Public Invited to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration at MNU Jan. 22

OLATHE, KAN, -- MidAmerica Nazarene University is holding its 7th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration on January 22, 2012, at 9:30 a.m., at College Church of the Nazarene at 2020 E. Sheridan. The public is invited to join students, faculty, staff and community leaders at this free event.

Chris Powers, coordinator for diversity and cultural competency at MNU will present a message entitled “Lessons from the Mountaintop.” In his role, Powers advises the student diversity council and serves as an advocate for MNU’s efforts to extend the reach of its mission to more diverse constituents. Also the founder of Positive Nfluence, Inc., Powers produces programming with the objective of empowering young people to be a positive influence in the community while providing an outlet to showcase their gifts and talents in the arts.

Rev. Alice Piggee-Wallack, founder and director of True Light Family Resource Center in midtown Kansas City, Mo., will receive the university’s 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Living Legacy Award. The award was established by the university to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King and the significant influence of his life on our nation.

A social worker and ordained minister for the past twenty-five years, Rev. Piggee-Wallack is experienced in working with individuals fighting substance abuse, the mentally ill and homeless populations. Her work with True Light and the plight of homeless women has been profiled in the media where she is hailed as an example to women and girls in the urban core.

MNU President Dr. David Spittal says Piggee-Wallack is driven by her faith and a passion to serve others, much like Dr. King whose legacy provided a vision of a world where all people would be valued and respected as children of God.

“She is a woman of great faith and her faith is demonstrated through her compassion for people and selfless service,” Spittal stated. “The strength of her faith and a determination within her spirit has impacted many lives.”

MNU’s 2012-2013 Leader Scholars will be recognized at the event. MNU established the scholarship program for persons from diverse ethnicities who wish to emulate Dr. King’s passion for learning and servant leadership style. Leader Scholars are accountable for their leadership contributions on campus. For questions about the event please contact Evie Kowalewski at 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, mentally ill and homeless populations. She is founder of True Light Church of the Nazarene, located in mid-town Kansas City, and Founder/Director of True Light Family Resource Center.

Alice comes to this position with a wealth of urban experience obtained in social work practice in Chicago, Illinois, and having been reared in Gary, Indiana. Alice 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. She is also an adjunct professor at MidAmerica Nazarene University.

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