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They all have different motivating forces behind the pursuit of a college degree. But the outcome is similar. Happy faces, proud families and a huge sense of accomplishment. MNU graduates celebrate the achievement of a dream.
Hilda Nguthu-Bell ('12) and daughter Nazara Wambui have a lot to celebrate. Hilda says Nazara had to be patient while Hilda was in classes and doing tons of homework to complete her degree. Now she says Nazara might get to to to Chuckie Cheese since Hilda has more free time. "But that's why you do it," she said. "You do it for them."
All ROTC graduates are commissioned at commencement, but it was even more special for Army Cadet Kaitlyn Inch ('12), a business administration major. She was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant by her father, Brigadier General Mark Inch.
Carl Bowlby ('12) can't hold back the excitement of graduation festivities. The Missouri native earned a degree in theatre.
MidAmerica Nazarene University School of Nursing and Health Science announced today that, for the fourth year in a row, it has been selected as a grant recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN). MNU will receive $100,000 to support students in the school’s accelerated Bachelor of Science in nursing program who are considered underrepresented in the field of nursing.
The NCIN Scholarship Program was launched in 2008 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to address the national nursing shortage, develop a diverse professional nursing workforce, and fuel the pipeline of nurse faculty and leaders.
At MNU, 10 scholarships of $10,000 each will be awarded to students entering the accelerated nursing program in January 2013. With the addition of this grant, the NCIN program will have supported 35 students in four years at MNU, and will continue to develop culturally competent health professionals and future leaders of the profession.
According to Gwen Wagner, assistant professor of nursing and NCIN coordinator, the grant has had a positive impact on MNU’s programming in addition to financial support provided to individual students.
“With the support and tools provided by RWJF, we have developed a mentoring program for our scholars drawing upon the expertise of nursing professionals in our MSN program,” Wagner said. “In addition, a leadership program has been developed for the NCIN program, in which all our accelerated students can participate. An annual summit and regular webinars provide opportunities for collaboration and the sharing of ideas with other accelerated nursing programs across the nation.”
The MNU School of Nursing and Health Science joins 54 other schools of nursing receiving this year’s funding. Additionally, the university’s ABSN program is one of only eight in the nation to have received four consecutive rounds of funding for the NCIN Scholarship Program.
The School of Nursing and Health Science offers an accelerated Master of Science in Nursing and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the following formats: an RN to BSN, an Accelerated BSN and a traditional BSN program. MNU’s main campus is located on 105 acres in Olathe, Kan. Select nursing programs are also offered online. Additional on-site locations include Liberty, Mo., North Kansas City Hospital and Neosho County Community College’s Ottawa campus.
MNU received the Certificate of Excellence from the Kansas State Board of Nursing for a pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam that exceeds the national average among first-time test-takers in 2011. The ABSN Class of 2011 had a 100% first-time pass rate and 93% of the traditional BSN Class of 2011 passed on the first attempt.
More information on nursing education at MNU may be found at www.mnu.edu/nursing.
2012 marks reunions for the Classes of 2007, 2002, 1997, 1992, 1987, 1982, 1977, and the first ever 40 Year Reunion for the Class of 1972.
The Pioneer Class Reunion for '72 - '75 is a very special occasion, so if you are a graduate of the Pioneer Class, make sure you don't miss this landmark event! All class reunions should check in under the Big Tent. Reunions will take place in the Bell Cultural Events Center. Kids activities and inflatables will be available near the Big Tent.
To register for your reunion, click here.
You can join your Class Reunion Facebook group at www.mnu.edu/stay-connected.