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Additional $300K from Sunderland Foundation for New Student Center

Rendering of Student Center from the south
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The Sunderland Foundation has just awarded MNU a second gift of $300,000 toward the construction of the proposed Cunningham Student Center, part of the Bright Futures capital campaign.The state-of-the-art, 50,000-square-foot multi-use building, will replace the 50-year-old Campus Center building. The center will feature spaces for meeting, a larger, enhanced dining area, outdoor areas, a fitness center and the campus store. The second floor will house Enrollment Development, Student Financial Aid Services and Student Development with space specifically designed for visiting prospective students and their families.

Vice President for University Advancement Dr. Jon North says the Sunderland Foundation continues to make a profound difference in the Kansas City area.

“Their commitment and impact can be seen throughout Kansas City due to their investment in higher education, social service organizations, and the arts,” North says. “Our community is a better place to live because of The Sunderland Foundation.” 

The Sunderland Foundation has supported two previous capital projects at MNU: One for Cook Center athletic and academic facility (1996-1997) and another for Bell Cultural Events Center (2005-2006). The latest gift brings the total from the Sunderland Foundation to $600,000 for the student center.

“We are extremely grateful to The Sunderland Foundation for their support of several projects at MNU through the years,” North says. “This latest gift gives all of us great confidence in pushing forward to raise support for the Cunningham Student Center.”

For more information on Bright Futures: the campaign for MidAmerica Nazarene University, visit

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