Classes Begin at MNU
It’s the time of year when we celebrate our graduating seniors’ success. Enjoy these stories about diverse paths and passions as students and alumni achieve their dreams.
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.
The Cunningham Student Center, part of the plan for capital improvements in the Bright Futures campaign, will be named after two of the most loyal and enthusiastic supporters of the university. After all, if not for the vision of Dr. Paul Cunningham and the prayerful support of Dr. Connie Cunningham, MNU might never have been located in Olathe, Kansas. more>
Indoor Track & Field Takes the Heart The Pioneers’ Indoor Track & Field squads won both men’s and women’s Heart Championships and boast several National qualifiers. more>
Celebrate MNU’s 50th anniversary with creativity! Whether you're a fan of adult coloring books or you have little Pioneers with a creative streak, this page, designed by sophomore graphic design major Dana Palmer of Joplin, Missouri, is for you. Dana's illustration is an artistic interpretation of the Campus Mall. We would love to see your finished artwork. Email a picture to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or post it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag us. Download coloring sheet. more>
In the midst of a 24/7 news cycle and instant “breaking news” we all have become accustomed to shocking scandals, violence, terrorism and rumors of wars. We live in a chaotic world where our “smart” technology provides us with continuous updates and instant alerts that can quickly fill our minds with the persistent drumbeat of fear and uncertainty. more>
Have news? Want to share births, marriages, new jobs and accomplishments with Accent? Please send to email@example.com or connect with us on social media. It doesn't matter how you connect with us, we just want to hear from you! Lee Pate ('77) accepted a position as military and family life counselor at Fort Riley, Kansas. more>
Every year business professor Dr. Lisa Wallentine and graphic design professor Brian Merriman join forces to bring a real-world experience to upperclassmen. Nine teams of students in the promotions (marketing) class and corporate identity (graphic design) class competed last fall in the annual project to provide an integrated marketing communication plan to a local organization. This year’s client was Wyandotte County, Kansas, Parks and Recreation. more>
Founding Pioneer Faculty Member Mary Alyce Galloway, 86, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, in Longmont, Colorado. Mary Alyce joined the faculty in August 1968 to teach English. Later she became the reference librarian until her retirement in 1995 when she was honored with the title of Pioneer faculty emerita. more>
Marriages Clayton ('15) and Kelly (Neiderhiser, '12) Brandt, October 15, 2016. Danny ('07) and Megan (Lucas) Buxie, October 15, 2016. Josh and Sarah (Hunt, '08) Fash, November 19, 2016. Jacob ('13) and Shara (Stafford) French, October 15, 2016. Jon and Jessica (Daud, '13) Griggs, October 19, 2014. more>