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Alumni Alex Overweg

Alex

Manager, PACU and Patient Center, Sanford Health
The 2020 Patricia Van Wyhe Nurse of the Year award recipient at Sanford Health Sioux Falls, Alex is known for an uplifting attitude and a calm, caring demeanor.

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Students Karlveon Ford

Karlveon

Business Administration
With the hands-on experience Karlveon has received as a business administration major and entrepreneurship minor, he feels well prepared to become a real estate agent in the Phoenix area following graduation.

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Students Dylan Kirkeby

Dylan

Biophysics
A biophysics major, Dylan says his professors have helped him understand that the learning process is more important than any grade he might receive.

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Students Faith Tyrell

Faith

Graphic Design
Faith’s experiences as an art student have given her versatility in multiple art forms, styles and techniques. In the future, she hopes to illustrate children’s books for a Christian publishing company.

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Students Madelynn Harre

Madelynn

English Teaching
Madelynn Harre is an English teaching major with a heart for words and exploring God’s world. She appreciates how her English courses have widened her perspective on diverse cultural backgrounds.

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Students Manuel Jaramillo

Manuel

Criminal Justice
Wrestling brought Manuel to Northwestern, where he is majoring in criminal justice and preparing to become a probation officer.

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Students Steve Van Meeteren

Steve

Mathematics
Studying math has strengthened Steven’s faith and taught him how to identify sound reasoning and false assumptions—skills that will be useful not only in his future career as a physician, but also in life.

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Students Kip Cullinan

Kip

Chemistry
Kip appreciates the academic rigor of Northwestern’s science curriculum and feels it will set him apart on his journey to become an orthopedic surgeon.

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Students Lydia Wissink

Lydia

Secondary education
The many field experiences Lydia has had as a secondary education major have helped her feel prepared for the day she’ll have her own classroom.

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Faculty & staff Vonda Post

Vonda


A licensed CPA, Vonda Post is committed to teaching her students how to think like accountants and understand the “why” behind accounting principles.

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Students Maya Hall

Maya

Political science and social work
Maya’s concern for human rights is the motivation for her double majors in political science and social work. She eventually wants to work for a government agency serving refugees, immigrants, migrants and orphans.

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Students Emily Erck

Emily

Public relations and marketing
A campus tour guide who remembered her when she returned to Northwestern for a second visit is one of the reasons Emily decided to transfer to NWC. Even though she transferred in the middle of a school year, she found it easy to make friends and get involved.

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Interns William Minnick

William

Public relations and history
William's internship in a museum marketing department allowed him to combine his passions for history and public relations.

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Students Elyssa Tang

Elyssa

English Teaching
Though she is 9,000 miles from home, international student Elyssa has found a second family at Northwestern as she prepares to become an English teacher.

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Students Emily Hurley

Emily

Exercise Science
Spending a semester studying in Ireland helped Emily expand her worldview and grow in confidence.

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Students Amelia Holt

Amelia

Psychology
An aspiring art therapist, Amelia appreciates her psychology professors’ support of her research and believes she will be well prepared for grad school.

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Students James Stoscher

James

Worship Arts
James Stoscher values the time he and fellow worship arts majors spend studying Scripture and its more practical applications. In the future, he plans to lead worship at a local church and direct band or choir at a school.

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Students Trey Harms

Trey

Spanish
Trey is preparing for a career in missions by enhancing his language skills and building relationships with students from all walks of life.

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Students Emily Strasser

Emily

Physical Education
A two-sport all-conference athlete, Emily looks forward to becoming a physical education teacher so she can inspire children to become more active.

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Faculty & staff Dr. John Vonder Bruegge

John


Dr. John Vonder Bruegge is known for his love of the New Testament and encourages experiences that allow for academic challenges and growth.

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Alumni Alison Ter Horst

Alison

Psychology teacher, Washington High School
For her innovative instructional strategies, passion for teaching, and compassionate heart, Alison was selected as one of 40 national recipients of the prestigious Milken Educator Award in 2019–20.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Tatum Geerdes

Tatum


Dr. Tatum Geerdes expresses her passion for nursing and for her students through her commitment to stewardship and student success.

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Alumni Laura Hurley

Laura

M.D. and M.P.H. student, Rush University
Laura was a triple major at Northwestern who took advantage of cross-cultural experiences in Nebraska, Nicaragua and Ecuador. She is now pursuing a joint M.D. and master’s degree in public health with a goal of becoming a family medicine physician.

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Students Josh Fischer

Josh

Computer science
Josh enjoys writing code and solving complex problems. What he loves most, though, are the relationships he has with his computer science professors and peers.

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Alumni Natalie Te Grootenhuis

Natalie

Event designer, The Event Company
Natalie works with corporations and nonprofits from around the country, designing events to help them support their missions and reach their goals.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Fan Fei

Fan


Dr. Fan Fei shows his passion for economics through his excitement in the classroom and the many economic research projects he’s completed.

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Alumni Rachel Kinsinger

Rachel

Child life specialist, Seattle Children's Hospital
Rachel uses her therapy skills and knowledge of child development to help kids cope with the stress of being hospitalized.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Emily Grace

Emily


Dr. Emily Grace is passionate about her research on physics pedagogy, faith integration and physics hardware.

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Alumni Victor Mena

Victor

Language arts teacher, Akron-Westfield High School
At Northwestern, Victor felt professors treated him as more of a colleague than a student. He strives to do the same as he teaches a variety of English and writing courses.

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Faculty & staff Dr. James Mead

James


Dr. James Mead thrives on Old Testament teachings and helping students understand, enjoy and learn from all parts of the Bible.

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Students Ali Almail

Ali

Art and genetics, molecular and cellular biology
A double major, Ali aspires to be a physician scientist, and he says studying art improves his skills as a scientist.

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Interns Allison Derr

Allison

Elementary education
Allison says her Northwestern education prepared her to be and effective and equipped teacher.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Angela Holt

Angela


Dr. Angela Holt directs Northwestern’s Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and wind ensembles, while also teaching instrumental music education.

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Faculty & staff Greg Christy

Greg


President Greg Christy created new strategies and adopted a new mission, vision, diversity and Christian identity to help the college stand out.

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Students Colin Kaemingk

Colin

History
Colin's lifelong love of history has led him to want to bring the past to life for students.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Laird Edman

Laird


Dr. Laird Edman involves students in research focused on the cognitive science of religion.

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Students Sofia Schaeffer

Sofia

Theatre
Sofia is grateful for how Northwestern's theatre department is preparing her not only for a career in performance, but also many other areas of theatre work.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Chris Nonhof

Chris


Dr. Chris Nonhof builds relationships with students in and out of the classroom.

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Alumni Tetta Askeland

Tetta

Graduate student, Kent State University
Inspired by her NWC professors, Tetta aspires to be a professor of scenic design after earning her master’s degree.

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Students Taylor VanderVelde

Taylor

Biology-health professions
Taylor appreciates how Northwestern sets high academic standards that will prepare her well for medical school.

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Faculty & staff Kris Korver

Kris


Kris Korver is passionate about helping his students and athletes become who God calls them to be.

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Alumni Chris Sietstra

Chris

Accountant, Ernst & Young
Chris had a job offer from Big Four accounting firm Ernst & Young before he even graduated. His interviewers were so impressed with him, they said they'd send their kids to NWC.

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Alumni Krissa Hetletvedt

Krissa

Third grade teacher, Catlin Arts Magnet School
Krissa’s classroom passion for students and their learning earned her recognition as Rookie of the Year from the Omaha Education Association.

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Alumni Alison Schutt

Alison

Medical student, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Alison's action-packed academic career was filled with opportunities to think critically about biology and chemistry, which has served her well as she transitions into life as a medical student.

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Faculty & staff Drew Schmidt

Drew


Drew Schmidt is emphatic about his love of church, education and the arts, and he enjoys helping students follow their passions.

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Students Hayden Lee

Hayden

Social work
Hayden hopes to serve as an advocate for people in need, aiming to improve their lives and circumstances.

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Alumni Stephan Sanford

Stephan

Physical education teacher and coach, Storm Lake Elementary
At Northwestern, Stephan found a connection to youth he didn't know he had. With the help of professors, he became a teacher and coach who shapes the next generation of students and athletes.

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Alumni Meredith Yorchak

Meredith

Software engineering analyst, Accenture
Meredith's summer internship with Accenture gave her confidence in her decision to begin a full-time career there.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Sara Sybesma Tolsma

Sara


Dr. Sara Sybesma Tolsma and her students are researching which chemicals in plants stop or slow the growth of cancer cells—and how.

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Faculty & staff Martha Draayer

Martha


Martha Draayer encourages intercultural student development by mentoring, supporting and teaching students from underrepresented groups.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Michael Kugler

Michael


Dr. Michael Kugler is known for making history come alive.

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Alumni Emma Wynja

Emma

Medical student, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
Emma is a medical student at USD, where she received the prestigious South Dakota State Medical Association Foundation Freshman Scholarship.

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Faculty & staff Greta Grond

Greta


Greta Grond enjoys working with students on their research projects and seeing the results of their hard work.

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Faculty & staff Kendall Stanislav

Kendall


Kendall Stanislav helps connect students with internship and study abroad opportunities, and assists them through the job search process.

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Alumni Brianna Petrauskas

Brianna

Consultant, Communications Strategy Group
Brianna found her niche through the many “real-world” experiences Northwestern's public relations program offers.

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Students Jadeyn Veltkamp

Jadeyn

Public relations
Jadeyn hopes to work in event planning and fundraising, with her sights set on one day starting a nonprofit to assist people who have been rescued from human trafficking.

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Alumni Olivia Iekel

Olivia

Volunteer Coordinator, Nicaraguan Council of Protestant Churches
Olivia has a passion for missions. At Northwestern, she was supported, encouraged and equipped to pursue that dream and follow God’s call to Nicaragua.

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Faculty & staff Randy Van Peursem

Randy


Randy Van Peursem offers students the science support they need to succeed and models the encouragement and love of Christ.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Elizabeth Heeg

Elizabeth


Dr. Heeg not only challenges her students in the classroom, but she provides them with many hands-on experiences off campus as well.

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Alumni Sara Edwardson

Sara

Exercise physiologist, Duke University Health and Fitness Center
Sara scored an internship with Duke University during her senior year at Northwestern, which led to a full-time job offer at a clinically based fitness center through the university's health system.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Jennifer Feenstra

Jennifer


Dr. Jennifer Feenstra involves students in her research on volunteerism and service-learning.

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Alumni Jerel Kyles

Jerel

Assistant family teacher, Boys Town
Jerel works with at-risk children and families, providing them with the support and education they need to succeed.

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Interns Josh Hornstra

Josh

Sport management
Josh's internship with an NBA affiliate team launched his career in sports marketing.

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Interns Corrie Hayes

Corrie

Theatre and business administration
Corrie combined her love for theatre and business administration through her internship with Omaha Performing Arts.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Mike Wallinga

Mike


Dr. Mike Wallinga followed his passions from college to become a professor who continually seeks new ways to challenge his students.

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Alumni  Tyler Janota

Tyler

Director of basketball sport performance, East Tennessee State University
As a student volunteer, Tyler designed training programs for the Raider men’s basketball team. His experience and skills led to work with the University of Texas Longhorns and East Tennessee State University.

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Interns Courtney Van Beek

Courtney

Education
Courtney describes her student teaching experience as "life-changing."

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Faculty & staff Kyle Ochsner

Kyle


Kyle Ochsner develops and oversees the strength and conditioning programs for many of Northwestern’s athletic teams.

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Students Jacob Lynott

Jacob

Nursing
Jacob became interested in health care at a young age, as both his mother and grandmother were nurses. Through their examples, he realized that he, too, enjoys helping people be physically, mentally and spiritually healthy.

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Faculty & staff Kirsten Brue

Kirsten


Kirsten Brue encourages students to gain experience in their chosen career field.

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Alumni Jordan Reinders

Jordan

Entomology graduate student, University of Nebraska
Jordan is combining two passions—insects and the outdoors—as he pursues a doctoral degree.

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Faculty & staff Eric Anderson

Eric


Eric Anderson uses his combination of financial knowledge and care for students to help families find strategies to make Northwestern affordable.

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Alumni Rebeca Wagner

Rebeca

Interpreter/translator, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center
Rebeca serves Spanish-speaking patients and their families, helping them communicate with the medical providers at Omaha Children’s Hospital so they receive the best healthcare possible.

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Faculty & staff Piet Koene

Piet


Piet Koene has elite certification and experience as a courtroom interpreter.

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Alumni Isaiah Custer

Isaiah

Communications manager, Taproot Theatre
Theatre major Isaiah added an arts administration minor and interned at Taproot Theatre in Seattle, which set the stage for his job in communications and promotions for Taproot.

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Interns Emily Van Gorp

Emily

Psychology and public relations
Emily utilized her psychology major and public relations minor during an internship with the American Medical Association in Chicago.

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Students Jonathan Johnson

Jonathan

Business administration and psychology
Jonathan came to Northwestern from California and joined the Honors Program partway through his college career to increase his learning and competitive advantage for eventual employment or graduate school.

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Alumni Andrew Currier

Andrew

Freelance music producer, SoundReserve
Andrew founded a music production company in Nashville, Tennessee, after graduating from Northwestern. In addition to composing and producing music, he also plays keyboard for a classic rock band that performs onboard Holland America cruise ships.

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Alumni Sarah Allen

Sarah

Oncology nurse, University of Iowa Hospital
As an oncology nurse, Sarah cares for patients' emotional and spiritual health as well as their physical needs.

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Faculty & staff Rik Dahl

Rik


Head wrestling coach Rik Dahl enjoys building relationships with students, extending grace, and encouraging them through life.

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Alumni Courtney Van Beek

Courtney

First-grade teacher
As a freshman at Northwestern, Courtney was already spending time in school classrooms as part of her education classes, which helped confirm her desire to become a teacher and coach.

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Alumni Josh Hornstra

Josh

Membership services executive, Denver Nuggets
Josh turned his love for sports into a career.

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Students Libby Ven Huizen

Libby

Worship arts
Libby found that worship arts combines all of her passions: music, theology and theatre.

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Students Sammy Blum

Sammy

Biology–health professions
Sammy uses the Peer Learning Center herself. She loves the satisfaction that comes when someone leaves a tutoring session confident in their knowledge or homework.

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Alumni Osiris Ordaz

Osiris

Counseling and art therapy graduate student, Adler University
Through the encouragement of her professors, Osiris found that her passion for psychology and art can lead to an interesting, interdisciplinary career.

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Alumni Alex Yoerger

Alex

Veterinary student, Iowa State University
With the help of Northwestern's science professors, Alex is on her way to her dream career as a veterinarian.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Kim Jongerius

Kim


Dr. Kim Jongerius sees math as both art and language and encourages students to communicate mathematics effectively.

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Interns Perkins Aiyegbeni

Perkins

Biology–health professions
Perkins' internship with an animal health company combined his business and biology knowledge.

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Interns Alison Schutt

Alison

Biology-health professions and chemistry
Alison spent a semester studying how to improve the quality of care for hospitalized patients.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Barb Dewald

Barb


Dr. Barb Dewald is passionate about providing multiple opportunities for students to grow in their relationship with Christ.

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Faculty & staff Dr. David Arnett

David


Dr. David Arnett sees God through nature, science and loving action—all of which have added to his understanding of what it means to live a Christian life.

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Interns Shelby Van Den Berg

Shelby

Biology-health professions
An aspiring physician assistant, Shelby's internship in a research lab will strengthen her application for graduate school.

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Alumni James Rucker

James

Graduate student in mathematics, University of South Dakota
With a love of theatre, music and philosophy, James found that Northwestern’s humanities major enabled him to learn anything and everything about anything and everything.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Sally Oakes Edman

Sally


Dr. Sally Oakes Edman helps students work through problems, find healing and wholeness, and eliminate obstacles to healthy functioning.

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Alumni Brody Van Roekel

Brody

Executive director, Atlas: Lincoln
Taking what he’d learned about the impact of listening to peoples’ stories, Brody pursued a career focused on community development.

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Interns Anna Perrenoud

Anna

Public relations and marketing
Anna says her Northwestern classes "perfectly aligned" with the skills required for her internship.

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Alumni Connor Shaull

Connor

Law student, University of Minnesota
Connor’s Northwestern education led to a verdict of “accepted” at six law schools.

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Alumni Devin Jorde

Devin

RN, post-surgical unit, Mayo Clinic
Devin works with some of the world’s best surgeons and teams at the Mayo Clinic.

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Alumni Abigail Thompson

Abigail

Graduate student, Embry-Riddle University
Abigail is pursuing a master’s degree in security and intelligence studies as preparation for a career in counterterrorism.

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Alumni Zach Landhuis

Zach

DNA specialist, Kansas Bureau of Investigation
Zach completed a master’s degree at Michigan State University and has now begun a career in forensic science.

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Interns Sadikshya Gautam

Sadikshya

Accounting
Sadikshya's internship with a large nonprofit organization allowed her to assist with a variety of accounting procedures.

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Alumni Joseph Tolsma

Joseph

Genetics graduate student, North Carolina State University
Joseph says Northwestern's integration of science and faith deepened his faith while in college. It also prepared him for graduate study in genetics and stoked his interest in a career as a research scientist.

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Alumni Collin Ten Haken

Collin

Police officer, Urbandale Police Department
Collin's Northwestern education, paired with an internship with the Urbandale, Iowa, Police Department, launched his career in law enforcement.

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Alumni Shanell Nieuwendorp

Shanell

Security administrator, U.S. State Department
Shanell's semester in Washington, D.C., and internship with the U.S. State Department led to a capital job offer.

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Alumni Ali Dietrich

Ali

Social media coordinator, Lutheran Church of Hope
Ali has always had an eye for design, and with a little encouragement from Northwestern’s art professors and Career Development Center, she chose to pursue her creative passions as a career.

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Interns Shanell Nieuwendorp

Shanell

Political science and criminal justice
Shanell's internship with the U.S. State Department led to a capital job offer.

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Alumni Evan Schuler

Evan

Staff accountant, Gronewold, Bell, Kyhnn & Co.
Evan's success on the golf course parlayed itself into a job as an accountant in his hometown.

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Alumni Jonathan Van Zweden

Jonathan

Applications programmer, Interstates Control Systems Inc.
Jonathan employs his computer science skills to help build control systems for a wide variety of industrial facilities, designing and building interfaces for operators to use in their businesses.

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Interns Abigail Morley

Abigail

Chemistry
Northwestern science and lab courses proved beneficial for Abigail during her internship in a quality control lab.

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Interns Cole Mills

Cole

Exercise science
Cole gained valuable hands-on coaching experience through his internship with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's strength and conditioning team.

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Interns Adebola Adeyemo

Adebola

Public relations
Passionate about community and communications, Adebola put her public relations skills to use with Orange City Arts.

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Interns Rebekah Muilenburg

Rebekah

Psychology
An aspiring occupational therapist, Rebekah’s compassion and skillset led her to an internship with L’Arche Chicago.

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Interns Kendra McGinnis

Kendra

Public relations
Passionate about communications and history, Kendra brought the two together during her internship at The Durham Museum.

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Interns Carter Van Gorp

Carter

Economics and business administration–finance
Carter put his business skills to practice during a California internship.

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Interns Lauren Weber

Lauren

Art/graphic design
Lauren channeled her creativity during an internship with an advertising and marketing agency.

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Students Landon Van Berkum

Landon

Computer science and history
Northwestern’s size and sense of community led Landon here, but it's the faculty and learning opportunities that continue to impress him as a student. Right now, Landon is considering grad school to become a history professor.

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Interns Kessandra Kuyper

Kessandra

Exercise science
Kessandra describes her internship with the Ultimate Fighting Championship Performance Institute in Las Vegas as "the dream."

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Interns Tyler Sterk

Tyler

Accounting
Tyler says he gained valuable experience in business through his internship with Battery Systems Inc.

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Alumni Steven Clark

Steven

Graduate student, Princeton Seminary
A Christian and a scholar. That’s the label Steven is aiming for, so he’s building on the strong start he got at Northwestern as a divinity student at Princeton Theological Seminary.

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Interns Tyler Alger

Tyler

Political science and history
Tyler says his internship with the City of Chicago Department of Law affirmed his aspirations of being a lawyer.

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Interns Blake Eichmann

Blake

Sport management
Blake's sport management internship work ranged from marketing events to working with athletes and adaptive sports.

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Interns Joey Novotny

Joey

Business administration-finance
Joey advanced his business skills through an internship with a well-known insurance and finance company.

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Interns Connor Sams

Connor

Public relations
Connor utilized his public relations skills in his work with an agency that specializes in professional sports.

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Interns Diviya Nyanaguru

Diviya

Business administration–marketing
Diviya's internship with an indoor outlet mall offered her the opportunity to work on several marketing projects.

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Alumni Taylor Sun

Taylor

Assistant director, Joy House
Taylor landed her dream job right after college when she began working at the Joy House, a housing program for women and children escaping domestic violence.

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Interns Brett Van Roekel

Brett

Business administration–agricultural business
Brett's internship at a bank gave him hands-on experience in working with agricultural loans.

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Interns Kasandra Amos

Kasandra

Social work and theatre
Kasandra says she grew professionally and personally through her internship with a transitional housing program in Denver.

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Interns Noah Haverdink

Noah

Business administration-finance
Noah credits Northwestern for preparing him well for his internship with a financial services company.

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Alumni Jenna Ripke

Jenna

Attorney, Brown Immigration Law
Jenna discovered her passion for social justice during her Spanish classes at Northwestern. Now her career is focused on immigration law.

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Students Joel Van Peursem

Joel

Music and secondary education
If a Northwestern College music ensemble is playing, there’s a good chance Joel is part of it. A music and secondary education major, he plans to become a high school band director after graduation.

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Students Samantha Olson

Samantha

Biology-health professions
When looking at career options, Samantha discovered her love for math and science align with the skills needed for biomedical engineering.

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Alumni Laura Jonker

Laura

Graduate student, Western Theological Seminary
A student student in Western Theological Seminary’s Master of Divinity program, Laura hopes to continue ministering to families in the church, just as she did during and after college.

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Alumni Vito Maffei

Vito

Minor league athletic trainer, San Francisco Giants
A former football player, Vito is pursuing his passion for sports as an athletic trainer, treating injured athletes and getting them back on the field.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Valerie Stokes

Valerie


Dr. Valerie Stokes provides students with a safe, encouraging environment in which she shares real-life examples from her own therapeutic practice.

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