Room for rent for female. Shared bathroom and kitchen with one other female. All utilities are paid for and includes wireless internet. $350/month plus 1 month deposit. 5 minute drive from AU in downtown Berrien Springs.
Please disregard the previous post under this same heading. I typed this up on a smartphone and somehow the posting got deleted except for the titel.
My wife and I currently live at Love Creek Apartments. We are moving and want to find a renter to help our landlord out because they have been very nice to us while living here. They have offered to pay us $100 if we find a renter to replace us, and we would be happy to split that 50/50 with anyone who signs a lease and references us so that we get that money. I would be willing to sign a contract to that effect prior to you signing a lease here, or if you're happy with "let your yes be yes and your no, no" I will give you my 'yes', too.
Details of the apartment:
This is a second floor (one flight of stairs with 6 steps) apartment. It has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. The master bedroom is roughly 15x12 and the smaller bedroom is about 11x12. We use the smaller bedroom as a computer den, but it could also accommodate a bed, especially for families with children. In fact, there are several families here that have kids that stay in their second bedroom.
These apartments are incredibly nice, with high quality wood floors in the kitchen, carpet in the bedrooms and living room, and tile in the bathroom. The laundry is on the same floor as the apartment and is coin operated, cheaper than a laundromat.
Pets are allowed with NO ADDITIONAL FEE. This is very unusual in the area and most people want a deposit AND a monthly charge for pets, so this turns into a big money-saver for those with pets. They are ok with dogs or cats (or any other pets if you have fish, reptiles, etc.).
The lawn in back is spacious and well-maintained, and has tons of room for growing a garden. The landlord even offers to roto-till for you if you are putting in a garden, so take him up on the offer and grow your own tomatoes this summer!
The kitchen and living room are spacious and done in an open style. There is a lovely view of the back yard through the sliding glass doors, and your only neighbor is a non-emergency hospital to one side (which means very very very few ambulances (maybe once or twice a month we'll hear one, and never at night in a whole year of living here)) and open fields. It's beautiful and scenic out here, but only 4 miles from Andrews University campus which makes for a short bike ride or a quick commute into town for groceries and for classes.
The other people in the apartment are all friendly, and there are a couple of seminarians and other Andrews students living over here. Simply put, you will not find a more beautiful, well-maintained apartment in Berrien Springs, hands down. Did I mention that there is a propane fireplace and a dishwasher? Water is included in rent, as is trash and sewer.
The only utility you pay is electric, which averages around $70 a month, wiht the highest bill being $135 in the winter (we didn't put shrinkwrap on the windows though, so we may have saved a bit had we done that...c'est la vie!).
This wonderful apartment runs $850/month with an $850 deposit. Again, we will pay you $50 cash when you sign the lease. Please come have a look! We are moving out April 30th so this will be available May 1st. You can e-mail me at email@example.com or call 269-635-2321.
Have a blessed day,
P.S. you can check out photos at lovecreekapt.com
Very sturdy, solid construction. In pristine condition with no scratches or dents. Asking $20.
I am a mature woman looking for a low cost apartment within bicycle distance of my job at Andrews University. I want to move in September. Please contact by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, April 26
12 p.m., Andrews University
Building Excellence in Science & Technology (BEST Early), Berrien Regional Education Service Agency (Berrien RESA), Andrews University Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, and the Benton Spirit Community Newspaper are hosting the 2013 BEST Early Research Symposium on Friday, April 26, 2013 on the campus of Andrews University.
The symposium, which begins at noon, will showcase Berrien RESA’s Berrien County Mathematics & Science Center (BCMSC) students as they formally present research, engage in discussions about their experience, and demonstrate college-level lab techniques.
This event represents a capstone project for the BEST Early Research Program and provides a public showcase that emphasizes the research achievements of BCMSC seniors.
For over ten years the BEST Early Research Program has been engaging high school students in high-level scientific research and discovery that allows them to become excited about science and to pursue scientific careers. In addition to the possibility of students making scientific breakthroughs, the program acts as an ‘incubator of innovators’ by building the local research and development workforce.
Everyone is encouraged to attend. It will be a great opportunity to meet and talk directly with some of the County’s brightest students. Please RSVP your attendance as soon as possible by contacting Desmond H Murray, at 269-757-1641 or at email@example.com.
$175 per month + security deposit. Female only. Furnished. Utilities and washer/dryer included. Shared kitchen, living room and bathroom. High speed wireless Internet included. No pets or smoking.
Leave a message: 471-7177
Seminary couple is looking to buy a used washer and dryer (or if anyone knows a good 'dent and bent' location, feel free to give us a heads up, too!).
We are moving to a lower cost place to save some of that ever-elusive money! Sadly, the only places we have found that work for us have washer/dryer HOOK UPS, but don't provide washer/dryers. So we're looking to buy used to last us for the next 2 years. Are any of you seminarians out there leaving town and trying to get rid of a washer/dryer that WORK WELL? We'd love to pay you a fair price.
Alternatively, if there's anywhere around here to buy scratched or dented but functional units, we'd love to get a good deal on a Whirlpool or Maytag or something like that. Let us know!
firstname.lastname@example.org or 269-635-2321 (text or call is fine any time!)
In the woods, with over 11 acres, this 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home overlooks a private lake.
Spacious great room has cathedral ceilings, stone fireplace & parquet oak floors.
Kitchen has modern oak cabinetry, quartz counters, cathedral ceilings & a large wood stove with formal dining & family room access.
Master bedroom has a walk-in closet, smaller closet and private deck overlooking the lake.
Downstairs is finished w/large rec room, wood stove, kitchen, bedroom & office w/closets, full bath & separate outside entrance.
Geothermal heating/cooling system, attached greenhouse, high speed Internet & satellite TV available. 24' x 36' steel pole barn.
Tubing hill + cross-country skiing or hiking trails pass through the woods.
Pond is stocked w/perch, blue-gill & small-mouth bass.
10 min. to Andrews, 30 min. to St. Joseph, and 90 min. to Notre Dame .
*Above grade sq. foot is est. at 1744. Finished walk out basement with egress is 1123.
*Total estimated finished sq. foot is 286.
United Way has an opening on our CAMPAIGN TEAM! If you know of someone who is looking for a job, and has the right experience, please share this with them. Pay will be DOE.
United Way of Southwest Michigan is looking to add to its team. This full-time position, Annual Campaign Coordinator will primarily support the annual fundraising functions of United Way. We are looking for an individual that has great organizational skills, loves to build relationships and wants to part of customer service driven team. You will be the right person if you have good planning and processing skills, exemplary communication skills, both written and verbal; are confident and a self-starter that can work at times alone or as a team member. Experience with excel and databases preferred. Some college education preferred, but will highly consider years and depth of work or volunteer experience. Must be able to pass a background and drug test. Must have own transportation. No phone calls. Please send resume and cover letter to email@example.com no later than March 25, 2013.
Excellent organization skills
Experience in excel or databases a plus
Relationship Building skills
Communication skills – verbal/written, A+ required
Fits team, but can work on own
Call 269-470-4535 for more info or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wooden Toy Box - $90.00
Mirrors- $30.00 each
Golf bags and clubs- No reasonable offer refused
Set of 4 bird plates- $20.00
Chair - $200.00
New Nikon S8200- $175.00
2 pictures- $8.00 each
New indoor bike trainer- $50.00
Books- $30.00 set
Kinect plus 2 games -$50.00
Queen size platform bed
Full size bed
Lap top table
32" tv/glass-wood stand
Clothes/shoes women, girl, men
Miscellaneous and much more...
For more information call 269-408-6747 and leave message!
Harmonica lessons available now.
For info and details, call Robert at 760-969-0495
World Market Walnut Dining table, bench, and 6 chairs
table:40 inches by 72 inches
All for $500.00
Call Lori 269-313-3441
Pine TV stand
56.5 inches by 16.75 inches
Call Lori at 269-313-3441
3 piece entertainment center:
2 bookcases; and center TV cabinet with inside drawers
Call Lori at 269-313-3441
I'm a grad student at Andrews looking for a clean, respectful, responsible, male roommate to share a two bedroom, one bath apartment located 3 miles from Andrews University. The apartment has a spacious living room that is fully furnished, a wide-open kitchen with all your major appliances, and a nice-size deck. Quarter operated washers and dryers provided by the landlord. In the court yard behind the apartment there is a fire pit and picnic tables for outdoor events. Rent is $350/mo.+utilities.
Go to the link below for info and pics:
If eating healthy always feels like too much of a hassle, there's now a way to get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables without even stepping foot outside your house. Read the full story here.
Andrews University Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary will offer a natural remedies and hydrotherapy workshop Aug. 4- 9. Read the full story here.
The morning paper at your door step may soon be accompanied by a fresh basket of produce. This summer you can subscribe to have fresh produce delivered for 20 weeks, courtesy of Andrews University Student Gardens. Read the full story here.
United Way of Southwest Michigan seeks to honor these dedicated volunteers at the annual Volunteer Celebration and Recognition Event with volunteer awards in three categories - The Margaret B. Upton Volunteer Leadership Award, LIVE UNITED Youth Award, and the Powerful Giving Awards in EDUCATION, INCOME, HEALTH, and BASIC NEEDS.
Nominations are due by April 30, 2013. Full descriptions and nomination forms can be found online at www.uwsm.org/volunteerevent and hard copies are available by request by calling 269-982-1700.
Margaret B. Upton Volunteer Leadership Award
This prestigious award honors a Berrien County resident with a lifetime record of volunteer service. Nominations should demonstrate a candidate's lifetime of exemplary service to the community through a range of diverse projects or services. The winner will receive $3,000 to direct to the non-profit organization of their choice.
LIVE UNITED Youth Award Scholarships
Each year United Way honors outstanding youth volunteers, one from Cass County and one from Berrien County. Along with the recognition at the event the winners receive a $500 scholarship. Applicants should show a commitment to volunteerism through innovation, time and dedication, andadvocacy for community improvement.
Powerful Giving Awards
United Way is proud to announce the Powerful Giving Awards to honor Berrien or Cass County volunteers who are making a difference within United Way's goals in the areas of Education, Income, Health or Basic Needs. The winner in each category will have the opportunity to direct $200 to the non-profit organization of their choice.
This summer you can have fresh produce delivered to your door for 20 weeks, courtesy of Andrews University Student Gardens. The program begins in mid June and continues through October.
Subscribers can choose between a full share of produce for $600 and a half share for $400. Each basket includes at least six types of fresh produce, such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, broccoli, corn, kale, carrots and cucumbers. In addition to the classic vegetables, this year Andrews Student Gardens will have options available to add fresh flowers and fruit to your baskets. Flowers will be an additional $40 increase for the 20 weeks (cut and potted bouquets as seasonally available). Fruits will be a $100 increase for the 20 weeks (blackberries, raspberries, apples, peaches and melons as seasonally available). Weekly newsletters accompany the baskets with fresh recipes and helpful information.
Delivery is free within a 15-mile radius of the campus, but those who prefer can pick up their share on Friday mornings from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at the local farm stand, which will be located at the Neighbor-to-Neighbor parking lot at 9147 Hwy M-139 in Berrien Springs, Mich.
Andrews Student Gardens are designed to give students practical gardening experience, provide income, offer student employment, support farming, and provide the community with the opportunity to receive fresh produce that will aid a healthy lifestyle. The gardens include three acres of Gala apples, four acres of peaches, 2,500 feet of raspberries, 1,000 feet of blackberries, three greenhouses, and ten acres of vegetable production. The produce delivery program and the farm stand are part of the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. Currently, the program is working to receive organic certification.
Registration will open April 15 with the first baskets being delivered June 13. To subscribe, visit www.augardens.com/csa-registration. For more information, call 269-471-6006 or email email@example.com.
Are you a young adult looking for a service opportunity close to home? If so, Cruise with a Mission may be just the right opportunity for you! It’s a mission trip, a cruise, and a spiritual retreat, all wrapped up in one meaningful adventure; a vacation with purpose! Cruise with a Mission offers an opportunity to release the tensions of life in the context of Christian community. Join other young adults as we explore Alaska in 2013. The ship sails from Seattle Washington, September 15-22. Early-bird registration is available until April 15. For additional information and to receive your discounted early-bird registration rate, visit www.cye.org/cwm or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you in Alaska!
Save the date for Renaissance Kids 2013, a summer day camp program for children ages 7-12 offered by the School of Architecture, Art & Design.
2013's theme is "It’s Easy Being Green."
Session 1: Ages 7-9, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Session 2: Ages 10-12, 1:45-5:15 p.m.
Session 3: Ages 10-12, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Session 4: Ages 7-9, 1:45-5:15 p.m.
Session 5: Ages 5-6, 8:30-11:30 a.m. (2 work weeks long)
Thursday, May 23
3 p.m., Room 108 ITS Building
In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree, Doctor of Ministry, Kenneth Tyler will have an oral assessment of his DMin project document, titled, "Whole-Person Care Ministry: A Study of Discordant Attitudes at Loma Linda University Medical Center."
Tuesday, May 28
3 p.m., Room 108 ITS Building
In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree, Doctor of Ministry, Bob Cundiff will have an oral assessment of his DMin project document, titled, "Impact of Storytelling to Effect Life Change at Raleigh Seventh-day Adventist Church."
Wednesday, May 29
1 p.m., Room N211 Seminary Building
In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree, Doctor of Ministry, Walter Pintos-Schmidt will have an oral assessment of his DMin project document, in Spanish, titled, "A Program to Increase Leaders Participation in Witnesing Amoung Hispanics in the Upper Calumbia Conference."
Thursday, May 30
3 p.m., Room 108 ITS Building
In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree, Doctor of Ministry, Dion Henry will have an oral assessment of his DMin project document, titled, "An Enrichment Program that Equips Couples Between 18 and 40 to Copr with Three Threatening Stressors to Their Relationship."
Space is extremely limited. Those who wish to attend are to contact Yvonna Applewhite at 269-471-3552 or email@example.com.
Contact Yvonna Applewhite for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 269-471-3552.
The plan to extend water and sewer lines along M-139 in Oronoko Township is moving along with little opposition. The details on how to pay for the $4.8-million project were shared Tuesday night. Township Supervisor Mike Hildebrand says the plan is to get the town ready for the future, he cites the expo arena project as an example. Read the full story here.
Kevin DeLeon, an undergraduate student, was found deceased in his University apartment Wednesday evening, March 13. Funeral services were held on March 17 at the Hinsdale Fil-Am Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hinsdale, Ill. The following is the life sketch of Kevin shared at his funeral.
After years of waiting, hoping, and praying, an eight-year old girl named Winnelle received an early ninth birthday gift, a baby brother. At 5:08 p.m., on October 19, 1989, within the walls of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Kevin Roy Paulo DeLeon was welcomed into the loving arms of Winnie and Elizabeth DeLeon.
Kevin, or “Kevoy” was named in honor of both his grandparents, Roy and Paulo. Even in his name, he was firmly rooted in his family, a theme that would continue throughout his life. While growing up, Kevin had to overcome many medical obstacles such as severe episodes of asthma and food allergies. As the youngest cousin of both his mother and father’s family, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins would collectively ensure Kevin was safe. This was a challenge because he experienced allergic reactions to almost anything he ate, touched or breathed.
While he was often sick as a child, Kevin grew up to be a very strong and athletic boy. Reaching Voyager rank, he loved the outdoors since his days as a Pathfinder. He played any sport his hands could find including: baseball, tennis, football, volleyball, hockey, swimming, basketball, snowboarding, and pool. In his later years, he especially enjoyed weightlifting. The child who could be weakened by the air grew into a man of strength able to leg-press almost 700 lbs., squat 300 lbs., and was training to bench-press 300 lbs. so he could join the “300 Club” at the Andrews Men’s Health Club.
Kevin was very musically talented. Throughout his life Kevin used his talents to serve God. Often alongside his cousins, he helped lead in praise songs, performed in musicals, and sang baritone in choir. Additionally, he played trombone, guitar, piano and the drums for fun.
Through the relationship Kevin had with his father and grandfathers, Kevin learned a strong work ethic. Throughout his life he would help his dad by mowing lawns, repairing houses and helping family members whenever in need of heavy lifting. When he was 10, Kevin’s giving spirit and hard-working mentality allowed him to raise the most money for the first Illinois Conference bike-a-thon winning a rare Schwinn bike as first prize. Kevin worked as a golf caddie, physics TA, Citgo cashier and, during his time at Andrews, a greenhouse gardener. He also loved to volunteer at Camp Akita and every summer, he enjoyed working there as a staff member.
Kevin was known for being a happy and fun-loving individual. He could brighten a room with his smile, sense of humor and ability to make people feel happiness with his gentle laugh. Throughout every stage of his life, Kevin’s friends knew him to be humble, genuinely caring and limitlessly forgiving. Kevin gained an exceeding amount of friends throughout his life because behind his brown eyes, there was no judgment, count of wrongdoings, or jealousy. He often called friends for no reason other than to see how they are doing or ask “Is anything wrong? Are you sure?”
Kevin was known for his unique mannerisms and endearing habits. He would try to cover up his smile when he laughed; he would greet his friends with funny sayings from movie lines; and he never failed to say “I love you” at the end of every phone conversation with his mom. He loved his family. His older cousins can tell you that whenever he greeted them by name, it would always be preceded by ‘Ate’ or ‘Kuya,’ a sign of respect. His uncles and aunties knew him to be respectful and considerate while his nieces and nephews knew him to be fun and spontaneous Uncle Kevin. Through all periods of his life he lovingly placed the needs of his friends and family above his own without expecting anything in return.
At the funeral service for Kevin, it was shared that Kevin’s goal of completing his college degree would be fulfilled. “The Andrews University family of faculty, staff and students join you in mourning the loss Kevin. He was your son. He was our student,” said Frances Faehner, vice president for Student Life at Andrews University. She continued, “Kevin was very close to completing his studies at Andrews and was looking forward to graduating this year. Therefore the university has determined to confer his degree posthumously during our May 5, 2013 graduation. On that day he and you will have reached the first goal in his adult life: a college degree. The next goal for Kevin will reunite him with his family on the resurrection morning.”
Kevin touched all the hearts and lives of those he came in contact with. He lived his life with humility, forgiveness and love. In his short life, he brought joy to who ever he could. We will earnestly wait for the day when we can see his smiling face, hear his gentle laugh, and hold our Kevin in God’s kingdom.
If you wish to leave comments or words of support for the family, please leave a comment below.
Which Adventist family would like to host a young German student for a year?
Simona Peter, turning 15 years old in June 2013, wants to expand her horizon and would love to spend a year in the United States (school year 2013/14).
She lives with her sister and her parents near Frankfurt, Germany. Her father works as a physician in a nearby Christian hospital, where also her mother works as the librarian. The parents have lived in the US from 1991 to 1996, where her father completed his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center and her older sister Katharina was born. Her sister spent the last school year in the US as well.
Simona is a spirited girl, a good student and likes to think deeply. She enjoys good food and likes to cook and bake. She loves to get to know new people, likes to laugh and have fun with her friends.
Interested families can get in contact with us through email: email@example.com
Tuesday April 30
3 p.m., Suite S203, Room S214 of the Seminary
In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree, Doctor of Ministry, Tom Evans will have an oral assessment of his DMin project document, titled, "Implementation of a Conference-Wide Church Planting Strategy within the Texas Conference."
Wednesday, May 22
3 p.m., Room 108 of ITS Building
In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree, Doctor of Ministry, Bron Jacobs will have an oral assessment of his DMin project document, titled, "Developing a Shared Congregational Vision for the Kansas
Avenue Seventh-day Adventist Church in Riverside, California."
Space is extremely limited. Those who wish to attend are to contact Yvonna Applewhite at 269-471-3552 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oronoko Township's plan to extend water and sewer lines along M-139 appears to be moving from vision to reality. Township Supervisor Mike Hildebrand announced Tuesday night that 95 percent of the $4.8 million needed has been secured. Read full story.
Did you know the Howard Performing Arts Center holds more than 200 events each year? Did you know that in addition to University ensembles, local elementary and secondary schools are able to utilize the Howard? Further, did you know the Howard Performing Arts Center is available for rental use for special events and weddings? In short, the Howard Performing Arts Center at Andrews University—designed for the performance of music and educational activities meeting fine arts standards—is committed to continuing to make the facility available to the community.
The Howard Performing Arts Center is a busy venue with 207 events last year alone. Erica Griessel, manager, says, “The needs of our Andrews University Department of Music ensembles are our top priority—choirs, operas, symphony orchestra, wind symphony, student recitals, faculty recitals and studio recitals.”
Local schools, including Andrews Academy, Ruth Murdoch Elementary School, Village SDA Elementary, Berrien Springs Middle School and Berrien Springs High School, also utilize the concert hall throughout each season. The University also uses the facility to host speakers for University forums, an annual student talent show, several music festivals, and as a venue to host prospective students. In the summer months, the Howard Center is home to multi-day conferences. There is also steady interest in using the concert hall for recording purposes.
The John & Dede Howard 90.7 WAUS Studios are also housed at the Howard Performing Arts Center. In partnership with WAUS, a Second Sunday Concert Series is held on the second Sunday of each month at 4 p.m. Most concerts are free of charge and feature a classical artist.
The major donors for the building, John and Dede Howard, had a strong desire for the facility to serve not only Andrews University’s needs but also Berrien Springs and the greater Southwest Michigan community. This remains a strong priority for Andrews University administration.
“Much of our busy season is comprised of groups from the University and the community who rent the lobby or concert hall for their special event,” continues Griessel. “Community groups, such as the Optimist Club of Berrien Springs, the Michigan State University 4-H Extension program, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra’s Musicians in the Schools, and Lake Michigan Youth Orchestra use the Howard Center nearly annually.”
The lobby of the Howard Center is also frequently rented for wedding receptions, dinner parties, banquets, business luncheons and senior photos.
Howard Performing Arts Center management plans an annual season with six to twelve concerts with visiting artists in the genres of classical, Christian contemporary, jazz, world and instrumental music.
Griessel says, “With our desire to be your home for an exceptional concert experience, we make an effort to represent both local artists as well as artists from all around the world. In the past we’ve featured Vienna Boys Choir, Sandi Patty, Canadian Brass, Brandon Heath, Dailey & Vincent, and many more.”
If you’ve never been to the Howard Performing Arts Center, the current season still has several great concert experiences. On April 7, Christian contemporary artist Laura Story performs. The University Singers and Chorale perform in their annual Easter Choral Concert on Saturday, March 30, and the Wind Symphony has their spring concert on Sunday, April 21. As a finale to the season, the University Chorale and Symphony Orchestra are performing Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Charles Reid, tenor, on Saturday, April 27, at 6:30 P.M. For more information, visit us on the web at howard.andrews.edu or call the box office at 269-471-3560.
Planning for the 10th season, 2013–2014, is currently underway. Management always accepts suggestions from the campus and community on artists for the Howard Center Presents… concert series. Send suggestions to Erica Griessel, manager, at email@example.com or call 269-471-3560. If you have an interest in renting the Howard Center or the lobby for your special event, please contact them for further information.
A draft of the 2013 Campus Master Plan for Andrews University is available for download and review.
This draft is a first draft and is intended for introduction and review purposes only. Although a general outline and the graphic content of this document have already been presented to the Andrews University Campus Planning Committee, the draft has yet to be reviewed in detail. The authors of this document anticipate that appropriate details will be changed subsequent to a more thorough review.
You are invited to peruse this document carefully and offer comments and critique at your discretion. A draft of the Campus Master Plan, its goals and illustrations will also be presented to the faculty and staff at a later date, which has yet to be determined. A summary of the decision-making process behind this project can be found on the blog of this website.
View the new Campus Master Plan.
Wednesday, March 13
5 p.m., Bell Hall Room 013
The Andrews University Passion play, in its 10th year, will be open for two days, Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7. This is a scheduling change from the past when it took place over Easter weekend. Read the full story here.
Dr. Jiri Moskala has been appointed dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. In October Dr. Denis Fortin announced his desire to step away from administration in order to return to full-time teaching in the department of theology at the seminary beginning fall 2013. Moskala will become dean on July 1, 2013. Read the full story here.
“49104: The Next Best Place” was the theme for this year’s annual Faculty/Staff awards night, held Sunday, March 3, at the Howard Performing Arts Center. Each year at this event faculty and staff are given recognition through the Years-of-Service Awards, Excellence in Service Awards, Faith Development Leadership Award, Daniel A. Augsburger Excellence in Teaching Awards and Siegfried H. Horn Excellence in Research & Creative Scholarship Awards.
“49104” was an Andrews-themed take on Garrison Keillor's popular radio show, A Prairie Home Companion. It featured all local talent, including live bluegrass music by Five for Grace and a script written by Bruce Closser, Scott Moncrieff and Ivan Davis from the Department of English and Ronald Knott, director of the Andrews University Press. A cast of faculty and staff performed “live” radio skits about life in our little community, “Where all the faculty are strong, all the staff are smart, and all the students are over-performing.” Nicholas Miller, associate professor of church history at the Seminary, was the host for the evening’s performance, and coached the audience on proper British ways of etiquette and pronunciation. The title song, “49104: The Next Best Place,” was a parody written and performed by Knott, based on “Something Good” from The Sound of Music. Dining Services implemented the theme with local food items served from farm stands erected in the Howard Lobby.
Siegfried H. Horn Excellence in Research & Creative Scholarship Award
This award was established in 2011 to honor Siegfried Horn’s legacy of scholarship and contribution to the field of biblical archaeology at Andrews University, and his impact upon the world church and the wider community of scholars. The award was established to recognize the lifetime scholarship achievement of Andrews University faculty members. The chair of the Scholarly Research Council accepts nominations in four separate categories: Arts, Humanities and Education; Pure and Applied Sciences; Professional Programs; and Religion and Theology. Award recipients, who must be associate or full professors and full-time employees for a minimum of five years, are selected by the membership of the Scholarly Research Council.
This year’s recipients were: Fernando Canale, professor of theology & philosophy, Department of Theology & Christian Philosophy; Winston Craig, professor of nutrition, Department of Nutrition & Wellness; Tevni Grajales Guerra, professor of research and statistical methodology, Department of Graduate Psychology & Counseling; and Øystein LaBianca, professor of anthropology, Department of Behavioral Sciences.
Staff Excellence in Service Award
The recipients of this award are hourly or salaried full- or part-time staff who have served for at least three consecutive years, and have not previously received the award. The award is given in recognition of outstanding service to the University, the church and the community, and for demonstrating, by precept and example, a Christ-centered life. This year’s recipients were Cynthia Caballero, secretary, Ruth Murdoch Elementary School; Gregory Offenback, heavy equipment operator, Transportation; and Edelmira Guzman, custodial supervisor, Lamson Hall.
Daniel A. Augsburger Excellence in Teaching Award
Eight faculty members received the Daniel A. Augsburger Excellence in Teaching Award. This award recognizes faculty whose teaching reflects the high standards of excellence modeled by Daniel A. Augsburger in his 60 years of teaching at Andrews University. Augsburger’s leadership, academic rigor, breadth of knowledge, teacher-scholar role, along with care and concern for students, exemplify the best of faculty endeavors. Faculty from each school nominate and choose their individual candidates. This year’s recipients were: Gary Burdick, associate dean of research, School of Graduate Studies & Research; Pedro Navia, professor of Spanish, College of Arts & Sciences; Shelly Perry, associate professor of social work, College of Arts & Sciences; Tom Michaud, instructor of digital media, School of Architecture, Art & Design; Ben Maguad, professor of management, School of Business Administration; Nancy Carbonell, associate professor of counselor education and counseling psychology, School of Education; Richard Show, associate professor of medical laboratory science; and Darius Jankiewicz, associate professor of theology, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary.
Faith Development Leadership Award
This honor is awarded to any employee, faculty or staff, who has made a significant contribution to the spiritual life of campus. Formerly known as the Spiritual Life Award, instituted in 2005, the name was changed this year. This year’s honoree was Paul Elder, manager of Plant Service. His humbleness is one of the first attributes folks notice about him. Elder leads worship for all his staff every Monday and encourages an open searching heart for Jesus. He believes doing a good job is also leaving a good impression that Jesus makes the difference in your life. He is also an avid supporter of student missionaries and served on the Student Missions Advisory at Andrews University. Elder knows the names of all his staff and students. The students who work in his area said, “He always says hello to us no matter where we are on campus.” He is also engaged in his local church as an elder and Sabbath School teacher and leads out in the mid-week prayer meeting.
35 Years of Service Awards
Daniel Bidwell, senior systems administrator, Information Technology Services
Dan Bidwell started full-time work as a systems administrator at Andrews University in August 1977. He began teaching computer science in 1980 and was a member of the first graduating class in computer science in 1981, receiving a Master of Science. Andrews is grateful for the many contributions Dan has made to so many campus firsts: the first Internet connection, the first fiber optic data cable, and the first WEB server at Andrews, to name a few. Dan was also the first Seventh-day Adventist to receive a doctorate in computer science in 1986.
Gregory Offenback, heavy equipment operator, Transportation
Since 1978, Gregory Offenback has been doing all kinds of heavy lifting, so to speak, at Andrews. From his years of fixing equipment to planting and harvesting crops at the Andrews Farm and Dairy, to his current role as a “jack-of-all-trades” at Transportation, Greg certainly is one of Andrews’ most dedicated caretakers. The next time you enjoy a snow-free parking lot or a recently filled-in pothole, you have Greg to thank!
30 Years of Service Awards
Daniel Cress, director of servers & networks, Information Technology Services
Daniel Cress and his work can be characterized by the words quality, vision, innovation, research, planning and service. His vision, research and innovation have significantly impacted Andrews University: from planning and developing the campus network beginning 20 years ago, to finding technology to connect outlying buildings, designing and engineering the Seminary classrooms, and so much more.
Meredith Jones-Gray, professor of English, Department of English
Andrews University is a place of significance for Meredith Jones Gray—both professionally and personally. She joined the Department of English faculty 30 years ago; authored a history volume of the University, As We Set Forth, and is working on a second volume; earned three degrees from Andrews, and attended Andrews Academy and Ruth Murdoch Elementary School. And before that, it was the Sutherland House where her parents brought her home from the hospital when she was born.
Barry Wilson, master electrician, Plant Service
Barry Wilson has served Andrews University for 30 years, much of that as a master electrician for Plant Service. His greatest gift is his willingness to respond to any emergency, during his regular hours or in the middle of the night. Barry also represents Andrews in the community as a volunteer fireman. At any time he might be called to help save one of our neighbor’s lives or property.
25 Years of Service Awards
Elynda Bedney, director, Office of Student Financial Services
When you get information from Elynda Bedney, director of Student Financial Services, you know it will be done accurately. Just take a look at the Compliance Reviews from our Federal and State Agencies: the outcome is always the same…an excellent report! Bedney has given 25 years of excellent service to Andrews. Not bound by a time clock, she is there to ensure the enrollment process for financial clearance is handled accurately and timely.
Winston Craig, professor of nutrition and chair, Department of Nutrition & Wellness
Winston Craig has served as a leader in the Department of Nutrition & Wellness for the past 25 years. During his term as chair, he has guided the department through several transitions and been instrumental in developing academic programs. Colleagues and students alike appreciate his great storytelling ability and Christian example. Student comments on course evaluations testify to his excellent teaching and commitment to Christian education.
JoAnn Davidson, professor of theology, Department of Theology & Christian Philosophy
When JoAnn Davidson joined the Department of Theology & Christian Philosophy, it was at a time when women usually taught part-time, lecturing mostly in biblical languages. JoAnn’s assignment in the seminary consisted of teaching theology, that is, an academic area of study, where she had to research her own lectures on various doctrines and deliver them to masters and doctoral students. While students were used to tenors and basses, when this soprano joined, the department rallied behind her and she became what she is now—one of the top professors in the Seminary.
Kathleen Demsky, director, Architecture Resource Center, James White Library
As director of the Architecture Resource Center since 1990, Kathleen Demsky has made it the living room of the School of Architecture, Art & Design, and one of the most inviting and comfortable places to study on campus. She’s also been a leading force in establishing a European study program and the Waldensian Study Tour. As sponsor of the American Institute of Architecture Students and sponsor for Friday evening vespers, she serves students with warmth and Christian character as both a mentor and friend.
Steven Hansen, professor of art, Department of Visual Art & Design
Steven Hansen has been a faculty member at Andrews since 1987—exhibiting a wide variety of artistic interests over the years, beginning with painting then moving on to sculpture, working primarily in clay for the last couple of decades. Most recently he added a renewed interest in art history, beginning research on a manuscript that he hopes will be published in the near future. Held in high regard by colleagues and students alike, one of the key lessons Hansen instills in all he encounters is how “there can be no specific tag placed on what qualifies as ‘art’ in general.”
Herbert Helm, professor of psychology, Department of Behavioral Sciences
For 25 years Herbert Helm has defined the core of our psychology major at Andrews University. Herb’s understanding of the need for research in undergraduate education, his teaching skill, his high standards and the time he spends with students outside of the classroom have resulted in a very high level of student-led research/scholarship in the Department of Behavioral Sciences.
Mildred McGrath, patron services manager, James White Library
Mildred McGrath graciously shares her welcoming smile with patrons of the James White Library, while serving as the “front door” for those seeking library services. She takes a special interest in her student workers and is known for creating a family atmosphere at work, a deep care for her students’ wellbeing, and being dedicated to helping them succeed.
Alan Mitchell, assistant professor of music, Department of Music
“Organized” was a consistent theme for those who reflected on Alan Mitchell’s service to Andrews. It’s an attribute that has endeared him to colleagues and students alike. From coordinating music study and performance tours both domestically and internationally, to conducting the Andrews University Wind Symphony, to teaching countless students pursuing degrees in music education, Alan is greatly respected.
John Reichert, physical education instructor, Andrews Academy
Weeklong backpacking and mountain biking excursions in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina are just some of the ways John Reichert’s emphasis on health and exercise extend beyond the gymnasium. Since 1987, he has been faculty for Andrews Academy’s physical education department. Always looking for ways to improve physical education at Andrews Academy, John has been instrumental in overseeing the renovations of the Academy fitness center, to the benefit of both students and staff.
Dorothy Show, administrative assistant, Department of Old Testament
Over the past 25 years, Dorothy Show has been an amazing, yes, awesome administrative assistant for the Department of Old Testament. Her encyclopedic knowledge and expertise in the various facets of Seminary life are legendary. Professors in the department unfailingly know that when Dorothy is given a job to do, it will be done thoroughly, completely and accurately. No one is unimportant to her—even the little children who come to the office and get one of her famous “stickers!”
Richard Show, assistant professor of medical laboratory sciences, Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences
Richard Show, or Dick as he is fondly known, is a consummate educator who brings a vast amount of clinical experience, practical insight and knowledge to his students. In addition to his teaching, Dick’s gift for instrument troubleshooting and repair has saved the University thousands of dollars over the years by cheerfully repairing donated instruments or fixing instruments that suffered under a little too much enthusiastic student use.
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Old Testament scholar Moskala was chosen yesterday to serve as dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, located in the U.S. state of Michigan.
Moskala, who has served at the Seminary since 1996, will fill the role held by current dean Denis Fortin, who last October announced his intention to return to fulltime teaching at the seminary by this autumn. Read the full story here.
A new dean has been named at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. Jiri Moskala, who has served at the Seminary since 1996, accepted the position most recently held by Denis Fortin. Moskala’s appointment is effective July 1, 2013. In October of 2012, Fortin announced his desire to step away from administration in order to return to full-time teaching in the Department of Theology & Christian Philosophy at the Seminary beginning fall 2013.
“We narrowed it down to five candidates. When the final candidate review was done, it felt like the Lord was leading because there was a definite consensus that emerged on one candidate: Jiri Moskala,” says Ben Schoun, chair of the Andrews University Board of Trustees and a general vice president for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. “Dr. Moskala is a fine academic scholar and very loyal to the church. I don’t know anyone who can question his commitment to the mission and values that we stand for.”
Moskala presently serves as professor of Old Testament exegesis and theology and chair of the Department of Old Testament at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. Moskala says of his new appointment, “My vision for the Theological Seminary is to be the light for the world and the theological resource for the church. We are here to serve the worldwide church in various capacities to prepare future church leaders to work and deal with different challenges in order to proclaim the eternal Gospel with conviction, urgency and passion, make a difference for good, and prepare people for the soon second coming of Jesus.”
The Seminary dean is a member of the General Conference International Board of Theological and Ministerial Education, the North American Division Executive Committee and the North American Division Board of Theological and Ministerial Education. Additionally, the dean of the Seminary works closely with leadership from both the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists and the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
Schoun says, “The Seminary at Andrews University is like a wonderful think-tank for the Adventist church. For those of us in church leadership who are out encouraging the work on the ground to go forward, it’s nice to get the council of the thinkers who are here at the Seminary. It’s a wonderful resource to be able to call upon in these various kinds of church issues.”
“Moskala is someone who comes from a very strong biblical and mission-oriented background,” says Ted Wilson, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. “He and his family are very focused on the tremendous task the Lord has given to the Seventh-day Adventist Church and out of that grows his passion for the educational process and mission of the church. It is a blessing to have someone like that heading the Seminary, keeping in front of many theological students, not only the academic side, which is very important, but also the practical mission side as we approach Christ's soon coming.”
Born in Cesky Tesin, Czech Republic, Moskala received a Master of Theology in 1979 and a Doctor of Theology in 1990, all from the Comenius Faculty of Protestant Theology (now Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University), Czech Republic. In 1998, he completed his Doctor of Philosophy from Andrews University. Moskala began his ministry as a pastor for the Czecho-Slovakian Union, serving in this capacity until 1989. When the Communist regime fell after the Velvet Revolution, he established and served as the first principal of the Theological Seminary in Prague for training pastors. Moskala also served in various other capacities including director of the Life and Health Society, Education Department and Health Department for the Czecho-Slovakian Union.
Moskala has served as a speaker for many Bible conferences and theological symposia in all 13 divisions of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and has lectured at Adventist universities and colleges around the world. He is a member of various theological societies including the Adventist Society for Religious Studies, Adventist Theological Society, Chicago Society of Biblical Research, Society of Biblical Literature, and Society of Christian Ethics.
Moskala has authored or edited a number of articles and books in both Czech and English. In addition, he has participated in several archaeological expeditions in Tell Jalul, Jordan.
Moskala and his wife, Eva Moskalova, have five grown children and three grandchildren. “This is a great honor for the confidence expressed in me, but it also holds a sense of immense responsibility. I feel like Moses in front of the Burning Bush. One of the Bible verses which speaks to me in this situation is Proverbs 16:9: ‘In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.’ But I trust God, because when He calls one to do something, He also provides strength, wisdom, guidance, and constant help. I rely on God’s promise: Isaiah 41:13, I am the Lord your God who took you by your right hand and says to you do not fear, I will help you,” he says.
The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
The primary mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary is to prepare ministers and teachers for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It offers a Master of Divinity; Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Religion, Religious Education, and Youth & Young Adult Ministry; dual degrees in Master of Arts in Youth & Young Adult Ministry/Master of Social Work and Master of Divinity/Master of Social Work; and five doctoral programs: Doctor of Ministry; Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical & Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology, Religion, and Religious Education; and Doctor of Theology. The Seminary has seven departments: Christian Ministry, Church History, Discipleship & Religious Education, New Testament, Old Testament, Theology & Christian Philosophy, and World Mission. It also offers learning opportunities to students through several centers and institutes such as: Center of Continuing Education for Ministry, Institute of Church Ministry, Institute of Hispanic Ministry, Greek Manuscript Research Center, the Institute of Archaeology, and Institute of Jewish-Christian Studies. In addition, the Seminary works in close association with the North American Division Evangelism Institute (NADEI), the Center for Youth Evangelism, and the Seventh-day Adventist Institute of World Mission.
The Seminary is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse seminary campuses in North America with about 550 students studying on the main campus and an additional 750 attending Seminary classes offered at extension sites in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. The Seminary holds full accreditation from the Adventist Accrediting Association, the Association of Theological Schools and the Higher Learning Commission.
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