MNU Choral Director and Alums Accompany Randle and Tait in 98th National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
This issue features alumni who’ve committed themselves to serving others through healthcare. They comment on work during a pandemic as well as their motivation to serve. We hope you’ll be inspired by these few who represent many.
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.
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>
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, 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>
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>
Because we serve an endlessly creative God, there are endless ways we can serve Him. Brian and Joy Miller’s service takes place on a ranch. Brian, who graduated from MNU in 1995, and Joy, a 1999 graduate, own and operate the New Horizon Ranch located about 30 miles south of Olathe in Rantoul, Kansas. This is not your average ranch, offering riding lessons for all. No, New Horizon Ranch is a therapeutic horseback riding center that offers lessons to anyone with a disability: cognitive, physical, or emotional. more>
George Panebianco is a former MNU student from the ’80s, who never completed his degree. The 85-year-old Belton, Missouri resident, is a Korean War Veteran who initially planned to earn a degree in Spanish. A few months ago, when thinking about that unfinished business, he called his alma mater to see if it would be possible to complete a degree. Due to health concerns, he is home-bound now and MNU no longer offers the Spanish major. He wondered if there was anything that could be done. more>
Josiah Crandall ('13) recently transitioned from working 9-5 at a creative agency to producing and directing his own short film. His MNU family has been integral in his success as a professional and media creator. Originally from the Wichita area, Josiah says he remembers the feeling of stepping on campus for the first time. more>
Exposed brick, decorative tin ceiling tiles and original plank floors tell the story of a 1915 variety store now home to Zeb’s Coffeehouse in Eudora, Kansas. Owner Kathy (Matney ’13) Weld serves coffee and ministers to Eudora’s community there. She didn’t plan to be a business owner when she graduated from MNU with a degree in youth and family ministry. In fact, she served as youth minister at a local church for seven years. Realizing God was leading her in another direction, she wanted a “unique” ministry but didn’t know what that would look like. more>
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