This year, MNU experienced an historic enrollment boom with a 20 percent increase in incoming freshmen, and a 9 percent increase in overall enrollment. Besides the increase in freshmen, university officials also attribute the growth to a 17 percent increase in transfer students and increases in professional and graduate program enrollment. MNU now enrolls nearly 2,000 students.
Pioneer and Friend Remembered
Physician. Entrepreneur. Risk-taker. Pioneer. Dr. D. Ray Cook was all of those things and more. Dr. Cook passed away suddenly on Nov. 8, 2012, while on a trip to Greece. An MNU board of trustees member for 33 years, Cook was chair of the board from 1999-2009.
MNU president Dr. David Spittal said Cook loved MNU – especially its students.
“Through the years, Dr. Cook provided leadership and generous support for many major improvements to our campus, including the Cook Center, named in his honor; Bell Cultural Events Center; and the Harvest Prayer Sculpture, which was his special gift to our campus,” Spittal said.
Recently retired from his medical practice in Wichita, Kan., Dr. Cook was devoted to his family and his church. Spittal recalled Cook’s desire to help others, especially in ways that would honor his faith.
“Dr. Ray Cook was a true pioneer,” said Spittal. “We honor his life and his memory today and will forever be blessed by his legacy. Today the MNU community celebrates the life of Dr. Ray Cook, and we do so with the knowledge that he is now in the presence of the One he has loved and served.”
Dr. Cook leaves behind his wife Elaine; his daughter Candace Brown (husband, Mark) and their children Ben, Will, Graham and Betsy; his son Chad (wife, Jill) and their children Johnnie, Spencer, Freddie, and Lucy.
More on the life and service of Dr. Cook is at www.mnu.edu/accent/cook.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Awards $100K to MNU School of Nursing
For the fourth year in a row MNU received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN) grant. The $100,000 award supports students in the accelerated Bachelor of Science in nursing program who are considered underrepresented in the field of nursing.
With the addition of this grant, the NCIN program will have supported 35 students in four years at MNU. Tools and support provided by RWJF have also allowed the development of a mentoring program in which students are paired with experienced nursing professionals in the area.
The MNU School of Nursing and Health Science is among 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.
MNU Opens New Location
Professional and Graduate Studies has a new location for its programs in nursing and business. The new facility is just blocks from the main campus at Santa Fe Commons, 13563 S. Mur-Len Road.
Expansion to this new location effectively doubles the space allocated to these programs and provides amenities such as technology-integrated podiums and smart boards, and a state-of-the-art nursing lab and virtual patient center.
MNU Director of Marketing Kim Campbell says the expansion represents another investment in education for the surrounding community.
“MNU has been investing in education for adult learners for 26 years,” Campbell said. “This new facility will enable us to prepare hundreds more business leaders and healthcare providers.