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Faculty Innovations, Scholarship and Service Continued from previous page

Dr. Shanti Thomas (MED ’01), professor of English, presented a paper titled, “Literary Works, Christian Themes, & Postmodern Readers” at the Southwest Conference on Christianity in Literature at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, Okla. The paper is a result of her experiences teaching MNU’s Faith and Literature course, using journaling as a way of integrating literature and biblical truth.

Dr. Dave Wegley (’82), associate professor of business, completed his doctorate in higher education administration and institutional leadership this summer from Saint Louis University. His dissertation was titled Institutionalizing Service-Learning Programming in Faith-Based Colleges and Universities. ❡

New Faculty 2010 Land Gym Gets Facelift

Front row – Drew Overholt, assistant professor of physics; Rebeca Chow, assistant professor and director of play therapy; and Dr. Faith Jacobsen, assistant professor of chemistry. Back row – Dr. Rion Taylor, assistant professor of biology; Mike Ramirez (MET ’03), assistant professor in graduate studies in education; Dr. Bruce Oldham, dean, Christian ministry and formation; Dr. Scott Koeneman, assistant professor of counseling; and Dr. Alex Hapka, associate professor, chair of graduate studies in management. Not pictured: Brad Strecker, associate professor of nursing.

MNU Student Named Miss Rodeo Kansas S

referred to as “The Barn” received a major facelift this summer thanks to a generous gift from a long-time, loyal donor who initially provided energy-efficient windows for Stockton Hall. With the remaining funds, Land received enhanced lighting which improved security around the building and a new façade to dress up the facility.

I Not only does the outside of the building coordinate with

the rest of the campus architecture now, but the inside was also upgraded. A new ceiling and glass doors in the lobby brighten the entrance. The campus hangout known as “The Tipping Point” provides free coffee in the afternoon, and Land Café is open with snacks Sunday through Thursday nights. An outdoor deck leads into The Tipping Point and provides students another place to congregate.

Land Gym is also home to the Fitness Center, which stays busy most evenings. The gymnasium is utilized for daytime classes and rented to community groups in the evening.

“It becomes a theme park in here at 10 p.m.” says Ron Jackson, dean of community formation. “Students love the new look and amenities. The added security was a very thoughtful gift that students really appreciate.” ❡

f you visited MNU as recently as April 2010, you will not recognize Land Gymnasium. The landmark affectionately

enior nursing student Alyssa Morrison was crowned Miss Rodeo Kansas 2011 in Dodge City, Kan. this August. Morrison says her travel will be scheduled around classes and clinicals in her last semester before graduation, and that she will compete for Miss Rodeo America 2012 in December of 2011.

Morrison attributes pageant competition with enhancing her people skills. Miss Rodeo Kansas requires competition in the areas of speech, modeling, photos, horsemanship, and rodeo knowledge. ❡

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