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Alumni Alexander Lowry

Alexander

Software Developer, Unite Us
Through a variety of experiences inside and outside the classroom, Northwestern helped Alexander see how his passion for computer science and his love for the arts could turn into a career.

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Alumni Sutton Derr

Sutton

Account Executive in Group Sales & Hospitality, San Diego Padres
After starting his college and baseball pursuits elsewhere, Sutton transferred to Northwestern as a sophomore, playing three years for the Raiders. The move paid off well, both during his college years and after graduation.

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Alumni Laura Hurley

Laura

Resident, United Family Medicine Residency Program
Laura served as a research assistant for a Mayo Clinic physician while at NWC. Now she’s pursuing a joint M.D. and master’s degree in public health.

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Students Jackson Henry

Jackson

Nursing
Jackson looks forward to using his future career in nursing as a ministry.

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Alumni Tetta Askeland

Tetta

Assistant Professor of Theatre, Southwest Minnesota State University
Inspired by her NWC professors, Tetta earned a master’s degree and is now a professor of scenic design.

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Alumni Johnny Venegas

Johnny

Worship Director, King of Kings Church
Northwestern’s authentic and vibrant Christian community allowed Johnny to grow in his faith and equipped him to pursue God’s calling on his life.

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Alumni Madison Wingert

Madison

Medical Social Worker, Mary Greeley Medical Center
In her work as a medical social worker, Madison strives to show compassion and acceptance to every patient she encounters.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Carrie Thonstad

Carrie


Dr. Thonstad’s passion for serving—and for preparing students to serve—makes her a valuable resource in the education department.

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Students Ty Martens

Ty

Business Administration
Ty appreciates the business administration major’s versatility—covering content in a variety of areas while helping students develop essential workplace skills.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Angela Holt

Angela


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

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Faculty & staff Dr. Chris Nonhof

Chris


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

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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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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 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. Kugler is known for making history come alive as he guides students in thinking Christianly about the past.

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Alumni Emily Wynja

Emily

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellow, University of Wisconsin
The knowledge, confidence and experiences Emily gained at Northwestern fueled her journey to become a physician.

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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 Schmitz

Brianna

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

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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 a career in the medical field.

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Students Jadeyn Sjaarda

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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Students Whitney Erickson

Whitney

Elementary education
An elementary education major, Whitney realizes that teaching involves more than knowing the curriculum. Just as important is letting students know they are loved, capable and worthy.

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Faculty & staff Greg Christy

Greg


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

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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 created practice-based software to help students prepare for the MCAT—to which Northwestern students have free access.

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Alumni Ashlynn Anderson

Ashlynn

Grades 6-12 Vocal Director, Parkston School District
A vocal music and secondary education graduate, Ashlynn benefited from her professors’ encouragement of her musical talents, as well as extensive time in the classroom prior to graduation.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Jennifer Feenstra

Jennifer


Dr. 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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Alumni Stephan Sanford

Stephan

Physical Education Teacher and Coach, Northview Middle School
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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Faculty & staff Kyle Ochsner

Kyle


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

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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

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Jordan combined two passions—insects and the outdoors—when he decided to earn a doctoral degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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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


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

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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


Coach Dahl enjoys building relationships with students, extending grace, and encouraging them through life.

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Alumni Osiris Ordaz

Osiris

Bilingual Behavioral Health Therapist, Promise Community Health Center
Osiris’ passion for art allows her to provide holistic and innovative care to therapy patients from diverse backgrounds.

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Alumni Alex Yoerger

Alex

Small Animal Intern, Texas A&M 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. Jongerius sees math as both art and language and encourages students to communicate mathematics effectively.

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Alumni James Rucker

James

Chemistry Instructor, Veritas Preparatory Academy
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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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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Students Celina Corrales

Celina

Christian Education/Youth Ministry and Worship Arts
Even as she is learning about youth ministry and worship arts, Celina is getting practical experiences—serving as a mentor for high school students and as a member of the college's chapel worship team.

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Alumni Connor Shaull

Connor

Litigation Associate, Stinson LLP
Connor’s Northwestern education led to a verdict of “accepted” at six law schools.

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Alumni Devin Heiling

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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Faculty & staff Dr. James Mead

James


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

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Faculty & staff Drew Schmidt

Drew


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

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Alumni Joseph Tolsma

Joseph

Research Biologist, U.S. Naval Research Lab
Hands-on research experience and lessons on becoming a well-rounded person are the ways Northwestern equipped Joseph to stand out.

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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

Law School Student, University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law
Shanell’s internship with the U.S. State Department led to a job in Washington, D.C., which provided her hands-on experience that now supports her law school studies.

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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 develop 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 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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Alumni Victor Mena

Victor

Language Arts Teacher, Le Mars 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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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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Faculty & staff Kris Korver

Kris


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

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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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Alumni Laura Jonker

Laura

Director of Community Engagement, Intersection Ministries & Director of Communications & Church Engagement, Movement West Michigan
Laura’s work with a nonprofit and bilingual church involves equipping the greater church to serve as ambassadors of Christ’s hope.

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Alumni Lauren Myers

Lauren

Social Media Strategist, Woodmen Life
Lauren says she applies skills from her marketing classes every day in her work as a social media strategist.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Sara Sybesma Tolsma

Sara


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

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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. Fan Fei

Fan


Dr. 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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Faculty & staff Dr. Valerie Stokes

Valerie


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

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Students Taylor Davies

Taylor

Art Therapy
An accomplished painter, Taylor desires to use art to help people sort through the challenges in their lives.

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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 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 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
Dylan is majoring in biophysics and minoring in math, with the goal of someday doing space and physics research.

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Faculty & staff Dr. John Vonder Bruegge

John


Dr. 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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Students Faith Tyrrell

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

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Alumni Chris Sietstra

Chris

Accounting & Finance Manager, Great Waters Financial
Chris views his financial oversight role as an opportunity to support the service and mission of the financial planning firm where he works.

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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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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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Alumni Colin McDowell

Colin

Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student, Washington State University
Colin’s biochemistry degree set him up for success as a graduate research fellow and future scientist.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Laura Furlong

Laura


With her breadth of academic experience and enthusiasm for teaching, Dr. Furlong is equipped to help her students at Northwestern learn to think critically and observe thoughtfully.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Jeff Schouten

Jeff


Watching students grow and mature over their four years on campus is what draws Dr. Schouten to college-level teaching and coaching.

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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 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 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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Alumni Christian Korver

Christian

Sixth Grade Teacher, Valley Christian School
The opportunities NWC provided for real-world experience in education and leadership equipped Christian to be a standout teacher and role model for his students.

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Students Emily Bosch

Emily

Business Education, Secondary Education and Accounting
Emily initially plans to work as a financial analyst but may someday teach high school business.

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Students Emily Rozendaal

Emily

Biblical and Theological Studies
As she prepares for a career in ministry, Emily has found growth, affirmation and encouragement while grappling with some of the most deeply complex questions of the faith.

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Students Kaytlyn Harms

Kaytlyn

Biology-Health Professions
A future doctor, Kaytlyn loves to help people. That’s why she mentors Northwestern NEXT students, participated in a Summer of Service in Haiti, and gets great fulfillment from tutoring students in writing, biology and chemistry courses.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Erica Vonk

Erica


Dr. Vonk is an innovative and visionary leader who is passionate about equipping students for their professional lives.

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Alumni Alex Vander Stoep

Alex

Actuarial Associate, The Principal Financial Group
Northwestern’s strong ties to Alex’s current employer paved the way to a competitive internship, and later, a full-time position.

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Alumni Courtney Van Beek-Stekl

Courtney

First Grade Teacher, Sergeant Bluff-Luton Community School
Courtney gained lifelong friendships and invaluable teaching experience as an elementary education major.

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Alumni Sarah deVries

Sarah

Computer Science and Business Teacher, Boyden-Hull High School
Despite changing her major halfway through college, practicum hours empowered Sarah to lead a classroom of her own.

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Alumni Jonathan Johnson

Jonathan

Human Resources Analyst, AIG
Jonathan appreciated having flexibility to explore different levels of business without taking up a specific concentration.

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Students Chloe Tschetter

Chloe

Applied Design and Entrepreneurship
Spending a semester studying in Italy helped Chloe expand her worldview and grow in confidence.

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Alumni Jose Leon

Jose

Portfolio Management Associate, Principal Global Investors
A Northwestern alumni connection opened doors for Jose’s position at Principal Global Investors in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Alumni Ginny Kjer

Ginny

Southeast Region Program Assistant for Iowa 4-H, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Ginny’s Spanish degree has helped her build relationships with Spanish speakers across Iowa and around the globe.

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Alumni Josh Vander Zwaag

Josh

Account Executive, Deveron Corporation
Josh’s family background inspired him to pursue a degree in a lesser-known area of the ag industry: agricultural business.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Jiying (Jenny) Song

Jenny


Dr. Song’s professional experience offers international business students firsthand knowledge of business on the world stage.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Han-Yen Kao

Han-Yen


Dr. Kao believes that economics is all about people, and economic decisions have the power to shape the world around us.

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Faculty & staff Scott Bahrke

Scott


When he’s not motivating athletes to run their best times, Coach Bahrke helps his classes find ways to motivate their future students.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Angila Moffitt

Angila


With teaching experience ranging from elementary school to graduate courses, Dr. Moffitt brings a wealth of strategies, resources and stories of hope to her students.

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Alumni Michelle van Beek

Michelle

Behavioral Health Coordinator and Interpreting Services Coordinator, Promise Community Health Center
Michelle’s experiences serving as an interpreter for her parents sparked her passion for providing quality interpreting and translation services for Spanish-speaking families.

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Alumni Justin Lehman

Justin

DXRX Lab Relations Team Leader, Diaceutics Inc.
Justin’s work as a laboratory account manager increases communication among a patient’s health care team and helps patients receive the correct treatment faster.

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Students Madilynn Loats

Madilynn

Theatre
Maddie attended Northwestern’s Theatre Camp as a high school student. Now she’s majoring in theatre and learning how her art glorifies God.

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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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Faculty & staff Dr. Zack Varpness

Zack


Dr. Varpness views his chemistry research as an opportunity to understand the intricacies of God’s creation.

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Students Daniel Mills

Daniel

NEXT Program
As a student in Northwestern’s NEXT program, Daniel is learning valuable life skills to help him live and work independently.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Karissa Carlson

Karissa


Dr. Carlson’s passion for science is confirmed each time she—or one of her children—makes a discovery about the world God created.

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Faculty & staff Ann Minnick

Ann


Professor Minnick connects her students to area nonprofits so they can use their PR and marketing skills to serve others.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Julie Dragstra

Julie


Dr. Dragstra enjoys shaping the future of nursing in her classroom while also working as an on-call hospice nurse.

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Students Austin Dixon

Austin

Music
As a future band director, Austin hopes to share his love for music with students and show them that music can be so much more than notes on a page.

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Students Abigail Clarke

Abigail

Biology
An aspiring physician assistant, Abigail has loved learning how the body works and feels well prepared for graduate school.

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Students Brian VandenBerg

Brian

Business-Finance
Brian took classes in his business-finance major his first semester on campus, confirming his aptitude for that field.

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Alumni Jordan Stone

Jordan

Voucher Support Specialist, Helpline Center and Assistant Minister, Messiah Lutheran Church
A humanities degree allowed Jordan to take courses in a variety of disciplines prior to seminary, equipping her to serve within church walls and beyond.

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Alumni Schuyler Fynaardt

Schuyler

English Teacher, Liberty High School
A high school English teacher, Schuyler views her work as an opportunity to teach students that their lives and their stories matter.

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Interns Becca Nevin

Becca

Sports Management
Becca's internship with a minor league basketball team has allowed her to practice team management skills in the real world.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Scott Monsma

Scott


Dr. Monsma’s travels have allowed him to experience cultural contexts around the world, posing new questions about his own culture and how it has shaped him.

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Alumni Heather Ver Meer

Heather

Director of Children’s and Family Ministries, Asbury Church
Heather’s ministry experiences while a student at Northwestern prepared her for both the joys and challenges of children’s faith formation.

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Interns Haley Eidem

Haley

Elementary Education
Haley credits early classroom placements as excellent preparation for her student teaching experience.

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Alumni Keaton Hettver

Keaton

Mental Health Practitioner, Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge
Keaton seeks to meet clients’ holistic needs during psychotherapy sessions, providing comfort and healing to individuals struggling with drug and alcohol use.

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Alumni Noah Karmann

Noah

Executive Intake Assistant, Office of Inspector General
Noah is channeling his zeal for making a difference as an assistant in Nebraska’s Office of Inspector General.

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Alumni Levi Letsche

Levi

Instructional Coach and Head Football Coach, Sheldon High School
With the encouragement and support of Northwestern’s dedicated staff, Levi learned how to excel both in his field of study and in his faith.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Jason Lief

Jason


Dr. Lief values teaching youth ministers and Christian educators the significance of popular culture within the context of faith.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Jennifer Schon

Jennifer


Combining her interests in math and communications, Dr. Schon helps students understand how abstract concepts and data can apply to everyday life.

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Alumni Andrew Graber

Andrew

Head Strength + Conditioning Coach for Women's Basketball
Deeply impressed by the positive experiences of his older sister at Northwestern—especially her academic success and the many lasting friendships she made—Andrew decided to follow in her footsteps.

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Interns Mason McGill

Mason

Graphic Design
Mason gained valuable hands-on experience in design, customer service and e-commerce while interning with a custom apparel company in Orange City.

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Faculty & staff Bob De Haan

Bob


A lifelong farmer, Professor De Haan has over four decades of agricultural education experience.

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Students Misael Bruzzone

Misael

Economics
Misael chose economics for his major because it involves aspects of both business and the humanities.

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Students Aaron Eckmann

Aaron

Political Science
Studying political science at a Christian college has helped Aaron challenge and affirm his personal beliefs.

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Students Sonu Gupta

Sonu

Computer Science
Sonu seeks to use his computer science degree to help improve others’ lives.

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Students Jillian Simon

Jillian

Social Enterprise
Jillian is one of the first to pursue a degree in social enterprise, using her gifts as an advocate to make a difference on campus and in her community.

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Students Stephanie Riveros Munoz

Stephanie

Social Work and Spanish-English Translation and Interpretation
A future social worker, Stephanie hopes to serve her neighbors as they navigate difficult circumstances.

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Students Ella Van Zee

Ella

Spanish
Ella’s study of the Spanish language has opened doors to new relationships and opportunities to share the gospel.

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Students Parker Van Kley

Parker

Software Engineering
A future software developer, Parker says the challenge and support offered by Northwestern’s computer science faculty provide a great environment for learning.

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Students William Minnick

William

History
An internship at the National Mississippi River Museum in Dubuque, Iowa, gave William outstanding opportunities to use the skills he’s gained as a double major in history and public relations.

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Students Emma Wilson

Emma

Math
Emma says the challenge of majoring in math has pushed her to work harder and develop new strategies for learning well—things that will undoubtedly benefit her in the future.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Rajat Emanuel Singh

Emanuel


A biomechanical movement researcher, Dr. Singh sees his scientific studies as attempts to unravel the mysteries behind God's great design.

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Faculty & staff Mark Haselhoff

Mark


Professor Haselhoff hopes his computer science classes inspire students to further explore ideas on their own.

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Alumni Becca Bindert

Becca

Physical Education Teacher, MOC-Floyd Valley Community Schools
Becca’s commitment to physical fitness and her love for working with children and teens led her to change her major and to pursue a career path that emphasizes both.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Thomas Holm

Thomas


A gifted musician, Dr. Holm introduces his students to musical styles from around the world and encourages them in their growth as individuals.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Jeff VanDerWerff

Jeff


Dr. VanDerWerff’s extensive research and experience running for public office guide his efforts to teach students about virtuous citizenship as followers of Christ.

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Faculty & staff Todd Tracy

Todd


Dr. Tracy involves students with his research into the impact of invasive species on forest and grassland ecosystems.

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Alumni Ali Almail

Ali

Medical School Student, University of Toronto
Ali wants to become a physician scientist—a career that will allow him to help people through both medical care and biomedical research.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Timothy Huffman

Timothy


Dr. Huffman is the entrepreneurial developer of two different test prep programs—one that prepares students to take and pass actuarial exams; the other to help students achieve high scores on the MCAT.

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Alumni Ryan Van Ostrand

Ryan

Data Analyst, HBE
Northwestern’s math professors taught Ryan to be a lifelong learner, confident in facing technologies and problems as he makes data understandable to others.

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Alumni Abby Ver Mulm

Abby

Public History Graduate Student, University of Nebraska
Once Abby earns her master’s degree in public history, she wants to help make the important knowledge possessed by historians available—and accessible—to the general public.

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Alumni Libby Ven Huizen

Libby

Director of Worship and Creative Arts, Lakeside Church
Libby graduated with nearly two years of experience leading worship—skills she could draw on when interviewing for a full-time position on a church’s staff.

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Alumni Anna Scott

Anna

Associate Account Manager, Colored Organics
Anna puts her marketing and public relations skills to work at an ethically sourced children’s clothing company.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Ross Bouma

Ross


Dr. Bouma brings to students more than two decades of teaching, coaching and administrative experience.

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Interns Megan Blauw

Megan

Exercise Science
Megan joined Northwestern’s athletic performance staff, serving as a strength and conditioning intern for the Raider softball team.

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Alumni Sarah Meyer

Sarah

Biology Teacher, Bishop Heelan Catholic High School
Sarah has loved science since she was a little girl. Now as a high school biology teacher, she shares the wonders of God’s creation with her students.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Robert Hubbard

Robert


Dr. Hubbard won a fellowship with the O’Neill Critics Institute and is a frequent contributor of movie and TV show reviews for Think Christian, a faith and pop culture blog that “helps believers connect their fandom with their faith.”

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Students Andrew De Noble

Andrew

Exercise Science
Andrew's personal experiences with injuries and passion for learning about the body helped him want to become a physical therapist.

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Students Garrett Raymon

Garrett

Biology-Ecological Science
Garrett loves to hunt, fish and hike and eventually hopes to become a state or federal wildlife biologist.

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Students Noah Roisum

Noah

Business Administration/International Business and Political Science
Noah has almost as many majors as he has career possibilities. He’s interested in working in international or corporate law, or working for the State Department or a global trade company.

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Students Dominick Pickard

Dominick

Biochemistry
Dominick’s experiences as a member of a student and faculty research team will help prepare him for the next steps in a healthcare career.

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Students Linsy Gonzalez

Linsy

Spanish-English Translation and Interpretation
Northwestern helped Linsy see being bilingual as a gift and showed her the career possibilities available as a medical and court interpreter.

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Students Teagen Vander Waal

Teagen

Business Administration/Management
Teagen is passionate about business, and he loves learning about the topic from professors who also convey that passion.

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Students Annika Stecker

Annika

Biology/Genetics
Northwestern’s participation in the international SEA-PHAGES program gave Annika the opportunity to discover and name a bacteriophage.

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Students Brandon Kjonegaard

Brandon

Business Administration/Marketing
Northwestern’s faith-based curriculum has shown Brandon how marketing can be a tool for promoting values and social justice.

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Students Ryan Sjaarda

Ryan

Actuarial Science
A gifted mathematician, Ryan values the wisdom and experience of his professors, and plans to apply his actuarial knowledge in the life insurance sector.

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Students Hailey Louw

Hailey

Statistics
A statistics major, Hailey values the real-world experience and spiritual emphasis her professors bring to the classroom.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Diana Gonzalez

Diana


A true resident of the world, Dr. Gonzalez has studied or taught in more than five countries.

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Students Kaylynn Ridgely

Kaylynn

Agricultural Business
With the extensive hands-on experiences she has received as an agricultural business major, Kaylynn is preparing to continue her family’s legacy of helping to feed the world.

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Students Caitlin Hornback

Caitlin

Sociology
A double major in sociology and psychology, Caitlin appreciates how her classes view social problems through a Christian lens.

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Students Jenee Eden

Jenee

Accounting
Jenee felt well prepared for her summer accounting internship with John Deere because of Northwestern’s standout education.

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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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Students Caroline Van Berkum

Caroline

Physics Education
Caroline chose Northwestern because of its close-knit community, and as she prepares to be a math and physics teacher, she seeks to work at a smaller school where she can have similar close connections with students.

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Alumni Matt Scott

Matt

Senior Actuarial Analyst, Optum
The education Matt received at Northwestern prepared him to pass four actuarial exams while still in college and set him up for a position as an actuarial analyst with Optum, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group.

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Interns Kerstyn Fast

Kerstyn

Public Relations
Kerstyn combined her passions for content creation and home decorating through an internship at an interior design studio and clothing boutique.

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Students Isaiah Gritters

Isaiah

Biology-Health Professions, Chemistry, Business Administration/Finance and Economics
A future doctor, Isaiah says his Honors Program experience studying and then touring historic sites in Greece has been the highlight of his time at Northwestern.

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Alumni Steven Van Meeteren

Steven

Medical School Student, University of Iowa
Talented professors and a Christ-centered culture helped Steven grow in knowledge and in faith—a combination that has prepared him to make a difference and pursue his calling to become a physician.

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Alumni Elli Sanders

Elli

Farm Bill Biologist, Pheasants Forever Inc. and Quail Forever
Research experience and studying abroad while in college has helped Elli to quickly move up the career ladder at work.

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Faculty & staff Meghan Flynn

Meghan


Accomplished as an artist and experienced as a teacher, Professor Flynn seeks for students to see art-making as a form of worship.

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Interns Grace Reginald

Grace

Public Relations
Grace loves the variety of jobs available in the public relations field and says her professors help connect what she is learning in the classroom with her future career.

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Alumni Maya Hall

Maya

Assistant Press Secretary for Senator Charles Grassley
Her political science studies at Northwestern prepared Maya to serve in the highest offices of national government.

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Interns Lily Anderson

Lily

Elementary Education
Lily felt well-supported during her student teaching experience, and she knows her professors will continue to encourage her in her teaching career.

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Interns Katie Struck

Katie

Music and Secondary Education
Northwestern’s music and education programs have equipped Katie to use her teaching gifts in service of God and her students.

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Alumni Corrie Hayes

Corrie

Graduate Student
After gaining experience on Northwestern’s stage, Corrie joined Taproot Theatre Company in Seattle. Now she’s earning an MFA in acting, with the dream of acting professionally in Chicago.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Chris Hausmann

Chris


Dr. Hausmann is a justice advocate who teaches students evidence-based practices that lead to biblically grounded justice.

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Interns Sofia Sandbulte

Sofia

Marketing
Sofia credits her classwork and campus involvements as the top reasons why she was selected for a competitive marketing internship.

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Interns Alayna Bergt

Alayna

Sport Management–Media/Marketing and Business Administration
As a marketing and event operations intern with the Nebraska Sports Council, Alayna worked remotely for the organization during the spring semester and in person during the summer.

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Alumni Hannah Paauw

Hannah

Medical Student, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
Hannah felt both supported and challenged by her Northwestern professors, helping her become a standout medical student in the field of psychiatry.

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Alumni Samantha Olson

Samantha

Associate Clinical Account Specialist, Biosense Webster
When looking at career options, Samantha discovered her love for math and science aligned with the skills needed for biomedical engineering.

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Alumni Camryn Reinking

Camryn

Graphic Designer, Iowa Information Publishers + With Love Design Co.
Camryn strives to create work that clients can be proud of, all while glorifying the God who gave her the gift of creativity.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Young-Ji Byon

Young-Ji


Hired to launch an engineering program following approval by accreditors, Dr. Young-Ji Byon has teaching, research and administrative experience on three continents.

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Students Jordan DeSmet

Jordan

Public Relations
Jordan appreciates the public relations and journalism experience he’s gained by working for the athletic communications office, writing for the student newspaper, and interning at a local TV station.

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Interns Abigail Bender

Abigail

Exercise Science
During her internship with an occupational therapist, Abigail was able to apply classroom knowledge to therapy activities with patients.

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Interns Adam Gubbels

Adam

Exercise Science
While shadowing a physician assistant, Adam observed a variety of acute care cases and their treatments, reaffirming his passion for the profession.

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Alumni Kailee Jenness

Kailee

Medical Social Worker, Promise Community Health Center
Just two years into her career, Kailee received the Unsung Hero Award from the Iowa Primary Care Association.

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Faculty & staff Hyunsung Jun

Hyunsung


A gifted professor and researcher, Dr. Hyunsung Jun is committed to helping students learn more about God’s creation throughout the universe.

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