Persistence Is Key For Student Success
The summer 2021 issue of ACCENT reflects the exciting momentum and progress we are experiencing on our campus. Stable enrollments, the start of construction on the new Cunningham Center, the growth and extension of our capital campaign, new academic programs and new endowed scholarships do not overshadow a strong awareness of God’s presence on our campus and the evidence of lives transformed by His Spirit.
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.
MNU announced its Fall 2020 Census Day numbers today. The total number of students enrolled for fall 2020 semester is 2,239, an increase of 17% from fall 2019. Freshmen are part of the equation, up 10%, the class is the largest since 2017. Continuing education student enrollment is also up significantly.
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 (’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>
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>
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’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>
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>
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>
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>
Come celebrate Homecoming with performing arts students as they present a variety of vocal, instrumental, and theatre selections.
Join us in the Bell Center Performing Arts Hall for an evening filled with alumni talent from across the decades. You'll enjoy knee-slapping comedy, clap along to classic hits, and have your heart stirred with sacred music.
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Mabee Learning Commons, 1st floor
The Library and Department of Arts & Humanities are partnering to offer music night in the Library! This community wide event will feature students and/or faculty from MNU performing a variety of work (specifics TBD). Come and enjoy a little (night) music in the Library!
A masterclass on your specific instrument’s audition music for District and State Band, including scales, sight-reading, and how to best audition!
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Olathe Public Library, Indian Creek Branch
Join us at the Olathe Public Library’s Indian Creek Library to play a variety of tabletop games from MNU’s Center for Games & Learning! Bring friends and play together or make new friends while you play. Snacks and drinks provided!
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Mabee Learning Commons, 1st floor