MNU Named Five Star Champions of Character Institution
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MidAmerica Nazarene University has been named a Five Star Champions of Character Institution by the NAIA’s Character Advisory Committee. NAIA member institutions complete the Champions of Character Scorecard which measures the institution’s commitment to Champions of Character in five key areas: character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Institutions can earn points in each key area up to a maximum of 100 total points. Institutions scoring 60 or more total points are named Five Star Champions of Character Institutions.
According to MNU athletic director Kevin Steele, the award honors the hard work of players, coaches and faculty.
“We are pleased to be recognized again as an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Institution,” Steele said. “The five core values championed by the NAIA are woven seamlessly with the MNU mission and our coaches and student athletes do an incredible work in furthering the cause. The countless hours spent in developing the traits that manifest the true champions of character, including the many hours of service to our community, have benefited our students, our university and our surrounding community.”
Additionally, MNU is number 20 out of 98 schools making the 2011-12 NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings. The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 12 sports -- six women’s and six men’s.
“Our fall finish in the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup is our highest level that I am aware of in MNU history,” says Steele. “This is an excellent feat for our university.”
MNU’s athletic teams brought the institution three HAAC conference titles this fall in football, volleyball and men’s soccer, with all three teams in national post season play.