The main campus of Mount Vernon Nazarene University is located at 800 Martinsburg Road, Ohio State Route 586, about two miles south of the Public Square of Mount Vernon. As the county seat of Knox County in central Ohio, Mount Vernon is an attractive city of approximately 16,000, a community with a balance of industrial, residential, commercial, agricultural, cultural, and spiritual interests.
The campus consists of 406 acres on the Lakeholm farm, a place well known in the surrounding area for more than a century. Adjacent to the campus to the north are the Knox County Career Center, the Mount Vernon Senior High School, and the Mount Vernon Middle School. The gently rolling fields, bordered on the rear by the Kokosing River, constitute a campus of natural beauty. The buildings are of Williamsburg colonial design blending well with the site and complementing Mount Vernon’s reputation as "Ohio’s Colonial City."
The Thorne Library/Learning Resource Center, completed in late 1996, provides the major bibliographic and information services and resources for the University. It provides a high quality collection of materials in many formats, including more than 123,000 print and non-print items, and maintains subscriptions to approximately 550 print periodicals and 8,300 electronic journals. Through membership in OhioLINK, a statewide library consortium, access is provided to 40 million unique items within a few days of order. Patron initiated borrowing allows materials to be delivered to the library of choice within three (3) to five (5) working days. MVNU provides access to more than 180 research databases.
The Educational Resource Center experienced renovations in 2011. The ground floor includes a curriculum materials laboratory and a video laboratory, the technology help desk, two computer labs, two general purpose classrooms, a video conferencing facility, a recording studio and new offices for the Computer Science Department. The Student Test Center is found on the second floor.
The Hyson Campus Center (1969) is a three-story facility with an external design patterned after the historic Wren Building in Williamsburg. A Dining Commons that seats 540 is found on the ground floor. Originally added to Hyson in the fall of 1979, it was subsequently expanded (1994), and renovated (2003 and 2009) to achieve its premier design and layout. The ground floor also contains the offices for the Student Government Association, the President’s Dining Room (PDR), and the post campus office. The Student Life Office along with Counseling and Career Services are housed on the second floor and were fully renovated in 2011. The Bailey Conference room and offices for the School of Theology and Philosophy, the School of Education and Academic Support are also found on the second floor. Classrooms and common areas comprise the remainder of the second and all of the third floors.
Faculty Hall (1970), is named in honor of the University’s original faculty and staff and houses the Biology and History Departments. A lecture auditorium is located on the main level. Classrooms, several biology laboratories, and a chemistry laboratory are housed in Faculty Hall as well.
Regents Hall (1985), a three-story classroom building, honors the Board of Trustees for their efforts in creating and sustaining MVNU. The main level houses the Mathematics and Psychology-Sociology-Criminal Justice Departments. The upper level houses the Chemistry Department and chemistry, physics, electronics and research laboratories. Classrooms and a general purpose biology laboratory are located in the lower level.
Founders Hall (1969) was named in honor of those who contributed to the University’s first financial campaign. On its top floor the two-story building contains faculty offices for the English and Communication Departments and one classroom, along with a state-of-the-art computer (MAC) laboratory and the WNZR FM radio station. On the ground floor are the Admissions/Enrollment Management offices, and Student Financial Services (Financial Aid/Student Accounts).
The R. R. Hodges Chapel-Auditorium and Fine Arts Center was dedicated in March 1990 and named for the father of one of the founding trustees. The auditorium seats over 1800 and is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and presentation equipment along with a 3 manual, 50 rank Schantz pipe organ. Thorne Performance Hall is a smaller auditorium for drama and musical presentations. The facility also includes music practice rooms, the chaplain’s office, faculty offices, classrooms and the David H. Nease Rehearsal Hall.
The Jetter School of Business, built in 1990, was originally called the Free Enterprise Business Center until its naming in 2010 for the late Dr. George Jetter, a charter member of the Board of Trustees and major donor to the University. The facility houses the School of Business and includes faculty offices, one micro-computer laboratory, classrooms and a lecture hall.
The Jennie K. Moore Family and Consumer Science Center was completed in 2000 with a second floor expansion completed in 2004. The first floor contains offices, classrooms, and laboratories for the Family and Consumer Sciences Department and houses the Esther Jetter Pre-school that operates during the academic year. The second floor houses classrooms and offices for the Social Work Department, some Education Department Staff.
The Gymnasium (1975) houses the indoor athletic facilities, including the intercollegiate basketball court. In 1983 athletic training, weight lifting and exercise facilities were added. Office facilities for the Physical Education Department and coaches were added in 1986. The Donoho Recreation Center (1969 and remodeled in 1991) is named in honor of Drs. John and Lora Donoho, who served respectively as Dean of Students and Director of Athletics from 1975 to their joint retirement in 1990. Outdoor recreational facilities include athletic fields for soccer, baseball, softball, and tennis. The William J. and Evelyn Prince Student Union was added to the complex in 2004 in honor of the third MVNU president and his wife. The PSU provides additional recreational and leisure activities, including the "586" grille and an exercise room.
The Prince Student Union Annex (PSUA), formerly known as the Visual Arts Center, was originally completed in 1995. It was renovated in 2009 to house an office and labs for the Computer Science Department as well as classrooms for a variety of classes.
The University maintains academic facilities in downtown Mount Vernon in addition to the campus at 800 Martinsburg Road. Student transportation between the two locations is provided by the University.
The Buchwald Center (2009) is located in a fully renovated, former department store in downtown Mount Vernon and is named for Jim and Maureen Buchwald, founders of the Ariel Corporation. Within its three main floors and 32,000 square feet are housed the University’s visual arts program including the Schnormeier Gallery, classrooms, faculty offices, conference rooms, an atrium that was original to the building and studios for printmaking, ceramics, design, photography, sculpture, woodworking, painting, drawing and senior students.
Hunter Hall (2011) is located adjacent to the Buchwald Center in a fully renovated building in downtown Mount Vernon. It houses the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and includes various laboratories, classrooms, offices, a contemporary cafe and state of the art conference and computer facilities. The building was named in recognition of Richard and Theresa Hunter and Maureen Hunter Buchwald.
Other Ohio sites include facilities dedicated to GPS instruction in Cincinnati, Columbus, Gahanna, Grove City, Mansfield, and Newark.
Four residence halls provide spacious and well-maintained living quarters for resident students: Pioneer Hall (1968) for women, named to commemorate the inaugural class of students; Oakwood Hall (1969), a dormitory for men; Galloway Hall (1972) for women, named in honor of Dr. Harvey S. Galloway, the first chairman of the Board of Trustees; and Redwood Hall (1998), a dormitory for men.
Pioneer, Oakwood, Galloway, and Redwood Halls each have a center section comprised of a lobby and an apartment for the resident director. Pioneer houses the campus telephone switchboard and Galloway Hall contains the Student Health Services Office.
Eight apartment complexes provide housing for upper division students. Cedar, Maplewood and Elmwood Apartments were completed between 1975 and 1977, while Birch, Spruce, Rosewood and Cypress Apartments, were added between 1988 and 2002. Each unit has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a kitchenette and living room, all sufficient to house six students sharing. In 2008, the University acquired two apartment units adjacent to campus (Division Street Apartments) that house married students. Each has four, two bedroom units. In standard configuration, the residence facilities can accommodate 1158 students.
The Lakeholm Mansion, originally built in 1871, was once the home of Columbus Delano, an Ohio state senator and Secretary of the Interior in the administration of President Ulysses Grant, 18th President of the United States. The Mansion was designated as an Ohio historic site by the Ohio Historical Society in 2003. It houses the Office of the President of the University, the Provost, and several other administrative offices.
Cougar Corner Bookstore (1984), a colonial style, brick building houses the bookstore on its first floor. A renovation in 2011 created space for the University Information Technology Services (ITS) offices on the ground floor. The bookstore is operated by contract with Tree of Life Bookstores.
The Academic Services Building was renovated in 2010 and houses marketing, registrar’s office, and Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) admissions.
The Barn is one of the original Lakeholm Farm buildings and, over the years, has been used as a cafeteria, gymnasium, chapel, classrooms, and recreational area. Renovated and refurbished in 2008, it includes a large, open space for receptions, dinners, and alumni activities. The upper-level meeting room is named in honor of Chet Foraker, MVNU’s first athletic coach.
The Parry Business Services building is adjacent to Lakeholm and was originally constructed in 1976, with additional offices added in 1996. Offices for human resources, finance and accounting are housed there.
The Couchenour House, formerly used as the University president’s home, houses the Alumni and Church Relations offices and provides guest housing on the second floor. Office space is accommodated on the first floor, including a kitchenette, garage storage area, and lower-level conference room. Located on Glen Road, the facility is named for Dr. James Couchenour, long-time friend of MVNU and former Board of Trustees chair.
Campus development purposely blends the new with the old, reflecting how the wisdom of the past is confronted by the opportunities and challenges of the present. Similarly the University colors, blue and green, speak of the familiar sky and land, marks of security and beauty from the past and hope for the future.