Last night I attended a dinner on campus for students who are the first members of their family to attend a university. I was happy to join them, because I was sort of a first generation college student myself. Neither my mother nor my father attended college as young people, although my mother went to the University of North Alabama (UNA) to complete a degree in social work while I was in high school, and we were students together at UNA for a year. (You might imagine that it was a little embarrassing to ride to college many days along with your mother. I confess.) The main thing is that I grew up in a household that did not understand how college worked and could offer me no role model for life in a professional career.
In a culture that prizes the newest and latest, and often looks down on anything old, we modern Christians are always in danger of sliding into contemporary fads rather than rooting ourselves in the rich traditions and devotional habits of our forebears in the faith.
This is an exciting step for NU and our commitment to academic excellence. These programs are designed to equip graduates for leadership, consulting, and teaching roles across the fields of education, business, Christian ministry, and beyond.
This year’s speakers are Janet and Troy Weiss. In 2013, Janet was named president of BP Alaska. She is responsible for BP’s oil exploration and production activities in Alaska, its interests in the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline, and developing an Alaska liquefied natural gas project.
It’s now officially summer, and we truly believe that the Pacific Northwest is one of the most beautiful places to spend this season. Kirkland in particular is exceptionally beautiful this time of year. From the forest trails to Lake Washington, we are blessed that our campus is located in such a pristine area.