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Olivet Nazarene University Pictorial History

Jul 21, 2016



Tragedy has done its best to destroy Olivet Nazarene University.Through bankruptcy, a devastating fire and a tornado, ONU has persevered and grown into one of the finest Christian universities in the nation. The book is arranged thematically, using the words of the Olivet alma mater as the link from one chapter to the next.
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  • Table ofContentsI N T RODU C T I ONJohn C. Bowling, University President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

    TO A LMA MAT E R , O L I V E TA Historical Sketch of the UniversityGary W. Streit, University Provost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

    WE L I F T O U R V O I C E I N P R A I S EPraise through MusicHarlow E. Hopkins, Class of 1953 and Harriet (Boughhan) Hopkins, Class of 1953 . . . . . . . . . . . .25

    NO B L E S TA ND A RD S WH I C H W E L L H O L D T I L L E N D I N G O F O U R D AY SAcademic ExcellenceGregg Chenoweth, Class of 1990 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41

    T IM E W E S P E N T W I T H I N T H E S E WA L L SThe Olivet ExperienceSusan (Myers) Williams, Class of 1969 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63

    F O R H E R E W E L E A RN E D T O K NOW O F T R U THEducation With a Christian PurposeLeora (Windoffer) Legacy, Class of 1968 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83

    MY O L I V E T, O U R O L I V E TSchool Spirit through AthleticsHeather (Kinzinger) Shaner, Class of 1998 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109

    E P I L O G U EJohn C. Bowling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .136

  • [ 12 ] To Alma Mater, Olivet

    just south and west of the main campus,

    and now home to ROTC classes and

    intramural sports fields. The School

    of Graduate and Continuing Studies

    established a Chicago Regional Center

    in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, and

    moved their administrative offices in

    Bourbonnais to greatly expand facilities

    at Heritage Place.

    When Dr. John C. Bowling became

    president of Olivet in July 1991, he

    was intent on building on the solid

    foundation laid by those who had

    preceded him, but at the same time

    he realized the fast-approaching 21st

    century required a new vision and

    progressive changes, especially in the

    area of information technology. So one

    of his priorities set forth in his Agenda

    for Excellence was the development

    of an electronic campus to enhance

    instructional presentation and delivery

    and to ensure technological literacy.

    Today, Olivet provides wireless access

    throughout the campus, including all

    classrooms and residence hall rooms;

    a fully computerized library and

    learning resource center; a distance

    learning classroom; 80 smart class-

    rooms; and over 25 computer labs. (89.7 WONU), a 24-hour

    35,000 watt radio station licensed by the

    FCC as a non-commercial educational

    FM station, is an educational and public

    relations arm of the University. Radio

    broadcast training began with Professor

    George Snyder in 1946 with a campus-

    only broadcast station known as WONC

    WONC radio studios on

    the fourth floor of Burke

    Administration Building,


    Tornado of April 17,

    1963 strikes hard at

    this northwest corner

    of Burke Administration

    Building. Many windows

    were blown out.

  • [ 14 ] To Alma Mater, Olivet

    that transmitted through electrical

    lines on campus to individual radios.

    In 1967, Professor Ray H. Moore set

    up WKOC-fm radio studios in Ludwig

    Center with 10 watts of power. Power

    was raised to 421 watts in 1983. The

    studios moved to Benner Library in

    1988 for the new 35,000 watt station.

    In 2003, WONU-FM and broadcasting

    classes moved from the north wing of

    Benner Library to a retrofitted building

    next to the Admissions Center on

    Main Street, and the Department of

    Communication and Digital Media

    Two graduates at

    Burke Administration

    Building preparing

    for commencement


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    offices and classes moved into that

    vacated space, including new television,

    graphic arts and photography studios.

    In 2004, President Bowling introduced

    to the Olivet family the theme Promises

    to Keep as the focal point for the next

    major capital campaign, focused on

    funding the construction of the

    Centennial Chapel. This impressive

    facility will give to the Olivet community

    a permanent home for both her public

    worship as well as cultural events.

    In 2005, the North Central

    Association reaffirmed Olivets

    Dean Carl S. McClain

    proudly displays his

    memoirs, I Remember

    my fifty-seven years at

    Olivet Nazarene College,


  • [ 16 ] To Alma Mater, Olivet

    accreditation for the maximum period

    of ten years with no stipulations.

    A major reorganization of academic

    divisions, departments and schools was

    implemented that same year, resulting

    in the creation of the College of Arts

    and Sciences, the School of Education,

    the School of Professional Studies,

    the School of Theology and Christian

    Ministry, and the School of Graduate

    and Continuing Studies. Each school is

    led by a dean who, in turn, works closely

    with the newly designated provost.

    At this Centennial moment, Olivet

    rests on the shoulders of 100 years

    of dreams and determination

    of tears and triumph of reversals

    and revival of fear and faithfulness.

    2007 A dream A campus of

    250 acres with 40 buildings 422

    faculty and staff 4,500 students

    a new beginning a University


    Selden Kelley Jr. stands

    beside a portrait of his

    father Selden D. Kelley

    Sr., Olivet president

    194849, and Selden

    Dee Kelley III at right,

    who graduated from

    Olivet in May 1978.

  • [ 18 ] To Alma Mater, Olivet

    T H E O C L U B

    from the early 40s

    Mens O Club.

    Womens O Club.

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    In 1941, Walker Hall

    was used as faculty


    C A M P U S B U I L D I N G S

    Gymnasium Walker Hall

    Constructed by

    St. Viator College,

    the Olivet Gymnasium

    covered 5/8 of an acre.

  • [ 20 ] To Alma Mater, Olivet

    C A M P U S B U I L D I N G S

    Burke Administration Building Chapman Hall

    West view in 1940 of

    Chapman Hall, originally

    built in 1906 as Roy

    Memorial Hall by

    St. Viator College.

    West view of Burke

    Administration Building,

    built in 1906 as Marsile-

    Alumni Hall by St. Viator


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    A P R I L 1 6 , 1 9 6 3

    Olivet Campus Trailerville

    Effects of the 1963

    tornado that swept

    across the campus which

    demolished Trailerville,

    housing for married

    students, along with

    damaging effects to

    several buildings.

  • [ 26 ] To Alma Mater, Olivet

    itself, expressed President John C.

    Bowling in the 75th Anniversary

    Concert Band Homecoming program

    in 1991.

    In the early years, music was indeed

    a vital part of the life of Olivet through

    the pioneering efforts of Rev. DeCamp,

    Olin Waltz, Claude Dent, J. Glenn

    Gould, Professor Peake, his daughter

    Mrs. Irene Price, and others.

    But a significant new era began in

    1932 when Walter Burdick Larsen

    arrived to teach. He met senior student

    Naomi Tripp, and they married in

    1933. Thus, the partnership was

    formed that began a deeply spiritual

    and dedication-to-quality crescendo

    that continues to this day.

    Margaret (Flint) Woodruff 42


    The Larsens, though receiving

    inadequate and unpredictable salaries,

    nevertheless regularly traveled by train

    to Chicago to study with the renowned

    faculty of the American Conservatory

    of Music. We students who were paying

    Walter B. and Naomi

    Larsen in 1941. They

    led Olivets Department

    of Music from 1932

    to 1972.

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    Olivets modest tuitions were

    receiving the conservatorys excellence

    once removed. It is not possible

    to exaggerate the Larsens investment

    of money, talent, discipline and energy.

    Sacrifice was the trademark of all

    Olivets early faculty, but no department

    was more the beneficiary of faculty

    commitment than was music!

    The naming of Larsen Fine Arts

    Center in their memory in 1982 affirmed

    the musical influence their dedicated

    lives had on Olivet and her students.

    A significant portion of the Larsen

    legacy resides in the choral tradition

    that was established in 1932 with

    the founding of Orpheus Choir by

    Dr. Larsen, its first conductor. Upon

    his untimely death in 1957, Mrs. Larsen

    became the choirs conductor, followed

    by Dr. D. George Dunbar 58 in 1972,

    and Dr. Jeffrey Bell 81 in 1999. During

    the 1950s, Orpheus Choir sang Handels

    Messiah each December and toured for

    ten days on the educational region each

    spring. In addition to the many campus

    appearances each year, the Dunbar era

    The Orpheus Choir

    was established and

    conducted by Dr. Walter

    B. Larsen in 1932. This

    photo of the choir was

    taken in the Burke

    Administration Building

    lobby in 1941.

  • [ 32 ] To Alma Mater, Olivet

    have served God through their musical

    gifts and talents as professors, teachers,

    artists, performers, church musicians,

    band and orchestra members, and choir

    members around the world. Notable

    are Roger McMurrin 61, conductor

    of the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and

    Chorus, and renowned duo pianists

    Nielson and Young. Pianist and

    composer Stephen Nielson served at

    Olivet as an artist in residence from

    197178; pianist, organist, composer,

    conductor Ovid Young 62 served at

    Olivet as an instructor and assistant

    professor in piano from 196575, then

    as an adjunct lecturer in music from

    197578. Since 1976, Olivets president

    has commissioned Young to arrange

    a specially selected hymn to be sung

    by Orpheus Choir at the annual

    baccalaureate service. Because of his

    exemplary service to Olivet and his

    witness around the world, Olivet

    conferred the honorary Doctor of

    Letters on Young in 1985.

    Olivets instrumental music history

    began with string and orchestral

    ensembles. In the late 1940s, orchestra

    Praise Song The

    Piano and Orchestra

    of Ovid Young, 1972.

  • we lift our voice in praise [ 33 ]

    The Comforter Has

    Come A Decade of

    Inspiration, 1985.

    1967 Homecoming

    Concert Recorded

    Live, Harlow Hopkins,

    Conductor and Ovid

    Young, Orchestral


    conductors included Eldon Basney,

    Don Hustad, Lowell Burroughs, Walter

    Larsen, Kenneth Bade 49 and Harlow

    Hopkins 53. Neal Woodruff 91

    serves as the current orchestra


    A band began at Olivet in 191011.

    In 1933, Walter Larsen brought the

    band back into existence, after an

    absence of six years, under the direction

    of J. Richard Sullivan. The tragic fire

    in 1939 destroyed the meager collection

    of music and the few college-owned

    instruments. In 194041, under the

    leadership of A. Harold Fitzgerrel

    41, the band was born again, and

    instrumental music was introduced as a

    part of the college curriculum. In 1991,

    Fitzgerrel returned to conduct the band

    at the 75th anniversary concert.

    Harlow E. Hopkins served as

    director of bands from 1957-96.

    Touring began in 1963 the day

    after the April 17 tornado. Dean Willis

    Snowbarger said, The concert band

    should go ahead with its plans

    well have 35 fewer mouths to feed.

    The bands first General Assembly

  • [ 34 ] To Alma Mater, Olivet

    The Olivetians, 1964.

    The Olivetians, 1970.

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    Aeolian Singers: Fonda

    Bearinger, Virginia Trent,

    Kathryn Zook, Mabel

    Grubb, Leah Voigt and

    Lois Carpenter, 1941.

    appearance took place in 1968 in

    Kansas City. During the Hopkins era,

    several nationally known conductors

    occupied the podium including

    Frederick C. Ebbs, Mark H. Hindsley,

    Ray E. Cramer, Mark S. Kelley and

    John P. Paynter.

    Concert Band remains strong today

    under the leadership of Dr. Neal

    McMullian. With necessary and gratifying

    support from the administration, the

    marching band returned in 2004 for the

    first football game with 85 members and

    a one-time guest appearance by a fully

    uniformed euphonium player named

    John Bowling.

    Let all the people praise thee,

    Let all the people praise thee,

    Let all the people praise thy name

    Forever and forevermore.

    Praise. Visit a chapel service at Olivet

    and you will see and hear the praises

    of the Olivet family lift to God. Then

    you will know that the prayers and

    praises of those early founders have

    been honored; moreover, their prayers

    and praises continue through the

    prayers and praises of todays Olivet

    family. And these hearts lifted in

    praise have a lasting impact:

  • Whenever I hear an orchestra tuning,

    I am taken back to Chalfant Hall.

    I am on the choir risers waiting for

    a rehearsal or concert to begin. The

    memories most dear to me, however, are

    of Harlow Hopkins or Naomi Larsen as

    they conducted with tears spilling down

    their cheeks. The music touched them,

    and it touched us as well. I remember

    fighting back tears as I sang Messiah

    for the last time. The Scripture was so

    meaningful and the music so inspiring.

    Patricia Wright 75

    I was thinking recently about how

    many churches today have moved away

    from singing hymns in worship services

    and how I miss them. My thoughts go

    back to Olivets chapel, and the times

    when Dr. Hopkins would lead us in

    singing from the hymnal. In particular,

    I enjoyed Wonderful Grace of Jesus

    each semester. The hymn was written

    by Haldor Lillenas in 1918, and the

    message embodied in the song is as

    true today as it was when it was

    penned. That song ranks as one of my

    favorites because of its powerful lyrics

    and the fondness I have for hearing

    a thousand people sing in harmony.

    It is an experience that has lived with

    me from my Olivet days until now.

    May it ever remain!

    Duane Romey 90

    I will exalt you, my God the King; I

    will praise your name for ever and ever.

    Every day I will praise you and extol

    your name for ever and ever.

    Great is the Lord and most worthy of

    praise; his greatness no one can fathom.

    One generation will commend your

    works to another; they will tell of

    your mighty acts.

    My mouth will speak in praise of the

    Lord. Let every creature praise his holy

    name for ever and ever.

    Psalm 145:1-4, 21 NIV

    [ 36 ] To Alma Mater, Olivet

  • we lift our voice in praise [ 37 ]

    The Sound Foundation,


    Byron Carmony and

    Ray H. Moore record

    many of Carmonys

    songs about Olivet

    on campus in 1987.

    The Collegians Mens

    Quartet, 1967.