Kansas City urban core pioneer Named MNU’s 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Living Legacy Award winner

December 6, 2012

Contact: Carol Best Public Relations Manager 913-220-6039 cbest@mnu.edu

Kansas City Urban Core Pioneer Named MNU’s 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Living Legacy Award Winner

OLATHE, KAN. -- MidAmerica Nazarene University announced that its 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Living Legacy Award winner is Rev. Alice Piggee-Wallack, founder and director of True Light Family Resource Center in midtown Kansas City, Mo. A social worker and ordained minister for the past twenty-five years, Rev. Piggee-Wallack works with people fighting substance abuse, the mentally ill, and homeless populations. Her work with True Light and advocacy of homeless women has been profiled in the media, where she is hailed as an example to women in the urban core.

MNU President David J. Spittal will present the award to Piggee-Wallack at the seventh annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration on January 22, 2013, at 9:30 a.m., at College Church of the Nazarene. The public is invited to participate in this free event.

Spittal also announced that Chris Powers, coordinator for diversity and cultural competency at MNU, will serve as speaker for the celebration. Powers advises the student diversity council and leads MNU’s efforts to extend its mission to diverse constituents. As the founder of Positive Nfluence, Inc., Powers also produces programs that empower young people to be a positive influence in their community and while enabling them to showcase their artistic talents.

For questions about the event, please contact Evie Kowalewski at ekowalewski@mnu.edu or (913) 971-3391. -30-

Award Recipient Bio:

Rev. Alice Piggee-Wallack has worked as a social worker and ordained minister for the past twenty-five years. The majority of her experience is in working with substance abuse, the mentally ill, and homeless populations. She is founder of True Light Church of the Nazarene, located in mid-town Kansas City, and is founder/director of True Light Family Resource Center.

Rev. Piggee-Wallack was raised in Gary, Ind., and gained urban experience as a social worker Chicago, Illinois. Piggee-Wallack received her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an M.S.W. from Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City. She has practiced social work at Mile Square Comprehensive Community Health Center at Chicago, and taught at Alpha Montessori School. Rev. Piggee-Wallack is also an adjunct professor at MidAmerica Nazarene University.

Links on Piggee-Wallack: http://kcur.org/term/alice-piggee-wallack

http://www.kshb.com/dpp/news/local_news/community-leader-helps-rebuild-kansas-city%27s-inner-city-one-woman-at-a-time

http://photophilanthropy.org/gallery-posts/regaining-dignity/

MNU facts: •MNU enrolls nearly 2,000 students •MNU has offered innovative, accelerated adult degree completion and graduate programs since 1987. •The yearly economic impact of the University is more than $50 million, not including expenditures by students and campus visitors.

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