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Fall 2017 Alumni News

Above, pictured left to right: Tina (Summers ’08) Kraemer of Tucson, Arizona, runs a successful photography business; Melody Suos ('09) of Minnesota, works as a lead behaviorist having earned her Master of Arts in Human Services from University of Northwestern; Ashley (Taylor ’10) Ruegsegger is a pediatric nurse practitioner in Kansas City; Raman (Kaur ’09) Haus is a nurse practitioner in Kansas City; Christina Suos (’08) is a bi-vocational pastor in Minnesota; and Miranda (Barnes ’09) Edwards more>

Greg and Michael Hephner in front of their business. Accent Fall 2017

Father and Son Complete MBA Together

Greg (’86, MBA ’17) and Michael (’10, MBA ’17) Hephner are taking father-son activities to a whole new level. Not only are the two in business together at their multigenerational Hephner TV & Electronics store in Wichita, Kansas, but they also recently completed MNU’s online Master of Business Administration program—together. Greg and Michael had always looked forward to a time when MNU would offer an online MBA program, so when it began in 2015, Greg (who is also a member of the Board of Trustees) and his son jumped at the opportunity to do it. more>

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MNU Athletics

Volleyball   MNU Volleyball enjoyed another successful season under first-year head coach Christina Ludwick. Boasting several wins over top-25 teams, the Pioneers won their first game 3-0 in the conference tournament versus Peru State, but dropped the second 0-3 versus Grand View University.   Cross Country more>

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Football Comes Home for Homecoming

MNU is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its football program this fall. As part of the efforts to highlight the Bright Futures campaign (which includes plans for a $6-million athletic complex) MNU Athletics brought football back on campus for Homecoming. Due to lack of facilities, football and track & field have been moved off campus for “home” competitions to the Olathe District Activity Center for several years. Director of Athletics Todd Garrett (’94) says fans and athletes alike have missed the fervor and atmosphere of true home games. more>

Allen and Madeline Tollefson by the ocean Accent Fall 2017

What If Everyone Helped Just One?

Allen and Madeline Tollefson’s passion to give is all about changing lives: the lives of those they serve in missions work, the lives of young people they encounter and the lives of those they have met traveling to 70 countries during the last 40 years. The owners of AG Tollefson & Co. Inc, a Lecompton, Kansas, company that constructs pre-fabricated buildings, say they have been blessed with business success. That success has allowed them to assist many. From small churches, here and abroad, to missions work around the world, to students at MNU. more>

Student Bailey Fimreite in Beekeeper's protective suit holding a beehive. Accent Fall 2017

Gift of Bee Colony Provides Hands-On Learning

Without bees, the world would be a very different place. World Wildlife Fund Scientist Jon Hoekstra says food production would fall off dramatically, farmers would lose income and there would be a shortage of fruit, vegetables and nuts. The planet’s ecology would change and that’s just the beginning. more>

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Honor Society Wins Award

Delta Mu Delta, the international honor society in business, has awarded MNU’s Epsilon Theta Chapter, its STAR award for exceeding the standards the Society has for managing the chapter and its activities. MNU is among 22 other chapters receiving the award this year. It is the fifth time MNU has achieved this designation. Adam Swearengin, a senior accounting major from Kansas City, Kansas, was selected for a Regional Award for outstanding student of business from the Society. He received a $500 scholarship from DMD. more>

Hundreds of students gathered in Campus Mall at sunset. Accent Fall 2017

Largest Freshman Class Since 2010

This year’s class of new students is the largest since 2010. This represents a 26.7 percent increase over 2016. Transfer students are also up. The total incoming class is 313 this year compared to 260 in 2016. Derry Ebert, associate vice president and dean for traditional enrollment, attributes the increase to several initiatives. Among them, admissions counselors worked diligently to increase the number of students who visited the campus in order to share the MNU story and its pioneering spirit. more>

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Fall 2017

Building Bright Futures, plans unfold for the new Cunningham Student Center. We invite you to read about the new dream for the future of MNU.

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