Forty-two students are departing on a nearly one-month long Bible Lands Tour on Sunday, May 13, led by Department of Religion & Biblical Languages faculty Ante Jeroncic and Ruben Munoz-Larrondo. Each of the participating students are enrolled in two of three courses: Jesus in His Time & Ours; Personal Spirituality & Faith; or In the Footsteps of Moses. Their travels will take them to Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Turkey, and Greece. “Apart from it being an educational tour with the aim of helping students understand the world of the Bible and thus enrich their understanding of Scripture, we are approaching this as a "spiritual pilgrimage" of sorts,” says Jernoncic. During the tour, students participate in regular worship services and spiritual activities appropriate to the different places they are visiting.
The Andrews University Department of Agriculture is offering 20 weeks of naturally grown fruits and vegetables from the student gardens and orchards to be delivered to your door each week. For more information and to sign up, please visit www.augardens.com. This first year the number of subscriptions will be capped at 60.
The Andrews University Office of Campus Safety has seen an increase in the number of motorists failing to stop at stop signs on campus. This poses a risk for the large number of pedestrians on campus. Video enforcement, particularly at stop signs, is being utilized for enforcement and citations will be issued for motorists who fail to obey posted traffic signs.
Andrews University will host its first health and fitness symposium, "Connect & Inspire to Share," from Thursday through Sunday. The symposium will feature keynote presenters including Katia Reinert, RN, MSN, who will discuss "The Epidemic of Obesity and Inactivity: What You Can Do" and Don Morgan, Ph.D., who will give a presentation titled, "Change Your Mind, Change Your Body, Change Your Life." Several seminars will also be available. Read the full story.
A recent review of pastoral demographics in the United States reveals that nearly 50 percent of Seventh-day Adventist ministers will reach retirement age within 10 years, a discovery that is prompting ministry officials to examine potential scenarios to address the coming dilemma. Read the full story.
G.T. Ng, executive secretary of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and Don Jernigan, president of Adventist Health System, are among the featured speakers at the commencement events from May 4–6, 2012. The weekend will honor the accomplishments of one of the largest undergraduate classes in recent history with 330 seniors. At Commencement, two individuals, Leona Running and Ismael Castillo Osuna, will also be receiving honorary degrees. The full schedule of events is at www.andrews.edu/graduation. Read full story.
The Andrews University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team was named Regional Champions at the annual SIFE competition held at the Hyatt O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Ill., on Monday, April 16, 2012. As a result, they are eligible to participate in the National Competition to be held in Kansas City, Mo., May 22–24, 2012.The team presented the projects they had successfully completed this year before more than a dozen industry judges. Projects included, to name a few, “Teach a Student about Business” and “Moving Forward in Style” programs at local Pathfinder Clubs and the Boys & Girls Club of Benton Harbor, respectively, and face painting as part of the “Kindle Your Christmas Spirit” in Berrien Springs. They also participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which helps low-income individuals in Berrien County prepare their annual state and federal taxes at no cost, and wrote a number of articles for the Student Movement to inform Andrews University students about financial credit issues.
This year’s SIFE team that went to competition consisted of Leslie Harris, Alyssia Cunningham, Andrew Pagels, Gabriel Grau, Garrett Holmes, Jason Shockey, Laury Fouche, Maria Claudia Rengifo, Patience Sampah and Terrence Mayberry. They were assisted by SIFE faculty advisors, Ann Gibson, professor of accounting, and Jacquelyn Warwick, professor of marketing.
Andrews University offers produce subscription this year. Students will deliver fresh produce through a subscription service within 10 miles of campus.
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Andrews University is now starting home produce delivery for 60 households this summer under their Community Supported Agriculture program.
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Gary Hamel, an Andrews University alumni and a world-renowned business management expert, said companies and organizations need to take a different approach when it comes to management and leadership, discarding bureaucracy for innovation, creativity and a respect for values and principles.
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Canadian Brass performed a diverse mix at Andrews Univerity's Howard Performing Arts Center on April 15.
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It was a windy afternoon on March 27 when a Cessna Sky Master 337C flew into its new home at the Andrews Airpark. Arriving from Goshen, Ind., it was greeted by a group of very excited students, faculty and staff. The high-performance plane was a donation from John Hull, co-owner of Emergency Radio Service, Inc., in Ligonier, Ind. Read full story.
Spring Semester is almost over and it’s time to think about wrapping up another year. As you sort, pack and prepare for summer, please take note if you have lost your keys, cell phone, ID card, glasses, sunglasses, etc. Many things get turned into us and we would like nothing more than to reunite you with your lost items. Please feel free to contact us with a description via email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call us at 471-3321.
Forty thousand pounds of electronics: that is what Andrews University is powered up about.
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Andrews University students, in association with the Public Relations Student Society of America, will host a 3 on 3 basketball tournament on Saturday to raise funds for Polly's Place Home and Healing Center.
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Visitors to Andrews University's Easter Passion Play on Saturday traveled back in time 2,000 years as they witness the events of Holy Week come to life before their eyes.
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Andrews University has partnered with Rave Mobile Safety, the leader in mobile safety, to offer an emergency alert notification system called AU Alert. AU Alert delivers reliable emergency text and email messages to students, staff and faculty any time an emergency notification is needed on campus.
AU Alert notices are intended only for situations involving imminent danger to health or human safety. These may include severe weather alerts, winter weather class cancellations, hostile threats, utility failure, major road closings or fire, among others.
Every Andrews’ student, staff and faculty has a self-service account in the University’s AU Alert system. You can configure your account to sign up for our AU Alert service. Then, when Andrews University issues an AU Alert notice, it will be sent to you via the phone (text) and/or email contact information you have provided.
While AU Alert is intended to enhance safety for the campus community, it does not represent a guarantee. Reliability depends on human factors such as accuracy and timeliness of information, and on technical factors such as cell phone network coverage, in-bound traffic on telephone landlines, and availability of power to the University server and your computer. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to take advantage of the AU Alert service as a prudent measure while continuing to exercise normal attention to personal and community safety.
AU Alert sends notices at no charge; however, your provider's standard charges will apply for carrying text messages sent by AU Alert. AU Alert is supported on all U.S. mobile carriers. If you switch carriers, you will need to login to reconfigure your personal settings.
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Your Andrews University email user account name and password will be required to sign up.
To sign up for AU Alert:
- Login to AU Alert with your Andrews user name and password.
Confirm or edit your name, email, cell phone and/or land line phone.
- You can add additional phone numbers and email accounts.
Once you submit your information, allow up to 24 hours for it to be entered in the AU Alert database. Normally, entry is done once per day. Alerts will not be sent to you until your information has been entered in the AU Alert database.
Andrews University will host a free electronics recycling event on Wednesday, Apr. 11 from 3–7 p.m.
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Celebrate the culinary diversity of our area this Sunday at Andrews University's 48th Annual International Food Fair, where more than 20 international clubs at Andrews will create food representing their home nations.
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Andrews University will host an International Food Fair on April 1, 2012. Enjoy a sample of foods from around the world! Read the full story here.
The Office of Campus Ministries, and the spiritual life and chaplaincy services it offers, plays a central role for students, staff and faculty at Andrews University. The Center for Youth Evangelism (CYE) is an important resource and service center for youth ministry both on- and off-campus. A realignment of responsibilities for these two areas is underway as follows.
In recent years Ron Whitehead, executive director of the CYE, has served part-time in the Office of Campus Ministries with the title special assistant to the president for spiritual life. Japhet De Oliveira, director of the CYE, has also served part-time in the Office of Campus Ministries with responsibility for student missions and chapels.
“Following a number of conversations involving the two directors of the CYE, the vice president for Student Life, the provost and the dean of the Seminary, it has been concluded that the two part-time positions should become full-time such that Japhet De Oliveira will work full-time in Campus Ministries as leader of that area, while Ron Whitehead will work full time in the CYE,” says Niels-Erik Andreasen, president of Andrews University.
When this transition has been fully implemented, De Oliveira will head up Campus Ministries and report to the vice president for Student Life. His exact title and time of transition are yet to be determined. Similarly Ron Whitehead will be full-time with the CYE, which at the present is a separate corporation owned by Andrews (similar to WAUS). The university president chairs the board of the CYE. Its members include the presidents of the North America Division and the Lake Union Conference along with the dean of the Seminary where the CYE plays an important role in the youth ministry degree program.
Overall planning and staff assignments in Campus Ministries and the CYE may see some changes but they will be implemented so as to cause the least disruption in each area.
Andreasen notes, “As these various conversations noted above took place, Japhet De Oliveira articulated his strong passion for Campus Ministries, spiritual life and chaplaincy, while Ron Whitehead agreed that the resultant renewal will be good for both.”
Additional details will become available as this transition begins its implementation. The timing of this decision is in response to both parties wishing to get planning for next year off to an early start.
Surveillance at the intersection of E. Campus Circle Drive and International Court has and will continue to increase. Motorists and bicyclists often disregard the posted stop signs. This poses significant danger of collisions.
The Office of Campus Safety may issue a citation for any vehicles failing to stop in accordance with standard traffic regulations.
Thank you for your compliance and courteous driving.
Andrews University successfully defended its USCAA Men’s Division II Basketball National Championship by beating Berkeley College, 72-58, late Saturday in Uniontown, Pa. Read full story.
Berrien Springs, Mich.—The Andrews University Cardinals won the USCAA Men’s Division II Basketball National Championship for the second consecutive year on March 10, 2012. The third-seed Cardinals successfully defended their title from the Berkeley College-New York Knights. Although they trailed in the first half, the Cardinals captured and retained the lead after an 11-2 run in the second half of the game. All-American Tyler Wooldridge was the lead scorer with 28 points followed by All-American Jerome Murray with 18 points to beat the Knights 72-58.
“This has been an unbelievable year for us,” says Dave Jardine, director of Student Activities & Athletics and the Cardinal’s head coach. “I’m so proud of these guys and the way they represent our institution. They truly are a blessing from God.”
The championship was held in Uniontown, Penn., from March 8–10. The Cardinals advanced to the semifinals after defeating Eastern Maine on March 8. All-American Honorable Mention Matthew Little led the scoring with 32 points while All-American Tyler Wooldridge added 22 points for a final score of 99-47.
In the semifinals the Cardinals competed against St. Joseph’s (Vt.) on March 9. Although they were losing 43-34 to St. Joseph with 9:41 remaining on the clock, the Cardinals took the lead with a 14-0 run and maintained their lead for the remainder of the game. The top scorer of the game was All-American Jerome Murray, who earned 17 points and 16 rebounds during the game. All-American Tyler Wooldridge made 15 points to add to a close finish with a final score of 55-52.
The United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) was founded as the National Little College Athletic Association (NLCAA) in 1966 and reorganized as the USCAA in 2001. Its goal is to allow the athletes of smaller colleges and universities to have the same opportunities in equal regional and national competition as the athletes of larger institutions of higher learning. The USCAA regularly hold national championships, honor student athletes, award All-American titles, and promote their member institutions. Currently it has 82 members in 24 states.
Greg Constantine, retired professor of art from Andrews University, will have an exhibition and book signing from 3–6 p.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 13 at Andrews University's James White Library.
The founder and frontman of the unconventional gospel quartet Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, which performed on Saturday at Andrews University’s Howard Performing Arts Center, is celebrating last month’s release of “Here We Are Again,” their first recording of all original material in four years.
The annual Faculty/Staff awards night, “Celebrating Excellence at Andrews University,” was held Sunday, March 4 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, Spiritual Life Award, the Daniel A. Augsburger Excellence in Teaching Award and the Siegfried H. Horn Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award. Read full story.
Andrews University values caring for the earth and participates in several recycling efforts that include keeping paper, aluminum cans, plastic bottles and electronics out of landfills. In February, battery recycling was added to that list. Todd Cook, a Master’s of Social Work student at Andrews University, and a retired chief petty officer and military veteran, is spearheading a battery recycling initiative on campus.
Ever since Cook visited a landfill and saw batteries and other contaminants leaking into the soil, he has been passionate about the subject of recycling. “It was very humbling,” he says.
Cook purchased nine containers out of his own funds to get the Battery Reclaim Program launched. He painted each one bright green and placed the containers in the Administration Building, the Seminary, Meier Hall, the Department of Social Work lounge in Nethery Hall, Plant Service, the Andrews Bookstore, Lamson Hall and the James White Library.
“Batteries are a serious problem in landfills because some of the chemicals they contain (such as nickel and cadmium) are toxic and can pollute the soil and water they come in contact with,” says Cook. “As Christians we should not only set the example of good faith, strong values, and high integrity and standards, but also should promote and advocate for the Planet Earth and future generations.”
Andrews University takes part in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Peer Audit Initiative and even served as a test site for the Peer Audit training. Paul Elder, manager of Plant Service, is committed to ensuring Andrews is in full compliance with all EPA regulations. Elder and Ben Panigot from the Office of Campus Safety are developing an Environmental Management System (EMS) for campus that will promote continual compliance to all EPA regulations.
“Part of the EMS includes promoting best practice guidelines for continual environmental improvements throughout campus,” says Elder. “When Todd gave me the battery recycling proposal, it was clear to see this was in line with the EMS we are developing. I appreciate his initiative in making Andrews a more environmentally friendly campus.”
Currently, Cook is running the program alone, however he is seeking dedicated volunteers to assist with the program. Presently, Cook collects the batteries once every two weeks or more as needed and drop them off at a battery recycling collection site, such as Lowe’s or RadioShack. The types of batteries accepted for recycling are AA, AAA, AAAA, 6V, 9V, C, D, watch, hearing aid, and rechargeable batteries, including those used in hand tools.
For more information or to volunteer to help, contact Todd Cook at email@example.com or 701-630-4142.
What was once a small online radio station operating off of just one computer in a single room, is now reaching out to encourage and inspire not only the campus and community of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich., but listeners from all over the world.
Using a $15,000 sponsorship from the North America Division of Seventh-Day Adventists Communication Department, CMRadio began as a ministry of the Center for Youth Evangelism at Andrews University in 2002. Originally focused on young adults, it was then known as AYRadio (Adventist Youth Radio) and housed on a single computer in a small office. It was quickly determined CMRadio had a ministry to share beyond campus. In 2005, AYRadio became CMRadio and moved into its permanent studio located in the Office of Campus Ministries in Andrews University Campus Center. Read full story.
"We want to congratulate our four National Merit finalists. We are so proud of each of them and of every member of the class of 2012,” says Robert Overstreet, principal of Andrews Academy. “We pray all of our students will continue to develop academically and spiritually throughout the rest of this school year and every year of their lives."
The finalists in each year's National Merit Scholarship program show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Approximately 1.5 million students from 22,000 high schools entered the 2012 National Merit Scholarship program by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit scholarship Qualifying Tests (PSAT/NMSQT). These students are the highest-scoring entrants and represent less than 1 percent of each state's high school seniors. The students now qualify for the National Merit Scholarships, which will be awarded in the spring of 2012.
Andrews Academy is a four-year college prep school located on the campus of Andrews University.
In May of 2011, Andrews University purchased the Lake Union Conference (LUC) office complex, which is adjacent to the Andrews campus. This location is now the home for the new School of Distance Education, formerly Griggs University along with other University departments. The sales agreement allows the LUC office staff to temporarily consolidate their offices into the original building on U S Hwy 31 until a new office can be constructed. When completed, Andrews University will take full possession of the former LUC buildings and land.
An important step in the relocation took place on Monday, February 27, 2012, when a lengthy process to purchase 8.6 acres of land was completed. The new office location is on the west corner of M139 and Red Bud Trail, just one mile west of the Andrews Campus. LUC president Don Livesay comments: "Our new office will embrace the efficiencies of a smaller size and newer construction. We have intentionally chosen to remain close to Andrews University to keep our valued relationship strong."
The Office of Human Resources has recently had some staffing changes that include two new additions to their team.
Maria Velez is the new payroll supervisor in the Office of Human Resources. She is replacing Amy Waller who left in December 2011. Velez most recently worked as the administrative assistant/service records assistant in that office. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in finance and a Master of Business Administration, both from Andrews University.
Inez A. Reyes is the new administrative assistant/service records assistant in the Office of Human Resources. She replaces Maria Velez. Reyes most recently worked as a certified pharmacy technician (CphT) for Family Fare Pharmacy in Dowagiac, Mich. Previously, she has worked as a mentor manager in the MARK mentoring program at Mildred C. Wells Academy in Benton Harbor, Mich.; a concierge for Errand Solutions in Elmhurst, Ill.; and an assistant sales director for AmeriSuites, Itasca, Ill. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from South Carolina State University and a Master of Media Communication from Governors State University in University Park, Ill.
Tiffani Grigsby is the new employment/benefits manager in the Office of Human Resources. She replaces Katrina Wright-Rayhill. Grigsby most recently worked as a human resource generalist for Cancer CarePartners of Mishawaka, Ind., and prior to that, she filled the same role at Goshen Health System in Goshen, Ind. She has a Bachelor of Business Management and is currently studying for her master’s in business management with a specialization in human resources, both from Indiana Wesleyan University. After living in Goshen, Ind., for 12 years, Grigsby relocated to Berrien Springs in December 2011.
The Office of Human Resources includes Payroll, Benefits, Employment and Training & Development. It is located on the second floor of the Administration Building.
Andrews University has announced the names of undergraduate students appearing on the dean's list for fall semester 2011. The following students have achieved a semester GPA of 3.5 or above with at least 12 credits, no incompletes and no grade below a B. There are 553 students on the dean’s list. Read full story.
Police have questioned two people in connection with a string of car break-ins in Berrien County, including cars in the Meier Hall parking lot on the Andrews University campus.
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The One Project held its second American gathering February 13 and 14, 2012, in Seattle. About 700 people from all over the world assembled to spend extensive time in worship and adoration of Jesus.
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The Berrien Springs school board is back to full strength with the appointment of a new board member: James Jeffery, the dean of the undergraduate school of education at Andrews University.
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The annual gathering of The One Project seeks to provide an environment where people can honestly look at their own priorities, examine the core of Christianity, and promote Jesus in their theology as Seventh-day Adventists.
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The Lake Union Herald, the official monthly publication of the Lake Union Conference, solicits stories from personal experience to publish in the One Voice column. The article should be a story of faith or challenge written by young people, ages 14 to 30 for their peers and/or church body. Authors whose stories are selected for publication will receive a $100 scholarship. Submit a 500-word story and short author bio to firstname.lastname@example.org. If selected, the editors will contact the author for a personal photo and address.
A group of School of Architecture, Art & Design students, faculty and community members, including alums, traveled to Haiti Jan. 15–24, 2012, to volunteer their time and sweat in rebuilding the campus of Adventist University of Haiti (UNAH). The campus was severely damaged in the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake. Since then, a number of Andrews University entities have offered ongoing support to rebuild the campus, including the Department of Physical Therapy, the Department of Behavioral Sciences and the Office of Campus Safety. Read full story.
A confidential complaint reporting system is in place for faculty, staff and students to share concerns, independent of management, about questionable accounting, accounting controls, auditing matters or financial ethical misconduct. If you have a financial concern, you may contact the internal auditor,Sylvia Budd, at 269-471-6503 or email@example.com. You may submit a complaint online via the Internal Auditor’s homepage at www.andrews.edu/services/auditor.
Beginning in the fall, the Andrews University School of Architecture will become the School of Architecture, Art & Design. Three new degree programs, interior design, construction management and documentary film, will be added to the school's offerings.
Andrews University is making a change to its School of Architecture. Starting in the 2012-13 academic year, the school will become the School of Architecture, Art & Design.
History sprints eternal in Berrien Springs, starting from the ancient history captured at the Siegfried H. Horn Archaeological Museum at Andrews University.
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CMRadio announces the latest addition to its programming lineup: Under the Radar!
Under The Radar highlights some of the best undiscovered and under-appreciated tunes from Christian artists. Host Dave Trout shares stories, spiritual insight, and exclusive artist interviews to discover the depth of faith and creativity found in the music.
We hope you'll join us this week for Under the Radar! Visit us online at andrews.edu/go/cmradio.
David Mann, a 20-year-old sophomore at Andrews University, is running for the 78th District House of Representatives seat.
Beginning in the 2012-13 academic year, the School of Architecture will become the School of Architecture, Art & Design. Three new degree programs, Interior Design, Construction Management and Documentary Film, will be added to the school’s offerings.
According to Carey Carscallen, dean of the School of Architecture, Art & Design, no other Seventh-day Adventist educational institution offers a four-year degree in building construction management or any programs focused on interior design.
"The church needs workers who understand its beliefs of simplicity, creativity, building and designing for the glory of God. Like other secular universities with construction management and interior design programs, our students will gain understanding of everything related to the profession. However, unlike others, they will also have the opportunity to participate in community service, outreach, mission work and even the opportunity to study abroad," says Carscallen.
The construction management degree will prepare students to plan, direct and coordinate a variety of projects, from residential to commercial, and everything from roads and bridges to schools and hospitals. Students pursuing the construction management degree will be required to have a minor in business administration.
Interior design students will learn to apply creative and technical solutions within a structure to create functional and aesthetically pleasing interior spaces.
“We will endeavor to teach our students the value of simplicity and creativity in design; how to compliment the architecture of any given project; and to utilize good judgment and frugality in regard to appropriateness of material selection,” says Paula Dronen, assistant dean of the School of Architecture, Art & Design.
The new Department of Visual Art & Design in the School of Architecture, Art & Design is also introducing a new degree in Documentary Film. This program will be ideally suited for those interested in storytelling. It will combine the foundation of documentary theory, film history, storyboarding, editing, compositing and sound creation, all while providing the students with a conceptual framework to use their skills to serve others.
Rhonda Root, chair of the Department of Visual Art & Design, says, "Our department is always seeking to stay up-to-date with advancements in the fine arts. We want to provide our students with the highest quality fine art education and career preparation possible."
The Department of Visual Art & Design will continue to offer students a number of other degree options: a BA in Fine Art and Art History; a BFA in Fine Art, Illustration, Graphic Design, Pre-Art Therapy and Art Direction/Advertising; a BS in Visual Art Education; a BFA in Commercial Photography and Fine Art Photography.
The addition of these three new areas of study not only strengthen the academic offerings of the new School of Architecture, Art & Design, but also bring expanded opportunities for service to Andrews University students.
“These programs offer new opportunities to bring construction management, interior design and documentary film skills to our mission outreach,” says Carscallen.
After extensive discussion and planning within academic administration, the following organizational changes in the University's academic programs have emerged. The Andrews University Board of Trustees has already approved most of these. Full implementation is anticipated during this year and the changes will be reflected in the 2012-2013 academic bulletin.
School of Health Professions in Progress
A new School of Health Professions will be established. The search for a dean of the School of Health Professions is underway. The following departments will transfer from the College of Arts & Sciences to this new school: Nursing, Physical Therapy, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology, and Nutrition & Wellness. It is anticipated that for the time being the new dean‚s office will be located near one of these departments. This is a longstanding initiative that is now being implemented with a view to strengthening the health professions departments.
New Name, New Degrees: School of Architecture, Art & Design
The School of Architecture has been authorized by the board to expand its educational services by adding programs in interior design and construction management. Additionally, it will be the new home for the consolidated programs of digital imaging, photography, art and design, including the newly approved program in documentary film. In recent years the chair, faculty and students of these programs have been dispersed between the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Technology and School of Architecture. They will now be consolidated in one school with the expectation that this will bring more unity to these programs. Accordingly, the name of the school will change to School of Architecture, Art & Design.
Closing of the College of Technology
The College of Technology has changed in a number of ways over the years. For example, technology courses in auto mechanics, construction, wood and metal have closed. Other programs have changed into entities of their own, i.e., engineering tech into engineering; computer studies into computer engineering, now a part of engineering; and architecture into a school of its own. Two other programs have developed significantly in terms of new facilities and services, namely agriculture and aeronautics. In light of this, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Aeronautics will now relate directly to the Office of the Provost. The Office of the Provost will be supported in this regard by an Assistant to the Provost, a position that is replacing the position of dean of the College of Technology. Verlyn Benson, who has served as the dean of the College of Technology, will assume this position. These two departments operate business enterprises, namely the Andrews Farm & Dairy and the Andrews Airpark. A center will be established to expand these economic and business enterprises both locally in Southwest Michigan and internationally, where the Departments of Agriculture and Aeronautics are already active. These external initiatives will relate to the Office of the President through a position of Assistant to the President, held by the same individual. Such collaboration between educational institutions and their communities are common in our time and hold promise for the parties involved.
College of Arts & Sciences Becomes Smaller
Finally, the College of Arts & Sciences will become smaller. It will give up six departments: five to the School of Health Professions and one to the School of Architecture, Art & Design. However, it has added the Department of Engineering & Computer Science, which is closely aligned with the natural sciences and is expected to grow into a leading program. Moreover, the College of Arts & Sciences has become the new home for the master's in international development with 300-400 students, mostly off-campus. The College of Arts & Sciences will also continue to provide most of the courses in general education and honors.
No organizational changes are proposed for the remaining schools of the University. However, their internal organization may well need some adjustment to prepare for the full impact of the Griggs University programs, many of which will likely become Andrews programs in the foreseeable future.
John Oostema and Ryan Dame combined for 42 points to lead Grace Bible to an 80-72 win against Andrews University on Thursday night at Aldrich Athletic Center.
Andrews University Department of Music professors Carla Trynchuk and Chi Yong Yun present a French-themed violin and piano recital at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Howard Performing Arts Center.
A seminary student experiences a crisis of faith when he finds his life in imminent danger. Read the story.
Haengso Hong is the Seminary student who fell through an icy pond last winter. Robert Fuste, staff at Andrews University, was one of the people who aided in his rescue.
The IU South Bend men's basketball team fell to Andrews University, 60–59, Tuesday night.
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Andrews University will hold several public events this THursday through Tuesday to honor the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
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Andrews University will hand out three MLK Legacy of Freedom Awards this week as part of its celebration of King Day.
Lake Michigan College and Andrews University will hold a number of events in observation of Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 16. Read the full story.
In the event of severe winter weather conditions, the Office of Transportation and the Office of Campus Safety begin conferring at 2 a.m. and again at 5 a.m. Transportation is responsible for clearing the snow from the parking lots and campus roads. Campus Safety sends a vehicle out to personally check the main roads coming into Berrien Springs and confers with colleagues in the offices of the state, county, sheriff and Berrien Springs police, receiving an update on the road conditions in the 36 square miles of Berrien and Oronoko Township.
If the roads are clear, the campus traffic areas can be plowed and weather conditions are reasonable, the day proceeds like any other work/school day. However, if the local roads are impassable, Transportation is not able to keep up with the snow plowing on campus or there are significant power failures on campus, the chief of Campus Safety, Dale Hodges, confers with President Andreasen to recommend cancelling classes for the day.
The president makes the final decision and authorizes the cancellation of classes. It is then the responsibility of the Office of Integrated Marketing & Communication to distribute information to local TV and radio stations; update the school closing hotline (269-471-7660); send a broadcast email to all students, staff and faculty; send an SMS (text message); and post the information on the University website and Facebook page. Please check these sources for information and do not call the Office of Campus Safety. Note: Andrews Academy and Ruth Murdoch Elementary School make their own decisions about closing their schools for weather-related reasons.
Please remember that Andrews is a residential campus and can never really close. Faculty and staff: Plan a conversation with your coworkers and decide together how your department will respond when classes are cancelled. Weather conditions can vary dramatically throughout the county. You are ultimately responsible for your personal safety and only you can make the decision whether or not you should be out on the roads.
Update Your Emergency Notification Preferences
For purposes of emergency notifications, the Office of Public Safety encourages the use of Short Message Service (SMS), an emergency notification system that can send messages directly to your cell phone. All Andrews University employees and students are encouraged to visit www.andrews.edu/go/myems to configure their personal SMS notification preferences. Log in with your Andrews user name and password and click on “Configure SMS Notification Preferences.”
When clarinetist Jason Gresl began programming Sunday's concert at Andrews University's Howard Performing Arts Center, he had reality television in mind.
A clean, white blanket of fresh snow gleaming in the sunshine greeted faculty, staff and even some early bird students who returned to campus this week following the Christmas/New Year's holiday break.
Andrews University is pleased to announce Eileen McMillen as the new assistant manager of the Howard Performing Arts Center. This role was previously held by Erica Slikkers who, in Nov. 2011, was promoted to manager. McMillen’s official start date is Jan. 9, 2012.
“Eileen will be a powerful asset to the Howard Performing Arts Center,” says Slikkers. “She comes with experience in non-profit management, as well as a passion and respect for the arts.”
As assistant manager, McMillen will be responsible for volunteer coordination, event and concert management, as well as assist in a number of day-to-day management responsibilities for the 850-seat performance hall.
Prior to accepting the assistant manager position, McMillen had been working as director of funding and strategic development for StoneBridge School in Chesapeake, Va. She graduated from Andrews University with a Bachelor of Science in psychology in May 2009. Two years later, in May 2011, she completed her Master’s of Administration in International & Community Development.
During her time as a graduate student, McMillen worked with a number of non-profit organizations. She created a program evaluation of “Girls on the Run” for the United Way of Southwest Michigan and created a marketing plan for Neighbor to Neighbor, a Berrien Springs-based community service center and food bank. She also conducted an organizational evaluation for REACH International, an international child aid organization based in Berrien Springs.
“Music has always been a huge part of my life,” says McMillen. She took piano lessons as a child and played flute in her high school band. As a child, she sang in choirs; as a high school student she sang in the elite performance group New Generation Singers at Forest Lake Academy in Fla.; and as an adult, she has played a leadership role in music at her church. McMillen counts performing as an alto soloist in a production of Handel’s Messiah and being a member of the annual Candlelight Processional at Disney’s Epcot among the highlights of her musical experiences.
McMillen is a native of Sebring, Fla. She has been married since June 2011 to J.B. McMillen, a fellow Andrews alum who is currently serving as the young adult pastor for Redeeming Grace Fellowship Church in Chesapeake, Va. McMillen says she and her husband have two “furry” children, a cat and a dog.
Johnathan Stefanovic, 24, and his 19-year old brother David Stefanovic were arrested Tuesday night. Both had previously attended Andrews University.
A number of local media outlets covered the story:
- WNDU: Brothers arrested for attempted stabbing on Andrews University campus, robberies
- WSBT: Berrien Springs crime spree comes to an end
- ABC57: Brothers arrested in connection with Berrien Springs crime spree
- WSJM Radio: Berrien Springs Sees Spike In Crime
- Leader Publications: Crime Wave Taxes Police
- South Bend Tribune: Crime wave takes toll in Berrien Springs
Valerie Phillips, 56, assistant to the dean for the University Towers dormitory at Andrews University, was found deceased in her home on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011.
On Tuesday, Nov. 15, a fire broke out in the Haas family home in Berrien Springs. Their 3-year-old daughter, Rockelle Isabella-Aeppelina Haas, died in the fire. Robert Haas, her father, was injured in the fire. He reports that the bandage is off his left hand, and the rest of the family, wife Jessica and their infant son Jacob, are recovering as well.
Following the fire at the Haas family home, students and faculty members have been donating items and funds for the family. In the past three weeks, they have collected $346 for the PMC Community Assistance fund. The Office of Campus Ministries has collected more than 400 food items, 150 items of clothing, and specific items such as diaper bags, bedding, and baby clothes. Campus Ministries plans to send the Haas family a Christmas card on behalf of the Andrews University family.
The Haas family, who is currently staying in North Carolina, sent a message of thanks to the campus and Berrien Springs community for their prayers and support.
Ruth Murdoch Elementary School has been part of a peer-to-peer program for more than a year. This program allows seventh- and eighth-grade students at Ruth Murdoch to interact with students their own age at Blossomland.
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Andrews University students, staff and faculty helped kick off the Christmas season with our neighbors in Berrien Springs at the town’s annual Downtown Open House, “Kindle Your Christmas Spirit.” This event offers members of the Berrien Springs community a chance to gather for an evening of festive fun with something for everyone. An estimated 700 members of the community filled the streets of downtown Berrien Springs to enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, Christmas crafts for kids and a chance to see inside many businesses.
Since the first Downtown Open House held five years ago, members of the Andrews University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Club have offered face painting. Student volunteers don Santa hats and decorate hundreds of small rosy cheeks with snowflakes, Christmas trees and stars, to name a few. This year, nearly 300 children enjoyed the free painting.
Ann Gibson, co-sponsor of SIFE, says, “Because of our continued involvement, we now have community members seeking us out at the ‘Kindle the Christmas Spirit’ event because they have enjoyed the interaction between the SIFE students and their children in the past.”
Each year, Andrews’ participation has grown. This year, the Office of Integrated Marketing & Communication shared building space with the SIFE team. Andrews volunteers assisted children in making a Christmas garland to hang on the town’s Christmas tree located in Memorial Park. The children also made pinecone bird feeder ornaments to hang on the tree. “Everyone enjoyed sharing a cheery warm cup of Rosy Glow tea—a specialty from our own Dining Services—compliments of Andrews University,” says Rebecca May, director of campus relations and events at Andrews University.
The Easter Passion Play team found a creative way to bring the story of Jesus to life through a Live Nativity. Two Andrews students, Amarilis Rodriguez and Heber Garcia, were dressed as Mary and Joseph while sitting in a makeshift stable surrounded by a baby cow, chickens, sheep and even a miniature horse. Young and old alike enjoyed petting the animals and the Live Nativity was a fitting way for the Easter Passion Play team to participate in the event.
“Andrews is blessed to be part of a community that values bringing people together,” says José Bourget, a chaplain in the Office of Campus Ministries and producer for the Easter Passion Play. “Through the various festivities that each season brings, it’s great to see Berrien Springs—our hometown—come together especially now to celebrate peace, unity and goodwill to all men.”
Andrews University also provided pencils to Santa, who then handed them out to the children who came to share their wish list with him.
“It is our privilege to link arms with our little village on various community events and special occasions. Although there are dozens of resources available to the community on our campus, relationships are best built through personal contacts, not general invitations. We hope and pray that the influence of Andrews University in Berrien Springs will enrich the community we call home, in ways both large and small,” says May.
Desmond Murray, assistant professor of chemistry in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Andrews University, was selected by the Board of the Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA) as the College Science Teacher of the Year for 2012. Murray will be formally recognized at an awards ceremony on March 9, 2012, at the 59th Annual MTSA Conference in Lansing, Mich.
This award is given to science teachers in four areas: elementary, middle school, high school and college. The winning teachers are chosen for their use and modeling of best practices, inspiring their students, demonstrating innovative teaching strategies, being excellent role models for students and fellow educators, demonstrating leadership, and exhibiting a passion for science and teaching.
Other 2012 science educator awardees are: Mary Lindow, Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center (High School); Susan Tate, Whitehall Middle School (Middle School); and Rebecca Durling, Discovery Elementary School (Elementary School). Gary Abud of Grosse Pointe North High School received Science Teacher of Promise and the Informal Science Educator of the Year was awarded to Sarah Halson, environmental education managerat The Greening of Detroit, a non-profit organization.
Murray says, “I believe my single most important teaching innovation is promotion, implementation and continuous improvement of early research participation (ERP) at both the high school and college levels. This provides youth with unique opportunities to conduct authentic research four to eight years before it is traditionally done. The implementation of ERP at the high school and college levels has clearly demonstrated they are capable and eager to begin early research participation.”
Murray describes his early research participation programs as ‘incubators of innovators’ that engage students in research and discovery including synthesis of sunscreen materials; sensors for toxic substances found in the environment, agricultural pesticides and chemical warfare agents; and new ‘hybrid’ drugs that offer the potential of reducing the number and cost of drugs while increasing their efficacy.
Murray has taught at Andrews University since 1995. In addition to his college level teaching load, he also instructs grades 10 and 12 in chemistry for the Berrien RESA Math & Science Center, which is located on the campus of Andrews University. He was recognized as the “2010 Thought Leader in Education” by the Business Review West Michigan. Murray is passionate about his ChemSem Blog, an innovative way for chemistry and biochemistry majors to communicate online about current scientific research, and ChemSem Live, a live streaming broadcast of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry’s weekly guest speaker lecture series. Murray also works in collaboration with the Benton Spirit, a community newspaper, on LabTales and ChemiVerses, a way for students to communicate science and research to a general public readership.
Murray is the founder of BEST Early (Building Excellence in Science & Technology), a nonprofit that has been providing science- and research-related apprenticeships for high school and college students for 10 years. Additional information about each of these programs can be found at www.bestearly.com.
The Andrews University School of Education hosted the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Board of Examiners (BOE) for a continuing accreditation site visit, Nov. 13-16. A final decision on continuing accreditation from BOE is expected in March 2012. Andrews University has held continuous accreditation by NCATE since 1973.
Five BOE members and one member representing the Michigan Department of Education participated in the site visit. All members are current education faculty, and/or administrators from both public and private institutions of higher education from across the United States.
Before coming to the Andrews campus, the BOE members conducted a preliminary review of institutionalmaterials. During their campus visit, the team interviewed some 170 administrators, School of Education and College of Arts & Sciences faculty members, teacher education candidates and alumni, and K–12 school partners. In addition, they evaluated all written program materials. The team then created a preliminary report based on the team’s review of all the evidence provided.
“The School of Education and College of Arts & Sciences faculty, staff, candidates, and community partners, value continuing accreditation as an opportunity for acknowledgement of academic excellence,” says Jim Jeffery, dean of the School of Education. “Preparation for our continuing accreditation visit has allowed the School of Education and College of Arts & Sciences to collaborate in many positive ways. It has also allowed us to profile our faculty accomplishments, student performances, and relationships with community schools.”
Before leaving campus, the NCATE Board of Examiners team chair conducted a short, positive, exit interview with university administrators. Within five weeks of the site visit, the School of Education will receive the full final BOE report from NCATE. The School of Education has one month to submit a response to the findings and recommendations within the report. NCATE’s Unit Accreditation Board will render a final decision by March 2012 regarding the School of Education’s approval for continuing accreditation.
According to Jeffery, both the School of Education and College of Arts & Sciences have worked continuously to review and revise programs to assure they meet the high standards of our specialty professional organizations (SPA’s), the Michigan Department of Education and NCATE. All of this is done to ensure that Andrews University is effectively preparing future educators to significantly and positively influence the lives of all children.
NCATE is the major authorized accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for schools, colleges, and departments of education that provide professional preparation for elementary and secondary teachers and other school professionals: school counselors, school psychologists, curriculum and instruction specialists and school principals. The Andrews University School of Education offers BA and BS degrees in elementary education. As well, the School of Education collaborates with the College of Arts & Sciences to jointly offer 18 secondary education majors and minors in fields ranging from the sciences to social studies.
Mona Sarcona, a familiar face on campus from her years on the front lines of Enrollment Management, is joining the Office of Dining Services as catering manager. She officially started on Nov. 21.
Mona has years of experience both on- and off-campus in a variety of customer service, event planning and catering roles. “I am pleased to have Mona joining our team here at Dining Services. Her knowledge of the University's personnel and her experience joined with her professional expertise make her an invaluable asset to our growing program,” says Jonathan Mark Daniels, general manager. “I want to continually improve each area of Dining Services and I know that Mona will take catering to the next level.”
Mona says, “I look forward to working with the campus on upcoming events. If you have an event in the pipeline, or need to schedule one, please contact me to get it going or to confirm details.” She can be reached in her office at 471-3563; via her cell at 269-208-4895; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lake Michigan College women's basketball team looked to be in midseason form in its 89-19 win Thursday over an Andrews University team that is trying to build a program. "It was a great opportunity tonight for everyone to work on fundamentals and execute some things in our first game that we mostly won't use until later on in the season," said LMC coach Jason Cooper, now in his fifth season. "Everyone played and everyone contributed." Read full story.
Defense is a strength for the Andrews University men's basketball team. Lake Michigan College was unable to solve that defense Thursday night, shooting 31 percent and committing 29 turnovers as Andrews posted a 67-44 win. "Our guys take a lot of pride in their defense," said Andrews coach David Jardine. "That matchup zone is tough to get in and our guys execute it well. Our defense keeps us in a lot of games." Read full story.
Hundreds of gymnasts gathered this past week on the Andrews University campus for Acrofest, which brings together the top gymnasts from Seventh-day Adventist colleges, universities, high school and middle schools in the United States and Canada. Read the full story.
Fitness is her Calling
BERRIEN SPRINGS - Dominique Wakefield has a passion for fitness. It's not only how she lives, but also how she works as she teaches others about the importance of being fit and healthy. Read full story.
Advice for couch potatoes
BERRIEN SPRINGS - How do you go from being a couch potato to being fit? Andrews University fitness expert Dominique Wakefield has some ideas. Unfortunately, she said, some people think they're getting enough exercise and are fit if they can walk from the parking lot to the store. For them, it's necessary to begin with baby steps. Read full story.
Getting fit at Andrews
BERRIEN SPRINGS - Walk inside the FitZone fitness lab in a small building next to Marsh Hall on the Andrews University campus and you'll see a compact area outfitted with some of the latest fitness equipment. Whether it's exercise balls and resistance bands or elliptical machines, the lab offers Andrews students not only the opportunity to get fit, but also to learn how to teach fitness to others and become certified personal trainers and fitness instructors. Read full story.
The Village Green Preservation Society (VGPS) has been awarded an AUSA Spirit Grant for the 2011-2012 school year! The grant, totaling $1,200, will be used to purchase recycling bins for the Undergraduate Learning Center, which consists of Buller and Nethery Hall.
The AUSA Spirit Grant is an initiative spearheaded by AUSA President Andrew Moll to encourage clubs to create projects that will positively affect campus. The new recycling bins are anticipated to arrive before the end of the semester. Students, staff and faculty can expect to see posters and bulletins to raise awareness on proper recycling and trash disposal methods.
VGPS is a student-led group that has existed on campus since it was founded in 2007 by then-student Benjamin Oliver.
VGPS has procured recycling bins for various buildings on campus, including residence halls, the Administration Building, Bell Hall, Ruth Murdoch Elementary School, and the Center for Adventist Research.
The AUSA Spirit grant is the first grant awarded to VGPS that originates from the university. In previous years, VGPS has secured grant monies from other off-campus entities and organizations.
A familiar face is taking over leadership at the Howard Performing Arts Center. Erica Slikkers, who has served as assistant manager at the Howard since January of 2008, is the new manager. She assumes the role following the departure of Debbie Weithers, who is now serving as a senior development officer in the Andrews University Office of Development. Read full story.
Dominique Wakefield, director of fitness and exercise stdies at Andrews University, assistant chair of the Department of Nutrition & Wellness and assistant professor in that department, was named one of ten "Personal Trainers to Watch" by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and Life Fitness. She was noted for her "significant commitment to fitness and in helping their clients achieve a lasting lifestyle change."
Andrews University took home several awards from annual Society of Adventist of Adventist Communicators convention held in Lombard, Ill., Oct. 19-22. At the closing banquet, held Oct. 22, an awards ceremony honored individuals for their contributions to the field of communication and recognized marketing and communication related projects and products that exhibit a standard of excellence. Read full story.