News from MVNU in Knox Co.


Sunbury News Staff



“Ego” Exhibit Coming to Schnormeier Gallery

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Mount Vernon Nazarene University will host “Ego” by artist Kevin Frances at Schnormeier Gallery, 221 S. Main St., from Oct. 6 to Nov. 17, 2017. A gallery talk will be held on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.

Frances is a multi-disciplinary artist based in New York City, N.Y. Frances lives and works as an artist in Boston, Mass. He received a B.A. in Art Studio while attending the University of California in 2010, and his MFA in Printmaking while attending the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013. In 2012, Frances participated at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

This exhibition unifies two complete series of his work — one as a character study of a fictional teenage boy, and the other as a young woman moving into her first apartment. Situated within two key developmental stages, “Ego” addresses both conscious and unconscious decision-making responsible for a person’s sense of identity. “Ego” is free and open to the public.

For more information on Schnormeier Gallery visit mvnu.edu/artgallery.

MVNU’s SonFest Featured Plumb, JJ Weeks Band, Anthem Lights

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — SonFest, Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s annual outdoor Christian music festival, celebrated its 20th Anniversary of fellowship, community, and Christian music and welcomed thousands of fans to the Grove of the MVNU campus on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. Christian music artist Plumb headlined the event along with many other bands.

“SonFest 2017 was marked by great attendance from the MVNU community and fans from all across Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Kentucky! The bands put on a phenomenal show and it was exciting to see participants enjoy the new BMX bike show added this year. The atmosphere was perfect for an amazing Christ-honoring experience,” said Rob Stanley, Assistant Director of Admissions at MVNU.

After Bonray kicked things off, other bands performed on two stages throughout the afternoon including Ex-Nihilo, Sarah Reeves, Safekept, Jonny Diaz, The Lasting Hope, JJ Weeks Band, Damac, Anthem Lights, and The Ruins.

The event also featured a BMX Show, inflatable games, festival food, and more.

To see photos from SonFest, visit MVNU on Facebook at facebook.com/thisismvnu.

MVNU Strengthens Engineering Programs

Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s already strong engineering program gets even stronger with the additions of Drs. Jose Oommen and Fei Xie as assistant professors of electrical engineering.

Dr. Oommen comes to MVNU with extensive international experience having taught in Canada, India, and the Middle East. He has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Control Systems, from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Digital Electronics and Advanced Communication, from the University of Alabama and an M. Tech in Digital Electronics and Advanced Communication, from the Manipal Institute of Technology, India.

Dr. Xie has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., and an M.S. from the University of Southampton, England. He has published extensively in the areas of electrical and biomedical engineering. He most currently taught in the department of biomedical engineering at the University of North Texas.

Upon the hiring of these two new professors, Dr. David Che, engineering department chair, commented, “Drs. Oommen and Fei are a welcome addition to our engineering program. They bring valuable experience and a fresh perspective.”

As part of its continued growth, MVNU’s Engineering department will relocate to 104 S. Main St. in downtown Mount Vernon to the former Farley and Moore Antique Store that is currently under renovation. The building will also house Knox Labs, Inc., a community makerspace and is set to open in Fall 2018.

MVNU offers a major in General Engineering with concentrations in mechanical and electrical engineering.

We welcome Drs. Oommen and Xie to the MVNU community. For more information about MVNU engineering, visit mvnu.edu/engineering.

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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.