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.
The Student Success Team in the Academic Success Center (ASC) at MNU, led by Gieselle Taylor, director of persistence, is making student achievement and support their top priority. Taylor comes to MNU from Emporia State University where she led the Academic Center for Excellence and Success. Her newly formed team includes Kay Hall, coordinator of student academic success, and Student Success Coaches Lee Waldron and MNU veteran Dennis Troyer. more>
Today MidAmerica Nazarene University and Pioneer Athletics announced the retirement of Rocky Lamar as head coach of MNU men's basketball at the conclusion of the 2021-22 season. President David Spittal expressed gratitude for a beloved icon of the Pioneer community. "I am deeply grateful for Rocky's years of dedicated service and his commitment to the Lord, his family, and the athletes who have played under his leadership and influence," Spittal said. more>
Dr. Sarah Miller (’09, MSN ’10) is an adult-learner success story. After earning her associate of science in nursing from Kansas City Kansas Community College, and becoming an RN, Miller went on to earn a BSN and MSN from MNU and a Doctor of Education with an emphasis in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University. Never one to settle, Miller graduated from the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the University of Missouri, with an emphasis as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). more>
MidAmerica Nazarene University recently announced its President's, Dean's List and Honor Roll for the spring 2021 semester. All students in traditional programs carrying 12 semester hours or more with a term GPA from 3.2 to 4.0 may qualify for one of these academic honors. Neutral credit hours are excluded from the calculation and reduce the course load used to figure the honor. The President’s List is a 4.0 grade point average for the semester; Dean’s List ranges from 3.5 to 3.99; and the Honor Roll is 3.2 to 3.49. more>
Whether teaching in their chosen field or serving in a remote area of the world, MNU professors have exciting plans for the COVID “protocol-relaxed” summer of 2021. Able to travel with fewer restrictions, some will step far outside their comfort zones. Others will hone new skills. All will have a break from one of the most challenging years they have experienced thanks to the pandemic. more>
President David Spittal, EdD, announced that MidAmerica Nazarene University is planning for an open campus this fall and will offer all of its face-to-face classes and campus services for the 2021-22 academic year as well as its online programs. more>
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>
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!