WNZR Attended CMB University Over Homecoming Weekend
by Josiah Sidle
A handful of students from Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s communications department took a special trip down to Nashville, TN, for CMB University (CMBU) on Nov. 10-12. “What exactly is CMB University?” you may ask. Serving as an extension of Christian Music Broadcasters, an organization started in 2002 to increase awareness of Christian radio, CMBU is a two-day event for college students between the ages of 18-24. Held annually in Nashville, this event serves as a networking experience for students to exchange ideas and receive guidance that will empower them to be an effective and informed next generation of broadcasters.
Allison Prouty, one of the attendees on this recent trip, reminisced, “I knew I would get to meet some awesome people and catch up with people I’d met last year.” Prouty knew attending this year that she would be inspired once again for a future in Christian radio. “I knew that I would get to learn more about working in radio. Last year, I left feeling very excited about Christian radio and a future career in it, and I knew that I would get inspired [again] this year.”
The interactions with the professionals is where Prouty seemed most intrigued. Engaging with established figures sparked a particular motivation. “I got to hear from a lot of knowledgeable pros during some breakout sessions about how music is released to radio, some tips and tricks for music directors, and how to make my time on-air even better,” she added. It's safe to say that Prouty had a very successful trip this year at CMBU.
Another attendee, Mike Basko, said “I was expecting a fun time and a good opportunity to grow in my field.” From music to radio and many other fields, CMBU brings broadcasters from many diverse markets. Whether you want to be in radio, video, management, or anything like that. CMBU is worth [attending].”
CMBU offers a great platform for networking and learning as well as igniting passion for those seeking a career in broadcasting. As echoed by Prouty and Basko, this trip offers a great opportunity to receive valuable knowledge and feedback from industry professionals. All of this can help put students on the right track for a bright future in broadcasting.
Dr. Bossley’s Sabbatical Adventures
by Isaac Curtis
At MVNU, professors are both able and encouraged to take sabbaticals for a multitude of reasons. These reasons could include but are not limited to, rest, pursuing new research and/or exploring new academic interests. Dr. Bossley, associate professor of biology, stated that he “pursued a sabbatical for all of those reasons.”
Dr. Bossley had a couple of adventure projects he journeyed on throughout his sabbatical. The first was a trip that involved on-the-ground research in Israel and Egypt to develop a new curriculum for a new MVNU travel-abroad course entitled “Ecology of the Holy Land.” He shared that this specific project involved “two separate trips to the Holy Land (one in January and another in May) to study the wildlife, geology, geography and history of the land.” There, he lived and studied among other students and adventurers at Jerusalem University College, which is located on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem. While he did a lot of research there, he also stated that he had time to sightsee many famous biblical event sites as well.
For his other sabbatical trip, he traveled to Belize and Guatemala to continue work on a research project of his on the birds of the Mayan world. He stated that he was joined alongside Dr. Dan Mosher, who is a retired MVNU environmental biology professor. Dr. Bossley said that the primary goal of this project was to “develop a field guide on the birds that inhabit Central America and include the Mayan names for the birds in the book. In this regard, the book will provide taxonomic and ecological information but also contribute to language and culture preservation.”
There was some time between these two trips, but Dr. Bossley kept himself busy while at home. During this time, he worked on a manuscript with Grace Brubaker, who is a 2021 graduate of the MVNU environmental biology program and was a part of the honors program. He said that the results of her honor’s project “Establishing water willow in the Kokosing River” was accepted for publication in the respected ecological journal Northeast Naturalist. He had this to say about Grace’s accomplishment – “It is exciting to see research conducted here at MVNU published in the scientific literature.”
Dr. Bossley added why sabbaticals are important to him and his fellow professors. He said, “The sabbatical experience provides a great opportunity for professors to pursue research, develop curriculum for new courses, take a break from the normal busyness of academia, experience life from different perspectives and seek God. All of this is ultimately helpful in the classroom, too, as it provides new pictures I can incorporate into presentations and new stories I can share with students, which helps to enrich the class experience.”
Embarrassments of a One-Sided Friendship
by Jack Moore
This semester at the Buchwald Center in downtown Mount Vernon, a former student at Mount Vernon Nazarene University Clarence Adrian McKinney II, presents his introspective collection. The gallery titled, “Embarrassments of a One-Sided Friendship” keeps the viewer perplexed at the sight and correlation of the collection.
McKinney’s art relies on the viewer to understand that the artwork “…is extremely personal and intimate…” just as the artist statement says. Looking into the gallery, one would most definitely understand why his art is considered personal and puzzling. Between the wood materials and the recurring floral visuals there is comfort in the dark muted colors and mixed media used to depict the inner mechanisms of McKinney’s creation.
The title of the collection being “Embarrassments of a One-Sided Friendship” relies on the ability to pull on the heartstrings of the viewer and making them vulnerable, just as McKinny makes himself in this exploration of an authentic and individualistic way of looking at relationships though the human condition. Senior and Art Student, Macy Varner, said, “This exhibit is very personal compared to other exhibits we’ve had.” And getting a chance to experience it in your own way will definitely show that relativity.