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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 Andrea Freeman

Andrea

Computer Science
Andrea has interests in both user interface development and graphic design. She’d like to work in video game design and development and perhaps even pursue a career at NASA.

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Students Emily Bosch

Emily

Business Education, Secondary Education and Accounting
An internship in the accounting and finance department of Wells Enterprises and a student teaching assignment at a Des Moines high school prepared Emily for her future career. She initially plans to work as a financial analyst but may someday teach high school business.

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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. He’s also minoring in statistics and philosophy and would like to work in finance or banking when he graduates.

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Students Becca Nevin

Becca

Sport management
The student manager of the men’s basketball team, Becca says her best Northwestern memory was watching the Raiders win the GPAC title and clinch a spot in the NAIA national tournament. She plans to become a player development coach in hopes of working in the NBA.

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Students Kaytlyn Keeler

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 Erica Vonk

Erica


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

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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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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 Sarah deVries

Sarah

Computer science and business teacher, Boyden-Hull High School
Despite changing her major halfway through college, practicum hours empowered Sarah to be well prepared to lead a classroom of her own.

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Alumni Ginny Kjer

Ginny

Physical Education and Health Teacher, Asunción Christian Academy
Ginny’s Spanish degree has helped her build relationships with Spanish-speakers across the globe—in mission settings and in her PE classroom.

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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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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 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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Alumni Lauren Myers

Lauren

Marketing Specialist, Scooter’s Coffee
Lauren’s persistence in applying for a summer internship helped her stand out in the eyes of her future employer.

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Faculty & staff Bob De Haan

Bob


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

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Faculty & staff Dr. Jiying (Jenny) Song

Jenny


Dr. Jenny 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. Han-Yen 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 Scott Bahrke helps his business education classes find ways to motivate their future students.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Keith Fynaardt

Keith


Dr. Fynaardt’s broad knowledge of literary genres allows him to arrange courses that are tailor-made for English 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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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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Faculty & staff Douglas Anderson

Douglas


Professor Douglas Anderson is an experienced nonprofit executive who desires to set an example of service for his students.

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Alumni Justin Lehman

Justin

Lab Relations Manager, 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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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 Ann 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. Julie Dragstra enjoys shaping the future of nursing in her classroom while also working as an on-call hospice nurse.

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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 Meridyth Lee

Meridyth

Investigator/Mitigation Specialist, Capital Collateral Regional Counsel–North
Meridyth is using her psychology degree to pursue justice for prisoners on death row.

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Alumni Schuyler Sterk

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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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 Chau Le

Chau

Computer Science, Math & Chemistry
Chau enrolled at Northwestern as a nonbeliever but came to faith after seeing students, faculty and staff model what it meant to follow Christ.

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Students Isaac Munoz

Isaac

Spanish
A campus leader who competes in track and has served as an admissions ambassador and resident assistant, Isaac hopes to become a teacher, helping to change others’ perspectives and being a role model for Hispanic young people.

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Students Cade Moser

Cade

Elementary Education
Cade has been pushed to be the best man he can be at Northwestern, and he desires to do the same as a teacher and coach.

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Students Sonia Vasilyeva

Sonia

M.S., Physician Assistant Studies
A first-generation college student who is the daughter of Russian immigrants, Sonia seeks to provide health care for underserved communities.

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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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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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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 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 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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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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Faculty & staff Dr. Jason Lief

Jason


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

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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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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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Franken Fellows Teagen Vander Waal

Teagen

Enjoy and invest in the students, faculty and staff around you. So many people here are not just willing, but excited, to pour into and invest in you. Be sure to take advantage of the incredible relationships this community offers!

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Franken Fellows Noah Roisum

Noah

Find ways to get involved on campus and make friends within several different spheres. College is a great time to try new things and get outside of your comfort zone. Work hard on your schoolwork, but practice effective time management so you can spend time doing things you enjoy.

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Franken Fellows Jack Roisum

Jack

Don’t take your time at NWC for granted. You’ll form friendships and relationships that will last the rest of your life. Be involved with as much as possible!

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Franken Fellows Dylann Van Berkum

Dylann

Absolutely get involved. This is most likely your last chance in life to experience all different kinds of activities and environments.

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Franken Fellows Elise Osman

Elise

Find a way or method that works best for you when it comes to studying and time management, since it’s not the same for everyone. Make sure you keep up with your schoolwork, but set time aside for friends and other activities that you want to be involved in.

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Franken Fellows Alayna Bergt

Alayna

Take advantage of all the great opportunities you have as a student at Northwestern. Get involved and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, because that helps you grow as a person!

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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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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 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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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 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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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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Students Kaylynn Ridgely

Kaylynn

Agricultural Business
With a well-rounded Northwestern education and the extensive hands-on experiences Kaylynn has received as an agribusiness major, she is preparing to continue her family’s legacy of helping to feed the world through a career in agriculture.

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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 Hailey Louw

Hailey

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

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Students Annika Stecker

Annika

Biology/Genetics
Annika’s research experiences in Northwestern’s labs and SEA-PHAGES are preparing her for graduate school.

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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 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 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 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 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 Garrett Raymon

Garrett

Biology-Ecological Science
An internship helped Garrett pursue his career goals in wildlife and fisheries science. While graduate school may be in his future, eventually he hopes to work as 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 law school and then working in international or corporate law. Other potential employers could be the State Department or National Security Agency, a global trade company, or a Christian nonprofit organization.

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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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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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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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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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Alumni Josh Hornstra

Josh

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

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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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

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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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 enthusiastic 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 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 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 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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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 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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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

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


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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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 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

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. 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

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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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

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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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

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 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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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 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

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 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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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
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 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 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 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 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 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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