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Stevens, Baker, Heinze honored by MVNU

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Professionalism, dedication and love for students has its perks. Mount Vernon Nazarene University recognized a number of outstanding and loyal members of the university’s faculty and staff in virtual ways throughout 2020.

Dr. Lincoln Stevens, who served the university for 43 years, was posthumously lauded as Faculty Member of the Year.

There was no one more thoughtful, engaged, and committed to his discipline. Carrying the full load of the philosophy curriculum for the University, he invested himself in continual learning, determined to gain the depth of knowledge and understanding needed to offer a philosophy program with excellence,” said Dr. Doug Van Nest, Dean of the School of Christian Ministry.   

Dr. Stevens passed away Sept. 26, after a brief illness.

David Baker, Center for Innovative Education Coordinator, was named Staff Member of the Year, for his commitment to MVNU’s mission through his years as an MVNU student, alumnus, and employee. As a lifelong learner, he has educated himself on what MVNU faculty need to survive teaching in a pandemic and was critical in the university’s success to quickly transition from in-seat instruction to remote learning. 

Laural Heinze, Campus Events Manager, was presented the Hospitality Award, for her service and care to those utilizing campus facilities. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, she quickly pivoted her duties as the Quarantine Coordinator administering to the needs of students.

“MVNU is a special community! Our faculty and staff, as well as those who have served over the years, consistently deliver the mission of the University because of a deep sense of Christian vocation,” said MVNU President Dr. Henry W. Spaulding II. “I deeply appreciate the lifetime of service offered by Dr. Lincoln Stevens, the professionalism of David Baker, and the helpful attitude of Laurel Heinz. MVNU is a special place because of the individuals who serve here.”

MVNU recognized retirees that contributed a combined 262 years of service. They are:

Debra Limings served in library services for 24 years, most recently in periodicals and as an interlibrary loan specialist. She was acknowledged for her willingness to work where needed and for caring deeply for the students.

Dr. Joyce Miller, professor of chemistry, taught for 22 years molding her students both in and out of the classroom. She was lauded for her leadership and ability to position MVNU, and the School of Natural and Social Sciences, for the future.

Dr. Bevin Shiverdecker dedicated nearly 30 years of his professional life teaching future educators. He was thanked for his belief in his students and their abilities and his persistence as an influencer and difference maker.

Jim Singletary served as the Director of Multicultural Diversity. He was, and still is, outspoken in his desire to lead the community toward racial justice.

Pam Snow was recognized as a trusted assistant and family friend as her 27 years as an executive assistant to the president were recounted.  She was a loyal, faithful and respected professional who exemplified the best of MVNU.

Butch Talbott worked nearly two decades in facilities as a groundskeeper. With a green thumb and a mechanical mind, he kept the lawns pristine and the roads and sidewalks safe in the winter.

Dr. Randie Timpe was heralded as a champion of others by his investment in the success of those around him during his 44 years with the University. In that time, he held many positions including Vice President of Academic Affairs and Assistant to the President for Planning.

Roberta Simmons was one of MVNU’s longest tenured employees with 45 years serving, and loving, the MVNU Community as a secretary and most notably in the campus post office. She was always devoted to the students and offered both a motherly ear and her servant’s heart.

During a virtual Back-to-School Celebration and Recognition Service, the following were recognized for their years of service:

5 Year Award – Jennifer Adkins, Jill Ballenger, Laurie Cellar, Ryan Downs, Benzel Enyart, Brittany Estep, Laural Heinze, John King, Katie Rhodes, Amanda Short, and Julie VanZant.

10 Year Award – John Ballenger, Heidi Foos, Deanna Shira-Tackett, Lynn Shoemaker, Eric Stetler, Carla Swallow, John Todd, and Mike VanZant.

15 Year Award – Tricia Bowles, Eric Browning, Joe Rinehart, and Kelly Rush.

20 Year Award Lorna Hagner, Bob Kasper, Greg McClain, Brian Payne, Yvonne Schultz, and Bill Wantland

25 Year Award – Joyce Applegarth, Tim Chesnut, Brent Midcap, and Theresa Shanyfelt

30 Year Award – Judy Madtes and Debra Devore

35 Year Award – Mel Severns

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, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education both in-seat and online to more than 2,100 students from 42 states and 9 foreign countries.