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Camps and Conferences Keep MNU Campus Busy

While residential students are gone over the summer, the MNU campus is still buzzing with activity. This summer MNU will host and conduct about a dozen events, including ministry conferences, reunions, and sports camps, on its centrally located Olathe campus. Faculty and staff have welcomed hundreds of visitors for the various gatherings.

One such event, Rocky Lamar’s 27th annual basketball camp, remains perennially popular with youth looking to hone their athletic skills. Legendary MNU head basketball coach Rocky Lamar, who received Coach of the Year awards from both the Heart of America Conference (HAAC) and the NAIA, teaches boys grades 2-10 in four weeklong sessions throughout June and July. By the end of July 700 students will have learned from Coach Lamar, who led the Pioneers to 4 consecutive Final Fours and 11 tournaments.

Other MNU summer sports camps included baseball, girls’ basketball, cheerleading, football, soccer, softball, strength and conditioning and volleyball.

Another camp targeted toward youth was Professor Gary Andersen’s second annual science camp, which teaches high school students grades 9-11 the value of scientific inquiry and experimentation.  More than 70 students attended the five days of the camp with their high school science teachers. The sessions addressed themes such as science fiction, food science, and field ecology.

High school students have fun inoculating root beer with active yeast to see the fizzing action at the Science of Food camp in MNU’s biology lab.

Dr. Gary Andersen, associate professor of science education, said the camp encouraged scientific questioning and analysis among students.

“The science camps are designed to engage high school students with enjoyable science investigations and to promote science as a career path,” said Andersen. “Students are also introduced to MNU science faculty and laboratory facilities.  We try to make scientific inquiry fun for them.”

The camps were free of charge due to a five-year Teacher Quality Preparation grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

In addition, MNU served as a host to several other organizations. Groups visiting MNU this summer included:

  • Columbian Immersion Group
  • Fergus Falls Youth Group
  • Church of the Nazarene Hispanic Pastors’ and Wives Retreat
  • Iowa District Nazarene Youth International (NYI)
  • JJD Sports Camp
  • Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp
  • One-Year Adventure Novel
  • Vennard College Reunion
  • Volocity Student Ministries of Springfield, IL
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