Master site development scheme of Mount Vernon Nazarene College in Mount Vernon, Ohio by Jack Nusbaum, architect at Bowman-Nicek & Associates Inc. Consultants, circa 1968.
The open ceremony for groundbreaking of the first three buildings for MVNC was held in a barn to save guests for a short time from the cold winds outside in near zero weather. More than 50 people received a warm welcome, in spirit only, from college officials. (Reprinted from the Mount Vernon News)
Students tramped through dirt and waded through mud on their way from chapel in the new Multipurpose Building in the fall of 1969.
When they weren’t in class students playing basketball and other sports in local facilities while their own gymnasium was still under construction.
Mr. William Bennett Director of Admissions and Registrar of the college, George Rice, Stephen Nease, and Paul Wells.
MVNC broke ground for Hyson Campus Center, the first academic building on campus, on Jan. 5, 1968.
Lakeholm Farm featured several other buildings which were in use by MVNC since 1968.
From a cornfield to a college, 800 Martinsburg Road was once home to farm animals too.
Students, faculty, staff, and administrators all came together serving from the start to transform Lakeholm Mansion into MVNC.
Before there was a campus, MVNC leadership and staff still held meetings in the parlor of the Lakeholm Mansion.
As campus was built, students found classrooms in the Lakeholm Mansion and in barns, and other buildings on Lakeholm Farm.
MVNC Founding President Dr. Stephen Nease enjoyed getting to know the Pioneer Class of students.
The Pioneer Class student council was led by (row one) Martha Ralph, Majorie Sharon Smith, Marilyn Severance, Pamela Conrad, Harriet Bryant, (row two) Marty Butler, Floyd Hoffman, Professor Glen Chesnut, and Deborah Lore. Not pictured: Burt Tolle and Bill Conner.
Pioneer Hall was aptly named for the first dormitory on campus housing men on the left and women on the right.
Before Mount Vernon Nazarene College there was Lakeholm Farm.
Campus evolved from paths in the mud to paved sidewalks and academic brick buildings and a resilient Pioneer Class.