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MBU Alumni News: July

MBU Alumni News: July


What is the Peloponnesian?

Summer Happenings

Last week nearly 400 MBU alumni, faculty, staff and their families piled into the Magic House for an evening of fun.  It was MBU's first free family night at the Magic House, and based on the feedback, it won't be the last!  Thank you to all who joined us on the hot summer night.  We hope to see you at more events in the future.

The MBU Alumni Association will also be visiting the Missouri Botanical Gardens on August 3 during the Whitaker Music Festival.  We've received an overwhelming response of interest.  If you are registered for the event, check your e-mail this week for more details about the event.

Fall is just around the corner, so what do we have in store?  Save the date for Homecoming from October 28 - November 6.  A group of alumni who attended or graduated from Missouri Baptist College in the 70's are planning a 70's reunion for Homecoming Weekend.  Did you attend or graduate from MBC in the 70's?  Go here for more information about a celebration just for you! 

St. Louis has experienced a couple of long weeks of extreme heat.  Wherever you are, we hope you stay cool and make the most of your last few weeks of summer.


Volunteers Needed: Welcome Weekend Death by Chocolate Event

MBU will welcome over 300 new students on campus in less than a month.  Do you remember your Welcome Weekend? 

The Alumni Association started a new tradition a few years ago - an event called Death by Chocolate.  Students take a break from orientation activities and walk into a room full of chocolate goodies for them, all courtesy of alumni.

How can you help?

Donate chocolate: In order to feed over 300 hungry college students, we are asking alumni to donate chocolate.  Brownies, cookies, cake...you name it, they'll eat it.  Homemade and store-bought treats will be accepted.  Donations can be dropped off Thursday, August 18 or Friday, August 19.

Volunteer: Would you prefer to greet students and replenish chocolates as they are eaten?  Come volunteer for the event, which is on Friday, August 19 from 7:45 - 8:30 p.m.

If you are able to donate or volunteer, let us know so we can provide more details.  Contact Jennifer Black at BlackJM@mobap.edu.

Alumni Travel Groups

Many alumni associations offer discounts on travel/tours.  The MBU Alumni Association wants to gauge interest and determine if this is something we should do.  If you are interested in traveling with MBU (for leisure, education, or as a service trip), please take this survey.

Musical Opportunities

Time to get your musical skills back in shape at MBU.  This year we have three evening ensembles available to alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends throughout the St. Louis Metro area and the Metro East.

Monday night

MBU Choral Society, directed by Larry Smith 7-8:30 in C/FA 205
(performing the Magnificat by J.S. Bach this Fall and Mozart Requiem in the Spring)
For more information, e-mail smithl@mobap.edu.

MBU String Ensemble, directed by Michael Dunsmoor 6:30-8:30 in the Recital Hall
For more information, e-mail michaelb.dunsmoor@gmail.com.

Tuesday night

MBU Concert Band, directed by Kevin Cox 6:30-9:00 in C/FA 205
For more information, e-mail coxk@mobap.edu.

All groups are open to you and your friends who sing or play.  E-mail the director for more information.

Alumni Spotlight: Ryan Harris, B.S. Psychology '09, MBA '11

Student Activities: Soccer team for three years

Why he chose to attend MBU: MBU accepted my Bible college credits

Favorite MBU Professors: Holly Brand and Stephanie Kontrim-Baumann

Favorite Memory: All of the fun soccer road trips and being the leading scorer on the team my junior year

Occupation: Service Associate at T. Rowe Price

Hobbies: I love to watch and play any sports but especially soccer, and I love a good practical joke!

Family: I’ve been married to my wife, Lorna, for a year and a half and became a stepfather to Sir Walter Raleigh (Lorna's bichon-poo).

Anything else you want to share: I’m very thankful MBU offers an MBA you can complete in a year. In addition it is affordable (especially if you have 2 scholarships).  In this tough economy I was blessed to land a good job very quickly and I credit a lot of that to having that MBA.