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.
With All of Your Heart The conductor stopped us for what seemed like the thousandth time. The concert was just a few days away, but our performance was still far from perfect. “Let’s try it again,” he said over and over, and each time his dissatisfaction was evident by the look on his face. In frustration he put his baton down and then looked at us row by row and said these few words that have lasted a lifetime, “Even if you get all the notes all right,” he said, “if you don’t put your heart and soul into it…it will never ever be music.” more>
When Passion and Calling Collide Presley Wilson (’15) had a vision of what she wanted to do from her first day at MNU. Her adviser, biology Professor Rion Taylor, relates that Presley wanted to be a wildlife biologist. Inspired by the TV show “Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin,” Presley dreamed of communicating the mysteries of science with others. more>
Careers and Accomplishment Carolyn (Cooper ’84) Doolittle recently accepted a new position as a reading specialist/instructional coach at USD 231 (Gardner-Edgerton). Dr. Rod Smith (’92) has been honored as Middle School Principal of the Year by the Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals. Rod is principal at Frontier Trail Middle School in Olathe. Additionally, he assists MNU’s Professional & Graduate Studies in Education with new program initiatives. more>
Alumnus of the Year: Blair Spindle (’92) grew up in Olathe and earned his degree in history education. As a student, he played football and baseball at MNU and was a member of Heritage Choir. In 1996, Blair earned a Master of Religious Education degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary. Later, he earned an EdD from Nova Southeastern University. more>
Four alumni athletes were honored at the MNU Athletics Hall of Fame banquet during Homecoming weekend. Mark Brown, PhD ('91) Cross Country/Track & Field Mark was a 12-time individual conference champion (twice in cross country and 10 times in track), an NCCAA national champion in the 800m run, a two-time NAIA Academic All-American, a seven-time NAIA national qualifier, and the current MNU record-holder in the 1500m. Mark is a professor of mathematics at MNU. more>
Cross Country MNU cross country enjoyed another successful campaign. The men's team finished fifth, and Carlos Guzman earned a Conference Runner of the Week honor. The women's team won its third consecutive conference title and qualified for Nationals as Nate Wiens was named Heart Coach of the Year. Kaylee Shanley, Rachel White and Lila Dreves were named All-Conference. more>
“Want more happiness in your life? Be a more generous person,” says Tim Buchanan, co-chair of MNU’s Bright Futures capital campaign. Buchanan and fellow MNU Trustee Dan Rexroth lead the campaign’s executive committee—a group of individuals lending their influence to encourage others to seek funds for the $60 million, five-year effort. Though the task is daunting, both have faith that God is multiplying these efforts to meet the challenge. more>
On January 8, 2019, the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation awarded MNU a $1 million challenge grant toward the funding of a new student center. To receive the grant, the university now must raise the final $11 million by January 8, 2020, to complete the building. The Cunningham Student Center, centerpiece of MNU’s Bright Futures campaign and a new hub of student engagement will contain flexible dining space, areas for collaboration, learning, conversation, recreation, meeting and fitness. more>