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Virtual Experience Successful for President's Honors Gala

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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 raised a preliminary amount of over $462,000 for student scholarships. 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 matching every gift to the appeal, 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.

More than 100 items were featured in the mobile auction. Bidding was fun and intense. The MNU Foundation reported that it was one of its most successful auctions in the event’s nine-year history. 

“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 what and the cause of Jesus Christ. It continues to strengthen our resolve with purpose and passion in service to our students.”

Thanks to the sponsors who made President’s Honors 2021 possible:

Presenting Sponsors
Allen & Madeline Tollefson

Platinum Sponsors
The D. Ray & Elaine Cook Family Foundation
Olathe Medical Center

Gold Sponsors
Brent & Lynette Barkman
Dr. Chris & Janet Halvorson
Dr. Gary & Vickie Morsch
Chuck & Kathy Nunamaker
Pioneer College Caterers
Quality Technology Services
Ruckus Group

Silver Sponsors
A.L. Huber General Contractor
Assurance Agency
City of Olathe
CrossFirst Bank
Keith & Lisa Dobrolinsky
Fry Orthodontic Specialists
Dr. Larry & Donna McIntire
Precision Printing
Scott Relf & Family

Bronze Sponsors
College Church of the Nazarene
FCI Advisors
Jack & April Hansen
Harlan C. Parker Insurance Agency
Hephner TV & Electronics
Dr. Glenn & Peggy Kell Family
Jay Ketterling
Midwest Trust Company
Olathe Chamber of Commerce
PGAV Architects
Prime Capital
Dr. Dan & JoAnne Rexroth
Dr. David & Donna Spittal.

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! Visit

This Issue

Fall 2020

With gratitude we present this issue featuring God’s blessings in allowing MNU students, faculty, staff and administration to be on campus and in classes during the pandemic. Many institutions were not that fortunate. Read all about it and enjoy surprising news about increases in enrollment and other progress happening during this unprecedented time.

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