Academic Fair Introduces Students To New Career Paths

November 17, 2022 : Grant Hauger

This year’s academic fair opened students’ eyes to new possible futures. On Oct. 27, MVNU students had the chance to connect with all of the different programs that the university offers. Undeclared students were able to explore career paths that may interest them. Plus, students already with majors had the opportunity to discover areas of study that they were previously unfamiliar with. 

Gary Swisher, director of career development at MVNU, organized the event by coordinating with chairs and deans of the programs on campus. A high amount of college students change their majors several times, and that is why Swisher emphasizes the importance of the event, saying “. . . it helps for them to be able to connect with all the MVNU programs at one event, to learn about possibilities they were not aware of and to understand more about the careers connected to each major.” The academic fair importantly provided students with a chance to encounter their options from a more informed position. 

It is also a rewarding event for professors who can help match a student with a desirable new career path. Jayme McMillian, instructor of visual media, who was present at the fair, said, “It was good to talk to undeclared students and introduce them to a possible future with the communication major.” 

Swisher felt similarly. “It’s always nice to hear when a student goes to the Academic Fair, investigates a major they were not that familiar with and finds a spark of excitement about a new field.”

No majors or minors were noticeably more popular than any other at the fair. The fair saw a good turnout of students overall. Additionally, the fair let students seek possible travel opportunities, and a few lucky students even won raffle prizes. 

Swisher seeks to make improvements to the fair for next year, including making timing more convenient for student planning purposes. For any students that could not make this year’s academic fair, they can still connect with the Career Development Center. 

Teachers In Progress
November 16, 2022 : Morgan Mills

Teachers in Progress is a podcast created by five Mount Vernon Nazarene University education majors. Annikah White is a junior and a Middle Childhood Education major. Her role is brainstorming many ideas for episodes and guests. Noelle Morris is a junior who is both an Education major as well as an Intervention Specialist major. She is in charge of their Facebook page. Ryan Vetters is a junior who is an Integrated Social Studies major. He had the initial idea for the podcast and is in charge of managing the podcast. Rebecca Bash is a junior and a Middle Childhood major. Her role is supervising their Instagram account.


The podcast is about student teaching and all of the responsibilities that come with it. A driving force that keeps the podcast alive is the love that they all have for their major. While they bring a fresh perspective and have great chemistry, they also bring awareness to major problems facing education today in America. Learning how they can practically apply everything they learn here to their craft amongst great friends and teachers makes their passion grow with the more they learn. What started as a fun hobby between peers developed into a way to step into the education field confidently.


Teachers in Progress also has interviewed and discussed crucial topics with MVNU professors such as Elizabeth Napier, Steve Metcalfe, and Lynn Shoemaker. Teachers In Progress has many great episodes about topics that carry weight in the field such as learning disabilities and extracurricular activities. The crew works together to provide accurate facts in addition to witty commentary about the subject at hand.


“A lot of the things that we talked about on the podcast we were talking about together beforehand just as friends,” Bash commented when asked about the creation of Teachers in Progress. “Now we’re just actually recording those conversations.” Listeners will not find as hardworking and zealous hosts such as these students on other podcasts.


“I really just wanted to make a difference and be a positive male role model because a lot of kids don’t get that,” Vetters offered as he shared about past teachers that have inspired him to teach. Through working in their classes and talking with experienced professors, they are learning more about themselves and their passions as they continue their education.


The hosts attribute a lot of their success to their professors at MVNU. “We’re really blessed because the education program here at MVNU is outstanding. They put us in the classroom day one…not a lot of schools offer that,” Morris explained. The opportunities offered to allow its students to earn experience through hands-on assignments. When asked about advice they would give to other students, White had this to say, “You have to have the heart for it, that’s what it comes down to. You can’t force yourself to want to be a teacher.”


The hosts fell in love with teaching immediately and hope that they can keep that love for it alive through this podcast. For those interested, they are available on Spotify, YouTube, Apple Podcasts and many other platforms. Check them out on their website at


Blood And Time Donated For MVNU Blood Drives
By Grant Hauger

This semester’s blood drives are a meaningful way for students to get involved in ministry. Blood drives prove to be important as each donation can save up to three lives. While blood donation is a clear way for people to contribute to the drive, there are also other opportunities to volunteer to help for those who are unable to donate. 
   The blood drive coordinator on campus, Hannah Brandenstein, has partnered with the American Red Cross to be the contact person here at MVNU. She also leads the CoSMO group on campus called “Second.” Second is a group that helps the MVNU community encourage and recruit donors as well as helps with check-in during the days of the drive. 
   Brandenstein said that, “Getting involved in Second can be beneficial to those who are either unable to give blood for different reasons or also those who are uncomfortable giving blood as well as those who give blood regularly, because we still need volunteers for leading and coordinating, too!” She also advocates for blood donation to cultivate into a habit instead of just a one-and-done occurrence. 
   The mission of the group comes from Mark 12:31, which talks about loving others as ourselves. “You never know when you or someone you love is going to need blood, and we can be the ones to help fulfill that need,” Brandenstein declared. 
   Blood can be donated by an individual every 56 days. There have been three blood drives so far this semester so that donors can give more than once. The fourth and last blood drive is Thursday, Dec. 5, which gives an opportunity for people to give blood and for students to volunteer to help. 

MVNU Athletics Releases New App
By Daniel Skrzypchak

Are you always at MVNU sporting events? Do you love rewards? If you answered “yes” to either or both of those questions, then you’re in luck, because the MVNU athletics department is launching a new fan attendance and rewards app.

Titled “Paw Perks,” the app is one of many created by FanMaker, a company that specializes in building loyalty apps and websites for universities and professional sports teams. FanMaker has partnered with many big brands, such as the Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Pistons, and Clemson and Alabama, just to name a few. Monica Davis, a client activation coordinator at FanMaker, said, “Our apps add to the gameday and fan experience by automatically awarding fans points for attending events, answering trivia, logging in to the app to view stories and more.” She further added that “fans can then turn those points into great prizes, whether that be autographed items, apparel and even gameday experiences!”

MVNU Athletics Coordinator of Development Paul McNeal said this app will join the list of things MVNU has added to enhance the gameday experience in recent years, such as giveaways and the new Kokosing video boards. “Our goal is to create an environment that attracts not only our student body but also the entire community of Mount Vernon,” he stated. Although the app is mainly for athletics, student life and admissions will also find ways to utilize its capabilities.

To create an account, go to, or search “MVNU Paw Perks” in the App Store or Google Play.

Change Wars Lead to Global Impact

Written by Faith West

Each semester, Mount Vernon Nazarene University hosts various events and competitions to encourage involvement on campus. And this fall, MVNU’s FaithWorks program decided to revive a challenge from the past: Change Wars. This event was not only an exciting fundraising competition between residential areas but also part of a larger mission that extends far beyond MVNU’s campus. This spring, students and staff will travel to San Jose Succotz, Belize, and use the money raised during Change Wars to equip Alvin Young High School with a new computer lab. 


When asked about the purpose of the event, FaithWorks coordinator Chelsea Porter stated, “Change Wars was really an effort to get students to think about giving in really small ways.” Porter also added that she understands it can be difficult for college students to donate their funds, so the heart of the competition was for students to realize that “every little bit counts.” The competitive spirit of Change Wars spread quickly throughout MVNU’s campus, and students were able to raise $328.62, mostly in coins, for the computer lab in Belize. 


Thanks to this group effort, professor Michele Vanasse and Josh Cunningham will be able to lead a Service Learning Trip of 10 students in bringing new technology to Alvin Young High School. The school currently has only two working computers and one projector that every class must share. Porter mentioned that this lack of technology has greatly affected the teacher’s ability to educate and has caused them to invent new ways of teaching. The FaithWorks coordinator also stated, “Our heart desires to fully equip the school to be able to operate with all the technology that they need.” Due to the small but significant donations of MVNU students, it seems as though the technological needs of Alvin Young High School in Belize will finally be met. 


The Guardians: MVNU Collegians Chorale Edition

Written Ben Alexander

The Mount Vernon Nazarene University Collegians Chorale sang the National Anthem at the Cleveland Guardians baseball game on Sept. 16 against the Minnesota Twins. Dr. Bob Tocheff, a professor in the music department at MVNU, gave his thoughts about the event. “We obviously sing a lot of sacred music, and for good reason. But sometimes it’s important to get into another arena (pun intended) to share something like the National Anthem in front of a largely secular crowd. It is an honor for Collegians Chorale, music department, and MVNU.” He also said, “It is an exhilarating feeling to be on the field where the players actually play . . . We were projected nicely on the big jumbo scoreboard, which was very cool!”


You might be wondering how long it took for the Collegians Choral Choir to practice, and Tocheff said, “Half of the choir knew this arrangement from previous years, but the new freshmen had to learn this particular arrangement. Although everyone knows the national anthem, this particular arrangement has very specific parts that need to be learned well. We practiced it every day of rehearsal for the first three weeks of the semester.”


    Singing the National Anthem at a professional baseball game also had a positive effect on the MVNU public relations department. Tocheff explained that “Having Mount Vernon Nazarene University up on the big jumbo screen was really special. You just never know the seeds that are planted when someone might start to investigate our Christian university.” 


    Tocheff explained that his favorite part of the night was both as a professor and an organizer of the trip. “In addition to the camaraderie building among the choir members and our alumni guests, it was a joy to hear all the positive feedback from stadium workers and the general public that shared the sentiment – ‘Now that’s the way the national anthem should be sung.’ Again, that speaks highly for Collegians Chorale and MVNU. Another serendipitous thing that happened was when I had the choir stop and sing the National Anthem again when we exited the stadium at the end of the evening. When we finished, the head of night-time operations for the Guardians told me he was greatly impressed and wanted to use our performance on his blog.”


    The Guardians defeated the Minnesota Twins 4-3 on a wild pitch in the eighth inning to secure the win. They also climbed out of a 3-0 deficit to win the game. Overall, it was a great night of baseball and singing by the Collegians Chorale of MVNU.