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Q&A: Katie Hagen – Berntsen Library

Katie Hagen's depth of experience and expertise in research and resource cataloguing provides a foundation for the study and scholarship of the thousands of students that visit Northwestern’s Berntsen Library each...

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Blog Alumni, Alumni Spotlight

A Story About God’s Timing with Andy Carr ‘06

A 2006 graduate of the Adult Undergrad Business Management Program, Andy Carr has an exceptional story of how he pursued his degree. God led Andy from one opportunity to the next and he is now the Vice President in...

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Blog Alumni, Alumni Spotlight

We the People

When something is deeply important to you, it almost feels like a part of your being. Everyone wants to be taken seriously, taking the time to really listen to and care for others is a way we can all let a bit of light...

Monday, November 29, 2021

Blog Alumni Spotlight, Business, Faculty

Q&A: Jonathon Bartsch – School of Business

Jonathon Bartsch brings to Northwestern a wide range of expertise in financial planning, strategy, and management. He holds professional licenses, including FINRA Series 7 and Series 66, and several insurance...

Friday, November 19, 2021

Blog Academics, Alumni, Alumni Spotlight

UNW Pre-Med Alumna Receives Fulbright Scholarship to Teach Health and Psychology in Spain

It was the Eagles softball program and head coach Alicia du’Monceaux that drew Moriah Maunu ’20 to pursue her studies at University of Northwestern – St. Paul. That, along with the small, Christ-centered environment and...

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Blog Academics, Alumni Spotlight, UNW News

Leading Those Who Care for the Most Vulnerable

As an undergraduate at University of Northwestern – St. Paul, Gene Leistico ’95 had his sights set on entering full-time ministry. During college, he interned with a pastor at a small, local church to prepare for the...

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Blog Academics, Alumni Spotlight, UNW News

Providing Christ-like Care to Those Often Unseen

Imagine bringing someone you love to an emergency room and being asked by staff why you care about someone that can’t speak, walk, or function in mainstream society. University of Northwestern – St. Paul alumna Hannah...

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Blog Alumni, Alumni Spotlight, Faculty

Q&A: Adina Kelley – Department of History

University of Northwestern – St. Paul welcomed four new full-time faculty in 2020—three of whom are Northwestern alumni. Below is an excerpt of our interview with alumna Adina Kelly, instructor in the Department of...

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Blog Alumni, Alumni Spotlight, Faculty

Q&A: Brad Ruiter – Chair of PE, Health, and Kinesiology

Brad Ruiter, a 1990 alumnus of Northwestern, brings a wealth of experience in sports management to UNW, having worked in media relations with the University of Minnesota Gophers, in communications with the Minnesota...

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Blog Alumni, Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Spotlight: Lowell and Tami Hochhalter

My name is Tami “Parker” Hochhalter. My husband Lowell and I attended and met at Northwestern in the 1980s. It seems like a lifetime ago, and then again, like yesterday. Lowell represented the Eagles on the football...

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Blog Academics, Alumni, Alumni Spotlight, Faculty

At Home in Ancient History

During a series of riots in northern Iraq when the Arab Spring movement was breaking out, Jonathan Loopstra, Ph.D., would sit in bed listening to bullets go off at protests in a nearby bazaar. Each night he wondered if...

Friday, November 20, 2020

Blog Alumni, Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Spotlight: Bob and Jane Hosman

Bob and Jane Hosman attended Northwestern from 1963 – 1966. The two met while taking classes, sharing their first date at the annual spring formal! From their time at Northwestern until now, Bob and Jane have been...

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Blog Alumni, Alumni Spotlight

Beyond the Degree: Joann Pittman

Joann Pittman studied Social Science at Northwestern and graduated with her degree in 1982. Today, Joann lives in New Brighton, but for several years in between, she taught English and spread Christ’s light in China....

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Blog Alumni, Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Spotlight: Stepping Into Levi's Hope

Kyle and Melissa Gagner found their home at Northwestern from fall of 2004-2006. Melissa (Springer) played Volleyball her freshman year while Kyle stayed active in intramurals. You also may have known Kyle back in the...

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Blog Alumni, Alumni Spotlight, Athletics

Alumni Spotlight: Beyond the Court

UNW Alumna, Kaia (Larson ‘14) Hill currently serves as the women’s head basketball coach at Legacy Christian Academy in Andover, Minnesota. Kaia has previously been involved as an asset to the women’s basketball team at...

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Blog Alumni, Alumni Spotlight, Ministry & Missions

Alumni Spotlight: Introducing the McDermotts

Abbie (Nelson) ’19 and Jake ’19 McDermott are new to the Alumni family, graduating from Northwestern just this past December. If graduation wasn’t a busy enough time, the McDermotts planned their wedding for the...

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Blog Alumni, Alumni Spotlight, Music, The Arts

Q&A: Kendra Sundeen – Center for Global Programs

When UNW students want to study abroad—or are curious about the possibility—Kendra Sundeen is the person they see. Her enthusiasm for the students and the programs available to them is infectious. In this Q&A, Kendra...

Monday, December 2, 2019

Blog Alumni, Alumni Spotlight, Ministry & Missions

Alumni Spotlight: Kristina Siemens

This year Northwestern honored Kristina Siemens as the Women’s Athletic Hall of Fame Award winner. Northwestern recognized Kristina on her athletic achievements and the evidence of a continuing commitment to Christ, her...

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Blog Alumni, Alumni Spotlight, Music, The Arts

Q&A: April Fredrick – Alumni Honoree 2019

Dr. April Fredrick ’02 visited campus during Homecoming Week to be honored with a 2019 Alumni Honoree Music & Theatre Hall of Recognition award. While here, the internationally acclaimed soprano sang with Northwestern’s...

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Blog Alumni, Alumni Spotlight

Q&A: Ali Burkum – Admissions

Before students step on campus as freshmen, most have experienced the warm welcome, energy, and excitement of the UNW community through Football Frenzy, Preview Days, Hoops Hysteria, and other admissions events. Here we...

Monday, September 23, 2019

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