Issue #10
February 2013

MNU Tuesdays


Tuesday, February 12 - MNU Tuesdays provides opportunities for Alumni and Friends of the University to network and learn over lunch.  The luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. in MNU's Bell Center lobby and will end punctually at 12:45 p.m.  The cost is $13.00 and may be paid at the door by cash, check, or credit card or by following the link below.


Seating is limited, so call (913) 971-3275 or email now to make your reservation today! You can also register online at  

Alumni Night at MNU Basketball
Alumni Families Attend FREE!
MNU Basketball February 23, 2013 - Attend the MNU basketball games against Culver Stockton on Saturday, Feb. 23, for free!  The women's game starts at 2:00 p.m. and the men's game begins at 4:00 p.m.  MNU will reveal our new mascot at halftime of the men's game and there will be a special Senior Day presentation between games.  Alumni are also invited to a special reception between games in the Allega Room.  To get into the game free, please click here, print off the flyer and bring it to the game.
Introducing... Pioneer Pete!
February 23, 2013 - For the first time, we're excited to present to you, Pioneer Pete - in person! MNU will reveal its first-ever mascot on February 23 during half-time of the Men's Basketball Game. The game starts at 4:00 p.m. and there will be a grand reveal, giveaways and a photo booth with Pioneer Pete during the second-half. Go Pioneers!
Pioneer Adventures

MNU Alumni Relations invites you to join fellow alumni for an adventure of a lifetime.  Pioneer Adventures features a variety of trips each year.  There is something for everyone!  Each trip option for the 2013-2014 season is listed below, with additional trips to follow.  For more information, go to
Pioneer Adventures: Branson

Branson, Missouri: April 26-28, 2013

Hosted by:
Ron & Karen McClellan
Barth & Kathy Smith

This 3-day, 2-night adventure includes: 

$179 per person (by March 29, 2013)
$199 per person (after March 29, 2013)   


Now open for registration at or by contacting the Alumni Office at 913-971-3275 or

Pioneer Adventures: Israel
Biblical Tour of Israel
May 22-31, 2013

Hosted by:
Randy Cloud, Jim Edlin & Larry Fine

Final registration date approaching early March 2013.

For more information about the trip or to sign up, click here to download the brochure. 
Pioneer Adventures: Durango
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Colorado
August 1-3, 2013

Only 8 Spaces Available!

Hosted by:
Greg & Peggy Hephner
Kevin & Shawna Garber

This 3-day, 2-night adventure includes: 
Now open for registration at or by contacting the Alumni Office at 913-971-3275 or  
Pioneer Adventures: Cruise
Caribbean Cruise
January 3-9, 2014

Hosted by:
MNU President David & Donna Spittal
Brian & Elizabeth Diddle

MNU's first-ever alumni cruise includes: 
Now open for registration at or by contacting the Alumni Office at 913-971-3275 or

If you would like more information about the cruise, join us on Monday, February 11, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., for a free online webinar.  More information on the webinar, click here and sign up today.
Pioneer Adventures: Scottsdale
Scottsdale, Arizona
Spring 2014

Hosted by:
Chuck & Kathy Nunamaker
Rocky & Jo Lamar

More information coming soon 
An Evening at the Southmoreland
Only one room remaining!


February 8-9, 2013 - Enjoy an elegant evening on the K.C. Country Club Plaza with MNU President David & Donna Spittal at Southmoreland Bed & Breakfast.  This gathering includes lodging, dinner and dessert for two on Friday, plus breakfast for two on Saturday.  Reservations: $225 per room.  There is no program - the evening is purely social. 


This event is limited to 13 couples, so call (913) 971-3275 or email now to make your reservation. For more information, please visit


Southmoreland Bed & Breakfast
116 East 46th Street, Kansas City, MO 64112  


Chick-fil-A Leadercast 2013

Leadercast Logo 

Friday, May 10 - Plan to attend the 2013 Chick-fil-A Leadercast, broadcast live from Atlanta, GA and hosted on the campus of MidAmerica Nazarene University! This year's event will empower you with life-changing insights from world renowned leaders.


  • Date: May 10, 2013
  • Location: Bell Cultural Events Center at MidAmerica Nazarene University
  • Registration: 7:00-8:00 am
  • Event Time: 8:00 am-3:30 pm
  • Cost: $79 by 4/26/13; $89 after 4/26/13; Group tickets (10+) $69
    (includes lunch and morning/afternoon snacks)

Register at  For more information, contact the MNU Alumni Office at 913-971-3275 or  Tickets will not be mailed for this year's event.  When you purchase tickets, a link will be sent to your email that allows you to print off your tickets on your own printer.  Each ticket purchased by 4/26/13 is automatically entered into a drawing for a free iPad mini, which will be awarded the day of the event. 

Concession Volunteers Needed

Alumni concessions at MNU needs you! Volunteering
through concessions is great for your entire family or just you.  You receive free admission to the game, a complimentary beverage and entree of your choice!  Upcoming concessions opportunities include men's and women's basketball games, baseball and softball.  Baseball and softball concessions feature our new mobile concessions cart.  View the available games here.  We hope you will volunteer today!  
March Madness


Show off your bracketology skills in this year's MNU Alumni NCAA March Madness tourney!  Select the teams you think will win in our ESPN-hosted tournament and win great prizes!  Registration will begin in February, so watch for more information about how to register!  

MNU Alumni Sport Series
MNU Alumni Relations invites you to attend one or more of these sports outings with us:

Kansas City Royals vs. Los Angeles Angels 
Friday, May 24, at 7:00 p.m.

Kansas City T-Bones vs. Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 
Friday, August 9, at 7:00 p.m.

Sporting KC vs. Colorado 
Saturday, August 31, at 7:30 p.m.

Registration will be available soon at, so be sure to put these dates on your calendar and keep an eye out for other MNU Alumni Sports Series events! 
Dodge City Roundup Rodeo

Sunday, August 4 -
Saddle up your horse and meet us in Dodge!  Save this date for BBQ and rodeo fun.  More information to follow.
2012/2013 Choir Season

Don't miss this upcoming choir performance:


Great Choral Masterworks: Spirituals and Great Hymns 

Symphonic Choir presents spirituals and inspirational hymns of faith.  The concert begins at 3:30 p.m. on March 10, 2013, at Bell Cultural Events Center. 


For more information about this event, go to here to view more information about other upcoming choir presentations. 


President's Honors


President's Honors 2012 raised over $300,000 for student scholarships and sold out in attendance in its first year.  The 2013 President's Honors is scheduled for April 12, at 6:30 p.m. Make plans now to attend or consider sponsoring a table.    


Individual tickets are on sale now for $100 per person.  For more information about the event or how to register, visit   
General Assembly 2013
Are you planning to attend General Assembly in Indianapolis in summer 2013?  If so, don't miss the MNU Alumni & Friends Luncheon!  The luncheon will take place Sunday, June 23, 2012, after the morning service at the Indianapolis Convention Center, Westin Ballroom 1-2-3.  You will hear from Dr. David J. Spittal, President of MNU, the Collegiate Quartet and more!  Online registration will be available in March 2013.
Advance Your Career


Did you know that MNU offers graduate degrees in business, counseling, nursing and education, as well as postgraduate certificates? Our degree and certificate programs incorporate relevant content with practicing professionals who are experts in their field. All programs are offered at our main campus in Olathe. Additional on-site locations include Liberty, Mo., North Kansas City Hospital and Neosho County Community College's Ottawa campus for select programs. Certain programs are also available entirely online. Contact the Professional & Graduate Admissions Office for more information. 


Professional & Graduate Admissions



Available Programs

Networking & Recruiting Opportunity

March 6, 2013 - MNU will host a Career Fair on March 6, 2013, geared toward students within the traditional division of Business Administration, as well as students within the Professional & Graduate Studies in Management programs.  We welcome your participation! The career fair will give students a chance to explore career options and current openings in a variety of business-related industries, including banking, finance, media, insurance and supply chain management. You'll have a chance to meet with graduating seniors, professional and graduate students who are earning their degrees in business, marketing, organizational leadership and accounting. 


Interested in having your business participate? Contact Brian Schorr at: or by calling 913.971.3802. Up to 20 free spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Alumni E-Mail Server Discontinued
After much consideration, the MNU Alumni Office, along with MNU's IT department, came to the difficult decision to permanently discontinue the alumni e-mail server due to numerous logistical and server-related issues.  All addresses will no longer be valid after March 1, 2013.  If you are currently utilizing an address, please be sure to forward all emails you would like to save to a different email address before that date.  Free email addresses can be set up through, or multiple other online email programs.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  MNU will continue to research replacement options in the future. 
Photo Galleries
Check out the online photo galleries for recent alumni events!  Just click on any of the pictures below to be taken to the photo galleries page.
Alumni News Briefs
Congratulations to the following alumni:

Steve Cecil ('81) has been elected to serve as the Senior Pastor at Westside Church of the Nazarene in Decatur, IL. Steve and his wife, Peggy (Denny, '84) have been in fulltime pastoral ministry in the Church of the Nazarene since 1981.

Stephen Netherton ('09) won the National Institute for Trial Advocacy's Tournament of Champions. He was also recognized as the Best Advocate in the Final Round. Stephen is currently in his 3rd year of law school at Baylor.

Larissa Klinger ('04) performed with the USO Liberty Bells in Times Square for the 2013 New Year's Eve Ball Drop.

C.B. Glidden ('84) was selected to receive an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Southern Nazarene University. He currently serves as senior pastor at Fort Worth First Church of the Nazarene and serves on the SNU Board of Trustees.

Gerald Smith ('85) was selected to receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree Southern Nazarene University. Gerald currently serves as President of the Nazarene Publishing House.

Rob McDonald ('77) was selected to receive an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Southern Nazarene University. Rob has served in pastoral ministry for the past 34 years in the Church of the Nazarene.

Michael Scrivani ('05)was named Senior Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Leavenworth, Kansas. Michael completed his MDiv in 2012 from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO. He was ordained February 3, 2013.

Josh Transmeier ('12) was hired as quality control chemist for Elanco Kansas City, a subsidiary of Eli Lilly.  He works in the animal health division. 

If you have any alumni-related news announcements, or would like to share with us regarding a recent birth or marriage, please let us know by clicking here.  We would love to share your information in this newsletter and in Accent magazine!


Accent Online
If you would like to receive MNU's Accent magazine, either online or by e-mail, please visit and subscribe!  Accent features news stories affecting MNU and its alumni, including fascinating interviews, alumni news updates, and information about upcoming events.  You can also check out the additional content that didn't make the printed edition.
MNU/Alumni Blogs
OhBehave is the outreach blog of the MNU Behavioral Sciences Department.  Check out the blog here.

Phil White ('04) is an author and guest lecturer at MNU.  Read Phil's musings at The Huffington Post and follow him on Twitter.

Stephanie Hail ('01) is a medical missionary in Soddo, Ethiopia.  Check out her blog here.
Office of Alumni Relations
Kevin S. Garber, Director of Alumni Relations
 MidAmerica Nazarene University

 2030 E. College Way | Olathe, KS 66062
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In This Issue
Save The Date
MNU Tuesdays
Alumni Night at MNU Basketball
Pioneer Pete
Pioneer Adventures
Pioneer Adventures: Branson
Pioneer Adventures: Israel
Pioneer Adventures: Durango
Pioneer Adventures: Cruise
Pioneer Adventures: Scottsdale
An Evening at Southmoreland
Chick-fil-A Leadercast
Concession Volunteers
March Madness
MNU Alumni Sports Series
Dodge City Roundup Rodeo
2012/2013 Choir Season
President's Honors
General Assembly
Advance Your Career
Networking Opportunity
Alumni E-mail Server
Photo Galleries
Alumni News Briefs
Accent Online
MNU/Alumni Blogs

2013 Alumni Events

Check out the full calendar of events at



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