MNU AD resigns

Kevin Steele

Kevin Steele

MNU president David Spittal has announced the resignation of Director of Athletics Kevin Steele effective January 2, 2017. Steele, who has held his current position since 2008, resigned to accept a similar position with another university.

“Kevin has provided the university with excellent leadership and under his direction our programs have achieved regional and national recognition,” Spittal stated.  “We appreciate his contributions and the level of excellence that he has established for the future of Pioneer athletics.”

Steele began his administrative career at the University of Oklahoma and prior to MNU, served as athletic director at California Baptist University in Riverside, California.  He has also served in similar positions at Blinn College and Redlands College.  Steele has achieved multiple honors: the 2015 Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics; the 2015-16 Heart of America Conference Athletic Director of the Year; and two Heart of America Athletic Conference Commissioner’s Awards. Continue reading

Largest MNU capital campaign revealed

The most comprehensive capital campaign at MidAmerica Nazarene University recently was unveiled at the university’s 50th Anniversary Grand Celebration Dinner. Bright Futures: the campaign for MNU is a three-priority, multi-year campaign for $61 million.

Over the next five years, funds raised in the campaign will be designated for three priorities at MNU:

1.    Academic Programs:     $6,989,043
2.    Capital Projects:             $28,109,262
3.    University Support:        $26,214,328 Continue reading

MNU memos…

Finals Week Stress Relief

Dec. 14—Puppies in the Library!

10 a.m.

Puppy hugs and kisses go a long way to relieve the stress of finals. Not just for students–staff and faculty are welcome too. Thanks to Emily Hawkins (’06) of Great Plains SPCA (see the newsroom story) who will facilitate the visit by the puppies to Mabee Library!

Dec. 14 & 15—Let’s Get Moving in School!

Sponsored by the Sports Management and Physical Education Programs Continue reading

Public invited to MNU Prayer Walk Aug. 27

MidAmerica Nazarene Universtiy Associated Student Government invites members of the Olathe and surrounding community to join students, faculty and staff in Pioneer Prayer Walk, an evening of focused prayer. This annual event welcomes area churches, alumni, and friends of the university as they join the campus community to walk the boundaries of the campus praying for God’s guidance, protection and blessings for all aspects of the new academic year. Additionally, this year, prayer for Impact Southern Johnson County will be held.

Join the event at the Harvest Prayer Statue on the campus mall (green area in middle of MNU campus) at 7:30 p.m. Participants will walk through the campus stopping to pray periodically; the event concludes at College Church of the Nazarene’s sanctuary for a closing time of 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 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 memos…

Mark Your Calendars – Week of Scholarship

The second annual Week of Scholarship is coming up April 7-10. Plan now to attend faculty and student academic exhibitions, the 7×7 Challenge and other events celebrating academic scholarship. The public is encouraged to attend! More details can be found on MNU’s website.

Olathe’s Got Talent

April 11, 7 p.m.

Bell Cultural Events Center

A showcase for talented Olathe youth ages 7-18. Students will compete for over $5000 in scholarship funds awarded by local businesses.

Tickets: $8 Adults, $7 All students and seniors

For more information go to olathenoonoptimist.com Continue reading

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