Honors Program Graduates First Class

Jul. 26, 2013 - by Carol Best

Honors Students Excel: Finish in Three Years

July 26, 2013

An impressive group of four young women graduated this May in the inaugural class of MNU’s honors program. The graduates completed bachelor’s degrees in just three years with two earning double majors while one was dual enrolled in the pharmacy program at the University of Missouri at Kansas City during her senior year.

Dr. Mark Hayse, professor of Christian education and honors program director says the students each completed 18 credit hours of honors coursework and 180 hours of community service-leadership as part of the requirements to earn an honors certificate upon graduation.

The students’ interests were varied. Erin Ashley focused her studies on a double major in psychology and sociology. English major Amanda Neufeld was also editor of the university’s Trailblazer newspaper. Rebekah Wilkins, chemistry and forensic chemistry major , interned as an analyst at the Johnson County crime lab while twin sister Christina Wilkins, a biology major, served as freshman class chaplain and a Trailblazer writer.

Hayse says the honors program aims to enrich gifted students with opportunities to study subjects they would not otherwise study. Students often study abroad, complete internships and practicums and enjoy interacting with honors students from other universities through MNU’s membership in The National Collegiate Honors Council.

Honors Program Grads 2013 Web2Dr. Mark Hayse, honors program director, (middle) with the inaugural class of honors graduates May 2013. Left to right: Erin Ashley – psychology and sociology, Christina Wilkins – biology, Amanda Neufeld – English, Rebekah Wilkins – chemistry, forensic chemistry.

Students may apply for acceptance if they have at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale and at least a cumulative 28 on the ACT. 

“I love the curious minds and tender hearts that are represented in our honors program,” Hayse says.  “Those students want to integrate faith and learning. They have come to MNU already along the way in that regard. We function as a kind of midwife—assisting in the divine work of transformation that is already occurring in their lives.”

 

MNU News

Sunday, August 30
Recent News
List
Grid
Archives
CC Flags
MNU Rekindles American Heritage Week

MNU Rekindles American Heritage Week

In preparation for MNU’s 50th anniversary in 2016, the university is reintroducing programs and traditions that hold significant value to its students, alumni, staff and faculty. The Donald S. Metz…

Read More
Q in Haiti
New Passion to Serve Project Has $50,000 Goal

New Passion to Serve Project Has $50,000 Goal

MNU’s 2015-2016 Passion to Serve project will benefit four communities in Haiti. Students will guide efforts to raise $50,000 to install a soccer…

Read More
Prayer Walk 2014
Public Invited to Pioneer Prayer Walk 2015 Aug. 27

Public Invited to Pioneer Prayer Walk 2015 Aug. 27

MNU Associated Student Government invites members of the Olathe and surrounding community to join students, faculty and staff in Pioneer Prayer Walk,…

Read More
Hodges 7x7 2015
Creativity and Precision: Knitted Together

Creativity and Precision: Knitted Together

For MNU professor Abby Hodges, there is a beautiful similarity between spinning her own yard from sheep’s wool, and observing the science of the…

Read More
Overholt
Prof’s Research Finds Good News: Solar Events Unlikely Cause of Birth Defects

Prof’s Research Finds Good News: Solar Events Unlikely Cause of Birth Defects

Physics professor Dr. Andrew Overholt has made science headlines again, this time with his research on the effects of solar events on birth…

Read More
IMG 1889
SERVEteams Assist Drexel Church After Flooding

SERVEteams Assist Drexel Church After Flooding

Justin Barnes, a junior English and Intercultural Studies major from Olathe at MNU is lending his help this summer at Drexel, Missouri’s Victory…

Read More
FOE Team 2015
Foundations of Excellence Project Launches

Foundations of Excellence Project Launches

Faculty and staff chosen to be on the Foundations of Excellence task force studying MNU's first year student experience are in Asheville, North…

Read More
UO8A1215
Bringing a passion for the past into the present

Bringing a passion for the past into the present

History means something special to MNU graduate Sarah Wacker (’15). Her inspiration for American history stems from memories of her grandfather, of…

Read More
Lauren Glenn Mark
More Games Needed in the Classroom

More Games Needed in the Classroom

To engage today's learnings, more games should be utilized in the classroom. Games and learning are not at odds according to conference keynoter Glenn Wiebe a curriculum & technology integration…

Read More
Sports
Pioneers Break Scoring Record in Opener

Pioneers Break Scoring Record in Opener

#8 FB vs. Culver-Stockton | W 80-34 

 
Pioneers Back on Winning Track

Pioneers Back on Winning Track

The Pioneers were back in action Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Field...(click title for more)

 
Krohn Shines as MNU Beats Northwestern 4-1

Krohn Shines as MNU Beats Northwestern 4-1

WSOC vs. Northwestern | W 4-1 

 
Latest Photos
Prayer Walk 2015 By Josiah Crandall
Prayer Walk 2015 By Josiah Crandall
Prayer Walk 2015 By Josiah Crandall
Prayer Walk 2015 By Josiah Crandall
Students gather to pray outside Campus Center during the Prayer Walk 2015 By Josiah Crandall
Students gather to pray outside Campus Center during the Prayer Walk 2015 By Josiah Crandall