President Spittal Brings Encouragement as Classes Resume
We hope you enjoy this issue of Accent featuring women in leadership. From alumni to students to administration, MNU and the new We Lead initiative seek to empower our graduates.
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.
President Spittal recorded his thoughts before online classes began as the spring semester resumed under new realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. Remembering that Pioneers find solutions, new opportunities and ways to persevere, he encouraged all to stay engaged and work together in new ways. Watch the video here and stay engaged with MNU through social media, important updates and especially for our students, your MNU email. more>
MNU announced a unique new course schedule for traditional undergraduate majors that will start in August 2020. Every class session will be 75 minutes in length. Classes formerly held on Monday/Wednesday/Friday will now be held Monday and Thursday. Classes previously held Tuesday and Thursday will now be held Tuesday and Friday. The new schedule leaves Wednesdays free of traditional class sessions. more>
Latest updates are now at: https://www.mnu.edu/node/3478 March 3, 2020 more>
MidAmerica Nazarene University will host “May Our Voices Ring True,” an event with Huascar Medina, Poet Laureate of Kansas, March 12, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Bell Cultural Events Center on the university’s campus in Olathe. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. The program is made possible by Humanities Kansas in partnership with Mabee Learning Commons at MNU. more>
MNU welcomed Alumnus Capt. Tammie Jo Shults for several events Feb. 3 and 4, 2020. Capt. Shults, who was thrust into the public spotlight in April 2018 when she safely landed Southwest Airlines flight 1380 after the catastrophic loss of an engine, has authored Nerves of Steel. The book recounts her humble beginnings, perseverance to become one of the early female Navy pilots and the training and opportunities that culminated in her God-given strength that day. more>
MNU's Community Chapel service was a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan. 21, 2020. This was the 14th annual community celebration which included community members, civic and business leaders who joined students in the event. Heritage Choir, led by Dr. Christopher Smith, associate professor of music, sang two selections to the delight of the audience. Dr. Victoria Haynes, professor of nursing and coordinator of diversity & cultural competency, introduced six new MLK Leader Scholars. The students were each awarded a scholarship of the same name. more>
MidAmerica Nazarene University recently announced its President's, Dean's List and Honor Roll for the fall 2019 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>
MidAmerica Nazarene University announced that supporters of the Cunningham Student Center have met the $1 million challenge from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation toward the construction of the new $20 million facility. One year ago, the Mabee Foundation challenged MNU to raise the remaining $11 million needed for the building by January 8, 2020. Meeting the challenge would result in a $1 million award from Mabee. Including that award, MNU has now raised over $20 million for the new student center. more>