wesleyan University broke ground Tuesday, April 4 on a new science center named after a cherished member of the Lincoln community who was known for his service, entrepreneurship and philanthropy.

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.

Eight Nebraska Wesleyan University seniors have been selected to the 2017 homecoming court.

Homecoming Court Announced

Eight Nebraska Wesleyan University seniors have been named to the 2017 Homecoming Court.

Students were nominated by campus organizations and selected based on interviews.

NWU nursing professors Molly Fitzke and Linda Hardy led a group of undergraduate and graduate nursing students to London to compare healthcare systems between the U.S. and UK.

Nursing Students Travel to London to Compare Healthcare Systems

With the current state of our country’s healthcare system and it unknown changes, Nebraska Wesleyan University’s nursing professors looked to valuable teaching opportunities for their undergraduate and graduate nursing students.

NWU alumnus Bob Johnson ('60) will be recognized with the first Rosentrater Act of Valor Award during the university's Legends and Legacies banquet on Sept. 28.

Decorated Military Veteran to be Honored with New Act of Valor Award

No one in the university’s 130-year history represents courage and sacrifice quite like the late Professor of Philosophy John Rosentrater. The late Professor of History David Mickey (’39) called him “one of those giants who, from time to time, walks upon the earth.”

Senior Randi Knox spent a semester in Mexico where she was about to put her Spanish-speaking skills to the test.

Senior Tests Spanish Skills Through Study Abroad in Mexico

When Randi Knox graduated from Bellevue East High School, she had a hunch that her college experience would likely include studying abroad.

She holds a special curiosity for the world around her and has an intense desire to make an impact.

NWU is ranked among the top 10 percent of colleges and universities named to U.S. News & World Report's list of regional universities - midwest category. The annual college rankings were released September 12.

U.S. News & World Report Ranks NWU a Top Regional University

U.S. News & World Report has named Nebraska Wesleyan University a top regional university.

NWU is ranked among the top 10 percent of the colleges and universities named to the Regional Universities – Midwest category in the annual college rankings, which were released September 12.

Bryan Stevenson, author of the New York Times bestseller "Just Mercy," will kickoff the annual Visions & Ventures Symposium with his lecture, "American Injustice: Humanity, Mercy and Making a Difference."

Symposium to Address American Discourse and Abandoned Communities

Nebraska Wesleyan University’s annual Visions and Ventures Symposium will investigate the origins of fear and anxiety that have shaped American discourse in recent years.

The annual event — scheduled for September 12-13 — brings together the university and Lincoln community to discuss a topic of universal significance with leading national experts.

NWU Hosts Fall International Film Series

Nebraska Wesleyan University will host a fall international film series, featuring five films.

The series begins Tuesday, August 29 with the Australian drama, “Tanna.” The series will continue through November.

Hunter Reeves has been awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship to study in Spain during the 2017-2018 academic year. He is Nebraska Wesleyan's 45th Gilman Scholar.

Gilman Scholarship Sends NWU Student to Spain

Hunter Reeves, a junior communication studies and Spanish major at Nebraska Wesleyan University, will spend the 2017-2018 academic year in Spain thanks to a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship.

Reeves, a graduate of Ogallala High School, will study at the University of Vigo.

For the first time, NWU professors John Spilker and Sue Wortmann led students to Cuba as part of a class that explored Cuban youth culture.

Class Gives Students Historic Opportunity to Experience Cuba

Last year Sarah Dyer enrolled in a course called “Cuban Youth Music Culture.”

For the music and gender studies major, the course would provide an exciting opportunity to learn more about contemporary Cuba. The course concluded with a 10-day trip to Cuba to completely immerse herself and connect her classroom lessons in person.

An avid bike enthusiast, Carly Adams selected Lincoln Bike Kitchen for her research methods project.

Riding Down The Right Path: Research Project, Internship Fulfill Bike Enthusiast's Passion

A good bike ride fixes everything — or in Carly Adam’s case, a good bike ride connects everything.

The junior communication major and avid biker needed a project for her research methods course — a semester-long case study of a Lincoln nonprofit organization where she would gather data, evaluate and make recommendations on best communication practices.

Chance Kennicutt, a junior from Sutherland, Neb., is NWU's 44th Gilman Scholarship winner. He will spend the 2017-2018 academic year in Poland.

Gilman Scholarship Sends Political Science Major to Poland

Chance Kennicutt came to Nebraska Wesleyan to study business.

But a political science class piqued a new interest and led to thoughts about potential careers in national security.

Now Kennicutt, a junior from Sutherland, Neb., is headed to Poland for the 2017-2018 academic year where he will attend the University of Wroclaw and study the country’s political shifts.

Judge Warren Urbom ('50) died on July 28, 2017. The successful alumnus meant a lot to Nebraska Wesleyan and Nebraska Wesleyan meant a lot to him.

NWU Remembers Judge Warren Urbom

Judge Warren K. Urbom died on July 28, 2017. Nebraska Wesleyan University meant a lot to Warren Urbom, and Warren Urbom meant a lot to Nebraska Wesleyan University.

NWU junior Natalia Spengler studied abroad at the London Academy of Music and Art where she studied Shakespeare and refined her acting style. She will perform in the fall production of "Comedy of Errors."

Actress Ready to Perform Shakespeare Following London Study Abroad Experience

Long hours. Endless work. Tough criticism — experiences a budding Nebraska Wesleyan University actress from Juneau, Alaska, takes seriously.

"I love the camaraderie of the theatre," said junior Natalia Spengler. "There’s beauty in a group of people—actors and audience—coming together in a space to tell a story. It’s transformation. And there’s nothing else like it."

NWU students play games with Haitian students during an educational exchange to the country.

Haitian Education Exchange Provides Lessons Beyond Teaching

It began as a simple education exchange — Nebraska Wesleyan University professors and students would meet with high school teachers in Haiti this summer to offer ideas and assistance for low-level classrooms.

Members of Global Service Learning traveled to Guatemala for their annual international service trip. While there they collaborated with the nonprofit organization, Constru Casa, to build basic housing for those living in extreme poverty.

Guatemala Service Trip Provides Lesson on Poverty

Two houses in six days.

Hours of manual labor, mixing and pouring cement, chipping and shaping cinder blocks, and digging foundations.

And important lessons on poverty, privilege, and people.

Members of Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Global Service Learning (GSL) student organization traveled to Guatemala this summer for their annual international service project.

Nebraska Wesleyan has announced the spring academic honors list for its adult programs. The list includes 103 students.

NWU Announces Adult Program Spring Academic Honors List

Nebraska Wesleyan University has announced its academic honors list for students enrolled in the adult program for the spring semester of the 2016-2017 academic year.

Nebraska Wesleyan’s adult 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 4.00 scale.

The spring academic honors list has been announced for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The list includes 443 students.

Spring Academic Honors List Announced for College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Nebraska Wesleyan University has announced its Academic Honors List for the spring semester of the 2016-2017 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.

A complete list of students earning academic honors recognition is below.

 

Lisa Borchardt, professor of social work, answers student questions. In 2019, NWU will offer a Master's of Social Work (MSW) degree — the first to be offered by a private college in Nebraska and the only program of its kind in the Lincoln area.

NWU Expands Graduate Program Offerings With MSW Degree

Nebraska Wesleyan University is again expanding its graduate degree offerings.

Beginning in fall 2019, NWU will offer a Master of Social Work degree.

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Nebraska Wesleyan Breaks Ground on New Athletic Practice Facility

First-year students Nathan and Thomas Krick are representing NWU at NGAL 3 where they will pitch their idea for an outdoor television show, Identical Draw.

NWU Students Hope NGAL Experience Turns Business Ideas Into Reality

Ever since they were little, identical twins Nathan and Thomas Krick have shared a passion for hunting. They take conservation seriously. They support the environment. And they love the challenge of the hunt.

But their long-time hobby is taking on a new challenge.

After studying cultural anthropology and linguistics for four years, senior Claire Delaney is now studying abroad for the first time in France thanks to a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship.

Gilman Scholarship Sends Senior Anthropology Major to France

A Nebraska Wesleyan University senior is spending her summer in France thanks to a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship that will help her further improve her French and photography.

Kaitlin Dugquem of Glendora, Calif., graduated in May with degrees in international business and global studies, and is now headed to Korea thanks to a Critical Language Scholarship.

NWU Graduate Receives Critical Language Scholarship to Study Korean

Kaitlin Dugquem, a 2017 graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University, has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Korean in Gwangju, South Korea.

Carlos Bahe graduated in May with a degree in global studies and is now headed to Japan for a year where he will teach English thanks to the JET Program.

JET Program Will Send Recent Global Studies Grad to Japan

Carlo Bahe used his Nebraska Wesleyan University career to see the world.

A faculty-led trip to Ireland and Rwanda. A student-led trip to Mexico. A semester abroad at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa.

Savannah Lopez, a sophomore criminal justice major, spent her spring semester as a participant in the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture Program.

Chicago Center Helps NWU Sophomore Turn Windy City Into Her Classroom

When sophomore Savannah Lopez heard that the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture was making a visit to campus, she was among the first to make an appointment.

"As they were telling me about their program, I realized that the program was exactly the type of educational experience I wanted,” said Lopez. “I applied that same day."

Members of Nebraska Wesleyan's Pre-Health Club traveled to Haiti in March to gain firsthand international healthcare experience.

Students Find Valuable Experiences in Haiti

Just three days after finishing the academic year, a group of students and faculty traveled over 2,200 miles to continue important lessons.

“This is as much, probably more about Wesleyan learning than Wesleyan doing service,” said Gerise Herndon, an English and gender studies professor. “Haiti is not to be looked upon with pity or as an object of charity.”

Music and gender studies professor John Spilker is the 2016-2017 Prouty Teaching Award winner.

Music and Gender Studies Professor Receives Prouty Teaching Award

At the start of each semester, music and gender studies professor John Spilker invites his students to review and sign a contract titled, “Ground Rules for Class Discussion.”

In signing the contract, students agree to be open-minded during class discussions, learn to recognize and evaluate their own set opinions and then set them aside to promote open, academic dialogue.

Nebraska Wesleyan's 128th commencement was held Saturday, May 6. Nearly 500 undergraduate and graduate degrees were awarded.

NWU Confers Nearly 500 Degrees

Nebraska Wesleyan University awarded degrees to 489 undergraduate and graduate students at its 128th commencement on Saturday, May 6.

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Senior Brian Dunic has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Germany next year.

Two NWU Students Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Scholarships

Nebraska Wesleyan University student Brian Dunic and alumna Rachel Gordon have each been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to live and teach abroad next year.

The Fulbright Scholarship is the flagship international education program sponsored by the United States government.

Graciela Caneiro-Livingston Named New NWU Provost

Graciela Caneiro-Livingston has been named the new provost at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

“I look forward to her leadership and teamwork in this important role at Nebraska Wesleyan,” said President Fred Ohles.

A class on the psychological reactions to nature inspired Brittany Lester to further research connections to nature, and ultimately led to her decision to pursue graduate school in the field.

Psychology Major Turns Mother Nature into Her Classroom

Two years ago Nebraska Wesleyan University psychology professor Frank Ferraro took students to Wyoming where they spent a week immersing themselves in the concepts they learned in his class, “Psychological Reactions to Nature.” For a week, the snowy range of Grand Teton National Park served as their classroom.

Antwan Wilson, Nebraska Wesleyan alumnus and new chancellor of D.C. Public Schools in the nation's capital, will deliver this year's commencement address.

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor to Deliver Commencement Address

Antwan Wilson, Chancellor of D.C. Public Schools, will deliver the commencement address at Nebraska Wesleyan University’s 128th commencement on Saturday, May 6.

His address will be shared with 489 undergraduate and graduate students who will receive degrees. Commencement begins at 1 p.m. on Taylor Commons, located on the university’s campus.

The Senior Exhibition will feature NWU's seven senior art majors who will showcase their work in sculpture, painting, drawing and animation.

Elder Gallery Exhibit Features Seven Senior Artists

Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Elder Gallery will showcase the work of seven senior art majors during the gallery’s final show, “Ladies Night.”

The exhibit runs April 25 through May 6. The thesis exhibition features sculpture, painting, drawing and animation. A reception will be held Friday, April 28 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Featured artists are:

Tessa Jolls is the president and CEO of the Center for Media Literacy. She will deliver the 2017 Holder Lecture on Thursday, April 20.

President of Center for Media Literacy to Discuss Redefining Media Relationships and Culture

The president and CEO of the Center for Media Literacy will deliver this year's Kenneth R. Holder Lecture.

Tessa Jolls will deliver the lecture on Thursday, April 20 at 4 p.m. in the learning commons area, located on the first floor of Cochrane-Woods Library.

Donald Wilhite, professor emeritus of applied climate science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will kick off Earth Week activities at NWU with his keynote lecture, "Understanding and Assessing Climate Change and its Implications for Nebraska" on Apr

NWU to Celebrate Earth Week with Focus on Climate Change

Twenty-one Nebraska Wesleyan University student organizations will collaborate on a week-long Earth Week celebration, April 18-21.

Sophomore Hanna Arrowsmith will perform in Nebraska Wesleyan's opera, "Gallantry" on April 7 and April 9.  Arrowsmith is a biology and modern languages major who is planning a career in psychiatry. She found an unexpected passion for opera after taking a

Biology Major Finds Her Way to Opera Stage

“I gave it a shot my first semester here and I fell in love with it. I’ve been doing it ever since,” sophomore Hanna Arrowsmith said of her passion for opera.

Sociology Professors Honored for Work on Women's Rights

Sue Wortmann, associate professor of sociology, has been recognized with the Alice Paul Award for her lifelong dedication to women’s rights.

Wortmann was recognized on March 31 by the Women’s Foundation, which advocates for women and their families through education and outreach programs in Lincoln and Lancaster County.

Nebraska Wesleyan's Music Department performs a main-stage opera each year. This year's production will include two short operas, "Miss Havisham's Wedding Night" and "Gallantry."

NWU to Perform Operas "Miss Havisham's Wedding Night" and "Gallantry"

Stories of a jilted bride’s wedding night and a soap opera parody will be told on the O’Donnell Auditorium stage when Nebraska Wesleyan performs two operas, “Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night” and “Gallantry.”

The operas will be performed Friday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 9 at 3 p.m. in O’Donnell Auditorium, located at 50th Street and Huntington Ave.

Stephen J. Rapp, the former Ambassador-At-Large for Global Criminal Justice, will deliver the 2017 Curtis Lecture on Public Leadership on March 29.

Former Ambassador for Global Criminal Justice to Deliver NWU Lecture on Public Leadership

Stephen J. Rapp, Distinguished Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Prevention of Genocide, will deliver Nebraska Wesleyan University’s annual Curtis Lecture on Public Leadership on Wednesday, March 29.

Senior Olivia Finnegan performs her solo show at the Fringe World Festival in Australia.

Study Abroad Experiences Inspire Student's Show at World Theatre Festival

Olivia Finnegan was bitten by the acting bug as a busy seven-year-old girl living in Los Angeles, California.

At 16 she traveled to Mexico with Sister Cities International, an economic development initiative that inspired her to return home and create an after-school program for elementary school students who wrote stories and performed plays about water pollution.

Poet Brenda Shaughnessy will read at the Spring Visiting Writers Series on March 30.

Spring Writers Series Features Poets

Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Spring Visiting Writers Series will feature two poets.

Poet Brenda Shaughnessy, associate professor of English and creative writing at Rutgers University-Newark, will give a reading on Thursday, March 30. Poet and essayist Brian Blanchfield, visiting faculty at The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, will give a reading on Thursday, April 13.

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