Alumni in the news

Building community relationships

Brody Van Roekel '16 serves as the director of Atlas: Lincoln, a nonprofit in Lincoln, Nebraska, that establishes relationships and offers Christian-based peer-support to the community. The Lincoln Journal Star shares more about Van Roekel's work. (9-21-19)

Decorated educator

When he was enrolled at Northwestern the first time,Ted De Hoogh '68, put his education on hold to serve in the Vietnam War. When his time with the Naval Reserves concluded, he earned his art education degree and has served as an educator for 50 years. The Sioux Center News shares his story. (8/17/19)

Aiding in accountability

Michael Holm '06 serves as the chief data scientist for Covenant Eyes. He received the company's Plagioclase Award in 2018 for his contributions toward Covenant Eyes' Screen Accountability software. The Christian Post shares more about Holm and his work. (8/4/19)


Jessie Huitink '11 serves as the director of the Foster Grandparent Program in N'West Iowa. The N'West Iowa Review shares a story about Huitink's role and the joy she finds in it. (7/25/19)

Advocate for athletes

Matt Schmidt '00 serves as the director of Maverick health & performance and is the head athletic trainer at Minnesota State University. The Mankato Free Press shares why he was selected for the position. (7/11/19)

Exceptional athletic director

Bob Boerigter '70, former director of athletics at Northwest Missouri State University and former commissioner of the MIAA, was awarded the 2019 D2 CCA Award of Merit by The Division 2 Conference Commissioners Association. (6/19/19)

School leader

Janelle (Fikse ’98) Brouwer is the new superintendent of the Marion Independent School District (Iowa). The Gazette shares about her career in education and her thoughts on leading the district. (5/29/19) 

New vision

While a Northwestern student, Aric Waltz '16 envisioned a career as a physical therapist–until an injury required that he go through physical therapy himself. He changed his career path and is now pursuing a degree in optometry at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. (4/29/19)

Pastor Emily

Rev. Emily (Fischer '07) Munger shares with the Capital Journal about her journey to becoming a pastor, including how her youth leader began calling her "Pastor Emily" and asked her to preach when she was 15. (3/8/19)

Super hero principal

Kevin Derr '87 serves as the principal of Holland Heights Elementary School in Holland, Mich. Derr shares about his passion for education and service in this video produced by Engedi Church. (1/23/19)

Humble servant

Dr. Clint Lutterman '98 was recognized by the Perry (Iowa) Rotary Club as the 2018 Perry Civil Servant of the Year. In addition to his physical therapy practice at the hospital in Perry, Lutterman provides sports medicine care to local high school athletes. The Perry News shares more. (1/7/19)

Looking to the next frontier

For as long as he can remember, Jim Christensen '79 has been fascinated by space, distinctly remembering the day Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon. Decades later, the former educator aims to inspire kids to love space too as he serves as the executive director for the ShareSpace Foundation at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Sioux City Journal shares his story. (12/19/18)

Spreading kindness

Paula Hodgson '04, a special education teacher at Hinton Community Schools (Iowa), collaborated with fellow teachers to install positive sayings about spreading kindness on the doors of restroom stalls in the district's middle and high schools. The Le Mars Daily Sentinel shares the story. (9/10/18)

Ministry leader

The N'West Iowa Review shares the story of Rob Roozeboom '01 and Rise Ministries, the organization he founded that continues to grow through music festivals and service opportunities. Roozeboom was honored with the Northwestern Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service to Humankind Award in 2008. (8/30/18)

Understanding emotions

Jo Thyr '82 is a behavioral health therapist at Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center, Iowa, where she works closely with Michelle (Palafox '18) Van Beek, the center's behavioral health coordinator and interpreter. Thyr also serves as an adjunct professor of social work at Northwestern. The Sioux Center News shares about her journey to becoming a therapist. (7/9/18)

Church planter

Rev. Ben Aguilera '12 is taking the lead on planting a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural church Holland, Michigan. The Holland Sentinel interviewed Ben about The Boulevard (BLVD) church. (8/7/18)

Helping hands

After a tornado swept through Marshalltown, Iowa, on July 19, Renee (Hurley ’16) Aamodt, a construction associate with the Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity team, coordinated volunteer efforts to repair homes and clean up debris. Read more in the Times Republican.  (7/30/18)

Coaching duo

Collin McBride '17 and Chase Davis '17 started as baseball coaches with Thundercat Academy in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, after college, and became the owners of the organization in December 2017. The Lake Mills Leader tells the duo's journey to owning the baseball and softball academy. (7/2/18)

Sailor of the Year

Chief Petty Officer Jean Yusten, a 2008 Northwestern College alumna, was named the Navy Shore Sailor of the Year by the U.S. Navy during a ceremony at the Peantagon in Washington, D.C. Read more about her honor in the Sioux Center News. (6/1/18)

New dental practice

Sioux Center News shares a story on Dr. Trevor Kuiper '09 and his new dental practice in Sioux Center, Iowa. (6/1/18)

Training for the big leagues

The Washington County Pilot-Tribune & Enterprise tells Benjamin Loftis' '15 journey of becoming a strength and conditioning coach for the San Diego Padres organization. (05/29/18)

A+ teacher

Brian Tigges ’93, a social studies teacher at Carroll High School in Carroll, Iowa, was named an A+ teacher in Carroll Broadcasting’s 2018 Teacher of the Year Contest. (4/10/18)

Family business

Mandy Boersma '02 was featured in the N'West Iowa Review's "20 under 40" publication, which recognizes young leaders in the region. She serves as the business manager of Fred's Plumbing and Heating in Hospers, Iowa, which her grandfather started in 1972. (3/3/18)

Thinking outside the box

Rachel Kinsinger '14 served as a child life specialist at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital in California. She is featured on the Association of Child Life Professionals website for her innovative approach to preparing children for non-anesthesia MRI scans. (3/20/18)

Honored attorney

Jeff Wright '95, an attorney at Heidman Law Firm in Sioux City, Iowa, has been named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a premier legal association in North America. (3/13/18)

Coaching with distinction

The Newton Daily News reports on the coaching career of Jerry Hulsing '90 and his honor of receiving the 2018  Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s Golden Plaque of Distinction Award in basketball. (3/1/18)


Chip Reece ’04 wrote the first graphic novel ever to star a superhero with Down syndrome. “Metaphase” features a main character, Ollie, who is named after Chip’s son, who also has Down syndrome. The Hillsboro Free Press shares more. (2/21/18)

Work in Progress

Lee Stover '10, a Christian hip-hop artist, released his first album, "Work in Progress," in January 2018. Read more from the N'West Iowa Review. (1/30/18)

More than a brush with success

The N'West Iowa Review featured Frank Vogel '47 and Drew Vogel '72 after they were inducted to the Iowa Business Hall of Fame in December 2017. The Vogels were recognized for their leadership of Diamond Vogel Paints in Orange City. Both men have served on Northwestern's Board of Trustees. (12/10/17)

Missionary nurse

As a nursing student at Northwestern, Sarah Kanoy ’12 participated in two medical mission trips to East Africa, during which she discovered her love for serving as a nurse and sharing Jesus Christ. She followed God's call and now serves as a missionary in Kenya. The Washington County Pilot-Tribune & Enterprise shares her story. (11/30/17)

Hall of Famer

Bryan Case '95, 2009 Red Raider Club Coach of the Year, was inducted to Iowa Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2017. The Cherokee Chronicle Times offers some highlights from his coaching career. (11-10-17)

Called to Haiti

Kenzie Small '14, a teacher at Sioux Falls Christian Schools, took a sabbatical year to teach at the Jean Alexis Kuislin Christian Academy in Haiti. 

Recognized leadership

After leading his team to a state title, Aaron Thomas '02 was named the Des Moines Register's 2017 All-Iowa boys' cross country coach of the year. (11/10/17)

All in the family

Brothers Elijah, Josh and Matthew Dahl wrestle for the Red Raiders–and are coached by their father, Rik Dahl '97, who was an All-American wrestler for Northwestern. The Sioux City Journal shares their story. (11/2/17)

Take a bow

Brady Greer Huffman '10 was featured in The Press-Enterprise of Riverside, California, highlighting his career in theatre. He serves as the technical director for La Sierra University’s theatre program, a drama instructor for Redlands Christian School and a sponsored director for Loma Linda University’s Humanities Program. (10/26/17)

Servant heart

KMEG News recognized Brittany (Klinkenborg '12) Busch for her work as an early childhood teacher and volunteer. (10/31/17)

Sights set on athletic administration

Ryan Christy '17 is pursuing a master's degree  in business with a specialization in intercollegiate athletics administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Business. Christy was just one of 12 graduate students accepted into the highly competitive program for the 2017–18 academic year. (9/25/17)

Marching on

Dan Mangold '10, Matt Honken '15 and Drew Lemke '17 direct the award-winning Pride of the Dutchmen Marching Band of MOC-Floyd Valley High School in Orange City. The Sioux City Journal shares their story. (9/30/17)

Always teaching

Jay Rozeboom '84, a member of Northwestern's 1983 national champion football team, says his success as a coach is greatly influenced by former Northwestern football coach Larry Korver. As head coach, Rozeboom has led the West Lyon High School football team to great success, including several state titles, as reported by the Sioux City Journal. (8/25/17)

Carrying the bag

ESPN interviews Michael Greller '00 on his journey from teaching sixth grade math to caddying for professional golfer Jordan Spieth.

Drawn to sound

Keely Wright-Ogren '13 received the 2017 Robert E. Cohen Sound Achievement Award from the United States Institute of Theatre Technology while attending graduate school at the University of Idaho.

Coach of the year

The Sioux City Journal features Adam Vander Schaaf '99, head boys' basketball coach at Sergeant-Bluff-Luton. The paper named Vander Schaff the Siouxland Basketball Coach of the Year after the  2017 season. (3/21/17)