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Faculty & staff Martha Draayer

Martha


Martha Draayer leads the college’s bridge-building efforts with the local Hispanic community by strengthening church, school and family relations.

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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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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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Faculty & staff Dr. Michael Kugler

Michael


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

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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 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 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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Students Reid Seelhammer

Reid

Business administration
When he was unable to wrestle for the Raiders his sophomore year due to an injury, Reid took advantage of the opportunity to study in the college’s Romania Semester.

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Students Michaela Kleinwolterink

Michaela

Accounting
An accounting major with a minor in business administration, Michaela has been active in the Women in Leadership Club and the Business Club. She has already been hired to work for Plante Moran in Denver after graduation.

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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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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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Students Lydia Pearson

Lydia

Spanish and social work
Lydia's Spanish major is preparing her to understand the clients she will serve as a social worker.

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Students Sofia Schaeffer

Sofia

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

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Students Steven Van Meeteren

Steven

Biophysics, chemistry and mathematics
Steven is majoring in biophysics because it will prepare him well for the MCAT and be a positive addition to his medical school application.

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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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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 Victor Mena

Victor

Language arts teacher, Akron-Westfield High School
A high school language arts teacher, Victor teaches a variety of English and writing courses.

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Students Hannah Paauw

Hannah

Psychology and biology-health professions
Passionate about breaking the stigma surrounding mental health, Hannah aspires to be a forensic psychiatrist.

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Alumni Tetta Askeland

Tetta

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

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Students Sammy Blum

Sammy

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

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Students Wilfredo Almendarez

Wilfredo

Political science
Wilfredo decided to major in political science because he wants to learn how he can help the political situation of his country of Honduras.

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Students Noah Gritters

Noah

Biology–health professions, chemistry and mathematics
Noah's future career as a physician will combine his fascination with the intricacies of the human body with his desire to help people.

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Students Libby Ven Huizen

Libby

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

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Students Erica Hulsing

Erica

Sport management and accounting
Erica found she could pursue her passion for athletics through Northwestern’s sport management major.

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Students Chris Ten Pas

Chris

Criminal justice
With many Northwestern alumni among his family, it was no surprise that Chris would visit the campus as a high school student. After visiting and comparing NWC to other colleges, he realized it felt more like home. In addition to majoring in criminal justice, Chris is a defender on the Raider soccer team.

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Students Ali Almail

Ali

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

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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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Students Dabby Anyadike

Dabby

Business administration
Originally from Nigeria, Dabby transferred to Northwestern after attending a community college in Los Angeles, California. A business administration major with a minor in political science, he is a forward on the Raider soccer team. He says Northwestern’s helpful staff made the transfer process go smoothly, and he’s been impressed with the friendly and welcoming professors.

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Students Joel Van Peursem

Joel

Music and secondary education
If a Northwestern College music ensemble is playing, there’s a good chance Joel is part of it. He sings bass in the A cappella Choir and plays trombone in the Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Brass Quintet and Red Raider Athletic Band. When not making music, Joel is a Discipleship Group leader and participant in spikeball, ultimate Frisbee and intramural volleyball. A music and secondary education major, he plans to become a high school band director after graduation.

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Students Kitrick Fynaardt

Kitrick

Math and computer science
Kitrick chose math because it's a language of patterns that gives meaning to abstractions. It's a discipline where there are always solutions to problems. "Math is powerful," he says, "and that's why I love studying it."

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Students Noah Karmann

Noah

Political science and history
Noah chose political science because he wants to facilitate a political system that cares about others as much as Jesus commands and abides by the ethic of loving others as yourself.

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Students Josh Fischer

Josh

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

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Alumni Andrew Currier

Andrew

Freelance music producer, SoundReserve
Andrew founded SoundReserve, 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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Interns Allison Derr

Allison

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

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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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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 Perkins Aiyegbeni

Perkins

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

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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 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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Alumni Taylor Sun

Taylor

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

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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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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 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 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 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 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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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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Alumni Osiris Ordaz

Osiris

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

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Alumni Brianna Petrauskas

Brianna

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

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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 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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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 Dr. Jennifer Feenstra

Jennifer


Dr. Jennifer Feenstra, a Fulbright Scholar, involves students in her research on volunteerism and service-learning.

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Interns Rebeca Wagner

Rebeca

Translation and interpretation
Rebeca's internship at Children's Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, opened the door to a full-time job.

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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 Sterk

Tyler

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

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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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Interns Kessandra Kuyper

Kessandra

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

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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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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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Interns Emily Van Gorp

Emily

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

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Students Jonathan Johnson

Jonathan

Business administration and psychology
Jonathan came to Northwestern from California and joined the Honors Program partway through his college career to increase his learning and competitive advantage for eventual employment or graduate school. He’s eager to dig into research and hopes to explore the relationship between assimilation and feelings of belonging, a topic close to his heart. In addition to being an honors student, Jonathan is a student blogger and Bridge Scholar who composes music electronically and enjoys writing poetry.

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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. Accepted into the Honors Program as a high school senior, Landon is already taking advantage of many of the opportunities offered. Right now, Landon is considering grad school to become a history professor; he’s also hoping to start a chess club at Northwestern.

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Alumni Josh Hornstra

Josh

Service and retention consultant, University of Denver
Josh turned his love for sports into a career.

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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 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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Interns Josh Hornstra

Josh

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

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Interns Lauren Weber

Lauren

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

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Interns Courtney Van Beek

Courtney

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

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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. Now he works with the University of Texas Longhorns.

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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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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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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 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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Alumni Shanell Nieuwendorp

Shanell

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

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Students Schuyler Sterk

Schuyler

English teaching
Schuyler says the opportunities she's had to tutor and serve as an English teaching assistant are preparing her for her own classroom.

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Alumni Natalie Te Grootenhuis

Natalie

Communications outreach manager, Iowa Corn
Natalie works for the Iowa Corn Growers Association and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board, marketing Iowa Corn to the public and encouraging Iowa farmers to join the association.

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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 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 career as a research scientist.

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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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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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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 Devin Jorde

Devin

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

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Alumni Connor Shaull

Connor

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

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Faculty & staff Piet Koene

Piet


Iowa Professor of the Year Piet Koene has elite certification and experience as a courtroom interpreter.

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Alumni Chris Sietstra

Chris

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

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Alumni 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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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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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 Emma Wynja

Emma

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

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Alumni James Rucker

James

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

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Alumni Olivia Iekel

Olivia

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

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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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Alumni Jordan Reinders

Jordan

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

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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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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 Laura Jonker

Laura

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

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Alumni Vito Maffei

Vito

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

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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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