MOUNT VERNON — As part of its 50th year celebration commemorating the arrival of the first class of students, Mount Vernon Nazarene University will host an open house and ribbon cutting for the Stephen W. Nease Center with Knox Labs Inc. Friday at 1:30 p.m, 104 S. Main St. Remarks on MVNU’s first class of pioneer students and staff will be offered by dignitaries, including MVNU President Dr. Henry Spaulding II; Rev. James Smith, MVNU’s vice president for university relations; Mauricio Odio, president of Knox Labs Inc.; Jeffry Harris, vice president of Knox Labs Inc.; and Linda Nease Scott, a member of the university’s first class. She is the daughter of MVNU’s first president, Stephen Nease.
Following the ribbon cutting, an open house from 2-7 p.m. will be offered inside the building, the home of MVNU’s new Engineering Department, according to college spokesperson Brooke Robinson. The first floor of the building is occupied by Knox Labs, which will also be open for viewing. Knox Labs offers a community makerspace for opportunities that include 3-D printing.
The building and renovations were funded by the Ariel Foundation.
The Engineering Department was formerly located on MVNU’s main campus at 800 Martinsburg Road.
The chapel on the main campus will also offer a celebration Friday starting at 10:15 a.m., which will include speakers discussing the inception of MVNU and its first “pioneers,” Robinson said. The chapel is situated in a large auditorium, and students earn required spiritual life credits for attending chapel services.
Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, Christian-based liberal arts university of about 2,200 students, including first-year baccalaureate students as well as graduate and professional students.