Next Steps for 2021 Seniors: Rebecca White
With gratitude we present this issue featuring God’s blessings in allowing MNU students, faculty, staff and administration to be on campus and in classes during the pandemic. Many institutions were not that fortunate. Read all about it and enjoy surprising news about increases in enrollment and other progress happening during this unprecedented time.
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.
MidAmerica Nazarene University welcomes Dr. Scott Dermer, who was appointed Chair of the Department of Christian Ministry and Formation this week. Dermer currently serves as lead pastor of Tulsa Central Church of the Nazarene, Tulsa, Oklahoma, a position he has held since 2019. Prior to that, he was lead pastor of Webster Groves Church of the Nazarene in St. Louis, Missouri and at Nexus Community, Richardson Church of the Nazarene in Dallas, Texas. In 2018, he was elected by the Missouri District Church of the Nazarene as its ministerial representative to the MNU Board of Trustees. more>
President’s Honors: The Virtual Experience was a great success thanks to friends and associates who embraced the cause. The April 16 event streamed online raised a preliminary amount of over $462,000 for student scholarships. This brings the cumulative fundraising total to more than $5.1 million for student scholarships and other initiatives since 2012. more>
A new partnership with Kansas State University and MidAmerica Nazarene University lets MNU undergraduates take advanced animal health science courses at K-State's Olathe campus. These advanced science courses may later be used to help MNU graduates who pursue graduate study at K-State, get a jump-start on a master's degree in animal health or biosciences that aligns with industry in Greater Kansas City. more>
Like so many events this year, President’s Honors 2021 will look different due to COVID-19. The entire event will be virtual from MNU’s campus April 16, 2021, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. MNU’s premier fundraising event to benefit scholarships will also be free. Viewers can register at https://connect.mnu.edu/pages/presidents-honors-2021, to enjoy the gala which includes mobile auctions, performances by MNU’s choirs and band, and celebrations of generosity. more>
The life, influence and philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were acclaimed at the 15th annual Community Celebration honoring his legacy at MNU's chapel service January 19, 2021. Student Diversity Council members and Dr. Victoria Haynes, nursing professor and coordinator of diversity & cultural competency were featured throughout the service. Dr. Haynes introduced this year's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Living Legacy Award honoree, Dr. more>
Heritage Choir, conducted by Dr. Christopher Smith, recently visited Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Overland Park, Kansas to experience the exquisite acoustics of the temple. The church sanctuary’s soaring ceiling and cupola provided the perfect venue for the choir to record several songs. The lyrics of “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” are especially meaningful in this time of uncertainty as we face the COVID-19 pandemic and social and political unrest. May the hope captured in the performance of this song bring a renewed spirit to all who hear it. more>
MNU's 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration at MidAmerica Nazarene University will be livestreamed Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. The public is invited to watch this event online. Each year at this event MNU presents its Martin Luther King Jr. Living Legacy Award. This year’s recipient is Topeka Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Tiffany Anderson. more>
Teacher education students in the RISE (Reach, Inspire, Support future Educators) program met and interviewed with local school district representatives from Kansas City, Kansas, Blue Valley, Shawnee Mission and Olathe November 11 at MNU’s Mabee Library. RISE is a program designed to introduce talented students of color to prospective employers in the field of education. RISE helps students develop professional networks with peers and experts who are focusing on the same issues and challenges they will encounter in the educational workforce. more>