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North Park University Polynesian night — “Taste of the Pacific”

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North Park University- Chicago Polynesian students held a Polynesian night — Taste of the Pacific — last week Friday night. Center standing, is the head coach of the school’s football team, Mike Conway and his wife Beth, who the students would like to recognize as their ‘home away from home’ couple.

Conway has led a delegation of recruiters from North Park University to American Samoa to visit all local high schools — public and private — and told Samoa News at the time that the importance of family here in the territory and the way local parents raise their children is great, and this is evident through the performance of the Samoan students at North Park.

“We are here to brag about our Samoan students,” he said. “Most colleges just recruit kids and bring them on campus, and then leave them. With us, once the kids arrive on campus, we start rolling up our sleeves and do what we can to help them succeed. These kids’ families are trusting us and we take that as a tremendous responsibility not only to those families but to the island as a whole, to ensure that the students succeed.”

North Park University was founded in 1891 by the Evangelical Covenant Church and is located on Chicago's north side, with an enrollment of 3,200 students from around the country and the world. It is a Division III school and ranked in the Top 50 schools in their region.