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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Williams-Smith to Present on Book

By Melodie Roschman

Rachel Williams-Smith, chair of the Andrews University Department of Communication, will be discussing her book “Born Yesterday: The True Story of a Girl Born in the 20th Century, but Raised in the 19th” on Wednesday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the church hall of Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Dowagiac. Copies will be available for sale at the event, and refreshments will be served.

The book tells the story of Williams-Smith’s upbringing in an isolated southern environment in which her extremely conservative religious family lived as if it were the 1800s. She recounts her journey to normalcy and a new life, and the way that her faith in God helped her overcome familial dysfunction and religious extremism to become a balanced and happy adult. “I am looking forward to a chance to talk to people in the community,” says Williams-Smith, “and my hope is that I can inspire someone to have faith and go on. “
The book recently received the Associate Church Press’s Award of Excellence for a non-fiction work. The book trailer, which can be viewed here, won the Award of Excellence in PR/Marketing Video. Copies of “Born Yesterday” can be purchased at the Adventist Book Center in Berrien Springs, from Parable Christian Bookstore and Forever Books in St. Joseph, Michigan, as well as online from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Today, Williams-Smith holds bachelor, master’s and doctoral degrees, and is currently completing a second doctorate. She is married to a local professional tailor, and together they have four children. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Tiny House, Big Ideas

By Melodie Roschman

If you drive up to the Architecture Building on the Andrews University campus, you’ll see an unusual structure in the parking lot. Fenced off by orange cones, sitting atop four wheels, with large windows and a sloping roof, it seems like a strange hybrid of truck, motor home and shed. What it actually is, however, is perhaps more amazing.

Carey Carscallen, dean of the School of Architecture, Art & Design, and the five graduate students in his Design/Build class, have built a fully-functional and livable miniature house, measuring a mere 148 square feet, on an 18-ft. flatbed trailer.

Traditionally, the construction class takes an annual trip to Bolivia to build for people there, but Carscallen wanted a project that all of his students could participate in during an entire school year. “It’s harder in Michigan,” he explains, "because of the winters. And how do you go out on a job site every day when you have a full day of classes? With this, we could work on it in the warehouse year round, and the weather wouldn’t affect it.” He pitched the idea, and received a grant from Physics Enterprises to build two miniature houses with his class. One of those houses—nicknamed “The Shed”—remained in the warehouse unfinished at the end of the semester, but the other—“Bay View”—was completed and beautiful in time for graduation.

The key to building a tiny house, Carscallen explained, is planning and research. The students had free rein on the project, proposing different designs and making most building decisions themselves. They had to learn all of the skills that one would for a regular house, including wall construction, siding, paneling, insulation, plumbing and wiring, all while working to use space efficiently and ingeniously.

The result is a space that manages to feel airy and filled with light, not cramped or claustrophobic. The “main floor” features a table for two; a kitchen area with a full sink, 10-cubic-foot refrigerator, small cooktop, and ample counter space; a hollow staircase with built-in storage cubbies; and a full-sized bathroom with a flush toilet, pedestal sink and shower. Above are two lofts—one that holds a queen bed, and one that can serve as a lounge area, second bedroom or storage space. Much like a traditional mobile home, it only requires simple electric and sewage hookups, as well as propane for the water heater. While not as easily transported as an RV—it weighs over 8,000 lbs.—the house can be pulled by a truck and moved from place to place, making it ideal for long vacations or cross-country moves.

The project was such a success that Carscallen has decided to repeat it in future years, which is why they’re selling the “Bay View” house for $30,000. In the future, they’d like to be able to turn enough profit to provide tiny homes to underprivileged residents of Benton Harbor at little or no cost. Another suggested idea would be building a small cluster of tiny homes as affordable alternative student housing on campus.

While living in a house this small takes adjustment, Carscallen says those who take part in the “tiny house movement” see this lifestyle as its own reward. Living in such a small space combats materialism, he explains. “If you accumulate and accumulate stuff…you need a bigger house to store it in, then you fill that. It’s a vicious cycle.” Furthermore, tiny houses are immensely affordable and sustainable. Instead of going deeply into mortgage debt and spending long hours on house upkeep, tiny house owners can focus on different interests. “Especially if you’re interested in missions,” he says, “in doing things beyond yourself, it saves you from being a slave to the bank.”

Overall, Carscallen says, the tiny house project was an incredible success that they look forward to repeating in the future. “We launched it not really knowing how it was going to turn out, but the students really liked it…and it was eye-opening for them.”

To learn more about the tiny house project, you can visit their website: or view a time-lapse video of the construction at:

Monday, May 18, 2015

Student Gardens Will Deliver Fresh Produce to Bridge Card Holders' Home

Following the prominent Mobile Farmer’s Market program they launched last year, the Andrews University Student Gardens are teaming up with the Berrien County Health Department to pioneer a produce-delivery service for Bridge Card holders in Benton Harbor. Funding for the program comes from a $100,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The Student Gardens have already operated a standard Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program for four years. At the beginning of the season, customers sign a contract and pay to receive a either a half or full bushel of fresh produce delivered to their home once a week from May to October. CSA programs have existed in various forms across the country for 25 years, but with the new program they’re hoping to reach a different market. Many current CSAs are “a little boutique-y,” says Garth Woodruff, Student Gardens Director, so the state of Michigan hopes to use this summer’s program as a pilot study in reaching food deserts, underprivileged areas that have difficulty accessing fresh food. They “take [the] CSA baskets,” Woodruff explains, “and build them into something that’s a little bit more usable, staple foods, things like that. Then take a delivery system that takes those with food stamps and puts the food on their front steps on a weekly basis throughout the summer.” It’s an effort to reach an often-overlooked demographic located mere miles from the abundant farm stands and orchards of Berrien Springs.

The program coordinators hope to get 25 Benton Harbor households to sign up for the service this summer, but they emphasize that this is a minimum, not a limit. As an added incentive to the program, Bridge Card holders can use their Double Up food bucks to pay for produce. Double Up bucks allow customers to receive twice the value they’re charged for in fresh fruits and vegetables; the Student Gardens are setting a limit this summer of $40 worth of produce for $20 in Food Bucks per market day. “It’s a way to encourage them to use their Bridge Card and their benefits on healthy food,” explains Ryan Wallace, Mobile Market Coordinator, “instead of at the dollar store buying unhealthy packaged food.

Another major component of the program is education. “The data,” Woodruff notes, “shows that you can’t just make healthy food available and change habits; you have to do a great deal of perception changes, so there’s education, there’s desire, there’s a whole bunch to address besides actually just putting food inside of the demographic.” A large portion of the grant from the state of Michigan will go towards incentive programs, cooking and health classes, marketing, and support groups – all designed to help residents use their new resources to their full potential.

As an example of the program’s possibilities, Woodruff points to the Berrien country juvenile detention center, which is already buying produce from the CSA using a farm-to-school grant. “We deliver three baskets every single week and they feed 45 kids,” he says.  “It’s an initiative to try and break down some of those barriers.” The most important component, however, is personal relationships. “When we walk up to the door with the baskets, it’s a whole educational thing: this is kohlrabi, this is fennel, this is bok choy. There’s a lot of interaction that our driver has at the front door of homes, as well as what goes on at the farm stand with the registered dietician [who does demonstrations there].”

Wallace, who will be driving the mobile farm market and doing deliveries with the help of a local intern, agrees. “It’s incredible…the one-on-one personal contact. I’ll be connecting with these people in the community.”

Wallace and Woodruff both emphasize how vital the program – and the Student Gardens as a whole – are both to Andrews’ place in the local community, and the university’s recent emphasis on wellness. Andrews is partnering with United Way, Lakeland Hospital, Southwest Michigan Planning, the YMCA, and the Health Department. Wallace notes that the Seventh-day Adventist Church has historically prioritized healthy living, a key component of which is a fresh and simple diet.

“It’s totally a win-win,” Wallace says, “for the community, for this department and the Agriculture program, for the students who pay their tuition to the university, and for the health message….It’s a virtuous cycle, not a vicious cycle.”

The new Building Healthy Communities CSA program will be “major” for the student gardens, Gardens Manager Arthur Mulyono concludes. After all, “that’s our mission: grow food, grow students, grow community.”  “We are the last Agriculture program in North American Adventist Universities,” says Woodruff. “Our University was moved to this exact location by church founders explicitly for agriculture.  And, we are continuing that legacy.”

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Envision Magazine Wins Six Awards

Envision magazine, a student-produced publication of Andrews University, won six awards from the Associated Church Press on Friday, May 1. Envision, which will publish its seventh annual issue this fall, is a joint product of the Department of Communication and the Department of Visual Art & Design. Focusing on inspirational and lifestyle content for the Christian university student, Envision is edited by journalism professor Debbie Michel and features the work of student writers, graphic designers and photographers.

The 2014 edition of Envision received the following distinctions:

General Excellence: Best In Class/Online: Digital Edition/Mobile Publication
Honorable Mention
Kenty Ramdatt

Reporting and Writing: Personal Experience/1st Person Account: Short Format
(1,200 words or fewer): Magazine/Journal
Honorable Mention
“Troubled Waters” by Emily Leffler

Art/Design/Graphics: Magazine Cover
Award Of Excellence
Fall 2014 cover by Brian Tagalog

Art/Design/Graphics: Magazine/Journal Design: Entire Issue
Award Of Merit
Fall issue 2014 by Amber Sarno, Arielle Pickett, Jonathon Wolfer and Diane Myers

Art/Design/Graphics: Single Photo w/Article Or Cutline: Magazine/Journal
Award Of Merit
Patrick Knighton by Brian Tagalog

Student Publications: General Excellence: All Media
Award Of Excellence
Debbie Michel, editor

“I’m delighted that these awards acknowledge the talents of our student writers, designers and photographers,” says Michel. “It validates and confirms that our students are ready to work alongside the best in the Christian publishing business.”

Envision has received recognition for its quality in higher circles at Andrews as well. “Envision magazine is a gem at Andrews University,” says Carey Carscallen, dean of the School of Architecture, Art & Design. “I am pleased to see its continued success.” Keith Mattingly, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, adds: “An award-winning magazine is a great credit to the Department of Communication and to the College of Arts & Sciences as a whole.”

In addition to the awards received by Envision, the Associated Church Press also gave an Award of Excellence for Non-fiction Books and an Award of Excellence for PR Videos to “Born Yesterday: The True Story of a Girl Born in the 20th Century but Raised in the 19th,” by Rachel Williams-Smith, chair of the Department of Communication.

For more on Envision, visit their website:


Monday, May 11, 2015

Andrews University Awards Two Honorary Doctorates

Andrews University awarded two honorary doctoral degrees, Doctor of Humane Letters, to Humberto M. Rasi and Martin Joseph Doblmeier during its May Commencement ceremonies on May 3, 2015.

Humberto M. Rasi, Special Projects, Department of Education, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, was the keynote speaker for the 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Commencement services with an address titled “On the Road to Success.” University President Niels-Erik Andreasen presented him with an honorary doctorate for his contribution to Adventist education during the 8:30 a.m. service.

Rasi has worked as a teacher, author, editor and educational administrator for the church for almost 60 years. In the 1970s he served as a teacher, department chair and eventually dean of graduate studies for Andrews University, and from 1990 to 2002 he was director of the Education Department of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He has published, contributed to, or co-edited numerous books and articles, as well as cofounding the Institute for Christian Teaching and establishing the Adventus Editorial Consortium.

For Rasi, coming to Andrews University for Commencement was “moving.” “It was a memorable experience,” he says, “in terms of returning to the university where I worked for ten years, where we lived with our family in the 1970s. It was a high honor to receive an award from the oldest institution of Adventist education.” This is Rasi’s fourth honorary doctorate.

Martin Joseph Doblmeier, founder and president of Journey Films, spoke at the 11 a.m. Commencement service. His address was titled “Through the Lens of Faith.” Doblmeier has been working in documentary filmmaking for three decades, producing and directing more than 30 films about religion, faith and spirituality that have had wide distribution and critical acclaim including an Emmy, three U.S./International Film Festival awards, and six Gabriel Awards for best film on a topic of religion in America. Notably, he directed a trilogy of films about Seventh-day Adventism: “The Adventists” (2010), “The Adventists 2” (2013), and “The Blueprint: The Story of Adventist Education” (2014).

“I am delighted to receive a degree from Andrews, a school with so many accomplished graduates,” Doblmeier says. “But I am also grateful on behalf of all the filmmakers—particularly documentary filmmakers. Honorary degrees usually go to authors and writers but in making a serious documentary film I can spend between two to four years in research, production and presentation so it really is like an advanced degree when done properly…I feel a sense of pride on behalf of every serious documentary filmmaker and hope they have some sense of sharing in this.”

Both Doblmeier and Rasi noted that they experienced a warm welcome at Andrews University and appreciated the enthusiasm of the students, the hospitality of faculty and the beauty of the campus. “There is something special happening at Andrews,” Doblmeier says, “and I am delighted to play a small part in it.” 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Rwandan Commemoration of 1994 Genocide

The Midwest Rwandan Community held the 21st Commemoration of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda on the Andrews University campus, on Saturday, April 11, from 3–6 p.m. in Newbold Auditorium, Buller Hall. Held in the "Never Again" spirit of the United Nations policies, this annual Michiana area event was well attended by more than 200 individuals. The keynote speaker was Joe Richie, a Chicago area businessman who also serves as co-chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council (PAC) for Rwanda, to help facilitate private sector investment in the country.

This year’s program, emceed by Tabitha Mpamira, had the special focus of refuting persons who have denied or minimized the genocide of 1994. The program began with video testimonials from Rwandans who were there during the genocide. These people expostulated that what happened 21 years ago was not merely tribal conflict, but instead an attempt at ethnic extermination. There were several other elements, including a children’s candle lighting, and musical selections. During the candle lighting, there was a poem by Thomas Habimana, which portrayed the perspective of a Tutsi hiding out in a hole under a rock during the genocide, hearing dogs fighting over dead and rotting bodies. Lifase Bilima sang “It Is Well With My Soul,” accompanied by Robert Baleris on the piano, and at the end of the song transitioned into “When We All Get to Heaven,” encouraging the audience to join her.

One of the highlights of the program was the testimony of Consolee Nishimwe. She told the story of her experience, which she wrote about in her book titled, “Tested to the Limit: A Genocide Survivor’s Story of Pain, Resilience, and Hope” (Balboa Press, 2012). Nishimwe was a girl of 14 at the time of the genocide. She remembered hearing the killers shouting, “Any Tutsi cockroaches hiding in there? Show yourselves!” Her father and her younger brothers were killed in the genocide. Although she was raped and tortured, Nishimwe survived, along with her mother and a younger sister. At the end of her speech, the entire audience rose in silent respect.

Richie, the keynote speaker, was another highlight of the program. Originally, the speaker was supposed to be the Rwandan State Minister and Ambassador to the United Nations, His Excellency Eugene Richard Gasana, but he could not make it due to windstorms that canceled his flight. Considering his proximity to Berrien Springs (Chicago), and his experience with the people in Rwanda, Richie was an apt replacement. He read the ambassador’s remarks, and added some of his own. Richie has served as CEO of the Rwandan Development Board, aiding in economic development in the wake of the genocide, and continuing to work for the PAC. He has been instrumental in getting large corporations like Starbucks and Costco to help in the development of the nation, and his work has been recognized on CNN.

The Midwest Rwandan Community is led by president Louis Ruhaya, who spearheaded this event. The organization is responsible for representing the Rwandan community and celebrating Rwandan history.
Every year in April, the Rwandan community holds an event to remember the genocide against the Tutsi that happened in Rwanda 21 years ago. The Rwandan Community members use this event to raise awareness, and promote peace in spite of communal differences. It is in conjunction with the mantra “Never Again”—the idea that this type of atrocity should never again take place in the world.

In the words of Jean Hakiza, a Tutsi and a survivor of the genocide who helped in the organization of the event, “This (event) reminds the world that we’ve had a terrible war, or genocide that shouldn’t have taken place. This is what happened to Rwanda. Take notes so it doesn’t happen here or in any other country.” He continued to say, “I was a target, but miraculously God saved me. However, I lost my family, I lost my parents, I lost relatives, I lost so many people. And that’s why I’m involved, because I’m a part of the story.”

by Marcus Larivaux, IMC student writer

This article includes excerpts and additional information from Scott Moncrieff’s article in the Andrews University Student Movement, entitled “Kwibuka [Remember] 21.” Volume 99. Issue 21

Monday, April 27, 2015

Festschrift Presented to George Knight

The chapel of the Andrews University Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary was packed with guests, faculty, staff and students on Tuesday, April 21, for the presentation of a Festschrift to George Knight, professor of church history, emeritus. The recently released book, “Adventist Maverick: A Celebration of George Knight’s Contribution to Adventist Thought,” was given to Knight in honor of his distinguished teaching, research, editorial and publishing career. The volume, published by Pacific Press Publishing Association, is a collection of writings by 19 colleagues and students, edited by Woodrow W. Whidden and Gilbert Valentine.

Denis Fortin, professor of theology and former dean of the Seminary from 2006–2012, welcomed everyone and invited God’s presence at the joyful occasion.

Reflecting on the methodology Knight used in writing his books, President Niels-Erik Andreasen said, “He [Knight] has written a good many books about early Adventist history, and he told me once that he wrote these books the same way the pioneers wrote their books, using pen and paper… I suspect that not a single chapter in the celebratory volume has been written that way. That’s a mark of distinction!”

Festschrift tributes were given by Gilbert Valentine, chair of the Department of Administration and Leadership, La Sierra University; Jerry Moon, chair of the Department of Church History, Andrews University; and Woodrow Whidden, professor of religion, emeritus, Andrews University. Brian Strayer, professor of history, also gave a tribute to the late Gary Land, whose scholarly contributions in the area of Adventist church history are notable.

Valentine began by noting the significant impact that Knight’s scholarship has had on the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He said, “It’s not an exaggeration to say that apart from Ellen White, Professor George Knight is probably the most prolific author the Adventist church has seen. He has achieved an exceedingly wide readership, and as a result has become one of the most influential voices in the contemporary Adventist church.” The statistical evidence is astounding: 42 books (36 of which have been translated into a wide variety of foreign languages), the preface/forward or introduction to 21 more books, 43 full-length articles in other influential scholarly publications, general series editor for four large series volumes— comprising 36 other books authored by others. Add to that 150 articles he wrote for scholarly journals and 76 published book reviews and, as Valentine put it, “Dr. Knight is certainly the most prolific author that Andrews University has produced, and is its most widely read scholar.”

Knight’s ability to address theological issues in a way that engages the whole church is a particular gift. He has addressed the issues of philosophy of education, Adventist history, Adventist theology, ecclesiology and mission, and biblical exposition. Valentine went on to say that another of Knight’s distinctive contributions has been to encourage and enable other writers to find their voices and an audience. He concluded his remarks with “As a writer, as a mentor of other writers, Andrews University and the wider Adventist church have been incredibly blessed and we are deeply grateful towards you.”

Jane Thayer, associate professor of religious education, emerita, shared Jerry Moon’s tribute, which focused on Knight’s role as a teacher. Moon was unable to attend the event due to a family emergency. Moon wrote, “Forty plus years of distinguished teaching and publishing have made George Knight a magisterial figure in Seventh-day Adventist education. He has taught in Adventist colleges and seminaries all over North America and literally from Australia to Zimbabwe. For many years he spent as much as four months each year teaching in remote places where pastors did not have access to an Adventist seminary.” That means thousands of pastors and teachers took his classes, exerting an enormous influence on the thought leaders of Adventism.

Moon provided an example of what a student could expect when taking one of Knight’s classes, based on his firsthand experience, “Students of today, accustomed to lectures presented in PowerPoint and classrooms wired for the Internet, might be surprised to see Knight stride in carrying a sheath of yellow paper covered with handwritten notes.” He continued, “Knight’s persona in the classroom was confident, exuberant and unsympathetic to slackers. His keen mind, vast knowledge and perfect confidence made him a fearsome and fascinating figure.”

In 2003 Knight was the first recipient of the Daniel A. Augsburger Excellence in Teaching Award, as well as the Teacher of the Year Award. He was honored as: “A riveting lecturer; a rigorous, prepared dissertation advisor; a scholar whose publishing productivity outstripped the rest of the department combined; and whose students hold influential positions all over the world.”

Whidden spoke of Knight’s role as an editorial impresario—someone who conceives, directs and casts “operatic dramas.” In this category of literary productivity are doctoral dissertations he directed (13 listed), the Bible Amplifier Commentary Series, the Adventist Pioneer Series of biographies, and the Ellen White Encyclopedia, which he launched. Then there were also countless informal manuscript reviews. As director of doctoral dissertations, his requirements included a rigorous “first eight-page edit rule” that demanded not only “clean copy,” but, more importantly, the expression of a clear purpose for the research. That rigorous attention to detail has resulted in, as Whidden put it, “a body of literature that has made lasting, often path-breaking contributions to the fields of Adventist history (particularly in Ellen White studies), biography, biblical commentary, educational philosophy, devotional uplift and theological discourse (both historical and systematic).”

Before the formal Festschrift presentation took place, Valentine explained that the book had its origins in 2009, at a landmark conference on the study of Ellen White which was held in Portland. At that conference it was noted that quite a number of the scholars that had contributed had been students of Knight. Others there were his colleagues. Valentine continued, “This is a distinctive kind of Festschrift. One that we hope will make for a good read. Nineteen colleagues or former students of George Knight have contributed, reflecting and critiquing on the wide array of topics that Knight has written on. We then asked Knight to respond to those reflections/critiques, thus getting both sides of the conversation in this really enjoyable volume.”

Valentine then read a letter of congratulations from Dale Galusha, president of Pacific Press, while a framed copy of the book cover was unveiled. Galusha wrote, “On this occasion, Pacific Press is proud to offer its congratulations to an Adventist original, an Adventist maverick, Dr. George Knight…. May his spirit of unswerving dedication to the church he loves inspire us all to be the best Adventists and best disciples we can be.”

“It’s kind of like going to your own funeral…before you die…and I’m very appreciative of everything that’s been done,” George Knight joked as he started his short response and homily. He spoke of the need for perspective and humility after listening to what had been said. Knight particularly singled out Bonnie Beres, his former secretary, for her role in typing up his handwritten manuscripts through the years. “Without her there would be no books,” he said.

Knight quickly put the focus on Jesus Christ, stating, “That’s why we’re here today.” Speaking about his life, he said that it has been a “search for meaning.” He learned that servanthood in every area was what Jesus’ life was all about, and his death was about our salvation. During a particularly difficult time period of his life, Knight shared how “a man he never wanted to see again,” his first Bible teacher, Robert Olson, was invited to his house. Olson knew of Knight’s struggle, but he didn’t say anything about it. He spent a day “just exuding the sweet love of Jesus,” and when he left the house, Knight told his wife, “I met Jesus today, in Robert Olson.” Knight continued by stating, “I was an Adventist for 14 years before I became a Christian. My life since that day has been dedicated to helping other people understand who Jesus is… Let’s never forget who we are in relationship to Jesus Christ and what he has done for us.”

The closing prayer was offered by John Matthews, a former student of Dr. Knight’s and current professor of educational foundations and religious education at the Andrews University School of Education, who asked God to bless Knight with “wisdom, insight and good health so that his ministry among us will continue for many years to come.”

The Berrien Springs Adventist Book Center offered a book signing following the program. If you wish to view the entire program, go to

By Patricia Spangler, editorial manager, Integrated Marketing & Communication

Friday, April 24, 2015

Spring 2015 Graduation Weekend Events

Andrews University’s Spring Commencement is scheduled for the weekend of May 1–3, 2015. Graduation weekend events begin Friday evening with the Consecration Service in Pioneer Memorial Church and will continue with the Baccalaureate church services, Sabbath afternoon certification and dedication services, Sabbath Vespers, the President’s Reception and finally, three commencement services on Sunday, May 3.

Susan P. Zork, assistant professor of religion, will offer the Consecration address titled, “Where Conventional Wisdom Fails” on Friday, May 1, at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, May 2, Juan R. Prestol-Puesán will present the Baccalaureate address titled, “Who Do You Say That I Am?” He will speak for both services at 9 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. at Pioneer Memorial Church.

Prestol-Puesán is undertreasurer for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and a lifelong financial officer of the Seventh-day Adventist Church with more than four decades of experience. He was educated in Antillean Adventist University, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, and Andrews University, and will receive his PhD in leadership from Andrews University this weekend. His current responsibilities include providing financial leadership to educational institutions, publishing houses, and church entities, as well as mentoring many Adventist financial leaders in the United States of America and abroad.

Additional departmental services are planned for Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2. The School of Business Administration will have an Ethics Oath Ceremony in Garber Auditorium of Chan Shun Hall on Friday at 11 a.m. The Teacher Dedication Service will be at 5 p.m. on Friday in the chapel of Andrews Academy. On Saturday, May 2, many departmental recognition services are scheduled. At 4 p.m., the Seminary Dedication Service will take place in the Seminary Chapel and the Department of Nursing Pinning will be held in Pioneer Memorial Church. The Department of Religion & Biblical Languages Senior Dedication is in Newbold Auditorium of Buller Hall at 5 p.m. At 5:30 p.m. the Department of Social Work Recognition Service will be in the University Towers Auditorium. The Department of Public Health & Wellness Dedication Service and Reception is at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Howard Performing Arts Center. The Open House for Architecture Graduates will also take place at 6 p.m. in the School of Architecture, Art & Design Resource Center.

A Sabbath Vespers tribute to parents, faculty and students will be held at Pioneer Memorial Church at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. Immediately after vespers (approximately 9:15 p.m.), the President’s Reception for graduates and their families will take place in the Great Lakes Room at the Campus Center.

On Sunday, May 3, Humberto M. Rasi, Special Projects, Department of Education, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, will be the speaker for the first and third Commencement services at 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. His address is titled, “On the Road to Success.” Rasi will be the candidate for an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, which will be presented during the 8:30 a.m. service. at Pioneer Memorial Church.

Rasi has supported the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for almost 60 years as teacher, author, editor and educational administrator. Born and educated in Argentina, he completed a doctoral degree in Latin American literature and history at Stanford University in 1971. During 1975–76 he participated in a postdoctoral seminar at Johns Hopkins University where he focused on the work of Hispanic writers Miguel de Unamuno and Jorge Luis Borges.

Martin Doblmeier, founder and president of Journey Films, will present “Through the Lens of Faith” for the 11 a.m. service for the College of Arts & Sciences. He is also the candidate for an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

Journey Films is a film and television production company in Alexandria, Virginia with a focus on religion, faith and spirituality. Doblmeier holds degrees in religious studies, broadcast journalism, and an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts. He has received an Emmy and is a three-time winner at the U.S./International Film Festival and a six-time winner of the prestigious Gabriel Award for best film on a topic of religion in America.

Commencement seating is by ticket only. A live streaming link will be provided at on the day of Commencement, Sunday, May 3. For more information and/or a full schedule of events, visit

Filmmaker Martin Doblmeier to Speak at Commencement

Martin Doblmeier, founder and president of Journey Films, will speak at the Andrews University College of Arts & Sciences Commencement on Sunday, May 3, 2015, at 11 a.m. in Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University. He is also the candidate for an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, which will be presented to him during the ceremony. Journey Films is a film and television production company in Alexandria, Virginia with a focus on religion, faith and spirituality.

Doblmeier holds degrees in religious studies, broadcast journalism, and an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts. He has received an Emmy and is a three-time winner at the U.S./International Film Festival and a six-time winner of the prestigious Gabriel Award for best film on a topic of religion in America.

He has produced more than 30 award-winning films that have aired mostly on PBS but also on ABC, NBC and the History Channel. Doblmeier has filmed in more than 50 countries and profiled numerous Nobel Prize winners, leading religious figures and heads of state.

His documentary productions include the acclaimed, best-selling films: “BONHOEFFER,” a documentary film that broke box office records in many cities and tells the story of the German theologian and Nazi resister, Dietrich Bonhoeffer; “The Power of Forgiveness,” a documentary that explores through seven stories how various faith traditions and health sciences are convening around the topic of forgiveness; and The ADVENTISTS Trilogy—three films for PBS that tell the story of Seventh-day Adventists. The Trilogy has been seen in more than 20 countries around the world.

Doblmeier is currently in production for CHAPLAINS, a two-hour documentary for PBS that will profile eight chaplains from various faith traditions working in different professions as a witness to their faith.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Graduate Communication Program Updated

The Andrews University Department of Communication has made changes and improvements to the Master of Arts in Communication program, including renovating a studio, revising the curriculum, reducing the tuition by 45 percent, and updating online course enrollment options. The Department of Communication is committed to providing quality education and the changes that are being made to improve and strengthen the program will go into effect beginning fall 2015.

Students will now be able to complete the MA in Communication with 33 credits instead of the previous 40. The reduction will allow students to complete the degree in less than two years at a lower cost. In addition, students will also automatically receive a 45 percent tuition discount on graduate Communication course work for the next two years.

The department has also added a live synchronous online option that allows students some flexibility in location. Concentrations such as communication management, international communication and interdisciplinary communication are available, but not required. Finally, a dual degree option is available with a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Communication. This program is designed to take three and a half to four years and has two optional Communication concentrations: media ministry or interdisciplinary communication.

The department has acquired and renovated a media center and studio facility. Furthermore, the program and curriculum have been revised to strengthen the research component of the program and add key courses to the curriculum. In addition, the goal for the 2015–16 school year is for all graduate faculty to have terminal degrees in communication or a closely related field.

“Our goal in making these changes,” said Rachel Williams-Smith, chair of the department, “is for several purposes:

  • To produce graduates who easily obtain jobs and careers in well-known and respected organizations,
  • To produce graduates who can improve the effectiveness of Christian Adventist media programming in reaching young people,
  • To make the program as affordable as possible, and
  • To cultivate a departmental team of faculty experts who are well equipped to train the next generation of communicators.

We want to become the premier program option for students from both Adventist and public colleges and universities who wish to earn a master’s degree in Communication.”

To learn more about the Department of Communication, visit or call 269-471-6314. To apply online, visit

Monday, April 20, 2015

Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert

The Andrews University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Claudio Gonzalez, along with University Singers and University Chorale, under the direction of Stephen Zork, will perform their spring concert on Saturday, April 25, at 8 p.m. in the Howard Performing Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

Two main pieces by Dietrich Buxtehude and Felix Mendelssohn will be featured. The piece by Buxtehude is “Chaconne in E minor,” a classic work where harmonic reiterations are decorated by various melodic iterations.

“Hymn of Praise,” also known as Symphony-Cantata No. 2 “Lobgesang,” will have its grand debut in this concert as it has never been performed on this campus. This great musical work, written by Mendelssohn, was inspired by two transcendent musical pieces: Beethoven’s “9th Symphony,” and “St. Matthew’s Passion” by Johann Sebastian Bach. Mendelssohn therefore used the symphonic style, with the addition of chorus and solo voices.

Soloists for this concert will be Charles Reid, tenor, artist-in residence, associate professor of voice and voice area coordinator at Andrews University; Julia Lindsay, soprano; and Julie Reid, mezzo soprano, adjunct voice instructor at Andrews University.

This concert promises to be a continuation of Andrews University’s rich musical tradition. In the words of Gonzalez, “…With an important choral movement and dynamic orchestra program, we are proud to produce one of these works every year.”

Horn Museum Display of Ceramic Figurines

The Institute of Archaeology and Siegfried H. Horn Museum at Andrews University are proud to introduce the “Figurines of Tall Jalul” Exhibit. Recognized by Geraldine Fabrikant in the New York Times as a “coup,” the exhibit is being housed in the Madaba Plains Project Exhibit Hall of the museum. The 48 ceramic figurine fragments will be on display until April 30. The exhibit is open to the public on Saturdays from 3–5 p.m., and by appointment during the week.

The small yet significant exhibit is filled with ceramic figurines from the Late Iron Age II/Persian Period (8th–6th century BC). The artifacts are on loan from Jordan; which is quite a feat, considering that in recent decades countries that house remains of the ancient world have become determined to keep archaeological finds within their borders. This “Study Loan” was given for the purpose of further study in preparation for Andrews University’s forthcoming publication of their excavations at Tall Jalul, Jordan. Constance Gane, curator and associate director at the Horn Museum, was able to successfully negotiate the loan. According to Gane, “I believe one of the primary reasons we were able to negotiate this loan is due to the long term level of trust that has been developed between the leadership of Tall Jalul (particularly that of Director Randall Younker) and the Jordanian Antiquities Authority.”

Many of the ceramic figurines were excavated by Andrews University students from 1992–2012, during a University sponsored archaeological excavation at Tall Jalul in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Most of the artifacts are of male or female busts, including the mother breast-feeding her baby motif. There are also a number of partial horse and rider figurines. These artifacts give us insight into how these people lived during this time, hopefully giving us a better understanding of people in the biblical era.

The exhibit has gained a lot of attention in addition to the release by the Times, including coverage by several local newspapers and TV 46. Because of this, the museum has had a steady stream of visitors specifically for this exhibit. The museum also houses over 8,500 ancient Near-Eastern artifacts: not withstanding coins, pottery, sculptures, tools, weapons, figurines, jewelry, seals and glass vessels. The museum also sponsors a stellar lecture series, and houses over 3,000 ancient cuneiform tablets from Sumerian through Neo-Babylonian times.

To arrange an appointment to view the exhibit, please call 269-471-3273.

by Marcus Larivaux, IMC student writer

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Alternate Spring Break for Andrews Student

Lianne Wynne, a sophomore social work major, was recently invited to Washington D.C. to participate in an alternative spring break by United Way. The “Alternate Spring Break” program is sponsored in partnership with Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and provides an opportunity for 25 young women who are leaders from college campuses across the country to join together for a week of service and advocacy.

The week-long event was held in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, and afforded Wynne an opportunity to learn about and participate in events focused on critical issues for women such as human trafficking, STEM education for girls, women and girls’ health, women’s leadership and more.

Wynne, who is minoring in leadership, says that United Way’s Alternate Spring Break program was influential in helping her decide how to employ her talents and passions to empower women. Having previous experience with Girls On The Run and working with United Way of Southwest Michigan won her over.

“For a long time I’ve been trying to figure out what I wanted to do and what population I wanted to work with and it’s slowly coming to me. Several professors have told me that they believe I’d be great in advocacy and I’ve always ran away from it. I’m trying not to anymore. I’m becoming curious about my abilities in that area.”

As part of the program, Wynne got to spend time with other driven and brilliant college-aged women carrying out service projects and advocating for policy change on Capitol Hill. When asked what her favorite memories include she recalls, “having dynamic conversations with these brilliant girls from around the country and the world, and bonding with the program director, Lauri Valerio.”

“The most rewarding part would have to be getting a realistic, hands-on experience, even though it was in the smallest capacity, in advocacy. I have a better understanding of what it takes to effect change, and how long it can take. This was also great for me because, as a social work major, working in the realm of social policy and advocacy was something that I wanted to explore and find out if it was right for me. This experience made things a lot clearer and I have a more solid idea of what exactly I’m interested in.”

While Wynne fondly reminiscences about her experience, she also admits that it was largely a surprise to be selected for the program because of the limited number of annual participants.

“Alternate Spring Break wasn’t even on my radar until the day before the deadline. I was scrolling through Facebook and saw United Way out of the corner of my eye. When I looked it said something about spring break and I clicked it because I had worked with United Way doing research for Girls On the Run and I was just really curious. I read through it and thought that it sounded really awesome! When I started reading, it said that they would only select 25 women! I thought that was a small number compared to the many that might apply. I wasn’t so sure I’d be selected! But, I thought it wouldn’t hurt [to apply].”

Wynne brings an interesting perspective to her advocacy, and one that she thinks might have set her apart from other possible candidates. When asked what she thought was more important to empowering women, service or public policy, she chose service.

“I thought service was fundamental to informing public policy. From a social work perspective, being intimate with the issues at hand and practicing in communities allows us to experience firsthand whether or not these policies are effective. Sometimes things may be great on paper, but in practice they can be problematic. I also thought that service gives a more immediate effect with regards to observable change in the lives of these women…”

“So, long story short? I love the opportunity to be able to serve. I love being able to make someone’s life a little better, and this experience is definitely that opportunity. I want to cause and facilitate change! I want to get involved.”

By Samuel James Fry, IMC student writer

International Students Featured at Special Services

On Saturday, March 21, Andrews University held its annual International Student Sabbath at Pioneer Memorial Church. As the second most ethnically diverse national university in the United States, Andrews enjoys hosting students from 92 countries around the world.

Special services at 9 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. recognized the unique contribution these students make toward the Andrews experience. The Office of International Student Services & Programs (ISSP) presented videos, musical numbers and readings by international students.

One of the videos included clips of students from around the world offering a tiny glimpse into their experiences at Andrews. Comments included:

“It’s very diverse here, similar to where I’m from. I appreciate that.”
“I feel welcome on this campus.”
“It’s been a blessing to be a part of Andrews University and get to know people from all different parts of the world.”
“Being able to attend classes with and get to know people from around the world, I see things with new perspective.”
“Andrews University is open-minded. You get to see the world here.”

One student even gave a shout-out to ISSP in the video: “People here are warm no matter what the temperature, and the International Student Services staff are very supportive. They’re always checking in to make sure things are going alright.”

While Andrews may seem like a good home away from home for many international students, it’s not always easy being so far from the familiar. The video also highlighted some of the challenges students face coming from very different backgrounds and cultures to the U.S.

These challenges include weather, misunderstanding cultural norms, food, language, living arrangements—living with other people in the dorm—being lonely and missing home, conflicts between thoughts and ethics across cultural lines, among other things.

A second video featured personal experence stories from President Andreasen and Provost Luxton, both of whom arrived at Andrews as international citizens.

“I came here many years ago and was quite overwhelmed by what I found at Andrews,” began Andreasen. “Things are not the same here as they are in Denmark. I had to figure out how to find my classes and a place to live, figure out what to eat and how to make friends. I’d always attended a small church and this one is quite large. I enjoyed it, though, and was blessed by it. I hope that is your experience as well.”

During the Sabbath program, several students presented cultural elements from their own countries of origin. Kolia Afamasaga, Seminary student and a Samoan living in Australia, gave the congregational prayer.
“It was a privilege for me to represent my country,” he says. “I was able to display the Samoan Talking Chief role of speaking on behalf of his clan and village on an important occasion.”

Although Afamasaga chose to pray in English rather than his mother tongue, he still was glad to demonstrate his native culture before he began to pray.

Sonovia Mcfall, a first-year graduate student in speech-language pathology from The Bahamas, “felt honored to be used in whatever way possible to lift up the name of Jesus.”

“The purpose of International Student Sabbath is to celebrate the fact that we are created equally to worship our Creator God no matter our background,” says Robert Benjamin, director ISSP. “We add a beautiful variety to our worship experience that showcases our diversity, but focus on coming together as one people to give us a small taste of what heaven will be like.”

The provost shared her own great experience at Andrews, even as different as it is from her home in England. She spoke specifically about the positive worship experience and environment at Andrews.

“Particularly on a Sabbath like this, when we’re celebrating international students on our campus, it’s important to remember that God is at the center of what we do,” she said. “It doesn’t matter where we’re from, we’re of great value to God and therefore of great value to each other.”

Andreasen went on to share thoughts on how the Andrews experience removes the labels of “international” and “national” but instead creates an extended and expanded family.

“I like to imagine that students who graduate from Andrews and move on will never meet a stranger,” he said. “That they’ve learned to view other people as God’s children.”

Luxton concluded, “When we worship together, pray together and study together, we enrich each other because of our backgrounds, individualities and languages. That’s what it is to be at Andrews University.”

By Becky St. Clair, Media Communications Manager, Integrated Marketing & Communication

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

University Wind Symphony Spring Concert

The Andrews University Wind Symphony, directed by Alan Mitchell, will present their spring concert on Sunday, April 19, at 4 p.m., at the Howard Performing Arts Center. They will perform a Michigan premier of “For Those Who Wait” by Gregory Youtz and “Connacht Rhapsody” by David Holsinger. Both selections were jointly commissioned by Andrews University and other universities.

The program will also feature “March Grandioso” by Roland Seitz, Movement 5 from “English Dances, Set 2” by Malcom Arnold, Symphonic Highlights from “Frozen” arranged by Stephen Bulla, “Three Dances” from Henry VIII by Edward German. Guest tuba soloist, Roger Lewis, will be featured in “Introduction and Dance” by Ed. Barat and the unaccompanied 2nd Movement from “Sonata in A Moll for Flute” by C.P.E. Bach.

The Andrews University Jazz Ensemble will perform “Pecking Order” by Kris Berg, “Bling” by Andy Farber, and “Second Line” arranged by Victor L. Goins.

General admission is $5, student and senior admission is $3 and children under 12 are free. Purchase tickets online or call the Howard Center Box Office at 888-467-6442 for student discounts and more information.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Update from President Andreasen

Dear Friends:

As you prepare for the end of the school year, I want to update you about a concern that emerged around the time many of you left campus for spring break.

For those of you who may be unaware, Andrews University has come under criticism in several media outlets about its response to a request for an on-campus fundraising event.

Let me emphasize that as part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Andrews University is committed to help all of God’s children, regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation. This commitment clearly reflects the values of Christ and His calling.

The question of whether or not Andrews University views the needs of homeless LGBT youth as an important humanitarian cause is one that we can answer with a resounding “yes,” just as we believe Jesus would have responded.

We recognize the passion a number of our students have demonstrated in support of this issue. We believe that exploring the underlying causes of LGBT homelessness, along with other needs and concerns facing LGBT youth, is important for the University to consider.

Today I am sharing with you that we are committed to taking steps forward that will include careful study and the appointment of a taskforce that will help us gain greater understanding of this problem and propose helpful responses to the needs of these young people.

Further, we realize that these needs exist, in particular, because some Christian parents struggle with how to relate to their children as they identify and are honest about their orientation. This struggle sometimes leads to the tragedy of homelessness for LGBT youth.

We will keep you informed as we move forward on these issues, but in the meantime, an email address has been set up where you can send thoughts about the process or concerns that you’d like to have addressed. That address is

Niels-Erik Andreasen, President

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Andrews Receives $3,500 Grant from MDEQ

Andrews University was recently awarded a $3,500 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The grant will be used to update the University’s Wellhead Protection Plan (WHPP) for the groundwater areas that supply drinking water to the University.

Andrews, in cooperation with the MDEQ, has been involved in the Michigan WHPP for years. The primary purpose of participating in the plan is to protect groundwater and provide a clean uncontaminated water supply. By engaging in this voluntary program, Andrews is eligible for special grants from the state government for implementing different aspects of the program.

The task of maintaining a clean water supply is made easier because of the good relationship Andrews has with the City of Berrien Springs. Paul Elder, director for Facilities Management, says, “We have a benefit being close to the city, because we have two connections with the city to help us when we are down or vice versa. Last summer we renovated the water tower and had to drain our tower for a month. During this time we were able to open our connections to the city and make arrangements with their utilities maintenance department to allow Andrews University to use their water tower during our shutdown.”

The University has contracted with Fleis & VandenBrink, an environmental engineering firm, to provide professional guidance during the update. The firm will help to determine the best actions for preserving the groundwater supply, and assist with development of an updated Wellhead Protection Plan for Andrews University. This process should not cause any interruptions beyond what is caused by normal maintenance shutdowns on the system.

by Marcus Larivaux, student writer for Integrated Marketing & Communication

Horn Lectureship Series Features Undergraduate Students

The Horn Lectureship Series is proud to present: “Making a Future for our Past: Student Research at the Institute of Archaeology and the Siegfried Horn Archaeological Museum,” on Monday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in the Seminary Chapel on the campus of Andrews University.

Robert D. Bates, PhD research associate for the Institute of Archaeology, and Andrews University students will be presenting ongoing research projects for the museum. The diverse projects included photographing artifacts, ceramic analysis, remodeling museum displays, serving as docents, correlating bones, scanning coins and creating archaeological illustrations.

The Horn Lectureship Series is presented by the Siegfried H. Horn Museum. This installment is a product of the hard work of undergraduate students who are taking general studies courses in history and behavioral sciences. For the past four years, these students have been privileged to participate in ongoing research at the Institute of Archaeology. Although most of the students were not archaeology or anthropology majors, they were given the unprecedented opportunity not only to handle ancient artifacts, but to study their history and context, along with making an important contribution to archaeology, history and even our understanding of the Bible. This type of research is usually limited to graduate students.

The Horn Museum already houses more than 8,500 ancient Near-Eastern artifacts, including coins, pottery, sculptures, tools, weapons, figurines, jewelry, seals and glass vessels, among a myriad of other artifacts. The students added to this body of research, gaining hands-on experience by engaging in artifact examination from the Early Bronze Age to the Late Ottoman period.

As of today, nearly 300 undergraduate and high school students have participated in this program, including students from the Berrien County RESA program. The work showcases their ability to contribute to the archaeological research goals of the Institute of Archaeology and the Horn Museum.

Learning about the past teaches us more about ourselves, and how to deal with the future. This presentation will do just that. In the words of one of the presenting students, “We as humans can not know who we truly are unless we know where we came from, and I think that this archaeological work is a step in the right direction.”

To learn more about the Siegfried H. Horn Museum or schedule an appointment, visit or call 269-471-3273.

By Marcus Larivaux, student writer for Integrated Marketing & Communication

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A Conversation on Race and Justice in America

Andrews University invites you to attend its fourth annual Summit on Social Consciousness from Wednesday, April 8, through Saturday, April 11. This year’s symposium will focus on the theme of “A Conversation on Race and Justice in America.” The objective will be to inform the community of the injustices and racial prejudices still alive in our nation, 51 years after the civil rights movement, and also provide a means for students and community leaders to engage in social action regardless of background. All events are free and open to the public.

Please note the following schedule highlights:

Wednesday, April 8
Panel Discussion
7 p.m., Seminary Chapel

Thursday, April 9
Documentary Screening of “The New Jim Crow”
7 p.m., Seminary Chapel

Friday, April 10
University Vespers: Race, Justice and Adventism
7 p.m., Pioneer Memorial Church

Saturday, April 11
Keynote Address: Paul Buckley
4 p.m., Seminary Chapel

The keynote presentation will be followed by breakout sessions at 6 p.m. The breakouts are designed to provide an informal setting to let everyone join the conversation on these important issues. These sessions will explore topics related to race and justice in the U.S., including health outcomes, white privilege, minority youth issues and more.

The Summit on Social Consciousness began in 2012 to bring awareness of current social issues to the graduate students of Andrews University.

Michelle Alexander, associate professor of law at Ohio State University and civil rights advocate, author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” says, “The fate of millions of people—indeed the future of the black community itself—may depend on the willingness of those who care about racial justice to reexamine their basic assumptions of the role of the criminal justice system in our society” (Alexander, 2009). Regardless of background, issues related to race and injustice have a wide societal impact and should be a concern to members of any community.

The Summit on Social Consciousness is designed to bring both awareness and public education to various subjects through the knowledge of different speakers and the opportunity to serve the surrounding community.

“The hope is,” said Lhorraine London Polite, project manager and assistant to the dean in the School of Graduate Studies & Research, “that each year students assume the responsibility as the rightful advocates of those that have no voice. Andrews University seeks to empower students to 'Change the World'" and the summit has become our way to aid the mission as well as to give students the tools they need to succeed.”

by Samuel Fry and Jenna Neil, student writers for Integrated Marketing & Communication

Engineering Students Place Second in Stryker Challenge

Two Andrews University engineering students, Jonathan Penrod and Michael Hess II, were part of the Michigan Colleges Alliance team that placed second at the 2015 Stryker Engineering Challenge, held March 26–27, 2015, at Stryker Medical in Portage, Michigan.

Teams of four students, preferably sophomores, competed for $1,000 scholarships and interviews for Stryker internships. This year there were six teams competing from the following institutions: Purdue University, University of Notre Dame, Michigan Tech University, Western Michigan University, University of Michigan, and the Michigan Colleges Alliance. The Michigan Colleges Alliance team consisted of Penrod and Hess from Andrews University, and Rochelle Miller and Justin Hanselman from Hope College.

Before the challenge began students were given a product demonstration and tour of Stryker’s facilities. At 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, teams were provided with the rules and sent to their assigned workspace with their Stryker mentor. The workspace contained tools and supplies to build a remotely controlled vehicle with different custom attachments. They worked until 2 a.m. before retiring for the night.

Gunnar Lovhoiden, associate professor of engineering and faculty sponsor, says, “The best part for me was observing how well the Andrews and Hope students worked together as a team. I think they maximized their potential.”

The challenge continued later Friday morning from 6 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., followed by the competition at 2:30 p.m. Each team was assigned a pit area to work on their vehicles if they needed service or repair during the competition. Challenge One consisted of rescuing Lego “victims” in “downtown” Kalamazoo. Stryker had constructed several models of downtown Kalamazoo buildings. All the victims had small magnets attached so they could be rescued using a pick-up magnet controlled remotely from the vehicle.

All teams competed against each other and points were awarded according to how difficult the victims were to access. Some were behind doors that had to be opened by activating different sensors while others were on roofs as high as three feet. In order to get points, the vehicle had to pick up victims and carry them out of the playing field, which was marked with tape. The Michigan Colleges Alliance vehicle broke down four times due to drive chain issues, but each time the team was able to fix the vehicle and put it back into play. Challenge One lasted 20 minutes. The Michigan Colleges Alliance team collected enough points for second place.

The Final Challenge was to traverse an obstacle course with one horizontal section followed by a ramped section. If you made it up the ramp you had to raise/lower a bridge to cross to the finish line. The raising and lowering was accomplished by flashing an LED at a light sensor at two different predetermined rates. The final challenge had a 10-minute time limit.

Michigan Colleges Alliance competed against University of Michigan for first place. The Michigan Colleges Alliance team’s vehicle made it across the horizontal obstacle and up the ramp without any issues, but could not get further because their LED flasher didn’t work. The University of Michigan was able to complete both tasks and therefore won the competition.

Stryker provided meals and hotel accommodations for all team members. Lovhoiden commented, “I was impressed with the effort Stryker had put into the event and the number of Stryker staff involved. The whole challenge had a professional feel to it. It was good to see that there are companies willing to give students opportunities such as this. It reaffirms that although we [Hope College and Andrews University] are smaller engineering programs with limited resources, our students have good engineering skills and perform as well as or better than students from much larger programs.”

Reflecting on the experience, Michael Hess said, “What stood out to me most about our team’s performance was how effectively we were able to collaborate in spite of our setbacks. We were the only team from two different schools, none of us had ever worked together previously, and unlike the other teams most of us didn’t even know we were competing until the day before. Even so, we were able to figure out each other’s strengths, delegate tasks accordingly, and maintain effective communication throughout the build. Coming from less-than-ideal circumstances to take second place showed that being from a smaller school like Andrews is not a disadvantage; we’re on par with some of the best engineering schools in the country.”

Robert Bartlett, president of the Michigan Colleges Alliance, was also very pleased with the results. “Most prospective students, counselors and employers in the state don’t even realize MCA member schools offer engineering, this is a great ‘myth buster.’”

To learn more about the Department of Engineering & Computer Science, visit or call 269-471-3420 or 888-467-6443.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ten Students Help Children Who Have Lost Limbs

On April 12, 2015, ten Andrews University students will participate in the “Running So They Can Stand” marathon, to raise money for children in need of orthopedic care in developing countries. The students have partnered with “A Leg To Stand On” (ALTSO), an organization that has provided free prosthetic limbs, orthotic devices, mobility aids, corrective surgery and rehabilitative care to at least 12,804 children who have lost limbs. Whether by traumatic accident, or if the children are suffering from congenital limb disabilities, ALTSO has worked to serve this need worldwide. Recognizing that they too can help, Andrews students have partnered with ALTSO by agreeing to run in either a half-marathon (13.1 miles), or a full-marathon (26.2 miles), at the Ohio River Road Runners Club.

ALTSO has provided care for children in Asia, Africa and Latin America. They have assisted families who cannot afford the care they need in order to be self-sufficient. The organization has sponsored adolescents and juveniles who may have suffered from diseases, birth defects or war injuries. However, they are incapable to do that work without your support.

In the words of Jennifer Calhoun, one of the marathon runners, “Physical deformities…have limited their mobility to distances that can be hopped, crawled or carried. It doesn’t have to be this way forever! Which is why we’re using our legs to run for change… literally.”

Andrews University has partnered with ALTSO because they are looking for financial sponsors. Support the runners by making a donation today; even the smallest donation helps. A $25 donation provides a clubfoot brace, $100 an orthotic device, $250 a prosthetic limb, and $500 provides corrective surgery. All donations are tax deductible, but donations must be made by April 1. The goal is to reach $5,000 by race day. Make your donation at

Friday, March 27, 2015

Readers Theater: "The Great Divorce"

Andrews University’s J.N. Andrews Honors Program invites you to attend a free reader’s theater production of C.S. Lewis’s “The Great Divorce.” The presentation will take place on Sunday, April 5, at 6 p.m. in the University Towers Auditorium on the campus of Andrews University. Admission is free and open to the public.

“The Great Divorce,” written in 1946, is a short, allegorical novel about a man who finds himself in Hell, only to discover that the damned may take a bus to Heaven, and that anyone who wishes may stay there. What follows is a series of conversations between the ghosts of Hell and the “solid people” of Heaven, exposing the choices that we make toward either of those destinations in our everyday lives.

The performance cast includes Brian Strayer as the narrator, in addition to Keith Mattingly, David Faehner, Frances Faehner, Monique Pittman, Ante Jeroncic, Hyveth Williams, Joseph Greig, Ronald Knott, Zackery Babb and Alejandra Castillo.

This live presentation of reader’s theater differs from traditional theater in that the voice, rather than blocking and costuming, carries the drama. The script is read rather than memorized, resulting in a directed, well-rehearsed dramatic presentation.

The production is directed by Olivia Ruiz-Knott in partial fulfillment of her Senior Honors Thesis.

Easter Choral Concert

The Andrews University Singers and Chorale, under the direction of Stephen Zork, will perform their annual Easter concert on Saturday, April 4, at 8 p.m., in the Howard Performing Arts Center. No tickets are required.

The concert will feature the premier of a choral piece written by Andrews University student and composer Michael Momohara titled, “My Plea.” The text of the piece was written by WWII Japanese internment camp survivor Mary T. Matsuzawa.

“Our music will celebrate Christ’s healing touch and teaching ministry,” says Zork. “Pieces such as ‘By Peter’s House’ by Brad Lehman and ‘This House of Peace’ by Ralph Johnson express the pathos experienced by Jesus Christ in the events leading up to His death.”

The ensembles will also perform “God So Loved the World” by Bob Chilcott, “Crucifixus” by Antonio Lotti, “Prayer of Gratitude & Psalm 150” by Andrew Bleckner (sung in Hebrew and English) and “Gloria Dios” by Ariel Ramirez (sung in Spanish).

Soloists for the event include Charles Reid, tenor; Carrie Vandenburgh, soprano; Christina Gibson, flute; and Mowa Mowa, cello.

For information on this and other upcoming concerts, visit

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Clear As Black

by Jenna Neil

Adriana Monsalve, a 2008 Andrews University photography graduate, has been working on a series of photos titled Clear As Black. The series features people from Puerto Rico who have albinism, a condition that refers to little or no pigment in the eyes, skin or hair. Her work was recently featured in the Washington Post in an article by Nicole Crowder.

“Through the series I hope to dispel misconceptions of people with albinism by highlighting the fact that they are people before albinos,” she says.

Monsalve came up with the concept for Clear As Black after living in Puerto Rico for three months. Puerto Rico has the highest prevalence of albinism and Hermansy-Pudlak Syndrome (HPS) in the world. HPS is a rare disease that occurs most commonly in albinos in a variety of ways. HPS 1 and HPS 3 are the most common in the population of Puerto Rico and can include platelet dysfunction and fibrotic lung disease.

“I came up with ‘Clear as Black’ because I felt it represented exactly what it was that I had been seeing for three months in Puerto Rico,” Monsalve explained in the Washington Post article: “White people that are black, and black people that are white and all the visual representations of that.”

Monsalve was hesitant at first to do the series because it forced her to tackle her own story of being classified based on looks. She is fair skinned but Hispanic and Black.

“By looking at me you will not know what I am,” she said in the article. “I am white, but I am black. Slowly the personal side of this story kept gnawing at me more and more, and before I knew it this project was about me. Through this series, I discovered who I am genetically.”

Monsalve wants society to break away from the narrative of seeing people with albinism as “other” and highlight the fact that they are fundamentally people.

“They are people with a condition called albinism and they live interesting lives just like you and me,” she says, “full of layers and puberty, racism and prejudice, romance and break-ups, academic achievements and religious views, family drama and everything else that makes them a whole person.”

She began her project in June of 2013 and it’s still ongoing.

“At some point it will be finished,” she commented. “But I feel like there are so many layers and this is just the surface. The way I work is long-term and in-depth. I don’t feel that it will reach fruition for another ten years or so.”

Monsalve recommends supporting organizations that work with albinos and encourages everyone to consider doing so. She plans on working on other projects while continuing to work on Clear As Black.

To read the Washington Post article, click here. To view more of Adriana’s work, visit or follow her on Twitter @fotofolife or Instagram @amfoto.

Computing History

Andrews Computing History Still Alive and Well in Seattle

For a long period of our history, there was only one computer on the campus of Andrews University. In 1973, Andrews switched from a succession of early IBM computers and card equipment to a Xerox Sigma 6. The 1972 computer selection committee report is a classic and copies still exist on various Adventist college campuses. That report studied several computing options in detail and recommended the acquisition of the Sigma 6 with 256 KB of main memory, 100 MB of disk storage, and 16 communication lines. It also recommended hiring a full-time systems programmer.

Xerox entered the mainframe computer business in 1969 with the billion-dollar acquisition of the real-time computer company Scientific Data Systems or SDS. SDS served a niche market, which included NASA, power companies, high-energy physics and airline flight simulators. Their Sigma line was well suited for general business computing, including time-sharing, and was making inroads into the university market. However, Xerox never achieved recognition as dwarf status (IBM was “Snow White” and the other computer companies were the “Seven Dwarfs”). Xerox had no idea how to even manage a computer company. In 1975, after a campaign saying how they wouldn’t “love you and leave you,” Xerox left the mainframe computer business with many high-valued contracts on the table.

System software was free in those days. The Sigma 6 came with the long-delayed UTS (Universal Time-Sharing System) operating system whose name was soon changed to CP-V or Control Program-fiVe to help ameliorate some of the bad press garnered over the years. CP-V is an event-driven, real-time operating system that was ahead of its time in many ways, such as security and programs running seamlessly across multiple access modes like online or batch.

Andrews hired George Plue as the systems programmer. However, George’s job soon expanded from just software programming to helping engineers assigned to fix the hardware. When they couldn’t fix it before leaving for the day, he would fix it at night when they were gone, allowing production to keep running. With Xerox exiting the mainframe computer business, obtaining expansion equipment and good maintenance soon became problematic.

By 1979 the Xerox system had expanded to 512 KB of main memory, 500 MB of disk storage, and 64 communication lines. The new communication lines were designed by George and built internally. Several important decisions were made at that time. Andrews would start providing their own “in-house” maintenance and the computing center would expand with now readily available used equipment. Keith Calkins had been hired in 1978 to replace Dan Bidwell as systems programmer but was soon pressed into hardware service and Dan returned as the programmer. By 1980 the academic and administrative computer systems had been split onto separate Sigma 6/7 computer systems. In 1983 George Plue left for Arizona to provide time-sharing services using Xerox Sigma mainframes for the Ritland family medical practice in Flagstaff, Arizona.

From 1984–1985 Keith and his technical support staff converted the two Andrews mainframe computer systems onto Sigma 9s, which were about 50 percent faster and could handle much more main memory. A cooperative software development and maintenance arrangement with Telefile brought tri-density tape drives to campus. By 1990 similar work with Belo-Box resulted in smaller, higher capacity disk drives.

By 1992, University administration decided to sell the entire collection of Sigma equipment. A few minor details needed to be addressed since George had first right of refusal, plus the Sigmas still ran all the software for the University’s financial and grading systems. Keith Calkins ended up purchasing the 80 tons of equipment and sold to George Plue what he wanted. This time the Sigma 9 had 152 communication lines, with many of those connected to a terminal server providing access to many more. It also had 16 MB of main memory and 4 GB of disk storage.

One of the eight Sigma 9s Andrews University owned came from the University of Southern Mississippi. In November 1985, Robert Moon, Keith Calkins and Jim Massena disassembled it there and loaded it onto a truck for transport. That Sigma 9 CPU (Central Processing Unit) was used for testing within the Andrews computing center. In February 1990 it was sold to George Plue and Keith hauled it out to Flagstaff in a 24' Ryder truck. Since it overheated when the air conditioning failed at the University of Southern Mississippi, George had some challenges getting it to run reliably. It was used until the mid-90s, when the Ritlands converted their business onto personal computers.

George Plue moved back to Berrien Springs in 1997. In late September he gave Keith a call and said he wanted to write an emulator for the Sigma computer. Keith came right over with diagnostics code and within a month they were running the CP-V operating system. In December, George went back to Arizona to convert his backup tapes. During the spring of 1998 Keith added the decimal instructions and George added floating point. They also added large memory and terminal support. The emulator was a project that stretched all their hardware, software and personal computer knowledge. The emulator was also instrumental in helping to preserve the software to this time; since many “permanent” save tapes had been scratched.

Although George never bothered to finish a degree at Andrews he was inspirational to many, providing technical support in the pursuit of their education. Dan Bidwell obtained his PhD by porting the C language onto the Sigma and utilizing its real-time capabilities to precisely time differences in code optimization schemes. Jim Wolfer obtained his PhD in image processing, another area of interest to George. Keith Calkins obtained his PhD in metrology, the study of measure, in part due to extensive work with statistics on the Sigmas. Devin Zimmerman obtained his doctorate in medicine while honing his diagnostic skills repairing terminals and writing code.

George died in 2010 but had already made contact with the Living Computer Museum (LCM). The LCM is the brainchild of Paul Allen, cofounder of Microsoft with Bill Gates, and thus about the 25th richest person in the U.S. George wanted to see CP-V on his Sigma computer kept running and that was consistent with Paul’s goals for the museum. In the fast-paced computer industry it is easy to lose vital parts of our rich heritage.

Stanley Ritland delivered five truckloads of computer equipment from Flagstaff, Arizona, and Berrien Springs, Michigan, to the Seattle museum in 2011. In 2012 the museum contracted with Keith to bring the Sigma 9 back to running order. Keith spent 12 weeks there over the next 2.5 years and in December 2014 LCM announced that the CP-V operating system, a copy of the actual boot tape last used at Andrews University, is running on a Sigma 9 once owned by Andrews University.

CP-V ran Andrews University’s business on Xerox Sigma mainframes for over 20 years, from 1973–94. During the 70s it was also the only computer available for student use. It is thus familiar to many workers and students from that era. The Andrews technical support staff made substantial changes to the operating system, associated processors, languages and hardware over the years, molding it to the many and varied needs of the University. George Plue, Keith Calkins and their technical support staff saved the University more than $2 million by extending the Sigma era into the 1980s and 90s.

This era marked the beginning of a philosophy of Andrews Information Technology staff to provide significant support “in-house” rather than through vendor provided maintenance, resulting in very significant cost savings. It also encouraged a spirit of innovation that still marks the department today.

If you are ever in Seattle, consider stopping by the LCM to see a big part of Andrews computing history running there with many other computers of that era.

Submitted by Keith Calkins

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

No Passion Play in 2015

We regret to inform you that Andrews University’s Passion Play will not be offered in 2015. We continue to explore ideas for offering this much-loved community event in the future, and hope to be able to do so in coming years.

However, we still invite you to visit the Andrews University campus this Easter season for our annual Easter Choral Concert, featuring the University's Chorale and Singers. Under the direction of Stephen Zork, these vocal ensembles will present a special Easter performance.

The concert will take place on Saturday, April 4, at 8 p.m. in the Howard Performing Arts Center. No tickets are required.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Renaissance Kids 2015

Registration is now available for Renaissance Kids, a day camp for kids ages 5–15 for six 1-week sessions and one 2-week session in June and July. The camp is held at Andrews University in the School of Architecture, Art & Design (SAAD). Two of this year’s sessions offer a new all-day option. 

Renaissance Kids offers a variety of hands-on projects to teach kids about the architecture of cities, buildings and other places. The activities have been created to help the children learn about other people, history, different cultures, design concepts, architect tools and others. 

Each year, the students who attend the two-week session have the chance to participate in a real-world building project. In past years, students have helped design a paved sitting area in front of the Curious Kids Museum in St. Joseph, Michigan, and an arbor outside of the SAAD.

Renaissance Kids is in session during the following dates:

Session 1: $295
June 8–12, 8:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m.
Ages 5–7

Session 2: $295
June 15–19, 8:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m.
Ages 7-10

Session 3: $160
June 22-26, 8:30-12:15
Ages 10-12

Session 4: $160
June 22-26, 1:45-5:15
Ages 7–10

Session 5: $160
June 29–July 3, 8:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Ages 5–7

Session 6: $160
June 29–July 3, 1:45–5:15 p.m.
Ages 10–12

Session 7: $365
July 6–17, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Ages 12–15

Session 7 is tentatively scheduled to be held for one week at Andrews and one week of construction at the building project in the community. The location is yet to be determined.

To register, visit to download a form for printing or registering via email. Mail the completed registration form and payment to:

School of Architecture, Art & Design
Attn: Mark Moreno
8435 E Campus Circle Dr
Berrien Springs MI  49104-0450

Hebrew Bible Database Wins Award

by Jenna Neil

System for HEBrew Text: ANotations for Queries and Markup or SHEBANQ won the Best Digital Humanities (DH) tool or suite of tools for 2014. The system is produced by the Eep Talstra Center for Bible and Computer (ETCBC) and is powered by their database. One of the faculty members in the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary’s Department of Old Testament worked on the program with several others.

After several decades of development, ETCBC recently launched a database of the Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament). There are three team members: Wido van Peursen, leader of ETCBC who serves as initiator and strategic leader, Oliver Glanz, assistant professor of Old Testament at Andrews University who is an ETCBC data expert and contributes queries for teaching, and Dirk Roorda, a professor at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences who wrote most of the code.

SHEBANQ allows researchers to develop and share their queries with other researchers and uses a queries-as-annotations paradigm. Its web interface enables the running and saving of queries and adds them as annotations to the text. The database can be accessed by anyone.

This database is significant primarily for biblical scholars who study the Hebrew Bible. It makes the Hebrew text available and demonstrates how queries can function to address research questions. It also gives textual scholarship more empirical basis.

SHEBANQ can help the students and faculty by giving them a database to search the Hebrew Bible and connecting them with other Biblical scholars in their research.

The digital humanities awards are a set of annual awards for which the public can nominate different resources to recognize talent and expertise. A committee weeds out nominations based solely on whether the submission is a DH, if it’s in the right category and if it was launched/published/majorly updated that same year. The awards are intended to raise awareness, put DH resources in the spotlight and engage users.  

To learn more about the DH awards, visit To use the SHEBANQ database or to learn more about it, visit

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Hydrotherapy & Natural Remedies Workshop

From August 2–7, the Andrews University Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary will be holding its annual six-day Natural Remedies & Hydrotherapy Workshop in the seminary building (Tan Hall), room N150.

Upon completion, participants of the workshop will be prepared to use natural remedies to bring healing with the use of water and nutrition in times of sickness and health. Lecture topics include: “Importance of Water: Its Use to Treat Illness, and Dehydration Signals;” “Hydrotherapy Techniques: Bronchitis, Sinusitis, etc.;” “Diabetes: Natural Lifestyle Strategies;” “Body Mechanics, Posture, Body Alignment, Posture Correction and Exercises;” and “Low Back Pain, Neck Pain, Strain and Sprain.”

The workshop consists of 30 hours of lectures and demonstrations over five days, hands-on labs, a certificate of achievement for those who successfully finish the workshop and graduate credit (1–4 credits available) for MDiv, MAPMin and MA students.

The workshop director is Gerard Damsteegt, associate professor of church history at the Seminary who holds an MPH from Loma Linda University. Other presenters are Don Miller, a doctor of naturopathic medicine at Uchee Pines near Seale, Alabama; David DeRose, a doctor at Weimar Center of Health & Education in Weimar, California; Elvin Adams, a doctor at U.S. Health Works; Caryn Pierce, a physical therapist at Andrews University; and Norman McNulty, a doctor from Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.

The registration deadline is Friday, July 24. The registration form and payment will hold a place for the participant in the workshop. Space is limited to 60 participants, so register early to ensure your spot.

For more information about the workshop and to register, visit

Monday, March 16, 2015

Andrews Wins United Way Awards

“The mission of Andrews University has always resonated with the mission of United Way,” says Niels-Erik Andreasen, president of Andrews. “That is, to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities.”

Andrews employees truly embraced the 2014 United Way campus campaign theme, “Bursting the Andrews Bubble,” ending the campaign with our best-ever results.

“The campaign goals we set were definitely ‘stretch’ goals, and while we didn’t quite hit those goals, we burst our own bubble and achieved new levels,” said Dalry Payne, United Way campus campaign leader.
The totals for the last seven years of this on-campus campaign demonstrate how far the faculty and staff are willing to stretch:

United Way Campaign Totals 2007–2014
2014: 216 people gave $22,811.85!
2013: 142 people gave $16,549
2012: 135 people gave $14,538
2011: 90 people gave $9,145
2010: 87 people gave $8,401
2009: 82 people gave $10,179
2008: 48 people gave $4,800
2007: 91 people gave $11,202

In addition, Andrews University won three awards at the United Way Campaign Celebration held last month in Benton Harbor, Michigan: a Campie Award, the Spark Award and the David J. Weichhand Award.

The Campie Award is an award that recognizes successful employee campaigns that benefit fundraising campaigns. The Spark Award is given for best practices and achieving notable results in the campaign.

The David J. Weichhand Award has been presented to participants since 2007 and is named for the late president and CEO of United Federal Credit Union.

“This year’s recipient created a campaign committee composed of employees at all levels of leadership,” read the award presenter at the event. “Supported by their president, their committee membership infused their organizational culture into the campaign to affect the community around them. Their success was marked by many best practices, to include kicking off their campaign with pompoms, donning Live United shirts to make a splash in their parade, sharing their agency tour experiences through thoughtful organizational communication and thanking donors with a celebratory video full of bubbles!”

Campaign leaders thanked their teams in a wrap-up email, expressing how proud they were of the interest and participation of so many in a large-scale team effort.

“It was a huge step in letting our community neighbors know that Andrews cares about our community outside of the Andrews bubble,” says Rebecca May, campaign coordinator and director of campus & community relations at Andrews. “Most importantly we did our part and made great strides in helping the under-resourced in our community.”

For more information about United Way and to learn how you can get involved, visit

March Board Briefing

by Becky St. Clair

Late Tuesday afternoon, March 3, President Andreasen gave an overview of board actions from the March board meeting and subcommittees, held March 2 and 3, 2015.

First he reviewed the following new appointments and change of roles:

New staff appointments:
Aimee Vitangcol Regoso, registrar
David Stratton, STEM enrollment coordinator

New/reappointed department chairs:
Hyun Kwon, Department of Engineering & Computer Science (new)
Pedro Navia, Department of International Language Studies (reappointment)
David Nowack, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry (reappointment)
Karen Reiner, Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences (new)
Curt VanderWaal, Department of Social Work (reappointment)
Carole Woolford-Hunt, Department of Graduate Counseling & Psychology (new)
Allan Walshe, Department of Discipleship & Religious Education (reappointment)

Stan Beikmann, assistant professor emeritus
Emilio Garcia Marenko, registrar emeritus
Jim Jeffery, dean emeritus
Miroslav Kiš, professor emeritus

During each board meeting a few minutes are devoted to educating the board members on a topic that is of great importance to the University. This time Deborah Weithers, associate dean for Student Life, presented on Title IX, a federal mandate that requires all colleges and universities to treat all students equally regardless of gender.

“Though Title IX began with concerns about sports,” explained Andreasen, “it has become more about sexual violence on university campuses, and comes to the forefront whenever there is an issue of sexual misconduct at a school.” Provost Andrea Luxton is the Title IX Coordinator for Andrews University. The deputy coordinator for student complaints regarding students is Deborah Weithers and the deputy coordinator for student reports regarding faculty and staff is Dennis Waite, assistant professor of counselor education and counseling psychology.

Andreasen then shared important numbers from the Finance and Operations Committee.

“Fall semester saw us nearly a million dollars behind budget,” he said. “That is mostly due to a drop in enrollment and therefore shortfalls of tuition income. At this point in spring semester we are behind budget by around $500,000—making an estimate of about $2.5 million behind budget at the end of the school year.”
Despite this challenging report, Andrews had budgeted for a deficit of $2.8 million, so if the projection holds, said Andreasen, there will be a small gain.

The board adjusted the percentage of this year’s income on which next year’s budget is based. Typically at 98 percent, the budget for fiscal year 2016 will instead be based on 95 percent of undergraduate enrollment income.

It was also voted to increase the amount scheduled for refinancing on the current loan for Buller and Damazo Halls. This will be used to repair the aging electrical infrastructure that caused a campus blackout last fall.
An additional proposal was to begin adding the standard processing fee for individuals using credit cards to pay for tuition fees. This will add approximately $350,000 of income.

Andreasen also shared that Good News TV, a low-power television station owned by a local individual who recently died, was left to the University. The television and broadcast equipment will be utilized by the Department of Communication.

The Advancement report included two things of particular note, Andreasen said.

“First, total endowments for student scholarships and professorships are calculated to stand at $75 million,” he reported. “Secondly, the funding currently dedicated for the Health & Wellness Center initiative is now at $15.5 million. This is not quite enough for us to break ground yet, but we are assured by our University Advancement team that there are several ‘asks’ on the table to pull together the final dollars to start this important initiative.”

The Governance Committee presented that the next constituency meeting, which takes place every five years during board meeting, will be in March 2016. Board positions based on GC office held, including that of chair, could change in July 2015 during the General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas, and additional changes could occur due to the constituency meeting in March 2016.

The committee also reported that three new members had been appointed to the Governance Committee—Dana Wales, Clifford Jones and Sandra Johnson—to replace members rotating out.

At this time, Andreasen proposed to the Governance Committee that, in memory of the University’s late board member Dolores Slikkers, who served nearly 30 years, her husband Leon Slikkers be invited to complete her term.

“We put a bouquet of flowers on her desk where her nameplate was, said a few words about Dolores and voted to extend the invitation to Leon,” says Andreasen. “He was very happy to do it, and will be present at our next board meeting.”

Finally, the executive session of the board meeting discussed ways to better understand and adjust financially to the shift in enrollment. Though the freshman population has continued to shrink, continuing students are holding steady. Graduate students have shown a slight decline in number and the School of Distance Education is still growing.

“We know that now and for the next few years the number of high school and academy graduates is going down until about 2020,” said Andreasen. “Then it should start increasing again—not terribly high, but it will go up again. So we’re in a tough market right now, and the executive committee is concerned about coping with this fact financially. It’s an institution-wide issue that we ought to deal with together, and we will.”

Gymnics at Pacers Game & Gymnics Home Show

Andrews University’s Gymnics presented the halftime show for the Indianapolis Pacers basketball game on Thursday, March 12. The Gymnics is a traveling noncompetitive acrosport gymnastics team that uses tumbling, handstands and flying to share God's good news.

The Gymnics have performed all around the nation and the world over the last 50 years. Recent trips have taken them as far as Canada and California as well as numerous trips around the Midwest states. In the past the team has traveled as far as Europe and Russia.

The group has performed NBA and NCAA halftime shows, the most recent being this Indianapolis Pacers game. The Gymnics also provide anti-drug and wellness rallies at middle schools and high schools, vespers and church services at academies and clinics for aspiring gymnasts. One of their more recent school presentations was here in Berrien Springs at the Berrien RESA Center.

The Gymnics operate under the motto that is proudly displayed on their jackets: “Pray, Practice, Perform,” under the leadership of their coach, Eric Paddock.

All are welcome to attend the team’s year-end home show on Saturday, April 11, at 9 p.m. or Sunday, April 12, at 3 p.m., both in Johnson Gym on the campus of Andrews University. This event takes place during the weekend celebrating their 50th anniversary as a team. Tickets available at the door.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Q&A About Student Fundraising Request

The below statement was sent to Andrews faculty, staff and students on March 10, 2015 from President Andreasen.

Dear Friends,

In the last 48 hours, there has been a significant amount of social media commentary and coverage regarding a decision by Andrews University to deny a fundraising request by an unofficial student club to raise funds for a Chicago agency that is focused on aiding homeless LGBT youth.

That reporting has included some information that is not correct.

As a result, I want to share, as best I can, some questions and answers that will seek to provide you with some accurate information and context.

I trust it will be helpful as you encounter opinions and reporting on this topic on the web and elsewhere.


Niels-Erik Andreasen, President

Q: Is Andrews University opposed to helping, or fundraising for, LGBT homeless youth?

A: Absolutely not.

It is within the University and Church mission to seek to provide care and compassion wherever and for whoever needs it.

The problem of LGBT homeless youth in particular is a heartbreaking national problem—perhaps as many as 40 percent of the homeless teens on the street at any one time are LGBT. Many of these teens were in Christian families who rejected their child’s orientation and, in the process, their child. A safe place and genuine care must be provided for these homeless LGBT youth.

Q: Did Andrews University offer approval for AULL4One, an unofficial campus club, to raise funds for this purpose and then later retract it?

A: No.

When campus administrators were approached with the idea of having a fundraiser to benefit LGBT homeless youth, those administrators expressed openness to the idea and encouraged the students to explore options, emphasizing to the students that any official fundraising effort would have to be aligned with the University’s mission. So, originally, the University neither “approved” nor “rejected” the proposal. The University merely said: Let’s explore the options. Subsequent to that, a number of conversations happened between students, Campus Ministries and Student Life.

At question in those conversations was not the cause itself, but the perceived mission and advocacy of a proposed agency that was to receive funds from the fundraising activities. In particular, the Church’s religious and moral views do not allow for the pursuit of intimate LGBT relationships, including marriage, and as a result Andrews University’s policies do not permit the raising of funds to support the work of agencies that advocate behaviors contrary to Adventist beliefs. This is true even though many unapproved agencies do valuable and important work that is within the University’s mission.

As the University was saying “no” to the specific, proposed agency, an administrator suggested an alternative support agency in Chicago that also deals with homeless LGBT teens. That suggestion does not appear to have been pursued by the student who instead proposed an additional unacceptable agency. Shortly thereafter, the student stopped his conversations with administrators, asked for a “written” clarification of the decision not to support his recommended agency, and went to the press/social media.

Q: Why would Andrews University say “no” to helping homeless kids? Isn’t that “unchristian”?

A: Again, Andrews University has no objection to helping LGBT homeless youth. As an Adventist university operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Andrews is called and committed to absolute compassion for those with an LGBT orientation.

Andrews University believes that it is possible to both show Christian care and compassion for all people while also pursuing a life that lifts up biblical values. 

As has been true with the national debate on these issues, the Seventh-day Adventist Church and Andrews University believe that there is room for respect of differing viewpoints within this discussion and within society.

Unfortunately, Andrews University does not believe that its sincerely held beliefs have been afforded such respect. To “disagree” with another person’s view is seen as callous, uncaring and unchristian. It does not have to be this way. For example, recent proposed legislation in Utah seems to protect the rights of the LGBT community while also respecting and allowing the Mormon Church to operate and practice within its own religious and moral beliefs as it relates to LGBT relationships.

Q: So, how can Andrews University students officially help homeless LGBT youth or engage in fundraising for other worthy causes?

A: Students should engage in serious-minded dialogue about fundraising options with club sponsors or University administrators. Together, students and faculty/staff should explore whether a particular recipient of funds is largely and primarily aligned in support of the University’s mission and its faith commitment. The University recognizes that every single activity of an agency may not be in “alignment”—to expect perfect alignment might never permit any outside fundraising. But it is reasonable for the University to expect primary alignment between its mission and an agency’s activities.

In reference to the specific matter that brought about this attention, the “problem” as the University sees it is that once a decision was made that a student did not like, he stopped conversation about it and went to the press/social media to portray the University in a light that was neither fair nor accurate. What happened to the specific suggestion of an alternative Chicago-based agency that works with homeless LGBT youth and why was that option not explored more fully? These kinds of misunderstandings can be avoided when students and faculty/staff work together in good faith.

Q: What information or statements have you shared with media about this topic?

A: To date, four different online blogs/newspapers have asked for information on this decision, and the following statement has been shared in return:

Andrews University recognizes the special challenges facing LGBT youth and believes that efforts to help them are worthy.

Providing care to LGBT homeless youth is compatible with our institutional mission to demonstrate God’s love to all people, and reflects our denomination’s specific call to exhibit compassion for LGBT persons.

At the same time, Andrews University has declined a student request to officially endorse a fundraising effort to raise money for an organization that may have a perceived LGBT advocacy role.

This decision was made in the context of our student fundraising policy in the Student Handbook, which states that funds may be raised for non-profit organizations “whose mission and practices do not conflict with those of the University.”

So, our objection was not to the worthy goal of serving LGBT homeless youth and their transitional housing needs but to the perceived advocacy stance of the proposed organization.

As a result, we can and will support LGBT homeless youth through organizations whose mission and purpose clearly align with the religious mission and purpose of our University and its sponsoring church. We invite our student clubs to find the appropriate organizations and opportunities to do just that.

Click on the following links for more information on the Seventh-day Adventist Church's positions on homosexuality and same sex unions.

Beyond this statement, Andrews University will have no additional comment at this time.


Steel Band Concert March 22

Andrews University welcomes the Walla Walla University (College Place, Washington) Steel Band to the Howard Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 22, at 7 p.m. The concert will feature guest artist Liam Teague, hailed as the “Paganini of the Steel Pan,” from Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, Illinois).
Musical styles featured in this concert will include Caribbean (Calypso, Soca, 2-3 Son, Reggae), South American (Samba, Bossa Nova), jazz and classical.

WWU’s steel band, under the direction of Brandon Beck, has been in existence since 2002 and has toured the West Coast twice, the East Coast five times and has also toured to the island of Bermuda. They have performed with world-class steel pan artists Victor Provost, Gary Gibson and Tom Miller.

During their 2013 performance in Walla Walla, Washington, guest artist Gibson announced to the audience that he considered that year’s WWU Steel Band “one of the best collegiate steel bands in the nation.”

Guest artist for the March 22 concert at Andrews University, Liam Teague, currently serves as head of steel pan studies and associate professor of music at NIU. He has received many awards in his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago, including the Humming Bird Award (silver) for “loyal and devoted service.” He has also won a number of notable competitions such as the Trinidad and Tobago National Steelband Festival Solo Championship and the Saint Louis Symphony Volunteers Association Young Artist Competition.

“We are excited to perform with astounding steel pan performer Liam Teague,” says Beck. “He will not only perform solos at the concert, but he does us the honor of playing with us on several pieces. We look forward to this event very much.”

His commitment to demonstrating the great musical possibilities of the steel pan has taken Teague to Europe, Asia and Australia, as well as North and Central America and the Caribbean.

Teague has collaborated with prominent musicians such as Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Samuels, Zakir Hussain and Evelyn Glennie. In addition to commissioning a number of significant composers to write for the instrument, Teague has had many of his own compositions published, and has produced eight solo albums.

He has also served as musical arranger of the TCL Group Skiffle Bunch Steel Orchestra and Starlift Steel Orchestra for Panorama, the most prestigious steel band competition in the world.

General admission is $9; students (with ID) and seniors are $5. Tickets for this concert can be purchased at, or by calling the Howard Center box office at 888-467-6442.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Faculty & Staff Awards Celebration 2015

The theme for the 2014 Andrews University Faculty and Staff Awards celebration was “An Evening of Fun and Recognition.” On Sunday, March 1, hundreds of faculty and staff gathered in the Howard Performing Arts Center for this annual event recognizing their coworkers and colleagues.

The evening’s entertainment was a mockup of the popular TV game show “Family Feud” called “Family Fusion,” featuring seven teams of four individuals from the honored years-of-service groups plus a team of retirees called “Once Upon a Time.” Participants were required to guess the top three answers from a survey of 16 questions that was sent to all faculty and staff three weeks in advance. David Nowack, professor of biochemistry, did a masterful job as host for the evening.

A surprise tribute was given to Niels-Erik Andreasen, celebrating 20 years as president of Andrews University, and Demetra, who has served graciously at his side.

Just after accepting the presidency of Andrews in 1994, Andreasen was quoted in a FOCUS editorial. “The whole nation talks about failing public education and the risks that presents to our future. We must not allow Christian education to fail. That cannot be. With God’s help, it must succeed, and if it is to remain Christian education it must be good education. A bad Christian education is a contradiction in terms. If we dare call it Christian it must be good in every respect. To seek this goal in every plan and decision made in Andrews University is the chief assignment of the university president and everyone who works here.”

The Andreasens were thanked for setting Andrews on a true-north direction and leading the way together.

“Dr. and Mrs. Andreasen, we’re so glad you said yes to Andrews 20 years ago,” stated Stephen Payne, vice president for Integrated Marketing & Communication, who presented the award. “We believe the future of Adventist education and Andrews University is stronger because of your God-honoring leadership.”

Additionally, recognition from the Faculty Senate was given to Teresa Reeves, associate professor of New Testament contexts and associate dean, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary and Marcella Myers, associate professor of physical science and chair, Department of History & Political Science. Both of these women were instrumental in reshaping the structure and role of the current Faculty Senate.

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.

Click on each name to hear an audio recording of the tributes given to that recipient at the event.

Siegfried H. Horn Excellence in Research and 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. It recognizes the lifetime scholarship achievement of Andrews University faculty members in four separate categories. 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 are:
Arts, Humanities and Education: Carla Trynchuk, professor of music and string area coordinator, Department of Music, College of Arts & Sciences
Professional Programs: Andrew von Maur, professor of architecture, School of Architecture, Art & Design
Pure & Applied Sciences: James Hayward, research professor of biology, Department of Biology, College of Arts & Sciences
Religion & Theology: Wagner Kuhn, professor of world mission, Department of World Mission, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

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 are Beverly Peck, administrative assistant, Department of Behavioral Sciences; Fares Magesa, financial advisor and Veterans Affairs student advisor, Office of Student Financial Services; and Erno Gyresi (posthumously), associate director, Andrews University Press

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 nominates and chooses their individual candidates.

This year’s recipients are:
Harvey Burnett, assistant professor of psychology, Department of Behavioral Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
Henrietta Hanna, assistant professor of nursing, Department of Nursing, School of Health Professions
Ryan Hayes, associate professor of chemistry, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, College of Arts & Sciences
Douglas Jones, professor of English, Department of English, College of Arts & Sciences
Paul Kim, associate professor of documentary film, Department of Visual Art & Design, School of Architecture, Art & Design
Janet Ledesma, associate professor of leadership, Department of Leadership, School of Education
Stanley Patterson, professor and chair, Department of Christian Ministry, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Faith Development Leadership Award
This honor is awarded to any employee who has made a significant contribution to the spiritual life of campus.

This year’s honoree is David Iwasa, director/dean, University Towers

40 Years of Service Awards
Bonnie Beres, administrative assistant, Department of Christian Ministry, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Ronald Neumann, operations manager, Office of Telecommunications, Information Technology Services

35 Years of Service Awards
Richard Davidson, J.N. Andrews professor of Old Testament interpretation, Department of Old Testament, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Norma Greenidge, assistant professor of library science, head of bibliographic services, James White Library
Margarita Mattingly, professor and chair, Department of Physics, College of Arts & Sciences
Donald May, assistant provost and associate dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Rebecca May, community relations and events, Integrated Marketing & Communication
Dianne Wilson, assistant to general manager for finance and resource management, Office of Dining Services (Bon Appétit)

30 Years of Service Awards
Lorena Bidwell, chief information officer, Information Technology Services
Jacques Doukhan, professor of Hebrew and Old Testament exegesis and director of the Institute of Jewish-Christian Studies, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Lois Grimm, administrative assistant, Office of Transportation
James Massena, director of institutional research, Information Technology Services
Keith Mattingly, professor of Old Testament, dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Rhonda Root, professor of art and architectural history, School of Architecture, Art & Design
Peter Swanson, associate professor of pastoral care, Department of Christian Ministry, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Janice Wrenn, professor of social work, Department of Social Work, College of Arts & Sciences

25 Years of Service Awards
Lori Colwell, dispatcher, Office of Campus Safety
Mickey Kutzner, research professor of physics, Department of Physics, College of Arts & Sciences
Arlen Springer, power plant operator, Office of Plant Services
Curtis VanderWaal, research professor of social work and chair, Department of Social Work, College of Arts & Sciences
William Wolfer, assistant professor of computer science, Department of Engineering & Computer Science, College of Arts & Sciences

Additionally, the evening recognized employees with 20, 15, 10, and 5 years of service to Andrews University.

Music Professor Performs Wagner in Hong Kong

by Jenna Neil

Charles Reid, associate professor of voice and voice area coordinator at Andrews University, spent a week in January performing one of the four operas from Wagner’s “Ring Cycle” with the Hong Kong Philharmonic in China. 

The Hong Kong Philharmonic has committed to performing and recording Wagner’s “Ring Cycle” over the next four years. This collection of four operas written by the German composer Richard Wagner is compromised of, in sequence, Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung. The opera in which Reid participated was Das Rheingold and he performed the role of Froh. 

“Jobs come for various reasons,” he said. “I have two agents, one in Vienna and one in New York. As we establish our singing careers, we build reputations and many jobs develop because of ‘word of mouth’ references.”

The Ring Cycle is written in German and it was also performed in German.

“Second to English, German is the language I know best, thanks to living and working in Germany for approximately ten years,” says Reid. “In addition to training our voices, musicianship and acting abilities, opera singers must become proficient at singing in multiple languages.”

Reid regularly performs in French, English, German, Italian and Latin and has also performed several times in Czech and Russian.

One of the titles that Reid holds at Andrews is artist-in-residence, meaning he takes part in some singing events at Andrews.  Because of this title, he is also expected to continue pursuing a professional singing career along with his teaching career.

“I believe the singing career makes me a much better voice teacher,” he says.  “This concert and recording project was one of several performance events I have planned for this year.”

To see additional photos of Reid's experience in Hong Kong, click here.

51st International Food Fair

by Jenna Neil

The annual International Food Fair will take place on Sunday, March 29, from 12–7 p.m. in Johnson Gym on the campus of Andrews University. The 2015 Food Fair will represent 82 countries and 18 ethnic clubs. Participating clubs include the Korean Club, Peruvian Club, Brazilian Club, Indian Club and Haitian Club, among many others. 

The cost to try the food is minimal. Participants can purchase tickets in blocks of $5 to be used to obtain food at each booth. Cash transactions won’t be accepted at the booths and ticket sales will go to the respective clubs; some of the clubs use their earnings for scholarship funds to assist students and others use the funds for mission projects. 

In years past, the event has been very successful with thousands of people in attendance, coming from as far as Chicago and Grand Rapids. It is a great opportunity to showcase the cultural diversity at Andrews University and to experience food and culture from around the world.

“We certainly hope that you can come and experience the variety of international entrees and dishes prepared by about 20 ethnic international student clubs,” says Robert Benjamin, director of International Student Services & Programs. “We are looking forward to seeing you at this event.”

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Message from the President

by Niels-Erik Andreasen, president 

You’ve perhaps read, or heard about, an opinion piece about Black History Month celebrations that was printed in last week’s issue of our student newspaper, The Student Movement.

It has led to significant discussion on our campus and in social media, a discussion that has reflected dismay and, at times, outrage, about the views expressed by the student in the article. In turn, these discussions have raised questions about whether the views expressed in that opinion piece reflected a larger attitude about race and diversity on the part of the University and its administration.

The student newspaper is and should be a place where honest conversation about ideas can take place—including differing opinions about subjects that matter to us. However, some of the conclusions reached in this opinion piece were clearly at odds with the values of our University community on this subject. Our Student Movement editor has recognized this and has published an apology in the March 4th edition of the student newspaper.

Once again, while this opinion piece may reflect the attitudes of some on this campus and in our country, in the end it ultimately does not reflect the values and attitudes of our entire campus, nor does it ultimately represent the ideals we seek to achieve as a diverse community.

In turn, the fact that Andrews University is still seeking to achieve these ideals, and that some may question our commitment to do so, is a reminder that discussions about race and equality are not fully resolved in our country and, in turn, are not fully resolved on our campus.

At Andrews University, this yet to be fulfilled ideal of true cultural and racial understanding is a specific and assigned task for our Diversity Council, who must study, struggle with and help our University community define a path that helps us move forward. We as individuals, and as a community, still have significant goals to achieve and an important road to travel in this regard.

As we continue on this journey, I want to let you know that we remain fully committed to understanding and best fulfilling God’s plans and purposes to serve as a globally and culturally diverse university community that’s dedicated to changing the world for Him—and to seek to first fulfill that task on our very own campus.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Deans List Fall 2014

Fall 2014 Dean’s List

Andrews University has announced the undergraduate dean’s list for fall semester 2014. The students listed have maintained a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher while having at least 12 credits, no incompletes and no grade below a B. There are 549 students on the list.

Abbadasari, Roshani R
Abbott, Hannah E
Abraham, Kristen J
Abreu, Charles M
Acre, Alastair D
Aguilera, Janelle N
Ahn, John H
Ahn, Joshua K
Alconcel, Hannah A
Alfaro, Geselle S
Allen, Brandon W
Alva, Rayford C
Amaro, Amanda
Anderson, Chelesia J
Anderson, Imani J
Andvik, Erlend
Anobile, Aurianna D
Antonov, Alexandr
Arkusinski, Abigail A
Asgeirsson, Alanna Y
Ashton, Benjamen D
Atkins, Christiana D
Babb, Lane H
Bailey, Kaydra A
Baker, Nolan S
Baldwin, Bryan J
Bange, Amanda J
Bankes, Emily-Jean E
Baptist, Brandon M
Bardan, Christian
Barfi, Gifty B
Barrett, Brendan C
Bastos, Linda
Battle, Alicia L
Bauer, Khelsea V
Bauer, Kylynda C
Baxter, Sarah J
Beisiegel, Amy S
Benavides, Rafael A
Beras, Heidy
Berger, Rocio
Berglund, Nathan D
Bissereth, D’nedgyne
Bitterman, Lauren A
Bjelica, Aiyana C
Blackmer, Alyssa L
Blahovich, Christina L
Bohorquez, Jackeline
Bolkovic, Nathan L
Borabon, Rhonalin Evy R
Bornman, Madeline R
Bosco, Alaryss M
Boucher, Miryam
Bovee, Ryan Y
Bovell, Christina L
Boyko, Matthew S
Bradfield, Lyndon N
Breetzke, Ashley N
Briggs, Heather M
Broner, Nichole D
Brown, Andrew J
Brown, Kenreah L
Brown, Kreshona M
Brown, Subira S
Brummett, Jennifer L
Bryson, John M
Buchholz, Jessica R
Buckins, Jasmine M
Bugbee, Anna L
Burrill, Kristi L
Burt, Celesta S
Burton, Cameron J
Butlin, James G
Byeon, Hye-eun
Byrdak, Melanie G
Calderon, Arleni M
Calhoun, Kaitlyn M
Calhoun, Stephanie L
Callahan, Noelle D
Campbell, Seth T
Carr, Natahlia-Naomi O
Carrington, Lisa J
Castillo, Anamaria
Celestin, Leila A
Chacko, Alexandra E
Chadwick, Marthita N
Chan, Shek Man
Chand, Arnold J
Chang, Alexis J
Chang, Samantha N
Chatman, Austin L
Cheever, Jesica M
Chi, Hannah J
Chirachevin, Warit
Chlevin, Cassandra N
Cho, Eunbyeol
Choi, Benjamin Y
Choi, Hannah J
Choi, Hyeme
Choi, Jisu
Choi, Kenneth D
Choi, Michael
Chong, Aram
Chun, Nicholas H
Chun, Noah Y
Chung, Alyssia K
Church, Bradley J
Clark, Richard A
Cogen, Carlan A
Coleman, Chelcie A
Coleman, Jennifer J
Collatz, Kyle B
Colomb, Ashley M
Comeau, Ryan R
Condon, Jessica N
Cook, Gabrielle E
Cortez, Hadid
Coto, Lyla J
Counsell, Florence N
Covrig, Colette L
Creed, Keila K
Croughan, Brenden C
Cruz, Yanitza
Cuke, Dachele A
Da Silva, Francisco C
Dalgleish, Hannah M
Dass, Saharsh
Davidovas, Steven N
Davis, Donovan J
Davis, Joycelyn M
Davisson, Richard A
De Klerk, Michael E
De la Cruz, Karl Joelson F
Dehm, Kayla J
Delima, Nicole R
DeWind, Katie L
Dieck, Megan E
Dillard, Kiara L
Ditta, Fairlyn A
Diya, Rolane Tweenie T
Dohna, Jacqueline M
Doram, Jonathan E
Drew, Alyson E
Drumi, Charlotte Y
Duah, Martha M
Dunn, Christianna J
Dunn, Christina N
Duvivier, Daphne L
Duvra, Daniela M
Eldridge, Victoria F
Ellis, Whitney N
Elloway, Lindy D
Emmanuel, Keddy D
Ezeribe, Yaddel A
Fatal, Melissa
Filkoski, Jennifer L
Filkoski, Michael L
Fitzgerald, Hannah E
Flores, Josias A
Fogel, Abraham L
Francis, Ludanne G
Frederick, Morgan E
Fuhrman, Gregory J
Fuller, Rebecca A
Garcia, Edith
Garcia, Miguel A
Gaynor, Maurice A
Gehring, Nicholas R
Gensolin, Rachelle J
Gilbert, Christopher R
Gillen, Erica S
Gillespie, Calin C
Gomez, Edy
Gonzalez, Amante J
Gonzalez, John
Grant, Kimi K
Greene, Bonnie L
Greene, Re’Jeanne A
Greenley, Donavan M
Greenley, Natasha K
Grellmann, Jason D
Grellmann, Shelly M
Grinstead, Tiffany K
Gruesbeck, Michael L
Habenicht, April D
Halbritter, Kathryn R
Halbritter, Kristen E
Hales, Cassandra E
Hall, Dakota J
Han, Yeongmin
Han, Yuna
Hardin, Pheonix M
Harmon, Ronald A
Harris, Noel S
Hart, Kelsey T
Harty, Emil M
Harvey, Courtney-Lynn
Haskins, Dwagne J
Henry, Irma M
Hernandez, Michael E
Hess, Michael L
Hilton, Nathon L
Hodges, Alexander W
Hodges, Cooper B
Hoffman, Brittany S
Holzschuher, Jordan A
Hong, Andrew J
Hong, Sung Ho
Hsu, Hsiang
Hunt, Renee A
Hurlow, Darryl G
Hutauruk, Vanessa N
Hwang, Irene S
Hwang, Namhee
Idowu, Temitope A
Igilimbabazi, Valentine L
Im, Justin H
Izumi, Yuri F
Jackson-Ezell, Regina
Jacobson, Ryan
Jaeger, Jonathan B
Jaeger, Justine M
James, Alanna E
Jamieson, Sarah R
Jardine, Philip G
Jencks, Adam S
Jenkins, Christopher M
Jeon, Won Jin
Jeon, Yejin
Jiang, Kun
Joseph, Adelia K
Joseph, Orean A
Ju, Dahyeon
Jung, Nathaniel H
Kairu, Anne W
Kang, Kara H
Kang, Yoona
Kardash, Patricia M
Kardos-Moldovan, Nancy G
Kelchner, Amber M
Kessler, Dominick C
Kessler, Jeanmark D
Khumalo, Sandakahle S
Kim, Alice Y
Kim, Bomi
Kim, Christopher J
Kim, Chu Hyun
Kim, Dong Jin
Kim, Elizabeth J
Kim, Hwakyeong
Kim, Ivan S
Kim, Joshua H
Kim, Kaitlyn S
Kim, Kristen S
Kim, Rachel S
Kim, Seonghyun
Kim, Shanelle E
Kim, Si Hyun
Kim, Victoria S
King, Shelby L
Kingman, John E
Kivumbi, Molly N
Knepp, Tatiana D
Knott, Olivia B
Ko, Su Jung
Korenichenko, Aleksey V
Kosowesky, Elizabeth M
Kotanko, Sara M
Krause, Andrew
Krzywon, Lukasz J
Kuramochi, Mayu I
Kwon, Anna Y
Lam, Jessenia W
LaPointe, Jenna E
LaPointe, Jillian A
Latour, Donn M
Lau, Ka Cheung
LaVanture, John D
Leacock, Julia M
Leavitt, Bethany E
LeBlanc, Jacob C
Lebo, Jon L
Ledesma, Ariana C
Lee, Abraham Y
Lee, Charles J
Lee, Christopher S
Lee, DongGeon
Lee, Hye Lim
Lee, Jeong Bin
Lee, Ji Yeon
Lee, Joanne Jee Yeon
Lee, Melissa
Lee, Seongmin D
Leung, Wan Hay
Lofthouse, Hayley J
Logan, Kari M
Lorenz, Kelly M
Lozano Sanchez, Carlos R
Mackintosh, Tia C
Magbanua, Emma J
Magbanua, James C
Magno, Darley R
Magsipoc, Adrianne R
Maier, Colby F
Makiling, Precious S
Manzano, Katie E
Maravilla, Cynthia M
Marciniak, David C
Markland, Bajel B
Markos, James E
Marsh, Daniel S
Marshall, Karel L
Martin, Danielle A
Martinez, Bernardo I
Martinez-Hernandez, Maria C
Materano, Luz R
Mayor, Joseph L
Mbungu, Hannah M
McAllister, Jevoni W
McAuliffe, Emily M
McCall, Holly E
McDonald, Danielle T
McDonald, Kimberlyn E
McDonald, Shenika K
Mcintosh, Rroya-rae M
Mendonca, Julison D
Meyer, Zachary W
Middaugh, Rachel L
Mikkelson, Erika M
Milam, Dylan B
Milam, Sidney N
Milam, Tyler D
Minnick, Kayla B
Mitra, Ervin
Momohara, Michael M
Moncrieff, Andre E
Mondak, Adam M
Mondak, Jordan D
Monroe, Jannel A
Montalvo, Aaron E
Montalvo, Diana B
Moon, Robert D
Moon, Sunhye
Moore, Amanda M
Moore, Dori B
Moore, Lee-Ann T
Moore, Nicole M
Moronta, Luis G
Morrison, Kyler C
Muller, Christopher T
Mulzac, Karla E
Murphy, Shanell A
Murrillo, Jaunna J
Musgrove, Erin
Musvosvi, Rufaro C
Mwamba, Christine Y
Mwangi, Fonda W
Mwinga, Nhimba M
Myrie, Liam S
Nam, Ansel H
Neighbors, Tyler B
Nelson, Bailey T
Neufville, Candace J
Ng, Kimberlyn C
Ngugi, Joses N
Nommik, Aldar
Nyakundi, Gideon O
Ogego, Hope C
Ogidan, Olabode E
Ogoti, Purity K
Ortiz, Caleb
Ortiz, David E
Ott, Christopher R
Owens, Kristopher L
Owino, Jimmy O
Palmieri, Jaclyn F
Panjaitan, Ezra C
Paquette, Joel J
Paris, Kristina L
Park, Hye Rim
Park, Jinhui
Park, Kimberly H
Pazvakawambwa, Joshua T
Penaredondo, Gian L
Pender, Austin L
Penny, Veronica S
Penrod, Jonathan J
Perez, Daniela A
Perez Barreto, Mara D
Perkins, Emily A
Peterson, Ashley D
Pichot, Rachelle E
Pierre, Naude C
Plantak, Mihael
Polski, Robert M
Pope, Darique P
Powers, Brian S
Quetz, Jazmin
Ramos, David D
Randolph, Zachary A
Ray, Rebekah S
Redondo, Sharon K
Regal, David P
Reichert, Ashley A
Reichert, Zachary M
Rengifo, Brenda L
Resler, Jacob B
Rieger, Cody A
Rikin, Patricia F
Ringer, Mark B
Rios, Luis A
Robertson, John C
Robley-Spencer, Melaine J
Rodriguez, Jatniel A
Rojas Marrugo, Cesar E
Romelus, Jade
Rorabeck, Anna C
Roschman, Melodie A
Rose, Rebekah E
Roselio, Dawn C
Ross, Danielle A
Roy, Nolan
Ruhupatty, Melisa A
Rurangirwa, Melody N
Rybicki, Caroline M
Ryoo, Seunghyun
Samlalsingh, Sade S
Sanchez, Randy
Saragih, Daven I
Sarno, Kelcey M
Saucedo, Frank J
Savage, Kristine M
Schell, Elisabeth
Scott, Ciara J
Scott, Daniel A
Scott, Myrtie R
Seats, Celeena M
Seo, Ye Lim
Sharley, Jonathan
Sharpe, Zachary K
Sherman, Emily A
Shim, Sol
Shin, Haneul
Shockey, Brian D
Shockey, Jason R
Shou, Aaron T
Sisodia, JoAnn G
Small, Ashley A
Smith, Athena T
Smith, Connor R
Smith, Kourtney R
Smith, Winter A
Smoot, Haley E
Sokolies, Jacob E
Soler, Madeleine A
Somers, Tanique A
Spieth, Christa A
Spoon, Amber R
St Brice, Shervon R
St Martin, Daniette S
Stacey, Seth S
Stahl, Joshua L
Staniszewski, Tara V
Starkey, Marc N
Starkey, Mary K
Starr, Meredith P
Steinweg, Tiffany D
Stelfox, Jessica A
Stelfox, Sarah M
Stern, Brittany J
Stewart, Andrew R
Stiles, Lauryn M
Suh, Isaac S
Sung, Hyukje
Sung, Kyung je
Sutton, Christopher C
Swann, Dana A
Swerdlow, Zachariah D
Symes, Ashton
Szynkowski, Andrea L
Tagalog, Carlyle F
Takahashi, Kaylie R
Takahashi, Zachary R
Taujale, Susmita
Taylor, John W
Tejeda, Abigail E
Tentea, Daniel P
Theus, Andrew T
Thiele, Satoshi K
Thomas, Britney E
Thomas, Jeremy N
Thompson, Liberty R
Thompson, Sasha Gay P
Thona, Maryand C
Thornhill, Rosanne N
Torres-Colon, Roxanna N
Tremols-Castillo, Meylin Y
Turenne, Sabine L
Turner, Amber P
Turner, Tiffany T
Turon, Marian
Ulangca, Randall S
Ulangca, Richard A
Ursin, Kayla N
Uwimana, Clemence H
Uzuegbu, Krystal C
Vallado, Nina
Vu, Huong T
Vyhmeister, Erik C
Wagner, Samuel L
Walayat, Andrew J
Walker, Joseph H
Wankyo, Gati T
Watson, Way Anne B
Watson, Whitney W
Wedderburn, Chrystal E
Weir, Sumiko K
Wheeler, Danika L
Wheeler, Jonathan M
Whiting, Andrew B
Whitlow, Amanda M
Willard, Jacob M
Willer, Michelle M
Williams, Chantal I
Wineland, Serena B
Winnard, Thomas J
Wong, Ngai
Wong, Wai Shan A
Wood, Holly A
Wynne, Lianne L
Xu, Zihui
Yadata, Abel B
Yang, Da Eun
Yoon, Jessica E
Yoon, Taemin
Yoong, Jessica A
You, Eui Bin
You, Hyelin
Young, Andrew J
Young, Hannah M
Young, Juliette M
Young, Tyler A
Youngberg, Marcus R
Younker, Sarah E
Yu, Yi I
Zdor, Greg W
Zdor, John S
Zehm, Cherri J
Zehm, Elizabeth J
Zhu, Hongqing
Zimmerman, Dillon C
Zimmerman, Trevor R

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Medicine for the Cause of Peace

On Thursday, March 12, two Israeli doctors who are treating wounded Syrians in a war zone will present at Andrews University. Arie Eisenman, head of the internal division in the Emergency Medicine Department, and Ohad Ronen, senior physician-surgeon in the Department of Otolaryngology, will present in Newbold Auditorium in Buller Hall at 11:30 a.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Hailing from the Medical Center to the Galilee in Israel, the doctors will share personal experiences treating hundreds of wounded Syrians who are brought to their hospital from the Israel-Syria border for life-saving surgeries. More than 1,500 casualties of the Syrian war have been treated in Israel to date.

Eisenman studied medicine at Tel Aviv University, graduating in 1981, and was trained in emergency medicine at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg and Elim Hospital in South Africa, then specialized in internal medicine at Carmel Medical Center in Haifa and served as senior physician of internal medicine at Rambam Medical Center there.

His research focuses on emergency medicine and resuscitation, and he has participated in writing nearly 30 articles, reviews and descriptions dealing with the promotion of CPR knowledge and emergency medicine. A worldwide presenter, in 2009 Eisenman shared his personal experiences treating victims of the second Lebanon war in Nahariya to four hospitals and EMS teams in New Jersey.

Ronen received his MD in 1995 from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa and completed his internship at Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem. He spent several months doing humanitarian work at a rural hospital in South Africa before completing his residency in otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) at Carmel Medical Center. He then moved to Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (Springfield) for a two-year fellowship in head and neck cancer surgery.

He is currently a lecturer at Bar Ilan Faculty of Medicine in the Galilee, and mentors sixth-year medical students’ MD theses. He is also involved in several areas of research, including human papilloma virus and cancer, micro biome of ENT patients and genetics of hearing loss. He has authored numerous medical journal publications and book chapters.

For a campus map, click here.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Music Festival Concert & More

The Andrews University Department of Music will host three events the first week of March. All events are free (no tickets required) and open to the public.

On Thursday, March 5, the department’s faculty members will present the annual Showcase Recital as part of the University’s Band & Keyboard Music Festival. The recital will take place at 7 p.m. in the Howard Performing Arts Center.

Featured will be Chris Gibson, flute; Jason Gresl, bass clarinet; Lisa Bubar, bassoon; Debra Inglefield, horn; Dan McCarthy, trumpet; Alan Mitchell, trombone; Charles Reid, voice; Claudio Gonzalez, violin; Carla Trynchuk, violin; and Carlos Flores, piano.

On Friday, March 6, the Department of Music will present a vespers concert featuring the Wind Symphony and University Singers, as individual ensembles and in a cooperative piece. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. in the Howard Performing Arts Center.

The Wind Symphony, under the direction of Alan Mitchell, will perform “Alleluia” by Cross, “The Spheres” by Gjeilo, “Sunrise at Angel’s Gate” by Sparke and the Michigan premiere of Gregory Youtz’s “For Those Who Wait.”  The University Singers, under the direction of Stephen Zork, will perform “Caritas Et Amor” by Stroope, “Alleluia” from “Songs of Faith” by Basler and “Jesus, The Very Thought of Thee” by Slater. The Wind Symphony and the University Singers will combine to perform Ola Gjeilo’s “Meridian.”

On Saturday, March 7, 97 high school students from four states and Canada will present the Andrews University Band & Keyboard Music Festival Concert. It will take place at 4 p.m. in the Howard Performing Arts Center.

The festival band is directed by Edwin Powell from Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, Washington) and Alan Mitchell, Wind Symphony director at Andrews. Keyboard festival students will present several selections under the direction of Carlos Flores, professor of music theory and piano, and Trina Thompson, assistant professor of theory and piano, both at Andrews University.

The Festival Band will perform “Be Thou My Vision” by Gillingham, “Hymn of St. James” by Clark, “Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head” by Wallace, “My Jesus! Oh, What Anguish” by Reed and “Joy in All Things” by Balmages.

For more information about these events contact the Andrews University Department of Music at or 269-471-3555.

Imagining Jesus in the Modern Age

During his 43-year tenure at Andrews University, Greg Constantine taught a class titled “The Life of Christ in Great Art” for 22 of those years. In the class he revealed to his students works by famous artists like Rembrandt and Michelangelo, showing how they had portrayed incidents from the life of Christ.

“Some of these artists brought Jesus to their own time instead of transporting them 2,000 years back so audiences could relate better,” explains Constantine. “I liked that and I think my students appreciated it, too.”

In 1990, Constantine wanted to do something in his own art dealing with the life of Jesus that his 18- to 21-year-old students could relate to. Though, as Constantine points out, we know nothing of what happened between the ages of 12 and 30, it’s generally understood that Jesus ‘grew in wisdom and stature and approval of the people around him.’

“I didn’t know exactly how I was going to create a book about it,” he says. “But my book of drawings titled ‘Vincent van Gogh Visits New York’ published in 1983, showing a kind of innocent artist in this sophisticated and unforgiving city, constituted a precedent and an inspiration for what I titled ‘Jesus of New York: Premonitions of a New York Teenager.’ I took many things we know about Jesus during his ministry and approached the events as if he had premonitions of them, or like he would use the memories of his experiences as a 19-year-old observing hypocrisy and injustice later in one of his sermons.”

For example, one of the 43 drawings includes a 12-year-old Jesus—abandoned by his parents in Manhattan—as a contestant on a quiz show. This drawing is based on the banter we know happened between the boy and the theologians in the synagogue. In another, he drew Jesus as a young man choosing a despised tax collector as a friend, and eating a meal in a tavern with what some considered questionable characters. Everything was based on biblical accounts, cleverly modernized to our time.

A big challenge came when Constantine approached the crucifixion. It was difficult to consider what would lead to something that dramatic and violent in such a public venue in today’s culture. He finally settled on a sequence of drawings leading up to the Main Event: His friends (disciples) convince Jesus to enter the Golden Gloves competition in New York. Constantine even had his friend and neighbor Muhammad Ali pose for the climactic scene of a battered Jesus, arms outstretched on the ropes resembling the cross.

Although Constantine was unable to publish this particular story in the U.S., 14 years ago he was interviewed by Humberto Rasi for an article in Dialog magazine, which was published along with seven of his drawings. Then, a year later, Adrian Bocaneanu, the president of the Romanian Union of Seventh-day Adventists saw the article, had it translated and republished it in his union magazine.

In 2014, a pastor who had witnessed the exhibition of the drawings from the book in Bucharest emailed Constantine. He wanted to publish the entire book for his prison ministries there. Constantine agreed, and after several meetings among church officials in Romania it was decided that they would not use it for prison ministries, but instead for youth ministries as the main missionary tool for 2015, focusing on students attending public universities, and adding it to the collection to be sold by book salesmen.

Late in 2014, the Romanian version of the 90-page book was published. They invited Constantine to Romania for the book launching, and to present his material and host three exhibitions of the book’s artwork, which he did in late November and early December.

“The Adventist students have a vision that their friends will be thus determined to grab a New Testament and read the Gospels to discover for themselves the rich meaning of the life of Jesus,” said Bocaneanu, who attended the book’s launch with Constantine and 700 other people at a recent conference of AMiCUS, or Adventist Ministry to College and University Students, in the city of Braçov.*

“I created ‘Jesus of New York’ for my students,” says Constantine. “My mission was to bring Jesus to them at a new level they could better relate to. Though it hasn’t yet been published here, I’m so glad my work is being used to further the Gospel in my parents’ homeland of Romania. I really take very little credit, because all of this was due to God’s inspiration and an answer to my prayers. It’s a project I very much enjoyed putting together, and I’m excited to see what else God has in store for me.”

* Published in Adventist Review, January 22, 2015

Read the full Adventist Review Article here.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

School of Education Receives Distinctions

by Jenna Neil

The School of Education (SED) recently received several recognitions and approvals.

The Master of Arts in school counseling has received full state approval until June 30, 2019. Bradly Hinman, assistant professor and school counseling program coordinator, along with Karen Benjamin, accreditation coordinator for the Department of Graduate Psychology & Counseling, spent many hours working on the approval documents. Over the course of about a year, they prepared application submissions, wrote several revisions, and attended many meetings with state officials.

“All universities in the state who offer school counseling programs had to reapply this year,” said James Jeffery, dean of the School of Education. “Our counseling program was the first one to submit the original application, well before the deadline.”

This is one of the ways the SED proves they have a good program, staff and faculty. Their approval letter commended the program for having a strong heritage of developing quality counselors.

“I know this took a lot of hard work and effort as well as graduates that reflect the quality of the education they received,” says Ray Ostrander, professor of teacher education. “Congratulations to one and all: teachers, staff and report writers. You make the SED not only proud but look most excellent as well.”

The program also received recognition for their science division.

“We’ve received word,” said Jeffery, “that our secondary education program in integrated science has received full national recognition from the National Science Teachers Association. This means that graduates in this field are authorized to teach these three science areas in Grades 6–12.”

Because the School of Education is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), graduating teachers can apply for teaching licenses in 47 states.

In order to be issued a state teaching license in Michigan, elementary and secondary education students need to take a state exam. The Michigan Department of Education recently shared data that shows where different universities scored between August 2013 and July 2014.

“Andrews students are at the top,” says Jeffery. “The students must pass these exams to be issued a Michigan state teaching license and our elementary and secondary education majors had the highest pass rate of any other college or university in Michigan.

The average pass rate of Andrews elementary and secondary education graduates was 95.8 percent. There was also a 100 percent pass rate on content exams in English, reading, history, chemistry, secondary mathematics, Spanish, elementary education, English as a second language, language arts (elementary), integrated science (elementary), visual arts education and music education.

To learn more about the School of Education and its programs visit

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Two "Selma" Screenings on Campus

Two showings of the Academy Award-nominated movie “Selma,” will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p. m. in Newbold Auditorium, Buller Hall. “Selma” is the story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s march to secure equal voting rights from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 had already made desegregation legal but discrimination was still extensive. King led a march that culminated, less than five months later, in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

On Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, there will be a Forum at 11:30 a.m. in the Howard Performing Arts Center on Selma, The Movie: What it Means Today featuring Paul M. Buckley, PhD, assistant vice president and inaugural director for the Butler Center at Colorado College, providing vision and leadership to advance and support issues of diversity, inclusion and equity.

Buckley is a former associate dean of Student Life at Andrews University. He also served as assistant dean of undergraduate students at Dartmouth College. He earned a PhD in cultural foundations of education from Syracuse University, a master of science in educational administration and policy studies from the University at Albany, and a bachelor of science in business administration with a concentration in marketing/management and minor in African American studies at the University at Albany.

These events are free and open to the public. Co-curricular credit will be available. Please contact Debbie Weithers ( for more information. [The planned Forum on Women’s History originally scheduled for Tuesday, February 24, 2015, will be rescheduled to a later date.]

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

ArtFest 2015 Begins This Week

by Becky St. Clair

Andrews University’s Department of Visual Art & Design invites all high school-aged students to attend the first annual ArtFest, a weekend-long experience where students can explore the worlds of photography, design, fine arts and documentary film. The event takes place February 19-21, 2015, on the campus of Andrews University.

Students will dive into art by exploring many media through hands-on activities ranging from making a cyanotype to creating hand-crafted ceramics to working with professional photographic studio equipment, and much more.

Both Visual Art & Design students and professors will be on-hand to guide, instruct, offer feedback and answer questions.

The weekend culminates with an art show of each participant’s favorite piece in the Visual Art & Design Gallery in Smith Hall on Saturday evening, Feb. 21.

ArtFest is open to students in grades 9-12, including home school students. Schools are encouraged to send one team of five students; individual applicants will be matched with an existing team. Students must have high school and parent approval to register.

All-inclusive cost is $75/student (free for accompanying teacher) and $75/parent or other supporter. Each team is required to have at least one supervisor.

To register visit For more information call 269-471-3450 or email

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Leadership Partners in Brazil

by Jenna Neil

In January, 50 participants from the South American Division attended an intensive session of the MA in Leadership program in Brazil. This program is a partnership between Andrews University and Brazil Adventist University.

“A request came from the South American Division president,” said Robson Marinho, chair of the Department of Leadership. “It looks like there is a trend in the church to provide leadership training for the administration and they wanted to provide this for their own administration. We prepared the program and hired the faculty.”

Conversations began in 2008 and the first cohort was held in 2010. Faculty from Andrews University go there twice a year in January and July, and there are also local faculty who advise the students.

“The program is job-embedded, which means the participants are required and expected to have a professional career,” explains Marinho. “The program is competency based instead of course driven and the participants demonstrate their competencies in their professional careers. Ideally, the program is open to the community and a majority of the participants are sponsored.”

Each cohort lasts for two and a half years with five intensive sessions and the current cohort is the third. Four out of the five sessions take place in Brazil while the fifth takes place at the Berrien Springs campus of Andrews University. The Brazil program follows the same structure as the Andrews Department of Leadership program. During the semester, participants work with regional groups on projects, working with their advisors and meeting with learning groups.

“We try to keep it a smaller program,” says Marinho. “So far, because of finances, we have agreed that 50 is a good size for a cohort. Though we admit a couple more than that, a few end up dropping out and we end up with 50.”

“Because my first language is Portuguese, I was selected for this role before becoming the department chair,” he explains. “I negotiated the partnership and am the current coordinator for the program. When I became the department chair my involvement became even stronger.”

The program incorporates theories with experience, following David Kolb’s theory of experiential learning. This theory says that you reflect on your past experience, conceptualize what it means for you and your life, and move into active experimentation based on that experience.

“The participants in our program are leaders at work, either as CEOs or middle managers of church organizations like conference presidents, treasurers and department directors,” says Marinho. “Reflection is the key and not memorization. To be a successful leader they must reflect on what they are doing and why.”

John Cosgrove attended the session in Brazil to lead out in a roundtable workshop with the theme of leadership and values. Cosgrove is a PhD student in the leadership program at Andrews, as well as a leadership consultant, and has been the president of several different companies. The roundtable began with Cosgrove speaking during the morning and leading discussions in the afternoon.

The leadership program has an annual roundtable conference at which guest speakers discuss current topics in leadership. Roundtable conferences follow the pattern of having a keynote speaker in the morning and small group discussions, typically about a book, in the afternoon facilitated by a faculty member.

“In their small groups the participants discussed what their values are,” says Marinho. “They discussed how, as a leader and as a person, they can maximize leadership with values, not only for the sake of leadership but leadership based on values. It was a great presentation and we had a great time.”

Marinho began working with the cohort at its founding and is now working to ensure the partnership continues to function. 

“We strongly believe,” said Marinho, “that leadership only develops with reflection and building bridges between theory and practice. We’re not here to teach them how to be leaders; rather we’re here to develop the leadership qualities they already have and therefore strengthen that leadership role.”

For more information about the leadership programs available through Andrews University, visit

Friday, February 6, 2015

Faculty Trio Concert

On Saturday, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m., the Howard Performing Arts Center will present Carla Trynchuk, violin, Chi Yong Yun, piano, and Stephen Framil, cello. They will perform Franz Schubert’s “Piano Trio in B-flat major” and Antonin Dvorak’s “Trio in F minor.”

Violinist Carla Trynchuk has performed as a soloist with orchestras throughout North America and Europe. A graduate of The Juilliard School, she is a professor of music at Andrews University. She will perform with Stephen Framil, critically acclaimed cellist, who has performed as concert soloist in Carnegie Weill and Avery Fisher Halls and has appeared as a soloist with orchestras around the world. Joining them is Chi Yong Yun, currently the director of piano studies at Andrews University, who has performed as a recitalist, collaborative musician and lecturer around the world.

Tickets are required. General admission is $10; $5 for Andrews University faculty and staff; free for students. Tickets can be obtained online at or at the box office by calling 888-467-6442.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Andrews Celebrates Black History Month

Note: Please accept our apologies for the errors in the initial release about this important celebration on our campus. We wish to affirm the significance of the Black community’s contribution to Andrews University and the nation as a whole.

The formal celebration of Black history in the United States was inaugurated by the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) in 1926. Led by Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard-trained historian, the ASNLH hoped to raise awareness of African-American achievements in North America while highlighting the collective history of the worldwide African diaspora. Fifty years later, in 1976, President Gerald Ford called for the national observance of the holiday stating, “[we must] seize the opportunity to honor the often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Andrews University student Jannel Monroe says, “Black History Month at Andrews University seeks to affirm this history by providing our students, staff, faculty, and public with multiple opportunities to reflect upon and internalize the rich history of the Pan-African movement.”

Black History Sabbath will be celebrated on Saturday, Feb. 7, at Pioneer Memorial Church. The guest speaker is Michael B. Kelly II, senior pastor of the Mt. Rubidoux Adventist Church in Riverside, California. Kelly received his MDiv from Andrews University in 2003. Pastor Kelly has had the honor of traveling the globe preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Kelly has been honored with various awards throughout his pastoral ministry, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Trail Blazer Award for spiritual leadership and community service. Kelly believes in a focused yet multi-dimensional ministry. Because of this he has sought other avenues by which to bring the Kingdom to the community. One such way is through leadership training and team building for churches and businesses. He is a certified trainer for the company Vital Smarts, and has shared presentations with communities, traveling to Adventist Conferences, the North American Division, local churches, as well as business and various companies throughout the United States.

As part of this month-long celebration, Andrews University will also be screening two notable films. The first is a PBS documentary titled “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” ( The documentary covers the transition of African-Americans between Africa and America. Events covering five centuries, key sites and historians are integrated throughout the film.

The second film, Oscar-nominated “Selma,” is the story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s march to secure equal voting rights from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 had already made desegregation legal but discrimination was still extensive. King led a march that culminated, less than five months later, in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

All events are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, February 3
11:30 a.m.   Black History Forum
Student musical performances and video clips
Howard Performing Arts Center

7 p.m.   “Many Rivers to Cross” (Episode 1)
PBS documentary
Newbold Auditorium, Buller Hall

Thursday, February 5
11:30 a.m.   Thursday Series Presents: The Etymology of Blackness
Chaplain Michael Polite
Pioneer Memorial Church

Friday, February 6
7:30 p.m.   Lighthouse Vespers Presents: Solidarity
Michael B. Kelly, pastor, Mt. Rubidoux Adventist Church, Riverside, California
Pioneer Memorial Church

Saturday, February 7
9 a.m.  Black History Celebration
Michael B. Kelly
Pioneer Memorial Church

10:30 a.m.   Sabbath School
Coordinated by the Black Student Christian Fellowship
Pioneer Memorial Church

11:45 a.m.   Black History Celebration
Michael B. Kelly
Pioneer Memorial Church

Tuesday, February 10
10:30 a.m.   Seminary Chapel Presents: Keith Burton
Seminary Chapel

7 p.m.   “Many Rivers to Cross”  (Episode 2)
Newbold Auditorium, Buller Hall

Friday, February 13
7:30 p.m.   Creative Arts Fest: A Black History Celebration
Seminary Chapel

9 p.m.   Black Student Christian Fellowship Presents: Impact
University Towers Auditorium

Sabbath, February 14
11:45 a.m.   New Life Fellowship Presents: Unchained (1870–1899)
Seminary Chapel

Tuesday, February 17
7 p.m.   “Many Rivers to Cross” (Episode 3)
Newbold Auditorium, Buller Hall

Friday, February 20
9 p.m.   Black Student Christian Fellowship Presents: Impact
University Towers Auditorium

Sabbath, February 21
11:45 a.m.   New Life Fellowship Presents: Unbroken (1900–1939) and Willie Lynch and The Attack on Black Sexuality
Seminary Chapel

7 p.m.   Andrews University Presents: “Selma” starring David Oyelowo and Tim Roth (2015)
Location: TBA

Sunday, February 22
4 p.m.   Andrews University Presents: “Selma” starring David Oyelowo and Tim Roth (2015)
Newbold Auditorium, Buller Hall

Tuesday, February 24
7 p.m.   “Many Rivers to Cross” (Episode 4)
Newbold Auditorium, Buller Hall

Friday, February 27
9 p.m.   Black Student Christian Fellowship Presents: Impact
University Towers Auditorium

Sabbath, February 28
11:45 a.m.   New Life Fellowship Presents: Unashamed (1940–1969)
Seminary Chapel

Monday, February 2, 2015

Wind Symphony Presents Winter Concert

The Andrews University Wind Symphony, under the direction of Alan Mitchell, will present their annual winter concert on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m. in the Howard Performing Arts Center on the campus of Andrews University.

The first half of the concert will feature the Southwestern Michigan College Brass Band under the direction of Jonathan Korzun. The band will perform “Investiture Antiphonal Fanfare” by Bliss, “Praeludium” by Graham, “Hymn for Diana” by Turin, “Lazos Amistad” by Texidor, “Unsquare Dance” by Brubeck and “Rhapsody in Blue” by Gershwin.

The second half of the concert will feature the Andrews University Wind Symphony performing “The Standard of St. George March” by Alford, “Time Remembered” by Spark, “Journey to the Lion’s Castle” by Galante, “English Dances, Set II” by Arnold, and “Selections from ‘Into the Woods’” by Sondheim.

General admission is $5, students and senior admission are $3 and children under 12 are free. To order tickets, visit or call the Howard Center Box Office at 269-471-3560.

Tied Up In Knotts

Karen Knotts, daughter of the legendary Don Knotts, will present Tied Up in Knotts, a one-woman family-friendly comedy routine, as part of the 2014–2015 Howard Center Presents… series on Sunday, February 15, at 7 p.m., at the Howard Performing Arts Center.

In Tied Up in Knotts, Karen will perform and tell stories about her father, comedic actor Don Knotts. Don Knotts is most known for his role as Barney Fife on the “Andy Griffith Show,” but as Karen says, “he was the funniest when he was just being himself.”

Karen has acted in theater, film and television, as well as performed in puppet shows and standup comedy. Her one-woman show will have families rolling on the floor with laughter. It is a must-see for people who grew up watching the Andy Griffith show!

Tickets are $15, $10 for Andrews University faculty and staff, and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the box office by calling 888-467-6442.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Online MBA Program Ranked in Top 50

by Jenna Neil

The Master of Business Administration program at Andrews University has been ranked among the top 50 private online MBA programs in the U.S. for 2014. placed Andrews at number 23, above Columbia College (Columbia, Missouri) and University of Phoenix. 

“One significant contributing factor to our high U.S. News & World Report ranking is our online MBA program,” says Allen Stembridge, dean of the School of Business Administration. “We are very proud of our growing, synchronous and interactive online learning platform which provides an opportunity for career advancement to students around the world who are unable to physically attend courses here at Andrews University.”

For more information about the Master of Business Administration program, email or call 269-471-6013.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Andrews Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

by Jenna Neil

On Thursday, January 15, Onleilove Alston, a faith community organizer and contributing writer for Sojourners Magazine, spoke for Andrews University’s 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Her topic was “The Biblical Call to Justice and African Roots of the Sabbath.”

Alston is known for her activism for justice and the poor after firsthand experience with poverty, foster care and homelessness. During her presentation she talked about Biblical justice specifically from Isaiah 61. She began by reading verses 1–4 and asked students to consider what the scripture was saying about God’s justice, a personal walk with God and several other areas.

“Nothing I can talk about,” she said, “can compare to what God says in His word.” Speaking of the recent events in Ferguson, Alston continued, “Do you think God has anything to do with justice? There’s our version of justice and God’s version. We need to use the Bible to examine God’s version of justice.”

As part of her talk, Alston used three examples of how the justice of Isaiah 61 was portrayed. The first was from Matthew and the reverse Exodus, or a return to Egypt to remember the first exodus. The second was Dr. King’s poor people’s campaign, specifically Resurrection City, a shantytown for the poor located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The poor people living in Resurrection City rose up in the sprit of God with the support of allies to change their lives. The third and final example Alston used was from her own life.

“The young people where I grew up were starting to reach out,” she said. “They were changing the way things had been between the government and the people.”

Alston, who grew up in East New York, Brooklyn, wasn’t raised in the church. At the age of 10, she started to read the Bible and pray. She was converted while attending a local Baptist Church four years later. Alston has a degree from Penn State University in human development and African-American studies and two master’s degrees, one in divinity from Union Theological Seminary, New York City, and the other in social work from Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, New York. She is currently the interim executive director at Faith in New York and a workshop facilitator, speaker and writer.

For more information about Alston, visit

Friday, January 16, 2015

Mark Finley at Andrews University

Andrews University invites the community to hear Mark Finley, world-renowned Seventh-day Adventist evangelist and public speaker, present January 27–31. There are a variety of opportunities to attend events featuring Finley on the Andrews campus:

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 11:30 a.m.
Howard Performing Arts Center
“Things That Matter Most”

Thursday, Jan. 29, 4:30 p.m.
Howard Performing Arts Center
Panel Discussion: “The Role of Seventh-day Adventists in Social Justice”

Friday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m.
Pioneer Memorial Church

Saturday, Jan. 31, 11 a.m.
Howard Performing Arts Center
“God’s Difference-Makers”

Finley is this year’s featured speaker for the Graduate Student Consecration Service and Week of Activities. All events are free and open to the public. No tickets required; first come, first served, with priority given to Andrews University graduate students.

Thursday’s panel discussion with Finley also includes panelists Nicholas Miller, professor of church history, and Sherine Brown-Frasier, chair of the Department of Public Health, Nutrition & Wellness. Moderators are David Ferguson, director of undergraduate leadership development, and Deborah Weithers, associate dean for student life and diversity.

Finley has been involved in Christian ministry for more than 35 years—preaching, teaching, offering spiritual growth workshops and presenting healthful lifestyle lectures. He currently serves as vice president for global evangelism for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and is speaker emeritus for It Is Written, an international Christian television ministry, where he was speaker and director from 1991–2004.

With a passion for reaching people all over the world, Finley pioneered satellite evangelism technology, allowing millions from across the globe to attend his satellite evangelistic campaigns NET ’95, NET ’96 and ACTS 2000. His sermons have been translated into 50 languages, and he has written over 60 books and produced 16 video series, while regularly contributing articles to numerous periodicals.

For more information about these events, email or call 269-471-6321.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Adventism in China

by Lucero Castellanos-Guirre

A first-of-its-kind conference reflecting on Adventism in China and Asia held at Hong Kong Adventist College (HKAC) took place at the end of October 2014.

Lawrence W. Onsager, dean of libraries, had the opportunity to attend this conference, which is jointly sponsored by Adventism in China (AIC) and the Association of Seventh-day Adventists Historians (ASDAH).

Onsager represented Andrews University at the official opening of the Center for Chinese Adventist Heritage located in the Hong Kong Adventist College library.

“The purpose of this conference was to renew the interest in studying the history of Adventism in China—the early days and currently as well,” stated Onsager when discussing the topic of his paper, “On Fire for China, the Story of Erik Pilquist, Pioneer Adventist Missionary to China,” which he presented at the conference.

Onsager’s paper is a preliminary study on the influence that Erik Pilquist had on the early training of the initial group of Adventist inland China missionaries and their methods for bringing the Gospel to the non-Christian Chinese.

Through his own research, Bruce W.N. Lo, the mover and shaker between Adventism in China, found Onsager’s research on early mission work in China—work that Onsager had done while the library director at Union College in the 1980s.

“Out of the blue, last year Bruce Lo approached me and asked me for some of my research so I shared it with him and then he talked about this conference and suggested I might want to do a paper for it, which I did, and then presented,” shared Onsager.

“HKAC has made a request for the Center of Adventist Research to share historical resources between our center and theirs,” claimed Onsager. “That of course is not an official thing at this point, just a request. This will be quite easy from our part because our Center of Adventist research is working to develop an Adventist digital library.”

Technically, there is no Adventist church in China today, although conference presenters pinpointed that about 500,000 believers live in this country of 1.35 billion people. In the realm of religion the Chinese government wishes churches to be self-governing, self-supporting, and self-promulgating. By respecting these principles, the Chinese Union Mission has no authority over the Adventist churches in China.

Today, few Adventists are aware that missionary work was actively conducted in China during the first half of the 20th century. Through this conference the history of the church’s mission work in China was brought back to light.

For more information on Adventist mission work in China visit

Staff Member Tells Sam Campbell's Story

by Becky St. Clair

In 2011, Terry Dodge, PC support specialist at Andrews University, took his family to Four Mile Lake near Three Lakes, Wisconsin. They paddled a canoe around the island and explored there, an adventure the whole family enjoyed.

The trip was inspired during family worship one evening when Dodge’s daughter asked who Sam Campbell was. It was then that Dodge really began thinking about the bigger picture answer to that question.

“A lot of Adventists know Sam’s name thanks to the Living Forest series he published,” says Dodge. “I think he became popular due to being such a big outdoor enthusiast and promoter. His message of enjoying nature is such a part of the Adventist Church that we easily and fully embraced his perspective of going out in nature and meeting God.”

Though Dodge found and read a book about Campbell’s life by Shandelle Henson, chair of the Department of Mathematics at Andrews University, he was unable to find much more.

“I figured since I enjoy filmmaking, why not tackle this myself?” says Dodge. “I wanted to celebrate Sam’s life and promote his message and invitation to come out to the wilderness, enjoy and preserve.”

An avid photographer since he was a child, Dodge felt there was always something missing in his photography ventures. When he realized what was missing was motion, he enrolled in filmmaking classes, shadowed anyone in the field who would let him tag along, and volunteered anywhere he could to get additional experience.

Today Dodge is only a year away from finishing his film documentary on Sam Campbell, and, alongside writers Steve Yahr and Alison Vilag, is also working on a biography.

Despite the large amount of time Dodge has spent working on these projects, there are still mysteries that surround the story of Sam Campbell. One, for example, is that of his military service.

Though there are records of Campbell’s draft just a few months before WWI ended, as well as his discharge a month to the day after the armistice, most of his records were destroyed in a fire a few years ago.

“We may not have a lot of detail, but there are indications that he did indeed integrate into the life of a military draftee,” says Dodge. “His attire of choice is one example; he liked high-top boots, dark shirts and short, dark khaki breeches. Basically a modified WWI uniform. He also mentions ‘KP duty’ in one of his stories, a military reference to a soldier’s assigned time to work in the kitchen.”

When asked, Dodge listed some of his wishes for putting together Sam’s story: A way to find or get back school records from his early childhood; access to details about his college career; locating Sam’s grandparents’ farm where he spent summers during his childhood; what remains of the things his wife Giny took with her when she moved following his death.

Studying Sam’s life has definitely had its share of perks, though. Dodge describes one of his most memorable experiences while on a trip to gather information.

“I sat on Sam’s pier; the sun had come up and the lake was glass. Duck hunting season started the day before, but no boaters had entered the lake nor had I heard any shots. I just sat there and watched the water and the trees and the sky, and soaked it all up in silence. The lighting was perfect and you could see the trees themselves and the reflections in the water perfectly. It was one of the most peaceful, beautiful moments I’ve experienced, and in that moment I truly began to feel I understood Sam’s deep attachment to this place.”

Dodge has met several individuals who had significant relationships with Sam and Giny, and each has contributed greatly to Dodge’s project. “Research will probably never end on this project,” he says. People continue to come out of the woodwork with stories and information, and Dodge readily admits he’s sure that will continue to happen.

Sam’s message about spending time in nature with God and with people speaks loudly to Dodge. He feels this idea is even more important today than it was back in Sam’s era, and has personally experienced a time when Sam’s writings helped bring healing and focus into a difficult time in his life.

“Life had gotten tough and I had begun to question a lot of things,” recalls Dodge. “I was really discouraged. I have always had a love of nature so I turned to Sam’s writings. There I found encouragement and an urging to go outside and spend more time finding God. That perspective and that positive influence was a huge help through those difficult situations. There’s a spiritual side that Sam brings into his writings. He wants his readers to find that quiet place where God can speak to them. I appreciate that, and I know others have, too.”

Dodge plans to have the documentary film and the biography completed in fall 2015. Regular updates can be found on Dodge’s project website,, as well as on his Facebook page,

To watch a trailer for the documentary, visit

Online Nursing Program Ranked in Top 25

by Lucero Castellanos-Guirre

The Andrews University School of Health Professions’ online Master of Science in Nursing program has recently been ranked among the top 25 programs of its kind. placed Andrews at number 15.

“We in the Department of Nursing are honored to have this program listed among the top programs in the country,” shared Karen Allen, chair of the Department of Nursing. “While strong leadership and great faculty and staff in the Andrews University Department of Nursing contributed to this success, all the glory goes to God. We thank Him for this honor and distinction in our graduate education.”

Over the next ten years the nursing sector is expected to see nearly 20 percent job growth, leading to a significant increase in working professionals who are seeking career advancement. The master’s in nursing online degree is flexible and convenient for those searching for balance between work, family and school.

“This honor comes at a momentous time in the department,” said Allen. “We plan to launch our online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in the summer of 2015, to serve even more students.”

The department is confident in the platform established for this new doctorate online program and has high hopes for its success.

For more information about the School of Health Professions, including how to enroll in either online or onsite nursing programs, visit

Monday, January 12, 2015

Andrews Honors Martin Luther King, Jr.

Andrews University invites the community to join them for their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Thursday, January 15, at 11:30 a.m. in Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University. This event is free and open to the public.

The speaker for this event is Onlielove Alston, faith community organizer and contributing writer for Sojourners Magazine. Alston will speak on the topic of The Biblical Call to Justice and African Roots of the Sabbath.

Alston was born and raised in East New York, Brooklyn. Though she was not raised with any faith at all, at the age of 10 she felt led to read the Bible and pray. Four years later she experienced an inspiring conversion while attending a local Baptist church. She has since earned a degree in human development and African-American studies from Penn State University, and master’s degrees in divinity and social work from Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University School of Social Work, respectively.

A member of Alpha Nu Omega Inc. (a Christian sorority) and the Poverty Initiative at Union Theological Seminary, Alston is part of a growing movement to end poverty. For more than 10 years, Alston has interned and worked for various non-profit organizations such as Sojourners Magazine, New York Faith & Justice, United Workers and Healthcare-Now!

Alston is a featured blogger on Your Black World, and her writing has also appeared in “The Black Commentator,” CONSPIRE Magazine and NPR’s “Onbeing” blog, as well as other print and online publications.

For her writing and activism work, Alston has received the Bennett Fellowship for Social Justice from Auburn Seminary, the National Association of Social Workers-NYC Scholarship for Social Justice, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Minority Coalition Young Adult Award and the 2011 Evangelical Press Association’s Student Writer of the Year First Place Award for her Sojourners Magazine cover story, “Dethroning King Coal: Christians defend a way of life, and the earth, in Appalachia.”

For more information about Alston and her achievements, visit For any questions regarding the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration event at Andrews, contact the Office of Student Life at or 269-471-3215.

Andrews Introduces Biotechnology Program

Starting fall semester 2015 the Departments of Biology and Chemistry & Biochemistry at Andrews University will offer a joint program in biotechnology. Biotechnology involves the use of living organisms and biological materials in the development of useful products.

One example of biotechnology is the production of human insulin by genetically engineered bacteria, developed by Genentech in 1982, something many diabetics benefit from to this day.

“Over the last 10–20 years, particularly since the development of DNA sequencing technologies, the biotechnology industry has grown dramatically,” says Peter Lyons, assistant  professor of biology. “There is a great need for people trained in the techniques of biotechnology, as well as other skills such as communication and teamwork that are necessary to do science well.”

The biotechnology faculty will consist of a mix of professors, representing the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering and Agriculture. Their goals for the program are to produce professionals who have not only knowledge in the field of biotechnology but also skills in communication, technology, interdisciplinary teamwork and ethical use of biotechnology information and techniques.

“Here at Andrews we have the benefit of a strong culture of research and a wide spectrum of academic interests,” says Lyons. “This program will be unique in its interdisciplinary nature and its clear aim to develop practical skills that can be applied in the job setting.”

Biotechnology students will conclude their study track with a required internship or research experience. Administration believes this program will address a critical need within a significant segment of the current student population at Andrews.

“A large number of jobs exist for bachelor’s degree-trained workers,” says Lyons, “something that Andrews University does well.”

For more information about this new program, contact Peter Lyons or Dave Nowack, program directors. Lyons can be reached at 269-471-6168 or Nowack can be reached at 269-471-6065 or

Friday, December 19, 2014

Academic Conference to be Held at Andrews

by Jenna Neil

The annual Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters (MASAL) conference will take place on the campus of Andrews University on Friday, March 13, 2015.  MASAL, an interdisciplinary academic conference, is held each year at a different university in Michigan. 

“Being able to host MASAL is really an honor for Andrews University,” says Sarah Burton, administrative assistant in the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship. “It means that we are recognized as a university with substantial research programs that produce excellent scholarship.” 

Conference participants, including undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty members, give presentations on their research, with time for questions and answers after each presentation.  There is also a poster session where presenters can discuss their research with interested participants in a more informal setting.

With more than thirty parallel sessions, there is a session for just about any academic discipline, from Administration and Anthropology to Women’s & Gender Studies and Zoology.  Several of the section chairs for the event are from Andrews University, including Bruce Closser, associate professor of English, Brendan Cross, assistant professor of physics, Ryan Hayes, associate professor of chemistry, Shandelle Henson, professor of mathematics, Boon-Chai Ng, professor of engineering, Ryan Hayes, associate professor of chemistry, Krista Turner, masters student in English, and Rachel Williams-Smith, associate professor of communication. 

The afternoon Keynote Address will be given by Andrews University faculty members James Hayward (biology) and Shandelle Henson (mathematics) on their ecological research on the effects of climate change on the behavior of seabirds.   The deadline to submit abstracts for consideration for the conference is January 6, 2015. For more information on MASAL, visit

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Howard Center Presents... "His Creation"

The Howard Performing Arts Center will present “His Creation,” an interactive family program by Rich Aguilera as part of the 2014-2015 Howard Center Presents.... series on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. Aguilera’s high-energy presentation will utilize props, audience interaction, costumes, photos, video and other special effects to explore the subject of creation and evolution. Two showings, one at 6 p.m. and another at 8 p.m. will entertain parents and children alike.

Aguilera, “The Mud Guy” from Guide Magazine and 3ABN's “Kids' Time,” travels the world looking for evidence of creation and sharing his discoveries with kids and adults. He writes several monthly columns, has published several books, produces audio and video resources and does speaking engagements that teach about nature and creation.  Aguilera doesn’t shy away from asking hard questions that even adults secretly have.  Some of the questions he will answer are: How does carbon dating work? What evidence is found in human DNA about our origins?  Is there scientific evidence that proves evolution?

A parent who attended a show in the past said, “I especially like the interactive nature of Rich’s presentations. I have never seen our children sit to attentive to a presentation that was equally appealing to adults!”

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and children. They can be purchased online at or at the box office by calling 888-467-6442.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Faculty Senate on Race & Justice

The following is an official statement voted unanimously by the Andrews University Faculty Senate on Wednesday, December 10, 2014.

The members of the Faculty Senate have watched with great sadness and concern the events of the last few weeks of ongoing incidents of racial distrust and conflict in a number of America’s major cities. In Ferguson, Cleveland and New York events have unfolded that, whatever one’s race, color, or ideology, can only be seen as tragic. 

The loss of life is always the sad result of our fallen, sin-sick world.  Such losses are made even harder to deal with, however, when the circumstances surrounding them seem senseless and unjust, especially for those who have historically experienced mistreatment at the hands of those in positions of authority.  We have far to go as a society in achieving a system of justice that is viewed as fair and impartial by all groups of people.

We today affirm our commitment as leaders and representatives of the faculty of Andrews University to work for justice, peace and reconciliation in our society as well as in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends impacted by the conflicts and losses in these events.  We call on our colleagues and community members to join with us in prayer and action to seek the scriptural goal of having “justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream”  (Amos 5:24; NAS). 

As disciples of Jesus, who are instructed to daily seek the kingdom of God, we are committed to implementing His principles today.  We look forward to this aspiration being fully realized in the earth made new.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Student Gardens Represent at Conference

by Jenna Neil

Arthur Mulyono, manager of the Andrews University Student Gardens, and Stephen Erich, a 2014 graduate from Andrews with a degree in international business, had the opportunity to present at the first annual Adventist Agriculture Conference in Dickson, Tennessee, last month.

Mulyono got involved with the conference when he attended an education and agriculture conference in 2013 at Uchee Pines Institute in Seale, Alabama.

“At the end of the sessions there was a group of individuals who were interested in forming an association,” he explains. “More than 20 farmers and participants from throughout the U.S. met for several hours and discussed the idea. At the end of the meeting, the Adventist Agricultural Association was assembled and the board of directors was formed.”

Mulyono was invited to participate at this year’s conference and present on an institutional track and participate on other activities such as the Youth Panel and the Institutional Panel. He gave a report on the Student Gardens and Erich reported on the Mobile Farm Market.

“Working as the Mobile Market Coordinator this summer, I was exposed to agriculture for the first time,” says Erich. “Although I didn’t spend every day in the field, I learned a lot about farming, particularly about taking produce to market.”

Near the end of the summer, Mulyono asked Erich if he would be interested in attending the conference and sharing about the Mobile Farm Market during the Student Gardens presentation. Then, during his interview for his current position as the field projects collaborator at Adventist Southeast Asia Projects (ASAP Ministries), the director mentioned the conference and asked if Erich would be interested in attending.

“They thought it would be a good opportunity to learn and network with people interested in mission and agriculture. So I decided to go.”

Over three hundred people attended the event, according to Mulyono.

“Most were from the states,” he said, “but there were a handful of people from throughout the world including Tanzania and Columbia.”

Attendees had the opportunity to choose between five different tracks: institutional, market farming and gardening, home gardening, soil health and simple living. There were also hands-on demonstrations and a general session that tied agriculture with Adventism.

“I attended the institutional track along with 11 other institutions that were present,” said Mulyono. “Here we reported what each institution is doing.” Other presenters besides Mulyono and Erich included Light Bearers, Daystar Academy, Weimar College, Great Lakes Adventist Academy and Southern Adventist University.

“The purpose of this association is to revive the role of agriculture in the Adventist church,” says Erich. “Over the weekend, after a lot of thought, I began to understand the important role agriculture can, and perhaps should, play.”

“The purpose of the event was to network, share and experience, encourage and teach the purpose of agriculture as it relates to God’s people,” adds Mulyono.

“Andrews Student Gardens can be a model of market gardening for institutions,” said Mulyono. “Some Adventist institutions are seeking ways to bring back agriculture into their curriculum. Presenting at the conference allows Andrews the opportunity to network with other institutions and support and encourage others in this line of work.”

Both Mulyono and Erich said that Andrews University is one of the only schools to provide an agriculture program and degree.

When asked if this event is the first of its kind, Mulyono said, “Yes and no. In the past 20+ years, there have been meetings about agriculture among the Seventh-day Adventist Church but no association was formed.”
Organizers are currently planning to have the second annual Adventist Agriculture Conference from November 4–8, 2015, and the list of possible venues includes Andrews.

To learn more about Andrews University Student Gardens and the Mobile Farm Market, visit

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Department of PT Receives Recycling Grant

 by Lucero Castellanos-Aguirre

Each fall the Berrien County Parks Department offers a recycling grant. This year it was awarded to the Andrews University Department of Physical Therapy.

“It is called the Berrien County School Recycling Grant,” said Penny Sisson, the department’s operations assistant. She explained that all eligible Berrien County schools have the opportunity to receive a grant of up to one thousand dollars towards this recycling initiative.

“I wrote the grant requesting nearly $580 to purchase ten 23-gallon blue recycling containers,” says Sisson. “We were awarded the grant for the full amount requested at the end of October.”

The department’s students have added a new class officer position to help with some new student-led initiatives. One is the Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator (COVC). Sophomore Samantha Callahan is this year’s COVC and has put together a committee of eight other students.

“I am working with this committee to initialize and maintain our recycling program,” stated Sisson. “Our plan is to place a recycling container next to each trash can around campus with clear instructions regarding what may be put in them.”

The department encourages the recycling of paper, aluminum, cans, plastic bottles and glass. Physical therapy students, along with the department’s student employees, will be in charge of the containers’ maintenance.

“Students have shown an interest in recycling since I came to work here five and a half years ago,” shared Sisson. “We have taken steps to ensure it is maintained long term—including adding this responsibility to my job description.”

Sisson indicated that they have purchased real tableware for the department to avoid using paper plates and plastic forks for department lunches and events.

On Thursday, Nov. 20, the department received the recycling containers that were ordered. This will be the start to the department’s vision to better the Andrews campus through recycling.

To learn more about the Department of Physical Therapy, visit

Carmelita Troy Interviewed on 3ABN

by Jenna Neil

Carmelita Troy, an associate professor of accounting in the School of Business Administration, was recently interviewed by 3ABN on “Scriptural Foundation for Business.” The episode, filmed in August at the 3ABN studios in Illinois, aired on Monday, November 17, as part of the 3ABN Today program with Danny Shelton and Yvonne Lewis.

“When the first monographs in the Spiritual Foundations series were published in June of 2014, I took a picture of the cover of one, which I had written with LeRoy Ruhupatty, another School of Business faculty member, and posted the picture on Facebook,” says Troy. “Danny Shelton, 3ABN founder, saw the post and sent a message that he was interested in interviewing us about the series.”

Monographs are groups of detailed written studies based on a specialized subject or an aspect of that subject. The Scriptural Foundations of Business monographs series is a group of written studies that brings business and scripture together.

“The monographs integrate scripture with the basic concepts and theories that are already in the business curriculum,” explains Troy.

Troy was interviewed on the show with Michael Cafferky, professor of business and management at Southern Adventist University (Collegedale, Tennessee). Cafferky was invited to appear along with Troy because he is one of the editors of the monograph series.

“Michael Cafferky and Bruce Wrenn came up with the idea of the series and they both worked tirelessly to recruit authors and the Andrews University Press to be the publisher,” says Troy.

Wrenn, Colson Endowed Chari of marketing at Andrews University, and Cafferky were the editors of the project, which included creating the idea, finding writers, and doing final edits.

Prior to this series on the Scriptural Foundations of Business, there was very little material available that integrated scripture and business that targeted college students as they are beginning their studies in business. This series is designed to be a part of the business curriculum.

“This topic is important to me because I want my students to understand and plan to be honest in their business dealings and to have a solid biblical base for responding appropriately when enticed to wrong,” says Troy.

In the accounting portion of the monograph series, Troy and coauthor Ruhupatty used the biblical story of Joseph.

“Joseph was trustworthy in managing and accounting for the assets of Potiphar,” she explains. “Despite the fact that he was wrongly accused and thrown into the dungeon, Joseph maintained his integrity.” She wants to emphasize to students that it’s important to do the right thing regardless of the consequences.
3ABN saw the importance of the topic in a broader sense than originally envisioned.

“Originally they envisioned providing Christian colleges and universities with a resource to integrate faith and learning in the area of business,” says Troy. “Not only did they accomplish that, 3ABN also brought to our attention that this series has a much larger target audience such as church treasurers, Adventist and Christian students attending non-Adventist/non-Christian colleges and universities, business people and just about anyone who conducts business.”

With the publication of the monograph series and her interview on 3ABN, Troy hopes that students and others alike realize the importance of honesty in business and how each principle can be based on the Bible.

To learn more about the School of Business Administration at Andrews University, visit

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Andrews a STEM Jobs Approved University

Andrews University is pleased to announce that it has been designated a 2015 STEM JobsSM Approved College by Victory Media. A leader in successfully connecting individuals in transition with education and career opportunities, Victory Media is the creator of STEM JobsSM media, education and career resources for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math. The 2015 STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges inaugural list is the first of its kind to rate universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools on their responsiveness and relevance to high demand, high growth STEM occupations.

Andrews was among over 1,600 schools participating in the STEM JobsSM survey process. Schools submitting surveys were scored on publicly available data and responses to proprietary questions around three key indicators of success: STEM job alignment, STEM job placement, and diversity in a school’s STEM programs. The assessment and rights to the STEM Jobs ApprovedSM Colleges designation were available to qualifying schools for free. Andrews will be featured in the Winter 2015 issue of “STEM JobsSM“ magazine, along with the entire 2015 list of STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges.

“Being officially approved as a 2015 STEM Jobs university reaffirms what we are doing in STEM here at Andrews,” says Keith Mattingly, dean of the Colleges of Arts & Sciences. “It assures our students that they are receiving a quality STEM education and affirms our professors that they are providing a recognized great value. We are proud of the mentorship of students as well as the research and creative scholarship that comes from our STEM disciplines and this approval gives a positive endorsement to our success.”

“With the list of STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges we’re able to help parents, students and guidance counselors evaluate how well education is translating into real-world jobs, and how responsive institutions are to meeting those demands,” said Daniel Nichols, President of STEM JobsSM. “We’re pleased to showcase schools like Andrews University, a school leading the way in this area.”

For more information about Andrews’ commitment to students interested in STEM fields of study and careers, visit our website at

For additional information about STEM JobsSM or to request a free survey assessment, please visit

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

United Way Campaign Results

As President Andreasen stated in a message to campus in September, “The mission of Andrews University has always resonated with the mission of United Way—to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities. It also takes us to the story in Matthew 25 where Jesus calls his followers to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick.”

Andrews employees truly embraced this year’s United Way campus campaign theme, Bursting the Andrews Bubble, ending the campaign with our best-ever results. More employee donors gave more dollars that will help fill more needs in our community.

“The campaign goals we set for this year were definitely ‘stretch’ goals, and while we didn’t quite hit those goals, we burst our own bubble and achieved new levels,” said Dalry Payne, United Way campus campaign leader. “We want to thank everyone who participated in this great campaign.”

President Andreasen and the team of campaign leaders had some fun putting together a thank you video for those who helped break records in the 2014 campaign.

United Way Campaign Totals
2014: 216 people gave $22,811.85!
2013: 142 people gave $16,549
2012: 135 people gave $14,538
2011: 90 people gave $9,145
2010: 87 people gave $8,401
2009: 82 people gave $10,179
2008: 48 people gave $4,800
2007: 91 people gave $11,202

In 2013, United Way funded 50 different programs and partnered with 34 different organizations in Cass & Berrien counties. Some of the ways your 2014 donations will help in our community are: provide mentorships for at-risk students, help low-income families prepare their children for school, provide at-home services to cancer patients, and provide much-needed services to vulnerable senior citizens, to name only a few examples.

A special word of thanks to those employees who served as campus leaders for the campaign, taking the goals and objectives of United Way in a grassroots way throughout campus. In addition to sending out information through group emails, leaders made presentations at various staff meetings, braved the elements to cheer at the campus entrances for the campaign kickoff, participated in the Alumni parade, provided giving incentives in the form of snack carts, and made their offices mini-campaign headquarters festooned with United Way posters and goal devices.

Campus campaign leadership was Alisa Williams, Kristine Knutson, Garth Woodruff, Bruce Wrenn, Carolina Gomez-Jones, Gerilyn Gigante, Beverly Sedlacek, David Sedlacek, Lisa Rollins, Paul Elder, David Iwasa, Rod Church, Sarah Burton, Dalry Payne, Curt VanderWaal, and Rebecca May.

“One of the most compelling experiences of the campaign for me was touring United Way funded agencies with other campus leaders,” according to David Iwasa. “When you see with your own eyes the wonderful community services that United Way supports, it made me realize how they can do so much more with my small donation—it’s the least I can do to help those in need. One of our campus leaders on the same tour gave a touching testimonial how one of the agencies had helped his family fill a need for medical assistance.”

While our campus fund-raising campaign only lasts for a month, there are many ways that employees can support United Way all through the year. If in your current situation you have more time than money to donate, or you’d like to give both time and money, please give consideration to United Way volunteer opportunities. Full details are available at Some of their best-known volunteer opportunities are:

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
Girls on the Run
Reading Day of Action
Day of Action for Seniors

Especially as the winter weather comes to our area, you are also encouraged to keep the United Way 2-1-1 phone line in mind. If you come across individuals who are in need, you may call 2-1-1 to find out what services are available to meet those needs.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

He Can Use Anyone

by Jenna Neil

Rachel Williams-Smith, chair of the Andrews University Department of Communication, was recently invited to share her life story on the Hope Channel and 3ABN. On October 21, Williams-Smith was on a live program on the Hope Channel called “Let’s Pray.”

“Let’s Pray” is a one-hour Tuesday night program where viewers call in and share their prayer requests with a waiting prayer team. The first half of the program features a story or testimony, and during the second half the prayer team goes through the prayer requests that callers have shared.

Williams-Smith was asked to share her story on “Let’s Pray” while at the Society of Adventist Communicators Conference in Jacksonville, Florida earlier that month.

“I was sitting at the table for Sabbath lunch and it turned out I was sitting with about three people from the Hope Channel,” says Williams-Smith. As she was sharing her vision for the Department of Communication and some of her background, she said they “latched onto” her story. When she mentioned that she would be sharing her story on 3ABN and the Dare to Dream channel, they asked if she would be willing to come on Tuesday to share with the Hope Channel viewers as well. Although Williams-Smith thought they were joking at first, she agreed to make the trip to Washington, D.C.

The discussion on the show segment centered on Williams-Smith’s statement that she was born in the 20th century but raised in the 19th. “It was a 19th century lifestyle in terms of how we lived day to day, with no conveniences including electricity, running water and so forth. It was a 19th century mindset especially when it came to women and what they can and can’t do and dress, when it came to wearing bonnets and long dresses. And we were more focused on what the 19th century Adventist and Adventism taught than we are today.”

Show hosts also asked about how the change from where she was to where she is now came about. Williams-Smith talked about when she went to a small, self-supporting high school.

“I learned something called principles, which are underlying truths that don’t change, and that gave me a foundation for beginning to be able to change myself,” says Williams-Smith. She used the example of modesty and how rules of modesty will change but the underlying foundation remains the same. When she attended Oakwood University, Williams-Smith gained an academic and professional foundation from which to begin moving forward.

The hosts also asked her about forgiveness, particularly in regards to Williams-Smith’s father. They asked how she forgave her father for such a strange upbringing. She explained it wasn’t difficult because he was actually the one who asked for her forgiveness.

“I had made a choice,” she stated. “Once again, learning about principles, and understanding that love and forgiveness are principles presents you with a choice to love and accept or not. It’s a choice you make.”

As soon as Williams-Smith was done with the interview, she rushed to the airport for a flight to St. Louis and 3ABN. She was interviewed twice on 3ABN. Her main goal was to share about the Department of Communication and the different things she had in mind to revamp the program, including remodeling the television studio. However, the interviewer focused more on her book and life story than the department, which was frustrating but understandable to Williams-Smith.

Williams-Smith was very pleased with the afternoon program, which was a recording for “Urban Reports.”
“I was completely in the moment, in the zone, and I loved every moment of being there,” she says. “So it turned out to be probably the best of all the interviews that we did.”

While attending Oakwood’s graduation in May, Williams-Smith approached John Lomacang, a 3ABN producer, to see if 3ABN would be able to help with the television studio remodel. He suggested that Williams-Smith email him, which she did toward the end of the summer. At that point, McCain asked her to send a proposal for each presentation, sharing what she was doing. She did that and was asked to be a part of two programs to share about her dreams and goals for the communication department and the studio.

“I’ve sometimes watched where people are up there sharing on TV or in some public arena, sharing their testimony and how God has made a change in their lives,” stated Williams-Smith. “I’ve often sat there and looked at it and gone, ‘Wow, I wish I could do that, I wish I had that or was able to. But I feel too small, too inadequate, too tongue-tied just to do something like that and to be of use. But if God can take me and share my story on three channels and through a book, I believe He can take anyone who is just willing to share to make a difference."

Williams-Smith hopes students in the Department of Communications will realize as she has how God can use people in TV and other news media to spread His word. The department has recently renovated their media studio and lab so students can have access to state-of-the-art equipment during their college experience. Anyone interested in giving toward this project can do so here. Whether you can give two dollars, two hundred or two million, Williams-Smith and the Department of Communications thanks you for considering a gift to further the education of students here at Andrews University.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Class Gifts Bell Hall Outdoor Study Area

by Jenna Neil

An outdoor patio and study space on the north side of Bell Hall, which houses the School of Education, was dedicated during Alumni Homecoming Weekend. The courtyard was something that Dennis Woodland, emeritus professor of biology, wanted to do for several years. However, until recently there wasn’t enough money to begin the project.

That changed this year, thanks to the Class of 1964. Each year, the current 50-year class gives a gift to Andrews University—something that commemorates the years they spent at Andrews and their fond memories of campus. The reunion committee for the Class of 1964 thought this project would be the perfect gift to the University.

Stan Beikmann, retired professor of horticulture and landscape design and designer of the patio, stated that the project is important because of the “microclimate” that exists in the space.

“Whereas Andrews falls in Zones 4 and 5, because the space is enclosed on three sides and receives ambient heat from the building and protection from winter winds, we recognize that it is equivalent to a Zone 6 plant habitat,” says Beikmann.

A plant habitat or “hardiness zone” refers to 1 of 12 defined areas where specific categories of plants are able to grow.

Dick Scott, director of facilities management, asked Beikmann to design the patio. The design is a natural shade garden with a semi-circular patio that wraps around a mimosa tree. Beikmann used several southern plants and other shade plants with the most color in the fall and spring when students are on campus. The design plan was distributed to more than 150 members of the class of 1964 and was met with overwhelming approval and excitement.

Arboretum/Grounds worked hard to finish the project in a six-week time frame, so the 50-year class would have the chance to dedicate the space during Homecoming Weekend at the end of September.

Materials and plants were ordered and the prep work began right away with foundations of concrete blocks. Tons of sand and aggregate were brought in along with cut stone to lay the patio. The final step was landscaping with plants and instant sod lawn. Any remaining plants and final touches will be added during the spring of 2015.

The Arboretum/Grounds team that worked on the project included two landscape students, Andi Caban and Austin Cassell, along with Noe Valez, arboretum/grounds manager, Aaron Hinman, groundskeeper supervisor, David Logan, mechanic, and Stan Beikmann. Larry Schalk, vice president for Financial Administration, 1964 graduate and class representative, along with the Offices of Alumni Services and Development, oversaw the funding of the project and kept the Class of 1964 updated on the progress.

“We want to have an outside place where students can study or faculty and staff can relax, read or have lunch," says Vicki Wiley, executive assistant to the dean of the School of Education. "This space offers exactly that. We’re very pleased with the results.”

Andrews University offers our sincerest thanks to the Class of 1964 for making this study space possible.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Outrunning the Future

by Lucero Castellanos-Aguirre

In October, alumnus Gary Hamel (BS ’75, MBA ’76) presented to the School of Business Administration his very own way to “Outrun the Future.” Hamel has been ranked by The Wall Street Journal as one of the world’s most influential business thinkers and referred to by “Fortune Magazine” as a leading expert on business strategy.

After receiving a donation from the parents of an alumnus who were very appreciative of the progress their child had made in their career, Allen Stembridge, dean of the School of Business Administration, decided to contact Gary Hamel.

“He’s a very busy man,” says Stembridge, “But we got an email out of the blue from his secretary that he hadn’t forgotten and had time to come. It took a year due to his busy schedule, and though he typically charges between $50,000–$75,000 to speak, Gary charged us nothing for this presentation.”

It was a well-attended event targeted specifically toward business students and special guests, with an audience of about 130. Hamel focused on the future throughout the entire presentation, emphasizing innovation and change.

Hamel motivated the audience to think about “problems that are mind-bending” and asked stimulating questions like, “How do we be relentlessly optimistic?” and “Why don’t we aim higher?”

“It was exactly the kind of thing that education is all about,” says Brent Geraty, University legal counsel, who attended the event. “He challenged the students—all of us—to think about things as they could be rather than as they are.”

“I believe our current students should not concentrate solely on the theory," says Hamel. “It’s a good base but they need to go through it and forward and focus on the future.”

He continued by sharing with the audience his idea of the competitive advantage.

“One way of getting that is to be ahead of the competition—to do something different, unique, and out of the box.”

After the presentation Hamel socialized with the students, signed books and answered their questions.

“Hamel certainly did not come across as unapproachable,” says Stembridge. “He was extremely friendly and happy to be here. I think he was pleased it was a good turnout of students, because that’s who he wanted to talk to.”

Students seemed very enthusiastic about Hamel’s talk. Many were honored to have attended the event.

“The presentation was crisp, innovative and intellectually stimulating,” says Azez Hagos, senior finance major. “It feels good when I find myself studying at a school where Gary Hamel completed his undergraduate and graduate studies!”

Veterans Day Tribute

On Tuesday, November 11, at 11:30 a.m., all faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to attend a special Veterans Day Tribute event in Newbold Auditorium in Buller Hall at Andrews University. A special gift will be given to student veterans and students who are dependents of veterans.

The program will include a slideshow and stories from those who have served.

Tuesday Choices credit is available for students who attend. Families are also welcome. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Fares Magesa, veteran certifying official, at

Update on Ebola Crisis

The message below was originally sent to Andrews University staff, faculty and students by Niels-Erik Andreasen, University president.

I imagine that you have joined me in continuing to follow the significant news coverage in recent months regarding the ongoing Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) crisis in three countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

There have also been Ebola cases elsewhere, including now here in the United States. All these cases are connected with individuals traveling from those three countries, or those who provided direct healthcare support to individuals with Ebola.

Both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have stated that there is only a small risk for an outbreak of Ebola in the United States (apart from the potential risk for those who care for or have otherwise come into physical contact with those who have Ebola). All of us, including Andrews, still need to take thoughtful precautions to ensure the safety and health of those in our communities, both in our immediate geographic community and around the world.

Currently, we have no students who have come to us directly from Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone. Also, while Andrews operates in locations around the world, there are no affiliated academic partner programs in any of the three countries affected by Ebola.

On this campus, as we seek to understand and carefully respond to this health crisis, Andrews will incorporate several safety precautions and protocols, as urged by both the WHO and CDC. We will:

  • For at least the next three to six months, prohibit University-sponsored travel from or through countries with Ebola (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone), and encourage individuals connected with the University to do the same
  • Follow the CDC and WHO guidelines for monitoring/movement for Ebola exposure, including the Oct. 22 update
  • For any apparent direct contact with Ebola patients by members of the University community, self-monitoring and voluntary isolation separate from the main campus will be instituted for a 21-day period. As appropriate, Provost and Student Life offices should be informed if there is suspected contact by a faculty, staff, student or student family member.
  • Additionally, with any reported instance of apparent contact or risk by a member of the University's community, the University will work immediately, closely and directly with the county's Public Health Department and medical officials
  • Encourage our campus community to continue to practice common sense safe hygiene, especially with the approach of the flu season, including ongoing careful washing and sanitizing of hands

While there is no current significant or direct risk to Andrews University in particular, please know that we will continue to monitor any and all official information releases regarding this public health emergency, update our protocols and react accordingly.

You can follow ongoing updates and information on Ebola issues around the world at the links below:

World Health Organization (WHO)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

An Evening of Love Songs

On Saturday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m., vocalists Charles and Julie Reid will explore the wonderful complexities of love through song at the Howard Performing Arts Center. Accompanying Charles and Julie on the piano will be Beatriz Ritzenthaler. The duo will perform selections in Italian, French and German, coupled with hits from Broadway classics such as “Les Misérables” and “The Fiddler on the Roof.”

Charles Reid is director of vocal studies at Andrews University. He is recognized as one of his generation's leading lyric tenors and has sung on many of the world’s most famous stages, including nine seasons with New York’s Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Theater an der Wien, Frankfurt Opera, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and the festivals of Bayreuth, Salzburg, Spoleto USA, Glimmerglass and Central City.

A graduate of Westminster Choir College, mezzo-soprano Julie has concertized around the world with her husband. Since moving to Berrien Springs, she has become a regular in the concert scene of Southwest Michigan.

Tickets are required. They are $10 for general admission, $5 for Andrews University faculty and staff, and free for students. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office by calling 888-467-6442.

Songs of Solitude and Renewal

The Andrews University Singers present their fall choral invitational, “Songs of Solitude and Renewal,” on Saturday, November 8, at 8 p.m. in the Howard Performing Arts Center on the campus of Andrews University. Concert repertoire will include: “Cloudburst” by Eric Whitacre, “Amor del mi Alma” by Z. Randall Stroope, “Even When He Is Silent” by André Arnesen, “Prayer” by René Clausen and “Balm In Gilead” by Jackson Berkey. Featured guests are college choral conducting students Stephanie Mauer, Chelsea Lake and Brenton Offenback.

The concert centerpiece is “This House of Peace” composed by Ralph Johnson for soloists, oboe, piano and choir, which was commissioned for the opening of Sacred Heart Medical Center RiverBend in Springfield, Oregon, in 2008. The words are from Peacehealth patients and family members, and the composition is dedicated to all healthcare givers. The performance will feature renowned tenor soloist Charles Reid, director of vocal studies at Andrews University, and soprano Carrie VanDenburgh, director of choral education in the Berrien Springs public school system.

The concert will conclude with choral adaptations of “Blackbird” and “Yesterday” by Paul McCartney, “Skies of the Clear Blue Morning” by Dolly Parton and “All the Things You Are” arranged by Ward Swingle.

General Admission: $5, Faculty/Staff: $3, Students & Seniors: $3, Children 12 & Under: Free

Purchase tickets online, or call the box office at 888-467-6442 for student discounts and more information.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Envision Magazine & Student Movement Win Awards

by Becky St. Clair

Andrews University student publications won several awards at the Society of Adventist Communicators convention in Jacksonville, Florida, on October 18. Envision magazine earned prizes in three categories: Best in Class Design, Best in Class Feature Writing, and Honorable Mention Photography.

The graphic design of the current issue was done by Amber Sarno, Arielle Pickett and Jonathon Wolfer. “Troubled Waters” by Emily Leffler, recounting her near-death experience while scuba diving in Cozumel, won for best feature writing. Photographer Brian Tagalog's riveting portrait of Patrick Knighton took home the honorable mention award.

The Student Movement earned top honors as Best in Class Newspaper, under the editorship of senior journalism and English major Melodie Roschman. Roschman was nominated by Debbie Michel, associate professor of communication, in a nod to Roschman's above-and-beyond efforts in covering complex issues such as substance abuse and homosexuality.

“Melodie has shown a willingness to tackle controversial topics,” said Michel. “Her three-part series on addictions created a level of engagement I've not seen before, where Dwight Nelson preached a series of sermons on the topic, and even the dorms used the articles to launch their own discussions.”

Michel is not the only faculty member impressed with Roschman’s leadership and professional abilities.

“It's one thing simply to choose challenging topics; it's quite another to treat them with depth and nuance, in a non-polemical way which adds to the conversation,” says Scott Moncrieff, professor of English and faculty sponsor of the Student Movement. “I think Melodie has done that in her own feature and editorial writing, and has encouraged that same spirit of professional journalism in her staff.”

Students in the Department of Communication and Department of Visual Art & Design produce Envision magazine each spring semester. The Society of Adventist Communicators is a professional development organization for Adventist communicators in both secular and denominational employment. The Jacksonville event celebrated the group’s 25th anniversary.

Adventist Engaged Encounter 2014

by Cassandra Hales

Andrews University will host the 2014 Adventist Engaged Encounter (AEE) November 7–9. It is an enrichment weekend for engaged and recently married couples, which offers insights, tools and confidence to develop their relationship and strengthen their commitment to one another.

There are three main aspects to AEE's programming: fellowship with other recently engaged and newly married couples, teaching by marriage mentors, and personal communication and connection development with one’s partner.

For many, attending an AEE weekend is one of the most significant experiences of their courtship or early marriage.

“AEE taught us how to communicate more efficiently in our marriage,” says Erin Castelbuono, AEE participant. “As a result of this weekend, I became more aware of my husband’s emotions and feelings. I would positively and certainly recommend AEE to anyone who is getting married or who is recently married.”

For registration information, email or call 269-471-6636. Registration fees are $50 if at least one attendee is an Andrews University student and $85 for non-students.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Enrollment Report for Fall 2014

by Stephen Payne

Like many universities nationwide this fall, Andrews University continues to see a decrease in its enrollment, with 3,418 undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students enrolled on our main campus. This represents an overall decrease of 98 students since fall 2013, leading to 4.88 percent fewer credit hours enrolled than last year. This number includes 100 fewer undergraduates and two more graduate students than fall 2013. Overall undergraduate enrollment is 1,805 students, with 1,613 enrolled in graduate programs.

In particular, freshman class enrollments have also decreased, with 273 enrolling this fall as first-time freshmen, for a total freshman class of 372 students (overall freshman enrollment last year was 438). Transfer enrollment within the undergraduate population has increased slightly, and the number of high school students taking university courses, who are counted as undergraduates, grew by nearly 30 this year for a total of 111.

“As we’ve studied, in particular, these fall 2014 undergraduate enrollment trends, we find that our enrollment reflects overall trends in national demographics and Seventh-day Adventist data within North America that predict declining undergraduate enrollments in many colleges and universities," says Randy Graves, vice president for Enrollment Management. "As a result, in the months to come, we’ll need to explore additional ideas and initiatives that help make even more clear the high value of an education at Andrews University, while working to continue to keep costs as proportional as possible to the financial abilities of students and their families. These initiatives and others will need to be implemented in a way that helps stabilize, if not grow, Andrews University enrollment in challenging times."

Elsewhere on the Berrien Springs campus, the graduate programs enrolled 313 new graduate students this fall, for a second year of significant increases in overall graduate enrollment.

“We are proud of our graduate students, both on our campus and around the world. In our School of Graduate Studies & Research, we ultimately believe that the education that Andrews University offers can aspire to generate a change in the individual and therefore a change in the family, the society and the world,” says Christon Arthur, dean.

Even with this year’s decrease taken into account, over the past decade enrollment in the University’s Berrien Springs campus programs has increased by more than 500 students, or 17 percent.
Four years ago, Andrews University assumed ownership of Griggs University & Griggs International Academy, previously operated by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

The School of Distance Education oversees the operations of these Griggs programs, and also coordinates affiliate and extension education sites for the University throughout the United States and around the world. Altogether, approximately 2,800 students pursue Andrews University degrees at affiliate or extension sites worldwide.

Griggs International Academy teaches 2,115 students worldwide. These include students at both elementary and high school levels doing home schooling or studying full-time at Griggs International Academy sites globally, along with Job Corps, a program that offers high school diplomas and job skill training to at-risk students throughout the United States.

The early part of each academic year is also a time when U.S. News & World Report ranks Andrews University, as well as more than 1,600 other schools throughout the U.S.

Within that ranking report, U.S. News includes 280 institutions formally ranked as national universities (the report ranks a total of 1,596 universities and colleges).

In the 2015 rankings, Andrews is listed at #168 in the national university rankings (National University status reflects the Carnegie classification of various universities and colleges; in this case, it means that these universities offer “a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and doctoral programs and also emphasize faculty research). This year’s ranking is an improvement of 13 places over the 2014 ranking.

Andrews is the only Seventh-day Adventist institution included in this classification and U.S. News list. Also, Andrews is one of fewer than 100 private universities ranked in this category.

Andrews University made a few other U.S. News & World Report distinctive ranking lists. With a diversity index of .74 (the closer a school’s number is to 1.0, the more diverse it is), the University is tied second nationally in Campus Ethnic Diversity among national universities, a ranking shared with Stanford University, University of Houston and St. John’s University in New York.

With 14 percent of our student body composed of international students, Andrews is tied for 7th (with University of San Francisco and Northeastern University in Boston), an improvement of five places over the 2014 rankings, in Most International Students.

The physical therapy and social work programs at Andrews once again made the top 150 of U.S. News’ “Best Grad Schools 2015” list. Andrews’ graduate programs in counseling psychology, along with the University’s School of Education, were also included in the overall rankings.

In the U.S. News’ “Best Online Programs 2015” ranking, the University’s online MBA and graduate education programs were both listed among the top online programs (ranking #82 and #145 respectively). Additionally, Andrews’ online bachelor’s program received a ranking of #205.

Andrews was also listed within other “best of” lists in U.S. News’ annual rankings for national universities, including “A+ Colleges for B Students,” “Economic Diversity,” “Freshman Retention Rates,” “Highest Level of Need-Based Aid Awarded” (ranking #58 in the nearly 250 national universities listed), and “Most Students Receiving Merit Aid” (ranking in the top 30 of 100 schools ranked), and “Highest 6-Year Graduation Rates.”
In addition, Andrews was listed as having one of the Highest Proportions of Classes with Less than 20 Students, at 67 percent, placing Andrews in the top 30 of national university rankings. also ranked Andrews University #559 in “America’s Top Colleges,” a compilation of the 650 best educational institutions (out of more than 6,000 nationally) across the United States. Forbes gives an overall rating and also offers smaller subcategory ratings; once again, Andrews University also made the lists “Best Private Colleges,” “Best Research Universities” and “Best in the Midwest.”

Click below for the complete college rankings lists for U.S. News and Forbes.

U.S. News & World Report

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Update on Seminary Headship Statement

Earlier this summer, the Andrews University Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary published a statement on “On The Unique Headship of Christ in the Church.” In addition to being shared via the Andrews University website this statement, adopted by seminary faculty on August 21, also received wide exposure through traditional and social media.

In its preamble, the statement indicated that the faculty of the Seminary:

“…affirm that Christ is the only Head of the Church (Eph 1:22; 5:23; Col 1:18). Therefore, while there exists legitimate leadership in the Church, no other human being may rightfully claim a headship role in the Church. As Head of the Church, Christ provides the ultimate manifestation of God’s love (Eph 5:23,25), demonstrating and vindicating God’s moral government of love (Rom 3:4, 25-26, 5:8), and thus defeating the counterfeit government of the usurping “ruler of this world” (John 12:31; 16:11; cf. DA 758; 2T 2:211).

Following its publication and distribution, there was an appeal released in early October by 25 professors, pastors and church members (“An Open Appeal From Faculty, Alumni, Students, and Friends of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary To Faculty of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary Regarding the Recent Seminary Statement on the Unique Headship of Christ in the Church”).

The writers of that appeal called upon the seminary to review and adjust their earlier statement on Headship, ending their open letter by noting that the letter writers “humbly appeal to the Seminary leadership and faculty to reconsider the recently-published statement and include our suggestions.”

On October 10, 2014, the seminary faculty met for three hours to review the open letter and their earlier statement, and at the end of the meeting the faculty voted unanimously, with the exception of one individual, to release the following statement in response to the open appeal:

“We, the faculty of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, respectfully reaffirm our original statement on the ‘Unique Headship of Christ in the Church’ which was the result of prayerful and responsible study of scripture and the Spirit of Prophecy, and was voted by an overwhelming majority of the faculty in a duly called meeting.”

Founded in 1874, Andrews University is the flagship institution of higher education for the Seventh-day Adventist Church and offers more than 200 areas of study including advanced degrees. Its main campus is in Berrien Springs, Michigan, but the University also provides instruction at colleges and universities in 19 countries around the world.

Please Note: In an earlier post on this response by the Andrews University Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, copy from Adventist Review coverage of this statement was inadvertently included without credit or acknowledgement. We regret that mistake, which occurred without the knowledge of the Adventist Review. The Adventist Review has done excellent reporting on this statement and its appeal, and you can read their reporting on the original statement, its appeal, and the seminary response here, here and here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Michael Polite New Associate Chaplain

by Lucero Castellanos

Michael Polite has taken on the position as Andrews University’s new associate chaplain. His service to the University began October 1, 2014. Polite comes from Nashville, Tennessee, where he served for five years as the associate pastor of youth and young adults for the Riverside congregation.

Polite graduated from Union College (Lincoln, Nebraska) and La Universidad de Sagunto (Sagunto, Spain) where he majored and specialized in language and linguistics. He is currently enrolled at Regent University (Virginia Beach, Virginia) where he is pursuing his doctorate in strategic communication.

As founder and director of ENERGY Ministries, a youth ministry program for the community of Riverside in Nashville, Polite has received recognition from media outlets such as USA Today, The Huffington Post, The Sydney Morning Herald in Australia, and the China Times.

Polite is largely involved with youth and young adult ministries. His main focus is to target the millennial generation.

“I feel as though I am being called to move the Y and Z generations,” shared Polite. “I strive to minister to the generation I am a part of. Where I can dig deep and understand our unique challenges and strengths.”

June Price, University chaplain, affirmed that Polite is a great addition to the Campus Ministries team.

“I believe his love for God coupled with his passion for young adults will profoundly affect many lives both now and for eternity,” she says.

Although in a completely different environment to which he is accustomed, Polite looks forward to what Andrews has in store for him.

“I am honored to be called to serve on a university campus,” he said. “To me, this is one of the most exciting fields to work in.”

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Math, Physics Major Presents to NSA

by Lucero Castellanos-Aguirre

Isabel Stafford, senior math and physics major, completed her internship through the math department of North Carolina State University in the Research Experience for Undergraduates program (REU).

Through REU 47 students worked on 14 different projects. Stafford worked with two other undergrads and a mentor.

“We designed a cost-efficient, permanent-magnet klystron capable of powering a future high-energy particle accelerator,” shared Stafford.

Klystrons—the device Stafford and her team worked on designing—take the power from an electron beam and turn it into radio-frequency power. The problem with these Klystrons is that their power output is limited by the energy of the electron beam.

“The solution we found was putting several electron beams in the same klystron,” Stafford says.

After working for almost two months, Stafford, along with her team, managed to design a multiple-beam Klystron that output about forty megawatts of power. Stafford and her group then presented these findings to the National Security Agency (NSA), and in another decade or so their design could possibly be used in what will replace the Large Hadron Collider—the most powerful particle accelerator ever built.

“My mentor, Dr. Tran, told us that a few representatives from the NSA would be dropping by to check out everyone's research,” said Stafford. “They also wanted to see a few in-depth presentations about the summer's research. Dr. Tran and the other program coordinators decided that they wanted my group to present because of the success and practicality of our research.”

Although Stafford has yet to decide on a career goal, she very much looks forward to graduating in May 2016 and is grateful for the experience and knowledge she has gained through this internship.

“The research program was a really great experience,” she says. “I got to hang out in North Carolina with a bunch of other people who really like math and physics for a whole summer, while doing research that's actually important.”

To learn more about undergraduate research opportunities at Andrews University, visit

UCRLA Offers Dyslexia Intervention

Date: October 9, 2014
Contact info: Becky St. Clair
Cell: 269-605-3438; Email:


The Andrews University Center for Reading, Learning & Assessment offers assessments and interventions for multiple learning disabilities to both students and community members. One important service is dyslexia intervention.

“One in five students in the U.S. are affected by dyslexia,” says Susan Barton, dyslexia and ADHD expert.

Testing services offered by the UCRLA include:

  • Full psycho-educational assessments
  • Educational assessments
  • Cognitive assessments
  • ADHD assessments
  • Dyslexia or reading disability assessments

In addition to testing services, the UCRLA offers interventions for memory, cognitive and language processing issues. They also offer one-on-one sessions for those dealing with dyslexia, preparing for the GED, or looking for study strategies.

“You or someone you know is probably struggling with reading, and as a result, learning becomes overwhelming,” says Annabelle Lopez, consultant for the UCRLA. “And that’s why we’re here—to help.”

For more information about these services or to schedule an appointment, visit, email or call 269-471-3480. A fee is charged for services.

Monday, October 6, 2014

"Ellen Harmon White: American Prophet"

Andrews University welcomes Adventist Forum presentation “Ellen White Goes Public: The Collaborative Biography Project—Ellen Harmon White: American Prophet” on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 3:30 p.m. Terrie Dopp Aamodt, co-editor of the book and professor of history and English at Walla Walla University (College Place, Washington), will present in the Garber Auditorium of Chan Shun Hall on the campus of Andrews University. This event is free and open to the public.

Ellen White’s 70-year career included numerous encounters with the public. In the 1860s and 1870s, as she began to emerge as a public speaker, she sought to add audiences beyond the Adventist gatherings that packed her and her husband’s schedules.

“During an era when women were not encouraged to enter the public sphere, much less speak to ‘promiscuous’ (mixed) audiences, White developed a powerful public voice,” says Aamodt. “She spoke on religious topics in non-Adventist churches, particularly favoring Methodist congregations, and she also became a sought-after temperance lecturer in civic halls and at open-air camp meeting venues.”

White’s publicists sought newspaper coverage of these events, and she welcomed reporters’ questions and scrutiny. Since her death in 1915, however, her story has been re-told almost exclusively within her own Seventh-day Adventist faith.

“Audiences outside the Adventist church know much less about Ellen White today than they did at the time of her death, which was widely noted in American newspapers,” notes Aamodt.

The 2014 volume from Oxford University Press, Ellen Harmon White: American Prophet, introduces her to a general academic audience, where she is little known. Aamodt will discuss past events and future trends in the ongoing story of White's relationship with the public.

Aamodt holds a degree from Washington Adventist University (Takoma Park, Maryland) and a master’s in English from The College of William and Mary in Virginia. In addition, Aamodt earned a PhD in American and New England Studies from Boston University in 1986, where her dissertation examined the idea of apocalypse in the American Civil War.

In 2007 Aamodt helped form a planning group for a national academic conference on Ellen White held in Portland, Maine, in 2009. Those efforts led to the publication of Ellen Harmon White: American Prophet by Oxford University Press in April 2014, a collective biography of 18 chapters written by 21 authors.
Her current project is writing Ellen White: Voice and Vision, a volume in the Adventist Pioneers biography series edited by George Knight.

Aamodt lives with her husband, Larry, and their two college-aged children in Walla Walla, Washington. Together they enjoy skiing, backpacking, running and cycling.

For more information, contact Art Robertson at or call 269-471-7150.

School of Ed Online Program Ranks High

The Andrews University School of Education’s online master’s degree program in K–12 educational leadership has been ranked among the top 25 programs of its kind in the United States. placed Andrews at number 17, ahead of both Michigan State University and Purdue University.

“I’m always pleased when professionals recognize the quality of our program,” says Jim Jeffery, dean of the School of Education. “I especially want to recognize our excellent professors for their hard work in making this program so great.”

Jeffery specifically acknowledged Janet Ledesma, educational leadership program coordinator, who spearheaded both the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and Michigan Department of Education (MDE) accreditation for the master’s in K–12 educational leadership, as well as Duane Covrig and Sylvia Gonzalez, professors of leadership and educational leadership.

For more information about the School of Education visit, email or call 269-471-6054.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Andrews Kicks off United Way Campaign

by Becky St. Clair

The 2014 Andrews University United Way Campaign begins October 1. This annual event encourages faculty and staff to support United Way, an organization that strives to provide people and families in local communities with education, income stability and healthy lives. United Way also works to provide basic needs in times of crisis.

The theme for this year’s campaign is “Bursting the Andrews Bubble” to support the community in which we all live. Rebecca May, campus and community relations coordinator, and Dalry Payne, executive assistant to the president, co-chairs of the Andrews University United way Employee Campaign, and Cutis VanderWaal, professor of social work and campaign advisor, lead the campus campaign.

“Healthy communities are good for all of us,” says May. “It helps us build stronger, more sustainable places to live and work.”

The Andrews goals this year are to raise $25,000 with 30 percent participation by both faculty and staff. Gifts of all kinds are welcome and encouraged, including gifts of volunteering with United Way. All funds will go directly to United Way of Southwest Michigan.

“We may never be able to top our 2012 incentive of President Andreasen jumping into the pool in his business suit,” says May, “but we do plan to have a little fun along the way.”

To help achieve these goals, for the first time this year the Andrews campus has been divided into seven groups, with 13 campus leaders acting as United Way campaign spokespersons at staff meetings and United Way rallies, and answering questions about the campaign on an individual basis.

“We’ve asked faculty and staff to prayerfully consider how they can support this worthy endeavor,” says May. “We have made improvements in our participation over the last several years, but it’s time to get more involved, better informed, and go outside our Andrews and Adventist bubble and do even more to support the needs of our neighbors.”

The United Way campaign on the Andrews campus ends on October 31. For any questions or to make a donation of funds or time, consult the United Way campaign packet you received October 1. For more information on United Way of Southwest Michigan, visit or follow them at

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Howard Center Presents...Telegraph Quartet

Telegraph Quartet will perform at the Howard Performing Arts Center on the campus of Andrews University on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, at 4 p.m. The group is the 2014 Grand Prize and Gold Medal winner of the 41st Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Their concert repertoire includes one of Joseph Haydn’s most ambitious chamber string quartet pieces, the first string quartet by American Pulitzer-prize-winning composer Leon Kirshner, and a string quartet dedicated to the Crown Prince of Sweden by Felix Mendelsson.

The quartet, comprised of Eric Chin (violin), Joseph Maile (violin), Pei-Ling Lin (viola) and Jeremiah Shaw (cello), are from San Francisco, California. Their Fischoff Competition winner’s tour brings them across America’s Midwest region as well as the Emilia Romagna region of Italy in the summer of 2015.

Founded in 1987, the Fischoff Grand Prize is an esteemed award given at the largest chamber music competition in the world.

Tickets are required. They are $5, or free for Andrews University faculty, staff and students. Tickets can be obtained online at or at the box office by calling 888-467-6442.

The Howard Performing Arts Center is a premier 850-seat concert hall on the campus of Andrews University. Founded in 1874, Andrews University is the flagship institution of higher education for the Seventh-day Adventist Church and offers more than 200 areas of study including advanced degrees. Its main campus is in Berrien Springs, Michigan, but the University also provides instruction at colleges and universities in over 30 countries around the world.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Barnes & Noble to Take Over Bookstore

by Jenna Neil

Andrews University administration has announced their decision to change management of the University bookstore from Tree of Life to Barnes and Noble. The full transition will take place the week of October 3–10, 2014. The store will open as a Barnes & Noble store on Monday, October 13.

“The process of deciding who to bring in as a new bookstore manager began with a recommendation from the faculty that it was time for a change,” says Larry Schalk, vice president for Financial Administration.

As a result, a committee was formed and began meeting last spring. The committee was made up of three faculty members, one academic dean, the provost, the chief financial officer, two support staff from IT and the bookstore, and two students. Together they discussed various options, settling on four finalists. Barnes & Noble was ultimately chosen because they are one of the biggest vendors who provide this type of service.

Bookstore inventory will stay very much the same, from textbooks and general reading books to food, apparel and office supplies.

“One of the main things we can be assured of is quality service for students and faculty alike,” says Schalk.

The bookstore will be closed October 3–10 for the transition. No business will be possible during this time, including textbook purchases.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Howard Center Presents...Jars of Clay

On Sunday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m., the Howard Performing Arts Center will present the well-known group Jars of Clay on their 20th-anniversary tour. The concert will be a mostly acoustical evening of Christian music from their new album, Inland, as well as many of their well-known songs.

The music of Jars of Clay has cinematic quality marked by lush keyboard melodies, strong acoustic rhythm guitar, serpentine bass lines, ambient melodies and rich lyrics that attest to two decades of creativity. They have written more than 100 songs, made 10 studio records, won three GRAMMYs, toured internationally, and created Blood: Water Mission, an organization dedicated to providing clean blood and water for African nations suffering from the HIV/AIDS crisis.

Premium seating tickets are $25. Regular seating prices are $20, $15 for Andrews University faculty and staff, and $10 for Andrews University students.

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the box office by calling 888-467-6442.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

AFIA 2014 5K Rice Run

With the endorsement of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports, the Michigan Fitness Foundation and the Pure Michigan FITness Series endorsement program, Andrews Filipino International Association (AFIA), a student-led club at Andrews University, has partnered with the MRSA Survivors Network for the 2014 Rice Run, a 5K run/walk that aims to raise awareness of MRSA by encouraging the community to get involved in physical activity.

The 2014 5K Rice Run will take place on October 5 at 8 a.m. at Margaret B. Upton Arboretum in St. Joseph, Michigan. Register at General registration is $25; student registration is $20. Participants may run or walk.

AFIA promotes Filipino culture, values and traditions to the students of the campus and the people of the community. The group aims to create a diverse network of connections and relationships, bringing together anyone who may be interested in Filipino culture through a variety of events and programs. In addition to providing memorable experiences through fun events, AFIA also strives to inspire the spirit of love and support by bringing awareness to struggles that some in the community may be facing.

This year AFIA has collaborated with the MRSA Survivors Network in hopes of raising awareness and funds for this non-profit organization. MRSA is an acronym for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, a type of bacterium that causes serious infections, prompting more deaths than HIV. The MRSA Survivors Network is the global leader and voice in awareness, prevention, support and advocacy of MRSA. To learn more about the organization, visit

“Pure Michigan FITness events promote physical activity for individuals and communities while providing a fun way for us all to get moving,” says Mike Maisner, vice president of Active Communities at Michigan FITness. Runners will also be eligible to enter the Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Run Lottery. For more information about the Governor’s Council’s endorsement program, visit

“Through this event we not only hope to generate awareness of and raise funds for the MRSA Survivors Network,” says Jon Remitera, 2014–15 president of AFIA, “but we also want to create a diverse network of connections and relationships with our fellow students and with those in our community, further amplifying the spirit of love and support.”

For more information about event sponsors and to learn more about AFIA, visit

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Alumni Homecoming This Weekend

Andrews University Alumni Homecoming will take place September 25–28.  Honor classes are 2004, 1994, 1989, 1984, 1974 and 1964. The class of 1989 is celebrating 25 years while the class of 1964 is celebrating 50 years.

This year Homecoming attendees will have the opportunity to reflect on a year of milestones: the University itself celebrates 140 years, FOCUS, the University magazine, celebrates 50 years, and the Alumni Association celebrates 100 years. Additionally, this year marks 20 years for Niels-Erik Andreasen, president of Andrews University.

“As the longest-serving president of Andrews University, we are honored to have him at the helm,” says Tami Condon, director of Alumni Services. “He’s personally an inspiration and mentor to me, as I know he is to many current students, faculty, staff and alumni. We look forward to experiencing many more milestones with Dr. Andreasen in the future.”

Events over the weekend include a golf tournament, a campus bus tour, the homecoming parade and flag raising, lunch reunions, harvest tours and picnic, the alumni homecoming gala, alumni vs. students basketball game, the Harvest Run, and more.

“As the fall is marked by students arriving and alumni returning, we welcome you back home,” says Condon. “May your visit to campus be most memorable and enjoyable.”

To view a complete schedule of events, visit

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Health & Fitness Expo

by Becky St. Clair

Andrews University’s School of Health Professions, Counseling & Testing Center, and Student Activities invites the community to its annual Health and Fitness Expo on Sunday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Admission for the event is free and includes activities for the whole family.

Activities include mini workouts, cooking demos, nutrition information for everyone, games, local health service information, community health and wellness opportunities, inflatable jump-houses for the kids, health screenings and more.

The first 150 participants will receive a reusable shopping bag with goodies from participating sponsors. Attendees will also have a chance to win a home elliptical trainer, just for participating. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Frances Faehner & Marcia Kilsby Receive Awards

by Jenna Neil

During the summer commencement held on Sunday, August 3, 2014, Marcia A. Kilsby, associate professor of medical laboratory sciences, emerita, and Frances Mae Faehner, vice president for Student Life, received the J.N. Andrews Medallion.

“I was reminiscing over the 30 years of summer graduations I had attended, rejoicing in the accomplishments of all of our students, knowing this one would be my last one before retirement, and was stunned to hear my name announced,” Marcia says.

She was involved at the very beginning of the medical technology program at Andrews University in 1988. One of the original goals of the program was to educate young people from developing countries to take the knowledge and clinical experience they learned back home to their own countries to upgrade the level of diagnostic care available. Unfortunately, she says, “the vast majority of graduates stayed to work in the United States.” Faculty looked for a way to keep the sense of mission before their students and got involved with a portable laboratory system called Lab-In-A-Suitcase, that could be used where electricity was unavailable or unreliable.

Kilsby involved her students and gave them the task of identifying key illnesses in different countries to determine if this system would be beneficial and utilized their different language skills to translate a user-friendly manual.

“Expertise in grounded clinical diagnostic knowledge, creative application of problem solving, compassion and a willingness to serve in places that are outside the usual to take help, hope and healing to the suffering in this world are what I prayerfully aspire to exemplify,” Marcia says.

Marcia graduated with a BS in biology from Andrews University in 1981 and with a Master of Science the following year. She went on to complete an internship at South Bend Medical Foundation School of Medical Technology, a Master of Science in medical technology, became a specialist in blood banking, studied transfusion medicine, and in 2005 completed a doctorate in educational leadership at Andrews.

Marcia says, “There are so many people who have accomplished so much that to be selected to receive the award is very humbling and I am very honored.”

Frances Faehner was cited for her compassion and skill as a counselor and communicator, her creative leadership and expertise in strategic planning and crisis management in Student Life.

She earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Andrews University in 1976, then went on to complete a master’s in counselor education from Loma Linda University and a PhD in leadership from Andrews in 2007.
After earning her bachelor’s degree, she gained five years of professional residence life experience on the secondary level as dean of girls, first at Bass Memorial Academy and then at Shenandoah Valley Academy.
In 1981 Frances joined the Loma Linda University/La Sierra Campus student services team as associate dean of women. There she caught a broader vision of the vital role that Student Services can play in the restoration of young men and women in a total educational process. She accepted an invitation to serve as dean of women in 1983, which incorporated the administration of five residence halls.

In 1985, Frances and her husband, David Faehner, vice president for University Advancement, moved to Andrews where she served as dean of women until 2003. She found special joy in the nurture of students, staff training and development, spiritual and educational programming and financial and facility management, which she took to the next level when she became vice president for Student Life in 2003. A hallmark of Faehner’s leadership is the high level of care she presents in all situations to ensure every person feels valued and understood.

After 34 years of living in a residence hall and the arrival of two sons, Joshua and Jeremiah, the Faehners moved to a country home in 2001. They regularly open up their home to entertain students, alumni and colleagues. Over the past 13 years she has shared her legendary hospitality with an estimated 10,000 guests.

Frances says, “I am deeply humbled to receive the honor of the J.N. Andrews Medallion and am very thankful for the wonderful team of colleagues with whom I share my work. I love Andrews University and its extraordinary body of students with every fiber of my being.”

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Small Business Showcase & Lake Effect Jazz Big Band

On Sunday, September 21, from 3–6 p.m., the Howard Performing Arts Center, with the sponsorship of MPA Architects, presents a small business showcase with a concert by Lake Effect Jazz Big Band wrapping up the day.

Small businesses come with many perks—individualized service, the convenience of a location in your neighborhood, and money spent benefits your community. The Howard Center invites you to join the movement to shop small and local by discovering your community’s businesses in an expo in the lobby of the Howard Center. You can expect giveaways, samples and demonstrations!

Lake Effect Jazz Big Band will take the stage in the concert hall for at 5 p.m. for a concert blend of classic big band jazz and modern compositions. This group is comprised of local area musicians, many of whom are music teachers in area schools or own small businesses of their own.

No tickets are required for this event that is free to attend! If you act fast, there might be a couple booths left for you to reserve and represent your business. Call the Howard Center at 888-467-6442 for more information. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Howard Center Presents...Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna

On Sunday, September 28, at 7 p.m., the Howard Performing Arts Center will present Dana Lyn and Kyle Sanna, Celtic and Irish folk duo. Both are arrangers, composers, players and improvisers, and well-known for their Irish music.

Lyn has performed at “Saturday Night Live,” the National Folk-life Festival, the Milwaukee Irish Music and Celtic Connections. She was also featured on “The Raw Bar” and “Geanntrai,” documentaries on traditional Irish music that aired on national television in Ireland.

Sanna has performed with some of today’s greatest virtuosos, including Edgar Meyer, Yo-Yo Ma and Chris Thile; and with some of the greatest living interpreters of Irish music, including Kevin Burke and Martin Hayes.

Tickets are $15, $10 for Andrews University faculty and staff, and $5 for students. They can be purchased online at or at the box office by calling 888-467-6442.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Andrews Electronics Recycling Day

by Becky St. Clair

Andrews University invites community members, businesses and residents from surrounding communities to recycle their unwanted electronic items at the University’s biannual electronics recycling event. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 10, from 3–7 p.m. at the Transportation building. In partnership with Andrews University, Green Earth Electronics Recycling will be operating the event.

Accepted items include computers, laptops, smart phones, monitors, TVs, telephones, cameras, DVD players, cords/cables, printers, toner cartridges, cell phones, refrigerators, air conditioners, appliances and any other electronic items or items with a cord.

A hazardous waste fee will be collected for CRT monitors ($5) and tube TVs ($10). All other items are recycled free of charge.

All hard drives are wiped to Department of Defense specifications or shredded. All businesses are encouraged to preregister by emailing or calling 269-326-1232.

Green Earth Electronics Recycling, headquartered in St. Joseph, Michigan, is a company whose focus is to keep unwanted electronics out of the landfill by using the best practices in information destruction and recycling. They are registered as a recycler with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Their services include corporate and institutional pickups as well as community drop-off events.

For more information please visit or email

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Howard Center Presents...Petar Jankovic Ensemble

On Sunday, September 7, at 7 p.m., the Howard Performing Arts Center will present The Petar Jankovic Ensemble, a string group of two violins, viola, cello and guitar. The concert will include arrangements of works by Debussy, Shostakovich, DeFalla, Piazzolla and Albeniz.

The Petar Jankovic Ensemble creates a musical fusion of Spanish guitar and traditional string quartet. The ensemble’s expression and technical mastery are evident in their performances of Spanish pieces, passionate tangos, classical masterpieces and contemporary compositions.

The group is comprised of Maria Storm, first violin; Azusa Tashiro, second violin; Amanda Grimm,viola; Kyra Saltman, cello; and Petar Jankovic, guitar. Jankovic teaches at Indiana University–Jacobs School of Music, where he is the coordinator for the guitar department.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for Andrews University faculty and staff, and $5 for students. They can be purchased online at or at the box office by calling 888-467-6442. Classical radio station 90.7 WAUS is a media sponsor for this concert.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Andrews Hosts Pathfinder Day

On Sunday, August 10, more than 100 Andrews University volunteers welcomed over 700 Pathfinders onto campus. The first-ever Pathfinder Day, coordinated by Rebecca May, community relations coordinator, Shelly Erhard, director of student visits, and Brittany Felder, student visits coordinator, introduced attendees to the University, some for the first time, and many of the great things it has to offer. Representatives from 29 states, as well as from England, Papua New Guinea, Brazil and the British Virgin Islands, were among the groups who came as a precursor to their arrival at the Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, which began two days later.

“About a year ago several areas on campus started receiving inquiries from Pathfinder groups who wanted to stop by on their way to Oshkosh this summer,” says May. “While we wanted to provide that opportunity, we also knew it would be impossible to accommodate multiple groups coming to campus over the course of a couple of weeks at that time of the year.”

At the same time as Pathfinders would be making the trek to Wisconsin, Andrews had summer graduation and the arrival of freshmen for the upcoming school year, in addition to many staff and faculty heading to Oshkosh themselves to assist with the Camporee.

“It’s a challenging time to have an influx of campus visitors for an extended period of time,” says May.

So, in January she got together with three other staff members and decided to create a one-day event for Pathfinders to visit and experience Andrews. With no additional budgetary allocations for the event, the involved departments stretched their collective resources and made a plan.

“We decided to cap the event at 1,000 people,” says May. “When a registration link was posted on the Camporee website for Andrews University Pathfinder Day, in less than a week we had over 1,000 registered and we quickly closed registration!”

The number eventually settled to 625, with a few groups showing up unregistered on the day of the event.

Participants had 16 different activities to choose from, all staffed by volunteers from across campus. Those who participated in at least four events were eligible to receive the coveted Andrews University pin to wear proudly around Oshkosh.

Activities included a musical petting zoo, tours of the Horn Archaeological Museum, hayrides to the dairy, disc golf, campus tree walks, pipe organ demonstrations and swimming in the pool, in addition to three honors offered: Flower Culture, Livestock and Bones & Muscles.

“Andrews has so much to offer students academically, socially and spiritually,” says Ron Whitehead, executive director for the International Pathfinder Camporee. “Most of the 50,000 student Pathfinders are in public education and do not know much about Adventist higher education. So it was a great opportunity to give them a look at a university that represents the world.”

In addition to the volunteers, the event could not have happened without the financial partnership of several areas of campus. The Andrews Airpark provided a pancake breakfast, for which Enrollment Management provided eggs and pancake toppings, Andrews Student Gardens obtained fruit at wholesale prices for lunch, Apple Valley supplied cookies for dessert at lunch, and Dining Services offered an extremely good price for lunch and supper to make them affordable. Guest & Convention Services paid for the Pathfinder Day pins that participants received at the end of the day, and the Division of Integrated Marketing & Communication produced and paid for printed promotional materials.

“We will definitely do this again in five years,” says May. “It was a blast and I think next time will be even better.”

Friday, August 22, 2014

Seminary Releases Statement on Church Headship

by Becky St. Clair

On Thursday, August 21, the Andrews University Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary voted and released a major statement on headship in the church. This document is based on careful study of the scriptures and the Spirit of Prophecy. It represents a consensus of the Seminary faculty who created this document as a service to the worldwide church.

“I am excited to offer to the church this biblical-theological study that uplifts the unique headship of Christ in the church,” says Jiří Moskala, dean of the Seminary. “It is my hope that it will significantly contribute to the current debates on leadership.”

The statement’s preamble says, “While there exists legitimate leadership in the church, no other human being may rightfully claim a headship role in the church. As head of the church, Christ provides the ultimate manifestation of God’s love, demonstrating and vindicating God’s moral government of love, and thus defeating the counterfeit government of the usurping ‘ruler of this world.’”

The seven-page document includes detailed discourse on God’s moral government of love, the Great Controversy between Christ and Satan, the unique and non-transferable headship of Christ, and a section on affirmations and denials compiled by the faculty of the Seminary.

“I am grateful for the faculty that is dedicated and committed to the church and its mission,” says Moskala, “as they worked diligently and prayerfully to produce this statement. I pray that this document will prove to be a unifying influence in the church.”

To read the full statement, visit

SPLAD Achieves Master's Accreditation Candidacy

The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) has completed its review of the Level II Candidacy application for the master’s program in speech-language pathology at Andrews University. Based on a thorough review of all candidacy materials for the program, the CAA voted to award candidacy for a period of five years beginning July 1, 2014.

“The CAA determined that the program demonstrated sufficient compliance with the Standards for Accreditation,” said Joan Blessing, chair of the CAA. “We look forward to working with the faculty at Andrews in the development of the master’s program.”

Award of candidacy allows the program to matriculate students into the program as it continues to document compliance with accreditation standards for the duration of the candidacy accreditation cycle.

“It is very exciting to learn that we have not only been granted candidacy but we have been granted the candidacy for the maximum of five years,” says Heather Ferguson, chair of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology. “I am thrilled about this progress and continue to thank God for His guidance and for each of the faculty and administrators who enabled us to work together as a team to allow this to happen.”

For information about the Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology program, visit, email or call 269-471-3468.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Professors to do Research in Oslo

by Becky St. Clair

The 2014-15 school year includes an exciting opportunity for professors Øystein and Asta LaBianca. Øystein is the associate director of the Institute of Archaeology and professor of anthropology and Asta is instructor of English, both at Andrews University, and both have a long-standing involvement with Andrews’ archaeological dig at Tall Hisban in Jordan.

Øystein’s involvement has included working with Terje Stordalen, a professor at the University of Oslo in Norway. During the coming school year, Oystein will be based at the Centre for Advanced Study (CAS) at the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters in Oslo. This appointment is part of the CAS’s annual selection of three research projects they fully fund and host for ten months.

Terje and Øystein’s project, “Local Dynamics of Globalization in the Pre-Modern Southern Levant,” is the CAS’s humanities project this year. Projects are selected based on a rigorous vetting process involving Norwegian and international review teams. The multi-disciplinary and international team of eight full-time researchers was awarded a generous grant to collaborate on their research.

“We’re looking to understand the role of canonized texts such as the Bible and the Koran in influencing and shaping the cultural and political programs in the pre-modern southern Levant—Israel, Jordan and Palestine,” says Øystein. “Particularly we’re interested in those that were championed by kings and emperors.”

In addition, their research is looking at the daily lives and aspirations of individuals, families and local communities in this area throughout the centuries.

“This research will contribute insight into the impact of globalization on traditional sources of cultural and political legitimacy, social order and conflict in the region today,” he adds.

Øystein’s input to this collaboration will be his research on the role of “great” (imperial) and “little” (local) traditions in shaping changes over time in the way of life of the inhabitants of Tall Hisban since early Iron Age times (1300 BC) to the present. In addition to contributing chapters to joint publications of the research group, Øystein aims to complete writing the final volume in the 14-volume series about Tall Hisban, “Hisban in Global History.”

Asta has been part of many field seasons in Jordan and has helped gather ethnographic information about the way of life of the present-day population living in vicinity of the ancient archaeological mound.

She will serve as lead editor and contributing author of the fourth and final publication of the series about Tall Hisban, Ethnoarchaeological Foundations. Kristin Witzel, adjunct professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences, will also be assisting with this volume.

“This part will document and explain the nature of various ‘little traditions’ observed in the village of Hisban in the recent past,” says Asta. “This includes residential flexibility, hospitality, honor and shame and tribalism.”

A faculty research grant from the Andrews University Office of Research & Creative Scholarship has enabled two undergraduate anthropology majors, Brittany Swart and Doneva Walker, to assist the LaBiancas with computerizing archival records, ethnographic notes, photographs and relevant articles. This will make them accessible in digitized form in Oslo for Asta’s use.

Learn more about their project at

Speech & Hearing Clinic Expansion

by Becky St. Clair

Andrews University now offers expanded services at their hearing clinic. As this student-led, faculty-supervised clinic is an integral part of the training program for the Department of Speech-Language, Pathology & Audiology, only nominal fees are charged for community members who wish to utilize its services. The clinic’s expansion allows the clinic to reach more people in the community.

The SPLAD hearing clinic is now scheduling appointments for both children and adults for evaluation and treatment of speech, language and hearing concerns in the following areas:

  • Speech/Articulation
  • Child/school age language
  • Hearing evaluation
  • Auditory processing therapy
  • Phonemic awareness/literacy
  • Feeding and swallowing
  • Accent/dialect modification
  • Stuttering
  • Aphasia
  • Motor speech disorders (Apraxia/Dysarthria)
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Voice
  • Aural rehabilitation
  • Social aspects of language/pragmatics

To make an appointment, please contact the Department of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology at 269-471-3468 or

For more information about the SPLAD program, visit, call 269-471-3468 or email



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