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Pursuit Conference 2016 Recap

Last week, Northwest University held its annual Pursuit Conference. Pursuit Conference is a time of prayer, personal devotion, and worship designed to help foster students’ spiritual formation. This year, NU was honored to host a range of encouraging speakers, all sharing a passion for God and for the students of this campus.

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Google Names Kirkland eCity of 2015

Northwest University is located in the center of Kirkland: a city known for its pristine waterfront, lively downtown, and thriving tech economy. Google recently named Kirkland the 2015 eCity of Washington. This award recognizes the digital capitals of America.

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Career Development and Internship Opportunities at NU

Levi Davenport, M.S. is the Director of Career Development and Corporate Relations at Northwest University. Levi works with current students and pairs them up with local companies to gain business knowledge and experience as an intern.

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The Seahawks and NU

The Seattle Seahawks charged through the 2013 football season, winning their first Super Bowl in convincing fashion before a crowd of millions worldwide. But what you may not know is the history between Northwest University and the Seattle Seahawks. It is a story we honor to this day. 

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Phil Olson to Be Inducted into the Northwest University Eagle Hall of Fame

Kirkland, Wash. – Northwest University has announced that Phil Olson will be inducted into the 2016 Hall of Fame on Thursday, March 31, 2016. Olson was a cross country and track & field athlete at Northwest University from 1999 to 2003.

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NU Student Takes First Place at the World Universities Debating Championships in Greece

Northwest University (NU) students, Marlene Pierce and John Swayne, travelled to Thessaloniki, Greece, to take part in the 2016 World Universities Debating Championships (WUDC). By the end of the tournament, Pierce was awarded first place in the Public Speaking competition.

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7 Tips for Starting Spring Semester Off Strong

Believe it or not, spring semester is almost here! We are eager to see students back on campus and hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas break. While this is an exciting time, we realize it may be a source of apprehension for some. But not to worry. We’ve created some tips for starting the semester off strong.

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NU Ranked as Top Choice for Online Education in Washington

Onlinecolleges.net recently released its annual rankings of the top online programs in each state. For Washington, NU listed at #7 overall and #1 among private universities.

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NU Receives $427,000 Lilly Endowment Grant

Northwest University has received a grant of $427,345 from Lilly Endowment Inc. to establish the new Summer Journey program with the support of the soon-to-be-formed Center for Calling and Theological Formation. It is part of Lilly Endowment’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, which seeks to encourage young people and help them mature in faith.

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Northwest University’s 2015 #ichooseNU Video Contest

Interested in a $10,000 scholarship? How about a MacBook Air or Apple Watch? Do you like creating videos? If so, you need to enter our #ichooseNU Video Contest!

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10 Tips on How to Thrive During Finals Week

Finals Week. This dreaded phrase is a source of stress and anxiety for students everywhere—but it doesn’t have to be that way. Approaching finals week with the right mindset can make a world of difference, and we’ve created some tips to help you do so.

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International Studies Associate Provost Dr. Autumn Witt Featured in Kirkland Reporter

Dr. Autumn Witt, Associate Provost of International Studies at NU, was recently featured in the Kirkland Reporter for her role in a trade delegation to Korea and Japan during a nine-day trip in September.

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Northwest University Alum Jeff Summit Featured on Animal Planet’s “Rugged Justice”

Jeff Summit, an NU alum (Class of ’03), recently found himself in the spotlight as a featured officer on Animal Planet’s new reality show, “Rugged Justice.” On the show, Jeff and his fellow wildlife officers (or game wardens) are documented patrolling the state of Washington in search of anyone violating the state’s wildlife regulations. We talked to Summit to get a feel for what life as a Washington State game warden is like.

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Northwest University Choralons to Perform on December 11

The annual Northwest University Choralons concert is coming up! Join us on Friday, December 11, 2015, as the Choralons perform their 2016 program. The concert will take place in Butterfield Chapel at 7:00 p.m.

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All Four Christ

We often hear that college is a time to find yourself, to engage in self-discovery, and to grow in maturity. Freshmen step onto campus, eager to embrace their individuality and find their niche in a new environment. For four students from Tacoma, Wash., who started at Northwest University in fall 2015, creating their own identities on campus might be a bit more challenging than for most students. Not only are they siblings— they are quadruplets.

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Keeping Our Standards High: Q&A with Dr. Jim Heugel, NU Provost

At Northwest University, we have made a commitment to academic excellence. We believe that by exploring all truth with scholarly excellence, we can prepare our students for service and leadership around the world. We interviewed NU Provost Dr. Jim Heugel to understand why and how Northwest University makes academic excellence a top priority.

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NU Professor Involved in Headline-Making Research

Northwest University professor Dr. Jonathan Dyhr recently took part in a collaborative study between the University of Washington and Georgia Institute of Technology, analyzing the behavior of moths. His research has been featured in several mainstream publications, including The New York Times and BBC.com.

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How to Ace Your College Application

While it may seem daunting at first, the college application is nothing to fear. It’s merely a formal way of expressing who you are—accomplishments, interests, and aspirations. However, it can be a bit tricky to know exactly what colleges are looking for, which is why we have created some tips for a strong application. Following these simple guidelines will help relieve stress and increase confidence as you navigate through the process of applying to college.

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NU’s Drama Department Presents “Quilters”

Northwest University Drama is thrilled to present “Quilters”, a musical theatre production written by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek. November 6 and 7 as well as 13 and 14.

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Unique Opportunity Finds NU Students via Alumnus of the Year John Quick

On October 9, 2015, NU held its annual Alumni Chapel to honor past and present students and to introduce the 2015 Alumnus of the Year, John Quick. Quick earned the award for his excellence in the fields of business and entrepreneurship. On hand to introduce Quick was Chairman of the Alumni Board, John Fox.

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Leanne Konzelman, Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

Northwest University is pleased to announce that Leanne Konzelman, M.A., has been promoted to the new position of Director of Alumni and Parent Relations. Leanne is in her fourth year at NU and comes to the position as an alum herself.  She earned her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, along with her husband, Drew.

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The 2015 Northwest University President’s Banquet

On October 9, 2015, nearly 300 people gathered for the Northwest University President’s Banquet at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. This year’s theme, A World of Opportunity, highlighted real-life stories and powerful testimonies of how Northwest University (NU) is preparing students for vocations and careers in business, education, healthcare, ministry, and governments—from right next door to around the world.

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Northwest University is Pleased to Host the Tlaloc—In Art and Culture Photographic Exhibit

In cooperation with the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Northwest University is pleased to host the Tlaloc—In Art and Culture Photographic Exhibit from September 21, 2015 through October 5, 2015 on the first floor of the Argue Health and Sciences Center. 

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“Does God Exist?” Seminar Recap

Last week, author Dr. Frank Turek visited Northwest University to deliver his “Does God Exist?” seminar on apologetics. Dr. Turek’s time at Northwest began on Thursday, September 10, in Butterfield Chapel. Hundreds of students showed up, making it one of NU’s largest events of the year. Over the course of the seminar, Dr. Frank Turek encouraged students to learn a vital skill: defending their Christian faith.

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NU Presents Christmas Traditions Concert at Benaroya Hall

The Northwest University Concert Choir and Chamber Choir, joined by Coro Amici and the Kirkland Civic Orchestra, present Christmas Traditions! Now in its seventh season, this established Christmas concert celebrates the traditions of Christmas.

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Northwest University Campus Ministries Hosts Creative Training Day on September 19, 2015

Creative Training is a free, one-day gathering of musicians, vocalists, and audio engineers to collaborate, learn, and build relationships.

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2015 Northwest University Men’s Basketball Golf Tournament

Northwest University Athletics invites you to "tee it up" to support the Eagles at the 2015 Men's Basketball Golf Tournament on October 5, 2015.

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Northwest University President Joseph Castleberry Invited to Human Rights Conference in Mexico

Northwest University President Joseph Castleberry will be participating in a conference sponsored by the Mexican National Commission on Human Rights and the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Cuernavaca, Mexico on August 13-15, 2015.

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Northwest University Creatio Students Featured in the Kirkland Reporter

Northwest University Creatio students Josh Pineda and Noel Young were featured in the Kirkland Reporter for their class project turned paid gig in California.

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Finding Your Major

One of the joys of university life is deciding what you want to do for the rest of your life! Of course, for many students coming right out of high school, that decision is difficult.

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Northwest University Hosts Sixth Annual Social Venture Business Showcase

This spring, the Northwest University College of Business hosted its Sixth Annual Social Venture Business Showcase.

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NU Unplugged: Battle of the Bands

Each spring, NU offers newly admitted students the opportunity to visit campus overnight for NU Unplugged. This event allows future students to get a firsthand experience of the NU community by being hosted by current students and participating in a variety of great events.

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Student Spotlight: Theo Ryan

Theo Ryan, 20, is a junior studying pastoral ministries who can be seen hosting the People of NU video blog (vlog) series on YouTube, giving prospective students a firsthand account of life at NU.

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The Fifth Annual Eagle Hall of Fame Benefit Was a Night to Remember

Over 350 guests dined with friends and colleagues at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue, Washington, for the Fifth Annual Eagle Hall of Fame Benefit with special guest and former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

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Student Spotlight: Mikayla Day

Mikayla Day is a psychology major with exuberant school spirit and a magnetic personality that has impacted many at Northwest University. Currently a junior, Mikayla has embodied NU’s dedication to academic excellence and holistic education since beginning her freshman year in the fall of 2012.

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Northwest University’s 2015 Graduation Festivities

This year's Commencement speaker is Dr. Jodi Detrick. Dr. Detrick is an author, a columnist for The Seattle Times, and the former Women’s Ministry Director of the Northwest Ministry Network, a position she held for over a decade. We are honored to have Dr. Detrick speaking at Commencement and inspiring a new class of Northwest University graduates.

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NU Debaters Finish in the Top Four at Willamette University

The Northwest University debate team traveled to Salem, Oregon, for the Mark O. Hatfield Memorial Debate Tournament at Willamette University from February 28, 2015, to March 1, 2015.

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Pursuit Conference 2015 Recap

NU's annual Pursuit Conference took place Feb. 9–11. Although the speakers and worship leaders change each year, the mission of this conference remains the same. The Pursuit Conference is an opportunity for students to learn what it means to be pursued by God and to pursue God fully.

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Screaming Eagles Week 2015 Makes NU History

Each year, as the month of January comes to a close and the reality of a new semester hits, Northwest University students participate in Screaming Eagles Week. Screaming Eagles Week (SEW) is a long-standing tradition involving competitions between campus residential areas. Highly anticipated by all students, this event-packed week features a different theme every year that teams select from to decorate their living areas. This year’s theme was “Plays and Musicals.”

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Matt Hasselbeck to Speak at the Hall of Fame Benefit

KIRKLAND, Wash. — Northwest University has announced that former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will be the guest of honor at the Fifth Annual Eagle Hall of Fame Benefit on Friday, March 27, 2015. Hasselbeck, who led the Seattle Seahawks to six playoff appearances and Super Bowl XL, will be participating in a Q&A at the event, which benefits and supports scholarships for student athletes.

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Northwest University’s Pursuit Conference Coming Feb. 9

Northwest University's annual Pursuit Conference is right around the corner. Organized by NUMA Campus Ministries, the Pursuit Conference is a time for the Northwest University community to come together and refocus on the God who is always pursuing them.

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Money Magazine Ranks Kirkland As #5 Best Place to Live in America

Northwest University has called Kirkland, Washington home for more than 50 years. This fall, Money Magazine confirmed what the Northwest University community has known for decades: Kirkland is one of the best places to live in America. 

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President’s Banquet Recap With Best-Selling Author Don Piper

Northwest University's 2014 President’s Banquet took place on November 21 at the Westin in Bellevue. From our guest speaker, best-selling author Don Piper, to our student stories, it was an evening of dining, giving, fellowship, and fun.

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New NU Students at Fall Orientation

This week Northwest University welcomed the freshman class of 2018 onto its beautiful fifty-six acre campus. Orientation began on Wednesday, when current NU students, faculty, and staff met each loaded car and helped to quickly unload, carry, and move belongings into the dorms.

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Northwest University President Joseph Castleberry Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Northwest University's President, Dr. Joseph Castleberry, accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to support the ALS Association and raise awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

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