Campus News

March 25, 2013

Panel Focuses On Entrepreneurship


Alana Muller, president of Kauffman FastTrac®, was one of a three-person panel presenting on entrepreneurship at a recent MNU Tuesdays event. Kauffman FastTrac®, an educational program created by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest foundation in the world devoted to entrepreneurship, is now offered at MNU.

Muller says entrepreneurs come from all walks of life and are vital to the economy.

“Research consistently indicates that entrepreneurs and their startups are the primary drivers of economic growth and new jobs in today’s economy,” said Muller.

As a Kauffman FastTrac® partner, MNU offers FastTrac® NewVenture™ for people starting new businesses, and FastTrac® GrowthVenture, for entrepreneurs in established businesses. 

Find out more about MNU’s FastTrac® program at

MNU Hosts Unique Training Session for Mental Health Professionals

dsmMidAmerica Nazarene University presented a workshop for 500 mental health clinicians Feb. 9, entitled, “Preparing for the DSM-5: What the Practicing Clinician Needs to Know.” 

MNU faculty members Dr. Todd Frye, Dr. Todd Bowman, Dr. Earl Bland, and Dr. Scott Koeneman presented changes in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), the handbook used by mental health professionals to maintain standard criteria for the classification of mental disorders.

According to Frye, the manual includes new diagnoses and revised categories that impact the mental health professional’s daily work.

Lessons from The Mountaintop: MNU Celebrates Legacy of King

mlkMNU welcomed the community of Olathe, its leaders, and other dignitaries for its 7th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration on Jan. 22.

Rev. Charles Tillman, black ministries director for the Church of the Nazarene, brought greetings and inspiration as he reflected on changes in racial harmony during his lifetime. Commenting on the diversity represented by the MNU student body and Olathe community, Tillman said, “Our country has gone through a marvelous transformation.”

MNU’s Martin Luther King Jr. Leader Scholars were honored during the program. These students of diverse ethnicities received a Leader Scholars scholarship for academic excellence, community service, and campus leadership.

MNU honored Reverend Alice Piggee-Wallack, founder of True Light Ministries and Emancipation Station Day Center in Kansas City, Mo., with the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Living Legacy Award. Piggee-Wallack runs a shelter and a transitional home for women seeking a better life for themselves and their children. In her 25 years of ministry, the social-worker-turned-ordained-minister has helped hundreds of homeless, mentally ill, and substance abuse survivors in Kansas City’s urban core.

“I don’t do this for recognition,” Piggee-Wallack said. “I do it because I’m called, because I’m passionate, because I love it.”

Several organizations sponsored the event, including the Sprint Foundation, the City of Olathe, and Enterprise Bank & Trust.


nursing2The class of 2012 graduates of MNU’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX) for the second year in a row. According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), 91.66 percent of U.S. educated bachelor’s-prepared nursing graduates passed the test on their first attempt in 2012. MNU’s 2012 traditional BSN program graduates achieved a 93.55 percent first-time pass rate, also surpassing both state and national results.

MNU Senior’s Dream Job at Super Bowl XLVII

fastMichael Fast had the time of his life at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. The senior accounting major worked the event with his summer employer Radio Resource, a two-way radio provider based near Denver. In October, his boss called to ask if he would like to work with them the week before the Super Bowl and at the game.

Fast said he was responsible for setting up radio equipment and making sure it was functional before the game. He also got to participate in Media Day the Tuesday before the Super Bowl. 

“During the game, I was on the field making sure all the radio equipment was working properly, and helping anyone having problems,” said Fast.

After graduation Fast plans to become a certified public accountant and work for a public accounting firm.

“Eventually I would like to go back and get my MBA,” said Fast. “I am open to where the Lord leads me and His plans for me.”

Fast was excited and grateful for the opportunity to work at the Super Bowl.

“Not very many people get to say they get to go to the Super Bowl, let alone be on the field during the game,” he said. “I thank God for this opportunity and pray my work will bring Him glory.”

Record-Breaking Snow

snowIn less than one week this February, two different storms dumped approximately 19.1 inches of snow on campus.  For the first time in MNU history, classes and offices were closed for three days between both storms.

The Facility Services team and ROTC volunteers logged more than 450 hours of snow removal time, with several employees spending the night at the office in order to stay ahead of the storm.

Famed Conductor’s MNU Connection

musicWhen MNU welcomed internationally-acclaimed conductor Eugene Migliaro Corporon as guest conductor of the MNU Band in November, students learned of his MNU connection. Assistant professor of music Dr. Maria Harman had Corporon as her ensemble instructor during her graduate work at the University of North Texas.

Harman says Corporon’s visit to MNU gave students a unique opportunity.

“Students were able to glean wisdom from one of America’s most respected conductors,” said Harman. “Among many things, they learned Corporon’s four fundamental precepts of playing: ‘You must be in tune, in tone, in time, and in touch.’”

Corporon is famed for his work with wind ensembles, and serves as conductor of the Wind Symphony, Regents professor of music, and director of wind studies at the University of North Texas, College of Music. He has been a visiting conductor at the Julliard School, the Interlochen World Center for Arts Education, and the Aspen Music Festival and School.