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Jonathan Babcock

Jonathan Babcock seated on a bench at the center of MNU Mall

Jonathan Babcock's future certainly looks bright and he credits much of it to his alma mater.

Class of 2016

Jonathan Babcock's future certainly looks bright and he credits much of it to his alma mater. The December 2016 grad earned a degree in accounting and is now a research analyst for DeMarche Associates, Inc. The desire to pursue a career in finance is something that developed throughout Jonathan's education at MNU. It started when he went halfway around the world to study abroad at Korea Nazarene University. In partnership with MNU, Jonathan earned a minor in international business management. One of his KNU professors is on the board of a large South Korean bank and learning from him was inspiring. During his free time and while traveling around the country, Jonathan started reading more about banking and investments which he says developed into a deeper excitement about the world of finance.

When he returned to MNU the following semester, Dr. Mary Murphy, associate professor, asked him to help start a student investment club. At this point, Jonathan says he thought, "God really works in incredible ways, especially through the things that MNU does for its students."

The club exists to give students real-world investing experience while providing a fundraising opportunity for the MNU Foundation. With the help of School of Business professors, Jonathan recruited more members for a total of 10 students in the first year. The club manages a portfolio started with $50,000 from the MNU Foundation. In just one year of investing they have made money and foundation board members are pleased with the return. Realizing that more education was needed for club members to be successful, a course was developed.

"That is when God sent us Jack Hansen, one of the most inspiring men I have ever met," Jonathan says. Jack ('92, MBA '99) has 15 years of experience as a broker and investment adviser for Edward Jones. With Jack's help, curriculum was developed for the investment portfolio strategy and management course that he and Associate Professor Mary Murphy, PhD, co-teach.

"This class teaches students in a hands-on way similar to an internship," Jonathan says. "Instead of solely learning concepts, you're able to apply the knowledge you've learned to persuade the class to purchase a particular stock. And the best part is, by the gracious efforts of the MNU Foundation, we're able to invest real money."

Jonathan says these experiences along with a mentor from MNU's Executive Mentorship Program, all developed his interest and significant real-world experience prior to his job search.

"The experience I gained through participating in the investment club opened up a lot of doors for me when looking at career opportunities. Not only did it help me further my knowledge in investing, it also helped me further develop leadership skills. It played a major role in helping me obtain the job I have now."

When asked about the future of MNU Jonathan says, "I am excited to see what the next 5, 10 and 20 years hold for this school, because I know it is going to continue to grow and do incredible things."

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