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Fall 2014: Campus News

Dec. 5, 2014

Business Toolkit Workshop Series: The Art of Great Communication

The first in a planned series of quarterly workshops developed by MNU in partnership with the Olathe Public Library, the Olathe Chamber of Commerce and Coffee Lunch Coffee, was held Nov. 7, at the Olathe Community Center. Designed to help professionals from all industries refine their personal communication skills, The Art of Great Communication, featured five Kansas City area experts.

Keynote speaker Harry S. Campbell gave practical advice from his years in the C-Suite for Fortune 500 companies and as owner of several startups. Additional speakers included Alana Muller, author and speaker; employment law expert Marty Jackson; Mary B. Lucas, chief resource officer at Staffmark; and Dr. Mark Hamilton, professor of communication at MNU. 

Learning Commons and Mabee Library Director Bruce Flanders says the partners plan to develop additional Business Toolkit Workshops to help students and community members succeed in their careers or job searches.

Center for Accelerated & Professional Education

The Center for Graduate and Adult Learning has been renamed and is now the Center for Accelerated and Professional Education. Director Dr. Cathie Peterson says the change more accurately indicates to potential students that the center offers Associate of Arts degrees and a host of course offerings.

Goals of the center are to:

• Increase adult student enrollment thereby enriching the mission of MNU to educate and inspire servant leaders recognized for their excellence, integrity and spiritual vitality.

• Heighten the awareness of MNU’s programs for the nontraditional adult student and expand professional and certificate course offerings. 

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Open Access: MNU's Institutional Repository

The creation of the MNU Institutional Repository was announced this fall. The repository will contain faculty research articles and related scholarship, openly accessible to scholars via the Internet.

According to Bruce Flanders, director of Mabee Library, the repository will be a comprehensive, freely accessible, online compilation of academic resources created at MNU.

“We plan to include outstanding examples of student scholarship as well as faculty members’ traditional research articles, and monographs, theses and dissertations, book chapters, technical reports, graphical images, video, PowerPoint slide sets, and other multi-media academic content,” he said. “This repository will be broad in scope, covering all academic disciplines.”

While such repositories are not unique, the ability to start one without incurring significant cost is unusual. MNU’s project will be built on the Church of the Nazarene’s Wesleyan-Holiness Digital Library (WHDL) publishing platform developed by the denomination's International Board of Education (IBOE).

This will allow MNU to conform to digital repository standards, while avoiding typical development and maintenance costs. MNU will be the first Nazarene University to use the WHDL in this manner, and Flanders expects other U.S. and international universities to quickly follow.

“The WHDL is a robust online publishing platform with advanced features, such as the ability to accommodate multi-lingual content,” Flanders said. “We are thrilled to be using the WHDL to develop this important new academic resource.”

The MNU Institutional Repository is projected to be operational in spring 2015.

Trailblazer Expands to Digital Media

You remember it well: opening the pages of the latest Trailblazer, MNU’s student newspaper. The newly designed site features articles, photos and video produced by students. According to Editor-in-Chief Robbie Wegley, a senior history major from Olathe, its goal is to keep students informed, give them a voice and remind us all what a special place MNU is. For a fun read, check out “15 Things I Wish I Had Known as a Freshman,” story and photo by Sarah Wacker. 

Pioneers Play at Arrowhead

Pioneer fans exploded in celebration when the football team defeated the Missouri Valley College Vikings, 20-17, Oct. 11, 2014, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The first-ever NAIA Div. I Gridiron Challenge was a huge hit with fans from both institutions as well as with those from Baker University and Benedictine College, whose teams faced off in the second game of the double header. 

MNU used a 10-point 4th quarter to erase a 7-point deficit and beat No. 7 Missouri Valley. The Pioneers last defeated the Vikings in 2010, the first year MNU went on to the NAIA national semifinals.

Defeat All Cancer

The Pioneers took advantage of the unique opportunity of playing at Arrowhead as a way to bring attention to those fighting cancer by designating this game the “Defeat All Cancer” game. Wearing wristbands and tape in the colors designated for particular forms of cancer, MNU athletes represented friends and loved ones who have fought cancer.

Pioneer Offensive Coordinator Bruce Pielstick, whose wife of 27 years succumbed to bladder cancer less than one year ago, said the Defeat All Cancer game provided an opportunity to touch the lives of people that have gone through or are going through this difficult disease.

“We want to encourage those who are in a battle with cancer,” Pielstick said. “We want to praise and honor Jesus Christ and we want to bring attention to all forms of cancer that people are fighting.”

Old Settlers Parade

Pioneer cheerleaders and football players greet the crowd at the 116th Johnson County Old Settler’s Parade, Sept. 6, 2014. The parade draws more than 60,000 people and is recognized as Kansas’ largest parade. 

MNU Welcomes New Faculty This Fall 

Kathleen Brewer, nursing; Laurie Brooks, nursing; Leanna Graham, teacher education; Jennifer Ferguson, nursing; Joy Wray, nursing; Jimmy Ntelekos, athletic training; Luke Johnson, band; and Abby Hodges, chemistry.

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