Adventures on the Frontlines
We hope you enjoy this issue of Accent featuring women in leadership. From alumni to students to administration, MNU and the new We Lead initiative seek to empower our graduates.
Contributing to her success, MNU was the perfect place for Joslene to learn. She found smaller groups, which were well organized, making it easier to manage her studies and connect with other students who were just as dedicated. Her passion for wonder was encouraged. Asking questions and sharing vulnerably about her challenges was welcomed and rewarded. In this environment, Joslene says she felt she was heard.
With a whole community effort, MNU’s new freshman class, numbering 223, is the largest since 2010 (229). This represents a 26.7 % increase over 2016 and is the second largest class since 2006. Transfer students are also up with 90 new students calling MNU home. The total incoming class is 313 this year compared to 260 in 2016. Read how the entire Pioneer family helped make it happen.
Every 10 years, MNU conducts a thorough self-study and prepares a report in support of the reaffirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). This comprehensive self-study will be conducted during 2015 by campus faculty, staff and administration. more>
A true Pioneer, Otto William Theel, Jr., MD, 92, passed away October 26, 2015. A great supporter and friend of the university since its inception, Dr. Theel created the Mid-America Nazarene College Honorary Alumni Association in 1969 when the newly opened college had no alumni. Ninety-five charter members assisted with student recruitment and fundraising. As a result Dr. Theel was honored by the college with the Layman of the Year Award. The group would go on to raise thousands of dollars through the years with varied activities and an annual banquet. Dr. more>
Olathe Campus Enters Phase Two of Technology Renewal Whether in the dorm, the classroom, out on the campus mall or at a desk, MNU students and employees will soon enjoy significantly faster Internet speeds and greatly enhanced bandwidth with phase two of MNU’s primary campus technology renewal. Phase one was completed in September with the installation of new fiber optic cable across campus. more>
Marriages Christopher and Amanda (Adams, ’11) Fuller, June 6, 2015. Matt (’15) and Brenna (Bohlman, ’15) Selden, June 27, 2015. Daniel and Cherith (Campbell, ’15) Boone, May 23, 2015. Richard and Sara (Glass, ’12) Wise, June 14, 2015. Justin and Laura (Miller, ’13) Schaper, October 18, 2014. more>
Jeremi (Heiney, ’88, MEd '05) Wonch was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (Kansas), by the National Science Foundation. Catherine (Brunet, ’89) Brandt was appointed assistant principal at Northeast Elementary School in Montgomery County, Tennessee. more>
He never set foot on MNU’s campus. In fact, he rarely left his birthplace of Lipscomb County, Texas. But David Jesse Hostutler loved the Lord, believed in supporting his church and through his extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins, found value in a small Christian college in the Midwest. more>
Coffee and fresh pastries? Soup and salad? In the library? more>
Volleyball Takes Conference — Proceeds to Nationals After an up-and-down start, the MNU volleyball team captured its fourth straight conference title and tournament to qualify for Nationals for the fifth year in a row. The Pioneers started 6-5, but won 16 of their next 20 matches to finish strong. Sophomore Rachel Kater earned a National Setter of the Week honor along with three conference weekly honors. The Pioneers were 25-9 moving on to the Opening Round of Nationals on Nov. 21. more>
In-Person classes and programs resume on the MNU campus. For up-to-date reopening details please check the campus reopening resources page.
Location: Mabee Library 1st floor, MidAmerica Nazarene University
Artist Talk: Be a Child / Carol Totten
For the first exhibit in the Mabee Library’s rotating art gallery for the 20-21 academic year, Carol Totten will display a series of her original paintings. Carol’s paintings will be displayed during the month of September. The artist talk will consist of a brief talk by the artist, followed by a reception and viewing of the art collection. Refreshments will be provided.
Join us on the campus of MidAmerica Nazarene University for the Homecoming and Family Weekend 2020 / October 16-18.
We welcome back alumni from the classes of 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, and 2015 -- as well as parents and friends of the university -- for a weekend full of meaningful activities.
We look forward to rolling out the red carpet for you and yours on October 16-18.
For up-to-date Homecoming 2020 registration/details please check the homecoming 2020 resources page.