MBU trustees pave way for fall 2019 completion of Jung-Kellogg Library transformation, Phase II of Spartan Field

MBU Trustees unanimously approved a resolution to move forward with both the Jung-Kellogg Library renovation project and Phase II of Spartan Field.

Both projects are slated to begin in the summer of 2019 and should be completed next fall.

The transformation to the Jung-Kellogg Library is aimed at empowering the 21st century student to engage in innovative learning.  As part of the project, the University is working to develop a modern approach in creating more functional open space areas, address technology needs and to identify innovative furniture concepts that support today’s student learners. The project will likely result in collaborative workstations, small group meeting rooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology and smart classroom spaces that can be easily and quickly adapted to various group sizes and purposes. The first phase of the renovation is underway and involves the significant downsizing of the Jung-Kellogg Library’s print collection. Donations to the University will fund the project.

Phase II of Spartan Field will include a track, bleachers, concession stands, restrooms and a walking trail connecting MBU’s main campus to Spartan Field  The first phase of Spartan Field, which is located on the west side of campus, was completed in the fall of 2015 and features an artificial turf field with a football complex, which houses coaches’ offices and locker rooms.

In order to make available a broader array of minors for all disciplines, the Board added minors in Biblical Studies, Apologetic Studies, Biblical Counseling, Biblical Languages, Biblical Studies, Missions, Pastoral Studies, Youth Ministry. Previously, Christian ministry majors could only pursue concentrations in the aforementioned areas of study. The board also approved a completely new minor in church planting.

In other business, the Board:

  • Approved the following trustee members to the 2018-2019 nominating committee:
    • Mike Cowan, chair
    • Ryan Bowman
    • Mark Comley
    • John Hessel
    • Kristen Pelster
  • Adopted MBU’s five-year University-wide strategic plan. The living document, which outlines a plan to advance MBU from 2018-2023, assesses the University’s current state while providing a distinctive way to carry out visions and goals.
  • Expressed grateful and heartfelt appreciation to Thomas and Faith Smith who have provided funds for the Faith Smith Endowed Scholarship, which benefits MBU fine arts students.
  • Approved resolutions of appreciation to members of the President’s Club, a group of University friends who have given $1,000 or more during the last quarter.
  • Approved the 2017-2018 audit and variance report.