Homecoming 2012
October 26-28 - Homecoming 2012 is only two weeks away. You will find this email packed with everything you need to know.  We look forward to seeing you soon.  Register at www.mnu.edu/homecoming today! 
When you arrive on campus for Homecoming, please visit the Welcome area at one of these locations to receive your tickets, schedule and name tags:

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Bell Cultural Events Center
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM, College Church - Uphaus Hall

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Welcome Tent - Pioneer Stadium Parking Lot  
Inauguration of Dr. David J. Spittal
October 26 at 10:00 AM
College Church
Witness the continuation of God's work at MNU with the inauguration of Dr. David J. Spittal as our fifth president. Homecoming 2012 coincides with this special event offering alumni and friends a chance to celebrate this historic and moving occasion. Join us in welcoming President Spittal as he shares his inaugural address, "We Walk by Faith, Not by Sight."
Homecoming Celebration Dinner
October 26 at 7:00 PM
College Church - Uphaus Hall

This Homecoming's main event will feature the 2012 Alumni Awards, a celebration of the inauguration of Dr. David J. Spittal and entertainment by Christian comedian Michael Joiner.  Michael has attracted wide praise for his routines that blend sarcastic edginess with a devotion to clean humor.  He recently played the lead role in the Provident Film Hollywood movie "The Grace Card."
Late Night
October 26, 2012
After the Homecoming Celebration Dinner finishes, the party moves over to Pioneer Stadium parking lot under the Big Tent.  Beginning at 9:30 PM, Late Night features open mic performances by MNU alumni and friends, who will be competing for a $100 cash prize.  Don't miss out on this entertaining event emceed by Michael Joiner.  In addition to the comedy show, the event includes all-you-can-eat FREE wood grilled pizza, drinks and more.  If you are interested in competing for the $100 cash prize in the open mic improv comedy contest, please fill out the form here or contact the Alumni Office at alumni@mnu.edu or 913-971-3275.   
October 26 at 2:00 PM
Bell Cultural Events Center

Featuring Philip White ('04)
Philip is the author of the critically acclaimed book Our Supreme Task: How Winston Churchill's Iron Curtain Speech Defined the Cold War Alliance. He is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and the publications of Boston University's Historical Society. A 2004 MNU graduate, Philip lives in Olathe, with his wife and two sons.  Philip will be signing books in the lobby after the presentation. 
Pioneer 5K Fun Run
October 27 at 7:30 AM
Meet at the Big Tent

Start training now to compete in the 5K Fun Run!  Pre-register before the event to receive a t-shirt and get a $5 discount off your entry fee!  Register online at www.mnu.edu/homecoming or contact the Alumni Office at 913-971-3275 or alumni@mnu.edu.  Entry fees:  $10 if pre-registered or $15 at the event.   Prizes will be awarded to the top runners in each category: Men, Women, Student, and Raffle prizes.  Everyone is invited, so bring the whole family!
Kids Zone
October 27 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Near the Big Tent

Children's activities are available for children grades K-6.  Future Pioneers will be hosted by MNU alumni Jeremy ('97) and Becky (Phillips, '97) Bond, creators of Sheep Snacks (www.sheepsnacks.com).  The Kids Zone features an inflatable, face painting, and many other activities. 
Reunions2012 Class Reunions
It's time to plan for your class reunion!  In 2012, we celebrate the first-ever 40-year reunion of the Class of 1972.  The Class of '72 has invited the first four years ('72-'75) to join them for this Pioneer Class Reunion.  Also this year, we celebrate reunions for '77, '82, '87, '92, '97, '02 and '07.  If you are a member of one of these classes and would like to help with your class reunion, please let us know at 913.971.3275 or alumni@mnu.edu.  Also, if you are on Facebook, be sure to join your class Facebook group listed below.  
Pioneer BBQ Cook-Off
October 27 from 10:00 AM
to 1:00 PM
Under the Big Tent

Registration is open for the Homecoming Pioneer People's Choice BBQ Cook-Off!  This year's competition categories are pulled pork, barbecue sauce and Pioneer spirit!  If you can put together a team and would like to participate, check out the official registration form here.  Be sure to attend the Tailgate Lunch, eat some great BBQ and vote for your favorite! 
Pioneer Athletic Events
Women's Soccer Game - October 27 at 1:00 PM
Pioneer Football Game - October 27 at 2:00 PM
Pioneer Soccer Game - October 27 at 3:00 PM

Don't miss out on the athletics events available for you to enjoy at Homecoming 2012.  The football game will be played at the Olathe District Activities Center (21201 W. 159th Street).  Both soccer games will be played at the MNU soccer stadium. 
Fall Musical "The Fantasticks"
October 25 at 7:30 PM
October 27 at 6:00 PM
October 28 at 3:30 PM
Bell Cultural Events Center

The Department of Fine & Performing Arts presents "The Fantasticks." The show's original off-Broadway production ran a total of 42 years and 17,162 performances, making it the world's longest-running musical. Visit www.mnu.edu/bellcenter to purchase tickets.
Alumni & Friends Reception
Hosted by Nazarene Theological Seminary
October 27 at 8:00 PM
Bell Center - Grand Lobby

Watch the fall musical on Saturday night and stick around for the reception afterward hosted by Nazarene Theological Seminary. 
Dr. Virginia (Ginny) Schafer Retirement Reception
October 27 at 8:00 PM
Bell Center - Gilmore Room

Following the fall musical on Saturday night, the nursing department will host a reception honoring Dr. Ginny Schafer and her 32 years of service to MNU and the nursing community.  Light refreshments will be served. 
President's Prayer Breakfast
October 28 at 8:00 AM
Bell Center - Grand Lobby

As part of the Homecoming tradition, the Memorial Roll will be read at the President's Prayer Breakfast on Sunday morning. The event is very meaningful as we read the names of people from the extended MNU family who have passed away during the previous year. Each name read is accompanied by the toll of a single bell. This significant ceremony recognizes the fact that the Pioneer family extends from the past to the present as well as from earth to heaven.  Be sure to join the MNU family for this time of remembrance. 
Other Events
In addition to the events listed above, don't miss these other exciting opportunities to engage in Homecoming 2012:
  • Golf On Your Own at Heritage Golf Course
  • Archives Tour
  • Third Annual Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet
  • Basketball and Volleyball Alumni Games
  • Women's Auxiliary Scholarship Bake Sale
  • and more! 
Office of Alumni Relations
 MidAmerica Nazarene University
 2030 E. College Way | Olathe, KS 66062 | (913) 971-3275  http://www.mnu.edu/alumniandfriends.html
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In This Issue
Celebration Dinner
Late Night
5K Fun Run
Kids Zone
Class Reunions
BBQ Cook-Off
Athletic Events
Fall Musical
NTS Reception
Ginny Schafer Reception
Memorial Prayer Breakfast
Other Events

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