MOUNT VERNON — Three professors and one staff member have
retired from Mount Vernon Nazarene University this year. All four
individuals were honored during a chapel service on Wednesday. MVNU is
grateful for their years of service and will be greatly missed by the
School of Natural and Social Sciences, the Jetter School of Business,
the Facilities Management Department, and the School of Arts and
"The investment that you have made over these years into the lives of
men and women that have crossed your path is significant, and for some
of us, there is an eternal return on that investment. We're grateful for
this opportunity to have you present so we can celebrate what you've
done," said Joe Noonen, Vice President for Student Life and University
Chaplain at MVNU.
Dr. Karen Doenges, Professor of Mathematics, has
retired from her position after 25 years. Dr. Doenges previously spent
17 years in the public school system teaching French and mathematics.
She has also participated in the Council of Christian Colleges and
University (CCCU) "Women in Leadership" program. She was tapped by the
Church of the Nazarene to lead its Faith and Learning Conference,
convened at MVNU in 2001. In addition, Dr. Doenges and her husband,
Steve, have been advisors for Mu Kappa.
Mr. Daryl Gruver, Associate Professor of
Business, has retired from his position after 40 years. Mr. Gruver has
been on the Global Mission and Ministry Committee, traveled and worked
with ENACTUS students, and Delta Mu Delta students. Prior to his work at
MVNU, Gruver was Assistant Professor of Business Administration at
Bethel College, and served as a personnel specialist in the U.S. Army in
Mr. Dennis Hoffman, Campus Electrician, has
retired from his position after 32 years. Mr. Hoffman has worked in
every building on campus at one time or another. Mr. Hoffman has pulled
wire from the radio tower to the new WNZR radio station in Founders
Hall, has cleaned the Reflection Pond over 25 times, has dug trenches
for electric, telephone, and Internet wires; has been in charge of
setting up the electric for events like SonFest, The Messiah,
baccalaureate, commencement, and other celebrations in the R.R. Hodges
Chapel Auditorium. Mr. Hoffman has rung the Shaw Bell over 1,000 times
for graduations and other events.
Dr. Paul Mayle, Professor of History, has
retired from his position after 41 years. Dr. Mayle has led numerous
academic and Work and Witness trips overseas to places like Hungary on
behalf of MVNU. Dr. Mayle has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar
Program grant for the 2016-17 academic year, and will be spending the
2017 spring semester at the University of Debrecen in Hungary, teaching
two classes and completing a research project.
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