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Fanning the flames of generosity at Multnomah

Comments Off Written on January 6th, 2016 by
Categories: Alumni
Fanning the flames of generosity at Multnomah

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A special word from our VP of Advancement

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Vice President of Advancement Steve Cummings

Multnomah Family:

What a delight to serve at Multnomah amidst sold-out disciples of Jesus Christ, and countless others like you who have walked this campus, studied God’s Word, and grown deeper in your faith. These 25 acres have been a sacred space in Portland for 80 years and counting as God continues to transform lives in and out of the classroom. Multnomah has an amazing legacy rooted in His faithfulness.

Two traits related to our students and graduates get me really excited these days. They exhibit spiritual maturity, and they have a deep love for God and His Word. I have personally witnessed our students giving from their limited resources to help a fellow student go on mission trip and send another home to Africa on Christmas break. Who does that? Not just our students. I see selfless generosity in the graduates I meet across the country.

Every year at graduation, I have the privilege to fan the flame in our graduates hearts so they may grow in the grace of giving. It’s a privilege to do this because Im speaking to mature Christ-followers who understand that all they have comes from the hand of God. I remind them that when they get to heaven, God will ask each one of them to give an account of how they used what they had to bring Him glory. Its my desire that each one will be ready to share how they used their time, talent and treasure to advance God’s kingdom. That’s how we roll at Multnomah today – and many of you who have gone before are leading the way!

Participating in Gods work

Americans live in the richest nation, and yet statistics show that the “average Christian” gives 2.43% of their income to charitable causes. Do you know we gave more to charity as a nation during the Depression than we do now? That means we have room for growth, and  we understand this at MU.

Thats why were fostering a culture of generosity thats taking root and bearing fruit in amazing ways. Were proclaiming truth, and people are responding in obedience. Here at MU, we tell our students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends: “We don’t want your money.” Instead, we urge them to deploy God’s money to accomplish God’s purposes. In that light, we celebrate what we want for people – not from them. We want everyone to enjoy the privilege of participating in God’s work.

Across the globe, I learn about members of the Multnomah community who appear as joyful distributors rather than hoarders of God’s resources. Their lives are rich toward God (Luke 12:21) and inspire us to grow as faithful stewards. Just the other day I was visiting with one of our alums from 1973, and I asked him why he gives to Multnomah. His response was simple yet powerful: “Multnomah invested in me, and I just wanted to say ‘thank you!’”

Why do we tell their stories in emails, social media posts and snail mail? Because we want you, the Multnomah family, to experience the rich joy of giving to God out of gratitude for what He has already given to you. We hope you will excel in the grace of giving (2 Cor. 8:7), no matter where the LORD stirs your heart to give!

A free gift

Bless you, dear MU community, for your prayers and support. We could not do what the LORD has called us to do without you. We would like to thank you in a tangible way by giving you a free copy of Chris McDaniel’s book “Ignite Your Generosity – A 21 Day Experience in Stewardship”!

If you would like a copy, send an email to advancement@multnomah.edu or leave a message with your name and phone number at 1-877-9-ALUMNI (877-925-8664). One book per person, please.

A special word from the author

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Author Chris McDaniel

I am so excited for the Multnomah Family and their vision to grow givers’ hearts who are rich towards God. It reminds me of Acts 2, where we witness early believers giving and sharing with one another. As a result, the “Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved” (verse 47). That’s what Multnomah University is all about: equipping leaders who reach the lost and disciple mature believers.

When you are generous, you accurately bear the image of God to a lost and hurting world. He gives us life, relationships, our basic needs and His own Son so we can live with Him eternally. God’s a giver! That’s what makes Christianity different than religion: radical generosity. We can give because we have all we need and because we follow a generous God. So stand bold in your faith and live generously. My prayer is that God uses “Ignite Your Generosity” to speak directly into your hearts and that He “ignites” a unique journey of generosity!

Chris McDaniel

Author of “Ignite Your Generosity – A 21 Day Experience in Stewardship”

Multnomah University requests clarification regarding Title IX exemption

Comments Off Written on December 11th, 2015 by
Categories: General

CONTACT:
Steve Cummings, Vice President of Advancement
503.251.6464 or scummings@multnomah.edu

 

PORTLAND, Ore. — Multnomah University is a Christ-centered institution of higher education. For 80 years, we have held firm to our founding values based on historic, orthodox Christian views.

In February of 2015, Multnomah University asked the Department of Education for clarification regarding its Title IX exemption due to some recent presidential executive orders. The university has held this exemption since May of 1989. Our goal is to ensure our constitutional right to freely practice our religious beliefs.

Multnomah University does not discriminate on the basis of how students identify themselves sexually. We ask that all of our students be in alignment with our core values and doctrinal statement. In addition, every student at Multnomah is expected to abide by the university’s human sexuality understanding, which is aligned with our core values and doctrinal statement.

The university recognizes that some students may deal with issues surrounding gender identity and sexual orientation. We believe that members of our learning community are best supported if they are able to share their questions, struggles or self-understanding with trusted faculty, administrators and staff. In all such personal issues, MU will respond with compassion, respect and grace while remaining consistent with the university’s core values, doctrinal statement and community life standards.

Currently, dozens of colleges similar to Multnomah are dealing with a lack of clarity related to recent presidential executive orders. Until the Department of Education explains how these orders should be universally applied, it would be premature to comment further on this issue.

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About Multnomah University
Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education located in Portland, Oregon, with teaching sites in Reno, Nevada, and Seattle, Washington. Composed of a college, seminary, graduate school, degree completion program and online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, as well as professional certifications and endorsements. For more information, visit multnomah.edu.

Join our students in this season of giving

Comments Off Written on December 8th, 2015 by
Categories: Alumni, Pray For MU, Students

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God’s generosity in sending His Son cannot be matched. It’s the greatest gift ever given! For 80 years here at Multnomah our students have celebrated Christ’s birth and shared generously at Christmas time. Let me share two recent instances.

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On Giving Tuesday (December 1), our students collected food for the hungry by partnering with the Oregon Food Bank. Despite the limitations of their student budgets, they donated four large barrels of food and personified God’s generosity. It was really amazing to see!

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Then, when hearing of needs within their midst, MU students surprised two other students by taking up collections to send one to Thailand for a missions trip and the other home to Africa for Christmas. No fanfare. No announcements. No applause. Simply sacrificial sharing so there was no needy one among them.

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Why do we give to those in need and share with those who have limited resources? God’s greatest gift to us inspires our greatest response to others!

At this time we are praying that God will provide for the financial needs of our students through generous giving. Would you pray with us? To date, Multnomah alumni and friends have given $715,388 toward Student Aid of our $1.45 million goal for this fiscal year.

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God, indeed, is with us at Multnomah, and our students’ hearts are reflecting His character through their generosity. Will you join with our students and remember Multnomah in your year-end giving? We invite you to invest and participate in what God is doing at Multnomah.

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Your gift will be doubled, thanks to God’s provision of a match, so that Multnomah students will be equipped to show His generous love for a lifetime of ministry and service.

Growing in generosity,

Craig

Rev. G. Craig Williford, Ph.D.

President

Greetings from the Vice President — Fall 2015

Comments Off Written on November 2nd, 2015 by
Categories: Alumni, Newsletter, Pray For MU

Dear Multnomah Family,

I am on a journey to grow my heart to be rich toward God (Luke 12:21).  It hasn’t always been easy, as I used to see my money as…well...MY money. That is, until God got a hold of my heart one day in a very subtle way. It was about 6 years ago, but it seems just like yesterday. I was working for Prison Fellowship, enjoying my new role of raising resources for the kingdom and encouraging those that God put in my care to be generous. I pulled up to the post office with 200 letters tucked under one arm.  I was excited to sow seeds of biblical truth and encourage others to respond, no matter where God led them to give.

As I walked up, I saw a young man, 19 or 20 years old, standing near the door holding a 3x5 card. He needed $3.00 for a bus fare and lunch.  I did what we all do.  I avoided eye contact and kept moving.

Side note: I used to love to collect change in my car ashtray: quarters, dimes and nickels. I loved to watch it pile up. I never used it. My family knew not to touch “Dad’s coin tray.” It’s for looking at and admiring the collection as it grows. It made me feel like I was saving up for something special, for some rainy day that never came. It gave me a sense of control. Because, after all, it was MY money.

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So, I’m standing in line with this mass mailing I’m sending out for God to help His people be generous, and instantly I hear the Holy Spirit nudge me and quietly speak into my heart:  “You know all that change you have in your ashtray? I want you to give it ALL to him.” 

But LORD! I immediately protested, That’s MY... — but as soon as I said the word “my,” I stopped. Here I was being the “good messenger of God” and the Spirit was speaking to me to lead by example. How could I encourage others to give generously when I myself needed to let go of “my stuff” and see it as His? Everything I have been blessed with is “His stuff.” I am just privileged to manage it for my Master.

After mailing my letters, I went immediately to my car, with exuberant joy in my heart for what I was about to do. I couldn’t wait to see the expression on his face. It took me awhile to scoop out the  $30 worth of change and get it all into my two cupped hands, but I did it, and I walked up to him with a huge ear-to-ear grin.

“Hi, I’m Steve. What’s your name?”  He gets a pen out and writes his name down for me. It turns out he is deaf. “Mark,” he scribbles. I said, “Mark – God asked me to give this to you. It’s for you. He wants you to know He loves you and is taking care of you.”

You should have seen his eyes bug out. He only needed $3. I just gave him $30 of God’s money!

I wish I could say Mark came to Christ that day, but I don’t know. But I do know that I will never forget that day. God changed my heart that day — or should I say my wallet? I took a major step forward in my journey of generosity and haven’t looked back. Who do you think was blessed MORE: Mark or Me? I believe it’s always the giver who receives the greatest joy. It is a joy to steward all that God has entrusted to us: our time, our talent and our treasure for the kingdom.

steve-cummingsThat’s exactly what we are fostering here at Multnomah. Not because God needs our money. He already owns it and is really the “Chief Fundraiser” here at MU. God wants our hearts. I pray you stay engaged with us and grow with us in your journey of generosity.

Steve Cummings, M.Div.

Vice President of Advancement
Multnomah University

A Call to Worship for the Tragedy in Charleston

Comments Off Written on June 19th, 2015 by
Categories: Faculty, General

The Multnomah community grieves the tragic loss of nine of our brothers and sisters in Christ at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Once again we find ourselves mourning because of a senseless and evil act of racially targeted violence. Our hearts are broken.

We echo this liturgy shared by one of our local churches in expressing our heartfelt cry unto the Lord on behalf of our kingdom family in Charleston. Read the rest of this entry »

Basketball team touches lives in Taiwan

Coach Curt Bickley shares the details of the Lions' mission trip to Taiwan. 

The Multnomah Basketball team flew to Taipei, Taiwan, on May 9 and spent the week playing basketball games and sharing the Gospel. Thank you to all our donors who made this trip happen. We were able to share the Gospel publicly 11 times during the week.

The Team

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Our team was made up of three current MU basketball players, five former players, a high school coach (Chad Bickley), an NBA coach (Mike Penberthy), two coaching assistants (Mike Farrington and Stan Bickley), and four kids (two were Penberthy’s and two were Bickley’s).

Games

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We played nine games in six days. At each game, we were able to share the Gospel with the other team and their fans at halftime or through literature written in Mandarin. All the teams were very open to listening to the mission of our trip.

Bethany Christian School

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We visited Bethany on Tuesday morning and ran the school chapel. I introduced the team and spoke about what a relationship with God looks like. I was able to use the example of brother, son, father, mentor, and friend – all members of our team.

The school was doing a fund raiser to replace their gym floor. Each class adopted one of our players and acquired pledges for the number of free throws their player could make in two minutes. As part of an action-packed hour with the K-9th graders that day, Chad Bickley hit 62 free throws, Mike Penberthy hit 61, and Blake Updike hit 55.

Taichung Elderly Home Visit

On Wednesday, we traveled to Taichung to play two games and visit the elderly as we have done in the past. Our guys divided up and spent time individually with the elderly and then my Dad and I spoke to the group. We had a great time seeing our friends again.

We also visited and played a game at Morrison Academy. Morrison’s best player from last year, Andy Brown, will be joining Multnomah's basketball team next year.

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Saturday night was a special treat for everyone as we played the SBL All Star Team (Taiwan Pro League). The game was meant to raise awareness and money for kids with cancer — and to raise awareness of cyber bullying, as a local celebrity had recently committed suicide after being bullied.

We knew from experience that the place was going to be packed, and it was. We did not win the game (the score was 100-124), but we had a great time, and the event provided a chance to share the gospel — our missionary Uwe Mauer shared the Good News at halftime.

Tian Mu Grace Church

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Our team was able to share with Tian Mu Grace Church on Sunday morning during the main church service and during Sunday School. It was a great time of fellowship with these believers in Taipei.

Thank You

blake coopWe would like to conclude by thanking all those who played a part in making this trip happen. My brother Brad Bickley worked with me for the fifth time in Taiwan so that our basketball team could make things happen all week.

Our missionaries – Rex Manu, Dan Long, Garett Freeman and Uwe Mauer – did a great job of helping us set up and execute a great game plan.

Kenny Cheng took care of us in many ways; he is a tremendous friend to Multnomah University and our basketball program.

Our interpeters Tony Tsau and his friends helped us at all our locations.

I would also like to thank all of you who supported us financially. This trip would not have happened without you.

— Coach Bickley 

 

MU is hosting this free event in June. Register today.

What

We're sponsoring an opportunity to hear from some well-respected speakers MU has brought in for its Doctor of Ministry and Master of Arts in Applied Theology programs.

This free lectureship series is open to the general public and geared toward ministry practitioners.

Guest speakers will share about their unique ministries and what they see as relevant for the local church in our current culture and context. Space is still available. Register today.

Where

The JCA Student Center on Multnomah University's campus

When and Who

Tuesday, June 2

Dr. Ron Frost is presenting on “A Love-Centered Approach to Cultural Engagement.” Frost serves missionaries and ministries across the globe through Barnabas International as a pastoral care consultant. He also taught historical theology and ethics at Multnomah Biblical Seminary for several years.

Thursday, June 4

Dr. Kumar Abraham will discuss bearing witness as a Christian in majority Hindu, Muslim or restricted access countries. Abraham has served as a missionary in the Philippines for twenty-one years. Today he equips Christ-followers, trains evangelists and lectures.

Tuesday, June 9

Andrea Smith will speak on “Gospel Witness: Beyond Colonialism.” Smith is Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at University of California at Riverside. She is also co-founder of Incite! Women of Color Against Violence.

Wednesday, June 10

Dr. Mark DeYmaz will talk about “Real Community Transformation: From Rhetoric to Results for the Glory of God.” DeYmaz is the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas. He is passionate about catalyzing the movement toward multi-ethnic churches throughout North America and beyond.

Thursday, June 11

John Stewart will talk about what apologetics looks like in a multi-faith environment and seek to answer the question: In a relational dialogue with our neighbors, how is apologetics expressed and lived out? Stewart is a practicing attorney in Southern California and the international director at Ratio Christi, an apologetics ministry.

Time

Each lecture will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Register today.

Highlighting God’s blessings

"Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world." Isaiah 12:4-5

Why are we praising God and proclaiming his glory over the whole earth? Why are we rejoicing at Multnomah? There are a host of reasons! God has had his hand of blessing upon us this year, and I want to share some highlights with you. You can also get more details at multnomah.edu/new.

Accounting concentration

studying_featureimageIn fall 2015, MU will launch an accounting concentration under its business program that will prepare students for employment in the field of accounting as well as ready them for the Certified Management Accountant Exam and the Certified Fraud Examiner Exam.

Business & Organizational Psychology degree

MU will launch a business & organizational psychology degree in fall 2015. Graduates will utilize their training to create business policies and methodologies with the goal of improving an organization’s ability to better meet the expectations of its customers and stakeholders.

Biology degree

MU plans to offer a biology degree in fall 2016. More details to come.

Global Studies degree

MU’s intercultural studies program was recently renamed the global studies program. Students will specialize in one of four new concentrations:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Children at Risk
  • Culture & Diversity
  • Global Ministry

Summit (a five-year B.A./M.Div. program)

Multnomah is launching Summit, a five-year Bachelor of Arts/Master of Divinity program. Summit students will save more than $41,000 in tuition, cut their time in school by two years and receive a Summit Scholarship.

Fully online undergraduate and seminary degrees

Starting in fall 2015, MU will be offering the following programs fully online:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Theology
  • Master of Arts in Biblical Studies
  • Master of Arts in Theological Studies

AAOT acceptance

The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree now satisfies all MU freshman and sophomore general education requirements.

NAIA approval

The Lions have joined the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC), which is considered to be one of the top small-college athletic associations in the country. The CCC is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Each year, more than 60,000 student-athletes in the NAIA compete in 13 sports and 23 national championships.

Track and field

Multnomah will launch a track and field program in spring of 2016. More details to come.

Thank you

We couldn’t have done any of these things without you. I want to personally thank you for your generous support. Your prayers, service and offerings strengthen Multnomah’s impact every day.

Matching gift

Multnomah was blessed by an anonymous friend wanting to broaden our support base by matching $2 for every $1 given by first-time givers or lapsed givers (those who have not given in over a year). Our friend will donate up to $400,000.

We’ve almost met our match

Today we are shy of this goal by just $41,896. We are calling everyone to pray and seek God’s will for what their gift of participation could be. Will you join us?

A gift of any size, according to your ability, is all God asks of you. Every gift matters. We invite you to share in this joy of giving to God’s exciting work at Multnomah!

I hope you have a blessed summer.

Craig

Rev. G. Craig Williford, Ph.D.
President

State of the University Address: A Message from Dr. Craig Williford

Comments Off Written on April 7th, 2015 by
Categories: Alumni, Newsletter, Pray For MU

Dear Alumni Family,

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Greetings from Portland. I pray God’s presence in your life is strong and clear these days. Here at Multnomah University, we are fast approaching the end of the semester and graduation.

Each month we gather as a community of faculty, staff and administration for what we call Lionshare. The name is a combination of our athletic mascot, a lion, and our purpose for meeting — to share and update one another on what’s happening in the MU community. Each meeting we celebrate, communicate, encourage and pray. During this month’s Lionshare, I gave a State of the University address restating our university-wide commitment to Christ, the gospel and biblical integrity. I thought you might enjoy reading some of these thoughts.

Before I began my address, I asked our employees, “Why do you serve at MU?”  They listed the quality of our students, MU’s commitment to biblical integrity, MU’s godly faculty, how lives are impacted, and their belief in our mission and values. You might give many of the same answers if I asked you.

I followed this discussion by answering why I choose to serve at MU. I serve at MU because:

  1. I believe in Christian higher education, and I believe God meets and molds students at MU.
  2. I love showing students how to be a godly influence in all walks of life.
  3. I understand how critical biblical wisdom and power are to all human existence, so I value our biblical commitments.
  4. I enjoy the pursuit of Christ through the exploration of truth at a learning community committed to the Bible and honoring Christ.
  5. I fell in love with the people and community of MU.
  6. I respect the global impact of our alumni and professors.

During the next section of my address, I explained what we mean when we say “MU is building a biblical university.” As MU seeks to combine the strengths of a traditional Bible College with the strengths of a traditional liberal arts school, these are some of the unique characteristics you’ll find:

  • A place where we focus on pursuing biblical wisdom and power
  • A place where the study of the arts and sciences collaborate and collide with the study of Bible and theology to provide clarity to life’s most important questions
  • A university where the integration of our faith to all areas of study is intentional and comprehensive throughout the educational experience
  • A university where students learn to think and live biblically
  • A university that designs spaces where the Holy Spirit can craft a love relationship with his children
  • A university where students are shown how to be a godly influence for the enrichment of their communities
  • A university where God’s creativity is modeled in a learning environment filled with curiosity and creativity
  • A university where deeper levels of understanding are applied through the wise application of learning theory and educational technology
  • A university that skillfully connects theoretical and concrete learning
  • A university where students prepare for a career and discover a life that matters

In the month ahead, you’ll hear even more about this distinctive.

In the final section of my address, I gave numerous updates on new degrees and programs that we’re building. These include:

  • Four accredited, fully online degrees launching in fall 2015
  • A new residential degree in business and organizational psychology launching in fall 2015
  • A new concentration in business accounting launching in fall 2015
  • A new biology degree launching in fall 2016

We’re also launching Summit, a five-year B.A./M.Div. program, this fall. Summit provides a way for spiritually and academically gifted young leaders to complete a B.A. and M.Div. degree in five years instead of the usual seven years. Some students will receive full-tuition scholarships covering the undergraduate portion of the program. Additional scholarships are available for Summit students who don’t receive full-tuition scholarships. Check out our Summit page for more information.

This update simply cannot explain all the new programs, degrees and other exciting news. Keep watching our website and our monthly alumni updates for more information. Please continue to pray and stay in touch.

Blessings,

Craig

G. Craig Williford, Ph.D.
President

You’re invited to MU’s free 2015 Athletics Alumni Day

Comments Off Written on January 13th, 2015 by
Categories: Alumni, Athletics

On Saturday, February 14, Multnomah Athletics is hosting a special Athletics Alumni Day to celebrate all past and current MU athletes.

This event is free, and everyone – alumni, students, staff and faculty – is invited and encouraged to bring friends, family, neighbors, youth groups and anyone else who will enjoy the day.

Come prepared to dive into 11 hours packed with games, competition, camaraderie and lots of fun. No RSVP necessary. Contact Coach Tim Bieri at tbieri@multnomah.edu for more info.

2015 Athletics Alumni Day Schedule

9:00 AM

  • Multnomah Community Run/Walk
  • Sponsored by the Multnomah University Cross Country Team
  • 5 kilometer course on paved streets ($10 onsite)
  • Start and finish in front of MU gym
  • Doors to gym lobby open at 8:00 AM
  • Dog’s & strollers welcomed
  • 2 water stations provided
  • Special Valentine's Day prizes

11:00 AM

  • Volleyball Alumni Mixer & Scrimmage
  • Volleyball alumni are invited to come mix and play with the current MU volleyball team.
  • Bring your knee-pads and a smile.

1:00 PM

  • Basketball Alumni Open Gym
  • Basketball alumni are invited to come enjoy some friendly games of full-court 5 on 5.

3:00 PM

  • Men’s Basketball JV vs Mt. Angel Seminary

5:00 PM

  • Women’s Basketball vs TBD

7:00 PM

  • Men’s Basketball vs Northwest Indian College
  • At half-time we will be honoring:

> 1996 Men's Basketball National Championship Team
> Nathan Meeker - the 2014 NCCAA DII Men's Cross Country National Champion

GET A FREE HOT DOG AND NACHOS WITH THE PURCHASE* OF ADMISSION!

*MU Students, Staff, & Alumni get in for FREE. Regular price of Admission: Adults $7 - Kids (6-12) $2 - Seniors $5