Persistence Is Key For Student Success
The summer 2021 issue of ACCENT reflects the exciting momentum and progress we are experiencing on our campus. Stable enrollments, the start of construction on the new Cunningham Center, the growth and extension of our capital campaign, new academic programs and new endowed scholarships do not overshadow a strong awareness of God’s presence on our campus and the evidence of lives transformed by His Spirit.
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.
MNU announced its Fall 2020 Census Day numbers today. The total number of students enrolled for fall 2020 semester is 2,239, an increase of 17% from fall 2019. Freshmen are part of the equation, up 10%, the class is the largest since 2017. Continuing education student enrollment is also up significantly.
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, 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>
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>
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>
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>
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Mabee Learning Commons, Room 137
Miguel Flores, author, will give a talk for his new fantasy book, The Hungry Ghosts. He will also have copies available to sell/sign. Book Synopsis:
Come celebrate Homecoming with performing arts students as they present a variety of vocal, instrumental, and theatre selections.
Join us in the Bell Center Performing Arts Hall for an evening filled with alumni talent from across the decades. You'll enjoy knee-slapping comedy, clap along to classic hits, and have your heart stirred with sacred music.
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Mabee Learning Commons, 1st floor
The Library and Department of Arts & Humanities are partnering to offer music night in the Library! This community wide event will feature students and/or faculty from MNU performing a variety of work (specifics TBD). Come and enjoy a little (night) music in the Library!
A masterclass on your specific instrument’s audition music for District and State Band, including scales, sight-reading, and how to best audition!
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Olathe Public Library, Indian Creek Branch
Join us at the Olathe Public Library’s Indian Creek Library to play a variety of tabletop games from MNU’s Center for Games & Learning! Bring friends and play together or make new friends while you play. Snacks and drinks provided!