I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the past. Not just my past, but just “the past.” Times are rapidly changing as we are all aware of, but I think it’s healthy to take a moment to breathe and appreciate where we come from. As a student of MNU, I should probably know more about the history of MNU, but don’t you worry! I’ve done my research.
First off, a pioneer is someone who “is among the first to explore a new country or area” (Google’s definition). We have this phrase or motto which clarifies “We are NOT settlers, we are PIONEERS!” It’s pretty catchy if I do say so myself. My take on our motto is: we don’t settle for less, but we strive for greatness and look for all the possible opportunities in life.
Some guy a long, long time ago had this wild idea to start a school. I couldn’t find in my research but if I recall correctly, this guy was given loans from the Nazarene Church. They saw his passion and decided to help out. Then, in 1966, God said, “Let there be MidAmerica Nazarene. On top of a hill. In Kansas.” And at that time it wasn’t quite a University. All of the buildings that stand tall now weren’t always here obviously. I wish I could say when the dorms were built, but I’m not exactly sure.
In 1968, 263 students walked through the doors of MidAmerica. The president at the time was R. Curtis Smith. He seems like a pretty cool guy! He was the first of five total presidents that this school has seen. Our wonderful president now, Dr. David Spittal is doing a tremendous job of keeping this school on its feet and growing the people in it.
MNU was at one time called “MANC” which also stands for MidAmerica Nazarene College. My parents and grandparents still sometimes call it Manc and I have to ask them to say it again correctly. The “College” part of the name was replaced with “University” in 1977 because we’re just special like that.
With all this lovely information I have given you, there’s also a video to go along with it. As freshman we were shown this at the beginning of the year. It’s pretty cool and it’s short stay entertained for another minute or two!
Now that you know a little bit more the beautiful MNU, have a great week!!