14th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Held
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.
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>
In its fourth year to participate in Giving Tuesday, alumni and friends raised $110, 260 to support the building campaign for the Cunningham Student Center. In past years, MNU has provided several campus projects for donors to support. This year, however, the focus was solely on raising support for the new Cunningham Student Center, a building that will provide the campus community with a new cafeteria, expanded meeting spaces, and integrated offices for student-focused departments. more>
On Friday, October 4, Olathe Mayor Mike Copeland honored MNU with the City’s Cathedral Builder Award at the State of the City luncheon. Each year the Mayor presents this award to an organization and an individual that had been instrumental to the community, its culture and its future. “I was honored to accept this award on behalf of our MNU administrators, faculty and staff who daily give their best to our students,” says President David Spittal. “This recognition truly belongs to each of them.” more>
Adeline Owens, age 89, of Olathe, Kansas, beloved former first lady of MidAmerica Nazarene University, went to be with her Lord September 26, 2019. She passed away peacefully surrounded by family. Mrs. Owens was a gracious, loving, supportive wife, mother, missionary, educator, first lady, and friend. more>
MNU is pleased to welcome the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to campus October 7-8, 2019. Every college or university that offers financial aid is accredited by a regional organization such as HLC. Accreditation is the process by which an institution proves it is a place dedicated to serving students, operating with integrity, and striving to be better tomorrow than it is today. Every four to ten years, HLC sends a team to MNU to check how well the university is meeting this goal. more>
MNU is proud to be among the 162 ranked Best Regional Midwest Universities on U.S. News & World Report's list. The publisher considers six main aspects of each institution when making the list. more>