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Mark your calendars for 2066

For the 50th anniversary of MNU’s founding, Kevin Garber, Director of Alumni Relations, and his alumni council put together a time capsule to be opened in the year 2066 or 2067. The council consists of a group of alumni volunteers who support MNU.

These bees are collecting nectar from sunflowers on campus. MNU’s bees fly out about 15 feet high and spread out as far as five miles in order to retrieve nectar for the two hives located on campus. Photo by Dana Palmer.

Bees?

As of fall 2017, faculty from the science department at MNU have initiated a science club for the purpose of bringing science out of the classroom and into the MNU community.

Theatre Club Vice President, Brandon Baker is pictured leading the Theatre Club in a game of mafia. Students in the club have learned things such as acting, FSX makeup and improv. Photo by Heather Tinker.

Big things in Bell for fine arts Department

MNU’s department of Fine and Performing Arts has added a worship arts major, pep band and a theater club. The university heritage choir has also been accepted to perform for the Kansas Music Educators Association.

President David Spittal addresses staff and faculty during an all-campus meeting on April 26 in the Bell Cultural Events Center. During the meeting, Spittal gave updates on the New Horizons initiative and announced the closing of MNU’s Liberty, Missouri campus. Photo by Chace Owen.

MNU to close Liberty campus, address unexpected expenses

In an all-campus meeting with faculty and staff on April 26, university president Dr. David Spittal announced that MNU's Liberty, Missouri, campus would be closing in December 2018.

On April 7, Cook Center was transformed for President’s Honors. This event is largely powered by current MNU students, as they served as wait staff, gave personal testimonies to guests and performed in the band and choir. Photo courtesy of MNU public relations.

Student involvement powers President’s Honors

Students and supporters come together as MNU holds largest fundraiser in university history

Last year’s SERVEteam Squad 66 operated under the leadership of Kevin Borger and Kayla Cook, both of whom resigned this semester. Ana Brunk and Andrew Cornelius will be returning to the team this summer. Photo by Andrew Cornelius.

SERVEteams left with uncertain leadership

The 2017 summer SERVEteams are currently without leadership following the departure of department head Kevin Borger. The teams are heading into the summer with no replacement.

The Call is a weeklong theology institute that MNU will be hosting for high school juniors and seniors June 5-9 and 12-16. The Call logo used courtesy of Ron Jackson.

Answering the call to start The Call

Starting this summer, MNU will host The Call, a one-week youth theology institute. Designed and led by Ron Jackson, institute director and assistant professor of youth and family ministry, The Call is a youth theology institute for high school juniors and seniors attempting to explore their call to ministry.

An architect's rendering of the Cunningham Student Center. MNU’s Bright Futures Initiative hopes to fund the building of this center. Photo Credit to PGAVArchitects.

The first months of Bright Futures

Last October, MNU announced the launch of a $61 million initiative to provide funding for various academic programs, capital projects and university support projects. Since July 2015, the program has raised $29.2 million.

University president Dr. David J. Spittal has been re-elected for a second five-year term after a unanimous decision the board of trustees. MNU finished in the black this year for the first time in Spittal's five-year tenure. Photo by Kacie Vandeventer.

Spittal re-elected as university president

Spittal: MNU profitable for first time in five years, focus turns to faculty compensation.

View from Lunn looking forward over the campus. Administration plans to reevaluate funding for programs and departments on campus. Photo by Renee DeVault.

New Horizons initiative to evaluate department and program funding

MidAmerica's board of trustees is in the process of assessing which departments and programs on campus will receive changes in funding, coming into effect in the 2016 spring semester.

An artist's rendering of a view from the campus mall, looking at the future Cunningham Student Center. Rendering provided by PGAV Architects, courtesy of MNU public relations.

MNU announces $61 million fundraising campaign

During MidAmerica’s 50th Anniversary Grand Celebration Dinner on October 21, MNU announced a $61 million fundraising campaign to build a new student center, football stadium and athletic complex.

Students enter College Church of the Nazarene before a Tuesday morning chapel. With this year's chapel system, tuesday chapels are especially emphasized. Photo by Kacie Vandeventer.

New leadership and new organization for spiritual life program

MidAmerica's Spiritual Life Department has instituted a new spiritual life program this year, involving a new system of points with an emphasis on Tuesday chapels and a new vision for the spiritual formation of the campus as a whole.

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