Issue VIII
December 2012
An Evening at the Southmoreland


February 8-9, 2013 - Enjoy an elegant evening on the 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.  Tickets cost $225 per room.   


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  


Great Wolf Lodge

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

Great Wolf Lodge
10401 Cabela Drive
Kansas City, KS  66111

$175 per room by Jan. 7, 2013, for a family of 6 or less.
$195 per room after Jan. 7, 2013 (if space is available).
Includes overnight lodging and 6 water park passes for Friday and Saturday.  Includes all fees and taxes. $50 non-refundable registration due to reserve your spot by January 7, 2013.

Drop in pizza buffet with drinks for your entire family in the hospitality suite Friday night (included).  All-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on Saturday morning for $9 per person if prepaid by Jan. 7, 2013, or $12 at the door (optional).

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

Branson, Missouri - April 26-28, 2013

Hosted by:
Ron & Karen McClellan
Barth & Kathy Smith
Now open for registration at or by contacting the Alumni Office at 913-971-3275 or

Biblical Tour of Israel - May 22-31, 2013

Hosted by:
Randy Cloud, Jim Edlin & Larry Fine
For more information about the trip or to sign up, click here to download the brochure.

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Colorado - August 1-3, 2013
Hosted by:
Greg & Peggy Hephner
Kevin & Shawna Garber

Caribbean Cruise - January 3-9, 2014
Hosted by:
MNU President David & Donna Spittal
Brian & Elizabeth Diddle

Scottsdale, Arizona - Spring 2014
Hosted by:
Chuck & Kathy Nunamaker
Rocky & Jo Lamar 
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: December 14, 2012
Balance Due: January 4, 2013
Limited number of discounted tickets available

3 Day Lodging w/ Ski Rental - $467
3 Day Lodging w/ Board Rental - $499
3 Day Lodging, No Equip - $414
$100 deposit required
Balance Due: January 14, 2013

2 Day Lodging w/ Ski Rental - $350
2 Day Lodging w/ Board Rental - $371
2 Day Lodging, No Equip - $314
$100 deposit required
Balance Due: January 14, 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. 


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 and a complimentary ticket to another home game.  Concessions opportunities include men's and women's basketball games and other sports.  To view the available games, go here.  We hope you will volunteer today!  
MNU Tuesdays

Tuesday, February 12 - MNU Tuesdays provides opportunities for Alumni and Friends of the University to network and learn over lunch.  The February luncheon is titled "Entrepreneurship: The Hope for a Recovering Economy" and features a panel of entrepreneurs:


Alana Muller - President of Kauffman Fast Trac
Mike Asselta ('89) - Businessman and Entrepreneur
Katie Weiford - Owner of Kookiedoodle Crafts


The luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. in the Bell Center lobby 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  

Alumni Night at MNU Basketball
MNU Basketball February 23, 2013 - Attend the MNU basketball games 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 with you to the game.
Homecoming 2012 Recap
If you enjoyed Homecoming 2012 and would like to relive the great memories, or missed homecoming and would like to see what happened, check out and look at the Homecoming 2012 Recap!  Look through the photo gallery, watch one of the videos or read about some of the events that took place.  Also, save the date for Homecoming 2013 on your calendar: October 11-13, 2013! 
General Assembly 2013
Are you planning to attend General Assembly in Indianapolis in Summer 2013?  If so, be sure to attend the MNU Alumni 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!  Additional information will be available online soon!
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. 


Alumni News Briefs
Congratulations to the following alumni:

Melinda Ablard Smith ('90) - Published in KC Parent.  Her article, "Parenting By Personality," features another MNU alum, Susan Crook (MHR 95)Click here to read the article.

Todd Laytham ('89) - Accepted a position as Administrator with Carondelet Orthopaedic Surgeons, PA.

Rev. Stan Archie (MET '07) - Elected President of the Missouri State Board of Education. The State Board is made up of eight members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate.

Dyane Smokorowski (MET '07) - Named the 2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year. 

Alyssa Chisam ('12) - Named Girls Basketball Coach for the C-team at Osawatomie High School.  

Rachelle Kilgore ('07) - Received the Educator Excellence Award from the Olathe Education Foundation.


Matt Schwenk ('01) - Recognized by the A Day Made Better program, which tries to ease the financial burden of teachers who spend money for some classroom supplies.   


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.  

Steve Cecil ('81) - Elected to serve as the Senior Pastor at Westside Church of the Nazarene in Decatur, IL.  


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), 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
An Evening at Southmoreland
Great Wolf Lodge
Pioneer Adventures
Young Alumni Ski Trip
Concession Volunteers
MNU Tuesdays
Alumni Night
Homecoming Recap
General Assembly
2012/2013 Choir Season
Alumni News Briefs
Accent Online
MNU/Alumni Blogs

2013 Alumni Events

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