SEPTEMBER 2009
A newsletter for parents of Mount Vernon Nazarene University students…
Written by Travis Keller, Director of Student Involvement and Accountability.


Welcome to MVNU!

Upcoming Events

9/4
Buchwald Center Open House


9/4
"Heavenly Day" Exhibit


9/12-13
Freshman Class Retreat


9/15
Lecture/Artist Barry Landis ('73)


9/17
Constitution Day Speaker (TBD)


9/19
SonFest featuring Switchfoot!


9/19-25
Res Life Week


9/26-27
So, Jr, Sr Class Retreats


9/28
MVNYou Visit Day for high school seniors


10/1
Festival Latino


View more dates online.

Cougar Athletic Events















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.

Mark Your Calendars!

Parents Weekend 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!


H1N1 Flu Info

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.

New Resident Directors

JILL BALLENGER
Rosewood and Spruce Apartments

Hometown: Mount Vernon, Ohio
Education: BA Ė Business Administration/Family and Consumer Science, MVNU
Family: 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)
Interests: Watching home improvement shows, walking, and listening to contemporary Christian music. Spending time with my family is my favorite thing to do.
Work History: 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.

TIM BARENSCHEER
Oakwood Hall

Hometown: Milan, Indiana
Education: BA in Pastoral Ministry, MVNU; MA in Theology (Biblical Studies), Fuller Theological Seminary
Interests: Reading, listening to ambient music, running, teaching/speaking
Work History: Director of Involvement at ROCKharbor Church in Costa Mesa, Calif., currently college/teaching pastor at Journey Church in Howard, Ohio
Family: 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.

NICK BYRD
Cypress Apartments, Redwood Hall

Hometown: Pittsfield, MA
Education: BA in Philosophy, Palm Beach Atlantic University
Interests: Running, hiking, reading, dialoguing, board games, and writing
Aspiration: Professor of philosophy in U.S. or abroad
Family: My wife Hannah works in the Student Development Office
Favorite Quote: "If you cannot explain it quickly and clearly, you do not understand it."
Work History: 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.

ABBEY CRAIGG
Pioneer Hall

Hometown: North Canton, Ohio
Education: BA Ė Psychology and Sociology, MVNU
Interests: Reading, biking, playing soccer, listening to music
Family: My parents, Leroy and Colleen, live in North Canton, Ohio. My younger sister, Ianthe, lives with them, and my older brother Anthony lives nearby.
Fun Facts: 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.

Connect with MVNU Online

Is that a little birdie I hear? For those of you who use Twitter, MVNU has several feeds. Follow us today! Click to see all of MVNU's social media outlets.

Twitter
For general MVNU news and information: @MVNUNews
Enrollment Management information: @MVNUAdmissions
For MVNU alumni: @MVNUAlumni
For churches and pastors: @MVNU4Churches
For Admissions: @MVNUAdmissions

MVNU has a significant presence on Facebook as well. Search for Mount Vernon Nazarene University or MVNU to find a variety of groups for students, alumni, and friends.

Several MVNU students also blog about their experiences on and off campus. Click here to check them out.