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Water Main Break on Campus 

By Brandon Ehrenburg 

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On Sept. 29, MVNU students left lunch at the Hyson Campus Center to be greeted by water pouring out of the ground, and one of the students reported what had happened to the facilities. Dennis Dennison, Assistant Director of Building Trades, stated, “We’re super thankful that he called when he did. Had he waited, it would have been impossible to turn the repair as quickly as we did. The main water lines in the Mount Vernon area are old. The water infrastructure for the Hyson Campus Center was originally installed in 1968. It’s not uncommon for a pipe laid in the ground 54 years ago to develop cracks from years of settling earth. We stock band clamps just in case we have issues like this on campus.”


At 3:30 p.m., they rented a mini excavator from Holmes Rental. Ben Cook, facilities director, was able to secure it before they closed at 4. That tool was instrumental in completing the quick repair. They called in Jake Gray, MEP coordinator, to operate the mini-excavator and Brian Ickes, campus electrician, to make the repairs. Bob Qualls and Zeno Middleton, second- and first-shift service leads, canvased the campus trying to post as many out-of-order signs as they could to prevent the situation from growing into a new emergency. The team dug and pumped water out of the sight for four and one-half hours before locating the cracked pipe 8.5 feet below the surface.


At 9 p.m., thanks to the providence of God and a whole team effort, the repair was complete, the water was turned back on, and Lasting Impressions Concrete was then contracted to repair the sidewalks. The campus community is truly thankful for MVNU’s amazing facilities team and everything they do around campus.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at MVNU

November 2, 2022 :  Ben Alexander

MVNU Giving Day is a 24-hour online fundraising event where alumni, parents, staff, family and the community come together to support the university. This collaboration will provide funds to develop, inspire, equip and support the next generation of vocational leaders, practitioners, stewards and ambassadors.

 

The six major departments receiving specialized grants are the University Fund, Arts and Music, Athletics, Campus Ministries, Student Experience and Student Research; and if the donor chooses, they can donate funds to specific departments. For example, The MVNU Senior Leadership Team has pledged a combined $10,000 to the MVNU University Fund.

 

Bruce and Roberta Granger supported the excellence and beauty of the MVNU art and music programs. The Grangers have painted the backdrop by pledging the first $10,000 towards this area. The MVNU Board of Trustees has pledged a combined lead gift of $20,000 to support the life-changing impact of Campus Ministries. Kaye and Daniel Ranke have pledged $10,000 of dollar-for-dollar matching funds to enhance the MVNU student experience in honor of Kaye’s mother, Nota McCall, who was the resident director of Pioneer Hall for 20 years. Alex and Kim Doverspike and Curt and Deanna Gingrich have pledged a combined lead gift of $25,000 to MVNU Student Research.

 

After all the donations were counted, the final numbers on MVNU Giving day were 661 donors with pledges totaling $253,625. President Spaulding stated that “Giving Day was a great success for the university. It represents an opportunity to broaden the number of people who participate in the mission of MVNU. I want to thank everyone who participated in the event.” With the huge success of Giving Day, it is hoped that this event can continue for years to come.

The Amazing Race

November 2, 2022 : Mallory Thomas 

The MVNU junior class council recently held their campus-wide “Amazing Race” to build more community at MVNU and encourage a little healthy competition among students.

Logan Kazelman, junior class president, explained that “Each class council is asked to put on one campus-wide event and one class event every semester.” This year’s junior class council invited the entire campus to participate by publicizing via posters, social media graphics, Instagram reels, and sitting outside the cafeteria to talk to students directly.

The actual event kicked off at the Eternal Flame, where class council members issued each team a clue. From there, they deciphered the clue that led them to another location on campus where they had to perform some sort of task for their next clue. Some of the tasks included making a disc golf shot at the Grove, counting parking spots behind Ariel Arena, and singing the “Doxology” at the Chapel.

Teams completed these goofy tasks with one goal in mind: the $50 gift card at the end. Each member of the first-place team chose a $50 gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods, and each member of the second-place team received a $10 gift card to Starbucks. Kazelman added that “first and second place were really close, so we as a council offered second place $10 gift cards.” The third-place team won a gift basket with coloring books, crayons, and other fun prizes.

 

Kazelman expressed his appreciation toward his “team that wants to create community and plan events,” adding that “it’s something we all find a lot of joy in.”

MVNU Giving Day is a 24-hour online fundraising event where alumni, parents, staff, family and the community come together to support the university. This collaboration will provide funds to develop, inspire, equip and support the next generation of vocational leaders, practitioners, stewards and ambassadors.

 

The six major departments receiving specialized grants are the University Fund, Arts and Music, Athletics, Campus Ministries, Student Experience and Student Research; and if the donor chooses, they can donate funds to specific departments. For example, The MVNU Senior Leadership Team has pledged a combined $10,000 to the MVNU University Fund.

 

Bruce and Roberta Granger supported the excellence and beauty of the MVNU art and music programs. The Grangers have painted the backdrop by pledging the first $10,000 towards this area. The MVNU Board of Trustees has pledged a combined lead gift of $20,000 to support the life-changing impact of Campus Ministries. Kaye and Daniel Ranke have pledged $10,000 of dollar-for-dollar matching funds to enhance the MVNU student experience in honor of Kaye’s mother, Nota McCall, who was the resident director of Pioneer Hall for 20 years. Alex and Kim Doverspike and Curt and Deanna Gingrich have pledged a combined lead gift of $25,000 to MVNU Student Research.

 

After all the donations were counted, the final numbers on MVNU Giving day were 661 donors with pledges totaling $253,625. President Spaulding stated that “Giving Day was a great success for the university. It represents an opportunity to broaden the number of people who participate in the mission of MVNU. I want to thank everyone who participated in the event.” With the huge success of Giving Day, it is hoped that this event can continue for years to come.

Giving Day 2023 
October 4, 2022 | Brandon Ehrenburg

Fall 2022 Life Groups Commence
October 4, 2022 | Cat Dugan

Expanding upon existing spiritually formational practices at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, the Campus Ministries team added Life Groups for upperclassmen in 2020. Since then, MVNU has encouraged upperclassmen to engage in groups of interest. This semester, students engage in conversations on topics ranging from uncertainty to female body standards.

More than ever, Life Groups are a place of connection and formation for all — including those without ties to Christianity. Scott Sharp, Campus Ministries Life Group Coordinator, said, “Those who are not connected to the Christian faith are always welcomed in Life Groups. In fact, Campus Pastor Stephanie Lobdell and Meg Carter will lead a group called ‘Questions, Doubt, and Honesty,’ designed specifically to open conversation for those who are unsure where they stand in their faith journey.”

“Benji Goss kicks off a group this year on serving the unhoused population,” Sharp said. “They’ll be studying Kevin Nye’s ‘Grace Can Lead Us Home,’ a book all about the Christian call to end homelessness.” While the Life Group itself will not minister directly to the homeless population, Goss also leads a CoSMO group called Sunday Sanctuary, which shares meals and games with the unhoused population in Mount Vernon.

Katie Cundiff leads a group for women who seek a more positive outlook on their bodies. “During the pandemic, I started an entire journey of loving my body,” Cundiff said. “The Lord called me back to Himself, reminding me that validation comes from Him alone. I want to help women who have viewed their body as an ornament instead of an instrument.” Cundiff’s hope is that her group members experience the same freedom that she experienced and see themselves as beautifully created. “We have authority to uproot body standards,” Cundiff concluded.

Life Groups commence for the semester on Oct. 5. New groups will be introduced next semester, continuing to spiritually form students.
 

    The MVNU Athletic Department, along with the City of Mount Vernon, decided it was time to build a new soccer and lacrosse stadium. The name of the stadium is CH4 stadium. The name is based on methane, a component of natural gas. Ariel Corporation, which makes gas compressors, was one of the major donors to the stadium. There is more information about this on the plaques as you walk into CH4 stadium, which explains the meaning of the stadium. You will want to come to check it out. 


MVNU Athletic Director Chip Wilson said that the CH4 stadium would last a long time due to the field conditions and fundraising efforts. “… the priority was going to be a high-quality field that could provide a surface that could hold both soccer and lacrosse teams.” Wilson also said that the addition of lacrosse made it necessary to have a turf field, and that led to fundraising efforts.


   How long did this take? It took three years to complete, and they did it in two phases. Describing the phases, Wilson stated, “During phase one construction, our men's and women's soccer teams played at the Mount Vernon High School field, and this lasted one season. Phase two began about two years after the completion of phase one. The construction for phase two lasted approximately one year. I am thankful for the teamwork that took place, which allowed our teams to continue practicing and competing on the field during phase two construction.”


   Wilson was also excited about the new features of the stadium. “CH4 Stadium is the home of our men's and women's soccer and lacrosse teams,” he explained. “It consists of a 500-seat stadium, four locker rooms, a beautiful press box and platform for streaming, concessions, public restrooms, field lighting, and storage. There is also a newly paved parking lot to help with spectator parking.”


   What can fans expect differently from CH4 Stadium to the other stadiums on MVNU’s campus? Wilson has the answer. “Field lighting is probably the major difference to our other outdoor space,” he said. ”Because we have multiple teams using this space, field lighting allows for practices and games to extend after sunset.” That means fans can see the action better, and the athletes can practice longer so that the Cougars have a better chance at competing for championships, making CH4 Stadium a win-win situation for everybody.

CH4 Stadium: The Process
September 22, 2022 | Ben Alexander