Spring 2020 Academic Honor Rolls
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.
In August, MNU was selected for Money magazine’s 2018-19 Best Colleges list. Only four Kansas universities made the list, including MNU, KU, K-State and Benedictine College. To determine the rankings, Money analyzed 26 factors such as graduation rate, tuition charges, family borrowing and alumni earnings to find the top college values out of the nation’s approximately 5,000 higher learning institutions. The data were gathered in three categories: 1. Quality of education 2. Affordability 3. Outcomes more>
MNU’s band has been selected to perform at the 2019 Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop in February. The band was invited to audition and will make its first appearance at this event. Last year, MNU’s Heritage Choir performed at KMEA. Congratulations to Dr. Luke Johnson ('03); the band members; and Dr. Donna Bohn, chair, Department of Arts and Humanities. more>
New this academic year, local Christian visual artists are displaying their art and presenting artist talks in the library’s rotating gallery in a series of events called Faith & Art. The first featured artist was Julia Otterness, founder of Genesis 1-1 Fine Arts, a ministry of evangelism through fine arts, followed by Kelly Kruse’s Illumination: Wrestling with God through Visual Art, Poetry, and Music. Coming up this semester, the public is invited to view the art of: more>
The Call @ MNU is a one-week youth theology institute, now in its third year, that equips high school juniors and seniors who are preparing for a lifetime of Christian ministry. Planned and led by Professor of Youth Ministry Dr. Ron Jackson and an advisory committee, the institute uses ministry professionals to teach, facilitate discussion and mentor participants. The goal is for students to return to their home churches with enhanced ministry skills and understanding. more>
More than 100 alumni, students, current and past faculty and other supporters of the Master of Arts in Counseling program joined for a dinner celebrating the 20th anniversary of counselor education at MNU. Dr. Mary Fry and Amy Cain (MAC ’07) were emcees for the evening. The first-ever Master of Counseling Founder’s Awards were presented to Dr. Roy Rotz, program founding faculty member; Dr. Cayla Bland, for her key role in support for the program in the early years; and Dr. Todd Frye, for his role in achieving CACREP accreditation and program growth. more>
The news is full of stories about the growing problem of student loans. Now, MNU is coming alongside high school seniors and their parents with some reassurance. This fall, MNU announced Pioneer Pledge, a program that helps repay student loans. more>
Mrs. Vivian Avery, accepts the MLK Living Legacy Award from Dr. David Spittal, MNU president, at the university’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration, Jan. 22, 2019. more>