NNU to honor Mangum family for years of service

June 11, 2009, 8:45 am

For their generations of dedicated service, Northwest Nazarene University is proud to bestow the Mangum Family with the first Family Heritage Award at a ceremony in their honor on May 8. The Mangum Family’s legacy makes this family the ideal inaugural recipient of the new Family Heritage Award, established by the alumni board of directors to honor alumni families who, throughout generations, have brought honor and distinction to the University and who have advanced the cause of Christ through their lives and service.

Few families share a more distinguished NNU family tradition than the Mangum Family. In the 96 years since NNU’s founding, members of this family have collectively logged more than 190 years of service to the University. NNU’s records list 18 alumni with the last or maiden name of Mangum, even though these records do not include the family members in the third and fourth generations who do not share the Mangum name. This family’s legacy at NNU runs deep and wide—virtually every student who has walked the halls of Northwest Nazarene University has felt its impact.

The Mangums first came to Northwest Nazarene College from Texas when President H. Orton Wiley invited Dr. Thomas E. Mangum, Sr. and his wife, Emily, to help begin a medical missionary department, teaching classes in first aid, nursing, hygiene and surgery. Dr. and Mrs. Mangum settled in Nampa with their six children and served the University for 36 years, 1918 to 1954. Their arrival began the ripple effect of service.

Members of the family have filled many roles at NNU over the past 90 years, including college physician, alumni board president, environmental services staff, student leaders and several faculty positions. Two of this family’s greatest and lasting legacies are the Mangum Missionary Lectures (1940s to present) and two endowed Mangum Scholarships totaling $48,500.

The Mangums have spread their influence far beyond the walls of NNU, through their service to the Treasure Valley community as well as decades of serving in leadership positions in the General Church of the Nazarene.

The Mangum Family will receive the Family Heritage Award in a special program at College Church of the Nazarene on Friday, May 8, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. A dessert reception will follow the presentation.

Northwest Nazarene University, a Christian comprehensive university, offers over 60 areas of study, master’s degree programs in eleven disciplines, accelerated degree programs, concurrent credit for high school students, and a variety of continuing education credits. In addition to its 85-acre campus located in Nampa, Idaho, the University also offers programs online as well as in Boise, Twin Falls, Idaho Falls, and in cooperation with programs in 10 countries. Founded in 1913, the university now serves over 1,900 undergraduate and graduate students, more than 10,000 continuing education students, and 1,900 high school students through the concurrent credit program.

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