Alumni Awards 2013
Six alumni and two supporters won Alumni & Friends awards at Homecoming 2013.
ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR
Rick Armstrong ('89)
Rick is chief of police for Kansas City, Kan. The 1998 alumnus of the FBI National Academy completed the agency’s prestigious Leadership and Development School in 2012. During his tenure with the KCKPD, Armstrong earned a BA in management and human resources from MNU and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas. He has received numerous KCKPD awards and commendations, including the Meritorious Service Valor Award and two Purple Hearts.
ALUMNA OF THE YEAR
Kindra Bible ('99)
Kindra is education manager for Extreme South America, and a missionary in Quito, Ecuador. After earning a degree in computer science, Bible served with Youth in Mission in Brooklyn, N.Y., and taught computer classes to urban youth. Earning an M.A. in intercultural studies from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 2006, she began mission work in 2007. Serving in IT and communications for more than four years, Bible joined Extreme South America in Quito, Ecuador, in February 2013. She coordinates Spanish and theology/missions classes for all of Extreme's missionaries.
YOUNG ALUMNI AWARD
Stephen ('07) and Anne (Bryant, '06) Sickel
Stephen and Anne organize and lead mission trips full time as missionaries in Panama and Central America. The couple travel by foot, car, boat, airplane and motorcycle across lower Central America matching work and witness groups with the best work sites. Stephen holds a degree from MNU in international business, and Anne was a graduate of the English program. They have a one-year-old son, Micah. The Sickels have a ministry blog at: sickelstory.wordpress.com.
CARRY THE TORCH AWARD
Frank ('73) and Sue (Potter, '75) Moore
Frank is professor of theology and director of the Center for Faith and Culture at Olivet Nazarene University, and he was recently elected general editor of the Church of the Nazarene. Sue Moore, EdD, is professor of education at Olivet. The Moores served more than 20 years at MNU as professors and administrators. During that time the couple led 20 years of CAUSE mission trips at MNU. Frank holds a Master of Divinity in religion from Nazarene Theological Seminary, and an MA and PhD in religion from Vanderbilt University. Sue earned an MA in education from Tennessee State University, an EdS degree from the University of Missouri, and an EdD from Nova Southeastern University. Frank has authored 13 books. His most recent, “Jesus is Lord,” is co-written with his son, Brent (’00), PhD, now assistant professor of counseling at MNU.
CARRY THE TORCH AWARD
Allen and Madeline Tollefson
Allen and Madeline are influential supporters of MNU. With Frank and Sue Moore, they provided leadership for MNU student mission trips from 1985 to 2005. Their involvement and significant financial support helped impact an entire generation of university students. Actively involved in supporting Nazarene Compassionate Ministries for more than 40 years, they have spent significant time in the mission field as volunteers. The Tollefsons’ son Dr. Cary Murphy (’89), is a physician in Clay Center, Kan., and is married to alumna Dawn (Bornsen ’91).