MNU Choral Director and Alums Accompany Randle and Tait in 98th National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
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.
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.
Dr. Christopher Smith, MNU director of choral activities and worship arts, associate professor of music, was honored with a unique opportunity to accompany award-winning Christian artists Lynda Randle and Michael Tait in their performance in the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The virtual event presented by The National Park Foundation and The National Park Service is available to watch on-demand at thenationaltree.org starting December 3 at 5 p.m. EST and throughout the holiday season. more>
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. MNU met the challenge of reopening during the pandemic in late August with strict protocol to protect students and employees. Its Emergency Response Team continues to meet weekly to adjust protocol, schedules and provisions for the campus. more>
Ron J. Hill, former athletic director for MidAmerica Nazarene University, passed away Thursday, September 24, 2020 at Homestead of Olathe North. He was 76. more>
MNU mourns the passing of Nancy Robinson, wife of the late Dr. Ed Robinson, MNU's fourth president, September 22, 2020. Mrs. Robinson served the university as its first lady from July 2005 to May 2010. She joined in working for the beautification of the MNU campus, assisting with events and with Dr. Robinson's ministry. Mrs. Robinson's career was as an educator. She was an engaging writer and adept at communicating with people from all walks of life and in virtually any setting. more>
Dr. Paul E. Hendrickson, professor emeritus of physics, passed away September 16, 2020, at age 79. He taught at MNU nearly 36 years, from 1974 to 2010, also serving as department chair. more>
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 five original buildings. more>
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>
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>
Are you a parent or student wondering how best to navigate the college financial aid process? Join our admissions staff on December 5th (10AM until 11AM) for our Virtual Saturday Seminar: Understanding Financial Aid at MNU.