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Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Honors Alum
Bishop Jack C. Vaughn, senior pastor of International Ministries Church of God in Christ, Kansas City, Kansas, is a two-time MNU alum. Completing an undergraduate degree in Applied Organizational Leadership in 2015 and then the Master of Science in Management in 2017, Vaughn was honored with MNU’s Living Legacy Award at the annual celebration. Two of his sons, Julian (’10) and Justin (MBA ’10) also are alums. Vaughn has personally recruited numerous students who have pursued and completed degrees at MNU.
Scholarship Challenge Recipients Are Service-Oriented Achievers
By volunteering on mission trips, at church, with special needs children and by organizing a dental clinic event for the underserved, the fall 2018 Scholarship Challenge recipients put helping others high on their priority lists. The students were awarded their full-tuition (renewable) scholarships after competing with 50 other candidates based on scholarship, volunteer and extracurricular activities and an interview process.
Emma Carter of Lone Tree, Colorado, is an avid athlete who hopes to become a physician assistant and plans to major in biology at MNU.
Jentry Muck of Olathe, Kansas, is a musician and actress with more than 50 performances on her resume. She hopes to become an orthodontist and will major in biology and chemistry.
Becca White of Peoria, Illinois, already has 29 college credits and her Certified Nursing Assistant license. She hopes to become a nurse practitioner
Expansion Through New Academic Programs
MNU is enrolling new students in several new programs created in response to market trends and alignment with MNU’s mission. The programs will begin in the fall, with varying start dates.
The Business 4+1 program allows highly-qualified traditional business administration undergraduates to get a head start on an MBA degree by taking three graduate courses during their senior year. These credits count toward the completion of both the Bachelor and the Master of Business Administration degrees, allowing the student to earn both in just five years.
According to Program Chair Dr. Graydon Dawson, among its many benefits, the accelerated nature of the program appeals to students who want a fast-track option not only for their education, but also for their earning potential.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average MBA graduate makes $11,000 more per year than bachelor’s-level grads.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems
Combining computer and information systems technology, this program features two ways to customize one’s studies in either software engineering or cyber security.
Provided entirely online, the CIS curriculum provides a foundation in technology and business. Students in the program will learn to apply information technology tools and principles to improve business processes, design and implement new software, and/ or enter the growing field of cyber security. Students will also apply their knowledge through projects, designing software for a variety of industries.
MBA in Healthcare Management
Healthcare executives need solid skills in business as well as knowledge of the healthcare industry. This 30-month program can be accomplished in evening classes and/or online.
Featuring courses in emotional intelligence, mediation & conflict resolution and quality & regulation management, as well as advanced business courses, the curriculum teaches students how to lead operations, manage organizational culture and understand data that drives daily decision making.
MNU’s Department of Business Administration and the MBA program have achieved the highly coveted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACPBSP).
Traditional Computer Science Major
Returning as a major for traditional undergraduates is the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Students will have three tracks to choose from in the daytime program: software development, scientific computing and big data/data science.
The major will focus on preparing graduates interested in pursuing careers in areas such as software engineering, big data and web development, among others.
Dr. Nancy Damron, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, says that she expects the courses will be valuable to students in other majors as well.
“Many of the classes may be taken by students outside the area of the sciences such as business, graphics or nursing,” she says. “These computer classes also complement current offerings in the traditional undergraduate information systems minor.”
Additional New Programs Just announced
- Traditional Major in Theatre
- Engineering degree partnership with Washington University, St. Louis
- Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology program
- Post-MBA Certificate in Healthcare Management
- Associate of Applied Science in Cyber Security
- Associate of Applied Science in Software Design and Development
- Minor/Certificate in Informatics
- Minor/Certificate in Cyber Security
For information on all MNU majors and programs, visit mnu.edu/academics.
New Website Puts Users First
MNU launched its redesigned website December 12, 2017. The 18-month project was completed by MNU’s web and marketing team with the help of 5° Branding, an award-winning marketing company.
Amy Curtis, MNU web communications manager, says that the team wanted to showcase the spirited character and rich academic programs of the university. They also conducted research with potential users focusing on making the site easy to use.
Since a website is one of the most powerful tools available to universities for sharing information and creating interest among prospective students, a primary objective of the site is to digitally communicate the culture of the institution.
“On the new site, the spirit of student life, serenity of space, and the beauty of campus come to life through the innovative use of a hero video (an attention-grabbing video),” Curtis says. “This has been especially effective in communicating with out-of-state students.”
Website analytics since the launch show an increase in sessions and page views over the previous year. The team continues to monitor and make improvements to the site through data analysis and user experience feedback.
See the new homepage.
Celebration of Scholarship
MNU honored academic excellence at this year’s Celebration of Scholarship, with students and faculty presenting their research and projects in Mabee Learning Commons on April 5. The showcase included poster sessions of student and faculty research, a faith integration in learning panel discussion, faculty and student flash talks (three-minute presentations) and a theatrical performance by students.
Much Ado About Nothing
Claudio (Korey Postoak) watches as his new bride Hero (Helen Isaac) taunts Benedick (Christian Stewart) and Beatrice (Chelsea Smet) in MNU’s spring production of “Much Ado About Nothing.”
FORCE Program Has First “Teacher Draft”
Forging Opportunities and Recruiting for Careers in Education (FORCE) is a program MNU designed to introduce talented men of color to prospective employers in the field of education. This fall, MNU’s first two placements were made when FORCE students Jordan Dailey (right) and Jonathan Green (left) were drafted by the Blue Valley School District as candidates the district would like to equip for the classroom. During the “Teacher Draft Day,” last fall, district representatives had the opportunity to meet and interview draftees. Offers were made to draftees through the education department and then presented to FORCE members.
Jordan and Jonathan, who are both juniors, will complete all their field and clinical experiences in the Blue Valley district under the supervision of the MNU education department. Upon completion of a successful student teaching experience, each student will be eligible for a job interview with the district.
Career Fairs Bring Employers to Campus
Two days of interviews and meetings brought hundreds of students and employers together on campus as the Department of Teacher Education and Career & Life Calling each held fairs for graduating seniors. The Teacher Career Fair paired 35 school districts with grads and alums February 27. The districts conducted more than 200 screening interviews for MNU student teachers, alumni and candidates from five surrounding universities.
Janet Reed, a human resource representative from Garden City, Kansas, shared, “This is one of the most organized and well-run career fairs I’ve attended.”
Exit surveys either agreed or strongly agreed that MNU candidates were well prepared, professional and courteous.
The next day MNU’s Spring 2018 Career & Internship Fair hosted 54 organizations and more than 100 representatives who promoted their openings for part-time and full-time positions and internships to students and alumni of all majors.