Student Story Goes Viral

Oct. 18, 2013 - by Carol Best

Editorial

By Carol Best
October 18, 2013

Google “Granny Franny MidAmerica” and you’ll find nearly five pages of links to media sharing our story on Frances Wood’s return to college at 82, and her honorary “Granny Homecoming Queen” award. This feel-good human interest story has truly gone viral. In fact, Wood reports she’s had calls from two nationally syndicated TV shows interested in her story.

From California, to Georgia, to New York and Seattle, people are tweeting and sharing the story on Facebook and other social media. Why is this story resonating with so many? One reason is it is good news and that’s hard to find in our world. Another reason is Frances Wood’s love for life and activity at age 82 is inspiring. We would all like to be just like her at that age. Finally, people love to hear that the younger and older generations can get along, and that Wood has been genuinely welcomed on campus with open arms.

All we can say is yes, this story is authentically MNU.

 frannyscreenshot

 

 

MNU News

Saturday, December 10
Recent News
List
Grid
Archives
Straley-5
Alum Mixes Faith and Forensic Science

Alum Mixes Faith and Forensic Science

When forensic science comes to mind, scenes from CSI and NCIS may flash before your eyes. What you might not think about is one’s faith. But 2015 alum Hannah Straley has figured out how to balance…

Read More
GivingTuesday IG-firstphoto
Today is MNU Giving Tuesday

Today is MNU Giving Tuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday, the global day of giving fueled by social media and the collective support of millions. MNU’s goal is to reach 500 donations today and here’s how you can participate. All…

Read More
Spittal Official Headshot 2012 small edited
Spittal Elected to Second Five-Year Term at MNU

Spittal Elected to Second Five-Year Term at MNU

MidAmerica Nazarene University’s Board of Trustees unanimously passed a renewal vote for a five-year term of its fifth president, Dr. David J.…

Read More
Cunninghams 2014 Cathedral Builders Award
Student Center To Be Named After Cunninghams

Student Center To Be Named After Cunninghams

When MNU’s Bright Futures: the campaign for MNU was announced last month, many were delighted to hear that the new Student Center would be named…

Read More
IMG 0115
Scholarship Challenge Set for Jan. 27-28, 2017

Scholarship Challenge Set for Jan. 27-28, 2017

MNU’s second annual Scholarship Challenge is set for Jan. 27-28, 2017. The best and brightest high school seniors can compete at this year’s…

Read More
GivingTuesday IG-firstphoto-v2
Giving Tuesday is Nov. 29 at MNU

Giving Tuesday is Nov. 29 at MNU

Giving Tuesday, the global day of giving fueled by social media and the collective support of millions, is Nov. 29. This year MNU will participate in the philanthropic movement now in its fifth year.…

Read More
Emily Phillips 1
Senior’s Compassion Grows Through Internships

Senior’s Compassion Grows Through Internships

When student Emily Phillips went to Greece to intern with Nazarene Compassionate Ministries in the Syrian refugee camps, she wasn’t expecting her…

Read More
Students Walking
MNU Receives $300K from Sunderland Foundation for New Student Center

MNU Receives $300K from Sunderland Foundation for New Student Center

The proposed Cunningham Student Center is part of the new Bright Futures: the campaign for MNU, a three-priority, multi-year campaign for $61…

Read More
Nursing Sim I
Collaboration with Olathe Fire Department Makes Realistic Simulation for Students

Collaboration with Olathe Fire Department Makes Realistic Simulation for Students

Yesterday the Olathe Fire Department participated in a collaborative simulation with pre licensure nursing students at MNU. For students it started…

Read More
Sports
Gameday Central

Gameday Central

#3 WBB vs. Graceland | W 108-61 MBB vs. Graceland | Olathe, KS | 4:00 Live Stats | PSN Audio | HD Video Twitter: @mnusports

 
Post-Season Honors Released

Post-Season Honors Released

The NAIA & NSCAA released the 2016 All-America & All-Midwest Region Teams this week and the Pioneers were well represented...(click title for more)

 
Randall on Fire as MNU Tops Culver

Randall on Fire as MNU Tops Culver

Justin Randall was 11-15 from the field as MNU beat Culver-Stockton 85-76 on Wednesday...(click title for more)

 
Latest Photos
Olathe Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting
Ice Skating
Ice Skating
Ice Skating
Thrid Half
Thrid Half