Nebraska Wesleyan's core values kept us grounded in 2020 and will guide us into the future. President Darrin Good reflects on how we're living out each value—personal attention to students, stewardship, excellence, community, diversity and the liberal arts.
Personal Attention to Students
Performing arts students let their talents shine in outdoor, physically distant and virtual performances. All 21 NWU athletics teams were able to practice, and 4 teams competed in American Rivers Conference play.
Careful stewarding of our human and financial resources is helping us maintain a signature Nebraska Wesleyan experience. We continue to offer free on-campus COVID-19 testing to faculty, staff and students to identify cases quickly and mitigate spread. Alumni and friends have invested over $460,000 in our COVID-19 Response Fund, which provides new technology for effective teaching, support for students in quarantine and isolation, additional scholarships for students whose families have lost income, and so much more.
This fall Nebraska Wesleyan will implement a new strategic plan. I am so grateful to those of you who responded to our survey about your vision for Nebraska Wesleyan. We plan to enhance the physical excellence of our campus to align better with the academic excellence that is so well-known here.
We’ll enhance our commitment to serve our University Place neighbors and build even stronger relationships within Lincoln and Nebraska. I am confident that the foundations rooted here will serve our community well and ultimately radiate throughout the world. Wherever you live, you are a valued member of the NWU community. I encourage alumni to share news of marriages, births, job changes and successes with our Archways Magazine team and to display your NWU spirit in service to your local community. You can join us for live streams of NWU athletics events at nwusports.com this spring.
Universities like ours are intended to be forums for debate, places where students can develop their voices and better understand one another’s experiences. We encourage these difficult conversations because we know diversity is a source of strength. As you individually may choose to support theatre, athletics, study abroad and service learning opportunities, please know that you collectively make it possible for every Nebraska Wesleyan student to encounter others with varying beliefs, backgrounds and life experiences throughout their NWU education.
Our unwavering commitment to a robust liberal arts curriculum sets us apart. We are rightfully proud of how we help prepare our students for the experiences that lie ahead of them. As they integrate these “habits of the mind”—intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, respect for history, and effective communication and dialogue skills—they will always have an impressive arsenal at hand!
The NWU experience prepares students to make an impact in their local communities and the wider world. All of us at NWU hope you can sense the optimism we feel so abundantly on campus today.