Faculty News

March 25, 2013


Linda Alexander (’84), PhD, professor of education, Whitney (Mathers MA ’06) Gray, manager of grants and special projects, and Jasmine Markanday, grants accountant, co-presented at the Grant Professionals Association's National Conference in Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 21. Their presentation, entitled “When Worlds Collide: A University Model of Collaboration,” utilized MNU’s PERK: Preparing Educators for Rural Kansas grant as a case study for developing model grantsmanship programs at private, liberal arts universities.

Perry Diehm (’87), director of Student Financial Services, was a trainer at the 2012 Kansas Counselors Training, Nov. 13-15 in Iola, Pittsburg, and Arkansas City, Kan. Perry has been a trainer at this event for high school counselors six times throughout his MNU career.

Diehm was also on hand for Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s proclamation of February as Financial Aid Awareness Month.  After the ceremony, Diehm and Diane Lindeman, director of financial aid for the Kansas Board of Regents, visited several state legislators’ offices to distribute information highlighting the importance of higher education in Kansas.  

“It was a pro-forma day at the Capitol, but we were able to visit with the assistants for Rep. Bill Sutton, Rep. Ron Ryckman, Jr., (’94), Rep. Larry Campbell (MBA ’96), and Sen. Pat Apple,” said Diehm.  

Diehm says Kansas students have an average debt of $23,321 compared to a national average of $26,600. Kansas ranks 31st in this category, which includes students from public and private institutions.

Dr. Dean Flemming (’75), professor of New Testament and missions, delivered the "Nielson Holiness Lectures" at Asia Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary (APNTS) in Manila, Philippines, Jan. 15-17. Flemming’s presentation, entitled "Mission and the Life of Holiness: New Testament Perspectives," gave perspectives on the connection between the holy life and Christian mission taught in the Gospels, Paul's Letters, I Peter, and the Book of Revelation. This was Flemming’s first return to APNTS since serving as professor of New Testament there from 1987 to 1997.

Mary Fry, MA, LCPC, RPT-S, associate professor of counseling, presented Nov. 4-6 at the Missouri School Counselor Association's Annual Fall Conference at the Tan-Tar-A resort in Osage Beach, Mo. Fry’s presentations were entitled “Child-Parent Relationship Training in the Schools” and “Three is Not a Crowd: Triadic Supervision for School Counseling Internship.”

Lauren Hays, assistant professor and graduate research librarian, presented at the Oklahoma Association of College and Research Libraries’ annual conference Nov. 2 in Tulsa, Okla. The presentation was entitled “Federated Searching, Information Literacy, and Library Promotion.”

Mark Hayse (’88), PhD, professor of Christian education and philosophy, presented at the Association of Youth Ministry Educators’ conference Oct. 21 in Dallas, Texas. His presentation, entitled “Youth Ministry, Obesity, and the Rhetorics of Faith,” addressed the church’s responsibility to confront the issue of physical health among youth. 

Hayse also presented at the Religious Education Association conference Nov. 4 in Dallas, Texas. The presentation, entitled “Saving the World One Game at a Time? Justice, Digital Play, and the Games for Change Movement,” addressed the potential of video games to teach and inspire the value of humanitarian work throughout the world. The Games for Change movement curates humanitarian games, and their annual conference attracts thousands of leaders in the video game industry. At the Religious Education Association conference, Dr. Hayse also served on a panel that addressed the effects of computer technology on human relationships.

Nicole Hodge, MA, EdS, site director and community liaison for MNU’s Liberty site, presented “Outrageous Customer Service” to the Liberty Chamber of Commerce Nov. 27. 

Kim Humerickhouse, PhD, professor of education, and Linda Alexander, PhD, professor of education, presented at the National Rural Education Association’s annual conference Oct. 12 on how MNU established a partnership with rural southwest Kansas schools to provide professional development to K-12 teachers.

Bob Humphrey (’93, MBA ’96), EdD, professor of adult education, represented MNU’s School of Business by presenting “What I Have Learned About Leadership...and Am Still Learning,” to the City of Olathe's Housing Services Department. After the presentation, the City requested that Humphrey present the same topic to another department.

Jack Jones, assistant professor of sports management, and Brad King (’79), associate professor of physical education, presented at the fall Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (KAHPERD) conference at the University of Kansas in Oct. 2012. Their presentation, entitled “A Win/Win Opportunity: Universities Partnering with K-12 in Working with Special Needs Students,” addressed MNU’s participation in the ACCESS program for 18- to 21-year-old special education students in Olathe schools.

ACCESS participants learn life skills during their time on campus. From that partnership, MNU gains an on-site lab for students in the adaptive physical education course. One day a week the ACCESS students attend a gym class where MNU students teach lessons they have prepared.

These lab activities spawned Challenge Days, an event planned by MNU students that features activities for special needs students. Last year, 125 high school students in Olathe and Shawnee Mission school district special education programs attended the two half-day events.

Kim Kato, Chair of the Department of Health and Exercise Science, presented a lecture called “Athletes and the Energy Drink” at the Kansas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (KAHPERD) on Nov. 1, and at the National Strength and Conditioning Association State Clinic in Emporia, Kan., on Dec. 8. Kato’s research on the dangers of energy drinks is profiled in a multimedia story in MNU’s newsroom at www.mnu.edu/newsroom.

Teacher education department faculty Mark Brown (’91), Dr. Martin Dunlap, Dr. Lisa Erickson, and Dr. Claudia McVicker represented MNU in several presentations at the Association of Christian Teachers and Schools’ Midwest Regional Christian School Conference on Oct. 26.


Dr. Dean Flemming (’75), professor of New Testament and missions, published a book review of Ben Witherington, III’s Paul's Letter to the Philippians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary in the January 2013 issue of Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology. He also published an article in the fall 2012 issue of the Journal of Theological Interpretation, entitled "Revelation and the Missio Dei: Toward a Missional Reading of the Apocalypse."

Mark Hayse (’88), PhD, professor of Christian education and philosophy, wrote an invited response to an article by Andy Stirrup, both of which were published in the fall 2012 issue of The Journal of Youth Ministry.  The article is entitled “On the Question of Christology: A Theological Response to Andy Stirrup’s ‘On the Question of Super Heroes.’”

Melinda Ablard Smith (’90), adjunct journalism instructor, published an article entitled “Parenting by Personality” in the Dec. 2012 issue of KC Parent. The article also features MNU alum Susan Crook (’95). Read the article at www.kcparent.com/December-2012/Parenting-by-Personality/.


Mary Fry, LCPC, RPT-S, associate professor of counseling, was honored when she retired as chair of the board of directors for the Association for Play Therapy during its Oct. 9-14 conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

Jasmine Markanday, grants accountant, was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Heart of America Chapter Grant Professionals Association.