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Brian and Joy Miller with New Horizon horse and rider Student & Alumni Stories

Alums Become Ranchers to Share God's Love

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 with family members at graduation celebration Student & Alumni Stories

Korean War Vet Earns Degree at Age 85

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 talks with a crew member while shooting his short film, The Library. Student & Alumni Stories

Media and Storytelling, a Ministry

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>

Kathy and GW Weld at their Eudora, KS Coffeeshop Student & Alumni Stories

Coffee and Connection Provide Alum’s Unique Ministry

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>

Student & Alumni Stories

Students of MNU: What Makes a Pioneer?

MidAmerica Nazarene University prides itself on being a diverse and welcoming community where lifelong connections are made. Enjoy hearing from three students as they share their unique experiences as Pioneers. Special thanks to the student journalists of Neer News, MNU's student Instagram news channel, for gathering and reporting this information.  more>

Eddie Mwangi and Cedric Claros in front of Bell Center Student & Alumni Stories

Career Change Leads Veterans to MNU Nursing Program

It is estimated that adults change jobs 11 times in a lifetime, but less often do they change the entire trajectory of their professional lives. However, a select group of MNU students does that every year by preparing for a new career in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (ABSN). Two students in this year’s group come to the program with unique backgrounds. more>

scene from Little Shop of Horrors Student & Alumni Stories

Talent Opens the Way for Students at Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

MNU’s Theatre Department sent 16 students to South Dakota to participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), January 20-26, 2019.  more>

Nicole Eubanks is the individual giving director at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Student & Alumni Stories

Alum Orchestrates a Lyrical Future

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>

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Summer 2019

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