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MidAmerica Nazarene University

Seal of MidAmerica Nazarene University
Motto To Learn, to Serve, to Be
Established 1966
Type Private
Religious affiliation Nazarene
President Ed Robinson
Students 1,720
Undergraduates 1,296
Postgraduates 424
Location Olathe, Kansas, United States
38°52′27″N 94°46′59″W / 38.874160°N 94.783120°W / 38.874160; -94.783120Coordinates: 38°52′27″N 94°46′59″W / 38.874160°N 94.783120°W / 38.874160; -94.783120
Campus Suburban
Former names Mid-America Nazarene College (1966–1996)
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, Volleyball
Colors Scarlet, Royal blue, White,               
Nickname The Pioneers
Mascot Pioneer
Athletics NAIA (HAAC)
Affiliations CCCU, NAICU, NCACS

MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU) is a Christian liberal arts college in Olathe, Kansas. It was established in 1966 by the Church of the Nazarene.



Mid-America Nazarene College (MANC)[1] was founded in 1966.[2] In 1996, Mid-America Nazarene College formally changed its name to MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU).[3]

In 2006 the school received national publicity when Mark Mangelsdorf pled guilty to participating in the February 28, 1982 murder of David Harmon. At the time of the murder Magelsdorf was president of the student body. In his plea he admitted to conspiring with Melinda Harmon, who was then secretary to the school’s dean of students, to kill her husband David Harmon. Melinda initially told police the murder was conducted by two black men who broke into her home. In 2001 she changed her story and was convicted of first degree murder and implicated Mangelsdorf who had gone on to get a Harvard MBA.[4][5][6]


The 110-acre (45 hectare) campus is located in Olathe, Kansas, a suburban city southwest of Kansas City, Missouri.[2][7] The land was donated by Robert R. Osborne, a retired banker.[8] Proposed sites for the college also included Wichita, Topeka, and Ottawa, Kansas.[9]


As one of eight U.S. liberal arts colleges[10] affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene,[11] the college receives financial backing from the Nazarene churches on its region; part of each church budget is paid into a fund for its regional school. Each college is also bound by a gentlemen's agreement not to actively recruit outside its respective educational region.[12] MNU is the college for the North Central Region of the United States, which comprises the Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas City, Joplin, and Missouri districts, which include North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri.[13]

MidAmerica Nazarene is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU)[14] and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).[15] MNU has been accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1974.[3]


MNU offers undergraduate degrees in 42 majors, and seven graduate degrees in education and business. More than half of the full-time faculty at Mid-America Nazarene hold doctoral degrees. The academic calendar is on a semester system.[2] There were 1,720 students at the college in 2007, 1,295 of whom were undergraduates.[16] The 2007 acceptance rate for students who applied to the college was 81.1 percent.[17]

Student life

MNU athletics logo

Enrollment comprises approximately 1,300 undergraduate and 200 graduate students, mostly from the North Central United States. Men and women are fairly equal in number. Over 25 percent of undergraduate students are over 25 years old. Members of the traditional undergraduate population who do not live locally with relatives must reside in campus housing. Students also attend chapel services and must follow the college's policy of no smoking, drinking, or gambling. Students participate in religious and service organizations, musical and theatrical groups, publications, intramural sports, and varsity sports.[2]



The athletic nickname is "Pioneers" and the colors are scarlet, white, and royal blue.[18] MNU has men's and women's varsity teams in eight different sports. The teams compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division I Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC).[19] MNU's athletic facilities include Cook Center (men's and women's volleyball, indoor track, volleyball, and basketball in the Bell Family Arena), Land Gym (volleyball, weight training), MNU Soccer Field, Pioneer Stadium (football, track and field), Robbie Jones Stadium (baseball), and Williams Field (softball).

The men's basketball team won the NAIA Division II basketball championship in 2007 and was the runner up in 2001. The team has been coached by Rocky Lamar (a 1976 MNU graduate) since 1986. It placed second in the NCCAA men's basketball championships in 1997 and 1998. Including its NAIA title games it has appeared in the Final Four in 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. It moved up to Division I in 2009. The court in the Bell Family Arena is named “Rocky Lamar Court.”.[20]

Notable persons

Notes and references

  1. ^ HLC of NCA confirms hyphen in original name and its removal after renaming.
  2. ^ a b c d [ "Mid-America Nazarene College." Britannica Student Encyclopædia. 22 April 2009]
  3. ^ a b HLC of NCA: MNU profile
  4. ^ [ Pelham Man Pleads Guilty in a 1982 Killing in Kansas – New York Times – February 15, 2006]
  5. ^ [ A Knock On The Door – – March 16, 2006]
  6. ^ [ Cold Case Pinned on Soccer Mom – – May 5, 2005]
  7. ^ MidAmerica Nazarene University: About
  8. ^ Victoria Sizemore Long. (1997, April 6). Philanthropy organization plans to honor three in area Retired banker who helped hospital, school among them :[Metropolitan Edition]. Kansas City Star,p. F.3. Retrieved May 17, 2009, from ProQuest Newsstand database. (Document ID: 14721148).
  9. ^ Collins, Terry and Downs, Stacy. (1997, January 1). Olathe at 140: Proud heritage, promising future :[Johnson County Edition]. Kansas City Star,p. 1. Retrieved May 17, 2009, from ProQuest Newsstand database. (Document ID: 13834037).
  10. ^ J. Matthew, Price (PDF). "Liberal Arts and the Priorities of Nazarene Higher Education". Retrieved 2008-07-10.  Nazarene higher education is based on the liberal arts model. Eastern Nazarene is the only Nazarene institution to retain the "college" moniker, although no Nazarene school fits the standard national definition of a "research university".
  11. ^ "Nazarene Educational Regions". Retrieved 2008-07-10.  See Church of the Nazarene: Organization for more information on regions.
  12. ^ Guidelines and Handbook for Educational Institutions of the Church of the Nazarene. Church of the Nazarene International Board of Education. 1997. p. 14. 
  13. ^ "North Central Educational Region". Retrieved 2008-07-10.  ENC and NNU are the only Nazarene schools to remain true to their regional names, although MidAmerica is geographically descriptive.
  14. ^ "CCCU Members". Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  15. ^ "NAICU Members - E". Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  16. ^ "Search for Schools, Colleges, and Libraries". U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  17. ^ "MidAmerica Nazarene University". Guide to Best Colleges. U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  18. ^ College Tookit: MidAmerica Nazarene University
  19. ^ MNU Pioneers Website
  20. ^ 2009-10 Coaches: Rocky Lamar - - Retrieved March 10, 2010

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