NCU Students Lend a Hand at Project Hope

For many college freshmen, new student orientation is loaded with information and activities to acquaint them with their new school and with each other. But here at NCU, we also provide an opportunity… Continue reading

Words of Wisdom for Graduating Seniors

By Angela J. Doty, M.A., GCDF If I could write a letter to graduating seniors with advice about preparing for the job market, it would go something like this: Dear Graduating Senior, Looking… Continue reading

Northwest Christian University’s School of Education Thanks Local Teachers

Northwest Christian University’s School of Education would like to thank local teachers for choosing to be an educator. As a way of saying thanks, NCU has invited them to participate in a friendly… Continue reading

The Secret Life of Dr. Tim Bergquist

To students, alumni and staff at NCU, Tim Bergquist is known as the statistics professor, ACE Day Coordinator, and head of Quantitative Analysis. Yet there is a side to Dr. Bergquist that many… Continue reading

Be The Match!

This Wednesday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm NCU is hosting a “Be The Match” bone marrow drive to raise awareness about the national bone marrow registry and get people involved in the… Continue reading

Beautiful as the Rainbow

Dr. Song Nai Rhee, NCU professor and academic dean emeritus, publishes an inspirational romance novel, Beautiful as the Rainbow, by Inspiring Voices, a service of Guidepost. Moved after learning about the extraordinary life… Continue reading

Our Hope in Advent

By Loren Crow For liturgical Christians, the season of Advent is the beginning of the Church year. We start the year in expectation. At one level, Advent is the season in which we… Continue reading

12 Days of Christmas…for NCU

  In this time of giving and as we near the completion of 2013, many individuals are looking for ways to minimize their taxes and maximize their gifts? Here’s a list of 12… Continue reading


Twas a mountain-chilled Christmas morn. Gifts had been opened; hot sugar-glazed cinnamon rolls were overeaten. I loaded our young daughter Elizabeth into a chest pack, left our cabin and started up the road,… Continue reading

Waiting on the Lord

Yesterday I received another one of my routine junk emails from Redbox with the subject line: “Instant Gratification”.  I instantly deleted it, taking some gratification from that act!  But Redbox’s empty promise of… Continue reading

What would it mean for Jesus to come “in this flesh of mine”?

Advent is a Latin word meaning “coming” or “presence”.  We use the word of the season approaching Christmas because we are celebrating the coming of Christ to redeem the world.  We spend a… Continue reading

Travel Plans

Traveling during the holidays is chaotic. Extreme weather, clogged roadways, and overbooked hotels. It is enough to make you frustrated, mad and even a bit cynical. I know over the next few weeks… Continue reading

A Reflection on the Marriage Café

As a staff member of NCU and an attendee of Northwood Christian Church, my husband and I had the opportunity to attend Dr. Keith Potter’s Marriage Café. I must say, both my husband… Continue reading

The NCU Idea: WISDOM inspired by FAITH bearing fruit in lives of SERVICE

I have entered into my fourth, you might say my senior year, as President with a great sense of appreciation for the history and tradition of NCU and a deep gratitude for the… Continue reading

Reflections on church, family and NCU

On Saturday, October 5, the NCU Alumni Association presented Richard (Dick)  Busic ’62 with the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. Upon receiving the award, Busic provided remarks, highlighting those who have impacted his… Continue reading

Third Annual West Coast Classic

Each fall, most NCU students eagerly look forward to the Friday of week eight, the midterm break. And as much as we love our jobs, without a doubt most NCU professors look forward… Continue reading

Where Are They Now: Keith Potter

Northwest Christian University Athletics – Where Are They Now: Keith Potter.


“We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19 (NIV) NCU is pleased to welcome 143 new students to the Beacon family! Arriving to campus… Continue reading

NCU Student Teaching in Korea

Teaching over here in Korea has been an adventure. I came here knowing very little about the culture, language, and what I would be teaching. Once I got into my classroom I felt… Continue reading

Practicum Experience form a Student Perspective

My junior practicum has been a blessing in many ways. It challenged me, it made me cry, it made me share laughter and it made me love. It made me love this profession,… Continue reading

Helping High School Students Prepare Financially for College

It should be no surprise that NCU is active in serving our community in a variety of ways. However, it might be a surprise to learn that the financial aid office makes it… Continue reading

Embrace The Community Culture

Who knew that simply partaking of a few diverse cultural experiences could have such an impact on you?  Who knew that they could be so interesting, rewarding, educational and fun?  Who knew that… Continue reading

Greetings Ncuinains from the Stone of Yellow!

This summer I have been working with an organization called A Christian Ministry in The National Parks (ACMNP) in Yellowstone National Park. I have been working alongside two fellow dudes and together we… Continue reading

Looking to the Future by Preserving the Past

There is no more exciting day on a university campus than commencement. This past May 11 and the graduation of the class of 2013 was no exception. The celebration of hard work and… Continue reading

Reflection on Practicum by Maren Mansfield

This past semester I did my practicum at Irvine Elementary in the Bethel School District.  My cooperating teacher’s name was Mary Loftin and she was extremely amazing to work with. As I started… Continue reading

The Unity of the Trancendentals

Throughout Christian history, the faithful have recognized that truth, goodness, and beauty, are inseparable.  Truth is both good and beautiful; goodness is beautiful and true; and beauty is both true and good.  This… Continue reading

Mexico Mission Trip

Seven students and three NCU staff leaders had the blessing of participating in a mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico spring break 2013. For many of our students this was their first time going… Continue reading

NCU students to San Francisco over the spring break week

Over spring break I had the pleasure of being one of the two staff members who accompanied seven NCU students to San Francisco, Calif., over the spring break week. We worked with a… Continue reading

Stock RePlugged

A friendly, get-to-know you dinner to welcome NCU’s new Campus Pastor, that’s all it was intended to be. Little did Melissa and Matthew Stock ’92 know that this informal dinner with Troy Dean… Continue reading

Celebrating Book Publications

Student; professor. Fiction; textbook. First timer; accomplished author. Two books, as different as can be, but both accomplishments worthy of celebrating. In December 2012, NCU student Heidi Gori self-published her first novel: “A… Continue reading


NCU Board of Trustee member and University donor Marvin Eckfeldt ’58 shares his thoughts as to why he, and others, find it important to donate to the NCU endowed scholarship fund at the… Continue reading

A Second Chance to a Better Life

I’m not the traditional NCU undergraduate student. I didn’t have the privilege of attending college straight out of high school. Right after my 17th birthday, family circumstances forced me to move out on… Continue reading

Beacons Caring for Others

200 people gathered together in a small elementary school gym to face one of the biggest issues in America – child hunger. 1 in 3 children will go hungry when their school is… Continue reading

Media Explodes over Luke Jackson

The Northwest Christian University athletic department announced during a press conference Wednesday, February 20 at 12:15 pm in the lobby of the Morse Event Center. At that time NCU introduced former NBA and Oregon… Continue reading

What’s Your Calling?

What’s your calling?  This question resonates deeply with me –both as a Christian called to share the love of Jesus and as a career development professional passionate about empowering others to use their… Continue reading

51-Year Tradition Exceeds Expectations

The fifty-first annual Bash-Whisler Bible reading contest overshot expectations on a number of counts. We had the largest entry in several years, and all six of the students who won awards were first-time… Continue reading

Scholarship Season is Upon Us

One of the most common questions I receive from student is “are there scholarships I can apply for?” The answer is always yes, however if you end up sitting in my office with… Continue reading

These are a Few of My Favorite Things

Being called to work at a Christian University is an incredible opportunity and something that I do not take for granted.  I am reminded daily that I have been blessed with this opportunity. … Continue reading

The Presence of God

My first semester at NCU has been one of the best experiences of my life. Before attending I was asked to be the newest member of Virtue, and it has been a challenging… Continue reading

Listen! Can You Hear That Music?

It’s that time of year! … wait, don’t get the wrong idea. I don’t mean the time of year when everyone spends all their money shopping, when gifts are given to every “good”… Continue reading

A Few Things I Learned: Personal Branding, Networking and Follow-Through.

On November 1st, I attended the Junior Networking event sponsored by the NCU Career Development and Alumni Association. A bunch of friends and I signed up, and we had a blast at the… Continue reading

First Impressions

The NCU Alumni Association is pleased to welcome alumna Mindy (Knight) Lockard ’98 as the guest presenter for the November 1, 2012 Jr. Networking event. Lockard’s presentation will provide tips to students on… Continue reading

Speakin’ Beacons off to a busy start

Thirty years ago, the United States Army’s slogan was “We do more before 9 AM than most people do all day.” Well, this year I feel as though the Speakin’ Beacons have done… Continue reading

History Club’s Marvelous Museum Adventure

NCU’s newly-minted History Club commemorated the sesquicentennial Eugene’s founding on October 17, 1862 with its first off-campus adventure.  Ten students and two faculty members began the celebration by participating in the dedication of… Continue reading

Visiting Writers Series

One of the most significant parts of my education was the opportunity to attend events where authors read from their work.  When I first started college, literature seemed to exist in the past;… Continue reading

Unexpected meeting in Florida…..

In July, I had the opportunity to travel to Orlando, Florida to attend the North American Christian Convention (NACC).  Now, let me remind you what I just said; Florida in July.  The combination… Continue reading

The Best Thing

George McDonald once said, “Man finds it hard to get what he wants, because he does not want the best; God finds it hard to give, because He would give the best, and… Continue reading

Beacon Run to Raise Mission Trip Donations

On September 29th, Northwest Christian University’s office of Residence Life and Alumni Association held the 2nd annual Beacon Run, a 2.5 mile run/walk around the Willamette River near downtown Eugene. Several students, their… Continue reading

I hope you (students) . . . are ready for a great year.

The campus is abuzz with new and returning students beginning NCU’s 118th year. Wednesday, August 29 was the first day of classes and I thought I might share some of the thoughts surrounding… Continue reading

Time Capsule in the Chemistry and Cell Biology Multidisciplinary Laboratory

In some distant future there will be a construction worker or member of the NCU Family sifting through the rubble that once was the EC201 Chemistry and Cell Biology Multidisciplinary Laboratory within the… Continue reading