As we bid farewell to 2023, it’s time to pause and celebrate remarkable moments at Methodist University over the last year.

From academic achievements to unforgettable events to triumphant stories, Methodist University students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends have delivered a 2023 to remember. We invite you to take a moment to reflect on just some of the many highlights that have taken place over the last 12 months by viewing a selection of stories provided below (chronological order). While this is not an exhaustive list of all of the year’s top stories by any means, you can explore more moments by visiting our News web page.

  • Methodist University Named “Must-Watch” University (Jan. 12): Higher Education Digest, an independent higher education magazine with a wide-spread international audience, promoted Methodist University as one of the 10 “must watch” North American colleges and universities. MU was the only university from North Carolina on the list.
  • MU Play4Kay Events Support Fight Against Women’s Cancer (Feb. 11): Normally, it’s the “big shot” that gets the biggest roar from a basketball crowd. But at Methodist University on Feb. 11, the loudest ovation was directed towards more than a dozen cancer survivors. This year’s Play4Kay events raised more than $7,000.
  • MU & CFVH Announce Partnership to Create Medical School (Feb. 27): Methodist University and Cape Fear Valley Health were pleased to announce a new partnership with the intent to establish a state-of-the-art medical school that will train the next generation of health care professionals – known as the Methodist University Cape Fear Valley Health School of Medicine.
  • Student-Led “Pangea” Event Showcases International Cultures, Talent (March 24): With more than 50 different countries represented in its student body, it’s no surprise that the Methodist University International Club was able to bring nearly two dozen cultures and traditions perfectly together for one spirit-filled night.
  • MU Hosts “Holy Week” Events April 3-9 (April 3): As a longstanding tradition, Methodist University offers a variety of opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to observe Holy Week. It is one of the many events MU’s Religious Life & Community Engagement department hosts for the community throughout the year.
  • Symposium Day Shines Light on MU Students (April 12): Methodist University students shined bright as they presented their research during our 12th annual Center for Research and Creativity Symposium Week. It provided students an opportunity to showcase their research and creativity in various disciplines of study.
  • Step Up 4 Health Brings 1,000+ People to MU’s Campus (April 15): The greater Fayetteville community flooded to Methodist University’s campus for the Cape Fear Valley Foundation’s Step Up 4 Health and Wellness Expo – featuring a 4K, 1-mile race/walk, and a variety of family-friendly activities.
  • Student at Methodist University was in International Award-Winning Photo (April 25): As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. But for student Mohamed Osman, one photo is worth a slight glimpse into his life before Methodist University.
  • Methodist University Celebrates Class of 2023 with “Commencement Weekend” (May 6): Methodist University introduced a brand-new “Commencement Weekend,” which included two days of celebrations as graduates received degrees and embarked on the next chapter of their lives.
  • Methodist University Men’s Golf Finishes Third in National Championship (May 19): The Methodist University men’s golf team tied for third place in the 2023 NCAA DIII Men’s Golf Championship. It marks the team’s 38th top-five finish in 42 men’s golf national championship appearances.
  • Methodist University Women’s Golf Finishes 11th at NCAA Championships (May 19): The Methodist University women’s golf team finished 11th at the 2023 NCAA DIII Women’s Golf Championship – adding to their impressive list of feats.
  • MU Unveils Newly Named Dr. Frank P. Stout Physician Assistant Complex (June 8): The late Frank P. Stout made a lasting impact on the greater Fayetteville community, and now, his legacy will continue to live on. In August, the area of campus that includes MU’s Physician Assistant Academic Building and Medical Lecture Hall was renamed the Dr. Frank P. Stout Physician Assistant Complex.
  • New Students Arrive on MU Campus for Fall Semester (Aug. 11): New students took their first steps in their lifelong journey as Methodist University Monarchs through a comprehensive, three-day experience known as “New Student Orientation.”
  • MU Students Making a Difference Through “Divine Nine” (Aug. 21): With more than a 100 clubs and organizations, there is no shortage of ways for students to get involved on campus – and that includes Methodist University’s Fraternity and Sorority Life. It includes four from the historic “Divine Nine” – Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, and Alpha Kappa Alpha.
  • MU’s Power of Peers Initiative Puts the “PoP” in Peer Tutoring (Sept. 8): Even a superhero needs a sidekick to help save the day once in a while, which is why peer tutoring is a perfect resource for Methodist University students. That is the general idea of MU’s newly branded tutoring and consulting initiative called “Power of Peers”, which allows students to receive academic support from a fellow, qualified student.
  • Methodist University Homecoming Blends Past, Present & Future (Oct. 30): Methodist University’s 2023 Homecoming was one for the record books – bringing alumni, students, family, staff, and friends all together for an unforgettable weekend. This year’s Homecoming featured a blend of both steadfast traditions and new events, allowing the entire MU community to reconnect past friendships and build new ones.
  • MU Physician Assistant Graduate to Return Home, Serve Rural North Carolina Community (Dec. 6): For Methodist University Physician Assistant Studies graduate Leyia Oxendine ’23, home is where the heart is. As a member of the Lumbee Tribe, Oxendine looks forward to returning to her hometown of Pembroke to serve as a physician assistant in her own community.

Although the stories from above are only a small sample of the many things happening across campus, it shows the exciting path that lies ahead for Methodist University for the 2024 year.