U.S. Rep. Bob Ney (OH-18), the chairman of this House Subcommittee, visited the campus on Friday, March 21, to tour the Natural Sciences facilities, for which he secured $600,000 in federal funding, and to attend a reception at which he made an official presentation. Ney had earlier invited President Fairbanks as one of seven individuals across the country to speak to the U.S. Congress about faith-based initiatives.
Fairbanks commented, "I believe passionately in faith-based higher education institutions. In the past 35 years, the 11,000 alumni of MVNU have been challenged to make a difference in the world. Other faith-based institutions can echo our experience. We solicit your assistance in significantly increasing our potential for influence in the future."
Vice President for University Advancement Keith Newman, and Executive
Director for Development Austin Swallow traveled with President
Fairbanks, meeting with Congressman Ney, his staff and key
administrators in the Department of Housing and Urban Development.