http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specificationHome Blogen-ussnu.eduAdminnohttp://snu.eduFri, 29 Nov 2019 09:38:15 GMTHome BlogHome BlogTue, 08 Oct 2019 17:02:03 GMTSouthern Nazarene University Awarded US Dept. of Education Granthttp://snu.edu/southern-nazarene-university-awarded-us-dept-of-education-grantThu, 03 Oct 2019 05:00:00 GMTAdminBethany, Oklahoma – October 3, 2019 - SNU has just been awarded a U.S. Dept. of Education grant in the Strengthening Institutions Program for a 5-year grant of approximately $500,000 for each of the 5 years, for a total of $2,249,947 for the full grant period, beginning October 2019.

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Bethany, Oklahoma – October 3, 2019 - SNU has just been awarded a U.S. Dept. of Education grant in the Strengthening Institutions Program for a 5-year grant of approximately $500,000 for each of the 5 years, for a total of $2,249,947 for the full grant period, beginning October 2019. Bethany, Oklahoma – October 3, 2019 - SNU has just been awarded a U.S. Dept. of Education grant in the Strengthening Institutions Program for a 5-year grant of approximately $500,000 for each of the 5 years, for a total of $2,249,947 for the full grant period, beginning October 2019. SNU will contribute to the overall funding costs of this program through endowment match ($239,820 along with the federally-funded $2,249,947). SNU's Title III project, entitled Reaching the Marginalized Majority:  Access and Success for Nontraditional Students, focuses on new program development and expanded student support in Professional Studies and includes endowment funds.

SNU’s proposal contains three initiatives focused on building new Professional Studies curricular programs, developing student services for adult students, and building endowment for undergraduate scholarships. The new programs include Cybersecurity (BS), taking the existing Network Management (BS) to Tulsa, and developing a new Information System (AS) degree.  The grant will also develop and pilot a new Physical Therapy Assistant (AS) degree.  The  two associate degree programs are intended to serve as feeders into SNU degree completion programs. The grant provides faculty positions, renovated instructional labs and equipment, and library resources for these new programs.  Student services will be expanded with an early alert system and career services geared toward adult learners. The grant funds provide approximately a quarter of a million dollars to match monies raised by the institution to increase the endowment for undergraduate student scholarships by close to half a million dollars by the end of the grant period.

The overall goal of the Title III grant program is to strengthen the institution’s capacity to serve low-income undergraduate students by strengthening the institution's academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability.    SNU received our last Title III grant for online learning during 2011-2016.

More information on the Title III program is available here: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/iduestitle3a/index.html

Information about SNU's Professional & Graduate Studies can be found at pgs.snu.edu.

Special thanks to Dr. Gwen Hackler and all who helped SNU in securing this strategic grant that will accelerate our program growth in areas of strategic importance to Oklahoma.

Founded in 1899, SNU's mission is to make Christlike disciples through higher education.

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Southern Nazarene University School of Education Recognized by CAEPhttp://snu.edu/southern-nazarene-university-school-of-education-recognized-by-caepFri, 27 Sep 2019 05:00:00 GMTSarah RobertsBethany, Oklahoma – September 27, 2019 - The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is pleased to announce that Southern Nazarene University School of Education is one of only 13 providers from 9 states and Puerto Rico that is being recognized for their leadership and commitment to continuous improvement in the preparation of future P-12 educators. SNU’s School of Education is receiving the “Frank Murray Leadership Recognition for Continuous Improvement Aw...

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Bethany, Oklahoma – September 27, 2019 - The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is pleased to announce that Southern Nazarene University School of Education is one of only 13 providers from 9 states and Puerto Rico that is being recognized for their leadership and commitment to continuous improvement in the preparation of future P-12 educators. SNU’s School of Education is receiving the “Frank Murray Leadership Recognition for Continuous Improvement Aw...Woman standing in front of classroom, smilingBethany, Oklahoma – September 27, 2019 - The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is pleased to announce that Southern Nazarene University School of Education is one of only 13 providers from 9 states and Puerto Rico that is being recognized for their leadership and commitment to continuous improvement in the preparation of future P-12 educators. SNU’s School of Education is receiving the “Frank Murray Leadership Recognition for Continuous Improvement Award” for providing evidence and data trends at their recent CAEP accreditation visit to achieve national accreditation with no stipulations or no areas for improvement.

In achieving this specific recognition, SNU School of Education demonstrated strong evidence to meet each of the following 5 rigorous CAEP national standards for the preparation of P-12 educators:

  • Content and Pedagogical Knowledge
  • Clinical Partnerships and Practice
  • Candidate Quality, Recruitment and Selectivity
  • Program Impact
  • Provider Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement

CAEP Accredidation Logo“This first class to receive the Murray Recognition represent the diversity and innovation that comes with CAEP accreditation. Small, large, public, private, faith-based, and historically minority serving,” said CAEP President Chris Koch. “These recipients reflect the creativity that CAEP affords in achieving excellence, by meeting the standards in a variety of ways, for the diverse populations they serve.”

Currently, more than 800 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP Accreditation system, including many previously accredited through former standards. CAEP is the only educator preparation provider recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Southern Nazarene University School of Education was recognized for this achievement during the opening session at the CAEP national conference on September 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. The School of Education offers 7 undergraduate degree programs and 3 graduate degree programs.



Southern Nazarene University, founded in 1899, is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - an expression of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, SNU also maintains a center in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Honors Students Successfully Write $2,000 Grant for Council Grove Elementary Schoolhttp://snu.edu/honors-students-successfully-write-2000-grant-for-council-grove-elementary-schoolThu, 19 Sep 2019 05:00:00 GMTAdmin[Bethany, Oklahoma] – [9-19-19] – During the Fall 2018 semester, three SNU students—Katelyn Helwig, Jason Patalano, and Claire Tillis—applied for a literacy grant on behalf of Council Grove Elementary School.  The SNU Honors program is thrilled to announce that the grant has been funded.First-year Honors students engage in service learning throughout their freshman year coursework.  Every two weeks, they volunteer at Council Grove Elementary, a local Title I school.

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[Bethany, Oklahoma] – [9-19-19] – During the Fall 2018 semester, three SNU students—Katelyn Helwig, Jason Patalano, and Claire Tillis—applied for a literacy grant on behalf of Council Grove Elementary School.  The SNU Honors program is thrilled to announce that the grant has been funded.First-year Honors students engage in service learning throughout their freshman year coursework.  Every two weeks, they volunteer at Council Grove Elementary, a local Title I school. [Bethany, Oklahoma] – [9-19-19] – During the Fall 2018 semester, three SNU students—Katelyn Helwig, Jason Patalano, and Claire Tillis—applied for a literacy grant on behalf of Council Grove Elementary School.  The SNU Honors program is thrilled to announce that the grant has been funded.

First-year Honors students engage in service learning throughout their freshman year coursework.  Every two weeks, they volunteer at Council Grove Elementary, a local Title I school. Each SNU student mentors two CG students over the course of a year, helping the students with reading or math.  In the fall, as part of Honors Academic Writing, Honors students learn how to write grants, and then they apply for various grants on behalf of Council Grove.  Over the past six years of the grant project, Honors students have had fourteen of their grants funded, winning approximately $41,180.  Past grants have funded a reading garden on the school grounds, benches, an audio system for the cafeteria, and field trips.

The Dollar General Literacy Grant, totaling $2,000, will allow the librarian to purchase bilingual children's books as well as books in English featuring diverse children, adults, and authors for the Council Grove library.  Jason Patalano, one of the writers for this grant, discussed the importance of SNU’s participation in community schools like Council Grove, saying, “Many of these kids go to sleep without knowing where their next meal will come from, or whether or not a parent will return home.  And so if we, as a program, as an institution, or even as individuals, can help alleviate some of these kids burdens, it is imperative that we do so.”  Patalano stated that receiving this grant was “like God's approval stamp for what I want to do with my life and career.”  SNU’s Honors Program teaches students how to serve their neighbors in practical ways, benefitting both the students at Council Grove and Honors students alike.

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Oklahoma Representative Co-sponsors HR 1878http://snu.edu/oklahoma-representative-co-sponsors-hr-18781Fri, 09 Aug 2019 15:00:00 GMTAdminDr. Slothower and two MAASE students recently attended the CEC's Legislative Summit in DC, representing their OKCEC chapter. The trio met with all of the senators and representatives from Oklahoma during their stay and discussed the issue of special education, advocating for bill HR 1878 - IDEA Full Funding. Oklahomans need funding for special education, which Dr.

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Dr. Slothower and two MAASE students recently attended the CEC's Legislative Summit in DC, representing their OKCEC chapter. The trio met with all of the senators and representatives from Oklahoma during their stay and discussed the issue of special education, advocating for bill HR 1878 - IDEA Full Funding. Oklahomans need funding for special education, which Dr. Dr. Slothower and two MAASE students recently attended the CEC's Legislative Summit in DC, representing their OKCEC chapter. The trio met with all of the senators and representatives from Oklahoma during their stay and discussed the issue of special education, advocating for bill HR 1878 - IDEA Full Funding. 

Oklahomans need funding for special education, which Dr. Slothower and the students made clear in their meetings. Their hard work was fruitful, and Rep. Kendra Horn signed on as a co-sponsor of HR 1878 shortly after the Summit came to a close.

Rep. Horn is the first Oklahoman to support the bill, but we hope that others will follow her example. We would also like to thank those who represented our OKCEC chapter and congratulate them on their accomplishments.

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Oklahoma Representative Co-sponsors HR 1878http://snu.edu/oklahoma-representative-co-sponsors-hr-1878Fri, 09 Aug 2019 15:00:00 GMTVinod SamuelDr. Slothower and two MAASE students recently attended the CEC's Legislative Summit in DC, representing their OKCEC chapter. The trio met with all of the senators and representatives from Oklahoma during their stay and discussed the issue of special education, advocating for bill HR 1878 - IDEA Full Funding. Oklahomans need funding for special education, which Dr.

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Dr. Slothower and two MAASE students recently attended the CEC's Legislative Summit in DC, representing their OKCEC chapter. The trio met with all of the senators and representatives from Oklahoma during their stay and discussed the issue of special education, advocating for bill HR 1878 - IDEA Full Funding. Oklahomans need funding for special education, which Dr. Dr. Slothower and two MAASE students recently attended the CEC's Legislative Summit in DC, representing their OKCEC chapter. The trio met with all of the senators and representatives from Oklahoma during their stay and discussed the issue of special education, advocating for bill HR 1878 - IDEA Full Funding. 

Oklahomans need funding for special education, which Dr. Slothower and the students made clear in their meetings. Their hard work was fruitful, and Rep. Kendra Horn signed on as a co-sponsor of HR 1878 shortly after the Summit came to a close.

Rep. Horn is the first Oklahoman to support the bill, but we hope that others will follow her example. We would also like to thank those who represented our OKCEC chapter and congratulate them on their accomplishments.

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SNU Appoints New Associate Vice Presidenthttp://snu.edu/snu-appoints-new-associate-vice-presidentMon, 05 Aug 2019 05:00:00 GMTSarah RobertsBethany, Oklahoma – August 5, 2019 - SNU is pleased to announce Dr. Scott Marsee as the new Associate Vice President for Instructional Strategies. Dr.

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Bethany, Oklahoma – August 5, 2019 - SNU is pleased to announce Dr. Scott Marsee as the new Associate Vice President for Instructional Strategies. Dr. Bethany, Oklahoma – August 5, 2019 - SNU is pleased to announce Dr. Scott Marsee as the new Associate Vice President for Instructional Strategies. Dr. Marsee comes to SNU from Ohio Christian University (OCU), where he has served as the Dean of the College of Adult and Graduate Studies.

Scott began his work at OCU as a faculty member and had had a decade of progressive leadership in academics and instructional design. Scott is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene and served churches in Michigan and Ohio. He earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in business from Asbury University, a Master of Arts degree from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Education specializing in Instructional Design for Online Learning from Capella University. Scott and his wife Raeanne have two daughters. Megan is a freshman at Ohio Christian University and Kendra is in her junior year of high school.

When asked about how he feels in coming to SNU, Scott said, "I am excited about SNU because of the great reputation and clear calling to serve Christ and His Kingdom through education. The university has excellent programs and I am excited about the opportunity to work with members of the university community to expand the online learning offerings and explore new opportunities." For fun, Scott enjoys spending time outdoors and golf. He especially enjoys cheering on his daughters at high school golf matches. Dr. Marsee began his work with SNU in August 2019.



Southern Nazarene University, founded in 1899, is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - an expression of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, SNU also maintains a center in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Brant Appointed as Alumni Executive Directorhttp://snu.edu/brant-appointed-as-alumni-executive-directorMon, 08 Jul 2019 05:00:00 GMTAdminBethany, Oklahoma – July 8, 2019 – Brent LaVigne, Vice President of University Relations at Southern Nazarene University (SNU), announces the selection of Mr. Todd Brant as Executive Director of Alumni Relations. Brant, previously the Executive Director of University Relations, transitioned to his new area of service to SNU on July 1, 2019.No stranger to the SNU global community, Todd has faithfully and effectively served in the areas of Recruitment, Admissions and University Advancement at SNU ...

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Bethany, Oklahoma – July 8, 2019 – Brent LaVigne, Vice President of University Relations at Southern Nazarene University (SNU), announces the selection of Mr. Todd Brant as Executive Director of Alumni Relations. Brant, previously the Executive Director of University Relations, transitioned to his new area of service to SNU on July 1, 2019.No stranger to the SNU global community, Todd has faithfully and effectively served in the areas of Recruitment, Admissions and University Advancement at SNU ...Bethany, Oklahoma – July 8, 2019 – Brent LaVigne, Todd Brant, Executive Director of Alumni Relations.Vice President of University Relations at Southern Nazarene University (SNU), announces the selection of Mr. Todd Brant as Executive Director of Alumni Relations. Brant, previously the Executive Director of University Relations, transitioned to his new area of service to SNU on July 1, 2019.

No stranger to the SNU global community, Todd has faithfully and effectively served in the areas of Recruitment, Admissions and University Advancement at SNU over the last twenty-three plus years. Speaking to the Alumni Association Board members, LaVigne said, “I’m confident that God has led us to a leader who has the passion and context to work alongside the Board to strengthen our connection with the more than 32,000 SNU alumni around the world, and inspire them to actively support their alma mater.”

SNU President, Dr. Keith Newman, said of Todd, “When you think of a genuine ‘people person,’ you immediately think of Todd.” He continued, “It’s hard to imagine anyone more qualified or gifted for this new role, although his excellent work in University Relations and Planned Giving will be sorely missed.”

Brant earned the Bachelor of Arts in 1994 at SNU, majoring in Mass Communications, and followed with a Master of Arts degree in Communications in 1998, also at SNU. Todd was a pioneer in the student missions initiative, serving in Romania, and has been a mentor and friend to hundreds of students over the years. Todd and his wife, Julie, have three children: Grayson, Maddie and Landon.


Southern Nazarene University, founded in 1899, is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - an expression of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, SNU also maintains a center in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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PGS Appoints Two New Employeeshttp://snu.edu/pgs-appoints-two-new-employeesThu, 27 Jun 2019 05:00:00 GMTAdminUniversity Provost, Dr. Tim Eades and Vice Provost of PGS, Kristin Jasper are very pleased to announce the appointments of two new employees to SNU’s Professional and Graduate Studies. Johnna Vanover will serve as Vice Provost of PGS for Enrollment and Marketing and Carrie Hopkins will serve as the Director of Marketing for PGS.

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University Provost, Dr. Tim Eades and Vice Provost of PGS, Kristin Jasper are very pleased to announce the appointments of two new employees to SNU’s Professional and Graduate Studies. Johnna Vanover will serve as Vice Provost of PGS for Enrollment and Marketing and Carrie Hopkins will serve as the Director of Marketing for PGS. University Provost, Dr. Tim Eades and Vice Provost of PGS, Kristin Jasper are very pleased to announce the appointments of two new employees to SNU’s Professional and Graduate Studies. Johnna Vanover will serve as Vice Provost of PGS for Enrollment and Marketing and Carrie Hopkins will serve as the Director of Marketing for PGS. Dr. Eades states, “Both Johnna Vanover and Carrie Hopkins have a tremendous track record of growth with nontraditional student enrollment. They will join an outstanding PGS team and directly support our PGS expansion goals in the Strategic Plan. I’m excited to see this team work together to set the foundation for exponential growth in the online area.” PGS will now be structured with two Vice Provosts, both reporting to and working closely with the University Provost for all PGS goals.

Johnna VanoverJohnna Vanover has a love for leading enrollment growth and team building. She comes with over 8 years of experience in adult Christian Higher Education. Johnna earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Master of Organizational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University. 

Carrie HopkinsCarrie Hopkins is a Nashville based marketer with a passion for lead generation. She comes with eleven years of B2C marketing and 6 years in Christian Higher Education. She earned her bachelor’s degree from University of Tennessee and MBA from Trevecca Nazarene University. 

Johnna and Carrie will both begin their work at SNU on July 1, 2019.

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SNU Receives $1,500 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundationhttp://snu.edu/snu-sfc-receives-1500-grant-from-the-dollar-general-literacy-foundationMon, 03 Jun 2019 05:00:00 GMTAdmin[Bethany, Oklahoma] – [6-3-19] – This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Southern Nazarene University a $1,500 grant to support the SNU School for Children’s SOAR summer literacy reading camp. This local grant award is part of more than $8.3 million in grants awarded to more than 1,000 schools, nonprofits and organizations across communities that Dollar General serves. Camp SOAR for Summer Literacy serves children from kindergarten through third grade who are struggling wi...

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[Bethany, Oklahoma] – [6-3-19] – This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Southern Nazarene University a $1,500 grant to support the SNU School for Children’s SOAR summer literacy reading camp. This local grant award is part of more than $8.3 million in grants awarded to more than 1,000 schools, nonprofits and organizations across communities that Dollar General serves. Camp SOAR for Summer Literacy serves children from kindergarten through third grade who are struggling wi...[Bethany, Oklahoma] – [6-3-19] – This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Southern Nazarene University a $1,500 grant to support the SNU School for Children’s SOAR summer literacy reading camp. This local grant award is part of more than $8.3 million in grants awarded to more than 1,000 schools, nonprofits and organizations across communities that Dollar General serves. 

Camp SOAR for Summer Literacy serves children from kindergarten through third grade who are struggling with literacy challenges. All SFC teachers are certified and have grade-level experience in teaching reading and science literacy skills. "This grant will enable students to become much more confident readers by increasing their overall literacy skills," said Mrs. Gina McGarry, SOAR Camp Director. 

The 2019 Camp SOAR will meet week days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 17 through July 12 with a break for 4th of July. Students focus on reading and writing skills each morning and applied science and math reading afternoons. In a “kids reading to dogs” session, challenged readers pick a favorite book and are paired with service dog reading buddies. Additionally, participants will be assisted by online reading, spelling, and mathematics on iPads. 

“In keeping with Dollar General’s mission of Serving Others, we are excited to provide grants to support literacy and education initiatives in the communities we proudly call home,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “Each year, funds provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation make a real difference by providing the tools that students, adults and families need to pursue new opportunities and accomplish their goals. We believe these programs empower the communities we serve, and we are honored to play a role in their success.” To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, visit www.dgliteracy.org

The SNU School for Children (SFC) is a Child Development Laboratory School offering classroom instruction for Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade levels during the school year, plus month-long summer literacy and math/science camps. There are additional week-long camps during the summer on computer programming, woodworking, art, and music. During the school year, SFC offers students individualized one-on-one attention through a complete program of instruction with developmentally appropriate curricula focused on mastery learning and development. To learn more about the SNU School for Children, Camp SOAR, and other summer camps, please contact 405-491-6645. 

The SFC is fully accredited by the Oklahoma State Department of Education and NCATE (National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education). SFC is an extension of Southern Nazarene University (SNU) School of Education, which offers bachelor's through master's degrees preparing teachers for public and private school settings and is fully accredited through the Higher Learning Commission. 

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Southern Nazarene University Celebrates Its 116th Commencementhttp://snu.edu/snu-celebrates-its-116th-commencementMon, 13 May 2019 05:00:00 GMTAdminSouthern Nazarene University’s Spring Commencement took place on Saturday, May 11, 2019. SNU’s president, Dr. Keith Newman, presided over the events of the day, when over 480 degrees were conferred in two ceremonies held on the main campus in Bethany, Oklahoma.

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Southern Nazarene University’s Spring Commencement took place on Saturday, May 11, 2019. SNU’s president, Dr. Keith Newman, presided over the events of the day, when over 480 degrees were conferred in two ceremonies held on the main campus in Bethany, Oklahoma. Southern Nazarene University’s Spring Commencement took place on Saturday, May 11, 2019. SNU’s president, Dr. Keith Newman, presided over the events of the day, when over 480 degrees were conferred in two ceremonies held on the main campus in Bethany, Oklahoma. Special guests included Dr. Carla Sunberg, General Superintendent for the Church of the Nazarene, and Rev. Daniel A.K.L. Gomis, Africa Regional Director for the Church of the Nazarene, who gave the Commencement Address in both the morning ceremony for traditional programs and in the afternoon for professional and graduate studies programs.

Commencement May 2019Rev. Gomis gives leadership to the church’s largest Region, Africa, with over 750,000 members of the Church of the Nazarene and more than 1 million attending services on average. Having earned an undergraduate degree and teaching certificate in Senegal, Africa, he continued his education at Nazarene Theological Seminary (USA) where he earned the Masters of Divinity degree. Beyond the Church, Rev. Gomis works with international organizations to bring about humane and orderly migration of people in Africa.

After delivering an inspiring message that challenged the graduates to be authentic and relevant on their journey, Rev. Gomis was recognized by the Board of Trustees of SNU with the conferring of the Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree. Internationally known for his exemplary work for the Church of the Nazarene, Dr. Gomis’ passion in ministry is to see every nation in Africa transformed by Christ-like disciples, bringing peace, healing and restoration.

Prior to Commencement, traditional program graduates gathered for a Baccalaureate service on Friday, May 10, 2019. Dr. Blair Spindle, Dean of the Chapel and Campus Pastor, gave the Baccalaureate message. Highlights of the service included the presentation of the President’s Award to Sadie Shaull Crouch and Bradley Crouch for exemplary scholarship, service and leadership, as well as the inaugural presentation of the Ed & Eva Pope “Live Last” Servant Leader award, presented to Emma Rhodes Schulteis and Madison Mullins.

Following the Baccalaureate service, members of the Class of 2019 took part in the university’s longest standing tradition, the Ivy Ring ceremony - circling the Lamp of Learning on the campus mall as the unbroken chain of ivy was cut by faculty between each graduate, signifying that, although they depart physically, they take with them a part of the life and spirit of the university.

To watch the 116th Commencement at Southern Nazarene University, visit snulive.com and select “On Demand.”

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Thomason Selected as New Director of Intercollegiate Athleticshttp://snu.edu/thomason-selected-as-new-director-of-intercollegiate-athleticsWed, 24 Apr 2019 05:00:00 GMTAdminDanny Thomason has been named the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Southern Nazarene University. Thomason’s selection completes an extensive search to replace Bobby Martin who is retiring after 40 years at SNU. A 1993 SNU alum, Thomason has enjoyed an outstanding career in business, served tirelessly as a volunteer for a host of ministry and not for profit organizations, and been an ardent supporter of SNU Athletics.

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Danny Thomason has been named the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Southern Nazarene University. Thomason’s selection completes an extensive search to replace Bobby Martin who is retiring after 40 years at SNU. A 1993 SNU alum, Thomason has enjoyed an outstanding career in business, served tirelessly as a volunteer for a host of ministry and not for profit organizations, and been an ardent supporter of SNU Athletics. Danny Thomason - New Director of Intercollegiate AthleticsDanny Thomason has been named the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Southern Nazarene University. Thomason’s selection completes an extensive search to replace Bobby Martin who is retiring after 40 years at SNU. A 1993 SNU alum, Thomason has enjoyed an outstanding career in business, served tirelessly as a volunteer for a host of ministry and not for profit organizations, and been an ardent supporter of SNU Athletics. Though not originally an applicant for the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics position to replace Martin, Thomason responded to a request from SNU President Keith Newman to pray about the possibility of this assignment. After much prayer, additional conversations with Dr. Mike Redwine, SNU Executive Vice President, and the counsel of family and close confidantes, Thomason felt led to make application and was selected to serve in this important leadership role at SNU.

Dr. Newman stated, “We had many well-qualified applicants for this position, but we knew that we needed an exceptional individual to follow Bobby Martin. Anyone who knows Danny Thomason is fully aware that he is a servant-leader with a passion for excellence and a commitment to discipleship. We are deeply grateful for Danny’s willingness to leave his corporate assignment where he has achieved so much success, step into the world of higher education and embrace this new leadership challenge. We believe he is well-equipped to lead the Crimson Storm Athletic program in SNU’s mission of making Christlike disciples through higher education.”

Mr. Thomason first came to SNU from Marshall, TX, after attending a youth camp where God changed his higher education plans. He will tell you that it is one of the best decisions he ever made because it led to so many other blessings. While at SNU he excelled in the School of Business, where he was a vital member of the Business Gaming Team, Cardinal Key National Honor Society, Mortar Board National Honor Society, and Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management/Marketing.

Post graduation he joined the management team at The Federal Reserve Bank of Oklahoma City and served in various roles for a period of five years. From 1998 to present he has served as Executive Customer Representative with Merck Pharmaceutical. During his tenure at Merck he has been awarded the Vice President’s Award four times as well as being voted Most Valuable Peer (MVP) award and the Oklahoma District Most Inspirational Award. He was also inducted in the Merck Hall of Fame.

Danny is an active member of Bethany First Church of the Nazarene where he serves in many volunteer roles as Board member, Senior High Sunday School teacher and BFC Youth Sponsor. He also serves on the Oklahoma District Sunday School and Discipleship Ministries Board for the Oklahoma District Church of the Nazarene. SNU has benefitted from his volunteer experience over the years as he has served on the Alumni Board, EXCEL auction committee, SNU Invitational Golf Tournament Committee, Storm Chasers President and the SNU Foundation Board. Additionally, Danny has served on the SNU Athletic Advisory Council for 6 years and served on several head coach search committees at SNU.

When asked about this new assignment Danny stated, “When I first came to Bethany as a 16 year old to play SNU Extravaganza basketball, I could have never dreamed I would be back over 30 years later to help lead the Athletic Department! God’s plans are often unexpected & exhilarating at the same time!”

Danny and wife Deanna (SNU Class of 1994), have been married for 26 years. They have three sons, Jacob (junior at SNU), Ethan (freshman at SNU) and Graham (high school freshman). They frequently open their home to SNU students and enjoy investing in their lives. Danny is a sought after speaker at camps and retreats as he shares his passion and love for Christ.

Mr. Thomason will begin his new role effective July 1, 2019.

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SNU Appoints Dr. Tim Eades as Provosthttp://snu.edu/snu-appoints-dr-tim-eades-as-provostThu, 04 Apr 2019 20:45:00 GMTColleen BrownDr. Tim Eades comes to us from Trevecca Nazarene University (TNU) where he has served as Associate Provost and Executive Vice President of Graduate and Continuing Studies since 2014. His oversight included over 60 full-time faculty and staff and nearly 100 adjunct faculty.

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Dr. Tim Eades comes to us from Trevecca Nazarene University (TNU) where he has served as Associate Provost and Executive Vice President of Graduate and Continuing Studies since 2014. His oversight included over 60 full-time faculty and staff and nearly 100 adjunct faculty. Dr. Tim Eades comes to us from Trevecca Nazarene University (TNU) where he has served as Associate Provost and Executive Vice President of Graduate and Continuing Studies since 2014. His oversight included over 60 full-time faculty and staff and nearly 100 adjunct faculty. Under his five years of leadership with TNU, the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies was formed and nontraditional enrollment expanded from 1,394 in FA14 to 2,464 in FA18 with the development and revision of dozens of academic degree offerings with a specific emphasis related to online education. Online student enrollments grew from 165 to over 1,300 students in fully online degree programs ranging from the associate to doctoral level.

Dr. Tim Eades, SNU Provost effective June 2019Prior to his years at Trevecca, Dr. Eades served from 2010-2014 as the Assistant Provost and Vice President for Nontraditional Education and Development at Ohio Christian University (OCU). OCU’s nontraditional enrollment grew from 790 to 3,200 students during his tenure. From 1994 to 1996, Eades was the Assistant Director of Student Recruitment at Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) before returning to a ministry position and later working as a financial advisor. He returned to MVNU in 2003 and served in three positions: Director of Admissions and Student Recruitment, Executive Director of Enrollment Services and Marketing, and Associate Vice President for Adult and Graduate Studies.

Dr. Eades is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. He earned a Bachelor’s in Religion from Trevecca, a Master of Ministry from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and an EdD in Ethical Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University. Over the past decade, he has served as a consultant for three small firms devoted to Christian higher education. He was the speaker for Trevecca’s 2016 commencement and has spoken at conferences with the CBFA, CCCU, HLC, ABHE, and CAHEA. Eades teaching interests include courses in leadership, organizational change, ministry, and marketing.

Dr. Tim Eades is married to Dr. Kimberly Eades. Their daughter Grace is a freshman film studies major at Trevecca, while daughters Devin and Alison and granddaughter Jada all live in the Dayton, Ohio area.

Dr. Keith Newman, President of SNU stated, “The selection of Dr. Tim Eades as Provost at SNU represents a strategic commitment to our present and our future.  His experience and expertise as an innovative administrative and academic leader in Christian higher education over the last 20 years will prove to be invaluable.  I believe he is uniquely prepared for this season in SNU's history and I am excited for he and his wife, Dr. Kimberly Eades, to join the SNU community.”

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Theology & Ministry Students off to Oxfordhttp://snu.edu/theology-ministry-students-off-to-oxfordWed, 03 Apr 2019 05:00:00 GMTWeb AdminCasey Miller & Dray Murray, juniors in The School of Theology and Ministry, will be on scholarship with stipend at Oxford University in May and June of 2019.In an eighth consecutive year, students with an emphasis in Bible, have been awarded scholarship to Oxford. Left to right: Dr. Marty Michelson, Dray Murray, Dr Jim Fitzgerald and Casey MillerBoth Murray and Miller are from Farmington, New Mexico and both have been students in Dr. Marty Alan Michelson’s Biblical Hebrew course, learni...

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Casey Miller & Dray Murray, juniors in The School of Theology and Ministry, will be on scholarship with stipend at Oxford University in May and June of 2019.In an eighth consecutive year, students with an emphasis in Bible, have been awarded scholarship to Oxford. Left to right: Dr. Marty Michelson, Dray Murray, Dr Jim Fitzgerald and Casey MillerBoth Murray and Miller are from Farmington, New Mexico and both have been students in Dr. Marty Alan Michelson’s Biblical Hebrew course, learni...Casey Miller & Dray Murray, juniors in The School of Theology and Ministry, will be on scholarship with stipend at Oxford University in May and June of 2019.

In an eighth consecutive year, students with an emphasis in Bible, have been awarded scholarship to Oxford. 

Left to right: Marty Michelson, Dray Murray, Dr Fitzgerald and Casey Miller Left to right: Dr. Marty Michelson, Dray Murray, Dr Jim Fitzgerald and Casey Miller

Both Murray and Miller are from Farmington, New Mexico and both have been students in Dr. Marty Alan Michelson’s Biblical Hebrew course, learning to read the Bible in the original language.   In addition to their work learning the basics of grammar and vocabulary in order to be able to translate and discern the complexity of the Bible, Murray & Miller have worked with Michelson on ancient original texts more than 1000 years old, translating and discerning ancient commentaries on Biblical passages.

President Keith Newman congratulated Miller and Murray: “I love it when I hear our students are chosen for exciting, life-changing academic experiences like the Logos@Oxford University program.  It’s especially impressive that two of our Juniors have been selected for this coveted opportunity and we’re so proud of Casey and Dray.  I know they, and Dr. Michelson, will represent us well!”

Murray, Miller and Michelson have access to the ancient texts via SNU’s collaborative connection with the Museum of the Bible and the Green Collection, the world’s largest privately held collection of Biblical artifacts and antiquities in the world.  While the Museum of the Bible is in Washington D.C. for open exhibition, Murray, Miller and other students working with Dr. Michelson have access to the collection with special digitized access and local access as the collection is primarily housed in Oklahoma City.

As two of approximately 40 university students chosen for Logos at Oxford from applicants in an international pool of candidates, Miller and Murray the School of Theology and Ministry Department Chair, Jim Fitzgerald said:“We are delighted to hear the news that Casey Miller and Dray Murray have both been selected for the Oxford summer  program in conjunction with the Scholars Initiative of the Museum of the Bible.  We are proud of their academic achievements, and honored that they have been recognized through this selection process.  Kudos to them and to Dr. Marty Michelson for the climate of scholarship that he fosters in SNU’s School of Theology and Ministry.  We are grateful for the vision of the Green family and the Museum of the Bible that seeks to prepare the next generation of biblical scholars, and for their generous support to make such opportunities possible.  

Miller and Murray will receive cash stipends in addition to their full-scholarship for travel, meals, lodging and enrolled curricular programs at the University of Oxford.

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Army to host women's achievement panel at SNUhttp://snu.edu/army-to-host-womens-achievement-panel-at-snuFri, 08 Mar 2019 06:00:00 GMTAdminBethany, OK - The Oklahoma City U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion will host a women’s achievement panel at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 8th in Herrick Auditorium on the campus of Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39 Expressway, Bethany OK.

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Bethany, OK - The Oklahoma City U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion will host a women’s achievement panel at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 8th in Herrick Auditorium on the campus of Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39 Expressway, Bethany OK. Bethany, OK - The Oklahoma City U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion will host a women’s achievement panel at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 8th in Herrick Auditorium on the campus of Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39 Expressway, Bethany OK. The program will coincide with International Women’s Achievement Day to celebrate the contributions of women to leadership in education, justice, health and the military.

The Oklahoma City Women’s Achievement Panel will highlight the contributions of women to leadership across several fields – education, justice, health, and the military. The event occurs on March 8th, 2019 in order to recognize International Women’s Achievement Day.

The keynote speaker, LTG Laura J. Richardson, The first female commanding general of the US Army forces command (the largest military command in the country), will be followed by a panel of selected female senior leaders from across the community.  That panel consists of the following individuals:

  • Judge Barbara Swinton, OK Court of Appeals
  • Colonel Lisa Bartel, Brigade Commander
  • Dr. Jeanette Mendez, OSU Dean Arts and Sciences
  • Avilla Williams, President of Integris Edmond.
  • First Sergeant Danielle Balson of the Tusla, Oklahoma Recruiting Company

The audience is high school juniors and seniors, college students, and young professionals. Max attendance is 900 for speech and panel, and 400 for breakout sessions in an informal luncheon following the event.

High school and college students can reserve the Breakout Session tickets, (which follows the panel discussion and Q&A) and will participate with panel members and other area leaders in small breakout sessions during the luncheon, gaining a valuable opportunity to learn from successful women in multiple fields.

To register, students should visit:  www.universe.com/okcwomenspanel2019

Tickets are free. 

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SNU Hosts 2019 Texas/Oklahoma Regional Undergraduate Symposiumhttp://snu.edu/snu-hosts-2019-texas-oklahoma-regional-undergraduate-symposiumThu, 07 Mar 2019 06:00:00 GMTAdminBethany, OK - The 13th Annual Texas/Oklahoma Regional Undergraduate Symposium (TORUS) was held Saturday, February 23, 2019 on the campus of Southern Nazarene University (SNU) in Bethany, OK.  Rotating yearly between member universities, the conference provides undergraduate research presentation, learning, and networking opportunities for undergraduate mathematics majors and their faculty.Supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF-16-550), the conference was co-hosted by the Math Dep...

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Bethany, OK - The 13th Annual Texas/Oklahoma Regional Undergraduate Symposium (TORUS) was held Saturday, February 23, 2019 on the campus of Southern Nazarene University (SNU) in Bethany, OK.  Rotating yearly between member universities, the conference provides undergraduate research presentation, learning, and networking opportunities for undergraduate mathematics majors and their faculty.Supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF-16-550), the conference was co-hosted by the Math Dep...Bethany, OK - The 13th Annual Texas/Oklahoma Regional Undergraduate Symposium (TORUS) was held Saturday, February 23, 2019 on the campus of Southern Nazarene University (SNU) in Bethany, OK.  Rotating yearly between member universities, the conference provides undergraduate research presentation, learning, and networking opportunities for undergraduate mathematics majors and their faculty.

Supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF-16-550), the conference was co-hosted by the Math Departments of Abilene Christian University, Cameron University, East Central University, Midwestern State University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, University of Central Oklahoma and SNU. Over 75 people attended this year’s conference, including students and faculty from universities in Oklahoma and Texas..

“It was thrilling to see a large contingent of math students and faculty from the Oklahoma/Texas region come to campus for the annual TORUS conference to collaborate and learn together as well as celebrate the beauty and intrigue of mathematics,” remarked Dr. Mark Winslow, SNU Dean of the College of Natural, Social, and Health Sciences.  

Dr. Kristi Karber, University of Central Oklahoma, opened the conference with her keynote address on Priming Our Minds With Primes to Keep Us in Our Prime, an exploration of how prime numbers have emerged in the world around us. Mr. Charles Armstrong, NASA/Johnson Space Center (retired), presented the second keynote address, A Brief Sampling of the Use of Mathematics in the Exploration of Space, touching on a few ways mathematics is used in our exploration of space.

Activities for the conference included a by-invitation opportunity for undergraduate students to present the results of their math research projects, and a career panel featuring four speakers from various corporations talking about careers available to math majors. Among the presenters at this year’s student talks was SNU student Joshua Crouch, presenting the results of his 2018 summer research at Penn State University. 

“The most important benefit of these undergraduate conferences is the experience our students have in presenting a paper,” said Laura Jergensen, SNU mathematics instructor. “The process of doing research, articulating their findings, and then speaking to a group while being prepared to answer questions that arise is invaluable.”

Other activities at TORUS included a Math Jeopardy competition.  The SNU team and a team from Tarleton State University shared first place in this competition. Students Joshua Crouch and Aaron Couch were part of the winning SNU team, named SNUton's Laws of Motion.

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VET Center Sponsors the OKC Women's Achievement Panelhttp://snu.edu/okc-womens-achievement-panelMon, 04 Mar 2019 06:00:00 GMTAdminThe VET Center is sponsoring the OKC Women's Achievement Panel on SNU Campus. The event occurs on March 8th, 2019 in order to recognize International Women’s Achievement Day, and will beheld in SNU's Herrick auditorium. The Oklahoma City Women’s Achievement Panel will highlight the contributions of women to leadership across several fields –education, justice, health, and the military. The keynote speaker, LTG Laura J.

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The VET Center is sponsoring the OKC Women's Achievement Panel on SNU Campus. The event occurs on March 8th, 2019 in order to recognize International Women’s Achievement Day, and will beheld in SNU's Herrick auditorium. The Oklahoma City Women’s Achievement Panel will highlight the contributions of women to leadership across several fields –education, justice, health, and the military. The keynote speaker, LTG Laura J. The VET Center is sponsoring the OKC Women's Achievement Panel on SNU Campus. The event occurs on March 8th, 2019 in order to recognize International Women’s Achievement Day, and will beheld in SNU's Herrick auditorium.

The Oklahoma City Women’s Achievement Panel will highlight the contributions of women to leadership across several fields –education, justice, health, and the military. 

The keynote speaker, LTG Laura J. Richardson, The first female commanding general of the US Army forces command (the largest military command in the country), will be followed by a panel of selected female senior leaders from across the community. That panel consists of the following individuals:

Judge Barbara Swinton, OK Court of Appeals
Colonel Lisa Bartel, Brigade Commander
Dr. Jeanette Mendez, OSU Dean Arts and Sciences
Avilla Williams, President of Integris Edmond.
First Sergeant Danielle Balson of the Tulsa, Oklahoma Recruiting Company

The audience is high school juniors and seniors, college students, and young professionals. Max attendance is 900 for speech and panel, and 400 for breakout sessions in an informal luncheon following the event.

High school and college students can reserve the Breakout Session tickets, (which follows the panel discussion and Q&A) and will participate with panel members and other area leaders in small breakout sessions during the luncheon, gaining a valuable opportunity to learn from successful women in multiple fields.

To register, students should visit:  universe.com/okcwomenspanel2019 

Tickets are free, but you must register. We are expecting to be at seating capacity.

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Griffitts Receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Awardhttp://snu.edu/griffitts-receives-fulbright-us-scholar-awardFri, 15 Feb 2019 06:00:00 GMTAdminBethany, Ok - Dr. Jeff Griffitts Receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Hungary for Teaching and Research in Environmental HealthThe U.S.

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Bethany, Ok - Dr. Jeff Griffitts Receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Hungary for Teaching and Research in Environmental HealthThe U.S. Bethany, Ok - Dr. Jeff Griffitts Receives Griffitts Receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar AwardFulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Hungary for Teaching and Research in Environmental Health

The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board are pleased to announce that Dr. Jeff Griffitts of Southern Nazarene University has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Hungary in Environmental Health. Dr. Griffitts will conduct research and lecture at Szent István University.

Dr. Griffitts is one of over 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and/or provide expertise abroad for the 2019-2020 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbrighters address critical global needs in all disciplines, while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 59 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State, please visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright or contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Press Office by telephone 202-632-6452 or e-mail ECA-Press@state.gov.

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The Life of Wanda Rhodes Exhibithttp://snu.edu/wanda-rhodes-exhibitThu, 07 Feb 2019 06:00:00 GMTAdminBethany, Oklahoma –The Fred Floyd Archives in the SNU Library on the campus of Southern Nazarene University (SNU) will unveil an exhibit dedicated to the career and impact that Wanda Rhodes had on athletics at Southern Nazarene University on February 9, 2019. The exhibit will run through April 19, 2019. In honor of Dr.

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Bethany, Oklahoma –The Fred Floyd Archives in the SNU Library on the campus of Southern Nazarene University (SNU) will unveil an exhibit dedicated to the career and impact that Wanda Rhodes had on athletics at Southern Nazarene University on February 9, 2019. The exhibit will run through April 19, 2019. In honor of Dr.
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Bethany, Oklahoma –The Fred Floyd Archives in the SNU Library on the campus of Southern Nazarene University (SNU) will unveil an exhibit dedicated to the career and impact that Wanda Rhodes had on athletics at Southern Nazarene University on February 9, 2019. The exhibit will run through April 19, 2019. In honor of Dr. Rhodes’ 89th birthday, the archives will be hosting an Exhibit Opening celebration in the library from 10:00 to 5:00.

On February. 9, 1930 Wanda Rhodes was born in Hart, Texas. At the age of twelve she visited the campus of Bethany Peniel College (BPC), which we know today as Southern Nazarene University where she eventually attended. She would graduate from BPC in 1952 with her undergraduate in Home Economics. After her time coaching at Northwest Nazarene College and obtaining her Masters in Home Economics she would go on to receive her Doctorate in Physical Education from Indiana University in 1962.

1952 ArrowAs a professor in the Physical Education department at SNU and as Dean of Women her goal was to broaden the course offerings within the Department as well as develop a sports program for women. During her time at the school, she added classes in swimming, lifesaving, scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, backpacking, bowling, golf and bicycling to the Physical Education Program. She also began collegiate athletic teams in field hockey, archery, badminton, women's basketball, softball, women's volleyball and men's and women's tennis. She retired in 1994 after a successful, accomplished and impactful career but remained involved with SNU athletics into 2000.

We at the Fred Floyd Archives not only want to celebrate Wanda Rhodes and her achievement at SNU but all women in their role to further acceptance in athletics. February 6th is the National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebrating the extraordinary achievements of women and girls in sports.

The Fred Floyd Archives, located on the first floor of the Library on the campus of Southern Nazarene University, seeks to inspire an appreciation of the past and a vision for the future by providing access to their collection of documents and artifacts celebrating the legacy of Southern Nazarene University.

If you would like further information regarding this exhibit or about other SNU’s archives, you may contact Julie Lyles, Director of the Fred Floyd Archives at jlyles@snu.edu, or call (405) 789-6400 ext. 6467

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Honors Students Successfully Write $700 Grant for Council Grove Elementary Schoolhttp://snu.edu/honors-students-successfully-write-700-grant-for-council-grove-elementary-schoolWed, 12 Dec 2018 06:00:00 GMTColleen BrownDuring the Fall 2018 semester, three SNU students—Megan Wortmann, Esther Vineyard, and Sam Carroll—applied for a Target Field Trip grant on behalf of Council Grove Elementary School. The SNU Honors program is thrilled to announce that the grant has been funded. First-year Honors students engage in service learning throughout their freshman year coursework. Every two weeks, they volunteer at Council Grove Elementary, a local Title I school.

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During the Fall 2018 semester, three SNU students—Megan Wortmann, Esther Vineyard, and Sam Carroll—applied for a Target Field Trip grant on behalf of Council Grove Elementary School. The SNU Honors program is thrilled to announce that the grant has been funded. First-year Honors students engage in service learning throughout their freshman year coursework. Every two weeks, they volunteer at Council Grove Elementary, a local Title I school. During the Fall 2018 semester, three SNU students—Megan Wortmann, Esther Vineyard, and Sam Carroll—applied for a Target Field Trip grant on behalf of Council Grove Elementary School. The SNU Honors program is thrilled to announce that the grant has been funded. 

First-year Honors students engage in service learning throughout their freshman year coursework. Every two weeks, they volunteer at Council Grove Elementary, a local Title I school. Pairs of SNU students mentor pairs of CG students over the course of a year, helping the students with reading or math. In the fall, as part of the Honors Academic Writing class, Honors students learn how to write grants and apply for various ones on behalf of Council Grove. Over the past five years of the grant writing project, this is the twelfth grant Honors students have had funded, winning approximately $34,500 for CG. Past grants have funded a reading garden on the school grounds, benches, books for the children and the library, and an audio system.  

The Target Field Trip Grant, totaling $700, will allow Council Grove kindergarteners to attend a field trip to SNU, touring the campus and participating in the college lifestyle for a day. As many of these students do not have examples of family members with college degrees, the goal of this field trip is to expose these kindergartners to the possibility and accessibility of college at a young age. When commenting on the purpose of the grant, Wortmann stated, “We wrote this grant for Council Grove students to be able to get the opportunity to come to SNU and learn about college, something that otherwise they may have never known of. This field trip will hopefully place and create the idea in their minds that college is a future option for them if they choose it.” Each year, Honors students participate in this opportunity to grow as students and as stewards of their community. By working in the community, students are providing hope and empowering their neighbors, Carroll explaining, “‘You can be anything in the world, in God we trust’ - Nas. My teacher in 6th grade played ‘I Can’ for the class all the time, and I thought it would be important that other kids hear that message too.” 

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Winter Commencement Held at Southern Nazarene Universityhttp://snu.edu/winter-commencement-held-at-snuSat, 08 Dec 2018 06:00:00 GMTAdminSouthern Nazarene University conferred over 300 undergraduate and graduate degrees at its Winter Commencement on Saturday, December 8, 2018. Dr. Keith Newman, president, welcomed the large crowd that gathered in the Sawyer Center on the campus in Bethany, Oklahoma, and presided over the ceremony and granting of the degrees.The Commencement Address was given by Mr.

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Southern Nazarene University conferred over 300 undergraduate and graduate degrees at its Winter Commencement on Saturday, December 8, 2018. Dr. Keith Newman, president, welcomed the large crowd that gathered in the Sawyer Center on the campus in Bethany, Oklahoma, and presided over the ceremony and granting of the degrees.The Commencement Address was given by Mr. Southern Nazarene University conferred over 300 undergraduate and graduate degrees at its Winter Commencement on Saturday, December 8, 2018. Dr. Keith Newman, president, welcomed the large crowd that gathered in the Sawyer Center on the campus in Bethany, Oklahoma, and presided over the ceremony and granting of the degrees.

The Commencement Address was given by Mr. Mark Martinez (’90) (MHR 24). Mark is a member of the SNU Alumni Board and a General Manager for Johnson Controls, Inc. for the Western U.S. He is also the co-founder of Apex Dash, a ministry helping men understand their God-given purpose in order to reach their Apex in all aspects of their life. With a baseball-themed message, he challenged the graduates to believe their goals can be achieved if they strive for a ‘grand slam’ with intentionality, awareness of others and remembering that God is preparing them for their next ‘at bat’. As a reminder of the day, graduates were gifted a baseball by the SNU Alumni Association to write on - defining their goals to reach their potential and fulfill their God-given purpose.

A highlight of the Commencement ceremony was the conferring of the Doctor of Divinity degree to Rev. Chuck Fountain, Superintendent of the Louisiana District, Church of the Nazarene. Dr. Fountain’s more than thirty-five years of pastoral ministry has been a reflection of his passion for multi-cultural evangelism and church growth. He earned his undergraduate degree at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN, and a master’s degree at Huntington University in Indiana.

Several of those participating in the Commencement program were parents of graduates, including Prof. Stephane Shellenberger, a 34-year member of the faculty, who was honored as Academic Mace Bearer by a vote of her peers, for dedicated and exemplary service to SNU. Shellenberger’s son, Matt, received a Master of Arts degree. Offering the opening prayer was Mrs. Karla Starkey of Wichita, Kansas, and mother of SNU Men’s Basketball standout and graduate degree recipient, Jared Starkey. Prof. Dave O’Bannon, an alumnus and current School of Business instructor, gave the benediction. His son, Jake, was among those receiving master’s degrees.

In his closing remarks, Dr. Newman congratulated the graduates and, on behalf of the approximately 39,000 alumni serving around the world, welcomed them to the SNU Alumni Association. He gave the graduates an opportunity to stand and cheer for their family and friends, to thank them for the encouragement and support they provided to help them achieve this milestone in their life.

Dr. Newman concluded by saying, “We are looking forward to a lifelong relationship with many more times together, as we celebrate your successes and serve as a resource to you in the years to come. We pray God’s blessings on all your future endeavors.”

You can view the 2018 Winter Commencement at www.snulive.com and click ‘On Demand’.

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Southern Nazarene University Receives Approval for First Doctoral Degreehttp://snu.edu/southern-nazarene-university-receives-approval-for-first-doctoral-degreeFri, 07 Dec 2018 06:00:00 GMTkstelting@snu.eduKelsie SteltingLEARN MORE ABOUT OUR NEW DOCTORAL PROGRAM TODAY BETHANY, OK – Southern Nazarene University received approval from the Higher Learning Commission Friday afternoon to offer the first doctoral program at the university.The Doctor of Education in Administration and Leadership program, lasting 32 months, has a dissertation embedded into the curriculum. Upon completion, graduates will be prepared to reach higher leadership positions both in education and in other industries.“SNU's...

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LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR NEW DOCTORAL PROGRAM TODAY BETHANY, OK – Southern Nazarene University received approval from the Higher Learning Commission Friday afternoon to offer the first doctoral program at the university.The Doctor of Education in Administration and Leadership program, lasting 32 months, has a dissertation embedded into the curriculum. Upon completion, graduates will be prepared to reach higher leadership positions both in education and in other industries.“SNU's...
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR NEW DOCTORAL PROGRAM TODAY

BETHANY, OK – Southern Nazarene University received approval from the Higher Learning Commission Friday afternoon to offer the first doctoral program at the university.

Southern Nazarene University Receives Approval for First Doctoral AgreeThe Doctor of Education in Administration and Leadership program, lasting 32 months, has a dissertation embedded into the curriculum. Upon completion, graduates will be prepared to reach higher leadership positions both in education and in other industries.

“SNU's reputation as a premier provider of education for educators has once again been affirmed,” said SNU president Keith Newman. “The HLC’s approval of our new program allows SNU to build upon a strength that has been developed over many years. We look forward to the continued preparation of servant leaders who will influence and impact our culture for good.”

The program is set to start with its first cohort March 2019 at SNU’s Bethany campus with future cohorts in Tulsa and online. However, Stephoni Case, SNU professor and director of the Educational Leadership and Administration program, said the process to design the new degree program began well over a year ago based on student interest.

“Over the years, we have had hundreds of requests for a doctorate program, particularly in education and leadership,” Case said. “A team of SNU faculty worked to create a strategic plan for a sustainable doctoral program that would last for years to come.”

Case went on to say, “This is now a reality and we are very excited. It’s an incredible terminal degree.”

For more information about SNU or the doctoral program, contact Patti Milford 405-491-6346 or visit pgs.snu.edu.

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Hall of Witnesses Induction Date Sethttp://snu.edu/hall-of-witnesses-induction-date-setFri, 07 Dec 2018 06:00:00 GMTAdminSouthern Nazarene University is pleased to announce that February 19, 2019, has been selected as the date for the next Hall of Witnesses Induction Ceremony. Since its establishment in 2008, there have been more than 150 individuals or couples inducted into SNU’s Hall of Witnesses.  Located in the Ludwig Religion Building on SNU’s campus, this hallowed Hall stands to honor those elders and laity who have invested their lives in Christian service as well as builds endowed resources for educat...

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Southern Nazarene University is pleased to announce that February 19, 2019, has been selected as the date for the next Hall of Witnesses Induction Ceremony. Since its establishment in 2008, there have been more than 150 individuals or couples inducted into SNU’s Hall of Witnesses.  Located in the Ludwig Religion Building on SNU’s campus, this hallowed Hall stands to honor those elders and laity who have invested their lives in Christian service as well as builds endowed resources for educat...Southern Nazarene University is pleased to announce that February 19, 2019, has been selected as the date for the next Hall of Witnesses Induction Ceremony. Since its establishment in 2008, there have been more than 150 individuals or couples inducted into SNU’s Hall of Witnesses.  Located in the Ludwig Religion Building on SNU’s campus, this hallowed Hall stands to honor those elders and laity who have invested their lives in Christian service as well as builds endowed resources for educating and supporting future generations of Christian servants.


 Brent LaVigne, Vice President for University Relations at SNU,  says, “The Hall of Witnesses and the induction ceremony honors those who have served Christ and reminds our community of those who are exemplars of Christian service.”

Though the date has been set for the induction there is still time to make nominations for this year’s class of inductees. Any individual or couple who has given of themselves in Christian service for a minimum of 10 years qualifies, including Pastors, Associates, Missionaries, Chaplains, Evangelists, Lay leaders, Christian educators and University leaders & employees.

Nominations for the current Class of Inductees into the Hall of Witnesses are now being accepted.  You can print the brochure and mail it to the Office of University Relations address below or use our online nomination form.  Deadline for nominations will be January 11, 2019.

 For more information you can go to https://bridge.snu.edu/hall-of-witnesses or contact:

The Office of University Relations, 6729 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany OK 73008
Phone: 405.491.6311 | Email: vbell@snu.edu

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SNU Educator Preparation Programhttp://snu.edu/snu-educator-preparation-programThu, 29 Nov 2018 06:00:00 GMTAdminSouthern Nazarene University's School of Education is pleased to announce that the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) has granted the SNU Educator Preparation Program continuing FULL National Accreditation.  This decision is the result of SNU School of Education's Accreditation Site Visit in April 2018, and the CAEP National Accreditation Board's vote on October 22, 2018.  The School of Education is grateful for this distinction with NO areas for i...

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Southern Nazarene University's School of Education is pleased to announce that the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) has granted the SNU Educator Preparation Program continuing FULL National Accreditation.  This decision is the result of SNU School of Education's Accreditation Site Visit in April 2018, and the CAEP National Accreditation Board's vote on October 22, 2018.  The School of Education is grateful for this distinction with NO areas for i...Southern Nazarene University's School of Education is pleased to announce that the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) has granted the SNU Educator Preparation Program continuing FULL National Accreditation.  This decision is the result of SNU School of Education's Accreditation Site Visit in April 2018, and the CAEP National Accreditation Board's vote on October 22, 2018.  The School of Education is grateful for this distinction with NO areas for improvement or deficiencies cited, and for national CAEP recognition that is valid for the next seven years.  Dr. Tim Taylor, School of Education Chair, wishes to express deep appreciation for the School of Education's faculty, staff and students, for the numerous partners and shareholders in area P-12 schools, and for members of the campus community who continue to encourage, support and invest in SNU's Educator Preparation Program.

SNU Educator Preparation Program continuing FULL National Accreditation

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Oklahoma Space Grant Project Receives National Awardhttp://snu.edu/oklahoma-space-grant-projectWed, 28 Nov 2018 06:00:00 GMTAdminBethany, Oklahoma - Southern Nazarene University is pleased to announce that two SNU students were awarded second place in the student poster competition at the national meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Vancouver, BC from November 11-14. The Entomological Society of America President’s Prize award consists of a certificate of recognition and an annual membership in the Entomological Society of America.Jackson Winslow (far right) and Phillip Davis (left), al...

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Bethany, Oklahoma - Southern Nazarene University is pleased to announce that two SNU students were awarded second place in the student poster competition at the national meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Vancouver, BC from November 11-14. The Entomological Society of America President’s Prize award consists of a certificate of recognition and an annual membership in the Entomological Society of America.Jackson Winslow (far right) and Phillip Davis (left), al...Bethany, Oklahoma - Southern Nazarene University is pleased to announce that two SNU students were awarded second place in the student poster competition at the national meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Vancouver, BC from November 11-14. 

The Entomological Society of America President’s Prize award consists of a certificate of recognition and an annual membership in the Entomological Society of America.

Jackson Winslow (far right) and Phillip Davis (left), along with faculty mentor Dr. David Hoekman (center), created the poster, entitled Effect of introduced trout on stream macroinvertebrate communities in a tropical montane river system, based on the outcomes of their SNU Summer Research Experience project at QERC in summer 2018. Their research focused on the role of introduced trout in the Savegre River and its tributaries near QERC and is the culmination of several student projects. This past summer they built and deployed fish-exclusion cages and measured the response of the stream-dwelling invertebrates.

The project was conducted at SNU’s Quetzal Education Research Center (QERC) located in San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica. “QERC is an amazing place to do research with students,” said Dr. Hoekman. “We’re thankful to the Oklahoma Space Grant and SNU Catalysts for their financial support of this opportunity.”

“Our project also paved the path for future follow-up projects that can help both QERC participants and locals discover more about the unique habitat of San Gerardo de Dota in Costa Rica. The research was a life-changing experience for me,” explained Jackson Winslow.

Jackson and Phillip's research was sponsored by the Oklahoma NASA Space Grant Consortium (OSGC) and the SNU Catalysts. The SRE helps promote STEM careers by training students in how to conduct scientific research which can lead to applications for graduate school.

The OSGC is a partnership of Oklahoma universities, corporate, and government entities that provide STEM and other aeronautics and space-related student opportunities to participate in NASA’s mission directorates. SNU is the only private university participating in the OSGC. SNU has been a member of the OSGC since 2002 and has granted more than 120 financial awards to students totaling more than $150,000.

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SNU Receives Boeing Foundation Grant for Veterans and Families Programhttp://snu.edu/snu-receives-boeing-foundation-grant-for-veterans-and-families-programMon, 19 Nov 2018 16:30:00 GMTAdmin(Bethany, OK) Southern Nazarene University (SNU) is pleased to announce the receipt of $50,000 in grant funding from the Boeing Foundation for the establishment of the Veterans and Families Career Advancement and Professional Support (CAPS) Program. Beginning in October, 2018, the program will assist veterans and their spouses in successfully transitioning from military service separation through academic study and into professional-level employment in their communities. The CAPS program wi...

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(Bethany, OK) Southern Nazarene University (SNU) is pleased to announce the receipt of $50,000 in grant funding from the Boeing Foundation for the establishment of the Veterans and Families Career Advancement and Professional Support (CAPS) Program. Beginning in October, 2018, the program will assist veterans and their spouses in successfully transitioning from military service separation through academic study and into professional-level employment in their communities. The CAPS program wi...(Bethany, OK) Southern Nazarene University (SNU) is pleased to announce the receipt of $50,000 in grant funding from the Boeing Foundation for the establishment of the Veterans and Families Career Advancement and Professional Support (CAPS) Program. Beginning in October, 2018, the program will assist veterans and their spouses in successfully transitioning from military service separation through academic study and into professional-level employment in their communities.

 The CAPS program will focus on veterans who are currently unemployed or underemployed in their first post-separation job position and seeking opportunities for career advancement in professional employment. The program will also serve spouses of veterans seeking to enhance their employment opportunities.

 Through locations on the SNU Bethany and Tulsa, Oklahoma campuses, the CAPS program will serve veterans in Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro area communities including Del City (Tinker Air Force Base), Shawnee, Muskogee, Bartlesville, and Tahlequah.

 The CAPS program will use a three-pronged approach: to assist veterans to pursue the academic course of study and educational degree required for their desired employment; to secure suitable professional-level employment; and to access needed community support services for themselves and their families. CAPS services will include academic assessment, educational planning, career assessment and advising, and community resources referrals. SNU will be partnering with key organizations serving veterans in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa communities to connect veterans and their families to important community support services.

 According to the US Census, over a third of the veterans living in this focus area are in their early to mid-career years with many having no 4-year college degree, limiting their opportunity for professional career employment and advancement, particularly in STEM and high-tech jobs currently available in Oklahoma.

Dr. Brint Montgomery, Director of the SNU Veterans Educational Transition Success (VETS) Center, will serve as project director.  Program services will be supported by the SNU VETS Center and personnel from Southern Nazarene University.

 Funding for this grant is part of the Boeing Company’s 2018 $100 million pledge to invest in local communities to improve STEM education, enrich local communities, and offer transition and health services for veterans and their families.

 "SNU deeply appreciates the investment of the Boeing Corporation in our veterans and their families.  We look forward to continuing to service the educational needs of this important constituency and are grateful for the confidence this grant represents and the men and women whom it will benefit," said President Keith Newman.

Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university located in Bethany, Oklahoma and serving students in Tulsa as well as other locations throughout the state. SNU offers courses for both traditional students and working adults, including multiple master’s degree programs.

 For more information about the CAPS Program or the SNU Veterans Center, contact Cadron Davis, VETS Community Affairs Coordinator, 405-491-6317. For more information on Southern Nazarene University, visit www.snu.edu  or call 1-800-648-9899.

 

 

 


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Two SNU Students Participate in 2018 NASA Geospatial Summer Fellowship Programhttp://snu.edu/2018-nasa-geospatial-summer-fellowship-programWed, 26 Sep 2018 05:00:00 GMTcreative@snu.eduAdminTwo Southern Nazarene University (SNU) students participated in the Oklahoma NASA Space Grant Geospatial Summer Fellowship and Symposium Program, held June 1st to July 14th, 2018. Biology major Tara Mabray and Environmental Studies major Patrick Kitzel, both SNU juniors, were selected from other science, technology, engineering and mathematics student applicants to participate in this year’s fellowship program.The Oklahoma NASA Space Grant Geospatial Summer Fellowship and Symposium Program...

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Two Southern Nazarene University (SNU) students participated in the Oklahoma NASA Space Grant Geospatial Summer Fellowship and Symposium Program, held June 1st to July 14th, 2018. Biology major Tara Mabray and Environmental Studies major Patrick Kitzel, both SNU juniors, were selected from other science, technology, engineering and mathematics student applicants to participate in this year’s fellowship program.The Oklahoma NASA Space Grant Geospatial Summer Fellowship and Symposium Program...

Two Southern Nazarene University (SNU) students participated in the Oklahoma NASA Space Grant Geospatial Summer Fellowship and Symposium Program, held June 1st to July 14th, 2018. Biology major Tara Mabray and Environmental Studies major Patrick Kitzel, both SNU juniors, were selected from other science, technology, engineering and mathematics student applicants to participate in this year’s fellowship program.

The Oklahoma NASA Space Grant Geospatial Summer Fellowship and Symposium Program provides students with opportunities to explore the use of geospatial information science in higher education learning. Participants must be STEM majors, juniors, and in good standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Tara Mabray noted how her learning in the program enriched her classroom studies and affected her future plans. “Though the majority of my previous studies have centered around a career in medicine, this fellowship was very informative,” said Tara. “Learning these new things was enough to make the whole fellowship worthwhile and introduced me to the amazing tool known as the Geographic Information System (GIS). Also it gave me a new insight & perspective on the cause-and-effect relationships that exist amongst different and unexpected areas, people, and elements of our world.”

Fellows participate in hands-on GIS and remote sensing training, webinars and a course project (total time estimate 96 hours), and study under the direction of Melissa Scott of the Center for Spatial Analysis at the University of Oklahoma. Upon completion of the program, students receive a laptop and stipend, valued at $2000. Patrick Kitzel praised the program: “The Geospatial Fellowship was a fantastic opportunity for me. I have been wondering which path I would like to take in terms of an environmental studies degree after undergraduate school. It was unknown to me what I wanted to go to grad school for, but thanks to the Geospatial Fellowship, I am now thinking seriously about going the geospatial route.”

Twelve fellowships are competitively awarded each year. One fellowship is awarded to a student at each of eight Oklahoma NASA Space Grant Institutions (OU, OSU, SNU, Cameron, Langston, SOSU, SWOSU, ECU). Four at-large fellows are awarded from the applicant pool to promote geospatial workforce development and diversity. This year, SNU was honored by one of the at-large fellowships.

The Geospatial Summer Fellowship is sponsored by the Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium (OSGC), a partnership of Oklahoma universities, corporate, and government entities that provide aeronautics, STEM, and space-related opportunities for participation in NASA’s mission directorates. SNU is the only private university participating in the OSGC. The partnership provides students opportunities to join internships with NASA and to visit NASA facilities around the country. SNU has been a member of the OSGC since 2002, with more than 120 financial awards made to students totaling more than $150,000.

Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university located in Bethany, Oklahoma and serving students in Tulsa as well as other locations throughout the state. SNU offers courses for both traditional students and working adults, including multiple master’s degree programs.

For more information about OSGC programs at SNU, contact Dr. Nicholas Zoller, Chair and Associate Professor of the Mathematics Department at 405-491-6651, or email nzoller@snu.edu. For more information on Southern Nazarene University, visit www.snu.edu or call 1-800-648-9899

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Coming in the Fall of 2019 - Master of Science in Exercise Sciencehttp://snu.edu/masters-exercise-scienceFri, 17 Aug 2018 05:00:00 GMTAdminBethany, Oklahoma - Southern Nazarene University is excited to announce its new Masters of Science in Exercise Science. This program will be accepting students for the Fall of 2019. The mission of the program is to prepare students to serve in roles of leadership in government, community organizations and health care settings.This program will offer two tracks: Health Promotion and Wellness which includes instruction in community health, epidemiology, disease prevention, wellness and exerci...

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Bethany, Oklahoma - Southern Nazarene University is excited to announce its new Masters of Science in Exercise Science. This program will be accepting students for the Fall of 2019. The mission of the program is to prepare students to serve in roles of leadership in government, community organizations and health care settings.This program will offer two tracks: Health Promotion and Wellness which includes instruction in community health, epidemiology, disease prevention, wellness and exerci...Bethany, Oklahoma - Southern Nazarene University is excited to announce its new Masters of Science in Exercise Science. This program will be accepting students for the Fall of 2019. The mission of the program is to prepare students to serve in roles of leadership in government, community organizations and health care settings.

New Masters in Exercise Science Degree - Fall 2019

This program will offer two tracks: Health Promotion and Wellness which includes instruction in community health, epidemiology, disease prevention, wellness and exercise. The second track is Health and Human Performance which will not only focus on health, wellness and disease prevention but also highlights factors and techniques that produce optimal and elite human performance.

While we will accept students with appropriate bachelors degrees, a unique feature of this program will be the ability of our undergraduate students to complete their bachelors and masters degrees in 5 years.

In every health setting, it is the mission of this program to develop graduates to fulfill their calling as leaders from a Christian framework perspective.

For more information call the School of Kinesiology: (405) 717-6262 or email Sarah Gillespie: sgillespie@snu.edu

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SNU Summer Research Experience 2018http://snu.edu/summer-research-experience-2018Thu, 09 Aug 2018 05:00:00 GMTAdminBethany, OK - The Southern Nazarene University (SNU) Summer Research Experience (SRE) celebrated its tenth anniversary with ten undergraduate students participating in six different research projects.  The projects included three in biology, one in chemistry, one in mathematics, and one in computer science education.  Students conducted their research under the supervision of six full-time SNU faculty members.

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Bethany, OK - The Southern Nazarene University (SNU) Summer Research Experience (SRE) celebrated its tenth anniversary with ten undergraduate students participating in six different research projects.  The projects included three in biology, one in chemistry, one in mathematics, and one in computer science education.  Students conducted their research under the supervision of six full-time SNU faculty members.

Bethany, OK - The Southern Nazarene University (SNU) Summer Research Experience (SRE) celebrated its tenth anniversary with ten undergraduate students participating in six different research projects.  The projects included three in biology, one in chemistry, one in mathematics, and one in computer science education.  Students conducted their research under the supervision of six full-time SNU faculty members.  One student noted that his faculty mentor “did a great job in giving us some independence in the projects which will help prepare us for a career in research.” Topics varied from a survey of diseases carried by mosquitoes in central Oklahoma to using special software to create new uses for existing science lab equipment.  

2018 SRE Students and Faculty.  Photo courtesy of Dr. Nicholas Zoller.2018 SRE Students and Faculty.  Photo courtesy of Dr. Nicholas Zoller.

The SRE is open to SNU students who have completed their first or second year of studies in a science or math major.  The award package included a stipend, on-campus housing, and travel support for an off-campus academic conference during the 2018-2019 school year.  Student researchers spent six weeks working on their projects.  In addition to getting hands-on research experience, they also went on two field trips.  At the Lake Hefner Water Treatment Plant, they learned about how water from Lake Hefner is turned into safe drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people in north Oklahoma City.  At the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, they met researchers who are working on the cutting edge of medical research.  As one student said, “This was a great trip for seeing how research is done in the professional world.”

At the end of the SRE, students presented their work to the SNU community in a closing research conference.  Over the next year, they will continue to present their results at the SNU Science and Math Division Friday Seminar Series and at regional and national academic conferences.  They join over forty SRE alumni.  If the past is a good predictor, then they will likely obtain research positions in future summers and continue on to graduate studies in their chosen disciplines after graduating from SNU.  

Dr. Mark Winslow, Dean of the College of Natural, Social, and Health Sciences, said, “Congrats to the Summer Research Experience reaching its ten-year mark.  I’m proud of the numerous students that have participated in quality research and appreciate the mentoring relationships formed by student researchers and their faculty research professors.  Many thanks to our SNU faculty and especially to Dr. Nick Zoller for his leadership in this valuable summer venture over the last several years.”

The SRE is made possible by funding from the Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium.  The SRE meets the Space Grant goal of preparing college students in disciplines that are important to the mission of NASA.  The SNU Catalysts are also a financial supporter of the SRE.  This math and science alumni group has significantly contributed to student and faculty research projects, student scholarships, and scientific equipment for over four decades.

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SNU's Noah Starkey participates with Athletes In Actionhttp://snu.edu/snus-noah-starkey-participates-with-athletes-in-actionThu, 02 Aug 2018 05:00:00 GMTwebmaster@snu.eduAdminBETHANY, Okla. — At 6-11, Southern Nazarene’s Noah Starkey literally has a different perspective than nearly everyone else around him.After playing a central role for the best season at SNU in Division II history, Starkey was able to use his talent on the court to see the world in a different perspective. One of 10 college basketball players, the only Division II player on the team, Starkey was invited to participate with Athletes In Action for 14 days in the Czech Republic and Spain.“It was a g...

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BETHANY, Okla. — At 6-11, Southern Nazarene’s Noah Starkey literally has a different perspective than nearly everyone else around him.After playing a central role for the best season at SNU in Division II history, Starkey was able to use his talent on the court to see the world in a different perspective. One of 10 college basketball players, the only Division II player on the team, Starkey was invited to participate with Athletes In Action for 14 days in the Czech Republic and Spain.“It was a g...BETHANY, Okla. — At 6-11, Southern Nazarene’s Noah Starkey literally has a different perspective than nearly everyone else around him.

After playing a central role for the best season at SNU in Division II history, Starkey was able to use his talent on the court to see the world in a different perspective. One of 10 college basketball players, the only Division II player on the team, Starkey was invited to participate with Athletes In Action for 14 days in the Czech Republic and Spain.

Noah Starkey - Division II basketball player“It was a great experience,” said Starkey. “ I had never been out of the country before. It was cool to see a different part of the world.”

Starkey heard about the opportunity from former Kansas University and Miami Heat product Wayne Simien.

“Wayne used to come back and work basketball camps in Kansas,” said Starkey. “He would stay at our house our family got to know him well. He’s close with the tour director and that’s how we made the connection with Athletes in Action.”

The team conducted a training camp at Baylor May 21-24 and departed the USA to Prague, Czech Republic. The team played two games vs. U20 Czech National Team May 27 and 28. The team then flew to Madrid, Spain where they played games against pro teams May 30, June 1 and June 2.

The goals of the tour were to provide a rich cross-cultural experience for each team member, an opportunity to compete internationally, and for team members to grow in their personal faith.

“We did this more in the Czech Republic than Spain, but we got to eat with the teams and share our faith with them,” said Starkey. “One guy was also able to share his testimony with us as well.”

Baylor Assistant Coach Bill Peterson, who spent 7 years serving in the NBA as a coach for the Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks, coached the team.

Athletes in Action is an international sports organization which focuses on developing athletes and coaches as leaders of influence, on and off the field. Our ultimate goal is to see athletes and coaches living to leave a powerful legacy on every team, in every sport, in every nation. Learn more about Athletes in Action at www.athletesinaction.org.

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Meet the New Director of Alumni Relations - Amy Shirolahttp://snu.edu/new-director-of-alumni-relationsFri, 20 Jul 2018 05:00:00 GMTAdminAmy Shirola, a Southern Nazarene University Accounting alum and Oklahoma City native, is the new Director of Alumni Relations. She has been a part time employee for the SNU Alumni office for 5 years. Being a wife and a mother has proven to be the most beautiful example of the Lord’s unconditional love for us, and she strives to live her life through that filter.

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Amy Shirola, a Southern Nazarene University Accounting alum and Oklahoma City native, is the new Director of Alumni Relations. She has been a part time employee for the SNU Alumni office for 5 years. Being a wife and a mother has proven to be the most beautiful example of the Lord’s unconditional love for us, and she strives to live her life through that filter. Amy Shirola - New Director of Alumni Relations at SNUAmy Shirola, a Southern Nazarene University Accounting alum and Oklahoma City native, is the new Director of Alumni Relations. She has been a part time employee for the SNU Alumni office for 5 years. Being a wife and a mother has proven to be the most beautiful example of the Lord’s unconditional love for us, and she strives to live her life through that filter.  

At SNU, the focus is on people, purpose, and calling. She is ecstatic to carry her passion of servant leadership into this new role. Amy is a people person and loves hearing stories that are all diverse, but in the context of SNU there is a common thread that often links her own story to fellow alums. “I love reminding and reconnecting our alums with our purpose. We all have a story of how time in Bethany, OK has moved us in the direction we are going, and realizing what a difference others made in our lives while we were here.  Being a part of someone else’s journey is rewarding. Our alums are the best at that! ”  Her hope is to highlight many different, impactful ways our alums are using their gifts and talents in the communities they live in. Amy truly believes that the work done at SNU changes lives, and she’s more than excited to take part in that missio

Q & A with Amy

Where are you from originally?  
Originally from OKC - born and bred!

Where did you attend university and what is your degree(s) in?
I attended SNU and have an Accounting degree.

How long have you worked at SNU (what positions have you had previously)? What has impacted you most about being involved in this community? 
I’ve been at SNU for 5 years, all 5 years in the Alumni office working part time. The mission and purpose of SNU runs deep.  Thats what I love most about being involved in this community.  The work we do changes lives.

How has working for SNU taught you about servant leadership?  
Many jobs focus is on the bottom line. I was a part of that focus for 15 years in corporate accounting.  At SNU, the focus is on people, purpose, and calling. In my opinion, it’s the only way to lead and I am excited about carrying on the passion of servant leadership in my new role.

What has being a wife and mother taught you about the Lord’s love? 
I’ve been married 21 years (met my  husband Andy Shirola here).  I have 3 kids - Carson, 15, Neely 13 and Karly 11.  God’s love is unconditional.  Having a family is the most beautiful example of that.   It doesn’t matter what they do, my love for them is unconditional.

How do you hope to make an impact through being the Director of Alumni Relations?
I love reminding and reconnecting our alums with our mission.  SNU alums are a special group of people who all spent time on this campus.  They are doing extraordinary things in our world, making a difference right where they are in people’s lives.  I hope to highlight the many different, impactful, ways our alums are using their gifts and talents in the communities they live in.

What excites you most about this new role?  
Meeting our alums!!  I love people and I love to hear their stories.  They are so diverse.  

What do you think keeps alumni interested in giving back to SNU?  
Remembering their time here, and how it has impacted their lives.  We all have a story of how time in Bethany, OK has moved us in the direction we are going, and realizing what a difference others made in our lives while we were here.  Being a part of someone else’s story is rewarding.  Our alums are the best at that!

Story:  Sydney Jones, Senior, Mass Communications.
Photo: Ian Weston, SNU Creative


Visit the Office of Alumni Relations in Marchant 211.
You can sign up for an alumni account and keep your information updated at: https://bridge.snu.edu/alumni

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SNU Receives Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundationhttp://snu.edu/snu-receives-grantTue, 12 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMTAdmin[Bethany, Oklahoma] – [6-12-18] – This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Southern Nazarene University a $2,000 grant to support the SNU School for Children’s SOAR summer literacy reading camp.  This local grant award is part of more than $8.3 million in grants awarded to more than 1,000 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves.Camp SOAR for Summer L...

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[Bethany, Oklahoma] – [6-12-18] – This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Southern Nazarene University a $2,000 grant to support the SNU School for Children’s SOAR summer literacy reading camp.  This local grant award is part of more than $8.3 million in grants awarded to more than 1,000 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves.Camp SOAR for Summer L...SNU School for Children - Camp Soar[Bethany, Oklahoma] – [6-12-18] – This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Southern Nazarene University a $2,000 grant to support the SNU School for Children’s SOAR summer literacy reading camp.  This local grant award is part of more than $8.3 million in grants awarded to more than 1,000 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves.

Camp SOAR for Summer Literacy serves children from kindergarten through third grade who are struggling with literacy challenges. All SFC teachers are certified and have grade-level experience in teaching reading and science literacy skills.  "This grant will enable students to become much more confident readers by increasing their overall literacy skills," said Mrs. Gina McGarry, SOAR Camp Director.

The 2018 Camp SOAR will meet week days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 18 through July 13 with a break for 4th of July.  Students focus on reading and writing skills each morning and applied science and math reading afternoons. In a “kids reading to dogs” session, challenged readers pick a favorite book and are paired with service dog reading buddies.  Additionally, participants will be assisted this year by online reading software on iPads.

“We are honored to fund literacy and education initiatives, which support our mission of Serving Others,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO.  “The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018 and a legacy of helping people improve their lives through literacy and education. Including this grant, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has provided more than $154 million in funding to help more than 10 million people. We believe these programs can have a positive impact on the communities we serve and we look forward to continuing to partner with organizations dedicated to making a difference in the lives of millions of Americans.” To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, visit www.dgliteracy.org.

The SNU School for Children (SFC) is a Child Development Laboratory School offering classroom instruction for Prekindergarten through 6th grade levels during the school year, plus a one-month summer literacy camp and a one-month summer science/math campThere are additional week-long camps during the summer on computer programming, woodworking, art, and music. During the school year, SFC offers students individualized one-on-one attention through a complete program of instruction with developmentally appropriate curricula focused on mastery learning and development. To learn more about the SNU School for Children, Camp SOAR, and other summer camps, please contact 405-491-6645.

The SFC is fully accredited by the Oklahoma State Department of Education and NCATE (National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education). SFC is an extension of Southern Nazarene University (SNU) School of Education, which offers bachelor's through master's degrees preparing teachers for public and private school settings and is fully accredited through the Higher Learning Commission.

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Spring Commencement Celebrated at Southern Nazarene Universityhttp://snu.edu/spring-commencement-celebrated-at-southern-nazarene-universityThu, 24 May 2018 05:00:00 GMTAdminBethany, OK - Saturday May 12th, 2018.  Southern Nazarene University held its 115th Commencement on Saturday, May 12, 2018, conferring over 400 degrees in two ceremonies. University President, Dr. Keith Newman (pictured left), presided over his inaugural Spring Commencement, and Dr.

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Bethany, OK - Saturday May 12th, 2018.  Southern Nazarene University held its 115th Commencement on Saturday, May 12, 2018, conferring over 400 degrees in two ceremonies. University President, Dr. Keith Newman (pictured left), presided over his inaugural Spring Commencement, and Dr. Bethany, OK - Saturday May 12th, 2018.  Southern Nazarene University held its 115th Commencement on Saturday, May 12, 2018, conferring over 400 degrees in two ceremonies. University President, Dr. Keith Newman (pictured left), presided over his inaugural Spring Commencement, and Dr. Carla Sunberg, General Superintendent for the Church of the Nazarene, delivered the Commencement address.


Dr. Sunberg (pictured below), was elected to the office of General Superintendent in June 2017. At the time of her election, she was president of Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO, where she had been serving since January 2014. She and her husband, Dr. Carla Sunberg addresses graduates and visitors at the Spring 2018 CommencementChuck, served 13 years as pioneer missionaries to the former Soviet Union, and then as co-superintendents of the East Ohio District Church of the Nazarene. Her message to the graduates was a call to use what they had been given at SNU, beyond a first-class education, that is, the virtues of moral excellence found in Christian principles that, when practiced, will define their character in every situation. She encouraged graduates to embrace their faith and dare to be different in order to make their world, and their lives, better.

Spring 2018 President's Award recipients, Kaylin Cummings and Travis Vernier.The coveted President’s Award was presented to Miss Kaylin Cummings and Mr. Travis Vernier (pictured left), and returning graduates of the Class of 1968 were honored as this year’s Golden Grads. The morning ceremony concluded with the 85-year-old tradition of Ivy Ring, as this year’s graduates gathered around the Lamp of Learning on the central campus mall. Fittingly, this final act as a class took place where their undergraduate journey began with the candle-lighting service of their New Student Institute.

The afternoon ceremony for Professional and Graduate Studies programs was highlighted by the recognition of recipients of the Distinguished Achievement Award, honoring a graduate from each program group who excelled in academics, community service and leadership.

As part of the Commencement week activities, traditional program graduates gathered for a Baccalaureate service on Friday, May 11, 2018 with Dr. Fay Sheldon Quanstrom, graduate of SNU (’63) speaking. Rev. Dr. Quanstrom served in staff and pastoral roles at churches in England, Illinois and Arizona, and taught for 11 years, including positions at Northwest Nazarene University and Olivet Nazarene University.

In each of the Commencement ceremonies, Dr. Newman closed with a challenge to the graduates to hear Jesus’ words when he called us to a “Live Last” lifestyle. Dr. Newman said, “Our hope, our encouragement, our prayer is that you will go from this place and do great things – but that you will do those great things through service, by choosing to “Live Last.”

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April Collins, SNU Alum, Sworn In as Judgehttp://snu.edu/april-collins-sworn-in-as-judgeTue, 15 May 2018 05:00:00 GMTAdminBethany, OK -  On Monday, May 7th, Southern Nazarene University alum, adjunct professor and faculty advisor for Southern Nazarene University’s Law Club, April Collins, was sworn in as a special judge for the 7th Administrative Court for the State of Oklahoma.The ceremony was held at the Oklahoma County Courthouse and was attended by public officials, legal colleagues, former students, friends and family. After being sworn in, the Honorable Judge Collins shared her thanks of various pe...

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Bethany, OK -  On Monday, May 7th, Southern Nazarene University alum, adjunct professor and faculty advisor for Southern Nazarene University’s Law Club, April Collins, was sworn in as a special judge for the 7th Administrative Court for the State of Oklahoma.The ceremony was held at the Oklahoma County Courthouse and was attended by public officials, legal colleagues, former students, friends and family. After being sworn in, the Honorable Judge Collins shared her thanks of various pe...Bethany, OK -  On Monday, May 7th, Southern Nazarene University alum, adjunct professor and faculty advisor for Southern Nazarene University’s Law Club, April Collins, was sworn in as a special judge for the 7th Administrative Court for the State of Oklahoma.

April Collins, SNU Alum, Sworn In as JudgeThe ceremony was held at the Oklahoma County Courthouse and was attended by public officials, legal colleagues, former students, friends and family. After being sworn in, the Honorable Judge Collins shared her thanks of various people in the room and how thankful she was for this opportunity.

The Bible used for the swearing in ceremony belonged to Judge Collins’ late mother. Sharing a verse marked in the Bible, Judge Collins quoted Proverbs chapter 2:1-5, 9:

“Turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God… Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path.”

Judge Collins attended Southern Nazarene University (SNU) because of the school’s connection to the Church of the Nazarene, the university’s Pre-Law program, and a call from Dr. Loren Gresham, who was then faculty, encouraging Judge Collins to take advantage of an internship program in Washington D.C.

Since graduation from SNU, attending law school, and beginning a legal career, Judge Collins has remained involved at SNU both as a professor and as an advisor of the university’s law club, which she helped Chris Cummings found.

When asked about what her recommendations are for students who are looking to go on to law school, Judge Collins suggested to, “make sure you take courses that help you know how to write.”

Judge Collins went on to stress the importance in being able to articulate thoughts in writing with proper grammar, saying, “Today’s generation is exposed to writing that has not been edited.” She claimed that there is a large amount of writing that has not been properly edited, so it is important to learn how to write well.

Additionally, Collins suggested both taking advantage of a study abroad or internship program as well as joining SNU’s O.I.L. program. Judge Collins said that O.I.L. (Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature) helped her to create connections to people entering the law field early on.

Judge Collins has been an influential mentor for students at SNU and will continue to be a model alum as she begins her new career.

(Photos Courtesy of Judge Collins)
(Story by Marshall Jones, SNU Echo)

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SNU School of Education - Accreditation Visithttp://snu.edu/snu-school-of-education-accreditation-visitTue, 08 May 2018 05:00:00 GMTAdminBethany, OK - May 8, 2018.  Southern Nazarene University participated in their national accreditation (CAEP - Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) and state accreditation (OEQA - Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability) site visit, April 8-10, 2018.  During these 3 days, a visiting team of educators from across the county visited the campus of SNU to evaluate and validate the Educator Preparation Program at Southern Nazarene University.As a result of...

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Bethany, OK - May 8, 2018.  Southern Nazarene University participated in their national accreditation (CAEP - Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) and state accreditation (OEQA - Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability) site visit, April 8-10, 2018.  During these 3 days, a visiting team of educators from across the county visited the campus of SNU to evaluate and validate the Educator Preparation Program at Southern Nazarene University.As a result of...

Bethany, OK - May 8, 2018.  Southern Nazarene University participated in their national accreditation (CAEP - Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) and state accreditation (OEQA - Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability) site visit, April 8-10, 2018.  During these 3 days, a visiting team of educators from across the county visited the campus of SNU to evaluate and validate the Educator Preparation Program at Southern Nazarene University.

As a result of this visit and accreditation process, the SNU School of Education will be recommended for FULL national and state accreditation.

Based on their evaluation, the site visit team recommends that the School of Education has met all five national (CAEP) accreditation Standards with no Areas for Improvement, and has also met all 10 Oklahoma (OEQA) State requirements. Additionally, the "cross-cutting themes" of Diversity and Technology for all five CAEP Standards were also met with no Areas for Improvement.  The governing boards for CAEP and OEQA will vote on these final recommendations this coming fall 2018.  Upon approval, the SNU School of Education Educator Preparation Program will continue national and state accreditation and recognition for the next 7 years.

The SNU School of Education is very grateful for the quality of its candidates, faculty, and staff, as well as for the support and encouragement of the SNU campus community in the preparation of future teachers.

For further information about the SNU Educator Preparation Program, please contact the Chair of the SNU School of Education, Dr. Tim Taylor at ttaylor@mail.snu.edu or (405) 717-6267.

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Commencement Activities Set for Southern Nazarene Universityhttp://snu.edu/commencement-activities-set-for-southern-nazarene-universityWed, 02 May 2018 05:00:00 GMTAdminBethany, Ok - May 2nd, 2018.  Southern Nazarene University will hold its Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 12, 2018, expecting to confer over 400 degrees in two ceremonies held in the Sawyer Center on the main campus in Bethany, Oklahoma. Dr. Keith Newman, president of SNU, has invited Dr.

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Bethany, Ok - May 2nd, 2018.  Southern Nazarene University will hold its Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 12, 2018, expecting to confer over 400 degrees in two ceremonies held in the Sawyer Center on the main campus in Bethany, Oklahoma. Dr. Keith Newman, president of SNU, has invited Dr. SNU Spring Commencement

Bethany, Ok - May 2nd, 2018.  Southern Nazarene University will hold its Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 12, 2018, expecting to confer over 400 degrees in two ceremonies held in the Sawyer Center on the main campus in Bethany, Oklahoma. Dr. Keith Newman, president of SNU, has invited Dr. Carla Sunberg, General Superintendent for the Church of the Nazarene, to give the Commencement address.

Dr. Carla Sunberg Dr. Sunberg was elected to the office of General Superintendent in June 2017. At the time of her election, Sunberg was president of Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS) in Kansas City, MO, where she had been serving since January 2014. She and her husband, Chuck, served 13 years as pioneer missionaries to the former Soviet Union, followed by service as co-district superintendents of the East Ohio District Church of the Nazarene.

She earned a BSN from MidAmerica Nazarene University, the Master of Arts in Theological Studies from NTS, and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from Nazarene Theological College and the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. She is a dynamic and sought-after speaker, has authored several books and numerous articles for various publications, and has served in a wide variety of leadership positions around the globe.

Prior to Commencement day, traditional programDr. Fay Quanstrom graduates will gather for a Baccalaureate service to be held on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in Herrick Auditorium, which is located on the campus of Southern Nazarene University. Serving as Baccalaureate speaker will be Dr. Fay Sheldon Quanstrom, magna cum laude graduate of SNU (’63). Rev. Dr. Quanstrom holds advanced degrees from Northern Seminary (Warrenville, IL) and was ordained to the Christian Ministry in 2002. In addition to serving in staff and pastoral roles at churches in England, Illinois and Arizona, she taught for 11 years, including positions at Northwest Nazarene University and Olivet Nazarene University.

On Commencement Day, May 12, 2018, undergraduate (traditional) degrees will be conferred in a 10:00 a.m. ceremony, and the Professional and Graduate Studies ceremony will take place at 2:00 p.m. Doors open one hour prior to starting times. For those unable to attend, both ceremonies will be available to view via live streaming at snulive.com.

In addition to the presentation of the coveted President’s Award in the morning ceremony, and the Distinguished Achievement Award in the afternoon, the morning program will feature returning graduates of the Class of 1968, honored as Golden Grads, with special recognition and the presentation of a commemorative medallion.

For a full list of related events and detailed information on Commencement visit snu.edu/may-commencement.

If you're unable to join us, Live Streaming of Commencement will be available at www.snulive.com

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SNU Alum Nathan Chamer wins 18th Oklahoma City Memorial Marathonhttp://snu.edu/snu-alum-nathan-chamer-wins-18th-oklahoma-city-memorial-marathonMon, 30 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMTadminOklahoma City, OK - Sunday, April 29th, 2018.  One of Southern Nazarene University's own, Nathan Chamer captured the 18th running of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon Sunday morning.Photo by NEWSOK.comChamer, 40, completed the 26.2 miles in a time of 2:33.45. The 2004 graduate now is a registered nurse at Mercy.

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Oklahoma City, OK - Sunday, April 29th, 2018.  One of Southern Nazarene University's own, Nathan Chamer captured the 18th running of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon Sunday morning.Photo by NEWSOK.comChamer, 40, completed the 26.2 miles in a time of 2:33.45. The 2004 graduate now is a registered nurse at Mercy. Oklahoma City, OK - Sunday, April 29th, 2018.  One of Southern Nazarene University's own, Nathan Chamer captured the 18th running of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon Sunday morning.

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SNU Alum Nathan Chamer wins the 2018 Oklahoma City Memorial RaceChamer, 40, completed the 26.2 miles in a time of 2:33.45. The 2004 graduate now is a registered nurse at Mercy. He and his wife, Alena, have three children, two girls and boy, and live in Choctaw.

Chamer was a three-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete between cross-country and track and earned All-Sooner Athletic Conference and NAIA All-Region VI honors in both as well. He also has top five times in school history in cross-country in the 8K and 10K still holds the school record for the steeple chase at 9:06.09.

Watch the video below for Nathan's full testimony.  
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#RUNtoREMEMBEROklahoma City National Memorial & Museum #snu #snualumni

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SNU Welcomes One of Their Own Back to the Foldhttp://snu.edu/snu-welcomes-one-of-their-own-back-to-the-foldWed, 25 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMTAdminBethany, OK – April 25, 2018 - Yesterday afternoon, a full room of students, staff, faculty, and friends of the university, gathered for an official “Welcome Home” of Coach Trent May.  May was named Head Coach for the Crimson Storm Women’s Basketball team.  May is returning to his alma mater to coach as he is a proud alumnus of SNU holding two degrees (undergraduate and graduate).

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Bethany, OK – April 25, 2018 - Yesterday afternoon, a full room of students, staff, faculty, and friends of the university, gathered for an official “Welcome Home” of Coach Trent May.  May was named Head Coach for the Crimson Storm Women’s Basketball team.  May is returning to his alma mater to coach as he is a proud alumnus of SNU holding two degrees (undergraduate and graduate). Bethany, OK – April 25, 2018 - Yesterday afternoon, a full room of students, staff, faculty, and friends of the university, gathered for an official “Welcome Home” of Coach Trent May.  May was named Head Coach for the Crimson Storm Women’s Basketball team.  May is returning to his alma mater to coach as he is a proud alumnus of SNU holding two degrees (undergraduate and graduate).

Coach Trent May is welcomed home to SNU as the new Women's Basketball coach.
Coach May addresses the welcoming crowd at SNU 

Dr. Mike Redwine led the search committee and noted there were over 60 applicants for the position. He thanked the committee for their hours of work and noted they spent much time in prayer before offering the position to May.

May has an impressive resume of coaching, and is an experienced coach in NAIA, NCAA Division I and II.  He brings this experience to SNU and the Crimson Storm. He took time to acknowledge mentors, coaches and faculty members at SNU and thanked them for their investment in his life.

Coach Trent May is welcomed home to SNU as the new Women's Basketball coach.  Coach Trent May is welcomed home to SNU as the new Women's Basketball coach.  Pictured with SNU President, Dr. Keith Newman and the team.


Coach May pictured with SNU President, Dr. Keith Newman and the team

When speaking about what is to come for him as a coach at SNU, May stated, “God is good.  I’m thankful and I’m ready for the future, I’m ready for what’s to come. I’m so ready to get back on the court, but in the meantime, I am very honored and thankful to everyone.  I pray that the Lord uses this for his glory.”

Coach May and his wife, Angie, have two sons, Grayson and Griffin. Join us in making them feel right at home at SNU!

Pictured: SNU President, Dr. Keith Newman, Coach and Mrs May and SNU Athletics Director Bobby Martin.


SNU President, Dr. Keith Newman, Coach Trent and Mrs Angie May, and Athletics Director Mr. Bobby Martin

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Trent May returns to SNU as the Head Coach of Women's Basketballhttp://snu.edu/trent-may-returns-to-snu-as-head-coachThu, 19 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMTAdminBETHANY, Okla. — Southern Nazarene University announced Thursday that it has selected Trent May has as the new Head Coach for Women's Basketball. In 16 years of head coaching, May has been named a Conference Coach of the Year six times, averaged over 20 wins per season, and has amassed an overall record of 322-153.

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BETHANY, Okla. — Southern Nazarene University announced Thursday that it has selected Trent May has as the new Head Coach for Women's Basketball. In 16 years of head coaching, May has been named a Conference Coach of the Year six times, averaged over 20 wins per season, and has amassed an overall record of 322-153.

BETHANY, Okla. — Southern Nazarene University announced Thursday that it has selected Trent May has as the new Head Coach for Women's Basketball. In 16 years of head coaching, May has been named a Conference Coach of the Year six times, averaged over 20 wins per season, and has amassed an overall record of 322-153.

Trent May returns as SNU Women's Basketball Head Coach
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"We are excited to welcome back SNU alum Trent May," said Director of Athletics Bobby Martin. "We know that his addition will strengthen our Athletic Department and help us advance the mission of SNU. His experience as a successful women's basketball coach at multiple levels is outstanding.  Most importantly, his skills to lead spiritually, makes Trent a great fit to be the next head coach of this program that has been marked by achievements historically."

May is no stranger to Bethany as he played at SNU while earning his Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Science in 1995. He then earned his Master's of Science in Kinesiology in 1997. He also served as an assistant coach for the women's program at SNU for four years as he was part of four NAIA Fab Four appearances, two finals appearances and the 1996-97 NAIA National Championship.

"We are blessed by Coach May's decision to accept the invitation to lead our Women's Basketball program and look forward to welcoming his family to SNU," said President Dr. Keith Newman. "May's commitment to excellence and ability to develop student athletes for success matched up with our priorities for the program. We saw in Trent the ability and desire to make Christ-like disciples through higher education, our mission at SNU.  We believe the future of SNU Women's Basketball is exceptionally bright. Congratulations to Dr. Mike Redwine, Executive Vice President, and the search committee for recruiting such an outstanding coach."  

May's time in Bethany was just the start of an impressive career to date. Most recently, May comes from Grand Canyon University where he compiled a 195-96 record. That included a school-record 29-3 mark in the 2010-11 season as he led GCU to the Division II Sweet 16. His teams followed up the Sweet 16 berth from 2011, with two more Division II West Region appearances. Both teams went to the region semifinals and combined for a mark of 47-13.

In the 2013-14 season, Grand Canyon had its inaugural season in reclassifying to NCAA Division I. May's team went 21-9 overall and finished third in the Western Athletic Conference.

In 2012, he was named PacWest Coach of the Year for the fourth time as the 'Lopes won their fifth conference title in six seasons. He won his 100th game at the helm of the program on Feb. 4 at Hawai'i Hilo.

He guided the 'Lopes to PacWest championships in each of his first two seasons. Along with winning the 2009 title, GCU earned an automatic bid to the Division II West Regional, its first postseason trip since 2004.

Prior to Grand Canyon, May coached at Bethany College for six years, guiding the Swedes to a 127-57 record, two national tournament appearances and one Sweet 16 finish. He was named Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year twice, and was named Kansas Four-Year College Coach of the Year in 2003. He also set the record for the best single-season mark in school history at 30-3.  

May, and his wife Angie, have two sons, Grayson and Griffin.

"I am thankful of the opportunity that SNU has given me," said May.  "I am grateful for my time and history as a player, a student and assistant coach. I look forward to being a part of the SNU community and working with the student-athletes and staff and know that great things are ahead for the university and the women's basketball program."

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SNU School of Professional and Graduate Studies Career Fairhttp://snu.edu/snu-school-of-professional-and-graduate-studies-career-fairMon, 16 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMTAdminThe Career Fair sponsored by SNU and TulsaPros is THIS Thursday, April 19th! Attend Tulsa's premier Career Fair sponsored by SNU-Tulsa and TulsaPros. Companies from across Tulsa will be attending looking for fresh talent. No cost to attend.

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The Career Fair sponsored by SNU and TulsaPros is THIS Thursday, April 19th! Attend Tulsa's premier Career Fair sponsored by SNU-Tulsa and TulsaPros. Companies from across Tulsa will be attending looking for fresh talent. No cost to attend. The Career Fair sponsored by SNU and TulsaPros is THIS Thursday, April 19th! 

SNU Tulsa Career Fair - April 19th, 2018 beginning at 4pm.

Attend Tulsa's premier Career Fair sponsored by SNU-Tulsa and TulsaPros. Companies from across Tulsa will be attending looking for fresh talent. No cost to attend. Dress for success (business attire) and bring plenty of resumes to the event. Now is the time to start or advance your career today!

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Southern Nazarene University-Tulsa Campus
8210 E Regal Ct Ste 100, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
(918) 664-4100

Some of the employers attending are:

- American Parking
- Baker Hughes GE
- Ignite Vitality
- Spherexx
- Thrivent Financial
- Northwestern Mutual
- Transworld Business Advisors
- JCK Photography

Come with copies of your resume and dress to impress! See you there!

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SNU Announces New Vice President for Intercultural Learning and Engagementhttp://snu.edu/snu-announces-new-vice-president-for-intercultural-learning-and-engagementWed, 04 Apr 2018 21:00:00 GMTAdminSNU President, Dr. Keith Newman announced today, with the approval of the Executive Committee of the SNU Board of Trustees, Dr. Lena Crouso will be joining the Senior Leadership Team at SNU.

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SNU President, Dr. Keith Newman announced today, with the approval of the Executive Committee of the SNU Board of Trustees, Dr. Lena Crouso will be joining the Senior Leadership Team at SNU. Dr. Lena Crouso - SNU President, Dr. Keith Newman announced today, with the approval of the Executive Committee of the SNU Board of Trustees, Dr. Lena Crouso will be joining the Senior Leadership Team at SNU. Dr. Crouso will officially begin her duties on July 1, 2018 as the inaugural Vice President for Intercultural Learning and Engagement.

Dr. Newman commented, “The addition of Dr. Crouso represents a strategic commitment to our present and future. The depth and breadth of her education and experience will impact our institution immediately and I know her influence will create a powerful ripple effect. I look forward to learning from her, serving with her, and watching what God will do through her ministry in our community and across the Region.”

Dr. Crouso comes to us from Indiana Wesleyan University where she served as the Dean of the Office for Intercultural Learning and Engagement for the Residential Campus. She is a sought-after presenter, consultant and advocate on issues of race, diversity, equity and justice. At SNU, she will provide leadership for the design and implementation of institution-wide efforts to ensure diversity, inclusion, equity, respect, and the promotion of reconciliation in the SNU community.

Provost, Dr. Melany Kyzer, said, “I am excited about Dr. Crouso joining our team – she will be a great asset to us as we continue to learn how to best serve our diverse student population.” Dr. Kyzer continued, “She is a leader of compassion, integrity, warmth and generosity, as well as an educator committed to academic excellence.”

The daughter of Indian Immigrants, Dr. Crouso spent her formative years growing up in India, and states that her journey from Hinduism to Christ, and her diverse life path, have given her a heart and mind for the empowerment of all people through intercultural understanding and a desire to lead people in spiritual, emotional and social transformation and freedom.

“I am thrilled that Dr. Crouso will be joining us at SNU,” said Misty Jaggers, Associate Dean for Student Success. “With each conversation we’ve had, I’ve become more and more convinced that she is the person, ordained by God, to lead our campus in our endeavors to be a diverse and inclusive community,” said Jaggers.

Rev. Dr. Crouso is an ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene. She holds a doctorate in Multicultural Christian Counseling from Andersonville Theological Seminary and an Education Specialist Degree in Leadership from Stetson University, as well as an Educational Counseling Degree from the University of Central Florida.  Currently, she will complete a second doctorate this spring in Transformational Leadership and Culture from the Bakke Graduate University. She and her husband, Kendall, are the parents of three grown daughters, Kayla (married to Alan), Chloe, and Addie, who share a love for Christian service here and in India.

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