Welcome new and veteran MVNU parents! Classes and campus activities are now in full swing here at Mount Vernon and we are very excited to see what the new year will bring. For those of you with freshman or transfer students here, you will want to check out the Move-In Weekend photo gallery
Iím Travis Keller, Director of Student Involvement and Accountability. My role at MVNU includes serving as an advisor to the Student Government Association, chair of the University Judicial Council and Campus Life Council, providing leadership development and mentoring to students, and handling all discipline process and accountability standards for students. Iím also the University liaison to the Parentsí Council which is comprised of parents and addresses parent needs and concerns.
Iím a 2002 MVNU theology graduate. I spent four years as a student ministries director in Portsmouth, Ohio; served as Resident Director in Oakwood Hall for three years; and am now finishing a Master of Arts in Religion (missional leadership) from Northwest Nazarene University. I enjoy blogging and tweeting, biking, whitewater rafting, and reading/writing. My wife Sarah ('03) is a high school English teacher, and we have a daughter, Kyla (2), who loves mermaids, tutus, and pirates.
I look forward to serving you and your students this year! Please contact me
if you have questions or concerns.
is coming Saturday, Oct. 10. This is a great time to hang out and reconnect with your student and his/her friends. There will be a variety of activities on the schedule so watch for more information in your mailboxes soon! No reservations are necessary. Just come, connect, and enjoy!
Iím sure by now youíve heard many stories of H1N1 flu outbreaks at college campuses across the nation. MVNU wants you to know we are taking all precautions advised by the CDC and our local Knox County Health Department. Plans are in place for housing arrangements and meals for ill students. They have been instructed to practice social distancing and isolation if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
A flu awareness e-mail will soon be going out to all students, faculty, and staff. You can find this same information online at MVNUís Emergency Safety Information pages
as soon as it becomes available. Check back often for updates throughout the semester.
Rosewood and Spruce Apartments
Mount Vernon, Ohio
BA Ė Business Administration/Family and Consumer Science, MVNU
John (husband, í95 alum, former Oakwood Hall RD, former associate pastor at Hilliard and current community life pastor at Newark Naz), son Zach (8), daughter Alliya (4)
Watching home improvement shows, walking, and listening to contemporary Christian music. Spending time with my family is my favorite thing to do.
MVNU Admissions counselor, MVNU AGS program, copier sales rep at OSU, pastorís wife
Why at MVNU:
My college years were absolutely wonderful. Here is where I found out how to have a "real" relationship with Jesus Christ. I made long lasting friendships and learned how to live in community. At MVNU I began the journey of becoming the whole person that God intends me to be, which is what I hope to help others find here as well.
BA in Pastoral Ministry, MVNU; MA in Theology (Biblical Studies), Fuller Theological Seminary
Reading, listening to ambient music, running, teaching/speaking
Director of Involvement at ROCKharbor Church in Costa Mesa, Calif., currently college/teaching pastor at Journey Church in Howard, Ohio
Wife Brittany (BA in Communications, Point Loma Nazarene University), teacherís assistant, Excel Academy in Newark, Ohio.
Why at MVNU:
Through my experiences at MVNU and what God has done in my life, I have had a passion to create redemptive communities within the context of a college/university environment.
Cypress Apartments, Redwood Hall
BA in Philosophy, Palm Beach Atlantic University
Running, hiking, reading, dialoguing, board games, and writing
Professor of philosophy in U.S. or abroad
My wife Hannah works in the Student Development Office
"If you cannot explain it quickly and clearly, you do not understand it."
Resident Assistant, Assistant Resident Director, Chapel Apprentice, and Service Trip Leader at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Why at MVNU:
In my time at Palm Beach Atlantic University, I learned quickly and thoroughly the value of discipleship inside and outside of the classroom. I spent much time being mentored by professional staff and faculty and mentoring peers. My wife and I have pursued positions at MVNU in order to continue the discipleship process both as disciplers and disciples.
North Canton, Ohio
BA Ė Psychology and Sociology, MVNU
Reading, biking, playing soccer, listening to music
My parents, Leroy and Colleen, live in North Canton, Ohio. My younger sister, Ianthe, lives with them, and my older brother Anthony lives nearby.
I once rode my bike down the coast of California and got college credit for it!
Favorite College Memory:
I will never forget when the remnants of Hurricane Ike swept through town and knocked down trees all across campus. It was great to see students the next day pitching in to help clean up what the wind had destroyed.