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Summer Service Learning Trips
March 17, 2021 Leslie Uphouse
Service Learning Trips return this summer! The MVNU Campus Ministry office modified and reinstated trips after noticing positive progress on campus with COVID-19 protocols. There are three trips happening this summer with teams heading to Cleveland, Columbus and Cactus, TX. Students who attend these trips combine service and learning through community outreach and receive opportunities to help address poverty, sex trafficking, HIV/AIDs and assist refugees.
Those who pick Cleveland will join Katie Booth to work with MVNU alums James and Emily Laker. It costs $250 to go and spans from April 27-May 4. The second trip to Columbus is led by Dr. Hank Spaulding, and students will work with Lower Lights Ministries in the Franklinton neighborhood. The cost is $125 and goes from April 27-30. Pastor Stephanie Lobdell will oversee the last trip to Cactus, TX, and students will work with multicultural refugees from Central America, Myanmar and Africa. The trip costs $750 and ranges from April 27-May 4.
Due to COVID-19 protocols, the number of spots for the trips are significantly less than years prior. Students who filled out an application and were accepted will attend trip training for four weeks beginning this month. To help cover costs, students can send support letters to family and friends as well as apply for grant funding through MVNU. “I’m excited about these trips because I didn’t think we’d be able to do anything,” said Pastor Stephanie Lobdell. “I’m excited to get some engagement outside our normal bubble and out into the world!”
Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program Coming To MVNU in Fall
Mount Vernon Nazarene University will be welcoming a brand-new degree program this fall. Students will now be able to major in Emergency Management and Homeland Security. This comprehensive program will prepare students to work with non-profit, private and governmental agencies during crises. Dr. Thad Hicks, Professor of Emergency Management & Criminal Justice, said that “The crises that pop up, that’s our job -- to bring order out of chaos.” Over the past several years, the demand for people who can effectively manage emergencies has been rising. Crises such as political unrest, natural disasters, and even the COVID-19 pandemic have led to this need.
Dr. LeeAnn Couts, Dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences, said that the courses offered for this major will help prepare students for any career in emergency management. “They will be doing this in real life situations,” she said. Students in this major will take classes such as Introduction to Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Phases of Emergency Management, Grant Writing, Principles of Management, Politics and Policy and a capstone project. There will also be elective courses like Hazardous Materials, Crisis Communication, International Development, Trauma Healing and Crisis Intervention.
For more information about the Emergency Management and Homeland Security major, contact Dr. Thad Hicks at or call him at (740) 601-1252.
February 15, 2021 I Allison Prouty
March 17, 2021 Allison Prouty
MVNU students are becoming role models to Mount Vernon children through the PB&J CoSMO group. Brianna Chenevey, CoSMO Coordinator, said that the goal of PB&J Club “is to be a positive influence in the kids’ lives. Most of these kids are coming from situations that aren’t the best,” and the members of PB&J Club achieve this by bringing the children food, playing games with them and teaching them Biblical lessons. Chenevey said that some children have “changed their attitudes towards school and towards adults in general” as a result of their interactions of the PB&J Club.
During club meetings, MVNU students pack boxes of food for the children. The food is donated by MVNU faculty and staff, which Chenevey said, “it’s really cool that it’s not just us students that are invested in these kids; it’s the faculty, staff and professors that are truly invested in this.” The boxes contain a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, fruit, a juice box, string cheese and snack foods like pretzels or crackers. An encouraging note and a Bible verse are also included in each box to help inspire the children.
PB&J Club meets Wednesdays at 4:45 p.m. at the Central Complex on MVNU’s campus where students pack the boxes then carpool to the Vernon Ridge apartment complex. Students usually return to campus around 6:15 p.m. One chapel credit can be earned each week through CoSMO. The club is open to all students, regardless of major.
RDs and RAs: The unsung heroes of residence life
February 15, 2021 I Mike Basko
Taking care of students and managing dorm life is not an easy task, even without a global pandemic taking place. Resident Directors (RDs) and Resident Assistants (RAs) have many duties to keep residence life running smoothly for students living on campus. These duties have only increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has raged over the course of the past year. The virus has provided an extra challenge for the staff and has added another level of concern regarding student safety. RAs and RDs must make sure that the new virus protocols are implemented and adhered to by the students, while also following all of the protocols themselves in order to set a good example.
Here at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, the staff and faculty work around the clock to make the campus as inclusive and accepting as possible. Tavarus Taylor, the new director if Intercultural Life at MVNU, is looking to continue to improve the campus inclusivity as much as possible.
Intercultural Life is an organization here on campus that allows partnerships between people to put on events and provide activities that celebrate diversity and inclusion. Some events include “I Have a Dream” partnership with campus ministries, the Black Student Union, and more. All of these peeked Taylors interest in the year 2020.
MVNU Welcomes Tavaris Taylor
October 5, 2020 I Grant Stelzer
Breakfast and Bible Study
March 17, 2021 Mike Basko
Last semester, Mount Vernon First Church of the Nazarene began hosting a college service every Sunday. The worship team is made up of MVNU students who are using their musical talent to glorify God. This semester, the church added another event for students: Breakfast and Bible Study. This Bible study takes place before the college service every week and invites students to engage in conversation over the Word of God. A delicious homemade breakfast is also provided for attendees so that students are not only fed spiritually but also physically.
MVNU student Ben Smith was appointed by the lead pastor of First Naz to lead the study. He said that the purpose of it is, “really to connect college-age kids to the Word of God.” He wants to see the students build relationships and disciple each other through the study. His eventual goal is to spread discipleship throughout the community, and it all starts with the students interacting with each other.
Zane Risser, the student ministry director for freshmen, is another leading member of Breakfast and Bible Study. He is excited to see the new study blossoming at his home church. He said, “The purpose really is to connect, but really the big purpose is to dig into the Word, see how it applies, and let God use us to minister to others.” Risser’s goal for the Bible study is to get people saved and discipled and then have those believers disciple others, because he believes that will cause a spiritual revival on campus.
Breakfast and Bible Study is bringing students together to discuss God’s Word. Regarding the heart behind beginning this study, Risser added, “Everything we're doing is for the Lord. I pray that that's our intention.” All MVNU students are welcome to enjoy “Every Sunday, 10:15, breakfast, people, and good old scripture,” stated Risser, at Mount Vernon First Church of the Nazarene.