July 23, 2013

Kansas Teachers of the Year Visit MNU

MNU hosted the eight honorees of the 2013 Kansas Teachers of the Year program at a panel discussion for education majors on April 30. The eight honorees travel the state to inspire and motivate future teachers.

Three of the honorees are graduates of MNU’s Master of Education programs: Ramie Allison (MEd ’95), regional teacher of the year from Haysville, Kan.; Laura Moyers (MET ’03), regional teacher of the year from Leavenworth, Kan.; and Dyane Smokorowski (MET ’07), Kansas Teacher of the Year from Andover, Kan. Smokorowski recently returned from Washington, D.C., where she and winners from other states met President Obama.

Kansas Teachers of the YearKansas Teachers of the Year at MNU: Ramie Allison (MEd ’95), Sue Commons, Colleen Mitchell, Sarah Berlinger, Scott Keltner, Judy Domke, Laura Moyers (MET ’03) and Dyane Smokorowski (MET ’07).

MNU Mobile

This spring, MNU launched a mobile website designed to provide mobile users, especially potential students, with a streamlined browsing experience.


Strategic Planning Ongoing

PlanningMNU leadership is currently engaged in strategic planning consultations with Credo, LLC (www.credohighered.com). Credo representatives met with MNU’s Board of Trustees and MNU employees in a preliminary session May 13, 2013, giving the entire campus community an opportunity to participate in a planning dialogue.

Left to right: Rev. Michael Lynch, trustee, pastor of Iowa City Church of the Nazarene; Julie Hiett, administrative assistant, Liberty site; Steve Pillow, assistant professor of education; and others brainstorm during the session.

Nazarene Student Leadership Conference on Campus April 4-7

MNU hosted 130 student leaders from ten North American Nazarene colleges and universities for the Nazarene Student Leadership Conference (NSLC) April 4-7, 2013. In the conference, students were challenged to re-examine servanthood, re-ignite creativity, re-evaluate success, re-address stewardship and rethink leadership.

Since 1964, the executive student officers from the North American Nazarene institutions of higher education have come together for NSLC, which emphasizes the development of student leaders. Point Loma Nazarene University, Eastern Nazarene College, Northwest Nazarene University, MNU, Olivet Nazarene University, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Trevecca Nazarene University, Southern Nazarene University, Nazarene Bible College, Ambrose University College (Canada) and Nazarene Theological Seminary were represented at this year’s gathering.

Photo Caption: NSLC participants enjoyed a barnyard bash at Olathe’s Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, the last remaining stagecoach stop open to the public on the Santa Fe Trail. Students took stagecoach rides, watched blacksmith demonstrations, feasted on apple butter and biscuits, had a cow milking contest and enjoyed a BBQ dinner and hoedown.

Beloved Pioneer Goes Home

Rollin Gilliland: Feb. 14, 1941 - June 14, 2013

Only a handful of people are as well known to Pioneers everywhere as Rollin Gilliland. Rollin’s homegoing June 14, 2013, released him from his long-term battle with Parkinson’s. His 33-year MNU career, first as director of grounds and then campus locksmith, began in 1969 when he and his wife Margaret moved to Olathe.

Raised on a Kansas farm, Rollin was a true jack of all trades. Known as the greatest safe technician in the U.S., Rollin mentored and trained the best in the field. Rollin was a pilot, loved skydiving, scuba diving and restoring military Jeeps. His friendly smile and wry wit was familiar to students and employees alike at MNU, many of whom were the recipients of his kind assistance.

Rollin completed an associate's degree at Iola Community College, Iola, Kan., and a B.A. from Bethany Nazarene College (SNU) in 1963. A long-time member of College Church of the Nazarene, Rollin served on the building committee for the church’s current sanctuary. In 2010, Rollin and Margaret moved to Oklahoma City joining Bethany First Church of the Nazarene.

Rollin leaves behind his wife of nearly 50 years, a sister, Juanita Williams; nephews Michael and Danny Williams and niece Jessica Blackmon. Memorials can be made to MidAmerica Nazarene University and Southern Nazarene University for student scholarships; or to the Parkinson's Association of Oklahoma.

Read a tribute written by Dr. Richard Spindle for Rollin’s MNU retirement in 2002 at www.mnu.edu/gilliland-retires.

Adaptive Special Ed Masters Includes Virtual Option

Today’s K-12 classroom includes students diagnosed with a wide variety of mild to moderate disabilities. The number of teachers needed to meet this educational demand is expected to grow by 17 percent by 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Starting this fall, educational professionals can develop the leadership and expertise to meet those needs through MNU’s new Master of Education in Adaptive Special Education.

Following MNU’s accelerated professional and graduate format, students attend class just one night a week and complete a degree in 18 months. Program leaders say the master’s in Adaptive Special Education will feature the ability to attend the program virtually. Unlike traditional online classes, students in the virtual classroom (who are at least 45 miles from the Olathe campus) can attend from another location, in real time, through Adobe Connect.

“This technology allows the student to ask questions and participate during the class time,” says Dr. Neil Friesland, program coordinator. “The learning experience will be very interactive, no matter where they are.”

Starting September 2013, students will be able to earn special education certification at the elementary, middle school, high school, or K-12 levels. Courses are developed based on the Kansas Department of Education’s Adaptive Special Education standards and the Council of Exceptional Children’s professional standards.

For more information about MNU’s Adaptive Special Education program, visit www.mnu.edu/master-of-education-sped.

Nazarene Student Leadership Conference on Campus April 4-7

NSLC 2013

NSLC participants enjoyed a barnyard bash at Olathe’s Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, the last remaining stagecoach stop open to the public on the Santa Fe Trail. Students took stagecoach rides, watched blacksmith demonstrations, feasted on apple butter and biscuits, had a cow milking contest, and enjoyed a BBQ dinner and hoedown.

Maurine Dickerson Research Prize Winners Announced

MNU awarded its first-ever Maurine Dickerson Research Awards to one traditional and one nontraditional undergraduate. The program recognizes students who have written a paper of outstanding quality. A panel of librarians and teaching faculty judged submissions through a blind review process. The award was developed to encourage and recognize achievement in writing, research, and the use of library resources, and is named in honor of Maurine Dickerson, MNU’s first librarian.

The winners of the Maurine Dickerson Research Award are: Lisa Gaiche, MHR 213, nontraditional undergraduate student Kelsey Cranford, senior sociology major, traditional undergraduate student Also honored were: Carrie Frizzell, junior math major, honorable mention, traditional undergraduate student Alecia Lane, senior history major, honorable mention, traditional undergraduate student


Members of the Mabee Library staff and registrar James Garrison, (who, along with his wife Carol, donated the cash prize for the award), congratulate Lisa Gaiche (’13), the 2013 Maurine Dickerson Research Award Winner for professional studies. L to R: Glenda Seifert, Julianne Newberry, Lisa Gaiche, James Garrison. Row 2: Lauren Hays, Bruce Flanders, Lon Dagley.

Expertise Shared

Perry Diehm (’87), director of Student Financial Services, presented a lecture on “New Developments in Financial Aid for 2013-2014” at the MO-KAN-NE (Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska) Chapter of the Mid-America Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP) Conference April 4.