Issue VI
October 2012
Young Alumni Ski Trip


When: Friday, January 18 - Monday, January 21, 2013 
Where: Winter Park, CO ( Lodging at Sitzmark Ranch in Frazier, CO (




3 Day Lodging w/ Ski Rental - $367
3 Day Lodging w/ Board Rental - $399
3 Day Lodging, No Equip - $314
$100 deposit due: October 30, 2012  
Balance Due: January 4, 2013

3 Day Lodging w/ Ski Rental - $467
3 Day Lodging w/ Board Rental - $499
3 Day Lodging, No Equip - $414
$100 deposit due: November 25, 2012
Balance Due: January 4, 2013

2 Day Lodging w/ Ski Rental - $350
2 Day Lodging w/ Board Rental - $371
2 Day Lodging, No Equip - $314
$100 deposit due: November 25, 2012
Balance Due: January 4, 2013

Place your $100 deposit online at  
or RSVP to
Lunch, dinner, and transportation cost is on your own. Limited to the first 20 people to register. 


MNU Tuesdays

Tuesday, November 13 - MNU Tuesdays, a monthly business and professional luncheon series, provides opportunities for Alumni and Friends of the University to network and learn over lunch.  The November luncheon features Dr. Harold Ivan Smith.  Dr. Smith is an author, speaker and grief specialist.  He will be speaking on the topic "Making a Difference."


The luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. and will punctually end 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  

Jeff Uphaus Memorial Classic
Don't miss out on this basketball tournament honoring former MNU basketball star Jeff Uphaus. 

Tournament Schedule:

Thursday, November 8
6:00 PM | Ozark Christian vs. Grand View
8:00 PM | Central Bible vs. MNU

Friday, November 9
6:00 PM | Ozark Christian vs. Central Bible
8:00 PM | Grand View vs. MNU

Alumni Gathering:  Visit the Allega Room upstairs in the Cook Center between games and at halftime on Friday, November 9, for a special alumni gathering.  There will be food, drinks and fellowship.

See you there!  No RSVP needed. 


Homecoming 2012
October 26-28, 2012 Homecoming 2012 is only two weeks away!  If you haven't registered yet, be sure to do so today and  participate in these exciting events:
  • Homecoming Celebration Dinner, featuring Christian comedian Michael Joiner
  • Inauguration of Dr. David J. Spittal 
  • Pioneer People's Choice BBQ Cook-Off
  • MNU Department of Fine & Performing Arts fall musical, "The Fantasticks"
  • Kids Zone
  • Pioneer 5K Fun Run
  • Class reunions (more info here
  • MNU Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet
  • Communiversity - featuring author Phil White ('04)
  • Athletics events - football, soccer and special alumni games
  • Late Night Under the Big Tent (with Michael Joiner)
  • Pancake Bonanza
  • Football tailgate lunch
  • President's Prayer Breakfast 
  • And more!

Homecoming 2012 offers something for everyone.  Go to for more information or to register. 

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  Also, if you are on Facebook, be sure to join your class Facebook group listed below.  
Inauguration of Dr. David J. Spittal
October 26, 10 a.m. at 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."
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 or 913-971-3275.  
Homecoming Pioneer BBQ Cook-Off
October 27, 2012 - 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.
2012/2013 Choir Season

Enjoy an afternoon with the Symphonic Choir and Orchestra as they feature some of choral music's most beloved choruses.  A special feature of this concert will include student soloists who are the budding stars of the future!  The concert is November 4 at 3:30 p.m. at the Bell Cultural Events Center.  For more information about this event, go to here to view more information about other upcoming choir presentations. 


Concession Volunteers Needed
Are you looking for a way to volunteer at MNU?  Your Alumni Office is in charge of all concessions on campus and we need your help!  We would love to staff our concession stands throughout the year with alumni volunteers.  There are several football, volleyball and soccer games left, and basketball is right around the corner!  Take a look at the available dates and volunteer here today!   
Great Wolf Lodge

When: Friday, January 25 to Saturday, January 26, 2013


The Great Wolf Lodge
10401 Cabela Drive
Kansas City, KS 66111

Cost: $175 for a family of 1-6 members.

Includes 1 room for 6 people, overnight lodging and 6 water park passes both Friday and Saturday. Includes all fees and taxes. Pizza buffet for your entire family on Friday evening.

$50 non-refundable deposit due to reserve your spot by January 18, 2013.   


Drop in pizza buffet in the hospitality suite Friday night (no additional cost).  Breakfast buffet on Saturday morning available for additional cost.  
Tickets: Order tickets at by January 18, 2013, or RSVP to or 913-971-3275. 

Alumni News Briefs
Congratulations to the following Alumni for their achievements:

Eldon Meyers ('86) was elected Board Chairman of Petroleum Marketers of Iowa at its Annual Meeting in Kansas City last February. The organization is nationally recognized as an authority on renewable fuels and provides national compliance services in accordance with the Federal Renewable Fuels Standard.  

Tammie Jo Shults (Bonnell, '83) has been published in the new publication of Military Fly Moms-a collection of 71 stories by women who were or are military aviators and also mothers. The book includeds color photos, depicting women aviators in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard alongside their helicopters, transport aircraft, or fighter planes, as well as highlighting their families. Tammie Jo is a former Navy EA-7L Corsair and F/A Hornet pilot and her husband, Dean, is also a Navy pilot. They currently reside in Boerne, Texas and she typically gets to fly eight to ten days a month.  

Brent Blacklock ('98), CPA and former MNU basketball player, has been promoted to Director at TPP Certified Public Accountants, LLC. Blacklock, who has worked at TPP since 1999, will be managing clients and developing additional business clients for the core services area at TPP. 
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), author and guest lecturer at MNU.  You can read Phil's musings at The Huffington Post here and follow him on Twitter.

Stephanie Hail ('01), medical missionary in Soddo, Ethiopia.  Check out her blog here.
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In This Issue
Young Alumni Ski Trip
MNU Tuesdays
Jeff Uphaus Memorial Classic
Class Reunions
Late Night
BBQ Cook-Off
2012/2013 Choir Season
Concession Volunteers
Great Wolf Lodge
Pioneer Adventures
Alumni News Briefs
Accent Online
MNU/Alumni Blogs

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