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Kristi Morris Small, center, and the extended Morris family accepted the Novice H. Morris Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the late Dr. Novice H. Morris at the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Dinner on Monday night, Aug. 21. Pictured are MVNU President Henry Spaulding; Morris family members son-in-law and daughter, Bobby and Kristi (Morris) Small; grandchildren, Rob and Andrea Small, Jami and Matt Pope, Daniel and Carrie Peeples, Cayla Harstine; and great-grandchildren, Will and Brianna Small, Bayli Pope, Rhyli Pope, Presli Pope, Grady Pope, and Tanner and Tate Peeples. Not pictured are daughters Cathy Stewart and Vicki Lupo.


MOUNT VERNON — Faculty and staff members at Mount Vernon Nazarene University were honored for their years of service at the annual University Dinner on Aug. 21. During the event, MVNU President Henry Spaulding reminded attendees that as the new academic school year begins, administration, faculty, and staff have “good work to do and that we have done good work together.” Spaulding said that the iconic Eternal Flame in the center of campus is a reminder that “the work of the university has always depended on what MVNU could accomplish together.”

“The Eternal Flame’s meaning comes into clear focus when each of us embraces the history, practices, and vision of MVNU,” said Spaulding. “This is going to be a good year. Let us celebrate who we are, think and dream big, and practice outrageous passion for our work. Most of all, let us determine to worship God through living our vocation together. When this happens we will understand the Eternal Flame has never been eternal, but the faculty, staff, and students who are around the flame, are eternal.”



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