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Cunningham Student Center Groundbreaking

Groundbreaking on the $20 million Cunningham Student Center was held Friday, August 28, on the campus mall at MNU. The new building, which is part of the Bright Futures Campaign for MNU, will house student services, the dining hall, Admissions and more. Plenty of space for community gatherings, meetings and socializing is planned. The building will replace the Campus Center, one of the university's first five original buildings. more>

Left, Coach DeGraffenreid circa 2018. Right Coach DeGraffenreid with football team. University News

Influence Lives on After Passing of Coach Gordon DeGraffenreid

Pioneer football’s first Head Football Coach, Gordon Dean DeGraffenreid, 77, passed to his heavenly home on Saturday, August 8, 2020. Coach D is credited with planning, recruiting and beginning football competition in 1978 at MidAmerica Nazarene College. He was head coach, also serving as offensive coordinator, working at MNU from 1975 to 1991.  more>

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Dr. Paul G. Cunningham: A True Pioneer Passes to Eternity

General Superintendent Emeritus Paul G. Cunningham passed from this world to his heavenly home July 18, 2020. Dr. Cunningham served 16 years, beginning in 1993, as one of the leaders of the Church of the Nazarene, traveling internationally, preaching, encouraging and leading pastors, missionaries and congregants around the world. But to MNU Pioneers everywhere, it was Pastor Cunningham’s 30-year tenure as senior pastor of College Church of the Nazarene in Olathe, Kansas, that endeared him to the campus community that would not be here, if not for his vision.  more>

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MNU Announces Reopening Dates

President David J. Spittal announced today that MidAmerica Nazarene University will reopen campus for business, activities and operations on June 29 and on August 25, all in-person classes and programs will resume. As employees and students are welcomed back to campus, appropriate health, hygiene and operational adjustments will be taken to promote the safety and welfare of the campus community. more>

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MNU Calls for Racial Reconciliation and Hope

The horrific violence and racial injustice we have witnessed in the past weeks has deeply saddened and wounded the hearts of our campus community. We cannot look away from the reality and ugliness of this injustice and want all of our students to know with certainty that as a university community we stand with you in opposition to the ignorance, prejudice and fear that has opened deep wounds of uncertainty, especially for those who are most directly impacted by these abhorrent actions.  more>

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New Drumline Announced: Coach Named

The excitement of a sporting event featuring a drumline at half-time is undeniable. Soon the Pioneers will enjoy that atmosphere as in partnership, MNU Athletics and the Department of Arts & Humanities recently announced a drumline program will start in fall 2020.  more>

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Bohn Hired to Lead Digital Communication Major

MNU welcomes Aaron Bohn to the faculty in July. Bohn will teach and further develop the new digital communication major in the Department of Business Administration. He comes to the position from Ohio University where he is associate professor & campus program administrator of film and electronic media. more>

Daniel Rincones on the campus mall University News

Rincones Appointed Dean of Students

MNU President Dr. David Spittal announced today, the appointment of Daniel Rincones, MA, LPC, SATP, as dean of students effective in July. Rincones has been the director of residential life since 2015. He will assume responsibility for the leadership of Student Development, Residential Life, and its staff, and will serve as an advisor to the President’s Cabinet and Board of Trustees. Rincones is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Counselor Education at MNU and serves local clients as a licensed professional counselor. more>

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This Issue

Summer 2020

This issue features alumni who’ve committed themselves to serving others through healthcare. They comment on work during a pandemic as well as their motivation to serve. We hope you’ll be inspired by these few who represent many.

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