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Dr. Darrin Good, 17th President of Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Dr. Darrin Good Named NWU's 17th President

Dr. Darrin Good has been named the 17th President of Nebraska Wesleyan University. 

Nebraska Wesleyan University Board of Governors Chair Susan Gourley announced the appointment today, following unanimous approval by the university’s governing body. 

Duane W. Acklie Hall of Science

Doors Open to New Acklie Hall of Science

Students were welcomed to a new semester on Monday, January 14 with a fresh blanket of snow and a much anticipated new science building.

U.S. News Names 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 10. 

Kyle Holen, Core Award winner

Food Services Employee Recognized for Attention to Students

Senior Kacie Tremain remembers selecting her lunch at Prairie Point Dining Center when she was a first-year student and hearing an unfamiliar voice calling her name.

It was Kyle Holen, an employee of Sodexo, Nebraska Wesleyan’s food services provider. 

US Ambassador Christopher Hill

Distinguished US Ambassador to Discuss Diplomacy in Turbulent Times

One of the United States’ most distinguished ambassadors will deliver Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Curtis Lecture on Public Leadership on February 25th. 

Two students, a professor and staff member were selected as 2018 Diversity Advocate Award winners.

NWU Honors Diversity Advocates

Two students, a professor and a staff member have been recognized for their dedication, inspiration and advocacy for diversity on campus. 

Lisa Borchardt, Faculty Scholarship Presentation Award Recipient

Faculty Scholarship Presentation Addresses Student-Athlete Grief

The court, the field, the track, the mat, the pool — these are the places where student-athletes often feel the most alive. When dealing with the death of someone dear to them, student-athletes often turn to these same places for a sense of normalcy.

Senior Natalia Spengler plays the lead role of Hamlet.

Meet Hamlet: NWU's Prince of Denmark is a Woman of Infinite Zest

Natalia Spengler isn’t interested in likely stories. Give her a tale that twists. Make it vast. Have it kink and kick and contradict. That’s when you know you have something. 

You have a story that lands—like Spengler’s own 2,800-mile journey—in an unexpected place. A story that slides, neatly, into the unlikeliest of roles. 


Revolution 1968: Class Examines Turbulence of Past and Present

The year 1968 was one of turbulence, protests, and revolutions. 

Fifty years later, Assistant Professor of Political Science Kelly Clancy asked, “how can events of that year help us understand the turbulence experienced today?” The issue became Clancy’s topic for her fall Archway Seminar for first-year students. 

Dave Whitt, 2018-2019 Exemplary Teacher

Communication Studies Professor Named Exemplary Teacher

He’s known for his love of mythology and comic books, but his passion for teaching and supporting students is no illusion.

University Choir Winter Tour

University Choir to Perform Songs of Joy on Annual Winter Tour

Nebraska Wesleyan University’s award-winning University Choir will head south in January for its annual winter tour that will take them to four states and eight cities. 

Gilman Scholarship winner Vladislav Blazhievskiy

Gilman Scholarship to Send International Business Major to Germany

A Nebraska Wesleyan University junior will spend a semester in Germany thanks to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

Vladislav Blazhievskiy, an international business major and German minor from Lincoln, has been awarded the prestigious scholarship to study in Germany during the spring semester.

Adelaide Daniel performs in "Mamma Mia."

Theatre Major Finds Solace on Stage Following Houston Hurricane

When the curtain opens on Nebraska Wesleyan University’s production of “Mamma Mia”, it will mark Adelaide Daniel’s first major role. 

It will mark weeks of line memorization and singing and dancing rehearsals. 

Katie Noble, "Student Nurse of the Year"

NWU Senior Named March of Dimes "Student Nurse of the Year"

A Nebraska Wesleyan University senior has been recognized by the March of Dimes as a “Student Nurse of the Year.”  

Katie Noble of Grand Island was honored during the 14th Annual Nurse of the Year Awards on November 15 in Omaha.

Jamie Hilderbrand, "40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader"

Nursing Professor Honored with Emerging Leader Award

A Nebraska Wesleyan University nursing professor has been recognized for her leadership in the nursing profession.

Elder Gallery exhibit: "Restraint and Limitation"

NWU Art Exhibit Features Contemporary Abstraction

Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Elder Gallery will feature the exhibit, “Restraint and Limitation,” October 23 through December 9.

Nine NWU students and alumni have been accepted to UNMC's College of Medicine early decision program — nearly 20 percent of the medical center's early acceptance pool.

NWU Students, Alumni Make Up Over 15 Percent of Med School's Early Acceptance Program

Eight Nebraska Wesleyan University students and alumni have been accepted to the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Medicine through the early decision program. 

This year’s early admission pool at UNMC accepted 50 students from across the country with NWU current students and recent graduates making up more than 15 percent of the pool.

Senior Morgan Zabel's research at UNMC.

Senior's Research on Genetic Disease Affirms her Calling to Medicine

Morgan Zabel spent her summer contributing to medicine.  

She didn’t cure any diseases. But a summer research experience gives her hope not only for a future career, but for the advances in medicine happening every day. 

Senior Quentin Timblin spent his summer interning at a pharmacy in Madrid, Spain.

Biochemistry, Modern Languages Major Gains Pharmacy Experience in Madrid

When Quentin Timblin first came to Nebraska Wesleyan University, he had his heart set on studying chemistry. 

Fast forward four years and he’s studying abroad in Argentina and thinking about medical school.

The senior biochemistry and modern language studies double major said impactful courses and conversations led him down a new path.

2018 Homecoming Royalty

NWU Crowns Homecoming Royalty

Evan Marshall, Claire Beshaler, and Michaela Wells have been crowned the 2018 Homecoming king and queens.

Marshall, an accounting major from Seward, Neb., Beshaler, a communication studies major from Arnold, Neb., and Wells, a social work major from Lincoln, Neb., were crowned on Friday, October 5 and will reign over weekend homecoming activities.

Music alumni honors

Music Alumni to be Honored at Homecoming

Three Nebraska Wesleyan University music alumni will be honored during homecoming festivities.

Eight seniors have been named to the 2018 Homecoming Court.

NWU Names Homecoming Court

Eight Nebraska Wesleyan University seniors have been named to the 2018 Homecoming Court.

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

John Quinones, ABC News Veteran, Visions and Ventures Symposium

Visions and Ventures Symposium to Address Grit and Exploration

An ABC news veteran, an actress, and an accomplished oceanographer will headline Nebraska Wesleyan University’s annual Visions & Ventures Symposium on September 25-26.

Roy G. Story Award Winner: Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball Team Lifts NWU's Story Award

The accolades keep coming for Nebraska Wesleyan University’s NCAA III national champion men’s basketball team. On August 17, Coach Dale Wellmanand team co-captain Deion Wells-Ross (’18) accepted Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Roy G. Story Award on behalf of the entire men’s basketball program.

Largest incoming class

NWU Welcomes Largest Class in University History

When Nebraska Wesleyan University begins classes on Monday, August 20, it will welcome its largest incoming class in school history.

The incoming class includes 490 first-year students from 19 states, and more than 60 transfer students. Total enrollment for the 2018-2019 academic year will near 2,100 undergraduate and graduate students.

U2 Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Research Takes Student, Professor to Northern Ireland for U2 Conference

Three years ago Nebraska Wesleyan University student Georgia Straka selected “The Music and Meaning of U2” as her Archway Seminar, her very first college course.

“I didn’t really know who U2 was prior to the class,” Straka admitted. “But I ended up learning so much and really appreciating the band.”

Josie Jacobson, Iowa Cubs intern

Internship Matches Sports Management Major With Her Love of the Game

Josie Jacobson has fond memories of her days on the softball field: the dirt, the dugouts, the fans, the camaraderie. 

So when the sports management major from Grand Island learned from her professor that the Iowa Cubs was hiring interns, she was quick to apply and return to the familiarity of the ballpark.

Megan Canfield, Gilman Scholarship Winner

Gilman Scholarship Sends Two Abroad for Fall Semester

Two Nebraska Wesleyan University seniors have been selected to receive a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad for the fall semester.

Jennifer Ziegler, Dean of Graduate Programs

Valparaiso University Administrator Named NWU's Inaugural Dean of Graduate Programs

Jennifer Ziegler has been named the inaugural Dean of Graduate Programs at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Elder Gallery Exhibit: Reinvented

New Elder Gallery Exhibit Mixes Digital With Traditional

Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Elder Gallery opens with ”Reinvented.”

Curated by Adam Chau, a ceramic designer and program manager at Clay Art Center in Port Chester, N.Y., “Reinvented” is an international invitational of artists who combine digital technology with traditional studio techniques. 

Pathways Scholarship with Central Community College

CCC Becomes Newest Pathways Scholarship Partner

Central Community College has become Nebraska Wesleyan University’s newest partner in the Pathways Scholarship Program. 

On Thursday, July 26, Nebraska Wesleyan University President Fred Ohles and Central Community College President Matt Gotschall signed the formal agreement.

National Memorial for Peace and Justice

Students Moved by Visit to National Memorial for Peace and Justice

When Bryan Stevenson spoke at last fall’s Visions & Ventures Symposium, he ignited passion into many students attending his capacity crowd lecture. 

Stevenson, the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of the best-selling book, “Just Mercy,” has dedicated his career to helping the poor, incarcerated, and the condemned. 

Karla Jensen

Communication Professor Earns National Recognition for Cutting-Edge Curriculum

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry for the United Methodist Church has selected Nebraska Wesleyan University professor Karla Jensen as an inaugural recipient of its Cutting-Edge Curriculum Award.

Carly Wahlmeier

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

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

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.

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. 

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.