The Modern-Day Pioneer

Mar. 11, 2013 - by jsklekamp

The Modern Day Pioneer

By Kelsey Luffmann

What kind of person does it take to be a pioneer? That’s a question we asked three trailblazing professional and graduate alumni—a pathfinder, a self-starter, and an opportunist—who discovered their pioneering identities at MNU. 

For husband and father Greg Mosley (’12), the journey toward becoming a Pioneer began when he realized he was stuck in a dead-end job with no way to move up. Mosley took his first step as a pathfinder when he asked himself a simple question.

“‘Am I happy?’ The answer was no, there’s no other place to go,” said Mosley. “So now, how would I move forward?” 

Having been out of school for nine years, Mosley felt unsure of his ability to be a student again. But his growing family and growing need prompted him to seek a new path despite his doubts. 

Moving forward was also important to Kim Jones (MA ’12), a former news editor at Kansas City’s KMBC TV who discovered her true passion—nonprofit work—when she began working at a center for abused women. Jones felt called to be a servant leader in the nonprofit world, but she didn’t know where to begin.

“I always wanted to get back into nonprofit and help in that field, but I didn’t know enough about it,” said Jones. “I wanted to learn about all of the facets of opening and running an organization.” 

After years of searching for a program that would give her the knowledge she needed to make a difference, Jones was empowered to become a self-starter when she found MNU’s Master of Arts with an emphasis in nonprofit administration.

At the same time Jones was starting her master’s program, Pete Brumbaugh (’90, MBA ’04) was working as “a pioneer in a pioneering field.” As senior public relations specialist for Garmin International, Brumbaugh represented the company to international press and led product launches. But even with that success, Brumbaugh knew he needed to advance his career by earning an MBA. For that reason, Brumbaugh describes himself as an opportunist. 

“Every time that God has opened a door for me, I’ve stepped through it,” said Brumbaugh. “I call it ‘His opportunity.’  I’m just following His opportunity for my life. And I learned that while I was a student at MidAmerica.”

Though Mosley, Jones, and Brumbaugh each gained different skills and benefits from their varied programs, they have one thing in common. Since earning their degrees at MNU, all three have been empowered to flourish in new, pioneering careers—careers they would not have apart from their time at MNU. 

“MNU really prepares you to be a pioneer,” said Brumbaugh. “You don’t settle, and you don’t accept the status quo. You’re pursuing something better. You’re pursuing a better life—a life filled with purpose and passion.”

Greg Mosley now works as a financial advisor at Prudential, where he helps clients develop strategies for financial security. In that way, he acts a pathfinder for others. According to Mosley, earning his degree at MNU afforded him more than a career move—it enabled him to live out his pioneering spirit.

“It taught me how to be a better student, and it taught me how to be a better person, which makes me better in my career,” said Mosley. 

After years of uncertainty about how to lead in her chosen field, Kim Jones is living her passion by serving as a consultant for nonprofit organizations. She is now helping open an innovative nonprofit charter school that she hopes will revolutionize the surrounding community. Jones said the knowledge she gained at MNU has enabled her to empower others. 

“After my time at MNU, I became a pioneer and self-starter for not only myself, but for those I help,” said Jones. 

Pete Brumbaugh said the opportunities he gained by earning his degree at MNU have exceeded his expectations. After helping relief agency Heart to Heart International solve a strategic problem for a project within his MBA coursework, he became vice president there. Now, as director of sustainability at Global Brigades, Inc., Brumbaugh advocates development for underserved communities in Honduras, Panama, and Ghana by empowering thousands of U.S. college students to serve in those countries. 

“An MBA at MNU will take you places you never thought you’d go,” said Brumbaugh. “In my life, I’ve had an opportunity to make a global impact, and a lot of it is because I was able to have this incredible experience at MNU.”

As Mosley, Jones, and Brumbaugh look to what the future holds, they continue to take risks, blaze trails, and pursue excellence in their various callings. 

“MNU really prepares you to be a pioneer,” said Brumbaugh. “You don’t settle, and you don’t accept the status quo. You’re pursuing something better. You’re pursuing a better life—a life filled with purpose and passion.”

To watch Pete and Greg tell their stories, and to learn how you can be a Pioneer, visit www.mnu.edu/pioneer.

apply-banner-300

Fill out our free online application and advance your career!

Apply Nowinfo-banner-300
Enter your contact information and one of our experienced admissions representatives will contact you shortly!
 

MNU News

Friday, May 27
Recent News
List
Grid
Archives
Eick Chicago School
Calling to Counseling

Calling to Counseling

Natalie Eick (’12), sociology/psychology major, found her mission field within the walls of her graduate program in the clinical psychology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology,…

Read More
2016 MNU commencement 0892
Spring 2016 Honor Roll

Spring 2016 Honor Roll

MidAmerica Nazarene University recently announced its Honor Roll for the spring 2016 semester.  All students in traditional programs carrying 12 semester hours or more with a term GPA from 3.2…

Read More
auch-tanner4
Math Professor Says It's About Relationship

Math Professor Says It's About Relationship

When thinking of a professor with a PhD in mathematics, people tend to conjure images of giant blackboards and the professor filling them at…

Read More
Soly de la cruz
Love for Volleyball Takes Alum to New Places

Love for Volleyball Takes Alum to New Places

From the Dominican Republic to Olathe, Kansas to Commerce, Texas, Zoraida Heredia de la Cruz, or Soly, as her friends call her, has definitely led a…

Read More
Open House Pic
Open House: Accelerated and Graduate Programs

Open House: Accelerated and Graduate Programs

The School of Professional and Graduate Studies is hosting open houses at its Liberty and Olathe locations. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8     …

Read More
Victoria Atencio 2016-2
Art, Design and Social Media Come Together for Grad

Art, Design and Social Media Come Together for Grad

Victoria Atencio ('14) has always loved art. She hoped to find purpose for her life and passion for her art, when a friend brought her to MNU for a…

Read More
HPCeremony2016
2016 Commencement

2016 Commencement

The MNU class of 2016 graduated May 6, 2016 with 607 in the graduating class. Held in two ceremonies, one for traditional undergrad and one for professional and graduate students, the 45th annual…

Read More
2015 Commence 10
Congratulations Graduates

Congratulations Graduates

The rhythm of life is about to change on campuses everywhere and MNU is no different. Many classrooms will be quiet and halls will empty because this Saturday is Commencement. More than 600 students…

Read More
Tyler1
Alum Finds His Role in Pharmaceutical Research

Alum Finds His Role in Pharmaceutical Research

Tyler Hageman isn’t your grandfather’s pharmacist. In fact, the 2013 MNU chemistry grad isn’t a pharmacist at all, though that was where he…

Read More
Sports
Track & Field Nationals

Track & Field Nationals

T&F Nationals | Gulf Shores, AL Schedule  Live Results Video Streaming Twitter: @MNUTrackXC, @mnusports

 
Women's Basketball Camps

Women's Basketball Camps

MidAmerica Nazarene University Women's Basketball program has launched online registration for their 2016 summer camps...(click title for more)

 
Three Pioneers Honored as All-Heart Selections

Three Pioneers Honored as All-Heart Selections

Alexis Pacheco and Macie Jones earned First Team nods and Megan Deiter was named to the Second Team on Friday...(click title for more)

 
Latest Photos
MNU Commencement 2016 MidAmerica Nazarene University Undergraduate and School of Professional & Graduate Studies commencement ceremony 2016. Photos by Dan Videtich
MNU Commencement 2016 MidAmerica Nazarene University Undergraduate and School of Professional & Graduate Studies commencement ceremony 2016. Photos by Dan Videtich
MNU Commencement 2016 MidAmerica Nazarene University Undergraduate and School of Professional & Graduate Studies commencement ceremony 2016. Photos by Dan Videtich
MNU Commencement 2016 MidAmerica Nazarene University Undergraduate and School of Professional & Graduate Studies commencement ceremony 2016. Photos by Dan Videtich
MNU Commencement 2016 MidAmerica Nazarene University Undergraduate and School of Professional & Graduate Studies commencement ceremony 2016. Photos by Dan Videtich
MNU Commencement 2016 MidAmerica Nazarene University Undergraduate and School of Professional & Graduate Studies commencement ceremony 2016. Photos by Dan Videtich