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Annetty poses outside Bell Center at MNU Student & Alumni Stories

Impossible Dream of Attending MNU Comes True

Annetty Ledesma, from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, did not expect the changes that were in store for her when she arrived in Kansas City. “My family moved to Kansas to pastor a Hispanic church in Kansas City,” says Annetty. “It was very unexpected; one of those detours the Lord sometimes takes us on for His glory.” Annetty explains she chose to attend MNU because it was close to her Kansas home and that she wanted to remain close to family after their big move.  more>

Becca White poses in front of Osborne Nursing Center at MNU Student & Alumni Stories

Next Steps for 2021 Seniors: Rebecca White

Becca White, a senior from Peoria, Illinois, had high hopes of attending a university where she could continue to play softball and attend a top-tier nursing school—all in a welcoming Christian environment. more>

Liz Krohn and Jeremy Thorpe competed in the first Moot Court competition Student & Alumni Stories

Pioneers' First Moot Court Competition

Students Jeremy Thorpe, a junior business administration major, and Elizabeth Krohn, a senior marketing major, are the first MNU students to compete with the American Moot Court Association (AMCA), the largest intercollegiate moot court organization in the United States. Jeremy and Elizabeth competed in the Great Lakes Regional, hosted by Saginaw Valley State University, one of the many competitions testing students on their ability to identify legal standards. In December 2020, when the students competed, they placed 16th out of 46 teams. more>

Photo of Clayton Cook a 2021 MNU Senior Student & Alumni Stories

Next Steps For 2021 Seniors: Clayton Cook

Senior accounting major, Clayton Cook (’21), summarizes his reason for choosing MNU with one word: community.  “It was awesome to see the way people talked about MNU,” says Clayton. “I knew that I wanted to attend a school where I could also be a part of a community that cares so much about each other with God at the center of it all.”  However, Clayton tells us that this decision did not come easy for him, even as a second-generation Pioneer—both of his parents attended MNU. more>

Chief Shawn Reynolds and image of Temple, Texas Police Building Student & Alumni Stories

Police Chief Faces Challenge With Humility and Confidence

Shawn M. Reynolds (’04, MA ’06), CEO of Temple, Texas, Police Department, is not only a two-time MNU alum, he also served the university as an adjunct professor teaching the criminal justice course Policing in America. Previously Shawn was the Deputy Chief of Police-Operations for Olathe, Kansas, from 2016 to 2020 and Deputy Chief of Police-Administration from 2014-2016. more>

Matt and Hayley Reynolds relax in their renovated RV named Georgia. Student & Alumni Stories

Adventures on the Frontlines

Matthew (’17) and Hayley (Pankratz ’15) Reynolds, chose adventure when they bought a well-worn RV to rehab and accepted assignments as travel nurses in 2019. After finishing their first contract in Orange County, California, they are now in Everett, Washington, just 30 minutes north of Seattle. Hayley answered questions for the couple as they settled into their newest assignment at Providence Regional Medical Center.  more>

Elayna Bostwick photo Student & Alumni Stories

Just Doing What She’s Called to Do

Elayna Bostwick, sophomore, youth and family ministry Elayna Bostwick chose youth and family ministry for her major because of her passion to help adolescents. The MNU sophomore was called to ministry right before she started college and says, “God flipped my whole life upside down, but I didn't know what I was supposed to do with this calling.” A conversation with a close friend and an experience of stepping out in faith during a Winter Jam [Christian music] concert helped her determine how God was leading her to use her call. more>

Ramon Fulson outside Cerner's World Headquarters in North Kansas City Student & Alumni Stories

Pioneer Leading in Healthcare Information Management: Ramon Fulson

When Ramon Fulson (’08) first attended MNU on a football scholarship, he never imagined the impact it would have on his life. Now a lead consultant at Cerner, the health information innovation giant in Kansas City, Ramon reflects on his time at MNU. During his time at MNU, Ramon thrived as a sports management major and running back/defensive back for the Pioneers. He looks back on his time spent at the university with pride.  “MNU gave me the ability to grow,” Ramon says. “I learned countless life lessons there.” more>

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