Wired to Serve

Mar. 8, 2013 - by jsklekamp

Wired to Serve

By Pete Brumbaugh

Technology has transformed the world. MNU has started its own digital "makeover" to transform how we work and teach, and the investment is paying dividends.

Transforming the Classroom

“Technology is taking education outside the walls of the classroom,” says Steve Pillow, assistant professor of education technology. “It’s making the world a lot smaller and more accessible.”

“I once brought in a principal from a local school to talk about interview techniques,” Pillow says. “He couldn’t leave his school building, so we connected via FaceTime—the principal on his iPhone and our class on an iPad. He could see us and we could see him. It was a really valuable experience that would not have been possible without the use of technology.”

Nursing

Virtual Patient Center

The digital revolution is also taking place in other parts of the university. For example, the archives at Mabee Library are now completely digitized so resources can be accessed online. The School of Nursing and Health Science uses patient simulators so students have a lifelike experience as they learn patient care and management. 

Nursing

Bryan Porter

Alumni like Bryan Porter (’96) are leading the way with digital solutions for businesses and individuals. Porter’s Arsalon Technologies offers data storage, managed services and cloud computing for H&R Block and AMC Theatres.

Dr. Nancy Damron (’95), chair of teacher education, says technology is also changing the way we teach. She points to a simulation program called TeachLive. Developed by researchers at the University of Florida, the program takes student teachers through a series of classroom-management challenges. The student stands in front of large computer monitor teaching a lesson to a class of “avatars” (simulated students). These avatars react in different ways that help student teachers to apply lessons on managing classroom behavior.

“At one stage, an avatar hurls a chair across the room,” Dr. Damron says. “I’m always intrigued to see how our students respond to these challenges, because they may face such issues in the future. The technology is producing better-prepared students.”

Transforming the Student and Alumni Experience

The face of MNU’s student media is also making the jump across the digital divide. “theBox” website now bundles the campus newspaper, magazine, yearbook, TV station, and radio station in one neat package. Check it out at
www.mnubox.com.

“We are trying to help students become trans-media storytellers,” says Heather Attig (’00), director of multimedia. “Students learn to develop content for different types of news consumers—whether it’s online news stories, photos, video or audio.” 

Attig manages “theBox,” but students develop all of the content and are responsible for publishing it. 

“We want students to take ownership of the entire creative process,” she says, “The face of media is changing rapidly and our students need to be ready for these changes when they graduate.”

Even Accent is going digital. This winter MNU launched an online newsroom to feed stories to alumni and supporters on a regular basis. Access the online newsroom at: www.mnu.edu/newsroom

How Alumni Are Transforming Technology

Many MNU alumni are not only digital consumers, but also technology innovators, including Cliff Pemble (’86), CEO of Garmin International, Dale Gray (’89), owner of The Purple Guys, and Bryan Porter (’96), president and founding partner of Arsalon Technologies. 

Porter’s Lenexa, Kan., company is a local leader in the data-center business with three locations in the Kansas City region. The company offers data storage, including co-location, managed services and cloud computing. Clients include AMC Theatres, H&R Block, Ferrelgas and many others. 

Porter says Arsalon is trying to stay one step ahead of the advances in technology. 

“Twenty years ago, we didn’t have the Internet for commercial use or even as a communications platform,” he says. “Cloud computing was in its very early stages of development. Servers were these big monstrous computers. Now, everything is stored on blades that run massive amounts of data through them.”

Porter says he learned the fundamentals of how to run a company during his years at MNU. “Technology changes so fast,” he says, “but timeless things like computing theory, physics, math and ethics in business relationships have never changed with me. If anything, they’ve been refined and reinforced over the years.”

He likens himself to an opportunist. “But being an opportunist has nothing to do with luck and everything to do with hard work and preparation,” he says. That Pioneer attitude is helping him drive the digital revolution at Arsalon.

 

 

MNU News

Wednesday, August 24
Recent News
List
Grid
Archives
Chris Crawford AT
Next Stop Rio for MNU Professor

Next Stop Rio for MNU Professor

Lead Medical Provider for U.S. Paralympic Swim TeamLead Medical Provider for U.S. Paralympic Swim Team is MNU's Chris Crawford. The U.S. Paralympic Swimming team is competing with 176 other…

Read More
IMG 8547
Kansas City First Church and MNU Partner to Sponsor Bresee Film

Kansas City First Church and MNU Partner to Sponsor Bresee Film

They are providing disaster relief in West Virginia, planting a church in Louisburg, Kansas and now partnering with MNU for a historical film. Rev.…

Read More
IMG 8874
Nurtured Roots Grow Strong

Nurtured Roots Grow Strong

Pioneering freshmen come to MNU to pursue an education, anxious, brave and hopeful. Four particular students, never dreaming their paths would cross, came from near and far. Some paths seemed clear…

Read More
Kyle Ford
Pursuing God’s Call: Diving into Dentistry

Pursuing God’s Call: Diving into Dentistry

Would you ever think that a radio advertisement could lead someone to discovering their calling? That is exactly what led alum Kyle Ford (’13) to…

Read More
81427390F111
Second Career Choice Was Easy

Second Career Choice Was Easy

As a university, MNU is finally old enough to have alumni who are considering or have entered a second career. When Joe Ledbetter (’81) decided it was time recently to retire from a 25-year career…

Read More
Grittman Davis VBall
Coach Puts Communication Degree to Work

Coach Puts Communication Degree to Work

Though she played college volleyball, coaching a team wasn’t at the top of her list when Britney (Grittman ’14) Davis was deciding on a post-college career. However, after being admitted to the…

Read More
CY 3
Hard Work, Discipline and Confidence Pay Off

Hard Work, Discipline and Confidence Pay Off

“It’s funny how the game of football can make a difference in someone’s life,” says Corey Young ('14), an MNU sports management…

Read More
Mabee
Unique Partnership to Provide College Experience to Developmentally Disabled

Unique Partnership to Provide College Experience to Developmentally Disabled

Lakemary Center and MidAmerica Nazarene University are partnering to meet the needs of students diagnosed with certain developmental disabilities…

Read More
Brady Braatz
Braatz Named Chaplain

Braatz Named Chaplain

MNU President David Spittal announced the appointment today of Rev. Brady Braatz as MNU University Chaplain.  Braatz is a 2001 graduate of MNU with a bachelor’s degree in business…

Read More
Sports
MNU Harriers, Ready, Set, Go!

MNU Harriers, Ready, Set, Go!

With the start of the Cross Country season just over a week away, the Pioneers of MNU look to improve on their inaugural season both within the Heart Conference and at the National NAIA stage...(click title for more)

 
Pioneers End Camp

Pioneers End Camp

The MNU football team just completed fall camp and now is preparing for their opening game at Culver Stockton this Saturday at 6pm...(click title for more)

 
Pioneers Survive Tabor in a 5-Setter

Pioneers Survive Tabor in a 5-Setter

The Pioneers won their home opening in a tight 5-set match over Tabor on Tuesday...(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