Karen G. Doenges, Ph.D.: A Reflection

Mathematics Professor Emerita

Karen Doenges

The last 25 years of MVNU’s history coincides almost perfectly with my tenure as a professor and administrator. I distinctly remember walking up the steps of the chapel the first day of the fall semester I started teaching at MVNC and feeling so blessed to be at an institution where we were free to worship with our students. That feeling never left over my career.

Thinking back over these years, there is a flood of memories. Times spent in fellowship, prayer and stimulating debate with faculty colleagues, staff and administrators as we worked together to make wise decisions that would advance the kingdom, MVNU and her students. Campus events were times to grow together, support each other and form lasting friendships. What a joy to be a part of this faith community.

The move to university status also took place during this time period. It included changing our academic structure, to the formation of schools and the first school deans. Since then other changes include creating several graduate programs, the expansion of our non-traditional programs and satellite campuses, around Ohio, as well as expanding facilities to downtown Mount Vernon.

As I look back over the past 25 years, I am so blessed when I think about literally the thousands of students I have worked with. What a privilege it was to pray with students in my office or at the altar in the chapel as they were making decisions about their future or facing major issues in a myriad of areas.

I think of the dedicated students who willingly gave of their time and talents to tutor and to grade for us, in order to free up time for us to prepare and to meet with other students. This, in turn, helped prepare many of them for their future as well. For me personally, it was brought full circle by having one of those former students actually come back and carry on the tradition in the position I vacated upon my retirement.

One of my greatest joys is to see students go on to be successful in their careers, in graduate school or to have a significant impact in their field. It is so rewarding when alumni keep in touch to let you know how they are doing or even to call to meet for lunch. When former students ask me to help them pray about a decision, or to attend a significant event, the Lord impresses on me again how fortunate I have been to be a part of the ongoing legacy that is MVNU.

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