MNU Awarded $1 Million Mabee Foundation Challenge Grant
Recognizing the stellar accomplishments of alumni, students, professors and university friends, enjoy the Summer 2018 Accent.
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.
Music has always spoken to the heart of Nicole (Ferguson) Eubanks. It was her love of music and her drive to achieve the career she always wanted that kept her laser-focused as a student at MNU. Nicole graduated in 2012 with a degree in music and interdisciplinary studies in music and business. She also has a conversational certificate in Spanish. more>
Hannah Hager lived an exciting childhood, singing with her father at rodeos, fairs, banquets and church events. During that time, she learned to play piano, write her own songs and became accomplished at yodeling. She attended a local community college near Valley City, North Dakota, but when a group of MNU students visited her church, Hannah was intrigued. She decided to step out of her comfort zone. more>
Criminal justice and psychology major Hannah Delp (‘22), finds that MidAmerica is more than just a place to get her education; it’s a place to make meaningful connections with like-minded people and prepare herself to give back in a big way. It wasn’t her first choice. Hannah visited MNU in the Spring of 2017, per her mother’s request. more>
A small indentation in the hollow of Rebha Chalise’s neck is the only visible reminder that not long ago she was on a ventilator, fighting for her life. But the junior psychology major deals daily with the unseen effects of the rare form of brain inflammation that left her in a coma for six months and in rehab nearly eight more. more>
To say that Rachel Morrow is motivated is an understatement. The biology major, who entered MNU last year at 16, is on track to finish her degree in three years, which would put her in the graduation line at the age most people are just finishing their first year. “When I have a goal, I don’t want to give it up at all,” Rachel says. “I think it’s a way to glorify God when you excel in what you do. God gives you those gifts, so you might as well use them for Him.” more>
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, 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 (‘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>