Three fall arts events set for MNU

Fine and performing arts patrons have three special events to look forward to this season at MidAmerica Nazarene University. MNU’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts presents two concerts and the American classic play, To Kill a Mockingbird all coming soon.

The MNU choirs will present Fall Fling, a choral concert Sunday, Oct. 5, at 3:30 p.m. Heritage Choir, Concert Choir and Symphonic Choir, conducted by Dr. John Leavitt, professor of music and director of choirs, will perform an inspirational program of sacred song, anthems, and folk music sure to uplift and entertain. Continue reading

MNU center to enhance learning with games

MidAmerica Nazarene University announced today that its Mabee Library and Learning Commons is one of 17 institutions nationwide to receive a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Service’s Sparks! Ignition program. The grant will support MNU’s GOAL21: Gaming Opportunities in Academic Libraries for 21st Century Skills project. Grant project co-directors Lauren Hays, MLS, instructional and research librarian, and Mark Hayse, PhD, professor, said the $20,000 award will help create a Center for Games and Learning at MNU.

Programs developed through the Center will incorporate board games, physical games and role playing games in higher education curricula and academic life, with the goal of promoting 21st Century Skills such as innovation, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving. The question, grant co-directors say, is whether the inclusion of games in the classroom result in higher student engagement and achievement. Continue reading

MNU announces creation of Institutional Repository

Internet Open Access Makes Research Accessible to All

MidAmerica Nazarene University recently announced plans to develop an MNU Institutional Repository. The repository will contain faculty research articles and related scholarship, openly accessible to scholars via the Internet.

According to Bruce Flanders, director of Mabee Library at MNU, the repository will be a comprehensive, freely accessible, online compilation of academic resources created at MNU.

“We plan to include outstanding examples of student scholarship as well as faculty members’ traditional research articles, and monographs, theses and dissertations, book chapters, technical reports, graphical images, video, PowerPoint slide sets, and other multi-media academic content,” he said. “This repository will be broad in scope, covering all academic disciplines.” Continue reading

MNU gets $10 million grant

MidAmerica Nazarene University have announced it is the recipient of a $10 million five-year Title III Department of Education Strengthening Institutions Program grant. According to Linda Alexander, PhD, and Whitney Gray, grant project co-directors at MNU, the main goal of this grant is to create a Center for Academic and Professional Success (CAPS) to enhance the educational experience of all students in key academic areas.

               The goal of the Center for Academic and Professional Success is to create a central place for all of the support services to promote and provide opportunities for students to be successful. Components of the Center will include:  Continue reading

MNU’s Kansas Board of Regents grant assists local teachers

This summer more than 40 teachers from the Kansas City, Kansas and Turner school districts learned new ways to prepare the next generation of students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.  MNU’s Students Engaged in Exploring and Designing Solutions (SEEDS) project, funded by a Kansas Board of Regents grant, which includes both federal and non-federal funds, equips local science teachers from high needs school districts with the knowledge and skills necessary to help 6th through 12th grade students meet Next Generation Science Standards, which focus on the engineering design cycle and cross-disciplinary integration of science.

Since future industries will rely greatly on science, technology, math and engineering skills, educators need new methods to integrate these subjects into their teaching. According to Nancy Damron, PhD, MNU School of Education dean, the goal is to assist teachers to deliver instruction in a way that will prepare students for these industries after graduation. Continue reading

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

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