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MVNU Lecture Artist Series presents Greg Koukl

MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Nazarene University is pleased to host Greg Koukl as part of the MVNU Fall Lecture/Artist Series. Koukl is a Christian apologist, author, speaker, and founder of Stand to Reason. Koukl will speak on “The Intolerance of Tolerance” on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. in Faculty Hall, room 105. Koukl will also present “The Moral Bankruptcy of Relativism” on Thursday evening at 7:15 p.m. in the R.R. Hodges Chapel Auditorium. These events are free and open to the public.

A central theme of Koukl’s speaking and writing is that Christianity — if it’s properly understood and properly communicated — makes the most sense of the world as we find it. Koukl has spoken on more than 70 college and university campuses both in the U.S. and abroad and has hosted his own call-in radio show for 27 years advocating “Christianity worth thinking about.”

An award-winning writer and best-selling author, Koukl has written seven books, including “The Story of Reality — How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between;” “Tactics — A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions,” and “Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air.” He has been featured on Focus on the Family radio, the U.S. News & World Report, and the L.A. Times. Koukl earned a master’s degree in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at Talbot School of Theology, graduating with high honors, and a master’s degree in Christian Apologetics with honors from Simon Greenleaf University. He is an adjunct professor in Christian apologetics at Biola University.

For more information on this and other Lecture Artist Series events at MVNU visit mvnu.edu/events.

Money Magazine Ranks MVNU Fourth Best College for Merit Scholarships

MVNU was recently ranked fourth in the nation by Money Magazine for awarding large merit scholarships. Money Magazine ranked 46 different colleges and universities based on graduation rates, the percentage of undergraduate students who receive merit scholarships, and how much of the overall cost of attendance is covered by these scholarships. Merit scholarships are awarded based on a student’s academic accomplishments.

“It is such an honor for Mount Vernon Nazarene University to be ranked number four in the nation of the Best Colleges for Getting Big Merit Aid,” said James Smith, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing.

“It is especially significant for us to be the highest ranked school in Ohio and to be tied for the highest ranking among liberal arts colleges and schools that belong to the CCCU.”

“We have gone to great lengths to ensure that our students receive a quality education that is affordable. MVNU has historically experienced strong retention and graduation rates, and in the past five years we have intentionally invested in our Center for Student Success to push those even higher,” said Smith.

“We have paired this with increased merit aid to reward students for their efforts and help students across all income levels enjoy the high-quality, faith-based education that MVNU has to offer. We anticipate that this honor will help draw attention to the value of a MVNU education and will encourage students that a quality, faith-based liberal arts education can be affordable.”

MVNU Employees Recognized for Service

Faculty and staff members at MVNU were honored for their years of service at the annual University Dinner on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. During the event, President Henry Spaulding reminded attendees that as the new academic school year begins, administration, faculty, and staff have “good work to do and that we have done good work together.” Spaulding said that the iconic Eternal Flame in the center of campus is a reminder that “the work of the university has always depended on what MVNU could accomplish together.”

“The Eternal Flame’s meaning comes into clear focus when each of us embraces the history, practices, and vision of MVNU,” said Spaulding.

“This is going to be a good year. Let us celebrate who we are, think and dream big, and practice outrageous passion for our work. Most of all, let us determine to worship God through living our vocation together. When this happens we will understand the Eternal Flame has never been eternal, but the faculty, staff, and students who are around the flame, are eternal.”

President Spaulding presented several significant awards during the festivities. Mr. Scott Tarrh, Assistant University Registrar, was honored as Outstanding Staff Member of the Year. Dr. Randie Timpe, Assistant to the President for Planning and Director of Institutional Research and Accountability, was recognized as Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year.

Spaulding also presented the Hospitality Award to a staff member who makes a significant impact upon the university through consistent hospitality, demonstrates a positive, respectful, and effective interaction with students, faculty, staff, and the general public, and exhibits professionalism, warmth, and a gracious attitude. The award was presented to Mrs. Esther Carpenter, Coordinator of Gift Receipts and Records.

President Spaulding then introduced The Novice H. Morris Lifetime Achievement Award, named for the late Dr. Novice H. Morris who was the secretary for five MVNU presidents.

“The criteria for this award include: being a member of the staff for at least 10 years, retired for at least five years, contributing broad service to the university, having been active in the local church, and being recognized by his/her peers by competency, hospitality, integrity, and faith,” he said, presenting the first award of its kind to the Morris family. The award was accepted by Novice’s daughter, Kristi Morris Small along with 17 members of the extended family.

“MVNU is indebted to Novice Morris. Words cannot express our gratitude for her life. She is part of the heritage of MVNU and will forever inspire all of us, especially the staff to love this place and our common vocation,” he said.

Several other faculty and staff members were honored:

5-year award: Elizabeth Barrett, Katie Booth, Kevin Chaney, Carol Dorough, Jim Dorough, Amy Dunmire, Melissa Martin, Hannah Miller, Rob Stanley, Jamie Thorne, Eric Vail, Lisa Walchle;

10-year award: Carrie Beal, Linda Tarrh, Susan Meisel, Sharon Metcalfe, Elizabeth Napier, Kevin Peterson, Esther Rudolph, Brad Whitaker;

15-year award: Sheryl Arden, Jane Kennard, Joyce McDonald, Bonnie VanWinkle, Toni Veale, Rodney Yoder;

20-year award: John Noonan, Vicky Reed, Alan Shaffer;

25-year award: Debbie Beheler, Gary Detty, Pam Snow, Ardyth Stull;

30-year award: Judy DeVolld;

35-year award: Jim Clark, Denise Parks;

40-year award: Lincoln Stevens

Congratulations to all honorees!

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Staff Reports

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 28 states and 17 countries/U.S. territories.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 28 states and 17 countries/U.S. territories.