Bright Futures, Brightfutures
New Cunningham Center
Live Construction Progress
New Cunningham Center – 50,000 sq. ft. facility.
"Groundbreaking on the $20 million Cunningham Center was held Friday, August 28, 2020 on the campus mall at MNU. The new building, which is part of the Bright Futures Campaign for MNU, will house student services, the dining hall, Admissions and more. Plenty of space for community gatherings, meetings and socializing is planned. The building will replace the Campus Center, one of the university's first five original buildings.
The building is named for the late Dr. Paul G. and Dr. Connie Cunningham, whose ministry and vision has been part of MNU since before its inception.
The ceremony began with remarks from Dr. Jon North, vice president for university advancement, an invocation from Chairperson of the Board of Trustees Rev. Jim Bond and remarks from Craig Garrett, a senior student and president of Associated Student Government."
"This building will be a huge asset to the students," Garrett said. Adding that it will be a place to form friendships and make memories. He then thanked university leaders and the generous donors who helped make the vision of this building a reality for generations of students to come.
Campaign co-chairs Tim Buchanan and Dr. Dan Rexroth also spoke. President David Spittal expressed thanks for sacrificial fundraising support from many, to a crowd of about 200. Social distancing was employed at the event.
The ceremonial breaking of ground then began.
The Dream Lives On
MidAmerica Nazarene University has a rich heritage built upon the strong faith and pioneer spirit of our founders. Thanks to God's gracious guidance and the contributions of committed faculty, staff, students, parents, churches and donors, MNU has grown from its five original buildings and 263 students on a former Kansas cornfield to become a beautiful, thriving campus with 21 colonial-style buildings, an enrollment of 1,870 students, and nearly 30,000 alumni.
Today, after nearly 50 years of growth and change, MNU continues to be driven by its distinctive vision that seeks to impact the world for Jesus Christ through servant leaders who are recognized for their excellence, integrity, and spiritual vitality. Amid the relentless pace of change in our society, MNU is a sanctuary for something of enduring value: scholarly inquiry that is rigorous and centered on the growth of the individual student through the integration of Christian faith and learning.
We are grateful for the integrity of the vision that set MidAmerica Nazarene University in motion, for the strategic choices that have brought us to this moment in our history, and for the evolving vision that shapes our future.
Maybe it's his electric personality, or the way his eyes crinkle up with his huge smile. All kinds of people are drawn to MNU alum Armand Banks.
Jonathan Babcock's future certainly looks bright and he credits much of it to his alma mater.
"I've had coaches that have been like fathers to me," shares Roy. "They've shaped me into the person I am today."
Since the moment he set foot on campus, Austin has dedicated hundreds of hours to servant leadership.
A love of science brought alumna Rebekah (Wilkins) Oster to MNU, but the close-knit community and Christ-focused learning environment kept her there.
It's important for alumni to remember how the invisible influence of MNU - what it stands for, teaches and inspires - has encouraged and helped foster success throughout their lives.
"This generation is the most sensitive, open, vulnerable and honest I've ever seen."
Music, missions, travel and adventure have led South Dakota native Tori Palmer from her home in the Midwest to Seoul, South Korea via MNU.
Captial Projects Campaign
Construct the Cunningham Center
In order to foster a vibrant living and learning community, we must build stronger connections across our campus by providing a place for all our students to interact together and with faculty.
We plan to replace the existing Campus Center and build a brand new, state-of-the-art, multi-use space. The Cunningham Center will also allow us to reimagine the space that houses the Enrollment Development, Student Financial Aid Services, Student Development and the campus store. It will provide a larger and more efficient dining area, an expanded kitchen and new meeting spaces. We want to give visitors an incredible first impression of MNU while better serving our students, faculty and staff.
Construct a New Athletic Complex & Stadium
Pioneer athletics have increased MNU's visibility and reputation. Now, we're taking the next step toward excellence by planning a first-rate athletic complex that will meet the needs of our existing program while allowing us to serve more student-athletes and develop new athletic programs.
A 2,000 seat stadium will give us the opportunity to reconnect the Pioneers with their home crowd. A new field will bring a home-field advantage to many of our teams. A new track will provide practice and competition space for the track-and-field and cross-country teams.
Capital Project Progress
By building new facilities, we enhance our capacity to serve more students in the future. Through reinvestment in existing facilities, we ensure that our campus is more functional, welcoming and environmentally responsible.
Capital Project Progress
Academic Projects Campaign
Center for Academic & Professional Success
We are dedicated to creating new and expanding existing services that benefit students and faculty alike. Our investment in the area of Academic and Professional Success will nurture MNU's culture of effective teaching and transformative student learning.
Expansion of Student & Academic Support
We have made significant progress in building a comprehensive student support team to address the needs of at-risk and diverted learners in our student-focused environment. We want to dedicate additional resources towards increasing course completion and persistence to graduation. This requires new curriculum for developmental courses, expansion of our peer tutoring program and additional student counseling and health services.
Creation of Career Services Center
In order to effectively prepare students for their future, an office of Career & Life Calling has been created to focus on services for undergraduate students. Career counseling, career preparation, internship opportunities and professional networking are integral parts of the this office.
MNU is blessed with exceptional educators who inspire students' minds and hearts and who animate our classrooms and labs all across campus. We are committed to increasing qualified and motivated faculty, building even stronger academic programs and reimagining ways to teach in a liberal arts setting.
A focus on faculty development will expand professional development activities. Stipends will be made available for faculty in order to integrate new technology and cutting-edge practices into their classrooms.
Development of New Academic Programs
As the future changes, new areas of technology are developed. New areas of study emerge. New employment opportunities arise.
To better meet the needs of the future, the university must continue to develop new undergraduate and graduate degree programs. New academic programs will be evaluated to ensure they relate to the demands of today's marketplace and future workforce projections. We commit to seeking out talented scholars from within these fields to develop powerful curriculum.
Academic Programs Progress
We desire to grow our investment in faculty, top-quality academic programs and relevant, real-world tools. Through our active role and your continued investment into the lives of our students and faculty, the future looks bright.
Academic Programs Progress
University Support Campaign
Grow Student Scholarships
Endowed scholarships enhance MNU's ability to recruit and retain students who have intellectual abilities and talents which will enrich our campus and our future. Additionally, endowed scholarship support increases our capacity to offer competitive financial aid packages and recruit a greater number of outstanding students.
Build the University Fund
Annual gifts to the University Fund ensure MNU proactively addresses immediate needs, emerging issues, and grand ideas spanning multiple disciplines while staying cutting-edge and responsive. These gifts support the University's ongoing operating costs including academic and co-curricular programs, non-endowed scholarships, athletic team support, and general facilities maintenance.
Foster Local Church Support
Education support from local churches helps meet the University's immediate needs and keeps our campus a lively, vibrant, and nurturing place. It is essential to our ability to provide students from the North Central region scholarship opportunities to make an MNU education a reality.
In turn, MNU invests back into the lives of our local churches: students work and intern alongside youth pastors, associate pastors and others. SERVE teams provide support at district camps and other events. Gradutes fill a variety of ministry and service positions at churches across the region, the country and the world. The churches and MNU are stronger together, and we are excited to build an even stronger relationship.
Develop Academic Support Endowments
Academic support endowments stimulate and nurture MNU's culture of inspired teaching and transformative student learning through focused programs and initiatives that facilitate our students' ability to prepare for their career and calling. This campaign offers opportunities to establish endowments for academic chairs and professorships, faculty professional development and new program development.
Create an Unrestricted Endowment
Unrestricted endowment gifts provide an opportunity to create a lasting and powerful legacy; they provide the flexibility for the University to establish priorities and allocate funds to enhance curricular and residential life initiatives. Support for this initiative can be made through contributions to existing endowments or by honoring a loved one through memorial gifts.
University Support Progress
MNU is committed to transforming lives by providing Christian education responsive to the needs of 21st Century students. Providing support for current operations and endowment purposes is essential for building MNU's fundamental financial strength and security to make our mission a reality for future generations of students.
University support provides the resources necessary to realize our bold aspirations and to carry MNU forward as we enter a new chapter in our history of inspired learning, innovation, creativity, and taking advantage of emerging opportunities.
University Support Progress
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