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Blog Parents

The Last Frontier

May was National Mental Health Awareness Month. The goal was and is to take down the stigma associated with mental health challenges. We have a long way to go. In fact, in most churches communities, mental illness is...

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Blog Alumni, Alumni Spotlight

Beyond the Degree: Joann Pittman

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

Wednesday, June 3, 2020


Message From Dr. Cureton Regarding Recent Events

My heart and soul are crushed with grief. What happened to George Floyd on Monday evening was unjust and evil, done in plain sight. It was shameful, disgusting, and disheartening. The video of the event was difficult to...

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Blog Parents

Parenting in a Pandemic

Parenting does not come with a handbook. If it did, we would have thrown out the book and ordered up a new one when everything we learned got turned upside down by each new kid in the family. Even without instructions,...

Monday, May 4, 2020

Blog Alumni, Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Spotlight: Stepping Into Levi's Hope

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

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Blog Parents

God's Part, Our Part

In the wake of a pandemic, steep stock market plunges, and seismic shifts in the delivery of education, it would be easy to say that God’s role—His part—is to protect us from contracting disease, facing devastation, and...

Monday, March 30, 2020

News Faculty

Tribute to Dr. Jeremy Kolwinska

On Friday, March 13, University of Northwestern – St. Paul received the sad news that Dr. Jeremy Kolwinska, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, passed away...

Friday, March 20, 2020


In This Way, the World Can Recover

In difficult times such as these, it is important to remind ourselves that we are not the first Christians to walk the grim road through a devastating pandemic. Fellow believers throughout history, from diverse nations...

Monday, March 16, 2020

Blog Academics, Faculty

Write for Your Life

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

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Blog Alumni, Alumni Spotlight, Athletics

Alumni Spotlight: Beyond the Court

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

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Blog Parents

Which Lane Am I In?

“My way or the highway.” You know the parents I am referencing. Some of us called them Mom or Dad! There are still parents that believe a firm stance is a way to earn respect or that shaming children is a way to gain...

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Blog Church, Christian Ministries, Faculty

Managing Conflict in Ministry

How does my ability to handle conflict well impact my ability to live out my calling? In this article, Dr. Megan Brown, Associate Professor of Christian Ministries, discusses tools for handling conflict and...

Monday, February 17, 2020

News Academics, Students, UNW News

New 3D Digital Cadaver Lab Provides Access to Hundreds of Human Specimens at the Touch of a Finger

Students at University of Northwestern now have access to one of the most state-of-the art human anatomy labs in the state of Minnesota. With the touch of a finger, students can digitally dissect and study hundreds of...

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

News Academics, Career Development, Students, UNW News

UNW Junior Steps into a Competitive Internship for the 2020 Minnesota Legislative Session

Junior History major Luke LeBrun secured a competitive internship with the Minnesota State Senate for the 2020 legislative session. This is the second consecutive year a University of Northwestern – St. Paul student has...

Friday, January 31, 2020

Blog Academics, Alumni, Faculty

The Art of Beginning: 5 Ways to Invigorate Your Writing

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

Friday, January 31, 2020

Blog Parents

Their World—And Ours

The saying goes, “If you can’t beat them, join them.” As a parent, I hope I am not foolishly trying to act like my twenty-something. However, showing interest in what my student’s world looks like—and how they look at...

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Blog Alumni, Alumni Spotlight, Ministry & Missions

Alumni Spotlight: Introducing the McDermotts

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

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Blog Communication, Community

Writing for Wonder and Joy

Six years ago today I got my first book deal. I also had my first panic attack. Publishing was very hard for me, almost every single step. So hard, in fact, that I had a long crisis of identity about whether I even...

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Blog Parents

Skirting the New Year

One of the most enlightening conversations over the holidays was about my tree skirt. No, I’m not talking about a skirt with trees on it or a skirt made from trees, although bamboo is big in textiles these days. Imagine...

Monday, January 13, 2020

Blog Students

Around the World in 62 Days

On January 3, 2020, 11 students, two professors, and one additional chaperone are embarking on Northwestern’s Intercultural Internship. They will travel to Cambodia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Japan, finishing with...

Friday, January 3, 2020

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