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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


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.

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.


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.

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.


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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.