MVNU Hires Head Men’s Soccer Coach
MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Nazarene University announces the hire of Zach Ganzberg to the position of Head Men’s Soccer Coach. Ganzberg will begin on June 1, 2017, for the full-time position in the MVNU athletic department.
“Zach’s heart to mentor young men through the game of soccer was evident and his desire to disciple players in their faith was foundational during his interview,” said MVNU Athletic Director Keith Veale. “He has a clear understanding of our competition in the Crossroads League and I think he will do some great things here at MVNU. I am excited for the next chapter of MVNU soccer under Zach’s leadership.”
Ganzberg comes to MVNU after spending three years as Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator of the Men’s Soccer team at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind. Ganzberg’s duties at Bethel College included recruiting, compliance-related issues, training session preparation and execution, match analysis, and in-game tactical decision-making.
In 2014, Ganzberg helped lead the Bethel Men’s Soccer team to its first national Runners-Up finish in the NCCAA National Championship. Recently, he was also selected to the NSCAA “30 under 30” program, a group comprised of the 30 best soccer coaches under 30 years old in the country. Prior to working at Bethel, Ganzberg was an Assistant Soccer Coach at Penn High School for their perennial powerhouse program. He currently serves as the Head Coach of the U16 and U17 boys teams at Jr. Irish Soccer Club, where he emphasizes player development and a positive training environment.
A native of South Bend, Ind., Ganzberg is a 2011 graduate of Bethel College with a degree in pre-law/psychology. During his time at Bethel College, Ganzberg was selected to the ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-America Men’s Soccer First Team, one of 11 soccer players selected nationwide across all levels. Ganzberg was the 2010 Crossroads League Offensive Player of the Year, a 2010 NAIA All-American, and Bethel’s team leader in goals and assists with 14 and 11, respectively.
“First of all, I want to thank President Henry Spaulding, Rev. Joe Noonen, Coach Keith Veale, and the search committee for this tremendous opportunity. Through prayer and weeks of careful discernment, it became evidently clear that this was the door that God wanted me to walk through, and I’m incredibly excited to see what he has in store for me and for the MVNU men’s soccer program,” said Ganzberg.
“As an assistant coach in the conference, I’ve watched the MVNU program from afar and have always been impressed with the way the players and coaches handled themselves, both on and off the field. The roster is ready to compete now, and I’m ready to lead this impressive group of young men. My wife, Rebekah, and I are grateful and humbled to join the MVNU family, and we’re eager to begin the next season of life together in a Christ-centered environment,” said Ganzberg.
MVNU instrumental ensembles to perform
The MVNU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, Jazz Band, and Flute Choir will present a spring concert on Tuesday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m., in the R.R. Hodges Chapel Auditorium. The concert will feature a variety of music including repertoire from the Symphonic Wind Ensemble’s spring tour as well as instrumental and vocal arrangements of jazz, pop, and Broadway standards performed by the Jazz Band. The community is invited to this free event.
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds are directed by Dr. John Packard. The Jazz Band is directed by Mr. Jim Puckett. The Flute Choir is directed by Mrs. Jennifer Packard.
For more information on this or other musical events, please contact Tressa Daley at 740-397-9000, ext. 3000.
Rev. James Smith Appointed Vice President for Enrollment Management
Mount Vernon Nazarene University President Henry W. Spaulding II, Ph.D. has announced the appointment of Rev. James Smith to the position of Vice President for Enrollment Management, which took effect March 1, 2017.
“James has become a key partner in our enrollment strategy,” said Spaulding. “I look forward to expanding the partnership with this appointment.”
Previously, Smith has served as Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Student Recruitment (2008-2013), Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management (2013-2015), and Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management (2015 to present).
Outside of his work at MVNU, Smith is recognized for his expertise in enrollment management. He serves on the Ohio College Credit Plus Advisory Committee, Ohio Association for College Admissions Counseling (Executive Board), Executive Board of the ACT, ACT Research Council, Ohio Private College Admissions Directors Committee, Chairperson, and Chair of the Nazarene Enrollment Officers Network.
Smith graduated from MVNU with a B.A. in Religion and Youth Ministry, cum laude and has an M.A. in Education Ministry, Magna Cum Laude from Huntington University.
MVNU joins Spaulding in congratulating Smith on the new position.
MVNU to host the Annual Festival of Joy
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Mount Vernon Nazarene University will host the annual Festival of Joy in celebration of our senior adults on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will spend quality time with their students, enjoy special music by The Ball Brothers, and hear from keynote speaker Dr. Doug Van Nest. Van Nest serves as Professor of Pastoral Ministry in the School of Theology and Philosophy at MVNU.
Van Nest has 20 years of pastoral ministry experience and previously served as the superintendent of Southwestern Ohio District Church of the Nazarene for eight years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in religion from MidAmerica Nazarene University, a M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. from United Theological Seminary. Van Nest is married to Lisa Baker Van Nest, and they have two sons, Jordan and Jared.
The Ball Brothers consist of brother, Andrew and Daniel Ball; brother-in-law, Chad McCloskey; and Matt Davis. Since their formation in 2006, The Ball Brothers have rapidly made their mark in Christian music by finding a balance between the old and new styles. Their goal is to spread the message of the Gospel and encourage believers. They have appeared on the popular Gaither Homecoming video series and performed on the Main Stage of the National Quartet Convention.
Lunch for all attendees will be served in Ariel Arena at 11 a.m. or individuals can attend an optional Estate Planning Seminar Luncheon in the President’s Dining Room in the lower level of Hyson Campus Center. MVNU partners with The Nazarene Foundation and Don Lain, Vice President of Gift Planning, who will discuss current issues and tax implications. The luncheon is limited to the first 75 people reserving a seat for the seminar.
The festival kicks off with registration at 9:30 a.m.
To register, call 1-888-470-0050 or online at mvnu.edu/joy. The registration deadline is Tuesday, March 21, 2017.
MVNU students honored with NRB media production awards
Four Mount Vernon Nazarene University students were recently honored by the intercollegiate branch of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) for placing in the organization’s 2017 student production contests. The awards were handed out Feb. 28, 2017, at the NRB’s annual convention in Orlando, Fla.
Aubrey Bailey, a senior journalism and media production major from Wooster, Ohio, received three awards in the production contest. She placed first in the Audio Imaging/Branding category for her WNZR 30th-anniversary piece called “He Is My Strong Tower,” and second in the Audio PSA/Commercial category for her piece on WNZR’s “Take Dad to Dinner” Father’s Day promotion. Bailey also received the 2017 Audio Award of Excellence for receiving the highest overall score from the judges on the “Strong Tower” production.
Emily Porter, a senior journalism and media production major from Ashland, Ky., received two awards. She placed third in the Audio PSA/Commercial category for her 30-second piece promoting online broadcasts of MVNU Chapel services. She also teamed with fellow senior Jenna Potts for second place in the Video Multi-camera Production category for their work on MVNU volleyball broadcasts. Potts is a double major in journalism and media production and public relations from Springfield, Ohio.
Jessica Wells, senior journalism and media production major from Columbus, Ohio, finished third in the Video Multi-camera Production category for her work on MVNU men’s basketball broadcasts.
This is the eleventh consecutive year that MVNU students have placed in the top three nationally in either audio or video. Upperclassmen students taking media production courses at MVNU this fall submitted projects following the NRB guidelines, and the top projects were then evaluated and entered into the contest.
While at the convention, Bailey and Eddie Dilts, sophomore journalism and media production major from Gahanna, competed in the 24-hour digital audio challenge against six other teams across the country. All teams had 24 hours to produce a 2-3 minute audio drama production.
Six other MVNU students also attended the conference. Faculty attending included Joe Rinehart, assistant professor of communication and Director of Broadcasting, who serves on the iNRB standing committee, and Marcy Rinehart, WNZR Station Manager and adjunct professor.
“NRB is a rewarding experience for both students and faculty,” said Joe Rinehart. “It is the largest gathering of faith-based media producers in the world, so it gives our students valuable networking and learning opportunities. In addition, the work they do is judged by communication professionals across the country. Faculty members advise the student challenge teams and all of us attend sessions and workshops that provide both professional and spiritual development.”
The intercollegiate branch of NRB is committed to promoting excellence and integrity, and providing a forum for student and faculty members to network and share ideas and goals. For more information on the National Religious Broadcasters, go to www.nrb.org.
Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 28 states and 17 countries/U.S. territories.