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Summer 2016: Campus News

Success at First Scholarship Challenge

More than 40 high-achieving high school seniors competed for one of three prestigious full-tuition scholarships at Scholarship Challenge Weekend Jan. 22-23. During the event, 30 faculty interviewed candidates, graded essays and portfolios, and presented information about MNU to the applicants.

Derry Ebert, associate vice president and dean for traditional enrollment, said the Scholarship Challenge brought a wealth of academic talent to MNU and so far more than 70 percent of the applicants have already enrolled for the fall 2016 semester. 

“For a first-year competition like this, we were extremely excited to see the high level of participation from these talented students,” he said. “We had top students from South Dakota to Texas and Colorado to Illinois. We hope they all choose to become Pioneers.”

The top three full-tuition winners were Allison Dooley of Kudjip, Papua New Guinea; Dana Palmer of Stark City, Missouri; and Chloe Smith of Bennington, Nebraska.

In addition, the top 10 runners-up each won $2,000 scholarships, and the remaining candidates each received $1,000 scholarships.

A variety of financial aid is still available for the fall 2016 semester. For more information visit

Research at the Crossroads

A new digital resource was unveiled this spring by Mabee Library Director Bruce Flanders. Crossroads: Research @ MNU, is dedicated to sharing research and insights from MNU faculty and students. The publication is the first of its kind among Nazarene higher education institutions and Kansas independent colleges and universities. 

Publishing twice a year by MNU library staff, Crossroads is meant to increase the impact of academic research at MNU by connecting with researchers worldwide. According to Flanders it may also create new opportunities for research grant funding and raise recognition of research being done at MNU. Written in a non-technical, engaging style, each issue will contain up to six faculty and two student articles. 

The name Crossroads is inspired by MNU’s location in Olathe, Kansas. The city served as a historical waystation and crossroads for the California, Oregon, and Santa Fe trails. 

“We also use the title to describe the intersection of researchers, instructors, students, alumni, and the lay person interested in the various topics described in the publication,” Flanders says. 

Readers can connect with Crossroads at

Pioneer Professor Retires

One of the last Pioneer-era professors, Steven Cole, PhD, professor emeritus of biology, retired this spring after 46 years of teaching at MNU. Cole was a teaching assistant in zoology at Oklahoma State University, before he became instructor of biology at MidAmerica in 1969. In 1989, he was awarded Faculty Member of the Year for his teaching, his mentoring of pre-med students and for his commitment to the environment.  

In 2014, Cole reduced his teaching load to part time and was awarded emeritus status by the university. Upon Cole’s retirement President David Spittal recognized him as an outstanding scholar and respected colleague who has influenced and advised hundreds of students, many of whom are now physicians literally all over the world.

Week of Scholarship 3.0

From rap to barbeque to the molecular structure of a 3-D printed microchip, MNU’s third annual Week of Scholarship included a delightfully diverse group of scholars and topics delivered in entertaining fashion. The fast-paced, always entertaining 7x7 Challenge featured seven professors, each giving seven-minute presentations on topics representing their academic and entrepreneurial endeavors. The competition ended with the award of the Arvin Oke Golden Brain going to Dr. Brent Moore, whose presentation ended with his performance of a freestyle rap. Named for brain researcher and MNU professor Dr. Arvin Oke, the award is given to the presenter with the most audience votes at the end of the evening. 

The Student Scholarship Showcase featured students presenting their research in fast-paced PechaKucha style. Using 20 slides for 20 seconds each, the students explained their inquiry into topics such as treating cholera in Haiti and the application of 3-D printing in medical diagnoses. 

Other events of the week included a faculty academic exhibition and a student poster session, both featuring scholarly research.

Passion to Serve: LQVE Haiti

The 2015-2016 Passion to Serve project: LQVE Haiti, raised $40,000 to assist four communities in Haiti. The project was named in memory of Quincy Foster, an MNU junior nursing student who had developed a love for the people of Haiti on her 2013 mission trip to the country. Quincy was tragically killed in an auto accident Jan. 1, 2015. 

This year in partnership with Heart to Heart International and, MNU students raised money to install the Quincy Foster Memorial Soccer Field on the grounds of the Community School of Cascade Pichon, which had been constructed, in part, with funds from MNU’s 2013 Passion to Serve project. 

Student teams traveled to the region during the academic year, providing help with construction and distributing soccer equipment and uniforms. Nursing students also worked in clinics in the southeast region of Haiti, performing health screenings, transporting medical supplies and distributing crisis care kits. 

MNU ServiceCorps announced that the work in Haiti will continue next year as MNU’s 2016-2017 Passion to Serve Project.

Where In The World Are MNU Students?


West Africa Theological Seminary, Lagos, Nigeria

July/August 2016: Graduate counseling students renovating orphanage and working with public school.

LQVE Haiti, Cascade Pichon and southeast Haiti

December 2015, March and July 2016: Constructing soccer field, performing health screenings, transporting medical supplies and distributing crisis care kits. 

Greece: Summer 2016, Serbia: Summer 2016, England: Summer 2016

Students completing internships and study abroad.

Rahab’s Rope, Goa, India

June 2016: Assisting an organization that helps women and girls at risk for human trafficking.

International Christian School, San Jose, Costa Rica

2015-2016: Student teaching 

Golden Bell Camp & Conference Center, Golden Bell, Colorado

March 2016: Rehabbing staff housing and replacing chapel flooring. 

Native American Christian Academy, Sun Valley, Arizona

May 2016: Education majors and men’s basketball team interacting with students through classroom lessons and sports camps.   

IC Compassion, Iowa City, Iowa

March 2016: Serving among Ethiopian and Chinese families in multiethnic community. Assisting at food pantry and painting facilities. 


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