Thank you to everyone who joined us for Homecoming 2017.
Make plans to come home again next year as we celebrate October 12-14, 2018! Class reunions will celebrate the classes 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013. Other events will include the Chapel celebration, Celebration dinner, Alumni Awards, the 9th Annual Homecoming BBQ Cook-Off, Big Tent celebrations and of course, reuniting with fellow Pioneers.
See you in 2018!
2017 Schedule of Events
FRIDAY – OCTOBER 20, 2017
Event Time Event Location Event Description 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM The Merc in Campus Center Welcome Center—pick up tickets, ask questions 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM College Church, Sanctuary Homecoming Celebration Chapel, Featuring Dr. Mike Gough, Professor Emeritus 11:30 AM Campus Mall Join us as we place a time capsule commemorating the first 50 years of MNU History. The capsule is slated to be unearthed at the 100 year celebration in 2066. 12:00 PM-1:30 PM Bell Center, Grand Lobby 7th Annual Athletics Hall of Fame Luncheon; $35 per person 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Embassy Suites, 10401 S. Ridgeview Road, Olathe, Kansas Grand Celebration Dinner featuring Rev. Wintley Phipps; $35 per person 7:00 PM Cook Center, Bell Family Arena Alumni Volleyball Meet and Greet 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM Embassy Suites, 10401 S. Ridgeview Road, Olathe, Kansas Dessert Reception featuring the MNU Jazz Band 8:30 PM Pioneer Stadium parking lot Homecoming Bonfire for Alumni and Students 8:30 PM - 11:30 PM Pioneer Stadium parking lot Late Night & Buck Night Under the Big Tent; BBQ and assorted items for $
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2017
Event Time Event Location Event Description 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM Pioneer Stadium parking lot Welcome Center Under the Big Tent 8:00 AM - 1:00 AM Pioneer Stadium parking lot All-Day Celebration Under the Big Tent 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM MNU Pioneer Stadium Alumni Flag Football Game 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pioneer Stadium parking lot Pioneer Pathways 5K, t-shirt & breakfast included: $30 preregistered; $40 day-of 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pioneer Stadium parking lot Water Distribution and Blood Pressure Checks provided by the School of Nursing and Health Science Under the Big Tent 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pioneer Stadium parking lot Pancake Bonanza sponsored by MNU Womens Basketball Under the Big Tent; $8 (adult), $4 (children 12 and under) 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Pioneer Stadium parking lot Bake Sale sponsored by School of Education, Cash and Carry 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Pioneer Stadium parking lot/td> Nazarene Theological Seminary Alumni Coffee Reception featuring Sweet Tee's Coffee Shop Under the Big Tent 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Pioneer Stadium parking lot Kids Zone Activities and Inflatables, near the Big Tent 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pioneer Stadium parking lot Class Reunions Under the Big Tent, 2012, 2007, 2002, 1987, 1982 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Bell Center Grand Lobby Class of 1972 Reunion Brunch 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pioneer Stadium parking lot Class of 1977 Reunion and BBQ Tailgate Lunch 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pioneer Stadium parking lot Class Of 1992 Reunion and BBQ Tailgate Lunch 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pioneer Stadium parking lot Class Of 1997 Reunion and BBQ Tailgate Lunch 10:00 AM - Noon Williams Field Alumni Softball Game, Free 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Pioneer Stadium parking lot, near the Big Tent Eighth Annual Pioneer BBQ Cook-Off 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Pioneer Stadium parking lot Under The Big Tent Football and Soccer Parents BBQ Lunch & BBQ Tailgate Lunch: $11 (adults); $5 (children ages 4-9) 1:00 PM Pioneer Stadium Pioneer Womens Soccer Game VS Clarke University: $8 (adults); $3 (students); children under 4 free 1:30 PM Pioneer Stadium Pre-game Hall of Fame Presentation on the field 2:00 PM Pioneer Stadium Pioneer Football Game VS Evangel: $8 (adults); $3 (students); children under 4 free Half Time Pioneer Stadium Formal 40th Anniversary Presentation in Tent at the South End Zone Post Game Pioneer Stadium Postgame with Coach Willmer 3:30 PM Pioneer Stadium Pioneer Mens Soccer Game VS Clarke University: $8 (adults); $3 (students); children under 4 free 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Cook Center, Bell Family Arena Alumni Womens Basketball Game: Free 6:30 PM Cook Center MNU School of Education Reception, RSVP to Glenna Murray, firstname.lastname@example.org 7:30 PM - 9:30PM Off Campus Location, contact ASG Student Banquet 7:30 PM Cook Center, Bell Family Arena Alumni Mens Basketball Game: Free
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017
Event Time Event Location Event Description 8:00 AM Bell Center Grand Lobby President's Prayer Breakfast
Alumni Award Winners
Congratulations to the 2017 Pioneer Alumni Award winners!
Alumnus of the Year
Ron Ryckman Jr. ('94)
Ron Ryckman, Jr. was raised in western Kansas and has spent the past 25 years in Johnson County. Ron has a long history in local and state government. Ron was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2012. In 2016 He was elected as Speaker of the House. In addition Ron has served on the Olathe City Council since 2009 and serves on numerous other boards and committees. Ron is actively involved at Living Hope Church of the Nazarene. Ron and his wife Kim have been married for 22 years and have three children, Haley (19), Christian (15), and Chase (12).
Award Criteria: Male recipient chosen for outstanding achievements not only in their career, but also for their contribution and service to the university, church, or in their local community. May be either a traditional or non-traditional student.
Alumna of the Year
Jeannie (Deisher, '96) Williams
Jeannie graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University with her degree in Biology in 1996. She continued to pursue her ambition to become a physician and attended the University of Kansas Medical School, graduating in 2001. In 2005, Jeannie completed her residency at the University of Kansas Medical School in Anesthesiology and served as a director and practicing physician with Anesthesia Associates of Kansas City. Jeannie now works together with her husband Chad at QTS. Jeannie is married to Chad and together they have three children, David, Jackson and Caroline.
Award Criteria: Female recipient chosen for outstanding achievements not only in their career, but also for their contribution and service to the university, church, or in their local community. May be either a traditional or non-traditional student.
Young Alumni Award
Rev. Chris Gilmore ('07)
Chris serves as the Lead Pastor at the First Church of the Nazarene, in Corbin, KY. He previously ministered as an associate pastor in Hutchinson, KS and Mandan, ND. Chris uses writing as an extension of his ministry and has been featured in the Huffington Post as well as other online news outlets and magazines. He has been actively involved with crisis pregnancy centers and currently serves on the Board of Directors for his local center. He is passionate about helping the church be the people that God always intended. He ministers alongside is wife, Associate Pastor Kristin (Leatherman ’07), and together they have three children: Maggie, Judah, and Lea.
Award Criteria: Recent graduate recipient who has demonstrated early success in their first five years since graduation as a traditional student.
Carry the Torch Award
Mike recently retired as a professor after 33 years at MNU. He was granted Professor Emeritus status in May of 2017. Mike holds a bachelor and master’s degrees from Southern Nazarene University, a master of divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary, a master’s degree in business from Webster University, and a doctorate from Bethel Theological Seminary. He also has a graduate certificate in business ethics from Colorado State University. He is a recipient of the Donald Metz Professor of the Year award and the President’s Award for Professor of the Year. Mike is well loved by students and has spent years of his life investing in the lives of thousands of students.
Award Criteria: Recipient chosen based upon humanitarian contributions to MNU, their church and their community. We recognize this recipient as "Carrying the Torch for MNU" by living out MNU's Pioneering Spirit, Passion to Serve and Purposeful Lives. This recipient is not required to be an alum of the university.