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Q&A: Adina Kelley

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, Faculty

Q&A: Jon Nykanen

Jon Nykanen brings a wealth of data analytics experience to the Department of Computing, Data, and Mathematical Sciences. In addition to teaching, Nykanen serves as founder, president, and principal consultant of ProRes...

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Blog Alumni, Faculty

Q&A: Brad Ruiter

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 Academics, Faculty

Write for Your Life

I don’t know about you, but I love a good story. Whether it’s binge-watching The Crown on Netflix, losing myself in Jeannette Walls’ memoir The Glass Castle, or sitting in a coffee shop while a friend recounts her life...

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Blog Academics, Alumni, Faculty

The Art of Beginning: 5 Ways to Invigorate Your Writing

I love a story from the book Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland. A ceramics teacher divided pottery students into two groups—one that had to make as many pots as possible and another that had to make the best pot...

Friday, January 31, 2020

Blog Academics, Communication, Faculty, Students

Q&A: Eric Netterlund

Q&A Session with Dr, Eric Netterlund.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Blog Academics, Communication, Faculty, Students

Pursue Christ. Pursue Craft.

We live in an unprecedented time; a very exciting time. We can communicate across the world in seconds and this offers a great opportunity for us. It is well documented that all electronic media influences American...

Monday, November 18, 2019

Blog Faculty, The Arts

The Spiritual Act of Naming: Truth Telling in Writing

My desire to write comes from an experience of reading. I read a transforming word. As I am transformed, I wish to influence transformation in a confusing and unjust world. Ethicist Oliver O’Donovan writes...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Blog Academics, Faculty

Dr. Joel Light Brightens the UNW Biology Department

Hip. Great communicator. Follower of Christ. The man with the chicken. These are all ways students have described Dr. Joel Light. As an assistant professor of biology, Dr. Light has had the opportunity to teach a class...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Blog Academics, Faculty, UNW News

UNW Professors Reveal their Graduation Experiences

Graduating students sometimes forget that their professors have gone before them. As each professor was once a student feeling stressed, worried or excited about their own graduation, UNW faculty opens up about their...

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Blog Community, Faculty, The Arts

Designing the Dream of Nazareth Hall

"Nine Northwestern students and I gathered an hour before a January dawn, an unusual time to convene any class at any college. Our purpose: to arrive in Nazareth Hall Chapel while it was still pitch black and quietly...

Friday, January 12, 2018

Blog Academics, Faculty

Faculty Highlight: Engineering Professor Carrie Francis

Carrie Francis, Ph.D. (Engineering) teaches her students that God and science are not mutually exclusive. Learn how her love for God and her interest in science intertwined.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Blog Business, Parents, Students

Faculty Highlight: Philip Vierling

As Christians, we often avoid conflict. Philip Vierling, MBA, teaches his students that "strategic conflict'' can actually inspire creativity and lead to success.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Blog Alumni, Parents, Students

Northwestern's sacred symbolism in architecture

The University of Northwestern campus is ranked as one of the most beautiful in the country...what most visitors might miss is the sacred symbolism that architects incorporated around campus.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Blog Academics, Church, Faculty, Faith, Students

How faith ignites scientific curiosity

Curiosity is at the heart of the scientific method, but does faith have a part to play too? Dr. Carrie Francis shares her perspective.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Blog Community, Faculty, Faith

The Power of Prayer

Praying for others is one of the most powerful ways we can come together as the body of Christ. Professor Mark Muska says that as we spend our lives praying for others, we can have full confidence that God will use them...

Monday, July 17, 2017

Blog Career Development, College Preparation, Faculty, The Arts

The Risk of Excellence: Embracing Writing Critique

Writer and professor, Judith Hougen talks about the risk and reward of critique.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Blog Faculty, Faith, Leadership

The root of Uber's culture problem

“Company culture” has been a buzzword of choice for forward-thinking business leaders and has taken center stage in the Uber scandal.  And that’s not the only scandal blamed on a harmful culture. You may recall last...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Blog Academics, Faculty, The Arts

Dealing with writer's envy

Working towards success as a writer is difficult. Watching that success come to your peers while it eludes you can be even more challenging to deal with. Author and professor Heather Peterson shares how you can beat the...

Monday, June 5, 2017

Blog Academics, Faculty, Parents, Students, The Arts

I want to write. Am I doomed to be a barista?

As an instructor in the professional writing program at UNW, I see lots of talented students. But these students sometimes don't know how to push this writing life forward as a vocation. With some guidance and practice,...

Monday, April 24, 2017

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