President’s Honors 2021: The Virtual Experience
| by Carol Best firstname.lastname@example.org
This year, President’s Honors, The Virtual Experience was a great success thanks to friends and associates who embraced the cause. The April 16 event streamed online raising over $463,000 for student scholarships and special campus needs. This brings the cumulative fundraising total to more than $5.1 million for student scholarships and other initiatives since 2012.
This year’s special appeal was MNU’s Nursing Simulation Lab. Nursing alum and neonatal nurse Cara (Viner ’98) Dumaplin was inspired by the appeal and committed to match every gift to the project, up to $100,000, through her company, Taking Cara Babies. Her passion for nursing education will enhance MNU’s simulation technology and ultimately prepare current and future nursing students for meaningful careers in healthcare. It is still possible to contribute to this matching-gift opportunity by making a secure, online gift at mnu.edu/giving.
“Our Pioneer family and friends have been generous supporters of the university,” said MNU President David Spittal. “We are thrilled by the response of those who believe in MNU and the cause of Jesus Christ. It continues to strengthen our resolve with purpose and passion in service to our students.”
Dr. Christopher Smith and Dr. Luke Johnson (’03) led Heritage Choir & Jazz Ensemble in an arrangement of Rest, written for this occasion. Microphones were provided for each member to accommodate social distancing, which required mixing by our full team of sound technicians. The livestream event was a coordinated effort led by Ruckus Creative Group. Plans are underway for next year’s in-person and online event when President’s Honors returns to the Cook Center Friday, April 8, 2022 for its tenth anniversary! To learn more, visit presidentshonors.org.