Each year at Homecoming, NNU honors alumni for their accomplishments and service since graduation. This year, four individuals will be recognized on Friday, November 8 at 10 a.m. during chapel in the Brandt Center’s Swayne Auditorium.
Dr. Daniels (’88) is the senior pastor of College Church of the Nazarene in Nampa, Idaho, and the pastoral scholar-in-residence at NNU. As the pastoral scholar-in-residence, Dr. Daniels enhances the student experience at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
The 2018 Professional Achievement recipient, Lisa Nordstrom (’93) has built her regulatory law career over the past two decades. She serves as lead counsel at Idaho Power Company, represents the company before Idaho and Oregon utility regulators, and has argued appeals before the Idaho Supreme Court.
Kenton Lee (’07) is the founder of Because International, a non-profit organization formed in 2009 committed to leveraging innovation to develop projects to improve daily life for people living in extreme poverty. Their first project, which was created by Lee, is The Shoe That Grows, a shoe that expands five sizes.
“Our job is not finished until we have prepared the next generation.” This anonymous quote has inspired Dr. Ray Lindley, NNU’s Alumnus of the Year Award recipient, and it defines his lifelong dedication to education. This love of education was fostered in Lindley while at NNU and has ultimately led him to his current position as executive director of AIAASC.
Because of his dedication to the education of teachers and students, NNU is recognizing the distinguished career and many accomplishments of Steve Wyborney with the 2016 Alumni Professional Achievement Award. Wyborney, award-winning teacher, author and instructional coach, is well known for his use of instructional technology and his passion for mathematics.
Using his work in family medicine, missions and mentoring as a platform for Christ, Dr. Daniel Benedick has embodied the University’s vision. For his commitment to serving God in everything, the university is proud to name Dr. Daniel Benedick as the 2016 Leon Doane Young Alumnus.
“Judy and Andy have given themselves fully to service in the Kingdom of God. They are wonderful missionaries with a deep love for the people of Papua New Guinea. They are tremendous examples of Christ-centered compassion and sacrifice,” said Dr. Bill McCoy, a colleague at Kudjip Nazarene Hospital, of NNU’s Alumnus of the Year Award recipients, the Bennetts.
A 2001 graduate of NNU’s School of Business, Jill (Willey) Wright has maintained the same commitment to achievement that she demonstrated while at NNU. Jill has stayed true to what it means to embody the mission of NNU—becoming God’s creative and redemptive agent in the world—exemplifying Christian character throughout her career.
Dr. James B. Weatherby, a member of the class of 1966, graduated from NNU with a Bachelor of Arts in History—education that provided the foundation for a future of success and accomplishment. This year, Weatherby was profiled in “100 Most Influential Idahoans 2015.”
You don’t have to look far to find an NNU alumnus or alumna who is living a life worthy of recognition. Our alumni make us proud…a lot! In fact, we’re often overwhelmed by the incredible ways alumni are achieving, serving, giving and modeling Spirit-filled lives.
Dr. JoAnn (Williams) Willis first visited NNC in the spring of 1962 for Prospective Student Weekend. Since that first day, JoAnn has been an almost constant presence on campus as a student, professor, mentor, leader and friend. She most recently returned as co-coordinator for the Centennial Celebrations—a year that will not soon be forgotten.
NNU’s Centennial was a year of remembering, honoring and celebrating. It took the entire university community to make it possible, but there are a few key individuals without whose efforts it would not have been the same. Kathy (Slonaker) Johnson worked tirelessly before, after and during the Centennial Celebration to ensure that the vision for the year was fulfilled.
A 1984 graduate in mathematics, Mark Kasinger built a foundation for his future education and career at NNU. Mark remembers his professors fondly and shares that the classes he took taught him not just the material but also how to learn. “They equipped me for a career where new challenges can be met, and they taught me a willingness and desire for discovery,” he shares.
As the university’s vision statement proclaims, “[NNU] seeks a more excellent way, to be a transformative learning community expressing the love of Jesus by forming scholars, nurturing disciples, serving the Church, shaping the culture, redeeming the world.” Randy Newcomb embodies this vision in his work with Humanity United. As president and CEO, Randy is making a difference by furthering peace and freedom around the world.