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Rings from Zach Kroenke's MLB days. Student & Alumni Stories

Career Change Leads Former MLB Pro to MNU

The path of one’s life has a way of twisting and turning. For Zach Kroenke it has done just that. Zach, a 2017 graduate in nursing, hung up his baseball cleats in 2015 to pursue something different. He chose nursing as the career to follow up his stint in Major League Baseball. That’s right; this former pitcher who played for the Yankees, Diamondbacks, Brewers, Marlins, and Nationals left the mound for a new calling. For Zach, it was all about family. more>

Katie Rucker 2014 MNU Grad at Olathe Medical Center Student & Alumni Stories

Nurse Shares Successes to Help Others

Katie Rucker, BSN, RN, (’14) spends her workday studying infections. As part of Olathe Medical Center’s risk management department, she focuses on sepsis—and she loves it.  Katie is the quality and outcomes coordinator for Olathe Medical Center. In this position, she gets to help the entire hospital population by studying demographics and processes to continually improve the hospital’s quality of service and patient outcomes.  more>

Andrea Mendez in Mabee Learning Commons Student & Alumni Stories

Transfer Student-Athlete Finds a Home at MNU

Andrea Mendez (‘18), a senior from Anaheim, California, has made the most of her education at MNU. It’s strange to think that she may not have ended up here if it weren’t for her three older sisters. “I’m the youngest of my three sisters,” Andrea says. “I watched all of them run track growing up, so I wanted to do the same. I got into it really young, and competed through high school.”  After high school, Andrea enrolled at Fullerton College in Fullerton, California. Andrea thought her competitive track running career had come to an end. more>

Tammie Jo Shults Student & Alumni Stories

Alum's Faith and Persistence Critical to Success

Tammie Jo Shults, 'hero pilot' for Southwest Airlines exemplifies all that it means to be an MNU alum.  MNU Director of Alumni Kevin Garber said Capt. Tammie Jo Shults, a 1983 alumnus, gave a speech on campus last spring. Garber recalls that Shults advocated for diversity in the workforce and encouraged women to break through barriers in male-dominated fields.  more>

Tammie Jo and Dean Shults Student & Alumni Stories

Tammie Jo Shults, MNU Alum, Touted As Hero

MNU Alumnae Capt. Tammie Jo Shults, pilot for SWA 1380, is being credited as a hero. Tammie Jo, a 1983 graduate, safely landed the passenger plane after engine failure. Prior to joining Southwest, Tammie Jo was one of the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy. For more information read the KC Star article at: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article209178274.html.   . more>

Josh Brisco Student & Alumni Stories

Young Grad Finds Audience for Comedy and Sports

Joshua Brisco (’17), ESPN Kansas City talk show host, didn’t always have an audience. Based on his college career though, it would not have been hard to predict that this young alum would end up informing and entertaining others through a career in media.  more>

Molly and Nasko in German Village Student & Alumni Stories

Adventure Meets Opportunity On and Off the Court

Molly (Brewster ’13, MSM ‘16) Karagyaurov says she can’t take the credit for where she is today; a pro volleyball player living in Offenburg, Germany. While she didn’t initially plan to live and work abroad, Molly sees the hand of God in experiences and education that prepared her for her life today.  more>

Rep. Larry Campbell with Gov. Jeff Colyer Student & Alumni Stories

Alum Named State Budget Director

MNU Alum Larry Campbell ('96 MBA) has been appointed the budget director for the state of Kansas by new Governor Jeff Colyer. Campbell is a veteran state legislator serving 13 years in the House. He is vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and is chairman of a special House committee on education funding. Campbell previously served on MNU's Foundation and has been an adjunct professor. He is also a member of the Olathe City Council and a former Olathe mayor. more>

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