President Spittal Brings Encouragement as Classes Resume
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.
MidAmerica Nazarene University was established by faith and for over 50 years its story of achievement and accomplishment has provided evidence of God accomplishing His purposes through the hearts and hands of His people. The excellence that we celebrate throughout the university these days is an indication of the prolonged commitment, persistence and support of those who believe in the mission and purposes of the university. more>
It’s ironic to Tammie Jo (Bonnell ’83) Shults that the world has called her the pilot with nerves of steel, after successfully landing Southwest 1380 with one engine. While she knows she can focus and perform her duties now, she remembers a time when her nerves were practically debilitating. As a young girl, Tammie Jo dealt with anxiety over the pressures of elementary school. A doctor told her parents she was simply “too high strung.” He recommended medication. Her parents decided to take another approach. more>
Receiving one’s dues. Respect. Recognition. There are plenty of ways to express that all too infrequent occurrence of being recognized for high performance. This winter, Heritage Choir enjoyed just such a moment when the group performed at the Kansas Music Educators’ Association In-Service Workshop February 22 in Wichita, Kansas. The opportunity provided the chance to showcase the choir’s accomplishments before educators from across the state. According to Dr. more>
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Honors Alum Bishop Jack C. Vaughn, senior pastor of International Ministries Church of God in Christ, Kansas City, Kansas, is a two-time MNU alum. Completing an undergraduate degree in Applied Organizational Leadership in 2015 and then the Master of Science in Management in 2017, Vaughn was honored with MNU’s Living Legacy Award at the annual celebration. Two of his sons, Julian (’10) and Justin (MBA ’10) also are alums. Vaughn has personally recruited numerous students who have pursued and completed degrees at MNU. more>
Larry McIntire was just out of college, working as a junior high teacher and coach in Palco, Kansas, when he came home from work and announced to his wife, Donna, that he wanted to be a doctor. She was less than enthusiastic when her husband shared this news. more>
President’s Honors 2018 raised more than $691,000, bringing the seven-year total to nearly $4 million. Gala participants enjoyed a sumptuous meal served by MNU athletes and live-action and online bidding on items and experiences donated by friends of the university. The audience was delighted by the MNU Women’s Choir performance of “Ain’t No Grave.” Thank you, sponsors, donors and bidders for raising funds so more students can have the MNU Experience. Join us next year on April 12, 2019 more>
Men’s Basketball—Head Coach Rocky Lamar The team finished 16-15 with some signature wins in the 2017-18 season, including a victory over No. 7 Central Methodist on Senior Day. more>
Linda Anderson’s first encounter with MidAmerica was in 1968. That was the year the college welcomed its first class. That was also the year that Linda, a freshman, left her hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, to attend the fledgling school and experience for herself what folks in her church had been talking about. She found an accepting community, established on Christian principles, with godly professors. And while she decided not to continue her college career, Linda never stopped caring about this special place where students can earn a degree and learn lessons for a lifetime. more>