SNU's Dr. Beverly DeVries to be honored in Iowa

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SNU’s Dr. Beverly DeVries to be honored in Orange City, Iowa

Dr. Beverly DeVries, professor of Education at Southern Nazarene University, and her husband, Merlyn, will receive the Distinguished Professional Achievement Award from Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa, during their college’s Homecoming, October 6th – 8th, 2006.

Dr. DeVries earned a B.A. in music education from Northwestern College and was a schoolteacher in Iowa, Michigan and Oklahoma from 1968 to 1989. She earned a master’s degree in education from Western Michigan University in 1980 and a doctorate in education from Oklahoma State University in 1992.

DeVries has authored and co-authored education textbooks on children’s literature, early reading literacy and language construction. In addition, she serves as a reviewer for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the International Reading Association and the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation.

“At Northwestern, I was nurtured by professors who were passionate about their subjects,” said DeVries. “I learned from them that it is more important in life to be where God wants me to be than where I want to be.” “In all my career changes, I have always prayed for God to open doors wide so I would know that’s where He wants me to go.”

DeVries’ husband, Merlyn, also will be honored. He is CFO and Senior Vice President of Finance at Maxcess International, a manufacturer and seller of industrial controls and equipment used in web process manufacturing. Merlyn is responsible for Maxcess’ financial, tax and accounting affairs worldwide. He is also a Habitat for Humanity volunteer.

Both Beverly and Merlyn were raised in northwest Iowa, where Northwestern College is located.

News information provided by Tamara Fynaardt, Public Relations, Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa. Phone #: 712-707-7155 or e-mail