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Cunningham Student Center Groundbreaking

The Paul and Connie Cunningham family participate in the first turn of soil at the groundbreaking
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The Cunningham family with Dr. and Mrs. David Spittal turn the first blade of soil at the Cunningham Student Center groundbreaking.

Groundbreaking on the $20 million Cunningham Student Center was held Friday, August 28, 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. Read more

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.

Student Government President Craig Garrett giving remarks.
Craig Garrett, a senior and the student government president, gave remarks.

"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.

Dr. David Spittal
Dr. David Spittal, MNU president.

Dr. Spittal then introduced Dr. Connie Cunningham who spoke with enthusiasm about seeing the dream of this campus and building become a reality. Eleven members of the Cunningham family have earned degrees at MNU. 

Dr. Connie Cunningham
Dr. Connie Cunningham.

Dr. Cunningham spoke about standing on approximately the same spot more than 50 years ago with her husband. They were scouting the location for the yet unnamed college. The spot was on this hilltop that was then a cornfield. Paul had a scripture he felt the Lord gave him about the spot--Matthew 5:14.

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden," NLT version. 

An audio recording of Dr. Paul Cunningham was also played in which he recounted a portion of how the university came to be. 

The ceremonial breaking of ground then began. 

Dr. Carla Sunberg, general superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene and a 1983 graduate of MNU, gave the prayer of celebration. 

Dr. Carla Sunberg, general superintendent, Church of the Nazarene and 1983 alumna of MNU.
Dr. Carla Sunberg, general superintendent, Church of the Nazarene and 1983 alumna of MNU.

Construction is by A.L. Huber and the architectural firm is PGAV. The building is slated to open in 2022.

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