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Beloved Professor Retires DAN RECTOR
Career for the record booksNATE ROEDER
NEW WORSHIP LIVE CD RELEASEDCollege of Fine Arts produces live worship CD of original music
NCU:IT'S THE PEOPLEMeet some of the people who make North Central an amazing community
your life. our mission.
Spring 2013Official Magazine of North Central University
NCU Alum wins $1 Million Grant KATIE MEYLER
NCU forges new partnershipSONSHINE FESTIVAL
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Dr. Gordon Andersonis the sixth president of North Central University
FROM THE PRESIDENT
In recent years, the U.S. has surpassed a population of 300 million and quite possibly, for the first time in history, there are four generations in the workforce. The implications of this for leadership, organizational development, and strategic planning both inside the church and in the marketplace are quite profound. The leaders of tomorrow will inherit a world with many challenges. Culture and the centers of power in our
society have a constant corrosive effect on our churches, families, and students. Recent research shows that the faith of many American Christians is becoming more juvenile, resulting in a skin-deep faith. Watching these events unfold in our times can leave a person asking, what are we going to do?
Here at North Central University we are preparing our students for the challenges of these profound implications. Arguably, any answer to this question must include the linking of arms across generations. We are committed to being a place for that linkage to occur with the finest faculty, the most talented staff, and hardest working administration.
Properly passing God culture from one generation to the next cannot be underscored enough. Psalms 145:3-4 gives us a model worth examining: One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. Perhaps the best way forward will be by remembering our past in Christ. The school will be dedicating this coming year to the study and presentation of inter-generational leadership. Chapels, forums, special guests and my sermon series will all focus on the inner workings of how the generations are to relate to one another and ensure the passing of wisdom, knowledge, skills and maturity this world desperately needs.
Photo by Jeff Hathaway
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Katie Meyler 06
Nicole Serrano 05
Mr. Sonshine 08
NCU: IT'S THE PEOPLE 12
NCU Donor Scholarships 18
New Worship Live CD 16
College Updates 20
Nate Roeder 24
Rams Athletics 25
Alumni Updates 28
Dan Rector Retires 14
NCU News 10
NCU grad auditions for NBC's "The Voice"
NCU partners with alum Bob Poe's Sonshine Festival
Meet some of the people that make NCU great
North Central University works to bridge the gap
New live worship album recorded in the NCU Chapel
The latest news from NCU's colleges
NCU Senior's remarkable basketball career surpassed only by his amazing character
Spring Sports Highlights
"Grandfather" of A/G children's ministry and Junior Bible Quiz retiring after 23 years at NCU
The latest news from NCU
$1 Million grant infuses her ministry in Liberia
ON THE COVER: Nate Roeder (2014, Youth Ministries) Photos by Jeff Hathaway
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President: Dr. Gordon Anderson
V.P., Academic Affairs: Dr. Thomas Burkman
V.P., Advancement: Dr. Paul Freitag
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A recurring theme throughout this edition of NCU Magazine, and in fact the basis for our main NCU Its the People article, is related to thresholds. As the editor, I couldnt help but ponder how thresholds bring change. Whoever you meet when you open up the door or whatever happens when you cross a threshold, going in or out, it is likely to bring change to your world.
Often in life we find ourselves in a tough situation that doesnt become clear until we have the benefit of hindsight. Whenever I am confused or dont understand a situation, I try to stop and think about what Gods perspective might be. I cant pretend to understand His view, but it always slows me down to think things through. I begin to see more clearly, to note things I had not noticed before.
As a photographer, I have learned over time that in order to capture an image that is dynamic or interesting, I often need to change my angle, my distance to my subject, or some other facet of the frame. This is something that I've had to force myself to do over time and learn the discipline to recognize when I need to modify my comfort level. I crouch down, stand on top of something, shoot through something, change my lens, turn the camera sideways---do something to interrupt the pattern of monotony that reduces a potentially great scene to nothing more than a snapshot.
For example, take our "Parting Shot" image on the back cover of Nate Roeder. After shooting images of Nate over a period of about 30 minutes, I had captured the standard fare: mugging for the camera, holding a basketball, etc. Typical stuff, nothing bad, just nothing special. I crouched down to reach into my bag to change a lens, and that's when I saw the great potential to include the downtown Minneapolis skyline in the image if I shot from the right perspective. Then I asked him if he would be willing to jump through the air with a basketball. Nate was still in the same spot (mostly), but I had changed my perspective---and created a much more interesting image that better reflects the soaring potential of this amazing young man.
Although crossing a threshold can sometimes create anxiety from the anticipated change, that change of perspective can be critical to our creativity, our well-being, and our spirituality. As you enjoy this issue of NCU Magazine, consider what thresholds God is leading you to cross and ask yourself, Am I trying to see things from His perspective?"
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Jeff Hathaway Editor-In-Chief, NCU Magazine
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Nicole Serrano, '10Singer/Songwriter, Recording Artist
THE VOICEAnyone who has heard the great music of
Nicole Serrano (2010, Worship Arts) knows that she is a poignant songwriter and has been blessed with a unique, amazing voice. Although she has enjoyed success selling her music and accumulated a wide fan base through her live shows and YouTube, it was only a matter of time before the rest of the world took notice of this native New Yorker and NCU grad. That moment came recently on the season premier of the NBC hit show, The Voice. Nicole was picked out of tens of thousands of singers to be one of the few to audition on the nationally televised show in front of a live audience.
Although she didnt make the cut that night, she treasures the experience and the opportunity she was given. Now based in Nashville, Nicole is more excited than ever about her future. She knows the show wasnt the end for her, only the beginning - and its made her even more confident to trust Gods plan for her life.
Learn more about Nicole and her music at
Photo by Collin Hughes
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The second annual Chase American Giving Awards, a prime-time television special that aired Saturday, December 8, 2012 on NBC, honors charitable organizations that are making a difference and the heroes behind them.
Many people would have considered Katie Meylers ('05) foundation More Than Me as an underdog going into the award show up against larger, more well-established charitable organizations More Than Me is just a few years old and has less than 10 volunteers. After being chosen as one of the 25 organizations to compete for the grand prize of $1 million, More Than Me began a huge social media campaign for votes using the phrase I am Abigail, honoring a young Liberian girl named Abigail who inspired Katie with her story.
The campaign urged people to not only vote online, but also to immediately show their support by writing I am Abigail on their foreheads, then post their picture to Facebook and Twitter. Thousands of people voted an