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Sweet surprise: MNU men’s soccer ends year with national tournament berth

Jonathan Koch threw his jersey into his bag and stormed over to Cook Center. The text he had received from his coach was clear.

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Sunderland Foundation gives a second sizable donation toward MNU’s new Student Center

The Sunderland Foundation donated $300 thousand to MNU to go toward the building of a new Student Center in late October. The donation was the second gift from the Sunderland Foundation in two years.

Extreme makeover: website edition

MNU’s main online presence will undergo a facelift in 2018. After five years with the same website, the university’s Marketing and Communications Department wants a web platform that better accommodates potential and current students.

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.

Called the “gold standard” by Dr. Mark Hamilton, Dr. Mike Gough is retiring after 33 years at MNU. Over his many years here, he leaves with a legacy of being the student’s professor. Photo by Chace Owen.

‘The student’s professor’ retiring from MNU

A man sat in College Church 33 years ago while listening to MNU's Heritage Choir, anxiously praying for a job that he had just interviewed for at MidAmerica Nazarene University.

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.

In “The School of Athens,” Raphael depicts the great Greek philosophers discussing complex and controversial topics, just like evolution is today. “The School of Athens” by Raphael [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Evolving our thoughts on Christianity and science

The topic of evolution is often the subject of controversy, and because we have become so polarized in our thinking, many have come to see Christianity and the theory of evolution as opposites, but this is not the case.

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