MNU Named Number 1 in Kansas by Money Magazine

MidAmerica Nazarene University was named number 1 in Kansas among public and private colleges and universities in Money magazine’s “Money’s Best Colleges 2015-2016” rankings. MNU came in number 4 in Missouri and Kansas. Among private universities in the North Central region of the country, MNU was number 10.

Listing 736 schools in the U.S. that “provide the best value for your tuition dollar,” the magazine screens institutions based on graduation rates, educational quality, affordability and alumni earnings. A “special value measure” also gives universities a grade that measures how well students performed at each school versus what would be expected given their economic and academic backgrounds and the institution’s mix of majors. In regard to affordability, the factors included merit aid, parent and student borrowing, the length of time to graduate and tuition increases, among other measures. Continue reading

6th Annual Rock Orchestra Camp at MidAmerica Nazarene University

International recording artist and music education advocate Mark Wood, one of the founding members of the multi-platinum group Trans-Siberian Orchestra, has brought together some of the country’s most respected musicians and educators to participate in the 6th annual Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp (MWROC) Music Festival to be held at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe from July 12-19.

Each evening will feature a different special guest artist from the faculty; culminating in a final extravaganza that will showcase Mark Wood performing with over 100 campers who are part of the rock orchestra. Continue reading

MNU Jazz Ensemble in Swing into Spring March 26

MidAmerica Nazarene University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts presents the MNU Jazz Ensemble in Swing into Spring, a concert Thursday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Bell Cultural Events Center, 2030 E. College Way, Olathe, Kansas.

An evening of Swing, Latin, and Funk at the Bell Cultural Events Center by the MNU Jazz Ensemble includes special guests the Basehor-Linwood High School Big Band.  The Jazz Ensemble is directed by Luke Johnson, director of bands and music education. Continue reading

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

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