Summer 2013: Alumni News

Jul. 12, 2013 - by Kelly Chesley

Alumni News

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Legacy Family Luncheon Honors Generations of MNU Students

MNU’s Office of Alumni Relations will host the second annual Legacy Family Luncheon on August 25, 2013, at noon in Bell Center grand lobby as part of New Student Orientation. The luncheon will welcome students whose parents and/or grandparents attended MNU, also known as legacy students. According to the Office of Admissions, MNU is expecting more than 50 incoming legacy students this fall.

Director of Alumni Relations Kevin Garber ('89) says many older universities have multiple generations in their legacy families.

“The University of Kansas has more than five generations of alumni families,” Garber says. “We have 28,000 alumni and several thousand second-generation alumni, but there are very few third-generation families at MNU.”

One such family is the Osters. Dee Oster (FS ’77), her sons John Jr. (’89), Joel (’94) and Jeffrey (’96), daughters-in-law Donna (Keith ’94) and Wendi Oster (’93) and grandsons John D. (’13) and Caleb (current student) Oster all attended MNU.

The Office of Alumni Relations invites anyone who is part of a legacy family to send information to alumni relations at alumni@mnu.edu.

CoatneyWill Coatney (’12) and Sheahon Zenger (FS ’88)Weeks

Former MNU football player Will Coatney (’12) and his associate Hunter Browning have created Fannect, a social media smartphone app for sports fans. Coatney and KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger (FS ’88), former football player and student, were featured in an article on the app in The Kansas City Star.

Stephanie (Stolba ’02) Weeks

Stephanie (Stolba ’02) Weeks, founder and president of Our Wellness Revolution, a business devoted to nutritional information, fitness advice, and online or in-person health coaching, has published Skinny Girls Don’t Diet – Living Well Is A Lifestyle, a collection of nutritious recipes and practical health tips.


Additional News

Eric Ammons (’83), former president of Mercy Hospital in Independence, Kan., has been named president of Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Crystal, Mo. Ammons is married to alumna Christine (Rogers '83) and has two grown children, Chad (’09) and Lauren (Ammons ’10) Moser.


Jon Bell (’07) has been named principal of Westview Elementary in the Olathe school district.


Kindra Bible (’99) was recently appointed education manager for Extreme Nazarene Ministries in Quito, Ecuador. Bible previously served four years in Arequipa, Peru.


Pete Brumbaugh (’90) is now director of sustainability at Global Brigades, Inc. Brumbaugh previously served as vice president for marketing communications at Heart to Heart International.


Miranda (Barnes ’09) Edwards, MD, will begin her residency in internal medicine/pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, Ill.


Family counselors and authors David ('75), PhD, and Lisa (Jacobson '78) Frisbie have published 22 books with seven Christian publishers, and now have made their digital self-publishing debut with The Skinny Genes Diet. The new project is the culmination of the Frisbies’ 15 years of research on the science of weight loss. David and Lisa have used pen names for the project.


W. Glen Gardner II (’77) was recently appointed district superintendent for the Eastern Michigan District of the Church of the Nazarene. His wife, Kayla (King ’77) Gardner, is also an MNU graduate.


Mike Jasiczek ('02) won Kansas City’s Fox 4 Crystal Apple Award for excellence in teaching.


Cody Kraemer (’09), MD, will begin his residency in general surgery at the University of Arizona in Tucson.


Congratulations to Gary (’86) and Judy Lenn on the conclusion of 14 years of ministry in Papua New Guinea with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Gary has served as a teacher and principal for the missionary school there. The Lenns will return to the U.S. this summer.


Elizabeth Long (MEd ’10), a first-grade teacher at Edgerton (Kan.) Elementary, was one of two teachers selected by the Gardner-Edgerton school district as a 2013 Teacher of the Year.


Ben Moore (’94) was recently featured on NBC affiliate KTVB 7 for the campus ministry and food pantry he operates at Boise State University. Learn more about Moore’s ministry at www.crosswalkscampusministry.org.


Brent Moore (’00), PhD, assistant professor in MNU’s Master of Arts in Counseling program, was honored at the Kansas City Northland Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence in Education banquet for outstanding instructional practices at MNU.


Lisa Najarian (’07) graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2012, and works as an associate veterinarian at Southside Pet Hospital in Olathe.


Kristine Rhoads (’84) ran for alderwoman in St. Louis, Mo., in the April 2013 election. Though her bid was unsuccessful, Kristine says it was a fulfilling opportunity to give voters the chance to make a difference in St. Louis.


Dan Rushing (’00), founder and CEO of Xtari Games and Dan Rushing Ministries, recently launched his first Facebook game, President Nation. For more about Xtari Games, visit www.xtarigames.com.


Rev. M. Kim Smith (’75) was recently appointed district superintendent of the Iowa District of the Church of the Nazarene.


Billy Wilson (’95) recently completed his Doctor of Ministry in semiotics and future studies at George Fox University.


Dan York (’08) has been named the worship and arts pastor at Lawrence First Christian Church in 
Lawrence, Kan.


MNU was well-represented by the 21 alumni who were recognized by the 2013 Kansas Educator Recognition Program, in which each school district nominates one elementary and one secondary classroom teacher for Kansas Teacher of the Year.

Kansas Teacher of the Year Nominees:
Rebecca Conner (’00) – 1st grade, Briarwood Elementary
Angela Kivett (’11) – Physical education, K-5th, Central Elementary
Jennifer Nelson (’06, ’09) – 2nd grade, Forest View Elementary
Sharen Miller (’73) – 5th grade, Havencroft Elementary
Michele Bax (’12) – Reading seminar, 6th & 7th grade, Indian Trail Middle School
Melinda Millhuff (’89) – 4th grade, Madison Place Elementary
Nancy Tietgen (’99) – 2nd grade, Manchester Park Elementary
Jeff Carlson (’02) – Social sciences & reading seminar, Mission Trail Middle School
Cynthia Roth (’00) – Language arts, Olathe South High School (Secondary District Semi-Finalist)
Robin Schuberth (’11) – Visual arts, 6th – 8th grade, Oregon Trail Middle School (Secondary District Semi-Finalist)
Laura Embry Simpson (’06) – 2nd grade, Prairie Center Elementary
Jennifer Richardson (’05) – 2nd grade, Ravenwood Elementary
Brenda Bradley (’91) – 2nd grade, Sunnyside Elementary
Jennifer Allen (’09, ’10) – 5th grade, Westview Elementary

ESU Master Teacher Nominees
Cheryl Hackmann (00) – Family and Consumer Science, 7th & 8th grade, California Trail Middle School
Steve Osner (’97) – Math & algebra, 7th grade, Chisholm Trail Middle School
Ruth Hannon (’10) – Language arts & social studies, Heritage Elementary 
Nancy Tietgen (’99) – 2nd grade, Manchester Park Elementary 
Raegen Hill (’02) – 2nd grade, Northview Elementary 
Katie Horner (’09) – Title I math, K-5th, Rolling Ridge Elementary

Kansas Horizon Nominees
Elizabeth Harding (’94) – 11th grade, Olathe South High School

 

 

 

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