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MVNU Recognizes Retirees

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — A special chapel service was held Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Mount Vernon Nazarene University honoring retirees and Recognition of Service recipients.

MVNU is grateful for their years of service and they will be greatly missed by their respective academic schools.

“A lot has changed since 1968 when this wonderful place called Mount Vernon Nazarene University came into existence, but one of the things that has not changed over all of the years are those whom God calls to serve here in the context of our faculty and our staff,” said Rev. Joe Noonen, Vice President for Student Life and University Chaplain at MVNU.

“Those of us who have had the privilege to walk these hallowed halls remember with fondness those who were present in our lives in the classroom and offices to provide the necessary support for everything that happens in this university,” said Noonen.

Retirees are Dr. Jane Kennard, Associate Professor of Christian Education, School of Theology and Philosophy, 15 years of service; Mr. Merel Pickenpaugh, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, School of Natural and Social Sciences, 13 years; and Dr. Rick Williamson, Professor of Biblical Literature, School of Theology and Philosophy, 17 years.

Recognition of Service recipients are Dr. Ron Bolender, Professor Emeritus of Organizational Leadership, Jetter School of Business, 30 years of service; Ms. Mickie Strausbaugh, GPS Education Director of Field and Clinical Studies, Assistant Professor of Education, School of Graduate and Professional Studies, 12 years; Dr. Ardyth Stull, Associate Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences, School of Education and Professional Studies, 25 years; and Dr. Richard Sutherland, Dean of School of Natural and Social Sciences, Professor of Physics, seven years.

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.