(Photo provided by Mount Vernon Nazarene University)
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio—Over 400 combined incoming freshmen, transfers,
and families were welcomed into the Mount Vernon Nazarene University
family on Thursday, Aug. 28. MVNU Move-In Day brought feelings of
anticipation, excitement, and hope to students and parents alike
Brittany Starmer, Mount Vernon, a first-time freshman Early Childhood
Education major, said she was
"excited about everything" and said she was glad that she
wasn't too far from home as her family moved her into Pioneer Hall on
"It's exciting just to see what God has in the future for her and his
plan for her as she'll meet some new people, and make some new
friends," said Starmer's parents, David and Rhonda, of Mount Vernon.
First-time freshman Kiona McGee of Mount Gilead said she is
majoring in Child Psychology at MVNU and she was happy to be close to
"It's a fun campus. I'm hoping to make a lot of good friends," said McGee.
Garnet Cover, McGee's grandmother, said she was happy for her
granddaughter, and that she looks forward to the opportunity for her to
further her education.
Current MVNU students had the chance to move in first-time
freshmen, unloading vehicles and transporting their belongings to their
"Moving the girls in is fun – I thought it was really cool having
them move me in, and having someone do that for them is fun," said
Kelsey Hasl, a sophomore Early Childhood Education major.
"I'm excited to meet all the new freshmen and to see all their
new faces. It's a nice way to welcome them in," said Kailey Waal, a
sophomore Intercultural Studies major.
After a long day of moving students into their residence halls,
faculty, staff, MVNU alumni, and community members gathered to show
their support for the new students at the annual ribbon cutting ceremony
by the Eternal Flame. Rev. Joe Noonen led the ceremony and said that
the ribbon cutting ceremony is similar to
"the cutting of the apron strings."
"Please understand that this marks your entrance into this community where
you will engage in academic study, you will engage in recreation, you will live
together, eat together, laugh together, cry together, want somebody beside you
to leave quickly, all sorts of things will be your life experience – but you
will cut this ribbon as a way for you to symbolically say, 'I am entering in,'" said Noonen.
"I want, in this moment, with all these witnesses, for you to understand that
there are responsibilities that come with the cutting of this ribbon … if you
are willing to accept the responsibilities to engage responsibly academically,
to be a responsible citizen of this community, to grow in the knowledge of God
and the grace of his son Jesus Christ, if you are an incoming student, please
say 'I Will,'" said Noonen.
Following the ceremony, members of the Senior Leadership Team and
Academic Deans cut the ribbon and welcomed students to the MVNU
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