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Accent Fall 2019 Magazine

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Progress on the university’s Bright Futures Campaign for the Cunningham Student Center is full steam ahead as a crucial deadline is approaching. In January 2019, the Mabee Foundation granted MNU $1 million contingent on the university’s ability to raise the remaining $11 million needed to build the Center by the end of the year.

“I am excited that our vision for the new Cunningham Student Center is closer than ever to reality,” says MNU President Dr. David Spittal. “With the commitments made to date, I truly believe we will reach the goal. An outpouring of gifts and pledges, of any size, will be necessary to meet the challenge. Thank you, alumni and university friends, as you continue to generously support the next generation of MNU Pioneers.” 

Unprecedented giving toward the building has resulted in just over $16 million raised. Support has included many types of gifts, such as land, securities and stock, in-kind services, contributions from IRA charitable rollovers and from donor-advised funds. Others have also contributed gifts in memory of loved ones.

“We are so encouraged by the outpouring of generosity,” says Dr. Jon North, vice president for university advancement. “From the largest to the smallest gifts, we have received such tremendous sacrificial support from alumni and friends of MNU, all over the world. They are committed to seeing this building completed.”

Your Gift Can Make It Happen! 

Gifts of all sizes and types are needed to meet the challenge of funding the Cunningham Student Center by the end of 2019. The time is now. Please consider your commitment level and make a generous gift or pledge, payable over five years. Visit for more information.


Students Are Excited

“Right now, not a lot of students hang out on campus. You see some in the library, but it’s supposed to be quiet. Some are in the lobbies; there’s not a lot of room. Also, the Student Center will look appealing to visitors—this cool building just for students.” 
—Lauren Fleshman, freshman from Oklahoma

“It’s going to create a communal gathering space—just to be together. I’m excited about a better café that’s new and appealing. It’s going to be a great opportunity for pulling in new students.” 
—Logan Frye, sophomore from Olathe

“This is going to give MNU students a lot more things to do on campus! The new Student Center will be a blessing to the student body here at MNU.”
—Roda Tut, freshman from Iowa

“The new Student Center will be more than just an amazing update for the campus. It’ll be an awesome place for people to come together as a community. It will be a great venue not just for current students but also for students that are considering MNU.”
—Ashlynn Holsinger, freshman from Kansas

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