14th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Held
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.
From the President There are a wealth of books, podcasts and motivational speakers these days that preach a particular definition of success. For some, it’s how to accumulate wealth and for others, it’s about finding the path to position, power and prestige. Perhaps it’s a trophy or plaque on the wall or the applause of a crowd. Regardless of the shape or form, many will go to extremes to achieve their ideal of success. more>
Pre-professional programs help students prepare for graduate-level education required by many professions after earning a bachelor’s degree. MNU science majors have a stellar reputation for acceptance to medical school, and that’s just one of many professional fields open to our graduates. Here are two examples of students following that path -- one at the end of his MNU career, and one just beginning. Maybe you know a high school student who should consider MNU’s pre-professional education. If so, contact admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org. more>
In January 2019, the Mabee Foundation granted MNU $1 million contingent on the university’s ability to raise the remaining $11 million needed to build the Center by the end of the year. And progress is strong! “We’ve raised more than $3 million since then,” says Dr. Jon North, vice president for university advancement. “The challenge has propelled us forward by giving more donors the inspiration to join us in the effort.” Recent $3 Million Gift Adds Energy to Campaign more>
Breanna Barney (’19)Middle School Math Education - Math teacher at Northside Community School. Summa Cum Laude; Phi Delta Lambda Honor Society; Student Athlete-Track & Field Breanna Barney grew up in Olathe and lives near campus. Growing up in a Christian home, the university environment is what she expected – a great school, centered on Christian living. She loves the small campus and the one-on-one relationships it allows her to build with professors. more>
Students in the criminal justice program got to see the results of 2018 Giving Tuesday gifts as they assisted the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Association in Kansas City with anti-human trafficking signage. The funds paid for the neighborhood watch signs and accompanying literature to educate the community on the issue. more>
Molly (Brewster '13) Karagyaurov (Coach K) is no stranger to the MNU volleyball program. She played all four years of her college eligibility for the Pioneers from 2009-2013, earning numerous accolades along the way, including multiple Conference Player of the Week awards and two All-Conference team awards, as well as a Scholar-Athlete honor, Conference Player of the Year, and third-team All-American in her senior season. Molly is the only player in program history to record 1,000 digs and 1,000 kills in a career. more>
Track & Field Coach Nate Wiens and the MNU track & field programs once again proved elite as both the women’s and men’s squads won the Heart of America Indoor Championships. Isaac Zitterkopf was named Overall Male Athlete of the Meet, Deterio Newman was Male Track Athlete of the Meet, and Kelly Brown was the Female Track Athlete of the Meet. Wiens was named conference Coach of the Year for both the men’s and women’s programs, and Jonathon Becker was honored as Assistant Coach of the Year for both, as well. more>
ACCOLADES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS Bill ('76) and Theresa (Maynard '76) Grigory are serving as missionaries in Bulgaria with the Church of the Nazarene. Dean Nelson ('76), Point Loma Nazarene University’s journalism program founder and director, recently published, Talk to Me: How to Ask Better Questions, Get Better Answers, and Interview Anyone Like a Pro. Nelson has won several awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for his reporting, and has written or co-written 15 books. more>