Welcome to the official website of MVNU’s 50th Anniversary!
Together we tell our story from founding days to the present through the voices and landmark moments of the university’s seven presidents, notable alumni, faculty, staff, and friends. Together we share the history, legacy, and vision that defined who we are and shaped our purpose and mission. This is just the first part of our journey leading up to the fall where we will explore the second 25 years.
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first day of MVNC classes with a special chapel service and other exciting activities throughout the day! The Mount Vernon community is invited to join us as we celebrate how our community helped bring MVNU to life! Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis is one of the special guests in chapel this day.
Highlights: A special community chapel, 10:15 a.m., R.R. Hodges Chapel Auditorium | The Stephen W. Nease Center Ribbon Cutting, 1:30 p.m., 104 S. Main Street | Stephen W. Nease Center; Open House, 2-7 p.m.
Homecoming as the pinnacle event for the 50th anniversary, including celebratory Cougar Basketball, the MVNU Alumni Experience, the fall play, and more!
The Mount Vernon Church of the Nazarene congregations, along with MVNU alumni, students, and guests, join in one, united service, celebrating the work of God through our church and university community. Special speaker: Dr. Jesse Middendorf. It'll take place at the R.R. Hodges Chapel Auditorium at 10 a.m.
The iconic and pinnacle 50th Anniversary Celebration event. On November 10 the Donoho Recreation Center is transformed into a lighted display with live music, award presentations, and enlivening entertainment. Share dinner with classmates from every graduating year and visit with former faculty and staff. Hear the announcement of an exciting upcoming campus project. Don’t miss this once-every-50-years-event celebrating the life of MVNU. It will be an entertaining and life-giving experience you’ll never forget! Registration is required for this event. Cost is $25 per person. Limited seating available.
Join us as we celebrate the 51st-annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah, directed by Dr. Robert Tocheff.
This was the beginning. New buildings, new faces, new experiences met the Pioneer Class as they arrived at MVNC. Excitement mingled with anticipation, hours of work and prayer, the old and the new, the constant, the special, all combined to form the miracle of the beginning.
From the first four-year degrees to formal accreditation, MVNC grew with each passing year in academics, spiritual life, and community. Construction was a main focus for the development of the campus and new leadership made sacrificial progress that forged a way for those to come.
Coming into its own, MVNC grew in identity as it maintained steady growth in enrollment, noteworthy athletic achievements, and finalized plans to construct the R.R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium and Fine Arts Center. This lifelong vision of its founders became a reality as the college celebrated its 20th Anniversary.
The last decade of the 20th century was just another starting point for MVNC. From the 25th Anniversary to the development of a robust and strategic building plan, the college kept moving forward through faith, support, and purpose.