MNU PrayerWalk set for Aug. 28

On Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, MidAmerica Nazarene University Associated Student Government invites the campus and community to gather together for PrayerWalk 2014, an evening of focused prayer. Faculty, staff and students along with trustees, alumni, friends and area churches are encouraged to join the campus community to walk the boundaries of the campus to pray for God’s guidance, protection and blessings for all aspects of the university.

The PrayerWalk begins at the Harvest Prayer Sculpture on the campus green at 7:30 p.m. and proceeds through campus concluding at College Church of the Nazarene for a closing time of community prayer. Those unable to participate in the walk itself are invited to gather in the College Church sanctuary at 7:30 p.m. to pray and to participate in closing prayers. Continue reading

MNU communication workshop set for Nov. 7

Refine your personal communication skills at The Art of Great Communication, a half-day workshop for professionals from all industries Nov. 7, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Road. Learn how to present yourself professionally, connect with others and think on your feet at this entertaining learning opportunity.

Speakers will present how to articulate one’s business goals effectively in the “elevator pitch” and give careful consideration to every written communication, from a Tweet to a business or personal email—remember, they live forever in cyberspace. Continue reading

MNU boosts Kansas’ economy by $45 million a year

According to a new study, MidAmerica Nazarene University generates $44.6 million in new income each year for the Kansas economy.  Based on 2012-2013 data, the economic impact of the university’s payroll and operations alone was $28.7 million in added regional income. And MNU generates $9.4 million in social benefits to the state through increased business output and improvements in health and public safety that accrue from the graduates of MNU that stay in Kansas.

Visitors to MNU from outside the MNU Service Area impacted the economy through their off-campus expenditures at hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and other businesses, adding approximately $4.3 million in income to the regional economy. The study did not research the effect on Missouri’s economy meaning that MNU’s impact to the local Metro economy is even greater than shown in this data. Continue reading

Pioneers’ “Defeat All Cancer” football game Oct. 11

Arrowhead game to honor cancer warriors

MidAmerica Nazarene University is one of four teams in the NAIA Div. I Heart of America Athletic Conference preparing to play football in an NFL stadium. In the NAIA’s first-ever Gridiron Challenge Oct. 11, MNU will play Missouri Valley at 3 p.m. and Benedictine College will play Baker University at 7 p.m. at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. One ticket provides fans access to both games making for a truly memorable experience.

MNU is using this unique opportunity as a way to bring attention to a devastating disease by designating this game the “Defeat All Cancer” game. Wearing wristbands and tape in the colors designated for particular forms of cancer, MNU athletes will represent friends and loved ones who have fought cancer. Wristbands will be sold at the game for anyone wanting to show their support for defeating cancer. Continue reading

MNU chosen to help change demographics of teaching workforce

MidAmerica Nazarene University announced that it is one of 10 universities nationwide selected by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education to participate in the Association’s first Networked Improvement Community (NIC). The initiative of this group is aimed at increasing the diversity of the nation’s teacher candidate pool by focusing on recruitment of more Black and Hispanic/Latino men in teacher preparation programs.

More than 50 AACTE member institutions in 25 states applied to be a part of this NIC, known as Changing the Demographic Makeup of the Teaching Workforce. Following a rigorous review these institutions were selected for the three year program: Continue reading

MNU School of Nursing receives prestigious grant for sixth year

MidAmerica Nazarene University announced today that for the sixth year in a row it has been awarded a grant from the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program. It is one of 52 schools of nursing that will comprise the final cohort of the program. For the 2014-2015 academic year, MNU will receive $50,000 to support traditionally underrepresented students who are making a career switch to nursing through an accelerated baccalaureate or master’s degree program. NCIN is a program of RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

New Careers in Nursing has made amazing strides in helping schools of nursing recruit and retain diverse students in these competitive and rigorous accelerated degree programs,” said David Krol, MD, MPH, FAAP, RWJF senior program officer. “Through supporting these institutions, NCIN is working to increase the diversity of our nursing workforce, while also assisting schools of nursing in making their institutions more inclusive. The leadership, mentoring and other support these institutions provide are helping to prepare a diverse nursing workforce able to meet the challenges associated with building a culture of health in our nation.” Continue reading

MNU alumni award winners announced

MidAmerica Nazarene University announced its annual slate of alumni award winners this week. The group includes five alumni from all walks of life who are being recognized for their efforts to improve life for others.

James “Jamos” Amos (’85) is Alumnus of the Year. Amos is the chaplain and spiritual life coordinator at KidsTLC in Olathe, Kan. In 2012 Amos was the recipient of the Olathe Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Kathy (Ness, ’72) Buxie, PhD, is Alumna of the Year. Buxie is a former professor of math and computer science who taught at both MNU and Ohio University.

Kevin (’12) and Ashley (Mackey, ’12) Liddle are recipients of the 2014 Young Alumni Award. Kevin is the executive director of the BRIDGES sports outreach program at Living Hope Church of the Nazarene in Olathe. Ashley is a neonatal intensive care nurse at Shawnee Mission Health.

Lisa (Smith, ’80) Clements, PhD, is the recipient of the Carry the Torch Award. Lisa is the state of Colorado Office of Behavioral Science director.

Winners will be honored at MNU Homecoming October 24-26, 2014.

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